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What is the “secret place” of the Most High in Psalm 91:1?

Psalm Chapter 91 presents the world as a battle ground where various evils occur. The passage mentions about the “terror by night“,”arrow that flieth by night“, “pestilence“, and “destruction“. Woe to him that walks about with blindness in such a terrible place. Apostle Paul described the situation as a war with evil spiritual forces of darkness-“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Eph.6:12).

In those ancient times cities or nations use to have fortresses or towers. These were places of safety. They  were characterized by thick walls and high raised portions on the wall wherein a watchman would stand to observe and alert people in case of any approaching danger.

In case of danger and you were outside the gates, you would run into the fortress for your protection.

As a Born Again child of God you also need to live in the fortress of God’s Word. This world is dark and our true protection lies in the revelation of God’s counsel to our lives. When one develops a closer walk with God he or she will live by the speaking of God in his life. When God reveals his counsel to you, that gives you joy and out of that joy comes strength. The revelation of God’s will gives you sight to see and walk not as a blind man but one who sees. That is not the situation for many people. Their lives are open for the devil to play around with. They are naked before forces of darkness. But a believer walks with God and is actually hidden in Christ – “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God” (Col.3:3).

When you live by the counsel God reveals to you, what you do is  being done in the name of the Lord. As a believer “whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Col.3:17). That name is your protection and no amount of devils can defeat that. The name of the Lord is his presence and hedge around you; it is your ultimate tower of protection – “The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe” (Pro.18:10).

Now, having explained the above, let us read Psalm 91. Note that the word used in the Hebrew text for “secret place” is sether sithrah and refers to a shelter of protection. It is because of this that other versions like NIV states, “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty“. When you read the whole chapter you will realise that the shelter being referred to is actually a fortress or tower. The Jerusalem Bible puts it very well as follows:

If you live in the shelter of Elyon and make your home in the shadow of Shaddai, you can say to Yahweh, ‘My refuge, my fortress, my God in whom I trust!

And verses 14 and 15 continues to say:

I rescue all who cling to me, I protect whoever knows my name, I answer everyone who invokes me, I am with them when they are in trouble; I bring them safety and honour.

These verses clearly strike a chord with what we read in Proverbs 18:10, “The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe”.

Was the conception of Jesus the transformation of theophany into human flesh?

Question:

“I thought that the Word or Logos (the Theopany Body) became literally flesh and that was the flesh body of Jesus Christ. Does it mean that the Body dwelleth in a Human body which was Jesus’ body? Hope you will give me the difference between these two statements. God bless”

No, the Word did not transform itself into flesh as a foetus in the womb of Mary. Again no, at the baptism of Jesus it was not the Word Body entering another (human) body.

In the New Testament the Word Body vanished (i.e. ceased to exist) in order for the Word to now be expressed through a human body. That human body had to grow and feed. When Jesus was born as a baby he breastfed just like all babies. That was not a theophany breastfeeding; it was a normal human body being prepared. It had to grow in stature until such a time when the Spirit would indwell it so that it would now be the new mask of the invisible God (Col.1:15, Heb.10:5). When Jesus began his ministry the power and glory of the Word was manifest through his ministry. That was the Word becoming flesh! Like in the words of Paul, “God was manifest in the flesh” (1 Tim.3:16). On page 22 of his book on the subject of the Godhead Richard Gan puts it in this good simple way:

In the old, the LOGOS was expressed in and through a spirit body; in the new, the LOGOS was expressed in and through a human body…

And on page 24:

The newborn baby Jesus became a living soul and grew up to express the Life of God. From thence there was no longer any manifestation of the Spirit (Word) Body. Theophany ceased but the WORD was still with God.

In Hebrews 1:1-2 we read that “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son”. So, in that Old Testament era the Word would at one time take on a manner or form or body of what appeared like fire and at another time like a cloud. That doesn’t mean when it appeared like a cloud then the cloud was an incarnation of the previous manifestation of fire. The fire is ANOTHER FORM through which the LOGOS manifested or expressed itself. Hebrews 1:1-2 thus makes it clear that the body of Jesus was another (and actually the final) form through which the Word would manifest.

On his baptism we read that “the heavens were opened unto him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him” (Mat.3:16. That is what indwelt Jesus on his baptism, the Spirit of the Word, which is God (cf. Joh.1:1). When that Spirit was in Christ it manifested the Spoken Word of Life – “For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him” (Joh.3:34); “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (Joh.6:63).

May I conclude with these words: if the body of Jesus was the theophany-turned-human, the question arises: what will become of that ‘theophany-turned-human’ when Christ hands the kingdom back to the father so that God may be “all in all” (1 Cor.15:28)? Please note that in the Old Testament when God manifested in form of fire, the fire wasn’t God. When God manifested in elements of dust fashioned into a human body like he did to Abraham, the dust or body of flesh was not God! When God was done with his use of that body, the dust went back to the ground, the theophany ceased until another time that there was need for its manifestation.

Was Jesus God when he was a baby?

Questions asked during India visit

Question No.5

“Was Jesus God when he was a baby?”

In Acts 2:36 we read that, “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ”. This one passage of Scripture shows us that there is God and there is Jesus the man and it is God who made Jesus both Lord and Christ. Secondly, the verse also tells us that Jesus was not Lord and Christ from eternity or from birth but that he was made Lord and Christ at a certain time of his life.

It is important to know that Jesus was a ‘mask’, so to speak, or a body,  through which the invisible God manifested. Like Paul stated in his letter to the Colossians, Jesus was “the image of the invisible God” (Col.1:15). However, he did not become that body or mask right from birth. The body had to be prepared until such a time when the glory of God would manifest through it : “Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith…a body hast thou prepared me” (Heb.10:5). Jesus grew in “stature” (Luk.2:52) and when he was about thirty years of age, he was ready to be endowed with that Spirit without measure (Joh.3:34).

At his baptism when the Spirit of God came into him God declared “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Mat.3:17). From that time mankind saw the God of heaven living among them through Jesus. It was for this reason he was named Emmanuel which means “God with us” (Mat.1:23), and Thomas called him, “My Lord and my God” (Joh.20:28) . That was the mystery of godliness – “God was manifest in the flesh” (1 Tim.3:16).

It is when that glory of God began to manifest in Jesus’ life that the Word was made flesh. The Word being made flesh does not mean the Word became blood cells, skin, or muscles as a fetus! Rather, it refers to the manifestation of the power of the Word through the flesh, that is, “God was manifest in the flesh” (1 Tim.3:16).  The Amplified Version phrases it this way – “He (God) was made visible in human flesh“, and in the NIV it states, “He appeared in a body“. Yes, God appeared in that body WHEN it was fully prepared for its work (Heb.10:5). John wrote that “the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, AND WE BEHELD HIS GLORY” (Joh.1:14). That refers to the power of the Word that began to manifest through the Lord and made people to behold the glory of God. That cannot be said to have occurred when Jesus was born as a baby or during his childhood years.

2019 India and Singapore Visit

The following is a report of my recent visit to India and Singapore. The first part of the report (for the India visit) has been written by Brother Hubert D’souza my host.

Report by Pastor Hubert D’souza

The 9th of April 2019 was a great day with lots of excitement in the hearts of the saints at Faith Assembly church in Mumbai. It brought joy to us as we saw Brother Andrew Phiri of Zambia arrive at the airport. The flight arrived almost 20 minutes before its scheduled time.

Pune

The first convention meeting was scheduled in Pune, a city that is about 180 kilometres from Mumbai. A two day meeting was organised on the 10th and 11th April 2019. The church at Pune is led by Pastor More together with Brothers Balerao and Sona Dethe of Ahmednagar. This convention was organised at the Christi Seva Ashram Swargate Pune, a beautiful place with cool greenery in the campus. We started off from Mumbai by car by 5:30 AM and reached Pune around 10:00 AM.

We had four sessions in two days. It was a true feast around the Word of God. The large number of people that gathered from far and wide confessed that it was a great time of spiritual blessing. The messages left us spell bound in understanding “the mystery of His will”. On both days it was a good time of music, melody and worship with God’s anointed Word.

Finally the end of the two days meeting winded with a benediction by Pastor Balerao of Ahmednagar. In returning to Mumbai we started off at about 9:00 pm after having dinner in a fine restaurant in Pune. We reached Mumbai safely around 1:30 am.

Welcoming brother Phiri in Pune with a bouquet of flowers

Note: I was particularly touched to see some believers who had traveled great distances to attend these meetings. There was Sister Valentine D’souza (a former Catholic nun) who despite being badly sick had traveled from Mangalore to Mumbai and then to Pune. Through these meetings I also noticed how far our books and website ministry has reached out to many people. A number of them expressed their testimony of how they have been blessed. Others have made efforts to print out and distribute various articles on the website. The efforts are so much appreciated.

End of meetings and all set to drive back to Mumbai. From L-R: Flossy Dsouza, Andrew Phiri, Bhalerao, and Hubert Dsouza

Mumbai

The 12th, 13th and 14th of April 2019 were the scheduled dates for the Mumbai meetings, three consecutive evening services suited for the busy Mumbai crowd. The venue was Faith Assembly Church. All the services were packed and every one rejoiced in the meetings. The last service was a Sunday service and was a fully packed service.

The story of ‘Lot standing at the gate’ was an eye opener to all of us. There were saints gathered from Mangalore, Bangalore, Pune and Ahmednagar to hear the message of the hour.

It was indeed a precious moment around the Word of God.

Delhi

On the 15th of April 2019 we started our journey to the capital of our country (Delhi). Brother Phiri and myself started the journey by the Rajdhani Express to New Delhi. After 16 hours of travel we reached New Delhi and were received  by Brother Sanjeev Emmanuel, the Pastor of a local church in Delhi.

With Bro. Sanjeev Emmanuel

The 16th and 17th of April 2019 were the two lovely days of fellowship. Seekers of Truth and believers gathered at the pastor’s residence for fellowship. The saints were blessed and enriched by the Word of God. Brother Phiri expounded on the message ‘The Speaking of God’ and everyone was delighted in the truth of the scriptures.

It all came to an end with a typical Biryani dinner (Indian Style).

Utter Pradesh

The next day,18th of April 2019, we started off to Uttar Pradesh. By afternoon we reached Bhaisya. We were received by the local pastor, Brother Gulzar Masih, and the members of the church. Pastor Gulzar Masih’s house was under renovation and he did so much work to expedite everything just in order to make our stay comfortable. It was a warm climate yet some unexpected rains had made the climate cool and windy.

This place is a village with lots of greenery and fields in the background. The saints were very hospitable and kind. Brother Phiri was so much loved and taken care of. He was also made to indulge in a variety of Indian cuisine and sweets. The two days of meetings in Bhaisya were a great delight and a time of feasting around the Word of God. The believers were found rejoicing in every aspect of the revelation expounded. Brother Phiri spoke on a message of “Stiring up the Faith in You”.  It was beautifully expounded with illustrations.

The only problem brother Phiri had was how to communicate with the saints. Hindi is the only language spoken and understood in this place and so interpretation was the only way of relating with people. The two days were amazing and every bit of it became a cherished memory.

In one service in Bhaisya, my message took a turn. I decided to speak on the issue of Law and Grace. At the end of the service I understood why that happened. An Adventist couple came forward to testify of their desire to be in the faith. They asked for a place where they could start fellowshiping where the precious truth they heard was being taught. The couple requested that I pray for them and I gladly did that. I pray that the Lord may help them grow and become fruitful in the faith.

The next day, 20th April, we started off to Sata Keda, another village which is about 30 kilometers from Bhaisya.  We all headed to a river where water baptisms were arranged. It was a quiet place and peaceful environment. About 16 persons got baptized in the river and put on Christ. They were men, women, youngsters and even old grannies.

This was a very touching moment as these people gave their lives to Christ. After this baptism service we all headed to the prayer service where a lot of ministers and saints gathered to hear the word of God.

Brother Andrew Phiri spoke on living a consecrated life in waiting on the promise of the coming of the Lord. The saints rejoiced and received the Word gladly in their hearts.

This gathering ended with a sumptuous meal prepared by the church elders. After talking and sharing for a while we then started to Rampur the next destination.

We went to the home of Pastor Nazaad Masih, a renown pastor in the area who has labored for Christ for over 40 years, preaching the gospel and proclaiming the Message of the Hour. A truly humble servant of the Lord.

Pastor Nazaad Masih

After a cup of tea and snacks we gathered at the home of one of the church elders – Brother James –  for an evening service. This area is a small town in Rampur and is a historical place in the state of Utter Pradesh. Brother James is the church elder and worship leader of the Rampur church. He is a loving and caring brother in the Faith. It was a small gathering of about 25 to 30 people and Brother Phiri encouraged them on how to walk the Christian walk and be grounded in the present truth. After the service we had a typical north Indian meal for dinner. They had been informed to use less spice in the food for our visitor but yet brother Andrew Phiri appreciated the Indian delicacies. We were made to stay for the night in one of the brother’s home where we had a causal discussion for a couple of hours and later we went to bed.

The next day being a Sunday, on 21st April, we started off to a village where the church is located. This Kashipur church was built by Pastor Nazaad Masih. We were welcomed with great enthusiasm. This place was a real village with fields and greenery all around. Beautiful small village houses, it was a great pleasure to visit these people and meet them in their homes. The church service started at about 10:30 am and the worship service was  characterized by good Hindi classical songs, and the saints worshiped God from all their hearts. We were welcomed to the stage and Brother Phiri ministered from the Word of God. The church was packed to capacity with believing saints and ministers from various churches.

The message spoken by Bro. Phiri  was a great blessing to all the saints in Rampur.

After ministering in this church one thing that I kept being told by people was, “My questions have been answered!” I spent time to teach on the nature of the Serpent in the Garden of Eden. After the services a group of zealous brothers, most of them youthful, took me out to a quite place under a tree where they expressed so much joy of what they had learned. It was a good time of fellowship and asking questions. I pray that God may establish His children in India and around the world in the revealed truth of Scripture.

There was lunch prepared by the church members for all the people gathered. The people gathered from far and wide and assembled for this morning and evening services. The evening service started at about 4:30 pm and went up till 7:00 pm. We gave a token of our love and appreciation to Pastor Nazaad Masih for his faithful service unto the Lord for over 40 years.  This gesture was highly appreciated. That evening we had the meals at one of the members in the vicinity, who belongs to the church.

Truly every bit of time we spent in Kashipur (Rampur) was a memorable one. The next morning we boarded a train back to Delhi and then to Mumbai. That morning we visited another Pastor from Rampur Pastor Malan Masih. We had a short visit to his place where we had a short prayer and then we went to the railway station to board the train to Delhi. At Delhi we were received by bro Sanjeev Emmanuel to his home and then the next day we took a train back to Mumbai and were back home after a 15 day journey in the mission. Many thanks to Bro. Andrew Phiri for his precious time with the saints in India.

Pastor Hubert D’souza


Singapore

From Mumbai I traveled to Singapore through Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. I arrived in Singapore on 26th April feeling so weary and tired. I was received by Brothers Richard Gan and Jonan Gan. At Changi airport I was astounded at the beauty of the airport. It has been rated the best for the seventh time in a row and it sure deserves the rating. I was especially stunned by an artificial waterfall structure.

With Brother Richard Gan at Jewel Changi Airport

However, what was more important for me in this prosperous city-state was spending some time of prayer and fellowship with Brother Richard Gan and saints at the Prophetic Revelation fellowship on a Sunday before proceeding home to Lusaka. This ministry holds a special place in the hearts of many people around the world and I was thankful to have had another time of visiting for the third time now.

I came to know of Brother Gan’s ministry in 1999. In that year a Pentecostal reverend had warned me not to read his white ‘Prophetic Revelation’ books, telling me that they were just not right. The reverend however recommended that Spoken Word books by Brother Branham were fine to read. One day I was with a friend in the reverend’s home. He reached out to pick a Spoken Word book, and as he also wanted to pick a ‘white’ book on the shelf, I echoed the warning to him, “Don’t take those white ones, they are not good!” Here I was, preventing a person from reading that which I had never read nor understood myself! Well, from the same bookshelf I decided to pick a golden-colored book. It had a strange title which I didn’t understand – “THE FINALE”. Although strange, the book was alright for me as long as it wasn’t in white color!

That evening I began to read the book and everything was too new. Then came an experience that frightened me. I went into a trance and saw a man walking barefoot in a dark corridor of a house. In his hand was a torch. He screamed saying, “Behold, the Bridegroom cometh!” I  woke up from the experience and went on my knees praying and repenting. Later I came to realize that the author of the book which led me to the truth was the same one for the white ones. What could it be but a real illustration that we should not  judge a book by its cover.

Bookshelf  at Prophetic Revelation prayer hall

We had two services in Singapore during which I preached on a message titled The Speaking of God. 

Notice board

The video messages are available both on our YouTube channel (For Your Edification) and the Prophetic Revelation website.

Bro. Jonan Gan leading praise and worship during the church service

I flew back home on 30th April, arriving on 1st May. My first week back home I felt sick from the stress of the journey but later recovered. Our prayers are now towards Malawi, where I will be travelling next for a series of meetings. May the Lord bless all who love His appearing. Amen.

 

Why was the Serpent cursed to become another animal (a snake)?

Questions asked during India visit

Question No.3

In the Bible we read about how God judged or cursed people with diseases, disasters, or how he caused death upon them. However, the judgement passed on the Serpent in Genesis Chapter 3 was strange: The Serpent was changed to a different kind of animal, a snake. Why was this so?

Note:The response below assumes that you know the truth about the Serpent Seed doctrine. If you don’t, please read a book by Richard Gan titled The Original Sin. It is available here or send us a request for a printed copy of the book (Email voiceoftheword@live.com).

We should first understand the truth about the sin that Adam committed in the Garden of Eden. We know that the woman was deceived by the Serpent and not the man (1 Tim 2:14), but the Scripture also states that through man sin and death entered the world (Rom.5:12-14). So, if Adam was not deceived but yet committed sin, what was his transgression?

It is important to remember that in Eden God had made a man and a woman  to become one flesh. “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” says the Scripture (Gen.2:24). Becoming one flesh as husband and wife is accomplished through sexual intercourse; like Paul exclaimed to Corinthians, “know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh” (1 Cor.6:16). By this law it is gross confusion when a person commits adultery and this sin was punishable by death in the Old Testament. Although under the old covenant divorce was permitted a divorced woman could not return to again become wife of her former husband. That would be a great abomination which would pollute the land of Israel (Deu.24:1-4, Jer.3:1). All such undesirable things were brought about by the Fall. And events of the Fall in Eden have important lessons for the church which Paul illustrates as a bride of Christ.

In one passage of Scripture (2 Cor.11:1-3) apostle Paul expressed his concern over the prospective marriage between Christ and His Bride. He compared the espousal to that of Adam and Eve but he feared that what happened to Eve might also occur to the Bride of Christ. [Note: If the Original Sin committed in Eden merely involved the eating of a literal fruit from a tree (as traditional theology presents) won’t Paul be way out of context to compare eating a mango, guava or whatever fruit, to a nuptial matter?]

Our interest in 2 Corinthians 11:2-3 should be to ask, What was Paul’s “fear”? This is what we read in 2 Corinthians 11:2-3: “for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” Why is there an emphasis of “ONE husband“? Would it not have sufficed to only state that “I have espoused you to a husband” or “I have espoused you to Christ your husband”?

Paul’s fear was that the espousal to “one husband” would be spoiled like what had been done to Eve by the Serpent! Any reasonable mind listening to Paul’s words would next ask, “to whom was Eve espoused and what was the role of the Serpent in spoiling that espousal?” Well, in Eden Eve had been espoused to Adam but before he could come into her, she became one flesh with the Serpent. When that happened Adam lost her. However, to redeem her, he committed intercourse with her and hence was numbered with the transgressors.

In all this we should see that Adam was not deceived into the sin. He knew the consequences of what he had done, and he did it to lay the sin on himself and hence save Eve from destruction: Adam was a son of God and God’s program for Earth was to manifest through him. God would not destroy him. By taking the iniquity of Eve on himself he both polluted the land and brought death on it, but also took everything into suspense, so to speak, because the woman now had TWO HUSBANDS,  and one of them was a son of God! That could simply not be permitted.

How would God resolve this deadlock? To simply curse the erring serpent with a disease or even killing it would never erase both the memory and fact that Eve had become one flesh with the Serpent. In her blood Eve would still be a wife of TWO HUSBANDS. The only way to retain her status as a wife of “one husband” was to change the Serpent from one kind of specie to another. This transformation completely de-arranged the DNA of the Serpent so that whatever blood had become one with Eve no longer had a creature from which it came! That which was one with Eve had ceased to exist. The anatomy of the Serpent was so changed that no trace of it has been fathomed. Its the “Missing Link”; the serpent-kind was completely eliminated from the Earth, leaving neither root nor branch of its memory! In this way there was no more chance of further intermingling between human beings and serpent creatures. Clearly the intermingling between Eve and the Serpent had set a bad precedence which would have recurred between future children to come. That one curse halted all that.

How shall ‘unity of the faith’ in Ephesians 4:13 be accomplished if we are not all to rally behind one man?

Questions asked during India visit

Question No. 2

How shall “unity of the faith” in Ephesians 4:13 be accomplished if we are not all to rally behind one man? 

Many believers have been caught up in the delusion of mistaking unity of opinions for unity of the faith. When William Branham died many people crafted the idea that we should only say what the tapes say. Did unity come out of such endeavors? No. Today there are countless divisions among different Message groupings but who all profess to take the prophet as their absolute. We then had our beloved brother and apostle, Raymond Jackson, being used by the Lord in the teaching of the Word. With time the term “apostle” wasn’t enough; an idea of “Chief Apostle” was conceived and it was believed that for the unity of faith to materialize everyone had to believe and recognize brother Jackson as the chief. One man from Nigeria became so fanatical about this idea that he went ahead to proclaim that Jackson won’t die but would lead believers into the Rapture. Dreams and scriptures were used to justify the claim. After Jackson died no lessons were learnt, instead an unimaginable and more ridiculous thing followed – the Nigerian man proclaimed himself to be the successor of Jackson as  “the Lead Apostle”. Is it possible for a man with such a record to have any followers? Well, his disciples are now getting to be everywhere you go. God forbid, but suppose anything happened to the fellow and nothing of his predictions comes to pass would there be any lessons learnt? Believe it or not, more stupid ideas will pop up having more zealous followers! How long shall it take before people learn to “not to think of men above that which is written” (1 Cor.4:6)?

So, how will the unity of faith materialize if we are not to rally behind one man, someone asked.

First it is important to know that any unity founded on grounds of rallying behind a man will surely end up in a babel of confusion. Birth of confusions which lead to various splinter groups whenever a founder figure head dies testifies to this fact.  And is that not what happened one day when men said to each other,“Go to… let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth” (Gen.11:4)? The unity could not be accomplished when the language of the people got confounded. However, there is a record of a unity which God had blessed. It is found in Acts Chapter 2. The events of this passage of Scripture are opposite to what happened at the tower of Babel. In Jerusalem it is different languages that were present but which got unified, so to speak, by the outpouring of the Holy Ghost. Men who were not in the faith listened to the Words Peter proclaimed and were pricked in their hearts.

In Acts Chapter 10 we read about a Gentile who was prayerful, humble and devout. He did not know the good news of Jesus Christ, but because of his prayers and humility something wonderful was about to happen that would bring him into the faith and knowledge of the Son of God. It so happened one day that Cornelius started praying and fasting. On the other end was another man, Peter, an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ. He knew nothing about Cornelius but an angel had instructed Cornelius about Peter whilst he prayed. He sent for men to call him. As the men went on their way Peter had gone up on the housetop to pray and there he saw a vision. It is important to notice here how both Peter and Cornelius were caught up in the same spirit and vision.  When the men of Cornelius arrived to get Peter God had already done the work! Peter went to the house of Cornelius, preached the Word and the gentiles came into the one faith of Jesus Christ as they received the Holy Spirit baptism! Dear friend, this was the working of the Spirit to bring together men who were once apart both in distance, race, spirit, and faith!

The unity of the faith materializes when the flesh of man gets out of the way; when men and women yield their minds and hearts to the Holy Spirit; when men die to the flesh and their carnal will of the mind to look up to to the Lord Jesus. True ministers of Christ  – apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers –  do not lead people to glorifying a man. They proclaim the Word of God and guide the flock to grow in the knowledge of Christ. Ministers who truly believed the Message of the prophet sent to this age will preach the Word with the same attitude of William Branham, and this was Branham’s attitude for which many seriously fall short of:

Not for one moment do I bring a message to the people that they may follow me, or join my church, or start some fellowship and organization. I have never done that and will not do that now. I have no interest in those things, but I do have an interest in the things of God and people, and if I can accomplish just one thing I will be satisfied. That one thing is to see established a true spiritual relationship between God and men, wherein men become new creations in Christ, filled with His Spirit and live according to His Word. I would invite, plead and warn all to hear His voice at this time, and yield your lives completely to Him, even as I trust in my heart that I have given my all to Him. God bless you, and may His coming rejoice your heart” (Exposition of the Seven Church Ages).

Now it is important to know that the knowledge that God gives through His ministry – whether it be an exhortation or revelation of a mystery – is never for the purpose of merely letting us know something we didn’t know. Neither is it for the turning of our ‘heads’ so that we can exclaim, “Oh, I didn’t know that!” and perhaps boast to a denominational Christian saying, “Hey, The Holy Trinity is a false doctrine, and do you know the mystery of the Seven Seals?” God’s Word is a life-transforming power. When He gave the revelation of the Seals for example, it was to show us how the spirit of pride and error entered the early church and with time got formalized until Christendom became so empty of the true counsel of God. Such a revelation ought to inspire the heart of a believer and turn them from their carnal passions and begin abiding and bearing forth fruit of the will of God in their lives. Isn’t that what ‘Elijah’ was sent for  – “he shall turn the heart of …the children to their fathers” (Mal.4:6).

There is one body, and one Spirit” Paul wrote, “One faith…And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints…Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ“. The “perfect man” shall never come about by merely trying to agree on a list of doctrines, and neither will it come by completing an alleged syllabus or curriculum of mysteries; the perfect man shall manifest when you continuously die to your flesh and allow Christ to fill your heart, leading you in your daily life. What translated Enoch was his close walk with God. When we walk closely with Him we shall grow in our knowledge of Him as our eyes get opened to mysteries of His Word.

If according to Matthew 12:31-32 it is possible to blaspheme the “Holy Ghost” but not the “Father”, isn’t that evidence of the Trinity in the Bible?

Questions asked during India visit

Question No. 1

If according to Matthew 12:31-32 it is possible to blaspheme the “Holy Ghost” but not the “Father”, isn’t that evidence of the Trinity in the Bible?

Before answering this question I should first point out a serious error in the question: Matthew 12:31-32 does not state anything about blaspheming the “Father”; it mentions “Son of Man”, not “Father”! Secondly, even if Matthew 12:31-32 had used Father or Son of Man, that would actually contradict the Trinity doctrine which assumes that the three persons of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are equal and the same and hence a sin against any of them would logically attract the same penalty! But putting that aside let’s clear the misconception.

This is what Matthew 12:31-32 says:

Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.  And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.

We find these similar words in Luke 12:10, but here is how Mark recorded the same speech of the Lord:

“Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation: Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit” (Mar.3:28-30).

Notice how Mark generalizes his phrase: instead of “the Son of man” as stated by Matthew and Luke, he sates  “wherewith soever they shall blaspheme“. The difference in the phrases, and also what the Lord was clearly emphasizing, is this: Although as men (human beings) we may disagree on things we do or believe, and although others may even go as far as insulting another man or his works,  cursed is a person who over-steps his boundary to insult God! Such a person has spoken an unholy thing about the Holy Spirit.  Please note that throughout the Scripture, “Holy Spirit” is not another God apart from Yahweh.  “God is Spirit” (Joh. 4:24) and “He is…holy” (1 Pet.1:15) and is thus the Holy Spirit [If you believe in the Trinity consider this question: Whose child or son was Jesus: was he a child of the Father or the Holy Ghost? Read Mat. 1:18].

When the Lord Jesus used the term “Son of Man”, as recorded by Matthew and Luke, He in no way was referring to himself as another God who is more tolerant to insults  than ‘God the Holy Spirit’! The Lord was referring to himself as a human being. So, to put it another way : You may sin against men and may be forgiven, but to insult the Holy Spirit is putting yourself in danger of eternal damnation. That’s exactly what the pharisees had done: the Lord had delivered a man possessed by an evil spirit and they accused him of using an unclean spirit to perform the wonder. They blasphemed!