IN PART 2 OF THIS MESSAGE, WE REACHED THE POINT WHERE CAIN AND ABEL CAME TO WORSHIP THE LORD GOD. CAIN BROUGHT AN OFFERING FROM THE WORKS OF HIS OWN HANDS, AND GOD REJECTED IT, THE SAME WAY HE REJECTS MAN’S WORKS STILL TODAY. ABEL BROUGHT A LITTLE LAMB, SPOTLESS AND CLEAN, FROM THE HERD THAT HAD MULTIPLIED ACCORDING TO GOD’S COMMANDMENT, WITHOUT THE WORKS OF ABEL’S HANDS, AND GOD ACCEPTED IT. THIS WAS A TYPE OF THAT PERFECT LAMB THAT WAS OFFERED FOR US UPON MT. CALVARY. ABEL DID NOT KNOW HE WAS SETTING A TYPE FOR ALL MANKIND TO LOOK BACK UPON; HE WAS ONLY DOING WHAT THE CREATOR HAD INSPIRED HIM TO DO, AND THE REST WAS UP TO THE ONE HE WAS DESIRING TO WORSHIP. BROTHERS AND SISTERS: WE JUST SIMPLY CANNOT DICTATE TO GOD; WE JUST NEED TO FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS HE GIVES US. TRUE WORSHIP, IS WHEN WE OFFER TO GOD WHAT WE KNOW HE REQUIRES BECAUSE WE LOVE HIM, AND WE ARE NOT JUST FOLLOWING SOME PROGRAM OF MAN’S
CARNAL EFFORTS. GOD COULD NOT CARE LESS, WHETHER WE HAVE A TWO MILLION DOLLAR BUILDING TO MEET IN, OR A LITTLE STORE FRONT BUILDING: FOR THE ONLY THING HE WILL ACCEPT FROM US IS THANKSGIVING AND PRAISE FROM LIVES THAT ARE CLEANSED BY THE SHED BLOOD OF HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON JESUS THE CHRIST, AND SEALED BY THAT HOLY SPIRIT OF PROMISE. IF WE HAVE THAT HOLY GHOST SEAL, WE CAN WORSHIP GOD IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH, BUT IF WE DO NOT, HE WILL REJECT OUR EFFORTS TO WORSHIP HIM, JUST LIKE HE DID CAIN’S EFFORTS. CAIN’S LIES TO GOD
Alright now, let us start reading here in verse 8 of chapter 4, and see what took place after God rejected Cain’s offering. “And Cain talked with Abel his brother: (They were really only half brothers,) and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him. And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? (Notice how Cain twisted his answer around, and tried to use wit. You have heard the old saying: He sure had a lot of wit. Well right here you see a demonstration of it; but what a time to use it,) And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?” Now you might talk like that to a man and get by with it, but don’t try that with God, for He knows your every thought. Therefore it is not very smart to talk to Him like that. God did not have to ask him; but He always wants the transgressor to acknowledge his wrong, for most of the time, he will lie about it, and that is exactly what Cain did. That is why you find in John 8:44, Jesus saying to those Pharisees, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” That just lets us see, that somewhere in the eon ages past, Lucifer the fallen angel, who is now the devil, committed his first murder, and then lied about it, so the same thing is being reenacted through Cain. This was not the first lie: it is just the first one Cain ever told. But we can see here, Cain is a tool of the devil, that he is using to thwart God’s purpose right at the onset. As soon as God had the stage set, to put His beautiful plan in effect, Satan was right there on the job, doing his dirty work. The earth had been redeemed from its chaotic void state, and upon it was a beautiful animal kingdom, perfect climate, and beautiful vegetation, and the man and woman with a commission to fulfill, and every spiritual and natural law has already been set in motion, for every creature to bring forth of its own kind, and there is where the devil entered in. It was no surprise to God though, for the Bible says that Jesus was a Lamb slain, from the foundation of the world. Jesus only existed in the mind of the great Creator, but the point is, God knew that sacrificial Lamb would be needed at a certain point in time, even before He ever created anything. As I have already said, He allowed for a full expression of His many attributes in the total plan for the earth.
GROUND CURSED BECAUSE OF CAIN
When Cain said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper? God said to him, “What hast thou done? The voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground. And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand: When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength.” Right there, is where the earth really began to be cursed to the point where it would hold back its potential and not yield its increase. When God cursed the ground because of Adam’s disobedience, here is what He said to him. “Cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee: and thou shalt eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground.” There was nothing said, about the earth withholding its strength, and not yielding its increase, until Cain stood before God that day. But the curse God put on it then, is still there to some degree today, and it will remain so, until the Millennial Age. In the 9 chapter of Amos, we find these words, Verse 13, “Behold, the days come, saith the th Lord, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth the seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt.” Brother: Listen to me, I do not believe they need to be worrying about starvation by the year 2000 A.D. The Millennium is going to start one of these days, and that curse will be lifted. When God gets through with this old planet, He is going to have everything just exactly the way He wants it, but in the meanwhile, that curse is still in effect. Alright, God continues speaking to Cain. “A fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth. And Cain said unto the Lord, My punishment is greater than I can bear. Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; And I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it sill come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me. And the Lord said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.” Now this verse 16, is the one I wanted to get to, for we want to see where Cain went to, after God further cursed the ground for his sake. “And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.” He did not leave Eden, he just went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, which was on the east side of Eden. Geographically he was the first one that made a move. Adam had not moved from where they were as far as changing locations. But Eden was a large area there in the Middle East, and Cain was able to move a good distance from Adam and Eve, and still be in Eden, so that is what that means, east of Eden. Cain knew he would never be able to fellowship with Adam and Eve, after what he had done, so he just left the familiar stomping ground, where he grew up, and moved a little farther east, to a place called Nod, and that is where he raised his children.
ORIGIN OF INVENTIONS
Notice verse 17 now. “And Cain knew his wife; (His wife had to be a daughter of Adam and Eve, for there was no other place for him to get a wife) and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.” The serpent seed species, were the first ones to build a city. Think of that. Then the next outstanding thing you read of from that line, is how a man named Lamech took two wives for himself, and then confessed to them, that he had killed a man. You see polygamy and murder, both right there. Satan was still at work, and he knew what he was after. We will see that a little later, when we reach chapter 6. As I have said already, Cain did not receive those evil attributes from Adam, so if you reject the serpent seed ideas, I will ask you to tell me where those attributes in Cain came from. Abel was born with death in him, but death is one thing, and sin and evil are something else. Abel would never have been found lying, cheating, cursing, stealing, getting drunk, or murdering anyone. He sure did know how to worship God though, and his example is recognized among those who had faith, by the writer of the Hebrew Epistle. “By faith, he offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain.” So after Cain became isolated over in the land of Nod, he started a genetic line that was destined to cause the sons of God some heartache, later on. His descendants did not even have a soul that cried out to God, like Adam’s sons did. Oh the first generation or so, may have been religious, but none of them ever knew the first thing about worshiping God, for God could not talk to them. They were strictly earth minded. They knew how to build cities, and gain places of earthly recognition. They were the inventors of things, the beginning of all natural science. Now please do not think I am against inventions; I am not against most things that serve a useful purpose in making life a little easier for people, so do not misunderstand when I say, All science and natural learning had its origin with that serpent seed line of mankind. Their inventions were to satisfy their own cravings. They would rather mess around with something, than to talk with God, and that is the way scientists are today. In fact, you offend most of them, if you even mention God in their presence. I have heard of a few scientists, that claim to be Christians, but I tell you, they are scarcer than hens teeth. It is like looking for a needle in a haystack. They will talk about going to the moon, Mars or anything else like that, but do not mention a Creator to them. They are just born with a nature to be like that; and it all started with Cain’s genetic line of mankind. Brothers and Sisters: The devil has some great ideas for this old planet, by the time 2000 A.D. rolls around. At least, he thinks he does. That is why he is trying his best to get modern thinking educators and legislators into as many key positions as possible. They would rid the earth of all religion, and do away with the family idea, as we think of a family. The uppermost things on their mind, is how to get rich fast, and how to gain recognition. That is that old Cain spirit, or my name is not Raymond Jackson. They just do what their nature tells them to do, just like he did. It was that line that first introduced polygamy, and now it is a common practice in many parts of the world. It just goes to show how those hereditary attributes will keep coming up from generation to generation, and how the devil’s people outnumber the people of God.
CAIN WAS NOT ADAM’S SON
When we come to verse 25, in the 4 chapter, we find these words, that give us another clue as to why th Cain is not mentioned in the genealogy of Adam. “And Adam KNEW HIS WIFE AGAIN: and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.” Cain was Eve’s son, but I do not believe she grieved very much because he left home, after killing Abel. As a matter of fact, she might have said, Good riddance; trouble is gone at last. You cannot help but feel that way about some of these Cainite creatures today. They stalk the world of religion, and no matter how hard you try to be peaceful and reasonable with them, their animosity just keeps on building up toward you. So when the day finally comes, that they go off someplace like Cain did, you just have to be somewhat relieved that they are gone. However, Adam and Eve now have another son in place of Abel whom Cain slew, and I want you to notice the genealogy of the generations of Adam, and you will see that Cain is not mentioned in any way whatsoever. Adam’s nature was reproduced in Seth, and though he had inherited death reigning in him, his line worshiped God, and called upon His name. This is where the sons of God sprang from, which we will see in just a moment. Let us just go right over to chapter 6 right now, and I am going to fill in between the lines, for the sake of revelation. The Bible tells us, in the book of Jude, and also in Hebrews, that Enoch was translated, because he did not die. God just took him. But here is what Jude wrote concerning Enoch. Verse 14, “And Enoch also, THE SEVENTH FROM ADAM, prophesied of these, (serpent seed) saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousand of His saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” What does that tell us? Well, when we take the two statements, and go back to Genesis, wherein we cover the period of Enoch, this Enoch, the seventh from Adam was alive, and no doubt a young man, when he began to see the condition developing, that is mentioned in Genesis 6. Over in the land of Nod, in the eastern side of Eden, Cain’s line has been multiplying, and inventing various things, and immoral conditions begin to be noticed, and such like. They were not concerned about God in the least. But on the other hand Adam’s line is multiplying, and they are sons of God. The only thing is, they have hereditary death already in them because it was imputed to Adam when he disobeyed God’s commandment to them. Now according to the genealogy, Seth was Adam’s firstborn, and Enoch was the seventh from Adam, and Cain is not even in the picture. But we see that after Seth was born, Adam lived another eight hundred years, and begat sons and daughters, and naturally that is where Cain got his wife. She had to be one of Adam’s daughters, and so did Seth’s wife have to be one of his sisters also. The big difference is, Seth and his wife were bringing forth children that were sons and daughters of God, and Cain and his wife produced children that could not have cared less about God. While Seth’s line worshiped God, Satan was developing attributes in Cain’s line, that would enable them to fulfill his devious plan one day in the future, and now we come to the 6 chapter where Satan’s plan is put into th effect. “And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, (unto whom? The men of Cain’s line) That the sons of God (Seth’s line) saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.” Any reasonable thinking person ought to be able to accept the fact that this was Seth’s line, taking themselves wives from among those Cainite women. But this world is full of so called preachers who think you have to be absolutely crazy to think like that. They would rather believe that those fallen angels, came down to earth, took upon themselves human flesh and bones, and married women, and bare children, than to believe any such thing as the serpent seed could be possible. They reject the serpent seed idea because of what they know about genetic laws, but what they accept instead of the serpent seed, is even more impossible genetically, because angels are referred to as being sexless, according to what Jesus told a bunch of Sadducees one day.
EXAMPLES OF IMMORALITY
To me, it is all very clear. Those Cainite women were just like most of what you see walking the streets today. The Bible says they were fair. That means they had worldly beauty; but they had no moral conscience whatsoever. If the law would allow it, these worldly women of our day would strip off stark naked, on these television shows, and never blush. They see nothing wrong with it. To them beauty is all that matters. Those Cainite women that began to parade themselves before the sons of God, knew what they were doing; they were looking for husbands that would not mistreat them. Like I preached here on time, those Cainite men were mean rascals. You talk about wife abusers: it all started right there. They had no principles of decency, so you can just imagine that those women were getting more abuse than some of the younger ones were willing to take, so they just began to parade themselves before these sons of God, which were sons of Adam and Seth, and so forth, until they go them interested. It is the same today; people will come to church, just to get a companion; and after they get one, they say goodbye to the church forever. I hope every young person who hears this, will be warned by it, for if you fall into a trap like that, heartache is down the road waiting for you. Nevertheless do not try to tell me, this is not a picture of two different races of mankind, here in these verses where we have been reading. Those sons of God were still pure up to that time. But this was the second time the devil got a chance to throw something at the plan of God. For you see, the point of it was, he was not satisfied just to bring death into the picture, he also wanted to incorporate all of these wicked attributes also, murder, hate, and every kind of perversion, that we see in the world today. So when those Cainite women portrayed themselves like that, it was the sons of God that let down the guard this time. In the garden, it was Eve, the daughter of God, that compromised, but this time, it was the sons of God that were being hit with Satan’s darts. The first thing they knew, they had been introduced to polygamy, and all sorts of evil, which was exactly what Satan wanted, for this was the family of God, he was messing with. However it was not those original sons of God that became perverted, it was their offspring by these Cainite women. That is why the flood was held back as long as it was; God would not let it come, until all those other righteous ones died off, leaving only Noah and his family to be carried over in the ark.
WHAT EDUCATORS ARE DOING
At this time I want to read part of a little clipping sent to me by a family up in Winnipeg Canada, clipped from one of their newspapers. It will let you see what I meant, by what I said about educators and legislators of our day. Listen to this. “The basic material for the government proposed, sex education course, advocates teaching nine year olds all about sex. It also advocates telling youngsters that they should question the values they have learned from their parents. (QUESTION THE VALUES: Do you know what that really means? In other words, Do you really think Daddy and Mommy are right? Do you really think they have been telling you the truth? That is what it all amounts to.) The Sun (the Canadian Newspaper) obtained a copy of the course material, kept confidential by the government, yesterday. (That is why I said earlier, Whatever we have in government, and in education now, they are the product of what started back there, thousands of years ago. Those characters today, that are doing this to your little children, are exactly what the devil was after, all the time. It just proves, we are at the end. Do not look for conditions to improve; they will get even worse. Let me read a little more, although I will not be able to read it all, for it is too raw.) The course written in Calgary, was brought into Manitoba, for a pilot project, involving more than a thousand students. Education Minister, Morian Hemphill, says the material will be revised for Manitoba, and has put the pilot project on hold, pending the rewrite. Parents groups have lobbied the government, to take it out completely, and start from scratch. (Well, at least there are some parents that are still shocked by all of this, and that are willing to try to do something about it. The results of their efforts will be short lived, but it is still good to know that there are still a few parents that care, what their little children are taught. Sooner or later though, some powerful men will maneuver themselves into key positions, and little by little they will put these programs into effect, until the devil gets exactly what he wants.) Several parents said they considered the course to be dangerous to the mental and social welfare of their children. They argued the government was using its position to instill a humanistic philosophy in children, against the wishes of parents. No matter what we teach them at home, they are still going to be part of class discussion…all kinds of immoral sex, (It lists it all here, but I just simply cannot read it all.) And where the teacher isn’t supposed to impose any values, said Roberta Hainey, president of parents advocating responsible education. The curriculum included discussion on…(Everything that is going on, out here in the world today.) Brothers and Sisters: I will not even try to read any more of it, it is just simply too raw. But it all started 6,000 years ago, in the garden of Eden. This is just the winding up of the whole plot, and it has just about reaped its harvest. Judgment is awaiting.
REALITY OF SERPENT SEED
I have some chronological data here, that I would like to feed into the message, at this point. I believe it has some bearing upon the things we will say. I would like to make a few direct comments about serpent seed, yet I do not want to be looked upon as something going to seed on serpent seed, because I feel that there is far more to it, than just that: a complete revelation of what we see in the world today. You must realize, there has to be something that makes us act like we do at times. I am absolutely sure, that Adam, in his first state, did not act like we do, for some of the things we do are very foolish, in the light of what God created us to be like. In other words, In His own image. So let us go back to the fourth chapter of Genesis, for a couple of points I want to place emphasis on. The main point is, Our critics out here in the world of religion, look upon us as fanatics, because we believe this serpent seed doctrine. I find it very strange, that so many people in the world, are ready to tell us what their first act of disobedience was not, but none of them are able to tell you what it was. I have always felt, that in order to disprove something, one should have some answers themselves to replace what they are striking down. Otherwise such a person is just shooting in the dark, just merely assuming. Now those who would say, It is utterly impossible for the serpent, in a genetic way, to be compatible with the genes of man, are looking at it all strictly from present existing laws of reproduction, not even realizing that God could have allowed certain things back then, to bring about Adam’s test. Remember this, in Genesis 3:14-15 where God cursed the serpent, changing his identity completely, God told him, “I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed.” That means He put a difference between the serpents seed, and the woman’s seed, which were by Adam. Any doctor of divinity ought to realize that the woman’s seed would be those offspring brought into the world by her legal mate. That is the law of God. But this serpent’s seed was to be a counterpart, something that would be against the woman’s seed, and it was to carry all the way down through time. Furthermore I want to stress the fact once more, that Adam and Eve were not driven from any geographical spot of ground; they were driven from that anointing presence of the Creator, which stripped them of that perfect knowledge they had before. That is what kept them from being able to partake of the tree of life the way God had meant for them to. They were no longer able to recognize when that law of life was active in the woman, whereby they could partake of that intimate relationship strictly for the purpose of multiplying and replenishing the earth. They would still bring forth children through that same relationship, but the act itself would be for pleasure, rather than for the original purpose. I challenge anyone to take the Bible, and prove to me, that what I am saying is not correct. If they can prove by the Bible, that Adam and Eve and the animal kingdom were driven from a geographical spot of ground, then let them do so. If they had been driven from any geographical spot of ground, then that same area would still be forbidden territory today. But we all know that humanity has tromped all over that area between those rivers, there in the Middle East, so where is that garden? Angels, with flaming swords were set, to guard the way back into whatever they were driven out of. Is that not clear enough? They were driven from the spiritual side of the natural things. Whatever we see in the natural, is only a reflection of what that was in the spiritual, for that spiritual side is the very domain of God Himself. We are not able to look into that realm like Adam and Eve could, before their fall. We are limited to what our five senses tell us, speaking from the standpoint of how Adam and Eve were left. Where they once could see things in the spirit world as clearly as they could see in the natural: now they are left with only their natural vision, never to look into that spirit world again. This is the kind of condition or atmosphere that Cain and Abel grew up in, but somehow Abel learned to have communion with the Creator, and Cain never did. Abel was still limited to the five senses, but he learned how to worship God in an acceptable way, and that is why his offering was accepted, and Cain’s rejected: Cain’s nature was not to seek after God. Oh yes, he had enough of his mother’s nature, to realize worshiping God was a part of life, but he never did receive any revelation on how to go about worshiping Him, so he just assumed that God would be pleased if he would just take him a loaf of his best fruit, vegetables and melons. But as I said earlier, God cannot be served, nor worshiped with nothing more than our good works. Therefore it is easy to see that there definitely was a difference between the man called Cain, and the man he slew. They were half brothers, and they were both raised within the confines of the natural geographical garden of Eden, but that is as far as their common traits go; their nature’s were as different as night and day. Then after Cain killed Abel, he wanted to get completely away from Adam and Eve, so he headed east, toward what we know as Afghanistan and Pakistan. He must have felt that he could make a new start, if he could just get far enough away from the others, but that evil spirit went with him; he would never change.
DESCENDANTS OF TWO LINES
The next eight verses of chapter 4, from verse 17 through 24, deal with the genealogy of the descendants of Cain, and not too far down the line you see another murder committed, and also polygamy. These things are multiplications of an already growing evil. It is the nature of that line, just waiting to be expressed. In other words their progenitor was half animal, and it just so happens that Lucifer had learned something about controlling the nature of animals in that prehistoric age. That is how he was able to inject his will into the old serpent, in the first place. That serpent was not created, thinking like that, Lucifer worked on him, knowing that God had created him to stand next to man, and that he would be able to carry out that evil plan for him. The serpent was the only animal that could have done that, so God just fixed him and all of his, so it could never happen again: He took off their arms and legs, and sent them crawling away in the dust, never to be restored to their original form. That is why Isaiah prophesied that dust would still be the serpent’s meat over in the Millennium. God looked upon the deeds of that serpent, about the same way He looked upon those evil angels that were chained up, never to be loosed again. An awful lot of people get awful upset when you say so, but Cain’s genealogy starts with the serpent, and that puts Lamech number seven in that line. He was the murderer with two wives. Quite a contrast between the seventh from the serpent, and the seventh from Adam: would you not say so. The seventh from the serpent killed a man, and the seventh from Adam walked so close to God, he was caught up alive to be with God. Now regardless of what our critics say, There was never a time, that Eve ever admitted that Cain was her legal child. That ought to tell you something, but we do not just leave it there, like that, for we can take if further. Just to refresh your memory, in verse 25, it says, “And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew. (Notice now) And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: THEN BEGAN MEN TO CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD.” That shows right there, that the two lines are separate: One is going farther and farther away from God, and the other is drawing closer and closer to the Lord God. That is why I say, If our critics cannot accept the fact that the serpent did something to implant within the strain of man, certain fleshly characteristics that were multiplied, and used by the devil, to weaken the spiritual, as well as the physical makeup of man, that was created in the image of God: then they should come up with something better, (and I do not think a huge red apple is a better answer), by the time they get to chapter 6, for chapter 6 is not a continuation of time, going beyond the generational record of chapter 5, Genesis 6 goes back, picks up the record of what has transpired since the two lines came into the world. That is what it starts with: when men began to multiply upon the face of the earth. Over a period of generations, conditions have grown to the point where God looks upon the whole scene as corrupt and filthy. He no longer sees sons of God drawing closer to him: he sees just the opposite. He sees almost total wickedness in the later generations, except for Noah and his family, and he still waited another 120 years before He judged them. That just allows us to see the longsuffering mercy of God. He gives all men ample opportunity to repent, knowing all the time, who will, and who will not. It is the same today. We already have conditions in the world that are as bad as they were in the days of Noah, and of Lot, but God’s longsuffering mercy is waiting until the time appointed, before He judges the whole rotten mess. Atheists are blaspheming God on every hand, and the scientist among them, are trying every way under the sun to disprove all knowledge of God, yet God’s true children just walk right on through all of that, and fellowship around the revelated word of truth.
HOW THE DEVIL WORKS
You have heard me say, These atheistic scientists of our day, are mentally and spiritually the super offspring and development of what the devil used the original serpent for. That is not to say that I think the serpent was smart like that; the devil only used him to upset the divine plan of God, and breed up a line of humanity that would give themselves over to his leadership. He is the one that supplies them with all of this worldly knowledge. He is the one that motivated them to mess around with genetic laws and all such as that. It is no wonder these fellows are always looking for the missing link between the highest form of animal life, and mankind; for they refuse to accept the Bible record of what happened to him. The serpent was not created to crawl around th ground, and neither was he created to be super smart; he was just merely created with vocal chords, and the ability to communicate with man. He was endowed with the knowledge of how to grow all forms of plant life, and all such as would enable him to do all the physical labor of being a servant to Adam and Eve, but everything else from here on is a product of Satan. He took the knowledge he had, from what he learned perverting the animal kingdom in the prehistoric age, and put it to work in God’s new creation. It has always seemed strange to me, that our critics deny that Satan could have done such a thing back there, and yet when they get over to Genesis 6, they are ready to say that fallen angels took upon themselves human flesh, and that fleshly physical form had genetic qualities that were compatible with the genetic laws of mankind. I say, People who think and talk like that have painted themselves into a corner, with no way out. That is when they back off, and say, Well we do not consider those things to be that important. Well, I have never gone so far as to say that a persons soul salvation depends upon their understanding everything about serpent seed, but I will say this, There is an awful lot of scriptures that you will never understand, until you get a revelation of how the serpent’s seed fits into the picture. We realize, that behind the serpent seed, you are not looking at the devil, you are looking at something that the devil influences, and the climax of the whole thing is the conflict between Christ and the Antichrist, that will run its course here at the end, at the second coming of Jesus Christ. The literal Christ comes from glory, and the Antichrist comes right out of apostate Christendom, right from what the world looks upon as something holy. Well the one they are calling holy father in that day, is going to become and unholy terror to mankind for a full 3 ½ years, before God’s judgment finally strikes him. The Bible makes that clear. Now we want to look at how the devil fouled up the genetic strain of the original sons of God. Keep in mind, that what is referred to as men, here in chapter 6, is not speaking of the sons of Adam’s line at all; it has to be referring to those descendants of Cain, over in the land of Nod. So approximately six hundred and some years after Adam’s beginning, the old devil was allowed to move again, just like he did in the beautiful garden. This time he took the daughters of Cain’s line, which were descendants of the old serpent, and tempted the sons of Adam’s line. Those fleshly, lustful, covetous Cainite women were the ones that went on the prowl, and began to parade themselves before the sons of God. They did not have enough of a soul to cause any kind of conviction that would cause them to seek after God; they were just like those half naked things you see everywhere you go today. Adam’s line stayed pretty much in the area of Adam’s beginning; they did not go out searching for strange wives, but when they began to come over the mountain, and parade their half naked bodies before them, that was a different situation. Up to this point, these sons of Adam had continued to seek God, and keep themselves clean. Their only fault was, they had death in them as an hereditary thing, because of Adam’s disobedience, but all the way over to Enoch’s generation, they had kept themselves undefiled in every other way, and they knew how to approach God. But in this seventh generation from Adam, events really started to take on a dramatic change. Those sons of God, which were sons of Adam, began to marry those Cainite women, and children were born unto them. Now let me just mention something here, and then we will continue on. The question is always asked, How did the serpent seed get across the flood? Well we printed an article some years ago titled, “From Eden to the Flood,” in which we covered all of that. Some always assume that it had to be carried over in Noah’s wife, but I will say this, That is only an assumption, without any credibility to back it up whatsoever. Somehow it seems that men always like to cast the blame for everything upon the woman, because of what Eve did in the beginning. It is their self righteous pride, that causes them to do that. Therefore we want to cover this part, so you can see for yourselves what really happened, and then how that serpent seed came right across the flood, and multiplied, and filled the earth once again with a line of humanity that is every bit as wicked and ungodly as those that God destroyed in that flood. He will not again destroy all of mankind with a flood of water though; He made that covenant with Noah. The next time, He will use fire and brimstone again.
Alright now, for the sake of looking at this thing honestly, Are we going to keep Noah the pure line descendant of Adam? Let us see. First I want to alert your attention to the fact that God first looked upon what was developing between these two lines in the seventh generation, before Enoch begat a son, but it was hundreds of years later before God told Noah to build a boat. Enoch was only 65 years old when his son Methuselah was born, and the very name he gave him was a prophetic name meaning; when he is gone, the end will come. I have always felt like Enoch looked around him, at all the ungodliness, and knowing what the name of his son meant, he really walked close to God expecting the end to come at just any time. But the truth is, Methuselah lived to be the oldest man on record, and God just took his righteous father, on to be with Him, over six hundred years before the end finally came. But during that three hundred years in between, the Bible says, Enoch begat sons and daughters. Adam lived eight hundred years after he begat Seth, and begat sons and daughters, and likewise all the others. Methuselah begat Lamech and both of them begat sons and daughters, so there should have been enough daughters of Adam’s line for all of those sons, and vice versa. But the sons of Adam began marrying the Cainite women, and naturally that caused a shortage of sons of Adam for the daughters of Adam to marry. That made them victims of circumstances. A lot of them were coming up to womanhood with no sons of Adam available for husbands, so you can see the predicament that placed them in. I saw published in a store, in one of these half breed magazines that are so numerous now, a case where six women were sharing one husband; they called it a most bizarre case. Well that is only a minor story, but it reminds us of something that has been prophesied in our Bible hundreds of years ago. In the 4 th chapter of Isaiah, we find these words, “And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.” The Bible is way ahead of that magazine. But Enoch saw all of this condition, and saw what it was leading to, so he took him a wife from among Adam’s line, and at age 65 he had a son born to him, in which he gave the prophetic name Methuselah. Enoch was the youngest father of any of the patriarchs, and the name he gave his son, proves that there was something going on, that would come to no good end, and that was less than seven hundred years after Adam’s beginning. Because, as I said, the name Methuselah itself meant, When he is gone, the end will come. In the 14th & 15th verses of the little epistle of Jude, we find this, “And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” There is no place in the Old Testament that you can read this prophecy of Enoch, so it had to be just handed down from generation to generation, until it reached Jude, and he wrote it. But my point is, Enoch watched all of this ungodliness going on all around him, and the more he saw, the more he prayed. He was watching his little son grow up, and no doubt felt, one day God is just going to take him, and when He does, boom, all of this will just go up in smoke. But that is not the way it went. Enoch walked with God continually, and I can just see him praying, and watching that little boy grow up, but this continued on for three hundred years, until one day God took Enoch, and Methuselah was still here. He had married, and was begetting sons and daughters also. Enoch was grandpa, and he watched his little grandchildren growing up, and I imagine his heart was very heavy, seeing the kind of world they were growing up in, and seeing the kind of future that lay before them, so no wonder he walked so close to God, that God took him. According to what we see in Hebrews, I imagine the day came, that God said to Enoch, You have now been walking with me for a long time, and I know how much you hate this evil, and how you have prayed about it; I gave you that son for a sign, and one of these days I am coming for you. You are not gong to die. That changed his whole outlook altogether, and one day, God did come for him; He just went off the scene, never to be seen or heard from again. That is why the writer of Hebrews wrote, (11:5) “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God translated him: for before his translation he had his testimony, that he pleased God.” Now it was not Enoch’s idea, to just take off and leave this old world behind, and neither is it the church’s idea to do that: The Bible says she will be translated. Hallelujah! Just as Enoch went out from home one day, never to return, so will we also. I imagine he had already told his wife, Honey, I want you and the rest of the family to know, one of these days, I will not be coming back, because God has already told me that He is gong to take me away from here. Therefore one day, he went to the woods to pray, and none of them ever saw him again. There had to be some kind of testimony to the fact of what was going to take place, or no one would have known for sure, what happened to him. Would you not agree?
CONDITIONS BEFORE THE FLOOD
All the genetic records, here in the 5 chapter, record the fact that every one of these men, after the th birth of their firstborn, lived to begat sons and daughters into the world. Therefore after Enoch’s translation, his grandson Lamech begat a son, and called his name Noah. He was born approximately 1050 years after Adam’s beginning, and just a little more than 400 years after Enoch was born, so we would have to say, Four hundred years really brings about some changes, doesn’t it? Look what four hundred years this side of the reformation has brought about. A lot can happen in four hundred years of time. Morality does not travel on a jet airplane, it travels through time, for it is a spirit that must be embraced. Morality is the same, whether people are riding horses or jet airplanes, so by the time Noah is born conditions were getting pretty bad. Noah was born to Lamech, and after his birth, Lamech lived 590 years, and begat sons and daughters. We do not know how many brothers and sisters Noah had, but we do know that he had some, and every last one of them perished in the flood. Does that tell you anything? You who want to blame Mrs. Noah for carrying the serpent seed across the flood, maybe you ought to re-examine your assumption. If Noah was a pure blood son of Adam, then so was his brothers and sisters, so why did they perish in the flood? You have to do a lot of assuming, to get anything else out of it. On the other hand, if you can see that Noah’s father Lamech brought his children into the world through a Cainite wife, then that would explain why all the others perished in the flood. You need not imagine that even Noah’s righteousness came anywhere close to that of Enoch, for the Bible only says that Noah was a just man and perfect in his generation, and that he walked with God. When everything all around you is given over to wickedness, whatever righteousness you have toward God, could be referred to like that. In other words, compared to all the rest at that time, Noah was perfect, but other scriptures let us know that God looked upon him in the light of all that was going on all around him. He was the only one that God could talk to in that last hour, when the judgment of God was approaching. There was no spirit of conviction left in any of the rest: God could not get them to admit that anything was wrong. It is the same way out here in the world today: No matter what anyone does, nor how immoral the act may have been, there will always be some that will say, Well, this is a free country, I believe we ought to be able to express our feelings any way we choose to. The Bible don’t teach that! My Bible lets me know that the judgment of God awaits all those who think and act like that. Enoch thought things were in a bad shape when he was still here. I wonder what he would have thought, about conditions as they were, when Noah was approaching 500 years old? Those men did not care how many wives they had, nor where they came from, and the women didn’t either. Eat, drink, and have a good time, is all some people every think of. Therefore when you see a woman out here, that does not care how many women she shares her husband with, that is that same old spirit. Call them swingers if you want to, but I call them, very foolish and ungodly. But by Noah’s hour, the genetic bloodline was so mixed up, there would never be another pure bred seed of Adam born upon earth again. That is when God spake to Noah, and told him to build a boat.
WHO CARRIED THE SERPENT SEED ACROSS THE FLOOD?
We live in a generation when people are ever so concerned about the pedigree of their horses, dogs, and all such like, but they could not care less about the human race. Their own pedigree (so to speak) is not important to them, just as long as they can have some purebred animal to boast about. So let us think for just a moment, how this thing goes. A horse is a horse, and a dog is a dog, no matter what kind of pedigrees they have, and they would just as quick downbreed themselves, as they would up breed. Take one of the Kentucky thoroughbreds, oh what a beautiful creature he is. Look at the records some of them have to their credit. Brother those creatures have been select bred in America, and they have two hundred years of this to their credit. But you take one of them, and turn him loose to the wild, and see what you have 200 years later. You are going to have some wild creatures on your hands. They will run a blue streak, bite your head off, kick your teeth out, and there is no way you could just walk up, and put a saddle on one of them. They will either attack you, or run from you, one of the two. Why? Because of that wild instinct that has been crosses into him. He will look at you as if to say, You are not going to get me, I am free. Well that is what the devil was after in humanity, and he has it. Who can dispute that fact? He had it back then, and he has it again now. Let me mention also, that during that time before the flood, Methuselah was still alive, and he was still begetting sons and daughters, and none of them were spared when the flood hit. Lamech died about 5 years before Methuselah, and Methuselah died right before the flood struck, when Noah was around 600 years old. Therefore they both lived to see Noah’s sons born into the world before they died, and it was from these three sons, that the whole world is populated today, therefore those serpent seed attributes lay right there in them, when they were in that old boat, drifting upon the waters. But do not blame only Mrs. Noah, for I believe we have proved to you from the Bible itself, that there is no foundation for such an assumption. Let us at this time, though, start reading in verse 32 of chapter 5, and read on into chapter 6, and notice some of the terminology used. “And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (That was the only children Noah ever had born to him, as far as Bible records can establish.) And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, (back before Enoch’s time) That the sons of God (Adam’s pure line) saw the daughters of men (Those Cainite women) that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. (That is where all the trouble started.) And the Lord 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. (Notice now) There were giants in the earth in those days; and after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old men of renown. (That was after the two lines were all mixed up.) And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart. And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing that creepeth, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. (You see, God is never left without an instrument that He can use, no matter how much wickedness there is in the world.) And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. (devils running wild) And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh (all flesh) had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, the end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. A window shall thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shall thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.” God was very specific about how He wanted that old boat to be built, so do you think He would have settled for Noah changing the plans, to build it to suit himself. You know the answer is No. Therefore why would anyone think for a minute, that God would accept a substitute for His very specific plan of salvation in our day? Furthermore why would God accept homosexuals and perverts of every kind in His church that is supposed to be clean and pure, when He destroyed a whole civilization because of that kind of thing back then. Therefore what we see here, is just before corruption threw everything into oblivion, God intervened, and settled it His way. Noah had those three boys, and even though he lived to be 950 years old, he never did father another child into the world. He was the only one of that whole genetic line, that fathered only three sons, and no daughters, yet the whole world has been repopulated by those three and their wives, and that serpent seed quality came right across the flood in them, and the world today is filled with the same corruption it was way back there before the flood, and speaking of Noah’s righteousness, Ezekiel wrote concerning the wickedness of Israel when their elders had set up idols in their hearts saying, “Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, (the land of Israel) they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord God.” That lets us see how that old spirit had gotten hold of the children of Israel, and led them off into idolatry which God hates.
ALL MANKIND HAS MIXED ATTRIBUTES
Now some will always say, What do you mean by serpent seed? Well, we are talking about characteristics and attributes bred into the genes of mankind that project forth in some, or maybe I should say in most people, that causes them to go against the will of God. In other words, a man and his wife might have twelve children, and only one of them have any tendency to seek God and walk uprightly. That is how it was in Noah’s case. Of course we do not know how many of his brothers and sisters might have died before the flood, but we do know, that when the flood came, Noah was the only righteous one of them still living, of they would have been spared also. It says, “Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord,” so do not try to tell me there were any pure bloodline seed left upon the earth at that time. That just shows you what a thousand years can do, for that is just about how long these mixed marriages had been going on, and during that time Satan had succeeded in stamping out completely, every pure blood strain of mankind. Now I hope you all realize, that even though there has to be a distinction between the two lines at times, one being called the sons of God, and the other being called men, in general terminology, they were all mankind, for that is what God said He was going to make, on the sixth day of creation, man. Therefore even though Noah had those mixed qualities in him, no doubt; he still had more spiritual qualities in him, than anyone else alive at that time. So as God spoke to him, and told him to build an ark, Methuselah was still alive, and so was Lamech, Noah’s father, but they would both die being 969 years old, older than any other man of record, Noah was around 600 years old, and he had those three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and they all had wives, so God sealed Noah and the other seven in that old boat, and opened up all the water valves. Outside that old ark, there was not one soul left, that sought after God. Lamech, Noah’s father, had died being 777 years old, three sevens: That is the number of completeness. Not necessarily perfection, but it is completeness. Evil and all of man’s works had reached its hour of judgment. Lamech died, leaving sons and daughters that were blood brothers and sisters to Noah, and not one of them ever heard Noah’s message. I can just hear all that evil bunch laughing and making fun of Noah and his sons, as they worked on that old boat year after year. But the very year Methuselah died, God told Noah to get his family into that ark, along with a male and female of all the animals, and when He had sealed them in, the flood came. Now isn’t it strange, the birth of Methuselah, and the prophetic name given him, was the very thing that caused Enoch to start walking so close to God, for he expected God to take Methuselah most any time, and judge what was left. Yet Methuselah lived more than six hundred years after God took Enoch on to be with Him, and evil continued to grow worse every year until the very end. The Bible says, Every imagination of the thoughts of men’s hearts were only evil continually. Immorality and perversion had stained the earth for a thousand years, and the only way God saw to correct the situation, was to just wipe the slate clean, and start over with the only righteous ones that could be found. Even their righteousness did not come anywhere close to Enoch’s, but at least God could still communicate with them. Those boys received the message of their father, and God spared them and their wives for Noah’s sake. Noah would never father any more children, so the whole earth would be repopulated by those three sons and their wives, even though every last one of them were products of that mixed genetic spirit. Some will say, “Did sin cease?” No. “Did perversion cease?” No. Because it all lay right there in the genes of those that God had preserved. Every little baby born this side of the flood, had within its genetic makeup the nature to do either right or wrong. That is why I said, Maybe only one out of a family of twelve children, would every cry out to God from the depths of his soul, I need you! God knew all of that though; it was no surprise to Him. Before those two lines of mankind started to mix, every child that was born on Adam’s side just automatically had a nature to call upon God. But after the two lines began to mix, a few generations down the line, those children were not even made aware of a God. When a knowledge of God is lost and all feelings of conviction, there is nothing left to control man’s nature, except the spirit of the devil. No wonder the world is like it is today. That is why I say, If God lets time last another 30 or 40 years, (and I do not see how He possibly could) without bringing judgment, I believe with all my heart, that Christianity as we have known it, will be so outdated, it will only be studied about, or read about in the libraries of the land. The world today, is following the same trend of immorality and perversion it followed before the flood; therefore it is ripe for judgment, and I believe from all the other signs we are watching, that it will not be too many more years before it comes.
GIANTS – AND MEN OF RENOWN
For now, I would like for us to look back at verse 4, here in chapter 6, for there are a few more points I want to make, before moving on. “There were giants in the earth in those days; (What days? After the sons of God began bringing children into the world, by those Cainite women.) And also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became might men which were of old, men of renown.” There are two things in that verse, that tell us something meaningful. First there were those huge physical species born to those mixed marriages; which I would have to say was definitely an indication of a curse that God has brought upon the total physical strain of mankind. As long as those two lines lay separate, each carrying its own quality of life and spirit, this giant thing did not show itself. Cain’s line were cultivating evil attributes, polygamy, murder, and all such like, and there may have been some good sized men and women among them, but the giants mentioned here, were a result of crossing the two lines. The devil was not necessarily looking for giants, he just wanted to down breed mankind, until all knowledge of God was lost. Therefore the initial beginning of the giants was when God showed His displeasure over their crossing, by letting some of them bring forth those giant sized offspring. It is a genetic fact, that when you cross two lines like that, this can happen. I have to use horses for an illustration, because horses is what I have studied through the years. But when you take two genetic lines of horses that have been continually kept the same breed for two or three hundred years, until you have definitely established certain characteristics in them, and then you reach out here on the end of the branches of those family trees, and bring about a genetic cross between a strain of horse of this limb that is going one way, all of the same breed, with those over there, you get offspring of a much larger size. Breeders will tell you, that it is almost like adding fertilizer to the genetic hereditary factors that are lying there in the genes. The father and mother could be exactly the same size, so to speak, but their offspring will usually be of a much larger physical build. Now if that is true in horses, and other animals, why would it not be true in mankind also? Well we do know that it is, for the Bible tells us when the giants came back upon the scene back there. How do you think these large draft horses got here? Noah did not have any of them on the ark. A lot of people think those Clydesdales and Belgian horses always have been. But that is not so; breeders have cross bred other species, to obtain them. The oldest domesticated horse in the world is the Arabian horse, practically everything else was in the wild. In Europe, in the Middle Ages, when knighthood was having its day: there sat those huge knights, with all that armor on, astride horses 16 or 17 hands high, that weighed a ton. Do you think those horses just naturally grew that big, without someone using certain breeding techniques to bring it about? No. There were no Clydesdales in the garden of Eden. But my point in all of this, is to show you that those physical giants before the flood were a design of the devil, that God allowed as a curse, because of the crossing of those two genetic lines, regardless of what Satan’s intentions were. Now not all were giants in those days, so I can just see those big bullies, walking around thumping the heads of the little guys, keeping everyone scared half to death all the time. But please notice that there was another quality of species born to those mixed marriages: “MEN OF RENOWN.” They had Doctor So and So, Professor So and So, and all such, intellectual big shots. They were wizards, but do you know what is strange? Not a one of them was ever recorded in the Bible. They lived, fulfilled their roles in that wicked society, then died, and that was the end of them, as far as humanity is concerned. Now like I said, Those giants and intellectual wizards, were not necessarily what Satan was after; they were a bonus. What he was really after, was to downbreed mankind to the point where there would be no trace of any God consciousness whatsoever, and he almost succeeded, but God intervened while He still had a vessel to work with, and made a covenant with Noah, and the Bible says that Noah did according to all that the Lord had commanded him. I don’t know if you are all aware of this, and I do not mean to be criticizing intelligence, for I would hate to be completely ignorant myself, but none of these proud intellectual people, who really take pride in their intelligence, ever have very much respect for God. They would rather study about evolution, or study the rocks brought back from the moon, and that kind of thing. How to bring mankind closer to God is the furthest thing from their minds. That just lets us know that all of those attributes were being brought about by Satan through that Cainite line of mankind, and once they were crossed into the sons of God line, it produced offspring that inherited those characteristics through the genes, and when the flood hit, every living soul had them, and only Noah could really hear the voice of God, out of all that great multitude of people. We do not read anything about Noah’s sons, until after the flood. Then it picks up the genealogy again, and carries it through quite a few generations, and declares, that, by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood. Where did Noah’s grandsons get their wives? You may ask. From among their own households, of course; there were no others left alive. All other human life was destroyed, but those giant and intellectual qualities were not destroyed. Neither was that spirit of murder, perversion, and immorality destroyed. It lay right there in that genetic line. Because we see that as soon as men began to multiply upon the earth again: sin was right there. Not much longer than two hundred years after the flood, men were building idols, and worshiping devils, and just about everything else. That has been the general picture through time ever since.
FOUNTAINS OF DEEP BROKEN UP
Let us go to chapter 7 now, and pick up with verse 7. “And Noah went in, (the ark) and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood. Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth, there went in two and two unto Noah into the ark the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah. And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth. (That is when it really started raining.) In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.” Now go back to chapter 1, and read that second verse again. “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the DEEP.” Do you remember, when we started this message, I said, The deep, was not a whole in the ground; it was space itself. Many times, people will ask, Where did all that water come from? It came from outer space. We have a lot of water in the earth today, that was not here before the flood of Noah’s day. Before that, the earth was closer to the sun, making its 360 degree orbit, instead of 365 1/4 days to the year, like it is now. Back then, those waters were in the form of vapors, filtering the sun. It was out there in the great deep, serving another purpose for the Creator. But now we have it in our huge oceans, in liquid form, instead of out in space. When the earth was on a 360 degree orbit, the climate was perfect the year round. There were no winters, springs, summers, and falls like we have now. So that verse definitely points to those vapors out in space, being turned into liquid form, and sent to earth, to cause a flood, something no one had every seen. No wonder those unbelievers laughed at Noah, building that huge boat on land that had never seen water before. But when God turned all that water loose, it fell, and fell, and fell, and just kept mounting up, and up, and then these jeers and laughter turned into screams of agony, as the life was slowly being taken from them. Of course I realize your scientists and archaeologists of today, repudiate the fact that there ever could have been water that deep upon the earth. They say it is impossible, but we who believe the Bible, know that it was ever bit as deep as the Bible says it was. This Bible was not written by some fellow who just wanted to write an interesting story. Moses was unctioned by the Creator to write the record of how God dealt with mankind, that had forgotten where they got the very breath they breathed. Those unbelievers look at Mt. Ararat today, with its peak above timberline, and they say, There is no way in the world, that water could have ever been that high. Maybe they are right; Mt. Ararat is a volcanic mountain. It did not necessarily have to be as high then, as it is now. God could have just let that old boat come to rest upon it, and then, through the centuries since, just kept on elevating the thing. That has happened to other mountains, so why not Ararat? Why would He do that? To preserve a memorial, for those atheists to stare in the face one day: why not? I am not saying that I believe the mountain was as high then as it is today, nor am I saying that it was not; I am only calling your attention to the fact that volcanic mountains can keep rising over the centuries. Your scientists will have to agree with that. A Frenchman and his twelve year old son was on that mountain, back in the 1950’s, and in the book he wrote, he stated that the whole top of it seemed to be of volcanic ash. Furthermore it was stated, how the melting snow on the mountain caused large fissures, (or cracks) and as he and his son started to move to a different elevation, one of those familiar storms came up, and they had to spend the night in a small tent, while waiting for the storm to subside. Then the very next day he fell into one of those fissures, and came to a stop, with one of those huge pieces of wood from the ark staring him in the face. They got that piece of wood out of the ice, and took pictures of it, and then brought it back for the Syrian archaeologists to examine, and then he took it to Cairo Egypt, for their archaeologists to examine, and in both cases they believed the wood was at least five thousand years old. So they no doubt found a piece of that old boat, but for one reason or another, men are hindered, and kept from reaching that point. God, no doubt, is just waiting for the right time, to let the world see the evidence of Bible accuracy. But my real point is, Regardless of whether the mountain was as high then as it is now, the old boat was parked on top of it, and the water was deep enough to destroy what God wanted destroyed. It destroyed all human, animal, and fowl life, except what was in the ark. But as I pointed out earlier, marine life was not destroyed, and neither did Noah have to take any of them into the ark, to save them.
SEEING A TRUE REVELATION
When God opened up the fountains of the deep, so to speak, and caused that great flood for the destruction of wicked mankind, He did not then put the water back where it came from. He just allowed it to collect together in the lowest elevations of the planet, and that accounts for the earth being two thirds covered with water today. What does it say in the last chapter of the book of Revelation? John said, “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.” That does not mean that there is not going to be bodies of water; it just simply means that there is not going to be any more huge oceans and seas, like we have now. By the time John was writing about, arrives, that water will be back like it was before the flood. But until the Millennium, everything will remain as it is. Now Brothers and Sisters: I realize we could never say enough to convince these atheists that the Bible record is true; but I sure hope to be able to say something in a message like this, that will help believers avoid shipwreck. For I am constantly amazed at some of the things people who are supposed to be revelated believers, believe and teach, and they every one feel that they have got some great revelation, from something they read either in the Bible, or in Spoken Word books. For instance, there is one group, that is now saying we were all angels, before the foundation of the world, and that this is the reason angels are mentioned so much in the book of Revelation. Naturally they come to that conclusion because of the fact that men are referred to as angels in chapter 3, and in chapter 10, but this is as far as you ought to try to go with that idea. Truthfully Saints: We are living in an hour when a spirit of deception will grab your attention in a minute, if you do not keep the word of God up front in your mind. Those same people who believe we were all angels before the foundation of the world, still try to believe in serpent seed, which would be an impossibility if the other were true. For the sake of making a point, just suppose that we were all angels (spirit beings) before the world began. When God created a spirit being, and gave it an identity, that identity would always be the same, so how could serpent seed get into the picture? The truth is, Most of these ideas are based purely upon assumption. For once God takes of Himself, and projects that into existence, that spirit, is right then, all that it will ever be, in time. Therefore to say that we were all created back then, and just had to await our turn to come into the world, would cause me to ask, By what process would such a one leave a pure environment, having nothing but true, clean characteristics, coming right from the presence of God, to come to earth, and become entangled with sin and debotchery? It takes a perverted mind, even to think like that, much less teach it to anyone else. I will say this: Angels were already in the picture, but none of them ever came into being by a sex act; God created them. That is why we read in Job 38:4, “Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare if thou hast understanding.” Now just to put that in our language, Come on Job, if you think you know so much, where were you, when all of this was set in motion? “Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? Or who hath stretched the line upon it?” In other words, Who drew up the blueprint? Is that not one of the first things you do, when designing something? Then you determine the dimensions, and stretch a line. God was really talking to Job, Where were you? Do you really know who designed this thing? “Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? Or who hath laid the corner stone thereof; when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” That particular translation of the Bible, really sets some people’s heads in a spin. See there! They will say, We were already sons of God. Open your eyes people. That terminology does not even apply to man at all. Let us go back to Daniel 3:24, and look at this again. Those three Jewish fellows refused to worship the image Nebuchadnezzar set up before them, so Nebuchadnezzar had the furnace heated seven times hotter than normal, and Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, cast alive into it. That was their penalty for disobeying the king’s command; sudden death. But it did not turn out that way. He had them tied up, with all their clothes on, and cast into those flames. He not only wanted to burn them; he wanted to burn every trace of them, and the old furnace was so hot, it even slew the men that threw them into the flames. I can just see old Nebuchadnezzar as he took his place, high up where he could watch those miserable fellows curl up into a little ball, and then disappear. He probably though, I have really got them now. God let him have a good ring side seat, and then He intervened on behalf of those who trusted in Him. Notice now, as we read verses 24-25. “Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counselors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” The translators saw that as Jesus Christ, the Son of God, or as they would say, the eternal Son of God, meaning, who always was. That, like many others, is an unfortunate translation. It should have been translated, LIKE A SON OF GOD, and that would have expressed it properly. Jesus the only begotten Son of God, had not even come into existence, except in the mind of God, at that time. It is true though, every manifestation of God, up to His birth, always prefigured that certain Son that was to come. He was exemplified all through the Old Testament, but only came into existence some two thousand years ago. That is why I say, Anyone who never gets the Godhead straightened out in their mind, will never receive very much revelation on anything else, for that is the main key to a proper revelation. Can you just imagine Jesus existing with the Father, having equal authority, before His physical birth, and then when he becomes partaker of physical flesh, He loses all of that which He had before. Furthermore if He had equal authority with the Father: How could God give him for a sin offering, to satisfy man’s sin debt before Him? Some of the things people believe, really have a lot of loose ends dangling, but they never seem to notice, just as long as it sounds good to their carnal ears. I do not know how such people handle 1 Corinthians, the 15 st th chapter, where the apostle Paul writes of how the Son will deliver the kingdom up to God the Father, that God (the Father) may be all in all. If Jesus started out equal with the Father before the foundation of the world, then He has been losing ground all the time. Is that what you want to believe? Let us begin with verse 24, and read a few verses. I want you to see something here. “Then cometh the end (after the Millennium) when He (Jesus) shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when He shall have PUT DOWN ALL RULE and ALL AUTHORITY AND POWER. (Notice now) For He (Jesus) must reign till He hath put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For He hath put all things under His feet. But when He saith all things are put under Him, (Jesus Christ) it is manifest (or understood) that He (the Father) is expected which did put all things under Him. (If Jesus was equal in authority with the Father, why was it necessary for the Father to put all things under His feet?) And when all things shall be subdued unto Him, (The Son) then shall the Son also Himself be subject (S-U-B-J-E-C-T) unto Him (the Father) that put all things under Him, THAT GOD (the Father) MAY BE ALL IN ALL.” That is when Jesus becomes in reality, our elder brother. We will see Him as our elder brother, yet we will always have the remembrance of how He was our personal Savior, and that if it were not for Him, we would not even be found existing in that eternal age. But the point is, God (the Father) is supreme. Therefore when the analysis is correct: there is no eternal Sonship. So when Nebuchadnezzar said son of God, it was not pointing to Jesus the Christ, in that fiery furnace, but rather, to an angel sent by God to deliver those three Hebrew boys.
GOD – ANGELS – MEN
Now let us go back to Daniel 3, and see if the Bible itself does not back up what we have just said. Verse 26, “Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire. And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counselors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them. Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent His ANGEL (His Angel) and delivered His servants that trusted in Him, and have changed the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God.” Did all of you catch that? It was the angel, that was referred to as the son of God, and should not have been translated to infer that it was Jesus the Christ. Whether you are speaking of angels or of men, both are offspring of God: you just simply have to use a little scriptural common sense, and keep them sorted out, lest you hit a snag now and then. When you take the apostle Paul’s revelation, especially the way he expresses it in Hebrews, it clarifies a lot of this kind of thinking. Notice Hebrews 1:6-7, where he is speaking of Christ Jesus, and of angels, and of men. “And again, when He (the Father) bringeth in the first begotten into the world, He saith, And let all the angels of God worship Him. And of the angels He (the Father) saith, Who maketh His angels spirits, and His ministers (men) a flame of fire.” Then in verses 13 & 14, we read these words; But to which of the angels said He at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? Are they not all ministering SPIRITS, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation? In most cases men and angels are distinctly separated, and men were not created to minister to angels: angels were created to minister to man on the behalf of the Creator Himself. Angels played a great part in the ministries of the Old Testament prophets, and there are many scriptures to confirm that; therefore there is no sensible reason for anyone to get the two elements of sons of God confused with each other, if they will just read some related scriptures, to the verse they think they see so much in. There is not another book of the Bible dealing with prophecy, that the word angel appears in, as much as it does in the book of Revelation, and there are a couple of references, as we have already pointed out, that refer to men as angels, but there is no reason to attach a man to every mention of angel, for those spirit beings (angels) still have a job to do, serving the Creator, as He winds up this whole redemption program, and gets ready to usher in the Millennium. For instance, in Revelation chapters 2 & 3, where John is instructed to write certain instructions and admonitions to the angel of those seven separate churches. So in this case, the angels are men, and also in chapter 10, verse 7, where it refers to the angel of the Laodicean church age, which we believe to have been Bro. William Marrion Branham, who was also referred to as the messenger to the age, but God does not need Bro. William Branham to sound those trumpets, nor pour out those vials of wrath, nor any of those other things, where it speaks of angels doing certain things, so if you want your revelation to be acceptable to God, you had better get those crazy notions out of your head, and allow the Holy Ghost to lead you into all truth, like Jesus said He would do, when He comes. He cannot lead you into all truth, if He is not in you, and if He is in you, and is allowed to lead you, you will not pursue these wild revelations. It is just that simple.
MINISTRY OF ANGELS
In Hebrews, I would like to read some verses on each side of the ones we already read, for an even further confirmation of what we are dealing with, concerning angels. In 1:1, we find this; “God, who at sundry (different) times and in divers (various) manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds.” That last phrase there in verse 2, should have been translated, for whom He designed the ages, instead of “by whom also He made the worlds.” That is just another unfortunate translation, by men who believed that God is three persons, all equal in authority, and all at work in creation. But now let us read verses 1 & 2, of chapter 2, and we will see where the prophets of old got their prophecies. “Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, (from the Son of God) lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word
SPOKEN BY ANGELS
was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard Him.” What is Paul saying here? He is literally saying, that when God did speak unto the fathers by the prophets: it was through the office work of angelic beings. Because it was angels, that conveyed the presence and anointing of Jehovah, to those individual prophets. That did not make the prophets themselves angels, they were merely mouthpieces to convey God’s message on to the people at large. Do any of you think for one moment, that Gideon was an angel? Gideon was an Israelite man, minding his own business. His father had built a grove, and was worshiping Baal, but did God send an angel to deal with Gideon’s father? No. The angel came to Gideon, and when Gideon saw him, he was scared half to death. He was not looking at a man, he was looking at a spirit being, an angel, and that angel knew Gideon was scared. But the angel said to him, “The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valor.” The angel knew that once God got through with him, Gideon would be a lot braver than he appeared right then. Even as he was instructed in what he was supposed to do, Gideon still had a lot of doubt, and put a fleece before the Lord. But the point is, God dealt with him through the ministry of an angel, to get him ready to do what he was supposed to do, and to instruct him along the way. I am using these examples, to help you see angels as spirit beings, rather than men, in almost every reference in the Bible. Did not the apostle Paul, when he was on that old boat, going across the Mediterranean sea as a prisoner, say that an angel of the Lord had stood by him that night, when a typhoon had struck them, and it seemed like all hope of anyone surviving, was gone? Paul went down in that old boat, and began to pray, and God sent an angel to him, and when he returned topside, he said, “Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss. And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship. For there stood by me this night THE ANGEL OF GOD, whose I am, and whom I serve, Saying, Fear not, Paul: thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee. Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, (It was the angel that talked to Paul) that it shall be even as it was told me.” That was an angel messenger, sent to a man, to bring him the word of God. Therefore when that man (Paul) spake: it was Thus saith the Lord. He knew it would be exactly as he said. As I see it, God’s true children have a responsibility, to learn the proper usage of these terms in the Bible. This is your road map, so you need to learn to read it correctly, lest you head down one of the devil’s detours.
JOHN SAW A VISION
In the 17 chapter of the book of Revelation, we see where one of the angels that held one of the vials th of the last plagues that is going to be poured out upon earth, came to John and said, “Come hither; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters.” Remember now, this was an angel that said that to John, and John is writing it, as he saw and heard it. “So he (the angel) carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.” You must understand, that angel was able to carry John off in a vision. He did not literally pick him up, and transport him to some wilderness. There was no other place he could have taken him literally, to show him what he wanted him to see, for it pertained unto the future. Therefore by giving him a vision of the spirit, he was able to transport him into future time, and show him what the Catholic church, which had not even come into existence then, would one day become, and how God would judge her, here at the end of the age. Of course that was all very real to John, and he retained what he saw and heard, and was able to make a written record of it. But my point is, That was a supernatural angel doing this; it was not a man, as some of these carnal minded people are saying. That same angel, one day, when that great tribulation hour is in effect upon earth, and drawing to a close, will definitely unleash into the atmosphere, whatever the vial is symbolic of, and it will have its sure effects upon mankind that is left here then, but you believe me: it will not be a man, pouring out that vial of plagues. Now saints, if you are wondering why I am spending so much time on this, it is because we have men today, who claim to be following Bro. William Branham’s teaching, that are interpreting all of these mentions of angels, as though it is referring to men, and I want to be sure every true saint has something other than just my word, to combat that spirit with. I would sure hate to think that this whole redemption program of God, would end up with a lot of carnal minded men running around smiting the earth with all sorts of plagues. So my point is, We were not angels, before the foundation of the world, and neither is there any sense in which most of us could be referred to as angels now, and certainly no scriptural foundation for it. On the other hand, angels (spirit beings) did exist before the foundation of the world, and they assisted God in what He did, and they still do. But somewhere in the prehistoric hour, God tested His angelic family for loyalty, and some of them failed the test, and some of them are the ones that are chained in everlasting darkness, awaiting their final judgment, according to Peter and Jude, while the rest of them, including their leader Lucifer, have been allowed to move to and fro in the earth, to test God’s human family for loyalty. They are spirits, fallen sons of God. Everything that has any kind of life, got that life from God. The huge whale out here in the ocean, got its life from god, but that does not make God a whale. The omnipresent, omnipotent God, takes from Himself and makes whatever He has purposed to make, and He gives it a separate, individual life of its own. It is the same with worms and bugs, and everything else that has life. As I said earlier, I never realized just what part those little bugs and worms play in God’s creation, until one time when I read that book, showing how these agricultural scientists had probed the crust of the earth, and magnified the activity of those little creatures at work, doing exactly what they were created to do. I just thought to myself, How beautiful is the work of the Creator, to have everything fulfilling a purpose like that. That is why I have said, We all have a purpose to fulfill in life, known by the Creator before the world began. But as for your literal existence, until the day you were conceived in your mother’s womb, your existence was only in the mind of God. You were only a thought. In the 139th Psalm, David reacted to that realization by saying something like this, “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Thou knewest me, and my name was written in thy book, before my substance was even wrought in the earth.” We just have to realize, that anything there is, ever has been, or ever will be, was lying there, already a premeditated picture in the mind of God, before He ever even started to create anything. Then at the proper time, God said, Let there be thus and so, and out goes that spirit from Him, and a Spiritual law is set in effect to regulate the life of it, and to cause it to reproduce itself in its time. God set a law in effect, pertaining to everything he created, and His angelic helpers manipulate, or minister within the realm of that law.
ADAM AND EVE WERE CREATED PERFECT
God created Adam and Eve, first, as spirit beings, and their spirits were together. There was complete unity. Then by an act, He put them into a vessel of clay. He knew what He was doing, and why He was doing it that way, but He also knew that there would be no propagation of life from them until He acted again. So He put Adam to sleep, took a rib out of his side, fashioned another physical body out of it, separated the female life from him, and put it into that very vessel of clay, and that enabled them to fulfill the commission given them by the Creator, when they were still spirit beings. After that, God never acted any more, in that respect. He never had to; for they had a commission, to be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth. That is when the devil brought the old serpent into the picture. Now to you young people, I will say, I do not have to sit and listen to a bunch of atheists, like you do, so I do not know exactly what you are experiencing, but I believe I have a pretty good idea. I know they try their level best, to cram evolution down your throats, and I am also aware of the fact that too few people have sufficient answers for them. That is why I hope you will study this message, and try to gain an understanding of how the things they are discovering actually fit into the creation teaching, rather than rule it out of the picture. They like to believe and teach, that we evolved from monkeys, and I have to admit that a lot of people do resemble monkeys, but I am fully persuaded that Adam and Eve were perfect specimens of humanity, that looked nothing at all like monkeys. Those atheists call us a cult, because we sit down here at the end of Potter’s Lane, refusing to join up with organized religion, and because we teach serpent seed. Well I say, Which is worse, or better, to be descendants of monkeys, or be a half brother to a serpent. They call you a cult, if you do not believe what they teach, yet to me it is just as ridiculous to believe that we evolved from monkeys, as they think what we believe is. At least we have some scripture to back up what we believe, and all they have is a lot of theories, with nothing at all to substantiate what they teach. They are always talking about the missing link between man and the highest form of animal life, yet if they would believe the Bible, they would know what happened to it. God cursed it, and stripped it of its arms and legs, and sent it crawling off on its belly; therefore no matter how much they search, they will never find it, for they are looking in the wrong places. Those fellows think humanity is evolving into something better all the time, when the truth is we are bearing the marks of sin and separation from God, which has had the absolute opposite affect on us. Adam and Eve were created perfect, both physically and spiritually, and when they sinned by going contrary to the will of the Creator, death was imputed, and that started a decaying process in humanity that has been in effect ever since. The whole genetic strain of mankind is polluted, so there is no way that evolution can change that, and neither can you fit this other idea into it: that we were already sons of God before we came into the world. You either have to get a right revelation of all of this, or what you believe will side track you somewhere along the way.
ANGELS CONVEY GOD’S ANOINTING
I want to go into the 19 chapter of Revelation now, for I feel that there are a few things I must say th before closing this message out, things that would help someone face reality. As we have stated many times before, this book was written by the aged apostle John, in 96 A.D., and I want to remind you that John was a Jew. Why do you stress that? Some will say. For the simple reason, no Jew would ever worship his prophet. Only Gentiles commit that kind of idolatry. That is why you see thousands fall down before the Roman Catholic Pope, when he comes passing by. They will kiss his feet, his ring, or anything to reverence him, feeling that all heaven has come down to them, when in fact, he is another mortal creature, born in sin, and in need of a Savior himself. Here is what I am getting to though; John was a Jew, living in 96 A.D., but in order for him to write this, his spirit had to be projected into future time, into the age of Laodicea, a time that much of this letter deals with. If you will notice, as you read chapter 19, the scenes revert back and forth between heaven and earth. One scene will be in heaven, and the other one will be on earth, just back and forth like that. It shows that God had anointed this angel to take John into a vision of the spirit, and show him these things. He saw heaven opened, and heard voices singing praises to God. Then he saw the marriage supper, and so forth. So let us start reading in verse 7, for a few verses. “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. And I fell at his feet to worship him.” Listen to me now. In the past so many years, a lot of people have assumed that this was Bro. William Branham showing John these things, all because of certain words. But let me say this, When John saw this, he was projected into future time by the angel that showed him these things. But the prophet to this age had not even been born, and God definitely was not using the image of a prophet that would not be born for another 1800 years, to take John up in the spirit, to view these things. I will show you where such thinking will cause you to wind up, if you pursue it, in a minute. As I said, such people are just trying to interpret this by the way it sounds to them. But listen to me, I know this, If God was letting the image of a yet unborn prophet be conveyed to John the beloved, John would know that William Marrion Branham was a human, and no matter what he may have looked like, that Jew would not have fell down to worship him, any person who knows anything at all spiritually, should know that. No Jew ever worshiped a prophet; therefore you can certainly believe that one who walked so close to God as John did, was not going to start it. I am taking time to make these points, hoping that it may cause some souls to shake themselves and get their lives straightened out. Now let me show you why John did fall down to worship this angel, for under usual circumstances, no Jew would fall down to worship an angel either. But this case was different, for this angel was literally conveying the very image and presence of Jesus Christ to him. It was not Jesus Christ; He was still seated on the throne. But this angel was anointed to convey the very image of the immortal, glorified Christ, for he was ministering in the omnipresent spirit of God. That is the reason the terminology over in the beginning, sounds like it is Jesus Christ Himself, speaking to John. The Holy Spirit, can anoint an angelic being to do exactly that. But Jesus Himself is still on the mercy seat today, where He has been ever since He ascended to glory, and He will remain there until Gentile time has completely run out. Now, have I hurt someone, or am I making sense? When John fell down to worship him, that angel said to him, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, (This is where those followers of Bro. William Branham jump to conclusions, simply because of the words this angel speaks: I am thy fellow servant) and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS
Now we do know that down through almost two thousand years of the grace age, the testimony among us Gentiles has been, We are saved by the grace and mercy of God, but what does this statement mean? What does it mean, the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy? It literally means, that when the church has grown, and passed through time, this church that is basically made up of Gentiles, and she is coming to the end, wherein this Revelation letter is no longer a sealed book, but is a prophetic letter to the church, (Not the church world, but the true called out Church.) The Church then takes on the revelation and understanding of its contents. Then her revelation and understanding of who she is, and what she is to become, will cause her testimony to be more than just the fact that she has been saved by the grace and mercy of God. Her testimony then, is that she is the bride of Christ, because the bride is there in glory. But that is not the end of it; there is something else yet to be explained here. Why would this angel talk like this? All because angels are ministering spirits. I am going to use an illustration. That angel, which ever one he was, in the great family of God, had lived before there ever was a man walking upon the face of the earth. But once man was brought forth, and fell, and needed redemption, out of that righteous element of God’s angelic family, God begins to delegate various ones to be ministering spirits to those that shall be heirs of salvation. Also I am sure, that every prophet through time, has had a certain angel to declare the thought and will of Jehovah to that prophet. Furthermore every prophet in the Old Testament prefigured Jesus the Christ, that was to come upon the scene in His season, and would be the Prophet of all prophets. In other words, Every prophet had an angel, that was anointed to manipulate him to fulfill the purpose of God in his ministry. But when that physical man died, that angel did not die. He just waited until the purpose of God required another prophet to be anointed with that same anointing, and then that prophet would react the same way the former one did. But in every case, they caused each man to react just exactly like Jehovah had ordained him to. Each angel was delegated to bring forth a certain type of ministry through the prophet he was assigned to. For instance, a God identifying ministry like Elijah, John the Baptist, and Bro. William Branham had. These men were not writing prophets, but they all had that same anointing, always to make the true God known. When a prophet dies, it could be any number of years before that same angel that was with him, would be assigned to another prophet that was to have the same type ministry.
CARNAL PLANS OF MORTAL MEN
Go with me now, to the 22 chapter of Revelation, where this same thing happened with John again; nd and when he fell down to worship him, the angel responded in exactly the same way as before, (Angels refuse to accept worship) saying, Worship God. The angel went ahead saying certain things to John, and then when you get down to verse 16, you find these words, “I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.” The angel spake like that, because he was speaking in the person of Jesus. He, in no way was referring to himself, when he spake like that, and I guarantee you, that was not William Branham doing the speaking. John was caught up in a vision that allowed him to see things that would take place in our generation, but you rest assured, the angel that showed him all those things, and that spake to him as though it were Jesus Christ Himself doing the talking, was not William Branham. Peter, James, and John, were all given a special vision one day. It is recorded in the 17 chapter of th Matthew. Jesus took them with Him, when He went up to the mountain, where He was transfigured right before their very eyes. There, the Spirit of God came upon Him, and His raiment was made to shine as bright as the sun, and His face also, and the whole panoramic scene, just simply held those disciples spellbound. Then suddenly they themselves were caught up in a vision, and they saw Moses and Elijah, and heard them talking to Jesus, Now in a few days you are going to be put on trial, and you are going to be crucified. Naturally that was a vision they were having; they were not literally seeing and hearing those Old Testament prophets. So when the anointing left, they looked and saw Jesus standing alone, but that was after a voice from heaven spake, saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him!” Then as they came down the mountain, Jesus said to them, “Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead.” That was His way of saying, You do not understand what you have seen and heard this day, but after I have arisen from the dead, you will. Let me get back and finish up the 22 chapter of Revelation. This angel is still talking, and says, “And nd 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. For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plages that are written in this book: and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.” When people fail to get the proper interpretation on the various usages of angel in this book, and they somehow believe that Bro. William Branham was a prophet, and the messenger to this church age, I can see how they might jump, and grab hold of something like this, especially when they are already being taught, that Bro Branham was the Son of man. Some of them are saying, that he is coming back from the dead, and at just the right time, he is going to send a bunch of preachers out to gather up the elect, from the various cities of the world, and they are going to put them on an airplane, and transport them to Jerusalem, for the rapture. Well, that is the kind of thing you get wrapped up in when you take angels and run it into the ground. A thing like that sure does minimize the power and authority of God. They do not believe in a supernatural God at all.
A WORD ABOUT REINCARNATION
Now when John fell down to worship the angel, and the angel said, “See thou do it not: for I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the saying of this book: worship God,“ This word fellow servant should not be misleading. For it does not mean, I am a prophet like you are, John. It means he is a ministering spirit of his brethren the prophets. No man could ever do anything unless he had something motivating him, and that something has to be God ordained, or your efforts will all be in vain. So the angel was a fellow servant of the brethren that had been prophets before John, and it was his business, to direct all worship to God. There is just no telling how many times that same angel had been dispatched from glory, to walk the dusty trails of the prophets of old, and spake through them, and told them what to write. He could have been with Isaiah, Habbakuk, Malachi, and many more of those Old Testament writing prophets. God uses angels in every phase of His great redemption program. He even used them in creation; for there was no one else for Him to talked to, when He said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness, and so forth. He was talking to His righteous angels, that were also spirit beings like Himself. Nevertheless God’s angels follow His instructions explicitly. There is never any variance, and neither do they rob God of worship, when someone like John would worship them. They are sent to convey a message, to accomplish a job for God, and that is all they desire. Now I am going to say this, You hear much in this day and hour, about people believing in reincarnation. I used to think, How in the world could anyone believe such as that? It is pure nonsense. But now I can understand why some people do. We know that God is, always was, and always will be, and He is all knowledge and everywhere at the same time. No matter what century of time, He can send an angel, and ministering spirit, to convey something to say something in the future, and when that time come, it would happen precisely. No wonder when God began to raise up Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Habakkuk, Daniel, and all these men, and one by one, feed into their understanding, these various prophecies, certain things always pointing to the certain advent of Christ, whose design is this? Is it these men? No. It is God’s. But what is making these men talk like this? It is that spirit. That angel conveys that, everything is precise, everything is exact. Now brothers and sisters: God takes the man, but that angel, he doesn’t take. That spirit stays. I want to illustrate something to you. You hear these people that get caught up in this reincarnation say, Oh, I’ve been here before. How many ever heard that stuff? Only devils will make a person believe that. Only devils. You know why? Because those devils have been here before. They are the birds that has been here. They are the birds that made people, 300 years ago act and say certain things. They affected their lifestyle, they ruled them. Those individuals died, but those spirits, those devils, didn’t die. And since we are living at the end of time, when the devil is going to be allowed to confuse the whole picture of the human race that hasn’t found the Lord Jesus Christ, then God is going to allow some of these devils to come right out on the scene, and carry out their little program. I don’t care how beautiful a woman you may be, how handsome or intelligent a man you may be, if you have not found the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, that spirit can get a hold of you, can begin to mold your personality, your thinking, and before you know it, you are thinking right along with the spirit. Yes. I’ve been here, I was here, my name was such and such. Why? Because of that devil. Oh no, he is not a drunk, he is not a Jesse James or a John Dillinger spirit. No. He is a very sweet intelligent character. But he likes to affect and mold peoples lives. Because, do you know what this is doing? This is affecting and bringing about a scene of confusion. Because if he could get a whole lot of people believing in this stuff, then this confuses the whole picture. Well, wait a minute here. Which is right? Reincarnation or the Bible. See, the Bible doesn’t speak of reincarnation, does it? No. It speaks of regeneration. So the point is, that spirit was here, and I grant you, that spirit, maybe 2000 years before Christ, made people act certain ways, and that spirit, somehow or other, come on down through time, it made this people in this century, and on down like that, whoever that spirit was on, it made those people act that way. And right down here at the end, before that spirit has to go into the pit, he is going to make his last show, and he can impress that mind, that intelligent, sweet living person, it could be my uncle, or my aunt, and they can say, Junior, look, I used to believe in religion, I used to believe in God, but I don’t want anything to do with it anymore, I found out that we have been here before. No, that devil has been here. Now he has just got your mind. Now if the devil can do that, what can the spirit of God do? I’ll never forget, and I don’t care who hears it on the tape, when they put on TV, the movie about General Patton, I admired General Patton for his great military leadership in WW2, but when they showed the reruns on TV one time, I watched it. I didn’t know it at that time, but General Patton believed in reincarnation. This is the point, something was said and done, I could say, well O.K. When the troops were brought into North Africa, and the armed divisions under Patton’s command, and he set out to go to the front one day, he said to his jeep driver, take me to the front, and away they go down the road, and all of a sudden General Patton just says to his driver, Off the road. Well, his driver looked at him and thought, we’re supposed to go to the front. But now, Off the road. So right off the road he went, right through a group of trees, across a grassy area, and all of a sudden, over a few knolls, they pulled right up in the midst of the ruins of an ancient city, in North Africa. Well, if anybody has read any of the histories of the early periods of the Romans, and the city of Carthage, any of that, along the shores of the Mediterranean, there were huge cities, that at one time existed there. It showed General Patton as he got out of his jeep and walked in the midst of the ruins of this city. Do you know what, he began to say what general it was, and what period it was, and how he had set his siege against that city, and I thought to myself, He sure read a lot of history. But then a little later in the film, when it was said by some of the men, that he believe in reincarnation, I said, uhhuh, he is a military man, and if he believes in reincarnation, there is a spirit following that guy. If he reads that stuff and thinks that stuff, don’t tell me that angel that makes him think like that, isn’t there to feed his thoughts. Because when he stood right there, he could almost tell the outcome of that ancient conflict word for word. Well, why should he, if his mentality is being controlled by a spirit. You know, that is how, one time, the Germans were able to anticipate his next move. Cause they heard that he believed in reincarnation, and because of that, they took that and they figured, and they lay that against the same area where they knew he would have to come over, and therefore they were able to lay their charges just to meet that. Now I realize we’re here to talk about the gospel, but I have to bring that in. Keep in mind, the angelic world has been here for millions and millions of years. There are good ones and there are bad ones, but I can say this tonight, The good ones are sure not going to impress you to believe in reincarnation. Because they are sent to convey to you the good tidings of the glorious message of salvation, in the Lord Jesus Christ. That is why this angel refused to be worshiped. That is why the angel refused to let John worship him. Because he was a ministering spirit. He was a fellow servant of his brethren, the prophets. So I have to say, when I see that, Alright, that is not a Gentile prophet that John is worshiping. That is that spirit that has traveled down through the span of time, and God only knows how may times that same angel has appeared to the prophets, coming right down through the ages. Therefore I will have to say, whoever and whatever man that angel would come to, there is no doubt, that there is certain likenesses and characteristics that is to be carried out, because that angel isn’t going to change himself, he is going to convey himself in much the same way. So I just pray that whatever I’ve said may help you better understand. So if serpent seed is right, then we have to see how it has got to come the right route. But I can say this tonight, we are living in an hour when confusion is running rampant, it is going to get worse, but does that mean we have to become confused? No. If we will truly pray and seek God, he will guide us. Amen.