Brother Branham's last 3 statements on this subject is, "...and you take the mark of the beast not
knowing it." Leadership 65-1207,"...and be caught, sealed into the mark of the
beast before we know it." Modern Events 65-1206,"...and you're going to be caught
with the mark of the beast on you and not know what it is until it's too late." Rapture 65-1204.
We all know when these quotes were made in the mid-1960s, that the mark of the beast would come
from either unbelieve, false
doctrine, organizational religion, trinitarianism, the World Council of Churches, or the Roman
Catholic Church. But the mark that Brother Branham was talking in these quotes is not coming from these
things. Because Brother Branham said, a believer could have the Mark of the Beast and not even
know what it is until it's too late.
Unbelieve is the mark of the beast but only because it leads one to false doctrine. False
doctrine is the mark of the beast but only because it leads one to denominational religion.
Denominations religion is the mark of the beast but only because it leads one to the World
Council of Churches. World Council of Church (Catholic included) is the mark of the beast
only because it leads one to ecumenicalism. Ecumenicalism is the mark of the beast but only
because it creates an IMAGE. The worship of that image is the Mark of the Beast. The
prove this, you CAN be forgiven for unbelieve and all the others, but you CANNOT, be forgiven
for worshipping the image. It is the Mark of The Beast. In our time we can truly say, that
unbelieve, false doctrine, organizational religion, trinitarianism, the World Council of
Churches, or the Roman Catholic Church is not the IMAGE of the Beast.
Making of the Image
Unbelieve grew into false doctrine. False doctrine grew into organizational religion.
Organizations grew into trinitarianism. Trinitarianism grew into the World Council of
Churches (Catholic included). They have all play their part in the making of the image.
Revelation 13:11-14And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a
lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first
beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to
worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great
wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the
sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of
those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying
to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast,
which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
There are two beasts in the above scriptures. The first beast is specifically
the pope of Rome. The pope is an embody office of the Church of Rome (Catholic).
Which make the first beast of Revelation the 13 chapter the Church of Rome. The
Church of Rome did not create the image. The image was born in the America/Canada
1940-1950 revival. Every God sent revival produces a carnal twin.
CHURCH CHOOSING LAW FOR GRACE 03-16-61,Every revival ever come forth
produced twins. I don't care where it was at, it produces twins (many other similar quotes).
Church of America is the "another" or "second" beast coming up out of the earth
(America). We see the image that the second beast makes come on the scene in the
closing day of America history. REASON 1 of Closing Days, the Church of
America was a gentle 2 horn lamb-like creature when she was a young, but the
lamb grows old into a dragon. REASON 2 of Closing Days, the Church of
America advances in technology to do great deceiving marvels (bring fire from
heaven). Since World War 2 and more so in the last few years, there has been a great advancements in scientific
knowledge. REASON 3 of Closing Days, the Church of America declares
that no one can buy or sell with-out the mark. This persecution starts at the
beginning the great last tribulation.
We have refer to America has a Church. America is a Judeo-Christian nation
found upon The Declaration of Independence; The Paris Peace Treaty of 1783, and
the Constitution. All 3 documents endorse The Creator who has endowed American's
with certain unalienable rights. To be an America is to be identified in Christianity
(God will judge her according). America the second beast had 2 horns, 2 power,
civil and ecclesiastical. Ecclesiastical means church (we will speak of the civil power later). America the second Beast
is like the first Beast, both are churches.
(same scripture from above but this time the word "earth" is change to "America")
Revelation 13:11-14And I beheld another beast coming up out of the America;
and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth
all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth America and them which
dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he
doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven in America
in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell in America by the means of
those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them
that dwell in America , that they should make an image to the beast, which had
the wound by a sword, and did live.
We believe we have proven completely how the image was made, who made the image, and where it was made.
Image is a Reflection
Revelation 13:15And he had power to give life unto the image of the
beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as
would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
What is this image. The image is not the real thing. It is a reflection. It is
not a physical group of people, church buildings, or any other religious institutions.
The image is a spirit copy of the physical Church of Rome (Rome has a spirit also). The Church of Rome headship
is the Pope, this image reflection has also one headship and that is Satan (many other similar quotes). The Church
of Rome worship mother Mary, the image worship women's roles in religious leadership.
The Church of Rome has many objects of idolatry worship. This image embraces plural
Gods including God's of all religions. The Church of Rome is a one world-wide church.
The image is made up of many church groups yet all in one ecumenical charisma. Church of Rome
is the only physical church which has government power (civil power). The image has
now obtained civil power through American politics. The people of America wants the ecumenical spirt upon
them to be enforced upon all.
The image is a ecclesiastical concept of ecumenical liberal thinking who's concept
of Christianity is, "you cannot say anything to offend anyone in any way for any reason
and remain a real Christian and "though we may not be a Christian ourselves we shall hold all
to our own religion standards." May we add, whatever standards they want that to be, at any given time."
Image Receives Power
313-2 CHURCH AGE BOOK CHAPTER 8The temptation will come as follows. The
ecumenical move that has started on what seems such a beautiful and blessed principle
(fulfilling Christ's prayer that we all might be one) becomes so strong politically
that she bears pressure upon the government to cause all to join with her either directly
or through adherence to principles enacted into law so that no people will be recognized
as actual churches unless under direct or indirect domination of this council. Little
groups will lose charters, privileges, etc., until they lose all property and spiritual
rights with the people. For example, right now unless the local ministerial association
approves in many, if not most cities, one cannot rent a building for religious services.
To become chaplains in the armed services, hospitals, etc., it is now almost mandatory
to be recognized as acceptable to the trinitarian ecumenical groups. As this pressure
increases, and it will, it will be harder to resist, for to resist is to lose privilege.
And so many will be tempted to go along, for they will feel it is better to serve God
publicly in the framework of this organization than not to serve God at all publicly. But
they err. To believe the devil's lie is to serve Satan, even though you may want to call
him Jehovah. But the elect will not be deceived.
Brother Branham states this ecumenical move becomes so strong politically that she
(the church) will bear pressure upon her government representatives to cause all to
join with her, either directly (of the same spirit) or through adherence to principles enacted
into law (legal methods). The Roman Catholic Church in the dark ages in most cases, became
the "run to" for help from the government's religious persecution. They install the evil
governments and then try to take the high road of holiness against those same leaders. The
Church of Rome will offer a way of adherences. It also called serving God in the framework (boundaries)
of their allotted freedom.
Brother Branham mentioned, "no people will be recognized as actual churches unless under
direct or indirect domination of this council." This council in not the World Council of
Churches (they have already came together in the Ecumenical Vatican Council 2, 1962-1965). It is
a political council of man and women that is empowered
by the voters to enforce the false image of religious fellowship and unity.
Brother Branham calls it an organization and he also calls it a church system and other terminologies.
But the Church of Rome is exempt. She can forbid and condemn anything she desires. It is the same
today as it was a thousand
years ago. The Church of Rome has empowered the Vatican Council 1962-1965 ecumenicalism which
has create this council through her American Protestant Denominational Daughters. The Church of
Rome waits to reap their reward of become the church who can help people through this persecution.
The Image Demands Worship
Revelation 13:15-17And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that
the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the
image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor,
free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man
might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
The second Beast causes all to worship and give praise to this uncondemning religion. These days
we see people everywhere giving glory to the fact that we can all can be Christian and not be offensive
to anyone. Even believer go to great lengths to avoid saying anything about the Message that someone
would disagree with. Who ever heard of something as senseless as a believer can get closer to God
with-out conviction? Conviction only comes from a conflict between one's opinion and God's message.
Believer everywhere are smitten with joy that we can all can believe the prophets message differently
and still all be one great group. What a sad time. Like the prophet's quotes in the first paragraphs
people do not realize they are worshipping that image and in doing so have taken the Mark of the Beast.
Revelation 13:16-17 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond,
to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save
he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
We would like to bring this 3 points next
to further light. The "mark(1), or the name of the beast(2), or the number of his name(3)." this simple means if
you're a Catholic you bear the name of the beast(2), "Catholic", you know have to worry about the mark(1) from
the image your lost from God anyway. And if you have the number of his name(3) this false faith in your heart
"VICARIUS FILII DEI" which in the Roman Alphabet Numeral is "666", meaning, instead of the Son of God, your
already lost from God. Or as
the scripture makes clear, you will be accepted by the world to buy or sell regardless of your Catholic belief.
314-1 CHURCH AGE BOOK CHAPTER 8 ...and force the whole earth into its religious trap, or will
kill them, by refusing them the privilege of buying and selling whereby they would make a living. The
pressure will start with the lost of money as it is now. This Message is going to cost you everything. 265-1
CHURCH AGE BOOK CHAPTER 7 ...you won't be able to buy or to sell. You will lose all. Those who stay
true to God and keep their garments clean from the defilement of this 'world-system' of church orders
will be physically bereft. The church and pastor's will face litigation "getting sue". Church doors
will be shut by the government through taxes or fines. This pressure on the Bride is about money (buy or sell). Brother
Branham said the church will return to "old store front building, dimly-lit rooms, and cellars", or worship
that image and receive the mark. Even today in public jobs if your caught praying, witness, or talking
about Christ on your job you will be fired. All message believers will be faced with decision regarding
their Bible and Message views. Almost all will make compromising degrees for they are not going to give
up their job whereby they lose the homes and cars and their style of life. Sample: They will publicly
glory in the false facts that certain denominational persons is as good of a Bible Christian as they are.
Knowing that the Word has condemns that person's doctrine and life style. That is worshipping the image.
Today we see message folks giving
God the glory about the greatness of Christian unity and fellowship with people not living a Word life. Real
God called ministers are feeling the heat every time they condemn wrong. There in a demand from the
congregation to level-it-out or better said, to compare sins, by which, the things they are doing wrong
becomes justified. As long as a minister will also worship that image he can condemn
anything he desires and be accepted. They will hate the minister that defines right from wrong. The
pressure to worship the image is on. Don't draw a
line, don't offend with the message; sanction everybody and everything. Forget our differences because the
main thing (they say) is to give God praise and worship. Yet, God declares by His Word message, "you are
worshipping the devil." From Genesis to Revelation the Word is dividing the light from the darkness of
unbelieve. If you know the Message requirements of how you should live your life
and you do not do so, Yet, all the while, you feel wonderful in the spirit of worship.
You have almost certainly TAKEN THE MARK OF THE BEAST.
Everyday across of America we are seeing religious persecution coming against everyone even fundamental
church denominational Christians that stand up for the Word (morals) as declared in the Bible. But they ALL will
concede to the image of ecumenicalism. For only the names written on the Lamb Book of life will remain
unmarked. The image is made, the image has been given power, the image is demanding worship, the image
is marking the luke-warm. Word Christian will suffer and some will die, but they shall return in great
triumph with Christ Jesus.
How long, O Lord?
Revelation 13:16-17And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond,
to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: The mark is in the right hand, the power
of whom you choose to fellowship with. In the forehead, the forefront mental concept, that leads the
rest of your religious thinking.
314-1 CHURCH AGE BOOK CHAPTER 8 Furthermore, the elect
will not only be kept, but as this move becomes the "IMAGE ERECTED TO THE BEAST," the saints will be
gone in the rapture. And this little delightful, winsome movement that started out in fellowship at
Ephesus will become the monster of Satan that defiles and deceives the whole world. How long?, till
millions realize the image is a trick of the Church of Rome. As of now, it seems to not be erected to Rome
in any way. But in the end the only world influencing church will be the Church of Rome. Someday
soon folks will wake-up and realize that ecumenicalism has been Satan's trap and will we willing to die
in the tribulation. When they awake, the Saint of God will already be
gone in the rapture. We are right at that thin line now.
347-1 CHURCH AGE BOOK CHAPTER 9 Pity the poor people who are in this last day ecumenical
move, for they call it the move of God, when it is of Satan. Pity those who do not know the curse of
organization. Pity those who have so many beautiful churches, such lovely parsonages, such grandly
trained choirs, such a show of wealth and such a sedate and reverent form of worship. Pity them,
don't envy them. Back to the old store buildings, back to the dimly-lit rooms, back to the cellars,
back to less of the world and more of God. Pity those who make their great claims, and talk about
their gifts. Feel for them as objects of pity, for soon they will be objects of wrath.
Eagle Christian Church ' P.O. Box 1510 LaVergne, TN 37086 USA
Pastor James Tidwell