I Kings 16:29-33, "In the thirty-eighth year of Asa king of Judah, Ahab the son of Omri began to reign over Israel: Ahab reigned over Israel in Samaria twenty-two years. He was more wicked than his father Omri or any of his predecessors. As if that weren't enough, he walked in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat who built the golden calves taking Israel into idolatry, and he married Jezebel, daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and worshipped Baal.
He built a temple and an altar for Baal in Samaria, made idols to Baal's consort, Astarte, and made a grove; and did more to provoke the Lord God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him".
Ahab is a type of the USA. Brother Branham typed him with the late President Kennedy. As Ahab married Jezebel, daughter of the pagan priest-king Ethbaal, who gained the throne in Sidon by murdering his predecessor, and brought Israel into idolatry, John F. Kennedy was married to spiritual Jezebel, the Roman Catholic FALSE church which gained her power through murdering the saints and has caused the kings of the earth and their citizens to drink of the cup of her spiritual fornication, or idolatries.
President Kennedy was the first Roman Catholic in the White House and Brother Branham said, "There'll never be another Protestant in the White House." And there hasn't been a single PROTESTER against the church and dogma of Rome in the Oval Office since.
God was angry with Israel's idolatry. I Kings 17:1-16, "Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, As the Lord God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my Word".
(Elijah had stood before the Lord. He wasn't afraid to prophesy to King Ahab, the devastation of his nation because of his sin).
And the Word of God came to him, saying, "Go to the east and hide by the brook Cherith, where it enters the Jordan. Drink from the brook; and eat what I've commanded the ravens to feed you there".
So he camped by the brook as God told him; And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.
(God took Elijah off the scene, once he'd delivered the Message. It was time for true believers to come out from the organizations that had rejected It, before judgment struck. Elijah waited on the Lord to renew his strength. He didn't try to persuade the people to accept His Message. The birds type the five-fold ministry which keep the Voice of the seventh angel speaking during his absence from the Church.
Jezebel was married to the State, she built cathedrals and groves and set up a boycott of those not belonging to join her Council of Churches. She is doing this again today. One day she'll force the mark of the beast).
After a while, the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land. And the Word of the Lord came unto him, saying, 'Move to Zarephath, in Sidon: I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain you'.
(In the Bible a woman represents a church. She did have a husband, organization, ruling over her. But during this great drought, he perished, as denominations are perishing now in today's famine for the Word. As his widow she is now free to hear the Word of the Lord).
So he went to Zarephath. As he arrived at the city gates, he saw a widow gathering sticks: and he said, 'Get me, a cup of water'.
And as she was going to get it, he called to her, 'Bring me, some bread as well'.
And she said, I swear by Lord your God, I haven't a single piece of bread in the house, but a handful of flour, and a little oil in a jar; and I am gathering two sticks to cook this last meal for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die from starvation'.
But Elijah said to her, 'Fear not; go and cook that last meal: but make me a little loaf first, and afterwards there will be enough for you and your son. For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, "The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day when the Lord sends rain upon the earth".'
So she did as Elijah had said, and she, and he, and her house, ate from her supply as long as it was needed. And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the Word of the Lord, which He spoke by Elijah".
She was willing to give what she had to obey the voice of God's prophet. And if you'll give what Spirit you've received back to support His Word, He'll provide for your life. Elijah stayed with this Church, that received him and believed his Word, until the famine was over. They had three good meals a day: that's Spiritual revelation of the Word. That kept the Church alive because It was THUS SAITH THE Lord.
This widow represented the separated Church. But disaster struck, and the widow's son became sick and died. This widow had seen the signs but immediately blamed the ministry, Elijah. However, when God restored the boy's life through his ministry, the widow had no further doubts as to his vindication.
I Kings 18:1-2, "Three years later, the Word of the Lord came to Elijah, saying, See King Ahab, and tell him that I will send rain upon the earth'. And he went to Ahab. Meanwhile, the famine had become very severe in Samaria".
So severe that the King divided the land between himself and his right-hand man. They personally led scouts to search out fodder to sustain the horses and mules.
The nominal church had compromised with Jezebel's Catholicism, and were in idolatry. But Elijah stayed true to the Word. He was a sign to the nation. Every prophet is a sign from God of impending judgment. And the true Church of the Living God, like the 7000 who were afraid, but rejected Jezebel's creeds, and stayed true to the Word, is a also sign, because God will fulfil all of His promises in those individuals at the manifestation of the Sons of God, and the translation.
When Elijah met Ahab, the King was unrepentant and accused God's prophet of causing Israel's misery. But Elijah's was vindicated by the famine. He was under the anointing and fearless, exposing sin and telling the King it was the idolatry of his own household that had brought judgment upon Israel, as the idolatry of Protestantism will bring judgment upon the USA.
I Kings 18:17-35, "When Ahab saw Elijah, he said, So you're the man that troubles Israel?
And Elijah replied, 'I haven't troubled Israel; but you, and your father's house, in that you have forsaken the commandments of the Lord, and followed Baalim. Now send, and gather all of Israel unto mount Carmel, and all four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal, and the four hundred prophets of the WCC groves supported by Jezebel."
So Ahab summoned all the people and the prophets to mount Carmel.
Then Elijah said, "How long are you going to flounder between two opinions? if the Lord is God, follow Him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people were silent."
(This is the end of the second pull. This choice has been going-on since the revelation of the Seven Seals, as the "Shout" of the Message of God's prophet that calls both wise and foolish virgin out from denominational beliefs (Matthew 25:1-13; I Thessalonians 4:16; Revelation 18:4). The Jubilee Trump is sounding now. Take your freedom while you can. Soon your denomination will be forced into the World Council of Churches).
Then said Elijah I am the only remaining prophet of the Lord; but Baal has four hundred and fifty prophets. Now bring two bullocks; and let them choose one for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I'll dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: And you call on the name of your gods, and I will call on the Name of the Lord: and the God that answers by fire, let him be God. And everyone answered, It is well spoken."
Then Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, "You choose a bullock and dress it first; for you are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under".
"So they prepared one of the bullocks, and called on the name of Baal from morning until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no reply of any kind. And they leaped around the altar. And at noon, Elijah mocked them, saying, Cry louder: for he is a god; either he's talking, or he's in the Men's Room, or he's on a trip, or perhaps he's asleep, and must be wakened".
"So they shouted louder, and cut themselves after their custom with knives and swords, until the blood gushed out".
"They raved until the time of the evening sacrifice, but there was no reply from Baal." (They are worshiping in vain, offering God the PART-Word of the Church Ages. They are unaware the Seven Seals are open and since the mystery of God is finished we have the fullness of the Word (that which is perfect), and Christ is no longer a Mediator for their denominational error. And that's why there's no Fire in denominational circles today. We're over in Revelation 8 and the holy convocation at the end of the Age).
"Elijah called the people, who drew near. He repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down, taking twelve stones according to the twelve tribes of Israel. And made a trench around it, as great as would contain two measures of seed."
(We see here a type of Israel gathered to the Homeland in unbelief but as one nation, not twelve separate tribes, and not as northern and southern kingdoms. Also the restoration of the apostolic faith and the Church coming out from divisive denominationalism into the UNITY of that faith).
Elijah arranged the wood, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, "Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the carcass, and on the wood." (Rightly dividing the Word in placing the Seven Church Ages).
"And he said, Do it again. And they did. And he said, Do it once more. And they did it the third time. And the water ran off the altar; and filled the trench." (The last three Church Ages brought back the proper birth: Justification under Luther, sanctification under Wesley, and the restoration of the Gifts in Pentecost).
The Bride's revelation is anointed. She is mature in the unity of the faith. It's time for the seventh trump to close the Gentile dispensation, call Israel to the Feast of Trumpets, and the Bride to the manifestation of the Sons of God by the "third pull" of the evening sacrifice in the latter rain. Time for God to vindicate the Prophet's Message, and (following the invasion of Ezekiel 38 and 39), let it be known that He's God in Israel.
I Kings 18:38-41, "Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and said, The Lord, He is the God; the Lord, He is the God".
"Then Elijah told them to grab the prophets of Baal; Let none of them escape. They took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and killed them there. Then he said to Ahab, Get up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain."
"He went to the top of Mount Carmel and prayed, sending his servant seven times to look towards the sea or west for any sign of rain".
Here's what the Lord inspired Brother Branham to write in 1962:
"Now I want you to be very careful here and see this. God has promised that at the end time Malachi 4 is going to be fulfilled. It has to be for it is the Spirit-quickened Word of God spoken by the prophet Malachi. Jesus referred to it. It is just before Christ comes the second time. By the time Jesus comes all Scripture must be fulfilled. The Gentile dispensation will be in its last church age when that messenger of Malachi comes. He will be right with the Word. He will take the whole Bible from Genesis to Revelation. He will start at the serpent's seed and carry on to the messenger in the latter rain. But he will be rejected by the denominations.
He has to be for that is history repeating itself from the time of Ahab. Israel's history under Ahab is happening right here in America where the prophet of Malachi appears. As Israel left Egypt to worship in freedom, pushed out the natives, raised up a nation with great leaders like David etc., and then put an Ahab on the throne with a Jezebel behind him to direct, so have we done the very same in America. Our forefathers left for this land to worship and live in freedom. They pushed back the natives and took over the land. Mighty men like Washington and Lincoln were raised up but after awhile other men of such poor calibre succeeded these worthy men that soon an Ahab was set in the presidential chair with a Jezebel behind him to direct him. It is at such a time as this that the messenger of Malachi must come. Then in the latter rain will come a Mount Carmel showdown. Watch this carefully now to see it in the Word. John was the forerunner of Malachi 3. He planted the former rain and was rejected by the organizations of his day. Jesus came and had a Mount Transfiguration show down. The second forerunner of Christ will sow for the latter rain. Jesus will be the showdown between the denominations and creeds, for He will come to back up His Word and take His bride in the rapture. The first showdown was Mount Carmel; the second was the Mount Transfiguration, and the third will be Mount Zion.
The strange behaviour of Moses, Elijah, and John withdrawing from the people into seclusion left many confused. They did not realize that it was because their messages had been rejected. But the seed had been sown, the planting was over. Judgment was next. They had served their purpose as a sign to the people so judgment was next.
I believe according to Revelation 13:16 that the bride will have to stop preaching for the beast is demanding the mark in the hand or forehead if permission to preach be granted. Denominations will take the mark, or be forced to quit preaching. Then the Lamb will come for His bride and judge the great harlot.
Now remember that Moses was born for a certain work, but he could not do that work until he had received the gifts which would enable him to do the work. He had to go out in the desert and wait there; God had an appointed time. There was to be a certain Pharaoh on the throne, and the people had to be crying for the bread of life, before God could send him back. This is true for our day" (An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, 174:1-175:3).
We're having our Mount Carmel showdown now: the Word against creed and the priests of Baal are being pierced through the ear with an awl. They're dying by the hundred, spiritually, as their names are removed from the Book of Life. The Fire has come down, sealing-off the Church Age part of the Body. Now the former rain of the end-time Message is placing the Bride into her part of the Body.
God has heard Elijah's prayer and he tells Ahab to quickly ride to Jezreel, about twenty miles away, before the rains. But the hand of the Lord is upon Elijah who runs to the town of Jezreel (which means, "God sows") ahead of Ahab.
I Kings 19:1-2, "When Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had slaughtered all the prophets with the sword. [In this day it was the sword of the revealed Word, against which the gates of hell shall not prevail]. Jezebel sent a messenger saying, You killed my prophets. I swear by the gods I will kill you by this time tomorrow."
This is what Brother Branham called "the squeeze" or rejection and persecution of those following the Message. Now that he's out from under the anointing, he is afraid of Jezebel's threat, and escaped to Beersheba (which means "Well of an Oath") where he asked God to take his life. He fell asleep beneath a juniper tree (Sabino as in Sabino Canyon means "Juniper Grove"), and an angel touched him and fed him and he went in the strength of that food for forty days and nights when he arrived at Mount Sinai in Saudi Arabia.
I Kings 19:9-14, 18, "And he lived in a cave. But the Lord said to him, What are you doing here, Elijah"?
And he said, I've worked hard for the Lord God of heaven; but the children of Israel have broken their covenant and thrown down Your altars, and slain Your prophets; (through the Church Ages, Rome killed every true Christian it could find); only I am left; and they seek my life". (Elijah types the Voice of the archangel of I Thessalonians 4:16, confirming the Message from Genesis to Revelation).
"And God said, Go out and stand before Me on the mountain. And as he stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty wind tore rocks from the mountains, and broke them in pieces; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. (the Word). And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his scarf and went out, and stood in the entrance of the cave. And a voice said, Why are you here, Elijah"?
"And he said, I've worked hard for the Lord God of heaven: but the children of Israel have broken their covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets except me; and now they want to kill me too".
(Ahab had again fallen under the sway of Jezebel. Therefore Baal-worship would recover from the blow dealt it by Elijah. Elijah is accordingly instructed to take the necessary steps for the destruction of Baal-worship. These were three. First, Ahab was to be attacked from without by the Syrians, and for that purpose warlike Hazael was to take the Syrian throne. Second, when Ahab was thus weakened, Jehu was to seize his throne, since Jehu was a known opponent of Baal-worship and also a ruthless soldier. Third, Elijah was to appoint as his own successor, Elishah, who might be trusted under Jehu to complete the destruction of the adherents of Baal.
This is a type of what happened to Brother Branham at Sunset mountain after which God appointed the west coast of the USA to judgment confirmed two days later by the Good Friday earthquake in Fairbanks, Alaska).
"Yet there are seven thousand in Israel, who have not bowed the knee to Baal, nor kissed him." (A type of popery. This was the end of second pull, the third pull took them home. The times of the Gentiles came in with the worship of a holy man, Daniel. And it ends with the worship of a religious man, the pope. The third pull was not in the storm or in the earthquake and fire, but in the authority of the spoken Word in the Bride which builds faith for rapturing grace).
I Kings 20:1-6, "Benhadad the king of Syria gathered all his army together with thirty-two kings, and horses, and chariots: and he besieged Samaria, the capital of Israel. He sent messengers into the city to King Ahab and said, Your silver and gold is mine; your prettiest wives and the best of your children."
"Ahab replied, My lord, O king, all that I have is yours".
"Soon the messengers returned, and said, Not only do I want your wives and children, your silver, and your gold, but at this time tomorrow, I'll send my men to search your palace and the houses of your servants; and whatever they fancy they will take."
As Ahab is a type of the USA, Syria is a type of Russia which will attack and invade the USA.
Handwriting on the Wall, #29:5, 19:152-155, "Listen friend, there isn't a thing, this very hour, in the next twenty-five minutes or ten minutes, for Russia to send up its satellite and sweep it over here across this nation, train its missile, say, "Surrender, or in two minutes you'll be nothing but dust." They can do it right now. Think of it. They can do it right now.
What would happen? Plane load after plane load, ship load after ship load, of ungodly communistic soldiers would swallow our lands, would grab our girls, and take them into the street and treat them like cattle, ram a sword through them, go into our homes and take our wives out and bust the baby's head against the wall, and ravish our women. You say one thing, it belongs to them.
You say, "Will our Pentagons surrender? Sure it would. That'd be the only sensible thing for it to do. It would have to do it. If it didn't, we'd be nothing but powder in a few minutes. We'd have maybe a few more hours of life, but what a slaughter. What? They may be loading on the planes right now. The ships may be in harbor. Soon, these things that we're talking about can be a reality. There's not one thing left for it to happen—to keep it from happening according to prophecy. Here we are. And next week, you don't know what condition you could be in. The handwriting is on the wall. We're a weighed in the balance and found wanting.
Now, if these things are true and you see they are true, then how close is the coming of the Lord? Tonight, I want to continue. What, where will the church be when this takes place? Now, you who've always been taught that the church will take the tribulation, come find out. If this is so close, if this destruction is so close, how much closer is the coming of the Lord? For it'll take place before the church ever. . . Before one rocket hits this country, the church will be in the arms of Christ and gone. We're at the end. It can happen any time."
Because Syria boasted Israel's God had power only in the hills and not in the plains, God defeated Syria, and cornered their king.
I Kings 20:28-34, "Then a prophet went to the king of Israel and said, Because the Syrians have said, The Lord is God of the hills, but he is not God of the valleys, therefore will I deliver all this great multitude into your hand, and you shall know that I am the Lord".
"And the two armies camped opposite each other for seven days (or Church Ages). And on the seventh day the battle began: and Israel killed 100,000 Syrian infantry in one day. The rest fled into the walled city of Aphek, and the wall fell, killing 27,000. Benhadad fled into the city and hid in the inner room of a house."
"And his servants said, We have heard that the kings of Israel are merciful: let us wear sackcloth and put ropes on our heads, and go out to the king of Israel to inquire if he will let you live".
"So they went to the king of Israel, and begged, Your servant Benhadad pleads, Let me live".
"Is he still alive? asked Ahab, He is my brother."
"The men were quick to catch this hope and they said, Your brother Benhadad lives".
"Then Ahab said, Go and bring him. And when Benhadad arrived, he invited him up into his chariot".
And Benhadad said, I will restore the cities my father took from your father, and you may establish trading posts in Damascus, as my father made in Samaria'. He made a (United Nations) covenant, and sent him away."
This is precisely what America did in World War II. When Russia was severely weakened by Germany, America allowed her to become an ally, supplying her requirements for food, technology, money and equipment, also giving her plates to print US invasion currency, plus the plans and materials to make her own nuclear bombs!
The result of that war was the creation of the Communistic United Nations Organization, a step towards the totalitarian NWO world Police State.
Invasion of the United States, 13:97-98, "That's the very line of deceit the Devil's using right now to bring in the antichrist, just as certain as I'm standing into this. We'll unite our efforts together." We can't do that. How can two walk together except they be agreed?
This United States making the same, selfsame experience and the same mistake, when it united with Russia back yonder, at the time they was about ready to have war, and bound ourselves together with Russia. And now you see what we got, don't you? They have our airplanes and all of our secrets, and our atomic bombs and everything laying over there to blow it back at us. Same thing goes by spiritual".
Brother Branham knew what was what, who controlled whom, and about the treason in high places. America has had Communist Presidents for the past sixty years.
Handwriting on the Wall 3:13-14, "Nebuchadnezzar was the beginning of the Gentile kingdoms, the head of gold. And he had went up into Jerusalem, many, many miles away, and had captured the Jews and brought them down into his kingdom, and made them slaves, and they used their scientists and so forth.
Just like Russia did when it went into Germany. And there is why they got the atomic bomb, and so forth, they got those German scientists. That's why they're so far advanced today, they captured them and took them back up there. Themselves, they didn't have it, but they went and got those things just like Nebuchadnezzar did the Jews".
I Kings 20:35-43, "And God inspired one of the prophets to say to another man, Strike me. But the man refused".
"Then he said, Because you have not obeyed the voice of the Lord, as soon as you have departed from me, a lion shall slay you. And as soon as he was departed, a lion found him, and slew him".
"Then he turned to another man, and said, Strike me. And the man wounded him."
"The prophet waited for the king by the roadside, having disguised himself with ashes upon his face".
"As the king passed by, he cried, Sir, I was in the battle; and a man brought me a prisoner, saying, Keep this man: if he escapes, you must die, or else pay a talent of silver. And as I was busy, the prisoner disappeared. And the king of Israel said, It's your fault, your judgment must be as you have declared".
"Then he took the ashes away from his face; and the king of Israel recognized him as one of the prophets. And he said, Thus saith the Lord, Because you have spared the man I appointed to utter destruction (cherem), you must die in his place, and your people shall perish instead of his people".
"And the king of Israel went home in Samaria angry and sullen."
(The Lion represented Babylon which became mystery-Babylon, or the Roman Catholic false church, that will recover from Protestantism and Brother Branham's ministry of condemnation, to control America and the NWO. We see in Revelation 17 she is riding or controlling the beast. As Syria's king was dedicated to destruction for the glory of God but was saved by Ahab only to attack Israel, godless Communist Russia was saved, but will eventually destroy America).
We see from Ezekiel 38 and 39, which occur in the early days of the tribulation, that carnal man requires a physical enemy against whom he can focus physical/psychological hostilities for perceived injustices.
He does not see that the physical world is the battle-ground for the forces of good and evil. And being an unbeliever, he can't lay his burdens on the Lord, and allow His Word to effect judgment and justice. So the natural focus of attack from both Russia and the Moslem world will be upon Israel and America. And later, shortly before Armageddon, Vatican City and America.
Russia and the Moslem world have been mistreated by the Jews, who invaded them, took over their land, and mercilessly slaughtered tens of millions of their people.
The physical estate of the Jews today is seen to be in Israel, and since their locus of operation has in transferred from London, is also and principally in New York City.
Paul wrote, "I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church" (Colossians 1:24).
We have life too easy. We have forsaken separation to God's Word, and attempted to purchase friendship with the heathen. The way to Christ is the way of agony and the Cross. The tongues Message to Brother Branham, when interpreted, said, "Because you have chosen the harder way. This is the precise and correct way, because it's My way. And what a glorious decision you've made. Because of this, a large portion of heaven awaits you. And this in itself is that which will make, and bring to pass, the tremendous victory in the Love Divine". bb980114.htm
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