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John Collins5/8/2012 9:20:00 AMWMB starts of on the wrong foot from the beginning. In his prayer, he says that they have come there for correction and understanding.
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And then, Father, we pray that You'll visit us tonight in the Word. We come here for correction, for understanding, that we might know just how to live in this present day; what to look forward to, what to do. For, we know the Coming of the Lord is drawing nigh, according to all the signs that the prophets foretold. We're nearing the time, Lord, when complete deliverance will be given to Your children. God, let us, every one, be there, Father. May there not be one missing. That's our purpose of being here, Lord. We love You, and we're trying to prepare for that hour.
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According to the Bible, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God" (Eph 2:8)

We come to church for fellowship and praise to God, not for 'correction and understanding.' The church of the new covenant is NOT the temple of the old covenant; our bodies are the temples and God is our High Priest.


He says that he can practically say anything he wants; God would close his mouth if it were wrong:
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I certainly deem this a grand privilege tonight, to be back here at the platform again, here in this high school, to face these fine people that's gathered out to hear the Gospel. I ask God's mercy to help me to tell you the Truth as far as I know the Truth. He still can close the mouth of a man, the same as He could the mouth of a lion. And if I would ever try to say anything that was wrong and contrary to His will, my sincere prayer is that He would close my mouth, that I won't say it. For, truly, I want to be in Heaven, myself; and I'd never be there, and, besides all that, I'd be a false leader, somebody who had done something falsely. If I do it, it's because I don't know no different. The Lord bless you.
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Not true. According to the BIble, we are to "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves." (Matt 7:15)


The next statement is very interesting:
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And now, today, we hear--hear it said, so many of our people in the world today...
As being a missionary, have taken several trips across the sea and around the world, I've been in contact with many different religions, such as Buddha, and Mohammedan, and Sikhs, and Jains, and whatmore, of the religions of the world. And then here in our own United States; and other foreign countries, meet with all of our different churches, such as our denominational churches, beginning with the early Roman Catholic, and then to the Greek, and so forth, and the--the different rites, and then down into the... all the denominational ages, of nine hundred and something different Protestant denominations.
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Not many people realize that WMB had knowledge of all of these religious faith, or even that he had studied them. You find threads of some of each of these religions all throughout his ministry, and we try to show those in this forum.


At the time, nobody knew that most of his 'revelations' of the seven seals, Book of Revelation in general, and Book of Daniel came from the writings and drawings of Clarence Larkin. (See other threads in this forum). This next statement is hypocritical:
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Now, if it is a Bible question, then it should have a Bible answer. It should not be able to come from a group of man, from any certain fellowship, or from some educator, or from some denomination. It should come straight from the Scripture, where God's meeting place is, of worship. And surely, being God, there is a meeting place somewhere, that He meets.
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After full review, you can find practically all of WMB's divine revelations in works of Clarence Larkin, Book of Enoch, Gospel of Judas, sutras of Buddha, and the Kaballah.



This next statement is comical, when you think about the hundreds that flock to Jeffersonville at Easter to hope for WMB's resurrection. They pray to WMB's grave, and the local pastors and 'leaders' of the 'organization' teach that he will rise up from the grave and 'ride this trail once more.'
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I've been to the grave where the white horse is changed every four hours. Where, Mohammed, a great priest and--and leader right after Christ, was supposingly to be a prophet, and, I don't doubt but what he was, right after the Maccabee brothers. But when they... He died. He claimed that he would raise again and would conquer the whole world. Now, about every four hours they change guards, and they keep a white horse at his grave. They have, for two thousand years, expecting him to rise again and conquer the world. But you see...
And you go to Buddha; Buddha lived many hundred years, about twenty-three hundred years ago, the god of--of Japan. And so he was a philosopher, something like Confucius, and so forth.
But all these, for... founders, and so forth, all of them died with their philosophy, and is buried and in the grave.
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WMB then makes a false accusation against the denominations of faith in Jesus Christ. To this day, many MSG believers STILL think this is the way denominations live their lives -- faith in their denomination over faith in Jesus Christ. Though some may, in the same way MOST of the MSG believers think they are saved because they are in "The Message", it is by far not the norm:
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Now, being that there is nine hundred and something questions about where God meets, "He meets with the Methodist, or He meets in the Baptist, and He meets in this, and that, and the other." Now, there's a question there, so everyone has to seek out his own salvation with fear and trembling.
But tonight I want to try to find, and prove in the Scripture, where the correct place is where God meets and worships with the people. And, if that's it, that's the only place He'll ever meet.
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WMB then adds confusion to the Word of God by saying that there were TWO laws of God. Which law to follow? Only WMB knew the right one!
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Now, we took this text out of Deuteronomy. It's a Greek word which has a compound meanings, or, it means, "two laws." The Greek word, Deuteronomy, means "two different laws."
And that's just what God has, two different laws. And one of them is a law of death, and the other one is a law of Life. God has two laws. To follow Him, and serve Him and worship Him, is Life; to reject It is death. There is two laws in God.
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This is NOT Biblical. The English name of the fifth book of the Pentateuch, Deuteronomy, is derived from the Greek translation of the Hebrew phrase, meaning "the second law" or "the repeated law". Underlying this name is the supposition that Deuteronomy represents a recapitulation of the laws from Exodus through Numbers.
"And when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself in a book a copy of this law, approved by[a] the Levitical priests." (Deut 17:18)


Then, WMB further twists the scriptures, saying that the Mosaic law was still in effect because it started with Abraham, and -- because Deut. was the second law:
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There was also two covenants give to the people. We're going to speak of them in the morning.
One of them was given to Adam on condition, "if you do this and don't do that," but that law was broken. Adam, Eve broke that, in the garden of Eden.
Then God made the second covenant, and give that to Abraham, and that law was unconditional. "It isn't what you've done or what you will do;" He said, "I have already done it." That's grace. That's the law of Life. God did that for Abraham and his Seed after him, that's, all of Abraham's Seed.
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This is not Biblically correct. There was only the old covenant and the new covenant. Jesus Christ came to fulfill the law and replace the Mosaic law with grace.
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Jesus came to fulfill the Law (Matthew 5:17)

To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. (1 Corinthians 9:21)


WMB 'grab bagged' a handful of old covenant laws, saying that he had the 'divine revelation' of which of these laws were still in effect. The fact of the matter is that we are not under the old covenant, and therefore are not bound by those same laws.
Here are some of the laws in the old covenant that can give you an example of this fallacy:

  • You can't boil a beetle and think it's all good with God.
  • Women having their period cannot enter the temple
  • Men with injured in their testicles cannot enter the temple
  • Disobeying children and those who do not honor the Sabbath must be stoned
  • We cannot wear garments of wool and linen
  • Women should not grab a man's private parts during a fight
  • Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy. (1 day, 7 weeks out of the year, 1 year every 49 years)
  • You must wash your hands in a brass basin before entering the temple


WMB then makes a false statement about husband and wife. Greater light (sun) and lessor light (moon):
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Just like, the moon is a shadow of the sun. It serves in the absence of the sun, just like the Church is to serve in the absence of the S-o-n of God. In the absence of the Son, the lesser Light, the Church, the believers, serve God and give Light in the absence of the Son. But when the sun rises, you don't see the moon no more, because it's gone down. It doesn't need its light anymore, because it only gets its light secondarily, off the sun. Now, like husband and wife, the sun and moon is, Church and Christ.
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The bible says that the man should be in authority over the women, just as Christ is in authority over His children. This does not imply a lessor 'light,' and certainly NOT that men and women are unequal.


Deborah was a judge in Israel (Judges 4) as well as a wife; Lydia was a seller of purple fabrics (Acts 16:14). The maidservant of Naaman's wife told her master about possible healing for Naaman's disease (2 Kings 5:3-4). Miriam, the sister of Aaron and Moses, led the Israelite women in celebration and worship, singing and dancing as they came out of Egypt (Exodus 15:20-21). The noble wife described in Proverbs 31 was wise, a beloved mother, a home-based businesswoman, charitable, strong, and unafraid of heavy work. Queen Esther used her position as the wife of the Persian king to save her people, the Israelites.

And don't forget Tabitha, who was famous for her "Light" shining in her day, brighter than most men. (Acts 9:36)


WMB then says that the Sabbath (feasts and holidays he calls them) were a type of Christ, and because of these there is no place for a denomination. He never really says WHY this is a type of Christ or WHY they are condemning denominations:
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Now, all the feasts, the holidays, all the tabernacle, all the wood, everything in the tabernacle, everything typed Christ. All the offerings, all the laws, everything was in type of Christ. We've been through it, time after time, here at the tabernacle.
Then we see, by these, that every creed, church, and denomination is left far behind. It's not even in the race, at all. Every creed, every church, every denomination, is completely left out. There is no place for them at all.
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Though there is a 'thread' of truth to this type, it was not a type of Christ himself, but instead a type of the event we are all looking towards, all denominations! It was a 'type' of resting on the seventh day of creation, and a 'type' of entering into God's rest.
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For we who have believed enter that rest, as he has said,
"As I swore in my wrath,
'They shall not enter my rest,'"
although his works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4 For he has somewhere spoken of the seventh day in this way: "And God rested on the seventh day from all his works." 5 And again in this passage he said,
"They shall not enter my rest."
6 Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience, 7 again he appoints a certain day, "Today," saying through David so long afterward, in the words already quoted,
"Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts."
8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God[a] would not have spoken of another day later on. 9 So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, 10 for whoever has entered God's rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.
11 Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.
Hebrews 4:3-11



WMB then gets into the 'titles' of God:
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Now, and, He, what is His Name, first? We'll have to (Name) find what God's Name is before we can find what it is He is putting in the place.
Now, we find out that He had many titles. He is called the... He was called "Father," which is a title. And He was called "Son," which is a title. He was called "Holy Ghost," which is a title. He was called "Rose of Sharon," which is a title. "Lily of the Valley," a title, "Morning Star." "Jehovah-jireh, Jehovah-rapha," seven different, compound, redemptive names, and all of them were titles. None of them were names.
But He has a Name. {...} And now we find out that Jesus said, also, "I came in My Father's Name, and you received Me not." Then, the Name of the Father must be Jesus. That's right.
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This is not Biblical. He missed one VERY important fact, however. In the Old Testament, the NAME of God was HOLY. To speak His name aloud was forbidden during the days of the Old Testament.

The proper name of God, YHVH, is found almost 8000 times in the Tanakh (Old Testament). Because the Name of God is sacred and holy, translators replaced it with LORD, or similar words that could be said aloud without fear. They did not want the Lord's name taken in vain.

WMB tried to say that the name of Jesus Christ was the name of the God in the Old Testament, which is false. The name of God was JHVH. The name Jesus means, literally, "JHVH Rescues."



WMB then gives a false impression of ALL denominational churches. I almost have doubt as to whether or not this event happened, but even if it did, it was by far the minority and not the majority:
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A man called me not long ago, in Beaumont, Texas. He said, "Mr. Branham, if your name is not on our church book, you cannot go to Heaven." Would you ever think of that? Don't you believe such a thing as that. They think you have to belong to that certain church or you cannot go to Heaven. That's wrong. To believe that, is antichrist. I'll say this: if you believe such a spirit, you're lost. That's a good sign you are lost, because it's taking away from what God did. God never put His Name in any church. He put It in His Son, Christ Jesus, when He and His Son became One. That's the genuine place of worship. No other foundations was laid, no other rock.
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The truth of the matter is that there is a very important reason behind joining your local church. Not that you are joining 'the denomination', but that you are to be counted among the sheep for your particular pastor, and allowed to vote on the decisions made by the church. If you start to stray, it signifies that you are willing for the pastor to call on you, lead you back to Christ, and not simply going to church with no direction.

The funny part is that the MSG churches have the same doctrine and do not even know it. They would never allow someone from off the streets to come in on election day and vote in church affairs. If a person visits a few times, the pastor would never call on them to help them out (assuming that he was a shepherd who looked after his sheep; my MSG pastor was NOT).

By paying tithe to the MSG churches, they have considered you to have 'joined' their church and therefore allowed to vote. They ignore all votes by non-tithe-paying individuals, who have not 'joined' their church.


WMB Then gets into the seven feasts, saying that they were not intended for the denominations:
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Notice, all seven Jewish feasts was kept in the same place. They never kept one feast here for the Methodist, and one over here for the Baptist, one over there for the Presbyterian, one back here for the Catholic, and one for the Protestant. All seven feasts was kept in the same place.
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This is hypocritical, because WMB himself did not honor the Jewish feasts. No MSG church to this day teaches that we should cease all work for an entire week seven times a year!


WMB Then makes an astounding statement, one that has good truth to it:
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My friends, I don't want to hurt feelings, but I am responsible for a Message, and, that Message is, "Come out of this mess!" And if I ask you to come out, where am I going to take you to? Would I take you to the Branham Tabernacle? It's as much fault as any of the rest of them.
But there's one place I can take you to, where you're safe and protected from death, that's in Jesus Christ, God's place of worship.
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In WMB's distorted view, the denominational churches thought they were going to heaven because they were part of a church. The Branham Tabernacle thought they were going to heaven because they were part of a church. If he thought it was bad then, how about now? There are local churches that will not even FELLOWSHIP with other churches because they have taken 'The Mark of the Beast'

One of WMB's many versions of 'the mark of the beast' was becoming stagnant in your church, thinking that you are going to heaven because you have 'joined.' If this is the case, WMB has just condemned almost every MSG church on the face of this planet.


WMB also taught that you must be perfect in order to make it to heaven:
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He must also be "without a blemish," as I said. No denomination can claim that. They do; they're antichrist.
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Not biblically correct:
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God (Eph 2:8)


The summary statement of this sermon is correct. We are ALL in the Body of Christ by faith in Him:
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Now we want to find how we get into Him. How do we get into this place of worship? First Corinthians 12 settles it, for, "By one Spirit!" Not by one church, not by one creed, not by one pastor, not by one bishop, not by one priest. But, "By one Holy Spirit we are all baptized into one Body," which is the Body of Jesus Christ, and subject to every gift that lays in that Body. Yes, sir! No joining, no reciting of creeds, no pumping up, letting down, handshaking, or nothing else. But, by Birth we are baptized into the Body of Jesus Christ! Amen. "By one Holy Spirit we are all baptized into one Body."
And what is that Body? "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us." How can we be in that Body and deny one Word of It, or place It off somewhere else that It's not even in the Body? How can we ever do it? God's chosen place!
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Through Christ, we are all in one Body. From the Catholics to the Baptists to the Methodists, ALL who God has given grace through faith in Jesus Christ. The question is, why did WMB try to prove otherwise in this very same sermon?


WMB then says that the baptism of the day was all wrong. He said this was Matthew speaking, but remember this was Jesus Speaking:
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When Matthew said, "Go ye therefore, teach all nations, baptizing them into the Name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost."
How it's been misinterpreted today, and say, "In the name of the Father, name of the Son, name of the Holy Ghost." It's not even written. It's, "In the Name," singular, "of the Father, Son, Holy Ghost." Father is not a name, Son is not a name, Holy Ghost is not a name; it's a title.
Ten days later, Peter stood up and said, "Repent, every one of you, and be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ." Then did he do what He told him not to do? He did what He told him to do. The Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost is "the Lord Jesus Christ." Every person in the New Testament was baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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He is correct about one thing: "It's in the Name." The word used for "name" was also the word used for "authority." It was in the authority of the divine God.

The name of the Father was JHVH. The name of the son was "JHVH rescues" (Jesus). The Holy Spirit had no name in the Bible other than simply 'Holy Spirit.' Baptism is done in the authority of God, no matter what words are spoken. Otherwise, if you count on the words spoken, then you essentially are speaking words of enchantment.


WMB then makes an incorrect account of history:
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Not one person in the Bible was ever baptized in the titles of Father, Son, Holy Ghost. That never did come into existence until the Nicaea creed was put on at Nicaea, Rome. It was an order of the Catholic church, found, vindicated the same thing, in the catechism. I've got it, that's right, Facts Of Our Faith, and so forth, that it absolutely is a Roman Catholic creed.
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This is not historically accurate. The Didache, written by the apostles, predates the Nicene Crede. It was written in the same time period as the events in the book of Acts.

It states very clearly for baptism: "in the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit"[17] in "living water" (that is, natural flowing water)


It is interesting that WMB would give this statement:
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In the beginning, God fortified His people with His Word. One Word, misconstrued, caused every death, every heartache, every sorrow. Eve, she never broke a sentence; she broke a Word. When Jesus come in the middle of the Book... That was the first of the Book.
When Jesus come in the middle of the Book, what'd He say? "It is written that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."
In the last of the Book, Revelations the 22nd chapter, the 18th verse, the very last part of the Bible, Jesus speaks Himself, said, "I testify that if any man shall take one Word out of this Book, or add one word to It, his part will be taken out of the Book of Life," because he's a false prophet and has misconstrued the people, and their blood will be accounted to his hand, of doing so.
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When you consider the fact that WMB himself added the words "To Dwell In" to Matthew 3:17, he has essentially condemned HIMSELF as a false prophet!



WMB then goes into his "light about the evening time" teaching, which is scripturally NOT for how WMB intended to use it:
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Amen! It shall be Light about the evening time, God's only chosen place to worship. Oh, what's this Message come to, what is He going to do? And in his day it shall be Light at the evening time, and (what?) to welcome His children back home to the true promised Land, by the same sign of the Pillar of Fire that led the children of Israel through the wilderness.
God's chosen place to worship, Jesus Christ. That's the only place there is. That's the only Name God has for salvation. That's what He has named the family in Heaven, when it's on earth, is Jesus Christ.
113 O church, O people, sinner friend, don't trust in nothing else but Jesus Christ. Don't trust in any preacher. Don't trust in anybody else to save you. Trust not in any church, any creed, any denomination. Trust only in Jesus Christ, for He is the Light of the hour.
Let us bow our heads.
It shall be Light about the evening time,
The path to Glory you will surely find;
In the water way is the Light today,
Buried in the precious Name of Jesus.
Young and old, repent of all your sins,
The Holy Ghost will surely enter in;
The evening Lights have come,
It is the facts that God and Christ are One.
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This is one that WMB got confused on several times, and people even sing songs about it. The Light at the Evening Time doctrine even spun off "Evening Light" churches. Zechariah 14 describes the light at the evening time, but it is after the battle of Armegeddon. This is after the coming of the lord.
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Behold, a day is coming for the Lord, when the spoil taken from you will be divided in your midst. 2 For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city shall be taken and the houses plundered and the women raped. Half of the city shall go out into exile, but the rest of the people shall not be cut off from the city. 3 Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations as when he fights on a day of battle. 4 On that day his feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives that lies before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west by a very wide valley, so that one half of the Mount shall move northward, and the other half southward. 5 And you shall flee to the valley of my mountains, for the valley of the mountains shall reach to Azal. And you shall flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.

On that day there shall be no light, cold, or frost.[a] 7 And there shall be a unique day, which is known to the Lord, neither day nor night, but at evening time there shall be light.
Zechariah 14