Hiding the GospelJohn Collins1/17/2014 8:43:25 PMTHE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
To fully understand how a man could cause the masses to lose focus of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, you must first understand the mechanics of what, exactly, was altered. The problem for us is that we were the ones affected. We are the ones that struggle to get it. We were his target.
In the beginning, mankind lived fully under Grace. There was no Law. There was no Sin. Adam spoke directly to God.
After the Fall, sin entered. But mankind was still fully under grace. The hearts of the fathers were focused upon God, and God spoke directly with the fathers. Adam, Abraham, Sarah, even Hagar; sometimes directly from God, vision, and sometimes through an angel.
You really need to study the covenants. God's covenant with Noah was eternal: I will never again wipe mankind from the earth. This is fundamental in Branham's altered version of the Gospel.
Moses was a type of Christ; he was a mediator between God and man. Through Moses, God delivered the 10 Commandments. But before they started their journey, the Children of Israel broke the first commandment: the golden calf.
God was angry. Moses interceded. God gave the Law as a "lesson." Paul says it was a "tutor." God wanted to show mankind that they needed a savior, and that we could never save ourselves by our own works. This also is fundamental - almost undermining the message itself.
The law came with 300 blessings if they kept it. 300 curses if they did not keep it. And they failed.
You will find through the timeline of Israel that the prophets were not "predictors of the future," but were heralds of the Covenant. As Israel broke the Law, they came to give warning: repent or this curse of the law will be fulfilled. As they broke more and more laws, and leading up to the point where the Law was fully abandoned, we find prophets giving their message by God.
But the final curse of the Law was utter destruction. Death. A day of vengeance. The prophets spoke of this: the Day of the Lord.
In the climax of the Old Testament, the Law was abandoned. The prophets began proclaiming the coming Day of the Lord, and the wrath that was to come. God was going to wipe mankind from the face of the earth, fulfilling his promise in the Law. Again, this is fundamental.
Remember the covenant with Noah? God cannot break an eternal covenant. The only way to reconcile this was to send a Kinsman Redeemer. Woven through God's promise to destroy was a promise of a Messiah.
And God told Moses: “I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.” – Deuteronomy 18:18
This "prophet likened unto Moses" is also fundamental. Moses was the mediator between God and Man. This is the "prophet" that the woman at the well was looking for, the one that Jesus said, "I am He."
Malachi 4 is also fundamental. Each verse, broken down, proclaims the Christ, the Law, the covenants, and the Gospel:
Mal 4:1. For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
God was proclaiming his coming wrath. The day of destruction. The Day of the Lord. But remember his promise to Noah? This was fulfilled when Christ exposed the sinful hearts of men. Jesus said, "I am the judgment," basically. John 3:19: "And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil."
Mal 4:2-3: But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts.
Those that received the Messiah, the ones that feared His Name, received healing. But not physical healing as the "Divine Healing" movement proclaimed. They were healed of the Curse of the Law. They were being restored. They were oppressed, like us coming out of the message, and were like "bouncing springs" as they went to proclaim the Gospel. This is fulfilled when the 72 went forth, and came back saying, "even the demons flee in your name!"
Mal 4:4: Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.
This is also fundamental. They had abandoned the Law. They had forgotten the reason for the law. They had ignored the statutes and judgments. This was the reason for the Curse, and the reason the prophets were proclaiming the coming Day of the Lord.
Mal 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord:
This, we all know. Peter pointed out that Christ said that this was fulfilled in John the Baptist, which is correct.
But the last verse is VERY fundamental. Mal 4:6: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
We were trained to believe in "sorcerers" rather than "prophets." We were taught prophets as leaders, as future seers, as ANYTHING other than a herald of the covenant. We were taught "restorer prophets," and the scriptures speaking to restoration were twisted into placing the power to restore into the hands of the prophet -- not the Almighty God.
John the Baptist did not "restore all things," but Jesus did not lie when he said that this scripture applied to John. John was only the messenger, and his message was very simple: "make the way straight." "Prepare for the coming of the Lord."
John's restoration was to announce the Messiah. The Prophet likened to Moses, the Kinsman Redeemer, the Anointed One, the Son of God. The Messiah lived the perfect life, fulfilled the part of the Old Covenant that man could never fulfill, paid our penalty on the cross, and restored us into the same Grace of the fathers. And he did this so that God did NOT smite the land with a curse!
Because of what Christ did on the Cross, the Day of the Lord was fulfilled -- but not a physical death and destruction that Israel understood. He trampled on the wicked with the Word of Truth. He exposed the hearts of the wicked, brought healing to the righteous, and brought the Restoration.
In this single post, I mentioned the word "fundamental" several times. Each one of these are key elements of the foundation to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. To understand it, you must understand them. And these were the primary targets of twisting by William Branham. By twisting our understanding, hiding these foundations, he essentially hid the Gospel of Jesus Christ from us.
If you study the scriptural research we have in each of our websites and forums, you'll find that these foundations were attacked the heaviest. Entire passages of scriptures taken out of context to confuse and hide these foundations from us.
But if you can show these things to those trapped in the message, this is the power to break the spell. This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is the Good News that Christ came in our place. God did NOT smite the land with a curse. God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die for us.
This is the Gospel that Paul proclaimed. Paul tried to explain to us that the Law is the Law of death, made obsolete by the New Covenant of Grace, and that we have a new High Priest. Paul tried to explain that we cannot save ourselves by works, that we were now living under the same faith as the Fathers. "By faith Abraham... By faith Isaac...."
This came after the foundations mentioned above. But they were explaining the very same thing. And so Branham twisted Paul's "message," causing the people to believe that he "preached the same message as Paul."
In every way, shape, and form, the Gospel of Jesus Christ was hidden from us. This can only be done through the power of Satan himself. No man could have hidden the Gospel from Christians.