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Thought Of The Day: Modest

In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array.” (I Timothy 2:9)

modest [adjective]
1. having or showing a moderate or humble estimate of one’s merits, importance, etc.; free from vanity, egotism, boastfulness, or great pretensions.
2. free from ostentation or showy extravagance: a modest house.
3. having or showing regard for the decencies of behavior, speech,
    dress, etc.; decent: a modest neckline on a dress.
4. limited or moderate in amount, extent, etc.: a modest increase in salary. (dictionary.com)

Up2Date: Government Shutdown

“Well, listen brother, don’t you fear about Russia coming over here and whipping us. We’re whipping ourselves. That’s right. Our own morals are degrading us. It isn’t the robin that pecks on the apple that hurts the apple; it’s the worm at the core that kills the apple. That’s—that’s where it’s at now. Termites, they’re eating our nation’s foundation out.” ~ Rev. William Marrion Branham (51-0722A)

Is Facebook wrong?

In the age we live in we are faced with questions that no other age has been faced with. As technology increases at a faster and faster pace so do the temptations that come with it.
On one hand gambling, pornography, worldly music, movies, and every type of filth imaginable are easier to access than they have ever been.
On the other hand the text and audio of the Bible and the Message are more accessible and easier to search than ever before. Keeping in contact with believers from around the world is easier and less expensive than ever before.
Some claim that all social media is ‘unedifying’, and a ‘sin’. Some have even preached that the Internet in general is “the mark of the beast”. While I doubt most who genuinely feel this way will ever read this blog post, it does raise questions about what is right and wrong.
“If there’s a question in your mind, there’s got to be an answer somewhere, to answer back to that question. My prayer, is, God let you see that question answered during this time.”
~Rev. William Marrion Branham
 65-0217 – “A Man Running From The Presence Of The Lord”
“Now, if it is a Bible question, then it should have a Bible answer. It should not be able to come from a group of man, from any certain fellowship, or from some educator, or from some denomination. It should come straight from the Scripture, where God’s meeting place is, of worship.”
~ Rev. William Marrion Branham
65-0220 – “God’s Chosen Place Of Worship”
“The first question tonight:
Q. Brother Branham, I think television is a curse to the world. What do you think about it?
Well, ever who wrote it, I’m going to agree with you. They have made it a curse to the world. It could be a blessing to the world, but they’ve made it a curse. Anything like that, my dear people, is what you look at yourself. If television is a curse, then the newspaper is a curse, then the radio is a curse, and many time the telephone is. See, see, see, see? It’s what you make out of it.”
~ Rev. William Marrion Branham
59-1219 – “Questions And Answers On The Holy Ghost”
The Apostle Paul said, “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.” ~ I Corinthians 10:23
Some things that are not a sin for one person could lead to sin for another. Restaurants that one believer may frequent and enjoy without a second thought could be an area of temptation to another who is struggling with memories of alcohol or cigarette addictions.

Dozens of similar examples could be provided that might be a stumbling block to one person that would never be a problem or even a question for someone else.

Can we promote the Internet or social media in general? No.

Can they be used for a good thing? Yes.

The same keyboard, Internet connection, etc that could be used to cheat on your spouse or spend your life savings in gambling debts could be used instead to listen to a sermon, fellowship with believers from around the world, or share quotes and Scriptures to witness and encourage.
The motto from millions of gun owners is that guns do not kill people, but rather the people who use them inappropriately. The same applies to this line of thinking: It is not the keyboard, the Internet connection, or even the social media site that forces people to do the wrong thing; it is what the individual user does with it.
Should you proceed with caution? Absolutely.
Should you get away from whatever form of media is becoming a stumbling block or an addiction that steals your time away from God and your family until you can become a mature enough Christian to know how to use it correctly? Most Definitely.
The problem is that most are either so liberal that they run headlong into anything that comes along, or are so legalistic that they put a stamp of ‘sin’ on everything. It’s hard to group an entire medium into a blanket statement of ‘right’ or ‘wrong’. That’s why God sent us the Holy Spirit; to lead us and guide us as to whether we should or should not do something, and whether or not it is a blessing or a cursing to us.
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth.” ~ St. John 16:13
Recent studies show that too much social media is a cause of depression, and that social media was connected to one out of three divorces in the UK. Just like the television, or the Internet, social media is used for bad more often than not.
I left social media personally because it was a time-waster, and it had become too depressing to see so many of my friends publicly falling into sin. If you are on social media I would recommend extreme caution on the amount of time, types of conversation and content you are participating in.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” ~ Phillipians 4:8

May God continue to lead you and guide you to the Truth,

~ Bro. Nathan Bryant

Memorial Day 2013

“I hoisted the flag. I was with them when they hoisted the flag on Guam. After thousands of American soldiers give their life, and when that little group run up there and throwed the flag up, I was identified at that raising of that flag; every one of us was. All American citizens was identified with that flag hanging over Guam. When I heard that they had put that flag up there, tears run down my cheeks. That was me. That was you. That meant us all, when we was identified there with that.”
~ Rev. William Marrion Branham (64-0411 – “Spiritual Amnesia”)

Good Friday 2013

Some 2,000 years ago an innocent Lamb, Who had been slain before the foundation of the world, submitted Himself to take our shame and reproach, burying our sins in the sea of forgetfulness, purchasing our salvation with His Blood, and our healing by His stripes.

O, what a Saviour!
It’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming!

“But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”
~ Philippians 2:7-8

Up2Date: Trying To Destroy His Influence

They hated Him because they were jealous of Him. That’s the only reason. They were jealous. They were trying to destroy His influence before the people, the same as they’re doing now. They, if they can just in-… destroy the influence of the Message before the people, then they’ve got the thing whipped.”
~ Rev. William Marrion Branham (62-0601)

Brother Branham made this statement in 1962, but these words are sadly true again today.

He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes; Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.
~ Psalm 105:14-15

50 Years Ago Today

Pope Benedict XVI will be resigning today at 2PM EST making him the first pope to resign for almost 600 years.

The following link shares another important event that happened 50 years ago today:

https://branham.org/20130228_TheCloud

“Behold, he cometh with clouds;…
Now, how is He coming? “With clouds.” What kind of cloud? Clouds of glory. Not one of these thunderheads, rain cloud, but clouds of glory.
You’ll watch what kind of a cloud He was enshrouded in when Peter and them saw His vision on Mount Transfiguration, a cloud overshadowed Him. His raiment shined. He was enshrouded with a cloud, the power of God.”
~ Rev. William Marrion Branham  “The Revelation Of Jesus Christ” (60-1204M)

Should A Christian Go To Church?

In June of 2012 I preached a sermon that asked the question,
Should A Christian Go To Church?‘.

This seems to be an ongoing question that people to continue to find excuses around, but let’s take an honest look at the what the Bible, and the Message say (since we claim those are our Foundation).

#1 It was Jesus’ custom to go to church
And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up: and, as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.” ~ St. Luke 4:16

#2 It was Paul’s manner to go to church
Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews:
And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures
.”

#3 It was Brother Branham’s custom to go to church
61-1224  SIRS.WE.WOULD.SEE.JESUS_  JEFFERSONVILLE.IN
it’s my custom to go to church somewhere on Sunday, if I possibly can.

64-0216  IDENTIFICATION_  TULARE.CA
If you don’t have a church, you must; see, you’ll die, spiritually, you’ll just dwindle away.

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Then how can you say you can stay home and be just as good a Christian as you would be at church? You can’t do it.

63-0728  CHRIST.IS.THE.MYSTERY.OF.GOD.REVEALED_  JEFFERSONVILLE.IN
Don’t stay home. If God is in your heart, you can’t hardly wait for them doors to open out yonder, to get in here to fellowship with your brothers. If you don’t, don’t feel that way, then I tell you, it’s time you got to praying.

60-0304  THIRSTING.FOR.LIFE_  PHOENIX.AZ
And this little deer will get out to itself, away from the herd. That’s the one the wolf works on. And to you, old man or woman, when you separate yourself from believers… People say, “I can stay at home, be just as good a Christian as I can at church.” You can’t.
The Bible said, “Not forsake our assemble ourselves together, and that much more as we see the time coming.”
If you’re a Christian, you long to go where other Christians are, and fellowship with other Christians. So you cannot stay away from church and live the same life. You–you can’t do it, because it’s like, “I–I–I–I’m hungry, but I’ll never go to a table. I just… I’ll never eat. I just–I ain’t going to do it.” See? You’ve got to go and feed on the Word of God, and fellowship one with another.
We need one amother–another more now than we ever did need each other, is now. When you get yourself singled out from the rest of them making yourself just a little different, you don’t want to associate with them because they believe this, and don’t want to associate with that, you’re getting on dangerous ground, right then, keeping away from church. Find the one of your choice, and remain there, and be a Christian brother to all of them. That’s the way to be a real Christian. Then we’ve got fellowship, protection; people love you and pray for you
.

64-0823M  QUESTIONS.AND.ANSWERS.1_  JEFFERSONVILLE.IN
And you go to church; don’t set at home, go fishing, and hunting, and things like that on Sunday.
You say, “Well, I’m not a legalist.”
Well, you’d better be in that manner for a while, dishonoring the resurrection of Christ. You go to church somewhere.
If I–if I went… If I couldn’t get… If I went to a certain church that I know there’s only one thing them people ever said that I believed–they said they believe Jesus was the Son of God. They said it (I doubt it), but I’d go hear them say that. Maybe you say… That’s this church, maybe the next church would be something like the Baptists. They say, “Yeah, I believe you have to have an experience.” I–I’ll go with them that. Then I believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God; I believe you have to have an experience. All right.
Then maybe there’s the Assemblies of God. Now, they believe… See, I–now I can eat about three or four slices of bread with them (See?), ’cause they can believe

64-0830M  QUESTIONS.AND.ANSWERS.3_  JEFFERSONVILLE.IN
And now, remember, go to church somewhere, some place. If… I–I could call a certain denominational church, but I wouldn’t do it, because this church, only thing I know that they teach that I believe is, they say they believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Well, I do that. All their other teaching is… They believe in–in remissions of sins is by water. Now, it isn’t the oneness; they do the same thing, but I’m not talking about them. They believe that–that regeneration by water, and so forth. And I don’t believe that. And they, oh, they believe if anything’s got Divine healing in it is of the devil. And they believe in all… They’re the only–they’re the only thing that there is, and the only thing you have to do is just put your name on that book. And if you ain’t got it there, you’re lost. Now, I don’t believe that. But if there was no other church to go to (I wouldn’t go there critical.), I’d go there with the intention of my presence, and me setting by somebody, that the Christ that was in my heart might influence somebody there. Go among them, but don’t be partakers of their unbelief.

They did ask Brother Branham in Questions and Answers (64-0830M) if tape services sufficient IF there was “no preacher” where they lived“. He said, “That’d be fine”, but we must keep in mind that is the exact same sermon as the quote prior to this paragraph, and that the condition was if there was ‘no preacher” where they lived.

Multiplied hundreds of Message believers who claim that they “just say what he said” completely ignore, and refuse to believe and accept quote after quote, and Scripture after Scripture admonishing them to go to church, and assemble themselves with other believers. They do not have solid quotes or Scriptures to support this line of thinking, but simply state “that’s just what we believe” regardless of the fact that it is anti-Word.

The Bible tells us in Proverbs 29:18a: “Where there is no vision the people perish“.

It is hard for me understand a vision of the future for the spiritual well-being of the large number of families who sit isolated in their homes listening to tapes, or streaming their favorite preachers with no worship service, no pastor, and no fellowship with the rest of the Bride. I cannot believe this was the desire of our prophet-messenger, or the perfect will of our Lord Jesus Christ by anything that either of them left for us in the Word.

The Prophecy Of The Popes by Saint Malachy

With the recent announcement that Pope Benedict XVI will resign as pope on February 28th I have seen a lot of ‘buzz’ circulating via social media, text, news, etc of ‘The Prophecy Of The Popes’ by Saint Malachy.

The first publication of these prophecies appeared in 1595. This publication was written by Benedictine Arnold de Wyon, but he attributed them to Saint Malachy (a 12th century archbishop).

Many of these prophecies were vague to say the least, but the current focus is on the fact that the next pope is predicted by Malachy’s prophecy to be the last pope who will see the destruction of Rome:

The following is the English translation of this specific prophecy which was originally written in Latin.

In the extreme persecution of the Holy Roman Church, there will sit Peter the Roman, who will pasture his sheep in many tribulations, and when these things are finished, the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the terrible judge will judge his people. The End.”
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prophecy_of_the_Popes

I’m reminded of another prophecy by a vindicated prophet of God. Brother Branham is quoted frequently as referring to a “pope out of America“. This would fit well with the recent predictions by the news media that the next pope will come out of Africa or Latin America, but that is not what he said.

I believe, one of these glorious days, when this united confederation of church goes together, and the new pope is brought out of the United States and put over there according to prophecy, then they’ll form an image like unto the beast. And I tell you, the true Church of God will be drove together.”
~ Rev. William Marrion Branham
54-1219E – “Acts Of The Holy Spirit”

I felt led to write this article to caution against putting too much confidence, or focus on these prophecies of St. Malachy. If the next pope does not come out of the United States you will find yourself out on a limb, and have to decide whether you can admit that you (and St. Malachy) were mistaken, or if you will cling to your own understanding of St. Malachy’s prophecies, and declare that Brother Branham was incorrect instead.

This is the problem we have seen so frequently; people get out on a limb with their assumptions of how a vision or prophecy will be fulfilled, and then have too much pride to admit that it was their own understanding which was incorrect. This leaves them with no option but to submit that Brother Branham or the Bible must have been wrong instead.

I pray that I never have so much pride that I cannot admit when my own understanding is wrong.

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
~ Proverbs 3:5-6

That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.”
~ Ephesians 4:14-15

Pope To Resign On 50th Anniversary Of Cloud Picture

Pope Benedict XVI has announced that he will be resigning on February 28th. This is the first time a pope has resigned in 600 years. That date will also mark the 50th anniversary of “The Attraction On The Mountain”.

According to the May 17th, 1963 issue of Life Magazine: February 28th, 1963 was the date that the cloud picture was photographed.

Signs of the times are everywhere…

Excerpts from the May 17th, 1963 issue of Life Magazine:

“…a great cloud appeared at sunset over Flagstaff, Ariz. last Feb. 28 and set off a continuing scientific mystery.”

“…‘the cloud was at least 26 miles high and 30 miles across – a lot higher and bigger… than a cloud should be’. The circle was to high to be made by a jet plane, and so far as Dr. McDonald can determine, there were no rockets, rocket planes or bombs being tested nearby that day.”

No water droplets exist at that height to make a cloud.”

That’s what the attraction is. The predestinated Seed of God who can’t do nothing else but follow It, means more than life to us. Take our lives, but you don’t take That. What is the attraction? God, as usual, fulfilling His Word.”
~ Rev. William Marrion Branham
(65-0725E “What Is The Attracion On The Mountain?”)