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1965 WEDDING CEREMONY TUCSON AZ 65-0116W E-1 [This wedding ceremony by Brother William Marrion Branham, took place

at a house in Tucson, Arizona, Saturday evening at 7:00, January 16, 1965. The pianist plays I LOVE YOU TRULY and the WEDDING MARCH: and the minister, the groom and his attendants come forward; the BRIDAL CHORUS is now played as the bride's attendants come, followed by the bride--Ed.] Who will I ask for, for this woman to be bride to this man? [The bride's father answers, "I, her father."--Ed.] Dearly beloved, we have gathered here in the face of this company, in the Presence of God, to join together in holy matrimony, this man and this woman, which is honorable, as declared by Saint Paul among all men. It is therefore not by any to be entered into unadvisably or lightly, but reverently, discreetfully, advisably, soberly, and in the fear of God. Into this holy state these two persons present come now to be joined. If there's anyone here that can show a just cause why they should not be lawful joined in this holy matrimony, let them now speak or forever hold their peace. E-2 I will require and will charge you both, as you will surely answer at the day of judgment when the secrets of all hearts shall be disclosed, that if either of you know any impediment why you should not be lawful joined together in this holy matrimony, do you now confess it, for be it assured unto you that any persons that are joined otherwise than God's Word does allow, their marriage is not lawful. But believing that you have duly considered this solemn obligation that you are about to assume, that you have prepared to enter upon the same, reverently, discreetfully, wisely, and in the fear of God, I shall propose to you the marriage covenant. You will declare the same as you join your right hands. [The groom and bride join their right hands together--Ed.] E-3 Will you take this woman to be your lawful wedded wife, to live together in this holy state of matrimony; do you promise to love, honor and cherish, in sickness and health, riches or poverty, and will forsake all others and cleave thee only unto her as long as you both live? [The groom answers, "I will."] Will you take this man to be your lawful wedded husband, to live together in this holy matrimony; do you promise to love, honor, cherish, in sickness and health, riches or poverty, and will forsake all others and cleave thee only unto him as long as you both live? [The bride answers, "I will."] I will require a token of you, that this covenant betwixt you, that's been made, will always be kept. [Two rings are placed on the minister's Bible, then offered to the groom for the bride, then to the bride for the groom.] Now, will you join your right hands together again, upon the Word of God. Let us bow our head. E-4 Almighty God, Who married the first man and woman in the garden of Eden, joining together Your own creation, we do realize today that this commission has been carried out down through the ages until this very wedding. And, Father, Thou art the only One Who can join hearts one to the other. And we pray, dear heavenly Father, as this has been done by Your wise counsel, that You have brought this young Christian boy and Christian girl together, to unite in this holy ceremony today, to be husband and wife to each other throughout life's journey, we pray that You will bless them, and bless their home. Make them an example, Lord, in the neighborhood to where they will make their home. In this day that we live, when the divorce courts are so crowded and overrun with divorces, may it never be so with this young man and this young woman. God, grant that they'll be happy, healthy.

Make them fruitful, Lord, and multiply to replenish the earth, as Thou did commission us to do at the beginning. And as Thou did bless Isaac and Rebekah, and they brought forth their faithful children, may it be so with this couple also, Father. Bless them, we pray. E-5 And now, by the power of my commission given to me by Almighty God, to be His servant, and ministered to me by an Angel, I pronounce this man and this woman, husband and wife, in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen. God bless you. You're married. [The couple kiss, then face the congregation. The pianist begins playing the Wedding March--Ed.] Whatsoever God joins together, let no man put asunder. [The groom, the bride, and the attendants leave.] Let us bow our heads. Dear God, as we have witnessed today, that two hearts can still beat as one, and we have just performed this ceremony, and sent a young man and a young woman from their homes to go make a home of their own, we are minded, O God, of another great procession there will be someday, when Jesus comes to receive His Bride. And as we witnessed the little lady standing spotless in her bridal gown, O God, may we keep our souls unspotted from the things of the world, that we might be loved by Him Who is our Lover, when we come to that hour. Grant it, Lord. And we pray that Your blessings will be with each of us, and may we live for that time when we'll take part in the great event that this symbolizes. In Jesus' Name we pray. Amen. Lord bless you. E-6 Sister Simpson, I want to congratulate you for a fine son-in-law. It's like a wonderful man. And you too, Brother Simpson. The Lord bless you. Is the boy's mother here or father, one? Oh, fine. And I guess the children stand in congratulations...?... our brother-in-law said. Well, it looks like we should just continue and have church, doesn't it? All--all assembled and this would be a good time to preach (Wouldn't it?) after their marriage? Well, I--I just got to start off to Phoenix now and go up there to start some of it. Service is continued at the Westward Ho ballroom tomorrow afternoon. Ha-ha. Until then, the Lord bless you all. Brother Dauch, it's really good seeing you again. Nice seeing you down. Where's sister? Is she in? Well, that's fine. Oh, yes, looking right straight at you. How are you? A PARADOX PHOENIX AZ 65-0117 V-19 N-1 1 You may be seated. I've been waiting a long time to get back up here to Phoenix, and I'm certainly happy this afternoon to be here. Fond of Phoenix, there is something about it, always makes me feel that I'm setting among people who are my friends, that love me. And--and it's a great prayer warriors come from here to pray for me for years. I always remember the first meetings that I had here with the--Brother Outlaw, Brother Garcia, and the ministers here of the city. How the Lord did bless when I was just in the youth of my meetings. Since then, Phoenix has held great... Something is in my heart, that's hard to explain. As a little boy, I always wanted to come to Phoenix. I always read about the desert. I had a little poems that I made up about it, when I was just a little boy, about Arizona. I'm so glad to be a--a native now. I guess I'm just about a year old, and maybe a little more. But you don't find too many much older than that. Everybody I run into, I say, "Are you a native?" "Well, as much as there is. I've been here so long." And--and I suppose I'd have to go up to the Apache reservation, or somewhere, to find a real native. And someone said, not long ago, said, "Brother Branham, how do you like Arizona?" I said, "Well, it's been one of my great lifetime anticipations to--to live in Arizona, and God has granted that to me. 7 We're here just in prior of the Business Men's convention, which has become a annual thing for us. And this afternoon, as we've gathered here for a pre-get-together before the convention which starts Thursday night, I believe. It's--it's been my privilege for the past--past few years to come and

have this little meeting around, before the real meeting starts at the--or the convention, rather, starts. And Brother Williams is such a very dear friend, he and Sister Williams. I certainly got a warm place in my heart for those people. They constantly invite me back, and so we're happy to fulfill that invitation this afternoon. Also on the platform, Brother Fuller, Brother Jewel Rose, and Brother Tony Stromei from Tucson, and Brother Borders our campaign manager. And a--a good old precious Brother Arganbright, we've been together in many hard battles on the other side of the river; I expect to dwell with him on the other side of the big river someday. 10 I can't think of the brother's name, I've tried. What is your name, brother? [A brother says, "Al Boer"--Ed.] Boer, Brother Boer. I--I know his face. And aren't you the one also interprets sometime for the... ["Interpret for the deaf."] for the deaf. That's... And we're so happy to have all of you here. I was just looking down here in front of me, and I see some of my friends all the way from Arkansas, here. When I was here the first time, I told you that everywhere I went, I found somebody from Arkansas. I'm sure, if I ever get to heaven, I'll find some there from Arkansas, 'cause they certainly have been a faithful, loyal people. 12 And now, usually I speak a long time, but I've tried my best to kinda make my Scriptures and note so I wouldn't speak too long. And I want to pray for the sick while I'm in Phoenix. Now, the Message that I--the Lord has lotted to me, it's sometimes, you know, these things get pretty touchy. And it's been that way in every age. And I've tried my best to stay with It. It's something. And if I did not speak that thing that God told me, and if it was--wasn't of God, then He-it wouldn't be in the Word. But if it's in the Word, and a promise for this hour, then I feel that I am doing what's right, because I'm only trying to keep what He promised for this hour. And many times when you cross up someone in their theology, they'll fall out with you right quick. But that shouldn't be. I try to... I find friends of mine that's of all different denominational churches, and so forth, I never fall out with them brethren. My, I go to their churches, everywhere they let me come, and speak. But we shouldn't fall out over little ideas. 15 But, you know, if I said anything different than what's in my heart, I'd be a hypocrite. And I--I... Far be it. I might have to meet Him someday, as a sinner, but I--I certainly don't want to meet Him as a hypocrite. But I want to be true. And if I just said, "Well, I'll just omit this because that the rest of them believes this, that," then what kind of a person? You couldn't have no confidence in me, and I couldn't have confidence in God or in myself, when I just so easily compromise. Anyone has got to have something that they're sure of. And that's when you can base your faith, is when you're sure. But until you're sure, if there's a question, leave it alone until you're sure. 17 Now, Billy has probably give out some prayer cards, which I think he... Yeah, I told him to. And I believe he told me awhile ago, that he had. Somewhere along there, I'll call a few to the prayer line after while to be prayed for. And if your card's not called--if--if it is called, rather, and you're not sure that God is the Healer and He's going heal you, it won't do no good to come up here, because you won't be healed. You... If there's one question... If you'd say, "Well, now, if there's something in my life, I really ought to straighten this up," you go make that right first, and then come back to the prayer line. See? Because healing is the children's bread. We realize that. It's in the atonement, and the atonement first is applied to our souls. And healing has always forerun every message, and it's also been a means to gather people together. And it's a... Many people will sponsor a healing meeting; many will come to a healing meeting, or to a song festival, but when it comes to a poor lost soul to get saved, there's not many people interested in that. They just... But that's the main thing. Divine healing and singing festivals, and so forth, is just a... As Brother Bosworth used to say, "It's the bait on the hook." And you show the fish the bait, not the hook.

20 And that's just the thing to get the people to listen a while, till you can really present to them your message. God has did that in every age; through every age, there's always been a healing campaign. And if it's a genuine healing campaign, behind that campaign always is a message. There never is a sign given just for a sign; it's forerunning a message. And I believe the same thing is, seventeen years ago, or eighteen years now, that the Lord sent me out to start praying for the sick. It made a great revival among the people. Many great servants of God has went forth in healing campaigns, and... But the healing campaigns, in itself, if you still stay in the same old trend of what you've always was, there's something wrong; that healing campaign wasn't sent from God. It's got to attract attention first (See?), get the attention, and then there's a message. Jesus, when He came forth, healing the sick, and so forth, He was a great Prophet to all of them. But when He begin to tell them the Truth of the Gospel, Who He was and what He come for, then He was--He was not popular after that. And that's the way it's always been through every age, and it will continue that way. 23 Now, we're here this afternoon, and then tomorrow afternoon in this same auditorium. All is at seven o'clock. Is that right, brother? [A brother says, "Seven-thirty."--Ed.] Seven-thirty, tomorrow afternoon, or evening, and then Tuesday evening. And I think Wednesday evening also. ["No, at the Ramada Inn, Wednesday."] At the Ramada Inn, Wednesday. And then Thursday, that's right, starts the--the convention. And if the Lord willing, I want to be here through all of it. I'm here, your brother, a helper in God's Kingdom, to help you to anything that I can. To answer your question, I might not be able to do it. But, prayerfully, we'd probably understand if we would pray over it and went to God about it, and not draw our own opinions. 25 If you're sick, I wished I could heal you, but no man can do that. It's already done. Healing lies in you. It's your faith in the finished works that God did on Calvary with Jesus Christ. And outside of that, there is no healing; outside of that there is no salvation. No church, no denomination, no ritual, nothing packs salvation. Jesus Christ, "He was wounded for our transgressions; with His stripes we were healed. He was wounded for our transgression, transgressions (Excuse me.), by His stripes we were (all in past tense)--we were healed." Now, upon that... I don't have but just a few moments to speak this afternoon, to you, probably twenty, thirty minutes, and then we're going to run a prayer line. Each day, as usual, new people comes in, so there'll be new prayer cards given out. But we will do all that's in our power, all that God will permit us to do, to pray for every sick person that comes, that wants to be prayed for. If there is such a thing as a person flying in, dying, emergency or something, why, you might see Brother Williams, Billy Paul, or some of them to get them in a room, that they don't want to... They can't set; they're dying; they must be ministered to right now, why, put them in a room so I can get to them right away. 28 But it's much better, if you're not in that emergency state, that you--that you will just take your creeds and--and your beliefs, and just push them aside a few minutes, just long enough to listen to what the Scripture says, and then what God does about what He promised. And that'll build faith. And you won't even need to be in a prayer line, or no one pray for you. You're already healed, if you can just believe it. See? And that's the purpose of it, is to let you, is to bring in--conscious to you, that what Jesus has done for you. It isn't necessary to come up here and kneel down, and pray through until you--until you're saved. You're saved already, but you have to accept it. Your praying doesn't do it. Your faith is what you're saved by, not by prayer. But by faith are you saved: same thing by healing. I'm sure we all understand that.

30 And if there be strangers in our gates, we want you to know that, as for myself, or this group that I am here with, the Full Gospel Business Men, we represent no certain denomination organization. We only represent Christian believers in all denominations. Everybody's welcome. We're just glad to have you. You say, "Well, I belong to a certain church, could I be prayed for?" Now, you don't even have to belong to a church, don't have to do nothing but come up here and believe God. That's all you have to do. God does the rest of it. 31 Now, I'm--I'm wore out one Bible, since I started in the healing campaigns, or praying for the sick, rather. At Houston, Texas, was given me a Bible years ago, some eighteen years ago, by Brother Kidson and his group. And I wore that Bible, back and forth, around the world, until it just completely wore out, pages come out of it. I was just given a new Bible. And the strange thing... I am not superstitious; and I hope you people don't think me to be superstitious. When this Bible was given to me, they'd had a little--two little markers in it, little ribbons. It's a Bible like I had. 33 Brother Kidson gave me one was a Scofield Bible. Now, not because that I agree with Mr. Scofield in his notes... Now, probably some of you do, some of you don't, but I just let you know that I just don't take Scofield Bible because I believe that. Because he has got it so paragraphed off. That was one of my first Bibles, and I just learned to read it like that. And I just keep the same Bible. Which I--if I'd have had the Thompson Chain, it would been much better. I could've found my text much faster on a Thompson Chain Reference. But when I opened the Bible, the first little ribbon in the Bible was a very strange thing, where it was. Was when Solomon dedicated the temple of God, and the glory of God was so great, the Shekinah Glory in the building, till the priests couldn't even minister. And then the next string was laying where Ezra returned and dedicated the temple. And the--the third little marker, that my wife had gotten me and put in the Bible, not knowing, with my name on it, and so forth, was laying to Mark 11:22. She just stuck it in the Bible, and that's where it was at. That's, "If you say to this mountain, 'Be moved'..." And all of you know when that Scripture was in my mind, you tape people, that's when those squirrels come right in, into the... That--that's exactly. 37 And then the strange thing of it was, my favorite bird, robin, picture was on the marker, the little bird with the red breast. As the legend goes, that one time he was a brown bird; but there was a Man dying one day on a cross, and he felt so sorry for the Man till he flew in to try to pull the nails out himself, and he got Blood all over his little chest, and since then he's been a red breast. That's the way I--I want to meet my Saviour too, with His Blood on my--inside my chest on my heart. And then my first meeting, message I'm to preach in here, is at Phoenix, Arizona. Phoenix is something that can raise up out of nothing. That's what God does. He takes nothing, raises up something out of it. And my message this afternoon is titled, for the next thirty or forty minutes, "Paradox." And I want to read from a Scripture that... 40 A few years ago, that I would take a Bible, let you hand me the Bible, when I first started my ministry; and just take your Bible, and many of you have seen me do it, just hold it open like that, and say, "Lord, where is the message to me?" It opened to Joshua the 1st chapter, any Bible that you would hand me. Until one night a vision came, which you're familiar, and I seen that Bible come down from heaven, and a hand with a collar on a cuff like this, went down the first nine verses of Joshua. That's where I'm reading from this afternoon for my reading--or my Scripture reading. My text is found in the 10th verse and the--the... I mean the 10th chapter and the 12th verse. But 'fore we open the Bible, let's bow our heads just a moment. Now, with our heads and our hearts bowed, let's think this. Let's not this just be an ordinary meeting; we have those all the time. But

let's pray God, each one of us, for this to be an extraordinary, insomuch that the Presence of God will be with us continually through the meeting. 44 Heavenly Father, we are thankful for this grand and noble privilege to be here in Phoenix this afternoon, assembled in this great auditorium here, among these people. And now, we are just about to approach the Word. "And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us." And may it be again, Lord, that the Word will become flesh, It'll pour through Thy church and Thy people, to fulfill the promises of the hour. As we realize that we're--we're closing the time, that the time is running out. It's blending in with eternity. And we're at the west coast. And as civilization has traveled east to the west, so has the Gospel traveled with it. And now, there's no place to go but back east again. It's completed. And we pray, heavenly Father, that this will be a great hour for all of us, that we might sense the Presence of the Holy Spirit, the Writer of this Word, back in the building of the tabernacle of flesh, manifesting Himself to us in the pardoning of our sins, the forgiving of our iniquity, and with the assurance that He will not impute sin to the believer, with the assurance of that. And also that He'd heal our infirmities, and take the--the people out of the wheelchairs, off of the crutches; and give them sight, them who are blind; and--and extension of days of those who are dying with horrible diseases like cancer and tubercular, advanced, and diseases that our physicians cannot curb. It's beyond that, but, God, You go beyond all scientific research. You go beyond all reasoning. Grant to Your servants, this afternoon, the speaking and hearing of Thy Word on the subject "A Paradox." For we ask it in Jesus' Name. Amen. 47 Now, in the Bible, Joshua the 1st chapter, and Joshua the 10th chapter. The 1st chapter and 1st verse... Now, after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD it came to pass, that the LORD spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying, Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, and go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of thy foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and to... the going down of the sun, shall be your coast. There shall not be any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shall thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which my... which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper wherever thou goest. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shall meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that's written therein: for then thou shall make thy ways prosperous, and then thou shall have good success. Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee wheresoever thou goest. [Brother Branham now reads Joshua 10:12-14--Ed.] Then spake Joshua unto the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Stand still upon... Sun, stand... still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon. And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies.

Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hastened not to go down about a whole day. And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel. 49 May the Lord add His blessings to the reading of His Words. Now, the subject this afternoon: "A Paradox." Now, the word "paradox," as I have just been looking it up and be sure that--that I was right; the word "paradox" means, according to Webster, that "it's something incredible, but it's true." Now, you know, we've heard the old saying, that--that, "Truth is more (What do they call that?)--more strange than fiction," truth is. Because when a person tells the truth, sometimes it's very strange. 51 I know a friend of mine that--up in Colorado. They had a survey on, going to have a survey on elk. And there were twenty-one head of elk in the herd. And my friend, when--had been back there hunting, and when the wardens come up. And they'd paid a great price, the conservation had, for one of these snowmobiles, to go back and have a elk survey. He said, "You shouldn't have spent all that money. I can tell you how many elks back there." And they just laughed at him. Said, "How many?" He said, "There's nineteen." Said, "There was twenty-one, and I killed two of them." And the warden laughed at him. You're only allowed to kill one, you know. And he said--he said, "Yeah, I know you did." "Well," he said, "that's what I done. There was twenty-one elk, and I killed two." And the warden just laughed and went on back. And that's what there was, nineteen elk. See? He turned around to me, said, "You see, parson, just tell the truth; the people won't believe it." See? Just tell the truth, so it certainly is more stranger than fiction. 57 Joshua here is a Book; actually it's a Book of redemption, of the Old Testament. Joshua, we would have to consider it to be that, the Book of redemption. Because it's... Redemption has two parts. Redemption anywhere has two parts. That is, it's "out of" and "into." It takes two parts to make redemption, "out of," "into." Moses represented the law which brought them out of Egypt, and whereas, Joshua represented grace that took them into the promised land. Another way was, the--the law and grace were two different aspects of God's command. Now, the law brought them out, Moses, and Joshua took them in. It also represents something for our day. Now, it represents, as they were in the journey, coming from--from Egypt into a promised land, so have we come out of a world of Egypt, chaos, on our road to a promised land. "In My Father's house are many mansions; if it wasn't so, I would've told you," John 14: coming "out of," going "into." 60 It's law that brings us to recognize we're wrong, but it's grace that forgives us. The law has no hope of--of redemption, because that... And to complete it... It has no grace in it, because law only points that you are a sinner, but grace tells you how to get out of it. Law is the policeman that put you in jail, but redemption is the One Who come paid your fine; and "out of," and "into," into grace. The Ephesus... Now, we find the same thing, the Old Testament... I think this Book of Joshua fits. A fitting word for it would be the Book of Ephesus of the Old Testament. The Book of Ephesians of the Old Testament, would be a good thing to title this Book of Joshua, because it's certainly fitting to this. 62 Now, we find Joshua representing grace, or some propitiation, that it could not exist in the same time that law was in existence. Neither does any message, that forwards the people on, ever coincide with a past message. It will not do it. That's where you have trouble today. Jesus said, "Does

any person take a--a new piece of garment and put it into an old, or put the new wine into old bottles? They perish. It bursts them open." They can't stand it. And Joshua could not at all become into his ministry until after Moses was gone. So you see the very first verse here, "Moses My servant is dead; now arise and take this people to the promised land." Moses, representing the law, had served its time. It's--the law had served its time. 65 They started out, really, with grace to begin with. Before they had law, they had grace. While they were in Egypt, without law; no one down there, was just the priests, and so forth, but they didn't have any law. The law had not yet been given. Grace provided them a prophet. And, also, grace provided an atonement, the sacrificial lamb. We're getting into that this week on the sacrifice, the blood, because there lays your healing. So on... The atonement had been provided before there was any law. Grace was before law, during law, and after law. So there was Joshua, representing grace, was right along with law, but could not be enforced as long as law was in its proper place. And so has the church world in this last day. It's come along, it's played its part, but there's coming a time where it must cease. It must do it. There's got to be an Ephesians also of this journey, just as there was of other journeys. There has to come an Ephesians, an Ephesus, an Ephesian of this journey. Watch. Wherein that law could never save a sinner, as I pointed out. It could not. Therefore the promised land represented a day of grace. See, he could not take them in, into that journey. 69 And if you noticed, in that journey, they had three stages of their journey. First was the preparation by faith down in Egypt, under the sacrificial lamb. Then they crossed the Red Sea, into the--the wilderness of separation, which represented another stage of the journey. 'Cause under the preparation, when they all got ready, then when they come to the--to the Red Sea, there was a failure again. The people did not believe, after seeing many things that God had did. They still did not believe. And God opened up the Red Sea and took them forth, which we're taught that all the people were baptized unto Moses under the Cloud and the sea. 71 Now, they were baptized, repented and were baptized, and come out to walk in a new life, in a new land, in a new journey, amongst new people, and the hand of God upon them. But it finally come to a place in this walk that they had, that they was not satisfied with their walk of grace. They had to come to something that they could do themselves. Now, that's where people think today of Divine healing, or some any other work of grace of God, that there's something that you have to do. You, there's nothing you have to do but believe, just believe God. And they, if they would've continued on... The promise wasn't given them under the law. The promise was given before the law, without any conditions to it, "I have given you this land; go on over into it." But before they got to that promise, they decided there was something they must do themselves. And, that, we still find that among human beings. We're prone to be that way, "There's something we've got to do." We feel that, that we've got to have something into it also. You do have something into it; that's your surrender of your own will, your own ideas to the will and idea of Almighty God, and it's finished. That's all there is. Just take His promise, don't think of nothing else. Walk by it, and God does the rest of it. 76 Then they wanted a law. And God always gives you the desire of your heart; He promised to. But we find out, when they turned one step from the side of what God originally promised them, then that was a thorn in the flesh until the law was taken away, until Jesus Christ came and was crucified to take away the law. It was a thorn in the flesh. And anything that you try to do within yourself, it'll always work to your dishonor. It'll work to your disadvantage. Just simply believe God, and that settles it. What God promised, "I'm the Lord Thy God

Who heals all thy diseases. (See?) If there's any among you sick, let them call the elders of the church." He promised the works that He did, would be done in His church. 78 Why do we have to accept organizations, and so forth, that'll write that off of the Book? See, it--it becomes a thorn in the flesh. And here at the end time, we meet the thing again, face to face; it's up to the Methodists, Baptists, Presbyterians, and whatmore. See? You--you can't go on; you've got to come back to the entire full Gospel. It was made for the full man by a complete God Who was made flesh and dwelled among us. And we know that those things are true. 79 Now, if we notice then, their journey in the wilderness is where they got their greatest mistake that Israel ever made until Calvary, was when (in the Exodus 19) they accepted law instead of grace. They had grace. They had a prophet. They had--they had a sacrificial lamb. They had redemption. They had been brought through the Red Sea. They'd been healed of their diseases. They had had water from a smitten rock. They'd--they'd manna out of heaven. Everything they had need of had been supplied and still they wanted something else. Now, that's a perfect type of our Ephesians today, exactly. We come out under Luther; we went through sanctification under Methodist; and came into the restoration under Pentecost, exactly like it was, the wilderness journey. When God brought us out, we did very well. But what did we do? Wanted to be like the rest of them. Now, we find out that grace is the only thing that takes us through, never law. 81 Joshua here is a type of the last day ministry. See? Now, remember those three stages of the journey. All of it ceased, first the law and everything had to cease, so that Joshua... And Joshua is the same word as Jesus, "Jehovah-Saviour," that took them from their wilderness into the promised land. Now, I know many hold... And I don't want to disagree with the scholars, but many hold that the promised land represents heaven. It could not represent heaven. It could not, because they had wars, and troubles, and flusterations, and everything in the promised land. It does not represent the promised land. 83 But you notice, just before they entered the promised land, all of the--the differences that--that had rose up among them. They... One of the great things was Korah. He didn't want this one man leadership. Dathan, and how they come up before Moses and tried to tell him that "the--the message had to mean this," and put a different interpretation to it, their own ideas of what it was. And they every one perished, every one. Jesus said, "There wasn't none of them but what perished." They said, "Our fathers eat manna in the wilderness for the space of forty years," Saint John 6. Jesus said, "And they are every one dead." "Dead" means "eternally separated." They're all dead, yet they enjoyed hearing the message, yet they enjoyed the manna that fell. Not another manna, the genuine manna. 86 But when it come to the time of when Balaam come out with his false doctrine, and said, "We're all one. Why don't we just go together and let our children marry one another? We're a great nation. We'll make you great with us." Now, anybody with common spiritual understanding can see exactly that same thing even today, marrying all of them together. And it was a unforgivable sin. It was never forgiven Israel. But then Joshua raised up for the exodus. 87 Now, we're taught in Revelation the 6th chapter, I believe, yeah, 6th chapter, of the Seven Seals. That's supposed... The Book to be sealed up with seven mysteries, or Seven Seals, Revelations 6. And in the last day, Revelations 10, in Revelations 10, we find out that the Laodicea, last messenger of

the last age, in the--during the time of his prophecy, that the Seven Seals would be opened, the seven mysteries, sevenfold mysteries that had been left off. In every age there'd been some of it left off. The reformer didn't have time to take care of it. In the days of Luther, he only preached justification by faith. He was gone, they made a church. After that come Wesley, he preached sanctification. There it was. And along come the Pentecostals. 89 But we're promised, according to Revelations 10, and according to Malachi 4, and Saint Luke 22:17, and so forth, that there is got to come a--an Ephesians to this. There is promised it, friends. There must come an Ephesians, that these sevenfold mysteries of the Word of God must be unfolded. And it's in the Laodicean age that this takes place. I believe that we're--we're there. I believe we're right in the shadows of the coming of the Son of God. And as Joshua, just before the Ephesians raised up, so did John the Baptist raise up just before the next Ephesians. And we're promised another, another Ephesians. It's predicted here in the Scripture; therefore, I think that we are living in the Ephesians again. Back again to... We are promised that what was left off during those seven ages... 91 Now, you cannot add nothing to the Book or take nothing from It. Revelation 22:18 says so, "Whoever will add one Word, or take one Word, his part will be taken from the Book of Life." Now, we cannot add or take. So therefore, we know that Luther could not get to it; Wesley, and so forth, the reformers, Knox, Finney, Calvin, on down, so forth, they didn't get it all, but what they had was the Gospel truth. But now in the last days, we are given the understanding by the Word, that we are going to understand it, because it'll come an Ephesian age to it. And we're here. Now, paradox... I'll leave that hang, because I just got about ten more minutes and then we'll have the prayer line. Paradox... 94 There is some people of today, that do not believe in miracles. They say they just can't believe that there is such a thing as miracles in this modern age. Well, I don't mean to say anything bad about that person, but they are spiritually numb. They--they--they're--they're spiritually blind. They have no spiritual sight or spiritual feelings at all. 'Cause no man can set in a crowd of people, wherein the Holy Spirit is falling, no matter if he is absolutely a sinner, or she, but what they're bound to sense the Presence of God, when you see the Word He promised being fulfilled. Then you'd have to be numb; and when you see it with your own eyes happening, then you'll have to be blind, spiritually; I'm not speaking physically. But you can certainly be spiritually blind and have twentytwenties physical sight. 95 You remember Elijah down at--at Dothan, when he went out and smote that whole army blind? The Bible said he did. And led them right into ambush, when they didn't know who he was. And yet had his just exactly what he was supposed to look like, and so forth, and he went right out to them. But they were blind. And you can stand in the Presence of the living God; you can stand under the anointing of the Spirit and see It moving, and still It won't touch you. You can see what God said, preached to you perfectly and then manifested, and still won't go in, don't believe it, then, there's--you are beyond reach. You're already dead, numb, blinded, gone on. They were completely...?... 97 The world. I wonder, if that same person who doesn't believe in a miracle, I wonder and if they can only be the things that can, that's real, is those which are scientifically proven... I wonder if you could have any scientist, or anybody that doesn't believe in a miracle, to explain to me how this world stands in its orbit. How does it keep its perfect time around the equator and the way it goes, and just perfect? We haven't got a machinery, a watch, or any kind, that can keep time like that; it'll vary a few minutes every month. But that sun is exactly on time. Thousands of years rolls on, she never moves. Certainly, perfectly.

98 How the moon can, billions of miles off the earth, can still control the tide. Tell me how that in this galaxy that we live in, how could the moon have any effect upon the water on the earth? Scientifically, tell me how it's done. It could not be done, because there's no scientific way of telling it. But God set the moon to watch the sea. And when the moon begins to turn its back, when the earth turns away, here comes the tide in. But when he wakes up the next morning, looks back this a way, the tide runs back to its place again. It's a watchman. "Oh," you say, "that's just on the seashore." No. That's right up here in Arizona, plumb back over in the state of Kentucky, wherever you dig a hole down in the ground far enough to find salt water, you'll find out, when that tide goes out, that salt water goes down in the pipe. And when the tide comes in, it also raises, hundreds of miles from the seashore. We could preach a sermon on that. How that God, no matter, He is in glory but His orders there is just the same effect on the whole world and anybody that takes the promise. His order is given. He has laws of nature, and--and they--they will absolutely carry themself true from Pentecost or any other time. Any time that God made the promise, He'll still stay with that promise regardless of where the people's at, how many thousands of years off. His laws ever remain the same. 101 How the seed falls into the ground, and it rots, and to bring forth life again. Looks like, if it was ever going to bring forth life, it'd be when it's in its perfect shape. If life was ever in it, then why wouldn't it just come forth? Put it in the ground, the life spring forth. Why does all that's around that life, all that's around that germ that no man can find, how is it that everything material around that germ has to die, so it can spring forth in a new life? But everything around it must also die and rot before it can spring forth life. 102 So is it with an individual. As long as there's any human injections, human ideas, then God's germ of Life, the Holy Spirit, cannot work. You cannot be healed as long as there's just a--a fraction somewhere, that it's not rotten yet; it's got all the human elements, all the scientific ideas, all the days of miracles is passed, so-called. All that has to, all, not only die, but rot, then from there grows the germ of Life unto a new life. That's the only way it can grow. That's the reason we don't get what we ask for. We try to take with us so much of our own ideas. That's the reason the Lutheran church couldn't advance no farther than--than it did, the Pentecostals and the rest; 'cause they inject by a bunch of theologians, "This oughtn't to be this way. This is for another day. And this was for that." There it stays. It cannot grow to that perfect image of Christ until every Word of God is received into you, and then you become that Word, like the seed that went in the ground. 105 I'd like for them to explain Hebrews 11:3. The greatest scientist we've ever had, as far as I know, was Einstein. When here not long ago in New York, I was listening to what he had said. And he was talking about the galaxy, how far out it was, and he proved that there was an eternity. How the man going so many million miles an hour, would take him so many, or a million light years an hour, would take him so many years to get over there one three hundred thousand or something like that, and then three hundred thousand to come back. And then proved by it, somehow, that the man had only been gone from the earth fifty years. Eternity... 106 And that's just a little galaxy, when God blew them off His hand. The Bible said. And Einstein finally wound up with this, "There's only one way that any man can explain the origin of this world; that's found in Hebrews 11:3. 'We understand that the worlds were framed together by the Word of God.'" That's exactly right. Science cannot even touch it. And then you say you don't believe in a miracle? How could you do it? How could any scientist ever explain Noah's rain, when there'd never fallen a drop of rain upon the earth until that day? But Noah said there would be a rain. And when Noah's rain come, contrary to all science; there was no clouds up there, never had been no rain up there. They could prove that

there was no rain up there. And then when God opened up the heavens and poured out a--a gusher that washed the earth away, that was a paradox; how that it's certainly unreasonable, unexplainable. But we know that God did it, because the Bible said so. And we have evidence on the earth today that it was so. God did it. That was a paradox. 108 When God took an old man by the name of Abraham at the age of seventy-five years old, and his wife, sixty-five, many years apast the time of life, the menopause; and when He took that man and gave him a promise at seventy-five years old to this woman that he was married to, his--his half sister... And he'd lived with her since she was a girl; they'd married when she was probably a--a teenage girl, and here she was sixty-five years old. And said, "You're going to have a baby by this woman." And what if Abraham would said, "I--I--I don't believe in paradoxes. I--I just can't accept that"? It'd have never happened. But, you see, when you say you believe anything, then you've got to put it in action. Then Abraham was commanded to separate himself from all unbelief and walk with God alone. And instead of getting weaker, he got stronger. And when he was a hundred years old and Sarah was ninety, the baby come. 111 How could Abraham take his son, way back three day's journey, probably ninety miles from any civilization, up on top of a mountain where the Lord had showed him to go offer his own son, Isaac? Isaac packing the wood up, as we know, which is a type of Christ. And up on this mountain he was to offer Isaac as a sacrifice, and when he fulfilled everything that God told him but stabbing his own son to death, through his throat, when he pulled the knife out of the sheath and raised his hand to obey God, to the Word... For the Bible said, that, "He knew that God could not make a promise 'less He kept it. And he received him as one from the dead, then He was able to raise him up from the dead and give him to him again." 112 And when he was ready to obey God to its fullness, He caught his hand and said, "Stay your hand, Abraham." And there was a ram hooked in the wilderness, around the vines with his horns on top of that mountain, where there's lions, wolves, hyenas, jackals, and the great ferocious beasts that eat sheep. And then he was way up on top of the mountain where there's no water. How'd that ram get there? Abraham had picked up stones all around to build a--an altar. But there was the ram anyhow. It was a paradox. And any man that believes God and takes Him at His Word, no matter what the situation is, God will perform another paradox, to keep His Word. For Abraham called the place Jehovah-jireh, "the Lord has provided for Himself a sacrifice." He still can cause a paradox to happen. He can do that this afternoon, if you'll just take Him at His Word. 114 Daniel, from a ren--den full of hungry lions, how could it be that that man... How could it be that that man on a group of hungry lions, stayed in the cave with them all night without any harm? The Angel of the Lord, unseen to anyone else, was standing there. It was a paradox. Something had to keep that lion from getting to him. When the Hebrew children went into the fiery furnace, that's against all scientific understanding in that great age. It was unscientifically for a man to be throwed into a furnace, that was--that the man taking them up there perished, and they fell into the furnace and lived in that furnace awhile, and the only thing it did was loose them from their shackles. That's a paradox. It was unexplainable, unreasonable, but yet it's the truth. 116 Here's Joshua, that we're speaking of. How that that man, just an ordinary man that just come through a--a--a group of creeds that the man had formed, and laws and ceremonies, with nothing in them that says anything about giving men power to stop the sun. But here with a commission from God, "I'll give you every piece of ground the soles of your foot sets upon. I'll be there." And the enemy was routed.

The sun was going down. If them kings had time to get theirself together again the next day, he'd surely lose men. But Joshua knew he needed sunlight. And he looked up to the sun and said, "Stand still over Gibeon. And, moon, stay there over Ajalon." And for the space of a whole day, that was all night long, the sun stood still and the moon stood there. That's a paradox. A man walking in the will of God could do such a thing, for he was in a... He was again in a--an Ephesus, in a--an Ephesians with--with the Gospel. Sure, it was a paradox. Moses with a stick in his hand to go down and deliver the children of Israel was a paradox, when Egypt had all the armies and their well-trained men. It was a paradox. 119 The virgin birth was a paradox. How could a virgin, against all scientific understanding, a woman that knowed no man, could bring forth a Child; and not only a Child, but Emmanuel, Who proved to be exactly what it said it would be. How could that happen? It was a paradox. Because God spoke to His prophet hundreds of years before, and the prophet obeyed the Word of God, and the Word was spoken. "And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us." And we believe that. Certainly, it was a paradox. How that He could walk on water, that was a paradox. A human being, according to the size of your feet, couldn't do that. But He did. What was it? Unexplainable, but it was yet a paradox. God did it. We believe it. Feed five thousand people with two fish and five biscuits? But He did it: multiplied not only fish, but cooked fish; not only bread, but cooked bread. How could He turn water to wine? All a paradox. 122 He healed the sick, which was--with leprosy. Which they don't have anything to this day, science don't, to cure leprosy, but Jesus healed it with His Word. It was a paradox. And He's the same yesterday, today, and forever. His Word still heals the sick. It's a paradox, certainly. He raised the dead, after mortal life had gone from them: Lazarus, the woman's son at Nain, and Jairus' daughter. He raised the dead with His Word, because He is the Word. And then another great thing, in closing, to prove that He was Messiah, to prove what He was, He had to come in order and answer to the Word. And the Word said, when He spoke to the prophet. "The Lord your God shall raise up a Prophet like me." 126 There'd been many men raised up. And there'd been, for hundreds and hundreds of years, they'd had no prophet. Oh, they had had priests and great men, and as we read the history between the time of Malachi and Matthew, four hundred years, there had been great men. But there's no prophet. And then when He come on the scene, to prove that He was that Ephesians made manifest, John announced it. But Jesus was That, He was the Word manifested, Himself. When Peter came to Him one day with Andrew, his name was Simon. And when Jesus standing there, never seen the man in His life (Listen close.), when He stood there and looked at the man, and said, "Your name is Simon, and you are the son of Jonas." That's a paradox. Sure was. Certainly was a paradox. 129 And when Philip, standing there, heard this and knew that all identity that this was the Messiah, he was certainly. He believed it. He wasn't numb, neither was he blind. He run around the bank for a few miles, and got his friend called Nathanael. And when he come walking up... The faith of that man, that could bring another one to the meeting to see... When he walked up before Jesus, Jesus said, "Behold, there's an Israelite, in whom there is no guile." It astonished the man. He said, "When did You ever know me?" Now, watch; this is unreasonable. Yes, sir. It's unexplainable. He said, "How did You ever know me?" Said, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the tree, I saw you." A paradox.

133 He had need, go by Samaria. And when He went by Samaria, a city of Sychar, He was setting out there waiting for His disciples to go in to buy food. And, notice, a woman come out to the well, of ill fame. And He said to her, "Woman, go get Me a drink, or bring Me a drink." And she said, "It's not customary for You to ask that. We're... I'm a Jew--or a Samaritan; You're a Jew. We have no--no dealings with You." He said, "But if you knew Who you were talking to..." Watch this paradox fixing to happen. Don't miss it. Said, "How--how can you do, say this? I, I'm a woman of Samaria, and You're a Jew. We have no dealing." He said, "But if you knew Who you were talking to, or Who was talking to you, you--you'd ask Me for a drink." And He went ahead till He found where her trouble was. And He said, "Go get your husband and come here." And she said, "I don't have any husband." He said, "That's the truth. You don't have a husband, because you've had five, and the one you're now living with is not your husband. Therefore, you've said the truth." She said, "Sir, I perceive that Thou art a prophet." They hadn't seen one for hundreds of years. Said, "We know the--the Messiah is coming, and, when He comes, He'll tell us these things." He said, "I am He." 139 [] Was a paradox vindicated, and it's then to be Gospel Truth; a Gospel that had promised this, and here it happened and vindicated what it was. Now, let me give you a great noble paradox here, just a minute. In John 14:12, Jesus said, promised that the believer that believed on Him, would do the same works. Is that right? God, Who makes a law or a promise, must keep that promise to be God. He does keep it. To think, the God... Why, It's a paradox itself; for God, Who makes a promise and cannot break that promise, to give that promise of the things that He did to His people to follow throughout the age until He returned again. "Go ye into all the world, preach the Gospel to every creature (every creature, all the world.); he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, and he that believeth not shall be damned; and these signs shall follow them that believe." He's got to keep that Word. And because He said it, it went from His mouth, it's got to be fulfilled. All Scripture's got to be fulfilled. So it's a paradox alone to hear Jesus the Son of God make such a statement as that, "The things that I do will you do also." Now, the Bible said in Hebrews 13:8, He's the same yesterday, today, and forever. That's a paradox, 'cause it has to be done. "Heavens and earth will pass away, but not one Word that I've ever said will ever fail," He said. It has to be done. 142 Now, friends, I believe that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. I believe He's just as able this afternoon to cause, in this building, a paradox, because that He promised it would happen. And how much more has He promised, how much more is it leaving in the Bible, to this very age that we're living, the Ephesians again of the church ages. We got seven church ages, and we're promised that at the Laodicea church age there would be another Ephesian. That's right. And we're here. I believe, with all my heart, that Jesus Christ Who made the promise... As I said in my last message, standing over there against that wall, when I was here a few weeks ago, every time you move your finger, that goes around and around the world, never will stop. Every move you make, you'll see it at the judgment. Television proves that it's here, the fourth dimension. 'Cause the television doesn't manufacture that picture; it only channels that wave into a tube, and you see a picture. Color, everything, every moving object that's happening in the world is going right around through here now, making a record. Someday your record's going to be closed, and you're going to answer to that record. That's right. God, let me so be planted, let me be so dead to myself and anything around me, and be conscious of the Word of God living among us today. Let's pray. 146 Lord Jesus, Thou art a Paradox, when God was made flesh. I pray, heavenly Father, that You will manifest Yourself this afternoon, proving to us here today. Not only proving to us... There's, I

suppose, ninety percent or more of the people set here believe that, every Word. But that we might see You again, and let know that this Word that You spoke, that's still traveling around and around the world, just like a record, let us move into that record today, Lord. Let us move in and not hear it just like it was coming secondly from a man's mouth; but let that mouth, and person and people, all setting here, become Your Word. We're ready to die, Lord, of our own ideas just to see You keep Your promise, "The things that I do shall you do also." I pray that You'll grant this in Jesus' Name. Amen. 147 Just before we call the prayer line. I was having a little bite of ice cream one day with an old doctor friend of mine. He said, "I want to ask you something, Billy." I said, "All right." Said, "Do you believe in..." That's where I got this thought: paradox. Said, "Do you believe in a paradox?" I said, "Sure." He said, "I--I know you do." He said--told me about a certain person that had been healed, that'd been prayed for; that he had sold epilepsy drugs to for years, sometimes they'd have seven or eight seizures a day: strong medicines. And he said, "They never did come back for no more. I see them all the time; never had it no more." Said, "I want to tell you something, just to let you know I--I believe what you're talking about." 150 He said, "During the time of the depression, my son here now was over the store." Said, "He was--he was waiting on kind of a young fellow, just could said he... They sent him down a line, for medicine." And said, "A man come up here, and he had his wife," said, "a little woman, she was... You could look at her and see she was just about to be delivered of any time, of a child." And said, "She just couldn't stand in that line no more," and said that he brought his wife into the door, and just leaning on his shoulder." And said, "My boy went up, said, 'Can I help you?' Said, 'Yes,' said, 'here is the prescription from the doctor.' But said, 'I want to make it clear to you.' Said, 'I... We haven't got the money yet.' Said, 'We'll get it from the county, but my wife just can't stand it no longer. The doctor said she to have medicine right away.' And said, 'If--if you'll just give her the medicine, I'll go right there and stand in line till I--I get the money from the county.'" "And the boy said, 'Sir, I'm sorry.' Said, 'It's against our--our rules here to give out the medicine without having the money.' You know how the times was in them days. And said, 'I--I feel sorry for her, but I can't do it.'" 153 Said, "I was setting back here reading the paper. And I looked up," and said, "something strangely warmed my heart." Said, "I walked up; I said, 'Wait a minute, son, wait a minute. ' The man started out the door, he said, 'Well, all right, son,' started out the door." And said, "I said, 'Just a minute,' said, 'what was that?' He said, 'Well...'" This man explained it to him. He said, "'Let me see the prescription.' Said, 'Just wait a minute, son; I'll get you the medicine.'" Said, "I went on back and mixed up the prescription the doctor had prescribed on his paper." And said, "I went up there, and they had that...?..." He said, "Hand it to him, not knowing whether I'd get it or not, but I just thought I would." Said, "I just felt that I should do it." And said, "Billy, when I put that--that medicine in that woman's hand," said, "it was the Lord Jesus." Said, "I seen a Man standing there." And he said, "I read later on that the Scripture said, 'Insomuch as you have done unto the least of these, My little ones, you have done it unto Me.'" He said, "Billy, what happened to my eyes? Did I actually see it?" I said, "Yes, sir. I believe it. I believe that you so fulfilled your duty as a druggist in the emergency needing for that. Jesus said, 'What you have done unto these others, you have done unto Me.' I believe it."

157 And I believe that same thing today right here present with this people, that Jesus Christ can manifest Himself, make Himself the Word made flesh among us this afternoon. Will you believe it? The Lord bless you. Now, we're going to call for prayer cards, for the people to come. And now, we can't get too many, because I think now, if I'm looking at the watch right, I got twenty-five minutes till we have to close just at four o'clock on account, but we'll continue on. Now, let's start from prayer card, I believe was A. Was it? A, let's go from A-1. Who has prayer card A-1? Just call you one at a time, so if you're crippled we can pack you. All right. Prayer card A-1. Who has it, raise up your hand, somewhere in the building? All right, come. Way back in the back. Would you come, lady, if you can. 1, 2, who has prayer card 2? A-2, would you raise up your hand if you... Can you walk? All right, come right over here, get on this side. 3, if you'll raise your hand right away, I--I can get you; we won't have to wait very long. Prayer card number 3, would you raise up your hand. All right, a man down there. All right, come over here, sir. Prayer card number 4, would you raise your hand quickly now, just as quick as you possibly can. Prayer card number 4. All right. Number 5. Just as I call, you stand up, number 5. All right, number 6, number 7, number 8, number 9, 10. 10, now one, two, three, four, five. 10, all right. 11, 12, 13, 14. Was you coming, sir, 14? All right. 14, 15. Well, that--that'll be... That will be--be enough right now; that'd be enough for this afternoon, 'cause we haven't got too much time. 161 Now, look. I want you to give me your undivided attention. Now, Jesus made this promise, that, "A little while, and the world won't see Me no more, yet ye shall see Me." You believe that? The "world," the world, is "the order of the world." See, they just... He knowed they'd go on off in fashions and things. "But they won't see Me no more; yet you'll see Me." For He promised, "I'll be with you, even to the end of the world." Is that right? And the Bible said (Hebrews 13:8) He's the same yesterday, today, and forever. You believe that? That's a promise. Now, you don't have to be up here to be healed. Only thing you have to do is believe that Word to be the Truth. Now, I'm going to ask you, if you will, just to be reverent and quiet for a few moments. 163 Did all of them come in, Billy? Got two out, three out? How say? Three more? Number 3, prayer card number 3. What... How, what is the Mexican word for that, 3? Anybody can say it? [Someone says, "tres."--Ed.] All right, surely they heard it. What, that, ever who's got that prayer card, come into the line, will you? Oh, yeah. Oh, I think it was somebody had it, and didn't know it, and moved back. All right. Now, now how about... Does everybody believe now with all your--with all your heart? Well, let's pray again then. 165 Lord Jesus, now we realize that we can read the Word, with our best of our knowledge, explain It. But, Lord, You're the only One can confirm It. You're the only One can say that It's right or wrong. And, Father, I pray today that You'll let the eyes of the people be opened. May we see a paradox this afternoon, just, Lord, enough to let the people see that You're present, that You are not--not out of existence, and that Your Word is the same yesterday, today, and forever. For You are that Word. For the sake of the sick, Lord, for the sake of those who are suffering; many probably are here from different parts of the country, parts of the nation, they must--they're suffering so, they couldn't enjoy the--the meetings, otherwise, if they wasn't healed. I pray that You'll heal them. Grant it, Lord. And now, we are only physical human beings, and can only preach the Word and say what You said to be the Truth; now Thou art the One to make it real. I pray that You'll grant it, in Jesus' Name. Amen. 166 Now, I'd just like for your undivided attention, just for a moment, and if everyone will just be seated now for a few minutes. Now, as far as I know, 'course, I don't know anyone that I can see in

the--in the building, that I would know out there. Now, you don't have to be here to be healed; anyone knows that. See? There's a little woman one time, she couldn't get a prayer card, we'd say, and she touched His garment. And He turned around, and looked, and said, "Who touched Me?" And they all denied it. And He looked around and seen this little woman. She couldn't hide herself, 'cause (See?) the Spirit of God that was in Him led Him... He was the Word. And It led right to her, and He told her what her trouble was. She had a blood issue, and she was healed. She believed it. And immediately in her body she felt that the blood issue had stanched (Is that right?), had stopped right there. 168 Now, He's just the same today. You don't have to be here. Now, the Bible said that in the New Testament now, that Jesus Christ is our High Priest. Do we believe that? The only High Priest we have, the only Intercessor we have between God and man, is the Man Christ Jesus. You believe that? And the Bible said He is a High Priest that can be touched by the feeling of our infirmities. Is that right? How many know that true? Raise your hand so they... All right. I'm not among strangers on this Word. Now, how would He act if you touched Him? He'd act the same that He did when He was here, because He's the same yesterday, today, and forever. Is that right? Now, you just believe. You just say, "Now, Lord, I've been in meetings; I've been; but I'm just going to believe today. I--I'm not even going to take no thought of myself. I'm just going to believe with all my heart, that You're here. And I have a need, and You--You just... You help me, Lord." See? Now, you do that. Don't get nervous; just--just calmly faithful. 171 A gift of faith is not something you take and do something with. A gift of faith is you just get yourself out of the way. The gift is getting your ownself out of the way. Now, here stands a woman. Father God knows, as far as I ever knowed, I never seen the woman in my life. She's a total stranger to me. But... And there--there isn't about two or three people I can see out there, I do. I think this is Mrs. Vayle setting here, Brother Lee's wife. I'm not sure. Then I know these three or four boys setting right along here. Far as I know, that's all that I see in the meeting at this time, that I know. I believe that's Brother Anthony Milano setting there, from New York, Brother Pat Tyler from Kentucky. Outside of that... I know Fred Sothmann's in there somewhere, I heard him holler "amen" awhile ago. That--that's about the limit, and heavenly Father knows that. 174 And this woman standing here, and I never seen her. I have no idea what she's here for. She's just a woman come up here on the platform, the same as you're setting out there. Now, if this woman's in need, well, then I--I... If I could help her, I--I'd sure do it. But now, I--I... That depends on what she needs. If it was money, I--I might rake up five or ten dollars. Outside of that, I don't know (See?) lest I'd give her a postdated check, till I get my pay next month. But now, what if she's got domestic trouble? Then I'd say, "Go get your husband, let's talk together; maybe I can help you." "I have no way of getting home." "Well, I'll ask somebody if they'd take you--take you home, going your way. You live down on what street down here?" Or whatever it is, I don't know. But if it's sickness, then I--I don't know. See? But I don't know the woman. But there's Someone here, this Word, that promised, "The things that I do shall you also." 177 Now, perhaps, what if this woman is sick; maybe she's got cancer; maybe she has TB, and--or something that medicine can't help at this--at this stage? Well, now, I couldn't, I by no means could heal the woman. But now, if He can reveal to me what she wants just like He did the woman at the well, or like He told Nathanael, or--or told Simon what his name was, said, "Your name is Simon. You're the son of Jonas. Henceforth you'll be called Peter, which means 'a little stone.'"

Well, now, if He would do something like that here in the presence of all of you, that goes to show that that Word is Truth. Now, how many will believe that? Is there anybody here knows the woman, raise your hand, any peoples in the building? Yeah, many of you know her. All right. Father knows that I don't. Well, now, let's just see what He would say. And that, would that be a paradox? I don't know what's wrong with her. Don't know what she's here for, or nothing about her. But God knows that. 180 And I'm going to speak to the woman. Now, this is the first person I've had before me for about three months. Now, I just want to talk to the lady, just a moment. And that is what? Contact her spirit, just like Jesus did the woman at the well, contact her spirit. Now, if the Lord Jesus, lady, can reveal to me what's wrong with you, or what you're here for, or something about it, that you know that I don't know nothing about, or something on that order, would you believe it was Him? It'd have to be Him, wouldn't it? It'd have to be Him. If He'll do it, then we'll all be thankful that we're know we're--that His Word is right, then we can put confidence in that. Now, if He can reveal what your trouble is to me, and me not knowing you, you know that... But now if He can reveal to me what your trouble is, or something about you, then that shows that there is a Spirit here somewhere that knows you, and you know that I don't. So it wouldn't be the man; it would be the Spirit. And that's what God promised at this time of Ephesus. You believe that to be the Truth? May He grant it. 183 I see one thing; she's suffering with something like a sinus troubles up here in her head. That is true. Is it? Raise up your hand if it's it. But sinus wouldn't cause you to sneeze and carry on like that, so you have hay fever also. That's right. You're not from Phoenix. You're from where there's--there's lots of hills, trees. You're from Flagstaff. That's right. You believe God can tell me who you are? You're Mrs. Earl. Yeah. Is right, is it? Now, go, believing, it'll all be over. Now, is He the same yesterday, today, and forever? Now, the heavenly Father knows I just seen the woman. See, the Word vindicated. Now, it isn't me; I'm just a man. Just like this microphone, it's a mute without me speaking through it, or somebody. And so is a man just a mute. But it's the Spirit, and that Spirit's right out there among you. See? He's the Healer, not me. 185 How do you do, sir? Another man that's a person who's a stranger to me. I don't know the man. Now, as far as I know. I've never seen him in my life. But now, the Spirit, the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ is the same self Spirit. The anointed One, Jesus, the Man, was the Son of God, but the Holy Spirit was on Him was God. "My Father dwells in Me." See? It's the Holy Spirit, so it's still God. Now, if I can just get myself, that man can get hisself out of the way, then that part's dead, then let the Spirit of Life go to work. See? That's why I wait just a minute to see what happens till the anointing gets started. 188 If the Lord God, Whose Presence we are in, will reveal to me, sir, what the--your trouble is, or something you've done, or--or something about you, just something. 'Course, the more we would talk, the more it would go. But, see, there's others standing in the line. But if He'll just tell me what your trouble is, will you believe me to be His servant, and believe He's present? A rupture. That right? That's right...?... Now, you say, "How was that done?" I wished I knowed. There's nobody can explain that. That's a paradox. See? Here, that you might know, I seen something else: an examination; got heart trouble too. Raise your hand. Mr. Anderson, you can go home now; Jesus Christ will make you well. That's right. Just believe; have faith. Don't doubt.

191 How do you do, sir? We are strangers to each other. I don't know you. Far as I know, it's the first time I ever seen you, or me to know you. That's right. But He knows us, both of us. Now, you know why this is taking place? It's His grace permitting it, that it would bring these people conscious of God. Now, not knowing nothing about you, not even knowing you no--no way, just a strange man that come here... Now, it would be absolutely a paradox for something to happen to--to know what was wrong with you, or something you done, or something you ought not have done, or something you should've done, or who you are or something about you. It'd have to be a paradox, 'cause there's no way for anybody to know that, outside of some revelation of the unseen. That's right. Now, if He'll do that for you, between you and I, so that the audience... Not a show, but that they might see the--the Ephesus is here, that this is the thing that bridges between denomination and the glory land, He promised it, that they might be assured that what we're tell them is the truth... Now, to know you, you know I don't. That's, raise up your hand so the people see that you... I--I've never seen the man in my life. He's just a man standing here. Ask any of the others. But you're suffering with a rupture. That's right. You also have hemorrhoids. That's right. You've come a long ways to get here. You're not even an American. You're a Canadian. You brought with you a son that has mental affliction. That's true. You want me to tell you where you're from? You're from the province of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, the city. Believe with all your heart, and God will send you back home well with your son, if you believe. You believe it? God bless you. Do you believe? The Lord God still remains God. See? There's none other but Him. 195 How do you do? Here's a lady, a stranger to me, perhaps a little older. I've never seen her; but she is--she's just a woman standing here. I'm going to have to hurry, 'cause I just got seven or eight minutes now. See? Now, just look here. Do you believe that these things are true? With all your heart? You know it's impossible for me to know what's wrong with you or anything about you. But it isn't impossible for God to know, because He knowed even before there was a world. Isn't that right? How many believe that to be true? Sure. He knowed every time you would bat your eye. He's a infinite. And just think; by His grace He's presented with His Gospel the same thing He promised to do. Then there's a heaven, and we're going to it. And we're in this Ephesus right now. We're in this, coming out of one into another. You have so many things wrong with you, complications, so many things wrong. And you're not from here. You're from west of here. You're from California. That's right. You also have a son that's afflicted. That's right. You... There's something. I keep seeing water, a great big lake. Oh, it's, you have a--you have someone that's close to you that lives in Chicago, that knows me. That's right. That is true. Now, you know I don't know you, but do you believe God knows who you are? Mrs. McGuire. You've got your request. Go home thanking God. 198 How do you do? Mighty young person, but sickness and disease is no respect of person. How many knows that? We just know that it's no respect of person. If thou canst believe with all thine heart and all thy soul that asthma would leave you if you'd believe it with all your heart. The chest trouble, you believe it would leave you too, sister, and you'd be made well? What did you touch? She's twenty feet from me or more. She touched the Master. It's congestion of nerves. You'll be all right. This is a noble thing this young woman stands here for. She straightly is a stranger. I've never seen the woman. But she's been brought here by somebody else. And what brings her here, was because she heard a tape that I made. And she's here seeking the baptism of the Holy Ghost. That's exactly what she's here for. That is true, young lady. That's right. Come here. Dear God, may this child standing here, that's breaking forth from darkness into Light, may she receive the Holy Spirit, go to her home and her loved ones, show them what great things Jesus has did for her. Amen. God bless you. Don't doubt. Believe.

203 God can heal all kinds of nervousness and (Do you believe that?) asthmatic conditions, and make you well. You believe that? Then go, believe with all your heart. And God bless you, brother. How old are you? [The sister says, "Thirty-eight."--Ed.] You have to come out of that nervousness 'fore too long, don't you? Having all kind of weary spells and everything happening to you. But it's left you now. Just go on. Believe. God heals nervousness, stomach trouble too. Do you believe that? Then go eat what you wish to. Jesus Christ healed you. You believe out there, every one of you? There is a man setting with a--a shirt, looking to me, yeah, he looked down at his shirt just then. Yeah. You believe God can heal gland trouble, can make you well? You was believing then (Wasn't you?), that same time this little boy got cured of that asthmatic condition. Go home, honey, you're going to be well too. See? Believe with all your heart. Little lady setting next to your wife there, could you believe your eyes will get well too? You believe that God will heal that eye trouble? Raise up your hand if that's what you was praying for. See? What did they touch? Jesus Christ the Son of God. 209 Do you believe? You believe, young man? God can heal that blood condition, make it right (Will you believe that?) take that diabetes stuff away and make you well. You believe that? Go tell Him you believe it, and go. Come, sir. Got stomach trouble. Do you believe God can heal it, make it well? Go, believe it; you'll be well, be made whole. Come, bring this little boy. Look here, son. Come a long ways. Sometimes change in altitudes, change in climates, will do it, to heal asthmatic condition. But there's one sure healing: Jesus Christ the Son of God. He gave His Son that yours might be healed. Do you believe that? Believe it with all your heart, and it'll leave him. He'll be normal, well man. God bless you, sister. You believe? Is God still performing paradoxes? The unexplainable, unreasonable things that people wouldn't understand how it would make, but it's still true, isn't it? Now, how many is sensing, and knowing in your spirit, that there's got to be Something here that's beyond human understanding? 213 Now, I think we called at least fifteen people in that line, every one of them, and four or five, six, out there in the line without prayer cards, or whatever they was out in the line there--out in the audience there. But we're right now just one minute of time of closing. Did He do it just exactly the way He said He would do it? Now, how many believes He's the same yesterday, today, and forever, sensing His Presence? Now, you seen His Presence. Now, your eye has seen; your ears have understood; and God has confirmed before your eyes His Presence. And that what you feel all the time, that condemns you when you're wrong, and tells you not to do that, that same God has become visible to you here this afternoon in His works. How many says "amen" to that? Sure, it is. Now, He's here. 215 Is there one here in the midst of us, that's never been a Christian, never had any confession, you just never did go to church? Would you stand up, and say, "I want to stand, not to you, minister; but I want to stand while I'm in the Presence of this Person Jesus Christ, Who is the Holy Spirit over us now. I want to stand and say, 'I want You to save me from my sins.'"? That's all I want you to do, just stand up, and that'll witness. That's all we have time to do. Say, "I want to be a Christian." Stand to your feet, and then set right back down. Is there one in the building? How many is in the building? I oughtn't to say, "Is there one?" 'cause there might be more than one. How many in the building will stand right now and say, "I have been wrong, God. Forgive me. I'll raise up to give You testimony that I've been wrong. I'll set down while I'm here in Your Presence. I'll set down." Just stand up. Is there one, is there more than one? One hand. God bless you, young man. Is there another? God bless you. Is there another? God bless you. God bless you. God bless you, brother. Is there? God

bless you, back there. Is there another, "I have been wrong. God, forgive me"? God bless you, sir. "I've been wrong. I--I'm sorry, Lord." God bless you. God bless you. God bless you. 218 Has there been anybody that's been suspicious of this ministry, and you're convinced now that it's true? Raise up there, and say, "God, forgive me." Just raise up here, and say, "I--I was a little suspicious, Brother Branham; it's all gone now." Raise your hand. Not a one? Thank you. How many believes it couldn't be me; but it's the Christ the Son of God. Thank you. Then you shall see greater things than this done, as long as you'll believe. Just stay with Christ. I'll do my best to stay right with Him myself. Now, how many here is sick and needy, raise up your hands, "I'm--I'm sick, Brother Branham; I'm needy"? See, just look at the people. Now, will you do this and just believe my word this much? Let's put our hands on one another, while I just hold my hands out toward you. Let's pray. 221 Dear God, I bring to You this little audience this afternoon, where we have heard and read the Word of God. We know that it's every bit the Truth, because it's Your Word. We not only now believe it to be true; we know that it's true. We have seen You, Lord, do something that will make people know that there's still... Besides a paradox of--of the world, and space, and the natural laws of God, we can see here where that the law of death working in a human's body, where that science has failed to--to cure by their research. And, Lord, we're grateful for those people. We by no means belittle them. We're grateful for them. But, Lord, when it comes to a place that they can do no more, now we see Your great hand come in; knowing that there's no man could heal them, because he'd be a doctor, or have to take some remedy. But to see the Son of God come down, and that made the promise, that we all believe in it... 222 Every person held their hand up, that wasn't saved, and--and wanted to be saved. God, something warned their heart. Some of them said they'd been wrong, maybe backslid and wanted to come back. I pray that You'll take each one back. For they know, Lord, and knowed... Many of them may have known me, or of me, for these years, and know that there's no good thing in a man, and especially me. How could there be any good thing? But yet they seen that Word that God promised, made manifest. They're convinced that It's the Truth. They've accepted It. Many here I could not bring to the platform. And, Father, Thou bear me record, never have I said that it would be something that I could do, no more than yield myself to You, and let You take me out of the way and put Your Spirit in there to work. Now, Father, seeing that one person can do that, other can do it, I pray that each one that has their hands laying on each other, that's sick and afflicted, will be healed just at this time. Let the great Holy Spirit pass through the building just now and make everyone well. Save everyone, Lord. Give such an experience. Pour out the Holy Ghost, Lord, upon this audience. Oh, we're looking for You to do great things this coming week. Just let it be so, Lord, right now, in the Name of Jesus Christ. 225 Now, let us all stand to our feet. Do you believe with all your heart? Now, I wonder if our sister at the piano there, would give us a--a--a little chord of this, "I Will Praise Him. I Will Praise Him." You've heard that? Now, let's sing it together. Now, we'll hope to meet you tomorrow evening. Now, they'll dismiss officially, just in a moment, but I want to sing this song with you. All right, let's go. I will praise Him, (Let's raise our hands.) I will praise Him, Praise the Lamb for sinners slain; Give Him glory, all ye people, For His Blood has washed away each stain. Let us bow our heads now for the dismissing prayer. All right, Brother Jewel Rose is going to dismiss us. God bless you, Brother Rose, while we have our...

SEED OF DISCREPANCY PHOENIX AZ 65-0118 V-12 N-5 1 I have chosen tonight for a short text, or short reading, the Lord willing, to give us the context of it, out of St. Matthew 13:24 to 30. And then also I--I want to read from 36 to 40, just in a few moments. Now, St. Matthew the 13th chapter, and beginning with the 24th verse of the 13th chapter of St. Matthew. Listen close to the reading of the Word. My words will fail, but His will not. Another parable put he forth unto them, saying. The Kingdom of heaven is likened to a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while he slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blades was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst thou not sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? And he said unto them, An enemy has done this. And the servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go... gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, you root up also the wheat with them. Let them both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of the harvest I will send forth the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into the garner. 2 Did you notice, "Gather the tares first and bundle them"? Now, I... Reading this, there was something strange come to me while I was setting up on top of the Catalina Mountains the other night, in prayer. And then I thought, where could I gather a word that I could use for this that I wanted to speak on tonight? And I went down and found the word of "discrepancy," so I got the dictionary and looked what the word "discrepancy" means. And it means it's "sowing discord," or--or "being contrary," as Webster says, "sowing a discord, something different," or, "being contrary to what's already been." So I thought the text tonight, I'd call it: "The Seed Of Discrepancy." And trust that the Lord will bless His Word now as we approach It. 4 And we also know He interpreted in verse 36 and--and to 43, how that this seed matured. And while we're at it, let's just read that also: verse 36 now unto 43. And when Jesus had sent the multitude away, He went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. And He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; And the field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that soweth them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a fire, a furnace of fire: and there shall be weeping, and--or be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who has an ear... let him hear. 5 That's Jesus giving the interpretation of the parable, Himself; therefore, we know then what the interpretation means. And now as we approach this, of this sowing of the seed and--and the reaping, now He interprets it. And then I believe that Jesus was speaking this parable in His day, but was meaning it to be at the end of the world, or, the end of the age, which is this day. And I believe this

little text tonight is a very appropriate for the hour that we're living in, because Jesus distinctly said here that the gathering would be at the end of this world, that that's when the end would be: the gathering of the wheat, and also the gathering of the tares and burning them, and to take in the wheat into the Kingdom. And I believe it was this way. And another Scripture leads me to believe this way, I have written down here, is Matthew 24:24, where it said that, talking about the--the seat--the seed of discrepancy, Jesus said that the two would be so close together till it would--would deceive the very elected if it were possible: almost exactly the same. 7 Another place in the Scripture where it's written, that the rain falls on the just and the unjust. I remember my first experience of ever coming amongst the Pentecostal people. I was at Mishawaka, Indiana. And I was at a great convention, a hall about like this, where the north and the south had come together. Because of them days, of the segregation, they had to meet up there. They were two great orders of the Pentecostal brethren. I'd never heard of them or met them before. The first time I ever heard speaking in tongues... And at the end of the row, of the convention... Me being not a member among them, I was just a young Baptist minister; I set way back in the back. And I remember the first time I heard anyone speak in tongues; I didn't even know what--what it was all about. And then these two men, mainly, set up in the front, one would speak in tongues and the other would interpret what the man said. Well, I just started studying my Bible as hard as I could there then, and found out that that was Scriptural. That's exactly what the Scripture, the Holy Spirit would do. 9 Well, about a day after that. That night my heart was so stirred. I slept in a corn field. I didn't have enough money to get me a--a--a bed, so I just had enough money to get home on, and I got me some donuts, couple days old, or rolls, it was, and for my breakfast. As I was welcome to eat with them, but I didn't have no money to put in. In them days that was in the depression, 1933, so it was a--it was pretty hard going. And so I thought, "Well, I--I don't want to eat with them, but I want to know what they got. They've got something that I haven't." So that morning I was... They asked me, "All ministers come to the platform and just identify yourself, who you are, where you're from." Well, I--I just said, "William Branham, evangelist, Jeffersonville," set down. Well, at that time I was the youngest minister on the platform. And the next day they called me to the platform to speak. And then after I spoke, why, we had a great time, and then I begin to meet different people inviting me to their churches. Then after they... 12 After that, why, I thought, "If I could only get where these two main men was that spoke in tongues and interpreted..." That was burning me up in my heart; I wanted it so bad. Well, as I've told you at the beginning, a little gift that you pull over. You know, gifts and callings are without repentance; you have them all your life (See?); you're born with them, if they're gifts of God. So I always, since a little bitty baby, it always happened to me, and people who knowed me all my life, they know that's true. Well, if I thought... I didn't know what it was then, call it a vision; I just didn't know what it was. But I thought, "If I could ever talk to them." Well, and the Spirit that was in the building felt like it's really the Spirit of God. So I--I got to talk to one of them, and I asked him a few questions, and he was a real genuine Christian. There was no doubt about that, that man was a real believer. And the next man, when I talked to him, if I ever met a hypocrite, that was one of them. That man was actually... His wife was a blond-headed woman, and he had children by--two children by a black-headed woman. And I thought, "Well, now what? Here it is; I'm--I'm all mixed up. I'm a fundamentalist; it must be the Word, or it--it isn't right. And here's that Spirit, one rang out, according to all I knowed, genuine; and the other one was no good at all; and the Spirit falling on both of them. Now, how can that be?" I'd... It had me puzzled.

14 Two years later, I had been praying in a cave where I'd go to pray. Got dusty in the cave, and one afternoon I walked out, laid my Bible on a log, and the wind blowed It open to Hebrews the 6th chapter, which said, that in the last days, how it would be if we fell away from the truth and renewed ourselves again unto repentance, there was no more sacrifice for sin, and how that thorns and thistles, which was nigh unto rejection, whose end is to be burned; but the rain cometh upon the earth often to water it, to dress it; but the thorns and thistles would be rejected, but the wheat would be gathered. And I--I thought, "Well, it just the wind happened to blow that open." Well, I just laid the Bible down again. And I thought, "Well, now I'll just..." And here come the wind and blowed It open. That happened three times. And I thought, "Well, now, that's strange." And then as I raised up, and I thought, "Lord, why would You open that Bible for me to read that, I... When I get down to that word, 'thorns and thistles, which is nigh unto rejection, whose end is to be burned'?" I thought, "Why, would You open that to me there?" And as looking out across... 16 Now, these real visions come without pulling into any gear. That's just God. See? I looked and I seen an earth that was turning out in front of me, and I seen it was all disked up. There was a man dressed in white went around sowing wheat. And after he went around the curvature of the earth; around come a man, looked horrible; he was dressed in black, and he was throwing weed seeds all over it. They both come up together. And when they did, they both was thirsty, because a rain was needed. And each one looked like was praying with his little head bent over, "Lord, send the rain, send the rain." And the great clouds come up, and the rain fell upon both of them. When it did, the little wheat jumped up and begin to say, "Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord." And the little weed jumped up right at the same side, and said, "Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord." And then the vision was interpreted. The rain falls on the just and the unjust. The same Spirit can fall in a meeting, and everybody rejoice in it: hypocrites, Christians, and all together. Exactly right. But what is it? By their fruits they are known. See? That's the only way it can ever be known. Then you see that now, since wild oats, or wild wheat and grain sometimes impersonates a genuine, domestic grain, so close that it would deceive the very elected. I think we're living in a timely age, when these things should be preached on and talked about. 19 Notice in verse 41, the two also very close, so close in the last days till He didn't do... He could not depend on some certain church to separate them, say, the Methodist or the Baptist, or the Pentecostals, to separate them. He said, "He sends His angels to separate them." An angel is coming to bring the separation, the segregation between the right and the wrong. And no one can do that but the Angel of the Lord. He's the One that's going to tell which is right and which is wrong. God said He will send His angels at the last times. Not angels down through here, but angels at the last time, and would gather together. We know that this is the coming harvest time now. Now, and angel is actually interpreted a "messenger." And we see that there is seven angels of the seven churches, and now... No, through the church ages... Notice who He said that the sowers were, and also what the seed was. One, the sower was He, the Son of God, Who went forth sowing Seed. And an enemy came behind Him, which was the Devil, and sowed the seed of discrepancy, behind the sowing of the right Seed. Now, friends, that has happened through every age since we've had a world. Exactly. All the way from the beginning, it started the very same thing. 21 Now, He said, "The Seed of God, the Word of God..." Jesus said in a certain place, that the Word is a Seed. And every seed will bring forth of its kind. And now ,if the Christian, the children of God, the children of the Kingdom has become the Seed of God, then they must be the Word of God, the Word of God manifested in the age that they're living in, for the promised Seed of that age. God gave His Word at the beginning, and each age has had its Seed, its time, its promises. Now, when Noah came on the scene, and he was the Seed of God, the Word of God for that age.

When Moses came, he could not come with Noah's message; it wouldn't work, because he was the Seed of God at that time. Then when Christ come, He could not come with Noah or Moses' age; it was His time, for a virgin to conceive and to bring forth a Son, and He would be the Messiah. 25 Now, we've lived through Luther's age, Wesley's age (Methodist's age), all down through the ages, and the Pentecostal age, and each age has given a promise of the Word. And the people of that age that manifest that promised Word is the Seed of that age, according to what Jesus said right here, "They are the children of the Kingdom." That's right. The manifestation of the Holy Spirit operating through His children is those Seed of the Kingdom at that age. Notice, the tares was the one, the enemy, Satan, who sowed discord, or the--or the seed of discrepancy, he was the one guilty of doing this horrible thing. Satan sowed his seed from the beginning, when God placed His first harvest of human beings upon the earth. Adam, of course, as yet knew that there was a--a knowledge of truth, right and wrong, and he had never come to that as yet. 27 But we find out God gave His children His Word for their Defense. Their... We have no other Defense than the Word of God. That is our Defense. There's no bombs, no shelters, no hiding places, no Arizona's, or California's, or wherever it is; there's only one Defense we have, and that is the Word. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, which is Christ Jesus; He is our only Defense. Being in Him we are safe. Not even sin is imputed to a genuine believer. Did you know that? He that's born of God, does not commit sin; he cannot sin. See? It's not even imputed. Why, David said, "Blessed is the man who God will not impute sin." When you're in Christ, you have no desire to sin. "The worshipper, once purged, has no more conscience to sin; you don't desire it. Now, to the world you might be a sinner; but to God you're not, because you're in Christ. How can you be in a sinner when you're in the sinless One, and God only sees Him Who you are in? 29 Now, this harvest time. At the beginning, when God sowed His Seed upon the earth and gave it in the hearts of His children, His family to keep that Word, that was their only Defense, keep that Word. Here come the enemy in and broke that Barrier, by sowing the seed of discrepancy, was contrary to the Word of God. If that was discrepancy in the beginning; it's still... Anything that'll add anything to the Word of God is still the seed of discrepancy. I don't care where it comes from, if it's from organization, if it's from military sources, if it's from political powers, anything that's contrary to the Word of God is the seed of discrepancy. When a man stands and says he's a Gospel preacher, and says that the days of miracles is past, that's the seed of discrepancy. When a man stands and says that he's a minister, a pastor of a church of somewhere, and he does not believe that Jesus Christ is the same in every detail (except the physical body), same yesterday, today, and forever, that's the seed of discrepancy. When he says that miracles and apostolic age passed; that's seed of discrepancy. When they say there's no such a thing as Divine healing, that's seed of discrepancy. And the world is full of it. It's crowds out and chokes out the wheat. 31 We notice that the first sower of the seed of discrepancy was branded the Devil, and we know it was in Genesis 1. There we find out, and over here in--in the Book of Matthew the 13th chapter, Jesus still brands any discrepancy to His Word as being the Devil. And this 1956, anything that sows discrepancy, contrary to the written Word of God, or puts any private interpretation to It, is the seed of discrepancy. God will not honor it. He can't. It won't mix. It certainly will not. It's like mustard seed; it won't mix with anything else; you can't hybreed it; it's got to be the genuine thing. Seed of discrepancy... 32 Now, we find, when God sowed His Seed in the garden of Eden, we find out that it brought forth an Abel. But when Satan sowed his seed of discrepancy, it brought forth a Cain. One brought forth a

righteous one; one brought forth an unrighteous one. Because that Eve listened to the word of discrepancy, contrary to the Word of God, and it started the ball of sin rolling right there, and has rolled ever since. And we'll never get it all out until the angels comes and segregates the thing, and God takes His children to the Kingdom, and the tares will be burned. Notice those two vines. If we just had more time on this subject, but just to hit the high spots, so we can go right into praying for the sick in the next few minutes. 34 Notice, their seeds grew together just exactly like God said over here also in the 13th chapter of our text tonight, of Matthew, "Let them grow together." Now, Cain went to the land of Nod, found himself a wife, and married; and Abel was slewn, and God raised up Seth to take his place. And the generations started moving on, between right and wrong. Now, we notice they gathered, each one of them, time after time, and God had to... It got so wicked till God had to destroy it. But they finally came forth until both of those seeds, the seed of discrepancy and the Seed of God put forth their genuine heads, and that wound up in Judas Iscariot and in Jesus Christ. For He was the Seed of God; He was the beginning of the creation of God, He was nothing less than God. And Judas Iscariot was borned the son of perdition, come from hell, returned to hell. Jesus Christ was the Son of God, the Word of God made manifest. Judas Iscariot in his discrepancy was the seed of the Devil, come to the world, and for deceit, just like he was at the beginning, Cain, his former father. 36 Judas only played church. He wasn't really sincere; he didn't actually have faith: he'd have never betrayed Jesus. But he--you see, he sowed that seed of discrepancy. He thought that he could make friends with the world, mammon, and also have friendship with Jesus, but it was too late for him to do anything about it. When the dead hour came, when he did this evil thing, he crossed the separating line between going forward and returning back. He had to go on in the way that he went as a deceiver. He sowed the seed of discrepancy; he tried to find favor with those great organizations of that day, with the Pharisees and Sadducees, and thought he'd make hisself a piece of money, and would be popular among the people. If that doesn't cause so many people to get in that discrepancy, trying to find favor with men. Let's find favor with God, not with men. But that's what Judas done when this discrepancies headed up in him. 37 And we know that Jesus was the Word; St. John 1, said, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt here among us." Then the Word is a Seed; then the Seed become flesh and dwelt among us. If Judas was the seed of the enemy and the discrepancy, it also become flesh and dwelt among us in the person of Judas Iscariot. He never had no real, real faith. He had a--what he thought was a faith. There's such a thing as having faith, and a make-believe faith. And a genuine faith of God will believe in God, and God is the Word; it'll never add nothing to It. The Bible tells us if we add one word or take one word away, our part will be taken from the Book of Life: Revelations 22:18, the last closing chapter. 40 In the first beginning, the first Book of the Bible, God told them not to break one Word of That; every Word must be kept; they must live by that Word. Jesus, in the middle of the Book, come along and said that in His age, and said, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that--that comes out of the mouth of God." And in the closing age of Revelations, foretold to us, that "Whosoever shall take one Word out of the Book, or add one word to It, his part will be taken from the Book of Life." Therefore, there can be nothing shadowy, just a genuine, unadulterated Word of God. That's sons of God, daughters of God, whose not born by the will of man, or by shaking a hand, or some form of baptism; but borned in the Spirit of God by the Holy Ghost, and the Word manifesting Itself through them. That's genuine Seed of God.

42 The enemy joins church and becomes very orthodox in a creed or something. But that's not the... That's discrepancy, anything that interferes with that strain of genuine Truth of God's Word. And how do we know? We say, "Well, they... You've got a right to interpret It?" No, sir. No man has a right to interpret God's Word. He's His own Interpreter. He promises it; then He does it; that's the interpretation thereof. When He promised It, then He fulfills It; that's the interpretation of It. Anything contrary to God's Word is the--a discrepancy. Absolutely. Now, as I've said, Judas had no real faith. He had a make-believe faith. He had a--a faith that he thought that that was the Son of God, but he didn't know that was the Son of God. He wouldn't have done it. And a man who'll compromise on this Word of God being the Truth, he's got a make-believe faith. Genuine servant of God will hang on that Word. 45 A few nights ago, a certain minister, of Arizona, of a great, famous school here in this city, came to me and said, "I--I want to straighten you out on something" (I said... ) "when you get a chance." I said, "This is the best chance I know of. Come on over." And so he came over; he said, "Mr. Branham, you are trying," said, "I believe you're sincere and you're honest, but you're trying to introduce to the--a world an apostolic doctrine." And said, "The apostolic age ceased with the apostles." I said, "The first thing I'd like to ask you, my brother: do you believe that every Word of God is inspired?" He said, "Yes, sir, I certainly do." I said, "Then would you show me in the Word where the apostolic age ceased? Now, you show me where it is; I'll believe with you." And I said, "The writer of the apostolic, the one that had the keys to the Kingdom, on the day of Pentecost when the apostolic age was introduced, they said, 'Men and brethren, what can we do to be saved?' He said, 'Repent, every one of you, and be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, for the promise is unto you and to your children, and to them that's far off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.' Now, how can the Word contradict Itself?" The man said, "I have an awful cold tonight." I said, "I think so too." See? Now, you tell me. Is God still calling? If God's still calling, then the apostolic age is still in existence. Certainly. As many as the Lord our God shall call, ever call, ever will call, as many as He shall call, it will still be the apostolic age, for Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. 50 Now, we find today that this discrepancy has been sowed through every age. If it was possible to get it in the next ten or fifteen minutes, I would do it, but you can't. Down through the ages... We are all, most all of us read the Bible. And now, like when Jesus come, and He found that discrepancy, contrary... He was the Word made manifest; He was God's interpretation of the Word, because He said, "Search the Scriptures, for in Them you think you have Eternal Life, and They are They that testify of Me." There you are. He the--He was the interpretation of the Word. And every borned again son and daughter of God of this age is the interpretation of the Word. You are written epistles, read of all men. Yes. Notice, He said, "In vain they do worship Me, teaching discrepancy for doctrine. In vain do they worship Me, teaching for doctrine the discrepancy, doctrine of man, creeds of man, teaching that to be the Word of God, when it has nothing to do with the Word of God." 52 Look, each age produce such a crop; every age has did it, and ours is no excuse. We have the same thing, and a greater age of it than all the other ages put together, for this is the ending of world's history. This is the great discrepancy that's ever been upon the earth, is on the face of the earth today. Discrepancy in other ages pulled them away from the true and living God to idols. Today, Jesus said in Matthew 24:24 that it would be so close till it would deceive the very elected if it was possible. Talk about discrepancy, oh, it's so cunning. Satan is among the people, and just such a theologian, such a Doctor of Divinity, can teach that Word almost perfectly. Jesus said so. But just

watch him; there'll be somewhere. You said, "Well, now, that wasn't for this..." Oh, yes, it is too (See?) because God said it was. 53 Look what it did. Them same discrepancy brought the--God's wrath upon the days of Noah, when God sent His prophet out and preached as a flaming fire, called repentance to the people, and the discrepancy drowned it out. Then what did Satan do? Come right behind in Ham and started sowing it again. That's exactly right. Along come Moses the great prophet to bring the children of Israel up out of the wilderness. What happened? Moses the great prophet of God, bringing them the absolutely Truth, vindicated Truth... He had met God. God proved that he had met Him. How those people back there, those priests, and they had their religions, their rituals, and rights and everything, but Moses stood as a vindication of the interpretation of the Word. Don't forget that. Moses was God's interpretation of His promise. He said He would do it; He was God's interpretation. 55 What happened? The church just got started out of Egypt, on its feet a few days, and what happened? Satan come along with his discrepancy in the person, the second Cain, which was Balaam, and he sowed discrepancy amongst them. We know that's right, that Balaam, the teaching of Balaam, that "we're all the same, we serve the same God you do." Fundamentally, he was right, because he offered a sacrifice that God offered: seven rams, seven bullocks on seven altars, and prayed to the same God just as perfect as Moses did down in the wilderness, just exactly the same. But they were not the same, foreshadowing to us what would come to pass. There was again Cain manifested in the--the person of Balaam. And there was God manifested in the person of Moses, interpreting His Words through a human being, making Hisself known, His promise, through a human being. And the discrepancy raised up. So did it do it in the time of Judas; there he come with his discrepancy. 57 And, remember, this sin that those people believed, that "we're all the same we worship the same God; we should all belong to the same church; we should be the same people," that sin was never forgiven Israel. Jesus said Himself, "They all are dead." They perished, all but three of them, and that was the ones who held on and believed the promise. When the weakling said, "We cannot take the land, and it's too much for us," and so forth; Caleb and Joshua stilled the people and said, "We're more than able to take it, because God promised It to us. I don't care what the opposition is." And we still can preach Divine healing, and the baptism of the Holy Ghost, and still have the power of God to separate us from the things of the world. God said so. The apostolic age has never ceased, and it will not cease; it goes on. So we find the same old sower of discrepancy. And remember, that sin was never forgiven. Now, brother, if it was never forgiven then, what about now when the--the real seed of all the ages is coming together? 61 Notice this great thing that Balaam did; it went on and on, and finally ended in the coming of--of Judas Iscariot, and Jesus. What was it? Judas and Jesus was just exactly a figure of Cain and Abel. For as Judas was religious, so was Cain religious. Cain built an altar; he made a sacrifice; he worshipped God; he was just as sincere in it as the other one was. But, you see, he didn't have the revelation of what the Word was. He thought it was Adam and Eve had eat some apples or some fruit. And Cain... Abel by revelation knowed that was wrong; it was the blood that brought them out, and he offered a lamb. And God testified his offering was right. Then he got jealous and tried to kill his brother. And as he killed his brother upon the same altar that his sacrifice died on, the lamb died upon the altar, so did Judas Iscariot betray Jesus Christ upon the altar of God, and killed Him just as Cain killed Abel. Because Cain was the seed of discrepancy. And so was Balaam, the hireling prophet, a man who ought to knowed better. And God warned him through signs and wonders, and even a mule speaking in unknown tongues, and still he went right on just the same. He was borned to be a--a sower of the discrepancy.

63 And if Jesus predicted this age to end up in the greatest discrepancy that ever was, the Laodicea church age, lukewarm, that put Him out of the church, how can it be anything else but that discrepancy. Certainly, it is. It ends in that age. And it was Cain and Abel again on Calvary. Now, notice, as ever, as soon as Jesus went away, went into heaven, the Holy Spirit was sent back. That was the Seed, the Life-giver unto the Word, as we spoke last night. It's the One that quickens the Word. "Quicken" means "brings to Life." The genuine Holy Spirit only brings to Life the Word that It is. It won't bring a creed to Life; It can't, because It's nothing of the creed. It is the Life of the Word of God, for It is God. See? And It quicken that Body. 65 Now, notice, as they did. Then, as the Bible said, and--and John spoke to his children, and said, "Little children, you have heard of the antichrist which was to come into the world," said, "which already is in the world, and it working in the children of disobedience." Now, that was along about thirty years after the coming of the Holy Ghost. We find, when the Holy Ghost come, the real Seed, the real Life-Giver to the Seed, then here comes that discrepancy in again. And notice, on it went. It had... The real Word had been vindicated; them prophets of old had vindicated the Word of God to be the Truth as they went down. If anybody ever read the Nicaea Council, or the Pre-Nicaea Council, them fifteen days of bloody politics, when them bunch of Romans down there wanted to bring in and make a denomination out of that church, prophets came in, wrapped in sheepskin, eating herbs, and stood for that Word. But what did it do? It had to be like Cain; it had to be like Abel; one had to die. Certainly, it did. And the Word lost Its influence amongst the people, and they all voted out the true Word and took in dogmas of discrepancy of the early Catholic church. They added a pope; they added a bishop; they added this, that, the other. They taken away the real true meaning of Peter, and of--of--of Mary, and--and all the rest of it, and made idols, and made nothing but just a pagan ceremony out of so-called Christian religion. What was it? Seed of discrepancy. And organized, organized, for the first time on earth, a church... What was it? That seed of discrepancy which started sowing, something adding to, taking away. 67 Who ever heard, in the Bible, not eating meat on Friday? Who ever heard in the Bible of anything of sprinkling instead of baptizing, immersing? Who ever heard of those things, a "Hail, Mary" or something? Who ever heard of some of this rotten tommyrot of these Protestants too? Pot can't call kettle greasy. Right. Just, guilty of the least is guilty of the whole. Who ever heard of God ever dealing in an organization? Show me one time that one ever organized and ever stayed alive. They died immediately and never did rise again. It's time that something takes place; and it's time for God to move. You kill the influence amongst the people. Same thing's been done today. They kill the influence, say, "Oh, that bunch of holy-rollers, there's nothing to them, they..." Why, it's discrepancy. Meet the Word face to face and see what It is; see if God interprets His Own Word. God's able of these stones to rise children to Abraham. Amen. 69 The Word had been thoroughly vindicated by them early Christians, how God delivered them from everything, and diseases; and they had prophets, and they spoke in tongues, interpreted, and gave messages that's proved to be exactly the truth every time. But in the face of all that vindicated Word, the people voted it out, and voted a denomination. That's the mother of all organizations. Both are fully matured now. They started seeding again. It died out, but it bloomed again in the days of Luther, as we know from the former message here on the morning of the breakfast. It bloomed out in the day of Luther. Now, what did they do? Immediately after that great man died, they made an organization. It bloomed out in--again in the days of John Wesley, when them Anglicans, with all their eternal securities and everything had bound it up into a place to what's almost universalism, and what

happened? God raised up a man named John Wesley, and slayed the whole thing. And as soon as he died, him and Asbury and them, what happened? They organized, and now you got all kinds of Methodists. Then along come one or the other, Alexander Campbell, John Smith, and whatmore. 72 Finally, out broke the Pentecost, coming out of all of it. What happened then? They did run well, what did hinder you? You went right back in the same mud you come out of, went back in the same slop, went back to discrepancy, and to make organizations you had to compromise on the Word. And every time God would send something new, you couldn't receive it. That's right. Discrepancy again... And, notice, as I said the other day, that first little husk that come forth from this root, comes up into the leaves and up into the tassel, then back into the stalk again, and comes out. That little husk of wheat almost looks like the grain itself, and we thought it was, but when you open it up, there's no grain there at all. It's only a supporter for the grain to grow by, and it dies also, and the life goes right out of it and goes into the grain. Notice, so they call the churches that sowed... 73 We find out today that our so-called churches, even to our Pentecostals; we went out; we couldn't be satisfied; we had to make groups of our own. Everything come up; we had to have this; we had to have this; we had to have another group. And this fellow raised up, said, "He's coming on a white cloud." Another one say, "Uh-huh, He's coming on a white horse." "All right, we'll make two groups." See, what is it? Sowing of discrepancy. When He comes, whatever it is, He'll interpret His own Word when He comes. Let's wait till that time. Catch the... Talking about that, you don't even get the Message of the day. Always pointing to what God's going to do, or what He has done, and ignoring what He's doing. That's the way we get discrepancies in it. 74 Now, we notice that today our churches, our--all of our churches has sowed to the winds, and are reaping the whirlwind. We don't have the prayer meetings; we don't have the services we used to have. What's the matter? We've let down the bars on everything. Look, even to our Pentecostal churches, setting full of bobbed-haired women. That used to not be permitted. Painted faces, wearing fingernail polishes, all kinds of stuff; get a man out here with like Rickies and so forth; married three or four times, and deacons; oh, what a discrepancy. It's filth. How do they do it? God wouldn't have it in His church; they have to go to an organization to get into it. Somebody afraid to say something about it, 'cause they'd be kicked out of the organization. God, give us men whose not connected with nothing but God and His Word, that'll tell the Truth about it. That's exactly what we need. What have we done? Sowed discrepancy. We've sowed to the winds, and now we're reaping the whirlwind. 75 Notice that they're now being gathered together for the burning. Did you notice, Jesus said, "First, gather them together, bundle them, and then put all the bundles in one pile, and I'll burn them." There's a little bundle called Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, they're all gathering together in the World Council of Churches. What is it? "Gather them first." Hallelujah. Did you notice, He gathers the tares first, gets them away from the wheat, separates them, "Gather them together and burn them." They're all to be burned with the judgments of God, for sowing discrepancy among the people, things that they... Having a form of godliness and denying the power thereof, denying the Word, just to hold up some religious rights of some dogma that somebody's injected in, trying to put in the Word of God. It won't work. It's a discrepancy. 76 I scream today, as it was, the--the great prophet of long ago, Amos, when he come down into that city, said, "I'm not a prophet, nor a son of a prophet. But if the lion roars, who can but fear." He said, "When God speaks, who can but prophecy." He predicted judgment upon that generation and said, "The very God that you claim to serve will destroy you."

You put this, it's on tape, and you remember. The very God that... These people now that's gathering all this great big harvest of--of World Council of Churches... And you're going to have to go into it. You can't stay out of it. You're either going to be individually get out of it, or you're going into it. There ain't going to be no middle ground. It'll be the mark of the beast. No man could buy or sell, except he that has the mark, or has got the discrepancy. Now, stay out of it. Get out of it. Flee it. Stay away from it. The God that they claim they're serving will destroy them. The great God of love Who won't... 78 Said, "Well, Jesus prayed that we should all be one." Then He also said, "How can you walk together, two walk together, 'less they be agreed?" He said One like He and the Father are One. And the Father was the Word, and He was the Word made manifest. He was One with the Father, because He was the manifestation of God's promised Word. And so is it today, or any other day. Yes, sir. That God is One, He wants us to be one. How can this be one, this one denying the virgin birth, and this don't, deny Divine healing, and this, that, all of them in a mess like that? Some of them even don't even believe in God, believe He was a Son of God: believe He was the son of Joseph, called the Son of God. Certainly. The twin brother to the Lutherans, Zwinglies, believe that, that He was absolutely just a good man. The Christian Science said He was a prophet, just an ordinary man, He wasn't Divine. Why, if He wasn't Divine, He's the greatest deceiver the world ever had. He was God or He was nothing. He was Divine. He was Deity Himself made flesh among us, in the Person of the Son of God. Certainly, that's what He was. 80 Now, we see the discrepancy has come in. We know that it's here; nobody can deny it. Oh, my. Just notice. He will destroy that group that claim they're serving God. You watch it. God planted His Seed. I'm closing, 'cause it's time to start the prayer line. God planted His Seed, and His Seed is Christ. I'm going to preach on that in a few night, where God decided to put His Name, the Lord willing, maybe at one of the breakfasts when I have a little more time. Look, He is the only Way of escape. He is the only true Potentate. He's the only true God; there's none other besides Him. "I am God and God alone," He said. Jesus Said, "This is the commandment: Hear ye, O Israel, I'm the Lord your God, just one God. I am He. Why do you look for another? Another will come... I come in My Father's Name, and you receive Me not. But another will come in his own name, and him you will receive." And they did it at Nicaea. "Are you a Christian?" "I'm Baptist" "Are you a Christian?" "I'm Pentecost." "Are you a Christian?" "I'm Methodist," another name. But when it comes to that Name of Jesus Christ, they walk just as far from It as they can; they don't want nothing to do with It; for He is the Word and the Word declares Itself. 82 Notice, the only Way of escape. He is the Rose of Sharon, the Bible said He was. Every title in the Bible of God belongs to Jesus Christ. He was Alpha, Omega, the Beginning and the End; He that Was, which Is, and Shall Come; the Root and Offspring of David (both Root and Offspring of David); the Morning Star, the Rose of Sharon, the Lily of the Valley, the Alpha, Omega, Father, Son, Holy Ghost, all in Jesus Christ. He was the full manifestation of Jehovah God made flesh to dwell among us. That's exactly what He was. He was the Rose of Sharon. What did they do with the Rose of Sharon? They squeezed It out, mashed It out, to get the perfume out of It. A beautiful rose has to be squeezed down to get the perfume from the rose. And that was a beautiful Life; there never was a life lived like It, but It had to be squeezed out on Calvary. 84 See, they took the--the anointing of the Rose of Sharon and put it upon Aaron, he had to be anointed with that for to go in before the Lord in the holy place, in the holy veil. He had to be

anointed with the Rose of Sharon to go in to sprinkle the mercy seat each year. And that anointing must be upon him, a sweet-smelling savour unto the Lord, packing the blood of the lamb before him, after he'd also been sprinkled by the lamb. Pomegranates and bells around his garments, he had to walk a certain step, playing "Holy, holy, holy unto the Lord." 85 Notice, He is that Rose of Sharon, that sweet-smelling Savour, the Anointing upon His people. You cannot come before Him with any creed, any other thing, but anointed with that Rose of Sharon, the Word. He also is the Lily of the Valley. Now, how do you get opium? You get opium when you take a lily and squeeze it out, you get the opium. Doctors use it in their laboratories. Take a man that's nervous and flusterated, or a woman, she feels like she's going to go crazy, she's walking the floor and screaming, she's in hysterics, a doctor will take a little of his lily opium and push it into her arm or vein somewhere, or his, and they quieten down. It's all over for a while. But just as soon as that opium dies out, here they come again, worse than they ever was. 87 But I'll tell you, friends, that's only a type of the genuine Opium from the Lily of the Valley that I know of. He is the Lily of the Valley. He was squeezed out on Calvary. He was wounded for our transgressions; with His stripes we were healed. In that, that squeezing out of the flowers, He was a Flower. He was the greatest Flower that ever growed, was this Lily of the Valley, and this great Rose of Sharon. Now, He hangs tonight, spanded between heavens and earth, I believe, He was that time, rather, to--to take away the sin of the world and to bring healing back to the world. And the Bible said that He's the same yesterday, today, and forever. 88 Friend, when God told Moses in the wilderness, which was a--a type of Him, to lift up a brass serpent... And brass represents sin judged, the serpent represents, the brass serpent represents sin already judged. As, brass is Divine judgment, like the brazen altar where the sacrifices was laid. And also Elijah looked up and he said the skies was like brass, Divine judgment upon an unbelieving nation that had backslid from God. Brass represents judgment, Divine judgment. And the serpent represented sin already judged; and Jesus was that serpent made sin for us, and took the judgments of God upon Him. He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquity, the chastisement of our peace upon Him, and with His stripes we are healed. Oh, God's got His cabinet full of Opium tonight, for you. Christian friend, you're sick and suffering. Oh, you're weary; it's just too hard for you. You can't stand it much longer, you'll--you'll go wild in this modern day that we're living. 90 Did you just hear "Lifeline" tonight, that what they said, that--that Russia says, in '55, that they'll "absolutely take full control of the whole world"? Before that can happen, the rapture has to come. So how close is it, friend? It's right here close now at hand. Won't you seek Him tonight with all your heart. He is the Lily of the Valley, and He's the same yesterday, today, and forever. He's here tonight to lift Himself up among His people, just like Moses lifted up the--the sin sign, judged. And not only sin, but sickness. Remember, Jesus said, "As Moses lifted up the brass serpent, so must the Son of man be lifted up." What did Moses lift it up for? For sin, unbelief, and for sickness. Jesus was lifted up also for sin, sickness, and unbelief. He was the same thing. 92 Now, tonight, in the days when we got this great discrepancy, Jesus Christ promised in Luke, that in the days of the--before the coming of the Lord, would be like it was in the days of Sodom, and when the Son of man would reveal Himself, like the Son of man revealed Himself to Abraham down there; Elohim, God, made flesh among people, and dwelt there with Abraham and showed him, told him what Sarah was thinking of, setting behind Him in the tent, that He had never seen. Told her

what she would... And called her name, "Sarah." "Abraham," not his--not his name Abram, he started out with, but Abraham. Not Sarai, S-a-r-a-i; but S-a-r-a-h, "Where is thy wife, Sarah?" Said, "She's in the tent behind You." Said, "I'm going to visit you according to the time of life." And she laughed. He said, "Why did she laugh?" Now, Jesus said, "Just before this great discrepancy is gathered and burned, that the Son of man will reveal Himself in the same manner as He did then." And that's... What is it? It's a lifting up afresh, before you, that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Do you believe it? Let us bow our heads then for prayer. 95 Dear God, we love You. Your Word is so--so foodful with us, Lord. We just love It. We live by It, Lord. It seems that our capacity is never sufficient. We just love to set at Your table, around Your Word, and enjoy the blessings, Lord, when we come together like this, brothers and sisters who's been Blood-bought by the Son of God, who is the purchase of Your Blood. And we come here tonight, Lord; we've dedicated these nights for praying for the sick. And according to the Scriptures, You said that by the stripes we were healed. It isn't necessary to pray then (only confess our sins), for by Your stripes we were (past tense) healed. Oh, what a day of salvation. What a--what a promise by Emmanuel. That It's certainly Truth. You said, "A little while, and the world won't see Me no more, yet you'll see Me, for I (the personal pronoun of 'I')--I will be with you, even in you, to the end of the world." And at the end of the time, this great consummation, You said, just before it happens, it'll be just like before the fire fell in Sodom and burnt up the Gentile world, that there would come a revelation again of the Son of man just like it was at Sodom. Father, may the people not miss it. 97 And I pray, God, as a crude little thing, (if I said wrong, forgive me), pulling into a gear. I love them, Lord. I--I pray that they won't miss it. Let this be one of the great nights, Lord. May every sick, afflicted, blind, whatever it is in here, Lord, be healed tonight. May every sinner be saved. Right in their hearts now, if they're an unbeliever, and may they accept Christ at this moment. Grant it, Father. It's all in Your hands. We commit ourselves to You, to see You come among us. And You said, in St. John 14:12, "He that believeth in Me, the works that I do shall he do also." How we know that You made Yourself known to the people, for You was that prophet that Moses said that would raise up. They hadn't had prophets for hundreds of years; discrepancy was on every hand; but yet the Word of God had to be fulfilled; so the Word become flesh, and so did the discrepancy. And, Father, we see it again today, the discrepancy becoming one great big bundle; and we see the Word coming the same way. Bless us tonight, Father. We commit ourselves to You, with Your Word. Whatever You have need for us to do, do with us, Lord. In Jesus' Name. Amen. 99 [A sister speaks in another tongue.] We don't know what He said. He may be wanting to tell us something, so just be real reverent just a moment. [ A brother gives an interpretation--Ed.] Amen. Did you ever read... [] Scripture where the enemy was coming, and they were all gathered together, and they--the enemy was such a great force. And the Spirit of God fell upon a man, and told him, and he prophesied, and said where to go and lay in wait, and they destroyed their enemy. There it comes again. There's the place to destroy your enemy (See?); take the hand of God. The hand of God is Christ, of course, the Word, so take that in your hearts tonight while we call the prayer line. 101 I believe Billy give out prayer cards again today. B, B's, let's take B-85. Last night, we had fifteen last night. We usually try to get about fifteen a night. And then hold your cards; we'll get them now. Let's try about fifteen. 85. B, like Branham, you know. B-85 to a 100. And we... Let's see, who has B85, raise up your hand. You're sure... Oh, in the back, all right, 85 come up.

Now, my son... So that there might be strangers here, wouldn't know how this was done. My son comes down here, or someone; if he isn't able to come, Brother Borders, somebody else. Some man will come down, and take these cards, a hundred of them, and standing before the people and mix them up together. So therefore, he gives you a card, he can't tell you you're going to be up here on the platform; he don't know that. And neither do I know. I come at night, just pull out about ten or fifteen somewhere along in the cards. That doesn't have one thing to do with your healing. You can set right there. Look, last night. How many was here last night, let's see your hand? How the people was just healed all out through the meeting. 103 Now, that was 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90. Let's have them come right now. B-85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90. That'd have been one... Surely, we need... Somebody's... Here's another one; yes, that'd make it then. 90, 90 to a 100 now. 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 8, 9. If you can't move, if you're... I see we got a couple, three wheelchairs here now, four of them, I believe, I can see. If you got a prayer card, that's--that's your number's called, and can't move, just raise your hand, we'll wheel it up here. 105 And if you haven't got no prayer card, just set there and pray, and say, "Lord Jesus, let--let--let it be me tonight." How many in here doesn't have a prayer card, raise up your hand. Oh, my. All right, now let's just say this; I hope it don't sound sacrilegious. But there's a little woman one time that didn't have a prayer card, we'd say. She went pressing through the crowd, she said (Now, listen close.), "If I can touch that Man's garments, I'll be made well." How many knows the story? All right. And what did she do? She touched Him, and went over and set down. And Jesus turned around; He knew where she was at. Is that right? He knew what her trouble was. Is that right? He knew what her trouble was, so He told her what her trouble was. And she felt in her body that the blood issue had stopped. Is that right? Because why? She had touched Him. 106 Now, how many Christians here tonight that know according to Hebrews, the Book of Hebrews, that Jesus right now is a High Priest, the High Priest that can be touched by the feeling of our infirmity? Is He? All right, if He is the same High Priest, the same office, High Priest, how would He act then? He'd act just the same as He did then. Do you believe that? He would act just the same as He did then, if you can believe that. All right. How many believe that, raise up your hand, say, "I actually believe it"? All right, before they form the prayer line, let's have a prayer line out there. I know He's here. I--I--I feel His Presence, and I--I know that He's here. Come. Prayer line ready? I was going to call out there. You just--just pray; just look this a way and pray, just believe. 108 A little lady setting here looking right at me, setting next to a lady that's got glasses on. Can't you see That hanging over that woman? Look here. See? She's suffering with heart trouble. You believe that God will heal you. If you do, raise up your hand. That's what your trouble was. That's right. Now, if that was your trouble, raise up your hand so the people can see; raise up your hand like that. Now, you don't have it no more now. Your faith made you well. He's the same yesterday, today, and forever. Oh, there is a discrepancy; but Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Is this... Now, just keep praying (See?); you don't have to be up here, that you might know. 110 Now, this is a lady. As far as I know, I never seen her in my life; she's just a woman standing here, and got a prayer card, and didn't know whether you was going to be called or not. And somebody just give you a prayer card, and you--your number's called, so you just come up here. Is that right? And I have no way of knowing what you are, who you are, where you come from, what you want, nothing about it. I'm just a man; you're the woman. That's right. This same picture come one time in the Bible, St. John the 4th chapter.

Now, you say, "What did you do, Brother Branham, just then, awhile ago." Just pulled over in that little gear. See? I don't know. See? He has to do it. I don't know. How did that woman out there? I never seen that woman in my life. She's a total stranger to me. I believe it was a woman. Who is the person was healed just now out there in the audience, will you? Yeah. Are--we're strangers to one another? If that's right, wave your hand like this. See? I never seen the woman. But she was setting there, believing. Now, she touched Something, didn't she? It wouldn't do no good to touch me. 112 But now can't you see that the Bible is exactly the Word of God? He's the same yesterday, today, and forever. We become tabernacles of that Holy Spirit which is Christ. See? That's the real Seed. Then if that real Holy Spirit gets into the real Seed of the Word, not... It just won't take part of It (because the Devil uses That), you've got to take It all (See?), every Word of It; 'cause He's not half God; He's all God. See? And that's what takes place. Now, here's the woman, I've never seen her. Jesus found a woman like this one time, maybe not the same condition; I don't know. And He was setting at a well. He--He had need to go down to Samaria. And we find out, Samaria was under the hill, and--and... Oh, He was going to Jericho, rather, and He went around by Samaria, and come to a city of Sychar. And He set down on the well, and sent His disciples away for food. 114 How many races of people are there in the world? Three. Ham, Shem, and Japheth's people. We all come from Noah. And the rest of the world was destroyed at that time. Only three races of people, that Jew, Gentile, and Samaritan (which was half Jew and Gentile). That's all the races that's in the world (See?) just three. Everything in God is perfect in three. Just like these three I was talking of tonight: three stages of discrepancy, three stages the Word made flesh, so forth. See? Now, and He--He that talked to the Jews, told Philip, when he brought Nathanael up that where he was, and said, "I seen him when he was under the tree." He told... Andrew had brought Peter up; He said, "Your name is Simon, and you shall be called Peter from now on." Said, "You're the son of Jonas." See? Now, that was all Jews. But here He goes to a Gentile, not a Gentile, but a Samaritan. Now is the Gentile's time. He never performed that one time to Gentiles. Search the Scriptures: never. But He promised in Luke 22 that He would do it just before the coming. But He set down there, and here come a half Jew and Gentile out, a woman. And He said to her, "Woman, bring Me a drink." And she said, "Why, you shouldn't ask that, so much. We are... There's a segregation here. You're a Jew, and--and I'm a Samaritan." He said, "But if you knew Who you were talking to, you'd ask Me for a drink." What was He doing? Contacting her spirit. And as soon as He found what her trouble was, well, He told her to go get her husband. She said she didn't have any. He said, "That's right; you've had five." 122 Now, look, when the Pharisees seen Him do that. Right, that discrepancy right amongst the Word, what did they say? They said, "This man's Beelzebub, a fortuneteller." See? And Jesus said, "Whoever spoke that on the Holy Ghost when It come to do the same, would never be forgiven." There's your discrepancy. See? But He said He would forgive them then, because the Holy Spirit hadn't come; the Sacrifice, the Lamb hadn't died. But then the woman didn't think that. The woman said, "Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet." They hadn't had a prophet for hundreds of years. Said, "I perceive You're a prophet. Now, we know that Messiah, which is called the Christ, when He comes, that's what He's going to do." Well, if that's what He did, then He's the same yesterday, today. That's how He made Hisself known then, isn't it the same thing today? Has to be.

Now, here is a woman and a man meets again. She's not that woman; I'm not that Man. But yet the same Holy Spirit is here, and made the promise that the works that He did, we'd do the same thing in the days that the Son of man would be revealed. 126 Now, not knowing you (and you know that's true), we're total strangers, and you are standing here. There's some--maybe something wrong with you; maybe there's not; I don't know. But if the Lord Jesus will reveal to me by His Holy Spirit what is your trouble, will you believe then that It is the Son of God and not a human being? This is just a hull, this tabernacle that--that God uses, any who He has chosen. He--He does that by sovereign grace and election. So but you believe. You will? How many in the audience will believe it? Here we both stand right here before the Lights, that we've never met in this life, have no more idea who that woman is, what she is, where she come from, what she wants. I've never seen her in my life, no more than I ever seen that woman down there in my life. But, see, here's what I'm trying to get to do: get that discrepancy away from you now and believe the Word when the Word is made flesh right here among us. The Word becomes alive in our own flesh, that shows the Presence of God. 128 Now, may He grant it to her. She's wanting a worthy cause. She's childless; she wants a baby. She's about forty years old. That's certainly not impossible. They're setting right out there now, women who were barren all their life, and come to the platform like this, and the Lord give them children. Some of you raise your hand out there that know. See, see? I picked up a little darling girl the other day, Sunday, after I left here, Sunday afternoon; that her mother was barren, the Lord spoke. And the little girl, the sweetest little thing, is she here? Where's she at? Yeah, here she is right here, setting right down here, the mother setting there. Here's the little girl herself. See her? She was a spoken Word from God. Now, will you believe Him with all your heart? Do you believe that that blessing that you have, that you feel in you now, has been God answering? If God would tell me what your name is, so you could name the baby, would you believe? Then, Mrs. Thompson, you can go home and have your baby, if you'll believe it with all your heart. 131 You believe with all your heart? Just have faith; don't doubt; just believe God. God is God. How do you do, sir? I suppose we're strangers too. The only time I ever seen you in my life, as I know of, is when you was coming there. And I thought you were Brother Shakarian's uncle, or who it... Mashagian, Brother Mashagian, the singer, when you come by. And then I seen you was going to the prayer line. Now, being a stranger with you, and, or to you, and I a stranger, each way. Now, if the Lord Jesus will tell me something that you--that you're, maybe what you're wanting, let's just say that; tell you what, tell me what you're wanting. Now, He's already give it to you. Only thing is just enough faith to believe it. Now, how many understands that? Just enough faith to believe that you get what you ask for. See? 134 Now, now, if you're up here wanting something, and He can tell me what your desire is, then you know I don't know your desire, then it has to be Something here that's doing it. Now, according to the Word, He promised to do that. He knowed the thoughts within their hearts. Is that right? All right. You have a great desire to be healed. One thing, you're suffering with a nervous condition, real nervous. That's right. Another thing, you got a back trouble, and that back has been very bad for some time; you've even had a operation on it. That's THUS SAITH THE LORD. That's true. See? That's right. And here's another thing; your deep desire, is, you want to receive the baptism of the Spirit. That's exactly right. Come here. Dear God, in the Name of Jesus Christ, may this man be filled with the Holy Ghost, before he leaves these grounds, in Jesus' Name. Amen. Now, receive It, my brother. Just have faith, don't doubt. 137 How do you do? I suppose, as far as I know, that we're strangers one to the other. If that's right, why, so that people will know, just raise up your hand so they see that we're strangers. I never seen

her in my life, knowingly. I guess she never seen me, 'less it was out in the audience. Because the heavenly Father knows, and here's His Word laying here, that I have never seen the woman, knowingly, in my life. Therefore, I wouldn't know what you're here for, have no idea who you are, what, or nothing about you. I couldn't tell you one thing. Only thing, it's just a gift. If I can... As you heard me explain that awhile ago. Just move over, hear what He says; what I see, I can say it. What He doesn't say, I cannot say. I'd say that in myself, and it'd be wrong. See? It'd be wrong. But if He says it, it's absolutely right. It can never; it never has been wrong. It never will be wrong as long it remain God. See? See, because God cannot be wrong. 139 But if God can tell me what you want, what your desire is, or--or what you're here for, something you've done, or something, something like that, or who you are, where you come from, or whatever He wants to tell me, you'd believe? Thank you. One thing, you have trouble with your feet. Your feet bothers you. That's right. Raise your... You have a lady's trouble, female disorder. And you've got a great desire in your heart, because you've just lost somebody or something. It's a boy, and your boy has left home, run away, and you want me to pray that he'll return back. God in heaven, send her child to her. Let the Holy Spirit stop that young man on the road tonight, Lord, send him back to his mother. In Jesus' Name. Amen. He Who knows will send him back to you. Don't worry. Now, believe now; don't doubt. Just have faith, all your heart. You believe, and God will grant the rest of it. 143 Now, just those three or four discernings, whatever it was (See?) I--I just went till it gets blind to me. I can't explain that; there's no way to explain it. You say, "You mean, just that was worse than you preached there for forty-five minutes or more, you think?" Yes, sir. If it was three hours, it wouldn't be that much. A woman touched the garment of our Lord Jesus. And them people are not touching me. Why, this woman here, just look here, she could... Put your hands on me. See? She just touched me all around, wouldn't do a thing; I'm just a man. But she has to touch Him. And I, by a gift, just--just--it just go... All myself goes away, and I just say what I see. See? And that's all. See? Touching me doesn't mean a thing, but she touches Jesus through me. That's how that woman touched God through Jesus, when He didn't know what was the matter with her. She just touched His garment, and went and set down. And He said--and He said, "Who touched Me?" And the apostles said, "Why, everyone's touching You. Why do You say that?" He said, "But I perceive that virtue has gone from Me." Now, you know what virtue is? Strength. He got weak on one woman touching Him, and He was the Son of God. What about me a sinner saved by His grace. You know why it's more? Because He said, "These things that I do, shall you do also. More than this shall you do, for I go unto My Father." "Greater," It said there, but the right Greek interpretation is, "More than this shall you do." 147 Now, the lady I know not. I have known nothing about her. She's just as total stranger to me as the other people were. We're strangers to one another. Just so that the people know it, you might raise your hand, say, "We are stranger." Now, the Son of God, if He one time met a woman in a little panoramic like this by a well, and He talked to her just a moment, and He knowed where her trouble was, and He told her what her trouble was. And so she knew by that, that that was the Messiah. Now, that--that I've... You've touched me; I've touched you, and nothing happened. But if my faith by a gift and your faith by believing in it can touch Him, and He can speak through us to--through me to you, then you know that He's here like He was at that--that well at Sychar. See? He's the same yesterday, today, and forever. You believe that? You have so many troubles, so many afflictions, complications. One of the main things that you want to be prayed for is arthritis. That's right. That right? You're stiffening up by arthritis. When you see you raise your arm...

149 And you did walk out kind of slow, the best of my remembrance. Maybe just wait just a minute, maybe something else can be said that'll take the... Are... Then when you feel things, people, you know, like a breath coming against It. They say, "Why, he guessed that," or, you know, like that. But, you seem to be a fine person; just talk to me just a moment. Let's stand here just a bit, because I do think there's something else that's in your heart that you're wanting from God. Now, I cannot answer your prayer, but He can re... Because if you believe it, it's already answered. But if you just want to believe; to make you believe. Now, I tell you; it's concerning a loved one that's not here, and that is a brother, and that brother is not even in this country. He's in kind of a wet country, a lot of lakes. I'd say like something like in Michigan or some... Yeah, Michigan's where it's at. And he is suffering with a deadly killer, and that is a uncurable kidney trouble that he's bothered with it. That is right, isn't it? That's THUS SAITH THE LORD. Now, the handkerchief that you got in your hand, that you raised to God, send that to your brother and tell him not to doubt, but to believe, and that'll-he'll be healed now if you'll believe it. 151 Do you believe with all your heart? See? Then if you believe, there's only one thing to do, that's, absolutely accept it. Is that right? Now, you say, "He's looking at that, them people. That's what he's doing, looking at them." You see that so much. But that you might not know this... This lady here, come up this a-way, lady, here, the patient, ever who you are. I'm not looking at her. Do you believe that God can reveal to me what's your trouble? Raise your hands, if you do, this lady here, this lady here, the patient. Yeah. Yeah. All right, then if you'll believe that with all your heart, that asthmatic trouble won't bother you anymore. All right, go home and believe as you would...?... 154 Didn't look at her did I? See, He... You look this way; the vision is there no matter what takes place. Amen. Can't you see it? Just perfectly as God can be perfect. You believe too? Asthma could leave you too, couldn't it? You believe it would? All right, go tell the Lord Jesus that you--you believe Him. Someday you'd have to pack a--a little cane around if that arthritis crippled you up, but it ain't going to do it. You ain't; you don't believe it is, do you? You believe you're going to be all right? Go on your road, and Jesus Christ makes you well. Heart trouble kills people, but it don't have to kill you. You believe that God will heal it for you and make you well? Go believing it with all your heart, say, "I truly believe for it." 158 You speak English? You understand English? Somebody come. [An interpreter comes--Ed.] Yeah, all right. Will you speak to her what I tell her? Tell her if she'll believe, the stomach trouble will leave her. She--she will believe it? Your back trouble will leave you too, so now you can go on your road and be healed. How do you do? You believe? That man setting there with back trouble, looking at me when I said that, he could be healed too, if you believe it, sir. All right, sir. The lady setting right next to you there, you got neck trouble, haven't you, lady? You believe that God will heal you? You want to lay hands on the little boy for his knees, and he'll get well too. You can believe it? You had female trouble, lady's trouble, you don't have it now. Your faith healed you and made you whole. 161 Do you believe Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever? Then let's put our hands on one another and pray this prayer of faith, each one of us, pray the prayer of faith. Dear God, while we're so covered in Your Divine Presence to see You moving out through the audience, healing the sick everywhere. Thou art God. I pray that You'll heal this entire audience. Let the Breath of God fall fresh into their hearts, and let them know that time is running out. We're just

a little while longer to be here, then we're going to be with Him Who we love. And may now His Presence bring healing to everyone. We condemn Satan; we condemn all of his acts. In the Name of Jesus Christ, Satan, come from the people. All that will believe Him now, and accept your healing, stand up on your feet, say, "I now stand up to accept my healing. I believe it." Regardless of your condition, if you really believe it, stand up to your feet. Now, raise up your hands, and say, "Thank You, Lord Jesus, for healing me." God be with you. GOD WHO IS RICH IN MERCY PHOENIX AZ 65-0119 V-19 N-2 1 You may be seated. [] I was sort of packed away, coming in and seeing Brother Moore and all of them here on the platform, the friends that I've knowed for so many years. It's certainly a privilege to see them here tonight. I feel kinda small to stand here and speak with such theologians behind me, and maybe they'll correct me when I'm wrong. I hope so. We are very happy tonight to have a certain person here, Sister Rose. We was coming down... I was with Brother Shores and his assistant today for a little lunch. And on the road down, Brother Williams said that Sister Rose was very sick. And I--we went in to see her just a moment, knelt down. And she had a high fever, and really sick. Just a few words of prayer, and the Lord spoke to us, and said, "She's going to be healed, and she'll be there tomorrow night." And here she is tonight, setting right here. That's right. 3 Sister Rose, stand up just a minute, so that they... We are thankful to the Lord. She was bedfast. She said, "The--the devil just beat me out of everything. I come over here and had a breakdown with this," some kind of a throat disease, and so forth. But the Lord has brought her through, so to that we're happy. Thanking the dear Lord. Now, we've been having wonderful times. And tomorrow night, now, we go over to the--the Ramada. And don't forget now, it won't be here tomorrow night, it'll be at the Ramada. And the convention begins the next night. Had to put up with me one more night, you know. 5 So last night I--I went so far off of scale, I kind of made a little promise to myself that, the first of the year, that I just going to cut them messages down from three or four, five hours, to maybe along about thirty or forty minutes. And as I told you last night, my wife commented me Sunday, said, "You did real well." So--so then, of course, I had to come along last night and ruin it (See?) at about... I was fifty-five minutes, instead of thirty, last night. Coming down, tonight, Billy said, "What are you going to speak on?" I said, "Well, I got a few little notes wrote out here and some Scriptures. I don't know, some of them, four or five different messages." I said, "I feel when I get down there, and see what's going on." Said, "You promised to pray for all them sick people." I said, "Yes, sir. How many cards you got?" Said, "Two hundred." I said, "I better start on them tonight." And he said, "Now, remember, you only get fifteen minutes to speak." Said, "You took the rest of it up last night." [Brother Branham and the congregation laugh--Ed.] We'll have to hurry up, won't I? Ha. 10 Well, we are--made a promise to you, that we would pray for those people who had prayer cards, and we're--we're obligated to a promise, of course. We can't bring them all through these lines, and neither could I be able to call them individually out in the audience. Even though the Holy Spirit would give it to me, I--I just can't stand to do it. It's just too much on me. And, but we're all acquainted with those things. We know that God's still God. It isn't that that heals. It's that that only builds faith to let us know that--that we're in His Presence.

And we're going tonight to pray for all those sick people, every one of them that's got those prayer cards to be prayed for. And then tomorrow night, over at the Ramada, we'll try to give out some more and start praying for them over there, 'cause I still have tomorrow night. And I think I have one night of the convention, maybe a breakfast also. It depends on how things come out. 12 There's some of the, one of the speakers that never showed up; hasn't as yet, I don't think. Brother Humburg, or is that... [A brother says, "Amburgy."--Ed.] Amburgy, Amburgy, Kash Amburgy. So I--I get it all wrong; that's that German name. I--I guess that's German. So I may have to kind of pinch-hit, as we call it, excuse the expression, for him. So we been having a wonderful time in the Lord though. To all of you, if there be some strangers here tonight, we're sure glad to have you in, and trust that the Lord will bless you. I pray that there won't be any sick people in the building when we leave tonight, that our Lord will come down in His great power and will heal all that's sick and afflicted. 14 Here sometime ago, I used to take the individuals in on special interviews, some of the hard cases that we couldn't get through. Then it built up so fast, till it got to be, the Lord kept blessing it, till we got three or four hundred on waiting, and so then people get their feelings hurt because they'd wait. Maybe on that much time, you'd have to wait maybe a year or two, so to get in to it (See?) just in between the meetings, to take them on the interviews. And we'd just set and wait on the Lord until He told us just exactly the case. There's no doubt there's people setting here tonight that's been on them special interviews. Is there? Let's see you raise your hands. On the special interviews, yes, there sits, so--and know that that's right. We just wait to see what the Lord would say, what that case... And then I had to stop that here some time ago. I told Billy that we couldn't have any more private interviews. 16 See, I--I--I just passed twenty-five, recently, second time, and way up towards the third time. And so as you get a little older, why, you don't, you... Somehow you can't keep up like you used to. Your steps shorten. And--and you... 'Course, Brother Moore don't know anything about that yet. He... I think we are somewhere around the same age. But a lot of water's went down the river since you and I, and Brother Brown come here the first time, with Brother Outlaw and Brother Garcia, and Brother Fuller. I wonder if them men would be in here tonight? Brother Garcia, Brother Fuller, Brother Outlaw, are they here? Raise up your hands if you are there. Yes, there's Brother Fuller, I believe, if I'm not mistaken. Brother Outlaw over here. Brother Garcia, I--I believe though that he left Phoenix. I think that's right. He--he left Phoenix, and he's over in California. Well, it was certainly grand days, and I still believe the same Message I had then: "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever." I guess that's been about... Well, Becky was a baby. That's about nineteen years. And now, she is a big, old, fat, ugly girl setting out there somewhere, nineteen years old. Where are you, Becky? Boy, she'll get me for that. I remember packing her in on my arm. I'd sure have a job doing that tonight...?... 19 Remember over at Brother Garcia's church one night, she was a little bitty fellow. And I said, "We have an international meeting tonight." I said, "I'm speaking to the Spanish." And I said, "My wife here is a German." I said, "I'm an Irishman." And I said, "And my little girl's an Indian," and that was Becky. So when I went out the back door, there was a little Mexican girl out there, said, "Brother Branham?" Said, "Yes, honey, what do you want?" Said, "Don't you think your baby is a bit pale to be an Indian?" She's a blond, you know. And I said, "Just an Indian in action." Well, we're thankful that--to be here again tonight. Now, before we approach the Word, let's approach Him, for He is the Word. When the Word is made manifest, that's Him in you.

22 As we had last night on "The Seed Of Discrepancy," did you appreciate that, the Lord's blessing? I-I certainly appreciated bringing the message to you. And we see what the seeds are. Now, is there a special request tonight, just something special? Maybe some of you all that's going to be in this prayer line, say, "God, be merciful. When I come to be prayed for, let my faith rise up to meet the conditions." And--and maybe somebody's got a loved one sick, and something, would you just raise your hand so God would just look down and say... Now, if--if that... You know how that makes me feel to look there. Just look at the need in here. Minister brothers, just look at that. See? Now, if it makes me feel that way, what does it do to our Father? Certainly. Now, let us pray. 24 Dear Jesus, we are approaching now the great throne of mercy, through this all-sufficient Name. "For there's no other Name given among men whereby we must be saved, or--but only this Name of the Lord Jesus." And we're coming in His Name. And we pray, heavenly Father, that You will receive us tonight as Your believing children. And forgive our unbelief, Lord. Help it tonight, that it may be that we will completely believe every Word of God tonight, for all the things that we have need of. You know what's beneath these hands that's been raised up; there's sickness, some of them may be domestic troubles, some of them financial troubles; some of them are weary, maybe some backslid, some sinner. Whatever the need is, Thou art more than a match for any enemy. So we pray, Lord, that--that tonight that we will recognize that our enemies, every one, has been defeated, even to death itself. And that we are more than conquerors in Him Who--Who loved us and gave Himself for us, has washed us in His Blood. 26 We pray, Lord, that all unbelief, all doubt, all flusteration, all that's unlike God will flee from us tonight, that the Holy Ghost might have the right-of-way in our hearts. May He speak to us in a mysterious ways. May He speak to us in His power. May He resurrect those that are--are spiritually dead, bring back health to those who are sick and afflicted, lift up the feeble knees, the wearied hands that's hanging down. May there be a time of rejoicing. May it break forth tonight, Lord, to leave this place to the Ramada Inn, and start one of the greatest conventions that's ever been held in this city. Lord, while we're assembled together and pray. You said, "If the people that are called by My Name, shall assemble themselves together and pray, then I'll hear from heaven." God, we pray that this will be so, tonight. Now, Father, as we read the Word, no one can interpret It but You; You're Your own Interpreter, and we pray that You'll interpret to us the things that we read tonight. For we ask it in Jesus' Name. Amen. 29 Now, if many of you like to just mark down Scriptures that a minister reads... And I would like for you to tonight, if you would, to turn to Ephesians. And I was speaking last Sunday on the Ephesians, how that the Book of Joshua was the Ephesians of the Old Testament, and how it was a Book of redemption. And redemption has two different parts: "come out of" and "entering into." First, you have to come out. Some people wants to bring the world in with them; but you got to come out of the world to enter into Christ. You have to come out of unbelief to enter into faith. There cannot be one thing in your way. To really have genuine faith, you must absolutely leave everything that's contrary to the Word of God behind to enter into faith. And that was the Book of the Ephesians of the Old Testament: Joshua. Where, Moses represented the law, could not save no one, but grace could, and here "Joshua" is the same word like Jesus, "Jehovah-Saviour." And now then, we find out that we have come to another Ephesians, another Ephesus now. Where that in our intellectual denominations and so forth, and all of our educational programs has come to its--its Jordan, then we must have an--an Ephesians again. We must have an exodus we--to "come out" and to "go into," for the rapture. 34 Now, we're going to read tonight from the 2nd chapter of Ephesians. I was just saying that so you could get to the--the spot, or turn to the chapter.

You--and you has he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sin: Wherein in times past you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedient: Among whom also we all had our conversations in times past in the lusts of the flesh, fulfilling the desire of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sin, has He quickened us together with Him,... (or)... quickened us together with Christ, (by grace are ye saved;) I want to take from there a few, or part of the verse, "but God... The God Who Is Rich In Mercy." 36 I want you to notice here of the prophet, apostle, rather, Paul, who--who, how he made mention of this, how, "You has He quickened, who were once dead. You hath He quickened, who were once dead, dead in sin and trespasses, walking after the things of the world, the desire of the flesh, and fulfilling the desire of the mind. Has..." What caused this change? you see? And what caused it from one time being dead, to quicken? "Quicken" means "made alive." There was a change from death unto Life. There's no other--there's no other thing that could happen to any person, so great, as to change him from death to Life. A man, if he was dying, physically, and could be healed physically, that would be a great thing, but nothing so great as when he is spiritually dead and God has quickened him to Life. 38 You once in times past, dead... You were dead. Even many here tonight, one time can look back and know that you were dead. But now why aren't you dead tonight as you were then? You deserve to be that way, because you was a sinner, but God Who is rich in mercy. That's the--that's the thing: God Who was rich. All these things that we were, but God. That made the change right there: God Who is rich in mercy. Oh, I'm so glad for that, that He being rich in mercy. If He was just rich in money, if He was just rich in materials, which He is, but yet the greatest thing is being rich in mercy. Oh, what a great word that is, how that we were once dead. 40 And we was speaking the other night on how the seed must die. And everything around that germ of life must not only die, but rot. If it doesn't rot, it cannot live. And rot is "completely done away with; it's finished." And until we get to the place that our own ideas and our own thinking is completely gone and it's rotted away from us, then the germ of life can begin to live. Now, now, we might, I might inject just a little bit of doctrine here that I don't... If you don't believe it, all right. That's just okay. I do believe it. I believe that--that a man, when he's born in this world, that when you're a little baby, born into the world, you could not have been here without being the foreknowledge of God, because He is infinite and He knows all things. And when that little baby is born into the world, there's something in that baby. If he's ever going to have Life, there's a little something in there, in that child then, that he comes to sooner or later. That little seed is in him. Now, if you'll take... The Scriptures plainly declare that. 42 Now, if you've got Eternal Life tonight, if we have Eternal Life, then we always were, because there's only one form of Eternal Life. We always were. And the reason we were, because we are a part of God. And God is the only thing that's eternal. And like Melchisedec received tithes from Abraham, and it was 'lotted to his great-grandson, Levi, who was yet in the loins of Abraham; paid tithes, for he was yet in the loins of Abraham when he met Melchisedec. I want to speak on that over at the other place, one morning: Who Is This Melchisedec? Now, notice that. Way back, God knew this boy coming down. He knowed all things. Now, we are a part of God. You always was. You don't remember it, because you were only an attribute in God. You were only in His thinking. Your very name, if it ever was on the Book of Life, it was put there before the foundation of the world. He knew what you were.

45 I'm only saying this, not to mix up doctrine, but to straighten it out, that we might get away from this fear and scare: you don't know who you are. You are not going to be, but now you are the sons of God. See, you always were the sons of God. See? For when God had you in His thinking at the beginning, you have to be, some part of you, your Life that's in you now, had to be with God before there... Well, when you--before you even become material here on earth, before there was anything, but God, you were one of His attributes. He knowed what your name would be. He knowed the color of hair you'd have. He knowed all about you. The only thing happened is when you, being a sinner... 47 Many of you can--can fellowship with me on this thought. When you was a little boy, or a little girl, you'd walk around and there would be certain things that would just, where it wouldn't bother the other kids, it seemed like there was something in you that cried out. There was God somewhere, yet you were a sinner. You remember that? Certainly. Now, what was that? That was that little form of Life in you then. And then after while, you heard the Gospel. Maybe you went to church; you picked out this and that, and went from denomination to denomination. But one day, you being part of God, you had to be part of the Word. And when you heard the Word, you know where you come from, you knowed what was the Truth. You were always, the seed was in you always. The Word seen the Word that was in you, that was before the foundation of the world, saw the Word and you come to It. 49 Like my little eagle story, of how the little eagle was hatched out under a hen. And the little fellow walked with the chickens, he, the hen clucked, and he didn't understand her clucking. And-and the little chickens, their diet they had in the barnyard, he--he didn't understand that, how that they did that. But there was something in him, seemed to be different from what that chicken was, because at the beginning he was a eagle. That's right. One day his mama come hunting him, and, when he heard that scream of the eagle, it was different from the cluck of the hen. And that's the way it is with every born again believer. You can hear all the theology you want to and all the manmade discrepancy; but when that Word flashes out there, then there's something takes ahold, you come to It. "You who were once dead in sin; that life has He quickened." There has to be a Life there to quicken to, first. God by His foreknowledge knowed all things. And we were predestinated to be sons and daughters of God. "Ye who were once dead in sin and trespasses, wherein we all had our times past, but hath He quickened." 51 Look at Paul, when Paul was a great theologian. But when he come face to face with that Word, Jesus, it quickened. He come to Life right quick, because he was ordained to be that. The... He was part of the Word; and when the Word saw the Word, it was his nature. All the clucking of the hens in the orthodox churches, didn't have no effect upon him; he had saw the Word. It was part of him. He was an eagle. He wasn't a chicken; he was just in the barnyard with them. But he was a eagle to begin with. 52 I heard a similar little story, I hope it don't sound sacrilegious, about a little duck being born under a hen one time. He couldn't understand. A funny-looking little fellow, odd guy, and he couldn't understand the dust and everything. They were playing in the barnyard. But one day the old hen led the little brood out behind the barn, and he got a smell of water. Why, he took out towards that water as hard as he could go. Why? He had never been on a pond before. He'd never been in the water. But he was a duck to begin with. Only thing he had to do was come to himself. That's the same thing the believer is. There's something in him, that, when he meets God face to face, he comes to himself. That seed is in him, and it's quickened. My, that's right, and he flies away from the things of the world. They become dead to him. My, I remember, we all had our life in the past in those things of the world. But once we got ahold of that real Thing, something that quickened us, a little seed that come to Life, then all the things of the world rotted right there. We had no more desire of it.

54 "He that's borned of God, doth not commit sin. The worshipper once purged has no more conscience of sin, no more desire to sin." The sin question's over. You become a part of God in Christ. Christ died to redeem you. Now, just think of all that we would've been if it hadn't been for God. But God in His rich mercy, how He has redeemed us tonight. Where would we been tonight if it hadn't been for God's rich mercy upon us? Once the world was so sinful, that man had caused corruption to come upon the earth until it even grieved God that He ever made man. The whole head was a putrefied sore, the whole body, and God even grieved that He ever made a man. So He said, "I will destroy men who I've created." He will destroy them because he has nothing but just a bunch of corruption. And the whole human race would've been wiped out at that time, but God rich in mercy would not let the innocent perish with the guilty. And He went away and made a provided way for the ones that wanted to come in, that wanted to do what was right. He made a way of mercy for those who desired mercy, and He prepared an ark. In other words, He put some wings on His eagles, that they could fly above the judgment, and not drown with the chickens. But He--He made a way of an escape in the days of Noah. This caused Him to do that, to provide it, because He was rich in mercy. 58 But after He has provided a way for people and then they refuse it... Now, the reason they refuse it is because there's nothing in there to receive it. There's nothing to receive it. My mother used to say, "You cannot get blood from a turnip, because there's no blood in a turnip." So if there is no form of Life in there to receive It, then It cannot be received. That's the reason the Pharisees could look right in the face of Jesus and call Him Beelzebub, because there was nothing in them to receive Him. "But all the Father has given Me," He said, "will come to Me." There's--there's some way it's going to be presented. 60 You can talk to people sometime on the streets, talk to them about the Lord; they laugh right in your face. Well, we're supposed to do it anyhow. But listen, "There's no man can come to Me except My Father draws him first." God has to do the drawing. There has to be a Life. "And all that He has given Me, will come to Me." He made a provision for those who wants to be redeemed. He made a provision for those who wants to be healed. And then because that He did this, makes Him rich in mercy, as He's always been rich in mercy. It must be, if you refuse This, there's nothing left but the judgment, because sin must be judged. Pharaoh, when he went into the--the sea, as an impersonator, seeing that he could go in like Moses did... Moses with his army, and Pharaoh with his army, both of them should've perished in the sea, looked like. But God rich in mercy, made a way of escape for the Hebrew children (Why?), because they were following in the line of duty; they were following in the Word. Now, that's the only way to obtain mercy, is to follow the instructions that God has give us to follow in. That's the only way He can show mercy, is when we follow what He said do. 64 As the little debate not long ago with a minister that said that I was teaching an apostolic doctrine in this day. I believe I spoke of it a night or two ago, or sometime, about how he said, "You're trying to inject into this age, an apostolic doctrine." He said, "The apostolic age ceased with the apostles." And I asked him, "Well, do you believe the Word?" He said, "Yes." I said, "Revelations 22:18 says, that, 'Whosoever shall take one Word out of This, or add one word to It...' not just two words; one Word, take one Word out... Said, "I believe that." I said, "Then I can tell you where the apostolic age was given, the apostolic blessings was given to the church; now you tell me where God taken it out of the church by the Word. You can't do it; it's not there." I said, "Now, remember, that Peter on the day of Pentecost, he was the--the introducer of the apostolic age. And he told them all to, 'Repent, and be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ

for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to them that's far off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.'" 67 Now, if you want to listen to the clucking of some denominational hen, and live back out there in the things of the world, then it goes to show that there's something wrong. Because that is the Word. "Whosoever will, may come." And if you've got a will, you should come. But if you haven't no will, then you're in a sad condition. But if you've got a will to come, come follow God's formula. And He never fails to fulfill what He promised. I once was young, and now I'm old; I've never seen Him fail in His Word. Because He can do anything but fail. He cannot fail. God cannot. It's impossible for God to fail, and remain God. He has to, to do that. 69 Now, Pharaoh's army tried to impersonate, because they wasn't called and they had not that Life. Into the... The promise wasn't given to Pharaoh. The promise wasn't give him for a promised land. And an impersonator, trying to follow a real believer who's called to such, only makes a mockery out of it. That's what's the matter with our religious system today. There's too many people trying to impersonate the Holy Spirit, too many people trying to impersonate the baptism, too many people trying to impersonate the apostolic age. It's for believers and that alone. God has made a way, rich in mercy, that His children would not perish. He's made a way for them. Now, Pharaoh trying to pursue on, he drowned in the very waters that saved Moses and his group. Now, Moses did not drown, because God is rich in mercy to them who are following His provided way. Amen. Can you see what I mean? That tonight, people who don't believe in Divine healing, people who do not believe in the baptism of the Holy Ghost, how can they receive anything? God is rich in mercy to those who will follow after Him; not after a creed, but after God. 73 God is the Word; It was made flesh and dwelt among us, now, that He might bring forth the other attributes of God. The body, Jesus, was the body of God, an attribute. Moses seen Him pass, the back part of Him; no man had seen His face. But now we seen Him, we have beheld Him, see Him as the Sacrifice. Now, see, He was an attribute of God, being displayed, the Word. That's what He was. And when any believer comes to God, he becomes God's attribute of His Word; he's used to manifest the Word that's promised for that day. See? That's right. God, rich in mercy, has never left us without a testimony. He's rich in mercy. 75 We find out that God was so merciful to Moses out there in that dead sea--out in the Red Sea out there, rather. Then when He said here, in Exodus 19:4, He said, "I carried you away on eagles' wings, brought you to Myself. Carried them on eagles' wings, and brought you to Myself." There was other men in the middle of that sea out there also, trying to impersonate. But what? "He carried them on eagles' wings." Now, God always likens His prophets to eagles. And what was it? Moses was His messenger. And they were following Moses, and that was the eagles' wings that they were carried on, because he was packing God's message. And the people followed that. They were following God as they followed Moses with His message of deliverance. And the Bible said that, "He--they perished not with them who believed not." 'Cause God was rich in mercy to them, because they were following His commandments. God wants us to follow His commandments. 77 We could say the same about Korah and about Dathan and their gang of unbelieving people, as they tried to impersonate. They tried to--to inflict something into God's program. They didn't like a one-man program. They didn't like that. They had to have something to do. Korah said, "Why, there's more holy men than you, Moses. You act like you're the only beach on the--or the only pebble on the beach, rather." And said, "I--I... you oughtn't to do that. And there's more men here." And Moses knowed that he was to carry those children over into the promised land, because the promise was given to him. And he must pack them to the promised land.

79 And, today, the Holy Spirit is here to vindicate God's Word, and that's the eagle wing that we're supposed to ride on, not some manmade theology. But we are to ride upon the wings of the eagle, to the promised Land. And here they was going to get a bunch of chickens out there, Korah thought, you know, to come around, impersonate this, the eagle. And when they did, God said, "Separate yourself from them," and He swallowed up the world. He would've swallowed up the whole thing, the whole creation, but God was rich in mercy to those who are trying to follow His Word. Always, God rich in mercy. Many of them come over on the side with Moses, and God opened up the earth and swallowed up the unbeliever. He, the--the unbeliever will always perish. 81 Those who did not believe, though they come out and walked for a while, but, they--Jesus said, "They are, every one, dead." And dead is "annihilation." They are dead. Just think of them. They come out, seen the miracles of God, seen the great hand of God, enjoyed the manna; and got out there and listened to a man named Balaam, that perverted the way of God by his teaching contrary to the Word, "We're all brethren, so let's just all get together." That's another Balaam system rising up today, "Let's all get together." It will not work. Let's walk with the Eagle, Jehovah Eagle. You're eaglets. There's only three saved out of the entire group; Moses, Caleb, and Joshua. The rest of them perished in the wilderness; Jesus said so in Saint John the 6th chapter. God in mercy would not let them perish, because--with the rest of the unbelievers. They all died right there in the wilderness, and they are dead. God saved Moses and the eagle believers, because that they had respect to His Word. 84 And today, friend, the only way that we can ever have favor with God, God's rich in mercy today, but we've got to respect what He said about it. You just can't take what somebody else said. You've got to take what God said. He said, "Let every man's word be a lie, and Mine true." Today we're told that all you have to do in many places is join church, have a creed, or something like that; or say a prayer, or put your name on a book, or be sprinkled or baptized a certain way, or something like that. That's all you have to do. But that's wrong. To be an eagle of God, you've got to follow the Word day by day. You've got to continue to feed upon the Word. 87 Now, we find them, after this time, murmuring again, weakened in faith, after God had showed mercy to them. And we find them murmuring with God, and when they did, they were dying with snake bites. Well, they deserved it. They certainly did. Anybody that would mistake God's Word and do these things that they did, they deserved to die. Every one of them desired--deserved to die in the wilderness. But when they were so sick that even doctor Moses and none of them could do anything about it, and they were dying by the thousands, but God rich in mercy, He made a way of escape for those who would believe Him. He made an antidote for it by setting up a brass serpent. God in His rich... God made a way of escape so His believing children could be healed. God's interested in everything that's wrong, everything that you anticipate in. Every walk of life, God is interested in you. You are His child, and He's rich in mercy. He wants to do for you. 90 The people sinned later by taking this same thing that God had made an atonement for them, by the brass serpent, which represented sin already judged, and they idolized that gift. And that sinned again. "God will not share His glory with nobody." Therefore, we can't have no two, three, four gods. There's only one God. He'll not share His glory with anything else. He's God, alone (See?), so as the heathens have many gods. We have the one God, and He will not share His glory with another; neither will He let anything be an idol in front of Him. Even though He had made an atonement for

the people, and it was God's Word, it was right; but when they become to idolizing that, then they got in trouble. 91 Now, that's just the same thing, I think, that's happened to our church ages. God sent us the message of Martin Luther with his message, John Wesley, the Pentecostal message, but what did we do with it? The very same thing that they did with that brass serpent; we idolized it, "I belong to this, and I belong to that." You see, you belong to something without the sincerity that's connected with genuine godly worship of the Word. What happened? The Bible... We're told in the Bible that the prophet took that idol and destroyed it. Hallelujah. What we need on the scene today is a prophet that will destroy the idol of denominations, that thinks they're going into heaven upon belonging to some creed or a denomination: needs to be destroyed and burnt up, throwed away. God is full of mercy. He's rich in mercy. In the day that when we would've all been in that chaos of darkness out there, but God rich in mercy has sent us the real genuine Holy Ghost with His Own interpretation to It, right here in the building every night. God rich in His mercy, how wonderful we find Him to be. Yes, sir. Now, all they thought they could do was to just go to this snake, or this little thing that God had made out there, had Moses to make and hang on a pole, and they could be healed without any sincerity. They just stood and looked at it. And they got to idolizing it, and God sent a prophet along and destroyed it. 95 Now, all that refused to look at that serpent in the wilderness, they perished. Now, God makes a way, but if you refuse to look at it, if you'll set across the street, if you'll hold onto some creed and refuse to look straight into the Word and see whether It's right or not; all that refused to look, they perished. And God is a never changing God. And all who refused to look, perished. So is it today, the same thing. Then the people sinned later, and as they've always did, and made the idol out of--out of it, making it a--a--a--getting--trying to get a healing without sincerity, and they belonged to something, and the way we do today. And now we see then, the difference of it was that God... It was a good atonement, the good sign for that time. That time it was all right. But it was just to be for that time, for that journey. That's all it will work for, that journey. 98 And the message that Martin Luther brought of justification was all right for Luther's age. That's as far as it went. Sanctification was fine in Wesley's age. That's as far as it went. Then we come into the Pentecostal age. And the restoration of the gifts is a very fine thing; it was fine in the age; but we are going beyond that now. We're beyond that, just as sure as there is a world. We've got to become beyond this thing, because we have done the same thing with it that they did before: make an idol out of it. "I belong to this order of it. I belong that order of it." God will send somebody that'll smash the thing, and tear it to pieces, and confirm His Word, the full Word. Notice. Praise be to God. Now, we see that that's true. God rich in His mercy. 102 Then when the prophet destroyed this, it left them without any sign of healing, of an atonement, because their idol was destroyed. But God rich in mercy made them another one. And what did He do that? He troubled water at the pool at the temple, and many come and was healed by stepping into this water. Jesus came down to this same pool and saw a man had been laying there for a number of years, waiting for the troubling of the water. See, God rich in mercy. Although they idolized that thing, although the prophet had to tear it up, God made another way for them, 'cause He's rich in mercy. He wants them to be healed, and He made a way for their healing. Now, then that went on, the world become more sinful and more sinful all the time. And finally the world got so sinful that God could've destroyed it, He said in Malachi 4, "unless I come and to smite the earth with a curse." He could've done it; just the question.

104 But then God rich in mercy He sent forth a Saviour, Jesus Christ. He sent forth Jesus to be both Saviour and Healer. For He said, "As Moses lifted up the brass serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up," for the same purpose. He, the Atonement, that's what we have claim upon, nothing but the atonement. What Jesus purchased by His Blood, that's what we have claims upon. And the Bible said, "He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquity; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we were healed." That's what we can claim, because that's what the atonement, that we stand for, ordered for us. God rich in mercy. This was to be an eternal atonement, because He came Himself. God came Himself in the form of sinful flesh to make a--an eternal atonement; and suffered in the flesh, and made the atonement; and returned back in the form of the Holy Ghost, to confirm that atonement. Where no brass serpent or no trouble's water could do it; it all pointed to that perfect Atonement. God's rich in His mercy has did this. 106 Now, today, being it's the day that we're living in, we have come through these church ages and explained everything away from that. Our theologians of the day has far lost that side of it. They explain it all away to some other day, some other age, some other something, way back, from long ago. And Divine healing was just about played out, hardly found anybody who would believe it. They made fun of it. Not no more than about twenty years ago, they were making fun of it. The Pentecostals had practically got away from it. They started in the early days, but they got away from it. Look how they did. Now, they got denominational wild, running out to make them each a creed and so forth. Except, instead of accepting Light, as Light come in, they organized and made themselves creeds, each one coming around, making himself a doctrine and staying in that doctrine. And then they got so much took away till the Holy Spirit couldn't get into the church. They just become another idol like a brass serpent, it become a--an idolatry. Every fellow said, "I am belong to this, and I belong to that." It was an idolatry. What a mess we were in at the end time. But God rich in His mercy has sent back the Holy Spirit upon us, and vindicating His Word tonight as He promised He would do. God promised He would do these things. Look what He did. 109 Look what He did, He... How now we can see how He promised each age a certain thing to happen. And we find out that it happened just exactly like it, that He said that He would do, because He's rich in His mercy to always have mercy to fulfill every Word that He has promised. He has to do it, and always, in order to stay God. Always He does this: His Word always comes to pass in Its season, His seed that He has sowed into the earth. What did He do? He put it here in the Word, and that's a Seed. And every time the age comes along, that seed ripens up, and then a reformation comes forth. And He promised it, and it does that. Now, we did not deserve these things. We did not deserve these blessings of God, because we had went out after the things of the world, went in the error of Cain. Cain, building a nice altar and a nice church, and putting flowers upon it, and thought that's exactly what it was; it was a bunch of apples, or pears, or pomegranates, or whatever it was that his father and mother had eat in the garden of Eden that run them out. And so he offered that back to God, and God rejected it. 111 "But Abel by faith offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain." And, today, the Bible said in Jude, that, "They have run in the way of Cain; perished in the gainsaying of Korah." See, run in the way of Cain, building altars, building churches, denominations, making it flowery, big, more members than the rest of them; taking in things, anything that come along and that jumped up-and-down, or shook hands, or was baptized a certain way, or spoke in tongues, or run through the floor, they put their name on the book. That's right. And then turn on the real Truth that be preached, and deny it. How can it be so? Notice what a mess we were in. Notice. And the Bible said, "And they went in the way of Balaam, and perished in the gainsaying of Korah." Perished in the gainsaying of... What was the gainsaying of Korah? "Why, you think you're the only holy man? Why, God's... All of us are holy. The whole church is all that. Every... All of us get together;

that's what we ought to do." That's where they perished: that. And we truly deserved it. We deserved to be that. But God rich in mercy has pulled us out of that chaos and let us see it before the thing hits here. Rich in His mercy, and sent us back a revival of Divine healing, and the coming again of the power of God. According to history, no revival ever lasted over three years. This revival carried for fifteen years; it's been a burning fire around and around the world. Why, because we deserved it? God rich in His mercy, not because we desire it or because we deserved it, rather. 115 Just think of what it's done. I think of one of your sisters right here in Phoenix, that many of you know, Mrs. Hattie Waldrop; she had cancer of the heart. And she was in the prayer line up here when Brother Moore and I were here the first time, about fifteen, eighteen years ago. And she was dying with cancer of the heart, and she should've been dead a long time ago. But God rich in mercy sent His power upon her. And He saved her life, and she's living today. God rich in mercy. Congressman Upshaw, a great man, I think he was the President, or something of the--of the Baptist, Southern Baptist Convention at one time, or Vice President or something. He'd done all. He was a good man. He did all that he knowed how to do. He'd went to every doctor. Nobody could do nothing for him. He was bound down. Ministers had prayed for him. He'd had a gallon of oil poured on his head, anointing, of different ministers everywhere. 117 One night, Los Angeles, California, walking up to the pulpit, look at a bunch of wheelchairs about twice, three times, to what's setting there, all up-and-down the aisles, back and forth. And then there laid over there a cot with a little colored girl in it, little Negro girl, and her--her mother was setting by her. And my brother had bringing the prayer line up. And I was looking, knowing not what was going on. And I seen a doctor with tortoise-shell glasses operating on a little Negro girl for a throat condition, and she'd paralyzed. And I looked around; I thought, "Where is the child at?" I couldn't see her. After while, way down there, no hope, lovely little girl about seven or eight years old, to be paralyzed the rest of her life... And there was her mother down there on her knees, praying. Then I said, "This doctor operated on your little girl," and described it. She said, "That's right, sir." Then she tried to get the baby to the platform. They told her not to do it. They tried to quieten her down. About time they got her quiet, I thought, "Well, we'll get a chance to pray for her." In a few minutes... Maybe people right here was there that night. And I was looking out over the audience; I seen that little girl going down, looked like through a--a little narrow road, with a doll in her arms, rocking that doll. No matter how much the doctor said that she was going to be paralyzed the rest of her life, God rich in mercy sent down the Holy Spirit by a vision, and that little girl got up out of there, and she and her mother took hold of hands and walked down through that aisle, praising God. 122 Way back there set an old man, Congressman Upshaw, many of you knows his testimony. He had been a good man, tried all of his life, sixty-six years an invalid in a wheelchair, pushed in bed; crutches under his arms, that he walked with, never no more to walk normal. And there he set there, looking on that. And all of a sudden I looked out and saw a vision. Here he come, walking down across the top of that audience, bowing his head, could walk as good as anybody. I didn't know who the man was. I said, "There's a great man setting back there. He fell off of a wagon when he was a little boy, onto a hay frame, and hurt his back. They bored holes in the floor to keep the vibration, when the people walked from striking on his back." I said, "He becomes a great man, and he keeps growing greater. He's setting in a great circle at the White House." And then this man come and told me, said, "That's Congressman Upshaw. Did you ever hear him?"

I said, "Never heard of him." And so he run a little extension mike back there, and they was talking, back and forth. 126 Then I started to look around, and I seen the old Congressman coming, walking towards me in a vision just as perfectly normal as he could be. God rich in mercy pulled him from that wheelchair, and he walked without crutches till the day he died. God rich in mercy. When doctors had failed, when science had failed, when everything else had failed, God was rich in mercy to Congressman Upshaw. I think of myself. As a little old boy, I remember as... People call me today a woman-hater. The reason it was, is because I seen so much immorality out of women when I was a kid. I hated them. And I don't do that now, because I know there's some good ones. But I remember how it was so bad, so immoral. And I thought, "My, I--I'll never be around where people is at. I have no education, so I won't get any." 128 And a little old kid setting there, not even a shirt on, with my coat pinned up like this, with a safety pin, and it real hot. And the teacher said, "William, aren't you hot with that coat on?" I said, "No, ma'am, I'm a little bit chilly." And she made me go over to the stove and--and put some wood in the stove, and I liked to have burnt up. And I--I didn't have no shirt that whole season through. And I thought, "If I could ever get the money, some time that I could get a little, get me a thirtythirty rifle, I'd come out west here and live out here and hunt, for the rest of my life. I didn't want nothing to do with people. Just stay away, because they didn't like me, and--and I'd just stay away from them. And then every time I'd go downtown to talk to anybody, see some fellows on the street, I knew. I'd say, "Hello there, John, Jim. How are you?" "Oh, hello." See, they didn't want to talk to me, didn't want nothing to do with me, because of my daddy and them that made whiskey. And I--I didn't do that. It wasn't nothing I done. And I would've been that type. 133 But now I said to my wife not long ago, "My wall is plastered with the best guns that can be bought." Oh, and I think of them old dirty clothes. Tonight I got two or three good suits. And no friends? I have to hide out in the wilderness to keep away from people. What's the matter, is it because of my personality, is it because of my education? No. God rich in mercy saw me in that condition and He saved me. I remember being led by the arms as a blind man. I could not see. Everything in front of me was a blur; I'd be blind the rest of my life. But God rich in mercy restored back my sight. I'm fifty-five years old, and still got good sight. God rich in mercy is the only thing that I can say. 135 Once the church had no provided way of healing. They had one, but they turned it down. But God rich in mercy has sent them a gift of Divine healing. That is the Holy Spirit among us, confirming the Word with signs following. God rich in mercy. I have two or three pages here of these notes, but I ain't going to try to strike them, because I'm--I'm conscious that it's almost time to start that prayer line. But God rich in His mercy... Many of you here tonight, the doctors turned you down. There's people setting in them wheelchairs, they'll probably never come out of there. They are there to stay. Some of them, paralyzed in different ways, they (would never) couldn't come out; there's no way for them to come out. But God rich in His mercy has provided an atonement. Don't turn it down. Receive it. There's men out there with heart trouble; there's people with cancers, that the doctors can do nothing with. You're hopeless, helpless, in this world. 138 But God, rich in His mercy, has sent down the Holy Ghost, and right here now to confirm the Word, to prove that He's the same yesterday, today, and forever. Because we deserve it? Because

God is rich in His mercy. Amen. Now, that's the One; that's the Person; It's that Lord Jesus. He is not dead, but He has risen from the dead, and He's alive forevermore. And He's the same yesterday, today, and forever, still just as rich in His mercy as He was to the woman that had a blood issue. And she started through the crowd. There was no hopes for her, the doctors had done all they could do. She had a blood issue. She was dying. And she touched the Master's garment. God rich in mercy turned around and told her of her condition. And she was healed of this blood issue. A little, foul prostitute went up to a well one day, to get some water. No hope. She'd been excommunicated from the virgins, from around the people; her life was no good. And she thought, "What's the use of trying? I'm turned out; there's nothing left for me." But she looked, standing over on the side, or setting by the side of the well, and there was a Man setting there Who told her all things that she had ever done: God rich in His mercy. That same God tonight's just as rich in His mercy, and just the same as He was in them days. God rich... [] 142 I think we have two hundred prayer cards out here, or what we've called out in two hundred. We're going to call them and let the people line up. We're going to pray for them. But before we do it, that there be some newcomers here, to get away from all superstitions... This is not a superstition. It is the manifestation of a promise of God. It depends on what you're looking at. No virtue in any man. There's no power in no man. But we as believers have authority; not power, but authority. Someone asked me, not long ago, said, "Brother Branham, you believe you got power to do this?" I said, "I ain't got power at all, but I've got authority." Every believer has it. If you refuse it, you'll stay where you're at. But if you'll accept it, it'll do the exceeding abundance, because God is rich in His mercy. 146 Take a little policeman standing out here on the street, his clothes hanging half off of him, he's so skinny. The--the cap's got his ears pulled down. And he walk out there where cars are coming down that street at fifty miles an hour, three hundred horse power motors in it. He hasn't got the power to stop a bicycle. That's right. But just let him blow that whistle and hold up that hand, and watch the brakes squeak. He hasn't got power, but he's got authority. The whole city's behind him. And when a man or a woman, I don't care what condition you're in, you've got the authority of God by a promise, because He's rich and promised to do the exceedingly abundantly. "If you say to this mountain, 'Be moved,' and don't doubt in your heart, but believe that what you've said will come to pass, you can have what you've said." You got no power, but you got authority. Remember when He told me back there, said, "You'll be able to reveal the secrets of the hearts." For He... You remember that, many of you Phoenix people? He promised it. What He promises, He does. 149 Now, there's some of you here that hasn't got prayer cards, and no doubt. How many's sick and don't have prayer cards, raise up your hands? Sure. All right. If you want to know, not authority, not power, but the authority of the Word, "The things that I do, shall you also." Jesus promised in Luke 17:30, that just before His coming, there would be like the time of Noah, Moses--or Noah, "When they were eating and drinking, and given in marriage; and knew not till the day that Noah entered into the ark." He said there would be that time. Then He said also, "As it was in the days of Lot," and said, "this will take place in that day when the Son of man shall be revealed, when the Son of man is revealed in the last days." 151 Now, look what He, how the Son of man revealed Himself in the Person of this Angel, which was the Son of man. Absolutely. Abraham called Him, "Elohim." He was a Son of man, revealed Himself just before the Gentile world was burned. How did He do it? To the believer? To the make-believer, He sent two preachers down to preach to them. But to the real believer, He stood with His back to

the tent, and He said, "Abraham..." He was Abram the day--a few days before that. But now he's Abraham. "Where is thy wife, Sarah?" Said, "She's in the tent behind You." Said, "I'm going to keep My promise to you. I'm going to visit you." Oh, Abraham was a hundred years old, and Sarah was ninety; but God rich in mercy kept His promise. It brought the baby, 'cause God's merciful, and He full of mercy. He's rich in mercy. He keeps His promise. 155 Notice, with His back turned to the tent, Sarah laughed and said, "How could these things be? I'm old. How can I have pleasure with my husband as a young married woman? Why, he's a hundred years old. Our family relationship has ceased, many, many years ago. How could this be?" And she laughed about it. And the Angel with--the Son of man with His back turned to the--to the tent, said, "Why did Sarah laugh, saying, 'How can these things be?'" What was it? Jesus said, in Saint Luke 17:30, that, "In the days like it was in the days of Lot," same situation, before the Gentile world is burned up, He said, "the Son of man will reveal Himself in that day." He made the promise, that Malachi 4 promises it would say. A Message would come forth that would restore the people back to the original Pentecostal Message, and with the same blessings they had on the day of... What is it? It's a two-winged eagle, both New and Old Testament, flopping its promises together of God to fulfill what the promises of the Bible said it would do. Amen. 158 God rich in mercy would not let His people go out in this denominational, rich in goods and things of the world Laodicean church age, but He would make a way of escape. Believe it, people. God bless you. Amen. God rich in mercy. The mercies of God, that's the only thing that I desire, not His righteousness, not His law; but His mercy is what I call for. God, be merciful to me. We all have that feeling. I was watching. There's a little woman setting out here on the end of the seat. You have a prayer card out there, lady? You don't. Let me show you God's rich in mercy. You've been real nervous here lately, haven't you? Real bad, and your eyes has gotten worse. Isn't that right? That's right. Now, they're going to change. God rich in His mercy by asking you if you'd believe this. Now, you have no prayer card; you have nothing; but you don't need it. See, it's grace that's bestowed to you. 160 There sets a little bitty fellow setting right there in front, with kind of a--setting right out here. He's suffering with a growth on his body. It's just recently come on there, recently. Isn't that right, sir? That's right. You don't know what it is. You're scared of it. That's right. It was caused from a bruise, wasn't it? Have you a prayer card? You don't have no prayer card. You don't need one. God rich in His mercy. Oh, brother, sister, believe God. Don't doubt Him. Believe Him. That's right. Here sets a man, gray suit, glasses on. Look at here, sir. Do you believe? God is rich in His mercy. You're setting there with a hernia. Do you believe that God can heal that hernia and make you well, setting right here on the end of the seat, looking at me? If you believe that God can heal that hernia, God will do that to you if you'll accept it. Do you believe it? Will you accept it? All right. You can have it if you'll just believe it, have mercy. Yes, sir. 163 Here's a lady setting out here; she's suffering with poor circulation in her body. But if she will believe, God will heal her, if she believes it. I believe she's going to miss it, as sure as anything. Have mercy is my prayer. Like I plainly see the woman's... Mrs. Riley, do you believe that God can heal that poor circulation? If you will, receive it. Amen. Just believe. God is good, isn't He, Stella? Yeah. That's right. I never seen the woman in my life. But God in His mercy... Here sets another woman, setting right back behind there, right in the back, looking right at me. She also... She's got poor circulation too. She was thinking about it just then. I never seen the woman in my life. Being that this other woman had the same thing, look at me. Do you believe me to be God's

prophet, or His servant? You also have heart trouble. If that's right, raise up your hand. You don't have it now. God rich in His mercy is showing forth that He's alive here in the building tonight. God rich in His mercy. Amen. 165 Could there be, how many sinners and backsliders would stand to your feet, and say, "God, rich in His mercy, be merciful to me"? Stand to your feet. I'll pray for you, if you believe that He want-you want mercy now. God bless you. God bless you. God bless you and you. Backslider, raise to your feet. God rich in His mercy. Are you--you... Surely you've not gotten so numb in this condition, that you can't see that that's the very promise of the hour. Surely you ain't got so wrapped up in denomination, and other things, that you can't see that this is the promise of the hour: God rich in mercy. Ever who you was, that stood up, I'm going to pray just in a minute. I want you to make your way to some good full Gospel church and--and be--and be baptized in Christian baptism, God give you the Holy Ghost. 168 Is there another will stand to your feet, and say, "Me, I want to be remembered. God, in Your mercy remember me. I haven't lived like I should. Maybe..."? God bless you, lady. I... God bless you. God bless you. God bless you. God bless you. That's right. "God, rich in His mercy, have mercy on me." God bless you, sister. Is there... How many more is in here, say, "I'll stand. I want God to know that I want mercy. I haven't lived right. I've lived this way and that way. I've been up and down, but I want His mercy." God bless you, brother. Someone else, say, "God rich in His mercy." God bless you, sister. God bless you, sister. That's right. God rich in His mercy. God bless you too. God bless you back there. God sees you. Just stand to your feet. Say, "Does it do any good, Brother Branham?" Sure. Stand up and see how much different it is. If you're really sincere in your heart, God is rich in mercy. "He's not willing that any should perish, but that all might come to repentance." God rich in His mercy. O God, have mercy on us. 172 Now, how many in here now, that's holding those prayer cards? What were they? A's? A's and B's. All the people that's got prayer card A's, stand over on this side, and prayer card B will stand up behind them. I wonder if there's some ministers here that would like to anticipate in helping me. If they are, would like to come up, I would be glad to have your--your assistance here, for we will be glad to pray, and pray--pray with you. This, the Bible said, "These signs shall follow them that believe." Yes, sir. "In My Name they shall cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongue." Have we done it? By the grace of God; not us, but God rich in mercy to keep His Word. God... Now, the wheelchairs, if you want to put them right down here in the front; we'll pray for them right here, won't have to pull them up through that, all that aisle there. Let, all right, let them come right up here. We'll certainly pray for it, every one of them. God rich in His mercy. 176 Would you stand to the right-hand side now for a few minutes? Did Brother Brown come with you? Coming tomorrow. I--I--I was in hopes he'd be here. Where--where's Brother Outlaw? Where's Brother Fuller? Some of them people that was up here with me when I first come, let's come back. You remember these old fashion prayer lines, when we used to stand there till you would have to hold me on one side, and somebody on the other, I'd get so weak? How many has been in them meetings way back in the beginning? Looky here. You remember back there, I told you that the Lord Jesus told me that, if I'd be sincere, that these things would take place. Is that right? We never had such as that in that day. But it happened, because God's rich in His mercy and loyal to His promise. Amen. Oh. Amen. Praise God. Hallelujah. "Oh, I'm so glad I'm one of them." Amen. Oh, my. There are people almost everywhere,

Whose hearts are all on flame, With the Fire that fell on Pentecost, That cleansed and made them clean; Oh, it's burning now within my heart, Oh, glory to His Name! I'm so glad that I can say I'm one of them. 178 Oh, me, a wretched, miserable, poor blinded wretch, as I was, and now by His mercy, His rich mercy, I can see the Kingdom of God in sight. Amen. How beautiful is His commandments. Stand right over, my brother, on your crutch. If you can't get up, all right, stand right here, we'll come right down and pray for you. And now let the A's and B's, of prayer cards, get lined up over on the other side there, and we're going to pray for them. Minister brothers, you are certainly, if you believe in laying hands on the sick, you come right here and stand with me on this platform. We're going to pray for the sick. 182 Now, to you people that's standing in that line, if you can believe the Presence of God is here, that the Holy Spirit is in our midst now, doing just exactly what He said He would do. If I had power to heal you, I'd certainly do it. If I had any way of healing you, I would certainly do it. I do not have it. I... God has give a little gift. I'm not much of a preacher. I don't have education enough to be qualified as a preacher, what's called a preacher in these days, when the--when the experiences must be a theological experience, and it must have certain doctor's degree, and so forth. I can't qualify for that. But God, seeing my heart, and know that I want to do something for Him, I want to appreciate it. 184 A man said to me the other day, said, "I think you're just a fine man, Mr. Branham, but I believe you're sincerely wrong. You're all out of the will. Do you know you'll be condemned at the end?" And I said, "Look I want to tell you something. I'm going to say that you--that you would be right, just to say for the argument's sake. If I am wrong, which I--I don't believe I am; but if I was wrong, and I knowed right now that I was going to live to be a hundred years old, and He was going to condemn me at the end of the road, and tell me, 'You don't deserve to come into My heaven, William Branham. Get out into outer darkness.' You know what? I'd serve Him every day of my life until I went anyhow. For I have received so much of His unmerited blessings, that He's more than life to me. He's everything that I..." 186 All that I am, all that I ever could hope to be, I have derived from His grace and mercy. I was wretched, miserable, poor, blind, but by grace He has healed me, and I am strong and healthy by the grace of God. I have good eyesight. I have eat, drink, have whatever I have need of. He never promised to supply my wants: my needs. And if I am cast away at that day, and I knowed... I cannot see where I would be. But if I knew that I was wrong, and God has chose me to be wrong, I would want to stay wrong, and because that I want to do His will. It's... I love Him till I want His will to be done. Now, that's a big statement, but I hope you get it in the way, the spirit I said it in. See? I want to do His will. I ask Him for something some time, He shakes His head "no," I just rejoice so much about that as I can if He said, "yes." Because we always ought to ask, "Thy will be done." His no's is just as... If that's His will, that's just... It's a whole lot better than His yeses, if it's His will to do it. That's when you really love Him. Amen. 188 I get to talking about Him, I just can't stop now. Oh, He's so real, so real to me. Friends, He's-He's all that I am, all that I ever could be, all that I ever expect to be, is grounded in Christ Jesus, His Word. I'm thankful tonight for the witness of the Holy Spirit, for the Message. I know it might, some might disagree with It, but as I have told you, I'm duty bound to a Message. A sign went forth, and God

does not send a sign just to show that He's God. A Message, a Voice always follows the sign. Anyone knows that. Jesus come with signs and wonders. He was a great Man when He was doing signs and wonders, but when He begin to set down and to begin to bring the Message, "I and My Father are One," oh, my, that was wrong to them. See? But the Voice had to follow the sign. 191 Moses was given two signs, and each sign had a voice. That's right. I preached on it here sometime ago, somewhere, on "The Voice Of The Sign." It must have a--a Voice of the sign. It's a changing. Always it's that way. If it isn't, then it didn't come from God. If a man comes out with an odd peculiar ministry, that's found in the Bible to be the Truth, and that man stays right in that same old denominational doctrine, forget it. Nothing to it. God don't do a thing like that. That thing, that's rotten manna that's got termites in it, or wiggletails, or whatever you want to call it, from forty, fifty years ago, still trying to eat that old manna that fell way back years ago. And the children of Israel on their journey, new manna fell every night. That's right, you couldn't keep it over. We don't live over some other age gone by. We're eating new Manna, fresh Manna out of heaven, in our journey as we go on. Let's bow our heads now. 194 Lord God, You are so real, Your Presence. I think of grace, Lord. We--we have just seen You do so many things. We've heard You speak with tongues, see You interpret it through Your people. O God, to see You heal the sick, open up the eyes of the blind, make the lame to walk, the deaf to hear, the dumb to talk, what a great and mighty God You are. And then to see that You promised this in the last days. Though we have many carnal impersonations, yet it only declares that there is a real God somewhere, that really is true. And I pray, heavenly Father, tonight, that we will become so God-conscious that we see that You're here. And these people in the line, when they go through this line, Lord... For we're doing this because that we made a promise to them. And You said, "These signs shall follow them that believe." Here's minister brothers standing here, men that You have chosen before the foundation of the world to be what they are tonight. You knew, before there was a world, that we would stand here tonight, because You're infinite. 198 So we pray, heavenly Father, tonight, that as these sick people, crippled, blind, lame, cancerridden, whatever it might be, that passes through this line, may they realize that the very God that knows the secret of the heart will heal them, if they will just only accept it, only look and understand. The man that looked upon the brass serpent just as a priest's piece of brass, he never would be healed, because he didn't have understanding of what it was. And today, Lord, the same. If they look upon a gift, to think of it might be able to help them, they don't have understanding. It's only vindication of the Presence of God that's here to heal. Grant it, Father. May it be done, in Jesus' Name. Amen. 201 I want the little pianist, if she will, man or woman, whoever it might be, to go over there and play this song, "The Great Physician Now Is Near," the sympathizing Jesus, if she will, wherever the pianist is. Now, that's... I remember one of my first healing service, Fort Wayne, Indiana. A little Amish girl setting, playing that piano, "The great Physician now is near, the sympathizing Jesus." A little baby was brought to me on the platform; it was crippled. And while I was praying for that baby, it jumped out of my arms and run down across the platform. The mother fainted. The grandmother threw up her handkerchief, begin to cry. And this little Amish girl now, not knowing nothing about anything about Pentecostals, because she belonged to the Amish church; but she was playing. Her long hair fell

down; she raised in the Spirit and begin to sing in unknown tongues, and the--and with the harmony of that song. And them piano keys moved up-and-down, playing, "The great Physician now is near, the sympathizing Jesus." Amen. He's the same yesterday, today, and forever. 204 Now, let us pray now as... Now, let's everybody out there pray. You people coming through the line, when we lay hands upon you, remember, Jesus said if you'd believe it, you'd be well. You believe it? Now, let's all sing now. The great Physician now is near, The sympathizing Jesus, He speaks... (Let's just close our eyes now as we sing.)... hearts to cheer, Oh, hear the voice of Jesus. Sweetest note in seraph song, Sweetest name on mortal tongue, Sweetest... (Father God, move upon the people now.)... sung, O Jesus, blessed Jesus. The great... Now, as you walk through now, He's here. Take my word, or you believe it yourself; He's here. Everybody in prayer out there now for the people. 206 [Brother Branham and ministers pray for the sick while Brother Borders leads the congregation in singing.] O Lord, I believe; O Lord, I believe; All things are possible, O Lord, I believe. All that believe, raise your hand like this, say, "I believe." [Congregation says, "I believe."--Ed.] Here sets a man setting here. The reason I was extent, talking, he's dying with cancer. He's on this crutch. There's no way in the world for the man to live outside of God. He's got cancer all through the bowels, and well, he's going to die if it isn't for the mercy of God. And I wish I could just... []... word of encouragement to this man. You, you know the doctors can do nothing for you now. You're beyond that. See? And you're a... You--you only got one chance, and that is in Christ. See? And, brother, I--I--you... I'll die one day too. You'll have to go, if Jesus tarries. I've got to meet you over there, stand there at the judgment bar. And this night... 210 You know, like in television, television has picked up that every time we even move our finger, anything, it's on record. Every word we say is on record. Now, see, television has proven that. Now, television doesn't manufacture a picture; it only channels that wave into the--the television. See, it doesn't make it. There was television when Adam walked on earth; there was television when--when Moses come through the Red Sea; there was television when Elijah was on Mount Carmel (See?); but they just now discovered it. See? And now, everywhere I... Every move we make, and every sound, it's playing a record that'll meet us at the judgment. Every move we make has got to meet us there. And I've got to answer for the words that I say to you, as a minister. I've got to do it, because God will hold me responsible to it. 212 Now, if I could, I'd make you well; 'cause you just got a little time, if not for God. Now, I come down and prayed over you, all I knowed how to do. Brother, anything in the world, I could do for a man setting there in that condition, I'd do it. And let me ask you. See? You--you--you are already healed, because Jesus said you was. See, "By His stripes we were healed." Now, if you could, from the bottom of your heart, accept that, you'll not die now, but you'll live. Now, see, now we know that television's coming through this room. We know that. We don't see it. We can't see it; our eyes are not made, our senses can't pick it up. It takes a manufactured tube, or whatever it is, crystal, to pick that up.

So is God present. We don't see Him, but we know He's here. Jesus Christ is the same. Look, He just declared Himself, how He makes Hisself. Now, as far as healing, if He was standing right here now, He could do no more for you (See?) not another thing. If the Son of God was standing right here, which He is, He's here, but He couldn't do no more for you, because He's already identified Himself here. See? And He's here right now, just the same, to heal you and make you well. 216 And that little lady there told me, said, "You asked the blessing, and prophesied or something, over her, that she'd have a baby," setting in that wheelchair. And she did; she had her baby. And now, the little lady setting here. Now, she had a goiter operation and it paralyzed her. Well, we just see so much of them things happen. Now, little sister, I know you're a genuine Christian. Why God has let you set there, I don't know. I believe maybe it's because that you have... Faith, you-you're trying to have faith to get out of there (See?); but now look, let's just not try to have it, let's just have it now (See, see?); just--just going be there. That's all there is to it; it's going to start right now, and we're going to get well. And you people out there in those chairs, wherever or whatever you are, just remember that Christ is present. 218 Now, you say, "Is there somebody, do you see my picture is coming through." Oh, yes. Even the Words of Jesus Christ that He spoke when He was here on earth, is passing right through this room. It never dies. How many knows that's scientifically the truth? Well, what is it? Then the Spirit picks up that Word that's been written and makes It manifest. Oh, glory. He's here. He's right here now, the Lord. We just... We have seen so much; He's done so much, till we just kinda, you know, just kinda stumble over it. If we would realize, not just some mythical something, some theological term; but the evidence that He promised He would show Himself in this day, here He is declaring it right here before us right now. What a wonderful thing. Isn't that wonderful? 221 Now, you believe. Will you believe it? Believe you're not going to die. You're going to live, and you're going to honor God. You're going to honor God. Have you ever been baptized? You're a Christian, are you? And you're a Christian. Well, you want to live for the honor of God. Then go live, my brother. In the Name of Jesus Christ, live. And, sister, you want to walk for the glory of God, and take care of your baby; then walk, sister, in the Name of Jesus Christ. You, every one of you, do the same, in the Name of Jesus Christ. Don't forget this Westward Ho Motel here tonight, the Presence of God identified here. He's no respecter of persons. He only wants you to believe. Do you believe Him now? Amen. God bless you. Let us bow our heads now. I don't know who they've chose, to--to dismiss. Brother Mushegian here, come right here, brother. He's going to dismiss in prayer. God bless you. LEAN NOT UNTO THY OWN UNDERSTANDING PHOENIX AZ 65-0120 V-19 N-3 1 Let us remain standing just a moment now for prayer. How many in here has a request on their heart, that you would that God would do something special for you in this convention? Let's bow our heads now to Him. Heavenly Father, we are a privileged people to be assembled together here in the Name of the Lord Jesus, in a free country where we can worship You according to the dictates of our conscience, as yet. And we pray, Father, that this will long be. And now, may we take advantage of this great privilege we have. And may we put our whole heart into the service tonight to worship You, that it might be said, that God was in our midst tonight, blessing His people. Save every lost soul that's in here tonight, Lord. And every backslider, may they come back to the house of God. I pray for every sick person, may be healed, the afflicted might walk, and the blind see, the deaf hear, praise and glory be given to Jesus Christ among His people. May it be long remembered, Lord, because that we have assembled ourselves together and asked in Jesus' Name for these blessings. Amen. May be seated.

3 Somehow, in coming to the Ramada Inn, it always seems like coming back home in a way, because I've been here so much till I--I think they just must begin to know me. And I'm glad of that, because I've found a fine bunch of people at these Ramada Inn's. The one in Tucson and one here, they've been very kind to us, letting us have services. Not long ago I had a service of my own, down in Ramada Inn, and the manager wouldn't even let me pay for the rent of the building. That's really nice. I'll remember that when I'm crossing the countries too, now, those who are good to the household of God. 4 Now, we've had, since Sunday night, or Sunday afternoon, rather, some great times in the Lord, or at least I have. I've had a wonderful time enjoying His blessings, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit and with His people. I--I like to remember that together we are worshipping God. You are an attribute of God, part of God, when you become the son and daughter of God. And God is in you, willing His will, if you'll let Him do it. So we hope tonight, that every person will forget about the things that's been in the days, and laying everything aside, and just put our hearts right into the service now; not only to this night, but in the coming convention. No doubt many delegates has gathered. And I do see some of the extras tonight on the platform, gathering for the convention that starts tomorrow. And I ask the people who are here for the revival that we've just had, that if it's all possible, I wish you'd stay over for the convention. We're going to have some fine speakers listed. One brother could not come, and--but we got many will be here to take his place. I want to be in the complete convention myself to enjoy this fellowship. 7 You know, we get up here as ministers, and we speak, and we're always giving out to the people everything that's in us. I preached a subject one time, where Jesus said, "Behold the lily, how they neither--neither toil nor spin, and yet I say unto you that Solomon in all of his glory was not arrayed like one." And I find out, the lily has to grow day and night, spin and toil, and to make itself radiant. But it gets no blessing out of it itself. He opens up himself, and--and the by-passer smells the perfume from him. The bee gets the honey right out of the heart. He gives everything out that he toils to take in. And I call my message, Reverend Mister Lily, so that's kinda a odd text. But--but it is, ministers give themselves out to the people, and it's good then just to set down and-and listen to others. Like warming by the fire, we like to set under each other's fire blaze and warm our hearts with the Gospel that our brethren is preaching to the people. And I'm grateful to have this opportunity to do that. 9 And now, I'm trusting tonight... Billy told me that he gave out prayer cards totally. And we couldn't get a prayer line up here if we had to. See, you'd have to go out around through there, and through a dark hall, and come up this way. You'd stumble over everything to getting in here. And the afflicted and crippled would be in an awful shape, doing it. But we don't know what our Lord may do. He may fall right among us tonight, and--and heal everyone that's here, every sickened. Oh, I'd rather see that than all the prayer lines I ever had in my life, just--just to see the sovereignty of God fall among His obedient children. I--I always like that. 11 Usually, if you have any personal contact with the people, like of laying on of hands, it could be, I don't think too many would do that, well, they would say, "A certain-certain minister laid his hands upon me, and glory to God..." That makes the people look at that minister then. But if you can just stand here, preach the Word, and let the Holy Spirit heal every one, then there's-it's absolutely just the grace of God. And then God gets all praise, glory, there's not a shadow of nothing for no one else. That's the why I... In my ministry, the reason I don't get to too many, 'less... Now, last night we tried to pray for as many as we could. But laying on of hands... 13 And usually in the night, just maybe the Holy Spirit come right among us and go to manifesting Himself, making Himself known among us. And then by that, I think it's real when He can maybe in

sovereignty... See? I can't say now, "This man, or this woman, or that child." See? The Holy Spirit moves out on the building and speaks to whomever He will speak. See, that's sovereign. And then that brings the knowledge, because it's a promise of God, and that brings the knowledge of--of the-God sovereign and also brings His Presence down among us. We should see it and rejoice and... And no matter... You say, "Well, I was crippled in my hand. I was there last night. I--I--I didn't get any better." That don't have anything to do with it. To you, it's already finished. You're not looking at your hand then; you're looking at a promise. You see? And therefore, you can't say, "Well, Brother So-and-so didn't pray the prayer of faith, or so-and-so." It's the Presence of the Lord gave you faith (You see?), and then He sent His Word and healed them. 15 Now, last night I--I broke my promise again. I'm going to sure try to keep it tonight, if I can. And now, somebody said, "You didn't stay on your text last night." No, I--I didn't; because I'll tell you why. I was going to preach on a subject, now I forget just what, "But God Rich In Mercy." And I got to trying to explain how that Paul, speaking there, said, "We who were in past times," one time, some other time than now, "we were dead and in sin and trespasses; who God has quickened, made alive..." Now, see, before anything can be quickened, there has to be something there to be quickened by. That's right. 17 So you see, if you were in the foreknowledge of God, then you are becoming a part of God. And the only way you can be a son of God or a daughter of God, you had to be a part of God, and God isn't complete without you. Has to be. That's right, 'cause there is One, only one resource of Eternal Life, and that is God, and Him alone has Eternal Life. See? Now, and you were a part of Him, insomuch that you're an attribute, or in His thinking in the beginning. And that, because He thought of you in the beginning, it gives that little tug towards Him. That's what has to be quickened. Some of them will never be quickened; they just don't have it; that's all. Just like if you would put a grain of corn in the ground, didn't have... Ever how pretty it was, if it didn't have the germ of life in it, it can never be quickened. But the germ of life has to be there first. 19 I got that little story about that eagle, walking with the hens and the chickens because he was hatched out and born there, but he never did feel just like them chickens. And, you know, when his mammy come by and hollered, he heard a voice that sounded awful good to him, because remember, he was an eagle to begin with. He just had to come to find himself to find his place. And that's the way every believer is. You wasn't born for this world. You was created in the image of God to be a son of God. And you don't belong in this chicken yard out here. You're a eagle. And you know, I got on that "eagle" and I couldn't get my feet back on the ground, so I just got... I went too long, and then I forgot what my text was, and I--and I lost my notes and everything else. I was having an awful time. But that's what it was, it was just on that "eagle." 22 Now, may that Eagle, God... You know, God likens His prophets to eagles. And He calls Himself an eagle; He's Jehovah Eagle, Papa Eagle. And the reason He does that, an eagle can fly higher than any bird there is, and because he is made different from any other bird. Now, he does not build his nest on the ground like chickens and so forth, but he goes high to build his nest. And another thing, that, he is a special built bird. Now, if a--if a hawk, or a crow, or a buzzard, or any other bird would try to follow him up into heavens, he would disintegrate; he's not made for it. He has to be a special person to go up there. His feathers are tighter than any other bird. And--and his eye is sharper than any other bird. And the higher he goes, the further he can see. Well, some of them birds, when they get as high as they're supposed to be, they're as blind as a bat. And that's the way with... Well, when they leave that creed, they don't know nothing about it then. "Days of miracles is passed," why? They can't see it.

But eagles can go into the heavens, and heavens of heaven up there. What good does it do to get up there if you can't see? Oh, I'm so glad to be one of them, and associated with a whole nest full of them now. 27 Let us turn in the Old Testament now, to the Book of the Proverbs, written by Solomon, one of the wisest men in the world, outside of our Lord Jesus. But He wasn't exactly like Solomon, insomuch that Solomon was a man borned of a woman and was begotten by an earthly father, David. But Jesus was a virgin-born Son, and was not altogether a man; but He was God, the God-Man, and He was more than a man; He was a man plus. See? But Solomon was just a man like you and I, and he asked God for wisdom to run his kingdom. And he had a gift of wisdom, the smartest man that we've ever known of outside of our Lord. He wrote the Proverbs, and I think they're very good. And we're going to turn now to the Book of Proverbs the 1st chapter, and--or the 2nd chapter, rather, and the first few verses of the Proverbs, of 2, beginning with 1. Proverbs 2, beginning with 1, the continuation of Solomon advising his sons. My son, if thou will receive... I am sorry. I have Proverbs 3:1. I'm sorry. I looked over here on--on my book, and I see that it is Proverbs 3 instead of 1 or 2. I'm sorry. Proverbs 3:1. My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall be... shall they add to thee. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the tables of thine heart. So shall thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thy own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy path. Oh, I think that's the most beautiful Scripture. Now, I want to take for a text, out of the--the 5th verse, "Lean Not Unto Thy Own Understanding." 31 Now, this is a--a very strange text for the day that we're living in, because the emphasis today is certainly laid upon education and upon our own understanding of things, the day of--of learning. But we find out here that this strange statement, like other Scriptures, it has its place, and we trust that God will let us see where the place is. Today we send our children to the school to have understanding. Then after they are through with the grammar schools, we send them to high school for a better understanding of knowledge. Then after they are through there, some children are even fortunate enough to go to college, and go through college to complete their education and their understanding of knowledge. What they are acquired of by... Many times to get a job, you have to have at least a high school understanding, or a college education, or so forth. 33 Yet, the wise Solomon told us that not to lean to it, not to our own understanding; learn not of these things. Because we wonder why that he would say such a thing as this, for it's because that usually our modern understanding is usually the wisdom of man, which is contrary to the Word of God. I think that's what that Solomon was trying to advise his sons, was not to be illiterate, but not to lean to their understanding. And I think it would be a good exhortation today, if we said to our sons and to the sons of God, that it's all right to have an education; there's nothing against that; but when that education is contrary to the Word of God, then lean to the Word and let your education go (See?), because the Word. And education will stand and will give you a good job, probably a good standing amongst intellectual people, but, that's all right, which will probably be a great help to you, help you in your financial and your--your livelihood, make living maybe a little better for you. 35 But remember one thing, my son; you've got to die. No matter how much education you got, and how much culture you are able to accumulate, you've yet got to face death, because it is written, that man must die, and after that the judgment. And God, when... Death is not so bad, but coming to

the judgment is the bad part. Now, you can die, "but after that the judgment." And God is not going to inquire of you how much schooling you got when you were here on earth, how much knowledge you accumulated, whether you've got your Bachelor of Art, or whatever degree you might've been, even as a minister. It's not going to be required of you. But it's going to be required of you, what you did about the understanding of God's Word. That's where the requirement comes, because that... Your education; fine, but the Word of God is Life. "My Word is Life," and to know It is Life. And He, He said, "Know Him." He is the Word. So you can only know Him by the Word, for He is the Word. That's the only way you'll know Him, is by His Word. 37 Somebody could come up and say, "This is God," or "That's God," or "This is God," or "This is right," and "That's right," but we come back to the Word, which is the Truth. And the Word is just like the--the North Star; it's a true star. No matter which a way the world's a floating, that North Star is centered with the earth. You set your compass to the North Star. It's always in the center of the earth. Other stars float around with the world, but the North Star stays stable. Now, the compass is the Holy Spirit, and (the) your--your tie post would be the North Star, so the Holy Spirit will always point towards the Word. The Holy Spirit will never lead you to anything else but the Word of God. So how could a man accept a creed, when it's contrary to the Word, and then still say he has the Holy Ghost? The Holy Ghost would point you away from that. It takes the Holy Spirit to point you to the Word, for He is the Word. He is the Word, and It can only... As the--as the magnetic in the compass is only set towards the North Pole, that's the only way it can draw. And when the Holy Spirit is the Author and Writer, and the quickener of the Word, how can It point the person to anything else but the Word? 40 So when a person says they have the Holy Ghost, and accept something contrary to the Word, it shows that ain't the genuine Holy Ghost they got. See? It may be a ghost; I wouldn't dispute that, but it--it isn't the Holy Ghost of--of Christ. Now, you know, many times, they take one another's spirits; and so that might point in a--like a group of men to a certain thing, but it won't--it--it won't point to Christ. But the Holy Spirit always points to Christ, and Christ is the Word. We see this so plainly in the Bible. Or, I do. Maybe I might be wrong, but--in my thinking, but I don't think so; because that this, "Lean not to your own understanding of things." If you lean to your own understanding, then you're bound to get off of the right road. You can't lean to anyone else's understanding when it comes to Life. To find Life you've got to lean to the Word. That's Life. 42 We see this from the beginning. It's so plainly made known to us from the beginning, that God gave His first family on earth His Word to live by. Only His Word, was to live by. Now, that's not through eating the food and so forth. But His Word they were to live by eternally. And as long as they kept that Word, they lived eternally. But the first little phrase of that Word was misplaced, the whole chain broke, and the human race plunged into death. See? Now we notice Eve, which was no doubt an intelligent person; the first right off of Adam, who was the--the son of God... And Eve, certainly being in that spot where there had been no sin, no place for sin, she certainly must've had a wonderful conception of what God was. Because every afternoon, she and her husband walked in the cool of the garden in the evening, and talked face to face with God. What a--an unreasonable thing that a person who would walk face to face with God each day, and then would turn to the reasoning of something that reasoned her away from the Word of God. 44 We still got them. They so easily be reasoned away from the Word of God, after setting in the Presence of God. Seeing the Word of God preached, the Word of God made manifest, drunkards and sinners come to the altar and be converted and made new creatures in Christ, people of ill fame made ladies and gentlemen; and then to turn from that blessed thing that led them to this Life, and then be perverted off after some kind of a creed to become more popular or--or get into what they would call a better class of people.

Why, you're in the best class that there is: sons and daughters of God. Well, I like that company better than I would with all the kings and potentates, and everything else. Give me that humble bunch of people, if they don't know their right hand from their left. As long as they know God, and love Him and serve Him, that's the celebrity of heaven to me. Yes, sir. 46 Now, but we find that Eve was easily persuaded by Satan from the Word of God, and she leaned on her own understanding, because Satan had projected something to her which wasn't to her real understanding of God. But she had something else told to her by the enemy, Satan, and she believed it. Now, we find the results of this. It plunged the whole human race to death, because the first mother on the earth leaned to her own understanding, contrary to the Word of God, and plunged the whole human race to death. Now, do you believe that? That's the Word. Well, a woman is always... A church in the Bible is typed to woman. And a church today can accept a bunch of dogmas or creeds, and plunge the whole congregation in a separation from God. Those people who adopt those things in the stead of the Word of God are just like Eve. And it's been done over and over, till it's got this whole generation plunged away from the Word of God. 49 And when the Word is made manifest, the Word is revealed, they won't accept It, because they won't do it, because they lean to their own understanding. "This church was built here. It's a beautiful place. It's a great organization. It's a member of a great body of people. Why shouldn't we belong to that? I'll trust in it." Trust not in your own understanding, but trust in the Word of the Lord. Now, now it ended finally in death to the whole race, as I said, same as now, to the many people who rely upon their own understanding, their dogmas and creeds, and so forth, claiming, "The Word of God is not altogether true, that some of It is inspired and some is not." How can you have faith in a Bible, if part of It is inspired and part of it's not? If one--if one quotation is wrong, then the whole thing might be wrong. It's all got to be right, exactly right. 51 And some of these so-called perverted Bible schools teaching man's knowledge, accumulation, where they get together and set in a council of people, and say, "Now, look, if the days of miracles, it ended in the days of the apostles." And many men under the bishop or the high man, would set there and say, "Well, if I can just agree with him, no doubt but I might be in line next for his position." See, then you lean to your own understanding, instead of standing on your two feet for the Word of God. That's what causes these things. 52 Sometime ago, someone... I was in a dispute on the income tax. And they said to me, said, "Why, your trustees are nothing but puppets, I suppose." I said, "If I had a trustee on the board, that had a different idea, and wouldn't stand up, and (I don't care who's speaking about it) would express his own views of it, I'd throw him off the board." Yes, sir. Though it was contrary to my belief, I want him to express what he thinks is right. That's what I got him there for, see what he says about it. But we have that. 54 Notice, Jesus said in Saint John 10, "My sheep know My Voice," A Voice, of course, is His Word when He's speaking. "My sheep know My Voice. My Voice has been proven to them to be true. It's been vindicated that it is My Voice." Now, now, notice, they are not subject to following any other voice. They won't. "My sheep know My Voice, and a stranger they will not follow." In other words, they will not understand a theological voice that's teaching contrary to the Word. The sheep don't understand that no more than the eagle, last night, could understand the clucking of the hen. They don't understand it, because he was an eagle. And that's the same thing with a genuine born again child of God, they understand only the things that are of God. Now, somebody'd say, "Well, now look, you could do this, I think. It's, I believe that it isn't this away. I believe that the days of miracles is passed. I don't believe that that's Divine healing. I don't believe this." Now, a genuine born again Christian, that'll never stop in his ears; he don't understand

it at all. And how could a man that believes in God, and can read the Bible and see that He's the same yesterday, today, and forever, will ever accept such a thing as that, I don't understand it. So they do not lean to their own understanding. 56 Just like a--a baby. You take a little baby, and let him be born and let him once lean upon his mother's bosom, nurse from her the warm milk, lean his little head upon her bosom, though he's just a few hours old. In a day or two from then, take him away from his mother and give him over on the breast of a strange mother, he'll kick them little feet up in the air and yell. It's not his mother. See, he has already had a something about him, because he is a part of this mother, and yet nature has provided him a way to know his own mama. And if nature has provided a way for a baby to know its mother, from where it's born from, how much more has he a son of God that's born by the Spirit of God. He knows his Mama. He knows, because he was borned of the Word, and he understands the Word. Put him in a strange place, he certainly is out of--out of place, he'll get out of there as quick as he can. Because he has, he doesn't lean... Somebody'd say, "Now, wait, dear, this is your mama now." It's not his mama, because he has a way of knowing that he's part of this mother, that's his mother; no one else can ever take her place. He knows his own mother. 59 Notice how it's--how it is really so, God has made everything after its kind, the cattle after their kind. Many time in bringing a roundup down, we'd bring the whole herds of cattle and the little calves; I used to wonder how they would ever know their own mama. Now, they--they coming down out of the mountains, the cattle all mixed together. A--a--a cow that is with the calf, maybe a little hungry calf might nurse a little from the other mother, if he's real hungry; but when we stop them, out on the prairie, that mama starts through that crowd of cows and calves till she finds her own, and the calf is running for its mother. It knows that certain little whine in her bawl. And she's bawling for that calf, and other mothers are bawling till you can't even hear yourself think, but that little calf will find that certain call of its mother, because it's part of the mother. 60 And a borned again Christian from heaven, he is a part of this Word. Right. Another mama he will not follow. He's a part of the Word. He stays with the Word. "If the trumpet gives an uncertain sound, who can prepare hisself for battle?" said Paul. He knows the sound of the Word. Notice how-how this is, the predestinated hand of God following them through. He knows that he was ordained; he was in the Gospel Truth. He knowed that he was born by the Spirit of God. He knows that the Spirit of God cannot deny the Word of God, so therefore, a stranger he will not follow. Notice how... 61 I was looking back here on a note that I had wrote down here. I--I passed by it, but I just happened to see the Scripture reading, thought I'd refer back to it again. Notice how His own predestinated sheep followed Him, right in the days of the greatest theologians that we ever had. They come right out, because they knew Him. They knew what the Word had promised for that day. They knowed what the Messiah was to be like when He came. And Simon Peter came to Him, which was only "Simon" then. And Andrew had tried to tell him about that. "This Man is the Messiah." Well, Simon, of course, he was maybe a little hardheaded, and he wouldn't go. But when he walked up into the Presence of Jesus, when Jesus said, "Your name is Simon, and you are the son of Jonas." Now, we know that Jesus told His apostles that He knew them, and He--before the foundation of the world. They were the attributes of His thoughts. Therefore, being that seed laying in him, and he knew that the Word said and had been promised that the Messiah would be a prophet. And when he seen that, he was through with fishing. He knew then that he would drop his nets, because he would go--go and become a fisher of men. 64 For now there stood others standing there, who seen the same thing done, and classed it a evil spirit. That was the theologians, because it wasn't in the taste of their theological teaching. And they

turned it down, because they leaned to their own understanding, by their doctrine; when Jesus Christ came in the fulfillment of the Word of promise, and they were too blind to see it. They leaned upon what the priests said, and upon what the church said, instead of upon what God said. Now, Jesus rebuked them for it. He said, "Search the Scriptures, for in Them you claim you have Everlasting Life. And They are They that testify of Me. These Scriptures that I'm asking you to search, they tell you who I am." But they wouldn't lean to what the Word said, but they leaned to what their understanding was. They leaned to their own understanding. And the Scripture tells us that they were veiled. The veil of their own theology had them blinded. You say, "Brother Branham, what are you getting at?" 67 I'm just getting to this. That thing is occurring again, till men and women and people will lean to a certain church that they have joined and belonged to, no matter what the Word of God says about it. They go right on with that, leaning to their own understanding, and ignoring the Word of God, as if It hadn't (never) even been written. It's ungermitized seed of human life. It's got the physical life, but no spiritual life in it to be quickened. The veil was over their face. Now, notice, they had their own thoughts of what God should be, they had their own ideas of what Messiah should be. But the Word said what the Messiah should be. Now, see, they had their own understanding of what He would be. No doubt but what the high priest said, "All my priests under me, now when the Messiah comes... We've built a great temple here. We've done all this. And the Bible said, 'He'll quickly come to His temple,' and all these things. When He does, the Messiah will come right up here and recognize Himself with us, and say, 'I am the Messiah. I have arrived. I am that Messiah that you've been looking for.'" Well, when He did come, He come in such a different way from what they thought it was, they didn't recognize Him. They didn't know Who He was. But His... 69 And what if some hypocrite would've walked up there and said, "I am the Messiah. I am Doctor So-and-so"? They would've accepted it. But when they come to a Man that was born with a darkened birth behind Him, no education of any school He ever went to learn, no seminary did He have, no fellowship card; but He was the interpretation of God's Word made manifest. "The works, that I do tell you Who I am. If I do not the works that was promised I'd do, then believe me not." And could we not apply that to this day? When the Holy Ghost comes, that they want to apply to some other age, when He comes in the action and the demonstration of His power of Eternal Life, the people want to call it a--a wild fanaticism. Why? They are leaning to their own understanding and not to the Word of the Lord. You know that's right. 72 The identification, that God's Own interpretation is the manifestation of the promise. Maybe I'll say it, make it a little plainer. When God speaks the Word, He doesn't need any man, or any woman, or no one else to say what That means. When He said... Well, you say, "God meant this." God means just what He says it means. See? Now, how does He interpret His Own Word? By fulfilling It. The Bible said, "A virgin shall conceive"; she did. That don't need any interpretation. God said, "Let there be light," and there was. That don't need any interpretation. God said also, that in these last days He'd pour out His Spirit upon all flesh, and He's done it. That don't need any interpretation. That only needs an acception, somebody to accept what God has done. It doesn't need an interpretation. God interprets His own Word. God promised the things that we see day by day, that He would do it in the last day. 76 People today, like it was then, they lean upon their own understanding. "My pastor says that that's fanaticism." But the Bible said it would happen. Whose understanding you going to lean upon?

The Bible promised in the last days, that the Laodicea church Age would get so rich, and get so insuffic--or in a sufficiency of their own, "I am rich. I have need of nothing. I set as a queen." And she's rich. And He said, "Thou knowest it not that you are miserable." Now, that's the entire church age, the church. "To the church of Laodicea, you are naked, blind, poor, miserable, and don't know it." Setting in her riches, ten thousands times ten thousands, and thousands of members, wealth of the world in her hand almost. Putting it all together they--with the Catholic church and the Protestants together, as they're going together, they got the wealth of the world. 78 We are busted in this nation, just about. We're borrowing on tax that'll be paid in forty years from now, they tell me, so they said on "Lifeline." Taxes, we're spending now, will be paid forty years from now. My little grandson, if Jesus tarries, the taxes that he'll pay when he is forty years old, we're spending on it now, sending to foreign aid, and our own Indians and things starving to death; trying to buy fellowship. You don't buy fellowship. You don't buy a friend. No, but that's what we're doing. That's the way we're set up, taxing people to everything they can get onto, tax, tax, tax. And we'll not be out of war debt for--for hundreds of years yet, I suppose, that we been throwed into by politicians. And now we shouldn't be that way. There's no reason for us to be that way. But the churches themself has become rich. "Pretty near the wealth of the world," says the Bible, "lays in the Catholic church." That's why Russia run her out, why Russia excommunicate. That was the very grass roots of communism, because the church taught to be something, they wasn't no more from the rest of the world. 80 When we was up there in Finland, that little boy was raised from the dead, there stood them Russian soldiers at attention, and they said, "We will receive a God that can raise up the dead." We have made denominations, and schools, and--and buildings, and failed to do what Jesus told us to do, was preach the Gospel. We've tried to educate the world. He never said, "Educate the world; he that's educated shall be saved." You've got to be borned again, filled with the Spirit. That's the reason we have so miserably failed everywhere. See, we got the wealth, we got the thing. Now, what will happen? And when this church, World Council of churches goes together, can't you see who is going to do the leading? Can't you Methodists and Presbyterians understand that, the rest of you, even to Pentecostals? You say you're not going in. You'll either go in or you'll bust up the denomination. You'll do one or the other. It's right before you. You've got to do it. It's a forcing, the mark of the beast. That's what it is, exactly. Denominationalism absolutely (I can prove it by the Bible) is the mark of the beast. "She was a whore; she had prostitute daughters." And we know that that is the Truth. Organized religion, it's contrary to the Word, and it's antichrist in its principles. Not everything in there is antichrist; but in its principles, its system is antichrist, because it's against the Word of God. Every organized system is that way. 83 There you are (See?) and you lean to somebody else's own under--their understanding, instead of leaning to God's understanding, by what God said about it. That's the reason it's wrong. Boys go off to seminaries who has good education, off to these Bible schools, so-called. And maybe they got a-got a call of God in their heart. And they get out there and they're so indocumated with one view, that, "So-and-so said it, Bishop So-and-so. This one said it. That one said it. The council of men agreed, this way it should be." Don't care what anybody says. Jesus said, "Let every man's word be a lie, and Mine be the Truth. No matter whose it is, Mine be the Truth." Now, how do we know what's Truth? When the Bible declares that something will happen, that something's going to take place, and it happens that way. Now, the Bible said in her was the--the wealth of the world: gold, silver. Now, if we're on the gold standard, and we're broke, now what is going to happen? What's going to happen? You know, the rich people of this nation, these big factories, and whiskey men, and tobacco men, and so forth like that, is not going to stand to change the currency, so the only thing we'll have to do is borrow it. And there's only one place we can borrow it. And when we do, we sell our

birthrights out to it. That's right. Then what are you going to do? You're owned by it, the--that system. There's nothing else you can do. 88 Oh, people, don't think I... You may think I'm crazy. But when my voice is silenced in death, these tapes will still be playing, and you'll recognize that what I've said has come to pass. I'd be a most silly person to take the stand that I have took to even against this thing, I--I would be--I'd be against God, I'd be against everything that's God, if I did--if I had--was wrong in my thinking and my calling. The thing would be against God. But I have took my stand because I see it here in the Word. It's God's Word. Then I see it being vindicated, proven that it's the truth. That's the interpretation that God gives of His Word. God's own interpretation of His Word is how He vindicates It and makes It true. 89 Why were these Pharisees blind? What made them so blind? Because they would not accept revelation or vindication of the Word. And that's the reason today that the churches are blind, is because they won't accept revelation that's being vindicated. If the Word says so, and it's revealed, and then it's proven, still they won't accept It. That's the reason these Jews, the Jews to this day will not. You cannot talk to them about Christ, because the veil is still over their face: blinded to... And the church, you can't talk to them about the full Gospel and the power of God, because the god of this world has blinded them from the truths of God, and they lean to their own understanding. When women come into the church and bob off their hair, because their pastors tells them, "Oh, that's all right. That man's crazy." But the Bible said she has done wrong when she does it; God refused to answer her prayer. And some of them women make another disgrace and try to be a preacher, then she's done a double thing. The Bible said she should not do that, none of it. But the church organization will receive it, and ordain her, and send her out; they're leaning to their own understanding. 93 One Word of God misplaced, or misconstrued, or It not accepted, breaks the whole Chain. "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." Why is it, women, you hear me preach against these things, of wearing shorts, and paints, and--and hairdos of this here bobbed hair, and all that kind of stuff, and then every year when I come back you're still setting in the same condition? Is because you're leaning to your own understanding instead of the Word of the Lord. And, pastors, why don't you clean up your church? Because you're going to your denominational creed instead of the Word of the Lord. That's right. Lean not to your own understanding. Well, lean not to your own understanding, but upon the Word of the Lord. 96 They would not accept it, because they would not accept vindication. Jesus come with a--a Gospel, just exactly the way He said He would come. Even many times... John was a little bit confused when he was throwed into prison, and he--he got down there... And he had preached that there was "Coming in the Messiah, Whose fan was in His hand; He'd thoroughly purge His floor, and burn the chaff with unquenchable fire, and gather the wheat into the garner." The Spirit of God bringing forth, gulching out of Him like a--like a fountain. And then when he seen Jesus come on the scene, a little, meek, lowly sort of a Fellow being pushed around, around here for His life, and over there. Why, they didn't... John couldn't understand it, so he sent some of his disciples to find out from Jesus if He really was the One. What a dishonor to Jesus, after that prophet standing there in the water, with the Word of God, said, "I knew Him, because I seen the--the Holy Spirit like a dove, God descending from heaven like a dove and going into Him, and I heard a Voice from heaven, saying, 'This is My beloved Son,'" and then John said, "Go and ask Him if really He was the One, or--or--or do we look for another?" 99 Now, Jesus never sent him a book on how to behave in prison, or what church he should've joined. But He said, "Stay around a little while and watch what happens, and then go show John the

things that you have seen and done," because that His works that He did vindicated Him to be the Messiah, the Son of God. "Blessed is he who is not offended in Me." So many have become offended. So many people get offended so easy at the Word of God. It--It's contrary, they want to lean to their own understanding. They don't want to take the Word of the Lord. And they have to go just the way that--that they've been taught to go, and the way that they are taught--their church leans upon it. No matter if God promised He'd--He'd rain, have rain in the morning, and the church said, "that's nonsense," they'd believe the church instead of God. Because why? They're born of the church. But a man that's borned of God, is of the seed of God. And the seed of God is the Word of God, and he only lives by That. That's his Life. 102 Now, they leaned onto their own understanding, but they didn't want to lean on God's Word. They knowed better. It was in the Scripture. They called it a evil spirit, that Man. 'Cause why? Their priest said, "Anybody that goes to hear this Man preach, they'll be put out of the synagogue." When a man was healed that was blind once, by Jesus. Even his parents, so happy about the healing, but they was afraid to confess that it was Jesus that did it. Yeah. He said--he said, "Is this your son?" Said, "Yes." Said, "Who made him well?" Said, "I--I don't know." Said, "He's of age, you ask him. He--he can talk for himself." Because it had been said that any man that leaned to His, Christ's understanding instead of their understanding, would be put out of their church. Now, isn't that just the same? I ask you a pine blank question. That's right. And they do the same thing. No matter what God does, it has to be according to their understanding, not what God vindicates to be the Truth. Now, and that man had the answer though. He said, "Who healed you?" He said, "One called Jesus of Nazareth." Said, "He's a sinner. We don't know from whence he come." He said, "Now, that's a strange thing. You're supposed to be the leaders of this hour. And here's a Man opened my eyes, that hasn't been done since the world begin, and yet you say you don't know from whence He come." Oh, my. 107 Why? They was leaning to their own understanding instead of the Word of the Lord. Because Isaiah said, "The blind would see; the lame would leap like a hart; deserts would break forth in joy." But, you see, they leaned to their own understanding, not to the Word; their own system they had drawed up. Now, notice the churches of today do the same thing. They have formed a great super race of understanding in their denominational systems. That they have such a super understanding, they don't want nobody else to fool with it, nobody to come in unless they belong to that group. Don't tell me; I live in Tucson, Arizona. I come down there three years ago; I met with the council of churches, and I said, "I never come to start a church. I come to fellowship with you. I come to help you. I'm a missionary, evangelist, whatever I do." They said, "Are you coming here to start a church?" I said, "No, sir. I come here... If I want a church, I got one in Indiana." I said, "I come here because the Lord led me here in a vision. I'm going to stay for a while now, unless He leads me away, but I never come to start a church. I come to help you brethren." 111 That's been three years ago; I've never been invited to one place. Why? Because there was a get-together right after that, and said, if any man had me in their pulpit, they would excommute that preacher. See why? Leaning to their own understanding! Certainly, that's is--is so-called; they form their super understanding.

'Less you put your name on their book, you say--you're lost. A minister told me that. "Oh," you say, "that was some quack." It was a Pentecostal. Jack Moore and I set there and listened at him in Dallas, Texas. He said he was going to have to take a man off the book. I said, "Why?" "'Cause he fellowshipped with you." I said, "Well, take it off." He said, "Well, he's lost then." I said, "Lost?" "Why," he said, "if his name is not on it..." I said, "You mean you're a district presbyter and believe that?" He said, "That's the truth." I said, "Get off the phone, mister. You--you... That ain't the grace of God, that--that. See?" 116 "For by one Spirit we are all baptized into one Body, and become members of that Body." I don't care what brand you got on you, that don't have nothing to do with it. You are absolutely a Christian by birth; that's the only way. That's the only way you can be; not by joining, not by creeds, not exciting this, or reciting this, or any other thing, or by education, theology. You're a Christian when you're borned again, and you cannot be borned again 'less you've been elected to be borned again. "For no man can come to Me except My Father draws him, and all that My Father has given Me will come. (Amen.) I'll raise him up again at the last day." These great so-called Bible schools we have, they'll say, lean upon their own learning. Oh, my. They, no matter what the Word says, they can so plainly explained it, oh, to their ownselves, make their ownselves believe it, and their own kind believe it, that, "The days of miracles is passed. There is no such thing as prophet, prophets, apostles. There is no such a thing as gifts of healing, and so forth. It all ended back in the Bible days." They can make themselves believe that. 118 You know, the Bible said you can believe a lie and be damned by it. See? That's exactly the truth. They form, no matter what the Word of God says, they lean to their own understanding. They--they lean on it; they believe it; they think it's the Truth. You can keep believing a lie over and over and over till it's the truth to you. That's right. But how do we know whether it's Truth or not? God proved it's Truth, 'cause it's in His Word and He a-vindicates It. He does His own interpretation of It. How do they do, get to this? They do it by their culture, their education, of their understandings of their--the degree of doctor's degree, and so forth, that they have come from some certain seminary and learned these things. 121 But look, friends, listen. Nowhere in the Bible are we asked to understand. We're not asked to understand It. We're asked to believe It. Believe It by what? By faith. If you understand It, then that makes faith annulled. You can't understand it, but you believe It anyhow. If I could understand God, I wouldn't have to believe God. I do not understand God. No man understands God. I cannot understand the Word of God, but I accept It. I believe It. I'm not asked to understand It. I don't, went to no seminary and all this great understanding of man's knowledge on that. I just know that the Bible says that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and I look for Him in that same category. I know He promised what He would do in this day; I look for Him to do it and He does it. That's right. He promised grace; I looked for it and I received it. He promised healing; I believed it and I accepted it, and I received it. 123 Now, don't want to take too much of your time, but I want to ask one thing if you'll bear with me a minute to consider some of those who did not lean on their own understanding; some characters of the Bible, just for a few, that leaned not to their own understanding, regardless of what the understanding of their age was.

Let's take, for instance, Noah. Noah lived in a day of great scientific research. In the days of Noah they probably built the pyramids, that they cannot reproduce again. Now, we haven't got nothing to do it with, nothing to lift the boulders up there. They could not today. Them days, they had some kind of a chemical they could put in dye and make the clothes look natural till today. They had an embalming fluid that they could make a mummy; we could not make one today if we had to. We've... A lot of the arts that we have lost. The day that he lived, in a smart scientific age. Jesus referred to it, that that same kind of an age would return again before He come back, "For as it was in the days of Noah..." Now, you will believe that, won't you? Do you believe that Jesus said that? Do you believe we have returned to that age? Now, that is in the Book of Luke, the 17th chapter and the 29th verse. 126 Now, in Luke 17:30, He said, "And as it was in the days of Lot, when the Angel of the Lord..." Now, He was reading the same Bible we are. And when He... Go back and find out what kind of day it was before Noah's rain. Go back and find out what kind of a day it was before the world was destroyed in the days of Lot. Find out what it was, and you see what Jesus was talking about. "In the days of Noah, they was eating, drinking, marrying, and given in marriage; knew it not until Noah entered into the ark, and the flood come, taken them all away." In the days of Lot just before the world was--the fire burned the Gentile world, the Sodomites, there were homosexuals, perversions, everything in the world. A great... It was a modern Los Angeles; not a modern only Los Angeles, but a United States; not only in United States, but a world. It sure was perversion. Men lost their natural source of life and their natural understandings of common sense, become perverted by an evil spirit that changed the whole course of their natural life, and they were possessed with demon spirits. If that ain't the picture of the days of Noah, I don't know it, and in the days of Lot, I mean. In days of Noah also, eating, drinking, marrying, given in marriage, divorce courts filling, and everything, just like it was. 130 But remember, before the world was destroyed, Abraham was sent on the face of the earth and was given a promise of a son. And Abraham met God in many stages, as a type of the church has met God. But just before the destruction and the promised son returned, or came, rather, the son had been promised, came, God came down and was manifested in human flesh in a Man, three Men. And They come down to Lot; come first to Abraham, and They set down. And Abraham had had his name changed from Abram to Abraham; Sarai to Sarah. And this Man, the speaker, Elohim, when He came down to speak to him, what did He say? He said, "Where is your wife, Sarah?" Said, "She's in the tent behind You." Said, "I will visit you according to the time of life." And she laughed in the tent behind Him. And He said, "Why did Sarah laugh?" See? Now, He would've took the life of Sarah right there for laughing at His Word; but He could not do it, because Sarah was a part of Abraham. 133 And today, Jesus said in Luke the 17th chapter and the 30th verse, "As it was in the days of Lot, so shall it be at the end time when the Son of man..." Now, remember, "Son of man" is a prophet. Jehovah called Ezekiel a "son of man." Jesus come in three names: Son of man, Son of David, Son of God. He called Hisself "Son of man" so that the people would understand, for He was that Prophet that the Lord God would raise up. Now, notice, then He promised what? The Son of man would reveal Himself again just before that time, before the fire. And that was the last sign that Abraham saw before the promised son arrived; and he turned back to a young man, and she to a young woman. Before... Now, notice, the Scripture specifically says that, now we must look for that. And then if we see the world in perversion and the things that's in it today, carried on the way it is, then how can we say that's right and don't say this other's right? Because somebody, you're leaning

on their understanding and not the understanding of the Prince of Life Who was that Person that was there at the gate with them at Sodom. Now, we notice, we lean not to our own understanding. 137 Noah did not lean to his understanding. It was a great scientific age, but he didn't lean to his understanding of his day. But he leaned on the promise of God, and moved by the power of God, and prepared an ark in the saving of His house, when it was absolutely contrary to common sense. There was no water up there, never had been. But he knew if God said there would be, there would be. So he leaned not to his own understanding, but by faith he moved by the Word of God's promise. The Spirit moved him, and he did it. Abraham, he did not lean to his understanding about human life. He had married his wife at about seventeen years old. Here he was, seventy-five years old, and she was sixty-five years old, being ten years younger. But Abraham did not lean to his understanding, when God said that He'd give him a son by Sarah. But he called anything, any scientific proof that was contrary to God's Word, any learning outside of God's Word, as though it wasn't so. And he give God praise, strong, giving Him praise. He did not even consider looking at his own body, or the deadness of Sarah's body, or--or his body. He did not consider anything, but leaned upon the promise of God. He leaned not upon his own understanding. He leaned not upon reasons. 139 "Why," you say, "Brother Branham, it's reason that God wouldn't heal the sick; we've got so many fine doctors." The Bible said, "We cast down reasonings." We don't reason. Faith don't reason. Faith believes and accepts. Notice. But he believed instead of unbelieving, and called the things, which were not, as though they were, which was absolutely against any reasoning. But he didn't reason. He just believed it. There was no reasons could prove that that baby could be born. That woman was about twenty years apast menopause, and his body was as good as dead. And when he was a hundred years old, twenty-five years later, he still was giving God praise, against any kind of a understanding. But by faith, he knowed that God would keep His Word. He leaned not to his own understanding. 142 What if Moses would've leaned to his own understanding, when God told him that he was to--to take Pharaoh--or the children of Israel out of Pharaoh's hand? What if he'd have leaned to his own understanding, when he was there by the Pillar of Fire, when God said, "Go down and I'll be with you"? What if he'd have leaned to his understanding when he brought them to the Red Sea, and there they was at the water, and here God had promised them the promised land? What if he'd have leaned to his own understanding, "How am I going to get across there? We haven't time to build a bridge. Here's the army coming right behind us. Here's the mountains on either side. Here is the water in front of us, the Red Sea"? Now, if he'd leaned to his own understanding, he'd throwed up his hands and run, fell at the feet of Pharaoh, said, "Pharaoh, forgive me; I did wrong." But he leaned not to his own understanding. But he prayed, and God told him to step forward, and the sea opened up, which was against all reasonings. But he leaned not to his own understanding. 145 What if Joshua, when he went over there with the other ten denominations, and walked over there and seen that promised land of God, and would've come back with them and said, "Now, wait a minute. It is true. We look like grasshoppers. They're giants. How can we ever take them? We don't even have swords, just what we've picked up. How can we ever go in and take that land? Why, it's totally impossible. They outnumber us fifty men to one. They are trained soldiers, and we're nothing but just a bunch of sheepherders and mud-daubers out of Egypt. How? We don't even have shield and things, how will we ever take it?" Why, understanding would sure prove that they could not do it. Any military man like he was, or Moses, could not have leaned on their own understanding. But their understanding, they leaned not on. But they knowed that God said, "I have given you that land. Go take it."

147 Lean not to your own understanding. If you lean on your own understanding today when you're sick, maybe setting in a wheelchair, dying with cancer, heart trouble, and the doctor says you're going to die, if you lean to that understanding, you'll die. But don't lean to that understanding. Certainly not. What about at the walls of Jericho, that they say they could run a chariot race around the top of them, them great big walls? God said, "Go up there and march around it so many times, and sound a trumpet, and all of you let out a shout, and the wall is going to fall down." Well, that was absolutely would be silly to the carnal mind. But Joshua, knowing how thick those walls was, 'cause he had built plenty of walls down in Egypt. He knowed the cement that was in them, how tight they were to hold them chariot races on top, and even houses built on top of it. But he didn't lean to his own understanding. He believed what God said was the truth, and obeyed His Word, and the walls fell down. Leaning not to his own understanding. 149 What if he was fighting that battle, and, as I was preaching on Sunday, and there the sun was going down; the enemy was routed. That night they'd get together and they'd come with another force, kill plenty of his men. Now, what if he'd have said, "I need some daylight. I've got to have some more sunlight. Well, now wait a minute. God set this order, and the sun turns so the world turns. Now, let's see, if I'd say for the sun to stop... Maybe if the world stops now, then it'd loses its gravitation, I'll fall"? He didn't listen to his understanding. Only thing he said was, "Sun, stand still; and, moon, you stay where you are," and it obeyed him. He didn't lean to his own understanding. But he leaned to the promise of God, "I've given you that land; go get it." 151 He's give you the promise of the Holy Ghost. You can get It in this convention. You can get It now. Don't lean to, "You know, I'm tired. I tell you; I eat too much supper. I--I--I'd hate for John to see me doing this." Oh, for goodness sake, you're leaning to your own understanding. "The promise is unto you, and your children's children, to them that's far off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call." "The doctor said I'm going to die. He examined me, and said I had this cancer, I had this, or whatever it was. I've got to die." Don't lean to that understanding. God is the Lord thy God Who heals all of thy diseases. So don't lean to that understanding, no man's understanding. Lean to God's understanding. 155 What if Samson, out in the field, when the Philistines, a thousand men run up on him? And there he was standing there, a little bitty, curly-headed shrimp, about that high. He did... Well, he wasn't a swordsman, 'cause he didn't know; he had no training, military training. He was just a little old curlyheaded sissy like, with seven locks hanging down: mama's boy standing out there, and here come a thousand Philistines. Well, he didn't have nothing in his hand. He looked down, and he found an old bleached out, white jawbone of a mule, and he picked it up. Now, said, "Let's see, now, I won't do much with this, because them helmets on their head is... Them Philistines, all them soldiers, they've all got spears. They've all got coats of mail. And their helmets weigh about fifteen pounds apiece, great big men, all out. Well, if I'd ever hit with this old brittle jawbone of the mule, upon one of them helmets, why, it would burst to pieces. That's it"? He didn't lean to his understanding. He just took what was in his hand and started beating Philistines. And after he'd beat down a thousand of them, he still had the jawbone in his hand. Amen. 158 I don't care what man's theology says, don't lean to that. Lean to the Word of God, "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever." Certainly, he believed it.

What if David would've listened to Sam's--Saul's theology? There stood Goliath out there with his big boast, and all everybody scared. Saul, head and shoulders above all the army... Goliath said, "Somebody come out and fight me. There's no need of--of all of us dying. If I kill you, then you all serve us. And if you kill me, why, we'll serve you," 'cause he had the edge on him. That's the way the devil likes to do, when he's got his whole seminary out, and all of them, when he's coming along. See? Little old David walking around there, a piece of sheepskin on him; ruddy, stoop-shouldered, a little bitty guy about a hundred pounds, a hundred and ten, he said, "Do you mean to tell me that the armies of the living God, that's circumcised to a covenant, will stand there and let that uncircumcised Philistine defy the armies of the living God?" 161 Saul said, "Come here, boy." He said, "I admire your courage, but the days of miracles is passed. We don't have no such a thing as that. And let me tell you something, what fellowship card can you show. See? You ain't even got an armor. You ain't got nothing but a slingshot in your hand. See? You haven't got a Ph.D. or LL.D. How you going to do this? Why, that man is a warrior. Why, he's--he's a D.D., double L, Ph.D., LL.Q. Why, he's got so many degrees, he could plaster a wall with them. And who are you? A sheepherder." He said, "But I want to tell you something." He said, "You know what?" Said, "I was herding my father's sheep out there," and said, "a lion come in and grabbed one of them, and run out. And you know, I took this little slingshot and went after him, and knocked him down. I took the--the lamb out of his mouth, and he rose up against me when I did. I just took the knife and killed him." Said, "I went on back. And here come a bear in, after that sheep, and grabbed him and run out. I slew him too." He said, "Now, the God... Not my Ph.D., not my own understanding. I can't tell you how I do it. I don't know how it's done. But the God (Amen.), the God that delivered me out of the paw of the bear and the lion, how much more will He deliver me out of the hand of that uncircumcised Philistine." 163 A bishop Saul, said, "You know, I believe you got a calling, boy. I'll tell you; if you'd come over here, I'll learn you how to duel. (See?) And I'll tell you, I'm--I'm the doctor, so you put on my armor. I want to dress you up." David stood there, and they give him a Ph.D., a LL.D., and all that, and he-and the poor little fellow couldn't even move. He didn't know how. He said, "I never proved this. That ecclesiastical vest don't fit me. Take the thing off. Let me go with what God helped me with." That was faith in the power of God. And he--he didn't lean to his own understanding. He didn't lean to what somebody else said. He leaned to faith. Because he knowed if God had saved him from the bear's paw, how much more would He save him from that Philistine. Well, if God loved you well enough to bring you up out of sin and to fill you with the Holy Ghost, what's the matter with you poor spineless weaklings around the country, won't He much more deliver you from your affliction when He promised He'd do it? God's Word said so. He'll do it. Sure, He delivered him out of the hand. 166 Oh, every one of the prophets, what if they would've leaned to their own understanding in their age? They'd have never walked up to them priests and high priests, and called them whited walls and everything else. They'd never prophesied contrary to them. They'd have been like some of them modern prophets, would agreed, wore fine clothes, and been in kings' palaces. What if John would've tried to lean to his own understanding? But he walked right up. They said, "Now, wait a minute, John, don't you preach on marriage and divorce." He walked right up to Herod's...?... and he said, "It's not lawful for you to have her." Yes, sir. Say, "Well, you know who that is? That's the Procla..." "I don't care who it is." He didn't lean. He said, "Now, you know you haven't got much. You're down here on this wilderness. The association won't receive you, if you go to acting like that." He didn't care about any association. He didn't lean to his own understanding, but to the understanding of God. Sure.

171 There was one man who did lean to his own understanding, and his name was Judas Iscariot. Oh, he... I--I don't see how he could've done it. He'd walked face to face with Christ, just like Eve did in the beginning. He had seen the vindication; he'd looked at God in the face, like Eve did in the cool of the evening. Eve looked at Christ in the cool of the evening in the garden. And Judas had set in the cool of the evening in the garden of Gethsemane and many places, and had looked at the same Christ; had heard Him teach, prove Himself by the Word, vindicated to be the prophet that Moses had spoke of would be raised up, and told them in the Scripture Who He was, and all about it. They had seen it proved by God, that He was, and then he leaned to his own understanding. 172 How could he do it? It was because he never had it down here in the first place. He wasn't a germitized seed. He was the son of perdition, borned out of perdition, returned back to perdition. Now, we notice. But he went out, and maybe he might've had an idea of his understanding. He might've thought that Jesus... He had so much respect for Him, "Now, you know; I might sell Him for thirty pieces of silver. And if I do, I'll have some money, and I can do something with that. And He's able to deliver Himself." See, he didn't know in the Scripture that He had raised up to take that same place. And neither does the people today realize what condition that they're in. It's ordained for this Laodicea church to be in this condition, putting Christ on the outside, and Him knocking, trying to get back in, [Brother Branham knocks on the pulpit--Ed.], no cooperation nowhere though. Vindicating His Word in the day now, like He did in every day, and they walk right away from it. Leaning to their own understanding, that's--that's all there is to it. 174 Or, maybe, let's say this that--that he thought maybe if he did sell Christ for thirty pieces of silver, why, that he would have a--a fellowship with some of the great denominations of that day, the Pharisees and Sadducees. He'd say, "Now, wait, He can take care of Hisself. I've seen Him in great battles; I--I know that--that He can take care of Himself. So I might make some money, kind of a--a little retirement, as it was. And then, again, I might have a great standing with these churches today, if I would betray Him to them." See? But he leaned to his own understanding, instead of the understanding that that was the vindicated Word of God, and he did to Jesus just what the Scriptures said he would do. And today, the church world has turned Christ out in this last days, just exactly like the Book of Revelation said they would do it. It's the spirit of Judas again in the form of church, "Having a form of godliness, but denying the Word." See? That's right. Now, oh, my, what did it result in? Death, just like it did to Eve. And it does to all others who tries to pervert the Word of God and lean to their own understanding. Even now they sell, not for thirty pieces of silver, but maybe become, oh, some great officer, some seminary experience. Wouldn't be worth thirty pieces of silver, but they sell it anyhow; sell their understanding of God out for such a thing as that. 176 How different from the great learned Saint Paul, who had all the knowledge he could brag about. But he said, "I've turned the whole thing of my reasonings down. I met a Pillar of Fire one day on the road down to Damascus." And he said, "I never come to you with excellency of speech, because if I did, you'd trust in the wisdom of man. But I come to you in the power and demonstrations of the Holy Ghost, that your--you would lean upon the Word of God." Amen. Said, "If an Angel from heaven come, preaching any other thing, let him be accursed," Galatians 1:8. That's right. No, sir. He never. The little woman at the well, she was immoral. But she knowed that the churches had excommunicated her. And, but she never leaned upon her own understanding when she met this One at the well, who told her all the sins that she had done; she run into the city. Now, it wasn't right for a woman to do that, to go in and say anything, 'cause she was a prostitute. But when she had met Jesus, she never leaned to the understanding of the people, them days. She come, said,

"Come, see a Man Who told me the things I've done. Isn't this the very Messiah?" She never leaned upon her understanding. No. 178 The virgin Mary, when the Angel Gabriel met her and told her that she was going to have a baby without knowing a man... Whew. Never been. She never leaned upon her own understanding, that a woman could not have a baby without having a--a husband. She didn't lean upon that. But she said, "Behold the handsmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to Your Word." She didn't say, "How am I going to do it? And when will I do it? And how's this all going to take place?" The Angel said, "The Holy Ghost shall overshadow thee; and that holy Thing will be born of thee shall be called the Son of God." She said, "Behold the handsmaid of the Lord." She didn't take her reasoning, say it couldn't be done. She just said, "Behold the handsmaid of the Lord." That's right. 181 Notice. The--the woman that had the blood issue, the doctor told her, said, "There's no hopes." She'd spent all of her living, with the physicians, and none of them could help her. And she didn't lean upon that. When Jesus... She walked through the crowd, and she said, "I believe if I can touch that Man's garments, I'll be made well." She goes over. "Now, wait, the doctor said, 'You can't get well.'" She'd had this blood issue for years and years. She got weaker all the time and worse. The doctors had give her up. That's all the understanding they had. But she said, by faith, There's no Scripture telling her to do that. But she said, "If I could touch the border of His garment, I'll be made well," and she slipped around and touched Him. She walked back, set down. And Jesus turned around and said, "Who touched Me?" He looked around till He found her. He told her of her blood issue. And she felt at that moment in her own body. She couldn't prove it then, but she felt in her own body that her blood issue stopped. She never reasoned, if the doctor had turned her down, how could anything else help her? She never went to reason, but she went to faith. 186 Now, the Bible said that He's the High Priest today, that can be touched by the feeling of our infirmities. Is that right? Don't go to reason, say, "Oh, that's..." He said today He's that. He is right now a High Priest that can be touched by the feeling of our infirmities. The same yesterday, today, and forever. What do you think when I was out there as a Baptist preacher, and that Angel of the Lord met me out there and commissioned me to go do this that I'm doing? Why, my pastor said, "You've gone crazy. Why, you had a nightmare, you..." I said, "You'd better take my fellowship card right now." Now, he said, "How can you with not even a grammar school education, preach around the world? How can you ever pray for kings and potentates, and you--you--you can't even use your grammar right?" I wasn't trusting in my grammar. I wasn't trusting in any ability I had. I was commissioned. Hallelujah. And I didn't go to reasons. 190 If I had have listened to reasons, there'd probably have been thousands of people died years ago. But I carried a Message exactly like He said, around and around the world. And I'm going again, by the grace of God; not by reasons, but by a commission. Hallelujah. I leaned not... You say, "You're fifty-five years old." If I was ninety-five, that don't mean a thing. He's still the same God that He was with Abraham. Yes, sir. Lean not to your own understanding. And after the sign went forth, and the Voice following, and the churches begin to turn me down and close their doors upon doctrine, that any of them is daresn't to stand before me to say it's right or

wrong. I challenge any of them. Uh-huh. Not to be smart, but I know where I'm at. See? That's right. What did they do? What did they do? They shut every door. "Now, what are you going to do?" 192 The other day, up on the mountain, I was standing there. I said, "Lord, I got one open door in the whole nation, as far as I know; that's Phoenix, Arizona, is the only one I got." And I started down off the mountain. Just as plain as I ever heard anybody speak, said, "What's that to thee? Follow thou Me." Amen. No more of my own understanding. I'll lean upon His promise. Oh, friend, don't lean upon reasons. Then you cry out, with Eddie Perronett of old. All hail the power of Jesus' Name! Let angels prostrate fall; Bring forth the royal diadem, And crown Him Lord of all; Crown Him Lord of all. That's right. Don't lean upon what you think, what somebody else thinks. By faith accept the promise of God. Will you do it? Now, it isn't whether somebody else did it, whether they didn't do it, but what about you? What will you do with this Jesus called the Christ, that makes Hisself known in this day, the same as He did in that day? Do you believe Him? Let us pray. 195 Lord Jesus, King of kings, Lord of lords, God of gods, God of all potentates; the First, the Last; the Alpha, Omega; the Beginning and the Ending; the Bright and Morning Star, the Rose of Sharon, Lily of the Valley, Root and Offspring of David; come, Lord God, the same yesterday, today, and forever. Bless this crowd of people, Lord. This... [] just getting ready to start tomorrow. We've had a little meeting here, and You've blessed us in it. You've made Yourself known to us. I pray, God, that You will continue to make Yourself known to us. Bless us tonight. Help us now. We are needy people. And, Lord, Thou knowest I don't like to scold people, but how can I hush that holy burning? I don't like to do that, Lord. You know my life, my heart. I must do it. And I pray, God, that You'll help me to do it. Just give me grace, and never let me lean to my own understanding, but let me lean upon Thy promise. In Jesus' Name. Amen. 198 I want you, everyone to be real reverent just for a few minutes. In this crowd of people, there's men and women setting here, no doubt, who are sick. How many is sick and afflicted in here, raise up your hands, just say, "I am in need of God"? Just raise up your hand right now, "I'm in need of God." Now, I don't know very many people. I know these three boys setting right here. I know Mr. Dauch and his wife setting there. I think--I think this is Sister Moore. I'm not sure. Is that right, Sister Moore? Outside of that, I guess that does it. Or Brother Mike, and the platform. That's as far, as I see, that I know. But the heavenly Father Who promised, and in this day He would vindicate Himself in this age, just exactly the way He did at Sodom... Did He promise it? Manifest Himself? Do you believe that? 201 Now, if you will pray, and by faith... Now, don't try to reason, "How can I touch Him as the High Priest?" Now, the Bible said, the New Testament; He is a High Priest right now. He continues a High Priest after the order of Melchisedec. He's the High Priest forever. There's no other High Priest but Him, no other mediator between God and man, but the Man Christ. That's right. He is the only One, and He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Now, if He remains that same High Priest, and the Bible said, we can touch Him by the feeling of our infirmities, like that little woman did that touched His garment, your faith can touch Him tonight and He'll act the same way in human flesh, like He did when He was in human flesh there at--at Abraham's oak. You believe that? He promised He would do it. Now, just pray, anybody that has a need. And I--I...

204 It's like I said: a gift is not something that's like you take a knife, and if you want to cut this with it, you can cut it; or you cut this, you can cut it, or whatever you want to. That's not a gift of God. See? No. A gift of God is some way you have of getting yourself out of the way. And gifts and callings are the predestination of God. "Gifts and callings are even without repentance." You're born with it, a little gear that you pull yourself over in, but you cannot step on the pedal. See? God has to operate it. You have to get yourself out of the way. Your faith can operate it, not mine; yours. Mine just takes it out of the way. You believe with all your heart that Jesus Christ lives today. 207 Don't lean to your own understanding; you say, "Well, now look, I--I'm in serious shape, brother. You don't know me. I've been in this wheelchair. I've been... I--so..." I don't care what you've been, and see if God won't come down and do exactly like He did when He was here on earth in a physical body. He'll do it in your body, in my body together as a unit believing in Him. He'll do it because He promised He would do it. Now, don't lean to what somebody say, "Oh, that's--that's mental telepathy," that they call It. Said Jesus was the same thing. They said He was a fortuneteller, a devil. But He was the Son of God, because He was according to the promised Word of God. 210 Now, as I said, our--our places, we don't have to have that to come up and lay hands on people. We laid hands on them last night. But the only thing you have to have is faith and then recognize. By faith you accept it, by faith, not--not anything that... Don't say, "Well, now how can it be done?" If I could tell you how it was done, then it wouldn't be no more faith. I don't know how it's done. I don't know, but I believe it. I--I don't know how--how God saves a sinner, but He does it. I don't know how God does any of these things, but I accept it. He--He does it; that's the way. Because I can't explain it. Now, well, I... Never will be explained. No one can. Because if you do, then it is no more faith. I don't see how God and Christ could be the same Person, but They were. Scripture said. Well, you can't explain it, but they were. "My Father's in Me. It's not me doeth the works; it's My Father in Me. If I do not His works, then that shows I'm not of Him. But if I do His works, then He testifies Himself that I'm of Him." Well, it's the same thing now, exactly the same thing. He's the same yesterday, today, and forever, if you will believe. 214 Now, there's a man setting right here before me, he's got dark hair. He's got a watch on his arm, a dark suit. He's wearing glasses. You can look right here; you see him setting with his eyes closed, praying. I don't know that man. The heavenly Father knows I don't know him. But I'm just going to look to him just for a minute, 'cause he looks like he's so sincere, setting there. Ever since I made mention, the man just closed his eyes and started praying. The man is a stranger to me; that's to my hands. I don't know him. God knows that man, and He can reveal to me. If that promise is true in the Bible, He can reveal to me what that man's got his eyes closed for, and what he's praying about. Do you believe that? Do you believe it, sir? If you'll open your eyes, you're setting right here, look right here. You believe that? All right. Now, you know I don't know you. We're strangers to each other. But God knows you. Now, he started crying, weeping. Because I can tell him now that God's going to answer his request (See?), because that was what struck him just then, that Light; from darkness, changed to Light. See? 216 Now, the man, he's praying for somebody else, and that's this little boy setting over here by him. That's his son. That's right. Now, that little boy is suffering with a--a stomach disorder, and also something wrong with his intestines. That's right. That's right.

You're not from here. You're not from Arizona. You're from California. That's right. And you're a minister, and your fellowship is with the Assemblies of God. That's true. Reverend McKay is your name--or, Reverend Kaid, that's right. Is that true? Wave your hands like this. Now, your little boy's going to get well. Your faith... Now, what? Now, there's the man with his hands up; he doesn't know me; I don't know him. But what was it? He touched the High Priest. Now, see, he couldn't lean to his own understanding. Now, what he's got to do, what does he do now? He's got to believe that what was told him, the truth, 'cause he knows he knows not me. That's right. 219 Here, here sets a woman setting right down here in front of me also, she's got her head bowed. She's suffering with a cancer. She also comes from California. I hope she don't miss this. Miss Adams, that's her name. I never seen her in my life. Yeah, that is true. There's a lady setting right back out here. I can't just put my, point to her, but I see a Light hanging over her. She's deeply in trouble. She's got trouble with her neck for one thing. And another thing, she's--she's got spiritual troubles wherein she's troubling about. And she has got a domestic trouble; her daughter just run away. That's right. That's true, isn't it? She's got her hand up. Mrs. Miller, that is right. You believe? God will send her back, heal your body. Now, I never seen her in my life. She's a--completely a total stranger. Here's a lady setting here in the audience. She--she's not from here; she also is from California. She's got cancer, and the cancer's on her breast. She's been operated on, one breast, and it's went to the other. That's right. Mrs. Kaland, that is right. You believe that God will make you well? All right, you believe it. I'm a stranger to you, lady. I don't know you. That's true (See?) she's...?... 222 That you might know that God is present, there's a lady setting right next to her. Her name is Mrs. Harris. She's a total stranger to me. But when the Spirit struck this woman, she also in sympathy with her. And she comes from California. That's right. And she's got trouble with her shoulder. That's right. You believe that God will heal you? If that's true, raise up your hand so that the people can see: total stranger. Lean not to your own understanding. What can do that? You can't explain that. That's a paradox. It's beyond explaining. Ask those people; I never seen them in my life, never knowed nothing about them. It could just go on through the meeting. But, now look, don't lean to your own understanding. But lean to what He promised, that He would do that; if that isn't the same Spirit that was dwelling in human flesh, that knowed that Sarah laughed in the tent behind the Man... Is that right? And He promised just before the world was destroyed with fire, when the Son of man would reveal Himself again in like manner, as the--the Son of man (prophetic) would reveal Hisself in human flesh like He is here with us tonight, as He did then. Now, what hour are we living in? Just near the destruction. 225 Friends, don't stand in here, no longer, a sinner. Accept Jesus Christ while you're in His Presence. Now, I know, usually it's customary for ministers to make pleas and tell stories about mother that's dead and gone on. That's all right. But we don't come upon the basis of our mother being dead. My mother's dead too, my father also. But we come up, intelligently, accepting upon the basis of God manifesting Himself in Jesus Christ to take away the sins of the world. We come and believe upon the atonement. And while He has a vindicated His Word... I don't care what church you've gone to, Methodist, Baptist, Catholic, Presbyterian, or no church at all. If you will admit that you have understood it different, and know that you really never have been born again, but you want to be, and want to accept it now, the promise now. You might not be filled now, but you will be filled when the--as the meetings goes on. You want to accept it upon those basis, would you stand up to your feet and let me just offer prayer for you right where you're standing. Everyone in here that knows... 227 Don't lean on your own, "Oh, say, I spoke in tongues." Now, that don't have nothing to do with it. I believe in speaking in tongues too. But I've seen witches, devils, and everything else, speak in

tongues and interpretate. That's right. Ask missionaries down here, we can find out, Brother Creech, and you know that's right. I've seen them speak in tongues, and drink blood out of a human skull, call on the devil. Sure. I've seen them lay a pencil down, and it'd get up and write in unknown tongues; and the witch, wizard stand there, interpret it. So speaking in tongues is no sign you got the Holy Ghost. If that--and if you speak in tongues and deny this Word, there's something wrong somewhere. Right, right. Don't lean to your own understanding. Somebody now, you said, "Well, I shouted it." I do too. But don't lean to that. I've seen all kinds of demon powers shout and scream. I've seen Mohammedans shout and scream till they worked theirself in such a place, they could run splinters through their hands. In India, I've seen them scream and jump up-and-down, take balls of water, with hooks in it, and push it through their skin and walk on hot fire coals (That's right.), denying Jesus Christ. 232 See, don't lean to your own understanding, but upon the Word of God. If your life doesn't cope with this Bible, to believe every Word that's in there; and you want to believe it, and want God to work His will through you, because you can be a part of God, will you stand and say, "I will accept it right now, brother." Thank you. Thank you. God bless you. God bless you. God bless you. God bless you. God bless you. Wonderful. God bless you. May God grant to you, all these sincere. You say... Just--just keep standing, just... You say, "I'm a church member, Brother Branham, but really I'm a Pentecostal; but when it really comes to really saying I can believe all that Word's the Truth, I just can't do it, but I--I want to do it. You help me; you pray for me. I want to stand up and say. I--I don't, you say look setting here, or, I'll-I'll testify in this church, that I was." But you know down in your heart you're not. God knows you're not too (See?), so why not just stand. Don't lean to your own understanding, but lean to His Word. 234 Will you stand, some more? Anybody else wants to stand? God bless you. God bless you. God bless you, you. "God, help me." God bless you all. That's good. Just keep standing. Say, "Will that do me any good?" Stand up one time, see if it does. Really mean it, "I want, Brother Branham, I want to be right. I want to be right." Now, I'm not saying leave your church. No, sir. Stay right there where you're at, just be a real Holy Ghost filled person in that church. You say, "Well, I don't know what my pastor will say." He'll appreciate you if you're--if he's a man of God. See, that's right. "Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify the Father." God bless you. Well, God bless both of you, and you; and you, brother, you. God bless you, each one. God bless you. God bless you, son. 239 Now, you that raised up, if you feel better after raising up, just raise your hands to tell others that you feel better about it after you raised up. See, every hand. See? Sure, you do. See, you're sincere. You're standing up, say, "I'll be a witness." "He that will stand for Me here, I will stand for him there. He that's ashamed of Me here before these men, I'll be ashamed of him before My Father and the holy Angels." Don't be ashamed of Him. Don't lean upon your own reasonings. Lean upon the Word of God. "He that will confess Me before men, him will I confess before My Father and the holy Angels." Would there be some more, just before we pray? Let us bow our heads then. God bless you, sister. Sure. God bless you, you, brother. Certainly. Would there be any other, just while we have our heads bowed? God bless you, you. Now, that's right, they're still standing. We'll just wait a moment, just a moment. God bless you, brother. God bless you. Say, "Does it mean anything, say, 'God bless you'?" That's pronouncing my blessings to you. God bless you. 242 Some of you that's standing around the wall, where you have no room to set down, would you just raise your hand, say, "Me, God, it's me"? God bless you, brother. God bless you, and you; and you, sister; and you, my brother; and you, my sister.

Oh, the Holy Spirit's so sweetly moving over the audience. Can you feel that? God bless you, young man up here on the platform. God bless you, over in the corner. God bless you, young fellow. Yes. O Holy Spirit, move freshly in our hearts now. Show us our wrongs, Lord. We don't--we won't lean to our own understanding, our own reasoning. But we lean upon You, because we know that we're standing in Your Divine, vindicated promise of today. You have made Yourself known beyond any-beyond any reasoning. We could not reason and explain it. But You've come right down here in our midst now, and made known to us that You are here, and men and women are believing that and accepting it. God, take each one of us into Your bosom, and hide them in the Rock of Ages until the fires are passed. We're fixing to be burned, Lord. We know it. We're back in Sodom. But the righteous shall not perish with the guilty. You'll call Your children, Lord. You told Lot, "Get out of there. Get out." I pray, God, that each one that's in that condition tonight, that's out there, not sure where they're standing... God, they wouldn't take a chance on going down a one-way street, the wrong way. They wouldn't take a chance on running a red light, if they're in their right mind, because they might get killed. Then how could a person take chance on their eternal destination, just guessing, presuming, adventuring without really authority to adventure, because they belong to a church or a denomination? And really they can't--they can't understand how that the Word of God could be today as it was then, how these promises might be made manifest. "The apostolic age to be gone." Help them, Father. I commit them to You in Jesus Christ's Name. Amen. 247 Thank you, my brother, sister. I'm so glad to call you my brother, sister. And remember, God will make me answer for every word, at the day of the judgment. Everything that I preached tonight, I got to answer for it. I'm conscious of that. And what have I done since a little boy, preached this Gospel, and then be a castaway? Now, how many of you is sick and afflicted here tonight and you want to be prayed for? Raise up your hand. Now, will you just do one more thing for me? Lay your hands over on one another. Lay your hands on each other. Everybody bow your head now, and just like you was in church, up here on the platform. Dear God, in the Name of Jesus Christ, in of--His Presence, a vindicated Presence... The very Word that's been preached has been confirmed that You are the same yesterday, today, and forever. Let the Holy Spirit of God sweep over this crowd of people just now. Many of them has come and accepted You as their Saviour; many backsliders has accepted You and come back. O God, I pray that in the Name of Jesus Christ, that You'll heal every person. You said, "These signs shall follow them that believe; if they lay their hands on the sick, they shall recover." You promised it, Lord, and the believing children have their hands laid upon one another. Satan, you are defeated. Come out of these people, in the Name of Jesus Christ. Let them people go, for the Kingdom of God's sake, in the Name of Jesus. Amen. 252 All that believes that Jesus Christ now is your Healer, as well as your Saviour, and you want to accept Him upon them same grounds, stand to your feet, say, "I now accept Jesus as my Healer, as well as my Saviour." Wonderful. Praise the Lord. Thank the Lord. Now, let's raise our hands and sing to Him. I will praise Him, I will praise Him, Praise the Lamb for sinners slain; Give Him glory, all ye people, For His Blood has washed away each stain. Oh, don't you feel good? Wave your hands. Oh, my. Let's sing it again. I will praise Him, I will praise Him, Praise the Lamb for... (Remember, same yesterday, today, and forever, that Lamb is.) Give Him glory, all ye people, For His Blood has washed away each stain.

254 You love that? Let's reach over and shake hands with somebody. This is the breaking of the meeting, started in the convention. Say, "God bless you, brother, pilgrim. God bless you." That's fine. That's good. Wonderful. Now, do you believe we're going to have a great convention after this? We thanked God for a great meeting, now we're going to have a great convention. All that believe it, say, "Amen." My faith looks up to Thee, Thou Lamb (Let's look up to Him now.) Calvary, O Saviour Divine; Now, hear me while I pray, Take all my sin away, O let me from this day Be wholly Thine! While life's dark maze I tread, And griefs around me spread, Be Thou my Guide; Bid darkness turn to day, Wipe sorrow's fears away, O let me from this day Be wholly Thine! Amen. The congregation said, "Amen." [Congregation says, "Amen."--Ed.] Hallelujah. Oh, praise Him, Praise the Lamb for sinners slain; Give Him glory, all ye people, For His Blood has washed away each stain. Amen. 256 How wonderful. All right, shall we bow our heads now for the benediction. I don't know who has been chosen to do it. Brother Johnny Manadal, from California, while we have our heads down... Now, don't forget tomorrow night, that's the first, beginning. Tomorrow night, the convention will be right here, right here in this hall at seven-thirty. God bless you. Have you enjoyed the Presence of God? Amen. [Congregation says, "Amen."--Ed.] Now, let's bow our head while Brother Johnny dismisses us. BROKEN CISTERNS PHOENIX AZ 65-0123 V-19 N-4 1 Lord, I believe; Lord, I believe, All things are possible; Lord, I believe. Let us remain standing just a moment and bow our heads. Lord Jesus, we are trying in our humble way to express to You by singing this, that we believe. And we pray, Lord, that now, that You will continue breaking the Bread of Life to us, giving to us that which we have need of out of Thy Word. For we ask it in Jesus' Name. Amen. May be seated. 3 I'm quite sure, if we should--if I'd say the all-sufficient word now of "amen," that the august blessings of God would still rest upon this audience. I set this morning and listened close to the service, and enjoyed the testimonies, the different ways each one has of expressing themselves. And to hear the newcomers, the Baptist brother here that come to apologize for thinking that a little wrong. So I--I certainly appreciate the humil--somebody that can be human enough, or--or gentleman enough too, if he thinks he's made a mistake. He didn't exactly apologize to me; it wasn't me he was apologizing to; it was God. So I--I appreciate that. See? God bless our brother and his evangelist brother. My, that Baptist, you know, I used to belong to the Baptist church myself. I was a member of the Missionary Baptist church. When I come among the people, I know how you feel. I felt the same way, just full of something that I--I didn't know.

6 I remember my first experience of seeing a Pentecostal; it was in Dowagiac, Michigan. I beg your pardon; I'd been at Dowagiac on a fishing trip, and was coming down from Dowagiac to down into Indiana. And so I seen the names of "Jesus" all over the cars and things, and I listened to their services that day. And the next day they asked me to come to the platform to say a few words, and I did. And I... They asked me what church I belonged to, and I told them I was a Baptist. And that night they had an old colored man was going to preach, and he must've been in his late eighties, and he come out to the platform. The old fellow, they almost had to lead him out. He was, one of those long ministerial coats on, and a velvet collar, and just a little rim of white fur hair around the side. And I thought, "All these men here and theologians, great men, how they'd let this service be given to a fellow like that? Well, the old man should be in a chair somewhere, setting down...?..." 8 They'd been preaching that day about what Jesus had did here on earth. And, but he came take-took his text, I believe it was from Job:7 20, I wouldn't be sure that's the Scripture. However, this is the quotation, or some part of it, "Where were you when I laid the foundations of the world, when the morning stars sang together, and the sons of God shouted for joy?" And he spoke on what went on in heaven, while they had been speaking on what went on in earth. And somewhere, at about five minutes after he was speaking, he, the Spirit of the Lord hit him, and he jumped way up in the floor and clicked his heels together. And my, there was so much room, there was almost half on this platform; and he went walking off, said, "You just haven't got enough room up here for me to preach." Well, I was about twenty years old then. I thought, "If--if that'll do that for that old man, what would it do for me?" So see? 11 Behalf of keeping everything just as orderly for our new brothers, that we certainly welcome them into our fellowship. I see, I believe they had made mention of a priest setting here; I think; 'course, being Irish, my people are Catholic. And so there was a couple more Baptist and different ones. You might've been a little confused awhile ago. I noticed none of the brethren spoke about it, but I thought I would try to straighten out. When Brother Shakarian... After the fine speaker here was got so filled with joy of knowing the coming of the Lord so close at hand, he--he spoke in an unknown tongue to us. And we have interpreters that gives the interpretation. Which Scripture says, "If there be no interpreter, then let them hold their peace." But if--if they speak in tongues and then interpret it, it becomes prophecy. So the little confusion of--of two of them at one time. Now, that wasn't a bit confusing (See?), because one of them was giving the interpretation; the other one was prophesying. See? So that's... 12 I thought I would let our brethren understand, if they did not understand, because one of them was correctly giving... Did you notice the time limits of each one? And the other one was just so filled himself, that the Spirit of God was prophesying through one; interpreting, the other was giving the interpretation. So that it might be clear, that you... We're not... Sometimes, to the natural mind... Just like our precious brother that give the apology this morning. It is a bit confusing to the person who doesn't understand. But to those who are in, that's veterans of the battle that we're in, why, we understand that what these things are. So I just thought I'd say something about it, if it was all right. 13 Now, I--I know this is no place to say this. But being that everybody's been telling little things, I... You know, that fellow said, the old colored man said, "You don't have enough room for me to preach." You ain't got enough time for me to preach: rather long-winded. A man said one day, said, "A minister came up; he'd been a pastor at the church for twenty years. And he always preached just exactly thirty minutes each Sunday morning at his church." And he said, "This Sunday morning, he preached three hours." And so the deacon board called him in, and said, "Pastor, we really appreciate you." Said, "We always know that--that you stand for the Bible and Its

rights." And said then, "And you always correct us so we can be feel pure and clean before God. And we really appreciate you, and we believe you're God's servant. And we certainly did appreciate that message this morning." But said, "There's just one thing that we want to ask you about." Said, "We timed you, as a deacon board." Said, "Every Sunday morning you're just exactly thirty minutes, and today you were three hours." Said, "Now, remember, we appreciate every bit of it. It was all right." Making the old fellow feel good, you know. 16 He said, "Well, brethren, I'll tell you what it is." Said, "Every morning when I go to... I'm called to the pulpit," said, "I put one of those little Life Savers in my mouth," he said, "and I just suck on it." And said, "When the Life Saver's done," said, "it takes just thirty minutes," and said, "then I quit preaching." He said, "You know, this morning, I thought I was a little overtime. I spit it out; I had a button in my mouth." I ain't going to put anything in, so--so we hope I don't get some buttons in our pockets. But we are... I hope that didn't sound sacrilegious here. But I just... You know, even God has a sense of humor, you know. So we are very thankful to be here and have this time of fellowship, and--and with this grand privilege to break the Bread of Life once again in my own simple little way. I know, as theologians, as that man spoke here last night from England; my, hate to get up behind a person like that with my seventh-grade education. But I hope that God will interpret to you the meaning in my heart. See? If my words are not right, my intentions, I--I trust, are. 19 Now, let us read in the Scripture. Many of you like to follow. And I'm going to read this morning, for just a few moments from the Book of Jeremiah the prophet, the 2nd chapter, and I am going to begin now with the 1st verse. Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, and the love of thine espoused, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, and in the land that was not sown. Israel was holiness unto the LORD, and the firstfruit of his increase: all that devour him shall... and offend; evil shall come upon them, saith the LORD. Hear ye the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel: Thus saith the LORD, What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they have gone far from me, and walked after vanity, and are become vain? Neither said they, Where is the LORD that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, and led us through the wilderness, through the land of desert and of pits, through the land of drought, and of the shadows of death, through the land that no man passed through, and... no man dwelleth? And I brought you into a plentiful country to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness thereof; but when you entered, ye defiled my land, and made my heritage an abomination. And the priests said not, Where is the LORD? And the hand of the law knew me not: and the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit. Therefore I will... plead with you, saith the LORD, and with your children's children will I plead. For... over this land of Chittim, and see; and in the Kedar, and consider diligently that, and see if there be such a thing. Has a nation changed their gods, which are... no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which does not profit. Be astonished, O you heavens, at this, and be horrible afraid,... very desolate, saith the LORD. For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and have hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water. 20 May the Lord add His blessings to the reading of His Words. And I would like to--to take a text of that as, "Broken Cisterns." We had been reading this Scripture this morning; which, all Scripture's

given by inspiration. And we come to the house of the Lord for correction and for understanding. And sometimes that we see the... any little thing in the way. Like this military man awhile ago was speaking to us and saying that some certain things, that perhaps maybe in some other country has a certain missile, or--or something on that idea, and we've got to find something to counteract that in--in a military strategy. Well, the same thing goes into a church to a parish where a man is preaching, or if he's an evangelist in the field. When he sees uprisings, and something that's just starting, going, its infancy or whatever it is; it's that man, if he is a servant of God, to block that thing so far from the people's minds that they'll keep away from it. And we don't want that to happen, for us to get into places like that. 24 Now, during the time of Jeremiah here, his prophecy, it had been about sixty years since the death of--of Isaiah--Isaiah. And they'd been about sixty years without a major prophet. There was Habakkuk and some of the small minor prophets, but Isaiah was the last major prophet. And the people had--had, during this time had had no one to call them out, they had drifted (Yet, they were God's people.), had drifted into this state now that--that we find them in, as Jeremiah came to prophesy to them. And Jeremiah also was... He prophesied before the exile, and also he went into exile with them. And then, of course, Daniel come on after Jeremiah. And Daniel said that he had understandings by the Scripture of the seventy years that they was to be there. 'Course, there was another prophet among them, that wanted to make this yoke, as he put it upon his neck, that it would be a small thing, that, "Within two years, well, God was going to bring them all back," but Jeremiah knowed different from that. And we know what happened to the prophet who prophesied wrongly; he died that same year. So God wouldn't let him stand. 27 And now, we also notice the conditions of the people in that day. Now, I do not wish you to misunderstand me; I--I'm not aiming in what I aim to say here, some Scriptures and little notes. Used to be I didn't have to--to write my Scriptures and things down. But after I passed twenty-five the second time, well, I--I don't remember like I used to, so I write down a Scripture and kind of know from that where I'm going. And then so much time praying for the sick, and so forth, and out and gone, I don't have time to really study like I should do. 29 Now, but this great prophet of this day was Jeremiah, and he was something on a order of Amos and many of the other prophets that rose up. He was stirred when he seen the conditions of the nation. Now, there were places... Some time when you're speaking about a nation, it might think that it's reflecting to a--a certain group. It--it's not that. It's the overall picture of the nation. And we find today, a--a very comparative condition today as it was in the days of Jeremiah, that the nation itself altogether has gone into, more or less, idolatry; kind of a, I'd say, got away from God. And by doing that, it's been the weakness of the pulpit. Because if the pulpit would've stayed straight, and with the Word of God, God would be in every church like He is moving among us here. But they have led away from that. And that's the thing that I--I want to talk about this morning. And now, we find that that's absolutely true in every age. 31 I believe it was Amos, as I referred to him awhile ago, that he said he was not a prophet, neither the son of a prophet. But said, that when the lion roars, who can but fear? And if anyone ever heard a real lion roar in the wilderness, these you hear in the cages around here are just meowing. But when one roars in the wilderness, everything takes heed. I've laid in the jungle to hunt them. And he's the king of the beasts, and, when that lion roars, even the beetles stop hollering; everything does. The--the--the jackals and the--and the hyenas a screaming, and the other animals, the squawking of the baboons and the monkeys, the beetles, you can hardly hear yourself think; but in

the distance let a lion roar, and every beetle will stop hollering. See, everything's afraid of him. Yet, there's many things can kill him, but he's recognized as the king amongst the beasts. He said, "When the lion roars, who can but fear?" He said, "Then God has spoken, who can but prophesy?" And that's, I think, the condition meets that challenge again today. God has spoken. See? And we see the handwriting on the wall, so it's very easy to prophesy and see that we're at the end time. 35 And we're seeing God, from every section of denominations, all the way from Catholicism, through all the Protestant churches, Buddhas and whatmore, from India, and whatevermore. He's calling His people together, assembling them together. And I'm--I'm very happy for that to see this day coming. Now, we... It's--it's a great day, one of the greatest privileges. That if I had to, if I would--would've knowed before there was a world, when we were souls a part of God, that we are, for we were with Him before the foundations of the world. Because there's only one form of Eternal Life, and that's God. And we're a part of Him. We was not so much that we would know and--and could think, and had a being; but we were in His thoughts of what we were, before the foundation of the world. Because we are a part of Him, like my son is part of me, and I am part of my father, and so forth. We are sons and daughters of God, by His foreknowledge. And back there, if I could've known as I know now, and could looked over the whole span of time, and He'd have said to me, "What time do you want to live?" I'd said this time right now, just the eve of the--the ending up of world history, and the oncoming of the Kingdom of God to be established in the earth. I think it's the most glorious time of all ages is right now. A... 38 We find out here that Israel is accused by the prophet, when God had ordained him and sent him out. They were accused of two major sins. And we want to talk on those two things that they had done. And from that, we want to prosper by it. Now, they had turned from God, the Fountain of living water, and had hewed themselves out cisterns. They had turned from the thing that God had given them, and had hewed themselves something that they had did themselves. And these cisterns, you notice, he had--they had broken and they were leaking. 39 Now, a broken cistern cannot hold water. It'll leak out. I was raised on a farm, and I know what an old cistern is, and the difficult we have with it. And this leaking cistern is a--a very fine picture, I think, of this day, that when our--everything that we have tried to do, to get men together, get people together, get churches together, it has become always in the realm of intellectual tryings. We have tried to make all the Methodists become Baptists, and vice versa, and the different denominations. And that was not God's program to begin with. 41 God only has one meeting place. He said over there in the Book of Exodus, that, "I have chosen the place to put My Name, and that's the only place that I'll meet people." And He had chose a place to put His Name. And where He put His Name, that's where He met Israel. He's got a place that He meets His church today, and He chose that Name, and that Name is Jesus Christ. And there's where He meets the true believer, when he's in Jesus Christ. That's where God chose to put His Name. You say, "God's Name?" He said, "I came in My Father's Name." So that's where God put His Name was in Christ. And in Christ is where we can all meet under the shed Blood, and there have real, true fellowship. 43 God made His program at the beginning in the garden of Eden, where the place He would meet man, and that wasn't upon intellectual understandings; if it had, Eve was exactly in line with His program. But we know that her accepting Satan's intellectual conception, "Surely, God will not," but God said He would... And so then He chose the place of redemption, and it was by Blood, and not by intellectual conception. So we're only beating the air, but it's just human nature that--that people will try to--to do that. If we had time, we could break it down in many pieces, but I don't want that

button. So we'll just try to make it as simple as possible, "Leaking cisterns." And we find that it's--it's absolutely happened again; it's a very picture of our age that we're living in, of all of our trying. And no disregards to every effort that any servant of God, that even names the Name of Jesus Christ. He ought to be honored for just even naming His Name in reverence and respect. And the great evangelistical systems that's crossed the earth, and so forth, in these last days, I think, still we'll never be able to get people in one heart until we get them underneath the Blood of Jesus Christ. That--that's the only place that we'll ever be safely. 46 Someone called me not long ago, from up in the east, and said, "Brother Branham, I hear you've moved out to--to Arizona, and you formed a--a place there where that there's safety." And as you know how the Message come, and the Lord told me what would happen in Alaska, and how down through California it would be, and it's just been that way. They said, "Now, if that's shaking, and everything, where is the safety zone?" I said, "There is one safety zone that I know of. That's in Christ. For those that are in Christ, will..." It's the only one I know. 48 Now, Jeremiah was called also, "the weeping prophet." And because I believe, that made this prophet weep--weep, rather, was because him being a prophet (and the Word of the Lord comes to such) and seeing the people walk after their traditions, and thought they were all right, and no way at all to turn them. For they was going straight to exile, because we know you reap what you sow, regardless of who you are, what you are. And we as a nation have reaped--or sowed, rather, and we've got to reap. I'm speaking tomorrow, the Lord willing, at afternoon, on "Birth Pains"; and I--and I touch that in there, that we cannot get by with nothing. We've got to reap what we sow. And if God would let us get by with our perversion of Christianity today, and perverting in the people into these things that's so-called Christianity, as Brother Moore once said, "He'd be morally obligated to raise up Sodom and Gomorrah and apologize for burning them up." That's right, because God's still just. And where unjustice has got; it's--it's becoming to His holiness and His Word that He makes people reap for what they sow, and we'll have to do that. 51 Now, notice they had left Him, the Fountain of living waters, and had hewed themselves cisterns. Now, there may be somebody here who wouldn't understand what a cistern is. A cistern is a manmade tank that tries to take the place of a well. It's something that somebody dug. And how many knows what a cistern is? Fine. All right, a lot of country people here this morning. So that they... I remember the old cistern at the place, how it looked, and I was always afraid to drink from the thing. It was a--a manmade tank. And it never can be relied on. You cannot rely on a cistern. 53 Now, anything that man does is usually not very good. But just like the--the Lord set time into-into--into its cycle, and the earth turning; every year, every time it crosses, every day, every hour, and the sun setting, and it never fails. But the very best watches we can get, will fail many minutes in a month's time, no doubt. But, you see, everything God does is perfect, and what man does is imperfect. So why accept what man does, when you can have perfect? 54 I've always said that about us Pentecostal people. See, we know, and we're not--we're not out of the order of course, of God, we don't believe; but we also know that among us we have people who try to impersonate the other fellow. That's just human. They'll try to do that. They did it in the Bible: one, "I'm of Paul," and "I'm of Silas," and so forth. But they--they tried to impersonate what someone else did or is doing. But why would you accept a false impersonation, when the skies are full of the genuine thing. When the promise is unto you and to your children, why would we accept something that was different? Why would we take up a creed or a dogma, when the Bible is the unadulterated Word of God? Why

would we try to add to or take from, when the Lord Jesus said in Revelations 22:18, "Whosoever shall take one Word out of It, or add one word to It, his part will be taken from the Book of Life"? 56 When God first set the human race in--on earth, He told them they live by His Word. Now, the Word of God is like a chain, you're passing across hell with It; and its chain is only its best at its weakest link, and God wants us to keep every Word of It. Now, that was the first of the Bible; just to break one Word, plunged the human race into a darkness of death. Jesus came in the middle of the Bible, and He said that, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word." Not just part of the Words, or ninety-nine out of a hundred; but every Word, just like Eve and Adam was. And in the last of the Bible, Revelations 22:18, He said that, "Whosoever shall take a Word out of This, or add one Word to It..." So why do we need to inject in Here somebody's ideas of things, when this is God's own Idea about it? We want to take what He said. And it's also written, "Let every man's word be a lie, and Mine be the Truth." 60 That's what was the matter with this prophet. In the days of Jeremiah, he was a prophet, he had the Word of the Lord. And this fellow was trying to inject something to It. Now it cannot be relied upon. And I'm likening these tanks now to these systems that we have tried to take, and to take the place of the original Word of God. For nothing can take Its place. It is God. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us." And Hebrews 13:8 said He's the same yesterday, today, and forever. How can we rub away from That? It's got to be the Truth. He remains the same. He is the same in every principle. That's the reason you enjoy It, you Baptists and Methodists, and Catholic and Presbyterians, and so forth, enjoy that Presence. Somewhere in you, you've accepted God. Maybe sometime in an intellectual way, maybe you have felt the power of God, and you are a servant of God; but when you can really come into God, and recognize your place in Him as a son or a daughter of God, that's what brings that great thrill to you, that God intended you to have. 63 Now, we notice in Saint Mark the 16th chapter, Jesus did not say, "Go ye into all the world, and-and--and teach." He said, "Go preach the Gospel." 'Preach the Gospel' is demonstrating the power of the Holy Spirit. "Go ye into all the world, and demonstrate the power of the Holy Ghost." Talking to a brother, one of the sponsor's on the--my meeting in India, in Bombay there, down into South Africa and different places, where the missionaries had taught it as a word or as an intellectual conception. But one day in the meeting, when the Holy Spirit came down Hisself and saved thirty thousand blanket natives at one altar call, and right on the same ground where they were standing. Women standing there, who had been as naked as they almost were when they come into the world, and the very minute that they raised their hands to receive Christ... And the Holy Spirit fell upon the place and healed twenty-five thousand people at one time, off of wheelchairs, cots and stretchers. The mayor of the city had me, next day, look at these van loads going down the street. 66 Them women standing there naked, not knowing they were naked, but as soon as the Holy Spirit struck them, they folded their arms to walk away from the presence of their men. And I'm wondering that how that we in America call ourself a Christian nation, and in the Presence of God; and each year we, our women, take off more. And you ought to be putting on more. And more of Christ you put on, the more conscious you'll be of your own conditions. Sometime I see the way people act on the street, I wonder if it's just exactly mentally right. Seems like that they don't realize that when they do that, what they are doing; they're making themselves a bait for the devil, and to send souls to hell. That's right. But the world is in a corruption like it was in the days of Jeremiah.

68 Now, back to the cistern. Now, this cistern cannot be relied upon because it cannot fill itself. And it has to depend upon the local rains to fill it, the local rains or the local revivals to have a little revival here and a little revival over there, or so forth to get it filled up. So it cannot be relied on. It can't fill itself. It's insufficiency to itself. It cannot do it. And it's got to depend on the rains to fill it. Then let's notice where it--it gets its rain, where it gets its water, the cistern. It comes off the top of the barn, sheds, where all the dirt that the dust blows up there, it washes right into the rain, and right down into the cistern, a manmade tank. It becomes almost like a cesspool. And it washes off the top of the barn where all the animals, of the smell in the barnyards, and so forth, and settle down. And the air blows in the--the dust and stuff on the barn, then the local rain comes along and washes the rain, right off. And then the water is carried by a manmade trough through a manmade spout to a manmade tank. And then when it gets there, it's filthy, so filthy that you have to put a strainer rag on it, or you couldn't drink it. Now, see, it's washing from the roof by a manmade trough, manmade spout, into a manmade tank. And then it with a manmade strainer over the top of it to see that some of the bugs and things is kept back. 71 Now, now, we notice, in these few days after the water sets there in this manmade denominate, or tank. Excuse me. Excuse me. All right. After it's--after it's been washed off of all kinds of theologies and things washed into it; now we come to find out, when it sets there a few days, it becomes stagnant. And anyone knows in the history of the church, when God sends something forth, a message, and it becomes fresh from God. Then after the--the life of that founder, or whatever it might be; you call him reformer, or whatever you want to say about it. After his death, then they get a system worked up and they make an organization. And as soon as they make an organization out of that, it dies right there. It never rises again. It's did it through every time, back, plumb on back. 73 In giving the regards to this Catholic priest setting here; when God organized the church--or, not organized it, God never did organize a church. He's not in that kind of a business. He's in birth, not organizations, so when God started the church off at the day of Pentecost. And then finally down at Nicaea, Rome, they organized it, and there's where it lost its power. Then we come on down to the Lutheran reformation, and it was a great thing. The Word of God was given, "Just shall live by faith." And when they did, instead of picking up, all together, all of them together and marching on, they made a Lutheran church, separating themselves from this group, and then it died. 75 Then God raised up John Wesley with sanctification, the message of the second work of grace, and it was a wonderful thing. But after Wesley and Asbury, they organized it; it died. Then up come the Pentecostals with the restoration of the gifts. They were doing fine; what happened? Organized it, and it died. Just exact. Now, in the midst of all this, God's still calling a remnant out of every one of those generations. He's certainly. And it's our time of coming out, of gathering together. And that's what I think the Full Gospel Business Men has played a great part in breaking down these walls, and saying that, "There's no difference in us. Let us come together and worship God under one principle, not under an organization." If it was an organization, I'd get off this platform right now. I have nothing to do with it. 78 What it is, it's got to be a fellowship, and not a fellowship of some creed. But a fellowship in Christ by the power of--of His resurrection, that's the thing that brings Life. It brings birth. And before birth can come, we realize there has to be death before birth. And a birth is a mess; I don't care what kind of a birth it is. If it's in a pig pen, or--or wherever it is, it's a mess. And so is the new birth, it makes you do things that ordinarily you wouldn't think you would do. But when you're ready to die to yourself, then you're borned again, a new creature in Christ Jesus, then things open

up and life becomes a new sight to you, because you've accepted the Person of Jesus Christ, and not some theory or some creed. Or even to the written Word, It's got to be quickened by the Holy Spirit. No matter how much theology you've got, it's laying there dead. I could have a handful of wheat; until it gets into the process to where it can be quickened, the wheat will never live. And you can have a doctor's degree, Ph., LL., whatever you wish to; but until the Holy Spirit comes upon that and quickens it to you, as a personal experience with God, then the wheat does no good. Your learning is in vain. 81 As this Englishman said the other night here, I was so astonished at that. All the learning he had, as Paul, he had to forget all he knowed in order to find Christ, do things that he thought he wouldn't do. But that's the way God does; He humiliates us in our educational system. Not as I'm trying to support ignorance, but I'm trying to tell you the difference. Education can never bring Life. It takes the Spirit of God to bring Life, and that Life must not come out of just a intellectual revival. It's got to come out of the Bible, Word revival, and that Word is the same yesterday, today, and forever. And when It falls today, and quickens, you get the same results you did in Acts 2. Exactly. It always has, and it always will be, because it's the Spirit of God that conditions the atmosphere. 83 It takes atmosphere to do things. That's the reason you men are always taught, "Bring your children here." Well, certainly that's right. I was glad to see my daughter Rebekah come in and set down just a few minutes ago. Some of you seen me wink at a woman; it was my daughter; so she come in and set down. I want her to receive the baptism of the Spirit, and that's why she is here in the meeting. That's what the purpose of it. It takes atmosphere. As old Doctor Bosworth used to say, "You can take a hen egg and put it under a pup, it'll hatch a chicken." Why? Because it's an egg and got the right atmosphere. I don't care if you're a Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian; in the right atmosphere it'll hatch out a newborn child of God. Atmosphere, that does it, no matter what denominational tag you have. 86 I used to herd cattle. I noticed the ranger when we'd take them up into the forest, out of the--out of the feeding lands down at the ranches, and put them on the forest. He would stand there and watch as they went through the gate at the drift fence. He never paid so much attention to brands, because there was all kinds of brands went through there. But there's one thing he did notice, the blood tag. It had to be a thoroughbred Hereford or it could not go on that forest, because it's the Hereford Association that grazes that forest. It must have a blood tag to keep the breeding right. And I think that that's the way it'll be at the day of the judgment. He's not going to ask me if I was Methodist, Baptist, Pentecostal, or Presbyterian, but He's going to look for the Blood tag. "When I see the Blood, I'll pass over you." That's the thing. 88 So we find that these cisterns, after they set around awhile, they'd be--they become stagnant and they are no good. And it becomes then, also becomes the home of frogs, and lizards, and snakes, and bugs, and germs, and whatmore, because it's a stagnated condition that's pushed into it. Could you imagine, washing off of a barn roof, or off of a house close to the barn, or anywhere the dirt would be, what kind of a bugs and germs, and everything that washes into this cistern? 89 Now, it's a perfect example of any kind of a manmade system. He's a failure to begin with. That's the reason he needs a Saviour. He could not save himself; he cannot do nothing for it. He's lost to begin with. He's borned in the world sinful; he comes to the world speaking lies. He's a liar to start with, so how in the world can he do anything for himself? How can a holy man... There's no holy man. There's no holy church. It's a Holy Ghost, not a holy church, a holy people; it's a Holy Ghost among a people; that's what it is to me. Not a holy mountain where Peter and them stood; the mountain wasn't holy. But it's the holy God on the mountain that

made it holy. It's not a holy person; it's the Holy Ghost used in that person, what makes it holy, not the person, but the Person of the Holy Ghost. It isn't the man; because he's just a man, born in sin, shaped in iniquity, come to the world speaking lies. 91 Any manmade system will keep him right in that; he'll blind the thing from the intellectual, the intellectual eyes, that they think, "I belong to church; my name is on the book. I have did this. My father was this and so forth." That sounds all right; which it is, nothing to say against it. But still, friend, Jesus said, "Except a man be born again, he cannot even see." "See" there doesn't mean that he sees with his eyes, but, "understand the Kingdom of heaven." Until you're born into... How would this Baptist evangelist, how would that man who stood there and criticized and made fun of It? See, there's nothing in him that could even receive It; but God had to do it. See? God gave him the Holy Spirit. He manifested that this was not hypocrisy; this is the Word. He only hears it from a school idea, and they try to take all the--the blessings of God and place it on a day gone by. 93 A--a young Baptist preacher, here not long ago, setting present right here this morning; and he came to me, and he said, "Brother Branham, there's one thing that you are doing that's wrong." I said, "Help me." And he said, "You are... I think you're sincere and a good person, but..." I said, "Thank you, sir." He said, "But there's one thing you're doing wrong." I said, "I hope the Lord just finds one thing wrong." And he said, "Well, there's... This is what you're doing that's wrong." Said, "You're trying to introduce to the world an apostolic ministry"; and said, "the apostolic ministry ceased with the apostles." I said, "As a Baptist to a Baptist, I'd like to ask you a question." Said, "What?" I said, "Do you believe the Word of God's inspired, every bit of it?" He said, "Why, certainly." I said, "Then, He said, 'Don't add one word or take one for." I said then, "I'll show you where the apostolic blessing come on the people by a promise of God, now you show me the promise of God and when it went off the people. See, if you can't produce that in the Word, then--then forget about it" See? I said, "because It's still going on." 99 He never said nothing for a few minutes. And so I said, "Well, then, brother, I'd like to ask you this. Peter introduced the apostolic message on the day of Pentecost. And we all know that's true, for he had the keys to the Kingdom, that Jesus had given to him. And now watch what he said. He said, 'Repent, every one of you, and be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to them that's far off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.' Then if there's a place where He took it out, then what happened to Peter's words on the day of Pentecost?" See? No, it's never ceased. Dear dying Lamb, Thy precious Blood Shall never lose its power, Till all the ransomed Church of God Be saved, to sin no more. Then in a nobler, sweeter song, I'll sing Thy power to save, When this poor lisping, stammering tongue Lies silent in the grave. God help me to believe that and hold to it, and all of us, and stand by it, because it is the Gospel truth. Yes, sir.

101 A wise man should never look at these things and know that they won't work. They never have worked. An organized religion and an organized experience will never work in the Presence of God. It's got to come unadulterated from God. It has never been used by God, no time in the past that God ever used such a system. Now, you, oh, you get members and things like that. But I mean the genuine seed of God, the blessing like fell on the day of Pentecost, it never comes by organization; it comes by a birth, being born again. 102 We're invited to take Israel for--for an example, which they have been. Notice, they had forsaken Him, their provided fountain, and had hewed themselves out cisterns. Could you imagine a-a--a--a thing, when a man is at a artesian well, drinking, and then wants to make him a cistern (See?) to drink out of it? Now, that's what the prophet said; that's what the Word of God said. That's what God said to the prophet. "You have forsaken Me and--and have left Me, the Fountain of living waters, and have hewed yourself out cisterns, which are broken, and they're leaking out." 103 See something... They wanted something they could control, or to show what they had done. That's the--that's the folly of organized religion. It's always trying... They've got to have something in it themself. They got to have all these systems, and societies, and things, "And I belong to this now." Instead of just being humble children of God, they want something that they could show themselves. Instead of letting God do it His way, they wanted to do it their way. And that's the way the systems has got the church today. Not... Each system, one wants it this way; one wants it that way. If you're a Methodist, you must be it this way, a Baptist, this way. A Presbyterian, Catholic, whatevermore, they got their systems. Nothing against that, but that ain't what I'm talking about. Man wants his way of doing it, and God has got His way of doing it. And He said, "You are holding to your way, a broken cistern, and won't accept My way, the way of Life." And that's the same thing as it is today. It just hasn't varied a bit. Think how foolish of a man leaving an artesian well of pure clean water bubbling up, and then he want to go to a broken cistern that he made himself, and dig him out a cistern, with that trash that's up on top of the barn washing into it, then drink from that. There certainly is something mentally wrong with that person. 106 And when a man will cling to a--an ecclesiastical conception of the Scripture, instead of accepting the Holy Ghost which vindicates the Scripture and makes It real to you, there's something spiritual wrong with that person. That's exactly right. Sure, the Holy Ghost... Each one has an interpretation of the Bible, what you think is right. God don't need your help. God don't need your interpretation. God's His own Interpreter. God does the interpretation the way He--the way He says He would do it. The Lord said in the beginning, "let there be light," and there was light. That don't need any interpretation. That's what God did. He said, "A virgin shall conceive"; she did. That don't need any interpretation. He said He would pour out His Spirit upon all flesh; He did. It doesn't need any interpretation. God interprets His own Word by vindicating It, and manifesting It, and proving It. 108 That's how a prophet was proven to be of God. He said, "If there be one among you, who's spiritual or a prophet, I the Lord will make Myself known unto him in visions, speak to him through dreams. And what he says comes to pass, then fear him; but if it doesn't, don't do it." That's the same thing when God speaks His Word, and the man says, "The Word is This," and it happens that way, then it's God doing it. But if he says, "It's this way, and the days are gone," why it takes all the... He reaches for a hungry bread, in his hand to children, and take it away from them, and them starving. Why would you want to drink out of a cistern when this artesian well was there? What is a Fountain of Life now? What is the Fountain of Life, fountain of living Waters? An artesian well we would liken It to.

112 Now, I want you to notice the difference between a cistern and a fountain of living water; artesian well, and an old broken cistern out there full of bugs, lizards, frogs, germs, whatmore. See? And here's an artesian well. Now, watch this. It's self-supporting. You don't have to get any big systems and bring a lot of money into it. You don't have to join a lot of members. It supports its members, of the Spirit of Life in them, functioning. Notice the water that comes from it: fresh, pure and clean. Not a cistern, something stagnated that's been indocumated by forty, fifty different minds, saying, "This is right, and that's right, and this conception," and vote and call on, and as they do, and then make a denomination out of it. It's pure and clean, unadulterated Word of God, coming from the hand of God. It's a real artesian well. Notice, the secret of its power is within itself. Man cannot find it. Some kind of a pressure beneath it, that's a-making it push up. 116 I remember when I, used to, was the state game warden of Indiana. I used to go by in Harrison County, a certain well, a spring. It was always bubbling up. And just, oh, it looked like it was the most happiest thing. Whether the snow was on the ground, ice, was froze, how cold it was, it still bubbled; where the old manmade ponds and tanks, with frogs and everything, was out there froze over, solid. And that goes to show that any denomination, through a little lack of Spirit or a little change of atmosphere, will freeze over. But God's artesian well is that He's the same yesterday, today, and forever. It keeps all the things bubbled out of it and shoved out of it. And there's none in there to begin with. The minute it gets into it, it'll push it out of the way. 118 That thing was bubbling up like that, and I said, set down there one day; I thought, "I believe I'll talk to that spring, just for a moment." I took off my hat, and I said, "What are you so happy about? What are you bubbling so about? Maybe it's because the deers drink from you once in a while." If he could've spoke, he'd said, "No." I said, "Maybe it's because that I drink from you." "No, that isn't it." I said, "Well, what's making you so pure, so clean? So what--what is it bubbling that makes you bubble, full of joy all the time, and nothing can freeze you over? You're spurting up in the air, and there's nothing; clean water." If it could've spoke to me, you know what that well would've said? He'd have said, "Brother Branham, it--it isn't me a bubbling. It's something behind me, bubbling me." And that's the way it is. That's a poor word, but you know what I mean. 121 And that's the way it is with a born again experience. You cannot contain it. It's a--a well of water within you, bubbling up into Everlasting Life. See, there's something about it, that you have nothing to do with. The manmade tanks may freeze, and them begging for revival and everything; but a man that's under that Fountain, living in that Fountain, it's day and night. No, you don't have to wait on local rains and local revivals. You are full of It. "I'll give unto him a fountain of Life, in him, bubbling up." There's something in It that's fresh every day, pure and clean. It's the unadulterated Word of God in your heart and mouth, vindicating Itself, speaking for Itself. I don't care whether it's raining, whether it's snowing, what kind of weather it is, you're still happy because the Holy Spirit is in there bubbling up. It's a hidden power. Notice. Oh, its secret's within it. 122 It gives of itself, freely, to whomsoever will drink and use of its substance. Now, you don't pick out, say, "Well now, I just have to go to the Methodist church because I'm a Methodist, for a revival. I'll have to go over here, but if--I have to go a Pentecostal because I'm a Pentecostal revivalist." I'm telling you, when you got that well of Water springing up, that Fountain, when you're drinking by there, there's no difference, you give to anything that comes by. You're willing to give a hope of Life to a Catholic, to a Protestant, to a Jew, to a atheist, or whatever it is. You're really, really got Something in you that's doing it.

123 You notice another thing about it, you don't have to pump it. You don't have to pull it, and pump it up. I've seen so much of that till it makes me sick: pumping up something, playing a bunch of music, and jumping up-and-down, or--or a great bunch of literature out in the town, and great big signs, "The man of the hour." There's only one Man of the hour, and that's Jesus Christ, Who's the same yesterday, today, and forever. There's only one Messenger from God, and that's the--that's Jesus Christ. Yes, sir. You don't have to pump this up, or pull it down. Or, not, you don't have to join it. You just take it, freely. Amen. "I am the Fountain of living Water; you left Me to go and make yourself some tanks." Now, you don't have to pulp it--pump it, pull it, and join it, dig it, nothing else. You just have to take of it freely. 126 You don't need any manmade theology for a strainer rag, either, to tell you what go through it, what it does not. Some manmade theology of some educational system, self-righteous religion in your--in their--this, or some cistern of religious system, you don't need it. It don't have to be there. You put a rag on that, it'd throw it plumb up in the air. It don't have nothing to do with it. It's selfsupporting. It's the power of God springing up into Life. Why would a man leave a thing like that to join into a system, is more than what I could say. It don't need any strainer rags. It don't need it. It does not need to be--does not need to depend on local rains for its filling. It's full all the time. Amen. 127 A man, I hear them say, "I'm just down in the dumps today." Oh, my. Oh, I'm glad to be living in the Presence of God, whether things are going right or not right. He's my Life. Amen. He's all our Life. He's the Life, the abundant Life. Yes, sir. His... And look what it does for us. Its power and purity is within itself. It needs no priming from the cistern or any other system. Somebody say, "Well, what's your fellowship card? Let's see if you're a good Baptist. I'll see if you got a card. Or--or, a good Pentecostal, if you're a Oneness, Twoness, Threeness, or--or whatevermore." See? It doesn't need any priming. It's always a going. Yeah. You know, I used to have this old cistern; I had to pour water down there and prime and prime and prime, with this old sucker pump to get it out of there; you know, pour some more water in it, and just poured a bunch of bugs and things in to pump out bugs and things. That's just about the way some of these systematic revivals is. But, thank God, "There is a Fountain filled with Blood, where sinners plunge beneath the flood." You don't make church members; you make Christians out of them when they come to that Fount. Why would you leave the Fountain of living waters to drink at such a cesspool as that? 133 No pumping up; Its power is within itself. It needs no priming (Yes, sir.) for itself, its own life is in itself. That's the way the seed of God is in a man's heart. The Life of God is within the individual, not in the church, in you; it's in you, you're the one that has the germ of Life in you. Just one taste of it is convincing to all kinds of clergymen. Ask the Catholic priest; ask the Baptist, whatever it is. Just one taste of this great fresh artesian water, I'm telling you, it's convincing that it's the Truth. Your hungry soul, anyhow, it's convincing to the thirster anyhow. Now, if you're not thirsting... This little Baptist, he wasn't thirsting to begin with; but when he got thirsty, the water tasted awful good. That's right, but you've got to thirst, "the blessed thirst," as Jesus called that. "Blessed are you when you do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for you shall be filled." And Jesus said that, friend. Yes, sir. It's a blessed Fountain to the thirsty. 135 Why should any want to swap it for a swamp? How would you like to swap an artesian well for a swamp water, full of bugs and contaminations of all kinds of manmade theories, which God said that, "Adding one to His Word, or taking one of His Words away, his part would be taken off of the Book of Life"? And when God promised that He'd vindicate this Word in every generation, "For the promise is unto you and your children, and them that's far off, as many as the Lord our God shall call," why would you pump on some systematic pump that's been contaminated for years from some old manna?

Maybe the manna was all right, nothing against it, in the days of Martin Luther, in the days of this and the days of that, and the other reformers, nothing about it; but that's manna that fell a long time ago. If we notice in the Bible, that they had to pick it up every day. They had to get new. After it got a little old, it rotted. It cannot rot without breaking down. It has to have bacteria in it, or something to-to make it rot. We know that's so. And so is the systems. After it lays there from one great revival to another one, and it gets contaminated and gets full of bugs, and like a cistern full of wiggletails, as we used to call it, little old bugs that wiggled in there. 139 And that's what's the matter with so many people's experience today. They're--they're just full of wiggletails, wiggling from one to one, and one to the other, telling tales that ain't got no truth in it at all. That's right, wiggling out of one into another. "I was a Methodist; I joined the Baptist. I was a Catholic; I went to be this. I went to be that." It's just wiggletails. Oh, forget the whole thing and come to the Fountain (Amen.), the artesian Well, the ever-living Presence of Christ. I believe Him to be the inexhaustible Fountain of Life. More you get from Him, the fresher it gets, and the colder it gets, and the better it gets, and the sweeter it tastes. I've been serving Him now for thirty-three years, and each day grows still sweeter than it was the day before. I never been... He said you would never thirst if we drink in this Water. Notice how great it is. Oh. Israel did as many do today, they left the fountain of living waters to go dig themselves cisterns. 142 Now, speaking of grace just for a moment, what the grace of God. We got laws and by-laws, "And if you don't measure up to this standard... I got a religious measuring stick; if you don't measure just up to that, you've got to, well, you can't come in," and so forth. But God saves us by grace, not by a measuring stick. See? But God, speaking of grace now, just how this happened to take place, drinking from Him. From this measuring stick... Murmur, murmuring Israel. Watch, He said, "And I will visit you again." Notice in the Scripture. Notice, He's going to try them to visit them again. Murmuring Israel at the Red Sea was invited to follow Him through the stagnated Egyptian's water to be a free people. They was invited to come over to be a free people, with Him. Come out through the dead sea, the dead sea--the Red Sea, rather, come out through that to go into a wilderness to bring a separation between them and the impersonators trying to impersonate it without circumcision. 144 Oh, that's what caused the trouble. Every one of them perished right in the wil--or right--right in the sea, Pharaoh and his army. They seen human beings walking by supernatural power, so they come back around and tried to impersonate that without being in... []... sea. And when they did, they perished. It's carnal comparison. A man that tries to do that, try to impersonate something, then he is making a carnal comparison of a real Christian. 146 My Indian brother there knows that. Come up around Bombay and you'll see the people there, the Hindus and so forth, laying on spikes and upon--walking on glass and--and walking in fire to show what they can do, and things like. That's carnal impersonations of some man back in the jungle there, is doing that to his sacrifice for his god. We find that amongst all religious life, carnal impersonations, somebody trying to be like the other. There's only one Example you're to be like, that's like Jesus Christ, Who was the Word. And then when the Word of God comes to you, it'll be the same way. 148 But God led them right on to the promised land anyhow. They found also every tank... When they started through the wilderness in their journey now, after they had separated, they found out that every tank was dry to them.

And you'll find the same thing, brother, when you start this journey to the promised land. You'll find doors closed. Like that little preacher said, an Anglican, or whatever he was, and the first thing you know, his church turned him out. See? Just as long as he had so many receive the Holy Ghost, that was the end of it. 150 And we--and Israel found the same thing, as examples, in their journey to the promised land. The tanks were all dry. Yeah, their journey in obedience to His promised Word, their journey, and the tanks they found dry. Now, they found the tank--tanks could not be depended on for the journey. And if you're going to journey in obedience to the Word of God, and try to join this and join that, you're going to find out there ain't a tank in the world that will support it, not at all. You are an individual. God leads you just the way He wants to lead you. Then we have found the same thing today, and all tanks are dried up. 152 But the promise, are always true to God Who will keep His promise to His people. He promised to supply all they had need of, so He did that. In the midst of the empty, dry tanks (Just think of it.), and complaining Israel in the desert in their journey, He called His servant-leader, the prophet Moses out to one side, and opened up a fountain of living water by a smitten Rock, so His believing children would not perish. In this day, that speaks of grace to me. We are undeserving. The way that we've done, the way that we've lived, we're undeserving. But God in this day, like right here this morning, look to Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Catholic, and all, He has opened up a Fountain. Hebrews 13 proves this, that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. So it--it makes true John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, but have Everlasting Life." And it was lifted up for a compound reason, because the people were murmuring and sinning, and they were snake-bitten and they were dying; and for the forgiveness of their sins, and the healing of their sickness. And that's the same Fountain that's open to us today, for our salvation and for our healing, physical healing. "For He's the same yesterday, today, and forever." 157 And when the Rock that was smitten by the promised Word of God had commanded, it was giving forth gushers of pure clean water; not--not stagnated, not contaminated, but God's own Presence. Was pure water, and it saved all that drank. Now, we know that that's true, because we read it in the Old Testament, as a type. Now, you did not have to pull it, pump it, join it, go into the seminary to learn how to use it. They'll tell you how to use it there (See?), "Oh, well, you, if you have received the Holy Spirit, we believe that, but so you--you do it this way." But, you see, there's no control of it. You don't use the Holy Spirit; the Holy Spirit uses you. See, see? You're not the--you're not to use the Holy Spirit; the Holy Spirit got you. A gift is not something you take like a knife, and sharpen a pencil with it. It's yielding yourself to God and getting yourself out of the way so the Holy Spirit can use you. 160 Notice, they never had to pump it or pull it, or they never had to ask, "Now, how do we use this water?" Because they knowed how to use it. They were thirsty. They knowed what to do with it. And so is a man or woman, what, regardless of what creed or denomination he belongs to. If he's thirsting for God, he don't have to run back to the seminary, like this Anglican brother did, or British brother, last night, had to go back and consult how to the Anglican church, how he must use this great gift he's got, speaking in tongues, and how he must do this. They'd kick him out to begin with. See? He was thirsty, so God just filled him. That's all there is to it. It's thirsting, and then He just fill. You don't have to have any control, somebody tell you what to do with it. God leads each individual in the--the way He wants you to do. You are a--an individual yourself. You are a part of God. Nobody

can take your place. And there's no way to have to go to somebody, and say, "Now, I'll have to do this with it," or "I have to do that with it." No, sir. God uses it the way that--that He wants to. When you're thirsty, you know enough to drink. And if you're thirsting this morning, drink from it; that's all you have to do. 163 God had provided a way for their thirst, the thirsty children to partake freely of Himself. And God's provided a way for every man and woman this morning, who's hungering and thirsts. Perhaps there's people setting here, have never been saved. There's people setting here who's on the verge of being saved. There's people here, setting here as church members; you want to do right, but you're drinking from a tank. They'll never tell you these truths. The only thing to come, is take the promise of God and come to that Fountain, then He'll quench the thirst. "He that drinks from this Fountain shall never thirst again." 166 Notice now, how--how He liberated His--His ones who received this water by grace, and not by a system or a cistern of education. He vindicates His Word is a Life-giving Resource. How many in here knows that you received Life when you taken that Word and His water, just you know that you received Life? Let's take, well, for instance, just another example, or two, and then I'm going to close just in a moment. I ain't got--I must have that button somewhere. But notice. I just keep talking, but I don't mean to do it. Look, let's take for an example, just a couple people. 168 Let's take the woman at Jacob's cistern, a dug well. There she was setting there. That's all the woman knowed, was this cistern where she come to get water. And over against the well she found, in the little panoramic there, a Man setting there, a Jew. And she was a Samaritan; it's a city of Sychar. And we find out that this Man, this Jew, spoke an unusual Word to this woman, said, "Bring Me a drink." She said, "Now, we have segregation. It's not--not right for you to ask me a question like that; You being a Jew, and me a Samaritan." He said, "But if you knew Who you were talking to, you'd ask Me for a drink, and I'd give you waters that you don't have to come to this cistern to drink it; be a well of water bubbling up in you." Notice, when she found that this proved to be the Truth. 171 Now, first, any man could've said that. But she said, "You say worship in Jerusalem, and we worship in this mountain." He said, "Salvation is of the Jew. We know what we believe." But said, "Let Me tell you one thing," in words like this, "neither in this mountain, or at Jerusalem. The time's coming when man shall worship God in Spirit and in Truth, for the Father seeketh such." He said, "Go get your husband and come here." Watch, here it proved it. Here show what fountain she was at. Said, "Go get your husband and come here." She said, "I don't have any husband." He said, "You've said the truth." See, it looked like it was a plain contradiction to what He'd asked her, and said, "Go get your husband." Said, "I have no husband." Said, "You've said the truth." Said, "Because you've had five, and the one you're living with now is not yours." 175 Watch that woman, how different from the priests of that day. The priests of that day seen that same thing happen, and said, "That's a devil, a telepathy, or--or a Beelzebub." See, they failed to see the Word promising that. But that little woman was better versed in the Scripture than any of the priests. She said, "Sir, I perceive that You're a prophet. We haven't had one for four hundred years, since in Malachi." But

said, "We have looked for one, and we know there's one coming, the Messiah. And when He comes, this will be what He'll do." Jesus said, "I'm He." Amen. Did you notice, she left her bucket at Jacob's cistern, run down into the city, full of an artesian well. She'd seen it perfectly vindicated, and He was that Fountain in her Life. Let me introduce it to you. She left that. When He was proved to be the Word of Life, she left it; and had discovered that the same Rock that was smitten in the wilderness, was proven to be present then. 178 Let me say: that same God that was in the days gone by, that we speak so much of, He's present here now; not by some theological understanding, but by a personal knowledge of His vindication that He'd pour out in this last days the Holy Spirit upon His church. He is not an "I was." He is still the "I AM," present tense, always. Then the cistern lost its taste. And so does every man who ever falls into the power of God by the baptism of the Holy Ghost, the denominational systems lose their taste. You don't want no more of that stagnated frogs, and lizards, and bugs, and so forth. You're drinking from a Fountain that's fresh and pure: the Word of God, fresh every hour in your soul. The same as now, when the Word has been proven to be the Truth, taste and see if it's not right. Though the cistern had served its well--served its time well; but (You see?), the Fountain of Life was there, not Jacob's well no more, for spiritual drinking. What they thought, if they drank from that well, why, it would be all right; but now the Fountain of Life Itself was setting there. 181 Now we don't need systems and organizations that we have. We're at the end time. And God promised in this end time the things that He would do. And we see it fulfilled to the Word. We hear the man of military might stand up, and shivering, and saying, they, "Something's fixing to happen." We feel the Holy Spirit warning us that something's fixing to happen. We see everything set in order. Then leave that system and come to the Fountain. Yes, sir. Served its purpose, but now she was face to face with the Fountain itself. 183 In John 7:37-38, Jesus said in the last days of the feast of the tabernacle (What did He say?), "If any man thirst, let him come to Me and drink." Right in a bunch of theologians. "If any man thirst, let him come to Me, and drink. For the Scriptures has said, out of His innermost being shall flow rivers of living Waters." There's the living Fountain. That's the Fountain that the people has forsaken today. For the creed, they have forsaken the Fountain of living Water. Let me introduce you to Him. He, to me... And I'm closing. He, to me, is that Fountain that saved Hagar's life, and the child, when they were dying in the wilderness. I believe He is that Rock; in Isaiah 32, He's that Rock in a weary land. He's the shelter in the time of storm. Zechariah 13, He is the Fountain that's open in the House of David, for sin. I believe Him to be that. Don't you? In Psalms 36:9, He is David's fountain of Life. He is the still Waters of David, and the green pastures. He is the Water by the brook-side, for David. 189 In Genesis 17, He's Abraham's nursing breast, El Shaddai that when his life was gone from him, still he... God said. "A man of a hundred years old, how will this thing be? I'm old; my wife is old, how can these things be?" He said, "I am El Shaddai." Now, "El" is "the," and--and "Shad" is--is "breast," and "Shaddai" is plural, which means "I am the breasted God." Like a baby that's fretting, and it's sick, and its strength is gone from it, lean upon the mother's bosom and nurse its strength back. Sure. Not only... When it's nursing, it isn't fretting no more. At the mother's breast, it's satisfied while it is getting its strength.

And any man that will take God's promise in his heart, that, "The promise is unto you, and your children, them that's far off, as many as the Lord our God shall call," and lay right against that and nurse your strength back... Fretting child, believe it. It's for the believers. 194 To the believer poet, I can think of many songs that the poets found us. There was one of them said one time, He... There is a Fountain filled with Blood, Drawn from Immanuel's veins, When sinners plunged beneath the flood, Lose all their guilty stain. That dying thief rejoiced to see That Fountain in his day; There may I, though vile as he, Wash all my sins away. And ever since by faith I saw that stream Thy flowing wounds supply, Redeeming love has been my theme, And shall be till I die. 195 To me, He's the Waters of the Word of Separation, that separates you from everything that's contrary to His Word. That's the Fountain I believe Him to be. Yes, sir. That... It's the Waters that separated me from manmade cisterns to the Fountain of living Water. Oh, friend, I--I can just... You can just go on and on, with the things that--that He is to us. He's Alpha, Omega. He's the Begin; He's the End. He's He that was, which is, and shall come. He's the Root and Offspring of David. He's the Morning Star. He's my All in all. 196 And, brother, sister, if you haven't had a--a... Just been drinking from this little manmade tank, all your life, why not this morning forsake that tank and come to this Fountain? Let us bow our heads just a moment. With your heads bowed... [A sister begins singing in another tongue.]... to my opinion, the altar call. How many now? I--I was all nervous. I--I was keeping you too long, made me chop my message to pieces. But I believe the Holy Spirit wants you to get what I mean. [] as He... See? Look, there's nothing more important in this day than getting right with God (See?); our dinners, whatever it is, whatever. The Lord is here. Now, I've only heard that about once in my life, since this time. Now, how... All of you here, not "how many." All of you here that wants to drink from That, just stand up just a minute, just for prayer. God bless you. [Brother Branham pauses--Ed.] The Lord bless you. 200 Now, how many in here, that--that's standing present now, would say, by uplifted hand like this, "God, move on me; just fill me, let me drink from this Fountain. And I haven't done just what's right, but I--I want You to forgive me for it. I want You to wash away my sins. And let--let--let me from this day, just..." Just look. My...?... There is a Fountain filled with Blood, Drawn from Immanuel's veins, And sinners plunged beneath the flood, Lose all their guilty stains. Lose all their guilty stains, Lose all their guilty stains; And sinners plunged beneath the flood, Lose all their guilty stains.

Now, that you that's a Christian believer, you've accepted Christ as your personal Saviour, but you have not as yet... Now, if you haven't, that's the Fountain. The only One I know about is that Fountain from Emmanuel's veins. Now, and if many of you here... 202 It's just like I was speaking the other night about this little eagle walking in the barnyard with the chickens. And he never knowed nothing else but the chickens, but he knowed there was something about him was different from the chickens. And then his mother come hunting him, and she screamed from above. It was a eagle's call. See? He had to be an eagle to begin with, or he'd have never recognized that call. See, he... There has to be something there, germitized, or it can never produce Life. And if the Seed, the Word of God, is in you, the Holy Spirit's here now to germitize that and bring It to a reality to you. 204 How many in here has not received the baptism of the Holy Ghost, would you raise up your hands? All around, everywhere, just real honest, if you haven't received the Holy Ghost, and you'd like to, raise up your hand. Wherever you are, just keep your hand up, just a moment. Now, I want, you standing around and looking at them, I want somebody to lay your hands over on them. I believe right now the Holy Spirit will fill every one of you who wants It. Now, don't think about the food out there in the cafeteria. Let's think about this Food here. This is the One. This is Life. See, this is Life. Now, turn right around, each one of you, and lay hands on each other. "And they laid their hands upon them." Now, I want you to pray for that person you've got your hand... Now, don't think about going out. Don't think about nothing else. Just think, right now, the Holy Spirit's here to fill each individual. Open up your heart, dump all the cistern water out, and say, "O Fountain of Life, come into me. Fill me, O Lord God, with Thy goodness and mercy." 209 Lord Jesus, that inexhaustible Fountain, I pray, God, that You will fill each one of them. May the Holy Ghost fall here. I pray, God, that we'd forget all about anything else; that the Holy Spirit fall into the midst of us just now, and will give to us that Waters of Life freely from everywhere. Grant it, O God. While the--the continuity of prayer and song, blending together, Lord, knowing that's Your Presence, Your Divine Presence, we want to come to the Fountain. We want the real, genuine baptism with the Holy Ghost. Lord, these people are praying for It. I pray that this right moment now, that they will be filled with this goodness of God. Grant it, O God. Hear the prayer of Your children. May You come upon their being; may the power of God, and the Holy Ghost sweep over them. Grant it, God. O how we thank You for the refreshening, for the Presence of the mighty God of heaven, standing in our midst. Right at this noon hour, Lord, feed us. Lord, we want food from Your table. Feed us, Lord, just now. Feed us with the Holy Spirit in our lives; our hungry parching souls are thirsty. As You said in the interpretation of the song, "It would pour forth water upon parched ground." Let it happen, Lord. Let Thy Words be made manifested in the hearts of Thy children: "Waters upon dry, parched ground." Eternal God, hear the prayer of Your servants, and give unto us that blessing. Amen. 211 Oh, how I love Je..., Just keep praising Him now. Find out, the Holy Spirit's here. If you don't receive It, it's your fault. ... How I love Jesus, ("Lovest thou Me more than these?")... love Jesus, Because He first loved me. Oh, how I love Je..., (Praise be to God.) Oh, how I love Je..., (What if He would come just this moment?) Oh, how I love Jesus, Because He first loved me.

I'll never forsake Him, I'll never forsake Him, I'll never forsake Him, Because He first loved me. Wonderful, wonderful, Jesus is to me, The Counselor, Prince of Peace, Mighty God is He; Oh, saving me, keeping me from all sin and shame, Wonderful is my Redeemer, praise His... Let's sing it to Him now. O, wonderful, wonderful, Jesus is to me, Counselor, the Prince of Peace, Mighty God is He; Oh, saving me, keeping me from all sin and shame, Wonderful is my Redeemer, praise His Name! 213 All that feel that, say "Amen." [Congregation says, "Amen."--Ed.] Oh, hallelujah. I see some people coming through now with the Holy Spirit. I once was lost, now I'm found, free from condemnation, Jesus gives liberty and a full salvation; Saving me, keeping me from all sin and shame, Wonderful is my Redeemer, praise... Let's raise up our hands now and really praise. Oh, wonderful, wonderful, Jesus is to me, A Counselor, the Prince of Peace, the Mighty God is He; O saving me, keeping me from all sin and shame, Wonderful is my Redeemer, praise His Name, Do you love Him? Oh, wonderful. Praise... That Fountain filled with Blood, where sinners lose all fear of man, all condemnation, just free in him. Hallelujah. Oh, my, that's really wonderful. Now, while we sing that again, let's let all the Methodist, Baptist, Catholic, Presbyterian, what is, while we sing this, "Wonderful, Jesus is to me," let's just turn around and shake hands with each other, just have a good old mix-up. You know, I, that's what I like. Come on, let's sing it now as we do it. Oh, wonderful, wonderful, Jesus is to me, 216 [Brother Demos Shakarian speaks to Brother Branham about President Johnson having a heart attack--Ed.] Wonderful, Jesus is, (That's right.) Oh, Counselor, Prince of Peace, [Brother Shakarian again speaks to Brother Branham." Brother Earl Prickett leads the congregation in singing, "Wonderful." Congregation sings "There's A River Of Life."] 218 The Bible said, "Pray for those that are in authority." Our heavenly Father, we are standing in a desperate need for the leader of our nation, our President. He may never know this, Lord, but You know it. I pray for Brother Johnson, as he professes to be a believer in You. And, Father, a heart attack, we understand, has struck him. I pray, God, spare his life. We're in a--a national crisis right now anyhow. And let Thy Spirit come upon him, Lord. And right now, in the hospital or wherever he may be, let Your Spirit come down to that Walter Reed Hospital and touch his body, sparing his life. Lord, the man's under pressure, more pressure than what we understand. So we pray, God, as believers and as a part of this nation, we pray for our leader, that You will grant him an extension of life in this great hour, in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

BIRTH PAINS PHOENIX AZ 65-0124 V-3 N-4 1-1 Let us bow our heads. Dear God, we are very thankful today for the great outpouring of Your Presence in our midst already. We're expecting this exceedingly, abundantly this afternoon. We thank You for this marvelous song from this fine Christian woman that's just sang this hymn and Your Spirit that came down and in interpretation thereof. Lord, let it be so, we pray. And, God, I pray that You'll bless each and every one of us and may our hearts be filled with joy when we see this take place. Dear God, we pray this afternoon if there be some here that's unprepared to meet You, may this be the hour that they'll make that final decision and will come into Thee through the new birth. Grant it. Bless all of us, Lord, who's been a long time in the road. We pray that You'll teach us new things by Thy Word. Give us better understanding by Thy Spirit, Lord. May He come and interpret the Word. The only Interpreter we have is the Spirit. We pray that He'll grant that to us today. We ask this in Jesus' Name. Amen. 1-3 [Message given by someone in audience.] That suffices. [Someone on platform speaks to Brother Branham--Ed.] Thank you. What a time. I don't know any better place to be, lest it be in heaven; for we're just feeling the anointing of that now (See?), setting together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus--gathered in heavenly places. God bless Sister Florence. And she's going through a time of sorrow and shadows, her father just taken, and I--I pray, "God bless that child." And Brother Demos, load on both shoulders, and the weight of all these conventions and things. He needs our prayers too. God bless Brother Shakarian. Brother Carl Williams, I'm certainly happy to be here in this convention with you and amongst all these fine brethren. And I had the privilege of meeting some... And now, this is my finishing part of the service (as far as I know), so well, I expect now to be able to shake hands with some of these fine men and to get to meet them; for I expect to spend eternity with them in a--in a better land. 2-1 A just a little thing, I hope that I will not be misunderstood. It's not a coincidence I do not think, or I--I think it was providential, that yesterday I was given a present by a friend here, from a friend of mine, Danny Henry. He was a boy... One day in the Christian Business Men's Convention in California, I was having a--a meeting. I was speaking very hard against the--the condition of the time, and I--I hope that everybody understands that--that I have evil in my heart. It's not that. You surely understand I don't mean it that way. But I have to just say what comes to me to say. And then after that this little fellow, a Baptist brother, and I think he's some relative to a movie star. And he came down to put his arm around me to say, "The Lord bless you, Brother Branham. I just want to offer a word of prayer," and he started speaking in French. And the boy doesn't know one word of French. And someone raised up, a kind of a big woman from, I believe she's from Louisiana; she said, "That's French." And then there was a man way over there said, "That's French." And they'd wrote out what it was. I have the original copy here. And then it happened to be a young fellow walking from the back and coming forward (wanted to see their notes), and he was the U.N. interpreter of French: just exactly French. 2-3 And I would like to read this note. This is the original note of one of them, and it was from this man that it interpreted. I may not be able to call his name just right: Le Doux, Victor Le Doux. He's full-blooded Frenchman. Now, here's the message: Because thou has chosen the narrow path, the harder way; thou hast walked of your own choosing; thou hast picked the correct and precise decision, and it is My way. Because of this momentous decision, a huge portion of heaven awaits thee. What a glorious decision thou hast made. This in itself is that which will give and make come to pass their tremendous victory in love Divine.

When I got that... You know, when I first heard people speak in tongues, I--I wouldn't criticize nothing (See?), because I've seen it genuine, but I always wondered. But when that happened, and knowing what the commission was behind it, I--I knew it come from God. 3-2 Then his brother sitting here (a real well known attorney) gave me a present from Danny. Danny's just left the Holy Land. And he was laying on the tomb--in the tomb, rather, where Jesus had been lain after His death. And when he did, he said he got to thinking of me. And--and the Spirit of the Lord came upon him, and he went out on Mount Calvary where the Crucifixion taken place, and he got a piece of rock. And he came back and made me a pair of cuff links out of it, and I really cherish them. And now, this--of course Danny doesn't know this, but this morning while out in prayer, I just looked down at those cuff links, and each one of them, if you'll notice, is blood stained and also has a straight line right through each one. And here in the message that he give from God of the straight and narrow way, how it just fit in just exactly. I thought that was kindly, maybe providential or... And I certainly thank Danny. You tell him, brother, that--how I appreciate that. 3-3 And another strange thing, I asked my wife the other morning... I put on a shirt that had to have a cuff link in it, and she said, "I forgot to bring your cuff links." So the Lord had us some provided for me. Oh, it's a glorious life; isn't it, brethren? Just to walk in the simplicity of--of the Gospel, and yet in its simplicity, it's the greatest thing I know of. I know there's nothing--of it. And being that it was made simple that I had a chance to come into it (See?) here by the grace of God. 3-5 Now, this afternoon, I don't want to take much time because I know you're going to churches tonight, and I think all you visitors here should look around on the platform, see these ministers and they're all... They'll be glad to have you in their service tonight. They'll do you good. No doubt you went to some Sunday school this morning in the city. And while we're having these conventions (and being the Full Gospel Business Men) I think we ought to give all of our support that we can to our churches, because that's where our businessmen go, and it's a house of God. And I hope you will visit some church tonight. Tomorrow night is the closing of the convention, I believe, and I guess they've announced the speaker, which I am to be here, the Lord willing, to hear his message. God bless each and every one of you. 4-2 Now, I--I am--don't claim to be a preacher. I'm--I'm kinda--I haven't got enough education to call myself a preacher. A preacher, when you say that, they expect you to have a couple degrees in college, and--and I don't have anything but just a little slingshot. See? And I try to come after the sick sheep if I can, to bring them back to the Father's pasture. If I make mistakes, forgive me. I'm not a theologian. I don't criticize theologians; theology's all right. It's what we need. But sometimes I criticize the condition that we've gotten into. And that doesn't mean to any certain individual. It's just the Message. I wish that it wasn't mine to give. It tears me to pieces 'cause you know how you'd feel. What of your own children (See?), don't you hate to have to give a child a scolding, bawling out, or something though? I'm a parent too, and I know what it means. And I--I trust that you forgive me. 4-5 And I want you to do like this: when you're setting this afternoon I'm going to ask you a favor. Just got a little short, few notes here. As I've told you, I have to make me--write my Scriptures out. Used to be I could almost quote the Bible by heart, but not now. Went through too many hard battles; got too old for that. But I trust that--that you'll listen to me just a little while this afternoon and just really open your heart and try to understand what I'm digging at. Then I think it'll be better-especially the pastors of the city and different places. I--I trust that you'll listen real close. And now you do that--do by that the way I do when I eat my favorite pie: cherry; some of my favorite meat, chicken. So when I'm eating a fine piece of cherry pie and I hit a seed, I don't stop the

pie; I just throw the seed out and keep on eating pie. And when I hit the bone of a chicken, I don't throw the chicken away; I just throw the bone away. So why, if I'd say something that you wouldn't agree upon anytime, just throw that part away and--but look at it real good; be sure it's bone now. And then may I also say; if it's a seed, remember, it brings forth the new life. So look real hard, and may the Lord bless. A... 5-1 Brother Carl Williams said something the other night about turning loose to praying for the sick, which would be very fine. I know that would be fine. But we just--we're not fixed here for that: to bring a prayer line. And I don't know whether Brother Oral or any of the other brethren has ever had a prayer lines in the conventions or not. I don't know. I've tried it two or three times, but usually if a crowd like this you'll have to give out prayer cards (See?) in order to do it, 'cause you can't... It's not an arena; it's a house of God. See? Dedicated for that. And we--they press and push, and if you have cards, you line them up orderly. So Billy asked me, said, "Shall I go over and give out cards? The people are asking me for prayer cards." I said, "No, Billy. Let's just leave to the Holy Spirit do what He wants to do." See, that... See? And let Him maybe build faith, and just be healed right there where you're at. See? But the... See? Divine healing is a minor in the Gospel, and you can never major on a minor. Anyone knows that. But it's a bait that's used to get people to believe in the supernatural Presence of God; the supernatural is present; and then by that, if they can recognize His Presence, then they are healed (See?) by faith believing it. 5-4 Now, I want to read some out of God's Word, the New Testament, and then I want to take a text from this New Testament and this Scripture and speak this afternoon on a subject for just a little while. And I don't want to keep you too long for the services tonight, but remember, I hope I've made myself clear: just give it your attention for a while, if you will. Now, before we do this, let's bow our heads again. You know, we could sing too much. We could shout too much till we got hoarse. And we could sing at the wrong time or shout at the wrong time, but here's one thing we're never out of order: when we're praying. "I would that men pray everywhere lifting up holy hands without doubt or..." 5-6 Father, it is the greatest privilege that a mortal ever had was to close his eyes, and open his heart, and speak to You. And we know that You hear if we could just believe that You hear, for Jesus said, "If you ask the Father anything in My Name it'll be granted." That was on conditions if we wouldn't doubt it. So, Father, help us to believe this afternoon that our petitions will be granted, and may there be not one shadow of doubt anywhere, but may it come to pass the things that we're asking. And that is, God, for Your great Name to be honored today by bringing into Your Kingdom every lost and straying soul that be under the sound of our voice, or that this tape would ever reach-out into the heathen lands where around the world they go. I pray, heavenly Father, that there will not be a feeble person in our midst today. When the service is finished, may the Lord God save every lost soul, and heal every sick body, and fill His children's hearts with joy. That's why we have faith, Lord, to ask in Jesus' Name to God our Father: because that He promised He would hear, and this is for His glory. Amen. 6-3 In St. John's Gospel, the 17th chapter and beginning with the 20th verse, I wish to read for a--a text. I think that is right. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That... I believe I have got the wrong place. Now, excuse me just a moment. I'm looking for Jesus' prayer that--or not Jesus' prayer, rather, but for His... I might've got marked down here on my text something wrong. Where Jesus prayed that--or was saying that "as a woman in travail for birth of

her child"--birth, childbirth. Is that Luke or John? Jack, which is that in? Sixteenth of John. I thought that was right, but it didn't sound very much like it. The 16th of John [Man on platform says, "21st verse"--Ed.], 21st verse. Sure 21st verse. Sure, here we are. John, St. John 16 and 21: That they may be... 6-5 No, Brother Jack, that's still wrong. 16:21, I got the 16th chapter of St. John, 21st verse, but it-am I wrong. Well, there's a mess--a mis--a mix in this Bible. Yes, sir. They printed it wrong. Yes, sir. You know what? That's exactly the truth. Here's a brand new Bible; I've just gotten it, and it's got; it's got the--it's printed wrong. [A Catholic priest steps up to the pulpit and offering his Bible, speaks these words to Brother Branham: "This is God...?... There's a reason why it was done and you... And God will show you why to bring out of this. It's wonderful."--Ed.] All right. Thank you. Thank you very much: 16:21. Thank you very much. That's true. A woman when she... Verily, verily, I say unto you, That you shall sleep--weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful,... your sorrow shall be turned to joy. A woman when she is--is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour cometh: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more... anglish--anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. Thank you very much, my brother. I sure appreciate that. Now, that certainly is a misprint in the Bible--page has been put in wrong, and I just found it on my old Scofield Bible and picked up this one and run up here with it just a few moments ago ('cause my wife just gave me this for a Christmas present). 7-3 Now, I want to--to speak this afternoon upon a subject that I announced: "Birth Pains." Now, that sounds very bad, but it's in the Bible. I believe that Jesus here was speaking of, as He said, "You will have sorrow, but your sorrow shall be turned to joy," speaking to His disciples here, knowing that the birth of the--of Christianity was coming into existence. And now, the old has to die in order that the new is born. To have... Anything that gives birth has to have pains of distress, and they certainly was going to go through the pain of distress and anguish to get from the law unto grace. Normal natural birth types the spiritual birth. All things of the natural is types of the spiritual. And we find out if we look out here on the--on the ground and see a tree in the earth growing, it's struggling for life. That goes to show that there is a tree somewhere that doesn't die, because it's a-it's crying out for something. We find people, no matter how old, how sick, what condition, they're crying out to live because it shows there is a life somewhere where we live--live forever. Notice, how perfect. 8-2 Now, in I John 5:7 (I believe it is, if I'm not mistaken), it said, "There are three that bear record in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost; these three are One. There are three that bear record in earth; that's the water, Blood, and Spirit, and they agree in one." Now, notice, the first three are one; the second three are earthly which agree in one. Cannot have the Father without the Son; you cannot have the Son without having the Holy Ghost. But you can have the water without the Blood and the Blood without the Spirit. I think through our ages has proved this to be true. Water, Blood, Spirit: justification, sanctification, the baptism of the Holy Spirit. That types or makes the--or the antetype which takes away from the natural birth. Look when a--a woman or anything in travail for birth, the first thing comes to pass: the breaking of the water (a normal birth); second thing is the blood; and then comes the life: water, blood, spirit. And that constitutes the normal, natural birth. 8-4 And so is it in the spiritual realm. It's water: justification by faith, believing on God, receiving Him as your personal Saviour, and being baptized; second is sanctification of the Spirit, that God cleanses

the spirit from all elements of the world and the desire of the world; and then the Holy Spirit comes in and gives new birth and fills up that sanctified vessel. For instance like this: now, that... I told you what you don't believe lay aside and then take the pie. Notice. Now, a glass is laying out in the chicken yard. You don't just pick that up and put it on your table and fill it up with water or milk. No. By picking it up is justification. Cleansing it is sanctification, 'cause the Greek word "sanctify' is a compound word which means "cleansed and set aside for service (not in service; for service)." Then when you fill it, it is put in service. 9-1 Excuse this now (not to hurt); there's where you Pilgrim Holiness, Nazarenes failed to walk on up into Pentecost. You was cleansed by sanctification, but when you were ready to put in service by the gifts of speaking in tongues and other things, you turned it down, dropped back out in the pen again. See? Now, that's--that's what happens; it always does that. Now, not to criticize you now but just--I want to get this off my heart. And that's been burning me ever since I been here, so I might as well just--if Carl's grace and Demos' and them and your all's, I--I'll try my best to deliver my soul from it (See?); then it's up to you. Normal typing the spiritual. Now, we find out then that it's fully born... When the baby... Usually now when the water breaks, you don't have to do very much about it. And when the blood comes, you don't have to do much about it. But in order to get life in the baby, you've got to give him a spanking and make him yell out. And that's a... Now, without education, as my brethren here are so well trained to it (theirs), but I have to take nature to type it. And there you are. That's what happened; it taken a real spanking to get this to them. 9-3 Now, you take a little--some kind of a shock. Maybe you wouldn't have to spank him, but just shock him a little. The very idea of him being born sometimes will do it. Grab him; shake him. If he don't start breathing, spank him a little, and then he yells out in unknown tongues to himself, I guess. But see he... Anyhow he's--he's making a noise. And I think if a baby is born just by--by stillbirth with no sound, no emotion; that's a dead baby. That's what's the matter with the church today, the system; we got too many stillborn children. That's right. They need a Gospel spanking (You see?), and so--to wake them up, to bring them to themselves so--so that God can breathe the Breath of Life into them. And now we find that that's so true. It's crude theology, but it's the Truth anyhow. 9-5 So notice in a seed's birth, the old seed must die before the new one can be born. So therefore, death is hard any time. So it's painful; it's distressful. Birth is the same; because you're bringing life into the world, and it's--it's painful. Jesus said that His Word was a Seed that a sower went forth to sow. (Now, we're all acquainted with that, and I want to teach this like a Sunday school lesson 'cause it's Sunday.) Notice, then this Word, being a Seed... But remember the--the seed is only bringing forth a new life when it dies. And that's the reason it was so hard for those Pharisees to understand our Lord Jesus Christ; because they were under the law. And the law had--was the Word of God in seed form. But when the Word was made flesh and become not law, but grace... Now, grace and law cannot exist at the same time, 'cause grace is so far above law, law's not even in the picture. And therefore, it's so hard for the Pharisees to die to their law so that grace could be born. But it must go. The two laws cannot exist at the same time. There cannot be a law says that you can run this semaphore, and the other one says you can run it: one says you can; one says you can't. They... It has to be one law at a time. Maybe one time you could've went through it; caution, go through it. But this time it's red: Stop. See? And so there cannot be two laws exist at the same time. 10-3 Now, we notice that always... My thought now to you, it take pain, distress, discomfort. Look how them Pharisees died to that law, through pain, distress, discomfort. But it must be.

Now, we find that rain which brings forth fruit upon the earth, "It's borned," as the poet said, "in the fields of thunder, in a ragged, jagged sky." But if we didn't have the thunder and the ragged, jagged skies, the little distilled drop of rain that's been lifted from the seas and distilled from the salt, it would not be born. It takes that lightning, thunder, blasts, ragged, rugged, fearful thing to bring forth the soft petal drops of water. It takes pain to bring forth birth; it takes dying. And as the clouds die, rain is born; because rain is a part of that cloud. One has to cease so the other one can exist. Now, if my brethren here (some of them) was able, they could give you all the laws of those things. I can't. 10-5 And now, let's drop over to another thing just for a little proof. I think one of the prettiest flowers (Everybody has their own ideas of them.)--but I think the prettiest flower that I've nearly ever seen is (back in the east) our pond lily. How many ever seen a pond lily? Oh, there's just nothing like it to me. But did you notice what that pond lily had to be. I think of what Jesus said: "Consider the lily, how it toils and spins, but yet I say unto you that Solomon in all of his glory was not arrayed like one of these." For Solomon's glory and his arrayment was all artificial, but the lily in its beauty is life that's making it beautiful, not some artificial smear-on, paint-on. Just like our women, I don't think you have to have all this green, you know, and eye winkers, you know out like that, and all that manicure, or--or not (I get that stuff mixed up.) all on your face to make you pretty. Pretty is as pretty does. If you'll add a little Acts 2 and 4, mix it all up together with a little John 3:16, it'll beat anything that Max Factor ever did try to fix. Your husband will love you more; everybody else will; and I'm sure God will. 11-2 Lily--He said consider it, how it grows, toils, has to bring itself up. This little pond lily, look where it come through: dirt, muck, mud, muddy waters, dirty waters; pressed its way through all of that (this little germ of life), working itself from the bottom of the pond where the frogs and--and things are at and then brings itself up through all of that. But when it gets in the presence of the sun, it's born. The little seed burst open into life. It cannot do that until it goes through all that process. It's got to come through that; that's what makes it, is because that the sun itself is what's drawing it. And when it gets fully above all the dirty waters and muck and so forth, then it's so happy, it just gives its life out freely. And it's a beautiful life when it gets in the presence of that which is drawing it up. I think that's a beautiful type of Christian life. When something is drawing you out of the world until one day you're born right into Its presence by the Holy Spirit. How beautiful. If you try to help it, you kill it. 11-4 Like a little chicken when it's being born. You know, if you ever noticed one of the little fellows, right on top of his little beak (or any bird that's born from an egg) it's--it's got... It's maturing this old egg shell. The old inner part of the egg has to rot away. And it has to take this little beak and scrape back and forth until it breaks the shell out. We call it "pipping" its way out down in Kentucky where I come from: pipping his way out. They've never found a better way. Why? It's God's provided way. You try to help him; you'll kill him. Pick the shell off of him, he'll die. See, he's got to labor, strain, break forth. That's the way a Christian has to do. It ain't somebody just shaking your hand, taking you in. You've got to lay there till you die, rot, and are borned into the Kingdom of God. It's God's provided way. You don't go in by book, or shake hands, and join, pump up, pull down. You--you just simply have to get away from the old shell. Notice, no better way have they ever found. 12-2 They found no better way for a baby to get what it wants besides God's way for it. Now, when that little baby's born, you could set a bell down here beside his little crib, say, "My little son, I am a theologian in the way... I've read books on how to raise a baby, and I tell you, you're a modern child. You been born in a modern home by modern parents. When you're hungry or need mother or I, just ring the little bell." It'll never work. The only way that it can get what it wants is to cry for it. That's God's way. And that's the way that we get what we want: is cry for it. Cry out. Don't be ashamed. Say, "I'm hungering for God." Don't care whether the deacons, pastors, or whatever it is around.

Scream out anyhow. If the Joneses are setting there, what difference does it make? Cry out. That's the only way there is to get it--until you get help. He taught that when He was here on earth, you know, about the unjust judge. 12-4 A little dew drop, I don't know the formula of it. Maybe there'd be a scientist here, but I'm just going to say a way I think. It might be a--some kind of a congested group of atmosphere come together in a dark night, and it falls to the earth. And when it does, it's borned in the night. But in the morning it's laying there cold and shivering on a little blade of grass or hanging on your clothesline. But just let the sun shine out once. Did you notice how happy it gets? It just glistens and quivers. Why? It knows that it's that sunlight is going to draw it back to where it was at the beginning. And so is every man or woman that's born of the Spirit of God. There's something about it when Light spreads over us, that we're happy because we know we're going back to where we come from, from the bosom of God. It can sparkle with joy when the sun hits it, of course, knowing it's going to where it come from. Little crude things, but we could keep on with it, but let's find something else. 13-1 We know the old seed is--must, before the new seed can come out of the old seed, it must rot, absolutely, not die only, but rot after it's dead. We know that to be true. That's the same thing in new birth. We never go back, but we go forward when you're borned again. And that's why I think today we have so many--not so many rather, genuine new births, is because the seed is--maybe will sympathize with the Word or the person, but they don't want to rot away from the old system that they were in. They don't want to come out of it. They want to stay in the old system and claim the new birth or the message of the age. We found that under the Luther, Wesley, Pentecostals, and all other ages. They still try to hold on to the old system and claim this, but the old system age must die, rot, in order to bring forth the new one. They still want to cling. Notice, they know the old system is dead, but they just don't want to rot out of it. Now, rot is when it's really done away with. 13-4 When a claim is made that they are newborn... But a claim is only a begotten sign; rotting brings forth the new birth. You got to rot away from it just as we did in all ages, through the Wesleyan and the all forth... But the thing of it is, after that new birth is born... Wesley--or Luther came forth with one word: "The just shall live by faith." Well, he could not no longer cling on to the old system. He had to come out of it. And then when the Calvinists got the Anglican church in such a condition (under the Calvinistic doctrine) until God raised up an Arminian doctrine (which was John Wesley)... The old system had to die in order for the new to come on. And when Wesley's age ceased and all the little ages or blades that come out on the stalk of the tassel in Wesley's time... See, when Pentecost come out with the restoration of the gifts, they had to come out of Baptists, Presbyterian, Pilgrim Holiness, Nazarene, Church of Christ (so-called), and all that; they had to come out of it, rot away from it, to accept the new birth. 14-1 You're always called crazy, but it's is like Paul said when he rotted out of what he once claimed; he said, "In the way that's called heresy, that's the way I worship the God of our fathers," in the way that's called heresy. See, he'd accepted the new Life that the Old Testament had give birth to the New, and he had to rot away from the Old (just make it a shadow) in order to be... That's just where we are at now. Now, bear with me, but that's my idea. The churches has got so systematically till you can't get into one 'less you belong to one. You've got to have a fellowship card or some kind of a identification. And by believing this, the only door I nearly have open is these Business Men. And as long as they're not a organization, I can go in with them, but--and get to bring the Message that I feel that's on my heart to the people. But it's got so systematically. And I love you Pentecostal people. And Pentecost is not an organization anyhow. You just call yourself that. Pentecost is an experience and not a denomination.

But, you see, the thing of it is that's so hard for many man--when they look at it and believe it, and see it so identified by God in the Word, yet it's so hard to rot away from that thing you've been in. "What would I do? Where would I get my meal? What... " God is your meal. God is the thing for you to hold on. "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness." I'll leave it lay at that; you know what I'm talking about. 14-4 We are told by God's prophets that we are to have a new earth--a new heavens and a new earth. If you want Scripture for that, it's Revelations 21. I could quote it for you. I have it here. John said: I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and... first earth was passed away... It was gone. Now, if we're to have a new earth, the old earth and the new earth cannot exist at the same time--or the new world and the old world cannot exist at the same time. There can't be two world orders together at the same time. Now, in order to get the new earth, the old one has to die. Now, if the old one has to die, then it's giving birth pains for a new one now. 15-1 And then if a doctor went to examine a patient that was in labor, now the--one of the things that doctor would do--which I'm talking in the presence of two or three, I know of, good medical doctors here, Christian doctors. And I--I--I would ask you this. One of the first things that doctor does after he's been watching the patient is to time the pains--birth pains. He times the pains, how close they are together and how much more terrific each one gets. One is more harder to have than the other one; next one, still harder: get closer together. That's the way he diagnoses the case: by the birth pains. Well, if the world has to give away to the birth of a new world, let's just examine some of the birth pains we're having on the earth. And then we'll see about what day and just about how far she is along in her labor. 15-3 The First World War showed great pain--birth pains. It showed one of the first birth pains of her going into labor, because of that time for her we had brought forth the bombs, and we had machine guns and poison gas. And you remember--maybe many of you cannot. I was just a little boy of about eight years old, but I remember them speaking of this mustard and chlorine gas and so forth, how it just look like it'd just get started and they said it would burn up the whole earth. It'd kill everybody. Well, it might be a breaking of that, just winds blowing across the earth, and how everybody was scared to death of that great weapon of poison gas. The earth went through--had its first birth pain. And we find out now we've had a second war, World War. And her pains was much greater, more terrific all the time, the birth pains of the earth. She almost had to give away during the time of the atomic bomb because it would destroy a whole city. It was much greater than the pains of the First World War of destruction to the earth. 15-5 Now, she knows that her time of deliverance is at hand. That's the reason she's so nervous, flusterated as she is--is because that there is a hydrogen bomb and missiles of the air that could destroy the whole world. One nation'd scare the other, no matter how little it is. They've got those missiles that they claim will--just one of them, they can direct them by the stars and drop them anywhere in the world they want to. Russia, as I heard on the news the other day, she claims that she can destroy this nation and--and keep the atoms or the things from breaking up her nation. We don't know what to do about it. Everyone's making these claims, and it's so. People has... Science has broke into God's great laboratory until they're going to destroy themselves. God lets--always lets wisdom destroy himself. God doesn't destroy anything. Man destroys himself by wisdom as he did at the beginning, taking Satan's wisdom and--instead of God's Word.

16-3 Now, she knows she must give away. She cannot stand it. Russia, I believe, would destroy this nation today if she thought that she could destroy it and then preserve herself. Any of those little nations could do it, but they're afraid because they know that this world cannot stand in its orbit under such conditions. So the world knows that her birth pains is so great she's got to give away. There's going to be a new birth borned at hand. I'm thankful for that. I'm tired of this one. Any--anyone knows that--that here it's a place of death and sorrow and all kinds of discrepancies and so forth. I'm glad that you have to give away; I'm glad that time is at hand. As John said of old, "Even so, come, Lord Jesus." 16-5 Now, she must rot, of course (as I have said), in order to bring new birth. Look what she's rotted into. Notice, my brethren. She's totally rotten. Her politics and systems is just as rotten as they can be. There isn't a sound bone in her--in her world system. Her politics and her religious politics and whatever it is--one says, "I'm a Democrat"; "I'm a Republican"; "I'm a Methodist"; "I'm Baptist," why, the whole thing's rotten to the core. Got to be something give away. She can't stand it. You put a George Washington or an Abraham Lincoln in every county in this United States, it still couldn't come back. It's beyond redemption. There's only one thing can help her; that's the coming of the Creator. She knows she must give away. She's in pain and distress. One don't know what to do. One's looking this way, and one that way, and everything; one's scared of the other, one trying to do something or destroy this, and this is trying to contradict that and destroy the other, until now they've got it in the hands of sinful men who could destroy the whole world in a five minutes time. See? 17-2 So she knows she can't stand it. The people know she can't stand it, and the world knows that they're going to--it's going to happen, for God said it was. The whole heavens and earth is going to be on fire. It's going to be a renovation of the whole thing so a new world can be born. God has prophesied it. She's rotten in all of her systems and she's got to do that to rot away. That's why she--I said she's so nervous and red in the face and flusterated, and earthquakes everywhere and up and down the coast and tidal waves in Alaska and shaking up and down the coast with earthquakes and things and people writing, "Shall we leave it? Shall we leave it?" See, they don't know what to do. There's no safety zone but One; that's Christ, the Son of the living God. And there's only one thing that is the safety zone, and that's Him; all outside of there will perish just as certain as God said so. 17-4 Now, let's look at the Doctor's Book (if she is in this kind of condition) and see if this is supposed to happen when the new earth is to be born: Matthew 24 in the Doctor's Book (which is the Bible), and let's see what's prophesied, what her symptoms would be. Now, if a doctor knows the symptoms of birth of a child... And just about time the child's to come, he gets everything ready because he knows that that is the--the time the child's to be born because all symptoms show. The-the water's broke, the blood, and now the--it's time the child's dropped; it's--it's time for the child to be born. And so he gets everything ready for it. Now, Jesus told us just exactly what would take place just at this time. He told us in Matthew 24 that the church (true church) and the other church would be (church natural, church spiritual) would be so close together (impersonators) until it would deceive the very elected if it was possible. How that it was in the days of Noah; how they was eating, drinking, marrying, giving in marriage, and all this immorality of the world that we see today; the Bible, the Book (the Doctor's Book) said it would happen. So when we see this happening we know that the birth is at hand. Got to be. Yes, sir. 18-1 Now, we look at that as--as a nation--as not a nation, but a world. Now, Israel, the church, let's start back with her a few minutes and let's follow her for the next ten minutes maybe. Israel had birth pains under every prophet that came to the earth. She had birth pains at his Message. But what did he do? The prophet had the Word and--and she had sown so much rottenness and made so much systematic orders in her being, until this prophet shook her off of her

foundation. They were hated by everybody. So therefore, when God sent a prophet, the church itself went into birth pains, because the prophet--the Word of the Lord comes to the prophet and him only. That is, the Word that's spoken for that day is made manifest by the prophet of that age: always has been. And the churches, they built so many systems around the Word until he shook her off her rocker when he come. She had birth pains. What was it? "Back to the Word. Back to the Life." Systems doesn't have a Life. It's only God's Word has Life. The systems is built around it, but it does not have Life. It is the Word that gives Life. His Message will rock the remnant back to the Word. A little group will come out and believe sometime, maybe in Noah's time only about eight people, but anyhow God rocked the remnant and destroyed the rest of it. It had to rock away. 18-5 It did that all down through the ages until finally the church delivered to them a Man Child, and that Man Child was the Word Itself made flesh. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelled among us." He conquered every devil, every power upon the earth that come against Him with the Father's Word only. Every temptation that Satan give Him, He rebuked Satan--not with His--His Own powers that He had, but with the Word of God. "It is written." "It is written." "It is written." For He was the Word. When Satan flew against Eve, she wasn't the Word, so it failed. When he flew against Moses, it did the same thing. But when he hit into this Son of God, He was ten thousand volts. It knocked the loose feathers out of him. When He come back and said, "It's written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.'" There was that Man Child made flesh, God's eternal Word Himself manifested in the body of flesh here on earth to represent the Word. 19-1 That's how He knowed what was in their hearts. That's how He could tell Philip where he was, who he was; He could tell Simon Peter who he was; told the woman at the well. Why? He was the Word. That's right. The Bible said in Hebrews the 4th chapter: "The Word of God is sharper, more powerful than a two-edged sword, cutting asunder even to the marrow of the bone, and a Discerner of the thoughts and the intents of the heart." Why, those blinded Pharisee priests couldn't see that that was the Word made manifest for they'd wrapped up into a priesthood and a system, and the old system had to give away. It was the Word, but what had been promised had been fulfilled; so if it's fulfilled, it's got to rot away. It's the hull; the seed went on. Moses could not have brought Noah's message. Neither could Jesus have brought Noah's message, because it was another age; and the old seed was Life, but it served its purpose and was dead and gone on--the transformation from the old to the new, where the Life was at. But what was worrying the people? What worries them yet today? We're not building a wall--like we start off with Luther's message, go right down a straight line or Pentecostal message right... We are turning a corners. We're building a building. God's Word is the blueprint. Anybody can run a straight line, but it takes a mason to turn the corner. It takes the power of God to do that. It takes an anointed one from heaven to be sent down to do that. It has in every age. And in the prophet's age... The Word of the Lord comes through those prophets, and they turned those corners, made those different, but the builders wanted to build a wall. It's not a wall at all; it's a building, a building of God. 19-3 Now, we feel and know that this is the Truth, that the systems was rot in every age, and every one of their systems had to rot and die out, until she brought forth that church; out of that rotten mess came forth the Word Itself. The Word of the Lord come to the prophet. It never come to the priest; it come to the prophet. And notice, and when it did, finally that Word altogether be--was born here in human flesh. The fullness of the Godhead bodily rested in Him. He was the Word. The prophets is part of the Word--the Word for their age. We today are part of the Word, who follow the Word. But He was the entire fullness of the Word. He was the Word. He said, when they was

accusing Him of making Himself equal with God 'cause He was the Son of God, they said to Him, "Well, you make yourself God." He said, "Isn't it written in your laws that you call those who the Word of God came to gods (the prophets), and they were, then how can you condemn Me when I say I am the Son of God?" Where the fullness of the Godhead bodily rested in the Son of God, He was the full manifestation of God. 20-2 That's what finally the birth pains under those prophets. Why? Them being the Word they pointed to that Fullness of themselves, the Fullness of the Word. And then finally the systems died away until the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. Watch how it was portrayed in Jacob. Watch how it was portrayed in Joseph. Exactly. Loved of his brother--his father, hated by his brother without a cause; he was spiritual, could foretell things and interpret dreams. And he couldn't help being that; he was just born that. He was predestinated to be that, but was hated by his brothers, and finally sold him for thirty pieces of silver (almost thirty pieces) and was raised up, set at the right hand of Pharaoh. Look in his prison, there was a butler and a baker. One was lost and one was saved. Jesus in His prison on the cross, one was lost; one was saved. Exactly, and then exalted into heaven, and set down on the throne of God. And when He shall leave again, there will be a sound go forth, "Bow the knee," and every tongue confess. And when Joseph left the throne and started forward, a trumpet sounded and every knee had to bow; Joseph was coming. 20-4 So someday the great Trumpet of God shall sound; the dead in Christ shall rise, and every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess to this Word. Well, what's He coming after? What's He coming here for? Notice, she brought forth this complete Word which was made flesh under birth pains of the prophets that blasted out, "He's a-coming; He's a-coming; He's a-coming." Now, but she was without a prophet for four hundred years according to history and to Scripture: from Malachi until John. They only had theologians, priests, pastors. Now, here we can imagine without that what kind of a rotten condition her system must have been in: four hundred years without a Message direct of THUS SAITH THE LORD from God. So the priests, prophets, and so forth had got it into an awful mess. She was rotten. 21-2 Then John, the promised Elijah of Malachi 3, not Malachi 4, Malachi 3, 'cause Jesus said the same thing in--in Matthew the 11th chapter when John's "eagle eye got filmed over" (as I believe Pember's "Early Ages" expresses), and he said, "Go ask Him if He is the One, or should we look for another." See? And He said... Jesus, after sending his disciples back, after telling them to stay at the meeting and watch what happens and "Go show John these things, and blessed is he not offended..." He turned and looked to the--His disciples and the people that He was speaking to. He said, "What did you go out to see when you went to see John?" He said, "Did you go out to see a man in soft raiment?" And He said, "I say unto you, that's the kind that stays in kings' palaces." He said, "Did you go out to see a--a reed that was shaken by the wind?" In other words every little sting come along he shook by it. "I'll tell you, if you just come over and join our group we can give you a better salary," not John. "If you just won't preach against this and that, well you can join in our group," not John. Said, "Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? And I say unto you, more than a prophet. For if you can receive it, this is he who was spoken of by the prophet saying, 'I'll send My messenger before My face to prepare the way.'" That's Malachi 3:1; not Malachi 4 at all. That's a different. 'Cause that Elijah come, the world's to be burnt immediately, and the righteous walk out on the ashes of the wicked. 21-5 Now, notice, his Message never stirred them very much from their ecclesiastical sleep. They just said, "There's a crazy man down there; pass him by...?... called hisself crazy. Trying to drown people down there in water. (See?) Why, there's nothing to that old man. Why, he don't even have

on right kind of clothes. He's got a sheepskin wrapped around him. Why, he's as poor as Job's turkey. Why, what seminary did he ever come out of? What fellowship card? We'll not even cooperate in his meetings. We'll just let him stay down there and starve it out." See? The world hasn't changed very much; neither has its systems. "But we'll just let him stay down there. He don't have any..." You know why he didn't? Remember, his father was a priest. But why didn't he follow the line of his father, which was custom for the children to do in those days? Because he had something too great a message. He was to introduce the Messiah, for the Holy Spirit had said so. That little remnant that had been brought back by the Message of Gabriel down there knew that that would be so. So we're told about nine years old he went to the wilderness after losing his father and mother, that he went into the wilderness, 'cause he had to hear exactly. 'Cause in that great big theological building there they said, "Now, I know that you're supposed to be the one to announce the Messiah. Isaiah said you was coming, so you are going to be that Voice. Now, don't you think that Brother Jones here just meets that just exactly?" And he'd be easily persuaded. But he never learned any of their systems. His Message was too important. He went out into the wilderness to stay. 22-2 Notice, his Message wasn't like a theologian's. He used types. He said, "Oh, you generation of snakes," calling those clergymen, snake system. One of the bad things that he'd found in the wilderness, one of the sneaking things, was snakes. And he thought, "That's just about the best comparison I know." He said, "You generation of vipers, who's warned you from the wrath to come? Don't begin to say, 'We belong to this and that,' for God's able of these stones to rise children to Abraham": these stones, what he'd found in the wilderness and on the creek bank. Also, "The axe (what he'd used in the wilderness) laid to the root of the tree (what he saw in the wilderness). Every tree that bringeth forth not good fruit (He knowed where he got his firewood. See?) is hewn down and cast into the fire"--made firewood out of it. See, his Message wasn't a clergyman at all. It was after nature in the wilderness, but he had the Message to announce and had the faith in his Message to say, "That Messiah's supposed to come, and so He's right here among you now. I say unto you, there's One standing in the midst of you that you know not; Whose shoes I'm not worthy to bear. He'll baptize you with the Holy Ghost and Fire." "Who is He, John?" "I don't know." 23-1 But one day there come a young Man walking down to the river, ordinary-looking Man, just say like... Old John the Baptist was standing over there, the blessed old prophet, and he looked across the Jordan; he said, "Behold, there's the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world." "How do you know Him, John?" "He, in the wilderness that told me to go baptize with water said, 'Upon Whom thou shall see the Spirit descending, He is the One that'll baptize with the Holy Ghost.'" His Message couldn't come from a theological standpoint or some manmade creed system. It had to come directly from God. Why, his Message didn't shake them very much. They thought, "Aw, he said he saw that; I doubt it very much. I didn't see nothing. I looked all my... I couldn't see nothing about it," the priests and them said. But he saw it, and we know now he saw it. Sure he did. But did you notice what it got? It never stirred them out of their sleep; they went right on and cut his head off just the same. But it--it never stirred them, but it did get the remnant, the one that had the Life in them, and--and a few of those that were waiting all for the coming of the Lord. 23-4 And Anna in the temple, blind, a prophetess that served the Lord by prayers, and then one day when she was in the Spirit... And Simeon had prophesied and said (an old man), he said, "The Holy Ghost told me that I will not see death until I see the Lord's Christ." "Well now, some of the priests, you know, said, "Poor old fellow, he's just a little off, you know. Why, he's got one foot in the grave now, and the other one's slipping. Why, just let him alone. He's

been an honorable old man, but he's kinda..." But you see, what did he have? It was revealed to him by the Holy Ghost. That's the same thing that is revealed to you people this afternoon. The Holy Ghost brought you here for some reason. To some... The Holy Spirit... Look at these priests and clergyman here from Methodist, Baptist, Catholic, and all. They was moved by the Holy Ghost. The hour's here, till the Holy Ghost moved on them, and they've been looking for it, hungering. 24-2 Then just in the... One day... You know, didn't have television (Thank the Lord) for that day. So they--they was down upon the hillside of Judaea. There was a Baby born, a star appeared, and so forth. But after eight days the mother brought the little Baby in, wrapped in swaddling cloth. It's swaddling cloth I'm telling--told, that was a... They didn't have nothing to put on. It was a little rag off of the yoke of an ox, I'm told, that was His swaddling cloth. Here comes Joseph and them coming in with this little Baby. I'd imagine the mothers stood back from a distance with their little babies and needlework and everything. Said, "Looky there. See? See, there she is. She, she was pregnant by that man and here she comes in, and just stay away from her. Keep your distance." They still think the same thing. But Mary, with that Baby in her arms, it didn't make any difference what they thought. She knowed Whose Son that was. So does every believer that accepts God's Word into their heart. I don't care what the systems say, you know what it is. It's the promise of God; it was revealed to you by the Holy Ghost when you were overshadowed with His power. You know where it's at. 24-5 No man has a right to preach the Gospel until he's met God back on the backside of the desert in that Burning Bush, to where there's no ecclesiastical system in the world can explain it away from you. You were there; it happened to you. I don't care what the systems say. You are a witness of it. Hallelujah. I feel like that old colored man I was talking about; I ain't got room up here now. See? I feel very religious at this time, when I think that that's right: God Himself revealed to you. 25-1 Simeon had the promise setting over in his study that morning. Oh, I guess there might've been several hundred babies brought in every morning: about two and a half million Jews in the country, and these babies come in and many born; every eight days the mother had to come offer offering for purification. And now here comes Simeon, setting there, you know, maybe reading the scroll of Isaiah; I don't know. But all at once... Now, if the Holy Ghost has made you a promise, the Holy Ghost has got to keep that promise. If it's really God, He... If He... If a man comes through and says a certain thing, God doesn't back it up, it isn't Scripture to begin with; forget it. And if he says it's so, and God still doesn't back it; it's still wrong, 'cause God interprets His Message. He's His own Interpreter. What He says comes to pass, and then God said hear Him for it's the Truth. That's only common sense. If He says it happens and it happens, that tells it. It must be every time exactly the Truth because God don't tell lies. 25-3 And so then here's Simeon setting there taking this persecution. He was the remnant. He heard John. And the little remnant of that day... And here he was setting there listening to this scroll and knowing--I mean knowing that John was coming 'cause he's--he was part of the remnant; the Word was revealed to him. And all at once, when that Baby come into the temple, then it was duty of the Holy Ghost to reveal that It was there. So he moved by the Spirit, come out of the little study room, right down through the hall, hit that line of women, coming right down along that line of women until he got down to where this little Baby was, they was all staying away from, picked up the baby in his arms, said, "Lord, let Your servant depart in peace for my eyes have seen Your Salvation." And that time, another one of the little elected in that day was Anna, a prophetess. She was setting over there, blind, in a corner, raised up blind. Here she come, led by the Spirit, among all the women and the people crowding in and out of the temple, till she come right straight to where the Christ Child was. If the Holy Ghost could lead a blind woman to Him, what about a Pentecostal group that's supposed to have your eyesight. I won't go any farther; you know from there on.

26-1 Notice, oh, my, how that that church must've been in an awful mess again. We... It surely must've been in that day. But it rocked the little remnant, as I said. Now, let's be honest. If we see that church in that condition today, haven't we arrived at that time again? Now, just look at the things of promise of the Bible that would be going on in the church at this time. We see what's going on in the world and we see it's at its end. Now, let's look at the church. She (the church) had birth pains under Luther. Now, we know there's seven church ages and seven messengers to them church ages according to Revelation. Now, when Luther had to come forth, it certainly throwed the church into birth pains, but it brought forth a Luther. That's right. After that it got in trouble again, so it brought forth a Wesley. That's right. Got forth again, and it brought forth a Pentecost. Each of them (the messengers of their age) rocked the--back to the Word the message of their age, the message of... According to the Bible... I've got it, coming a book out on that--the commentary of the first four chapters of Revelations. Read it, soon as we get it on press, and it proves beyond a shadow of doubt what Luther's message was: justification, what... Sanctification is the next process in the natural birth, and then come the Pentecostals. Exactly. 26-5 Now, notice, each age rocked the church and give it birth pains. But what did they do? After the birth pains come, instead of going on with the Word, they got a bunch of men together just like the first one did. It's exactly. Right after the rocking of the apostles, then we find her going off again. Then we find out along come many of the others, Agabus and many of the great reformers back in the beginning. Each age had done (as you studied in the Pre-Nicaea Council, the Nicaea Fathers, and all that, and you find it all in there)--each age was rocked every time a messenger come forth with THUS SAITH THE LORD. Now, she is in the worst stage that, according to the Scripture, that she's ever been. We are in the Laodicean church age, a rich but blinded church age that don't know it. There wasn't nowhere in the Bible that Christ was ever put out of the church but the Laodicea age. She's in the worst stage; she's the rottenness she ever was. Said, "I set a queen, have need of nothing and don't know that you're naked, and miserable, blind, poor, and don't know it." Yes, sir. Said, "I counsel of thee, come buy eye salve from me that I might open your eyes." And that'll--that'll certainly... The eye salve of God will certainly bring Light to the church if it wants to open its eyes to what God has said. 27-1 Notice quickly now. Now, she is in that stage; beyond a shadow of doubt we're in the Laodicea church age. Now, her messenger is promised in Malachi the 4th chapter. He's promised to do it, and the Message is to bring back the Word--bring the people back to the Word. Birth is to be... She's to be delivered of a new birth from--according to Malachi 4. In the church world today, there is two systems a-working. Now, listen real close. Now, I want to see if you're going to say "Amen" on this. There's two systems working in the church world today. (I'm going to get this off my shoulder, and then I have it over with.) We all know that--that's the Word of God and the denominational system. There is the two systems at work. Just as they was Jacob and Esau, one after the Spirit, the other one after the flesh. And what is it? Esau and Jacob was fighting in the wombs of the mother even to the time they were born. And so is the denominationals and the Word fighting one against the other. They have been since Luther first brought the first reformation. I hope that's simple enough that you can understand it. See? These men, if they can pick up this and go out with it, they can make more sense to it (See?) to bring it to a place where... I just want to lay this seed, but I hope they make it come to life. 27-4 Notice. See? It's always been that. That's the reason she's bearing birth pains, because there's a fight in her. There's a Esau, just a man of the world, very religious; and oh, he's all right, good fellow, clean, moral as far as I know of; but he don't know nothing about that birthright. He's born that way; he's shaped that way. And Jacob, I don't care what he is, he wants that birthright. He's the spiritual one. And them two today is in the womb of the church.

There's a great big system trying to be formed called the World Council of churches. And from the womb of the church is coming forth two children. You just mark my word. The world--the world-Word must deliver the Word Bride church. The church has got to be delivered out of her a Bride for Christ. Them that fell asleep in all ages will make up that Bride that come out on the Word that they come out on. Like from your feet coming to your head. She just gets greater, and more you have to have, and so forth. As the body grows up, so does the Body of Christ grow up. And then finally the Head will come to it; the Head of it will. 28-2 Now, if we notice, 'cause it's--it's all linked to the Head; the Head does the turning, pulling. But these systems will not grow out of that, 'cause it's a system, and it cannot bring forth... A cocklebur cannot bring forth a bunch of wheat. But they're both in the same field, watered by the same water and the same sunlight. One is the Word; one is not the Word. Them two are fighting; they've been fighting since the first reformation, and they're still fighting. Now, I don't have to go any farther on that, do I? Surely you know what I'm talking about. There we are. There's your system. What system are you in? Just imagine now. If you would've to live back in the other days under the jolting of God's prophets and Word to come forth, what side would you want to be on back there? Well, you got the same choice today. She's fixing to bring forth the perfect Word back there, and the Word's coming for the Word Bride. As a--a woman is a part of a man, taken from him, so the church will have to be a Wordabiding church, every word of the Bible, not systems, dogmas, or nothing added to it; it'll have to be an unadulterated, pure virgin Word. Right. 28-5 Under the days of the light of Luther when the church broked up, Luther forced... she... one of her pains, but he come forth, "The just shall live by faith. This is not the communion." Now, we find out that under the days of John Wesley she gave pains again but they was--there was a Wesley born. But what did he do? Went right back like mother did. Then under the days of Pentecostals your fathers and mothers come out of that thing and hated it. They went out on the street, and your mother with no stockings on, beating on an old tin can, and talking about the baptism of the Holy Ghost. And some old guitar... They laid out on the street corners, tracks, stayed all night in jail. And we're so starchy and went right back into an organization, and made ourself the same muck (They drawed the children back in it.) they come out of. They'd turn over in their grave. They'd be ashamed of you. I know that's hard but it's the truth. 29-2 You say, "I thought you loved people." If love isn't corrective, then how can you produce love? Love is corrective, and I do love the world. I'm--I'm zealous of God's church. And to see these systems that's binding it down under dogmas that's a-rottening it away, and God declaring His Word to be the Truth, and still they hold on to it. Amen. That's true. You know it's true, brother, sister. That's just a... That's a simple way of telling it. It--it isn't a breaking down of Greek and things, but it's a breaking down and showing common sense. Surely you can understand that. Two and two is four. See? Now, we know that that's right. 29-3 Now, the Word must produce the Bride. But the old system has to keep its type; it has to produce a Esau who sold his birthright. Here it comes; I feel it. I hope you don't think I'm crazy, but if I am, let me alone. I feel good this away. I'm better this way than I was the other way. I--I may be crazy to the world, but I--I know where I'm at. I know where I'm standing. Look, it's going to produce a stillborn baby, an ecclesiastical system that's going to bring all the denominations together to produce a Esau that hates Jacob. Amen. I hope you see it. A stillborn, dead denomination, all of them going together... Oh, Word believers, give in to my Message. Hear me. Not my Message but His Message that He firmly declares to be the Truth... You've got to choose from somewhere. You can't set still after this. You've got to make your choice.

29-7 You remember the other day down at the Westward Ho there (on that morning you all had breakfast) how the Lord let me show you that wheat, how it come up through Luther, through Wesley, and the tassels, and so forth, and a little springs off: every church represented in a stalk of corn, and then went back down into that wheat as it was, and there was that little shuck, looked just exactly like the real grain of wheat. When you go out and look, if you don't know your wheat, you'll say you got wheat there; but it's just the shuck. And then you open that shuck up, and there's no wheat there at all. Way back there's a little bud of life coming forth. You take a glass and look at it. And when Pentecost first come out, it was so close, Jesus said in Matthew 24:24, it would deceive the very elected if it was possible. What was it to do? A support to the grain. Is that right? Now, the tassel... Look here, the blade doesn't look like the grain that went in, neither does the tassel; but it's a little more like it; and the shuck is a whole lot like it. But still it ain't the wheat. It's the carrier of the wheat. 30-2 Don't you see how those messages has come with birth pains? But the Life left right out of there to go to the next message. The Life went right out of Luther into Wesley's message, right out of Wesley's message into Pentecostal message. Now, it's time again to leave the shuck. And what's the matter? There's nature in every form declaring that's the Truth. Now, you see why I... You think I'm crazy. Maybe I am (as I said), but there's something in me; I can't stop it. I never put it there. It never come by my own choosing. It's God. And He confirms it to prove that it's the Truth--to make it the Truth. Not as I have anything against Luther, and Wesley, Pentecostals or Baptists, or whoever--nothing against nobody; the systems is what I'm against because the Word's against it, not the men. Look at these priests and clergymen setting here today. They wouldn't be here if they listened to the system, but they had the common audacity of the Word of God to step out and accept it. "Hallelujah," means "Praise our God." It won't hurt you. "Amen." means "So be it." I believe it. I believe and know that it's the truth. It's confirmed to be the truth. Someday you'll find out maybe too late. 30-4 Now, watch, watch. The Bible said His wife has made Herself ready at the end of the age. How did She make Herself ready? To becoming His wife. And what did she... What kind of garment she had on? His Own Word. She was dressed in His righteousness. That's what. It is right. See? Visions... Notice. Just closing now, I want to say this one thing, just before closing. That's what led me to say this. I've "THUS SAITH THE LORD." If a man would say that without--putting it in his own thinking, he'd be a hypocrite and should go to hell for it. Right. If he'd try to get a bunch of people, fine people like this, and deceive them, why he'd be a devil in human flesh. God would never honor him. You think God would honor a devil or a lie? Never. See, it goes over the top of their heads, and they don't get it, and He pulls the elected out. 31-2 Look at all the prophets through the age, how He got the elected. Look, coming down through even to the reformation, like the--the Roman Catholic church burnt Joan of Arc to a stake for being a witch. That's right. Later on they found out she wasn't; she was a saint. 'Course they done penance: dig up the priest's body and throw them in the river, but--you know, but that don't settle it in the books of God. No. They called Saint Patrick one too (You see?), and he's about as much as I am one. So we notice... Look at his children; look at his place; look up how many killed; look up on the martyrology and see how many was killed there. You see it isn't so. But the claim of the people, that doesn't make it so; it's what God said and proves that it's true. Prove all things. Hold fast to that which is good. 31-4 Now, we find out here about a few months ago, one morning I was walking out of the house and a vision came. And I challenge anybody here that's knowed all these years to say that any time that the Lord ever let me say THUS SAITH THE LORD but what it happened. How many knows it's the Truth, raise your hands. Could anybody speak contrary? It's true.

Don't pay any attention to the messenger; look at the Message it is. That's what it is. It isn't that. Don't notice the little baldheaded (you know) person, 'cause it's just a--it's just a human being, you know, and then we're just all the same. But watch what's happening. That's what declares it. I was taken. Now, I know people say all kinds of things, and we know that and a lot of it's not right. I can't answer for what any man says. I got to answer for what I say. And I can only say whether it's truth or not, and I'm the one that has to be responsible for it, not what somebody else says. I can't judge no one. I wasn't sent to judge, but to preach the Message. 32-2 Notice, I was to have a--a preview of the church. And I was taken by someone who I could not see, and was set upon like a stand. And I heard the sweetest music I ever heard. And I looked, coming, and a bunch of little ladies about, looked to be, of, oh, some age around twenty, eighteen, twenty, and they all had long hair and was fixed in different dresses, type dresses; and they were marching just as perfectly in step with that music as they could be. And they went from my left going around this a-way, and I watched them. And I looked then to see who was talking to me, and I couldn't see no one. Then I heard a rock-and-roll band coming. And when I looked over to my right side, coming up this away (coming back), here come the churches of the world. And some of the... Each one carrying their banner from where they were from, some of the dirtiest looking things I ever seen in my life. And when the American church come up, it was the awfullest I ever seen. The heavenly Father is my Judge. They had on these tattletale gray skirts, like one of these barroom girls, with no back on it up here, holding it up like a gray-looking piece of paper, and like hula dancing: paint, short bobbed hair, smoking cigarettes, and twisting as they walked to rock-and-roll. And I said, "Is that the church of the United States?" And the Voice said, "Yes, it is." 32-4 And when they passed by, they had to hold it like this and put the paper behind them when they passed by. I--I started to cry. I just thought, "Of all my labor and all that I've done and everything that we ministers have worked together..." And, brethren, I don't know how much you believe about these visions, but it's Truth to me; it's always proved to be true. When I seen that and knowing what was going on, my heart liked to broke in me. "What have I done? How have I missed You? I stayed right with that Word, Lord, and how could I have done it?" I thought, "Why did You give me a vision not long ago and see me in there?" And I said, "Well, will they have to be judged?" And He said, "Paul's group too." I said, "I preached the same Word he did. (Christian Business Men carried the article of it.)" And I said, "Why? Why would it be like this?" And I seen that bunch of prostitutes going by like that, all dressed up like that and called the church of Miss U.S.A. And I--I just fainted. 33-2 Then directly I heard that real sweet music come again, and here come that same little Bride coming by again. He said, "This is what comes out though." And when She walked by, She's exactly like the one was in the first place, walking to the step of the music of God's Word, marching on by. And when I saw it, I stood there with both hands up crying like that. When I come to, I was standing on my porch out there looking right out across the field. What? She's to be the same Bride, the same kind, built out of the same kind of material that She was in the first place. Now, read Malachi 4 and see if we're not supposed to have a Message in the last days that'll turn the hearts of the children back to the fathers, back to the original Pentecostal Message word by word. Brothers, we are here. Now, this church is supposed to get a sign. And its last sign, we find out here in the--in--in the--in the Scriptures... See now... See, the great birth pains has been in this Laodicean age. It's born in... Their church is being borned again. Not...

33-6 There'll never be another organization. Anyone knows that every time a message went forth... Ask these historians. After a message went forth, an organization come up out of it. Oh, Alexander Campbell's, everything else, Martin Luther and everything, they made an organization out of it. And usually a message only goes for about three years: a revival. This has been going for fifteen years, and there's been no organization come from it. Why? The shuck was the last. We're at the end. See the birth pains? See what's the matter? Just a remnant will be brought out. Just a remnant will be brought out. And that's why I'm crying and straining and pushing and laying aside every favor of men on earth to find favor with God and just moving on in His Word. She's in pain. That's what's the matter. She's going to give birth. She must make her choice. The handwriting's on the wall. We see the earth is just about ready to go. That's right. And we see the church; she's so rotten; she's about ready to go. And the birth pains is on all of it--on both the world and the church. And there's got to be a new world born and a new church born to go to it for the millennium. We know that. 34-3 Look. God gives her (And listen to this close now, in closing.) her final sign, her final Message, her final sign. Her final sign is she has to get in the conditions like she was at the beginning. The world, the church... Look how it was in the beginning, all them years without, from Malachi until Jesus. Look at it all the years now; look at it all back in there, the corruption that got into it. Look at the earth, how it was on each time, like the days of Noah, so forth. Has to be in the same kind of a type, and we see that. "As it was in the days of Noah..." we see all these things just patterning up. Then we get one final sign. 34-5 In Luke the 17th chapter, the 28th verse, Jesus said, "As it was in the days of Sodom, so shall it be in the coming of the Son of man." For, "As it was in Sodom..." See? Now, Jesus read this same Bible, the same Genesis we read. Now, close, don't miss it. The same Bible we read, Jesus read. And He said to His church, "Look back and see when the days of Sodom returns again: perverted people, men losing their natural... Look at the homosexual, how it's on the increase across the world today. In a newspaper just recently... You ought get in my office and read letters from mothers for their boys. And homosexual is on the increase of, I think it's twenty or thirty per cent in--in California alone over last year. A great bunch of the--of even government people has proven to be homosexual. You government men know that. In magazines I read it. And in the different things that's taken place, if you... [Tongues and interpretation are given--Ed.] 35-1 If I have the right understanding of the Scripture, that's exactly what God said would take place. "Let him that speaketh in tongues also pray that he may interpret." That be true, I've told you truth, then God's here confirming it. It's the Truth; that's true. Now, look. What was that last Message that Jesus said? "As it was in the days of Sodom..." Now, watch. Just before the--the Gentile world was burn up--the fire. Now, try to understand. What happened? There was a bunch of people, lukewarm church members like Lot and his group down in Sodom. There was another man that had already come out of it. He wasn't in it to begin with. That was Abraham, the one that had a promise of a coming son. You understand? Say, "Amen." All right. And now, just before the climax of the destruction came, God appeared to Abraham in many forms, but this time He appeared as a Man. He was a Man. And he come up to God... Now, you say, "It wasn't a man; it--it was God in the man." Abraham called Him Elohim. It was a Man. And look, He set down with His back turned to the tent, and He said, "Where's Sarah, your wife?" He said, "She's in the tent behind You." Said, "I'm going to visit you according to the time of life, that I made you a promise." And Sarah laughed. And He said, "Why did Sarah laugh?" See? 35-6 Now, that's what was going on in that day. Just to show the last sign that Abraham saw, the elected group pulled out away from Sodom (Now, don't miss this parable whatever you do.), the

group that had been pulled out that wasn't in Sodom to begin with. But two of the angels went down into Sodom, and when they got down there, we find Lot, and he found him in a backslidden condition: all homosexuals and perversions; you know the story. But there's One that stayed with Abraham, was Elohim. They preached the Word down there; preaching the Word smited them blind, and they couldn't find the door. That's what it is today. But the One that was with the group that was pulled out done a miracle before Abraham to show that Who He was, and was with Abraham. He said, "Why did Sarah laugh (concerning this baby)?" And Sarah come forth and said she didn't. He said, "But you did." And He would've killed her right there if she wasn't a part of Abraham. So would God slay us if we wasn't a part of Christ. The mercy of Christ's all holds us together--doubters and perversions in the Word. 36-2 But notice. Notice what happened. Jesus turned back around now and said, "As it was in the days of Lot, so shall it be in the end time when the Son of man begins to reveal Himself." See? Son of man always in the Bible is a prophet. See, He come in three sons' names: Son of man, Son of God, Son of David. See? And He pronounced His name Son of man, because that's the work He done-of a Prophet, Seer. And He said, "In the days like it was in Noah, when the Son of man begins to reveal Himself, that will be the time of the end." 36-4 Now, let's just think just for a minute. Never has the world had a messenger over the world... We've had Finneys, Sankeys, Moodys, Finneys, Knox, Calvins, so forth, all around the world messengers, to the church in these birth pains. But never did we ever have a man going out with an international message until this day with his name ending in h-a-m: A-b-r-a-h-a-m, which is six letters--A-b-r-a-h-a-m is seven letters. We got one today named G-r-a-h-a-m: six letters, and six is the number of the world, creation day. When did the world ever have a man down into it now, preaching down in the cosmos (down there in the world) down there calling the people out, "Repent. Repent. Perish or come out of it," until this age. G-r-a-h-a-m, look what he's doing-preaching the Word, blinding the outsiders, calling, "Come out," a messenger from God. Jesus said that would take place just when the Son of man will reveal Himself. Now, that--where's that at? Out there in the church orders: world. And they begin to hate the man for it. 36-5 But remember, there was a group also that was a spiritual group, the Jacob group, not the--not the Esau group; there's a Jacob group was looking for the son that wasn't in that Babylon. And they received a messenger. You understand? Abraham, A-b-r-a-h-a-m... They received a messenger, and that messenger... What was the great, outstanding thing He done to show that they was at the end time? He discerned the thoughts that was in Sarah's mind. And Jesus the Son of God, which was made flesh, showing that the Spirit of God would come back down in that little elected group of--at the end time and would reveal Hisself in the same manner. Birth pains... Oh, brother, please try to understand. Try hard. Open up your hearts just a minute. Look to Christ. That same God's right here now. That's the same One; He promised these things. And if He promised them, He certainly is able to do them. Let's bow our heads just a moment. I want you just to think solemnly. 37-2 Father, it's in Your hands now; I done all I can do. I pray that You'll help the people to--to understand. Seed's been planted; pour the water of the Spirit upon it, Lord, and water it for Your glory. If I made a mistake, Lord, I didn't mean to. I pray, God, that--that You'll interpret it right to their heart that they might see and understand. Grant it, Lord. In Jesus' Name I pray. Amen. The Lord bless you. I love you. This God that preached this Word, this God that's responsible for this Word... I'm only responsible for saying It; He's the One that has to quicken It. That same God is here. Now, how many of you out there has a need, raise your hand. Did He promise to do these things in the last days? Now, you look to me. Now, it's like Peter and John said, "Look on us." Said, "This..."

See, he told him. Now, you look this way. Now, please don't move around. This is a very... I'm--I'm trying my whole heart within me. Just be real reverent. See, each one of you's spirit; when you move... 'Course you're a unit, and I'm trying catch faith of the people. A little woman passed by and touched His garment and went out and set down. Jesus told her what her troubles was, and she was healed. And now, He promised to do that again if the Son of man would reveal Himself like He did at Sodom. The world's in that condition. The church is in that condition. Now, has God kept His Word? See if He has or not. Oh, we've had signs, jumping, speaking in tongues, prophecy, so forth. But wait; there's another sign. Oh, we have so many carnal impersonations. That just makes the real one shine. Any bogus dollar should make the real one shine. 38-1 Now, you pray, and you believe. Just... I--I challenge you to do that. You look and believe what I've told you. How many believe this to be the Truth? Don't care who you are, where you are. I... Everyone in here, as far as I know, is a total stranger except Bill Dauch and his wife setting right there as I know them. I think I know this little preacher here from Germany, setting there, and Brother... and two or three people setting right there. Somebody back over in the audience, look, way back. I challenge you to believe what I've told you is the Truth. What about when that Angel of the Lord came down over the river yonder thirty-three years ago and He made this remark? How did I know when my own Baptist pastor'd turned me out of the church. Said, "You--you had a nightmare, Billy." I said, "A nightmare nothing, Doctor Davis. If that's the way you--the attitude you take, you might as well take my fellowship card." I knowed there'd be somebody somewhere would believe it; God wouldn't have sent a Message 'less there'd be something to receive it. Oh, sure, when I went forth praying for the sick, it was very fine. But when I begin to tell you the Truth of the Word then it's different. 38-4 Did you all know every Message has been that way? Jesus was wonderful when He went in the church and healed the people and everything, but He set down one day and say, "I and My Father are One," oh, that--that did it. "'Less you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink His Blood, you have no life in you." He didn't explain it. He wanted to see who would stand by Him. Right. What do you think a--a crowd with doctors and things said, "That man's a--why, he's a vampire. Eat his flesh and drink his blood." He never explained it; He never explained it. But still that Word was holding those apostles. They didn't care; they didn't understand it; they believed it anyhow. They knowed, 'cause they'd seen the works of God, and they knowed it was. He said, "They are they that testify of Me." 38-5 Here's a man--woman setting right here, got her hand up. Now, you can call me a fanatic if you wish to but that same Pillar of Fire that led the children of Israel through the wilderness is right over that woman. Now, remember, Jesus said, "A little while and the world seeth Me no more, yet ye shall see Me. I come from God; I go to God." After His death, burial, He told the Jews; He said, "I..." He was that Rock that was in the wilderness. He was that Pillar of Fire. "I AM THAT I AM." Who was I AM? That Pillar of Fire in that burning bush. Is that right? And It was made flesh and dwelled among us. Said, "I come from God and return to God," in order to return in the form of the Holy Ghost. And here He is with us today, scientific pictures taken of It. And here He is to prove more than any scientific picture, anything; He's here to prove it; for It's Him. "I the Son of man will be revealed in this day." Now, there He is, and I'm looking right at It. You say, "Do you see It?" John saw It too, but the rest of them didn't. 39-2 Look, to prove it now. That woman's a stranger to me. I've never seen her--in her in my life. But she's got something wrong with one of her limbs that she's praying about. Is it? That's right, lady.

You had a operation on it. That's your husband setting next to you. You're not from here; you're from California. Your name's Rowan. Your stomach trouble's ended too, sir. You had stomach trouble, didn't you? Why, it's all gone. Your leg is healed. "In that day the Son of man..." Here, setting right back through here there's a man. He's a colored man: something wrong with his eyes. He's a... Yes. He--his work he does; he does something about car, polishes cars, car waxer. That's right. Your eyes are going bad. You've just believed, haven't you? Some real strange thing happened to you. Your first name's Fred. That's right. Your last name's Conner. That's right. You believe me now? Your eyes ain't going to bother you no more then. I never seen the man in my life. 39-4 The man right back behind there, he's not from here either: from California. Got a bad back. Mr. Owens? See? Lord Jesus make you well. I never seen the man in my life, know nothing about him. I'm just following that Light as It goes. If you can believe, all things are possible to them that believe. Little fellow setting here, got a hernia, he's wearing glasses and a gray suit. Fred, God heals you if you believe it. Will you accept it? All right. I never seen Him in my life. Mrs. Holden setting over there from him, suffering with eye trouble. I don't know the woman, never seen her in my life, but that's true. See? If you can believe. What you crying for, sis? You got a nervous breakdown, bronchitis, heart trouble. You believe that God will make you well (setting on the end of the seat there)? If you believe with all your heart, Jesus Christ will make you well, and all that nervousness will go from you, and you feel like you're back in your right condition. The devil's lying to you. You accept it? Now, raise up your hand and say, "I'll accept it then." Okay; it's all over. 40-4 Why? This church is going through a birth pain. Won't you make your choice now in His Presence? I've showed you exactly the Word, what He said He would do. Combing through this building, ask anyone that's ever been struck, or talked or--to, or whatever it was, and see if I ever seen them, knowed them, or anything about them. You think a man could do that? That's totally impossible for that to happen. But what is it? The Son of man. "The Word of God is sharper than a two-edged sword, discerning of the spirit, the secrets of the heart." Just exactly like It was when It was made flesh here on earth in the Son of God, now it's being revealed by the Son of God as He's come to call a Bride out of that system. "Come out of it. Be separated." saith God. Touch not their unclean things, and God will receive you. Are you ready to surrender your whole life to God? If you are, stand up to your feet and say, "I will by God's grace accept it right now for everything that's in me." 40-6 Hallelujah. Praise be to God. You believe Him? Then just raise your hands and pray with me. Confess your wrong. Birth pains, it's hard to die. But die right now. Die. Come out of your own unbelief. Come out of it. This is the Word of God made manifest, just as It was when Jesus come on the earth; it's Jesus Christ again among you, proven. Abraham received a son immediately (the promised son) after that taken place. And Jesus is coming again. That's His Spirit. He's so close to the earth, so close to coming that He's ready to receive you if you're ready to receive Him. Now, raise up your hands and pray with me. 41-1 Lord God, let all the priests hold onto the altars. Let the people cry out. May the Pillar of Fire and the Pillar of Cloud move into the people today and sober them, Lord, to the realization of the Presence of the living and mighty God. Grant it, Lord. Receive them. I pray this prayer for each one of them in the Name of Jesus Christ. Fill each one with the Holy Ghost who doesn't have the Holy Ghost. Lord, may the revival of this campaign, this meeting, break right now into a great powerful outpouring of the Holy Spirit. May the sick be healed, the blind see, the cripples walk. May the manifestation of the living God be brought into the presence of the people, as it has been this afternoon, and may the people receive it. In the Name of Jesus Christ I ask it. Raise your hands now and give Him praise and receive what you asked for.

THIS DAY THIS SCRIPTURE PHOENIX AZ 65-0125 V-19 N-5 1 Thank you, Brother Demos, Brother Carl Shakarian, or, Demos Shakarian, and Brother Carl Williams, and delegates, all. I just think that the brother, the plow man here, just expressed what I wanted to tonight, that he just taken my speech right from me. Because I have enjoyed this, I believe, this convention, more than any convention I've ever been in. I've never seen in any convention, more harmony and such real fellowship and brotherly love. Another thing that I done, I've met many new delegates of heaven, new brethren that I've had the privilege to shake hands with and talk to. 2 Just a few nights ago, I was listening to the Baptist brother setting over there. I can't think of his name [Brother Shakarian says, "Irvin."--Ed.]: Irvin. And he brought a card to me from, I believe it's his aunt, that's setting here tonight. She's held that prayer card for some twenty years. She was brought into the meeting, dying with a disease, that maybe the doctor could explain what it is. It's something like leprosy, but it isn't leprosy. You just... There's an operation, they could cut a, some kind of a cord up here, or something, but she'd be just like a plant, she'd have to set there. And while she was setting there, perhaps her card not called or nothing, didn't get in the prayer line, the Holy Spirit directed me to her. And she's back there tonight, is well, and we're very thankful for that. The... 4 [Brother Shakarian says, "Brother, I think--I think Howard Irvin was over there speaking to you, but I think the aunt is here. Maybe we can have her stand up."--Ed.] Would you stand up, the--the aunt of... ["There she is. Wave your hand. Wave your hand." Congregation applauds.] God bless you, my sister, for your gallant faith in the Son of God. May He keep you well until the time He calls you home, when this mortal will take on immortality. I'm so thankful for that, to think she held that card for all these years now, and then was brought here to me and showed me tonight. You know, I was saying; it's like bread upon the water, it returns to you, when you try to do something for somebody else. 6 Now, I have also had the privilege of meeting many of these fine ministers, and I certainly appreciate their fine fellowship, this cooperation. Brother Carl announced me to be back next year, if the Lord is willing, and we are here on earth. And, well, I hope to meet every one of you here next year again, and each one bring another delegate with him and with she. Now, there's just one thing that I would like to say a little something about, maybe for just a moment. Because Doctor Reed is to speak next, and I've come all the way up here tonight; I've got two hundred and fifty miles that I--to make this trip, to hear Doctor Reed. And just something happened awhile ago that I would... But--but, Doctor Reed, I'd drive a thousand miles to hear him. But something has take... Since I've been here, I would drive a thousand miles just to hear what I heard a little while ago, such a wonderful thing, something that flesh and blood cannot reveal. Takes the Holy Spirit to do it. And to see someone who encouraged my life in such a way, and I certainly will be very grateful all the rest of my life. What I wanted to say, was--was, if I ever have to have an operation, call on a medical doctor, you-you come to me, Doctor Reed, right away. I--I can trust the man to operate, if I have to have one. Hands that believes in God, that--that would be the one I'd want working on me. And so we... I trust I'll never have to have it. But if I do, I would want he, or a man like him, to do the work, if he couldn't be there. 10 I had something to happen last night, that, or yesterday afternoon, rather, that was really kind of strange to me. And I'll be brief, because I don't want to take my brother's time, as he's going to speak. But I suppose it's kind of a complimentary to my ministry. I--I watch little things. Just every little thing has a meaning to me. I don't believe that anything happens to a Christian by chance. I

think it's ordained of God, 'cause Jesus said He'd make all things work together for good to them that loved Him. So therefore, I believe that every little thing in--in the little humble ministry that He has given me to help you people, to help everyone, and you all are a help to me, helping each other to get to glory. In that, every little thing has a meaning to me. But it was hard for me to believe that yesterday afternoon, when I lost my text up here. I--I tell you; I never was so gotten in my life. And then, my--my wife gave me a new Bible for Christmas. 12 My old one was just worn out. I've had it almost twenty years now, was give to me by the Houston Gospel Tabernacle people many years ago when I started out on the campaigns. And so I just, I cherish it so much, and I... The leaves and pages, of crossing the sea, and around, until I... It's just dropping out. And I pick up a page maybe in Genesis, and have to look back over in Deuteronomy somewhere to find it, you know, where I just stuck it back in the Bible. So she got me one for Christmas. And I hated to lay the old Book aside; it's been so dear to me. I said, "If I went before Jesus comes, lay it on me. And let this go down with me, and I'll come up with it when we come up." So then, that's my opinion anyhow. 13 As I used to tell a little story to... Hope this is not sacrilegious. But I went to... A man told me one time, I believe it was Brother Earl Prickett, a meeting up in New York; and I met a man; he said, "Say, what are you doing with these businessmen, being a preacher?" I said, "I am a businessman." And he said, "What kind of business you in?" I said, "Assurance." Now, he thought I said, "Insurance," you see. So I said, "Assurance." He said, "Oh, what kind of insurance you sell?" I said, "Eternal Life." Eternal... Said, "I don't sell It. I'm just a policyholder myself, and I try to prescribe It to others." 16 Remember a boy I went to school with one time, and he was an insurance salesman. Now, insurance is all right, but I don't have any. Then so he come to my house, and he said, "Billy, I'd like to sell you some insurance." Said, "I know your brother." My brother sells for Metropolitan. He said, "Well," said, "I would... I'd like to sell you some insurance." I said, "Oh, Wilmer, thank you." And you'll... He may be here tonight, his brother, he writes the articles in "The Upper Room," the book, "The Upper Room." So he... I said, "I have assurance." He said, "What?" And my wife looked at me as if I was a hypocrite. She... And I said... So she said, "Billy?" And I said, "Yes, uh-huh, I have assurance." And he said, "Oh, I'm--I'm sorry," said, "I didn't... I heard that you didn't have any insurance." And I said, "No, I have assurance." And--and he caught me, what I said then. He said, "What did you say?" "I said, 'Assurance.'" And he said, "Well, what do you mean?" I said, "Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine; oh, what a foretaste of glory Divine! I'm an heir of salvation, purchased of God; born of His Spirit, washed in His Blood." He said, "Billy, you know I appreciate that." Said, "That's a very good thing." But said, "Son, that will not put you out here in the graveyard." I said, "But It'll get me out." I'm not worried about... [Brother Branham and the congregation laugh-Ed.] I'm not bothered about getting in; it's getting out. See? So I think that's the way we feel about it. 24 Last evening when I picked up that Bible, and I couldn't find that text... And I picked up that new Bible. I was reading out of the old, and I picked up the new one, and put it under my arm, and run up here. And I turned over to that place, and I thought, "Why, here, I believe it was Saint John 16:21," and it--it wasn't the reading at all. I said to Brother Moore, "Is that where that's at?"

"Yes." And I looked back, and it wasn't there. So I thought, "Well, they got a misplaced page in--page in." Then my brother here came, Brother Stanley, he came over; Bishop Stanley, rather. And I don't know what the man meant, I... It was such a comfort though. He walked up close to my side, and he said, "Hold steady, brother, God is maybe going to do something." See? And that just encouraged me to think he'd say that. I wonder if he realized he prophesied? But talking to him a few moments ago, just before getting up here, I'm sure he did. 28 So I brought it in my Message upon the "Birth Pains," and so forth. And my little rude way of doing it, about the lily; and how it's born down, and begotten, and comes up, and draws up the sun, the dew drop, and so forth. And then the corruption of what it has to die out of--to be born out of, rather, to come out. And I was trying to make an illustration of the church. Just like the doctor here, if he went to treat a patient. We've got doctors today that says, "You can rub your foot on the back of the heel, and heal the cancer on your face. You see?" But a good doctor wouldn't listen to such a thing as that. He treats the patient according to the book that he's reading on medical research. And that's the way I try to do to treat the patients. When I see the church sick, I don't want to try to tell them they need a new handshake or something or that, a new organization. I have to treat it according to the Book that I--I know. See? And so when I see the church, look like breaking out with measles, I want them to take the very Prescription I think is right, and for the measles, to get it out of the church; when I see sin breaking out in it, it's the same way. 31 I tried to make a comparison with Esau and Jacob, and then bringing times down. And I won't go into that. But bringing it down to the last part in my last Scripture to use, was comparing it, not unscripturally, but as Jesus said it would be, what the main Doctor said the condition of the church would be in this last days, "It would be a Laodicea: rich, blind, naked, poor church," and it would be compared with the days of Sodom. Now, we know that's the truth. If you notice it, historically, He brought in the days of Noah, first, and then the days of Sodom. And that's just the way it's traveled, just the same way. And history has many times repeats itself, history does, and so does--does promises of the Bible. For instance, like in Matthew 3, where it said, "Out of Egypt I've called My son." Now, if you run the reference on that, it was Jacob, His son, He called out of Egypt; that was His lesser son. But His great Son, Jesus, was called out of Egypt too. So it had a--a compound answer. 33 So and seeing as they went along talking about that, and then I brought my thoughts of that. And I walked out of the--off the platform, and went out. My children, going home, wanted to stop out here somewhere to get a sandwich. And I went in; the wife said, "Billy, I was so nervous I didn't know what to do." Said, "I gave you that Bible." I said, "You never wrote it, and you never put it together, honey." She said, "But, just to think, I--I give you a--a Bible that had a flaw in it." I said, "Well, maybe it wasn't." And so one of the children picked it up, and we'd feel the pages. No, it looked all right. But right down at the bottom, it was two pages sticking together (See?), and the 16th chapter was on this side, and then the continuation of the 16th chapter come up on the other side. And the 17th started on the... See, it's just perfectly, exactly the same, across. And that India paper, real thin, sticking together, and I was reading out of the 17th chapter all the time, instead of the 16th chapter. 37 And I thought, "God, why did You do that? Why would there be such a thing now?" That's me feeling, you know, to see what it was all about, 'cause I think nothing happens by chance. And I was thinking about the comfort of this brother here, coming, telling me, "Hold steady, him being a priest,

hold steady, maybe God is going to do something,'" or something in that manner. And I--I thought, "How could that be?" And then, setting there, like a thunderbolt out of heaven it came to me. Now, this might not make sense to you, but it does to me. See? 39 I remember in Luke the 4th chapter, that Jesus entered the synagogue at Nazareth, where He was brought up at, as His custom was to go into the church on the--synagogue, on the Sabbath. And when He did, we notice there that the priest gave Him the Bible, a Scroll. Jesus, looking through the Scroll, found a certain place, Isaiah 61, and He read the Scripture. Then He handed the Bible back to the minister. And then as He turned to the audience, all eyes was upon Him. And He said: ... This day this Scripture is fulfilled... And we know how peculiar that Scripture reading was, because He just took a portion of the 1st and 2nd verses of Isaiah 61:1 and 2. But He read down this far, where, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me to bind up the broken-hearted, and to--to give--heal the sick, and to open the blinded eyes, and to preach the acceptable year of the Lord," and then He stopped. For the next was to bring judgment; that would apply to His second coming, not His first coming. And He stopped, and turned around, and said, "This day this Scripture is fulfilled." How direct that was. 41 And what a--what a--a statement it was to the teachers and to the people that were present, that He could make this plain to the people, "This day this Scripture is fulfilled." For here He was, the Messiah, yet they didn't believe it. Here He was, the anointed One for that hour. Every bit of His ministry from His birth up had proved to be what He was, and yet they could not believe it. What a statement. But He could say today... And if a person opened up their eyes, they could've knew--known what day that they were living in, for that was His hour, for He was right there doing exactly what the Scriptures, all the prophets had said would happen in that day. Here He was doing exactly what God had prophesied would happen. How did they miss seeing it? They should've known right quick, seeing what His ministry was. There's the Messiah. They would've known it, because He said, "The Scripture is fulfilled." 43 I think of today. And notice what that was as the--the priest gave the Word over. The Word was read, handed back to the priest. And the last quotation out of my text that I had, and my Scriptures wrote down, was Saint Luke 17:30, where, Jesus referring back to this day that we're living in, rich, Laodicea age, and yet rotten in politics, church politics and national politics, just as rotten as it could be. And then He said, "As it was in the days of Lot, so shall it be in the coming end time," notice what He said there, "in the day that the Son of man will be revealed." See, "In the days that the Son of man will be revealed..." I want to draw your attention. See, He came in three names. He came as Son of man, which was prophet. And that's what He did; He proved His ministry by being a prophet. We all know that. Every one of us knows it. He never said He was the Son of God; He said He was the Son of man. Now, today, He is the Son of God, which He returned back, and now He is in the form of the Holy Ghost, the unseen Person; but yet, God, the Son of God. In the millennium He sets upon His Father's throne, which He'll be Son of David. He revealed Hisself first as Son of man, a prophet; this age, through the church age, Son of man--or Son of God; and in the other age, Son of David: three sons. 46 But you notice here, He said, at the ending of the church age, it had got in such a mess till He would be revealed again as Son of man, "when the Son of man is being revealed." How appropriate was that mix-up yesterday. And I hope you don't miss it. We have had the revelation of Son of God, but the last promise that Abraham had before the son was made--or brought into existence, the one that he would been promised; before the promised son showed up, God manifested Himself there at Sodom as a Prophet, being a Man, in flesh, God. Elohim, as I heard someone speak it awhile ago, which the Godhead bodily was in Him. He was the Fullness. Elohim is the Fullness of the Godhead bodily. And we notice there when Lot saw... When

Abraham saw Him coming, he said, "My Lord." There was three of them. And down in Sodom, Lot saw two, and said, "My lords," lack of revelation. So notice what taken place here, when He come up, how He made Hisself known. 48 Could we not, could I not say this if I had just been on my toes (See?); the brother prophesied when he said to me what he did. This day... Watch what He did right after the reading of that Scripture. "In the days when the Son of man," not a man, not a human being, "the Son of man will reveal Hisself among His people again." This day this promise, of this hour that we're now living in is fulfilled before our very eyes. He turned immediately to the congregation, and ten or twelve, whatever people it was out there, unknown; He did the very same thing He did at Sodom. This day has this Scripture been made manifest before you. It's been made true before you. Then, my brother, sister, delegates, ministers, whatever we are here, children of God, how close are we to His coming then? If we're now seeing the Scripture that He promised just before the fire fell in Sodom to burn it up, and likened this day to it, and seeing that Scripture right before our eyes be fulfilled, how close are we to the coming of the Son of God then? How close is the manifestation of the Scriptures, like He did through Abraham, bringing the church up in type, which He was the promise to the church. And now we find out, Abraham's natural seed, how they failed. But the royal seed of Abraham, which is by faith in the promised Word, is now being manifested on the earth today. We are at the end time, my brother, sisters. We are at the end. 50 And we have not one other type. I have to type Scriptures because I don't have an education enough to bring out words and things. I make a type. But if I see in the shadows... If I never had seen my hand and see the shadow, I know I had five fingers. And that's the way you have to watch the Scripture types of the Old Testament. What does it do? It foreshadows this. And Jesus said that Sodom was the foreshadow of the end time now. And the very Scriptures that was promised to Sodom, the very Scriptures that was taking place at Sodom, that Jesus said would repeat itself again in this day, it's made known right before us today. God bless you. Don't miss it. And if I don't see you here next year; when they climb the golden stairs, I hope to meet you up There. God bless you. [] 52 Father, we are... [] According to the Scriptures, we are seeing manifested, before us, the last sign and type. The Words of Jesus Christ said this is so. Just as it was at Sodom, we see the world in its condition, we see the church in its condition, we see the--the elect being called out of every denomination; the Life, that's in those places, moving out now to take the form of the Seed. We pray, heavenly Father, that we'll waken a quickly. As a brother just said now, he seen before his face, and when he had his eyes closed, just masses going before him. O God, we feel that there is masses untouched yet. Help us, dear God. May we go from this convention with such a warning in our heart, knowing that this day the Scripture is fulfilled. In Jesus' Name. Amen. 54 [Brother Demos Shakarian says, "Hallelujah. Our editor, Jerry Jensen, would you come up here. His--his mother-in-law is unconscious right now; he just got the news. And they're ministers of the Gospel, Foursquare ministers. Would we just... He is, I know he is very heavy-hearted. And just..."-Ed.] Heard just now? Oh, yes. Oh, are they here? ["No, they're in Los Angeles. In a coma."] Distance is no difference to God. He's omnipresent. He has to be to be God. Some of the greatest things that I've know of being done in my own humble ministry, is by telephone, or someone calling in, great things taken place. Let us agree together that God will heal this people that's sick. 56 Dear heavenly Father, we bring them into Your Presence by prayer. We know that one night there was an apostle that was shut off from all activity then; he was in a jail, and he was going to be beheaded the next day. And down at John Mark's house they had a prayer meeting, and right in those inner cells there came that same Pillar of Fire that followed the children of Israel, or the

children of Israel followed It through the wilderness; came right in, because of that prayer meeting, and opened every door, and brought the apostle out on the street again, free to minister. We understand that these ministers, missionary people, is bound in now, they're--they're even in a coma. Lord, You are the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hear our prayer tonight, O God. You said, "When you pray, believe that you receive what you ask for; it shall be given you." Lord, we believe, and pray that in Jesus' Name, that You'll heal them, Lord, for Your glory. It's been said, been asked, now let it be done. Amen. God bless you, Ted. You believe with him. 58 Brother Demos. [, then Brother Demos Shakarian says, "You recognize that fellow?"--Ed.] No, sir. A lot of change since those days, brethren. ["Come here, Howard. He was a very handsome fellow then. He is still handsome, Brother Branham. Yeah, that's a nice picture. And we had your aunt to stand a moment ago too. And maybe you would like to say a word, Howard."] [] ... man they left out; we all appreciate Brother Shakarian. Now, if he ever want us to come forth... DOORS IN DOOR FLAGSTAFF AZ 65-0206 V-17 N-3 1 ... here this morning. I was thinking of my time coming into Flagstaff the--the first time. It's been about, I guess, around thirty-eight years ago, maybe forty. I was talking about getting up the hill. There wasn't no snow, but my little Model-T couldn't hardly get up the hill. It could go thirty miles an hour, but that's fifteen this way and fifteen this a way, you know, over some of these roads we had here. And it was quite a... [A brother on the platform says, "Why don't you give us that Ford poem."--Ed.] Brother Carl... ["Please."--Ed.] Oh. He's telling me about a little poem I had one time of on my Ford. It's not a good place to give it, Brother Carl. So we're very grateful. And I had so many nice testimonies this morning, hearing from these brethren, met some of the men. And there was just a minister that just spoke here, a little Spanish brother that gave his--the little boy's time to sing. Wasn't that wonderful for a six-year-old boy? My, the nicest little voice I ever heard for a little boy like that. 5 Now, this brother, the brethren forgot it, but he's holding a meeting here in your city. I think it's down at the Church of God, or Assemblies of God? [The brother says, "Assemblies."--Ed.] Assemblies of God, down at the Assemblies of God. And I'm sure they would appreciate your--your presence. You... How long is the meeting lasting, brother? Through Sunday, through Sunday night. ["We're having a sing-spiration tonight."--Ed.] Sir? ["We're having a sing-spiration tonight."--Ed.] Singspiration tonight. Now, you're all cordially invited to come to this meeting. Seven-thirty, tonight. And where is the church located, brother? Would you just tell us where it is? ["113 West Clay."--Ed.] 113 West Clay Street, right here in the city of Flagstaff. And--and I'm sure you'll... 6 Is the little boy with you? No, his daddy will sing. You sing, do you? Well, that's fine, I guessed that just right for one time. Well, that's very seldom you see that; but it's, usually, if there's one talent in the family, it takes from--from the rest of it, I think. So they have... ["It all started out in fasting and prayer, Brother Branham."--Ed.] Fasting and praying, now that's--that's really nice. Now, you know, if America, all together, all of our American families was like that, well, they'd just dismiss all the police force. The millennium would be on, wouldn't it? We'd...?... We'd be right in first class then. That's right. All death would fade away, all sickness, sorrow, all disappointments, and we would be with Christ.

8 So we are happy, and I hear all these fine testimonies. And had the privilege of meeting Brother Earl for my first time. And--and last evening I was talking to his wife, and--and she's been called out and healed several times in the meetings; said, at the last meeting she was on the platform. So makes us a little, kind of a little sense of humor. I didn't remember Brother Earl, though I'd shook his hand somewhere. And--and I was setting at the window, last night, looking for him to come up. And a great tall man come up, was wearing a black mustache. I said, "Here he comes." And then when... Billy, my son, said, "Oh, no," said, "that's not Brother Earl. He's much younger than that fellow." And so then I got to meet Sister Earl here last evening, and has had the privilege of being in their lovely home here in the city. This is a nice place. I always want to call it flagpole instead of Flagstaff, way up on top of the hill here. See? And I tell you, if there's anybody here from Texas, now you brag. I left Tucson yesterday, about seventy-two or seventy-five, somewhere along there, and up here this morning with an overcoat on. See, what they got in Texas, we got in Arizona, haven't we? That's right. We're right here. 11 This time of fellowship... Old Doctor Bosworth, a friend of mine, many of you might've knowed Brother Bosworth. He was one of the saintliest old men. And he said to me one time, he said, "Brother Branham, you know what fellowship is?" I said, "I think so, Brother Bosworth." Said, "It's two fellows in one ship, so they have to share a little bit." So that's what fellowship is; we take and give, share with each other; with Brother Carl Williams, all the rest, Brother Outlaw. Oh, one of the first people in Arizona that ever sponsored one of my meetings was--was Brother Jimmy Outlaw, and we've been bosom brothers since that time. And we are very happy for all of you, for the ministers and the brethren that we meet around here. I don't have time, shake hands with everybody, as I like to, but it's a fellowship where we get together. 14 It just reminds me of--of the Phoenix convention. I've had the privilege, since the chapters first started, to--to help organize the chapters and speak in them. And it's the only organization I belong to, and it's not an organization. It's just a organism working among the people. And if some of you men here this morning, that--that doesn't belong to this fellowship of this Christian Business Men, Full Gospel, let... If you believe and will take my word, it's one of the finest groups of people. And--and to minister brothers, it's not against your church; it's for your church. See, it's their way of placing in to the--to the church. I just happened to look around at this lovely lady here that just sang that song a few moments ago. I've heard many attempts of it, but that lady had a voice could carry it right, you know, without squeaking it, like. I--I liked that so much, lady; it was very, very fine. Said it was a minister's wife here. And, brother, you ought to have her sing you to sleep each night, so that would be very fine, very fine. It was very fine singing. I appreciate it. 17 And this morning it kind of reminds me of a little--a little story that... I--I like to hunt and fish, and that's one of the reasons I'm here in Arizona, so, is getting hunting and fishing. And I like it. And so I was fishing one time in New Hampshire. And I guess I got a lot of partners in here that likes to fish, both in the male and female too. They... We all like it. So I had a little pup tent I'd packed way high, above where, you know, the fellows, kind of a little heavy or something, couldn't walk up there. And there's many fine of those Brook Trout, and Brown, Square-tail, Cutthroat. Oh, they're just full of them little tributaries coming down out of the top of the mountains in New Hampshire. And little trout, maybe fourteen, sixteen inches long, just many of them. And I'd only... I'd go over there and catch them, just for the fun of catching them, turn them loose. If I killed one, then I--I eat that one (You see?), bring him in. 20 So I had a--some of this old moose willow growing up, and--and every time I'd switch my fly line... I had a little Royal Coachman. I'd fly back in there with it, I'd switch it around a bunch of moose

willow. And I thought, "Well, I'm--I'm going to take a hatchet and go up there this morning and--and chop that moose willow down, so that I won't catch my line on it." Oh, I looked back under a little old, like a beaver dam, and they were just laying in there, just waiting for that Coachman to get on them. And now, all night long... I used to say, "got in my hair." But I ain't got enough hair for them to get into now. So I just--I just... It just how they would--how they would watch them. And so I got up there that morning took this little old hatchet, and cut down this moose willow. And I had three or four, was going to fix for breakfast, and come back. And I'm not a very good cook. And so I told my wife I couldn't boil water without scorching it, so you know that'd be pretty bad job of cooking. 21 So on my road back, there'd been an old mother bear and two cubs, and they'd got in my little tent. And you talk about rim-wrecking something; you don't know how things could be rim-wrecked till you let a bear get in the tent. He... They... It's not what they destroy--what they eat, I mean; it's what they destroy. I had a little stove, this little sheepherder's stove in there, and they'd get on this little stove and just jump up-and-down, you could hear the pipe rattle, and just mash it to pieces, you know. And when I come up, I had a little old rusty twenty-two rifle laying in there, but I had a-this axe in my hand. And, you know, when I come up, the old mother run off to one side, and she cooed to her cubs. And one cub followed along, all right; but the other one set, little bitty fellow. In May, you know, had just come out. Had his back all humped up to me, like that. And I thought, "What's he doing?" Well, then she looked over at me. And I looked for a tree to see just how--how close it was, 'cause they can scratch you, you know, about them young ones. And they... You can't talk them out of it. You see? So I watched the old mother a little while, you know. She kept cooing, and making noise, something like a bird. You'd have to know what one sounds like. So she kept cooing that cub, and that cub wouldn't come. 23 Well, I thought about my rifle. And I thought, "No, if I'd run in there and grab that rifle, if I'd shoot the old mother, leave two orphans in the woods," and I didn't want to be guilty of that. And besides, her charging, that twenty-two would be kind of small, you know. And sometimes it didn't go off, have to snap it three or four times to make it go off. So I thought, "Well, I'll just get in that tree there, if she starts over here. I'll get up there in the tree, get me a little switch and just whip them across the nose." Their nose is very tender. And they just squeal, then go down, you know, and they leave you alone. So I thought, "I'll get in that tree." But the curiosity of that little fellow, oh, setting up like this. And I thought, "What's he doing?" So I kept slipping around, watching her, you know, getting a little further away, and getting close to the tree, 'cause she kept cooing to that cub. So I got over a little further, and you know what that little fellow had done? 25 Now, I like flapjacks, or pancakes, I believe you call them, out here. Down south, we call them flapjacks. I'm not very good at making them, but I'm sure good at eating them. And, you know, I was a Baptist. And I don't like to sprinkle; I really like to baptize them, really put the molasses to them. So I had me a can of molasses about this high, setting there, a little half-gallon bucket for my flapjacks. And that little fellow... You know, a bear likes sweet, anyhow. He'd got that bucket of molasses open. And he was setting there with that little paw about that wide. And he had it up in his arms, and he was just socking his little foot down, and licking like that, you know. That's right. And he--he'd lick that little tongue. And I started... Any... If I just had a camera, I'd love to have showed that this morning, just to look at it. And there he was, putting his little foot down there, and licking like that. And I hollered, "Get away from there," like that. And he didn't pay any attention to me, and just kept licking like that. He sopped that bucket out. See? 27 And I hollered at him like that, he turned around and looked at me like that. He couldn't get his eyes open, he was just so full of molasses, you know. All over his eyes, his little belly, just as full of molasses as he could be. And then, after while, he staggered off sideways and run over to his

mother. They got him up there in the bushes and started licking him. They was afraid to set at the bucket, but they could lick him. And I said, "If that isn't a type of a good, old Pentecostal meeting: just get so full of good, sweet stuff, they go out, and somebody lick off of it. That's a real fellowship meeting. Now, we just come like this to get our hands in the bucket, each one of us, plumb up to the elbow of God's blessings. And I'm sure you'll find that at the revival that's being down at the Assemblies of God, going on down there now. The Lord bless you. 29 I said in Phoenix, the other day, a little... I hope it didn't sound sacrilegious, about a little joke about a minister that would go to the platform every morning, and for twenty years solid, he preached twenty minutes, and then be done, and so they couldn't understand why it was. And so, one morning he preached about four hours. And the--the deacons called him back, and--and said, "Pastor, we really love you." Said, "We--we think your messages are wonderful." And said, "We know, as a deacon board, we've watched you and timed you, exactly twenty minutes every Sunday morning." And said, "This morning was four hours." Said, "We just don't understand." Said, "I'll tell you, brethren." He said, "Every morning, when I go to preach," said, "when you call me to the platform, I reach in and put one of these Life Savers under my tongue." And said, "In twenty minutes when that Life Savers is gone," said, "I--I--I'm finished," he said, "I know it's time to quit." And said, "What was the mistake this morning, I got a button...?..." 31 Carl Williams and Jewel Rose, real bosom brothers and friends of mine, they went downtown the other day, and got a button about that big around to give me, and--but I haven't got it this morning. So we're grateful to be here. Now, does anyone in here know Doctor Lee Vayle? I don't think... Maybe not. He was a Baptist preacher, Doctor of Divinity, and he's got his degrees. He was a high school teacher to begin with, and he's a very fine, scholarly man. And my tapes of "The Seven Church Ages," I sent them to him to grammarize them. Because my old Kentucky "hit, hain't, and tote, and carry, and fetch," that don't go good for people who reads the books, so he was going to grammarize it for me. And then, after he got through, sent it back a couple times for more statements. Which the book is going to press now after about three or four years. He asked me, he said, "Can I write a book, just my comments?" And I said, "Well, it's all right, Brother Lee." And I thought... Then he said, "I'm going to tell you something." Said, "It's not to be sold; given away." I said, "Well, then, I'm sure that's all right." See? 35 And so they had a sponsorship of about ten people to sponsor it, which cost them about fifteen hundred dollars, I think, I understand, for ten thousand of them. And so we--we got them; it all come off the press a couple days ago, and we got just two or three, yesterday, and Billy brought them up. And they're--they're giving them away. Now, I've never read it; I don't know what he said. But I'm... This is by faith. But I'm sure, if you'd like to have one, if you'd just write us, it'd be sent to you free. See? And it's called "Twentieth-Century Prophet." And then I noticed in the picture here in the front of the book, many of you has got this picture, of course, and seen It, that's where the Angel of the Lord was taken at Houston, Texas. But they cut part of It off. 37 Then I see here in the back. And how many here has ever been in one of the meetings, let's see? I guess practically all of you have. You hear me say many times, "That shadow hanging over someone." Now, see, if you make a statement, and it isn't the truth, God won't have anything to do with it. You know God is not associated in lies, but He only backs up what's truth. So when He told Moses, when He met him back there in the wilderness in the Pillar of Fire, back in that burning bush... Then when He brought those people out, and those who would follow Moses

out for the journey, then He came down upon Mount Sinai, that same Pillar of Fire, and vindicated that what Moses had said was the truth. Now, God will do that. He always does that. So this Light here, of course, we associate It with God, because It has the same nature and everything that He did when He was here on earth. 40 Then on that, saying, "This person here, I see you're shadowed to death, dark shadow." How many... Many of you has heard that said. Well, here just recently in a meeting, there was somebody curious, wanted to see if they could get a picture of that, when it was said. So they... There was a lady setting close, and this man had a camera. And I said, "This lady setting here is Mrs. So-and-so," whatever it is. I said, "She's shadowed to death, and she's got cancer." And just then he snapped the picture, 'cause it was close. And there it was (See?) that hooded, black cancer of death hanging over the woman. And then the Holy Spirit spoke back again. Now, when they put this in the book, they had it cut off, so they just put this in here just till they make that a printing of the book. And that's why you'll see that loose leaf in there. I think "The Voice Of Healing" was the one who printed the book. 42 And now it's absolutely free. And the sponsors back here in the back of the book, who put fifteen hundred dollars in it, just to get it out to the public, let the public read it. So it's free, and it's a nice little book. And I don't know what the contents is, I've never read it; the Father knows that. But see, it was... To me, it's absolute truth. That's what we look for, is Truth. Jesus said, "You shall know the Truth; the Truth shall set you free." And He is that Truth. He is Jesus, the Son of God is the Truth of the Word, because He was the Word made flesh. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us." Then that made Him the Truth, because the Word is the Truth, and He was the Truth. Now, when we see Him return in these last days, this great move of God, moving across the nations of the world, gathering a people for the Bride, that is Truth. 45 Years ago they said there was no such a thing as speaking in tongues; it was nonsense. God promised it, and He proved it to be Truth. That's right. Someone said this morning; I believe it was our noble sister there who deals with the children so much about their baptism; she said, "You can hear someone speak in tongues. But to hear someone sing in tongues (See?) it was such a beautiful thing." I remember my first experience; I was at Redigar Tabernacle in Fort Wayne, Indiana. And I was speaking, having a healing service after the death of--of Brother B. E. Redigar. And Brother Bosworth had been there, Paul Rader. And many of you older men that--like me, you remember Paul Rader; and he was a Baptist, and we was--so we were great friends. And so while speaking there, was going to pray for the sick. It was a strange thing to them then, but a lady brought a little boy down that was crippled, and as he come across the platform, the vision of the Lord appeared and told him all about what was the matter with the little lad. And I asked the girl to hand--to hand me the little boy. 48 Now, just for the sister's testimony, that you might see what joy and what the real phenomena of--of grace of God, what it could do, when it worked according to the Word of God (See?) God's promise for the hour... Now, God's promise to Noah won't work for us today. God's promise to--to Moses, we couldn't have Moses' message. Moses couldn't have had Noah's message. We got the Message of the hour. We couldn't have had Luther's message. We couldn't have had Wesley's message. This is another time. God allotted His Word to each age. And as that age comes along, He sends someone there to vindicate that Word, to prove that that's true. And that... We see in each one then, just like what Jesus said when He was on earth, He said, "You build the tombs of the prophets, and your fathers put them in there." 50 Now, my people are Catholic, as you know, being an Irishman. Now, we... Now, they--they talk about Saint Patrick; the Catholics claim him. Why, he's just about as much Catholic as I am. They talk

about Joan of Arc. They burnt that girl to the stake for a witch (We all know that.), because she was spiritual and seen visions. 'Course, a couple a hundred years later, they dug up them priests' body, and done penance, and throwed them in the river. But that ain't what it takes. See? They always miss it. Man is forever praising God for what He did do, looking forward for what He will be, and ignoring what He's doing. That's just the nature of man. And he hasn't changed his nature, the man of the world. 52 So we find that our Message is today, the Message that we have of, "Come out of Babylon, and be free, and--and be filled with the Spirit, and your lamps trimmed and clear, and look up, our redemption's drawing near," we--these things are foreign to many people who breathe and call our lovely Lord's Name. But yet in the midst of all that, we don't have nothing against those people, those denominational people. They're all right; they're fine. They're our--they're our associates in the Gospel, because Jesus said, "No man can come to Me except My Father draws him. And--and all the Father hath given Me, they will come." So we're only responsible for sowing Seeds. Some fell by the wayside, some different kinds of ground; some fell over and brought a hundredfold. So we are just Seed sowers. God is the One Who directs It when It's falling. And now, we pray that maybe, this morning there'd be a little Seed drop along somewhere, that might encourage someone. And just as a--a--a man... 55 And to finish my testimony concerning the little lady that I was going to speak of, this lady brought this little baby, a little boy, I guess, about ten, twelve years old, and maybe not that old, 'cause this woman was packing him. And she handed him over. And just then, while I was offering prayer for the child, the little fellow jumped out of my arms and went running down the platform, of about thirty-five hundred or four thousand people. And when they did, first thing they ever seen done, the mother, setting on the front seat, just fainted and pitched over. And a little Amish girl... Are you acquainted with the Amish? I don't know whether you have them out here: long hair, they're very sweet people, and very clean and nice type. You know, in all the Mennonites, or Amish, and so forth, we've not got one record of a juvenile delinquent. Call them funny if you want to, but we--we got something lacking in our homes, that they have. They haven't one record in the courts of a--of a juvenile misbehavior coming among them. They bring up their children just in one way, and that's the way they go. 57 And this young lady was a famous pianist, a beautiful young woman, and long, blond hair fixed up in the back. And when she looked across... Now, she was Amish; she knowed nothing about Pentecost, and neither did I. But when she looked across the platform, and seen that little boy going, walking across there, she threw up her hands in the air. Now, I know there's fanaticism, and I hope I'm not prone. I--I'm not a liar. And I--I'm not... If I'm wrong, I--I'm not willfully wrong; I'm ignorantly wrong. But that girl threw her hands in the air, and that hair fell down across her shoulders, and she started singing in a unknown tongue. And she was playing that hymn, "The Great Physician now is near, the sympathizing Jesus." And when she jumped up from there... I know this sounds very strange now. But this girl had never knowed nothing about speaking in tongues, but she was singing in an unknown tongue, "The Great Physician now is near, the sympathizing Jesus." And that piano continually played, "The Great Physician now is near, the sympathizing Jesus." Well, they piled them altars, and down through the balcony, into the floor, people screaming. That girl standing over there, with her face up like that, speaking in other tongues; and the piano the ivory keys still moving: The Great Physician now is near, The sympathizing Jesus, He speaks the drooping hearts to cheer, No other Name but Jesus!

60 Oh, it's... "Eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, what's in store for us." You know what I think? Why would--why would we ever accept a substitute or just something that's a make-belief, when the heavens is full of the genuine, the real power of God, that can set a soul free, that can do something for us? God bless you. Now, there's so many things. I never told you where to get this book. See? Post Office Box 325, at Jeffersonville. And if you'd write, why, they'd send it to you. Or, either, visit one of the meetings; they'll be giving them away. Now, I am very grateful for this fine time of fellowship. And this morning I was thinking about a little story I used to tell at the Christian Business Men, about Zacchaeus. Many of you has heard me tell it, about how that this little fellow didn't believe in this discernment, and--of the Lord. 'Course, I guess, as we have in every age, you see a genuine, then you see an impersonations. And we just have to put up with that. But good, solid thinkers and Scriptural men understand. See? Which, we, and no matter... 63 When Mrs. Aimee Semple McPherson, when she was here on earth in her ministry, they say that pretty near every woman preacher wore those wings like, you know, or gowns like that, and packed the Bible. Just look at the Billy Graham's is in the land today. But, you know, Billy Graham could never take your place. I--I couldn't take Billy's place; he couldn't take mine. I can't take yours, and you can't take mine. You're an individual in God. God made you the way you are for some purpose. If we would just find our place, and then abide there. If we try to do something different, then (See?) we're--we're in somebody else's territory, which we just gaum up the picture of God. We take like Billy Graham in the denominational world today, as he's, if we'd call it maybe to the football player; he's got the ball. Now, if you try to take the ball away from your own man, you're just messing up your team. Guard your man. See? Keep guarding him, keep the rest of them so he can make the run. And we'll have the touchdown after while, and Jesus will come, and then it'll all be over. The Lord bless you. 67 Now, I'm going to the saying about this man Zacchaeus. And I had him up in this tree, you know, with leaves all pulled around him. And then when he come down out of the tree, he went home with Jesus. And I said, "He became a member of the Full Gospel Business Men chapter." So if there's any Zacchaeus's here, this morning, I hope that you take that good advice and become a member of the Full Gospel Business Men. You say, "Full Gospel?" Yes, sir. That's the only thing Jesus would've preached, you know, would've been the full Gospel. That's right. Isn't that right? Sure, for He was the full Gospel. That's right. He couldn't deny Himself. 69 But now, I have a few Scriptures wrote out here, of a little, common little text; it won't take me but just a few minutes, if you'll suffer with me. And before we do this... Now, in our little fellowship of get-together, and talking about the hands of the bear in the bucket, and so forth, now let's just brush aside all of this now, and just think we're getting acquainted. And--and we're--want now to enter into the deep part of the Word. Let us bow our heads now, as we approach It. 'Cause we have no right to approach the Word without speaking to the Author first. With our heads bowed, our eyes closed, and I trust that our hearts are bowed with our head. I wonder, while I raise my eyes and look over the audience, if there would be someone here would say, in raising their hands, "Brother, minister, remember me in prayer. I--I'm needy today"? God bless you. God bless you. Now, He sees your hand. He knows what's beneath your hand in your heart. May He grant it, is my prayer. 72 Dear God, as we are grateful for this building that we, Your humble children, can assemble ourselves together under here, and just talk and have fellowship, just to be ourselves, as we yield ourselves to Christ, and desire to become more like Him... We are ministering brothers setting near,

Lord, men who are far more capable of standing here to deliver this Word than I, Your unworthy servant; but it has fallen my lot. And, Father, I pray, today, that if I might say something that would not be just according to the will of God, that before I say it, You'd close my mouth, like You did the lions' mouths one day so they wouldn't bother Daniel. And, Father, we ask You now to remember each and every one, every minister. And this revival that's going on here in the city, Lord, down to the Assemblies of God, I pray, dear God, that You'll send such a revival in there that this whole city will be stirred by the power of God, that all these barrooms and wandering children around on the street will be brought to the throne of God, and be filled with His goodness and with His Spirit. Grant it, heavenly Father. 74 And we pray that today, that if there be man or woman, boy or girl, that's been brought into this meeting this morning, here under the shelter from the snow, that the great Holy Spirit will visit their heart and speak to them in a mysterious way. Maybe some that's wandered away, that once entertained You, Lord, but now has gone away; bring them back, Lord, this morning. And we pray for this chapter, for Brother Earl and for his wife, and for the others. Grant it, Lord. Now, break to us the Bread of Life, as we open back the pages of the Word, because we know the Bible is of no private interpretation. But God doesn't need us to interpret His Word; He's His Own interpreter. He said one day, "Let there be light," and there was light. He said, "A virgin shall conceive," and she did. "And in the last days I'll pour out My Spirit upon all flesh"; no matter what the world said, He did it. He needs no interpreter. He interprets His own Words by making It live and vindicating It to be so. Come to our hearts, Lord Jesus, and interpret to us today the things we have need of. We ask it in Jesus' Name. Amen. 77 Now, in the Bible, if you will turn. I believe I've never had a message that I tried to undertake to speak on, that I never first read the Word. Because my word will fail; I'm a man. But His Word just can't fail; He's God. So let's turn now for just a little text, and we're going to be out just in--just about thirty, forty minutes, the Lord willing. On Revelations now, we wish to turn to the 3rd chapter of Revelations, begin with the 14th verse. And we want to read just a--the portion, it's a message to the Laodicea church age. And I believe, and I--I suppose most all Spirit-filled people and Bible readers believe, could say 'amen' to that, that we are in the Laodicea church age, 'cause that's the last age. Listen to the message of the condition of the church at this time. And to the angel of the church of... Laodicea write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works,... thou art neither cold nor hot: I would that thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest thou not that thou art wretched,... miserable,... poor,... blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in... fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that thy shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcome, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. 79 The Lord bless the reading of this Word. Now, I want to take for just a few moments, a little text, called, "Doors in Door," "Doors in Door." Now, this is a very... "Doors in Door," is three words. "Doors in Door."

You might say to me a..., "Brother, there's probably a hundred people here. There... Don't you think that's kind of a small text, when you have before you a hundred souls?" Well, that--that may be true, the--the text is small. But it isn't the size of the text that--that counts, it's what it is. It's--it's what the text says that counts. 82 Like, I believe it was in Louisville, Kentucky, some time ago, a--a little boy was up in the attic, fooling around with some old trunks up in the garret, and he run onto an old fashion postage stamp. Well, the first thing in his mind, he might get an ice cream cone for that. There was a collector down the street, so he took off down the street, just as hard as he could go. And said, "What will you give me for this stamp?" The collector looked it over, and it was kind of faded out. He said, "I'll give you a dollar." My, that was easy sold. He would have let it went for a nickel, and then been happy for it to get an ice cream, but it was sold for a dollar. The collector sold it for five hundred dollars. And later, I don't know just where it did go; it went into the hundreds of dollars. You see, the little piece of paper wasn't very much, just a piece that you wouldn't pick up off the floor. But it wasn't the paper that counted; it's what's on the paper that counts. And that's the way it is with reading God's Word. It isn't just the paper, the value of the paper, or the size of the paper; it's what's wrote on that paper. And one word is enough to save a world, if it'd be received that way. 86 Sometime ago there was... I read a story of a--in the days of our noble... One of the greatest Presidents I think the nation ever had was--was Lincoln. Not because that he come from Kentucky, but because he was a great man. He was deprived of an education, but yet was--was something in his heart, some purpose. I--I like a man of vision. I like people that's got something they're fighting for, just not just lay around, "Well, ever what comes along will be all right." Oh, be up and at it. And Lincoln never let his education stand in the way; he had something to do. I think every Christian ought to be that way; find your purpose and go do it. Every member of this chapter, just not, "Well, we have a breakfast once a month," that isn't it, "or once every Saturday." Have a purpose in life, something you're going to do. Let's... God has placed you here; do something about it, every member of every church. There's a revival in town. That revival's there for a purpose. Let's get something out of it. Let's do something about it. 89 Mr. Lincoln... There was a man that--a young fellow, he--he was in the war, and--and he was--he was coward to begin with. And in the time of duty he--he--he withdrew from his post; and they found something against him, that he was going to have to be shot. And, oh, he... It was terrible. And one young fellow loved him so well went to Mr. Lincoln to get a pardon. He was President at the time in the United States here, and so he went to him for a pardon. And he said to him, as he was getting out of his carriage; and Mr. Lincoln, a tall, bearded, typical southern, skinny. And he said, "Mr. Lincoln, there is a boy that's going to die in two days from now, be shot, because that he run in time of battle." And he said, "Mr. Lincoln, the boy isn't a bad boy. But all those muskets a-firing, and-and people dying, he was nervous. And he was so upset that he--he threw up his hands and started screaming. He run." Said, "I knowed the boy." Said, "Mr. Lincoln, only your name on this piece of paper can spare him. Will you do it?" 'Course, this Christian gentleman, quickly signed the paper, "Pardoned, So-and-so." Signed his name, "Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States." 92 Went the messenger back as hard as he could. And he run to the cell; he said, "You're free. You're free. Here's Mr. Lincoln's, Mr. Lincoln's signature. You're free." He said, "Why would you come to mock me, knowing that I die tomorrow?" He said, "Take that away from here; you're only mocking me." And he would not receive it. He said, "No, I--I don't want it."

Said, "You're only making..." Said, "If that was the--the President," said, "it would have the--the coat of arms, and it would have his right paper." He said, "But it's his signature." He said, "How will I know his signature?" He said, "You're just mocking me; you're trying to make me feel good." And he just started screaming, turned his back. The boy was shot the next morning. Then after the boy being dead, and the President's name on this piece of paper that he was pardoned, then what? And they tried it in the federal court. And here was the decision of our federal courts, which is the ultimate of all of our courts. What they say sometimes, we don't like their decision, but we have to abide by it anyhow (See?), because that's the tie post. That's the ultimate. Now, it said this decision, "A pardon is not a pardon unless it be received as a pardon." And that's the way the Word of God is. It's a pardon if It be received as a pardon. And It's the Word of God; It's the power of God to those who will believe It and accept It. No matter, you're looking at It, and you say, "Oh, that's been tangled up; there's been a million translations, and all that." It might be that to someone. But to me, It's still the Word of God, Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever. He's duty bound to stay by that Word. 99 Now, He's got to judge the church someday. And if He judges it by the Catholic church, which they say He will, then which one of the Catholic churches will He judge it by? They different one from the other. If He judges it by the Methodist's, you Baptists are gone. If He judges it by the Pentecostal's, the rest of you is gone. But He won't judge it by the church. The Bible said He'll judge the world by Jesus Christ, and Christ is the Word. So you see we're without excuse; it's the Word of God that He judges; so no matter how small, one word significance to This, said Revelation 22:18... 101 First, I'll begin in Genesis. God gave the human race His Word to fortify themselves from death, sin, and sorrow, or any disaster: a chain, of His Word. "Thou shalt not touch this certain tree, for the day you eat thereof, that day you die." And a chain is only its best at its weakest link. And our souls are pulled over hell, holding to this chain; break one of them, that's all you have to do. Eve never broke a sentence; she broke a Word, by Satan. That was the first of the Book. In the middle of the Book come Jesus and said, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word," not part of them, just one here and there, but every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. 103 When He was dead, resurrected, and went into heaven, and returned back, and gave John... Which He said there after His resurrection, said, "What if..." Said, "What will happen to this man?" Jesus said, "What is it to you if he continues till I come? Knowing not exactly his life would, but his ministry would continue. And He lifted him up, in the 4th chapter of Revelations, and showed him all the things that was to come, that we live in, even to this text today. And then on the 22nd chapter, the last chapter, the 18th verse, He said, "Whosoever shall take one Word out of this Book, or add one word to It, his part will be taken from the Book of Life." See? So we believe that man lives by every Word of God. I believe it and I know it's true. How little, it doesn't matter. It just takes one word to do it. 106 Thinking about how little, insignificant, seeing that many of my Canadian friends setting here. I remember I was in Canada when the King George, the one I had the privilege of going praying for, when he was healed, with that multiple sclerosis; he was suffering that day from the sclerosis, and also he had a stomach trouble, a ulcer; as many of you Canadians know, and Americans also. But seeing him pass down through there, setting in that carriage, he--he was a king. He conducted himself as a king. His beautiful queen setting by him in her blue dress, and as he come down the streets...

And a friend of mine and I were standing together. And when that carriage passed by, he just turned his head and started crying. I put my hand upon his shoulder, and I said, "What's the matter?" He said, "Brother Branham, there goes my king and his queen." Well, I--I could appreciate that. So I thought, "If a Canadian, under the government head, not government head, but still also a government head of England, and passing the king by, it could make a Canadian cry, and turn his head and weep, what will it be when we see our King?" And to think of it, our part will be the Queen. 110 Then the children was all turned out from the schools, the little children; they was given a little British flag. The Canadian flag is called something else. Brother Fred, what's the Canadian flag called? [Brother Fred Sothmann says, "Union Jack."--Ed.] Union Jack. But they give them a little British flag to wave. And when the king passed by, all the little fellows stood out, waving their--their little flag, and screaming to the king. And--and there were bands a-playing, "God Save The King," as he marched through the street. Oh, if you could just get a... You'd get a view of what's going to be at that resurrection there. 112 And when they was instructed, the little fellows to return back to school as soon as the--the parade was over. And the little fellows going back, one school missed a little girl. And they went everywhere to find the little fellow, up-and-down the streets. And, finally, behind a telegraph pole, stood the little, bitty, tiny, dwarf girl, just a-crying her little heart out. Well, the teacher picked her up and... [] "What's the matter? Did you not see the king?" She said, "Yes, I saw the king." Said, "Did--did you not wave your flag?" She said, "Yes, I--I waved my flag." She said, "Well, then, why are you crying?" She said, "You see, teacher, I am so little, the others was standing in the front of me; they were bigger. And I waved my flag, but he didn't see it." And she was disturbed about it. Well, that might be that King George did not see that little fellow in statue. He might not have seen her patriotic heart, and how she felt towards him. She was too short. 115 But it isn't so with our King. Oh, the least little thing we do, He sees it. And He knows the very things and thoughts that's in our hearts, whatever we do, what little it is. And how do we serve Him? As we serve each other. If I don't love you, how can I love Him? See? "Insomuch as you've done unto these My little ones, you have done it unto Me." See? It's the--it's the little things that we leave undone sometime, that breaks the whole chain (You see?), and lets us go free, just denominationalminded, and forget about these little things that really are the--the essential things. Everything, every Word of God is essential. None of It can be left out. We've got to take every Word of It, just the way It was wrote. 117 "I stand at the door," said Jesus in this Laodicea age, "and knock." Did you notice, the only church age that He was put out of His church? All the other church ages, He was inside the church. Through the Methodists, and Lutherans, and so forth, He was on the inside, church. But here He's outside; our creeds and things had run Him out of the church. But He's standing out there still knocking, "He that will hear and open the door, I'll come in with him, sup with them, and give him healing for his eyes, and--and clothes, and give him the riches of heaven; he that will hear Me knock." I thought I could think of the name of that artist that drawed that picture, painted a picture, rather, of at the door. When he... You know, all great pictures first must go through the line, or, the hall of critics, before it can be hung in the hall of fame. That original painting now would run millions of dollars. 119 But, see, it's like the church has to pass through the hall of critics. We go through. You're going to be called "holy-roller," you're going to be called everything. But if you could only hold your

position in Christ, then someday He'll take us to the hall of fame. But first we've got to stand criticism. There's where the littleness of us stands; there's where it shows. He that cannot stand chastisement is a illegitimate child and not a child of God. No matter how much he's joined church, and whatever he's done, he's still, if he cannot stand chastisement, he's a illegitimate, and he's not a real child of God. But a real, genuine child of God don't care what the world says; everything else is secondary. He's got his mind on Christ, and that settles it. Yes. Whatever Christ says do, he'll do it. Wherever the Lamb goes, they're with Him, wherever. And then you see His appearing, His Presence, and what He does. He's always with His people, His Bride. He's courting her. Someday there's going to be a wedding supper. 120 And this artist, however, when it went through the critics, a bunch of critics gathered around this artist. I can't think of his name. I'm trying to think of Michelangelo, but he was the sculptor of Moses' monument. But I can't think of his name. But, however, he said, "Your picture is outstanding," said, "I have nothing that I could say against the picture." He said, "Because He's holding a lantern in His hand; it shows that He comes to the--in the darkest of night." He said, "And then He's at the door, with His head, His ear, so he won't be--be sure not to miss the faintest call. He has His ear turned to the door, and He's rapping at the door." He said, "But, you know, sir, there's one thing that you forgot in your picture." And the artist, taken him a lifetime to paint it; he said, "What is that that I have forgotten, sir?" He said, "No matter how much that He knocked (See?), you forgot to put a latch on it. There's no latch on the door." If you'll notice the door, there's no latch on it. "Oh," said the artist, "I painted it thus. You see, sir," he said, "the latch is on the inside. You're the one that opens the door. You open the door." 124 Oh, what does a man knock on a man's door for? He's trying to gain entrance. He's trying to get in. He's perhaps got something he wants to tell you or talk over with you. He's got a message for you. And that's the reason people knock at one another's door. They've got some reason to do it. There cannot be that happen without some reason. You would not go to a man's house unless there's some reason to go; if nothing else to visit, take him a message, or some...?... There's some reason for a man to go knock on another man's door. Wherever there's a question, there has got to be an answer. There could not be a question without an answer. So that's what we look for in the Bible, these questions of the day; the Bible has the answer. And Christ is that Answer. 126 Now, many important people have knocked at doors down through the time of life, and many knocked in times passed; and there probably times keep on, there'd be many more important people. Now, the first thing, perhaps, if somebody knocked at your door, if you could, you'd slip around and pull back the curtain, see who's there. If you're busy, as we claim we are today, "Too busy to go to church; too busy to do this. And, you know, my church don't believe in that kind of stuff." And I... See, we're just a little out of cater, sometimes, from the Word. But you pull back the curtain, then you want to see who's standing there. And if it's a man of importance, quickly you run to the door. 130 Now, let's go back just a little bit and take a few people that's knocked. Let's go back and think of Pharaoh in Egypt, many hundreds of years ago. What if--if Pharaoh, king of Egypt, came down to a peasant's house? And this peasant had been kind of, oh, disagreeable with Pharaoh, and he didn't believe his policies, and he different with him. And--and, but here stands Pharaoh, standing at the door of a--a brick mason or a mud dauber, as we'd call them, down in Egypt. And he pulls his curtain back, and there stands the mighty Pharaoh at the door. And he's knocking, smile on his face. [Brother Branham knocks on something--Ed.] Why, that peasant would open the door, and say,

"Enter, great Pharaoh, may your humble servant find grace in your sight. If there's anything within my walls, I am as much as a slave to you, Pharaoh. You've honored me above my brethren. You've come to my house, and I'm a poor man. You only visit kings and--and nobles, and important people. And I'm of unimportance. But you--you visit me; you've honored me, Pharaoh. What is it thy humble servant could do?" No matter what Pharaoh would ask, even to his life, he'd give it. Sure. It's an honor. 131 Or say for instance, the late Adolf Hitler, when he was Fuehrer of Germany. What if he'd have went down to a soldier's house? And that bunch of little Nazi soldiers all camped around, and, the first thing you know, why, somebody knocked at the door. And the little soldier said, "Ah, I feel bad this morning. Wife, tell them to go away." And she slipped over to the door and pulled the curtain back. She said, "Husband, husband, jump up, quick." "What's the matter? Who's standing there?" "Hitler, the Fuehrer of Germany." Oh, my. That little soldier jumped back, got his clothes on, quick, and stood at attention. Walked up there at the door, knocked the door--and opened up the door, and said, "Heil Hitler." See, he was a great man, his days in Germany. "What is it could I do?" If he had said, "Go jump off the cliff out there," he'd a-done it. Why? There's no more... There's not a greater important man in Germany, in the days of the Nazis, than Adolf Hitler was. He was a great man. And he... And what honor, when he only visits generals and great men, but here he is at a little footman's door. Oh, it would certainly been a great honor to him. 135 Well, now, what of Flagstaff? We'll bring it closer to home. What if this afternoon, that--that our President, Mr. Johnson, L. B. Johnson, what if he would've get off of a plane, out here somewhere? And now we are all just in one class of people. We're all poor. Maybe one has a little better job, maybe a little better house, but, after all, we're just human. But what if he come down to your house down here, maybe the humblest of us, and he knocked at the door; and you went to the door, and there stood President L. B. Johnson? Why, it would be a great honor. You might differ with him in politics. But you'd be an honored man to have the President of the United States stand at your door. Who are you or who am I? And there stands Lyndon Johnson at your door. Though you might be a Socialist or Republican, or different with him a million miles, but yet it would be an honor. 136 And you know what? Because that you were granted this honor, why, the television would throw it on the screen tonight. Sure. The mid newspapers tomorrow would have headlines in it, in here in the Flagstaff paper, that, "John Doe... The President of the United States flew into Flagstaff yesterday, uncalled for, and just went down, without even invitation, and knocked at your door." Humble, that President would have a name of being a humble man, as great as he is to come to mine or your door; we're nobody, then come down and talked to us. Why, you'd walk down the street, and say, "Yes, I'm the fellow. The President visited me." "Stand still, let me get your--get your profile. Look straight at me. Now, how do you look when you walk away?" You'd be an important person. Sure. 139 What if the queen of England would come, though you're not under her dominion? But it'd be an honor for some of you women to entertain the queen of England, though you're not under her domain. But, yet she's a great person; she's the greatest queen in the world at this time. Certainly, she is; that's political speaking. But if she asked you for some little trinket on your wall, that you valued ever so high, you'd give it to her. It'd be an honor for you to do it. Sure, she's the queen of England. And you'd be honored by the President. And everybody would talk about the humility of the queen of England, flying over to see a certain woman in Flagstaff, a little nobody. And the papers would pack it, and the news would flash it.

141 But, you know, the most important Person of all times, Jesus Christ, knocks at our door. And He's turned away, more than all the kings and potentates there ever was. That's right. And you might accept Him and go out and say something about it, the outside world would laugh in your face. No news is going to... Who could come to your house, any greater than Jesus Christ? Who could knock at your door, greater than Jesus Christ? Who could do that? The Son of God, Who could knock at your house, who would be more important? And yet He knocks day after day. And if you even accept Him, you're called a fanatic. So see how the world knows its own? That's right. But now He wouldn't come unless He had a reason to come. And do you think the humility of President Johnson, or the queen of England, or any great person, how it would be displayed, of the humility of that great important person to knock at your door. How about the humility of the Son of God? Who are we but sinners, filthy, born in sin, shaped in iniquity, come to the world speaking lies? Then the Son of God will come and knock at our door. 145 Now, the queen of England might ask you a favor. She might take something from you. So might the President, he might ask you to do things that you didn't want to do. He might ask you for treasures that you didn't want to give up, and which would mean nothing, just to him. But Jesus is bringing something to you when He knocks. He's bringing a pardon. Don't turn it down. Or as it was tried in our courts here, so will it be in the Kingdom of heaven. If He knocked and brought the pardon, and you turned it down, and die in your sins, you'll perish, though you had the honor of setting in a meeting like this, though you had the honor attending the revival, or your church, and heared your pastor preach a Gospel message. And you had the...?... say, "Yes, I was there." Maybe, you, hard to tell what all you could say. "I heard the singing. I enjoyed it. I heard the testimonies. It was real." But you turned it down. 147 What if I was a young man and found a young lady; she was beautiful, she was a Christian? She'd make... She was every qualifi... [] You can't find no fault with it, but you've got to lay aside traditions of men. You say, "Oh, I believe That's right. I see God said." But you've got to accept it. You... Then that woman becomes part of me. Then you become part of the Word, which is the Bride. If He is the Word, the Bride will be a Bride-Word. See, certainly will. See, you've got to accept It. You would... You could say what you want to; you could brag about the President; but usually when Jesus' turn comes to our door, we just turn Him aside. See, just we don't want nothing to do with Him. We say, "Well, some other day." 148 What if you knocked at somebody's door? Now, let's just turn the picture right around for a minute. What if you went and knocked on somebody's door, and you had something for them? And, after all, they were to you about like you'd be to God; well, if you do, why, all right, but you got no strings tied. So when you knocked on somebody's door, and they peeped out the window, and shut the curtain; or either come to the door, and say, "Some other time..." "Well, I'd like..." "I ain't got time this morning." You know what you'd do? Probably the same thing I'd do, and the rest of them, you wouldn't go back any more. But not Jesus. "I stand and knock," continually knock. [Brother Branham continues to knock--Ed.] See? "He that seeketh (not seek--seeketh); he that knocketh (Not knock is a continuation-- knocketh. See?)... He that seeketh, he that knocketh, it shall..." Not just... 151 Like the parable of the unjust judge. The woman went and wanted avenge--revenge, but she couldn't get it. He... Continually she knocked and pleaded. And she said... "Just to get rid of her, I'll avenge her enemy." How much more will the heavenly Father? It ought to be us knocking at His door. It ought to have been Adam running up-and-down the garden, hollering, "Father, Father, where are You?" But instead, instead of that, it was God running up-and-down the garden, "Son, son, where are you?"

See, that just displays what we are. We're always hiding, instead of coming right out and confessing it. We try to run, hide behind something. That's just the nature of man; we have it that way. Yes, sir. You would give these people the best you had, everything. But you wouldn't, you--you--you wouldn't accept Jesus. I ain't meaning you, but I mean the people here. 154 Or maybe you might say this; you may say, "Preacher, I just did that. I--I--I just opened my heart and let Jesus come in. I did that ten years ago. I did that twenty years ago." Well, that may be just exactly right, but is that all you done? See? I want to ask you now. If you would invite anybody in your house, and then when you got inside the door... Somebody invited you in, rather, say, "Come in." "Yes, I have a purpose; I'll go out of town and be honored. You see?" That's the way a lot of people accept Christ. "I'll... I--I belong to the church. I belong to the big So-and-so place down here, where Doctor Ph. LL. belongs, you know. And it's the biggest church. The mayor goes there, and everything, you know. I--I belong to that church." They let him in, just that much. "Yeah, I'll accept Him," (See?), for a personal gain. 157 But what then when Jesus comes into the heart? Many people accept Him 'cause they don't want to go to hell. But when Jesus comes into your heart, He wants to be Lord, not just a Saviour; but Lord also. Lord is "rulership." He comes in to--to take over. Now, you say, "Is that right, Brother Branham?" Sure. What if--if I invited you at my house, and you come in the door? And you knocked at the door, and I looked outside; I said, "Yes, come on in. If you can help me, well, you do so. But now, when you come in, now, I don't want you meddling around in my house. You stand right there at the door." You remember, our text is doors inside the door. Now, inside the human heart there's many little doors, and them little doors covers up a lot of things. Just to let Him in, that isn't all of it, when He comes in. 160 When I come in your house, if you welcome me in the door, why, if you'd say, "Come in, Brother Branham. I'm so glad to see you." I'd say, "Well, it's a privilege for me to come into your house." "Oh, won't you come over and set down? Brother Branham, go through our house; make yourself at home." Oh, my. I'd go over to the refrigerator, get me one of those great big sandwiches, about like that, take off my shoes, and go in the bedroom, lay down. And I'd just have a--a real gastronomical jubilee. See? Why? Because I felt welcome. You made me welcome. Therefore I'd appreciate it if you made me welcome. 164 But if I went in your house, and you told me, "You stand there at the door, now; don't you go to meddling around." I wouldn't feel too welcome. Would you? No. See? You wouldn't feel welcome. Somebody invited you in, and said, "Now, wait. Yeah, come in, but stand right there." Now, there is a little door when you're into the human heart. We'll just speak of a couple of them. See? We don't have time to go through all these doors, 'cause there is lots of them. See? But, say, the next ten minutes, let's speak of a couple, three doors. Now, on the right hand side of the human heart, when you walk into the door, there's a little door on the right side, and that's called in there, the door of pride. Oh, my. "Don't You go to entering that door." They don't want the Lord in there on that door; that's pride. "I'm a blue blood. I take care. Oh, yes, now look, I tell You, I-I..." See, it's pride. "Don't You meddle in there." Now, He can't feel welcome as long as you keep that pride door shut. 167 He's got to humiliate you. See, that's what He comes in for. "You mean to tell me I have to go down there and--and act like the rest?" Well, you don't have to; that's one thing sure. "Well, I'll tell

you, what do you think I'd do when I went to the business council the next time? What would I do if I met with my--my employer tomorrow? And that, I'd have to get that Spirit on me, and I'd jump up there in the middle of my work, and go to speaking in tongues, oh, that would humiliate me. No, stay out of there." Oh, there you are. See? Yeah, you'll let Jesus come in; you'll join church and put your name on, accept Jesus as your Saviour; but what about being your Lord, when He's got full sway? When He's Lord, He's got--it all belongs to Him (See?), you, you're completely surrendered to Him now. 169 But that little pride. "Oh, you mean, for us women, we're going to have to let our hair grow?" Well, that's what He said. "We're going to have to quit wearing manicure, or makeup stuff?" That's what He said. "Well, what do you think my sewing circle would? They'd call me old fashion." Well, just keep your pride. Go ahead. He'll stand at the door; that's all the farther He can get. But when you're ready to open that door, let Him come in; He'll clean it out for you. Shorts will go out here in the garbage can, and makeup will go back to the garbage can, and the barber will starve to death if he just cut women's hair to a real believer. Now, say, "That don't..." Oh, yes, It does too. That's what the Bible said. That's right. See, there's a little word there, that you don't want Him meddling... "Well, my pastor..." I don't care what pastor said. That's what the Bible said, "It's a shame for a woman to do so." "Well," you say, "we ought to teach us things, Brother Branham, is how to get the Holy Ghost, and how to be this, that." How you going to learn algebra if you don't know your abc's? Don't know even how to act like, look like one, dress like one... It's a shame to see these women on the street today. 174 I went into a place yesterday, when, oh, some of the perverted gang come in. They... The men had hair in their eyes, come down and hung down on their back, and like legotards, like little kids wear to school, with great big old shoes on, mouth half open. You can tell they were delinquents. And walked in there like that, say, "We're French." Who in the world would hire a man like that in his business? How will they make a living. And I seen a couple of real boys setting over there... They come from that university down there, these beatniks did, or I believe they call themself bugs or beatles, or something now like that, some of that stuff coming from England. And then in there like that, who would hire a man like that to work for him? Would you put a man like that in your business, you businessmen? If you would, you're--there's something, you ain't got close enough to the cross yet. 176 Look at these women out on the street, and it's a disgrace. Maybe innocent little women with these little bitty clothes on (See?), why, it's a disgrace, the way they look. Well, you say, "Why, woman, you are committing adultery." They say, "Wait a minute here, young man. I'm just as virtuous as I..." That might be so in your own thoughts. And it might be so, proving even by a medical examination that you might be. But, remember, at the day of the judgment, you're going to answer for committing adultery. Jesus said, "Whosoever looketh upon a women to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart," and you presented yourself to him. See how the Devil's got them blinded? It's a disgrace. It's a shame. You see, they--they got a spirit. It's a spirit that does that. It's an unholy spirit. But a genuine Holy Spirit will make a woman dress decently and look holy. 180 My wife said to me, one time. We was going down the street, and we found a woman with a dress on back in our country. It was a very strange thing (See?): not too many Pentecostals back there. So we find out she had a dress on. And she said, "Billy," said, "I know some of them women. They sing in choirs down here at these churches." I said, "Sure." Said, "Well, and them claim to be Christians?" I said, "Honey, look. See, we're not..."

Said, "Why do our people?" I said, "Look, honey, we are not of their--their--their race at all." She said, "What?" Said, "They're Americans." I said, "Yeah, but we're not." She said, "We're not?" I said, "No." I said, "When I go in Germany, I find a spirit of Germany. When I went in Finland..." At the sauna up there, many of you Finnish know, the women give the men the baths. So that's just a Finnish spirit. Mighty fine people, but, you find, wherever you go, you find a national spirit. 182 You go into a church and watch the pastor, if he's real wild and carries on, the congregation will be the same. See? They take the spirit of one another instead of the Holy Spirit. That's the reason we got so much perverted teaching of the Bible. Instead of coming back to the blueprint, they take the spirit of some denomination. See? don't... The Word's just as foreign to them as It was in the days when Jesus come forth, introducing the real true Gospel. They said, "He's a devil. He's Beelzebub." See? But there you get it. And she said, "Well, if then we're not Americans, what are we?" I said, "Our kingdom is of above." See, we are free born again. The Kingdom of God is within you. See? Act like up There; you're delegates from There. I said, "We're citizens here, living here in the flesh. But our spirits, we are pilgrims and strangers." We are foreign to the world now, even our own nation, for we have accepted the invitation when it knocked at our heart to become part of Him, His Word. And the Word fixes us, makes us live and makes us act like Christians. 186 Sometime ago, in the South, a little story. There was a king--or, buyer. They sold slaves. That was in time of--of segregation, and they had slaves in the south. They was a... They'd go by and buy them, just like you would a used car off of a lot. Now, I am an integrationist, absolutely... I mean a segregationalist. I am a segregationalist. Because I don't care how much they argue, you cannot be a Christian and be an integrationist. That's exactly right. God even separates His nations. He separates His people. "Come out from among them." He's a... He is a segregationalist. "Don't even... Touch not their unclean things." He pulled Israel, that Jewish race, out of every, all the races in the world. He is a segregationalist. But I don't believe that any man is to be a slave. God made man; man made slaves. I don't believe one should rule over other, any race, color, or anything. But there is a segregation, the Bride of Christ is segregated from the rest of the churches; that's exactly right: church natural, and the church spiritual; church carnal, the church the Word. It always has been. "Jesus came to His own, His own received Him not; but as many as received Him..." 190 So this--there used to be buyers, brokers go by and buy these slaves. One time there was one come to a great plantation, and he watched them. The slaves were hard beaten, and everything, you know. They was away from home; they'd never go back again. The Boers, the Hollanders, had went over and got them, brought them here and sold them. And--and they'd never see papa again, mama again, never see their babies again. They bred them with one another; picked a big man, breed him to a big woman, away from his own wife to make bigger slaves. Oh, God will make them answer for that someday. That's right. That isn't right. 191 Like Abraham Lincoln said one time, when he got off a boat there in New Orleans, picked off his stovepipe hat... He seen three or four little Negroes, coming down, standing there with no shoes on, where they'd... A cow had laid and got--got the frost off the ground, they was standing after running the cows in. Their little old feet bursted, bleeding. They was singing, "You got shoes; I got shoes, and all God's children's got shoes."

When he got off the boat down there, walked up to the bull pen, there was a great big Negro standing up there, whipping him around, testing his heart. And run him up and down the street, with a whip behind him; then check his heart, see if he was all right. His poor little wife standing there, two or three kids under her arms like that; to sell him to breed him to a bigger woman. Old Abraham Lincoln stuck that under his hat--his hat under his arm, like that, and hit his fist; he said, "That's wrong! And someday I'll hit that, if it costs my life." And yonder, in a museum in Chicago, lays a dress with the blood on it that freed that Negro from that. And I say that sin and things is wrong. God help me to hit it, and all other ministers of the Gospel. We are born free children of God. We have no business for any creed or cult to run us into a World Council of churches. We are free born men in the Holy Ghost. We have a right. We come out of such stuff as that to be Pentecostals. That's right. Now, we are free. We don't have to be bound down to those things again. 195 But this buyer said, looking across his slaves, a hundred or something of them, on a big plantation, he said, "Say." One little fellow there, they didn't have to whip him; had his chest out, his chin up, right on the job. Said, "Say, I want to buy him." He said, "Oh, no." The owner said, "He's not for sale. Huh-uh." He said, "Well, is he a slave?" Said, "Yeah." He said, "Well--well, what makes him so different?" Said, "Do you feed him different?" He said, "No, they all eat out there in the galley together." Said, "Is he the boss over them?" Said, "No, he's just a slave." "Well," said, "what makes him different?" Said, "You know, I wondered that myself." But said, "You know, over in the homeland where they come from, in Africa, that boy's father is the king of the tribe. And though he's an alien, he conducts himself like a king's son." 199 Oh, I thought, what a thing for a Christian young lady and young man. Women, stop that wearing them clothes like that. Men, stop that telling them smutty jokes and all that stuff. We're sons and daughters of the King. Dress like a queen; dress like a--a lady. Act like a gentleman; don't let your hair grow down like this. The Bible said it's wrong (nature teaches you) for a man to have long hair. And it's a disgrace and a common thing for even a woman to pray with her hair cut. And how about these? "It's a--it's an abomination for a woman to put on a garment that pertains to a man." The great unchanging God doesn't change. But yet today it's just as loose as the rest of our nation is, a shame. Let's act like sons and daughters of God. Let's live like it. We are--we are sons of a King. We are--we're rotten...?... this bunch of mess and dirt and filth, around here, people call themselves "Christians" and still acting like that. But remember, we got a knock one day, and opened Him in, pride and all left. Amen. I don't care what they call me. Oh, I guess I'm just a little old fashion, But my Saviour was old fashion too. Is that right? You've heard the song. Be old fashion. Don't try to pattern after somebody else. He's your Example. Try to be like Him, and the Spirit in you will help you to do that. Make your life like His. 202 Yeah, there's a door there. I want to call another door. I get too wound up. There's another door there, just next to that door, going around the right-hand side, and that door is the door to your private life. Oh. Oh, you don't want Him messing with that. "Now, if I want to go out to a little cocktail party, what is it to you? What church is going to tell me what I'm going to do?" Uh-huh, there you are. See? "A tenth of my wages? Who's going to tell me what to do? That's my own private

life. I make this money. I have my own life. I'll wear shorts if I want to. That's my own American privilege." That is true. Sure. Right. But if you're a lamb and not a goat (See?), lambs is what He's after. They'll be separated someday. 204 A sheep has wool. That's the only thing it has. And it can't manufacture that wool. We're not asked to manufacture the fruit of the Spirit, but to bear the fruit of the Spirit. And as long as it's a sheep, it'll bear. It don't have to manufacture. The glands and everything in it is sheep; it'll make wool because the inside of him has the glands and the adrenalin and stuff it takes to make wool. And when you're a Christian, you'll cope with the Word. I don't care what anybody else says. You don't have to work up nothing, and bring down nothing, pull, pump up. You're a Christian. You just automatically bear the fruit of the Spirit. See? See, and that's the way it is. See? 206 But, people today, they don't want you fooling with their private life. Only thing you do, just open up every door around, now say, "Come on in, Jesus." Watch what happens. When you see in the Book, you're supposed to do this, you'll do it. Why? You're a sheep to begin with then. But if you just want to set, keep Him at the door, just say, "I've joined church. I'm as good as you. (See?) I accepted Christ." Maybe that's just what you done. But did you make Him Lord? See? 209 Now, the Lord cannot set down a Book of rules and say a Word, and then come around and deny It. And if you say you got the Holy Ghost, and the Bible says a certain thing to do, and you say, "Oh, I don't believe that." You just remember, that spirit in you is not the Holy Spirit, 'cause He can't deny Himself. That's right. He can't deny Himself. He wrote the Word, and He watches over It to perform It. See? So it's not the Holy... It's a spirit, all right. It might be a--a spirit of the church. It might be the spirit of the pastor. It might be the spirit of the world. It might be. I don't know what it is, but whatever it is, it might be a denominational spirit, "I'm Methodist. I'm Baptist. I'm Presbyterian. I'm Pentecostal. I'm this." That's... 211 Pentecost... Now, remember, let me straighten it; Pentecost is not an organization; Pentecost is an experience that you receive. You Methodists, Baptists, Catholics, and all can experience Pentecost. You can't join Pentecost, 'cause there's no way to join it. I've been in the Branham family for fifty-five years. You know, they never did ask me to become a Branham. I was borned a Branham. And that's how you're a Christian, you're borned a Christian. That's right. 214 Now. Oh, that private life... "Oh, I tell you, my pastor goes to these dances, and we do the twist. They have it." All right. See? "Don't you come telling me what I can do and what I can't do." All right (See?), you won't let Him in. Just let Him in one time, and then go back to the twist or the rock-and-roll, or whatever you're going to do, see what you can do. You can't do it. Let Him in one time, and then start to put on a pair of shorts, some of you women. I know I'm taking you a long time, but I want to say one more thing, if it's all right in this regard. 217 I suppose, the greatest meeting the Lord ever let me hold for Him was in Bombay, where I had around five hundred thousand, but--and two hundred and some thousand at--in Africa, Durban, at the race track. That afternoon, I said, after seeing such great marvelous thing that our gracious Lord come down and done, I said, "The missionaries taught you the Word, but the Word is quickened and made alive. What He says has to come to life." And I... And then when there was twenty-five thousand healings taking place at one time, and load after load of good old chairs there; just one simple little prayer, they'd seen the Holy Spirit just... Those people that didn't even know who they were and where they come from, that's all they wanted to see. See?

And I asked, "How many wants to receive Christ?" There was thirty thousand stood to their feet, blanket natives, packing idols. 219 Doctor Bosworth, Doctor Baxter and them, begin weeping. And Brother Bosworth run up and, so he said, "Brother Branham, this is your coronation day." Brother Baxter said, "Brother Branham, I wonder, I think they meant physical healing." That boy was on his hands and knees. And the Holy Spirit told him where he come from, what had happened, said, "You'll talk. Think about your brother; he's about a half a mile back there. He was riding on a yellow goat, and he hurt his leg." I said, "But, THUS SAITH THE LORD, he's healed." Here come the boy, with the crutches over his hands, like that. And take them about twenty minutes for a militia to quieten them down. 222 Then this boy on his hands and feet, like that, down, couldn't even raise up, naked. Oh, my, such a horrible thing. He thought he was coming up there to tourists, you know, to kind of do the--the jungle dance. And which I took the chain and shook it. I said, "If I could help that poor creature and wouldn't do it, I'd be a--I wouldn't be fit to stand back here." But I said, "I can't help him. But now I have a little gift; I can just pull it in gear, whatever the Lord says." And when the Lord showed, called him who he was, said, "His mother and father's setting out in there; they're Zulus. And said, "They're thin, unusual." A Zulu will average three hundred pound per man. So then said, "They're unusual. But this boy was born in a Christian home, because on his--on the right-hand side, as you go in the door, there's a picture of Christ, in the little thatch hut." And that was exactly right. His mother and father raised up. And that's his name. That's who he was, and everything. They couldn't understand. I looked back and I seen him standing in a vision there, just as straight as he could be. Never raised up in his life, he was born like that. I said, "The Lord Jesus makes him whole." He wasn't even in his right mind, trying to go, "uh, ba, ba, ba," like that. And I got ahold of the chain, and shook it like that. I said, "Jesus Christ, son, makes you whole. Stand up on your feet." There he raised up. The tears running down, and off his black belly, as he went down like that. I seen thirty thousand blanket natives give their hearts to Jesus Christ. 226 When at a Kiwanis Club, I said now... And they tell me I was going to become a holy-roller when I left the Baptist church, so I could fellowship with all people. They said, "Why, you'll become a holyroller." I sat with a bunch of my Baptist brethren; said--I said, "You've sent missionaries in there for the last hundred and fifty years, what did I find them? Still packing idols." I said, "But the power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ," thirty thousand received Christ at one time." Now, I want to say to you women, you know what happened to them women? I said, "Right on the grounds where you're standing, the Holy Spirit will fill you." And when they raised their hands to accept Christ as their Saviour, and when they walked away from there: naked, now, nothing but just a little patch, clout, in front. And when they walked away from there, they folded their arms like this, because they was in presence of men, after they'd accepted Christ. 228 Now, how can we, sisters, how can we in this nation where we claim to believe and be Christians, and every year they take more off? When that person never even heard the Name of Christ, but just accepted Him in their heart. No, you couldn't tell them they were naked; they didn't know it. But they covered themselves up like this to walk away. The next day, or two, you'd find them with clothes on of some kind. Oh, my. There's something wrong somewhere. It's a twisting up of theology. The power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, like He did to the man who called "Legion: we found him clothed and in his right mind." And I begin to believe that it's a spirit upon the people that drives them into that Americanism and Frenchism, and all kinds of worldlism and churchism. But let them once come to

that Master, and they feel that knock at the door, they'll put clothes on and act like women and men, and they'll be borned again Christians. Amen. Yes. 230 Now, I'm done twenty minutes until twelve, just a--just a few minutes, let me bypass some here. Just a moment, some Scriptures, I'd like to open one more door. Would it be all right? The next door to there is faith. See, your private life, door of pride, your private life, now let's open faith. Just a whole ring of them (See?) but let's go into faith. You know, sometime ago I was in a hospital and a woman going under an operation. She called me, she said, "Brother Branham, I'm a backslider. Would you pray for me?" I said, "Yes, ma'am, I'd be glad to." I said, "You're a backslider?" "Yeah." I said, "Now, let's just wait just a minute. Let me read the Scriptures to you." There was a lady laying there in a bed, looked at me, real funny; her, and her son about twenty years old, a regular Ricky, and standing there looking at me like that. And I said, "Yes, ma'am," I said. I read the Scriptures to her, "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow. Though they be red like crimson, be white like wool." And when I read that to her. I said, "If you've strayed away (See?) you've got away from God, but God never got away from you, or you wouldn't be calling for me." She started crying. I said, "We'll pray." That lady over in the next bed, said, "Wait a minute. Wait a minute there." I said, "Yes, ma'am?" She said, "Pull that curtain." And I said, "Aren't you a Christian?" She said, "We're Methodists." I said, "Well, what has that got to do with it? See, that's no more than saying you was a--you was a colt, if you was in a pig pen. See?" I said, "That don't mean a thing." See? But, you see, that's where it's come, that self-righteous. "That's against our faith." I said the... "We don't want Divine healing in our church or that kind of stuff." See, see what I mean? See? They won't let in that door. "That's against our faith." 240 There is only one faith. "One faith, one Lord, one baptism." That faith... My faith looks up to Thee, Thou Lamb of Calvary, Saviour Divine; Now, hear me while I pray, Take all my unbelief away. Sin... Sin, there's only one sin; that's unbelief. A man that drinks isn't a sinner. See, that--that--that (See?) isn't sin. It isn't a--it isn't a sin to drink. It isn't a sin to commit adultery. To lie, to steal, that isn't sin. That's the attributes of unbelief. If you was a believer, you wouldn't do that. See? There's only two, you're an unbeliever or a believer (See?) one or the other. You don't do all these things and religious orders like that, just because you're an unbeliever; if you're a believer, it's the Word you believe in, 'cause Christ is the Word. See? And so you're just an unbeliever because that you believe some tradition, or some dogmas that's been added to the Bible, or something, and denominations do. But a real believer stays right with that Word. And God works right through that Word, right through to make It come to pass in this generation that we live in. 243 And now notice, and you say, "Oh, I... Brother Branham, the Lord..." Well, that's all right, there's many uncircumcised Philistines went one time too. And a bunch of Egyptians tried to follow Moses across the--the Red Sea, but it--it finally... "As Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, why, we find the same thing in the last day," the Bible said. Now, just a little further. Jesus said here in this--this age, "Because thou sayest that, 'I am rich, and increased in goods...'" Just look how we are today, richest the church ever was. And, well, you know, you Pentecosts would be a lot better off if you was out with a tambourine on the corner, like your

fathers and mothers was. But you got better churches than the rest of them now, fastest growing in the world; but where's that Spirit of God that used to be among us? You left out the real thing. "Because you say, 'I am rich.'" 245 Remember, this is Pentecostal it's speaking to, 'cause the Pentecostal age is the last age. See, all this revival we've had, there's no other organization starting up. There won't be. This is the end. The wheat's matured now. It's come up through the leaves, and stalk, and husk, and it's out to the wheat now (See?), won't be no more. They started a little Latter Rain, but it just fell right in; anything else will. They'll... This is the wheat is coming forth. See? Notice. "And because you say, 'I am rich, and increased in goods, have need of nothing,' and knowest not that thou art miserable, wretched, blind, naked, and don't know it; I counsel of thee..." Oh, my. "I knock at your door." [Brother Branham knocks--Ed.] "Laodicea, I knock at your door, and counsel to come to Me, and--and buy gold tried in the fire; white raiment, that your nakedness not be shown." Take off these things, and put on like you should (See?) the righteousness of Christ, the Words: not my righteousness; His righteousness. 248 "And I also counsel thee to--to come, get some eye salve, that you might anoint your eyes, that you might see." Eye salve... I'm a Kentuckian. I was born down in the mountains, and we used to have a little old place up in the attic. And--and us kids had boosted up a--a little old pole ladder, that we went there of a night. And we laid down. They had to put a piece of canvas over the top of us when it snowed. Well, the stars, old clapboard shingles... How many knows what a clapboard shingle is? Well, brother, why didn't I wear my overalls up here? I'm right at home. See? Well, they have old clapboard shingles. How many knows what a straw mattress is? Now, what do you know. I thought I felt awful religious about something. Well, I guess I am right at home now. That's good. And I never knowed nothing else till just a few years ago. How many knows what an old lamp is, the old chimney? You know, that was the big old moon and owl on the side. They used to have the littlest hand in the house, have to clean that old churn, you know. I used to have to take an old splasher, and it'd all splash over me; so I took that lamp chimney and turned it over there to keep it from splashing. Yes, indeed. 253 Now, my grandpa was a trapper. My mother's mother come from the reservations. He married an Indian girl from the Cherokee reservations there in Kentucky and Tennessee, you know where, the Cherokee valley. And they--he--he hunted and trapped, all the time, that was his--that was the way he made his living. And us kids laying up there, why, sometimes it get real cold. And that breeze coming through there, we'd get cold in our eyes, and--and our eyes would stick shut at night, you know. Mama called it "matter." I don't--I don't know what that is, but a cold would get in your eyes, and it'd get cold. And she'd say, "You got matter in your eyes," because of the--of the, oh, you know, the breeze circling through there, the draft that come across at night. Our eyes would swell shut. 255 And mama would get there at the ladder in the morning, when she got the biscuits made. She'd have the sorghum molasses setting on the table. And she'd say, "Billy." I'd say, "Yes, mama?" "You and Edward come on down." "Mama, I can't see." I called my brother, we called him, "Humpy." I said, "He can't see, either. See, our eyes had got matter in them." She would say, "All right, just a minute." And grandpa, when he'd catch a coon... How many knows what a raccoon is? That's what, and she'd... He'd catch a coon; he'd get the fat off of it and put it in a can. And that coon grease was a cure-all in our family. They'd give it to us for a bad cold, with turpentine on it, and coal oil. We'd

swallow it for a sore throat. Then get that coon grease hot, she'd come and massage our eyes, and our eyes would come open. See? It was coon grease that did it. See? 258 Now, brother, sister, we've went through a cold spell in the church. And, that's right, a lot of religious draft has come through; everybody's caught cold. And a lot of people has got their eyes all closed up, and there's a big World Council of churches coming up, up here, is going to force every one of you into it. They're getting away from that Word, our own groups are. I am duty bound to a Message; not to be different, but because of love... Love is corrective. Come back. Stay away from that thing. You ministering brothers, I don't care what your groups does, stay away from it. Stay out of it. It's the mark of the beast; stay away from it. See, Jesus is knocking in this Laodicea age. See where they put Him out? He's trying to get to individuals, not--not organizations and groups of people. He's trying to get one here, and one there, and one there, trying. "All that I love, I chasten." 259 As the little brother had the vision here, and said he had the vision. And he said, "This same Light that you receive, cause your death too." See? "As many as I love, I chasten; be zealous, and return. I'm standing at the door and knocking." Now, look, coon grease won't do this any good. But there is a Fountain filled with Blood, Drawn from Immanuel's veins, Where sinners plunged beneath the flood, Lose all their guilty stains. That dying thief rejoiced to see That Fountain in his day; There may I, though vile as he... He opened my eyes with His eye salve. His Spirit came down and warmed the Bible, His eye salve. I couldn't see It. I was a--just a local Baptist pastor. But one day He sent His Spirit down, not the coon grease did He get hot, but He sent the Holy Spirit and fire. A little eye salve raked across my Bible-my Bibles... and I could see with my eye, I mean raked across my eyes so I could see my Bible. And I seen that He was the same yesterday, today, and forever. "Let every man's word be a lie, and Mine be true. I stand at the door and knock." 262 One more little story. Have we got time? Just that, then I'll go. See? There was an old darkie down there in the south. And, his pastor, I knew him, a nice old fellow. We called him Gabe. His name was Gabriel, and we just called him Gabe. He always, pastor and I, we-we went hunting a whole lot. He was an old colored brother, and we went out hunting. And so old Gabe liked to hunt better than anybody I ever knowed, but he was a poor shot. So one day his pastor and him went hunting. And we could never get old Gabe to line up to church. He just wouldn't do it. He wouldn't come to church. He said, "Ah, I's don't go down there where the hypocrites is." I said, "But, Gabe, as long as you stay out, they're bigger than you. You're hiding behind them. See?" I said, "You're hiding behind them. You're smaller than they are; they do go down and make an effort. See?" And so he said, "I--I just... I--I--I thinks a lot of you, Mr. Bill." But said, "I--I's is--I--I know old Jones goes down there, and he ain't nothing; he shoots craps with me over there." I said, "That's all right, Gabe. See, that's all right. But, remember, Jones has to answer for that; you don't have to. You see? If you just go..." I said, "You've got a good pastor." "Oh, Pastor Jones is one of the finest men there is in the country." I said, "Let him be your example, if you can't look farther than that. Let him be your example." 270 So one day Brother Jones said, took old Gabe hunting, and said, "We got more rabbits and birds that day, than we could hardly pack." And said, "Come in in the evening..." Said, "Old Gabe was coming behind, and all loaded down, you know, like that." And his wife was a real, loyal Christian. She had a place right there, a Holy Ghost filled woman, and she always had her post of duty. So he

was... Old Gabe was coming behind, you know. And Pastor Jones said he looked around; he could see, "Old Gabe kept looking over his shoulder, like that, the sun setting," said, "getting real low, getting cool." Said, "After while," said he was walking along, said, "old Gabe come up. And he had his shotgun barrel hanging full of rabbits and birds, and things." Said, "He tapped the pastor on the shoulder, and said, 'Pastor?'" Said, turned around, said, "Yeah, Gabe, what's the matter?" So he looked, and great big tears running off of his black cheeks, where his beard was turning gray. He says, "Pastor, I's been walking along this bank here for about a half hour." Said, "I've been watching that sun go down." Said, "You know, these gray whiskers of mine, and my hair turning," said, "you know, my sun's setting too, pastor." Said, "That's right, Gabe." And he just stopped and turned around, said, "What's the matter with you?" He said, "My sun's setting too." He said, "You know what?" Said, "I got to thinking," he said, "as I was walking along back there." He said, "You know," said, "the Lord must love me." Said, "Sure, He does, Gabe." Said, "You know, I'm a poor shot." Said, "I couldn't hit nothing," but said, "we--we really needed this meat at home." And said, "Just look at the big fine bunch of game that He give me, these birds and these rabbits." He said, "I got enough to keep us all next week." Said, "He must've loved me, 'cause I can't hit nothing, you know." Said, "I couldn't hit a... but I," said, "But just look what He give me today." He said, "He must love me, or He wouldn't have give me this." Said, "That's right." 275 And he said, "Well, I had a strange little knock at my door, down there. He told me to turn around, said, 'Gabe, your sun's setting too.' Said, "Pastor, you know what I done, pastor?" He said, "I made Him a promise." He said, "Gabe, I want to ask you something." Said, "What sermon did I preach that made you feel that way?" He said, pastor, or said, "Now, wait a minute," said, "what--what--what choir sang?" He said, "Oh, I sure do love that singing down at church, pastor." He said, "I love every message you preach, 'cause it comes right from that good Book, and I know it's right." But said, "it wasn't that." Said, "He just knocked, and I looked around here, and see how good He was to me, what He give me." He said, "Sunday morning, I's going to walk right up in front there where you standing." He said, "I'm going to give you my right hand," said, "because I done give my heart to the Lord, right down around the hill there." He said, "I's going to be baptized, and take my place right beside of my wife. And I'm going to stay there until the Lord calls me higher." See? He just happened to look around and see how good God had been to him. 278 I'm a missionary. If you could look out through the eyes that I'm looking through now, and see in India and places, them little hungry people, mothers starving on the street, their little kids can't even cry no more from hunger, and just think of what we had here today. Look at the cars you come in. Look at the clothes you're wearing. Look how rich you are. Friend, can't you feel that little knock there somewhere? Let us pray. With our heads bowed, and our hearts, as the minutes now are fleeting, of about seven minutes until midday. My brother, sister, science tells us it's less than three minutes until midnight. Now, if you can just look around and just think for a minute, your little children setting there by you. How many little spastics... 280 Look at your nice wife, brother, and think how many men that's worth millions of dollars, and loves a woman with all of his heart, she's a barfly. He'd give his cold million to have that woman to love him the way your wife loves you. And you, wife, how many women... How many mothers here this morning with their little children, how many fathers; why, they... My, there's many a man

looking at a crib, a little old drawed-up, poor little thing, crippled, and look at what fine little children you got. See? And many a little old, maybe... O God, there's so many things, if you'd just look. He's been so good to us Americans. Now, can't you just feel that you'd like to have a little salve this morning, "Open my eyes just a little farther, Lord, open my eyes"? As our sister so lovely sang, "His eye is on the sparrow, just a little sparrow, and I know He watches me." 283 Now, He's watching right at you now. Can you just hear, down somewhere, a little knock like this [Brother Branham knocks on something--Ed.], "I'm visiting, this morning"? It's the greatest honor that could ever be paid, if you can feel that knocking at your heart. Will you just raise your hand, say, "By this, Lord, by Your help and Your grace, to--from today on, I'll live as close to You as I know how to live. That's all I know how to ask You"? God bless you. God bless you. "By Your help and grace today, from today on, I'll never forget this." "Lo, I stand at the door and knock. If any man..." Now, remember, where was He knocking at the barn? No. At the bar? No. Where's He knocking? At the church. "If any man will hear My Voice, and open unto Me, I will come in and sup with him, and he with Me." 287 Dear God, this little broken, mixed up, few words that's been said this morning, somehow let the Holy Spirit interpret them to the hearts of the people. Now, there was many, Lord, maybe out of this hundred here was twenty or thirty people raised their hands. I have no way of knowing just what they needed, Lord. But I know that midday is just a few minutes off, and so is the coming of the Lord; yet, before this snow melts from the ground, we may be summoned, and this may be the moment that will change the whole future of whether they'd be left here or go up. Dear God, humbly we accept Jesus, we accept all of His Words. Fill us, Lord, fill us with Thy Holy Spirit, that our life just automatically would bear the fruit. Grant it, Lord. Forgive us of our many mistakes. Oh, we are so full of them, Lord. And we have nothing that we can offer, Lord, 'cause, everything that we got, You've give it to us. As Gabe said in the little story we just told, "You--You sure love us, Lord, or You wouldn't do this." And to think, these people set here since early this morning, setting here since eight o'clock, is four hours that they set in here. They love You, Lord. They love You. Now, Father, will You just send the salve of the Holy Spirit, open our eyes? May we... 291 These who are here in the city, may they rush to that revival tonight; may there be such an outpouring. Grant it, Lord. May an old fashion revival start here in the city. Grant it. Bless every man that's putting forth, every one of Your servants throughout the world, that's putting forth an effort. Be with them, Lord, and help them. Open our eyes that we might see more and more the likeness of Christ. Grant it, Lord. Forgive us of our sins. And now these who raised their hands, Father, I commit them to You. Receive them. Now, I quote Thy Own Word, Lord, which, "Heavens and earth will fail," but You said, "he (which is a personal pronoun), he that heareth My Words..." Lord, they might've been broke up and simple, but somebody heard them. The Seed fell. "He that heareth My Words and (conjunction) believeth on Him that sent Me (because He did this), he hath (present tense) Everlasting Life, and shall not in the future come to the judgment, but has passed from death unto Life." They raised their hands, Lord. They broke the--every scientific law; gravitation holds our hands down. But they proved that there's a spirit in them, that could listen to a knock at the door, and reach out with their right hand towards heaven. Now, open the door. Open, Lord, and come in. We are Yours. Receive us, in Jesus Christ's Name. Amen. 294 I love Him, I love Him Because He first loved me

And purchased my salvation On Calvary's tree. You love Him? Wonder if we could just close our eyes just a moment. Now, from our hearts, with our hands up... I love Him, I love Him Be... We're accepting Your knocking this morning, Lord. My hands are up. All of our hands are up, Lord. And... Now, come in, Lord Jesus. Come into our hearts and sup with us, and we'll sup with Thee. ... Calvary's tree. You love Him? Oh, I think He's so wonderful. Don't you? Don't you feel His Presence just kinda scouring you out? I feel real religious right then, just feel real good, something about it. See? My faith looks up to Thee, Thou Lamb of Calvary, Saviour Divine; Now, hear me while I pray, Take all my sins away, O let me from this day Be wholly Thine! 297 Now, I want you when we hum this next verse of that beautiful hymn, old hymn of the church, I want you to shake hands with somebody. Just remain in your seat; just say, "God bless you, brother. God bless you, sister. So glad to be with you here." Let's do that. [Brother Branham and congregation hum, "My Faith Looks Up To Thee," and shake hands with one another--Ed.] God bless you, Carl. I'm glad to be here. I'm just enjoying it. Thank you, thank you. Just think, Methodist's hands caught Pentecostal's, Baptist's caught Presbyterian's. O let... from this day Be wholly Thine! 299 Now, as we sing slowly now too, from the bottom of your heart. You know, after a scouring, scolding message, I think it's good to get in the Spirit and sing to...?... the sweetness of the Holy Spirit. "O how sweet it is for brethren to dwell together in unity." The Bible said, "It's like the anointing oil was on Aaron's beard, that run down to the hems of his skirts." You're wonderful people up here. I hope to get back to see you again before Jesus calls me, or the millennium. If I don't, I'll see you across the river over there. I'll meet you at the river. Amen. Set an appointment. While life's dark maze I tread, And grief around me spread, Be Thou my Guide; Bid darkness turn to day, (that little Light they talk about) Wipe sorrow's fears away, O let me from this day Be wholly Thine! 301 Every door open... Oh, just touch the little button, and watch them all go right around the circle; say, "Come in, Lord Jesus, be my Lord, my All." O let me from this day, (not let You stand at the door) Be wholly Thine! You that raised your hands and wants to be farther led towards the Lord, I ask you to go down to the revival tonight. And I'm sure the pastor there would take you from here to the inn. He has six pence, or whatever was given to take care, and wine and oil to pour in. He can finish the job. God bless you now. I'll turn the service back to, I guess Brother Williams, or ever who's...

MAN RUNNING FROM PRESENCE JEFF IN 65-0217 V-5 N-8 1 Let's bow our heads. Dear God, we are happy this afternoon for this privilege that we have of assembling ourselves together once more. And You alone, Lord, knows how our hearts has yearned for this hour that when we could stand before Thy people again here and bring this message that we so vitally feel that it's so urgent in this hour. And Thou has 'lotted us these few days now, and we pray, dear God, that Your hand of mercy will be upon us to guide us and direct us. And give us those things which we have need of, Lord, for our hearts yearn to know You better. We see the great harvest field, white, ripe, and know the grain is ready now for the great threshing time. Dear God, we pray that You'll open back the shucks from around us; let us lay in the Presence of the Son now these next few days and ripen to the Kingdom of God. 3 Bless every song that'll be sang; bless every prayer; and answer every one that'll be prayed, Lord. Save all the lost. Call back to the house of the living God and to fellowship those who've wandered away. We pray, God, that You'll heal every sick person that comes under our roof. Grant it, Lord. May there not be a feeble person among us at the end of these meetings. And dear God, then for ourselves, we who claim in this hour to be the church, the Called-out, those around the world who has come from out of Babylon and to be partakers of this wonderful fellowship in this last day, we pray God that You'll bless our hearts in such a way. We're truly hungry, Lord, and emptied out from all the things of the world that we know of, Lord. We've laid aside every weight that so easily beset us, and now let us run this race with patience, that's set before us. Grant it, Father. And may we be fuller, stronger, better Christians at the end of this service than we were when we entered. May God get all the glory, for we ask it in Jesus' Name. Amen. 6 I think this is a grand privilege tonight that I've waited on for some time. The other day I was telling my wife; I said, "I get so nervous waiting to get to the tabernacle." I just... I have other friends, of course I do, around the world, but there's something or other about this tabernacle here. I was took out of this dust around here when God gave me life here on the earth, and I guess if He tarries, I'll be buried here somewhere. When He comes, He'll find me here somewhere. But look like there's something when I go to thinking about Jeffersonville. The other day I got so lonesome; I said to my wife; I said, "I'm homesick, and I don't know what I'm homesick about, unless it's those people praying for me." I said, "Well, I'll... Only thing I know to do is go back and have a few days of meeting, see if we can't find something from the Lord, maybe He wants us to know something." And the great, vital subject that we got before us now is "Marriage and Divorce." And if there is a question, there's got to be an answer. There can't be a question 'less there's an answer. No matter what it is, there's got to be an answer. And if the Lord willing, I want to try to speak on that Sunday morning. 8 And then tomorrow night I think we're to be up here at the... What is that school called? Parkview auditorium. What, sir? [Brother Neville says, "Parkview Junior High."--Ed.] Parkview Junior High. How many knows where it's at? Well, I guess they'll have signs out, won't they, Brother Neville? Be... It's just above here about--about three quarters of a mile. There'll be a sign. You turn back off the road. It's a nice, elevated building; it's got places where you can lay your arm out and take notes of what you want to write and--and--and things. And I'm sure you'll enjoy it a little more than you will be kinda crumped up in the meetings here in the--in the tabernacle. There'll be plenty of room, plenty of parking room. Now, I think they had a little regulation we had to promise to abide by; that was not to come on the ground until about six-thirty? [Brother Neville relates they are not to be on the grounds before 5:30-Ed.] And what time is the... I believe it'd be a good idea for us to get there at six-thirty. Now, they got another auditorium here in town that seats six thousand. If we be real good, we may--someday

they might let us have the other one sometime for a big meeting, maybe sometime this summer when I get back from overseas. 10 And so I think we can seat up to... How many can we seat up there? [Brother Neville says, "Four thousand"--Ed.] Four thousand. So you see, we'll have plenty of room; there'll be no rush. And so come up at six-thirty. And then everybody can come in at the right time, everybody together. And I'm sure you--you have a good seat. And it's elevated like this, and--and a place here where you can write, and take notes down, and so forth. And that'll begin, if the Lord willing... I think now tonight, this being Wednesday night prayer meeting, we got... The place is just about filled up, so I think maybe we'd better start tomorrow night. We rented it just in hopes that maybe that if we would be enough to have an overflow here we could go up there. But I believe it'd be best to go on up, don't you think so, Brother Neville, to go on up tomorrow night? And how many thinks that'd be a good idea? And then you can have plenty of--of room. It's--it's already rented; it's paid for by some brethren here in the church. It just cost us fifty dollars a night, which is very, very... Wished I had that everywhere, could seat that many for fifty dollars a night, a brand new building, fine stage, and... but we're... 12 'Course we will take up offerings, I suppose. And we don't want them men to pay for that themselves; we'll pay for--pay them back. But when we get our expenses and things, well then, of course, we stop taking offerings. We don't... If there's any strangers with us, we've made that a policy to never beg, bum, push people for money. We pass the collection plate, which is just a... That's a religious act. I've tried it many times not even to pass the collection plate at all, but it don't work. See? Because giving is a part of our religion. It's a part of our duty. No matter if it's just a dime or whatever it is, or a penny, it's all... So you remember Jesus seen a widow passing by one day where the rich men was putting in much of their treasure in the treasury. And this widow passed by, maybe a couple little, hungry children walking by her side and gave everything she had, three pennies. And Jesus said, "Who paid the most?" 15 Now, if I'd been standing there, I'd said, "Don't do that, sister. We--we... Look, we got plenty of money." But He never stopped her. See? He--He knew He had something greater for her down the road. So see, after all, she had a home in glory that she was going to. And He never stopped her. He let her put three pennies in, because it was just--she wanted to do it. And it was... She'd had to want to do it with children, and a widow, and only three pennies to live on. She--she had to want to do that. So you see, when people want to give, you've got to give them the opportunity to do so. 16 But I think of these standing, and people saying, "Who'll give fifty dollars? Who'll give twenty dollars?" I think that's detrimental to your--to your intelligence. I--I think if the people realizes that it takes money to--to run a--a meeting... And I never would let them do it, the managers. I said, "Whenever you have to do that, then it's time for me to return back to the Tabernacle. So we won't have to do that." But I--I do think that we have to pass the offering plate in--in order to make it a complete religious service. And so they probably will pass a little offering plate each night, say something like, "Well, we're take up the offering now." And they'll pass the offering plate, and that'll--that'll be the end of it. 18 And each night, if the Lord willing, I think the Lord has laid upon my heart a very definite message for the church. I've been several days in prayer. And I won't go into that, because a great phenomena happened the other day that was really great. And I'm anxious to tell you about it. And now, the main subject, I suppose, which most all of them, Billy said, had been calling, was on the "Marriage and Divorce.' Which it is a great--a great subject. And I--I didn't know how to approach it. And I went up to pray about it, and the Lord met me. And I know that I by... I don't have it, but God has given to me... I have it now. God has given me the correct answer (See, see?), and I--I know that it's true.

And so I don't know just exactly yet, maybe Sunday I might ask our sisters just to omit the meeting themselves, but I--I don't know. It'd be--depend on if the married women wants to come with their husbands. There--there's some real vital things has to be told the truth about and how... And so we want to absolutely lay it out as THUS SAITH THE LORD, and then you got it then... You know just what is Truth then. And I'm trusting Him to do that. 20 And now, I was up here at the restaurant the other day eating, and--and Jerry and all of them's looking for you all. They--they said--said, "Well, we..." Some--one of the boys was up, said, "This fellow said, 'I'm going to come out pretty good this week,'" Said, "they got... These next two weeks..." Said, "They got a--a meeting here, Basketball or something or other," said, then said, "Branham's down there going to have a meeting." He said, "I'll feed a whole lot of people." At the Ranch House, one of those places up there, and they were--been really nice. And I appreciate you all, for they certainly didn't brag and say nice things about you... The manager up there at the Ranch House met me the other morning. I got in about two-thirty from Arizona, and he said, "Well, Brother Branham," said, "I hear you're going to have another meeting." Said, "I got some extra help," he said. And said, "Then I want to say one thing, that those people that come from down there," said, "they really are nice people." Now, that made me feel real good about it (You see?), 'cause after all, I kinda feel that you're my kids, and I--I--or children, rather. And so, I... Kid refers to a goat, and you're not a goat. You're my lambs. How's that? You're the Lord's lambs that He's let me feed. And I trust that it'll--it'll--that He'll let me do that. We're going on down the road... 23 And about this "Marriage and Divorce," I've wanted to speak on it ever since the time of those Seven Seals. You know, the--all mysteries was supposed to be made known in them--opening them Seven Seals, all mysteries of the Bible. And I'm thinking now, I... Getting kinda old, I--I think I... I thought I'd better at least put it on tape, whether if something would happen to me, then the church might wonder, "Wonder what He had on His mind, what would He say?" And all those subjects that seems to be so hard, I think the--by the Lord's help I'm going to try to bring them to you. And then-then if something happens, and if I happen to go before He comes, why, you--you'll have it on record then. 24 I think we got some new books out. I see Sister Vayle; I don't know whether Doctor is here or not. Is he here, Sister Vayle? He's probably in the meeting; I don't see him, but... Oh yes, way in the back. And Brother Vayle has wrote a book, and it's a... I thought, I believe they said today, two. Brother Vayle, is that right? You have two here now? Two books. Now, I don't know, I--the way I understand, that each person gets a copy. So I... If you... That's the way I understand it. I may be wrong in that. And then the "Seven Church Ages" has been finished (Is that right Brother Vayle?), and on print now. And I know you'll want to get them, 'cause they answer a lot of questions that's been in your heart. And then after that, well, we're going to try to get the Seven Seals opened, you know, in the book so that each one can read in form that they--that they want to--can understand and study it. 26 I think when it's wrote out, if it... First we took it right off of the tape the way it was written or spoke. And you know, you can preach a sermon is one thing. And then write a book is another. See, like I'd happen to touch on a subject, like I'd say to you, you'd understand. I'd say, "Now, the serpent's seed..." See? Well now, the reader of that book, if you took it off, would wonder, "What is the serpent's seed?" See? And they wouldn't know. If that happened to go into such a place like Princeton or somewhere, and they'd--they'd think we were unintelligent people. So I got Brother Vayle to kinda help me with this and keep the line of the same thought and give it grammar. And I'm sure my grammar, they--would--it would be a mystery to them, sure enough. So the--Brother Vayle's really good on that, so he's as a...

27 And then in that, I think our precious brother must've picked up a little extra inspiration somehow, and he said he was going to write a couple books of his own off of them like. And so he wrote one called, I believe, "The Twentieth Century Prophet" and another one, "Laodicean Church," I believe, or something like that. And Billy told me tonight that I believe several thousand of them arrived today; somebody brought them from Texas. And so they--they'll be here. And they'll announce it I think whatever they are. I think they're sponsored; I'm not sure. And if they are, they'd be given away to you (You see?) to-free. And we hope you enjoy it. And if you do, shake Brother Vayle's hand back there and tell him how much you appreciate. I've never read them myself. If I'd read them I might change my mind about that, so I--I'll try to read them this week while I've got a chance if I can. 29 Now, being Wednesday night, our meeting officially begins tomorrow night. But I think in being here among you, I--I just couldn't stay up there at the house and--and know that you all were down here. I... Just like, you know, like some of your kinfolks come in, you know, and you run down to the end of the lane to meet them, you know. And--and I--I thought I'd just run down and--and welcome you to Jeffersonville. And so this last week I was... About... No, I beg your pardon it's been about three weeks ago, I come home; I'd been out trying to... Been on some meetings through Arizona there. And I come back to try to relax, and I went on a hunting trip, and--and I got the Arizona state record lion. I run him through twenty miles of timber to get him. 30 But then to think though that I never thought when I was a little boy... Just to show how these things happen, a little place that the Lord has given us up there for the months that we're out there, and school for the kids. I was a little boy... I guess Jimmy Poole's here tonight; maybe his dad's here, Big Jim. We went to school together, and I remember setting there, was a little old ragged kid and shoes, tennis shoes on, toes out of them, borrow a piece of paper from one, and a pencil from another... I used to write poetry. Mrs. Wood here had me recite that this afternoon on tape about my old Ford, you know, and it's--it's a good one. Now... She said, "Well, you ought to send that to Mr. Ford." I said, "There's too much truth of it, he..." About a rattle in the front and a grind in the rear and a Chinese puzzle for a steering gear. But I... It's--it's a... But I always said, only thing I had to do is count four tires and shake it enough to get it to--started and then get in it. I said, "It was good when I'd start up the hill with it, just go pulling real slow, saying, 'I think I can, I-think-I-can, I--think--I--can,' then start at the other side saying, 'I thought I could; I thought I could.'" That's the way we pull this hill like "Pilgrim's Progress." So we... 32 I had a little poem I wrote something like this. It said... Now, just think; I was only about twelve years old. And standing up the other day looking up that canyon, and thinking that lion will be setting right here in this den room looking out the window in a glass window, I was thinking of a little poem. I went back and picked it up, something like this. Just think how God... Do you believe God's in all inspiration? God has to write a song. You believe God's in songs? Jesus said so. He referred back to David. Don't you know what David said in the Psalms, you know? "Has not it..." Look at the very crucifixion. David sang it in the 22nd Psalm. "My God, my God, why has Thou forsaken Me? All My bones they stare at Me. They pierced My hands and My feet." You know. And that was a song. Psalms is a--is a song. 35 And in this poetry just watch how it come to pass. Standing there a little old kid with a borrowed sheet of paper, I said: I am lonesome, oh, so lonesome for that far away southwest, Where the shadows fall the deepest over the mountain crest. I can see a lurking coyote all around the purple haze;

I can hear a lobo hollering down where the longhorns graze. And somewhere up a canyon I can hear a lion whine, In that far off Catalina Mountains at the Arizona line. 36 Forty years later I'm setting right there at that canyon, that lion looking me in the face. Oh, God, there's a land beyond the river somewhere, friends. It's just--it's got to be there. See? There's-there's too much speaking of it. All these things are not just myths; they are--they're real. They're realities. I'm so glad to be here tonight to be with these people that I'm expecting to live over there forever with, where there'll be no more sickness, or death, or separations. And travel will be nothing to us then. 37 Now, I think no meeting is complete without reading the Word and having a little... Brother Neville, I just walked up here. Billy said you wanted me to speak. Was that right, Brother Neville? I maybe taken a little too much for granted, but I--I just felt so good about it. You know...?... So now, you that's got songs and things, you see Brother Neville when you're going to sing, and then just have it up there, and have just about a half hour preliminary, and let's get right into these real deep messages and see what we can see the Lord will do. And I just trust... 38 I--I believe we have Truth. I'm satisfied with that. And I believe the wheat is absolutely, the shucks pulling away from it. You know? And to see... I may give a little prelude on that tomorrow night (See?), how the shuck's pulling away from the wheat. But the wheat has to lay in the presence of the sun to ripen. And that's what we're here for, friends. Stay in the Presence of the Son till our little group of people here, till it becomes so ripe to Christ, that it becomes bread on His table. That's what I want it to do. And now, before we approach the Word after reciting poems and so forth, let's pray again. Then we're going to take a text. 40 Dear Jesus, help us tonight now in these few words as we wait upon Thee. And we pray that Your grace and mercy will be with us, Lord. And tender our hearts; move back all the shucks, the thorns, the thistles; let the blessed sunshine of God fall in upon the Word, Lord. And may we have such a great meeting till there'll not be an unsaved person among us, all the children will be in the Kingdom of God. Those without the baptism of Spirit, may they receive it, Father. May all the great mysteries that we are supposed to know at this age, Lord, be unveiled to us and we'll see the plainness of God, so that we'll know how to behave ourselves and act, correcting ourselves and bringing the members of our body into discipline to the Word, that we might know how to live in this present day at the approaching of the Lord Jesus. As I read of Thy Word tonight, Lord, I might by a partial education be able to read and some of the words and maybe mispronounce others, but, Lord God, You alone can pull the context out of there. You're the only One that can do it. There's no--no way for a human being to ever do it; it lays in Your hands, Lord. So give to us each night them things that's hid in Thy Word, that we might be better Christians and live according to the time that we're living in, as examples of Christianity. We ask in the Name of the Lord Jesus. Amen. 42 Now, many of you, in your Bibles I want you to turn to the Book of Jonah. It's a... We always talk so much about Jonah being a backslidden and everything. I've always took up for Jonah. I do not believe that Jonah was backslid. I--I do not believe that. I believe it's just that we just sometimes use it, say, "He's a Jonah." But if we... I've already spoke on it in another way, in telling how that I thought Jonah, what took place. Now, the word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, Arise, and go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness is come up before me. But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.

Isn't that a sad ending? "A Man Running from the Presence of the Lord," and that's my subject. 44 Now, first we want to think of this. Jonah was... The reason, the principal reason that I believe that he did this great thing here was because Jonah was a Jew, and he was asked to go to a Gentile city to cry out against it, thinking that he would not be received; because the Gentiles would think, "What's this Jew got to do with us?" But you see, another thing, it gives us a great thing here to see, that God not only is God of the Jew, but He's God also of the Gentile. He's God of all people. He just chose the Jews. 45 The Jews was called God's chosen people. They were chosen for a specific cause. And that cause was to give to them the law. And they could not keep it. And He just showed by that people, that the law could not be kept. And if He was a--a--a God of righteousness... And the law demanded righteousness, but there was no grace in law to bring a man out; no penalty was paid by the law. But it taken grace to pay that penalty unto where the law put us under. 46 And Jonah here was called on--as this, one of the minor prophets of the Bible, to go down to this city. And here we find an example of all of us. Every one of us, we always are running from something. We run from troubles; we run from responsibilities. We--we're all prone to do that. We-we are--we're more prone to run than we are to stand and face it out. See? We just--we--we find ourselves running. Sometimes we find ourself prone to run from work. We don't want to--we don't want to work. Some people just think they can make their living without working. But I think Solomon, it was, that said we could find here the answer in watching an ant. You know a little ant, they tell me if that--every ant doesn't work and lay in, that ant doesn't eat that winter either. So everybody has to--to work. 48 We got so many things we have to do, so much responsibility that we have to face. Everybody's got to face a certain responsibility. When you--when you come to--to choose your wife, to get married, or choose your husband, you-you've got to take a responsibility. And then you must remember... Maybe you build a home; it's a nice pretty home. And then remember, as a married woman you got to think of the responsibility of raising children. And you got to think that them pretty slick walls is going to have little, dirty hand prints all over them. Then you got the responsibility of educating your children. You got the responsibility of clothing and feeding. Everything is a responsibility. And so easy when responsibilities face us to shirk from them. And we find out that marriage is a responsibility in all manners. Even many times we find--this is hard to say, but it's true--that ministers many time shirk a responsibility for standing for the true Word of God when they're confronted with It. They'll shirk that responsibility. When Truth of the Word of God is brought face to face with we human beings, we have--we're prone to shirk back until the last resource. 52 I just got through talking to my little nephew up there. He's a Catholic, and he... And I baptized that boy in the Name of Jesus Christ here a few years ago, and he got with some little girl and turned Catholic. And I held his mother's hand while she was dying over there. She said to me, the last words, "Take care of Melvin." And he's just been dreaming dreams. He just can't... Every--everyday the last week he's been dreaming dreams. Said, "I'd walk into your church, Uncle Bill; you was standing there preaching; I'd run up to start to make a confession; I'd wake up." He said, "I--I been wrong." I said, "Melvin, you don't need no interpretation for that. Your place is down there where you belong." And that's right. See? 53 But to face up to responsibility, sometimes it takes the very hide off of us to do that. As a father to face up the responsibility to give your child a whipping. Them little fellows, you don't want to do

that. But as a father or mother you've got to face the responsibility of raising that child, because the Bible said, "Spare the rod and you'll spoil your son." And that still stands good in the sight of every psychologist there is in the world. That still remains God's Truth. If there'd been more of that practiced, we wouldn't have had so much juvenile delinquency and stuff, and the rot that we got in the world today. But the old golden rule of the home's been broken long time ago, and they let the kids do whatever they want to. 54 But even as I said, ministers, they'll come face to face with Truth, and then walk away from it. See, they're--they're just have--just seems like there's something that they--they don't want to face up to it. Many time out there people come, say, "I know that's right, Brother Branham, but if I did that, they'd kick me out of the church." What of it? If you don't, they're going to kick you out up there, so you--you got to be kicked out somewhere. See? So you might as well face up to it. Instead of running from it and say, "Well, I'll go over here; I won't go back." Go back, sure, listen to some more of it. Search the Scriptures. Jesus said, "Search the Scripture for in Them you think you have Eternal Life, and They are They that testify of Me." But we find that people won't face up with that. Being brought to--into the Presence of God and see when God made a promise, and God is obligated to that promise, and when He brings that promise to pass, then people are afraid to face up to the responsibility of coping with the Message of the hour. We find that everywhere. 57 How about you Lutherans? How many Lutherans was afraid to--people was afraid to face up to Luther's truth when he come forth with justification? Look what it cost you, maybe your own life to come out and confess Jesus Christ and--and become a--a Lutheran. Looked at you Methodists, how it used to be you all were called holy-rollers; I guess you knowed that. And they'd get under the Spirit and jerk back and forth. And they said they--they had the jerks. The Meth... That... No, that ain't Pentecostals; that was Methodists longs years ago. And they jerked, and shook, and fell under the power of God. And they throwed water in their faces and fanned them with fans, thought they'd passed out. And now, you were considered a bunch of holy-rollers. But you had... Your mothers and fathers had to either accept it, face up to the truth and facts, or turned her down. 59 What about you Pentecostals that received the restoration of the gifts? When the baptism of the Holy Ghost come out with speaking in tongues and the gifts of the Spirit coming back in the church, why the Methodists wanted to kick you out, and they did do it. But you had to face up to it. It's something you had to do. What about the issue when it come out about the baptism in the Name of Jesus Christ and you saw it was the truth? You have to face up to it or do something about it. You've got a responsibility; everybody has. And you must face up to these things. All right. 60 And when you see then in this day now when the Word of God has made these promises of things that we see happening now, then we've got the responsibility to either face up to it or get away from it. You have... You just can't stay neutral; you've got to do something about it. Said... Some move's got to be made. You can't come in that church door and go out the same person you come in. You're either further away or closer to God every time you come in or go out there. Oh, how easy it is for people to shirk these things. And I want us to think of these when we start into the official services tomorrow night, that I want you to notice when something is confronted, if you-if there's a question about it... If there's a question about it, there's got to be an answer. 62 Say for instance I said I was going west, and you pointed me this a-way. Well, the first thing you know, I run plumb a-passed my target. And I'm too--I'm northwest. Well, what if somebody points me down this way, and I go that way. I'll pass my target again; I went southwest. Well, as long as there's a question of which was is west, there's got to be a direct answer somewhere. And when

these questions confront us about the Bible truths, there's got to be the right answer somewhere. That's right; it's got to be there. And when we see something presented, I think instead of just running away, say, "Oh, nonsense, I couldn't believe a thing like that; I couldn't believe that," why don't you take the Bible and set down and face up to it. Study It. You're here in the meeting now; just look it over. Check it out yourself with the Word; check the Word by the Word. That's the only way to make It tell the Truth. And It must tell the Truth from Genesis to Revelation. Christ is the revelation of the whole Bible. In Him, Christ, all the Fullness--fulfilling of all the prophecies of the Bible is met unconditionally in Christ Jesus, 'cause He was God manifested in the flesh. 65 Now, when we find these things though, when we're confronted and come into a meeting, and see the power of God moving and doing things, and doing supernatural works, and see it performed, and look in the Bible and see that it's promised for this hour; then when we see those things, then we are confronted with a responsibility to either accept it, I mean, as for ourselves... Now, many people sympathize; many people say it's right. But that don't--that don't make it what-that ain't the thing that you're responsible for. 67 As I've said... What if I--if I was a young man and looking for a wife, to be married, and here stood a girl that met every qualification that I thought it took to make a woman, why, morally she was a queen, and lovely, and--and a fine personality, a real Christian, everything that I could think of to make me a good wife; no matter how much I think she's perfect, she's exactly right, she isn't mine till I accept her and the responsibility of her being my wife. That's the same thing the Message is. You might say it's right or this, that, or the other, and say, "I sympathize with it; I believe it's the Truth," but you've got to accept it; and it's got to become a part of you and you a part of it. You've got... Then it's yours. When you marry this certain woman that you have chosen you are--you are one then. And that's the way you are with Christ. When you see Him manifested and made real, then you are part of Him, and He's part of you; and together you're part of the Message. 70 Oh, how many denominational ships have we got going down to Tarshish for the Jonahs of these days: nine hundred of them, something, a ship that takes the easy route. Don't want to face up to it. Jonah didn't want to face up the thing of going to the Gentiles. He didn't want to take that cruel message over there: "Within forty days you'll perish if you don't repent." He hated to do that, and he thought, "Them Gentiles, it's hard to tell what they'll do to me." But he had to face up to it. See? But he took a easy ship and went down to Tarshish, went down in the hull of the ship and went to sleep: took the easy route, the easy way. 71 It's a popular way with the people. It's easy to take the way where everybody can pat you on the back and say you're a good fellow, and, "This is So-and-so, and certain..." and the world will look upon you. It's easy to go the popular way. But when--when you have to do something different, when you have to stand to your conviction of what you know to be the Truth, there's where the hard part; that's the rub comes, right there. Oh, as we've often sang that old song: How easy while sailing this sea and its calm, To trust in the strength of Jehovah's great arm; But, oh, let the waves begin to blow; let--let the wind blow and whip up the waves, then what do you do? Something like I was told one time that the lady said back in the horse and buggy days that--that said. The horse run away with her going from church. Said, "What'd did you do?" Said, "I trusted the Lord until the lines broke." Well, that's the time to trust the Lord, after every-after the lines is broke. You're trusting in the lines until they're broke. Yes.

75 And so we find out that we have many easy ways to go, ships going down to Tarshish, for it's easy. The unresponsibilities, it just flows in; you have everything coming, everybody likes you, and everybody--nobody disagree with you, you disagree with nobody; now, if that ain't a dishrag (That's right. Yes.), push over, flop over. Why, anybody, I don't care who you are and what you're standing for... Actually, decent thinking people will think more of you if you'll stand for your conviction of what's right. That's right. 76 Don't care... You take a woman, she might be ever, not very attractive and whatever she is, but you let that woman stand for principles of womanhood, let her stand like a lady, and if a man's got a ounce of man about him, he'll take up for her. Absolutely, we appreciate something that--that somebody's got that they believe that it's the truth and will stand for what they think is right. How wishy-washy, that's what. Too many Christians today are so soft-soaped and everything until they think all they do is join a church, go in somewhere, put their name on a book, or do a little something, jump up-and-down, shout or--or something like that and call it Christianity. Christianity's a everyday, rugged life living for God in the--this present world. It's a constant burning of the fire and love of God in the heart that sets you afire and puts you out yonder with the people and making converts to Christ. 78 Responsibility... But it's easy to go the way the world goes. It's easy to flow down the stream. Go out there and set down in the river with your boat. You get your oars and start pulling up against the current; you don't make much time and it goes hard, but you just once let loose the oars and watch how fast you pass trees going down. But look where you're going. When things are floating easy, remember, you're going towards a--a great cataract down there of some sort; you're going towards the falls. And it won't be long till you'll be going over that falls, just floating with the world, easy, the way it goes. You don't want that. No, sir. But you must accept your responsibility. Now, you believe it and you--you think it's the Truth... 80 And the responsibility that God has given us in this day to bring this Message... And as I get older and I know my days are shortening up, I feel the responsibility greater than I ever felt: press it on. We must do it. We must get down to it in our--everywhere we go and tell the Message and--and tell the people that Jesus Christ is coming, that He's God and He's coming soon. There's not a--not a hope left in the world but the coming of the Lord. 81 Looking back there at some friends that was with me up there when the Angel of the Lord... These boys setting here, I believe they found the place where it happened up there. And just remember what the Lord said that day to Brother Wood when we was walking up the hill. And--and he was kinda weeping because of his wife being sick. And the Lord said, "Pick up that rock, and throw it up in the air, and say THUS SAITH THE LORD." And I did that. And Brother Wood is setting as a witness. And I said, "Brother Wood, it won't be long till you're going to see something happen." And the next day when we were standing there, all of us together... And a bunch of the men standing right here tonight... 83 A young preacher was there, and he was a... I noticed... I just met him the night before; he was in our camp. He come up to be with us. And he said to me; he said, "Brother Branham, do you ever see visions out like this?" I said, "Yes, sir. But I come out here to get away from it, to kinda rest a little bit." He said... "Well," I said, "of course He shows me things out here." And I said, "Just over the hill here where the Seven Angels appeared down in there." He said, "Yeah, I understand." Said, "I was one of the sponsors on your meeting over in California." I said, "Well, I'm certainly glad to know that." And while standing there, just then I looked around and I seen kind of a heavy-set doctor looking into his eyes, and I heard him say, "You're going to lose

that eye, because there's a allergy in there. And I've doctored it for two years, and you're going to lose that eye." I said," Reason you ask me that, because your doctor told you the other day you was going to lose that eye." And he said, "That's right." And he looked around like that, and I seen his mother take off one of her stockings and hold her foot out with little tumors hanging down between her toes, up-and-down her leg and said, "If you see Brother Branham, tell him to pray for this." And I said, "Your mother hand her--stuck her foot out like that and said she had--she's got little tumors all over her--her toes and like that, and said, 'Have Brother Branham pray.'" He said, "Brother Branham, that's the truth." And I looked back, and when I did, I seen him standing there looking at me like that with his eyes just as bright. I met him this fall; he had better eyes than anybody in the camp. The Lord had healed him and made him well. 88 While I was standing there the Lord said--showed me what was going to happen: "Judgment's fixing to strike the west coast." And He said, "Get over there beside that fireplace." And I had a shovel in my hand, walked over there... Brother Roy Roberson, all of us know him here; he's not here tonight as I know of; he's in Arizona out there. He's the chairman of the trustees here. And I knowed him being a veteran. And something was going to happen. A real, pretty, still morning about ten o'clock in the morning, and the boys all around there, ten or twelve of us, letting down tents, and skinning out pigs, and things. So we, I walked around, said, "Roy, hide quick. Something is fixing to happen." I couldn't tell him no more. And just the time I got over there... And coming down from the heavens come the whirlwind of God and clapped like, shook the hill, run inside of that mountain, cut a streak plumb around it about five feet above my head, and cut all the tops of them trees off as the rocks went out, went up in the air and come down again with another big baptism, and struck across the mountain, and throwed the rocks out like that. Did it three times, then went up in the air. And Brother Banks come over to me and, "Is that what you said yesterday?" I said, "Yes, sir; that's exactly it." See? And then two days after that Alaska sunk almost up there. And up and down that west coast has been thunders and pushings and everything happening. And one of these days she's going to slide beneath the ocean. That's right. What is it? We're living in the hour of the coming of the Lord. 91 And we see isms and things rising up and all these different things; we know there's got to be a true answer to this. There's people out yonder in the country now going into caves and things. "On the 16th of March (you've read it in the paper) the Lord's coming." You know that isn't so. Jesus said, "No man knows the minute or hour." When we see all of these things and things taking place the way they are, there's got to be a true answer somewhere. There's got to be a Truth. There's one east and one west, but there's--one southeast and northwest or something, but there's got to be a true answer somewhere to the problem. 93 Shirk this? We must tell the people that we're living in the hours of the coming of the Son of God. We want--want to watch and God... Be on the move all the time, ready to give a man a correct answer. It's always been that way. It's--it's been men has shirked and went away from God every since Adam in the garden of Eden. When Adam was in the garden of Eden, when he come to the responsibility to make his choice: Would he stay with God or go with his wife? He had to make that--he made to make that... The responsibility was up to him. He either had to take what his wife said or what God said. And when he chose to go the way of his wife... And when he did that, then he lost his original condition and brought the whole world subject to death. When he had to take the responsibility of

either accepting a new light that his wife had found which was contrary... Oh, God. Think of it. God only give them about eight or ten words to keep: "But of that tree thou shall not eat." That's all they had to keep. And even with just that much word, they broke it. Then Adam had to face up, "Will I-will I do as my wife has said do, or shall I do what God said do?" Then he walked out with his eyes open. He'd had to take the responsibility. That throwed the whole human race unto death. 95 Then there come that other Adam which was Christ, not a One like Him. Somebody say He wasn't God. His uniqueness proved He was God. There never was a creature lived like Him. He lived in a world to Himself. He was borned outside of the realm of the natural...?... Hallelujah. He was the Creator Himself made flesh. Who could ever stand where He stood? Who ever talked like Him? Who could ever say the things that He said? Who could ever do the things that He done? His uniqueness proved He was God. There wasn't a prophet or nothing else could do what He done, Who could call the dead back from the grave, and Who could stop the skies, and do anything He wanted to do. He was God. Who could ever stand in His place? Who--what could He be but that perfect, immortal God made flesh and dwelt among us. 96 Nothing ever compared with Him. He lived in a world to Himself. No man ever spake like Him. When He just opened His mouth, there was something about it. Something was different from anybody else. Somebody said He was just an ordinary man. I defy that. He was God; that's what He was. For no man ever spoke like Him; no man could speak like Him; because He was the living Word Itself made flesh, the manifestation of the Fullness of God. I will admit them prophets had their message. They had them then; they have them now. But there was the Fullness of the Godhead bodily manifested there. He was the unique One, and He was the One that had to face the issue with all of His great powers that He had. And He could've absolutely been the King of the world. He will be and He--to His saints He is now. 98 He stood there. What man would be poor, didn't have a place to lay His head, that even knowed where a fish swallowed a coin. Who, what man could take them big jugs of water and turn them to wine and not have a place to lay His head? He had to face up to the responsibilities that had been given into His hands. What man that--could raise a man out of the grave after he'd been dead four days and rotten? Could He not have saved Hisself? Sure He could, but if He did He'd have not saved us. He had to face up to the responsibilities. And because of His obedience to the Word, where Adam's disobedience, and he took the short cut, the way down to Tarshish, but Jesus took the way to Nineveh to the Gentiles to get Hisself a Bride. I'm glad that He did it tonight. And we ought to face up to the facts that we belong to Him and take the world away. Amen. 99 Every man had to face up to that, has got a responsibility before God. We just take for instance Noah, he had... Noah, Moses, Elijah, and all the rest of them of every age, had to face up to the responsibility. And they had to do it. But that's the reason they were sent in the hour... Look at Noah in his scientific age, how he had to face up to a thing that was so unscientific. Why, there wasn't a--a reason why it couldn't be unscientific. See? It--it was unscientific, rather. Why, they said it's going to rain out of the skies. They... Never had rained a drop out of the heavens. Well now, he had to face up to it. God said it was going to rain. 101 And then he... Then faith without works is dead. If you say, "I believe it," and don't make no act... Just like the Message. If you say, "I believe it," don't make no act, what good does it do? See? Noah went to work with his hammer and built an ark to confirm what he was talking about. That's what we have to do too. We have to go to work and prove our faith by our works. Our works proves our faith. Moses had to do it, and Elijah had to do it. Every prophet in his age had to stand up and face these responsibilities. But many of them didn't do like Jonah. He run; they didn't.

103 Notice. Cry out against it. Oh, my. There it is; that's the subject. Cry out against it. There's the check part. He was going to have and tell those fellows, "Say, I come to join up with you guys. You know, I believe, I'll tell you what I'll do; I've got just a little thing here I believe I can make it a--bring us all together, and do this, that, or the other," but it was cry out against it. When you have to cry out against something... Now, he had to cry out against everything that was down there, cry out against the city, cry out against their work, cry out against their church, cry out against their prophet, cry out against their ministers, cry out against their priests; cry against it, the whole thing, cry out against it. Noah cried out against his age (Sure he did.), up against the churches of his age. Moses must-certainly did cry out against his--his age--the people, the priests, and so forth. He cried all the way through the wilderness. And every junction he cried, continually crying to the people. Elijah was very unpopular in his day because he cried out against that age. Certainly was. 105 John the Baptist was very unpopular in his age. He cried out against his age. He said to the king, the--the potentate of the--of the land... He--he had--he married his brother's wife. He had to preach on marriage and divorce one morning. So he cried out against it; he said, "It's not lawful for you to have her." It cost him his head to be cut off later, but he cried out, and he stood to his post of duty. He never took a ship to Tarshish and said, "Well, I'll agree with you, Herod. It's all right. As long as you think she's a nice woman, she's making you a nice wife, go ahead." Oh, mercy. Them dishrags. You see? Just--just every little thing... Why, it's nothing but to clean dirty plates with. 106 But notice. John wasn't that way. He faced right up to it. He said, "It is not lawful for you to have her." Yes, sir. And he stood out against it. They never run; John didn't; they stood and faced the fact. Moses tried to run one time like Jonah, but God brought him back. Many of them tried to get away from it; they'd start... But look, if God has called you and you are sure that God's in the Message, there's nothing going to turn you back. It didn't turn Jonah. No, sir. 108 Amos of old cried out, said, "The lion has roared; who can but fear? And God has spake; who can but prophesy? Who can but prophesy?" When you see God speaks and said a certain thing will happen, and there it is... A lion roars, everybody's scared. Yes, sir. If you ever heard one roar in the jungle... You hear these meowing around these cages out here, them tame lions, but you ought to hear a real wild one roar one time. The rocks will fall off the hill five hundred yards away. I don't see where all that belch comes out of them lungs that... He throws his head down, throws that fur up; I never heard anything... Like a--a cannon going off when he belches out that big roar in his lungs. Who couldn't be scared? They say if you're ever killed by a lion, it's painless. He scares you to death 'fore he gets to you. See, you--you don't notice it. He scares you with that great ferocious roar, and here he is on you in a split second. 110 He said, "The lion has roared; who can but fear? And God has spoke; who can but prophesy? When you see God doing something... You say, I might not be a prophet... Jonah said... "I might not be a prophet or the son of a prophet; but God has spoke, who can but prophesy?" I might not be a prophet; I might not be this, that, or the other; when I see God doing anything and I see in here in the Word, and He promised it, who can hold their peace and keep still. Sure, He's done it. Neither can we hide behind creeds, and all these here fellowships, and--down to--to Tarshish; we don't want to go them fellowships. 113 But many like Adam, do the same thing, try to make a substitute in some way, try to find a way out, and--and make a substitute to face God after they know in the wrong, faced up to the truth, went on with his wife and did exactly what God told him not to do. He went right ahead and did it anyhow. And then he found hisself naked, she and he both in the garden of Eden. Their eyes come

open; they knowed what was right and wrong then. And then he tried to find a substitute to kinda cover himself up with it. Now, that's just about the way we do today, an excuse, say, "Well, I tell you; if it was here or if this..." or, "If, if, if;" that's just it. See, but you must face up to it. It's either right or wrong. And if it's right, let's stay by it. If it's wrong, get away from it. That's all. Get what--find out what is right. You don't want to wait any longer. Let's find out now what's Truth and what's right and stay with it. We know that's truth. 114 Now, we find today that our people are so... It seems like all the sincerity has gone out of the churches. I... In the... We're living in the house there of a precious sister that comes to this church; she's probably setting here tonight. And she rents it out to her--the people; and she's just been so sweet to us about that place, about letting us have that place. And so I'd call her name, but she might not want me to do it. And she's been so sweet to us, well, we certainly wouldn't--wouldn't want to expose her. But she's been a very, very dear woman. And in the house there was a television over in one side. We got a little--two duplex. I got a big family, a bunch of youngin's, and we--and you--you know, and they have beds and plenty of them. And everything piled up on top, and we have to walk through this and through that to get in and out. 116 And then over there they had a television. And in this television these kids got to watching on Sunday morning some kind of hymn singing that come on. And you know, it--it would almost make you ashamed if there wasn't a genuine Christianity somewhere that you could put your hands on, to see what's called Christianity. Why, it seems like all the sincerity's gone out of it. Why, they don't-they don't seem to... Why, it's just terrible the way they stand there and draw their fist and fight one another on there, and try to sing hymns and everything like that, and pull jokes that hardly would--a sailor would pull, and then say all kinds of things, and kid and go on. You know the sacredness of--of-of Christianity has seemed to lose its place. 117 Now, I go to church and--and see the pastor get up there and announce that the--there's going to be a--a swimming bee. All the women in these bathing suits, they're all going out there. They're going to have a contest, these women, swimming. And they're going to have a--a party of some sort, and they're going to fry up a lot of--of chicken, and play bunco, and--and all these things like that. To me that takes the genuine sincerity out of Christianity. Just get by with anything. 118 I seen... Coming up here... We find out... You know, we find more of our sisters wearing shorts up here in this cold country than you find out there in that hot country. See? It's true. Out there where it's really hot there's not too many of them that wear them. But here where--where it's cold they--they do it. See, it's... They don't realize it's the devil doing that. See? Now, if it was to be comfortable, if it was to help yourself, it'd be different. Be men. I think it looks sickly on a man. But it--but... Yeah, yeah, You... You'd wouldn't pay no attention to a man. But the lady, her--her body is sacred, and she must keep it that way. And to see old... 119 If you can see people today... There's two spirits; and One of them is the Holy Spirit; the other one's a unholy spirit, and one's governed by that. And both of them religious, now, that's the strange part; they're both religious. And just like Esau and Jacob was, both religious; like Cain and Abel was, both religious; like Judas and Jesus was, both religion--both religious... And we see it today, both sides religious. See, it's the same spirit. The people die, but the spirit doesn't die; it goes right on. Both religious, one of them is possessed with the Holy Spirit that lives the kind of life that they should live and walk godly and honest. They wouldn't beat you out of a penny, and they'd--they'd do everything honest that they could to help you, and the others just will--just as nice as they can be. And the others we find out it's just vice versa, and yet both of them are religious spirits. Two of

them, one Holy Spirit and the other a unholy spirit. And we--if you notice it'll... Even though claiming religion, they'll make fun of you and call you a holy-roller; they do anything they can. A... 120 They ignoring the--the unchanging Word of God as though It never had been written. See, you can say, "Now, looky here, if--if the baptism... I have the Holy Spirit." And stand there with that cigar in your hand smoking? "Yes, I have the Holy Spirit. I don't think it's wrong to take a little drink. I don't think it..." See? And did you notice, "I don't think?" But God thinks different, you see, of course, to His Word. See? See, they--and they--they just simply as much as--as spit on It. That's exactly right. 121 Just as much as this little, old, crippled guy that crawled out that time when David was being excommunicated from his throne... He was going up on the Mount of Olives, going out weeping as he went up, looking back. And this little, old fellow crawled out there and was spitting on him. And that guard said, "I'll let the--that dog's head stay on him and spit on my king." David said, "Let him alone." See, they spit on him. About eight hundred years later they spit on his Son Jesus Christ too. And today they spit on Him again as if there wasn't even...?... irreverent, unconcerned, just turn up their head, and walk away from it, and laugh in your face. Why is it? They're on a ship to Tarshish that's exactly. Because of God you cry out against evil, cry out against sin, cry against the things that's wrong. Now, remember, it'll be... Say, you know, this time, you know, I'm two hours difference. In Tucson it's just ten minutes after seven. I... That... I'm getting kinda--kinda out of my place here. All right. 123 Now, remember, we're going to have to answer for it. Remember those who spit on Christ answered for it. When David returned back from his exile--when he was a fugitive--and when he returned back, remember this fellow fell on his face and cried out for mercy. He spit on David going out, but he was almost ready to bathe his feet with tears and--when he returned back. And someday those who pierced Jesus will see it, and those who are piercing Him today will see it also. They... Someday it'll come back. Remember Revelations 22, He requires us to keep every word that He has written, every word. 124 Now, we know His Presence are here. It's vindicated. We are having it. We're trusting in this coming week it'll continue to be vindicated among us, the sick will be healed and great things will be taking place. We don't want the popular idea; we want the Truth. And we don't--we want--don't want to... We don't want to face up to nothing but what God has said is the Truth. But be sure that your sins will always find you out. If it doesn't here, it'll get you at the judgment. So you're--you're... It's going to catch you somewhere. Now, that's true. But if--if you are a true Christian, truly called like Jonah was, God's already got your fare paid. Get off of that ship going to Tarshish anyhow. God predestinated you to this life. Yes, sir. If you're a true, called child of God, come to Christ. Come into the fullness of Him. Your way's paid to where? It's paid to Nineveh, not to Tarshish. You're predestinated. Your ship... There's a ship leaving right now on its road. So there's only one thing to do is get on it. And if you was like God... You'll never have no peace. 126 Like my little nephew awhile ago, about ten years now he's went from pillar to post, some morning he goes to this church, this Catholic church down here and take this one because what some holy father he talks about over here, and somebody over here, and some over here. What does it all amount to? See? And now he's still hungering and thirsting. I said, "Your place is at the altar down there, son." See? There's no way of getting out of it. When God ever takes out after you, you just might as well give up and go on; that's all. 127 Remember God--God was in the boat; God was in the storm; God was in the fish; everywhere he turned, God was there. See? God's there. And He'll just keep haunting at you. So why do we wait any longer? Let's just start this revival right. That's right. What you waiting on? We believe that the

coming of the Lord is at hand, and He's going to have a Bride, and it ready. And we don't want no ships to any Tarshish. We're going to Nineveh; we're going to glory. Amen. That's right. We're going where God's going to bless, and that's what we want to do. 128 Lay out in the Presence of God then with our hearts, not our--our hands so much, but our hearts before God until He's seasoned us through and through like that with the rays of His glory and baked into us His--His goodness, and ripened that which we have got into reality (See?) to where we can show others that Jesus Christ lives. Oh, my. We want to be that. 129 And remember, where Jonah went, God was in the boat; and God was in the storm; God was in the fish. He went on being right along with Jonah until His perfect will was done. That's right. And if He's ever after you, you might dodge over here and dodge over there, but you'll be miserable until you come back and do the thing you started out for Him to do at the first place. See? Don't go run from the Presence of God. Face up to it. You believe it's the Truth; then let... If it is the Truth, it's worth living for, dying for, anything else. And if He's ever vindicated it to you that it is the Truth, then we can't run from it nowhere; He'll be right there just the same. You can't do it. 130 By His provided prophet, the one that He ordained to go down there and call that message... Now, looked like He could've sent another prophet, but He ordained Jonah. And even Elijah wouldn't have done. Jeremiah wouldn't have done. Moses wouldn't have done. It was Jonah had to go to Nineveh. That's all there was to it. He commissioned him and told him to go. And when He says go there, "Jonah, go to Nineveh," nobody else can go do that but Jonah. And when God tells you something, you've got to do it. Nobody else... See, we just have to face up to it and--and go do it. We believe that we're living in the hour that when God is a-doing something. We believe that we're living among them now. I believe tonight I'm preaching to that congregation that's--that's laying, waiting out there just to get ripe. I--I really believe that with all my heart. I would say it's the same now as it's always been. 132 Now, we believe that the hour has come that St. John 14:12 must be fulfilled. We--we believe that Malachi 4 must be fulfilled. We believe that Luke 17:30 must be fulfilled. We believe that all these prophecies that He said would come to pass in this day, we believe they must be fulfilled. And we believe we're seeing them fulfilled right now. That's exactly right. Stop running; don't get out of His Presence; just move up into His Presence. That's right. And I know that's what you're desiring to do, 'cause I seen license out there from Texas, and Louisiana, and everywhere. That's what we're here for, is not to run from His Presence, but to run into His Presence. Come back; get off the... []... been a Jonah, if you've been wondering which way to go or what to do, come on, get on the ship with us tonight. We're going down to Tarshish to cry out--Nineveh to cry out. We'll let that Tarshish ship go on down if they want to. We've got a duty before God; that's a Message that we're responsible for. 134 So in this coming week, just a little prelude tonight to let you know what I'm crying out. I'm solely responsible for a Message brethren. You ministers setting here, I'm not here to hurt your feelings. And you women and men on this marriage and divorce case coming up, I want you to remember tonight--I've said all this to get this to you--that I am responsible only to God. And then again, I'm responsible to you to tell you the Truth. And I'm not going to tell you nothing but the Truth as long as God lets me know what Truth is. Until I know the Truth, I won't say nothing about it. And I won't say nothing about it. But I do believe that God shows me the truth on marriage and divorce. And I--I trust that He'll let me bring it out. 135 And other messages I aim to have this week is, "Who is this Melchisedec?" "Where Did God Choose to Put His Name?," and few of those things like that, which are messages coming up. And

"Birth Pains," and--and a few things that's on--on that order. And complementary to a man choosing his wife, and a few things of them messages I want to bring up this week. But I just want the congregation, where if there'd be a minister here... I'm not here, my brethren... I don't want you to... Or some of you members go back to your church and say, "Brother Branham said thus and thus." I am duty-bound to a Message that's been given to me from Almighty God. And as I stand here tonight, and God knows that's true, that right down on this river... There's people perhaps setting here when that Angel of the Lord come down there and told me what He did right there in 1933, right there on this Spring Street here. If you're a stranger here, drive right out corner of Spring Street there where you hit the river; and there's where it happened. That's been in 1933. It's probably been about thirty-two years ago then. Oh, it's been thirty--been thirty--thirty-two years ago--thirty-two years ago. And how that He's brought that right down, everything. And we've went out, and bringing the Message, and seen the sick healed, the blind, and--and the crippled, and lame, and halt, and everything, and then see even the dead that we know that's been verified raised up from the dead. There's people die and raise right back to life again, and all these things. 137 If a Message goes forth, there's signs and wonders, and you still see that same old school of thought that you come up with, that didn't come from God. God don't just have to do... And God is trying to get your attention attracted to something. And then, when Jesus went down there, He started healing the sick and doing great works and things. He always--He... Jesus did it. And Moses and Jesus done it, and the rest of them. And when He was here He did it, and He's doing it, the same thing today. When He sends forth a meeting like that revivals and starts a meeting in the earth, and starts a moving along with these great signs and wonders, and then you see come back that same old school of teaching, there--there's something wrong there somewhere. There's something new coming forth. 139 When Jesus came out after when... "He's a fine rabbi." He could go to any pulpit and preach when He was healing the sick. When... Oh, they liked to have Him over there. But one day when He set down and said, "I and My Father are One," brother, He wasn't so popular after that. When He said, "Except you eat My flesh and drink My blood, you have no Life in you; but he that eats My flesh and drinks My blood has Everlasting Life; and I'll raise him up at the last day." then He wasn't so popular from then. Said, "This man's a vampire. This man's a Beelzebub. That's the way he done them things. He could tell fortunes. He looked through the--their minds and perceived their thoughts. He's a fortuneteller." But what was, He--He was the Word of God made manifest for that hour. And He was duty-bound. He said, "I do always that which is pleasing to My Father." God help us to do the same thing: do that which is pleasing to the Father. And I hope you all will understand. If you disagree with me on these messages and things, that-you'll remember, at least have this respect, that I have a responsibility, and I'm not going to Tarshish. I'm on my road to Nineveh. And I--I got to cry out. The Lord bless you all. 142 Let us bow our heads now just a moment. It's almost nine-thirty; I don't want to keep you, but I want to find this if I can tonight: Is there some here that--that just isn't exactly where you should be in Christ, but you--you'd want to be and you desire to be, would you just raise up your hand, say, "Brother Branham, pray for me." God bless you, just look at the hands." I--I want--I'm here, Brother Branham, to get closer to God." If your head was raised, my--my hand's up to. That's what I'm here for. I'm hungering like you are. But, oh, the other day one of the most grandest things happened, and I--I know now what to do. And I--I pray that God will give you that clear understanding. It's there; they... If there's a question in your mind, there's got to be an answer somewhere to answer back to that question. My prayer is, God, let you see that question answered during this time. If you're sick, may God heal you. We're going to have healing services, I guess, practically every night, and we are going to pray for the sick. We're going to do anything that we can to help you. And

you do everything you can to help us. And we'll work together, trusting God will give us a great meeting. 145 Now, Father God, these few little cut-up words, but they're in Your hands now, Lord; they've been said. I'll have to meet it. Just like them words can never die, they're going around and around the earth on a record; someday I'll have to face it right back again. I realize this, Lord, and I say it with deepness of sincerity. I pray, dear God, tonight for each one of these, Your children. And O God, I trust before the week is over they'll--they'll understand that the question that's so great in their mind tonight will be settled. Grant it, Lord. There's some here who doesn't know You, Father, as Saviour yet, or maybe has never been filled with the Holy Spirit. May this be that night. Lord, I cannot fill nobody with the Holy Ghost; neither can I save anybody. I can only tell them what You said: "Blessed are they that do hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled." And I pray, God, that You'll create such a hunger in their heart. Many, Lord, they've got to be hungry. How would they drive these hundreds of miles through ice and everything, and over rainy mountains, and across deserts to come to a little old place setting here on the corner. Then I think again You said, "Where the Carcass is the eagles would be gathered." Feed us, Lord, upon Thy Divine Manna. Give to our souls that what we really need. We're thirsting for You, Father. We're in Your hands now. And let the great Holy Spirit that come down on the mountain the other day up there, I pray that He'll saturate every heart in here with His goodness and mercy, with understanding. We realize, Father, that's what we need, is to understand. For if we do not know what we're doing, then how do we know how to do it? But we must have understanding. As Daniel said he had understanding by the prophet Jeremiah's Writing, and, Father, we have understanding by the Holy Spirit's Writings as He will reveal It to us in this hour. Give to us, Lord, the desires that we have for Thee. Tenderly we ask this, Father, for Your glory in the Name of Jesus Christ. 150 And now with our heads bowed, as our sister is chording then, "He will give me grace and glory, and go with me all the way," I want you just to silently pray now and ask the heavenly Father that He will grant to you tonight that what you have... Brother dear, sister dear, He's just as close as your arm is to you. You--you believe me in--in other things; believe me in this. He's here to give you whatever you have need of. Oh, for the last few weeks I've been so hungry, so thirsty, so homesick to see you. That's the reason I said, "Billy, let's go home." Meda said, "What do you want to go back there, that cold country again for, Bill? You always get a sore throat and everything. You always come out and head cold, and you're hoarse, and you can't hardly talk." I said, "Well, I don't know." I said to her... I see my friend Charlie Cox setting back there; and I said, "I'm just anxious to hear Charlie say, 'That little squirrel "clim" that tree over there.' I just get so hungry to hear it." I--I just want to--want to be around you. 154 I know my Brother Banks got real sick. And I saw a vision of him here not long ago. And he was laying on his back, and I know he come pretty near going from us recently. And I look at the different ones of you... I come in the other night to the Christian Business Men's meeting, and--international; old "Pop" Shakarian, Demos' father, he used to set there and just keep looking till I come in; then he'd smile, and that little wave, he'd wave at me. He wasn't there; he's gone. Then I had to come to that family with THUS SAITH THE LORD, their daughter's going to die too: Florence. I saw her in a vision, saw her go. And I know she's going. And I said, "Pray, just pray. You know, there's a prophet one time was told to go tell a king to put his house in order. And he prayed, and He spared his life fifteen years longer." I said, "Pray, but...?..."

156 You look... And I--I come back... I stood over here in a restaurant the other day eating. A man walked up to me and said, "Aren't you Billy Branham?" I said, "Yes." He probably didn't know me, 'cause this--over this bald spot on my head I was wearing this little piece of hair to keep from getting a sore throat during this meeting. And he walked up to me; he said, "I thought I knew you, Billy." I said, "Yes." I said, "Who are you?" He said, "I'm John Warman." I said, "How's Ziff?'" He said, "Billy, he died." Umm. 158 I was coming down though the courthouse, went down to pay my taxes. Coming down through the courthouse, and a lady hollered at me, and she said, "Did you know John's gone?" or some name. It might not have been John--Ed or something. And I said... I didn't know the woman; I felt embarrassed. And come to find out, I didn't know who she was. She said, "Do you remember one dark night when the river was up over the banks out here and houses washing away over on Chestnut street, and you risked your life to go into a place to get a woman and some little children out?" I said, "You her?" She said, "I--I'm the lady." She begin to scream for her baby; you know my story. She said, "That one that I called my baby is married and got a family." See? And here she is old and gray, and here I am too. One by one our cards go out of the rack, as it was. And we have meetings; and I miss this one, miss that one. We all got to come up missing one of these days, but, brother, sister, there's a gathering place. Let's be sure now that we're right. Will you? Don't let all our understanding of God and so forth go in vain. Let's believe. 161 Father, they're in Your hands. I'm in Your hands, Lord. We're only here in dedication now, prior to the coming meeting beginning tomorrow night. Will You help us, Lord? May our--may our conversation be constantly upon Thee; may our hearts and minds be stayed upon Thee. And you said You'd keep us in perfect peace. It's also written in the Bible, "Lean not to your own understandings." O God, we don't want our understandings; we want Your understanding. Give them to us, O God, and may the revival come within our souls till this pack of people will be just one heart and one accord. Grant it, Father. Grant this things while we pray in Jesus Christ's Name. 162 Till my raptured soul shall find Rest beyond the river. In the cross, in the cross, Be my glory (Let's raise our hands.) ever; Till my raptured soul shall find Rest beyond the river. Jesus keep me near the cross, There's a precious fountain Free to (Yes, Lord, free.) healing stream, Flows from Calv'ry's mountain. In the cross, in the cross, Be my glory ever; Till my raptured soul shall find Rest beyond the river. [Brother Branham begins humming the chorus--Ed.] O God. If there's any of you feels like you'd like to come up and kneel down around the altar, if you'd just like to come, say, "I'm not where I should be, Lord; I--I want to make a reconsecration. I want to do it tonight, Lord," you're welcome to come. We'd be here to pray with you.

In the cross, in the cross, Oh, be my glory ever; Till my raptured soul shall find Rest beyond the river. Jesus keep me near the cross, There's a precious fountain Free to all a healing stream, Flows from Calv'ry's mountain. In the cross, in the cross, Be my glory ever; Till my raptured soul shall find Rest beyond the river. 163 Let's just pray, each one in your own way now. Just--just forget time. Let's just bow our heads in His Presence. This little lady here crying out, "I love You, Jesus." You remember when you got saved many years ago, you remember how sweet that was to you? He's just as sweet tonight. Let's pray. Everybody in your own way now, let's just--let's just all consecrate ourselves to God, just dedicate ourselves over to the Lord. 164 Dear Lord Jesus, [] "Thou the Stream of all my comfort, more than life to me, Whom have I on earth besides Thee? Or Whom in heaven but Thee?" Dear God, we pray now that Your mercy and grace will be sent upon each and every one of us, Lord. We're here around the altar. Many could not come up; You'll meet them at their seat. Whatever we offer, Lord, You're willing to receive. If we just offer You our time, You will receive it, talent, You will receive it. But, Lord God, tonight we're going beyond that; we're offering all we are. All that I am, all that I ever expect to be, all is in You, Lord. We pray that You'll take this, our prayers, into Thy heart, Lord, and give us of the great deepness of the Holy Spirit, that our lives will be changed; for we see that we're near the end now. Can't be too much longer. And as we see our loved ones dropping day by day, young and old, we know soon it must knock at our door. And tonight, Lord, while we're in our right mind, setting here, or kneeling here, standing here, whichever position we're in, receive us, Lord God. Take me, Lord. I ain't nothing, but whatever I am, Lord, if You can get any use out of me, I dedicate myself to You. 166 I pray, dear God, for each one of these, these dear people that I stood yonder Lord, in the mountains in Arizona and cried about. And here they are, knelt around the altar with us tonight, praying, consecrating our lives. We love You, Father, more than our own lives. We love You more than our families. We love You more than wife, children, father, mother, sister, brother, husband, wife. We love You, Lord Jesus. Make that so real in our hearts, Lord. Pour in the oil of gladness this week, Lord, in our souls. Give us a bathing, a washing of the Word, by the water of the Word, dividing unto us Truth. Many here tonight, Lord, and will be here, that's confused on these subjects that's vital. O God, open that fountain in the house of God that's--that's for cleansing us. I pray, God, that You'll wash us and cleanse us in Thy Blood and make us new creatures, and give us grace and strength to bring forth the Word of Truth in its Divine revelation of the Being of Jesus Christ. May He appear before us, Lord. May He come and heal our sickness, forgive our sins, fill our hungry hearts with good tidings of great joy, the Gospel made manifest in our life. Bless every pastor, every song leader, every Sunday school teacher. Bless us all together, Lord, for truly we love You. And now, we're Yours, Lord, in this dedication. In the Name of Jesus Christ use us now according to Thy own will...?... 167a My faith looks up to Thee, Thou Lamb of Calvary, O Saviour Divine!

Now, hear me while I pray, Take all my sins away, O let me from this day Be wholly Thine! You love that? Let's sing again. While life's dark maze I tread, And grief around me spread, O be Thou my Guide; Bid darkness turn to day, Wipe sorrow's tears away, Nor let me ever stray From Thee aside. Does that make you feel good? How many likes to sing them old songs? I--I just love them, don't you? We're marching to Zion, Beautiful, beautiful Zion; We're marching upward to Zion, That beautiful city of God. Oh, we're marching to Zion Oh, beautiful, beautiful Zion; We're marching upward to Zion, That beautiful city of God. Come, we that love the Lord, And let our joys be known, Join in the song with sweet accord, Join in the song with sweet accord, And thus surround the throne, And thus surround... Now, let's stand up now as we sing it, shake hands... one another. We're marching to Zion, (Bless you, sister.) We're marching upward to Zion, That beautiful city of... Let's raise our hands up now to God. Oh, we're marching to Zion, Beautiful, beautiful Zion; We're marching upward to Zion, That beautiful city of God. Oh, we're marching to Zion, Oh, beautiful, beautiful Zion; We're marching upward to Zion, That beautiful city of God. Doesn't that make you feel wonderful? My, my. Oh, let's just raise our hands and just praise Him in our own way. 168 Lord Jesus, Thou Rose of Sharon, Lily of the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star, Fairest of ten thousands, Thou the Stream of all my life, more than life to me, how we love You. Dear Father, oh, how we praise Thee. Bless these, Lord, bless Your...?... Grant these things, Lord. Grant it...?... [Brother Branham continues praising and worshipping God--Ed.] ... Near the cross, Be my glory ever; Till my raptured soul shall find Rest beyond the river.

Somehow or another I just feel we're going; there's something laying right ahead for us. I go to...?... I believe I'm prophesying. Great joy...?... leave...?... many sad in heart will be made... Great mysteries will be made clear, and people who are sad will be turned into joy. Near the cross, in the cross, Be my glory ever; Till my raptured soul shall find Rest beyond the river. 170 As John of old, when he got too old to preach, he would just set and scream, they tell me, with all of his might, "Little children, love one another." Love one another. Don't let nothing come among you. See? Keep all, everything away from... You don't... No matter what it is, face up to it. We're on our road to Nineveh. See? Don't get on that old ship of Tarshish that takes you out of the company. Let's move right on up the stream of God's blessing. I believe we're going to have it; I believe our Father. 171 Feel better now, sister? That's fine; that's the way I like to see children borned, that's...?... I can just think of years ago right on these grounds how many thousands has been borned into the Kingdom of God right on this ground. How little did we know when we was standing with a--eighty cents in our pocket to build the church with... Oh, He said, "I the Lord hath planted it; I'll water it day and night." And He's done it; He's done it. God bless you. 172 Now, when we bow our heads... Now, tomorrow night, remember, the services will be held up at the school auditorium here, and if... We will have somebody posted here now to show the people how to get there, 'cause new ones would be coming in. You love Him say, "Amen." [Congregation says, "Amen"--Ed.] Oh, isn't He wonderful? I stand down here on the bank and sing that old song: On Jordan's stormy banks I stand (Think, that's been thirty years ago, thirty--thirty-three years ago.) And cast a wishful eye To Canaan's fair and happy land, Where my possessions lie. And many I baptized that evening are over there now. When they stood there and witnessed that Morning Star coming down out of the heavens, circling around like that, said, "As John the Baptist was sent forth to bring the--to forerun the first coming of Christ, your Message will forerun the second coming." How could it be thought? But all God's words are true. All God's words... We're living in the Presence of the great King. God bless you. While we bow our heads, I'm going to ask Brother Neville, our precious pastor, to come here, dismiss us in prayer. God bless you, Brother Neville. SEED NOT HEIR WITH SHUCK JEFF IN 65-0218 V-6 N-4 1 Let us remain standing for a moment of prayer. Let's bow our heads. Dear God, we deem this a great privilege tonight to be here on this occasion to bring a living Christ to a dying world and a dying generation. We would ask, Lord, that You would anoint our words and our efforts, that they will not return to You void, but may they accomplish that which they are purposed for. Help every man, woman, boy, or girl here tonight that's needy. And, Father, we know we're all needy. And when we leave tonight, may we feel in our hearts like those who came from Emmaus after the--had witnessed the resurrection of Christ, saying, "Did not our hearts burn within us as He spoke to us along the way?" Grant it, Lord. Heal the sick and the afflicted. May there not be any feeble among us after the service tonight. And above all things, may there not be one unbeliever left, Lord. May they all believe to Eternal Life. For that's our purpose of gathering here.

These blessings we ask to the honor of the Kingdom of God, in the Name of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Amen. (May be seated) 7 It's good tonight to be back here. And I see we got a few standing around, and I think the--the phones are open now of--to many different cities across the nation: San Francisco, Tucson, up in the east. And we through the telephones send the greetings to them. We're in the auditorium here tonight. And the main auditorium's packed out, and the aisles, and around the walls, are standing full of people. And we understand that tomorrow night we're going to try to open up another side here to the gym and get a larger auditorium that'll take care of, maybe, a couple more thousand people. So we're hoping that tomorrow night. If it's filled up tonight, the first night, why, we believe it'll be greater tomorrow night. And I see they set in extra chairs and everything also tonight. 8 We're under great anticipations, first the coming of the Lord Jesus; the next, the salvation of--to lost souls that would receive Him tonight and be ready for His coming when He appears. I want to offer a special greeting and welcome to all these fine men on the platform, which I understand many of them are ministers. Couple of hundred or more are setting on the platform, and we're certainly thankful that they're here. To all you people wherever you are in different parts of the nation... And I understand that some are here from across the sea, overseas. So we're grateful for you to be here to enjoy this fellowship with us, which we're under anticipations that God is going to give us during this meeting. 11 It seems like that since I thought of coming back with these few days of meetings, that my own heart has been alarmed strangely with a great feeling that something's just about to take place. I don't know just what it is, but I hope that it's a great revelation from God that'll--will prepare us and make us better citizens of His Kingdom while we're walking in this dark world of sin and unbelief. This ground tonight, this very spot holds a great thing for me. Since I knew that they built this school auditorium here, I have wanted to have a service in this place. I'm very grateful to the school board and to those who graciously let us have it. It was upon this spot, right about somewhere where this building stands tonight, that a great thing took place some thirty years ago, right on this same ground. It was nothing but a broomsage field at that time. And I lived in a little house just beyond here, about two hundred yards. I was very concerned in those days about the salvation of my father and mother, which both are gone on tonight. And especially in that day I was concerned about my father. I remember, I was sleeping on the porch. It was warm, summertime. This is written I believe in the little book called, Jesus Christ, the Same Yesterday, Today, and Forever, or either it was in the little book called, "I Was Not Disobedient to the Heavenly Vision." 14 And laying on the porch, I suddenly was awakened, and a burden come on my heart for my father. As many of you people here of the city knew my father, I think he was a great man, though he was a sinner, and... But he had a bad habit that I tried to fight against that thing as hard as I could through the age; that's drinking. That night he was drinking. And I woke up with a great burden on my heart for him. And just with my pajamas on, slipped on my trousers, my pajama shirt left on; I wandered out through this broomsage field to just about where this stands now. And I knelt down to pray for my father. And while I was praying and asking God to save him and not to--to let him die a sinner, that I loved him... And while I was in prayer, I raised up to look up towards the east from here, and there was a vision. And standing just above me (Many of you knows the vision.) was the Lord Jesus. 16 Now, I'm not allergic to illusions as I know of; but visions are real. And there stood the Lord Jesus, the first time I'd ever saw Him in a vision of that type. He was just about, oh, probably ten feet above my head, standing in mid air with one foot just making a step. He had on a white garment with fringe around the side of it. He had hair down to His shoulders, and He looked to be about--a man about

what the Bible said He was, about thirty, but a small, thin built Fellow, very small. Looked like He wouldn't weigh over a hundred and thirty pounds. And I looked, and I thought there was something that I might've--be wrong. So I--I rubbed my eyes and--and looked up again. And he was standing kinda sideways, kind of a profile of His face. And the looks of His face, which I've always seen in the visions, has been like Hofmann's head of Christ at thirty. That's the reason I have that in my house, on my literature, wherever I can put that, because that's the way it looked, more like that. Only He seemed to be small. 18 And I... As I was looking up at Him, I thought, "Surely I'm not looking at my Lord standing there." And I was kinda in, I'd say, in this position, and maybe right where this--under where this pulpit's at now. Somewhere, it was right in this vicinity within--with the radius of where I'm standing, the best I could measure off, within forty or fifty yards of somewhere around in this district here, this circle. And I looked up, and He was standing there. And I bit my finger to see if I was asleep. You know how you... Just seems like it couldn't be so. And I was just young in the Lord then, about six months I'd been preaching. I bit my finger. I took a broomsage and broke it off. And many of you people who live in the country, you know what that little toothpick like is in the broomsage. I begin to chew on that. And I said, "It--it can't be. I'm a-dreaming. There's my home. There's father, mother, and the children there. And there's the old brick house pond that used to stand down here, where I used to hunt ducks just about two hundred yards beyond this. And here I am standing in the field; it's got to be so." 20 I kicked against the ground, stomped my feet a little bit, and shook my head and--and rung my hands, looked up again, looked away, looked again; and there He was standing there. And the wind started to blow, and I seen the broomsage blowing. And when it started blowing, His garments blew with it. Like the clothes hanging on a line, they begin to--to flip. He was standing there. I looked at it. And I thought, "If I could just get a look at His face." And He was watching east, right this a-way. He was watching intensely. And I moved to step around to get a close look at His face, and I still couldn't see Him very well. He had His hands in front of Him, rather hid from where I was standing. I moved around again, and I cleared my throat something like this; I went [Brother Branham demonstrates--Ed.] to see if I could attract His attention. But He never moved. 23 Then I thought, "Maybe I'll call Him." When I said, "Jesus," He turned His head; and when He looked at me, He just raised His arms out. That's all I remember for about a... Nearly daylight I was laying right out here somewhere where this place is now in the field, my pajama shirt all wet with tears where I'd been crying, and I had passed out. His face had characters that no artist could--could draw or paint. They could not do it. He looked like a Man that if you would look at Him, you'd want to cry with sympathy and respect with reverence, and yet with enough power that He would speak it would turn the world over. And the characters could never be caught by an artist. And I never knowed to this day what that meant. But here I am tonight after thirty years, standing in an auditorium that's dedicated now to the service of Almighty God. And me just a--a lay member, really just a--a local elder in the--in the Baptist church here, of which Roy Davis was pastor at the time. And I am now standing here with the place crowded, right over the same grounds with the--to what I think, is the purchase of the Blood of Jesus Christ Himself in my hands to bring this four days' message of the Lord. 25 Just about six months after that I had my first baptism down here on the river when the Light came down right here at Spring Street. Many of you people might want to go down and take a look at it, at Spring Street and Water, right at the river front. And there's where the Angel of the Lord appeared in

public first, and--at two o'clock one afternoon. And a Voice came from it, said, "As John the Baptist was sent to forerun the first coming of Christ, your Message will forerun the second coming." This is thirty years later, and here I am still tonight proclaiming that Message. And around the world it's went, and I'm glad to be back in my hometown tonight to represent this Lord Jesus Christ that I still love with all my heart. Each day He grows still sweeter than He was the day before. I've never changed one iota in my doctrine. The first thing I started with, I still believe the same thing tonight. He's the same yesterday, today, and forever. 27 Now, I have a Message that I'm responsible for. When the Message first started out, it was of course... Everybody was praying for the sick, great signs, wonders, and miracles, that started especially in the Pentecostal people, a universal revival of a healing campaigns that swept the world. For fifteen solid years there's been revivals on every hill there is, I suppose. Revival fires are burning. Literally millions have accepted Christ as their Saviour by that one commission. That inspired from there to Oral Roberts, and so forth, and on and on as it's went around, after the Pentecostal church was laying in its dead slump as it was then. My intentions and desire tonight is to awaken that church again to the coming of the Lord Jesus at hand. I have to rebuke it. I have to rebuke sin in whatever manner it is. I don't mean it to anybody's denomination. I have a Message. 29 Now, its hard to get in a church for a sponsorship just as it was with our Lord Jesus, 'cause it's Him; it isn't me. But as He preached at the first, and healed the sick, raised the dead, and cleansed the lepers, and cast out devils, everybody wanted Him. But there come a time where there's a Message that always follows every sign, because the sign has a voice. But when He set down one day, and said, "I and My Father are One." that was more than they could stand. It was also when He said, "Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink His Blood, you have no Life in you." How... Why, doctors and well-thinking people would've said, "This man's a human vampire, trying to get you to eat his flesh and drink his blood." He never explained it; He just said it. And tonight you might hear things and through the meeting that's just said; we might not be able to explain, but remember, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. We believe it. 33 Now, we don't have time to talk too much, because we've got certain times to start here and certain times to get out. And we want to honor the school board which set these times for us. And we'll do all we can to honor them. Remember, at any time a sinner wants to come to Christ, all you have to do is walk right up whether I'm preaching, singing, whatever it is, and give your life to Christ right then and stand in your seat. That's what we are here for, to help you. 35 I want to talk to Brother Vayle, Brother Borders, and the brethren here. If... I wonder if they couldn't have in the church in the afternoon, or some morning, or something, instruction service for those who are seeking the baptism of the Holy Ghost? Would that be all right, you brethren, Brother Neville and all of you could get there, Brother Capps? If anybody wants to be instructed in the baptism of the Holy Ghost, why don't you come to the Tabernacle. [Brother Branham inquires about a time--Ed.] What would be best, morning or afternoon? Morning about ten o'clock? About ten o'clock of a morning. 37 If you got a question on the doctrine, if you got a question on the Message, if you--if you want to be... If you've never gotten ministered to personally, you want to be prayed for, or anything that you want to know in that manner, why don't you just slip down there at ten o'clock in the morning and see these men. They'll be one or more of them there to instruct, to pray for the sick, to answer questions just as a personal man would... You--you just go to them and they'll be glad to help you in any way they can.

Now, just before we approach the Word, we want to approach the Author of the Word again. You might eat too much; you might drink too much; you might laugh too much; you might walk too much; but you'll never pray too much. "I would that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands without doubt or wrath." Let us pray. 39 Dear Jesus, Author of the Word of Life, and You are that Word, we solemnly now approach Thee after the explaining of the vision that, God, You bear me record that that is true. Lord Jesus, I pray that You'll anoint the words tonight to the hearing of every ear that's under the Divine sound. And if there be some here or listening in out across the nation, if they are not ready and prepared at this hour to meet the challenge of the hour, the Message from God to repent and to be ready; for the Kingdom of God is nearing, we pray that it'll be so tonight with them, that they will meet this hour's challenge. O God, I would pray for a help, knowing the responsibility and what it means and what I must answer at the day of the judgment for all that I say here and elsewhere. Help me to be deadly sincerely, Lord, with all that I do or say in Thy Word, that it might bring forth fruit. For as Your commission was, "Let not this Word depart from thy mouth, but meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do all that's written in the law. And then thou shall make thy ways prosperous, and then thou shall have good success. Have not I commanded thee; be strong and very courageous, for the Lord thy God is with thee wheresoever thou goest." Lord Jesus, make it so tonight. We pray in Jesus' Name. Amen. 41 Friday and Saturday from ten to twelve at the tabernacle at 8th and Penn Street will be instructions, answers to doctrine, prayers for the sick, and whatmore. Come right down if you have any question, anything you need. There'll be men there to--to handle it. The Lord bless you. Now, for this opening service tonight, I can't do nothing but open it straight to our message. That's what we're here for. And now, it's what I come back for. And Sunday morning, the Lord willing, I want to meet that great challenge of the day, about "Marriage and Divorce." 43 Now, in Galatians 4:27, I wish to read these words, 4:27 to 31 inclusive. For it is written, Rejoice, thou bearing that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate has many more children than she which has a husband Now, we, brethren, as Isaac, was are the children of promise. But as then he that was borned after the flesh persecuted him that was borned after the Spirit, even so is it now. Neverless what saith the Scripture? Cast out the bondswoman and her son: for the son of the bondswoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondswoman, but of the free. 44 The Lord add His blessings to the reading of His Word. Now, I believe here that I take a text like this, very odd, unusual. But sometimes we find God in those odd, unusual hours, unusual ways, unusual things. Because God is unusual, and those that really serve Him from their heart, serve Him in a unusual way to the things or the ways of the world. This text is called "The Seed Is Not Heir With the Shuck." Paul here is speaking of the literal seed of Abraham's two sons. Paul gladly is bringing himself into position of the birth by the freewoman. 46 Now, we know that Abraham had two sons by two different women. God gave him a promise by Sarah--through Sarah, rather, that there would be a Son born, and through this Son the world would be blessed. All nations would be blessed of this Son. And it's commonly believed, especially amongst the Jews that this was Isaac, but it wasn't. This promised Son of Abraham is Jesus, and He is of the Royal Seed promise of Abraham.

47 But Abraham having two sons, one by--by Hagar, which was his wife's maid, a lovely, pretty, Egyptian maid that Abraham had picked up down in Egypt for her--to be her--his wife's maid. And Sarah, thinking that God would not be able to keep all of His promise true, she told Abraham to take Hagar her maid and to marry her (which polygamy was legal in those days) and to bring the child, and that's the way God had it planned, that she was to have the child only through Hagar... But we find out that that wasn't so. 48 Now, we understand also that God is perfected in three. Now, God is perfected in three. Grace is five. Seven is completion, like the world. God is perfected in Father, Son, Holy Ghost. That's the perfection of the Godhead: all one God in three manifestations of three attributes of one office--or three offices in the one Godhead. Now, there is also three in perfection of the steps of grace to the church: justification, sanctification, baptism of the Holy Ghost. That consists of the new birth. Just like a natural birth is typed by it. Which a woman giving birth to a child, the first thing comes forth is water, blood, then life. The Bible said in I John 5:7--or 7:5, I believe it is--that said, "There are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word (which was the Son), and the Holy Ghost; these three are One. There are three that bear witness in the earth: the Word--the water, blood, and spirit--water, blood, and spirit; these three agree in one." 50 Now, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are One. You can't have the Father without having the Son; you can't have the Son without having the Holy Ghost. But you can be justified without being sanctified. You can be sanctified without being filled with the Holy Ghost. We proved that in the order of nature. Now, and many of you may be... I may be strange to you. And I--I'm without education, and I'm sure you already understand. But I teach in types, as the natural types the spiritual. Now, we see that there are three in the perfection. God is perfected in three. Now, and that was in the perfection of the seed of Abraham was Ishmael, Isaac, Jesus: Ishmael coming from the bondwoman, Isaac coming from the freewoman, and both of them with sex, but Christ Jesus coming from the virgin, no sex. 53 Here this seed, one, one Seed, not seeds, but one Seed. These others were not seed of Abraham, because Abraham's Seed was his faith Seed that God was speaking of, not his natural seed. Because after Sarah died, Abraham married another woman and had seven sons besides daughters. So it wouldn't be Abraham's seeds; it was Abraham's Seed, one. And that was Abraham's faith Seed, pointing to the Royal Seed that was to come through Abraham's faith, not Abraham's natural life, but Abraham's spiritual life, who took everything contrary to God's Word and called it as though it was not, and believed God, against hope, believed in hope. That's the real Seed that we're speaking of. 54 Here we are presented with a picture though. The seed started, the seed of promise started in a slightly doubted--doubt of the original promise. See how it starts low in doubt in the original promise? God promised Abraham through Sarah to have this child. But now watch, the first seed of Abraham by the bondswoman come by Sarah doubting that this could happen, because she was old and passed the age of bearing. Now, that's how the church starts. That's how it always starts. You start from the bottom. You don't start from the top. A man trying to climb a ladder tries to get on top first, he'll break his neck. You've got to start and build up to that. And here we find the beginning of the promise of God being made manifest through a slightly doubted, interrupted program of God. That's the same way sin begin in the garden of Eden. That's how death started by sin, was when one word of God was misconstrued or doubted. You can't doubt or misplace one word of God that's THUS SAITH THE LORD...?... every Word be so.

57 And here Sarah even to who the promise... Sarah being a woman (which is a type of the church) gave doubt to the original program of God's promised Word, and said, "You, Abraham, my husband, take unto you this beautiful maid, and live with her, and be a husband to her. And God will give this seed of promise through her; and I'll take the child." See? Just bypassing one little iota changed the whole program. Therefore, we've got to take every word of God as THUS SAITH THE LORD. Every word of God is true. 58 Here the seed starts then in a promise slightly doubted. Isaac being the seed of the free and promised woman, brought forth (as Paul was trying to explain here in Galatians) he brought forth the natural, promised seed. And he goes on to say here that the--the bondswoman's children cannot be heir with the freewoman's children, because they are of two different categories. And that is true. The unbeliever cannot be heir with the believer. There's no way at all. That's where the trouble is today. You can't make a denominational chicken believe with a eagle. You just can't do it. There's where the trouble comes. You've got to believe every word of God. You just, you're not heirs together; neither will you--will you join with it. You cannot do it. You've got to be eagle or a chicken. 60 It could not be heir with Ishmael, the seed of the bondswoman of the--because of the doubting. Sarah doubted God's Word, that God was able to keep It. Notice, Abraham... (You see what I'm building on for Sunday morning.) Abraham did not doubt it. Sarah did doubt it. She was the one. It was not Adam that doubted; it was Eve that doubted. So then, we'll find out more about those as we pick it up Sunday morning. Neither can the Spiritual be--the natural be heir with the spiritual. No more can Ishmael's children be heir with the--with the--Isaac's children, and no more than the carnal can be heir with the spiritual. Church natural, church spiritual... There is a church natural that these women here type, and there's a church spiritual also. So the natural church and the spiritual church cannot be heirs together. They're two different, separate times, two different separate people, under two different separate covenants. 63 That's why the rapture is different and will only be for the Royal Seed of Abraham. It cannot come by the natural, carnal seed of the church. It'll have to be the Royal Seed of the Word of God through Abraham, the Royal Seed. That's why the rapture has to be first, 'cause remember, "we which are alive and remain shall not hinder, prevent those which are asleep. For the trumpet of God shall sound, the dead in Christ shall rise first. We which are alive and remain shall be caught up with them together and meet the Lord in the air." Notice, and again it's written, "And the rest of the dead lived not for a thousand years." Therefore, they're--they will not be heirs together; they'll not be in the rapture together. There's absolutely a church natural and church spiritual, a church carnal, a church spiritual. 65 There... See, here is no... There is no judgment to the royal, spiritual, predestinated Seed of Abraham, for they are predestinated to Eternal Life. They have accepted God's provided Sacrifice, and that Sacrifice which is Christ, the Word. "And there is therefore now no condemnation (St. John 5:24, if you want the Scripture)... There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1)... walk not after the flesh, but the Spirit." And Romans 5:24, "He that heareth My Word (the word there is 'understandeth.' Any drunkard anything else can hear it and walk away.)... But he that heareth My Word (understands My Word) and believeth on Him that sent Me hath Everlasting Life and shall not come into the judgment, but's passed from death unto Life." Yes, sir. He that this great mystery of the God made known, understand, how that God was in Christ reconciling Himself to the world, how that He and the Father were One, how that the great mysteries of the fulfilling of God taking and bringing Hisself, manifested in the age of human beings, and in the strain of human beings, and in the company of human beings, to make His Word

manifested in the day in the eastern rising of the sun and to do the same thing as the sun sets in the west, to make Hisself manifested in a Bride church, the Word made manifest. See? It will to... "He that understandeth (that is, to know), that's been revealed to him of Him that sent Me, has Everlasting Life and will not come into the judgment, but's passed from death unto Life." 66 The natural seed was only a carrier of the spiritual the--Seed, like the stalk, tassel, and shuck. We've went through that before at another message, but I'd like to preview it a little here--or go back to it again just for a minute. Now, here there is three stages of the seed, shows us the true picture, the three stages of the natural seed in the earth. Like a seed is planted, brings forth a stalk, little blade shoots from it, then the tassel, then the pollen hangs on that, and then the shuck, and then the seed again. 68 Watch these stages of this perfect parable here and how it worked out exactly in the type, 'cause God is the Author of all nature. Therefore, nature cannot fail no more than God can fail, because He was the One Who set the thing in its condition for--for us to look at and to see. Notice, Hagar the stalk, which was the first beginning of the seed springing up, now, it didn't look anything like the seed. It was the stalk, because she was a bondswoman, not in the promise at all, nothing to do with the Word, just a transporter of the seed. 70 Notice Sarah the tassel, that had the pollen. That Jewish nation raised from her, from--come out of Sarah brought Isaac, through Isaac brought Jacob, Jacob brought the patriarchs, and through the patriarchs brought forth a nation. Mary the virgin, faith, produced the true spiritual Seed Word made flesh. See? The three women, three women that this seed was carried through, one of them was actually an adultery under polygamy. The second was a freewoman, and the third one had no sex affair at all; but by faith she believed the Word of God. Hagar, Sarah... Both Sarah and Hagar was sex, but Mary was virgin by the power of a promised Word of God. That's right. 72 The stalk, Hagar... Two wives doubted the promise, but watch what that brought forth. When Hagar, the second wife of Abraham, which was just a--absolutely a concubine wife... But she brought forth a man. But what kind of a man was he? The Bible said he was a wild man. He lived by his bow and no man would conquer him. He was untameable, unconvertable, unregenerated. He could not be tamed. He was a wild man, because he was of the contrary to God's Word. And anything that's contrary, any preacher, any lay member, any church, that's contrary to God's Word will bring forth a wild adulterous bunch of worldly Hollywood, who cannot stay with the unadulterated Word, because it's not even included in the promise. No. 73 Sarah the true wife of a promise, being the tassel, brought forth a gentle man. In the returns brought forth a promised nation that served God. But Mary by no sex at all, but believed the promised Word when she was a virgin, knowing no man. And the Angel of the Lord met her, said, "Hail, Mary, blessed art thou amongst the women, for God is with thee." And she said, "How will these things be?" He--she said... The Angel said, "The Holy Ghost shall overshadow thee." It'd never been done in all of the ages, but Mary believed God. And she said, "Behold the handsmaid of the Lord." She believed the Word. How's she going to have it? She knowed that Hagar had the baby by a sex desire with Abraham, and Sarah had the baby by sex desire with Abraham: children of the promise, the bondswoman and the freewoman; but here she's asked to believe that a contribution to the faith that was in Abraham who believed the impossibles; "As long as God said it was so, that makes it right."... She believed God, never questioned. She said, "Behold, the handsmaid of the Lord. No matter how much criticism I have to bear from the world, be it unto me according Thy Word." There come forth the genuine Seed.

78 Sarah could not do it, because it was sex. That's right. And neither could Sarah, because it was sex; neither can the church under sectarianism; it takes a virgin belief in the Word of God that made the promise to bring forth children. Sectarianism will never bring forth a reborned church. It cannot do it. It'll bring forth a substitutionary something. It'll bring some--forth something that imitates it, something that tries to be like it. But a genuine born again Church of God believes the Word of God in the face of anything regardless of what it is, because it's unadulterated. It's by the promise of God that these things come. 79 Mary the true one said by the--out sex--said, "Be it unto me according to Thy Word. Behold thy handsmaid." And she brought forth... What did she bring forth? Not a wild man, not a nation, but she brought forth the Word, God Himself made manifested in the flesh (Amen.), the true Seed of God that manifested every promise that God made in the Bible. Without Him no man can live-without Him. She was the true seed. She was beyond the... She was the shuck that brought forth the grain. Now, the other two was carriers of life, only as the natural seed. Mary... Now, remember, I said the other two... Now, Mary, don't make her God, as some people tries to make her. She was not a god. No, sir. She was only a carrier of the Seed like the rest of them was. 81 But like faith in the Word brings more to the real image, like as the corn matures, or the wheat... It comes forth a stalk; then it comes forth the pollen; then it comes forth a shuck. But when... You think... That shuck, if you don't watch, it'll look just exactly like the real wheat. But when it's opened up, the real wheat's on the inside. It's only a carrier again. So you see Mary, not through sex, but through faith, something exactly like it... Mary was not that Seed. Mary was a carrier of the Seed. He was the genuine faith Seed, because the Word of God is by faith that He give to Abraham. And only faith can produce what God said He'd do, faith in His Word. 83 Notice, how more like the real thing Mary was, but like the shuck. The shuck hugs this seed in itself, and protects it, and nurtures it, until it's standing alone, mature. So has this third church age of Pentecost matured holding this grain until it's time to open up the shuck. Mary being the mother of Christ, just a incubator... He was no blood of Mary; He was no blood of Jew; He was no blood of Gentile; He was the Blood of God. God created this Blood. It could not be sex. He wasn't Jew nor Gentile. The baby's not one speck of the mother's blood. The blood comes from the father. We know the hemoglobin's in the male. Like a chicken, it can lay an egg, a hen can, but if she hasn't been with the male bird, the rooster, it'll never hatch. It's unfertile, though it looks exactly like a real fertile egg. Every nature of it looks the same, but it hasn't got the life in it. 85 That's the way with people who profess Christ. Many of them look like Christians, try to act like Christians, but you've got to have Christ on the inside of you, which is the Word made manifest, or it'll never mature into a real Bible believing Christian. It'll always be a denominational something. It cannot live, because there's no life in it to live. An egg cannot hatch; it rots right in the nest if it hasn't been with the--with the male bird. Just like members of a church. You can baby them and call them--make them deacons and everything else, but they'll--you have a nest full of rotten eggs unless they've mated with the mate. That's right. 87 Carrier, the shuck, it nurtured it. That's right. Then it, that is, the seed itself has to leave the shuck, or the shuck has to leave the seed to get the seed in the presence of the sun so it can be ripened. All in type we see. See here now how close she, the church of this last days gets to look like the Seed Itself. Look how this denomination of Pentecost that's raised up in the last days--and we'll explain it little later on (See?), how they come so close to looking just exactly like the Seed. When a

shuck comes forth out of a grain of wheat--or a blade of wheat, after the pollen has fallen in there in the second stage and produced the third stage, which is the--the--the shuck... And how that that, if you are not a real close observer, you'll never be able to tell but what that's the real grain of wheat in there. When that first little grain comes forth, look like a grain. But you set down and open it up, and you'll find out there's no grain there at all. It's only a shuck, a carrier of the grain. Now, the grain comes forth from that. But remember, there is no more after that shuck. Remember, there was no more Seed promised through a woman anywhere after Mary. And there's no more denominations promised after Pentecost. It's the rapturing Bride coming forth from there, the seed, the Word made manifest again. 89 Notice, see how close it looks. Matthew said--St. Matthew 24:24, said that the two spirits in the last days, the church spirit of the church people and the Bride Spirit of the Bride people, would be so close together till it would deceive the very elected if it was possible. That's how close. Look how it's come through the stalk. Now, notice, we're going to type something here. Luther in the church age a-bringing forth the Bride Seed was the same in spirit. Just one little grain of seed Luther stood out on; that was justification by faith. He was a very type of Hagar, the stalk. Notice, Wesley was type of Sarah, the Philadelphian, the age of love, that brought forth the tassel that... In Wesley's age there's more missionaries than any other age we've had. The great missionary age of John Wesley's time... But Pentecost represented Mary, Mary, the last stage of it. Now, she was not the Seed, yet the life of the Seed was in her. But it hadn't matured yet. I feel very religious. It hadn't matured yet. It was there, but it wasn't matured. So is it with our Pentecostal age that we're living in. There's got to come forth a--a Word of God that's inter--undenominational, outside of the realms of that denomination. 92 Luther went to husk with his first word, "the just shall live by faith." Wesley had two words, sanctification: second, definite work of grace. Pentecost had the third word: the restoration of the gifts. But the entire seed has to come forth. See how they denominated on one word, and another word, and another word. But there's got to be something cannot be denominated. It's the entirety of the life that's in there has to produce itself again for a Bride. There cannot be any more church ages after this. We're at the end, brothers and sisters. We're here; we've arrived. Thanks be to God. Amen. 93 Now, we see these things are just as true as they can be. Still we notice then, if her being the tassel, or Wesley being the tassel, Pentecost then, being the shuck, which is the next stage of the coming forth of the grain... But, brother, sister, the stalk is not the grain; neither is the tassel the grain; neither is the shuck the grain, though each time it matures it looks more like the grain. The stalk don't look like the grain. Then what comes forth? The tassel, a little bulb. It looks a--more like the grain than the--than the blade does. What comes forth next? The shuck. It holds the grain; it nurtures the grain. Now, looky back there at the promise God made to Abraham of, "thy Seed..." speaking spiritually. Any of us know that. He was speaking of Christ, not Isaac; through his faith Seed. 96 Notice, the first was by a bondswoman. Didn't look anything like the promise. God don't have to take back His Word for nobody. God said how it would come, and that's the way it'll come. But Sarah being a representative of the church, type of the church, it--she found out there, that... She said, "Well, I believe it's a little too phenomena. I just can't even believe in that, so you go get Hagar, and you take her for a wife." See there? That stalk didn't look like the promise at all, but when Sarah came forth, now, that looked pretty good. It looks a whole lot more like the promise there, but still it wasn't the genuine promise, because Israel in Isaac failed and denied the genuine Seed when It come on (Hallelujah. Don't get excited; don't run. That won't hurt you.), denied the Seed, crucified Him, and hung Him on the cross.

97 Just like Paul said here, "Did not the--the seed of the--of the freewoman or the bondswoman persecute the seed of the freewoman? And so does the seed of the denomination persecute the genuine grain. It's always got to be that way. They'll not be heirs together. They're not associated together. They're absolutely two different promises, two different times, two different peoples altogether. One's a Bride and other one's a church. No comparison at all with them. But still they are not the seed that's promised to come. Neither was Sarah; neither was--and neither was Hagar. Neither Sarah was or--or neither Mary was the Seed. Mary was not the Seed. She was a carrier of the Seed. But she had nurtured, brought forth out of her womb, just like the shuck brought from it's womb the real Seed. But the shuck is not the Seed. It only... It's closer to the seed. It's hugged up around the seed. Way back up in the stalk, the life is scattered all through the stalk. And when it comes to the pollen, it's gathered down closer. But when it comes to the shuck, it's right down there like the seed, and forms it almost like the seed. Jesus told us what would be in the last days: be so close it would deceive the very elected if possible. But then the seed comes forth from there. And the shuck, the life leaves the shuck. And the shuck is a carrier. And that's just exactly what our denominations has been, a carrier. Luther, Wesley, Pentecostals, and now it's time for the seed to come forth. 99 Notice it; notice, just... She was not the Seed; Mary was not, just a shuck, tassel, and stalk, carriers of part of the Word, not all the Word. Luther had justification. Wesley had sanctification. Pentecostals had the restoration of the gifts. But when the Word come... Now, they could produce that, that justification will save a man. You believe that? Sure. It's a carrier of the Word, the same as I believe the stalk is part of the wheat. Sure it is. But it's a carrier. It ain't the life. Then along come sanctification. How many believes in sanctification? You believe the Bible you have to. Sure. So still that's not... It's a little more like... That's two more words. But then come the Pentecost, the restoration of the gifts. Speaking in tongues, they call it the initial evidence of the Holy Ghost, speaking in tongues. There they call that the initial evidence, which brought forth the what? The shuck. But they denominated. But when you come to say, "I and My Father are One," and these other things, then the shuck pulls away from it. But the real genuine Bride church will bring forth the entire Word of God in Its fulness in the midst...?... for He's the same yesterday, today, and forever. 100 Notice, in the wombs of Mary was the Seed. But when the Seed was delivered, It said, "I come to do the will of Him that sent Me. I and My Father are One. If I do not His works, believe Me not." There was the Seed. "Which one of you can condemn Me of unbelief? What the Bible's promised I'd do, I done it. God has verified that through Me." He said. "Who can tell Me now?" See? But the--the Seed in Mary, the shuck, it was close to being that, but it wasn't. It was still in the womb. Notice. And in the Pentecostal age, through the Lutheran age, through the Wesleyan age, it's been the same thing through this Pentecostal age. Now, notice, but at the opening of the Seven Seals, Revelations 10, the full Word is to be borned into manifestation again and vindicated by the Spirit of God in the full strength, as It was when It was here on earth, manifested in the same way, doing the same things that It did when It was here on earth. Amen. Hebrews 13:8 said Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. In St. Luke 17:30 Jesus said, "In the last days, as it was in the days of Sodom when the Son of man will be revealing Himself again, it'll be the same thing." 102 The world's in a Sodom condition, and the church has went into Sodom with it like Lot and his wife. And I say that there is a elected church somewhere in this world that's pulled out and set aside from those things. And the manifestation of God has attracted its attention. We're at the last days. The shuck has give forth its strength into the seed; it's went on out. It was a good shuck, but it served its time. See, it is the Word Bride of the Word Groom. The natural seed of Abraham, of Isaac, and Jacob and-or natural seed, rather, of Ishmael, natural seed of Isaac, and so forth, had to go into the ground in order to--to bring out this other, bring out Jesus. And so has all these others. The seeds has to dry--

and I mean, the shucks has to dry, and the pollen has to dry, and everything dies so the seed can produce itself. 105 That's the way it's been in every age, denominations has been the carriers of part of it. Part of that is the Word, for it has been hid from the wise reformers or the--sealed away from them until the age of the eagle's appear. The Bible said so. Yes, sir. 'Cause we're promised that in Malachi 4. Exactly, we are. He's hid it from the eyes of the wise and prudent. And as we've just went through the Book of the Revelation, we find out that every--all three of those messengers, or those beasts that went forth, each one suited Luther just right. Each one seeded the other one just right, which is the ox and the different animals of the Bible. It went forth to justification, sanctification, even into the Pentecostals; but the fourth was an eagle. That's right, and through that age God raised it up. So it'd have to come through that age to be correct. Yes, sir, the eagle promise being fulfilled of--of Malachi 4... Jesus was not of Mary, but came through Mary, like the life through the shuck. 108 Now, many of you fine Catholic brothers here or sisters tonight maybe think that Mary was mother of God, as you say she was. How could she be the mother of God, and God had no beginning and no end? Huh? Who was the Father of God then if she was the mother? See? He was her Creator, and she was not His creator. He created Himself in the womb of Mary, not her own creation. It was... He created Himself. He was not of her, but she was of Him. That's right. The Bible teaches us that all things were made by Him. And not nothing was made but what was made by Him. So how could He... How'd He have a mother, when He was God Himself? 109 Now, we see here the true revelation of the true type. There's three women carriers of the natural seed until the matured into Jesus. How... Ishmael could not be, because be was born really-in what we'd think today: out of wedlock, because he was a bondswoman's son. Then come a little more like Him, like Jesus, which come out Isaac. But it still wasn't, because it was borned of the sex between Sarah and Abraham. But then along came Mary, by the virgin birth produced Jesus Christ (That's right.), God, the Word made flesh. Now, look, there was three women. There's three women typed here, churches (The women always types churches.) means three denominational ages, carriers, which also must die and dry up, just like the shuck and so forth does, to give room for the seed. The seed cannot get ripe--cannot get ripe, rather, until the shuck, stalk, and leaves are all dry. That's right. It saps every bit of the life in them out. Amen. All it was is that plus. Cannot do it... 111 Now, it's seed time or Bride time. The shucks are dead. The shucks are dried up. The virgin Word time, not touched... It's a virgin. Remember, a virgin Word time. If you put it in the hands of a denomination, it sure won't be virgin. It'll be man-handled time you get to it. But God's church is not touched by denomination (Hallelujah.); It's a virgin born Word of God made manifest: Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hallelujah. How--how wonderful. I love it. I believe it. I know that it's the Truth. It'll not be touched. There'll be no denominational man-handling in the virgin birth of the Bride. No, sir. She's--she's commanded by God to come out of such. "Touch not their unclean things..." become vultures. 112 Just reminds me. As I was coming from Phoenix the other day, coming to Tucson from the meeting, the Spirit of God called my attention to something (as wife and I were going along talking, and the children was asleep in the back of the car, getting late), called my attention to a hawk. And I watched that hawk a little bit and studied him. He's a very type of the church today. Now, the hawk, as we all know, has lost his identification of his original creation. That's exactly right. Once he was similar to an eagle, his greater brother, a hawk was. But now he doesn't fly in the skies no more to hunt his heavenly manna, but he has gotten soft. He don't fly in the skies anymore; he

hops on the ground like a vulture, sets upon a telephone post, hops along hunting for dead rabbits. The hawk wasn't made to do that. No, he was made to be a similar to an eagle. Now, that's just like the church. It was made similar to the eagle. It should take the place in the heavenlies. But instead of that, it's got soft. It don't fly into the unknown no more, into the blue. No, sir. It's depending on it's modern ways of adoption, of education, and theology of some manmade denomination, looking for a bunch of dead rabbits half rotten that something else has (That's right.)... hopping along on the ground. That's right. A hawk... See that's what tells. The eagle hasn't changed a bit. He stays a eagle. 114 He doesn't soar into the skies, a hawk doesn't any more, to catch his fresh manna up there, but he depends on what he can find already dead. A hawk don't know how to--ain't supposed to get on the ground. But watch an old hawk today. Go down along the road; you see the telephone wires setting full of hawks, see if he can find something--something's killed, some rotten something. He's got so he hasn't got wings enough to fly. He's... The first thing you know he'll be on the ground altogether, grounded because he's got soft. He don't use his strength no more that God's give him. His special identification was to sail into the skies and watch down from below. But now, he gets down below and can't even look up. He's got his mind on dead rabbits to find out what he can find on the road, some skunk, opossum, or something somebody's run over. He's not an eagle, but he's something like it. Just like the church depending on its food for education and so forth, a dead diet that died years ago through Luther, and Wesley, and the Pentecostals, and gone on in the age. It's looking back for some manmade creed, instead of flying up in the heavenlies of the Word where all things are possible to them that believe. 116 He's took up the habits of the buzzard. Them dead things was left for the vultures, the world. Educations and so forth like that was left for the world, not for the church. He's so soft he don't... He ain't rugged no more. He can't get up into the rugged heavenlies where all things are possible to them that believe. He sets back and said, "Well, Doctor So-and-so said certain... My denomination don't believe it that way." Oh, you perverted hawk, afraid to break out upon the promises of God. You say, "Well, the days of miracles is passed." You're soft. You're scared to take your wings and fly yonder, and have you come too soft for a prayer meeting? Have you come to a place that you're scared to stay over ten minutes at the altar? Hop along like a vulture eating dead a-carrion on the ground. Yes, sir. 118 He's too soft to take the rugged beyonds anymore. Hops like a vulture, and eats vulture's food (That's what it is. That's right.), until he's begin to look like a vulture. He acts like a vulture; He ain't no more a hawk than nothing. He's more like a vulture than he is a hawk. A hawk's supposed to sail, not set on a telephone pole and watch for a dead rabbit, and then get down there and pop up and down the road like a vulture. See? That's just about the way the church has today. "What's the use of going up there and sailing around when I can get rabbits here?" But they're dead; they're rotten; they're contaminated. One time they were good. So was the doctrine of the Lutheran, Wesley, and the Pentecostals. Why you eat like a vulture? There was new manna fell every night out of the heavenlies for the children of Israel as they journeyed. Anything left over was contaminated. We used to say in the country, "got wiggletails in it." There's too many of them wiggletails in our experiences today. Our religion's depending on what somebody else said, what somebody else said, and, "The promise is for some other age." 120 Man come to me not long ago, a Baptist preacher, up there in my house, and said, "You know," said, "I--I just want to correct you on something." I said,"What?" Said, "You're trying to teach an apostolic doctrine over in this age," said; "the apostolic age ceased." I said, "When? (See?) I'll tell you when it begin, and you tell me when it ceased." I said, "You believe the Word?"

He said, "I do." I said, "All right. Now, on the day of Pentecost, you believe that's when the apostolic age started?" He said, "I do." I said, "Then the speaker, apostle Peter, said these words... And remember, Jesus said, 'whosoever shall take one word out of This or add one word to It, his part will be taken from the Book of Life.' That's a preacher or somebody that's got their name on the Book." I said, "Peter said, 'Repent every one of you and be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sin; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost; for the promise is to you, and to your children, and to them that's far off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.' When did it go out then? It's always been in." It's a bunch of hawks that's turned out to be buzzards and hopping around on some other dead carcass some other age killed for them (That's right.) not fresh manna from the heavens anymore. 124 They don't want It today. They can't have a prayer meeting. Not eagles to begin with, soft, not rugged, just hops around. So is our modern denomination depended on education to some manmade theology to explain all these things away. And they accept that. They won't take the Word that said Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He won't take Malachi 4. And he won't take all these other promises pertaining to this day, and said how the church age--how the prophet said, "It shall be Light in the evening time." They don't take this; they want to hop around on what some Pentecostal organization killed a hundred years ago, eating on half rotten manna. That's right. It's no good. 125 Notice, church is so carnal, feeds itself on worldly a-carrion, dead things of the world, just like the vulture does. Church politics, they don't let the Holy Ghost send a man to a church; they have to have a politics and see if the denomination's going to receive him or not. That's right. They like the world. They dress like the world. They look like the world. They act like the world. They're vultures like the world. They're lazy, soft, compromisers. That's all there is to it. Did you ever see a eagle compromise? No, sir. There's no compromising in him. Neither does a genuine Christian. He ain't soft. He'll hunt till he finds it. Amen. Yes, sir. He'll find his meat. He wants fresh manna. He'll get down there an dig till he finds it. He'll fly higher and higher. If it's not in this valley, he'll raise a little higher. The higher you go, the more you can see. So it's time for the eagles of this day to get to flying higher; dig into God's promises, not live on vulture food that's been killed years ago. Get out of it. 126 Politics, voting in, voting out, saying this, that, or the other. And the Holy Spirit has no more right-of-way in the church than nothing. No more prayer meetings, no more agonizing with God to fulfill His Word. No more believing that the Word is still the same yesterday, today, and forever, they just vulturize down, got a denomination, put their name on the book, got lazy and soft, and sets back there gloating on some kind of dead a-carrion. And then supposed to be at least a hawk that's a similar brother to the eagle, the prophet that brought the true Word and manifested it. Relies on half rotten, manmade theology. Where does he get it at? In some manmade Sunday school program sheet some educator killed for him back in some seminary, tell him that, "The days of miracles is passed; there was no such a thing as the baptism of the Holy Ghost; all this is nonsense." You mean to tell me that an eagle would eat that? He couldn't do it. No, sir. Neither will a Christian eat on that dead a-carrion from old denominational doctrines and things. They want the Word of God fresh, the promise of the hour. God promised rabbits in the days of Luther. He promised other things in the days of others. But now He's promised us a full square meal, the full seven course menu, for all the Seven Seals are opened and everything is ready for the Word of God, for those who can receive... 129 Hawks hopping like buzzards (Oh, my.), think of it, how critical what--how the hour is. Just as the hawk has long lost his identification as a hawk, so has the church long lost her identification as a lesser bird brother of the eagle, God's prophets. Once a carrier of a true word, justification, then it become a carrier of sanctification, then it become a carrier of the baptism of the Holy Spirit,

restoration of the gifts. But then when it goes on and keeps going back try to eat something, manna from another day, it's rotten. It's no good. A genuine eagle of this day knows that was all right, but we got that plus until Jesus Christ is made manifest in the fullness of His power as He promised to be in this last day. 130 She is now a dry shuck. It's passed. The Spirit of God passed through her. It's true. And will not-she will not be heir with the a-vindicated seed Word. She sure will not be. She'll not be in the rapture. She'll be a church member, may come up in the second resurrection, be judged according to what's she's heard. If you're here tonight and just a church member, what's your judgment going to be when we all have to stand there and witness you heard the Truth? See? She no more flies into the blue, into the unknown, unto the supernatural where the powers, and heights in the promises of God's eternal Word has made possible all things to them that believe. She won't believe that. She says... She falls right back on the telephone wire and says, "My denomination says the rabbits is all right." Though they got maggots in them, but yet they're all right. See? She depends on that. Pentecost is like her denominational vulture sister setting now in large council seats of the ungodly (certainly.), listening to her worldly politics head, feeding her on vulture food of dead rabbits of something that passed by fifty years ago. That's the condition of the Pentecostal church. Oh, my. 132 Just as Sarah tried to bring the promise of the supernatural by, by hand-picked Hagar, so has the church trying to bring a revival, our great evangelists, across the countries today, "A revival in our time, a revival in our time. All you Methodists, Baptists, Pentecostals, all get together." How can you have a revival of fresh manna on an old dead vulture? How can you have it? "Revival in our time." The revival would be so small, they'd never know it ever happening. Pentecostals said, "Oh, there's going to be a great thing happen." It's happening, and they don't know it. That's it. See? Yes, sir. "For where the carcass is there the eagles will be gathered, as sure as the world. That's what it said. What is the carcass? The Word. He is the Word, the Carcass, Christ, Christ in you, the same yesterday, today, and forever. 134 How true it is, Sarah trying to get the promises all fulfilled (You see?), in a great--like the church today, a great revival in our time by what? By a perverted promise. How are you going to do it when God never did bless organizations. He never did use an organization. When a message went forth, and they organized, it died right there. I challenge any historian to show me where it ever raised again. It died right there and stayed right there. God just moved right on out of that carrier into another one, right on out of the Lutheran into the Methodist, right on out of the Methodist into the Pentecostals. Now, He's moved right on out of the Pentecostals into the Seed, because it has to be the Seed. You can't beat nature. There's no nothing else there for it to happen but the Seed. So the Seed will produce Itself, He's the same yesterday, today, and forever, the same Pillar of Fire, showing the same signs, the same power, the same God, the same miracles, the same things. Vindicated the Word and the Bible just exactly, He's the same yesterday, today, and forever. He's leading tonight. God help us to see it and believe it. Sure. 136 See, Sarah, the church, hand-picked Hagar? It didn't work did it? No. Her hand-picked group won't work today either. Doctors, and Ph.D.'s, and L.L.D.'s don't do it. All the carriers fail. Luther failed it; Hagar did. What did Hagar do? Hagar gave her son to another woman's bosom (That's right?) to raise her child. Hagar did that, gave her son, her only son, to another woman's bosom, not its mother, to raise it. That's the same thing Luther did, when he gave his son justification over to a denomination to fool with (That's exactly.), to raise him up. 137 Wesley failed the same way as Sarah did, doubting the supernatural birth being the baptism of the Holy Ghost, as Sarah did at the oak tree. When Wesley was introduced to the supernatural...

When the Pentecostal age come on and Wesley was introduced to speaking in tongues, all this, they laughed and made fun of it. All you Church of Christ, and you (so-called), you Baptists, and Presbyterians, every one of you turned your nose up on it and went away from it. That's right. What'd you do, Wesley? You sold your child to an organization, and it died and perished. That's exactly right. But the Word, the true Word went right on. It didn't stay in that organization. It moved right on into Pentecost and took some more with it. It was a more matured son, like the seed that fell into the womb. And after while it started in the backbone, then it had lungs, and had head and feet, and after while it come to a place that it was born. That's right. So that's how the church has matured, the same way. 139 Wesley doubted just exactly like Sarah did at the tree. She said... When the Angel of the Lord, a Man dressed like a--a Angel... God, it was Himself, Elohim, dressed like a man, stood there with dust on His clothes and said that He'd and give the promise, after Sarah was ninety years old and Abraham a hundred. And Sarah laughed up her sleeve, and said, "How could this be when Abraham and I haven't had, well, we haven't been as young people--family relationship--maybe for twenty years." She was nearly a hundred years old. Said, "Me, have pleasure with my lord, me old and him old too? And his stream of life is dead, and my womb's dried up. My breast is gone; the milk veins are gone. How could I have it?" God said, "I promised it. He's coming anyhow." So did Wesley. "How can we accept them speaking in tongues, and Divine healing, and stuff. It's not for us in this day." 142 God said, "I promised in the last days that I'll pour out My Spirit upon all flesh." He promised to do it, and He went on and done it anyhow. And the Wesleyan church with the--all of its little pollen sisters of Baptists, Presbyterians, and Church of Christ, and Nazarenes, Pilgrim Holiness, and United Brethren, and what for, died right with it, and the church moved on. Now, what did Pentecost do? Organized it just like the shuck. It done the same thing. It organized itself together, set itself in as the shuck. That's right. 143 Pentecost was as Mary. Pentecostal feast, look what Mary did. What did Mary do wrong? At a Pentecostal feast one time she was faced with a bunch of dignitaries, priests when her Son... She couldn't find Him anywhere. And she went back three day's journey she'd left Him, like the modern church today, about three times five or twenty-five has the church left--about fifty years ago or seventy-five. Left Him at the Pentecostal feast... Mary went back up with Joseph three days looking for Him. She'd been looking for Him, couldn't find. She found Him. What did she find? She found Him in the temple discussing the Word of God with the priests. And right in the front of those priests, those dignified, Mary let the curtain drop. She did exactly the thing she should not have done. Call her God, the mother of God? A mother ought to have more wisdom than her son. And she said, "Your father and I have sought You with tears for day and night. Your father and I..." claiming that the birth wasn't supernatural, that Joseph was the father of Jesus. She denied the supernatural birth. Pentecost took speaking in tongues. They denied the birth of the Word. That's exactly what it did. They'll take so much of it, but won't take the rest of it. It denied the birth of the Word just like Mary did. 145 But watch, there will not be any more organizations after this. Watch. The Word Itself, yet twelve years old, just a little bitty thing back in the shuck, He said, "Don't you know I must be about My Father's business?" The Word corrected the church right there. "What are you doing all these things for? You know you can't do this. We'll close up our doors. We won't let you come any more." "Know ye not that I must be about My Father's business?" Sure, sure, the true supernatural charm... She just claimed Him to be Joseph's son, a mere man, or what Pentecost did, just claimed Him to be one of three (Whew, I know that hurt.), one of three, but He was all three in one. But the Pentecostal, "Oh, yes, He is the Son of the Father of the Holy Ghost..." Oh, my. But the real true

Word speaks right out and said they're not three of them; there's one of them. Amen. Ye know not the Word of God. Make, not three of them, but one... 149 Notice, there will be no more carrier, mother churches, denominations, after this carrier shuck, because after the shuck there's no more... There's nothing left but them and just the grain. Is that right? Got to be the grain. It's got to be the same kind that went into the ground: Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever. A Spirit come upon the Bride to do the same things that He did. See, it's the reproducing again of the grain. The Word, yet young, spake for Itself. "And know not that I must be about My Father's business?" There's the secret of the Message now. Just exactly, the Father's business. What is the Father's business? Could you think of what the Father's business was to Him? To fulfill what Isaiah said, "A virgin shall conceive." Fulfill what Isaiah said again, "The lame shall leap like a hart," and all these thing that'd take place; like Moses said, "The Lord your God shall raise up a prophet among you liken unto me." It was the Father's business to fulfill that Word. Well, if that come down through them stalks of them natural women, what about these stalks of these spiritual church women? Churches means women--women means churches, rather. Is that right? Then what is it now? "We must be about the Father's business," the wheat would cry back, the grain. Yes, sir. What must it do? Vindicate Malachi 4; vindicate Luke 17:30; vindicate Hebrews 13:8; vindicate St. John 14:12; vindicate all of His Word: vindicate Hebrews--I mean, Revelation the 10th chapter, of the opening of the Seven Seals; and the mysteries of God, even to serpent's seed, and all would be manifested: Marriage and divorce and all these other mysteries that's been hid under the pillars from all these years from the theologians and so forth, but it's now the hour. That's the Father's business. Think they would receive it? They want to be dignified and say, "Our denomination don't teach us that." But the Bible does. That's right. God vindicates it to be true. Sure it is. 153 Fulfilling this age when the Seven Seals are just proving the denominations has just been carriers. That's another one of the Father's business. To prove... And the Father's business now is to show you them denominations is not His. They're a manmade systems that deny the Word. That's right. Notice. You say, "Why, Mary the--the great virgin?" At the cross He never called her, "mother"; He called her, "woman," carrier, not mother then. True, she was the carrier of the Word, but she was not the Word. He was the Word. Oh, yes. Notice also, she was not identified in the resurrection with Him. He died and rose again, 'cause He was the Word. She was just a carrier. She died and is still in the grave. That's right. So she was just a carrier, not His mother, not God. She was just a carrier like the churches are. That's right. Shows she was just a carrier, not the Word. 156 Let's close by saying this. Oh, Pentecostal hawks, hopping around like vultures, partaking of the world just like the rest of them does, having a form of godliness, enough to deceive the very elected if possible, but denying the power thereof, as says the prophet here, a perfect example of what God's Word said it would be in the last days: a Laodicea church age, naked, blind, miserable, poor, wretched, and don't know it, claiming that she's big and wealthy, has need of nothing, and don't know that she's changed from a hawk, a similar brother to a prophet to keep the Word of God straight; she's turned to a vulture and feeding her people on dead ecclesiastical rabbits. That's exactly right. Wake up. My, how do you expect to be identified--or heirs with the eagles when such things as that in this great hour when the rapture is at hand. 157 Oh, Christian, oh, believer, if you've been a partial believer, keep on attending the meetings for just a little while, will you? We got something here I believe the Lord wants you to know. It's late; I

can't go any farther. I got to close, and maybe finish tomorrow night. But look, let us bow our heads just a moment. I don't want you to notice what grammar I use, but I want you to take heed just a minute to what I said. It's plain enough you could understand it, I'm sure, if you desire to. If you're here tonight, and you're without this experience... I don't say... You say, "I've danced in the Spirit, jumped all around." Yeah, hawks do the same thing. It's like the crows and the vultures. I'm not asking that. What are you eating on? Where do you get your daily diet? Where are you feeding, from the Word of God or some old a-carrion that's been used back yonder years and years ago? Is your experience even tonight with something you've picked up many years ago, or is it fresh and new tonight, new manna that's just fell from heaven and you're feeding your soul on it and looking tomorrow for something good and better? If you're not that way, now with your heads bowed, and your eyes closed, and your hearts bowed, ask yourself this sincere question, and not to me but to God, would you raise your hand in a testimony of saying this? "God, condition my soul and my spirit that I can feed only on the Word of God." Would you just raise your hand, say... God bless you. God bless you. I don't know just exactly how many's in here, there's--tonight. I'm a very poor judge of crowds, but I'd say at least a third or more raised their hands, that they want conditioned souls. Let us remember in prayer now as we bow our heads. 160 Dear God, I'm only responsible for saying the Word. And by these little simple parables, little types, the people see that one's not going to be heir with the other. And we know that in the last days there's going to be people that's going to be raptured up into the heavens. And some of them will be here when Jesus comes. And we're looking for Him to come even tonight. And I'm thinking of thirty, about thirty or thirty-three years ago knelt here maybe at this time of night, along nine-thirty or ten o'clock, praying for a father that was lost... Tonight, Lord, I'm praying for many fathers, many mothers, and brothers, and sisters. Won't You have mercy, dear God? It's too late now for my father to do anything about it; he's passed beyond the boundaries of this life. And soon, Lord, we're all going to pass that way. I too must go that way. Every man and woman, boy or girl in here has to go that way. And we will be accountable for what we do with the Word of God. 162 How little did that man seem in the sight of David when he was spitting upon him. How little will those people think that spit upon Jesus the Word when He returns again, those that pierced Him. How little will the people feel who could walk away from here and see even a--even not only in some great Greek words and so forth, but in plain nature that teaches of God the Creator, can see the carriers of the Word, and see the Word Itself, and know the hour we're living, and harvest time is here. Dear God, let us not turn our back upon it for some folly of the world, but let us tonight receive Him with all of our heart. And, Lord, create in me a good spirit, the Spirit of Life, that I might believe all Thy words and accept Jesus the Word, the same yesterday, today, and forever, and believe today on the portion that's 'lotted to this age. Grant it, Lord. I ask it in Jesus' Name. 164 And now, I'm going to ask each one of you as you're here and thinking of this real sincerely... We don't have a church for you to join. We have a pool down there to be baptized in: "As many as believed was baptized." If you've never been baptized yet by Christian baptism... That don't mean sprinkling, pouring; that means by immersing, not in a title of the Father, Son, Holy Ghost, but in the Name of Jesus Christ like the entire church was baptized until the Catholic church in 303, introduced three gods and three forms of baptism in a trinity titles. If you haven't had that yet, tomorrow morning at ten o'clock, there's robes and things waiting for you down there. Won't you come and join with Jesus Christ, not with us. We don't have a church even here to take care of you. Go to any church you want to, wherever you come from, but please, believe this Word. Do you believe it, say "Amen." [Congregation replies, "Amen."--Ed.] God bless you. May you do... If there's anything we can help you, we're here to do it.

167 Now, I know there's sick here. Our time's got away from us tonight for a prayer line. Maybe we'll get it though. I want each one of you do something for me. You're setting close to somebody, lay your hands over on that person. And no doubt you're putting you hand upon a eagle, maybe an eagle that has been eating some vulture food somewhere, gotten sick of it. They don't want it no more. They want to come out of it. They're sick and tired of it. Set here tonight and see what eagles really can eat, the Word, and have a living Christ living among them, showing Himself alive, the same yesterday, today, and forever. They don't want to be heirs with the shucks. They're to be burned. All the straws and things is to be burned. The combine's coming to beat the wheat out in order to be wheat. There's some of them that's sick, some of them physically sick, I want you to pray, eagle, pray for your brother, sister eagle there, as I pray for you here. May the Spirit of God come upon you. Remember, I'm giving you the food of the eagle, the promise of God. He calls His prophets eagles. He calls Himself a Eagle; He's Jehovah Eagle. And while you have your hands laid upon one another, pray for them. 170 Our heavenly Father, Your Word said, the last commission You give to Your church was "Go into all the world and preach the Gospel (the general orders); he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; he that believeth not shall be damned. These signs shall follow them that believe: In My Name they shall cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; if they should drink any deadly thing it wouldn't hurt them; if they take up serpents, they'll not harm them; and if they lay their hands on the sick, they shall recover." O Jehovah Eagle, feed Your little ones tonight upon that Word, Lord. They're needy. That's the diet they need. That's what they need to know what the Food is, what THUS SAITH THE LORD is. You promised if they laid their hands on one another that they would recover. O Lord God, take all doubts and vulture ideas away from us now. And we feed solemnly upon the eagle Food of the Word of God. Let every unclean spirit that's in these people, every spirit of doubting, every spirit of fear, every denominational claim, every habit, every sickness, every disease that's among the people leave; in the Name of Jesus Christ may it come out of this group of people. And may they be free from this hour on, that they can eat the eagle Food that we're believing You'll send us through the week, Lord, breaking open those Seals and showing us those mysteries that's been hid since the foundation of the world, as You promised. They are Yours, Father. In the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen. 173 All that believe and accept, stand to your feet, say, "I believe; I accept that; what God promised me, I receive." The Lord bless you. That's wonderful. Every person standing. That's good. A chord, "I Love Him." Let's sing this hymn to Him then, "I love Him, I love Him, because He first loved me." All together now. I love Him, (If you do, let's raise our hands.) I love Him, Because He first loved me And purchased my salvation On Calvary's tree. Oh, isn't He wonderful? Let's shake hands with one another. Brother Eagle, just turn around, sister, shake hands as we sing it. [Congregation greets one another--Ed.] I love Him,... (Brother Eagle, Brother Eagle, Brother Eagle, that's where you belong...?... Charlie, how are you...?... God bless you brother. God bless you, brother...?...) On Calvary's tree. Let's raise our hands again to Him. I love Him, I love Him, Because He first loved me (And He makes us eagles.) And purchased my salvation On Calvary's tree.

175 How will you know, how will the world know that you love Jesus? When we love one another. That's how the world... See, God sees your faith; the world sees your actions. Love one another now; be kind to one another. Talk with one another. Be patient with one another. And any further instructions we can give, baptism, seeking the Holy Ghost... We don't have any rooms here to do that in, you understand. The altar call, if God's convinced you that this is right, that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and you want to join with Him, go and be baptized in His Name tomorrow. There'll be men there to instruct you. Anything that we can do to help you, we'll do it. I love Him, I love Him, Because (You on the telephones now, Tucson, over in California, way up in the east, raise your hands way out in...?... Praise Him.) ... purchased my salvation On Calvary's tree. Now, until tomorrow night I give you Brother Neville our pastor. THIS DAY THIS SCRIPTURE JEFF IN 65-0219 V-3 N-8 1-1 Just remain standing, if you will, while we bow our heads for a word of prayer. Dear heavenly Father, we are grateful tonight for this, another opportunity to come and present this glorious, marvelous Gospel of Jesus Christ. We thank Thee because that He still remains the same yesterday, today, and forever. We thank Thee for these people who have gathered out here in the time of this cold weather and still with their anticipations great, looking, believing that something extraordinary is going to be given us from God. We come with that hope, Lord, to every meeting. We thank Thee for the services night before last at the tabernacle. Thank Thee for the service here last evening and for the service today at the tabernacle. We're looking forward now what You will have for us tonight. Father, we know that anyone that's able to move their hands could turn back the pages of the Bible, but there's only One Who can make It live and be real, and that's You. Father, we're looking for You to do that tonight. Bless us in every way. Our hearts are so full of joy as we see the time approaching when we're going to meet Him face to face, the One that we've loved and lived for all these years. Many new converts, Lord, has been made. Understanding that a great host, forty or fifty, is to be baptized in Your Name in the morning from the service last night. O God, please continue, we pray, until every predestinated seed of God has seen the Gospel Light and come into the fold. We ask You to hide us tonight behind the Word; blind us to the things of the world and let us see Jesus. May there be a Mount Transfiguration experience among us tonight that we see no man save Jesus only. We ask it in His Name, and for His glory, and a-vindication of His Gospel. Amen. May be seated. 1-5 I'm just going to turn this mike, or this desk, just slightly sideways, if it's all right, so that I can see both sides of the audience. I guess I can get these microphones around here right. All right, just a moment. We are greeting from the main auditorium here tonight, our friends in Arizona, California, Texas, and across the United States by the way of telephone. This--this is going nationwide (this service tonight) by the way of telephone. So we trust that God will bless us. Can you hear back over to the--in the auditorium to the left? All right, they're going to check now the telephone system to see if it's working all right. 2-3 Everybody happy tonight? See? Well, that's fine. On this side? Amen. I'm so glad to see that you're all seated comfortably. And now, tomorrow night if the--the crowds keep increasing, they'll also be telephone direct; there is tonight; I think some of them's down there at the Tabernacle. And

tomorrow morning the services cannot be had at the Tabernacle, because the--there'll be a florist there decorating the church for a wedding tomorrow afternoon. And they have transferred the--the services in the morning up to Brother Ruddell's church (one of our associates) and up on the--the highway here: 62. Has it been announced? It's been announced. And if it overflows up there, we'll take the rest and send another minister down to Brother Junior Jackson's down in Clarksville. The reason we had it at Brother Ruddell's, it's close here and we can--and we thought you could find that easier. And then we'll take care of it in some way, and be sure to get all those baptisms in for tomorrow, and I hope there'll be another hundred or two added to those for baptism tomorrow. 2-4 And now, tomorrow night... I never like to announce anything you speak on ahead of time, but one night in the service, or one day, I want to speak on the subject of "Who is This Melchisedec?" because it's a--a subject that I think we're living in the time when these revelations of which has been the question down through the age of, "Who is this Fellow?" And I believe that God has the answer Who He was. Some said a priesthood; some said a king; some... But there's got... As long as there's a question, there's got to be an answer to that question which is right. Cannot be a question without first being an answer. 2-5 Now, we trusting that God will give us a blessing tonight out of His Word as we read It. And you've had... Billy told me to tell you that you've sure had fine cooperation with the peoples here that's been in the parking system, the police and everything. Keep it up; that's very, very good. We hope to see the time (maybe in the near future) when maybe we could bring the tent here to the city and put it up out here in the ball park where we could stay for some length of time, maybe for three or four weeks' revival, constantly. But here, we just barely get to know each other, and then we have to say good-bye and we go again. But I'd like to come and stay an extensive trip, one time where you could stay so you don't have to close out in a night or two, but just stay and teach day and night, day and night, on and on. Maybe somebody go home and feed the chickens, milk the cows, and come back next week and continue on with the service. I--I like that. So the Lord be with you. 3-3 Now, before I leave, perhaps Sunday morning or Sunday night, or sometime (one of these services), I know you're all waiting to hear the message on the truth about marriage and divorce, which is one of the great problems of the day. And I... Just as sure as I'm standing here, I believe that the correct answer is in the Word of God, and I believe that that's what I promised to come back for. I suppose, knowingly... As far as I know, I want to have another service here in Jeffersonville on Easter Sunday, and we'll--for sunrise service and then Easter Sunday; so we'll announce it ahead and try maybe to get the auditorium, if possible, or somewhere, for Sunday--maybe come Saturday and Sunday. Have to fly in and back out, because it's near the time... I have to check it first with the schedule I have and one of my--my--my itinerary in California. And then immediately after that, I've got to go down into--to Africa. So keep in touch and pray for us. 3-5 Now, tonight I want to call your attention to a portion of God's Word found in the 4th chapter of St. Luke--the 4th chapter and the 16th verse it will begin, Jesus speaking. This day is this Word fulfilled in your ears. Now, we want to draw from that a conclusion of how dynamic is the Word of God. Now, we all can figure out the mechanics, but it takes the dynamics to make it work. We can figure out what the mechanics of a machine (automobile), but then it takes the dynamics to make the wheels go to operating and moving. Now, Jesus had returned to--to Nazareth where He was brought up. On down in the Scriptures here we find that they said, "We heard you did such and such over in Capernaum; now let us see you do it here in your own country." Jesus said, "A--a prophet is not without honor except in his own country." And of course, that's where you're brought up at and where people know you. And there

He had a--a bad name to begin with by Him being born without an earthly father. They called Him a illegitimate child--that Mary was actually pregnant before she married officially, Joseph. But that isn't so; we know it isn't so. 4-3 And on this Scripture, what caused me to fall my eyes upon this was of something that happened just recently in Phoenix, Arizona. It was the last day of the service that I was to speak at the international convention of the Full Gospel Business Men, and in this convention there was a visitor with us which was a Catholic bishop, which is, he's of the Chaldean Rites of the Apostolic Catholic church, the Most Reverend John S. Stanley, O. S. D. He is the Archbishop of Metropolitan United States in the Catholic church. This happened to be his card and his--and his address. And he was a visitor with the Christian Business Men, and I had seen him there the day before. And when I was speaking on Saturday night, I believe it was, or Saturday morning at the breakfast, and I-as I was speaking he kept watching me. I thought "That man certainly is disagreeing with everything I say." And, you know, you could--you could just see him; he'd keep his head up and down, but I didn't know what was just exactly working on him. 4-5 So on Sunday afternoon when I got up to speak, I was going to take my text on "Birth Pains," where Jesus said that as a woman in travail with a child, she's travailing in birth. And so I was going to speak from there as "Birth Pains" (the subject), saying that the world is in birth pains now. The old has to be done away with so the new can be born; just like a--a seed has to rot away in order to give new life. And how the pains, birth pains, struck the world in World War I. She had a terrific pain, because they had poison gas and so forth that almost could destroy the world. And in World War II she struck another harder pain; they had blockbusters and also an atomic bomb. She cannot stand another labor pain. With these missiles and things today, one more war will throw her out into space, for she will now be delivered, and there'll be a new earth. The Bible said there will be. Under every prophet's message Israel got a birth pain, because that these prophets would come on the scene after the theologians and clergymen would have the church all in a organization form. And when them prophets come on the scene with THUS SAITH THE LORD, they shook them churches and she had a birth pain. Finally she had birth pains plumb on up until she delivered a Son of the Gospel which was the Word Itself made flesh. 5-2 So the church really is in birth pains tonight again for the deliverance of the Son--Son of God to come again. All of our theologians, all of our systems, all of our denominations has rotted right out from under us. So we are in birth pains. And a Message from God always throws the church in heavier pains. But after while she's going to be delivered of a bride that'll bring forth Jesus Christ to His Bride. And then, thinking this man had disagreed with me so much, when I raised up to speak this message, I turned in my Bible to find the page, and my wife had just given me a new Bible for Christmas. My old Bible was about fifteen years old, and the thing was just about tore to pieces. The pages, every time I'd open it up, would fly out of it and--but I knowed just where to find every Scripture. So I'd studied close in that Bible, and I'd just picked up the new one because the other one looked so ragged to go to church with. 5-4 And when I started to turn over in St. John where the Scripture was found, I started to read the 16th chapter, and the verse that I was looking for wasn't there. So I thought, "Strange." I turned back again; still it wasn't there. And Brother Jack Moore from Shreveport, Louisiana, a bosom friend of mine, he was setting there. I said, "Brother Jack, isn't that found in St. John 16?" He said, "Yes." And this Catholic priest got up out of his seat, from about a hundred clergymen setting on the platform, walked over close to me, with all of his robes and gowns and crosses and so forth, and got right up close to me; and he said, "My son, be steady. God is fixing to move." And I thought, "A Catholic bishop telling me that." He said, "Read it out of my Book."

And I read the Scripture out of his Book, and took my text and went on, preached my sermon. Afterwards, when I got through, he got up after I was gone and said, "There's one thing that has to happen. After that, the church has to get out of the mess that it's in, or we have to get out of the mess the church is in." So one or the other. 6-3 And I was on my road home (back down to Tucson) that evening, and the kids was crying for a sandwich, and I stopped to get a sandwich at a little stand. And my wife said, "Bill, I never was so nervous in all my life to see you standing up there fumbling through that Bible." Said, "Didn't it make you nervous?" I said, "Nope." I said, "I knowed it was in there somewhere; they just didn't have the page in. It's a misprint." And she said, "To think that I got you that Bible. It looked like every eye in there was right upon me." And I said, "Well, you couldn't help that. That was a misprint in the Bible." I said, "They just never put the page in." Well, I got down and looked at it again. Just perfectly as it could be, but the 16th chapter, ends portion--the portion of it just about three inches from the bottom, over at the 17th chapter, on the other side does the same thing; and being a new Bible, those two pages had perfectly stuck together, and I was reading from the 17th chapter in the stead of the 16th. "Well," I said, "that's all fine. It's for some cause." 6-5 And just as plain as you could hear any voice, a Voice come to me and said, "He entered into Nazareth to where He was brought up at and went into the synagogue as it was His custom. And the priest gave Him the Scriptures to read, and He read Isaiah 61. And when He had read the Scriptures, He set down, handed the priest back the Bible, the Book, and set down. And all the eyes of the congregation was upon Him, and precious words proceeded from His mouth and He said, 'This day this Scripture is fulfilled.'" "This day this Scripture is fulfilled." How accurate is the Scripture. If you'll notice this, in Isaiah 61:1-2 is where our Lord was reading from: Isaiah 61:1-2. But in the middle of the second verse of Isaiah 61, He stopped where it said, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me to preach the acceptable year." Then He stopped. Why? The other part, to bring judgment, it didn't apply to His first coming, but His second coming. See, it didn't apply there; how the Scriptures never make a mistake. They're always perfect. Jesus stopped just where the Scripture stopped, 'cause that was exactly what was to be vindicated in His day. 7-2 Now, and that first coming... The second coming He will bring judgment upon the earth, but not then. He was to preach the acceptable year. Notice, the Messiah standing in the platform to identify Himself with the Word of promise for that age. How strange--the Messiah standing up before the church. And look at these precious words, when He says here, "To preach the acceptable year..." The acceptable year, as we all know as Bible readers, was the year of Jubilee, that when all slaves and prisoners, as they were--been taken prisoners, and they had to give a son to pay a debt, or a daughter to pay a debt, and they were in bondage. No matter how long they'd been in bondage or how long they was supposed to stay there, when the year come of the Jubilee, when the trumpet sounded, every man could go free if he wanted to go free. You're free; you was no more a slave. But if you desired to remain a slave, then you had to be taken down to the temple, stood by the temple post, and they took a awl and bored a hole in your ear. And then you had to serve that slave master the rest of your days. 7-6 What a perfect example it is of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When It's preached, the acceptable time and the time of Jubilee, anybody, no matter who you are, what color you are, what denomination you belong to, how far you've stooped in sin, or what's wrong with you, you can go

free when you hear the--God's Gospel trumpet sound out. You are free. But if you turn your back upon the Message and refuse to hear It, notice, you were bored in the ear with an awl. That means to say, that you have crossed the line between grace and judgment and you will never hear the Gospel again. You'll never get any further; you must be a slave to the system you're in the rest of your days, if you refuse to hear the acceptable year. Now, the other part of it, as I said, didn't need to be answered, because this coming Messiah, a time now, is when He will bring judgment. 8-2 Now, how could those people ever fail to see Who He was? How did they ever miss it? How could it be when it was so plainly made known and showed? How could they ever miss seeing when He... What a Word. Think of it. "This day is this Scripture fulfilled before your eyes." Who said it? God Himself, Who is the Interpreter of His own Word. "This day is this Scripture fulfilled." The Messiah, Himself, standing in the presence of the congregation and reading a word out of the Bible pertaining to Himself, and then saying, "Today this Scripture is fulfilled," and they still failed to see It. What a tragedy that that would be, but it's happened. It's happened many times. How could it happen? Of course, like it did in other times, by believing man's interpretation of the Word. That's what caused it. Those believers in them days (so-called believers) was taking the interpretation of what the priest had said about the Scripture. Therefore Jesus, not belonging to any of their ranks or their societies, He was excommunicated from their company. And therefore, they could not identify Him with them, because He was different from them. The Person of Jesus Christ was so unique that no one should've missed seeing that that was the Son of God, because He was a perfect identification of the Scripture that was wrote of Him. That's the way any Christian is known: when his life identifies the very things that the Christian's supposed to do. 9-1 How He could stand there and say, "This day this Scripture is fulfilled right before your eyes"... How outstanding. How so plainly, and yet those people misunderstood. Why? Is because they took the interpretation of some order of priests that they were listening to. And history always repeats itself, and Scripture has a compound meaning to It and a compound revelation. For instance, like it says in the Bible that "Out of Egypt I call My Son (referring to Jesus)." Run the margin on that and you find out it also referred to Jacob: same Scripture. Jesus was His greater Son. Jacob was His son that He called out of Egypt, which the Scofield reference and all other references give to it, because that's the Scripture it was referring to, so it had a--a double answer. It had a answer to Jacob called out and to Jesus called out. And so is it today. Is because that we're in such a turmoil as we are, and people fail to see the Truth of God, is because there's too many manmade interpretations of God's Word. God don't need nobody to interpret His Word. He is His own Interpreter. 9-4 God said in the beginning, "Let there be light," and there was light. That doesn't need an interpretation. He said, "A virgin shall conceive," and she did. That doesn't need any interpretation. When--God's interpretation of His Word is when He vindicates and proves It to be so. That's His interpretation, by making it come to pass. That's where God's interpretation is, is when He makes His Word come to pass; He's interpreting It to you. Like if there'd never been light and He said, "Let there be light," and there was; that don't need anybody to interpret. But we get manmade systems mixed into it. And when you do, you--you get it out of line. It's always been that way. 9-7 But I still think of how striking it must've been. Think of it. The Messiah. Why did they fail to see Him? Because their very leaders that ought to have knowed Him, that ought to have been versed in the Scriptures, that ought to have been understanding of the Scriptures, they belittled this Man and said, "He's an illegitimate child of--to begin with." We wouldn't believe that. Years later we don't believe that; we would die for the purpose to say that He was a virgin born Son. And it'll come to

pass someday that the very things that we see Jehovah doing today, men in the ages to come, if there is, will die for the thing that we're talking about today. You'll have to do it when the mark of the beast comes on, and they're not allowed to preach the Gospel this way. 10-1 When the great union of churches comes together, which is in order right now for the world church, you'll have to seal your testimony with your own life to this. You must believe it now. If those priests could rise up that condemned Him, would not condemn Him. But you say, "If I'd have been there, I would've done so-and-so." Well, that wasn't in your age, but this is your age. This is the time. You say, "Well, if He was here..." The Bible says He's the same yesterday, today, and forever the same; so He is here. But He's here... As the world has civilized and become greater and educated more, He's here in the Spirit form, which they cannot kill or put to death. He died once; He cannot die again. He had to be made flesh in order for God to be put to death in the flesh for sin. But this time He can never die; It's the Holy Spirit. 10-3 Now, how to think that they had them things against Him. Another thing, that He would not join any of their ranks. Then you see, that still made Him a bad person. He wouldn't join their--their organizations, wouldn't join their priesthood, and He wouldn't have nothing to do with it. And then besides all that, He tried to tear down what they built up. He went into the temple. We call Him a meek Man; He was, but many times we misunderstand what meekness is. He was a Man of compassion, but yet we fail sometime to understand what compassions is. Not human sympathy isn't compassion, but compassion is doing the will of God. He passed through the pool of Bethesda, the gate; there laid people, multitudes of them. Multitudes is no certain number, but there laid multitudes: lame, blind, halt, withered. And He had compassion on the people always, and He went to one person that was not lame, blind, halt, nor withered. Maybe had a prostate trouble; maybe he had some little infirmity that was retarded; he had it thirty-eight years. It wasn't going to bother him, wasn't going to kill him. He was lying on a pallet. And He said, "Wilt thou be made whole?" And the man said, "I have nobody to put me in the water, but while I'm coming, well, someone steps down ahead of me." See, he could walk; he could see; he could get around, but he was just feeble. And Jesus said to him, "Rise up. Take up your bed and go to your house." And Jesus was questioned on that. For you remember the Scripture said this... 11-1 No wonder. If He'd come to Jeffersonville tonight and make a act like that, they'd still talk about Him. But remember, He came to do one thing: was the will of God. Now, that's found in St. John 5:19; you'll get the answer. He said, "Verily, verily I say unto you, the Son can do nothing in Himself but what He sees the Father doing, that doeth the Son." Now, they ought to have knowed that that was the very vindication of the prophecy of Moses: "For the Lord your God shall raise up a prophet likened unto Me." Did you notice when He seen the man He said... Jesus knew that he'd been in this condition for many years. See, being a Prophet, He saw that man in that condition, and went down there, and waved-waded His way around through those people, mincing through the crowd until He found that certain man. Passed by the lame, halt, blind, and withered, yet a Man full of compassion, but compassion is doing the will of God. 11-4 Now, we find Him, as He would not join up with them; He would not have nothing to do in their ranks; then He was an outcast. He would not have any... Besides that He went into the temple one day. A man went in there and found the house of God just about contaminated as it is today. They were buying, selling, changing money, and He turned over the money tables took ropes and plaited them and beat the moneychangers out of the temple and looked upon them with anger. And said,

"It's written (Hallelujah.), My Father's house is a house of prayer and you've made it a den of thieves. And you with your tradition has made the commandments of God of non-effect." Oh, could a bunch like that ever believe in Him? No, sir. They had been so hog-wallowed in the muck of societies and filth of the day until they were so ecclesiastical froze up until they couldn't feel the vibrations of the power of Almighty God. No wonder the little woman could touch His garment and get healed by it, and a drunken soldier could spit in His face and feel no virtue. Depends on how you approach It; depends on what you're looking for. When you go to church it depends on what you're looking for. 12-2 Now, we see Him standing there. No doubt but what the people had already warned Him-warned--the priest had warned the people, "Now, he's coming over here next Sabbath, and when he does, don't you listen to him. Now, you might go and sit here, but don't pay no attention to what he says, because he don't belong to our group. He's an outcast. He has no fellowship card; he don't even have an organ--a organization paper with him. He doesn't have nothing like that." "What is he?" "Some renegade boy that was born down here of illegitimate birth by--in a carpenter's home, that a mother conceived him before they were married, and they're trying to hide the thing up with some supernatural thing. We know that when the Messiah cometh He'll come down the corridors of heaven and go to our high priest and say, 'Here I am, Caiaphas.'" But we find out that He didn't do it that way, because it wasn't written in the Word that way. It was a manmade tradition that caused them to believe that. The Word said that He would come just the way He come. And there He stood, reading the Word and saying to them, "This day this Scripture is fulfilled in your eyes," and still they fail to see Him or recognize Him, like He did in all other ages. 12-5 Noah could've said the same thing the day that he entered into the ark and the door closed. Moses could've raised that window in the top of the ark, looked out upon the congregation (Remember, God closed the door.) and he could've said, "This day this Scripture is fulfilled in your eyes." But was too late for them then. He had preached a hundred and twenty years to try to get them into that boat that he had built, telling them that the Scripture said THUS SAITH THE LORD it's going to rain. But they waited too long. But Noah could've easily said that: "Today, this day, the Scripture is fulfilled." Moses, the same day that the Pillar of Fire come down on Mount Sinai and give witness to his testimony, Moses could've said, "This day this Scripture is fulfilled." Moses, you know, was a called man of God, a prophet. And while he was being called, being a prophet, he had to have a supernatural experience in order to be a prophet. He had to meet God face to face and talk with Him. And another thing, what he said had to come to pass or no one would've believed him. So no man has a right to call himself thus, until he's talked face to face with God on a back side of a desert somewhere, where he met God Himself. And all the atheists in the world could not explain it away from him; he was there, and he know it happened. Every Christian should have that experience before they say anything about being a Christian: your own experience. 13-3 I talked to my nephew awhile ago, a little Catholic boy, that said, "Uncle Bill, I've run from pillar to post, going everywhere trying to find something." Night after night, before this meeting started, he's been crying, and at nighttime he's been dreaming dreams of coming in, running up to the altar (where preaching) and making a confession that he's been wrong. I said, "Melvin, no matter where you try to go, how many churches you join, how many 'Hail Mary's' you say, or how many blessings you get from men, you've got to be borned again of the Spirit of God. It's the only thing that'll satisfy the human heart." I--I know they've got a substitute today of being borned again, just shake hands with the preacher and put your name on the book. But, friends, that is a dogma. It's not a Bible Truth. If it would, the Acts of the Apostles in the 2nd chapter would have to read like this: "When the day of Pentecost was fully come, the pastor walked out and shook hands with the people." But said: "When the day of

Pentecost was fully come (at the inauguration of the church), there came a sound from heaven like a rushing, mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were setting." That's how the Holy Spirit come the first time; that's how It's come every time since that time. He's God and changes not. 14-2 Now, it stumbles people. They say, "That was for another day." Well, He's the same yesterday, today, and forever. Every time the church ever received the Holy Ghost, It's always come like He did the first time, under the same prescription: Acts 2:38, never has changed; never will change. Like a doctor's prescription for a disease, he'll write out a prescription for a disease (the doctor does), and take it to some quack druggist, and he puts too much of the antidote in it, it's so weak it won't do you any good. He puts too much of the poison in it, it'll kill you. It's got to be wrote just according to the doctor. And the doctor's prescription on how to receive the Holy Ghost is given to us by Dr. Simon Peter on the day of Pentecost. I'll give you a prescription: "Repent every one of you and be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, for the prescription is to them that's far off and even as many as the Lord our God shall call.": the eternal prescription. 14-5 Moses had had this experience. He went down into the country and he begin to tell the people, "I met a Pillar of Fire. It was in a burning bush, and He told me to tell you, "I AM THAT I AM. 'Go down; I'll be with you. Take up the stick in your hand and hold it up over Egypt; whatever you ask, it'll be done.'" Well, probably some priest said, "Nonsense." But when they seen the real facts of this take--come to pass, they couldn't hold it any longer. They knowed he was sent of God. Then if Moses said he saw that and testified to it to be the truth, then God's obligated, if that is the truth, to identify and vindicate that man's word the truth. That's true. If Jesus Christ stood there and read that day, "This day is this Word fulfilled before you," God's obligated to make that Word come to pass. We stand here tonight and say that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. God's obligated to prove that to be so, because It's His Word. Now, what does it do? It takes faith and believing Him, takes faith and believing His Word that It is the Truth. 15-2 Notice what come to pass when Moses brought the children out and all those that followed him. Those who did not follow stayed in Egypt, but those who followed Moses, when they come out of the Red Sea and got out into the wilderness, God came down upon Mount Sinai. That Pillar of Fire set the whole mountain on fire and a Voice spoke out of there, and God gave the Ten Commandments. Moses could've walked up there before the people and say, "This day this Scripture that I have told you as His prophet comes to pass. This day, I've told you that God met me up there in a burning bush in a Pillar of Fire, and He said, 'This all... This will be sign. You'll bring the people right back to this place here again.' And there is God in the same Pillar of Fire I told you He was in, hanging right yonder on the mountain. This day this prophecy is fulfilled. Here He is to vindicate that the things that I've said is the Truth" God give us more men like that, that's honest and sincere and tell the Truth, that God Almighty could vindicate that His Word is still Truth. He remains the same yesterday, today, and ever. Why wouldn't He do it? He promised to do it. 15-4 Joshua might've said the same, the day that he come back to Kadesh-Barnea where they had journeyed so far in the wilderness. They were doubting the land being the kind of land that God said it would be, but God told them it was a good land; it was flowing with milk and honey. And Joshua and Caleb was the only two that would believe it out of the other ten that left. When they come back they had the evidence; they had a bunch of grapes that two strong men could only carry.

Joshua and Caleb could've stood right there and said, "This day this Scripture is fulfilled. Here's the evidence that it is a good land." Sure. Why? "There's the evidence that it's a good land. Where'd you ever get such things as that in Egypt?" There was no such places. "But this day this Scripture is fulfilled." He could've said the thing--same when he prophesied and said the walls of Jericho would fall down after they'd marched around seven times--seven days, seven times a day. And when they marched around that last time, the walls fell down. Joshua could've stood up and said, "This day, the Chief Captain of the host of the Lord that told me weeks ago that it would happen like this, this day this Scripture is fulfilled. There laid the walls flat on the ground. Come on. Let's go take it; it belongs to us." This day this Scripture is fulfilled. How wonderful, men of God has stood for the things that's right. 16-2 Israel, at the river when they'd possessed the land, went over. How they going to do it? It's the month of April; the floods are coming down, because the snow is melting up in Judaea. Oh, what a poor general it seemed like that God was to bring His people there in the month of April when the Jordan was higher backed than it ever was. Sometimes... I might could stop here if I had time to give you just a little tip. Sometimes you may be setting out there with cancer; you might be setting with a disease. You think, "Why, me being a Christian would be in this a-way? Why would I be setting like this if I'm a Christian?" Sometimes God lets the things get so dark that you can't see up, around, or anywhere else, and then He comes and makes a way through it for you, that you might say, "This day this Scripture is being fulfilled, that He promised to do." 16-5 He let the Hebrew children walk right into the fiery furnace. They said, "Our God is able to deliver us from this fiery furnace, but nevertheless, we'll not bow down to your image." When they walked out of there with the smell of the furnace upon them--no smell of the furnace, rather, upon them, they could've said, "This day is this Scripture fulfilled." When Daniel come from the lions' den, he could've said the same thing. John the Baptist, after four hundred years of ecclesiastical teaching... No wonder that church was in a mess at that time. When he appeared in the wilderness, the Jordan, he could've stood right there on the bank, as he did, and say, "This day this Scripture (Isaiah 40) is fulfilled." 17-1 How I could stop here and tell you what that old priest told me. He said, "Son, you never finished that message." I said, "Keep still." He said, "You mean them Pentecostals don't see that?" I said, "No." He said, "I see it." And a Catholic priest too. He said, "Why didn't you go on?" I said, "Keep still." He said, "Glory to God, I see it." And about that time the Holy Ghost fell on his sister setting out there in the meeting, and she raised up speaking in unknown tongues and gave the interpretation of the very thing that the priest and I were talking about on the platform. The whole church, the whole place went into a roar. Carried on over into Oral Robert's convention last week, or week before last, and was the talk of the convention. How that that priest setting under... The Holy Spirit revealed out there through a woman (his sister, I believe it was) of what was taking place up there on the platform and revealed that thing that we were hiding. The hour that we're living, this day this Scripture is fulfilled. This day the evening lights have come, and we fail to see it. 17-4 Notice, John said, "This day, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, as said the prophet Isaiah. Prepare the way for the Lord."

They didn't understand him; said, "Oh, you're Jesus?"--"you're the Christ," rather. He said, "I am not the Christ." He said, "I'm not worthy to loose His shoes." But he said, "He's standing among you somewhere." For he was sure that He wou