DANIEL'S SEVENTY OF WEEKS #3 - WHAT IS THE SEVENTY WEEKS? (The 70th Week Of Daniel)

So 06.08.1961, vormittags, Branham Tabernacle
Jeffersonville, Indiana, USA

Daniels siebzig Wochen

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Thank you, very much, Brother Neville. Good morning, friends. It’s a privilege to be back here in the tabernacle again this morning, to continue this great Message that we’re endeavoring to explain, this "Seventieth Week Of Daniel". And we're happy to see so many that’s gathered out on this hot day, and yet we’re sorry that we do not have the seating room. See people that’s packed together like that and standing around, it makes it unhandy. And not being as comfortable as you should, it makes it hard for you to understand. But we will do everything that we can to make it quick.

And-and, today, I hope that you’ll, if I’m a little lingering, that you’ll excuse me, because this is the nailing down time of this Message, the very time to nail it down. We set it in three orders so that we could be sure to get it.

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Now, of course, the-the visible congregation knows that these, or this Messages, are being taped. And they’re sent all around the world. Practically every nation receives these tapes around the world. And I would like to say this to the listeners of the tape, wherever you are, in what part of the world that you’re in, that there may be some things in here that you might not agree with me upon the teachings that I-I do. But I would like to state, brethren, maybe, that if you would explain it the way you saw it, it might be different from what I would believe. But, I would be glad to listen at what you’ve got to say.

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And I... It’s with the thought that I bring these Messages, from the... God’s Word, in my heart. It’s for the edifying of the Church, for all the Church, the Church universal; Christ’s Church, universal. And I certainly do believe that we’re living in the last day. And my endeavor-ance to explain this, and yet not try to make it, push it, one way or the other. I have never been guilty, as I know of, of doing that.

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Many times people hear from tapes, and they say, “Well, I disagreed with that. He just don’t know his teaching, doesn’t know the Scripture.” Well, that, that may be all true. See? I wouldn’t say that isn’t true.

But, to me, I-I study it, not taking any-any words... I read what other men has to say, and appreciate them. Everything that anyone says, I appreciate it. But then-then I take it to God, and I stay with it until I can explain it, from Genesis to Revelation, and then see it all hook up in the Bible. And then I-I know it’s somewhere near right. And, course, where you’re right, that’s just one place that I got off of the-the line at. And maybe where you’re wrong, or right, that’s where I got off the line, and vice versa.

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So, we appreciate all you fine people that’s here in the audience, this morning, and for you fine people who hears these tapes. And we... All that’s done, it’s all for the Kingdom of God. I have many fine friends throughout the world, that I appreciate so much, and believe that I’ll spend the... then Eternity with them. And it would not be in my heart to try to-to deceive those people, by any means, but to try to bring to pass everything that I can to help them.

I feel like Solomon did when he prayed, and said, give him wisdom that he might be able to lead God’s people. That’s my sincere prayer.

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My associates with me here, around, I see Brother Mercier, and-and Brother Roy Borders, and Brother Neville, and Billy Paul, my son. Gene is here somewhere, and the brethren, Teddy, and them. I appreciate all these people who come to help me.

I remember here not long ago, Brother Leo, a-a vision that he had; dream, he called it, one night when we first met; that he saw a great pyramid peak, way up in the air. And I was up there preaching, somewhere, and he climbed up to see what it was all about. And when he got up there on top this peak, why, he said, way off in kind of a silver-looking light, or like a platter, I was standing, preaching to the people. And he attracted my attention, and I looked around to him. And he said, “How did you ever get out there? How could I get out there?”

I said, “Leo, no one can come out here. God has to take a man here. Now, you’re not to come up here. You’re to go down and witness to those people down there, after you have seen it, that it’s the truth, that that is the truth.” Leo climbs back down, to witness to the people.

How long ago has that been, Brother Leo? Several years, hasn’t it? Several years. Since then, as far as I know, he’s been faithful in doing that, witnessing to the people that the ministry comes from God. Now, and I-I do not want it to come from me. If it is from me, then it’s no good, because there’s no good in a man. See? It has to come from God.

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Now, when I look around... Yesterday afternoon, I shook hands with my friend, Brother West. I haven’t spotted him yet, in the building; yes, I have now, this morning. And you know how far them people drive, all the way from down in-in Alabama, of a Sunday, to get here, from way down in Alabama!

Brother Welch Evans, I missed him last Sunday. Somebody said he was here today. Them people drive from Tifton, Georgia, to be here. And brother setting here, his partners. So many! Brother Palmer from Macon, Georgia. And I see, I believe, Sister Ungren and them back there. They’re all the way from Memphis, Tennessee. Now, you think... And others from other places. Just met a lady in here from over... way over in South Carolina.

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Now, you think that people here... I was looking over, from Chicago, and just different places, driving hundreds and hundreds of miles, just to attend the service. Then, when they get here, no room to set down. Not an air-conditioned room; an old hot building, to stand in, wiping perspiration. Taking the money from the table, from their children, to come here to listen to that Message. Mean to tell me there’s not a... beyond this stream, somewhere, that there’s a place they’re going, one of these days? Sure, there is. That’s faithfulness! Those people are tithe payers. Not only do they come, they bringing in their tithe and offerings, and bring it into the house of the Lord, trying to do what is right. God richly bless a loyal people like that! God’s mercy and grace be with them.

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I see my friend, Charlie Cox, those from down in southern Kentucky. And just everywhere, you look around, you see people from different places.

This young man sitting there, I can’t call his name. I met him in Chicago. But you’re from some Bible school away from here, somewhere, aren’t you? [The brother says, “Springfield, Missouri”] Springfield, Missouri; Assembly of God Bible school. Yeah. Well, fine. You see, they just come from everywhere, in this little bitty old church.

Just think, about, around thirty years ago when I laid the cornerstone that morning, I was standing over there on Seventh Street, one block away. I wasn’t even married yet, just a young man. And I seen a vision of people packed and jammed in here from everywhere. And I was so happy, standing behind the pulpit. And that’s when He told me, “But this is not your tabernacle.” And He set me down under the skies. And you know the rest of the story which is wrote on the leaf of the Bible laying in the cornerstone there.

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I’m so grateful for you people. I can’t... That, that’s so little, to-to just say, “Well, I’m grateful for you.” But I pray for you. I believe in you. I believe in your experiences of God. I don’t believe that a man or woman would drive hundreds and hundreds of miles to come here, to show what kind of clothes they were wearing. I-I don’t think they would do that. No. They wouldn’t come here just to be seen. They’re coming here because they are deeply and in sincerity for the salvation of their souls. My prayer is: “God help me, help me to just be at least half that sincere, to try to minister to them with all that’s in my heart, and looking to God.”

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The Message, you see, this morning, it’s drawed out here on the blackboard here. It’s just merely to make, to explain as I go along, to try to make that you might understand what I’m trying to speak of.

And this "Seventy Weeks Of Daniel" has been one great study, two days and two nights, almost, I’ve been, at the end of the week here, I been on it, trying to find what words to say for Truth. It’s got to compare with the rest the Bible. See? You just can’t take it, just one little Scripture and make a... an understanding, and then say, “Well, this is what this says,” and then turn around and say, “Well, but over here it-it says something else, contradicts this.” It can’t do that. It’s got to say the same thing all the time. If you don’t, why, that, then you’re-you’re wrong. And that’s the way I’ve tried to teach it.

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By the way, on the tapes, being it’s on the tapes. The greatest criticism I have on tapes, of my brethren out in the different parts of the world, is believing in the grace of God, that I teach the way I do, that, “We were predestinated before the beginning of the world.”

My Pentecostal brethren, of course, I know that your views are legalists, see, and I-I know it’s a little upsetting to your views. But would you, as a Christian brother, would you just give it enough consideration to get on your knees before God, with your Bible, and ask God to explain it to you? Would you do that? Would you take the legalistic point and try to make it connect from Genesis to Revelations?

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And, the "seed of the serpent”, that’s the killer. Many people don’t believe that. But, if you’ll just read in Genesis, the Bible said, that the serpent had a seed. “And I’ll put enmity between the serpent’s seed and the woman’s Seed.” So, the serpent had a seed. And if the serpent’s seed was spiritual, then Jesus was not a man, so the woman’s Seed was spiritual. They both had seeds, and the enmity is still there. The serpent had a seed. And if you’ll just take your Bible, and get down and be real reverent before God, I believe God will reveal it to you.

And if you do not understand it, I’m-I’m available, any time, to do my very best to help you, by letter or by... or by personal interview, or anything that I could do, to help you. Course, we realize that that doesn’t save a man, neither does it condemn a man, but it only brings Light upon the subject that we’re all trying so hard to get the people to see. See? It only brings Light.

Now, to the audience that’s visible, I said this because the tapes, you see, and these tapes go all... everywhere.

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Now, let us bow our heads just a moment, before we approach the Author of this Word. And how many in the audience this morning is needy, just saying, “I’m needy. O God, be merciful to me”? The Lord bless... And to those who will hear the tape, when you hear it, may God grant your request.

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Our Heavenly Father, we are a grateful people, yet an unworthy people. But we are approaching Thy throne of grace this morning, because that we have been bid to come. Jesus said, “You ask the Father anything in my Name, I’ll do it.” Now, we know that that is true.

And here in the audience, and out in the-the land where the tapes will go, there will probably be tens of thousands of borned-again Christians hear this. And we know, Father, that when we are borned-again, that our spirit is born from Above. It is the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit, upon us. And we realize that that Holy Spirit is all-powerful and can do anything for us that we desire to be done. Then, Heavenly Father, we would ask You to release our faith to that Spirit, that it might be able to secure for us this morning, and for the glory of the Kingdom of God, all these requests and desires, that we might be healed of our sicknesses and our afflictions, that we might serve our God with all that’s in us.

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Open up our ears of understanding today, and as I endeavor to bring forth this great question, and clear it in the people’s minds. Now, I have it written out here, Lord, upon paper, and also drawn upon this blackboard, this chart, but totally insufficient to explain it. Now we call on You, the great Master who wrote the Word, who inspired it, who gave it to the prophet Daniel. And we pray that You’ll send the inspiration this morning, in these last days, as He said the Book would be closed until this time, that You will open our understandings. And may there be a soft-bedded faith in our heart that’ll let the Word take hold and Life, and bring forth the trees of righteousness in our lives, that it’s intended to do. Our faith in God, may it secure that for us this morning. For we humbly wait now, and dedicating ourselves to Thee, in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Now, we are grateful for this morning, for the grand opportunity again, to open up these pages of God’s eternal Word.

Now, the reason that I have taken upon myself to try to explain this, is because of we’re going through the Book of Revelations, and we just come through the seven church ages. And then, at the end of the 3rd chapter of the Book of Revelations, the Church is taken from the earth, up into Glory. And I trying, with all my heart, to get this to the people, that they are expecting something to happen, that they see wrote in the Book of Revelations, when it was not applied in the church age. And we’re nearer the end than you think.

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A few nights ago, Billy, my... or, my daughter-in-law, rather, called me, way in the night, and said there was a man named Andy Herman, which is a cousin of mine, was laying, dying in the hospital. I went out to see him. They had doped him, I... so much, that he was asleep, and I couldn’t talk to him. The next morning... I asked God to keep him alive till I could. Andy is a good man, but he just wasn’t a Christian. He’s not an uncle, he’s a cousin, married a cousin of mine.

And then when Aunt Ade told me, standing there, she said, “Billy, all these eighty years of his life, he hasn’t served God. But,” said, “a few weeks ago he was setting in the house...” He, eighty years old, course, he doesn’t do much manual labor. But said...

He called her and said, “Ade, you know what? Christ came before me here, just a few minutes ago.”

She looked at him, said, “Andy, are-are... What’s the matter?” She said...

He said, “No. He stood right here before me, and He said something.”

Said, “What did He say?”

“It’s later than you think.”

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In a few weeks from then, two or three weeks, he was stroked and laying paralyzed yonder in the hospital, dying. I said, “Aunt Ade, shame on you for not calling me or somebody, to get his heart in condition for this hour that he’s now arrived at.”

I asked the Lord, the next morning, when I... He couldn’t talk, so I just asked him. I said, “Can you hear me, Uncle Andy?” And he-he could nod his head a little and move his jaws. I prayed for him, had him to confess his sins before God. I wanted to baptize him, and Aunt Ade wanted to be baptized.

And I went down the hall, to see a young lady that lives in the neighborhood here, that they was going to send to the mental hospital, and the Lord done a great thing for her, come home.

Then, on the road up, I met a colored sister, and she said, “Aren’t you Brother Branham?”

I said, “I am.”

She said, “You remember me? I am Mrs. Drye.”

And I said, “Yes, I believe I do. Pete Drye and them.” I said, “Yeah, I-I remember you.” She looked into the room, and when we did... I wondered why she said that. And, there, Uncle Andy done raised up in the bed, and setting up there, moving his hands and arms like anybody else, trying to get the thing, the bed thing down, so he could get out of there and get away. Now they’re coming to be baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus, he and his wife.

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So... but what I said that for: it’s later than we think. And I believe that this "Seventy Weeks Of Daniel" will bring it to our understanding.

Now, most of our Pentecostal brethren, which I said earlier on the tape, that they disagree with this. They’re looking for a great, powerful something to happen. And, my brethren, if you’ll listen real close, and not... and listen, you’ll find out that that great, powerful something has done passed. Jesus is ready to return.

The Church leaves on the 3rd chapter of Revelations. Nothing said in there about nothing, but just the last thing was the last messenger of the age. Then, we deal with the Jews until the coming again with the Bride, in the 19th chapter. From the 6th to the 19th chapter is all Jewish.

That’s where I want to get to my good brother over here during these Seals, Brother Wood, which was formally Jehovah Witness, he and all of his family, here this morning, that those “hundred and forty-four thousand” were not, had anything to do with the Gentiles. They’re Jews. See? And it isn’t the mystic body of Christ in the earth today.

The Bride is that mystic body. By the Holy Spirit we’re baptized into that mystic body.

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Now, we know that in the Book of Daniel here, where we been reading, we’ll just read again because it’s His Word. In the 9th chapter of Daniel, 24th verse:

Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression... to make an end of sin, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

25th verse:

And know therefore and understand, that from...

Now, that’s what we’ve been speaking on, and we ended up on that last Sunday night, “anointing the most Holy.” Here is where we begin this morning, on the 25th verse:

And therefore... Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to rebuild Jerusalem...

That’s “thy holy city,” see?

...unto... Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: and the street shall be built again, and the walls, and even in troublesome times.

And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with great flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

And...

Now, remember, that’s the end of the war. We have it on the board here.

And...

Now we’re starting something else.

And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abomination he shall make it desolate, even unto the consummation...

That’s, all.

...and that determined shall be poured out upon the desolate.

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Oh, what a lesson! I said to my wife the other day, “I wonder if the people are really getting it.” Now, I want you to get it. Don’t... If you, we have to stay here all day long, just stay. Now, we-we-we want to get it. See? We-we want to know that it’s Truth. And you, if you can just only see it! And I’ll ask, maybe...

And then, afterwards, I’m going to leave the chart hang here, and you-you can draw it out, afterwards. Come in here this afternoon, whenever you want to, and draw out the charts and so forth. It’ll help you to understand. That’s the reason I put it there, so that you would understand it.

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Now, let’s review just a little bit so we can get a base. Now there was... Daniel was concerned about his people, because he had read Jeremiah the prophet, and understood that Jeremiah had said that they would be in captivity for 70 years. And then, he seen then they had already been in captivity for 68 years, so he knew the time was at hand. So he set aside all of his work, pulled down, as it was, the shades of all of his daily tasks. Set his face to God, put on sackcloth and ashes, and went to fasting and praying, that he might understand when that time would be. Then we find, as I have stated before...

[Brother Branham speaks to someone on the platform.] Would you turn that around, over towards that way, just a little bit. The fan, it’s just a little bit too much. It makes me hoarse. Then... Thank you, brother.

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Now, that we find out that, Daniel, he wanted this information for his people. And I think, if Daniel, reading the prophets before him, and had this kind of an understanding, that he was near the end, and sought God, to find out how close the end was; then I think we’re justified, by seeing that we’re at the end of the road, now, put on not sackcloth and ashes, but throw off the things of the world, and our cares of this life; and seek God, to find out what day of the year are we in, because we see we’re at the end, and so that the Church will fast and pray and be ready. That’s why I have endeavored to take upon myself... Not knowing how to explain this, because I’ve bypassed it each time, and said, them "seventy weeks of Daniel”, because I could not understand it. And that’s why I’ve taken it upon myself now, to try to explain it. And I believe, by the help of the Lord, I can do it with His grace, to bring it to where, show you how close we are to the Coming of the Lord.

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Now, Daniel was just in two years. Then we find out, that, while he was in prayer, the Angel, Gabriel, rushed to him; and not only explained to him when his people were going out of captivity, but, also, all that was determined for his people, all that was yet left for his people. He said, “There is seventy of weeks yet left for the Jews.”

Then, we find, that He had a sixfold purpose. And one of them, was to finish the transgression; and-and to make an end of sin; to make reconciliations for iniquity; bring everlasting righteousness in; seal up the vision and prophecy; and to anoint the most Holy.

And we taken, last Sunday morning, Daniel in his condition down there, praying. Last Sunday evening, giving the Scriptures, so that people would read it when they got home. Did you read it? Did you like it? - Wonderful!

Now, the sixfold purpose. And we find out that, on this sixth purpose, “to anoint the most Holy,” we find out that “most Holy” always represented the Church, the Tabernacle. And the last thing was to be done, was to anoint the most Holy, that’s the Millennial Tabernacle that He will live in during the Millennium, that we’ll live in.

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Now, today, now we are approaching, “What is the seventy weeks?” And this is a very vital part, the 70 weeks.

Now, we know the Scriptures cannot lie. They have to be Truth. And if this angel Gabriel come and told Daniel that there’s only 70 weeks left for the Jew... Now, we would apply that to six-day... or seven-day week. But, in prophecy it’s always give in parables.

And so, no doubt that down through the age, there has been hundreds times hundreds of people, scholars, abled men, trying to explain what these "seventy of weeks" were. And I’ve read many of their commentaries on it. And I’m very grateful to Mr. Smith, of the Adventist church, for his views. I’m very grateful to Dr. Larkin, of his views. I’m grateful to all these great scholars, for their views on this. And in reading them, it enlightens me much, that I can find places that looks right. But to get the views that I-I thought that I would like to explain, I searched through the encyclopedia, of “time,” to find out what “time” meant.

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And we find out over here, we got “time, time, and dividing of time.” What is time? What is a week? Now, that’s been 3.430 years ago, since this was, since God started dealing with the Jews; many, many years ago. Daniel was B.C.... and that time was B.C. 538. 538 years before Christ, when he spoke this for “time, time, and dividing of time.” And, 70 weeks, look where 70 weeks would take him. Why, he was still in Babylon, in 70 weeks, and yet God told him that that was all the time that was determined upon the people.

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Now, my church here knows that all through the years I’ve always told you, “If you want to know what day of the week it is, look at the calendar. But if you want to know the time we’re living in, watch those Jews.” That’s the only timepiece... God lotted no-no certain times for the Gentiles; there was no certain space of time. And that’s where I think that many great writers mixed it up, and was trying to apply this to the Jew and Gentile, because He said, “Thy people.” But He was talking to Daniel, not to the Church; Daniel’s people, the Jew. If He was talking to the Church, you can’t make that run nowhere; you’re-you’re way back, even before the coming of Christ. It’d run out in any kind of prophetic weeks you wanted to put it in. It’s already run out. But He was talking to the Jews, so therefore the Jew is God’s timepiece.

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You remember here, not long ago, when Brother Arganbright, of California, the vice-president of the International Full Gospel Business Men’s Association, come to my house and brought a-a tape; and not a tape, but a-a movie film, that they... of "Three Minutes Till Midnight". That was taken on a scientific research. When I seen those Jews return in, back into Jerusalem, I come down here at the tabernacle, and I said, “I feel like I’ve had a re-conversion.” Many of you remember that. I said, “To see those Jews returning back!”

Jesus said, in Matthew the 24th chapter, “When you see the fig tree putting forth its buds.”, you know what to look for. See? - The Jews returning!

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Now, I’ve got some comments wrote out here. I would like to go into them. Now, now, I’ll-I’ll take my time, so that you can also write them out. Now, this all takes place, these... Now we... a... during the time that we’re in now, all this takes place to... it’s Jewish; nothing to do with the Church at all. Anything from Revelations the 3rd chapter, on to the 19th, has not one thing to do with the Church. You cannot make it come out right. It’s just not there.

Now I want to explain how I found this. Now, on the board, many of you will see, that I’ve got drawed out, spaced times, how that it comes into space, so that it could be made that everyone can understand. Can you... You can’t see it from the back, I suppose, it’s too small of writing. And that’s Becky’s writing. I thought... And, that picture, I had one worse than that. But, Becky drawed that, of the image of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. And I think it looks more like a girl, Becky, than it does a man. But, anyhow, it’ll-it’ll furnish the information, what we want.

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Now, if we read in the Bible that there is 70 weeks determined upon the people... Now, the... it has nothing to do with the Church. The 70 weeks has nothing to do with the Church. If you notice here, on the chart, I’ve got the church age in between those 70 weeks.

We got it over here. Some brother down in Georgia drawed it for us over here, as we went through the church ages. And we’re sure we can understand what this means. This white in the church here, that means it was all apostolic. And then in the second church age, they had the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, or, they had the works of the Nicolaitanes; it had not become a doctrine. The third church age, it become a doctrine. And in the fourth church age, it was organized, and it was the Roman papacy. And in the-the fourth church age, that was the dark ages.

You notice, all the darkness on there represents Nicolaitanism, or Romanism. The white part represents the Holy Spirit, the Church. And, as it was begin in Saint Paul’s time, all the whole apostolic Church was filled with the Holy Ghost. Then the aristocrats begin to come in. Then they finally consolidated and made a complete new church out of it. And just the little church was burnt, and stoned, and fed to lions, and everything.

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In the reformation come Luther, a little brighter, you see. In the days of Wesley, brought in a little brighter yet. But in the last church age here, the Nicolaitane church age, that’s the age that we... Not the Nicolaitane, but the Laodicean, that’s the age that we live in. You notice, there’s not too much Light.

Someone, when they seen the drawing of it up there, said, “Shame on you, Brother Branham! This great day of enlightment!”

I said, “I’ll imagine, when it’s sifted down...” [Brother Branham pauses.] “That doesn’t even do it justice; when you get the real pure in heart, born again of the Spirit.” Remember, this was the only church age that Christ was put out of His own church, of all of them. We got a great confession, but do we have a possession, is what we’re talking about. Is Christ really in the church? It’ll be very much in the minority.

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Now, now let’s outline Daniel’s seventy of weeks. Now I might repeat here again: ministers of the Gospel, if you disagree with this, all right. They are divided in 3 periods, as we find out in Daniel 9.

3 periods:

First: a 7-week period.

Then: a threescore and two, which is 62.

And then: a 1-week period.

They’re divided in 3 different periods.

Now, I’ve got it divided here on the board. The first period; second period; and to my understanding, by the Gospel, by the Holy Spirit, that, the end time, God returns again to the Jew.

Now, we know, by all the Gospels, that Paul taught, and the others, that God will return again to the Jews. Well, then, if He is going to return again to the Jew, how can we apply it back in Daniel’s time? We’ve got to apply it in this last age. And it’s after the Gentile Church has been gone, ’cause He deals with Israel as a nation, we as an individual.

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Now, I got some writing here that I’d like to read to you as we go by. Now:

...the going forth of the commandment to rebuild Jerusalem...

Which, was on the 14th day of March. If any of you want to put that down, in the Hebrew you’ll find it called N-i-s-a-n, Nisan, which means “March.” The issue was given on the 14th day of March, B.C. 445, the issue went forth to build, rebuild the temple. You understand it, as you people have read the Scriptures. Until it was completed, it taken 49 years to complete the temple and the city, to rebuild it. And as the Bible said here, Daniel speaking, or the Angel to Daniel, that:

...the walls, and it would be built in troublesome times.

And many of us remember, when it was built, they had a mortar block in one hand and a sword in the other, to watch the enemy.

...and it would be built in troublesome times.

So, here is where I find that... getting my days.

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Now, we got two, three different calendars. We go back to the old astronomy calendar, and we find out that in the Julian calendar there is 365 and 1/4 day in a year. They time that by the passing of Sardis and the different stars, and so forth. They timed it. Now we find, in the Roman calendar that we live under now, 365 days in a year, by the calendar. But in the Christian, or prophetic calendar, we find there is only 360 days in a year. Now, you might wonder how this confusion come about.

Now, this I can only say as myself speaking. I believe that back before the antediluvian destruction, back in the days of Job, and so forth, that they kept the time by the stars. And we understand, or back before that time, that the world stood upright. And then in the sin of man, the overthrow of the world, and it tilted and the floods came, therefore we have the great ice glaciers, and so forth, and all the top and the bottom of the earth is full of ice. We know that. And the earth does not set straight up. It sets tilted. That shook it out from where the moon and stars, where they was looking at, and misplaced then. Or-or, you could not keep time by it anymore, because it’s setting lopsided, setting tilted back. Therefore, it would not hit them stars at the same time, because it’s-it’s out of cater to them stars. You understand?

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I believe that’s what is... it’s laying back, in that condition. And that only shows that this is just a period of time. Can’t you see? God don’t have things out of cater. He’s just letting it run like that for a little time. And I truly believe that that thing was done.

And at this last days is when God is going to reveal these secrets to the Church. He hasn’t done it before. And the reason He hasn’t done it, is to keep the Church a watching and praying all the time, not knowing when it was coming. But you remember, in Daniel 12, He said, “The wise shall understand in the last, in this last day.” See? It’s been given to him.

The Spirit of wisdom comes into the Church, to make known to the Church, by the revelation of the Holy Ghost, bringing the Church in and revealing what day that we’re living in. Just the same as Gabriel come to-to Daniel, the Holy Spirit comes to the Church in the last days, to reveal these great, deep, secret things. Do you understand now? [Congregation says, “Amen.”]

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Now, that would knock out that astronomic year or the Julian year, calendar, see, the masonic year, because the world is tilted. We all know that, from study in school. And it’s out of cater, therefore they, them stars, wouldn’t pass in line of the earth at the same time. Therefore, the Roman calendar is wrong, too, because you cannot put together the days. There’s just many things that I could say right here: That we find out, by even nature itself teaches us, there’s only 30 days exactly in the year.

Now, let’s take Revelations where we’re going to have to go over here in the days of the two prophets. The Bible said, “They prophesied one thousand two hundred and threescore days.” Now, you take the astronomy calendar, it would sure miss it a long ways from being 3 1/2 years. And you take the Roman calendar that we have today, it would miss it a long ways. But you take the prophetic calendar, and there’s exactly 1.260 days, in 30 days to the month.

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See, we have 30 days in some months, 31 at the next, 28 in some. See, we’re all messed up. But God don’t have it jig-jog, up-and-down, back-and-forth. He hits it exactly the same. Yes, sir. Exactly the same, 30 days in a month; not 31, then 30, something else. See? But that was all done in the great economy of God, to keep the Church watching and praying, being ready, have your garments washed in the Blood of the Lamb. But, oh, in this last days, He promised! Uh-huh. Now we see where we’re living. Now, remember, the purpose, sole purpose, is to do this.

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Now, if there was 7... Look, there is exactly 49 days... 49 years, rather, in the time of the building of the temple. The "7" are 7 prophetic weeks. 7 weeks. Cause there is 7 weeks determined to the temple, to rebuild the temple. And it was built in exactly 49 years. Now we have the meaning of the time of weeks, ’cause if the Bible said, the Angel said, it taken 7 weeks until the building of the temple. And it was exactly 49 years building the temple, (from-from March the 14th until the B.C. 5... 538), until the temple was restored again, and the streets was restored. Exactly 49 years. So, what do we get? What do we get? For, if 7 weeks means 49 years, then 1 week equals 7 years. And 7 times 7 is 49. That’s exactly. There you are.

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So now, there’s no more guessing about it. We know now that each week meant 7 years. Have you got it? Let’s say it together. [Brother Branham and congregation speak in unison.] “One week equals seven years.” Now we know we got it. 1 week equals 7 years.

Here we are right here, the 1st week. [Brother Branham points to the blackboard illustration.] 49 years to the rebuilding of the temple. Now, this top line here represents the Jewish nation as it goes across. This is just time. And when it drops down here, it drops out of the Jewish nation, into the Gentile time. Then goes up again and catches Israel, and goes on.

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Now, Gentiles was not lotted any certain time. Just said, “Time of the Gentiles.” And we find out, even Jesus didn’t lot them a time. For we find out here, in Luke 21:24, He said, “They shall trod down the walls of Jerusalem until the Gentile...” Let me quote that. I’m quoting it just by memory. Let me read it, because it’ll be on tape here, and we want to be sure to get it right. All right, if you want to turn with me to it, on Saint Luke 21:24. I studied this clearly, as best I could.

And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away...

Who is He talking about? Jews. That was the destruction of the temple, in A.D. 70.

...and they shall be led away captive into all nations:...

Now remember, not just down in Babylon, not just over in Rome, but to “all nations.” That’s where the Jew is today, “all nations.”

...and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the time of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

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Then, there is a lotted time, but nobody knows when it will be. See? It’s a mystery, see, the Gentile’s time. But, Jews... Then, we cannot tell time by what the Church, whether it’s backslid or whether it’s going on, or what’s it doing. You can’t tell by that. But, look at the Jews, there is the time calendar. Do you see it? God did lot them exactly a day, hour, and time, but He never the Gentiles. He did the Jews, so let’s watch the Jews, then we’ll see where we’re at.

Now, now, the 7 weeks was 49 years. We got it clear now, that 1 week is... 1 week is 7 years; 1 week, 7 years.

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Now we are told:

...from the going forth of the commandment...

(Now, here is where the trouble come.) Now we are told:

...from the going forth of the commandment to rebuild the city to Messiah...

And Messiah was Christ, of course.

...shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks...

Making 69 weeks. See? All right. And 7 times 69 makes 483 years. Now, you’re getting it down? If you want me to run over it again, I’ll be glad to do it.

Now we are told:

From the going forth of the commandment to rebuild the city, to the Messiah, shall be seven...

7, that’s the 1st... 1st, right here.

...seven weeks, ...and threescore and two...

Make, 62 and 7 is 69, 69 weeks. 7 times 69 would make 483 years. Therefore, until the Messiah... Now we’re coming up to this part here. Until the Messiah, there’s got to be 483 years. 483 years.

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Now, now, Jesus, Messiah, rode into the city of Jerusalem, triumph, on the back of a white mule, on Palm Sunday, April the 2nd, A.D. 30. Jesus rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, A.D. 30. And now, now, from B.C. 445 to A.D. 30, is exactly 475 years.

But, as we have already seen, that the 69 weeks makes 483 years. Now, there is where the trouble comes, right there. See? We’ve got only, with the marking of the Bible here, time, only 475 years. And, actually, it’s 483 years, a difference of 8 years.

Now, God can’t make it miss. If He said it would be so many days, it’s so many days. If He says it’s so much, it’s so much. So what are we going to do? Now, the B.C. 475 to A.D. 30, are Julian or astronomal years, which are 365 and 1/4 day in-in each. But when we reduce them days to our prophetic calendar...

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Now, let me stop right here just a minute. That you might know beyond one shadow of doubt, I just wouldn’t take that one place. I can take it through the entire Scriptures and prove you that 7 days is... that 7... 1 week is-is 7 years, in the Bible. I just did it over here, in Revelations the 13 chapter, or 11th chapter and the 3rd verse. Them prophets will prophesy 1.200 and threescore days, which is in the midst of the last week of the Jews, then they’re cut off and the Armageddon sets in. Then if that be so, there it is again, exactly 30 days in a month. See? Then, it’s-it’s not no 31 days and 28 days, and so forth. It’s exactly 30 days in a month, each time.

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Our prophetic calendar brings us to 360 days, as we use now in the Scriptures. We have exactly 483. There it is, 483. Here we have exactly proof of the prophecy. Exactly the truth. For, from the time of the going forth to build the temple, until the destroying, when they rejected Christ and killed Him in A.D. 33, when Christ was killed, is exactly 483 years.

Now, from the going forth of the commandment to rebuild Jerusalem, was determined 7 weeks, which meant 49 years. And 49 years hit it exactly. Well, from the rebuilding of the temple to the Messiah, was 438 years, so... 400 and thir-... 434 years. And 434 times [and] 49 makes exactly 483 years. It hit it on the nose, exactly to the day, from day to day. Amen! There you are.

“Messiah the Prince shall come.” See? 7 times 69 is 400 and thir-... and-and 84 years. Exactly, it hit it on the nose. So, then, we know perfectly, we know exactly, that that Scripture is right. Here it is. But, you see, all these...

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When God had the antediluvian world and destroyed it by water, and changed the astronomy date. And then let the Romans come in and make up their calendar, which it hits and jumps, and so forth. And I guess, that, even in the encyclopedia, where I been reading...

Say, by the way, Brother Kenny Collins, is he in the building this morning? Kenneth Collins? - You know when you sent me that big bunch of encyclopedia? You remember that... you sent me over there almost a truck load of it. I thought, “What in the world would a greenhorn like me do with all of that?” You know, the Lord was leading you, Kenny. That’s where I got the information, right out of that old encyclopedia, “time,” and I was studying. And Becky uses them in her school. I got them down in my study, down in my den room downstairs. And we went down there and got it, and there we looked it up, and find it, exactly, through all the calendars and time that’s ever been. See? So, we got it.

There it is, exactly, 483 years. From the going forth of the commandment to restore the to restore the building, till the time of Prince Messiah was rejected, makes exactly 483 years, by the calendar.

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Now you see, we using this same calendar right over here. Because, if God used this calendar here, then He’s got to use it the rest the time through the Bible. Is that right? [Congregation says, “Amen.”] God doesn’t change. So, if 7 weeks was 49 years, 7 weeks again is 49 years. 1 week is 7 years, see, so it makes it just perfectly. And if it hit exactly to the dot there, it’ll hit exactly to the dot again. Amen! Oh, my! That gets me all stirred up. Oh, I-I love... I love to know what I’m talking about.

I-I-I love it, because... Like the old fellow said, down there in Kentucky, to me, said, “I like to hear somebody talk, who knows what they’re talking about.”

I said, “I do, too.”

He said, “That’s what’s the matter with you preachers, you don’t know what you’re talking about.”

“Well,” I said, “I appreciate your compliment, but there is some things we do know what we’re talking about.” Uh-huh. That’s right. I know that I’m borned again. I know that I’ve passed from death unto Life. I know there is a God, because I’ve talked to Him.

I’ve had Him talk through me, and speak with me, and speak to others, and tell me about others. And I know that He is God. That’s right. He was so nice to come down and let me have my picture taken with Him, where the scientific world can’t deny it. And I turn over to the Scripture and seen that’s just exactly to fulfill this church age, exactly what takes place, so that I know that we’re here. Amen.

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Now, we may not be educated. We may not be highfaluting people, and things like that. We may not be dignitaries, but we do know God. We know Him because there’s a Holy Spirit, see, and it compares with Word-by-Word through the Scripture. Then we know that it’s true. We’re living in the last days.

Now, there... Remember now, that this prophetic year of 360 days in the year... Look at everything else: Nature! If some of you people can understand, even to the women, so forth. See? - Thirty! 30 days. Just see it-it’s... All nature is set up like that. See? Not 31, 30, 28, or something. It’s exactly 30 days to every year, that’s the prophetic calendar, exactly 483 days [years].

Here we have the exact proof of the prophecy, (400 and-and 45 years before, was exactly correct), now, all that was prophesied to come to pass. And those 70 weeks never happened then, so it is left for the last days, now.

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Now, my Pentecostal brethren. Now, my Jehovah Witness brethren. Do you realize? Do you know where the 144.000 appeared? Do you know where all the great miracles of Revelation appeared? Over in the Jewish age! Not in ours! There is nothing recorded in it, just the Church getting ready and going out. Sure, with the power of God, we do miracles and exploits. We know that. But the real thing was over here to the Jews; I mean, the real, working power, miracle-working. The four...

144.000 don’t appear there. They’re over... They appear not in the 3rd chapter. They’re on over in the Scriptures, farther. And now we see that all this stuff was to take place, was over in this time of the 70th week, the last week. Now, if they’ve already had 69 weeks, and lived it exactly the way God said they did, and it happened exactly the way God said it would do, then there’s 1 more week promised to the Jews. Now, brethren, just get ready. See? See? Listen how close we are. Last week. 7... the 7th year.

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Now, does everybody understand up this far, if you do? Everybody understands up this far, that it’s perfectly the Truth. It’s the Bible. It’s the prophetic years.

Now we come up, and we got them up here to the rejecting of the Messiah, see, from the... to the rejecting of Messiah, the last week.

Now, I want to stop right here just a moment and explain this. That, when they rejected the Messiah, was, when they, of course, rejected Jesus as Saviour and crucified Him. Remember over here what the Bible said, “And He shall be cut off, but not for Himself, Messiah, the Prince.” Now think how close that prophecy hit. I want to get this drilled into you. That, if that prophecy hit exactly to the date, exactly to the time, and exactly the way it said it would; this other 7th... there's one 7 weeks left... one 7 years, rather, 7 days... 7 years, will hit exactly according to the Scriptures.

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Now remember, He was cut off: the Messiah. Jews... God ceased to deal with them. They did not go any farther. Then they were scattered by the Roman Empire. And, then, if you notice on my chart here, I want you to get this now and draw it. You notice here where I got the cross? That’s where they rejected... But the time extended out just a little bit farther on that, see. Why? 30, 40, 50, 60, 70. 40 years later, Titus, the Roman general, destroyed Israel (Jerusalem) and scattered the people to all the world. You see, Titus, 40 years later... So, actually, the Jewish time extended till the complete...

God wasn’t dealing with them. He only dealt with them until they rejected Christ. Then when they crucified Christ, they cried, “Let his blood be upon us and our children,” and it’s been ever since. But before they got scattered... Listen! Oh, brother! Before they got all scattered to all the world, it taken God about 40 years to tear up the temple and scatter them out to all the world. But God failed to deal with them anymore. God failed to deal with them anymore.

He went dealing with the Gentile. You know that, understand it now? Now, here we start in the church ages, the Gentile’s time, God away from the Jews.

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Now, my missionary brother, that was to-to-to the Jews, a precious dear brother here somewhere. Here is where I want you to catch and understand. See, God quit dealing with the Jews right there, because God always deals with Israel as a nation. We all know that. Israel is a nation. Gentiles are a people. And He had to take a people out of the Gentiles, for His Name. We’ll get to that in a few minutes.

But now, in this seven church ages that we have went through, in the Gentile time, from the crucifixion of Christ until the end of the church ages. Now we got that. We’ve been through it, all down. Now we’re getting to a place where we can hit this, go into the Seven Seals, Seven Vials, Seven Trumpets, and all that, and picture it together; all dealing with the Jews, and God’s judgment to the people upon the earth. And the remnant...

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Remember, in this great time of persecution, there is millions of Gentiles will die in that. That rejected bride, that-that remnant of the woman’s seed, sleeping virgin, she goes right through that. It’s-it’s just as clear as this seventy of weeks; just as clear. And they will go through it. So, if you haven’t got the Holy Spirit, you better get to it as quick as you can. We’re at the end time.

Now notice, seven church ages. Now, I won’t have to go through them, because we’ve got them on tape, and they’re being put in books and everything. That, that was the time that God never said there’d be so many days, so many hours, or so many years; He never said anything. He said, “Until the Gentile dispensation be finished.” Said, “Until!” The walls will be trod down until God quit dealing with the Gentiles.

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Now, we find out, that down through these ages, we had the Holy Spirit come in. And then God, back in the beginning, begin to tell then, at the rejection of Christ, God showed John exactly what would take place during the Gentile reign. Now, see, we haven’t got any limited time, like the Jews, but we got a sign. We got a... we got a sign post. Well, God did with the Jews just exactly what He said He would do, in them 69 years, or, it was 483 years, but 69 weeks. And 1 week left, 1 week is yet determined.

Now, we cannot apply it in here, ’cause this is Gentile, the Church. Now, how many understands that? [Congregation says, “Amen.”] Now, this is Revelations, beginning with the 1st chapter, until the 3rd chapter takes us over to Laodicea. Now, we see exactly how that it was all the Church, Church world itself. God never included the sinner, he just (’less he wants to get saved), but... The Church world was all white. Then come the Nicolaitanes who wanted to form an organization. The dignitaries got into it. This was at Nicaea, Rome, when they had the Nicene Council. And what’d they do? They organized the church, then they begin to persecute the Christians. Then, in the next church age, it almost... Christianity (in the way of the baptism of the Holy Ghost) was all wiped out.

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But then, that you people know, that I went back and got the history, the "Nicene Fathers", and the "Pre-Nicene Fathers", and all the histories of the church, and the most ancient manuscript that I could find, and every one of them proved to you that the Church, that God was talking about, was not that organized Catholic church or no other organization. God was talking about and all those great stars of the age were men who taught the baptism of the Holy Ghost, the baptism in the Name of Jesus Christ, and the coming of the Spirit of God, and-and speaking in tongues, and interpretation of tongues, and healing, and miracles, and signs. That’s what God lots. He can’t change His mind, say, “Well, this is my idea of a Church, the apostolic Church. Now my idea is a dignitary church.” God does not change! It’s still Holy Ghost.

And we watch and bring it, then, when we see God’s nature and what He... and then bring His Scripture out. And then take the-the history that shows it just exactly hit on the dot, exactly to the date, to the time, to everything that God said through John, would come to pass. It happened to that Gentile age.

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Now, we find ourself, beyond any shadow of a doubt, in the Laodicean Age. We know we are. We come through the Lutheran Age. We come through the Wesley age. Now we’re in the Laodicean Age, the last age. And we realize that each one of those churches had a messenger. We find out that. The seven stars in His hand, which was Seven Spirits that went forth before God. Each one had a messenger. And we come down and we find out, by the Bible, what the nature of that messenger would be, what was the nature of that messenger would be. And we pick up the man in history that had that nature. And then when we find that man in history, that had that nature, we come to find out he was the messenger to that church age. Then we find out what spirit... and what did that man do. And we find out that he was a Holy-Ghost-filled saint, Saint Irenaeus, and all those others, and-and Saint Columba’s, and all those men filled with the Spirit. And we know that, by the Scripture, that that type of Spirit was to be upon that type of man for that same time. There it is, so it can’t be wrong. Amen! Glory to God!

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That just... I don’t know, brother. That does more to me than anything I know of, see, because it’s God’s Word speaking itself. When I hear God say something, I say, “Amen! That’s true. That’s right.” See? That settles it. It’s all over. “God said so.” That, that does it.

Well, God said that would happen that way, and we found it in history and by the Scripture. We’d read of this church age, what it would do, what would take place, what kind of a messenger it was to that church age. “To the... to the angel of the church of Laodicea. To the angel of the church of Sardis, Thyatira,” all these different ones. And we go back in history and find out the-the messenger of that church, and we found out who it was. So then we drawed it out, put their names under it, and there they are. See, we know that hit exactly.

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Now... And we know that God was, always was, and always has been, and against organized religion. Yes, sir. He said it, “Nicolaitanes, what I hate!” Niko means “conquer the laity.” Laity is... the laity is, “the church, the body.” Niko means “to conquer, overcome,” in other words, “make a holy man, somebody above the other one.”

We’re all children. We got one King, that’s God. We got one Holy One, and that’s God. Amen! And He is in the midst of us, in the form of the Holy Ghost. That’s the Holy One.

Now, we come down till we are positive sure that coming through the-the Jewish age we got them 69 weeks exactly, by history, by calendar, by God’s prophetic year, bringing the history of the prophetic calendar, from the Old Testament over to the New, and showing it’s exactly the same. See?

Now we got the Gentile church from the beginning, down to the last day, and we know we’re living in the last day. [Brother Branham knocked on the pulpit several times.] Amen! You understand? [Congregation says, “Amen.”] ...?... [Brother Branham knocks on the pulpit once.] Now, then, if we are living in this last day, at the end of this age, then where we at?

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Notice, way back here, (You see this line drawed back in here, where God dealt with the Jews? ...or, never dealt with Jews?), it taken Him a long time to get them... It taken Him 40 years to get them into the condition to where that He could have them destroyed, to all the nations. All over, in the days of the Gentile, He had to get them in condition before He could make His Word come to pass. See what I mean? [Congregation says, “Amen!”] All that understands it, say, “Amen!” [“Amen!”] See, I want to be sure you get it.

Now what’s happened? Look up over the top of this last church age. See this little extension? The Gentile days are finishing. And for the last 40 years, the Jews has been returning to Jerusalem, going back to their homeland. Hallelujah! See where we’re at? It took 40 years, from the cutting off of Messiah, till Titus destroyed the temple and scatter the Jews. It’s been another 40 years that God has hardened the heart of all kinds of Pharaohs all over the place, and drove the Jews back in their homeland. But today they’re back in their homeland again, and the Church is at the end. Amen! [Brother Branham pauses.] Oh, I-I-I just trying to read; I can’t.

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