WHAT NEXT ?
Now that the earthly ministry of Bro. Lawrie is over there would be many questions lingering in the minds of the True Believers. Many had expected Bro. Lawrie to be taken up without death. They would ask questions such as “Why did Bro. Lawrie have to pass away like any other man and not taken up directly” and “What is going to happen now?” and so on. If Scriptural patterns are any indication the next thing is going to be the Resurrection of the Dead in Christ.
In the days of Jesus too, the disciples were expecting the kingdom to come right away. They did not expect Jesus to die. When he died they were much depressed and went fishing. But Jesus had to go to the Hades to deliver the Old Testament dead saints and take them to Paradise. They had been covered by the sacrifices of the clean animals.
When Jesus had finished his earthly ministry and died on the cross, he went down to the Hades (Hell) and brought the saints to the earth where they appeared to many and Christ opened the Paradise for them (Matthew 27: 50-54, Luke 16: 23) now that the perfect sacrifice had come.
The thief on the cross was the first person to go directly to paradise without going to Hades or Hell (Luke 23:39-43). Thereafter, all those who died in Christ during all these 2000 years after Christ went directly to Paradise, where they are resting. It is a Type for the Rapture in which the living saints are glorified directly without death.
Christ was the firstfruits of them that slept in the First Coming and was waved like a sheaf of the firstfruits waved in the Wave Offering (Leviticus 23: 10-11). All those who died thereafter went to Paradise directly beginning from the Thief on the cross. Similarly, in the Bride Coming of Christ in these last days, a sheaf of the first fruits will have to be waved again according to Prophet William Branham. That will be Christ the Son of David.
Now the dead in Christ are in Paradise, waiting for the Son of God to bring them to the earth for the resurrection. It is Christ who has to go there and bring them back to the earth with Him for resurrection because He is the Resurrection and Life. Without Him there will be no resurrection of the dead in Christ. He will be the first fruits of resurrection of the dead.
One can rest assured that the person whose ministry brings the dead saints back is the Anointed Christ, The Son of David for the Second Coming (John 5: 24-27, John 11: 25-26, I Corinthians 15: 20-28). But then it will be Too Late. There will be a glorification of the Son of Man (John 7: 39, 12: 16,23,28, 13: 31,32, 17: 5, Revelation 12: 1-5), and the Rapture of the saints (I Thessalonians 4: 14-17). Given below is a quote from the message of William Branham pointing to where the Son of God comes from.
REDEMPTION.BY.POWER _ LVL.KY V-25 N-7 MONDAY_ 54-0329
159 But one of these days, there's a great magnet coming from the east, called the Son of God, that'll sweep this land. And every person that's dead in Christ shall rise with Him, to go yonder. And these old bodies will be transformed and made in His likeness, unto His Own glorious body, where we shall live forever and ever, free from sickness, free from old age, free from everything else; and in the glory of God, to live in His blessed Presence forever. Amen. Don't let that scare you. I feel religious right now.
The next thing therefore would be the resurrection of the dead in Christ. Only the resurrection would prove who the Anointed Christ is. In the Second coming, after the earthly ministry, this Great Person who is revealed as Christ goes to Paradise and brings the dead saints back to the earth with Him. This is what we call as resurrection.
THE TENT VISION
There is so much said about the Tent Vision mentioned by Bro. Branham. It was about a meeting going on in a Tent. In the vision William Branham saw a box-like room next to the platform. There was a very long prayer line. People were going into that empty room and when they came out, they were found healed.
The Supernatural Light (Pillar of Fire) that we see in the picture whirled away from William Branham, went over to that room and said, "I'll meet you in there. This will be the Third Pull and you won't tell it to anybody". What He told William Branham there has remained a secret until he left the world and still remains unknown.
According to William Branham, “The Lord is fixing to visit His people in a great, marvelous something. It had to be a secret in His heart. A blessing is on the road and it is coming. It will not be weakening and it will be far beyond anything that has ever happened here or anytime else. It is something the Lord has given”. It had made William Branham a believer in Grace.
William Branham had also mentioned that this Tent Vision was according to the Word and found its place in the Word. It slides right straight into the Word where it was. It is from God and it fits exactly in the promises of God from the End of the Message of William Branham. He felt checked not to say anymore about it.
When Bro. Branham says the Tent Vision is Scriptural, there must be a good Type of the Tent Meeting where the Pillar of Fire descended. There are instances where the Pillar of Fire stood above the Tabernacle. There is an example of the Pillar of Cloud descending when the Temple of Jerusalem was dedicated (I Kings 8: 10-11). But a perfect Type is found in the Bible where the Pillar of Fire descended in a meeting place.
It was the Upper Room meeting on the Day of Pentecost. There were 120 people gathered including the disciples of Jesus Christ. It was a familiar place for them. They had known the ministry and message of John the Baptist and were with Jesus in his ministry (Acts 1: 21-22). They had seen Jesus resurrected and also being taken up. They had sunk their differences and had come together praying with one accord. On them the Power of God descended.
On the Pentecostal Day at the Upper Room meeting, there was the sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind like the Whirlwind (whoosh). It was a meeting in which the Pillar of Fire descended. They were all filled with the Holy Ghost and received Power in the Name of Jesus in an unprecedented manner (Acts 2: 1-21).
A simple small gathering of 120 people suddenly swelled into a great big crowd from which 3000 souls were converted to Christ that day. It was a turning point that marked the end of power in Judaism. It was the transition from the Jewish dispensation to the Christian dispensation with the Power of God manifesting in a greater way. In the Name of Jesus greater works were done by the disciples of Jesus Christ.
Similarly William Branham speaks of a great Tent meeting where the Pillar of Fire would descend and the New Name of Christ in this age would be revealed in Great Power. Great Power of God is going to descend upon the people of God who know the message and ministry of William Branham and know and partake of the ministry of the Revealed Christ in this generation in an unprecedented manner.
They will fully understand the Mystery of God by taking the whole book directly from Christ The Mighty Angel and receive Power for a ministry before the Rapture (Revelation 10: 8-11). They shall come from east and west and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob at the time of resurrection (Matthew 8: 11). Mighty works will be wrought by them and the Glory of God will be revealed in them in a new kind of ministry in the New Name.
It will be a short, quick and mighty move of God for the Bride (according to Prophet Branham) and it will be a prelude to our Transformation. It will be connected with the Glorification of the Son of Man and the revelation of the New Name in Power (John 14: 12-14, John 16: 7, 16, 20, 22-24, 26-28). It will be a different kind of ministry manifesting the glorious power of the Creator in a greater way. It would be a turning point marking the end of Christianity. It would begin the transition from the Gentile dispensation with God turning back to the Jews again.
THE NEW NAME IN POWER
On the Pentecostal Day at the Upper Room meeting, there was the sound of the Whirlwind (whoosh) and the Pillar of Fire descended in the meeting. The disciples of Jesus Christ were filled with the Holy Ghost and received Power in the New Name Jesus in an unprecedented way.
The Old Testament Prophets had worked miracles and also had raised the dead in the Name of Jehovah. When Jesus came on the scene he did something which none had done before since the world began. He opened the eyes of one that was born blind which had never been done earlier.
In the Name of Jesus the disciples worked greater miracles than the ones in the Old Testament. They had gathered in a familiar place known as the Upper Room. The ones who had gathered in the Upper Room had known the ministry and message of John the Baptist and were with Jesus in His ministry (Acts 1: 21-22). They saw Him resurrected and also being taken up. On them the Power of God descended.
Similarly, Great Power will be manifest in the New Name of the revealed Christ Now. Bro. William Branham talks of a great meeting where the Great Light would descend and the New Name would be revealed in Great Power. He mentions that the hour is approaching when missing limbs would be restored by the Glorious Power of the Creator which has not been done in the Old Testament or New Testament.
He even tells us of people going in to a room where no one is present and coming out healed whereby the Glory goes entirely to God when the Pillar of Fire descends in that meeting. He had seen this in the Vision of a Tent-Meeting. We have already seen that in the open meetings grounds where Bro. Lawrie conducted mass healing meetings, the grounds would be empty with no one around.
Anyone passing through that ground would be healed or delivered from devil possessions even without the presence of Bro. Lawrie. Therefore we see that the same power will be revealed in the Tent meeting in the New Name when people who pass through that room would be delivered.
In Bro. Lawrie’s ministry there have been incidents of short limbs having been restored to normal size in a moment. There is also an incident of a young man with a thumb removed who had it restored by prayer by Bro. Lawrie. Therefore in the New Name, missing limbs are likely to be restored.
Great Power of God is going to descend upon the people of God who know the message and ministry of Bro. William Branham and know and partake of the ministry of the Revealed Christ in this generation in an unprecedented manner. They will fully understand the Mystery of God by taking the whole book directly from Christ The Mighty Angel and receive Power for a ministry before the Rapture (Revelation 10: 8-11).
They shall come from east and west and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob at the time of resurrection (Matthew 8: 11). The Glory of God will be revealed in them. The Power of God will be manifested among the Bride of Christ in the New Name in a Mighty and Unprecedented manner with people even having their missing limbs restored by God's Power of Creation.
These great events of resurrection, the Glorification of the Son of Man, and subsequent Rapture of the Saints (John 7: 39, 12: 16,23,28, 13: 31,32, 17: 5, Revelation 12: 1-5, I Thessalonians 4: 14-17) will be carried over to the Jews by the Two Witnesses with the spirits of Moses and Elijah respectively (Revelation 10: 1-11, 11: 1-6, Matthew 16: 27-28, 17: 1-3, Daniel 12: 1-13). But the Bride of Christ will have their bodies transformed and will put on immortality.
The City of Jerusalem will be divided again and a portion allowed to be trodden under foot by the Gentiles for 42 months (three and a half years) in a negotiated settlement (Revelation 11: 1-3). This would be a sure sign of the end of the Christian Era and the beginning of the ministry of the Two Anointed Witnesses of Christ the Mighty Angel who is revealed as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. This would be during the same part of the Seventieth Week of the prophecy of Prophet Daniel.
During that time two witnesses of the Mighty Angel (Christ) of Revelation 10: 1 will prophecy to the Jews with the Spirits of Elijah and Moses respectively, taking the Gentile (Christian) message of the Second Coming of Christ to the Jews. Apostle Paul was the Apostle for the Gentiles. He brought the Jewish message of Jesus to the Gentiles in the First Coming of Christ. (Revelation 10:1-7, 11: 1-3, Daniel 12: 5-13, Galatians 2: 7-10).
Similarly, this Gentile message of the Second Coming of Christ the Son of David will be received eagerly by the Jews even though they rejected Jesus Christ in the First Coming ( Zachariah 12: 9-14,Revelation 1: 7). Thus we see history repeating itself again and is manifest before our very eyes as recorded in the Scripture.
The Jews were looking for the Lion of the tribe of Judah and missed the Lamb of God. Now the Christians are looking for the Lamb of God and are going to miss the Lion of the tribe of Judah. It is indeed an irony. Therefore let us not be complacent and miss this great move of God in these last days. God bless you.