Archive for August 2011

Up2Date IV (Instinct)

(63-0607)  BE NOT AFRAID (TUCSON, AZ)

“When Billy and I flew into India, just recently, they had a piece of paper. It’s a bilingual country. And said, “The earthquakes must be over. The birds are returning back.”
Now, India, they don’t have these fine woven fences like we have. They pick up rocks and make their fences, and build their houses, and most of them. And for a day or two, all the little birds that lived in these rocks flew away, and went out. They wouldn’t come back to the rocks, back to their nest. And then what happened? All the cattle that used to come in the–in the evening, when the sun would be hot, and they’d stand in the shadow of these walls, to keep cool; the sheep; they wouldn’t do it. They got right out in the middle of the field and stood against one another.
They thought, “That’s strange. What’s happened to them?”
And then, all at once, an earthquake swept the country. All the walls fell down. And then it was down for two or three days, the earthquakes. Then, all at once, what was left standing up, the little birds begin to come in again, come back. They said, “The earthquakes must be over.”
Don’t you see, friends? The same God in the days of Noah, who could take the birds and the animals, and put them in the ark of safety, away from destruction, that same God still can warn the bird. And the bird only has instinct to go by. If the bird, by instinct, God warning him to get away from the big, falling walls, surely, that by the baptism of the Holy Ghost, that we can get away from these big old walls that’s being traditions that’s built around us, and get out there, if we have to stand, one against the other, and keep in the shadow of the Bible.”

The following are excerpts from an article we found on the Discovery News web-site:

The Smithsonian National Zoo put out a comprehensive list of how animals at the zoo reacted to Tuesday’s 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered in Virginia. Here’s a look at how they responded…”

Great Apes
* The earthquake hit the Great Ape House and Think Tank Exhibit during afternoon feeding time.
* About five to ten seconds before the quake, many of the apes, including Kyle (an orangutan) and Kojo (a Western lowland gorilla), abandoned their food and climbed to the top of the tree-like structure in the exhibit.
*  About three seconds before the quake, Mandara (a gorilla) let out a shriek and collected her baby, Kibibi, and moved to the top of the tree structure as well.
* Iris (an orangutan) began “belch vocalizing”—an unhappy/upset noise normally reserved for extreme irritation—before the quake and continued this vocalization following the quake.

Small Mammals
* The red ruffed lemurs sounded an alarm call about 15 minutes before the quake and then again just after it occurred.

Bird House
* The Zoo has a flock of 64 flamingos. Just before the quake, the birds rushed about and grouped themselves together. They remained huddled during the quake.

The Body Of Christ Q&A

We have been receiving more, and more e-mails to our blog@twomessageministers.com account. Many are prayer requests, some are encouragements to ‘keep up the good work’, some are requests for advice, and counseling, and some are Scriptural, or Message-related questions.

Last night I responded to one of the Scriptural questions we received recently, and thought it was worth sharing as a ‘Bible Study’ post for those who have had (or been asked) similar questions.

Q. (paraphrased)

If God was in Christ, and Christ was the body of God; does Christ in us mean (that) a body dwells within us? Also, does “by one spirit we are baptized into one body” means, we get into a body?

A.

I trust that yours is a sincere request in search for truth, and not simply a mocking question of unbelief.

Either way I will try to answer your question to the best of my ability, as I set aside a little time away from my family to follow up on a few ministry-related e-mails.

II Timothy 3:16 tells us that “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness“.

I believe that if you can take the time to study the Scriptures, and ask God to reveal them; you will find that they do not contradict one another. They dovetail perfectly together if you will set aside carnal thinking long enough to take an honest, open-hearted look at them.

I Corinthians 2:13-14 reads: “We speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

You have asked a Scriptural question, so I will do my best to give you a Scriptural answer.

Jesus tells us in St. John 4:24 that “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”

God is a Spirit. You cannot see a spirit, you cannot kill a spirit. Jesus even says in St. Luke 24:39 (referring to His earthly tabernacle), “Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.”

Because man had fallen into sin there had to be a yearly sacrifice made to atone for those sins, but the blood of bulls & goats could not permanently rid sin (Hebrews 10:4), so there had to be a pure, sinless, Holy sacrifice made, but there was no one found who was worthy (Revelation 5:2-9).

God was the only one who was worthy, but He could not die as a spirit, so He created a body in the womb of Mary that would be born a virgin birth as promised in Isaiah 7:14. Colossians 2:9 explains that “in Him (Jesus) dwelleth ALL the fulness of the Godhead bodily.”

All that God was He poured into Christ. The body of Jesus was a tabernacle that God dwelt in to be a tangible being that could be seen, and touched (St. John 1:1), and could die to rid sins for all those who would accept His sacrifice.

Jesus told His disciples in St. John 6:53, “Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.” Many of his followers left him because of this saying (St. John 6:66), because they thought he was speaking literally, and that he was a cannibal that wanted them to eat His literal flesh. Had they only asked Him further, or waited until they could have received the spiritual discernment to understand they would have seen He was referring to Communion / The Lord’s Supper (I Corinthians 11:24-26).

It seems that you are thinking along the same carnal lines of those who left Jesus in St. John 6:66 (a physical body inside of a physical body). This is similar to how Nicodemus misunderstood Him when He told him, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus thought He was literally saying that a man had to “enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born” (St. John 3:1-10).

Jesus told His disciples in St. John 14:18-20, “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.” A short while later we find in Acts 2:1-4 (after the physical body of Jesus had ascended into Heaven in Acts 1:9) we find that He sent The Comforter to 120 of them in the upper room (Acts 1:15), and filled them with the Holy Ghost.

The same Spirit (the Father) that dwelt in Christ (the Son), was now dwelling in His people (in the form of the Holy Ghost just as Jesus had promised). “I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.” The same Spirit / Person in three different offices (or attributes).

It wasn’t an actual body living inside of Jesus, but it was the fulness of the Spirit of God dwelling in an earthly tabernacle / body. So is it not the physical body of Jesus living inside of our physical body, but a portion of that same Spirit (God’s Life) that dwelt in Him in fulness, dwells in each individual who receives the Holy Ghost.

Romans 12:5 says, “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.”

If you read all of I Corinthians chapter twelve with an open heart it should help explain this thought more thoroughly. The spiritual body of Christ has many different offices & gifts (apostles, prophets, teachers, preachers, evangelists, singers, workers, etc) but if each member has the Holy Ghost they are all performing some work for God as part of His spiritual body.

I hope that my response has helped you to understand what you are questioning further. I would not be able to see the continuity of the Scripture in this way if it had not been for the fulfillment of Malachi 4, Revelation 10:7, Matthew 17:11, and Luke 17:30 as God has allowed to be fulfilled in our age through the humble ministry of William Marrion Branham.

Thank you for your inquiry, and may God bless you, and reveal to you the answers you are searching for.

Bro. Nathan Bryant
Co-Founder & Co-Author
Two Message Ministers
blog@twomessageministers.com
www.twomessageministers.com

Ridiculous

How is your life viewed by others? Do most people find you normal? Do you “fit in” with relative success, no one really seeing the effects of your Christian walk?

I’d like you to stop and consider a few Bible characters for just a moment. Consider Moses, he fit in for such a long time in Egypt, yet when he finally stood for God, he was viewed in a different light. When the commission to serve God really came forward, it was ridiculous to the Egyptian mind.

“Why would someone give up the chance to be Pharaoh, to lead an oppressed people out into the wilderness?” Ridiculous! Then he turns around 40 years later and goes to take over the world power of the day with a stick in his hand!

Of course we all know how ridiculous Noah looked when he began to do something for God. “It’s never rained, and you’re building a boat on the top of a mountain. Ooo-kay!”

Of course, we could talk about Abraham going to offer Isaac on top of the mountain, Gideon paring down his army to 300, Shamgar attacking 600 philistines with a farm implement, little David taking on big Goliath or apostles staggering around like drunk men on the day of Pentecost. The list could go on and on.

What do all of these have in common? From the outside looking in, they are quite ridiculous!

I CORINTHIANS 3:18-19

Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.

For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

So, I ask again. How is YOUR life viewed by others? Do they find you a little odd? Quirky? Ridiculous? They should. All throughout the Bible we find such instances. If the world looks at our lives and sees nothing strange, then I wonder what kind of lives we are living?

Bro Branham says:

“You know, sometimes when you get persistent and hear the Voice of God, it makes you do things ridiculous to the carnal mind. You act strange, funny. You’re an odd person.” (62-0719E PERSEVERANT)

He also said:

“Faith finds a source that others don’t see. Faith finds a source that others can’t see it. Faith is ridiculous to everybody but God and the fellow that’s got it. It’s ridiculous to everybody besides God and the person that’s got the faith. Now, it’s all–it’s all–it’s a surety to them. It’s a sure to God, and it’s a sure to the person that’s got it. But the rest of them thinks they’re crazy. Always have.” (62-0719E PERSEVERANT)

So, do the people at work find you crazy? Perhaps they find you praying at lunch time. Perhaps they find you in a corner reading the Word with tears streaming down your cheeks at break time.

How about the people at your church? “Man, that brother/sister just LOVES everybody. They’re always happy. You can’t get them to say anything negative about nobody.” (Unfortunately, many people conclude that person is just wishy-washy, but that’s a topic for another post!) The spirit of Christ in you should have SUCH POWER that you would LOVE the unlovable. You would love the ones that talk bad about you. You would press in to the Spirit even when all others have given up. That sounds ridiculous to far too many!

Are you ridiculous? Are you serving Him? Are you displaying Him? Your faith in action should be ridiculous to the carnal mind. If your faith is not in action click here!