Redemption Revealed - VII
I Corinthians 15:35-58, I Corinthians 15:35-58, "Someone will say, How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?
You fool, whatever you sow is not quickened, unless it dies: And what you sow is not the body that shall be, but bare grain—maybe wheat or of some other grain: God gives it the body He designed, and to each seed after his own kind. All flesh isn't the same: but there's one kind for humans, another for beasts, and another for fish, and another of birds."
"There are celestial bodies and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the heavenly is one, and the glory of the earthly is another. The sun is glorious in one way, and the moon is glorious in another way and the stars in their own distinctive way: for one star differs from another star in glory."
"So is it with the resurrection of the dead. The body that's sown is corruptible; but the body that's resurrected is imperishable. It's sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it's sown in weakness; it is raised in power: it is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, "The first man Adam became a living soul; the last Adam was made a Life-giving spirit".
It's not the spiritual life that came first, but the physical and then the spiritual. "The first man was of the earth, made of dust: the second man is the Lord from heaven. We who are made of dust are like Adam: and those who are born of heaven will have a body like Christ's. As we have borne the image of the earthy man, we shall also bear the image of the Man of heaven."
"But I tell you this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption. The mystery is that we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be transformed to an imperishable body, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead in Christ shall be raised free and immune from decay, and we shall be transformed. For this corruptible part of us must put on incorruption and this mortal spirit that is capable of dying must put on immortality. So when this corruptible flesh is glorified, and what was capable of dying has put on immortality, then the Scripture that says, "Death is swallowed up in victory," shall be fulfilled" (Isaiah 25:8).
"O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the Law. But thanks be to God, which gives us the victory—through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, being aware that your labour is not in vain in the Lord."
We're looking forward to a body like Jesus' glorious body. God's foreknowledge is the image of the positive or finished product not yet realized (Hebrews 11:1). It's a substance more real than the material things we contact in our three physical dimensions.
God's Word is His will or His plan revealed to all men in nature—stars, climate, seasons, plant and animal life (Romans 1-2), and through the foolishness of preaching (I Corinthians 1:21). It's the stuff which when encountered by man produces Life or DEATH.
God's Word is His will or plan: a positive. It is Himself. It is Spirit in a form we can receive by faith. It is masculine: God is a man. We know that because when the Word was made flesh it was Jesus of Nazareth. As our father's sperm is the germ of natural life from which our physical body develops once the ovum is quickened or fertilized, even so God's Spirit in Word form when received by faith quickens our soul: a negative. The soul is the feminine of God. As Eve was taken from the side of the first Adam after God put Him to sleep in Eden, so the true Church was taken from the side of Christ when God put Him to sleep on Calvary (II Corinthians 5). That's why the Church is called the Bride of Christ: she is the feminine of God (Ephesians 5:22-33).
As our physical body develops on wholesome food and home up-bringing to reflect the image and plans of our natural parents, our soul develops on the Spiritual vitamins of God's Word and discipline by grace into His image which is our theophany, our part of the Logos or Light of the World. If we fail to conform to or reject His Word-plan our celestial body is not Light and we may well be the children of darkness (Ephesians 5:1-14; Hebrews 12:3-15; I John 1:5-10).
When our soul (the negative) is quickened we begin to conform to the positive of our theophany which is our part of the Word, Christ. It is the Word becoming manifest—the Spiritual image of His character and nature being transformed to glorified human form. The baptism with the Holy Ghost is the new birth or Spiritual marriage union between our soul and God's Word as heaven and earth embrace to produce another brother to Jesus and another child to God, liberating our soul from bondage to this material world. Either we yield dominion over our flesh and mortal spirit to our Husband the Word, or the world will dominate us, our soul, through the ten senses.
During life's journey the soul is influenced through the fourth dimension by the Spirit of God or the spirit of Satan. The spirit world contacts our soul, and it makes the choices that determine its destiny. The soul is released from the first three dimensions of this physical world upon the death of the body. If it's not redeemed or reunited with the Logos, it is separated from its angel, and waits in a torment of uncertainty for the final determination at the white throne judgment (I John 4:18).
If on the other hand it became one with God's Word for its day and Age it is united with its angel in the sixth dimension.
Death in the flesh marks the end of choice. As death in the body releases the soul it likewise releases the celestial body in God's foreknowledge into reality or manifestation, replacing our mortal spirit. Once a person is dead, his choices are made and God's foreknowledge has been fulfilled (Hebrews 9:27). Now the elect and fallen angels come into being.
In the sixth dimension their elect angel or theophany clothes the soul of the saint, for they are one with their soul (Psalms 34:7; I Corinthians 6:17). In the fourth dimension the celestial body or fallen angel of the lost manifests as a demon in company with the angels of the non-elect whilst their souls are in prison until the resurrection of their bodies.
The baptism with the Holy Ghost or new birth imparts "Zoe," God's Own Life, into the soul of His elect who begin growing into their Word-image which is His foreknowledge of their glorified form—their theophany. It is not building the theophany which is their part of the Logos but conforming the soul to the character of the Word-form body, angel or theophany.
A theophany is a visible manifestation of God.
When Christians pray, we pray to the Holy Spirit in us. The Angel of God is encamped around about them that fear Him and delivers them (Psalm 34:7). That angel is our ministering Spirit, our part of the Pillar of Fire. It is Christ in us, the hope of glory Who will never leave us nor forsake us. That's your theophany not yet manifest.
Here's what Brother Branham said in Influence (#21:6, p. 12:79-85) "These five senses that we live in, that's just a little world of our own. See? . . . We were only given these so we could contact our earthly home. But there are senses beyond that in another dimension. And God is always present: if we could only remember that. "The Angels of the Lord are encamped about those who fear Him." In this building tonight stands Jesus Christ. In this building tonight is hosts of Angels, thousands of them gathered around. (If there are thousands of Christians in the congregation, there must be thousands of angels). You don't see them, but you can feel the influence of them, telling you that they're here. (Certainly, they are ministering Spirits). If that isn't so, then the Scripture isn't so. And if the Scripture isn't right, then God isn't right. The Bible said that the Angels of God are encamped; they don't leave; they stay near those that fear Him.
Jesus said, "Wherever two or three are gathered in My Name, I'll be in their midst." Then that makes Him in a world that we cannot see, that our five senses doesn't contact. Jesus Christ is here, present. If we could be conscious of that . . .
And, remember, not only here, but when you're walking down the street, wherever you are, you who profess to be believers and fear the Lord, remember, the Angels of God are moving with you wherever you are. They watch everything you do, every thought that goes through your mind, and they know all about you. Therefore, we must be conscious of that.
If we're not conscious of it, then you act any way. So people, mostly today too many people, are not conscious of the Presence of the Lord Jesus; that's the reason they—we have these things that we have going on now, that's not right.
If we could only do like David said, "I put the Lord always before me." Oh, I like that. "The Lord's always before me. Where He goes, I'll follow. And I'm conscious that everywhere I'm going," other words, David said, "the Lord is going before me".
"I will not leave thee nor forsake Thee," said Jesus. "Lo, I'm with you always, even to the end of the world." He cannot leave us. He promised not to.
That's the very objective of these meetings, and that's the objective, my brethren, of holding my ministry out from the denominations, is to try to let the people see that Jesus Christ is still alive, that He's here, to every believer, to every person in the denomination that will believe Him . . ."
Our celestial body is God's foreknowledge of the LIFE of our soul. It is the record or product of our decisions during life. If we're elect, It's His Word. Otherwise, it may be anti-Word.
Brother Branham said, "Your life speaks so loud, I can't hear your testimony." When you're born, God sets a record on . . . Put a record on, it doesn't make much noise for a little while, you know; that's the little baby till it comes to accountability. Then the noise starts. He starts saying things and doing things he has to answer for. And then when that life ends, that record or tape is took off and laid in the great big library of God . . . Now, how you going to get around it at the judgment bar? It's played right back in front of you: Every move you made, every thought that went through your mind. (Christ is Revealed in His Own Word, p. 14:63-64).
That record is the angel or celestial body of the non-elect. Not the elected, because we are free from all sin and don't come to the judgment. Together with Jesus, we're the judge and Jury.
"What you are somewhere else is what you reflect here. What you are, what your . . . celestial body is somewhere else is what you're reflecting back here. In the spirit land, what you are is what you are here. If you're still vulgar minded and so forth in the spirit land, you're vulgar minded here. If you still got malice, envy, and strife, you're in the spirit land with that, it reflects back here. But if your whole innermost being has become cleansed and purged, it shows that you've got a body out yonder waiting, that's been cleansed and purged, and it's reacting back in the flesh. Don't you see? See, there it is. "If this earthly tabernacle be dissolved, we have one already waiting" (COD, p. 71:78).
God's foreknowledge or vision of your destiny is but foreknowledge until the record is played out and your earthly body is dead. Then you've made your last choice, and His foreknowledge comes to pass. So it would be a good exercise for us to check our lives in the mirror of God's Word, and if the Token (the Life of Christ) is not on display in our life, make amends whilst we can. The Token on display in us is the evidence of our new birth and our ticket out of these three dimensions.
Brother Branham explained how he was standing on the platform one night before the congregation where the Lord had revealed many things about a man who had returned to his seat. After another man had come forward, God revealed something further to tell the first man. Brother Branham couldn't see him in the congregation, and God revealed by vision through the fourth dimension that he was seated behind a curtain at the back of the stage" (Christ is Revealed in His Own Word, p. 15:65-66).
We are children of Light or DARKNESS. The theophanies of the elect are angels of Light because they are part of the Logos, and our souls have passed from death to Life (John 5:24; II Corinthians 5:1). That's why our names were placed on the Lamb's Book of Life from the foundation of the world. The Lamb's Book of Life is Jesus Christ and His sheep or Spiritual offspring who cannot be deceived on the Word and will not follow a stranger because we're a part of the Word and eternal Life, and can never come to the judgment. Amen! That feels good!
The non-elect of Adam's race were only on the Book of Life, which is the record of his descendants. Most names will come off that Book and go to perdition. Serpent's Seed like Cain and his kin who comprise the majority of the world's population were never on the records of Life and are not redeemable.
Quoting Brother Branham, "You're going to find out one of these days that when you go to heaven, you don't fly off somewhere else; you're still right here too, just in another dimension faster than this. Right through this room's coming colour. Every colour shirt, dress, whatever you got on is eternal, laying right on records, going around and around the world. Every time you bat your eyes, it's right on record. Watch, television will prove that . . .
If Einstein had only had the spiritual application, as he had the physical application, as he studied the laws of light and so forth, he could've told us something. When I heard his message on that great center somewhere into the skies, that ever contacted with that centre, you could create earths, do anything—the power would be unlimited. See? He had seen that.
[We who are in Christ have contacted the Spiritual Center that was typed by Alcyone, the natural center discovered by Einstein: around which the Pleades, the Sun and the whole solar system rotate].
You see these little pockets going through the air they call saucers," so forth . . . "Hear how these people come up missing?" you say. Don't hear from them; they're standing there, and they're not there. That's the way the rapture's going to be. One of them would drop right down, and this terrestrial body will take on a celestial body. And they'll be hide, hair, or bones left. It'll be transformed in a moment of time, dropping right out of space and taking home that . . . We see all this going on now, and the Pentagon wondering about these lights, and mystic lights, and everything they're seeing in the sky. You saw they had one here in the paper at Jeffersonville this week and so forth, a mystic light saw. Oh, they don't know what that is. But listen, little children, it's going to pick you up one of these days" (Christ is Revealed in His Own Word, p. 15:63b, c, 67b-68).
The "record" is God's foreknowledge and your "angel." Your angel is your destiny. That's why Brother Branham said, "Hell is being created right here on earth" (Souls that are in Prison Now, p. 50:370).
Until the Fall, Satan was co-equal with God—all but a creator or Logos, and Eve was co-equal with Adam—all but the original Word. After the Fall, Satan was rejected and Eve lost her co-equality. She was no longer on ABSOLUTE free moral agency any longer but subject to man and under the authority of her husband.
Man is now made to rule over the woman by God's Word. Note, he is to rule by God's Word, not treat her like a doormat. God's Word is Love and Love is corrective. She broke the original Word covenant. By not being the original spoken Word of God like Adam her husband, woman is made so she can deceive and be deceived.
If you read your Bible carefully, you'll notice that God didn't form Eve until about a hundred years after He'd finished creation. I don't know if I've said this before, but one day Adam came to God and said, "I look over this wonderful creation I've named, and all of Your other creatures have a mate. Yet I'm alone, and I feel lonely. Will You please make me a mate?"
And God said, "Adam, you don't know what you're asking for. Please don't ask me to make you a mate. You have no idea how much it will cost you".
"Oh, God, I'd love to have a mate. How much will it cost me?"
"Well, Adam, please don't ask me to make you a mate. It'll cost you half a liver, half of your kidneys, half of your heart, one of your lungs, and . . ."
Then Adam interjected, "What can I get for a rib". And we know the rest of the story.
God being just could not cause man to fall, and as man was made in the image of God, he couldn't fall. But woman is made in the image of man. She is not original creation but a by-product of Adam who is original creation. So after the Fall God made another covenant for the woman and she was no longer a ruler with him.
Lucifer had his celestial body first, made after God in His foreknowledge separated the angels for He is not a part of the Logos or Word.
Like God, Satan had a celestial body. Unlike God Who created and is creating His many-membered flesh Body by the spoken Word, Satan takes possession of the bodies of others—both human and animal. In the Garden of Eden he incarnate the Serpent, a giant man-like creature, to deceive and seduce Eve in order to build his kingdom of death and smother-out Michael's kingdom by miscegenation by producing a hybrid apart from the womb of God's mind and neither Spirit nor Life. God cursed the Serpent, changed every bone in his body and threw him on his belly.
Next he incarnate Judas Iscariot whom Jesus called "the son of Perdition" (John 17:12). Very soon, Satan will be cast out from heaven and will incarnate the Pope of Rome who is thereafter called by Jesus "the beast" (Revelation 17:1-13). Paul called the last Pope "the Son of Perdition" (II Thessalonians 2:3). And because Satan takes up his body after the close of the Gentile dispensation when redemption is over, he is the son of Perdition.
"Perdition" in the Greek is the equivalent of "Cherem" in Hebrew. And it refers to something or someone that is devoted or dedicated to destruction for the glory of God Whose holiness can't abide the affront of its uncleansness or any ungodliness associated with it.
We look for an eternal City that's not made with hands and that will be the dwelling place of God; it is the elect of all Ages, including the Bride of Jesus Christ in glorified bodies like His own glorious body. bb840431.htm
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