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Heavenly Father, we’re again grateful that You’ve given us the desire to come to Your house which has been consecrated by Yourself, Lord, sanctified, set aside, Lord. We might worship therein and have fellowship with You and with each other, and the blood of Jesus Christ cleansing from all sin based upon the premise of Your own Word that says if we walk in the light as You are in the Light, the Light of the hour, the Light of the age, the Light for this moment.
We know Lord that many do not believe that and we are not happy for that exactly, but we are very happy, Lord, that You have allowed us to see this in the Scripture, that there is an evening time message, an evening time light. There’s something different for this hour, something that’s going to abrogate the Word of God itself. It said it’s appointed upon man once to die, and after that, the judgment, but there is a time when man will not die but be changed into immortality. [Hebrews 9:27] In Your great plan Lord, where man can stretch forth his hand and take of the Tree of Life, which Adam could not do. We’ve waited two—six thousand years to do it. We know, Lord, that takes a different Word, that takes a different promise than has been set forth through the ages, had been written there but it has never been set forth for the ages until now.
Help us to appreciate that. Solemnize our hearts, Lord. Because of this, knowing that Truth, to put aside every other thought and everything we might have as a barricade against it. Just remove everything form our hearts and minds, Lord, and may understand the Truth of this end time hour, that we might be of those who meet You in rapturing clouds of glory, Lord at the wedding supper of the Lamb, to come back and reign on the earth, which is wonderful and beautiful but thoroughly devastated by mankind. You’ll recreated for us, that we might have the bliss that You promised.
Bless each one of us, Lord, to have that hope in our hearts, and then live it. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray, Amen. You may be seated.
It’s good to see Heather this morning. You made it from all the way from Toronto, visiting friends in Vandalia. Heather McMann. Lovely little lady from up there. I think you’re Irish background, is that right? That makes you a fighter. Good, you fought your way through traffic and came down here to see us. The Lord bless you. Good to see Sister Jan this morning, too. And all the rest of you folk, it’s a real pleasure to be here with you.
Now in continuing this message, Christ is the Mystery of God Revealed, we have to really relax with this subject, because there are things in here that are quite different from what we really have presupposed by our studies. For instance, we have literally two groups of people concerning Godhead. One is the Trinitarian group and they say there are three gods. It’s impossible, because you eliminate one by the Holy Ghost, Jesus coming back as the Holy Ghost. Every Trinitarian knows that but he won’t let go of it.
You can look up the authorities and I ran across that when I studied Vincent, the truly great theologian, and just a great student. And he takes Ephesians the fourth chapter and shows very definitely that Jesus came back as the Holy Ghost. If that’s the case, you’ve eliminated one, you don’t have three anymore. So if you eliminate one out of three, you’ve got two; why not go all the way and get back to where the Word of God is, that there is one God. Now I know people get really anxious and querulous concerning then where does Jesus stand, who was before the foundation of the world and said “give me the glory that we had before the world began,” [John 15:7] speaking in terms of a person speaking to another person.
Well this is where we begin to learn these things, hopefully to place them. And it’s not easy, it’s difficult. But if you want to take shortcuts, then you come up with, say well, I can take a shortcut with one god, and if anybody says anything different, then they’re reaching two gods. I’ve been accused of that but believe me, I know there is one God and I know He has a son, and you are not going to get rid of him. And the making the son does not make him God. That’s the thing that you understand, because there is one mediator between man and God, the man Christ Jesus. That was simply a body but what was in the body was God.
So these things you have to look at and perhaps we won’t get them all—that’s all right. We’re not superhuman people, we’re not prophets. We’re just ordinary people and we believe the Word. So I’m going to just take a little preamble here, recap before we get into what Brother Branham was actually saying. Now so therefore before we go to page eighteen, which is where we’d really start reading because we left off there, and commenting on the message reading and commenting as we go alone, it’s good to familiarize ourselves with the exact meaning of the title which is Christ Is The Mystery Of God Revealed.
Now if you look at the title carefully, it will tell you several things. Number one: God has authored a mystery. If Christ is the mystery of God which brings a revelation or is revealed, then you have to admit that God has authored a mystery, or God is the creator of a mystery. Revelations 10 and 7:
(07) But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel [messenger], when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
So God has not only authored a mystery, but God Himself is a mystery. There’s things about Him therefore that we would have to know that are literally hidden. So God has authored a mystery.
Number two: A mystery is something that is very evident as to its existence, but is not perfectly understood, because the nature of the beholder is in inadequate to fully encompass it. Now that’s what a mystery is. It isn’t that the mystery isn’t there, it isn’t that it’s not real and legitimate. The fact is you and I just can’t get in harmony with it, because it’s on a different plane. Something is missing. All right? Let’s just go to 1 Corinthians 2, and see how this really is. So how you’ve got to come back to God and God alone, and the way that God would do things, okay? In 1 Corinthians 2:6-19:
(06) Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect:
And that word—of course, perfect means full grown, mature, and also has a connotation from the mythical or ancient times, wherein the perfect were those who were privy to the revelation or the understanding of something which others were not privy to; which when you boil down into the area which would be the world and how the people are in their thinking, it would be something like a club. Some little thing in the realm of a philosophy. But this is not so, this is not a philosophy, this is a reality.
(06) Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought [nothing]:
(07) But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery,
See? Something in there letting you know it’s there, it’s real, I’m going to tell you but you won’t be able to fully encompass it. There’s no way you can know it perfectly, but it’s there, and it’s available. It’ll be real to you but there’s an element in there which you have to watch, because you just won’t be able to fully express it the way you’d want to.
(07) But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained [notice: the hidden wisdom, the hidden mystery, which God had ordained] before the world [before there was a speck of stardust] unto our glory: [now you watch the language, because this is the true Word of God.]
(08) Which none of the princes of this world knew [with their wisdom]: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
So therefore here is something that was real, it was evident, it was true, it was there, there’s no doubt about it, but they could not apprehend it on their level, so they crucified the Lord of glory. You understand what we are saying? Because this—we’re talking about a mystery now here, and if you don’t get to the heart of the mystery, where you are able to apprehend what it’s all about, you’ll do the same thing.
Now you don’t have to know perfectly, there’s no two ways about that, because there’s no one knows perfectly, only God. But you can know enough about that perfection and the revelation of it that you will accept it. And we’ll hit that a little later on.
(09) But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
Now that goes to your mysteries. That tells a mystery then, this mystery of God embodies the welfare of a certain group of people who are privy to a revelation—they have a revelation, which I said in my prayer, we walk in the light as He is in the light. As He is ministering His own revelation to the people and you walk in that, you are in the light and the blood is efficacious, and without that the blood is not efficacious.
I’m sorry, I’ll challenge you at the White Throne judgment, my brother/sister, and I’m not afraid. I will stand there as a witness to Almighty God, I’m not afraid. And I neither making myself anybody—don’t ever think that for one moment. I never have and never will. But we know what the Word of God says. We’re not bound by the creeds and dogmas and man’s fallacious understanding and arguments, and doling out of mere pittances to destroy souls. This is the full Word of God, see
(10) But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit:
And Paul uses the editorial we there, but he also embraces men like Peter, James, and John, but he is speaking of the revelation, because Paul was not anywhere near Jesus Christ, and Peter, James and John. He met God in a Pillar of Fire and God gave him the perfect revelation. And as I said last night, when Paul and some of those men and James were carried away with their own understanding and own ideas—they were injecting things—Paul looked them right in the eye and said, “that’s not the truth and you know it!”
They wanted to bring in circumcision—what for? Talk about stupid! That was okay for its time, but it’s dead. You don’t try to resuscitate a dead man, you let him rot. But try to bring up something that God had thrown aside and cast aside, said it’s over. And Paul said if you are circumcised, you’ve made the faith in Christ void, you’re finished.