On April 12, 1961 the USSR launched the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin. The U.S. quickly followed, sending Alan Shepard into space on May 5, 1961. Once the space race began, the USSR and the United States successively challenged and passed each other in achievements until the U.S. put a man on the moon on July 20, 1969.
In the 1950′s and 60′s, men like William Branham, Oral Roberts and Billy Graham seemed to have the backing of a spiritual superpower that gave them immense insight into the workings and power of God. They were the spiritual astronauts of the 20th century.
William Branham said, “We are living in the astronaut age. Just as sure as God has testified by the natural happenings there, so is He testifying now that, if we’ve achieved an astronaut, God has achieved what He promised to achieve in the last days, according to Malachi 4. Only thing He has to do is get somebody in His hands, that can cut loose from the airplanes and automobiles, and whatmore. Not look back to what it was, but more power to lift him higher, lift him into the Presence of God, lift him up there where all things are possible.” (Sermon: Countdown February 9, 1964)
In the 1960′s, it took a superpower to put a person in space. But fast forward 50 years, and the same feats that were once performed by governments and daredevils will soon become the domain of anyone willing to pay the price.
Heaven is Virgin Territory
The front-runner in the private space race is Virgin Galactic. For $200,000 USD (which is a lot less than it took to put an astronaut in space in the 1960s), Virgin will safely take you into space and back. The date of the first paid flight will only be named once testing of its spacecraft is completed. If the preparations go well, Virgin Galactic will be fully operational in 2011 or 2012 from Spaceport America in New Mexico.
It may be more than a coincidence that a company named Virgin is opening the door to space. If natural types the spiritual, then the doors of heaven will also be open to a virgin. In the Bible, Jesus said that the kingdom of heaven is like ten virgins. Five of the virgins in Jesus’ story were wise, and were invited into the marriage feast. The other five virgins had not adequately prepared for the Bridegroom’s appearance, and were left outside the marriage feast. William Branham said, “It’ll take an astronaut faith to fly you off this earth to meet Jesus. That’s right. You don’t want to be left a [foolish] virgin.” (Sermon: Countdown, November 25, 1962).
The other direction is Virgin Territory too
The only time a living person has ever descended to the bottom of the Mariana Trench (and returned) was on January 23, 1960. Again, in the 1960s it took a superpower to achieve this feat. Beginning in 2011, Virgin Oceanic (another member of the Virgin Group of Companies) is planning to make manned dives to to the five lowest trenches in the ocean, starting with the Mariana Trench.
In other words, people first descended into the lowest depths of the earth, and broke free from its gravity during the closing years of William Branham’s prophetic ministry. Starting with Virgin Oceanic, it will no longer take a superpower to take a return trip to the bottom of the ocean. The depths of the abyss, and the heights of heaven, will soon be explored by a group of Virgins.
Every Christian has a choice
William Branham said, “When the great Eagle, powered by the Holy Ghost and Fire, begins to spread Her wings, the astronauts will take off into the sky, to go to meet the Bridegroom;”
50 years ago the population of the world could only stand and watch, as others chosen by superpowers flew to new heights. Today the world is watching with great anticipation as Virgin is busy making herself ready, and the astronauts will be those that have decided to pay the price. Possibly as early as the end of 2011, heaven will be Virgin territory. Are you ready to go?