Conduct, Order and Doctrine
CONDUCT, ORDER AND DOCTRINE
A Series of Sermons by
William Marrion Branham
William Marrion Branham
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great
and dreadful day of the LORD:
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Book 1
Questions & Answers on Genesis ……………………………………………………...……..
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Questions & Answers - Part 1 ………………………………………………………..………..
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Questions & Answers - Part 2 ………………………………………………………..………..
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Questions & Answers …………………………………………………………………………..
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Questions & Answers On Hebrews - Part 1 …………………………….…………………..
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Questions & Answers On Hebrews - Part 2 ……………………….………………………..
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Questions & Answers On Hebrews - Part 3 ……………………………….………………..
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The Placing Of Deacons …………………………………………………………………...…..
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Church Order …………………………………………………………………………………….
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Questions & Answers …………………………………………………………………………..
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Questions & Answers On The Holy Ghost …………………………………………………..
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Questions & Answers …………………………………………………………………………..
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Book 2
Questions & Answers …………………………………………………………………………..
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God Being Misunderstood ……………………………………………………………………..
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Questions & Answers …………………………………………………………………………..
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Questions & Answers …………………………………………………………………………..
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Taking Sides With Jesus ………………………………………………………..……………..
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Questions & Answers On The Seals ………………………………………………..………..
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Church Order ……………………………………………………………………………..……..
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Questions & Answers No 1 ………………………………………………..…………………..
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Questions & Answers No 2 ……………………………………………..……………………..
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Questions & Answers No 3 ……………………………………………………………………..
597
Questions & Answers No 4 …………………………………………..………………………..
647
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Book 1
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON GENESIS
Branham Tabernacle
JEFFERSONVILLE.IN WEDNESDAY 53-0729
Now, if anyone's got any questions that they want to hand in, why, just push them right on up, let
some child bring them or whatever you want to. Or maybe, if we get through... I--I got about six
here on one page, and then here, then we got two over there.
Now, we're--we want to find out. The reason we do this is to find out what's on the people's mind,
what they're thinking about. See? And that's what makes a good strong church. You've got to have
the--the times, just like you got to comb the cockleburs out like, you know, and everything, get all
the--the things out of the way so that you can move steadily. So now that's the reason we have
question night once in a while, is to find out.
Now, if there's any questions that... Now, this time I kinda opened it up way wide. And I said...
Now, used to be I'd say, "Now, if anybody... just anything pertaining to--to Scripture; answer. Ask
it." (Thank you, brother.) And I said, "Just anything pertaining to a Scripture; answer." (See?), that
we'd answer it. But tonight I said...
You know, then they come around; they say, "Brother Bill," asked me a question, "do you think if--
if--if So-and-so did a certain-certain thing, is that's Christianity?"
Well, that's kind of pushing off on somebody. But I said, "Let them have that tonight." See, that's
all right. So we can just find out if there's any pushing being done, so...
Oh, I--I--I really feel good tonight. Mowed grass all afternoon, so I really feel good, out in the hot
sun.
We got a--a meeting coming up pretty soon now; don't forget, August the twenty-third, at the
Stadium in Chicago, till September the fifth. Expect a great time in the Lord there. And it's been
advertised everywhere now, and all the different papers is packing it. We expect a great time.
Now, I've got one, two, three, four, five, six, I think, on one page here. And it all kinda pertains to
the same thing, back in--in the Book of Genesis.
Now, first is Genesis 1:26, or 1:26 to 28, is where the--the person with the... They asked what it
would be. What--what this question... I mean, asked the question... Pardon me. And we want to
read that first. Now, they got it wrote out here. If you want to follow it right back, it's all right. Said,
"God created man, male and female created He them." See? And then on the next he's got
Genesis--or, he or she, one, has got Genesis 2:7 "He formed man out of the dust of the earth."
That's another place. I'll read them all, so we can get them together here so you can see. Now, the
first, the first phase of this is, now said...
1. God created man, male and female... Created man, male and female. Now, that's, I think, the
first point. Now, in Genesis 2:7, it says, "He formed (underscored) but first He created." He's got
then--he's got that underscored. "And He formed (underscored) man out of the dust, and breathed
into his nostrils," and so forth. Now, what is the difference, or where is the connection in the above
Scriptures?
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Now, this is... Now, if you've got it wrote down, Genesis 1:26 to 28, and Genesis 2:7. Now, it's a
very touchy thing, and I--I may not... I just have my own idea of it, so I'll just give it to you the way
that I feel that it is. And if you different, well, that's just fine.
I want to compliment Brother Neville on the fine answers he give to those questions there. Now,
they're fine.
Now, in this Genesis 1:26, God made man in His Own image. And if you'd notice, we'll get it so
you can read it, and 26... If you'd like to read along with us, we'd be glad for you--for you to do it,
check me up.
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over
the fish of the sea,... over the fowls of the air,... over the cattle of the earth,... and over every
creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female
created he them.
Now, that's... I've heard that discussed many times, and around the world discussions come up
on that. Now, in Genesis 2:7, watch what He did here. All right, here it is:
And... God formed man out of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of
life; and man became a living soul.
Now, what kind of formation... The--the questioner wants to ask:
What connection does this Genesis 1:26 have with Genesis 2:7? God created two men. And which
was the man, and which... What connection does that have? What... How does it connect up in the
Scripture?
Well now, if you'll notice close now, in Genesis 1:26, let's get the first part first. God said, "Let
us..." Now, "let us," us is a... "Let us make man in our own image." Our, 'course, we realize He's
talking to someone; He was speaking to another being. "Let us make man in our own image after
our likeness, and let them have dominion over the cattles of the field."
If you notice in creation, the first thing that was created, of course, was light. You come on down
through the creation; the last thing was created was what? A man. And woman was made after
man. All right, the first... Last thing that was created of God's creation is mankind.
But when God made His first man, if you noticed, He made him in the likeness of Himself; He was
made in the image of God. And what is God? Now, if we can find out what God is we can find what
kind of a man He made.
Now, in St. John the 4th chapter, and I'll--you read this, Jesus speaking to the woman in the... if
you like to turn to it. I... Not having much time, I just didn't write them right down, just have to take
it by memory. And you look them up now, if I can find it right quick. Now, let's begin about the 4th
chapter, and the 14th verse.
And whosoever drinks of this water that I shall give unto him shall never thirst;... and be wells of
water springing up into everlasting life.
The woman said unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I... come not here to draw.
Jesus said... Go, and call thy husband...
The woman answered...
I believe we have to get a little above that now to find out, find out what--what I want you to see
here. Maybe not, maybe I can find it on down here, and what I want to see. What say? 23rd and
24th verse. All right.
Ye worship... (That's it.)... Ye worship and you know not what: we know what we worship: for
salvation is of the Jews, (And that's right, see?)
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But the hour cometh,... But the hour cometh, and now is, that the true worshippers... (Jew or
Gentile)... shall worship the Father in the spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship
him.
Now, the next verse is where I want.
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Now, if God created man in His Own image and in His Own likeness, what kind of a man did He
create? A spirit man. Now, if you'll notice, after He had made all the creation and created a spirit
man (the close reading of this now, to the one that asked the question will find this), that God give
dominion of the cattle and the fishes and everything to the man. But in His making up there, He
made man in His Own image to lead the cattle, lead the beasts of the field, just like the Holy Spirit
leads the believer today. See?
He was, in other words, Adam, the first man in the lower creations of God... The first creation was
God Himself; then out of God came the Logos, which was the Son of God; then out of the Logos,
which was the Word ("In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word
was God. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us."), out of the Logos came forth the--
the man.
Oh, I got a beautiful picture in my mind now, if you could take a little trip with me. I believe I've
talked on it before, but to get this to the place where you'll be sure to see it. Now, let's take a little
trip and go back for a little while. Now, don't think about how hot it is; let's get our minds right on
what we're going to talk about and think now.
Let's go back a hundred million years before there ever was a star, moon, or anything in the world.
Now, there was a time when there wasn't nothing here; it was just all forever and eternity. And all
of ever and eternity was God; He was there in the beginning.
Now, let's go out here on the edge of this banister and look over and see these things happen.
Now, "No man has seen the Father at any time." No man can see God in the bodily form,
because God is not in body form; God is a Spirit. See? All right. "No man has seen the Father, but
the only begotten of the Father hath declared Him," I John... See?
Now, but notice now, there's nothing; there's just space. There's no light; there's no dark; there's
no nothing; it's just seems nothing. But in there is a great supernatural Being, Jehovah God, Who
covered all space of all places at all times. He was from everlasting from everlasting; He is the
beginning of creation. That's God. Can't see nothing, can't hear nothing, not a move of an atom in
the air, not nothing, not no air, no nothing, but yet God was there. That was God. (Now, let's watch
for a few minutes, and after a while...) No man has seen That, now; that's the Father. That's God,
the Father.
Now, notice. Then after while I begin to see a little sacred Light begin to form, like a little halo or
something; you could only see it by spiritual eyes to look now, while we're looking, the whole
church now. We're standing on a great big banister, watching what God's doing. And we'll get right
down to this question here and you'll see how He brings it in.
Now, no one has seen God. And now, the next thing we begin to see, by eyes of supernatural
looking, we see a little white Light forming out there. What is that? That was called, by Bible
readers, "Logos," or "the anointed," or "the anointing," or the--as I was going to say, the--the part
of God begin to develop into something so human beings could have some type of an idea what It
was: it was a little, low--a little Light moving. He... That was the Word of God.
Now, God gave Himself birth to this Son which was before there was even an atom in the--or air to
make an atom. That was... See, Jesus said, "Glorify Me, Father, with the glory that We had before
the foundation of the world." See, way back in yonder...
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Now, in St. John 1 He said, "In the beginning was the Word." When the first... "And the Word was
God. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us." God unfolding Himself down to a
human being, now, watch how He did it.
Now, back there, then, when this little halo comes... Now, we can't see nothing yet, but just by
eyes of just supernatural we see a halo standing there. Now, that's the Son of God, the Logos,
Now, I can see Him playing around like a little child before the Father's door, with all eternity. See?
And now, then in His imaginary make-up He begin to think of what things would be, and I can hear
Him say, "Let there be light." And when He did, an atom bursted and the sun came into existence.
She whirled for hundreds of millions of years, forming clinkers, and burning, and forming like it is
today: still burning, still breaking atoms.
If the atomic bomb would ever get let loose, the atomic chain would take--this earth would be like
the sun, yonder, just bursting and blowing. And if you could stand over on another continent and
look off at this, it would look like another sun, where the atoms was a-burning this earth, if that
chain would ever get let loose and it just start turning, whirling like that. Millions and millions of
miles reach these big flames of billions of Fahrenheit, of--of--of heat that goes off that sun.
Now, watch this now. Beautiful... Now, He made the sun. Then the first thing you know, a big
clinker fell off of it, weighed about, just about like this earth, went "Spue..." Then this Logos here
now, the Son of God, is watching it. He lets it fall for a hundred million years and He stops it. Then
another one flies off, and He let's it flew off--fall for millions of years, then He stops it. Now, we're
standing, watching it come into existence.
Now, He's got something in His mind. And what's He doing? He's writing His first Bible. The first
Bible that man ever looked to was the stars, the zodiac. And it's a perfect... just... It dovetailed with
this Bible here. It starts off, the first of the zodiac is the virgin. Is that right? The last of the zodiac is
what? Leo, the lion. That's the first coming of Jesus; He came through a virgin; the second, He
comes as the Lion of the tribe of Juda. See? He write it on up, the cancer age, and everything
down through. Now, He put that all in the sky and placed it out, all these meteors, pieces of earth,
or sun, hanging off here.
Now, when science goes to looking for those missiles that fall, that don't disprove God; that just
proves it to me. See, that just makes it more real. Now, now notice, all these missiles hanging out
there away from that hot sun, and going out through the air, 'course, they've collected. And first
thing you know, it began just a iceberg.
Now, that was this earth come into existence, just a big old piece of cinder flew off out yonder.
Down beneath it now is nothing but a turning, burning volcano, completely; the eruptions come
everywhere, volcanic. And science claims that--that this world is, the crust on top of it, where we
live, is just about like the peeling on an apple. And all the... Now, there's twenty-five thousand
miles around, it's probably eight thousand miles that'd be approximately eight thousand miles
thick. And just think, of in there, it's a burning volcanic.
And two thirds of the earth, better than two thirds of it, is in water; and one third of it is in land,
about one third. And just look at this crust that we're living on; it's full of dangerous explosives,
gas, gasoline, oil, everything. Is that right? And the two thirds of it, better than two thirds of it,
water. What is the formula of water? Two parts of hydrogen and one part of oxygen: explosives.
There's enough electricity in every room to separate the heat from the cold, and it'll make enough
electricity to burst a room. You can put enough atoms in a golf ball to blow New York off the face
of the earth. And then man, setting on a pot of hell, hits hisself in the chest and defies God's Word,
and says, "There's no such a place as hell." (I got that down here in a little bit; we're going to get to
that. See?) You're setting on a big pot of it every day. And while you're here you're setting right on
it, and hell's just beneath you.
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And now, notice, but now when this was first found, when Jesus... Now, watch the little halo
yonder. Now, I can see It move out to this earth and get over the top of it and begin to move it over
here close to the sun. It's nothing but a big ball of ice. And when it begins to get melting, then great
big glaciers begin to cut through up in the northlands and come down. And when it did, it cut out
Kansas and Texas and all them places there, and went on into the Gulf of Mexico. And the first
thing you know, the whole thing was covered with water.
Then, now we get in Genesis 1, we get to the Bible now, and out of our picture at the Bible:
Genesis 1, "The world was without form, and void; and water was upon the face of the deep." Is
that right? "And the Spirit of God moved upon the water." Now, He separated the water, brought
up the hills and the lands and so forth, dried it off. Vegetation and everything, He made it. And He
made the moon. And set its boundaries of the sea, so it could not pass.
He got all those things together, and made...?... made all the other things, all the animal life, the
birds, the bees, the monkeys, and whatever it was, put them all here on earth. And then He asked
this question now. "Let us (Who? Father and Son) make man in Our own image."
Now, if a man was made something like that little sacred Light yonder, or something like that, It
could not be seen (which is a spiritual Being). He manifested or unfolded Himself a little more to
make a trinity of Himself by Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And here was God, unfolded Himself
now, down into "let us make man (which was His son, an offspring from Him) man in Our own
image (He was a supernatural being.), and let him have dominion over the cattles of the field, and
so forth."
Now, the man led the man--led the--the cattle and everything, just like the Holy Spirit leads a real
true believer today. The Voice of God out there... The voice of man, rather, would speak and say...
call the cattle this way, call the sheep over to this pasture, call the fishes to this water. See, he had
dominion; everything obeyed him.
Now, but then there was no man to till the soil (Genesis 2), no man to till the soil. "And then God
formed man (Genesis 2:7) out of the dust of the earth." Now, we follow it; He formed man out of
the dust of the earth, and put this supernatural Spirit...
Now, he was laying there. I can have many pictures of it. I can see Adam standing... Let's take this
way, see him standing like a tree. God had made him. He was dead as he could be, his toes, like
the roots sticking in the ground. And God said, "Let there be," or breathed the breath of life into
him, and he jumped, came to himself. See, He was a... Breathed the breath of life into him, he
became a living soul. Now, and he begin to move on, move on.
And then God taken from his side a piece of him, a rib, and made a woman. Now, where did He
get the spirit, woman? See? When He... Genesis 1:26, He said, "Let us make man in our own
image, after our own--own likeness, created He them man, male and female." He made the burly
spirit for the man; He made the tender, little, delicate, feminish spirit for the woman.
And when you see a woman acting like a man, she's got out of her place (You see?) in the
beginning. See? All right. She's supposed to... I think it's a shame that women has lost their dainty,
feminish place. It's a disgrace. I tell you it is. It's...
You know, I'm going to say this. Now, I'm not talking about you women here, But 'course if it hurts,
it just does. But look; let me ask you something. It used to be that women was so feminish till men
would go to talking to them and they'd blush. Huh. What is blushing anyhow? I haven't seen it in
so long I wouldn't even know what it was if some woman blushed. They haven't got any of that
dignity any more, all that there fine feminish spirit. They're just... They can... They'll wear clothes
like a man, cut their hair like a man, smoke like a man, drink like a man, cuss like a man, vote like
a man, work like a man, so, become rough, burly. Oh, my. That shows where you've got to. That's
exactly.
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That little ladylike, you don't see her much more; she's a hard person to find. Isn't that right? Yes,
that's the truth. So a woman is not supposed to stand up and act like a man, big and burly,
because she's dainty. God made her that way. I can prove that by the Scriptures. Yes, sir. That's
right. And...
But 'course, we get off this question, but I don't want to get too many off this question. But see,
there's where He made His first man, was in His own image.
And then, God, before there even was a star, knew that this world would be. And He knew that I'd
be William Branham preaching the Gospel from the pulpit and you'd be John Doe setting there
listening to It, before the world ever began. Hallelujah.
Now, that's where people sometimes, in the--the legalistic Calvinists, get all mixed up. See? They
say, "Well, why was some ordained to be lost?" God's not willing that any should perish. He don't
want no one to perish, but yet, being God, He knows there's some that won't accept It. See? See,
He's got... He had to know the end from the beginning in order to be God, didn't He?
So He knew He was going to have some women, so He just made their spirit right there. The
Bible said He would in 1, Genesis 1:26, "He created he him, man in a prefigure, male and female."
Amen. See? In a prefigure He made the woman and the man before they was ever formed out of
the dust of the earth.
And then God made the man, not in His Own image. This body's not in the image of God; this
body's in the image of beasts.
Can I take off my coat? It's getting hot up here. I got a tore shirt on, but you won't notice that.
Why, it's only... Jesse didn't come and get the laundry, so... But look, we're on a subject here now
that means more than a torn shirt in the pulpit. Doesn't it? It means Eternal Life.
Now, notice man... God knew in the beginning that He was going to have men and women, and
He knew that the Saviour would be here; He'd have to bring Jesus, and He'd be crucified. And
Jesus told the disciples when He was here on earth, that He knew them even before the
foundation of the world, before the world ever come into existence.
And God said also, or Paul speaking in Galatians, said that He ordained us and called us in Him
before the world was ever formed. Think of that. That God... Anybody like to hear what the
Scripture says about that, raise your hands, if you would, right along with the question. Get with
me in Galatians the 1st chapter. Looky here. I don't mean in Galatians; I mean Ephesians. Listen
closely now what God said; Ephesians 1.
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the
faithful in Jesus Christ.
Grace be unto you, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual
blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
Now, here it is; notice:
According as he has chosen us in him before the foundation of the world,...
Whew. That's pretty good. Isn't it? That's not pretty good, that's real good. Before there was a
foundation of the world, God knew Orman Neville and knew that he'd preach the Gospel. Isn't that
wonderful? "Has chose..." Why, he's a member of the church, and God knew He was going to
have that church. And he said, Paul was speaking to the church of Ephesus, said, "He has chosen
us in Him." Now, we're all the members of the Body of Christ. Is that right? And God, before the
world was ever formed, chose you and I in Him before the world was ever formed. Whew. My, isn't
that wonderful?
Now, the first man, now, He made the first man in His image, and we're returning back to that
image (That's right.), to our first created image.
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When God created me, William Branham, I was before the foundation of the world; He made my
being, my spirit. I wasn't conscious of anything as far as I know of, but the... I was there. Oh, I--I
don't believe you're getting it. But now, just a minute, Jesus told the disciples that He knew them
before the foundation of the world; and Paul said here that He chose us in Him before the world
began. Now, there was some part of me, Orman Neville, and the rest of you all here, that's in
Christ Jesus before the world ever began. And here's to my analysis of that.
I think that the people today that are possessed with this Spirit, or the spirit, a part of these angelic
beings, spirits which rotated off of God, that never fell in the beginning and resisted the devil's lie
in heaven...
And two thirds of the earth is in sin, and more than that, which two thirds of the angels was kicked
out. And 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...
And then He put man in the dust of the earth, which was the first man Adam. And that man was
made after the image, this human man here, is made after the image of an animal. These human
bodies are made in the image of animal.
We got a hand just like a monkey, and--and got a foot like a bear. Take a little cub bear, strip him
down, pull the skin off of him and put up the side of a little baby girl and look at the difference.
Huh. Brother, you sure have to look close. The whole diaphragm, the make-up, is almost the
same, the way it's made and the form of it, and everything just exactly. It's in the image of animal
life, because he was made something on the order of the animal, because that was his duty to
lead the animal.
And you take the Holy Spirit off of a man, he's lower than the animal; he's worse than the animal.
That's a hard thing to say. But you take a man that's unregenerated in his mind, without the Holy
Spirit to direct his thoughts, and--and things like that, he would throw a baby out of a mother's
arms and ravish her for beastly lust. That's exactly.
And a woman that's no good... You take an old mother hog or an old dog; we've give it all kinds of
names for... But her morals are just her puppies, and the hog for her piggies; but an ornery no-
good account woman is just as--just filth all the time. That's right. So remember, that you're...
Without Christ, your morals are--can drop down to below a dog. That's right.
The dog don't have to wear clothes to cover hisself, no other animal. It was man that fell, not the
animal life. But the animal life being under the man (the human life), was subject to it, because
man was his guide and his supreme leader. And every beast of the field fears a man.
Somebody was asking me, sometime, about hunting, "Are you afraid of it?" Why, every animal
was ever created fears a man, because that's got to be from the beginning back yonder. See?
Sure is. You run and he'll run after you (that's right), but, a dog or anything you want to. All right.
But now notice, now that man when he come down here... Now, look, here... You say, "Now, what
about it now, Brother Branham?"
Now, here you get God in just exactly, and between the oneness and trinity you'll get the thing just
exactly right now. Now, look. When God dropped, unfolded Hisself, unfolded Hisself down till He
come down to this man... Now, man sinned not in his spirit, but in his body: lust, passion. Then
when he sinned, he separated hisself from his Maker. And then God, the Logos, the very Creator
of him, came down and was made in the image of man. Man was made in the image of God, and
then he was made in the image of beast, and he fell. And God came down in the image of man, in
the Man Christ Jesus, to suffer pain. God could not suffer pain in the Spirit. How could He suffer
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physical pain in the Spirit? He couldn't do it. So God unfolded Himself and was made in the image
of man, to redeem the man that was lost. See?
And then God suffered in the flesh. I Timothy 3:16, "Without controversy (that's argument), great is
the mystery of godliness; for God was manifested in the flesh, seen of angels, preached on...?...
and believed, and received up to the right hand of the Father." Is that right? God Himself came
down and lived in a human body and suffered temptation. "God was in Christ, reconciling the world
to Himself." See what love is, the love of God?
Now, now, I think that would get that man and women... Now, a woman is... Let me get this in
right good now, so that you can see. See? Woman is subject to her husband. And the Bible said
that a man should rule over his wife. But how they've changed that. The woman rules over the
man, "Now, you stay home, John. You're not going." And that settles it.
"Yes, my dear." See?
But let me tell you something, mister. You are going to have to answer for your wife, but your wife
is never going to have to answer for you. You are the head of the woman, and God is the head of
man. Therefore He said, "Let the man cut his hair because of Christ. And let the woman have her
hair, for if she cuts her hair she dishonors her husband." See? See what I mean or what the
Scripture says?
I had a hot one on that down the other day in Shreveport. They was talking about the women, and
should women wear long hair. And I said, "A woman that bobbed her hair, her husband had a right
and a Bible right to divorce her." That's right. That's what the Bible said. That's exactly right. Oh,
my. Holy Ghost women setting there, just the way they been taught; that's all... See? Yes,
that's...?... loosely. And if...
He said, "Now, if they would cut it, if there's something wrong they had to cut their hair," said, "let
them take a razor and shave it all off and make her hair real slick until it come out their head."
That's right. That's what the Scripture said. It says if she cuts her hair, she dishonors her husband.
And a woman that's dishonorable has a legal right to be put away in divorce. But he can't marry
again now. But he--but he can put her away in divorcement. That's right. That's Scripture. Oh,
brother, what we need is some question nights. That's right. That's I Corinthians the 14th chapter,
if you want to read it. All right. Now, that--that... Now, this woman...
God--God created man, male and female. You see what He done? He made the man. He made...
Now, that's the first question (See?); "Created He them," and so forth, Genesis 1:26. Genesis 2:7,
"He formed them out of the dust of the earth and breathed into his nostrils."
What is the difference, or--or where is this connection in the above Scripture? What connection
does the first man have with the second man?
The first man is the second man made manifest in five senses. See? Right now you can't--you
can't touch God with your hands like that; you can't see God with your eyes. He didn't give it to you
to do that. You're...
Did you ever hear an old saint dying, when they say, "There's mother; I haven't seen her for
years"? Did you ever hear that when people... See, what it is, these eyes are fading away and his
supernatural eyes are setting in. See? And then sometimes if we, if God so makes, we see visions
where that natural eye fades away right in front of us, when we're looking right straight, and there's
a vision before us showing the supernatural things of God. See what I mean?
So then, look, "When this earthly tabernacle here..." Now, some of you women and men here are
getting old. Look. When this earthly... I think of old dad there, ninety-two years old. When this
earthly tabernacle is dissolved, there is a spiritual man, a spiritual body waiting for us which cannot
perish. I'll see you there. I'll walk over...
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I can't touch Brother Neville in--in up there, 'cause John saw them. They was souls under the
altar, crying, "How long, Lord, how long?" You know why; we went through Revelations. And how
that in there they desired to return and be clothed upon with mortal bodies. They were crying,
"How long, Lord?"
Now, they knew each other, but they couldn't talk and shake hands, or I beg... They could talk, but
they couldn't shake hands and so forth.
Here's the image to prove it. When the witch of Endor called up the spirit of Samuel, and Saul
looked at him, he recognized him to be Samuel. And Samuel recognized Saul and said, "Why did
you call me out of my rest, seeing that you become the enemy of God and God's departed from
you?" Is that right? And there stood old Samuel with his prophet's robe on, and he looked at him.
He was in the spirit...
The witch seen him and fell on the ground, said, "I see gods raising up out of the earth." He said,
"Why did you disturb me?"
And he said, "Well, I want to know how the battle's going."
Said, "Tomorrow you'll die in battle, and your sons would, and by this time tomorrow night you'll be
with me." See? Now, he was conscious, and he looked just like he did when he was here on earth
to that witch that was standing, looking at him, and Saul.
Now, notice. Many times... How about dad or mother when they were dying and saw their loved
ones standing there? They recognized them. But it's in the supernatural body.
But now here's the glorious part. On the return of Jesus at the resurrection, it won't be that body.
That body then, that supernatural being that God created in the beginning, that will return to the
earth to get another body not born by woman, but created by God (Hallelujah.), to never get old or
have a wrinkle, never have a gray hair on your head, to be perfect forever. Hallelujah. Oh, brother,
that would make me shout on a hot night. That's right. Oh, this robe of flesh I'll drop, and rise and
seize the everlasting prize. What in the world we got to worry about?
There's the whole plan laying right there, how God created me in the beginning. I come down
here on the earth, taken my place as a Gospel preacher, or you as a man or woman to salvation,
when you live the life by the grace of God... Hallelujah. And that same Spirit leaves here that was
back there in beginning. I'll go back to the conscious of knowing I been here (Hallelujah.), and then
wait there under the altar, blessed forever, in rest. And then when returning back, I take up my
body in its very peak of best, before death ever struck it.
Death strikes you about twenty-two or twenty-three years old; you start failing. You're not the man
you used to be and the woman you used to be after you get about twenty-five; something set in.
Wrinkles begin to come under your eyes. You can't wash like you used to. Thirty, you can notice it
a whole lot. Wait till you get up to forty-four like me, and then you're really noticing it. But oh,
brother, wait till I get eighty, ninety, and on that cane, standing there. What is it? God's just putting
him in a race to run. But some glorious day... That's death setting in.
I was once straight-shouldered, had black hair (and a head full of it), and no wrinkles under my
eyes; and look at me now, shrinking down, shoulders stooping, getting fat, and wrinkles under my
eyes, bald-headed. Why, look what death's doing to me for about--in the last twenty years. Death's
doing that. Wait till I get eighty, if God lets me live, and look what I look like, standing like this on
an old cane, shaking like that somewhere. But hallelujah, some glorious day, death will take its full
toll. Then when I rise in the resurrection, I'll be what I was, what God made me here on earth at my
very best in a body not made by Mrs. Branham and Mr. Branham, but created by God Himself:
free from temptation, free from sin, free from anything else, never to have a sickness, heartache.
Oh, my.
Then I'll take hold of my little wife's hands and walk down through the paradise of God like that in
the...?... You'll do the same thing. Not the old gray-headed woman you're leading around tonight,
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calling your wife, but she'll be just as beautiful as she was the day you married her at the altar.
Hallelujah. Whew. That's enough to make a fellow shout. Isn't it? See?
All right, that's the connection. God is determined. When God makes up His mind to do anything,
it has to be. Satan spoiled this picture by sexual desire by the woman to bring forth children. He
spoiled it. So go ahead and make it, that's all right. This habitation's to pick up these, 'cause the
only thing that you do in this life is pick up your form and image, what you are. If you're red-headed
now, you'll be red-headed then. If you're black-headed now, you'll be black-headed then (See?),
what you was at your best. And if you... Satan interrupted the picture, and you didn't even get what
God intended for you to be, you'll be. Oh, how glorious. There's your man.
Now, Genesis 2. Say, I got to hurry; I'll get them. (You got something you got? You...?... up and
down?) All right, Genesis 2:18-21:
2. God made Eve from Adam's rib, Genesis 2:18-21. Did God create men and women then, make
Adam and Eve--Eve...?...
3. And did Cain go to the just creation of men and women for his wife?
Now, let's now... I don't... The person's probably present who wrote this. Now, when God... In the
first question here:
Did God make men and women, of Genesis 2:18-21?
No. I--I... as--as you'll see here, 2:18-21 now, notice:
And the LORD God said, It--It is not good that... man should be alone; I will make him an help
mate for him.
And out of the ground the LORD... formed every beast... and so forth.
Now, God made Eve from Adam's side. The woman has one more rib today in the anatomy, the
make-up than man does, because a rib was taken from Adam's body. Adam had already been
made and was living, and was lonesome, and then God said, "It's not good that man should live
alone."
So these priests and so forth which are denied the rights of having a wife... Now, that, the Roman
church can do whatever... That's them; they're the one that has to answer that--for that, not me.
Well, I was asked by a--a man, recently, said, "What do you think of priests?" Said, "What do you
think about that young priest here in town that took that woman, that girl, a Jeffersonville girl here,
and went and married her?" (In the Irish church, you remember, I forget what his name was.)
I said, "He had just as much right to get married as I have. That's exactly what I think about it." I
said, "The only thing I hold... I think he done wrong; he ought to have went to the church and
resigned his office and then went and married the girl, instead of just running off like that."
Now, you remember when it taken place a few weeks ago here in Jeff., the Irish Catholic priest
down here. He's a young fellow, and he was going--had some girl sweetheart down here. And
when he... They give him a great big love offering, going to change parishes with him, send him up
to Indianapolis somewhere. And he just took the love offering, girl and all, and went off and got
married, and they never heard from him no more. Well, he had a right to get married, but he didn't
have a right to do that. He shouldn't have done that. He should've went to the--the church and
said, "Here, I'm resigning this office as a priest. I'm going to get married, and that settles it."
But now, God making Eve, and Adam and Eve at the same time, the only thing He made was the
supernatural, the spirit Adam and the spirit Eve, the man and woman. Then he made... put Adam
in here. It wasn't good for... See, it's God's picture unfolding all the time. Everything like this, it's
just--it's just coming right down right, just unfolding right out, coming out through the millennium
over yonder and right on into eternity, just God's picture just unfolding, God unfolding Himself.
Here, God manifested Himself in Christ Jesus. It showed what He was. What was Jesus? A man
of sorrow, acquainted with grief, loving, to the prostitute, "Where art thy accusers?" "I have none,
Lord." "Neither do I accuse you. Go, sin no more."
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Tired and weary from walking about thirty miles that day through the desert sands and things,
there was a woman of Nain coming out, and her only boy, dead, laying there. He stopped the
funeral procession, laid His hands upon him, said, "Rise." And the boy who was dead rose up
again. That--that's our Lord Jesus. (Thank you, Teddy, son.) And there, that was our Lord Jesus
Who was never too tired, never too weary to do anything good. All right.
Now, here's another thing:
Did Cain go to the--to the first creation of man and woman for his wife?
Now, there is a--an awful ticklish question; now listen real close. Now, oh, I've... You've seen
people put in the paper, "Where did Cain get his wife?" Oh, I used to say it.
And I never taught there was a burning hell for about four years after my conversion. I had to see it
in the Scriptures. If I don't know, I won't say nothing about it. See?
But now, "Where did Cain get his wife?" Now, that's the--the analysis of this question. "...?... Cain
go to his wife to the creation of man and women for his wife?" See? Now, now, one of the first...
This Mrs. DeArk, you all heard about her healing the other night, how God blessed her and
everything when she was laying, dying; they come and got me at two o'clock in the morning.
And so, now, that's how I come... Her boy, George, the boy was a medium, Ed, also. (They were
in a store.) And I heard a discussion back there, where the first--where Cain got his wife. Well, the
one that had the floor seemed to be the best of the argument; he said, "I tell you where Cain got
his wife," said, "Cain went over and married a great big female ape." And said, "Out of that ape
come forth the colored race." Said, "You notice the colored person's head's kind of peaked like
that, like--like the ape is, in the head."
Well, I stood there; I was just about two months old in the Gospel. I said, "I don't want to differ with
you men, 'cause I'm not a student; I just got saved." But I said, "If that be so, then the colored race
of people would've ceased to exist when the antediluvian destruction, when the world was
destroyed with water, for Noah and his family was the only ones that was in the ark. That was the
only one that was in the ark. The colored race would've ceased to exist," I said, "if that would be
so." I said, "No, sir. The colored race never come from there. No, sir. The colored race is off of the
same tree that we're off of, and every human being: the same one." There's no difference. Exactly.
We're just all... One may be yellow, and the other one brown, the other one black, and the other
one white, and the other one pale, and the other one red, and just like that, but you're all from that
same tree. That's just the physical part out here. That's right. You're human beings just the same,
created here by God.
And now, notice, here not long ago, standing over here and some doctors in Louisville, I was
talking about in Africa how those poor people, the cannibal type, especially, how they had a
woman there, took a little baby... They found a little baby, and--and she had beat it like that and
tied it up to a bush and let it rot for a few days, you know, till it become contaminated before they
eat it, you know. Anything like that, they let it rot a little while, gets soft.
Don't think that's too much about the cannibals. In England they do the same thing; they kill
pheasants and hang them in the trees, till all the feathers will drop out of them then they eat them.
That's the mother race of the Anglo-Saxon people in England. That's right. I don't think... You don't
have to go to England; just go down here in the southern states; you find the same thing, certainly.
Any man could eat a snail or--or a rattlesnake, can eat anything else. So... Yeah.
Now, notice, let--let me tell you. But here's what happened. The colored... The--the colored race
has nothing to do with this. Cain... Now, I want you to watch. They said that he went to the land of
Nod. Now, Cain was in Eden. And Eden, the garden of Eden, laid east of Eden. Is that right? The
garden of Eden was east in Eden, the east side of Eden. And the Cherubims was placed, and the
Tree of Life was at the east gate of the garden, and there's where I think Cain and Abel made their
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sacrifice. And there's where the Cherubim with the flaming sword wouldn't let them come in any
more, east of the gate.
Did you notice, Jesus will come from the east. The light rises from the east. Everything coming...
Civilization started in the east and traveling west, until it revolves around and catches itself again.
We are the western hemisphere. That's the eastern, the eastern is the oldest civilization. China's
the oldest civilization known of by historians in the world today. East...
Oh, how we could dwell on these questions for hours, on one, but I wouldn't just the others. But
notice, here's... How many would like to know what we believe of Cain, where and who Cain's wife
was? Let's see. All right. I'll tell you what Cain done, and it's the only sensible answer you can
figure: Cain married his own sister; he had to. For there was only one female on the earth then;
the Bible only gives record of three being born, Ham, Shem... or not... I beg your pardon, was
Cain, Abel, and Seth. But if there wasn't any... The Bible seldom records a girl's birth. You know
that.
Now, I'm sure picking on the women tonight. But look, the world worships women, but women was
the devil's instrument in the beginning. And an unjust one today is the best instrument he's got.
She'll send more preachers to hell than all the bootleg joints there is in the world. Let a little flapper
with a cigarette in the corner of her mouth, and her hair all cuticured up like that, and great big
long eyelashes that blink up-and-down, brother, a little kind of nice-looking physique on her, watch
what she'll do.
Preacher, you'd better cover yourself up with the Blood of Jesus Christ. That's right. Now, don't tell
me; you're man. I've seen too much of it. Now, watch here. The best thing to do is keep your mind
centered on Jesus Christ and let your thoughts be pure.
Like Paul said over in there, said, "It's... And we know that we have the power to lead a sister. I
have power to do it," but said "I won't do it." See, he wouldn't do it. He said, "I know that the
ministry should live by their--their... Not muzzle the ox that treads out the corn."
You know, we sometimes think, 'cause we're a preachers... (Not you and I, I don't say, brother)
But preachers think because they're preachers that--that they're somebody bigger than one of the
lay members of the church. You're no bigger, and you're no more in the sight of God than that
drunkard that was converted a hour ago.
That's one thing the reformation never purged, was these things. I know I sign my name
"Reverend." That's exactly right; that's just a--a custom thing of the day, but it shouldn't be done.
"Reverend," and "Bishop," and "Doctor," and all those things are man-made titles, and they're
nonsense. In the Bible they were "Peter," "James," "Paul," "John," and all the rest of them.
Paul said, "Now, here, I know I preach the Gospel, that--that--that's my duty." I'm a preacher, and
he's a preacher; Brother Neville's a preacher, but it... That's our duties to be a preacher. Well,
that's just what we're supposed to do. "But let me do something," Paul said, "that's beyond that."
"Now, I've got a right to take up money," Paul said, "but I'm going to make tents just to show you I
can--I can sacrifice." He said, "It's honorable; marriage is honorable among all; the bed's
undefiled. It's good for a man to be married." He said, "I got a right to be married. Now, I could be
married; I got a legal right to be married. But I just won't get married; I want to do another sacrifice
to the Lord." See? Then he said, "Every man knows his calling. Let him do as... Some's eunuch for
the Word of God's sake, and so forth."
We want to do something beyond our duty. And if you really born again of the Spirit of God and
say, "That's my duty to go to church, I guess I'll have to go."... Oh, my. Well, I want to do more
than that; I want to win some souls for Christ. I want to do something. I want to visit the sick or do
something for Him. It's my duty to preach funerals; it's my duty to preach the Gospel; it's my duty
to pray for the sick. Let me do something else; let me get out and do something where God will
honor me by it.
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Now, back to Cain. [Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.] For Eve was the only female that was created by
God, and if she didn't have any daughters, when that last female, the only female, died, the human
race would've ceased to exist. That right? There'd have been no more females. So she had to
have daughters. And Cain married his own sister, for he had to; there's no other place for women
to come from.
And it was legal and lawful in those days, even for Abraham, and even on down to Isaac. Isaac
married his own blood cousin. And Abraham married his own sister, blood sister. His father's... It's
different mothers but the same father. And the germ comes out of the male sex. Sarah, which
brought forth the wonderful Isaac... Is that right? There wasn't nobody on the earth then.
That was all in type, showing that the... Here it is, brother. Isaac... Rebekah is a type of the
Church, and Isaac is a type of the Bride, Christ. Is that right? And they must be Blood relation
(Hallelujah. Amen.), blood relation.
So Cain married his sister, and that's... Then they went over there into the land of Nod. Now, we
get into a deep subject if we went a little farther, and I'm glad you never asked any farther than
that of "Where was those giants that was in that land that day?" Josephus and different ones has
many arguments on it. Amen! If I didn't get that right, brother, hand it in again Sunday morning. All
right.
4. Would you explain Sunday is the first day of the week and Saturday is the seventh day?
Christians go to church on Sunday, the first day of the week. Shouldn't they go on Saturday, the
seventh day of the week?
Well, now, dear friend, ever who asked that, that's a very good question. It's an old question is
argued among thousands of students today, but could I--just let me give my version. You see, is
all I can do. If I'm not right, well, you--you bear with me; God forgive me (You see?) if--if I make it
wrong.
Now, as far as a law... Now, it's probably a Seventh-day Adventist person setting here. That was
my first study, was Seventh-day Advent. That's right. Was Seventh-day Advent, what I studied
first. And when they come and told me that the Saturday was the seventh day, brother, that was
according to the Jewish calendar. And the Roman calendar didn't fix it up, and Saturday really was
to be Sunday. Well, they had me sold on something that I thought was right. And as long as I was
reading their literature I was right in for it a hundred percent, but one day I got ahold of a Bible and
I seen that was different then. See?
Now, Saturday is the sabbath day according to the cycle of the week. Now, we don't know. It's
been changed, and we got so many changes you'd never know just which was. See? Because
we... Now, the Jews claim that we're just about... It's right now about 1970 something according to
their cycle, their calendar. The Roman calendar takes it 1953. And they have another calendar
that takes it somewhere else. But that's what makes it proof of Christianity; it's all based back to
the birth of Christ. You see, that's where we take it.
Now, but now as a seventh day, now, there's a lot of Pentecostal people that's sabbath--sabbath,
sabbatarians, keeps the Saturday sabbath. Now, they say, "There is no Word in the Bible for you
to keep Satur--or Sunday as a day." Now, I'll say the same thing about the sabbath in the New
Testament. See? Now, Saturday was the sabbath day that was given to the Jews. Now, it was
only given in a space.
Now, this may raise another question to fire back at it. But now notice. When God rested on the
seventh day, then the seventh day was not observed, as--as far I know into the Scripture, on until
nearly fifteen hundred years. And in the wilderness, God gave Israel the seventh day for a sign
between... God...
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And God rested the seventh day, His memorial rest day. I'm saying that like that on the benefit of
this might be a--a Seventh-day Adventist brother or sister (See?), and they have a lovely church.
And now notice, I just would different with them a little bit on--on this question.
Now, God hallowed the seventh day. Six days was man. Seventh day was God's rest day, which
was a type, a type of the millennium. Now, now notice this how--how it blends in. Now, when
Jesus came to the earth, what crucified Jesus was that He didn't keep the sabbath day; the only
two accusations they had against Jesus was that He broke the sabbath day and made Himself
God. And He said He was Lord of the sabbath. He had... He was also God's Sabbath and He was
God. So they had no way of accusing Him.
Now, let me just settle this for you and show you what day we're to keep. Now, is there a
Scripture? I'll ask this for your benefit.
Is there a Scripture, Brother Branham, telling us and authorizing us to keep Sunday just like the
Jews kept Saturday?
No, sir, there's not, not a Scripture in the Bible, for in the New Testament, for us to keep either
Saturday or Sunday. But the reason we keep Sunday, is a memorial of the resurrection, Nothing...
Now, you're going to say, "The Roman Catholic did that." They claim they did it, but if they did,
Saint Paul was a Roman Catholic, and so was Peter, John, and James, and the rest of them, for
they met on the first day of the week for their worship. And according to historians, the only way
they could tell between a Christian Jew and an orthodox Jew (They both went to synagogues.),
but one went on Saturday which denied the resurrection of Jesus, and the other one went on
Sunday which believed that Jesus rose from the dead. And that was a mark. And it'll be; it's a
mark yet, and it might come out in being the mark of the beast.
Now, I know that the... I've heard Seventh-day Adventist brethren think that that's the seal of God.
They said, "You're sealed by keeping the sabbath." There's not a Scripture in the Bible says that.
And here's a Scripture in the Bible that says that--that you're sealed, Ephesians 4:30 says, "Grieve
not the Holy Spirit of God whereby you're sealed unto the day of your redemption," the baptism of
the Holy Ghost.
Now, I'll prove to you that God's Seal is the baptism of the Holy Ghost. See? That's the baptism of
the Spirit is the Seal of God. Now, Isaiah 28 he said, "Precept must be upon precept, line upon
line, here a little and there a little."
Now, watch, now, dear friend. Now, the people who quit working... See, men are trying to find
something to save hisself. There's not a thing you can do about it. You're saved by grace. God
does the calling; God does the saving. You just follow the--the footsteps of God; that's all. You
can't say... That's what's the nature of a man is. They try to quit eating meat; they try to keep
sabbath days; they try to... "If you'd quit doing this..." It's... You're not saved by not eating meat.
You're not saved by this, that, or the other. You're saved by grace. And God by grace gives you
the new--Eternal Life. See what I mean? And Eternal Life is the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Now, let me show you. What does the word "sabbath" mean? Anybody know, would just raise
your hand? Sabbath? [A sister says, "Rest."--Ed.] "Rest." Exactly. S-a-b-b-a-t-h, sabbath day,
means "r-e-s-t," rest day. Get your marginal reading in the Bible and look, "Rest" day. Now, let's
go to Hebrews the 4th chapter, right quick now. And we'll--we're...
This is my last question right here. And brother, see if Brother Neville has got them there. I know a
couple of them is short ones, so we won't keep you too much longer. Now, excuse me till I get it.
Now, when you see the word here, "rest," then you know that means "sabbath."
Now, here's the New Testament. Jesus, in St. Matthew He begin at the 5th chapter of St. Matthew,
and He begin like this: "You have heard them say, them of old time, 'Thou shalt not commit
adultery.'" That, what was that? The law, commandments. "But I say unto you, that whosoever
looketh upon a woman to lust after her..." Changed it, didn't He? "You've heard them say, them of
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old time, 'Thou shalt not kill,' but I say unto you..." Changed it, didn't He? (Thought He didn't
change the law?) All right. He said, "But I say unto you, that whosoever is angry with his brother
without a cause has killed already." That never was back under the Old Testament; that's New
Testament. He just swept it on in yonder beyond that. See? He went ahead and give those
commandments out. But He missed; He skipped the fourth one, which is the seventh day. Now, in
the 7th chapter, here...
Where in--in the Beatitudes, here's what He said; He said, "You've heard them say, them of old
time, 'Thou shalt, thou shalt not,' and I say unto you different. You've heard them say, "A tooth for
a tooth, and an eye for an eye, but I say unto you... You heard them say different, but I say unto
you."
Now, at the end of it all, He left out the 4th commandment. Now, that was, "Remember the
sabbath day and keep it holy." Now, He said, "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy
laden, and I will give you rest unto your soul."
Now, watch, "Whosoever commits adultery must be stoned." They had to be right in the act of
committing adultery. Is that right? And it had to be physically done. "Whosoever kills," he had to be
a murderer.
But Jesus said, "Whosoever looketh upon a woman," his soul, spirit, nothing in his body now... His
soul's redeemed; it wasn't then; it was a schoolmaster (See?), the law was. Now, He said,
"Whosoever looketh upon a woman to lust after her, hath committed adultery already with her in
his heart." Now, He said, "You've heard them say, 'Thou shalt not kill,' but I say, whosoever is
angry with his brother without a cause has killed already."
Now, He said, in other words, about the sabbath, He said, "Come to me, all ye that labor and
heavy laden, and I will give you rest unto your souls, sabbath unto your souls," not to the physical
body, to your soul.
Now, listen--listen at Paul now. If you can just... I know it's hot and everything; it's hot here too. But
now, let's get this close now so we'd be sure to settle it. Now, Paul, writing to the Hebrews... Who
was the Hebrews? Speak up. The Jews. Is that right? Now, them was the law keepers, the
sabbath keepers. Is that right? Is that right, brother, preacher? They were sabbath keepers; they
was the law keepers. All right.
Now, Paul is bringing the Jews by shadows and type, showing what the law typed. "The law
having a shadow of the good things to come," and he goes ahead and gives it there in one place
as the moon and the sun. As the--the--the moon is just a shadow of the sun shining on some other
country or some other world, and it's reflecting back here. Now, but now, and it could not... But
Hebrews 9...
Now, notice now in Hebrews 4, he comes to the sabbath proposition. Now, look.
Let us therefore fear, lest, the promise being left us to enter into his rest,...
Now, Paul speaking to sabbath keepers now, the people that kept the sabbath day. "Let us fear
lest a promise being left us about a sabbath day," in other words. Or if you'll notice your marginal
reading, or the "keeping of a sabbath." It's "j" in mine, of the Scofield Bible, or the "keeping of a
sabbath." See? All right.
Let us... fear, lest, a promise being left us... to come short of it.
For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them... (back under the law):... but the word
preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith to them that heard it.
Now, that's back under the law. They didn't have faith, 'cause there's nothing to base it on. See?
All right:
For we which have believed to enter into His rest, as he said,...
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Now, "His" rest, now, "His," it's Christ's Rest (All right.), His Rest, His sabbath. I'm... Every time I
use "rest," is wrote there, I'm going to use the "sabbath" so you'll understand about keeping of a
day. See?
For we which have believed to enter into His... (sabbath)... rest, as he said,... I have sworn in my
wrath,... (to the Hebrews)... they shall not enter into my rest: although... (Now, watch Paul...?...
after God's sanctified day)... although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day for a rest,... (or a sabbath... Is that right? I'm
going to lay that there. See?) For he spake in a certain place... (in the law)... of the seventh day on
this wise,
And God did rest on the seventh day from all his works.
That was His seventh day. Now, Paul would admit that God give it to them; that was the seventh
day. And God did rest the seventh day: He blessed the sabbath day; He hallowed it; He sanctified
it, and made it a day of rest. God did do it, from all His works.
And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest (Jesus speaking).
Now, there's another sabbath somewhere. Where's it? Now, remember this here, "God's rest," that
seventh day. Paul said, "They had that in a certain place." But now again he said, "If they shall
enter into My Rest," speaking of Jesus in Matthew, all right.
Seeing that it remains that some must enter in, and to them to whom it was first preached entered
not... because of unbelief:
Again...
Now, listen close. Everybody listening, say "Amen." [Congregation says, "Amen!"--Ed.] Listen:
Again, he limited a certain day,...
He limited a day here. What was it? Everybody say it at once. The sabbath. Is that right? He
limited the seventh day of the week as a sabbath in this place.
And again, he limited a certain day, saying in David... (in the Psalms)..., To day, after so long a
time;... (till Jesus comes, you see, the first time)... it is said,
To day if You... hear his voice, harden not your heart. (There's another rest coming, not a physical,
a spiritual.)
Now, watch. So you say, "Then we have the seventh day too." Now, hold it just a minute. Let's
read the next verse (See?); don't get it too fast. All right:
For if Jesus had have given them... For if--if Jesus had have given them rest... (rest day),... then
would he not afterwards have spoken of another day.
When He changed the law, from the law to the grace, wouldn't He have given them a day to rest, a
rest day, a certain day? But He never said nothing about the sabbath. He never said nothing about
Sunday; He never said nothing about Saturday. But here's what He did say; Paul said. Now,
watch, "There..." The 19th... or the 9th verse:
There remaineth therefore a sabbath to the people of God. (That's today.) There remains... a
sabbath to the people of God. For he... (you or I)... who has entered into his rest... (Jesus' Rest,
"Come unto Me, all ye that labor and heavy laden, I'll give you Rest),... he... (you or I)... has
ceased from his own work, as God did from his at the beginning.
Amen! There's your sabbath. Is that right?
Let us labour... (said Paul)... to enter into that rest, lest any man should fall after the same
example of unbelief... (of days and so forth. See?).
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing
even... the dividing asunder of the soul... and a discerner of the... and of... (Let's see.)... of the
spirit, and of the... (Just a minute.)... dividing asunder of the soul and the spirit, and... the joints
and the marrow, and... a discerner of the thoughts and the intents of the heart.
Neither is there any creature... is not manifested in his sight: for all things are naked and open
before His eye of him that whom we have to do.
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Now, look, God rested the seventh day, created the seventh day, give it to the Jews for a
memorial. I'm speaking of Saint Paul now. See? Here... Now, you think he was bringing it? You
think he had a right? Now, what'd he say in Galatians 1:8? "If a angel from heaven would come
and teach you any other Gospel than that what I have said, let him be unto you accursed." See,
the Gospels are plain. Now, watch.
"Well, Brother Branham, now what would I do, just believe Jesus Christ?" No. That's not the Rest.
Now, if you want to know what... How many would like to know what the Christian Rest is, say
"Amen." [Congregation says, "Amen!"--Ed.] Now, you can mark it if you want to: Isaiah 28. He
said, "Precept must be upon precept--precept," speaking. "Precept upon precept, line upon line,
here a little and there a little, and hold fast to that what's good," the prophet speaking of the time
coming about Rest, sabbath. Read the whole chapter (You see?); he's same, "Times there when
the sabbath day will be done away," and they'll sell shoes on the Saturday the same as they did it
on Monday, or whatevermore. You see? Said, "When will this sign be?" Said:
... precept upon precept;... line upon line; here a little, and there a little: hold fast to that what's
good.
For with stammering lips and with other tongues will I speak to this people...
And this is the... (sabbath)... the rest that I said that they should enter into.
And for all of this they hardened their hearts and wagged their heads and rejected It.
Just the same thing they did on Pentecost when the Holy Ghost fell upon the people, and the Holy
Ghost was first given to the people back there on the day of Pentecost. That is the Rest, the
sabbath to the people of God.
So the only reason that we keep Sunday, started by our ancient fathers of the Bible, Saint Paul,
John, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and all them; they went from house to house; they taken communion
on the first day of the week when the disciples come together; and it was called, not a sabbath, but
the Lord's day.
John said on the Isle of Patmos, there had already been a feast of the sabbath in the church, "I
was in the Spirit on the Lord's day." That's right. See? And then he saw...
And--and, now, the Lord's day is--is the day that the Lord arose. Now, you go get the historians,
Josephus, Actibus [Uncertain spelling--Ed.], many of those other. Or not Actibus, oh, I can't... Any
of the eastern writers, and you'll find out back there. The historians of the church, Foxe's "Book of
Martyrs," many others, and you'll find out there that the only difference... They are a group of
Jews. One of them they called cannibals; that was the Christians. They said, "There was a man
that Pontius Pilate killed, and the disciples come and stole His body. And they got it hid, and
every--every Sunday they go eat a part of it." They was taking communion. You see? They did...
They taken His body. You see? They said they was taking the Lord's body, the communion. And
they didn't know what it was, and he said they were cannibals. Said, "They go eat on the first day
of the week; they meet together and eat this man's body."
And the only way you could tell whether they were law keepers and bitterly denied the
resurrection, or whether they was Christians and believed the resurrection, one went to church on
Saturday and one went to church on Sunday, which was a mark between them.
That's pretty strong, isn't it? All right. Hope that gets it. The Holy Ghost is...
Now, you got something there, brother? You want... Do you want--do you want to go up and
answer it? All right. Let's see, right here. Oh, yes.
5. Will the Jews still have an opportunity to be saved after the Gentile dispensation comes to a
close?
Oh, my, if that ain't a dandy. Uh-huh, we ain't got time to go into it real good, but let me tell you.
This, you take my word, I'll show you. By... If you'll take my word, as I explained to God, then you
go look it up (See?), and then you'll find out. 'Cause I imagine... I can't see the clock, but I imagine
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it's past... What time is it? What? Half past nine. I got to go to the hospital yet, and got to go to
New Albany yet, be out of Jeff. at twenty-five minutes after three in the morning. So... And I
haven't been to bed under two or three o'clock any night this week.
Now, notice here, quickly now, to get this. Yes, my dear Christian friend, the day of the Gentile is
finished, finishing right now. And the--God will return to the Jew. And let me say to this little church
that I'm praying constantly. And prophecies from different parts of the country are pouring in here
concerning this. I believe that the Jew... Now, keep your coats on just a minute now.
The Jew has never been able to conceive this one thing of the Christian church. The Jew has told
me, many times, "Brother, you can't chop God in three parts and give Him to me." The Jew has
one God, and that's Jehovah.
And the Gentile has misconstrued that so much till he's caught it in a way yet, with knowledge. I
believe he--he has a--a conception of it, that... There is no three gods. There's one God: three
manifestations, three personalities in one Person. And when you can get the message... I said to
Hyman Appleman... Many of you know him. He said, "Brother Branham, if you take that message
to Palestine with the signs and wonders," said, "there'll be a million Jews receive Jesus Christ as
personal Saviour." See, that's right. Now, I said...
Here's the message we have here. Jesus was Jehovah inveiled in flesh, come down inveiled.
Now, God (Father, Son, and Holy Ghost) is not like your finger, one, like some people thinks it.
The whole thing's just like... No, God is... I just unfolded it for you awhile ago (See?); that there's a
trinity in the One.
I'm a trinity in one. I'm soul, body, and spirit in one person. Is that right? Sure. I'm--I'm made up of-
-of cells, blood, and nerves, and yet one being. See? Everything you look at is in a trinity, and a
trinity in one.
There was a trinity in the ark: the bottom floor, the creeping things; the second floor for the fowls,
flying things; and the third floor for the Noah and his family. Everything...
In the tabernacle there was a congregation, the holy place, the holiest of holy. See?
And there's been three dispensations: the Fatherhood, the Sonship, and the Holy Spirit
dispensation. See what I mean? But those three all... We don't say, "our Gods." That's heathen,
and the Jew knows that. But when you can make it to him that this Jesus is God, Jehovah God,
not a second person or a third person; it's the same Person all the time making Hisself manifest...
See? And then with signs and wonders to prove that Jesus has rose from the dead...
And this Doctor Reedhead... Brother back there, the teacher at the church... teacher over... a
school teacher, here in the church tonight... And I seen him here; I shook hands with his wife and
baby back there. He was out there to hear me preach the other night. I think they're here, if they
haven't gone, but he--he's a school teacher in Louisville. Anyhow, they were out there to hear him.
It's remarkable, the man come to my house, him and another (and a Jew), a few months ago. And
he said, "Brother Branham, I got so many degrees in Bob Jones. I've... out of Wheaton." All the
education that could be piled into him... Said, "I've believed God since I was a little boy. And said,
"Still my life is vacant." He said, "Has the teachers been wrong?"
And here is the conception. If any... If some of you was over at the Open Door the other night,
when we were preach--preaching together... He said, "When I got my say-so..." Now, listen, little
tabernacle, for your prayers and things that's helped out, listen to this. He told me that before, here
at the house.
He come to my house; he said, "Brother Branham," said, "I've been dumbfounded." He said, "Is
there something greater than this what I have believed and accepted, Christ as my personal
Saviour? And I believe that I'm born again of the Spirit, but I have no witness of anything."
I said, "Brother, as bad as I hate to say it, the teachers has deceived you, your schools."
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Look, as I--I can say that, I don't believe in thumbing your way to heaven, "Do you believe this in
your churches?" I hear at least some through here... "The Bible says this, do you believe that?"
The devil believes and trembles. It ain't what you believe. Your spirit's got to bear record with His
Spirit that you're sons and daughters of God, by being borned again and have received the
baptism of the Holy Ghost.
He said, "Brother Branham, what do you think about Pentecostals?"
And I said, "That's the reason I'm dealing with them. That's the reason I'm--I'm fooling with them;
they got something that you haven't got." I said, "With their fanaticism and everything, they got a
truth that you know nothing about." I was talking to one of the greatest men in America right then.
Yes, sir. He's the president of Sudan Missions, is the greatest in all the world: fundamental to the
core. He knowed the Scriptures, and the death, burial and resurrection, just preach it like a house
on fire. That ain't It. The devil can do that too. The devil's just as fundamental as he can be.
But brother, Jesus Christ said, "Except a man be borned of the Spirit of God he'll not see the
Kingdom of God."
Not just because you say, "Yes, I believe that. Yeah, I--I believe that's that way. I believe that.
Yes." That don't do it. It's got to be a actual experience of the new birth. It's got to be something
between you and God that you know you've passed from death to Life.
Said, "Brother Branham, could I receive the Holy Ghost?"
I said, "Just laid hands on Hyman Appleman down there, and he received the baptism of the Holy
Ghost."
This other Jew commenced to cry, and broke the glass on the little coffee table there, and cried a
big puddle on there. Both of them said, "Brother Branham, how do we receive the Holy Ghost?"
Scholars, sharpest, witty, the best there is in the land...
And I said, "The apostolic way of receiving the Holy Ghost is lay hands on them." That's right.
"Laying on of hands." Ananias come to lay hands on Paul that he might receive his sight and be
filled with the Holy Ghost.
Philip went down and preached down there, and baptized a whole bunch down there in the Name
of Jesus Christ. The Holy Ghost had come on none, 'cause Peter had the keys. And he come
down, and laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost. Is that right?
Paul, in Acts 19, after he had passed over, Apollos, was Billy Graham type up there, was having a
great big revival and a good time. He said, "Have you received the Holy Ghost since you
believed?" to that bunch of Baptists.
They said, "We're John's followers. We know. Apollos is our preacher; he's a converted lawyer,
smartest man in the country."
He said, "But have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed?"
He said, "We know not whether there be any Holy Ghost."
Said, "Then how was you baptized?"
Said, "We been baptized unto John."
Said, "He baptized unto repentance, saying that you believe on Him to come, on Jesus Christ."
And when they heard this, they were baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ. And Paul laid his
hands on them and they received the Holy Ghost, begin speaking in tongues and magnifying God.
That's as plain as I know the Scripture.
Now, look, friend. You might be a little difference here in your opinions, 'cause we're mixed up
with everything. But let's lay it out, not try to put your interpretation. Say what the Bible says; just
leave It this way. And I said, "The only thing I know, brothers, is to lay hands on them that's
seeking the Holy Ghost."
He said, "Would you lay hands and ask God to bless us and give us the Holy Ghost?"
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I said, "I will." And we knelt down on the floor, and I prayed and laid hands on them. And about a
few weeks after that, both of them received the baptism of the Holy Ghost. And when this Doctor
Reedhead received the baptism of the Holy Ghost, come through speaking in other tongues. Yes,
sir.
And your Sudan Missions said, "We have no place for a man that would speak in tongues."
And he come to me and said, "Somebody speaking in tongues?"
"Why, why," I said, "they have no place for Jesus Christ, for Jesus Christ spoke in unknown
tongues, and died, speaking in unknown tongues."
They couldn't accept Paul's teaching; Paul spoke with tongues more than all of them.
One said to me yesterday, said, "I'd rather speak five words with understanding."
But Paul's teaching said, "Covet prophecy, and forbid not to speak with tongues." And they are
forbidden to speak with tongues.
Speaking in tongues is a Divine gift of God which belongs in the church just the same today as it
was back there in the beginning. That's exactly the truth. Yes, indeedy. That's the Bible teaching.
It's a Divine gift, and you deny that just the same as you--you deny the new birth, you deny
everything that Jesus taught when you try to cut that out.
Now, you can go wild on that; many of them have. But I'm saying, "That has its place." It's just like
a pair of shoes; when you buy a pair of shoes, the tongues are in them. And that's right. When
you're into the Body of Christ, God has the whole table set full here. He has love; He has joy.
If I went to your table and set down there, you said, "Preacher, come eat with me," I believe you
love me. And you had beans and potatoes and carrots and fried chicken and pumpkin pie and ice
cream, everything setting there, why, I believe I'd be just as welcome to the potatoes as I was to
the beans. The only thing, I believe I'd be just as welcome to the chicken as I was to the pie. It's all
on the table. And the only thing I have to do is say, "Would you please pass me some pie?" I
believe with a good free heart, your love to me, you'd say, "Certainly, my brother, have a nice big
piece of it." Is that right? If I'd say, "Would you pass me potatoes?" "Why, certainly, my brother,
here it is."
And every redemptive blessing that Jesus Christ died for and purchased in His atonement at
Calvary, it's setting on the table and every believer's setting before it. Hallelujah. If I need healing, I
say, "Father, pass me some healing," and I pour it out on my plate and eat a big... Now, if you
want to starve to death, go ahead. Yes, sir. And prophecy, speaking in tongues...
And--and then the man wrote in there; he didn't know that I spoke--had spoke with tongues
myself. And he's writing this book, you'll find it; it'll scatter the nations. And besides that, this man
has got twenty-five outstanding ministers of Moody Bible Institute seeking the gift of speaking in
tongues. The fundamental people's turned upside down, "The Christian Life," this--this month, look
at "Christian Life" magazine this month on page nineteen, and look at that great doctor of divinity
said, "Shall we accept this? Have we lost something?" Hallelujah.
I hear the abundance of rain coming. If people twist it around the corner, but it's come to a place
that God's giving the Gentile world a shake with the baptism of the Holy Ghost, pouring It out with
all of Its fullness and powers and signs and wonders.
The reason I hold... The Pentecost has been pushed out on the corner and went wild on different
things like that; the time wasn't ripe yet. That's the reason they've had all this fanaticism. But that's
God's Divine promise and God's Divine Word, and It has to come to pass, for God's done said so.
And I believe just before the ending of the Gentile dispensation that God will pour out on
fundamentalists.
You can read in "Reader's Digest" this month, this August issue of it. Go look at it there, how a
Methodist preacher down there in the pulpit there, praying for that man laying there dying on a
hospital bed, and the witness of the Holy Ghost come and the man was healed instantly.
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Hallelujah. Sure, God's got Divine healing setting on the table here. He's got prophecy setting on
the table here. He's got speaking in tongues on the table here. He's got nine spiritual gifts in the
Body, and you're welcome to every one of them. Hallelujah. Yes, sir, here they are.
Will... At the close of the Gentile, will the Jews be returned?
Yes, sir. Many Scriptures, sister, brother, ever who it is. Joel for one, "What the palmerworm left,
the caterpillar eat," and so forth, that tree. And Jesus said Hisself how they would be turned away
and everything. Oh, the whole Scripture, Daniel and everywhere, speaks of it. Yes, Jesus said,
"When you see the fig tree putting forth its buds, know the time's nigh." I believe this other one
deals something with it:
6. Do you believe that the Jews'--Jews' return to Palestine is a fulfillment of the Bible prophecy?
We heard you were going to Palestine, is that true?
Yes. Yes, sir. Let me tell you something, one of the greatest... If you want to see what time of year
it is, look on the calendar. If you want to see what time of night it is, look at the clock. If you want to
see what day you're living in, look where the Jews are. That's God's timepiece.
And look. The very night, the very day that the angel of the Lord met me, 1946, on May the
seventh, at Green's Mill, Indiana, that same day the treaty of peace was signed for the Jews and
they were a established nation for the first time for twenty-five hundred years. Hallelujah.
And tonight, the oldest flag in all the world, the six-point star of David, flies over Jerusalem for the
first time in twenty-five hundred years, since the carrying away of Babylon. Jesus said, "When you
see the fig tree putting forth its buds." There she is. There He said, "Learn a parable. You say
summer's nigh. When you see this, know that the times is at the door." We're right at the end of
time.
Look how the "abomination" of Daniel, and so forth...?... he said. "When the great Prince shall
come, He'll prophesy a--a thousand and two hundred and threescore days," which was three
years and six months. And that's exactly what Jesus preached. He come to the Jews alone, then
He'll be cut off for a--a Sacrifice for the people. "And that abomination maketh desolation," the
Mohammedans set up the Moslem of Omar there. "And they would tread down the walls of
Jerusalem until (Whew. Until what?) the Gentile dispensation be fulfilled." And then He will return
to the Jews again, and there's when the Battle of Armageddon takes... There He called the
Gentiles, to take a people out for His Name, His Bride. Notice. Yes, sir. The hundred and forty-four
thousand are all redeemed Jews that's got to stand there yet. All these...
Then when the church is taken up, Moses and Elijah appears in Revelations 11, and preaches
Jesus Christ to them. And the Holy Spirit's took from the Gentiles, and the rapture comes for the
church to be taken up. And the Jews that's left here will be preached for three and a half years,
because he said, "There's seventy of weeks still determined on Thy people, and Messiah shall be
cut off in between them." When He's taking away, the Gentiles will be given a place, and then they
got three more years and a half to be preached to, of Jesus Christ.
Sure, the Jews are coming. And I believe, brother, that when we get there to Palestine this time...
Oh, pray. They're reading that Bible.
Just one more statement, then I got a little short question here, and that's all. This one here I think
is a prayer.
Look at this. Doctor Reedhead said, standing there talking to a smart Mohammedan...
Now, put your ears up close. A Mohammedan, I had around twenty thousand of them come to the
Lord Jesus when they seen the signs and wonders there in Africa. There was about twenty
thousand; it's thirty thousand in all; I guess it was ten thousand of them come, 'cause the big
majority was--was Mohammedan. And when they stood there, and I said, "Which one of your
prophets at the temple could make this man whole?" I said, "Which one of your idols, to you
natives, could make this man whole?" I said, "Neither one of them. No prophet at the temple--or no
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priest, rather." And I said, "No idol could do it. And neither could I. But God of heaven has raised
up His Son Jesus Christ Who's alive among men today, Who's made him perfectly whole as you
see him standing." A man with a chain around his neck, like leading like a dog in one minute's time
was standing on his feet, normal and well.
And Doctor Reedhead told me the other night when we was setting there in the car; he said, "Oh,
my," thinking of it. He said this Mohammedan come to him, and said he was talking to this
Mohammedan, a very scholarly man. He said, "Well, sir, why don't you renounce your old dead
prophet Mohammed?"
Now, remember, Mohammedans believe in God. Out there in--in Africa, a great "bong," a dong
hangs up like that. And they take a great big rubber hammer and hit it like that, and it rings all over
the country. And every Mohammedan stops, and the priest walks out the top of the temple, and
says, "There is one true and living God, and Mohammed is His prophet."
That's Ishmael's children. See, Hagar, they're sons of Abraham out of Hagar. See? They believe in
a true Jehovah God, but they think Jesus... That was... He's our Redeemer, sent to the Gentiles
from the freewoman; Isaac (See?), and--and through Sarah. And now, they was through Hagar,
Ishmael, and come the Mohammedans.
And at the grave of Mohammed, you should go look; it's striking, the great tomb there. And for two
thousand years there's been a white horse saddled, standing there. Mohammed promised that he
would rise from the dead someday and would jump on to that horse and conquer the world. And
every--every moment they just change one horse from another, waiting there with a faithful guard,
standing, waiting for Mohammed to rise from the dead. Two thousand years has passed since
then.
They believe in Jesus; they said He was a prophet. On the walls of old Jerusalem there's a great
big shrine built; that's for Mohammed to come to. And a little bitty shrine down here, that's for
Jesus. See, they said, "Jesus wasn't crucified; they was all mixed up that." Said, "He got on a
horse and rode off." See? Now, they--they believe that.
They got a red dot between their eyes. The folks there that's going to India, you'll notice it. My,
they'll stand there by the thousands.
And then Doctor Reedhead said he was standing there, and he said, "Now, why don't you forsake
that old dead prophet and receive One Who's rose from the dead, a living Christ?" Now, he was a
scholar and he knowed how to place his words.
Said the Mohammedan looked at him (smart, educated man, right here in America, had been
educated here), he said, "Sir, kind sir, what can your resurrected Jesus do for me any more than
my dead prophet has done?" Said, "My dead prophet promised me life after death. That's what
your Jesus did." Well, he had something. Said, "Now, both of them wrote a book. You believe the
one that Jesus wrote; I believe the one Mohammed wrote. They both promise life." Said, "What
can your Jesus do any more for me than my--my Mohammed can?" Well, the man, in simple facts,
is the truth. He said, "But just a moment, kind sir." He said, "My Mohammed never promised me
things like your Jesus did. Your Jesus promised... They said, he rose up, and was going to be with
you all the time to the end of the world; and the same signs and wonders that He did, you would
do also, plumb to the end of the world. You'd heal the sick, and raise the dead, and cleanse the
lepers, and cast out devils." Said, "I studied Christianity thoroughly." Said, "Now, let me see you
teachers produce Jesus Christ, and I'll believe He rose from the dead. But outside of that...
Mohammed never promised us such things as that; he just promised us life after death. And that's
the very same thing that you teach, and bypass the other." The man was right, the Mohammedan
was exactly right.
Doctor Reedhead said he stood and cried. Said, "Brother Branham, I thought of you." And he
rushed over here, and went in there, and I laid my hands on him, and the baptism of the Holy
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Ghost come upon him. And now he even sees visions and everything. Now, let the Mohammedan
meet him. He's a different man.
I say our Jesus rose from the dead; He's living today. And He does the same things today He did
then, all kinds of signs and wonders. And you fundamental people are setting around trying to
explain that away, and missing the very fundamental part of the Bible. That's exactly right. Jesus
Christ, the resurrected Son of God, can speak with other tongues through you; He can prophesy
through you; He can show visions through you; He can interpret unknown languages through you.
And all of that is part of Him.
And to take this part of Him and leave that part off of Him, would be like cutting me half in two and
taking my hips and my legs down and say you've got me, when this part you won't receive.
You either have to receive me fully. And that's the reason I'm a full-Gospel preacher that believes
that everything God said is the truth. Amen. Glory. I feel like a holy-roller right now. Yes, sir. I
believe it.
7. Matthew 24:29, speaks of the sun being darkened, the moon shall not give her light, and the
stars shall fall from heaven. Will this happen before or after the rapture, or just before Jesus
comes to r-i--reign on earth?
To my humble belief, now, I wouldn't... I don't know; I think he's speaking of Matthew 24, there.
Now, Jesus speaking of the stars and things falling, I believe that is just before the tribulation
period sets on earth.
Now, I had a real funny thought here that many of you are going to disagree with me on this; I
imagine some of the old-timers heard teaching that we went through it. See, I don't believe the
church will go through the tribulation period. I believe the church will... Look, I... The only way I
teach the New Testament is by the Old Testament shadow, just like the Holy Ghost here for the
sabbath day and so forth. Everything is a shadow back there.
Now, look back in the Old Testament. When you see the plagues falling, they were in Egypt,
wasn't they? And God was bringing His people out to the promised land. Is that right? And Israel
never received one plague. Just as the plagues... Before it went, they went into Goshen. Is that
right? And the sun never did dim out; no mosquitoes come; no frogs was there; no lice was there;
no storms was there; no lightning was there; no killing of the cattle was there; and everything they
had was preserved in Goshen. Is that right? It's a type of the church going just before the
tribulation period. Jesus said, "When these things begin to come to pass, lift up your head, your
redemption is nigh." See?
I believe that the moon and sun and stars... And they said that... I'll go ahead and read It, said,
"And man run and hid themselves in the--and fell upon their--sought to kill theirselves, and couldn't
do it, and everything." I believe that takes place just before the tribulation.
Now, watch, the tribulation comes. When the tribulation strikes, the church goes up. Now,
remember, just an ordinary church without the Holy Ghost goes through the tribulation period. It's
only the elect that goes through.
Oh, I could rub something hard here, just for a minute. Would you give me three more minutes?
What is the--the raptured people called, the remnant? Is that right? All right... I--I mean it's--it's the
Bride. Now, the remnant was left.
Now, when a woman goes to cut out a pattern for a skirt, you talk about it. She lays the goods out
(Is that right?), the piece of goods. And she lays her pattern down on this. She does the fixing
where the pattern's to be cut. Right?
O brother, this really do you good. Who does the electing? God does the electing. Is that right? It's
not me to say; it's Him to say. And He places the pattern over who He will. Is that right?
Now, there were ten virgins went out to meet the Bridegroom. Is that right?
What is "virgin"? "Virgin" means "pure, holy." Is that right? What is a virgin girl? It's a girl who's
never been touched; she's a virgin. What is anything that's pure, like virgin olive oil? It means it's
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been distilled until it's in it's virginity; it's pure. What is virgin gold? It's when all the dross... It's went
through the heat and everything and boiled out all the dross. Is that right? All of the iron and the
pyrite, and everything else has been boiled out; it's just in its virgincy.
Now, there were ten went to meet the Bridegroom. Jesus said so. That right? How many agree
with that, say "Amen." [Congregation says, "Amen!"--Ed.] Ten went to meet Him. Now, watch, all
of them were holy. Well, in order to be holy they had to be sanctified, 'cause that's the only
cleansing, holy stream that God has, is sanctification. Is that right?
Now, watch. All ten of them were sanctified, but five didn't have any oil in their lamp, and five had
oil in their lamp. Is that right? What does the oil represent? Now, not the purity, the virgincy. Oil
represents the Holy Spirit.
Now, if I say this to--and hurt a little bit, I don't mean it in the way I do. Now, you excuse me, and
don't stay away from church. I'm only in the pulpit here to try to help you. See? Now, look, let me
show you.
There's not a church on earth could live any more pure than the Nazarene in their teachings,
Pilgrim Holiness and them. Is that right? They absolutely believe in the purity of sanctification, not
even to their women wearing rings, and anything. Purity and sanctification, every way, they believe
it. The Holiness organizations, all the legalists, that's their teaching; they believe it. Holy, women
wear long hair and a long skirts; men ain't even supposed to roll his sleeves up, many of them.
Everything, not even touch, smoke, drink, any... Nothing of it. See? Holy, you couldn't live any
cleaner.
But that same Nazarene church, if a man would speak in tongues in the church, he'd be shot out
the door. And they said they wouldn't even set with one. Now, that's true. If you don't believe it, try
it once, find out. Find out once. They hate the very thoughts of it. They said, "It's the devil."
Five of them... Ten of them were virgins. Five was wise that had Oil in their lamps, and the other
five was just as pure and holy but they had no Oil. They were sanctified, without the Holy Ghost.
"There's three that bear record in earth: the water, the Blood, the Spirit." St. John 5:7--I John 5:7,
rather, said "There are three that bear record in heaven: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, these three
are One. But there's three that bear record in earth: water, blood, and spirit; they're not one but
they agree as one."
Now, you can't have the Father without having the Son. You can't have the Holy Ghost without
having Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. They are One. You... They're inseparable.
But you can be justified without being sanctified. And you can be sanctified without having the
Holy Ghost; be clean, live a pure life, and have a form of godliness, and deny the power of
healing, and speaking in tongues, and the great gifts of God (and every one of them in there).
There's your five wise virgins who had Oil in their lamps, rapturing faith, believing all the signs,
wonders, prophecies, and everything. And these five cut out of the remnant was taken away. And
the rest of them were still virgins and will not be lost, but will go through the tribulation period.
Jesus said "There'll be..."
And they said--they said, "Give us some of your Oil; we want the Holy Ghost now."
Now, anyone knows that the Holy Ghost, Zechariah 4, and, oh, James 5:14, all knows that--that it-
-it represents the Holy Ghost. Now, they said... That's the reason we anoint with oil, represent the
Holy Ghost now, "The Oil of the Spirit..." the Bible said.
Now, these had the Holy Ghost; and these were sanctified. These were sanctified plus the Holy
Ghost, believing all the phenomenals and everything of God's power. Everything God spoke of
here, they had it, believing it. These were taken out.
And these said, "Give us, to us, now..."
Said, "We just got enough to get in with," and away they went in the rapture.
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And it said, "Go buy some from those who sell to you," they said. And they went to try to pray
through then, to receive the Holy Ghost, but the Gentile dispensation had been finished and the
persecution rose. And He said, "They were cast into outer darkness where there'll be weeping and
wailing and gnashing of teeth." But in the second resurrection they'll be the sheep that's separated
from the goats, but never the Bride, never the elect. That's the remnant of the seed of the woman.
What is a remnant? The piece that's cut, left, same kind of goods. Is that right? You go to cut you
a dress out of calico, and you spread out a big piece of calico and cut it out. It's your business
where you lay the pattern. It's God's business where He lays the pattern; He cuts her right out. Is
that right? And now this, rest of this calico left here, is just as good a calico as in the dress. Is that
right? But it's God's election. God elects His church; God predestinates His church; God
foreordained that, ordains His church; and He takes that church out. And the remnant is left to go
through the tribulation period.
And that's where many Bible scholars today get mixed up, thinking that the Bride's over yonder in
the tribulation. A fellow said to me, said, "I couldn't tell you, Brother Branham." Said, "I seen the
Bride up in heaven. And the dragon spurting water out of his mouth to make war with the Bride.
And the hundred and forty-four thousand, which is the Bride, standing on Mount Sinai."
I said, "Oh, no. No. No. No. You got it all mixed up. The Bride was in heaven." And the remnant of
the woman's seed, not her, not the pattern, the remnant was there, and the persecution (the
Roman Empire) when Catholicism will consolidate and they'll unite their powers together with the
great church...
Why, they got it right... It was on television the other night. The Methodist church is trying to unite
Methodist and Baptist; and all the full churches of Christ are trying to unite with Catholicism and
stand before one plain altar. What did the bishop say when he was put on trial the other night, over
there to be a Communist? I was standing, looking at it on television myself. All the bunches of
them... And when that time comes, there'll be a persecution rise then and the Holy Ghost will fall
and Methodist and Baptists, and all will speak with tongues, praise God, and heal the sick, and
prophesy, and all the signs and wonders will be coming. The elect will go up, and the remnant will
be left here to go through the tribulation period. And at the end of the time, when they see what
has happened, they'll have to go down in martyrdom.
Then look. You say, "Well, now, Brother Branham, do you mean to tell me there's going to be--
the--that people that's going to be there at the white throne judgment?" They'll... The Bride will
never be judged. No, sir. She's in Christ. How do you get in Christ? "By one Spirit we are all
baptized into one Body." Is that right?
Now, look, look here. The Bible said, "Judgment was set, and the Books were opened." Is that
right? Books of sinners. "And another Book was opened," which is the Book of Life, and every
man was judged thus. Is that right? And who was doing the judging? Jesus and the saints. He
said, "He came and ministered unto the Ancient of Days Whose hair is like wool." And said, "Ten
thousand times ten thousands come with Him, and ministered to Him in the judgment." Here Jesus
returns as King and Queen; the wedding's over, and He's married. Here's King and Queen
standing here. And there stands that sanctified bunch; God said, "Stand to My right side here."
That's the Book was opened, was sinners, "Get over on My left." Here's the ones that had their
names written in the Lamb's Book of Life.
You say, "Brother Branham, my name's written there, I'll go." Wait a minute. Judas Iscariot was
sanctified. Whew. Brother, wake up now, pinch, so you can get this. You see?
Judas Iscariot, his spirit is the antichrist today. You know that. Jesus was the Son of God, came
from God and returned to God; Judas was the son of perdition, came from hell and returned to
hell. Jesus taken the repentant sinner with Him; Judas taken the unrepentant with him, "If thou
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be... If, if, if You be a Divine healer, do this. If thou be This, do this." (See, that question mark
across God's Word.) "The days of miracles is past. If It is, show me this. If, if, if..." See? "It's all
true," God said.
Now, watch. Judas Iscariot was justified by faith, and believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, and was
baptized. The Bible said, "Jesus--Jesus baptized the disciples, His disciples." All right.
St. John 17:17, before He could send them out, He said, "Sanctify them, Father, through the Truth.
Thy Word is the Truth." And He was the Word, even before the atonement was made. In other
words, "As a preview, Father, of My shed Blood, I sanctify these."
He give them power against unclean spirits, and they went out and they cast out devils. Is that
right? And they healed the sick. Is that right? And they come back, sanctified, rejoicing, jumping,
shouting, and praising God. Is that right? And said, "Even the devils is subject to us."
And Jesus said, "Don't you rejoice because the devils is subject to you, but rejoice because your
names are written in the Book of heaven." Is that right? And Judas Iscariot was with them, one of
them, called-out, sanctified, and his name written in the Lamb's Book of Life. Read Matthew 10
and see if that's not right. He called each one of them, and Judas and every one of them, right
down there. He sent them out, give them power against unclean spirits.
Now, watch. Put on your shock-proof vest. But when Judas come right up through that church
there, as the treasurer of the church, working with the Pastor, the--Jesus. But when it come time to
Pentecost, he showed his colors. He showed what he was. And with a--with enough decency
about him, he destroyed himself and hung himself on a sycamore tree to fulfill the prophecy. And
that spirit of Judas will come right up and believe the Lord Jesus Christ. Like Jesus said, "The
devils believe and tremble." He'll come right up and teach sanctification, just as pure a holy life as
it can be; but when it comes to the baptism of the Holy Ghost and the gifts of the Spirit, he'll deny
It. He'll show his colors every time. There's that spirit.
Look. And Jesus said, "Beware..." Matthew 24, again. "The two spirits will be so close together till
it would deceive the very elect." Is that right? Where that pattern's a-laying... Brother, better
believe in old fashion, Holy Ghost preachers around here and get right with God. That's right.
Don't have a form of godliness and deny the power thereof. Amen.
Everybody feeling good? [Congregation says, "Amen!"--Ed.]
When we all get to Heaven,
What a day of rejoicing that will be!
When we all see Jesus,
We'll sing and shout the victory.
When we all get to Heaven,
What a day of rejoicing that will be!
When we all see Jesus,
We'll sing and shout the victory.
Hallelujah. Let's stand just a moment. How many loves Him with all your heart? Raise up your
hand, say "Praise the Lord." [Congregation says, "Praise the Lord."--Ed.] "Lord, I believe the full
Gospel." [Congregation says, "Lord, I believe the full Gospel."--Ed.] "Help me to be Your servant."
[Congregation says, "Help me to be Your servant."--Ed.] Hallelujah. Hallelujah. Do you love Him?
[Congregation says, "Amen."--Ed.] In the Bible they...
A woman said to me one... A boy, he may be listening tonight; he just lives across the street. He
come up there. And Sister Lula that used to come here to the church; she was shouting back
there. I was preaching, Brother Neville. And that boy said to me... Now, he was a Sunday school
teacher down here at First Baptist church. He said, "Billy, I was enjoying your sermon till that
woman begin to crying and hollering, 'Thank You, Jesus. Praise the Lord.' And every once in a
while" said "some man said," (Brother Seward) "hollered, 'Praise the Lord. Amen.'" And I was
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preaching on "Losing Your Birthrights," Esau sold his birthright. And I was going on, and they was
just a-shouting, going on. And said, "Oooh," said, "that--that just makes chills go over my back."
Said, "I couldn't stand that."
I said, "Brother, if you'd ever get to heaven, you'd freeze to death." I said, "There sure is shouting
in heaven, day and night." And that's right, brother. Oh, yes, sir.
Oh, I want to see Him, look upon His face,
There to sing forever of His saving grace;
On the streets of Glory let me lift my voice;
Cares all past, home at last, ever to rejoice.
Oh, I want to see Him, look upon His face,
There to sing forever of His saving grace;
On the streets of Glory let me lift my voice;
Cares all past, home at last, ever to rejoice.
Amen. All right, Brother Neville. God bless you. Get right up there and close.
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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS - PART 1
Branham Tabernacle
JEFFERSONVILLE.IN SUNDAY 54-0103M
I don't know where if--if... They--they probably perhaps did not write it over. It said, "Isaiah 4:24."
Now, Isaiah 4 only has six verses in it, so I'm... I don't know whether you meant Isaiah 5:24. It
says, "What is the meaning of the Scripture, and when shall it come to pass, Isaiah 4:24?" And
Isaiah 4 has six verses. If you can... Ever who wrote it, if you could think now, maybe, and rewrite
it again, I could get to it. You see? I won't know just where you was referring to, "Isaiah 4:24, what
is the meaning of the Scripture and when will it come to pass?"
Now, I won't keep long. I got a... All right, thank you, brother. I got--I got some places to go, and
this... You know, I was thinking; I had a Scripture here... Oh, excuse me, a letter from my--Mr.
Baxter. And before we start on the services this morning, on this, I'd--I'd like for you to--to pray
with me just a moment.
I had been come out of the services with the very best of intentions to going into--to my service
overseas just in the next few days. Now, I get a letter from Brother Baxter, Brother Cox read it to
me over the phone last night and gave it to me this morning, that they are trying to set it back
again now, again. And I don't--I don't know whether that is Satan trying to hold me back or if it's
God just waiting for the time to be right. I--I don't know. They're wanting to set it back a little piece,
and they just kept setting it back since October. October, November, December, January, this is
almost four months now that they've set it back.
And now, the vision has come; here it is written here in my Bible just exactly what will come to
pass; but when, I don't know. Now, I have told the people just with good faith what they told me,
that to be ready along this time.
Now, people think that, I know, that I'm just not honest about it, "Oh, what... When's he going to
get... When's he going to go?"
But when I get these letters and they tell me, "Well, you can't do it just yet; there's this has to be
done, and this has to be done." Then I don't... I--I feel bad, facing the people. I don't know what to
do. But one thing, I'll do this, and you all with me; I'm going to commit it to God, and say, "Now,
Lord, when You're ready, I am." See? And if I just...
Sometimes it's the church that's out of cater; now it's visas or something another. You know,
there's just things like that. It may be Satan trying to do it. So while we pray this morning... And
each time when you're praying through the week, you--you pray for me and ask God to, if it's
Satan, to move him out of the way. See? And if it's--and if it's His will, hold me here. See? He
knows just exactly what to do. There may be something another He's moving around, getting the
picture right. I never want to get ahead of Him. Oh, when you do that, it's terrible. See? So I--I just
feel that's it's--that--that it may be... I don't know which to say, 'cause I don't know.
Just like our dear Brother George Wright. Many of you know his conditions, don't you? And you
know the doctors has given him up, that he was supposed to have died a week ago or more
(See?), Brother George Wright. I went down to see him, and while down there I prayed and prayed
as sincere as I knowed how to pray for him. And then coming home and I wondered what would
take place. And after a few days, well, I had a vision last Monday morning, and is waiting...
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Now, there's a--there's a woman that I prayed for with cancer, and I seen her stand and she--
she'd... They opened her up; she's just filled with cancer; they just sewed her back. See? But she's
going to live. I know that.
But now, Brother George Wright, I didn't get the vision clear. I was coming... That same vision, I
was coming out and I seen his--his place, his house. And on the left hand side of the house where
them trees are standing there, a--a willow tree, right along above there I seen some clods of dirt,
almost as big as my fist, rolling down. And I heard that Angel which was standing by my side, said
something about a grave and Brother George.
Now, it was either this, that it was Brother George's grave that they were digging, or it seems to
me... Now, remember now, I wouldn't state this. And I believe we got a PA system moving through
here, or a recording system, rather... But now I want to make it clear like I did to them: I think it
was this...
There's a bunch of people down there laughing at him because that he believing that God's going
to heal him after the doctor said he... get well. Well, he can't (See?), the blood clot's done into his
lungs, and he's spitting out blood and everything else. He said, "Just the first little grain goes to his
heart or his head, it'll paralyze him or kill him." See? And he's seventy-two years old, past the
allotted time.
But I believe that it was this: that he would dig the grave of some of those that's laughing at him,
dig the grave. And now, I didn't know that he was a grave-digger, but he is. I... And you see? And I
thought that he dug their graves; that's what he does. And it seemed like there's something about
a grave and digging a grave, or--or something like that, and Brother George Wright.
I've asked the Lord now, for about four nights, to repeat it to me again if He would. It come along
about seven or eight o'clock one morning. So I trust that He will make it clear. But I do believe with
all my heart... Now, this is just that I was right when I say that he will dig the grave of some of
those that's laughing at him, if I got it clear. But I'm not too sure of it. It was something about
digging a grave, and Brother George Wright. I think that he was to dig the grave of somebody was
laughing at him.
Now, God is love, and, oh, we just love Him with all of our hearts.
Now, this morning we don't want to take too much of our time here on these questions; I'll answer
them the best of my knowledge. Now, friends, I can make so many mistakes on these things. I'm
just--I'm just a man like all the rest of us. And Brother Neville, or any of these other ministers, or so
forth, could answer them just the same as I could. But I do this for a purpose, to kind of find out
what's on the heart of the people.
Then if I see four or five pulling on one thing, then I think, "Oh, oh, here we are. Way... I know
where you're at now, some little questions in the church." And now, let's just forget about the--the
little questions. And the main thing above everything is to keep the church in harmony, and in love
of God, and moving on, if we can all believe that the Blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin
and unrighteousness. If the woman setting next to you, or the man setting next to you, if he doesn't
believe that Jesus will--will actually come visibly again, let's just believe It and go right ahead
anyhow. We don't agree with him on the Scripture. But let's make the church move on for
harmony, because in there we're going to catch some more people. But when the church is out of
harmony, then you--you hurt the church; then you hurt the cause. You... it's just... You just can't do
it. But when we can agree upon one thing, that the Blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin
(That's right.) and sin is gone, and we--we're pretty close to home line then, Brother Neville. When
blood... when we're blessed...
I've got a brother; we're blood relations. But my, how we disagree, miserably. But just the same,
we're brothers.
Now, I was thinking of this week, coming week, if I didn't go overseas, maybe... Brother Cauble
come over, and he wanted to start a campaign in Louisville, and he wanted to get the Armory that
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we had our little healing service over there the other night. And the Lord worked some marvelous
things. And so... But then I find out that those brothers from Del Rio, Texas, Jessup brothers, is
having a service in Louisville and they got their best speaker over there for these next coming
weeks. And said he didn't know just when he was going to leave. Charles, I believe it is, that's to
be there this next week, and I certainly wouldn't start a revival nowhere and a campaign of that
kind going on.
And they're also having a healing campaign. And so the healing campaign is in the afternoon, this
afternoon. And so I wouldn't want to start a meeting and--and them having a meeting there, 'cause
I know what it is to be somewhere and it just... Oh, you know, while I'm holding a meeting and
somebody jump up and start a little meeting like that. It just doesn't look good; it doesn't give it the
right place, you know. So we'll just wait till a little later on, maybe the Lord will help us. He will help
us, anyhow, and so we just believe, and hold on, and be faithful to God.
Now, shall we pray: Father in heaven, let Thy blessings shine upon us now, as I go forward to
answer these questions. O God, just... There's some of them here I've never even looked at yet,
and only two or three that I--I read just awhile ago. I pray, Father, that You'll help me and give me
wisdom and understanding, that I'll only speak that which is right. Grant it, Father. And may I have
Thy wisdom, and may the Holy Spirit come down just now and grant the wisdom that's needed.
Bless us together today, Lord, as this little tabernacle group here.
Bless our dear beloved brother, Brother Neville, here, Father, who's labor along, the shepherd
here in the pastor field, that's--that's trying to lead the sheep to the green grass and the deep
clovers, or out into the water and then back to the shade tree, and caring for the sick and the
needy and the little crippled ones and those who are weary and try to doctor them up and bring
them, so they'll be real sheep. O Father, I pray that You'll bless him. Give him wisdom and
knowledge and understanding.
And help us all together now, Father, and we'll give Thee the praise in Jesus' Name. Amen.
Now, in some of these here, I'll get them out of--some from different parts of the Scripture where
they--where they was belonging to. And now, we just start on some, and answer right along till we
can get--get as many as we possibly can out. I believe we can get them all, and I'll kind of watch
here that we get out early.
The first thing is just a question, just a straight question:
8. I was baptized at the age of thirteen. Should I be again?
Now, that's a--that's a nice little question to ask. Well, now, friend, I always leave that to the
person.
Remember, I don't know... There's one that I do know who wrote it; that's this one right here, and
the man handed it to me himself. And somebody asked me a question back there that I should
answer, and they never put it on paper, and I said, "If I got enough time after these here I would
answer it."
But now this here, "Well, should I... Was I... "I was baptized at thirteen. Shall I be baptized again?
If you've been a Christian all along, since you was thirteen years old, a believer in Christ, I--I'd just
remain like you are. I wouldn't now, if God has blessed you and give you the Holy Spirit since
then...
And the baptism is only a--a--a form; it's just to--to show the world (or the congregation that
you're--you're with at that time) that you, before witnesses, prove that you have believed that God
sent His Son and He died and rose again on the third day, and you was buried into Him and have
risen to walk in newness of life. And them same people that watched you when you was baptized
will meet you at the judgment. See?
And then along, if someone, a stranger, says, "Was--was you?"
"Yes, I have been baptized with my--unto my Lord's death and burial."
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See, I think that baptism... Oh, I do say it's essential; I wouldn't want to say it isn't essential. But it
is essential because it's... Every commandment of God is essential. Don't you think so? It's
essential that we must be baptized. Jesus give this statement in St. Matthew, or St. Mark 16; He
said, "Go into all the world and preach the Gospel; he that believeth and is baptized shall be
saved." And when He was talking to Nicodemus, He said, "Except a man be born of water and
Spirit he will in no wise enter the Kingdom." It must be baptized. I believe in immersing, in the
baptism, in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and to be raised again in newness of life, to walk
after the commandments of God.
But you say, "Brother Bill, did you ever baptize anybody over, who'd been baptized when they was
a little fellow and then be rebaptized?" Many times.
So there--there's a Scripture over in Revelations the 2nd chapter, speaking to the church, He said,
"Repent and do your first works over again." And many of them interpret that Scripture to say this,
that that means you'd have to go right back and do the same thing over. Well, if you'll notice, dear
Christian friend...
Now, I'm not disagreeing with this now (See?), 'cause we've got the baptistery filled up. We're
ready to baptize anybody that wants to be baptized at any time. But we're not disagreeing. If you
want to be baptized, if that's something that's standing in your way and you feel like you should be,
you go do it. That's right. You go do it. Don't let nothing stand in your way; you make yourself
perfectly clear.
Just like if--if you'd taken something years ago, and you feel like you should go make that right,
you go make it right. No matter what it is. You keep everything clear. 'Cause you'll come up to that
thing, and you can't go any farther till you get that out of the way. You see? You've just got to lay
aside every weight and the thing that so easily besets you.
And if you want to be baptized again, go ahead, that's the thing to do. I've baptized many over.
But now to that Scripture that you're referring to, that wasn't talking to an individual; that was to the
church. See, the church, what they had done, they had lost their first love (See?), the real cream
that they had in the beginning. And he said, "Lest you repent and do this first works over again,"
start right back and get the thing. He's talking to the church, "Unless you repent and go back
again," well, then, He was going to move the candlestick.
But if you want to be baptized, and if you was baptized when you was thirteen, or whatever age,
why, you--you be baptized if it's in your way.
But now to say that Scripturally I could say that you should be baptized again, there's only one
Scriptural way that I could--could announce that people was rebaptized. There's only one Scripture
in the entire Bible that people was rebaptized, and that was those who was baptized by John the
Baptist before the Holy Ghost came. Paul, in Acts 19:5, told them that they had to be rebaptized
again in the Name of Jesus Christ in order to receive the Holy Ghost. See?
Now--now, you don't have to be baptized to receive the Holy Ghost, because you can receive the
Holy Ghost when your heart's right. See? Because on Acts 2 Peter give a formula to--a formula to
"Repent, and be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy
Ghost." But then, in Acts 10:49, God turned around and give the Gentiles the baptism of the Holy
Ghost before they was ever baptized at all. You see? So, you see, it's the condition of your heart.
Then said Peter, "Can we forbid water, seeing that these has received the Holy Ghost like we had
it at the beginning?" You see? So then he--he constrained them that they must be baptized in the
Name of Jesus Christ.
Then Paul, in Acts 19, said... Paul, having passed through the upper coasts of Ephesus, he finds
certain disciples, and he said unto them, "Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed?"
They said, "We not know whether... know not whether there be any Holy Ghost."
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He said, "Unto what was you baptized?" They was.
They said, "We were baptized unto John."
He said, "John baptized unto repentance, saying that you should believe on Him to come, that's on
the Lord Jesus Christ." And when they heard this, they were baptized again in the Name of Jesus
Christ. See? So then that's...
Now, on this, it's... But just saying that you were baptized in Christian baptism at the age of
thirteen, and you've lived a Christian life all the way along, or if you've backslid a few times...
I don't know whether they got a... On backsliding, I wish somebody would go to ask--ask me that.
But on backsliding, remember, you backslide every day. There's no way at all for you to keep out
of it. All right. But you backslide to the people in the church, but not before God... See? You
backslide on Christ, but you don't on God. 'Cause, if you--when you sin, you're gone. But you're
constantly falling. Paul had to die every day. Is that right? He had to die every day, repent every
day, and just constantly repenting all the time. See? And if Paul had to do that, then I'm going to
have to too. Aren't you? That's right. So we...
But now, if--if you've been--if you've been redeemed and you feel that the--the Blood of Jesus
Christ cleansed you from sin, then I--I... and you've lived a Christian life, I--I wouldn't think it'd be
necessary. But if you want to, all right, it'll be fine, we'd be glad to do it.
Now, here's a little note that someone give me back there:
9. What position will the church be in when the Gospel returns to the Jews?
Now, the person that did this, was referring here to Luke, the... He--he told me, our brother, that he
was referring to where it said, "The--the Gentiles will trod the walls of Jerusalem till the Gentile
dispensation would be finished." That's in Luke 21:24. Now, listen closely and this may get it.
Beautiful question, wonderful.
And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed about with armies, and know that the desolation
thereof is nigh.
Now, let's catch this close now. "The desolation is nigh when you see Jerusalem compassed
about with armies." Now, that's been a lot of confusion right there with you people in the--But
approaching it from a historical standpoint with the Bible...
Now, the Advent brethren, the Seventh-day Advent brethren, they believe that--that Jerusalem will
again be compassed about with armies. Well, now, that could be true, 'cause Scripture has a
compound meaning many times.
And how many knows the Scripture has a compound meaning to every prophecy? Sure does.
Yes, sir. It'll say it and mean it just exactly to this time, and turn right around and repeat it again
back over here somewhere. See? Like... And I'll refer to one of them if I can think of it right quick.
Oh, yes, here's one in Luke... In Matthew 2, said, "And Jesus was called out of Egypt that it might
be fulfilled which was spoke of by the prophet, saying, 'My... I've called My son out of Egypt.'"
Now, that prophecy, referring back in there by the prophet, was exactly referring to Israel (which
was God's son) He called out of Egypt (That's right.) in--in Genesis and Exodus. But it--it was
referred to--to there, but was repeating again. "Out of Thy..." Israel was God's son. You know that.
He told Pharaoh, said, "You..." Said that "You--you..." what he had done to His son, that He would
take the life... He wouldn't let His son go, so Pharaoh... God taken Pharaoh's son from... and... or
the death angel that night. So it's a compound meaning.
And so, now, as Jerusalem compassed about with armies, but literally, historically, that was
during about A.D. 96 when Titus had besieged Jerusalem. But now watch this closely; you can
see the different. Now, I believe that Jerusalem will be compassed about with armies again at the
end time. But I believe this here was comparing with when Titus besieged it, when the desolation
bear out.
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Now, "The desolation," speaking was when Daniel, the prophet... "standing in the holy place."
Notice, he said, "When you see the abomination that maketh desolation standing in the holy
place..." See, the abomination, "abomination" is "unclean." "That maketh desolation..." Desolate
"do away with," is to "destroy." "When you see the abomination that maketh desolation standing in
the holy place..." Scripturally fulfilled when Titus besieged Jerusalem, took their...
In beginning of this chapter where they was asking Him, "When will the end time be? And what
will be the signs of the coming of the--of Christ?" And they told Him about the temple, how it was,
how goodly it was adorned with great stones and things. He said, "There'll come a time when
there won't even be one stone left upon another, that this will be tore down." He begin to give them
signs and wonders. Then Jesus speaking now, turns now to Daniel, to fulfill, 'cause all prophecy
must dovetail one with the other. The whole Scripture is not broken nowhere.
Jesus said, "The Scriptures cannot be broken." Amen. And there... Am I going to heaven? Sure, I
am. The Scriptures cannot be broken. To you who don't believe in signs and miracles and
wonders, how could you get away from that Scripture? The Scriptures cannot be broken, no more
than Christ can (up here above), can be done away with. Just as His great body above, and every
move of His body reflects a motion down here on the earth, it's bound to be. Then if Christ... if
your... Divine healing, the power of God is taken from the literal church, or the spiritual church here
on earth, then it's been taken from Christ. He no more...
But oh, what a picture as the true Vine there, and we are the branches in that Vine. See? Just as
the Vine moves, so does the branches move. Is that right? How beautiful then of His great body,
oh, His great bleeding arms and dropping tears, and His bleeding sides, and His striped back a-
hanging over the earth like this between God the Father and the mortals of this earth, a-pleading
and loving them just as His body comes into motion and power, it's given into the church.
Just as He said, "I'll move my hands this a-way," and His literal body moves. "Go here; preach the
Gospel," you'll see that church move right straight. 'Cause, my shadow has to move with my hand.
Amen. Is that right? Amen. Oh, my, when I think of that... There He is, His body moving, "Go ye
into all the world, demonstrate the power." No matter if we let our theology and teachings and so
forth like that, we bitterly fail. But now the hand of God is a-moving; signs and wonders are
appearing. Why, my.
Jesus said, down there when He was casting out devils... Not getting off this question, now, just
for a moment. But Jesus said, when He was casting out devils; He said, "Who do your sons cast
them out by?" If I with the finger of God cast out devils, who does your sons cast them out by? If
you got a better policy, show us." See? "If I with the finger of God..." Amen. Just think, the "finger"
of God. There's God above Christ; Christ above the church. There's God, the Father, says certain-
certain thing; then God the Son moves His hand and the shadow follows it. "If I with the finger of
God cast out devils, who does your sons cast them out by?"
Look, I want you to notice. Oh, no matter how great a disease or how much affliction the devil
could put on you, just takes His finger to move it. Oh, my. My. Look at them big strong shoulders
and arms and muscles. Just His finger moves every disease and casts out devils. What a little
thing the devil is. He just takes His finger and moves him away then. "If I with the finger of God..."
Now, let me show you some love of God. But when a sheep was lost, He didn't use His finger; He
laid him upon His shoulders; and He took His whole Being, hands, sheep around His shoulder.
The strongest, most powerful part of man is across his shoulders and back. You know that. For all
of His arm muscles and muscles move out, and He's taking the whole sheep; put Him upon His
shoulder and here He comes, not with His finger, to cast out a little, old devil, but here He comes
with His... All of His muscles of His leg, all the muscles of His arm, moving through the wilderness,
packing the lost sheep on His shoulder. Oh, my. "If I with the finger of God cast out devils, who
does your sons cast them out by?" Oh, hallelujah. My.
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All right, back to the subject.
But when you... see Jerusalem compassed about with armies,...
Then let them which are in Judaea flee into the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it
depart not out; and let... them which are in the countries enter... into.
For these shall be days of--of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.
But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be
great distress in the land, and wrath upon the people.
And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations:...
Notice how beautiful here the Scripture is to make it specifically. First thing, "By the edge of
swords." This last one will be by atomic bomb. See? But this is by the edge of sword, and the
Jews was to be led away captive to all nations. It'll never be that way again; they'll be gathered in
Palestine for the last time. See? This was referring to days that's passed by. And that's just exactly
according to history, come to pass just that way.
They were led away into all nations. Every nation under heaven today you find Jews. Oh, every
nation, you go to China, you find Jews, go to Russia, you find Jews. Go to the little islands, you
find Jews. Scattered in among every nation, what is it? God's prophecy. God intended it. And
those Jews are mileposts, brother. When you see them...
I know they're blind and led away, and deceiving and everything, but they was deceived by God
that you and I might have sight. That's right. But I'll say this in the spirit of prophecy, by the Bible,
that the hour of the Jew to return home is at hand. Yes, sir. He hardened Hitler's heart, drove them
out of Germany; hardened Mussolini's heart, drove them out of Russia. He's driving them from
everywhere like He did in the days when He brought them out. And then when they got out into the
wilderness there and was ready to cross over, what taken place? God visit the land with great
plagues and things, which He will repeat again with His two servants, the two olive trees of Ezekiel
and also of Revelation 11. He will repeat those signs and wonders.
Look at them two witnesses in Revelations 11, "I'll give power unto My witnesses, and they'll close
the heavens in the days of their prophecy. They'll send plagues upon the earth as they will." There
they are, the two witnesses in the last days.
I know modern teaching is that that's the Old and New Testament. That's wrong. That's wrong.
Here's the two witnesses; that's absolutely a return of Moses and Elijah. You notice back there,
neither one of them... Moses, he died, but where did he go? He had to raise again. And Elijah was
translated even without death. He will have to die, 'cause every mortal has to, so he will have to
return back again. And there's the two witnesses.
Now, watch:
And they'll trod... And they shall fall by the edge of the sword,... (24th verse)... of the sword, and
all shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trod down of the Gentiles,
until... (Amen.)... until the time of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
Shocking, isn't it, to know that we have a limited time? God said so. The Gentile dispensation was
issued in with King Nebuchadnezzar. Oh, how remarkable. How much time I could spend on this,
just for a few minutes. But notice, everyone wants their question. But while we're on this, let's think
of it; because it's very essential now, right now.
Look. God led the people of the Jews. They were never a nation; they were just a people. And
they never was an organized church; they were just the church called out. There never was an
organization amongst the Jews; they were always led by God.
Then when politically, nationally, they wanted to become--have a king... And God gave them a
king and it never did work. God's their King. God's our King. That's right. God's the King of the
church.
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Now, notice then when they were captured and carried away into Babylon because they tried to
impersonate the nations of the world... What a beautiful picture today of the church trying to
impersonate the world out yonder, and carried away, carried away with their--their living. The
church lives just the same as the world does, carries on, acts just like it, and everything else, and
claiming to be the church. You can't do that. No, sir. Your very life proves what you are.
What you are... As I said in the beginning, what you are somewhere else is what you reflect here.
What you are, what your celestial or terrestrial body is up yonder, what your celestial body is
somewhere else is what you're reflecting back here. In the spirit land, what you are, is what you
are here. If you're still vulgar minded and so forth in the spirit land, you're vulgar minded here. If
you still got malice, envy, and strife, you're in the spirit land with that, it reflects back here. But if
your whole innermost being has become cleansed and purged, it shows that you've got a body out
yonder waiting, that's been cleansed and purged, and it's reacting back in the flesh. Don't you
see? See, there it is. "If this earthly tabernacle be dissolved, we have one already waiting." See?
Now, in this time, the end time, how that this carnal comparison, impersonations of Christianity
will all mingle up into one big Babylon just like it did back there. And they were carried away into
Babylon. Is that right? And the Bible said, "The Angel of the Lord called and said, 'Come out of
Babylon, My people.'" Confusion, it's "I'm a Baptist. I'm a Methodist. I'm a Presbyterian," all that's
just confusion. There's no salvation in it at all.
Now, don't say that I'm saying the Baptist people hasn't got salvation, the Methodist people. I'm
not talking about that. I'm talking about the church and its political power, its politics. And of
politically speaking, because you're Methodist, or Baptist, or Presbyterian, or Catholic, has nothing
to do with it. God don't even recognize it, and it's in Babylon today. And God's calling out a Church
out of all of them, pulling out the pure in heart, making His Church. How beautiful.
And notice, I could state something here that would shock, but if--if it is... Listen, now. Watch how
Babylon... What taken place at--in--in Babylon, when the force was brought on to the true
worshippers? Remember, just a little handful, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and Daniel, of-
-of the true worshippers that went down into captivity, when God called them to--to really show
their colors, what they were... They were forced into worship of an idol. Is that right? Idolatry, they
was forced into worship an idol, and they had to bow before an idol. And if they didn't do it, they
were persecuted.
Oh, what a picture you could pull out of Daniel, Revelation, tying those together and show by the
Scripture that the Church is coming into the same type of persecution before She's called out.
That's the way the Gentile Church was brought in; that's the way the Gentile Church will be taken
out. As she come in so shall she go.
And look how he saw the image. And now, remember, the image... Now, this is home-place now.
Look, I believe that the image that King Nebuchadnezzar made was of Daniel, a holy man. If you'll
notice, King Nebuchadnezzar already had called Daniel, called him "Belteshazzar," which was his
idol, and he made--made a image, and no one after Daniel had been throwed in this lions' den,
and so forth, and he said, "No one should serve any other gods, and so forth, but Daniel's God." It
was probably the image of a holy man, great statue, and everybody was to bow down to this.
But the church, Shadrach, and Meshach, and Abednego... Daniel being the leader, as Christ being
the Leader of the Church...
And they was to bow before this image and do worship to the image. Notice. And you notice, in
those times Daniel was silent. Amen. Oh, and I hope you get this. Daniel was silent, letting, they
had to make their own choice.
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In the day in the going out of the Gentile dispensation, there'll be an image, and everybody will
have to bow before this image and do worship. Though it be holy as ever, you're not to worship an
image (image-worship).
Now, notice. Oh, my. Right at the end Daniel steps in again. How marvelous. That night before the
great feast of the concubines and so forth, there come a handwriting on the wall, "MENE, MENE,
TEKEL, UPHARSIN," across the wall. And the interpretation, nobody could give; it was wrote in
unknown tongues. Nobody could interpret It.
They went and got their best scholars. They said, "We don't know."
They went and got all their soothsayers and astrologers. "We don't know. We don't know nothing
about it. We never seen such language, never heard such in our life."
But there was a man. God had His man; Daniel was there, said, "Go get him," said, "for the Spirit
of the Gods live in him."
So Daniel come up there, begin to read and interpret that language on the wall, and he gave...
What was the interpretation? Not, "Oh, blessed be thou, O king, live forever," but it...?... a raw,
burly, a flat rejection of him. Said, "You are weighed in the balance and found wanting."
Look, that's the same way. As that supernatural brought in the Gentile kingdom, so the
supernatural is taking out this of the Gentiles. The kingdom was ushered in by the supernatural;
it's going out by the supernatural. The walls of Jerusalem shall be trod, shall be... It was...
"Gentiles will possess it until the Gentile dispensation be finished." Then God turns to the Jew.
Amen. Oh, my.
Oh, friends, I wish we could get that right down good (Don't you?), have about a week on that one
subject (See?), so we could thoroughly search it through the Scriptures.
That, watch, listen--listen close now what He said. "Jerusalem shall be trod down by the Gentiles
until the time of the Gentiles be finished." The siege of the--of Titus, then come in, taken in
Jerusalem. He said, "Now--now, you heard about the abomination that maketh desolation?"
"Yeah."
"Well, that's when the Gentiles come in."
"Yeah, we understand that," said the disciples.
"Now, the Gentiles has had their government now."
"Sure."
"Jerusalem under Gentile government then?" Yes, sir, the Romans, they still had the government
in--in Jerusalem. And it started back yonder by the abomination that maketh desolation that Daniel
spoke of.
Now, He said, "That time's near at hand, for they're going to tear down this temple and put up the
Moslem of Omar, is going to stand on the same place here, the Mohammedans, Gentiles. And it's
going to stand there."
"Gentile" means "unbeliever." That wasn't the Church now. That was the Gentile (See?), the
unbeliever. Now, and that will stand until the Gentile dispensation will be finished. Then when the
Gentile dispensation be finished, the great Prince is to stand for the people Who is Christ, at the
end time.
"He came to Him," in Daniel, "Whose hair was white as wool (like you see Him in Revelations 1),
to the Ancient of time. And the judgment was set and the Books were opened. Books (plural) was
opened and every man was judged out of the Books, the things was written therein." Look, the
Books were opened, "He saw Him coming, and ten thousands times ten thousands ministered to
Him," saints come with Him. Is that right, in Daniel? "And the Books were opened," that's the Book
of your life, "and every man--and every man was judged thus, the sinner, judged thus. And another
Book was opened," which was the Book of Life, "and every man was judged."
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Now, notice, always remember, carry it in threes. If you don't, you're sure to get mixed up. There
was three classes of people born on the earth; there was three classes in the beginning; there'll be
three classes in the ending. What...
Jesus returned with ten thousand times ten thousand, ministered to Him. You remember him
saying, "Is it not a small thing for you to take... or an uncommon thing to take your business and
your troubles to the law, when know not that the saints shall judge the earth?" The saints judge the
earth. Hallelujah. I think of that, my. To see Him coming yonder with the Blood-washed after the
millennium, the redemption and the redeemed of all ages standing in His Presence, the Blood-
washed Bride...
Not just those who are good people, they certainly miss the first resurrection. The Bible said, "And
the rest of the dead lived not until the thousand years were finished." Is that right? That's those
who had their names written in the Lamb's Book of Life but refused the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
Just the elect goes in that time. Just the elect takes the--the--the millennium. Oh, then, brother,
what type of people should we be? I want to live through the millennium. Let us lay aside every
weight and the sin that so easily beset us. If the fellow says something wrong or does something
this way, pray for him and keep moving on. Let your one alternative be set towards God. If nobody
else makes it, you make it. For there's going to be an elect who's going to live through the
millennium age and will go in and out with Christ for a thousand years, and then they shall go up
into glory with Him and return again. When the resurrection of the wicked is brought forth, then the
millennium will set... After the millennium is over, then Christ will go up with the church, and at the
end of the thousand years He will return with the church.
Christ comes three times. The first time He came to redeem His church. Is that right? The second
time He comes to receive His church. The third time He comes with His church. See? He come to
redeem her; He comes to rapture her and be caught away, in the time of the plagues and so forth;
returns back for the millennium, lives through the millennium.
And then the great King and Queen comes down for the judgment. The white throne judgment's
set; the Books were opened. And there stands the redeemed, Holy Ghost borned Church of the
living God, standing there in her beauty to judge. "The Books were opened; judgment was set, and
every man was judged thus." That was the sinner. "And another Book was opened," not for the
Holy Ghost Bride; she'll never take it, 'cause she's in the rapture.
If you're filled with the Holy Ghost this morning, and God's power is moving in every fiber of your
body, what good would it do for you to stand in the judgment? You're already judged, and been
received, and filled, and already--already translated into heavenly places with Christ Jesus. Not
you will be, you are now, right now translated.
"Those whom He called, He justified; those whom He justified, He glorified." And every redeemed
person in the world this morning that's under the Blood of Jesus Christ, filled with the Holy Ghost,
hath Everlasting Life and can't perish, and is already in heavenly places with Christ Jesus, and
shall never come into condemnation. Already redeemed, isn't that wonderful? See? Already
redeemed, setting in heavenly places now with Christ, and glo--already glorified, already glorified.
You say, "Brother Bill, does the Scripture say that?"
Jesus said that, or the Scripture says that, or the writers. Paul, he said, "Those whom He justified,
He hath already glorified. Those whom He foreordained, He predestinated; those whom He
predestinated, He justified; those whom He justified, He has already glorified." What is it? Oh, my
(Excuse me.), already glorified. Then if we are filled with the Holy Ghost, our fibers and beings has
already been preserved in God, there is a glorified body already waiting, and you have to go to it
as soon as this is over. Those who He has justified, He's already glorified.
What I was saying awhile ago, the negative and positive. Wished I had the education enough to
bring that out and make it sensible and clear to you, but I just can't find it. I know what I'm talking
about, but I can't present it the way I want to.
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[Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.]... Red Sea and all these things they're putting out the materials that's
there, the Jews real rich, then that same thing will pollute their camp again. Yeah. They'll come
right down, the cities of the world. Russia will come down, say, "We just got to have that stuff.
That's uranium and everything down there; we got to go get it." And as they go down, then will be
the battle of Armageddon. That'll be when God will stand like He did in the valley for the children of
Israel and fight again. But that'll take place until the Gentile dispensation will be finished. And
when that time is finished, she's cut off.
[Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.] Now, to my humble opinion, dear person who asked this question here,
to my humble opinion about this:
10. Who these giants were in those days?
Now, Josephus there... 'Course I know our church is just like me. I--I'm a seventh grade dummy,
and I--I don't care about education and things. I think it's the biggest hindrance the Gospel's ever
had. But yet, just sometimes, I pick up a book or two. Now, my dealings with people like myself,
we're just all on the same line, we're just the common people. And I'm so thankful. The Bible said,
"The common people heard Him gladly." The aristocrats, then there was another class. But the
common people, just the ordinary run of people like we are, people who love God, don't have
much of this world, have their children and families; we love God and like to go to church, give the-
-the clothes off of our body for His Kingdom, anything like that. We love Him, we'll do anything;
that's the common people that heard Him. And it's still the same way today: the common people
heard Him gladly.
Now, the rich man's got too much of the earth to think about. See? And--and the real fellow down
there who you can't do nothing with him on skid row, he just won't pay no attention to it. But just
the common people heard Him gladly.
And now in Josephus, his writings, he said... Now, here was his interpretation of these "sons of
God" that take daughters of men. He said that the fallen spirits that were on the earth...
Now, you know the--in the Revelations the 11 chapter--or--or the 7th... No, beg your... 12th
chapter of Revelations, the woman standing in the sun... "The red dragon put his tail around two
thirds of the stars and pulled them to the earth." We realize that Satan in the beginning set up a
kingdom in the northlands to be more beautiful than what the--than what the Michael was, and
there was a day he declared war in heaven. And he pulled two thirds of the angelic beings with
him. Is that right?
That's the reason we're only a minority. I mean the--the--the side--the small side of the people this
morning, in the Christian realm, the Holy Ghost born people, because they are in the--the--the little
part. That's right.
And if you watch the spirits that come up out of Genesis and begin to raise up, watch that real
classical, high classical church worship. Look at it back yonder in Cain; look at it today. Comes
right down in, moves on down through into the Pharisees. And there's two sects of them: Pharisee
and Sadducee. See, moves right on out, and look at it today in Catholicism and great moves like
that, great beautiful places.
But look at Abel with the little lamb (See?), just a common... Look at it in the days of Jesus. Look
at it all the way down through the Scripture as you move it up, see how it is. We're living right then
in that day that when God has called His church all the way down through, that little streak, little
red streak that's come right down through the Bible all the way of the Blood-washed people.
Notice. Now, these "sons of God," to my opinion, you might certainly... Not disagreeing or trying to
act smart or say that Josephus didn't know what he was talking about, but he was a man like I am.
No matter how much scholar he was, he was just a man. And the only thing he had was research
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old Scriptures, and so forth like that, and old relics, and so forth; but he had no more than what we
have today, the Holy Spirit. Now, he was just going by the natural mind.
But we're taking it by the spiritual mind. Those "sons of God," when that they were angelic
beings... I believe they are. And I--I believe that the...
Now, Josephus said the same thing, but he said, "They forced themselves, and pressed
themselves into human flesh, and taken sons--and--and taken the daughters of men." Now, we're
a mixed-up crowd; we're different here this morning, men, women, and little girls and boys; and I
speak this so the adults would certainly understand. But when... He says that when the angelic
beings seen the desire of women, how men lived with women, that they forced themselves into
human flesh so... And they took unto them the daughters of men.
Well, I--I don't believe that. I believe this, that they were born there in Canaan, and they were born
out of the--the group of Cain that was sent forth to the land of Nod. And he had a mark upon him
and nobody would kill him, because of his murdered condition--murdering his brother. But if you
notice, even the Israelites found some of those people when they went over there. They was so
big, and he said they looked like grasshoppers up the side of them. Is that right? Hundreds and
hundreds of years later there was great, burly men, big fellows. And sometimes they do dig up the-
-the carcass of them, and they find that they were great men.
Now, where I think that come from... Now, here's a little of my own doctrine now. It's just church
folk. See? I think that Cain was the son of Satan. I know you disagree with that; my own church
does. But that's still... Till God shows me different, I--I believe the same thing (See?), that he was
the son of Satan. 'Cause I couldn't place that ungodly, murderous spirit coming out of God. No, sir.
He had to be after his daddy, and his daddy was the--the...
When the Satan got upon the serpent... And the serpent was not a reptile; the curse made him a
reptile. He was just like a man; he walked upright. And he was with this woman out there, and she
committed this adultery and brought forth her first son which was Cain, the nature of his daddy.
And I believe that big beast was up like a man; he walked upright, and that's where these great
giants come from. Yeah, that's exactly. Now, that's my own thought, and I--I could be wrong.
That's my thought. See? But they were great men.
And if you noticed, God standing there before Adam and Eve, He says, "I took you out of the dust,
dust you shall return. I... And because you brought your--you listened to your--the beast instead of
to your husband, that you took life out of the world, you'll bring it back into the world."
And He said, "Serpent, off comes your legs (See?); you're not going to walk up no more. And
you're not going to be a beast; you're going to be a reptile now. And on your belly you'll go, and
dust shall be your meat."
There's where I think that that... Cain, after the nature of that brute that she lived with, like an
animal, that lived with this woman that brought forth this child, which was half brute and man-like,
a great big old fellow... And then he went out there and his children begin to come from him, and
then beasts, sexual lusts like their daddy in the beginning, that old lust beast found these
daughters and things, and took unto them the daughters of men. That's right.
And what brought on these fellows, sure, it come down through that same lineage which was
these fallen spirits that come upon the people. Remember, the same spirits that lived back there,
today, live today.
Look at it today. Well, we've got people in this country that's... Now, I'm not... This... I'm an
American; you know I am. But let me tell you; this is the lowest nation outside of Paris, France,
that I know of anywhere in the world. It's so degraded, why, even the foreign people in Africa, in--in
Sweden and--up there, they say, "What in the world's the matter with you American people? Don't
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you all have no more respect for your women? For all the songs on--on the radio, some kind of an
old dirty, vulgar song about women. Don't you have no respect for your women over there?"
All our songs are about women, and sex, and lust, and things like that. It's because the devil has
got ahold of it. That's exactly right. Old Hollywood and televisions and everything is pushing out
that vulgar and ungodly stuff, will go to old newsstands and everything else. Everything's some
stripped women or something. That's exactly what it started in the beginning, ending the same
way. It's a shame.
And the backbone of any nation is womanhood, when it comes to morals. And you break
motherhood, you've broke your nation. We've got to a place today till our women smoking
cigarettes, and things like that, and drinking whiskey, and carrying on, and it's--it's disgraceful.
A young man to try to find a wife that's even a virgin, that's moral, he'd have to go around some
good little old Holy Ghost church almost to find one; and that's exactly right, where a man just kept
her in and things like that, and got a little decency about her.
You might think that's crazy, but, brother, you look it over and find out, and see if that isn't the
truth. It's a disgrace. All right.
Them was the sons of God which are at... Now, that, I can explain my... When--when I know if...
I had another question today; they say, "Why, Brother Bill, the Bible said Eve said, 'I have got a
son from the Lord.'" Exactly right. It had to come from the Lord. The Lord's only Creator there is.
He... God created the devil. How's that? God created the devil. God created every fallen angel
there is. Is that right? Why, certainly. That was their choice, not His. He created you; what are you
doing about it? You'll be judged the same as they are. There you are. Certainly.
These were sons of God, but they had fallen from grace and had come into these beastly men,
and run out and lust. When they seen women, they just got them. Why, they're still here. The
immorality of America is full of... A man without the Spirit of God, would throw a baby out of a
mother's arms and ravish her. Without God, he's not--he's not much better than a beast. He's still
got that beast, ungodly nature. And a man with... They say, "Religion takes you... so a man go
crazy over religion." Religion's the only thing that can give a man his right mind, that is, the religion
of Jesus Christ.
I could prove by the Bible that you're not in your right mind till you've found Christ. That's right.
That's pretty strong, but I can prove that by the Scripture. That's right. You become beastly, lustly,
and everything until you've found Christ Jesus. He's the lovely One.
Now, I'll admit that people study too much, and try to go too far ahead, and try to think too hard,
and sometimes have mental breakdowns and things on account of studying about the Lord. You
must quit that. You don't have to do that. The only thing you have to do is fall in love with Him, and
just go right on loving Him. Amen. It's not trying to push into something or make yourself
something you're not; just go ahead and let God use you the way He wants to use you. Just yield
yourself; commit yourself and walk on, happy, singing, rejoicing. That's the way.
The Bible said, "All things work together for good to them that love Him." So just be sure that you
love Him; that's the only thing you have to know. Amen. Just love Him and walk on. Say, "Lord, I
love You; You know I love You."
"You love this?"
"No, Sir, I love You, Lord." See?
Say, "Well, don't you want to be... Wouldn't you like to be a great preacher? Wouldn't you like to
be this?"
"No. Now, Lord, what... If You want me to be, I will. If You don't... Amen. I'll be right here, just a
doormat at this church."
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"Well, now, I believe if you do something like this the people would think a lot more of your
church."
"I don't care what the people think; I want to know what You think, Lord. I--I'll just stay right with
You, what You tell me to do. I love all them, sure."
"Well, now, you know Sister So-and-so; you don't love her." "Yes, I do, Lord. Yes, I sure do. I love
her."
"Why?"
"'Cause You love her, and You're in me. And I have to love her, 'cause it's You in me loving her
out of me." Whew. That will get it.
But I think that that was those beasts that fell in there, that's the lustly beast that fell. See?
11. Does the "sons of God" mean Angels or spirits from heaven?
That was the person's question. All right. I believe that they wasn't Angels. See, they were beings,
sons of God, like the Scripture says. Not angels, they were sons of God. And they come from
heaven to the earth, and was put into flesh, not pressed themselves into flesh. I believe all flesh is
born sexual outside of Jesus Christ. I believe He's the only virgin-born Being that ever was: Jesus
Christ. And I--I don't agree with Josephus on that, on the great historian. But I do believe that they
were supernatural beings that come down and took over the spirit of men. And I believe they're
right here yet today, still walking around in Jeffersonville today, them same beastly, lustfully,
ungodly spirits, that live right in human beings.
Now, someday these men will die; and if there's another generation, they'll come right down on
them. Remember, God takes His man but never His Spirit; this is the same Holy Spirit that they
received on Pentecost.
It's the same devil in religious forms that persecuted the Christ, is the same devils that's in church
today, wearing long robes. And they don't have to wear... I don't mean the robe over their body; I
mean the robe on your soul. See, "Why, the days of miracles is past; there's no such a thing as..."
You talk about modern Pharisees, just exactly.
However, the Bible said, "They'll have a form of godliness, but would deny the power of it. From
such turn away; get away from it. Stay away; keep yourself away." That's still them sons of God,
but they're in a fallen condition. See what I mean? Some of them are ministers; some of them are
deacons; some of them are elders; some of them are bishops, just as pious as they can be. But
the Bible said...
Now, I'm going to answer the question, brother, that you asked me awhile ago. Somebody said:
12. Brother Branham, I want to know the place where I can tie down and say "This man has the
Holy Ghost because he did this, or this woman has the Holy Ghost because she did that."
There's not a way in the world for you to know it. That's right. There's not a way in the world for
you to know it. God is the Judge; we are not to judge. See? Just preach the Gospel; live...
A fellow come to me here sometime ago; I was preaching about... I said the other night. He come
up to my house; he said, "Brother Branham, brother, I want--I want--I wanted to be... I want to get
rid of my sins. I want to be a Christian." He set on my porch.
He said, "I heard about a great man, an internationally-known man by the name of Billy Graham."
He said, "I went to his meetings and--and--and he said, 'All that wants to become a Christian, hold
up your hand and accept Christ as personal Saviour.' So I raised up my hand. He said, 'Now, all
stand have a prayer.' So I stayed and prayed just (Pardon me.)--just as sincere as I could be." He
said, "And," said, "didn't do me any good."
He said, "Then I went down to--to Oral Roberts' meeting." He said, "I heard of him, and I heard
they all had such joy." Said, "I went down to Oral Roberts and I asked him, 'What must I do to
become a Christian?' He said, 'You get back in there...' I told him I had held up my hand at Billy
Graham's. He said, 'You stay in that inquiry room in there until you're so happy you speak with
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tongues.'" He said, "I went in there and I prayed till I spoke with tongues." Said, "I come out, didn't
do me any good."
He said, "And then I went to another meeting, and they told me I hadn't been sanctified yet, said I
have to get sanctified and get happy and shout, get enough joy. So I prayed and prayed till I--I
shouted, but yet still..."
I said, "Brother, every one of those things are correct; every one of them are good. Holding up
your hand, speaking with tongues, shouting, I believe in every bit of it, but yet that's not the thing.
See, it's accepting the Person, Christ Jesus." See? See, it's not...
These things are attributes. Shouting, speaking in tongues, running, shouting, crying, praying,
whatever, that's just attributes that follow. The first thing is to accept the Person, Christ Jesus.
See? So there's no--there's no evidence that we could say. Because a man cries? I've seen man
cry and cry, and cry crocodile tears, and he's still just as big a sinner as he could be.
Listen, Jesus has nothing but sheep. Is that right? The shepherd knows his sheep. Anybody in
here ever hear a goat cry? Brother, you better be a shepherd if you want to know the difference. A
goat will cry just exactly like a sheep. Uh-huh. Let a little old billy goat get hung up out there
somewhere, and a little sheep on one side going "Baa," and then "Baa," just the same.
And I've heard them down at the altar just a-crying and crying, "O God..." sobbing away like that,
"O God..." and a goat all the time. That's right. Shouting? Well, my, I've seen them shout till they
just... And they run across the floor and jump up-and-down and shout...
Now, you say, "Brother Branham, you don't believe in crying." Don't take me wrong. Sure, I
believe in crying. But I'm saying that's not no evidence (See?), 'cause they both cry. I've seen
them shout just as hard as they could shout. Yes, sir. And just a-carrying on like that... There's a
long ways; you know what I'm talking about. I've heard them speak with tongues, go out and live
any kind of a life, just do anything. That was no sign.
But you say, "Well, you're against it."
No, I'm, not. I believe in speaking in tongues; it's God's gift in the church. If I'd take it out, I'd take a
part of God out. If I take my tongue--my tongue out of my body here, I wouldn't have a complete
body. The Body of Jesus Christ has tongues in it. The Body of Jesus Christ here has tongues; and
you take it out, take part of Christ out. But you still can't say that that's the body. See, see, see?
But it's accepting the Person Christ Jesus, and these other things come right on in and they fit
together. Let every member in this body this morning, let this little group of people, if we could pull
the curtains down along on each side and every person in here receive the Person Christ Jesus,
there wouldn't never be a fuss; there would never be no argument. There'd just be a perfect love.
Yet you'd still believe this and believe that, but it'd just be so full of love, you'd just... See? That's it.
Now, Jesus said, "By their fruit you shall know them." And the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
long-suffering, goodness, meekness, gentleness.
Now, I'm going to... I'll give you my estimation of what I think that the closest thing to an evidence
that a man is a Christian, than anything I know of. You know what it is? It's travail of soul, a person
that's always so hungering and thirsting for God. They just simply... Day and night they--they just
can't stand it. They--they--they got to do something for God. They--they're full of love and they're
just a soul-travail, just travailing all the time. The Bible said, "He that goeth forth sowing in tears
will doubtless return again, rejoicing, bringing with him precious sheaves." Is that right? All those
things...
Now, look, if there's... If this church... If I'd say, this morning in this little group of people and I...
God say, "Now look, William Branham, I'm going to make you answer for that group of people,
what you tell them. Now, do you want them all to shout?"
"Sure, I want them to shout."
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"Do you want them all to speak with tongues?"
"I want every one of them to."
"Do you want them all to dance in the Spirit?"
"I want every one of them to."
"All right, well, that's very good, but what would you rather have them to do?" Uh-huh.
"I'd rather have a church that had such a burden on their heart for prayer that they just stayed at
this altar and would be here day and night, and everything else; and in their house, was constantly
in prayer, and humble, and trying to get people to come to God, and making calls at the hospital,
and visiting the sick, and trying to get people to come to church and do right. I'd rather have that
than all the other put together; although the other is right, it belongs in the church."
But if I had to have it, I'd put that first. 'Cause if you've got that, the other will take place. Uh-huh.
See? If you've got that, if you'll just get so hungry for God, shouting will take place. If you got so
hungry for God, speaking in tongues will take place. If you got so hungry for God, you'll just keep
on hungering, keep yourself. Now, you go to seeing yourself getting indifferent, just remember,
look out, there's another spirit trying to work itself in there. Stay right before God, humble, with
travail of soul. Just be all that good old fashion...
I can prove by the Bible that the first time the Angel of God went over the lands to seal with the
Holy Ghost; He only sealed those who cried and sighed for the abominations done in the city:
Ezekiel the 9th chapter. Is that right? Set a seal upon the forehead of those who sigh and cry for
the abominations that's done in the city.
Now, I want to ask you a question. I'll ask you this question. (Now, we'll close just as quick as I
can.) What would take place today if the Holy Ghost went through Jeffersonville, New Albany, and
Louisville, to seal those this afternoon who would be at home, "God, send a revival, just so hungry
for a meeting. O God, look at the sins of the city. Oh, isn't it terrible, God? Oh, won't You please
send a revival, God. Send some good preacher, send someone. O Lord, let the Holy Ghost just...
"Where--where would He seal? Think of that?
Now, "Well, Brother Branham, what do you mean?"
I mean this, and I say this now reverent, walking on brittle threads. I believe that day is about
finished; them that's in is in. See? The doors are closing together; you don't have that burden no
more.
Billy Graham's had meetings all across the country, and Oral Roberts, and all the rest of us. We've
cried, and prayed, and prayed, and everything else. But you see, the doors are closing. "Let him
that's filthy" I'm quoting Scripture, "be filthy still. Let him that's righteous, righteous still. Him that's
holy, holy still." And I believe the doors of the Gentiles is closing together. See? The day, the time,
the season is just about over, just a few more to come in. The reason you can't have no kind of a
meeting like that, there's no travail of soul. You don't--you don't get that burden.
I remember years ago. You always heard them talk about the sawdust trails and things in the
Tabernacle. That didn't make it any more, not a bit more. But then it was fresh; God was calling
His church. I've seen them sob and cry and lay on the altar all night long. I've went to their houses,
and you could hear them when you come up, just in their--in their bedchamber, men and women,
crying, "O God..."
You'd see them walk through the church, and I'd see the piano start playing, "Jesus Keep Me Near
The Cross," and the tears flowing down there, you know. [Brother Branham sniffles--Ed.] Walk into
this church, then walk down to another church, and hear them there, "There's a precious
Fountain..." "O God, save my boy. Save my daughter; she's lost, Lord. Please."
You don't find that no more. What's the matter? The Spirit of God is withdrawed. Jesus said,
predicted this, that the love... because the love of many... the love would fail. "That because
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iniquity would abound, the love of many would fail." See? See, grow cold, go away... The love is
dying away. And what they got into, just a form; beat the piano up-and-down real hard, and holler
"Glory to God. Hallelujah. Praise the Lord." See, like that, it's just a form. Don't fool yourself
(See?), just to fool yourself. See, doesn't matter until we... I go like this, I'm talk...
Now, I'm not talking about our Tabernacle; I'm talking about what I find around the United States.
It's become just a form, just kind of acting what we used to have. And that travail of soul, it's just
about over. O brother, sister, God, have mercy on us, well, God have mercy.
Look at these revivals and things just a-pounding and pounding and pounding, and the Gospel
being preached more clear, it's... Look at it today, just as soon as a revival closes, away they go.
You know what?
Let me say this. I don't know why I can't get away from this. But look, Jesus said, "The Kingdom of
heaven is like unto a man who took a net and cast into the sea. And when he had took in, he took
several species of the sea, of course. He took in turtles; he took in snakes; and he took in
crawfish, water bugs, fish. See? And I believe the net...
Now, look. Here's a turtle and here's a fish. That turtle can't help because he's a turtle; he was a
turtle to begin with. His nature is a turtle and that's all there was to it. (Now, remember, I--I said I
was going...?...) See, he's a turtle to begin with; he's a turtle now. He's a snake to begin with; he's
a snake now. If he's a waterbug to begin with...
And I believe the net has been throwed and throwed and throwed, till just about all the fish has
been taken out of the pond.
That's the reason they say, "Yeah, I held my hands up. Yeah, glory to God. I want to be saved.
Praise the Lord." And a couple days later, "Oh, Liddie, you know that stuff is not--nonsense. I
guess it was right." Why? The nature in here is a waterbug to begin with; was a serpent, to start.
The fish is just about combed out of the lake now. The net will be dried. Jesus will come; He'll take
His fish in then. See what I mean? Oh, if there's one speck of Christianity in you, if there's one
speck of desire for you to serve God, hold it just as tight as you can this morning and cherish it
with all your heart.
"Sons of God taken unto them daughters of men." Sure they were sons of God. Today they're still
sons of God, but they're fallen sons of God, some of them, Scripturally (Whew.) How they can
speak the Scripture. They're sons of God. You know, Satan was God's right-hand man. You know,
he knows more about the Scripture than any--any theologian--theologian in the world today. Talk
about... He's turning seminaries upside down, especially this Baptist one over here saying that--
that "Jesus Christ was born of a Roman, or a German soldier." I got a book on that; I want to show
it to you some of these days. All right.
Quickly, Exodus... Oh, they'd a-never got that unless you put it back. I'll get them right quick now.
I know I'm taking a lot of your time. You all bear with me just a few minutes longer? [Congregation
says, "Amen!"--Ed.]
13. Are the one hundred and forty-four thousand, mentioned in Revelation, the Jewish remnant
that we... will be part of the rapture of the church? (over) Is not Israel, of the beginning of the...?...
(I'm sorry.)... goes into the time--time of the...
I'm sorry, just a minute till I get this made out. It--it's went through; it's pushed through on the
paper.
... to come to pass during the one thousand years of--of Christ rather than that man can live as do
these modern religious fellows. Yes, sir.
Now, just a minute to get this right. The question is:
Is the one hundred and forty-four thousand, which we are a remnant of...
I want to correct on that one first, just to be sure that you... See, the one hundred and forty-four
thousand...
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Is the one hundred and forty-four thousand, mentioned in Revelations, the Jewish remnant that
will be a part of the rapture of the church? Is the one hundred and forty-four thousand...
Now, just... I'm--I'm... I want to get this clear in my mind 'fore I start on it.
Are the one hundred and forty-four thousand, mentioned in Revelation, the Jewish remnant that
will be part of the rapture of the church?
I want to get that first. The one hundred and forty-four thousand is the Jewish remnant, but not the
raptured church. See? Look over now in Revelations the 6th chapter, you'll see then.
Then we'll get the other part on the other--other side and they have another question in there.
Notice these things.
All right, look here now, Revelation 6, now, that's where you find it. See? Now, we're going to
begin; he goes ahead and talks about the horse riders, and so forth, going forth. "When he opened
the..." Let's get the 9th verse of the 6th chapter of Revelation.
And when he had opened the fifth seal,...
I'm--I'm--I'm wrong; I'm in the wrong chapter. It's the 7th chapter.
... after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth,...
Oh, what a beautiful question, and what a little time to get into it and have prayer for the sick.
... after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four
winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow upon the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
And I saw another angel descending from heaven, having the seal of the living God:...
Oh, be sure, this is a wonderful question. See? Now, that's a dramatic picture; John set out here
away from the earth now, in Spirit, looking back to the earth. And he saw four angels standing on
the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth.
Now, "winds" in the Bible... I haven't got time to run the Scriptures for you. But we can get to this. If
it isn't answered correctly, then I'll get it some other time. The four... The "winds" in the Bible
means "wars and strife." Like in Job's time, you remember, winds came down and--and took the
sons. And you know what I mean; it--it's--it's trouble. See?
... and I saw four angels... (four angels or four messengers)... they were standing on the ends of
the... or four corners of the earth, holding the four winds
... and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to--to hurt the earth and
the sea. (Now, that's the coming of the Lord, what he's speaking of. See?)
Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our
God in their foreheads... (servants).
Now, remember, the Church is not His servants. We are His sons, not His servants. The Jew is
always His servant. The Church has never been His servants; it's been His children. See? The
servants:
And I heard the number of them... were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and
four thousand all of the tribes of the children of Israel. (Now, look, all Jews.)
Now, watch.
Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand... the tribe of Reuben... twelve... the tribe of
Gad... twelve
... Aser... twelve... And of... Nepthalim... twelve... (and--and on down.)
... Simeon... twelve... And--and... Aser... twelve...
And... Zabulon... twelve... And... Benjamin... twelve...
And twelve tribes of Israel, so twelve times twelve is what? A hundred and forty-four thousand.
Now, watch, all of the tribes of the children of Israel. Now watch, them were servants of God.
Now, maybe I can make this clear. Now, watch.
After this... behold, and, lo, and I saw a great multitude, which no man could number... (Now,
here's another group. See?)... of all nations,... kindreds,... tongues, and people, stand before the
throne, and before the Lamb, having white... having... Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms
in their hands;
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And they cried with a loud voice, saying,... (Listen to this Holy Ghost meeting.)... Salvation to our
God that setteth upon the throne, and to the Lamb.
And all the angels... and around about--about the throne, and about the elders and the four
beasts,... fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,
Saying, Amen: Blessing,... glory,... wisdom,... thanksgiving,... honour,... power,... might, be unto
our God for ever and ever. Amen.
And one of the elders... (Now, watch, now, that was... John was in the vision.)... one of the elders
said... answered me, said unto me, What are these... (Now, John was a Jew and he seen the
twelve tribes of Israel; he knowed them)... But what are these which are arrayed in white robes?
and whence cometh they? Where'd they come from? Now, you've seen the Jews; you know them
every one; you numbered them off in tribes and told how many thousand were sealed. But who
are these of every kindred, tongue, and nation? Where'd they come from?
And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest.
John, in other words, "I don't know where they come from. I'm a Jew, and I'm standing here, and I
see my--my people and see them that's here."
And he said unto me, These are they which have come out of the great tribulation,... (See?)... the
great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood... (not the
membership of the churches)... but in the blood of the Lamb. (See?)
Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in the temple:...
Now, where does Mrs. Branham serve me at? In the house. That's the Bride. Mrs. Neville, that's
where she stays: in the house serving you. That's where the Bride at, not the servants, the Bride
serve.
... in the temple: and they... sitteth upon the throne shall dwell with them.
And they shall hunger no more,... (They missed a few meals, looked like, didn't they, when they
was here)... hunger no more, neither shall they thirst... neither shall the sun light on them, nor any
heat.
For the Lamb which is in the midst of them shall lead them and feed them, and shall lead them into
the--to the living... (Just a minute)... living fountains of water: and God shall wipe... all tears...
(That's a crying bunch that got in there.)... from their eyes. (See?)
Now, notice, they were hungered and thirsted, and cried, and moaned, and begged, they come
out of tribulation (said, "Look at that bunch of holy-rollers; oh, they're crazy.")... Oh, my. Yeah.
See? But they cried and they begged; they didn't fuss and stew. And they just cried and begged.
And see, and they was all kindreds, tongues, and nations.
Now, the hundred and forty-four thousand of the Jews. Abraham was God's servant. The Jews
has always been God's servants. The Gentile has never been His servant.
Now, just... I have to hurry through this now, 'cause I got two or three more. And I'll hurry just as
quick as I can, and not to try to overrun these. But I'll come right back and get them again next
Sunday (if the Lord willing) and spend more time on them.
But look. Now, he saw all four corners of the earth. There's a Angel standing on the four corners of
the earth. Now, you say, "I thought it was round." That don't keep it from having four corners. You
see? All right.
Now, "On four corners of the earth, holding the four winds." In other words, here went the winds
blowing in the wars and strife to come all over the world. When did that ever happen? Never until
the First World War. "Holding the winds," and they were striving, going in to take over.
And now, here come another One. Now, if you'll watch and refer that Angel, He's the same Angel
that come out in Ezekiel 9, when the men come from hinder their gates with slaughtering weapons
and was going through Jerusalem to slaughter the Jews. You remember? He said, "Hold it. Hold it.
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Stop it, till you go through the city and put a mark on every forehead that sighs and cries for the
abominations done in the city." Is that right?
Then after He did that, then He let them go in and slaughter. That was the persecution under
Titus. Now, you see, he's the same Angel come forth again, coming from the east, from where
Jesus shall come, and He has the Seal of the living God. Glory.
Now, what is the Seal of the living God? Oh, if that ain't a big dispute in the world today. Some
say it's keeping the sabbath day, and some says it's for doing this and that. But the Bible said the
Holy Spirit is the Seal of God. Ephesians 4:30 says, "Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God whereby
you're sealed until the day of your redemption." See? All right. It's the Holy Spirit.
Then what come? Now, look. Oh, when I think of this, my heart jumps. Now, He said, "Hold the
four winds until (in other words) we seal the servants of our God in their forehead (The servants,
the Jews.)." John turned and said, "I seen a hundred and forty-four thousand sealed away." Now,
the winds all started in, and they would've covered the earth and the battle of Armageddon
would've took place in the First World War, but...
Now, I have to get another Scripture here to show you. Jesus talked about the people that, He
said, "Some come in at one hour, and another hour, and there was eleventh-hour people, the
eleventh-hour people." Now, you who are spiritual, read between the lines, 'cause I got to jump
here and hurry. Now, look. "Come in, the eleventh-hour people." And right... Now, the first come in
and received a penny, and the next come in and received a penny, and the eleventh-hour people
got the same penny that they did at the first. Is that right? The eleventh hour...
Now, watch, the Jew is the milepost we're following him now. Now, when the First World War
come, it took every Jew; they scattered to all the nations. Like the first Scripture that today was
asked, how He would scattered them among all nations; there they all are. And here come the
winds coming into Jerusalem, everywhere, a world war.
And He said, "Hold. Stop it, until we have seal the servants of our God." Other words, "We're
ganging them in from all the nations, everywhere, bringing them in, 'cause we got to get them right
in here to seal that hundred and forty-four thousand. Hold it."
And the World War I stopped on the eleventh month of the year, the eleventh day in the month,
the eleventh hour in the day, that the eleventh-hour people could come in, the last call for the Jew.
And he's going to receive the same baptism of the Holy Ghost that they got back at the beginning
back yonder at Pentecost, be baptized the same way, and everything, the eleventh-hour people
moving in.
He said, "Hold it now, until we have sealed."
"How long You going to hold it?"
"Until we have sealed the servants of our God." Now, we--we're sealing the Gentiles; they've been
sealed away, thousands times thousands through these persecutions and tribulations; they're
sealed away. But wait a minute, just a minute. Don't let the per... Don't let the time come till we
seal these servants." And he sealed a hundred and forty-four thousand. Then the winds was let
loose again.
Now, notice, and since the First World War there has constantly been a persecution against the
Jew. Up raised Hitler for the Second World War, and when he did, he begin to... What? He was
going to tear the whole world right around. Is that right? He was going to tear it up, and right
around. Yes, he was.
Everything had to be Communism. Do you remember when they was going to put me in this jail
down here? I was a-preaching this same thing down here at the...?... Hall that night (Yes, sir.),
saying, "There'll be three isms. And they'd all heap up in one ism, and that ism will bring forth a
persecution that would send Jesus Christ to the earth again." That's exactly so. That was
Communism, and--and Hitler and--and Nazi, and so forth; and how that Fascism of Mussolini, and
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Hitler, and Stalin. I said, "One of them will take the place of it. I don't know which one it'll be, but I
believe it'll be the king of the north." Surely you remember those things and how those has been
taught in here; and Brother Mahoney, you all from way back there though...
And they said, "If you preach that..."
And on this N.R.A. thing, I said, "That's not no mark of the beast, certainly not. It's a religious
boycott, not that." I said, "That's just a forerunner to get the people ready, and knowing that it's just
beginning. Right here is the beginning of sorrow; right here's where we start in. Right here is when
the--when the time begins to set close. Now, notice, there at that time..."
Now, the persecution come upon the Jews, and they begin to persecute them from every nation
and drive them right into Jerusalem. Is that right? Every one, they're going right... And you will
have a hundred and forty-four thousand. Look over here a little farther in Revelations where
John...
Mr. Bohanon down here said to me, said, "I couldn't read that Revelation." Said, "There was the
Bride standing on the Mount Sinai." Said, "There was the Bride up yonder in heaven." And said,
"There was the Bride, and the water... dragon spurting water out of his mouth to make war with
her." He said...
I said, "Mr. Bohanon, first thing of it is, you've got the wrong thing, calling it the Bride." I said, "The
Jews will stand on Mount Sinai, the hundred and forty-four thousand. The Bride, correctly, was in
heaven with Jesus. And the dragon that spurted water out of his mouth will make war with the
remnant of the woman's seed," That was this group here that had to go down, not that. See? The
remnant of the woman's seed, the sanctified church, without receiving the Holy Ghost, that's the
ones he make war with. See?
Here they are, there's three tribes. Always keep them three in mind. And here we seen, around,
this hundred and forty-four thousand around that great redeemed Bride. And just remnant was left,
there they are; there's the Jews; there's sealed a hundred and forty-four thousand. Here's the ones
that's sanctified that refused to get the Holy Ghost. The church will persecute against... The--the
Roman church and them will persecute them. But the Bride's already raptured and in heaven.
There they are, placed exactly the way the Bible said they would be. See?
So the hundred and forty-four thousand are Jews, God's servants. And when the Holy Ghost
Gospel is preached to them, and they receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost just exactly like they
did in the beginning, the Gentile dispensation is finished, the church is sealed away, the rapture
comes.
The Gentile day, the Gospel's been preached everywhere, hammered amongst the Gentiles,
pulling the seine, trying to get every fish there is in the water to come in. And look at them, the
biggest...?... The haul was all turtles and water spiders, and so forth. Just as soon as the revival's
over they go right back out in the world again. The fish is almost already strung up. See what I
mean?
The Gospel's been preached. You don't hear no more crying, no more moaning, no more sighing,
crying for the baptism of the Holy Spirit. They like to come in, lay their little hands on them by the
hundreds, and they carry on and dance, maybe, or something another like that. That's all right, but
that's just the attributes.
The Person Christ Jesus produces the real thing, and keeps that person secured in Christ until He
comes. There He is. And now, and that's why there's no more crying; the doors is just about shut.
The message has went forth; it's about its last time, just a few to pull like that to get into the
Kingdom of God. The doors are closing.
Then what's the next thing? The Jews has got to receive the Holy Ghost and be baptized in the
Name of Jesus Christ. Along they persecuted and made fun of; and there, as soon as the Holy
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Ghost is represented to them, they receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost. The Gentile Church is
raptured. And those who refused, and just walked under justification, the dragon, the Roman
power, spurts the water, which will unite with Communism, and take the church into a persecution
like that. There they are pictured exactly.
Oh, brother, when we see it coming, that's the reason I'm praying. That's the reason I'm crying to
God, "Lord, let me get to those Jews. Let me start in down there in Africa, work with a few of those
Gentiles and Mohammedans. Let me go over here in India and try to produce and show to them
the real Lord Jesus Christ with His powers, miracles, His Baptism, everything, and the Holy
Ghost." Then when they come to Jerusalem...
Brother Beeler, this was what you was asking about. When they come to Jerusalem and stand out
there, and say, "Now, if Jesus is the Son of God that raised from the dead, He knows the things
just like He did back there in the beginning; He can produce the same Life that He did back there.
And if He does, will you accept Him as your personal Saviour?" And then show that God by His
great powers and things of His resurrected power, He's with us.
Then when they do that, say, "Now, you that have received Him as your personal Saviour..." I
hope there'll be thousands of them. Say, "The same Holy Ghost that fell on the day of Pentecost is
right here for you."
Then the Gospel goes back to the Jews right there at that time. Then there'll be a revival amongst
those Jews right there that'll carry thousands and tens of thousands and... a hundred and forty-
four thousand into the Kingdom of God, will be sealed by the sealing Angel.
I trust that He's coming from the east. That's the way He is from us now, with His seal in His hand.
Then, oh, I want to be gathered in there. "I've sent a persecution here and a persecution there,
and I've run the Jews and drove them as hard as I could. And they've drove back in. Many Jews in
the United States (which they won't escape from) has already received the Holy Ghost. But I've
got all of the hundred and forty-four thousand standing there that's going to receive the baptism of
the Holy Ghost."
And right there, as soon as that sealing Angel begins to seal that hundred and forty-four thousand,
the Gentile Church door is closed, and the Jews take the Holy Ghost to the Jews. And they'll have
a revival that'll sweep the entire world. Hallelujah. And the power of God will be manifested
amongst the Jews. Oh, how marvelous. Whew. Oh, my.
Let me see right quick. Isaiah, we got that sons of God. Now, let's see.
Is the Israel...
See if you could read that, brother. I... It was kind of run together; he rubbed it out a couple times.
It's hot... looking for another one if you will, please...
[Brother Neville reads the following question--Ed.]:
14. Is not Isaiah's meaning of the beating of the swords into plowshares to come to pass during
the one-thousand-year reign of Christ, rather than something that man can bring as so many
modern religionists tell us?
Ever who you are, my dear brother or sister... Looks like a man's handwrite. But anyhow, ever who
you are, you are exactly right. That's when the plowshares will be beat--or when the swords will be
beat into plowshares. That'll bring forth the millennium reign. And all those modernistic religious
cults that's going around trying to educate people into the Kingdom of God... That'll be when God
Himself will come in the supernatural Being and in the supernatural power, to a supernatural-
believing people, and will receive a supernatural power that'll mold God's sons. Hallelujah. It'll
never be no more reading, writing, arithmetic. It'll be by the power of the resurrection of Jesus
Christ. Then the world will study war no more.
Every nation today, every power, every kingdom is controlled by the devil. The Bible says so. And
one of these days the kingdom of this world will become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His
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Christ, and He will rule and reign a thousand years upon the earth. And rapture the church...
Exactly, that's exactly right, dear reader.
The hundred and forty-four thousand is servants. The great number which no man could...
Multitudes which no man could number are the Gentiles.
Just a minute now, one more little thing on there. I can't... I'll just have congregational prayer then
in a few minutes. Look here, I think this is more important right now. I want to pray for the sick, but
we'll hurry up. Instead of having discernment, we'll just go right through. I want to ask you
something. Is there even another one? I'll just have to take this and get it next Sunday, I guess.
Look, friends, on this, how beautiful... Look, want you to watch now closely, this person who
asked this question. The hundred and forty-four thousand, now, that is the servants; they'll serve.
If you noticed, positionally, in the old Scripture...
Always look at the shadow if you want to see what the positive is. That's right. Look back yonder,
see what it is. Now, that's vice versa since the Cross, and look what the positive is if you want to
see what the shadow is. Back there, it was leaning up to the Cross; we had to look back there to
see the shadow, to see what the Cross would be; now you have to look from the Cross, to look
back and see what the shadow is. See? Look what Christ was in the days when He was here on
earth; what He was then He is now. This is His shadow. See what I mean? You know, in the
beginning when I explained it, that's what it is. Now, if I'm looking from back there, I have to look
what the shadow was to find out what this will be, what the cross was.
Now, one day there was sin in Israel, and there was a man by the tribe of the name of Levi. They
pulled their swords, and they went with Moses to the camp, and they destroyed everything that
was sin. Is that right? God looked down and said, "Because you did this and stood for Me, your--all
these others will serve you. You go right into the temple as priests." Is that right? "You stay right in
the temple, and the rest of them will work and will bring in a tenth and take care of you." Is that
right?
Oh, hallelujah. If you can see what that temple was, that the Levites was the Bride. Now, when sin
is a-wakening on every hand, the Levites is pulling their swords. The Holy Ghost born Bride is
standing out, saying, "Jesus Christ in the positive is Jesus Christ in the negative, just the same.
Sin is still sin; it's wrong to do these things." That's right; they're standing there with a Sword.
God says, "Come ye now, the blessed of My Father." That is the Bride.
There's the servants, and look where the servants was camped. Twelve on this side... I mean,
four on this side, four on that side, four on that side, and four on that side: twelve tribes. The
twelve tribes are the hundred and forty-four thousand. Look in the Book of Revelation; he saw the
city with its twelve foundations. Upon each gate was a name of an apostle, and twelve gates. And
around it was the twelve tribes (Hallelujah.), setting around.
And in there was the Redeemed (Hallelujah.): black, white, yellow, brown, and all that's Blood-
washed will be His servants, He said they'll be with Him. They'll... The sun will not fall on them any
more; they'll not hunger nor thirst any more; and through a great ceaseless age will they live and
reign with Christ forever: Him, the King, and them, the Queen, rule and reign forever.
The Lord bless you. Amen. I'll keep these; God willing, I'll be right back with them again (See?),
maybe tonight, and answer them tonight or whenever Brother... We'll get together and talk it. The
Lord bless you. You love Him with all your heart?
Oh, I want to see Him, want to look upon His face,
There to live forever by His saving grace;
On the streets of Glory let me lift my voice;
When cares all pass, home at last, ever to rejoice. (Oh, my.)
As I travel through this land, singing as I go,
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A pointing souls to Calvary, to the crimson flow, (not--not to the church; to Calvary)
That's where we're pointing: not to some theology, but to the crimson flow, to Jesus Christ. "The
life is in the blood," and He is the Blood of God which is our Life that lives in us now. "Blest be the
tie that binds."
While we're going to pray for the sick, I want a--a special right now. I want Sister Gertie and her
daughter, if they will, to come here. And this is the original old song; I want you to sing it for me,
"Only Believe." I remember, was walking in that door, and this song has followed me all across the
nations. And I--I want them to sing; she was the first one to play it, the first when I heard it. A
buddy of mine wrote it, Paul Rader. And before we pray for the sick, I want them to sing it while
God's blessings rest upon the people for the sick.
We've taken a lot of time. I'm sorry, Brother Neville. God bless you. Do you love questions? I do.
Oh, and them were real good ones; they were just so good. And there's just another bunch. And,
really, some of them hasn't been thoroughly went through yet. Oh, there's just so much to go
through them. May the Lord bless.
All of you keep your mind on Christ now, and let's change from the questions back to Divine
healing. How many's here to be prayed for? Let's see your hands, wants to be prayed for. All right,
we're going to bring them forth and pray for them just in a moment, soon as our sisters sings this
beautiful song. While they're making ready, hanging right above you now is the promise; this is His
Bible.
[Sister Gertie and her daughter sing "Only Believe."--Ed.]
Only believe, only...
Now, you who are sick, move up around the altar now, if you will.
All things are possible, only believe;
Only believe, only believe,
All things are possible, only believe.
[Brother Branham begins humming "Only Believe."--Ed.] Now, heavenly Father, we're so thankful
today for this Scripture and for this song, "Only Believe." We can hear You say to the father who
had the boy with epilepsy, "Only believe, for all things are possible."
Now, we pray, God, as these people are coming to the altar to be prayed for, seeing that we are
here, negative, just the negative; the positive is just around us, the immortal Spirit that was upon
us shall never die. It will be all through the ceaseless ages. And we go forth now as Your anointed
servant to help our fellow man to receive help, for only one alternative, Father, that is that they
would glorify You. And now, may each one standing here at the altar this morning, sick, suffering,
now may the Holy Spirit grant healing to every one of them.
And we as Your little--little flock, that the sisters was just singing of, "Fear not, little flock," we
know, Lord, it's Your good will to give the Kingdom to those. And we know that You're always
near, for You said, "Wherever two or three would gather in My Name, I'll be in their midst.
Whatever they ask, I'll give it."
Now, according to the Word of God which cannot fail, God's Word, grant healing to everyone,
Lord. And they're standing here, waiting. As we go to anoint with oil, and to lay hands upon, and to
ask for deliverance, may each of them go to their seats, back to their homes, praising You,
normally, perfectly, and well, and return again tonight, Lord, at the service, giving praise and glory
to God for their healing. Grant it, Lord.
And while we have our heads bowed:
Brother Neville, come with me, if you will. I want Brother Fleeman, and Brother... deacon, or
somebody here, and Brother Cox, you all come here and help me. It's all of the deacons here of
the church is what I'm calling for just at this time.
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And as we pray for them, you can help them if you will. Now, I want every one in here to be real
sincere. And as we pray for the sick, I want you to pray with us.
I see a little boy setting back there now, awhile ago walked out in the hall there and had a
hemorrhage. And the Lord Jesus so wonderfully stopped the blood right. See? His mercy be
praised, His Name be honored. Just see how many has recovered in the last few days.
Just think, the very Lord Jesus that was back there in the days of the apostles is right here now.
And it's just winding up the end of the Gentiles. A great move is going amongst the supernatural
believers, 'cause we believe that God is here.
Just think, your--your glorified body's right here at the Tabernacle now, the Presence of the Holy
Spirit which is your glorified condition. You're glorified in Christ right now. "Those who He justified,
He glorified." And your own glorified body is standing near you right now in Christ Jesus to give to
you a strength like a charge going into a battery. The Holy Spirit's in you. It's to charge your body
to give you new strength, to heal you from the sickness that you've got, to make you well.
Now, I want the church, if they will, with our sisters, if they'll sing that song through again. Now,
each one of you at the altar...
Now, friends, if I am a deceiver, I'm ignorant of the fact. I am trying to be a Christian, and with all
my heart I'm trying to help people. And I'm trying to help you, God's children. And if I--if I love my
heavenly Father, I'll love you, His children. If I don't... If I'm deceiving you, I've tried to deceive
God; you're His children; no one can deceive God. I'm trying to help you.
That's the reason God is a-blessing my efforts. And maybe they're very poor, and some of them
I'm ashamed of, and God knows I'm ashamed of them and repent of my efforts... But I'm doing all
that I can to help God's Kingdom and to help you children of His. Receive Jesus this morning as
your Healer right here at the platform, you'll go back to your seats and to your home and be
normal and well.
Now, if He will heal hundreds here, and thousands and thousands around the world, why wouldn't
He heal you? Just only believe. All right, sisters. Brother Neville, I want you to come and anoint
them. [Brother Branham and brethren pray for the sick. Sister Gertie and her daughter sing "Only
Believe."--Ed.]
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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS - PART 2
Branham Tabernacle
JEFFERSONVILLE.IN SUNDAY 54-0103E
And I'm happy to be here again tonight in the service of our Lord. And now, seeing you all happy
and singing these wonderful old songs, all Spirit filled and so forth, makes us feel real good.
And we're happy to try to take a few moments of the time again tonight to answer a question or
two. We... I kinda taken a lot of your time this morning, but I hope you got the blessing I did just a-
talking about it. It's... You know, we got a lot to talk about, haven't we? And we got a Person to talk
about; that's our Lord Jesus.
Now, Brother Teddy, if I would--if you will, would you just remain up here just a moment. I was told
there was a little sick child in the building.
And before I get started on this... We got Communion, so we want--don't want to take too much
time--and perhaps a baptism. And they... I--I want to--to pray for those who want to be prayed for
first to--to pray for the sick first, before I get started.
And now, if Teddy, if you will, play this song, "The Great Physician Now Is Near." And we're going
to call up the sick and to ask blessings for them here. How many's here to be prayed for tonight?
There was some we missed this morning. Did you get their hands up, if... [Blank.spot.on.tape--
Ed.]... and hear that testimony, and to praise God for all of His goodness. Praise God from whom
all blessings flow. Is that right?
Now, we'll get started right in quickly on these testimonies now, and we're going to try--or, excuse
me, upon questions. And I hope that God will just pour out His blessings in--in this manner.
And now, don't let me go too long on them. Brother Cox, I'm going to call your attention, you and
the deacons setting on the front row, to stop me when I--when it gets about time to give us
Communion (You see?), 'cause I keep them too long. I'll try to go just as fast as I can. And then, if
I don't finish them up this Sunday, I'll get them next Sunday. No, I'll try to get through tonight.
They're such good questions. And I tell you, friends, if it wasn't the revival and things going on, I'd
like to set about a week just on straight Bible teachings of--of Genesis, and Exodus, and
Revelations, and so forth, and--and just have a--a real good time. I love deep Bible questions and
Bible teachings, as long as you don't get off on some mythical something. Just stay right straight in
the plain, old, unadulterated Word of God; It'll take you right on through. Don't you believe that? All
right.
This morning we have some--some of the finest questions, some of them about the hundred and
forty-four thousand, who were they, and what part would they be? And--and about the Bride... And
oh, just many things, and just real deep questions. And I had a few that I didn't get finished.
Now, tonight we're going to start off right here on this one, and ask the Lord to help us. And now,
we can't open the Bible. We can open It like this, but it takes God to open It up really to us. We
can pull the pages. But in the Book of Revelations, when John looked, and he saw One setting
upon the throne, and there was--He had a Book in His hand. And there was no man that was
worthy to take the Book, or to loose the Seals, or even to look thereon. No man in heaven, no man
in earth, or no man beneath the earth, or nowhere was--was worthy. And he seen a Lamb, as It
had been slain from the foundation of the world. And It came and taken the Book out of His hand
and opened the Seals; It was Jesus Christ.
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Now, I was talking to a man this week, a very prominent businessman in the city, who said to me
about going back into Africa and India: he said, "Why, they just got through killing a British general
over there."
I said, "What's that got to do with me?"
He said, "You're going back over there where all that murder's going on, that race riot, and so
forth?"
I said, "Sure, that's where I'm needed, for the Lord wants me to go."
He said, "What if they kill you?"
I said, "Well, if God wants me to be killed, I'll just be killed; that's all."
And he said, "Oh, my." Said, "Brother Branham, you oughtn't to think that. Well," said, "I don't
care. I think you're religious, and I think you're a good man," he said, "but they even killed Jesus
Christ."
I said, "Sure, it was God's will."
He said, "What? God's will?" I... And that man's been going to church (and close to seventy) been
going to church... He was on the cradle roll in a fine church in this city, and has come up, and
never knowed that it was God's will for Jesus to die.
Why, I said, "Brother, He was slain from the foundation of the world, from the very beginning. He
was slain before He even come to the earth." Is that right? He was God's Lamb slain from the
foundation of the earth.
Let's speak to Him just a moment for the questions. Now, Father, we're not worthy, and unable,
we realize, to open the Book or to look thereon. But let the Lamb come now tonight, God's Lamb
that was slain from the foundation of the world, take the things that are God's and present them to
the congregation. May the Holy Spirit carry these words, and may they not be my words or man's
words, but may they be God's Word to every hungry heart, For we ask it in Jesus' Name. Amen.
The first one here (We haven't got them rotated or anything, but just the way they come.), it
seems to be very good. First, how many's interested in questions, let's see your... Well, that's very
fine. Just as long as I know.
15. Now. Does man at death go to heaven or--or to hell immediately, or do they wait for the
judgment?
That's a very good question. And it does--was due a lot of good consideration, because every man
is interested, what is he going to be after this life is over? Every man is interested. Well now, I, for
my part, I--I wouldn't know. I have to answer from the Bible.
I guess a woman run up a fifty dollar phone bill awhile ago from Los Angeles, about thirty-five or
forty minutes, or maybe longer, on long distance, trying to get me to say that it was legal and right
for her to leave her husband and marry another man. I wouldn't do it. No. I said, "No, sir."
She said, "Well, my husband's a sinner, and this man's a Christian."
I said, "That has nothing to do with it. You'll be in adultery as sure as anything."
Said, "Well, I'm a tubercular case, and there's not any need for me to live if I can't have this man."
I said, "You're just infatuated and not in love, because you couldn't be; that's all; 'cause that's your
husband. And you're vowed to live with him until death separates you. Anything else from that
you're in adultery." And so, she just kept hanging on. I said, "Lady, there's no need..."
She said, "If you'll just tell me it's all right."
I said, "I wouldn't do it." I said, "I'm..."
She said, "Well, Brother Branham, we got so much confidence in you."
I said, "Then listen to what I'm trying to tell you. I'm telling you the Truth, for I can't say nothing but
what God said." God said that's true, so that's just exactly the way it is. See? I said, "That's the
way it--it's supposed to be, and that's the way it has to be."
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And now, in these questions, that's the way we want them to be. Now, it's always thought... Now,
in here, you realize in this little handful of people tonight, there's probably all kinds of different
ideas; and we think they're all good, every one of them. Your idea is good, and it's a... But now,
what we do, we have to have somebody... Just like geese, ducks, anything, everything has--bees--
everything has a leader. If the queen bee dies, you know what happens. The leader duck dies,
they have to get them another one. The--they just have to have a leader.
And man's got to have a leader; and the Leader is the Holy Spirit. And the Holy Spirit sets in the
church, first apostles, after that, prophets, and so forth.
Someone said not long ago, said, "Why, Brother Branham, we don't need anybody to teach us.
When the Holy Ghost comes, we don't need anybody to teach." Said, "The Bible says you do not--
not need teaching."
I said, "Then why did the same Holy Spirit set in the church teachers?" See, see? He set the
church in order. He was. We got to have teachers. That's right.
But you oughtn't to have anyone... Don't have to teach you saying, "Thou shalt not commit
adultery; thou shalt not sware, and take..." You already know that. Your very conscience of the
Holy Spirit tells you it's wrong to do that.
But now, as far as Scriptural teaching, it takes a Holy Ghost anointed. That's right. And God has
set the church in order by apostles and prophets, and gifts of healing, and miracles, and so forth.
He set the church in order and put the teachers and so forth in there to guide and direct His
church. And this morning, we--as we said, Jesus over the earth as His Body... And just as His
body moves, it's just like a shadow reflecting to the earth. It'll move with it.
Now, many people... The Adventist people believe that when a man dies that he goes right into
the grave and stays there, soul, body, and everything else, until the resurrection. And their... They
call that soul sleeping. Well, that's all right. It's all right as long as they believe Jesus Christ and is
borned again, that won't hurt them. But now, according to the Scriptures, that when the person
dies, if he's a Christian, if he's borned again, filled with the Holy Spirit, he'll never have to stand in
the judgments of God. See? He goes straight to the Presence of God. And he'll never have to be
in judgment, because he's already... See?
I don't have to stand for what Christ did for me. Now, I was a sinner, but Christ's judgment...
Here's--here's the full thing in a few words: God said, "The day you eat thereof, that day you die."
That settled it.
Now, God's got to keep His Word. He can't do nothing else but keep His Word, because He's
God. Well then, He can't. Then, He... You're separated from God. The... And then, you're borned
in sin, shaped in iniquity, come to the world speaking lies. So when you're borned, you're a sinner
by nature. So there's nothing in the world you can do about it. There's nothing I could do to save
myself or you to save yourself. It's what Christ did for us in God--or what God did for us in Christ.
See? It isn't, well, whether I think this or I do this, it's whether He did that.
Well now, we're in Him. Then He stood God's judgment; He took the judgment. And Him, being
innocent from sin, knowing no sin, yet was made sin for us... So as long as you're in Christ, you
are free from judgment. "When I see the Blood, I'll pass over you." See, see? That's it. The Blood,
that frees you...
Now, the sinner never... The sinner's got to stand judgment. And there won't be but this judgment.
It's just like a--a circle or a rainbow around the world of the Blood of Christ. As long as you're in
here... If God could look upon the earth in it's condition tonight any other way than through the
Blood of Christ, He would destroy it in a second. He'd have to. Certainly He'd have to. That's
where the judgments is coming.
Now, if--as long as a man's under here, no matter if the man is a drunkard, and a gambler, and a
horrible unbeliever, the mercies of God still atones for him. And a woman, she might be, ever what
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she might be, a prostitute or whatever, the Blood of Jesus Christ still atones for her. But the minute
that her soul leaves this body and she goes beyond that, she's passed over mercy into judgment.
God's already judged her. That settles it. She's done. She's judged. She's judged.
You judge yourself by the way you treat God's propitiation there for your sins. See? You judge
yourself. You don't judge Him just enough to forgive you. See? If you think He'll forgive you,
confess your faults, and He'll forgive you.
Then by one Spirit (Notice) we're all baptized into one body. And as that body was raised up by
God, resurrected from the dead, justified, setting at His right hand in power and majesty in heaven,
so them that are dead in Christ, are in Christ, and free from judgment, and will come forth in the
resurrection.
Now. But when we die now--when we die now, we go directly into the Presence of Almighty God in
a celestial body. If I would meet Brother Neville up there, if we'd both die now, in an hour from now
I'd meet him; I'd say, "Greetings, Brother Neville," talk to him. I couldn't shake his hand; he's in a
celestial body. I could talk to him; he'd look just like he does there. I'd look like I do. But we could
talk to one another, but we couldn't touch one another, because we haven't got any of the five
senses of see, taste, feel, smell, and hear. See? But we would be immortal, and we could see one
another. We'd live in the blessed realms by the altar of God. Don't you know John saw the souls
under the altar crying, "How long, Lord, how long," to come back to the earth to be clothed upon?
Then, when Jesus, which is in us now in the form of the Holy Ghost, when His celestial body, the
Holy Spirit returns with the glorified body, we'll be glorified with Him and in His likeness. See what I
mean? Then I'll shake his hand and say, "Here it is, Brother Neville." Then we'll be...
Look. Jesus told His disciples, taking their Communion, He said, "I'll eat no more of the fruit of the
vine until I eat it and drink it with you anew in My Father's Kingdom." Is that right? See? There it is.
So we... When the dead dies... A justified person, standing in the Presence of God, goes into His
Presence as an immortal being and lives in the blessed realms of peace until the day that--returns
back.
Now, there was a time that the people didn't go into the Presence of God when they died: the
justified. That was in the Old Testament. They went into a place called Paradise, and there the
souls of the just waited in Paradise. But Paradise was a place where God kept the souls in like a
dreamland, until the Blood of Jesus Christ was shed; for the blood of bulls and goats would not
take away sin; it only covered up sin. But Jesus' Blood takes away sin.
You notice that His--when He died at Calvary... And on His return, He brought out from the grave
those dead saints that had died under the atonement of blood of bulls, and goats, and heifers. And
they entered into the city (Oh.) and appeared to many. How beautiful a picture, oh, if we could
paint it just a moment. Look at Jesus when He died.
Here, as I've often said, I believe, in the church here, there's a--a roll here like; in here lives mortal
beings. And each one is in this great conglomeration of gaiety, of blackness and darkness. Mortals
live in here. Now, they are either influenced from this a-way or from that way. You cannot be here
a spiritual being, sinner or saint, without having an influence from the underworld or from the
above world. If you're influenced from here, you're from above. Your celestial body is waiting up
here. But if you're wicked, and hypocritical, and indifferent, your celestial body is down here,
regardless of how much you think it's up there; because the fruit that you bear before people
proves where you're from. So you are here what you are somewhere else. Your life that you live
here is just reflecting what your inheritance is when you leave here. Do you understand?
We are right now (oh, when I think of that)--we are right now glorified in the Presence of God,
borned again believers, "For if this earthly tabernacle be dissolved, we have one already waiting in
glory," not somewhere else, right yonder already waiting now. And these earthly bodies groan to
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be clothed upon with that immortality. Is that right? Sickness, and aches, and pains, and
disappointments, and heartaches, and... Oh, I'll be glad when the old pesthouse is closed up,
won't you? Yes, sir. We can go home. That's right.
Just... We are--groan to be clothed upon, the Spirit groaning. Oh, when you look and see all the
pain around about, all the conglomeration, stink, and sin, and mortal living, and deceit, and
everything, I think, "Oh, God, how much longer will it be?"
One of these days I'm going to preach my last sermon, going to lay the Bible down like this, and
go home. Oh, what a time that'll be. And when this earthly tabernacle is finished here, it won't be
one second till I'll be in that one yonder; so will you. Oh, my. No wonder they said:
This robe of flesh I'll drop and rise,
And seize the everlasting prize;
And shout while passing through the air... (Sure, moving on up.)
Now, where is that? When do we have it? Now. "Those whom He justified, He also glorified." And
do you realize that our glorified, immortal body is waiting in the Presence of Jesus Christ right
now, waiting for us to come?
Do you know when a baby is begotten in this earth, before it's delivered, it's got life. But it hasn't
been delivered. And just as soon as that baby comes to--it--it begins to--is born... It's lungs are all
closed up, and it's dead. It's muscles are quivering and jerking. But the first thing, just a little spank
or two like that [Brother Branham illustrates--Ed.], and he'll [Brother Branham gasps--Ed.] catch his
breath. What's the matter? As soon as that natural body is being formed in the mother, there is a
spiritual body waiting to receive it just as soon as that baby's born.
And just as sure as this spiritual body is being born, there is a natural body waiting to receive it as
soon as it--as it goes out of this world. See? Vice versa, right back to Eden again (See?), just right
back.
Now, in there, God... Why, death, that just--that just knocks all the sting out of death there is. No
wonder Paul could stand and say, "Death, where is your sting? Grave, where is your victory?" He
said, "Thanks be to God Who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." Yes, friends.
This earthly tabernacle be dissolved we already got one waiting, so just forget about it.
Now, to you, friend, if you're a sinner who asked this, God be merciful to you. Yes, sir. You're not
only under condemnation now, not here, no. You'll prosper and go on. And that's all through the
mercies of God. That's all through the mercies of God that you prosper and do what you do. That's
true. But one of these days, if you're a sinner and your soul slips out, it'll go yonder into judgment
and will be condemned. And then you'll be cast away, and you'll be in torment until the day that
you are brought back to this earth again. And you will receive an immortal body, a immortal body
that cannot die, and will be cast away into outer darkness where there'll be weeping, wailing, and
gnashing of teeth. You'll be cast into hell, where the worm never dies or fire is never quenched,
and you'll be tormented through all ages there is to come. Jesus said that. That's a black picture,
but it's what the Bible said.
If God so condemned sin and had it cost such a price, what will it be if those unjust spirits could
ever be made loose again? We'd have another thing like we've had in the last six thousand years.
Is that right? There'll never be an opportunity again.
Now, you say, "Well, I believe that when you go to the grave you--you go to hell." Your body goes
to hell; that's right. "Hell" means "separation." "Death" means "separation." Your body dies,
separates. You go from your loved ones here, but that's not what we're talking about. "It's once
appointed unto man to die, then after that, the judgment." See?
Now, when you--if you have to stand the judgment of God, you're going to be judged by an angry
God. And God is going--has already pronounced what He was going to do. So you know what
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your judgment will be before you even get there. So the thing to do is to be saved and have this
glorified being...
Look. If I have to--if my spirit... Look, we're not something dead; we're alive. If--if my--if this desk
here, if this plank had the life in it that's in my finger, that death--and had an intelligence to move it,
it can move like my finger moves. We're not made of that kind of material. We are made of--of--of--
of cells, and of life, and of fiber; and there's a spirit here that controls it all. And just look how fast it
has to travel. Look here; my hand touches that. Now, no sooner... There has to be a negative and
a positive reaction. As soon as my finger touches that, it feels that. That quick it goes to my mind,
and my mind says, "That's cold," and go back. See how quick that is, quicker than thought, quicker
than anything, is the act there. What is it? There's something alive in there, and that nerve works
on the mind. See what I mean? The nerve touches it, feels it, and says to the mind, "It's cold." The
mind says it's cold, because it's felt by the nerve. Oh, my. You talk about a makeup.
And then--all of that... How quick that God knows every thought that we think of. Everything that
we do, He knows of it. So when the believer dies, he goes into the Presence of his Maker, his
God. And the sinner, when he dies, goes to his destination. Then at the return... Now, I'm talking
now of the elect.
But there's some that will come up in the second resurrection, that'll have to stand in the judgment
with the sinner to be judged with him. I want to be sure to get that. See?
Now, there'll be... The first that'll take place will be the--the coming of the Bride. There will be
people in the world... I... You might different a little with this, but listen close. Just because that you
accepted Christ as personal Saviour, that doesn't mean that you're going in the rapture. That's for
the elect, that'll go in the rapture. There'll be a remnant left here on earth that'll go through the
persecution and the great tribulation. The church will be caught up in the rapture.
How many women here doesn't know that when you going to cut a piece of goods you lay the
goods out like this, and lay your pattern on it like this, and you cut the goods just according to the
pattern. Is that right? And the rest of the goods is just the same kind of goods that's in the pattern.
Is that right? But this is the kind you take. You might lay that away for farther use, but the--the
goods that you cut out of...
Now, who places the pattern? God by election. Amen. God by election places the pattern. He said,
"Now, I have chosen before the foundation of the world... I place these..." Why, Jesus told the
disciples that He was with them, and He had chose them, and knew them before the foundation of
the world was ever laid. Is that right? So God places the pattern. Now, there'll be an elect that'll go
in the rapture. And there'll be a group of people that's good, upright, holy living, God saved people,
that will not be in the rapture; and they'll come up in the second resurrection, because...
Oh, I--I hope you won't get angry with me if I just make something real plain here to you. See?
Don't do it. I--I've got to say it, because I--just keeps choking to me (You see?) to say it. Look.
Now, look. Then I'm going to say this: There's a people that believe in justification by faith (See?),
and they live a good, clean, holy life; they believe in sanctification too. Repeat...
Look at Judas Iscariot. Judas Iscariot was justified when he believed on the Lord Jesus Christ and
accepted Him as his personal Saviour: Judas Iscariot. Judas Iscariot was sanctified in John 17:17
and was given power in Matthew 10 to go out and cast out devils. And Judas Iscariot come back,
after he healed the sick and cast out devils, and he come back rejoicing and shouting just as much
as any good holy-roller you ever seen. Is that right? The Bible said so. But when he come to
Pentecost, he showed his colors. Now, watch that--that spirit.
There's people in the world today, good Christian people that'll believe in justification, many of
them, thousands, millions that believe in justification. But they'll have nothing to do with
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sanctification. We'd say that's Presbyterian, Episcopalian, and so forth. They believe in
justification; preach it. And it's good; they're right.
But now, the--the Nazarenes, Pilgrim Holiness, Free Methodists move up into sanctification. They
believe in sanctification. Correctly. They're right. And they get victory, and shout, and praise the
Lord. They're correct; they're right. But speak to either one of them about the baptism of the Holy
Ghost, and the power, and signs, and wonders, they'll show their color right there. Say, "I don't
want none of that. I don't believe..." Well, even to my dear Nazarene people, believes that a man
speaks with tongues is of the devil. And, brother, you do that, you...
Why, they put Dr. Reedhead out of the Sudan Missions, the president of it, because that he spoke
with tongues. Said, "We can't have it. "
I said, "You can't preach like Paul then. You can't accept Paul's Gospel, for Paul said, 'Forbid not
to speak with tongues.'" That's right. But they--they say it's of the devil. They've seen a lot of
counterfeits and carry it all over there. See? But there is a justified and sanctified church, but deny
that the baptism of the Holy Ghost is a different work from sanctification. But It is--it is a different
work. Sure it is.
There was three elements came from Christ's body. And the same elements came from His body
is what we use to go into His Body. There was water (Is that right?), Blood (Is that right?), and
Spirit. And Jesus--and the Scripture said, "There are three that bear record in heaven, the Father,
the Son, and the Holy Ghost. These three are One; they are One. But there's three that bear
record in earth; they're not one," he said, "but they agree as one: water, Blood, and spirit." Is that
right?
Now, you cannot have the Father without having the Son. You can't have the Son without having
the Holy Ghost, because--but you can be justified without being sanctified. And you can be both
justified and sanctified and still not have the baptism of the Holy Ghost. See? That's true. That's
Scripture. "These three," he said, "that bear record in earth, water, Blood, and spirit; and they
agree in one." See? They are not one, but they agree in one, because it's the same Spirit with a
measure. God gives us the Spirit in measure.
Now, Luther, under justification, that's what he preached. Is that right? Luther preached, "The just
shall live by faith." And he had a great message. And that was a portion of the Holy Ghost. Then
Luther, when the message come forth, God was going to raise up His church and send It out
greater (Oh, my.), Luther said, "Oh, we believe we've got it here."
But John Wesley said, "Oh, no." Him and George Whitfield and them, they said, "We believe in
sanctification, the--as being the second definite work of grace." Is that right? And they preached
the Blood. Well, if Luther didn't want to move, God just give it to the Wesleyan Methodists. See?
And they had it. And they had a revival that swept the world.
And the real church... Well now, when that time comes along... Now, along comes the Holy Ghost
evidence of signs, wonders, and miracles. Now, Wesley don't want to agree with this. Now, if
Wesley was on earth and Martin Luther was on earth at these times, they would agree with it, but
they just got about the second round of a--of--of four or five rounds of apostles passed through it,
and they just sang it all away.
Now, the Pentecostal received and believed in speaking in tongues. Then they turned it into initial
evidence, that everybody had to speak with tongues. That's an error. But now--now they come
back... Those were God given traits. Just like I can't help, 'cause I've got blue eyes, or... God just
give it. That's His gift in the church. God set them in. "God hath set in the church..." See?
Now. But when they come along with that... Now, they had a great blessing, went far beyond the
Lutheran, or the--the Methodists, either one. And now, they've organized in such a way until
they're worse than the Methodist and the others--the Pentecostals. And then, they got to a place
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where the second and third round... It's been about forty years since they begin to receive
speaking in tongues. But this tree of God has nine different fruits on it. And now, any of these fruits
you can have. See? God has sent them, but altogether comes out of the tree.
Now, justification, look at it...
Look at this morning's lesson. When the judgment was set, and the books were opened... Now,
Jesus came with ten thousand times ten thousands of saints, and then the judgment was set. Here
they all are around the white throne judgment (as we went through the Scripture with it), and the
books were opened; and another Book was opened which was the Book of Life. And these in the
rapture was judging them. Is that right? Them had done went home and received their glorified
bodies, and lived through the millennium, was here in the white throne judgment, judging those.
He said He would separate the sheep from the goats.
Now, you say here, "Why, now look." You say, "Is that come up... Whereabouts, Brother
Branham?" In the white throne judgment.
"What about in the rapture?" Well, in the rapture time... Jesus taught that as a parable. And He
taught it many different ways. Here's one way. He said that there was ten virgins went out to meet
the Lord. And saw... All of them were virgins, but some had Oil in their lamps and some let the Oil
go out. Is that right? And when the Bride... Now, what was the Oil? The Oil was the Holy Spirit; the
Bible said so. Now, look. They were virgins. Now, what does virgin mean? "Holy, clean, separated,
sanctified." Is that right?
If I had a little glass here I'd show you what... Here, for instance like this bottle here, if it was
empty, and I picked it up, and it was just as dirty as it could be... I want to use it. Well now, the first
thing I want to do is justification; I pick it up because I want to use it. It's dirty; I found it out in the--
in the pigpen, or wherever it was. Now, if I'm the right kind of person, well, I don't want to put
something clean in there I'm going to have to use. I--I'd have to fix that thing up first. Now, the best
thing to do is scour it, clean it, and sanctify it. Is that right? Now, what does the word "sanctify"
mean? "Cleaned and set aside for service." The vessels of the old temple was cleaned and set
aside for service.
Now, there's the church: God picked them up through the Lutheran age, justification; Wesley age,
He sanctified them; and in this age He fills them. See? He puts the Life in them. And when this,
His Life through the Holy Spirit... The Holy Spirit picked them up; the Holy Spirit sanctified them;
the Holy Spirit filled them. See? It's all the same church. But now look. Now, in this day...
Now, I think that Luther, Wesley, and all of them, many of them will go in the rapture. They had
the portion of the Spirit was preached to them; they believed it.
Now, in the rapture... There's people today who went in those denominations that didn't move on.
It's a... There's only been one denomination; that's God's church; and It's just moved on just the
same. But these organizations has broke these things up like that. And many people today will
look at the baptism of the Holy Ghost and say it's nonsense. But yet they been justified; yet they
been sanctified. But they say, "Oh, that's carrying on, that stuff."
I know the devil's got all kinds of scarecrows out. That's where you find the good apples, is around
where the scarecrow's at. That's right. Just go right on in behind the thing, go to eating apples.
See?
Now, this... Then God filled with the Holy Spirit... Then He set His church out to glorify It. On the
second coming, here comes the church back, the Bride. Now, watch. See whether they go through
the tribulation period. He said, "These virgins, that they come and said, 'Give us of your oil.'"
"The Bridegroom comes." The sound went out, "Behold, the Bridegroom is coming. Go ye out to
meet Him." And these virgins, who were virgins, holy, sanctified (Think of it), holy, sanctified
people without the baptism of the Holy Ghost, they said, "Give us Oil."
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And the church said, "We just have enough for ourself. You go pray up then." But it's too late then.
So the church went into the wedding, and the others were cast into outer darkness (Is that right?),
where there was weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth; and they went through the
persecution, suffered, died.
Jesus returned back to the earth; millennium reign set in, a thousand years with Him. Up come
the--the just and the unjust. And They judged every man. And the goats was on one side and the
sheep on the another side. And then God came and taken the church up on the breadth of the
earth for the camp meeting, where we all gather together with our loved ones. See? There's the
difference.
Now, these people here... Certainly when we die, if we are in Christ Jesus, we go to be with that
great Body yonder, Christ Jesus. If we are sinners, we go to be with that great body of
unbelievers; and God said our portion was with the hypocrites, and so forth, in hell. Amen. May not
be just exactly clear, but let's see now if we can find out... Just a little note here.
16. Please explain Exodus the 24th--the 4th chapter and 24th verse. What does this Scripture
mean, that God aimed to kill Moses or his son? And why?
We know where that's at, Exodus 4:24. That's a good question. Now, here we'll read it right here
just a moment: Exodus 4 and 24:
And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him.
How many remembers the story? Now, God gave Abraham, generations before Moses, the sign of
circumcision. And that was the covenant that God made, that every Jew should be circumcised. Is
that right? Every man should be... That was a sign. And are we circumcised today? With the Holy
Spirit, not by flesh.
Now. Now, God gave this commandment, "And every male must be circumcised." And God, when
He called Moses to go down there and deliver the children of Israel, Moses hadn't performed on
his son the very delivering sign. See what I mean?
Would be like me saying, "All you church now, every one of you, you come in and been baptized
here with water, and we put you on the church membership. We're all going to glory together."
Why, brother, that's not Scripture. Unless you are borned again, circumcised of the Holy Spirit...
You've got to be... I don't care how good you are, what church you belong to, how good your
parents was, except you as a individual has been borned again by the Holy Ghost, you'll never go
in the rapture. See? You can't go. That's the very delivering sign, the circumcision; and the
circumcision is by the Holy Spirit. Now, God...
The--the questioner asked this: "Does--does this Scripture mean that God aimed to kill Moses or
his son, and why?" God was after Moses. And Zipporah was the only one that saved him there.
For Zipporah got a sharp rock, and went, and cut the foreskin off of her baby, and threw it before
Moses, and said, "Thou art a bloody husband to me." Is that right?
And God would've took Moses' life, but perhaps an Angel was standing there, said, "Zipporah,
catch it quickly." See?
And Zipporah went and circumcised the baby. Said, "Moses, you're so--so concerned about
everything else and about your journey, but your own boy hasn't been circumcised."
I just wonder a lot of times if... Sometimes I've met people that said, "Oh, glory to God, The Lord
wants me to do a certain thing. He wants me to go to Africa, to India."
I said, "Have you ever asked the milkman if he was saved? Have you ever asked the paper boy if
he'd been borned again yet? How about your neighbor, are they saved?" See? Now, that's the
question. See? If it's in your heart...
Here sometime ago a woman met me down here in the--Florida. And the little woman, I have no
way... I'm not the judge. But there's a little preacher had been right here and preached at this
platform. And the little fellow in another country was married and had a wife, three or four children.
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And this woman was a widow woman. And they had come from Texas, together over here in a big
Cadillac car. And the woman come in. And she has the right to dress anyway she wants to, didn't
make nothing to me; but as a Christian woman she didn't dress just like it. She was (Oh, my.) --
she was--had great big long--them ear bobs (ever what you call it) hanging down like this, and she
had a real lot of--of stuff on her mouth; and--and the--and her eyebrows had been cut off and she
had other eyebrows with a pencil, put on. And she said, "Brother Branham," said, "the Lord's
calling me to a foreign country."
I said, "He is?"
"Yes." And she said, "I'm going over with this man."
And I said, "Well, if the Lord's calling you, well, all right." (But by their fruit... Didn't look very much
to me like... See?)
And she said, "Don't you believe the Lord..."
I said, "Don't ask Me. If the Lord's told you, you do what the Lord told you to do. But for me, I don't
think so, for myself. I'll just be honest with you."
She said, "Well, why do you think so?"
I said, "The first thing, as you as a married woman with this married man don't look very good, you
staying down here in the city together. If anything brings reproach is that." See? And I said, "Now,
the first thing..."
Now, what would happen to that woman? The same thing would have... She had kept messing
around without receiving the Holy Ghost, just like that woman over yonder today that called me
and wanted to marry that man, and leave her own husband, and marry the man. She had come in
such a place, maybe one time being in contact with God, but had been lusting after the things of
the world. And I asked her; I said, "Have you received the Holy Ghost?"
She said, "Not yet, but I'm seeking It."
I said, "You get the Holy Ghost first, and He'll tell you what husband to have." That's right. See?
You--you've got... That's what it is. If you don't, you'll die spiritually. God's speaking a lot tonight.
But He's knocked at your heart [Brother Branham knocks on pulpit--Ed.] so many times. And one
of these times He's going to shut the door, and mercy's gone. See?
Sure, God would've took his life. He said He sought him. Listen how the Scripture reads.
And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him. (Moses...
Now, watch.)
Then Zipporah took a sharp rock--sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his
feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband thou art to me.
That's right. Now, God wasn't seeking the son. God... That poor little baby didn't know what to do;
it's innocent. But what was the thing, was the father of the baby, that was taking the baby down
there to deliver the children of Israel under the sign of circumcision, and yet his own son not even
circumcised. See? And Zipporah cut it off with a rock, the foreskin, and cast it down, and said,
"Thou art a bloody husband to me."
17. Please explain the meanings of the Scripture, and when it will come to pass: Isaiah 4 and 1.
Thanks.
All right. We'll just turn over now... You people that's got your Bibles and wants to, we'll see what...
I didn't get a chance to look this up, but I thought maybe we'd find some kind of a answer. Here we
are.
And in... (Oh, yes.)... And it shall come... And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man,
and shall say, We will eat our own bread, and will wear our own apparel: only let us be called by
thy name, to take away our reproach.
Well, brother, it's pretty near that bad now. What a falling away has happened to our country. Let
me say this, my dear Christian friend. Let me say this with godly respect to everyone. If there ever
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was... And you people here who's studied history, we're right on the same road that every fine
nation through the ages has fell on, demoralizing, going right back.
As I said this morning... Excuse me for repeating it. In the foreign countries men come to me and
say, "Brother Branham, what kind of women you all got over there? Well, all the songs you sing,
some old dirty songs about your women." That's it. All claim some conglomeration of--of--of...
Well, you know what it is? Do you want me to tell you in a few words? I'll tell you exactly. The
world has got in this kind of condition, 'cause it's a modern Sodom and Gomorrah. Exactly. In
California I picked up a paper. And I forget how many thousand every year that they get ahold of,
to know, of the increase of homosexuals. Even to the natural desire of the--between husband and
wife, and so forth, has leaving the people. Exactly what God said would come to pass. And the
only...
You pick up some... See who gets some kind of a popularity. Listen on your radio, or televisions,
or whatever you have, and find out. It's the very worse and dirtiest... There's some song about
some woman or something like that, that's the thing that gets the notoriety.
And it's got to a place till it seems like that we don't care for our women. Our women don't care for
themselves. That's what it is. If a woman would keep herself right, the man would have to go right.
And that's not taking up for men, but I know that's the truth. Yes, sir.
But what is it? It's just a--a horrible condition, and it's just existing. And it's according to the
Scriptures. The Bible said that it would be that way. So how can we have a revival? How can we
have a revival?
Listen, Christian friends. In a few moments left let me ask you something. We got Billy Graham.
We got Jack Shulers. We got all different kinds of religious moves going through the world. And
they've been going for the last six or seven years across the United States just as hard as they
can pace, and no revival. Why? The doors are shut. We've seined every fish, as I've said this
morning, out of the pond, maybe one or two sticking somewhere.
Where Billy Graham had a meeting (I believe it was Boston or somewhere.), and they claimed
they had twenty some odd thousand conversions in six weeks. They went back a few weeks later
and couldn't find twenty. Think of it. Brother, it's just about finished. I could say something here.
See?
We are living in the days that God spoke would come. And we're living in the last days. And we're
living in a time, and men... Regardless of what we try to think about it, God's Word says that we
are predestinated. That's right. And what God has called will come to God; and what God doesn't
call will not come to God. God calls, and they refuse the call; they refuse... Now, I don't say God
condemns anybody; He's just not willing that all should--that any should perish, but all might come
to repentance. But in order to be God, He--He knew in the beginning that they wasn't going to
come. Yet He give them a chance, but they wouldn't come.
How... If He doesn't know that, how did He know we'd have horseless carriages? How'd He know
these times would come like we have now? Why'd He say, "Men would be heady, high minded,
lovers of pleasures"? Why does all the prophets predicted all these other things that would come
plumb from the beginning? God knowed everything. He knows what will be. And there's men in
there that God looked down through time and said, "They won't come." And they're just
condemned of that condemnation, because they chose it themselves. Amen. There you are.
I believe, my brother, sister (I say this with godly respect and with a fear of God in my heart.), I
believe America's sunk. She's demoralized. She's gone low to stooping. It's a pity.
Just think here, as I say in--in answering this Scripture, seven women grab ahold of one man. In
the First World War--the Second World War... I've got a--a clipping at home out of the newspaper.
You read it yourselves. Said, "What's happened to the morals of our American women? Two out of
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every three soldiers was divorced by their wives that went overseas in the first six months." Two
out of three was divorced. These women just took off and run out. Why is it? If you'll understand,
friends, it's the spirit of time.
We've got to get in the spirit of the last days when the last days are here. You go to a dance hall,
you've got to get in the spirit of dancing, or they won't dance. You go to the church, you've got to
get in the Spirit of worship before you can worship. The world's got to get in the spirit of the last
days before the last days can come, and we're in the spirit of the last days. And God's promised
that these things would be here, and that's what we've got. We're in the last days. And men and
women are setting asleep and don't realize it.
And the morals... I met a young boy here the other day over in... Oh, it was sometime ago; it was
this last fall. And we were coming into a city. And he was telling me, a young high school boy that
was married. He said, "I married this girl, 'cause she was a good girl, and had to marry her before
she completed high school." Said, "We haven't had a one turned out a virgin, as far as I know in
high school for years around here." See? Just so demoralized...
And down in the--California I went through the streets in places where that the policemen would
tell you to keep off the street. There's more danger for a man to pass through the street than it
would be a woman. Dark alleys... Oh, God, have mercy. Don't you know the Bible said those
things would come?
And just before He give the shadow of it in Sodom and Gomorrah, and went down there, the same
thing tooken place--taken place, rather. And God sent fire down and burnt the place up. A very
signpost to show that the world over, when it come to that place, would receive the very
[Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.] thing.
We're at the last days. Sure, seven women ahold of one man, saying, "We'll eat our own bread
and wear our own clothes, only let us be called by your name to take away our reproach." Brother,
you don't have to get away from the United States. There's only one place that I've ever seen in
my life that I thought was any worse than the streets and things that I've been in in our own nation.
And we're not getting any better. We're constantly getting worse and worse all the time. And
remember, I'm speaking in the Name of the Lord. We will continue to grow worse. There's only
one hope at all, and that's in Christ Jesus. No matter what you do...
I've cried out, went through the nation here. And God has raised even the dead. And we went into
cities; and peoples rise that's been in wheelchairs for years, and walked through the city behind
trucks, pushing their carts and things like that. And women, whose doctor's pronounced dead,
packing the X-rays with the doctor's name above it, was raised from the dead. And the city all set
back and say, "Huh, mental telepathy; bunch of holy-rollers." Oh, you can't expect nothing else but
damnation. Oh. That's right.
The judgment is here; you'll have to receive it. Brother, flee from the wrath to come and go to
Christ Jesus as quick as you can. Get out of these things. Yes, it's the spirit of the last days. Many
things could be said. I'll hurry.
18. Will you please tell us how our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ expects us to come into the
house of our Lord to worship?
All right, that's a good one. That's a very essential one to any church. God expects you to come to
the church house... Now, that's just a question, just a right out question. It isn't a Scriptural; it's--yet
it is. Wait, I'll tell you what He said.
The first place, if you want Scripture, the people are supposed to come to the house of God for
one purpose; that is to worship, to sing songs, and to worship God. That's the way God expects it.
He doesn't expect us to come into the house of God to talk about our--or something else, or talk
about one another, or talk about what we got to do through the week; He expects us to come to
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worship Him. It's a house of worship. "And everything should be done decently and in order," said
Paul in the Bible. Everything's supposed to be right. There's supposed to be message.
First thing I would say, according to the rules of the church in the Old Testament--or the New
Testament, rather, at the first place, the people entered into the church of--of God in a Spirit of
worship. And they walked in, hymns were sang. And maybe the preacher would speak, for he was
a prophet of the church. A New Testament prophet is a preacher; we know that: "The testimony of
Jesus Christ is the Spirit of prophecy," said Revelation.
Now, the preacher begin to preach. While he preached, the blessings, like maybe in the end a big
sermon, begin to fall; the people would say, "Amen," go to blessing God. Then as soon as he
stopped preaching, there might be a message come forth, maybe in speaking with unknown
tongues (I Corinthians 14: 13, 14). Then--then if there be no interpreter in the church, this person
is supposed to hold their peace, 'cause they're speaking in tongues correctly, but they do it before
God. See? But if they're speaking in tongues and there's an interpreter, the interpreter is supposed
to give the message. All churches are coming to that.
Charles Fuller, as much as he fussed and carried on to me about that when I was out there, he's
accepted it now. And they're doing it all over Long Beach. Yes, sir. Right in--right in the auditorium,
having blessings of God, speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues, and praying for the sick.
And he stood face to face with me and said, "Brother Branham, I don't believe in that stuff."
I said, "Well, it's up to you. It's not for unbelievers, Brother Fuller; it's for those who believe." And
now--and now, he's a-preaching the same thing. It's coming to a time; there's a showdown.
Now, then, if the--if in order, if this is what you were getting at... While the preacher's speaking
everything should be silent to listen to the preacher. For there's the Word of God going forth, if
he's a-preaching under anointing. Then every spirit of the prophets is subject to the prophets.
When a pastor walks to the platform, turns that Bible down, the church should be silent, listening
as it's--reveals the Scripture, listen to what he's going to say. If he says something that sounds
good to you, you can say, "Amen, bless the Lord." or whatever you want to. "Amen" means "so be
it." The Bible said to do that.
Then after the message is over... Then if the preacher gets a place in there where the people are
all rejoicing, the Spirit amongst the people, perhaps He might send another message. If He sends
a message, it'll come to someone; then the interpretations will not be a--just a quoting over of
Scripture or doing something. God don't use vain repetitions. But it'll be a direct message to
somebody to do a certain thing or something that'll edify the church. Then when they get that
edification of the church, if they...
Like for instance like this: Somebody stand up here and speak with tongues; this one interprets
and say, "THUS SAITH THE HOLY SPIRIT, let So-and-so go lay hands on this person over here,
for THUS SAITH THE HOLY SPIRIT, tonight is the time for their healing." What is it?
Then this same person said, "I was setting there; my heart was a-burning for that baby." Now--now
they raises up in obedience to the Spirit, go lay your hands on the baby, and it's well. If it didn't,
something's wrong. See, see? It's a direct message.
Then the unbeliever sets there and says, "Wait a minute. Say, God's with them people." See what
I mean?
Then they'll say--or, "THUS SAITH THE HOLY SPIRIT: Let every one that's in the south side of
town, from that side of Spring Street on, move out in the next two days, for there's coming a storm
that'll sweep all that side of town out." Then the first thing you know, there's a prophecy to the
whole church.
Then somebody--spiritual judgment, raise up and say, "Was of that of the Lord?" Each one. If
three good men will stand and say, spiritual judges say, "That was of the Lord," then the church
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receives it; and everybody in that end of town moves out, gets away from it for that time. Then if it
doesn't come to pass you'd better check that person. You've got another spirit among you. But if it
comes to pass, then bless God and thank God for letting you escape the wrath that was to come.
See? Watch those things. That's the church in order.
Two or three messages, not over three, will go forth at one time like that. Whatever is out (See?), it
must be set in order. The first place... Then, another church, another thing in order...
I don't know. This might've been a woman that asked this. I just... Something else come in my
mind, so I might as well say it. The women, when they were come in the church, was according to
the New Testament, was to walk in and set down with a veiled face and sad countenance, and
there remain all the service. That's according to the Scripture. Now. But I think a woman... Sure.
Now, I'm not condemning you women. See?
A young lady come to me awhile ago. Not... Brother Junior was there present when a woman
come, that she'd had some trouble. Her neighbors laughed at her, because she wouldn't cut her
hair off here not long ago. And she went and cut her hair off. And then, some woman over the river
got her all messed up, and told her she was going to taking her spirits away, tie her feet with her
hair--hair, and she got this woman into a phobia. The woman liked to lost her mind--two children.
She didn't know what to do. She was just setting like that.
She'd drove up in front of the house one day. The Holy Spirit moved down, and spoke to her, and
told her she was going to get well, said--and "THUS SAITH THE SPIRIT" And she--she stayed like
that then for a few days, and then she... I went yesterday, was going to see the woman with
Brother Junior and Brother Funk. And I was within a half a mile. She was standing, combing her
hair which she going to let--let grow out now, said, "Let the neighbors laugh and do whatever they
want to."
And then, the Holy Spirit wouldn't let me go over there. And It spoke to her and told her that I was
near the place and wanted to come. And last night in a vision, saw the woman coming, and told
what was wrong with her; and she was healed in my room awhile ago. See? Is that right, Brother
Junior? That's right. Just awhile ago... See? God wouldn't let me go over there for the thing wasn't
ready yet. See? He brought me right down to a place and confirmed it right there, to show it wasn't
a man; It was God. See?
Now. She said, "Brother Branham, my husband wants me to have long hair."
I said, "God wants the same thing." That's right. For the women is supposed to have long hair.
That's their covering.
I know we ladies today--or you ladies, rather, wear hats. You say that's your covering. That's
wrong. The Bible said a woman's covering is her hair. And if she cuts her hair, it's a common thing
for her to pray. That right? That's Scripture. See? So now, women are supposed to wear long hair,
regardless of what you want to think about it; that's what's THUS SAITH THE LORD. If you can
show me any place...
You say, "Well, my hair's long. See, it's down to my shoulders." That was short hair, "Christ..." You
said, "had... Christ had long hair." No, He never. Christ had shoulder length hair, so they say.
Just... They just pull it around this way and cut it off, shoulder length hair. Look at the Greek word
on that in there, and you'll find out.
Feminish hair... A man shouldn't have long hair, 'cause it's feminish, way down long like this. But
He just cut it off here at His shoulders, where they cut it off, around His head, just bob it off like
that. That was short hair.
So ladies with hair to their shoulder, it's still short hair. Now, I don't say that would send you to hell
or take you to heaven. That don't have nothing to do with it. But the order of the church is for
women to have long hair. That's right; that's right. And to enter the church... And--and not to have
anything to do in the affairs, the social affairs--or not to--I mean the business affairs in the church.
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And she's to be obedient, and reverent, and so forth like that, because she was the one, the Bible
said, that brought the first fall. And that's right; that's right. Now, right quick. I hope that didn't hurt.
19. Question: Why should a vision of God come before me when I was about to take the
Communion at my church? Over. (Well, it's just a lady's name; yes, it's a lady's name.) A...?... Why
should a vision of God come before me when I was about to take the Communion at my church?
Well, I wouldn't know, sister, unless it was this: If you seen Jesus Christ appear in a vision at your
church when you were taking the Communion, He was letting you know this, that you were taking
Him in a symbol. The Communion is to represent the body of Jesus Christ; and you were taking
Him as a symbol into your body. So live clean, live pure.
Listen. If you take the Communion (You'll hear it read just in a few minutes.) when you're
unworthily, you're guilty of the Blood and the Body of Jesus Christ. Let a man that takes that
community live right before God--that takes that Communion, rather, live right before God. Don't
take it unworthily. That's just...
Look. The Bible predicted in the last days that all the tables of God would be full of vomit. And
there'd be nobody able to--to understand. Is that right? Look. I went not long ago into a great
tabernacle. I wouldn't call the name; you all know it all well. You know what they had for
communion? They taken loaf bread, life bread--light bread, and sliced it up. And a bunch of
deacons, which the preacher said seven of them were drunkards... That's right. And every one of
them, the whole bunch... You could see them as they went through the building talking to the
people. And when the church was dismissed at the end, between the Sunday school and church,
pretty near every one, pastor and all, went out and smoked cigarettes on the outside, and come
back in and taken the Lord's communion. God said that He would not hold you guiltless for that,
"That many are sick and weakly among you, and many are dead." That's right.
Said, "All the tables of God is full of vomit, and who will I be able to teach doctrine." He said, "For
precept must be upon precept, line upon line, and here a little and there a little. Hold fast to that
what's good. For with stammering lips and other tongues will I speak to this people, and this is the
rest that I said they should hear, but with all this they'd wag their heads and walked away and say,
'We will not hear it.'" Look where we're living, friends. Oh, mercy. Wake up.
Yes, your vision, sister... If you're a good, clean, holy woman before God, you was standing there,
and Jesus was letting you know that He was giving the Communion, that you were taking Him in
there as a symbol; and if you're not, as a warning to you to get right with God before you do it
again.
20. I would know what the--the following is: I Timothy, the 2nd--II Timothy the 2nd chapter and the
16th verse.
Just a moment. II Timothy... [Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.]... you get together. Maybe you won't agree
with what I said. Take you home... Then you'll go home and study real much, and then that--that'll
help You get spiritual. All right, II Timothy 2 and 16 reads like this.
But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
Yes. All right. You want to know what the profane babbling is. "Profane--shun profane babblings,
for they will increase."
Now, the first thing is, "profane babbling, for they shall increase." Now, anything that's just an old--
just keeps babbling. The Bible said--Jesus said, "Let your yes be yes and your no be no, for
anything more than this will come to sin." You're not supposed even to joke and cutup with one
another. God will make you give an account for every idle word that you speak. Did you know
that? The Bible said that you'll have to give an account for every idle word. So what kind of a
people ought we to be? People that's frank, stern, loving, kind, and never a bunch of nonsense,
always going along...
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Look. You take a fellow that'll start today... I've noticed it on myself, and being of my own nature,
an Irishman; I'm always a lot of wind about me anyhow, to cutup and carry on. And every--every
so often even my wife say, "Now, Bill..."
I say, "That's right, honey." She'll say...
I tell the kids around there. I say--cutup with them or something, say, "Well now, you know, there
was three great men come out of Kentucky."
"Who was that?"
"Well, Abraham Lincoln."
"Yeah."
"Daniel Boone."
"Uh-huh."
"And your father." Something like that.
And she'll say, "Now, Bill, there you go again." Now I have to go off in the closet somewhere and
say, "Lord, forgive me; I didn't mean to say it. Do something to me; make me quit that." See?
And every day I--if I do that... Now, we was talking on the word backsliding this morning. When
you do that you're backslid. Yes, sir. You got to repent. Is that right? Now, I don't mean to say if
you went out in the world and you did this and that, but you done something. You've got to repent
and die daily to live in Jesus Christ. So every day--every day, you've got to die every day to live in
Christ Jesus.
When I see something... Many times I do things that's wrong. I'll be out, and somebody will say
something or other, I may say a little joke about it. Somebody say... Not a bad one; now, I don't
believe Christians tells dirty jokes. No, sir. No, sir. That's not even becoming Christians, the Bible
said. It said to refuse old profane things like that, and jokes, and jostling, and things like that. No,
Christians don't tell those things; Christians has pure thoughts.
But if you don't watch, once in a while you'll have a man... He'll tell a little joke today. And well, he
kinda thought it was all right, and he'll just let it go by, and not think no more about it. The next day
he tells two little jokes. See? And--and the next thing you know, you're doing something else. And
the first thing you know, it leads right back to that old same system again. Is that right? Stay away
from the thing. Shun it. And shun that profane babbling.
You let somebody come over... I'll just give you a little example. "Mrs. Doe, do you know what? I
seen your husband. And I tell you what, that he's a..." See? And a...
Now, just think... Say, "I don't want to hear it." Just walk on. Won't take much of that, and they'll cut
it out. That's right.
"Well, you know what, sister? I'll tell you what happened." Or brother, not only sister, but brother
too... See?
"Brother, I'll tell you what happened. You know if we could just get rid of this preacher, if we could
do this, or get rid of this deacon, or we do this." Oh, oh. Just--just--just shun that thing.
I think a good little thing you ought to set around on your desk, it's a little thing I seen down in
Florida not long ago. It was three little monkeys; and one of them had his hands over his eyes and
said, "See no evil"; and the other one had his fingers in his ears, said, "Hear no evil"; and the other
one had his hand over his mouth, and said, "Speak no evil." I think that's a good thing don't you?
Yes, sir. Oh, my. That's a very good thing.
Just keep your mind pure and on Christ. You can't just say, "Well, now..." Now, you see, if you
don't watch, you'll get yourself over into a place, if you keep on thinking that... And don't--and don't
think that... You can't live so perfect till you don't make that mistake now. Now, don't you think
you'll ever get that way, 'cause you won't. No, sir. You're not sinless, and you'll certainly get off on
their track, on this side or on that side.
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But a man that's once knocked down, if he's a real soldier he'll rise up again. "Lord, let me rise
and try it again." But a coward, as soon as he sees he makes his first little mistake, he's like I said
this morning: the bug and the water spider will crawl right back in the water again. See? He just
can't stand it.
So refuse all the old--that profane babbling and carrying on, talking. "Babbling" means "confusion."
And the Bible said, "Mark those who cause contentions among you."
If somebody says, "Uh-huh, uh-huh." Now just--just say, "How do you do? I'm glad to see you
again. Thank you." Just keep on going. That's the best thing. Don't shun them, but just mark them.
Don't pay any attention, 'cause you see what it leads to.
21. Where was Jesus from His--where was Jesus at from His baptism until the three years of His
ministry?
All right, Jesus, when He was baptized, went straightway out of the water, and the Spirit led Him
into the wilderness for forty days and nights to be tempted of the devil. And was tempted forty
days and nights, and He fasted. He come out. The devil tempted Him when He come out after His
fast. And He resisted the devil by the Word of God, and entered His ministry, and preached three
and a half years, according to the Scriptures.
Look. Way back yonder in Daniel God spoke and said He would preach three and a half years and
be cut off for a sacrifice during that time. Just exactly. Foundation of the world He was ordained.
That's right.
Matthew the 4th chapter, you'll find that. If it isn't just exactly according to your belief, all right.
Now, that one I don't... Let's see what... Oh, yes. "Where are they..." We've got that awhile ago:
"Where are the dead?"
22. At--at one time--at one time were we all white or colored? Of the two, which one was the
curse put on?
Now, as far as we know, I couldn't tell you whether Adam and Eve were--were white, or brown, or
yellow, or black. I cannot tell you. No one else knows but God alone, I guess, Who's back there.
Now, in the... As we come all of one language and one people until the tower of Babel, a
confusion. And then their languages went different. And as far as we know, they were all one
people till that time. And they broke up and scattered in different parts of the world.
And some... You take a animal; you take any life that eats off of a certain soil, it'll turn that color. I--
if there's a hunter here, you just follow me a few minutes. Go down into Mexico and get the coyote;
take up here in Arizona and get the coyote; you go up in the north and get the same coyote, and
watch the three colors. Get a Gila monster that's raised in Texas, and get one that's raised in
Arizona, and look at the difference in them (See?), 'cause it's the soil they live in. See?
And now, the Chinese--the Chinese is a--a yellow person, Japanese, and so forth, and a Chinese.
The Ethiopian is a--is a colored man, or the Negro that we have now. And he went down in those
dark countries down there.
And they--and--and they were... And then the white man was the Anglo-Saxon people which we
are. And--or the--or the people here, what we call the white people, they come from England which
was formerly called "Angel land." And because they were white, and blond, and so forth... They
scattered up beyond and Norway, and so forth--up in there. And they all come out of the Anglo-
Saxon people.
Now, which was first and which was cursed? There was none of them. I know where you're trying
to get to. You're trying to get to Ham. I know where you're going, to Ham's people.
Now, there was Ham, Shem, and Japheth. Now, Ham, he did--he did not try to hide his father's
nakedness, but laughed and made fun of him. And God put a curse on Ham for looking to his
father's nakedness and not trying to cover up his shame. And Shem and Japheth backed up and
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threw their coats over their father when he was laying naked. And now, God told Ham that his
generation would serve the others.
Now, if you thought that was a curse of turning dark, well then, the Jew's dark also. If you'd think
that would be the--the--what we call the colored man or Negro of this country that's here now, you
ought to go over to India. The Indians are way darker than the Negro. I've been in both their
countries. Here's the--the Ethiopian down there from Ethiopia, and the African, the colored man
that we know today. They're down there, many of them still in the primitive--in their tribe. Just
about like we was when Jesus come...
The white people was just as primitive as the--the native of Africa is now, worse perhaps.
Remember, two thousand years ago we were naked tribesmen out there with a--with a bow and
arrow and a stone axe for hunting (That's exactly right.), we Anglo-Saxon people. That's exactly
right. So which was which?
I'll tell you the ones today that's cursed is the one that refuses Jesus Christ. That's all. The one
that accepts Jesus Christ is blessed.
Now, you can't say... I'll go up, get the Eskimo out of that land up yonder. And there he is up
there; and that man is darker than the colored people that we have here. I'll go over to India and
get the Indians; and he is--he's not a colored man, he's really black. He's blacker than any--just
real black color. And he's what is called... And he's an Indian. Well now, in Africa we get some of
the African people that are... Some of them are light colored; some of them are almost like white;
and some are--are different ways.
You go to Jew; you say all the Jews are dark complected. The Jew is a brown person, but I've
seen a many one red-headed with blue eyes, fair skin. See?
So the whole thing is this: we all come off of one tree. That's right. And we was all cursed through
the fall of Eve. And we're all saved through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Amen. There it is. So
there's no curse. Accursed is them that does not believe, but blessed are those that do believe. So
there's neither one, friends, the black or the colored man, or the white man or the yellow man.
Them... If the black man was cursed by being black, then the yellow man is just halfway cursed.
And then the--and then the yellow man--and then the brown man, he's just two thirds of the way
cursed. See? And then, the African's about four-fifths cursed. And I guess the Indian is really the
cursed then. Oh, my. How nonsense. No. It's the different climates and things the people lived in.
They turned...?... off and so forth. There's different...
Or look at the American Indian. Many of those... The Navajo out there is a darker race of people
than our colored Ethiopian people in this country: the Navajo. The Apaches are... They're kind of
a--a copper color. And the different tribes... See? So right there amongst the Indians, right here,
you find the black one, and almost... And the Cherokee is almost as pale as we are, the Cherokee.
And there's right here in this nation, the different tribes. So you see, you can't say they're half
cursed and all the way cursed. They was none cursed because they're black. They wasn't cursed
because they were yellow or because they were white. There's only one curse that I know of, and
that's unbelief of Jesus Christ. (I know, Donny; it's time for me to close, but I got two more
questions.)
23. All right. Now. Where are the scattered ten lost tribes of Israel (Genesis 44:49), the tribe of
Joseph to the many nations? Simeon, Levi, who had no part--homeland of their own, but are
scattered among the other ten tribes... Where are the ten tribes? Can we locate them?
Yes, sir. They could be located. Geographically they can be located in the Bible. And God tells us
there where they will be in the last days and what will be their end. And right now, I just read a
book, that down in Israel where the ones was, where they said that one had dipped his feet in oil
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and everything, God has got them all located, set out in different places. And the Jews are all
returning into Palestine, where God promised in the last days that they'd be there.
24. One more question: Can--I can't believe that God sent wars as judgment. I can't believe that
God sends wars as judgment. (Just listen a moment.) I don't believe, as some do, that God placed
the sword in the hands of these butchers from ancient Babylon to Hitler, to slay innocent women
and children among--along with the guilty, to carry out God's judgment. May God--my God of love
would not do... My God of love (Pardon me.)--do this. Wars are the works of Satan. Please confirm
this confusion.
Now, just a moment. I'd read this just awhile ago, the reason that I laid this on the bottom. Now, I
want you to just hold your peace a minute. Now, let--let's get this real straight, 'cause this is quite a
question. And it must be approached reverently. Immediately after that, if you can bear with us just
a little bit longer...
I know it's getting late, but it's... Remember, what of it? Now, you used to go dance all night and
think nothing about it (See?), set out in the worldly things, but when it comes to the Word of God
over twenty minutes, brother, we got to get a new preacher. See? It's a shame. Paul preached all
night. I preached right here years ago at two and three o'clock in the morning. And people'd be
walking up and down this place here just a-praising God at two or three o'clock in the morning.
Seen as many as a dozen at a time receive the Holy Ghost at two and three o'clock. God have
mercy. I wished I could see it again. But we can't; the day's gone. The day is gone now; she's far
spent now. Night's drawing near and people are... "Well, we just don't care any more, so... My, I
wish they'd... There's no need... Get ready to go in." And that's just--just about the way it goes.
Wait, I want to ask you something now. Now, I'm going to disagree with you, brother or sister, I
don't know. It was laid here this morning. I had it in my Bible and was looking at it awhile ago.
Now, in a friendly way... And now, I don't want you to--to--to fly loose at me. I want you to listen
closely.
And we remember, I would just as much like to agree with you on this--on your decision on this as
I did with that woman, poor woman awhile ago. Said... Her and her husband, they just run off and
got married; and there it was. But she's take a vow; you got to stick with it. See? And now, I've got
to stick with the Word of God.
But now, "I don't believe..." But first, "I can't believe that God sends wars as judgments." Well
now, friend, there's only one thing that's wrong with your belief, and that is, it isn't Scriptural. God
does send war as judgment. That's right. I--I'm going to give you Scripture; I just ain't going to read
it off here and then tell you.
Look, "I don't believe as some do that God placed a sword in the hands of these butchers from
ancient Babylon to Hitler, to slay the innocent women and children." If I would tell you in the Name
of Jesus Christ that He did do it, and would prove it by the Bible, would you believe it then (See?),
that He did do it, or--and He's going to do it again? All right. Listen to this.
I don't know. This might be my bosom friend setting here for all I know; for God Who is in heaven
knows I don't even know the handwriting. I couldn't tell you. But I want you to listen this. "My God
is a God of love--my God is love and wouldn't do this. Wars are of Satan." I'll agree with you that
wars is of Satan. That's exactly. He's a prince of this world. Every kingdom and every nation in this
world belongs to Satan. God said they did in His Word. Satan said, "They're mine." Jesus admitted
that they were his. But He's going to fall heir to all of them after while, Jesus will. We'll have no
more wars then. But God permits Satan to do this for correction and for judgment.
Now, I want to ask you something just before we start. I want you to answer me this and find out. If
you don't believe that God is a... You said... that wouldn't do these things. Just to start it right from
the beginning... Now, give me your undivided attention if you can. Listen. Why did God Himself
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chastise His own Son and murder Him on the cross? God killed His own Son at the cross. "Yet it
pleased God," said the Scripture, "to smite Him, and to bruise Him, and to wound Him." God did
His own Son that way to save you.
I want to ask about Saul, the great king of Israel. God told him to go down and to take King Og
and everything he had and utterly destroy everything down there, men, women, children, and
everything... And Saul... Even the cattle to kill it, not to let nothing live... And Saul went down there
and spared some of the cattle. And God took the Spirit off of him and separated him from Him; he
become God's enemy.
Why did Elijah stand there when God give the old King Og into a--Ahab's hands? And he told
Ahab to kill that king. And Ahab refused to do it. And Elijah the prophet had a sentry to--said,
"Smite me with your sword." You read about... He was a prophet.
He said, "I won't." And he lost his life. Then he told another one, said, "Smite me." And the man hit
him with the sword and cut him. And he wrapped himself up in disguise and he stood there. And
here come Ahab riding in on his chariot.
He said, "What--what you standing here about?"
He said, "Well, I was a sentry; I was given a care over a man. And he smote me and run away,"
He said, "and I let him go. And they told me if I did, I have to pay with my own life."
He said, "Well, you'll have to pay with your own life."
He unwrapped himself and said, "THUS SAITH THE LORD, because you didn't murder that king
down there, you'll pay for it with your ownself." That right? That's exactly right.
Let me read you something here. How about Babylon, when Joshua, when God sent Joshua over
across there, and he utterly destroyed little babies, children, and everything else. And if he let one
thing live... He wiped everything out. Little Philistine babies, he just destroyed them. God
commanded him. And if he didn't do it, it was his own life.
I'm going to fix it up in a few minutes. God is love, perfect love; but you don't know what love is.
That's why today people don't know what faith is. God is love. He has to be in love; He's sovereign
to His Word. And He has to keep His Word. He has to love you. And if He loves you, He's got to
protect you.
Listen here. You talk about the falling of children. Just a minute, let me show you something here
in the Scriptures, what--what the Bible says about these things here. Let's get over here and just
listen to this just a minute and see what God said. Now, I'm reading from Ezekiel the 9th chapter, if
you want to put it down. Listen close:
And... He cried also in my ears with a loud voice, and saying, Cause them that have charge over
the city to draw near,... every man with their destroying weapon in his hand. (Now, this is God
speaking.)
And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which are towards the north, and the
every man a slaughtering weapon in his hand; and one man among them was clothed with white
linen, and a writer's inkhorn by his side: and they went in, and stood by the--beside the brazen
altar.
And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherubims, whereupon he was, to the
threshold of the house. And he called to me--to the man clothed in white linen, with the--had the...
inkhorn in his hand--or side;
And so... And the LORD... (Capital which is God.)... the LORD said unto him, Go through the
midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem,... set a mark upon the forehead of the man that
sigh and... cry for... the abominations... done in the midst thereof.
And to the others he... (The LORD)... said in my hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and
smite: and let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity:
(Watch, 6th verse.)
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Utterly--Slay utterly old... young... maidens... little children,... women:... (God said so. God said
so.)... but come not near any man that has the mark; and he begin at the ancient--at the sanctuary
and begin at the ancient men... were before the house.
In other words, God said to these people, "Now, wait; I'm going to mark the people first, those that
are really consecrated to God." And He put a mark upon them. He said, "Now, to these men that
have the slaughtering weapons, you go through and don't you spare women, children, or nothing,
but to utterly slay everything."
In the antediluvian world in the destruction, when millions times millions and billions of people was
upon the earth, and God sent a old holiness preacher out by the name of Noah, and preached a
hundred and twenty years, and told them to come into the ark, and all that didn't come in that ark
would be destroyed... And God Almighty, Who had the controls of the heavens, sent down the
rains that utterly destroyed millions of old people, of young people, of little babies, scrambling and
perishing in the water.
Almighty God, and He's correctly the God of love. Amen, that's true. He has to. He loves His own.
He has to be sovereign to His Word. So not to--for a controversy, but disagree with you. Your God
of love...
Here not long ago I was talking... It's perhaps maybe a Jehovah Witness. The man come up and
said, "Brother Branham, do you mean to tell me that you believe there is a burning hell?"
I said, "It's not what I say; it's what the Bible says."
He said, "Do you mean to tell me that a loving heavenly Father would burn His children up?" Why,
said, "You wouldn't burn your child."
I said, "No, sir."
"Well then, if you as a human has that much love (See how people can twist the thing around?)--if
you as a human have that much love, you think that a loving heavenly Father would destroy His
children?"
I said, "Never." He don't destroy His children, but whose child are you? God don't destroy His
children. He's trying His best to get them in. But it's the devil that's turned loose will destroy his
children. So God just permits Satan.
Look. Who was it that permitted the evil to come down and Satan to go out and destroy the most
perfect servant of God until Jesus Christ, his children and everything he had--Job? And God sent
a wicked spirit out there and destroyed all of Job's children and everything just to test His servant.
Is that right? Sure.
Oh, I could stand here for an hour and just showing you them, my brother, sister. That's right, ever
who you may be. Don't you get this Spirit of God mixed up. Wars are God's judgments upon the
nations. Destructions are sent of God. The Bible said so. And God is a God of love, but God is a
God of wrath also. And you're not going to stand before a loving... That's been the thing that hurt
the church today.
"Some loving Father, of course He wouldn't mind me doing this." If you want to do it, you might as
well go on and do it, because the love of God's not in you to begin with.
We're fixing to take Communion just in a moment, and I want this to really sink in to you. The thing
of it is, what is in your heart will produce--make your life. What kind of a seed you put in the
ground will produce after its kind. How can you take a--a popcorn plant and make a--a gypsum
weed out of it? You couldn't do it no more than you can take a grain of corn and make a cocklebur.
You couldn't make them, because they're two different natures, two different lives altogether. The--
you--you might take a gypsum weed seed and an onion seed, and they look so perfect alike till the
very best of men couldn't tell them apart. That's right. The only thing you have to do is plant them.
They both look alike naturally, but plant them. They both will produce; and one will be a gypsum
weed and the other one will be an onion. That's exactly right.
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Say, "Why--what makes this seed--it looks just exactly like this--produce a different kind of a life?"
It's because that kind of life is in it.
And a man or woman that professes to be a Christian and don't live that kind of life, by the grace
of God, is a gypsum weed. By their fruits ye shall know them. If that thing's in your heart, bears
record of what you are somewhere else. If it's evil, it bears record that you're down here. When
you die, you'll just have to go to where you are already.
If you're good and you're--you're good because God has made you good, and you're borned
again, you're bound to go that way, because that Life will have to bear record with this place. If it
bears record of here, there's where you go. If it bears record up there, there's where you go. See?
What you are here... Get this in your mind now. I'm going to close. But what you are here is a sign
that you are something else somewhere. You've always wanted to be in perfection, you Christians.
There is a perfection, and that perfection is not in this life. But every man and woman here that is a
Christian, every person that is a Christian here now is already glorified in the Presence of Jesus
Christ. And you've got another body. You won't have some other time; you have right now. Right
now there's another body waiting for you if this one should perish. Could you think of that. Study
that just a minute.
Do you know every one of us may be in eternity before sun rises tomorrow morning? Now, if
you're not a Christian, my friend, there's only one thing left for you. You've got to go that way. If
you're on that road, you have to go that road. If you're a grain of corn, you'll produce corn. If you're
a cocklebur, you produce cocklebur life. Now, if you've been belonging to a church somewhere
that doesn't know and doesn't teach, and just lets you come to church and be a member of the
church... You say, "Well, Brother Branham, my church teaches that we must accept Jesus Christ
as our personal Saviour. If we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ we are saved." If your life doesn't
compare with that, you haven't made it yet.
Do you know the devil believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God? Do you know Jesus publicly--
do you know the devil publicly confessed Jesus to be the Son of God? And he wasn't saved. And
he couldn't be saved; he's the devil. So confessing Jesus to be the Son of God...
Do you know all those Pharisees and Sadducees, every one was very pious and religious people;
how they loved God with their hearts, they thought; and failed to see that innocent One, the Son of
God, to recognize Him to be the Son of God. And yet they was very religious (Is that right?), very
pious, very scholarly, knowed the Bible better than any of our scholars today. They had nothing to
do but set there through their generations and serve the Lord.
Now, look what the Scripture says. "In the last days..." To you, my Christian friends, and with
godly love, the Bible said, "In the last days men--would come a time when men would be heady,
high minded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God." Now, isn't that true?
A certain person in this building went to a New Year's party the other night, and in the basement
they were having soft drinks and recreation and carrying on, ice cream suppers, and so forth. The
churches even give dances. Just exactly what God told them not to do, they do in the Name of
Christ. And here's what Jesus said for the church to do, and they deny it. Jesus, here's His last
words, His will and testament to the church: "Go ye into all the world; preach the Gospel to every
creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; he that believeth not shall be damned.
(Maybe that's as far as your pastor read. But here's the rest of it.) These signs shall follow them
that believe; in My Name they shall cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; if they take
up serpents or drink deadly things, it shall not harm them; and if they lay their hands on the sick,
they shall recover."
Now, that's what Jesus said for them to do in His Name. They deny that that exists, but they go
and do just contrary to what He said: teach that it's passed, there's nothing to it, and teach
theology instead. Oh, no wonder we're in the condition we are.
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Looky here. Let me tell you, my brother. When the church gets to a place that it's--that each
member in there is so charged with the Holy Ghost and power, until them signs will follow...
I think of St. Paul out there on the isle after the shipwrecked. God had give him a vision. When the
fourteen days and nights... All hopes was gone they'd ever be saved. And the little, old boat
tossing about like that, and they was all crying, and fourteen days and nights. Paul was down
there, had a vision. He came out, and he said, "Be of good courage, for the Angel of God, Whose
servant I am, has stood by me and said, 'Fear not, for thou must be brought before Caesar. And
lo, God's give all those who sail with you.'"
When the ship wrecked and went up on the shores, and they got over there with the natives, Paul
was picking up some sticks, and he went and laid them on the fire. And in there there was a big
serpent, grabbed him by the hand. Now, that serpent injected poison of that--in his hand that
would've killed him within a minute. The natives said, "Watch that fellow fall dead, for he'll die just
in a minute. He's in chains for preaching the Gospel."
Religious people put him in chains. The very finest of churches that day was what put him in
chains. If it just wasn't the Constitution of the United States, they'd do the same thing today. That's
right. Just wait till she's--till she's broke a little more.
And a serpent grabbed him through the hand. Now, watch. Paul didn't fear. He said, "Jesus Christ
said, 'If they take up serpents, it shall not harm them.'" So he walked over here, shaked him off on
the fire; turns around and walks over to get some sticks and put back on the fire; turned hisself
around and warmed his back, and turned around this way and warmed his hands. The natives
said, "Why don't he die? Why don't that man die? He ought to drop dead?" But Paul was so full of
the Holy Ghost (See what I mean?), so full of the Holy Ghost until the poison wouldn't poison him.
Oh, brother, give me a church full of the Holy Ghost. God will do in one year what all theology's
failed to do in two thousand years. You wait till the anointing of the church really strikes home to
that faithful the little remnant. After the doors of the Gentiles is closed, oh, God will anoint a church
then. "He who's filthy, let him be filthy still. He who's righteous let him be righteous still, and he
who's holy let him be holy still." And God will anoint the church with the power of God, and things
will be taken place. Not only that then, but He's doing it now.
Watch signs and wonders. And the people look around and saying, "Well, it's of the devil." Oh,
because they don't know the Scriptures, neither the power of God. And that's the reason it's...?...
May the Lord bless you. I'm sorry to keep you this late. I'm very seldom do this, but I don't get with
you very much. So I may not have answered these questions according to your thoughts and
things. That was two answered this morning. If I didn't, God bless you. And I--I didn't mean to--or
to upset you or something. I just had to say what... You ask me the question. I give you, the best
of my knowledge, the answer. That's right.
Now, I don't know too much about the things maybe. I don't know nothing that I ought to know. But
one thing that I know Jesus Christ saves us from sin, keeps us from sin, and gives us His power
and His blessings.
And if you'll just notice around and watch what takes place in the people that's prayed for... Look
across the nations and look at the signs and wonders everywhere. And look at the time coming.
Like them two branches we was preaching on here sometime ago, come up from Genesis, how
they're bearing their records everywhere. How the unbeliever, very fundamental and dignified in
his religion, but having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof... And the church is
moving on.
May the Lord Jesus bless each one is my prayer. And may you so live that you'll become so
burdened--may God put on you people so burdened for lost souls till you can't sleep day nor night.
May God grant this Branham Tabernacle that privilege of becoming so burdened. I don't care if
you never shout, if you never do anything else, if you're just so burdened for lost souls till you can't
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sleep. When you do that, the world will be slipping in here to be prayed for (That's right.), the world
coming to be prayed for. You'll be known everywhere. God give us of His Spirit, make us humble,
break us down, and make us so charged with the power of God to heal the sick, to cast out devils,
to do great signs and wonders. When you lay your hands on the sick and ask that blessing without
one wave in your heart, you believe that God's going to do it. Watch that patient, it'll begin to get
better, Why? The evil's gone from us. Just like the tree that was standing, Jesus looked, and there
was no fruit on it. He said, "Cursed be you."
Twenty-four hours later they passed by. Peter said, "Look, the leaves are already wilting."
Something had taken place. God's Word was spoke.
Jesus said, "Have faith in God. For if you say to this mountain 'Be moved,' and don't doubt it, it'll
obey you." Have faith in God.
Now, it's Communion time. While we bow our heads I'm going to ask someone to come to the
piano.
Lord, this is the hour, the time that when maybe men and women, Lord, across the world will see
that the great hour of judgment is approaching when God will judge all nations in their political
standings. Everywhere, every place, and everybody must stand the judgments of God. And,
Father, we're so happy to know that there is an escape of these people that--who would desire to
escape. And that route is through Jesus Christ, Who is the--the Offspring of David. And we thank
Thee, dear Father, for ever sending Him to the earth, that He was the Medium that we could go
through; He would intercede for us and take away our sins, that we'd escape the wrath and the
damnation of God. We know that the wrath is to come. And as--as John said in the days gone by,
"Flee from the wrath that is to come."...
Now, Lord, we pray that as we take Communion tonight that You will sanctify us, Lord, with Your
cleansing Blood; and may every sin of these people be remitted. I humbly and sincerely pray, God,
that You'll not let one of us take it unworthily. For Thou has said in Thy Word, if we do so, we're
guilty of the Body and the Blood of the Lord. Now, Father, make these people holy and
consecrated, that we may take this without a blemish.
And now, Father, we realize the Communion was first given down in Egypt. And those people
who taken Communion, the lamb and the bread, as they marched out, forty years they journeyed
in the wilderness; and there wasn't one feeble among them when they come out of the wilderness.
They taken the Communion.
God, be merciful. I pray that all the sick will be healed, all the lost will be saved. And those who are
formal and indifferent, may they move up close to the fires of God, warming their souls. Grant it,
Lord. Forgive us now and help us. We pray in the Name of Thy Son.
And while we have our heads bowed, I wonder, as the brother gives us a little chord on the piano,
if there is a person here that would raise their hand and say, "Brother Bill, I--I sincerely... for a
soul's condition. I--I--I want you to remember me. I--I--I want to receive the Holy Spirit." Would you
raise your hand, say, "Remember..." God bless you. God bless you, and you, and you, you, and
you. God bless you, and you. God bless you, lady, you, and you, you, brother. My, hands
everywhere. God bless you, brother. God bless you. God bless you, sister. You, sister, I see your
hand. That you want to receive the Holy Ghost. God bless you, brother.
Don't you want just a little closer walk. Remember, friends, we are living near the coming of our
Lord. Now, God is confirming His Word, signs and wonders everywhere.
Now, surely that God wouldn't let me go out and be anointed with the Holy Ghost to perform signs
and wonders, come back and preach the Word, and so forth, and would bless It everywhere, and
do these things, unless He give me some conception of His Word. He wouldn't grant that. So I do
know what I'm speaking of.
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If you're without Jesus Christ, without the Holy Ghost, may God don't let you have any rest till you
receive the Holy Ghost. Don't be deceived. Just don't take one of these formal dry-eyed
confessions and say that you got the Holy Ghost. You do not get the Holy Ghost when you
believe. You don't believe to get the Holy Ghost. It's a gift of God. Paul said, "Have you received
the Holy Ghost since you believed?" So believe it. And may God grant It to you.
Now, Father, to those who held up their hands, I pray that You'll give them the Person of the Holy
Ghost just now. May He come deeply into these many, ten or fifteen hands that went up. I pray
that You'll give every one of them the baptism of Thy Being. May they be so filled with the Holy
Ghost, till signs and wonders will take place in their lives, they'll see all kinds of signs. Like Jesus
said, "These signs shall follow them that believe." Grant it, Father. We humbly pray in Thy Son's
Name, Jesus Christ, Amen.
Brother Neville...
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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
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Him now... Everybody take real good inventory of this (See?); mark it down. I'm only answering
them the best of my knowledge by the Word of God. See? And if it isn't answered correctly to
your--and you--another question... Why, you're... I'd just love for you to put it back on the platform
or something, talk to us about it, or anything that we could do. And maybe Brother Neville and I
here, we might see things that we don't just--just agree upon. And as Mr. Baxter, one of my closest
associates in my meetings... Mr. Baxter, we been together for years, and a real Bible expositor he
is, but he doesn't believe in the millennium.
And I try my...?... use your own mind when you're studying the Bible. If you try to use your own
knowledge or your own mind, you'll certainly...?...
Now, I feel that these...?... These's some of them here, are just little comments, and so forth, and
I'll try to answer them first, which I tried to segregate them. And I may have to have this--use the
concordance for a little while to get some of this out. And then, in here if I misquote or anything,
you just perfectly call my attention (See?), and write me a note, and tell me.
Now, before we try to open this...
Now, the reason I'm doing this friends, I tell you; it's for a purpose; all of you know that. This
meeting was for a purpose. I believe God turned me around in that snow storm yonder and sent
me back for this very purpose right here. See?
And there's just been a little something wrong around the Tabernacle here for a long time. I want
to find it. When I find that, then I'm going to see if I can do something about it. That's right.
And I want the church to move along in harmony. And there's just a little something wrong,
because you're not progressing. You're getting people saved; that's true. That's wonderful, but
you're not progressing the way you should. We ought to be turning out preachers and everything.
The message should be going right along.
I've had our brother pastor out, and we've went through the mill together, Brother Neville and I
have. And I--and I want to see if... As one of your pastors, it's--it's my duty. And last evening...
Just, when I see anything, it's just in the church now. That's the reason I never advertised this
meeting; I just give it out. Just... Why, everybody's welcome; sure we want you to come. But it's
just in this church.
And I thought, "If I'll teach on the first night, what the church the day and the age, geographically in
the Bible, where we're positionally setting, then the church surely will wake up on that, and then
speak on 'The Mark of the Beast,' and let them see what that is, and then 'The Seal of God.' That's
the pro and con now; that's the dark and Light now; that's either in or out now; and that's the most
essential thing to be taught of now."
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And I tell you, friends; I say this with my heart before God, humbly: I have never felt the anointing
of the Holy Spirit to speak the words that I have in the last three nights. That's right. But it's just
carried me away till I'd go home, couldn't even sleep after I got home, just such anointing.
Now, I throwed these out here in hopes that I would find something somewhere (See?), get the--
the feeling of the people all on a piece of paper here. If I don't find this this way, and the Lord don't
reveal it to me, I'll keep on till I do find it. God will grant it to me. That's right. And so then when we
find it, it may be just a little, old wedge buried over somewhere. But Achan had one too. You know,
we got to get rid of that thing, then we'll come right on and move along in the Kingdom of God.
Now, the Lord bless you. And now, before we open up the Word... And now... Now, each one of
you has a Sunday school in the morning. Of course, you're... I--I wouldn't ask you to miss your
Sunday school; that's--that's your post of duty to your church. That's right. But now, if you don't go
to Sunday school, come up and see us in the morning. And then if your church isn't having
services tomorrow night, on Sunday, you're welcome; we'd be glad to have you at any time. And
so the Lord bless you. And greet all the Christians for me; I don't get here very much.
I was just looking in the room there; a little paper I've got wrote in there is still setting here as a
memorial to this church. And I said, "The Lord is calling me away," and we all cried and wept. I
remember the first night I went. You all remember my first call, anybody here? You all took up the
money to send me over to St. Louis, where little Betty Daugherty was healed. I stayed...
Remember, I borrowed somebody's overcoat here to wear. I didn't have any coat to wear. And I
went over and set in an old chair car to go to St. Louis. You remember the time? And I borrowed
one of the brother's coats; it was too big for me. I carried it on my arm, 'cause it was cool and I
didn't have a coat.
And then we went over, and I went to St. Louis, and I met Brother Daugherty there. His little girl, all
the doctors around there, specialists and hospitals had give her up; she was like a raging maniac.
Ministers throughout the city had been everywhere, in there praying for her. And I went in and
prayed for her, and the poor people just looked so gray. And the little girl in there, screaming and
crying, fighting...
And--and she couldn't make a noise like a human any more, sounded like an animal; she was so
hoarse from, oh, around three or four months... It was spinal meningitis, or, no, Saint Vitus' dance
in the--in the spine. And her little lips was all eaten, bleeding, and her little fingers just bleeding all
over where she had biting her fingers, and things like that, and just screaming and going on.
And I prayed, went down to the church, waited hours after hours, set out in the old car and waited.
I wasn't going to leave that case till I heard from heaven. Just setting there in the car, a vision
broke before me, said, "Go tell the father and his father..." Said, "Look... Tell the woman that the
other day, downtown, she bought a little white kettle. It's never had water in it before." And said,
"Tell her to look in the third drawer and she'll find a handkerchief that's in a piece of paper that's
never been used before. Tell her to fill it with water. Stand the father on your right hand and the
grandfather on your left hand, and repeat, 'Our Father, Who art in heaven...' And as you start that,
let her wipe the rag across its face. Then in the middle of the prayer have her touch its hands, then
its feet. Then stand and say, 'THUS SAITH THE LORD.'"
You know what happened, don't you? She was healed right there. And we put our hands together
and walked down the street and drank a soda pop together. That's right. That's right. It stirred St.
Louis. In my meeting there, fourteen thousand the first night... That's right. In Saint...
It's just too bad that I got away from that, to go and just start them coming through a line, just one
right after the other one, after the other one. Just go to a house and stay there till it's over and
return home, I believe that would've been better than all the meetings.
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All right, let's bow our heads while we speak to the Author of this Word now. In the kindness of
our Lord Jesus Christ we approach Thee, our Father. And in His Name we ask for Divine mercy,
that Thou will forgive our sins and trespasses against You. And if there's any sin in this little church
tonight, we pray, Lord, as--as a servant standing here, as a shepherd over the sheep, as the Bible
said, "Take heed to the flock of which the Holy Ghost has made you overseer over, that you feed
them..." And now, Father, I intercede for them, that You will bless them and remit all their sins.
Heal the sickness that's in the midst of the people. And, heavenly Father, I pray that Your mercies
will be upon us now.
Here, laying before me, written on paper, from many homes and many people, lays requests, real
deep Bible questions that goes beyond the ordinary schooling. And we need Your help, Lord
Jesus. And just picking these up now, walking into the room, having prayer, walking out,
separating them here, and laying the ones that should be answered now to one side, and the
others that has to go into Scripture to the other... That's as far as I know at this time, Lord.
And I pray that from right now You'll take up from here on, and anoint Your people here tonight,
the lips of the speaker, the ears of the hearer. And may the Holy Spirit come and take ahold of the
Word now and move It right into every heart, and may It be received in the spirit of kindness, and
may It be given likewise. And may, when the services is over tonight, may we go home, saying,
"Did not our hearts burn within us because of His Presence and His blessings?" Lord, not knowing
what to say, I commit myself to You with these questions, in Jesus Christ's Name, for the answer.
Amen.
Thank you, friends, for your reverence. I just want to just to show you what many--the most of
these questions was.
Brother Bill, please carry on through next week.
Please stay another week.
Please stay a little longer.
Brother Bill, please stay next week, a little longer; our souls are hungry for this kind of Food.
Does this church teach that you... That's just fall in there; that's in the wrong place.
I have two boys, age of two... That's... I got them mixed up, I guess, on it. See? Here, I better get
that over here too; that's concerning a personal affair.
Brother Bill, would you--would you like one more week?--We would like one more week of this
Gospel teaching.
My request is that you stay another week.
I would like very much for you to stay a little while longer; you know we are always--we can always
learn more.
Now, will you stay just another week longer, please?
Brother Bill, please preach one more week for us; we need it.
Brother Bill, my prayer is that God will change your mind and make you stay another week.
My question is: What are the flying saucers, and they are something from God sending out for a
sign? And I am asking you to stay another week.
Please stay another week.
[Brother Branham speaks with Brother Neville--Ed.]And this was a request from...?... for the
church to pray...?... someone to go the hospital. Now, here was another one who said... I'd... I--I
appreciate this asking. And Almighty God Who is my Judge, standing here now in this sacred
spot... Before I left home, the Spirit of the Lord told me, said this question will be laying on here.
And I--I knowed nothing about it, but I knew it would be here.
Is Jehovah Witness a false sect?
See, somebody... And the Holy Spirit, at the place at the... Standing in my bathroom before
coming down here, God, Who is my solemn Judge, told me, "That will be laying on the platform,"
and said I wouldn't say nothing about it, just go on. See? So I... You know what I said last night,
don't you? All right, that's what it was.
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All right, now we'll start over here on some of these. I just don't like to call right out any certain
thing, and say some person or some individual like that. I just like to teach it in a way of just throw
the whole thing together. And--and you understand, don't you? If I'd stand here and say, "Now,
Brother Neville is so-and-so and certain-certain thing..." If I had that to say about him, I'd go up to
his house and call him out and talk to him about it. See, I'd--I'd tell Brother Neville.
But, now, here is some questions. Now, I don't know where to start with; it's just a group of them
laying here. It says:
25. What connection did you mean about the Protestant church having with the Catholic church?
26. What does the image of the beast mean?
Now, that was one of the questions from last--probably was on the people's... Now, I'll try my best,
by God's help, to answer them the best of my knowledge. Now, if He will give me knowledge,
'cause God knows that I--I just picked them up here on the platform.
Now, what connection did you mean about the Protestant church having with the Catholic church?
Now, I'll answer that one first, God helping. I said that the Catholic church was the... We find out
that the mark of the beast (night before last) had to come out of Rome. Is that right? It can't come
out of no other country but Rome. There's where it's seated; that's where it's placed. And I said I
have nothing against Catholic people, nothing against anyone; we're all mortals trying to get to
heaven.
The pope is one fellow who teaches, the archbishop of Canterbury is another, and another, and
another, and another; and I'm just one of the teachers; that's all. They'd teach and say, perhaps, I
was a fanatic and I was wrong and so forth. And I have a right, if I can prove it by the Scripture...
Or if they can prove it by the Scripture that I'm a fanatic, then I'm a fanatic. But if I can prove by the
Scripture that they are wrong in their setup, then it's wrong; the Scripture's right. And it just have...
Not one place now; it has to come all the way through the Bible, everywhere.
Now, I said the Catholic church was the mother church, and that's exactly right. The Catholic
church is the mother church, when it comes to church organizations. The Catholic church was the
first church that was ever formed around about, the best history you have, about A.D. 606,
somewhere along in there when the early fathers, the second or third a round of the apostles.
They had died out and begin to scatter out in little isms. And the Romans, being converted, the
Roman empire ruled the state, and then church and state united together and started a religion
called "the Universal Religion." And the word "catholic" means "universal." They organized the
church, which was the first time that religion (Christian religion) was ever organized in all the
world's history.
The Jewish religion never was an organization; it was a free people. They had churches, but they
didn't have an organization. The--God dealt with a nation, not an organization. It was a nation.
And now, and then the Catholic church was the first organization. Then we picked that up in the
Bible to find out what that organization was. And according to the Word of God, it was supposed to
be controlled by a single man, one man. And that man was to be in a church that was set on
seven hills in Rome, according to the Bible. There's no... And he was supposed to have ruling
power in every nation in the world, religious ruling power. There's not another in the world.
And--and Communism, we found out, was not no--no antichrist that Jesus spoke of. Communism
is--is not a nation like Russia; Communism is a spirit. America is eat up with it. It's in the churches;
it's in the people; it's in business; it's in everywhere (Communism, the spirit of it). It's in schools; it's
in homes, everywhere.
And then--then when they organized this church which was contrary... And now, we taken the
Seven Church Ages, and prophecy, exactly the way God brought them on through the Bible here
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to us. And we found out by history and the Bible, that each age come in just according to Bible,
according to history; each one come in just at the time, through the dark ages. And then the
Catholic church formed in the Dark Age.
Then the reformation come on, which is Martin Luther. And Martin Luther had a light, the light that
the just shall live by faith, justification by faith, in the--in the reformation. A German priest which
denied and said that the taking the communion when he held it... And they was supposed to say
"this is the body of Christ," and he threw it on the floor and said, "It is not the body of Christ; it's a
wafer." And so he renounced the Catholic church in doing so, and come out in the early
reformation. Martin Luther did that, and that was a wonderful move.
Now, the...?... where Luther made his mistake, Luther organized another group just like the
Catholic church did, organized the people.
Then, directly, a new light come on. And when the new light come on, God moved out with His
people. The people that was organized in Lutheran church, they had to stay with their church in
order to be with the... That's just the same as the Catholics had to be, but many of the Catholics
come out and was Lutherans. Well, then when Wesley come along with the message of
sanctification, then many of the Lutherans couldn't leave their church; but many of them did, and
made up the Wesley church.
Then after justification and sanctification, along come Pentecost. And then Pentecost, many come
out of Methodist, and so forth, and become Pentecost because it was a greater light. Now,
Pentecost is organized just exactly like every one of them.
Now, the Bible says that... These are flat words, but I'll read them from the Bible. And you listen to
your doctor, or so forth, say this, and I'm your brother teaching from the Scripture. The Bible called
the Catholic church a prostitute, a whore, w-h-o-r-e. And He called the Protestant churches that
followed it, mothers, or they were harlots of this mother. And what connection it was, that the
Catholic church organized the thing and made all people believe in the light they had then, or what
they had then. The Lutherans did the same thing. And the Bible said that she was a great woman
of that type.
Now, what is that type of woman? Is a woman that lives and commits adultery. And the churches
are committing spiritual fornications with the--with the people. See? They are; they are. Here's the
Bible that teaches this, and they make up a bunch of creeds and so forth that has nothing to do
with the Bible.
And for... This is nearly twenty something years I've stood right here and asked any minister, at
any time, to come and take, not your textbook, your creed, but come take the Bible (in the Light of
the Bible) and prove It wrong. See? That's right.
And about contradictions, they say "Contradictions..." I've offered as much as two-months' wages
if someone will show me one contradiction in the Bible. It's not there. You think it's there, but it
isn't. If the Bible contradicts Itself, it's no good at all; you can't believe It. Every Word's inspired,
and there's no contradiction in the Bible.
Now, the Protestant church in its organization, is (according to God's Word) connected the same
thing with the Catholic church.
Now, I have nothing against Catholic people. Some of my dearest friends setting right here now,
has...?... of Catholic people. Here, last--night before last, when I gave a harsh message that
through the Holy Spirit all Protestant and Catholic, the Catholic walked right here at the altar and
shook my hand. They're human beings just the same as we are.
You can't discuss with Catholic priests, because they don't believe this Bible to be all the Word;
they say it's the church; we say it's the Bible.
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The Catholic said, "We Catholics go to church and worship; you Protestants stay home and read
the Bible."
I said, "Yeah, you go to church and worship, but what?" That's the next thing. See?
Now, but God said He was in His Word. This is God's Word and I believe It. I'm a Bible
worshipper. That's the reason I disagree with Protestantism and of--and the way of--of this church
organization, because they teach things that isn't the Word of God. So I can't help from
disagreeing. I don't fall out with them; no, sir, they're my brethren. And I don't fall out with them,
but I disagree with them, because I have to take what God says and let everything else be a lie.
See?
And now, that's the connection that... And now the Bible said that this woman, the Catholic
church, which was supposed to be called in the Bible, Revelations the 17th chapter, "A whore, and
she was the mother of harlots."... And we see that the Bible said that a woman represented a
church. So then if she had daughters that's harlots, it couldn't have been boys; it'd have had to be
daughters, so it had to be churches. And Protestantism was born out of Catholicism.
And now, the next beast... Or, the next thing is this here:
What does the image of the beast mean?
It's--it's a joint question to that, and the person who asked it has a good question. What make now,
if... The Bible clearly teaches that the Catholic church is the--the beast. The Bible said that a
"beast" means "a power." Is that right? A beast, the Bible says that the beast meant a power. And
the beast was the Vatican City, the Catholic hierarchy. All right. And now, that was the power of
the church that was the beast.
Then the Protestant church come out of the Catholic church, and organized themselves a little
power. That is a image.
If anything... If something was made in my image, it'd have to look like me. If something made in
the image of this church, it'd have to look like the church.
Something was made, a beast--made a image unto this beast, which was Lutherism,
Methodistism, Baptistism, Pentecostalism, Holinessism; all them isms formed up into an
organization and made an image just like the beast. There it is.
Now, "Do you say then, Brother Branham, that all Catholics, all Methodists, and all Baptists are
going?" I didn't say that.
There's thousands and thousands, and tens of thousands of born-again Christians in those
churches. But in their organization they're trying to drive them to a creed, and they won't stand for
it. A--a church when it organizes, it comes under a creed.
And I have no creed but the Bible. This is God's Creed, and the Holy Spirit is the Interpreter of
That; and He brings It on from one light to another. The Gospel I'm preaching today, if I shall live
to see another hundred years, if we would, there'll be more Light. Just constantly, it's always
come.
You used to ride an ox cart, your great-grandfather, when he went to see grandmother. Dad went
to see mother in a T-model. But now we almost go in a jet plane. See, we're moving on: science
moving on. Education's moving on; the Gospel moving on. And the Bible said they would, said,
"They'll run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase." So that's the joint. That's the reason
there's...
The Protestant denominational churches is the image of the beast, because it's denominated just
exactly like Catholicism is. And God never did order His Church to be organized in any age, but
has always bitterly condemned it. Now, do you get it? Not the people, the church...
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When they try to bring people under a--a light of... Here. What if people tried to get you to go back
and start running around in an ox cart? You wouldn't stand for it; we're living in a better age. That's
the way it is back there. If somebody tried to tell me, "Oh, the only thing you have to do is this,
that."... I'm living in another age. I... That's the trouble with ministers; they're always looking back.
Here. A French scientist said less than three hundred years ago if a man would ever make the
terrific speed of thirty miles an hour, gravitation would take him from the earth: thirty miles an hour.
Well, do you think that science would refer back to that today? Far be it. No, sir. They got him
going about nine or ten hundred miles an hour. Yet... Or sometimes in a rocket, and then it's
sixteen hundred miles an hour, and still taking him forward.
Science has taken man forward, more forward, greater things with his mind than what (and that's
the only thing he has, is the tree of knowledge)--farther than the ministers taking him with his spirit,
which is unlimited. But here's what it is. The science ain't looking back to what science said a few
years ago; science is taking what they got now and moving forward for something else.
But you ask the preacher; "Well, we'll see what Moody said about it; we'll see what Wesley said
about it." I don't care what they said about it; I know what God said about it now. This is it, and I'm
still looking for a greater. That's it. That's the reason...
The Bible said, "Three unclean spirits come out of the mouth of the beast." Do you know what
unclean spirits? Said like frogs. Did you ever notice how a frog looks? A frog's always looking
backward; he never looks forward: looking back, always back, look back.
But the four beasts that had the four different heads, in Ezekiel, was looking forward, and they
couldn't go backward. They were moving forward all the time. Everywhere they went, they was
going straight forward. See the difference?
Now, that's the connection that Protestantism has with Catholicism.
So you're always throwing off on the Catholics, but pot can't call kettle black. That's right.
I say, "Are you a Christian?"
"I'll give you to understand; I belong to the Baptist church." Yeah. That has no more to do with it
than to say that you belonged out here to the--a farm somewhere.
"Well, I belong to the Catholic church." That still don't make you a Christian. Belonging to the
Baptist or Methodist church don't make you a Christian. There's only one way to be a Christian.
The word "Christian" means "Christ-like." And you can't do it; you can't work it in yourself; there's
no way at all you can do it. You have to forget yourself, die out to yourself, and let Christ come in
and live the Life of Christ in you.
"Except a man..." Here's what Jesus said, "Except a man be borned of Spirit and of water he will
in no wise enter the Kingdom." Whether he's Catholic, Methodist, Baptist, or whatever, you'll have
to be baptized in water for the remission of your sins and receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost, or
you're lost. That's Jesus' own Word. So now, if you're Methodist and have received the baptism of
the Holy Spirit and been baptized in water, Jesus said you'll enter heaven. If you're Catholic and
have done the same thing, you'll enter heaven.
But if you're just holding on to that creed of the Catholic church, or the Methodist, or the Baptist
church, you're still lost. And that's the reason we got the condition in the world we got today,
'cause people are just exactly... They say, "That's against my faith."
"Do you believe in Divine healing?"
"That's against my faith." That's against your church; your church's creed has got that made up
(See?); you have to do what the church says. And then you holler at the Catholic; that's the same
thing they do. And that's the beast and the image of the beast. And the Bible says, "Whosoever
took it could not enter the Kingdom of heaven, but would be cast out where dogs, and sorcerers,
and so forth, and would be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy Angels in
the Lamb forever and forever.
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Come out of it, friend. Get right with God. Yes, sir.
And now, let me get this one though again while we... Now, someone asked me today; two or
three times I've been asked it:
27. Brother Branham, speaking on the mark of the beast, don't you believe they'll tattoo a number
in your head, or tattoo something on your hand?
No, sir. Don't never look for that. It'll be a boycott, certainly. No man could buy or sell 'less he
belongs to the confederation of churches. That's true. That'll come like a union, unionizing the
thing, bringing it down, unionized religion. Mark my word; it ain't far off. And you'll see it, she's just
around the corner.
The reason you don't know these things; you're here at home all the time. Follow me over these
countries where Catholicism has the upper hand one time, and see what takes place. Brother,
they tell them all what to do and what not to.
And here the Bible speaks that the United States (We picked it up in prophecy.) come up like a
lamb, freedom of religion, and directly they united those things together, and he spake like a
dragon and exercised the same power the dragon had before him. That's the U.S.A. That's right.
A minister said to me not long ago, a friend of mine, said, "Brother Branham, God will never let the
United States fall, because of the basis of its forefathers, founded on religion."
I said, "He let the Jews, sure, carried away, and they had a lot better standing than we had." That's
right. God ain't no respect of some generation that's passed; you either walk the line or you're out
of the Kingdom; that's all. Truly. That's pretty rough, but that's good for you. That's right. It's the
Scripture. And we got... we...
The trouble of it is today (Some of you old-timers know this.) we got too much Hollywood
evangelism (That's right.): too much of that with a whole lot of racket and carrying on, a lot of
glamour, and everything like that, and tooting horns, and so forth and, "Who will stand up and
accept Christ as personal Saviour? God bless you, brother; you go to heaven right now." That's a
lie. That's a lie.
"Except a man be born again..." And if he's born again, the same blessing that come to him there
will come to him here. And we've been through that over and over through the Scriptures in the
last week and find out that in the eastern people, when the Holy Spirit fell upon the Jews, which
were an oriental, eastern people, the Holy Spirit fell with great signs and manifestations. The Bible
said there'd be almost a--a time where you couldn't even tell, like dark or day. It was kind of a
cloudy day, plumb on until the last part of the evening. And then the sun would come out a few
minutes in the last evening. "It will be Light in the evening." Is that right? Well, that's the western
people, the Gentiles, receiving the same Holy Spirit that the Jews received back there with the
same signs and manifestations. That's it.
And 'course, people, the world's going to call you a fanatic, cracked at the head. The Bible...
Jesus said they would do it. You're a peculiar people, and you are odd because it's so much
different.
I notice it in my own neighborhood at home, the people there, they'll... Even my little children, we
try to keep them clean and live decent as can be, but you can watch the neighbors make a
difference in the children. See? They make a difference.
And I know; I have a way of knowing things (and you know that; you've seen it in meetings), know
that the pastors of the city say, "Well now, Billy's a good boy; we have nothing against him. But,
you see, that's just a little different class of people than what we are." Thank God. That's right.
Thank God. That's the mark. There's the mark we're talking about.
Look last night, when the Holy Spirit predicted, nine hundred years before the Jews received the
Holy Ghost, and told them what it would be, "The inkhorn--Man with the inkhorn writer went
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through the midst of Jerusalem and set a mark in their forehead." Is that right? Spoke of it before
the church was condemned by God. And Titus besieged the walls of Jerusalem in A.D. 96, and
burnt the city. And there wasn't one stone left upon another one, according to the prophecy. And
today, the only thing they got left of the temple is an old wall laying there where they heaped up
the stones, and it's rubbed slick where the Jews weep and wail there at the wailing wall, the only
thing left of the temple. And the Moslem of Omar stands at the same place.
And Jesus said, as spoken by the prophet Daniel, "When you see the abomination that maketh
desolation standing in the holy place," then He's underlined in parenthesis: "Let him that readeth
understand." See? That's right. And there it was. And He told how many day--times it'd be until the
Gentiles would be... dispensation would be cut off. They trod the walls down, then God would
return to the Jews. And we're right at that time. Here's the Jews returning back by the thousands in
the last few years. And you know how we went through it last night, how the Scripture perfectly,
just like reading a newspaper, and more plainer, 'cause you get more sense out of it. Then...
But, however, the mark that was put on their head was not tattooed, was it? What was It? The
baptism of the Holy Spirit. And what is the Mark that's going to be for this last day? The Bible said
the Seal of God was the baptism of the Holy Ghost for the people in the last day. Now, there's no...
Ephesians 4:30, "Wherefore grieve not the Holy Spirit of God whereby you're sealed until the day
of your redemption." The Bible speaks. And Ephesians 1:13 says the same thing, many other
places, that the Holy Spirit is the Seal of God.
What is a seal? A seal cannot be put on anything until it's complete. The Lutherans wasn't sealed;
the day of the dispensation of grace wasn't completed; they preached justification. Methodists
wasn't sealed (I'm getting to a question here; we'll get to it a little--a little later.), not sealed,
because it wasn't completed. But the baptism of the Holy Spirit is the completion of the works of
God.
He said, "There are three that bear record in heaven: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and these
three are One." You can't have the Father without the Son, the Son without the Holy Ghost; they
are One.
He said there are three that bear record in earth: the water, the Blood, the Spirit, and they are not
one, but agree in one. there you are in one complete sealing: Justification under Luther, water;
sanctification by the Blood.
Justification was Romans 5:1, "Therefore, being justified by faith we have peace with the--God
through our Lord Jesus Christ," justification by faith.
Sanctification through the Blood, Hebrews 13:12 and 13, "Jesus suffered without the gates that He
might sanctify the people through His own Blood."
Luke 24:49, "Behold, I send the promise of My Father upon you; but tarry ye in the city of
Jerusalem till you're endued with power from on high. (Acts 1:8) After this the Holy Ghost is come
upon you, then you'll be witnesses of Me in Jerusalem, Judaea, Samaria, and to the uttermost
parts of the earth." A Holy Ghost baptism was to last until Jesus returns again. "A little while and
the world sees Me no more, yet ye shall see Me, for I'll be with you, even in you, to the end of the
world, doing the--the things that I do, you'll do also," through His Spirit, working through the
church. He said you'll be made fun of; said, "They called Me, the Master of the house, Beelzebub,
the chief of fortune-tellers," said, "how much more will they call them of His household now?" Said,
"Blessed are ye when men shall say all manner of things about you; rejoice and be exceedingly
glad, 'cause great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets which were
before you."
That's Scripture. See? There it is. So, you see, you just got to have it, friend. Now, you've got to
make your choice; you're a free moral agent.
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But that's the connection with the Protestant church and the Catholic church. Together they are
both, according to the Bible... who only holds to the church, not Jesus, now, to the church...
People in the church that's holding on to Jesus Christ and praying for God to open up the way and
make them--give them Light, that person's saved; I don't care what church he's in. That's right. But
if he's just holding on to his denomination, he's taken the mark of apostasy, which is taking the
place of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Contrary... And the Catholic and Protestant both alike, the
Bible said she was a whore; they were harlots, her daughters. Is that clear now? All right.
28. So the Holy... Does the Holy Ghost still given by the laying on of hands? The disciples did
this, Peter, Paul, and so on, and is it still possible? Paul received It in this manner.
Yes, dear brother, sister, whoever wrote the--the note. The Holy Ghost is absolutely to be received
by laying on of hands.
Now, many people call me... As I've been marked as a Pentecostal, saying I was Pentecostal... I
never belonged to a Pentecostal organization. I'm absolutely free from all organizations, and by
God's help I aim to stay that way, 'cause I can stand right in the breach and say, "We're brothers.
Come here; let's come reason together."
When I first started back there, by the grace of God... And you people here, and my secretaries
and them setting here know; I could be in contact with ten million people, or more, in the world
today. What an organization could be started. See? That's right. But I don't want a organization;
it's against the Bible. I'm trying my best to get the people to be saved that's in the organization.
That's the thing. And what influence the Lord has give me with people, I'll certainly use it for His
glory instead of placing it on some organization. I'll put it on Jesus Christ where it belongs. No
organization can save you; it takes the Blood of Jesus Christ.
But now, in laying on of hands... Now, I'm going to different with... Now, you dear Pentecostal
people, now don't fall out with me. But now when you come to a place and say, "We'll go tarry for
the Holy Ghost," what a word's been used in Pentecost...
And I'll say this by what... not hurting your feelings... The greatest support I have on the field is the
Pentecostal people, because they believe the message of Divine healing and the power of God.
The rest of them turn their nose up at it.
But just individuals out of the church, who's predestinated to Eternal Life, they'll come. That's all.
But those who are not, cannot come; and God said so, said, "They were predestinated to
condemnation." He's not willing that any should perish, but being God, He seen they would
condemn it. So that's--that's all. He foresaw it. And that's what the foreknowledge of God is, to see
those things. And He predicted the church just where it would be standing right to this very day.
And God knew it from the beginning. Before the foundation of the world, He knew the church
would just the way it is today. He knew before the foundation of the world I'd be standing in this
pulpit tonight. He's God; He knows the end from the beginning.
Now--now, the Pentecostal people has taught... Now, I'll probably get plenty back on this, but I
must be honest if I've got to come to the Word. There is no such a thing as tarrying meeting.
You've been in error. "Tarry" doesn't mean "pray," "tarry" means "to wait." After the ascension,
after Jesus Christ, the crucifixion, the cleansing of the sanctuary, and after the day of the
atonement, the resurrection... The day of the atonement, when He was killed, and then it's forty
days until the ascension, and then Pentecost. The word "pentecost" means "fifty." It meant fifty
days after the offering of the atonement.
And then after the atonement was offered, everything had to come out perfect, literally,
geographically, everything just as God said. And Pentecost, is--was a jubilee time, when they
brought the firstfruits of the harvest in and had a jubilee.
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Now, the firstfruits of the--of the church, the Holy Ghost church, the church that was to last these
two thousand years till Jesus comes, the firstfruits come at Pentecost. It was ten days before
Pentecostal time; it was forty days after the cleansing, after the killing of the sacrifice, until the
ascension of Jesus Christ. He said, "Go up to Jerusalem and wait until you're endued with power
from on high."
Acts 1--Acts 2, "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were in one accord in one
place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound as a rushing mighty wind, filled all the
house where they were setting. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and begin to speak
with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance."
And then the religious world on the outside, the great orthodox churches come up and seen those
people staggering and acting like drunk people. And they come up and laughed at them and made
fun of them, said, "Look at this bunch of Galileans. They're all drunk." See the misunderstanding?
And to my Catholic friend, the blessed virgin Mary was with them. And if God wouldn't let her come
to heaven without receiving the Holy Ghost and being like that, do you think you'll get there
anything less, sister? No. So let's get off our high horse; let's get off.
Don't pay no attention to what the world's got to say. Look what God's got to say. This is the Word
of God. We have to build it according to this blueprint, 'cause He said to Peter, "Upon this rock I'll
build My church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." Everything else will take place. It
showed the gates of hell would be against it, but it'll not prevail. And the people thinking they can
stop it? You could stop the sun quicker. That's right. You can't stop it. God has ordained it to move
on.
Here, when I first got converted, even my poor mother back there thought I'd gone crazy. My
mother-in-law said, "He ought to be sent up to the insane institution." The preachers in the city
said, "He'll burn down pretty soon." I--I've been burning a long time; it's sure still burning better all
the time. Why? It can't burn down; it's God. Instead of burning down, it's spread around the world
now.
Just the same thing He said when I baptized right down here on the Ohio River, many of you was
standing there, twenty-three years ago, right on the Ohio River that Light, Angel, come right down
to where we was at, and said, "As John the Baptist was sent for a forerunner of the first coming of
Jesus Christ, your Message will bring the second coming of Jesus Christ." And it's done it. It's...
He hasn't come yet, but look what it's done; it's swept the world around. See? And today now, just
thinking, the--the effort that's went forth, there's been literally millions...
Even the Catholic "Sunday Visitor" spoke of it, of how many millions that come in around, just of
the effort.
Others hear and they say, "That's the Truth. I'm ready to sell out right now to these things of the
world and go preach the real Gospel."
And that's the reason they call us full Gospel, they make fun of full Gospel. But, brother, I don't
want a half of nothing; I... It's got to be the whole thing to me. If part of it's good, the rest of it's
good. The full Gospel...
Now, notice, the Holy Spirit come back there. The Pentecostal people waited, "And there--
suddenly there came a sound from heaven like a rushing mighty wind, filled the house where they
were sitting."
Not one time did they ever have to wait after that. While Peter spake these Words to the Gentiles,
the Holy Ghost fell on them, even before they was baptized. Is that right? While... Acts 10:49:
But while Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on... them which heard the word.
And they of the circumcision... and many as come with Peter was astonished because... on the
Gentiles... was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God, Then said Peter,
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Can a man forbid water, seeing that these must... has received the Holy Ghost like we did in the
beginning?
And he tarried and bap--commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. (That's
right; no waiting, no tarrying.)...
The apostolic way, God had no set rule: When the heart's hungry He'll give you what you're
hungering for. If you want the Holy Ghost, It can fall on you right now.
Peter, when he went down to preach... Peter had the keys to the Kingdom. (I've got a question to
get to that in a few minutes.) He had the keys to the Kingdom. He opened it up to this house of
Cornelius. He opened it up down to the Samaritans; he opened it up over here. But remember that
Philip had went down there, and preached to them, and had baptized them in the Name of Jesus
Christ; and Peter came down and laid hands on them. And now, he done something for that
sorcerer down there. They had Simon the sorcerer, said, "I'll give you some money to give me that
gift, that whoever I lay my hands upon receives the Holy Ghost." Is that right? Something
happened. (Not some of these archbishops with their collar turned around in the back, come
around and lay hands on them, said, "I give you the apostolic blessing.") Something happened
when Peter laid his hands on them, and when they do yet.
I've seen them just fall like flies like that, as the Holy Spirit strikes them by laying on of hands. Yes,
that is the--the apostolic doctrine of laying on hands. God bless you. If you're a little different from
that, just write me a note tomorrow night. All right.
29. If two thirds of the people of the world heard... not heard the Gospel yet, the Word of the
Gospel, how much does the... (Beg your pardon. It's wrote with ink, and I've been perspiring here,
and it's run into it. Let's see.) If two thirds of the people of the world has not yet heard the Gospel,
how can our Lord come now, since they hadn't heard the Gospel, two thirds of them?
Well, that's exactly right. I'll tell you what I think. Here not long ago, when Dr. Reedhead, the
president of the Sudan Mission, the greatest full--the greatest apostolic (Now, I beg your pardon.)--
the greatest fundamental mission in the world, the Sudan Mission... Dr. Reedhead, with so many
degrees, till he didn't even know how many degrees was upon him, come up to my house up there
a little over a year and six months ago, and stood in my house, him and this Hyman Appleman,
this Baptist minister, which has received the Holy Ghost now and preaching down in--in Mexico.
And he come to the house; he said, "Brother Branham," said, "do you deal with the Pentecostals?"
And I said, "Yes, sir."
And he said, "I'm Doctor Reedhead."
I said, "I'm glad to know you. Will you come in?"
He said, "Yes, sir." He said, "I want to ask you something." Said, "I understand that you was
ordained in the Baptist church."
I said, "That's right." I said, "I come out of it," I said, "because I couldn't stand that. I--I believe to
preach what the Bible says, not what the Baptist church says. And I have nothing against the
Baptist church; they're just as good as any other church." And I said, "I come out of it so I could be
free."
He said, "Well, of course, you know we're Baptist."
And I said, "Yes, sir."
And he said, "I want to ask you something. What about this baptism of the Holy Ghost?" Said, "I've
been in and seen them kick over chairs and stomp and holler and carry on."
I said, "I've seen all that too." But I said, "Brother, behind it all, there's a real genuine article of the
baptism of the Holy Ghost."
And he said, "Brother Branham, can I receive it?" He said, "I've got so many honors." He said, "I'm
a Doctor; I'm this; I got my Ph.D.; I got my Bachelor Degree; I've got every kind of degree and
honorary degrees from all over the nations and things like that," said, "and where is Jesus Christ?"
I said, "Well, brother, He's right here in the room."
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He said, "I stood and talked to a staunch Mohammedan, just been educated in America, and I
said, 'Renounce your old dead prophet and receive a resurrected Lord Jesus.' He said, 'Kind sir,
what can your resurrected Lord Jesus do for me any more than my Mohammed can do?' Said,
'Both of them wrote Bibles; we believe that.' Said, 'Both of them died.' And said, 'And both of them
promised life after death to us, and we believe it.'"
He said, "Oh, but, you see," he said, "we Christians have joy."
Said, "So do we." Said, "I can produce just as much psychology as you can." And that's right. He
said, "Well, look, our Mohammed... You claimed your Lord Jesus raised from the dead."
And Doctor Reedhead said, "Why, He did."
Said, "Prove it." Said, "Prove it." Said, "You've had two thousand years to prove it, and only about
one third of the world has ever heard about it." Said, "Let our Mohammed raise from the dead and
the whole world will know about it in two days." He's right. He said, "Our Mohammed never
promised us nothing but life after death." He said, "Your Lord Jesus promised you and you
teachers that the very things that He did you'd do also." And said, "Let's see you teachers produce
that now," and said, "we'll believe He raised from the dead."
He said, "Brother Branham, I scooted my foot in the dirt like that and changed the subject." With all
those degrees... Why? Where's God in those degrees? God's not known by Ph.D.'s and D.D.'s
and L.D.'s, and so forth.
God's known by simple faith, by the baptism of the Holy Ghost. That's the only way. God in you,
and He brings you a son of God, changes your nature. And the very same thing, God the Creator
Who made all things and spoke the world into existence by His Word, that same Spirit in you, you
believe everything God says, and there's nothing impossible, if you believe it.
You won't stand back to one little creed and say, "I don't believe, accept that. I can't believe God
will do this. I can't believe." You limit God by your unbelief. That's it.
So Doctor Reedhead stood there; he said, "Brother Branham, could a man receive the, really, the
Holy Ghost?"
I said, "Yes, sir, Doctor Reed, you can."
He said, "If God, who knows my heart, and I believe you, knowing you're under inspiration right
now, I want you to... Do you believe I'm telling the truth?"
I said, "I know you are."
He said, "How must I receive it?"
I said, "Kneel."
And he knelt there by the old coffee table. (I just picked up from up here; the man is setting back
there who fixed it just awhile ago up here.) Setting there, broke the glass on top of it as he kneeled
down. He said, "God, have mercy on my sinful soul." And then I laid hands on him, and the
baptism of the Holy Ghost come upon him right there. That's right.
And he's just set that Baptist church afire everywhere now. They're all of them around there. There
it is. Yes, sir.
The Gospel cannot... Jesus cannot come until the...
Listen. We pass tracts all around over the world. You can't go on any little corner less there's
been tracts passed, somebody coming through there with theology. You go overseas today and
call yourself a missionary, and watch them laugh at you. Walk into India and say, "I'm a
missionary."
"Well, what are you going to teach us?" They know more about the Bible... Some of their kids over
there know more about it than some of the teachers here in America knows about it. After all, it's
an eastern Book. And remember, they had the Gospel hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of
years 'fore America ever come into existence. Saint Thomas, the great church that he preached in,
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is still standing today in India. They don't need any of your teaching; they know all about it. They
said, "What are you going to teach us?"
"Well, we're American Missionaries."
"What are you going to teach us, how to drink whiskey? That's what you all do over there in your
churches: smoke cigarettes? Going to teach us how to divorce our wives and so forth?" Said, "If
you're going to do that, we don't want it." And said, "You're coming over here with some new
theology or something another; you're going to try to teach us some of the Word; we know more
about it than you do." And that's right. He said, "But if you're coming to demonstrate what the
Word says, we'll receive it." Amen. There you are. That's the thing they're hungering for.
Mark my word; write it in the pages of your Bible, for it's THUS SAITH THE LORD, "Remember,
when we land in India, you're going to hear of tens of thousands times thousands being saved."
The Holy Spirit has said it; I've wrote it here in my Bible; it's wrote in tens of thousands of Bibles
right here, like the resurrection of the little boy. By a vision that He said, "There's three hundred
thousand of them in there." And you see if that isn't right. There's how the Gospel's going to be
preached just overnight. She'll just sweep like that from place to place.
In Africa, when those thirty thousand in one altar call received God, I said, "Raise your hands and
receive the Holy Ghost." I said, "Don't wait for some American missionary to come over and teach
you to learn languages in the churches." And mothers washing over boards to send a missionary
over there, and ride around in a nice big car, living on the fat of the land; sure, pass out a few
tracts and come back. They don't want that; proved it.
I said right here at the Jewish Hospital there, a few nights ago in a meeting with the ministers and
doctors on the subject of Divine healing; I said, "You called me a holy-roller, and you said I'd had a
nightmare when I told you of the Angel of the Lord." And I said, "And our own church has sent
thousands and spent millions of dollars of sending missionaries to Africa; and when I got there,
they was packing little mud idols, trying to get help from the mud idol, and call themselves
Christians." And I said, "And what you called fanaticism won more souls to Christ in five minutes'
time than our millions of dollars and thousands of missionaries has done in the last hundred and
fifty years." They shut up; that was it. There it laid. I said, "Do you..." To them men, I said, "Don't--
don't you try to get educated; just take this Gospel and go on out yonder in the--in the native land
where a white man can't even go from the diseases."
And I've got records, right out of the Durban paper; it said, "Even if one old man couldn't even
know which was right and left hand, received the baptism of the Holy Ghost, and was baptizing on
the average of a thousand a week." That's how the Gospel's going just in a little bit; it only needs
about six months to cover the world. All right.
30. Will you explain about Christian--Christian Science?
All right. I... Here's... I won't speak about your religion, my brother or sister, whoever put the
question. Christian Science is psychology. And Divine healing is the power of God. Christian
Science has mind over matter; Christian Science denies the Blood of Jesus Christ. Christian
Science... No, I got Mrs. Eddy's books up there and read them all. See? That's right. Christian
Science denies the Deity of Jesus Christ, and puts Him a prophet. Jesus Christ was not a man; He
was God. He was Divine. And they think it's mind over matter.
If I've got a cramp in my arm or in my stomach, or in--or a pain in my head, I got sense enough to
know it's hurting, and it ain't whether I'm think it's hurting. But I know that God's power can take it
away, not my--me thinking about it. See? So Christian Science (I'll say this along with the other
that was asked me) is one of the modern day isms, and a deep dark error. That's right. Not hurting
your feelings, friend, ever who wrote it, but I must be sincere. Because you who wrote it and I
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together will stand one day in the Presence of Jesus Christ to give an account, and I'll have to
answer for what I say. Now, I wouldn't answer unless I knew. All right.
31. Now, when we're... When we live far from here... They're saying: We live too far from here to
attend the Tabernacle, where do you recommend we attend, assembly ourselves together, seeing
that the churches are after the mother church or Catholicism?
My dear brother or sister, whoever wrote it, I wouldn't tell you what church to attend. But what I
would do, this, my brother, sister, I... If you haven't got the baptism of the Holy Spirit (See?), well,
you get the baptism of the Holy Spirit and then you go to some congregation where there's other
people who's got the baptism of the Holy Spirit. You got... Congregate yourself with them kind of
people.
I seen a man here not long ago, that was born ten years since he... or, not born, I beg your
pardon, it was ten years since he had seen any sight. He belonged to a great church, and he lived
at Kennett, Missouri. And he had... He was a--was a shoe cobbler years ago and went blind. And
the man come on the platform, and the Holy Spirit told him who he was and what was wrong with
him, told him how long he had been blind, and told him of some little, dirty deed that he had done.
He said, "If God will let me live to get there, I'll make that right." And when he said that, his eyes
come open; and this very same Bible, he read chapter after chapter out of it.
He returned to his church and was giving praise. And the pastor told him, "It would have happened
anyhow. Why, you just merely got worked up; there was nothing to it. There's nothing to that stuff;
it's of the devil."
I challenge anyone to show me one Scripture where the devil can heal. If you'll show me where
the devil can heal, I'll prove the devil's your father (and that's right) if you'll do that. It's not in the
Words of God. It cannot be proven. And you might... You can want to try it; you're welcome. But
that's been met by bishops and everything else, brother, so don't say that.
Look. And that same man got to in his heart believing it. And three months later he was in my
services just as blind as he was in the first place. There you are.
So keep out of them isms. Congregate yourself with somebody who believes, associate
yourselves. The Bible said, "Yoke yourself not up among unbelievers. Be ye separated," saith
God. Come out. The Bible said, "Come out from among them, and be--touch not the unclean
things, and I will receive you. I'm the Lord Who stands in the midst of the church." That's right.
Come out. Don't associate with such.
But let... Get yourself among some church, some good church, Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian,
Campbellite, whoever it may be; it don't make... Where real true believers are in there, they don't
care what the church creed says; they go there to meet with their brothers and sisters and worship
God together. All right.
32. Last night you spoke of the great multitude that no man could number from every tribe, nation
that are--are mentioned in the 7th chapter of Revelations. Did I understand you correctly to say
that they are the Bride of Christ?
Yes, you understood me; they are the Bride. Now, if you'll notice, just exactly in Revelations 7, he
saw the hundred and forty-four thousand. Now, I'm not accusing you of this, my brother, but the
hundred... Usually a Jehovah Witness is the one that believes that hundred and forty-four
thousand will be the Bride. And that's an error. John knowed every one of them, and he called
them by name. They were every one Jews. He said, "Twelve thousand of Gad; twelve thousand of
Zabulon; twelve thousand of Benjamin; twelve thousand of Juda." Is that right? And there's twelve
tribes of Israel, and twelve times twelve is a hundred and forty-four thousand. Is that right? He
said, "All the children of Israel." John recognized them.
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Then he looked this way, and he said, "Why, here stood a great multitude that no man could
number of all kindreds, tongues, and nations stood with white robes in their hands and palms, and
waving, and shouting, and singing hosannas and--to the King." He said, "Who are they?"
He said, "That's the ones that's come out of great tribulation and washed their robes in the Blood
of the Lamb. They are before God, and they'll serve the Lamb in His Temple with Him. Day and
night they'll not leave Him." There's the Bride (See?), the Wife, the Gentile Bride.
Remember, the Bride is a Gentile. He said, "He'll come and take a people out of the Gentiles for
His (what sake?) Name's sake."
Now, there's a many young lady in the world. But I've taken one woman, and that was Meda Broy;
she's Mrs. William Branham now. She's got... She ain't a Broy no more; she's a Branham now.
See?
And that's how it is, you take on Jesus Christ and become a Bride, members of the Bride.
33. What are the Latin words over the Vatican City? We want to know how they add up to 666
and what they mean.
Well, it isn't over... The Latin--the Latin words isn't over the Vatican City; it's over the throne of the
pope where he sets on his throne. It's wrote up there, VICARIUS FILII DEI. If you wish to, in the
morning, I'll bring it wrote out, everything, and put it on a piece of paper. And if you want it, why, I'll
bring it to you in the morning, where you can spell it out in Roman letters, VICARIUS FILII DEI.
The word means "Instead of the Son of God"; he is the successor to the Son of God."
The Catholic church believes that Peter was the first pope; he was the successor of Jesus Christ.
Which that's an error. All right. Then they claim that every pope following him is a successor; and
the pope now, it is now, is a successor of Jesus Christ. And there it's wrote up over there, "A
successor of Jesus Christ": VICARIUS FILII DEI, wrote on there. Take the Roman letters and just
write it (X for ten, V for five, and so forth like that), as you spell VICARIUS FILII DEI, and draw a
line, and you got 666. Write it out and find out.
Now, I got the "Facts of Our Faith," it's called. The Catholic church... 'Cause my people were Irish
Catholic. So I know what I'm speaking of. See?
And it absolutely is the truth (That's right.), that there... And the Bible said that he'll be setting in a
church, or a--a place, or a church that sets on seven hills in Rome, and his power will go to all the
world. And he's called the antichrist.
And out of that church come forth little churches that was borned after that, and said she was a
whore, and they were harlots that followed her. That's right. And there you are. 'Cause they
organized in the same thing, and had their creeds and doctrines. Just a little less, not as powerful
as she is, but they still have power. And "beast" means "power." There you are. So they got... The
Catholics got the biggest power. The Methodists, and then there was Presbyterians, and then the
Lutherans, and then the Baptists, and then so forth, and on down. Them was little, organized
powers, "My church. My church. My church. My church."
But the true believer says nothing of that; it's, "My Christ. My Christ. My Christ." That's the
difference. How do you know? The Holy Ghost bears witness with signs and wonders.
Here's a little one, kind of a little throwback. I hate to read this, but somebody put it up here.
34. You asked the reason why this Tabernacle didn't go on. The reason why is grounds that some
of the deacons deny the gift of tongues and healing. We all know that to be true.
Let me know who he is, while I'm here on this--on this campaign, and that will be quickly removed.
See?
35. Please explain if a Christian should observe feet-washing, and baptism in the Name of Jesus
Christ's Name instead of the Name of the "Father, Son, and Holy Ghost." Please.
All right. I had about three of those in here that asked that same thing of feet-washing. Well, I
might as well start on that. All right, now you may different; that's all right. Let me just read a few,
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just a moment. Or if you want to read it, get St. John the 13th chapter, just a moment. I want to ask
you something here. And listen to what Jesus Christ said Himself, and then I'll take you on over in
the Testament and show you it's still observed on. Begin at the 2nd verse.
Now, supper being ended, the devil have... put in the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to
betray him;
Jesus knowing... the Father had given all things into his hands,... He came from God, and He went
to God; (He came out of the Spirit into flesh, and returned back into Spirit. See?)
And He rises from the supper,... laid aside his garments;... took a towel,... girded himself.
After that he poured water into a bason,... begin to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with
the towel wherewith he was girded.
Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter said unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet?
Jesus... said unto him, What--what I do now thou knowest not... but thou shall know hereafter.
Peter said unto him, Thou shall never wash my feet.
Jesus answered and said unto him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. (Oh, could you
imagine that. All right.)
Simon... said to him,... not my feet only, but... my hands and my head.
And Jesus said unto him, He that is washed... save... needs to wash his feet, you're clean every
whit:... but not all.
For he knew who should betray him; wherefore he said, You're not all clean.
So after he had washed their feet, and had--had taken his garments, and had set down again, he
said unto them, Know ye what I have done unto you?
You call me Master and Lord: and you say well; for so I am.
If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet;... you ought to wash one another's feet.
For I have given you an example, that you should do to one another as I have done unto you.
Happy are ye if ye know these things and do them.
Over in II Timothy, Paul said, writing to the church, "Don't let a widow be brought into the church
until she has washed the saints' feet." That's right. A feet-washing was observed all through the
Bible days. And by God's help, if I keep my right mind, and God helps me, I'll observe it till I die.
That's right. It is exactly a commission of Jesus Christ.
Now, here's going to be a stinging question:
36. Why would a person be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ instead of the "Father, Son, and
Holy Spirit"?
I got two or three; here's one right here:
37. Brother Bill, what is the false baptism that you were speaking of last night, if it is water or
Spirit? If it is water, and you said Jesus Christ's Name, why did Matthew 28:19... it'd say "Father,
Son, and Holy Ghost"? Please explain.
Now, these are kind of stinging, but I believe I got another one here somewhere, the same thing,
oh, it's about three places. I'll try to get to it. Let's see. Will--will you bear with me for a few
minutes? All right.
Now, let's just start now and answer these questions. Maybe we can skim through them, and get
them maybe (the rest of them) tomorrow, if nothing else for Sunday school, or sometime. But
these people, perhaps, are asking this, and tomorrow is baptism.
Now, whichever way you're baptized, that doesn't matter to me. But I want to tell you the apostolic
doctrine of the Bible. See?
Now, we found out last night, that when the Catholic church was organized, that it come out with
false communion, saying that when you receive the holy Eucharist, meaning the holy communion
there, you receive the Holy Ghost. That is not the Holy Ghost; that's a wafer.
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The Protestant church shakes hands, puts their names on the book; that's what they call receiving
It. Now, but the real way to receive it was the baptism of the Spirit.
And now, the Catholic church brought out catechism. Luther had it; the Methodist church has it;
Episcopalians have it; many of the other ones have it: catechism. Many of the traditions of the
Catholic church still hangs onto the Protestant church; which forms her right in with it according to
the Bible.
But there never was a person ever in all the pages of the Bible, ever baptized in the name of the
Father, Son, Holy Ghost. There never was a person baptized in the name of Father, Son, Holy
Ghost until the early Catholic church. It's not in the Bible nowhere. And if anybody can find a piece
in there, and tell me and show me where one person was baptized using the name of the Father,
Son, Holy Ghost please show me, for I've went through and through and through and through and
through it for twenty-some-odd years now. And it's an error. It's a Catholic creed and not a Bible
command.
Now, we'll find out why; we're going to your question, dear brother. St. John... I mean Matthew
28:19. All right, let's go back over. You turn with your Bible with me, so you can read with me. This
is the place where it's spoke of. One place in the Bible of...
Didn't Jesus say, "In the mouth of two or three witnesses let every word be established"?
I can take you in the Bible where It said, "Judas Iscariot went and hung himself," and, "You go do
likewise."
I can take you to where Jesus said, "When the Son of man (which Himself was) which now is in
heaven shall come again," and standing right here on earth... And said, "The Son of man which
now is in heaven," and standing right here on earth...
You have to know God to know His Word. You can't... No wonder you say It contradicts Itself. It's
confusing. Because God said He wrote It that way to hide It from these scholars and so forth. And
let people get humble at the altar, and God will reveal It to you.
Now, here's the Scripture, Matthew 28:19: only place in the Bible it ever mentioned these titles.
Go ye therefore,... teach all nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Ghost:
Now, the way you're baptized is "In the name of the Father, in the name of the Son, and in the
name of the Holy Ghost." That's not even in the Scripture. But it is here, "Teach all nations,
baptizing them in the Name." Now, look right at your Bible and see if that says "in the names" or
"in the Name."
Now, you say... Now, here not long ago in a meeting, a fellow said, "There's a contradiction in the
Bible." Said, "I wish you'd explain it to me. Why did Jesus tell the people to baptize in the name of
the Father, Son, Holy Ghost, and Peter turned around and baptized them in the Name of Jesus
Christ in Acts 2:38?" Said, "If that don't contradict itself, I don't see a contradiction."
I said, "Just because you haven't sought God right."
He said, "Brother Branham, does it make any difference if I baptize this way or that way?" It
certainly does, and I'll proVe it by the Bible.
What if--what if Moses... God told Moses, coming up the bush, said, "Moses, take off your shoes;
you're on holy ground."
He said, "Now, Lord, I'm a reverent man. My shoes are a little hard to take off, so I'll just take off
my hat." He never said "hat," He said, "shoes." And what the Bible says is Truth. Now, if...
Here, this is ten days; this is the ascension. And when Jesus was taken up, He commissioned His
disciples to go into all the world and teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father,
Son, and Holy Spirit. And ten days later... They went up to Jerusalem; they waited in the upper
room until the Holy Ghost come; then when they begin to preach and go on... They said, "What
can we do to be saved?"
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Peter said, "Repent, every one of you, and be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ."
Then he went to the house of Cornelius; he said, "Repent, and be baptized in the Name of Jesus
Christ."
He went over and found some people was already baptized, said, "You got to be baptized over
again in the Name of Jesus Christ."
And went down in Samaria and said, "Baptize them in the Name of Jesus Christ...
And not one time was them titles ever called over a person, never. "Now, there's a contradiction
then," you say. No, it's not. Just ask the Holy Spirit now, and watch Him reveal it to you. Open your
heart. Now, don't hold prejudice; if you do, God can't talk to you. But if you won't hold prejudice,
say "I'm looking for really truth, Brother Branham."...
If Jesus told the disciples to go do this, and they went and done something over here different,
and yet God blessed it, and all through the Bible... Now, did they do what Jesus told them not to
do? If they did, they disobeyed, and God will never honor disobedience. If He would, He would've
honored Eve and stopped the whole thing in the beginning. When God says anything, He's got to
keep His Word; He's sovereign. So then either Peter made a mistake...
"Oh," said, "that's what the apostles said," One fellow said, "That's what the apostles said; I'm
going to do what Jesus said."
Well, if the apostles did what Jesus told them not to do, then what? And if the apostles which
wrote this Bible, Paul wrote all of these, and Paul was the one made them be rebaptized again.
And if Paul wrote this, biggest part of this New Testament, then what kind of a Bible have you got
written that you're trying to read?
Let's just make it just This, act real sensible and see what the Word says. Now, this is for
education; for you to know the Word of God.
Now, if Peter baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ after Jesus telling him to baptize in the name of
Father, Son, Holy Ghost, he done contrary to what Jesus said. Is that true? Now, there's got to be
something there. Now, let's just find out, and ask the Holy Ghost to show us. Now, the first place,
now let's take--let's take the first Scripture, Matthew 28:19:
Go ye therefore,... teach all nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father,... Son,... the Holy
Ghost:
Look down on your Bible and see if that says "in the names of the Father, and of the Son, and the
Holy Ghost." Does it? No, sir. Did it say, "in the name of the Father, in the name of the Son, in the
name of the Holy Ghost"? It said, "In the Name..." Is that right? Well, the "name" is singular. Is that
right? Well, which name did He want them to baptize, the name of the Father, or the name of the
Son, or the name of the Holy Ghost? He said, "In the Name." Well, frankly, there isn't either one of
them a name.
How many fathers is in here, let's see your name--your hand. All right. Which one of you is named
"Father"? Father is not a name; father's a title. How many sons are in here? Sure, every man,
every male, they're sons. Well, which one of you is named "Son"? It's not a name; it's a title. Is that
right? It's not a name; it's a title. Well, which one of you is named "Human"? How many humans is
here? All of you. Well, which one of you is named "Human"? There is no such a thing; that's what
you are. The Holy Ghost is not a name; that's what It is. I'm a human. So neither Father, Son, nor
Holy Ghost is name; they're just three titles that goes to one Name.
Now, listen closely. What... Look here. I'll take this on just like a baby basis. If you said, "Well..."
Like you was reading a--a storybook, and it said, "John and Mary lived happy ever after." And you
wonder then, "Who is John and Mary?" Well, the only way you'll ever know who John and Mary is,
is go back and read the beginning of the story and go through it. Is that right?
Well, if Jesus said here, "Baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost," and Father's no
name, and Son's no name, and the Holy Ghost is no name, what, Who is this Fellow? We want to
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know Who He is. Now, the best thing to do... That's the last chapter of Matthew, the last verse.
Let's turn back to the 1st chapter of Matthew and the first verses and start off, find out Who this
Father, Son, Holy Ghost is. Now, I just want to do this for the children there, so they'll get it also.
First thing is to straighten out you on your trinity: Father, Son, Holy Spirit. Now, in the first place,
not one place in the Bible was trinity ever mentioned. You find it and show it to me. There's no
such a thing. It's Catholic error, and you Protestants bow to it. Notice. Now, what is this? I said this
is Who? Father. This is Who? Son. And this is Who? [Congregation says, "Holy Ghost."--Ed.]
Now, the Father is the father of Who? The Son. Is that right? Now, this is Jesus' Father. Don't get
them mixed up, now. This here is the Father; this is the Son, and this is the Holy Ghost. Is that
right? Now, the people put it, "Three different people, three different Gods, three different
personalities." No wonder the Jews can't understand it. All right.
Matthew the 1st chapter starts off with genealogies of Jesus Christ, "Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac
begot Jacob," so on, down like that till it comes down to the 18th verse:
Now, the birth of Jesus Christ...
Here it is, the 18th verse:
Now, the birth of Jesus Christ... (follow me with your Bible)... the birth of this man Jesus Christ was
on this wise: When... his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph,... she was found with a child of
God, the Father. (Did I read That right? What does it say? [Congregation says, "The Holy Ghost."--
Ed.] Found with a child of Who? I thought somebody said this Man was His Father? The Bible said
this Man was His Father)... she was found with a child of the Holy Ghost.
Now, what kind of a child you got? As Jesus plainly said, God was His Father (Is that right?), God
is His Father... Well, what's the Holy Ghost got to do with it then? If the Bible said the Holy Ghost
was His Father, and Jesus said God was His Father, and you said God was His Father, and now
the Bible says over here that there's three--two different people, God had nothing to do with it; the
Holy Ghost is His Father.
Now, let's read a little farther:
Joseph her husband, being a just man, was not willingly to make her a publick example, but was
minded to put her away privily.
But, behold, while he thought on these things,... the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream,
saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is
conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. (Not God the Father; God, the Holy Ghost.)
See where your tritheist idea would go to? It would put Jesus a illegitimate child. Certainly. That's
an error: no Scripture for that. Now, you'll have to admit that God the Father, that God the Holy
Ghost is the same Person, or Jesus had two different daddies. Is that right? Of course it's right.
The Bible said, "The Holy Ghost was His Father," and the Bible said, "God was His Father." Now,
which is His Father? The Holy Ghost and God is the same Spirit; It's the same Thing.
... all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, by the Lord, saying,
... a virgin shall conceive... and bring forth a child, and they... (this One)
... and they shall call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from the sins.
And this was all done, that it might be fulfilled,
... and his name shall be called Emmanuel, which is by interpretation, God with us.
Now, Who is Father, Son, and Holy Ghost? Did Peter do wrong? He done what Jesus told him.
That's three titles.
I'm a minister, and I'm a father, and I'm a "Reverend," they call it (a title), but none of that's my
name. My name's William Branham.
He was the Father; He was Son; He was Holy Ghost. You try to make three Gods, friend; it's
wrong; it's error. There's three dispensations that the tritheist got mixed up with. God the Father
was the Spirit that hung over the children of Israel in the Pillar of Fire. Is that right? God was there.
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Then God was made flesh and dwelled among us (Is that right?) in His Son. Now, He's
condescending down till He come into the heart of man by the Holy Spirit.
God is like a three-foot rule, or, a three-foot rule, yes. The first twelve inches was God the Father;
the second twelve inches, God the Son, the same God; third twelve inches was God the Holy
Ghost, the same God. Jesus said...
You say, "We got the Holy Ghost in us." That's right.
But Jesus said, "A little while, and the world seeth Me no more. Yet you'll see Me, for I ('I' is a
personal pronoun.), I will be with you, even in you, to the end of the world." Where's the Holy
Ghost at then? "I'll not leave you comfortless; I'll come again and be with you." That's it.
You see, you misunderstand it, friend. It's one God in three dispensations. The dispensation of
the Fatherhood, Sonship, and Holy Spirit, it's the same God. And when He said, "Go baptize them
in the Name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit," it was Jesus Christ. And that's why we
baptize in Jesus' Name.
Now, look, let's get the baptisms here. The first time baptism was ever mentioned in the New
Testament was John the Baptist. Is that right? (I'll place this up here.) You see, you have to get
your Godhead straightened out before you can get baptism straightened out. That's John the
Baptist, first baptism.
Second time baptism was spoke of was Acts 2:38, where they were baptized in the Name of Jesus
Christ there at the new church. The second place was Cornelius's house, or not... I beg your
pardon, Samaritans, Acts 7:48 and 49. And Acts 10:49 was where he baptized them at the house
of Cornelius. And the next time baptism was spoke of, and calling any names or titles, was over in
Acts 19:5.
Now, when they were baptized at the day of Pentecost, they were baptized (Acts 2:38) in the
Name of Jesus Christ. Is that right? Write it down, look it up.
The next, Philip went down, two days later, and begin to preach to the Samaritans, and preached
to them, and heal the sick, and had a great meeting down there, and baptized them in the Name of
the Lord Jesus Christ. Peter went down and laid hands on them; they received the Holy Ghost.
Peter went up on the housetop a few days later, was hungry; he saw a vision. God sent him over
to the house of Cornelius. And while Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on them,
and they begin speaking in tongues and carrying on like they did at the first place. Peter said,
"They haven't even been baptized yet." So he commanded them, every one, to be baptized in the
Name of Jesus Christ.
Every person in the Bible was baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ. Paul... I mean, John's
disciples wasn't baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ; they were baptized unto repentance. Let's
turn over to I Corinthians... I mean, let's turn over to Acts the 19th chapter just a moment, and read
this just a minute, so you'll see, my friends, that it's not--it's not... We're not... The Scriptures
doesn't contradict Itself. Look here:
And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul... passed through the upper coasts
of... Ephesus: he finds certain disciples,
He said unto them, Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed?... they said... We know
not whether there be any Holy Ghost.
... he said... then what was you baptized?... (Oh, they said, we been baptized. Said, How?)... said,
Unto John, John...
He said, John only baptized unto repentance, saying that you should believe on him who's come...
that is, on the Lord Jesus Christ.
And when they heard this, they were rebaptized in the name of Jesus Christ.
Paul laid his hands upon them, and the Holy Ghost come on them; and they spoke in tongues, and
prophesied.
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The great Saint Paul...
But listen. What if you'd been baptized by John the Baptist, the same man that baptized Jesus
Christ? A holy man, where Jesus said, "There never was a man born of a woman as great as John
the Baptist." He's the chief of all the prophets. He led Jesus out in the water and baptized Him
right in Jordan. Brother, if I was baptized by him, I'd feel pretty good about it. Is that right?
But Paul turns around and says, "That won't work now." Said, "You've got to be rebaptized again."
"Oh, we've been immersed though, Paul. We was immersed by John right out in the river of
Jordan."
He said, "That won't work now. You've got to be baptized again."
"How?"
Said, "John baptized unto repentance. This is for the remission of sins, and no other name under
heaven is given among men, only the Name of Jesus Christ." And they had to be rebaptized again
in the Name of Jesus Christ.
And not one place in the Bible, or all the history for the first six hundred years after the death of the
last apostle, did they ever baptize any other way but in the Name of Jesus Christ.
And go ask any Catholic priest that you want to; ask them who changed that, and see what they
tell you. Get the catechism and read it; say, "Sure, some of the Protestants will be saved because
they bow to our baptism." They changed it. They say they have the power and authority to do it,
and you believe it. That's what they say; that's what they claim; that's what the Protestant church
bows to. But Scripturally it's absolutely not one ounce of Scripture about it. They had to be
baptized over in the Name of Jesus Christ.
Now, listen, quickly now, so we get right... I don't want to hold you too long on these questions.
Look, in the day when Jesus come down off the Mount Transfiguration with His disciples, He said,
"Who does man say that I am, and what do they say?"
"Some says Thou art John the Baptist; some say You're Elias, some say You're the prophet." He
said, "But Who do you say I am?"
And Peter said, "Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God."
He said, "Blessed art thou, Simon--Simon Bar-jona," said, "for flesh and blood has not revealed
this to you. You never learned this in some church; you never learned this in some seminary. But
My Father has revealed this to you; and upon this rock I'll build My church, and the gates of hell
shall not prevail against it."
Now, the Catholic church says, "It was Peter." They had a rock there, and it still lays under the
Vatican City (and that was in Jerusalem, in the--Palestine). And they said that that was the rock.
The Protestant church says it was Peter who they built the church upon. If that's so, it backslid a
few days later. That wasn't it.
The church was built upon the Divine revelation of God. "Flesh and blood has not revealed this to
you, Peter, but My Father which is in heaven has revealed it to you. And upon this rock (spiritual
revelation of the Word of God) I'll build My church, and the gates of hell will never prevail against
it."
That's where I say, in Luther, Methodist, and whatever you are, whatever, Pentecostals, and
whatever you are, doesn't make a bit of difference; when the church of God moves on in the power
of the inspiration, she'll move right on and on and on and on, and no denomination stop it; nothing
in the world will stop it. "Upon this rock I'll build My church, and the gates of hell cannot prevail
against it": spiritual, revealed truth.
Now, watch now the next, He says, "And thou art Simon, and I give unto thee..." because he had
the spiritual, revealed truth. That's the reason he knowed the difference between Father, Son, and
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Holy Ghost, and the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. He had a spiritual revelation. That's what
you're understanding tonight, where the Holy Spirit's opening it up to us.
He said, "Thou art Simon, and I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of heaven. And whatever
you bind on this earth, I'll bind it in heaven. Whatever you loose on this earth, I'll loose it in
heaven." Did He say it? St. Matthew the 16th chapter, "Whatever you bind on earth, I'll bind in
heaven. Whatever you loose on earth, I'll loose in heaven. And I will give you the keys to (What?)
the Kingdom of heaven." What is the Kingdom of heaven? The Holy Spirit. The Bible said, "The
Kingdom of heaven is within you..." I mean, "the Kingdom of God," excuse me. "Kingdom is within
you."
Now, He said, "Some standing here will not see death until they see the Kingdom of God coming
in power." Just a few days later till Pentecost. See? "Some stands here," right in that same place--
thing He was saying it, "Some of you stands here..." He just been transfigured, said, "You won't
see death until you see the Kingdom of God coming in power."
The Bible said the Kingdom's within you. When Jesus rose from the dead, remember, He had on
His side the keys of death and hell, not the keys to the Kingdom; that was given to the church.
Now, Peter had the keys. Do you believe Jesus would keep His Word? If He doesn't, brother, He
wasn't God. That's all. Now, He said, "Peter, I'll give you the keys to the Kingdom," in other words,
"to the Holy Spirit. Whatever you bind on earth, I'll bind in heaven."
Now, look what an error they made, go out and forgive sins and so forth like that, what an error.
Let's see. They put the keys on him. Now, He set his face right straight to Pente--or right straight
to Jerusalem. He was crucified, died, rose the third day, was on earth forty days among men,
ascended up into heaven, told them to wait till they seen the Kingdom of God come upon them; at
this time the Father will restore the Kingdom in a spiritual form to them. They went up to the city of
Jerusalem and waited there for ten days and nights, and all of a sudden, the baptism of the Holy
Spirit (the Kingdom of God) come with power upon them. Is that right?
Now, watch. Peter, uneducated, couldn't even sign his own name (A pope? Yeah, a pope) stood
upon a little soapbox or something and begin to preach. He said, "You men of Judaea and you
that dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you and hearken unto my words. These are not drunk
as you suppose, seeing it's the third hour of the day; but this is that which was spoken of by the
prophet Joel. 'It'll come to pass in the last days,' saith God, 'I'll pour out My Spirit upon all flesh.
Your sons and daughters shall prophesy, and on My handsmaids and maidservants will I pour out
of My Spirit and they shall prophesy. I'll show wonders in the heavens above, and the earth below,
fire, pillars of fire, and vapors of smoke.'" On he went, speaking of David and so forth.
And when these critics stood there, said then, "Men and brethren, what can we do to be saved?"
Oh, be careful, Peter; you got the keys hanging on now. Is that right? The first Gospel message...
Jesus, a few days before that, before He was crucified, said, "Peter, I'll give you the keys.
Whatever you bind, I'll bind it; whatever you loose, I'll loose it. Now, whatever you do, I'll recognize
it in heaven." If He's a Man of His Word, He'll keep His Word.
And here he is standing here; the Holy Ghost had fell for Its first time, and Peter was asked, "What
can we do to be saved?"
Watch out, you're sticking the key into the Kingdom for the first time. Jesus told you a few days
ago (was ten days ago), said, "Go baptize people in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy
Ghost." What are you going to do? But He give you the keys because you had a spiritual
revelation. "For My church will be built, and the gates of hell can't prevail against it."
And take your creeds and dogmas, and whatever you wish to, but it'll fail miserably (It has been.),
but the power of the living God shall move on and on into eternity. Like a streak of radium, She
moves on (Notice.) without end.
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Peter, you got the keys. Whatever you do here, God's got to recognize it in heaven. Is that right?
"What do you say, Peter? What can we do to be saved?"
Peter said... Don't go say a "Hail Mary." There's no such a thing, do a novena. Don't come and
shake hands and put your name on the church book and have them sprinkle a little water on you.
No such a thing, that's Catholic dogma that the Protestant church is bowing to.
He didn't say "All of you go... And now, Jesus told me a few days ago, for all of you to go and be
baptized in the name of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost." Not a man that had spiritual revelation,
wouldn't say that. He said, "Repent, every one of you, and be baptized in the Name of Jesus
Christ for the remission of your sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the
promise is unto you, and to your children, and to them that's far off, and as even as many as the
Lord our God shall ever call." That's it. Then the key stuck in, and it locked; it locked in heaven.
That's the reason Paul said to John's disciples, "You've got to be baptized over again in the Name
of Jesus Christ to receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost."
You didn't know it before; you know it now. Huh. It's all right. That's up to you. That's true. But a
tritheist, triune baptism was never recognized in the church, the New Testament, only in the
Catholic church; and the Protestant church bows to it. Watch. Many people would fall out with you
for that. But, brother, you got to make your choice.
Now, you say, "Brother Branham, I was baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. I
got the baptism of the Holy Ghost."
I don't doubt your word. I have no reason at all to doubt your word; I believe it. I believe God give
them the Holy Ghost up there before they was baptized at all; but when Peter told them what to
do, they went and done it. That's right. Now, you know what to do. That's right. And if you refuse to
walk in Light when Light's brought forth, you turn to darkness. Right. Amen. All right. Excuse me. I
don't want you to excuse me for hollering "so be it" to God's Word. No, sir. I'll holler "Amen" again.
That's right. Yes, sir.
Why baptize in the Name of Jesus Christ, Brother Branham? Why do you do that instead of the
Father, Son, Holy Ghost? Because the Bible teaches that. That clear?
Why do you wash feet, Brother Branham? Because, the Bible teaches that, I believe in the full
Gospel.
All right, now: What is the false baptism that you spoke of? That's it. That's exactly it. Nowhere...
Read back in the Testament and find where one person...
Now, to you dear people, I'm not hurting your feeling; I don't want to. I ask you to be humble and
not... Look at this thing in the face and see what it looks like. Look at it in the face of the Bible, not
in your church or some foolish, silly thing somebody's got puffed up in their head, but look at God's
Word. Sure.
Do you think that God Almighty would give me the ministry He's got around like this, with
supernatural signs and things which has never been seen since the New Testament, and let me
walk in error like that? Certainly not. And, brother, when I come back from overseas, I'm putting
the biggest part of my time not on Divine healings and miracles, but preaching the Word of God.
That's exactly right. Truly.
Now, let's see:
38. Does this church teach that you have to speak in tongues to receive the Holy Ghost?
No, sir. No, we don't. Speaking in tongues is a gift of the Holy Ghost (See?), not the Holy Ghost.
It's a gift. This tree bears nine manners of fruit. Is that right?
If you looked on an apple tree, got apples, you say it's a apple tree. Look on a tree, it's got pears,
you say it's a pear tree. No matter if it's got sycamore bark on it, and got pears on it, the life of it is
what? The life of it is pear tree life. Is that right?
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Now, this Tree of God bears nine spiritual fruits. Is that right? All right. There's all different... Said,
"One was given teach... knowledge, wisdom, understanding, and speaking in tongues,
interpretation of tongues." Nine different spiritual gifts grow on this Tree of God. Is that right? Well,
now, just speaking in tongues isn't the only one; there's others in there too.
Now, you can speak with tongues and still not have the Holy Ghost. Now, just remember that. I've
been right... I've seen witches and wizards come up speaking in tongues, and they ain't got the
Holy Ghost. You know, I've seen them come up shouting and jumping, and they ain't got the Holy
Ghost. I stood in a corn-dance here not long ago, out in a little piece from Douglas, Arizona, up
there. Seen that corn-dance when they having it up there, and that wizard come out there and
carried on terribly, and everything, carried on and throwed dirt over in him there. That didn't mean
he was saved. The man was a--a witch doctor.
I stood in India--in Africa and seen witch doctors come up and challenge me like that with their
enchantments, and even drunk blood out of a human skull. That's right. You better know what
you're talking about when you face that. But I've seen the power of Almighty God bind that man till
he couldn't move; stood there and his eyes glassy like that, and they pack him away. Yes, sir.
Brother, God is real. That's right. But God is a Spirit, not confined only to speaking in tongues or
this, that, or the other. I say that any man that is... That's the trouble in the church here. See, you...
Pentecost went wild on that one thing. They got down to the people... Instead of--of laying hands
on them, and them receiving the Holy Ghost, they got them down at the altar and begin to beat
them on the back and holler, "Say it. Say it. Say it," and say a word over and over, till they got
confusion and not tongues.
If a genuine Holy Ghost person is born of the Spirit of God, he'll live a godly life. Some of them
men was living horrible lives, and you know that; and their fruits proved that they wasn't. Jesus
said, "By their fruits you shall know them." And the fruit of the Spirit is not speaking in tongues;
that's a gift of the Spirit.
Peter never said, "Repent, and be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ, and you shall receive the
Holy Ghost"; he said, "Ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost," when they heard these tongues
and people speaking. It's one of the Holy Ghost gifts that they received. Amen. All right. Got to
hurry.
39. I have two boys; (one's two and one, five), and they have been sprinkled. Should they be
baptized by immersing?
Well, now, sister or brother, whoever you are, that's up to you. I've got a little girl... My little boy,
Billy Paul, was sixteen years old, and I baptized him in the Name of the Lord Jesus right here. My
little girl was eight years old; she come to me, and got up on my lap, and she said, "Daddy, I want
to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and I--I want to be baptized." And I baptized the little girl at
eight. When--if them little kiddies wants to be baptized, baptize them. If they're not, why, if
they're... Just go ahead; that's up to you, whatever the Lord said.
40. Will only those who have the baptism of the Holy Ghost be in the rapture of the church, or will
all believers be indicated?
We ain't... We haven't got time to justify that. But, brother, only the Holy Ghost Bride will be in the
rapture. See? The Bible strictly--the others won't be lost.
Look. Who's going to judge the earth? Saints. Daniel said, "I saw Him come to the Ancient of time,
and--and He came with ten thousands times ten thousands of His Saints." Is that right? The
rapture, the church had gone on. Then they come down, and the judgment was set, and the Books
were opened. Is that right? And another Book was opened which was the Book of Life (the
sanctified believer that hadn't received the Holy Ghost).
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Didn't Jesus teach that ten virgins went out to meet the Bridegroom, and five of them... Or all of
them were virgins, pure, holy. And they... These went to sleep and didn't get the Holy Ghost; and
these got the Holy Ghost, had Oil in their lamp. And when the Bridegroom come, the Voice come,
shouting, they said, "Oh, let us go. And give us some of your Oil."
He said, "Go to them and buys; pray up, get it now." But they couldn't. And while they was gone,
the--the virgins went into the Wedding Supper, and they were cast in outer darkness where they
were weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth. Didn't Revelations, last night, in the 12th chapter,
night before last, teach that the red dragon spurts water out of his mouth to make war with the
remnant of the woman's seed that had faith in God and kept the commandments of Jesus Christ?
To you women, when you lay down a pattern. It's a nice piece of goods, the same goods in it, but
you take like this and lay your pattern just the way that you're going to cut it. And then you cut it.
That's up to you. But you take the goods that you cut to make your garment out of, and the rest of
it is used. It's just as good a goods as the rest of it, but by election you have chose that. Is that
right? The rest of it is just as holy and just as good, and just as expensive as the rest of it, but that
was your choice.
And God has promised that we are going in the rapture by election. And the Bible said, "And the
rest of the dead lived not for one thousand years." Is that right? So only... You'll not be lost, but the
Holy Ghost filled Bride will go in the rapture. The rest of them will come through judgment; while
they didn't.
41. If you are supposed to be baptized in Jesus' Name, why would Jesus say in Matthew 28, "Be
baptized in the name of Father, Son, Holy Ghost"? That's just what I just got through explaining,
that one.
All right, are you getting tired? I know you are. But...
42. Doesn't God have respect for the baptism of the--the "Father, Son, and Holy Ghost"? Isn't
there people being baptized in the name, in these names, have received the Holy Spirit? Did
Jesus come to glorify the Father? Wouldn't this baptism be recognized?
Yes, Jesus came to glorify the Father; look in St. John the 14th chapter. I'm just about... I got... If
you'll just wait just about three more, we'll have it over, I believe. Look, and then we get some new
ones tomorrow. Amen. "'Cause I'll really get some back from tonight, I believe. Notice, I... This is
church, though; this we're going on.
Look, Jesus come to manifest the Father. Look. in the beginning God made man in His own
image. Is that right? Well, what is God? A Spirit. St. John the 4th chapter, Jesus speaking to the
woman at the well, He said, "God is a Spirit, and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit
and Truth." Is that right? If God made man in His own image, what kind of man did He make then?
A spirit man.
In Genesis 2, there was no man to till the soil, and God made man out of the dust of the earth, not
in His image, but in the image of animal life. And he put the spirit of man in this animal man here,
and he become a living soul. Now, that's the difference between a man and the animal. The
animal don't build automobiles, and he doesn't do things like that to help his living and so forth like
that. He's an animal, dumb brute; he hasn't got a soul. He can't read and write; he can't talk,
speak; he's a dumb brute. But a man is in flesh like a brute, but he's got a soul of God in him what
makes him immortal. And he can invent, look what he can do. He's on--almost on the equal with
God, because he's a son of God; even in his fallen estate he's wonderful. Look at him. See? That's
it.
Then when man fell in flesh... And if God sent another individual besides Himself down, He was
unjust. The only way God could justly do it was take the man's place himself.
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What if I made Brother Neville die for this woman here? What if I made this woman die for this
woman here, if it would been that I had the rule over you? I could not be just and do that. If I
pronounced death, and want you to live, I've got to take your place to justify you.
And then God Who was in the image of Spirit, without image, rather, the Bible said, "God's without
form." All right. Then God had to take on form, and He overshadowed a virgin and created in her a
blood cell, without sex or anything to do with it, and created a blood cell that developed into the
Son of God. And God came down and dwelt in His Son, Christ Jesus, making Him God on earth.
When St. John... Thomas said, "Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us."
He said, "I've been so long with you and you don't know Me?" He said, "Why sayest thou, 'Show
us the Father'?" Why, He said, "When you see Me you see the Father. I and My Father are One.
My Father dwelleth in Me."
A lady, here not long ago, I was talking that, jumped up, said, "Oh, Brother Branham," said, "I--I
know what you mean. They are one; sure they're one." Said, "You and your wife are one too.
That's the kind of one they are."
I said, "I beg your pardon," I said, "they're not." I said, "Do you see me?"
Said, "Sure."
I said, "You see my wife?"
Said, "No."
And I said, "There. Then they're a different kind of one than what me and my wife are." See? I
said, "That's right."
Jesus said, "You can't see Me without seeing the Father." Certainly not. It's the second part of the
three-foot rule, the same rule. It's God. Jesus Christ was either God or the greatest deceiver the
world ever had.
Listen. A woman said to me not long ago, said, "I'll prove to you," a Christian Science woman.
Now, Christian Science friend, be reverent just a minute. See? And said, "I'll prove to you that He
wasn't nothing but a man." Said, "You put too much bragging on Jesus."
I said, "If I brag day and night I could not give Him what's coming to Him." I said, "No wonder..."
Why, Isaiah tried to name Him; he said, "He's Wonderful, Counseller, the Prince of Peace, Mighty
God, Everlasting Father," all of that. He's Alpha, Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, the Root
and Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star, Father, Son, Holy Ghost. "In Him dwelled the
Fullness of the Godhead bodily," said the Bible. The Fullness of God was in Him.
She said, "I'll tell you, when He went down to pray for Lazarus, to raise Lazarus up," said, "I'll
prove to you He was just a man."
I said, "Let's see you do it."
Said, "The Bible said He wept. And that proves that He was a man; He could weep."
I said, "Sure, that was the Son that was weeping."
He was a God-man. He was a triune being just like I am, you are; we're soul, body, and spirit. He
was Father, Son, and Holy Ghost in the Deity of God; that's Who He was. He was Deity Himself.
How could He do anything there when the... His own children crying for His blood? If it'd been
something else... That was His own children crying for His Blood, no wonder He wept for them.
How would a man... And His own kids crying for His blood, how could He feel? Either condemn
them to hell forever, or give His life; He was God giving His life for His children. Deity dwelt in Him.
That's Who He was.
The woman said, "Looky," said, "Reverend Branham, I'll prove to you. When He wept, it proved He
was a man."
I said, "Lady, He was a man when He was a-pray--when He was weeping. That's right. He was a
man when He was weeping, but when He straightened His little frail body up and said to a man
that had been dead four days, 'Lazarus, come forth.' And the man that had been dead four days,
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and rotten, and the skin worms crawling through him, corruption knew its Master and the soul
knew its Creator; and a man that'd been dead four days stood on his feet and lived again. That
was more than a man."
He was a man when He come down off the mountain that night, hungry, looking around over a
tree for something to eat. He was a man when He was looking there for something to eat on that
fig tree. But when He took five biscuits and two pieces of fish and fed five thousand, that was more
than a man. That was God in man. The one Creator Who could take cooked fish and break it off
and it was still cooked fish, took baked bread and broke it off, what kind of an atom did He let
loose? Hallelujah. He was God, the Creator of atoms and all things. That was more than a man.
He was a man when He was out there in that boat that night after preaching all day and healing
the sick, so tired till ten thousand devils of the sea swore they'd drown Him. That little old boat out
there bumping around like a bottle-stopper, the great waves a-flashing from place to place, and
Him laying, so tired till the waves didn't wake Him up... The devils was a-roaring, said, "We'll get
Him now while He's asleep." But when He awoke--woke up there, He was a man; He was so tired.
But when He put His foot on the brail of the boat, and He said to that sea, "Be still." And the winds
and the waves obeyed Him. That was more than a man. That was God, the Creator Who made
the heavens.
No wonder the apostle said, "What manner of man is this that even the winds and waves obey
Him?"
That was more than a man. That was God. He was a man when He was tacked at the cross as a
Sacrifice to take away sin. He was a man with nails drove in His hand. He was a man with thorns
over His head. He was a man that mockery soldiers spit on Him. He was a man was bruised,
striped, and wounded. He was a man. He was a man when He cried, "My God, why has Thou
forsaken Me?" He was a man crying for help. But on Easter morning when the seals of death
broke loose at the tomb, that was more than a man. He proved He was God.
Living, He loved me; dying, He saved me;
Buried, He carried my sins far away;
Rising, He justified freely forever:
Someday He's coming, O glorious day!
Oh, mid rendering rocks and darkening skies,
My Saviour bowed His head and died;
The opening veil revealed the way
To Heaven's joys and endless day,
No wonder Eddie Perronet screamed out:
All hail the power of Jesus' Name!
Let angels prostrate fall;
Bring forth the royal diadem,
And crown Him Lord of all.
That's that great Person the Lord Jesus. He was Jehovah, God inveiled in flesh. The Bible said,
"Whatever you do in word and deed, do it all in His Name." The Bible said the whole family in
heaven is named Jesus, and the whole family on earth is named Jesus. Let's pray in His Name,
live in His Name, teach in His Name, die in His Name, buried in His Name, baptized in His Name,
resurrect in His Name, go to heaven in His Name. That's His Name, and His Bride is named Mrs.
Jesus. He'll take a people out of the Gentiles for His Name's sake.
And I'm not a oneness. No, sir. You trinitarian people get that away from you. I am not a oneness.
No, sir. I'm not a oneness, neither a trinitarian. I believe what the Bible says. That's correctly.
Amen. Whew. I get too much on one. What was that? Did I get it out? Or, let's see, what was it?