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Over the past 30 or so years, I have heard many opinions as to what OUR Theophany is. There have been some odd conjectures concerning Where it is located. By this I mean its literal dwelling place.

Many that I have had conversation with, seem to be of the opinion that it is a seperate being from our physical person, in the sense that we could carry on a discourse if we came into contact with it.
Many also believe, their personal Theophany resides somewhere in heaven and visits them from time to time, to reveal some part of the Word deemed necessary.

Tied to this particular way of perceiving, is the doctrine, that the Angel who accompanied Brother Branham's ministry, was his Theophany. Strange indeed, in the light of the conclusive Revelation brought in the Melchidesec teaching IE, We bypassed our Theophany to be tested on earth.

67 032 Now, we see the attribute son of His Spirit have not yet entered into the Word form body, but--a theophany. This body is subject to the Word and earnest--waiting for the earnest change of the body.
Now, the different between Him and you as a son... See, He was at the beginning the Word, an "En morphe" body. He came in and lived in that in the Person of Melchisedec. Then later... We never heard no more of Melchisedec, because He became Jesus Christ. Melchisedec was the Priest, but He became Jesus Christ. Now, you bypassed that, because in that form He knowed all things. And you have never been able to know that yet. You come like Adam, like me. You became from the attribute to the flesh to be tempted. But when this life is finished here... "If this earthly tabernacle be dissolved, we have one already waiting." That's where we go; that is the Word. Then we can look back and see what we done. Now, we don't understand it. We have never become the Word; we've just become the flesh-man, not the Word. But...
And look clearly, makes it clear you will never be the Word unless you was a thought at the beginning. That proves the predestination of God. See? You can't be the Word 'less you're a thought. You had to be in the thinking first. But you see, in order to stand temptation you had to bypass the theophany; you had to come down here in flesh to be tempted by sin. And then if you sin... "All the Father hath given Me will come to Me, and I'll raise him up at the last days." See, you had to be first. And then you see, He come right down the regular line, from attribute to...

70 033 Before the foundation of the world his Name's put on the Lamb's Book of Life. Then from that He become the Word, the theophany, that could appear, disappear; and then He become flesh and returned back again, resurrected that same body in a glorified condition. But you bypassed the theophany and become flesh-man to be tempted by sin. And then "if this earthly tabernacle is dissolved, we have one already waiting." We have not yet the bodies.

"WE HAVE NOT YET THE BODIES". So the Angel that accompanied his ministry, that has the secret of the 7 Thunders portion of the 7th Seal, would be a Spirit Angel as in Heb. 1:7-14.

My contention is, that since we bypassed our theophany in its full form, knowing all things, God instead placed within each predestinated person HIS Seed. This Seed is then germinated by the Spirit annointed Word for the day, then begins its growth towards a mature Theophany Body. This is accomplished through trials and testing and the final product places the Elect ready for Adoption, a change in this body by a Spoken Creative Word Ministry.
Of course if a person dies before that time and is God's elect, the body they would take on would be by sovereignty of Election complete, awaiting the out Resurrection.

Does this quote from the Melchesidec teaching contradict the Apostle Paul's declaration in 2 Cor. 5:1?.

II CORINTHIANS 5:1 For we know that if our earthly house of [this] tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

The key to this is rather simple. "ETERNAL IN THE HEAVENS". Only God is Eternal Spirit, and God is the Word, His Spirit mind expressed, so it would needs be a Word Body. It is Eternal in the sense that it is the nature of Gods being, without beginning, as a thought.

In the mind of God, being elected as His Sons, would only be a thought of sovereign predestination and in that form there would be no fellowship or inheritance. The law nature of reward for overcoming, could never be achieved as a thought, so another step was necessary. God began to form Himself toward material, first as a Word Body (Theophany), then human flesh as kinsman redeemer.

The Lord Jesus is the pattern set forth by God, that was to produce many Sons.
In the Elect this would be accomplished through natural birth, then working our way to our final Theophany form. A God Body or a visible representation with its own personality, to rule the earth in this realm.

As in the Lord Jesus, the Seed nature of God was planted in the womb of a woman, then wrapped by a physical body from the material of the earth. That body was subject to death.
The Seed was God Himself, having become material, the beginning form of a man, in a bloodcell. The FULLNESS of God in a body. In the Seed, is all that God is in an undeveloped stage.
The Seed in Jesus, was no less than Melchisedec, the Word Body of God, in seed form. Jesus Christ, the SEED of the woman, the Seed promised through Isaac, and THE RESURRECTION SEED. The same pattern then would repeat itself in time for the church. 1Cor. the 15th Chapter Expresses the mystery and pattern, the Message reveals HOW this will take place.

JOHN 12:24
Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all [things] he might have the preeminence.

Since the predestinated children of God bypassed the theophany stage to be tested, they would therefore have in them at birth, God's Seed.
In that seed is the very nature of God Himself. It would, as with any seed , have every potential of God, yet residing in a fallen body with a distinct and seperate nature.

JOHN 3:9
Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

It is again nonetheless the Seed, that is to produce the same kind of body that Jesus Christ raised in, which is the Melchisedec theophany form.

Let's look at a few Scriptures that refer to this God nature and where it resides.

LUKE 17:21
Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

JOHN 14:23
Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

To whom God would make known what [is] the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

1114-249 135 So potentially it's in here, and what is it? The Word promised before the foundation of the world. And around there, this only reflects the negative; that will reflect the positive, the Word. See? And the same thing is--or the translation of the Bride will be the same thing. The Word that's in you, the body will materialize around that Word, and the same thing did by Sarah.

So, what is a Theophany? It is not a spirit, but a Word Body Creation of God, wherin is manifested the Eternal Life of God. It is the unseen God made visible by the Word made flesh. CHRIST, the annointed Word in YOU, the hope of GLORY!

It should drive the Elect in this day to desperation, making our calling and Election SURE. Checking daily (dying) to be sure we are found in THE FAITH, believing EVERY WORD of this Message.

It is obvious that all who say Message are not. With the multiplicity of interpretations by the hundreds, the Scripture WARNS that ONLY the ELECT will not be deceived! Yet in our visits around to fellowship meetings, the theme is basically no different than being among denominationals with hollow claims of who they are, with no power of God to back it up. If it were not for the promise of God, that there would be a Bride one might wonder, if the Scripture declaring if the time were not shortened, there would be NO FLESH SAVED.

To hear and heed Scriptural warning is ALSO part and parcel to HEARING from our Theophany.

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That's the way it is with the Gospel of the Word, the power of Jesus Christ; when a man has been predestinated to Eternal Life, he hears that true ring, scream of God, nothing can keep him from it. The church might say, "Days of miracles is past, cluck, cluck, cluck. Stand here and eat this, and stand here and eat that."
That barnyard stuff won't do for him any more. He's gone. "All things are possible." He gets off the ground. That's what's the matter with so many Christians today; they can't get their feet off the ground. The old mammy said, "Son, jump; you're an eagle. Come up here where I am."
He said, "Mom, I never jumped in my life."
She said, "Well, you jump; you're eagle to begin with; your not a chicken." So he made his first jump and flopped his wings; didn't do too good, but he got off the ground. That's the way we do; we accept God by faith by the written Word. There's something in there (See?), that Eternal Life, you were predestinated to it.
His grandpa and grandma were eagles; he was a eagle all the way back. Eagle don't mix with other things. He's not a hybrid at all; he's a eagle.

88 039 Then after you recognize the very Word of God was Eagle Food, then you left the other thing. You've then been formed into the living image of the living God. You heard from your theophany. "If this earthly body be dissolved, we have one waiting."

How do we know if we have heard from our Theophany?

17-5 048 Go into the prophet's chamber and watch them seven steps. Where did the--where did the guard meet the challenge to bring the comer into the presence of the king at the top of the steps? Was in the seventh step. There shows that we've got to come again with that same Spirit that was on John. He introduced the Messiah; he was greater than all the prophets; he introduced it.
And we've got to come to a place again, to something that's going to introduce the Messiah. And how will the Messiah--the people that's believing Him know it, unless they're constantly in the Word to know what He is. Daniel said the wise shall know, but the foolish, the unwise wouldn't know. They shall know their God.

Questions can be directed to: Bro. Garold MacGraw

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