The sixteen paragraphs of this three-page letter on July 24, 2006, announces that I, Kenneth M. Andes, after much prayer, am retiring from Voice Of God Recordings and can provide two weeks transition until August 3, being the English Publications Editor of The Spoken Word by Brother William Marrion Branham for 36 years since 1970, and having labored so that the full benefit would go free to the Bride of the Lord Jesus Christ. Editing is progressing as approved, with all other responsibilities accountable.
Voice Of God Recordings announced on www.branham.org Good News, posted September 12, 2005, “Out of the 1,179 recorded sermons of Brother Branham, only 478 of them are in book format,...” There are 220, of the 478, still scheduled to be processed and reprinted as was announced since 2001. The remaining 701 should have been in unabridged book format many years ago, with the 1179 now on the internet for anyone to transfer, reproduce, or translate, without any cost, restrictions, or intimidation.
Originally, most Messages fit on one tape reel, but double price if it needed two tape reels, and single price if one reel held two Messages, then 25 cents per reel (not per Message) went to missions; selling tapes, not Messages. The audio should continue to be priced per disc, not per Message, even if it held 1200 Messages. As for missions, the audio of all 1200 Messages should be on the worldwide internet for anyone to freely transfer, reproduce, or translate, without any cost, restrictions, or intimidation.
For two weeks transition, without any audio or video recording of it, I can review this editing process so as to enable a qualified person to do it. For my replacement, only a born-again, Holy-Ghost-filled son of God, ordained minister of Christ would serve adequately in this responsible position of Editor [Ed.], which requires a knowledge of the Bible and the many subjects within the 1179 Messages; requires the correct understanding of God’s restored Word and Doctrines; requires the ability to hear the exact words spoken; requires an uncompromising conscience that will consistently and rightly divide the Words of Truth when punctuating God’s spoken thoughts into reliable sentences and paragraphs.
This 36 years of ministry was prophesied over me by the Holy Ghost six months before I first heard God’s end-time Message in 1969, and I’m grateful that our Heavenly Father has counted me worthy to accurately punctuate the unabridged text of His Message that Brother William Branham delivered to the Bride of Jesus Christ. As a young boy, God called me to preach His Word. As an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God, I pastored churches. After hearing the Truth, I left all denominations and have since preached God’s Word and ministered unto the Body of Christ within Message churches, and also fully pastored a church near Jeffersonville from 1990 to 2004. I have not varied in Doctrine, but have openly and consistently preached the full Counsel of God even as now. I will continue ministering for Him, preaching and teaching His revealed Word as He has ordained, assisted by my wife, Sister Joyce, the mother of our three daughters and three sons who serve the Lord Jesus and believe His Message.
Before and since 1965, God’s Spirit-filled ministers continued to preach, teach, translate and propagate the Message by all means, as Jesus told them. Matthew 28:19-20, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.” Mark 16:15, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature.” Luke 24:47, “Repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His Name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” Acts 1:8, “Ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
God’s ministers who hold the five spiritual Word offices of God’s Church are spoken of by Reverend Branham in hundreds of statements, making clear his emphatic adherence to the Scriptural, God-given purpose of these ministries for today, to preach what the messenger has said, for the Body of Christ has the exclusive right and essential responsibility of propagating God’s pure Word to all the world, as was manifested in the early Church. Prophet Paul said, in First Corinthians 1:21, “It pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.” He commanded, in Second Timothy 4:2, “Preach the Word.” The Holy Spirit is working exclusively through Her ministry, as God’s only Body on earth today. Only this spiritual, invisible Body of Christ has the fullness of the Holy Ghost and the correct revelation of God’s Word. Ephesians 4:4, “There is one Body.” Answers, 111, 8-23-64, “God was bottled and confined in one Man, Jesus Christ, but now He’s bottled and confined in the whole universal Church of the living God.” Persons without the baptism of the Holy Ghost have no part in this ministry.
Saints of God are perfected by the restored Word delivered to us by His vindicated prophet, William Branham of Revelation 10:7, but God also has committed that same Word to a certain group of men separated by the Holy Ghost to preach and teach It in Its purest form, and oversee His Church directly under the Headship and leadership of His Holy Presence in them. Prophet Paul said, in Ephesians 4:11-13, “He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the Body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” It’s not optional. God has not changed. The Voice 3-21-64, “We believe that every Christian ought to have a home church that they go to.” Answers 10-15-61, “The tithings goes into the church for the pastor and so forth like that to live on.”
Prophet Branham said, “You can’t possibly take a place amongst the five-fold ministry of Ephesians 4 and not take authority over men.” Church Ages, 344. And 93, “They will keep the Church in order.” And, “The Church is ruled over by men that God sends to take charge.” Prophet Paul wrote to Timothy and Titus, two of many men preaching his Message, authenticating their authority, giving infallible instructions for continuing the five Word ministries in Christ’s Body. Acts 20:28, “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the Church of God, which He hath purchased with His Own Blood.” First Timothy 4:6, “If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the Words of faith and of good Doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.” And 4:16, “Take heed unto thyself, and unto the Doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.” And 5:17, “Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially they who labour in the Word and Doctrine.” Second Timothy 2:2, “The things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.” Titus 2:15, “These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.”
“That is why the Light comes through some God-given messenger in a certain area, and then from that messenger there spreads the Light through the ministry of others who have been faithfully taught.” Church Ages, 156. And also 156, “Oh, how important it is to hear the Voice of God by way of His messengers, and then say what has been given them to say to the churches.” And 68, “That original Church was not organized by men. It was led by the Holy Ghost. It wasn’t very big. It was hated and despised. It was oppressed. It was persecuted unto death. But It was true to God. It stayed with the original Word pattern.” And 87, “These believers weren’t laboring for Paul, or for an organization. They weren’t committed to programs and institutions whereby they built up holdings of value. They worked for the Lord. They were His servants, not the pawns of organization.”
Messenger William Branham was told to write This to God’s Bride. “‘The Word is in the Bride, and the mind of Christ, to know what He wants done with the Word. And She does it in His Name. She has THUS SAITH THE LORD. Then It is germitized, so the Holy Spirit waters It until It is grown and serves Its purpose. They do only His will.’ (Amen. I’ll believe that.) ‘No one can persuade them different. They have THUS SAITH THE LORD or they keep still. Then they will do the works of God, for It is Himself in them continuing his Word to fulfill, as He did complete in His days.’” The Spoken Word, 420, 3-18-62.
“When the Methodists failed, God raised up others and so it has gone on through the years until in this last day there is again another people in the land, who under their messenger will be the final Voice to the final age. Yes sir. The church is no longer the ‘mouthpiece’ of God. It is its own mouthpiece. So God is turning on her. He will confound her through the prophet and the Bride, for the Voice of God will be in Her. Yes it is, for it says in the last chapter of Revelation verse 17, ‘The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.”’ Once more the world will hear direct from God as at Pentecost; but of course that Word Bride will be repudiated as in the first age.” Church Ages, 340. And 365, “Yes, listen to the authenticated prophet of God who appears in this last age. What he says from God, the Bride will say. The Spirit and the prophet and the Bride will be saying the same thing. And what they will say will have already been said in the Word. They are saying it now, ‘Come out from among her now, and be ye separate.’”
Brother Branham thought of taking his own life because persons with seducing spirits had misplaced the Scriptures and called him the Lord Jesus Christ. RJC 6-11-61, 720-724; and “Matthew 24:24-26,” Church Ages, 328. And 16, “If they get a true revelation of the two spirits within the framework of the Christian church, and by God’s Spirit discern and withstand the antichrist spirit, Satan will be powerless before Her.” And 129, “They have invaded the pulpit without a call from God. They have styled themselves the fishers of men and the founders of a move of God, and they say the gifted ministry of Ephesians 4:10-13 that God gave the Church has failed, so they are taking over.” There cannot be a non-Biblical, non-correctable Message-related hierarchy above the authority of God’s five Word-Body ministries of Ephesians 4:11-13 and their sovereign local churches, but man-made doctrines of popular Message-related persons are rejecting and speaking against the required preaching of God’s chosen ministers who are saying what God has said. In Ezekiel 33:30-33 God identifies who is speaking against Prophet William Branham today. Token 9-1-63 is one of 1179 masterful Messages of grace.
“Give them the Word test and see.” Church Ages, 339. “If it does something different from the Groom, it isn’t the Bride. Because, She is flesh of His flesh, bone of His bone; Life of His life, Power of His Power! She is Him!” It Is The Rising Of The Sun, 111, 4-18-65. “They are Husband and Wife. They’re flesh of His flesh, Word of His Word; Life of His Life, Spirit of His Spirit. See? Amen! How do you know it? Bears the same record, same fruit, same Word.” Christ Is The Mystery Of God Revealed, 595, 7-28-63. Jesus said, in Matthew 7:14-27, “Ye shall know them by their fruits.” Brother Branham has identified the manifested fruit characteristics of a Message organization with a denominational spirit, and they are recognized when searching all of his Messages for “organize, organization, denominate, denomination,” and similar words, but it takes God to reveal it. Romans 3:4, “Let God be true, but every man a liar.”
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” Titus 2:11-14.
May God’s blessing and Holy Presence dwell within each son and daughter of His Royal Family named “Jesus,” as they preach and manage their Heavenly Father’s Business of the Holy Scriptures and the restored Word delivered unto them by God’s vindicated and faithful servant, Prophet William Marrion Branham, the only prophesied Word-prophet messenger sent today to the Bride of Jesus Christ.
Rev. Kenneth M. Andes
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This open letter to The Bride of Jesus Christ at Large may be transferred as
"Ken Andes Retires VGR," keeping the 16 paragraphs of the original letter
unchanged. Brother Andes will continue ministering as the Lord leads, and is
available at 360-543-5296, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by writing to 1399 Eastwood Way, Lynden, Washington 98264.
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