This Message deals with the Endtime and Endtime events as it affects the Believer. The Scripture has forewarned us of the Spiritual deception which would prevail in the last days. Jesus said that the "two spirits" moving in these days would be so close, that it would deceive the "very elect" IF IT WERE POSSIBLE. He spoke of "False Christ(s) (Anointed Ones), and false Prophets arising and deceiving MANY" (Matthew 24:5, 11, 24).
Brother Branham Begins with Prayer.......
GGood morning, audience. Let us speak to our Lord now. Great God, Creator of heavens and earth, Who has divinely appointed us this time this morning of worship to You. And may we, Lord, in our hearts surrender ourselves completely to Your Divine will and the working of the Holy Spirit in us, to bring forth that which You would have us to know. Our desire is to be better Christians and better representatives of You. Will You grant this to us this morning as we wait upon Thee. In Jesus Christ's Name. Amen.
We want to greet the folks this morning by the way of this telephone hookup to New York City; Beaumont, Texas; Prescott, Arizona; Tucson, Arizona; San Jose, California; Connecticut; Gainesville, Georgia; and New Albany, Indiana; across the nation. We're greeting you in the Name of the Lord Jesus. The Tabernacle's packed out, and everybody's waiting with great anticipations for the Sunday school lesson. And I trust that the riches of God's blessings will be upon you out there.
After prayerfully thinking, "What must I do?" knowing that someday I must answer for what I say here... I have decided, or felt led by the Holy Spirit to speak this morning on prophecy to kinda inform us. See? If we're not informed and anything happens just casually, we should know about this. The Holy Spirit has give it to us to warn the people of the comings. You know, the Bible said that God will do nothing except first He shows His servants the prophets; and how that Jesus warned the people what would take place, how the prophets warned the people that would take place. And it behooves us now in the great hour that we're living to see what age we're living in, what's happening - what's going to happen in this age. So one of these strange subjects that perhaps we've read many times, it fell upon my heart to speak to the people about it this morning.
Now, let us turn over in our Bibles to Matthew the 24th chapter and read a portion of the Word as a way of getting a context for our text and subject. Now remember, we're going to teach this as a Bible class, slow. Get your pencils and paper (I've got many Scriptures written down here.), that you might be able to put these down, then go home and study them, that we might know, and be warned, and prepared for the hours that we're living in.
15. And when ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
Now, for a subject I would like to take the 24th verse to emphasize on this verse for our Sunday school lesson this morning. And listen close while I reread this again.
For there shall rise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Now, for a text I want to take, "The Anointed Ones at the End Time."
I believe that we are living in the end time. The Scripture reader or even a believer knows that we are now at the end of the history of the world. There will be no use of writing it, because there won't be anybody to read it. It's at the end of the time. Just when, I do not know. Just how long it will be, not even the Angels of heaven knows that minute or hour. But we been told by the Lord Jesus that when these things that we see now begin to come to pass, then to lift up our heads for our redemption is drawing nigh.
Now, what drawing nigh means, I do not know. May mean, as the scientist said the other day on the television, speaking of the great thousands-of-miles break in the earth that's going to sink. The scientist - One said to the other, "That could fall in?"
He said, "Not could, but it will."
Said, "But not in our generation, perhaps?"
Said, "In the next five minutes or the next five years. We don't know just when."
And this week was sent me, headlines in the paper of big hundred thousand dollar homes cricking and cracking, the people moving away. And they don't know how to stop it; there's no way to stop it. See, God can do whatever He wants to, and there's nobody can tell Him how to do it. You build homes; you can make scientific things; and God is a Creator of science. How are you going to stop Him? He can destroy the earth this morning by fleas if He wants to. Do you realize He could speak fleas into existence, and they'd be forty miles deep in a half hour's time. See? They'd eat people right off the ground. He's God. He just does as He will. He's sovereign in Himself.
Now, seeing all this accumulation of evidence that the hour that we now live in, I think it's a good thing to rehearse these things and to draw them out, since the Seals has been opened, and find out the truth of these things, as God has been so loyal to us with His grace to show us these things. I want you to notice here in Matthew 24, Jesus used the term of christs: c-h-r-i-s-t-s, not Christ, but christs, plural, not singular. Therefore the word "Christ" means "the anointed one." And then, if it's anointed, there will be not only one, but many anointed: the anointed ones. See? Otherwise, if He wanted to break it down so we would more-or-less understand it better, He'd say, "In the last days there shall rise false anointed ones." Now, that seems almost impossible. See? But notice the very next words, "and false prophets": p-r-o-p-h-e-t-s, plural.
Anointed one is "one with a message." And the only way the message can be brought out is by one that's anointed; and that would be a prophet - anointed. "There shall rise false anointed teachers." A prophet teaches what his message is: anointed teachers, but anointed people with false teaching, anointed ones: christs, plural; prophets, plural. And if there is such a thing as a Christ, singular, then these would have to be anointed ones that their prophecy of what they were teaching would be the difference, because they are anointed ones, anointed.
Now, it's a Sunday school lesson; we want to try to bring this to a real showdown by the Scriptures, not by what someone else has said about it, but just reading the Scriptures. You may say, "How can this be? What were they?" Christs: c-h-r-i-s-t-s, anointed christs and false prophets: anointed ones, but false prophets. Jesus said that the rain falls on the just and the unjust. Now, someone might say to me, "Do you believe that that anointing on those people means that it's anointing of the Holy Spirit?" Yes, sir, the genuine Holy Spirit of God upon a person, and yet they are false. Now, listen close and see what He said: "And they shall show signs and wonders, insomuch that it would deceive the very elected if it were possible." And they are anointed with the genuine Holy Spirit. I know this sounds very foolish, but we're going to take time and explain it by the Word that that's absolutely THUS SAITH THE LORD, the Truth.
Let's turn in our Bibles just a minute to Matthew the 5th chapter and begin with the 45th verse and see now as we read for a few moments on these Scriptures. If we fail to read all of them (Scripture references), then you get your Bible, and you can read them after we leave here and you go home and read what the Bible says about it.
Now, to take our time to get a basic fact, because I'm making a statement here that's astounding - How can the Holy Spirit anoint a false teacher? But that's what Jesus said would happen.
The rain comes upon the evil as same as the good.
NNow, to follow this up to another prophecy pertaining to this, may we turn now to Hebrews the 6th chapter where Paul bringing back to mind the same thing that Jesus said. Paul writing to the Hebrews, showing them the shadows and the types, bringing them from under Judaism into Christianity, showing them that how all the old things just foreshadowed the things that was to come.
1. Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ,... (C-h-r-i-s-t, singular)... let us go on to perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God.
Compare that with Matthew 5:45 again. Notice, Jesus said the rain and the sun comes upon the earth, that God sends it to prepare the food and the things for the peoples of the earth. And the rain is sent for the food, the herbs. But the tares, weeds, being in the field, receive the same thing. The same rain that makes the wheat grow is the same rain that makes the weeds grow.
How I had such a lesson on that one time when I first met the Pentecostal people. And it was a great lesson to me - never heard speaking in tongues before.. I seen two men, One spoke in tongues; other one interpreted, vice-versa. And would tell the truth;
I thought, "How glorious." And then, with the little gift of the Holy Spirit, I talked to those men - just, you know, in discernment, a little way to find out. And one of them was a genuine Christian. And he was a real servant of Christ. And the other one was a hypocrite. And the one that was a hypocrite, was living with a black-headed woman, running around with a blond, and had children by her. Well, it was right there in a vision, couldn't be denied. And I spoke to him about it. He looked at me and walked around the building.
Now, I was confused sure enough. I thought I'd come into angels, then I wondered if I wasn't among devils. How could this be? I could not understand it. And for years I kept my hands off of it, till one day, with George Smith, the boy that goes with my daughter, We went yesterday up to the old mill place where I go to pray. And after being in there a couple of days, the Holy Spirit brought this Scripture back to me: "For the rain cometh oft upon the earth to dress it with herbs, but thorns and thistles live by that same rain, and whose end is to be burned." Living by the same life giving resource of God. Then I understood that Jesus said, "By their fruits they are known."
Therefore, the rain dropping down upon the natural vegetation of the earth is a type of the Spiritual rain which gives Eternal Life, dropping down upon the church; for we call it the former rain and the latter rain. And it's a rain, pouring out of God's Spirit upon His church.
37 025 Notice, it's a very strange thing here. See? When them seed went in the ground, however they got there, they were thorns to begin with. But there the wheat that went in the ground... And the herbs were herbs to begin with. And each herb producing itself over again, showed that it was in the original beginning. "And they will deceive the Elected if it were possible," 'cause they're getting the same rain, same blessing, showing the same signs, same wonders. See? "They will deceive, or shall deceive the Elected if it were possible." Now, a thorn cannot help being a thorn, and neither can wheat help being a wheat; it's what the Creator of each one determined at the beginning. That's the Elected.
39 026 The same rain... The sun rises of a morning and spreads across the earth, as it had this urban day that we live. And the sun--same sun that rises in the east is the same sun that sets in the west. And that sun is sent to ripen the grain upon the earth, which our bodies are made from.
40 027 We are living by dead substance, that's the only way you can live. And if something has to die every day so you live natural, then isn't it true that if your--your body has to live by dead substance for natural life, then you've got to have something die spiritually to save your spiritual life. And God became material, flesh, and died that we might live. There's no church, no other thing in the world can save you but God. That's the only thing that they live by. Now, run the Scriptures. Jesus is the Word. "In the beginning was the Word... And the Word was made flesh and dwelled among us. In the beginning was the Word... and the Word was with God. And the Word was made flesh and dwelled among us." "And man shall not live by bread alone (for the physical), but by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." Then you see, we live by the Word, and that is God.
42 028 Now, the sun comes across and ripens the grain. Now, it cannot ripen it all at once. As it goes on maturing, it constantly ripens until it comes to a full ear. So is it today with the church. It started in it's infancy back in the dark age where it was under the ground. It's growed now into maturity. And we can see it perfectly, how that God through nature always... You cannot disturb nature. That's what's the matter today. We're flying bombs and out there in that ocean, breaking it and busting it around with atomic bombs. You're just breaking more of that dirt off all the time, dropping into it. You cut down the trees, storms will take you. Dam up the river, it'll overflow. You've got to find God's way of doing things and stay in it. We've denominated people in the churches and organizations; look what we got. Stay in God's provided way of it.
44 029 But you see, He sends the rain (back to our subject) on the just and the unjust. Jesus tells you here now in Matthew 24 it would be a sign at the end time. Now, if this sign is only to be known at the end time, then it'll have to be after the opening of those Seals. See? It's a sign of the end. That would be, when these things happens it'll be at the end time. And it'll be a sign, now, so the Elected will not be confused in these things. You see it? Then it's got to be revealed, exposed.
45 030 Notice. Both the wheat and the weeds live by the same anointing from heaven. Both of them rejoice over it. I remember this referring back to this instance up there that day at the Green's Mill. I--I seen that vision come up, and there was a great earth, and it'd been all disced up. And there went a Sower forth first. I want to keep that before you. Watch what goes forth first, then what follows it. And as this Man with white on came forth around the earth sowing seed... Then behind Him come a man, dark clothes on, looked very sneaking, slipping along behind Him sowing weeds. And as this taken place... Then I seen both crops come up. And as they come up, one was wheat and the other was weeds. And there come a drought, that when--looked like both of them had their heads down just crying for rain. Then there come a great cloud over the earth, and it rained. And the wheat raised up and said, "Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord." And the weeds raised up and hollered, "Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord." Same results, both of them perishing, both of them going away. And then the wheat comes up and gets thirsty. And because it was in the same field, the same garden, the same place, under the same spout, there come up wheat and there come up tares by the very same thing.
46 031 Notice. The same anointing water brings forth the wheat, brings forth the weed. The same Holy Spirit that anoints the church, that gives them desire to save souls, that gives them power to perform miracles, It falls on the unjust the same as the just: the very same Spirit. Now, you can't make it another way and understand Matthew 24:24. He said, "There shall rise false christs," false anointed ones, anointed with the genuine thing, but be false prophets of it, false teachers of it. What would make a man want to be a false teacher of something that's Truth? Now, and we'll get down to the mark of the beast in a few minutes, you'll see it's denomination. See, see? False teachers, false anointed, anointed christs, but false teachers. It's the only way you can see it.
47 032 Just like here some time ago. I've quoted this... I might quote it because we're hooked up across the nation. One day I was talking to a friend of mine (where this is coming in this morning in Arizona). And he had a--a citrus farm. And he had a--a tree there which was an orange tree that was bearing grapefruits, and lemons, tangerines, tangelos, and I forget how many different fruits there was on that one tree. And I said to the--the--the man; I said, "How is it? What kind of a tree is that?" He said, "The tree itself is an orange tree." I said, "What has it got grapefruits on it? Why has it got lemons on it?" He said, "They're grafted into it." I said, "I see. Well now," I said, "now, next year when that tree comes forth with another crop of fruit (which they all ripen about the same time)," I said, "then it will bring forth altogether oranges. If it's a navel orange tree, it'll bring forth the navel oranges, won't it, sir?" He said, "No, sir. Every grafted branch will bring forth of its kind." I said, "You mean that lemon vine will bring forth a lemon out of that orange tree?" He said, "Yes, sir." "Will the grapefruit bring forth a grapefruit out of that orange tree?" He said, "Yes, sir. That's the nature of the branch that's grafted into it." I said, "Praise be to God." He said, "What do you mean?" I said, "One more question. Now, will that orange tree ever bring forth oranges again?" He said, "When it puts forth another branch." When it puts forth another branch, not when one's grafted into it. But they're all citrus fruit, and they live off of the citrus life that's in the citrus tree.
48 033 I said, "There you are. The Methodists will bring forth Methodists every time. The Baptist will bring forth Baptists every time. The Catholic will bring forth Catholic every time. But the church of the living God will produce Christ from the roots, the Word every time, if it ever puts forth another vine of it's own."
49 034 Now, you can graft it in there. You see? Every grapefruit, lemon, tangelo, tangerine, whatever the citrus fruits they are, every one of them can live in that tree, but bearing false witness of the tree, living by the tree. You see it? They are living and thriving on the genuine life that's in that tree. Now, there's Matthew 24:24. Living by the same life, but they wasn't right at the beginning. They're bearing false witness of that tree. It's an orange tree. Yet it's a citrus tree. And they say, "This church, this denomination is bearing record of Christ." And got a false baptism, false witness of the Word, trying to say that the power of God was only for the disciples? Jesus Himself said, "Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every branch that'll ever--tree that'll ever bring forth, ever branch that'll be in the tree. And these signs shall follow the genuine branches." Where? As long as it's a tree, as long as it's putting forth branches, to the end of the world. "In My Name they shall cast out devils, speak with new tongues, take up serpents, drink deadly things, lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." See the hour we're living? See what Jesus said?
50 035 Remember this was at the end time, not back under Wesley and back there. Now at the end time this was to take place. Now, watch the Scriptures; let Them testify. Jesus said, "Search the Scriptures, for in them you think (or believe) that you have Eternal Life, and They are the One's that testify of Me." In other words, "If this tree ever brings forth a branch..." "I am the--the Vine, the Tree; ye are the branches; he that believeth in Me, the works that I do shall he do also." St. John 14:12.
51 036 Now, "He that abideth in Me, he that, him that was in My Root at the beginning..." That's the reason Jesus was both the Root and Offspring of David. He was before David, in David, and after David, both Root and Offspring of David, the Morning Star, the Rose of Sharon, and the Lily of the Valley, Alpha and Omega, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. In Him dwells the Fullness of the Godhead bodily, both Root and Offspring of David. "He that is the elected Life, the predestinated Life that's in Me (and He is the Word from the beginning), when he comes forth he will bear My fruits." St. John 14:12. But others will live by the same thing, call themselves Christians and believers. Not all that saith, "Lord, Lord," will enter in. Now, this is to take place and be manifested in the last days when the mysteries of God should be finished (as we'll get to a little later).
52 037 These trees--the true vine and false vine... You've heard me preach on that since--from years ago, how they growed up together. Brought them in individuals and showed that from Cain and Abel, the two vines that met at an altar, both of them religious, both of them anointed, both of them desiring life and worshipping the same God, and one was rejected and the other received. And the only way that the one that was received could've done anything different from his brother, it was revealed to him, for the Bible said, "By faith (Hebrews 11th chapter)--by faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than that of Cain, which God testified that he was righteous." Jesus said (the spiritual revelation of Who He was), "Who does man say I, the Son of man am?" He said--Peter said, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." "Blessed art thou, Simon son of Jonas; flesh and blood never revealed this to you; My Father which is in heaven has revealed it. Upon this rock I'll build My church." What? The true revelation of the Word. There's the True Vine again. "Abel, by faith..."
53 038 You said, "It wasn't a revelation." What is faith? Faith is something that's revealed to you, that is not yet, but you believe it will be. Faith is a revelation of the will of God. So by revelation... And the churches today don't even believe in spiritual revelation. They believe in a dogmatic teaching of some system. "By revelation Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than that of Cain, which God testified he was righteous." Amen. I hope you see that. See where we're living, see the hour?
54 039 I was talking to a--a gentleman not long ago, a Christian scholar and gentleman. He said, "Mr. Branham, we refuse all revelations." I said, "Then you have to refuse Jesus Christ, for He is the revelation of God, God revealed in human flesh." Unless you see it, you're lost. Jesus said, "Except you believe that I am He, you'll die in your sins." He is the revelation of God, the Spirit of God revealed in human form. If you can't believe that, you're lost. If you put Him a third person, second person, or any other person besides God, you're lost. "Except you believe that I'm He, you'll die in your sins." A revelation.
56 040 No wonder they couldn't see Him. "No man could come to Me except My Father draws him. And all the Father has given to Me (in the roots), will come to Me." See? You get it? Oh, how we should love Him, adore Him, praise Him, to see the fruit of the Spirit in the last days in a Bride Tree ripening in the top of the time.
57 041 The true vine and the false vine both had the same anointing. The water fell on both of them. No wonder He warned us it would deceive the very elected if it was possible. Notice. They looked the same; they're anointed the same. But notice, "By their fruit..." How do you knowed it--how do you know that isn't an orange? Because it's bearing a grapefruit. That vine's all right; it's living in the tree; but it's bearing a grapefruit. It isn't like the first one. And if a church says they believe Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever, and deny His power, deny His works, deny His Word... If--if... The church that believes in Jesus Christ will do the works of Jesus Christ; it'll have the Life of Jesus Christ. And if it isn't... No matter if the life is pouring into it, if it isn't predestinated from the roots, it'll bear grapefruit every time or something different. But if it's the predestinated Life in the Roots, it'll bear Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever, if it's the Word coming up through the Root, which He is the Root, the beginning of time.
59 042 Notice. But it's what they produce that tells you the difference. "By their fruit," Jesus said, "you shall know them." Man does not gather grapes off of a thistle even though the thistle be right in the grapevine. That could be possible, but the fruit will tell it. What is the fruit? The Word for the--fruit for the season; that's what it is, their teaching. The teaching of what? The teaching of the season, what time it is--man's doctrine, denominational doctrine, but--or God's Word for the season. Now... The time gets away so quick, that... We could bear on that a long time, but I'm sure that you here present, and I'm sure you across the nation, can see what I'm trying to tell you, for we don't have too much longer to stay on it.
60 043 But you might see that the anointing gets on the unjust, the false teachers, and causes them to do exactly what God told them not to do; but they'll do it anyhow. Why? They cannot help it. How can a thistle be anything else but a thistle? No matter how much good rain's sprinkled on it, it's got to be a thistle. That's the reason Jesus said they'll be so close it would deceive the very elected (which is in the roots), if it were possible. But it ain't possible. A wheat can do nothing but bear wheat; that's all it can bear.
61 044 Notice. Remember, God is not the author of organization. The devil is the author of organization. I've proved that by the Word back and forth and over and over, won't have to go into that this morning. We know that God never did organize people together like that, make a organization. Hundreds of years after the death of the last disciple 'fore they ever had the first organization. It's always proved a failure. If it isn't, why ain't we together in love today, Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Catholic and all? Why ain't the works of God following us, and every church on the same thing, the Word? Those things that separate men, brotherhood... We're farther from God than we ever was--the churches, speaking of.
62 045 Now, we're told that all the old things happened for examples, for our teaching, reproofs, admonitions; that all the old things of the Old Testament happened, foreshadowed to see what would be in the New Testament in our days. Just like, if you'd never seen your hand and you looked up and you seen a shadow on the wall (as my hand would be from the light), if it's got five fingers here in a shadow, when the negative--and you move your hands towards being the positive--towards the--towards the negative, it's got to come to five fingers. As the Bible tells us, that the Old Testament being a shadow, type, of the new things, or the things that was to come, not the very things that is, but it is a shadow, a type of the things that is to come.
63 046 Let us go back and see if this thing ever was in any other age (are you willing?) so we'll know to prove this back and forth by the Word, not by some man's idea, some theory. I don't care who he is, any other man, myself, or anybody else, if he speaks not according to the Law and the Prophets there's no Light in him. See? That's what the Bible said: "Let every man's word be a lie and Mine be true," regardless who it is.
64 047 Now, let's go back and find out if this ever happened to show us an example. We could go back over now in the Book of Exodus and speak of a character named Moses, who was an anointed prophet, sent of God with the Word of God and the will of God for his generation. As God's Word always runs in continuity, He said He did nothing until He revealed it to His prophets first. Then He done it. Now, He cannot lie. He can't lie and be God. No, sir. He's got to remain true. There's not a lie in Him. He's... And He cannot change it. If He does, then He's not God; He made a mistake. He's got to be infinite. And infinite cannot make a mistake. See? So what God ever says, that's eternally right. See? And He promised that. So watch. There's nowhere in the Bible, 'less it follows continuity right to it.
65 048 Now, God had promised Abraham that his seed would be a stranger in a--in a strange land for four hundred years; then He'd bring him out with a great hand of might and power, show His signs and wonders amongst the people that they dwelt with. The time of the promise drew nigh. People had forgot about it. They had Pharisees and Sadducees and so forth, denominations; but all of a sudden there come God along and drawed from--out away from any of them. God never in any day or at any time ever called a prophet out of a denomination (No, sir.); he's so twisted up. He couldn't do it. He'd have to stay with that denomination.
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