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John Collins5/8/2012 2:07:00 PMThis sermon is one of the most highly regarded sermons in WMB's lineup, because he revealed the great 'mystery' regarding marriage and divorce. For many, this is the dividing line in the sand between the MSG churches and the 'Mark of the Beast' churches of the 'denominational world.'

He starts out with a correct statement. Had he ended the sermon here, his words would have been correct:
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And there is two great schools on this. And if there is two questions, there is either one of them got to be right, or neither one of them is right. So we're going to try to look to the Word of God, this morning, to settle this. To me, if it's a Bible question, the Bible surely has the answer to it.
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So first before we go through the sermon, let's examine whether or not WMB actually goes to the Bible for the answer.

This is a very long sermon, one of the longest that he gave. You would think that it would be PACKED with Bible scriptures to prove this 'mysterious' point, but there are only a very few scriptures -- and most have absolutely NOTHING to do with marriage and divorce:

Here are the scriptures that WMB uses that actually pertain to marriage and divorce today:
  • Acts 2:38 -- Baptism in Jesus name [authority]
  • Matthew 28:19 -- Baptism in the name [authority] of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost
  • Matthew 19:8 - Divorce was allowed
  • Matthew 5:31-32 -- Divorce and adultery
  • 1 Corinthians 7:10 -- The wife should remain with their husbands

Here are the scriptures that WMB uses that have nothing to do with marriage and divorce today:
  • Genesis 3:16 - Women's submission to their husbands
  • Romans 9:14 -- Justice to Jacob and Esau
  • 1 Timothy 2:9-15 -- Modest apparel, no braided hair, profess godliness, submission to husband,
  • 1 Corinthians 14:34 -- Women silent in churches
  • Leviticus 21:7 -- Priests [not others] are not to marry divorced women or women who've had sex
  • Ezekiel 44:22 -- Priests [not others] are not to marry divorced women or women who've had sex

Based on the scriptures he gives alone, there is not a very convincing argument in either way.

So what does WMB do? Belittle the women!
Let's go through it.



He starts out speaking about his first experience, a pillar of fire hanging in a bush when he was seven:
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I was called when I was just a little boy. And in this was a visible, audible sign given me, a--a Pillar of Fire hanging in a bush, at seven years old, right here on the Utica Pike. My father was working for Mr. O. H. Wathen that just recently died. And you've read the book, you know the story. And from that time... Down on the river then It appeared visibly before the people. And now It's had the picture taken, many times, and it hangs in Washington, D.C., as a copyright, in the Religious Hall of Art, as the only supernatural Being that was ever scientifically proven to be photographed; same Pillar of Fire, exactly in the same look and every way, that brought Israel out of Egypt. I believe It's Jesus Christ in Spirit form, in the Sonship of God.
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It's odd that this story conflicts with his first story given in 1947:
I was 11 when I was first called, he said. I was carrying water and a tree talked to me.
When I was 14, I tried to smoke a cigarette. A man with a long white beard and flowing robe visited me. He told me not to smoke. I haven't touched a cigarette since then.
Then, 11 months ago [1947], I got a call so insistent that I went out and started healing people.
Associated Press, interview with William Marrion Branham (who said he was Henry Branham)
You'll notice how the story changed. Tree or bush? One experience at age seven, or two experiences at 11 and 14? Split the difference and call it seven?

He says the 'halo picture' hangs in Washington DC in the Religious Hall of Art. There is and never was such a place. He says that it was authenticated as the 'only supernatural being that was ever scientifically proven to be photographed.' Not true. George J. Lacey was paid by the Branham campaign to authenticate that the photograph was not doctored. His statement simply says that it was not doctored.


He then sets himself up for a slam-dunk, though you don't catch it unless you see both halves:
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Remember, our Lord Jesus Christ never did identify Himself as the Son of God. He said, "You said I was; to this end I was born," and so forth, but He never identified Himself.
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Later:
People has called me a prophet. I don't call myself no prophet, because I would be daresn't to say that, but I have... Say, I can say this, that the Lord has let me foresee things, tell things that has happened, will happen, is happening, and not one time has it ever failed, in the tens of thousands of times. Everything that He said would happen, happened. We all know that. If there is a person in this visible audience this morning, or anywhere, can say one time it failed, you're at liberty to stand up and say so. But if everybody knows that every time, of the thousands of times, it's been perfectly right, say, "amen." [Congregation says, Amen]
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Biblically, this is incorrect. Let's look at John 10:
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Jesus answered them, "Is it not written in your Law, 'I said, you are gods'? If he called them gods to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be broken— do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, 'You are blaspheming,' because I said, 'I am the Son of God'? If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father."



WMB then places emphasis on the 'pillar of fire' since he claimed that his own 'halo' was the 'pillar of fire.':
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And after His death, burial, and resurrection. Saul of Tarsus was on his road down to Damascus, to persecute the--the Christians, because they were teaching things contrary to what they had been taught. And he was a great warrior; under Gamaliel, one of the outstanding teachers of the day, in their school, their monastery; and a great man, and an officer of the church. And it was there that a great Light, the Pillar of Fire again, struck him down, in the middle of the day. And a Voice said, "Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me?"
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Let's take a look at the scripture to see if there was a 'pillar of fire':
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But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?" And he said, "Who are you, Lord?" And he said, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do." The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one.
Acts 9

Notice that there is NO pillar of fire.


It is very good that he combines Malachi 4 with Luke 17:
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And now, in this time, whatever the Lord has. If this isn't the thing that He prophesied of, of Malachi 4 and of also of Luke 17, and many other Scriptures that's to happen in this last day, may I say this in closing, it's laid the foundation for the man when he will come. So I am very thankful that God Almighty, if it be that way, has let me do a little something, in my uneducated condition, to show my appreciation of His love to me, my love to Him, and our love to the people.
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When you read Luke 17 in full context, it is speaking warnings of deception. Hopefully some in the congregation read the entire chapter and did not simply take him at his word.


WMB then starts talking about the original sin:
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This Scripture, this question, confronted Jesus at the very beginning of His ministry. And it confronted Moses at the very beginning of his ministry. It's a foremost question in believers' hearts. The sinner doesn't care. But it's to believers, because the believer is trying to do all that he knows how to do to live right before God. Therefore it, any question comes up on religion, then the Marriage And Divorce case comes up, (why?) because it is the cause of the original sin. That's where sin started. And that's the reason it's brought up every time, because it is the very beginning of sin.
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This is not only not scriptural, it conflicts with what WMB himself taught. He earlier said that sex was the original sin as he had learned from the Kaballah.


WMB Then starts to refer to the seven seals that he plagiarized from Clarence Larkin:
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We have also two thoughts of this Marriage And Divorce. Now, that, our Lord has opened the Seven-Seal mystery of His Word to us, in this last days. Now, many of you, this might be Greek to you, but my church understands. By what? And you've heard of the visions and what taken place. And the question is a Bible question, we are invited here to believe there must be a true answer to the whole hidden secret that's been hid since the foundation of the world. And the Bible prophesies and says that in this day these secrets would be made known. Revelations 10, "And at the sounding of the seventh angel, the Laodicea messenger, the mysteries of God would be made known." And this is the last age, which is Laodicea.

He speaks of his visions, which have all been proven false in this forum, but then makes a very incorrect statement about Revelations 10.

The 'mystery' of the seventh seal was not for this time, it was for AFTER the tribulation. Let's take a look at the Book of Revelation:
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13 Then the sixth angel blew his trumpet, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar before God, 14 saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, "Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates." 15 So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour, the day, the month, and the year, were released to kill a third of mankind. 16 The number of mounted troops was twice ten thousand times ten thousand; I heard their number. 17 And this is how I saw the horses in my vision and those who rode them: they wore breastplates the color of fire and of sapphire[c] and of sulfur, and the heads of the horses were like lions' heads, and fire and smoke and sulfur came out of their mouths. 18 By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed, by the fire and smoke and sulfur coming out of their mouths. 19 For the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails, for their tails are like serpents with heads, and by means of them they wound.

The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands nor give up worshiping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk, 21 nor did they repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.
Revelations 9



Then, the 'woman bashing' starts -- none of it scriptural:
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Then, it was the woman that caused the separation of the lovely home. It was not a Cherubim that bothered the earth. It was not Adam that throwed the home out. It was not anything else that throwed the home out, and throwed the whole thing out of continuity, but a woman, Eve. And it is here that "the beginning," that Jesus spoke of, was broken. Jesus said, "At the beginning, God made one male, one female, of each kind." And now when this woman... not the female horse, not the female dog; but the woman, she broke the entire continuity of God's operation on the earth, and throwed everything into death. The woman, not the man, she broke the covenant. She broke the covenant, because (why?) she stepped across the borders of God's Word. Now, if she broke her covenant with her husband, she broke her covenant with God; then, because she broke the covenant with God, she broke it with her husband.
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Not scriptural. It was the man, not the woman. Romans 5:12 says, "Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned."



He then gets into his Gnostic doctrines that flow all the way into Buddhism:
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Did you know Satan was co-equal with God one day? Sure was, all but a creator; he was everything, stood at the right hand of God, in the Heavens, the great leading Cherubim.
Notice the reason that she did this, she was not in the original creation. She is not in God's original creation; she is a by-product. Therefore, "at the beginning," as Jesus referred to it, she was not original creative being of God. She is a by-product of a man, when Jesus referred to "the beginning."
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Satan used to be God's archangel and musician, but was jealous of God until he had a third of God's angels deceived with him. He tried to take over, and was punished by being thrown down to earth. That same God that had the power to throw him to earth is alive today.

All of satan's gifts and powers were stripped from him before he was sent to earth. It is only when we let him come into our hearts and minds that he even has power.

God is so far more powerful than satan, that he will rise us up greater than him according to Isaiah 14:
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They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;



He then deems all women as both deceitful and easily deceived:
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There is nothing designed to be so deceitful, as a woman that's deceitful. There cannot be nothing else; there is nothing made to be that way.
Also, there is nothing that can be so easily deceived as a woman. Now, the fall proves this statement to be true, the fall in the beginning.
She was not in the original beginning creation. She was in Adam, but not in a female sex, herself, at the beginning. She was the by-product made.
Now, there is nothing designed that can deceive, and be deceived, as easy as a woman. There is nothing designed or can stoop as low as a woman can. Think now. There is nothing designed, in all creation, that can stoop as low as a woman can. She can tear a man's heart to pieces easier than anything else there is in the world, is his wife. Let that nice little wife get to running around with some other man; look at that fellow sitting there with his children, the tears dropping out of his eyes. She is designed that way. She is designed to do this. There is no hog, no dog, or no other animal, designed like her or can stoop as low as she can stoop. Now, that is true.
With regards to my sisters, I just want you to watch.
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Now, there is nothing can stoop like her, and she is designed so that she can be deceiving. And Satan is really working on her today, in these last days, because he is her designer.
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This is FAR from scriptural.

"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27)

Some of WMB's view of women comes from the fact that he mistakenly thought we were living under the old covenant, and the Mosaic laws applied to us. This is not the case in the new covenant, however. Let's examine the New Testament:

By the time of Jesus, women no longer had the freedoms and status they had enjoyed in the Old Testament era. Jewish society had become very much male-dominated. Women were considered to be inferior beings and were assigned almost the same status as slaves. They were not educated, not allowed to take any leadership roles, and confined to mostly domestic duties.


Mary and Elizabeth
But two women of this time became models of faithfulness and virtue. Mary, the mother of Jesus, put aside her fears, doubts and shame to take on the role of mother of the Messiah. She simply placed her whole trust in God (Luke 1:26-38). Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist, also put her faith in God (Luke 1:39-45).

Jesus' view of women was very different from what was customary at the time. Most women were constrained to their duties in the home. But Jesus allowed women to travel with Him and His twelve disciples (Luke 8:1-3).

Jews were forbidden speak to Samaritans, and certainly not to Samaritan women. But remember that Jesus had a long conversation with a Samaritan woman at Jacob's well. (John 4:4-30, 39-42).

Jewish women were generally not educated. They were not allowed any active role in the religious affairs. Mary sat at Jesus' feet in the role of a disciple while Jesus taught her, and asked Martha do the same (Luke 10:38-42).

The female followers of Jesus included Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, Salome, Joanna, Susanna and others. Remember that some remained with Jesus to comfort Him as He died -- when all His male apostles had fled in terror (Matthew 27:55-56, Mark 15:40-41). It was the women, not the men, who were first to discover that Jesus had risen from the dead (Matthew 28:1-10, Mark 16:1-7; Luke 24:1-11).

The role of women cannot be abused in the way WMB does in this sermon, God will one day punish those who punish their women with oppression.


He then says that the women are lower than the animals. He gives references of how even animals do not have sex for enjoyment:
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No animal can be immoral. You call the dog a "slut," the female dog, you call the male... hog a "sow," but her morals is a million miles beyond many Hollywood star. That's how low she is designed to stoop. She can't... Just think of this now. There is nothing in the world, made in God's creation, that can be immoral, stoop that low.
You say, "Wait a minute, 'man'!" We're going to get to that. The woman has to say "yes."
Notice, there is nothing designed to stoop so low, or be filthy, but a woman. A dog can't do it, a hog can't do it, a bird can't do it. No animal is immoral, nor it can be, for it is not designed so it can be. A female hog can't be immoral, a female dog can't be immoral, a female bird can't be immoral. A woman is the only thing can do it.
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Any person who owns a dog will tell you that an animal enjoys sex, and that their lower leg is sometimes an object of attraction.


WMB Then stops to condemn beauty. He had always taught that, quoted saying, "Beauty is of the devil (64-0401)":
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Let me stop here just for a moment. "Pretty!" Did you know, at the first destruction, internationally, of the world, or worldwide, was because of pretty women? "When the sons of God saw the daughters of men were fair, they taken unto them women." Is that right?
Have you noticed the increase of beauty of women in this day? I have seen the picture of Pearl Bryan, which was supposed to be the prettiest woman in the nation, at one time. There isn't a teen-age girl in this school but what would out-shadow her, when it comes to beauty.
The increase of the beauty of women is showing the time of deception. When did the church look any more prettier than it does today? Everything is featuring great, big fine buildings, and millions of this and millions of that. Don't you see, "she," the deception!
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This is not only unscriptural, it can be compared to the children of Israel grumbling and complaining. EVERYTHING God has created is beautiful. Not only men and women, but trees and flowers, mountains and valleys, everything!

Why did WMB forget Esther? She spent much time preparing herself with cosmetics and perfumes to become one of the most beautiful women of her time? Or David's wife? Josephus says that David's wife was THE most beautiful women on earth at her time!


He then says that [human] women are designed for sex, because they have 'mating season' so often and the animals do not.
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Then again, why she was designed this way and not like other females, why was the woman designed so and not other females? None of the other females was designed like that. They're not, today. They can't. Not being made that way, she can't do it. Why did He not make this female then, a woman, just like other females, so she would just be the same way, could just raise her babies? Then she would have her husband, and live; and when it come time for her baby, she would have her baby. Why, why didn't He make her like this?
159 I can't say these words. And you understand what I'm talking about, don't you? If you can understand, say "amen." [Congregation says, "Amen."--Ed.] Yeah. See? There is young girls setting here, and young boys, see. But you know, the animal has to come to a certain time of the year, then her mate, then that's all. But, a woman, it's any time. And why did He make her like this?
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Anyone who has pet rabbits know this is not the case. Rabbits can produce babies in as little as thirty days. How many other animals have monthly mating seasons? Why did somebody not stand up and cry foul here?


He then makes up a BIG fabrication about the percentage of men vs. women in crime -- a blatant lie:
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And an analyst just from Chicago, a--a woman wrote this article, the police force; that they chased down, in United States, metropolitan United States, that "Ninety-eight percent of every crime that was ever did in any form, in the United States, there was either a woman in it or behind it."
Now I'm saying all this, to get to one thing here at the end, so that you can see what's the matter.
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Let's review:
1960:
  • Simple assault: 265 men vs. 29 women
  • Aggrivated assault 101 men vs. 16 women
  • Major robbery: 65 men vs. 4 women
  • Petty theft: 391 men vs. 74 women
  • Auto theft: 121 men vs. 5 women
  • drunkenness: 3573 men vs. 212 women
  • DUI: 344 men vs. 21 women
  • Sex offenses: 81 men vs. 17 women
Male and female arrest rates/100,000, male and female arrest pro?les, and female percentage
of arrests. (1960-1990, uniform crime reports), Steffensmeier & Allen Research


The list can go on, but you get the idea. The men outnumber the women in great numbers, even in sexual misconduct.

He then says the woman was made to deceive, which is not scriptural:
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She was made to deceive, like she did Adam at the beginning, tell him that the fruit was pleasant, and so forth, to deceive him and take him away from the Word. That's the way the church does today, same thing.

Re-read the first two chapters of Genesis. God designed women, not Satan. Satan deceived Eve. "and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor." (1 Timothy 2:14)


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WMB Condemns teaching sex education:

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Even in our schools today, they're teaching sex acts. Our rotten world of woman-worship! I know they don't want to believe that. Stand and sing some kind of hymn, and so forth, on one day; and out with women, running around, all night long. See? All right. When, in God's sight, the Word, she is the lowest of all animals that God put on the earth. Watch.
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I personally know people that did not understand how "it worked" as they were approaching marriage. Pastors of today are STILL teaching this, taking the natural plan by God and calling it "of satan."


WMB then says they can't do ANYTHING in the church but sit with a veiled face:
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So now we see the whole picture of it unfolding to us. There she is. That's why God won't let her teach, won't let her do anything in the church but to sit still with a veiled face.
Now can you see why I have said the things and done the things that I have done, knowing all this in my heart, brother,
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Has WMB never read about the women in the Bible we mentioned above? They were not allowed in the TEMPLE unveiled, not the church! And Jesus himself taught the women so they could go forth teaching about Him! ...I question whether or not WMB had actually read his Bible, or just took the words others like Clarence Larkin wrote.


WMB then says that the Elijah in the Old Testament was a woman-hater:
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They said Elijah was a woman-hater. He wasn't a woman-hater, of real women. He just didn't like them Jezebels.
191 And if that be so, then must be God must be the same way, because He is the Word which come to the prophets. So it must be God, the same way, so, see, He knows the original creation, "from the beginning," He said, "from the beginning." They were prophets who the Word came to.
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Scripturally, this was not correct. Elijah was an idolatry-hater! The only woman he came against was Jezebel, and it was because she was spreading idolatry:
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And as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, he took for his wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Sidonians, and went and served Baal and worshiped him.
1 Kings 16:31



WMB blamed death in the world today on Eve, putting down women:
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Now we find out, death was caused. Death is the cause of sin of the woman, come through the woman and not the man. By her way of living her life, and by her, all death comes. Her way of giving life is death. How many knows that? Job 14, if you want to put down the Scripture.
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Scripturally, this is not correct. Let's examine Corinthians:
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For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.
1 Corinthians 15:21



WMB Then says that Eve was the tree in the garden of eden:
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216 But when he is born into the creation of God, he cannot die; he is from that other Tree that was in the garden of Eden, Christ. Eternal Life come by the Tree.
217 "Oh," you say, "she was a tree?" Sure. "Well, they said, 'Thou shall not take of this tree.' God said, in Genesis back there, 'Thou shall not take of this tree.'"
218 Well the woman is the tree. She is the fruit tree. You're the fruit of your mother. The fruit of the womb is you. That's right. And then the fruit of the Tree of Life, that was in the garden of Eden, is Christ. Through the woman come death; through the Man, in the original creation, come Life. To be born of a woman is death; to be born of Christ is Life. Get the idea? That's where. Now you see where the goddesses went to, don't you?
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Notice the order of events in Genesis. The trees were created BEFORE Eve, and God told Adam not to eat of that fruit.



WMB then combines 'adultery' with 'fornication', saying that when a man remarries, it must be a virgin. According to the Old Testament, the PRIESTS had to marry virgins. And that was the OLD covenant:
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See, she has got a living husband, so no man can marry her. Care what she does and who she is, she's got a living husband, there is no grounds for her at all. But, it's not, for him. "Causes her," not him. Get it? You have to make the Word run in continuity. See, nothing saying he couldn't, but she can't. See, "causes her," not him. That's exactly what the Bible says, "causes her." It is not stated against him to remarry, but "her." Why? Christ in the type.
228 Notice, it is stated that he cannot remarry, only a virgin. He can remarry. He can, he can remarry again if it's a virgin, but he can't marry somebody else's wife. No indeedy. And if he does marry a divorced woman, he is living in adultery, I don't care who he is. The Bible said, "Whosoever marrieth her that is put away, liveth in adultery." There you are, not no divorcees.
229 See that original back there, "from the beginning," now? Remarrying, now notice, he can, but she can't. Like David, like Solomon, like the continuity of the whole Bible, now, same as David and the rest of them.
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He then makes the mistake of saying that his plagiarism of Clarence Larkin's seven seals were 'opening' this mystery in the Bible:
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But now that the Seals are opened, the Spirit of Truth directs us to the Word. That explains why all the mistakes has been down through the ages, because the Seals was not opened, This was not revealed. It's true.
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Though Larkin's works were really good, and aside from the fact that WMB claimed them as his own 'divine revelation' from God, they had absolutely NOTHING to do with marriage and divorce. And the seven seals were NOT sealing the Bible.



WMB then places the blame of lust on the women, not on the sinful men that look at them:
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And you, some of the women, put on these nasty clothes and get out here to throw yourself before man. Jesus said, "Whosoever looketh upon a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart." Then who is guilty, the man or you? He is a male, made so he could take this act, see; and you're the female, that ought to refuse.
And why do you put yourself out like that? It ain't for comfort, you know it can't be, when you're half froze to death with them shorts on. See, can't be for comfort. Then what is it? It's for filth! You won't admit it, but it's the Bible says so. It's the Truth. It's a filthy spirit that's in you. You don't want to be filthy; but you don't realize, spiritually you are filthy, because you're presenting yourself filthy.
Now, a man, his old, dirty, knotty knees, and if he had on hardly any clothes at all, wouldn't make any difference, his body is not tempting. Why? He was in the original creation, character; should be, see. But, you're the by-product, to tempt by.
God, have mercy! Oh, my, this sinful world! I'll be glad when it's over.
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When you re-read Matthew 5 in context, Jesus was speaking against the men, NOT the women.

Moreover, in his reverse example of women lusting after men, what woman would lust after the man he described? Why did he not describe a sexy man rippling with muscles and a solid chin?


WMB then decides he would confuse the women, who he could see were getting heated at his ungodly condemnation:
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Now, some of you women, some of you men, I--I know you're--you're disagreeing with It. Cause, you know, you can't hide that right now. You can't.
But let me just show you something. If Matthew 28:19 said, "Go ye therefore, teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and the Holy Ghost," and they turned around, and every person that was ever baptized was baptized contrary to that, baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ, for even all through the Bible age and for three hundred years after the Bible age, to the Nicaea Council. Then they adopted dogmas instead. What's the difference, if it isn't revealed?
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This is essentially saying, "Yeah, you women! I see you disagree with me! Let me show you why I can condemn you, because the Nicaea council didn't baptize the way I did!"

Did it confuse them? Hopefully they saw that he was just doing double-talk like the funny guy on the old Candid Camera shows.


It's interesting that he says that this great mystery of marriage and divorce is because of these hidden mysteries in the little scroll of Revelation 10:
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Now on the Marriage And Divorce, see, it has to be revealed. Until it's revealed, you don't know it. But He promised in this last days, in this age, that every hidden mystery in the Bible would be revealed. How many knows that? Revelation, the 10th chapter! Jesus promised it, that all of these hidden mysteries on--on Marriage And Divorce, all these other hidden mysteries that's been, would be revealed in the end time. Now you remember, the Voice said, "Go to Tucson." Remember the mystic Light in the sky; the seventh Angel standing there; come back, and the opening of the Seven Seals? Watch what's taken place. That is true.
65-0221M MARRIAGE.AND.DIVORCE

You'll remember that this little scroll was the seven thunders (that came AFTER the tribulation), and WMB said that he did not know what they were.


So it all boils down to this one statement. This is why the marriage and divorce doctrine. Because the women were so evil:
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But, you see, woman, you are--you are a jewel if you want to be a jewel, but the desire has to be by you. And you see why the Marriage And Divorce was, that Jesus pointed back yonder, it was because your kind was the cause of all sin. That's the reason polygamy and divorce, and things, was introduced. At the beginning it never was so, and it won't be so in the world over yonder.
65-0221M MARRIAGE.AND.DIVORCE

We've already proven above that the scriptures tell us it was the MAN who sinned. The woman was deceived by the serpent.


It's hard to say which Gnostic text has Jacob with a dozen wives. I know that it is not in the cannocal Bible:
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Look at Jacob, out of whom come the patriarchs. He had at least a dozen wives. He married two sisters, and had concubine wives besides that, common-law women that he lived with. And those patriarchs was born right out of those concubine women. Is that right? [Congregation says, "Amen."--Ed.] See, you have to make the Word run smooth.
65-0221M MARRIAGE.AND.DIVORCE




This next statement by WMB is significant. It seems like a small thought, and notice how he stops himself in the middle and at the end:
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Just like it was on The Serpent's Seed, but it's absolutely proven to be right. I got papers right here, out of the paper, where women right now... and even in--in the great... Some of the great dioceses has got the pictures of the original, a snake crawling on a woman's leg, and just in how it goes around her; she has all kinds of sensations and things, something a man could never touch her with, with this huge snake wrapping around her, and so forth. That's exactly the truth. And it's going worse and worse, and will get worse. Serpent, which he was not, he could not have had the sex affair with her when he was a serpent, but remember...

Consider the life, teachings, and painting and poetry by the English poet William Blake.

First, compare his life to WMB:
William (Blake and Branham) only attended school long enough to learn reading and writing
William (Blake and Branham) claimed to see visions throughout their lives
William (Blake and Branham) claimed to have a visitation from God through the window at a very early age
William (Blake and Branham) claimed to have seen angels in a tree before teenage years
William (Blake and Branham) favored their mother and did not approve of their father
William (Blake and Branham) lost a brother early in their careers
William (Blake and Branham) looked toward nature for their religion
William (Blake and Branham) believed it was an angel who gave them their abilities
William (Blake and Branham) were only accepted by a 'chosen few'
William (Blake and Branham) taught Gnostic doctrines
William (Blake and Branham) believed in an eternal hell
William (Blake and Branham) thought their prophecies were unveiling the secrets of old
William (Blake and Branham) taught that America was naked and did not know it
William (Blake and Branham) thought they were a "voice of one crying out in the wilderness"
William (Blake and Branham) prophesied that females would be America's downfall
William (Blake and Branham) believed that knowledge of God depends upon revelation
William (Blake and Branham) Aligned himself with the Biblical prophets, and above all, Jesus Christ

The only difference is that William Blake seemingly prophesied of WMB.
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Soon as she saw the terrible boy then burst the virgin cry.
I know thee, I have found thee, & I will not let thee go;
Thou art the image of God who dwells in darkness of Africa;
And thou art fall'n to give me life in regions of dark death.
On my American plains I feel the struggling afflictions
Endur'd by roots that writhe their arms into the nether deep:
I see a serpent in Canada, who courts me to his love;
In Mexico an Eagle, and a Lion in Peru;
I see a Whale in the South-sea, drinking my soul away.
O what limb rending pains I feel. thy fire & my frost
Mingle in howling pains, in furrows by thy lightnings rent;
This is eternal death; and this the torment long foretold.
America: A Prophecy -- William Blake


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