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338-4 LAODICEAN.CHURCH.AGE - CHURCH.AGE.BOOK CPT.9
We are going to look at this carefully. It says that this Laodicean church age group is lukewarm. This lukewarmness demands a penalty from God. The penalty is that they will be spued out of His mouth. Here is where we don't want to go astray as a lot of folks do. They very unwisely say that God can spue you out of His mouth and that proves that there is no such thing as any truth to the doctrine of the perseverance of the Saints. I want to correct your thinking right now. This verse is not given to an individual. It is given to the church. He is talking to the church. Furthermore, if you will just keep the Word in mind you will recall that nowhere does it say that we are in the MOUTH of God. We are engraved on His palms. We are carried in His bosom. Way back in the unknown ages before time we were in His mind. We are in His sheepfold, and in His pastures, but never in His mouth. But what is in the mouth of the Lord? The Word is in His mouth. Matthew 4:4 "But He answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." The Word is supposed to be in our mouths, too. Now we know that the church is His body. It is here taking His place. What will be in the mouth of the church? The WORD. I Peter 4:11 "If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles (Word) of God." II Peter 1:21 "For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." Then what is wrong with these people of the last day? THEY HAVE GOTTEN AWAY FROM THE WORD. THEY ARE NO LONGER FERVENT ABOUT IT. THEY ARE LUKEWARM ABOUT IT. I am going to prove that right now.
IF ANY MAN SPEAK
I PETER 4:11
11 If any man speak, [let him speak] as the oracles of God; if any man minister, [let him do it] as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
I PETER 4:12
12 ¶ Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
I PETER 4:13
13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
I PETER 4:14
14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy [are ye]; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
MEN ESTEEMING THEIR OWN WORD ABOVE MINE
339-1 LAODICEAN.CHURCH.AGE - CHURCH.AGE.BOOK CPT.9
The Baptists have their creeds and dogmas based on the Word and you can't shake them. They say the apostolic days of miracles are over and there is no Baptism with the Holy Ghost, subsequent to believing. The Methodists say (based on the Word) there is no water baptism (sprinkling is not baptism) and that sanctification is the Baptism with the Holy Ghost. The Church of Christ majors in regenerational baptism and in all too many cases they go down dry sinners and come up wet ones. Yet they claim their doctrine is Word-based. Go right down the line and come to the Pentecostals. Do they have the Word? Give them the Word test and see. They will sell out the Word for a sensation just about every time. If you can produce a manifestation like oil and blood and tongues and other signs, whether in the Word or not, or whether properly interpreted from the Word, the majority will fall for it. But what has happened to the Word? The Word has been put aside, so God says, "I am going against you all. I will spue you out of My mouth. This is the end. For seven out of seven ages, I have seen nothing but men esteeming their own word above Mine. So at the end of this age I am spuing you out of My mouth. It is all over. I am going to speak all right. Yes, I am here in the midst of the Church. The Amen of God, faithful and true will reveal Himself and it will BE BY MY PROPHET." Oh yes, that is so. Revelation 10:7 "And in the days of the voice of the seventh messenger, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished as He hath declared to His servants the prophets." There it is. He is sending a vindicated prophet.
BECAME THE LIVING EPISTLES
340-1 LAODICEAN.CHURCH.AGE - CHURCH.AGE.BOOK CPT.9
A momentary consideration of church history will prove how accurate this thought is. In the Dark Ages the Word was almost entirely lost to the people. But God sent Luther with the WORD. The Lutherans spoke for God at that time. But they organized, and again the pure Word was lost for organization tends toward dogma and creeds, and not simple Word. They could no longer speak for God. Then God sent Wesley, and he was the voice with the Word in his day. The people who took his revelation from God became the living epistles read and known of all men for their generation. When the Methodists failed, God raised up others and so it has gone on through the years until in this last day there is again another people in the land, who under their messenger will be the final voice to the final age.
NOT INTERESTED IN LIVING IT
340-3 LAODICEAN.CHURCH.AGE - CHURCH.AGE.BOOK CPT.9
Now He has cried out to this last age, "You have the Word. You have more Bibles than ever, but you are not doing anything about the Word except dividing and hacking it into pieces, taking what you want and leaving out what you don't want. You are not interested in LIVING it, but debating it. I would sooner you were cold or hot. If you were cold and rejected it, I could stand that. If you would get white hot to know its truth and live it, I would praise you for that. But when you simply take My Word and don't honor it, I in return must refuse to honor you. I will spue you out for you nauseate Me."
TAKE A LOOK AROUND
LOOKING.FOR.JESUS_ PHOENIX.AZ SUNDAY_ 54-0228E
E-12 Now, let's just wonder tonight. You and I and most everyone in here, we talk so much about Jesus and wonder about Him. We want to think, tonight that we ought to take a look around and see if we could see Him. Wouldn't you love to see Him? I would like to see Him. And I'm sure every one of you would, would love to see Jesus.
Now, let's look into His Word and find out just what type of Person we should look to, or look for, if we were going to look for Jesus. Now, practically all of you in here are Christians. 'Cause there's such a fine move of faith. Mr. Sharritt just come and got me a while ago, from the--the place that I'm staying. And I heard him knocking at the door, very fine, Christian gentleman, here, that you all know, and come and got me.
DOOR.INSIDE.DOOR_ KLAMATH.FALLS.OR MONDAY_ 60-0711
E-59 Oh, if we would just look behind our shoulder and see how good God's been to us, just see His goodness to the sinner, to see that He's brought you safe thus far. Setting in your right mind, look back, Who's fed you? Who's clothed you? When those brakes were squeaking and the car almost rammed you, Who protected you then? Who was that that hour of sickness when the doctor shook his head and said, "I don't know no more to do." But you're here tonight. Look back a little piece and see what happened.
To you Christian, just take a look around and see the sinful world, how it is, and to know that God before the foundation of the world chose you by election, and put your name on the Lamb's Book of Life, and knocked at your heart. [Brother Branham knocks--Ed.] And you opened up and let Him come in. How good He is.
INVESTMENTS_ SHREVEPORT.LA SATURDAY_ 62-1124B
E-31 The waters begin to come high on the ark. Mrs. Noah and probably her daughter-in-laws were wondering. Noah said, "Just hold still. God made the promise. Our assurance is absolutely assured to us." And he knowed that his construction had been according to his instruction.
And I wonder today if we would watch, and take a look around, and find out if our constructions are according to the instructions. For He said, "If a man believes in Me, the works that I do shall he do also." I wonder if our construction will compare with the instructions that we have been given.
343-3 LAODICEAN.CHURCH.AGE - CHURCH.AGE.BOOK CPT.9
Take a good look around you. Examine the people as they walk by. In the multitudes you see, can you pick out those that have the appearance of Christians? Watch how they dress, watch how they act, hear what they say, see where they go. Surely there ought to be some real evidence of the new birth amongst all those we see go by. But few there be. Yet today the fundamental churches are telling us they have millions saved and even Spirit-filled. Spirit-filled? Can you call women Spirit-filled who go around with frizzy bobbed hair, shorts and slacks, halters and briefs, all painted up like Jezebel? If these are adorned in modest apparel as becometh Christian women, I would hate to think what it would be like if I had to witness a display of immodesty.
WAKE UP BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE
SIGN.OF.THE.TIME_ BANGOR.ME TUESDAY_ 58-0520
E-32 Remember, the Spirit was upon Elijah, came on Elijah, then on John the Baptist. The Holy Spirit on Christ come down. Then those Pharisees and teachers of Jesus' day... Look at them today. Look back there in Babylon, on them Gentiles; look at these Gentiles' behavior today. Wake up before it's too late to wake up. I'm afraid it is. There you are.
And we never seen anything like that. Oh, you said, "Call all the district presbyters, all the pastors, and the bishops, and the cardinals, and the pope. Get them all out here; these spiritual men will understand this."
And when he went and got all the bishops, and the cardinals, the pastors, and the pope, and got them all out there, they didn't know nothing about unknown tongues, about spiritual things. They'd never heard of such a thing, never heard a language like that. "Well," they said, "We don't know nothing about those things."
SHALOM_ PHOENIX.AZ V-22 N-1 SUNDAY_ 64-0119
36 I know it's unpopular, speak against organization, but that's the mark of the beast. That's the thing that's carrying us right into that. It's making an image unto the beast. I don't say that for to be angry. I say that because it's truth, brethren. The day will come when Phoenix will raise up, and maybe I'm gone on, but you'll know that that was THUS SAITH THE LORD. It is true. And how that the great Holy Spirit has a-vindicated those messages and foretold the things, never to fail one time. And why do we grope on in darkness?Why don't people wake up before it's too late? One of these days, it'll be too late , when you've already taken the mark, and then there's no... There's nothing else you can do about it then. You'll be caught in that system, that you're marked with that system.
MODERN.EVENTS.MADE.CLEAR.BY.PROPHECY_ SBD.CA V-7 N-6 MONDAY_ 65-1206
161 And that's what the church has done today. You've got away from that old fashion experience you had years ago when you stood on the street corner and preached the Gospel. Come out of those organizations and call yourself a free people today, because you're wrapped in it again, like a hog to its wallow or a dog to its vomit. If it made him vomit the first time, it'll make him vomit again. That's right. God spew you from His mouth, He said, "You're lukewarm, neither hot or cold"; have a few meetings, then play a few music and sing a little bit, when, it's--absolutely it's almost become a disgrace to Christianity.
My son called me over the other day to look at a television, supposed to be singing bee where the people come. That bunch of little Ricky's standing there, shaking around like this rock-and-roll, and singing them hymns, it's a disgrace to Jesus Christ. There's no more solemnity in the church at all. It seems like it's all become a rock-and-roll something, and a fashion show, in the stead of the church of the living God where Jesus Christ can manifest Himself in power. Hey, there's something wrong somewhere; they're slipping away. And the Bible said it would be that way. See? Look where you're at. Be careful; wake up before it's too late.