Откровение Иисуса Христа
The Revelation Of Jesus Christ
1 Thank you very much, Brother Neville. May be seated. I believe it was said once, that, "I was happy when they said unto me, 'Let us go into the house of the Lord.'"
Now, we are sorry that we don't have room, or seating room, for all that are present, and perhaps will grow through the coming week, of people coming in, hearing of the meeting.
But the reason for this special time was that we would... Upon my heart the Holy Spirit had laid this warning of conviction that the church in this day should have this message. Because I believe that it is the most outstanding messages of the Bible, because it reveals Christ in His church at this time.
And then no one can have faith or know what they're doing or where they're going, unless they have some something to base their thoughts and faith upon. Therefore, if the Scripture has revealed Christ to us in these last days and the condition of times, it would do us good to--to search it and find out where we're at.
5 Now, we're--we're sorry that our church is not larger; someday we're hoping to have it.
And these last four days, especially, studying for this, upon the historical part of the--of the Book of Revelations, I have run into things that I never thought was really ever happened. And it's even brought to me a--a feeling that, after this Seven Church Ages, I have been through that, I would like to have another such series of bringing up the--the true church and the false church together and just through the history and Scripture; as one time I endeavored on a sermon to take the true vine and the false vine found in the Bible.
7 And we are--we're going to try to get some chairs. While I'm thinking of it, and the people trying to be seated, we're going to get--try to get some more chairs to try to fill up the rooms back here and out, and some more around, so that we can seat a few more people during the services.
8 Now, on this, I would ask each one of you who are really concerned about these things would--would come every time that we are going to--to explain it. Now, I would not undertake, or did I think myself [Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.]... undertake to [Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.] this great Book of the Revelation... [Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.]... of the Seven Church Ages. But I am depending solemnly upon God for--for to reveal it to me just as I come to it.
The natural history, which is of the--taken from the most outstanding historians that I know of... I have laying in my study room right now about five or six commentaries, Hislop's "Two Babylons," Foxe's "Book of the Martyrs," and other great books like the "Pre-Nicene Council," about four books on that, around four hundred pages in each book. And there the Nicene Council, and all the history that we can, because behind this, from the magnetic tape, we're going to write a commentary on the Seven Church Ages to send to all the world, if we can, because we are in the last days. We are at the end time.
10 It never dawned upon my heart so much until the--the last election, and then I seen where we were at. And the Holy Spirit begin to reveal to me to--to warn the people and to place this. And I cannot do it in a--a church like this sufficiently. And then if I set down and just wrote the book... I feel that if I got to the pulpit, and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit amongst the Christians came upon me to help me, then I would be more sufficient to write the book then, after I took it off the tape, because there we'd get the inspiration of it.
The books, of course, will be kinda straightened up a little, because in here we put things in that we could not put in the book. And then we... And we'd take too much time on repeating ourselves, that I do, and then in the book it'll all be straightened out. But we're going to try to get it all, as much as we can, on tapes.
11 Now, the tapes, each night, and literature and so forth, the boys will have it just out the building there.
Now, I may not be able each night, as we have taken upon ourselves to try for the glory of God, to--to bring these seven church messages, or Seven Church Ages in seven nights, taking each night an age: like Monday night, Ephesus; Tuesday night, Smyrna; Wednesday night, Pergamos; Thursday night, Thyatira; Friday night, Sardis; and Saturday night, Philadelphia; and Sunday morning and Sunday night, the Laodicean, the church age that we're living in, giving the historical of the original church, and the--and the writers, and the historians, and the angels of that age, and--and the messages, and the run of the church as it's come down through to this time. And it's amazing to see how every prediction of that Scripture hits solid with history. Just exactly to the thought of it... It even amazed me so much, till yesterday I had read till it felt like my eyes were swelling out.
And I come out and I said to wife, "I have never dreamed of it being that way," (See?), how great it was.
14 And now, sometime I may not be able to get it all over in one night, the church, the message to the church. And if I cannot get it over at night, then the next morning at ten o'clock. Will be announced each night, to those who wants to come and listen at the rest of it, 'cause we're going to try get it on the tape. I will have services then from ten o'clock at morning on till noon in the daytime, to try to get it out (the rest of the message), 'cause they can catch it on the tape. And not...
We've announced that there won't be any healing services because that we're trying to keep under the prophetic utterance of the Bible. Then we had a healing service just recently here. And then after this services are over, then we'll have a healing services again back at the place.
16 And now, I want to make this real clear so everybody can remember, that now, in here, it may cut and pull and give us all a great shaking. But I'm responsible, not for--for nothing but preaching the Word, that--that's all, just--just holding right to the Word. And many times it might... And these church ages might reflect upon somebody's denomination. And if it does that, it's not meant to be with harshness. It--it is just stating what the Scripture has said, and the revelation I have of It. And if you think that I'm wrong in it, then do not hold it against me; just pray for me that God will show me what is right; for I certainly want to be right.
And then another thing, realizing that the responsibility that I have in--in such a meeting as this, that teaching the people, that the Holy Spirit will hold me responsible for the words that I say in this pulpit. So you see how solemnly we approach this.
18 Now, our... I would've had this out somewhere else, but being that it's teaching, then in our--out in the evangelistic services, every one of us has a--an idea, or--or discernment, or like has been through the age, and we have our own churches, and what our churches taught us, and what we believe. We... I don't like to go in someone else's church, or among people like that, and say something that's contrary to what people has been taught. For after all, I've clearly tried to make my statements that a... If a man is a Catholic, and he's depending on the Catholic church for salvation, he's lost. If he's a Baptist, depending on the Baptist church, he's lost. Or a Pentecostal, depending on the Pentecostal church to save him, he's lost. But... And any church... But if that individual is solemnly resting upon faith in the finished works of Christ at Calvary, he's saved; I don't care what church he belongs to, "Because by faith are you saved, and that by grace."
19 Now, sometimes in doing this... Then I think in my own little building here that we started many years ago, just with an old--a bunch of concrete blocks and things... And it's kind of a sacred spot to us. We hate it--just hate to see it changed, in one way, because this is where God first begin to meet with us, when we even didn't have a floor in it. But it's--it's got to a place now till it's getting old and we're in a building--building program here to fill this block with a church here.
Now, until then, I feel that when I come back off of the field where I won't hurt brethren and--or, messages and so forth, then it gives me the right to express my own opinion out--out of my--out of the pulpit here. And so if you say, "I have been taught a little different, I would..." And then, in this we just invite anybody that wants to come. See, there's nobody sponsoring it or anything; it's the Tabernacle here. And anybody that wants to come, just welcome to come; just come right on. So I invite you to bring your Bible every meeting and bring a pencil and paper.
21 And now, with all the commentaries and so forth, I could not have brought all the books, so I just wrote--write down each time upon paper here, little notes from history and commentaries and so forth, that I might be able to just read it from the--the notes here instead of having the book and turning to the pages. However, when it comes to the Scripture, we'll use the Bible. And then in the commentary, I'll explain, or the history, who the historian was that said it, and so forth. Then in the... 'Course, in the event of the coming book, why, then we can type it up all right then and get everything the--did all right.
22 Now, we will do everything that we can to start early and let out as early as possible. And it'll be eight day's meetings, Sunday through Sunday.
This morning I am starting the 1st chapter of Revelation, of the Book of Revelations, and Revelations is set in three parts. And first three chapters is what we'll be dealing with in these eight days, when one church age could take us a month. But we'll just have to hit the high places, as we call it; then when you get the book, it'll be written out more in detail.
24 Now, Revelations the first three chapters deals with the church; then the church disappears; we see it no more until the end time. From Revelations 1 to 3 is the church; Revelation 4 to 19 is Israel a nation; and 19 to 22 is both together, and the plagues and the warnings and so forth at the end: set in three parts. See? And we're taking the first three chapters pertaining to the church, and the church age that we're living in.
Now, first it may seem kinda dry because we have to go back and make a foundation. I've prayed, and studied, and done everything that I could to try to--to get the feeling of the Holy Spirit, which a-way to set this that the people will see it, and that you might, in seeing it, be enlightened and cause you to come closer to Christ, for we're at the end time.
26 And it's such a marvelous thing, as I've been studying the histories, to find how that church begin, and how it pulled off, and what taken place, and to see that little Seed of God move through every one of those ages, completely go out, nearly, in one place.
Now, tomorrow night we'll begin and have a--have a--a chart here; not a chart, but a blackboard that I want to kind of teach it from a blackboard. I believe the Sunday school teacher, one of them has a blackboard. I see it in the back. I'm going to have the janitor bring it up, put it here in the front so I can teach from that blackboard, and write it out so you'd be sure, and you can draw it on your paper, and so forth, and get it close as we can bring it.
28 But I want to just say this before starting. To see the beginning of the church age, and to see how the apostles, the doctrines, and things that they taught, and the principles of the Bible, and then to see that church, about the second round of apostles, how it begin to fade away: the real, true teaching. The third round, getting way away; by the fourth round it had faded out into a--a lukewarm. The church brought forth a lukewarm church.
And then a Spirit-filled church... Which I say this with godly respects to every man's religion: from the beginning to this time, the real true church has been a Pentecostal church. It is true; God has reserved this church.
And I often wonder, when Jesus made the remark, said, "Fear not, little flock, it's your Father's good will to give you the Kingdom." I often wondered what that meant, but I understand it now.
31 Last week we had a meeting at Shreveport, Louisiana, the greatest spiritual meeting I ever went into in my life: Shreveport.
I was--had a couple days of vacation, and I went down in Kentucky with a Brother Wood here, one of the deacons of the church, or trustees, rather, to hunt. And we went into the woods.
I'd shot the first squirrel, and I said, "I'll just wait," because someone come through with some dogs. And I said, "I'll just wait till the squirrels come back out of the holes and run up in the trees in the holes and hid." Now, I said, "When they come out... I'll set here and wait." Because it was real cold and frosty, and ears a-burning, and, you know, the--the keen winds coming through the hollows. I said, "I'll just wait till the squirrels come back out."
34 No more than set down, until the Holy Spirit said, "Rise, and go up in the place that you call Sportsman's Hollow,' there I'll speak with you."
And I went up into this place that I named "Sportsman's Hollow." Because the reason I named those hollows myself, so I'd know where I was at. "Sportsman's Hollow" was because they had... I went in there and saw sixteen squirrels setting on one tree, shot the limit, left the rest of them there, went away (and that's the sport, the thing to do); so then I call it Sportsman's Hollow.
And He referred to me, "The place that you called 'Sportsman's Hollow,'" not that He called it, but I called it that.
Then I went up at the head of that hollow and set down under a white oak tree and waited about a half hour; nothing happened. I laid myself on the ground, prostrated myself on the ground, laid my hands out. Then He spoke to me.
And when He did, the Words that He revealed to me on this very Scripture that we're coming to this morning, I'd never seen it before in all my life.
And then when I got to Shreveport, Louisiana, a woman, who is a gifted woman, her name is Mrs. Shrader...
40 Many years ago when the Angel of the Lord had met me down here at the river the first time, and appeared in that Light, and the Words that He spoke there; eleven years later, when I walked into a meeting, this little woman rose and spoke in tongues and interpreted. It was word for word the same thing that Angel said.
And this same little woman, when I walked into the tabernacle at--or the place at Shreveport that we were in, the Life Tabernacle, the Holy Spirit moved on that woman and said word for word what He said to me up there on the hill. Then the Spirit begin to move and give interpretation, foretelling things by the revelation, by prophecy, the things that would to happen in the meeting the following night; and not one time did it fail.
Before that, a little woman stood up in the meeting, a Baptist woman come over there not knowing what she could do. And she was standing in the midst of the meeting, and the Holy Spirit fell on her, and she begin to speak with tongues, a Baptist woman from the First Baptist church at Shreveport; and then she didn't know what she had did. And then before she could say anything, the Holy Spirit give the interpretation, said, "THUS SAITH THE LORD, 'Within three months there'll be the Spirit of Moses, Elijah, and Christ, ministering in this tabernacle.'" There it happened, perfectly.
43 A Baptist man from Meridian, Mississippi, started to lay his hand on his refrigerator to get something out of the refrigerator, and the Spirit of God come upon him; and he spoke in tongues, not knowing what he was doing. And before he got--could understand what he was doing, the Holy Spirit spoke back and said, "Go to Shreveport, Louisiana; My servant will tell you what to do." See?
And he come there, said, "I don't understand this, never happened before." Oh, my. We are living in the last days just before the coming of the Lord.
46 That little church has been always in the minority, the Pentecostal. Now, I am not meaning the denominational Pentecostals; I'm not meaning... And--but the people with the Pentecostal experience... Pentecost is not an organization, Pentecost is an experience that goes to whosoever will: Catholic, Jew, Proselyte, Methodists, Baptists, whosoever will, let him come. It's an experience that the individual... God doesn't deal with a denomination, neither does He deal in the Gentiles as a--a race or a people; He deals with individuals. Whosoever will, let him be white, black, yellow, brown, Methodist, Baptist, Protestant, Catholic, whatever he is, let him come, whosoever. I'm so glad He made it that way. I...
Like the fellow said once, "I'd rather He'd say that than to call my name, 'Let William Branham come,' 'cause there might be more than one William Branham. But when He said, 'Whosoever,' I know that took me."
So that's the way we can all feel, "Whosoever will, let him come."
49 Now, I know there's many people waiting out here in the hotels and motels, that come in from around the world. See? Oh, here's people here from Ireland and different places, waiting for these appointments. But I can't catch it right now. I want to give my time to this; you understand.
When I come back off these trips, I'll usually come back to have a--to a--have a--someone to minister to, because they keep the appointments. But right now we have to let them go because of this.
51 Now, just one thing before we start on this Book. At the beginning was a Pentecostal church. And that Pentecostal church moved out in the power of the Spirit and wrote a Book of Acts. The second round, it begin to dwindle; the church become formal. Second church age, it was real formal, but that little seed of Pentecost kept coming on, the spiritual. Then it went into a place of dark ages, of about fourteen hundred years and something of a dark persecution; that little Pentecostal age kept living on through that. How it survived it, don't ask me; it was a hand of God, the only thing that could've done it.
Because they pegged them down to posts. And took the men and turned them over a--a stump, and took wooden pegs, and drove in their legs, and let the animal, dogs, eat them from the back, pull their intestines through them, before they even died. Taken women, cut off their breasts with a snip like that, their right breast, and stand and let that blood just flow out till their life would go out of them. Took the babies from the expectant mothers and fed them to the dogs and hogs while they were looking at them. Supposingly to be Christianity, but the Bible said, and Jesus said, "It would come to pass that they would kill you, thinking they were doing God a service." See?
53 And now, that thing creeped down until another age. Then finally it come out. Then we notice as the church become out in the reformation. It's pulled off and pulled off from that time, and got away from the Spirit, got away from the Spirit, right on down until this last age when it's ready to consolidate itself and make an image unto the beast. But that little Spirit shall live in the hearts of people until Jesus comes. It's got to be.
Bear that in mind, we'll draw it out on the maps, take the history and everything, and show you that it's exactly that way. Let you take the history yourself and read it, see what the Bible said and then what the history said, see how it meets just exactly like that.
Oh, may we all not just take this as a lecture, but may we solemnly, solemnly take the warnings of the Holy Spirit and pray day and night. Don't let nothing stop you from praying.
57 We get in and dig up the lives of those great men back in there, how they sacrificed. You'll see how little you've done. Makes me feel ashamed of myself sometimes, how we have to have everything so easy; they had everything so hard. "Wandered about," Paul said in Hebrews 11, "in sheepskins and goat skins, tormented and afflicted, destitute." What will our testimony stand up aside of theirs? How will it be up the side of that? And we have to have everything so nice.
58 Now, just in respects before we open the Book, I'd like for us all who can, just stand for a moment for prayer. Now, with the sincerity of your heart, breathe a word of prayer for--to God.
Lord God, the Creator of the heavens and earth, the Author of Everlasting Life, and the Giver of all good and perfect gifts, we would ask You, Lord, first to forgive us of all of our indifferences and our sins and our trespasses against Thee and against one another and our fellowman.
May this little time of coming together not only be for the edifying of our own souls, but may it be to enlighten us in such a way and inspire us till we'll go tell others. May it be a time of rededication, uniting with the full body of Christ and being ready for the rapture.
Father God, not by my own feelings, knowing that Thy servant and all other servants are insufficient for this great task... Realizing how great men gone by has took upon their hearts to try to reveal this, or to comment upon the great Revelation; then we realize that we're more than they are, insufficient. But Thou art our Sufficiency.
62 And I pray, heavenly Father, that You will do something special during this time, that the Holy Spirit will have preeminence in every heart; circumcise the lips that speak and the ears that hear. And when this is all over, and we dedicate it to You, may we walk from under the threshold of this house, saying, "It was good for us to be there; the Holy Spirit spoke to us while we were setting there. And now we are determined to do all we can while the evening Lights are shining." Grant it, Lord.
May, during this meeting, cause men and women to take ahold newly. May you raise up speakers with tongues, interpreter of tongues. May You raise up gifts of prophecy. Raise up preachers, pastors, evangelists, so forth, that the church might be edified. Raise missionaries to go into the field yonder and bring forth this glorious Gospel. Wherever the Word shall go, may It fall into good ground, bringing forth a hundredfold; for we believe that we're at the end of the age; the consummation is near.
Grant these things, Father. And above all things, Lord, at this time, help Thou me, the needy one. For I ask it as I commit myself to Thee for these services, in Jesus Christ's Name. Amen.
65 [A sister speaks in another tongue. A brother gives an interpretation--Ed.]
Mighty God, Who raised up Jesus from the dead, we are so glad to know that Your Spirit dwells among us. Always is He true and never a word of untruth. And now, Father, confirm further Thy Word as we read, for Your glory. And may every heart, as You have said, "Be prepared and ready, for there will come forth something." It may be the people will receive their last warning to turn from the things that they now do unto the way of right. We thank Thee, holy God, in the Name of Thy Son, the Lord Jesus. Amen.
67 Turning now to the Book of the Revelation, 1st chapter... Now, the first I want to read the first three verses of Revelations.
68 As I have said before now, in this we're going to try to give a little breakdown now of the Book, according to the histories and so forth. And each time when you see me referring to pages that I have written here, it's stuff that I have taken from commentaries and so forth.
Now, the writer of this Book is John, Saint John the Divine, wrote to the future generations (A). (B) Directed to the seven angels of the seven distinct periods of the Christian age, a age from the days of the apostles to the coming of the Lord. And the... Now, the ages appear in succession, each one, from the ascension of our Lord to His coming again. Each church age is the--described of its spiritual condition. (E) Each church age can behold itself by its Scriptural and spiritual speaking unto them; as the Spirit speaks, each age can behold itself. Each age bore the true vine of Christ, the wise virgin; and each age bore the grafted vine, the foolish virgins.
70 Historians agree (This is John's life.) John lived the last of his years in the city of Ephesus and died there. He was on the Isle of Patmos at the time he wrote the Book Revelation. It was not the story of his life, but the story of Christ in future ages. See, It was a prophecy. Not the life of John, not the life of Christ, but prophesying of a age to come. It was not his prophetic utterances; but the Lord's exaltations, solemnly. It was not the Revelation of Saint John the Divine, but the Revelation of Christ the Lord.
It is the last Book of the New Testament. Yet it tells the beginning and the end of the dispensation of the Gospels. Got Bible scholars agreeing...
The letters to the seven church ages were written prophetically to the future ages. Paul wrote of the life and glory of the seven churches present in his day. John wrote of the life and glory of the seven churches in the future, that John was addressed to the seven pastors or messengers as directly--all Christians under these seven different angels.
73 Now, the Book of Revelations. Now, we're going to take, as we break this down for this morning and this evening, and we'll try to let out about eleven o'clock and eleven-thirty, something like that, and then begin again tonight at seven.
74 And now, the contents of this 1st chapter:
The 1st verse, it is really speaks for Itself because it is the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
2nd verse: Saint John the Divine is the scribe and servant.
3rd verse: the blessings pronounced.
The 4th through the 6th verse: the salute to the church.
The 7 verse: the announcements.
The 8th verse: the supreme Deity of Jesus Christ.
The 9th to the 20 verse: the Patmos vision.
And also the 14th and 15th verses describes His sevenfold glory of His Person. Oh, it's beautiful when we see Christ in His sevenfold Personages of His--sevenfold Beings of His Personages in His glorious resurrection.
76 Now, the title describes the character.
Not the revelation of Saint John the Divine, but the Revelation of Jesus Christ the Son of God...
Now, the Greek word for revelation is the "apocalypse," which means "the unfolding." And I was taking that word and searching it; it means... The "apocalypse" is to... Like a sculpture has made a great statue, and he's got it covered by a veil. And then he goes and tears back this veil and reveals what he has behind the veil. It's an uncovering.
And this Book is not the uncovering of, so much, the Person of Jesus Christ (yet it certainly speaks of His Deity and His sevenfold Personage, and also of the things that He is, like Priest, King, and so forth), but it is the revealing of the future of His works in His seven church ages that's coming on. It...
80 When our Lord was on earth, the disciples asked Him and said, "Master, will You at this time restore the kingdom back to Israel?"
And Jesus said that, "It's not for you to know this hour or time." And no one would know, said even the Son, as yet, did not know." But after His death, burial, and resurrection, and ascension into glory, He receives from God the future of the church. Then He returned back to bring this Message to the church, and this message of His coming and the condition of His churches down through the age.
He could not do it before His death, burial, and resurrection, because He had not yet knew it. But did you notice how the Scripture reads here?
How that God the Father gave the revelation to His Son Jesus Christ. And He sent His Angel to John to signify these things which was--which was, which is, and which shall be. Oh, it's set beautifully.
85 Now, in this great coming age that John saw... Now, these... This Revelation was given to him strictly to unveil the specific purpose of Christ, what He would be and be like in every age. That's the reason I said this morning: keep your mind on the true church. The true church begin on the day of Pentecost.
There's no theologian, Bible scholar, or historian, can ever say that it begin in the days of Martin Luther, Wesley, Catholic age, or any other age. It begin at Pentecost, that was the inauguration of the church. That was the beginning. So therefore, in a discussion with anybody, stand at that gate of Pentecost, and they cannot go nowhere else.
87 Just like putting a rabbit in a field. You know where every hole is, so you got it stopped up; he'll have to come right back to this same place where he come in at.
Well, that's the way anyone talking about churches and church ages and works of the Holy Spirit; you'll have to come back to the original beginning. It's got to come back to there, because God is infinite and He's omnipotent. Therefore, Him being infinite, He cannot do something here and do something contrary to it over here. He's got to do each time like He did it the first time.
Like Peter said on the day of... When the Gentiles received the Holy Spirit, he said, "Can we forbid water, seeing that they have received the Holy Ghost like we did at the beginning?"
90 Jesus, when He was on earth, spoke and said, "It..."
Someone come and said, "Is it lawful for us to put away our wives for any cause?"
Jesus said, "He that made male, made female; for this cause a man shall..."
He said, "But Moses suffered us a writing of divorcement."
Jesus said, "It wasn't so from the beginning." Go back to the beginning. Therefore, if we're going to talk on the church age, we've got to go back to the beginning, laying aside every statement that any man has made down through the age.
96 This is the most official Book of any Book in the Bible. This is the only Book that Christ put His seal upon. It starts off with a blessing and ends with a curse. "Blessed is he that readeth, and cursed is he that takes anything out of It."
It's the only Book that Christ wrote Himself of the whole Bible, the Ten Commandments He wrote with His fingers; that's right. And Jews held onto that. And today it's the--the Revelation.
And if Satan hates any Book in the Bible, it's the Revelation. There's two... He hates all Scripture, and it's--the whole canon of Scripture. But if anything, he despises mostly, is Revelations and Genesis; because Genesis tells the beginning; Revelation reveals what's going to happen to him in the last days. He's going to be bound a thousand years. Then him and the false prophet and the beast is going to be throwed alive into the lake of fire.
And he'll attack the Book of Genesis upon it--its being authentic. He'll say that, "It--it is not authentic." He'll stir the minds of people. Watch where the Devil lays that Book of Genesis or the Book of Revelations, the first and the last.
100 And the Book of Revelations has more symbols in it than all the rest of the Books in the Bible. It has more symbols because it is a Book of prophecy. It's a prophetic Book. Therefore it has to be understood by a prophetic class. This Book is not meant for everybody. There's nobody can understand it hardly. This Book is made for a certain class of people. On over in Deuteronomy It says, "The hidden things belong to the--the Lord." That is right. And He reveals to us, His children, the hidden things. So it doesn't go...
The carnal mind cannot comprehend them great things of the Scripture, because it's foolish to them. But to the ones who are lovers of the Word of God, that's who the Book was written to: to the church: The Revelation of Jesus Christ to the church at Ephesus, to the church of Smyrna, to the church, to the churches on down: the Revelation of Jesus Christ to the church. I like that.
102 And notice, it also is the consummation of the Scriptures, the complete consummation. And it's geographically placed at the right place, at the end of the Bible. The Revelation of the whole thing placed back here with a blessing to who reads It and hears It, with a curse to them that'll add to or take away... It's the complete canon, oh, the Absolute, nothing can be added to It. And when a man tries to take anything away from It or add anything to It, God said He'd take the same part out of the Book of Life. See? He would take his part from the Book, if he added to It.
Therefore, when we see the manifold revelation of our Lord, Who He is, what He is, if any person shall add something to That or take anything away from It, it's a false prophecy. Many has tried to say they had something later than that. But That is the complete Revelation of the Lord Jesus in His church age and in His days: a revelation of our Lord.
Now--now, unveiling, the Greek word, something that's been hid, un--un--reveal--revealing Christ.
105 Now, the next verse, we find in the 2nd verse... The 1st verse is unveiling Christ, the revelation or the uncovering. Oh, how the last age and the coming of the Lord was--un--was covered up to the apostles. They asked the question, but only one lived to have the revelation; and still he didn't understand it, because the history was not yet made.
Now, the history of this Book, or the--the context of this Book was directed to the seven churches in Asia Minor that then was. It was directed to those seven churches. There were more churches than those seven at that day, but each one of those churches were significant--significant about the characteristic in that church that would follow it down through the age, the characteristic of that church. Like of Ephesus, it had a characteristic; Smyrna, Pergamos, and on down, Philadelphia, each one of those churches had a characteristic in it that would appear again in the ages to come.
108 Oh, if you could only... Any man can see the--the spiritual application of the Scriptures and could say that they wasn't inspired... Your very action, the very motives, the very objectives of the people, why, it proves that the Scripture is inspired. To see how God applies those things... Just what you do, here is a type of something.
Like Abraham offering up Isaac, his only son, a type of God giving His Son hundreds of years later. How that Joseph was sold and in prison, hated of his brothers, and loved of His father: Jesus, in type. How the Spirit worked through Joseph, a man, and simply typed the life of Christ, perfectly. How David... The Son of David set on the same mountain... When David was rejected as king and went up over the hill, Mount of Olives, looking back, weeping, as a rejected King... A few hundred years after that, the Son of David climbed the same hill as a rejected King and wept over Jerusalem: the Spirit in type and form.
110 Oh, then can you see the great Pentecostal church in this last days? Can you see how God inaugurated it at the day of Pentecost, that that Spirit should remain in the church through all ages. They got formal and indifferent. They had to have a denomination. They had to unite church and state together, and they finally did it and caused hundreds of years of persecution. Then the reformation, they come out... And each year, they been cutting off from the Spirit and adding on to the natural, off of the Spirit and adding on to the natural, until now they're just ready to do it again. We're living in these last closing hours, the consummation of the church. We are in the Philadelphia--or the Laodicean church age.
111 Now, the 1st chapter, 1st verse, was introduced to--to John. Now, who is the writer? John--John. It was not a revelation of John, and we know that it wasn't, because it was the revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ. He was--he was chosen for a disciple. And the--the Book Itself reveals the thing, that it was Jesus Christ to Who He was revealing.
And It was sent to the--and signified this by His angel unto John. We do not know who the angel was. The Bible doesn't say who the angel was. But we know that it was a prophet, 'cause the Bible later said that "I, Jesus have sent My angel to testify of these things which must shortly come to pass."
113 Then we find out that when John started to worship the angel, the angel said, "See that you do it not." Revelations 22, I believe it is. And he said, "For I am of Thy fellow servants and of the prophets." It might've been Elijah. It might've been one of the prophets. John was an apostle, but this prophet was sent. And John being an apostle... Look at the nature of the rest of his epistles; prove that it wasn't John wrote it, because it has no nature like John. Take I John and II John, so forth, and read it. And look at the nature of that, then look at the nature of this. John was a writer and was an apostle, but this is the spirit of a prophet. It's a different person altogether. See? Wasn't John's writing, wasn't John's revelation; It was God's revelation of Jesus Christ to the churches. And it had... John was just a writer, the scribe, and--and the Book declares the same.
Now, it wasn't addressed to John; It was a--addressed to the church. All right. John at that time was the pastor of the Ephesian church. And now, the Book is addressed to John--or to the church, not to John.
115 Now, the 3rd verse He announces the blessings; listen at this.
What time is at hand? The time these things take place, when this Revelation of Jesus Christ is completed in each church age.
Now, the reason He wrote it like this, if he'd have said... Well, now, if he'd... They was looking for Him to... If it'd been revealed. If he--it would've been revealed to John that He was going to come as soon as those churches there was finished... That's the way John thought it. But if it was, them churches, as soon as they was finished, they come... If he knew, if it had been revealed to him there was going to be seven long church ages, several thousand years, or several hundreds of years, then there wouldn't be no reason of waiting, they'd just live their church age out.
Therefore, God spoke it and it wasn't revealed to them. It wasn't revealed to Martin Luther, the things that John Wesley knew about the Scripture. It isn't revealed to the Baptists what the Pentecostals knows about Scripture. Because it's in a different age; it's a different time, and God reveals His things just in the season.
Oh, you can't plant corn in the springtime and reap at the same time. You plant a seed and it grows to maturity. God plants His Word, and then It grows right out, and then we look back and say, "There It was." Why, sure, we see It after It's been revealed.
120 Now, "Blessed..." the word, the announcement of the blessing (on the 3rd verse) to them that read or hear its mysteries... Make... The carnal mind shuns it, because the carnal mind knows nothing about it. No wonder it--the carnal mind doesn't know it, because it's Satan in that carnal mind; and Satan is exposed, and Satan does not want himself exposed.
Did you notice how horrible it is for Satan when he thinks he's going to be exposed? Watch in one of the services; watch the action of the people. You watch that on my meeting. Just before Satan's going to be exposed over a certain person, you can see their face changing. You see, they don't know what to think. All at once the Holy Spirit comes down and exposes that devil. Oh, he hates that kind of a meeting. That's the reason we've had such a battle, because the Word of God exposes the Devil. See? It tells what he is.
122 Like you say, "This woman setting here," under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, say, "her name is Miss Jones. She come from So-and-so." What does that do? It picks up her spirit, brings it up to a place.
"How'd he know me? That man doesn't know me, so it must be some spirit. What kind of a spirit is it?"
"It's the Spirit of God."
"How? What's the matter with me?"
"You have tuberculosis, cancer," whatever it is, "but THUS SAITH THE LORD..." Oh. Oh, how Satan hates that, because It exposes him.
Now, the carnal mind looks on, says, "Mind reading, mental telepathy." They don't know. It's foolish to them. But to those who know what it is, oh, what a blessing. What is it? A revelation. A revelation of Who? Of the man on the pulpit? Of Jesus Christ in this last church age, revealing Himself like He promised that He would do. It's a revelation. See? And Satan hates that. My, how he hates it. He's exposed, exposes his plans.
Satan hates the Revelations and Genesis, I got wrote down here. That is exactly true. Now, why does he hate a revelation? Why is he so against revelation? Is because that the entire canon of God's Word and God's church is solemnly built upon revelation. It'll never be through a--a school. No matter how many fine seminaries we have, they're way back in the dimmed age. The Bible and the church is absolutely a revelation.
132 Let us turn... I've got some Scriptures wrote down here, Matthew the--the 16th chapter, and the 18th verse. Let's just take a little look at Matthew 16:18, see where the Scriptures is--where it's the revelation. Coming down from the mountain, the 17th verse...
133 Now, the Catholic church says He built it upon Peter. Well, that--that's really carnal thinking. You couldn't imagine a spiritual mind comprehending such a thing as that, as God, with His own Son standing there, and yet would build His church upon a common, ordinary, sin-born man. The man proved it. He, with that same spirit upon him, he cursed Jesus and denied Him right to His face. It wasn't Peter, or neither was it a--a rock that was laying there, as some churches claim it was; was not a rock, 'cause Peter... The rock that He was speaking about there, was not Peter neither was it Himself.
Now, many of the Protestant people try to say, "It was Jesus. It was Him that He built the church upon: He." No, that's still wrong. If you notice, it was not Jesus, neither was it Peter; it was the revelation. "Flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father which is in heaven has done this revelation."
136 Look. I want to ask you. In the garden of Eden there was no Scriptures written. And then the two boys, Cain and Abel, and they both wanted to make a sacrifice and to find favor with God. When they did so, Cain come and built an altar; Abel built an altar. Well, if that's all God requires, God will be unjust to condemn Cain. All right. Then Cain made a sacrifice; so did Abel. Both of them made a sacrifice. Cain worshipped, and so did Abel. Cain did everything that Abel did.
So if going to church, belonging to church, making sacrifices, and praying, and worshipping God is all God requires, then God would be unjust to condemn Cain for doing exactly what He said to do.
138 But, you see, Abel, by a revelation, he knowed that it wasn't fruit that brought them out of the garden of Eden, as many carnal minds think today. Abel come and offered the fruit of the land, and God refused it, but it was revealed... I mean Cain did, excuse me. Cain offered the fruit of the land, 'cause he thought that's what brought them out of the garden of Eden. Watch that revelation. Watch the disagreement with it. Watch how it hurts today. But it was not fruit that brought them out. Eve never eat no apples. Certainly. How did she realize she was naked, if eating apples? It pertained to the sexual life: had to.
139 Now, we take that as a study, and we have, get back into... They haven't got one Scripture.
Some of them say, "Well, she said, 'I got a son from the Lord.'" Yes, sir; so did the prostitute; God has to make all life. But it's a perverted life; look at the nature of that boy. He was of his daddy, the Devil: hatred, mean, murder. See?
And then how Abel... When they--his parents probably told them that it--it... The trees had fruit on it and so forth. But it was revealed to Abel. Abel went and got a lamb for blood, taking life, not a fruit tree, bringing apples, and bananas and pears. "But Abel, by a spiritual revelation," Hebrews 11, "offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice, God testifying of it, for it was revealed to him by faith."
143 That's where God built His church. "For flesh and blood never revealed This to... (You never learned it in a seminary. Somebody never taught It to you somewhere.) But My Father which is in heaven has revealed it to you." There the whole thing is on revelation, the whole church, "Upon this rock of revelation of Jesus Christ, I'll build My church."
You might take what the pastor says. You might take what the seminary teaches. You might take what the church says. And it's not right yet. You might be able to explain it with eloquence. But until God has revealed to you that Jesus Christ is His Son and you are saved through His Blood, upon that revelation that "He is my Saviour."...
"Upon this rock I'll build My church, and the gates of hell cannot prevail against It."
146 So then you see why Satan is so against the Book of Revelation. Anything that's revealed, spiritual revelation, Satan's against it. That's why he's so against the ministry today. Because... What is it? The revealing of Christ.
Let the church go on with its great denominations, and organizations, and its little flowerly messages, and so forth. Let them go on; Satan won't bother that. They don't have no troubles. Everybody pats them on the back.
And there comes a time that God, through the Holy Ghost, reveals Christ back in the church with the power and demonstrations of healing the sick, and making the signs that He said would follow the believers come to pass, then Satan turns over in his bed; he does something about it. Until that time, Satan don't care how much church you join. He don't care how much. But when Christ reveals to you that He is the Son of God and the works that He did you do also; not some other works, but the same works...
149 "He that believeth in Me..." Saint John 14:7, "He that believeth in Me, the works that I do shall he also. Do the same works, and greater than this..." Because Christ cannot preach the baptism of the Holy Ghost would be greater. He could not bring it to them, because the Holy Ghost hadn't yet been given. But when Jesus came and sacrificed His Life, and the Holy Ghost returned, then they could impart Eternal Life to the people. That's the greater.
But the signs and wonders, Jesus plainly said in Mark 16, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature." How far? All the world. How many? Every creature. Long as the Gospel's being preached, these signs shall follow them that believe. And when that becomes a revelation, brother, you're near the Kingdom then. "On this rock I'll build My church, and the gates of hell can't prevail against it."
Because the man or the woman that's ever been in that back desert alone like Moses was, and the revelation of God be made manifest to him through the Holy Ghost, there's nothing can shake him. He's just as sound and solid as he can be.
Satan hates revelation. He don't like it at all: upsets his plans.
153 The nature of the Book shows that John did not write It. That's right. For they are... They are for other... They're his writings, but not his inspiration. It's God's inspiration that writes the Book.
All right, let's see what It says now.
Now, "Time is at hand." What? When the complete revelation of Jesus Christ has been made known to His churches. And as the ages go by, it's just revealed to them.
156 Now, we're right down at the end time, so now we really are at the end of the world. We're at the consummation of the world's history. And before this week's over, and God being with us, helping us, we'll prove that we're at the consummation of the church ages. We're in the Philadel--or the Laodicean church age, the consummation of all ages. We're at the consummation of the political world. We're at the consummation of the--of the natural world. We're at the consummation of all things. We're at the end of every natural thing, ready to enter in.
157 Coming the other day, I believe I was going to Shreveport or coming somewhere, I looked; I said, "The trees are dying. The grass is dying. The flowers are dying. I'm dying. The world's a-dying. Everything's dying. Everything in this world's a-dying." We're setting here this morning, dying.
Surely there's a world somewhere where everything don't die. If there's one where everything's a-dying, there's got to be one where everything's a-living. That's what we're longing for to get to that place where there's--the trees immortal stand: go where everything is immortal and it stands in the--in the glory of God.
159 Now, now, the first three verses we have had now, laying the background. First the Revelation of Jesus Christ. The second, it was given to John by an angel. And third, is "Blessed," the blessing to them that read. And if you can't read, "Blessed is he that hears." If you can't read, you just hear it; that's all. "Blessed is he that readeth," and if you can't read, "Blessed is he that hears, for the time is at hand."
Now, imagine what the canon of this meaning is that John, the writer there, in writing it out was... This is John here just saying "blessings" and so forth. Now, what I think it was, in the Old Testament the priest stood up of a morning and read the Scriptures. The congregation listened. Many could not read. So he said, "Blessed is he that readeth and he that heareth." See? The reader and the hearer: the one who reads and hears is blessed. So if you just set and listen at It, you're blessed. "Blessed is he that readeth, and he that heareth; for the time is at hand."
161 Now, from 4 to 6 is a salute to the church. Now, we want to take on this 4th and 6th.
Now, before we strike it, I want everybody to try to think hard now. What is it now? It is the revelation of Jesus Christ, where God took the veil off of the time... Here's time, that Jesus couldn't see when He was here on earth: the church ages, what would take place. So God took the veil away, pulled it back, and let John look in and see what each church age was going to do, and wrote it in a book, and sent it to the seven churches.
What is it? Christ revealed in the days of His--His action. It's full of action, the Book is. And it's a--a prophetic Book that Christ has give--God has give to us by His Angel, wrote by John, and a blessing to everybody that'll read It or hear It read. What a... For the time is at hand when this is all fulfilled.
164 Got a good setting now... And remember, we're keeping the church in mind. Over on one side the church begin; over on the other side the church ends. More into it Monday night when we hit the church ages.
Now, we're getting into the mysterious and deep parts of the symbols. It's addressed to the seven churches which are in Asia Minor. They had a--they had... The--the ages at that time was to come in the future. And He exalted them and--and praised them for their work and what they'd done. But now, it's addressed to them churches, the seven churches which are in Asia Minor.
166 Now, Asia Minor wasn't all of Asia, the continent of Asia. It was just a little part. They claim, a place about the size of--of state of Pennsylvania (See?), or something like that, or Indiana: just a small place where these seven churches set. There was more than them churches at the time. And... But it revealed their character. Now, I'm reading here what I got from the--reading from the history of it.
And he is to... "Cursed is he that heareth and... or, and don't listen to It..."
And--and now, it comes down into the time of this 4th verse that we want to explain something here: "From Him which was, and which is, and is to come, and has the seven Spirits... from the seven Spirits which are before His throne." Now, the "Spirits," we'll get to them later.
Now, here it expresses, if you'll notice in--in there... Also in the 7th verse, or the 8th verse, He comes again and said, again expressing. Now, watch, the seven churches is addressed, "From him which is, which was, and which is to come." Which was (one time), is now, and which is to come. Now, He expresses here His threefold--His threefold manifestation of His work.
170 Now, if you'll take the 8th verse, we'll come to it just in a minute, but take the 8th verse:
Now, we're holding the 4th and the 6th verse in view; both of them are the same. One He says, "To He which was, which is, which is to come." What's He trying to put before the church? His Deity. Today people try to make Him a--a prophet. He's more than a prophet. And some people try to make Him three gods. He's not three gods. He's one God that lived in three offices, three manifestations of the same God.
172 Now, remember, this is the revelation, "And whosoever heareth it and don't keep the sayings of this Book, his part will be taken from the Book of Life." Jesus is not revealing Hisself as three gods, but one God and three offices. Oh, it's going to get rich after while when we get into those church ages and see where they lost that. It caused a great split at the Nicene Council. Both of them went off on deep ends.
And they done the same thing in this last days again, just like a pre-Nicene Council again, 'cause there will be another one. Just as certain as I'm standing here, the Catholic and Protestant churches will unite something together or agree with one another. Look at the archbishop of Canterbury over there now, all those heaping right up together. And there is not a triune God teaching in the Bible. There's one God.
And it's revealed here in the Book of Revelation, that the whole canon of Scriptures might be proven here and Christ set His seal upon it. This is it. If anyone takes away or adds to, the same will be taken out of the Book of Life for him. So approach this not selfishly; approach this with an open heart and an open mind.
175 Now, at the Nicene Council, they come to two great decisions on the... Oh, many of them in that day of the early church fathers, they had two extreme views. One of them was a triune God, a trinitarian. And the other one was a--a one God. And they both come into existence and went out on two straight limbs, out like that. The triunity became a place of a three-god person. The oneness became a unitarian, just as far wrong as the other one was. So they both went on limbs, but right in here reveals the Truth.
Jesus could not be His own Father. Neither... If He had a Father outside of the Holy Spirit, then He is a illegitimate child and not... The Holy Ghost conceived Him, and He said God was His Father. So the Holy Ghost and God... That's Matthew 1:18, if... The Holy Ghost and God has to be the same Person or He had two daddy's. And He was called Emmanuel, which is "God with us." He claimed when He was here on earth that He and the Father was One.
I got all the Scriptures written out here so that you could find it if we had this--this question or something.
178 Now, when He was manifested here as a threefold office of His Being, "He that was, He that is, He that shall come, the Almighty." Now, there's no three gods there. There's one God.
And in the Nicene Council, to do this, in order to do this, they had to take a trinity, because in the Roman world they had many gods. They prayed to their dead ancestors. (I've got their history right here where we can quote it. See?) They prayed to their dead ancestors; that's the reason they have Saint Cecilia, and Saint Marcus, and Saint, Saint, Saint, Saint, Saint, Saint.
When Apostle Peter said, "There's no other mediator between God and man, but that Man Christ Jesus": One.
181 They had to have a trinitarian god, so they... They had Jupiter, Mars, Venus. And it wasn't right to put it all on one God, so they just split it up and made threefold offices of God to be three different gods.
But He plainly says here in the Revelation Who He is, "I am He that was, He that is, and He that is to come, the Almighty." We'll get it a little later here, said, "I am Alpha and Omega (A to Z, the whole--that Greek alphabet.), the Lily of the Valley, the Rose of Sharon, Father, Son, Holy Spirit, He that was, which is, and shall come, the Root and Offspring of David." He's God. God with... I Timothy 3:16, "Without contradiction great is the mystery of godliness: For God was manifested in flesh, seen of angels, believed on in the world, received up into glory." God, not a third person or a prophet, but God Himself made manifest in human form. Now, this is a revelation, remember.
183 Now, God at the beginning was the great Jehovah that lived in a Pillar of Fire, hung above Israel and led them. That was God, the Angel of the Covenant. Come down on the mountain, the whole mountain caught fire; fire flew from the mountain, and wrote the Ten Commandments. He was called the "fatherhood of God," to His children, His chosen race of people, the Jew.
Then that same God was made manifest in a virgin-born body that He created in the wombs of Mary, and lived and tabernacled and stretched His tent (as it was) among human beings. And that same God was made flesh and dwelled among us. The Bible said so. God was in Christ. The body was Jesus. Jesus, in Him dwelt the Fullness of the Godhead bodily. Can't make Him three people now. Don't baptize to three gods; there's one God (See?): one God.
185 Now, this same God was made flesh; He said, "I came from God and I go to God." After He had disappeared from the earth by His death, burial, and resurrection, and ascension, Paul met Him on the road down to Damascus, when he was yet called Saul. And a voice came and said, "Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me?"
He said, "Who are You?"
He said, "I'm Jesus."
And He was a Pillar of Fire, a Light that's put out the eyes of the apostle. He had turned back. The same Jesus had turned back to God the Father again. That's the reason He said here, "I am the Almighty," in the same form He was before He was made flesh. And His body that He lived in, called Jesus, the Man that we know, Jesus...
189 Now, like a lot of you dear Oneness people baptize in the name of "Jesus." You're wrong. There's hundreds of Jesuses in the world today, but there's only one Lord Jesus Christ. He was borned a Christ. Lots of Jesuses, I've met many of them. But there's one Lord Jesus Christ; He's God.
And Father, Son, and Holy Ghost is not names; they're titles that go to one Name. Say, "Baptize in the name of 'Father, Son, Holy Ghost.'" Father's not a name, and Son's not a name, and Holy Ghost is not a name; it's a title, like human, that's what it is. The Holy Ghost, a human, or a Spirit, Holy Ghost. Then say, "In the name of the Father." Look at the fathers, and your sons' sons. Look at the humans in here. See? Father, Son, and Holy Ghost is not a name. It's a title that goes to the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
191 That's the way the apostolic church baptized in the beginning. And I'll ask anybody to produce one text of Scripture or one time in history that anybody was ever baptized in the Christian church any other way than but in the Name of Jesus Christ until the Catholic church was formed and they adopted "Father, Son, and Holy Ghost" for a creed. Now, bring up your history, some of the historians. Yeah, there's no such a thing. After the 304, A.D. 304, come the triune baptism for a triune God: "God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost," it's paganism.
Before this week is over I'll read it out of the books and show you by the Bible. We're talking this morning on the revelation and prove where it come in and how it started to exist. Back to the Truth, brother; we're in the last day.
Wait till we get that Ephesian church and type it with the Laodicean, and look what happened between them. You'll see how that thing creeped in. Come into the age of Luther, said, "You've got a name that you're living, but you're dead." The very word "Sardis" means "dead." They lost it in the fifteen hundred years of dark ages. Every one of them churches kept that till that time. Then when they had the Nicene Council in 606... And then they abolished that Name and made three gods out of It.
194 He said here, "I am He that was, He that is, and shall come, the Almighty."
Sure, He had a threefold Being on the earth. When He was on earth He was a threefold Being. On earth He was a Prophet. He's also in heaven, a Priest. And when He comes back to the earth again, He'll be a King: Prophet, Priest, and King; He that was, which is, and shall come. "He that was," was Jesus, a Prophet, "He that was now," is a Priest, making spiritual sacrifices, a High Priest that can be touched by the feeling of our infirmities, and disclose Himself and proves that He's in the midst of us: Prophet, Priest, and King, but One God.
196 When He was on earth He was a prophet, the Word; "the faithful witness," the Bible calls Him, a little later; a faithful witness is the prophet. He was Priest, and when... He's Priest now. And when He comes, He'll be King.
If you'll get over and read Revelation 15:3, you can see in Revelation 15:3. Let's turn over and see what He--if He's going to be King, if He is King when He comes. Now, we're going to Revelations the 15th chapter and the--the 3rd verse.
198 What was He on earth? Prophet. How did the people know He was a prophet? He done the sign of the Messiah, which was a prophet. Oh, blessed be the Name of the Lord. How did they miss Him? Because they were looking for something else. And He done the sign of the Messiah, and they wouldn't hear it. He was a prophet.
Moses said, "The Lord your God will raise up a prophet like me. And it'll come to pass if they not hear this Prophet, they'll be cut off from amongst the people."
He was a Prophet on earth. Now, because He was what? The faithful Witness of God's Word. Amen. He was God's Word made manifest: Saint John the 1st chapter.
He was the true and faithful Witness to God's eternal Word. He was the Word, was God's Word; and being the Word, He was a Prophet. For the Word of God flowed through Him; He'd say only the things. "I can do nothing within Myself, but what the Father shows Me to do. Not Me that doeth the works, but the Father that dwelleth in Me, He doeth the works. I and My Father are One. My Father's in Me," said Jesus, the Man, the Tabernacle.
203 God's got many titles: Jehovah, Jehovah-Jireh, Rapha, Manasses, oh, many. He's got seven compound redemptive Names. He's got many titles: Rose of Sharon, Lily of the Valley, Morning Star, Father, Son, Holy Ghost, all that; but He's got one human Name. God only had one Name, and that was the Lord Jesus Christ.
When He was born Christ the Lord, eight days later the Holy Spirit called His Name Jesus. His mother had Him circumcised, and called Him Jesus. He was borned a Christ, like I was borned a Branham. I was a Branham when I was born and given the name of William. Amen. And He was born Christ the Saviour, and when He was eight days old He was given the Name of Jesus. And He was the Lord of glory made manifest, so He is the Lord Jesus Christ, the God of glory made manifest among us. Oh, there He is.
205 On earth He was a Prophet; in glory He's a Priest; coming, He's a King. Oh. I like that: Prophet, faithful Witness of the Word; Priest, with His own Blood before God; King, King of saints, not king of the world now; He's King of saints. We have earthly kings over them people. But we have a King too and a Kingdom. That's the reason we act different.
Like I said not long ago about my wife; we was going to the store up here, and we seen a miracle almost. It was summertime; a woman had on a dress. And I said, "That's a strange thing." I said, "If I had my camera, I'd take the lady's picture." See? Because we... That was the first woman we seen with a skirt on, you know, dressed like a lady ought to be. All women...
She said, "Well, why is it, Bill, that our people dress, is it we're--we're commanded?"
I said, "It's not our people; it's God's people. God's people requires holiness."
Said, "Well, don't they go to church?"
I said, "There's a lady, right there sings in a choir at a certain church here."
"Well, then, why that?"
I said, "Because she isn't taught any different." That's exactly right.
213 There's that church carnal we'll get into this week: church spiritual, church carnal. They're all drifting right back to the manmade churches. The Bible said in Revelation 17 they would do it. They're returning back right now, all of them acting like it, organizing, "Well, we are a certain. We organize. We're this and we're that." It wasn't so at the beginning, taking all the power out of the church and putting it on a bishop or a pope. God's in His church, among His people, manifesting Himself through the laity and everywhere. Now, but in this day...
She said, "Well, aren't we Americans?"
I said, "No. We live here, but we're not Americans. We are Christians; our Kingdom is of above."
216 And if our lives come from up there, then we act like that. Because we come... Our Life is from a holy place; it looks different; it dresses different. The women up there has long hair, and they don't wear manicure on their face, and--and they don't wear shorts. They--they wear skirts and long robes and dresses, and they have long hair and things. So the--the nature of it from up there reflects back on us.
The men don't smoke, chew, lie, steal. They come... Their spirits come from a holy place, makes them act holy, recognize one another as brothers. See? That's it. We're of a Kingdom, and we have a King. And He's the King of saints. And the word "saint" come from the word of the "sanctified ones."
Then when a person is sanctified, Christ, the Holy Spirit, moves into the heart and becomes King over that. Oh, my. That ought to go home. Oh, when the sanctified vessel of God... Christ the King, the Holy Ghost, moves in and He... A king has his domain. Oh. Amen. And your whole being is ruled by the King of saints, a Kingdom... Every kingdom on earth will be shook, tore down by atomic power. But the Bible says, "We receive a Kingdom that cannot be moved." Amen. The King of saints...
219 I want you to notice the symbols of Christ also in the Bible and here on earth. On the earth He was a prophet. Do you believe that? A prophet is the Word. We know that. The word "prophet" means "a Divine interpreter of the Word." The Divine Word is wrote, and the prophet has the Divine Spirit of God within him. And, you know, the prophet in the Old Testament was called "god." How many knew that?
Jesus said, "If they called them gods... Isn't it written in your law, they are--'You are gods'? And if they called them gods, who the Word of God came to (the prophet), how will you condemn Me when I say I'm the Son of God?"
221 Because he was called "god," because he packed within him the Word of God, THUS SAITH THE LORD. Therefore, the word "prophet" means a... His--his interpretation isn't to be mingled with. See? If the God... He says, "If there be one among you who's spiritual, a prophet, I the Lord will speak to him. What he says comes to pass, then hear him because I'm with him. But if it doesn't come to pass, then don't hear him; I haven't sent him. That's the way you know it. And then (You see?), the Divine interpretation of the Word has to coincide with this last revelation to the church.
He's God, the Almighty. On earth He was a prophet, which is a eagle. How many know that a prophet is considered an eagle?
223 A eagle is the strongest bird we got, most powerful. Some of their wings stretch fourteen feet from tip to tip. He can take and fly so high that if any other bird try to follow him, he'd disintegrate, feathers would fall out of him, and he'd come apart. Because why? He's built special. And what good does it do him to get up that high if he can't see what he's doing when he's up there? Talk about a hawk eye, you ought to see a eagle eye.
A hawk can--might see a chicken. That's right, that's what's the matter with some of these hawks today. Uh-huh. But I tell you, a eagle goes so... If a hawk tried to follow him, he'd die, he'd suffocate. He can't get into those spheres that the eagle does. And then he's got a eye that he can see so far when he's got up there. So that's the reason God called His prophets eagles. He gets up there and he's a eagle; he can see way off.
225 And Christ on earth was an Eagle. When He died, He was a Priest, so that made Him a Lamb. Is that right? And when He comes again, He's King, so He'll be a Lion (Amen.), the Lion of the tribe of Judah. Amen. He is a Eagle, a Lamb, and a Lion (Amen.); Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; Prophet, Priest, and King; He that was, which is, and shall come, the Almighty; Alpha and Omega, from the beginning to the end, the eternal God.
226 Want to ask you, some of you precious Catholic people who call that the eternal sonship of God. God, eternal sonship of Jesus Christ with God, how can you say such a word? I'm a dummy with a seventh-grade education, but I know better than that. The word "Son" has to have a beginning. So how can He be eternal and be a Son? Eternity has no beginning or end. So He can't be a son, an eternal son, and then have a beginning, 'cause there is no such a thing as a eternal son. A son had a beginning, so he can't be eternal.
You see, He is the eternal God, not the eternal son (Glory.), the Almighty, Jehovah-jireh, Jehovah-rapha made manifest in flesh, "In Him dwelt the Fullness of the Godhead bodily."
228 And on the day of Pentecost, when that Pillar of Fire came down over the people, did you notice It separated Itself? And tongues of fire set upon each one of them: Fire, like tongues, setting on each one. What was God doing? Separating Himself into the church, among each one, giving the women, the men, and all of them, parts of His Spirit, dividing Himself among His church.
How can a man come along and say "The holy man is the pope, the holy man is the bishop"? The holy Man is Christ, the Holy Spirit in us. How can you say the laity has no word to say? Each one of you has something to say. Each one of you's got a work to do. Each one of you's got to carry a message. Glory.
The Holy Ghost separated Itself on the day of Pentecost: God separating Himself, "That day you'll know that I am in the Father, the Father in Me, I in you, and you in Me." That day, the Holy Spirit over all, in all, through all... Amen. There it is. The Holy Spirit has a right to move anywhere that He wants to, upon anybody He wants to. You don't have to take what some bishop or some priest says. He's our only Priest (It's right.), a High Priest. Now: Prophet, Priest, and King...
The word "washed" there actually in the Greek means "to loose." He loosed us from our... We were tied to the earth by our sins. We couldn't see, couldn't hear, had no conception of heaven, or nothing. But when the Blood came down, It cut the line and we got loosed.
233 Oh. I read a story one time; it's a--may fit in good right here. A farmer caught a crow, and he tied him. And he said, "I'll teach the other crows a lesson." So he tied the old crow, and--by a leg with a string, and the poor old thing like starved to death. He was so weak, he could hardly walk around.
That's what some of these organizations and churches has tied the people down. Just can't... "Well, this is all the farther you can go. Days of miracles is past." Yeah, you're just tied. That's all. "There is no such a thing as the Holy Ghost. He don't speak in tongues like He used to."
He's God. "He's just the same yesterday, today, and forever," Hebrews 13:8, living in all the churches. We'll get to it after the setting of this morning. See, He's God that lives in every church age. He will live in every church age, and will live in His people for eternity. For we have now within us Eternal Life.
236 So this denomination had tied him down (See?), "Well, the days of miracles is past. There's no such a thing as Divine healing." The poor old fellow hobbled along till he was so poor he could hardly walk.
And one day there was a good man come by, and he said, "You know, that poor old crow, I feel so sorry for him. After all, he might've been getting his corn; that's the only way he makes a living; he's got to have something to eat. So he didn't know any difference; he was just out there getting corn." So if... Then he took his... And he took his knife and cut the old crow loose. And you know...
Here come the other crows, come over and said, "Come on, Johnny Crow. Let's go south, cold weather is a-coming."
You know what? That crow would just go as far as he could go out there, and he said, "I can't do it. It's not... It's just not for us in this day. We--we just can't do it." See? He had been tied so long, until he had thought he was still tied. See?
240 And that's the way with a lot of people; you're tied down with creeds and denominations from the old mother prostitute back there, telling you that Jesus Christ isn't the same, and there's no such a thing as healing. There's no baptism of the Holy Ghost. There's none of this stuff like that. Trying to tell you them... You been tied so long till you still think you're tied.
The good Man, Christ, gave His Blood that He might wash us and loose us from our sin. What is sin? I'll ask anybody to tell me what is sin. Sin is unbelief. That's right, "He that believeth not is condemned already."
And your sin is your only thing that keeps you from being free. Is because God cut you loose from your unbelief, but you're so bound with creeds till you still think you're tied, just starving to death (See?), hobbling around, "I'm Presbyterian. I'm Methodist. I'm Baptist. They tell me I'm Church of Christ. The days of miracles is past; there's no such a thing."
You poor starved crow, why don't you come along this morning? Why don't you fly away? Hallelujah. Rise up with the wings of a morning, and fly away to the Son of Righteousness with healing on His wings. Amen. That's it. That's it, brother, sister. Oh. He who the Son has cut free, is free indeed. Yes, sir.
244 "Well, my pastor..." Nothing about that, the Bible said you're free. That's right. You're free.
Well, get cut loose. "Has washed us and loosed us from our denominations in His own Blood," and has made us free so we can think for ourself, and do for ourself, and talk for ourself, and act for ourself.
"Well, if I went back and told the pastor I had to be rebaptized, he would..."
What about, "You are free"? This is a revelation, you know. All right, you're free.
If you've been sprinkled with a little salt shake like this, in the name of "Father, Son, and Holy Ghost," there's a pool setting here, ready this morning, with water in it. See? Yes, sir, it's not right.
So you're not bound anymore. You're free, but maybe you don't know it. But let me tell you this morning; the Bible said He loosed us from our sins, our unbelief, that we might receive the Revelation of Jesus Christ. Go away free... Have to take what any church says about it. Take what God said about it. Here's His Revelation revealing Who He is.
251 "I always believed that God the Father had long, white beard, white hair; and the Son was a middle-aged man; and the Holy Ghost was a mascot boy." Brother, that's paganism. That's pagan. If you believe in three gods...
The very first commandment... What is the first commandment? "Hear ye, O Israel; I'm the LORD your God, one God."
That's it. He's one God, not three gods. He lived in three offices, served three places. He's Prophet, Priest, and King. He's Eagle, Lamb, and--and Lion. He's the Lily of the Valley, the Rose of Sharon, the Lily of the Valley, and Morning Star. He's the Root and Offspring of David. He's from A to Z. He's Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. He's all that, but He's One. He's one God. That's His titles that goes to Him, but there's one God.
Never was anybody (any page of the Bible, or any history until the Catholic church) was ever baptized by immersing in the name of "Father, Son, Holy Ghost."
255 If you show me the page or anything, you write it and lay it up on here for me tonight, and I'll walk out of this church saying, "I am a hypocrite; I have taught people wrong;" if you can show me one text of Scripture or bring me one history, authentic history, that'll show me that where that people ever baptized in the Bible in the name of "Father, Son, Holy Ghost"; or bring me one scrip--or one book of history, one page, one quotation in history where anybody was ever baptized in the name of "Father, Son, and Holy Ghost" until the Nicene Council of the Catholic church, come bring it to me; and I'll pin a sign on my back and walk through Jeffersonville, and you behind with a horn, blowing; I'll put on there, "A false prophet, misleading the people."
And, pastor, if you're here this morning and do that, you'd ought to let me do that to you. See? Shows how many be afraid.
257 Now, what is it? This is the Revelation. This is the Revelation. And this is the Holy Spirit, Christ, sending His Message to the churches. Hear It. Hear It. That's what the Bible teaches.
Where did it come in at? If you'll just won't get angry, move away, through the week you--you get the "Nicene Council," get the Hislop's "Two Babylons," get...
Now, Josephus' history is all right, but he only wrote one paragraph of Christ, said, "There was a man named Jesus who went around healing the people. And--and He died, or Pilate killed Him, and--and--or Herod, or put Him to death, and then the disciples went and stoled His body away, and hid it out. And each night they go and cut a piece off of it and eat it, so they were cannibals." So they was taking communion. You see? The carnal mind... Josephus is no one to listen to.
260 But take the Foxe "Book of the Martyrs," there's a good authentic. Foxe "Book of Martyrs," how many ever read it? Sure. The Pember's "Early Ages," or--or Hislop's "Two Babylons," or--or some great authentic. Or the--the most greatest we have is the Nicene Council, the pre-Nicene Council and the Nicene Council. And you find out there, that was never mentioned, no persons...
Take the Holy Scriptures and see if there ever was anybody in the Bible ever baptized using those titles name "Father, Son, and Holy Ghost." It denotes three gods. It's for a pagan ceremony. And Catholicism is nothing else in the world but a--a pagan form of Christianity. And from the Catholic church come Martin Luther, John Wesley, Baptists, Presbyterians, and so forth.
But in the last days there was a door set between there, that opened up the Truth again, that "The Bible said so." And the great prophet that was to come on the earth in the last days, and we believe he's coming... Watch, and he'll have a church. Now, we'll see this.
263 Now--now, remember, this is the Revelation. You cannot take from It. Now, what a challenge. Find one person in the Bible, one place they ever baptized anybody in the name of "Father, Son, and Holy Ghost," or ever sprinkled anybody (Find that in the Bible.) for the remission of their sins. They never. And every person, no matter how they was baptized, had to come and be baptized over again in the Name of Jesus Christ to get the Holy Ghost.
264 Acts 19, "Paul passed through the upper coast of Ephesus, finds certain disciples." He said... "Disciples," they were having a great meeting. They were following a man by the name of Apollos, who was a converted lawyer, a Baptist who believed on John the Baptist, and was proving by the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.
Paul passed through and seen Aquila and Priscilla (in the 18th chapter of the Acts.) And then he went over to have a dinner, or something another with Aquila and Priscilla. They told him about this great man. They went to hear him; he listened at him that night. He said, "He's very well. That's very fine. That's good," but said, "have you received the Holy Ghost since you have believed?"
What about you poor Baptists back there believe you received the Holy Ghost when you believed?
He said, "Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed?"
Someone said, "That wasn't written in that."
I defy that. I've got the authentic Greek right here, Hebrew too. The Bible says in the Greek, and both Hebrew, and also in the Aramaic. All three of them, I got them right here, that say, "Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed?" That's right. "Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed?"
270 Now, he said, "We not know whether there be any Holy Ghost."
Then he said, "Unto what was you baptized?"
They said, "We've already been baptized by the man that baptized the Lord Jesus Christ. We've been baptized unto John's baptism (same hole of water, perhaps the same man)."
Paul said, "That won't work; He only baptized unto repentance, not for remission of sins."
Now, some of you Oneness people come around and--and baptize that wrong. You baptize that unto--for salvation. Water don't save a man; it's the Blood, repentance. Not through baptism unto regeneration, no, sir. Regeneration comes by the Spirit. Baptism is a--is a outward expression that a inward work of regeneration has been done. See?
275 All right, notice. He said, "Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed?"
They said... He said, "We not know whether there be any Holy Ghost."
He said, "How was you baptized?"
Said, "We been baptized unto John."
He said, "John verily baptized unto repentance (unto repentance), saying that you should believe on Him (the Lamb, the Sacrifice was to come), on the Lord Jesus Christ." And when they heard this, they were rebaptized again in the Name of Jesus Christ. And Paul laid his hands on them and they received the Holy Ghost, and spoke in tongues, and prophesied.
280 Tell me that's not Scripture, and show me anywhere that anybody was ever baptized any other way in the New Testament but the Name of the "Lord Jesus Christ." Show me.
Saint Agabus and many of the others who was baptized, on down until the time of the--of the--of the Nicene Council, and every one of them was baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ. And the missionaries tilled the fields with the Name of Jesus Christ.
But when the Nicene Council come, they had to have three gods. They took down Paul--or took down Jupiter and put up Paul. They took down Venus and put up Mary. They had all kinds of gods, all kinds of saints, and everything else, and made a triune baptism, and fed it to the Protestants. And they still gulp it down.
283 But the Evening Lights has come now. The prophet said, "It'll be Light in the evening time."
You believe it? Peter said on the day of Pentecost, "Let this be known unto you, the house of Israel, that God's made this same Jesus, Who you crucified, both Lord and Christ," 16th verse of the 2nd chapter. Yes. "God's made this same Jesus, Who you crucified, both Lord and Christ; let all of the house of Israel know assurely."
285 Talked to a Jew not long ago, up here at the House of David, he said, "You Gentiles can't cut God in three parts and give Him to a Jew. We know better than that."
I said, "That's just it, rabbi. We don't cut God in no three parts." I said, "You believe the prophets?"
He said, "Certainly."
I said, "Do you believe Isaiah 9:6?"
He said, "Yes."
I said, "Who was the prophet speaking of?"
I said, "What relation will Messiah be to God?"
He said, "He will be God."
I said, "That's right." Amen.
See, there you are. See, you can't cut Him in three parts.
288 If you missionaries here... One of them's going here to the Jews; I believe this man setting here. Don't you never try to give God--or the Jew no Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; he'll tell you right quick he know where it come from: "The Nicene Council." He won't listen to that. But you let him see where that God was made flesh, and He is the only God there is: God made flesh in human form and lived among us to sanctify us, take away, that He Himself might come in the form of the Holy Ghost. God the Father, Holy Ghost, is the same Person.
289 The Bible said in--in the genealogies of Jesus Christ, in the 1st chapter of Matthew It said, "Abraham begot Isaac; Isaac begot Jacob." And on down It said... And then... And let me read it, and then you'll know just what I'm talking about. Matthew, the 1st chapter, and we'll... Now, let's begin at the 18th verse:
Does that read that way? Found of a child of Who? The... [Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.]. I thought God the Father was His father? Then God the Father and the Holy Ghost is the same Spirit, or He had two fathers.
Then Who was the father of Jesus Christ? The Holy Ghost. What is that in you? Well, that's God the Father too, isn't it? Sure.
Here's God the Father. Here's God the Holy Ghost. And here's God the Son. See? That's three gods. The Bible don't say that. These two have to be the same or He had two fathers. See? He--He can't have two fathers. You know that.
That's the 1st chapter of Matthew. Matthew 28:19, where Jesus said, "Go baptize in the Name of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost." What is the Name of the Father, Son, Holy Ghost? Jesus Christ, of course.
You read a love story, said, "John and Mary lived happy ever after." Who is John and Mary? Go back to the first of the story and find out. If there's no such a thing, no name "Father, Son, or Holy Ghost," then Who did--Whose name is it? Go back to the first of the story and see who He was talking about.
296 Peter, on the day of Pentecost, said, "Repent, every one of you, be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins." He had the revelation. John had the revelation. Jesus was the Revelation; He produced Himself right here in the Scripture, "I am He that was, which is, and shall come, the Almighty." Whew.
All right. Now, let's get the 7th verse, right quick now, for we can get out as quick as we can:
See that revelation there? How is it revealed? How God... Men scratch their heads, and pull their hair, and things, trying to find what Father, Son, Holy Ghost is; make three in one. Don't pull your hair and scratch your head; just look up, revelation comes from above. And that's right. He'll reveal it. It's no Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; it's three offices that one God lived in.
He was in the office "Spirit" by Himself, because the human being is condescending. Then He made Hisself a body, lived in it to produce His own Blood, not through sexual like it was in the garden of Eden, but produce a creative body. And through that virgin born body, He gave a Blood that sanctified us and loosed us from our unbelief to believe on Him. Then when we do that, we receive Him into our heart, and that's God in us: God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost (See?), just as Prophet, Priest, and King. That's the same thing.
301 All right, now the 7th verse, this is the announcement. The announcement is:
Oh. How much time we got? That's beautiful there. Could you spare another thirty--twenty minutes? Could you? All right. Now, then tomorrow... Tonight we'll try to catch the rest of the Patmos Vision tonight. Today we're going to end on the announcement.
Oh. You feel good? You love this old Bible...?... It is the revelation of what? What is it? God reaches down in this Book and takes the veil off, said, "There He is: Prophet, Priest, King, Father, Son, Holy Ghost, He that was, which is, and shall come, all of these things. It is God."
304 Now, let's take the veil off just for a few minutes now, the Lord helping us, take the veil from our eyes, and get...
Now, how is He coming? "With clouds." What kind of clouds? Clouds of glory, not one of these thunderheads, rain clouds, but clouds of glory. If you'll watch what kind of a cloud He was enshrouded in when Peter and them saw His vision on Mount Transfiguration... A cloud overshadowed Him; His raiment shined. He was enshrouded with a cloud, the power of God.
Oh, we get to that over here in these church ages; I'm telling you, it just--just tickles my innermost beings to think of it, What He's coming... I see this day that we're--we're living, where nothing, no hope's left but His coming.
307 Now, we'll quickly get this. Now, remember.
Now, that wasn't the rapture then. Was it? See? It wasn't the rapture. It wasn't the rapture. What was He speaking to? The second coming.
Now, we'll go back and get some history. Let's go back to Zechariah, and get the 12th chapter of Zechariah, in Zechariah. All right.
"And the Lord added to the church daily such as would be saved." How thankful we are for the good revelation of Jesus Christ. Aren't you happy for Him? Now, we will get this in book form just as quick as we possibly can to the people, and then you can have it to read it in the quiet of your room and things and study it out yourself.
311 All right, Zechariah the--Zechariah the 12th chapter now of Zechariah. And we want to take this real prayerfully now. And I want to get this for the glory of God. Now, Zechariah 12, let's begin at the 9th verse. Listen close now, He's speaking of the coming, Zechariah 12, and we begin at the 9--the 9th verse:
312 Now, when's the Gospel returning to the Jews? When the day of the Gentile is finished, the Gospel is ready to go to the Jews. Oh, I could... If I could just foretell you a little something that's fixing to happen right here (See?), right in this day. See? It's fixing to happen. We get it in the church age. And this great thing that's fixing to happen, will carry over to Revelation 11 and pick up those two prophets, Elijah and a Moses returning back again for the Jews. We're ready for it. Everything's setting in order, just ready. This Gentile message, as the Jews brought it to the Gentiles, the Gentiles will take it right back to the Jews again. And the rapture will come.
Now, remember, this here coming, after the tribulation... The church does not go through the tribulation. We know that; the Bible says so. See? All right.
314 Now, He'll pour out upon the house of Israel. What? The same Holy Spirit (See?) after the Gentile church is gone.
315 What will take place when He comes in the clouds of glory at His second appearing and when those Jews who pierced Him... You know, another Scripture that says they'll ask Him, "Where did He get these wounds?"
He said, "In the house of My friends."
And not only will it be a mournful time for the Jews who rejected Him as Messiah, but it'll be a mournful time for them left Gentiles back here who has accepted--or who has rejected Him as their Messiah of this day; they'll be wailing and weeping. The sleeping virgin will be wailing; that's that church that refused to get oil in its lights.
There was ten virgins went out, all good people, but five of them had oil in their lamps. The other five were good people, good people, but failed to get oil in their lamps. And they were cast out into outer darkness where there'll be weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth. Here it is, "There'll be wailing." The Bible said here there'll be wailing and so brokenhearted until even...
319 Here, I'll give you another: Genesis 45, if you want to get to that. Let's get to it just a moment and read that also in Genesis the--I believe it's the 45th chapter of Genesis or the... I'd like to get this here, Joseph making hisself known to his--to his people. And we'll get this, just show the--the types of what will take place in that day. Then we'll bind it together.
320 Let me just take now and compare that with Zechariah the 12th, just for a moment. Now, we know that in type... If you teach types, then you always get it right, I think, in--in type.
Now, Joseph when he was born, he was hated by his brethren. Is that right? Now, I want to show you: Joseph represents the Spirit-filled church. Joseph was hated of his brethren. Why? Because he was spiritual. Joseph could not help because he could see visions. He could not help because he dreamed dreams (See?) and could interpret dreams. He... That was what was in him. He could not display anything else but what that was in him.
Well, then his brothers hated him without a cause. But his father loved him, because his father was a prophet. See how it was with Jesus? God loved His Son; but the brethren, the Pharisees and Sadducees, hated Him because He could heal the sick, and foretell things, and see visions, interpret. See what I mean? They hated Him without a cause.
323 And what did they do to Joseph? They pretended he was dead, and they throwed him into a ditch. Took a bloody coat of seven colors that his father...
There's only seven colors in the rainbow. And the rainbow, we know what the... We get to it a little later, I think, tonight. The rainbow over Him here, Jesus, where He's to look upon as jasper and sardis stone, and a rainbow. A rainbow is a covenant. And that was God's covenant upon Joseph.
And then they, blood--brought it on his coat and took it back to the father, and he was supposed to be as dead. And... But he was raised up out of the ditch and was put into a--a--sold to Pharaoh, someone in Egypt, and a--a general kept him. And when they did, he... A ill thing come up against him, and throwed him in jail. And there he prophesied, and told two men where one would go and where the other one would; a butler and a--and the baker, on account of their dreams.
And then he was exalted from there to the right hand of Pharaoh. And no man could touch Pharaoh, only through Joseph.
327 Watch this, now the... When Joseph then was sold over into the Egyptians... And watch. Everything he done typed Christ. Look at this butler and this baker in there, and they both had dreams. And Jesus, when He was in His prison house... Remember, Joseph was in prison. And when Jesus was in His prison (how? Tacked to a cross), there was one saved and one lost. Joseph, when he was in his prison, one was saved, one was lost.
And notice then after Jesus was taken off the cross, He was exalted into heaven and sets at the right hand of the great Spirit, Jehovah. "No man can come to God except by Me." No hail Mary's, no blessed this, or blessed that; but through Jesus Christ the only Mediator there is between God and man (Uh-huh), that precious body that God tabernacled in among us, that took God's Name. And God took the name of human. God took...
329 Looky here. In the beginning when Adam... I just can't get away from that, seem like somebody's not a-getting it somewhere. Look. In the beginning... Let me show you something again, the Holy Spirit warns me to do this. I'm leaving my subject for a minute. When the first news come to glory that the son had been lost, Adam, did God send an Angel? Did He send a Son? Did He send anyone else? He came Hisself to redeem His lost son. Hallelujah. God didn't trust it with no one but Himself. God was made flesh and dwelled among us and redeemed man Himself. It's the... "We are saved," the Bible said, "by the Blood of God." The mortal God was... The immortal God was made mortal in order to take away sin, to be the Lamb Himself, to enter into glory, veiled, and with His own Blood before Him beyond the veil.
330 Now, Joseph, down into Egypt he goes, and there He was exalted from his prison to the right hand of Pharaoh, and was made the caretaker. And everything prospered in the days of Joseph.
Now, when Jesus returns, even the desert shall blossom like a rose. He is the Son of prosperity: type of Joseph.
They put Joseph in... The general had him in his house; everything he done, he prospered. They put him in jail, and the whole jail prospered. Everything they done, it prospered. And when he exalted the highest, and Pharaoh--next to Pharaoh, everything in Egypt prospered above anything in the world.
When He returns, it'll be a land of prosperity. The old deserts will blossom, and there'll be food everywhere. And we can, everyone, set under our own fig tree and laugh and rejoice and live forever in His Presence, when He comes back as King.
334 He was Son of man: Prophet. Amen. He was Son of man: Sacrifice, Priest. He's Son of man as King: the Son of David setting on the throne of His majesty. Son of man, He's...?... God manifested as Son of man; He come down and become man to take sins away from the world. He become man as a prophet. He become man as a Priest; He become man as King: King of heaven, King of saints, the eternal King, always was King, always will be King, eternal King.
336 Now, notice then, Joseph, before Joseph went forth, they had to sound the trumpet first. And people screamed, "Bow the knee for Joseph." No matter what a man was doing, he was selling a product on the street, when that trumpet sound, he bowed his knee. A man was just about ready to reach out and get his money, but he bowed his knee; Joseph was coming. Oh. And the--the--the eunuch was just about ready to make his act. And what did he? He had to stop. Joseph is coming; the trumpet sounded.
One of these days everything, even time will stand still, when the trumpet of God shall sound, and the dead in Christ shall rise, and the morning breaks eternal, bright, and fair. Everything will bow the knee, "Every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess to it." Start now. Some man's sins go before, some follow.
337 But now notice what taken place. How glorious. When Joseph then after he married a Gentile and received a family, Ephraim and Manasseh, his sons... Did you notice at the end, when Joseph--Jacob started to bless Ephraim and Manasseh, when he started to put his hands, he put Ephraim on the right and Manasseh on the left, to get the right hand blessing the oldest. But when he started to pray, his hands crossed, and he gave the youngest one the right-hand blessing instead of the one that was on the right hand.
And Joseph said, "Not so, Father." Said, "You have put the blessing on Manasseh instead of on Ephraim."
And he said, "God has crossed my hands."
What? From the Jews, the oldest, the first chosen of God, through the cross come the blessing back to the Gentiles to get the Bride. The blessing come through the Cross from the Jew to the Gentile. Rejected: they rejected the Cross; therefore, He got the Gentile Bride.
341 Now, when Joseph, before this, when he was--heard of his brethren who... They had been out of fellowship for many years, the Jew.
Now, watch, we're getting back to Zechariah now, where they wail and mourn and wail, and even families will separate themselves from other families. Go out and say, "How did we do it? How could we have ever done it?" When they say, "Where'd You get them scars, them prints in Your hands?" even those that pierced Him. He'll come in the clouds and they'll see Him, even those who pierced Him. And every house will mourn, and they'll wail. They won't know what to do.
343 And when Joseph... You know the story. When he seen his brethren and he make out like he couldn't speak Hebrew and got the interpretater to interpret for him. And he couldn't speak Hebrew, he act like; but he wanted to find out. And when, finally, one day when they brought his little brother, did you notice it was Benjamin who set Joseph's soul afire?
What is it today that's going to set His soul afire, our Joseph, Jesus? That young church that's been down in Iran yonder, who's kept the commandments of God, and it's a newborn people that's gathered into Palestine and restored back again. That six-point Star of David, the oldest flag in the world, a nation's been borned in the last few years. There's Israel.
345 Oh, Joseph, when he seen little Benjamin standing there... That's his little brother. You seen little Benjamin now that's over yonder, setting over there. The tribes of the--of the earth--or the Jews, return back there where there'll be a hundred and forty-four thousand of them standing there to receive Christ when they see Him coming. They'll say, "Lo, this is our God Who we've waited on." Then they'll see the pierced... "Where did these comes?"
He said, "In the house of My friends."
And they'll wail and they'll cry. And each family, the tribes of David, and Nepthalim, and all will separate themselves, each family, and weep to themself when they see Him standing in the air, the One they pierced.
What will His message be? Watch what Joseph said. When he said...
349 Watch another thing. When Joseph got the children before him, he looked at them; he seen little Benjamin. He seen Ephraim, he seen the rest of them there, the... Gad and all of them. And he... The twelve tribes, the ten tribes then, standing before him. He seen them all standing there. He knew they were his brethren. And he looked at little Benjamin, directly, his throat begin to fill up. He knew them was his. What did he say? "Let every man leave me." What happened to his wife and children? They went into the palace.
Where will the Gentile church go at the rapture? Into the palace. The Bride (Hallelujah.), the Bride will be taken off the earth in the rapture. Then when He returns, His Bride isn't there when He makes Hisself known to His brethren the Jews, those who pierced Him, those who rejected Him. But his wife and his loved ones, his close friends there, his--his own God-sent companion set in the temple.
351 And when he looked, he said they was... They didn't know; they said, "Oh, this great prince." And they begin to say one to another, oh, about these things of what they had done.
I believe it was Ephraim... Or not Ephraim, but a--I forget which one it was now that--that said, "Well, we ought not to have killed our brother Joseph." Said, "You see, we're getting paid back," Reuben. Reuben said, "We ought not to have killed our brother," said, "because (You see?), we're getting paid back for what we done."
And Joseph standing there; didn't think he could understand Hebrew, oh, but he knowed it.
Some thinks, "Can't understand speaking in tongues," but He knows all about it. Yeah, He knows. The Gentile kingdom come in with speaking in tongues and interpretations in the head of gold. The first head, before it fell, what ended that first Gentile dispensation? A handwriting of unknown tongues on the wall, and a man there could interpret it and tell what it was. It goes out the same way (Amen.): entered in and goes out the same way.
355 They thought he couldn't understand them tongues that he was speaking in, but he knowed it. And they said, "You see what we got?"
And Joseph then seen they're sorry for what they had done. Now, He sees their sorrow and regret for rejecting Him, so He's choking up in His throat now. He's ready to dismiss His church from the earth, take her into glory; then return, and then all the tribes of the earth shall mourn.
What did they do? Reuben and all of them begin to cry; they said, "Oh, oh." They feared and said, "This is him. Now, we know we're in for it. Now, he will kill us. Now, he... We know that we're going to be destroyed right now, because that is Joseph that's been away from us so long. That's Joseph, our brother, now we're really in for it."
He said, "Don't be angry with yourself. God did this to preserve life."
What did God do? Why did the Jews reject Jesus? So that we Gentiles, so that the people that He called out for His Name's sake... God did it to preserve the life of the Gentile church, Bride.
361 All the tribes who rejected Him will mourn. They'll hide themselves in dens and in rocks and things. They'll hop--fall on the mountains. They rejected It--Him. All the kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him. And each family in Israel there will separate themselves; families will separate one from the other, and saying, "Why did we do it? How did we come to reject Him? How? There He stands. There's the God Who we've waited for. And there He is with nail prints in His hands, and we did it."
That's exactly what them brethren said right down there when they come back and said, "There's Joseph who we sold."
He said, "I'm Joseph, your brother, who you sold into Egypt."
Oh, they were scared, and they were mourning and wailing and running to one another. "What can we do?"
He said, "Don't be angry with yourself, 'cause God did this all. God sent me ahead."
366 God created all men: white man, black men, brown man, yellow man, every man. God created every man. He created the Gentile, created the Jew. He created all, and it's all for His glory. The Jews had to be rejected in order to take a Gentile Bride.
That's the reason all these types are. So the Gentile Bride and Her offsprings with Her, that glorious Pentecostal church washed in the Blood of the Lamb, with all the power of the resurrection living in them, will rise someday in the rapture in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye to go be in the Presence of Jesus, while He returns back and dismisses everything to make Hisself known to His brethren.
368 Watch what the Scripture says here in closing. Oh.
The 7th chapter, the 1st verse... Or the 7th verse of the 1st chapter:
Then He gives that great--great quotation. Who is this? Who is this they're going to look for?
371 Acts 2:36, the Bi... Peter said, "There's not another name given under heaven whereby a man must be saved." (Or no, I beg your pardon, misquoting it.) He said, "Let all the house of Israel know surely, that God has made this same Jesus, Who you crucified, both Lord and Christ."
John 14:7 and 12, Thomas said, "Lord, show us the Father and it satisfy us."
Said, "I been so long with you, and you don't know Me?" Said, "He that seen Me has seen the Father. Why sayest thou, 'Show Me the Father'? I and My Father are One.
I said that one time to a person. The lady said, "Just a minute, Mr. Branham." Said, "You and your wife are one too."
I said, "But not that kind."
She said, "I beg your pardon."
I said, "Do you see me?"
She said, "I do."
I said, "Do you see my wife?"
She said, "No."
I said, "Then they're a different kind. He said, 'When you seen Me, you have seen the Father.'" So--so that was enough for that.
376 So in Saint John, or I John 5:7 to 8, you all that's putting it down. I John 5:7 to 8, the Bible said, the speaker, the very same man that wrote this revelation that Jesus give him. He said: "There are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word (The Word is the Son.), the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. There are three that bear record in earth: water, blood, and spirit: and they agree( not are one, but they agree) in one."
You cannot have the Father without having the Son. You cannot have Father or Son without having the Holy Ghost. Right. But you... And water, blood, and spirit, that's the elements it takes to get into His body.
When the natural birth takes place, what's the first thing happens when a woman's giving birth to baby? First thing is water; second thing is blood (That right?); next thing is spirit: the baby catches his breath and start breathing.
Water, blood, and spirit; that constitutes the natural birth, also the spiritual birth. Water baptism in the Name of Jesus Christ, justification by faith, believing on the Lord Jesus Christ; water. What's the next? Blood; sanctification, cleaning up, getting around.
380 There's where you Nazarene people failed. You just went that far and didn't go no farther. The vessel is sanctified on the altar, ready for service, but not in service. "Blessed are they (beatitudes) that are hungering and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled." The vessel is sanctified. That's true. That's like the virgin. The word "virgin" means "pure, holy, unadulterated, sanctified." Five had oil and five did not; five was filled and the other one just remained in sanctification. Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed, you Baptists, Presbyterians?
"We not know whether there be any Holy Ghost."
"Then how was you baptized?"
After he'd laid his hands upon them, they were then, after being saved and sanctified, they were filled with the Holy Ghost. Right.
385 Water, blood, spirit, Jesus come to wash, and to cleanse, and to sanctify a church that He might come and live in with His own Blood; He gave His own God-born Blood that He might cleanse us from our sexual birth and give unto us a sanctified, holy vessel that He Himself might come.
"A little while, and the world seeth Me no more; yet ye shall see Me because I (personal pronoun) will be with you, even in you to the end of the consummation." Amen. "All the way through, I'll be with you and in you. The works that I do shall you do also. These signs shall follow them that believe": God in the church. Oh, my. Deity... "There are three that bear record in heaven, Father, Word (Son), Holy Ghost: they are One.
387 Now, you can be saved without being sanctified. You can be sanctified and not have the Holy Ghost. That's right. Sanctified spirit without being filled, sanctifying your heart, cleansing your heart without filling it with something... That's what he said when the unclean spirit's gone out of a man; he walks in dry places, comes back, finds his house all garnished, and comes in. The last estate of that person's many times (seven times) worse than it was at the first."
That's what happened to you Pilgrim Holiness, and Nazarenes, and so forth. You accepted; and when the Holy Ghost come, begin to speak in tongues and give signs and wonders, you called it the Devil and blasphemed the works of God, called it a unclean thing. And you see where your church went? Come out of it. The hour is here; the revelation of Jesus Christ is being taught: God revealed in the power of His demonstrations of the Holy Ghost. Amen. The day of redemption is near.
389 Now, Deity in Him, I Timothy 3:16:
Oh, just on and on and on. But where are we at now? At the end of the 8th verse.
Tonight we start the--the 9th verse, "The Patmos Vision." Oh, there's great things in store for us. You love Him?
392 You really do that? Has God made Hisself known to you, been revealed that He is the Son of God, Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh to take away sins? He's revealing Himself in these last days in His churches, making Hisself known.
Now, these very things that's going on in the church, watch and see at the end of this message that if the Bible don't say these things are to take place. Just exactly. See if they didn't exactly in the Ephesian age, and the Pergamos, Thyatira, on down, every age, told how Luther would do, and how Wesley would do. And how this Pentecostal denomination will go into a Laodicean, lukewarm condition. But in the midst of that, He'd pull the people. That's right. That's exactly.
We're at the end. Oh, I'm so glad. I... Oh, as I seen myself breaking away, and look at my friends and things, and see the world and the--and the chaos that it's in; and then think that the coming of the Lord is drawing so near. We're at the end of the age.
395 Men's hearts are failing for fear. Everywhere, everybody, they're--are alarming on the radio, all the time, "Be ready for a air raid. Take this in; take that in; go down in the basement." How you going to hide from that? Can't hide from that. That thing will go a hundred and fifty feet in the ground for a hundred and fifty miles square. Why, the concussion of it would... If it'd hit here, it'd shake Indianapolis to the ground. Why, it'd just blow Indianapolis to pieces, hit right here in Louisville (See?) one of those. Hard to tell what they got besides that.
And look, you don't have to... You don't... Russia don't have to do that; Cuba can do that; any little, bitty place. A--a little, bitty place the size of Alcatraz out yonder can do it, cover the whole world. Only thing you have to do is just line her up and pull one string. You don't need no army; you just need one fanatic to do it in the hands of the Devil. That's exactly right. He'd do it, and then the whole thing is over. It's all over then.
397 But, oh, let me give you this blessed thing. When we see that so close, when we see that it could happen before morning... Remember, the church goes home before that happened. The rapture takes place before.
Now, that you might not get twisted up, remember, Jesus said, "As it was in the days of Noah, as it was in the days of Lot..." Remember, before any rain fell, Noah was in the ark. See? Noah was in the ark; He was carried over through the... And now, Noah was a type of the Jews, but Enoch went home without dying. And when Noah seen Enoch go, he knowed it was time to start on that ark. That's right. That was Noah's sign, when Enoch went home. And as soon as the Gentile church is taken away, then He makes Hisself known to Israel. See? That's right.
399 Remember, in the days of Lot, as Jesus said, before one speck of fire ever hit the earth, that Angel said, "Hasten. Hurry. Get out of here, for I can't do nothing until thou has come hence." Before any fire hit, Lot and his family was out and gone. So the rapture will come before the tribulation sets in.
The tribulation, many people get that mixed up; and we'll get it straightened this week, the Lord willing, by the help of the Lord. Remember, you're looking for a great tribulation period, that was, if you'll type that in the Bible, that was Jacob's trouble days (You see?), when he was troubled. That had nothing to do with the Gentiles; the Gentile has nothing to do with it: no type in the Bible for that. The Gentile church is raptured.
401 And you're looking for the water to turn into blood and things like that; that comes over to Israel again, back yonder with Moses and Elijah. When they return, Elijah for the fourth time, returns back. And the Spirit... Neither of those was dead; or Moses died; they didn't know where they buried him. He was bound to be raised up somewhere between then and there, because on the Mount Transfiguration, there he was talking to Jesus, him and Moses. See?
So they'll come back and be killed, and lay in the spiritual street called Sodom where our Lord was crucified, Jerusalem. That'll be preached to the Jews. And smite the earth and close the heavens and so forth like that... And the end of the Gentile ministry will carry over and connect with that, and the Gentiles will go home, and that ministry will go on. There'll be the doom of all things. Two-thirds of the earth fell and everything else. When them dead bodies laid in the streets three days, watch what kind it was.
403 Look at these pictures that I got from down in South America, when they killed that Pentecostal missionary there and his wife, laid in the street. And him and two little children, a little girl with her little belly swelled up like that, they wouldn't even bury them. Walked along and spit in their--on them like that for three or four days. Brother Kopp taken the picture; I got them at home. See? The way they do. Then they send gifts one to another.
Look how that types in the Bible; you see what church is going to do that. That's right. And right at hand, and moving right in like a snake right now, just as cunning as it can be; sign of the things, right down.
405 Look at the prophecy the Lord give me in '33, how it would happen, "They'd permit women to vote; in voting they'd elect the wrong person." Seven things was given; five of them's already happened. The next thing was a great woman, a church, or power or something, to take over in this United States and rule. Then I seen it just like ashes laying, where it come to the end. It was the end time.
It said, "They'd have a machine that could drive, that didn't have to have no driver in it." They just perfected it. It said, eleven years... The Holy Spirit said to me... There it is on paper; you can't--it can't be denied. There it is on paper as the Holy Spirit said. Eleven years before the Maginot Line was built, I said the Germans... America with this President Roosevelt will be the rascal of all of them." And that's right; he was; not hurting you Democrats' feelings. But I--I'm telling you; it's not a Democrat or Republican now; it's Jesus Christ the Son of God that we're talking about. I'm neither Democrat nor Republican; I'm a Christian. So then they... Whatever it was... But you notice there.
407 And look here, the other day, if you want to see what a renegade bunch that is, taking those machines and fixing them where every time you'd vote for Mr. Nixon you had to vote for this other fellow the same time. Ed--J. Edgar Hoover pulled the machines out. How many's been reading it? Why, sure, it's all over the whole papers, news, and everything else. You see where we're at?
There's nothing honest no more but Christ. Amen. Oh, that blessed old Book. That's it. That's the only One that tells you who you are, where you come from, and where you're going (Yes, sir.), this blessed old Book. Oh, that makes me love Him, don't you?
Amen. Mmmmm. [Brother Branham knocks on pulpit--Ed.]
409 What a great day is ahead of us, friends. The Revelation of Jesus Christ that God gave to His Angel, and come and signified it to John, that it might be known through the Church Ages the thing that's in store for us.
May the Lord bless us now, as we stand to our feet. And ever who's playing the piano, give us a little chord, if you will, "Take The Name Of Jesus With You."
Now, listen. There is no doubt there's strangers here among us in the Tabernacle this morning; I want you to shake their hands. Invite them, go home with you, and whatmore, and make everybody welcome. I want everybody to be sure to do that.
And remember the service will start at seven o'clock tonight, and at seven-thirty I'll be speaking "The Vision On Patmos." Tomorrow night, the Lord willing, I'll be speaking on the first church age, Ephesus, of the church age.
413 Now, we're going to sing "Take The Name Of Jesus With You," our little Tabernacle dismissing song. And let everyone sing now. All right.
414 Now, 'fore we sing the next verse, I want Methodists, Baptists, Pentecostals, Catholics, Nazarene, Pilgrim Holiness, to all just reach around, shake hands with somebody in front of you, at the side of you, at the back of you; say, "Christian pilgrim, friend, I'm glad to have you here this morning, glad to fellowship with you around the things of God. And I know we've had a great time, hope to see you here again tonight." Something like that, as you shake hands with people, front of you, back of you, around you.
Now, as we bow our head: