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Apostle Paul, the first messenger to the church of Ephesus, and Reverend William Branham, God's end-time messenger to the Laodicean Church Age, both taught us that Communion is still a necessary physical divine order that is ought to be observed in the Church of God, along with two other physical divine order left by Jesus for the church to perform, which these are Water Baptism and Feetwashing.


  23      For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the [same] night in which he was betrayed took bread:
  24    And when he had given thanks, he brake [it], and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
  25    After the same manner also [he took] the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink [it], in remembrance of me.
  26    For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.
  27    Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink [this] cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
  28    But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of [that] bread, and drink of [that] cup.
  29    For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.
   30    For this cause many are sick and weakly among you, many sleep.
   31    For if we should judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
   32     But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.
  33  Wherefore, my brethren, when you come together to eat, tarry one for another.


 Taken from the sermon" COMMUNION" by William Branham preached in   JEFFERSONVILLE, INDIANA, USA   in   62-0204:

Now, the meaning of communion, I'd like to explain for a little while. Now, we take, what we call communion, is the bread and the wine. Now, that has been so misrepresented, how that has been misrepresented down through the years. That is really not communion; that is just keeping a commandment. See?

Now, the reason we call it communion, is because it come from the Catholic association of being the "Holy Eucharist, which is literally the body of the Lord Jesus." But it isn't the Lord Jesus' body. It's only in commemoration of His body.

And I don't care how many priests or preachers, or whoever blesses that, it's still bread and wine. There is no priest as they tell us, that God is obliged to listen to the priest when he turns the communion into the literal body of the Lord Jesus, then the believer takes that, and that is communion. That is wrong.

"Commune" is "to talk to, commune with, something that you can speak to and it'll speak back to you." That's communing. A wafer cannot speak back. So, really, the real communion is the Holy Spirit speaking back. When you ask Him, then He speaks back; that is correct communion. This is a memorial to take of His crucifixion and His resurrection, and not a communion. We call it that, but it isn't.

Now, Jesus said here, as I read, "My body is meat and drink; My Blood, body and Blood is meat and drink." Now, we want to think of Jesus and associate Him, what He was.

What is His body? What is the body of Christ? It's the body of believers that's associated with Him in the Holy Spirit, not an idol, not a piece of bread, but a Spirit that's in the heart of the believer, and they are associated together, that when man and God can talk to each other, sons and daughters of God.

Mortal man, through the shedding of the Blood bought remission of sin, and this man and this woman, boy or girl that has fellowship with Christ is communing with Him, the body. Communing one with another, the body of Christ, the mythical, spiritual body of Christ, not associated with any kind of an idol, or a bread or a--a wine, but in a--a spiritual form.

Now, Christ said, "I am Food and Drink," not a wafer, not a wafer that we take here. That isn't Christ. The wine that we drink at the altar is not Christ. It represents Him in a figurative way. But Christ is the Holy Spirit, the Anointing that's upon the Church; that is the Meat and the Drink. And if any man hungers, let him come to Christ. If any man is thirsty, let him come to Christ; He quenches the thirst. He is the Satisfier of all of our thirst and hunger.

Now, our bodies need food and drink each day to survive, our physical body. If we don't take food each day and drink, then our body weakens. There's something in us that we must have food. So if your physical body needs food each day and drink each day to survive, your spiritual body needs spiritual Food and communion with the Lord each day to survive. Jesus said, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."

Now, another thing we take food for is to build up our body to resist diseases. If you don't take food, and let your body get weak, then it's subject to diseases. Diseases will break right into the blood stream, and here you're gone. If your blood isn't rich and pure, well, then it'll, disease will go right into your blood stream. So you've got to eat good nourishing food to keep your blood stream right. If you don't, you're allergic to diseases. And we are to eat His body. Then His body is His Word, because He is the Word. And He said in St. John 15, "If ye abide in Me, and My communion, My Word, abides in you, then you can ask what you will and it'll be done for you." There you are. You can't have Life, only through Christ. And now what does His Word do? It builds up our spiritual body, strong, as we commune with Him to resist the Devil.

This great communion of the Lord equals Eternal Life, and how it inoculates from pride, how it inoculates from unbelief, how it inoculates from the sin of the world. It's communion, with love Divine to our heavenly Father. And by the righteousness of Jesus Christ we have the access to this table. And we want our spiritual bodies to grow. We do not care about joining some church or denomination. We want to build the spiritual body to the inoculation of sin, to a place where there is no more desire to do wrong..

Jesus is the Bread of Life; that's true. But this is a symbol just like baptism. Baptism doesn't save you; baptism is only a sign that you're witnessing to the congregation that you believe in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It doesn't save you. Water will not save. It's your faith that saves you. But baptism is an order, and it must be carried out, 'cause God can't say be baptized, and then turn around and say it doesn't need to be done. He cannot issue taking communion, and turn around, and say there no need to taken it. You've got to do it. It's an order forever with God.

KEY.TO.THE.DOOR.title  JEFF.IN  V-12 N-6  62-1007
But communion, it's called the Lord's supper. Now, a lot of people, they want to take it in the morning. It didn't say in the Bible it was His breakfast. And how these people today, how they can still say "Lord's supper," and they cut out supper, and omitted it, and called it "dinner," nonsense: It's supper.


Now, I do not believe that kosher bread should be substituted for a cracker. I believe that it should be a holy unleavened bread, the type of the unleavened bread that was made in Egypt. And I believe that the Blood should not be grape juice, but it should be wine. Grape juice sours and spoils as it gets old. But wine gets better and stronger as it gets old; it never loses its strength. And the Blood of Christ doesn't sour and spoil; as it gets older, it gets stronger and better as the days goes by to the believer. And it is a literal wine and bread. Communion bread should be made by people who's dedicated themselves and consecrated themselves to God.


Now, It is not a closed communion. It is absolutely for every Christian believer. God don't have the line drawed between Baptist, and Methodist, and so forth. We are all by one Spirit baptized into one Body, and we're fellow citizens of the Kingdom of God. And if there be someone among us who's strange (I'm not here too much, and don't know who is members and who is not) remember, no matter what church you belong to, that has nothing to do with it. There's only one Church anyhow, and you don't join in It; you're borned in It. That's right. And you're borned into this Church of God. And we pray that you'll receive Christ tonight, commune with Him as we remember His broken body, and these little elements that we take of the passover, and may God sprinkle our hearts and conscience with the Blood.


 COMMUNION.title  TUCSON.AZ  V-8 N-4  65-1212
You don't take the Lord's supper by a tradition. You take it because it's the love of God in your heart, in keeping the commandments of God. See? That's what you take it for. So if you don't take it in sincerity, just it's a tradition, "Well, our church observes communion once every Sunday, or once every month, or twice a year," and you go up, say, "Well, it's my time," and--and then take the communion, why, it's a stink to God. See? That's just a tradition.
Even like anything else, you--you've got to be sincere. God wants the depths of your heart. You remember, the very God that brought you here on earth is the One you're serving. See? You're doing this because He said so, because it's His order. Then we want to come up with deepness and sincerity, knowing that by God's grace that we have been saved. And we--we love Him and we feel His Presence, and we--we see It change our lives. Our--our whole being is changed. We--we--we're different people. We don't live like we used to; we don't think like we used to.


 TESTIMONY.OF.A.TRUE.WITNESS.title  JEFF.IN  V-15 N-6  61-1105
There was a certain person the other day went to a church, and had to have a cab to come get him and take him down to church. He's a real poor man. And he went down and take communion, and his neighbor is kind of a--oh, kind of one of those wayward fellows that doesn't know God. And he asked his neighbor, said, "Where'd you go this morning in that cab?"
He said, "The church was taking communion, so I went down to take communion."
He said, "What is communion?"
He told him what it was the bread and wine of the Lord.
He said, "I had some too." Said, "I had a pan full of biscuits and a quart of whiskey." And on his table, right immediately, fell into a heart attack. They're looking for him to go at any minute. Don't be irreligious. Don't be irreverent. See? Respect the Word of the Lord (See?), for we don't know what minute we're going to be called on to answer and--to God.


Every Christian should take Communion. It's your duty. It's a showdown. See? Jesus said, "If you don't take it, you have no part with Me." See? "
"But he that eateth and drinketh unworthily eats and drinks damnation to himself." That is, if you're still out with the world and doing things of the world, and people see you taking Communion, you're doing wrong. You're only bringing disgrace to you, and it'll only harm you. It isn't that--that it'll harm God; it'll harm you. And so a person should examine theirselves.

Now, our eternal destination is not altogether determined by what we see and what we hear, but it's determined on what discernment we have of what we see and what we hear.
Paul was not disputing with them for taking the communion. Their act was right, but their discernment was wrong. For taking the Lord's Supper is the commandment of the Lord, but to take it unworthily, not discerning the Lord's Body, is where the wrong lays.

When they come to the table, Paul told those Corinthians, they were coming and getting drunk at the Lord's table. See, it was misunderstood right then. He said, "If you want to eat, eat at home." And another thing, it was misunderstood, what it was, sinners, and men living in sin, come and took the communion. And that was misunderstood. A man living with his mother, foster mother, and the church had told him about it: still taking communion at the table.

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Another thing, they give it to people that drink, lie, steal, smoke, chew, just anything, as long as they belong to the church. Far be it. If a man ever takes it when we're eating this here, he's breathing and drinking damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's Body. If he don't live the life, keep away from it. And if you don't take it, it shows that your own conscience is guilty. "He that eateth not, has no part with Me," Jesus said.

These Christians was taking the communion and not living the Life. Christianity is a experience and a life. And these Christians was just living any kind of a life, making a poor example of their profession. And Paul says, "That this cause, many are sick and weakly among you, and many are asleep," which means they are dead, because they haven't discerned the Body of the Lord. And we who call ourselves Christians, we have no right to take the communion unless we are living above a reproach of the world. We have no right. The communion is for those who are living right as an example of Christianity.


KEY.TO.THE.DOOR.title  JEFF.IN  V-12 N-6  62-1007

And now, before we approach this sacred moment, you ask God to search my life. And if You’ve done anything that's not right, say Lord, forgive me for it. I don't mean to do it. I'll make it right if You reveal it to me.

Said, "When you come together, tarry one for another." Let's wait on one another and pray for one another. We want to take this Communion. And if we don't do it, we have no part with Him. That's what He said. First... Or, Saint John the 6th chapter.


 Taken from the sermon" COMMUNION" by William Branham preached in   JEFFERSONVILLE, INDIANA, USA   in   62-0204:

"We shall now take the communion. Not the communion; you commune as you eat with one another. Just commune with God. The communion is not the bread, not the wine; the communion is talking back and forth with God. This is a symbol that we take, that we believe in His death, broken body, His burial and resurrection; we believe in the Presence of the Holy Spirit. And we believe that He has give us Eternal Life; and we cannot die; we have passed from death unto Life. And someday when we separate from one another here, we'll rise again in the resurrection with each other, joined together with Christ Jesus as a Body. Amen. Upon these basis, and the confession of my sin, and my faith in the Son of God, I take myself and the church before these articles that God left for us to do, to show forth His death until He comes.


Now, let's just bow our heads and pray. You pray for me silently while I pray for you.

"Father, as we've gathered around the table now to take this representation of Thy broken body, we pray that if there be sin in our midst, Lord, forgive us. You said, "When you come together, tarry one for the other." God, if there's a sin in this congregation anywhere, I pray that the Blood of Jesus Christ will separate that man from his sin, or that woman, boy or girl. And, Father, I pray for myself, that You will separate me from every doubt, every sin, every unbelief… We know that unbelief is sin. It's the only sin there is, "He that believeth not is condemned already." And only sin there is, is not to believe the Word of God. And, Father, if there's any unbelief in me, forgive me, O God, which there is much, and I pray that You forgive me. Forgive my congregation that Thou has given me tonight, and feed them upon the Word. Grant it. And as we take these little commemorations of the broken body of Him Who is raised from the dead and alive forevermore among us, may we receive communion from Him, Lord, the communing of the Holy Spirit. Grant it, Father; we ask in Jesus' Name. Amen. the glory, forever. Amen."


"These little parcels that is kosher bread made without lard, seasoning, and so forth, which represents the body of the Lord is not round; it's broke in all pieces. It's because that it means His broken body that was broke for us. And may God grant His blessings to everyone that eats it. Now, it is not the body; it only represents the body. I have no power, no one else does, to make it anything but bread. God alone. And that's what He told us, to eat this bread and drink this cup of wine. Now let us bow our head.


“Most holy God, Whose servants we are, in the Name of Jesus Christ sanctify this bread for its intended use to make us, as we receive it, we remember that our Lord was crucified; and His body, precious and holy as it was, was mingled with stripes and thorns and nails, for us, that through His riven body came forth the Spirit that gives us Eternal Life. May we, Lord, as we eat this, have journeying grace, as Israel did forty years in the wilderness, and not a feeble one among them. Father God, grant this, as we pray You sanctify this bread, kosher bread, for its intended use. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

(The Pastor eats of of the broken bread and passes the plate to the deacon as he distributes the kosher bread to the people in the congregation. When everybody gets a piece, the Pastor speaks the following words below and eats the bread simultaneously with the congregation.]

The Bible said, “And when he had given thanks, he brake [it], and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.”


The cup of the New Testament, which is the Blood... REMINDS us of that song, "Every since by faith I saw that stream Thy flowing wounds supply, redeeming love has been my theme, and shall be till I die."

When we the see this blood, grapes, the blood of grapes, I know it represents the Blood that came forth from the Lord Jesus' body. May ever who receives this have Eternal Life; may sickness depart out of their bodies; may weariness and feebleness, oppression, may the Devil in every form leave them, that they might have great strength and health and Eternal Life, to let their light shine before this wicked and adulterous generation we live in to glorify God.

The Bible said, "After He had taken and broke the bread, like manner He took the cup, and when He had supped, saying, 'This is the cup of the New Testament in My Blood, which is shed for you.'" May the Lord grant His blessings upon this as we pray.


 "Heavenly Father, we present to You the fruit of the vine. In the Name of Jesus Christ sanctify it to represent the Blood of Thy Son Jesus, in it we remember that Jesus was "Wounded for our transgressions; with His stripes we were healed.

And dear God, it's to represent that precious Blood of Jesus that cleanses us, which from there came also the Token of the Holy Spirit. I thank Thee, Father, for this symbol. You said, "He that eats and drinks this has Everlasting Life, and I will raise him up again at the end time." We pray, Father, that You cleanse our hearts together, that we will be worthy, knowing that in ourselves we are not worthy, but by our faith we are accepting perfectly the righteousness of the Blood of Jesus Christ. Grant, Lord, that Life will come to us, Eternal Life in great abundance, that we might be able to serve You better. May You sanctify the wine for its intended purpose. May whosoever drinks this wine tonight have strength for the journey that lays ahead. Grant it, Lord. May they be healthy, and strong, and filled with Your Spirit till Jesus comes. Grant these blessings in Jesus' Name, we pray. Amen."

[Pastor drinks from the cup and passes the cup to deacon as congregation lines up to take a sip from the same cup near the altar]



(1)Water Baptism; (2) Communion; (3) FeetWashing

Taken from the sermon "UNPARDONABLE.SIN"  JEFF.IN  V-26 N-8  54-1024:

"If feetwashing wasn't in the Bible, I wouldn't preach it. But the Bible said, "Happy are ye if you know these things and do them." And I've told the Truth.
If the Lord's Supper was spiritual, and wasn't to be taken natural, I'd say so. But Jesus said, "Blessed..." Said, "Do this, and take these articles of His, His body, until He returns again." I've stood with it.
If water baptism in Jesus' Name was to ceased with the apostles; and in the Catholic church formed, "the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost;" if we was supposed to cease back there, and start with this, I'd do the same thing. But It taught that it's the same, "This Gospel must be preached in all the world for a witness, and then the end shall come." If sprinkling was in the Bible, I would be sprinkling. That's right. Whatever...
If He said Divine healing ceased back there, I would believe it. But Jesus said, "They'll lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover, unto the end of the world." I believe it. That's right. I believe in signs following the believers.