Study on Adoption #3

Tear down the Tower of Babel and Vuild the Kingdom of Gid Walk Through the Word

Genesis 11:1-9 Bible study
  1. Tear down the Tower of Babel and Vuild the Kingdom of Gid
  2. Of Faith & Doubt
  3. Genesis 4-10: Worship, Murder, & the Human Experience
  4. From Spirit to Flesh: Study on Genesis 2 & 3
  5. Walk in the Word #1: From Chaos to Perfection

Last week I stressed that spiritual adoption means that God places us in His Body for service and that He gives us a responsibility that we control in His Name. Today, I’d like to dive really deep into what this means for Bride of Christ as we approach the Millennium. Today we’ll study:

  • The link between spiritual adoption and the Rapture
  • Why Satan will be bound 1,000 years (the Millennium)
  • Our role with Christ during this time period.

I’m excited to study this with you and I hope you are too!

What does Adoption have to do with the Rapture?

Let me start by quoting Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:50 where he says “flesh and blood shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” The Lord Jesus drove this point home when He taught Nicodemus that we must be born again (1 John 3:3-6) because a sexual birth can’t produce a child of God.

Our New Birth brings us spiritually into condition with God (see Adoption Study #1) but our bodies are still full of corruption.

This must change.

Referring to nature, Paul writes,

And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

Romans 8:23

Now this is where I believe some get confused and put off all adoption into the future. But Paul here isn’t talking about our soul’s status before God—he is talking about our body. Whereas here we struggle with aches, and combat viruses like COVID, our body will one day receive the acknowledgement of its placing as a son or daughter of God just as our soul receives its acknowledgement when God places us into His Spiritual Body for service.

In other words, we are groaning and crying out for Christ’s return because then, like nature, we will be changed to have a perfect body that will never age, get sick, or die. This is the adoption of our body—not our soul. That has already happened when Christ placed us for service in His spiritual body.

Adoption here is the moment that we stop groaning and we receive the condition we ought to have enjoyed all along. It is the moment where nature recognizes us as supreme lords that rule this world in the place of our Heavenly Father. It is the moment when we regain the supernatural abilities that Adam possessed, and Jesus demonstrated, but we robbed of by our fallen birth.

Again, Paul prophesies the things that are to be.

For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.

Philippians 3:20-21

This does not happen at death for death takes a Christian to a temporary body (a theophany according to 2 Corinthians 5:1). Remember, those who go to be with the Lord “sigh and cry” wondering how long until they can come back to Earth (Rev. 6:10).

When Christ returns, then the children of God receive the adoption of their bodies. Take some time to pause and think about this. Compare it to John the Revelator who wrote,

Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.

1 John 3:2

Pause and think about this. When you’re ready, pick back up here.

Okay, so to drive home my first point, there is coming an adoption of our body (not our soul) in which we will have a body that will be similar to Christ’s at the moment of transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-8). You see, prophet after prophet in the New Testament understood that there was coming a time that nature itself would recognize the authority of the adopted children of God.

What’s everything waiting on? What’s the whole creation waiting for? The manifestations of the sons of God. It’s waiting for the Church to become into its position. Who was the son of God, when Adam, where was his domain? The earth. He, he had domain over the earth. Is that right? [Congregation says, “Amen.”—Ed.]

He wasn’t Elah, Elah, Elohim then; He was Jehovah. See? That is, “I am God, and I’ve made some lesser ones under Me. And I have give them a dominion. And in their domain, the dominion under them, is the earth.” Man had dominion over the earth. And all the whole creation is waiting for the sons of God to be manifested. Oh!
   60-0522M – Adoption #3
   Rev. William Marrion Branham

In that day our bodies will be changed to wield the authority that God will entrust to us.

“What authority?” you ask. The authority to carry out His commands and rule over this world (and possibly others) as He entrusted to Adam. This is yet another reason why the Rapture is necessary—we cannot fulfill the original commission in this feeble flesh. We need something higher, something divine.

At the Rapture, we are changed to a theophany, and when Christ returns, we receive a glorified body. But we’ll go into details on that another time, Lord willing.

Why will Satan be bound?

Satan will be bound during the Millennium because there is no one for him to work through. We, who were once his slaves in sin, rule over him and sin when we are born of the Spirit. During the Millennium and beyond, the Bride will rule over this world. How can Satan tempt or rule when the sons of God have dominion?


Nothing will be out of order. We will enforce the law of God and nature will willingly humble itself to the leadership of the redeemed. Satan, the one who brought death to man and nature, who turned animal against animal, will be scorned according to Isaiah 14:16-18.

Now, he tries to make us fear him as he bluffs us and attacks our mind. But let us remember that we have already overcome him (1 John 4:4) and we are pressing the battle to the final victory when the spiritual will be manifested and the devil will be our captive (Rev. 20:1-10).

Take some time to think about that before we move into our final segment for today.

How does adoption impact our role with Christ in the Millennium?

I said previously that adoption is a service as well as rulership role. That is true. We are placed in the Body of Christ to serve and are given authority within our role, just as the priests, prophets, singers, and righteous kings of the Old Testament had their specific levels of authority and duty.

Just as we spiritually are placed with authority over a specific area (spiritual gifts, the ministry, the career God has chosen for us or our domestic relationships etc), so will we have specific authority in the world that is to come.

Didn’t Jesus promise us, “To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne (Rev 3:21).” ? We see here again the parables He taught of the servants who used their talents (responsibilities/callings) wisely and received rulership under the king’s dominion (see Luke 19:11-27).

To the Bride is given the privilege of ruling with Him, not because She is worthy humanly speaking, but because Her character meets His standards for She is part of Him. In recognizing the sincerity of our faith, Christ places us in His Body (or adopts us).

Throughout this life’s journey, we must remain faithful to His calling, giving him interest on the talents (Luke 19) that He has laid in our hands. At His return to Earth, we will receive the adoption of our bodies and usher in a thousand year ruling period in which the Earth will be repopulated and Satan will be bound.

But then comes the really good part—the Eternal world and the New Jerusalem.

Lord willing, we’ll get into that some other time.

Main Takeaways:

  • The adoption of our body is different than our spiritual adoption now. It occurs when Christ returns as King with His Bride.
  • Satan will be bound during that Millennium for the Righteous (Mrs. Jesus Christ) will hold the Earth under Her control in His Name.
  • Christ has promised that we will rule with Him and, to do so, we must receive a body more infinitely glorious than anything we can imagine.

Study on Adoption #2

Tear down the Tower of Babel and Vuild the Kingdom of Gid Walk Through the Word

Genesis 11:1-9 Bible study
  1. Tear down the Tower of Babel and Vuild the Kingdom of Gid
  2. Of Faith & Doubt
  3. Genesis 4-10: Worship, Murder, & the Human Experience
  4. From Spirit to Flesh: Study on Genesis 2 & 3
  5. Walk in the Word #1: From Chaos to Perfection

Our objective

In today’s message, I want to do two things. First, I’d like to reinforce your understanding of when a child of God is placed (or adopted) and second I’d like to show how this placing reflects the coming kingdom of our God. As we go through this lesson remember to pause, study, and write down any questions that come to your mind.

I’d like to take them in early December if the Lord tarries.

What we learned so far

Last week I focused on what adoption is and we showed that a son of God is adopted when the Holy Spirit places him into service within the body. Now, I’d like to drill that point home.

First, the spiritual is often like our natural relationships. We all at times wanted things from our parents. Maybe we couldn’t wait to drive their car or to do something independently. Well, most parents won’t hand you the keys to their car when you turn 10. If they’re thinking parents, they’ll wait until you reach legal age, then make you go through a driver’s Ed course or teach you how to drive themselves.

Then, when they’re convinced that you can handle the responsibility, and after you’ve passed your licensing test, your parents will probably let you drive their car or get you your own.

My point is that, while you were always their child, they will only give you the responsibility once you’ve demonstrated that you’re worthy of it.

God does the same thing.

After we are born of His Holy Spirit, He tests us to see if we’re responsible, zealous for His kingdom, and if we’ll live in a way that glorifies Him. When He sees that continuous faithfulness, He gives you responsibility within His body. It might be a gift of prophecy, placing you as a model single man or woman, using you to serve as a help within His church or moving you into the ministry etc.

The point is, that God has a place for everyone and, if the church pulls together in that great unity of the Spirit, letting Christ position us as He desires, we will have a spiritual Body that cannot be defeated.

Let me pause to say that God’s placing is not only spiritual. Your natural job can also be God’s positioning within the body—a farmer, a housewife etc. Do you understand? It’s not just preachers or those with spiritual gifts.

Alright, let’s move on.

To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

Galatians 4:5

Paul shows us that God’s purpose was to place us within Christ’s body. Compare this to Ephesians 1, where he tells us that God predestinated our purpose in Christ’s body from before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1: 5). Then you can see that the adoption of a believer is when he or she is placed within the Body of Christ by the Spirit to do a certain work or hold a certain office.

Doesn’t every part of your natural body serve a function? Or is it there only to say, “I’m a part of the body?” We may be tempted to think that adoption’s purpose is to exercise God’s power but that would lead to pride. Adoption is not only to rule—it is also here to serve the entire spiritual Body of Jesus Christ.

Did not the Lord Jesus show us by His words and example that the one that truly rules is the one that serves?

Now, here is a good time to pause and think about how your natural body functions while keeping in mind what Paul taught the church at Corinth.

For as the body is one, and has many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of the body, being many, are one body; so also is Christ.

1 Corinthians 12:12

When you’re ready, pick back up here.

Okay, so now that you’ve thought on that, let’s look at this parallel of the natural body a little more closely.

Every part of the body has a specific place and a specific purpose. The kidney cannot move over to the lung’s grounds and say, “this is where I belong, I’ll do my job better here.”

No. Body parts that don’t function as they ought to—or leave their original position—lead to dysfunction and disease. The same is true in the spiritual body.

God has a place for each of His own and He leads us to it as we show our zeal, love, and faithfulness to His Word.

How does this work in our daily life?

When God places you in the Body, or gives you a spiritual gift, you are responsible for its use. You rule that spiritual territory. Now this might sound strange, but it shouldn’t. The Bible says “And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.” (1 Corinthians 14:32). You therefore, rule over the portion of the Holy Ghost that is given to you. Now by you I don’t mean the human element, I mean that aspect of God that’s on the inside of your soul.

Just like in biblical Israel, each Isaraelite inherited or ruled over a certain part of the possession that served to benefit the whole tribe (and ultimately the nation of Israel), so each member of Christ’s body rules a portion of God’s spiritual kingdom. Through good stewardship of what God has given to you, the entire body benefits.

Now this is true for pastors but it’s also true for the laity who have been gifted with various gifts (see 1 Corinthians 12) or have been called to serve. You are responsible to give God a good spiritual return on what He has given to you and use it as He would for He has given you authority because He trusts you.

How was our inheritance given to us, through what? Predestination. Predestination is foreknowledge. How did God know He could trust you to be a preacher? His foreknowledge. “Not he that willeth or he that runneth, or he…It’s God that sheweth mercy.” That’s right, predestination. He knew what was in you. He knowed what was in you before you even come on the earth. He knowed what was in you before there was an earth for you to come on. That’s—that’s Him. That’s the infinite God, the infinite.

Rev. William Marrion Branham, 60-0522E – Adoption #4

What authority is given to God’s adopted children?

Now this, to me, is where things really get rich. Just as God brings us individually to a place that He can use us and work through us, so He has been building His Bride for 2,000 years to get her to a place of adoption—a time where the Word that leaves Her lips is backed up by God Himself.

Now this has happened as individuals. We see and know that when you are correctly placed by God in your ministry or role in life, God will honor your words to minister to those He has given to you.

If you’ll permit me to say so, that’s one of the secrets that I have held before God constantly as a pastor these may years. When I have a dire need or situation to face that involves the people (not myself), I am confident that I can use my status before God as a minister to intercede. You may have heard me in prayer say things like “I claim this one” etc. That is what I mean.

Because this is my office, or my place in the Body, by His Grace there are times when He will honor that faith that I hold over this spiritual ground. Now I do not often talk about this but, I believe it’s a time for things to be said plainly so we can understand. To quote Paul, “I magnify my office (Romans 11:13).”

Now, we are in a time where the Bride of Christ is pulling into shape to operate collectively as representatives of the Lord Jesus—what we call adopted sons of God.

Forgive me for what I am about to say. Adoption is not something to look to like a Hindu/Buddhist Nirvana. I do not mean to be disrespectful but that is the clearest way I can make my point.

It is not something that we can be “good enough” to attain. As the individuals within the spiritual Body of Jesus Christ take their place, the Body collectively will take its place. Israel as a nation settled Canaan land under Joshua as each individual family possessed the land.

In the days of Nehemiah, the entire land was resettled as each family group repaired their own inheritance.

We are now in the season of adoption, where the entire family of God moves under the Spirit’s anointing to speak creative Words, but that moves as individuals take their place in the Body.

You remember I taught that adoption means to stand in the place of Jesus Christ? Frankly that was the whole point of adoption in the ancient world. A son could represent his father in any business deal. His word was just as powerful as his father’s word.

That is what the Bride of Christ is to be doing today. Throughout the ages, we had portions of Christ representing Himself in the church but now we are here to speak and act on His behalf.

“Go right back to Genesis, to the original, what is it? Now the world and nature is groaning, crying, everything’s moving. What? For the manifestation of the sons of God, when true sons, born sons, filled sons speak and their word is backed. I believe we’re on the border of it right now. Yes, sir. Say to this mountain, let it be so.

81 “Brother, I—I desire so-and-so, a certain thing done. I’m a believer in Jesus Christ.”

82 “I give it to you in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.” Amen. There’s a manifestation.

83 “Oh, brother, my crops are burning up out yonder. I haven’t had any rain.”

84 “I’ll send you a raining, in the Name of the Lord.” There she’ll come. Oh, waiting, groaning, all nature waiting for the manifestations of the sons of God. God ordained it at the beginning.”

    60-0522E – Adoption #4 Rev. William Marrion Branham

This couldn’t happen in any other day because now the End-Time Word has been revealed. Now, the Seals have been opened. Now, the antichrist is enthroning himself in the church and now Christ is enthroning Himself in His Bride.

Let’s pause here for today and next week, if the Lord tarries, I’d like to look at what this means for the Millennial rule. You’ll understand why our adoption as a Bride is necessary for the Millennium to take place, what adoption has to do with our change of body and why Satan will be bound for 1,000 years.

Main takeaways:

  • Adoption is being placed positionally in the Body
  • The entire Body must be placed correctly and carry out its functions
  • God demonstrates His trust in you by giving you a work to do
  • The adoption that happens as individuals is also happening in the Bride collective

Study on Spiritual Adoption #1

Tear down the Tower of Babel and Vuild the Kingdom of Gid Walk Through the Word

Genesis 11:1-9 Bible study
  1. Tear down the Tower of Babel and Vuild the Kingdom of Gid
  2. Of Faith & Doubt
  3. Genesis 4-10: Worship, Murder, & the Human Experience
  4. From Spirit to Flesh: Study on Genesis 2 & 3
  5. Walk in the Word #1: From Chaos to Perfection

Tonight I’d like to approach the subject of Spiritual Adoption. Let me say before I begin that the biblical principle of spiritual adoption is a deep topic that has many different perspectives. By no means do I want to discredit any minister.

For myself, I tend to be rather individualistic— I like to avoid other ministers thoughts when it comes to sounding out the deep things of God’s Word. I try to prove everything by the Scripture and line up my conclusions with the Message of the Hour. One thing is certain. None of us can honestly claim to know the full scope of God’s plan. Like so many things in the Word, adoption has many aspects to it.

But, seeing as God has given me the oversight of my flock, and that we are in a season of great spiritual trial, I believe every Christian must develop a clear understanding of his or her place in the spiritual body of Jesus Christ. To that end, I want to devote the next few podcasts to a close study on Adoption.

Each episode will not be long. I’m cutting them short so you can pause the recording, take your Bible out, and study. Write out any questions you may have and I’ll address them in church the first weekend in December, Lord willing.

First, what is adoption?

Spiritually, adoption means the placing of a son of God. It is a moment where God confers trust and power upon His children, giving them an authority that is equal to His own in that specific calling. Now, this is hard for a lot of western churches to accept so let’s dig back into the scripture (our absolute).

In the Garden of Eden, God gave His original seed children (Adam and Eve) an authority on Earth that was equal to His own in heaven. Genesis 1:28 reads,

God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

Genesis 1:28NIV

Just as the Father ruled over heaven and earth, He now had given dominion to His children. This was His original purpose. This is still His original purpose. Adam ruled with love over God’s creation, taking care of the planet and keeping it in perfect order.

I want you to notice that God gave this responsibility to His children after He recognized them as being in HIs image (Gen. 1:27). He could only trust them with such power after He recognized them as looking like Himself and knew that they would think like Him and remain true to His Word. Now Adam was not an adopted son—he was a created son—but I want to lay a basis here by showing you what God’s plan is for His family.

This is a good spot to pause for a few minutes, go through the Word, and make sure you get what I’m saying. When you’re ready, pick back up here.

Alright, so now that we’ve established what God’s plan was, we realize that the Bible says He never changes (Malachi 3:6a). So He still wants to trust His children with responsibility. Paul expresses this clearly when he writes the following:

“But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.”

Galatians 4:4-7KJV

I encourage you to read the whole chapter as you study. Now, Paul shows us that although sin separated us from God, through Christ we are redeemed so that we can receive this placing (or adoption) of sons. This doesn’t mean that you are now coming into the family of God. As Paul said, because we are (already) sons, God gave us the Holy Spirit. We were already children of God, even when we were in sin. But God couldn’t recognize us as His children because we weren’t in His own image or likeness. We were in the image of sin, tarnished by evil…but we were still children of God.

Our second birth is simply a recognition that we are sons of God. Then our lives start to conform to God’s Word and we grow in the image of Jesus Christ (Romans 121-2). Now, when God looks at you, He can see His own image and likeness.

Sound familiar? I hope so. In other words, God can trust us with authority as He did Adam because we have grown into His image and likeness.

When is a child of God adopted?

This might be the most thorny part of my talk on adoption. Let me start off by quoting Ephesians.

Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

Ephesians 1:5-6

Some put adoption off to a future time. There is a truth to that as we’ll discuss next week. But the adoption as a whole is not in the future. Part of it is to be fulfilled right now. The Scripture declares we are the sons of God right now (1 John 3:2) and are adopted, or placed into the Body of God after being filled with the Holy Ghost.

Your adoption is not your birth. Your adoption is your placing. When you were born again, I believe, when we are born of the Spirit of God, we are sons of God. But we were predestinated. Now here’s what I’m trying to get you to, for this sons of the last day, you see. To…See? We were predestinated to (unto) adoption.

60-0518 – Adoption #2 Rev. William Marrion Branham

The New Birth is not the adoption. As I said before, we’re born of the Spirit of God when we recognize our status as sons of God by divine revelation. The Holy Spirit sanctifies us and fills us with His power, and we are totally regenerated. However, God watches our life after that New Birth to see if we can be trusted with a position of authority or service. That is what the Holy Ghost came to do—to set us into service within the Body.

Now, you’re a Christian when you accept Jesus. And when the Blood of Jesus Christ was applied to you, your sins are (your habits and filth of this world that you wallowed in), is gone from you. Smoking, drinking, gambling: all these unclean habits leave you by sanctification. And then the Holy Spirit comes in, and anoints you, and puts you in service, to do something for Him.

 54-0516 – Questions And Answers (Law Having A Shadow)  Rev. William Marrion Branham

For example, Christ’s spiritual body is filled with all kinds of gifts and callings. Paul referenced this (1 Corinthians 12). God’s purpose is to give us all a part, a responsibility, within this great body. It is not all tongues—some are apostles, housewives, prophesiers, pastors etc. Our adoption comes when God places us into the role that He has called us to within the body.

Now, I know that might go against the grain a little but pause this podcast and search it through the Scripture. When was Joshua adopted? It wasn’t in Egypt nor in the wilderness journey. It was just after he entered the Promised Land.

You say, Joshua? Adopted?

Didn’t God recognize his word? God honored Joshua’s word as an earthly angel to save Rahab the prostitute. Because Joshua said that Rahab would be spared, God shook down the entire city but spared Rahab’s apartment. Because Joshua said “Sun, stand still!” God from heaven halted the entire process of nature. Was this at the end of his life?


Was it when he began his service to God’s earthly body called Israel?


After forty years of testing in the wilderness, God made Joshua’s word as good as His own in the role as leader of the army of the Lord, the Church, the Body of the Lord.

What is the Body of Christ? Some are apostles, some are prophets, some are teachers, some are evangelists, and some are pastors. Is that right? We’re called to. Others has gifts of tongues, interpretation of tongue, wisdom, knowledge, miracles, working of miracles, all these different gifts.

60-0518 – Adoption #2 Rev. William Marrion Branham

Let’s fast-forward to the Lord Jesus, the Head of this great Body. Jesus was really a begotten Son, for He was born in the womb of a woman as we are. Adam was a created son, Jesus was begotten, and we are adopted. But I want you to realize that regardless of how we came to earth, we all have the same opportunity, the same status before God as we show our faithfulness to Him and to His Word.

When was Christ adopted?

On Mount Transfiguration, God placed all authority in Christ’s hands (Matthew 17:1-8). He was born the Son of God. He had preached the Gospel and done miracles. God had already publicly declared that He was His Son. But now Christ was about to serve the Body and culminate His ministry by dying and rising again on the Third Day.

And a Voice came from Heaven, said, “This is My beloved Son, hear ye Him.” Amen. “I’ve placed Him positionally. That’s My Son. What He says, I’ll back up. He’s kept My Words. He’s fought through all these denominations and everything else and has kept the faith. He—He’s pulled no punches. He—He’s been true. He’s always about My work. When people look at Him, they see Me. This is My Son, hear ye Him.”

 61-0317 – Abraham’s Grace Covenant   Rev. William Marrion Branham

Is adoption just about ruling?

Spiritual adoption truly means that we stand in the place of God in a specific role. Part of that entails rulership and dominion, for God is the sovereign King of Kings. But it’s also carrying out His will. Doing the work that He wants done on Earth for we are His representatives. That’s what mature sonship is all about.

So often we disagree on petty things and act as spiritual children. So often we adopt the habits, dressing, and desires of the world which keep God from placing us as His sons and daughters. In short, the enemy has the victory in our lives. But adoption comes to change that.

Adoption means we enforce the rule of God and bind the enemy wherever he is. This is a beautiful study that goes into the millennium and Satan being bound for 1,000 years with a chain of circumstances. Next week, Lord willing, I’d like to dive into that part.

But tonight, I’d like to close tonight with a Scripture found in the Old Testament that speaks of the End Times.

And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.

Malachi 3:17

Sonship is equated with service or ministry. The same truth is shown in the last book of the New Testament where John shows the Bride as the one who “serve Him day and night in His temple” (Rev. 7:15).

Main takeaways:

  • Spiritual adoption means God places you as His child in His Body
  • God’s plan has always been for His children to have dominion (Think Adam and Eve before they sinned)
  • We were always God’s children but were recognized as such when we were born again.
  • Your adoption happens when God places you for service in His body (Think Joshua)
  • Adoption truly means representing God in the role He’s called us to fill.