Future Home Of The Heavenly Bridegroom And The Earthly Bride #09Builder Of Zion; Living In Eternity
Shall we pray.
Heavenly Father we thank You for the great possibilities that come out of Your Presence, which we know You are here in the form of the Holy Ghost, Lord, in a Pillar of Fire, though invisible to us, the great invisible God, and we know by Your works which You have manifested Lord, and the things that You have allowed, to know definitely that You are here with us and we’re grateful for it.
And now that all things are possible, we pray tonight that You’ll really open up Your Word to us Lord, as to the spirit and understanding of the prophet in giving us this Message that we too might begin to realize the same hope that he had, and begin to understand the fulfillment of scripture.
To see our place Lord, in that eternal Kingdom. Help us Lord to see that tonight, and by it Lord, be lifted up and humbled, and much better servants, O God, than ever before.
In Jesus’ Name we pray, amen.
You may be seated.
Now this is the ninth message and we’ve sort of slowed down, but that’s all right, we’ll catch up a little later on. Now, it should come as no surprise that this earth will always remain the home of Adam’s race, for their bodies were taken out of its soil.
Now that’s something that Brother Branham brings to us very conclusively, the fact that even the body that God used came out of the ground, and we’ll read more about that and talk more about it. And we also are a part of this same earth, and when God set forth to redeem us, He would consequently have to redeem the earth then from which we were taken.
And so really when we begin to understand the Word of God, it is no surprise that this earth will always be our home. Now many people do not believe that, in fact I would say the majority of people have the mistaken idea that heaven is going to be their home, their permanent home.
You know the old song, you know, it is used be that this earth is not my home, you know, I’m just a-passing through. And the idea was going to make the eternal abode in heaven. That is not so at all.
Now as the bodies of mankind dissolve, but come back anew in the resurrection, so does the crust of this earth dissolve by fire, and come back renewed. Now you’ll notice that only the wicked die. The Bible said, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.”
Now your very structure, from what you’re literally structured from, is a life. And that life, if you’re predestinated, has come from God, it’s the seed life down in your soul. Now everybody has a soul. But everybody does not have that seed life.
So you’ll notice that God destroys that which is not of Him. The soul that sinneth dies, which is the lake of fire, which is annihilation. But, you see, the structure, your true structure as a child of God does not die. See?
All right, now. The structure of the earth is from the core outward, and God renovates the crust. What He does, the same with you and me. Our structural core comes from the soul, then God renovates the crust, which is our bodies, and puts us back on the structure which has a renovated crust. See? The perfect harmony, and everything always in keeping.
And as we change in order to come back, because we have to change to come back, because we die, we go to dust and gases and ashes and whatnot you know, some type of residue which can be seen or perhaps not seen. Might be just like an annihilation, you see, reduced by an atom bomb.
And as we change, in order to come back, so does the earth, change that is, to become a sinless home for a sinless people, and there will be no more seas. Now Brother Branham tells us the truth about that, you know, like there’s enough atomic power in, I suppose, maybe a tumbler of water to do a tremendous amount of damage.
Well, when God brings a chain reaction upon the earth, all the seas begin to erupt and go forth in a chain reaction and the atoms just go back to original, and then God forms once more out of that.
Now, we get the earth back then to the form that God wants it, which is a type of redemption, the cleansing by fire. Then Mount Zion will rise up again exactly where it is now. Come once more… You know, H.G. Wells made a statement, he just should have to stuck to his girlfriend Rebecca West, because they’re just a couple of fornicating people is all they were.
But he made the stupid statement as a great historian, he said, “There’s nothing in Palestine that ever happened there, there’s nothing happening now, and nothing ever will.”
It’s the hot spot of the universe. Such crass impotence by these so-called intellectuals, they make me sick! That’s all they are, just a bunch of mongers, and we know what they are.
He said, “Nothing is important there.” I’ll tell you, Mount Zion is. And the very place, Zion is going to rise as a mountain from the structure and from the core of this earth. The crust.
And when it appears anew, the holy City, New Jerusalem, which is already formed like a pyramid whose base and altitude are the same, fifteen hundred miles, making a six thousand mile perimeter, fifteen hundred miles high, how many square miles it is I don’t know, and I’m not too interested in knowing, just a mighty big wonderful place.
That’s going to come down upon, over and on top of Mount Zion. And this City will be enclosed by walls made of twelve layers of precious stones. And each stone will be close to twenty feet high. Nice big long chunks, if you can figure it. Many feet long.
You know, people sell their souls for jewels, for gold, and for silver. If they’d just give their souls over to God, they’d get it all. As they’d never dreamed possible.
There’ll be twelve gates, each one a solid pearl. And each pearl will be maybe close to two hundred and sixteen feet in height. What a tremendous, tremendous, gate each one will be. And the names of the twelve tribes and the twelve apostles will be inscribed on the gates and in the foundations.
The City itself will be of pure transparent gold. In the midst of it, will be the Tree of Life and the River of Life. Can’t get them separated. Zion will be made of avenues, and streets, and canals, and rivers, and everything beautiful. Beautiful parks and streams of life, Brother Branham put them in multiplicity, put them multiplied.
Streams of life. Coursing through the entire City. An actual rural urban situation. Fruit trees of life, Tree of Life, just like they’re growing in our own backyard, from what he sort of brought out to us.
That the Tree of Life will change its fruit every single month. People will live on it. The kings who enter in will ceremoniously pluck off leaves from the Tree of Life, signifying the healing of all mankind from its sin and degradation. Not just physical sin now, that’s not the thing.
It’s the degraded nature and its terrible depraved condition. There will be wars no more, God perfect. Not man perfect and not nature perfect, but God perfect. Harmony will reign over all. Everybody will feel it, they will be a part of it.
The Lamb will sit on the throne at the very apex, the very top of the holy City on the holy mountain. With the Pillar of Fire above the throne. There will be no sun or moon, or even a temple, for the Glory of God and the Lamb will lighten it, and God and His Lamb are the temple thereof.
You’ve got to begin to see, you’ve got to change your thinking of what lies ahead, because this is an introduction to what lies ahead whether you would like it or not. Now if you don’t like it, you won’t be going there. And if you don’t think your mind can take it, you’ve got a better idea than God, you still won’t go there.
Think it over now. I said harmony. God harmony. And the God harmony is, “Who art thou O man to reply against God? Can the thing formed say to him that formed it, “Why hast thou made me thus?”
Can the vessel say to the potter who has dominion over the clay to do what he wants to do with it, and we’re the pots. Some to dishonor and some to honor. God says, “Are you telling Me what to do?” No, you’ve got to get your…
See, Brother Branham had a definite spirit when he preached this message. And there’s a definite spirit that goes with this message. And we try to bring it out as we go along. Because everything is an application to an end time Bride. You understand? All right, now you just keep moving with me. All right.
God and His Lamb are the temple thereof. Now there will still be a temple in the Millennium. But there will not be a temple here. Now that means something. What all it means, I haven’t studied it out. I wouldn’t know how to study it all out perhaps. But just think, there will not be literally a meeting place, because it will be the meeting place.
God dwelling in the midst of His people. In the midst of the congregation. And that’s the last and great final congregation. Christ eulogizing the Bride. You say, “Man, I didn’t think God had anything to good to say about me.” Well, I agree, I don’t think personally speaking… you can see where it’s a problem in our thinking that God would think too highly of us.
But I said many years ago, one of my favorite illustrations is that, this is years and years ago, I was just a kid, we had a very outstanding veterinary surgeon. Used to come by our place, very nice man, tremendous diagnostician, he was fantastic.
And he told us, he loved my mother’s cooking and my sister’s cooking, and so he was a poor old widower, so he’d come by the odd time, and we’d feed him up good.
And he would always praise our cooking, and he said, “You know,” he said, “years back,” he said, “I’ll never forget there was this boy,” he said, “his mother and he had a farm and the threshers would come through all the time you know, and they would feed the threshers because that was the way it went.
And this boy… and his mother couldn’t cook for sour apples, and she made the most horrible bread that anybody ever made. And he would go and eat at these… and he loved his mother’s bread. You know, he got used to it. And when he ate at these farmer’s places where the food was good, he said, ‘Oh my, it’s wonderful. All it lacks is my mother’s good bread.’”
Well, you know, I hope that we learn to eat the bread of God, and don’t have our own thoughts and our own things we’re eating on and feeding on, that’s going to get us away from the understanding of this glorious City that we’re a part of. And it takes the constant changing of our minds, to understand what the prophet is saying.
And so here we’re learning that there isn’t any temple. It’s just one big vast beautiful temple. With Christ Himself in the midst of the whole thing, because you see, the apex up there, and a pyramidal city would have the number of sides, you would just kind of walk around like a square, it would be like a diamond shape below.
And you could see the City and the light from any direction. So here He is in the midst of the City. Right above there in this great temple, just I suppose could be millions of people in there, in this vast beautiful complex.
And here He is singing, He’s giving praises out for God’s people. And that’s marvelous to know that. Well, that’s good kind of bread to eat on tonight. Zion will be seen from all over the world. For it is the light of the world.
And as is the source of light, of life, now listen again, and as is the source, that’s the Lamb, God’s glory in the Lamb, and as is the source of light of that life, God in His Lamb, so will be all else that walk in its emanations.
In other words, the very life that that light comes from, will be causing all life to move, in the divine harmony of God. Now that’s staggering in its implication, but that’s what Brother Branham was telling us.
All right, we’re going to go to page 58, and oh let me see, 265 we read it, but we’ll look at it again. Now he says,
[57-5] On this throne, looking so high, up there so high, fifteen hundred miles, the new City and its foundations, twelve gates, Jesus the Headstone, the apostles judging the twelve tribes…
Now what all that means, I don’t know. But I’m sure that the basic word here is actually distinguishing, judging the twelve tribes, means a distinguishing and a deciding, which will give them a place of a leadership. Because this is a government that is theocratic. But always under the government, there are layers, or strata, of society, and those that work within it.
And these ones here are arbitrarily, the twelve apostles and the twelve tribes of Israel from way back there, arbitrarily are given these positions of authority. And they will know from God how to move with the people and direct them where necessity indicates.
And that’s what I look at that, because I cannot see judging as though there is a right or there is a wrong. Because there’s no sin there. You haven’t got the pulsations of the enemy. You haven’t got the mind of the enemy anymore. You’ve come to the place of utter perfection, where Isaiah saw it, and the doors of the post were just moving back and forth in a rhythm with God and all nature.
And saying, “Holy, holy, holy.” Well, what are you going to decide? I mean, what are you going to judge? You can’t do it. You’ve got a gate of a solid pearl, how are you going to top that? You going to have a contest to see who’s got a bigger pearl? You got jewels, sixteen feet high. Just, acre. Terribly, I mean, you can’t imagine.
Are you running a contest, who’s going to carve his name on it, a little graffiti or something? Uh-uh. The Word is distinguishing and deciding. In other words, you won’t be in glory land, necessarily, rocking on your rocking chair, on your gold veranda, hoping someone will bring you something.
No, there’s going to be something going on. I don’t know what it is, but I know positively from this, there is a program outlined by God, that is going to be continuing. And it will be in perfect harmony with the Lord.
Now he said here,
The pyramid of Enoch, that’s in Egypt of course, casts no shadow at any time of the day. That is absolutely correct. There’s never a shadow. It’s directly under the sun where there can be no shadow. At no time any time of the year. It’s geographically fixed.
It’s so geographically fixed, and in the dimensions of this great geometrical figure; that no matter where the sun is, there’s never a shadow around the pyramid. See how it is? That’s your type. There’ll never be any night there. God on top of the mountain floods it with His glory. His glory-Light.
Now, remember the word ‘glory’ is a funny word. We looked it up in the Greek a long time ago. And I’m not too smart at remembering, so you’ve got to just sort of fill in the spots if I don’t remember too well. The word ‘glory’ actually has to do with an assessment.
Actually an assessment. An assessment is a judgment which would be uttered. So, when you’re looking at the glory of God, you’re looking at what God assesses Himself to be, and then He turns and transmits it to us.
So, whatever God is within Himself to His people, that will be coming forth. And there’ll never be anything to stem its flow. And it will be absolutely fantastic because it will be essentially God Who is Spirit, Who is Life!
How would you like to have a spirit right now that’s life giving? Well, you’ve got it, not just potentially, you got it in earthen vessels. And the earthen vessels got to go.
But what about the fact that you’d have this eternal life in an immortal vessel? What could be accomplished? What could be done with our lives? Just the satisfaction alone would be so tremendous, you could well just say, “Well, I think I’ll just sit on my porch and rock.”
You’d just feel so good even doing nothing. In other words, you would feel so wonderful just being. How many of us have even come near that? Pbbt. Many times I wish I weren’t.
Because you’re bucking a lot of things, you’re bucking your flesh. You’re bucking your own spirit which is not of God, only allowed of God. And within the soul there is the constant cry, and with outside there is a constant barrage, and who knows who your friends really are.
I’m not trying to paint it too dark, I’m just letting you know, how much of a well-being have you got? See. This is not the era of the well-being-ness. But we’re coming to it. See.
Now Brother Branham was a terribly nervous man. He’d preach under terrible, nervous conditions. I would see him deal with people, and he himself almost like a wild beast, his eyes darting, trying to get out the way, just get away.
And yet he’d stand there and sit with the people so sweet, and so understanding, and so beautiful. And that thing was killing him. Is that what God is all about? No. This is just a trial we’re going through.
His glory-Light will be there all the time. There’ll be no night there. And Jesus is the Headstone. That’s right.
All right, the future government then that we see here, is one of pure character. It will come forth from the men that God has ordained, and that have gone through the pre-ordained subscription, or a way of life.
Let’s take a look at those people for a minute. We can find them over here in the book of Romans, the 5th chapter, where God holds us to a type of discipline, in this circle, the cycle of Almighty God. Beginning at the 1st verse,
(01) Therefore [having been] justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
(02) By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
(03) And not only so, we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation [and hard times] worketh patience;
(04) And [this patience we get by just standing before God and waiting for Him, brings forth a character. And character brings forth an earnest expectation.]
(05) And [the earnest expectation brings forth the] love of [Almighty] God [never disappointing].
At this point, we have many disappointments in life. But we’re looking to the day of never being disappointed. Of a never failing, perfect life.
Let’s keep reading on here, because time goes on so fast.
[58-1] Now notice, so the redeemed shall walk in the Light. We sing now: “We’ll walk in the Light, that beautiful Light…” There’s something in us calling out, “Passed from death unto Life.” It’s because that is waiting for us. See? That’s this New Jerusalem. That’s what’s the attribute, that’s what we feel.
All right, first of all he says here, the redeemed shall walk in the light. That is a foreknown proposition. Today we can only sing about walking in the light, which we do have, referring to the future light, where the Lamb and the Glory of God is that light.
So, we sing now: “We’ll walk in the Light, that beautiful Light…” and there’s something in us calling out, and what is calling out? The life that is of God that has been redeemed back to God is looking now for this New Jerusalem.
And it says, the calling out is because there is something waiting for us. That’s that New Jerusalem. Now he said, that is what the attribute is.
In other words, what we feel is the attribute. Is this speck of immortality that was given to us by way of a physical or material or a natural election which we now have bought back to God, wants to go back, and fulfill the program and the part that God ordained for us.
Now that is what’s calling out for. Now if you don’t have anything calling out for it, except you’re just tired, and you’d like to have something nicer… you know that’s a dangerous position.
Because when Brother Branham preached this, you could tell from his own spirit, he understood what he was talking about. Now, this, what he’s looking at here, there will be no more child training, no child training is necessary, it’s all over according to Hebrews 12.
There’s no feeling of ill, there is no distrust, there’s no fear, there’s no more doubt, there is no more wrong decisions, there is a trust in God and a true walk of light, in which there is no darkness.
In other words, eternal life in its true geography is what we’re looking at.
Now, he said here,
We sing now: “We’ll walk in the Light,”
Now, as far as I know, that goes back to 1 John the 1st chapter. So we’re going to take a look at it. And he’s speaking here,
(01) That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, the Word of life;
(02) (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
Now Jesus said, “I came from the Father, and I go back to the Father.” And John is saying here, “This very One that came out of the Father, and He was invisible in Him, was made visible, and we actually handled eternal life in a manifested form.” 3rd verse,
(03) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that [you] may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
(04) And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
(05) This then is the message we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
(06) If we say we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
(07) But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
Now, you’ll notice that this scripture here is the evidence of the Baptism with the Holy Ghost, to receive the light of the Word that’s in your hour, and to walk in it, which means to put aside all the other so-called light which has become darkness now.
Now, and that life, which is the Holy Ghost, that life is calling out as the son to the Father, to share the Predestinated City. Because the predestinated City has been made by God. And now it comes a time for the sharing.
Now notice, John said, “I handled the Builder of Zion.” Now let’s go back to Matthew 28. Now what we’re trying to do is bring this down to the present day as Brother Branham did it, because it has to do with you and me.
And we’ll read quite a bit about that, as I made some notes up on it. Matthew 28:9. After the resurrection.
(09) And as they went to tell his disciples [that Jesus was risen], behold, Jesus met them saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and [they] worshipped him.
They took hold of the feet of the Builder of Zion.
(16) Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
(17) And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.
(18) And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Now you notice in here, that the eleven actually did not all believe. Some of them doubted. All right, let’s go on to Hebrews the 12th chapter. Now notice, in the 18th verse which is a good place to start, that he is talking to us in this hour, the end time Bride.
(18) For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest,
(19) And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice that [they] heard entreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more:
(20) (For they could not endure that which was commanded, If so much as a beast touch the mountain, it [was to] be stoned, or thrust through with a dart:
(21) And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)
(22) But [you] are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem [that’s our Mother], and an innumerable company of angels, [Angels at the gate. Watching. The Bible says that.]
(23) To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
(24) And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things of Abel.
Now watch what it says to those that have come near to this mountain. And the only ones that you can talk to that are coming near to this mountain are capable of being in danger.
That’s the end time Bride before the resurrection, because once there’s a resurrection, nobody has any problems. You can handle anything. You could handle the devil with one hand tied behind your back and four fingers chopped off the other hand.
What could the devil do to a resurrected man? What could anybody do to a resurrected man? Now watch,
(25) See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that [spoke] on earth, [Did it come to pass what he said when he was on earth? On Mount Sinai and in the flesh? You bet it did. Now,] much more shall we not escape, if we turn away from him [not that speaketh, but it is from heaven, though He’s going to speak and it will be upon earth. Because remember, Revelation chapter 5:1 comes down in Revelation 10:1.]
(26) Whose voice then shook the earth: [Now when it shook the earth, you got two shakings. You got upon Mount Sinai, and you got a shaking, and the dead came out of the graves,] but now he promised, saying, Yet once more shake [I] not the earth only, but also heaven.
Now watch how this stems right into New Jerusalem. Because he says you’re approaching the city. And it’s a people that are living, and we’re the only ones that can qualify in this twentieth century, if this is the time for the resurrection and Rapture. He said, “You watch, ‘cause I’m going to do it.”
(27) And this word, Yet once more, [signifying] the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
Now, you tell me what cannot be shaken? The only thing cannot be shaken is verily the Word of Almighty God. Because heaven and earth shall pass away, but the Word of God will not pass away. So therefore every creed and denomination is going to tumble down.
(28) Wherefore we receiving a kingdom [that] cannot be moved,
Those that are approaching. Not to Sinai. Not to the ground that trembled. But you’re approaching the ground that flees away from the face of God. A group of people living now, if this is the hour.
But you see, right now you’re right where you always were with Brother Branham. The Judge, now, right down to the White Throne. White Throne now. Millennium, skips over it, and every prophet does it. Every prophet does it.
Now read your Bible, as I’ve shown you that. In one breath, jump two thousand years or one thousand years. It takes God’s Own prophets to explain what God’s Own prophets said and wrote.
(28) Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace [you don’t need grace when you’re literally transformed or resurrected], whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
(29) For our God is a consuming fire.
He is not a consuming fire on Mount Zion. He’s already consumed. So He’s a consuming fire now. And the Judge is judging. And the judgment of God is, “This world must burn.” Not to entire burning and re-creation, but burn off, like the flood.
And He puts us in that very position of being those to whom He speaks concerning it, as though we were the only ones. And we are the only ones He’s speaking to here. Not speaking to anybody else. No other church age can qualify. So, here we are. So what am I trying to tell you?
I’m trying to tell you this: Brother Branham said in the Exodus, that when God sent Moses down to Egypt to deliver Israel, he not only appeared in signs and wonders, but He Himself visibly appeared in a Pillar of Fire and he said, so today, and the picture’s behind the blackboard there, “So today the camera has taken His picture.”
So what I’m trying to show you is this: We might not, and have not, and cannot, at this point come and put our hands on His feet. We cannot hold Him in a physical form. But the same One that was there in the physical form, is here now in the form of the Holy Spirit, in a Pillar of Fire, and He had a prophet. You see?
And what we are looking at now is a justifiable faith that is based upon a vindication. See? Now that’s what the prophet was bringing to us. And he said, “We’ll walk in the light, that beautiful light. There’s something in us calling out.”
Now, every Bride member, from two thousand years back, in the New Testament, and all the way back to Abraham, and prior to Abraham, though they might not have recognized what was doing it, this Sonship in within the person. And Abraham was looking for a City.
And every Bride member of Zion has looked for the City, but they could not look for the City as we look for the City. Nor could anybody before Abraham look for the City as Abraham looked for a City, because he went right to the very place, looking for the City, where the City’s going to come down. Whose Builder and Maker is God.
So we are in a very marvelous period of time. And that should be the spirit of this message. Of Brother Branham bringing us to the place where time and eternity flow together. And we flowing together with it. Understand, we are a part of it. That we’re fully identified.
So therefore, our longings and the deep of our heart is looking for this great City. That’s what he says right here. He said, “What is this something calling out for this great City beyond? Why, he said, it’s the soul within us, this everlasting life, this attribute of God. Calling for what it knows within itself,” and look it, folk… well… let’s look at life.
Life cannot even be seen by a microscope. The highest-powered microscope cannot see it. It takes a high-powered microscope to see what life is enveloped in, in order that that life come forth in a form. And when it comes forth in a form, the form will have within it everything essential concerning the nature of the life, and it will want it, what that life wants.
Then would not the life of God in an individual want what’s in God? See? I’ll tell you, it takes renewing of the mind because we have trained our mind for too many years to negate what God’s Word has said.
All right. Get the picture. 267.
[58-2] Truly, this is (Are you ready?) this is the City Abraham was looking for. Being a prophet he knew that City was somewhere; the Bible said so. And he forsook the city in which he lived, and he went out to look for it, and look where he went. Exactly where it will be. See? He was looking for a City whose Builder and Maker was God, being a prophet. See?
Now, Abraham hasn’t got there yet. Nobody’s got there yet. Although they’re getting ready to get there. Job hasn’t got there, David hasn’t got there. But we’re coming there. The mountain hasn’t appeared yet, but it will.
[58-3] Jesus, the Divine Architect, has gone to prepare with Divine hands, a Divine City, for a Divinely bought people, who are a predestinated people. He’s gone to prepare this City.
Now, like Abraham, let’s go to Abraham. Take a look at that man.
(08) By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. [And he got there, and God said, “You don’t get one place where the foot of your sole has trod.” It’s his, but you can’t do a thing about it. It’s exactly what’s going on right now.]
(09) By faith he sojourned in the land of promise [he just lived there, you know, dwelt, just running around], as in a strange country,
Now, what is the reason for spiritual unrest, which could be, really, spiritual longing? It’s because you don’t belong in the condition that you’re in here, on this earth. You belong, really, in another condition.
And when you are properly conditioned, the earth will be properly conditioned because all creation is waiting for us, the sons of God, to be manifested. And we’re waiting on God’s time. We’re waiting on God, they’re waiting on us.
All right, let’s keep reading.
(09) By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise:
(10) For he looked for a city which hath foundation, whose builder and maker is God.
All right, now, by faith he sojourned. By faith, he took his lumps. By faith, he took the promise, and couldn’t get it. Was going to get it later. Now what about you and me?
Let’s go to 2 Corinthians, the 4th chapter. All right, verse 16.
(16) For [this] cause we faint not; but though our outward men perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
(17) For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
(18) While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen:
Abraham was not looking at the beautiful City, per se, ‘cause it wasn’t there to look at; but spiritually he was looking at it. He wasn’t looking at the things he did see, which said, “Hey, there’s no City here.”
You know, many times we just don’t take to our hearts the fact that God has got this City prepared and the City is just on the horizon, ready to break through. What is one thousand years with God? Merely a day. Twenty-four hours is what God’s got left in His calendar. For this time.
(18) We look not at the things [that] are seen, but at the things [that] are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Every city here is a physical thing that’s going to pass away, but the eternal things of God are coming our way, shortly. We know destruction’s coming, and with it, praise God, there’s going to come the New Jerusalem.
All right. We’re going to read all of paragraph 269.
[58-4] Abraham was looking for it, [that’s that City,] and he professed that he was a pilgrim and a stranger, for he looked for a City whose Builder and Maker is God; that prophet knowing it was somewhere. John saw it coming down, but Abraham thought it must be on earth right then. Why? He met Melchizedek, the King of It and gave Him a tithe.
Now, Melchisedec had no father, He had no mother. He had no beginning of life or ending of life. [Beginning of days or end of life, the Bible said.] Abraham met Him, and they took communion right on the literal spot where the City will be raised up, the holy mountain of the Lord where the redeemed are going to live.
All right. The meeting of Melchisedec and Abraham is another picture of Hebrews 13:8, He’s the same yesterday and forever. Where God appeared to the prophet. Because this was God in a human form that He raised up for Himself, like maybe took a handful of dust, Brother Branham said, and blew on it. Stepped into the figure, and there He was before Abraham.
Now, He was King of Righteousness and King of Peace. And as King, He would have a retinue. And of course, being a King, He couldn’t be a nomad. Now, kings in those days meant a city fortified, people that were under them. You could be a king with what? One big family. Abraham was a king of his family.
You could be a king with three or four families. Later on became king with hundreds of families. But you had to have a kingdom. You weren’t just someone trotting around. Unless you’re dispossessed king. Now we don’t here… this was not a dispossessed king. This was a King. So somewhere the Man had a City. And Abraham would be looking for that City.
Now, what I’m trying to get you to picture here is that I preached continually that this was a real Man, with a real retinue, with real soldiers, and there was a real City somewhere, right here on earth, God did it.
Now, you say, “Well, the point is, why would God do it?” It’s none of your business. [inaudible] who told you to ask God, why this and that?
Now, look it. I want you to enter in where… I’m trying to enter in where the prophet was, I’ll never get where the prophet was.
But I’m trying to get this picture across to you to that look, there is a reality here, because this is part of the Thunders and Seals, brought forth under divine revelation, there is something here that is vital to us.
And I think a lot of it has to do with, the vitality has to do with the faith that this gives us. Now, Wednesday so or ago, we were looking at this fellow Melchisedec.
And I didn’t do a very good job, I just quickly went through it because I wanted to read an awful lot, and I didn’t read my notes to thoroughly; but I’m going to go over them now with you, a little more thoroughly.
Now, I want you to go back with me to Hebrews the 5th chapter, 5-10, and learn about this fellow Melchisedec.
(05) So also Christ glorified not himself to be an high priest; but he said [to] him, Thou art my Son, to-day have I begotten thee.
(06) As he [said] in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
(07) Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;
(08) Though he were a Son, yet [he] learned obedience by the things which he suffered;
(09) And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;
(10) [Being] called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.
(11) Of whom we have many things to say, and [are] hard to be uttered, seeing [you] are dull of hearing.
(12) For when the time [you] ought to be teachers, [you] have need that one teach you again which [would] be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not strong meat. [Now, to know about Melchisedec is very strong meat.]
(13) For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
In other words, full maturity cannot come until the revelation of Melchisedec and the high priesthood of Melchisedec is brought before them, and it’s got to be done, of course, by a prophet, because nobody else could do it.
Now it’s in the Word, but you’d have to know by a prophet and the Spirit of God, what hour it is.
Now, remember, Christ passes from the Aaronic priesthood. Now, the Aaronic priesthood did not sit on thrones. Nuh-uh, it mediated. The Melchisedec priesthood sits on thrones. When did Christ sit on a throne?
When He took the book out of the hand of the Father, ripped the seals off, and the Father came down, Revelation 10:1, and He climbed on the throne, and Revelation 3:20, He said, “I’m sitting on My throne.”
So, you cannot know these things until a certain hour. Which is adulthood. Which is a maturity that could only take place in this hour, and the fullness of adoption into the resurrection. Do you understand what I’m saying?
(14) But strong meat belong[s] to them that are full [of] age [and the full age is when? The seventh church age is over.], even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
They could not do it back there. This is the one hour under Elijah, that you know who serves God and who doesn’t, and what righteousness is and what wickedness is. It’s the only time you really know. I know people don’t believe it, I care less what they believe. I’m not concerned.
Now, there is an interruption, or an interpolation, from Hebrews 6, right on down to 6:12, 1-12.
Now, Paul is saying, “Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec”, now jump down to verse 13.
(13) For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,
(14) Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, multiplying I will multiply thee.
(15) And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.
(16) For men verily swear by the greater: an oath for confirmation to them an end of all strife.
(17) Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:
(18) That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
(19) Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;
(20) Whither the forerunner for us [is] entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
(01) For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;
(02) To whom Abraham [also] gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, after that King of Salem, which is, King of peace;
(03) Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abide[s] a priest continually.
Now watch, the interpolation.
(01) Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on [to] perfection;
Now, since he said here, you cannot have this revelation, of Christ becoming a true Melchisedec King Priest. See you can’t have it, until maturity time. Now watch maturity time, the interpolation here is identical to Revelation 10:1-7, which is an interpolation.
In other words, it goes back in retrospect, it’s not in true chronological order.
Now, he says,
(02) Of the doctrine of the baptisms, laying on of hands, resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
(03) This will we do, if God permit.
What if God didn’t permit? He didn’t permit then. When’s He going to permit it? The time of maturity.
(04) For [it’s] impossible for those who were once [for all] enlightened, have tasted of the heavenly gift, made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
(05) Tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
(06) [Not if they shall fall away. Having fallen away], to renew them again unto repentance;
Now, you show me when a man cannot be renewed to repentance. It’s when the last message comes. When Hebrews 12 comes into manifestation, when God one more time speaks, because He’s going to speak.
And the Thunders prove it. And the Thunders are on earth. And God comes down on earth, and there’s a prophet on earth. And you can’t deny it. ‘Cause it’s the Word of Almighty God. This is the time right here, this takes place.
(06) [And falling away] they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
(07) For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bring forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receive blessing from God [now he’s talking about people]:
(08) But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh [to] cursing; whose end is to be burned.
In other words, at the end time message, it doesn’t bring a curse, it brings a judgment, and the curse follows, when the earth is burned. And the earth is never cursed thoroughly, it’s just the crust of it.
(09) But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.
(10) For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
(11) And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope [to] the end:
(12) That ye be not slothful, but followers of them [that] through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Now he’s telling them right here, he said, “Look it, this doesn’t apply to you.” Said, “That doesn’t apply to you.” He says, “You’re going to be all right.” Then who isn’t going to be all right? At the time of the Melchisedec revelation. See?
God once more, in the form of a High Priest, ministering to a people Himself what was accomplished by His death and resurrection!
Now look! That points New Jerusalem! Now what does it tell you about it? Now, it tells you about what you’re looking at.
(13) For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,
(14) Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.
(15) And after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. [That’s Abraham, waited for the promise of the son. Now watch.]
(16) For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.
Now, when God swears by Himself, what more do you want? What is God swearing by Himself? ‘Thus Saith The Lord’ in proving it.
Now, let’s go back to Revelation 10. And you see the picture here, perfectly. Okay. The mighty one comes down in verse 10. He’s got his… had a little book open, his right foot on land, on the sea, and the left foot on the earth. Cries with a loud voice, the thunders thunder.
Now watch. The angel, the messenger that came down, with one foot on land, one on sea;
(06) [Swears] by him that liveth forever and ever, who created [the] heaven[s], and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things [that] are therein,
In other words… now God alone can swear by God. So, that Melchisedec that swore to Abraham concerning the City, the same One came down here, Pillar of Fire with the prophet and swore the same promise to you and me.
Now, that’s the spirit Brother Branham tries to bring across to us. Don’t look down the road one thousand years, forget it, it’s not a thousand years down the road anymore. Within 48 hours for all you and I know, the dead could start coming out of the ground.
In other words, we are not living anymore in time, we are simply oppressed by circumstances. We’re living in eternity. And so our thinking must be motivated by the Word of the living God that the prophet gave us.
Now, listen, he met Melchisedec, he gave a tithe, and they had communion. The heat of the battle was over. And that’s what you’re looking at. And what is it? It’s King of Righteousness and King of Peace. That is the perfect element of the New Jerusalem! Or elements.
Righteousness and peace! What more does a person want? If he is righteous or right, he will have peace, if the devil and the government, and the scum around him, leaves him alone. There won’t be any scum around you. You got to have peace. Peace is a derivative. See? Part of the attributes of the living God.
[58-5] Oh, my. [He said,] that time doesn’t just stop.
In other words, he’s talking about the clock. And the calendar. You’re moving, you’re moving, you’re moving, you’re progressing into the great things of Almighty God.
[58-6] Oh, that holy mountain… There will be streets of transparent gold, avenues, houses, parks. (If you want to read this its Revelations 21:18.) The Tree of Life will be there, twelve different manners of fruit; one each month will be born upon it. The people that eat these fruits; they’ll change their diet every month, and it’s for the overcomers only.
…Did you know that? It isn’t for denominations. Now, he’ll explain that down below. “You mean that, Brother Branham?” Let’s turn to Revelations 2, just a minute and find it, Revelations 2:7. Let’s see what it says there, when it’s really the truth or not.
[59-1] And… He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says… (Remember, He’s not talking to the Jews now; this is the church, to the Gentiles.)… He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches; To him that overcometh, I will give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
That’s in the first church age, positively, that is the Alpha, what is the Omega? Well, the Omega is where Jesus says to the last church age in Revelation 3:21.
(21) To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, as I overcame, and [sat in my Father’s] throne.
And then, over in Revelation 22, where it says the Tree of Life comes into view. Now, watch, he continues what he said. It’s for not denominations, it’s the overcomer.
[59-2] Overcomers only, that overcame the beast, overcome his mark (That’s Catholicism, Protestantism, denominations.) …who overcome the beast, his mark, the letter of his name; he’ll have a right to the Tree of Life, to enter into the gates, where nothing defiles ever can go in. See? Think of it. Now, just a minute now as we go just a little bit further. The Tree of Life will be only for overcomers, or for overcomers only.
Now, he said those that didn’t take the mark.
All right, let’s go to the book of Revelation 14:1.
(01) And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred and [forty-four] thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.
Where are these? These, brother/sister, are the hundred and forty-four thousand Jews that are sealed in. Under the sixth seal. They are eunuchs, which means they will wait upon the Bride, the servants to the Bride of Jesus Christ, and to the Christ.
They will be there, although they’re not part of the Bride, but they’ll be part of the first resurrection. How this is God’s economy, God’s government.
Now, notice, the association with the name. Now, if they have the Father’s Name, what name does the Bride have? She is Mrs. Jesus. She’s not just a derivative as it were, she’s an actual part of Him, though the derivation is there.
Now, with that let’s go to chapter 20. And in verse 4:
(04) And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads,
What mark have people got? Well, Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Pentecostal, Baptist, Methodist; the Bride doesn’t have any of that junk, and I’m going to tell you something, brother/sister, here’s where people that say they believe this message have failed, and we will not fail by the grace of God, and this church here.
Brother Branham said, “There can be no genuine true healing revival, unless there is a new message.”
And when you got the same old ideas of Pentecost, about the Appearing and the Presence, and the Rapture, and the Resurrection, and the New Jerusalem, and all these things Brother Branham preached, you are not full of the Holy Ghost. I don’t care what anybody says. You’re not full of the Holy Ghost. You’re just back there with the old crowd.
Let me give a little tip. Every doctrine that you believe in, re-examine in the light of this Word. And if you come up with Brother Branham saying what you have believed your Christian life, you are not born again!
And you better get serious. I got serious when I found out I wasn’t saying what Brother Branham said. And I knew he wasn’t speaking my language. And I’m pretty adept. Pretty rough, brother/sister. This is not something one fools with. See?
The Ephesian Age missed it. They started right, and they missed it. But you know something? We don’t. Because we start wrong and we end right. They started right and went wrong. Had to be that way. 271.
Overcomers only, see, that’s what he mentions there. He said, only these that overcome, have the name, have the right to the Tree of Life, to enter into the gates, where nothing that defiles can ever go in. [If you get in the gates you know you’re perfect. You better be perfect in Christ and you get in, see?] See? Think of it. Now, just a minute now as we go a bit farther. Tree of Life for the overcomers only.
Now, what are you saying here, there, as I look at this, he’ll have the right to the Tree of Life, all those that go in there, means that your faith can never be shared with anybody except God, and any Word but the revealed Word.
See what I’m trying to tell you? You’ll have a perfect faith. You’ll have a perfect faith because it is a perfect revelation. And that’s what you’re looking to.
The Tree of Life for those who know there cannot be a true healing revival without a new message, and Brother Branham brought it. And all the rest grabbed the healing and went right back to Trinity. Can’t do it.
All right, now watch.
[59-3] The leaves will be for the healing of the nations, that is the kings that live in there, bringing their honor in.
Every single thing that God bestows upon us, everything we’ve ever striven for and accomplished in Christ, every burden we carried, everything we ever did in the name of the Lord, a cup of cold water and all, will all be entered in there. All their glory, their honor.
When they bring their honor in and lay it before the throne of God (just like the outside, the eleven tribes) [would bring their tithes to the Levites, they bring their glory to God.]
Now watch, and when they bring their honor into that blessed [home] and then, they’ll reach for the Tree of Life, see, to break off a leaf of the Tree of Life and they’ll walk out together. There’s no more war; everything’s at peace. The leaves are a memorial for the healing of the nations.
Now, this is the divine cosmos, a memorial, that strife can never enter. Nothing will ever be at variance with the Word of God and the people of God, because it will be a constant flowing like the… as I mentioned, Ezekiel.
And they all saw it, all the prophets that ever saw a vision of God, this was Isaiah especially who saw the doors to the temple just moving back and forth, as the Cherubim’s screamed, “Holy, holy, holy.” An emanation, and caught up in the completion of it.
Perfect bodies, couldn’t sin if they tried. They wouldn’t try, ‘cause there’s nothing to try. No way, see? I don’t try to be like a tree or something, because there is nothing in me that says to be a tree. Now if I was insane of course, but I’m not insane. See, everything’s perfect.
All right, now. I hope we got time for this. How many? Is that all? Fifteen to twenty, I can’t even read this in fifteen to twenty minutes. No, we won’t put another tape on. I’m going to start this tomorrow morning.
We’ll just leave this time off here, because I got several pages here I want to read right at this time here, and there’s no way I can cover this because I’m going to take you right through the book of Ephesians and show you all these things I’m talking about right here, that the prophet is showing you, that we are into now.
Because we are Zion. If we’re not, somebody has got to be. You just can’t get away from it. Well, I’m sorry about that, we’re going to be a little slow, because you see, I got about seven pages here, and I got chapter after chapter to read.
So all right. Let’s just close off with this thought here now then, that the overcomers are definitely those that do not take a mark. And remember, Jesus said, “I came in my Father’s name, and you will not take Me.” But he said, “There will be those come in their own names, and them you will take.”
And that’s exactly what happened. And even when God sent men in His Name, like Luther came in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and Luther did the best he could under the conditions and all that he had. The people then right away turned around, and made an organization.
I like one thing about this message, there is no way you can organize it, unless you go completely potty with it. Because the truth cannot be organized. The truth is too elusive. And by elusive I mean: it depends a hundred percent on a revelation, of what this man brought us from the Word of God.
And I gave you a little key awhile ago. If your mind goes back to your trinity dogma, if it goes back to your doctrinal understanding, you are still not full of the Holy Ghost. It’s impossible. It’s impossible. It just can’t be.
It’s got to be this message, because this message is a message of restoration. It’s a message of the fullness where God has demonstrated in the Omega, what went forth in the Alpha.
And Paul said, “Look it,” the very Paul we’ve been reading tonight, he said, “Listen, I’m going to tell you something. When I came to you,” and I’ll read it later on again, he said, “I never came in the power of man.
I never came in any other way, but in the power of Almighty God. And I dynamically proved to you, where I stood in the Presence of God, and what this is all about.” And then he said, “Now you Galatians,” he said, “you know that.”
Now he said, “When I first came, you received me. You’d have plucked your eyes out for me,” because he had bad eyes. “You would have done everything for me.”
But he said, “Now, I want to know, how come you’re removed?” People say they take this Message, and fall right away. I’ll tell you what, that’s a very serious thing.
Many people say, “I believe the Word of God.” Then they turn right around, and they interpret it by their old understanding. You can’t do it. You’re cut off right to the Word of God here.
Now, we’re looking for New Jerusalem. Right on the verge of going in. Because the verge is immortality, resurrection. It will soon be over, we’ll soon be there.
And now tomorrow morning we’ll just cut right back in here, and go right on to where I am, and we’ll finish off… I’m sorry I’m so slow, but there’s nothing I can do about it, because this to me is…
What I see here is very important, how of the leaves are a memorial for the healing of the nations, and I want to bring it right down to this hour, because that’s where the prophet brought it.
All right, let’s bow our heads in prayer, we’ve got a communion service coming up.
Heavenly Father, want to thank You now for the Word of Life which You’ve given us, allowed us to study to this point O God, tomorrow we know Lord, You’ll help us to study further. To go right on with Your Word, Lord, that You’ve given into our hearts by way of a prophet, Father.
We ask You now to bless us in the upcoming little meeting we have now, reserved Lord to commemorate the shed blood, Father God, the broken body, to know that this One, this Mighty Architect, Who is building this beautiful eternal City, for this Bride that was ordained to it.
This One actually gave His life for the sins of mankind, the fallen condition of the world, the creatures, the very earth itself. That He might bring it all back in a marvelous resurrection of righteousness, so that now we can come to this place Lord, that’s prepared for us.
Father tonight, we’re asking You to help us to see this, as never before. We know the devil’s going to fight this, Your own Word tells us that the sower went forth to sow, and some just fell upon rocks, the birds came… the devil just came and took it right away. Some of the Word fell amongst hard places, just a little bit of earth, it sprang up and there was nothing to endure there, that died, withered away.
And right down the line Lord, but there was a place of good earth. And the Word came forth. Father, tonight we just within our hearts lift up our hands toward You, O God, and lift up our souls, that we want Lord, this.
In ourselves Father, we’re very intrepid. We, in ourselves we couldn’t believe Lord for this. No way, shape, and form, because we look around. But tonight we want to be like Abraham and forget about looking around, and look to You tonight Lord, and just receive it deep down within our souls as never before.
And let it come forth, O God, in a life of faith that’s going to transform us at this very end. Help Your people tonight we pray Lord, as I’m asking for help myself I’m asking for the people, O God, we want this as nothing else, in our hearts, in our lives, Lord, silver and gold we don’t want, we’re going to walk on it up there, Lord.
We’re not really interested. But Father, we do want to be where You are and to share in Your Glory.
Help us we pray in Jesus’ Name, amen. The Lord bless you.
[Brother Vayle continues with the Communion service.]