Let us pray.
Heavenly Father, we’re again grateful for Your manifested Presence, Your love, Lord, Your extended knowledge that has been given to us, vindicated, formed and showing us that all things are now ready to come to the great Wedding Supper of the Lamb.
We believe, Lord, that we have heard the Shout “come on out,” and to see the Bridegroom. We believe that we have consorted with Him and our so now doing and the door is either shut, or being shut. We believe, Lord, that this is that hour.
We know the prophet said that, “If we’re not Bride, there’s a Bride out there somewhere.” May we never get in her way. May we exalt her, because Thou has exalted her. And may we exalt anything that Thou hast exalted, and also exalt Thee above all that Thou hast exalted, Lord.
We know that that’s going to have to have happened anyway in the judgment whether we make it or not in the Bride. Every knee is going to have to bow, every tongue is going to have to confess, that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of all.
We believe we have the revelation of Him being that, Lord; we believe that. Make it more real, Father, and bring it into everyday reality as never before. We’ll give You the praise, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
You may be seated.
Now I’m going to speak on “The Masterpiece” again, some from some notes that I’ve have sort of written up here, and at this point it’s “Masterpiece number 7”, and I will not be reading any Scripture just for the moment, because they’ll be plenty of Scriptures to be read.
Now, the message “Masterpiece”, Brother Branham basically speaks about three Masterpieces that God has produced. Actually two have been produced, and the third one is in production.
Number one: He produced Adam, beginning the human race. It was a Masterpiece that He produced. He produced Jesus, Who is the Christ, and He is now producing a Bride.
Now, each one according to Brother Branham was in the image of God, or reflection of God Himself, and each one was marred. And he took this from the illustration of the statue that Michelangelo made concerning Moses.
And he talked about… what this statue was, was really a reflection of what Michelangelo had in his mind. And that’s true, because nobody else would have in his mind exactly what Angelo would have in his mind.
Now, a lot of people might come by and say, “Now, look; I think it ought to be this way; I think it ought to be that way.”
And he’d say, “Now, just a minute, it’s not going that way. It’s going this way.”
And after he had got it for certain amount done, it’s certainly no doubt that someone came by and said, “It should have been this way.” “And really that’s what it was meant, but it turned out this way.”
Now, you know what I’m talking about. I’m talking about how people talk about God. They don’t believe that God was the great Masterpiecer.
Now, the masterpiece that Michelangelo made out of that piece of marble was not the great thing. The great thing was Angelo. Now, the production, of course, was magnificent and is magnificent, we won’t argue that.
We won’t argue that it was a reflection… that it was something that had to come from somewhere and bypassing materiality, it came from the wisdom and the talent of that artifactor, that great sculptor.
And that’s what you got to say about it. You can’t go beyond that. If you understand… he didn’t call in the neighbors, and he didn’t consult with his wife. Yeah. I hope you caught that point.
The wife is the Bride. And that’s why I often say, “Shut up and sit down.” Now, He never says that to a lovely Bride. Just Lee Vayle does. He gets a little excited.
You know, he says that, not to tell anybody, “Shut up and sit down.” I would not say that to anybody; I don’t think, or I haven’t really at this point, but it could come, knowing my nature. But you see, what he’s saying here in the Scriptures, “Let all the world be silent,” Say, God has always said, “Stand back, be still, and watch.”
So, this image that Michelangelo brought forth into view we’re seeing the same thing Brother Branham using as an illustration, or a basic illustration for the three great Masterpieces that come forth which we mentioned.
Number one: Adam beginning the human race.
Number two: Jesus being injected into that race.
Number three: a Bride being taken out of that race.
All right. There is however one thing that we must notice about God’s third Masterpiece, that you wouldn’t pick up by yourself, really. You’d have to be in the realm of a prophet.
And Brother Branham, being in the realm of a prophet, got a vision of this Masterpiece. And he had a vision of the Bride wherein she came into view for a preview.
In other words, he was shown something that would give him the ability to identify what would come on the scene at the end time. And Brother Branham said in the view and the preview she was identical in both cases.
Now, this vision of his tells us something. It tells us that whatever God said about the original Bride would have to be in the Word based on the ‘alpha and omega’ precept. And remember; it’s out of the Masterpiece that we found our precept which is one of the greatest precepts in the Word of God.
It’s been overlooked by the great scholars. It was never even enunciated that way by Brother Branham, who simply followed Larkin and said, “Now, when you study your Bible, you cannot take It out of context, It’s got to run in continuity. You cannot take one Scripture and place It with another Scripture that doesn’t belong to.”
He just followed Larkin. I don’t even know William Branham was aware of the laws that he was laying… Well, I believe he was aware of them. Maybe he’s just so humble he threw a lot of people off by steering them to Larkin, when the elect will come right to the prophet.
Personally, I don’t care two cents about Larkin. Larkin, you know… That’s all right. You can be a lark-kin, a sparrow-kin, you can be a partridge-kin. I say, I’m not running the guy down; he’s not my kind of a bird. I’m looking for the eagle-kin. I don’t know about you. And so that’s fine.
But Brother Branham gave us this understanding of the ‘alpha and the omega’ concept. And so, what then was in the beginning as a reflection would have to come at the very end time.
What that Bride was in this hour that we started our Seven Church Ages, back to about 53 AD, ‘54, ‘55, somewhere in there, whatever it is Paul came on the scene and gave us the fantastic revelation; we would have to have an understanding and a model in that Bride, and then, we’d have the same thing at the end time. Okay.
Let’s get our wires uncrossed instantly by going to the Scripture, which I’m going to with my understanding would be on this portion: would be Ephesians 1:3, beginning:
(03) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
(04) According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world…
Now, right off the bat you are going to notice something here, that… and I think this is sort, maybe helpful to us, if we can get our thoughts on this, sort of brought together. I don’t know. I’m just going to try to talk and see where I go from this point on, in this little area in the next few minutes.
Now, I’ll just read It again, so you get the idea.
(04) According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world…
Now, I don’t believe that that opened up God, so that man could walk in as a creation of God and simply take over. I don’t believe that God ever thought in His mind to delegate us any authority whereby we would ever take precedence over God.
It’s just like I say: God could have trillion times trillion of a true born-again believers, and He’s the Father of all of them, and not all of them together make the Father.
So, whatever formulated in God’s mind way back there before the foundation of the world, and that’s the secret then: “from before the foundation of the world,” there was something concerning us and concerning the world.
You follow what I’m saying? It wasn’t something on the Throne because at the end, the Pillar of Fire is over the Throne, the Lamb is over us, and we’re sitting right down here plumb plain.
And remember; Brother Branham… A man had a vision, and he saw Brother Branham way out up there in a circle of light above a hill, or going up a mountain. And he scrambled right behind Brother Branham, click-a-le-clicking his toenails in to get upon the crag.
When he got up there Brother Branham was up higher again. Well, he was going to scramble up where Brother Branham was. And Brother Branham in the vision, or the big dream, looked down.
He said, “Listen, I want to tell you something, Leo. It’s predestinated who gets up here. Don’t you start trying.” Now, we’re right back again to the thinking: God’s mind. Nobody ever told God anything. And nobody is going to tell God anything.
Now, that’s what we’re looking at here now in this Bride, and there is something here concerning this Masterpiece that he had a vision in which was relative to the earth.
And you’re going to find, as we’ll see Scripture, that this earth is pertinent, because it’s reformed; it’s revitalized. The man is pertinent to the earth, because he is reformed; he’s recreated.
Okay, now notice: in relationship to the world,
(04) …we should be holy and without blame before him. [Now, that hasn’t been yet. Man’s messed himself up and everything else up that he ever got his hands on.]
(05) [In love] having predestinated us unto the [placing] of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
(06) To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
(07) In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
(08) Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
(09) Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he… purposed in [Christ]:
(10) That in the dispensation of the fulness of times [In other words, when it’s all worked out upon earth here, and the whole thing is tapered off, He’s going to] gather together in one all things in Christ [exactly what He saw in the beginning of His Own vision]…
God had vision. Oh, I know people might not like that. [Brother Vayle comments: If I sit down, don’t mind that, then I might get up again too, but I’ve got enough stuff in me to make me dizzy up here, so, I’ve got to stumble through this the best I can one way or the other.]
Now, God had vision, and in these visions they were nothing but visions. Oh, that’s right. You can have visions. You call them ‘daydreaming’. An architect has vision. What he puts on paper, he’s got to formulate it in his mind.
And notice; that all comes from nature. If it doesn’t, he’s worse than Hogan’s goat for being messed up. You can’t make anything ethereal down here. Why do they call… people just think about dream castles and air castles?
Because when it comes time to put them into reality, ain’t got no more chance than, you know, hog has flying, outside someone hits you hard enough, then he’ll fly. So, look out for your dreams.
Why, I could be real nasty just about now. I might as well be nasty. We’re not Mohammedans, you know, to have harems like some guys. You let that drop in, and take it anyplace you want.
You better know what’s in the Word, where you’re at in the Word, and see what God allows and doesn’t allow. God doesn’t allow anything outside the Word. That’s just thrown in for good measure. All right.
(10) [That in] the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ… [That’s where it was in the beginning. That’s where the daydreaming started.]
That’s where the dream started. As Brother Branham said, “I wanted to have fellowship with my son; he’s only in my loins.”
Where is he before then? Well, if he’s going to be in this, he’s going to have to be way back there in the vision. All right. And if prophets typed God, you tell me who had more visions than prophets. So, God had a vision.
Okay. Here’s His vision.
(10) That… he might gather together… all things… which are in heaven, and which are on earth…
(11) In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
(12) That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. [There’s your Masterpiece.]
Now, when they saw Michelangelo’s statue, they had to agree that when Angelo struck it and said, “Speak,” he had every right to say that.
“Well,” they said, I’ll tell you what: If I got carried away,” and I would be carried away. I’ve never made anything that good, “and someone didn’t come by and really loudly praise that, or I’d get carried away in myself, there’d be something wrong with me.”
Now, this is what we’re talking about where a man gives back to God only on the grounds of what God gives to man. Now, man is going to give to God great glory here, “to the praise of the glory” of His grace.
That means that grace started way back before you even sinned. A lot of people have an idea that God just worked as an emergency came on down the road. When poor old Adam sinned, He said, “Well, I’ve got to do something about that, don’t I now?”
He called two more gods in, and they begin to discuss it. You talk about a bunch of tripe. He knew what He was going to do. Grace before the foundation; before there’s a speck of stardust.
The great Dreamer, the great Architect, already had it worked out. Don’t you worry, brother/sister. There’s no weak trusses in God’s buildings. Right now a chain is as strong as its weakest link.
That’s you and me messing around. But that hasn’t got a thing to do with the tabernacle of God and the building of God. There’s not one bit of hodge-podge there. All right.
Now, that’s the reflection. The materialization of that reflection I’ve read many times, so I’m not going to read anymore than just barely glance at it, just to start you off and tell you where to go to reading It:
(09) And… one of the… angels [that] had the seven vials [came and said, talk to me,] Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.
(10) And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
(11) Having the glory of God… [What having what glory of God?]
“Oh,” he said, “I think it was shining.”
Well, I don’t doubt it was ‘shining’. Oh, I don’t doubt that at all. I don’t doubt that it was fantastic. But what is ‘to the praise of the glory of His grace’? The Bride! So, what is this City? This City is a City descending already populated.
How many ever saw a city come down whole? Why, the best they can do, to set a type of in the twentieth century, is you bring a lot of these modules in. Oh my, you wouldn’t give me one of those cruddy things on a gold platter. Not, that they’re not doing a pretty good job.
Module-spodules… It was man can’t do anything worth a plug nickel. Even then he’s got to make a foundation for his hokey-stuff that he produces. But God brings the whole thing down, twelve foundations. You talk about the glory of God: a City already inhabited.
(11) …her light was like unto a stone most precious, jasper, clear as crystal;
(22) …no temple… for God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
(23) …city [has] no need of sun, neither… moon, to shine…: the glory of God lighten[s] it, the Lamb is the light…
(24) …the nations of them which are saved walk… in the light…: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.
You talk about a Bride that’s something! Millions out there bringing their glory, and all the foolish virgins, all the heathens that never had a chance, all of Israel’s blinded no doubt… multiplied millions, for all… There could be billions out there.
I’m not going to sell anything short anymore. God wants to reduce the Bride to two members and Him running to a Bride, and that’s fine by me. If He wants to expand the Bride to twenty zillion, that’s fine by me.
If He wants to have sixteen people outside working like mules, they won’t, of course, that’s fine by me. If He wants sixteen zillion out there working, or doing that, that’s fine by me. I just see no end to it. I just see God. There’s no end to God, so therefore, what He has, there’s no end to it.
In other words, there’s no extent to its potentiality. It’s limited, but never becomes God. It just keeps reflecting God, shining forth God, manifesting God. All right. That’s what we’re talking about.
Okay. Now Ephesians 1 is the view of God’s great Plan. And what I read here, where there’s no abomination, only those written in the Lamb’s Book of Life:
(01) [There’s a big] river of pure water, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and… the Lamb.
(02) In the middle of the street…, [There’s a tree is on both sides, the roots yielding its fruit, and so on.]
(03) There’s… no more curse:… the throne of God and the Lamb will be in it. [The] servants shall serve Him.
(04) And they’ll see His face; and His Name will be in their foreheads.
(05) There’ll be no night…, no need of candle. [No, you won’t need to try to light anything to try to get something there.]… and they’ll reign forever and ever.”
All right. What you’re looking at there now, is what is about to break. Now, it can’t break, because we’re not there yet. There’s a certain group of people inhabit that. It’s a marred people. We’ll talk about it.
Now, here’s what we want to notice: it is always God’s fashioning after Himself, reflecting Himself, imaging Himself, and it is always through His family, the human race, in a human element that we’re dealing with. We’re not dealing up there in the heavens, you know.
That’s why, even if there’s just symbology where, “the Lord Himself shall descend with a Shout.”
If that’s just symbology, that’s fine by me. Put it in a dimension, anything you want. But I’m going to tell you one thing: that God’s got to work right down here in this dimension, because this is where the action is. This is where the going on is.
So, when Brother Branham talked about God starting redemption down there in the Garden, we’ll talk about it, He came down Himself. Where was He before? I don’t know where He was before, and I care less.
I’m through with these theological things. There’s only one thing I want to know is: the prophet said, “Always looking back, always looking forward…” what’s going on?
So, I’ll agree with anybody. They say, “He always was here.” What was He doing up until now? Because He’s changed what He’s doing, because He’s a Pillar of Fire here amongst us.
These guys make me sick. What if I’m right? Am I supposed to compromise for them? Now, I don’t ask them to compromise for me. No way, shape and form, because I could be wrong. What does it matter if you bend for me? Bend yourself into a pretzel. The more bends you do, the quicker you’ll break your back and die and go to hell or heaven, one of the two, so bend all you want.
The point is: what have you got to take you to heaven or hell with? So, what about your bend? Ain’t going to do nothing. You’ve got to get the idea, God is always fashioning after Himself, imaging Himself, and it is always through His family the human race.
Now, let’s go back to the Garden.
Number one: the first Masterpiece was Adam.
So, we go back to Adam:
(26) …God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…
“Well, that’s just God talking, He didn’t mean that, you know.”
I don’t care if Adam and Eve would have come forth with four legs. We’re not dealing here in an image of God as though it had to be an image, that’s got hands and feet and arms and everything else, because God is Spirit although God speaks Himself as having arms and legs and everything else like the pertinence we do.
The image we’re talking about here, as Brother Branham placed it: it was a spiritual image. He made a spirit form to begin with, but above and beyond that, it was what came from His mind and It imaged God, because there wasn’t anything else to image.
You go to Adam.
“Who did you have to do with, Adam?”
“Well, let me see; that’s a jolly, good question. Well, let’s see; there was the seraphim.”
“Yeah,” he said, “they’re pretty nice bunch of people, too. Yeah, I remember the seraphim.”
“And there were the cherubim, too,” he said, “you call them cherubim [pronounced with hard ‘ch’ sound, like a ‘k’ or hard ‘c’ instead of the regular ‘ch’ sound as in ‘church’.] and different things, yeah definitely angels.”
“Oh, yeah, yeah.”
And then, he said, “Before us, you know, there’s a whole lot of animals.”
“Yeah,” he said, “they had a lot to do with it.”
Can you believe that tripe?
“Say, Adam, where did you come from?”
“I came from God.”
“What do you mean, ‘came from God’?”
“I was in His mind. I was in the plan before there was a speck of stardust.”
So, I don’t care what Adam was made of, and I don’t care how he got here, he had to come from God. So therefore, he had to come from the mind of God. He had to be an image… an image of what was in the mind. And God never got that image from anything but God Himself.
You say, “God, if I could talk to You, where did You get it from?”
Now, the Gnostics, they’re stupid. We ought to get the books on Gnostics sometime. They follow the time of Paul. I guess they argued with Irenaeus and anybody else, and they went way off on the Word.
They couldn’t understand Logos: “The beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was God. All things were made by Him.
So, they have this one that was with God in the beginning making everything, and one day he gets all puffed up, and he’s writing the Bible here, and he says, “There is none beside me. I made it all.”
And a female voice sputtered, “You stupid, lying fool of a jackass, I made you.” Now, you try to throw me off.
Well, you know, that’s my language a little bit rougher than the book, but that’s my language. It’s just as good as the book’s any day. That’s the gnosis. The ‘know-sees’ is where you know something.
That’s the way people treat this mystery of Brother Branham, “Oh, we really know something.”
If I treat the Presence that way, I ought to be shot before dawn. And I will be, too, before… I’ll get mine on Judgment Day. But it’s an open and shut case to what’s it’s all about. He’s here; He said He was.
And He’s here in a way He wasn’t with Luther, because He’s a Token, could only come at evening time. He said, “He couldn’t come here. They looked for Him. You Lutherans potentially had it.” So, that’s the baptism of the Holy Ghost. They didn’t have what’s going on now.
“So God,” he said, “God made Adam in His image after His likeness, to have dominion over the fish of sea, the fowl of air, cattle over all the earth, every creeping thing that God created man in His Own image. After the image of God created him; male and female, created He them.”
Now, do you think God is male and female? Now, people try to make Him male and female. They say, “Well, you see what it is, you see the Holy Spirit’s female.”
Oh boy, I’ve heard a lot of stuff in my life. They say the Greek and the Hebrew puts it that way. I’m with Brother Branham: they argue the Greek and the Hebrew and they’ll always argue, and go to hell arguing it, too. What’s a divine revelation?
All right. He blessed them. “Go, be fruitful, replenish the earth, multiply, subdue it, have dominion, and do so and so and so and so.”
(07) …the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, [Now, here’s where the earth comes in. What’d He form the spirit out of? He must have made it like He made angels and things.]… formed man of the dust of the ground,… breathed the breath of life into his nostrils,… became a living soul. [Brother Branham said that was the Holy Ghost.]
(21) And… God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam,… he slept:… took [out the rib, sealed it up],
(22) [Made]… a woman,… brought her [to Adam].
(23) …Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: [she’s] called Woman, because [she’s] taken out of Man.
(24) Therefore man [will] leave his father and… mother, and… cleave [to] his wife: and they’ll be one flesh. [In other words, he’ll leave home and set up his own house.]
If he’s a real kind of a man, he’ll leave home and set up his own house. Now, some aren’t gifted that way, but that doesn’t hurt him any, as long as they devote their lives to God and not being a bunch of stupid jerks, homosexual or something else… your mother, boy jerks.
Let’s get it down pat. People twist this Scripture. I don’t understand them, even twist this one, their crazy idea.
(25) …they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
All right. Notice:
(08) …the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden;… put the man whom he formed [into it.]
(09) [Paraphrased] Gave him every pleasant and good tree, pleasant to sight for food and everything else was in there, right there.
All right. Brother Branham said He made a Masterpiece from His Own thinking, from His Own mind. He had the destiny, the whole plan all lined out there, and He put them in the Garden. That was the pedestal. He put them in there.
Then came the fall… came the marring. In Genesis 3:8-13, It tells you how that he confronted them. And you’ll notice in there they began blaming each other.
And then, notice in verses 16-20 the marring of the human race. Further:
(16) Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply [your] sorrow [with] thy conception; [not sorrow and conception, thy sorrow ‘with’ conception. The word ‘and’, should be ‘with’, preposition.] in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
(17) And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of [your] wife, and eaten of the [wrong] tree, the ground is cursed for [your] sake; in sorrow [you’ll] eat… all the days of [your] life;
(18) It’ll bring forth thistles [and brambles and so forth unto you. And to get] the herb of the field;
(19) [You’ll have to get it through] sweat… [Now, for out of] the ground, thou wast taken: for dust thou art, and… dust thou shalt return.
Now, notice in there the Masterpiece had to be made out of earth for the journey from it, and to it, and out of it again: out of it, into it, out of it, never to return. But, the original blue print was in the mind of God, and the original fabrication was in the realm of the Spirit.
Now, you notice in here that it’s marred, and the human race is marred. But notice there’s a promise in,
(14) …the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, [you] art cursed above all cattle, [of] every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt you go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of [your] life:
In other words, He tells you right here, this one will never get beyond the dust stage. Never will. This one just had to return to come out, for this one won’t get beyond the dust stage.
In other words, even in the Second Resurrection have a body for destruction, “leaving neither root nor branch.” And It said:
(15) [There’s] enmity between [you] and the woman,… thy seed and her seed; it’ll bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
Why? Because we got a type in here of a husband and wife picturing God, because man’s the head of the woman; Christ’s the Head of man; God’s the head of Christ. We’re looking at a type here.
Now, He said, that’s how it’s going to be recovered; there’s a promise given to it.
But Genesis 3:15, ‘the seed of the woman’ is,
(16) Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And [the] seeds, as of many; but as of one,… thy seed, which is Christ.
(17) And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.
(18) For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
Now, what inheritance is he talking about? You’re talking about the inheritance that we have when all things are gathered into the Bride which were foreordained in materialistic concept way back there in His mind.
It says right here: it’s going to come. The Seed of the woman is going to come through a certain race starting with Abraham.
Now, that’s why Brother Branham said, “The Seed of the woman, [or Jesus the Christ, the second Masterpiece] comes on the foundation of the patriarchs.” Original foundation was Eden.
We get back for a thousand years in a glorified form. And then, that foundation is transferred to Mount Zion… take our foundation and come back. The foundation of Jesus the Christ is the foundation of the patriarchs, because that’s what he said, “It’s built upon the foundation of the apostles and the prophets.”
All right. Notice: He, the Seed, is the promise of God made manifest in human flesh, which is God Himself in flesh. That’s why His Name is called Emmanuel, and He is Emmanuel.
That’s why we crown Him ‘Kings of Kings’, when He’s reincarnated, He’ll be Father, Son, Holy Ghost, everlasting Father, king David, the greater Son of David; call Him ‘David’. Call Him everything you want, Lily of the Valley, Rose of Sharon, four hundred titles or better. Every One is the same Person. See?
Notice: this One that was the second Masterpiece, comes up a prophet. And all the prophets typed him. Now, it wasn’t just in the patriarchs. That only gave the flesh. It was what lay also in the patriarchs, who were the prophets, and the prophets gave the Word. And every single prophet was a type of this One to come.
There was Joseph: hated of his brethren, loved of his father, cast in a ditch… into a prison, taken, sold for thirty pieces of silver, put in a prison, prophesied to two people, one lived and one died, like Christ in the cross, raised up to the Throne.
There was Moses: same line of reasoning, “a prophet like unto me,” for the Lord raised up. Jeremiah suffered. Isaiah was sawed up. All the prophets were rejected. They were marred.
Over here in Matthew 23:34, we get the picture.
(34) Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes:… some… you’ll kill and crucify; some… you’ll scourge in your synagogues, and persecute… from city to city:
(35) That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.
And remember; no prophet could die outside of Jerusalem. They were predestinated to death. They had to die. They were types of the Lord Jesus Christ.
So, Christ is rejected and marred. But in the marring He is given the authority of speech. Now, you notice; due to the authority of speech, every prophet was marred. They hated them. They couldn’t even take the best of them.
Poor, old Samuel comes by, and he’s just as nice as any man could be, and he’s a nice man to everybody, and he finds this for that guy, and finds that for the other guy, and he said “Did I ever abuse…, ever take your money?” Did he ever tell anything wrong?
“Oh, no, no, no. But give us a king.”
“Well,” he said, “you’ve got to be a little bit ridiculous.”
“Here I am a prophet with a Pillar of Fire; you’re being lead by God. God is in me. Here I am here,” he said.
“Fap,” they said, “Now, look; you’re a nice guy, but get out of the way.”
Now, they didn’t butcher him, but they might as well of. They wounded the poor, old fellow’s pride so much. And God said, “Well, I know they wounded his pride,” because God said, “they have not rejected you; they rejected me.”
He must have really felt terrible. There wasn’t one that wasn’t rejected and marred. There wasn’t one. And they were marred because of an authority of the Word, See? and the Word that was coming which was not only in human flesh, but was Word per se in human flesh. These other fellows just had a word or two.
All right, now. So, Christ is rejected and marred. But in the marring He is given the authority of speech. Now, we’re going to go into that. Now you see, He was a man. Jesus Christ was a man; He was a prophet. Come right through the patriarchs. Come right through the right tribe.
Come up through Judah to be a king. Couldn’t come by Levi, because the priesthood gets changed… because the priesthood is going out. He’s going to fulfill the Levitical priesthood and go up there, as it were, offering the Blood like a Levite does, because you never saw blood offered under Melchisedec. No sir. Uh, uh, uh, uh. You saw emblems. You saw wine and bread. Jesus goes up with His Blood.
You say, “What about the bread?”
Took His Own body. Where are you at? What do you expect? See, no problem.
Now, watch: He goes up there; He is marred. Now, watch: if He were not marred, He could not speak except only for Himself.
Let’s go to Hebrews 9:27, and see that one.
(27) …it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
Now, here’s the thing: you couldn’t take Jesus and die; make him die, because he was sinless. There’s no way, so he’s got to volunteer Himself.
Now, watch here: He cannot defend himself. There’s no way he can do it. Because if he speaks for himself, then all he can do is stand guiltless for himself, “Because it’s appointed unto men once to die; after this the judgment.”
Now, let’s watch this. Let’s go to Genesis 3:9-13, so you’ll see further what I’m talking about.
(09) [He said,] Adam… Where are [you?]
(10) …I heard [the] voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
(11) …Who told [you] that [you] were naked? Have [you] eaten of the tree, [which] I commanded… thou [shall] not eat?
(12) And the man said, The woman [you] gave to… me, she gave me of the tree, and I [ate.] [Now, watch him defend himself. Well, that’s the best he can say.]
(13) [He said, turning to the woman:] [What about you?]… The serpent [he fooled] me…
Now, He turns to the serpent: What about you? He didn’t even ask him. He just threw the whole thing back on him.
All right. You see here that Adam spoke for himself, everybody has spoken for himself, and it doesn’t do any good. So somebody has got to speak for us. And to speak for us, he has got to die. That’s exactly what it is. That’s why He was crucified before the foundation of the world.
So, by his death He becomes our spokesman. Let’s go over here to Galatians 3:13-15, because that’s where we’re looking at.
I want to start at verse 19 first:
(19) Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.
(20) Now a mediator is not… of one, but God is one.
Now, It tells you right there that it takes three people to form a company for mediation. Two that have offended each other, and one that isn’t offended, and he comes between. He’s a day’s man to hold their hands and get the thing ironed out.
Now, in this case God has been offended. That’s what the word ‘justification’ really means. We talk about imputation and righteousness. It’s to turn away the wrath of the offended one from the offender.
Well, here comes God, and He comes down Himself, and He mediates His Own argument, resolves it by interposing Himself, and that’s exactly the word the Bible uses. He ‘interposed’ Himself and took away sin.
Now, if He would have talked, He wouldn’t have done anybody any good. All He could do is say, “I’m the One that you’re looking for. Where have I not fulfilled every Word? Where am I wrong? Tell me one Word that I’m out on?”
Stood right before them, but when it came to the judgment, He could not open His mouth. He was as a lamb dumb before the shearers. He was marred. But in marring he can talk, because now he’s a mediator. And he still gets between us and God… John, talking about Jesus Christ, the man.
And I’m talking about the one that was in the mind of God, who was a portion of God turned into a sperm and an egg and put in a woman’s womb. None of your ‘in vitro’ junk, see? Cotton-pickin, so-called scientist doctors make me so sick, I can’t wait to burn long, as they burn too, just about.
That’s the way it is. Everything is so rotten today… in a test tube, this and that. God wasn’t in any test tube. He was in the womb of a woman. That which can be recognized of God is a man. He wasn’t the same as Adam. Don’t ever think He was.
You’ve got two races. It takes an absolute re-creation to turn us into what He is to be in His image. We’re born in the image of the earth; you’re going to bear the image of heavenly.
What was it? We’re getting right back to our theophany the whole thing, brother/sister, if you want to get it right down, nailed down. See? Did God take that theophany and put it into a sperm and a egg? I don’t know.
I’m not worried; maybe He did. I don’t get into these things too deep. You get puzzled when you get into them too deep, and you get peripheral. If you get peripheral vision, you’re never head on; you hit the first car down the road.
All right. He’s a Mediator. Also,
(13) …Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
(14) That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus [the] Christ;…
(15) Brethren, I speak [not] after the manner of men; Though it be but a man’s covenant, yet [it’s] confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.
(16) Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not,… to seeds, as… many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
You notice in there… Now, that’s Isaiah 53 that Brother Branham read for the Masterpiece.
Now, we’re going to go to Hebrews 12:22, to begin:
(22) But ye are come unto mount Sion,… unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem,… to an innumerable company of angels,
(23) To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and [even] 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 than that of Abel.
Now, notice; the blood of Abel spoke. Where was that? That’s,
(04) By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: by it he being dead yet speaketh.
Now, watch: by offering the blood, he is still speaking. So therefore, the Bride cannot speak either outside of the Blood. You see, I get a little bit upset when people don’t understand the Blood. Then people begin to run with things that preachers say; they don’t understand what the preacher is saying.
Like, as soon as I preached on “The Judge”, it got out amongst the churches out west somewhere, and somebody went around judging people.
I said, “Where did you ever hear that in my sermons that you ever judged anybody?”
I said, “This judge, the Word,” that gives us discernment. The Spirit of discernment came forth showing He, the Word, was here, and we now under discernment can discern.
I’m going to play a tape here one of these days, “The Spirit Speaks to the Prophets”. You’re going to really hear something: what discernment’s really about.
You’ll understand fourteen points out of fifteen, when I spoke on “Discerning the Lord’s Body” and understand a whole lot more. You’ll find out about a few things about character and everything else the prophet spoke of. It’s going plumb over people’s head, because they’re not even interested.
I’m not talking about living out here godless lives. Listen, I’m convicted day and night of the things that I do, even things that I can get away with. You ‘might’ say, “Well, all things are lawful.” Sure, they’re lawful.
A lot of us do lawful things, but you can be trapped by them. But all things are not expedient. David found that out, back there in the good old days of polygamy. He got away with murdering, getting another woman. Didn’t he? He paid a price for it, too. All things are lawful, but you better be careful how you go about it.
Now, the Bride can speak, too, because of the Blood. Now, notice that Blood is still speaking. “See that you refuse not Him that speaketh.” You watch people try to take Hebrews 1, and say, “Well, that’s all over with.” The Baptist and the rest, “Well, it’s all in here. It’s all done.”
Is it? He’s still talking. The same people say, “Well, He spoke to my heart.” And he told me to ordain that lovely lady who’s been only married three times. He would have kicked her out the fourth time. The third time he said, “Well, eeny, meeny, miny, moe; she ain’t gone too far, so let her go.”
You heard from God that kind of clap-trap and balderdash hogwash? Fap! You heard from the pit of hell. Ordained prophet come on the scene, you hear, and turn that down?
(25) See that you refuse not him that speaketh. [But said, you refuse Him that speaketh, you turn away from Him that’s going to talk from heaven.]
How is He going to talk? Through a prophet. Going to shake the earth, and at that time everything is going to get shaken down. Who’s going to get shook down at that time?
Oh, they shake down when the beast comes; he’s going to have to answer to it all. And his shake down starts… When that shaking down starts, our resolve and building up begins to come up till where we can get out of here… our God being a consuming fire, Pillar of Fire…
(28) […we’re going to receive] a kingdom… [He said,] let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.
How are you going to do it, except but what He tells you? Of course, He’s going to speak. Everything outside of that Voice is going to get shook down. Everything is going to get consumed outside of that Voice.
And how do you get your godly fear and your reverence, except by hearing the Voice. How does the Voice come? By a prophet. See? He’s got to follow in line.
Okay. We’re back to Hebrews 12. All right. If He hadn’t been marred, He couldn’t speak. Abel, marred as the first human type, was allowed to speak through his blood being shed, the blood of an animal taking the place until the blood of Christ came on the scene.
Remember: He never opened his mouth. Jesus didn’t in the Gospels, at his judgment. But after his death and Resurrection, he spoke for us, for he said, “When I come back from the dead, I’m going to pray the Father, and He’s going to send the Comforter. I’m going to pray the Father, and I’m going to be the intercessor. Whatever you ask in my Name, I’m going to do. All power in heaven and earth is given unto me.”
God hath made him both Lord and Christ. He said, “Here it is.” He said, “The check book’s yours. Your name is my Name. Everything is yours, go ahead.” He didn’t say that to you and me. He said that to him. He has the right to speak. Nobody else has the right to speak.
Now, there is something else Brother Branham brought to our attention. “As Eve came from Adam, so the Bride comes from Christ.” And notice: All comes from God starting back in John 1:1 and,
(01) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
(03) [And] all things were made by him…
And then It says, “He became flesh.” What were we? How did we get here? By something that God made, based upon something that was already in God that He didn’t make. He just put It into perspective, then began working a form out, all these things being in God. See?
The whole plan is of God. That’s what It is. And actually is that imaging and reflecting of God, Brother Branham spoke of it. not God as a form, but It is manifesting God’s attributes through Life, divine and human, and in human flesh.
Everything out here you can see His power and Godhead. But It’s got to come to flesh and speak in order to register exactly as a revelation, what He really is.
So, what we’re seeing here is what’s in that great divine mind and the omniscience to bring It to pass. So, God began to come into view in the human family in Genesis 1. He made Adam in His image.
Then He planned it further to become more into view by mankind in Genesis 3 as the coming Seed. That was the Promiser becoming the promise. Sure. That was the Promiser becoming the promise in a human form.
Brother Branham said, “That Logos was above Israel, became a human form, Fatherhood and Son-ship combined together.”
Then we see It goes to the patriarchs and prophets to Elohim in flesh. That’s how It came. Just that Word coming up Word, describing, telling of this man coming. And when the man came, he was all just what the Book said, and John the Baptist said, “There he is.” There he is.
And he said, “Here I am. Here I am.”
And they said, “Get out of the way, boy.”
He had to be marred. John had to be marred, cut his head off. Just got rid of him. Slap, dab, like that. They took Jesus… died a horrible death. See?
Now, then we see the Bride form on the scene, and she is the body of Christ. That’s right. God, not in a single body, but in a many-membered body, and all members endowed to reflect something of God and His Kingdom. That’s right. All endowed to reflect something of God and His Kingdom.
So, we’re talking about Bride, body of Jesus Christ. Anything else out there is like that out there. It’s peripheral to a great degree. See? We subsist perfectly through Him and in Him; the rest subsistence will come literally through us, as it were, because they bring their glory into New Jerusalem.
Why do you think God is just holding back now? Wait until all the weed seed is perfectly ripe. The chaff has got to separate all from the wheat too. Now they’re going to reflect something.
Now, follow closely and keep in mind the evolution of these Masterpieces. All are from God. All were in His mind, the part of Him. All are, therefore, Word. I don’t care what you talk about substance.
Now, remember; we’re talking about the original Word. Over there in Peter and in Jude… where he mentions ‘foreordained’. The word ‘foreordained’ means ‘they were spoken of’. They were not in the mind of God. They were not in Ephesians 1. They were adjuncts. It was known concerning them.
Like Pharaoh never was in the Lamb’s Book of Life, or the Book of the First Born. I don’t know if he’s even in the Book of Life. I doubt it. There’s lots that aren’t… and those blotted out.
Genuine pure serpent seed likely never were in any Book of Life, period. I don’t think so. I don’t know. I’m not too smart in these things, and I’m not about to try to find out. I don’t know.
But, I want you to know this: That it was back there, His Word, and the form required for Its manifestation is part of It, the plan. But the predestination is nothing but a blueprint put into a form. So, It’s all Word.
Read again. Now, follow closely, keep in mind the evolution of these Masterpieces. All are from God. All were in His mind, the part of Him. All are, therefore, Word. From start to finish, It is Word.
The original Masterpiece and the Bride were marred by getting off the Word. The Savior was marred to get them back on the Word. That is true Redemption. The Father Word, in the form of the Only-begotten Son-Word, human flesh, brings back, or redeems all the children-Word. See?
The Resurrection is the placing of them in their actual Word ‘authority’ as they were predestinated to be. Now, the predestination has to match the blueprint. See? All right. We’re a blueprint Bride. You know what they do when they blueprint motors? Take them to a garage.
A good blueprinter will pull a motor apart; he’ll… clean out all the air vents. He’ll check every… mike out every single bit of tolerance which is required for every single piston or ring or bearing, no matter what it is.
And as long as you take care of that motor, short of wrecking it, it’ll go five hundred thousand miles or better, unless there’s something wrong with the stuff in the first place.
Well, when God had a blueprint, and redeemed the blueprint, you’d better believe it’s going to go on forever. See, sure, that’s what I’m talking about… the blueprinting. We’ve been blueprinted.
Come by way of Blood and the Holy Spirit… children of the Resurrection… back to authority. But, as we said, the Bride fell; she fell into the dust of denomination, or the dirt of denomination, as Brother Branham said.
She laid there for four hundred years, until God anointed Luther, then Wesley, then the Pentecostals; now it’s Malachi 4 time. Malachi 4 time is to bring again Ephesians 1:3-12.
Now, let’s look at It. I won’t have to read It, just verses 13 and 14.
(13) In whom you also [hoped), after… you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that you believed, you’re 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… glory [of his grace].
Now It tells you right there, the Holy Ghost runs out. It runs out at the time of redemption. And there is no such thing as anybody receiving the Holy Ghost and getting out of the ground by himself.
“Well, hallelujah, I’ve got the Holy Ghost. You watch me get out of here.”
Well, hallelujah, I’m going to watch you stay there, because you ain’t coming out. The Holy Ghost is only your identification that God will get you out. You won’t stay in there.
Now, notice; it runs out in verse 14. But in verse 15, It tells you the Spirit of discernment, wisdom, revelation, knowledge of Him has taken where Daniel’s Seventieth Week:
(18) The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; [you’ll] know the hope of his calling… [not yours over here, but His.]
Now, this over here is yours; this here is His. Now, you better believe that’s going to take a prophet. That’s going to take a revelation that Paul didn’t have, but Paul said that’s coming.
(19) …and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
(20) Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, [Now, that hasn’t been yet; not yet, not yet, not yet.]
It took place once for one half of the First Resurrection. It’s got to take place for the second half of the First Resurrection. But it was not known to Paul the apostle.
Now remember; he said, “Because of this, your baptism, your understanding of the mysteries to this point, verse 15:
(15) Wherefore… I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, [There you are, faith and love.]
Now, he didn’t put love ahead of faith; he put faith ahead of love. Because I don’t care what kind of love you’ve got; without the revelation, it’s going to go down. We’ll be teaching on that if the Lord gives me strength this coming weekend. It’s just awfully difficult to sit down and even study or anything anymore.
Now, he tells you right here: there’s coming this hour when He’s going to raise the dead and set Him at His Own right hand in heavenly places with Jesus Christ the Lord.
In other words, we’re going to go and share in His Throne, as Jesus said at the end of the Seventh Church Age in Revelation 3:20. He said, “Now he that overcometh, I’ll grant to sit with me in my Throne, as I have overcome and set down with my Father in His Throne.”
Now, that’s not the Mercy Seat. That’s the Throne. Because He took the Book out of the hand of Him that sat upon the Throne, ripped off the seal, handed It back. The One on the Throne came on down here, and has got on the Throne. That’s “Souls in Prison”.
That makes Him fully one hundred percent Melchisedec. Now, don’t be scared about the Blood, brother/sister. Don’t be afraid. We’re just talking about the King, Priest, full before us as never before, fully revealed.
Melchisedec, at the time of full meat… And Brother Branham said that Melchisedec, that came down to Abraham right here in the form of a man, was that same One that came down in the form of a man, and He’s got that ministry right now. And he let us know.
He said, “As God came down before Sodom and Gomorrah, that same One that he called Elohim, the same One that he called Melchisedec, that same One with all reverence and fear, has to come right at this time.” And he knew He was there. Where was He before?
“I was not the One that appeared down there; I was only there when He Appeared.” Where did the people see the Star coming? Out of heaven. What was It? A reflection. I’m not going to argue about how up and down, this and that. You argue all you want; I’m tired of it.
It is Omega time. It is the Omega reflection of 2 Corinthians 3:18.
Let’s go to It:
(18) But we all, with open… [Now, where the Lord is… Now, the Lord is that Spirit, when the veil is taken away.]
The veil of creeds and dogmas are going to be taken away. They were in Israel’s time, and when they were, through the sacrifice, they saw the Mercy Seat in full view. When the creeds and dogmas are taken away, we see Christ in full view. Brother Branham said so in the “…on the Mercy Seat”.
(17) Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where [His] Spirit is, there is liberty. [In other words, you can do what’s right now, you’re free.]
(18) But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory,… as by the Spirit of the Lord.
It tells you right there, you’re looking into a mirror. What do you see? You don’t see yourself at all. You see the glory of God. What is the glory of God? A Bride. You see a Bride member standing there. You see Jesus.
Now you see the mystery of the inheritance of the Saints. You see yourself a walking temple of Almighty God. See? Sealed in through the Holy Spirit, these virtues being born into you. You can’t produce those virtues in 1 Peter. They’re born into you. You producing, you’ve got the wrong virtue.
What do you think rebirth is? Inside out and upside down, the whole thing’s changed. You don’t come with one thing, except that thing changed. There’s your metamorphosis. There’s your transfiguration. See? We’re into that period now.
1 John 3:2.
(02) [It has never yet come into existence] what we shall be: but we know… we shall be like him; [and we’ll] see him as he is.
No man can call Jesus ‘Lord’ but by the Holy Ghost. And at the end time, you’ve got a wrong God entirely. You’ve got a wrong Jesus entirely. You’ve got a wrong gospel entirely. What have you got right? Nothing! Unless He does something about it.
That’s why He speaks in Hebrews 12. And I’m going to tell you what: He died. He’s got the right to speak. He was marred, and the Bride was marred. And she comes back through him. Now she’s got the right to speak. That’s why “the Spirit and the Bride can say come.” See?
Now, you got to come through all this dirt, all these creeds, denominations everything else; and don’t get mixed up with anything or anybody that’s into that kind of stuff. You’ll regret the day. You better make sure you have an understanding. All right.
It’s Revelation 10:1-7 time. Why? Because it’s got to run out. That mighty Angel’s got to come down. What is that? That’s that Spirit coming down. How does He come down? In a Pillar of Fire.
How does He manifest? Through a prophet. Revelation 10:7 is William Branham. This great, wonderful, Bible teacher from Chicago tries to tell us it’s somebody else.
Yeah, Brother James Mayfield talked about that fellow, taking his family in tow. Oh, what’s he ever produced? Nothing, except a lot of lies. He’s not produced anything. Written letters for money and everything else.
I can tell you one thing: you start putting a lot of letters out, you don’t belong to this company. Let’s see where the discerning of spirits is.
Oh, I know, you’re like everybody else. I’m like… You look around, and you say, “Oh, this guy, this guy.”
Watch what he’s really trying to do. Is he pointing to himself? Or trying to point for something to the kingdom? That’s why Jesus, kept His mouth shut until He was marred. Then He opened His mouth. Bride’s got to be marred.
Man come along and said, “Brother Branham’s wrong. I’m not marred.”
Fap! You ain’t marred. You’re marred worse than ever. You’re tarred. Shows what you are. Don’t come around me. Yeah.
Ephesians 1:17-23, which we read to you already is a part of Revelation 10:1-7. And that is the great, finished Masterpiece at that time when she’s taken up, because she’s Zion.
Oh, she’s here on earth; everyone is going to come out of the grave in that New Testament Bride, every single one. Every single person living is going to be changed.
Everyone’s gone through the marring. Everyone’s gone through the re-creation. Everyone’s in His glory. Everyone is an original sitting there in the mind of Almighty God. Everyone Word, like He is; there’s the great Father.
You tell me that Pillar of Fire is not going to be here to take us up to the Incarnation? Oh brother, I wouldn’t believe for one minute that He’d leave us here. If I’m going to be Bride, I’ll make sure He doesn’t get away. That’s true.
Well, I guess that’s what the Bride does: she follows. You think she’d get the glimpse and, then, let that One get away?
“Oh, there’s another one come down the road. Oh, there’s another one coming down the road. Oh yeah, there’s Branham. We had lots before him. There’s another one down the road. He’s been dead nineteen years. A few more years it’ll all… Come on, come on, come on… There’s somebody else.”
No, they’re ain’t! Forget it. No, this is it!
Here’s your Masterpiece, just at Jordan’s edge ready to cross over. Here’s your Masterpiece: God with His Own elect ready to take them up to meet the Christ, the God in the human form that was marred for us, that gave him the authority to speak, to call us out of the graves, to bring us back to the fold, to put us in position, to allow us to reflect His glory, to know we’re a part of that Word, to pick up our theophany… all of those things.
The Father and His family are together: the Builder and Maker with that which He has builded. Yep, all here right now. Part of It is here right now ready to be transformed. That’s the listening Bride. She’s waiting to hear It, to see the dead come out of the ground. All sins be taken away.
Our Author, our Maker, our Creator, our Husband, all here today. Yes sir! Our Judge pronounces us free… our King. Brother Branham says, “The King is here.” Not just in your heart. No, I don’t believe just that. I believe it’s different.
Notice how beautiful it really is, as we conclude again by going back to,
(01) …I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away;… [there’s] no more sea.
That’s it. The first heavens and the first earth as we know them were completely dissolved, the same as our bodies are back to gases, then recreated.
The proper valence; that means ‘an attraction within the atom’, molecules I guess it is… molecules, little doohickey with them, within the atom. What’s an atom? A form of molecule? Okay, then within the atom is a little doohickey. Ions? Protons, neutrons, or what are they? [Someone say ‘electrons’.] Electrons. Well, whatever they are, there’s zillions for all I know in there.
And you know what: there’s got to have proper valence in everything, or they don’t add. Minerals especially. If they don’t… some are without an attraction… a cohesion. That’s where your valence comes in. Then there’s a weight. Chemistry is made up of that.
And the great Chemist, He sits on the circle of the earth, and He weighs everything in His balances. God’s scale has measured every bit of the gases that you’ll go down to, if you die. And He’s got every gas out there, and by valence and by the mark of the Holy Ghost, He just, pooof brings them in to scale. Ho, brother/sister.
And you see why I got upset when they stopped me preaching the glory of God. I’ll stop one day. I’ll stop one day. By the grace of God, I’ll stop. It’ll be my own accord or His accord or something. He’ll know how to stop it. But I tell you, these things are real, my brother/sister.
(01) …first heaven… no more sea.
Who needs it? No room for it. Who needs waters? They’re types anyway. Get away from types. Everything back to original, just a river flowing. That’s all we need.
I supposed it’s spread through the whole earth. I don’t know. I’ll leave that to God, I’m not prepared to take a gamble. I’m not much to think things out unless they’re in the Scripture.
(02) And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
(03) And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he’ll dwell with them, and they’ll be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
Now, He can’t do if then, if He’s not doing it now, because, “He’s the same yesterday, today and forever.” He doesn’t change what He does and how He does it.
(04) …[He’ll] wipe away all tears from their eyes;… no more… sorrow, no death, [no] crying, [no] pain:… former things are [gone, finished.]
(05) …he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new… said…, Write [these things] these words are true and faithful. [They’ve been true so far. They’re true now.]
(06) …It’s done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
(07) He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he’ll be my son.
The angel said, “Let me show you the Bride.”… saw her coming down. There’s a City, a people City… full foundations. Saw exactly what she was.
Now, listen: I’m going to close with this:
(10) [He said,] Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.
“Don’t seal up anything,” Brother Branham said, “about that Bride.” Don’t seal up that vision of the Bride. Don’t you go away saying, “It’s all over, this that, and the other thing.”
There’s a Bride is going to come right back to original, brother/sister. She’s going to be standing right here in this earth ready for a transformation. And that Seventh Church Age Bride, though she’s in the biggest mess of all history and all ages, the Seven Church Age, the rock and roll witch, the scum of the universes… She’s in Laodicea, but she’s not part of her.
It’s like Brother Branham said, that was supposed to be my mother and father. Don’t worry. I was born into that mess.
(10) [Don’t seal up] the prophecy…, the time is at hand.
(11) He that is unjust, let him be unjust: filthy,… filthy: righteous,… righteous: holy,… holy…
(12) …[I’m coming] quickly…
Now, the One that came down is already here to get a Bride away. What coming is He talking about? The part of the Seventh Seal that’s going to be in flesh.
The part of the Seventh Seal, Revelation 10:1-7, which is Revelation 1:12, and Revelation 5:1. Brother Branham called Him. I’m just calling the same thing. That’s the One right there.
I turned to see One, to see that One. Okay… or here in the form of the Spirit, He had to come to bring a Bride back to original. There’s an original Bride here, brother/sister. I don’t care what anybody says; they’re ready for their change.
(18) …I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book…
You can’t hear this prophecy of this Book, until the Messenger comes and opens It, because It’s closed. I don’t care what you thought you heard, or what you thought you saw. You thought wrong. You heard It wrong, because all you can do is look through the lattice. You could see a shadow, but you couldn’t see the reality.
He said, “I’m telling you, you hear the Words from Hebrews 12 now.” Putting His Bride back, because that’s what the Masterpiece is all about; getting that Bride together, because that’s the Masterpiece of God: God, the Son, the Bride, in the setting and the surrounding, perfect according to what God had in mind. He did it.
That’s why all heaven breaks most with screaming and crying over… what I preached down there in Memphis, over the doctrine of sovereignty… predestination. Men can’t stand it. They hate it.
That’s where this Message took off and went hay-wire. That’s where people always rise up. They’re always going to go that way. They don’t see that; they don’t see anything. Listen, is hard to see. You bet it is, because it’s exactly opposite to what we do.
Oh yeah. We go so far and then chicken out. God doesn’t chicken; He’s an Eagle. You know what eagles do? They bash chickens over the head. They get rid of the chickens. Nothing against chickens, per se. They make awful good eagle food. I don’t mean anything wicked by that either. It just popped out. It shouldn’t pop out.
He says right here, listen: He said, “It’s all Word.” Now he said, “It’s back to the Word.” You talk about hearing from your theophany. If you’re not hearing right now, there’s something wrong somewhere.
You say, “What does that mean?”
Well, it means that you’re getting ready to meet it in the air. What have you been lonesome for all these years? To get that spirit body.
Now he said, “Don’t add a word, or God will add the plagues. Don’t take a Word, or God will take your part out of the Holy City.”
Why? Because you’re back to Word. There’s no more marring. The marring’s over. There’s a Masterpiece. And people look around, and they say, “Well, you know, I really believe that if there’s anything in this age, it’s the worst of all.”
And they’re taking a look at us. That’s fine. We came out of the dirt. They look around, and they see the dirt, and they say, “There’s nothing nicer.”
There’s the thing that Jim spoke about, the great love precept. The great ‘let’s get together’ precept.
I get a letter from the ministerial assassination over here in Bellefontaine. [laughter] Of course, I’m not going to go. First thing they’d do is run me off, open my mouth. Or they want me to go over and counsel somebody. I ain’t going to counsel nobody.
They think I’m a terrible person. I am a terrible person. I have no problem there. I won’t argue. But I don’t think they’re lily white. I think they’ve fallen for the serpent and his seed. I think they’re emissaries of the enemy. I believe they belong to the other church.
Like I just said last Wednesday, “If Jesus Christ is outside the church trying to get back in, what is inside the church today seeing He can’t get back in?”
I don’t want to get back in. Look; if I’m going to be outside of Him, really, I don’t want to be inside of them. I’d just as soon be outside of everybody. Well, I couldn’t miss the devil; he’d get me anyway. I’m just letting you know, if I had my druthers, I’d sooner have that. I’m not interested.
There’s your Masterpiece. The Masterpiece is in progress, and I believe Brother Branham liked it as favorite sermon because he knew he had a great deal to do with it.
He had a great deal to do with screaming, “Get in step,” of bringing the Word, that descended by the prophet’s spirit, the prophet that spoke face-to-face with Elohim, which hasn’t been done for two thousand years since the time of Paul, but is now here again, the One revealing the Word that brought It. But not just that, that’s not the point.
They forget that Brother Branham said, when He even began to open the Book and show the Seals, It was the Book of Redemption. And the One that came down in the Garden of Eden, that same One is here now to close It off.
Don’t they understand: before, His relationship was not the same as it is now? It was only potential, because Brother Branham said, “You Lutherans ‘potentially’ had the Holy Ghost. You Methodists potentially had the Holy Ghost. You Pentecostals potentially had the Holy Ghost.”
Has potential arrived, or hasn’t it? Then potential is present and is no longer potential. He is here. He is present, or the prophet lied.
Now, tell me, what’s going on? The preview of a Bride getting out of here. The great Masterpiece. Do you understand what I’m saying? What God had in His mind, that He put into a form of flesh in government and creation out here, the whole thing is coming back to what it was, and that on its pedestal on its base is the Masterpiece of God.
And the Lamb will be on the Throne above the whole City of gold, and of golden people of God, the Son, and the great majority out there that are pure and washed, never to be defiled in their own order, in their own ranks.
And before anybody calls He answers. There is no need. There is a Masterpiece. Can you envision that? Why are we such a mess today?
Because we had to contrive and connive and to inveigle somebody to get ahead of somebody, to shove somebody, to lie a little bit, to do this, to do that… to get something. We really didn’t have to, but we did because It lay in there.
But you’re coming to a Masterpiece where It will just flow. You won’t have to beg, bum, borrow, steal, make claims, pervert or anything else. You won’t have to keep things by falsifying or get things by falsifying.
You won’t have any of that anymore. Nothing, nothing. It’s going to be a Masterpiece. And that freedom started already with the Holy Ghost now, getting us out of the creeds and dogmas and the whole thing to get us awake.
Listen, it is not this side of the Resurrection, my brother/sister. It is the other side. But remember; Brother Branham had a part, because in his ministry time and eternity came together. Therefore, mortality and immortality came together. See?
Materiality is speeding up, not slowing down, but it’s only in a Bride to take on the perfection, the Masterpiece. And he was privileged to stand there and look at It. And he said, “Because of what I saw and I could relate, this is my Masterpiece.”
And he said, “You Pentecostals, why don’t you believe the sovereignty of God? Why don’t you understand what God is doing? You’re looking and claiming a portion in the Masterpiece, but you don’t know your inheritance and Christ’s inheritance in you. You don’t know, because you’re not a part of It. To have representation now, you had to be back there.”
And they cannot take that. Cannot take it, but somebody can.
Heavenly Father, we look to You again now as we go our ways which we thank You gave us strength to be together in the comfort and joy of the Lord, to have fellowship together and harmony in Thee, Lord, and we know there’s… Brother Branham said, “There’s a Bride out there somewhere. If we are not, by the grace of God, help us, Lord, not to stand in her way.”
And Lord, let us come to the place now we don’t stand in our way, anybody else’s way regardless. Begin to motivate our lives more on the grounds of sovereignty, which is the ability to know that, though we are not sovereign in ourselves, we know that One is, and therefore, have the ability to stand back and let Him Who is sovereign now become our Judge and become our advocate, become our pledge, become our all.
Father, help us to give ourselves to you as never before. Grant blessing now, Lord God, to each one of us, as we need Your blessing, guide us and direct us. In path’s righteous for Thy Name sake, may we, Lord, speedily come to that day of the true delivery of the expression of God in a Bride.
And we’re speaking, Lord, if we do not go in a Rapture to get out of here, one by one soon physically and be delivered into thy Presence, Lord; which will have to be a matter of grace, because there wouldn’t be any other way to place it in the Scripture, and there’d be no way we could provide it.
But since It is eternal grace and eternal things, Lord, have to be revealed, then we know that we’re forgiven for not knowing too much about It, except we know It is there. But if You could condescend to not make us prophets, we don’t want that, but to open the door a little ways so we might touch on it, and we’d be happy. But if not, we’re going to leave it in Your hands, because that’s good enough for us.
You have It, You said It, You’re doing It, and we’re grateful, because we know that we would not be touched at this point if we were not a part of that which is going to be carried over, that great river of Life that was seen flowing from the Eastern Gate in Ezekiel’s vision, the same one who saw Him high and lifted up, who saw Him there amongst cherubim. Yes, you saw Him there, the similitude of a man, so do we.
We’re grateful, Lord, very, very grateful. We cannot praise Thee enough. Keep us ever in these realms. There’s no realm worth anything else. Now, unto the King eternal, immortal, the only wise God, be all power, and honor and glory through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Lord bless you.