1 You be seated. It's good to
be back again tonight. Thankful we have this opportunity again now to
serve the Lord. And after keeping you so long last night, I feel it
wouldn't be fair to keep you long again tonight.
Just back there listening to an associate brother of ours in the Lord, that just come from Indiana, stirred by a strange dream. He's never been in Shreveport before in his life. But he dreamed the other night that he come to Shreveport, not by his car. And he come with a--or--or come somewhere to a church where I was speaking. He said, after I had preached and prayed for the people, said, "'Something's going to happen.'" Said, he was back the next day. And he said, he knew the building, how it looks. Said, "There's a--there was a civic auditorium across the street, but they never went in the auditorium." Said, "It was on this side in a stone building that had a wing to it, and the building set just like this." And the--the boy is a dreamer; I've seen his dreams and know that they're true.
3 And he said--and he said,
"Then on the last night" that I "was speaking and praying for the
sick." And I said, "'Something's fixing to happen.' And sounded like a
clap of thunder." And said, "The people begin screaming." And said, "As
the thunder begin to go away, why," said, "It made a voice, and begin
speaking." Says, "That speaking was going on, that through these
lattices (windows up here) come the Glory of God, moving in, in the
form of the Pillar of Fire." He's never seen It. He's heard us talk
about It, but he's never seen It himself. And said, "There It was, come
through the windows up like that, and formed that Light like you see in
the picture, right above the audience here." But said, "It was rumbling
off something." And said, I "stood, and said, 'That is Jehovah God.'"
And said he was reminded of (when thinking about It) when Moses called the--brought the people out of Egypt. And they said, "Let Moses speak, and not God, lest we die."
He said, "Everybody was laying on the floor, their hands up, screaming." Said he was screaming too, "Lord God, I love You. I love You." And his wife shook him and woke him up.
6 See him going down the
aisle right now, Brother Jackson, a former Methodist preacher. And he
was so disturbed till he come down; and said when he walked in, he was
so astounded, just exactly the way he had saw it in a dream. I don't
know what it means. The Lord's kept it from me. But something could
happen, and seeing Brother Jackson dreamed that, knowing him as a
honest, real--real man, servant of God.
And I--I know of him dreaming dreams, coming to me, and the Lord gave me a interpretation, it'd be just perfectly like that. Even to, one time, my going to Arizona, he had the dream of it.
And he's very much disturbed. He's with his wife; he brought her. She's to be mother right away, and the only way he could go was by airplane. He didn't have a penny to come and somebody give him the money. And so it's kinda worked out mysteriously, so something could happen; we hope so. We don't know just what the Lord will provide for us.
9 Now, we are grateful to the
Lord to be living in the day that we're living in, just before the
coming of Jesus. As I have said before, it's the greatest time of all
history. I'd rather be living right now than any time, I'd--to--on
I see here in front of us again tonight is my good friend Brother Dauch. I mentioned him in the auditorium this morning. Brother Dauch is ninety-three years old today; how blessed it is. He contributes his long life to the glory and praise of God, ninety-three today. Happy Birthday to you, my brother. And I know out, down, around the country where they're listening in tonight, they also wish Brother Bill Dauch a "Happy Birthday." He's a very personal friend of Oral Roberts, many, he's helped so many in the Gospel way, and everything. He's a great friend of ours.
11 Glad to see Brother Mann
here, another Methodist preacher, saved and baptized with the Holy
Ghost, and in the Name of Jesus Christ, setting here. He's also one of
our associates from Indiana. And I understand Brother Hickerson's
setting here by him, one of our deacons from Jeffersonville, Indiana
(They're listening in up there tonight.). And I understand that Brother
Wheeler, one of the other deacons is here somewhere. And I--I haven't
located him just yet, somebody pointing their fingers over and I'll
catch him after a bit: setting over, way over to the right, yes.
Brother Banks Wood, if you're listening in tonight, your brother was here last night. I seen him as I went out, Brother Lyle. Jehovah Witness, the whole group was converted. Lyle was brought in because a vision of the Lord.
12 Lyle was setting in the boat there that day, when the day before it was told him that something was going to happen concerning a resurrection of life. He was a real Jehovah Witness too. But that morning, setting there, fishing, and he caught... Well, he had a great, big old (that Kentucky fashion, you know)--a big hook and a little, bitty fish swallowed it. And he just pulled gills, entrails and all out, throwed it out on the water (little, bitty sunfish), and he said, "Well, little fellow, you shot your last wad." The little... Flipping along on the water, died, the wind blowed him up into some pond lilies.
13 And the day before,
setting, I said, "The Holy Spirit tells me that there'll be a
resurrection of some little creature. Perhaps there'd be a--a kitten,
when I get back home, 'cause just..."
But when we was trying to dig some fish bait, Brother Wood and I, who's listening in tonight, my little girl which is a young woman setting here, engaged to this lanky soldier (That's him.), she come up, she said, "Daddy..." Her and the other little girl, said, "We..." Now, anybody can have any kind of pet they want, but I sure don't like a cat, so she... Or no Branham... So we... she said, "Oh, we found a poor old cat out here, daddy. It's--it's--it's eat something and it's... Somebody's poisoned it, it's all swelled up." Said, "Daddy, it's going to die right away, can we get a little box and keep it a couple days?"
15 And I said, "Let me see the
cat." Well, they went and got the cat. I seen what was going to happen,
so they give her a box. And next morning, was about seven or eight
kittens there, you know. So my little boy, Joe, picked one of them up,
and squeezed it and dropped it on the ground; and just--just... The
little fellow lay there wiggling around and around, killed it.
And I said to Brother Lyle, his brother, I said, "You know, it may be that it'd be that little kitten raised up, like we have seen the Lord do things."
Brother Lyle, just new in the way... The Holy Spirit had just told him he was married, and what he had done, and the evils he had done, the things he had done. Well, he thought Brother Banks was telling me them things. But when It really brought him right out, and told him what he done the night before, that was--that was too much for him. He couldn't get it.
18 Then, the next morning...
While, we fished all night, with little fish, we was catching some for
bait. But he just throwed that little fish in the water, quivered,
flabbed over. About a half hour later we were setting there, and I
was... I said, "Brother Lyle, you let the fish swallow the hook all the
way down in his stomach." See? I said, "Take the fly line here, flip it
over, the bait out like that; just soon as he touch it," I said, "then
just hold him and then bring him in." I said, "He... Don't pull him out
like that, don't swallow it, you catch the fish."
He said, "Well..." He had a great, big old line hanging over, said, "This is the way we do it," like that.
20 So just about that time, I
heard Something coming off the top of the mountain up there, a
whirlwind, whirling around and around. Here It come down like that, and
the Spirit of God come over the boat, said, "Stand up on your feet."
Said, "Speak to that dead fish. Say, 'I give you back your life.'"
And that little fish had been laying there for a half hour, with his entrails in its mouth, and its gills. I said, "Little fishy, Jesus Christ gives you back your life. Live, in the Name of Jesus Christ." Flipped over on his back, and down through the water he went as hard as he could go.
22 Brother Lyle, are you here
somewhere? I--I seen you last night. Whether he's inside, outside, or
where he's at, raise your hand if I can see you. [Someone
in congregation says, "Balcony"--Ed.] What say? In the bal... Oh,
yes, way up in the balcony, through the windows back there. That's the
man, a Jehovah Witness.
He said, "Brother Branham..." He was all excited, he said, "Uh, it's--it's good to be here. Isn't it?" He said, "Uh, uh, do you--do you... Uh, do--do you think that meant me, that--that--that, that I called that little fish, said, 'You had shot your last wad'?" Said, "That--that--that meant something to me?"
I said, "No, no, just a confirmation." He was all upset about it.
25 Well, we travel along and
you see those things happening, knowing... Now, just think what was it
to show? I had a-many little spastic child on my prayer list, praying
for it, but when the vision come, it was for a little old fish about so
long, about two inches long or three. Looked like the hook was a big as
the fish. But what it was, was to show you that God looks on the little
things too. See?
One day when lepers was laying all over the country, He used His power and put a curse on a tree. It begin to wither, when there was people laying everywhere needing that healing power. But, you see, He wanted to show He's God over everything, whether it's small, whether it's big, whatever it is. He's still God over all things, all the creation. So we love Him because... That--that gives us to know, if He's interested to speak the Word of life into a little insignificant fish laying there dead on the water for a half hour, He can certainly someday speak Life into His children. No matter if your body be no more than a spoonful of dust, He'll speak, and we'll answer Him someday. He's God Who's interested in everything, all that we do, all that we say, everything. He's interested.
27 Now, let us bow our heads everywhere. I wonder now, before we pray, if there's anybody tonight that's interested in Him, but yet you haven't got your reservations yet for the other land where we're going to see Him. You know, you can't come in without reservations. And you haven't made them yet, but you would like to be remembered in prayer now, that everything will be made right between you and God tonight, would you just raise up your hand. Just say, "Remember me, Lord"? Here... Just let Him see your hand. God, grant it.
28 Heavenly Father, as we
stand tonight between the living and the dead; and these things that's
happening in these days, mysterious, sure they're mysterious; but God,
You know whether they are true or not; You are the solemn Judge of the
heavens and earth. And we say this, Lord, just to encourage the people
(some of the things that Thou has showed us), that they might be
encouraged to love You, and believe You, serve You, and to know that no
matter how little the deed is, good or bad, You see it. I pray, dear
God, that You'll bless every one of those hands tonight, and the soul
and spirit that motivated that hand to go up. I pray, God, that this
will be the night that their reservations will be made for that land
beyond the river. Grant it.
Heal the sick and the afflicted, Lord, both here, all out across the land where the--the--the broadcast through the phones are coming in. Bless those out there that's unsaved, all the way from California to New York, from Canada to Mexico. Grant, Lord, that every person under the sound of our voice tonight will be saved from their sins, healed of their sickness, because of Your Divine Presence.
And this our Brother Jackson, who's flown all the way down this thousand miles here to be here because something strangely stirred his heart; "And they shall dream dreams and see visions." And dear God, Thou hast kept it a secret from me, what this means; I don't know. But if You shall visit us, Lord, prepare our hearts now for that visit. That we might be under expectations, not knowing what You will do, and not knowing if You have promised to visit us by this dream; we do not know. But we are just quoting those things that we do understand, that You promised to visit Your people, and we pray that You'll make Yourself real to us here. In the Name of Jesus Christ we asked it. Amen.
31 Now, tonight, after keeping you so long last night and this morning, and I kinda getting a little bit hoarse. I got a little piece of hair I got, I wear over my bald spot here when I'm preaching. But I forgot it this time, and this air, sweeping through these windows, is begin to give me a--a little bit of hoarseness. I used to... I'd have to close meetings, but since I got that, then I don't bother with it no more, I just go on. And I forgot it, and it's... I've kinda can feel it, so your prayers will be appreciated. And now, these are two services each day, that they are--kinda get... You know, when you got a lot of miles, it--you can tell it.
32 So now to you people in California, and out in Arizona, we all send greetings across the nation. Brother Leo and the group that's waiting on the Lord up at Prescott, invited now, and all you people around Phoenix, a week from tonight, we're to be over in Yuma at the banquet. They done sold out all their tickets over there and got a bigger auditorium, and they can't place the people. So come early, you all, to--to get in. Then we're going on into Los Angeles from there, next Monday... next Sunday, Sunday night. And so we're looking to see you all over there. God's rich blessings rest on you all.
33 To you in New York, and you
that are around up in Ohio and different places, soon I want to preach
the message of "The Trail Of The Serpent," the beast at the beginning,
and the beast at the end, at the Tabernacle. Billy will send you a note
for that, when we're going to speak it, 'cause I do that in the
Tabernacle because it'll, at least, be four hours or more long.
So now... So I want you here, here and wherever you are now, to turn to the Book of Job. Very strange Book to preach from, but I want to just use a few notes here now.
And then, tomorrow morning, here at the tabernacle, there'll be Sunday school services at... We start here at what time? [A man replies, "9:30"--Ed.] Nine-thirty. And then I have the privilege of speaking here again tomorrow. And the Lord willing, I wanted to speak on the subject, if He's willing now, as I was studying this afternoon, to show you that there's only one place that God will meet a worshipper. See, see? Only in... And--and can tell you what that place is, and what the Name of that place is, where God will meet the worshipper.
36 And then tomorrow night I'm
going to ask a favor, that is, for a healing service. And I--I want an
old fashion healing service. And if the Lord willing, I want to speak
on a subject that alarmed me today... When Brother Moore and I were
talking out together, my precious brethren, we were discussing
Scriptures. And how lovely it was to be with them brothers, like old
times. And he said, "You know, Brother Branham, all the preaching you
ever done for us here in Shreveport, the Lamb and the Dove was one of
the most outstanding messages you ever brought us here at Shreveport."
Said, "I guess with your Message so strenuous to you today, you never
get to one like that."
"When I miss That, I miss my Message": Love is my...
Dear dying Lamb, Thy precious Blood
Shall never lose its power,
Till all the ransomed Church of God
Be saved, to sin no more.
Ever since by faith, I saw that stream
Thy flowing wounds supplying,
Redeeming love has been my theme,
And shall be till I die.
38 Tomorrow night, if it be
the will of the Lord, I want to preach on a subject on: "On The Wings
Of A Snow White Dove," tomorrow night: the Lord coming down on the
wings of a Dove, that is, if the Lord willing, my voice don't get too
bad. Now... So, pray for us.
And then I want an old fashion prayer meeting like we had at the beginning, no discernment, just simply give everybody a card that wants to be prayed for. Now, you must have a card, so be here early so Billy can give you a card and keep it lined up. If you don't do that, people just keep doubling back, and doubling back, and doubling back, and there's no end to the line. Anybody can have a card. I want Brother Jack to stand by me at the prayer line, like he used to, and Brother Brown to bring the people to me instead of Billy Paul. I--I--I--I want--I want an old fashion prayer line, and we'll just pray the way we used to years ago.
40 I'm glad tonight to have
another associate brother with us, just looked around and recognized
then and seen him a few minutes ago, Brother Gordon Lindsay. He's one
of the old-timers, was with us a long time ago. Doing a great job,
printing, he's printing my book now: The--"The Seven Church Ages." We
hope to have it ready again: "The Seven Seals." If he happens to read
that before he prints it, we're going to have a theological discussion.
I can just feel it coming. But he knows I'm no theologian, so... But
we're looking forward to tomorrow night. If you're in, Brother Lindsay,
be here tomorrow night. If you are, drop around and be with us on the
platform for an old fashion prayer meeting.
How many would like to see one of them old-timers again, where we bring the people up? That'd be fine. Now, bring out your sick and afflicted tomorrow night for that purpose then.
42 Now, if you've got the Book
of Job, the 42nd verse--or 42nd chapter, and the first six verses of
the 42nd chapter of Job: very strange. Brother Ted Dudley, if you're
listening in tonight over in Phoenix, you remember you and I talking
one time about a week or two ago, and we referred to this? I told you,
"Someday that would become a text to me." And I want to use it tonight.
Then answered... Then Job answered the Lord, and said, (listen close to this reading, now)
I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no doubt can be withholden from thee.
Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.
Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.
Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.
Now, I want to take a text from that 5th verse.
I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now my eye seeth thee.
May the Lord bless His Word.
44 Job, let's take a little of
his life. Job was a prophet. He was a man that lived back before the
Bible was written. It's been thought that Job was one of the oldest
books of the Bible, because It was written before Genesis was written.
Job, this great warrior and prophet, was a--a mighty man in his day. No
doubt that he'd been brought up and had served the Lord all of his
life. And had lived such a gallant life to the people, all had respects
But he'd come to a place to where he calls it here, being tempted of the Lord. But I'd like to use the word, "being tested" by the Lord. And truly, every son that cometh to God must first be tested, tried, child-trained. And then if the testing gets hard, and we think it's too hard and won't listen (take heed), then He said we become a illegitimate child, and not a child of God. Because there's nothing can move a real, borned again child of God away from his Parent (See?); he's part of Him. You can no more deny it, you deny yourself. See? You've had the experience, you've been trained and tested.
46 And now, this man being a
prophet, he had had access to God's grace, but Job didn't have a Bible
to read. He... The--the Bible wasn't wrote then, but he had access to
God by revelation and by vision. That was before the Bible was written.
Now, we find out, and take some of his life. When God blessed him and made him a great man, why, even everybody respected him, even to his wisdom had become so great. His inspiration from God had vindicated him to be God's servant so plainly until the people come from everywhere to hear him. And then Satan begin to accuse that man. And that's the way he does every inspired servant of God; Satan is always there to accuse him of everything that he does that's not right.
Now, we find out his life and trials, and his great faith, even Jesus, when He came on the earth, He referred to the patience of Job. He said, "Have you not read of the patience of Job?" Faith waits with patience for the promised Word to be fulfilled.
49 Now, we notice here that
Job, after he went through his trials, all of his afflictions... He had
a lovely family; they were taken from him. He had good health; it was
taken from him. Everything that he owned in this life was taken. And he
set on a ash heap, with a piece of crock, scraping his boils. And even
to his own wife spoke against him; she said, "Why not curse God, and
He said, "Thou speakest like a foolish woman." He said, "The Lord gave, and the Lord taken away, blessed be the Name of the Lord."
51 Now, Satan had come up
before God, 'cause he could come before God, and accuse the Christians
(or, the believers) all the time. So he accused Job of many things, and
said that Job, the reason he could serve God, because everything was
coming good for him. But said, "If You'll just let me have him in my
hands, I'll make him curse You to Your face."
I want you to notice that the confidence that God had in a believer. See? He's... In other words, God said to Job--or said to Satan, like this, "You can't do it. He's a just man (justified). He is a good man. He... There's not one like him in the whole earth." O what a man, that God Himself would say to His enemy, "My servant is so perfect, there's not another man on earth like him." Oh. If we could only be that kind of a man, that God could bestow that confidence upon us, that know that we'll not twist from His Word or His Being any way: stay exactly, and He can put His trust in us.
53 Now, Job was a man that
carried out God's commandments to the letter, exactly. And Satan knew
that, but he said, "If You'll just let me have him, I'll make him curse
You to Your face."
So God told him; He said, "Now, he's in your hands, but don't you take his life." And Satan even stretched as far as he could on that. He took every friend and everything he had, almost his complete life, but he couldn't take his life. But Job still held right on; there was no turning back.
You see, when a man or a person has once really come in contact with God, with that genuine, revealed faith that God is, there's nothing, no time, nowhere, can ever separate that man from his God. I believe it was Paul said, "There's no strife, no hunger, no perils, neither living creatures, or death, or anything that can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus." You are securely anchored in Him because you were ordained to that Life.
56 But Satan thought he could
twist him around a little bit, and cuff him up, and make him do it.
But, you see, Job with his perfect revelation of God, and Who God was,
and how God loved him, he waited. No matter what the circumstances was,
he waited for his faith to be confirmed, because he'd had a grip on
God, a revelation (that I spoke of last night).
Now, when the sick people that's in the building, the crippled people, or you that have a need of God, when you can get that type of a revelation that you are justified, when you are actually justified in asking the thing that you're asking for, and believe that He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek after Him, there's nothing can ever separate you from that faith that's anchored to you. See? But first it has to be revealed to you.
58 Someone come not long ago,
a group of men, some of them listening in tonight, and told me, said...
I kept telling them, "Go to Kentucky; oil's down there." I knew it was;
I seen it in a vision.
Well, Brother Demas and them didn't go for a long time. After while, finally, they said (after Texas had moved in)--and they said, "Now, we're going down."
I said, "You ought to have went a long time ago." But they didn't do it.
Demas said, "I made a great mistake in that, by not doing that, Brother Branham."
I said, "If you'd have went down there, you'd have had it all."
Well, they wouldn't listen to it. Then the first... Then 'fore we left that night (the--the place where we were having lunch) the Holy Spirit showed me a great crack in the earth, and in that was full of oil, and these overflows in Kentucky was just little beds of oil that they were pumping from, but this one come from the main stream. And I said, "Brother Demas, it's there."
So they went to searching for it. Said, "Go down and tell us where the--where the oil well is."
I said, "Oh, no. No, no."
66 See, we don't use the gift of God for commercial. No, no. He could tell me where it was at, but I don't have any need of it. I wouldn't even have faith enough to ask Him. See? If I had a need of it, I believe if I'd ask Him, He'd tell me. But first (You see?), your motives and objectives has to be right. You have to have reasons for this. God don't give you those things just because you ask. And you cannot ask in faith unless there's a real objective to that, to be in the will of God. See? If you want to be well, what do you want to be well for? See? If you want to be healed, what's the reason you want to be healed? What are you telling God? What do you want to do with you life when you get healed? See? There's got to be... You've got to have a motive and objective, and they have to be right according to the will of God. And then's when the faith is revealed to you, and God by His sovereign grace places that faith in there, then it's over. See? Now. See?
67 Now, to make that Word true, when the brethren got down there, they got... One fellow went over and bought a bunch of stuff, and sold leases, and cheated the other one this way. I said, "You see, it won't work." Now, just to make the prophecy sure, within a hundred yards of where these men were digging their well, some man struck the big gusher. And it's there, eleven hundred barrels of oil in a half a day, or something or other like that: still putting it out, right in that main stream. But just to make the prophecy, the Word that had been said that it was there, it was there. The rest of them nearly's all dried up, everywhere through Kentucky. Little ponds, they pump them a little while, and they go. It's only the overflow from this. See?
68 But because of the
selfishness got among it, the objectives was wrong, signing up a bunch
of stuff "it would be this way," when they promised they would do it
for the Kingdom of God, but looked like it's for themselves. See?
And it won't work; no selfish thing will work. Your motives and objectives has to be exactly, perfectly right, then you have faith there. "If our hearts condemn us not, then we have confidence." See, see? We've got to have confidence. "I want this to the honor and glory of God." Then faith has a--a channel to move into; if it doesn't, then you've got mental, intellectual faith, and not genuine faith from God. That intellectual faith will get you nowhere. Might get you emotional, but it won't get you the healing that you're looking for.
70 So Job, checking himself
with the genuine faith that God had give to him that he was just, that
he had done everything that God required him to do... Now, when we're
going to be prayed for for our sickness, I wonder if we have done
everything that God requires us to do. Have we followed every iota of
the Scripture? Have we give Him our hearts and lives to service? What's
the reason you want to be healed? That's the reason you can't get faith
enough (See?), because you haven't maybe made this thing to God
sincerely from your heart. Like Hezekiah did, give God the reason, he
wanted to set his--his kingdom in order. And God sent His prophet back
and told him, and he'd be healed. See? But you have to have those
things made right first.
So then as soon as you get to these places and know that it's been revealed to you by the Word of God, by the revelation, by the Word that God requires you to do, then you have faith, genuine faith.
72 Now, just like Abraham when he was ninety and nine years old (I believe Genesis 17)... God appeared to this old man now, ninety and nine years old, when he was almost a hundred years old, that had been waiting upon that promise all these years, He appeared to him in the name of El Shaddai, the "Breasted-one." And what an encouragement it was, yet the promise wasn't fulfilled then. But, "Abraham, I am the Almighty God, El Shaddai, the Strength-giver, the Breasted God."
73 Like I've told you before, like the little baby that's fretting, and sick, and crying, and it lays upon its mother's breast and nurses its strength back from her, because it's satisfied while it's a-nursing, because the only access it has and knows of is the mother's breast. It knows no dose of medicine. You might give him a dose of medicine; he'd squeal and cry, give him a shot in the arm, and he'd carry on. But the only access to satisfy him is the mother's breast.
74 And He said, "Abraham,
you're old; your strength is gone; your arms are withered up; your
manhood's gone; but I am your Mother. Just take ahold of My promise,
and be satisfied while you're waiting. Be rested."
Now, that's the way every believer, no matter how bad the cancer's got you, how long you been setting in a wheelchair, any of those things, just if you can grasp that revelation from God, then be satisfied, knowing that it's going to happen, because faith waits patiently for the promise. See?
76 Job knew that he was right. When we find out here in the Scriptures, that there was these fellows come to him (his church members). Everything that once seemed dear to him had turned against him, and tried to accuse him of being a secret sinner, because all these things had happened to him. You hear people, yet today, say, "I told you. Look at him. You see what..." That ain't altogether the truth. Sometime it's God testing His people. In this case it was God testing Job, the best man there was on earth at the time. Now, He was holding him there, because that He knew Job was a prophet that had a vision from God, that he had exactly done what God told him to do and he... God was duty bound to keep His promise to him.
77 Oh. All Christians has got
to be that. When the last struggle of our life comes, and death rattles
are in our throat, we still must hold steady and remember that God
said, "I'll raise you up again at the last day." See? Got to hold
that--that, our testimony, our place in Christ, our position, what we
are, knowing that we have kept every Word of His commandment. "Blessed
are they that do His commandments that they might have the right to
enter in." See? And when we know, that no matter what anyone has said,
we've kept every commandment that we see in the Bible, that God has
done us--told us to do, with reverence, and love, and respect to the
Creator Who wrote the Bible...
We say, "Man wrote It."
"Men of old moved by the Holy Ghost wrote It." See, see? God wrote It through men. Like a prophet speaks His Word; it's not the prophet's word; it's God's Word (See?) through the prophet. That's the reason it has to come to pass, if it's truly the Truth.
80 Now, we see this great man.
And, remember, Job had no Bible to read in his day. No. He only went by
inspiration. He was a prophet to whom the Word of the Lord comes to. He
had--he had only to be inspired, because he knowed his position that he
was God's prophet. Now, the only thing had to happen, was for the
inspiration to strike him. And then he knowed what he said would
happen, because it was by inspiration.
That's what the church, if it's in order (set in order), it only... It's got the mechanics ready; it only needs then the dynamics. Tonight if we'll get the mechanics ready, get our hearts right, the things that we can do, follow every Word, follow Him in baptism, follow Him in every order that He told us to do, get every mechanic ready, and stand there; then we're ready for the dynamics to be let off, and only God can do that; and that's to drop into your heart that faith that says, "I am now healed." Then don't make any difference what circumstances is, you're healed anyhow; 'cause it's faith, by faith you're healed.
82 He had a channel of communication to God, that he'd got by inspiration. He had a way of moving himself out and letting God move in. And he knowed he was justified. It was a gift; it was a gift for the people; not for Job, but for the people. That's what all Divine gifts are, to serve God's people with. Everybody's not ordered to be a prophet. All of you not--is not ordered to be pray for the sick. All of them's not ordered to be pastors, and so forth. But it's a channel that God has opened to them. And as we had this morning in the lesson, that he... One man has no business deviating in the next man's channel, no matter how inspired, how much it seems, how well... How many was at the meeting this morning? Let's see your hand. So see? See, you cannot.
83 There's David, just as
inspired as he could be, all the people shouting and glorifying God,
for a reason that seemed exactly Scripture, but he was the wrong
person. That inspiration should have come to Nathan, not David. See? He
never even consulted Nathan. You see what happened? See? We have... God
said He does nothing till He reveals It to His servants the prophets.
And Job was His prophet in this day. Now, only thing God had done to Job: What always give him wisdom and His Word and inspiration, he could get no inspiration. But he knowed all of his mechanics... He had offered the burnt-offering; he had done everything he knowed to do was right, but he couldn't get a word from God. But the Devil couldn't move him. There you are.
Now, there you are when you're prayed for. You don't have to run back through a line, or go let somebody else pray for you. When you know you've done exactly what God told you to do (See?), then wait for that channel of inspiration to open up to you and "Now, I'm healed." When it drops in there, then it's all over. Oh, you don't need no prayer lines, nothing else; it's over. It's been revealed to you. See?
86 Just like the old prophet
at the coming of the Lord Jesus, we find out it was revealed to him,
the old sage, that he would not see death until he seen the Lord's
Christ. And he believed that, and he waited for it. And the people
thought he was crazy, the old man had lost his mind. But he still
believed it. Nothing could shake him from it; he knowed God had
revealed it to him, for the Bible said it was revealed to him by the
Simeon coming into the temple at that minute, walked over and give praise to God, and said, "Let Thy servant depart in peace," when he picked up the baby, "mine eyes have seen Thy salvation." See? he knowed he was going to see it. No matter how many babies he'd visit each day, he knew God had revealed to him that he was going to see the Christ before he died. Simeon believed that.
Now, when it's revealed to you, that you yourself has received God's promise... The inspiration, you being Christians, it struck you, you don't even need a prayer line. The thing... The only thing you need is a open heart when all the mechanics are ready, and let the inspiration drop in, and then nothing can change your mind; you've got it. Outside of that, it won't do no good.
89 Now, notice, Job needed a
channel of inspiration; he had it open. He had a channel to communicate
with God by His inspiration. He had a way of moving himself out and let
the Word of God move in. Notice how they--how they come to consult him
from the east and from the west, people looking for him because they
know that what Job said was the truth. They knowed that man told the
truth. Because what he prophesied, that's what happened. And so people
come from the east and west.
He said he'd go over to the markets, the young princes from the east would bow before him just to hear one word of consolation from him, great and mighty wisdom, 'cause they knowed the man was honest. He didn't want to boast up himself; he had no axes to grind, no strings to pull; he was just a honest prophet before God. And they had confidence in him, and everybody come from the east and west just to speak to him in a moment. He's spoke of, in the Bible here. But, you see, he lacked inspiration to tell him what all this was about. God let it happen, and didn't tell him.
91 Then, one day, we find out that in that, that's the time that... Everybody, as long as you can help them, all right. But when they want to disagree with you, that's when trouble comes in. But he alone knew he was right; his pulsation of faith, of hearing God's Word speak to him, he knew it was the truth. Yes, sir. He knew God's Voice. Nobody could fool him on It, for he knew It. It... But whenever you--something's revealed to you, maybe contrary to what the people think... I'm speaking in the line of prophets. Once God reveals something, which, if there ever is a secret comes out from God to be made known to the people, it will never come through a seminary; it will never come through a group of people; it never did. It always will, has, and will, through one individual, a prophet: Amos 3:7 (See?), "The Lord does nothing except first He reveals it through His prophets."
92 And, now, Job had something
wrong with him, but he couldn't get the inspiration on him, and it was
worrying him, and that... When you get in that kind of a fix, that's
when the enemy moves into every friend, nearly, you got. And they begin
to accuse him. Oh, it must have been a miserable thing for him to know
his friends that accused him; Satan then goes and joins himself with
the enemy. That's when Satan comes in, "Let me have him, and I'll make
him curse You to Your... I'll make him deny his Message. I'll make him
curse You. I'll make him go back and say it was all wrong." Then he
tried him with everything he could, to all the great men and the
friends that he used to have. But Job stood flatfooted, for he knew he
had heard God's Voice.
O God, help tomorrow night that I can get that "Wings Of A Dove." See? I heard the Voice of God that said something, and it's going to happen that way. Just the same as these other things has happened, it's going to happen.
94 Now, Job knew it was going
to happen. And he knowed that God had told him that, that he was just.
But they made him a sinner, so he waited then for the inspiration.
Satan getting in all the--the people and he come around the--his
comforters, the so-called, and accused him, but it didn't move him a
bit. But when the Word of God became vindicated to him... He had heard
of God by the hearing of the ear, but one day setting out at his lowest
point... And while he was setting there, and everyone accusing him,
even his wife telling him he was wrong; he was scraping his boils; and
Elihu came down and rebuked him for being selfish, about the way he was
accusing God and so forth.
And then at that time it was when inspiration struck him, that's when the lightning begin to flash, the thunders begin to roar; that's when the inspiration struck the prophet, and he raised up, and he said, "I know my Redeemer liveth. And at the last days He'll stand upon this earth. Though the skin-worms destroys this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God, Whom I shall see for myself."
96 He saw... He'd been talking about the trees, the botany life, how it dies and lives again; water brings it back again, the smell of water, the scent of water, the results of water pouring upon a tree or something, a seed that went in the ground. He said, "But a man layeth down; he giveth up the ghost; his children come to honor and he perceive it not. O that Thou would hide me in the grave (Job 14) till Thy wrath be past." He said, "But if a man dies, shall he live again? All the appointed times of my life, I'll wait till my change comes. Thou wilt call me, and I'll answer. Thou hast appoint me bounds that I cannot pass," so forth. He knowed all these things. He watched the tree live, but what happened to a man when he died? He didn't raise up again. So God was showing him this Redeemer.
97 He wanted to see if there
was somebody who could intercede for him. He had interceded for so many
people, but now is there somebody can speak for him? Could there
somebody put his hand on Job, or on a sinful man and a holy God, and
make bridge the way? Could he go to His house and knock at the door?
Would He open the door and talk to him awhile?
But then when the inspiration dropped into his heart, then he could see God. The lightning's a-flashing, the thunder's a-roaring, and when it did, he stood upon his feet, and he said, "I know my Redeemer liveth--my Redeemer, and at the last days He'll stand on the earth." See? he had begin to see God's reaction to his faith.
99 Now, we wonder if we could see God. Is there a way that we could see Him? Now, it was the only way God had trying Job out. He said, "I have heard of Thee with the hearing of the ear, but now I see Thee. But now I see Thee, with my eyes." The vision of the invisible had been made plain. He seen the cloud rolling around; he heard the flashing of the lightning, or saw it, and seen the roaring of the thunder, maybe on a clear day, and he seen God was in that cloud and in that lightning. He could see God with his natural eye (See?), because the invisible was made visible. The visible vision of others was then vindicated, clear, to the natural eye.
100 Just like faith with works, as we spoke on last night, Abraham, no--had no Bible to read either, but he was a prophet, his vision and his faith... And it seemed wrong to others that he should think that way, that he should think they was going to have a baby. But they did have the baby, because his vision of the baby was what he was talking about; "I'm going to have it. I'm going to have it." But when the baby was born, then the other people could see with the eye what he saw in a vision. And when you go to acting upon what you believe in your heart, then the people know God, and know what's happening to you by the way you act. That's how you see God with the eye. But to him, all that he had done that was good, all that he had done for others, he needed somebody to intercede for him. When the birth of the baby come, Isaac, the--the inspiration that had led him to this had vindicated his vision to where the people could see that what he had saw in a vision was actually the truth.
101 Now, sometimes these great pulsations of faith come right in the time of crisis. It's usually crisis that drives us into this. It was a crisis that drove Job into it. Why, he was at the end of his life. His children was dead; his camels, and all of his goods was gone and destroyed. And his own life, he was broke out from the crown of his head to the soles of his feet with boils. It was a crisis that he pressed hisself, there's where the inspiration struck him.
102 O men and women, tonight,
if you could look around and see how close we are to the coming of the
Lord. You who've put off the baptism of the Holy Ghost, you maybe
relied upon some sensation, or something that you done that Satan can
impersonate, and can't have the real Spirit in you to go all the way in
God's promises. How can a man that claims to have the Holy Ghost deny
one Word of this Bible, being not right? You can't do it.
No matter how religious you are, how many churches you belong to, how many books your name's on, if that genuine Holy Ghost is in you, which is this Word manifested, you'll see the Message and the hour, because it's the Holy Ghost that does it. But there has to be something light that off, inspiration strike you. And if there's... If you pour water on the ground, on the ground, on the ground, and there's no seed in there to strike it, how can it ever bring forth anything? There's nothing there to bring forth. That is, that only the Elected of God will see It.
104 The Elected of God seen It in Noah's time, Moses' time, Jesus' time, the apostles' time, Luther's time, Wesley's time, Pentecostal time, because that was the Seed that was on the earth when this inspiration was poured out. Now, while the inspiration's poured out to gather the Bride together, it's only those who are Elected will see It. Jesus said, "I thank Thee, Father, that Thou hast hid these things from the eyes of the wise and prudent, and revealed It to babes such as would learn." Now, inspiration has to strike it.
105 Now, when the inspiration
struck him, that did it. He had It then. Now, we find out, there comes
a time of these crisis when the press is right on. And you look around
today, look at the condition we're living in. Aren't we living in a
modern Sodom and Gomorrah? Hasn't the world come back? That was a
Gentile world that was destroyed then by fire. Didn't Jesus say in St.
Luke the 17th chapter, the 28th, 29th, and 30th verse, that, "As it was
in the days of Sodom, so shall it be in the coming of the Son of man,
when the Son of man is being revealed"? What is a "revealed"? Is a
secret made known, a revelation; is to reveal or make known a secret.
Now, these things that's been hid all through the church ages is now being revealed, made known. Now, we could say that, and if God didn't back that up, that's wrong. See? God don't need anybody to interpret His Word; He's His Own interpreter. He said, "A virgin shall conceive," and she did. He said, "Let there be light," and there was. And we are not living in Luther's age, Wesley age, or the Pentecostal age. The Pentecostal age was only a restoration of the gifts coming back to the church, but we're living in the evening time; we're living in a time of the calling out of the Bride.
107 And just as it was hard for the Catholics to see Luther, and the Luthers to see the Wesley, and Penteco--the Wesleys to see the Pentecostal age, so is it hard for the Pentecostals to see this age. It's always been that way, because it's poured out upon an elected seed, and that only. That's what the Bible teaches. They can't see it. Jesus even prayed for them, said they was blind, they didn't know it. Revelations tells us, in this Laodicean church age, when He was put out of the church, that they're naked, poor, miserable, blind, and don't know it. Back again, they can't see it, can't understand it. They're so creeped up in traditions.
108 But remember the promised Word of God by the mouth of Jesus Christ, the very God that spoke creation into existence, He was the One before the foundation of the world that spoke the words, "And let there be," and there was. For He said, "He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. But as many as did know Him, to them he gave the power to become the sons of God." The very Creator, and the very Creator Himself, when He raised up Lazarus from the dead, He said, "Think this not strange, for the hour's coming that when all that's in the grave will hear the Voice of the Son of man, and shall come out." The very God that said, "Let there be Light," said, "The Voice of the Son of man would wake those that are in the grave." It has to happen in its season. He spoke, "Let there be male and female," and so forth, and all this, years and hundreds of years before it happened.
109 The inspiration hit the
prophet Isaiah; he said, "Unto us a Child is born, a Son is given. His
Name shall be called Counselor, Prince of Peace, the Mighty God, the
everlasting Father." Years passed, months, years, days, weeks, years
rolled by; hundreds of years rolled by. Eight hundred years later
Emmanuel was borned by a virgin. Why? Is because it was spoke by the
lips of God's anointed prophet; a seed went forth. See? "And that great
hour," said, "will you seek... Ask Me of a vision or a sign."
He said, "I'll give them a sign, an everlasting sign, 'A virgin shall conceive,' an everlasting sign."
Now, we find that in those hours of real stress, that's usually when the Spirit of God moves in. He let the Hebrew children walk right into the fiery furnace, before He ever moved a hand. But when He moved, He moves.
112 Now, we notice here that in Luke the--the 17th chapter and the 30th verse, that He said in the last days, that the Son of man would reveal Himself as He did just before Sodom and Gomorrah, and the same conditions would exist. He told about Moses, about... And I beg your pardon, not about Moses, but about Noah, how that the people was eating, drinking, and so forth, marrying and given in marriage. Then He come around; He said, "Now, as it was in the days of Lot, so shall it be at the time when the Son of man is being revealed." Now, watch, the Son of man was revealed to Abraham's group as a Man, a Prophet in a form of human flesh, a ordinary Man with dust on His clothes, and Abraham called Him Elohim.
113 Now, Jesus promises here that in the last days the Son of man will be revealed again to that same type of group, the royal Seed of Abraham, just before the fire falls. Remember, the church never received any more witness, Abraham and them didn't. The promised son that they were looking for was brought right away after that. And the church is looking for the promised Son, He will come right after the days of this ministry; He'll be revealed from the heavens. Now, we see it too plain; it's got to be. Now, the only thing there has to be is something pulsates, gets into a man, God vindicate and tells him and shows him that that is the thing to happen; and that you're going to...
114 Like Moses did, he didn't
want to deliver those children, but God spoke to him in a burning bush.
He didn't want to go, but he had to go. Moses had heard of Him being
the great Jehovah, but then he could see Him. He was in the form of a
Pillar of Fire. "I've heard of Thee, but now I see Thee." What was He
seen in? His Word vindicated.
God told Abraham that his people would sojourn in a strange land for four hundred years, but He'd bring them out with a mighty hand. And, notice, this burning bush gave vindication to what the prophet Abraham had said would take place. Moses said, "I heard of it, but now I see it."
117 Now, we've heard that in
the last days that the Son of man will come among His people and reveal
Himself to the people in the same way that He did at the--just before
the destruction of Sodom. The Son of man, what did He do? He knowed the
secrets that was in Sarah's heart, also give the promise to Abraham.
Abraham had heard God's Voice; he might've seen Him in many different
ways (I don't know how He talked to him, through dreams or through
prophecies.), but this time he saw Him. "I've heard of You, now I see
And the church has heard of God; they've read of Him, and what He did, and the promises He made, but now we see Him with our eyes (just the same as Job did), "I've heard of Thee, but now I see Thee." My, what a difference.
119 Moses, in that crisis,
cried out. And we find out in Exodus the 14th chapter, the 13th and to
the 16th verse, Moses in that great strain there with the children of
Israel, inspiration struck him, and he said what he was supposed to
say, not knowing he said it. See? "Stand still and see the salvation of
God." God had never spoke to him yet. See, the inspiration struck him.
They said, "Why did you bring us out here? We ought to have died in Egypt. Was because there was no graves down there? Bring us out here, and let us die; we could've lived in peace as slaves until we died, but you brought us out here."
Moses, a prophet knowing he had access to God, was inspired, and he said, "Stand still and you'll see the salvation of God; for the Egyptians you're looking at today, you'll never see them again." How did he know it was going to happen? How did he know? He didn't know what he spoke.
122 But as immediately after he
spoke it, God told him how to do it, said, "Moses, don't cry to Me,
take your staff in your hand, and stretch it out over the sea, and tell
the children of Israel to walk." Amen.
The inspiration, that's the way it strikes you if you're sick. That's the way it strikes you if you're afflicted. Something's revealed to you, and you see that it's been revealed, you speak up, "I'm healed."
Then God tells you what to do, "Rise up and start walking." Amen. Then it's all over, when you can do it that way. That's the way God does it, then you see God manifested through yourself.
It was God that told him to do it. Now, then, all that was present, all of Israel that was present saw the inspiration that struck Moses. They seen God with their own eyes blow that water back from one side to the other. And that Pillar of Fire led them right across the--the sea. He heard of God, then they seen God.
126 Joshua was in a hour of crisis when the armies was routed, and the sun was going down. Joshua was a prophet, and he knew that if them armies ever had a chance to unite again and come against him, he would lose more men; so in that hour of crisis when something had to be done... There's only one thing, if he could keep them running, he'd rout them every one down. But there wasn't enough light to do it, so Joshua stood, raised his hands, and said, "Sun, stand still. And moon, hang over Ajalon till I get through with this battle." And the sun stood still. They heard Joshua speak, and then they seen God with their own eyes in action. True.
127 See? of course, it was a
paradox to see something that seems to be impossible, yet it's true.
But, "The sun stood still," says the Bible. I don't know what you
people think that thinks the world was run now; but anyhow, the sun
stood still. Perhaps Joshua never had tried to figure out how he was
going to--to do it, how God was going to do it; the only thing that he
said was, "Sun stand still." He said it, perhaps not knowing what he
was saying, because it was God that give it to him, and He worked.
Same thing in Mark 11:23, "If you say to this mountain, 'Be moved,' and don't doubt in your heart, but believe that what you said will come to pass, you can have what you said." But you can't stand there fumble in your mind and say it; you've got to be inspired to say it. Amen.
129 Excuse the expression; but
that day setting there in that woods (And God's my judge, and I could
fall dead on this pulpit.), when that Scripture had stumped me all my
life. Setting there that morning in the woods, I was thinking on that,
and that Voice spoke to me, He said, "That Scripture is like all
Scriptures; It's true."
And I thought, "Well, how could it be?"
And He said, "You're..." I said... He said, "Speak, and it will be that way. Don't doubt It."
And I was talking to Somebody, setting way out in the woods. No squirrels, been there for three days; there's no squirrels there. And I was setting in a sycamore thicket. Squirrels don't even come... Anyone that hunt squirrels, know they're not in sycamore. And I'd been setting there; and wind blowing real hard, about ten o'clock in the morning, and I was thinking again.
And It said, "You're hunting, and you need squirrels just the same as Abraham needed a ram."
I thought, "That's always told me the truth, but this sounds funny." I got up from where I was setting, looked all around, "Where is that Person that was talking to me?" Nothing, wind just blowing real hard. And I thought, "Could I have fell asleep and dreamed that?" No, I wasn't asleep. I was setting up against the tree there, watching, supposed to pick up Brother Wood and Brother Sothmann back there just in a little bit, around ten o'clock in the morning. Farmers all out there working, gathering their corn...
135 And I heard It again, say,
"You are hunting, and you need game. How many do you need?"
And I thought, "Now, I don't want to overdo this; I'm just going to ask for three, three squirrels. I want young, three red squirrels. I want them."
He said, "Then speak about it."
And I said, "I am going to get three young red squirrels."
He said, "Which a-way will they come?"
"Well," I thought, "I've went this far, there's Something talking to me here," just the same as you hear me talking. And God in heaven, with this Bible over my heart, knows that that's true. And He... And I said, "Well..." I picked out a ridiculous place, an old dry limb hanging out there, about fifty yards, where my rifle was shot in.
I said, "The first one will be right there," and there he was.
I rubbed my eyes and looked back. I turned my head, and I thought, "I don't want to shoot a vision." So I looked around again, and there set the squirrel. I throwed a shell up in my gun, aimed up, and I could see his black eye, young red squirrel. I thought, "I--I... Maybe I'm sleeping, I--I'll wake up in a few minutes. See? I'm dreaming about this." Well, I leveled down, shot the squirrel and it dropped off the limb. I thought, "Well, I don't know." I thought, "Should I go over and look for it?" And--and I walked over there, and there it laid. I picked it up and blood run out of it. A vision don't bleed, you know. So I picked it up, and it was a squirrel. I got real numb all over.
143 And I looked around, I
said, "God, that was You." I said, "Thank You for this. I'll go out
He said, "But you said. Do you doubt what you said? You said you'd get three. Now, where will the next one come from?"
I thought, "Well, if I'm dreaming, I'm going to continue on."
So I--I said... I picked out an old post over there, of a tree that was all wrapped up with this here poison ivy. You never get a squirrel in that. So I said, "The next one will come right out of that poison ivy," and there set that young red squirrel looking right at me. I set my gun down, and rubbed my eyes, and turned around again, I thought... There he set, turned his head sideways. I shot the squirrel, and then I started to go home.
But said, "You said three. Do you doubt what you said?"
I said, "No, Lord, I don't doubt what I said, for You're confirming."
This is one Scripture that stumped me: "Not if I say, but if you say." Not if Jesus said it, but if you say it yourself.
149 I thought, "Somehow I've
broke into that channel, and I know He's here because I'm almost beside
myself." I thought, "I'll make this one ridiculous, sure enough."
I said, "They'd be a red squirrel come down off that hill, come right down this a-way, and right by me, and go out, and set on that limb, and look down there at that farmer." Here he come down the hill, went right out, and sat, looked at the farmer. And I shot him.
Satan said to me, "You know what? The woods is just full of them now." And I set there till twelve o'clock, and not another thing happened. It goes to show that when God... He's the very Creator of heavens and earth.
151 Listening in, in
Jeffersonville now, there's a family named Wright. Brother Wood and I
went down to see them. They make the communion wine for the church.
Little Edith was setting there in the room, a little crippled girl,
that she'd been sick all of her life, and so we'd always looked to God
to heal her. Her sister, a widow, her husband had been killed; her name
was Hattie, very humble little woman. And while Brother Banks and I
went out to get her a rabbit, they'd cooked a big cherry cobbler; and
made me set down and eat.
We was all setting around the table; we were talking about this; it just happened a few days before. And while I was setting around the table, talking about this, all at once I said, "What could've happened?" I said, "Brother Wright, you're an old man, hunted squirrels all your life. Brother Shelby, you're an expert squirrel hunter. Brother Wood, so are you. I've hunted them since a kid. Did you ever see a squirrel in a sycamore and locust thicket?"
I said, "They just wasn't there." I said, "The only thing I know, it's just the same God. When Abraham needed a ram, He was Jehovah-jireh; He could provide for Himself." I said, "I believe it's the same thing."
155 And little old Hattie
setting back there, said, "Brother Branham, that's nothing but the
She said the right thing. When she said that, the Holy Spirit dropped over into that channel again, every one of them felt It. I raised up; I said, "Sister Hattie, THUS SAITH THE LORD, you said the right word like the Syrophenician woman said. The Holy Spirit's speaking to me now, and said for me to give you the desire of your heart." I said, "Now, if I be God's servant, if it is, it'll happen. If I ain't God's servant, then I'm a liar, and it won't happen, I'm a deceiver." I said, "Now, try and see it's the Spirit of God or not."
She said, "Brother Branham," (everybody was crying), said, "what shall I ask?"
I said, "You got a crippled sister setting there."
159 I had twenty dollars in my
pocket to give to her, that she had put in a donation. The woman don't
make a capital of about two hundred dollars a year on that little old,
poor farm, her and two of the boys. Her boys had got to be regular
Rickys, school days, you know, and just sassing their mother, and
fifteen, sixteen years old. And, oh, they were standing over there
laughing at what I was saying.
And I said, "You've got a father and mother setting here that's old. You haven't got any money. Ask for the money, and see if it comes in your lap. Ask for your sister, and see if she don't get up and walk." I knew then like Job; there's just something you know when you strike it. Said, "I know. Here I stand before about ten people," I said, "if this doesn't happen, then I'm a false prophet."
Said, "What shall I ask?"
I said, "It's up to you to make your decision. I cannot make your decision."
She looked around, the little woman. And all at once, she said, "Brother Branham, the greatest desire in my heart is the salvation of my two boys."
I said, "I give you your boys, in the Name of Jesus Christ." And them snickering, laughing, fun making boys fell across their mother's lap, and surrendered their life to God, and was filled with the Holy Ghost right then. Yes.
Why? That is Truth. God has the authority to kill me, before these people across the nation. Many of you here and in Jeffersonville, I can hear the Tabernacle ring out now, "Amen." because they're setting right there listening at it (See?), because it's the Truth. What is it? It's when the God by His sovereign grace, it happens. Outside of that it won't happen.
166 In that crucial moment...
Think of the men and the people that I'm acquainted with. God's
bypassing all the celebrities, and everything, to give a poor, little
old humble woman, can't hardly sign her own name; and He knowed that
what she'd ask for. And that was the greatest thing; for her sister is
now dead, and her mother and father has to die, the money would've
perished, but the souls of her boy is eternal. And that was the hour
for them to catch it. And just as soon as I said, "I give you your
boys, in the Name of Jesus Christ," there they fell across their
mother's lap. How many in here knows that to be Truth, you know it?
See? There it is. Yes. Why? Inspiration.
Now: "I have heard of Thee, that Thou could create squirrels; I've heard of Thee, that Thou could create a ram; but now I see Thee with mine own eye," the manifestation, the vision made visible. When God promised anything, that's what He'll do.
168 Notice, when you have a need, perhaps like Joshua, he had a need; he never thought of the circumstances; he spoke it, and it was God. You believe the sun stood still? So do I. How did it do it? Don't try to figure it out, but it did it. Joshua did it, and raised his hands; in that crucial moment he had access to God, and that's what happened. It was timely. The Spirit of the living God had seen the need of it, and pushed upon Joshua to say it. The same God seen the need of Abraham. The same God seen the need of confirming this Scripture to me, that that Scripture's true too. The same God seen the need of those two predestinated boys, and it was that moment He proved it and confirmed His Word.
169 St. Mark 14, we see a woman
believed on Him, she had had need and seen He had need for His feet to
be washed, she had only to be inspired to go into action. Now, listen
close as--'fore we close. She only had to be inspired to go into
action, because she'd already heard about Him. She heard that He
forgive a woman of her sins, a harlot. And said, "Which one of you is
without sin, cast the first stone." She'd heard about Him, but now she
seen Him. She was inspired to serve Him. That's the only thing you have
Let the Holy Spirit tell you that you're a sinner. Let the Holy Spirit tell you you're wrong. Let the Holy Spirit prove to you by the Scriptures that you're Scripturally wrong. And what... 'Cause It'll only stir through one straight channel of every Scripture of God; It won't bypass for nothing. If you do, It'll never do you any good. Because the Holy Spirit can inspire It to you, but if the soul isn't right with God, as we've been through this week, it's no good anyhow. Remember, false anointed-ones will rise in the last days; not false Jesuses: false christs (anointed ones), and will deceive the very Elected if it were possible.
171 Notice, she had a service to do for Him. She had heard of Him, now she seen Him with her eyes. She had a service to do, and she had nothing to do it with. So she rushed forward anyhow to do the service; God furnished the water and towels to wash His feet. She had heard of a living God, all of her life, but now she seen Him with her eyes. She knew it was Him, and inspiration struck her, and said, "This is the Messenger." He needed a service; she had nothing to serve Him by; His feet was dirty. But she rushed forward anyhow to do Him a service, because she was inspired to do it.
172 O backslidden church
member, denominational man or woman, can't you see the need Jesus has
tonight? If inspiration can only strike you, this is the hour to do it.
But she seen Him with her eyes. The others there were even mocking Him.
They didn't believe His Message. Frankly, the host, the pastor-host,
old Simon, had got Him down there to make fun out of Him. They didn't
believe He was a prophet.
So then when it seemed like the Devil had worked it just right in for him to say this, he said in hisself, "If this man was a prophet, he would know what kind of a woman that was at his feet. If he was a prophet..." See? It wasn't even revealed to him Who He was. There couldn't be any inspiration strike him, 'cause there's nothing there to strike to. But it was struck to her.
174 Her eyes had seen beyond
his criticism. She believed He was. See? The Word of the prophets, she
knowed that That was all the Words of the prophets was vindicated in
Him. She'd heard He was on earth, but now she sees Him. Watch what she
done. She seen the Word made flesh, the Messiah, the Emmanuel. When she
gave vent to her pulsation of faith (of revelation of Who He was, in
the time she was living, that He was God's Lamb for such sinners as she
was), she went forth to serve His needs without knowing how she would
That's the way a genuine healing comes, when it's revealed to you that He was wounded for your transgressions, bruised for your iniquity, and with His stripes you were healed. When it's inspired to you to see His Presence here, of St. Mark 11--or St. Luke 17:30, that He's going to reveal Hisself in the last days among His people, in human flesh like He did before Sodom. When you see that, and something strikes you...
The doctor might say, "The cancer's still there."
The patient might say, "I--I--I... Uh--uh--I don't know how I'm going to walk, but I'm going to walk anyhow." We don't know how it's going to do.
178 She went forward to serve
Him, because inspiration struck Him--struck her, that that was the
hour, that was the Messenger, that was the Messiah Who was to heal, and
she believed it. And He needed a service done to Him, and she went
forward without anything showing that she could do it. She just went
upon her inspiration. Watch. God broke up the fountains of the tear
glands in her eyes. The same eyes that had heard--ears that had heard
Him; the eyes that seen It, broke up with joy. Then her God-given long
hair, with them tears flowing down. God furnished her towels with her
hair, and with her tears. She served His needs, the need of the living
God. She had heard about it, but now she seen Him; she could do Him a
O sinner, why don't you do likewise as you see the needs now? That He needs you, your service. Now, you see the One, Who once you heard about in the Bible. We seen Him last night come in here, and what He done. We see Him meeting after meeting, and sometimes we set just as cold and indifferent, say, "Yes, I know the Scripture says it. Oh, I--I've seen it done." See? We have no enthusiasm, it don't seem to strike us right. There don't seem to be something...
180 Like if you was
pouring--taking a match and striking it, if the match hasn't got the
sulfur right on the head of the match, it cannot strike. And you can
rake and rake and rake, but if some chemical has killed the sulfur on
there, it will not strike, there'll be no light. But if that chemical,
the sulfur to strike against the metal will--it's still on there when
it strikes, it'll light.
And when the true, genuine vindication of the Scriptures of this last-day Message, and you see the Presence of Jesus Christ, that you had heard what He done in His life, and hearing the Scriptures say He's the same yesterday, today and forever; and just before the Sodom condition is fired-over with the wrath of God, see Jesus return amongst His people, formed in human flesh, and do the same thing He done, my. It ought to spark our souls to glory. It ought to do something to us. Why? It's dropping on that.
182 You heard in the Bible what He did, how the woman touched His garment. He turned around and told her what her trouble was, and her faith made her whole. Now, He promised that He would do that same thing again just before the world would be burnt, and the world would be in a Sodom condition. The New Testament, the Prophet, the God-prophet, the Prophet of prophets, the God of all the prophets, the Fullness of the Godhead bodily, God manifested in a flesh, the Creator, of Genesis (Hallelujah.), It's His Word. He said it would happen. And we see Sodom condition; we see the world in that condition; now we see Him come down and do exactly what He said He would do. Now, we've heard of Him; now we see Him. "I've heard of You with my ears; now I see You with my eyes." Amen. "I see Him with my own eyes." What a hour it should be, what a time it should be: the confirmation of His Word. Always when the Word is confirmed, that's God speaking in His Word, making Hisself visible that you can see.
183 Now, here's a little old
prostitute off the street; she falls at the altar before Jesus and she
washed His feet with the--with the tears, and--and wiped them with her
hair. God honored; He said, "Wherever this Gospel is being preached,
let this be told for a memorial to her." Why? Look how filthy she was,
but something struck. She seen the Word of the promise, from the garden
of Eden, this, "woman's Seed shall bruise the serpent's head." She seen
the Messiah that had been borned of a virgin.
She heard He was to be borned of a virgin, but they heard that man was on earth. She heard there was a young rabbi Prophet Who healed the sick. She believed that. And here she come down the street, walking around, looking around. And she looked over there and seen that great party going on. She slipped up to the fence, and looked through, and there He was. There He was. Something said, "That's Him." See? That's all she needed to be inspired. She what happened? She seen the Word of God made flesh. She had heard with her ear, now she saw with her eyes.
185 Now, everybody knows that we have a promise of the church condition in the last day. The church, in its present condition, can never fulfill the commandments of God, the great commission, could never call the Bride out. Which one would do it? The Pentecostals? I should say not, none of the rest of them. That's the shuck that's on the wheat, that come out, looked just exactly like the wheat, but there was no wheat to it. It opens up, but the grain comes out of that. They organize; they kill themselves. There's where they die. They're stalks. But the wheat has come up through there, and now it's begin to form in the Bride form. The corn of wheat that fell into the ground through the dark ages; it had to die.
186 That critic saying, "Why
would a God of mercy, could open up the Red Sea, stand let them poor
Christians be eat up with lions, and burnt, and everything? Set up,
just like He laughed about it." The poor ignoramus. Did he not know,
"Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground..."? It had to die through
those dark ages, like any other corn of wheat has to go beneath the
earth and be buried, to bring forth in the first reformation them two
blades of Luther, the stalk. It had to come forth in the Wesleyans, out
yonder, to bring forth the pollen, the tassels, the great missionary
age. Had to come forth in the Pentecostal, for the restoration of the
gifts, almost to deceive the very Elected (looks like a wheat grain);
open it up, there's no wheat there at all, it's only shuck. But back in
there then they begin to form the oneness organization, the trinity
organization, the twoness organization, and Church of God organization,
and all organized, and just death exactly. And now what happens? But
it's a shelter for the wheat; it's been growing through it all the time.
Now, it's begin to pull away, the wheat's begin to be seen. This is not a Pentecostal age; this is the latter-day age, this is the Bride Age, this is the Evening Light, this is when Malachi 4 must be fulfilled to follow God's pattern; this is Luke 17:30 to be fulfilled; this is the book of the--Jeremiah and all the rest of them, that Joel has spoke of these days. This is that day. "I have heard, Lord, that It was coming, but now I see It with my eye."
188 Though many... How many
false impersonators rise, them Jannes and Jambres with all their
gimmicks to do everything that Moses did, never shook him or Aaron at
all. They knowed where... Like Job, they knowed Who their inspiration
come from. They knowed It was THUS SAITH THE LORD. And the same Bible
that spoke of them, said they'd come in the last days, impersonators.
Those religious denominations, when something started... Who started
first? Moses or them? If they had started first, Moses would've been
Now, we got all kinds of discerners and everything else that's trying to throw your mind from the genuine thing of God, which God has proven to be the truth by His Scripture. We've heard of it with our ears, now we see it with our eye. Amen. You believe It? All our hearts? Inspiration. And in that day when the Son of man is being revealed, a Son of man, Jesus Christ made manifest amongst His people.
190 A Man walked down there
before Abraham and his group, just an ordinary-looking Man, dust on His
clothes. He had his back turned to the tent; He said, "Where is your
wife Sarah?" (not S-a-r-r-a, S-a-r-a-h; A-b-r-a-h-a-m, not A-b-r-a-m).
Called his name, said, "Where is she?"
Said, "She's in the tent, behind You."
Said, "I'm going to visit you according to the time of life" (and she laughed up her sleeve). Said, "Why did she laugh?" Now, He promised. Them people was the one that was looking for a promised son.
Now, I don't care how much the people act in these denominations, say they're looking for Christ; their actions prove they're not. That's right. Your actions speaks louder than your words. All they think about is making denominational members, but there are some people, one here and there, that's looking for the coming of the Lord. They're watching for though. Only those will He reveal Himself to; only those will understand.
194 Just the Elected understood
Who He was. Just think, there's about maybe three million people, Jews,
on earth; there wasn't one third of them ever knowed He was there till
He'd done come and gone. See? But He revealed Himself to those who were
waiting: John the Baptist, and--and the apostles that had been called
by John, and so forth, and blind Ann in the temple, Simeon the priest
that it was revealed to him by the Holy Ghost that he was going to see
the Christ. All those great religious leaders, theologians and things,
blind as they could be.
Only can the rain raise the seed, if the seed's already there. And as you was a germ first in your father, and he didn't know you, yet you were in your father. But through a bedding ground of your mother, you were made manifest in his likeness, and then he could talk to you.
God, the great God; if you've got Eternal Life, then the germ of Eternal Life was in God at the beginning. And you were there, you were in His thinking, your name and all. And He by foreknowledge ordained you to see this. And you that was not ordained, will never see it. But, remember, in the Name of the Lord Jesus, "The hour is here." Won't you believe Him? Give your lives to Him. I have to stop, it's after nine. Let's bow our heads:
"I have heard, Lord, of Thee, now I see Thee." Lord Jesus, bless this people as they wait.
197 Now, I'm going to ask you a
question. I'm going to let the Holy Spirit (I trust that He will.)
search out your mind, try you, try your soul, and see if you really
believe. And if you find there's a little bit of doubt there, will you
raise your hand, say, "Lord Jesus, let me see You. I've heard of You,
but I've never really seen You. Let me see You; I'll believe." All
right. That's fine.
Is there some here that doesn't know Him as your Saviour? Raise your hand, say, "If... I--I'm a sinner, but if I... If You--if You'll just let me see You, Lord Jesus, manifest this Word that they're talking about, I know that that's how Job seen You. I know that's how Abraham saw You. I know that's how all the rest of them saw You, because it was Your promised Word being vindicated. I've heard all kinds of things, and gimmicks, and everything, but I understand that there's a last-day Message in the land, that was spoke of by an Angel on the river in 1933. I heard of the healing services going forth, and I know when that takes place, it can't stay in that same old denominational rut." It wasn't sent for that, never did stay there. [Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.]
199 What if Moses would've come
said, "Let's build an ark like Noah did, float out of Egypt down the
river." Oh, no. See? No. He had a Message from God; he was the
manifestation. That prophet arising on the scene, ought to have proved
to Israel right there... They hadn't had a prophet for four hundred
years; they hadn't had a prophet, and here a prophet rises on the
scene. They ought to have knowed that something was going to happen.
Israel again hadn't had a prophet for hundreds of years, and here come Jesus on the scene. And the woman at the well said, "Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Now, we haven't had one for four hundred years." Because He knowed what was in her heart. See?
201 Now, we're promised a church age through reformers, and we've had them. But He promised in Malachi 4, He'd keep His pattern in the last days, what would take place, "To turn the hearts of the children back to the faith of the apostolic father." For that very purpose... And the church is so broke up in denominations and isms; it's so tore to pieces till it's dead; it's been a carrier. And then He promised in the hour of the seventh angel's Message, the Seven Seals would be revealed; and the mysteries of God would be declared (Revelations 10) when the seventh angel begins to sound his Message, not the healing service, the Message that follows the healing service.
202 Jesus was a great Guy as
long as He could heal the sick. But He said when, "I and My Father are
"Huh-uh. That was wrong."
Job was great, till something happened to him. See? It's always that way.
Believe. Will you accept Him now? Raise your hand, say, "I do believe Him. I want to accept Him." God bless you. God bless you. That's fine. Now, set real still and pray just a moment.
206 Dear God, in this solemn moment, it's going to be a time like this when there really will be a clap of thunder someday, and the Son of God shall descend from the heavens with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel, and the trump of God; the dead in Christ shall rise. And each one of us knows, and are aware tonight, Father, that we're going to have to answer for every word we give, and every word we say. Even the thoughts that's in our hearts, we're going to answer for it. I pray Thee, God, in Jesus' Name, that You'll cleanse every heart that's in here. Cleanse my heart; cleanse the hearts of this people. And may we be prepared, Lord, and may our spiritual eyes be opened tonight to see the Glory of Almighty God. We have heard of Him. O Father, God, we pray that You'll let us see Him. Grant it, Father. Grant these blessings, I pray, through Jesus Christ's Name. Amen.
207 Remember, in your heart,
where you're setting, make your little altar. Say, "Lord Jesus, come
into my heart now. Give me something to--something I can hold to. Let
me feel that inspiration that tells me that You're present."
Now, what a statement to make to people. What a--a thing to do. Now, I'm going to ask the Lord God, ask...
How many of you take the tapes? You heard of: "What Time Is It, Sirs?" Did we show those magazines and things a year before it happened? Science is stumped on it. There was the Lord Jesus crowned and with that white wig on as you see in the Bible, in Revelations 1, and the Daniel: Supreme Judge of heaven and earth. Right there, when science can't even see It themselves. And in the observatory, out there in the University of Arizona and down through Mexico, they're searching, have been for the last two years. And there it was told you, it was going to happen before.
210 How about the Alaskan earthquake? Watch Hollywood fall into the sea. Uh-huh. Watch and see if it doesn't. He's never told me anything wrong yet; it'll do it. See? And just watch and see if we're not living in the closing hours of history. No man knows what hour He's coming. But I know one thing: I believe, in my present condition, if I'm in my right mind, and if I wasn't a Christian, I'd sure want to be a real Bible Christian, not a denominational. Don't rely upon 'cause you've shouted. We heard that this morning, proved it by the Word of God; it's altogether out of the will of God, didn't do a thing but cause death. Don't be in the stalk; be in the Life. See? Have faith in God.
211 Do you believe that the God
that made this promise, that did appear Himself in the Book of Genesis,
and appeared to Abraham, and performed that miracle... That same God
was made flesh, human flesh, borned of a virgin. That was a theophany
there, of course, but then when He come in human flesh and was the same
Man, and performed the same things... Don't you believe that if God
could get a person (that He promised to do, according to Malachi 4), a
channel that He could speak through, He'll perform the same thing He
said He'd do there? You believe that? I believe He would too.
Do you believe that you could have the faith to touch His garment, His faith to touch the garment? Do you believe present now that something's speaking to your heart that would tell you that you have faith to touch His garment? You believe you could do that? You reach up and touch with your faith then, not with emotion, just with absolutely pure, unadulterated faith. Just say, "Lord, I believe. I believe with all my heart. I want You to touch me, 'cause I--I've heard You done it, now I want to see it with my own eyes." See?
Now, I can't touch you; it takes God to do the touching. You believe He'll do it?
214 I'm looking right back to
my left here. It seems like there's a channel kinda, as I've spoke,
pulling that way. Being I've directed it that way, now it comes in
wonderful. It's a lady setting there with her husband. She's not from
here. She's from Texas, Dallas. She's suffering; also her husband's
suffering. She's suffering from a complication; she's had an operation.
That's right. Her husband suffers something with his back, back
trouble: Mr. and Mrs. Corbet, from Texas, Dallas, Texas. If that's so,
raise up your hand. I'm a stranger to you. Is that right? No way in the
world for me to know that. What is it? "I have heard of Thee by the
ear, now I see Thee." See what I mean? Now, ask that couple. I never
seen them in my life. "I have heard of Thee with the ear, now I see
Thee with my eye."
If you can believe, God can furnish what you have need of.
216 That man setting there with his hand up on his chin, with that high blood pressure. You believe God would make you well, sir? You do? Setting with your hand like this, you believe God will heal you of that high blood pressure? Raise up your hand, if you believe it. All right, He does it. See? I never seen the man in my life; I know nothing about him. But you heard that Jesus said here in the Bible that He would do these things; now you see it. You see what I mean? "If thou canst believe, all things are possible." Only to them that believe, it takes real, genuine faith to do it. But if you can believe it, God will grant it.
217 There's a lady setting
right back there, looking at me, got a goiter in her throat.
Lady setting next by, setting next to her, that she'll understand, that lady there has high blood pressure also. That's right.
Lady setting next to her, she has a--a trouble too. And she's not from here; she's from Arkansas. They're missing it. Miss Phillips, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be healed. You believe Him? With all your heart? You accept It? That's... Then you can have it.
Now, you say, "That's mysterious." No, no.
Jesus said, "Your name is Simon; you're the son of Jonas." Is that right?
"I have heard of Thee with my ear, now I see Thee with my eye." Now, don't you see what happened? Someone just setting there, looking, believing, trusting, and all at once there it happens. See?
222 Feeling better, son
tonight, than you did last night? Setting down? It's all right now;
you're going to be well (uh-huh). Setting here last night, butting his
head and everything else; now, tonight he looks like a gentleman. See?
He was a little bit confused about things, but it's all straightened
out now. See? It'll be all right. See? "And in that day, the Son of man
is being revealed" (See?) just before Sodom is to be burned.
"I have heard of Thee with my ear, now I see Thee with my eye. I heard Jesus Christ say He promised that. I see that promise living right now." See? "I have heard of Thee with my ear, now I see Him with my eye." How many believes That to be Him? (O God.)
224 Now, while we're here...
It's getting late. Tomorrow night we're going to have a great healing
service. We're expecting Brother Moore and I to stand here and pray for
every person, wants to come through the line. But I thought in speaking
this tonight, I was just going to make the altar call. But then I
thought, "no," It said there, "I have heard of Thee with the ear, now I
want to see You with my eye." Now, He's here. Do you believe that?
Now, let's lay our hands over on one another. Now, remember, the same One that promised He would do this, said, "These signs shall follow them that believe." Did He say it? Are you a believer? Say, "Amen." [Congregation says, "Amen."--Ed.] Well, then, the same God that made this promise that you see Him perform just now... Ask any of those people. I never seen them, know nothing about them. I wouldn't know them right now (See?) impossible for me to. But that Scripture's got to be fulfilled. Well, if that's fulfilled, it shows we're in the latter time, we'll know the Son of man is ready to be--to come, because He's revealing Himself in human flesh. Is that right?
Then we know it's true, and you say you're a believer on Him, and you got your hands laid on one another. And if your hands are laid on one another, that same Son of God which is here to make this come true to your eyes, the same Son is here to say, "They shall recover." The same Son of God. "I heard that He said, 'If the believers lay their hands on, they shall recover.' I heard it with my ears; now let me see it with my eyes. He promised to do it."
227 Now, while I pray, you pray: Lord Jesus, in the Name of the Lord God of heaven, let Your Spirit drop into these peoples' heart; that genuine faith of God, that will confirm this promise to them, and may the God of heaven heal every one of them, as they obey Your commandments by laying hands on each other. Let it be so, Lord. In the Name of Jesus Christ, grant that it will be so, for Your glory.
228 Now, do you believe that
you got what you asked for? Does something in your heart tell you? Do
you feel that little speck of inspiration, said, "Why, it's over. It's
The commandment of God said that we could hear it with our ear; now we can see it with our eye. Job said, "I've heard of Thee by the hearing of the ear, but now I see Thee with my eyes."
Now, you heard it by the Word, by the hearing of the Word, "Faith cometh by hearing, hearing the Word." Now, you see It act, with your eyes. Now, that same God that said that, when these things was to be taking place, that the believers on This would lay their hands on the sick and they shall recover. Now, has it dropped into your heart that you're healed? Raise your hands if it did. Amen. That's real apostolic healing. You mean it? You believe it with all your heart? Hallelujah. That's all we need.
Let's stand on our feet and give Him praise, then: Thank You, Lord Jesus. Blessed be the Name of the Lord.
I will praise Him! I will praise Him!
Praise the Lamb for sinners slain;
O give Him glory, all ye people,
For His Blood has washed away each stain.
232 Now, do you love Him? Now,
let's all together give Him glory, all ye people. Now, look, if that
has been revealed to you by God, in the channel that you were saved in,
the same channel that told you you were saved, the same channel God
moved through, like He did through Job and the prophets, He's moved
through you through that channel as a Christian by His Divine
revelation that you are healed, then there's nothing going to keep it
from happening. So we
Give Him glory, all ye people,
For His Blood has washed away each... (every doubt, washed away every doubt).
I will praise Him! I will praise Him!
Praise the Lamb for sinners slain;
O give Him glory, all ye people,
For His Blood has washed away each stain.
233 Oh, don't you love Him? Oh,
how wonderful. "I have heard of Thee, Lord, with my ear, and faith
cometh by hearing; but now I see Thee: God making Himself known among
His people like He did to Abraham by His promise here that the Son of
man would reveal Himself in the days that the world become in a Sodom
And there was three Messengers went forth, come down from heaven. And there was a denominational group down in Sodom, and a Billy Graham and a Oral Roberts went down there. And remember as I've told you; nowhere in the history of the church has there ever been a messenger sent universal to the church until now, with his name ending like Abraham: h-a-m. G-r-a-h-a-m, six letters, to the world, man's number. But Abraham had seven letters in the name, God's complete and perfect number. See? And notice what the messengers did that went out in there: preached the Word, called them out, told them to repent.
238 But the One who stayed back
with Abraham (See?) performed a miracle by telling Abraham what Sarah
was doing and thinking in the tent behind Him. And Jesus, Who was the
One that was in this Person, said, "When the world gets in a Sodom
condition, like it was then, the Son of man will be revealed again."
And all the other Scriptures confirming that to be so. The... "In the
beginning was the [Congregation
says, "Word."--Ed.]. And the Word was with [Congregation
says, "God."--Ed.]. And the Word was[Congregation
says, "God."--Ed.]. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among
us." Is that right? Now, we see that same promised Word, of Luke, of
Malachi, all these other promises from today, made flesh, dwelling
among us, that we heard with our ears; now we see Him with our eyes,
interpreting His Own Word; we don't need any interpretation of man. O
church of the living God. here and on the phones. Wake up quick, before
it's too late. God bless you.
I love Him, I love Him
Because He first loved me,
And purchased my salvation
On Calvary tree.
239 Could you think, church, that you're looking with your own eyes, the living Word of God made manifest, the promise of the hour, in the last days, looking with your own eyes at the living Word being interpreted in natural form: God among us. "I see Him with my own eyes, the One... I heard that He would do it." All the old sages looked for this day, now we see It manifested with our own eyes. How many old shouting Methodists, Baptists, and the real, genuine Pentecostals in their age, longed to see this happen. Many of them knowed it would happen. But we stand tonight seeing it happen. Oh, don't you love Him?
240 Now, Jesus said, "This will
all men know you're my disciples, when you love one another." So as we
love Him, let's shake one another's hands and sing "I Will Praise Him!
I Will Praise Him!" All right.
I will praise Him! I will praise Him!
O praise the Lamb for sinners slain;
O give Him glory, all... (How you do?)... people
For His Blood has washed away each stain.
241 What did the queen of Belteshazzar say before her king that night? "There is a man in your kingdom that is a dissolver of doubts." And the Holy Ghost tonight is the Dissolver of doubts. Do you believe that? [Brother Branham speaks to someone--Ed.] (What? Excuse me.) The dissolver of doubts. Now, the Blood of Christ takes away each stain, the stain of doubt. There's not a greater sin in the world than unbelief, "For he that believeth not is condemned already." Is that right? "He that believeth not is condemned." There's only one sin, and that's unbelief. Smoking's not a sin; cursing's not a sin; committing adultery's not a sin; lying is not a sin; that isn't sin; that's the results of unbelief. Unbelief, you do it because you don't believe. If you do believe It, you don't do it.
242 Oh. Oh. What... Wonderful.
And the Blood of the Lamb has washed away every doubt. We believe His
Word, emphatically. We believe that the Word was made flesh. And we
believe the Word is made flesh by the vindication of His Presence now
to confirm His Word. Do you believe it? God bless you.
We hope to see you here in the morning, for a great time in the Lord. And bow your heads now, and I give the service to Brother Lindsay.