The capstone [ 1962 1965 ] 1962 22. Ministry hones for Headstone, rapture

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[3 Stages of the world.]


14-2 Here the apostle, in II Peter here, the 2nd chapter, and the 5th--and the--and the 5th and 6th verse (yes, I've got it), he refers to three stages of the earth. See, he--he gets three stages of it. Notice how he brings them. The old world stood out of the water. Now, that was the antediluvian world.

Now, the one that is--the present world we live in now (called it a world), the old world that stood out of water (Genesis 1:1), now (and the world that is now present), and then again he refers to another one, the world that is to come, the new world--three worlds, three stages of the world.

And notice how God makes plain to us His plan of redemption. Oh, this just thrilled my soul when I saw it. How He makes plain to us here now, His plan of redemption. Now, compare what we see with our own eyes what God has done to redeem His world. He's done the same plan to redeem His people. For the unchangeable God changes not any of His plans or anything. Such a glorious thing.

How He led us to Himself, to a-tabernacle in us by three stages of grace, just like He's led the world in three stages to come through the world. As God will come to the world after it's gone through three different stages of purification, that's exactly how He comes to us through three stages of grace. I've taught that at the beginning; I've never changed since. It's God's Word.


15-6 Now, the first step is repentance towards God, and then follows after that, is water baptism. Water baptism: "Repent and be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ." See? Water baptism follows, showing that repentance was genuine, or, to remit our past sins. Now, that has nothing to do with future sin. It only remits. "Repent and be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ." What for? Remission, taking away of past sin: has nothing to do with the future. Just your sin has been chopped off, what you did.

You can't repent for what Adam done. You never done it; Adam did. You just get forgiveness for what you done. The old nature is still there. Let me take is board just a minute. [Brother Branham steps to a blackboard to illustrate--Ed.]

Now, here is a human heart. Now, I'm not... I'm a long ways from being an artist. See? Here is a human heart, and here is a human heart. Now, this one over here has a snake in it; that's sin. Here he has is life. This one over here has a Dove in it, which is the Holy Spirit. Here he has a life. Well, this one here he has malice, hatred, envy. That's what's causing it: this fellow here. Well, this one over here has love, and joy, and long-suffering, and that's what does it down here.

Now, when you're asked--or you are forgiven of your sins, you've only done this, taken that away. But the thing that made you do it is still there. That's the old root of evil. It's still there.

Notice, then you repent and are baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ, that He forgave you of your sins.

16-5 Notice, then secondly comes sanctification, which sets our mind in order for holiness: to think right, taking away. "Sanctification" is a compound Greek word which means "cleaned and set aside for service."

Then the next comes the baptism of the Fire and Holy Ghost that God might dwell in us, and the Fire of God cleanses our hearts from sin and puts the Holy Ghost inside. Then we bring forth the same Life that this did, because that's in us.


17-2 Now notice, sanctification, the third stage--second stage of it, cleanses the mind, sets the heart, the mind of the heart in order of holiness.

A man can repent of sin and he's still thinking of... Well, maybe he's a immoral man. Every immoral looking woman he finds; it's still there. Maybe he's a drunkard. Every time he smells a drink; it's still there. See? But then when he gets sanctified, that cleanses that desire out of him. See? It takes the want of it away. He can still be tempted, but He takes the want of it away. Still he's not right yet. Then he is baptized with the Holy Ghost and Fire, cleansed, burnt out, cleaned up, and then put into the service of God. Sanctification only sets him aside for service.

And notice just exactly how that comes, the messages coming: Martin Luther, justification; John Wesley, sanctification; the Pentecostal, the baptism of the Holy Ghost. The messages, that's so where there can't be no more ages of it. See? We're at the end time. Three stages... Baptism cleanses the heart with the Holy Ghost.

How striking now. He takes the place where we are to dwell in through the same process. Now He's called the Church through justification, called it through sanctification, then filled it with the Holy Ghost and Fire, and He took it through a process that He Himself, the Holy Spirit Himself, the Son of God, could dwell in the human heart. Now, it has to go through that before He can come into it. Notice, He done the world (where that Bride's going to live in) the same way, His same plan of--of salvation.

17-6 Notice the antediluvian world. He... After it had repented by--through the bride of that day, Noah, He give it a water baptism, covered it over with water; then justification, showing that He's on His road to call this fallen world from Eden back to its restoration again. Then Christ came and shed His Blood upon it, cleansing it and claiming it. See? That's the world that we live in now.


18-2 Then it is now to get a baptism of Fire. See, it has now... What happened? Christ came and called the Church to repentance, baptism in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission, sanctified the Church, and with the Fire of God come down and burn out all the filth and come and dwells in the human heart.

Now, the world, to be redeemed for this redeemed person, He uses His same method. He baptized it in water after the antediluvian destruction, shed His Blood upon it to sanctify it and claim it. It's His.

Satan tried to say, "I'll give it to you."

He said, "No, sir, I'll buy it." Let it be a witness. He was lifted up for an ensign--that He bought it; He purchased it. But now it has to go through a baptism of fire, holy fire from God which cleanses the earth and the heavens around it. Then it's purchased so that the redeemed can live on it--live in it in peace.

Notice, the baptism of fire is to cleanse it from sin, from sickness, from disease germs, from sinners, from the devil and all of his group. He's to be cast out into the lake of fire. Holy fire from God comes down from God out of heaven and burns it up (notice) to make it ready for God to dwell in. For God, in the new world that is to come, is to dwell in the earth 'cause... You say, "God? He dwells in the human heart." But He and the Bride becomes One, and they go to their home in the new world. And the same plan of redemption is used to redeem both world and the persons that live in it.


26-2 (…) Notice, in Peter, in the 2nd chapter of Peter here--3rd chapter, rather, he uses the word "world" as a Greek word, "Kosmos," which means "the world order." The earth shall pass away, melt the elements with fervent heat. See? Doesn't mean that the earth, the planet's going to pass away, but the world,, the politics, the sinners, the system, sin, disease, germs, everything that's wrong will pass away.


27-4 Now, many of you that want to put down this word, the Greek word, "pass away," it comes from the Word... I had to find it. I thought, "How's this world going to pass away, and yet we're going to live on it?" But if you'll notice (some of you people that wants to put it down, I'll spell it for you; I couldn't pronounce it), p-a-r-e-r-e-c-h-o-m-i-a; I don't know how to pronounce it.

Now, that way, as I said, when I get--the inspiration strikes me for something, then I go back to find out the word. Now, here I can't spell the word; I can't--I can't pronounce it. But in that the Lord has still give me a way: I go and find out what that word means; then I got it. (See?); then I got it again. See, "Heavens and earth will pass away." Now, this word means "passing from one form to another." It does not mean annihilation, as the English word would mean, pass away: it's annihilated. But the Hebrew word--or the Greek word here does not mean pass away; it means "from passing from one thing to another." Look, but to pass from one condition it says to another...

20-5 Now, perfectly Noah was a type of those carried over. Remember, when Noah come out, Ham was with him. Sin was still in there. Sin went right on over through the ark, unbelief, doubt went over in the ark, carried above the judgment; but Enoch went higher than the ark. He went on into the Presence of God, but Noah went through and come out, and there was still sin: type of the millennium--of the world's condition.

The millennium is not the end of it; there'll still be time after the millennium. The millennium is a space of time, but not the new earth. No, indeed.

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