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Shall we pray.
Heavenly Father, we know that You gave by face-to-face revelation this Word to the great Apostle Paul, and yet he prayed that utterance would be given unto him to utter those things which were given to him, Lord. And there’s been much given to us.
And we pray that we also might utter those things, oh God, not only with Your permission, but with Your Holy Spirit, those things which are given to us, that already we know, Lord, but we can know them even deeper, with a greater understanding. And such an understanding, Lord, to change our very lives, as the life is released, making us truly wise as we have never been wise before.
Help us to that end. We’ll give you the praise, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
You may be seated.
Now, I mentioned that if you have enough questions, we could take a question and answer period, or we could just go on to another—a little segment of the Anointed Ones at the End Time—some thoughts recapping. And we don’t have enough questions at this time, so I’ll save what we have and built up to that end.
Now this will be number twenty on the Anointed Ones at the End Time. And we’re looking in Matthew 24:24, from where Brother Branham took his text which, of course, was taken from the third verse of chapter 24:
(03) …what shall be the sign of thy coming [Presence], and of the end of the world [age]?
Now, I realize that many people will not want to use that word Presence, and actually denigrate it into the thought of a literal coming in the air and then to the earth, but I can not myself buy that, because they already knew about the days of the Son of man, which were to repeat. And to say that they did not know that is ridiculous, because the theologians today know that to be true, but they can not place it. So if a theologian today can know it 2000 years afterward, no one will tell me that these people, who were in the in crowd, and the in revelation, would be so ignorant as not to understand this.
So what will be one of the great signs? It’s going to be the great sign of deception. Now you know that God would be not God as we know God and understand him to be God, if He were to allow deception without first of all giving us that which was to be betrayed; or something to be instead if the Truth. Now that’s all through the Bible. You simply can not find anything that is a counterfeit or in the realm of deception, until first of all God has thoroughly made the person knowledgeable. Even a court of law, which is not too sane and too satisfactory, would have to give you the benefit. There is also a sacrifice for ignorance in the Word of God.
And when Paul the Apostle stood before the people in his day, he said this thing was not done in a corner. So therefore we see that God does things and then He has every right to bring judgment for the people turning from Truth to deceit. Now you know that’s what it says in 2 Thessalonians. So we’ll take a little peak at it so we know a hundred percent where we stand, and enjoy ourselves in this security which we have in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Many people are so afraid of being fooled. Why certainly, we should be afraid of being fooled, especially if we don’t know what it’s all about. Now, nobody knows but us.
And it says here, 2 Thessalonians 2:8:
(08) And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: [Presence]
(09) Even him, whose coming [Presence] is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
Now this is absolute confrontation of an absolute Presence. Then the other is an absolute presence.
…with all power and signs and lying wonders,
(10) And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness…
So therefore, what is it? Righteousness has been revealed and a deception of righteousness now comes in. It’s only—why it tells you right here.
…because they received not the love of the truth,
So what are they going to be deceived about? The Truth. But the Truth has got to be there, or God is entirely unjust. That is why on the White Throne there’s a complete and perfect record. And everybody has his day in court.
…received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
Now that tells you very truthfully, very tersely, just actually you have to face it. Distinctly says here you are saved by the Truth; you’re lost without it. Now they turned down the truth which would have saved them, so what can God do?
(11) And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
(12) That they all might be damned [condemned, judged] who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
Which means righteousness perverted, which righteousness has to do with Truth. No truth, no righteousness. Truth, righteousness. You can see why the evidence of the baptism with the Holy Ghost is certainly knowing the Word of the Lord for the hour.
All right, back then to Matthew 24. Now at that time they’re going to say lo here and lo there is Christ, do not believe it. Now, why should you not believe it? Because you’re dealing with the Presence. Now there’ll have to be a confrontation of Presence, or why shouldn’t you run?
Why, you know something, I love dessert. I’m not so crazy about it any more, because you know I’m getting over it. But if my wife and I had our way, we’d be as bad as Betty Mark Condon…?… Every ice cream parlor must be tasted. And you keep looking for more ice cream parlors. Well, ice cream is good, but isn’t God a whole lot better? Oh taste and see that the Lord is good. If you haven’t found Him here, get Him over here. If you can’t get Him over there, for God’ sake go over there. Your soul’s at stake.
So why should He say don’t run over here and don’t run there? Because you already had a confrontation or this Bible doesn’t mean anything. Now you see why this is all about presence. Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He’s near. Well how do you know? So therefore something must have happened in the realm of confrontation, the realm of presentation of a Presence. Now you understand what I’m saying?
And then it says there shall arise false christs and false prophets. Now this lets you know without a doubt that you wouldn’t be sap enough to run here or to run there unless there was more than a reasonable facsimile of what was presented to you as God. Right?
Now just think that every agent is town that has a car to sell, and that every agent is a Oldsmobile agent. Now let’s say he’s going to try to fool you, or going to get you as a customer. What’s he going to do? He’s going to have to make his product look better than the original product, so he could get you from the original product to the other product, right? That’s what you’re looking at. You follow what I’m saying?
You’re right back to the Garden of Eden. The Tree of Life didn’t look so hot, but the tree of the knowledge of good and evil looked great. Why, it was just great to look at. You follow what we’re saying? So all right.
So why should you run unless there’s something there. This is not some confused thing, some nebulous thing that this theologian looks at, and that theologian looks at, and the other fellows get together and say, “I wonder if we could possibly figure this out.” You think God is stupid? Now, we’re dumb but God’s not stupid. Why would you run, see?
(24) For there shall arise false Christs, [based on the genuine. And this will be what you might call more psychedelic.] and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
(25) Behold, I have told you before.
(26) Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. [Then He’s telling you something here. Giving you what you might call a summation, a reason.]
(27) For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming [Presence] of the Son of man be.
Now, let’s remember you must put these together and understand what is a prophet all about. It is the word. What was Jesus Christ as prophet all about? The living, true, manifested Word. So therefore there’ll be a true, living, manifested Word that’s going to bring you the Truth as it is in Christ Jesus for this hour, and these men with greater signs and wonders and bigger tents and bigger everything, will rise up and they will have all these signs and the wonders in order to pull you away. Now this is what he is talking about.
You see, you could take one sermon of Brother Branham’s, preach for the next hundred years. See, it all ties in. Now he said, behold, I told you before… Matthew 7:15
(15) Beware of false prophets…
There you are again. What’s a prophet all about? Teaching the Word. How is he able to convince people that he is that one? By visible manifestation called vindication. Those things that you know only God could do, or something beyond the human instrument.
(15) Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
They certainly are ravening wolves. Now, this is the description of the anointed ones of the end time. All right. They are wolves in sheep clothing, so therefore on the exterior they have to qualify absolutely as a Christian. And this, of course, is in the moral field. As in Galatians 5, the fruit of the Spirit. And as in 2 Peter 1:5:
(05) …add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; (and so on, coming up.)
Those are things that are in a very nice life that has been changed from immorality perhaps, and excesses, to a life which is more commensurate with the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Now, as we look at that, we want to realize that this picture of the sheep clothing where they appear to be genuine Christians must be looked at in the light that everything else is looked at, and that is this: that Brother Branham said at the end time these two spirits, the Spirit of Christ and the spirit of antichrist—and anti means instead of, that which is usurping and taking over—those two spirits are so close that only the very elect will not be deceived by them. They are so close that only the very elect can tell them apart.
Now, in viewing this we ask: how did this come about? Was it some sudden phenomenon? No. No. No, no. It evidently was not. It is the culmination of the twin doctrine that we understand Brother Branham taught. Cain and Abel. Jacob and Esau. Isaac and Ishmael. Right down the line. Actually you had even the twin doctrine in the serpent that was a great tall giant man, ebony, very handsome, very marvelous creature. Now that’s not where the color of the race came from, just understand that.
But he would be opposite to Adam, as like a twin. Both were able to foster as feteral heads of people. So therefore the serpent took Eve to bring forth progeny, Adam also had to take her to bring forth. But what we are looking at is the same Jesus and Judas. Now, when you go to the Scripture in the book of Revelation, where John is speaking, he sees the white horse and the red horse and the black horse and the brindle. What is it?
You see there at the time the Spirit of God went forth upon the earth, the spirit of the antichrist went forth. And he was a white horse rider. The horse was white and he was riding, see? Now, he wasn’t able to do what the Holy Ghost did, and he wasn’t able to be crowned, because you can’t crown a spirit. And he started out so close.
Now, watch carefully. Through the ages coming up, when the Spirit of God moved on in the church ages—like the plant, the wheat—and that which was left behind was organized doctrine, you saw the emphasis continually upon a life, right? Even the Catholic Church was protested by men that lived sacred lives, like St. Francis of Assisi. And St. Martin was there, Colombo was there. There were many, many people in the Catholic Church that protested the Catholic Church’s vulgarity. And they wanted to see lives that bore fruit.
Now, that’s what it went to. It went to a works program, that’s why you see, you go to a church today, they’re all really legalist. Now the Methodist and the Baptists, they don’t believe they are legalist but they are, because they don’t have the Holy Ghost working in them to produce a truly sanctified life, see? But notice what we are looking at. We are looking at the fruit program. And in there, coming up through the ages until the last age, it is different, because you are going back to the very first stage, and the very ministry of Jesus Christ, in that, in the last age, which is the Pentecostal age, the restoration of gifts. Now, when it comes to those gifts, those gifts are energies of the Holy Ghost.
Let’s go to 1 Corinthians 12, just to take a look at it so we can proceed in our studies and—you know, I’ll not take too long tonight but just give you some more understanding. Now, in 12:4-11:
(04) Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
(05) And there are differences [diversities] of administrations, but the same Lord.
(06) And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. [But it is the same God doing it.]
(07) But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal
(08) For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
(09) To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; [Now man is not doing this, the Holy Ghost is doing it in chosen vessels.]
(10) …to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
(11) But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
Or individually. That word severally is such a crazy word, it’s—the King’s several house meant his own little private house. Several means individual. Why… but it does. Just take it for the truth, don’t be confused. A lot of people think the word several means you’re going to get a lot of gifts—hogwash! He’s telling you He deals with every one of you as an individual. And yet corporately, if It’s the same Holy Ghost, we are all one! Brother Branham said, “why is it their trying to grab the ball?”
Oh, what visions of beauty we have when we believe this tonight and begin operating here as the body. Don’t think it’s beyond you. I don’t care what this age has, for you to believe less then the best is ridiculous. Could have believed the greatest, then you are not believing God. To believe God you must believe to the extreme that Abraham did. God who raises the dead and calleth which are not as though they were. Now that’s a vision. That’s good pastoral subject right there if you want to know the truth. That’s what you got to have, brother/sister, sitting here in these pews. Don’t look to me for that, I got to have it with you. All one here.
All right, now it tells you the Holy Ghost is doing this in the people. And in Romans 12, just to give you the same perfect understanding. Romans 12:5-8:
(05) So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
Why? Because it’s the same Life in you.
(05) So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
Very strange here. We haven’t come to the place when one bleeds we all bleed. We’ll stand back and watch him bleed. But we can get there. I’ll read you the place where one rejoices we all rejoice. When one falls into degradation, we all sorrow for him. We get pretty callous these days, we’ve seen too much. It’s time to put the blinkers on and get back to seeing what God’s Word says and see ourselves in it. Never mind what the world is doing, let them drop dead!
I got to watch that very carefully. I get all these phone calls and hear all these things from around the end of the world come here, critical of me and my ministry. I—really shouldn’t bother me. Really it doesn’t bother me too much, but it makes me very cynical. Where are people living in? They don’t know the same God I know, they sure don’t know the same Word. There’s something missing somewhere. And we take this word by word.
(06) Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
(07) Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;
(08) Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
Now it tells you, in the body there are hundreds and hundreds of gifts. Now, these here, they just kind of seem flat along side of those in 1 Corinthians. What it is trying to show you, it’s one Holy Spirit working in an entire body, but working in individuals, making it a glorious replica of the Lord Jesus Christ, a glorious image unto Him. And we can have it.
Now, but I was saying, at the end time Alpha’s Omega, and you’ve got to go back to the power manifestation of the Word, which comes in Elijah. The Elijah ministry, in order to restore the Word. And at that time, it is not only Elijah, it is the presence of God Himself, as Brother Branham said, the Token is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and could only appear in the evening time, as it did personified in a man as God stood looking like a man before Abraham in Genesis 18.
So we are seeing God and the prophet, and God in the prophet. A lot of folk can’t understand it, let’s just take a picture of it. Here is Moses. Moses looks at the Pillar of Fire. The people also see the flashing of lightening, the dark clouds. They hear the thunder, the earth is quaking. They’re seeing what Moses is seeing. He visibly appeared and they said, “we don’t want to see him anymore.”
You understand what I’m saying? All right, listen. They were looking at the same God Moses was looking at. God was not in Moses. God was not in Moses until God got into Moses. And the Bible distinctively says that God, outside of Moses, took the spirit off of Moses and gave it to seventy men.
I hope you understand what I’m talking about. You should never get confused on the baptism with the Holy Ghost and the baptizer in the presence of God, and understand these things. Ah, how many understand them outside of us? That’s not my business, my business is here. If only you and I understand, that’s our privilege, God gave it to us. See? Those that don’t want it, that’s fine, but I want that answer tonight and every one of you sitting in the pews, you hear me now and be able to answer me back, and understand: God, prophet! But not That in the prophet at that point.
Moses and the whole group, two millions standing there, watching Mount Sinai. But the Bible said God was in the prophets but not at that time, and so God had put His Spirit into Moses. Now He takes it off and gives it to the seventy. And let me assure you there’s more Spirit of God in Moses than there are in the seventy.
So here’s where we are looking at. In the picture of this end time: Moses with Paul, William Branham. Now we wouldn’t understand these things except by vindication. We accept vindication, the church doesn’t. Then let them do what the prophet did. They didn’t have it. They won’t have that little thing that Deuteronomy 18 gives to a prophet, see?
Now we are looking at this thing at the end time. We’re looking right back to Alpha and Omega, we’re looking to the twins. All right. Now look it, Judas and Jesus: Judas was given authority and power to cast out devils and raise the dead, and any man said he didn’t do it is weaving something into the Bible. He did it. But you know, just the same as being twins, what happened? The Scripture says the devil—Diablos himself entered into Judas. And Jesus said, “one of you is the devil,” which is diablos, not, “one of you is a devil,” which is a demon, or demoniac. The man wasn’t that. He was the physical incarnation, and he therefore would be the express image.
So you can see then that these men at the end time, as Brother Branham categorically said, were speaking for the devil, the same as Moses was speaking for God. And they did the same miracles. They produced the same wonders. And what I’m trying to show you in Scripture here is the great confusion, the great deceit. We know only God can do these things. Then how in the name of common sense is God allowing the devil’s gang to do what His spirit does? Because these are energies—energi in the Greek—of the Holy Ghost.
Let’s say I got a little dynamo down here in the river. It’s running fast, up there, have a little dynamo. I got my generator going. And we’re God’s crowd—we’ll give ourselves that credit because we are God’s crowd. And down below the river there’s the devil’s crowd. And they say, “hey, we don’t have electricity now that …?… bunch up there, that dumb bunch of bunnies called God’s crowd—and I guess they are God’s crowd. We’ll just tap in on their generator.”
Well that’s what’s happened. They’ve tapped in on God. You say how can God allow it? Well go back in your understanding, brother/sister. There’s no power but of God. Where did the devil get his power? He’s a created being. So everything the devil uses is from God. His ability to fool you as an anointed messenger with the word, came from God anointing him as the mighty archangel that covered mercy seat with Gabriel—or Michael, rather—and worshipped God.
So you see at the end time, you got a people fully endued by the spirit of God in gifts, which can not be by man naturally, they’re beyond the power of man. So they’re distinct energies of the Holy Ghost. Now then, how can they do that without being baptized with the Holy Ghost? That’s the mystery. That’s the mystery. And the mystery is anointing. And it tells you right here, false christs. Men that have legitimate spiritual gifts but illegitimate spiritual understanding. They’re job is to take the genuine and pervert the people from the Truth of the genuine. If William Branham was genuine, then his word must be genuine.
Now, with this understanding let us also know this: that no matter what you are looking at, starting with your twin doctrine, looking at it always, and you go right back to the very beginning before there was a heaven of earth and a speck of stardust. I want to ask you who was there first, Jesus or Lucifer? And the answer is Jesus. That light that came forth in the beginning was the Word. The Word with God and the Word was God. That began the whole of creation.
So we’re looking at our twins, and we see always then in the economy of God, there must be the original in order for there to be a counterfeit. So we come right to this very last day, and we see—and I think it’s good to go back to Cain and Abel, because you’ll notice, at that time, they both offered excellent sacrifices. You couldn’t tell one from the other. You could not do it unless you had a revelation. There’s no way. Because the Bible distinctively says Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, so therefore Cain’s offering was excellent. He worshipped God. He’s the outstanding man in his community. And until it came to the revelation you could not tell them apart. Both fine men. You got the same thing today.
So that’s what we are looking at. We are looking at first of all the people who live a life. Then we are looking at a people who got gifts and power with God and they demonstrate it. This is what we see here. Now, watch. Let’s see these men, they’re over here in Revelations 3:17-19:
(17) Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
18 [Now:] I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, [That’s gold of faith.] that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear;
Now remember, John prayed that, that they wouldn’t be ashamed in His presence. John knew from the Book of Revelation, the appearing in the form of the Holy Ghost in a Pillar of Fire, Christ to the church, and he was hoping they wouldn’t be this way. Oh, the point is that we are going to be that way. But you don’t think a man of God wouldn’t pray to God that we wouldn’t be that way. You couldn’t have anything at all if you didn’t pray and wanted something else. Wouldn’t be ashamed, caught in your adulteries. Caught in your fornications—spiritual. Caught in your adulteries. That’s what he is talking about. When he comes here with Elijah.
(18) …and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, [In other worlds, you better get some eyesalve.] that thou mayest see. [I want you to know something, he said.]
(19) As many as I love, I rebuke [The prophet must come with a rebuke message, or he’s not a prophet.] and chasten: [I’m going to train him up the way he ought to go, and I’m going to maer him] be zealous therefore, and repent. [To bring his mind where it ought to be, because that’s where transforming power lays, according to Romans 12.]
Now, what I’m looking at is these people, according to Brother Branham, saying it so clearly, that when Moses came down from the mountain, Aaron had made golden calves, and they were into a golden calf scheme, which he said these people in Revelation and these false anointed ones have a golden calf scheme. There’s your prophet Jerry, your prophet Jimmy, Swaggart and Baker and Tammy his Jezebel, and Oral the Roberts—go down the line.
And who spilt the beans? The Baptist boy from Chattanooga, forget his name, but I wouldn’t trust him as far as I could throw a goring bull that sniffs blood. None of them—or a skunk in a garden party. Those guys are so holy, why didn’t they go to the boy and really get him straightened out?
See, the whole thing is a big Judas cover-up, a great big golden scheme, and the money’s falling off. See? Brother Branham never toughed a penny. Oral didn’t mind getting that money from that dog racer down there in Florida. I’m not speaking evil of the guy, I’m just telling you what’s happened. Didn’t mind turning that down. But an Armenian, when his wife got healed of cancer so perfectly and instantly like that, gave Brother Branham a certified check for a million and a half dollars, he said, “take it back.”
Oh you say, “now, now, now, now, Brother Branham shouldn’t have done that, because—oh the gospel should be preached, Hallelujah, and souls be saved!”
What gospel? Paul spoke of another gospel, another Jesus, another spirit. He said don’t kid yourself, there’s only one gospel. I’m going to tell you something, it was Moses’ law that did the job in his day, it was Paul’s gospel that did the job in his day, and it’s William Branham’s message does the job in this day, because they’re running in continuity. Oh I know that they wouldn’t believe that, —we don’t care what they believe. We haven’t got any time for that kind of nonsense, we believe the Truth.
Let’s go to Timothy, I think it’s the first book of Timothy, no doubt. I hope it’s no doubt. 6th chapter, and 3-5:
(03) If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
(04) He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
(05) Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, [That’s this day.] and destitute of the truth, [That’s this day.] supposing that gain is godliness:
Oh, look at the money Brother Swaggart brings in! Brother: I say that with my hand and my—my thumb and my finger clenched over my nostrils, for good reason. A hundred and thirty-six million dollars a year. What do you need it for?
Any body knows that successful soul winning is on a one-to-one basis, it always has been, it always will be. That’s where you get the true converts. But this church here has an awful lot of that in it, if not, maybe over eighty percent. That’s right. Get your books out, you’ll find out. It’s not what you think. If there come—some preacher can shot his mouth off and you see a big campaign, all that kind of stuff. That doesn’t mean anything.
Where are Billy Graham’s converts today, the thousands and thousands that come in? Didn’t he make a statement, “three thousand in this city, I come back, there’s not thirty?” Why? It’s not done the way people think it’s done. They always second-guess God and they end up in folly.
But here it is, the golden calf scheme. And they said, “well look at all this coming in.” That’s …?… Farwell himself decries it, but he’s caught up in it. They’re all caught up in it.
“Oh that’s a lesson to learn. That when you come to God, He’s always an underachiever.”
Wait until Judgment Day, you’ll find out. Wait and see New Jerusalem come down, will you think He’s an underachiever then? Wait till you see how you turn out, if you thought He hadn’t done right by you. Wait till you look at yourself in a glorified state, and say, “well if He could do that with a chunk of mud and a gross bunch of inept tissue, run by God knows what’s inside of me, you’ll say, “He’s not—God’s not inept and He’s not an underachiever.”
You see, God works with qualitative instinct, not quantitative. He just threw all that out there to let you know He’s the great big grand God, but it comes down to the heart of man, where God is, where Brother Branham said, God could look through his eyes, talk through his lips. That’s something, brother/sister, that you want to look at and understand how great and marvelous it is.
All right, we see the golden calf scheme. We see these men popular. And we see them as sexual wrong-doing. Thus then of Matthew 24:24, and their followers, they can range all the way from the seemingly most godly, loving, self-effacing, self-sacrificing, to the lowest of the immoral. And they’ll do it, too, don’t worry.
Now, it’s at this time Malachi 4 has to become a reality, because that’s what the Bible says concerning Elijah and Malachi 4. It’s in the day of the Lord, when He comes, that the bride is helped, or God would cut the whole thing off. He said, “I’m not going to do it.” Remember, He didn’t kill everybody in Noah’s day and He’s not going to kill everybody in our day. He’s going to get some of us by His own wonderful grace, not by ours at all.
Now, at this particular time then, and you well know the Elijah ministry, because Christ vindicates it. Elijah is the initiator, therefore—now listen carefully and understand, please, because this is where you are going to have to harden your heart against your own sloppy thinking and your own sloppy love. Right. Your own sloppy human distinct desires. Everybody following William Branham is false. Now “I don’t like that,” because you are too nice. And I’m too nice. Oh, we are nicer than God. We should have a little session here, tell God “hey, I don’t think this is the way to go.”
Every one that follows is a false christ. You say what you want. Because once the Truth is given by vindication, and you’re off of that Truth, you are antichrist. You can do what you want, my brother, my sister, with what I’m saying, but this is the gist of the subject, which is blessed number twenty, and Brother Branham preached one of the most remarkable, stirring, searching sermons ever heard in eternity, with the White Throne one and a half, one day off. The day after tomorrow.
Once the word is established by vindication, there is no more vindication. Then why are they doing these things, they didn’t do them before? “Oh,” they say, “Brother Branham, great man of God, came on the scene, yes he did, and he showed us how it was in Bible days, and Bible days are here again. We’re going to do it again, all of us, hallelujah. We’re going to have faith. We’ll lock ourselves in the closet. We’ll throw the key away. We’ll fast. We’ll starve ourselves. We’ll force God.”
Allen did it and died a drunkard. I’m not—now listen, I’m sorry for the man. I’m just telling you facts, brother/sister. All others are thieves and robbers, see? Now, let them preach Mark 16. Let them refer in their own element to Hebrews 13:8, by Mark 16, recognizing the prophet. Those are legitimate valued ministries, wherein you are not majoring on a minor. But these men major on a minor, not only a minor but deceit, because they say, “look, we can do the same thing and better.” And Brother Branham said they’d be bigger and better.
And I’m going to tell you something, it tears your heart when you know that’s the way it is. And you can be a second John the Baptist, and say, “hey, were you really the one?”
What am I doing here? I saw Brother Branham weep watching television, seeing the huge crowds of Brother Roberts. And he said, “see, Lee, I could have had that. God doesn’t want me to have it.”
He could have used his gift to live in the most beautiful mansion. Oral’s son got a clothes closet, what, 450 square feet or something, and I thought I was going on a …?… to build one 12 by 14. Mine is so long, it’s like a whole house, I don’t know what his is, like, a half acre or something. How many clothes do you got to do that, and his wife? It’s their business not mine, I care less. Who needs several houses and an air conditioned dog house? Was that for him to sleep in? I’d like to know some answers. I’m going to tell you the answer right here, it’s a golden calf scheme; it’s of the devil.
Now listen, it is not uncharitable on my part to raise my voice and speak these things with authority, because it’s vindicated. I’m not speaking of myself, I’m an echo to a voice, see? Once the prophet comes on the scene, there is no more vindication, as any attempt at it, that’s vindication, by these or others, proves they are false. You can not vindicate a vindication. That’s what vindication’s all about. That is why Paul said he nor anyone could change the Word that he brought, because his Word was brought by vindication, therefore it would take a further vindication. And where are you going to stop it, where are you going to go?
That vindication was it, and it was sufficient or God is inept. Why God give insufficient vindication? So therefore he sent his prophet. So therefore when the attempt to show by any sign or wonder, which in itself is a duplicate in order to establish themselves, they are a hundred percent false. This is the formula we go by. That’s why Paul said, “nobody can change it, I can’t change it, it’s all over.” So with the revelation of this day and this hour.
All right. With that in mind, I want to take one highlight and I’m going to close, because we may take more highlights. One of the highlights of this message was Matthew chapter—I beg your pardon, Luke 21:25-28:
(25) And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon…
[At the time of the appearing of the Son of man. At the time of the Day of the Lord. At the time of Elijah. At the time of the false anointed ones. At this time period.]
…signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; [Now that’s humanity right there.]
(26) Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: [That’s why heart disease is the number one.] for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
(27) And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. [Now that’s the Son of man Himself, with power and great glory.]
28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. [Is not now, but it’s indicated at this time that it’s near.]
Now there is what we are talking about—the ring of angels. Now that is the sign of the Son of man appearing in the heavens. Now that is not the rapture. That is not the second coming. That is not your change. This is what lets you know, on top of the Elijah ministry of prophetic vindication. This is it, what you are looking for, which is that Word as it was in the days of Moses and in the days of Paul, and now in the day of Jesus Christ. And we will liken this more to the days of Moses than the days of Paul for the very reason that you are looking at Exodus, is what we are going into.
So all right. Now, this Scripture, Luke 21:25-28, Brother Branham could have said, which he did say, and I say this day that Scripture was fulfilled, February 28, 1963. Twenty-four solid years ago that took place. Now let us look at the Scripture, for it says in that verse 26, for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And again, coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
Okay, the word power in both places is dunamis. Specifically, miraculous power, indicating great strength, even to the extent of violence or the ability to do violence. Mighty works of wonders. Now the word heaven means an elevated place. That’s what it’s about. The great high places. At this time it says the powers of heaven shall be shaken. Now who is the prince of the power of the air? Satan. Who is it has power over all governments, and therefore he’s in an elevated position? Satan.
Now it says that kingdom, his kingdom and the kingdoms of the earth are going to be shaken, and they’ll see the Son of man coming with great power and glory, which signifies that same ministry of Elijah. And what is he here for? To bring the Word.
Now then, looking at verse 28:
(28) And when these things begin to come to pass…
[When you see that sign in the sky. When you know that the prophet is on the scene, the Revelation 10:1-7 is taking place. This is what you are looking at. When you look at these things come to pass:]
…. then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. [is right around the corner.]
In other words, it is in this hour that you will be redeemed. Now, this is part of Luke 17, the Son of man being revealed. Not only in manifested signs and wonders, but visibly before the world and by the camera, as we see over here to your left and to my right. Now, which fulfills Malachi 4, Behold I send you Elijah the prophet, or I would come and in my coming destroy everything. But by coming with Elijah, I will not do so.
And it sets the stage for 1 Corinthians 15:51, so let’s look at it, because your redemption draweth nigh, and that’s what we’re dealing with. And here he says here: [1 Corinthians 15:51-52:]
(51) Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, [that’s our redemption. Immortality.]
(52) In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound…
Now that is taken from Ephesians 1:13-14
(13) In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
(14) Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
Now look, your soul and your spirit is irrevocably saved, it’s comp—redeemed. It’s your body that needs it now, because your soul and spirit has to come back to a new vessel, where Brother Branham says in marriage and divorce, God will create not by sex, but a creative act. From the very elements that our bodies are in He’ll bring it right back to a glorified body, which is redemption.
So here is watch you are looking at. You are looking at this right here. Your redemption is guaranteed by this. And you would know that except for this, because there is an interfacing or an inter-connection between it all, or you’re missing it. You simply can not take one verse of Scripture, you have a Word for this hour which is a body-Word. That’s for the body. And every single word is just as necessary as every neuron in your body, every synaptic connection, everything else you got there, every little cell. It’s absolutely necessary, every single word.
Now, so Luke 17, you see what we are talking about right here, they’re interconnected. And this in Luke 17 is under Revelation 10:1-7, fulfilling Malachi 4, setting the stage for 1 Corinthians 15:51, as is the promise in Ephesians 1:13-14, which is literalized in 15-23, when the spirit of wisdom comes down in order to bring the Truth, which will bring the dead out of the ground and put us in a rapture. That’s what that’s about, because that’s what it says right here.
So, when you see that, from that you know it, it’s been vindicated—you know that the dead have to come out of the ground, and as Brother Branham told Billy Paul—I don’t remember all the three things he said, but he said those who do not believe in Los Angeles sinking and his vision on the tent, which I don’t understand it, but it’s going to be fulfilled, I’m sure it’s in the resurrection, something’s in there. And I got to leave it right there, and I think he said something else to it, he said you might as well be out there playing marbles.
In other words, you really believe what this Word is all about here, brother/sister. You believe that visitation of angels, you believe that picture of the Pillar of Fire. You believe that, because that is what it is all about. Absolutely, and nothing else.
So, one of the great highlights that we see in this end time of the anointed ones of the end time, from Brother Branham’s message, he lets us categorically know that already now it’s fulfilled, Luke 21. And at that time, it says, lift up your heads. Who are you looking to? God. Therefore nobody can say come over here and look at this.
I got a woman in Tucson, writing letters around the country concerning my ministry. And she says “oh don’t believe Lee Vayle. He’s entirely wrong, going to lead you astray.” And she said, “you know, we have a TV in our home, so we can see Jimmy Swaggart. I hear he’s got Television channels over there in Sweden,” where the guy is reading. “You listen to him, because he’s the closest to Brother Branham.”
If I had a woman like that in my church, she’d come before the whole church. That’s the danger of people not teaching in their churches. Let me tell you something, I’ll confront every one of you. I said something nasty to Gene the other day. I didn’t mean it. I said something nasty to Norm there, I didn’t mean either one. Gene was talking to me and I was talking to him and I said, “now look,” something about if he withstood my ministry, which I don’t mean he does or is ever going to do it, but just illustrating.
I said, “I’ll throw you through a basketball hoop.” Now, I couldn’t throw him through a basketball hoop. But the point is this, I’m set for a fight. And I said to Norm, “Look, I don’t know what you believe.” I don’t know what Norm believes! But I’m not insulting as though he does not believe. And I talk that way. I want you to know, brother/sister, listen to me! We are not fooling here.
Now I know it’s not as real as it should be. I know it’s not as deep, we’re not as sincere. I know that! I’m not some cockeyed fool! In myself I’m worse than that. But I’m not here as some blathering idiot, standing up here. Either—listen, you tell me who’s got more than this.
Now they say, “well I tell you, come and see Him.”
And I’ll say “ha, ha, ha! Don’t give me that tripe, I’ve already been told not to go.”
My brother, don’t you—my sister, don’t you see vindication is vindication? You know you all got pretty good senses here. Well I say that, much better than mine now, because mine are going downhill. My eyesight’s not bad, one eye’s injured, you know, a little bit of deterioration is all right. My hearing is fairly good, it’s going to be too good. And I got a lot of things, you know, well they are just not what they should be, of course, that’s natural, we’re dying, see?
But I’m going to tell you something, you give me a stick of peppermint—I know peppermint. Then you giver me garlic, and I like garlic. I know garlic is not onion, I can tell the difference. I’m not smart enough to know—I might not tell, you know, a shallot from an onion, you know. I don’t know. Either they’re nice, they’re mild, in fact I found some that were hotter than onions. But I’m letting you know something. Look, even with your natural senses, you’re not stupid. Then listen, if your natural senses that you use and faith and diet can tell you something, what about your spiritual senses—if you got any?
Well, is it too hard to know that once a thing’s been vindicated there’s no more vindication? Look it, you may even be a prophet, but like I say, look it, here’s old Paul. And now he said there’s no way that even I can change what’s been said. Abraham couldn’t change it—Isaac, I beg your pardon. Isaac. Isaac: blind, going by senses. Hearing, got ears, and he’s got feelings. And Jacob comes in with some skin on his hands—oh that Esau must have been a hairy bird! He felt him, he said, oh he said, “he’s got the feeling all right.” He said, “sure smells like it. Boy that smell…boy that smells good,” you know, if you…you know, like a…anything, anyway…like the moose out there.
And he said, “now that food smells good, too.” But he said, “man,” he said, “my hearing,” he said, “sure must be going bad than I thought it was, because it’s the voice of Jacob but the hand of Esau.” And you know, he said—then what did he do? He went to his spiritual senses, and his spiritual senses to prophesy. And he prophesied a hundred percent for Jacob. And when he found out it wasn’t Esau, he said, “I can’t change it.”
Why? It’s a good thing it couldn’t be changed. John the Baptist, he said, “tell me, are you the one?”
“Go back and tell John this is the one.”
It never has, and never it will change, what is vindicated is vindicated. He saw the Pillar of Fire come down in the form of the Holy Ghost, that does it. The words he said, he spoke not of himself. That does it. William Branham was shaken at times, but I’ll tell you something, when those days of the Son of man came on the scene, that man went from power to power until nothing could shake him. Like the Apostle Paul. Let any man come on the scene, why? Because you don’t vindicate vindication and God does not change horses. I tell you, antichrist does. He’s got to.
So we got a vindicated Word and we can’t change. Vindication’s over. People think Brother Branham’s got to come back with further vindication—I don’t believe for one minute that he’s going to come back with any vindication as far as a necessary vindication because he said we got everything under the seals to put us in the rapture. That means, get to the wedding supper.
What did he come back with? Just the same thing Jesus did. He spake concerning the kingdoms, and proves reality beyond the grave. And brother, you think that’s not going to give us resurrection faith and rapturing faith? Oh my! You think it’s not going to set the whole world on fire—our world on fire? You talk about this universe spinning and dissolving and God recreating, we’ll go into a spin like you’ll never believe and come out recreated, you bet. We’re in a kind of in a tizzy right now, but when God puts us in His spin, it’s going to be a different thing entirely.
Sure, we’re looking at it right now. I don’t know what the future holds, all those things, but I know this Word and I’m content to sit right here and wait my day. I will not stick my neck out and try to project as though I understood, because I don’t understand. I’m terribly careful not to put myself in a position of unbelief. I often say these things only because I got enough people out there—listen, they get the tapes, and they try to pick up everything I say as though I don’t believe what the prophet said because I don’t go into a tizzy about faith. I’m going to tell you something brother/sister, I’m not trying to beat the resurrection, I’m waiting for it, because I can’t do one thing about it. I may be in it by the grace of God, dead, deader than a mackerel as far as this body’s concerned, but waiting to get it back on the right day at the right time.
Anointed ones at the end time. [Inaudible].. telephone me one day, desperate. He said, “Bro. Vayle, what about this man, what about that man.” Said, mentioned a certain man.
I said, “Brother Branham told me categorically, leave that man, he’s false anointed.”
“Oh,” he said, “but he seems to have a genuine gift.”
I said, “they all got genuine gifts, brother.”
He said, “I’m so desperate, should I go?”
I said, “Brother Branham said stay away from that thing!”
He said, “did he say that?”
I said, “he sure did.”
You can get so desperate, brother/sister, like Saul, go to the witch of Endor. Oh yeah, we’re fallible, we’re human. But you know what? Not this generation. She will not be deceived. Uh-uh. I don’t know how many here’s elect, I can’t prove anything. But by the grace of God we believe everybody’s elect. And nobody’s more elect than anybody else. You know, there’s that old joke, they said all men are created equal, but some men are more equal than others. That’s not with the bride. No. No, that’s not the bride. It’s the same Holy Spirit, it’s the same revelation.
You say, “I don’t see everything.”
Who said you had to? Who said you got to get everything? One day old Elisha—good old man, just a fine old man. And he prophesied, but he wasn’t a Word prophet, he just lived the Word and the Word came as necessary. One day he couldn’t get a Word from God. He said, “bring me an instrument.”
Guy played, played, bingy, bingy, bingy on his guitar or whatever he had, zither or whatever it was. And he said, he said—he couldn’t—he couldn’t get anything. He couldn’t get a thing. And somebody said, “hey, I see a chariot.”
He said, “that’s that old Jed,” he said, “or somebody.” Said, “it’s time to get out of here.” Said, “God won’t show me this, so I’ll just run off in the wilderness.”
You may get that way sometime. You’re going to loose the sense of direction. You’re not infallible, nobody’s infallible. It’s a tough life in certain ways, although right now we could take two thousand years of this and good health. I have no problem there. I don’t know what’s going to happen when the rug gets pulled. He’ll give us grace. But look it, there’s times when you—look it, it’s tough. But get this flat, a vindicated Word—there is no more vindication, and anybody else that says, “hey, you better watch this, or look here,” you say, “thank you, I don’t have time, but get thee behind me, Satan.”
Say, “I just don’t know that I can be impolite.”
Well say it under your breath. Or just let your actions follow it out. Can you do that tonight? If you can’t do it you better start doing it. Look it, you understand what I’m saying? There’s no more vindication. It’s been vindicated. But when they prove time and time again that the car will do sixty miles an hour, do you have to go out and try it yourself? My God, you can’t be that stupid! You didn’t catch it, did you? I’m trying to tell you this. If you can’t take this vindication, you better get your own, and you ain’t got none. You’re trying to tell me, let me take that Word and see it vindicated.
People come around me and say “well I’ve had this.”
And I said, “come on, let’s pool our notes.” And we’ll see how many visions you’ve had and I’ll tell him how many I’ve had. How many times you’ve prophesied, and I’ll tell him how many times I’ve prophesied. And I can usually flatten them. And I ain’t got any vindication. Little things day-by-day pop up. Well, not day-by-day, pardon that expression. But in my day things pop up. I’ll turn to my wife and I’ll say something—or somebody standing near me. Doesn’t fail. Where does it come from? I don’t believe it comes from the devil, I believe it comes from God. That doesn’t mean one thing, brother/sister. I can be false anointed and prophesy correctly three times an hour, that’s seventy-two times a day, and believe nothing.
How can you stand against a prophet that said, “give me twenty-four of your worst cases, I’ll guaranty healing?” But they all sat there, wanting to get healed.
Perhaps you’re sitting here tonight and got cancer and don’t know it. And William Branham come by—or maybe you got one bad eye, you might be almost blind. A little kidney infection or something. And we’re a big crowd. Bro. Branham said, “now bring me twenty-four worst cases, I guaranty healing.”
And you say, “well, I got this kidney infection. I don’t want to see those twenty-four miracles, I want my kidney healed.”
You blew it. You blew it right there. You weren’t waiting to see God, you wanted too much yourself. That’s what’s wrong with these guys, they’re too self-centered. They want too much of themselves. Why not—Brother Branham said, “can’t you leave me carry the ball?”
How many of you learn to carry the ball with each other? Some of you would have somebody else carry the ball for you and you’d take all the gravy. I don’t say that to anybody sitting here, but maybe I might be hindering somebody. Have you learned these things as Christians? Oh, brother/sister, they’re necessary, you know. Some things are tough. You got to learn to sow. Brother Branham learned to sow, a hard way to be what he was.
God doesn’t just say, “here now, little fellow,” chunk-chunk, “everything’s just beautiful. I’m just going to make you hootsy-tootsy to over the congregation. And you watch things go very nice this time on, having it…”
Oh, is that a fact? Pray for everybody in the congregation get healed, pull up his pant leg and see a great big ugly black bruise—limped on it for days, couldn’t get healed. Self-sacrificial love, self sacrificial gifts. Not building a golden-calf empire. Standing still with God. Oh brother/sister, you don’t have a great big burden to carry. You don’t have the big responsibility. You just got one thing and that’s believe, that’s all, you got to believe.
You believe it’s all ready done, that’s grace. Marvelous grace of our loving Lord. But you can just sit back and say it’s been proven. I don’t worry anymore. Well that’s down, well that’s fine. Big tent, big this, big that, that’s fine, let them have it, let them…
How many churches will say the same thing? But they aren’t vindicated like we are, because we got a vindicated message. They go by tradition and folly, we go by revealed wisdom.
Oh, we’re just happy, happy people. Praise the Lord.
Gracious heavenly Father, we love You tonight. We praise Thee, oh God, for Your kindness, we know that we don’t deserve it. But we did ask You tonight, Lord, to help us, and You helped us to bring it into the realm of utter simplicity, into the brick wall of simplicity. Into the place where the wall is so high that men can not get over, so deep that men can not get under. We stand right there and see the salvation of our God. And we thank You for it, Lord, that You’re doing it all.
In this our day, when You could look down and say, “I’m going to end the whole thing, but I’ve got the solution and Elijah coming,” and it was done. And Lord we praise Thee, oh God, from the depth of our heart, oh God of great love, that You have done this for us and our eyes are open to it.
And we do not excoriate those on the outside whose eyes are closed, Lord. We are not going to do that by Your grace and Your love and Your power—tender mercies. We can pity them, Lord, which we certainly trust, oh God, that we will do, and have great anxiety concerning them, even as Paul would have and any servant of God would have.
But Lord we will not go with them. The invitation, Lord, is they come with us. There is no invitation that we go with them, for You said when they say come here, come there, we say don’t go hither. Sorry. If we’re going to walk together they got to come our way, because by the grace You have given us we are going Your way. It’s not any more whose side is God on, but it’s who is on the Lord’s side, and we want to stand there.
We want to stand with our Joshua, the Holy Spirit, veiled in the Pillar of Fire tonight, to lead us right to the millennium. That Spirit that’s in our midst, ready to be incarnated in Jesus Christ our living Lord. That One that came down to place the church according to the Word of Almighty God, doing so now, and placing us, building us up in the most holy faith, in the assurance that was in the great Abraham, the full assurance of faith. For we know that faith gives way at this time, Lord, absolutely gives way to sight. And we have seen.
John said those Scriptures have been fulfilled to such an extent, we saw, we heard, we handled of the Word of Life. And we, Lord, in the same enviable position tonight, in the way You given us.
We praise thee, oh God, and thank You for the fullness of You Word devolving upon us this hour. We believe tonight, and I trust tomorrow and every day it grows and grows. And we believe, holding our heads up, our redemption has drawn nigh. And this is the hour of the resurrection, and this is the day of the open seal, the Tree of Life in full view, and immortality to the chosen few, that we’ll be here.
And lord, if even if any measure of a reward in this, that people, by living and walking with You, would qualify wherein others would pass on—and I don’t know that’s true. But if there were anything to that, then Lord I pray that this people here, there’ll be some standing here who will so apply themselves to the grace of Almighty God and the Word, the sobriety and diligence of this hour, that one day they will see those loved ones back here on earth, and they will walk right in to the millennium glorified, and to the wedding supper.
Father, that’s a prize that Paul said he’d give everything for. Everything behind him and this just one thing looking at, and Father, maybe You could help me tonight. All of us standing here, to just somehow let that grace trickle into our hearts.
And that Life in Your Word, oh God, counting all things lost to gain the excellence…?… in that knowledge, and be a part of the resurrection from among the dead, in fact, not even die. Somebody’s going to be there, Lord. Maybe we can be there.
Bless each one in this Divine Presence, oh God. And as the prophet said so many times, may all the sick be healed. One day it’s going to be. One day they’re just going to be so beautiful rounded out in this flesh here. Yes sir, just looking like the sons of God that they are. Then comes the resurrection, then comes immortality.
Bless us, Lord, as we go, partake a little substance with each other, a little friendship, a little fellowship. Grace and honor, Lord, be Yours. The glory be Yours, oh God, as it’s never been before in our lives.
We pray humbly tonight in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen