Getting the Bride Ready, Part 3

Rev. Raymond M Jackson

Rev. Raymond M Jackson

THE LAST SENTENCE OF OUR JANUARY ISSUE WAS, LAODICEA GOES RIGHT STRAIGHT ON THROUGH TO THE END AND IS DESTROYED BY THE VISIBLE COMING OF CHRIST.


When we begin to read about the first church, the things that shall be hereafter, keep in mind, John lived in the Ephesian age, which was the first, and he did not carry over into the next age. What he was shown in visionary form, he wrote, and they were the things which shall be hereafter, and many of those things were things that pertain to our day. He wrote all those things that are applicable and pertain to each one of these ages of time, right on through Laodicea, but he died before the first age closed out. As for the book of Revelation, the first three chapters cover the period of time the New Testament Church remains on earth; and then the Lord takes the Church to glory with Him. When we come to the 4th chapter, let us notice how it is constructed. As he has finished what the Lord has told him to write concerning Laodicea, the Lord then does something different. John is still alive, and physically he is on the isle of Patmos, still in prison, but remember, The Lord is conveying him into the future in the vision, so notice what happens next. “After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will show thee things which must be hereafter.” This puts emphasis on the hereafter, not the present tense of the hour he was living in, nor was it the Middle Ages or any other time except at the end time. What was he asked to do? Come up hither. This is in the 4th chapter. The 4th, 5th, and 6th chapters as I have said before, unfold somewhere here in the 1960’s. (I am putting the stick up here (chart) as a figurative mark.) Why do I say that, when it was truly written by John on the isle of Patmos in 96 A.D.? Because, when he came to the writing of what all is to be related through the Church Ages, he then saw that door opened and the trumpet said, Come up hither. John was taken up into glory to see things that are relative to the time that God is going to have a prophet messenger, a messenger to the Laodicean age, on earth; and that means the time has come when He is going to speak and reveal things to a people that are going to be dealt with to become His Bride People. That is the way we have to look at it. Men have played with these writings. They have probed at them, but they never did have an understanding really that the inspiration came from glory. That is what we have to understand, in order to have an understanding of what we are reading. You can read written words, but until we know what the written words mean, and what they apply to, we are only probing in the dark. When John was told, Come up hither, while in the spirit, his body was still related to 96 A.D., but what he saw in heaven was not related to 96 A.D.: It was all for the future. He saw what is going to be in a future time, so it could be recorded. He saw it and wrote it, but no one of his day needed to know what any of it meant. When you read where he saw the thrones set in heaven, God knew that on earth there was going to be a man who would not be a Trinitarian, but would be a man who would be a voice, or a messenger to the Laodicean Age. That man would receive the inspiration to see what he would see in chapter 4 and 5, and introduce you and me to the throne of God, the heavenly environment. All you have to do is read it, to know that it is relative to 1963 A.D. But Bro. Jackson, I don’t understand that. Don’t wrestle with it. I will say this, No other preacher ever preached it, wrote about it, or even dared to comment on what the seals pertained to. You everyone know that. Yes, they have commented about what he saw on the throne, but you have got to put that 4th chapter, the 5th chapter, and the 6th chapter together, because it is all related to a time factor that took place right in there (chart.) If you go back and get the message and see how he read the first seal and so forth, the 4th, 5th, and 6th chapters are all related to that time right in there. When you get into the 6th chapter, you must keep in mind, it is when you read the first six seals, that you see where time reaches over to. That is why I said the other night, When this man took these very same words that we read here, he read them audibly. Then he took the inspiration that God had given to him about the white horse rider and laid it down where it belonged. Did he point us ahead to the tribulation period for the fulfillment of the horse riders? Billy Graham did, the Jehovah Witness’ do too, but not William Branham: He pointed us back hundreds of years. If you will look at the epistles that Paul wrote and also how John wrote his three epistles, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John, you can well see how, even when Paul wrote Thessalonians, the white horse rider was already on the scene. He said, Even now the mystery of iniquity doth already work. That lets you know the white horse rider was riding, going forth to conquer, going forth to deceive. You will notice the fact that the rider had a bow, but when you read it, you see that he had no arrows. That is what makes the difference: He was not the Christ; he was an antichrist. He was a great big bluff. When you read the seal of the red horse, did Bro. Branham point you to the tribulation period? No, he pointed you back to what happened in that second age, leading on into the third age. What an era of martyrdom that was, an awful picture of bloodshed. The devil did his best to kill all of Christendom, but it seemed like the more he slaughtered, the more that stepped up to fill the gaps. Then you come to that black horse rider. Did it point to the tribulation? No. It pointed back to the Dark Ages of Roman Catholicism, when society was kept in almost total spiritual darkness. When we come to the gray horse, did that point ahead to the tribulation? No. It points to what is riding right now. The ecumenical movement between the various denominations is none other than that gray horse galloping right on along deceiving people. It has brought Catholics, and Protestants of every rank and description, from every degree of learning, and loaded all of them in the same old sinking ship. It has put them in the same pulpits, preaching practically the same thing, because it has deceived them and made them feel like they have a great revival going on. It is a move of spiritually ignorant people, led by a spiritually ignorant ministry. It has totally captured them. It has blindfolded them; so they cannot see truth. This fifth seal seen in chapter 6, has also caused a wide array of speculation, but no one else ever got it right until God gave the revelation of it to Bro. Branham. Did that point ahead? It basically pointed us eighteen or nineteen years back to what had just been fulfilled in WW2, what Hitler had done by killing six million Jews. It took that to set the stage in the European area of the world, and to prepare the stage in the land of Israel and the Jews environment, to make some of them want to go back to their homeland when that era of time was over. We know when he interpreted that, and it pointed us back, but it also, after a little short period, pointed ahead to the tribulation, to the rest of those Jews that should be killed, even as they were back here. The little period of time lets us know, it cannot be any longer than a human generation. Yes, the souls under the altar were shown to be the souls of those martyred in Hitler’s purge, as he tried to rid the world of all Jews. This pertains to the believers among those who were killed, because it says they were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held. Let us read it. Rev 6:9 “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: 10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? 11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.” That last part will take place at the hands of the army of the antichrist in the last half of the seventieth week of Daniel.


THE SIXTH SEAL


We spent quite a bit of time explaining the sixth seal in our last issue, but when we come to that sixth seal in this lineup, I will still read from the 6th chapter, but let us ask ourselves this question, Why does it go way over here, (to the last half of the week) when we know the seventh seal fulfills back here? (Pointing to chart before the beginning of that week) We know, that in the writing of anything, seven follows six. Does it not? But the seventh seal is not even contained in any of this. (chart) Let us notice also, when we come to the sixth seal, that when the messenger to the age read it and gave us the understanding, we received the knowledge of it right here, but we know it lays over here at the end of the dark tribulation period in fulfillment. The knowledge is carried from here, on over here. (chart) But right here, is where it is set in motion. Jesus Christ comes to earth physically, in His glorified body, with all His saints, at the close of the events of the sixth seal. That is all the way over here. (Chart) When we look at the trumpets, He comes under the seventh trumpet also, He comes under the seventh vial also. There is not three comings of Him, physically, to earth: We just have three different descriptions of events that take place at His coming. Each one of these, the sixth seal, the seventh trumpet, and the seventh vial, all culminate in one great event, the physical return of Christ to earth. All three point to the physical return, but the seventh seal, which is not written until the 8th chapter, and it is only one verse of chapter 8, just before the trumpets start. This lets you know, when you see what the first three chapters were, it is time. When you see chapters 4, 5, and 6, which are also related to time by some information, and when we come to chapters 7, 8, and 9, Notice what I am saying: You stack chapters 7, 8, and 9, on top of one another. You do not string them out. You have to read them in that order, but when you read them, you have to stack the one over the other for fulfillment. I hope you understand what I mean by that. You cannot have three separate events of His coming physically: He only comes one time physically, and that is to rule the earth for one thousand years. The seventh seal, which is in chapter 8, is broken before the first trumpet sounds. That means the seventh seal will be broken, somewhere around here (chart, at the end of grace for Gentiles, just before the week starts) Jesus will be off the mercy seat altogether, after the seventh seal is broken. Since chapter 10 lays between chapters 9 and 11, and is not even related to either one, please listen carefully as we cover it. Chapter 10, is not even related over here in that time factor. It is related right here. Just as the seventh seal is broken before the week starts and the two prophets come on the scene, so are the events recorded in it, because the seventh seal is for the Bride, and it is administered in chapter 10. When you get to chapter 10, you see Jesus in angelic form, one foot on the land, the other foot on the sea. (That portrays a universal picture.)What does He have in His hand? An open scroll. You cannot have Him sitting on the mercy seat with a sealed scroll in His hand, and on earth with an open scroll all at the same time. That would be contradictory to the revelation. How many understand that? Whatever the event unfolds in heaven when He breaks the seventh seal, when there is silence about the space of half an hour, that lets us know that whatever the half hour of silence is, if there is information to be known in heaven, then let us just leave that there. The main point is, when His foot is on the land and on the sea on earth, in angelic form, and He cries with a loud voice, seven thunders utter their voices. That is when the bride will begin to hear what she is destined to hear. Let me say also, The word cry, does not mean He is screaming and weeping. That is not what cry means in this case. He screams something like, NOW! That is what signals the seven thunders to begin to utter their voices. That will be for an element of people, not from the realm of denominational, Gentile Christendom, but probably just a small nucleus of people on earth that have patiently waited, earnestly praying and longing for that moment of time to arrive. This opens their eyes and starts them on their journey of final preparation to meet their Bridegroom. As we get closer to that hour of time, unity among that element will prevail. The spirit of God begins to pull them together. By the time the week of Daniel is ready to start, Grace for Gentiles will be over. When Christ breaks the seventh seal, grace for Gentiles ends right then. I will say this, A lot of those people that heard Bro. Branham back here in the 1960’s and on back before that, their minds are so cluttered up with carnal, human ideas, they take this which he said one time, then take what he said another time, put the two statements together to form a picture and spread it all over the world. Somebody else comes along and takes the same two statement, puts them together and gets another revelation and spreads it everywhere. It is no wonder, that there is so much confusion among those who just thrive on those statements, never allowing the Spirit of God to teach them anything. When Bro. Branham said what he did concerning the seventh seal, he plainly said the antichrist will try to mimic it. The Catholic Church is not going to try to imitate this, so do not even think that. The antichrist spirit is not coming out of Catholicism. It is not coming out of Protestantism. It is coming right out of the very movement of people that sat and heard that prophet messenger speak. Had they been sitting there being led by the Spirit of God, and the Spirit of God having taught them, they never would have allowed their minds to become so filled with carnality, bringing them to what they have become today. Can you look back to the first age and say that is what happened back then? It was not! I have to say to the little Bride of Christ, It is one thing to look back and recognize, and accept the fact God sent a prophetic messenger to this age, but that does not excuse us from our responsibility to look to our heavenly Father for a proper understanding of what he brought to this age. In the world of denominational religion, they almost wish the man had never come among us. At least, some of them do. When it came to that unusual gift of healing, that was outstanding and so marvelous in their eyes. They would sit on the platforms and weep when that little man would stand before somebody and tell them what was wrong with them. I have seen it with my own eyes, how they would wipe their tears. They had never seen it on that level before. However, when it came to some of the things he would teach, they treated it like, Oh well, he is uneducated and really does not know how to talk. It was because they did not have an ear to hear anything other than something to benefit their flesh. They were not even trying to see if he was putting anything together scripturally. That is why I have said repeatedly, If you just sit there criticizing a man’s speech you will miss the truth he is bringing every time. When God calls a hillbilly to a ministry like Bro. Branham had, He has a reason for doing it. That is one way He shakes off the tares and clears the way for true seed to have access to His truth He is revealing through that ministry. Jesus never bothered to call the highly educated men of that hour to the ministry He committed to His apostles. To know what a hillbilly is talking about, you have to open your mind to the Lord and allow Him to reveal the truth that is being spoken. If you know what makes a hillbilly talk like he does, then you can sort of read between the lines. To some degree, that is exactly what you had to do. You had to read between the lines, to see the true picture. Not necessarily a quote, but something that would show you the verse of scripture, chapter, and line. The man did not come to give you and I another Bible. It is sad to say, but there are some who think that way. As a people, back in 1963, we had the knowledge of the sixth seal, we knew it pointed us right over here to the end of the tribulation period, but Bro. Branham never did indicate that the contents of the seventh seal had been revealed . We see in the writings then, that the next thing John saw was recorded in the 7th chapter, because the 7th chapter takes you right into the first half of this week. It shows you in the 11th chapter, that two prophets come on the scene. Then in the middle of that week, we see something else happening. Then when we go to the 8th chapter, which follows that. The first verse brings you backwards, right back to a time just as the 70th week of Daniel is ready to start. That is really when the seventh seal is broken. At this time, I want to read something to you, and I want to take my time, because I have to put it in here for the sake of the message. I am going to read some of the last remarks Bro. Branham made concerning these seals. The other Sunday I read those statements where he mentioned how the angel of the Lord dealt with him out in Sabino Canyon, that this is or was the third pull. I am not going to read that. It is on page 564 where he talks about Sabino Canyon, and how the angel of the Lord said, This is the third pull. Well I have to believe the third pull, which dealt with revelation, was misunderstood by a lot of people. The denominational church world had seen a gift and reveled in it, but then God changed the order of that ministry and how many of those people actually had ears to hear a revelation? That is the point to stress. After Bro. Branham’s death, Tommy Osborne was given these seven seals messages on tape. Tommy Osborne’s own words stated, that he went on a fast and played those taped messages, and when he brought the tapes back to the person who had loaned them to him, he said, I don’t want anything to do with that. Is that not strange? Tommy Osborne is the same age as I am. He was at Bro. Branham’s funeral and sat right behind me. You cannot walk away from God’s revealed word and prosper forever. Well let me read this statement to you, to get it in the message, so listen very carefully. I am on page 575. He was using this, referring back to how the disciples had asked Jesus something. “Did you notice when the Jews asked Him that? (Concerning His coming) You know when we compared the Scripture here with Matthew 24 with the six Seals, the Seventh Seal was left out; (The question is relative to the sixth seal, when Jesus comes back physically. As we go on through this, we are going right into that very thing. I am taking Bro. Branham’s own words, how he was trying to lay down to the people, that we do not know the revelation of the seventh seal yet.) because, you see, Christ said only God Himself knew, and not even the Angels. No wonder, it wasn’t even written. You see, they hushed-nothing taking place then. Angels don’t know it; nobody knows when He’s coming. But there’ll be a…(Naturally he was talking about His mystical coming for His Bride. The whole world will know when He is coming physically. That is the sixth seal, because there is going to be a sign appear in the heavens, so this is only pertaining to the mystical coming of Christ for His bride, and the seven thunders will reveal something to the bride concerning that event.) There’ll be seven voices of these thunders that will reveal the great revelation at that time. (That has not happened yet. He was talking slowly, as he spoke these things. I remember when he said this.) Here now, we find that the Sixth Seal has been opened to us; we see it, and we know that this Seventh Seal cannot be broke to the public until that hour arrives. Now, there was some reason that God let this seven voices be thundered, because it must come, see, (Brothers and sisters, keep in mind, John was lifted up into heaven when he saw these things because the voice had said, Come up hither and I will show thee things that shall be hereafter.) we find that Christ, the Lamb, took the Book in His hand, and He opened that Seventh Seal. But you see, it’s a hidden mystery. (because He actually did not break it at that time. That is his way of explaining it though.) No one knows it. But it….right along with what He said: no one would know His coming; they also would not know about this seven thunder mystery. So you see, it’s connected together. (He says in another paragraph…) Now, we have in the completion here now, by the grace of God, all the mysteries of the six Seals that’s been sealed up, and we understand and know here that the Seventh Seal is not to be known to the public. (Here is the last words he said.) You see Israel gathering in its own homeland. But you notice, He omitted the revelation of this Seventh Seal. And here when the Seventh Seal, when He opened it, He also omitted it again, see. So we see that it is a complete mystery, therefore, the hour is not yet for this mystery to be known, therefore, we’re this far and the rest of it will be known right around about the time that Jesus appears on earth again for His Bride, or whatever takes place at that time.” That is His mystical coming. How many understand that point? These men that have written these books and expressed themselves, I have the books, that say the Bible does not teach the rapture: that it is a false teaching, I will answer back, You are the one that is false, because you do not know how to read the Bible. When you take the parable in the 25th chapter of Matthew, the parable of five wise and five foolish, look at it carefully. Then you see what the apostle Paul in 1st Thessalonians 4 said, “For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord,” and you know he did not get that out of the Old testament: He got it by divine inspiration and revelation, that the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven. This would be after He has broken the seventh seal. The Lord Himself shall descend from heaven, first with a shout. All this religious world is looking for some kind of shout and they do not know what it relates to. Let us take the word, shout, in the natural. If you were to walk out of this church and all of a sudden somebody out there on the road hollered over here real loud, everybody would turn and look, Yes, what is it? There is a terrible wreck up the road here, call the police, call the ambulance. Wouldn’t it be like that? So what is the shout pertaining to here? It means God is going to do something in the last days to awaken the Bride, because the Bride, at that time, was in all of Christendom. Therefore the word shout, pertains to something that will open peoples’ eyes and draw their attention to something. That is exactly what Bro. Branham’s ministry was for. There is another preacher that says the shout comes by the five fold ministry. It does not. It was not the five fold ministry that awakened me. It was not the five fold ministry that awakened you either. It was something that happened in Bro. Branham’s life and ministry that got hold of you, that touched you, and you started looking for something you did not have. So the shout was to awaken somebody. Many times people wake up, who did not hear the actual shout: They just hear all the commotion and activity the shout created and ask, What is going on? Then someone begins to relate what has happened. Think of all these young people. They were not alive when the shout was made, were they? But look what has taken place with them. There has been a lot of discussion and a lot of talking that has caused people to respond and say, Why do you people come here? Why do you people go there? Why do you do this or that? It is because there was a shout made to wake us up and cause us to realize, we have got to get ready for the event of the Lord’s coming. Well saints, what I read to you, were the actual words he spoke as he closed his comments on the seventh seal. That is what I stand on, but there has been a lot of other people said things since then, which lets me know the devil is out to mislead and deceive as many as he can.


HOW DECEPTION GETS A HOLD ON SOME


The man that edited the book titled, “The Seven Church Ages,” which was preached a little over two years in advance of the seals messages, made changes that caused me to make this comment, “The man that put this book together did not know what he was doing because he took statements out of context.” Why did I say that? Because, in the book he edited, he had Bro. Branham saying things back in 1960, that he really did not say until the spring of 1963, when he preached on the seals. He had him saying things in the Church Ages book he edited, that I will challenge anyone to find in the original messages which were printed in booklet form word for word. He should not have put those statements in here, (The Church Ages Book Bro. Jackson was holding in his hand) as though they were said back then, when they definitely were not. I will ask you, If this, and this and this was said in December 1960, how come he said this over here in March and April 1963? Look at the time between the two series. You do not find such things as that in the Bible, no matter who said what. Everything is always related to its proper time frame. I am now going to tell you something very few people know. That is why I said Thursday night, that a few weeks after Bro. Branham had preached the seals, he was back in the Tabernacle, and there was a large gathering getting ready for the night’s service. I was in the line. I was talking to this certain preacher, whose name I may not mention at this time, but he is one of those that went after Bro. Branham hook, line, and sinker, with every quotation there is. He is also one that left his first wife and married a younger girl. He hides behind the excuse, The prophet gave me permission to do it. It just don’t work like that. I am going to tell you what the man told me: because I see why it came out in the editing. Standing there in the line, knowing what Bro. Branham had said, that John heard things, was about to write them, but he was told to shut it up, seal it up, write them not. When we see what Bro. Branham said, he emphasizes the fact, These are things the thunders will reveal around about the time of His mystical coming, His secret coming for His Bride. In other words, if it was written, look how the devil would play with it. He emphasized that. If the devil actually knew when Jesus is coming mystically, for the Bride, look what counterfeits he would throw out here, forerunning Him. On the other hand, if he does not know he just has to stand back and watch what people do. This minister said to me, “Bro. Jackson, I had a talk with this man, (Bro. Branham) (This was the man who edited the book, that said he had a talk with Bro. Branham.) and said to him, Bro. Branham, have you ever stopped to think, Those things that John was told not to write, they cannot be something that is really unwritten: (Notice how this was said, as it was quoted to me.) If it is something that is unwritten and yet it is allowed to be spoken in the last days, then that would be adding to His word.” Saints, do you see how an educated man can really twist your brain? I just listened to him. Not long after that I heard Bro. Branham, in the pulpit, when a certain question was asked, (what the thunders would be) he more or less just said, Well it is the revelation of the seven seals, and just dropped it. I have to say, That was Dr. Doolittle’s revelation. How many know what I mean by that? To me, that is why the man put it in here. That is also why, knowing what that preacher had said that day, while standing there in line, and seeing how this thing was running, I made some comments in various churches I used to go to, back in Missouri and places like that, about what I heard. I will never forget one time when Perry Green came back here, which was in the years after Bro. Branham’s death, and he said to me, Why do you do this and that? I said, Perry, I sat there in December 1960, and you were not there when he said the things he brought out in his preaching, and I tell you, That which is written right here in this book was not even said back then, and you know it. I said, Furthermore, the way this Church Ages book was edited by this man, it brings disgrace upon the entire thing and it disfigures things that belong back here, because it takes out of context over here, and brings it back here where it makes Bro. Branham having said this long before it ever got to where he did say certain things. I said, You do not find the Bible written that way. That is why not too many in the movement think very much of me. I do not say that to be arrogant, but for the sake of all that is right in the eyes of Almighty God, if you know something to be a fact, then stand up for it. Sure, your name will be mud, when certain ones speak it, but I would rather be known by the Lord, to be faithful with His Word, than to find favor with all these would be personalities that have quoted Bro. Branham verbatim, as they traveled around this earth. I know what the scripture says about unfaithful servants: There comes a time when God says, Depart from me ye workers of iniquity: I never even knew you. That is why I have disagreed with some of the contents of this book. I have the original messages in my possession. I can look into them and read exactly what he said, if I did not already know, from sitting there when they were preached. This is an edited edition, (the hard back version) but it is not the original. Sure, the overall structure is there, but it is the way the man who edited it, put certain things in the contents, that makes the spokesman, Bro. Branham, say things that he never said back here. How many understand what I mean? When you bring it back to the book of Revelation, you have got to read the book of Revelation as a love letter to the Bride Church. It was John, who was not even the messenger to the first Church Age, that God spoke to and said to him, Write these things. John, under the inspiration, wrote these things. He did a good job. He wrote them in the order they were shown to him. When we read it, it is a prophecy; every bit of it. That is why in the beginning of the 1st chapter, where the Lord is introducing Himself into the structure, saying, Blessed is he who readeth, and so forth, for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. No other epistle reads that way, except the book of Revelation. When you read Ephesians, you do not read anything like that. When you read Colossians, you do not read anything like that, but when you come to this prophetic letter to the bride, you do. That lets me know the Bride of Christ, on earth in these last days, when time is running out, getting ready to go into the week of Daniel, will be a people on earth that God will be dealing with on the basis of this, and it is because God loves them, He has separated them from the masses. We come together to learn that we can see ourselves in the structure of this plan of God. How many of you really do understand now, that the 4th, 5th, and 6th chapters, are as it was revealed back here in 1963, the knowledge of the seals that are contained therein? There is an element of people that has moved forward with that knowledge. There are hundreds of others that have taken that and have sat down, and they wait, and they wait, and they wait, because they see nothing else that they need to do. I have said this, This is not the Bible, and this is not the Bible, and over there are three more books, that are not the Bible. I am thankful to God for what is revealed in these books, but they are not my Bible. All of those books contain things that man has said, as he did his very best to try to put us back into the book of all books, which is the Bible. We realize, any doctrine he taught upon, he did his best to show you the basis of his thought, as he took the text from the Bible, what book, chapter and verse or verses he was taking it from. He always wanted to show you doctrinal wise, that we must return back to the absolute teachings of the apostles of Christ, to the foundational doctrines and things the apostolic Church was founded upon. The book of Revelation is not even an epistle: It is a prophecy, the entire length of it is. It is so constructed, so uniquely written, we know God intended that there would only be one kind of people on the face of this earth that will ever understand it in the manner God wants us to understand it. You do not have to go to a seminary: you just have to be open to the Spirit of God. You do not have to go to college in order to understand the revelation of the first six seals. God is merciful to those who respect His word. I am glad to be a part of those who do. Praise His Name!


THINGS THAT ARE AHEAD


The sixth seal is finished right here. (chart-at the end of the week of Daniel) Let us read that sixth seal. I want to explain something further. We are in the 6th chapter, verse 12. Imagine, back in 963 Jesus was still in heaven sitting on the mercy seat, the throne of God. It is the throne of God, and it is the mercy seat. The way Bro. Branham expressed different things, the mercy seat and things like that, people thought He was constantly getting up from this position and going to sit in another. That is not how heaven is at all. I hope you all realize that. Let us read, “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, (notice, we have the information, the revelation of what it means, but it was not fulfilled then at all) and, lo, there was a great earthquake; (There was no earthquake in 1963: How many realize that? We only get the knowledge that in front of us somewhere, when this thing is really applied in its actual application, every living thing will know it. We have the knowledge, but when it is literally fulfilled in its application, this planet is going to shake.) And the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood.” This lines up with Matthew 24, starting around verses 29, 30, and 31. Listen to this, Mat 24:29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days 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: 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” Immediately after the tribulation of those days, so notice, He said tribulation. That is not anywhere in here, (chart) no matter how bad things get. It is not even in here (chart.) It said immediately after the tribulation, so that means this last three and one half years must come to an end and then shall appear the sign of His coming. Notice that it says a sign. The word sign does not mean you are looking at the actual object, but it is an indicator that time is moving you close to the object. This is why I started a few Sundays back, “The Sign of His Coming,” because it is something that is going to hang here in the heavens. According to these scriptures, when you read this, you can see down here that when it is literally applied, humanity on earth is running to the rock and mountains, and they are crying to be hid from the face of Him that sits upon the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb. Keep in mind, the wrath of the Lamb is not in here, the wrath of the Lamb is not in here. It follows the closing of the tribulation. There are judgments. That is why you have the trumpets. Those are judgments. Those are preliminary warnings, like Wake up! Something is about to happen When that sixth seal is applied, then the seventh trumpet has sounded, and the vial contains the contents of everything that the sixth seal speaks about. You should read them in that order, stack the one on top of the other. The seal is the knowledge that is given to people, but the trumpet sounds the warning of its occurrence. Then when the vial is poured out, God have mercy on the world. It is the pouring out of His wrath. Jesus is then in the process of His coming, but that sign of His coming has got to hang out there for a little period of time. That is why Jesus said what He did in Matthew 24. Then when you go to Isaiah 13, and then to Isaiah 14, you see why these prophecies all dovetail one with the other. For the day of the Lord cometh, both cruel and with anger. Now something just comes to my mind. I gave that folder of things to Bro. Bud the other night, for him to read. There was one that told about the AIDS and homosexual rise. It really began to spread in the 1980’s. I saw a sign yesterday, warning what smoking can do. Listen carefully to me. Yes smoking can create cancer of the lungs, so they are educating youth not to smoke. Yet since 1980, in Africa alone, twenty two million people have died with AIDS. There is now an estimated thirty two million carriers of HIV positive. Do you know what that means? Why do they not start educating people to change their sexual lifestyle and live longer? You made laws not to sell cigarettes to those under eighteen years of age. How come they can change one lifestyle, but they do not even care about changing another that is much deadlier? Oh but that is discrimination. Oh! Is it? I say, That is downright stupid kind of talk; and you everyone know it. With that in mind, I have to say, The 7th chapter, tells about the 144,000 servants of God that are to be sealed. Out of the 6th chapter, time moves right on in, but if you take the 10th chapter, from between chapter 9 and chapter 11, and pull the 10th chapter back here and put it right there, (chart-after verse 1 of chapter 8) then, if you put the seventh seal right over that 10th chapter, you have everything in its order of fulfillment, to that point. You just simply stack the one on top of the other. You do not spread it out, because that is not the way it is going to be applied. How many understand my point? You stack the one on top of the other. That is the way the whole book of Revelation has been designed, so that people will say, But this and but that, and yet never understand anything. That is just the way it is. This is why chapter 11, goes with chapter 7, because we know chapter 11 tells about the two prophets, and what they do, and chapter 7, shows it being done. Is that not right? It tells what their ministry is going to do. But when we come into chapter 7, it tells you they saw an angel flying from the way of the east and he was crying to the four angels that hold back the winds from the four corners of the earth, saying, Rev 7:3 “Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.” Those four angels were not standing, one on the north pole, one on the south pole, one in the western hemisphere and one in the eastern: They were all four over in the Middle East, because biblically, and prophetically, that is where the center of the world’s heartbeat is. That is exactly why the Bible came out of that part of the world. That angel seen flying, there in that first verse, is telling those angels to hold back the winds. (That pertains to political winds.) That does not mean they should hold back the miracle war. It means hold back, do not turn things loose that will hurt the entire earth. I will say, When God starts judging this earth, under the effects of ths sixth seal, do not think there will not be some scorching in a lot of places. Whatever takes place in His judgments and things of that nature, are God’s way of preparing things for the windup. Therefore we have to begin to realize, that as you take chapter 10, right out from between chapters 9 and 11, bring it right back to a point just before the week starts. Then you take that first verse of chapter 8, out and bring it right back here and place it just before the events of the 7th chapter begin, because that is where the Church is dealt with, and where the Bride receives her final revelation, which will be through the ministry of those seven thunders, as they sound their voices, and therefore, that is when that mighty angel that stood there with one foot on land and the other on the sea, will lift up His hand toward heaven and declare that time should be no more. Should is a progressive word: It does not mean ten years, but it literally means, whatever those thunders say, you have to give enough time for it to be declared to the uttermost extremity of the earth, to create the effect within the nucleus of what we call the Bride, that she may be ready for the catching away. When you start looking at things like this, your denominational preachers just scratch their head and say, Well, what about so and so?. I will just ask all of you this question, Why do you never hear very many denominational preachers try to preach on the book of Revelation? Have you ever heard any of them preach about the seals? I certainly have not, except for Billy Graham writing his book on the Four Horsemen of Revelation, chapter 6, which was absolutely wrong from start to finish. Why do the others not touch it? I would have to ask them, Can you tell me why it is written here in the manner it is? Is that not important? Do you not think someone is going to know what all this means before the end comes? I do, and so do all of you sitting here, as well as many others who believe the true revelation God has given to His end time believers! I just want to say, Yes, there is a little nucleus of people on this earth, that are going to know exactly how to ready themselves and be prepared to see the BRIDEGROOM. I want to say also, Just remember that these books I am holding are not to be used as a Bible: I am not saying you should throw them away; if you have them; no, read them, but when you do, please realize that there was a mortal man that messed with what was spoken by Bro. Branham. I will say this, The family may not like it, but after Sis. Branham came home from the hospital, my wife and I went to see her one evening. I did not go to ask her any questions about anything: we just went for a visit, but while sitting there, she asked me, Bro. Jackson, have you seen the Seven Church Ages book yet? I had just been given a copy of it. I said yes. She made this statement, and God knows exactly what I heard. She said, Bro. Jackson, if Bro. Branham had really had the opportunity to talk to the editor as often as he would have liked to, and seen the original manuscript, he never would have allowed it to be published. Those were her own words. Her daughter will not agree with that, but I do not believe Sis. Branham would have said one thing to me, and then when the daughter comes along with something else, she would think differently. I have to go with what Sis. Branham said to me that day. How many understand what I have said and know what I mean? She said, Had Bro. Branham had access to the manuscript, and could have read it and seen what all was in it, he would never have allowed it to be published. Nevertheless it has been published, and the harm has been done. I will say this, It has created much deception, much misunderstanding, as well as created a lot of arguments. Did God know that man was going to do that? Absolutely! Why did He not stop him? You may say. Well, why did God not stop Eve and Adam when He saw them getting ready to violate His specific instructions to them? Every human creature has to be tested and tried before he or she can be judged. God has everything worked out to perfection, but everything has to manifest in its proper time.


CLARIFYING SOME PROPHECIES IN THE BIBLE


I want to continue on here in the book of Revelation, because I want to establish a finished picture. We have the revelation of six seals. That was given back here in1963. For the sake of illustration, we will just say it was about right here (pointing to chart). Now we have the knowledge of it, and we know that the sixth seal covers this period, but climaxes because Jesus comes under the effects of that sixth seal. We know that because it has the wrath of God mingled in with it. We are at the closing of the Grace Age, getting very close to that 70th week of Daniel, like we were saying earlier, and I am convinced, with this miracle war in the making, that only God Himself knows what He has planned, to bring it to its culmination. We know from the scriptures that it is coming very soon, but only God knows exactly when, and what it will take to trigger it. We can say this though, If the time factor we have left, according to that chart we have displayed, is correct, or even if it should be off a few months or a year, God has a precise plan in all of it. Once it starts, it tells us that God will show Himself to Israel, according to the prophecy of the prophet Micah. Once God begins to show Himself, we have to realize that it is not for the purpose of creating a world revival. It means that there is an element of mortal human beings on earth, that God wants to use this to draw their attention to the fact that He is still God. There is going to be an element of youth that will absolutely respond to it. It takes that kind of response to make Isaiah 60 fulfill itself. With that in mind, let us look at the Bride, as she passes through that era of time. We are waiting for that seventh seal to be revealed. I am convinced we are fast moving toward that week. Once that miracle war has taken place, first it will tear up the United Nations, just rip it all to pieces. Zechariah 12 says it will do that. We must realize though, that this still leaves the beast of Europe, which then comes to the forefront, and is actually the political system that the world will be dealing with. With that in mind then, we can see that Ezekiel 38, is not a war fought anywhere during the week, because there are no wars fought inside that week: none whatsoever. Ezekiel 38,does not lay here at the end: It absolutely is NOT Armageddon, as some think, it has to feed right in here, right on the tail of that miracle war when Israel takes back all her land. It is a miracle war also, because it is a war where God, with one stroke of His hand, completely destroys the enemy’s attempt against Israel.Israel does not even have to start up a tank. God will bring about natures way of disaster, to strike the whole thing. We can go to Ezekiel 38:18, and read how God handles the entire affair without Israel ever firing the first shot. “And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that my fury shall come up in my face. For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground. And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord GOD: every man’s sword shall be against his brother. And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. 23 Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD.” It is safe to say then, that on two separate occasions, God will have shown His power in a miraculous way on Israel’s behalf. In Ezekiel 38 and 39 it says, And Israel will know from that day and onward that I am the Lord their God who is in their midst forever more. Does that mean every Jew is going to know that? No sir. There are a lot of them that do not believe in anything concerning God, just like a multitude of Gentiles are today. They have their mind of science, math, politics, and money. That is about all they care about. What it does mean, is that the Jew who is a true spiritual Jew, will know that God is in their midst. With that in mind, I have to feel that the little Gentile Bride is definitely going to know and observe this when she sees this week approaching, because that week is going to be forced on the world out of necessity. Why? Because the political world will have been terribly shaken by two miraculous, catastrophic type of wars, and they are going to say, We have got to do something: We cannot allow such a thing to happen ever again. This necessitates them and the beast system of Europe, to enter into and introduce to the world, a plan under the leadership of the Roman Pope (antichrist). That fulfills what Paul wrote in the Thessalonian letter; When they shall say peace and safety, yes, they have negotiated it, now they have signed it, and that causes Political Israel to jump right in with them. You would think that after two miraculous events wherein God intervened on their behalf, they would not be so quick to sign such an agreement. Nevertheless the political Jews turn right around and sign a covenant with that political system. It just goes to show, God has His way, He opens the eyes of some, but does not open the eyes of every Jew in Israel. Those political Jews, because they want to play along with the rest of the world diplomacy, will sign the peace covenant. When that happens, that necessitates God to send the two prophets on the scene, so let us back up a little: We are moving toward that week of time, we expect these two events just described, to happen very soon. We are looking toward that seventh seal. You find that in the 1st verse of chapter 8. For the sake of your understanding, so you will not forget it, take that 1st verse, and in your mind bring it right back here and fasten it on to the closing of the 6th chapter of Revelation. Do that in your mind. Now that takes it altogether out of the 8th chapter, because the 8th chapter belongs right here in the start of the week. The 1st trumpet and the 2nd and 3rd trumpet, all this is the ministry of the two prophets, but keep in mind that the 7th chapter says nothing about the prophets. It does tell that there is going to be 144,000 sealed away. By who and by what means? It is going to be the ministry of the two prophets in the 11th chapter. Therefore you put the 7th chapter in here (chart), then you put the 11th chapter in here. You put the 8th chapter and the 9th chapter in there. You stack one on top of the other because all of this is happening at the same time. By having done that, you then, in your mind, bring the 10th chapter back here, because it does not belong in the week of Daniel: it belongs right back here, (between verses 1 & 2 of chapter 8). There is where it belongs, because it follows the opening of the seventh seal. When that seventh seal is broken, it is not going to bring an earth shaking event to the world population. First off, it is a mystery. It is a prophetic fulfillment of some kind of mystery. That is why these seven distinct voices will utter things pertaining to what the bride needs to know. We have to understand, none of them are charismatic preachers. They are not Benny Hinn’s, or any men like that. They are men that represent the Bride of Christ. Some will ask the question, Why seven? If you will look at all the types through the Bible, look at Israel, every time there was some major thing that God did on behalf of Israel as a combined nation, He had all twelve tribes represented. Did He not? When they crossed the Sinai Desert, crossed the Jordan and came to the other side, as they were coming through the river, there were certain men that were delegated the job of reaching down and picking up a stone, and as they came to the other side they were to lay those stones in a pile, as a memorial. There were twelve stones, one for each tribe. That was to be a memorial for generations to come. Look what God did at the advent of Christ: Even though the ten tribes were not even back in the land as a whole representative of the people at that time, (There were some of the ten tribes in the land when Jesus was there, but not enough to show them in their identity.) He still chose twelve apostles, which was to represent the fact that Israel complete, was made up of twelve tribes. The northern tribes were never to come back into the land until the last days, but that is the hour we are living in, so the point is this, Why did Jesus choose twelve apostles? To represent the twelve tribes of Israel. Now if God, in that way, chose to set a type, to show respect, the Bride is made up of seven distinct church ages of time. Is it not? If there were seven angelic messengers, one to each age of time, we have to realize, first there is a man, but there was an angel behind that man. When we come down here to these thunders, we can say that the seventh seal, when it is broken, that allows Jesus to leave the mercy seat. There is no more mercy after that: He is finished with the Gentiles. Next He comes to wrap up, to complete and take the Bride to Himself. Look at the picture involved. Why would not God make known these seven distinct mysteries, something concerning the imminent coming of Christ? (not in His visible return as over here, but His mystical, invisible coming for His Bride) God had to keep it secret, in order to keep Satan from contaminating the entire process. This is what throws all the doctors of divinity and the charismatic people completely out of the picture. I have writings in my possession, and I have had them here before, which prove it. This one man is definitely a historian and a theologian, and he emphatically states that there is no such thing as a rapture in the scriptures. Well saints, there are a lot of people that will fall for that. If you are a person only reading just words, and you have no spirit of revelation from God in you at all, then all you read is words and you place your own interpretation on what you read, but you know nothing for sure, because it takes that Spirit of revelation in you to nail down the truth and make it unquestionable. You depend upon an educated man, fluent in his speech, to be able to lay something out for you to believe, but here is what we have to look at. Keep in mind, when we dealt with the resurrection, there was a phase of the first resurrection that took place when Jesus rose from dead. It is not written in the scriptures in some great big phenomenal way. What it says in Matthew, should be enough for anyone. It did not say a few graves were opened: It says, “And the graves were opened, (Mat 27:52) and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, 53 And came out of the graves after His resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.” I believe I have said before, Did that mean only the graves around Jerusalem were opened? I do not believe that. I believe, since that was Old Testament saints that came forth, that some of them could have been saints that died way back there even a thousand years in advance of that hour. The point is this, it was prophesied by David in the Psalms. He had that psalm, that prophecy, thou will not leave my soul in hell. From the time righteous Abel was slain by Cain, until Christ was crucified on the cross, all righteous spirits of human beings went into a place in hell called Paradise. It is in the heart of the earth. The wicked that died went into the place called torment, in hell also. Therefore since we do know it is written that Jesus conquered death, hell, and the grave, when you connect that with that Psalm, David wrote, which said, Thou shalt not leave my soul in hell, neither will thou allow thy Holy One to see corruption, that ought to tell you something. As the Seventh Day Adventists insist, He did not lay in the grave a full seventy two hours. His entombment representation was of three days and three nights, but not the full seventy two hours. In the Middle East, the human body starts a chemical breakdown, which was not allowed to happen with the body of Jesus. Keep in mind, they put that body in the tomb in haste. There was no embalming spices or anything that went on it when they put Him in the grave real quick. The point is this, It took the apostle Paul, years later, after he received the revelation, to explain it. That is why he wrote the 4th chapter of Ephesians like he did. He wrote, Now He that ascended, and he was not talking about a different man, and he was not talking about a different event. That One that ascended is the One that first did what? He descended. At what time did He descend? When His Spirit left the body. The body stayed on the cross at the time, but the Spirit went down into hell and He fulfilled exactly what David’s spirit was waiting for. David had longed to see that One to come, to deliver him and set him free. Therefore when the scripture says the graves were opened, that happened when the great earthquake took place as the breath went out of Jesus. Then after Jesus was resurrected, those other saints rose from the dead and appeared in the city, but only after His resurrection, because He was the first fruits from among the dead. When you connect that with the further revelation the apostle Paul spoke of in the Ephesian letter, you get a pretty good picture of the whole thing. Eph 4:9 “Now that He ascended, what is it but that He also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that He might fill all things.” When the life went out of the body, His spirit went immediately into hell. What did He do? He preached to the imprisoned spirits, then He took the spirits of all the righteous, all the way back to righteous Abel, before and after the flood, right up to the time of that event, and as He went up, they went up to glory with Him. He gave gifts unto men. That is what He put in the Church, gifts. The point is, He took those righteous spirits with Him to glory. That constitutes the first phase of the first resurrection. That is when it had a beginning. I will say to my critics, There was no trumpets blown, and there is nothing written about a shout. Why? Because Jesus Himself said, I am the resurrection and the Life. He was there in person, invested with the power and authority from the Father, to loose every one of those spirits of the righteous that were held captive in hell, and take them to the heavenly paradise. When those bodies came forth out of the grave, they were reunited with that glorified body that we everyone look for. They were not left there walking around: They went to glory with Jesus. None of the Old Testament prophets ever envisioned this. It is in the time of Paul, that this was revealed and he brought it into his teaching, and that was because Paul’s epistles were strictly to the Bride. He was not directing his words to foolish virgins, only wise virgins. How many realize that? The parable of Jesus in Matthew 25 brings that in. He is looking down at the end of time, because it said, Then, then, then, not back here at the beginning, shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto this. That is why we can say, All the epistles Paul wrote to the Church, were to the Bride, and it is all one and the self same thing, because he had the revelation of what the Bride Church is built upon. So with this in mind we have to understand that Paul wrote like He did in 1st Thessalonians, because it was the Thessalonian saints that kept asking questions, constantly pestering him, But what about this and what about that? That is why, in the first epistle he wrote back to explain some things, he brought in the process for the next phase of the first resurrection, when in the 4th chapter, he wrote, For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, because he was not just giving them some idea that had been hatched out in traditional thoughts and carried over from the Old Testament. He was giving them a clear picture of what it will be like when the time comes for the Bride to leave this world. That means there is going to be some people snatched out of here mysteriously. That is why this seventh seal that is still sealing the scroll in the hand of Jesus, has not yet been broken: The seventh seal has nothing to do with the trumpets nor the vials, nor will it affect anyone other than the Bride. How many realize that? I know what Bro. Branham said in the Seals book, that the seventh seal is the end of Grace, and it is for the Bride of Jesus Christ. That is why we see in the 10th chapter, that great sight: It goes with the breaking of that seal. With all of this in mind, we have to begin looking at 1st Thessalonians 4, where it says He will descend first from heaven with a shout, and we know that the shout has sounded already. We brought that in earlier: That shout was the message delivered to the age by the prophet messenger. The voice of the archangel is next. What is that? That is what brings the revelation of that seventh seal. That is what you see here in the 10th chapter, because the rainbow that was around the throne where He sat up there, now is around His head and He is standing in angelic form on earth, with one foot on the land and the other one on the sea. What has He come for? He has come for the contents of what is in that scroll that is open in His hand. As Bro. Branham brought out, it is the scroll of redemption. He has come for the product He has been interceding for. What we must realize, is that this puts you and I, the Bride of Christ, in a time factor right here while the world is negotiating a peace agreement and out of necessity, getting ready to introduce the last week of Daniel’s seventy weeks. That puts the Bride in her final moments so to speak, before the rapture takes place so listen carefully, The thunders are not going to perfect you: Why should you still need perfecting? What have you been doing the past five years leading up to that Time?


A SPECIAL WORD TO THE BRIDE CHURCH


If you are running all over creation, doing everything and accomplishing very little, you should slow down and take stock of yourself. Some people have to be knocked down with dynamite or something similar before they even realize how vain their efforts have been. Now that is a figure of speech, so just take heed to the nourishment of your soul before some sudden development has to shake you. Do not go away from here and tell people that Raymond Jackson said some people ought to be knocked down with dynamite: I just mean that some approach life in such a care-free way that nothing alarms them, nothing shakes them until tragedy strikes. I will say this, Just watch how people react to various things and you will see what I mean. This miracle war we talk quite a bit about, just let it start and let it become so evident that all the news media of the world rush quickly to Israel, and a lot of attitudes will change suddenly. The News Media will fly camera men of every description to Israel to probe and poke around, just like they did in the Gulf War. You could not turn on a TV, without somewhere there was a TV station that constantly had news coming from the Middle East. I will say that this event will paralyze the world at that time. It is because of what it accomplishes. That, and that alone should put people of the Bride right on their tip toes, waiting for the miraculous outcome. What you hear the ministry preach from now until that hour, is going to be the things that puts you and I in a state of perfection. It is going to cause us to get our human nature all under control. We are going to get this flesh all crucified, because the coming of Jesus, His imminent coming to take us away is going to be the most important thing in life. That war is absolutely going to let you know, that what we have believed is staring us in the face, so we have got to get ourselves ready. It is not that you stand in a wash tub and lift yourself, it is that you and I look at the time we are living in, and look at everything God is causing His men to bring out of the scriptures to us: The elements of our perfection lay within the ministry and it will be world wide, because God has called individuals from every nation to walk with Him in truth. Somewhere, God has those seven men who are ordained to be the voices of Chapter 10, verses 3 and 4 of Revelation. Notice how it is written, The mighty angel cries with a loud voice. “And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when He had cried, seven thunders (seven chosen men) uttered their voices. (Rev 10:4) And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.” I have to say, When that moment comes, it is going to transpire precisely at a time when the world is going to be so busy negotiating, ( which in reality, they are getting ready to set this week of time in motion) exerting all their efforts in an attempt to bring about world peace, I cannot help but believe Jesus will be in angelic form on earth. Not that people are going to see Him, but it is going to create an anointing like none of us have ever witnessed before. It is going to have an affect on your spirit, and God is going to anoint those seven men for that time. Listen carefully as I say this, The end time movement, those that do believe the seventh seal is yet to be broken, but insist that it takes a prophet to reveal it, will miss it all. You could talk from now through the next fifty years and will never change their mind. They are sitting in the road, drying out, just waiting there in the middle of the road for God to work according to their design, but He has His own design. In the dream I had about these scriptures, those that concern the war, in the last scene I saw, people were coming from all over the world for an event. They were coming somewhere to a meeting. I could see them coming with that little bottle of oil in their hand. That lets me know the Holy Spirit has already been poured out at that time. Every one that came to that great gathering, had already had his or her personal experience. Everyone was approaching, coming into this building with expectancy, as though thinking, We are going to learn something. Everyone was talking about the same thing. When it looked like all the people that were expected to be there, were in there, all of a sudden Bro. Branham appeared in the front, where normally a speaker would stand. Everyone got real quite. Listen carefully how I say this, I do not want anyone to think I am some fanatic: Bro. Branham is not coming back from the dead, as a fleshly person. Do not even think a thought like that. However, if Jesus, one day while speaking to the multitude, said, (Mat 16:28) “Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in His kingdom,” what would be so strange about a similar event taking place for the end time Bride Church? Notice, (Mat 17:1) “And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, (Mat 17:2) And was transfigured before them: and His face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. (Mat 17:3) And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with Him.” Verse 9, lets us know it was a vision and not a literal resurrection of Moses and Elijah. That high mountain where Jesus took Peter, James and John, is called the Mt of Transfiguration. What did He do that for? He took them away from the multitudes that followed them everywhere they went. First off, they were going to see something that was just for them. As they were taken up to the high mountain, it was just Jesus, Peter, James and John, four men, but all of a sudden something came down over Jesus. His whole raiment began to change, His countenance changed. Then, in this vision they saw two prophets of the past come into the scene. Now what was that for? Jesus has just told the multitude down there, Some of you will never taste of death until you have seen the Son of man coming in His kingdom, so what this scene was ordained for, was to show that before Jesus does come in His visible return to earth, that event will be preceded by two Old Testament prophets, not the actual men, but two Jews with the anointing that made those two Old Testament men known for their particular ministry, Moses and Elijah. Right here, (at the beginning of that week) is where they appear in Israel for their three and a half years of prophecy to the Jews. This is to set the stage for the spiritual minded Jews, to get them ready for what takes place over here on this side (in the other half of that week). The important thing to notice, is that they saw two men of the past, Moses who had died and Elijah that had been translated. Well what I am saying to you is, If God would do that for those Jewish men of that hour, and it had a specific significance, then why would it seem so ridiculous if He did the same for His Gentile bride people right here at the end of time? Letting the image of Bro. Branham, (who is known by the older ones, that he was a true prophet and messenger to the Laodicean age, for the Bride people) be seen for a specific purpose, seems right in line with what He has already done, as well as what He is going to do again for the Jewish people. The two prophets of Revelation 11, will not necessarily look like the Moses and Elijah of old, and they will not be seen only in a vision, but they will minister under that same anointing. That is why I say, What would keep God from sending that man’s image for the Gentile Bride? If He chose do the exact same thing for the Jewish people two thousand years ago, and all of us be allowed to read about it, Why would He not do the same again? Since Bro. Branham’s death, he has appeared to me three times in a dream. Is that spiritualism? Is that fanaticism? Not if you look at it the right way. It has never happened in the church world, but I have to believe God can do it. While the movement as a whole, is carnally looking for the natural man to reappear, God can use that man’s image and he can be made to appear to men either in a dream or vision, or they just hear his voice. Which ever it is, those men are going to be dealt with in a supernatural manner. What is implanted in their memory will have as great an impact upon what they are going to say, as what John heard and was told to write, when he wrote the book of Revelation. All seven of those men, wherever they are scattered over this earth, are going to have something prophetic wise to say to the element of people that their ministry is connected to, and it will be something to acquaint that element of people with the imminent coming of Jesus. Not the day or the hour, let us get that out of our thinking. Once you are ready to leave this world, you will have done been told what the mystery is. Look at it in that light. Until then, your mind will be just as anxious and filled with imagination, Oh it would be wonderful if we just knew the moment. Yes, it would be just like the rabbit and turtle running the race. The rabbit was so far ahead he thought that turtle would never catch up, so he sat down under a tree and went to sleep. Here came the turtle, and went right on by. I only use that as an illustration, but I have to say, The image of Bro. Branham seen in that dream, has to be for a purpose. I heard him say things. Here I was standing, looking at people close by, and saying, What did I tell you, we are going to learn something concerning His coming. Everybody was sitting there with such a joy of expectancy, as he stood there before all the people. I have to feel that it has something to do with what that seventh seal is. Until then, I would be very foolish to speculate. I cannot help but believe those seven men are men who have already met God’s test, wherever they are. Once God gives that to them, their mind and their spirit is going to be so set on what they have seen and heard, the devil and all his imps could not take it out of them. They are going to relate it in such a simple way too. Look at this angelic being of Christ on earth, the first thing He did, He cried with a loud voice. As soon as He cried, those seven thunders uttered their voices. John heard exactly what was said. As I said earlier, The one that edited that book, told Bro. Branham it cannot be something that has not been written, because if that would be the case, this would be adding to the word of God. I thought to myself when I was told that, You are so wrong, but I kept what I thought to myself. Now I say to you, What about the two prophets coming upon the scene in Israel? You will not find written anywhere, what they will prophesy. Does it not say they will prophesy? For how long? Read it for yourself, (Rev 11:3), “And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.” Where will you find written, what they will prophesy? They will not stand out there quoting Isaiah: They are going to prophesy. It is not even in the scriptures, what they will say, but does that mean it is adding to them? No. It is fulfilling an event that is unrelated to what we see here. These are things that people have to wrestle with and get them out of their system. What those thunders are, to me, will definitely be prophetic insight that deals strictly with the imminent coming of Jesus for His Bride. We have got to settle it. That is why I say, Take the 10th chapter that is recorded between the 9th and 11th, bring it right back here and lay it right over that seventh seal and the later part of the 6th chapter, because there is where it all begins to culminate. Here, is where we finish the Bride. Here, is where she is taken out of the world. Now let us again look at this 10th chapter. Let us start with the 4th verse and read. “And when the seven thunders had uttered their (The word “their” is a plural pronoun.) voices, I was about to write: (Think of it, If John had not been told not to write it, he would have, it would have been in here for us to read. The fact that it would have been in the 6th chapter, goes to show it would have been for the Bride. We would have been reading it. The fact he was forbidden to write it, lets us know he could have, and what he heard has got to be fulfilled in the day that there is a living element of the Bride needing to hear it.) and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not. (That does not mean those words will never be sounded, but like Bro. Branham kept emphasizing in the seals messages, If John had written what he heard the thunders say, the devil would know all about it; and would have twisted every bit of it. God knows Satan has done enough already, the way he has taken all the other scriptures and twisted them into a thousand different interpretations. This is one thing he cannot run wild with, because he does not know what it is.) And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up His hand to heaven, And sware by Him that liveth for ever and ever, (If you want to see a parallel in this, take it to Daniel 12. You see this one that is standing on the sea and the land, there in the 12th chapter of Daniel, standing on the river, and He does the same thing, lifts up both hands and swares by Him that liveth forever, that it is all over. He will not do this in Israel, until this has been fulfilled to the Gentile Bride first. Once He has fulfilled this to the Gentile Bride, which is in the 10th chapter and takes place right here, (just before the week starts) He can move right into Israel and start dealing with them. Then is when He will deal with them concerning that last three and one half years.) who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer.” Should is a progressive word meaning, from the time the thunders are sounded, there is a little period of time for what they have said, to get around everywhere the bride is and be communicated to obtain its ordained affect. As I have said, It is not an instantaneous thing, like a flash of lightning. That is what we have to understand, because all of this is for the universal bride of Jesus Christ. Everything has to have time to make its way to every bride saint.


WHAT ABOUT THIS MYSTERY


Looking at Verse 7, in the 10th chapter of Revelation, confused people years ago, because they knew Bro. Branham was the seventh church age messenger, and he was still on earth at the time. “But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as He hath declared to His servants the prophets.” As long as Bro. Branham was alive and preaching, his voice, his message had not even been heard around the world. They only knew of it here in the United States and Canada. They heard about his healing ministry. In Africa they told about the healings and outstanding miracles that took place, but they knew little of what he preached and how he baptized. God took the man from the earth, but did that take his voice? His message has gone around the world. Do not think I am bragging, but we have put it around the world in its true revelation. If you think I am bragging, go ahead and believe that, but if you could see the letters we get from ministers overseas, who say the Contender has helped clear up a lot of questions that had brought division you might change your mind. I have been told how churches have crumbled because all they were built on was quotes, quotes, and more quotes from Bro. Branham’s messages. Not every Tom, Dick, and Harry preacher claiming to be in this message, gives it the right picture. I just have to say, Thank you Lord, for allowing us to do so: We realize it is not us, but the grace of God working through us. Notice though, the mystery should be finished. Since his death in 1965, his message to the bride has gone around the world. We are approaching 37 years since his death, and in that time his message has been sounded around the world, both in what has been sent out in booklet form, as well as what we have sent out to follow right on the heels of those booklets. The word should, I have to say, has about reached its termination point. I believe it has been sounded around the world. There is something else right on the end of this though. When we come to verse 8, still in the 10th chapter, do you remember where I said to place it? Right here, just before the week starts. “And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel (This is the arch angel, the one that cried, that caused seven voices to sound forth that mystery which constituted the seventh seal.) which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth. And I went unto the angel, and said unto Him, Give me the little book. And He said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; (This is all symbolic: Ezekiel was told to do the same thing.) and it shall make thy belly bitter, (when you eat something that is bitter, it means a bad case of heartburn, because it did not agree with you.) but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. (How true that is. The taste in the mouth is good, we gobble it down, but oh my, somebody give me a Rolaid. It sets the stomach on fire.) 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. And He said (the angel) unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.” This is different than what the seven thunders said. To me, this is an anointing, the same kind that was on John, that caused him to write everything that he had seen, past tense, present tense, future tense. It was a prophetic anointing reserved for him for that hour, that gave us this whole love letter, but if John was told, Thou must prophesy again, it means a repeat is forthcoming; not him, but the anointing that was on him, will rest on a ministry of some individual men who are somewhere in strategic places on earth, associated with particular people, and they will have an opportunity to speak to politicians. I have felt like the Bride of Christ has been held in the background, almost like she does not even exist. That is why the charismatic people, all that type, see themselves as the Bride of Christ. They are not the Bride of Christ, but they are out there portraying themselves to be, at least in their words. They are so far away from being bride saints, it is pitiful. I believe, once the seventh seal has been made known to the Bride, which is already in perfection, and is already in unity, because she has already attained the stature and image of Christ, she is ready to leave this world, but God is going to let that anointing drop on that little Bride, and that ministry, which are men; and they are going to speak out some things that are absolutely going to cause the mouths of politicians to fall open. Why? Because that will be God’s way of bringing about a testimony that causes the Bride to become known. All they see in us now, is just a nucleus of strange fanatics, but to the world in general we do not even exist. I have to believe, when that anointing that was on John repeats itself again, it will not put the speakers on the Isle of Patmos, because it would not have said what it did. How many understand that? John was on the Isle of Patmos; and all he had to do was just write all this, but when it was said, For thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings, you do not do that out on the Isle of Patmos. You do not do it locked up in jail. That is for the end time Church. I have to believe there is a little nucleus of the ministry that this anointing is going to fall on; and that is going to be God’s way of closing out the testimony of the Bride, just before she leaves this world. With that in mind, I hope we see now where that first verse of chapter 8 falls into fulfillment. Tie it right to the end of the 6th chapter, then take the 10th chapter, and bring it back here also, because that is what finishes the Bride of Christ and gets her ready to leave this world. I have heard it said, that the rapture could take place any time. People who talk like that have never studied the scriptures. If they had, they could not come up with an idea like that. Without even going back to read those prophecies in the Old Testament, we have enough in the New Testament to keep us from getting an idea like that. After the apostle Paul had written what he did to the Thessalonian Assembly, they came right back with other questions, But what about this? He wrote the second letter and said, (2 Th 2:2-4) “That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” Of course I realize, that right on through the years, there have always been some who thought the Lord could come any minute, and they would look at these same scriptures to make their predictions because they could see apostasy settling in on religion. That was not the falling away this scripture is referring to. When I take these other translations and look at that same scripture, do you know what it says? THAT DAY WILL NOT COME UNLESS THERE COME AN OPEN REBELLION FIRST, AND THAT MAN OF SIN BE REVEALED AS THE SON OF PERDITION. That is not word for word, because I have checked it in different translations and they are not all worded the same, but this is what we have going on right now: They want to do away with the Bible. They want to get God out of the picture. That is what the world is screaming right now, even Jewish politicians say, We cannot quote the Bible: we cannot use that in our negotiating process. What a shame! What a disgrace! They are the people we got the Bible from. They ought to be standing up, defending it. Oh no, we have to keep God out of this. No wonder, God has got to show His power in such a dramatic way in the Middle East. He has to wake them up. Does that mean every one will be awakened to reality and turn to God? Not at all. The Gentile Bride, from now on until that week starts, has got some praying, listening, and watching ahead of them. As Bro. Branham said, If you grow potatoes, then keep on growing potatoes. Do not just sit down and wait for the coming of the Lord. Some people are so concerned about Wall Street, that it seems like that is all they live for. Saints, we cannot do that and get ourselves ready for the Lord. Once we see where the 10th chapter goes in fulfillment, He will fulfill chapter 8, verse 1, and once that seal is broken the 10th chapter, will come right in there, just before the week starts. I know I am repeating some of these things over and over, but it takes that for some. I want to acquaint us with what goes on, as this stage is set for the rapture. The shout of 1st Thessalonians 4:16, took place way back here. (the message by Bro. Branham) We have had the shout for approximately 40 years already. It awakened an element of people who love truth. There has been some awakened that never did get to hear the natural man’s voice: They have been awakened by the commotion that other people make. That is understandable: Anyone who has ever slept in an army barracks with a hundred and some men all sleeping and snoring, when reveille is suddenly sounded it wakes the greater part of them. They wake up rubbing their eyes, jump up and begin to pull on their trousers, but there are always one or two that did not even hear the horn: It was the commotion of the others that woke them. Is that understandable? That is exactly what a shout does. It is the commotion that it creates among some people, that actually wakes others. What is going on? Did somebody say something? Well anyhow, the shout has to have been sounded in time to be effective to all the living element of the bride. When we come back to the 10th chapter of Revelation, we see Jesus on earth in angelic form, one foot on earth and one on the sea, which shows this is a universal position. He cries with a loud voice. Only the living Bride hears that voice, the voice of the archangel. How many understand me? They are the ones that have already heard the shout and have been moving forward, being prepared to meet the Bridegroom. The voice of the archangel makes that known. Remember though, In 1st Thessalonians 4:16, the apostle Paul also spoke of the trump of God, so there are three things. The trump of God does not even affect the living: It raises the dead. Take that to 1st Corinthians 15:52, and look what Paul said about the trumpet sounding. “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” In the verse before that he said, “Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed.” When that trumpet sounds, the dead in Christ comes up first, and then we all go up together, to meet the Lord in the air. That is what we are all waiting for.These scriptures let us see where the trumpet comes in? That is not one of the trumpets that sounds over here in chapter 8. Those seven trumpets over here are unrelated to the rapture of the Church. That trumpet sounds and brings up the dead first. Since it brings the dead first, that brings out of the ground all the dead saints in Jesus Christ who are to be a part of His Bride. Because the living ones that have moved forward and are alive right there, they have not only been affected by the shout that has been going on all this time, the shout that put them in motion to move forward and it brought them to the hour of hearing the archangel’s revelation. Was the revelation sounded to the world? No. Do you see now, that the shout, and the voice of the archangel was to the living element of the bride? You did not have any of that back here, when these others rose. The shout, and the voice of the archangel are for the living saints of the Bride of Christ. Then the trump of God resurrects the dead and then you have the rapture. That leaves in the ground, all these other dead we talked about, that have white robes, plus that great multitude that are killed in this tribulation. Notice when we come over here, when we read Revelation 20:4-5, and I challenge the critics, there is not a shout, there is not the voice of an archangel and there is not a trumpet that brings them out of the ground. Christ is on earth now. He is the resurrection. At the sound of His voice they will come forth. There is no rapture to them. There is no catching away. They come forth out of the ground immortal. How many see the point? That is why I say, What Paul wrote was for the Bride, what John has here is for all those tribulation saints. In the 19th chapter is where he saw the Bride in heaven. But it didn’t tell you when they went. I have to say, they went under the seventh seal and the 10th chapter. With that in mind, follow me now, we are gone, but the week has started and the two prophets come on the scene. Everything else that is written in the book of Revelation is strictly for that week of time. I want to line them up and show you. I will say this, If a Jewish person gets this tape, I beg you Jewish friends, please, I have respect for your Torah, but you have turned everything into ceremonialism. You have so traditionally memorized it, you have all kinds of rituals attached to the Torah, what it means to you and all. Jewish friends, you have been left in the darkness of time; and you do not know where you really are, in time. If you knew where you were in time, and Sharon and Peres, and all the rest of your leaders who are ready to keep the Sabbath, and hallow that day, if you only knew what your prophets had said to keep you up to date, your leaders would not be selling you out in a compromised way to this bunch of Gentile devils, and the so called U.N. That is why I say to the Jewish friends, Please, God will force your leaders into a corner one day, and He will cause them by the pressure He puts upon them, to come out of the corner and begin to realize they cannot stand alone: They have to rely upon the God that established you. Then they are going to have to see that your prophets of old told you of this which is yet to come, but you did not read them. Even when your Rabbis read the Torah they do not pay attention to all of it. There was an article in the Jerusalem Post by a Rabbi, explaining all about the Torah, but I thought, What about Numbers 24?, when old Balaam told Balak, Come here, I want to show you what is going to happen, what these people will do to your people in the later days. It is a shame that the rabbis cannot explain the prophetic picture. Tradition binds them to a ritual, to a meaning that is as old as time. Neither do they know the sound of the clock that is striking tonight over the face of this earth. It is a shame. I say also, The Gentile church world is just as ignorant on the subject of Grace. That is why, when that seventh seal is broken right here, and revealed through the 10th chapter, and also of what follows, Grace is over for the Gentiles. The Church is ready to go. Now God will deal with those Jews through the wars that have just transpired and then with what the prophets do, because the prophets will be ready to come on the scene at the exact appointed time. I will say this to any Jewish person that will listen to me, Keep in mind, those two prophets are spoken more of in the writings of your prophets that followed the Torah, than you will find in your Torah. There is more of it in the New Testament also. Therefore when these two prophets, who will be Jews, under the anointing of Moses and Elijah, according to what was shown to Peter, James, and John that day, on the Mount of Transfiguration, come upon the scene they will tell you what God has done among the Gentiles, and where He has been for two thousand years while you have been dispersed, scattered to the four winds of the earth. When God returns to the Jews, He will have already finished calling out His chosen from among the Gentiles. He will give His attention to what His prophets have foretold, concerning the children of Israel in the last days.


LOOKING AT EVENTS INSIDE THE WEEK


As we go into the week, we want to drop those trumpets into their proper place and show those three woes, how they are applied, then watch those vials, how they are poured out, so that when we come to the end of that week, I want to preach on the sign of His coming, what is going to transpire on this earth in those seventy five days Daniel 12 speaks about. A lot of people grow up to think that when Matthew 24, comes about, bingo, Jesus is going to come like a streak of lightning and it is all over. It is not like that at all. That seventy five days is not just a bunch of days stuck in there to take up space. There has got to be a revelation that goes along with that. I ask that you pray for me, concerning all of this. As you can see, we have a new chart, which I pray will help us with the things we are going to touch on now, as we read the entire letter of Revelation in its time sequence. I am not going to repeat what we have said already: I just want to acquaint you with the chart and how we have taken every chapter of the book of Revelation and put it in its time sequence and show you how to read it in the light of time. It seems like politicians ought to be able to realize how close we are to the end, because there are so many things in place right now. When we recognize in America today, that we have an element of society that fulfills what Jesus said in Matthew 24, and Luke 17, namely, Mat. 24:37 “But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Luke 17:26-28 “And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed,” it ought to be clear that all that is lacking, is that what we see going on already, just becomes a little more commonplace. Every ungodly thing that was going on in the days of Noah and also the days of Lot, are present in our very society today. This is a day and hour that you cannot publicly speak out against the gays and lesbians and the various lifestyles that are anti scriptural, without immediately being branded as a racist, discriminatory, just plain prejudiced, or something they can club you with. They will have you in a Court of Law before you know what is happening. Even still, no politician that has ever read what the Bible says, can honestly condone what is going on in our society and say, I see nothing wrong with this lifestyle. That is exactly what brought the flood: an overall acceptance of ungodliness. That is exactly what is going to bring the end of time and bring the wrath of God upon this mess. It is also that much more real why the Jews today, in their negotiating, from the world standpoint, has them afraid to mention the Torah. That is their Bible: yet this is a day, the world over, that using the Bible as a means to negotiate is forbidden. You cannot use it in any kind of school squabble. Right here in this magazine, are quotes from Newspapers in different states, that confirm what I am saying. One student went to school with a pair of scissors. The minute the scissors were found, that student was expelled from school. That is not a gun, so what is the big deal? In another case, a student was seen pointing his finger like a gun, at another student, bang, bang, and he was expelled from school. Another student was found drawing little characters like Popeye and those cartoon characters, but one was shooting at the other: They expelled him from school. That is exactly the kind of society we are cultivating in the high places today. I have said many times, They created it, and now they are having to pay the price. Don’t let them tell me their, get God out of the picture attitude did not bring on what we are seeing today. I will look them right in the face and say, You created it, you hypocrites!. You gave in to this thing, when one lone woman, back in the l960’s, an atheist at that, got citizens across the nation to sign a petition to get public prayer out of the schools. Only the Lord knows, how many people signed that petition. When it went to the Supreme Court, they passed it on into law. The next thing, they got the Bible completely removed from all sources of education. When that took place, God was on His way out of America. Any time you take God out of a nation, that nation will go downhill toward destruction. America, for the last thirty five years, has gone downhill socially. I have to say to the Lawmakers, Do not attempt to blame the Christians for doing it. They had nothing to do with such nonsense. All of that combined with the general attitude of our society, just goes to show you that what the Bible says we would see as an indicating factor of the last days, is almost exactly in place. They are trying to remove that blessed old book from our society, but they cannot totally succeed, because it is grafted into the hearts of some people who will keep it alive until all is fulfilled. Hallelujah! They can confiscate all the written pages they can find; and forbid anyone from quoting what they have in their hearts, but they can never prevent the fulfillment of every prophecy that has ever been written in it: God Himself will see that every word is fulfilled perfectly. Our politicians do not realize what kind of POWER they are trying to get rid of. They are all under the spell and affects of the evil they have created. There is no such thing, that when you remove God from your society, you leave the slate clean. You absolutely do not get rid of God: You only open the door for the devil, the opposite force which is evil, to rule your society. I just want to acquaint you with a time factor. This red line on our chart, goes all the way back to the beginning like the other chart we had. Here, is the beginning of the Church: the blue line, which represents those in fine linen. We come to the year of 1945: The month of April, brings WW2 to an end, but a tragic thing had taken place in the world, especially Europe. Six million Jews from all over the European continent, had been rounded up and martyred, or just plain murdered. Looking at Revelation 13:1-18, you see, And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, right? Now that chapter follows 12, doesn’t it? But this is to show you, to see this beautiful love letter that is the Lord’s love letter to His Bride, it was written in 96 A.D. by one lone human being, John. He was put out on the Isle of Patmos and isolated from the rest of society. They thought they would shut the old man up. He was the last of the patriarchs. Just to show you, that you cannot stop God’s word from being fulfilled, though it is true that He does have a time factor and a way He will bring everything into perspective, it will be fulfilled. When WW2 was brought to an end in that sector of the world, Europe, to North Africa, was laying in shambles. All major cities, the metropolitan area, was bombarded to pieces. Warehouses, factories, railroad terminals and bridges were demolished. With the Russian bear looking down upon Europe, the European leaders realized, or at least they thought so, We must do something or this bear will devour us. That compelled the European leaders to bring together a combined unity of their military forces called NATO, North Atlantic Treaty Organization. That is how it got started. The whole purpose was to protect this complex while it was in the process of coming up out of the waters. What put it down there? History shows, that in 1520 the Reformation started. Up until that time it was the Roman Empire having passed through its different evolutionary stages of political and religious development. But in 1520, when the Reformation started, that was God’s way of wounding the head, the brain works of the thing. That beast started dying. This ocean, the waters, represent the mass of society of Europe. As the war came to a close, in the eyes of God it was time for that old beast to start rising out of the waters it had been sunk into. Very slowly, from 1945 onward, it started rising, coming back to where it was before the Reformation wounded its head as unto death. Rev 13:2 “And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. 3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. 4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? 5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. (Naturally, that speaks of the antichrist that shall sweep into Jerusalem in the middle of the week of Daniel, kill the two prophets of Revelation 11, and try to rid the world of all believers in God. The dragon that gives him his power, is the devil himself.) 6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, and His tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. 7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. 8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” The Bride of Christ has an understanding of all these things now, thanks to God that sent a prophet messenger to this age.


A LOOK BACK AND A LOOK AHEAD


When we came into 1963, eighteen years after the closing of that world affecting event, and in the months of March and April, God’s messenger to the Laodicean Age, the man who was the prophet messenger that fulfilled the 2nd part of Malachi 4:5-6, was inspired to preach on the seven seals of Revelation 6:1-17, 8:1. God gave him the revelation of the first six, but the seventh seal was not opened. As we have already said, The seventh seal has not been opened yet: Bro. Branham spoke of the seventh seal, but could not present the revelation of all that it pertains to. He believed, as we do, that it will reveal things about the coming of Jesus Christ for the rapture of the Bride Church, things the living Bride will need to know. At that time, (1963) God wanted a nucleus of people on earth to know, from the book of Revelation, a book that many are afraid of, that it is actually a love letter to the Bride of Christ, to acquaint her with what is already past as well as what is yet ahead, in the plan and purpose of God. It was time for this letter to begin to be opened, but only for a certain element of people, that they could have a chance to take a look at what is now beginning to develop in the world. Therefore in the months of March and April of 1963, this little man dealt with the seals, and because it was not very far from here, we were able to sit through every service. The religious world today, could not care less about what he revealed by the leading of the Spirit of God in those services. That is why I have said the religious world today, with all of its theological understanding, would not even care if the book of Revelation had never been written. This goes to show, that they do not even know which way they are going, and they cannot even say they are the Bride of Christ. Billy Graham wrote his book on “The Four Horsemen.” The Jehovah Witness’ have too. They both have almost the same picture, but their picture is not right: They place those four horsemen over here in the tribulation period; but when Bro. Branham stood there thirty eight years ago, presenting the revelation God had given him on those things, he was pointing to the past concerning that white horse rider, not forward. That red horse rider was pointing backwards, not forward. That black horse rider was likewise in the past, because it shows you what Catholicism was like in that long dark period of a thousands years, which was Satan’s Millennium. It was not pointing ahead. When we consider the pale horse, ( gray horse) Catholicism was already sending out its invitation, Come, and let us be one. Pentecostal leaders, as well all kinds of religious leaders the world over, were coming together in one of the greatest ecumenical moves this world has ever seen. Their concern was the establishing or promoting of unity among churches or religions of every sect, regardless of what they each believed. It was almost like one of those great cattle drives of the old west. I have called it that, because there is no possible way a conglomeration like that can worship the true and living God together. They can come together and follow some kind of preconceived program of man’s making, but the Spirit of God which is the true Spirit of unity, is nowhere near a gathering like that. That gray horse began galloping the moment that unity program got under way. The message the messenger brought to this Age, showed exactly how the inauguration of that worldwide unity, that ecumenicalism, or coming together of all denominational churches back in the 1960’s, is actually what started that gray horse galloping around the world. It has deceived untold multitudes of religious church going people. There will be no end to it either, because that gray horse will gallop right into the week of Daniel and be destroyed by the ten horns of Europe.


A GREAT SURPRISE


With what we have already said in mind, I would like for us to acquaint a certain revelation with something in particular. We will look back to1963, because there were some people from Chicago down here for those meetings; and they came down to our home during the day. While sitting there in our living room, one of the sisters asked me a question: Bro. Jackson, is it possible for a Jew that has never repented and accepted Jesus Christ, to be saved at any time since the advent of Christ? I said, No. I just said no, because, from my own theological standpoint I did not see how it could be possible. That night when we went to service, sitting there waiting, that little prophet opened the scriptures and read the fifth seal. I am going to read it because I want to take you right to that point of time. Revelation 6:9, “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: and they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet (Listen to this.) for a little season, until their fellow-servants also and their brethren that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.” That little man read that and said, That was those Jews that were slain in Hitler’s purge. That hit me like a rock between my eyes. When you read it, there is not a thing in it about the testimony of Jesus Christ. Their identity was, that they kept the word of God and the testimony they held. That does not mean all six million of those slain Jews ended up in heaven. Some of them died cursing God, but others of them died crying, Lord Jehovah, I just don’t understand this. What have I done Lord? Machine guns were mowing them down, they were falling into pits, and some were just simply starving to death, but God knows every one of them that went down crying out to Him. Little children hanging on to mother’s apron were treated likewise. Do you think that little child understood why that was happening? Let us try to place ourselves back in 1963, when that revelation came forth, eighteen years after Hitler’s purge was over. There are the souls of the ones that had been martyred, up there. They are not in hell. They are up there in the heavenly paradise. White robes were given to every one of them; and it was said to them that they should rest yet for a little season. You and I have been living in that little season of time. It is a fact, that little season of time cannot be any longer than a human generation. In Matthew 24, Jesus said, When you see all these signs, these indicators, they are all in place, they have developed, this generation shall not pass away until all these things be fulfilled. That means, from that time right straight on through the beginning of the week, right straight on through this, (the tribulation) when you add that time up, it cannot pass beyond a total of a seventy year period. That is a human generation now. Let me acquaint you with this. Here is the beginning of the week, here is the ending of the week. The first three and one half years of it, is called a thousand two hundred and sixty days, or threescore days, that is the ministry of the two prophets. The last three and one half years is a forty two month period, that is the duration of the man of sin, the beast. When we can see these time factors, it lets us know we have lived, we older ones, to see that little season all the way through. I remember this, and I remember this (chart). We are approaching the beginning of this week. I am convinced we are so very close to it, that is why that war, when it does start, and it is over, and Ezekiel 38 follows right in there behind it, it will not last a month, it will not even last a week. It is going to be such a miraculous type of thing, we can just about say that seventy two hours will put it in the past tense. I ask a simple question, What do you think that is going to do to the world in general? It is going to shock it. It is going to shock it to the point that the politicians are going to be scared half to death and say, We have to do something to prevent any occurrence like this in our future. The European leaders, Europe, that beast is already up out of the waters. It has already hit the time line and Daniel 9:27 is hanging right over it. “And he shall confirm the covenant (out of necessity) with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” It will be necessity that world leaders do something in order to avoid any further catastrophe like they have just seen. Saints: Listen to me, Every verse, every chapter in this letter of Revelation is going to be understood by the Bride of Christ. There will be no guess work. Some people will look at me and say Bro. Jackson, That is just you talking. If God lets me live, I will challenge you on that one day. It is a fact, you do not even have spiritual leaders among politicians any more. In the Old Testament, when Israel was first formed as a nation, her spiritual leaders were her kings and her priests. What happened to them? Where did they disappear to? When you pass King Hezekiah, then you begin to get out of the category of kings being righteous. When we come on down to the advent of Christ, the priest that God could speak to was Zacharias. He was a lay priest, not a high priest. At a certain time of the year he functioned, burning incense, a type of prayer for the people. A humble lay priest, and God sent an angel into the temple to get his attention. Luke 1:11 “And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. 13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.” This John was ordained of God, to introduce the Son of God to that generation. He was the Elijah that fulfilled the first part of Malachi 4:5-6, ordained to turn the hearts of those old Jewish fathers to that of children, that they might receive the gospel of Jesus Christ with simple faith as little children would. As for Jesus, known to that generation as the son of Joseph and Mary, who was actually the Son of God, and would later be known as the Christ of God, the potential King, The Messiah that was to come, you would have thought He would have been born of some elite family of that hour of time. Yet a little virgin girl of Nazareth was chosen of God to give birth to HIS Son, and according to the words that were said, Nazareth did not have such a good reputation. The society of Nazareth was low down, with crooked politicians, and the society in general had just drifted along with it. Mortal man cannot know the mind of God unless He reveal certain things to chosen ones by His Spirit. Such a one was Joseph who was engaged to Mary, the virgin girl God had chosen to bear HIS Son. He had his own mind made up, how he was going to handle the unique situation he was found in, but God sent an angel to speak to him in a dream, to put his mind at ease. Mat 1:18 “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as His mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. 20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. 21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins.” God had ordained, that out of that good for nothing town called Nazareth, a young virgin girl named Mary would bring forth a son that was conceived by the Holy Ghost, so He sent Gabriel to announce it to her and put her mind at ease. All she actually said in response was, How can this be? You can read her response further on down, but let us read Luke 1:26-31, at this time. “And in the sixth month (in the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy with John)the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. 30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.” She was already engaged to the carpenter man named Joseph, and he was not a politician. Nine months later, when the child was born, the only outstanding, elite type that were interested were the wise men that came from the east. Joseph and Mary were just common human beings of that society.

Getting the Bride Ready, Part 2

Getting the Bride Ready, Part 2

Rev. Raymond M Jackson

Rev. Raymond M Jackson

WE ARE STARTING WITH THE LAST TWO SENTENCES OF THE LAST ISSUE, JUST TO REFRESH AND CATCH UP ON THE THOUGHT.


NEVER BEFORE, HAS THERE BEEN A NATION ON THE FACE OF GOD’S GREEN EARTH THAT HAS TAKEN ITS YOUNG PEOPLE, BRAIN WASHED THEM, TWISTED THEIR MINDS, PERVERTED THEIR THINKING AND TURNED THEM LOOSE ON SOCIETY LIKE WE ARE SEEING TODAY. IF YOU SAY ANYTHING ABOUT GAYS AND LESBIANS, THEY THINK YOU ARE A RADICAL. NO, I AM NOT, I AM JUST SAYING WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS AND I BELIEVE IT MEANS WHAT IT SAYS.


I remember when America was not like that. You have seen the problem the Boy Scouts have faced lately. Well allow me to read you the words Bro. Branham spoke. Listen carefully, as I read. I watched this man and listened to him. This is why one man would take what he said in one sermon, and away he would go. Then someone else would hear him say something else in another sermon and say, But this is what he said here. When you begin to look at both of them some think, But Bro. Jackson, you are not supposed to do that. I am doing it! It is my responsibility to do it. He talks here, about how the world is to be repopulated, and talking about the original creation. He then sums it all up, how that children were to be spoken into existence, and not by man and woman having a sex relations. That is what he said in Marriage and Divorce, preached February 21, 1965. I was there. I am not trying to brag: I am just stating facts. Listen as I read.


“That’s the reason Jesus had to come through the woman: to bring it back to its original beginning again, without sex desire. He’s virgin born. But, Hallelujah! there will come a time when it won’t be no more sex, but God shall call His children from the dust of the earth, (Well if we are talking about a resurrection, yes, but that is not repopulating the earth) back like they was in the original! Not through any woman, but through the molding of the clay and the cosmic lights and the petroleum, He’ll create again like He did Adam at the first time.”


Now Bro. Jackson, be careful what you are saying. I have been for thirty some years. I do not care who hears my voice, because this is practically the last time Bro. Branham ever spoke on this subject in this manner. I have to tell you though, when I use the Bible for what I am going to say, it is absolutely true when God created the first man Adam, He created him out of the dust of the earth, but He breathed into him the breath of life, which was the Spirit that came from God Himself. Therefore Adam was perfect and complete. Then brothers and sisters, when God did give him a helpmate, He did not create the woman out of the dust of the earth: He took a rib from Adam and made him a wife from it. Bro. Branham refers to it as, She was a byproduct. Well brothers and sisters, I have to tell you, That is alright for you to use that term, but for the sake of almighty God, do not use it ignorantly. I am going to present a situation to you that has been in the last number of years now: Scientists have found out that DNA is the exact replica of the cell structure that your physical being is composed of. Will you agree with me on that? Isn’t that something, for evolution to be that smart? Do you know what DNA spelled backwards is? AND. Man AND God. God, DNA, because that means God presented and molded that vessel with a precise identity that will last forever, as long as there is a trace of some part of his body, somewhere. Evolution is not that smart. Therefore you need to read it backwards, so it is Man AND God. When you read it from God, it is God, DNA, Man. Now He has given him an identity. As long as there is a piece of bone, some dust, or something, that DNA is in there. Even so, Bro. Branham is saying here, almost like it was never in the original plan for sex to be involved, and I realize I am speaking to a mixed congregation, but please bear with me: You have heard me enough to know, I do not say these things just to be bold or arrogant. Bro. Branham saying that, gives those people who just read Marriage and Divorce a chance to say, Well that is the last thing he said. I know why it was like that. That was to give them something to play with. Let us see what he said when he preached the seals. Remember, there is a lot in this Seals book that people have never read.


READING FROM SEALS BOOK


Let us now go into the Seals Book and read some of the statements Bro. Branham made. First we will see what he says in the Seals book on page 198. I am not using this as my Bible, because what I read in the Seals book, I am going to turn to the Bible and show you where it is. Here is the first time he made this particular statement.


“Look, the natural woman-Adam’s bride-before he come to her as a wife, (Why did he make a statement like that, after he had made the other statement over here? Brothers and sisters, that statement over here (in Marriage and Divorce) was one of those statements made to become part of a fan, to fan those who do not know how to stick with God’s word. God will toss you up, fan you, and blow you every which way. He will let you be blown away from this book, (the Bible) as far as He can get you, with a statement like that, if you are just a follower of man. Let me read the rest of this.) fell for Satan’s scheme against the Word of God by reasoning it. Before Adam lived with Eve as a wife, (What did he mean by that? He meant this, A man and woman can live in the same house, eat at the same table, but until they have physically, intimately, made love to each other, they are not husband and wife. Before Adam lived with Eve as a wife,) Satan beat him there. (Do you have to be knocked over backward to know what he meant by that? I should not think so.) That is right. (Then he refers to another message he preached.) You heard “The Bride Tree” I preached on. That taught it.”


Now we will go to page 241. The reason I have to do this is to let you know, so many people over the world say, But he said this, but he said this. I know what he said, and if God is going to have a Bride people, you are going to come to a conclusion one of these days, that there are some things he said, that you take the way he said them because they are vindicated by the Bible, but those things God allowed him to say to be used as a fan, you just have to let the rest go their own way and follow those statements and be blown completely off of the scriptures, simply because they choose to follow man rather than God.


“Now, there was a natural bride in the Garden of Eden. She was Adam’s sweetheart, not yet his wife; because he hadn’t knew her yet as a wife. (If you say, Well I don’t know what he meant by that. You should.) Just like Mary was Joseph’s wife, but he had never knew her yet. She was found with a child. See? Now, before Adam knew his wife, she was just a bride to him.”


Now go to page 242. “Don’t never try to reason God’s Word-just believe It! So she stepped out from there and before Adam ever got to her for a wife, she was already defiled by Satan!” (The serpent, under the influence of that spirit of Satan, is what she was defiled by.) She was enticed to partake of a sex relationship with the serpent strictly for pleasure, when the sex act was supposed to be only with Adam to repopulate the earth with sons and daughters of God. (Now we go to page 452.) This is what he said when he was preaching the seals. Notice, this is William Marrion Branham saying these words.


“The female and male sex, the glands are all…They are all the same. There’s none of it no more. (He is referring to the Millennium in that statement.) There’s no sex glands at all-not at all. Just think of yourself without a sex gland. The reason they was put in us was to repopulate the earth.” Now I ask you, How blind can people be? Now I am going to ask you to open your Bibles back to Genesis 3, once again. I sat under his ministry all those years, and especially when he preached the Seals, also when he preached the Church Ages, Marriage and Divorce and all these different messages we find people disputing about. When I had my first opportunity to leave the area and go somewhere else to preach the gospel, in my heart I said, Until I know what that tree of life was, I will never touch serpent seed or what really took place in the garden. I had heard of men going other places and trying their best to teach things, and how they only confused people so I did not want to do that. I went on a trip to North Carolina to preach. I had been there about three or four times before. While there this time, I was asked one day, Bro. Jackson, when are you going to preach on serpent seed. I said, Well, when I feel led. In my heart though, I had said, Lord, I will never touch it until I know what that tree of life was. In the Spoken Word book, Bro. Branham refers to the tree of life as Christ. Think of what kind of thought that puts in peoples minds. Then he refers to Eve as being a tree. Think what kind of thought that would put in peoples’ minds. I have all of this marked: I did not come here unprepared. After I was asked that, I went back to my motel room and went to bed. I said, Lord, I have been asked a question, but I have always said, I have to know what that tree of life was, before I will attempt to preach on this subject, because the Bible tells me both trees were in the midst of the garden. Not one way over there someplace, and another way over here. They were both in the midst of the garden. When you read it right, they did not come out of the ground. They were in the garden, and the garden was not the ground. The garden was that wonderful, beautiful place that God planted eastward in the place called Eden. Let us get that right first, and then we can talk about what the two trees in the midst of it were. God placed a little bit of heaven there in the Middle East. There, is where the whole thing started. All the natural trees that you and I eat food from, grow out of the ground, apples, peaches, tomatoes and so forth, these two trees did not grow out of the ground. There they were in the midst of the paradise of God, but they had no roots in the ground. This is why we titled the message “The Two Laws of Eden.” That is what the two trees were: They pertain to the right and the wrong. You and I know there is a basic law that is as old as time itself, and it is a right way to look at things and there is a wrong way. Therefore with that, let me say, After Eve, through the deception of the serpent, gave herself to him to partake of this forbidden tree, (It was a sex relation between Eve and the serpent for pleasure). Gen 3:6 “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. 7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.” Saints: Please do not be misled by the wording of verses 6 and 7, because anyone ought to know better than to think they covered their sex organs with aprons, if their sin was eating fruit from a plant life tree. That is worded that way so the wise of this world will not be able to get the true picture. The Spirit of God reveals these scriptural truths to those who love truth, without Hollywood being able to capitalize on it with their R- rated movies. How do you know that, Bro. Jackson? Listen to what I am going to say. Do not tell me every child of God has to be knocked down with a bolt of lightning, before they can see the truth in a verse of scripture. I hope to goodness we have not become that type of people. When Eve went to Adam her husband, she did not say to him, Now it is time for us to have relations so that we can have a child. No. The scriptures say, She did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. Notice what God said to Adam, “Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife.” When you hearken unto someone’s voice, you pay heed to them, listen attentively, or give ear to. I have never believed Adam yielded to Eve the first time she approached him with the idea of sex for pleasure. He was a son of God: He knew what his Father had said about the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. I have believed right from the start of receiving this revelation, that Eve just kept after him until he finally decided to suffer with her the results of going against the commandment of the Creator. You can read it for yourself in Genesis 3:17-19. “And unto Adam He said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” When he partook of it, he knew good and well what he had done, and also what God had said the penalty of disobedience would be. What they did, would not have been wrong if it had been the right time for it, but it was out of season, which means, out of the plan of God. It was committed with the wrong objective. Once they had done this, they both looked at themselves, We are naked! They both realized they were naked for the first time. Then they realized it was time for God to come walking in their midst, because in the cool of the evening God comes to the garden to have fellowship with His children. There was no silk or synthetic material, no cloth of any kind to cover their nakedness with. There was a fig tree standing there, so Adam pulled a few leaves off and wove them together and said, Here honey, cover yourself with this. Common sense would tell you, they covered the part of the body they had sinned against God with. Why did the Bible say they ate? If you want to insist they ate something with their natural teeth, why did Adam not take a big fig leaf and put it over his mouth? I think all of you know the answer to that. Well they heard God come walking through the garden in the cool of the day. He was coming to have fellowship with His children. Adam and Eve quickly went behind the trees. The trees they hid behind did definitely grow out of the ground. They hid, but every time God spoke, they got nervous. Adam, where art thou? Here he came, out from behind a tree, very nervous and shaking. “I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. Gen. 3:11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?” Notice his reply: We are going to pass the buck now. When God asked Adam, What have you done? He replied, “The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.” In other words, I partook of it. So the Lord looked over to Eve. She quickly said, “The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.” That serpent was not a snake at that time. There he stood, over in the shadows, while Eve was saying, Lord, he enticed me, he beguiled me, and I partook. When the Lord looked at the serpent He did not ask him, What do you have to say about it? He did not need to ask, so He spoke like this, Cursed art thou above all cattle, beasts, and creeping things of the earth. ( In other words, I will fix you so you will never be able to do anything like this again.) Upon thy belly shalt thou go: From having two legs, two arms and vocal chords that enabled him to commune with Adam and Eve, he and his seed were sentenced to crawl on their belly for the rest of time. I can just visualize that body, as it began to make a transformation and change into the image of a crawling reptile. Dust shall be thy meat, the Creator said. That does not mean he will eat only dirt, but from that low place in life, he and his seed will get their worms, bugs, little eggs from a bird’s nests and whatever they find to eat. From that point on, they will have to crawl for it. Some may wonder, Is the serpent still out there? Yes, because in Isaiah, if you will read the 65th chapter, when you get down to verse 25, you find “The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.” You will recognize as you read the verses above verse 25, that He is speaking of the Millennium. That family will never be restored. He will never be able to lift himself back to where he was at one time. Well after God curses the serpent He then turns back to the woman and says, (Gen 3:16) “I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.” Sisters, I speak this as humbly as I know how, because you will never hear this taught in school, but God designed the woman to fulfill a role in the replenishing of the earth. When He put Adam to sleep and took out of him a rib, there was also some flesh sticking to that bone. He fashioned that female body from what He had taken from the body of Adam. Whoever hears my words or sees this on video tape, let me tell you, When God took that bone and fashioned it into a woman, He made her to have breasts. Why did He do it? Do not run to Webster’s dictionary for the answer. It was because she was supposed to be the mother of something. I ask a simple question then, (going back to the statement that says, Children were to be spoken into existence.) Would God have spoken them into existence, or was Adam to speak them into existence? Why do I ask that? Because Adam and Eve were commissioned, while they were still two spirit beings in the presence of God, Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth, so tell me who was going to do the speaking? I have to talk like this because there are ignorant people out there, people who have read, memorized, and tried to teach others about every statement Brother Branham ever made. They quote him word for word, but do not themselves know enough to get in out of the rain when it is pouring down. I am not angry, but I must be firm when I know the truth about these things that others have taught wrong. Preachers! You do not have to say word for word what I have taught, but you had better take a good look at the picture I see, if you are going to deal with it at all. As we continue, here stands Eve: part of her body has been defiled, so, to her God said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; and in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children. Tell me what multiply means. If you do not have something to start with, you cannot multiply it. That is just plain, common sense. Common sense also tells you, that somewhere in the woman’s mother role, there was to be a certain amount of sorrow, which we will say is misery. It is sometimes uncomfortableness that is hard to bear, but it does not mean it is totally unbearable. The first thing God said, was, I will multiply, In other words, I will take that which was supposed to be, and add to it, and also to thy conception. When I went back to the motel that night, I went to bed thinking on this subject and said, Lord, never will I touch this until I know what the tree of life was. Never will I stand and run the risk that I may say something out of context or out of continuity with a true revelation.


REVELATION OF THE TWO TREES-DREAM


I went to bed and went to sleep, but sometime in the wee hours of the morning, I awakened from a dream. I went to bed, wanting to know something. When the dream started, I saw myself like I was a sick man in a hospital. I was in a room waiting waiting for an operation. These two figures walked in wearing white. They took my bed and pushed it out the door, down a hallway and into a hospital operating room. They pushed me in there and positioned my bed. Then one of the figures stood on the left side of my bed, and the other on the right side of my bed, equal with my shoulders. I heard the one on the right tell the one on the left, to hand over a certain surgical instrument. I knew the minute his hand picked that instrument up and put a mark on my forehead, my spirit left my body. Here I was standing in the air above, watching. I saw those hands take that instrument and laid my skull open. I would not tell this to a denominational church group, because they would not understand. They cannot even understand why Ezekiel’s tongue clove to the roof of his mouth: As I watched this scene in my dream, I saw my skull parted, my brain was exposed. The one took my brain gently, lifted it up into his hand, and with his finger he started drawing lines. I watched the entire process: I knew when he was finished, I was going to know something I did not know before. Slowly and patiently he drew lines as though he was drawing a picture of something. When he was finished, he placed my brain back in my skull and then gently took the two parts of my head and closed it up.


END OF DREAM


I laid in bed, wide awake, after the dream I had was concluded, with Genesis 3:16 on my mind. That is what I am reading to you. I do not ever want anyone to think I am a man that thinks he knows everything. That is not so. As I have said before, I only have a common education, but I have a true love for the word of God, and a genuine desire to know what is hidden from the wise and prudent of this world. Well when I came home from the war, I was aware that every veteran, if he chose to, had an opportunity to go take three years of schooling under some program, so I took it under agriculture. Twice a week, I drove to Mauckport Indiana with a neighbor boy, to attend a class on agriculture. We studied all about genetics, the law of genetics in cattle, sheep, horses and so forth. That is to let you know I am not standing here ignorant of genetics. When God said what He did to Eve, I will greatly multiply your physical miseries, your pain, and also your periods of conception, that is exactly what He did. It is a medical term meaning, in order for a woman to actually be able to conceive seed, and in order to have a child, she has to first produce what is known as the egg. She has what is known as a menstrual cycle. God multiplied all of that process in the female body as a result of her disobedience. As I stand here to deal with this subject I will say, When God said to Eve, I am going to multiply your periods, since that day, until now, every woman that has ever been born on the face of God’s green earth, has that period every twenty eight days according to the natural cycle. Why? Because she is the only creature on God’s green earth that has been cursed like that. The female cow was not tested in the garden. Neither was the female horse. Nor the pig, nor the dog. It was just those two creatures which were created in the image of God, and made to repopulate the earth of their kind. Therefore when God put Adam to sleep and took out of his side a rib, God was not just playing with some flesh, trying to see what He could come up with. He knew exactly what He was doing. He shaped that female body, molding it exactly as He meant for it to be, from the breast, to every inner organ of her system, He made her so that one day, in the proper time, she and her husband would relate to each other with only one motive, and that would be for the purpose of repopulating the earth with their kind. When she would begin to feel this period coming into her system, she would have known what it was for: That would not have been left up to the man. I have raised horses, I have raised cattle, sheep and pigs. None of these animals live together like man and woman do today. You ought to know that much. While these educated characters call it the mating season, I have to say, The Bible portrays it as a sacred relationship. He knew her. God have mercy today, on those who just look upon this as a sex act. They have brought it down as low as they could get it. It is no longer a sacred thing to be talked about. Eve, before she was cursed, was to know when she felt a certain sensation developing in her body, and she would have said to her husband, Now is the time: Let us make love. The results would have been, that she would have conceived from Adam and a little baby would have been born in the image of Adam, as well as in the image of God. That is what the fruit of the tree of life was all about. The tree of life was a symbol of eternal life, and the fruit was a relationship that has been guided by a law that God put in the female body. I challenge anybody: Go watch the animals of the wild kingdom: it is the female that knows the time for this act. If Eve, when that serpent came to her and brought up a suggestive thought, would have said to him, Get away from me, or I will tell Adam on you, she would have had children born from her by Adam, that would have had eternal life. How many know what I said? She did not do that: She hearkened unto the voice of the serpent. I do not see that serpent, who was a servant, just being called serpent: I believe Adam gave him some given name to be called by, so that when he called for him, he would come, Yes master, what is it? Getting back to my point, Eve did not tell him to get away from her: She hearkened to him and gave herself over to him for pleasure, just like sex education in our schools has caused our young generation to do in this day and hour we are living in. The world is overspread with illegitimate children because of it, and a great percentage of them are homeless or adopted by someone other than birth family.


TRUE REVELATION V/S HUMAN WISDOM


There is no longer a serpent standing around on two legs, but the world is overspread with his seed. That firstborn child that came from the womb of Eve, (outside of the garden) was Cain. Do not tell me Cain was a son of Adam. He is not found in the genealogy of Adam’s line. Abel was the next one born, and they were thought of as being twins, but Eve actually conceived them by two different fathers. Do not say, Oh, that is ridiculous! It is not! We have in our files more than one case of such conception, one from France, and another from the state of Louisiana, where one woman has given birth to two children, supposedly twins, but were conceived by two different men that had a relationship with her real close together. It is called superfetation, and you can look it up in your dictionary or encyclopedia. It evidently does not happen often, but the fact is, It does happen, so do not bother to say, Cain could not have possibly been the son of Adam’s servant. We have published in various articles we have printed, accounts of such conceptions and births. The scientific and biological facts are right here, and we are looking right at the reality of such a case. Cain was not Adam’s son: He was the son of that serpent. He had an animal instinct. He had just enough of the nature of his mother in his makeup to know he needed to offer sacrifice to God, like Abel, but he did not have a revelation of why it had to be a blood sacrifice. The point is this, If Eve would have said to that serpent creature, Get away from me! You are trying to deceive me, you are trying to mislead me, or you are trying to lead me into a trap, I do not even want you to talk to me, she would never have had any reason to beg her husband to partake of something that was against the commandment of their Creator: She would have waited until she came into this period of her body setting up for a proper relationship with her husband, and then she would have given birth to another SON of GOD, born with eternal life in him. I have to say, to adjust it to the other tree, The dirty devil knew, if he waited until her physical body was ready to go into that change, he would catch her at her weakest mental point. He did just exactly that, by inspiring the serpent to do as he suggested to him. There is no question about it; she conceived seed by that relationship with the serpent, and then went right to her husband and begged him until he gave in to her, so she conceived by Adam also, but it was in a pleasure relationship, which means her offspring were the fruit from the forbidden tree. That sex relationship when the woman’s period is at a certain point, will bring forth reproduction, but the act strictly for pleasure, excludes the benefits they could have had from the tree of life. That is why God had to remove them from that heavenly presence, so they could never again know exactly when to have the relationship according to the perfect plan of God for the repopulating of the earth with children possessing eternal life. If He had allowed them to retain that knowledge they had when they had access to the spirit world, they could have continued right on partaking of both trees. What did God Say to His angelic helpers? “Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever.”


That is why God placed the Cherubim with a flaming sword at the east of Eden, so that Adam and Eve would be kept from entering back into that spirit realm where they could still have access to the former knowledge they had of the tree of life. From there on, the world has been repopulated from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. In other words, Sex for pleasure. Partaking of either tree will result in repopulating the earth, but fruit from the forbidden tree, has repopulated the earth with children that came into this world with a death sentence hanging over them. They every one died before they were one thousand years old, which fulfilled what God spoke to Adam and Eve in the Garden: (Gen 2:17) “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” He was referring to a dispensational day of one thousand years. Outside the garden Eve bore what is called twins, but those two boys definitely did not have the same father. One (Cain) was the seed of the serpent, and the other one (Abel) was the seed of Adam. That is where all the trouble and conflict in the world today, started. As the two children began to grow into adulthood, Abel had the revelation that God required a blood sacrifice in worship, but Cain, being the son of the serpent, from the animal kingdom, had no such revelation. Being the son of a creature that was made to till the ground and hoe pumpkins, watermelons, potatoes, and all the various garden things, that was all he knew. They were both raised in the same family, but they were just like we see today: In the same home, some children receive a revelation of the word of God and others never do. Cain had no revelation whatsoever about a blood sacrifice. He was like the Methodists, the Baptists, all the rest of the people out here in denominational churches: They have their soup suppers and bingo games going full blast; trying to raise money for the work of the Lord. Well the truth is, God does not need any of those things to support His true work: He owns the cattle of a thousand hills. He is able to support anything He has ordained to fulfill His purpose. Well here came Cain with watermelons and who knows what, of the increase he had received from the ground with his farming. He brought the best of everything. He had them piled up, so now God, you accept it. No saints, God did not accept his offering: That was all from works; doing something for God. That is the denominational way: They never concern themselves with what God wants out of them: They plan everything themselves and expect God to be overjoyed about it. When God rejected Cain’s offering he got angry, and what did he do? He vented his anger on Abel; and then picked up a rock or club of some kind and hit him in the head: He just simply could not stand the rejection, but he blamed the fellow that was doing right. That is the spirit of denominationalism today. After he slew Abel, I can just see him hiding in the weeds. When the Lord asked him, Where is your brother? Like any smart aleck of today, he said Am I my brother’s keeper? That same spirit today would say, I don’t know, go look for him yourself! All of that kind are in our society today, simply because Eve let the serpent, inspired by the devil, deceive her and seduce her. I just have to say it again, If Eve would have said to the serpent, Get away from me with that kind of talk, and then waited for the right time to present herself to Adam, we would not have all of this evil around us everywhere we go. She would have known exactly when that period in her body was at the point of conception; and she would have said to her husband, It is time for us to make love and start what we were commissioned to do. Off the tree of life, there would have been that relationship only for the purpose of reproduction of their kind, just like the animal kingdom. That period might have covered a period of two or three days, but when it was over, it was over: There would have been no sex for pleasure. She would have given birth to an offspring each time that period allowed, and the world would have been repopulated with sons and daughters of God, all having eternal life. Yes Brothers and Sisters, that is what eating from the tree of life would have produced. Since it did not happen that way, now every woman that has been born since that time is partaker of the curse God administered to Eve. They have those periods every 28 days, and they never know exactly when they can receive seed and become with child. I hope all of you understand my point. The medical profession, for centuries, has worked and worked, trying to figure precisely, right down to the minute, when a woman can conceive, and when she can have a relationship for pleasure without having to worry about it, but they have been unsuccessful in all their efforts. They have developed the pill, as well as all these other things, trying to defy the curse God placed upon the female body, but they have not been able to come up with a fool proof solution. When God multiplied the periods, He took away from woman that knowledge of knowing exactly how that cycle works in her body. Now it is all guesswork. I have to challenge preachers, Come on, stop hiding in the corner! Wake up! You say serpent seed is of the devil: Well the act that brought that seed into the world was of the inspiration of the devil, but the teaching that explains it is by the inspiration of God. What is all this educated stuff walking around today, teaching sex and perversion in our institutions, if it is not serpent seed? Do they sound like sons of God to you? They sure do not sound like sons and daughters of God to me. The devil behind it all, has brought our modern society to a very low level: He has raped them, warped their minds, twisted them in the sexual area until it has produced the sodomites and homosexuals of every description, and filled our society with an abundance of perverts that defy any knowledge of a Creator, and make fun of the righteous who do honor God and live a life of decency. Did not Jesus say, As it was, so shall it be? We are living in that time He spoke about. God is just about ready to pour out His wrath upon every one of them. I do not rejoice at anyone’s calamity, but I do rejoice because of the accuracy of the word of God. Whatever I read in the Bible as a prophecy for the future, I am totally convinced that it is a sure thing: It will not fail to come to pass.


IMPORTANT THINGS WE SHOULD TAKE NOTE OF


Some of you may think I dwell too much on certain things, but I feel that it is necessary to do so, because of all the confusion we still have among those who follow the teachings of Brother Branham. With what I said earlier, I want to add a few more things, just to nail this thing down. When I read out of the book, Marriage and Divorce, Bro. Branham stated in here that the intimate relationship between man and woman, the sex act, and he leaves it hanging as though it was not the original plan for repopulating the earth, but that children were to be spoken into existence. That is the only book you will ever find that statement in. I read to you this morning, the statements he made in the Seven Seals book, the things he emphatically stated, that the original sex act, committed in the right way, was the means that God had told Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth by. Here, is another book where he preached this message at another time, The Spoken Word, the Original Seed. If any of you have the book, I can give you the pages to find it on, page 35, page 70, page 73, and also page 83. It goes with what he said in here, that when God told Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth, he then brings it out, that it would have eventually brought a relationship, an act between them in a sexual way, for the purpose of the woman conceiving and bringing forth a child. Now when he said in Marriage and Divorce, and refers to the tree of life being Christ, he then refers to the woman as being a fruit tree, so keep in mind, God let the man say those things to throw some smart minds completely off the track and into oblivion. You cannot say it is to be done one way in two messages, and then in another message, say the opposite. Two of those statements will put you in the Bible, but the other one will not put you in the Bible. You do not have one verse of scripture you can go to with it. I have a verse of scripture to look at: I brought that in earlier, so I now want to clear up some things that have been written in history, concerning this thing of the relationship. A lot of people would say, I think that is terrible: We should not have that in the church. Well I ask you, Where in the world are you going to learn something from the Bible, if you do not learn it in church? Will you study it out yourself in the privacy of your home? Most people who love truth, give thanks to God for being able to come to church and learn things they cannot find taught anywhere else. When it said in the ten commandments, Thou shalt not commit adultery, where were those ten commandments supposed to be displayed for the Jewish people to have access to them? Was it supposed to be only in the Jewish home? Maybe in a closet somewhere? No, they were over the doorpost for all to see. Imagine a little child asking, Daddy, what does that mean? and that daddy answering, Oh we can’t talk about that. We Gentiles have become a very silly people. We go hog wild after some things, but close our eyes to other things that are much more important than those things we accept as alright. When I hear some educators and philosophers, modern leaders of today, trying to tell you that a gay was born that way, where do they get their information? Born that way? To act like that? You cannot convince me of that. If certain ones are born that way, why is it necessary for those perverters of righteousness to take every opportunity to teach that way of life? If they are born that way, they would not need to be taught about it. Why are they trying so hard to tell somebody else about it in college? If he is born that way, why tell other people how to do it? If he is born to be that way, he will do it anyway, without any teaching. Take the animal kingdom for instance, Do you have to instruct them on how to fulfill their purpose on this earth? I ask you, Do you? Does a hog have to be taught and practice how to oink? No. Do you have to tell him how to wallow in the mud? No. That is his nature. I will tell you exactly why they talk like that. People of God, you are looking at a modern, twentieth century society that is full of serpent seed attributes. They have come to fruition. They want the world to go to hell with them, but the truth is, Most of them do not even believe there is such a place. Why? Because they are serpent seed: They have no respect for the word of God. That is why they are trying their best to strip the United States of their belief in God. If you mention God somewhere in a public place, they want to take you to court for violating someone’s rights. They have almost completely shut up the voice of the Christian people in this nation. It is no longer the home of the free and land of the brave. Let me take you to Genesis 3:16. There are some things I want to put into your mind, and cause you to see for absolute certain that they are from the inspired word of God. As I said this morning, No matter how Bro. Branham might have referred to the tree of life being Christ, he did not mean it was a man standing there, nor did he mean the woman was a fruit tree in that extreme sense. Yes, she was a literal, physical being, and there are scriptures that speak of the fruit of the womb, so in that sense a woman can be referred to as a fruit tree, but do not be sidetracked by any of those statements, because the two trees in the midst of the garden were absolutely TWO LAWS God placed in their midst for them to be governed by, ONE RIGHT and THE OTHER WRONG, or you could say, GOOD and EVIL. This act Eve committed with the serpent, was from the wrong tree, yielding to the serpent was wrong. This is comparable to something we read in Deuteronomy 11, where God said, I set before you a blessing and a curse. Deu 11:26 “Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; 27 A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day: 28 And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God.” Adam and Eve disobeyed the instructions God gave them, so their lives were changes forever. God had to keep His word and impute a death sentence, and also set curses in force that would never have been there if Eve had just simply refused the advances of the serpent servant. The act she committed with the serpent, even though he beguiled her, gave birth to a line of humanity with satanic attributes. When Bro. Branham said in the other two writings that the sex act was the original way they were to carry out their commission, as I brought it in this morning, and told about the dream, let us look at this 16th verse. I want to lay this down so it is clear to everybody. “Unto the woman He said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow (I explained that this morning, but I cannot stress it too much, it is a physical misery, discomfort that is associated with birth. I was raised on a farm. I have watched animals give birth to their young. There has to be a certain amount of pain, because this is the natural way for God to cause the body of the beast to expel that which is to be birthed. But most of the time, if you are watching a cow, you do not see her bellowing in terrible pain. I have seen them in pain, but that is not the norm. I have helped them deliver, when they were having difficulty. I have to say, It is a rare thing to see a cow like that. I have to say also, It is because the devil has the whole thing in his kingdom. He can make it miserable for an animal. I have watched female horses give birth. Sure there is a little discomfort at the time, but as soon as she has expelled that baby from her body, it is not long until she is on her feet, licking it, letting it know she is watching over it. Therefore the sorrow would have been normal up to a certain point: She (the woman) would have had a certain amount of physical discomfort, but nothing that would bring her to the brink of death.) and thy conception; (We also brought that out this morning. That means it was ordained for the female to come into a cycle of life in which there would have been a certain period of time and she would have known when it arrived, that she would go into that period when there will come an egg forth. That is nature. It is in the animal kingdom the same way. When that came, she would have known it. That is when she would have told her husband, It is time for us to make love according to the plan of the Creator. That act would have been a sacred relationship, ordained by the God of heaven that created them. I cannot speak it clean enough and sacred enough in the light of the modern, hellish world we live in, and a society that has desecrated it, ruined the beauty of when two young people get married, and after awhile God gives them a little baby. They bring it here to be dedicated. I look at that little thing and have to say, That is the fruit of their union. God ordained it to be that way. Why should the devil be allowed to stand off out here, and take the whole thing and ruin the beautiful picture of such a relationship? It should be looked upon as something sacred, but no, our modern world has desecrated it, by dragging it into the gutters. They have had their hour of time, and I am glad it will soon be over.) in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; (in pain and suffering. How many times young women have died in childbirth because the sorrow has been multiplied to such an unbearable point that her physical being just could not take the shock. Now let us see what this curse closes with.) and thy desire shall be to thy husband.” In other words, Now you have obtained the knowledge of this act for pleasure, but it will be to your sorrow. I am going to stop right there. Why? I have brought in church history, how down through the centuries of time, different movements have come up with the idea, because they can see from the Bible, that sex, somewhere, has been the cause of the downfall of man. It has brought death, and it has brought sorrow and heartache. They have acknowledged that sex has brought about all of this in one way or another. That is why certain movements have said, Well if that is bad, then we should live without it. The Puritans tried it. I have read the history on that movement. They got the idea that sex is only to be used when it is time that you want a baby. That is exactly what this verse is talking about, but humanity has been stripped of the knowledge to know exactly when that time is. God changed all of that when He drove Adam and Eve from the garden, and in so many words said, Now that you have eaten from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, and now that you have experienced the joy of such a relationship for pleasure only, from now on thy desire shall be to thy husband. Oh but I think it means she is supposed to make him a plate of biscuits. That is how carnality responds: Let us hide the truth. The truth is not to be hidden: It means this, From now on, since you know by knowledge what it is, I give it to you by knowledge, but you will live under the curse of it. That is exactly why He drove them out of the garden, lest they take of the tree of life and live forever in their sins. Look at it straight. Now I want to take you back to the tree of life. It was a right act to be committed at the right time, by the divine guidance of the Creator. I have to say, Human beings now live in the most educated hour the human race has ever lived in, with TV’s and all kinds of communication, yet you are still ignorant as ignorant can be. I am not trying to belittle anyone. I only say this to shake that deceived mind, maybe wake it up and cause it to look at reality the right way. Let us just say, There are a hundred deer out here in one forest. There are fifteen or twenty male deer. You do not see them acting like human beings act about this sex thing. It goes along with everyone of them just tending to his or her own business until those females begin to come into a period or cycle of time, and then, and then alone, does the male come into the picture. The entire animal kingdom of the whole earth, all function around that same cycle. The same sex act from the tree of life picture, would have been in God’s divine order, and that responsibility would have been relegated to the female, when her period came in, once, for the purpose of making love to her husband only for replenishing the earth with their kind. The period might have lasted two days, three days, four days, five days. I do not know that: It varies in different species of the animal kingdom, but it certainly does not last forever. When that act is consummated, the female conceives. You will never see a male running after her any more. They do not know to. They only know to commit this for the purpose of reproducing from themselves. You do not have to educate them otherwise. To you educators I will say, Why, after all this time, can you not come up with something closer to reality than what you have? Why do you think the apostle Paul wrote, in the book of Hebrews, what he did, that marriage is honorable and the bed is undefiled, but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge? That means, when a man and woman in love, get married to one another, it is their God given privilege to live together in harmony just as Paul taught in 1st Corinthians 7, which we taught last Sunday. When you know what is right, and you determine in your heart to do right, you are bound to come out right. Yes, after Adam and Eve gained the knowledge from the forbidden tree, God could not allow them to continue on as though nothing had happened, So He allowed them the act between man and woman to live in pleasure, and somewhere along the line He will see to it that the female will conceive, if she is in good health, but every child is born into this life with a death sentence in its makeup. That is all according to the law of God. The act is His, because it is His law. How many can see that? Therefore when he said, Seeing therefore that man has eaten of the tree of knowledge, and he knows the difference between right and wrong, good and evil, let us drive them from the garden, lest he stretch forth his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat and live forever. It means this, You cannot be living on one tree one day, and the next day live on the other tree to please God. It does not work that way. Did He not say to Israel, I set before you this day, GOOD AND EVIL, RIGHT AND WRONG, GOOD AND BAD? That has been mans test throughout the ages. Therefore when He drove them from the garden, they lost the knowledge to know when to partake of that act strictly for the purpose of reproduction. No female (woman) from that day on, has ever known exactly what time her body will come into the period that she can literally conceive. Why do you think the medical profession has been working this long with that question? God has not allowed them to come up with a fool proof answer. They have come up with every kind of device, pills and everything, but the world at large is still faced with the age old problem of unexpected and unwanted pregnancies. The conclusion is this, God ordained that this relationship by which life is propagated upon this planet, was a holy thing. At least it started out holy. The word sex was never used. It was always, He knew her, or something similar in meaning, but as generations came down through time, the terminology went from knew, to, he went unto her. That became the secondary term for a long time. Then it went lower down the line, and became, He lay with her. The language structure does not get better: it gets worse as man becomes more degenerate in his thinking. What a shame too. In these last so many years we have come up with a bunch of smart aleck teachers and administrators in our institutions of learning who say, We need to teach our children about all the different lifestyles. If I was to bring to you things out of my files that I have read, I would hate to repeat it in the pulpit what some of them say. Fifty years ago, we did not have to concern ourselves with all of that. Now, young people out of Christian homes, girls and boys raised up to believe in things that are sacred and holy, have to go to these institutions and be subjected, before a mixed class, to the ideas of teachers who stand up to tell them all about the facts of life. If it was ever to be taught, it should be from the home or the church. What you see written in 1st Corinthians 7, was not written to be taught in the public school: You everyone know that. It was written to be taught in the church. It was taught in the apostolic Church. What went wrong with it since then? The word of God is still the same today. How many of you sitting here today, really do understand what the tree of life in the midst of the Garden of Eden really was? We are living from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, which is a pleasure relationship, and that will stay with us until Jesus comes. Bro. Jackson, can I ask a question? Will it still be the means to propagate the earth in the Millennium? It absolutely will be. Not by immortal saints, but by the mortals that are allowed to enter into the Millennium age from this age. There, is where the sex glands change, that Bro. Branham referred to in the Seals Book.


WHAT IS JUST AHEAD?


You have heard me say this, If God don’t hurry up and come and bring this mess to an end, there will not be enough young people of child bearing age, and moral enough, to carry over into the Millennium to start the process of repopulating the earth. That is why I say, When God strikes this earth, and judgment upon the wicked begins to take place, there will be millions of people alive then, that are going to perish in a few moments of time, all because God is angry at the mass of humanity that has desecrated His laws, defied and defiled His word, and want to tear up the Bible and throw it in the trash. As I look back over the thirty some years since Bro. Branham’s death, preacher after preacher has taken Marriage and Divorce and said, Bro. Branham said I can leave my first wife and take another. They went so far as to say, I did not marry a virgin when I was young, so I have the right to put her away and marry a virgin now, and such a person still expects to be a preacher ministering to the end time bride of Christ. I don’t think so. That is why I said this morning, I am going to go to work on the preachers. Bro. Jackson, are you trying to destroy them? No. But if you think the Bride of Christ is going to be made ready by a bunch of preachers of that caliber coming down the road of life with a basket full of ideas that are as carnal as can be, you are very wrong. I can name a lot of them who expect to do so, but I will not; at least not at this time. I have to believe we are entering that era of time when God is going to put a true Church people together, that will love His word and have no interest in just playing around. He is going to wash them with this word. He is going to get all these carnal questions and ideas out of our minds. There is going to be men that they are going to listen to, and they are not going to listen to every Tom, Dick, and Harry coming down the road saying, But that is not the way I see it. You will still meet some of them from time to time, because there will continue to be some passing through here, trying to get someone to give them an ear. Some may say, How will we know them, Bro. Jackson? There are always people who just gallivant around from place to place, trying to hear something new. They gallivant all over creation, and have more questions than anyone can answer, yet they never learn anything from what they do hear. Surely you have all read your Bible. I feel sorry for the man that got the Galatian church all messed up. He had that church so confused, so distorted, and so much broken fellowship that there was no way anyone could really worship God with any peace in their heart. When Paul heard about it, he said, (Gal 5:7-10) “Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you. A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be.” He then began to elaborate on the things that had divided them and split them up. He said, I would to God that man was cut off. Now tell me what he meant? Paul became so irked to think that men would come down the road of life with a bunch of junk to dump in somebody’s lap, (spiritually speaking) he was ready for such a one to be cut off. I am thankful to the Lord, that by His grace He made me what I am. I will never forget a few years ago, in Montreal Canada, in a meeting there one night, I chose a message in which I tried my best to show to the people that God sent a man to this age, a man that brought light upon the word of God. I spoke of how I was a witness to that man’s ministry, and how I sat under his ministry for thirteen years. Every time I heard that man come to the platform and open his Bible, he would always point you to a verse or passage of scripture as a text. As I stand here, I have to say, I will do my best to take what he said and point you back to the Bible. When I was finished, here came a man from toward the back, carrying a whole bunch of Spoken Word books. He said, Bro. Jackson, I enjoyed your message, but I have to say, You did not say anything about the prophet. I said to him, God did not call me to preach the prophet: He called me to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ from this Bible I carry with me. I said also, When it is necessary for me to mention that man’s name, I will mention it because I was a witness of his ministry, but I certainly don’t want you coming to me with a bunch of books, trying to tell me you know so much more than I do. I can hang my head in shame and humiliation and say, Go ahead and hit me now, but do you think you would get the apostle Paul to do that? I will give you church history when it is fitting, to show you what those who preached truth have had to face in prior ages. Some of those men that had to contest some of the devil’s tricks back in that first, second, and also the third ages, had many trials. When time moved to the fourth age, you need to take the anti-Nicene fathers’ accounts and read some of those letters. It would make some of you people ashamed of yourselves, that you could not write a letter like they did. They wrote to magistrates and governors, political men in high places, repudiating the things that the devil, through intelligent men, was trying to do. People today, sit in their church pews knowing very little about what others have had to go through to bring us to this hour. The average Christian knows very little about any of this. They know very little about the Dark Ages, and why the Reformation was necessary. Then when you do say something, it tears their mentality all to pieces. You have never heard me use curse words; nor any kind of foul language, but you have heard me use stern words. I want people to get the point I am talking to them about. It is a shame, that godly people have to subject their minds to a bunch of trash put out by would be glory seekers, coming down the road trying to portray themselves as knowing so much, when they actually know so very little. I will just end that point by saying this, Many preachers have disqualified themselves by thinking they can preach to the Bride of Christ, when their lives do not measure up. They have nothing that can feed the true bride of Christ, and the bride saints immediately recognize it. There will always be people like that and some who will hear him, but I will go so far as to say, They will not be preaching to the Bride of Christ: They will just be preaching to a bunch of people that have a lot of questions that never have been answered, because they run here and they run there, asking this and that, but they never get settled on anything. They just cannot come to a conclusion as to what they are going to believe. I know what I believe; and I know whom I have believed in, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day: That is what is important, to have your faith anchored to THE ROCK.


LOOKING TO THE END


Let us now go to the book of Revelation. If we are living as close to the week of Daniel as we believe we are, before the week starts, God, by His divine grace is going to work through a ministry to get His bride people ready for the rapture. Every contrary and traditional thought or idea is going to be purged from our minds. Our human nature, and our attitude about one another is going to be molded so it characterizes Christ. That is a must, an absolute necessity. By God’s grace I want to show you something here. Let me read to you the sixth seal in the 6th chapter of Revelation. In the months of March and April of 1963, for one whole week, Bro. Branham separated himself from the public, spent his daytime hours studying and praying, to be able to come to the church and have a revelation on what he was studying. He is the only man this side of the apostle Paul that has had something of this magnitude coming out of the Bible. He has taught it for all to hear, so tell me, What is wrong with all the charismatic preachers, that they do not see anything here? If they do, why will they not preach it? They preach the coming of Christ, that the world is getting ready for a big revival and all such as that, but they completely ignore those things that are necessary in our lives, to be made ready to meet our Lord when He comes for His bride. Let us look at this sixth seal, as I use the chart back here to explain something. In the 12th verse of the 6th chapter of Revelation, (I remember the night Bro. Branham read this) so let us read it. “And I beheld when He had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood.” This is the sign that the heavens will declare, that points to the coming of Jesus Christ, not in His mystical coming for the Bride, but His physical coming with His Bride, as shown in the 19th chapter of Revelation. “And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll.” The heaven we are talking about is not ten million miles in space, it is right out there, but it is another dimension. There is just a veil between us and it. When that veil is rolled back, it fulfills this scripture. You are going to see the spirit world, and the whole human race on this planet is going to see the spirit world for the first time. “And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.” This is not going on during the tribulation period. “And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains.” Why? Because they see something, that really scares them. Here is what they say, “And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of His wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” That is the sixth seal. It has not been fulfilled yet, but when Bro. Branham dealt with it that night it was revealed, so that we now have the revelation of what it is all pointing to, and we know where it becomes fulfilled. You have not seen it fulfilled yet. You will not see that until the week has passed over here, (chart.) because it comes at the end of the great tribulation that so many talk about. Why did Jesus say in Matthew 24, “Immediately after the tribulation of those days, shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall withdraw its light and the power of the heavens shall be shaken, and then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” That lets us see when all this comes about. Let us now open our Bibles to Isaiah 13. This is where Isaiah looked down through the scope of time a little over seven hundred years before the advent of Christ, and wrote this. We are starting with the 9th verse, “Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, (Who is going to be angry? It is God.) to lay the land desolate: (I will not have anything to do with that, and neither will you. Therefore I say to those who would, Do not blame us: We are not like those in Waco Texas. We have no dynamite. We have no high powered weapons. All we have is prayer and the Bible. When the heavens start shaking, please do not blame Raymond Jackson: I am only telling you what is ahead. When all of a sudden it gets dark, so you cannot see your hand in front of your face, do not blame Faith Assembly Church.) and He shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light; (I did not write that: I am only reading it: God’s prophet Isaiah wrote it.) the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine. And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir. (When He gets finished, there is not going to be many left.) Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, (Where are the environmentalists going to be when this takes place? He is going to shake the ground, let it open up and swallow them.) in the wrath of the Lord of hosts, and in the day of His fierce anger. (It is coming, for it is written.) And it shall be as the chased roe, and as a sheep that no man taketh up; they shall every man turn to his own people, and flee every one into his own land.” Let us open quickly to the 24th chapter of Isaiah, verse 1. It says this, “Behold, the Lord maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof. And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, (Saints: that is exactly why there has to be a rapture of the Bride, right here (chart) because when all of this happens, time is over here beyond the week of Daniel: All of this immediately follows the tribulation period. The Bride saints are going to be with the Master. There is going to be a lot of priests left here, a lot of servants, and a lot of politicians, as well as a lot of teachers who have polluted the minds of our young people.) so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him. The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the Lord hath spoken this word. The earth mourneth and fadeth away, (It tells us, as Paul wrote in Romans, that even today the earth groans and travails, or is groaning in agony as sinful mankind has desecrated it, denied the God, their Maker, and defied the thought that He even exists.) the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish. The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. (They have done it in America and around the world.) Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth.” Look at the animal kingdom in England, mad cow disease, foot and mouth disease. Twenty two million have died of AIDS in Africa. They are expecting thirty two million possible carriers of it. Then they want to take out of the United States, many millions of dollars to help them find a cure for it. Why does someone not tell them, Change your lifestyle, if you want to stop the spread of that terrible disease. Oh no, they can’t do that: It would be terrible, not to be able to express themselves in whatever they imagine to do. Am I saying something I should not say? The curse has devoured the earth, and you have not seen the last of it yet. When they defy the word of God and deny the very existence of God, and go completely go contrary to His basic laws of morality, then God turns the devil loose on them and in comes all these plagues and pestilence, just like the Bible says, and they think am I wrong in saying this: I will be glad when it is all over.) “Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, (This is the end results of defying the word of God.) and few men left.” That is what 2nd Peter chapter 3, says, verse 8, “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. (2 Pet 3:9) The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Pet 3:10) But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” That does not destroy the planet itself, it just cleanses it of all that is abominable to the Lord God. His true people will inhabit this earth throughout all eternity, after He cleanses it of all sin and evil and restores it to its original state. God is in no hurry: He has given mankind plenty of time to repent and turn from their wicked ways, but after so long a time His anger begins to be manifested in the wrath He pours out upon all ungodliness. For the present time, you can ignore the true God and His righteous laws and worship any old man-made god you choose, but the time is coming when every living person on this planet will see what a living God of righteousness can do, that their god cannot do. When they realize the error of their ways like that, it will be too late to turn and worship Him. They can only taste of His wrath.


ORDER OF EVENTS


I need to get back to the sixth seal and get it established, as to where it is applied and fulfilled. We have the knowledge of it, and have had it for several years now, but we have not seen it fulfilled yet. It is fulfilled as this week of Daniel comes to a close. Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened. That is when that sign appears, then shall the sun be darkened. That is when those prophecies go into effect. That lines up with the seventy five days in Daniel 12. If the sixth seal is here, and we have the knowledge of it, so that we know what it is, that means it is the end of time as far as time going toward the end of this age. We must look now, and see what the seventh seal pertains to. We have to remember, that not every chapter and verse of the book of Revelation is written in their order of fulfillment. Chapter 6, takes you to the end of the week of Daniel where God pours out His wrath upon all ungodliness, but chapter 7, brings you back into the first half of the week of Daniel when the two prophets of chapter 11, are ministering in the streets of Jerusalem, prophesying and showing signs and wonders, to awaken a certain element of Jewish people to the time they are living in, and to their Messiah that will soon return literally to rule and reign on earth. I just ask that you try to follow what I want to show you: If you will, it will clear up a lot of ideas you have heard expressed by people who only guess at what certain things mean. Therefore as we go back to the book of Revelation, I want to remind you that when the Lord Jesus gave the apostle John the command to write the things that he had seen, he was to write them and send them to the seven churches which were in Asia, so he did that. Well for almost two thousand years, every generation of people that have studied the Bible have tried to figure out what certain things therein pertain to, but only in these last days, has the Spirit of God allowed us to really be able to put the entire picture of events together, so we know the order of fulfillment and the application of events. As I said, when we come to the end of the 6th chapter, what does the next chapter portray? It speaks of four certain angels, and then of another angel, so let us read some of it. (Rev 7:1) “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. (Rev 7:2) 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, (Rev 7:3) Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.” Notice how it speaks of an angel flying from the east, having the seal of the living God. Where is he going? He is going to Israel. He is saying to the four angels that hold back the winds, Don’t hurt the earth, nor the sea, nor any green thing, until we have sealed the servants of our God in their forehead. When you read the 7th chapter, it tells you exactly, that there are 144,000 servants of God sealed away for service to God, and they are sealed by the ministry of those two prophets that appear on the scene in Israel in the first half of the week of Daniel. Now in the sequence of writing, this follows what we have already covered in the sixth chapter about the sixth seal, so do you wonder why the seventh seal was not inserted right there? You have a broken sequence: The seventh seal is opened in verse 1, of chapter 8. Why? God had it written that way for a purpose: It hides it from the wise and prudent, the educated of this world who want to mess with things. Years ago, when I was a little boy, there was a Church of Christ preacher that boastfully said, The book of Revelation never should have been written: It is like a mud hole: the more you stir it, the muddier it gets. How carnal some people can be? No wonder some of them do not know anything whatsoever, from the standpoint of revelation. This book of Revelation is God’s love letter to the Bride Church. When we read down through the 7th chapter, we still do not have all the picture. When we go to the 8th chapter and 1st verse, here is how we have to look at the picture, because we have the broken sequences. The writing of the sixth seal brings us straight through the tribulation period and ends with the coming of the Lord, but when we go to the 7th chapter, we have to back up, because here He is dealing with another picture. This angel flying from east to west with the seal of the living God, and is warning another four angels, Do not start trouble or anything until we have sealed the servants of our God in their forehead. Then you see the number that is sealed, which is 144,000. The next question is, Who does that? It is by the ministry of the two prophets and we first see them in chapter 11, so you have to reach over here to the 11th chapter and bring that back to right there. (Between verses 1 and 2 of chapter 8 on the chart) There, in chapter 8, starting with verse 2, you see the affects of what those prophets are doing, to get the attention of the people, and in so doing, chapter 7 is fulfilled. You have to bring the 11th chapter back here, because the two prophets are the ones that do the sealing, so let us go ahead and see where this seventh seal comes in. We come to the 8th chapter, 1st verse, and we read this, “And when He had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.” We now have to look at this in the light of time. Are we looking at this seventh seal as though it has been broken over here, or is it broken back here just before the week starts? (chart) It is broken just before the week starts, because the next verses show the two prophets on the scene and they are going to smite the earth with plagues and judgments. That shows us that even though the sixth seal is to be fulfilled over here to complete the whole thing of man’s government and programs on earth, which ends right there. (at the end of the week of Daniel) Yet the seventh seal has nothing whatsoever to do with man’s governmental systems. It is something pertaining to the Bride of Christ a little while before the rapture takes place. Do you follow me now? That seventh seal will not be opened after the prophets are on the scene. It is given to the Bride just before the prophets appear on the scene in Israel.


THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH


Now that we have established certain things pertaining to the seals, we should back up a few years and ask, Why was it necessary, thirty some years ago, back in 1963 when Bro. Branham preached on the Seals, for God to only give him the revelation of six of them? The seals deal with the Church and conditions as time moves through this grace age, and not in eternity. The first six are concerning the Church in relationship to the systems of mankind on earth. When we come to the seventh seal, it reveals certain things to the bride of Christ concerning the coming of Christ for her: Not the visible coming of Christ at the end of the tribulation, but the mystical coming of Christ to take His Bride away from here. I know there are a lot of charismatic preachers, some of which have written books, (I have them.) and they try to convince you that this thing called the rapture is a false teaching. They say it is not in the scripture. Well now Mr. Wise Guy, even though that is what you have been telling the religious world for years now, I am here to tell you that you are wrong: You have missed the boat. I am going to show you from this chart and the Bible, exactly how you have missed it. When Jesus rose from the dead, you can read it in Matthew, and what does it say? There was an earthquake, and an angel came down and rolled the stone away. Right? Then it tells you later in Matthew, the graves were opened. It does not say a few graves were opened: It says the graves were opened. I am convinced there were graves opened throughout the whole middle east, and not just those in Jerusalem. The saints appeared in the city, to many. What does that constitute? There was a resurrection of dead saints from years gone by. In the denominational conception of these things they would say, Do you think they were resurrected in glorified bodies? How else would He resurrect them? You never see anywhere else in the book of Acts or anywhere, that they later found then lying around, scattered all over creation, so that they had to bury all of them again. I tell you saints, some people are so carnal they just simply let their mind get carried away. It took the apostle Paul, in Ephesians 4, to clear up the picture. Eph 4:8 “Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. Eph 4:9 (Now that He ascended, what is it but that He also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? Eph 4:10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that He might fill all things.”) He that ascended is the same that descended first into the lower parts of the earth.” You will find this in the 1st Epistle of Peter, that He went and preached to the spirits in prison. 1 Pet 3:19 “By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison.” He went down into the bowels of the earth, and what did He do? He preached to the souls of them that were in prison. Why? Because the saintly people, from back when time began right on down to that hour, had not died and gone to heaven: They died and went to a place in hell called Paradise. The devil held them there. Therefore when Jesus gave up the ghost on that cross, His Spirit went right down into the jaws of hell itself and said, Saints, I have come for you! That is why David wrote in the Psalms, Thou shall not leave my soul in hell, neither shall thou suffer thy Holy One to see corruption, therefore my flesh shall rest in hope for that day. When David heard that voice coming down the corridor of hell, he knew His Redeemer was on the scene. That day, the day Jesus arose from the grave, He delivered those imprisoned saints, some of which had been there for centuries of time, and took them to glory with Him. Now He that ascended is the same that descended first, and He led captivity captive. He brought them up. When Christ came forth from the grave, so did the other saints, and many of them appeared in the city of Jerusalem. It was a witness, that something had happened. No mortal man could prove it or disprove it. Therefore we can say to the critics, and especially to those that want to find fault with this teaching about the rapture, Why do you not accept the record of the holy, inspired scriptures? This red line on our chart applies to saints that are not represented in the bride of Christ. In 33 A.D. Christ was crucified. On the third day He rose from the dead, conquering death, hell and the grave. He led captivity captive. In other words, He took them with Him. Right there, was the beginning of what we call the first resurrection. The first resurrection is fulfilled in three phases. I will say this, There is no scripture there, that says there was a shout, or there was the voice of an archangel, or that there was a trump of God. No, the resurrection of life Himself, was on the scene. Do you get the picture? He took them out of that place called paradise, which at that time was down in the bowels of this earth, and took them to glory with Him. He has the power to do so. We have been waiting for two thousand years, for the second phase of the first resurrection, but it is now very close at hand. Saints for the past almost two thousand years, have come on the scene, stood in their ranks and fulfilled their calling, and their bodies of clay have went into the ground like all who died before them, but paradise for their spirits is not in the ground: It is in heaven. One of these days, as the apostle Paul wrote in 1st Corinthians, we are going to be changed. 1 Cor 15:51 “Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.” When the apostle Paul wrote in 1st Thessalonians, We say unto you by the word of the Lord, he did not get that from studying the Old Testament: He received that directly from the Lord, but it was already established in the Old Testament he had been studying, that there would be a resurrection. Yes the same ONE that went up with the saints of old, shall descend from heaven with a shout. Let me read these verses. 1 Th 4:15 “For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” That is not His visibly coming, shown over here on our chart at the end of the great tribulation: This time He is coming in clouds of glory, not storm clouds, to receive His bride. First with a shout, which was sounded thirty some years ago. Take the 25th chapter of Matthew, of the wise and the foolish virgins, and notice how at the midnight hour there was a cry made, Behold the Bridegroom cometh, get ready. That shout has sounded, and I am one who is glad this whole thing was not concluded in a month’s time. First there comes a shout. Where is the Lord physically? He is still in the heavens. Then the next thing to be heard is the voice of the archangel. Where does that come in? That is what you see recorded in Revelation 10. That is when Jesus is on earth in angelic form. It means that when the seventh seal has been broken, as is recorded in the 1st verse of the 8th chapter of Revelation, that follows. He breaks the seventh seal, and there have been many who have said, But there is supposed to be a half hour of silence, that has to have a meaning. Well have you ever stopped to think, that there was a time when heaven did not look like it does now?. Until Jesus was born, grew up to be thirty years of age, was baptized, preached for three and one half years, and was crucified, heaven did not have an immortal man sitting on a throne. I have to say, Two thousand years ago those gates were opened into the glory portals of heaven. Jesus ascended up there and was seated on the right hand of the Father. He has been there ever since. That scene had a beginning and it will have an end. I have to believe, when the angelic hosts of heaven saw Him coming from the grave, from the earth, into that environment, I imagine they stood back thinking, What is about to take place? This immortal Christ, with nail scares in His hands, and in His side, raises up into the balconies of heaven, and the Father, (which I see as a beautiful rainbow about the throne, because the Father is not a person, and He does not exist in any kind of form, because He is that invisible being that is everywhere, the fountain of all wisdom and power) positioned a place in heaven and the immortal Christ took that place. He has been there ever since. After two thousand years, when the elders and the angels, and the beasts, crying holy, holy, holy, (Think of it!) see Him all of a sudden break that last seal and rise up from that throne to come for those whose names are written therein, can you not imagine such a scene? Will there not be silence in heaven, as all that heavenly scene begins to change? He steps forth from that throne after two thousand years of sitting there, and all that great host stands in awe, waiting for what comes next. Paul spoke of Him in Hebrews, as having received a priesthood forever, after the order of Melchizedek. Well I ask you, Does the word forever, really mean eternal? No. It is only for a period of time. For two thousand years He has been a priest interceding, praying to the great Eternal Spirit, the Father, on behalf of His atonement work for you and me. When He breaks that seal, what is written in that scroll is the names of those He has been interceding for, for the past two thousand years. No, He is not physically coming, but in an angelic manner, He is coming to earth, and that is why He is pictured in Revelation 10:1, to match Revelation 8:1. Here He stands, with one foot on the land and the other on the sea. (A universal picture) The scroll is in His hand, opened. He is coming for the contents therein. Heaven stopped saying holy, holy, holy, because He is no longer on the throne. The heavenly scene is changing. Now then, in that arch angelic way, He has come to reveal to you and I, something the religious world cannot ever penetrate or find out in any manner. It will be a revelation concerning His coming. It will let us understand it. How long, have I heard the denominational world say, Oh, but just before the time for the week to start, the rapture will be fulfilled. The Bible does not say that. The apostle Paul said it like this, in the second letter to the Thessalonians. Now concerning the coming of the Lord and our gathering together unto Him, (This is the rapture). This is where the critics that do not even believe in the rapture, really miss it. The word rapture does not even appear in the Bible, but when the apostle Paul, in 2nd Thessalonians, said, concerning the coming of the Lord, He was not talking about this coming over here (chart). He was talking about this coming right here, and our gathering together unto Him, (in the rapture) that, that day shall not come except there come a falling away first and the man of sin, (the man who starts this miserable period) is revealed, the son of perdition. To me it is very evident that the Bride will still be on earth as the world’s politicians, out of necessity, usher in that period of supposed-to-be peace, very quickly, after the events of Ezekiek 38 & 39 has devastated them. As the Bride has been given a revelation of what the seals pertain to, it is to inform her of how to prepare herself and how to make ready for that soon catching away. He is on earth in angelic form for that great event. Notice, and the voice of the archangel, that will bring forth the real meaning of that seventh seal, which is the sounding of seven thunders. It is a shame that educated men had to get involved and project themselves and push themselves in and around Bro. Branham’s life like they did. They got in the way, just to make themselves seen. I sat there in the month of December 1960, when Bro. Branham preached on what is called, The Seven Church Ages. That is not the real sermons you read in the bound books: It is the edited version, by Dr. Lee Vail. I have the original seven sermon booklets, word for word as he preached them. I want to show you what carnal, educated man has done with what Bro. Branham said. Imagine, the Bible was not even constructed in the manner this was. In the month of December 1960, Bro. Branham took church history, and for a week he dealt with each one of those churches in the book of Revelation, dealing with the historical side of it. Later, when this Baptist doctor of divinity, Dr. Lee Vail, got the manuscript, all the time from there, right straight down through 1962 into 1963, even before he started on the seals, he was editing and putting together a picture of what he thinks. This is why I said, and I still say it, When Perry Green asked me, I said, Perry, you know the Bible was not written like that. Let me read to you what he was supposed to have said, according to Dr. Lee Vail. On page 327, in the last paragraph.


Now this messenger of Mal. 4 and Rev. 10:7 is going to do two things. One: According to Mal. 4 he will turn the hearts of the children to the fathers. (Well that is the truth, but listen to this.) Two: He will reveal the mysteries of the seven thunders. (That is not true.)


When Bro. Branham preached the church ages, he never made any statement like that whatsoever. It is not in the original messages, not in the manuscript, not in his booklets, nor on the tapes. Nevertheless there are people all over the world reading this edited book and saying that Bro. Branham said it. No, he absolutely did not say anything like that. I have the original seven booklets. I just have to tell you, Something has been added since it was preached in December 1960. That means 1961, 1962, into 1963, it is two years and three months in advance of the seals. Here he has already said what the seven seals are going to be. Let me read it again.


“It will be these Divinely revealed ‘mystery-truths’ that literally turn the hearts of the children to the Pentecostal fathers.” And he says, “which are the revelations contained in the seven seals.” He is actually saying that they are the seven thunders. Now brothers and sisters: Bro. Branham never said that at all. I will get the seals book and let you see what he did say. You notice I have these little markers here, well this helps me find the pages. I am reading this tonight from the Seven Seals Book, unabridged, just the way it was on the tape. Here is what he says making one point. I am on page 468.


Now, but see, you can’t say those things. It’s best to just leave it alone. And you remember the Third Pull; it said, “Don’t tell nobody.” What did it say was that? How many remembers that? (He is referring to when he had told it before.) Sure. Remember, standing there trying to lace that eyelet in that little shoe in the vision? He said, “You can’t teach Pentecostal babies supernatural things. And I said, this will be the Third Pull.” Now here is where he began to point out about the Third Pull, as he is preaching the seals. Let us just follow and see how all this begins to add up. I am on page 557 and he is preaching on the seventh seal.


And now, as certain as I stand in the platform tonight, I had the revelation that revealed-it’s in a threefold manner. That, I will speak to you by God’s help of a fold of it. And then you….Let’s go over there first. Here’s the revelation to begin what…I want to tell you what it is. (Now notice, he is talking about the seventh seal.) What happens is that those seven thunders that he heard thunder and was forbidden to write, that’s what the mystery is laying behind those seven consecutive thunders rolling out.” He ties the seventh seal to the seven thunders. It is not what Lee Vail said, That the seven thunders was the revelation of the seven seals. That is a lie. Bro. Branham did not say that.


Now then we go a little further. On page 558. “Remember, Satan will try to impersonate! He’ll try to impersonate everything that the Church will do. He’s tried to do it. We’ve noticed it through the antichrist; but this is one thing he cannot impersonate. There’ll be no mimics to this, see, because he don’t know it! There’s no way for him to know it. (Again he said,) It’s the Third Pull.” Remember how he said that. So now we go to another page. Page 562. He is talking about the seventh seal. He has stressed how it is those seven thunders. This is down next to the last paragraph on page 562. “Oh what a day we are living in-what a great thing. See the mystery and secret? The Third…Standing there, when this left me, something just come to me and said, “Don’t fear.” Now, I didn’t hear no voice-like on the inside of me spoke. I just tell you the truth, just exactly what happened. Something hit and said, “Don’t fear. This is that Third Pull.” Now we are not done with the seal yet. He stressed this already three times in connection with these thunders.


We will now we go to page 564. “And in Sabino Canyon, He said, “This is the Third Pull.” This is the fourth time he has mentioned this. Then when God took him off the scene, there are multitudes saying, but the Third Pull hasn’t been fulfilled. Then they were not listening to him when he said this. Because he is up on the mountain now. “And in Sabino Canyon, He said, “This is the Third Pull.” And there’s three great things that goes with it, and one unfolded today…or yesterday, the other one unfolded today, and there’s one thing that I cannot interpret because it’s in an unknown language. (I will never forget the night he said that.) As I stand right there and looked right straight at it, and this is the Third Pull coming up. And the Holy Spirit of God…Oh my! That’s the reason all Heaven was silent!” He is speaking of the Third Pull. Then on page 565 he said, remember Bro. Junior Jackson’s dream.


Now I am going to take you to where he tells us in plain words, page 575. “Did you notice when the Jews asked Him that? (Meaning the disciples) You know when we compared the Scripture here with Matthew 24 with the six Seals, the Seventh Seal was left out; (just as we have talked tonight) because, you see, Christ said, Only God Himself, knew, and not even the Angels. No wonder, it wasn’t even written. You see, they hushed-nothing taken place then. Angels don’t know it; nobody knows when He’s coming. But there’ll be a…(listen to this) There’ll be seven voices of these thunders that will reveal the great revelation at that time. So, I believe, to us who…if we don’t know it, and it won’t be known ‘til that time, but it will be revealed in that day, in the hour that it’s supposed to be revealed in. So, the thing for us to do is to be reverent before God and serve Him, and do all that we know how to do, and live good Christian lives.” Ever since then, men have been saying, The seventh seal is fully revealed, because they take that, that the thunders was the revelation of the seven seals. The thunders was not the revelation of the seven seals. The thunders are the fulfillment of the seventh seal only, not a revelation of seven seals. It is quite different, is it not? Let us read on here. “Here now, we find that the sixth seal has been opened to us; we see it, (We talked about that before we started this.) and we know that this Seventh Seal cannot be broke to the public until that hour arrives. (Thirty some years ago, it was not even time. Think, it was not broken, so Christ was still on the mercy seat. Think of all the young people born since then. Are you not glad He is still on the mercy seat?) Now, there was some reason that God let this seven voices be thundered, because it must come, see, for they…we find that Christ, the Lamb, took the Book in His hand, and He opened that Seventh Seal. But you see, it’s a hidden mystery. No one knows it. But it…right along with what He said: no one would know His coming; they also would not know about this seven thunder mystery. So you see, it’s connected together. Now, we have in the completion here now, by the grace of God, all the mysteries of the six Seals that’s been sealed up, and we understand and know here that the Seventh Seal is not to be known to the public. (Here is his closing comments.) You see Israel gathering in its own homeland. But you notice, He omitted the revelation of this Seventh Seal. And here, when the Seventh Seal, when He opened it, He also omitted it again, see. (meaning it was not known) So we see that it is a complete mystery, therefore, the hour is not yet for this mystery to be known, therefore, we’re this far and the rest of it will be known right around about the time that Jesus appears on earth again for His Bride, or whatever takes place at that time.”


We have read all of that, so let us now read what he says concerning the Pull as he concludes this. “The seven Angels….I was in the west. You remember the little bitty messengers; (like little birds) they went east. The second messengers, the doves (little bit larger bird), they went east. And now, I looked…they was with me all the time. That was that First and Second Pull. Now, the Third came from the west sweeping forward with great terrific speed, and they picked me up. That was coming back east with the mystery of these Seven Seals, just like it said in Junior Jackson’s dream that the Lord let me interpret for him there.”


My brothers and sisters: I hope you can see that the seventh seal has not yet been broken. It is not going to be broken to a mass of carnal minded people that are not even looking for the coming of the Lord in the right way. I have to say, We do have the revelation on the first six. They are as plain as plain can be. No sooner did Bro. Branham release this, and God take him home in 1965, and Billy Graham came out with his own book. I have some of the booklets of the Jehovah Witnesses, and I know they put those four horse riders in the tribulation period. Well, so did Billy Graham, but according to the revelation that God gave through the voice of Bro. Branham to his people, those four horse riders have already been riding down through time. That is the difference. That should let us know why the church world today, can say He is coming, but they do not have a clue as to when, because they hide behind the scripture that says, No man knoweth the day nor the hour. They look toward the six seals, if they have any understanding that they even exist, and say, Oh but that will be fulfilled over here in the tribulation period, and we all know the four horse riders have already been riding right on through time. We learned what the fifth seal was, that it pertains to those Jews that were slaughtered from 1939 to 1945, those believers of that six million Jews which were martyred in Europe. In that fifth seal, they were told that they should rest a little while until more of their brethren should be killed as they were. Where will that take place? In the tribulation hour just ahead, others will be martyred as they were. That is the fifth seal. We know that now. Does the church world know it? No. They do not know it. I want to say I am sorry, if I have said words that sound harsh, but when I look out across the land today, and see preachers shrug their shoulders and say, I don’t care about that! That is irrelevant! It is a shame, that all this is written in God’s word and so many people think it has no worthwhile meaning. Someone is going to have to answer for that.


SONS OF GOD AND DAUGHTERS OF MEN


I will ask now, that you turn with me into Genesis 6. Concerning what we said last Sunday and this morning about the intimate relationship that took place in the garden of Eden, there are religious people around this world that say that teaching is of the devil: That it cannot be true. Eve was holy, and Adam was holy, so it just could not have been like that. They go hysterical, even at the thought of it. I have to say, O.K. Let us read Genesis 6, and let them explain what happened to get mankind in such a condition. I have no doubt about it myself. “And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, Gen 6:2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.” Please keep in mind, that these men were not descendants of Adam. You know what it says in Genesis 4, because we have covered that. Cain left the land of Eden and went over and dwelt in Nod. Did he not? The land of wandering. The 4th chapter will give you the genealogy, and I suggest that you pay close attention to it. Were they sons of God? They were not. They were men, because Eve was Cain’s mother. They began to practice every kind of evil device that the devil wanted to insert into their line. When God gave Eve another son to replace Abel, which was Seth, this started the Adamic line again, and they were sons of God. Alright now, the 6th chapter gives us the story on both lines, as to what began to happen that caused God to send that great flood. “And it came to pass, when men (the Cainite line) began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, (I am convinced, that in the Adamic line, God ordained a certain genetic law that for every male child born, there would have been a female child born following, that would be the bride, the wife, to that son. That is the only way you are going to get the earth repopulated according to God’s perfect plan. Common sense would tell you that, since in the beginning there were no other families for the sons of Adam to get wives from. As we look at the Cain line over here in the land of Nod, and we realize they were not even a part of God’s original plan, (They are of Satan’s plan to thwart the plan of God.) is God required to give them a genetic law to keep an even balance between male and female children? No. I can begin to see how, over there in Nod, there were more female babies born than male babies. After awhile, since they had that more like an animal instinct, they had no moral qualities about them. They just had physical desires and a want to satisfy them. They began to come across the border to present themselves to the Adamic line over in Eden.) That the sons of God (Who were the sons of God? The descendants of Seth, who was the son of Adam.) saw the daughters of men that they were fair; (They made themselves sexually attractive. It is just like a lot of human females today: Just look at them on the TV. They cannot stop portraying their breasts.) and they took them wives of all which they chose.” They were up for the picking, and what a shame. How can anything be made any easier for us to understand what happened? I want to challenge my critics right here: When you read the rest of this chapter, are you still going to try to convince me that this situation did not involve sex? Shame on you. You know it did. The other night I heard Benny Hinn giving his explanation of the 6th chapter of Genesis. He said these sons of God were angelic beings that came down to the daughters of men, which in his mind were supposed to have been the daughters of the Adamic line. Do you know what that tells me? There was a generation of devils born. Look at it in the right light. According to what Jesus said, angelic beings have no way of projecting themselves in a sexual manner. You can read Matthew 22, Mark 12 and Luke 20, and you will see that angels do not engage in sex relationships. We will just read one verse. (Mat 22:30) “For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.” That should be enough to shoot down such an interpretation as Benny Hinn puts on this condition in Genesis 6. I just have to ask you, (You need not raise your hand.) How many of you really do understand that? There is still much scriptural ignorance on a lot of these things. They do not realize how the Cainite line must have multiplied over in the land of Nod. These daughters coming over to present themselves to the sons of God, is the visible evidence that there was an over abundance of them as compared to the males. There was not enough male children born to go around, so those females started coming across the border, looking for who ever they could find to satisfy their desires. The devil went on a crusade among the sons of God, and just very simply broke down their resistance. They begin to be tempted by all that exposed flesh they were seeing and eventually their will was broken down. Those females were up for every man’s choosing. When God saw what was going on He said, “My Spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh; yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. (It did not start immediately, but eventually it came to that.) There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children.” Now criticize that if you can. You have to admit it there, but when you take it back where the whole thing started, you want to throw your hands up and say, It cannot be! I have to say, It absolutely was like that. Cain was not a son of Adam: Therefore he had those animal attributes in him, to pass on down through his genetic line. Not being sons and daughters of God, they did not have the benefits God ordained for His children, so they were totally subject to the leading of Satan, the very spirit that coaxed the serpent to seduce Eve. We are at the end of time, and that is exactly why the devil has been allowed to turn loose on this earth and he has brought mankind to the lowest ebb morally, spiritually, principally and ethically, that he could ever think to do. This is what the devil was after and God allowed him to temp and test at will, knowing that the true bride Church would stand the test and continue to prepare herself to meet the BRIDE GROOM, when He comes. All of this evil we see every day, is what God is going to look at when separation time comes. The final separation is explained in the 25th chapter of Matthew. Thousands of people listen to Benny Hinn. He and men like him can feed you a lot of garbage that is as far out of the Bible as daylight from dark, and make it sound so right to those who do not bother to prayerfully line it up with the scriptures. It is a sad situation, but all of that is in the hands of God.


RESTATING REVEALED TRUTH FROM THE SCRIPTURES


I know we have already looked at some of what I want to show you, but please bear with me for a little while. There is a lot that has been said about the seventh seal, but before I say anything else concerning it, we have to deal within the prophecy structure from where we read about it. I want us to take the book of Revelation and open to the 21st chapter. I would like for us to sit together today as children of God who want to know truth. This is the only scripture and the only prophecy that is mentioned in the entire structure of the scriptures, wherein a people is addressed as being the Bride. You do not see it in any of the epistles like this. There is one mention of the bride in the gospel of St. John, but it is not specifically identifying a bride: It just identifies the Bridegroom. Rev 21:9 “And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will show thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.” Rev 22:17 “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” When we read this and see this, it lets me know that as the time draws near, there will be a people on earth that will know in their hearts that they are the Bride of Jesus Christ. There are things we are going to be touching on, which will prove that we are the Bride of Christ. Does that make us a people who will brag about it? Not at all. I just thank God, that He showed His mercy and grace upon us and did not leave us out there somewhere in this wilderness of religious confusion. Those who are still out there are left to wander about, and hope that somehow or other what they have believed will one day be a reality, but they could never really see it through the pages of scripture as prophecy itself unfolds before their very eyes. So looking at our chart back here, we are not going to pay any attention to the green line, the red line, or the black line. We dealt with all of that in another message. This block divided in two equal halves, represents the seventieth weeks of Daniel. That is a seven year period that fulfills when grace to Gentiles is concluded. The first half is three and one half years, the last half is three and one half years. This blue line, which is the Bride of Christ, starts here (when the Church was born, on the day of Pentecost, as recorded in Acts 2) and culminates here, (early in the first half of the week of Daniel). Just because we have it drawn here, does not mean we are saying that is when the bride goes up; We just want to get it inside the first half of the week. In order to make one line distinct from the other, you have got to draw it so that people can see each one. We will explain some of this later, but we are going to deal exclusively with this seventieth week of Daniel right now. We believe, time wise, we are approaching somewhere within at least four to five years before that week starts. If that be a fact, the things that are in this book of Revelation, which preachers all over the religious world have probed at, poked at, pushed at, but after all of that they have always left people with questions, But what about this and what about that? There are always a few questions from some, but let us read this love letter to the bride and see how the Lord has addressed it to us. I have been dealt with all week, to deal with this from the beginning to the end, because we are the only people (the universal bride Church) that will ever know what it said and what it did not say. It is true, in the writings of the scriptures, we find the second chapter follows the first, the third the second, the fourth the third, the fifth the fourth, and on and on. People read this, and when they get over in the eighth chapter, well, it looks like it belongs somewhere else. That is exactly why preachers, through years gone by, have made various remarks about it. As I have told already, I heard one preacher say, when I was a little boy, that the book of Revelation is like a mud hole, the more you stir it, the muddier it gets. I heard another one say one time, It should never have been written. I am glad it was written, because it was written for you and me. There is a right way to read it, and I thank God, because I believe we are the people to read it right. Now if any of the Branham movement hears this or reads it in printed form, they will say, but don’t he know it takes a prophet to do that? I will reply by saying, first to the family of Bro. Branham and then to the old timers that are still alive, Thirty some years have come and gone since Bro. Branham’s death and not one of you have come up with an answer to anything. You have published your comments, but you have pointed no one to any further thing yet to unfold, from the scriptures. I ask a simple question; What if you had lived in the first advent of Christ and Christ would have been taken, and in the upper room, the eleven disciples picked Matthias to fulfill Judas’ place, would you have challenged them on the authority of what they were going to do, under the same condition you are facing right now? Would you have said, But you can’t do that, it takes a prophet? You have to read what Jesus has already told them. He gave them a great commission, but the last words He said were, Tarry in Jerusalem until ye be endued with power from on high. When you put the two together, you get a good picture of why Peter, on the day of Pentecost, fulfilled exactly what Jesus told him at Caesarea Phillipi that day; Upon this rock will I build my Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (What rock? The true revelation of who Jesus was and is). There are three things there. Therefore I must ask you who are always saying those things, After thirty some years, are you going to deny the Lord the right to reveal to anyone else anything out of His word, especially if Bro. Branham did not speak about it? I have to say this, If I were you, I would be searching the scriptures instead of just dwelling constantly upon what you already know. You have searched the Spoken Word books and you have looked and you have gleaned until you know every word by heart. You have not come up with an answer to anything we did not already have the answer to in 1965. I say that with respect, not meaning to be mean spirited, but I do not stand here trembling as I say it. Let us see now, what this letter to the bride starts out with. You read the first verses of it and you find that John was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day and fell into a vision. Jesus appears to him and speaks the things described by John. Who is John? I will ask those of the Branham movement this question, Who is this man called John? Well, he was one of the disciples of Jesus. He outlived all the others. Was he not considered as one of the apostles? Yes. Was he considered to be the messenger to the first age? No he was not: The apostle Paul was the messenger to that first age. In fact most of the epistles in the New Testament were written by the apostle Paul, or fourteen of them were. Do not forget though; he was beheaded in 66 A.D. According to his own testimony, he had finished his course. He had fought a good fight. He knew there was a crown of righteousness laid up for him. John, who was called the beloved, lived on and was put out there on the Isle of Patmos, just to get him out of the way. All the others had been martyred by then. God had a reason for keeping him alive. We do not know exactly how old John was in 96 A.D. but there is one thing sure, he was no longer a little boy. He has gone through a lot, standing for what he believed: he had seen a lot, and he has endured a lot, and we know he was an old man in 96 A.D. How old, we do not know. A man, who was not the messenger to the age, but he was definitely a witness of everything that whole age covered to that point. It was Jesus, that came walking by one day and called him, along with Andrew and some of the others. He had faithfully followed Jesus the entire 3 ½ years He ministered on earth. All the rest of his life, he has preached and stood faithful to the gospel. He had heard and seen a lot and gone many places: He lived thirty some years beyond the time when the apostle Paul was martyred. They were not standing around looking for Paul to come back from the dead to finish his ministry, and neither were they looking for Jesus to come back right away, but they did hold on to that promise after He ascended into heaven, that He would return. He came back alive but did not stay there with them very long. Through it all, this man called John was a faithful witness. I will now read to you what the Lord, in a vision, said to John while he was there on the isle of Patmos. Yes, he was on land, and he was aware of his environment, why he was there and all, so listen to the words Jesus spoke to him while he was in the vision. We will start with the 17th verse, in the 1st chapter of Revelation, because it tells how John reacted. “And when I saw Him, I fell 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. (Here is the verse I want you to notice especially, because he is commanded to write.) Write the things which thou hast seen, (that puts it in the past tense,) and the things which are, (that puts it in the present tense) and the things which shall be hereafter.” That puts it somewhere in the future tense, but we have to understand in what relationship the hereafter points to. The first three chapters dealt with Church history from the beginning of time, Ephesus, right straight through Laodicea, right straight through the week of Daniel. I remember when Bro. Branham said, before he was taken off the scene, The Bride Age is on. What did he mean by that? Brothers and sisters, let us be sensible, because we all know you do not add an eighth age to this period of Grace. It is only typed by Laodicea being the seventh and the last. We have to understand the messenger to Laodicea, which would start somewhere about right here (chart) in this period of time, and he is the one that is going to bring a message to turn the hearts of the end time, Gentile children back to the faith of the apostolic fathers, and he will bring out of the word of God things new, new revelations. That is what the seals consisted of. They were new revelations. We see the written structure, but the church world did not know the real meaning, what each one typed. With that in mind, remember that Laodicea moves right on. The condition of it keeps right on going and does not stop, because it is the age of materialism. It is the age of intellectualism, especially in the religious sense. This is the day in the organized churches, they do not want you in the pulpit unless you have a doctorate degree. They can have a doctorate degree in everything, but they do not have a revelation worth a dime. The words they speak are like dry cracker crumbs, and you know you have to have a lot of water to dissolve them and make them palatable enough to swallow. Laodicea goes right straight on through to the end, getting continually worse and is destroyed by the visible coming of Christ.