The Seven Church Ages.
In Daniel 2, God gave Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon a dream of a fearsome image. Daniel interpreted this dream - Nebuchadnezzar was the head of gold, the chest section was of silver, the Medo-Persian Empire, the thighs of brass, the Greek Empire, and the fourth, Legs of iron, was the Roman Empire. The feet were a mixture of iron and clay. There were no more Empires. (not British, Russian, USA,Chinese). The fourth went all the way to the toes. This is a mystery. The metals used to represent the Empires had characteristics of decreasing value, and also increasing hardness.
These Empires had the effect on the thinking of people -The Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, and Romans have all influenced us today. The fourth Empire went all the way until the Kingdom of Christ was set up, (The Stone cut out of a mountain), How did this happen? The Pagan Roman Empire became the Papal Roman Empire. An interesting thing, during the cold war, two men couldn't agree in the UN. One was Russian Kruschev which means clay, the other American Eisenhower, which means Iron worker. The iron and clay could not mix. Kruschev removing his shoe to bang the table while making a point. We are at the feet of the image, about to have the Kingdom of God ushered in.
Daniel 9 Messages.
Gabriels instructions to Daniel Sixfold purpose of Gabriels visit to Daniel Daniel Seventieth week
Revelation of Jesus Christ
Brother Branham taught that Jesus Christ was the author of the book of Revelation. John merely wrote down what he saw in a series of visions that came to him in the years 95-96 A.D. During this time, John was imprisoned on Patmos, a small island in the Aegean Sea near the border between modern-day Greece and Turkey. John said, "I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day..." he explained that the Lord's Day in this context is not referring to the seventh day of the week. Rather, the Lord's Day is that point in human history when Jesus Christ comes and takes physical dominion over this world, fulfilling Revelation 11:15, "The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ; and He shall reign forever and ever."
In his first vision, John, who was a disciple of Jesus, saw Jesus Christ like he had never seen Him before. John saw Jesus walking amid seven lamps, and in His right hand He held seven stars. His white hair and face dazzled with the brightness of His purity, but His tongue looked like a sword and His eyes burned with fire. John collapsed in fear at the sight of him. Brother Branham said, What is the revelation of? Jesus Christ. What's the first thing He reveals about Himself ? He reveals that He is the God of Heaven-not a triune god, but one God. The first thing you've got to know is: Jesus is not just a prophet; He is not a junior god; He is not a secondary god - He is God! Be careful, John. You've entered into the Spirit. Something is going to be revealed to you. What is it? The first of all revelations is, "I'm Alpha and Omega." (Oh sinner, bow, repent now before the time is too late.) First He let John know who was approaching. Is this King Jesus ? King God ? King Holy Ghost ? He said, "I'm all of it. I'm from A to Z. I'm the beginning and the ending. I'm the Immortal, Eternal One!"
...from Supernatural Book 6. by Owen Jorgensen
Seven Church Ages
After Jesus revealed His supreme deity, He told John that the seven lamps were seven churches, and the seven stars in His hand were angels to those churches. Then He dictated a letter to each church. These were Gentile churches in Asia Minor. The conditions in these particular churches would match the seven distinct periods Christianity would go through before the end. Consequently, these letters prophesied seven ages for the Gentile church. Jesus addressed His followers in each age, giving them encouragement and criticism where needed. He also addressed the people in the false church in each age, those who claimed they were Christians but were not.
Jesus began His dictation by saying, "Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus, write..." That meant each church age had an angel. The word angel means messenger. These were not heavenly messengers. John the prophet wouldn't need to write a letter to a heavenly angel. No, these angels were men, one messenger for each age. Brother Branham set the church ages and the messengers in their historical order:
1. Rev. 2:1-7 Ephesus A.D 53-170 Paul 2. Rev. 2:8-11 Smyrna A.D 170-312 Iraneus 3. Rev. 2:12-17 Pergamos A.D 312-606 Martin 4. Rev. 2:18-29 Thyatira A.D 606-1520 Columba 5. Rev. 3:1-6 Sardis A.D 1520-1750 Luther 6. Rev. 3:7-13 Philadelphia A.D 1750-1906 Wesley 7. Rev. 3:14-22 Laodicea A.D 1906-???? "Elijah"
The messenger to the first church age was Paul. Right after his conversion to Christianity, the Lord said about Paul, "He is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles." First Paul preached to the Jews. When they rejected his message, he said, "It was necessary that the Word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth." Paul established Gentile churches all over Asia Minor. He also defined the Christian faith through his letters. In his letter to the Romans he said, "I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office." Prayerfully studying history, Brother Branham identified the messengers to the other six church ages.
...from Supernatural Book 6. by Owen JorgensenDownload "An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages" (Rev 1-3) Book: The 7 Church Ages
Our Age Laodicea
Jesus rebuked the Laodicean church age, saying, "Because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. You say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,' and do not know you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked." The seventh church age is so tightly organized that Jesus portrays Himself on the outside, wanting in. "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me."
Laodicea is the last church age before Jesus Christ returns to earth, this time in judgment. God said through Malachi, "Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: and he shall turn...the heart of the children to their fathers..." So the messenger to the seventh church age will have the spirit of Elijah, just as John the Baptist did.
Brother Branham taught, "When this great Elijah comes at the end of this age, he'll be taking the message of Pentecost to turn the children to the faith of the fathers. He'll be rebuking Christians in Laodicea because they didn't keep the same faith that was back there at the beginning." "I often wondered, 'Would this man just be a preacher, then ?' Elijah did all miracles and no preaching. But when his spirit was upon John, it did all preaching and no miracles. Why ? Jesus was going to follow him and He would do the miracles. Malachi said, 'For unto you that fear My name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in His wings.' John had no need of doing miracles; he just announced the coming of the Christ." The inference here is that Elijah in the end-time will both preach and do miracles.
Brother Branham continued to flesh him out. "Like John, this end-time Elijah will be misunderstood. He'll be such a great, powerful man before the Lord that some people will mistake him for the Messiah. What kind of a nature will Elijah have ? First, he'll be a mighty prophet who will stay true to the Word of God, for Elijah was true and John was true. Doing signs and wonders, he will turn the hearts of the children back to the faith of their Pentecostal fathers. He will hate fancy women. Elijah did with Jezebel. John did with Herodias. Both men, prophets with the same spirit, hated organized religion, like these Christian denominations. Something in their spirits cried out against the thing."
...from Supernatural Book 6. by Owen Jorgensen
Download the individual Messages of the Seven Church Ages, as preached by Brother Branham.
Revelation of Jesus Christ The Patmos Vision Еphesian Church Age The Smynean Church Age The Pergamean Church Age The Thyatira Church Age The Sardisean Church Age The Philadelphia Church Age The Laodicean Church Age
Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.
The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?Amos 3:7-8
Supernatural Book 6
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