“The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit” (Joh.12:23-24). Jesus was the first seed to be sown in death in order to bring forth many seeds (sons of God).
A person becomes a son of God when he or she gets born again. The new birth experience involves being filled with the Holy Spirit. This Holy Spirit comes, not just to make someone speak in tongues or experience an emotion but, to lead a person into the truth of the will of God: “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth” (Joh.16:13). The born-again experience causes a person to stop relying on what his mind can fathom or predict about a situation or decision; with his mind yielded to the Holy Spirit, he or she will hear the leading of the Spirit and move with it. Like the Lord illustrated, “The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and wither it goeth; so is every one that is born of the Spirit” (Joh.3:8).
What we see in all this is that the born again experience is really about being born to the will of God. And just as man who is “born of the will of the flesh” lives by the will of the flesh, so those who get “born of the will of God” live by the will of God – “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (Joh.1:12-13).
Following God’s will is a rest
Being led by the Spirit involves ceasing from the strivings of your mind and letting God be in control; “Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people”, the psalmist said (Psa.18:43).
Sons of God do not strive in their minds, they rest in prayer and wait on the Lord. They also don’t strive to live holy because their righteousness is not by their works. They are dead to the flesh and the will of their mind so that the Holy Spirit lives freely in them to do Good. For “they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts” (Gal.5:24).
Watchman Nee had something important to say about the rest that the Holy Spirit gives:
The Christian life from start to finish is based upon this principle of utter dependence upon the Lord Jesus…To sit down is simply to rest our whole weight – our load, ourselves, our future, everything – upon the Lord. We let him bear the responsibility and cease to carry it ourselves…How can I receive the power of the Spirit for service? Must I labor for it? Must I plead with God for it? Must I afflict my soul by fastings and self-denials to merit it? Never! That is not the teaching of Scripture…How did we receive the forgiveness of our sins? …Because Jesus died on the Cross my sins are forgiven; because he is exalted to the throne I am endued with power from on high. The one gift is no more dependent than the other upon what I am or what I do. I did not merit forgiveness and neither do I merit the gift of the Spirit.
It is only when we rest in the hands of God that we can become his “workmanship” (Eph.2:10), a piece of work that he can break and mold (Jer.18:4).
A prophetic word given to William Branham
The Bride of Christ will have to be one with her husband before she can be raptured. She has to be one with his will. Yes, that time is coming when our husband shall say, ‘that is bone of my bones’ (Eph.5:30). No one who is given to the cares of life and who has no personal relationship with Christ shall have a part in the Rapture.
The Ice, the Water, the Fire
In the Rapture God will only take those that are worthy to rule the coming world in the Millennium. The Millennium will be the third and final time the Earth will experience a new beginning.
In the prehistoric era when angels were given to rule over the world of apes and dinosaurs evil occurred when Lucifer craved to rule after his will (Eze.28:13-15, Isa.14:12-15). He misgoverned the Earth and God halted the world by glaciation. The planet froze as fog covered the atmosphere. Great darkness filled the Earth. But God had purposed not to make a full end and so, after a long period of time, he started a new beginning (read Jer.4:23-27).
“Let there be Light!” God commanded and it was so. The planet got restored and this time it was put in the hands of mankind. That was the first new beginning. However, in the new world mankind too chose his way over the will of God. The results of man’s ways were disastrous. “The wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Gen.6:5). That antediluvian era was destroyed by floods of water. Only Noah and his sons and their wives survived. After the water sunk into the Earth a testimony of huge bodies of water called oceans has remained to this day. These waters cover 75% of the Earth.
All human races today descended from the three sons of Noah. Man hasn’t learned a single lesson; his faulty will still reigns and through it the world has become laden with sickness, wars, and depression. It’s a world characterized by adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkness, and revellings. These evils have passed from one country’s culture to another. In this modern era of satellite technology evil has had a seamless flow through television and the Internet. But prophecy tells us that this sin-sick world, together with the satellites that litter the heavens, will also be destroyed.
The destruction of this present world will not be by ice or water but by fire – “the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up” (2 Pet.3:10). Dearly beloved, isn’t the current heating up of our planet an early warning of the destruction that is to come? Well, all those who are yielded to the wonderful, good, and perfect will of God need not to worry or panic because they are promised another new beginning that shall one day dawn on this earth. That will be the third and last new beginning which shall be headed by God himself through Jesus Christ.
What will all the three new beginnings be but to show that order, blessings, and joy can only be a reality when we live by the will and knowledge of that omniscient creator? Yes, there shall be joy and true prosperity in that new world because the knowledge of God shall cover the Earth (Isa.11:9). In that new world everything will revolve around the way of the ‘Tree of Life’, which is the perfect will of God – “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations” (Rev.22:1-2).
Candidates of the Rapture
In this present world we are tested to live and walk by his will. Remember that the whole world was once perfect as long as everything lived in the due order of God’s will. Everything was in its place and there was a place for everything. Man had lived by EVERY word that proceeded from the mouth of his creator. Mankind was not to live by some of God’s Word but by EVERY WORD AS A WHOLE! Anything short of that would result into death. That is how crucial and important the way of God’s will is. At the same time it’s so simple that all one has to do is to rest in what God has said and there will be all the security and peace – “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Mat.11:28-29).
“Those in the Bride do only His will”
One day William Branham had a vision in which he saw the healing of a sick child. In the vision he saw himself in a small house. He saw details of how the house looked and the different people in it and the sick child. There was a dark-haired woman in her early 20’s who leaned her head against the kitchen door. To his left was an older woman who sat crying. He saw the old woman taking off her glasses and wiping them with her handkerchief. To his right was a young man with blond hair. He also saw how terribly afflicted the sick child was. Then the angel asked William Branham: “Have the father bring the boy to you so that you can pray for him and he’ll live.”
It was not long after the vision ended that someone knocked on the door calling for prayers. When brother Branham went to the house it was exactly as he had seen in the vision. The blond-haired young man was there. The woman in her 20’s was there. He got so excited at this and asked for the child to be brought to him to be prayed for. But to his surprise the child got sicker and was almost dying. Something wasn’t right! As he looked around in the house he noticed something was missing – the old woman who had taken off her glasses in the vision! As he thought on this thing the blond-haired young man was about to leave. Brother Branham got worried. He asked God to forgive him. As he looked over the window of the house, there was an old woman coming to the house. She was the grandmother to the sick child. He knew she was the one he had seen in the vision. She entered the house. When she asked about the child, the mother said he was dying as she cried whilst leaning her head against the kitchen door. Brother Branham was excited. That was exactly as he had seen in the vision. He now waited for the part of the grandmother sitting down in a chair and wiping her glasses. Well, it happened just like that! The glasses had fogged and so she took them off and started wiping them. At that brother Branham asked for the child to be given again to him. He prayed and the miracle occured!
Dear friend, before the Rapture we all have to learn how to live by THUS SAITH THE LORD. We can only be united with him in that great catching away when we become one with him in his will. That is exactly what God revealed to brother Branham at another time. The Holy Spirit told him to pick up a pen and write these words:
Jesus never did anything until it was first showed Him by the Father (Joh.5:19). This harmony is now to exist between the Groom and His bride. He shows her His Word of life. She receives it. She never doubts it…She performs the command of the Word in His name for she has ‘THUS SAITH THE LORD’…Those in the bride do only His will. No one can make them do otherwise. They have ‘THUS SAITH THE LORD’ or they keep still.
Oh saints, the time is late and we ought to walk circumspectly, redeeming the time for the days are evil!
The sum of the matter
The Bible opens and closes with the story of the Tree of Life. In the beginning when man sinned the way of the Tree of Life was closed (Gen.2:9, 3:24). The Bible ends with the restoration of the tree to Earth and how its leaves will be for the healing of the nations (Rev.22:2). Here is the sum of the matter we have shared this far:
1) In the beginning mankind chose his will over God’s perfect will. In doing that mankind despised the provided “way of the Tree of Life”. God closed his way (Gen.3:24).
2) In closing the way of the Tree of Life God withdrew his perfect will from the earth and left human beings to “eat of the fruit of their own way” (Pro.1:29-31).
3) Later God manifested in flesh as though to demonstrate that if he were a human being himself and someone else was God, he would have chosen to eat of and live by the will of his creator. “Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God” (Heb.10:9). “Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work” (Joh.4:34).
4) Our prayer in life should be the restoration of the will of God to Earth. “After this manner therefore pray ye…Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Mat.6:10).
5) Through Jesus Christ many other sons of God have been born to the will of God – “But as many as received Him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (Joh.1:12-13). We get born again to the will of God!
6) Those who have chosen their will over God’s will are the “children of disobedience” (Eph.2:2) and they shall die. Those who have been restored to the will of God shall live forever.
Despite all this profoundness of God’s will, we find ourselves living in a time of a strange Gospel which enthuses people to pursue the will of their minds. It is a gospel that subtly influences people to think that their will is actually God’s will.
Continued in Part 4.
 In Sit, Walk, Stand, p.3-6,CLC Publications © 1957
 In Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p.172. Voice of God Recordings © 2005