So, this Church has got to come to perfection, in order to bring the resurrection

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«  362       †          And then God, through that, has brought also Seven Church Ages, to show the seven steps that He brought, building His individual into His image, He's built a complete Church in His image. And at the resurrection, this complete Body will be raised up to live with Him forever, because it is a Bride. See? So that cuts in every age, every age that come.

363    And there's more required, remember. Remember what Paul said over here in Hebrews 11? Let me just read you something before we close here, just a minute. And then you... It kind of makes you feel kind of strange when I... always, when I read this. I'm going to get Hebrews 11, and I'm going to start the 32nd verse.

What more, what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell you of Gedeon,... of Barak, and... Samson, and... Jephthae;... David... and Samuel,... of the prophets:

Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promise, stopped the mouth of lions,

Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, and out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in flight, turned... the armies of the aliens.

Women received their dead raised to life again:... others went through torment, were tormented, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:

364    Way down in here. See? [Brother Branham refers to his chalkboard drawing--Ed.] All right.

And others had trials... cruel mockings... scourging, yea, moreover... bonds... imprisonment:

They were stoned, they were sawed asunder, they were tempted, they were slain with... swords: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskin; being destitute, and afflicted, and tormented;

(Of whom the world is not worthy:)...

365    See, in parenthesis there, you noticed in your Bible.

... they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

... all these, having obtained a good report through faith,...

366    Here! [Brother Branham refers to his chalkboard drawing--Ed.]

... good report through faith, received not the promise: (See?)

God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

 «  367       †          You get it? These people who died, in here, are depending and waiting on us. So, this Church has got to come to perfection, in order to bring the resurrection. And they're under, souls under the altar, waiting for this Church to come to Its perfection, that when Christ does come.

368    And this Church, you see, is coming smaller, in the minority. [Brother Branham refers to his chalkboard drawing--Ed.] It's a whole lot sharper than that, but just like to write that cross there, see. It's come up to a needlepoint. Until, the Church, in the minority, has got to get into a place until it's the same kind of a ministry that this left, because, when this Headstone comes back.

369    It's got a little pocket-like here, where it's going to sit right in there, on the regular pyramid. It just isn't a cap that sits across the top. It's a little flange, and it's got to sit on there, 'cause it sheds the water.

And when it comes, this Church has got to be honed.

370    All these, rest the stones in the pyramid, are laying so perfect till you can't run a razor blade between them, weighing tons, laying in there. How they got them up, they don't know. But they were built.

371    And up here, when the pyramid Cap does come, the pyramid Itself, the Body of Christ will have to be honed. Not only just some creed or doctrine, or something other we come through. It'll have to be so perfectly like Christ, till, when He comes, He and that ministry will fit right smack together. See? Then will come the Rapture, the going Home.

 «  372       †          Look where we're living now, in Laodicea, where the church was the worst church age they ever had. In the Bible, we find out, it was the only church age that God was on the outside of the church, knocking, trying to get back in His own building. The creeds and denominations had even put Him out of His own church. "Lo, I stand at the door and knock. If any man thirst and will open the door, I'll come in, sup with him." See? Here it is, in this church age. They gradually throwed Him out, until here they completely ousted Him. They don't want nothing to do with It.

373    Now you see today where we're going. Even when the ending of the Laodicean Church Age has got so formal, till it and Catholicism, which broke it up right in here, is coming together and uniting as one great church. With a federation of churches, it's the same as Catholicism.

«  374       †          There's only one difference, if they can just get over that, that's taking the communion. That's the only thing in the diocese, that--that--that stops Catholicism and Protestantism from uniting, is the order of communion. The Catholic church says, "It is the body." And the Protestant church says, "It represents the body." The Catholic makes a mass out of it. A mass is, that, they take the communion, hoping they are forgiven. The Protestant takes it by faith, thanking God, in communion, that they are forgiven. The Protestant says, "We are forgiven." The Catholic says, "We're hoping we forgiven." Mass and communion. They call it a mass; we call it a communion. A mass is hoping it's so. A communion is knowing it's so, and thank Him for it. See? And there's the only thing that they cannot get together on. They'll do it.

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