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Standing In The Gap
1 Thank you very much. Let us remain standing just a moment now, as we bow for prayer. Let's bow our heads, and if there's any special request, would you just let it be known by your hands uplifted. Now, hold in your heart those things that you need. And ask the heavenly Father that He'll grant it.
2 Our heavenly Father, we are coming to Thee now in the Name of the Lord Jesus. We are coming, believing that the things that we desire is to be made known in prayer. And if we would believe that we receive what we ask for, it would be granted. Now, that promise is so true. All these years we've seen it tested and we know that it's true. We want to thank You first, for sparing our lives and permitting us to be back here again together, assembled here in the congregation of the Lord.
We thank Thee for the church, and for the pastor, and for the great truth in which it's built here and stands for. We thank Thee for every person that's in Divine Presence. And we ask that You'll be merciful to us today, and grant unto us the understanding that we have need of, that we might be a more efficient servant for Thee. It's our heart's desire to serve Thee with reverence and with a true heart, and that You might get the very best out of our lives. Every day, may our walk be so that You'll be well pleased with the things that we did for that day.
4 Now, we pray for all the sick and the needy today, that's in the Divine Presence here, and in the presence of Your sanctuaries everywhere around the world, that the great Jehovah will come in His power and heal all the sick and afflicted. Get glory unto Thy great Name. Bless every secret in the hearts this morning, of those requests for prayer. We pray now, as You look down into every heart and see what they had reference to as they raised their hands, and give to them their desire. And bless us as we further worship You, and when we leave the building this morning and we go to our homes, may we be able to say like those who came from Emmaus, "Did not our hearts burn within us as He spoke to us along the way?" We ask it in Jesus' Name. Amen. (Can be seated.)
5 I would like to say that it's good this morning to be here again in the congregation of the people in the Presence of the Lord. It's been a few months since I was back. And last Sunday I intended to come down, but I--I suppose it wasn't the will of the Lord. Somehow I--the valley here is very unhealthy for me. Soon as I come into the valley... I'm allergic to this air that's in here. And I break out in hives all over, and I think the hives went right straight into the stomach. And I was so sick, I--shivering, and shaking, and chills, and I just couldn't come down, although, I got up and tried to force myself to do so. And I'm... I know that I--I've... The valley is very unhealthy and it's unhealthy and--and I'm not supposed to live in it.
6 Now, we want to report, we have had a great time in the services of the Lord, out across the different parts of the country where the Lord has called us to minister. And now, I wasn't expecting to speak this morning on any certain thing, if Brother Neville so wanted me to--to say something of being here with the people. So I... He's always gracious in that way, as we all know Brother Neville. And we love Brother Neville. Now, there isn't a day that I don't think about him, he and his wife, and family, and his children, and pray for them. God give him strength to go on, carry on. As we know, our time is running out. We're just so close of--of tomorrow, that the Evening Light's of the day...
7 And I... Our family's out in the west. We all got along fine. And I gained twelve pounds and lost ten of it since I been back. And Billy Paul gained eighteen pounds. And Rebekah, and Sarah, and Joseph all gained. Of course, my wife didn't gain. So--so... I'd be daresn't to say that up here, you know, 'cause I have to go home after while...?... See? So I... But we had a--a wonderful, wonderful time and so grateful.
8 We... Kinda bad, I thought, to come back, but there's one great thing--two things mainly that we missed, that there's no other place can take its place: one thing, our friends here, and the church. No matter where we go, we find friends. And we're grateful for our friends. But there's something about those friends who stuck with you through the thick and thin, that there's no way to substitute them friends. No matter what any other friend could be, there's no way to substitute a friend like that. You're just squeezed into them; you're one. And we, together, looking for the coming of the Lord as the days go on... And it's kinda hard to try to think that you could... You cannot be separated.
9 It comes to my mind of a Scripture that I believe Paul wrote, and said in the Corinthians, that "There's nothing present, nothing future, and no powers, neither nakedness, starvation, peril, or any creature present, neither life, nor death can separate us from the love of God that's in Jesus Christ." How that even death itself will never separate us because we have been joined together in heart in this great fellowship around the Word of God. And even death itself, will not separate us. We'll be united in the great eternal for all times and ages.
10 And then the children, of a morning... We would go to church, of course, but everywhere you go there's not a... It isn't the little Tabernacle on the corner. And there's something about it. I--I miss hearing that little old bell and the--I--dinging up there on top of a morning. And I think it isn't ringing at the time because they haven't put the steeple on just yet for the bell.
And then, together, here at Eighth and Penn Street, where some thirty-five years ago, kneeling here in an old swamp to build my first church... How the Lord Jesus dealt with me on that. And today it stands as a little shrine here, and as a brick and mortar it stands as a shrine. But down in the inside of my heart, it's a shrine that'll last as long as I have memories. And it's a...
And what makes a church, it's not the building. It's the people who gather beneath it to worship God. We're grateful for these things.
13 And now, I thought maybe, being that our time was up, almost, and we don't have much time left, I would just kinda brief you on some things that's happened. And then, I'm going to make some tapes while I'm here. Because I promised you all (See?) that any new message (taped message) would first be from this platform. Here's where all the tapes are made, not out there. Now, Brother Jim and them goes along and sells tapes in the meeting and so forth. But there's... It's always on something that come forth from here first. See? You'll check anywhere back, you'll find it. That's my promise to you, and it will continue that way until the Lord God changes it.
14 And I think now that our tape customers, which around the world... A message that goes forth from here, circles the globe. See? Out into the jungles and everywhere, it goes by tape recordings. And to the heathens and so forth, by many, many different languages it's interpreted in. So I want, while I'm here, the Lord willing, to make some new tapes. And maybe, if the pastor hasn't got something burning for his heart tonight, well, I'd like to maybe make a tape tonight.
15 And then I'm going to Arkansas tomorrow and--or Tuesday rather, Tuesday morning, to help out in a little convention there with the International Brotherhood of Christians. I think... Or maybe I mispronounced that. It's something about National Brotherhood of Christian... I really don't know. I'm sorry. That's awful, isn't it? (Thank you, sir.) Associated Brotherhood of Christians. And I was supposed to have through--from Sunday, now, on through. But I held today for the Tabernacle, to be down here. And then I'm--then I'll get out on Friday... (Is that the... sir? Is...) Friday is when the--the meetings close down there. And I'll try to get back Saturday night to be here Sunday morning, the Lord willing on make another tape. And maybe sometimes along down I want to make a few tapes before we go.
16 And then I'm really pressing for Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for that convention. And then--and then come back. And then I'm supposed to go, by all means, to Anchorage. See? And--and from Fairbanks and Anchorage, for the Christian Full Gospel Business Men on those chapters, and then back, and if the Lord willing, up to Chicago at the last week in July.
And I suppose then, about that time, I'll have to hurry the children off to Arizona again to be in--to get them in school out there. Because Charlie, I have to be here about the 15th of August. So I--I want to be back by that time, the--the Lord willing, down in Kentucky. Everybody laughing, maybe some of the newcomers wouldn't know what that meant. And just kinda hope it don't sound bad from the platform, but that's when squirrel season comes in. So, Mama Cox, I'm depending on that. You see? So... For a couple weeks, down there for my vacation...
18 Now, I believe the... I got something here that Billy wrote me some little notes. And one of them said, "Daddy, Brother Neville wants to know if you could dedicate two children." Certainly. Just be fine. And yes, we have a--the dedicational service that the... We might as well have that now. And then, I think, we'll kinda take the next forty-five minutes or something, on briefing, on some of the things that's taken place.
Now, many of the people and churches, being that when I... This is a open tabernacle. It's never been a denomination, and God grant that it won't never. Because we want this a place where we have no--no law but love, no creed but Christ, and no textbook but the Bible. And then, we do not have membership; we have fellowship, one with another, for all people, all denominations. Everybody's welcome and we have--and we have fellowship around the Word of God, where everybody can feel welcome as they can be. In principle, we just love the Lord Jesus. And--and we're not a--a scholarly group here. We're just plain people that try to just read the Bible and put no interpretation to It outside of what It just says. Just...
20 I believe that God will judge the world someday by the Bible. Now, if they are... He's going to judge the world. And if there isn't a standard to judge them by, how will the people know what to do? See? It would be God... You could not pin unjustice to--to God. And God's got to have something for His standard that He judges the people by. Therefore, if He judges it by the Roman Catholic church, then the Greek church (the Orthodox Catholic) and many of those are certainly lost, and all the rest of the world. If He judges it by the Greek Orthodox Catholic church, and not by the Roman church, then the other... Then the Roman church and all the rest is lost. If He judges it by the Lutheran church, then the Presbyterians is gone. If He judged it by the Presbyterians, the Lutherans and Baptists is gone. See? So if He judges it by the Pentecostal, then all besides Pentecostals is gone.
21 But He'll not judge it by any church, to my opinion, because there's too much differences and too much confusion. But He'll judge it... The Bible says He'll judge the world by Jesus Christ. Now, that's Scriptural. Now... And the Bible said that "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, the same yesterday, today, and forever." So He is the Word. And this is Christ in letter form. And in the Book of Apocalypse to the Catholics, Revelation to the Protestant... In the 22nd chapter when this Book was finished, Jesus said Himself, "If any man will take one Word from this Book or add one word to It, the same... His part will be taken from the Book of Life." So I... The reason we believe this is... Say just exactly... Nothing... He can do things that He hasn't written here; we know that. But as long as we just stay with what He has wrote, that'll be fine.
22 And now, in dedication of children, many of the people, the--the Methodists sprinkle them. And--and I think they have their first communion in the Catholic church or Lutheran along about twelve years old, and kind of a--a baptismal service when they're born, as I think the babies are sprinkled. And--and I think that split the Nazarene from the Methodist many years ago, in infant baptism. I think that's right, Brother Brown. I--I--I believe that that was what split the Methodist church and the Nazarene, 'cause the Nazarene didn't accept infant baptism. But to us, here at the Tabernacle, if we are going to stay with what the Bible says... There's no place in the Bible where they ever did sprinkle anybody, let alone a baby, and not even an adult. But they... The Bible says, the only place of our Bible for the children, they brought infants to Jesus. And He... That He might put His hands upon them and bless them. And He said, "Suffer the little children to come to Me and forbid them not, for such is the Kingdom of heaven."
23 Now, therefore, we know that we are poor hands, the pastor and I, or any other pastor, to take the hands of the Lord Jesus. And if He was here this morning, these parent would bring that baby to Christ. But being that we are here in representation of Him, that we represent Him, they bring the children to us. And we dedicate them to the Lord by laying our hands upon them in commemoration of His great Word and His act. So that's how we dedicate the little ones.
I thought maybe some mother might be here with her baby, that never been dedicated to the Lord, that she might want to come along with these mothers or fathers who'll be dedicating the children. We just bring them up here and present them to God, and pray over them, and tell the Lord that we lay our hands upon them, and in a substitute way for His. And that's as close to the Scripture as I've ever found yet. Now, you might get your textbook out and find something that some group of men said, but I mean what the Word said. You see? And I think I've made it real, real clear what it is.
25 Now, if the pianist (Are you the pianist, brother?) will come up here. Isn't that awful, in my own church, ask, "Who's the pianist?" (I almost had to knock at the door.) All right. They sing this little song or play it:
Bring them in, bring them in,
Bring the little ones to Jesus.
And while the congregation sings this, let's stand to our feet. And let the mothers and fathers that's bringing their little ones come now and stand. All right:
Bring them in, bring them in,
Bring the little ones to Jesus.
25a Now, pastor would... Now, we have a little--little fellow here that's a sleeping, and sometimes they "Amen" a little loud. So we understand that; they're babies. What is your name, sir? William Henry Vincent. And your little girl? Christina Maria Vincent. What a lovely little fellow, laying on the--the shoulder of her father. May I have her? Christina, I can't substitute for your father here. Let us... Will you lay your hands upon the baby? Let us bow our heads.
Our heavenly Father, we are approaching Thy throne to--today, up beyond, our faith lifts us beyond the moon, stars, beyond the solar system, into the Presence of the Almighty. We bring this lovely little child. We know not what we hold in our arms, Lord. It might be a great servant to You in the days to come. We trust that it's so. But the father of the child has brought the little one to us, that we might lay our hands upon it, that we have confessed to be Your servants, to act in Your place until You return, and then You take over all things. Until then, Lord, we're to serve You with trueness and sincerity. And with our hands laid upon this little girl, we bless her in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. And trust that You'll give her a long life if Jesus tarries, and may she become a great servant to You. Bless the home that she'll be raised in. May she be brought up in the admonition of God, and serve Him all the days of her life. Bless her parents, and may they live to see this child an honorable vessel unto the Lord because of their act today. In Jesus Christ's Name. Amen.
God bless you. God bless you, sir. Her name is? This is sister to that one: Teresa, I just don't whether we're going to be able to hold Teresa or not; I don't think so; she knows a little more. Well, let us bow our heads.
Our heavenly Father, as we lay our hands upon the sister of this little one just dedicated to You, the parents want the little one dedicated also. May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ rest upon this child now and give her a long life, a blessed of service to You, in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen. God bless you now, bless you all; you're a mighty fortunate parents when you have those two lovely little fellows.
25b His name? Joel William Cartwright. And he's a taking his siesta this morning, I see. (All right. Now, if you'd--you all--both of you can go to your seat if you will and then let just Joseph come up here. All right, now you can hold him if you wish to.)...?... Our heavenly Father, we bring to You this little Joseph William Cartwright. The father stands this morning to give back to You that which You've given to him in a life of service. God, bless the little one and may he live a long life, healthy, strong, and become a great servant to You. Bless his father and mother, and the home that he'll be raised in. May Christ be that unseen Guest at all times. And we give this little boy to You for a life of service, in Jesus Christ's Name. Amen. Bless you, Brother and Sister Cartwright.
25c Little girl? Its name? Sylvia Shippy. Our heavenly Father, we're laying our hands upon this little girl as the--this loved one brings her here this morning, standing at the altar, may the blessings that would come upon her if the Lord Jesus laid His own nail scarred hands upon this child. May Thy blessings rest upon the little one. Bless her now, and may she live a long happy life and be a servant to You. And bless her home, her parents, her loved ones, in the Name of Jesus Christ, we do this act according to the Bible. Amen. Blessed be...?... Bless you...?...
25d Is he going to be a singer. What's the name? Laura Ellen Myer. I said he's going to be a singing. It reminds me... I hope this doesn't sound bad at the church, but one day I was talking to an Indian, had a little baby, standing there, and I said to him, "He's a nice fellow. And He's a nice fellow."
And the chief watched me a few minutes; then he looked down and said, "But him a her." I guess that's about the way it is here.
What's the name? Laura Ellen. Allen and your last name? Myers, Laura Ellen Myers. She's a beautiful little thing.
Our heavenly Father, as we lay our hands upon this little child... And in the Bible they said they brought little infants to You and You laid Your hands upon them and blessed them; and that's the act that we perform in commeration of Your great act on earth. Bless this child, its parents; may the home be a constant place of prayer, faith. And may the little girl live a long happy life, and be Your servant all those days, and may the family never be--wheel broken in glory. May every member be assembled around the great throne of God at that day and go to live forever. Until then, Lord, may Your eternal blessings rest upon the child whom we bless in Jesus' Name. Amen. Bless you, my brother.
This little... Her little sister Rebeccah. Heavenly Father, we lay our hands upon little Rebeccah and bless her also in the Name of the Lord Jesus, just as though she was going to water to the pool, and I trust, Lord, that the day will come when she becomes the age of accountability that she will make her stand and walk right down to the pool there and be baptized for the remission of her sins, in the Name of the Lord Jesus. Grant it, Father. Now, bless her with little sister. May she live a long happy life in service to You. Amen. Bless you. The Lord bless you.
25e ...?... name? Little Jackelyn Cunnard, another pretty little girl. Now, heavenly Father, we lay our hands upon the little girl in commeration of the great Lord Jesus Who laid His hands upon them as He blessed them, and may blessings come upon the child as though Your own hands was upon it today. If You were here on earth in a physical body, the mother would bring the child to You, but as we as Your representatives she comes to us secondly then, Father, and we ask that You will bless the child who we bless, in the Name Jesus Christ. May it live a long happy life and be Your servant. Bless its home that it'll raised in, may it be a constant house of prayer, in Jesus' Name. Amen...?...
25f You have two of them, don't you? All right. Now, this little boy is? James David Hume. I thought I knew you, Sister Hume; you're a missionary, you and your husband. Is your hubby with you this morning? Well, the Lord bless brother Hume. Well, you sure have some fine nice little children. This is David, and this is...
I was just speaking with a sister from Florida in the study this morning. This little boy, when he was from...?... They're from Florida, when we was there. The little boy, just a lad, little bitty tiny fellow went into the...?... [Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.]
26a Years ago, standing in the school door up here at--on the Utica Pike, did I ever know that that little boy, wee, bashful, looking across from each other, that someday I'd lay my hand upon his grandchild and dedicate it to the Lord God. Receive little John, this morning, Lord, as a servant to You. The mother and father gallantly bring him to give back to God what's been given to their care. And may they live a strong life of health and strength, and determination in Christ. Now, we give You this little boy, in the Name of Jesus Christ, as a life of service. May he live long and serve You. Amen.
Is the little girl dedicated? What's her name? Carla. Likewise, upon little Carla, we lay our hands this morning, and dedicate her to the service of Jesus Christ. God bless her. May she live a long, happy life. May she be a servant to You all the days of this life. Grant it, Lord. Bless her home. Let it always be a place of prayer and faith. We give You this lovely little girl, this morning from the heart of the father and mother, who stand on this little altar. In the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen
26b The little boy, let me take his hand. Our heavenly father, the father of these little ones, holds now in his arms the last little treasure that You give him in the form of a child, who named him from his father's name. God grant that he will be man of wisdom like James and in the Bible. I pray that You'll give him a long healthy life, Lord, and may he raise up, and if there is a tomorrow, to let him pack the Word of God. Grant it, Father.
In commemoration of what Jesus Christ our Lord did when He was on earth, I lay my hands upon little James Poole and dedicate him to the service of God. In the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
That's his name...?... A little boy...?... What say? Gary Dean...?... Lord God, upon the head of this little boy, Gary Dean Adams, may the blessings of Jesus Christ rest. As we lay our hands upon him, as we dedicate this young life to You. Bless his home, his parents. May he live a long happy life of service to our God and his God, Who we give him to now, in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen. Bless you, brother.
27 Now, I think that just about--about does this now. Now, we're just exactly on time at eleven o'clock. Now, you know, I can just imagine seeing those mothers coming along, and daddies with those babies... I could think of Joseph and Mary the morning of the dedication of the Lord Jesus.
Brother Kidd, I was having a little interview with someone in the office, but I--I heard your emotion this morning out here--of a--of a man of your age... And I suppose you were telling of how the Lord healed you out--the audience. And I almost tore my car up one morning to get to the elderly... He's an old minister.
29 Just think. This man was (his little wife here)--was preaching the Gospel before I was born, preaching this Gospel, up over the mountains and valleys of Kentucky and Tennessee, where coal miners... And being run out and they live without anything to eat. And this little wife here wash on a washboard for about twenty or thirty cents a day to send her husband into the field to preach the Gospel. That's enough to make a person excited, ain't it?
And then to think, that there he laid when the very best of doctors said, "He's dying. It's prostate cancer all through him. He can't live but just a number of hours, and mainly a day or two." And that's been two or three years ago. Three years ago, and here he is this morning, healthy, well, giving God glory. Then how old were you when you were healed, Brother Kidd? About what was the age when God... How old are you... Is he now? Eighty. All right, he was about eighty years old when God healed him. Now, does God care for us old people? Sure He does. Yes, sir.
31 He healed Abraham when he was a hundred years old; and Sarah when she was ninety. And they brought forth Ishmael--or, beg your pardon, Isaac. Is that right? We're very happy for this..
Now, you're so nice, I could talk to you all morning just like this. But let's just read some of the precious Word and then go right into the service. Now, I think, if it be the will of God, I would like to kinda brief you on things that's happened. And then tonight, if the Lord willing, I want to speak on a--a subject... I want to tape it mainly to go out. Is a... And if you want to come listen, all right. After the pastor gets through, his message then I'll have my... I'll--I'll make this tape. I want to preach it on "The Flashing Red Light of His Coming," how one of the flashes is right on us right now. And I want to speak on that tonight: "The Flashing Red Light of His..." He's here, being right on the hand, right now. The--the signal's down. The train's in the block.
33 Numbers, 16th chapter, to you who will turn and read. This is the eternal Word so let's read reverently. I want to read two verses of Numbers 16, the 3rd and 4th verse, to get a little background on what I wish to say.
And now, if the tapes are not on, I wish they would turn them on now. Or fix it so that this part here will be able to be sent out. This is going out if you want to... Can you fix your tapes in there to where this part here, will be separate from the rest of the service? You see, this is a--a new thing. Now, you can block it right here or whatever you do. Well then, we'll... Would you like for me to snap it off just a second and turn it back on, so it'd give you a block to know where to start from? Or can you start there anyhow? Start anyhow. All right, that's fine.
35 Now, we're going to read Numbers 16: 3 and 4.
And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregations are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the Lord?
And when Moses heard it, he fell upon his face:
Our heavenly Father, bless these few Words. And may the meditation of our heart and the fruits of our lips be acceptable in Thy sight. In Jesus' Name we pray. Amen.
I want to--to take this as a text, for what I wish to say this morning: "Standing In The Gap."
38 Of this time that we're speaking of or reading... Of course, we all understand that it was when Dathan and--and--and Korah had decided that--that they would interfere with the--the commission that God had give to Moses, saying, "You ought to let the whole congregation do such-and-such. They're all holy." And God had commanded Moses to lead the people to the promised land. And they said, "You take it upon yourself to do too much. You that try to make yourself the only one in the bunch that--that's got any say-so."
And this displeased God so much until He told Moses, "Separate yourself from among them. I--I'll just--I'll just kill the whole bunch and start a new generation with you." And Moses fell in the Presence of God and said He'd have to come over him. See?
40 Now, today, if God was going to liquidate the people... And there was a time that when God had gotten tired of fooling with our sin (we constantly going wrong)... Who would stand like Moses today for the people? Where would we find a person that would stand, or could stand, that God would accept like He did Moses? And Moses' own life on earth meant so much to God till it stayed the wrath of God. And God would not cross over Moses. That always was a puzzle to me till I... One day in revelation of the Scripture there came this thought to me, that... You see, Moses in act was every way substituting. He was a type of Jesus Christ.
41 And when God was going to take the life of the whole world and destroy it, and all the sinners, and condemned to die, Christ died for us all. And God could not cross over Christ, being His own Son. And then Jesus gave Himself freely, that He might pay the way then if... Moses couldn't have done that. Moses had no blood but human blood like we are. So therefore, his blood would not be... It would not suffice. But Jesus being the Blood of God Himself, the creative Blood of God... God just excused the entire human race then of sin, because it was all laid upon Him. And He went to Calvary and died out of the Presence of God, and suffered, and was cast into hell because that He was sin made--our sins upon Him. And there being our--our burden Bearer, took our sins to--to Calvary, and from Calvary to hell, and God raised Him up on the third day for a propitiation of our sins.
42 And today He's the only Mediator between God and man, and we're freely pardoned and forgiven. God don't even know we ever sinned. Our sins were put in the sea of forgetfulness never to be remembered no more. We cannot do that ourself; we're finite. He's infinite. And our finite... We can still remember because we're not big enough; but He's so great, that He even forgets we ever did sin. We are sons and daughters in His Presence. And all things that He was, we are. He become my sin, that I might become His righteousness. He become your sin that you're--He--you might become His righteousness. So God cannot see no sin in you as long as your confession is in Christ Jesus.
43 Someone said, sometime ago, said, "If I believed a thing like that, would I ever turn on the steam. I'd paint the town red. I'd go to every dance hall. I'd get so drunk, and everything, because..."
"You're already secured in Christ. What difference does it make?"
I said, "That shows you haven't got it." If the love of God ever struck your heart in the tenderness of Jesus Christ, you'd be so in love with Him the world would be dead as your sin. That's how you know you have the Holy Spirit. Not because that you could scream, shout, speak with tongues, or whatever it is, but when sin becomes dead and you're alive in Jesus Christ. Oh, love of God, how rich, how pure. See?
45 Now, here in Louisville, Kentucky, not long ago, a minister was talking to--that there was a young lady. She'd waited a little long in life to be married, somewhere around her twenty-five, thirty years old. And she was a fine, staunch Christian girl. And there was a certain man in Louisville that wasn't... He hadn't lived such a good life. He'd run with dances, and roadhouses, and so forth, but one day he found pardon for his sin and he--he become a real Christian, real staunch Christian. About a year later he fell in love with this young lady, and the young lady madly fell in love with him. And they were married.
46 After they lived together about two years, they said that this young lady said to her husband one day... She said, "Dear, I suppose that's kind of hard for you just a new Christian." I've been a Christian since a little girl." But said, "For you, to--a young Christian, to have to stand all the--the--the wiles and temptations that goes with it after you've--you've sinned so long."
And he said, "Well, it does become a battle."
She said, "I want you to remember one thing, that if the enemy does upset you somewhere, and you fall and you go back into sin, don't stay away from home. I want you come on home." Said, "You're going to find at home the same wife that you married." And said, "I'll help you to pray back, and pray through, and get back to God again." Said, "I--I--I--I--I don't want you to stay away." Said, "Look, I married you upon the basis not of what you were, but I married you because I loved you." And she said, "No matter what you do, I still love you. I married you because I love you."
48 And the man that day went to work, was heard repeating it in a--the place where he was working. He said, "Now, how could a man do anything wrong against something like that?" When a woman, that loves him so much that no matter what he did, was willing to come back and take him again, and try it again... See? It shows... Now, you multiply that by billions and then you have some idea of what the love of God is.
That when a man falls in love with Jesus Christ, the things of the world... When you think of what He did for you in the light of the Scripture, not in the light of some emotion, but in the light of facts, what it is, then there's something happens to you when the new birth comes, to sin is dead as midnight. When the... Long as that Light is in you, how can darkness shine? It cannot do it. And that's what God did to one man who throwed hisself in the gap, that could take the promise. And Moses being a--a type of this Antetype, that's why Moses stood in the gap for the people.
50 Then I wonder, in this day, of this loose, lazy, soft, Laodicea Age that we live in. We all know, and been through the church ages, that we're living in the last age, the Laodicea Church Age. And this lazy, loose, happy-go-lucky, joking, sinful age of lust that we're living in now, it's a wonder that God doesn't just say, "Step back, Church, I'll just a-liquidate the whole group." See? What a age that we're living in. And He will do that one of these days too. We know that it's coming, and there isn't going to be no sparing to this, because He's already... Someone died for those who wanted to escape. But He'll take those who was, or has accepted Christ and become Christians. They'll be taken out of the wrath, 'cause then He could not do it. There was no way of doing it in the time of Moses.
51 Now, in the Book of the Revelation, when we get to the Laodicea Church Age... In the Revelation the 3rd chapter, the Bible said that this age, the Laodicean Age, was blind. Said, "Because you are rich, you say you're rich, and you're increased in goods..." (greatest churches, the finest dressed people, the--the greatest that there's been in any age). "Because you say, 'I have need of nothing.' Knowest thou not, that thou art poor, miserable, wretched, naked, blind, and don't know it."
Now, if a man was in this condition, and you could tell him his condition, he'd try to help himself if--if he's mentally right. But when he's in that condition and you can't tell him any different... He just don't believe that he's naked. He doesn't believe that he's in that shape, then it shows here that he's blind. The god of this world has blinded the eyes of those that refuse to serve Christ, and they... So blind they can't see the sign that we're living in, the hour, the time that we are living in. And remember, there's already been one stand in the gap and no one else can stand. You have to accept that--that remedy or you're doomed.
53 Now, now, to us, to get close now to what I want to say. Could we stand... (Now, I'm preaching to myself in this.) Could we stand and see a human being that's blind, physically blind, and know that he's walking over a cliff... Could we in our--our sta--state of mind, that we're in this morning, could we stand and see a blind man walk over a cliff, blind, and not try to warn him? It would be... There would be so cruel. We would be so indifferent in our heart. Could you imagine, a person getting so indifferent that he could almost laugh and see a blind man (that cannot see and can't help hisself) deliberately walk over a cliff? That would be a--a bad thing... do nothing about it...
54 Well, to my brethren, world over, I want to make this confession. I--I humbly say it, that that's just about what I was doing or fixing to do. I had been preaching for years, and I--I had become an old man and an old veteran preacher. I had a lot of hard battles and I'm... May... I'm scarred, all cut up on the inside from fights. Because my lot, that the Lord gave me, was not back to kiss the babies, and--and to marry the young, and bury the old. But it was to hold a two-handed Sword at the battle front against the wiles of--of paganism, and demonology, and--and the powers of darkness, and fight it with the Word of God till I seen the enemy defeated. I've been cut deep many times.
55 Then when I come with the Message in this day and have said to the church the things that I am about to say... And I predicted years ago when the Holy Spirit called me to this work. And there isn't a person living on earth today, that could ever say that the Lord ever let me tell you anything in His Name, but what it come to pass just exactly the way it was to be done.
How that He sent me out first, and the first gift, and the second gift... And the things that's been said or done the world over, and literally millions have come to Christ. And tens of thousands of preachers inspired, that started a revival that'd sweep the entire face of the earth today. And being that the Pentecostals was the one received my Message, they's the one that's gained ground. The Pentecostal church shows more conversions than the... Little group of Pentecostals, than all the rest of the churches put together. That's statistics. Why? Because of them receiving truth and receiving a revival.
57 And now, after the great time come of the healing of the sick, the casting out of devils, and the raising up of the dead; which we're all witnesses, and so is many doctors, and great man of the earth... And the appearing of the Lord Jesus among us that--in the sign, there that you see, I guess, on the wall or wherever it is, of the Angel of the Lord, and how the scientists has copyrighted it; and it's--it's a known fact, the world over. And see the very things that He did come to pass every time. Then if the Pillar of Fire that went with Israel across the wilderness in the days of Moses, that we... Or now that Moses was called, "The servant of the Lord," and he followed a Pillar of Fire by night and a Cloud by day...
58 And when Jesus was on earth, He said that He was that God. He said, "Before Abraham was, I AM." And I AM was the Pillar of Fire that was in the burning bush that spoke to Moses in the--the days gone by. I think that's correct, Brother Vayle. Then He said, "I come from God and I go to God." And when He was crucified, died, and rose, and ascended on high, and laid His body down upon the great altar of the eternal God, to there, ever be present, to act in our place, to know that He had paid our sin debt. And there He returned back to the earth again in the form of a great Pillar of Fire.
59 Saint Paul, on his road... Before he was called Saint Paul, he was called Saul of Tarsus. And on his road down to Damascus, to arrest some people who were making too much noise, and shouting, and preaching a Gospel that was contrary to their tradition of their churches... On his road down one day, about this time in the day, he was stricken down by a great Light. And this great Light, to Him being a Jew, and know that the Pillar of Fire had led the children of Israel, and here It was before him again, he cried out, "Lord."
Now, if you notice in your translations on both King James, and your Standard and all, it's capital L-O-R-D. And anyone here knows their Bible, knows that when that's capital L-O-R-D is Elohim, the all-sufficient One that created the heavens and earth, in Genesis 1:1: LORD. Now, Paul would've not called some optical illusion... He wouldn't have called some something that he didn't know about, because he was a trained man in the Scriptures: come up under Gamaliel, the great teacher of that day. And he would not have called that LORD, if he wasn't satisfied that That was Jehovah. He said, "Lord, Who are You?"
Listen at the Voice come back, "I am Jesus, the same yesterday, today, and forever."
61 So I think, in the midst of all of it, before going any farther, both here and across the world... The people who'll be listening, and listening now, will know that it is proven by every act to be Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever. Done the very same things that He did: healed the sick, knowed the thoughts of the mind for--showed forth things that would come to pass; and every time perfectly through these years. I'm fifty-four years old, and saw visions since I was about eighteen months old, and not one time... But every time it's been the truth. See? Now, that has to be God. And then, me thinking that, "Why are the people so blind that they can't see that?"
63 And constantly when I talk to our--our women about bobbing their hair, and the ministers bawling me out about it; and about them wearing immoral clothes, these shorts and--and--and laying out like that, and--and carrying-on of that evil way; and about our men the way they were doing, smoking, and taking sociable drinks and--and everything; and then still calling themselves Christians, and taking Communion at the table because that they belonged to an organization. Oh, it was just simply... They thought I'd blasphemed God. And did the women get better? They got worse, across the nation.
Then I, being a nervous (I say this kinda quietly), and maybe a neurotically type of person that I am... And knowing that I was insufficient at the beginning for the job, as many has complained, that had it to do. It was hard. But I--I thought, "God, why didn't You call somebody that could've done it. And I--I'm sorry, but I--I failed. The people just won't listen to me. And I failed to do what I should've done, somewhere, because they won't listen."
65 My mother that's just passed on into glory (about--about a little over a year ago)... My mother... Her father was a--a hunter. And I--I think I got all that come out from him in that stand, 'cause I--I--I--I love the woods. And I thought, "If this people that call themselves Christians, if they don't want to listen to the Message that I'm preaching, then let them alone. I'll just stop it altogether, and I'll go up into the mountains. And I know a friend to where..." Many of you, here, remember me predicting the time, about six months before it happened, how that I would go to a place (right from this platform here); and there would be a--a animal that look like a deer with pointed horns, and how they'd be forty-two inches, and how there'd be a seven-foot silver-tip grizzly. You got it on tapes and everything. I guess that's... You remember the time; all of you. Well, it's laying in my room up there now to--to show that it's the truth.
66 Now, just on things like that because it's just before the going of my mother, and He was wanting to quiet me for that great shock, that He knew He was to take her.
Now, I met a man was a Christian, and he's got a great country right under Alaska. And I had made up in my mind, that being that I'd left here and gone west, that I would take my wife and kinda trap her into something. I'd get her up there, and I'd become a guide. And then, if the Lord wanted me to do something... I'd let my hair grow out and--and I--I'd--my whiskers. And--and I'd go back in there and be a guide. There's only about two or three Indians live back in the country there, and I--I'd just be a guide and then I'd help Bud. And if the Lord wanted me to do anything, then I'd--I'd say, "All right, Lord." He'd give me a vision, I'd slip on out.
68 I said the people... I've never regarded myself... Anybody knowing this... But people have said, "Brother Branham, the Lord called you to be His prophet." Well, I--I've never regarded myself as that, but I begin to get to the time that I was about ready to do it: to think, "Well, maybe I am. If I am, I'll live back in the wilderness. And if I live back in the wilderness, then I'll--I'll--I'll be His prophet." See? And then if He wants to send me somewhere... And while He's not using me, then I'll sure to catch some fine fish and--and do some things." 'Course that was kind of a selfish attitude (See?), because I wanted to do that. Now, it isn't just exactly the thing that--to do. And now, I had that made up in my mind to do that.
And now, just before the Seven Church Ages was preached, as they're drawed there... There's many today that was here during that time and know that how the Lord did bless that, on the wall back there reflecting it, just to... How many's here now, that was there then, when He--He came? That did it.
70 Then I remember then of a Brother Jackson. He's usually with us, Brother Junior Jackson, the Methodist--was a Methodist minister. Yeah, here he is setting over here now. Now, that he come to me with a dream and then some more brethren come with similar dream. Now, the Lord's been real good to me, and I have never (And take you to record this morning.) have I ever told you a wrong interpretation of a dream. No, sir. Because that the Lord... I will not speak it till I see it over again and know what it--He says about it, then I'll tell you. And then, he said, "I..." I was having a service down to his church, and he... Somehow or another he was real nervous that night. And he ran out of the church and come around the other way and met me in the car, and the people passing by. Said, "I want to tell you something."
71 And he told me that he dreamed a dream, that up here somewhere like in Indiana, that there was a long, great grassy hill and a--the water had washed all the soil off the top. And it become rock like a--a bald top on the--on the mountain. And then in this rock there was funny writing. And said I was standing there with all the brethren around the church here, interpreting this writing. And then when it come to the time that I got all of it interpreted, then that I somehow or another, if I understand the dream right, got a-hold of something like a crowbar or--or some kind of angle bar or something (Or--or not a angle bar, I meant a--a pry bar or something.) and just cut the top of that mountain out and lifted it up. And on the inside of it was white rock, something on the order of granite or--or something on that side, some white rock that wasn't written on. And I said to the brethren, "Stay here and look in on this, and I..." While they were all looking, I slipped out from among them and started going west. And Brother Jackson said that he saw me going over one hill, and then another hill, getting smaller and smaller going west. You remember that.
72 Well, the interpretation of that, of course, was given here at the church before it come to pass... That the--the time is now, that I believe that the full revelation through the age of Luther, Wesley, and John Smith, Alexander Campbell, and different ones that preached on the Bible... And then we got over in the Bible and showed that there would be a--a seventh angel's Message. And at the sounding of the seventh angel's Message, all the mysteries of God would be made known. Then come seven mysterious thunders.
And now, if it is that end age that we're living in, where we've come up through justification, sanctification, baptism of the Holy Spirit; and had signs, wonders, and all different things... And the gifts has returned to the church, such as: Divine healing, and prophecy, and--and speaking with tongues, and interpretations. And though it's been misrepresented, terrifically, but yet, that don't take away, there's a good one, there's a true one, of real genuine, a gift of speaking in tongues that's always supposed to be in the church. See?
74 We have a lot of impersonations. We have people that get up and try to act like Christians and their lives don't compare, so there's something wrong. Jesus said, "By their fruits you'll know them." See? That's how you know a Christian, by how he lives. So never jump any higher than you live. So then just... But in there... But it's a--it's a devil making a scarecrow to keep the real, genuine believers away from the true thing of it. But God help us to separate and be able to discern between right and wrong. And--and the Word will always straighten that out.
Now, we find that in this, I told you that the interpretation on the rock... And the Rock is Christ that was in the brother's dream. And that's the Bible. And for all these years, the Bible's been interpreted till we've absolutely give It the ecclesiastical interpretation through. And the last gift being added in the Laodicean Age (which is the seventh angel's time to preach in the Laodicean Age), that time, that they would be a lot of things that was misconstrued down through the ages.
76 Like Luther preached justification, but he let it run wild because he didn't live long enough. And along... Then they organized the church. Luther never organized it: after Luther. And then Wesley come forth. And after Wesley they got the Wesleyan church. And then after that come John Smith, the Baptist; and then Alexander Campbell and so forth. But the men (the reformers) didn't live long enough to get it all together. And so there's lot of loose ends left like. And then when they did... For instance, of the water baptism that John Smith brought back the water baptism in immersing, but using the titles. And many of those things that was left loose... And then when we come down to the end, the last Message is supposed to straighten that all up, to bring these things to one faith, one Lord, one baptism. See?
77 And now, after the Bible had been interpreted completely, then you notice, it opened up the top of the pyramid-like rock (Not pyramid teaching, now, not that, because I... The men who teach that pyramid doctrine... I guess they know what they're talking about. I know nothing about it.). But however, in--it is in the shape of a pyramid. But the cap on the pyramid was never put on. Now, I've been in Cairo and--and in Egypt and--and the cap never did come, because it was a cornerstone, it was a headstone. In the church It was the cornerstone. In the full church, It was the Headstone. So It never did come. It was rejected: Christ. And It will come. And I believe that when It's coming, that the Church will shape into a place from justification under Luther, sanctification under Wesley, and the Pentecostal message; will bring the church to such a minority. And a ministry will be among those people till it'll be exactly the same ministry that Jesus Christ did. That'll bring Jesus and catch the whole thing away.
78 All those honest and true Lutherans, Presbyterians, Baptists, Methodists, and whoever's born with the Spirit of God will be caught away with Jesus Christ when He comes. I believe that. I different with some of our Pentecostal brethren who believe that the remnant of the church is those who will be caught away in the last age. I different there, because God... How could a man... How could God... We don't say, "How could He?" He can do what He wishes to. But God, Who promised Luther... And under justification, that's all they knowed. See? He promised to take the church. And He... I believe by the grace of God and by the Scriptures support it. Because He didn't come in the first watch, and they went to sleep, and the second watch, on down. In the seventh watch He come. And that's the seventh church age. That's the seventh angel's Message. See? And when He come, all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamp: Presbyterian, Lutheran, Baptist, whoever that's borned of the Spirit of God shall go in that rapture. I believe that the Bride will be called out during that time. I believe there will be some in the last days won't have to taste death but will be changed in a moment, a twinkling of an eye.
79 Now. But insomuch as you noticed in Brother Jackson's dream, that there was no writing on this rock on the inside. That's what I went west for. Now, as it's happened... And I told you someday I would tell you what it meant. I went west for it. And told you the vision which the people, both on tape and present this morning, will know in taking "Sirs, What Time Is It?"... And any you tape brethren that doesn't have that message, and want to follow this, take "Sirs, What Time Is it?" Before... Weeks and months before it happened here, I saw the vision of being at Tucson, north of Tucson; that'd be east of Flagstaff, north of Tucson, and would be picking burrs off of my trouser legs and a--a blast would go off that would actually look like shake the country. How many of you remember that? That's right. That would shake the country...
80 Well, it happens to be that at least one man is present this morning who was standing there when it happened. It actually shook the rocks off of the mountain. And now, they... We find out that during that time I saw seven Angels in a--in a form of a pyramid that swept down and picked me up. And I was brought east to open the Seven Seals for God. If you haven't got them... If Jesus tarries, and I... My great grandchildren, little Paul's children... That will still be the eternal truth of the living God. Now, that was to find out that it was sealed inside this mountain. That wasn't wrote. It had to be interpreted. And when I come back, the first Angel on the first night opened the Seal contrary to anything we ever heard in our life. And all the seven come out the same way. You know that. You were here present when it happened: many of you.
81 And now, I didn't know it at that time, but Brother Fred Sothmann... I know he's here. And I'm pretty sure Brother Norman is here. We was up... I had to go to Houston about getting that little boy saved from the electric chair. And then I went back, and I went hunting up there with the brethren. And that morning, I was standing there picking cockleburs, or--or what they call "goat-heads" there, burrs off of my trouser leg. And the blast did just exactly the way It said. Is that right, Brother Fred? And I--I--I must've jumped way off of the ground. And just above me was the Angels of the Lord that sent message back for me come here to break these Seals. Why here? Why at the Tabernacle? Why didn't I do it there? Because I'd made a promise to my church and to God, that any new message would come from this Tabernacle, recorded from here. And He was helping me to keep my word to stay back here to do it. And then immediately I went back again...
82 And now, I didn't know at the time, that they were taking pictures of that, scientists was, as the Angels lowered themselves from heaven to bring the message. And you remember, I said the one on the right side of the constellation had His--kinda chest back, and His wings... You remember me saying that, all of you? And how that I watched him? He was very distinctive from the others. And I didn't know they were taking a picture of It, 'cause immediately I hurried east. But going back home to Tucson, there it was all through the papers that had been seen almost nationwide or--or plumb into Mexico, all the western States. And I think the "Courier" over here... It was on the Associated Press. How many saw a mysterious cloud in the sky? Lets see the hands. And now, the "Life" Magazine picked it up. And I have the--the article here this morning in the "Life" Magazine there, of the show... Now, here it is, the same time I was there. See the pyramid or the Cloud? I was standing just below this. And there... See the distinctive Angel on the right hand side? See the pointed wing of It? Just exactly what was said. And here's interview of Mexico and different places from where they took the picture. Now, this scientist here is trying to--to get all the information about the picture that he can, about the people who has the picture. He's studying it.
83 Now, he says here that it would be impossible for it to be a cloud, because moisture doesn't go over about--I'd say about six or eight miles high, something like that. When we go overseas we usually fly nineteen thousand feet; we're above the storms then. But this cloud, according to this article here of this scientist, is twenty-six miles high. It would be miles and miles beyond moisture. And he said, checking the area... And now, you know I... How many remembers that I told you, "It sounded like the sound breaker on a plane"? Remember? But there was no plane in the district. The book says so here. They checked it. There wasn't no--wasn't no planes up there. And besides, it couldn't... That fog behind a plane is nothing but broken up air, moisture. 'Cause it sucks through this unit, as a jet. As it's pulling itself, it breaks the moisture in the air. They can never get rid of it as long as there's a jet, because it's got to... That's what it propels on. And it's the moisture scooting out from it.
84 But here it is, miles above where there could be moisture, and no planes in the district. And it couldn't be moisture up there, and hung up there that day. It's thirty miles across it, twenty-six miles high. You see? Just as the same, it was that picture there, when I told you, "the Angel of the Lord looked like a Pillar of Fire years ago," before it was ever took. God made science recognize that it's truth. And here of the prophecy that was given, God made science testify that it's the truth. Now, where do we stand? I want to keep this, for I--I may speak to a friend of mine that's present this morning to--to write those Seven Seals. He might want to use this for it. And so, you have a copy of it... Why, if you get one, hold it for reference. See?
85 Now, he's wanting to find out, but what good would it do to go to tell him that? He'd laugh at it. He would just merely laugh. So don't cast our pearls like that. But we know, the church knows, and God knows that it's the truth.
And then while I was praying on this subject, a wondering what would happen to me, and you know where I was at? North of Tucson, east of Flagstaff, just exactly, positionally, where I told you months before it happened I'd be standing. And exactly, according to this paper here and the papers--or this magazine, and our own testimony, exactly where it taken place. God is perfect and cannot lie. And it will come to pass. See?
87 You remember on the tape, "Sirs, What Time Is It?" I quoted over it, "Remember, something's fixing to take place major." And now it's made the whole nation testify to it. Every newspaper on the Associated Press, and one of our leading magazines, and everything else testifying about it, it ain't all over yet. But what a privileged people, a--a privileged people that's Christian, to know that in this dark hour when there's no hopes according to science there's an atomic bomb waiting for us. And no hopes in our organizations ever getting together; they're consolidating with the mark of the beast... And when all of our hopes that way is gone in our economy, of our Christian fellowship amongst the organizations... It's heading up into Catholicism, which will be a mark of the beast in the confederation of church.
But it's those who love God and are looking for a reality that... The very God Who made the promise in the Bible, spreads it before our face and makes the church, and the people, and science, and magazines, and everything recognize that He's still God and can fill the promise. What a time.
89 Then in Sabino Canyon that morning, praying and wondering what would happen, holding my hands out to God upon top that mountain, that Sword dropped into my hand with a pearl handle, and its guard over it, and a long blade about three foot long, and glisten like pot metal or--or like chrome, razor sharp; and I didn't know what it was. And I said, "I'm afraid of these things."
And just then a Voice spoke that shook the canyon, said, "This is the Sword of the Lord." And the Sword of the Lord is the Word of the Lord. For the Word of God is sharper than a two-edged sword.
91 Then coming back to that... Then during that time a gallant little brother here in the church, and he's a--was a soldier and got blowed all to pieces in the army almost, and laid out for dead; and said, he'd... They didn't... The medics didn't think he'd live and wasn't even worth fooling with, he was so far gone. The main nerves in his leg burst, and his little arm almost blowed completely off, his leg--one leg off and everything. But God seen grace and saved him and healed him one day.
He, Brother Roy Roberson was present when that picture was taken there at Houston. How his wife was told by a vision, what she'd been doing in the day, and how she had a trouble, and it would be healed. And that brought him a believer. But he, being a military man was kind of a (I hope he forgives me for saying this from...) more on the--the rough, precise side; giving orders (See?), in the army as a command of men, He'd had to sass-out, and, "Do it." See? And he--he believed though. But steady coming around with the church and seeing the supernatural, he said, "I believe that, but that's for somebody else."
93 One night the Lord woke him up, one morning. We was setting, he and I, look like in Jerusalem at the Lord's Communion Table, and I was talking. He couldn't understand it. And Brother Roy, setting present, looking at me right now, and he saw it. And he called me up in--out in Arizona... Or sent me a letter and I called him back. He said, "You were setting there, Brother Branham, and I saw that big Pillar of Light come in and get you and take you away from the Lord's table, and you went westward." 'Cause he was setting on the east side watching me go west, and this Light come in and take me out.
Said it was one morning like it was a vision. Got up in the bed about three or four o'clock in the morning, something like that, and saw this happen. And said he screamed, look like for days, "Brother Bill, come back." And Roy and I have been real brothers. We live together, and hunt together, and we're just brothers. And he--he screamed for me till he was hoarse in his throat, "Come back. Bring him back. Bring him back." Crying, he said, I'd... Here come that Pillar of Fire coming back, or a Cloud come back, and He set me at the head of the table, and I'd been changed. It was a mystery to Brother Roy, me being changed to look different. (I lay this up here for something I want to remember) Being changed... (when I give him the interpretation of it.)
95 That was just before I come back for the Seven Seals. When I come back for the Seven Seals, then I... One morning he got ahold of Billy, and he wanted to talk to me. And I was busy, under prayer for the Seven Seals, and then he told me of... It happened again and repeated again. Brother Roy, if I get this wrong, you--you call my attention. And he said he--he got up again in--in the morning, I guess early again in--in the morning, and there he looked in the room, and he saw this big Light, or a Cloud upon a mountain. He asked me not long ago, "Was there something about a cloud being on a mountain?" And I said... "In the Bible."
And I said, "Yes, when Peter, James, and John was took up, and the cloud overshadowed the Lord Jesus. And--and God spoke, said, 'This is My beloved Son.'" I preached on that here, not long ago, a little message, the tape brethren might understand, "Hear Ye Him." I suppose, maybe you have it on tape. I'm sure.
97 And he said that he went up the mountain. And when he did, I was standing there. And a Voice came from the Cloud (Wasn't it, Brother Roy?) and said something on this order: "This is My servant. I've called him to be a prophet to the age, to lead the people just as Moses did. And he's been given the authority. He can speak into existence." Something like that like Moses did, like speaking in the flies. And we know about the squirrels and so forth, and things that's already took place. Little Hattie Wright back there, I suppose would know what taken place at her house. And He told him that I had done what Moses had done.
98 And I... He told me that coming down after a--a trip. And in my mind, I'd made up my mind that I was going to go up to Bud's, because he's in a bad shape up there as a hunter.
Before leaving here, I might drop this in. And we'll hurry. I dreamed a funny dream, an odd dream. And I hope if my brother-in-law ever gets ahold of this, it doesn't hurt his feelings. And I hope I don't hurt my wife, who's setting present now. But she knows that about many months ago, right along, well, it was around about October or November I dreamed that I--I was a-roaming out in the dark, and I... Well, I--I had no place to go and nobody cared for me. And I'd become a bum, just a--a bum. And I was cold, and I looked in the distance and I saw fire. And when I got over there, it was a--a city dump. And they had ditches, and the fire was in these ditches. And the--between the ditches was slick were bums would sleep there to keep warm (keep from freezing) between these fires on a cold winter night. And I--I was cold. And I--I walked up to this fire to get warm, and it was laying full of bums, and they were... I didn't see any of them, but they all like had stalls or places where their sleeping places was. And I saw my brother-in-law, Fletcher Broy.
100 And Fletcher, how I remember him. He's a good kid. But this might be a lesson to the young children. I remember a few years ago a handsome young man of James Fletcher Broy, and he got with the wrong crowd, and he took his first drink. I remember he called me behind the curtains in my house. And his daddy has gone on to glory years ago, was out there picking a guitar, "On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross."
And Fletcher called me back; he said, Brother Bill, pray for me. Listen that piece my daddy's playing, and I've been drinking today."
And I said, "Fletcher..." About eighteen-year-old boy, I said, "Don't go that route." But he never listened. He went on; he come a complete alcoholic. And his wife left him, his children... And he's just at this hour... And God knows I love him...
I went to pray for him, just a bum. I went to pray for him here not long ago; he'd got hurt, while I was here with the Seven Seals. I said, "Fletch, I got a couple suits up there I'd--I'd like to give you."
He said, "Don't do it, Brother Bill."
Now, I--I know he had no clothes. And I said, "Why don't you take the clothes?"
He said, "Huh-uh." And he looked up at me and, "See, you know what I'd do with them: pawn them and get drunk."
And I said, "I'll give you a little money, Fletch."
He said, "No, don't do it, Brother Bill. I--I--I don't want you to do it." He's a real guy at heart, but he's become an alcoholic and a bum. And his--his wife has took the wrong road. And, oh, just everything's happened to the poor fellow.
105 And when I woke up... Before I woke up, Fletch said to me, said in the dream... He said, "Billy, I'll--I'll hunt you a place, Brother Bill. You fed my children when they were hungry." Said, "You was a daddy to them. Now, I'll find you a place here to keep warm." And we went walking by the bums' places and finally come to a place, he said, "I'll sit down here."
And I said, "I'll walk up here and see if I can find a place."
And I walked up and looked out into the dark, cold night. And I thought, "Think of it. One time, God Almighty let me lead His Church. One time He let me preach His Gospel and see souls saved. Men and women come from around the world to speak with me for a few minutes. And here I am now, a bum; nobody wants me. And I'm cold. And what must I do?" Then I woke up.
107 I told my wife; I said, "Maybe it means that Fletch is in need." So we hurried up to see if we could find him. And his brother found him. He was staying out here in a--with the "Weidners," out there where they have trade horses and things; sleep in a corner of a barn or something. And I went on. I thought, "Well, just have to let it go."
So I come back down now from Canada with Fred and them the other day. And in my mind, I had it made up, "If these people didn't want to hear my message, all right, they didn't have to." I'd preached now for about thirty-five years. And the last fifteen, eighteen years I've done nothing but just... The Lord... I've tried to live so close to Him and not say a word till He told me first. Everything...
109 People say, "Now, if Brother Branham tells you he's coming, remember, look out for a meeting, because he's coming in the Name of the Lord. He won't do nothing till the Lord tell..." That's right. I waited till He told me. I didn't move till He told me. And then He got so for the last few months, He didn't tell me nothing about places to go.
Then I come down from Canada and Fred told... Or Brother Roy told me his dream, as he and I and Brother Banks rode along together, just before we separated.
And then, the next day we got out at Brother Fred's, and his boy, Lynn wasn't at home, and so he couldn't come on with us. And him and his wife had to wait. He picked up his wife there at Rosewood, or--or Melrose, Saskatchewan.
And Billy and I come on in Brother Fred's truck. That night we traveled most the night and the next day. And then on the next morning we had left Helena, Montana, and was coming on towards the border.
And I--I can stay up till about nine o'clock, and I get sleepy. I got to sleep. And Billy, he wants to sleep till about ten o'clock the next day, when the daylight comes up. So it makes it pretty good for us to travel.
113 So I--I got up at about four o'clock and got started driving. And Billy was sleeping. We went into a place, and I was thinking on my mind, "You know what? One of these days, as soon as I can get the wife up there... And I won't tell her what I'm going to do. But I'd get up there. And then I'm going to tell her, 'I love this place so well, no need of us going anywhere else. Let's just stay here.'" And that's back from civilization eleven hundred miles from anywhere (See?), way in the wilderness. I thought, "Boy, won't that be fine? I won't have to get a haircut, and I--I--I won't have to dress up. And I'll just be a--a regular mountaineer, what I always wanted to be." And I said, "I'll got some guns, and some people give me... And I'll be a guide like you never heard of. I'll just love it. Then if the Lord tells me go down and tell somebody something, I'll run out and tell them and come back again. And I'll help Bud, and we'll really have a real place here." I was thinking on that.
114 We went into a restaurant to eat (a little place in the mountains) just about seven o'clock. It was getting a little late, so I woke Billy up. We was out of gasoline, so had to get some gasoline, and went into this little place, this little restaurant. And while there, a man come across the street, maybe a teeny bit older than I was, but he looked like a man to me. He had on a pair of overalls, overall jacket, riding boots, a black hat, whiskers down on his face like this (snow-white), and hair hanging out from under back of his hat. I thought, "That looked like a man," to me, not some soft, lazy, with a cigar in his mouth about that long, setting with a pair of shorts on, around some patio or swimming pool, some pot-bellied easterner, like... Excuse that expression. But, however, the guy looked like a man to me: hard, rough. Looked like he lived where God made man to live. And I was admiring him.
115 He come into the restaurant and ordered some pancakes. Was about fifteen, twenty people. He had to sneeze. You know how some people [Brother Branham imitates stifling a sneeze--Ed.]... (Pardon me.) But he let out a great big, healthy wood sneeze: Ker-choo-ee! My, it looked like the wind was blasting. And when he did, nobody dared to say nothing. No, sir. I said, "Billy, there's a man after my own heart."
He said, "Aw, daddy, you don't want to be like..."
"That's what... That's me in the future." See? I said, "That's me."
116 And I set there a little bit, and Billy looked up at me and kept on eating his pancakes. And I--I was finished with mine. In a few minutes, somebody in a booth right around from of us, with the boards this way, a back of the booth, I couldn't see around. A man got up that looked exactly my profile, about seventy-five years old, little bitty fellow, and his clothes tied on him, ragged. And the buddy that got up with him was Fletcher Broy, exactly: gray hair hanging in his face. And Billy looked around and he said, "Daddy, that looks like you and Fletcher." You could imagine how I felt. And the little fellow, looked like me, wobbled up. You... And had been standing over a campfire with smoke all over them, faces dirty. I think their breakfast together... The man must've paid twenty cents: maybe a cup of coffee or something. My heart bounced within me. And I watched. And Billy said, "What's the matter with you?"
I said, "Nothing." And I watched that. And they went around and went out.
He said, "Daddy, what's the matter?"
I said, "Nothing." And he got in the car. I said...
He said, "Do you mind driving again?"
I said, "No."
He said, "I'm still sleepy."
117 So he went to sleep, and I went speeding down the road about fifty-five miles an hour in the truck, over the mountains, coming on towards the--the border, down to--coming home to Arizona, but I was coming now into Utah. And as I got there, just coming down from the mountains about twenty miles out of the city... Just as it... You've heard it, as I told you, about the morning about the squirrels and all these things, how something... Somebody went to talking to me, a voice just the same as you hear mine. I know it sounds neurotically. But as I've just got through expressing, "Have I ever told you anything but what was right?" And a--a voice got to talking. I was talking to it.
It said, "Carry out your plans and you'll be like that."
I said, "Lord, I don't want to be like that."
Said, "Your wife will go too. She won't live up there in them hills like that. And you'll become a bum just as the dream showed you you would."
I said, "I don't want to be that, but the... I--I--I don't want to have to live like that. I--I want to do something different. But I--I was told that--that You'd call me to be a--a prophet, and I want to live in the wilderness like the prophet." But I was using my own excuse so I could hunt: my own good.
And He said, "But that was the prophets of the Old Testament. You've been called to be there in a much higher office than that." He said, "You have more gifts besides that; you was called to pray for the sick and to preach the Gospel in--in the apostolic forms, you know of--of greater things, many great gifts." He said, "Why do you wait for Me to move you every time you move? Where is your reward?" Then I seen. And then said, "Do you remember? (I told you...?...) You remember what Brother Roberson told you in your dream, in his dream, or vision? That you had done like Moses; you forgot the feeling of your people. You forgot the call that I called you to."
122 I let the sick lay. I want Lord to tell me where to go and not to. That's wrong. I'd built myself a complex, because the people didn't hear my message. And if you'll... And God forbid that I've tried to compare the life of now like Moses, but it's exactly what Moses did. The people wouldn't listen to him when he come to deliver them, so he just left them alone and went into the wilderness, but God turned him around. And he'd long forgot the suffering people.
And then I said, "Lord, if... How could I... That's right. With no education but a grammar school education, be able... And the people would stand in rows and everywhere to--to hear the simple Gospel." It's more; it's greater now than it was under the old covenant. He ascended on high and give gifts unto men (See?), Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever.
124 Then I was talking and I heard It talking to me. And It left me. And I said, "Billy." And he was sound asleep. I said, "Billy, was that you?" And he didn't even wake up.
And I thought, "Lord God (I slowed my car down.), what does this mean?"
And I said, "Billy, Billy."
Said, "What do you want?"
And I said, "You talking to me?"
And I said, "I want to tell you something. I dreamed a dream not long ago. You remember seeing that guy, looked like me and Fletch? Ask mother when you get back to Tucson; I told her this dream. And Billy, there's something's happening. It's going on now. Something was talking to me, and I--I thought it was you."
127 He looked at me kinda strange and waited a little bit. We was driving on, so a few minutes he went back to sleep again. And I was driving along thinking about, "What's the--could that mean?" Driving along right in the road, and it... All at once, here It come talking again.
And He said, "Return. Did not I tell you in the beginning to do the work of an evangelist? When I called you down on the river, did not I say, "As John the Baptist was sent forth to forerun the first coming... Wasn't John more than a prophet?"
Jesus said so Himself: "What'd you go out to see, a prophet?" Said, "More than a prophet."
129 Then it all begin to come to me. I begin to--to wonder. Then He reminded me again of the--of the people. How, doing what Moses did, how could Moses reach the people in the wilderness? And how could I reach the people in the wilderness? Exactly the same thing. Then it come this II Timothy 4. Remember when we dedicated the church that morning thirty years ago (some of you old-timers), when He showed me them trees and I planted them on both sides? You remember that? You remember the vision. It's all wrote in books and on tapes and everything. Been years ago, how I seen these, and I--I never crossed up the oneness and the trinity. I stood between them and planted these trees, and they were the only two trees that had fruit. And I... All the trees growed up about thirty feet and stop. These went plumb into heaven. Broke off of the same branch... See? One on one side and one on the other, and I broke them. You remember the vision. See? It's wrote in books and it's in my life story and all. And they went plumb up into heaven like that, quickly. And He said, "Hold out your hands for the fruit." And then I found the same fruit in the cross when I run down there. And He said, "Do the work of an evangelist. Make full proof of your ministry. The time will come when they'll not endure sound doctrine. Don't quit then; keep going." That all come into my mind.
130 And then I remember, this Marilyn Monroe, the girl that I saw die about a week before she died, and how that they said she committed suicide, when she didn't. I told them about it before, what would happen and it did; like it did the boxers up there, one was going to kill the other one. I mistaken the girl. It's another girl there. Her cousin is--is--is Danny Henry. What is her name? Jane Russell. Her cousin, a Baptist boy...
And I was preaching in Los Angeles at the Business Men's breakfast, and something there just laying down on those organizations, and there set the head man of the Assemblies and many of the great dignitaries had gathered in there. And when I got through speaking and started to leave the platform, getting ready... 'Cause the message was being sent out across the--the--the nation on radio, and had to change back. During this change when he cut off the radio, then to send that message out, and it--come back and announce the station, and I was at Clifton's where we had the breakfast... And as I was walking from the upper platform to the lower, a fine handsome-looking young fellow of about thirty years old, run forth and threw his arms around me. He said, "I'm Danny Henry." And not knowing that that was his brother doing the televising. And it televises after the Christian Business Men. (And it's Jane Russell, that movie star, her cousin. Her mother's a Pentecostal preacher.)
132 And then, when I... He started running to me, and he throwed his arms around me, and said, "God bless you, Brother Branham." He said, "I hope this don't sound sacrilegious, but to my way of seeing it, that message could be the 23rd chapter of Revelation." And when he said that, he started speaking in tongues, a boy who never even heard of such a thing, a Baptist by denomination. And as soon as... He turned white, and he looked at me; he didn't know what to do. There's men setting here was there. Were you there, Fred? How many was there at that time? Yeah, there's two or three here, was there at that time. And he didn't know what to say.
And there's a great, big French woman setting down here; she raised up; she said, "Why, that don't need any interpretation." Said, "That was purely French."
The boy said, "I don't know one word of French." And she'd wrote down what he said.
And then there was a man setting on the corner; he said, "That's correct. I've got wrote down what he said. It's French." Way back in the back, a blond-headed, handsome-looking fellow, standing up against the wall, come forward and compared notes. He was the interpreter for the U.N., for French. And this man over here was Victor Le Doux, of the Arne Vick church out there, and he wrote it down. And I've got the interpretation to it.
135 Listen to this if I can read it.
I Victor Le Doux, am a full-blooded Frenchman, borned again Christian, filled with the Holy Spirit. My address is 809 North King Road, Los Angeles 46. I attend the Bethel Temple, pastor Arne Vick, pastor. A true translation that I proclaim, of prophecy said over Brother Branham, given by Danny Henry in French, February the 11th, 1961, at the Full Gospel Business Men's breakfast. A true translation of the prophecy.
Now here's what It said:
Because thou has chosen the narrow path, the harder way, thou has walked in your own choosing. (Now, I can see that. Moses had to make his choice too. See?) Thou hast picked the precise and correct way--correct decision, and it is My way (underlined 'My way,' the Holy Spirit speaking back). Because of this momentous decision, a huge portion of heaven awaits you--awaits thee.
What a glorious decision... (Now, listen close.)... What a glorious decision thou has made. This in itself is that which will make, and come to pass, the tremendous victory in the love Divine.
137 You notice, it's a verb before the adverb. See? French... Now, the U.N. interpreter interpret that, and the boy knows not one word: never heard--never heard of such thing as speaking in tongues. He was a Baptist. Just happened to drop in there and heard that music, and said come up there, and stand up there and listen at me preach.
Now... "in the love Divine," Divine Love... How can that be Divine Love if it isn't the--the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit is Divine Love.
139 Now... And as Billy and I started on down the road (See?), started going on down the road, Billy went to sleep again. And It said, "I'll give you an everlasting sign."
I said, "Lord, what..." I waited a little bit and nothing happened. I said, "What is the everlasting sign, Lord?" And I waited a few minutes. And just then... I looked over to see Billy. He was asleep.
And He said, "I'll give you an everlasting sign," again. He said, "Look westward from where you're at."
And I turned my head like this in the truck to look (slowed down, you know)... And oh, my, the Spirit of the Lord... I felt like I could scream and cry. I looked, and I just saw a mountain with white caps on it. I said, "I don't know--see no everlasting sign about that."
He said, "Your name is wrote all over it."
Oh, I thought, "What is that?" And I got real weak and I started stopping.
And Billy raised up and said, "What's the matter with you?" And I pulled my hands like this, perspiration dropping off my hands, that's...?...
146 I said, "Billy, something's happening. At one time I know where I've done wrong. I know that I've failed God." And looked like I could hear that song being sung and see thousands of mixed people lame, halt, blind, and withered: heared a choir, a voice of some great renown voice singing:
Unclean! Unclean! The evil spirits drove him. (You know the song.)
Then Jesus came and set the captive free.
I could see the sick lines laying everywhere. And I had to stop. Billy didn't know what was taking place, and I looked up.
148 I stopped and looked up on the mountain, and I seen those seven hills. Now, here if you want to see something. There was seven peaks on top of a mountain, one mountain, that run for several miles. The last mountain before you go into the other country, no more mountains after that. And it was running from east to the west, the mountain set. And it was snowcapped on top.
The first two small peaks, and then a large peak... And then another small peak, and then a larger peak... And then a small peak, and then a great, large, long, snowcapped mountain. And I said, "Lord, I do not understand what that means."
He said, "How many peaks are there?"
I said, "There's seven."
"How many letters is in your name?" B-r-a-n-h-a-m, M-a-r-r-i-o-n, B-r-a-n-h-a-m.
153 And there was three outstanding peaks. He said, "Those three peaks are the first, second, and third pull. The first one was your first part of your ministry: small hill; then your first pull, pretty high. (You know, sign in the hand.)" Then there's a little interval in there, the time that I was taken off from being too tired. Many of you remember it. And then come the discernment, the second pull. Now, I've had another, about few years here of just kinda little peaks (See?), back like my ministry wasn't just... And then come the third one.
Three is a number of completion (See?), the third one. The next peak was five, number of grace. And the next peak was seven, a number of--of perfection: the end. "Six days shall ye labor; the seventh is the Sabbath, the end of the week, the end of time." See? And I stopped and I showed it to Billy. And I looked at them. And He said, "That... Let that stand. If there's ever a doubt in your mind, remember this place; come back here."
156 And Billy punched me on the shoulder, he said, "Daddy, look eastward." And how it ever happened I don't know, but there on the east side of the road was that burning dump. Miles and miles from any kind of a city, an old rubbish heap dump laying there on the left hand side of the road.
I am returning to the field. Amen. Old or young, live or die, I'll obey God until death shall set me free. I have failed the Lord, not willing... Whether I make... I've tried... Let me insert this. See? (Some more tape left?) Let me insert this. I've wanted--I've wanted to see Jesus Christ manifested without one flaw. And let the brethren who hear this tape and this church remember from this day, the reason you haven't had no flaws, and the reason that all these years... You can't say one thing that ever said or done but what it happened. I challenge anybody to bring any of the thousands of things on the platform, and the discernment, and the prediction of what would happen; it's happened exactly to the letter. Now, if the church believes that, say, "Amen" so that...?... [Congregation answers, "Amen."--Ed.] There's not a person in the world can show one.
But be it known to the church here and to the church hereafter: If God pushes a man through a pipe and he don't move at all until God tells him, there's no faith connected with it. It's God pushing you to something. And it's built the ministry to a place to where there's nobody can say one word against it. But from henceforth, let me first speak to you in the Name of the Lord, before you listen, because I must go out by faith. I must do it by faith whether I think it's right or wrong, or what... I do the best of my choosing and then go do it. Because it hasn't been wrong, it's 'cause I've waited till He told me to go do it. I've waited for Him, so it wasn't me; it was Him.
158 But, you see, even the great Saint Paul got between the straits one time. And many times that God has did things or let His servants do it, that was mistakes, in order to prove these things. Now, we know that human beings can make mistakes, but God can make no mistake. But now, if I get into the field of preaching and going the way I--I do, then I have to set up meetings ahead and--and get things lined up. And perhaps this is that great time coming that we been looking for. And surely, if this in itself is a tremendous thing that will bring to pass, and make come to pass, the tremendous victory in the Love Divine (and that's the verb before adverb), then it's Divine Love which is God. See? And it takes the love of God to dash out there on the front line and stand in the gap for the people.
159 And these Rickys and Rickettas that have so sassed the words, that I've called them "Ricky" and "Ricketta," God gives me to understand I shouldn't do that, because that's... Many of them are still His children. I must... They can't help because they act so much different. Some of these old, cold formal churches that's got them, that spirit upon them, and they're as much in--in prison as Israel was in prison, just as much as Moses went down to deliver them from slavery: human beings that love Jesus Christ, would serve Him if they only know what to serve Him by. And they're in bondage under denominationalism that tells them, "Don't you do this," and "Don't you do that."
160 But the call of God must come, "Whoever wants to march towards the promised land, let him march." We're on our road to the promised land. Amen...?... Let them come, march. We're on our road to meet Christ at the end time. And I wanted to bring this to you so that you would see, and show you that the mistakes that a man can make, yet being sincere.
Moses lost the feeling of his people because they wouldn't listen to him. And, Brother Roy, you see your dream? And now, I cannot go with a ministry like that, until I feel different in my heart about it, no matter if God did tell me. But that is what change that, Brother Roy, that's coming. Something's got to change me, because I, in my heart, if I go out there feeling the way I do now... I still feel that they ought to have heared that message, they ought to done... And I don't have the feeling for the people that I should have. And till I can get that feeling, there's no need in me going because I'd be a hypocrite.
162 And all these years I've tried to serve Him with a true heart, and I won't go out there being a hypocrite. I got to feel that, that it isn't "Ricky" and "Ricketta," and it isn't this bunch. It's God's children that's in bondage, and I must go to them. And until I can feel that way, I'll just have to loaf around, preach some conventions and things, but wait.
163 I got a little song. I can't sing. I'll just like to quote it to you. (Brethren, that it's kinda mapped out.) I ain't got it spelled right. It ain't wrote right. I don't know whether I can even read it or not. It's in the tune of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic."
Glory! glory, hallelujah! (You've heard it.)
Glory! glory, hallelujah! (How many... Of course we all heard that.)
The circuit rider preacher went riding through the land,
With a rifle on his shoulder and a Bible in his hand;
He told the prairie people of a blessed promised land,
As he went riding, singing along.
Leaning on the everlasting arms.
Leaning on the everlasting arms.
He preached the coming judgment of fire and brimstone;
And a glorious, endless heaven of the justified alone.
As he rode across the mountains you could hear him sing this song,
As he went riding on.
There is power, power, wonder-working power,
In the blood of the Lamb;
There is power, power, oh, wonder-working power,
In the precious blood of the Lamb.
164 The old circuit preacher, you remember him. See?
Now his rifle's old and rusty and is hanging on the wall;
His Bible's very worn and dusty and is seldom touched at all; (That's right)
But the message that It brings us will meet us on that day,
For God's Truth's still marching on. (All.)
Glory! glory, hallelujah!
Glory! glory, hallelujah!
Glory! glory, hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.
165 I'm going to learn that. I stood this morning when I was writing that down, put my hand on my old rifle hanging on the wall. I know it won't be long.
His rifle's old and rusting as it's hanging on the wall (That's right.),
And the Bible's worn and dusty and is seldom touched at all.
But His message from this Bible... at the judgment one day;
And His Truth keeps marching on.
God's Truth is this Bible. Yeah, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
167 The old circuit preacher with his rifle across his back, his Bible in his hand, rode across the prairies, and up over the mountains, and down into the ditches and everywhere, preaching of a coming millennium, of a coming fiery judgment for the unjust, and preaching a Kingdom of God for the just. It's true. The old Winchester's a-rusting away. And the Bible, they--they got some sex book instead of It. But God's Truth still marches on. He makes Hisself just as real today, as proves it, as He ever was.
God's Truth keeps marching on.
Glory! glory, hallelujah!
Glory! glory, hallelujah!
Glory! glory, hallelujah!
His Truth is marching on.
168 Why? Somebody'll take It, for Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Let's sing it again. Now, we're mixed up here Methodists, Baptists, Lutheran, everything else. While we sing that last chorus, let's shake hands with somebody around you and then we'll be dismissed.
And now, remember, you that have to go to your own church, go tonight. Greet your pastor from me. And--and then pray for me, each one of you. And then again, I want you to remember, if you have no place to go... (And if you'd have anything...) After Brother Neville message tonight, after he has his message, then I want to make a tape called "The Red Flashing Light of His Coming" (See?) tonight. The Lord bless you now. And next week, I'll... Next Sunday, the Lord willing, I may be down again to make another tape, 'cause I have to be in Arkansas this next week.
170 All right, now, let's sing again and shake hands now.
Glory! glory, hallelujah!
Glory! glory,... (Lord Jesus, bless these handkerchiefs as...?... place my...?... over them...?... in the Name of Jesus Christ.)
171 Praise be to God. Now, let us bow our heads just a moment. You're just in time, Brother Ruddell. Walk up here just a minute. Brother Ruddell, another one of our associate brethren here of a little association of churches we have together, just interdenominational. And I've heard the gallant stand that Brother Ruddell taken for the--for the Gospel. And so I--I say this, Brother Ruddell, that everything along the road... God has not promised a flowerly bed of ease, but He promised a battle. Yes, but He promised victory. That's the thing.
I remember when I first took this stand, even my own mother and father want to turn me from the house. See? But, oh, my, how I baptized them in the Name of the Lord Jesus. The only hopes I ever have today is because of the stand. I'm so glad that the message of the Bible from the old circuit preacher down to this time... Though people has got ahold of it, and they've trimmed it around, and they've made denominations and put creeds and everything else in it, that Truth still marches on. That's right. It still marches on.
173 God bless you each one and we hope to see you again real soon. Till then, will you do this one favor for me now, both here and on tapes also, you brethren? Pray that God will place into my heart that something that I lost out there in that complex. It's so easy to build a complex. I had a interview the other day with my Brother Way setting here, setting here in front of us: a good man but built hisself around a complex, another kind of a complex. Did the same thing. Brother Way, you can so easily do it. It's... You just get a little something in your mind, keep thinking that way... Go back and check it with the Scripture, see if it's right or not, and then go from there on. Yeah. Don't lose the feeling of the people. See? You must remember they're not made out of sawdust; they're flesh and blood, human beings with a soul. Pray for me, all of you, if you will. God bless you now.
174 We're going to bow our heads and ask Brother Ruddell if he'll... [A man speaks from the congregation--Ed.] Okay, brother. [A man relates a dream to Brother Branham--Ed.] Praise be to God. This is a minister. Somebody might not know. And he was one of the group that (I didn't have time this morning), that was in one of those dreams, speaking of me going the other way (See?), going west, going out west on this last time: Brother J. T. Parnell.
175 Now, there might be strangers that wonder about people having dreams, of dreamers. No, we don't go for all kinds of dreams, but we believe that the Bible said, "And it shall come to pass in the last days that I'll pour out My Spirit upon the people; and they shall prophesy, and shall see visions, and dream dreams." And as long as that's in the lids of the Bible, it's my duty to believe it and to preach it. And when people tell dreams, if the Lord doesn't give the interpretation, we let it go. And if it's something... When anyone speaks with tongues, it must be something to the church and must happen too. If it don't, it'd be an evil spirit. It must come to pass, 'cause interpretation of tongues is prophecy. We know that's right. So we try here to live the Bible just the way It's taught, take nothing away from It or add nothing to It, but just live it the way It is.
The Lord be blessed. That helps me, Brother J. T. to believe that... God didn't tell me go out now and compromise with sin. But just go out and just keep on doing things.
176 Let us pray now, Brother... [A woman in congregation cries out--Ed.]... Someone fainted. Just a minute, set still now.
Heavenly Father, let Thy mercy just...?... in Brother Way...?... In the Name of Jesus Christ...?... come to pass. Give him back, Lord, give him the strength...?...
So help me, his heart starts beating again...?... Lord Jesus, let Thy goodness and mercy be...?... It's over. As I stand here on this altar where funerals has been preached, where I stand here where hundreds of people that's prayed through to Christ... I reached down; his eyes was set; his pulse was gone. And no more than called the Name of Jesus Christ, and his pulse started jumping back...?... Praise the Lord. As a minister of the cross, I say that in the Name of Jesus Christ. Isn't He wonderful? A heart attack... See? I'm so thankful it happened just now, instead of waiting till we got away. See the grace of God? The Lord be blessed. Let us just bow our heads.
179 Heavenly Father, we thank You now for Your goodness and Your mercy. You're ever in our midst. Give me, Lord, Oil in my lamp. Give me the--the--the--the Rod of the Lord, that I might stretch it out up over the sick and afflicted, that I might bring it out upon--to bring deliverance to those who are needy and judgment to those who are rejecting. Grant it, Father. We thank You for all Your goodness, in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Brother Ruddell, God bless you, brother.