TABERNACLE TEACHING SERIES
Warning Then Judgment
July of 1963, after the 7 seals were opened, Bro. Branham preached a sermon
called “Warning and then Judgment.” In
this sermon, he made some basic statements concerning election and
predestination. The Bible teaches
from front to back that man must make his own decision about his final
destination, and the Prophet William Branham taught the same thing!
God’s plan, made before there was a world, was made around the very
basic, fundamental fact, that we must all choose our own destiny!
This clearly taught truth is far more important than some seem to think!
To preach anything different than the fact that all men can be saved that
want to be, is to leave a large hole in the Gospel for the devil to come in and
put doubt, fear and unbelief in some hearts that need saving!
Dear Minister Brothers, this should not be so!
We must not preach that some can be saved, but some cannot!!!
Certainly we know that many will not be saved, but what a great
difference there is between saying they “cannot” and in saying they
“will not.” The
revelation is that they “will not.”
I hammer this basic Gospel truth because error seems to be growing in
popularity in some places, even among message believers!
There is a saying in the spiritual realm that I know is true, it goes
like this, “If it’s popular with the majority of religious people, its
wrong!” Truth has always been
rejected by the majority, and error has always been their meat!
This is a Bible fact, seen in story after story in its holy pages.
Eight people got on the ark, the majority refused!
The Israelites followed Moses and came out of Egypt, but the majority of
the Egyptians refused and drowned. John
the Baptist showed the church at Jerusalem the Messiah, but the majority rose up
and killed him. Paul met Jesus face
to face and also preached Him to the majority, but they killed him also.
God sent the Holy Ghost on Azusa Street in Los Angeles, California, in
1904-1906, but the main-line denominations rejected it!
As a result they are now going into the World Council of Churches, and
are in grave danger of taking “the mark of the beast.”
This writer feels that I am in good company when I stand against the
majority and say, “But the word is very night thee, in thy mouth, and in thy
heart, that thou mayest do it. See,
I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil.”
(Deut. 30:14-15) And again in
Deut. 30: 17-19 “But if
thine heart turn away… I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely
perish… I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have
set before you life and death, blessing and cursing, therefore choose life,
that both thou and thy seed may live.” Again
in John 5:40 Jesus said to the Jewish church, and to all people who would ever
be on earth, “And ye will not come to me that you might have life.”
Question? Would God offer
salvation to all men if it was a false hope?
John 6:37 “All that the father giveth me shall come to me, and
him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”
Verse 40 “And this is the will of him that sent me, that everyone
that seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life…”Is
this a false hope, put forth by our Lord? Certainly
not! Notice what He said!
“Everyone that seeth the Son (everyone that believes the
scripture concerning Jesus Christ), and believeth on Him, may have everlasting
life.” This is a universal offer,
made by God Himself! Is it false?
If not, then salvation is for all people who will come and believe on it!
Many will not come, but all may
come that will!
Our sermon title is “Warning Then Judgment.”
Why would God bother to warn at all, if He had made a false hope to some
of His creation? It is not a false
hope, but truth is many have closed their own eyes, and refused His remedy for
“Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; neither
do they understand. And in them is
fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and not
understand/ and seeing ye shall see and not perceive: For this people’s heart
is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have
closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their
ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I
should heal them.” Who closed the
eyes of these people the Lord is speaking of here?
Did God want them to be lost? Listen
to Ezekiel 33:11 “Say unto them, as I live saith the Lord God, I have
no pleasure in the death of the wicked but that the wicked turn (all wicked)
from his way and live; turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways, for why will you
die O House of Israel?” Verse
19 “But if the wicked (any wicked, that includes you and I) turn from his
wickedness, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall live.”
Let’s look at some scripture and see how God does warn before judgment!
The Bible is full of His many warnings.
His word comes to the prophets, and they have warned, and been rejected,
warned and been rejected through the ages! Our
question remains, why does God warn at all, if it is not a plea for all
men to repent and come to Him?
This writer loves the Bible story of the prodigal son, who had been
raised in a God-fearing home, but had chosen rather to leave home and live like
the world. The father of this boy
had another son, who had chosen to stay with his father and fulfill the duties
of an obedient son. One of the
teachings that I want to point out in this parable is that the father (God)
loved both sons, even the one who was rebellious!
Who of us earthly fathers, having a family of six children, all of which
come out of our loins, would labor at our respective jobs, bringing home the
benefits of our work, and then withhold it from some of the six?
No! They are all ours, we
birthed them, they are all part of us. They
were born in our likeness, and in our image.
It is one of God’s natural laws of the universe that we love those that
we begat! Though some of them be
wrong and disobedient, we love them still. It
is a law that God Himself has put in us earthly parents!
How then can we say that the God, who requires such of us as, can turn
around and violate His own law by refusing to love all those that have
come out of His loins? It’s not
going to happen, Friends! That is to
deny the very principle that holds this world together, which principle is “The
Love of God”! There is no life
that is not from God, and God did not turn any of His beings over to the devil.
Some (many) have chosen the world and its leader (Satan), rather than
their creator, but God’s plea as with the prodigal son is “Kill the fatted
calf, and let us eat and be merry, for my son who was dead (spiritually) is
alive again.” God’s love for
that boy had not diminished even one degree!
It is the gravest error to believe that God created some that could never
be saved, and that He would do that because that He was God, and had the power
and authority to do whatsoever He wanted to do.
But I beseech you teachers of this terrible doctrine, to remember that
there is not one single thing in His perfect, righteous and Holy character that
would ever make Him want to do a thing like that!
Lord, let us never have to stand at the white throne judgment, being
guilty of believing you to have done such a thing!
Certainly you knew who would serve you and who would not, but far be it
from you to send judgment on some without cause!
Prov. 26:2 “…so the curse causeless shall not come.” (1
John 4:8) “…for God is Love.”
1 Cor. 13:8 “Charity
(Love) never faileth.” If God
is Love, and love never fails, then to say that God does not love all
His creation is saying that God has failed in His ability and His intention to
love all of His creation! Then you
will surely say to me, why does the scripture say that God loved Jacob and hated
Esau? And why does the scripture
say, “God is angry with the sinner all day long?”
May I help you with a word of wisdom from the Lord?
As a father of a family of children, have you ever been angry with one or
more of them? Yes, we have!
But did our anger, because of their disobedience change the love we had
in our heart for them? It did not if
we are Christians and are Christ-like! And
so we must accept the great doctrine of the Bible regarding Jesus as standing in
the place and stead of us sinful people, bearing for us the terror of the
law’s curse, until justice was fully satisfied, and could demand no more!
We should rejoice and be forever thankful that Jesus, by His dying, put
away forever the sins of His people, and that by His living He gave to those who
trust in him a perfect righteousness, which despite our sins (which we repent
of) we are “accepted in the beloved.” (Eph.
1:6) We are also taught that if
we truly trust our souls into the redeemer’s hands, then our sins will be
washed away in His blood, and His “own righteousness will be imputed (given)
to us.” (Rom. 4:11)
The mere knowledge of these facts will not, of itself, save us!
Faith must act like this! “I
believe that Jesus Christ came to save sinners, all sinners, who will repent and
come to Christ! And therefore, as
sinful as I may be, I rest myself on Him. I
know that His righteousness justifies the ungodly.
Therefore I, though ungodly, trust in Him to be my righteousness.
I know that His precious blood in heaven prevails with God on the behalf
of those that will come to Him.
The Bride of Christ knows that before there was ever a sun, or moon, or
any stars, their names were put on the Lamb’s Book of Life.
They know that God had some foreknowledge concerning them, and it was
this knowledge that caused Him to put their names in the Book!
Let’s read that in the Bible. Rom.
8:29 “For whom He did foreknow, He did predestinate to be conformed
to the image of His son…”
Now, let’s talk about this foreknowledge!
What was that knowledge, and where did it come from?
In Ezekiel 28:1-18 we have the story of how the angel named
Lucifer, who was created perfect, rebelled and became evil, then was put out of
Heaven, along with one-third of the angels who followed his teaching.
(Also see Isa. 14:12-29) These
angels were confronted with a decision!
They had to decide whether to stay with their creator, or go with
the rebellious Lucifer! The Bride
was there during that decision-making time!
They were the angels who did not fall and follow Lucifer!
Do you believe the prophet? May
I quote him!
Quote “The Unfailing Realities of the Living God” preached
Remember, sin didn’t begin on earth.
Sin begin in Heaven, when Lucifer taken and made it he said, “I want a
denomination, make a great big thing,’ went on the North Country and set up a
bigger thing than Michael had. And he was kicked out of Heaven.
“And those angels back there, them spirits.
Well, that’s the reason (‘When this earthly tabernacle be dissolved,
we have one already waiting.’) See?
And that’s the reason, ‘our name was put on the Lamb’s Book of Life
before the foundation of the world. All
the father has given me, will come to me.’”
Can you see in this statement that Bro. Branham was telling us where
God’s foreknowledge came from, that caused Him to put our names on the
Lamb’s Book of Life? He watched
His created beings “live out” what He already knew they would do!
He watched some choose Lucifer, and some choose to stay with Him.
This was His foreknowledge, and notice in the above quote that Bro.
Branham said, “That’s the reason our names were put on the Lamb’s Book of
Life before the foundation of the world! He
had created us free moral agents and then watched the choices we would make!
Yes Friends, we choose our own destiny!
God sends no one to Hell. We
go there if we refuse His remedy for our sins, which is to trust in the fact
that Jesus Christ paid our sin debt for us on the cross.
Do you recall that God gave Bro. Branham a vision, in which he saw a
preview of two brides? One was the
devil’s bride, mostly naked and doing a vulgar dance to rock and roll music.
Then the true Bride came in sight, all dressed right and in step, a
beautiful sight to see according to the Prophet.
Bro. Branham’s tears were dried and his heart filled with joy at the
sight. But then a strange thing
happened, the true Bride came into sight for the second time.
As they passed before him again, he saw someone getting out of step,
getting off the word. He screamed
out, “Stay in line” or “Get back in line.”
He did not conclude that they were not Bride and tell them to stay out of
the line, but rather knew they were Bride and told them to get back in line.
This writer believes that the person he saw out of line represented
others in our message, who is being temporarily fooled by the Devil who
has come as an angel of light, and quoting scriptures!
There seems to be a revelation coming now concerning the great
falling-away that Paul spoke of. It
could be that, in seeing the end-time, he saw some message believers being
pulled away and falling into error. After
all, the denominations never did receive our Prophet and his message, so they
had no place to fall from! They were
never there! If I am lying on the
floor I cannot fall to the floor, but if I am standing, then I can fall.
Not all that are in error in our message are Bride, but this writer
believes that some are.
How hard we preach and pray that our families and bosom friends stay in
line with what is written in the word! Amen.