In Genesis 7 we read how Noah stood in the door of the ark for seven days while the animals loaded. Did you ever stop to consider that there were no herds of animals trying get in that door? Only those animals especially selected by God boarded the ark. Noah didn't have to coax them aboard, they were Supernaturally led of God.
There were only so many of each kind. A certain number of male and a certain number of female. When the last beast had entered on the seventh day, God shut the door. And the Flood or tribulation came upon the earth.
A perfect type of our dispensation. For seven Church Ages while the Bible was sealed with Seven Seals, Jesus as Mediator, stood interceding for the errors of the saints, while the Holy Spirit inspired them to come into the Word for their Age. When the last saint predestinated to the Seventh or Laodicean Church Age was baptized into the Body, Christ's mediation was finished. The Church Ages were over. The Body born of PART-Word and the grace of a go-between or Mediator was sealed. That was in 1963. Very soon tribulation will again come upon the whole world, as it did in the days of Noah.
In Revelation 3:8, God set an open door before the Philadelphian Age. An open door of the Word, the Holy Ghost. The Philadelphian Age did run well but their revelation went only so far as holiness or sanctification. They refused the baptism with the Holy Ghost.
When the Holy Spirit came upon those old Methodists and Baptists in Spiritual gifts, like other tongues, buckets of cold water were thrown over them. The baptism with the Holy Ghost was refused.
In John 10 we read how in the old countries shepherds sleep in the fields with their sheep. The shepherd slept across the entrance to the enclosure, he became the door. And nothing could go in or out without going through the door of the sheep fold.
Jesus is that door to heaven. He said, "I am the way, the truth, and the Life: No man comes to the Father, but by Me." My sheep receive My Word; they enter the Kingdom by faith and are "saved." Those who enter the congregation by some way other than that Door of faith are thieves and robbers.
Oh they pray, believe in God, read their Bibles, preach, pay their tithes and sing hymns twice as loud as God's elect, but they're intellectual. They came by a window of learning, or some way other than faith or a clear understanding of the Word for their day.
Jesus spoke of these people in the parable of the marriage of the king's son in Matthew 22. This tells us how Israel rejected their invitation to the Wedding, so God called we Gentiles. When He came to see the guests, He saw there a man without a wedding garment.
In the East it was customary, when a guest arrived at a wedding, to anoint his face with refreshing oil, wash his feet, and issue each, rich or poor, an identical garment, typing the baptism of the Holy Spirit or robe of righteousness worn by the New Testament saints.
When this man was found without a wedding garment, the king knew his name was not on the guest list, or Lamb's Book of Life. He was without an invitation and must have entered by some way other than the Door of the chief Shepherd, or baptism of the Holy Ghost. So the king had him bound hand and foot, and cast into the outer darkness of great tribulation at the end of the Gentile dispensation.
We're almost at that time. The end of the Gentile dispensation is nearly upon us. When it does come, the vast majority of those who imagine themselves Christians will find they're cast out into the outer darkness of the tribulation.
Friends, Christ's Church is not a social club that runs schools and hospitals, orphanages and charitable works. Noble though these things are, they are not what God commanded His Church to do. And the Christian church does not involve itself in such affairs.
Christ's Church is the manifestation of His Word prophesied for their day. And God's Word has never instructed His Church to engage in such works.
All seven Church Ages are over. We must recognize our day and its Message, and see that part of God's Word manifesting through us. Next we'll review Revelation 4 and 5, to see what happens after the end of the last or Laodicean Church Age.
Revelation 1:10, "I was in the Spirit in the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great Voice, as of a trumpet."
The Book of Revelation was revealed to John over a period of two years, AD95-96 whilst he was a prisoner on the Isle of Patmos. In the flesh he was on the Island. In the Spirit John was transported by revelation to a time yet future, known as the Day of the Lord. This follows the Gentile dispensation, when God returns to Israel, to call out 144,000 elect servants. The Lord's Day is not a Sunday, nor is it the sabbath. It is the day of God's wrath and the pouring-out of judgment upon earth.
Throughout the Book of Revelation, John represents the end-time Bride of Christ, the true Church, which will not see death in the flesh but change in the atoms to meet her Lord in the Air, for the Wedding Supper. We know this is true because the only man to whom Jesus revealed the mystery of the Book of Revelation was the angel or prophet-messenger to the seventh or Laodicean Church Age. He's called the "seventh angel" and the Greek word angelos simply means a "messenger".
John was told to "seal-up the mystery uttered by the Voices of the seven thunders, but in the days of the Voice of the seventh angel the mystery of God as spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began would be finished" (Daniel 12:4,9; Acts 3:21; Revelation 10:4,7).
It is this seventh angel John sees in the visions, revealing the seven-sealed Book, almost 2,000 years in the future. To be precise, in March, 1963, when the Lord Jesus Christ claimed the Book, opened the Seven Seals, and revealed them to the angel of the Laodicean Church Age, the late William Branham.
I'll bet they didn't teach you that in Sunday school!
So John was caught up in the Spirit in the Lord's day, and heard behind him a great Voice as of a trumpet. In the Bible, a trumpet signifies war. To spiritual Israel, the Church, its the Gospel trumpet sounding a Spiritual war. In other words, a revelation. To natural Israel, it was a natural war for rejecting that Word.
From Pentecost and through the Seven Church Ages, that Voice was on earth in the form of the sevenfold Spirit of God symbolized in Revelation 1:10-20 as "one like the Son of Man in the midst of the seven golden lampstands," This represented Christ in the midst of the Church Age saints. That Voice on earth revealed the Seven Church Ages of Revelation 2 and 3 to John or the end-time Bride through the ministry of Brother Branham.
All Seven Church Ages are over. And the same Voice that spoke to John on earth in Revelation 1:10 speaks from heaven in Revelation 4:1. In Revelation 4, that Voice has left the earth. It's intercession for PART-Word is over and we find the seven portions of the Holy Spirit back in heaven before the Throne of an angry God Who sits holding the seven-sealed Book of our Redemption. "And out of the throne proceed lightnings and thunderings and voices." This is no longer a Throne of Mercy. And because there is now no blood on the Mercy Seat, its a Judgment seat.
"And before the throne was a sea of glass like crystal." THis was the laver where the priests washed their hands and feet before they could approach the Lord in ministry. This signifies that the PART-Word or Church Age saints for whose ignorance Christ mediated (so long as the Book was sealed), had washed their robes, or been born-again. The Church Ages ended in Revelation 3. Here the Voice is in heaven, calling John, the end-time Bride, to come up in the Spirit of revelation to see what will happen after the Church Ages are over.
This is the "Voice of the Archangel" of I Thessalonians 4:16 gathering His own into the unity of the faith once delivered unto the apostolic saints. Its Ephesians 1:10, "In the dispensation of the fullness of times (when all seven Church Ages are fulfilled, and they are), God might gather together in agreement of the faith all things in Christ, both which are in heaven (the Church Age saints baptized into Christ by a sevenfold portion of the Spirit), and which are on earth (the end-time Bride waiting for the manifestation of the Sons of God and the translation). . ."
But while Christ is calling His Sheep out from all denominational teaching into the fullness of the Word, Satan is gathering his own. Revelation 16:13-14, "And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs (that's the only trinity there is; the frog is an unclean creature that always looks backward to what was, like these which look back to their common origin which is the First Nicea Council of AD325). These unclean spirits come out of the mouth of the dragon (that's Rome, and spirits follow words so this is false doctrine), and out of the mouth of the beast (her protestant (so-called) image),and out of the mouth of the false prophet (or pope). For they're t he spirits of demons, working miracles (uniting all the religions), which go forth to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that Great Day of God Almighty (the Day of the LORD)."
Jesus said, "Fear not those who can kill the body but they who can destroy your soul." Watch out for so-called priests and ministers! Satan's not a guy with hooves and horns and a forked tail. He's a guy with his collar turned around who speaks with forked tongue.
The Voice has revealed His work on earth through the Seven Church Ages, to John, the end-time Bride. Now It's going to show us the heavenly transaction that took place after the Church Ages.
In Revelation 4:1-2 we see that the door set before the saints of Wesley's Philadelphian Church Age is still open in heaven. There is still grace after all Seven Church Ages are over. We learn from the Pentecostal Feast of Leviticus 23, which types the Gentile dispensation, that after the seven sabbaths, or Church Ages, there was a fiftieth day or holy convocation. Another rest or baptism with the Holy Ghost. Here's where the true Church of Jesus Christ is today.
Immediately John, the end-time Bride, "heard" or understood the Voice, we were in the Spirit, and began to see what Jesus had done after the Laodicean Church Age ended in 1963. Mind you, it wasn't until about 1977, fourteen years after these things were revealed by Jesus to Brother Branham, who preached them to John, typing the end-time Bride, that we actually heard or understood what the Voice had said.
This isn't so unusual. We read in II Corinthians 12:1-4 how Paul was caught up and received revelations, like those given to Daniel and John, which it was unlawful to reveal, until the days of the Voice of the seventh angel, when the mystery of God should be finished. It was fourteen years before Paul even mentioned this incident. And it took the end-time Bride about fourteen years to see what the Message of Brother Branham meant and to recognize she wasn't a Pentecostal saint because Laodicea and Christ's mediation had ended in 1963 with the revelation of the Seven Seals.
After the Church Ages we see the seven portions of the Spirit of God back before the throne. In Revelation 5, the elders advertise for a Kinsman Redeemer, and John, the end-time Bride wept in despair because no man alive, or who ever had lived, was worthy to open and to read the Book of our Redemption or even look upon It. And without a Kinsmen Redeemer, we'd be lost.
Then one of the elders said to us, "Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the Book, and to loose the Seven Seals thereof." Turning to see a Lion and King, we see a bleeding, bloody Lamb. Our sacrifice which lay on the brazen altar as a Memorial that innocent blood was shed, now advances to claim His redeemed, and become Lion and King.
Notice that according to Jesus, Who wrote the Revelation, He's set down with the Father (Revelation 3:21). The Spirit in Paul (Which Spirit is the Spirit of Christ, for That's the Spirit of Prophecy whereby the Word comes), says He is set down at the right hand of God. But when John looked he saw only "one" upon the throne. And it wasn't until Revelation 5:6-8 that we see the "Lamb" taking the Book from "Him" That sat on the throne. What is it? Its the mystery of "one God." He (Jesus), came out from God, became manifested in flesh, died and rose again, and returned to the "Bosom of the Father." As John said, "The only begotten Son Which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him" (John 1:18). It was now time for God (Messiah) to come back to claim His Bride and then present Himself (make Himself known) to Israel. Thus we see God again stepping forth to assume a physical relationship to man as the "Son of David, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and Bridegroom of the Gentile Bride." Its not two or three Gods, but simply one God, His mighty triune offices and titles.
All seven lampstands have been removed (Revelation 2:5). Christ is not in the midst of the churches which, according to Revelation 3:20 put Him without the camp in 1963. And he's knocking, trying to get back into the denominational churches which claim to be His wife. Rich and in need of nothing, they're Spiritually bankrupt, naked of the blood, blind to His Word, wretched and miserable, and know it not.
Today there's a Man on the Throne, and it's a Throne of Judgment. Mercy ended for PART-Word when that which is perfect, the fullness of the Word, returned to earth by the revelation of the Seven Seals. Since then, Christ has been calling both wise and foolish virgin out from denominational teaching. The denominations become the anti-Christ and are cast into the lake of Fire before the Millennium.
God always sends a prophet with grace and a way of escape before judgment. In our day, William Branham was that man sent from God. His ministry restored the apostolic faith, finished the mystery of God, and is now calling Christ's Bride out from all man-made religion into the unity of the faith, for the manifestation of the Sons of God and the translation.
In the Book of Acts Peter said that the soul who will not hear the Message of this prophet will be destroyed from among the people. Jesus said he'd be lost, and Malachi called him accursed of God.
Before the Flood, God sent His prophet Enoch who was translated. A type of the Bride. Before one drop of rain fell to earth, God had sealed Noah into the ark. And before the Atomic destroys this earth, Christ will take His Bride home. She will not see the Tribulation. radio072.html
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