“Let’s dramatize just a moment, so you get the picture“.
– Rev. William Marrion Branham
The following is a little drama that I felt inspired to write many years ago (February 11th, 1998). I hope the little thought that the Lord laid upon my heart during that time will be a blessing to you as you read it. ~ Bro. Nathan Bryant
“But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee.
And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.
Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.”
Our drama is set right around the time of the flood.
God told Noah, “Build an ark”, but He didn’t tell him to go collect the animals. The animals came on their own.
The flood was coming. Noah had preached it, and now it was right at hand. There [were] going to be two of every animal (one male, and one female) [to preserve life].
[There had to be a group of snails] living in Noah’s time [who were overcomers].
Now the horses could run, and the birds could fly (making pretty good time), but these little snails [would] have to crawl every inch of the way.
That’s like the bride. Some people are [granted eternal life after the second resurrection because they are] kind to the bride [St. Mark 9:41, Church Age Book p278], but [the true Bride of Jesus Christ will] have to crawl every inch of the way [overcoming] the devil’s temptations and torments [on every hand].
[These little snails would have to make it in] the ark, or their entire species would be wiped off the face of the earth forever.
After a few days this group of snails [were] just like Israel in the desert (murmuring and complaining).
After a few weeks almost half of them had given up [with all kinds of excuses].
“I just can’t do it.”
“I can’t live that kind of life.”
“It’s just too hard!”
But one little snail looked over at [one of those] hypocrites and said, “But God said He would never give us anything too hard [I Corinthians 10:13]. He [will] provide a way!”
“But if only two are going to make it what chance have I got?”
That same Godly snail looked over and [quoted St. Matthew 22:14], “Many are called, but few are chosen”.
“But I just don’t have the strength to go on. We may not even be going the right way…”
[One other faithful little] snail looked over at him and started singing, “I know the Lord will make a way for me. I know the Lord will make a way for me. If I live a Holy life, shun the wrong, and do the right; I know the Lord will make a way for me!”
Oh, it made those other snails so mad. These two (no matter what the situation was) always had a scripture or a song, and they always seemed so happy! Even though they were just as tired as the others, they pressed on to the mark of the high calling [Philippians 3:14].
[Some of those make-believer snails] tried to change God’s Word a little bit.
“Well, what if He didn’t really mean [literal rain]?”
“What if we’re doing this for nothing?”
“What if there is no [ark]?”
Those chosen snails looked at [them] and said, “If God said It, I believe it. I’m standing on It, and claiming [It]. Praise God! Every promise in the book is mine!”
[The vast majority] of the snails gave up, or died in the journey, but these two ‘Predestinated Snails’ pressed on because they had the faith to accept the Word, and apply it to their own lives.
[It would not have been enough for them to simply say they believed Noah. They proved they really did believe his message by making themselves ready (Revelation 19:7).]
Now in the last days (right before God closed the door) the sun was beating down. [Those two little ‘Predestinated Snails’] were in an awful state. The [doubting] snails that had given up were making fun of them, [and] trying to get them to [quit].
One of [those] ‘Predestinated Snails’ turned to the other and said, “Resist the devil, and he will flee” [James 4:7]. The other one [shouted], “Praise God!”, and they kept on.
After a while the other snails [gave up trying to bother] them, and went away.
[As they came over that final hill] they could see the ark sitting there. Praise God! We’re almost that close today. “Lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” [St. Luke 21:28b].
They had just enough time to make it in before the door was shut.
If God knew the snails were predestinated to be there before the foundation of the [world], how much more [does] He know that we’ll be there?
If we’ll just press on (and not just read the Word, but write our own names in there and apply it to our own lives) then we’ll be able to make it in before He shuts the door, just like ‘the predestinated snails’.
“Someone said, “Well, there’s no need in me trying it. Brother Branham said there’s only going to be one saved out of Jeffersonville.” See? Now, see, it’s showing a parable. That–that–that isn’t… That–that isn’t it. There might be thousands saved. I don’t know. I hope every one of them is saved (See?), but I don’t know. But here’s the way I want to believe it: I’m that one. You believe the same for you. If you don’t, then there’s something wrong with your faith. You’re not sure what you’re doing.” ~ Rev. William Marrion Branham (63-0324M)
[“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”]
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