Jul
11

2016

Third William Branham Excerpt

The Revelation Of The Seven Seals, Voice Of God Recordings, 2012, Jeffersonville, Indiana, "The First Seal" p.144:

"But in the days (days) of the voice of the seventh angel.... [Revelation10.7]

200  That last earthly angel. This angel come down from heaven. It wasn't him; He come from heaven. But He is speaking here of the voice of the seventh angel, which is a ... Angel means a "messenger," anybody knows that, and the messenger to the church age.

          ...in those days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery (Seven Seals, all, all the mystery) of God  should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

201  The entire mystery is unfolded. That's the ministry of that angel. See? Be so simple, people just drop over the top of it. But, yet, it'll be perfectly vindicated. It'll just be perfectly known. See? Everybody that wants to see it can see it. See? That's right. But those...

205  But Revelation 10 said his Message was to reveal, not reform; reveal the secrets. Reveal secrets! It's the Word in the man. Hebrews 4 said, that, "The Word of God is sharper than a two-edged sword, a piercing even to the asunder of bone, and a revealer of the secrets of the heart." See? This man is not a reformer. He is a revealer, a revealer of (what?) the mysteries of God. Where the churches has got It all tied up and everything, he is to come forth with the Word of God and reveal the thing out.

206  Because, he is to "restore the Faith of the children back to the father." [Malachi4,6] The original Bible Faith is to be restored by the seventh angel. Now, oh how I love this! All the mysteries of the Seals, that the reformers never understood fully! See? Now look at Malachi 4, just a minute. Well you just mark it down.  

*used by permission

William Branham (1909-1965) was to 20th century American preaching what Frank Capra (1897-1991) was to 20th century American film-making.

Today is our third in a series of excerpts from William M. Branham's two principal written works. We're not going to take time explaining his life or the miracles that attended it, or defend his preaching style or grammar, his doctrines or vice versa.

That's all being said and done, and likely will be until Jesus comes back.

Rather than get distracted, our aim is to see Branham's gift of in depth discernment, study, and then fully shouting from the rooftops about biblical passages that Christians historically, and to this day, avoid, gloss over, explain away, or outright change, according to denominational and political fault lines.

Having said that, there might not be two bible expositors or students across the whole Christian spectrum who agree with half of what Br. Branham preached.

Yet and still, in an age where preaching has become so tepid, so nuanced, so easy-pleasy, so cookie-cutter and prosperity bound, there seems to be a famine of the prophetic word, his voice is somehow still welcome. (As for this famine: https://vimeo.com/126142650 ) Why is his voice still so welcome? I'm not sure, but it has something to with the fact that his preaching still prods and wrankles all, just like Jesus', and even galvanizes some to get serious about salvation from our savior who said "not everybody who says 'Lord Lord' will get into the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew7,21)

Long before anybody heard about "the prosperity gospel", Branham was preaching against it. Instead, he preached for all God's people, for humanity, not for pastorianity or churchianity, not for secular power and wealth on behalf of the potentates of the world, but for humanity, poor as well as rich. In this homespun humanity and the breath of his gospel vision, he shares much with the renown American film-maker Frank Capra.

One note of caution, Branham's ability to communicate, especially vocally, is so effective, so boiled down and rich, the apparent temptation of some is to preach his words rather than the same written word and gospel that he so loved.

In sum, anyone who hasn't sampled something of Branham's vast gospel output has missed something of the potential breath, vision, and import of our individual faith witness according to the word of God.

Hope you enjoy this  series.

 

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