Questions 61 (COD Page 271)
Where was Jesus’ spirit the three days His body was in the tomb? Where was His spirit?
376 Now, His spirit, if you’ll follow the Scriptures,… well, we could just bring many places. But, I wonder, who’s got a Bible? Brother Stricker, you got a Bible? All right. Brother Neville, you got one? Get me Psalms 16:10. And who else? Sister Wood, you got a Bible there? Well, Brother Stricker, (all right, either one), you get me Acts 2:27, Acts 2:27.
377 And now, the first place, when Jesus died… .When you die, your body dies. The word death means to “separate,” just to be separated from your loved ones. But here He said this, in Saint John, the 11th chapter, “He that heareth… ” Not… I beg your pardon; that’s in Saint John 5:24, “He that heareth My Words has Eternal Life.”
378 Jesus said to Martha, who come to meet him,… She said, “If Thou would have been here, my brother would not have died. But even now, whatsoever You ask God, God will give it to You.”
379 He said, “I am the resurrection and Life.” See? “He that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth in Me, shall never die.”
380 Now- now, there’s a part of us that does not die. And as I’ve just come through the line of Scriptures, everything that has a beginning has an end. It’s the things which has not a beginning, that has no end. Therefore when we accept Christ, God, we become sons and daughters of God, and our Life is just as endless as God’s Life is endless; we have Eternal.
381 Now, the word forever, we’ve been through it. The word forever is “a space of time,” forever and (conjunction) forever. And we found out here that it has- it has an end, just like all the sufferings, and all the sickness, and all the sorrow, and all the punishment, and hell itself has an end.
382 But Eternal Life has no end, ’cause It had no beginning. It never can die because It never was borned. It had no beginning of days, It has no ending of time. Now, the only way that we can live Eternally, is through receiving something that is Eternal. And God was; before there was anything, it was God. God never had a beginning or an end.
383 And God was this great Spirit. We pictured Him like the- the seven colors of the rainbow that covers… The bow would actually cover the earth if it didn’t strike the earth. It’s just a water in a circle of the curvature of the earth, what makes it. But, now, as God is Eternal, and He was the Perfect: perfect love, perfect peace, perfect joy, perfect satisfaction. All those seven spirits (as we get in Revelation), they come out; was made up God, was perfection. Everything else outside of that has been something that’s been perverted from That.
384 Now the only way that we can come back to perfection, is to come back with That (perfection, which is God). Then we come to perfection, then we have Eternal Life; without end, or without- without anything, it’s just forever Eternal Life.
385 Now he’s speaking of the soul… the spirit. For we pack our bodies over the grave of the saintest of us, for this body. And the body… In the first place, when God, the Logos that went out of God…
386 Or, as I have went through it, the Catholic call It, “the Eternal sonship of God.” Which, as I have said before, the word doesn’t even make sense. See, there cannot be an Eternal son, because a son had to have a beginning. And so Jesus had a beginning, God had no beginning. See? But the Son was the… not Eternal sonship, but the Son that was with the Father in the beginning was the Logos that went out of God.
387 And it was the theophany of God that went out. The human form that didn’t have eyes like you see; a better eye. It didn’t have ears like you hear, but a far more hearing. See, It was a theophany, that, all this rainbow condescended into a- a theophany. Moses saw It when It passed through the rock like that. He saw the back parts, said, “It looked like a man.”
388 Abraham saw Him when He stepped down into human flesh and eat a calf, drank some milk, eat the butter. Abraham saw Him as He just stepped in, and then vanished right away from it. We found out that our bodies are made of sixteen elements of the earth, they just come together. And God put them together, and put two Angels in these bodies; Angels that stood and talked. And Angels were man at one… and at that time.
389 Now notice, we find out that, who was Melchisedec but God Himself! It couldn’t have been no one else, for He was the King of Salem which is Jerusalem. He had no father nor mother; couldn’t been Jesus, ’cause He had father and mother. He had no beginning of days, no ending of life; there’s only One that has that, that’s God. It was God dwelling here in a theophany. See? Notice, King of Salem.
390 Now, God has lived through the age, through His people. It was God that was in David, that made him set upon the mountain, and as a rejected king, and weep. That same Spirit was manifested in Jesus the Son of David, who was rejected in Jerusalem and wept.
391 Joseph, sold for thirty pieces of silver, hated of his brother, loved of his father, was seated at the right hand of Pharaoh, and no man could come except in ever… come by Joseph, and
the trumpet sounded and every knee bowed to Joseph: perfect type of Christ. That was the Spirit of Christ living through those man. See?
392 Now, now here when Jesus died, it was God manifested in flesh. God became man. In the laws of redemption, the only way that a man could redeem the lost estate of Israel, he had to
be a kinsman. He had to be a close kinsman. The Book of Ruth beautifully explains it; and he had to be a kinsman. So God had to become kinfolks to man, in order that man could become kinfolks to God. See?
393 He has a spirit in him, a man does when he’s born, because it’s a spirit of nature. It’s a spirit of the world, it’s a spirit of the- the god of this world. He is merely an offspring of Adam.
394 A tree reproduces itself. Vegetation reproduces itself. Animals reproduce themselves. Humans reproduce themselves. They are the by-product of original creation. Get it?
395 Now, now when a man is borned, he’s borned with a spirit in him of this world. That’s the reason he has to be borned again. For this spirit come from the conception by father and mother, which was the sexual conception, and absolutely could not live forever. So he’s got to be borned again. And before he could do that, God had to come down and make a way for him
to be borned again; because he had no way to redeem himself, he was without hope. He didn’t… without hope, without God, without Christ, in the world, lost and gone. He- he… there’s nothing he could do to save himself. He… every… No matter if he was a high priest, if he was a bishop, if he was a pope, whatever he was, he’s just as guilty as the next man.
396 So, it had to take One that was not guilty, to do it. And the only One that wasn’t guilty was God Himself. And God had to come down and become man (and He came in the form of Christ) to anchor the stinger of death, to take the sting of death out, to redeem us, that we… not by our works or by our goodness (we have none), but by His grace, to be saved. Then we receive of His Life into this mortal body, and now we are sons and daughters of God, and have Eternal Life within us. We are sons and daughters of God. Therefore, Jesus, being alive…
397 And no man, no matter how wicked or how good, when he has to… when he leaves this earth, he’s not dead. He’s somewhere else. But he has a life that will perish, after he’s punished in hell for his deeds, he… but yet that life has to cease. There’s only one type of Eternal life.
398 Now, we’ve been through that. If a man can be a sinner and be punished forever… He can’t be punished forever ’less he’s got Eternal Life. If he’s got Eternal Life, he’s saved. See? So there’s only one type of Eternal Life, and that’s the Zoe, “the Life of God.” And he can’t perish.
399 But the wicked are in a place of- of waiting (in torment) for their judgment (to be judged according to the deeds done in the body) at the last day. Now, but we… Some man’s sins go before them, some follow after them.
400 Now if we confess our sins, He’s just to forgive us, therefore we’ll never have to stand the judgment of God. You get it? Look, Romans 8:1, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus.” That are IN Christ. That’s passed from death unto Life; see, we have no condemnation and was in Christ Jesus. “That walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” See? “He that heareth My Words, believeth on Him that sent Me, has Eternal Life.”
401 And if I’ve been accepted in Christ, and Christ took my judgment, and I accepted His propitiation for my sins, how can God judge me? He’s done judged me, when He judged Christ.
Then I’m free from judgment. “Then when I see the blood, I’ll pass over you.” See?
402 But, now, the wicked is not so. He goes into a place of torment. And we know that that’s true. The wicked is alive. He’s in a place of torment. He’s in a place where he don’t know… That’s how these spiritualists and mediums call up these spirits of the people that’s gone on, some kind of frolic and dirty jokes and things they crack, if you’ve ever seen any of it. All right. Why? They don’t…
403 Look at this Miss Pepper, before my article went of The Miracle of Donny Morton. How many read that article? Yes, many of you did, sure. And it’s in Reader’s Digest. Did younotice, just before that went forth Miss Pepper, the greatestspiritualist the world has ever knowed. Twelve pages given toher story. And for fifty years… They’ve had her all over theworld, and scientific proof and everything, that “she absolutelytalks with the dead, and the people come up.” What? God’sname wasn’t mentioned one time, no repentance, no Divinehealing, nothing about It, see.
404 Only thing it was, was those people mentioned, “John, don’t you know me? I’m George that was at a certain place, and I did so-and-so and so-and-so. You remember that place we went and done this?” See, that’s all they know. They’re gone. Past from… They’re- they’re nothing left but judgment.
405 The way the tree leans, that’s the way it falls. And the state you die… That’s the reason I differ with praying for the dead, see, the intercession of prayers or- or communion of saints and so forth. It cannot be, according to God’s Word. It does no good to pray for anybody after they’re gone. They’re finished. They’re… they’ve… They passed the line between mercy and judgment. They either went to mercy, or went away from mercy. Jesus said so, in 16th chapter of Saint Matthew, He- He- He taught it; 16th chapter of Mark, I believe it is. The rich man and Lazarus; no man can cross over this gulf, and never will cross over! There you are. See? So it settles it.
406 Now, but when Christ died, everything had to witness that He was the Christ. Now let’s go to your question. The first thing, the stars refused to shine, the sun went down, the moon wouldn’t give it’s light, the earth belched its rocks, at His death. And He went and preached to the souls that were in prison, that repented not in the long-suffering of the days of Noah. He, they had to recognize. Look at that! And if there by chance be a sinner here tonight, think that over a minute. Someday this Gospel that you’re hearing preached right now, you’ll have to witness by It. Somewhere you’ll bow your knee, regardless of who you are. It may be ten thousand years from today, it may not be until the… in the morning. Whenever it is, you’re going to bow somewhere, and you’re going to hear this same Gospel preached right back to you.
407 For after those souls were in prison, that repented not when Enoch and when all of them preached, and Noah… and for the long-suffering of God, like it is now, waiting for that time to come. And Noah and Enoch and all of them preached, and those people laughed and made fun of them. And they were in the prison house, and Jesus went and preached to the souls that
were in prison. He witnessed! The heavens witnessed, “He was!” The earth witnessed, “He was!” Hell witnessed, “He was!”
408 The Bible said that it… David, many years ago, in the Psalms… All right, Brother, you read the Psalms, if you will there. Psalms 16:10: [Brother Neville reads, “For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.”- Ed]
409 Read the same thing, brother, in where Peter preached; on Acts, the 2nd chapter, the 27th verse: [Brother Stricker reads, “Because thou will not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.”- Ed]
410 Read two verses above it, brother, so you can get the context- context of it: [Brother Stricker reads, “For David speaketh concerning Him, I foresaw the Lord- Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved. Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope. Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.”- Ed.]
411 Read the next verse now: [Brother Stricker reads, “Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.”- Ed.]
412 Yes, notice. Now, my Jehovah Witness friend, I’d like to ask you about that. See? If hell is a place… Hades, Sheol, whatever you wish to call it; if that ceases at the grave, then why did He say, “I’ll not leave My soul in hell, neither will I suffer Thy Holy One to see corruption”? How about that? See?
413 Here His body was, in the grave; and His soul was in hell, preaching, alive! What about that? He was in His theophany again. His soul was down there with those people that were in theophany also. And was witnessing to them, that they “repented not in the long-suffering.”
414 He… In other words, He’d knocked at the door. And when the door swung open, and all those souls that repented, He said, “I’m the Seed of the woman. I’m the One that Enoch here… ” Over in Paradise, another place. Don’t never lose them three places, now: the place of the wicked, the place of the righteous, and hell itself. See?
415 Just like a trinity of Heaven, like: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Like the trinity of the beast: the false prophet, the beast, and the- and the mark of the beast. And all that, remember, it’s all in trinity. Trinity makes one, perfected. One is perfected. You’re perfected, one in three: soul, body, and spirit; water, blood, and nerves. See, whatever you were, you have to take three to make a perfected one. Take a three-cornered piece of glass and put the sun on it, you got a perfected rainbow. See, everything, you have to have three to make a perfect one.
416 And now, remember that, when He died, He went first and preached to the souls that wasn’t in prison… that was in prison, and witnessed that He was “the Seed of the woman.” He was “the One that Enoch saw coming with ten thousands of His saints.” He had to witness the Scriptures that had been preached by Noah, and by Enoch, and by the righteous, that “He was that One.” Everything had to recognize It!
417 Then He ascended into hell, and received the keys of death and hell from the devil.
418 Come back up into Paradise; and brought Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and the righteous; and raised (Matthew 27), and they come out of the grave and entered into the city, and appeared to the people along the street. Hallelujah! There you are!
419 Now, but his body… While His soul was over here witnessing to the lost, down here taking the keys from the devil, and coming back and bringing Abraham and Isaac; His soul was laying in the… His soul was down there doing it, and His body was laying in the grave. That’s the reason Jesus said… People say, “Well, why does Jesus say, ‘Three days, I’ll raise it up. Three days I’ll raise.’? He- He died on Friday afternoon, raised up on Sunday morning.”
420 But watch, it was “within three days,” if you’d get the lexicon. For He knew that David, under the anointing (of the anointing of the Holy Spirit), said, “I will not suffer my Holy One to see corruption.” He knowed that pertained to Him. He knowed that meant Him. He was God’s Holy One, and He knew that corruption sets in in seventy-two hours. Somewhere within them three days, He was coming out of there again, because the Scriptures cannot be broken.
421 And every promise in There pertains to me and pertains to you, it’s ours!
422 He said, “You destroy this body, and I’ll raise it up in three days.” For He said, “I’ll not leave My soul in hell, neither will I suffer My Holy One to see corruption.”
423 He knowed, in three days that body was coming out of there. He didn’t stay the three full days. No, sir, He certainly did not. He stayed just from Friday afternoon until Sunday morning, not one cell of that body could be corrupted.
424 And He was dead, and embalmed, and was laying… or wrapped in cloth, and laid into a tomb. In that hot, boggy country, just take a few hours and He go to corrupting. You go to morti-… mortifying, you know, his body, his nose dropping in and things, corruption sets in; that hot, damp country. And it would’ve went to corrupting, because it was a body. But He knowed, before that cell corrupted, that God said through David the prophet, “I’ll not suffer My Holy One to see corruption.”
425 How He took the Word of God and lived by It! Now, every one of them promises in there that pertained to Him, God fulfilled every one of them. And every promise that pertains to the believer, God will fulfill every promise of It. Amen. Just rest assure that It’s the Truth. Amen. So, His soul… Do you think it is… No, I’m sorry. Where was Jesus’ spirit through the three days His body was in the tomb?
426 His Spirit was in hell, down in the lower regions; and He arose. And I might add a little- little statement here that might help you a whole lot. When He arose, His… When He arose from the dead, He absolutely wasn’t finished with the work of redemption yet. That’s right. He had to clean the whole thing out. The price had been paid, but that horror of hell, that horror of the grave… And here, when He- when He died, He went right on. He never ceased working when He died, He kept on preaching!… ?… Excuse my immodest acting, I guess, but He never ceased!
427 You’ll never decease! Your body might rest for a while, but God will raise it up, He promised He would. But you can no more perish than God can perish. That’s right. Look, His… after He was dead, to what… dead to the disciples. He was asleep, what He was. They put Him to sleep; like He said about Lazarus, “I’ll go wake him.” God had to wake Him.
428 Look, He went right on down, He continued preaching. And He preached to the souls here in prison. Went right on into hell, got the keys from the devil. Come right back up and preached again in paradise, and rose back up again on the third day. Visit with His apostles for forty days, and on the end of the fortieth day, He went right on up; because, everything over us, the superstitions and everything else… He cut every superstition, every doubt, and made a prayer line from earth to Glory in His ascension. Went up and set down at the right hand of His Majesty. Overcomer! The Great Conqueror, absolutely. Death couldn’t hold Him! Hell couldn’t hold Him! Earth couldn’t hold Him!
429 When He was here on earth, He was given the… He went to the lowest city and to the lowest people, and was give the lowest name. That’s what man had done to Him. He went to Jericho, the lowest city. The smallest man had to climb up in a tree to look down at Him. That’s where man put Him. He was a foot-wash flunky, the worst job that could be given. He become the lowest. And He was called the lowest name that could be given, Beelzebub, “the prince of the devils.” Man give Him the lowest name, the lowest place, and sent Him to the lowest regions of the lowest hell.
430 God raised Him up and sent Him to the Highest Heavens, and a Name above every name. Hallelujah! Why, He would have to look over, to see Heaven. Thy Throne is exalted above the heavens of Heaven. And the greatest Name that ever named in Heaven and earth has to be… is bound around Him. That’s what God did to Him. Man put Him the lowest, and God made Him the Highest. There He was, from the lowest to, the Highest
431 He become the lowest that He might bring us up to the Highest. He become us, that we through His grace might become Him, sons of God. That’s where He went. Amen! Bless His Name. He made a way that we can come, too, someday, “Because I live, you live also.”
432 Oh, no wonder… When man catch that vision, there’s never been a man could explain it. They’ve even tried to explain it, losing their mind; this great song:
“Oh love of God, how rich and pure; How fathomless and strong.”
That last verse… or I believe the first verse, it is:
“If we with ink the ocean fill, And were the skies of parchment made;…”
You know wherethat was found? Written on the insane… wall in an insaneinstitution. No man can never ever explain that Love of God.Oh, it can never be told, what He did for us. My, how could you place one merit out there? It’s His grace, from beginning to end. I was lost, undone, and helpless, no good, nothing aboutit, and He by His grace come and saved us. Oh, my. That’sHis… That’s my Lord. That’s His love, that’s His goodness.
433 Now we got about seven minutes and about fifteen questions.
William Marrion Branham
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