Isaiah 60:1-2 (KJV)
60 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.

2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
Psalm 62:1-8 (KJV)
62 Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation.

2 He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.

3 How long will ye imagine mischief against a man? ye shall be slain all of you: as a bowing wall shall ye be, and as a tottering fence.

4 They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah.

5 My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.

6 He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.

7 In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.

8 Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.

Now, if you noticed in the Scripture reading there in the Psalms, it kept saying, “God is my rock.” Do you know what a rock represents in the Bible? A rock in the Bible, here, represents “the revelation of God.” See, “God is my revelation.” He is, see. The revelation of the Word is the rock.
Now, my text, for this morning, is an odd word: Shalom. Shalom, in the Hebrew, means “peace.” And that’s what I say to the Church this morning, “Shalom!” That’s peace. 39 In Finnish it’s called Jumalan rauha, which means “God’s peace” upon you. Rauha. God, see, God’s peace, shalom. 40 My new-year’s Message is to the Church elected in Jesus Christ, for 1964. Not—not just the church groups; but the Elect, the Lady, the Lady of—of the Church, Christ’s Bride, see, that’s who I’m addressing. 41 We’re facing here, in our two subjects that we read, the two Scriptures, rather, a very contrast, one to the other. In Isaiah, it says, “Arise, and shine, for the glory of God has come upon you. The Light is here.” And then the very next verse, he says, “Gross darkness is upon this people.” And then when we are in a mixtury of Light and darkness, and then my address to the Church is “shalom, peace,” let’s find out what it’s all about, see. We are facing this year, with both darkness and Light. We are…the world is in one of the most chaotic times of darkness that it’s ever stood in; and yet it’s standing in, again, the most blessed Light that it ever did shine in. And there is… 42 The difference is just like it was in the beginning, when there was gross darkness upon the earth. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the water and said, “Let there be light.” And God separated the light from the darkness. And I believe that we are now living in that hour again, that when God is separating Light from darkness, and He’s pressing it to the other side of the world, that the Light might be made manifest. And we are… 43 Then, the—the Church, the reason I’d say “Shalom” to them, is because that it’s God’s Peace. That’s what I want to bring to you this morning, for the new year’s, not looking back, but we’re looking forward to the breaking of a new day. Until, there is something great laying ahead of us, where the years has been the joy that we’ve looked forward to, the pressing, coming of the great Light. And now we can see it breaking over the horizona, horizonal realm, it’s breaking between mortal and immortality. We see it breaking between heavens and earth, from an earth-bound sickness and troubled world, into a bright shining day of an immortal Life and an immortal body and an immortal earth that shall never pass away. It—it’s “Shalom,” unto the—unto the Church. Now, it’s Light time coming for the believers, but a gross darkness for the people. I…
64-0112 – Shalom
Rev. William Marrion Branham
http://table.branham.org

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