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Deep Study: Job

The book of Job is included in the list of the greatest literature of all time. This book of the Old Testament is written in the form of a didactic poem posing one of the world's oldest questions: Why do the righteous suffer?

The Christian version of this book is written in very simple poetic structure, with chapters 1 and 2 being the prologue. The middle portion of the book is written in open dialog between Job, Eliphaz, Bildad, Zophar and later Elihu, and then the dialogue between Yahweh and Job. The last chapter of the book is written as an epilogue, bringing an end to a perfectly-written book that many in the world — even non-Christians — are familiar with.

In the Christian version, Job is simply a righteous man that God has allowed Satan to test. But in the Islamic version of this book, Ayyub [Job] is a prophet:

BEHOLD, We have inspired thee [O Prophet] just as We inspired Noah and all the prophets after him - as We inspired Abraham, and Ishmael, and Isaac, and Jacob, and their descendants, including Jesus and Job, and Jonah, and Aaron, and Solomon;
Quran S-4:163


Interestlingly, William Branham also claims that Abraham purchased a burial plot near the location of Job's tomb. While Abraham and Sarah are buried in the Cave of the Patriarchs, very little is known about Job's burial tomb or even Job's lifespan as compared to other Bible fictures. The only piece of information we have the name of the land, Uz, which is mentioned in the book of Job. Uz is identified with Edom in scripture, which lies in southwestern Jordan as compared to the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, West Bank.

According to Braham, Job was a prophet whose fame had spread through the land. In his version of Job, the accusers were part of a great number of people that came from the East and the West to hear the Word from the Lord spoken through Job, because his future predictions were accurate. While the Christian Bible focused on the faithfulness of God, The version Branham promoted with elements from Islam was focused upon prophecy.

As the drama unfolded, Branham claimed that Job tried and was unable to get inspiration.; while Job tried to produce a vision, Satan hindered his ability to peer into the future. In the climax of the story, Job was finally able to put himself out of the way enough to see a vision, and that vision was powerful enough to stop Satan's tormenting.

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Branham's teachings on Job:

Job, let's take a little of his life. Job was a prophet. He was a man that lived back before the Bible was written. It's been thought that Job was one of the oldest Books of the Bible, because It was written before Genesis was written. Job, this great warrior and prophet, was a — a mighty man in his day. No doubt that he had been brought up and had served the Lord all of his life. And had lived such a gallant life to the people, all had respects for him.
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And now, this man being a prophet, he had had access to God's grace, but Job didn't have a Bible to read.
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And, now, Job had something wrong with him, but he couldn't get the inspiration on him, and it was worrying him, and that... when you get in that kind of a fix, that's when the enemy moves into every friend, nearly, you got. And they begin to accuse him. Oh, it must have been a miserable thing for him to know his friends that accused him, Satan then goes and joins himself with the enemy. That's when Satan comes in, "Let me have him, and I'll make him curse You to Your... I'll make him deny his Message. I'll make him curse You. I'll make him go back and say 'It was all wrong.'" Then he tried him with everything he could, to all the great man and the friends that he used to have. But Job stood flat-footed, for he knew he had heard God's Voice!
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He was a prince, you know, in the East, and all the young prince used to come bow before him because he was a man of wisdom. He was a prophet. And everybody wanted to see him and talk with him, just a moment. Just a moment of his time would just mean so much. And how he used to walk down the street, an honor in his heart for God, because God had made him a prophet. And the wise men would come up and say, "Job, sir, we know that the great God of Heaven is with you. Just one piece of advice we'd like to have. We've done a certain-certain thing. What should we have." And God would reveal it to Job. And they'd go do that that way, and that's just the way it would be. That was fine. But, all at once, all the people got against him. Yeah. Everybody turned him down. Then the cyclones come, killed his children and killed all of his animals. Everything he had was gone. Then come some of his very best, maybe the deacons of his church, see, come to give him comfort. And they was accusing him. "Now, Job, you know, a man that was favored with God, like you, and all this has happened to him, there has got to be something wrong. You've done something wrong." Job said, "I am satisfied that I never. My heart is clean before God, and I've made my sacrifice." Amen.
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Job, being a prophet, caught the vision. He stood up. Lightnings begin to flash; thunders begin to roar. The prophet had come in contact with his Father, God. He turned and said, "I know my Redeemer liveth. At the last days, He'll stand upon the earth. Though the skin worms destroys this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God, Whom I shall see for myself. My eyes shall behold, and not another." Soul calling out for God, God in His universe...
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And then, Job, being a prophet, got in the Spirit; the thunders begin to roll, the lightnings flashed. Job stood on his feet, and said, "I know my redeemer liveth, and at the last days He will stand upon the earth: though the skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God." He knew there was coming forth a day of resurrection. "In the last days," plural (See?), last two thousand years, "my redeemer shall stand upon the earth."
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Then when Job heard that, he stood on his feet. My, the lightnings flashed, the thunders roared. What was it? The prophet got back into the channel of God again. My, his eyes come open. He said, "I know my Redeemer liveth." Look, four thousand years before He come on the earth, "I know my Redeemer liveth (continuation), liveth. And at the last days (the last two thousand years), He will stand upon the earth. Though the skin worms destroys this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another." There you are. When he got ready to die, said, "Bury me right over here in Palestine."
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I think of the great prophet, Job, when he set there that time and he knew he was going. He spoke of the great sermon there, that we get from Job 14.
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The prophet saw it. He stood on his feet. The lightnings begin to flash, the thunders roar; Job said, "I know my Redeemer liveth. And at the last days He will stand on the earth: though the skin worms destroys this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God." Watch. When he died, years later, he made a specification of where to bury him. Along come father Abraham, and when Sarah died, he went close to the same land that Job was buried in. He bought a piece of ground. He wouldn't let them give them to him. He bought that ground for a burying place and he buried Sarah near Job. And when Abraham died, he slept in the same grave with Sarah. And Abraham begot Isaac, and when Isaac died, he slept with Abraham. And Isaac begot Jacob. And when Jacob was — died down in Egypt, but before he died (Oh, I just love this.), he said, "Come here, Joseph." He had a crippled hip where an Angel touched him from wrestling. Look at that. On one side of the river one night, a big strong backslider, on the next side — next morning, on the other side of the river, a limping prince: He'd wrestled with God. Said, "Come here and lay your hands upon my hip and swear to me that you will not bury me down here." Wonder why? "But take me back up there and let me be buried with Abraham and Isaac." Why?
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Oh, my. Job noticed it. He was a prophet, setting on the ash heap. He got up, shook himself. He'd been scraping his boils. And he got up and shook himself, said, "I know my Redeemer liveth." The lightnings begin to flash, the thunders begin to roar. The prophet got lined up with God.
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Job begin to see it, being a prophet; he begin to listen to this little prophet Elihu. And the first thing you know, Job raised up, God put His binoculars down over his eyes; he looked a way down four thousand years, he said, "I know my Redeemer liveth, and at the last days He will stand on the earth: though the skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, mine eyes shall behold, and not another." Yes, he saw the resurrection of Christ. He said, "My eyes shall behold, and not another." He seen Jesus. He knowed he was in God's provided way; he had life in him, he said, "I know I will raise at that day, because I'm believing in Him." At the last day Jesus was to stand and to bridge that way for man. How God has always made a way of escape for those who believe.
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Didn't mean much more to Job then. He didn't need no more encouraging. He was a prophet. The Spirit of God come on the prophet. He rose from his ash heap, shook himself. The lightnings begin to flash; the thunders roar. The prophet got in the Spirit. He said, "I know my Redeemer liveth. And at the last day, He will stand upon the earth. Though the skin worms destroys this body, yet in my flesh I'll see God, whom I shall see for myself. Mine eyes shall behold and not another. For we brought nothing into this world and it's certain we take nothing out. The Lord gave, the Lord taken away. Blessed be the Name of the Lord." What are we discouraged about? "I'll see Him at the last day," yet just as full of boils as he could be. "Yet in my flesh I'll see Him." Amen. Oh, my. Look at him. Then Job... We'll have to hurry. Job when he died, he specified his burying place. Now, watch between the lines here now. He specified his burying place there in Palestine. Along come Abraham, and when Sarah died, his sweetheart... Heaven wouldn't hardly be heaven without Sarah and Abraham, would it? Them sweethearts of the Bible, see how loyal and loving... Notice, when Sarah died, Abraham bought a parcel of ground near the grave where Job was buried. I wonder why? They said, "Oh, we'll give it to you." He said, "Nope. I'm going to give you so many shekels of silver for it. And I'm going to give a witness here this day to let you know that I have bought this for my burying place." I wonder why? He was a prophet. He buried Sarah. And then when Abraham died, he was buried with Sarah. Is that right? And Abraham begot Isaac. When Isaac died, he was brought and buried with Abraham. Is that right? Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob died down in Egypt.
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So in the distress, a righteous man, God dealing with a saint, He sent a man by the name of Elihu. And Elihu didn't accuse him; only of accusing God. But Elihu told him, said, "Now, Job, you've watched all these things." He said, "Now, there's coming a Just One Who's going to stand in the breach between a sinful man and a holy God. And then will that man that they'll go to the grave to mourn for, and you perceive it not, then will he rise." Then when Job heard that, he stood on his feet. My, the lightnings flashed, the thunders roared. What was it? The prophet got back into the channel of God again. My, his eyes come open. He said, "I know my Redeemer liveth." Look, four thousand years before He come on the earth, "I know my Redeemer liveth (continuation), liveth. And at the last days (the last two thousand years), He will stand upon the earth. Though the skin worms destroys this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another." There you are. When he got ready to die, said, "Bury me right over here in Palestine."
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The prophet saw it. He stood on his feet. The lightnings begin to flash, the thunders roar; Job said, "I know my Redeemer liveth. And at the last days He will stand on the earth: though the skin worms destroys this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God." Watch. When he died, years later, he made a specification of where to bury him. Along come father Abraham, and when Sarah died, he went close to the same land that Job was buried in. He bought a piece of ground. He wouldn't let them give them to him. He bought that ground for a burying place and he buried Sarah near Job. And when Abraham died, he slept in the same grave with Sarah. And Abraham begot Isaac, and when Isaac died, he slept with Abraham. And Isaac begot Jacob. And when Jacob was — died down in Egypt, but before he died (Oh, I just love this.), he said, "Come here, Joseph." He had a crippled hip where an Angel touched him from wrestling. Look at that. On one side of the river one night, a big strong backslider, on the next side — next morning, on the other side of the river, a limping prince: He'd wrestled with God. Said, "Come here and lay your hands upon my hip and swear to me that you will not bury me down here." Wonder why? "But take me back up there and let me be buried with Abraham and Isaac." Why?
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God came down in a whirlwind. Job girded up his loins. God had a provided way, and the Spirit of God come on the prophet. He saw the coming of Christ and said, "I know my Redeemer liveth, and at the last days He will stand on this earth. Though after the skin worms destroys this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God." Amen. See, God was showing him His provided way.
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Job. God (doing what?) making a provided way. Job, a prophet, needed a comforter. Now, listen close now. My time has got away. Job needed a comforter. And men tried to provide that thing for him, and they could not do it. They always got Job off the line. But Job come right back. He needed a comforter. God provided a comforter for him, when He give him a vision of Jesus Christ. And he cried, "I know my Redeemer liveth. My Redeemer," there's only One, "and at the last days He will stand upon the earth." Now remember the vision. You said, "'My Redeemer.'"
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And when Job, being a prophet... Now listen. Job, being a prophet, the Word of the Lord comes to the (what?) prophet. Absolutely. That's where the Word comes to. That's how you know whether they're prophets or not. They stay in the Word. The Word is revealed to the prophet. And Job was a prophet. He couldn't see the end, but when he saw the Word, being a prophet, he said, "I know my Redeemer liveth," after the church had failed, after everything else had failed. Even his loving wife had failed him, and want him say... "Why don't you just go on and curse God, and die the death, Job?"
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Job stood and looked. He seen his flesh, all corruption. He seen blood over him. He seen boils over him. His wife come. His church members left him, and accused him of being a secret sinner. His wife come and said, "You look miserable. Why don't you curse God and die the death?" He said, "Thou speakest like a foolish woman. The Lord gave, the Lord taken away; blessed be the Name of the Lord." About that time, when he stayed with the Word, then the lightnings begin to flash, the thunders roared, and the prophetlooked towards the sky. And he said, "I know my Redeemer liveth. He will stand in the last days upon this earth. Though, after the skin worms has destroyed this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God, Whom I shall see."
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There was a prophet, one time, by the name of Job. He needed, he — he needed some comfort. And he... his church members come, and condemning him, and saying, "Job, you know, you — you — you — you're just not right with God." And — and they condemned him. But he still needed a comforter. His wife couldn't even comfort him. She said, "Job, you ought to curse God, and then die the death." But he said, "Thou speakest like a foolish woman." And Jobstayed with it until God provided for him a vision of Jesus Christ. Now do you believe that? [Congregation says, "Amen." — Ed.]
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And Job was a prophet that lived even before the Bible was written. And notice, he was a prophet, and the Word of the Lord comes to the prophet. And then when he wanted comfort, he could find none. He went to his church, and his church didn't — didn't have any comfort for him, but accusation against him. But he stayed until God showed him the Word, by vision, and then he was comforted. And he stayed on his feet, and the lightnings flashed and the thunders roared. And he said, "Though the skin worms destroys this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God. He talked to me. Let death or anything else strike me, it doesn't make a bit of difference, 'cause I'll see God. I saw the vision of His Word."
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How about when Job died and specified his burial place? Along came Abraham, Abraham bought the parcel of ground to bury his wife, Sarah. And Abraham, when he died, wanted to be buried with Sarah. Abraham begot Isaac. Isaac, when he died, wanted to be buried with Abraham. Isaac begot Jacob. Jacob died, plumb down in Egypt, but he made Joseph (his prophetson) sware by him, with his hand on his limping hip, that he would not bury him down in Egypt. Why? Said, "Take me up into the land and there let him be buried." And Joseph, when he died down in Egypt, made mention of the departing, and Israel going out according to the prophecy, but said, "Take my bones out of this land." Why? They knew the firstfruits of the resurrection was coming up from that land, because Job said, "I know my Redeemer liveth, and at the last days He'll stand upon the earth; and though the skin worms destroys this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God."
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Now, Job, one time, the old prophet, Job. He was a prophet. He had got in trouble. Satan had desired to tempt him, and he broke him out in boils. And he taken his children, he taken his stock, he taken all he had, and he broke him out in boils. And his comforters come, what did they do? They provided nothing but a scorn, teased him, telling him, "Why, you have sinned, secretly." And Job just held right on. He cried out. He was sure he was following God's commandments. He had done just exactly what God promised to do. What God promised him, that He would stand by him, under the burnt-sacrifice, and he stayed there. So, God provided him a vision. He was a prophet. What did he see? He saw the Word, Jesus Christ. He said, "I know my Redeemer liveth. And at the last days, He'll stand upon the earth. Though the skin worms destroys this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God." See, He provided the resurrection vision for him. Him being a prophet, he saw the Word. He saw the Word and he knowed that his bones and his body would rise again in the last day. He was questioned if he knowed where God was, if he could only see.
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God spoke to him, as much as it is to say, "Job, now gird up your loins. I'm going to talk to you." And then when He said, "You see, the tree never sinned. The — the flower never sinned. It served My purpose. Therefore it was germitized, one to the other, and it didn't sin, so it rises up again. But a man sinned, therefore he's cut off." So, then, Job begin to wonder, and then he got in distress just like Martha did. In the darkest hour, when, all of his influence, had he lived it in vain? How would He speak to Job? He's a prophet. How will He speak to him? In a vision. Then he looked up, and the thunders roared, the lightnings flashed, and Jesus came along. Then he seen Him in the last days. He said, "I know my Redeemer liveth, and at the last days He'll stand upon this earth. Though the skin worms destroys this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God whom I shall see." The darkest hour, then Jesus come along. Now, that's the oldest Book in the Bible. Job, it was wrote before Genesis was written, they claim.
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Job never recognized that it was God. As long as the devil can — can make you believe sometime that the little trials you go through is — is God may... punishing you! It was God trying to show him something. Job never recognized it till he saw a vision. Like Moses; when Moses saw the vision, the Pillar of Fire in the bush, it was vindicated. And when... Job, in his question, "If a man dies, can he live again? I see a tree die, and it lives again. I see a flower dies, and it lives again." That was his question. "But man layeth down, he giveth up the ghost, he wasteth away. His sons come to mourn, and he perceive it not. Oh, that Thou would hide me in the grave until Thy wrath be passed!" He couldn't understand why a flower would die and live again, how a leaf would go off of a tree, down, and lay on the ground, and come back again in the spring. He said, "Man layeth down, and where does he go? I believe God; but what happens to a man?" But then one day the lightning begin to flash, the thunders begin to roar, the Spirit come upon the prophet. And he saw the coming of a Man Who could put His hand upon a sinful man, and a holy God, and bridge the way. Then he screamed, "I know my Redeemer liveth! Though the skin worms destroys this body, yet in my flesh I'll see God!" He recognized what the resurrection was.
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There was one group to come to a prophet, one time, named Job. They couldn't talk him out. He saw the vision. He knowed what was right.
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Now, we see this great man. And, remember, Job had no Bible to read in his day. No! He only went by inspiration. He was a prophet to whom the Word of the Lord comes to. He had — he had only to be inspired, because he knowed his position that he was God's prophet. Now, the only thing that had to happen, was for the inspiration to strike him. And then he knowed what he said would happen, because it was by inspiration. That's what the church, if it's in order (set in order), it only... it's got the mechanics ready, it only needs then the dynamics. Tonight, if we'll get the mechanics ready, get our hearts right, the things that we can do, follow every Word, follow Him in baptism, follow Him in every order that He told us to do, get every mechanic ready, and stand there; then we're ready for the dynamics to be lit off, and only God can do that; and that's to drop into your heart that faith that says, "I am now healed." Then don't make any difference what circumstances is, you're healed anyhow; 'cause it's faith, by faith you're healed.
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Now notice, Job needed a channel of inspiration, he had it open. He had a channel to communicate with God, by His inspiration. He had a way of moving himself out and let the Word of God move in. Notice how they — how they come to consult him from the East and from the West, people looking for him because they know that what Job said was the Truth. They knowed that man told the Truth. Because, what he prophesied, that's what happened! And so people come from the East and West. He said he'd go over to the markets, the young princes from the East would bow before him, just to hear one word of consolation from him, his great and mighty wisdom, 'cause they knowed the man was honest. He didn't want to boast up himself, he had no axes to grind, no strings to pull, he was just a honest prophetbefore God. And they had confidence in him, and everybody come from the East and West just to speak to him in a moment. He's spoke of, in the Bible here. But, you see, he lacked inspiration to tell him what all this was about. God let it happen, didn't tell him.
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Now, Job knew it was going to happen. And he knowed that God had told him that, that he was "just." But they made him a sinner, so he waited then for the inspiration. Satan getting in all the — the people and he come around the... his comforters, the so-called, and accusing him, but it didn't move him a bit. But when the Word of God became vindicated to him... He had heard of God by the hearing of the ear, but one day setting out at his lowest point... And while he was setting there, and everyone accusing him, even his wife telling him he was "wrong," he was scraping his boils. And Elihu came down and rebuked him for being selfish, about the way he was accusing God and so forth. And then at that time it was when inspiration struck him, that's when the lightning begin to flash, the thunders begin to roar, that's when the inspiration struck the prophet, and he raised up, and he said, "I know my Redeemer liveth! And at the last days He'll stand upon this earth. Though the skin worms destroys this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God, Whom I shall see for myself."
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There's David, just as inspired as he could be, all the people shouting and glorifying God, for a reason that seemed exactly Scripture, but he was the wrong person. That inspiration should have come to Nathan, not David. See, he never even consulted Nathan. You see what happened? See, we have... God said He "does nothing till He reveals It to His servants the prophets." And Job was this prophet in this day. Now, only thing God had done to Job: What always give him wisdom and His Word and inspiration, he could get no inspiration. But he knowed all of his mechanics (he had offered the burnt-offering, he had done everything he knowed to do was right), but he couldn't get a word from God. But the devil couldn't move him! There you are. Now, there you are when you're prayed for. You don't have to run back through a line, or go let somebody else pray for you. When you know you've done exactly what God told you to do, see, then wait for that channel of inspiration to open up to you, and, "Now I'm healed!" When it drops in there, then it's all over. Oh, you don't need no prayer lines, nothing else, it's over! It's been revealed to you! See?
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