(Preached on Sunday morning, April 25, 2010, in Adjamé, Abidjan – Ivory Coast)
1 May God bless you! I come to the questions! ... Brother Philippe, if a brother or a sister is travelling for one reason or another, when can he be a member of the assembly of the place that he frequents?There is no time or reason, everything will depend on him. Whatever the duration, he will make the choice according to his will.
2Well, the second question is this: Brother Philippe, can a brother whose wife is not submissive or does not believe the Message hold a responsibility in the congregation?Yes Brother, he cannot be a pastor or a preacher but he can do another task. And concerning the responsibility of pastor, I specify that a brother who is guilty of sexual sin or who, after his baptism has not been honest in the tithes and offerings, can no longer be a pastor, even if he set himself in order. Brother Brice Erold of France, when coming to the Message, had come with his two-year’s tithes and offerings that he had kept. He was not attending any church and yet, he kept his tithes and offerings. Several people, when coming to the Message, tell me: “Prophet, I did not attend any church but I used to put my tithes aside. What should I do?”And how can a person, after the baptism, fail to pay the tithe and then later become a pastor to receive some tithes? No Sir. That is not possible. [Ed: The congregation says, “Amen”].
3 And I specify that for every responsibility, the brother’s wife, if she is a sister, has to certify before the congregation that her husband is worthy to carry it out. Thus, when the Message is accepted in a church, that is what will be done. A leader on behalf of all, will review all those who have a task before the congregation, beginning with the pastor, the preachers and others. He will first address his wife saying: "Sister so and so before God and before men, do you certify that the brother is worthy of the task we entrust to him?" And she will raise her right hand and say, "Yes, I certify that he is worthy!"and the congregation will also be addressed to ask for if the congregation attests that the brother is worthy of it. But contrary to the reply of the congregation, she does not need to give any reason as soon as she says that the brother is not worthy, he must immediately sit down. She is the only person from among you who is in the secret and intimate life of the pastor, preacher, elder and others. If this one has impure things or does unworthy things, she knows it and if she betrays the congregation, she will have to account for it one day before God. And if she also comes to confess it one day, the congregation cannot pray for her. And then, after her, the leader will say to the congregation:"Is there anybody in the congregation who does not agree that the brother does this task?"He that raises his hand has to give a good reason; otherwise the congregation will pray and the leader will come to the next one. But someone from another assembly can intervene and the Brother will be deposed because we form the same body in Christ. Year after year, this is not renewable except after a very serious mistake. But I think that when a pastor has led you to the Message of your time, it would be good to have him as the pastor again, if possible. [Ed: The congregation says, “Amen”].
4Now another question: Brother Philippe, when the Lord Jesus-Christ says that among all those born of women, there is not a greater than John the Baptist, is He Himself included?Yes brother! That is why he specified saying "among all those born of women ..."because He was not born of a man and a woman but only of a woman. John the Baptist is the greatest of the priests because he presented an eternal sacrifice, that of a spiritual Lamb that came down from Heaven and as a prophet, he presented the Lord Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh, whereas all the other prophets presented Jesus Christ in the written or spoken form.
5 But notice that the Lord Jesus Christ says that John the Baptist is the littlest in the Kingdom of the Heavens, yet the Kingdom of the Heavens is the prophet! You see? If we stick to his ministry as a prophet, he is the littlest but as for the priesthood, he is above all, including the prophets! Service in Christianity consists in two things: the prophet messenger and the priesthood. Aaron is the father of the priesthood but John the Baptist is the greatest of all the priests as Matthew 25:6 is for all the prophets according to Revelation 12:14 because he reveals Christ. These are the two ministries which are particularly linked to Christ. [Ed: The congregation says, “Amen”].
6Well, now I inform you that the invitations are being forwarded and by early June, our brothers who are abroad will start coming to Ivory Coast for their baptism and consecration. They have to come before shots burst out here again. It is Gabon that will set the tone! There will come people from the whole world. There are Lambs with repenting hearts that are coming! And there will come from everywhere, white and black people, righteous and unrighteous persons, good and bad persons, men of all races of the earth. All what you have to do, it is to spread this Message everywhere.
7 Brethren, flood the earth with the midnight Cry preachings! Whether written or in audio and be pure of the blood of the sons of men! Find a small opportunity and send a preaching according to your choice into the phone of a friend so he may know what God is doing in his generation. Any elect has an obligation to do that. Your friends, relatives and all your acquaintances have to know the Message, because it is their right to know what God is doing in their time. [Ed: The congregation says, “Amen”].All the elect in this generation will come here to the midnight Cry. All the virgins of William Branham who are still alive in this hour of midnight will come here while Pentecostals who followed him, the descendants of Azusa Street will remain there, looking for signs!
8 There is one of them who wanted me to give him a sign to show that I am a true prophet. He was fixing to get married. He had started the procedures! And I said to him: If I am a true prophet, let your marriage with that girl named Martha never take place. I shut that in the Heaven and on the earth in the virtue of the mission that I received on April 24, 1993. This is the miracle that I give you. And it is now two years. And after calling all the fires of Baal upon me, he talks about taking me to court for that. You see? Yet, he wanted a miracle ... They do not understand anything! [Ed: The congregation says, "Amen!"].
9 Recently, the brothers had a meeting with some Muslim leaders. Those Muslims understand the concept of a prophet better than any Christian of those churches ... They know that a prophet does not have to come and repeat what is already written in the Bible! They told the brothers: "a messenger (rassûl) is a prophet to whom a Message has been revealed that is a shari`a which makes the preceding one obsolete. But a nabi is a prophet who has no Message, no book. In the Quran it is said: "laysha kula nabi rasul, wa lakin kulu rasul nabi" which means "any prophet is not a messenger but any messenger is a prophet". And they eventually admitted that I have got all the aspects of a rassûl! But this, Catholics, Protestants, evangelicals and Branhamists do not know it. It was the first time those Muslims met such people! And I told the brothers: Leave them alone, it's not yet time for them.[Ed: The congregation says, “Amen”].
10Well, now I want to talk about Daniel 7: 13 ... In the Old Testament, God sent many angels to Israel and when He sent an angel and that angel completed what he had been sent on earth, the redemption for which He sent them was not yet acquired. He sent another and then another until He Himself took a body to come down on earth because He Himself is the Angel of God's Covenant with Israel. But He is also the Angel of God's Covenant with the nations that is why, after the seven angels, He Himself came to earth! [Ed: The congregation says, "Amen!"].
11 Daniel said: "I saw in the night visions, and behold, there came with the Clouds of Heaven one like a son of man, and he came up even to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before Him." Amen! Daniel 7:13. One like a son of man! "And there was given him dominion, and honor, and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall never be destroyed."[Ed: The congregation says, “Amen”].
12 Far back, in the Old Testament, in the book of Esther, He appeared after the seven chamberlains of king Ahasuerus had failed! When the seven stars in his right hand failed, He came Himself because He is the greatest of the stars, He is the Star of David, and you know according to Revelation 11 that He will show Himself as the bright and morning star with Asia and the Arab nations before Israel with Elijah and Moses! Amen! When Balaam said a star would come out of Jacob, that star was not Paul, Irenaeus, Martin, Columba, Martin Luther, John Wesley or William Branham but the Lord Jesus Christ Himself!
13 Look on the cover of the book, there are only seven stars according to the Branhamists but at midnight, we can see that the great eagle who carries them in his wings is, Himself, the great star! Amen! After the four living creatures of Ezekiel 1, a fifth living creature comes out upon the Clouds of the Heavens. He has the ministry of Jesus! Amen! Apostle John on the island of Patmos says: In the midst of the four living creatures, a fifth living creature was there as slain. It was Him who came down on April 24, 1993 with the mystery of the unknown tongue. He came and preached it on earth! Amen!
14 Look at Daniel 7:13-14, the Ancient of days was sitting there with his seven elders before him! And He said: Who can unveil the devil and put an end to the seduction that is reigning on earth? Paul said: "Here I am Lord, send me!" Then Paul was purified, made white and refined and sent as a leader on earth with the Word, Paul was sent with signs and wonders with the seal of infallibility to perpetuate the Bible! He completed his mission and was gathered with his Lot. And behold, seduction was still on earth! God sent several other angels and behold, the land was still corrupt, the devil had organised his children and had invented and perfected new methods of corruption and sin. And the Ancient of days sent another prophet, then another prophet, then another one, then another one, then another one up to the seventh ... When William Branham was up there, in the presence of God, he could clearly see the devil. He could see him in his languages, his movements, his hideouts ... but once he came down, everything became blurred! As an eagle, he unveiled the devil hidden in Catholic, Protestant and evangelical churches and when the devil got into his King James Bible, he could no longer see him! Suddenly everything was blurred! He picked up, shook and looked into everything but there was no devil ... he had picked up, shaken and looked into everything, including the pulpit, except his King James Bible. And God called him back; he also slept with his people!
15 And when Daniel saw that God had sent the seven elders, the seven angels who are the seven stars in his right hand and that after that the Branhamists also went on dividing into "ism" and "ism", and rejoiced despite that, Daniel became sad and Daniel wept because of what the William Branham’s posterity had become. But a Word came out saying: "Do not weep Daniel..." And Daniel said: "I saw in the night visions, and behold, there came with the Clouds of Heaven one like a son of man, and he came up even to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before Him." [Ed: The congregation says, “Amen”].Daniel 7:13. One like a son of man! "And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom,that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his Kingdom that which shall not be destroyed" It is Revelation 5:4-5. You see?
16 And that's what happens here in Revelation 12. John saw the great eagle giving his two wings to the Bride of Christ on earth. [Ed: The congregation says, “Amen”].When Isaiah said that mountains would be made plain, this was fulfilled without any earthquake. [Ed: The congregation says, “Amen”].Who is this one who gives his two wings to the Bride of Christ on earth? The Bible says that John started to worship him and William Branham said he would be a glorious character, that is to say the manifestation of Christ because there is glorious but Christ; and where is He? Manifested in simplicity before you. [Ed: The congregation says, “Amen”].
17 Now notice this: four living creatures here on the Right hand, in power of God and four horsemen there in the right hand of the devil! And when you see the four horsemen of the seven seals, know also that there are four horsemen who are the seven messengers of God! And after that, the great horseman Himself appears in Revelation 19! Four living creatures then the Lamb with the little book; four living creatures then the Lamb with the unknown tongue. Seven heavenly angels then the Angel of Jehovah in the Old Testament! Seven princes in the Heaven who see the face of the king Ahasuerus, that happens in the Heaven but on the earth, there are seven chamberlains and after the seven chamberlains, another chamberlain, Hegai under the impulse of the same seventh heavenly angel who is Memucan!
18 Now, who is this eagle? This eagle is the great eagle that holds the seven stars! And we can exactly see there, on the book, the imprint of the seven stars of the Lamb! ... Where do they come from? Where does this Cry that stirs up and awakens those virgins come from? William Branham, in the preaching: "Spirit of truth," that he preached on January 18, 1963 in Phoenix, Arizona, said in Ref. 43: "It may be my going-home time. It looks very much that way. If it is, there will rise somebody after me, that'll take the Message on. He'll be an odd person, but he'll rise after this and take the Message on. And you listen to it. As long as it's Scripture, stay with it." Amen!
19 William Branham said: "an odd person", someone who does not come from his Message but who will come from somewhere else, outside of the evening time Message. [Ed: The congregation says, “Amen”].So it will not be a Branhamist because the Bible says that all the ten virgins grew heavy, slept, including the best and the most spiritual among the Branhamists. Including Ewald Frank, Alexis Barilier, Barutti Kasongo, Donald Parnell, Pierre Kas ... It will not be among all those. But an odd person who shall come from somewhere else to do that and the wise and prudent and even the foolish virgins shall come forth! And they will say: Amen! And I received the call and commission and everything before I could hear for the first time the name of William Branham. Why? In order that the Scriptures may not be confused, because the Cry should come from somewhere else. [Ed: The congregation says, "Amen!"].
20 The ministry of William Branham, it was nothing other than a pontifical ministry between Pentecostalism and the midnight Cry! And now Branhamism is like a Pentecostal sieve in the hands of the Almighty God who sent the midnight Cry. Each preaching of the midnight Cry shakes that Pentecostal sieve. And if a camel can pass through a needle's eye, you Branhamists will pass through if you are really a chosen one. [Ed: The congregation says, "Amen!"]. And he that can understand, let him understand!