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Now, and here... This great Theophany standing there... What... That Great Jehovah God, you know what He said? He just reached over and got a handful of atoms, got a little light, and poured it in like this, and went... [Brother Branham blows--Ed.]... A body, and just stepped right into it, and that's all.

Said, "Come here, Gabriel (that great Archangel)." Went... [Brother Branham blows--Ed.]... "Step in that. Come here, Michael (the Angel on His right side)... [Brother Branham blows--Ed.]... (for the Jew), step in that."

God and two Angels walked down here in human flesh, and drank the milk from a cow, eat the butter out of the milk, and eat some corn bread, and eat the flesh of the calf: Two Angels and God. The Bible said so. That's Melchisedec that Abraham met coming from the slaughter of the kings. That's the Son of God.


Peter had an experience one night while he was praying. That same Light come into the building, opened up the doors before him; went out into the streets. And Peter thought he was dreaming, he was so anointed. He didn't know what taken place. He said, "Have I just woke up? But I'm out here on the street!"

And he went down to John Mark's house. And the little girl opened the door, some little lady there, been in a prayer meeting; "somebody's knocking at the door." Opened up the door, "Oh," she said, "here's Peter right now. You're praying for him to get out of prison; the Lord has delivered him!"

"Oh," they said, "go on." ("O Lord, deliver him!")

"Why," she said, "he's standing at the door knocking." (Peter just kept pounding; "Let me in!")

"Oh," she said, "it's Peter." In them days... they still have it, a little draw bar, A little lid here you raise back and look out, see. Before you let your guest in, you have to know who's knocking at your door; because they had robbers, if you opened the door, they'd kill you.

So they opened the door. She said, "It's Peter."

They said, "Oh! Oh my, he's dead. That's his angel standing there." See? Done got in his glorified body, you know, that theophany.


Remember how we took it, the big diamond, and how it reflected the light; how it went back through there? "The... this earthly tabernacle be dissolved, we have one already waiting." And they thought Peter done died, and this old body had dropped and they'd bury it in a few days; he'd entered into his angel or his glori... not glorified body, but in his theophany, the body that's already prepared. It couldn't shake your hands. It has no hands to shake like that, but it's in an image of a man.

Come down and was knocking at the door. She said, "No! It's Peter; he's standing there." He opened the door and walked in, and there he was. Now, Peter had been delivered by this Light.

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And so therefore, Melchisedec, the great Priest (like a man), He had no beginning, and He has no end. And when we, through that Theophany that... We were made in the image of God before the world was ever made. When that Theophany has been made flesh and dwelt among us, then through His death we ourselves receive His Spirit and we have no end, Eternal Life; not Angels, but men and women. Oh, I somehow, if I could only get it in a way that my--my audience would catch it.

You will never be an Angel. God made Angels, but God made man. And what God does is off of God, which is as eternal as God is. And man's just as eternal as his Creator, because he was made from eternity.

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And here when righteous Abraham... Glory. Oh, I just feel real good. When righteous Abraham met Melchisedec, Who was God Himself... Who was Melchisedec? The King of Salem, which is King of Jerusalem, King of peace. He had no father. He had no mother. He never had a beginning of days nor ending of life. Ever who He is, is still living. He never was born. He never will die. He never had father or mother. He never had a beginning of days nor ending of life? Tell me Who it was. The eternal God in what we call a--oh, I forget just what you call that now: theophany? Is what it is--just in, like not a myth, but yet it's something made manifest. Like He come to Abraham in the tent up there, like an Angel, and prophesied and told Sarah. She laughed behind Him, and so forth, the same--the same thing. And here He was. He met Melchisedec, and grand--great-grandfather Abraham, in the seed of the righteous, paid tithes to Melchisedec, and it was allotted to his great-great grandson down here, the seed of the righteous.


Does the Bible say... Now, look. I could stand here and preach; you've heard that all along. But the Bible said that in the last days right at this time, before the coming of the Lord, that there'd be a spirit come on earth inveiled in human flesh--man, like it was at Sodom and would be able to discern the thoughts of the mind, like that Angel did there, as it was in the days of Sodom. How many understands that, just raise up your hands, that you--you caught it, you know. See? That's exactly. Now, Who was that? That was Christ in that man. Now, He was a man; He wasn't a theophany. He--he was--He wasn't a myth. He wasn't a myth. He was a man. He eat flesh, drinking milk, and eat bread.

Now, I'm not that Man. But the Spirit of Jesus Christ is here, and you can be that man, or whoever He's chose to be that one, that He can work through. I'll... "He that'll overcome (overcome himself, overcome his own thoughts, overcome the world, overcome all things), then I'll give him the morning star to reflect the light." What light? The light of the approaching Son.


Watch that Angel. Now, watch what He did. Now, we all know beyond any mistake that that was not a Angel. It was God Himself. It was the theophany. God... Abraham called Him Elohim, God. And He stayed back and talked to Abraham. Now, watch the sign He gave Abraham that the... Not when the world was destroyed by water. You remember when it was destroyed by water. He said as it was in the days of Noah--their eating, drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, and it was in the days of Lot. See? Then you can interpret that.

Watch this Angel when He came. First thing He said to Abraham, professed that He was a Stranger, just two Men coming in. Abraham with the Spirit of God in him recognized that those were Men of God. When he had told Sarah to get some bread ready, while he went and killed a calf, and let the servant dress it, and brought it out... Now, wait. That was God.

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Gideon certainly was a Scriptural man. When the Angel of the Lord said to him...

And if you notice, it wasn't the Angel of the Lord here. It said, "And the Lord," capital L-o-r-d. It was not an Angel. It was God. It was a--a theophany in a man, in the form of God, like appeared to Abraham back in the wilderness, and looked like a man. So therefore, being a Messenger, He was the Angel of the Lord.

And He appeared to him. And He said, "Thou mighty man of valour," said He's going to take him, and deliver Israel by him.


Remember, that flesh... I don't know what it was. They said a "theophany." Ministers try to say it was a theophany. But how does a theophany eat veal chops? No, sir. A theophany doesn't eat. He was a man in a body of flesh, but yet it was God. What was it a sign of? He said, "As it was in the days of Lot and Noah, so shall it be in the coming of the Son of man," that God would come down into human flesh and make Himself known, just like He did back there. That was a... remember, that was the last sign that was given before fire fell and destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.

And this world today, and this nation, and this people, has become like a modern Sodom. That's right. And what did He say? "As it was in the days of Noah so shall it be--eating, drinking, giving in marriage. As it was in the days of Lot..."

What happened when Lot... in the days of Lot? What taken place? Look, an angel came down, or an angel's in man form. And this man, with his... not knowing Abraham, told him about his conditions, and about Sarah and what was going to happen, and all about it. And there... they found out then that Abraham was convinced that that was God, and begin to plead for his brethren. Is that right? God promised it.


It certainly was a paradox in Sodom, a little before then, when Sarah laughed at the voice of a Man in human flesh out there, which was God. And He had His back turned to the tent, the Angel did. And He spoke to Abraham, and called him his name, "Abraham" called Sarah, "Sarah," when he'd just received that name a few days before, and said, "Abraham, I'm going to visit you according to the time of life." And Sarah, in the tent, laughed. And the Angel with His back turned to the tent... Not--not one of these, just like a theophany. He was a Man with His back turned to the tent, said, "Why did Sarah laugh in the tent, saying, `This cannot be so.'?" It was a paradox.


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They call it a theophany, that when we leave here we go in somewhere else. Whatever it may be, I take the apostle's Word, when he said, "If this earthly tabernacle or dwelling place be dissolved, we have one already waiting to move from this into that."

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And then no doubt in my mind, but that's what Jesus had in His mind when He was here on earth, was that infallibility of God's eternal Word. For we know that in Him dwelt the Fullness of the Godhead Body. The entire Godhead was in Him. He was both Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, but dwelt in a human form; the theophany of God, the great image of God that He made man in, then placed him in the earth... He had a body. God isn't without a body. God's got a body, and it looks like a man. Moses saw it; others saw it, and it looks like a man.

And it's just an impression, this is, of what that is. And everything on earth, the beauty, the sweetness, the beauty of the earth, is nothing else in the world but an answer to a far better than that, that waits us when we leave this world. For everything in earth is just a pattern of that which is in heaven. Everything that's good, everything that's righteous, everything that's beautiful, trees, birds, everything is just a pattern of what's in heaven.

Our own life is just a pattern. It's just a shadow, and not the real thing. It's the negative side. It takes death to develop the picture, to put us back in the theophany we come from. Then in the resurrection we come in His likeness, a resurrected body. What a beautiful; not only beautiful, but it is the real solemn truth of God's eternal Word, that we'll be like Him.

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Here He goes. Where did He leave when He left? The Bible said, "He ascended. He went and preached to the souls that were in prison, that repented not in the long-suffering of the days of Noah." His soul, His Spirit, His theophany of His Own being, went down. Let's follow Him. Would you like tonight to follow Him a few minutes? Let's see where He went.

Just below the regions of mortal beings lays the realm of demon power; below that--just above that lays the souls of the unjust; below it lays the very domain of Satan: hell. Then just above us lays the Holy Spirit; then under the Altar lays the souls of the just men; the next is God Himself. One going downward, one going upward; the two spirits are here on earth, influencing the people of this earth.


O God, as these hands has gone up, and the music is sweetly echoing back down the road, as we have passed from death unto Life, for Thou hast said, "He that heareth My Words, and believeth on Him that sent Me hath Everlasting Life." They've passed from death unto Life, because You became death that they might become Life through Your resurrection. You were made lower than the Angels, come down to be a man, come out of that great Theophany from beyond, and was made flesh, and had Blood, and shed that Blood, that You might make a way of escape for all of us. Then not only did it (we read it in the Bible), but You proved it infallibly by raising from the dead, and raising the dead when You were here on earth; not only that, but You give, You've made it a double proof, as You did to Abraham; now, besides that, You sent back the Holy Ghost as a Witness. And we have His blessed Presence with us and in us, guiding us, leading us into all Truth and Light.


I would love to see Him. Well, now, how can we see Him? The way we can see Him is by His works. Now, he hasn't to come in a corporal body yet, among us. He's here in a spiritual body (You believe that?), a spiritual body called the Holy Spirit. He's in the form of the Holy Spirit.

In the beginning God was a Spirit. And all the fountain of goodness and mercy and power, and all the good things of love, God was the center of that fountain. And then the Logos that went out of God in the beginning become what we would call a theophany, or a--a supernatural body. God is just not like the air, but He's in a body. Moses seen Him pass and said it looked like the back part of a man, and so forth. And then that same theophany was made flesh and dwelled among us. And we beheld Him, the only begotten of the Father, Christ.

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Let's close our eyes to our imaginations for a few moments and go way back into the--'fore there was anything. The great fountain of all eternity was that spirit of love, joy, that spirit of honesty, that spirit of trueness in this perfection. And then out of the existence of the Father went the Logos which was the Son, which was the theophany, which was the body of the great Jehovah God went forth in a celestial Body. That's the Logos. The Word spoke out of them great Fountains of Life and went forth. And there was the theophany, which was God made into Word.

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Then that theophany was made flesh in the Person Christ Jesus. And then all the fullness of the Trinity dwelt in Him, both Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, all in that. And that's the very way we go, plumb back to the original beginning of God. There we are borned again not of flesh, borned again not of blood, but borned again by the Spirit. And in that eternal Spirit of love and honesty comes down to make Its place in us.

And then when we die from this life, we go into the body which... If this earthly tabernacle is dissolved, we have a theophany to go into, a body celestial.

Then at the coming of the Lord Jesus, this body is picked from the earth again and made in a glorified state to live in His Presence forever. Then all the perversion, all the things that was in--in the perversion all goes out of existence. Flesh goes to its punishment. Hell opens up her mouth and swallows in all the evil and the perversion. And God and His beloved Church, His Bride, takes their stand for the eternities to roll on. That's the great hope of the Christian Church.


The Logos that went out of God as... No disregards to Catholic people now. But the Catholic church, I... My background, my family's Catholic. And I have the--the Catholic people here, the book called "Facts of Our Faith." And they use the word of eternal sonship of God. The word don't even make sense to me. The word "eternal" means "eternity, which had no begin or has no end." And "son" means "had a beginning." So how could it... It could be a eternal Godship, but never an eternal sonship. A son is one that's begotten of. So it had a beginning.

So... And the Logos, which was the Son of God went out, created by these great fountains of purity, God, as those Spirits went out, and it created the Logos. And it was a body. It was in the form of what we are now, which is called in the clergy way of speaking it, a theophany. It's a body that doesn't have a spirit in it. It's a body that's waiting for you Christians. As soon as the life leaves this, you go into that body. When this earthly tabernacle be dissolved, we have one already waiting, a theophany.


Now, when God was in theophany, which was Christ in the making, then that theophany become flesh and dwelled among us. Then that was to redeem. He came from there down through this to redeem this creature, give it life, and take it back up into the eternal one. See?

Now, there's only one Eternal Life, and that lays in God only. And God only has Eternal Life. And we have been privileged to become the sons of God. Then that word: "He that heareth My words and believeth on him that sent me, hath Eternal life." The Greek word "Zoe," there used for God's own life. The creature that accepts Him becomes a part of God and is just as eternal as God is. That's right. There's no reason for us to doubt that. It's God's everlasting, eternal Word. And everything that had a beginning has an end. So what...


Walked down, He said, "I'm going down to talk to Abraham, He might not understand Me. If I go as a man, he will know it." That was nothing but the pre-figure of the Lord Jesus Christ. That's the Melchisedec and so forth. It was a theophany to begin with, and then It become flesh. And They eat like men, hungry. And while He was setting with His back turned to the tent, He said, "Abraham, you've been asking Sarah how she feels all the time; twenty-five years is passed now. And now, about the--according the time of life, that used to be with her (You know what I'm... Every twenty-eight days), I'm going to visit you. And you're going to have this baby."

And Sarah, in the tent, said... [Brother Branham illustrates--Ed.]

He said, "What made Sarah laugh?" Talk about mental telepathy, that surely must have been. "What made Sarah laugh?"

And Sarah said, "Oh, I never laughed."

Said, "Oh, yes, you did." He said, "And I'm going to visit you."


Could you imagine before there even was a earth, before there was a light, before there was a star, before there was anything? There's a Great Fountain going forth of Spirit, and out of this Fountain came the most pure of love; 'cause there was nothing for it to come from there but love. Now, we... What we call love today is a perverted love. But just as we get a essence, or a little bit of that love in us, it changes our whole opinion.

Then out of there come another stream off of this Main Fountain, the Diamond, and it was called righteousness, absolutely righteousness. Now, that's the reason we had to have law. That's the reason law has to have judgment. If judgment doesn't follow law, law doesn't do no good. And when judgment was passed by law, which brings death... And there's no one who could pay the penalty but God Himself. And He paid the penalty of our death, and took our sins upon Him, that we might be the righteousness of God through Him.

Now, when these great Lights went out, or great rays of Spirit: love, peace... That's all there was. That... There wasn't no suffering, there wasn't no--no hate, nor no malice. It couldn't come from this Fountain. That was Jehovah. That was Jehovah God. And now, as the theologians call it, a theophany went from That, which was called in the Scriptural the "Logos," the Logos that went out of God. It's hard to explain, but It was a part of God.


Now, here's what happened. Oh (excuse me), I--I--I just get on this... This just gets me right where I love it. See? The Logos, and this Great Fountain; this Great Fountain of Spirit which had no beginning or no end, this Great Spirit begin to form in the creation; and the Logos that went out from It was the Son of God. It was the only visible form that the Spirit had. And It was a theophany, which means a body, and the body was like a man.

Moses saw It when It passed through the--by--by the rock. And he looked at It, said, "It looked like the hind part of a man." It's the same type of body that we receive when we die here, "If this earthly tabernacle be dissolved, we have one already waiting." That was It. And that was the Theophany which was the Son of God. That Son, that Logos became flesh because we were put in flesh. And the Theophany, the Logos, became flesh here among us, and It was nothing else but the dwelling place; for that entire Fountain dwelt in Him. Oh, do you see it? There it is. That was the One that in...

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