Grace means Favour minus Labour. Grace means Promotion without Qualification. When Grace speaks, protocols are suspended. If you doubt me , ask Esther. When Grace speaks, laws are broken. If you doubt me, ask King David. When Grace speaks, Educational Qualifications are useless. If you doubt me, ask Peter. When Grace speaks, connections are needless. If you doubt me, ask Joseph, from Prison to Prime minister. Today, the Grace of God will speak on your behalf &will continue to speak for you throughout this glorious year. Now considering: DIGIT 2-SIMILITUDES OF JESUS: A GRACE POINTER- Reading through the old testament, many of the key actors (Patriarchs, Judges, Kings, Prophets etc) had life experiences which portrayed the coming of the Messiah (Jesus). For example: A. The MOSES turned water into Blood (Exo 7: 19).B. JESUS turned water into Wine (John 2: 1).Jesus used wine at the Lord’s supper to represent his blood covenant. No wonder, when Jesus died, water and blood gushed out of his side for our healing and life restoration! C. In Exodus 32:28, the Levites used physical sword to kill the 3000 people.D. In Act 2:41 experience, Peter (a royal priesthood) used the sword of the spirit to prick the hearts to save 3000 people.The pairs of A,B and C, D re similitudes. 2 men who had some life experiences which were similitudes of Jesus are *David and Joseph*. We shall now highlight a few of such events of their lives. JOSEPH, A SIMILITUDE OF JESUS: A GRACE CONNECTION
Joseph became a prime minister in Egypt at 30. Jesus started his ministry at the age of 30. *30=2x3x5*. 2,3 and 5 prime numbers. The highest is 5! (grace) Joseph's bones were taken out of Egypt into the promise land. Jesus resurrected on earth and went into heaven. Joseph was sold into slavery for 20 pieces of silver. *20=2^2X5* 2 and 5 prime numbers. The highest is 5! (grace) .Jesus was betrayed for 30 pieces of silver. 2,3 and 5 prime numbers. The highest is 5! (grace) .The highest (hyper) common factor (HCF) or greatest (gracious) common divisor (GCD) of 30 and 20 is 10. The least common divisor (LCM) of 30 and 20 is 2.Therefore, *HCF/LCM=10/2= 5! (grace).Joseph went ahead of his family to prepare a place for them in Egypt. Jesus went ahead to prepare a place for believers. Jacob loved Joseph dearly. God loves Jesus. Joseph had 2 sons Jesus left his water and blood. By Jesus, grace and Truth came. Joseph, being 17 years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren. Jesus went into the temple to interact with the scholars of Israel at the age of 12. 17-12 = 5 (grace) Joseph was rejected by his brother and sold out to Ishmealites. Jesus was rejected by Jews and sold out by a Jew to the political (Rome) and religious Authorities.Joseph forgave his brother for selling him off. Jesus forgave those who crucified him.DAVID, A SIMILITUDE OF JESUS: A GRACE CONNECTION. Jesus was fondly called the Son of David. Jesus is the Son of God. David was a man after God’s heart. God was pleased with Jesus. David overcame the Bear And Lion. Jesus Will overcome the Beast (Antichrist) And the Dragon (Satan).David saved a lamb from a lion's mouth and killed the lion. Jesus destroyed the devil with his hands nailed to save man. David was anointed 3 times as King. The voice of God spoke from heaven concerning Jesus 3 times. David was a warrior.Jesus is the mighty Conquering King. David’s son Solomon was the wisest on earth in his generation. Jesus the son of God, is the wisdom of God. David began to reign over Isreal at the age of 30. Jesus began his ministry at age 30. David reigned as king for 40 years. Jesus fasted for 40 days and nights and appeared to his disciples for 40 days. David reigned over Isreal in Jerusalem for 33 years and 7 years in Hebron. Jesus lived on earth for approximately 33 years. Saul tried to kill David but he failed. The Jews tried to kill Jesus but they failed. let your life glorify Jesus like Joseph's life did. A LIFE OF GLORY: And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one (John 17:22).The Lord Jesus in our theme verse prays for the Church and says, “…the glory which though gavest me I have given them….” He’s talking about us, the new creation; He has given to us the glory the Father gave to Him. Remarkably, He didn’t say, “I shall give them,” but “I have given them.” This is not a promise, but a present hour reality. What kind of a life should you be living then? Peter the apostle tells us about the “…sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow” (1 Peter 1:11). Being born again, you’ve been born into a life of glory. Jesus has given you His glory; your life therefore, is a life of glory. What this means is that you’re blessed beyond measure; your progress in life is limitless. No nation or government can put a limit on you. So, you can lift your vision; look beyond the horizon and say, “Praise God! My life is a life of glory. Hallelujah! I’m making progress; I’m moving forward. I’ll never be defeated.” Addressing His disciples in John 14:23, Jesus said, ”…If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” This is what you got when you received the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit brings you the presence of the Father and the presence of Jesus. He’s the glory of God and has brought that glory into your life.The Bible says “…Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27). Because He lives in you, no sickness, disease and infirmity can thrive in your body. His presence in your life is the sure guarantee of a victorious and glorious life. Learn to trust in Him, and follow His Word.Then you can rest in Him and watch your life gravitate from glory to glory. PRAYER: Thank you blessed Father, for making my life beautiful and glorious by the Holy Ghost who lives in me, I rejoice because your Spirit brings me your manifested presence always. And I know I'II live and walk in glory, victory and prosperity every day, in Jesus ' Name. Amen. It’s very important that we have a clear understanding of what faith is before we proceed any further. GOOD LEADERS: The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever.Proverbs 29:14 The starting point of loyalty is the head of the organisation. If he is unfaithful to his followers, they will be unfaithful to him. I was once chatting with a senior pastor. He spoke about my associates. He said, "You have all these nice people working with you. They are so loyal." Then he lamented, "But I have all these devils as associates, I wish I had people like yours..I thought to myself, "If you call your associates devils, what do you expect from them?" Just as a loyal subordinate should not speak evil of his senior, the head must also not speak evil of his subordinates. Not only was it inappropriate for him to speak like that about his subordinates, but also, it was not appropriate for him to say such things to an outsider. I heard another overseer refer to his branch pastors as "wicked people" and as "wizards". Just as the junior pastors should not refer to their senior as a wizard or a wicked man, this should also not come from the top. It is very difficult to live under certain kinds of leadership. Many Africans flood western nations seeking greener pastures because they are running away from bad leaders! I know that many Africans would return to their own countries if they could. It is difficult to live under leadership, which is oppressive. It is difficult to live under leaders who steal the nation's wealth and do not care if the people have roads, hospitals and schools for their children. HIGHLIGHTS - THE LIFE AND MINISTRY OF WILLIAM BRAHNAM: He was born in Burksville, Kentucky. At His Birth (April 6, 1909) the PILLAR OF FIRE came into the lowly log cabin and for two days hung over the crib where the infant William Branham lay. THUS CONFIRMING THE CALL OF GOD in this child's life. As long as he could remember, William Branham RECEIVED VISIONS and any vision of a future event has NEVER FAILED to come to pass exactly as he saw it.At the age of Seven years, while passing under a poplar tree, A VOICE SPOKE TO HIM OUT OF A WHIRLWIND. The VOICE SAID, "DON'T ever SMOKE, or DRINK, or DEFILE YOUR BODY in any way, for there will be a work for you to do when you get older." Frightened, he ran screaming to the house, telling his mother that a man spoke to him out of the tree. Later in Life (1946) HE WOULD MEET FACE TO FACE, THE ANGEL WHOSE VOICE HE HEARD.WILLIAM BRAHNAM did not come from a spiritual home. His father often bootlegged whiskey. Throughout his young life he was under constant pressure to conform to the social norms of drinking, smoking, etc. But each time he attempted to drink or smoke he would HEAR THE PECULIAR SOUND of the wind blowing and felt the Presence of an UNSEEN BEING. TWICE HE WAS APPROACHED BY ASTROLOGERS (on the street and in a bus) who attempted to explain to him that HE WAS BORN UNDER A SIGN. One of them told him that she saw a LIGHT FOLLOWING HIM. Later he would more fully understand the spirit that motivated Astrologers and Mediums and he rebuked that spirit wherever he went. BUT in Scripture we find that it was THESE TYPES OF SPIRITS THAT RECOGNIZED JESUS' and PAUL'S MINISTRY as being of God, while the religious leaders called it 'the Devil'. At the age of fourteen he was accidentally shot in the leg by a hunting companion. During emergency surgery, he lost much of his blood. During this time he saw VISIONS OF HEAVEN AND HADES. He remembers screaming out to God for mercy. The Lord, protecting the gift and the Ministry, preserved his life. At the age of 19 years, William Branham SOUGHT FOR AND RECEIVED AN EXPERIENCE WITH GOD. It took place in a woodshed. God came down in the form of a Cross of Light. The joy of Salvation flood his soul and God spoke peace to his heart. It was in June of 1933 that as he was baptizing converts in the Ohio River that an AMAZING and documented event occurred. As he was baptizing the seventeenth person before a crowd of approximately 4000 thousand, there APPEARED A BLAZING WHIRLING STAR OUT OF HEAVEN WITH THE SOUND OF RUSHING WIND audible to all, and it came and hovered over Bro. Branham. A voice spoke out of the Pillar Of Fire and said, "AS JOHN THE BAPTIST WAS THE FORERUNNER OF THE FIRST COMING of CHRIST, so YOUR MESSAGE IS THE FORERUNNER OF THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST." All these happenings are SCRIPTURAL. In June of 1933, the LORD GAVE THE PROPHET SEVEN MAJOR VISIONS CONCERNING WORLD EVENTS, INVENTIONS, AMERICA, etc. reaching into the present day. The years passed and WILLIAM BRANHAM served his God, MAGNIFYING Jesus Christ, ministering to the sick and calling sinners to repentance with an "open vision" ministry (1 Samuel 3:1). But still, his ministry was mainly a MYSTERY to him. WHY had God "entrusted" this type of a ministry to a simple, backwoods Kentucky hillbilly such as himself? WHY the Pillar of Fire at his birth? WHY the Visions (since he was seven years old)? WHY the Voice in the whirlwind? WHY the Pillar of Fire in 1933 while he was baptizing converts?
WHY WOULD GOD GIVE TO HIM A TYPE OF MINISTRY WHICH COMPARES WITH THAT OF THE OLD Testament PROPHETS? WELL, THE DAY WAS APPROACHING WHEN GOD WOULD SEND AN ANGEL TO HIS SERVANT TO ANSWER 'SOME' OF HIS QUESTIONS. On MAY 6 ,1946, as he passed under a Maple tree in his yard a mighty rushing wind broke loose in the top of the Maple. It seemed the tree would be torn to pieces. He staggered under the impact and fell to the ground. His wife ran to him. Rising to his feet he said, "For over twenty years I have not been able to understand this ministry or myself. I can't go on like this. I must know what it is all about." Leaving his wife and baby, he took his Bible and went to his cave to pray and seek understanding. He had determined not to leave the cave until he had an answer. At about THE ELEVENTH HOUR in the evening, THE PILLAR OF FIRE came into the cave where he was sitting. Then he heard footsteps; and into the light cast on the floor by THE PILLAR OF FIRE, walked an Angel. BRO. BRAHNAM was very fearful. But, speaking gently, the Angel said, "FEAR NOT, I AM SENT FROM THE PRESENCE OF ALMIGHTY GOD TO TELL YOU THAT YOUR PECULIAR LIFE AND YOUR MISUNDERSTOOD WAYS HAVE BEEN TO INDICATE THAT GOD HAS SENT YOU TO TAKE A GIFT OF DIVINE HEALING TO THE PEOPLE of the world. IF YOU WILL BE SINCERE AND GET THE PEOPLE TO BELIEVE YOU, NOTHING SHALL STAND BEFORE YOUR PRAYER, NOT EVEN CANCER." The ANGEL took the PROPHET into the SCRIPTURES and TOLD HIM THAT LIKE MOSES, he was to receive TWO SIGNS, ONE of which would raise the PEOPLE'S FAITH, while THE OTHER would be a SIGN OF THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST. First, he was given a SIGN IN THE HAND - this has been seen manifested by thousands of people. THE SECOND SIGN, would be the ABILITY TO KNOW, in the Spirit, the SECRETS of MEN'S HEARTS as well as their PHYSICAL PROBLEMS. This sign has also been seen by countless thousands of people. SINCE this ability belongs only to the ministry of a Prophet, IT IS A DEFINITE SIGN of the SOON, SECOND COMING OF CHRIST. The above link to "A WORD VINDICATED MAN SENT FROM GOD" will take you to a detailed account of the Power of God manifested in meetings in Africa and India. One has said that witnessing this Ministry was like WALKING IN BIBLE DAYS AGAIN. Our Lord Himself performed this type of Ministry when he was here in the days of His flesh. There have been five proven cases which verify that the dead has been raised through this ministry. It was on Feb. 28, 1963 that SEVEN MIGHTY ANGELS APPEARED TO BRO. BRAHNAM while he was on a hunting trip with two other brethren in Sunset Mountains, near Tucson, Arizona. Just over two months previous the Lord had showed him a vision of the Angels coming to him. To Bro. Branham it sounded like a powerful blast. He told his church about it. Just over two months later it came to pass. As Bro. Branham stood on the mountain side, he stooped down to remove sand burrs out of his trouser leg. As he did so a mighty blast came out of the South rocking the mountains so that the boulders rolled down the slopes, and little rocks seemed to dance up and down. First he thought someone had shot him. THEN there came in reality SEVEN MIGHTY ANGELS, IN A CLOUD, like a pyramid, swooping toward him with the speed of light. One of the Angels spoke and told him to return to his Church in Jeffersonville, Indiana, because it was time for the "OPENING OF THE SEVEN SEALS" of REVELATION CH 5, CH 6 and CH 8. This would be the REVEALING OF THE MYSTERY OF THE SEVEN THUNDERS OF REVELATION CH 10 which John was forbidden to write. On the EXACT DAY and TIME of this event, what appeared to be a CLOUD FORMED IN THE SKY. It was THIRTY MILES ACROSS and TWENTY-SIX MILES HIGH - SCIENTIFIC FACT. It was in that part of the atmosphere where no clouds ever form. Many photographs were taken of this "CLOUD". LIFE MAGAZINE of MAY 17, 1963 has four pictures of the CLOUD. SCIENCE MAGAZINE of APRIL 19, 1963, FRONT COVER, also has the picture. A further VINDICATION of the "ELIJAH MINISTRY" sent to FORERUN THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST. In March of 1963 Bro. Branham came back east to preach on the SEVEN SEALS. From the 17th to the 24th. of that month he taught on these SEVEN MYSTERY SEALS. He taught things he had never previously known. In fact, he taught in such a way as to correct certain things he had previously taught. Each day as he waited on God, that AMBER PILLAR OF FIRE APPEARED, and out of the CLOUD, the VOICE OF GOD SPOKE REVEALING TO HIM THE EXACT TRUTH OF THE CONTENTS OF THE SEALS AND WHAT THE SEVEN THUNDERS UTTERED (REVELATION 10:1-7). "THUS SAITH THE LORD," IN THE MOUTH OF a PROPHET HAS RETURNED TO THIS GENERATION - the last generation - for all things are coming to pass according to the Word of God ..WILLIAM BRAHNAM NEVER SOUGHT the praise of men. He never sought large programs which drained the people financially. HE HAS PERSONALLY REFUSED LARGE SUMS OF MONEY which certain of the wealthy sought to give him in exchange for his prayers for some loved one. During his entire Ministry he refused to let his managers pull for money. Here was ONE MAN WHO PRACTICED WHAT HE PREACHED. We encourage you to SERIOUSLY CONSIDER THE THINGS WE HAVE PRESENTED. We remind you of the Word of God which says, "HE THAT RECEIVETH A PROPHET IN THE NAME OF A PROPHET, YE SHALL RECEIVE A PROPHET'S REWARD" - In short, whatever God chooses to pour through him to the people - ALL that is yours BY FAITH. One more note to those who still refuse to believe in a "PROPHET TO THE GENTILES" - GOD DID DO IT! IT CANNOT BE ERASED FROM THE HISTORY BOOKS - GOD DID INDEED SEND A PROPHET TO THE GENTILES. GOD HAS INTERPRETED HIS OWN WORD BY BRINGING IT TO PASS - now, it only requires BELIEVING.THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING TO INTRODUCE GOD'S PROPHET TO YOU TO GOD BE THE GLORY THE GRACE OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST BE WITH YOU. GOD BLESS EVERY INDIVIDUALS WHO THIRST AND HUNGER FOR DEEP THINGS OF GOD. READ AND GIVE ME YOUR ANSWER: A widow mom leaves her house and goes to fetch water, leaving her only child asleep. On her return, she found a large crowd around her burning house. On the inside, her son is about to die in the fire. Throwing her bowl of water on the floor, and crying, she wants to get into the burning house to look for her son. Everyone keeps saying, "You're going to die too, fire is very great." Escaping from their hands, she enters the fire and wrapped her son in a blanket. The child, tight against her breast, is not touched by the fire. Mummy comes out severely burnt and is only narrowly saved; thanks to the care of the hospital, but she lives with scars and unrecognizable. Many years passed.The child, under the guidance of his mother, completed his studies and was appointed minister.He organized a party at his villa on his appointment, and invited all the dignitaries of the city and his friends. While they were in full party, noises were heard at the door of the entrance to the villa. The son was forced to go and resolve the situation. He found that the security officers were preventing his mother from joining the party.He had not invited her but she also wanted to join the party. Faced with this situation in front of his guests, he said tenderly to his mother: "Please, Mom, I would be ashamed to have you appear before my friends. We can discuss later. " And in secret, he ordered the security services to throw out his mother because of her scars ... What inspires you in this story? This woman represents Jesus Christ who sacrificed himself for you and I.Today, what place do you give him in your life It is He who has received the scars because of you and me. If you are ashamed of Him, keep this message and don't send it to anyone.If you are not ashamed of the scars of Jesus Christ, if you have received Him as your Lord and Savior in your heart, convey this message to twelve persons WHAT DO YOU STILL WANT FROM ME?: What do you still want from Me that has not been given? I abandoned my throne in heaven for 33 and half years for your redemption, I was imprisoned for 9 months in the womb of a woman, my creature for your sake. I was born in the shelter of animals for your well being. I was chased around to be killed by my creature because of you.I suffered hunger, thirst, fasted, tempted that you will be exalted.i was betrayed and sold for 30 pieces of silver that you will be bought. A condemned criminal Barnabas was preferred by you to me.I was handed over to be judged, I was tortured, spit onto, slapped, flogged to mention a few all for your liberty. I was called names which I bear not and was crowned with thorns only for your sake. I was compelled to carry a cross with bruised and peeled body in pains and blood all over me and was nailed to the cross, a spear was pierced through my rib cage to ascertain my death that you may live!. I cried in pains, neither you nor my Father came to my aid that it shall be well with you. I went to the land of the dead and stayed for three nights that the power of external death shall be broken in your life. I resurrected for your justification. My sons and my daughters, If you go to hell, you made the choice. I requested nothing in return because you are too broke to pay for your sins. I AM The Way, The Truth and Life, no man goes to the Father except through Me. I AM your burden bearer your healer , your redeemer, your Lord and personal Savior and the soon coming King. Except a man be born again, he shall not see the kingdom of God! God bless you as you preach the gospel
MASTER, THE TEMPEST IS RAGING
Master, the tempest is raging!
The billows are tossing high!
The sky is o'ershadow with blackness,
No shelter or help is nigh;
Carest Thou not that we perish?
How canst Thou lie asleep,
When each moment so madly is threatening
A grave in the angry deep?
The winds and the waves shall obey Thy will,
Peace, be still!
Whether the wrath of the storm tossed sea,
Or demons or men, or whatever it be
No waters can swallow the ship where lies
The Master of ocean, and earth, and skies;
They all shall sweetly obey Thy will,
Peace, be still! Peace, be still!
They all shall sweetly obey Thy will,
Peace, peace, be still!
Master, with anguish of spirit
I bow in my grief today;
The depths of my sad heart are troubled
Oh, waken and save, I pray!
Torrents of sin and of anguish
Sweep o’er my sinking soul;
And I perish! I perish! dear Master
Oh, hasten, and take control.
Master, the terror is over,
The elements sweetly rest;
Earth’s sun in the calm lake is mirrored,
And heaven’s within my breast;
Linger, O blessèd Redeemer!
Leave me alone no more;
And with joy I shall make the blest harbor,
And rest on the blissful shore.