|THE ARGUMENTS OF THOSE WHO DISAGREE
ANYTHING OF IMPORTANCE MUST BE TESTED BY THE CRITICS
It is an ancient principle that anything of importance must also face the critics. If the critics can prove something to be faulty and wrong, then it is of no value to anyone. This applies to any revelation of the Word of God more than anything else.
In the year 1988, I did spend much time in fervent prayers, earnestly seeking an answer from God to clarify this deadlock about these seemingly contradicting quotes regarding the Sealopening. At that time I received this revelation of 2 times 7 Seals being opened and loosed at different times, which has been proven to be the only sensible answer to all these questions up to this point in time.
The Lord Jesus Christ, in the form of the Holy Spirit, and the 7 Angels opened the 7 written Seals in March 1963 and anointed the Prophet William Branham to preach and reveal these revelations while the corporal body of the Lord Jesus and the Blood remained as a Mediator on the Mercy Seat.
At the end of time, after the last sheep has come into the fold, the Lord Jesus, in His corporal Body will leave the Mercy Seat and come down to meet all the saints of all ages behind the curtain of time, the place known as the first Heaven. He will take the Book out of the hand of Him that sat on the Throne in full view of all His Bride members who will be gathered there. We will watch and see our Kinsman Redeemer loose the 7 Seals and judge everyone in righteousness and give us our rewards according to our deeds and works which are recorded on the backside of the Book. All the different chapters on this web-site do cover this whole subject much more in detail, using many quotes and lots of Scriptures.
Over all these past years, there has been much opposition to try to disprove this revelation of the Coming of the Lord. About half of the opponents have chosen to ignore it, shun me or refuse to discuss it. Many more have their "tunnel vision", they can only see and believe a certain part of the whole picture and no matter how many quotations, Scriptures or convincing evidence one could present, they will not be swayed.
Then there are those like this Brother from the U.S.A., he wrote that Bro. Branham had numerous changes in his ministry and we can not continue to hold on to those things which he quoted before the change. Then he continued in his letter and he said, "Many of your assertions concerning another set of 7 Seals yet to be opened' can be characterised in the same manner. For example those assertions based upon the Message "Sirs is this the time?" there is no denying from that point his ministry moved on.
Just recently, a Pastor from Trinidad wrote in a letter, "I refer you to Chapter 5 of Revelation, where it says that the Book was written within and on the backside sealed with 7 Seals. Nowhere in that Chapter spoke of 14 Seals, seven inside and seven outside, and if you will notice Bro. Branham after 1963 and the opening of the Seals never mentioned about 7 other Seals to be revealed. He made those comments before the Book was open and when these things were not clear to him and corrected some of those statements after the opening of the Seals.
As we can see in these 2 letters, there are many believers who do not take the Message seriously until 1963, they only regard the last 2 years and 8 months as being the true Message. That is a great error, that would delete Revelation 10:7 because it says that in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he BEGINS to sound... It does not say the mystery will be revealed only in the last one sixth of the days of his voice. The same Angel of the Lord anointed the Prophet from the beginning to the end of his ministry, it would be unsound to believe otherwise, The following quote was preached in May 1951.
Now, I'm just your brother, by the grace of God. But
when the Angel of the Lord moves down, It becomes then a Voice of God to you.
Maybe it ... If I offended you by saying that, forgive me. But I felt that might
been resented. But I am God's Voice to you. See? I say that again. That time
was under inspiration. See? And I - - I felt bad about the first time, but It
Now see, I can say nothing in myself. But what He shows me, I say it. You believe it and watch what happens. See, He did.
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THE MESSAGE INCLUDES ALL THE DAYS OF THE PROPHET'S VOICE
It is true, the Message did unfold further as time passed until 1963, there were some things which the Prophet corrected. He did not know in what shape and form a person would be after death till the Lord translated him behind the Curtain of time where he met and handled those who had died. He also taught that a person is made up of the body, the soul and the spirit, but in 1963 the Lord showed him that the right sequence is body, spirit, and soul. The opening of the first and fifth Seal revealed to him that that was different to what he used to think it was. But everything which the Prophet rectified throughout his ministry, he clearly corrected and explained it many times over to make sure the believers understood properly.
All the doctrines, passages and quotations which he did NOT change, any part of the Message which was NOT specifically pointed out as a change, must be regarded as true and genuine Message doctrine. If we do not apply that rule then the Message will have lost all it's purpose and effect, it would make it useless. 2 times 7 Seals to be opened was preached from 1956 up to the end of the Prophet's ministry, there are no quotes anywhere which state that it became obsolete.
Other Brethren from all over the world found one and the same quote which they believe does cancel "What time is it, Sir?" and all the other quotes related to 2 times 7 Seals. How could one single quote cancel something which was preached over many years? The Lord Jesus said that everything must be established in the mouth of 2 or 3 witnesses (Matt. 16:18). In the sermons "In His Presence" and "What time is it, Sir?", in the Seals on page 90 and 283 and other places the Prophet used the terms: "These 7 Seals and those 7 Seals", also "7 other Seals" and "7 different Seals" which are on the backside of the Book.
According to these Brethren, this quote preached in July 1965 is supposed to tell us that the Prophet misunderstood, and the Lord corrected him and revealed to him that there are no other, different seven Seals on the backside of the Book. After all, they presume, it was found to be all included in the 7 written Seals within the Book. First of all, it does not say that, it says, "It isn't (IS NOT) something that's written in the Book... It's something that's been HID in the Book."
Then back out there at the beginning of the Seven Seals,
when those seven Angels come down in that pyramid form, stood there and told
me to return back here and speak on those Seven Seals. He'd be with me. He showed
me what they were, the lost things. I always thought it was sealed on the back
of the Book and it'd be something wasn't wrote in the Book, but it turned out
that it was made known that He cannot do that. It isn't something that's
written in the Book... It's something that's been hid in the Book. "For
whosoever shall take one Word from It or add one word to It..." So it is
a mystery that's been in the Book in these seven church ages...
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The Lord did correct the Prophet on this misunderstanding he had. He made known to him that everything has to be in the Bible, even if it is not written, but hid in there. Brother Branham never said when this change of mind came to him, but it was long before 1965. Just before this quote, the Prophet explains how he could not understand how the Lord Jesus could have white hair, he was only 33 years old. That was just before he preached the Church Ages in 1960, when the Lord showed him in a vision that it was a white wig of a judge. Then, continuing with the same subject, he brings in this quote about his change of mind which is in connection with the new understanding he had received in 1960 about the white hair.
In June 1961 the Prophet preached Revelation Chapter 5 part 2, the very chapter which explains these 2 times 7 Seals. In paragraph 118, he explains that, like Ruth in type on the day of her redemption, we will be rewarded and that this seven-sealed Book will open up to us what this reward will be. He confirmed that they are mysteries which are NOT written in the Word. Is there anyone, anywhere today who has been personally rewarded by the Kinsman Redeemer already?
The Kinsman Redeemer is the Lord Jesus in His physical, corporal Body, not in the form of the Holy Spirit or the Pillar of Fire. Matt.5:12 and 16:27, Romans 2:6&7, 1 Corinth.3:8&14, Col.3:24, Hebr.10:35-37 and Rev.22:12 are just a few of those Scriptures which predict this great event, it has not been fulfilled yet, those rewards for our righteous works and deeds written in the Lamb's Book of Life since the foundation of the world are still sealed on the backside of the Book.
It is rather obvious that this can only happen after the last Bride member has already come into the fold and is sealed until the day of Redemption like everyone else whose name is on the Book. Let us compare the contents of this quote preached in June 1961 with the one preached in July 1965.
Then what? Ruth was rewarded. That's when we will be rewarded.
That's what this seven-sealed Book is going to open up to us. What is these
things? They're mysteries. They're
not wrote in the Word, they have to be revealed by the Holy
Spirit; but if you'll notice, actually, they are revealed all down through the
Scriptures but they been hid from the people.
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...It isn't something that's written
in the Book... It's something that's been hid
in the Book. "For whosoever shall take one Word from It or add one
word to It..." So it is a mystery that's
been in the Book in these seven church ages...
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The meaning of these two quotes is exactly the same, they both say that there are mysteries which are NOT written in the Book, the Word, the Bible, but they are hidden in the Book. This is clear evidence that the Prophet received this correction before June 1961. What does the phrase "on the backside" of the book actually mean?
John was forbidden to write it. But it was sealed on the backside
of the Book, that is, AFTER all of the mysteries of the Book has been given
out and revealed.
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It is on the backside. When a book is completed... Now He didn't
say on the front side, He said on the backside. AFTER it is all done completed,
then these Seven Thunders--voices, is the only thing that is stuck to the Book,
that is not revealed. It is not even written in the Book.
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It confirms again what we said already, when the last one has received the "unsealed", revealed mysteries of the written Word, only then will it be time for the Lord Jesus to leave the Mercy Seat and come to take the Book and loose the 7 Seals thereof, the 7 other, different Seals on the backside of the Book. The giving out and revealing of the mysteries of the written Word was not "all done completed" in December 1965, it will only be completed AFTER the last sheep has already received it. In March 1977, the mysteries only started for me, and they are still unfolding continuously, I am still waiting for many promises to be fulfilled before the loosening of those 7 Seals on the Lord's day.
THE MOST IMPORTANT SERMON IS "WHAT TIME IS IT, SIR?"
I have been told many times that I place far too much importance on the sermon "What time is it, Sir?" ("Sirs, is this the time?" and "Is this the sign of the end, Sir?" are different titles for the same sermon.) I do put as much importance to it as it deserves, that major sermon was preached at a junction of time to direct the believers in the right direction to the Seal-opening and all the way right along to the end of Brother Branham's ministry. After the Prophet had preached it, he referred back to that most anointed sermon at least 31 times, that is more than to any other single sermon. Let us look at a few of those 31 references.
But, if you ever bought a tape from them, buy that tape, "Sirs,
What Time Is It?" Listen to it. "Sirs, What Time Is It?" Play
it prayerfully, and then you'll start praying for me, see.
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So, we are... How many in here has read What Time Is It, Sirs?
or have heard it, you know, What Time Is It, Sirs? That's bothered me quite
a bit. If you haven't, I wish someway, if you could get to hear it or some way...
kind of bothered me.
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... the Lord showed me a vision one day about ten o'clock one
morning, and I come and explained it here that I'd seen it, didn't know what
it was-- it was a constellation of seven Angels. We will remember that. You'll
get it on the tape, called, "What Time is It, Sir?" Well now, that
is exactly what you're seeing now.
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When, three or four months beforehand, "Sirs, What Time Is It?,"
said we'd go out there, and seven Angels would meet, and come back and the--the
Book of the Seven Seals would be opened. And standing right there with Brother Fred
Sothmann, that just said, "amen" there, standing there by him, why, I told them,
"There'd be a noise that'd shake the country." And I said, "It'll be there.
It's THUS SAITH THE LORD." It's on tapes, tapes, tapes, from Phoenix
all the way around. "It's THUS SAITH THE LORD."
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Could the Prophet pronounce that sermon as THUS SAITH THE LORD, and then later cancel it? Two times 7 Seals opened at different times is solid Message doctrine.
I'm not a tape salesman. But if you ever believed the Words
that I preach, and you can afford it, get The Seven Seals, and first get
What Time Is It, Sirs? Listen to that spoke of, six months before it happened.
And science is baffled.
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Bro. Branham urged the believers to listen to "What time is it, Sir?" prayerfully before they study the seven Seals. If those instructions from God's Prophet would have been diligently observed then lots of misunderstandings could have been avoided, and we would have much fewer disagreements and diverse beliefs in the Message today.
In "Spiritual food in due season", preached on the 18th July 1965, we have already seen that quote which many wrongly believe had cancelled the sermon "What time is it, Sir?" The following Sunday evening, on the 25th of July 1965, the Prophet preached the sermon "What is the attraction on the mountain?" He commented on the morning's service and declared that sermon and "What time is it, Sir?" as the 2 "straightest" Messages preached to the church under a great anointing of the Holy Spirit. Would God bless His Prophet with such a great anointing to deliver the straightest Message of his ministry and then drop and cancel it afterwards?
And, now, many of you maybe wasn't at the services
this morning. But I trust that everyone that wasn't will get that tape (THE
ANOINTED ONES AT THE END TIME, THE SPOKEN WORD, Vol.5 No.3-Ed.), for I believe
that it was the most straightest message to the church since the--the message
of SIRS, WHAT TIME IS IT? I felt the anointing of the Spirit, felt led to say
what I did.
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Three years ago this mystery was a prophecy, "What time is it, sir?" But now it's history. It's passed. The promise is fulfilled. What time is it, sir, and what's this attraction? God fulfilling His Word! He's the same yesterday, today, and forever. par.152
"The promise is fulfilled... God fulfilling His Word!" No cancellation at all, but a further indisputable endorsement of that great sermon's importance. To crown it all, at the end of Bro. Branham's ministry, 3 weeks before he preached his last sermon, he confirmed and sanctioned the contents of that sermon "What time is it, Sir?" once more with absolute certainty.
Remember What Time Is It, Sir? (The Spoken Word. Vol.
2, No. 11--Ed.) How many ever heard it, say, "Amen". Was it exactly
right? Then we have got the revelation in this last days for the message
of the Lord God to gather His Bride together. No other age has it been
promised. It is promised in this age.
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The title of the sermon is a question itself, asking if this is now the time of the end? Then he poses the question: "Was it exactly right?" Did he know already at that time that there would be much controversy in the future about it? Did he know that a large number of followers would not believe that it is right, as I have experienced time and again? This quote makes it plain and clear for any genuine believer that the "Key" revelation of the whole Message to gather the Lord's Bride together is found in "What time is it, Sir?" We have collected a few extracts from that sermon to see and perceive once more what it is all about.
THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF "WHAT TIME IS IT, SIR?"
And then this tape... (I suppose the boys are making the tape.)
and if you happen to get the tape, whoever is listening to the tape, remember, if
something is puzzling to you, don't say it 'less it's on the tape. Don't say
something contrary to what's on the tape.
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In quote A the Prophet explains that the 7 Seals would be the next sermons to be preached after the renovation of the church is finished. Then in the "prime quote" B, he explains that when those 7 Angels he saw in the vision come again, they would open the 7 written Seals which is just the manifestation of those 7 Angels. He predicted that that would be the next thing, "when they come this time", it was fulfilled in March 1963.
But, he explained, there are 7 other Seals on the backside of the Book. He said he would get to it in a moment. Quote C tells us that the first Seal of the first 7 WAS (past tense) opened with a thunder, WOULD NOT (future tense) the first Seal of the outside Book open the same way?
The quotes marked D to F clarify that the seventh angel's ministry is to reveal, to wind up and complete only the WRITTEN Word of the Book, the Bible. The MYSTERY of the written Word is the all inclusive Revelation of Jesus Christ, not mysteries, mysteries are portions of the whole picture.
A You know, the next thing up, as far as we know, is those Seven
Seals; and the Lord willing, we start on them just immediately as soon as the
church is over ...built so we can get in here.
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B Now, you remember when that was told there ... the angels and the Church Ages. And now in this, it will dovetail right into these Seven Seals that we're coming to speak. And The Seven Seals that we are trying to speak of when they come this time, is the Seven written Seals. And these Seven Seals, as you know, is just the manifestation of the Seven Angels of the Seven Churches. But there are Seven other Seals that's on the back side of the Book, that's outside the Bible. Notice, we will get to it in a moment. 30-1
C Did you notice that when the Seven Seals, that followed the Seven Church Ages; when the First Seal was opened, that there was a Thunder? The First Seals in the Book was opened, there was a Thunder. Would not the First Seal on the outside Book open the same way? God doesn't change His program. 43-4
D The Seventh Angel is winding up all the mysteries, that's lain loose-ended, all out through these organizations and denominations. The Seventh Angel gathers them up and finishes the entire mystery. That is what the Bible said; finishes the mystery of the written Book. Now, let's note a few of these mysteries... 30-4
E The mystery of the Baptism of the Holy Ghost, without sensation, but the Person of Christ performing in you the same works that He did. The mystery of water baptism, where the extreme trinitarianism has brought it into titles of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, and the mystery of the godhead being fulfilled in the Baptism in the Name of Jesus Christ according to the Book of the Revelation, that the Church in this time was to receive. There are some of the mysteries. The Pillar of Fire returning back. Amen! That is the thing that is supposed to take place, and we see it! Oh, how we could go on naming the mysteries. Seeing that Pillar of Fire that led the children of Israel - the same one that struck down Saul on his road down to Damascus. And the same One, coming with the same power, doing the same things, and revealing the same Word, staying word by word with the Bible. 32-1 to 4
F The Book that is written within is then completed when
this angel ceases. Now please understand this! When the Seventh Angel's message
is completed: the godhead mystery, the serpent's seed mystery, all the other
mysteries of all these things, eternal sonship, as they talk
G And I saw in the right hand of him that sat upon the throne
a book written within (the writing was with inside) and on the backside,
sealed with seven seals.
Now there is writing on the inside of the Book, but the backside had Seven Seals on the back of it that wasn't written in the Book. Now, this is the revelator talking - John. Now remember, it wasn't written in the Book, "And in the days of the voice of the Seventh Angel all this mystery that is written within should be finished." It should be taken care of in that day.
Now do you see what I mean? Are you following me?
Then is the time for the Seven Voices of Revelation 10 to be revealed. When the Book is finished, there is only one thing left, and that is the Seven mysterious Voices of Thunder that was wrote on the backside of the Book that John was forbidden to write. 37-5
H And I was about to write: when I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, SEAL ... (Capital S - E - A - L) Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.
It is on the backside. When a book is completed... Now He didn't say on the front side, He said on the backside. After it is all done completed, then these Seven Thunders - - voices, is the only thing that is stuck to the Book, that is not revealed. It is not even written in the Book.
Oh my! I wish I could get that to the people and could actually... Don't fail, don't - don't fail, please don't this time. I am fixing to leave you. Don't fail! If you ever listened, listen. These Seals are on the backside of the Book, and at the time that the Seventh Angel is sounding, all the mysteries that are written in the Book is completed. And immediately, the Book that was open and written within, is closed! The mysteries of God is finished; and this is the mysteries of God - -the going of the Church, and all these other things. The mysteries is over. 38-2 to 4
I According to God's Word, the Seventh Messenger will finish ... the seventh message will be finished. And then the Seven Thunders, and he saw the capstone rolled over... 47-7
J Now, when he begins to sound, the mystery will be finished. Now, note: Then it's time for the Seven Seal Voices of Revelation 10 to be revealed. Do you understand? 39-3
K There will just be a few understand it. "As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the coming of the Son of man." What was saved? Five souls. In the days of Lot, there was actually three saved. The wife started out and lost. So shall it be in the coming of the Son of man. There will be very few saved -- translated in that time. 35-3
As we explained already, the meaning of the phrase "on the backside of the Book" is that after the first 7 Seals of the written Word is completed, then the other seven will be loosed. This we can clearly see in the quotes G to J, the full mystery of the WRITTEN Word was revealed in the days of the voice of the seventh messenger. All of us have come to the knowledge of that mystery at different times over almost 4 decades, therefore common sense tells us that it can only be regarded as fully revealed, finished and completed when the last Bride member has received it and is sealed unto the day of Redemption with the Holy Spirit of PROMISE (Ephesians 1.13).
After the last one has heard the Word of truth, the gospel of salvation, only then is it time for the seven sealed voices, the seven Seals on the backside of the Book to be loosed to redeem each saint individually and to disclose our PROMISES. We must understand the true sequence of events, we cannot afford to fail in this, we must make sure to be numbered with those few referred to by the Prophet in quote K.
THE DAY OF REDEMPTION EXPLAINED
In Ephesians 4:30, we read that the believers must not grieve the Holy Spirit whereby we are sealed UNTO the day of Redemption. We see signs of the end time everywhere, terrorist attacks, the crisis in the Middle East and the turmoil in Israel and everywhere else. The Bible says in Luke 21:28, when we see these things come to pass, then look up and lift up your heads; for YOUR redemption draweth nigh. Look up to what? What do the believers expect to happen at our personal redemption?
I have only a few contacts in different parts of the world, but through communication I do have a reasonably good perception of the doctrines presented worldwide. As a Message believer since 1977, I did not ever, not once, hear a fellow believer or minister explain, and clarify and place the day of redemption correctly as defined by Brother Branham. We hope and trust that this web-site will contribute to fill this vital void.
In the old Seals book on page 93 (new one, p.82) the Prophet tells us in detail about the only plan, the only way, the only time and place and the ONLY POSSIBILITY to be redeemed at that greatest of all events in human history, when Revelation 5:6 to 8:1 will be fulfilled.
Here is the Book of Redemption. Here is the plan of redemption. Here is the only way you'll ever be redeemed, for here is the title deed to redemption of the whole heavens and earth. "Let him come forward, if he will." Oh my! "Now speak or forever hold his peace. Let him come forward and claim this Book. Who's worthy to do it?" And John said there was no man in Heaven found worthy; no man on earth found worthy; no man beneath the earth that ever lived and died was found worthy; no man was found worthy.
The Angel's call was a call for the Kinsman Redeemer to appear. God said, "I have a law, a Kinsman Redeemer can be a substitute. " Where is that Kinsman Redeemer? Who's able to take it?
And it come from Adam, all the way down through all the apostles,
and prophets, and everything else, and nobody was found. Now, what about that?
Nobody in Heaven, nobody on earth, nobody that ever lived. Elijah was standing
there. Moses was standing there. All the apostles was standing there. All the
ones that had died -- all the holy man, Job, the sages. Everyone was standing
there, and nobody was worthy even to look at the Book, let alone take it
and break the Seals!
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From Adam to the LAST ONE, which will obviously include me, because I am numbered with those of "Everyone was standing there." Let us consider this quotation very carefully, let nothing and nobody exclude and bar us from this most important event of the whole Bible. Is there any indication somewhere that Adam, the apostles and prophets and all that ever lived and died were in Jeffersonville in March 1963 at the opening of the seven written Seals? No, they were not there, neither was I there nor most other believers. This gathering is still in the future and to define it differently can only be regarded as a gross error. Brother Branham continues:
He asked for the Kinsman Redeemer to step forward, if he could. But John said no man was worthy -- not that there wasn't worthy people there. Now, like an Angel, like for instance we'd say, " a Gabriel or Michael," but remember, it had to be a kinsman. Remember, John said here, "And no M-A-N," not Angel, not Seraphim; they hadn't sinned, but they were in a different category. They'd never fallen. But this had to be a kinsman redeemer -- no man, because there was none of them redeemed. No man was worthy to look at it. Oh no, my, my. 93-3
The call is for the Kinsman Redeemer to appear, the Kinsman Redeemer is the bloody Lamb, the Lord Jesus in His corporal Body. He will come from the Mercy Seat, the right hand of the Father's Throne, and from nowhere else, because that is where He has been as the only Mediator between God and man since the day of Pentecost and will remain there till His Coming. In Rev. 5:6, John saw the Lamb appear "as It had been slain", he should know what the Lord Jesus looked like when He was slain on the cross, he was there as a witness as he tells us in John 19:26.
Before the bloody Lamb appears, all the saints of all ages gather in the first Heaven, behind the Curtain of Time, and none of them was worthy to even look at the Book. The Prophet explains why, because none of them, none of us, is redeemed yet. Let us first consider why and how we have to be redeemed.
Now, how could a person on that estate, in that kind
of a condition, ever be sick? Because that your body is not yet redeemed.
Your body is not redeemed. No matter how much, how good you are, and how saintly
and how holy, how much Holy Spirit, that's only your soul. And your soul is
not completed yet. It's just got the Blessing, the promise of God, which is
the earnest of our salvation.
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When Eve, the first Bride, disbelieved God's Word and believed the devil's lie, her soul sinned as explained in Ezekiel 18:4 and Isaiah 55:3. Then followed the physical act, which was her second failure. Therefore, she and everyone else must be redeemed, the soul first and then the body also. As the Bible declares and the Prophet explains, every true child of God will be baptised with the Holy Ghost which is the deposit, the earnest, UNTIL the day of Redemption.
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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All the saints who have died are waiting in the Heavens for His Coming and the loosening of those seven Seals on the backside of the Book which will reveal all the details of each saint's belief and understanding of the doctrines in the Message which was preached at the time of their lifetime, as explained in 2Cor. 5:10. At that time, the righteous deeds and works foreseen by God before the foundation of the world already and recorded under those seven Seals, will then be rewarded. This will take place behind the curtain of time, the Prophet calls it "yonder in that glorious land."
Across the land, God judges a man's soul, what he is.
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And they told me He would judge me first by the Gospel that
I preach. I said, "Just exactly the way Paul preached It!" And them
millions of people screamed out "We're resting on that!" See? Now,
I want it to be so. And we are going to meet there someday.
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At this point in time, we only know ourselves in part as 1Cor. 13:12 tells us, but when those seals are opened, and we hear our own "life story" as it is recorded in that Book, only then shall we know everything about ourselves, as we were known by God all the time since the beginning of the world.
During the 7 church ages, all the genuine believers withstood and rejected the temptations of the serpent's representatives, which are the 4 horse riders mentioned in Revelation 6: 1-8. Then on the Lord's day, the Kinsman Redeemer, the second Adam, the righteous Judge will declare each saint individually to be faultless (Jude 24), and blameless (1Cor. 1:8), and holy and unreproveable in His sight (Col. 1:22).
At that righteous Judgement (Psalm 1:5), when the Lord Jesus rises from the Mercy Seat and comes to save ALL the meek of the earth (Psalm 76:9), the soul of each saint will be confirmed as a believer of God's Word, and a rejecter of the devil's lies, contrary to Eve's disbelief. When we all have been confirmed and redeemed like that, then God will lift the curses of Genesis chapter 3 off of His Bride right there and then, and all our souls will be redeemed and restored back again to be the children of God as it was before the fall. We all know that those curses which were pronounced at that judgement in Genesis chap.3 are still upon us, we see and hear of sorrow, sweat, pain and death every day.
The redemption of the body can only take place AFTER the soul is redeemed first, because the resurrection is the RESULT of the redemption of the soul. It is also the final formality in the progression of the biblical adoption, the ceremony at the end where the son is placed into the same position of authority as the father, because he has passed the tests of life. Romans 8:23 explains it so nicely, the adoption and redemption of the soul first, then the redemption of our bodies in the resurrection of the dead in Christ and our body change.
There is more to this subject, we will pick it up again later and add many more Scriptures and quotes to confirm it beyond doubt in separate chapters entitled "The day of Redemption" and "The first of the two Raptures" and others.
WE MUST BELIEVE AND UNDERSTAND ALL OF THE WORD OF GOD
We started this chapter by saying that it is a ancient principle that anything of importance must first face the critics. No doubt, there will be a reaction like that about this web-site, but we believe it would not be possible to disprove what has been presented with the Bible and the Message.
The Lord Jesus said in Matt 4:4, that "man shall live by every Word..." In Revelation 22:18 and 19 we read that we must not add, and we must not take away from the words of the Bible. We see many adding their own thoughts and beliefs, but many, many more leave big portions and most essential parts out. We have received the complete interpretation of God's Word in this endtime, it includes all the revelations needed to lead us to the full stature and image of the Lord Jesus Christ. Anything less will be regarded as a failure when the cut-off time of Revelation 22:11 will come, even to be righteous will not be good enough, only true holiness in Word and deed by reflecting the 7 virtues of 2Peter 1:4 to 8 will be acceptable to God for us to be called the Bride of the Lord Jesus Christ.
According to Romans 6:23, the wages of sin is death. Before the Sealopening in March 1963, the believers of all ages did not have the full revelation of God's written Word, and by going through the horror of death, those missing parts were paid for. But at the cut-off time, there will be no death to pay for any lacking virtues, the righteous, but foolish virgin will not be able to enter in, and they will fall short of being numbered with the Bride as explained in Matt. 25:1 to 13.
We are still busy with identifying 2 times 7 Seals being opened at different times, and we can say with the authority of God's Word that any minister, any individual believer who has not followed the Message in line with these facts, not pointing and directing themselves and others in their care to this most vital event of the Bible and the Message, they should very seriously consider all these quotes and Scriptures we have mentioned because no serious believer can afford to miss the day of Redemption.
In closing this chapter, as a very appropriate example, we would like to repeat a little story the Prophet told many times.
The boy that could ride a -- a twelve inch plank a
hundred yards could get a -- a new Schwinn bicycle. And many of the boys around
the city, they thought they could ride it, and was going to win the contest.
And they had one little boy there was kind of a sissy. They was sure he wasn't
going to win it. So all the boys got on their... One by one to try to ride it
and all of them fell off but the little sissy boy. He rode on to the end of
the plank, got off, won the Schwinn bicycle. All the other boys got around and
said "How did you do it?"
...Said, "You were looking down like this, trying to keep your bicycle on the board." But said, "I never noticed down here. I... See, you do that, it makes you nervous," and said, "you fell off." Said, "I just put my eyes on the end and kept going towards the end." That's it. If we look right around here brethren, we get nervous, but let's look at the end, at the end.
After the opening of the seven written Seals in March 1963, Bro. Branham preached 190 recorded services. During that time, he sang that well-known song: "The day of Redemption is near, men's hearts are failing for fear" 11 times. Literally millions sing that song all over the world, and how many know that the day of redemption is the opening of the seven Seals on the backside of the Book and everything else about that day? We must understand and keep our eyes towards that event at the end and then we will make it all the way.