|THE GREAT CONTROVERSY IN THE WORLDWIDE MESSAGE
THE TRUE REVELATION OF THE COMING OF THE LORD
According to the Bible and the Message, the coming of the Lord starts with the translation of the LIVING saints. After we have left our natural bodies with great rapturing faith, and entered our waiting Theophany bodies, we will be translated to Heaven. There we will meet the DEAD in Christ of ALL ages in their Theophany bodies before the Throne. Then Christ, the Judge of the LIVING and the DEAD will leave the Mercy Seat and come down from above to meet us, and to judge, and claim, and fully redeem and reward each saint personally and individually as an faultless and blameless OVERCOMER of sin and unbelief, according to our righteous deeds which are recorded in the previously sealed Lamb's Book of Life. Then God will incarnate Himself into us, His Bride, which will be the consummation of the Marriage. After that, we will come back to earth to receive our glorified bodies at the resurrection of the dead, and the glorification of our natural flesh bodies, after we have re-entered them again.
Then after a few days we will all together be raptured to the three and a half years Wedding supper, which is the reception, the second part of the Wedding. This short basic description is the true Jude 3 and Malachi 4 scriptural teaching by the Apostolic fathers of the second coming of the Lord in glory. The following Scriptures confirm this teaching, this is less than half of the Apostolic fathers biblical explanations of the second coming of the Lord Jesus, but enough to get a clear picture of that "Greatest event in human history," as Bro. Branham calls it. Isaiah says that the Bride (Zion) can only be redeemed with Judgment, that is the only way for her to be confirmed in righteousness, and presented faultless and blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ, as these verses tell us.
At the coming of Christ, the Apostle Paul will present every one of his converts who have overcome the attacks of the white horse rider in the days of the first church age. This will repeat just the same with every other church age messenger and their elected converts, as it was explained in detail to Bro. Branham behind the curtain of time.
Sealed by the baptism of the Holy Spirit, which is the EARNEST, the down-payment UNTIL or UNTO the day of Redemption! No NOT the resurrection, but UNTO the day of Redemption! The day of redemption has to be BEFORE the resurrection, because the resurrection is the RESULT after our full Redemption. There are hundreds of millions sealed saints who have OVERCOME the onslaught of the white, red and black horse riders, they are waiting in Heaven for their full redemption by our Kinsman Redeemer. They are sealed with the earnest, which means more is to come, and after all the elected saints of all ages are judged, claimed, confirmed and rewarded by the Kinsman Redeemer, then Almighty God will incarnate Himself into His Bride "with all the fulness of God" (Eph. 3:19) which will be the consummation of the Marriage. Then the Bride will be the wife of God throughout Eternity
The following quotes, and many more all over the Message were preached between 1947 and December 1965. They are exactly in line with the Bible teaching of the Apostolic fathers shown above. Brother Branham tells the people, and often in a prayer line in the presence of the Angel of the Lord, and under HIS anointing, that the NEXT time we MEET each other again will be in Heaven at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
(Notice, the GREAT BOOK...)
Some of these quotes might pertain to the White Throne Judgment, but most of them will take place at the coming of the Lord where all the messengers are judged and accepted first, before they present their converts to Christ.
For any serious Message believer, Bro. Branham's experience behind the curtain of time should be an infallible evidence that the coming of the Lord is a Judgment for ALL the righteous saints of ALL ages, the LIVING and the DEAD. The Lord Jesus Christ Himself will cancel and lift the curse of death pronounced at Genesis 3:19, which according to Romans 5:12 is still upon us. THAT IS what this Judgment is about on the day of our full redemption, as foretold in Ephesians 1:13+14 and 4:30, and explained by Bro. Branham time and again. The resurrection and the receiving of our glorified bodies is the RESULT of this Judgment, as our Prophet was told behind the curtain of time. Full Redemption can only be positive, it proclaims us to be as sinless as Adam and Eve was before the fall
Bro. Branham said that the opening of the Seals in March 1963 was the highlight of his ministry. He said a few times that those Seals revealed what IS, what WAS, and what IS TO COME. As he was told at the Ohio river in 1933, that future prophetic part which IS TO COME will be the fore running, the foretelling explanations of the coming of the Lord, BEFORE it will happen. Bro. Branham met the Lord in the form of the pillar of Fire every morning in the den room in Jeffersonville, he explained the coming of the Lord more than 70 times during those 7 days. If the following quotes would be incorrect, the Lord would certainly have corrected him at their daily meetings. Here are just a few of those 70 statements preached between the Breach and the seventh Seal, they describe the same over and over.
"THESE seven Seals and THOSE seven Seals." As far as we can see, that phrase is a big stumbling block within the Message communities, even so Bro. Branham mentions that from the beginning of the Message. The Bible, the little Book mentioned in Rev. 10:2 is sealed with THESE seven Seals, it was revealed and "unsealed" throughout the ministry of the seventh angel. The revelations in this chapter and everything else in the Message could not be understood without the revealing of these previously hidden explanations. But THOSE seven other Seals on the Lamb's Book of Life, which Bro. Branham refers to as the big Book, those seven Seals will be loosed by the bloody Lamb and King of Kings to ALL the gathered saints of ALL ages at the second coming of the Lord in glory.
There are over 70 quotations like these few in the Seals book. This is the previously unknown interpretation of the mysterious white stone on top of the pyramid in Bro. Jackson's dream, which was revealed to Bro. Branham by the 7 Angels during the opening of the 7 written Seals in March 1963. This most important part of the Message has not been understood, it has been ignored and rejected as if it does not exist, and that leads us to the great controversy or contradiction among the Message believers all over the world.
THE CONTRADICTION WITHIN THE MESSAGE
According to Revelation 10:7, ALL the mysteries of the Bible are revealed in the Message, it includes ALL what we have need to know. As much as we dislike to accept it, we have to admit that there are some contradictions in the Message. The question is why did the Lord allow this to happen? Every time when I see 2 contradicting versions at any subject, I find that always one of them seems to be according to the Bible. Could it be that the Lord allowed that to see how we respond to that? After all, Bro. Branham said that the Bible is God Himself, He is the Absolute.
Looking at the worldwide Message following, as far as we can see, including VGR, just about all of them preach that presumed interpretation of 1 Thessalonians 4:16 as the one and only explanation of the second coming of the Lord, no more than that! They preach that at any time the dead in Christ will rise and appear to us, and we will be changed into our glorified bodies, and after a few days we all together will be raptured to the Wedding supper. That teaching cancels and discards EVERY quote and Scripture written above, make it null and void. They skip and omit:
1. The 70 plus quotes in the Seals book which foretell the coming of the Lord, as explained by the 7 quotes above.
2. The most important part of Bro. Branham's experience behind the curtain of time, as he explains it.
3. All the quotes from 1947 to December 1965 which tell us that next time we meet Bro. Branham will be at the Judgment seat of Christ.
4. They also ignore the 60 plus Scriptures written by the Apostolic fathers, which explain the coming of the Lord.
According to the Bible and the Message, for anything to be established, it has to have 2 or 3 witnesses to be legally valid. Can all of the Malachi 4 teaching of the great and dreadful day of the Lord be just one single Scripture, and ignore and throw out all the other 60 plus explanations from Paul, Peter, James, John and Jude, and replace all of them with their interpretation of ONE single Scripture? But the critical part of this situation is that Bro. Branham also preached this short-cut interpretation of 1 Thess.4 right through the Message, from the start to the end in 1965. This means that this is the most serious contradiction in the entire Message, this fact cannot be denied, no matter how grievous it is. Having these 2 contradicting doctrines before us, this means that every Message believer will have to decide which one of the 2 versions is right, and make up his or her own mind which one to believe and to follow, no matter how difficult it might turn out to be. Here are a few of those hundreds of contradicting quotes.
In 1788, Morgan Edwards, one of the first teachers of the Rapture and the coming of the Lord wrote: " because the dead saints will be raised, and the living changed at Christ's "appearing in the air" (I Thes. iv. 17); and this will be about three years and a half before the millennium." In 1906, at the Azusa street revival, the Pentecostals continued the same teaching, predicting: "My people have only time to get on the beautiful garments and prepare for the wedding supper in the heavens." This doctrine remained the same till today, over half a billion Pentecostals, including those huge charismatic Mega churches are all waiting for the resurrection of the dead, and the Rapture to the Wedding supper to take place at any time. Why did Bro. Branham have to meet those 7 Angels to get this special revelation of the coming of the Lord, when half a billion have the same understanding already, going back to 1788? This doctrine is a left-over from the Pentecostals, the resurrection will be AFTER the coming of the Lord.
In 1963, the Message was not yet established as we know it today, therefore the opening of the 7 written Seals was mainly for the Pentecostals. They rejected those explanations of the coming of the Lord completely, which led to Bro. Branham preaching the sermon Indictment, telling them that they crucified the Lord a second time. But we see that the prophetic part of the opening of the Seals, the 70 plus detailed explanations of the Lord's coming have been rejected again by the worldwide Message following, and discarded as if they do not exist. Those explanations were again replaced with these same short-cut verses of 1 Thess. 4, just as the Pentecostals did. Such a grave refusal must have consequences for the church, that puts Christ once again on the outside. Why would the Lord allow this to happen? Let us seriously consider the following quotes.
Bro. Branham says here plain and clearly that sometimes the Lord makes him say certain things which he DOES NOT believe that they are RIGHT, but he is saying it anyhow. But then Bro. Branham is NOT saying it through his MIND, but like in discernment he lets the Lord say it through him, but then he is not responsible for it if he does not say it consciously through his mind. That is how I understand what Bro. Branham means in those quotes. There is a deeper understanding to this, let us look at some Scriptures which show WHY the Lord is doing such things:
According to the dictionary, FROWARD means to be unreasonable, perverse, disobedient, adverse and contrary. The Bible says that with those that are FROWARD, God is not obligated to be truthful to His word, but He can also show Himself FROWARD, which means that the Lord is NOT bound to be truthful to them. There are a few cases in the Bible, and a very clear one in the Message. In 1 Kings 22, we see 400 prophets prophesying, telling Ahab to go up and fight the war, and the Lord will prosper him. In verses 21 to 23 we read that the Lord HIMSELF gave the order to a LYING SPIRIT to anoint those 400 to prophesy a false prophecy, because Ahab and his 400 prophets were FROWARD towards the Lord. Could it be that one of these 2 contradicting Message versions is put there for the same reason, because of the froward attitude of those who reject the most important teaching of the Seals?
In 2 Samuel 24:1, we see that the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and the LORD HIMSELF moved David to say that they must number the people, which was strictly forbidden in the law of Moses. This is a perfect example that God is not bound to His own word towards those who are froward towards Him, even so they are the Lord's chosen people with a king who was a man after God's own heart. They counted the people, and then God punished them for it with a pestilence, and 70 000 died. Is this another fitting example for our present situation?
Bro. Billy Paul testified that a brother came to Bro. Branham and asked a question, and the Prophet gave him his answer. Later on another brother came and asked the same question, and Bro. Branham gave him exactly the opposite answer than to the first brother. Bro. Billy Paul was shocked, how is it possible, the same question and 2 contradicting answers? Later he asked Bro. Branham, and he said the first brother was a genuine Christian, and the second one was a HYPOCRITE. Here we have the answer why there are contradicting statements in the Message which are put there by the Lord Himself to test and try us. Not everything is for the true believers, and those with the baptism with the Holy Spirit and the right attitude will know right from wrong. John 16:13 says that the Holy Spirit lead us into ALL truth, and will show us things to come. The Lord's coming is the most crucial "thing to come."
There are lots of quotes like these few which say the same, Bro. Branham is very adamant that his ABSOLUTE is the Bible, because he says that the Bible is God Himself in print form. Therefore, if God allows some contradictions in the Message, they are there to test us if we follow these instructions, or not. This is the real test for us to see if we as individuals are led by the Holy Spirit, or some other man's doctrine. 1 Thessalonians 4:16 says "and the dead in Christ shall RISE first." Everybody past and present presumes that the word RISE means to rise from the dead, they see no other option, but as we seen already, that contradicts the Apostle Paul who wrote those verses. It is obvious that he also taught that this Judgment will be for the LIVING and the DEAD, which can only mean BEFORE the resurrection, there are no more dead saints after the resurrection. In the Bible, the word RISE appears 169 times, and most times it means to get up and go somewhere else, NOT rise from the dead, like in this Scripture:
Bro. Branham said that all Scriptures have a compound meaning, and the wise virgins in Matthew 25 includes all the predestinated Bride members of all ages. The dead saints are scattered all over Heaven, they are waiting there with their respective messengers for the coming of the Lord, as Bro. Branham was told behind the curtain of time. At that midnight cry, they will ARISE and be ready to "GO FORTH, GO OUT," as verses 1 and 6 tell us, and "WENT IN" with him, as verse 10 says. No NOT rise from the dead, that interpretation of the word RISE in 1 Thess. is wrong, it contradicts every Scripture mentioned at the start of this chapter, plus a few dozens more written in the Bible by the Apostolic fathers, which explain the second coming of the Lord in detail. The LIVING saints will be translated to be gathered together with the DEAD in Christ before the Throne at the Third Heaven to meet the coming Lord Jesus.
According to Mark 13:27, that midnight cry of the Angels will GATHER TOGETHER the elected living saints from the uttermost parts of the earth for the translation to the Throne in Heaven, and the elected dead in Christ from the uttermost parts of Heaven, who will RISE and GO OUT to be gathered before the Throne with the living saints to witness and partake in the greatest event in human history, the second coming of the Lord as Bro. Branham calls it. His explaining of the Mount Transfiguration event confirms this vital doctrine again, over and over.
This is the actual Marriage ceremony which will take place in Heaven. Then together we will come back to earth again for the SECOND part of the Wedding, which will be the resurrection of the dead in Christ, and the changing of our bodies, followed by the Rapture to the Wedding supper, which we call the Reception. There is no contradiction in the Bible, our Prophet said he believes it with "all my soul, all my life, all I am," God bless you, grace and mercy is still open for any sincere believer to rectify his or her doctrine, if they feel it needs to be done.