Good morning, beloved friends and brethren present, and those who are in different nations. Greetings to Missionary Miguel Bermudez Marin in Venezuela. May God bless you Miguel and may He use you greatly in His Work in this end time.
Also, greetings and congratulations to Reverend Andres Cruz Gallegos whose birthday was recently (I believe it was yesterday), may God bless him greatly and may He always use him greatly in His Work in this end time. And may He also bless those whose birthday is today, those whose birthday is this month, and those whose birthday is coming up this year, 2015; and those whose birthday has passed and to those who will have their birthday this year.
We always congratulate people for the new year of life they begin when celebrating their birthday.
On this occasion we read in Saint Luke chapter 21, verses 25 and on, and the Scripture says the following:
“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;
When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.
So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.
Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.
Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.”
May God bless our souls with His Word and allow us to comprehend It.
Our subject for this occasion is: “THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES.”
Just as when it’s time for people to sow, there are signs in the sky: the moon must be in a certain phase or cycle; there are also signs in the sky when it is going to rain: we can see that the clouds are full of water.
That is what Christ said in chapter 16 of Saint Matthew, and also in another one of the Gospels He spoke about this subject. They were able to discern the signs: when it was going to rain, they would see the signs in the sky, and also when it was going to be a warm day, and when it would be a fair day; but the signs of the times, of the times in which God would fulfill what He had said for every stage and age and dispensation... “The signs of the times,” Christ said, “you cannot.” They could not discern the signs of the Messianic times of those days, in that time. They could not discern that in that Messianic time promised for Israel, a man was to come forerunning the Coming of the Messiah, and it had to be Elijah.
When it makes reference to a prophet who has already come in the past, and it is said that he will come (or a man with that same name will come), it refers to another person in whom the same ministry that the Holy Spirit operated in that first man is operated again, but it is promised under the name of the first person in whom it was manifested.
Therefore, to forerun the First Coming of Christ a man was coming with the spirit and power of Elijah, who was John the Baptist, the third Elijah. The second Elijah was Elisha, who came with a double portion of the spirit that was in Elijah; he was the successor of Elijah the Tishbite.
Then that ministry continues to be operated by the Holy Spirit for the third time in John the Baptist, and then for the fourth time forerunning the Second Coming of Christ in Reverend William Branham, who was the prophet messenger with the spirit and power of Elijah to forerun the Second Coming of Christ. Therefore, just as he prophesied, said and taught what the Second Coming of Christ would be, that is how it will be fulfilled.
Therefore, we must be watchful as to how God spoke through the different prophets recorded in the Bible as messengers of God, and also as to what was said by the apostles in regards to the Second Coming of Christ, and what was said by the messengers of the different stages or ages of the Church, from Saint Paul to Reverend William Branham, among the Gentiles (in other words, the Church among the Gentiles), and what was said by the apostle Peter and other apostles among the Jews, where the Church was born; and the apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ were in charge of that stage preaching among the Jews.
Then, the Gospel passed on to the Gentiles through the ministry of Saint Peter when he visited the house of a Roman officer, from the Roman Army, where he spoke about the Gospel of Christ and he believed.
Then, through Saint Paul, the Gospel also traveled to Asia Minor and Saint Paul was the messenger of the Church among the Gentiles. Then the different stages of the Church continued to emerge, and God sent His different messengers in whom He placed the Word for every stage or age of His Church.
That Word was made flesh in the messenger when he received It, and then he would share It to the people, the people believed It and It would become flesh in the people as well. That is how it was from age to age and from portion to portion, fulfilling the promised Word for every age or every stage of the Church.
The ministry of Elijah for the fourth time was present in North America, in Reverend William Branham, operated by the Holy Spirit, the only one who has ministries and operates the ministries in each time, because He is the Angel of the Covenant among His Church just as the Angel of the Covenant was among the Hebrew people, guiding His people of Israel, and speaking to them through His different prophets, and also the judges.
And in this way, many stages were fulfilled until John the Baptist appeared with the spirit and power of Elijah preparing the way for the Lord, who would appear for the Age of the Cornerstone, the Golden Age, because He is the Cornerstone, the Capstone that would come to Israel in His First Coming and He will come to His Church in His Second Coming, because He always comes to the people who are within the Covenant that is in effect at the time of His Coming.
Just as there was a messenger with the spirit and power of Elijah forerunning the Coming of the Lord to the Hebrew people, there was also a forerunner for the Second Coming with the spirit and power of Elijah in the fourth manifestation of the ministry of Elijah in a man, and he was born and lived in North America, and traveled around the world seven or eight times, he traveled the world about 7 or 8 times.
He said: “I may not do it, but this Message will introduce Jesus Christ to the World.” [“Look Away to Jesus,” p.7, paragraph 52] because the Message foreruns the Second Coming of Christ.
If you’d like to know the details, look for them in the messages of the forerunner of the Second Coming of Christ. It is the only way in which you will be able to see Him in His Coming.
Those who saw Jesus being baptized, later acknowledged that He was the Messiah, because in John’s Message it was announced that the Messiah would come after him. And John said that He saw the Spirit of God descend upon Jesus like a dove, which was the sign God gave him, so that when he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove upon a man he would be baptizing, that would be the Man who would come after him.
In other words, John identified Him well when he said: “I saw the Spirit descending from Heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. He that cometh after me is preferred before me, whose shoe latchets I am not worthy to unloose: I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.” A baptism of Divine Fire, of Holy Fire, the Fire of the Holy Spirit. [Matthew 3:11.]
In the time in which Jesus was born, aligned stars appeared in Heaven, and therefore, there was a planetary alignment at that time, the sky was testifying that the Messiah was born on Earth. For two years the sign was appearing, the star that the wise men saw in the sky which guided them up to Bethlehem of Judea, to the house where baby Jesus was, who had been born about two years earlier.
Every time God is going to do something on Earth, first He shows it in the sky with those planetary alignments which appear before the eyes of human beings every certain period of time. Christ said there would be signs, where? In the skies, in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars.
Remember that the sun represents Christ, the moon represents the Church, and the stars represent the children of God. God said to Abraham that His seed would be like the stars from Heaven, meaning that God’s children are represented in stars, just as Christ is represented in the Morning Star as well.
In Revelation chapter 2, verse 28 and chapter 22, verse 16, we find that Christ says that to him who overcomes, He will give him the Bright and Morning Star. And in Revelation 22 verse 16 it says: “I am the Lion of the Tribe of Judah...” He says:
“I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.”
Christ is the root and offspring of David. Therefore, He is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. And He also says that He is the Bright and Morning Star. In other words, He is reflected, typified, in the Morning Star which is representing Christ when we see it in the sky every morning.
Christ is the Morning Star and Christ is also the Evening Star. Christ is the Star of the East and Christ is the Star of the West as well. Christ is the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last.
Christ, the Angel of the Covenant, is the One who fulfilled the First Coming of the Messiah veiling Himself in human flesh in a body called Jesus, a body God created in Mary’s womb, a life He created Himself in Mary’s womb, a cell of life, which was multiplied cell upon cell and thus forming Jesus’ body.
The Virgin Mary is the most privileged woman to ever live on Earth because in her and through her, for the first time, a child came through a woman by Divine Creation. That was how the sons and daughters of God were to come in the beginning, but it was altered and changed by the way in which a relationship is between a man and a woman. But God had the correct way for the human beings, through the Creative Word being spoken, as it happened with the Virgin Mary.
The Church is also reflected, symbolized in the Virgin Mary. And therefore, supernaturally, sons and daughters of God are born in the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ through the new birth. It is as simple as that!
At the Last Day, something great will take place with the Virgin-Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, something great, which will be the Coming of the Lord to His Church. That is the greatest event promised to the Church. Because at His Coming we find the Plan, the Program, for the faith to be changed and for God’s full manifestation in the midst His Church, and for the rapture or catching away of His Church to go to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb in Heaven.
The only hope for humanity is the Coming of the Lord in this end time. There is no other hope for humanity. Every day, things are getting worse on this planet Earth and there is no hope for humanity of a better future, except in Christ. Christ is the only One who promises us a glorious future in His Kingdom.
Therefore, it is important that we hold on tightly to Christ with the powerful hands of faith, just as Jacob held on to the Angel of the Covenant, who was Christ in His heavenly or theophanic body.
Christ spoke about signs in the sun, the moon and the stars, and we have been seeing them. In the past few days, a planetary alignment took place, and this shows us that God has something great to carry out on Earth in this end time. And here I have copies of what was published… We must be prepared because something major is fixing to happen.
Reading what Reverend William Branham says about these signs in the sky. I want to read to you what he says so that you have your eyes wide open in this time in which we are living.
In the time of Reverend William Branham there was also a planetary alignment, and he said: “What’s happened?” Page 27 [“The End-Time Sign Seed.” March 19, 1962]:
“What's happened? An infant church (Hallelujah.), a Bride, infancy, that the power of God has begin to fall on her. She's taking form: a Bride for this Bridegroom. That three stars meant His perfection of the Heavenly Father, of the trinity becoming One on earth among us, God's offices becoming one office. What happened now? It's the church of the living God coming together under the Word of God, and the astronomic heaven is announcing her approach. Amen. Might not believe that, but it's the Word just the same. Yes, sir.
What's happening? (I'm closing.) I might say this: friends, the church is coming forth. God's going to have a church without spot or wrinkle. And she's predestinated. God said so, He would have it.”
Here we can see the meaning of the planetary alignment in the times in which Reverend William Branham lived.
We also have another place where he says [“Communion.” February 4, 1962]:
“…When the five planets, Mars, Jupiter and Venus, and—and so forth, comes into their—their… They never have did it. Oh, they claim maybe twenty-five thousand years ago, but who was back there to know it? I predict that this has a spiritual application. I believe it's the coming in of the issue of God, that the great revelations of the Word will be opened during this time (…) I predict that there’ll be a change.”
Now notice, when changes from one age to another or one dispensation to another take place, or when God is going to send a messenger, a sign always appears in the sky. For the birth of Jesus, the Star that is called the “Star of Bethlehem” appeared; and many say that was a planetary alignment.
It is important to be aware that those signs in the sky are prophecies that are being fulfilled in our time, just as it happened in past times. It is therefore important to know what things are promised for our time, because that is what God will fulfill.
And if God is to fulfill those promises which will be of benefit to all of us, then these signs must appear in the sky, this planetary alignment with the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.
A change has been promised for the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ: a change of age, a change of dispensation, and a change of body as well, in other words, a transformation for those who will be alive at the time of the transformation, and a resurrection for those who died being born-again believers in Christ, and a catching away or rapture. All of that is in the Divine Program pertaining to this end time.
There will be a full manifestation of the power of God in the Bride-Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in the end time. The skies are testifying that God will do something great, just as it was in the time of Abraham, Noah also, Moses, Jesus, and so forth; something major, where God will glorify His Church, to take us with Him to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
But when the resurrection takes place, then the transformation of the believers in Christ who are alive will take place. We will see all the believers in Christ who have died when they resurrect glorified, and then we will be transformed. And then we will have the double portion: spiritual resurrection and physical resurrection for those who died; and for those who remain alive: the transformation which we are dearly awaiting, with a lot of love, and we want it to be soon so that we do not have to sleep (or die physically), but instead be transformed.
A change has also occurred in that we have passed from one age to another age.
All these signs in the sky, in the sun, the moon, and the stars, testify that something great will happen in the end time. Just something great happened two thousand years ago, and that was the First Coming of Christ.
We are seeing the signs in the sun, the moon and the stars; and we are seeing satellites too, which is also a sign in the sky. And we are also seeing UFO’s or flying saucers, which is another major sign in the sky.
Abraham’s experience when Elohim visited him with two other Angels, Gabriel and Michael... They were people from another dimension, and chariots of fire came, flying saucers. And one of them was Elohim: God in His heavenly body, materialized, so that He would be able to eat; as well as the Archangels, Gabriel and Michael, and they were able to eat. Then, they went to Sodom to take Lot out of there, because Gabriel and Michael had the commission to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah.
In other words, when these signs in the sky take place, there are blessings for the believers (like Abraham), but there are also Divine judgments appointed for the last days, for the Last Day, that will fall upon humanity.
For Abraham it was the blessing of the transformation, the rejuvenation of his body and Sarah’s body in order to be able to have the promised son: Isaac. And for us it is for our transformation and the resurrection of the dead believers in Christ.
That is why the believers in Christ do not fear death, because they know that they will resurrect at the Last Day, as Christ said, they will resurrect in glorified bodies, and they will be young throughout eternity.
Now, of all the signs that were seen two thousand years ago, the biggest one was the Messiah. Christ, the Word, the Angel of the Covenant, made flesh, made man, the Son of Man among the people who were under the Covenant relevant to that time, which had the promise of the Coming of the Messiah.
Back then, for Jesus to have appeared was the biggest sign, all other signs were indicating the Coming of the Messiah. The greatest sign from God is a prophet; that is why Christ would always say: “The Son of Man will do such thing. The Son of Man will do what is written of Him. The Son of Man will die, but He will be resurrected, He will rise on the third day.”
And the Coming of the Son of Man was the greatest sign they were seeing, the sign of God’s Kingdom among Israel. Their King was there, the sign that the Dispensation of the Law was approaching its end, it was in its final stage; and that is why the Messiah was present: because at the end of every dispensation, the Angel of the Covenant, the Messiah, appears among the people who are under the Covenant which was in effect at that time.
That is why just as the Hebrew people were awaiting the Coming of the Messiah, and He came and they did not know Him; the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, the One awaiting the Messiah... because the Church is the One under the New Covenant, covered with the Blood of Christ our Savior.
He comes to His Church in the Last Day, and He comes as it is promised in the Scripture, and after the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, He returns to Earth with His Church to start off the Millennial Kingdom, and therefore to sit on David’s Throne, which is the God’s Throne on Earth and the Kingdom of David is the Kingdom of God on Earth.
Something major is fixing to happen, and I think that it will happen sooner than we imagine. And so that you do not spend time calculating numbers and dates, I will not say it, so that you don’t have to write anything down.
Because it is one of the secrets… it is the secret of the Seventh Seal, which will be opened by the Angel of the Covenant as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, speaking to His Church with that Voice of the Seven Thunders, because the Seven Thunders contain the mystery of the Seventh Seal, the mystery of the Second Coming of Christ, and they contain the mystery of the faith to be changed, they contain the mystery for the rapture, and they contain the entire mystery of God’s Program relevant to this end time.
The Seventh Seal is the Coming of the Lord, the greatest mystery of all mysteries. It is even more hidden than the mystery of the First Coming of Christ, because in the First Coming of Christ they knew where He had to be born: in Bethlehem of Judea; and then God had to hide Him, because, notice, they already knew where He had to be born, they saw the sign in the sky, the Star of Bethlehem, and King Herod wanted to kill Him.
Therefore, the mystery of the Second Coming of Christ will be kept a secret until it is revealed when Christ leaves the Throne of Intercession, takes the Title Deed and opens it in Heaven, the Book sealed with Seven Seals, and brings it to Earth to His Church and gives it to the appointed person who must be a dispensational prophet.
And from that moment on, there will be more blessings for the Church from God to be fulfilled. It is a mystery but it will be revealed to His Church. And that will give her the faith to be changed and taken with Christ to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
Therefore that planetary alignment is announcing that something major will happen in the Divine Program. That is a mighty sign that we cannot ignore in this end time.
“THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES.”
We have seen the budding of the fig tree: Israel, another sign. We see other nations in the Middle East and in other continents that are also budding, because they are being established as free nations.
We also see the situation of the world, which is like in the days of Abraham and Lot. And Christ said that the Coming of the Son of Man—the Day when the Son of Man will be manifested—will be as in the days of Lot or the time of Lot, like the times or time of Sodom and Gomorrah. [Luke 17:29.] We have been in that time for a while now. But the important thing is that it is the glorious time for the Coming of the Son of Man.
And I told you… so that you don’t have to write it down, I will not tell you too much about these things, but I will tell you later on. But at least in the fulfillment of the Tent Vision, there we will know what we yearned to know so much, which will give us the faith to be changed and taken with Christ to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
The Mighty Angel that descends from Heaven in Revelation 10 crying as when a lion roars—which is Christ, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah—will speak to us the content of the Seventh Seal; He will reveal the Seventh Seal to us.
The revelation contained in the Seven Thunders of Revelation 10 is the revelation of the Coming of the Son of Man, the Coming of the Lord to give us the faith to be changed and taken with Christ to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
All of that will be opened in the fulfillment of the Tent Vision that Reverend William Branham had. Therefore, we pray so that the Tent Vision is soon fulfilled, and for God to show us, reveal to us, open the Seventh Seal to us, and so that our faith increases up to the maximum level, where we will have faith to be changed and taken with Christ to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
Let us hold onto Christ our Savior tightly, because soon the Tent Vision will be fulfilled, and everything that has been promised will be fulfilled. Therefore, we expect to be changed soon and taken with Christ to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
Pray a lot, and with faith, for the prompt fulfillment of the Tent Vision that Reverend William Branham saw.
We are anxious for its fulfillment, because in its fulfillment we will receive the faith to be changed and taken with Christ to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
If there is anyone who has not yet received Christ as their Savior, you may do so at this time and we will be praying for you so that Christ receives you in His Kingdom, forgives you and with His Blood cleanses you from all sin, and you be baptized in Water in His Name, and may Christ baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire, and bring forth the new birth in you, and thus you will have your Eternal future secured with Christ in His Eternal Kingdom.
Those in other countries or nations can also come to the Feet of Christ, so that Christ may receive you—so that you receive Christ as your Savior and Christ receives you in His Kingdom.
We have been seeing the signs Christ said would be fulfilled in the time for the Coming of the Lord. They are all fulfilled. And we await His Coming so that He may open the Seventh Seal to us and give us the faith to be changed and taken with Christ to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
Let us stand up to pray for the people who are coming to the Feet of Christ, here and in different nations.
With our head bowed and our eyes closed:
Heavenly Father, in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ I come to You, bringing unto You all these people who are receiving Christ as their only and sufficient Savior, here in Puerto Rico and in other nations. Receive them in Your Kingdom, I pray to You in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Now repeat this prayer with me:
Lord Jesus Christ, I heard the preaching of Your Gospel and Your faith was born in me.
I believe in You with all my soul, I believe in Your First Coming, and I believe in Your Name as the only name under Heaven, given unto man whereby we must be saved. I believe in Your death on Calvary’s Cross as the Sacrifice of Atonement for my sins and those of every human being.
I acknowledge that I am a sinner and that I need a Savior. I give public testimony of my faith in You and Your faith in me, and I receive You as my only and sufficient Savior.
I pray You forgive every sin I have committed, and cleanse me from all sin with Your Blood, and baptize me with the Holy Spirit and fire after I am baptized in water in Your Name, and may You bring forth the new birth in me.
I want to be born in Your Kingdom; I want to live eternally with You in Your Kingdom. Make a reality in me the salvation You purchased for me and for every human being on Calvary’s Cross. I pray to You in Your eternal and glorious Name, Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Now, those who have received Christ as their Savior on this occasion, here and in other places, will tell me: “I want to be baptized in water in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, because He said: ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.’ [Mark 16:15-16.] When can you baptize me?” That is the question from the bottom of your heart.
Since you have believed in Christ with all your heart, you may indeed be baptized and may Christ baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire, and bring forth the new birth in you.
Water baptism is a commandment of the Lord Jesus Christ, it is typological. In other words, in water baptism, the person identifies with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection.
Water does not take away sins, it is the Blood of Christ that cleanses us from all sin, but water baptism is a commandment of the Lord Jesus Christ in which we identify with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. That is how simple the typology of water baptism is in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, you may be baptized, and may Christ baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire and bring forth the new birth in you. And we will continue seeing each other throughout eternity in the Kingdom of our beloved Lord Jesus Christ.
I leave Reverend Jose Benjamin Perez with you to let you know what to do to be baptized. And in every nation I leave the minister to do in the same: to indicate to those who have received Christ at this time what you must do to be baptized at this time, there, in the country where you are.
May God bless you and keep you and continue having an evening filled with the blessings of Christ our Savior.
Until next Friday and Sunday, God willing.
“THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES.”
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