It is written in John 1:6:
1:6 "There was 'a man' sent from God, whose name was John."
So We believe that it can be said, and has been said of one man in this Age: "There was a man sent from God, whose name was William Marrion Branham". Like John he came, fulfilled his ministry and then he was called off the scene. Like John, he was despised and rejected by the ecclesiastical conferences and committees of his day. Like John, in his preaching, "the axe was laid to the root of the ecclesiastical tree". He screamed, "O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?" (Matthew 3:7).
Unlike John, God confirmed "The Message" of this man, William Branham, with "all manner" of Signs and Wonders. The SAME Pillar of Fire that led Israel Out of Egypt and descended upon our Lord Jesus Christ, also led this Prophet. The same "Ministry and Sign" which was performed by our Lord Jesus, even the "Mesaiah Sign", was manifested - discerning the thoughts and intents of the heart. I CHALLENGE YOU to read "John 1:45-50" and "John 4:9-29" and "Hebrews 4:12" (note also verses 9-11).
That age had witnessed the "Revealing of the Son Of Man" as promised by the Old Testament Prophets. Our Lord Jesus Christ, in His ministry, immediately follow John the Baptist, Vindicating that John was indeed "A Man Sent From God". BUT in this day, Our Lord Jesus was WITH this man Vindicating that William Branham was "A Man Sent From God" to INTRODUCE Jesus Christ afresh to His elected, predestinated Bride of "This Age". This Age has also witnessed the "Revealing of the Son of Man" According to the promise of Jesus Christ Himself in Luke 17:26-30:
17:26 "As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the 'days' of the Son Of Man.
There's no doubt whatsoever - this Age has witnessed the "REVEALING" of the Son Of Man. Like John, this man, William Branham, in his ministry, has forerun the Second Coming and INTRODUCED Jesus Christ to this Endtime Age. The Mystery of God has been finished (Revelation 10:1-7). The next thing in order now (For the True Believer) is the Resurrection of the Dead and the changing of the living Saints to step into that Dimension of Eternity. The next thing in order for the world in general is "The Great Tribulation and Armageddon".
Since that Prophet has come and that Prophet has gone, WHAT are we to do NOW? Do we just "WAIT" for something to happen? Do we just fall back into the trend of Laodecia? - become rich and increased with numbers and goods; follow a form of godliness, deny the power thereof; and in our daily experience, move further and further away from the "Christ" of the Message? No! A million times NO!
The Prophet of the Age told us that "Rapturing Faith lays in the Messages". In another place he said: "And also in the tapes It will reveal much of It as you study.". Still in other places he exhorted the Believers to "Never lose your enthusiasm"....."Stay simple and humble - God dwells in simplicity" ....."
Bro. Branham Said:
"I believe the church is beginning to hear the Message, and beginning to understand. But friends, listen, we've got to lay in the Presence of the Son, we've got to be ripened. Our faith isn't ripe. Intellectually we're hearing the Message that God has give us, and seeing the signs that He showed us, and proving it by the Bible as that; but, oh, how the church needs to lay in His Presence till it tenders up in the heart, gets sweet in the Spirit so that it can bathe down. .....But when the Church once gets It, the Elected is called out and separated (then in the Presence of God), I know it'll be something like the people was there when it takes its Rapture.
First and foremost we MUST be HUMBLE - manifest a genuine Humble spirit, motive and objective in ALL we do.
Secondly, to get closer to God, we MUST daily read (sincerely) the Scriptures and pray. Thirdly, we MUST Receive the Messenger whom God has sent to this Age. Amos 3:7; 2nd. Chron. 20:20 and John 13:20).
Fourth, we MUST receive and line-up with the Word-Message, brought by that Prophet. That Message will Turn our hearts back to the "True interpretation of the Word for our day"; interpreted, NOT by a denomination, BUT by a VINDICATED PROPHET.
FAITH that pleases God (Hebrews 11:6),
comes by 'Hearing the Word', (Romans 10:17) even the Word
for YOUR DAY. It's a PATTERN we can trace all the
way through the Bible. Consider this:
The Faith that pleased God in the days of Martin Luther, came by 'hearing' the Message "The Just Shall Live By Faith", preached by Luther;
Fifth, we MUST become so "ONE with THAT WORD" (MESSAGE), until 'the WORD is made flesh in us' - then we're ready for the Rapture.
Like Timothy, and the ministering brethren of his day, so also let the ministering brethren of this Age be exhorted to "Study the Word for THIS AGE, showing themselves approved unto God, workmen that needeth not to be ashamed, RIGHTLY Dividing the Word Of Truth (the Message of the Hour)".
In 1958, in a message called, "WHY ARE WE NOT A DENOMINATION?, Brother Branham said...
"The Holy Spirit speaking out how those gifts would be working in the last days. Now, we've got gifts of healing working. Oh, it's going good. Well, brother, there's other gifts! That's just one of them. That's just a little minor thing. Well, here's a far greater gift right here. Which would be the best, the gift of the Holy Ghost of wisdom to put the Word of God together and to show the church where we're standing, than just to get somebody healed? We all want to be well; but I'd rather have my soul well, than my body well, anytime. Oh, my! Hear the Holy Spirit speaking through John on Patmos, said, "Here's to the wisdom, let him listen to This."
In another Message entitled,
"WHAT IS THE ATTRACTION ON THE MOUNTAIN?, the Prophet said:
"The trustees decide who is the next man to make the tapes...That's all I know about it. They take care of that, because I can't even dedicate babies let alone take care of tapes, or baptize. So I've got my mind set on this Message. That's that Third Pull, and it's the one I must be loyal and reverent to."
If the Prophet of God had to be loyal and reverent to the "Third Pull - Message of the Hour", how much more ought the ministry today, be loyal and reverent to it. Night and day our minds must be sit on this Message. It's not to be taken lightly. Such an attitude will never bring us to Rapturing Faith. you'll find it when you seek it "with ALL your heart, soul, mind and body".
In 1963, in a
Message called, THE INDICTMENT, Brother Branham said:
Today man walk ignorantly; they don't know that's the Truth. They think it's some kind of a ism. They don't dig down deep enough to get into the spirit of revelation. They don't pray enough; they don't call upon God enough. They just lightly take it, "Oh, well, I believe it's God. Sure!" The devil believes the same thing. The devil believes it more than some people claim to believe; the devil believes it and trembles. People just believe it and go on, but the devil trembles, knowing his judgment is coming. And people believe it and don't pay no attention the judgment that's coming.
In a Message called "Perfect Faith" (1963) he said: "Now, these are real deep lessons, and I will catch the top of it, then 'you' dig down in it. See?"
The ministering brethren of this hour have a tremenduous responsibility placed upon them. "Oh, brother, listen! What time are we living in? What's the age? What's the hour that we're in? It's NOT time for these things that they're talking about. THAT"S PASSED. Judgement is on hand NOW. You can see it breaking. You remember "The Rock" upon the mountain? Judgment hour! You remember the Vision of the Bride? Just keep her in step. Don't let her get out of step."
In this late hour each individual Believer must needs be found sitting under the ministry of a Pastor. The Prophet said, "You will go no further than your Pastor" and "He's ordained to lead you through". Get under a ministry that is digging into the heigher heights and deeper depths of the Glorious Endtime Message. "Man and women, it's time to shake yourselves and examine yourselves, and see where we are standing." Amen!
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