Brother William Branham, in most of his sermons, he talked about the Realm of the Blessed and the Regions of the lost in relation to the multi-dimensional world that we live in. Aside from our tangible habitat which is the world or "kosmos", Brother Branham was allowed by God to go to both places: the regions of the blessed and the regions of the condemned.
He taught us that there are three levels of regions above us: (1) the Region of the Blessed, (2) the Region of Angelic Beings, and (3) the Kingdom of God on the highest, as described in Revelation Chapter 4. Below us lie three regions as well: (1) the Region of the Lost and the Damned, which he also called "souls in prison"; (2) The Region of Demons, and (3) Hell, and the Bottomless Pit where Satan's throne is.
Brother Branham narrates them to us in the selected quotes below:
when Jesus died, the Bible said He went and preached to the souls that were
in prison that repented not in the long-suffering in the day of Noah.
Is that the Scripture? You know it is. What was that? Jesus went and preached
to the souls that were in prison. Why? He walked to the doors. I can see
Him over yonder in that demon region, where those demons lay, those
un... I mean those souls that didn't repent. In that dark place there called
the chains of darkness. Knocked at the door. And He opened up the door and
I looked in there.
There is a great mass of souls, lost and screaming. And beautiful girls and wrinkled hags and everything else, crying. Oh, my. If they only had a chance.."
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Bible said, "He ascended. He went and preached to the souls that
were in prison, that repented not in the long-suffering of the days of Noah." His soul, His Spirit, His Theophany of His Own Being, went down. Let's follow Him. Would you like tonight to follow Him a few minutes? Let's see where He went.
Just below the regions of mortal beings lays the realm of demon power; below that--just above that lays the souls of the unjust; below it lays the very domain of Satan: hell. Then just above us lays the Holy Spirit; then under the Altar lays the souls of the just men; the next is God Himself. One going downward, one going upward; the two spirits are here on earth, influencing the people of this earth."
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can see Jesus when He died at Calvary, ascended, went down there,
and seen all those people back in there, weeping and wailing, and carrying on, said, "You ought to have listened to the prophets." He preached to the souls that were in prison. "You had Enoch; you had the prophets; you had the laws; why didn't you listen to it?" They didn't. Close went the door.
Went down to hell, knocked at the door. Satan said, "Who's there?"
He said, "Come, open the door." Oh, my. I'm just giving drama, of course.
Walked up to the door, and pulled open the door, and said, "Who are you?"
Why, He said, "I'm Jesus Christ."
"Oh, so you finally got here, did you? Huh. I been after you for a long time, Boy."
"I know you have."
"Now, look. I thought I had you when I killed Abel. I thought I had you when I killed Moses. I thought I had you when I done all these things. When I got John the Baptist, I thought I had you sure. But now I got you; you're here in my possession."
I can hear Jesus Christ say, "I am the virgin born Son of God. I came from the ivory palaces of My Father, and I came to the earth. And on the earth is bathed this morning with My Blood that I gave and paid the price of death, sin, and hell. Give Me those keys." Hallelujah. "I'm taking over from here on. You've kept the people in bondage; you've kept them in fear and everything else; but I'll take over from this on." Hallelujah. Took them off and hung them on His Own side, pushed him back in hell, and walked away. Amen. Amen."
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the Bible said that He went and preached to the souls that were in prison,
that rejected the message of Enoch, and of Noah, that we spoke about last night, and of all the others, of those in Sodom, and those who had rejected the prophets. He witnessed to them that He was the Answer to every prophet's message, the mighty Conqueror. But they had passed between death and life, the separating line and there was no hopes for them.
He went into the regions of the devils, demons; He scattered them. And right to the very pits of dark hell He went, still in existence. Though His body was quiet on the cross, He was still the great and mighty Conqueror. And after nineteen hundred years has passed, He's still the mighty Conqueror. And He will forever be the mighty Conqueror.
Then when He got to the very doors of hell, if we could use a little drama here, the devil step out and say, "So I finally got You. So You've finally arrived. I tried to destroy that seed all along. I destroyed Abel. I thought I had You. When I destroyed the prophets, I thought I had You. I was sure when I got John that I got You. But now, here You are, and You're in my kingdom, and You're under my domain, and You're in my power, for You died as a sinner."
I can hear Him say, "Satan, I am the virgin born Son of God. My Blood's still wet on the cross. I have met every just requirement for Adam's fallen race, and I've come down here to conquer and to take over." Amen. Reached to the devil and grabbed the keys of death and hell, and hung them on His own side, and kicked him into the pits where he belongs. Still the mighty Conqueror.
He started back to the earth triumph over death and hell, to win the victory over the grave. But as He went up along the great paths, He heard some hymns being sung, and He knew He was coming near the gates of paradise, where those who heeded the message of Noah, those who heeded the message of the prophets were waiting, because they could not go up.
There was a mist of sin over the earth. And the blood of bulls, and calves, and sheep could not atone for the human. Therefore they were kept in a place called paradise. There was a mist hanging over of sin. They could not ascend up, only He that come down.
And He walks to the door, and He knocks lightly at the door. Father Abraham opens up the door, and He stood spellbound. And he said, "Sarah, come here just a moment. Isn't that the same One that you baked the cakes for? Isn't that the One that set under the oak tree that day?"
Sarah said, "That's the One that had His back turned to the tent, and He perceived my thought when I laughed at what He said."
He said, "Children, I've come to take you now. I've conquered that horrible thing called sin."
And just then right over behind his shoulder Abraham's shoulder and Sarah standing looking, I can see another head moving up. And it was perhaps an elderly like man, and he looked over the shoulder of Abraham. And he too stood spellbound. It was the prophet Daniel. He said, "That's that Stone that I saw cut out of the mountain without hands that would destroy the kingdoms of the world."
Someone come running. Who was it? It was that prophet Ezekiel. He looked over the shoulder of the prophet, and he said as he stood spellbound, "There is the Wheel in the middle of the wheel that I saw turning way up in the middle of the air." Each one had seen Him in the form that they preached of Him in.
Oh, what will it be when we see Him as the Rose of Sharon, as the Lily of the valley, as the Fairest of ten thousands to my soul? What will He be? Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the Root and the Offspring of David, the bright and the morning Star.
And as they went out, He'd conquered the grave. And then there was a great mist hanging over the earth yet, so He had to conquer that mist of sin, that mist of stench of the sins of the people. And with His own Blood, His vesture dipped in Blood, He conquered the atmospheres above. Blessed be His holy Name.
He cut the fogs of hell from place to place, until He cut a hole through the sky that Adam's lost children could pray through to the victory. He conquered the atmospheres. He conquered sin. He conquered death. He conquered hell. And He rose triumphantly.
On beyond the moon and stars He went with the Old Testament saints. Oh, what a victorious march that must have been with the real Conqueror. After while they come in sight of that glorious city. Abraham says to Sarah, "Come here, honey." And she gets Isaac and comes along. Isaac gets Jacob. Jacob gets Joseph.
And he said, "That's that city that daddy saw, whose Builder and Maker is God. I walked about on the earth looking for a city to come, whose Builder and Maker was God, and now I'm coming near the gates." Although the great men that they were, they could not conquer it. It taken One to come down to do the conquering. Though Abraham conquered difficults, Isaac, and Jacob, and Joseph, but there was only One Who could conquer sin. That was Him, the Lord Jesus.
And as they seen the light from the inside the city, and the great pearly gates
a shining, Jesus in the forefront, marching on. And the Angels begin to ascend to the top of the buildings. And they looked coming, and the Old Testament saints cried out, "Open up, ye everlasting gates, and be ye open. And let the King of glory come in, the mighty Conqueror."
And the Angels screamed back and said, "Who is this King of glory?"
And the Old Testament saints cried out, "The Lord of hosts, mighty in battle."
And the gates come open. And He placed at the gate, the old rugged cross, that every man or woman ever comes into that gate will have to bow before that cross and recognize Him as the mighty Conqueror.
And as the Angels, ten thousand times ten thousands of thousands screamed and shouted and praised the Lord, as this great mighty Warrior, He led captive captive, and give gifts unto man. Not at the Arch of Triumph like Adolph Hitler, but in the realms of glory.
The Angels sang and praised the morning Star as it moved down the street as the mighty Conqueror Who had conquered the sins of the world and had brought forth the righteous triumphantly. On down through the city they went, till they come to the throne. There upon the throne set the mighty Jehovah.
And as Jesus came to the throne, He fell to His knees, and He said, "Father, I have finished that work that You gave Me to do. I've paid the debt for sin. I have the keys of both death and hell. And Your enemy is defeated. And these are those who waited patiently for this hour."
And I can see the Father, as He said, "Climb up here on My throne, My Son, and set here until I make every enemy Your footstool." There He sets, the mighty Conqueror. Trusting in His Word, believing every thing He says, trusting Him as my all, as my breath, as my life, as all that I have."
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I was in the realms of the lost, I screamed, "Oh, God, don't never
let a person come here." You can't... There's no tongue can it describe
to you what the horrors of it is. There's no way for me to tell you. If you
believe that there is a burning hell full of fire and brimstone, that
would be a cool shady green pasture to the sight of what the horrors of this
lost condition was in and the misery that has--that has associated that place.
And if I'd tried to speak to you of things that would be beyond a human's understanding, I still couldn't describe the place of the blessed: how peaceful, never to die, never to be old, never to be sick, always to be young, always to be healthy, never to die: Eternal Life, in the blessed of youth, and no sin or nothing else. Oh, there's just no way to describe it.
Even to Saint Paul, he said, "Eye has not seen; ear has not heard; or has it even entered the hearts of men (You can't even understand it. There's no way to explain it.) what God has for them in store that love Him."
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those demon spirits come into people and habitate their body. See what
I mean? They're demons that once... They was once existed and they come into
the people and give them a nature. Jesus cast seven of them out of Mary
Magdalene: Pride, boast (big people, you see?), unclean, filthy, vulgarity,
emulations, strife, all these things. See?
Them was spirits that was made up back there when God began to make man off of there in His Own image, created those supernatural beings, those spirits...
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"See the two opposing spirits at work in this evil age? Can you see it? Each very religious, Cain and Abel, spirits again coming to their heads, still same as they started: one worshipping by beauty, and by knowledge, and by education, and by science, and by ethics; and the other one by faith of the revelation of the Word of God. Both of them is standing right in this building this morning. That's right.
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we see young women so caught up in the web of the Devil, young men, perverted
minds, children, dope addicts, cigarette smoking, drinking, immoral, Satan's
God, it taken You six thousand years, according to the Bible, to build an Eden. And You put Your son and his wife in there (his bride) to rule over it. And Satan come around and perverted it; he's got six thousand years, and he's built his own intellectual Eden through science, and education, and so-called intelligence, and he's built it into a mess of death.
O God, take us back to Eden again, Lord, where there's no death, where there's no sorrow. Grant it, Lord. We stand humbly, waiting for the Second Adam to come for His Bride. Make us part of Him, Father. We pray in Jesus' Name. Amen.
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