|THE SIMPLICITY OF 2 TIMES 7 SEALS|
THE NATURAL TYPES THE SPIRITUAL
The Prophet explained many times that all things in the natural is a type of spiritual things. Natural food builds up a natural body, spiritual food builds up a spiritual body. There is a natural birth, and a spiritual birth for every true believer who is genuinely born again. We can look at most things which are going on around us in the natural dimension, and the spiritual mind will catch the spiritual application in a spiritual dimension.
That is how the Prophet received inspiration for many of the sermons he preached. At one time, the Holy Spirit told him to pick up a discarded cigarette pack, and as he hesitated to touch such a thing as that, the Lord told him that a certain slogan written on that packet would become the text for a sermon in the near future.
We want to take some important events as examples and fitting types of the 2 times 7 Seals opened at different times, to explain this vital doctrine in such a simple way that the children will also understand it. Before the opening of the seven written seals, Brother Branham preached a sermon entitled "God in Simplicity", stressing the fact that the Word of God is so simple, that it goes over the heads of those who try to understand it with worldly wisdom and human intelligence. In Luke 10:21, we read that the Lord Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said,
"I thank thee, O Father, Lord of Heaven and
that Thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent ,
and hast revealed them unto babes..."
All over the world, scholars and students face an examination at least once a year to test them and to find out if they understood and grasped the lessons they had been taught. As the time of the exams approaches, there are 2 important "mysteries" on the mind of every scholar. The first "mystery" they ponder about, is how difficult and demanding the questions on the exam paper might be. Will I understand the questions? Did I study enough? Will I pass?
The exam papers are "sealed", it is a closely guarded secret till the start of the examination. There is a set time in which the tests must be completed, there is a cut-off time to end that timespan and those who have not finished their work will lose valuable points.
After the examination is completed, the second and most important "mystery" will be revealed at a certain time and place. Everyone is waiting with great anticipation and hope for the day and hour of the release of the "sealed" results of the examination. The scholars wonder if they have succeeded. The big question is: "Is my name in the list?" Did I pass this subject, and that one, and all the other subjects?
All those who passed the test and achieved a distinction, those who did "overcome" all the odds, will be invited to the prizegiving ceremony, where they will be honoured in front of everyone else. The Master of Ceremony has a list with every name of every scholar on it who passed the examination. He calls out every name of every scholar present. They come up to the front individually and receive their rewards, a trophy, or a book, or a certificate from the hand of a delegated public personality.
THE PERFECT TYPE OF 2 TIMES 7 SEALS
This is a perfect type of the manifestation of the 2 times 7 Seals opened at different times. The "exam paper" for the endtime Bride is in the form of more than 1100 tape recordings, which recorded the whole Message preached during the 19 years of Bro.William Branham's ministry. But in March 1963 it was officially "unsealed" and fully explained. Those of us who are baptised with the Holy Spirit, are led by the teacher as John 14:26 indicates.
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom
will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring
all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
And also John 16:13 promises us:
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come,
he will guide you
into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself, but whatsoever he
shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.
The Holy Spirit is leading the believers, in union
with the 5 fold ministry, through the entire examination. All we have to do
is to listen carefully and stay close to God's Word which is interpreted for
us by the Prophet. We could never pass this test on our own, we must rely completely
and entirely on the Holy Spirit to see us through. But if we believe all of
the Message, He will give us understanding, and as we act upon it as the Holy
Spirit leads us, we will certainly prevail and overcome all the odds and pass
the examination and be confirmed as an "overcomer" on the day of Redemption.
THE PLACING OF THE PROPHET'S MINISTRY
Nothing changed in Heaven and on the earth in 1963 at the opening of the seven written seals, or since that time up to now. Brother Branham is the forerunner of the second coming of Jesus Christ, he does not fulfil it like some wrongly believe. The Prophet's ministry is one part of the 3 fold coming of the Lord as he explains in the seventh Seal.
And now, as certain as I stand in the platform tonight,
I had the revelation that revealed-- it's in a threefold manner. That, I will
speak to you by God's help of a fold of it.
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How could the Lord Jesus come and receive His Bride and confirm and judge each one as an overcomer and a true believer in His Word and reward us, if we have not a Message first, an "exam paper" by which we are tested and tried? How could we have "results" and know the final outcome without being judged and examined first? The Apostle Paul explains this 3 fold coming of the Lord in 1 Corinthians 4:5:
Therefore judge nothing before the time, until
the Lord come,
who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and
will make manifest the counsels of the heart: and then shall
every man have praise of God.
In the first fold, the Prophet's ministry is to bring to light the hidden things of darkness when the mystery of God's Word was revealed, as the Prophet explained when he interpreted a brother's dream he had about the Prophet's ministry.
And here is the way he put it, said, "The brethren
from Georgia, and from all around, we were all standing together, listening
to you interpret that mysterious writing on those stones... that mountain."
And said, "Then you picked up something, like from the air, something like a wrecking bar... and said, "How you done it, I don't know." And said, "You struck the top of that mountain, ripped it around, and lifted the cap of it off...
And said, "Beneath that was white stone, granite, and you said, 'The sun, or the light, has never shined on this before. Look in on this. Watch this.'"
... And naturally, down under there in the age that formation was, that light had never come upon that stone.
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This "examination" we are in now will be stepped up one of these days when the last one has come into the fold to be tested. Then will come a short and powerful demonstration of the Holy Spirit, a day of Ananias and Sapphira when the counsels of the heart will be manifested by the Angel of the Lord, to separate the true believers from the make- and unbelievers. That will be the second fold of the 3 fold coming of the Lord. Then will come the cut-off time when the "exams" will be stopped. In Revelation 10:6, the mighty Angel announces that there should be time no longer, and in Revelation 22:11 the cut-off time is explained like this:
He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and
he which is filthy,
let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be
righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
The foolish virgins described in Matthew 25:1 to 13 are the righteous ones who did not have enough oil, which represents the Holy Spirit, to finish the examination. Only the holy ones succeeded and were ready when the Bridegroom came, to go in with him to the prizegiving as explained in the next verse in Revelation 22:12:
And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is
to give every man according as his work shall be.
That will be in the third fold of the 3 fold coming of the Lord, at the "prizegiving", when every one will have praise of God as we have already seen in 1 Corinthians 4:5. What will that reward be? Nobody knows because that is the second "mystery" which is still sealed on the backside of the Book at this time.
Let us go back and analyse the first fold, the Prophet's ministry once more. Malachi 4:5&6, Matt.17:11, Luke 17:30, Acts 3:21 to 23, Romans 16:25 to 27, Revelation 3:14 and 10:7 are some of the Scriptures which tell us that this endtime Prophet, anointed with the Spirit of Elijah as John the Baptist was, will reveal the mystery of the Bible. He was sent to restore all things which have been perverted, and distorted over the past 2000 years, and reveal the son of man in word and deeds, to turn the hearts and the faith of the endtime children back to the doctrine and truth which the Apostles, the original Pentecostal fathers had.
Brother Branham's ministry was given to reveal all of the written Word. In the Bible it is called the "former rain" which means a "teaching rain". It is a lecture, a teaching, the unveiling of the hidden mysteries, staying word by word with the written word of the Bible. That is our "exam paper", it is not more and not less, it was delivered and recorded and handed to us to test us if we can believe it all and pass the test, or if we distort it, if we add on to it or take away from it and thereby fail the test.
WHY THE PROPHET HAD TO LEAVE THE EARTH
When an examination has started, the set exam papers have to remain as they are, nothing can be added or changed in it anymore, that is to prevent confusion or unfair practices. For the same reason, after the Message was completed in December 1965 according to God's will, the Lord took His Prophet off the scene. Brother Branham knew this must happen, he said in 1957 already:
Why don't they catch these prophecies and things? You
know, they can't do it now, but one day I'm going to leave the world, and when
I leave, then they'll recognise It. Some of you young people will realise that
after I'm gone. See? But God wouldn't permit it to be done now...
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He had to leave, it had to happen for Hebrews 9:16 and 17 to be fulfilled.
For where a testament is, there must also of necessity
be the death of the testator.
For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise
it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.
We can see this same principle also in the New Testament. The Apostle John lived much longer than all the other Apostles, the Holy Spirit inspired him to put the New Testament together. He was anointed to know how to put the 4 Gospels in the right order, add the Book of Acts and include certain letters from the Apostle Paul as the main part of the New Testament.
In His earthly ministry, at special occasions such as Mt. Transfiguration and other events, the Lord Jesus took James, Peter and John with Him as witnesses. In the New Testament, after the 14 letters written by the Apostle Paul, we see James, Peter and John appear again as witnesses to verify the epistles of Paul as the absolute Word of God. Just before his death, the Apostle John added the Book of Revelation to the New Testament, which came into effect after the death of John.
Brother Branham has come and gone, after his death this Message spread all over the world, it has to go to every nation, kindred and tongue to gather the endtime Bride together. Even so it will be a small group in the end, there will be at least one or two out of every nation who will "graduate".
As Malachi 4:5 says, this Prophet anointed with the Spirit of Elijah, will minister BEFORE the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. Just like in the natural, when the results of the exams are published, it is a great day for those who passed, and most dreadful for those who failed.
And it's now one of the most horrible times for the unbelieve and sinner, that he
has ever witnessed, because the doom time is close at hand. And
it's the most blessed time for the believer, for his redemption is at hand.
There's two factions in the earth tonight, the believer and unbeliever. The one
the Lord is coming to receive, and the one the Lord is coming to condemn: at His
coming, will bless one and will curse the other at His appearing.
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...it was the Lord's day. Is that right? And that's the day that He comes as
a Judge, and will smite the earth with a curse. Is that right?
And I will send to you Elijah the prophet before
the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:
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ISAIAH.1:27 Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her
converts with righteousness.
28 And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners [shall be]
together, and they that forsake the LORD shall be consumed.
The cut-off time for the "examination" is soon at hand, when the last sheep is in the fold and sealed UNTO that great and dreadful day of the Lord. That is the day of Redemption, it is the greatest day for all those who have passed the test and will be crowned as overcomers, all those whose names are on the "list", the Lamb's Book of Life. We will be rewarded when our whole life, our works and deeds will be "unsealed" on that day. In the Amplified Bible, James 1:12 explains it perfectly:
Blessed, happy, to be envied is the man who is patient under trial and stands up under temptation, for when he stood the test and been approved, he will receive the victor's crown of life which God has promised to those who love Him.
But that day will also be the most dreadful day for those who failed the test, because there will not be another chance, all the "schooldays" will be finished, the New Testament, the Blood Covenant and all the church ages will cease for the Gentiles on that day. The great tribulation will start when the vacated Mercy Seat will become a Judgement Seat, and the vials and plagues and the wrath of God will be poured out on the earth.
THE "PRIZEGIVING" IS FOR ALL THE SAINTS OF ALL AGES
Here in South Africa, for those who are in the last year of High School, the last and final test is called the "matriculation exams". In other countries it is called the "A level exams", or the "graduation exams" etc. It is mainly a combination of all the former grades, or standards, or levels, or whatever it is called in different countries. The prizegiving ceremony after the examinations is not only for the "matriculants", but also for all the other achievers at the lower grades.
This is a very fitting type of the 2 times 7 seals, a easily understandable comparison. In Revelation 1:4, we read about the seven Spirits which are before His Throne. In Revelation 5:6 we see these same seven Spirits again:
...having seven horns and seven eyes, which are
the seven Spirits of God
sent forth into all the earth.
Brother Branham explains that God is like a great big diamond, sparkling in seven different colours. He also compares God to a great big fountain of seven colours, like a rainbow, and the 7 colours represent seven attributes, seven virtues, seven different manifestations of the same Holy Spirit. Each one of those 7 attributes was sent to earth by an Angel to anoint one of the stars, the messenger for that age, to manifest a particular attribute or virtue of the Holy Spirit.
"The seven Spirits and the seven stars."
The Spirits was the angels that went to the stars which were messengers. "Seven
Spirits," seven different times the Holy Spirit would anoint a messenger,
which was a star in his day. A --a Spirit is Eternal, and the star that was
made for a purpose to reflect Light in the dark of these church ages where candles
and stars are represented. The Angel, the Spirit, was the one that went to the
star and reflected the Light of the Holy Spirit through the star to that church
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The first star-messenger was the Apostle Paul, he said in 1 Corinthians 3:10 that he laid the foundation, and others would build thereon. Paul was anointed and led by one of those 7 Angels who reflected one of the attributes of the Holy Spirit through him. This Angel is mentioned in Acts 27:23:
For there stood by me this night the Angel of
God whose I am,
and whom I serve.
Brother Branham said that Paul was forbidden to tell everything, he could only preach a portion of all that which was revealed to him. But that portion was the Message for that time and age, the Ephesian Church age, while the rest of the written Word remained sealed and hidden. After the death of the Apostle Paul, the "grievous wolves" entered in among the believers of that age as foretold by Paul in Acts 20:29 to 31. They deceived many with their "perverse things", and in the process of time, the perverted message of Paul had no effect anymore. But those true, genuine believers who did stay true to Paul's message, those who overcame the opposition presented to them by the "grievous wolves", and continued to believe the truth and stand up for it, they passed the "exams" of that day and age. They died and went to Heaven, somewhere behind the curtain of time, to a glorious waiting and resting place "yonder".
After the watering down of the doctrines made the Message of the first age useless, the Lord Jesus sent another One of those seven Angels before the Throne down to earth to anoint the next star, Irenaeus, the messenger of the Smyrnean Church age. The preaching of his message opened another portion of the written Word, while the remainder of the Bible stayed sealed and veiled. The believers at that time had to suffer tribulation, as the Lord Jesus had foretold in Revelation 2:9 and 10, He exhorted them to be faithful unto death. That was their "examination", to be tested and tried to qualify to be an "overcomer", or else fail the test by compromising.
This was repeated throughout the 7 Church Ages, each one of those seven Angels before the Throne of God came down to earth individually to anoint one of the messengers, one of the seven stars in the right hand of the Lord, who was the earthly representative of Jesus Christ during his lifetime. Each one of them reflected one of the colours of the rainbow, one of those virtues and attributes of that great diamond on the Mercy Seat, the right hand of the Father's Throne.
The spoken Word of the Archangel Gabriel created that fertilised particle in the womb of the believing and willing virgin Mary, which did grow into the body of the baby Jesus. The spoken Word of each messenger has a similar purpose, it was and still is the voice of the Blood. It carries the spiritual male sperm, the Seed (Luke 8:11) to make it possible for the true saints to be born again, which is the birth and development of a literal, spiritual body, called the "Theophany" body. That is the building of God, an house not made with hands as explained in 2 Corinthians 5:1:
For we know that if our earthly house of this
tabernacle were dissolved,
we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in
The soul of every genuinely born again saint, the overcomer who has been tested and tried, at his or her death, will leave this physical body and enter the Theophany body which will enable that person to enter into Heaven.
We understand that each church age reflected one of those seven virtues and attributes of the Lord Jesus. In type we compare that, to make it easily understandable, to the yearly, lower grades at the High School. But the last year and final "matriculation examination" is in most countries a combination of all the former, yearly grades put together. And that is exactly what has happened in this anti-type in 1963, all the seven Angels, the seven who had been on earth already individually to anoint the earthly messengers, all seven came down together to tell the Prophet and endtime messenger, William Branham, to go back to Jeffersonville where They will meet him to open the seven written Seals. Every one of those Angels had anointed those messengers to preach and "unseal" a portion of the written Word, while the rest of it remained sealed. Brother Branham explains it like this:
And our Message is no different, it's the same Message
you've heard all your life, only something more been revealed to It. This Message
is the same Message that Luther preached, same Message that Wesley preached,
the same Message that Pentecostals preached, only something added to It. What
it is, is the revealing of the Seals, what them reformers left off (see?), that's
been made known in this day could not be known then.
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THE FULL REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST
At the opening of the seven written seals, the seven Angels combined their seven portions of the written Word, to open and reveal the full Revelation of Jesus Christ to bring to light the seven virtues and attributes of the great diamond in It's fullness. The Holy Spirit Himself and the seven Angels, or seven Spirits, according to Revelation 5:6, are spreading these divinely revealed truths into all the earth. That is the "exam paper" to test and try the "matriculants", the world-wide endtime Bride who is making herself ready for the "cut-off" time after the last predestinated child of God has come into the body of Christ.
This seven-fold revelation of the all-inclusive mystery of God's written Word is not only a blessing, it is also a great responsibility for every believer. At the end, all these seven virtues must be reflected by every saint who does believe every Word and thereby grow unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ as explained in Ephesians 4:13. Nothing less will be acceptable for a pass in this endtime "examination", nothing short of that can escape death and the grave and be raptured to glory.
Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and
of the knowledge
of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the
stature of the fullness of Christ.
To pass their tests, all the believers during the church ages had to overcome various oppositions, for millions it meant torture and death by which Satan afflicted them. But the "endtime exam" is much more deceiving and it is also much more complex because we will have to be a "seven-fold overcomer" at the end of time to obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ as Paul wrote in 2 Thessalonians 2:14. Brother Branham identified the pressures in our time which oppose the believers:
Each age had its pressures. For example a great burden
of the last age is the pressure of riches, soft living and nervous tensions
in a complex age that we seem unfitted to live in.
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This is expressed very well in Luke 21: 34 & 35, it is a prophecy for our time and age:
And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time
be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares
of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the
face of the whole earth.
THAT DAY! What is THAT day? It is explained in verse 28 of the same chapter, it is the day of Redemption, it is the great and dreadful day of the Lord as it is called in Malachi 4:5. It will be the most dreadful day for every person on the whole earth who is not prepared for it, it will come upon them as a snare that they have been tricked into. The snare is to miss, to be ignorant, to be in the dark about the day of Redemption, the "prizegiving" when the seven Seals on the backside of the Book will be loosed by the Kinsman Redeemer, the bloody Lamb who will reward each one of the blessed overcomers of all ages. For the believers of this endtime Message, or for those outside, whoever is not ready and fully prepared for that greatest of all days, is heading for a most terrible disaster. It is Satan's priority at this time and age to blind and mislead all humanity, to divert them from the understanding of what that day is all about.
The Prophet preached a sermon entitled "Satan's Eden", describing this modern "advanced" world of today, this scientific manmade paradise of Satan with all it's glamour and achievements. Satan's first great success on earth was in God's Eden, but now at the endtime, he has set up his own Eden to make the people be independent from God, to feel secure without the Lord. He wants to prevent the day of Redemption, when the children of God will be restored back again to the original sinless position as they were before the fall, which Satan had instigated. He is walking about as a roaring lion, he has set up his snares on the face of the whole earth and also many Message believers seem to have a blurred perception of where God's blessings end and where the attractions of Satan's Eden start.
In Revelation 13:8, we read that all that dwell upon the earth will be caught in this snare, except for a little group whose names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life, the names of the "seven-fold overcomers" of today who are severely tested at their "matriculation exams." The Prophet explains it like this:
And the Bible said that he deceived all -- A-L-L -- all upon
the face of the earth whose names were not written under those Seals
from the foundation of the world! Now if the Bible said he did it, he did it.
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Jesus said, "it would deceive the very Elected..."
And that's the ones that are hid down in these Seals, whose names are
on the Book since the foundation of the world.
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We see the connection of Luke 21, and Revelation 13:8 with the opening of the seven Seals on the backside of the Book for those worthy ones who escape the snare and are ready for the day of their redemption. God has known the result of our tests and "exams" before the foundation of the world already, and wrote our names and the Holy Ghost inspired deeds and works on the backside of the Book and sealed it unto the day of Redemption. We will be the last ones who will make up the Bride, and all the other "overcomers" of all ages who have passed their tests and trials cannot be perfected, or redeemed without us, the "matriculants", according to Hebrew 11:40. They are all waiting "yonder" for the "prizegiving" at the Coming of the Lord.
We think of John Wesley, and Calvin, and Sankey, and Knox, Finney,
and many of those, even without an electric fan, where people sat in halls and
perspiration running down their faces. The women, well covered and dressed,
sat in the audiences and perspired until their clothing was soaking wet, listening
to the Word of God--feeding their souls. Now, we feel, Lord, that they are at
rest somewhere yonder, waiting the coming of the Lord.
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I think of Paul over there with them right now, oh, how
happy! That little old apostle had his head chopped off down there. I stood
by the place where they chopped his head off. But, oh, his head is on in that
new body, and can never be chopped off again. And he's standing over there with
them this very minute, the same apostle that wrote this.
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What are Paul and his converts waiting "over there" for? For the coming of the Lord "at that day", the day of Redemption as he tells us himself in 2 Timothy 4. He knows he has passed his test, he expects the highest marks and distinctions when the rewards are given out, as he knowingly explains in verse 7 and 8:
7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished
I have kept the faith:
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness,
which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day:
and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
That is what he is waiting for "over there", and all the saints of all ages, including Brother Branham and his deceased converts behind the Curtain of time, and the true believers "over here" who will be those who are "alive and remain" (1 Thessalonians 4:15) unto the Sealopening on the backside of the Book by the righteous Judge. We trust that comparing the two descriptions of the examination and the prizegiving at the High School, as a natural type of the spiritual, was helpful and simplified the explanation of the two times seven Seals opened at different times.
THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENT ADOPTION
Another similar example is the biblical Adoption, it is also a fitting pattern and type of the opening of 2 times 7 Seals at different times as the Apostle Paul describes it in Galatians 4: 1 & 2:
1 Now I say, that the heir, as long as he is a
nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;
2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed
of the father.
This refers to a Old Testament law of inheritance. After the children of Israel had received their allotted portions in the promised land, it was important that the assigned land remained a family possession. Sooner or later, every master had to hand over his estate to an heir who was chosen from among his sons. That chosen son had to qualify first before he could take over that responsibility. He received a thorough teaching and lecturing from a hired tutor to be taught all the necessary understanding to know how to run the father's business. Brother Branham explains it like this:
Now, when this boy became of age, and when he was ready
then for his adoption, and he had proved by-- the tutor had told the Father
that this boy was eligible for adoption, he was taken out into a public place,
and there he was robed with a --a robe ( a honor robe, perhaps purple, or some
colour of royalty), and was set up, and the whole city, all the people around
about, seen the Father adopt his own son into the family. And then when he was
adopted into the family, already a son, already a child, already a heir of grace,
but placed in the family... You get it. Now, when he was placed in the family
and given his position, then that boy's name on a check was just as good as
his father's name on the check.
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Even so the Lord Jesus was virgin born, he came in the likeness of sinful flesh as we read in Romans 8:3. He aged, got tired and felt pain and grief like other people in order to be tested and tried. But He always carried out and spoke what the Father told and showed Him. He never once failed to follow the "Tutor's" instructions diligently.
At the end of His ministry, just before the Crucifixion, God adopted His only begotten Son on Mount Transfiguration in the presence of the witnesses Peter, James, and John, and Moses and Elijah.
And there before official witnesses, God adopted His own Son.
He was transfigured before them, and His raiment did shine as the sun. And a
voice out of a cloud said "This is My beloved Son; hear ye Him."...God
adopted His own Child into the family. "Hear Me no longer, but this is
My Son Who takes over from here on." Amen.
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And the Bible said that He put a robe on Him, insomuch that
His raiment shined like the sun in its strength, set Him up before heavenly
witnesses, before earthly witnesses. And a voice said, "This is My beloved
Son, hear ye Him." Whatever He says, it's just as good as My Word. He was
adopted. Jesus said, "All powers in heaven and earth is given unto My hands."
There's the adoption of God adopting His Son.
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There He was standing there, and "His raiment shining like
the sun." In other words, God said, "I have been Your Father through
the age. But now, the only way to approach Me from this on, is through Him.
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In Romans 9:4 we read that Israel had the promise to be adopted, but when the Messiah came, they did not have enough faith to accept Him, they wanted to continue with the works of the law (Romans 9: 32 & 33). But the Gentiles, by accepting and believing in the Lord Jesus received that promise to become the adopted children of God by Jesus Christ as explained in Ephesians 1:5.
The adoption is based on the condition that we will be conformed to the image of the Lord Jesus, according to Romans 8:29, that He might be the first born among many brethren, many just like Him. The Prophet explains that to be born again is not enough, to be baptised with the Holy Spirit is not enough either, we must submit ourselves to the "Tutor" to lead and teach us all the way to the full stature of the perfect man. The Earnest is our teacher now.
Now we have the Earnest, our spirit's groaning for
the full adoption, but now we have the Earnest of it. As we receive the Holy
Spirit, it is the Earnest of our complete adoption or complete salvation.
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All the "ingredients" to reach the stature of the perfect man, all the seven virtues and the full revelation of Jesus Christ was opened up and released at the opening of the seven written Seals in 1963. Many are called, but few are chosen to be led by the "Tutor", the Holy Spirit, all the way to the full adoption at the opening of those seven other Seals on the backside of the Book when all the Bride of all ages will stand before God and the Kinsman Redeemer. We will be judged as the righteous when we all shine forth as the sun in the Kingdom of the Father (Matth. 13:43), just as the "Firstborn" did at His adoption on Mount Transfiguration. The Earnest will be replaced with the full baptism when the Bridegroom and the Bride unite after she is redeemed and fully adopted, we will then be joint-heirs with Him.
Adoption time, when God can pour into us His Fullness,
His Power, His Resurrection, that when the Church and Christ become so close
together till Christ becomes visible among us, and raises the dead, and we go
into the rapture.
51 WHAT HOLY GHOST WAS GIVEN FOR - JEFF. IN - V-4 N-3 - 59-1217
That explains Romans 8:23, the firstfruits of the Spirit, the Earnest will lead us all the way to the adoption, to wit, the redemption of the body at the resurrection. The resurrection and the changing of our bodies is not the next thing to happen as many believe, it can only take place after the redemption and adoption at the opening of the seven Seals on the backside of the Book.
THE JEWISH NEW YEAR, ANOTHER FITTING TYPE OF 2 TIMES 7 SEALS
Every year, on the first day of the Jewish month Tishri, at sunset when the first star appears, the Jewish communities observe the New Year according to Leviticus 23: 23 to 32. When the 10 high holy days start with Rosh Hashanah, the highlight is the blowing of the ram's horn called the Shofar. On the second day of Rosh Hashanah, the Jews eat the first fruits of the new season. The next seven days are called the days of awe, the Shofar sound is interpreted as a wake-up call, to confess all the sins committed and ask for forgiveness and to consider various Scriptures. The people visit friends, neighbours and relatives to repent and forgive one another for anything done wrong that they can remember. They greet each other by saying, "I wish you to be inscribed in the Book." The Rabbis teach that this repentance can delete whole pages of their past records.
Everyone prepares for Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement which is the holiest day of the year. It is a day of fasting and constant prayers, the day to make sure to be at-one-ment with God. Every slightest remembrance of sin must be confessed and every soul must be afflicted according to Leviticus 23:27. At the end of that day, they all go once more to the Synagogue for the most important Neilah service. Many are dressed in white, the vestments are covered in white and all stand throughout the meeting. They believe that they are literally standing before God, they have done everything possible to make peace with God and the celestial Book of Accounts will now be closed by God. They look at this meeting as a judgement where they are declared as righteous and are forgiven, they feel assured that their names are inscribed in that Book and they can enter the new year confidently.
This is a most perfect scriptural type of the threefold coming of the Lord at the end-time. The clear sound of the Shofar is the message, the voice of the seventh angel when he cries with a loud voice as when a lion roareth as foretold in Revel. 10:3 and 7. It calls for justification, sanctification, the baptism with the Holy Spirit and all the way to the full revelation of Jesus Christ. This is the opening of the seven written Seals in March 1963. It is not the start of a new year for us, but the start of a new birth and life which will grow and break into Eternity a little later in the third fold of the Lord's coming, it has no end to it.
Rosh Hashanah is supposed to be the day of the anniversary of the creation of Adam, the first son of God. Our Shofar blasts contain all the ingredients of the seven virtues as they are explained in 2 Peter 1: 4 to 8, to make us partakers of His divine nature, to be created by the leading of the Holy Spirit into the stature of the perfect man, into the image and likeness of our Lord Jesus. This is part of the continuation of Genesis 1:26, when God said, "Let us make man in Our image..." Yes, we are "awed" by these wonderful revelations of all these previously hidden mysteries. We don't eat apples dipped in honey as the Jews do on that day, but we eat the opened little Book, which was opened in March 1963, which is in the mouth sweet as honey, but bitter in the belly (Revel. 10:9+10). Bro. Branham said that is the bitter opposition we have if we testify of it.
We are eating the fruits of the new season, which is the restoration of the first and original faith and doctrines of the Apostles, who are the Pentecostal fathers. The Rabbis teach that during the seven days of awe, God is saying: "I look at you as if only today you were made before Me, as though I created you today as something new." What a wonderful description of the new birth, created by the spoken Word of God and delivered through the "Shofar", God's Prophet, William Branham.
Soon the days of awe will be over, the last one will come in and the second fold will be at hand. That will be a short and powerful demonstration of the Holy Spirit, the latter rain when all the counsels of the hearts will be manifested and every hypocrisy will come to light. Every shady deal will be exposed, every soul will be afflicted at the repeat of the days of Ananias and Sapphira as told in Acts 5:1 to 10. But the Holy Spirit will greatly manifest Himself at that time. We won't need to stand at natural flowing water as the Jews do on Yom Kippur, the Holy Spirit will be the flowing Stream (Psalm 1:3) among us and separate the true believers from the make believers, and bring us to the full stature of the perfect man at that time.
Now, you'll see what the latter rain produces. You'll find out
there'll be an affiliation. The Pentecostals and all the groups will come together,
and they'll shut the doors on them guys that won't listen to it; and you won't even
be allowed to open your mouth. That's right. That's when He will come.
That's when He will show. That's when you'll see a rain.
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You without Christ. Look, the hour is getting late,
friends. The death angel might separate between the bride and the church at
any time. Won't you?
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That "Yom Kippur" experience will separate the wheat from the chaff, and those few who will be the "overcomers" all the way, they will be translated behind the Curtain of time to join all the other "overcomers" of all ages for the most important "Neilah" meeting. All of us will be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white which is the righteousness of saints as Revel. 19:8 tells us. We will see the Kinsman Redeemer, the bloody Lamb come from the Mercy Seat and take the Book and open the seven Seals on the backside. He will call and reward everyone personally, it will be real and tangible, not in a figurative way like the Jews do it every year in their Synagogue, that is just a type of the real thing.
But in reality we will be judged as blameless, faultless, unreproveable (1 Corin.1:7, Colos.1:22, 1 Thessal. 3:13, Jude 24 etc.) unblameable and holy overcomers without spot or wrinkles. That will be the day of our full Redemption or Atonement, when we all will be gathered there yonder, the living and the dead, all from Adam to the last one.
5 days after Yom Kippur, the feast of the Tabernacle starts which is a type of the Millennium. Those 5 days represent the three and a half years where the Bride will be at the Wedding Supper. At that time, the real Shofar will sound for Israel by Moses and Elijah, not only Israel but the whole world will be awed by the mighty power of those two prophets. 144,000 true believers will afflict their souls when they realise that they had killed their Messiah as Zechariah 12: 9-14 explains. Then they will have their real "Neilah" meeting, that Judgement of righteousness as it is written in Revel.11:18.
All these types and shadows confirm this vital doctrine of 2 times 7 Seals opened at different times to be according to God's Word.