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The Resurrection Of Lazarus
E-1 Thank you, Brother Bosworth. Good evening, friends. We're very
happy to be here this afternoon to speak to you in the Name of our
lovely Jesus Christ. So happy to see you looking bright. This has
certainly been one bright day for me. Although gloomy outside, but I'm
beginning to learn more about the ministry of our Lord than I've ever
knowed in all my life.
E-2 Last night I... It was last Tuesday night, Brother Beeler and--and
you all, if you're taking recordings, I'd like to ask you and Brother
Wood to be sure to keep last Tuesday night and last night for me. I
want those recordings.
It was last Tuesday night, well, I've explained to you why I
tried something. And last night I was watching the Holy Spirit as It
moved around, and--and in this corner, somewhere over in this way, is a
group of mutes setting. And I seen those--that hanging over those
mutes. It would just go from one to another, like that. Well, I didn't
know just exactly how to--to get it to them. And then I watched, and It
went right back towards the back of the building then, over some lady
was standing back in there. And It come back and went over in this
corner here, just kept moving around. And I thought, "Oh, if I could
just--just get that one thing for the people to believe, right now
it'll happen, that--that'll be it, just... It'd be a climax like
Vandalia, Illinois, was that time. So I just..."
And all of a sudden, why, I begin to see It, just look like
drops a falling. I said, "If you'll just believe God, and listen now,
you'll see something you've never seen before."
E-3 And then when I... The next thing I remember, the--the boy and them
had me out somewhere else. So it was just--just so glorious. I believe
that it's just coming to a place where we're just fixing to get
somewhere in the meeting. The people are just begin to learn, catch on
to what it means.
By the way, of speaking of Vandalia, as I got out of the car
a few moments ago, there was a lady (which is in the building here
somewhere now, she and her daughter) was giving me a testimony of
Vandalia. She said she was... And now, if I get it right. I hope I do.
She just told me a few moments ago, said, "She was," when I was in
Vandalia, "she was washing her dishes..." And she had a great big
tumor, size of a grapefruit or, and said, "she shook her hands, the
Lord said, 'Go up to Vandalia to be healed.'"
She went to her husband and he said, "We just can't do it,
honey," said, "I only... We only got ten dollars, and so, I just got to
have it for something else."
E-4 So that was on a Saturday, and she was so let down. So then she
went ahead and went about, and commenced praying, said, "Now Lord, You
done talked to me, now You talk to him awhile, so what to do with this
And said, "After while, next morning," said, "she come up,
and it was raining. Her husband come, said, 'Did you say you wanted to
go to Vandalia?'" Away they went.
And they got over there, they could... It rained us out in
the tent, and they had us in an auditorium. And I was so completely
gone, till I couldn't hardly stand up. So she said, "She couldn't get a
prayer card." And that's what she was relying on, getting up in the
prayer line. I said, "Well, all of you line up, and all I'm going to do
is just lay hands on you. Now, if you believe that what you seen
happen, this is the truth, just lay your... I just lay my hands on you
as you pass by. And each one of you be healed if you believe it."
Now, where I base that, friend, is on what He told me. He
said, "If you'll be sincere when you pray, get the people to believe
you, nothing will stand before the prayer." See?
Well now, the main thing, I said, "Well, I can't make them
believe me, 'cause I have no education, very poor speaker, and oh my,
no personality. I haven't got nothing. (See?) I'm just as blank." So I
said, "How would they... how would..."
He said, "As Moses was given two signs of a vindication, so
will you be given. (See?) And by this the people will believe you."
E-5 And so, at that time, the only thing I could tell was just what was
wrong with a person, taking them by the hand, or holding their hand, or
laying my hand on them like that. And then I just wouldn't say nothing,
just let Him say it; whatever it was, is always a hundred percent
right. Then He said this other would take place.
Well anyhow, the woman, she come by. And, "Oh," she said, "I
just put my hand on her." She said, "She wanted me to stop and prayer
with her. Tell her she had a tumor and all these things." Said, "She'd
seen others, and she just wanted it done that way." But said, "It
wasn't no choice; she just had to accept what come; that was all." So
said, "Prayed for her." Said, "She went home with a let-down feeling."
Said, "You know, it was just about a month later, that she
begin to notice that that wasn't sore anymore, where that tumor was at
in the abdomen here, wasn't sore." She goes to get examined; the tumor
was gone. She hasn't had it since. The tumor's been gone, a tumor the
size of a grapefruit.
E-6 Now, see, the lady herself, she didn't get it. See? But God knew
it. See? She passed by. See, God was already speaking on this end of
the line down here, on what to do. When she was washing her dishes, or
whatever, some way she had her hands in water I believe she said. She
shook her hand. And now, that was God speaking. Her life, probably that
tumor would've become malignant and she'd died. So God didn't want her
to die, so He just moved on her to go up there.
Well, then when He did that, well, then her husband... He had
to move on her husband too. See, we ask God for things for--and
sometimes we don't give Him time to answer us. Isn't that right?
Why, for instance, people say... You hear people don't even
believe in Divine healing say, get down and say, "Oh, Lord, I pray that
You'll end the wars over the world."
Well, my, my. For Divine healing you only got to change one
mind. And for ending the war, look at the millions of minds you'd have
to change. You see? So my, how hard it would be for God to do that. He
has to work on this person, this person, this person, out there. In
Divine healing, He just only has to work on one person; that's you.
That's all. See? So it's easy to believe Divine healing, then ask Him
to change--change the whole international program.
E-7 Anyhow, the woman, she... God told her husband. So they come up
there, and that was God's program. Now, I told her, "If she'd just
believe, when she come by, any of them, it would be ju... God would do
just the same." And said it, that's what... I wonder if that woman's in
the building? She was taking a picture out there a few minutes ago, a
movie picture. Are you in here, lady? If you would, just raise up your
hand. A--a lady that wa... Where? Oh, yes, yes, setting right out here.
God bless you. That was the lady from... Stand up again so the people
can see you. How long? That's been about seven or eight years ago,
hasn't it, sister? No tumor, nothing, it's all gone; everything's
perfect. Let's say, "Thank the Lord." [Congregation says, "Thank the
Lord."--Ed.] Sure, He's real.
E-8 Now, what did that? The woman's faith in God. That's right. The
woman's faith in God is what did it. 'Cause Jesus already had her
healed all along. Don't you believe that? When He died at Calvary, just
think what Jesus did. When He died at Calvary, healed everybody. Is
that right? And when He died at Calvary, He saved everybody. There's no
sinners after that. In the sight of God everybody was saved. He's the
Lamb of God to take away the sin of the world. Well, you say then,
"What do I do?" Then you... But it won't do you no good till you repent
and accept it. Then if you accept it, then you go in as a Christian. If
you don't accept it, you've already judged yourself. You don't have to
be judged. If you go beyond mercy, it's already judgment. God done
said, "The day you eat thereof, that day you die." So you haven't even
got a chance. See? You've either got to accept it or go before God.
E-9 And you--you don't have to be judged, 'cause you're already judged.
God done... He said, One time, "The day you eat thereof, that day you
die." That settles it. And only the Blood of Jesus Christ stands
between you and that. So we're happy today to be free in Christ.
Just think what's happened this week. People that was totally
blind got their sight. Deaf, all kinds of things, is taken place, what
our Lord has did. Oughtn't we to believe with all of our heart? I tell
you, I feel like I'm... Brother Bosworth, I feel like I'm a new person
to get started out in the ministry. I just kinda longing for the time
to get back from overseas again to pitch back into some of these
E-10 Now, I give out last night, I was going to preach, or talk on
missions for this afternoon. But being that my time got away a little
bit, I better just take a little subject and speak just a few minutes,
and then go right on; because we got another service coming up right
away. And I hope tonight is the greatest meeting that we've ever had
yet. Don't you hope so? I trust there won't be one thing, but what God
will heal every person in--in Divine Presence tonight. I believe He
will. I'm looking for this.
And then tomorrow, we leave for West Palm Beach, Florida, to
be there in the next meeting.
Now, there's not too many; I see only one wheelchair and a
cot, I believe is what's left, as far as I can see. And to you this
afternoon, I want you to look and live. I want you to have faith. And
while I speak to you just a little bit on the Word of God, [Brother
Branham coughs.--Ed.] pardon me, I want you to believe with all your
heart that God will stimulate your faith.
E-11 You know, sometimes I think that... Wonder how the Lord feels
about us sometime, when He does so many things for us, and yet we just
set like we were in a subconsciously, don't we? Aren't we all guilty? I
am. We just set and say, "Well, Lord, I--I wish You'd do something for
He can't do nothing no more for us than what He's already
done. He's already healed us. He's already saved us. He's already give
us joy. He give us His peace. He's our shield, our buckler, our...
Everything that we have is in Him, and He's done paid the price of
redemption to redeem us back as sons and daughters of God. There's only
one thing in the world that--that is yet left undone, that is physical
death. We've all got to die, because that was the only way God has of
bringing us up home. That's the only avenue we can travel is through
death to get home. So everything is under His feet, everything, except
death. And death has done been... The penalty of death done been taken
off and now we just go right into His Presence, and someday return back
and be made immortal and live on this earth a thousand years with Jesus
Christ. Amen. I believe that. I'm strictly a millennialist, I believe
in the millennium. I believe all these Hebrew prophets, and through the
ages spoke on the golden age the millennium coming, and I believe we're
going to have it. We'll reign here with Him a thousand years.
E-12 Now, there's postmillennium, premillennium, no millennium. And if
you say, "I don't believe in any at all." That's all right, we're still
brothers. We're brothers just the same, but I just kinda believe
there's going to be that reign, that God... I wished I had time to get
into it. I talk on it this afternoon, how that He unfolded, and then
folds right back again. How that God unfolded Him before the beginning
of time, how He--He unfolded Himself out of great something, that you
see nothing, brought it into the Logos, and then into man.
And then how, last night I was talking, how He unfolds
Hisself down through man, out of the Pillar of Fire, into the Son, out
into man. How wonderful. Then how that man was brought from death, the
penalty of death, how he come down: now, coming on his road back
through justification, through the baptism of the Holy Spirit, then
back into the... From this mortal back into the immortal like He was in
the beginning, and then back in the flesh again. Just like God brought
Him in the beginning, to eat, drink. Oh, wonderful. See?
E-13 Man before he was this man, he was a spirit man. God made the
first man in His Own image. How many says that's right? Well, what kind
of a image has God got? He's a Spirit, is that right? So He made a
Spirit man 'fore He made a flesh man.
Then He put man in five senses to contact his earthly home.
He might've give him hands like a monkey, and foot like a bear, I don't
know. But anyhow, that wasn't the image of God. God's a Spirit. But
then God came down and was made in the image of man to redeem man back
to Himself when He was made flesh and dwelled among us. And we go right
out of this redeemed life, from this redeemed life into that immortal
life again in the supernatural body, then back into flesh again, just
like God, bring us right back to the garden of Eden again, just the
E-14 Could you imagine how beautiful that was that morning when Adam
took Eve by the arm, went walking down through the garden? Oh, my.
Those big birds a flying, and peace, and no sickness, never to die.
She'd never have to use any of this here manicure you put on your face
to make her look pretty. And she--she... That's wrong, I knowed, I...
Somebody laughed. That is... what is it you call that stuff? Anyhow,
it's--it's paint, you know, that you put on your face. Manicure, what,
that's--that's in your hair though, ain't it? That's what you put in
your hair. Anyhow, it's some way, I don't know, it's--it's something.
I'm making it worse all the time.
Never will forget when my wife sent me to get a pair of socks
one time, or stockings. And she was supposed to get them kind that's
got the full style in the back of them, you know, it's got that little
funny thing. And there's two different kind: one is called chiffon and
the other is rayon. I believe the chiffon's the best. Is that right,
ladies? Is--is that Chiffon? And I was going down the street hollering,
"Chiffon, chiffon, chiffon, chiffon." Somebody, "Hello, Billy."
E-15 And I said, "Hello, hello. Chiffon, chiffon, chiffon, chiffon,
I got down; somebody got talking to me about fishing. I
forgot it. So I went down to a girl I used to go with, and I said, "Hi,
And she said, "Hi, Billy." Said, "What do you want?"
I said, "Hope wants a pair of socks."
Said, "Now, Hope don't wear socks."
I said, "She sure does."
"I beg your pardon," said, "she wears stockings."
I said, "Well, that's what I want." I thought, "I already
made a... showed my ignorance," so I said...
She said, "What kind does she want?"
I said, "What kind you got?" I wanted her to say it.
She said, "Well, we have the--the rayon."
E-16 I said, "That's what I want." Oh, I didn't know there was two
different kinds. I said, "That's the kind I want; I want it the full
style in the back, that thing."
Then she got them for me, and I was supposed to pay sixty
cents for them, and I think it cost me twenty. I said, "Well, give me
two or three pair of them." See, I--I was...
So I went back up home to tell her, I said, "You see, honey,"
I said, "I--I'm Abraham's son. I'm little yiddish, you know, I just
know how to get things." I said, "You women go to Louisville and look
all around for bargains all day long, come back home, spend all your
money, and don't have no more bargain you got right here at home. I
just go downtown and get three pair of stockings for a pair of--price
She said, "Did you get chiffon?"
E-17 I said, "Yes, ma'am." So I didn't know there was chiffon and
rayon. All sound the same to me. After while she bought another pair of
stockings. So I made a mistake, so I just thought I'd better leave away
from that, you know. I... It's like this here stuff you put on your
face and in your hair, and... That's for the women to discuss, isn't it?
All right, how many loves the Lord, say, "Amen."
[Congregation says, "Amen."--Ed.] Let's read some of His Word here now
and talk in His Word just a little bit, just on a little old... Now,
I'm not, as I've said lots of times, and tell you, I'm not a preacher.
I'm just one of these old fashioned sassafras, you know, backwoods,
believe in an old fashion backwoods, sky-blue, sin-killing religion.
You believe in that? Then we can get along.
E-18 I believe that it--it don't whitewash it washes white. Makes you
clean from sin, straightens you up, takes all the crooks out of you,
and put you off of--out of crooked street over on Glory Avenue. Don't
you believe it that? Sure, the joy bells of heaven just ring, and you
just walking every day in the Spirit. There's no condemnation to them
which are... has joined church? No condemnation to them which has shook
hands? No condemnation to them which has been baptized? Huh-uh. "No
condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus."
How do you get into it? By one Spirit we're all baptized into
one body. Is that right?
E-19 Saint John the 11th chapter. I want to read some Scripture, 18th
... Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off:
And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them
concerning their brother.
... Martha, as soon as she had heard that Jesus was coming, went and
met Him: but Mary sat still in the house.
Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou had been here, my brother
But I know, that even now, whatever You ask God, God will give it thee.
Jesus said unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.
Martha said unto Him, I know that he shall rise again in the
resurrection at the last day.
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and... life: he that
believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
... whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest
She said..., Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, that was to
come into the world--the Son of God, which is to come into the world.
E-20 Let's bow our heads just a moment. Now, Father, these few words, I
pray that You'll bless them this afternoon, and give them the right
place in every heart. And give them the right place in my lips, that we
might glorify Thee and give faith to the people by hearing, for faith
cometh by hearing. And may there not be any sick or crippled left in
even for a meeting tonight, may they all be healed this afternoon.
Grant it, Lord. May all the sinners be saved, the backsliders
reclaimed. Get glory out of the service. We ask in Jesus' Name. Amen.
Now, we like to look at this for a few moments while you pray
with me. And I'll try to watch that clock and--and let you out in
plenty of time to get back for the services tonight. And I want to talk
on--on Lazarus being raised out of the grave. In what manner was he
raised? How did he come up from the grave?
E-21 Now, first we want to get the background of it and find out... And
I want you to--to pray with me now, and give me your undivided
attention just for a few moments.
I believe in the resurrection. I believe in a bodily physical
resurrection. I believe in the physical bodily return of Jesus Christ.
I believe that His Church is His representative on the earth now. I
believe that the Church is washed with the Blood of Jesus Christ. And
the Church is a Holy Ghost filled Church, preaches holiness to the very
extremes. Don't you think so?
I think of in the Bible when there was a sin offering, they
taken two turtledoves, or a cleansing for leprosy... Leprosy in the
Bible was a type of sin. They used to take two doves, and one of them,
they took and pulled its head off, and turned it up like this and bled
the blood... let the blood come on the other live mate, take it to the
window and turn the dove loose, the live one, and is--as it fluttered
its little wings, why, the blood fell down to the ground off of its
dead mate, and that blood hitting and splattering on the ground from
the dead mate, cried to the Lord, "Holy, holy, holy, unto the Lord."
E-22 How perfect that is of the Church. How that Jesus Christ, when God
came down and was manifested in flesh, took upon Himself the form of
sinful flesh, was killed and crucified at Calvary, and the Blood of the
dead mate is put upon the Church, the living Bride, and She goes across
with her wings a flapping and the Blood of Jesus Christ crying, "Holy,
holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty," a perfect cleansing for leprosy.
Leprosy, there was no cure for leprosy. They haven't found it
yet. Only God can cure leprosy. They haven't found even nothing for it,
to help it. But it's a type of sin. It sets in so gradual; it's
painless. Just moves right in; you don't know it until you're dying.
Big white warts come out all over you, limbs drop off and everything,
eat you right into the... Just--just eats you up, leprosy. Jesus was
the only One Who could heal this leprosy. He's the only One today Who
can heal this leprosy.
E-23 But now, in the beginning of Jesus' ministry, He's such a great
Person, there never was no one ever on the earth like Him, and there
never will be anyone like Him. He was--He was the only begotten Son of
Almighty God. We are sons by adoption, through Him. But He is God's
only begotten Son.
Adam was God's son. Do you believe that? He was God's
creative son. But this is His begotten Son. God begotten His Son.
It's just like the blood. The bloodstream comes from the male
sex; we know that. The mother is just the incubator for the child. And
the mother's blood has nothing to do with the child at all. Although
it's born in the blood of the mother, but it has nothing to do with it.
It hasn't got one drop of the mother's blood in it; it's the blood of
the father. And the life lays in the blood.
E-24 Here, many of you people round here, you--you're farmers, perhaps
you go out on the farm to get your poultry and stuff. Look at a hen. A
hen can lay the egg. And she don't necessarily be with the male to lay
the egg. And it's a--it's a egg just the same, everything just like.
But it'll never hatch. It'll just lay right there, and it'll rot. You
can set that egg, but if it isn't fertile, if she hasn't been with the
male bird, it'll--it'll never hatch, it's no good. For it hasn't got
the blood in it. The blood come from the male. Well, that's... No
matter, if the old hen can set there on that egg until she got so poor
she couldn't get off the nest. Well, the egg won't hatch; it'll rot.
E-25 I've often made this expression, that's just about like the church
today. And every form of godliness we have, go to church, pay your
tithes, good church member and everything like that, but brother,
they'll never be able to get anywhere, you'll just have a nest full of
rotten eggs until they get in contact with the Mate, Jesus Christ, and
be borned again. That's right.
The old church can hover it, till she gets so poor she can't
off (That's right.), and don't know nothing else but churchism. But I
tell you brother, until a man's borned again, it won't do any good, and
he can't be born again until Life comes into him. That's right.
Now, looky how God planned that. Now, God is the male part
of--that brought Jesus Christ here. Now, God's a Spirit, so there
couldn't be any sex. There couldn't be any sexual desire. Because if it
was, then Jesus wasn't born a virgin birth. So God is a Spirit, and He
overshadowed this Mary and created in her the Blood cell that brought
forth the Son of God. And it's through His holy Blood that we have
access to life. And our sexual blood is dismissed, and we have the
Blood of Jesus Christ that stands for an atonement, making an atonement
for our sins. How beautiful the picture. You believe that? You have to
be if you're saved. You can't accept nothing else and be saved. Only He
was the virgin born Son of God. God Almighty just overshadowed the
woman; she knowed nothing about a man. And so He just overshadowed her
and created in her, this cell.
E-26 Not long ago up in the mountains, I think Dr. Akerman, if I'm not
mistaken is setting here this afternoon. We was together up in the
mountains not long ago. And a perfect infidel come to me and tried to
argue with me, as a rancher up there, that there was no such a thing as
that virgin birth, it was all nonsense, that there was just a little
old slip-up like they always have in every age. Joseph was the father
of that baby. I said, "Nope. God was the Father of that baby".
"There is no such a thing." he said, "There is no such a
thing." Said, "It's all against scientific research. Corn won't even
poll without natural male and female. And woman couldn't have a baby
without actually being with the male."
E-27 I said, "Do you believe..." And he just got through telling me
that the first man was a sponge, then he become a polliwog, then he
become a frog, and then he become a tadpole, or something or another.
He brought it on down to a fire eating dragon, and then finally a
monkey, and then put a collar and tie on him and called him a man that
was... Um, such nonsense.
And remember, did you ever read the ethics of Darwin on that.
Why, it's crazy. And you people over here, this side of the river let
them teach it over here in the schools. That's a weakness of
Christianity. When you sch... Said that little old polliwog scooted
around for a thousands of years on his shoulder, and he wore a little
wart there and a arm come out. Then he quit scooting on that side, he
scooted on the other side another thousand years and wore another wart,
and another arm come out. Nonsense. Oh, my. Anybody could believe that
could... I ain't got that much faith; I just believe what God said.
That's all. I haven't got that--that much. That takes too much faith
for me. I'd just rather believe what God said, that He created man;
that's all there was to it.
So anyhow, that... And then I asked him, I said, "Then you
believe that Jesus had a mother, but He had to have a father too."
He said, "Yes, sir."
E-28 I said, "I want ask you something then. Where did the first man
come from? And who was his father and mother? According to science, he
had to have a both father and mother. And who was the first man's
father and mother? Let him be monkey, tadpole, sponge, whatever he
might be, according to your statements, he had to have a father and
He's never answered me to this day. He can't either. Oh, I'm
telling you, folks; some people so narrow between the eyes, you lay a
lead pencil like that, it'd blind them. That's the truth. That... It's
the truth. Yes, at... They just jump at anything just for a
conclusions. You don't stop and try to weigh it out. Weigh it against
this: this is the only scientific Book there is in the world. This is
the only thing... Here's the only Book that tells you where you come
from, who you are, and where you're going. That's the only Book there
is in existence, is that Bible. And I believe every word of It, just, I
believe it just like it's just written there. I just ready to hang my
soul on any phase and say it's THUS SAITH THE LORD. Yes, sir.
E-29 Some little fellow not long ago had went away to a school. And
he'd learned a whole lot he ought not to learn. Now, I ain't got
nothing against schools, and education, and seminaries, and so forth.
But you take God call a preacher, and the first thing you know, they
take him out to a seminary and--and they pump all out of him there is
of God out of him, and then pump some of the theology in him, and send
him off like that. And he's worse then he was when he went there. Now,
Now, look friends, I come up here to do, to talk about God
and His--His work, and I--I don't know nothing but just hit the axe
right to the root of the tree and let the chips fall wherever they want
to. That's right.
And brother, that's true. They pump out of him what God put
in him. That's... It puts in mind, going round like a big old morgue,
you know, out there, cold, dead, place, the icicles, the spiritual
thermometer about ninety below zero, and go in to it. A--a morgue,
always takes a man that's dead and pumps something into him to make him
stay dead. That's just about the way it is; they pump all that's in
there could be life out, and throw the dead stuff in him. That's right;
keep him dead. That's, oh, it's such a pity.
And this little old woman got sick, she got pneumonia. So she
called for her son to come home; the doctor said she was going to die.
Some little old Holy Ghost woman was led by the Spirit, went up and
told her, said, "You know, you believe in Divine healing?"
Said, "Never heard about it."
E-30 Said, "The Bible said they'd lay hands on the sick and they shall
recover." Why, she wanted to know all about it then. So they went, and
said, "Let my pastor come up and pray for you."
So the Full Gospel pastor went up and prayed for the woman.
And when he went up and prayed for her, God healed her.
A few weeks after that, the boy come home, said, "Mother,"
said, "you know what, the strange thing to me," said, "I, why--why,
how'd you get well so quick?"
E-31 She said, "Oh, honey, I got something to tell you." She said,
"That woman that used to come by here sell milk," said, "she goes to
that little bunch of holy-rollers down there." Said, "You know they
believe in Divine healing? And he come up here and read out of me,"
said, "to me out of the Bible in Mark 16 that, 'These signs will follow
them that believe; they'd lay hands on the sick and they'd recover.'
And he prayed for me, anointed me with oil, laid hands on me, and the
Lord healed me." Said, "Oh, praise the Lord."
He said, "Mother, ridiculous," said, "you shouldn't get mixed
up with that bunch of people, well," said, "you begin to act like
them." Said, "That--that's a shame."
Said, "Why," she said, "honey, he read it out of the Bible."
"Well," said, "mother, we've learned in the seminary that
Mark 16 from 9th verse on is not inspired."
She said, "Well, hallelujah."
Said, "Mother, what's the matter with you?" Said, "What are
E-32 She said, "Well, I was just thinking, if He could heal me with
uninspired Word, what would He do with that was inspired?" Said, "How,
how much more... (That's right.) If he just... If the uninspired Word
could do it, what would the one's really inspired do?"
So that's right friends, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday,
today, and forever."
And introducing His Life to the world, we find out to go back
to His Life just a few moments, and interview His Life. God spoke from
the garden of Eden that He would send Him. Don't you believe that? He
said that He'd put enmity between the woman's seed and the serpent's
seed, and He did that in Christ.
E-33 Then when Jesus... About the time that God was going to do
something... Before God does anything He always sends mercy before
judgment. He always sends warning. And when man won't heed the warning,
there's only one thing left, that's judgment. That's right. "If you die
in your sins, where I am you cannot come." God sends preachers and
everything and gives warning, sends His Spirit and warns the people.
Now, before He sent Jesus, He sent a warning to the people to
make ready His coming. And may I stop here just a minute to say this
with a deepest of sincerity: I believe the things that you're seeing
taking place today across the world, is a warning: Jesus is coming.
Down in Korea, the Methodists and Baptists, and them down
there are having such a revival, they're receiving the Holy Ghost and
speaking with tongues, and having healing services, and everything
else, in Korea. Let the pressure come on brother, it'll push you to
God. You don't have to wonder whether you're a Methodist or Baptist;
just start praying; God will take care the rest of it. You just start
tak... Just pray, get close to God.
E-34 A minister just returned, said to me, said he went into this bunch
of people, he said, "Well, are all those Pentecostal people?"
Said, "There ain't a Pentecostal in the bunch of them."
"Well, look at them all speaking with tongues and shouting."
He said, "Ha-ha. The pressure just pushed them into it."
That's all. Don't worry God will do it. He will push it into them.
We thinking about, "This church is ours, and that church is
ours." When Solomon built the temple, it was cut out from all over the
world. And when it come together, one block turned this way, and one
turned that way, but there wasn't the buzz of a saw or sound of a
hammer for forty years. Every block just went right to its place, and
the temple was built.
E-35 And that's the way it's going to be in the coming of the Lord
Jesus Christ, the pure in heart shall see God. But the reason we
builders are not getting anywhere, the same way they did back there,
the Chief Cornerstone was rejected. And that's what's the matter today
with the Methodists, Baptists, Pentecostals, and all: the Chief
Cornerstone, which is Jesus Christ, is rejected. We have all of our
theology--theology and things; we speak of this, and what our church
believes, and what our church don't believe. We teach it in, pump it
in, everything like that. But the baptism of the Holy Ghost and the
power of God to let freedom in amongst the people, is rejected. And
that's the very cornerstone that'll build the church that'll go home to
meet Jesus. Hallelujah. I believe it.
E-36 The cornerstone is kicked out in a bunch of weeds. They built
their church, and they built their church; but come to find out, the
place where they'd left undone, that cornerstone fit right into it. And
today where all the power, signs and wonders is been left undone, you
find out the Holy Ghost fits right in there; for He is the One Who
brings the power of God into the Church. Amen.
God always sends His warnings. Just before the coming of
Jesus, He sent an Angel down out of heaven by the name of Gabriel. Now,
minor angels comes, my, yes, you see angels. Every one has a guardian
angel according to the Scripture. Jesus said, "Their angels always
beholds my Father's face which is in heaven."
E-37 Here some time ago, a minister told me, said, "Brother Branham,
there is no such a thing as seeing angels. Angels don't lead the
Church; the Holy Ghost leads the Church."
I said, "That's right. But we still have angelic beings as
ministering spirits send from the Presence of God."
He said, "Well, our church don't believe in that."
I said, "I don't know what your church believes; I know what
the Bible teaches."
He said, "Well, Brother Branham, angels might have been back
in Daniel's time and back there, but not since the Holy Ghost is come,
I said, "Do you believe that Philip had the Holy Ghost?"
E-38 "Well, who was it come to him and told him to leave that great big
revival they was having and go out into the desert to meet that
Ethiopian? Was it the Holy Spirit? No, sir, the Angel of the Lord come
to him." Is that right? Philip had the Holy Ghost. How many believes
Peter had the Holy Ghost? You all do. Well, who was it that night when
he was in jail, they was going to cut his head off the next morning.
They was having a prayer meeting down at John Mark's house. Who was it
shined in there, fire Light come and hung over him and touched him and
raised up, dropped the shackles off of him, opened up the doors and set
him out on the street? The Angel of the Lord. That's exactly. He had
the Holy Ghost.
Who was Paul, that great saint, fourteen days and nights, no
moon, stars, all hopes they'd ever be saved was gone. And he went down
in the gallery to pray, and he come out said, "Wherefore be of a good
courage, for the Angel of God, whose servant I am, stood by me last
night, saying, 'Fear not Paul.'" Is that right? The Angel of God.
E-39 Look the isle, over on the Isle of Patmos, the whole Book of
Revelations was revealed by an Angel. "I, Jesus has sent My Angel to
show you things that'll shortly come to pass." Is that right? The
whole... And John started to worship the Angel. But a true Angel will
never stand to be worshipped. No, sir. He say, "Worship God." That's
true. Oh, there's false angels, true, just like there's false spirits
and so forth. But a true Angel of God will always point you to Jesus
Christ. Yes, sir.
Paul said, "If--if an Angel from heaven will come preach any
other Gospel, then that which you've already heard, let Him be
accursed." Is that right? So watch what the Angel teaches. If it's
bringing along in the Gospel and sound in doctrine and everything
according to the Bible, then believe it.
So God always sends angelic beings to warn the world. He... I
believe that there's angelic beings in the earth today, are warning the
world of judgment to come. I could go a little bit on your flying
saucer here just for a few minutes, but I won't take that much time.
But anyhow, did you notice, before the destruction of Sodom and
Gomorrah, which is a perfect thing of today, God sent Angels down there
to call Lot out? Is that true?
E-40 Look, just before the coming of the righteous One, the great Son
of God, God sent an Angel down. And that Angel come to a home that was
a respected home. If you want Angels to visit your home, be like
Zacharias' home. Him and Sarah was living upright before the Lord,
keeping all the statutes and all the commandments of the Lord, living
in perfect obedience to the Word in the light that they had. And
Zacharias, his office was to wave incense, burning incense at the altar
while the people were praying. And while he was waving this incense,
standing on the right hand side of the altar stood Gabriel, the great
Now, Angels can come, but when you hear of Gabriel coming, be
ready, something major's on the road. Gabriel announced the first
coming of Jesus. And Gabriel will announce the second coming of Jesus.
E-41 Notice, Gabriel come to Zacharias and told him... He was old, his
wife had always prayed for children. What a difference today it is.
It's a shame the way our nation is, the people is polluting the nation.
There's nothing wrong... Someone said, "Brother Branham, do you think
the communist will ever sweep over America and take America?"
No, sir. I don't believe it. It isn't communist that's going
to hurt us; it's our own rottenness right among us is what's a hurting
us. It ain't the robin that pecks on the apple that hurts the apple;
it's the worm at the core that rots the apple. And our own
demoralization that we got among us now, our women smoking cigarettes
and drinking whiskey, and the barrooms and things filled at night, and
cussing and carrying on, that's what is killing us. These churches
around here having a form of godliness, denying the power thereof,
that's what's killing us. Amen. That's exactly right.
E-42 Here was Zacharias standing there... I want you to notice. He
said, "Now, after the days of this ministration here, you go home to
your wife, and she's going to conceive and bear a son. And you'll call
his name John." And look at that callous man now. That just goes to
show about how callous people can get. He had plenty of examples,
Hagar, and Sarah, and them. Sarah being a hundred years old and
received a child. He said, "These things can't be; my wife's too old."
He said, "I am Gabriel, that stands in the Presence of God.
My words will be fulfilled in their seasons. But you'll be dumb till
the day the baby's born."
E-43 Oh, my. When God speaks, all Heaven records it. I tell you; it's
got to happen. No matter how funny it seems, and how unreasonable it
seems, it's going to happen anyhow. 'Cause God said it was. "And My
Words will be fulfilled in their season."
After the people seen that he didn't come out, they looked
and wondered what was the matter with him. After while he come out,
they seen he was a mute. He couldn't speak, he--he beckoned to the
people to go away. Went home, and his wife conceived. She hid herself.
And then about six months later... I like to give this a little drama.
Let's go down in Nazareth, a wicked town, way worse than
Evansville: wicked, really, the worse town in the world. And here's a
little virgin living there. No matter how wicked the city is, and how
other girls do, and how other men do, you can be a Christian anywhere.
E-44 Notice, I see her going down to the virgin springs. God willing, I
want to pass through there next few months. And then with a--a big
Oriental type water jug setting on her head, here she comes packing the
water up; it's wash day. That's the worse day that I ever knowed of
around the house. I still even... We got a electric washer; I still
hate to see wash day come around at home. And then mom used to, down in
Kentucky, we had an old boiler, or an old kettle set out in the back
yard. How many remembers them old kettles? Look at the country folks.
Well, I'll take off my tie now; I feel like I'm at home.
Look, brother, yes, sir, old kettle. And I used to have cut
wood and pack that kettle and put under there and--and boil them
clothes. And oh, my, that old home made lye, you know, and get that old
soap and everything, scrub on a washboard, it was a sweaty day.
E-45 Now, I remember then, they come around and get a kettle in the
fall of the year to cook preserves in them. You remember that? I used
to have to cook the preserves. And I remember one time chopping an old
locust post, old fence rails and things, trying to get that stuff to
boil enough. It looked to me like it was hot enough to can. These
little old yellow tomatoes, you know, gourd tomatoes. I... Did you
know, they'd go right good now between hot biscuit, and some good
fashion white country butter. Wouldn't that go good? My, I should say,
that's--that's real eating.
And I remember mom would get a great big kettle of them and
cook them. And I'd chop wood and put under there. I'd say, "Now, mama,
them things are hot."
And she said, "Honey, you... they got to get hotter."
And I'd say, "Why do they have to get any hotter?"
E-46 She said, "They have to get so hot until they go to popping." Go
pomp, pomp, pomp, like that. I said... Said, "Then they're getting
sweet." Huh. Said, "Just keep pouring the wood on. They'll get sweet
enough after while." Said, "That mixes all the juices and everything
together, and that runs all the sugar with the juices, and that gets
them ready for canning."
I thought, "That's about right with an old time Holy Ghost
meeting too. Just keep throwing the old Gospel wood on there, brother,
and let her get hot enough till you have a testimony meeting, pop,
poof, pop, poof, pop, like that. Runs all the Devil out and gets the
Holy Ghost munching around with the people like that, sweetened up.
Then you have an old fashion revival on. Just keep laying the wood on
it, blowing it just as hard as you can, fanning it. God will take care
of the rest of it. It'll sweeten up the preserves and you can can them
down then." Yes, sir.
E-47 I can think of the Angel speaking to Gabriel, or Gabriel speaking
to the priest. He went up home, and about six months later, here comes
Mary with this kettle on her head, or pot of water, and right in the
face of the road shined a big Light, shining down from heaven. Walking
into this Light, came the great Archangel Gabriel, said, "Hail, Mary,
blessed art thou among women."
Why, the salute kinda frightened the little virgin, she
jumped back, she didn't know what it was. There stood the great
Archangel, standing in her presence: told her all about Zacharias'
wife, Elisabeth, which was her cousin. John and Jesus were half--were
second cousins, or first, second cousins. Mary and Elisabeth were first
cousins. And told her about that, and said, "You're going to have a
Child, knowing no man."
She said, "How will it be?"
Said, "The Holy Ghost is going to overshadow you." And said,
"That holy Thing will be born in you will be called the Son of God."
E-48 Now, I want you to notice the difference. Now, brother, get on
your shock proof vest, listen to this. There a preacher that had all
kind of examples to look to back there, disbelieved it, on something
that he was going to live with his wife and she was produced a child in
her old age, but this little woman had to believe something that had
never happened. Never was a baby borned a virgin birth. And instead of
questioning, she just took the Angel at His word and begin to rejoice.
I tell you what Evansville needs today, is like the rest of
the world, is some more Marys who can take God at His Word and start
rejoicing over It. Now, she didn't wait till she felt life; she didn't
wait till she was positive. She just took God at His Word. Don't wait
and say, "Now, when my hand gets a little better, and I'll believe it.
When I can move my foot a little more..." Believe it now and start
rejoicing. Hallelujah. Take God at His Word; It'll produce just exactly
what He said. Amen. Brother, I feel like a holy-roller right now. Look,
you're going to call me that anyhow, so you just might as well get
started at it.
E-49 Oh, when people will take God at His Word... God said He'd heal
you. Believe it. God said He'd give you the Holy Ghost. Believe it. God
said He'd give you Eternal Life. Believe it. God's still got His
Angels; He's still got His man. He's still got His ministry. He's got
everything, just as He always had. And He's got somebody's going to
believe His Word.
I can see little Mary going around saying, "I'm going to have
a baby, knowing no man. I'm going to have it anyhow."
I can see the doctor saying, "Tsk, tsk, tsk, tsk, Mary, say,
do you know you--you--you'll start a fanaticism. Why, they'll class you
with them holy-rollers down there if you start testifying such stuff as
that. The very..."
"Well, doctor, it don't make any difference whether I am now
or not; I'm going to have it anyhow, 'cause God said so." Amen. That
settles it. When God says so, that--that's the plumb line.
All right, I can notice her now, here she goes up into the
country. Oh, my. She's going up to meet her cousin; she'd heard about
her. You know, she wanted to find out how this was up there. So way up
in the country she went to meet Mary, or Elisabeth. And Elisabeth had
hid herself now for six months. And the baby had had no life yet. So
when she seen Mary coming... Oh, I can see Mary just running, so happy,
because she's going to the baby, no signs or nothing, but she believed
E-50 So she goes out to meet Elisabeth. And Elisabeth come out to meet
her, you know, and throwed her arms around her, I imagine, and begin to
hug her, and kiss her, saying, "Oh, Mary, I'm so glad to see you,
darling," and them hugging one another.
Women used to do that. Men used to have a great fellowship.
But that died out somewhere. That's right. We don't have love for one
another no more, don't have no feeling for one another no more. Why,
the only way you know you're neighbor's dead, when you read it in the
paper any more. That's right. Nobody don't have any feeling for one
another. Well, down in Kentucky, we used to go, and help shuck the corn
out, and cut the wood, and everything, when somebody was sick. You
don't know nothing about that no more. Nobody knows anything about it.
Brotherly love just seems to be ceasing. It's too bad.
E-51 And I can see Mary and Elisabeth hugging one another. Here I'll
tell this on my wife. I ain't spotted her yet; she's setting around
here somewhere. She going downtown here not long ago, and we was riding
along the street, and there was some girl said, "Hello, Sister Branham."
And I--I never heard her say anything. I said, "That girl
spoke to you."
She said, "I spoke to her."
I said, "Well, I didn't hear you."
She said, "Well, I smiled."
E-52 A little silly grin... You know what? I like a good old fashioned,
Methodist, pump handle shake like that, brother, got some feeling in it.
Paul Rader said one time, him and his wife was having a
little spat, fussing, or something another. Said, "He setting at his
table reading the paper, he'd always kiss her good-bye when he went out
the door." And said, "He got up that morning, go out the door," and
said, "she was standing at the door with her head down," said, "she
puckered up her lips and he kissed her." Said, "She was always stand
when he got out the gate, then he'd close the gate, turn around and
say, 'Good-bye.'" Said, "He turned that morning, say, 'Good-bye.'"
She said, "Good-bye."
"Went on down the street, and he got thinking about it."
Said, "You know what? What if something would happen to me today? And
you know the Lord don't want me to feel that way about that." Said,
"Maybe I was in the wrong."
E-53 He got thinking about it just as... Oh, he got so bothered about
it till back up home he went, through the gate, rushed through the
door; when he throwed the door open, she was standing behind the door
crying. So he just re... Never said a word, just looked at her, pulled
her around, throwed her up against him, and kissed her, said,
She said, "Good-bye."
He went out the gate, pulled the gate together, said,
She said, "Good-bye."
He said, "The only difference was, the last time had a
feeling in it." And that's right.
Brother, that's what I think about religion. It's got to have
a feeling in it; it's got to have something there, something positive,
something real. Makes us know and feel that God is near, and this man's
our friend, he's our brother, this is--this is friendship.
E-54 I can see Mary and Elisabeth out there, you know, just a having a
great time rejoicing. I can hear Mary say, "Oh, Elisabeth, I'm so
happy. You're an old woman here and you're going to have a baby."
"Yes." I can hear her say, "That's true. But you know, Mary,
I'm just a little upset. I've hid myself now for six months, for you
know, there's no life yet to the baby."
Now, that's subnormal. I want you to watch, the first thing
that--about Jesus now. That's subnormal. About two or three months,
She said, "But this is six months and no life yet." Why, she
was worried about it.
And then she said, "You know, Gabriel met me, and He--He
overshadowed me and said that I was going to have a Child, knowing no
man." And she said, "He told me I was to call His Name Jesus."
E-55 And just as soon as he said--she said, "Jesus," little John come
to life, begin leap in her wombs for joy. Brethren, the first time that
the Name of Jesus Christ was ever spoke by mortal lips, brought life to
a dead baby. What ought it to do to a born again Church, that's borned
of the power of God. If the first time it was ever spoke brought life
to a baby, and that baby doesn't only receive life, it the Eternal
Life, it received the baptism of the Holy Ghost in the mother's womb.
Hallelujah. Oh, I feel religious.
Look, brother, I tell you, when he spoke that Name, that
mother spoke that Name, Jesus, and Elisabeth got the Holy Ghost at the
same time, she said, "When did the mother of my Lord come to me?" Said,
"As soon as your salutation come into my ears, my baby leaped in my
womb for joy." Hallelujah.
E-56 I tell you brother, if it'll do that to a dead baby, what will it
do to a sick man or woman that's borned again of the Spirit of God?
It'll give life too. It'll take death away every time and bring life.
That great wonderful Name of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, how
wonderful He was.
Oh, I wish we had time, but our time's getting away quick.
Let's hurry. Let's go down here now just a minute. When this little old
baby, John was born. He didn't go out to the cemetery, or seminary, all
the same place, all the same thing. I've always felt a seminary
preacher like I did about an incubator chicken. It just chirp, chirp,
chirp, and it ain't got no mammy to go to. It was mechanically turned
E-57 That's what's the matter with a lot of these fellows today, you
don't know nothing about God and don't--denying the power of healing
and the power of God, is because you ain't got no real father to go to.
You got a seminary to back you up. I'd rather have the Holy Ghost at
any time to back me up, and the whole world be against me. When God
will confirm His Word with signs and wonders following, it shows where
you come from. Amen. Amen.
"Amen" means "so be it." Nobody get scared, I've never hurt
nobody yet. I slobber a whole lot up here, but I've been eating a lot
of new grapes out of Canaan; that makes me slobber, you know. So
I--like a horse eating clover.
But look, brother, I know where I'm at. I'm not excited. I
know right where I'm--where I'm at. So I don't hurt people, just stand,
open up your hearts and get into it. That's the way to do it.
E-58 When I was a little boy we used to go swimming. And I usually had
less clothes then any of them, just had one old pair of overalls with a
fodder twine around and a nail for a button. Did you ever have that,
all you country boys? We'd all start running, and you know, barely make
it, who'd be the last in. I was always the first one, 'cause I didn't
have to pull off no shoes. Didn't have any to pull off. Only thing I
had to do was pull a nail. Them clothes just hung in the air and I was
in the water. Then they looked on to see what me... what... how the
water was. If the water was cold, I'd hold up one finger, it was cold.
If I held up two fingers, it was good, come on in. Then clothes go to
scattering everywhere. Everybody'd be in the pool.
And brother, I'm telling you now, to you guys that has never
been in the pool, I've got two fingers up; it's just right. Jump into
it and find out. You'll find out it's just wonderful. The Spirit of God
bathing through the people, Holy Ghost, sanctifying power, cleansing,
healing. Oh, it's marvelous. Amen.
E-59 Notice, oh, I can just think of John when he was born. What kind
of baby ought that to be? He didn't go to no seminary, but he went back
out in the woods, out there, and stayed with God. Instead of studying
genealogy, he went out on his knees and got some kneeology. He knowed
what he was talking about. He came out of the wilderness, brother, with
a--not with a tuxedo suit on, his collar turned around the back, eating
fried chicken three times a day. No, sir, that boy come out with a big
old piece of sheepskin draped around him like this. But he preached
repentance. Hallelujah. And he preached such a message it stirred all
the regions around about Jordan.
What we need in Evansville and everywhere else today, is some
Baptist preachers that'll preach like that, not compromise with sin
(That's right.), that'll preach the Gospel.
E-60 Old Herod come out there with Philip, his brother's wife, I hear
somebody say, "Don't you preach on marriage and divorce?"
He stuck his finger right in his face and said, "It's not
lawful for you to have her." Hallelujah.
How could a man that had the baptism of the Holy Ghost in
him, do anything else but condemn sin when it was before him? Whew. I
feel good. Look, brother, let me... "Oh," you say "I'm crazy." If I...
Let me alone if I'm crazy; I'm having a good time. I lost my mind of
the world to find Christ. Yes, sir. It always is silly to the world.
But that don't make any difference how silly it looks to the world; I'm
enjoying it. I'll tell you one thing: I'm having a lot more good time
enjoying myself and having a good health, and prosperity, and
everything with this kind of a mind then I had when I had the kind of
mind the world's got. Amen.
E-61 All right, look at little old John. I can see him standing out
there, just a preaching away. My, how he was laying that axe to the
root of the tree. Every tree that didn't bring forth good fruit was
hewed down and cast into the fire. Whew, what a Baptist preacher.
Brother, that was one Baptist had the Holy Ghost. Yes, sir, he really
preached it. And he didn't get It when he believed. He got It by
unmerited grace. That's exactly right. That's the way everybody else
gets it. Not when you believe, but, "Have you received the Holy Ghost
since you believed?" The gift of God is Eternal Life. The Baptism of
the Holy Ghost comes down and brings signs and wonders. Amen.
Oh, how I love Him. How God's always kept His Word. God will
keep His Word every time, not ninety-nine times out of a hundred, but a
hundred out of a hundred. God will keep His Word.
E-62 I thought when Israel journeyed, there when they come out of
Egypt, went over into the promised land, God promised to take care of
them. He's under obligation to do just exactly what He promised. I
think when they crossed the river there with nothing to eat, no
place--no place to go, just come out on bare Word that God spoke
through His prophet, and said He'd take care of them. And there they
was standing on the other side, the taskmasters all dead, laying in the
sea, what a glorious time.
Here some time ago I was preaching on: "The Two Trees Out Of
Eden," and I said that was a bunch of holy-rollers. And somebody called
my hand. Said, "Do you mean to tell me that the great prophet Moses was
I said, "He sure was. He sure was a holy-roller."
"Why, Brother Branham, ridiculous."
E-63 I said, "I want to tell you something. After he passed through the
Red Sea and seen all them old things that drove him and made them
people do what they didn't want to do, drove them around like old dirty
habits and show going and everything else, and going on, is making you
do what you don't want to do. Right down in your hearts you know it's
wrong to do it. You run out and do things, you're just a slave to it.
And when he seen all them drown in the Red Sea, Moses threw up his
hands, and begin to sing in the Spirit. And Miriam, his sister, the
prophetess, picked up a tambourine, begin to dancing and running down
the river, a dancing in the Spirit and all the daughter of Israel
followed her. (Amen.) If that ain't a holy-roller meeting, I never seen
one." Amen. Amen.
E-64 Remind me of what I said here not long ago about, up here I was
passing through. I like to go hunting, 'cause I just like to get in the
woods and be alone. I passed through a place one night up in British
Columbia, about two years ago. I was hunting and I got lost out there.
And this was old place was eleven hundred miles from the hard top road.
So was on a bunch of horses, and I was chasing a grizzly bear. And I
got lost out there somewhere, and I didn't know which way to go. So I
thought, "Well, Lord, You help me back, You--You're the One's with me."
I was riding along, got dark. I got down to an old blow over
where there was an old burn over, rather, where it'd been a big bunch
of trees standing way up high. And--and the moon was shining. And if
you ever talk about a spooky looking place, you ought to get in one of
those. Um, it's worse than a seminary.
E-65 So you get in there, you know, all these great big old spooky
looking trees, and then the first thing you know, here come a big wind
coming down. A rushing wind come out of the heavens, and when it hit
them old trees, it made it more spookier than ever. They begin to go,
"Umm, ohhh." I thought, "Oh, my." Oh, I said, "Well, what do you know?
Look at those big old trees, why don't they... Why, they just stand
there just as straight and starchy, you know, couldn't move. And the
wind a blowing, they go, [Brother Branham illustrates--Ed.]"
And I thought of over in Joel, he said, "What the palmerworm
left, the caterpillar eaten; what the caterpillar left, the locust
eaten," so forth. And I happened to think of Joel's prophecy. That's
right. What one left, the other one eaten. But I thought it was a very
bad picture, until I thought over in the 3rd chapter of Joel, God said,
"I will restore, saith the Lord."
E-66 I thought, "Lord, where does this part come in?" I happened to
look down, and that wind come down through there again. I stopped my
horse, just acting like a holy-roller, shouting as hard as I could
right there, just a going on, my hands up in the air glorifying God.
And I happened to look, the horse all, with his ears looking down at me
wondering what in the world was going on with him? And I was just
running around and around the tree just shouting and praising the Lord,
having a good time, 'cause I seen something.
I seen them great big old trees standing, I thought, "Yeah,
that's just like these great big old towering churches standing here,
and every time God sends a rushing mighty wind like He did on the day
of Pentecost, they... only thing they could do is stand there like a
big old tombstone, go, "Umm, days of miracles is past. Umm, there's no
such a thing as Divine healing. Umm, that's holy-roller. Umm, don't
have no do with that. Umm," just a moan, moan, moan." That's all.
E-67 I thought, "Well, God, why'd You send the wind for anyhow?" Then I
heard it come again. And I happened to look, coming up was a bunch of
undergrowth, a little old bunch of trees. When that wind hit them
trees, they were alive and flexible. They were just a dipping and a
rejoicing. I said, "There's a holy-roller meeting; there it is, right
down there now. 'I will restore, saith the Lord.'" Yes, sir.
They... Nobody can't say they're not churches; there nobody
can't say... But, brother, the life's eat out of them. What the
Methodists left, the Baptists eat; and what the Baptists left, the
Presbyterians eaten; what the Presbyterians left, the Lutherans eaten.
Brother, they got it down, one taken out healing; one taken out
speaking in tongues; the other one taken out all these other things,
till they haven't got nothing but a big old starchy thing that don't
believe a thing the Bible says. Hallelujah. That's right.
E-68 Brother, God said, "I will restore." Hallelujah. Right down in
there come up a bunch of holy-rollers that was just as green and
flexible as they could be. Said, "Well, you haven't got no education."
I'm as green as a gourd, but I can sure give to the wind. Amen. When
God sends the wind, I like frolic with it. Let them say you're crazy, I
don't care, just green enough to frolic with the wind. When the Spirit
blows, just--just give with It. Say... Lord said, "I'm sending a
revival, Holy Ghost power."
"I believe it, Lord, I believe it." Just rejoice
"I'm the Lord that healeth thee."
"I believe it, Lord, I believe it." Amen. Whew. Wished I was
twice my size. Maybe I could feel twice as good. Brother, if I did, I
don't know how I'd hold it.
E-69 Oh, sure, yes, sir. God keeps His Word. He kept it with Moses.
Always keeps It. And I think of that night when they went in there,
didn't have no bread. The little bread they had on top of their head in
this trough, it was all gone the next morning. All that day had nothing
to eat. When they went in and laid down, it not their business to
worry. Wasn't nothing to eat, no corn fields to get into. No place to
grow any corn, there was nothing but a big old desert, not even a sprig
of grass. "How we going to get anything to eat?"
That's not your question; that's God's question. He said, "I
will take care of you. I'm the Lord. I'm Jehovah-jireh, the Lord's
provided Sacrifice. I'll make a way when there is no way. I am the way."
All right. Next morning when they went out, there laid bread
laying all over the ground: Manna. That right? They picked it up and
begin to eat it. "Um," said, "tastes like honey." Did you ever taste
any of it? Now, that was the beginning of the journey of the first
church of the natural.
E-70 Now, look at the beginning of the journey of the second Church in
the spiritual. When the day of Pentecost was fully come, they come out
of their the churches everywhere, and suddenly there came a sound from
heaven like a rushing mighty wind, filled all the house where they were
setting. Cloven tongues appeared to them like fire. Looky...?... My,
the first thing you know, the power of God got onto them, they forgot
about being Methodists, and Baptists, and whatevermore, and out into
the streets they went screaming and staggering: Mary with them, all the
rest of them just shouting and dancing under the power of God acting
like a bunch of drunks. The Bible said they did.
And them big old starchy self Pharisees stood around, said,
"These men are full of new wine."
Peter stood up in the midst, said, "Ye men of Israel, and you
that dwell in Judaea, let this be known to you, and hearken my words:
but these are not drunk like you suppose, seeing it's the third hour of
day, but this is that."
E-71 If this ain't that, I'm going to keep this till that comes. Amen.
Yes, sir. Said, "This is that that is 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, upon my
handmaids and maidservant I will pour My Spirit; I'll show signs in the
heaven above and the earth below;" and so forth.
When they got down like that, the manna was just a pouring
down on that old apostle. Yes, sir. They said, "What can we do?"
He said, "Repent, everyone of you, be baptized in the Name of
Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins, you shall receive the gift
of the Holy Ghost. For this promise is unto you, and to your children,
and them far off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call."
What was it? That original manna fell back there. Every time
they tried to keep some of it over, it got wiggletails in it. That's
what's the matter with a lot of our Pentecostal churches today, got
stagnated, wiggletails in them, trying to say, "Well, the Lord give me
the Holy Ghost ten years ago." What about today? That's right.
E-72 Brother, we can't build a fire in the same place twice; let's move
up. God has got something else for us. Don't you believe it? He told
Aaron, said, "Go out there and get two big omer's full of it, several
omers, and take it in behind the holiest of holies, we will keep it
there, and every man in the priesthood that enters the priesthood from
hereafter, can come in and have a mouthful of the real first manna that
fell on the day, the first day."
Oh, how typical that was of Pentecost
[Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.] comes of God. Now, they want the baptism of
the Holy Ghost, the walls fall down, and you not only have a handful,
or a mouthful, you can have a heart full of the genuine manna that fell
on the day of Pentecost, the baptism of the Holy Ghost: not something
that looks like it, but the--some of the original, some of the real
with the same signs, same wonders and everything, that fell with in on
the day of Pentecost. We get it again when God gives us the baptism of
the Holy Ghost.
E-73 How long was it to stay? That manna fell until they entered the
promised land. And the Holy Ghost is here from the day of Pentecost,
and will stay with us until the day we enter the promised land. Amen.
That's what the Church needs today. Yes, sir. Not so much membership,
we all got a million more for forty-four, and all these different
slogans. Bring the people in, and shake their hands, and put them into
the baptistery and baptize them, take them back out and they walk
outside smoke cigarettes, go to shows, dances. Why, the hog goes to his
swallow and a dog to its vomit. That's right. That's pretty strong;
that's not skim milk.
But let me tell you something brother, that's what the church
needs today, is a good old time Saint Paul's revival, and the Bible
Holy Ghost is what we need.
E-74 Reminds me here not long ago, I was in a little old... Well, it's
been some time ago. Lot of these people are going along, I thought,
"Well..." I seen an old terrapin, and that old fellow was one of the
funniest looking fellows. He'd make... To my brother and I, he was
making them big old hang-legged walks like that. I said, when I got to
him he went, "Schu," scuff right back up. That's just puts me in the
mind of a lot of people that can't take it. Go to preaching the Gospel
and say, "I'll never go back to that place again, huh-uh, huh-uh. No, I
can't do it." Go ahead, close in.
I said, "I'll make him walk." And I went and got me a switch
and I liked to beat him to death; he wouldn't come out. You can't beat
them into it.
I said, "I'll fix him." I picked him up top of the shell like
this, took him down at the creek and socked him down in the water. Just
a few bubbles come up; that was all. He stayed right in the shell.
E-75 Brother, you can baptize them this a way, that way, face forwards,
backwards, two times, three times, anything you want to, he just go
down a dry sinner, and come up a wet one. No difference, a few bubbles
will start and puff blow around about it, but he ain't changed, no.
You know what I did? I got me a piece of paper and a bunch of
wood and made me fire and set him on it. Brother, he walked then. If
anything you need today, what I need today, what the church needs, is
not some arguing about baptism, not some arguing about this church or
that, what we need is a pouring out of the Holy Ghost and fire, they'll
walk when God pours the Holy Ghost upon them, they'll get out and start
moving, don't you worry. Amen. That's right.
Oh, my, I can see Jesus coming back. My, our time just goes.
I don't know, maybe I'm just long-winded. But look, brother, when I can
see Him, here in the time of our text, He just had to leave the home
because His ministry was so great. But when He left the home, sickness
E-76 Let me tell you something here today, Christians: When Jesus
leaves your home, sickness will be there, don't you worry. Trouble's on
it's road when you drive Jesus away. When you put a deck of cards in
there, instead of a prayer--a prayer closet, put a card table, all
right, trouble's on its road. That's right. When you take some of these
old love story magazines and put it in the place of the Bible,
trouble's on its road. Don't you worry about that. Yes, sir. When you
quit going to church and blow up because the preacher told you it
wasn't lady like to wear shorts, you're on your road; don't worry,
trouble is on its road. Just keep on, you'll find out.
E-77 This case, they hadn't drove Him away, but His ministry, He went
away because the Father give Him a vision to go. Trouble come in.
Lazarus got sick. We're told by historians that--that Lazarus had
something wrong with his lungs. Doctors could do him no good. And they
sent for Jesus to come pray for him. You think He come? Huh-uh, He went
Well, they sent again. He didn't come; He went right on.
Well, if that'd been you, brother, you'd have went from the Methodist
to the Baptist, took your letter over there. "I won't fool with that
old pastor any more." You'd went from the Pentecost to the Nazarene.
"I--I ain't going to fool with them old people no more." That's the
reason God can't do nothing for you. That's right.
E-78 You're packing your letter from place to place, till it's wore
out. Why don't you put your name in heaven once, brother? It'll stay
there. See? That's right. You won't have to pack your letter around.
Say, "I come in by letter of profession of faith." Profession of faith,
the Devil believes hisself and trembles. That's no sign you're born
again. That's no sign you're a Christian. Until you're filled with
God's Spirit, you're still in darkness. That's right.
Notice, here He was. Profession of faith, packed the letter
from place to place, brother, if that ain't a disgrace, I never told
it. You need your name written in the Lamb's Book of Life. Then God
will take care of it. Don't you believe that? That's what we need
today, is one of those old time revivals.
E-79 I remember something about it, a turtle just happened to come in
my mind. One time, oh, I caught a turtle on a line; I cut his head off.
He's was old snapper. I didn't want to take the hook out and just
throwed it back on the bank. My little brother come along, side of the
pond; he said, "What'd you catch awhile ago Billy?"
And I said, "A turtle."
Said, "What you do with him?"
I said, "I killed him." I said, "I'm going to take some to
the colored folks down there to used to make turtle soup, going to
take..." He was a great big fellow there.
He said, "Is he dead?"
I said, "Sure."
He said, "Well, he ain't got no head."
I said, "No, his head's laying back there."
E-80 He walked over to where it was at; he got a stick, and he put that
stick down there. And an old turtle snap after he's done had his head
off, you know. So he had his head up like that, and he set that stick
down, he went [Brother Branham claps.--Ed.] snap. Said, "Say." My
little brother, said, "I thought you killed him."
I said, "I separated his head from his body." I said, "I
suppose he's dead."
He stuck that stick down again, he went [Brother Branham
claps.--Ed.] snapped at it again. He said, "He's just dead and don't
know it, isn't he?"
That's just what's the matter with a whole lot of people
today. They're dead and don't know it. Brother, Jesus Christ will make
you alive. That's right. Oh, how glorious.
E-81 I see Him as He comes into the city now, triumph, went away, He's
on His road back now. And here's little Martha. They'd buried Lazarus.
He'd been dead four days, rotten already, or contamination, ever what
you want to call it. My kids would know it better if I said rotten, so
that's what it was. His body was rotten, so they just took it back, put
him in a grave and covered him up, went on back. Four day is gone; all
hopes was gone, the darkest hour that the little family ever seen. Then
the first thing you know, they heard Jesus was coming.
Isn't that just like Him? When the darkest hour comes, then
Jesus comes along. Was it that way for you? It was when I was laying
yonder in the hospital, the doctor told me I had three more minutes to
live, in Louisville, Kentucky, in the Jewish hospital. Then Jesus come
Little Georgie Carter, here at Milltown, nine years and eight
months, laying on a bed. Her church taught days of miracles is past.
God gave a vision, said, "Go down there." When it's your darkest hour,
she was dying. Weighed thirty-seven pounds. Then Jesus come along. Yes,
it's always that way; the darkest of hour, then Jesus comes along. I've
seen in my own family when things get so dark I didn't know which way
to go, then Jesus comes along.
E-82 Jesus come in town. Now, it seemed like that Martha had a right to
upbraid Him, scold Him, say, "Here, what didn't You come to my
brother?" If she'd have done it, the miracle would've never taken
place. Watch on the platform those who come reverently, watch what they
get. It's the way you approach anything. It's the way she approached.
Now, she had a right, look like. The way us American people
say today, "Well, that pastor, I wouldn't have nothing to..."
I can hear them all making fun of her, saying, "Hey, where's
that holy-roller preacher at was doing all that there Divine healing?
Uh-huh, when his buddy died, away he went. There you are, where is that
guy that you all come out of your church for, thought he was such a
preacher? And when the real trial come, away He went."
E-83 But you know, Martha had read the Word. She read over there one
time where the Shunammite woman, that God had give her a baby and
Elijah told her. And the baby died. She didn't understand why that baby
died, but she went to see Elijah. I like that. She said, "Saddle this
mule, go forward, and don't you stop 'less I bid you."
Said she was going to Mount Carmel to find the prophet. She
knowed that that prophet was God's representative. She didn't know why
the baby was taken. She was barren, and Elijah told her she was going
to have a baby; she did. And the little baby got ten or twelve years
old, about eleven o'clock in the day it had a sunstroke, I guess, it
begin to cry, "My head." The father sent it out of the field. So the
mother, it laid on her lap and it died about noon time. She took it up
and laid it on Elijah's bed.
E-84 Say brother, that woman knowed something, didn't she? Good place
to lay it, in the prophet's chamber, on the pastor's bed. She laid him
up there on the bed; she saddled this mule and took off. Now, God don't
always reveal everything to His servants.
I can see Elijah, saw her coming, and he said, "Here comes
that Shunammite," said, "she's got sorrow in her heart, but God's hid
from me; I don't know what's wrong with her." I like this, watch. He
said, "Is all well with thee? Is all well with thy husband? Is all well
with the baby?"
She'd got to where the prophet was then, she said, "All is
I like that. Everything's all right. The baby a corpse, her
husband like a maniac, walking the floor, her own heart breaking, but,
"All's well, all is well." She got to God's representative. Like you
should to your pastor. She run up there; she fell down at his feet, and
she revealed the secrets, that the baby was dead. He said, "Gehazi," to
his servant, "gird up thy loins and take my staff and go lay it on the
E-85 Now, I think that's where Paul got laying handkerchiefs on the
people. See? Because Elijah knowed that everything he touched was
blessed. He knowed that in his body was the power of God. He knowed he
was one of the branches off of God's tree. And he knowed God could only
operate through him, for he was His representative. And what he
touched, He blessed. He said, "Take my staff and go lay it on the baby."
Now, the woman's faith wasn't in the staff. She said, "As the
Lord God lives, and your soul never dies, I'm not going to leave you
till I know something."
I like that: determined to stay right with it. All right, he
girded up his own loins, and here he went. Gehazi went ahead. I want
you to notice something, pastors too. He said, "If anybody talks to
you, don't talk to them. Don't say a thing, but go take this
E-86 I think if we preachers would do that a whole lot more, go on
God's commission, quit listening to what people is saying, we'd be a
lot better off, get more done. And he said, "Don't you talk to anyone."
So Elijah followed him.
Gehazi went in and laid this staff... Sure, it wouldn't work,
certainly. The woman's faith wasn't in that; it was in the prophet. And
when the prophet got there, notice, he never went in, begin to agonize
with God. He walked in, walked up-and-down the floor, back and forth,
pacing up-and-down the floor. "Lord..." He didn't know what to do. He
He knowed God was in him. So he laid his body over that dead
baby, put his lips against its lips, his nose against its nose, and
just laid there a little while. He felt the baby; it was warm. Walked
back and forth, prayed, walked back and forth again, went laid his body
upon the baby again, and it sneezed seven times and come to life. Is
E-87 Now, look, Martha had read that story, no doubt. And she knew if
God was in Elijah, surely He would be in His Son. Her brother was dead,
but she wanted to see Jesus. Here she goes; she didn't come out to
scold Him, she come out to worship Him. And she come running out; she
fell down at His feet, and said... Now, watch how she approaches God.
She fell down at His feet to worship, not to scold Him 'cause He didn't
come do what she wanted to do. She come right. She come in the right
mental attitude. That's the way you got to come. You've got to come to
Him that way in the right mental attitude.
Fell down at His feet and said, "Lord," that's what He was,
give Him His right title, what He claimed to be. Said, "Lord, if Thou
would have been here, my brother would not have died."
Oh, watch, she's at the right place, before the right Person.
Sorrow, heart, her poor eyes was streaked, beautiful girl, I guess. And
oh, her eyes were streaked, the bread winner was gone, her brother was
dead; he was buried, been dead four days, already skin worms in his
body. Said, "If Thou would've been here, my brother would not have
died. But even now (I like that.), even now, whatever You ask God, God
will do it. Even now, Lord, he's dead, been dead four days, why, he's
stinking. But even now, whatever You ask God, God will give it to You."
E-88 Brother, I can just see them cogs coming together like that. See?
Something's got to happen. She's at the right Man, the right attitude,
the right approach; everything's moving right. Can't you get that way
just now too?
Said, "Even now, Lord, whatever You ask God..." Maybe
God--the doctor told you you wasn't going to live, you got a cancer.
What difference does that make? "Even now, Lord..." He's still hears
you; He's sitting at the right hand of God. Don't you believe that,
making intercessions? "Even now, Lord, whatever You ask God, God will
He said, "Thy brother shall rise again."
"Oh," she said, "yes, Lord. I know he will raise in the last
days, for he was a good boy; he will raise in the last days." They
believe in the general resurrection (You see?), them Jews.
E-89 He said, "I am the Resurrection and Life." Oh, I like that. "I am
the Resurrection and Life: he that believeth in Me, though he were
dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth Me shall
Brother, He wasn't very much to look at, but He had the Words
of God in Him that meant truth. Said--said, "I am the Resurrection and
Life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, ye shall he live:
Whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die. Believest thou
She said, "Yes, Lord: I believe every word of it. I believe
that You're the Son of God that was to come into the world."
E-90 There's God's representative; here's a broken-hearted woman;
there's a dead man laying over there. This broken-hearted woman with
perfect faith, is coming, recognizing this gift of God here, the Son of
God, greatest gift ever give to the world; giving Him His right title,
giving Him His right worship, saying, "I believe that You're the Son of
God, and whatever You ask God, God will give it to You." Something's
got to happen. Said, "Yes, Lord, I believe it. I believe that You're
the Son of God that was to come into the world."
He said, "Where have you buried him?"
Here He goes. Now, on this, some time ago, long time ago, I
met a woman who doesn't believe that Jesus Christ was Divine. You know,
that's a common teaching today in the churches? Do you all know that?
They believe Jesus was just a prophet or a good man. If He wasn't God,
He wasn't nothing. If He wasn't God, He was the biggest deceiver the
world's ever had. If He was just a prophet, His Blood was no more then
my blood. He was God. He was more than a man; He was Divine.
E-91 This... I tell... I ain't... Now, listen, you people here that
belongs to this church, I'm not making fun, and I'm not pushing this
off at you, but it's Christian Science. And she said, "If I prove to
you that He wasn't--He was just a ordinary man, would you accept it?"
I said, "Yes, if you can prove it by the Bible."
Said, "I'll prove it by the Bible that He was just a man."
I said, "He was a man, yes, but He the Son of God."
She said, "Well, He was just an ordinary man at that."
I said, "He was--He was--He was more than a man; He was
Said, "He wasn't Divine, Brother Branham." Said, "I'll prove
it by the Bible."
I said, "Where will you prove it?"
E-92 She referred to Saint John 11. She said, "Going to the grave of
Lazarus, He wept." And said, "That proves that He wasn't Divine,
because He could weep."
I said, "My, my." I said, "That argument is thinner than the
broth made out of a shadow of a chicken that's starved to death." I
said, "That thing wouldn't hold nothing." I said, "Do you mean to tell
me that that's the reason you believe He wasn't--that He wasn't Divine,
because He wept?"
I said, "When He went down to the grave, He went weeping,
that's true. But He was a God-man, God was in Christ reconciling the
world to Himself." And I said, "He was a man when He was weeping, but
when He stood there in the little bitty figure that He was, and a man
that had been laying there four days, He stretched His little body and
said, 'Lazarus, come forth.' Brother, that was more than a man, that
was God speaking out of them mortal lips." A man that had been dead
four days stood on earth and lived again. His dead... His body was four
day's journey somewhere. I don't know where he was, and neither do you,
so we won't argue about that. But anyhow, he'd been dead four days, and
when He said, "Lazarus, come forth!" A man that was dead four days and
skin worms crawling through his body, stood on his feet and lived
again. Brother, that was more than a man, it was."
E-93 It was true He was a man when He come off the mountain that night;
He was so hungry, He looked all around the tree. He couldn't find
nothing to eat and He cursed the tree. He was a man when He was hungry.
But when He taken those five biscuits and two little, three little
pieces of fishes and fed five thousand, that was more than a man. That
was God in Him. Truly. Yes, sir.
He was a man when He was laying out there on that ship that
night. It floated around. Ten thousand devils of the sea swore they
would drown Him. That little old ship bobbing up-and-down like a bottle
stopper, the Devil says, "I got Him now. He's asleep laying there. He's
so tired from healing the sick till He can't move."
He was a man when he was laying there asleep; that's true.
But when He put His foot on the brail of the boat, looked up and said,
"Peace, be still." That was more than a man; that was God speaking out
of His Son. Hallelujah.
E-94 He was a man when He cried yonder at Calvary for mercy, when He
was dying, but when He rose up on Easter morning, He broke the sounds
of death and hell. That was more than a man; that was God in His Son.
Believest thou this?
I believe that that same Jesus that was yesterday is today
and will be forever. Believest thou this? I believe a woman who
couldn't get in the prayer line, touched the hem of His garment and was
made every whit whole. Believest thou this?
I believe it's Jesus Christ that makes the blind to see, the
deaf to hear, the dumb to speak. You, believest thou this? I believe
it's Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever, that gives
these people the Holy Ghost and makes them scream and shout and carry
on the way it is. You, believe thou this? I believe the Holy Ghost is
right here now. Believest thou this? I believe He's ready to heal
everybody in the building. Believest thou this? I believe He's ready to
fill every person with the baptism. Believest thou this? Hallelujah.
E-95 I believe He's here right now, don't you believe that? Believest
thou this? Let's stand to our feet and give Him praise right now. I
believe you'll receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Believest thou
Our heavenly Father, as You did last night, so be it tonight.
May the power of the Holy Ghost fall over this building. God, take away
doubts, fears, and give the baptism of the Holy Ghost just now. Grant
I believe He's here to fill every one of you. Believest thou
this? I believe you'll accept your healing, you can get out of the
wheelchair. Believest thou this? I believe you'll accept your healing,
you'd get off the cot. Believest thou this? I believe He's here to give
you that, heal that cancer. Believest thou this?