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Luke 17:30

John Collins5/22/2012 10:01:00 PMWilliam Marrion Branham quoted Luke 17:30 thirty times in 1965, applying the "Son of Man" title to his own ministry. He did this in multiple ways, from comparing his own "message" to the spiritual return of Jesus Christ to the "Elijah" the "End Time Messenger" which he claimed to be.

Let's review Luke 17.

Temptations to Sin

And he said to his disciples, "Temptations to sin are sure to come, but woe to the one through whom they come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin. Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, 'I repent,' you must forgive him."

William Branham avoided reading this scripture, with the exception of only the sentence describing a "millstone hung around his neck." This scripture is clearly teaching undying forgiveness and divine Love. It is a direct conflict with any cult that will shun a member for standing in the Truth, or "turn them over to the devil."

Increase Our Faith

The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!" And the Lord said, "If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it would obey you.

This passage is describing the apostles begging the Lord for greater faith. Jesus responds that you have plenty, and that if you even had the faith of a mustard seed, you could move trees with your words. This is a direct conflict with the "message" of William Branham wherein he described the church and how it must be "restored to the original faith."

Unworthy Servants

"Will any one of you who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, 'Come at once and recline at table'? Will he not rather say to him, 'Prepare supper for me, and dress properly, and serve me while I eat and drink, and afterward you will eat and drink'? Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, 'We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.'"

This passage is speaking of faithfulness and duty to the Lord. We must be worthy servants, not sitting idle. The master has called us to serve him, and as servants, we must realize that we have a greater work to do. He does not speak of a "chief servant" that will lead us back to some unknown "original faith." He does not teach us to sit idle thinking that we have everything we need because we know "a prophet" as many have done today. We must help others learn the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Not some other gospel.

Jesus Cleanses Ten Lepers

On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices, saying, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us." When he saw them he said to them, "Go and show yourselves to the priests." And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus' feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered, "Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?" And he said to him, "Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well."

This passage is showing that God offers his grace to every man, but not everyone will follow Him. All ten were cleansed, but only one came back to worship Christ. That predestinated seed worshipped the One that cleansed him.

The Coming of the Kingdom

Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, "The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, nor will they say, 'Look, here it is!' or 'There!' for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you."

This passage is talking about the coming kingdom of the Lord that was spoken in Malachi 4. It was coming in ways that cannot be observed; yet it was in the midst of them.

And he said to the disciples, "The days are coming when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. And they will say to you, 'Look, there!' or 'Look, here!' Do not go out or follow them. For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.

This passage is speaking of the generation of people during the days of Jesus. He would suffer many things and be rejected. Yet at the same time, it also is applied to the second coming of Christ. Men will come to Christians like ravenous wolves, trying to separate the Body of Christ. Jesus warns that when they turn you aside saying "look here, this 'message' is the second coming of Christ', do not believe them.

Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man. They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot—they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all— so will it be on the day when the Son of Man is revealed.

This passage describes the lack of devotion to the work that Christ commissioned us to do. While we are supposed to be spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we are more concerned with the things in our lives. We are more concerned with feeding our bodies or making money. We will be so consumed with these things that Christ will start raining fire and sulfur down upon us before we even realize that he has returned.

On that day, let the one who is on the housetop, with his goods in the house, not come down to take them away, and likewise let the one who is in the field not turn back. Remember Lot's wife.

Remember Lot's wife. She was turned to a pillar of salt. This passage is telling us that when the end of the world is coming; do not keep focused on the things we have gained for ourselves. Turning back for them will be like Lot's wife - turning back to death.

Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will keep it. I tell you, in that night there will be two in one bed. One will be taken and the other left. There will be two women grinding together. One will be taken and the other left." And they said to him, "Where, Lord?" He said to them, "Where the corpse is, there the vultures will gather."

This passage is focusing on the aftermath. If we seek to preserve our mortal lives we will lose our eternal life. But if we chose to lose our mortal lives for Christ's sake, we will save our eternal souls.

After the children of God are taken away, there will be nothing left but rotting corpses. Those left will ask the Lord, "Where did everyone go?" He will look over the rotting flesh of the dead flesh and respond to them that the vultures will feed on the corpses.