Matthew 24:37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
The subject of the coming of the Son of man is a very important one in our day and age. We are living in the end-time, and this is proven, as we see many prophecies of the scriptures come together. To illustrate this point think about the war spoken of in Ezekiel 38 and 39. It references a war between Israel and their foes; Moscow, Persia (Iran), Tubal (Turkey), Ethiopia (which would consist of Sudan and Somalia from biblical times), and Libya among others. The pieces of the puzzle are coming together as these nations are starting to align their mutual interests. It is particularly astonishing that we see Russia starting to align its interests with Iran (Persia). Now, Turkey is coming into co-operation with Iran as well. Secondly, another sign of this time as Jesus specified in Matthew 24, there is an increase in earthquakes and there are wars and rumors of wars circulating. It is a time for us to lift up our head for our redemption is drawing nigh.
We are living in the hour of the fulfillment of the coming of the Son of man. One important point to note is that the first “coming” of the Messiah was quite contrary to that which was anticipated by the existing Jewish “church” world.
They did not expect Messiah to come, suffer for our sins and be raised from the dead. The expected a conqueror not realizing that that aspect of Messiah would come later. They totally missed his coming because of their misinterpreted understanding of it.
Luke 17:30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
In Luke 17:30 the coming of Christ is referred to as his revelation. The word revelation means an unveiling, or something hidden is made known. When we are reading the Scriptures that speak of his second coming we should anticipate that it will come differently then the church world anticipates. We must leave it up to God to interpret his own word by bringing it to pass.
“And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.” Luke 17:26-30
As the Lord begins to describe his revelation he likens it to “the days of Noah.” For those of us who are familiar with Scripture we will remember that Noah preached and prepared the ark for 120 years until the flood came. Notice it is the days of the Son of man, it is a period of time, not merely a sudden, immediate event that he speaks of. There are aspects of his coming that are sudden and immediate, but we must understand as scripture teaches that the days of the revelation of the Son of man is a period of time prior to the sudden and immediate destruction of man’s kingdom.
Jesus says that during the days of Noah they ate, drank and married like nothing was taking place, to the world nothing had changed, but in the spiritual realm, many things had changed. During the days of Noah there was a message being preached to the world to repent and come into the ark. So, during the days of the Son of man, which is a period of time prior to the destruction of the earth, there will be a message going forth, calling the world to repent.
Next, the Lord likens the days of the Son of man to the days of Lot. What happened during the days of Lot. Homosexuality was in a blatant, militant position in Sodom. Lot was there in Sodom and the sins of the city troubled him. During the days of Lot, Abraham was outside of Sodom. He received a visit from three men, one of the being the LORD God and the other two being angels. God spoke to Abraham of his promised son and Sarah laughed in her heart. God spoke to Abraham, having discerned the thoughts of Sarah’s heart, saying, “why did Sarah laugh?” He knew the thoughts of Sarah. Just as God appeared to Abraham, during the days of Lot, God will again appear in human flesh to show himself to those who are called out of Sodom. One group of believers were in Sodom, Lot, and one group was outside of Sodom, Abraham. The same is today, there is a people of God still living in the denominational systems of the world and there is a people of God, elected, and called out of the systems of the world. They have seen and witnessed God appear in human flesh again to discern the thoughts of the heart.
The Truth Made Manifest
For those of us who have accepted the message that God sent to us through William Branham we can understand, through the mighty power that was on display, that something special has taken place. You can watch God in action, manifesting himself through his prophet below.
It is up to God to explain this through his chosen vessel. God vindicated the doctrine of William Branham in a very special and unique way. That doctrine must and did come from the bible. The bible is the absolute and final authority, but God spoke back to vindicate, through the sign of the Messiah, the ministry of brother Branham. The sign of the Messiah was knowing the thoughts of the heart of people. Notice, when Jesus met various disciples and their response to Jesus knowing the secrets of people’s lives.
John 1:47-49 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! 48 Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee. 49 Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.
John 4:17-19, 25 The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: 18 For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly. 19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. 25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.
These Jewish and Samaritan believers immediately recognized they were speaking with the Messiah when they witnessed him telling them their secrets. William Branham had the same sign in his ministry. This did not make him the Messiah, but it showed the presence of Jesus Christ, in an extremely significant and unique way.
Notice in the following quotation what bro. Branham says about his ministry.
It is now. And I hope I won’t have to make this so personal of this own meeting, but that your spirit within you that’s give you by God, can read what I’m talking about. The Son of man has already come from glory and is revealing Himself for the past few years to His Church in mercy, showing them His great Presence, doing the same things that He did when He was here on earth, revealing Himself like He did to Abraham. Before the destruction, He has come now in mercy, revealing Himself to the Church. It’s being laughed at and scoffed at. The next time He reveals Hisself, it’ll be in judgment on the world and the nations that’s forgot God and sinned their way of grace–their day of grace, rather, away. Because they have forgotten God. And they’re doing the same thing that they did to the Angel of the Lord back there, mocking and making fun of it. But He’s here now in mercy.
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He states in response to the question he poses (will the revelation of the Son of man come sometime in the future?) that the Son of man, in Spirit form, has already come from heaven and revealed himself like he did to Abraham in the days of Lot. This is a son of man, brother Branham, revealing the Son of man, Jesus Christ. Brother Branham was a prophet, Jesus Christ is our Savior, in Spirit form revealing himself.
This is quite a stunning statement that should grab our attention and make us think twice. We can conclude that the coming of Christ is not merely when he physically comes from the heavens to meet us in the air. He came through the great manifestation and revelation of Christ in the ministry of bro. Branham.
[Note: this teaching should not be confused with the false doctrine that there is no more mercy for us or that we are now in the millennial reign of Christ, spiritually speaking. All of those events are still future tense. This is merely telling us how the process of the rapture and future immediate destruction and return of Christ to this earth will start.]
238 Say, the man sitting right back here, has got that growth on his back. Do you believe that God will take that growth off your back, sir? Do you believe that God will make you well? Young fellow, looking at me, and thought he was going to get passed by. Raise your hand up, sir. That’s right. You believe with all your heart, God will take it off for you.
239 Hallelujah! I challenge this whole audience, in the Name of Jesus Christ! If you could, if… Your conscience, don’t let it be seared with unbelief, don’t let it be flustrated. Can’t you see the Son of man, the Son of man in the form of prophetic Message, returning back again in His Church, in prophecy, revealing Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever? It’s never been done through the age, till this time. See? There is the proof of it.
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To further illuminate this point let us read from the sermon the Rapture.
142 See these things happen, my dear brother, sister. When, God in Heaven knows I could die on this platform right now. You–you just ought to walk around a while. It’s just… It’s tremendous, when you see God come from the Heaven, stand before groups of men, and stand there, declare Himself just as He ever did. And that’s the Truth, and this Bible open. See? Right. We’re here.
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God himself has come down from heaven to stand before groups of men in order to declare himself. “The main heart of It is the Message. There’s what is, what comes from in here. He’s trying to get the favor of the people, so they’ll set and listen to Him, see, for there’s some in there that’s ordained to Life.” God comes down to reveal himself so that he can get our favor so that we’ll sit and listen to Him speak to us His secrets.
“But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark. And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Matthew 24:37-39
Prophecy scholars teach that the coming of the Son of man is a sudden event. But does the Scripture teach us this? Yes and no, as I stated before, certain aspects of it are immediate events, but other aspects of it are not. As it spoke in the seventeenth chapter of Luke, the coming of the Son of man is likened unto the DAYS of Noah. Not the day that Noah entered the ark, but the DAYS of Noah, a period of time prior to the flood.
The flood was the sudden and immediate event (though it took 40 days). The DAYS of Noah was the time period where the sons of God (Adamic line) saw the daughters of men (Cainite line) that they were fair and took unto themselves wives producing hybrid giants. They were eating and drinking in wickedness during that time period. It was a time of unprecedented evil and God said that he regretted making man on the earth for all his ways are evil.
General Principles and Warnings of False Prophets
Let’s examine more closely the words of the Lord Jesus in Luke 17. In them he gives us some clues as to what to look for and what to avoid.
Luke 17:20-24 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. 22 And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it. 23 And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them. 24 For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.
So, they are asking when the kingdom of God would come and he informed them that it was in their midst, not with observation, in an outward show and yet that it would be seen openly like lightning shining publicly.
He informs the disciples that they will personally desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, but they would not. He was going to be crucified and ascend to heaven to be seated at the right hand of God. They would die and go off the scene before any of this would take place. So, then, what is one of the days of the Son of man that they desired to see? Did they want to eat lunch with him or go fishing? Or were they going to be desirous to see his ministry in action, the discerning of the thoughts, the healings, the miracles, the wisdom of how to handle various situations? While no doubt they desired to simply have fellowship with Jesus, indeed, more specifically they would wish to see his ministry at work in the world.
John Gill writes of this verse 22, “”the days of the Messiah”, a phrase frequently used in Jewish writings; that is, when they should be glad to enjoy one such a day in the personal presence of Christ, as they now did; and instead of looking forward for happy days, in a temporal sense, they would look back upon the days they have enjoyed with Christ, when he was in person among them, and wish they had one of those days again; when besides his corporeal presence, and spiritual communion with him, and the advantage of his ministry and miracles, they bad much outward peace and comfort.”
Now, we read that there will be those claiming to be prophets and the manifestation of Christ, but they were not to be believed, do not go after or follow those people that are calling you into the desert or the secret chambers, as in Matthew 24:26-27. For the manifestation of the Son of man will be like lightning that shines from one part of heaven, even unto another. What does lightning do when it comes? The skies darken and it becomes difficult to see, especially as you drive across the prairie with wide open spaces, it may be dark, but as the lightning flashes in the distance the world becomes illuminated. So lightning brings illumination and it is also open, public and for all to see for vast distances. The revelation of the Son of man will bring illumination and it will be witnessed worldwide. This is the case with the ministry of brother William Branham, it brought illumination to the secrets hidden in the Bible and was done worldwide, and its impact is worldwide.
The revelation of the Son of man will…
- bring illumination
- be witnessed worldwide
- his ministry manifested again
- in our midst
What is the Coming?
Let’s take a deeper look at the Greek word translated as coming in Matthew 24:37. The word coming in Greek is “parousia” and it means presence. As you saw in the first quote from bro. Branham he said, “The Son of man has already come from glory and is revealing … showing them His great Presence, doing the same things that He did when He was here on earth, revealing Himself like He did to Abraham.”
The days of Noah are a type of the parousia or presence of the Son of man. As the days of Noah was a period of time before God’s wrath came by water so is the parousia of the Son of man a period of time prior to God’s wrath being poured out by fire.
Jesus did not say his “presence” or coming would be like the flood only, but that it would be like the days prior to and leading up to the flood. That time period would be when his presence was revealed. Prior to the flood a message of mercy and deliverance was preached, which turned into a message of judgment. During the days of Lot, God appeared to Abraham to reveal the thoughts of Sarah. This was a message of the promised son.
To the world he has not been revealed, nothing has changed and they continue on “eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage.” This is the time we live in now. They are completely unaware of the presence of the Son of man amongst his people. Even though a message of warning went forth, just as in Noah’s time, they ignored it. The message of his presence is ignored until the fire comes and takes them all away just as the flood did in Noah’s time.
Before the flood they were living in pleasure according to the lusts of the flesh and of the mind. Noah came with a message warning that judgment was coming, but they continued on in their pleasure and in their wickedness not knowing that there was impending doom for them.
In this day we have witnessed the presence (KJV says coming) of the Son of man through the mighty works of God in the ministry of William Branham. God vindicated his ministry showing forth His presence through it. A message came forth calling for repentance and the world continued on and said, “I am rich and increased with goods and have need of nothing.” It is the same as in the days of Noah they were eating, drinking, marrying and giving in marriage not knowing that doom was near. The message in this day is the same as it was in Noah’s day. Noah taught the people that the Ark was the only place of safety. In this day, the Ark is the word of God, Jesus Christ, and being in him, by the baptism of the Holy Ghost, is the only place of safety. We must enter into Christ to be safe from the judgment that is coming.
To reiterate, here is what happened in the days of Noah…
1. Noah had God’s message calling the people to enter into the Ark
2. The people were content to go on in status quo not caring for God’s message.
3. God brought destruction upon the world
and in the days of Lot…
- Sodom and Gomorrah were inhabited by militant homosexuals
- God appeared to Abraham and brought the promise of the coming son
- Revealed the thoughts of Sarah’s heart
- Warned Abraham of the impending doom of Sodom and Gomorrah
- God pulled Lot out of Sodom using two angels
- God burned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah
The application of this type of the days of Noah and the days of Lot as fulfilled in the end-time is:
1. The coming (presence) of the Son of man is an event that takes place over a period of time.
2. A message has come to the church to repent and turn back to Christ the only place of safety.
3. The presence of the Son of man has been revealed through the ministry of William Branham through the revealing of the secrets of people’s hearts.
4. The majority of the church world is continuing on status quo even though God sent a message to them.
5. God will bring the fire down upon this earth in judgment