False "Anointed Ones" In The Camp

During his experience with the Pentecostal people, Bro. Branham was presented with an enigma. It involved the gift of 'speaking in tongues' and 'the interpretation' of tongues. Two men in the meetings seemed to be used in a wonderful way. One would bring forth a message in tongues and the other would provide the interpretation. Again and again this happened, each time accompanied by a great move of the Spirit upon the congregation. The gift of Tongues and Interpretation are Scriptural, of course, but Brother Branham was soon to fine something amiss.

After one of the services, one of the men, approached him, asking him whether he, Bro. Branham, had the Holy Ghost. Humble as he was, he replied that he didn't know. then this man asked what was to become a routine Pentecostal Question: "Did you speak in tongues?"

"No", said Brother Branham.

"Well", came the smug reply, "You ain't got her then."

The man had made the mistake of calling attention to himself in the presence of a Prophet of God, one called from his mother's womb, and endowed with gifts far beyond the fleshly manifestation of "speaking in tongues"; for, no sooner had he spoken, then Brother Branham saw a vision of the man which revealed his complete carnality. The vision showed the man was living in adultery. He was married to one woman, but was living with another and had two children by this other woman. In his own mind, Bro. Branham was thinking, "If it's the Holy Ghost that this man had, then I don't want it."

This puzzled the Prophet. Thinking first that had come into the camp of the Angels of God, he now wondered if he had come among Devils. Therefore he sought out the other man to see if the Lord would reveal anything in his life. But the character of the other brother was in total constrast to the first man. His life was perfectly clean -righteous and holy in the Presence of God.

It was from this little experience that he learned the lesson of the two vines as explained in Matthew 5:44-45). The same rain that falls on the wheat, falls also on the tares. they both praise the Lord, yet one is wheat and the other but tares for the burning. This is also proven again in the parable of the "tares among the wheat" in . At the end of the ages both were to be separated - first, the tares to be burned and secondly, the wheat is gathered into the barn.

Brother Branham further enlarges on this in a Message entitledThe Anointed Ones At The Endtime. In spite of his experience with the false vine, he was greatly impressed with the Pentecostal people. For greater part of his ministry he was associated with the Pentecostals.

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Hebrews 6:7-8:

6:7 "For the earth, which drinketh in the rain that cometh often upon it, and bringeth forth herbs, meet for then by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God;

6:8 But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing, whose end is to be burned."

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Matthew 5:44-45:

5:44 But I say unto you, love your enemies; bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them who despitefully use you, and persecute you,

5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father, who is in Heaven; for He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust."

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Matthew 13:24-30:

13:24 A nother parable put he forth unto them, saying, the Kingdom of Heaven is likened unto a man who sowed good seed in his field;

13:25 But while man slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

13:26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

13:27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst thou not sow good seed in thy field? From where, then, hath it tares?

13:28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, wilt thou, then, that we go and gather them up?

13:29 But he said, nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.

13:30 Let both grow together until the Harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather together, first, the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.

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