To the Bride Church of Jesus Christ
I wish to send heartfelt greetings to all brothers and sisters worldwide who have believed the pure biblical message of God and are now experiencing their preparation for the Rapture, with the Word of the Lord from Isaiah 55:11: “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
The following Scriptures are meant to show us what the Lord God expects from us, so that what we expect from Him and what He wants to give us by grace can be fulfilled, with the aim that we are ready when He comes.
The Return of Christ has been the hope of all true believers from the beginning. In John 14:2-3 our Lord said, “In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
In the Holy Scriptures, the Second Coming of Christ is repeatedly emphasized: “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” (Heb 9:28).
Already of Enoch it is written: “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.” (Heb 11:5).
The Lord also spoke of all the things that will happen in the end times before the Return of Christ, whether it concerns Israel, the Church, or the general condition on earth:
“And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?”
Jesus answered them, ”Take heed that no man deceive you ...” He spoke of wars, famines, earthquakes, epidemics, etc., (Mat 24:3-7) and especially emphasized, “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” (Mat 24:14). Today this Scripture is fulfilled before our eyes throughout the world.
In Luke 21:28 the Lord said to His own concerning the events of the end times: “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”
Before His Return, however, everything must be restored in the Church, the way it was in the beginning, as Acts 3:21 also states: “Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.”
This includes the promise that at the end of the time of grace, before the terrible day of the Lord dawns, God would send a prophet who would turn the heart of God’s children back to the apostolic fathers. This promise of Malachi 4:5-6 has been fulfilled through the ministry of Brother Branham.
As for the event of the Rapture itself, we read in 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17:
“For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
Philippians 3:20-21 states:
“For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.”
The requirement for this is that the following Word comes true in us: “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” (Rom 8:11).
This promise will be an experienced reality at the Return of our Lord.
At the same time, we are cautioned to stand firm and wait for God to complete His work through a mighty moving of the Spirit: “Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord.
Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.
Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.” (Jas 5:7-8).
“Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.” (Joel 2:23).
Since no one knows the exact hour of His Return, we are urged to be ready at all times: “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” (Mat 24:44).
We must also take this serious Word to heart: “Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.” (Heb 4:1-2). Abraham believed God and saw the promise fulfilled, and we equally believe God and His Word and will experience the promise in the fulfilment.
Like Paul, who took his service for the Lord seriously, I would also like to urge all believers to carefully read the following Scriptures:
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Rom 12:1-2).
“To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.” (1 Ths 3:13).
“Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.” (Phil 2:16).
“And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.” (Phil 1:9-11).
It is our sincere desire that all these Scriptures come to pass, in us and through us.
“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Ths 5:23).
“And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.” (1 John 2:28).
“For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?” (1 Ths 2:19).
This refers to all those whom God has chosen before the foundation of the world. To them the Apostle calls out the serious words: “And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” (Eph 4:30).
Only those who belong to the Bride Church are sealed, and unto them is addressed the earnest admonition not to grieve the Spirit of God through unbelief and disobedience. But it is my firm belief that what the Apostle wrote to the brothers and sisters in his time still applies to us today: “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil 1:6).
Brother Branham carried out his biblical commission and brought the message that foreruns the Second Coming of Christ. I was used by the Lord to carry the last message, the revealed Word, into all the world after his passing. All true ministering brethren preach the same Word and share the same spiritual food, and thus the Bride Church is brought into the unity of the Spirit and in lockstep with the Word.
“And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.” (Mat 25:10).
“Behold, I come quickly!”
“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come!” (Rev 22:17).
For the year 2023, we expect God to do great things and fulfill His promises with us all. We can be assured that His Word will accomplish what it was sent to do in all who believe it, and bring about what He has promised. Amen!
By His commission