The English word "coming" has many different applications in the Greek language, such as qara, regel, apokalupsis, eisodos, parousia and many more. There are lots of followers of the Message who believe that the coming of the Lord was completed in 1963 when the Lord Jesus had supposedly left the Mercy Seat to open the seven Seals, they are known as the "parousia" believers. The supporters of that doctrine claim that "parousia" means the Lord is present, His presence is here with us and therefore the coming of the Lord is fulfilled and completed.

Brother Branham said time and again that the Lord is here, we know that very well, but He is present in the form of the Holy Spirit and not in His corporal Body. As far as I know, the two best available Bible references are the Young's and Strong's concordances, let us look at the Strong's definition of the word "parousia".

3952 parousia {par-oo-see'-ah} from the present participle of 3918; TDNT -- 5:858,791; n f

AV -- coming (22)
-- presence (2) [24]
1) presence
2) the coming, arrival, advent; esp. the future visible return from heaven of Jesus, to raise the
dead, hold the last judgment, and set up formally and gloriously the kingdom of God.

We believe the phrase " the LAST Judgment" is not correct, this is a Judgment of righteousness, the LAST Judgment will be the White Throne Judgment after the Millennium. We will study the two different Judgments in detail in the next chapter.

Most preachers who preach the "parousia" doctrine bring up and speak of the first part only, the presence, they do not mention the second part, the coming of the corporal Lord Jesus to judge and reward His Bride and set up His Kingdom. According to the Strong's concordance, there are 24 New Testament "parousia" Scriptures from which they derived their conclusion of part one and part two.  Two of those 24 Bible verses relate to His presence, the other 22 refer to His coming.

In the following quotes we can clearly see the two parts of the coming of the Lord, first in Spirit form in the Prophet's ministry and then in His corporal Body at the end of time.

He is the same Lord Jesus today that He was yesterday, and will be when we see Him coming. "This same Jesus that was taken up will show-- so come in like manner as you see Him go into heaven." And we know that He promised to be with us in the form of the Holy Spirit plumb to the end of the world, the end of the age.

But these little lights, let's let them show to the world as His power is working through us, someday, He will come in a visible body form. We shall see Him then.

I believe in the physical bodily return of Jesus Christ. I believe that His Church is His rep-resentative on the earth now. I believe that the Church is washed with the Blood of Jesus Christ.

Now, He promised that He wouldn't hide Hisself from us, that He would reveal Himself to us, and come to us, and be with us, and in us; and He would be the same in His church, that He was when He was in flesh; and He would continue that way until He came again in flesh. Is that His promise? We all know that to be truth.
E-12 TO SEE JESUS -- CHICAGO. IL -- 54-0718.2E

And I believe, if there was one thing that every person in here would long to see tonight, would know where truly to see Lord Jesus appear here at the platform or somewhere in Person. And that's our great anticipation of waiting His coming. Someday He will return, and we will see Him. Until that time, He's with us in a Spirit form, and He only has hands as we yield our hands.
E-10 TO SEE JESUS -- CHICAGO. IL -- 54-0718.2E

He could come here tonight, walk out on a platform, visible in a body with nail scarred hands and return. He's here in the form of Spirit, but not in the form of flesh. When He brings His body back with Him, well it will be the second Coming. It will all be over then...
E-17 HAVE FAITH IN GOD -- NEW YORK. NY -- 54-0900

And till Jesus comes visibly in the second coming, the Holy Spirit will be working in His Church, doing the same things that He did when He was here on earth. I believe it with all my heart.

We know all about the "PRESENCE" and mighty manifestations of the Lord Jesus Christ in the form of the Holy Spirit during the Prophet's ministry. I never get tired of listening to the prayer lines at the end of the tapes, and the testimonies of the marvelous works of the Lord among His people. According to the Prophet, this will repeat once more at a short and powerful latter rain outpouring of the Holy Spirit for the separation and perfection of the true Bride. Then the Lord Jesus Christ will come visibly in His corporal body, Brother Branham refers to this second part of the "parousia" as the SECOND coming.

And may the Lord Jesus Himself come and show to this waiting audience, that He is here on earth. He's not dead. He's here with us, and will be until His visible body shows in the second coming.

Now, Jesus cannot be here in a corporal body. Because when that body returns, the end time's here...
He can't be here in a corporal body, but He's here in a spiritual body, in the form called the Holy Spirit.

Well, now for instance, what if Christ would appear here, which He can't in a corporal body, 'cause every eye shall see Him and every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess when He comes. But He promised, the second, His Spirit will be in the church...
E-87 FAITH -- PRINCE ALBERT. SK -- 56-0815

Then if He is the same He's got to be everything the same except the corporal body. Now that Body, when It comes, time shall be no more, how many knows that? Yes, when Jesus comes in His literal Body. But He come now in the form of the Holy Ghost.
E-57 HEAR YE HIM -- PHOENIX . AZ -- 57-0310.2E

Right here in the Presence of Jesus Christ, right here where He's moving, working, infallible proofs of His being here. Here it is, ever way could be proven He's here. The next thing you'll see of Him, will be His corporal body coming in glory. Then he that's filthy is filthy still; he that's righteous is righteous still; and he that's holy is holy still. The time will be over.
E-84 LOVE -- SASKATOON. SASK -- 57-0519.2E

Now, Jesus can't come here in a corporal body. For when He comes in a corporal body, then the second coming of Christ will be every eye shall see Him, every knee bow, every tongue confess. But His Holy Spirit, which is called the Comforter in the Bible, was to come and do the same works that He did; because it's Christ in Spirit.

He couldn't appear in a visible body, because when He does, time shall be no more then. But He's here in His Church, showing you that He's raise from the dead, trying to get you to come...
E-80 LIFE -- EVERETT. MA -- 58-0512

For 19 years, the Holy Spirit did show the same works as recorded in the 4 Gospels through the man William Branham. This vindication of His PRESENCE is to call out and to gather the end-time Bride. But when He comes in His corporal body at His SECOND COMING, all the saints of all ages will be gathered together to meet Him as explained in Romans 14:11+12, Philippians 2:9-11, and Hebrews 9:28. Every knee shall bow, and every eye shall see Him at that time and place, and every tongue shall confess that He is our Lord and Saviour, and our Kinsman Redeemer.

Imagine Him here now, that you see on the picture now, the Light, the Halo. It isn't far. It's the discerner of the thoughts. It's Christ. "A little while... I come from God, and I will return to God." He did, went right back to what He was. When He comes again, He will be in a corporal body, like He was the Lord Jesus.
E-66 FAITH IS OUR VICTORY -- JEFF. IN -- 58-1004

...let that High Priest, that is the Son of God, come to me and speak and use my body, use my lips, cause the only lips He has, is yours and mine. See His body is at the right hand of God, will not return. When that returns, it's all over, but His Spirit is here working.

...we see the signs of the King in the camps. Grant, Lord, that He will always remain with us. And we will love Him and serve Him until we see Him face to face.

Paul says, so that He could come into their heart by the Holy Spirit. Then that's God working in us.
Now, the corporal body of Jesus cannot be here tonight. It might come. It would be a great hour, wouldn't it? If the corporal body of the Lord Jesus, which sets at the right hand of God tonight, if It should descend from heaven and come to the earth, we wouldn't need any more healing services or preaching services. It'd all be over then.

We would pray tonight, Lord, that You would continue to visit us in these great visitations of Thy Holy Spirit, that You might show Yourself alive until You appear again in physical form at the second coming.
E-4 MARY'S BELIEF -- BEAUMONT. TX -- 61-0121

Now, you will not see Jesus in a corporal body until He comes for His church. But everything that he was ...all that God was He poured into Jesus. And all Jesus was He poured into the church. He's the same. He's in the church, the believers.

He said, "I will not leave you comfortless, but I will send the Holy Spirit, and He shall continue My care for you," until He returns.
34 HE CARES DO YOU CARE? -- JEFF. IN -- V-12 N-4 -- 63-0721

It's the presence of the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, in our midst, showing Himself that He is alive. Not a corporal body... When that time, that corporal body returns from heaven, time shall be no more.

The Lord Jesus' body is sitting at the right hand of the Majesty. When He comes, time's no more when that body returns to the earth. But His Spirit's here. His life is giving evidence of Him being here.
E-147 JEHOVAH JIREH 2 -- LOUISVILLE. MS -- 64-0403

But I'm asking you to receive Jesus Christ while you... You'll probably never be no closer to Him until you see Him in person when He comes in His visible body from the Heavens.
249 PROVING HIS WORD -- L.A. CA -- V-18 N-3 -- 65-0426

God in sundry times spoke to the fathers through the prophets, in this last days through His Son, Jesus Christ (see?), the Son being revealed in the last days, God manifested in human flesh, setting just before Sodom's destruction, the end of the Gentile world...
Now, the next thing happens, is when it's all gathered up into that one Person, Jesus Christ, Bride and Body at the physical return of the Lord Jesus, making His three times...
142 CHRIST RV IN HS OWN WD -- JEFF. IN -- V-4 N-10 -- 65-0822.1M

We could add many more references to this selection, but these 25 quotations from the beginning to the end of the Prophet's ministry are enough to confirm the twofold meaning of the word "parousia" as explained in Strong's concordance. The last verse of the "parousia" Scriptures written in the Bible is found in 1 John 2:28 which is again perfectly verified by Brother Branham.

And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he
shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed
before him at his coming.



The Apostle Paul used both words, the appearing and the coming, to describe the selfsame event.1 Timothy 6:14, 2 Timothy 4:1+8, and Titus 2:13+14 are some of the Scriptures where Paul uses the word appearing, and 1 Corinthians 1:7 + 15:23, and 1 Thessalonians 2:19 + 3:13 + 4:15 and in many more places he used the word coming for the Lord's second coming on that great and dreadful day. In the following quotations, the Prophet explains the twofold "parousia" of John's teaching in 1 John 2:28, referring to it as two different events, the appearing first, and then the coming of the Lord.

Signs are appearing everywhere just before the Coming of the Lord. Every sign post is pointing that way. It won't be long till the Rapture. Then we shall see Him Who we've loved and waited for.

We're at the end, the change. Signs and wonders are appearing, great things taken place. We know, Lord, that we're at the end. That's why these things are here. Most any time we shall see the Lord coming.
E-56 THE JUNCTION OF TIME -- JEFF. IN -- 56-0115

And we see the sick being made well from their sickness, which has been mysterious to the world, for two thousand years, since the apostles. But here it is appearing again, prophets arising, Angels are appearing, signs and wonders. What is it? The resurrection's drawing nigh. The S-o-n is coming.
103 MOTHER'S DAY -- JEFF. IN -- V-25 N-1 -- 59-0510.1M

I'm so glad today that we can look around before the coming of the Lord and see the witnesses of His appearing, seeing the signs in the church of the near approaching of the Lord Jesus Christ, seeing it word by word fulfilled.
E-27 HEAR YE HIM -- KLAMATH FALLS. OR -- 60-0712

Notice. There's a great big difference in the sign of Jesus appearing, and then, Jesus coming.
There's two different words. Means two different things: the appearing of the Lord, and the coming of the Lord.
Now, the appearing of the Lord is now, when He's appearing in His people, His Spirit working among them, proving that it's Him with them, getting them ready for the rapture, for the coming of the Lord to catch away His bride, see--the appearing and the coming.

Now remember, appearing and coming is two different words, to appear and then to come. Now is the appearing, He's already appeared in these last days. Right here with us in the last few years. Now, it's a sign of His Coming. He's appearing in His Church, in the form of the Holy Spirit, showing that it's Him...
50 THE END TIME EVANGELISM -- JEFF. IN -- V-10 N-5 -- 62-0603

How many knows there's a difference between the appearing of Christ and the coming of Christ? It's two different words. Now's the appearing, the coming will soon be. He's appearing in the midst of us, doing the works that He once did, in His Church.
E-95 FROM THAT TIME -- SPOKANE. WA -- 62-0713

Now, remember these two words before I leave you: the appearing of Christ, and the coming of Christ, is two different things. Christ is now appearing in the fullness of His power. His coming will be afterwards; His appearing before His coming. God be merciful.

Our heavenly Father, we are so thankful for your presence, and for honest-hearted people who really believe that You are coming, and that they must make ready for this great event that the whole world has waited for all these thousands of years. And we're living, just, as it was, watching time and history run out, and eternity beginning to move in. And we see this appearing, so our hearts are strangely warmed.



To understand the changeover from the appearing or presence of the Holy Spirit to the second coming of the Lord in His corporal body, we have to go back to the time when the Lord Jesus ascended from the earth up to Heaven to the right hand of the Father, which is also known as the Mercy Seat.

ACTS.1:9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he
was taken up
; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold,
two men stood by them in white apparel;
11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven?
this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in
like manner
as ye have seen him go into heaven.

God took Him up to Calvary and He tore Him apart, separated His soul from His body. And His body, God raised up on the third day, and took up and set on His right-hand. And on the day of Pentecost, He sent down the Spirit that was in Jesus Christ, the Covenant with the church. And when the Church comes together in the resurrection, the same Spirit was in Jesus Christ, that was tore out of Him will have to be in the Church.

Now, then when that Son of God, gave His Life and His body for a sacrifice, and God raised His body up on the third day, and set it at His right hand on high, then the Holy Spirit came back; and on the day of Pentecost the Bible said, "There were tongues of fire," like tongues, like a lick of fire, "set upon each of them." That was God, the same Holy Spirit that was in the wilderness with the children of Israel...

After the Lord Jesus was taken up to Heaven and sat down on the right hand of God with all the power and authority in Heaven and on earth, the Holy Spirit which was in Him was extended down to the earth to baptize the first 120 at the upper room on the day of Pentecost. That was fulfilling the promise He made to His disciples that He would be with them and in them, to the end of the world.

Now--now, Abraham was to inherit the world. Through the Abraham's Seed was all nations to be blessed. So God came down and talked to him in the form of a Man. Now, God has always been on the earth. God has never left the earth. If He'd ever leave the earth, I don't know what the--would become of it. But God has always been here in some form.
293-33 HEBREWS CHAPTER 7 PT.1 JEFF.IN -- 57-0915E

See, the Angel of the Lord is on earth now (See?); He's moving around fixing everything for the coming of the Lord. And it's the same Angels that's heard the sin when they went down to Sodom and they found--said, "We have come down to see if these things are so..."
100 TEN VIRGINS -- JEFF.IN -- ROJC 425-492 – 60-1211M

God has always been on earth in some form, during the dark ages, and the Reformation, and right now at this time. God always uses foreordained gifted men to make Himself visible among us. The Prophet explains that the Angel of the Lord is moving around now while we are waiting for the last one to come in and to be sealed unto the day of Redemption. Then time for salvation will be no more, the Holy Spirit will leave the earth and go back to His body on the Mercy Seat. We can call that a reverse of the day of Pentecost, because the works of the Holy Spirit on earth will be accomplished at that time.

And now, I believe that He will come physically in a body form someday, the same Jesus, went away. The Spirit will be taken from the church back to the body of Christ, and He will return again in physical form, just as He went away, the same Jesus eating, and drinking with--and talking with His disciples.

Let them not miss it. Let them see that You are the same yesterday, today, and forever, that You are here, raised from the dead, and will be until the--the Spirit and the body unites together again at the second coming.

... first voice... was like a trumpet that talked with me; and said, Come up hither,...
"Come up here. I showed you the church ages on earth; now come up here, "I'm going to show you something taking place up here." See, Christ had left earth then; He'd gone up into glory. The church age was through, showed that His Spirit was finished here. And He'd gone into glory and was calling for John to come up, and He showed him what else was going to take place. "Come up hither..."
...I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one set on that throne. See, John left the earth now, Christ had left the earth in the form of the Holy Spirit and had returned back into the body again. Today the body sets there as a memorial, as a sacrifice.
114 + 119 REVELATION CHAP.FOUR PT.1 JEFF.IN -- ROJC 551-584 -- 60-1231

Here we see the change from the first part of the parousia, His presence here on earth in the form of the Holy Spirit, to the second part, His coming in His corporal body. That body cannot leave the Mercy Seat up there as long as His Spirit is here on earth, the Holy Spirit must first go back into His body again before He can vacate that Seat. This important fact is clearly confirmed by Brother Branham.

Now, notice again in the 3rd verse, or 2nd, "A throne set in heaven, and One set on the throne." Now, the same Spirit that was in the earth, had left and had gone to glory, and was setting... The same Jesus that's with us tonight in mercy was gone to glory and setting on the throne.
And he that set on the throne was to look upon as jasper and... sardine stone...
178 REVELATION CHAP.FOUR PT.1 -- JEFF.IN -- ROJC 551-584 -- 60-1231

II Thessalonians the 2nd chapter and the 12th verse. Let's see. Let's begin above that, the 7th verse.
For the mystery of iniquity does already work:...
(This is Paul speaking, by the Holy Ghost.)... only-only he whom now letteth
will let, until he be taken out of the way.
(Who's "he" here, does anybody know? The Holy Ghost, He that letteth.)
And when (when) shall that Wicked one be revealed,...
(When? Just at the time the Holy Ghost is being taken out, which is fixing to leave right now. What's He leaving for? Taking the Church with Him.)...

When will this change take place? The next 2 quotes explain that plain and clear. At the end of this age, when the church ages are finish, after the last one has come in and is saved, then the Holy Ghost will be taken up to go back to His nail-scared body on the Father's Throne. THEN and only then will the Lamb leave the Mercy Seat and come down to earth in His corporal body to take the Book out of the right hand of Him on the Throne as explained in Revelation 5. That will be the second part of the "parousia." The Prophet's teaching about this subject is in line with Strong's concordance, which says: "The coming, arrival, advent: esp. the future visible return from Heaven of Jesus, to raise the dead, hold the... Judgment, and set up formally and gloriously the kingdom of God."

Now, notice: But it's to be revealed when the Lamb leaves His intercessory place from the Father. (Now, that's Revelation 5). Now, He takes the Book of Seals, the Book of Seals or a Book sealed with Seals, breaks them and shows them (look) at the end of the age now, after the intercessory is over; the church ages has done finished up.
126-3 {61} FIRST SEAL THE -- JEFF.IN -- 63-0318

And when He brings the last one in... He's setting at the right hand of God tonight doing His mediatorial work. And when that last soul is saved that was redeemed and seen and knowed by God before the foundation of the world, when that last soul's saved, that closes the Book. Then the Lamb comes out and takes the Book out of the right hand of Him that sets upon the throne. Then it's--then He's coming then. He's coming to the earth.



We are still in the "appearing" period and will remain there till the last sheep has accepted the endtime Message and is sealed by the Holy Spirit unto the day of Redemption, which is the day of the coming of the Lord. The following quotations are very important, they reveal to us that the physical, corporal Lord Jesus will come from the Father's Throne BEFORE the resurrection of the dead in Christ and the changing of our bodies. The coming Kinsman Redeemer has to redeem our souls first before the dust of the earth can release and restore the glorified bodies of the saints.

Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever, looking for Him to come the second time in glory to redeem all those from the dust of the earth that sleeps that's died in Him.

...but one of these glorious day breaks, Jesus shall come and all sorrow will be banished and tears wiped away. Those immortal souls that's resting yonder in paradise will come forth like Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. We shall appear here on earth, and then be caught up together to meet the Lord in the air.
E-10 AT THY WORD LORD -- NEW YORK. NY -- 51-0928

But let's look at Him in His life, His Spirit. So Jesus, when He comes back to earth again in His body form, it will be way too late then for us to think anything about it. You believe that? We're going with Him then. Those that are ready.

Waiting, and glorious waiting, of all nature, till that day when He shall come the second time from the heaven, Who God will send in due season, and then these mortal bodies, that we groan in now, will take on immortality. "And we will be changed and made like unto His own glorious body, for we shall see Him as He is."
4 THE SEAL OF GOD -- JEFF. IN --V-26 N-4 -- 54-0514

Someday He'll rise in that corporal body, and when He returns back, these celestial bodies will take on glorification, then we will be like Him and we will live forever in that body.
E-4 MAKING A WAY -- JEFF. IN -- 56-0304

That body will rise from the Throne again. He will come back to the earth, and when He does, every spirit that's borned again will come back to a corporal body, young man and women, and live forever in the Presence of God.

And every time they were under the altar and looked up there, there was a actual glorified, resurrected Lord Jesus setting there representing that some day He will move off of His Throne there, coming to the earth and everyone that's dead in Christ will come with Him and receive a body like His own glorious body.
E-49 FAITH -- CHARLOTTE. NC -- 56-0427

You're here not in a corporal body, because that's... When that returns to the earth again, we will all go with Him. But His corporal body is sitting there, but His spiritual body in His Church.
E-37 JESUS AROSE -- CHICAGO. IL -- 56-0405

I don't mean something mentally worked up, some psychology; I mean the Lord Jesus, in His Spirit. Now, He don't--won't come in His corporal body. If He does it's all over. He might come in a corporal body before this meeting ends. If it does, praise be to God. We will go in the rapture, and we will be with Him...
And when He comes again the second time in the flesh, then our bodies will be transformed, and made like unto His, and we will be with Him forever. What a beautiful, rejoicing thing that is.

All these quotes tell us that the second coming of the Lord in His corporal body will take place before our bodies will be transformed to glorification. Why must it be like that? We understand that in Genesis 3:17-19, after the fall of Eve and Adam, the Lord God put those curses upon the dust of the earth from which our bodies are made, and He pronounced death upon their bodies, and consequently upon ours also. Therefore, the dust of the earth cannot release the bodies at the resurrection before that curse is lifted off each individual saint at the second coming of the Lord Jesus when He will judge us in righteousness as faultless believers and blameless overcomer of sin and the devil's lies.

O God, my heart jumps when I think of someday when You come, and those who have 
Eternal Life awake from the dust of the earth.

We will never see eye to eye, until we see Him face to face, and be changed and made like unto His own glorious body.

I realise You cannot come here in a corporal body, for when You come then the dead in Christ shall rise. Then time shall be no more.
E-50 LOOKING AT THE UNSEEN -- LA. CA -- 59-0410

...we are thinking and in anticipating on the time that we shall see Him coming, riding on a white horse, coming down from the portals of glory to change and fashion this old corruptible bodies of ours into a glorious body like unto His own...
E-7 WHO IS THIS -- JEFF. IN -- 59-0510.2E

Lord, we will never be able to understand the riches, the fullness of Your Spirit, until we see Him at that day when He shall come. We may be sleeping in the dust. I may have to turn back to the original dust, but that will not worry me one bit. "I know that He will call, and I will answer. And then I shall see Him as He is. This corruptible body will be changed and made like unto His Own glorious body, whereby He is able to subdue all things unto Himself."
144 THE SUPER SIGN -- JEFF. IN -- V-15 N-7 -- 59-1227.1M

They are like theophanies there. But now they are looking to that corporal body of the Son of God sitting there, "Some day He will rise from that Throne." There you are! "Them that are in Christ will God bring with Him at the resurrection." They'll take... This mortal will take on immortality.

Now, you won't see Him in a physical body, until He comes for you at the great general resurrection. Then we will see Him.

Will Paul have to stand?" He said, "Yes, Paul stands too with his group that he preached to." I said, "I've preached the same message he did." And them millions raised their hands and said, "We are resting on that." There you are (See?), right there. Yes. Said, "THEN together we'll go back to the earth for a body that can eat, and we drink, and live together through all the ceaseless ages there." That's the coming of the Lord.
213 TEN VIRGINS -- JEFF.IN -- ROJC 425-492 – 60-1211M

Whenever Brother Branham relates his experience behind the Curtain of time, He explains that he was told by that heavenly Voice at that glorious region yonder, that AFTER this Judgment of the righteous saints of all ages, THEN we will come back together to pick up our glorified bodies. Every genuine Message believer will regard that fact as solid and undeniable Bible and Message doctrine.

He's appearing amongst His people. We see Him in His same works, the appearing, His Holy Spirit. But His coming will be in a physical being. It will be to catch the church up.
E-167 PERSEVERANCE -- S.PINES. NC -- 62-0608

Jesus, when He comes, every eye shall see Him, every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess when the Body of Jesus returns. I believe in His literal coming, corporal body, descending from the Heavens with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel, the trump of God. The dead in Christ shall rise. But His Spirit is here with us.

Jesus will return to the earth in a visible body, for a Church, a--a Redeemed, the Bride, and take Her out of here.
148 SHALOM -- PHOENIX. AZ -- V-22 N-1 -- 64-0119

...and that last Trumpet like the last Seal, will be the coming of the Lord; it shall sound, and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Just resting till that time.
158 BROKEN CISTERNS -- JEFF. IN -- V-5 N-13 -- 64-0726.2E

He even is expecting to live to see the coming of the Lord; it can be done. But if he would sleep, he... and we are awake at that time, he will come first. Right.
115 TRYING DO GOD A SERVICE -- SHP. LA -- V-7 N-2 -- 65-1127.1M

...even as Jesus would one day come and inject Himself into the human race, into human bodies, even to the extent of a resurrection wherein we would have bodies like unto His glorified one.

Every one of these quotes deserves a careful study to get a clear picture of this most important event, nobody can afford to misunderstand the Prophet on this vital subject. Let us consider another four verses chosen from the 24 "parousia" Scriptures in the Bible. They are 2 Thessalonians 2:1, 1 Thessalonians 2:19, and 3:13 and 4:15.

Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our 
Lord Jesus Christ and by our gathering together unto him,

For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? 
Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ 
at his coming?

To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness 
before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus 
Christ with all his saints.

For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which 
are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not 
prevent them which are asleep.

These four "parousia" verses pertain to the second part, the coming and future visible return from Heaven of Jesus. The Apostle Paul tells the Thessalonians that he and all his churches will be gathered together unto Him with all the Lord's saints of all ages, the living and the dead (asleep). From Adam to the last one, everyone will be present whose name is on the Lamb's Book of Life, all will be judged to be unblameable in holiness before God when the bloody Lamb comes from the Mercy Seat to take the Book to loose those seven other Seals on the backside of the Book.

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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Without this revelation of the two parts of the parousia, Brother Branham's different explanations of Revelation 10 could not be understood correctly. In many places he mentioned the presence of the mighty Angel of Revelation 10:1 in the form of the Holy Spirit during his ministry, and in other quotes he refers to Him as the coming Lord Jesus, and as the Lion and the Judge, after time has run out.

REVELATION.10:1 And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven,
clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow [was] upon his head, and his face [was] as
it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:

When the Light, which you see on the picture tonight, that's been proven to be a Supernatural Being by scientific research... To me it was the same Light that struck down St. Paul. Is the same Light that led the children of Israel by night. Did you notice here, this Angel, He was clothed in a cloud. See, He was a cloud by day. Now, that same Light... As to people not understanding, first thought that it was wrong, that I was just saying that. But the Holy Spirit happened to have the scientific instruments, and the people there, for a vindication, and took the picture of It several times.
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This is a very striking quote, Brother Branham tells us that this mighty Angel, clothed in a cloud, was photographed several times during the time of his ministry. He also tells us that this mighty Angel of Revelation 10:1 is the same Angel found in Revelation 1:13. But Revelation 1:13 is still in the future, it was not fulfilled during the Prophet's ministry, it is a prophesy which will take place on the Lord's day.

... and his face... as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:
You remember that Angel in Revelations 1? Same thing.
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Notice. It was to be the Seventh Angel's Message that was to reveal the Seventh--the Seven Seals (Revelation 10:7, now you'll find it.). See? And he saw this Angel come down, put his foot on the land and on the sea (That was Christ.), had a rainbow over His head. (Notice Him, you'll find Him in Revelation 1, again with the rainbow over His head: look upon the jasper and sardius and so on.)
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Behind him. "I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day," Revelation 1-1:10. So he... "In the Spirit..." If you want to put that down to Revelation 1:10 and 13, "I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and I heard behind me as a voice of a trumpet and sounded like many waters.
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In the first part of the “parousia,” we have these various pictures of the mighty Angel in the form of the Pillar of Fire photographed in the presence of His Prophet, as explained in Revelation 10:1.

Clothed with a cloud... rainbow upon his head... face as the sun... feet as pillars of fire...
REVELATION.1:13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks
[one] like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to
the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
14 His head and [his] hairs [were] white like wool, as white as
snow; and his eyes [were] as a flame of fire;
15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a fur-
nace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.

At the end of the age, that Pillar of Fire will go back to His body on the Mercy Seat. Then, on the Lord's day, at the Judgment of the righteous saints of all ages, we will meet the same mighty Angel, the Lord Jesus Christ in His corporal body. That will be the second part of the "parousia" when He will come as the Lion and Judge as He is described in Revelation 1:13–15. The Prophet tells us that "girt about the paps" means He wears a sash over His shoulder like the Judges did in the Old Testament, and hair like wool represents the white wig of "supreme authority" worn by the Judge. Eyes like a flame of fire and feet like brass also speak of Judgment, because fire and brass represents Judgment in the Bible.

Then if He is the same, He's got to be everything the same except the corporal body. Now, that Body, when It comes, time shall be no more, how many knows that? Yes, when Jesus comes in His literal Body... But He come now in the form of the Holy Ghost. And He lives in His Church.
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The mighty Angel came in the form of the Holy Ghost to reveal all the mysteries through the seventh angel as predicted in Revelation 10:1-4. The seventh angel has come and gone, but the mighty Angel of the Covenant is still here on earth till the end, then He will swear that time shall be no more.

Others had guessed at in the denominational age, but see, he must be this man, the seventh angel of Revelation 10:1-4 is a... The seventh angel has the mysteries of God given to him and finishes all the mystery been left off down through the denominational ages.
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The seven and last one of these seals, when they're opened, is found in Revelations the 10th chapter; there was a mighty Angel (which was Christ) came down and put one foot on the land and one on the sea, and raised up His hand, and says, "The day is finished. Time is run out. It's all over. Time shall be no more." The last one of them is Revelations 10, foot on land and on sea; time had run out; redemption is over; NOW He comes in as the Lion. He was a Lamb then; NOW He comes in as Lion of the tribe of Judah.
207 REV.CHAP.5 PART 2 -- JEFF.IN -- ROJC 747-793 -- 61-0618

These last two quotes, pertaining to Revelation 10, would look like a contradiction if we do not know about the twofold “parousia,” first the PRESENCE of the mighty Angel in the form of the Holy Spirit to reveal all the mysteries, and then the COMING of the same mighty Angel in His corporal body as the Lion and Judge to open the seventh and last one of the Seals, which is the opening of the seven last Seals to all the gathered saints of all ages on the great and dreadful day of the Lord. The next two quotes are taken from different sermons, but they confirm the same thing again.

What's happened upon Mount Sunset? God confirming His Word. That's what all this noise is about. Notice, it's God fulfilling His promised Word again, of Revelation 10:1 to 7, "And in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel's Message, the mystery of God should be finished." The hidden mystery of Revelation 10:1 to 7, the last message to the last church age.
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Revelations 10, at the end we find when the last Seal was broke, we find the Angel standing with one foot on the land and one on the sea, with His hands up to heaven, and a rainbow over His head, swearing by Him that lives forever and ever, that time has run out on the last Seal. And you wait till we get in them Seals and see where that Seal's at. After you find the seventy of weeks, then see where the Seals are. Time has run out. Redemption is over. He is now the Lion and the Judge. He's your Saviour this morning, but one day He'll be your Judge.

At the time when the last Seal will be broken, at the second part of the parousia, at the completion of Revelation 10 when time has run out, the mighty Angel, the Lord Jesus will come forth as the Lion and the Judge. That is where the seven last Seals are, that is the time when He will be my Judge.

The next quote takes us back again to the first part of the parousia, the opening of the seven written Seals in March 1963. The mighty Angel of the Covenant came every day in the form of the Pillar of Fire into the room where the Prophet was waiting, to open one Seal at the time to him alone. Then at the evening of the same day, Brother Branham preached parts of it at the Branham Tabernacle.

... I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with
a cloud:... a rainbow... upon his head, and his face was... the sun,
and his feet as pillars of fire:
Now, we saw the same thing, which was Christ. And we know Christ is always the Messenger to the Church. All right. He's called a Pillar of Fire, the Angel of the Covenant and so forth.
And he had in his hand a little book opened:... (Now, the Seals had done been broke here. We're breaking them NOW; but this, the thing's opened.)...
and he set his right foot on the sea, and his left... on the earth....
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This seven-sealed Book is revealed at the time of the Seven Thunders of Revelations 10. If you're marking it down... Let's turn to Revelations 10 just a moment, so you'll get a understanding before we get into it. Now, this is at the end time, for listen.
... I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud:
and a rainbow... upon his head,...
If you notice that's Christ (See?), 'cause He in the Old Testament was called the Angel of the Covenant, and He's directly coming to the Jews now, for the Church is finished. See? All right.
... and his face... as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:
You remember that Angel in Revelations 1? Same thing. Angel is a messenger, and He's a Messenger to Israel. See? The Church has been raptured. See? Now, or fixing to be raptured. He comes for His Church.
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This quote refers to the last part of His coming. Bro Branham connects it with Revelation 10 again, the second part of it, and he says that Revelation 1 is the same thing. The physical Lord Jesus is directly coming to the Jews because the 144000 will be sealed at His coming, and then on to His church, to meet the raptured living saints and the dead in Christ to fully redeem us yonder before we come back to pick up our glorified bodies. Then we will be “fixing to be raptured” together to the wedding supper.

It is very sad that the most important contents of the following quote has by and large been missed. Brother Branham explains plainly and clearly what the purpose of the opening of the seven written Seals was in March 1963. The parousia of the Lamb in the form of the Pillar of Fire described, revealed, explained, made clear the PLAN of Redemption through His Prophet, foretelling what will take place on the day of Redemption, at the END of the ages, after the last one has come in. That explains WHEN it is going to be done, it is obviously still a future event.

Redemption, it's all described in here. All that what Christ will do at the END will be revealed to us this week in the Seven Seals if God will let us. See? All right; it'll be revealed. And revealed as the Seals break and are released to us, then we can see what this great PLAN of redemption is and WHEN and HOW it's going to be done. It's all hidden in this Book of mystery here. It's sealed up with Seven Seals... And so the Lamb is the only One Who can break them.
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Who was able to open the Seals; Who was able to open this Book?" See? The Angel asked it; John saw it, and he said, "Now, Who's worthy? Let Him..." Oh, my, maybe I'm just feeling this this a way. "But, let Him," said the Angel, "let Him..." 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.
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"Here is the only way you'll ever be redeemed..." That statement must be regarded by every true believer as most important, a event which nobody can afford to miss. That will be the fulfillment of the PLAN of Redemption when the Lord Jesus, the Kinsman Redeemer, will come from the Mercy Seat at His second part of the parousia to fully redeem and reward all the gathered saints of all ages up there in Heaven. The living saints, with our bodies remaining on earth, and all the dead with their bodies still under the earth in the grave, we will be judged in righteousness on that glorious day of the Lord, and then come back to earth to pick up the glorified bodies.



The correct interpretation of the twofold meaning of the word "parousia" confirms again the truth of 2 times 7 Seals opened at different times. Let us examine the following quotes and compare those on the left side with the paired one on the right side. Those quotes on the left side correspond with the "appearing" time and the 1963 Sealopening, the quotes on the right side explain the time of His "coming" and the loosening of the other seven Seals.

One of those 7 Angels anointed the Prophet each night to preach the seven written Seals in March 1963, but at the end of time no Angel could take that place, only the bloody Lamb can take the Book and loose the seven last Seals.

There stood seven Angels standing there, commissioned to go back and to bring these Messages, and said, "One by one" they would "meet and tell what happened." And it did exactly that way.
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 ...the original Owner that had the Book of Redemption in His right hand, and no Angel, no angelic being --nothing else could take the place. And this bloody Lamb walked out and took the Book out of His hand.
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And when you get to a spot where you sit an hour numbed with the presence of God and a Pillar of Light hanging there before you, you can't stay there too long, you see? The human being can't stand it.
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 ...the Kinsman Redeemer, the bloody Lamb that come forth the Lamb that had been slain, (a bloody One, been killed, bruised)--come forth and took the Book out of His hand. That's the--day's are finished.
  408-2 THE SIXTH SEAL - 63-0323

And he had in his hand a little book opened: (Now, the Seals have done been broke here! We are breaking them now, but this the thing's opened.)
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 I trust that every one of them was. And there, Father, we will know when You come, and the great book is opened, we will understand then.
  191 IDENTIFICATION - 64-0216

The actual Sealopening in 1963 took place in a private room where the Pillar of Fire met the Prophet to open the "little Book". But the "great Book" will be opened by the Kinsman Redeemer when the days of grace are finished. Like in February 1964, and still at this point in time, this is still a future event, the greatest event in human history as the Prophet calls it.

But, let me say this, that you don't get it, see, and you're not supposed to get it. So don't try to interpret anything, see. Don't try to put your interpretation to it. You only get further away.
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 ...we're this far and the rest of it will be known right around about the time that Jesus appears on earth again for His Bride, or whatever takes place at that time.
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And so then when that last soul comes in, then the time of redemption is finished. Then the Lamb comes forth to claim His rights to what He has redeemed, and that is all creation.
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He comes out, the Lamb, and then the Day of Redemption is finished, and all that's going to be redeemed is already been redeemed and put on the Book, and He's out here opening the Book.
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Not all the 1963 revealed mysteries were disclosed to the public, the rest of the Revelation of Jesus Christ will only be known at the "coming" part of the "parousia". Redemption will stop when the last soul has come in, then the Lamb will come and take the Book of Redemption and loose the Seals thereof.

The Seven Seals, it's manifested what takes place has--what has took place. The Seventh Church Age, we're at the end of the Seventh Church Age. When I say the end, that doesn't mean it's this very hour, this very minute.
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 It's the presence of the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, in our midst, showing Himself that He is alive. Not a corporal body... When that time, that corporal body returns from heaven, time shall be no more. That's all of it.
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... the Book holds that mystery, and the Book is only unfolding it now--not each one's name, but what the mystery of the Book is while it's calling those names.
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...not on the Gentiles. The Gentile, when them Seals is opened is sealed away. Time has ended; the Church is called.
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It's time for the Sixth Seal, pretty soon, to be opening up, and when she does, oh my--the end! The Bride has done gone forth. She's done... The Queen has done went to take her place. She's being married now to the King, while this was going on
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But under the Sixth Seal, where these Trumpets opened, remember under there, we find out that the Lamb came forth, appeared on the scene. He had left the mercy seat. His work of redemption was finished. And He came forth and took the Book...
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The 1963 Sealopening was basically a lecture for the believers to understand the history of the church, and what time we live in and what will happen at the end of time. If we believe and understand the Message correctly by the help of the Holy Spirit, then we are called and sealed and we will be confirmed as such when "them Seals" will be opened under the sixth Seal, the Judgment Seal, when grace and mercy has ceased.

I think represented here in this little church about around twenty-eight or thirty states represented right here in the church, be-sides two foreign nations, so... in this little revival, so that takes up quite a bit of room itself.
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And it come from Adam, all the way down through all the apostles, and prophets, and everything else, and nobody was found... Elijah was standing there. Moses was stand-ing there... Job, the sages. Everyone was standing there...
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There may be many things that's been said that might be disagreeable with other people, but I believe when the great windup time comes and we meet our Lord, you'll find out that it was right. It really is.
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"When will it be, Brother Branham?" I cannot tell you. I do not know. But one of these days, if we never meet again on this earth, we're going to meet yonder at the judgment seat of Christ. And you'll find out that in that room, the revelation coming from God...
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There were only a few hundred believers present at the 1963 Sealopening, but there will be hundreds of millions attending that other Sealopening, all the saints of all ages, from Adam to the last one including me. When we reach that great windup time at the Judgment Seat of Christ, we will know we made it, we will be safely home for all Eternity.

Trusting that this chapter will be helpful to many saints, mostly to those "parousia" believers who have only known half the truth about this doctrine because their leaders knowingly and wilfully reglect the very important second part of the "parousia". My experience is that most of them are fiercely against this proven fact, even so they have not one single quote or Scripture to certify their omission. We close this subject with John 8:32, a promise from the Lord Jesus Himself to every genuine believer in His Word.

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.