Welcome back, in this second sequel, we want to talk about the Voice of the Archangel and the Trump of God quite extensively, to fill up the gap in the second sequel.
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 1Thess. 4:13-16.
A time came in the church in Thessalonica when people were dying, and Paul had to write to them to console them, this brought about the above text. Paul was making them understand that even in death, there is hope for those who died in Christ -in Christ actually -not in your church. Considering that he achieved what He promised us -died and rose again, there is such a glorious hope for those who died in him, so much that not even the saints who are alive can prevent them. There is a message that will awaken the dead in Christ, and there is a message that will transform the living saints.
As we earlier discussed, neither is the fivefold ministry the Voice of the Archangel nor has the message of the Shout expired. The fivefold ministry is the continuation of the Shout -to balance the message into God’s church. God is still in the program of turning the heart of the children to their fathers. When it will be time for the fulfillment of the Voice of the Archangel, it will be over for the message of the Shout.
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: Ephesians 4:11-13
This is what the prophet said when he was answering questions on the seal.
194. Would the Bride of Christ have…? Would the Bride of Christ have a ministry before the Rapture?
233 Sure. That’s what’s going on right now, see, the Bride of Christ. Certainly. It is the Message of the hour, see, the Bride of Christ. Sure. She is consist of apostles, prophets, teachers, evangelists, and pastors. Is that right? That’s the Bride of Christ. Sure. She’s got a ministry, great ministry, the ministry of the hour. It’ll be so humble.
63-0324M – “Questions And Answers On The Seals”
Rev. William Marrion Branham
The Voice of the Archangel and the Trump of God
And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire: And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth, And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not. And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: Revelation 10:1-3
The Mighty Angel is the very personification of Jesus Christ, He comes as such to claim his possession, and crying with a loud noise in heaven, seven thunders will utter their voices on earth. We have earthly angels and heavenly angels. Before any message is preached on earth by earthly angels, the heavenly angels would have first heralded it in the Spirit. Heavenly angels work hand in hand with the earthly angels. Do you think you have an angel? I’m glad to tell you, yes, you do; everyone does. Let’s prove that a message will first have to be heralded in the Spirit before it can sound on earth.
And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. Revelation 14:6-7
They don’t need the everlasting gospel in heaven, but this flying angel is seen preaching the everlasting gospel because there must be an angel first before the earthly ones will catch the anointing. When that angel heralds it, the 144,000 Jewish servants of God will catch the anointing and they’ll preach the everlasting gospel to the Jews. The same is this Mighty Angel. When He cries with a loud voice, seven thunders will catch the revelation and begin to minister something to the living saints, but what they’ll utter, we do not know, because it was sealed up. God commanded John not to write it. Meanwhile, what the living saints need then is the transformation of their body, while what the dead saints are expecting is resurrection -this is not the same thing. Therefore, 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 has two fulfillments: the dead will be raised incorruptible -resurrection, and we (living saints) shall be changed -transformation.
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 1Cor. 15:51-52
God has everything at hand, all it takes is for you to trust and obey, following as He leads. You should pray now, you should fast now; in this period of the Shout, trim your lamps, put your life in order, grow in God’s perfecting, strive for mastery, and do thy diligence, this is the time to do it. At the time of the seven thunders, it will no longer be by power or might but by His Spirit. God will completely take over His own, and they’ll be ready for the rapture. Hear it in Zachariah 4,
Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts. Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it. Zachariah 4:6-7.
When Jesus rises as the Mighty Angel, he held a little book in His hand. The book wasn’t little because of the size of the Mighty Angel, contrary to some people’s opinion. Mightiness is not by size; it is by position. The Mightiness of Christ is His position, and the book is little because it is the seventh seal -the last of the seven seals. That seventh seal is what holds the mystery of the seven thunders, which is not written in the Bible, therefore, we cannot say that the seventh seal was opened by the prophet. That book was seen in Revelation 10:1 in the hand of Jesus Christ. He had given the prophet the privilege to reveal six of the seals to us, but the seventh was kept secret until Christ’s coming. The seventh seal holds the mystery of His coming.
For each seals, there must be an opening. You don’t have to open the whole seven seals to know what each says. For each seal, there is a phenomenon that will fulfilled -it is the mystery of redemption. Note that the seven-sealed book is just a metaphorical explanation, there is no literal book in heaven. You cannot know the content of the first seal until it is opened, and it is like that for every other seal. If you read Revelation 6, you will discover that six seals were opened, and for those six seals, God revealed them to the prophet, Bro Branham. But the seventh remains sealed up. No one will open it but Christ Himself. The opening phase, revealing phase and fulfilling phase only applies to six of the seals now, not the seventh.
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It is necessary to say at this point that, when it comes to the seals, only the prophet has the say, because he was the one that seven angels came to, not you, not anyone else. Thereefore, amongst men, he has the authority. You should read the sermon books to know what he says, otherwise, you’ll be claiming to be in the message while you’re not.
Finally, God has His time, and gently as the true shepherd, He is leading His sheep forward, but you have to, with faith and patience follow Him to obtain the promise, those who have succeeded in the journey did the same. Do not let anything take you away from God, don’t be in haste to prove a point that doesn’t exist. Don’t run with head knowledge, if there is anything you need to beg God for, it is that you should be filled with the Spirit of God, when you are filled and you follow Him as He leads, there is no way He will forget you when He comes to collect His people.
Shalom to you in the name of Jesus Christ.