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E-1 Good evening, friends. It's certainly a privilege to be back again
tonight at Long Beach to have this time of fellowship in the coming
week. And it was kind of surprising to me to know that I was going to
stay in Long Beach this long extended time. And I think Brother
Arganbright, when he called me about coming on to the west coast from
Phoenix, he asked for one night in Los Angeles and one night here. And
then when I find out that I've got--or one night, I mean one week at
each place, pardon me. And then I find I got two weeks here: Sunday
through Sunday, I think it is: Tuesday through Sunday through Sunday.
And so we're expecting now to have a great time. Now, we can only have
a good time in the Lord as we all worship Him together. We must do that.
And now, I was talking to the pastor today and--and asked him just what
type of service, was it a revival we were anticipating, or was we to
have a healing service? And he said, "Just as the Lord will lead." So
that's just about as good I guess, as I could ask for. That's what we
want, you know, where the Lord leads. And then if the Lord has the
right-of-way, then everything will be all right.
E-2 And it's... I think this is my second time to this Tabernacle. I
think this is the place we come, was it Brother Gene, one night down
here about two or three years ago, or something. And... Couple of years
ago, yes... And then I was once over at the Municipal Auditorium here
when we--I first come to the west coast. And so I kinda feel like I'm
part of you to begin with, not only because I've been here, because
I've been at the same place you did to find salvation: at Calvary. And
that's where we... The only fountain that I know is that fountain of
Calvary, where God poured out His blessings upon the human race, and
there's where I received mine, beneath the Blood of the Lord Jesus.
E-3 And now, if the Lord willing, I'd just like to just see how many
was wanting to be prayed for, have a healing service one night? Let's
see if we raise up our hands around. Well, that's a nice little group
for a healing service, so--for a church anyhow. And then, well,
tomorrow night, how would you like to have a healing service tomorrow
night, would that be fine? All right. I'll have the boys over here to
give out prayer cards about six-thirty, something like that, so it
won't interfere with the other parts of the meeting. And then we'll
pray for the sick tomorrow night, God willing.
And then we'll see then as He leads, goes on, see how many... You know
in a little church meeting like this, we can pray for all the sick in
one night. So to be here thirteen nights, that's going to be--be quite
a healing service. So if the people come in, the sick keeps crowding
in, why, we'll keep praying for them as--as they come in.
E-4 And now, maybe this coming week, this next coming week rather, if
it'd be the will of the Lord... I just finished, before I started this
year's tour, at my Tabernacle I finished the series of the seven last
church ages in Revelation. And maybe, the Lord willing, I'd like to
take next week on the four horse riders of Revelations, and give a
night on each horse and each rider, and what it represents, and the
time that we're living in.
I think it--it should be--we should all be warned of the things that's
come--coming. That's what the church today lacks, is the warning of
making ready. I believe really, the church was in better condition
forty years ago for Christ to come than it is today. Forty years... I
was speaking on that the other day at the westward Ho, at the Full
Gospel Business Men's Convention, of how that the church in forty years
lost ground just like it did in the wilderness. But it's the time now
when the old fighters is dead, and we ought to get ourselves together,
and get started on for the Kingdom of God, and go over and possess the
full blessing. And just as the Lord will lead this week, we'll be
speaking on those subjects, in making ready.
E-5 Now, a minister cannot bring a revival. There's no preacher can
bring a revival. He doesn't pack it with him, and the only thing he can
do is just be loyal to God and His Word, and the revival has to come by
the people, in your home, in your life. Now, a revival isn't adding new
members to the church; it's reviving that what we've already got. To
"revive" means "to bring back." So a revival...
E-6 I stood here some years ago for my first time, by a large body of
water, which was Lake Michigan. I was about, just had been ordained in
the Missionary Baptist church. I was about twenty or twenty-one years
old. And I'd went up there when they had the--they had some great
Easter sunrise service out on the lakeside. And I was acquainted with
Paul Rader, and he was supposed to speak at that meeting. And I wanted
to visit the Tabernacle while I was in Chicago. And it was my first
time to see that large a body of water.
And I went out on Lakeshore Drive, and I stood out there a little
while, and I noticed all them waves jumping up and down, just--just
splashing around. I thought, "What's it so excited about? What's all
the excitement?" And the little waves would start, and then run out and
be great big waves, and bounce into each other, and break apart,
and--and the foam would fly up, and then it'd come back in. Then I see
the big waves coming again, breaking on the bank, like you're used to
here, but that was something new for--for me, a--a--a landlocked
servant. So I noticed how...?...
E-7 And I said, "Well what it must be, that the lake's having a
revival. That must be what it is. It's having a big time, just jumping
up and down." I thought, "That's--that's good; that's fine." But you
know, I--I thought, "Well, wonder if it gets a lot of extra water when
it's having a revival?" I thought, "No, there isn't one drop more in it
right now than if it was perfectly calm, not one bit. It's the same
water, but just having a revival, jumping up and down." I thought,
"Well, what good does that do?" Come to find out, when it's having
revival and jumping up and down like that, it washes all the trash out
of it up on the shore. That's what the church needs, is a revival: Get
all of the world and things of the world washed out so it can look
clear, be pretty again. When it all calms down, it's got the same
amount of water.
But what causes the sea to do that is because there's a wind come,
begins to blow against the waves, blow against the body of water and
pick it up. Well that's what the church needs tonight, is a mighty
rushing wind coming down upon it again, and reviving it, and getting
all the world out, and the things of the world out. And that way then
it starts a revival. And then when it settles down, the church is all
in a condition then to start off then to receive spiritual gifts and
blessings from God, and that's what we want.
E-8 I do not believe that the revival that we're looking to come is
coming in the fashion that we are looking for. It always comes contrary
to what we're looking for. Christ come different, John the Baptist.
Well, if anyone would've thought... I suppose if some of the
interpreters of the Scripture in John's day would've said, "The voice
of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare the way of the Lord, make his
paths straight." I imagine some of them thought that God would slip the
corridors out of heaven, and have an Angelic escort coming down to the
ground, and some great dignified prophet would come walking out of the
glory. And it was to be so great till all the low places to be made
high. And all the high places bring down low. And the mountains was to
skip like little rams, and all the leaves was going to clap their
hands. What an event that was to be. What the people must've looked to
see in those times... But what did it come to pass to be? An old fuzzy
looking preacher with a sheepskin wrapped around him, probably never
took a bath every three or four months, walked out of the wilderness,
standing in mud up to his knees and hollering, "Repent, for the Kingdom
of heaven is at hand." That's when the high places was made low, and
the low places was made high.
E-9 What man calls great, God calls foolish. And what man calls
foolish, God calls great. So what we've got to do is get back into the
program of God and find out, after all, what God wants us to do. And
the only way I know to do it is prayer. Prayer is the key. That's the
answer. Prayer changes things. Prayer is the most powerful weapon that
was ever put in the--the control of human beings. There's no atomic
bomb, or no hydrogen bomb as powerful as prayer. Prayer will change the
mind of God. Did you know that? It did do it one time.
A prophet was sent up to the king in the chamber, and said go up and
tell him, "THUS SAITH THE LORD, he's not coming off the bed, he's going
to die right where he's at." Isaiah went up and told Hezekiah that. And
I can imagine all the--the celebrity at the gate, the peasants out at
the outer courts, when they went in said, "Oh, prophet of God, what
will become of our king?"
"THUS SAITH THE LORD, he's going to die."
Went out to the soldiers, "Oh, great prophet, what does the Lord say
about our king?"
"THUS SAITH THE LORD, he's going to die." And that was right; the Lord
told him that. Goes on down, gets in his little hut somewhere back in
E-10 And Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and wept bitterly, and
said, "Lord God, I beseech you to consider me; I walked before you with
a perfect heart. I need fifteen years longer to get my kingdom in
condition." And you know, looks like that God would've wanted to say
anything, He'd have told him while he was talking to him. But God has
ways of doing things. You have to come God's ways and God's means of
doing things. As long as we try to get in it ourself, then it won't
work. And we just can't pattern after one another; we've got to live
individually before God.
Now, the greatest man in the land, of course, was the king. The
greatest Person in heaven was God. There was the greatest man on earth
talking to the greatest Man in heaven--the greatest in heaven, and yet
the great powers of heaven couldn't talk back to the king. Because he
wasn't meant to be that; he was just a king. And then He talked to
Isaiah (That was His prophet.) and said, "Go tell him that I've heard
his prayers and I'm going to spare him them fifteen years." Now, how do
you think that prophet must've been embarrassed coming right back,
"What are you coming back for, prophet?"
"THUS SAITH THE LORD, going to live." And just left the gate saying,
"THUS SAITH THE LORD, he's going to die." Come back, "THUS SAITH THE
LORD, he's going to live. THUS SAITH THE LORD, he's going to live."
Why? What changed it? Prayer. That's the secret. Prayer opens the door:
prayer. "Whatsoever you ask in prayer with faith believing, you shall
receive it. Ask abundantly that your joys may be full."
E-11 Let's ask God tonight to just not spare nothing, but pour out the
towers of heaven, if He has to shake us and tear us to pieces, and go
down at the potter's house, and be remolded again. If that's what it
takes, that's what I want. And I think that's what every honest hearted
believer wants, no matter what it takes. Now, let's bear that in mind
as the meeting goes on. "I don't care, Lord, what it takes, but I want
You to revive me. If it's something I'm doing, something I ought not to
do, something that I should've done, just tear me to pieces and make me
over again so I'll obey You." And with that purpose in heart, God's
just as sure to move on the scene as I'm standing behind this pulpit.
E-12 Now, this is the first time that I can remember in all the history
of my meetings, that I've ever come to a place to hold a revival, not a
healing service. And I'm just glad that this is planned out this way. I
thought that maybe it would be, we'd go up to Los Angeles, and here a
few nights, and up there, and like that, but it's panned out somehow,
or planned in God's great economy that I was to be here, I suppose, for
these two weeks in a church, holding a revival. So maybe that's the way
God wants it, so we'll just leave it to Him. He's the Boss, isn't He?
How many love Him? Oh, you're all... That's fine, then it looks like
all believers. That's good.
Well, let's--let's speak tonight and prepare our hearts for the healing
service tomorrow night. Then on--on Thursday night we'll start right
off with the evangelistic texts and so forth, if the Lord willing. And
pray that God will have us in such a revival by Sunday, the glory of
God will be raining around all over us, and God will be moving among us
with great wonders and signs, and hundreds receiving the Holy Ghost,
and and--and just go everywhere.
E-13 Now, we don't--we don't mean to say now... A true great revival,
it don't get headlines and things like that. No, no. There's one thing
that Jesus Christ lacked in His life. I hate to say that, but He did.
Jesus lacked one thing, a modern showmanship. He wasn't a showoff, no.
He... they... Everybody today's got to have a great big headlines and
bragging what they're doing. That's a stuffed shirt. That's right.
That's not a servant of God. A servant of God will be humble, keeping
And when the revival comes, look what's always come; when it come in
the days of Jesus, just in the minority, just a few people. Look what
John had out there on the banks, just a few people gathered around from
the regions round about to hear him. About ninety-nine percent of them
rejected his message and walked away. Yet it was a great revival and a
shaking time. God shakes things, and people don't realize it's being
done. See, God shakes His church. The revival is to His church. I
believe the church is called out now. But the thing to revive is to
revive and shake that church to its place again.
E-14 Someone said, "Why do you fool with a bunch of Pentecostals,
holy-rollers and so forth?" Well, that's where I was sent. I'm one of
them. So they--they say, "Why don't you--you do these signs, why don't
you go up to the big places and high places and so forth?" If you
notice, that's the very same thing that was said to our Lord. His--His
brethren even said to Him, "Why don't you come up before Caiaphas or
some of the--the big places and show Yourself. If you be this Fellow,
this Christ, let them know Who You are."
He said, "Your day is always." He didn't go up with them. But His hour
was yet to come. He was not a showman. And I think that's what's the
matter with the church today; it gets too much show instead of enough
Christ. See? We want Christ, no show, Christ, want to condition our
hearts. And when we get that place, you'll find out that God's just the
same yesterday, today, and forever. He does not fail.
Now, let us bow our heads just a moment and approach the Author before
we approach His Word.
E-15 Our heavenly Father, we are indeed a privileged people tonight to
be assembled together here in a free nation, where we can worship God
by the--our own dictates of our conscience. We are so glad for this,
and for an open door yet in our land, knowing that it won't be too long
now, until this opportunities will be taken away from us. And, Lord,
it'll be a great thing when it is, because then the love of God will
constrain us till our hearts will come together.
I pray, Father, for this oncoming meeting, for Long Beach, and for this
church, called by God's assembling, where God's children assemble
together. And the church is the people that makes up the body. And we
pray, God, for this pastor. I pray that You'll bless him, Lord, and by
his throwing his arms open, and his heart, for a revival to begin, may
their prayers not be in vain. But may You answer us this week with a
sweeping revival that'll catch fire, all up and down this west coast,
E-16 And the people of God realize that as it was in the time of
Ezekiel, the bones went to the bones and the skin upon it, and they
stood up, but yet they needed to be prophesied to, to cause life to
come into them. Heavenly Father, we might organize, and get the
churches together, and--and join our hands and go bone to bone, but yet
it takes the prophecy of a shaking wind to bring life back to us again.
Father, we pray that there'll be not only a--a protractive meeting, but
a revival that'll truly shake every heart, every home, every church,
every member, until the Holy Spirit becomes predominate in every life.
From that, Lord, will go forth workers into the street corners and
byways, with not a shamed look upon their face, but as gallant soldiers
burning: faces like Stephen's was, when like a house on fire in a high
wind. They could not stop him; neither could the Sanhedrin court stop
him. But he screamed out upon them, "Stiff-necked, uncircumcised in the
heart and ears..." Even death itself didn't stop his message. It got
onto Saul of Tarsus, never left him until, God, You struck him on fire
and started him out, become a apostle to the Gentile age. That one man,
when he was dying, kneeling on his knees and saying, "I see Jesus
standing at the right hand of God," that look upon him...
E-17 God, we pray that You'll send the Holy Spirit in such a convicting
power that'll place that look of determination upon every heart and
upon every face that gathers in this church. Grant it, Lord, that there
might be a soul searching time, for we realize that we're living in a
late hour, later than we think. You said You'd come in the hour that
you'd think not, so it may be at any time.
I pray, Father, that You'll help me. Speaking a few moments ago upon
saying the four horse riders, Divine healing, whatever it might fall,
Lord, we just open our hearts to You. You come deal with us, Lord, just
as we have need. Cut all the world away from us, Lord. Take Thy sharp
two-edged sword, the Word, and discern the thoughts of our hearts and
mind, and bring to our memory where we're short. And may we not cease
praying until we see our prayers answered. Grant it, Father. Circumcise
my lips; circumcise the hearts of the people, that I might speak and
they might hear the Word of the Lord. We ask this for God's glory in
the Name of His Son Jesus Christ. Amen.
E-18 I pray the Lord Jesus, that the revival will be on from this time
on, that everybody hungering and thirsting... Now, just make ready,
each person; don't wait on the neighbor; it's nothing about the
neighbor: ourself. Let's fast; let's pray; call on God. Get on the
phone; call somebody; get them over. Lead our children to prayer. Get
our family groups together. Just open up our hearts and say, "Lord,
here we are."
Now, on getting ready for the service tomorrow night for healing
service then, the boys will be over with the prayer cards about
six-thirty. You that want prayer cards, come and let the sick people
get up around me, up here. Many of you has been in the meetings; you
know how it works. I'd... Better for somebody setting here with faith
believing, setting in front, than back there, because sometimes when I
them seen back in there, I... There's so many between that, while
it--where the channels, as I call it, or--or rays of faith that comes
from the people, it's confusing. However it does go all over the crowd
and thousands times thousands of people. But I'd rather get the sick
people up here in front, around where I'm at.
E-19 Now, tonight I want to speak on a subject... First I want to read
to you a verse out of the Scripture found in Saint Luke the 2nd
chapter, the 26th verse.
And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; the
same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel:
and the Holy Ghost was upon him.
And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he would not see
death until he had seen the Lord's Christ.
Now, I want to take the subject of "Expectation." Now, before you can
have expectation, there must be faith to accompany that expectation.
And there's only two elements in the world that controls the world
tonight, that's fear and faith. Russia's trying to get everybody to
fear them, and we're trying to get everybody to have faith in God.
That's the difference. That two element controls all nations, controls
all people, controls all churches, controls individuals, is fear or
E-20 Now, fear has no valuation in it, none whatever. It's perfectly
endless, it doesn't--it hasn't got one good thing about it. If I was to
be shot in the morning, was going to be shot, what good would it do to
have fear? What good would it do me? You say, "Well, what good would
faith do you?" Faith could deliver me. But fear won't help me a bit.
You just get yourself all worked up and more nervous than ever when it
comes time for the gun to fire. So let's have faith. Faith could
deliver me, but if it doesn't, what good would fear do anyhow? Just
stay right with faith and hold on to it. Take God's promise and remain
E-21 And now, as we begin to read the Word and to teach the Word...
I'll never go outside the Word for anything. And remember, that you
must believe this in God, that God keeps His Word. He will do that. If
He doesn't, He isn't God. He's... God is infinite. And when anything is
infinite, it's... Well, there's no way to explain what infinite is. But
we are finite. Therefore, we can say anything and the next day or an
hour from that or five minutes, we'll have to alter it and say, "Oh, I
was mistaken." But God can't do that if He's infinite. Because He makes
His--He makes His--His--His promise, and He can never go back on it.
His promise is always the best; His decision is always perfect. And if
it's perfect, it can never be any more perfect, so it's always got to
be right. Now, therefore if you have faith...
E-22 I was speaking to a--a doctor some time ago about one of his
patients that had been healed. He said, "Why, Billy," (He's a friend of
mine.) he said, "there's--there's no doubt at all." Said, "My, the
cancer was there." Said, "I operated on the man and couldn't get it, it
was in his throat." And he said... And he was a brother-in-law to the
doctor, and he said, "It's absolutely gone." And some of the people was
out to the man that run the motel, while we was having the meeting he
was telling everybody about it, and how that faith did it. He said,
"Yes, Billy, I believe that." Said, "Now, to have faith," said, "now I
believe if he'd have went out and touched a tree and said he had faith
I said, "No, that won't work."
He said, "If he had faith."
I said, "He hasn't got no grounds for faith." Now, touching a tree
having faith; that's superstition. You've got to have a ground for
faith. "And faith cometh by hearing, hearing the Word of God." Now,
before... If you just take it like any newspaper report or something,
why, you can't have faith in that; they'll make errors because they're
human. But this Bible cannot make an error. It's got to be perfect
because it's the Word of God. And God is no better than His Word, or
you're no better than your word. I'm no better than my word. So
therefore, when the Bible says anything, remember, it's settled forever.
E-23 And if God is ever called on the scene to make a decision on a
certain thing, and the decision that He made when He's called on the
scene for the same thing again, His decision has to remain the same
way. He cannot change it for one, saying, "Well, I did it to this one,
and--but I won't do it for this one." Now, if He does that, then He
made the wrong decision when He made it the first time. So He made His
Word so that "If ye can believe..."
When he--a man asked Him forgiveness for his sins, and God forgave that
man of his sins, if you come, or whosoever will comes upon them same
basis of humbly asking forgiveness, based upon faith, God's obligated
to do the same thing He did for that man the first time. And if a man's
ever sick and calls on God, and if God ever heals one person, ever did
heal one person, and the same grounds that He brought that man to for
his healing, if He's ever called on again, He's got to remain with the
same decision. If He didn't, He made a mistake and then if He made a
mistake He's not infinite. And if He--if He's not infinite, then He's
E-24 See, you've got to come right back to know this Word's the truth.
Now, that's exactly what gives me my bold stand in Christ, because I
believe that Word is truth. It just cannot fail. It can no more fail
than God, because it is God. "In the beginning was the Word, and the
Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh
and dwelled among us." Hebrews 4 tells us that the Word of God is
powerful, more sharper than any two-edged sword, cutting both ways into
the asunder and the marrow of the bone, and even a discerner of the
thoughts and intents of the heart. When Jesus looked upon the audience
and perceived their thought, what was it? He was the Word. "In the
beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was
God." Well, they ought to have knowed it, that He was the Word of God
made manifest. Now, that same spoken Word of God, the Holy Spirit can
make any promise of God manifest, if you'll just believe it.
E-25 Now, expectation, it has to be built upon something that got a
faith behind it. Because if you're expecting something is because
something's been promised or some way like that. So if you want to have
real expectations it must be built upon THUS SAITH THE LORD. Look at
Noah. It was...
Sometimes God asked you to do things that's ridiculous to your own
human thinking. Now, remember, if you're going to enter this revival
trying to figure out something, you might as well enter out to begin
with, 'cause you can't do it. Remember, God does not know man by--or
God... Man does not know God, rather, by his head. He knows Him by his
heart. In the garden of Eden, why, man was divided between God and
Satan. Satan took his head; God took his heart. With his intellectuals
he tries to reason out things, but by faith in his heart through God
will make him believe things that reason won't even vindicate. "For
it's the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not
seen." See, it's... He's got to believe God's Word. Oh, brother, if you
could just get that down good and sunk in your heart, it'd make every
devil jump and leave right now. See? So... Oh, it--it does it.
Now, I--I--I'm know what I'm speaking of. I've had... This is
thirty-one years in the ministry for me. And I--I know what I speak of.
And I've never sincerely, in all my life, ever asked God anything, with
this Bible open, unless He gave it to me or told me why He couldn't do
it. That's right. 'Cause there's sometimes He can't give it to me
'cause I think I want it, and He knows better. But He's always come and
told me why. And so I--I know that's true. So God keeps His Word. You
can just depend on that.
E-26 Now, when Noah was asked to build an ark by God, why he moved with
fear, knowing... Could you imagine what the critics was saying? Noah
was expecting it to rain, because God said it was going to rain. Now,
it never had rained on the earth. Could you imagine the critics saying,
"Oh, look, poor old fellow's kind a little off at his head. But he
said... "Where's that rain at Noah? Tell me where it's at; I don't see
any of it up there. There--there's no rain from up there, never has
been, never will be."
But Noah said, "God said so. That settles it. If God said so, He can
create rain up there if He wanted to." So he was expecting it to rain,
so he made preparations for the rain. Oh, I like that. Oh, make
preparations as long as you hear God's Word, then make preparations for
it to happen and wait under expectation. Oh, that makes me start
feeling religious to begin with. See? To think that... God said so,
then make--be expecting it.
E-27 Now, if God has promised a revival here, we're going to have it.
Let's make ready for it. If God promised to heal, let's make ready for
it. If Jesus said, "The works that I do, shall you do also," let's make
ready for it. Move out everything; get ready. We're right in time. So
just... Now, it'll seem foolish. Now, you say, "Well, how's it going to
happen in a day like this and when all this..." I don't care what
anything contrary is to that, it--it's wrong. We can't see it; I see no
hope of it, look like. But if God said so, let's do it anyhow, 'cause
God said so; it'll happen anyhow. I'm--I'm expecting it.
I believe Jesus is coming. Science is proving they can take a little
pollen from something and some mucus, and put something in it and so
forth like this, and they can almost make human life, they claim. Oh,
they're so smart they can--got a sputnik up in the sky and a human
heart beating in it. That don't bother me a bit. They say, "Well, one
of these days you'll find out all the religion you're talking about is
crazy." No, I won't. Jesus will be here. We'll have a millennium. We'll
go home to glory. I'm expecting it, so I'm preparing for it; I'm
waiting for it every day being ready. "When will He come?" I don't
know, but if He isn't here today, I'll be looking tomorrow. I'm
expecting it, just 'cause He said so, and I live daily under those
expectations. That's right. You must have expectation, certainly. Noah
E-28 Abraham, why, when he heard the Word of God and he come down from
the land of Chaldea in the city of Ur, coming down from Shinar perhaps,
out of a--maybe a heathen family up there for all I know. But one
day... Say he was a farmer out on the farm, and God spoke to him. He
was seventy-five years old, his wife was sixty-five. And He said,
"Abraham, you're going to have a baby by your wife Sarah." Well, he
went out and got all the arrangements made. Why? He was expecting it.
He was expecting the baby to come, any time. "Will it be the next
twenty-eight days you'll know about it?"
"I don't know. If it isn't, maybe the next twenty-eight." The first
time I imagine he said to Sarah, "How you feeling, dear?" After the
first of the month had passed.
"Thank God, we'll have it anyhow. Yes. Go ahead and make the little
booties and get the little jacket ready, get all the Birdeye and the
pins, 'cause we're going to have it. That's right. I'm expecting it.
That's right. Put them in your hope chest and get ready 'cause it's
coming." A year passed. "Any difference, dear?"
"Not a bit."
"We're going to have it anyhow. I'm expecting it."
God said, "Separate yourself from your kindred." That's what you have
to do a lot of times, separate yourself from a lot of unbelief. And
remember, until Abraham fully obeyed God, the blessing never come until
he fully obeyed God. He took his daddy along, and he caused trouble.
And then Lot finally caused trouble, and a herdsman. And then as soon
as he got separated from everything like God... He fully obeyed. When
he come to full obedience, then God brought the blessing.
E-29 Now, the Pentecostal church has been expecting a--a visit into the
promised land, for all the restoration of the gifts and things. But as
soon as it begin to speak with tongues and interpretate, then they
begin to organize, make different organizations, separating themselves
and things like that. You battle around for forty years. You just keep
on battling as long as you do that. But when you get yourselves
together, like they did on the day of Pentecost, come together, then
expect God to do something. "If the people that's called by My Name
will assemble themselves together and pray, then I'll hear from
heaven." Now, if we'll do that, we can expect something. Until we do
that, we might as well not expect it, because it's not coming. We've
got to fully obey God. You've got to come to a place where the--the
Assemblies of God and the Church of God, and the Foursquare Church of
God, and the Oneness, and Twoness, and Threeness, and Fiveness, and all
them other little old isms that you got off on, will forget your
differences and come together and pray, then I'll expect to hear
something from heaven. You... Oh, they say "Well, they'll do this..."
E-30 Well, the other day a certain organization, when I was in
Beaumont, Texas, because I had setting on the platform, from (One
church sponsored me) about forty two churches, and they were all fine
people, and the district presbyter called me up and said, "I draw a
line, from this on, Mr. Branham, I'll draw you out. You had a man
setting on the platform was baptized wrong."
Well, I said, "I'm going to do something different from that. I'm going
draw another line, take you in. You put me out on one, I'm going to
draw another, take you back in." That's right.
So that's what it is; spread out our tents way out yonder, get other
brothers. Yes, sir, that's what we got to do. And then when we do that,
we can expect God to answer. But until we do that, He won't answer,
because we got to separate ourselves from the things of the world. And
as long as the Pentecostal church keeps lusting after the things of the
world, this, that, and the other one, and--you just might as well quit.
Until you get back to the real Gospel again, get back to God's Word,
get back to THUS SAITH THE LORD, we'll never prosper till we do that.
God will not hear, until we fully obey God. Yes, sir.
When Abraham fully obeyed God, then he knowed that when he fully done
it, then right away three Angels come up and announced the birth of the
baby, and he come along. But Abraham never give up, just kept expecting
it, kept expecting it, and finally he got hisself all in the will of
the Lord and then it happened. But until he does that, it just won't
E-31 Moses... It makes people act funny when they--when they hear from
God sometime. Moses was a great theologian. He was taught in all the
wisdom of the Egyptians. Well, certainly, there was nothing Moses
didn't know. Now, wonder if back there forty years on the desert, and
herding the sheep, what if he'd thought, "I believe I'll go back down
to Egypt and--and dress up my, oh, maybe my mathematics a little bit."
Why, he knowed so much he could teach the teachers. He didn't need any
education. He didn't have to have anything taught to him, for he knowed
it all. But he was a failure with all he knowed.
E-32 Now, I believe in Bible schools. I believe we should do that. We
should have Bible schools. My boy just come out of Waxahachie. I got a
girl fixing to go in there. Waxahachie Assembly of God School, in
Waxahachie, Texas. I believe in that. But, brother, when we get to
teaching in the--our schools and seminary, just the right way to speak
and so forth and all, education and so forth... What we need today in
seminaries and all, is a back to God, back to God, not our educational
programs, but our salvation program. Go ye into all the world and make
seminaries. No, sir. Go ye in all the world, build churches. No, sir.
They're all right. Go and build hospitals. No, sir, that's wasn't what
the church was commissioned to do. Church is building hospitals. Church
is building schools. Church is building buildings. But here was the
commission, "Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel." What is
the Gospel? Not just the Word only, Paul said, but the manifestation of
the Word. "The Gospel came to us not in word only, but through power
and demonstrations of the Holy Ghost." In other words, "Go ye into all
the world and demonstrate the power of the resurrection. These signs
shall follow them that believe." Just teaching the Word won't do it;
you've got to have the power of the Holy Ghost behind that Word to make
it come to life again. Amen. It'll come to life.
E-33 You say, "Oh, Brother Branham, that was two thousand years ago."
All right, critic, I want to shut you up right now. See? Here not long
ago, as you look in the "Life" magazine, they went into the great
garners of Egypt and got out some of that wheat that Joseph put in
there, planted it in the ground, and it growed. They got a (What was
it?) sunflower seed or something, four thousand years ago out of
the--out of old King Tut's tomb: A sunflower seed, and planted it, and
God had preserved that life. Absolutely. "Though the skin worms
destroys this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God." God's Word will
never be destroyed. God's Word, if you'll plant it in the right kind of
conditions on God's Word, it'll do the same thing it did at the
beginning. That's right. Correct.
E-34 Some time ago I was setting down in Kentucky, squirrel hunting.
Well, I--I... That's what I do to relax; I--I hunt, shoot targets and
things, fool with guns. That's just a hobby. And I had a little model
seventy-five Winchester rifle. At fifty yards I stood on the range and
drove nine straight carpet tacks with it, right straight through the
paper. And then, first thing you know, when I'd shoot at the squirrel,
I'd have to see four corners of his eye. He's looking at me I wouldn't
shoot at him. If he had his back turned I wouldn't shoot at him. He had
to set right. Thirty yards I'd leave him alone, twenty yards... He had
to be fifty yards. That's just 'cause I got enough that way.
One day that little rifle went out. And I just couldn't make it come in
at all. I rebedded it, and I done everything I could do, and tighten
loose just five thousands of a vibration here will put it a half inch
at a hundred yards. So you see, you... It's got some part tight,
another loose; you've got to have it right. So I sent it back to the
Winchester Company, and I got the letter at home now; they said,
"Reverend Branham, there's not a thing wrong with that rifle." Said,
"That rifle will group a inch at twenty-five yards and a model
seventy-five will not group any better." Said, "It's not a target gun
to begin with." Said, "It's only got one leg screw holding it together.
Therefore you've got to get a vibration out of it." Now, that was the
man who manufactured and made the gun, the Winchester Company, the
proofs. The man who spent his life time and engineers, to make up the
gun, they said, "It will not group any better than one inch at
twenty-five yards." And I'd been driving tacks at fifty yards with it.
E-35 Now, I set down under a tree one day and just crying. There's
Brother Wood and a couple friends of mine up there shooting squirrels.
I... They didn't care where they hit him, just bang away. And anywhere
hit him is all right. To me, I thought I might drop down on his cheek,
hit him a little behind the ears or something, that wouldn't be right.
It had to hit the eye; it wasn't right. And I thought, "Well now, it
don't make any difference what the Winchester Company says; I know that
it will do it because I've seen it do it."
And I was setting there one morning under a little old crooked over
tree a crying, just got so nervous I got to crying. I said, "Lord, here
I am away from the services, out here in the woods trying to relax. And
little old nervous thing like me, why did You ever try to send me out
in the meeting anyhow? I'm a failure to begin with, and why did You
ever send a person like me? Look like You'd got a man that was a man,
somebody that was steady and quiet." And I just kept setting there
crying and talking to the Lord, both hands up and the tears pouring
down my cheeks.
E-36 I heard a Voice, that Light in the bush; He said, "I made you
for--that way for a purpose. Now, you know, that that--you can't be
satisfied until that rifle, no matter what anyone said, you know it
drives the tack (See?) at fifty yards." And then He said, "That's the
reason I made you thus, because it don't make any difference what
anybody says. See? 'The bay--days of miracles is past. There's no such
a thing as the baptism of the Holy Ghost.'"
Listen. There is. Because I know it's so. Those apostles taken that
same Holy Spirit; they saw visions; they--they raised the dead; they
healed the sick; they done great miracles and signs and wonders. And if
we'll just get it zeroed in. You can't say, "Oh, that day... That
church says this way. And my church was the oldest, and this was that."
That don't make sense to me. If--if they made it drive the tack, it'll
drive it again. If they'd brought forth a world shaking revival with
the power and the promises of God, we'll do the same thing if we'll
accept the promise and expect it to happen. But you've got to believe
it. You just can't halfway believe it.
And you know what? When I got up from under that tree after He's talked
to me and walked out there and never touched that rifle one time. And
here sets the boy that we reload together. That rifle has constantly
drove them tacks at fifty yards ever since. That's right. Never touched
it... See, He was trying to do something to me to show me how to behave
myself. In tight times and things that they say, "Oh, Brother Branham...
E-37 A fellow said to me not long ago, said, "If you'd come over and
join our organization we'll do so and so, if you'll just compromise on
I said, "Compromise? Compromise?" I said, "I'm surprised at a man of
God, like you are with a doctors degree, would ask a servant of God to
compromise on the Word of God." I said, "That don't dwell in my blood."
No, sir. I'll stay right zeroed on It. I believe in the Holy Ghost and
the power of the Holy Ghost. I believe that Jesus Christ is the same
yesterday, today, and forever. And I'm under expectations that He will
rise up a church to go meet Him with the same power it had in the
beginning. Certainly, if we'll expect it, have faith in God and believe
He's going to do it. Expectation.
E-38 Moses, with all of his theology he never got anywhere. He was out
there, a coward running behind the mountains, in the desert herding his
father-in-law's sheep. But one day he met God, and then he got an
experience with God, and he was going down to Egypt to take over Egypt.
Now, it might look pretty foolish for an old man with eighty years old
and the whiskers hanging way down like this, and probably his bald head
shining red in the sun, and the beards all over him, and had crooked
stick in his hand, and his wife setting on a mule, and a little...?...
kid setting on her hip, going down. Said, "Where you going Moses?"
"I'm going down to Egypt to take over, going to take the nation." You
know, when you take God at His promise it makes you act silly to the
things of the world. Now, a one man invasion, going down to take a
nation as great as Russia is today. Sure, going down... And the thing,
he--he took it over, he did it. He killed one man down there and got in
trouble. Went back down and killed a whole nation, he was glorified by
it. (See?) That's it. He was a murderer for killing one, and--and then
a saint for taking the whole bunch. But one time he went down with
expectations to know that God stood by His Word. Amen. He was expecting
it. "How you going to do it, Moses?"
"I don't know, but I--I know He's going to do it. God said so, that's
got it; that's all."
"You going to bring two and a half million people out here in this
desert and feed them? How you going to feed them?"
"I don't know. I expect God do something about it." He did. That's all.
He was expecting something.
E-39 The trouble of it, we go to church and sing the hymn and the
pastor talks about the roses and the flowers, and we go back home. Oh,
my. That's the reason we don't get nowhere. That's what's the matter
with our Pentecostal churches. That's... Now, I--I never come here to
pat you on the back; I come here to tell you the truth. See? Oh, the
Pentecostal church has went on a building rampage; it's went on a
denominational rampage; it's gone everywhere, and cut and divided, and
pulled out, and separated, and segregated. And oh, it's going to
have... This is going to be biggest, and that's going to be the
biggest. As long as you do that, she'll never going nowhere. Remember,
I tell you in the Name of the Lord.
But when you'll come together, oh, my, that's it, when you'll fully
obey God. "This will all men know you're My disciples, when you have
love one for the other." When you get part of the theology out and get
a little love in there, it'll do works, and wonders, and--and miracles.
But we got to have that. For who? For everybody. "Oh, for that old
bunch of Assemblies of God, or that old bunch of Church of God, or old
Oneness, or Threeness, or Fiveness, or whatever they are? Me love them?
I couldn't love them; they're antichrist." You're lost yourself,
brother, when you think that. That's right. You're not right with God.
If you can't raise out a hand to the bitterest enemy you got and try to
win him to Christ, then the Spirit of Christ isn't in you. "For he come
to his own, and his own received him not." Yet He gave His life for His
enemy. He did. How true it is.
E-40 And that Spirit of God in you makes you feel the same way about
everybody. When you get to a place... Now, you just can't act it. The
devil knows whether you're acting or not. I can see that epileptic
child out there one day, and Jesus ten days before that give them power
to cast out devils, and--and raise the dead, and heal the sick, and do
all kinds of miracles. They was getting on pretty good. Come back and
said, "Even the devils is subject unto us." Having a big time. A few
days after that, here they was all stumped. They met a man down there,
he knowed it wasn't--doing--he wouldn't come join their society, so
they forbid him to even cast out devils. See the bitterness coming in.
See? "Oh, we forbid him not, he wouldn't join our assembly. So we told
him not to do it."
Jesus said, "Don't you do that. No man can do a miracle in My Name, can
speak lightly of Me. And them's not against Me; them that's for Me is
not against Me."
E-41 So we find out then, on that kind of an attitude, they had a
epileptic boy down there, just a crying over him and praying and
stomping, and--and I could imagine one of them coming up and saying,
"Here's the way I done it over there. You brothers step back; you all
don't know how to do it. Here's the way you do it." Shirt stuffed out,
you know. "Hallelujah, glory to God." Shake him, pour a little oil on
him, shake him again. "That's the way I done it." Uh-huh. That--but it
didn't work that time. That's what's the matter today. That what's...
It isn't working so good. See?
But after while, someone come walking down, quietly. Oh, the father run
to Him and said, "Lord, have mercy on my child. He's variously vexed
with a devil." And when Jesus cast the evil spirit out of him, then the
disciples come and said, "Why couldn't we do it? What was the matter
He never said, "I took My power back." He said, "Because of your
unbelief, to work the power that I gave you to work with." That's
what's the matter with the church today. It's let down; it's got... It
isn't expecting nothing. It's just setting there, groupy and dead. What
we need is to have expectations.
E-42 Simeon, this great old saint of God, he was a man of great
reputation. Oh, today they happen to say, "But wait a minute, sir, I'm
a businessman. I'm a doctor. I'm--I'm a professor." You're no better
than anybody else. And whenever you think you're better than somebody
else, then you're nothing that you ought to be, the Scripture says.
See? When you get to a place... You got to... How can you have faith
when you're expecting honor one from another? See? You must prefer one
another always. That's the life of Christ, to prefer your brother,
sister. And if they are wrong, that's all right. You'll never make them
any better by kicking them around. Put an arm around and pick him up. I
like this old time religion. I'll tell you what it'll do, it'll--it'll
make a tuxedo suit set by a pair of overalls, and put their arm around
one another, and call each other brother. That's right. It'll make a
calico dress and a silk one call one another sister. It sure will: gun
barrel straight and sky blue. And it--it'll certainly do it.
E-43 Now, but Simeon was a man of great reputation. He was an old sage,
about eighty years old. Now, he was going around telling everybody,
"I'm not going to die till I see the Lord's Christ." Now, the Bible
said... What made Simeon do that? Because the Holy Ghost was upon him.
That's the difference. The Holy Ghost was upon him. Now, I imagine the
great denomination that he belonged to said, "Oh, the poor old fellow,
he's got one foot in the grave and the other one sliding fast. Just let
him alone; it won't be long till it'll be over. He's going to die
pretty soon. So just let him enjoy himself going ahead. He's--he's got
a little some kind of little a illusion, so--a little something wrong,
But Simeon still believed it; he didn't care about his reputation. He
let everybody know. He was expecting to see Him. He said, "He's not
going to see death until I see the Lord's Christ."
I can hear some of the great rabbis, you know, stand up to the young
fellows, you know, that knowed all the--had the Ph.D. and LL.D.'s and
all the other D's, and so forth, and all bottleized in them, you know.
And--and they say, "Well, the poor old fellow, he's been a good old
priest in his days, but, oh, just let him alone; he's a little off at
But he was going around telling it, he wasn't care about his reputation
as a sage. What he was talking about, he--he had the Holy Ghost on him.
He said, "The Holy Ghost revealed to me." See, he was expecting to see
it. Said, "Yeah, I got everything ready. When I see Him I know just
what I'm going to do. Yes, sir. Got everything ready because I'm
expecting to see Him." Why? The Holy Ghost said so.
E-44 Now, there's no two Holy Ghost's; there only one Holy Ghost
(That's right.), only one Holy Ghost. And that same Holy Ghost that led
Simeon to believe that he would not die until he seen the Lord's
Christ, that same Holy Spirit's telling me, "Something's going to
happen." Amen. I just believe it. And it's telling you the same thing.
Let's be expecting it. Let's get ready for it, make ready. Like taking
a trip, get everything packed up. No, this--this kind of a trip, you
unpack everything. Got too much packed up now. The trouble of it, we
have to unload. So this trip you unload. You have to get right in the
middle of the road.
E-45 One of the dear brothers, Brother--I was going to say Deweece, I
believe--no, not--that's Oral Roberts. Oh, he's the state
superintendent of the Assemblies of God at Indiana. I forget what his
name is now. Anyhow... Brother Weed, Roy Weed, I guess you all know
him. Brother Weed... one day, my cousin, Brother Vivert, has one of the
biggest Pentecostal Assembly of God churches in the east in Evansville,
Indiana. The whole city block is just took into church meeting. So they
had a, I believe it was called the Five Hundred Room. Across the street
there's a garage, so Brother Vivert just bought it out and his brother
running competition in Indianapolis, who can have how many thousand in
Sunday school. So he had a man school over there that he just taught in
on Sunday morning, five hundred in the class.
So I was supposed to speak that morning at the men's class. I was
setting behind Brother Roy, and Brother Roy said, "You know, I heard a
man say," and that was me, "that the--the middle of road is the place."
Said, "The middle of the road..." I believe that.
God said in Isaiah 35, "There shall be a highway." Many of you dear
Nazarenes used to sing, "A highway of holiness." No, "There shall be a
highway and ('And' is a conjunction; it ties your sentence
together.)--and a way, and it shall be called the way of holiness," not
the highway of holiness, the way. Correct road's built so the water
washes trash to one side or the other. So you'd either be real cold and
starchy or a fanatic on the... But the way's right in the middle of the
road, right towards Calvary, right up the road.
E-46 So Brother Weed set up and said, "A man... That isn't good driving
ethics." He said, "If a man drove in the middle of the road, he'd get
killed." Said, "That's not good driving ethics." He didn't know I was
setting behind him. I touched him on the shoulder; I said, "That's it,
brother; you're just so earthbound, you're..." I said, "This road you
don't come back. It's just one way traffic going that way." And so...
He is--he's a sweet brother, just as fine as could ever be thought. Oh,
my, they don't--don't make them better than Roy Weed. But it was just
so cute, you know, he said, "Now, you drive in the middle of the road
you get hit."
I said, "Brother Weed, we won't get hit; we're going one straight way.
Just that way. We're not coming back at all." A one way ticket, I'm
glad I've got it then, aren't you? A one way ticket... What the Holy
Ghost reveals through His Word, I believe that is truth; we stay right
E-47 So Simeon was a man of great reputation amongst the people. But he
wasn't ashamed. Some of us claim to have the Holy Spirit; we get a
revelation from God that we should stop doing the things we're doing.
"But yet if I do, I--I run around with the Joneses over here, and
what'll they think about me?"
Some of you women, bobbed off your hair, you know, because Susie did
it. "Well, if I'd happen to let my hair grow they'd call me old
fashion." Uh-huh. But the Holy Ghost tells you you should do it. The
Bible said so. Now, if anything says different from that, don't you
believe it; it's a lie; because God said it was so. See?
And all this other stuff that we've propped into the Pentecostal church
because the Baptists did it, because the Presbyterian do it. And
they'll think I'm an old fashion fanatic. Seeing our Pentecostal women
dress in dresses that looks like they're skin tight. A woman said to me
the other day, said, "But Brother Branham," said, "well, they don't
make anything different from that." But they got sewing machines and
goods, so there's no excuse. Jesus said, "If you..." Jesus said, "If
you do that, you'll be guilty at the day of the judgment for committing
adultery." The Bible said, "Whosoever looketh upon a woman to lust
after her, has committed adultery with her already in his heart." And
you dress like that and a sinner looks at you, he's going to answer at
the day of judgment, and you're going to answer for presenting yourself
that way to him. So you're going to be guilty of committing adultery
whether you went through the act or not, because said, "Whosoever
looketh," and you present yourself. A sinner will actually do that. Oh,
Pentecostal church, come back to God. Come back.
E-48 Oh, what happened from Azusa street to this time? Azusa street it
was a shame to have a song book in the--in the church when Pentecost
first started. They sang in the Spirit. Everything was in the Spirit.
Now, it's like David duPlessis said, "We got too many Pentecostal
grandchildren." God don't have any grandsons at all. You've had sons
and daughters. You've brought your children into the church. Just
because you were Pentecost, the kids come in and took the cradle roll
and come on up and claim Pentecost, and don't know nothing about the
experience that made women clean up, and men clean up, and churches
clean up. I better shut up too, or... But it's the truth. We got to get
back to that experience again. All right. I'm expecting Him to do
something before He comes. And I--I believe I'll see it. All right.
E-49 But it was revealed to him; that's the reason he could stand on
the Word. He said, "The Holy Spirit revealed to me that I'm not going
to die. I know I'm an old man, but I'm not going to die before I see
the Lord's Christ." What David looked for it, and Moses looked for it.
And ever since the garden of Eden, four thousand years, they looked for
it. But he said, "I'm going to see it. (Amen.) I'm going see it."
"How do you know you're going to see it?"
"I got a good reason; the Holy Spirit revealed it to me." Oh, my.
Does He reveal to you out there on the cot tonight, brother, He--or out
there on them chairs, going to make you well? If He does, you're going
to get it. That's all. Does He reveal to you, sinner, that you're going
to receive the Holy Ghost? You're going to get it if He reveals it. You
just got heart trouble, cancer, tumor, whatever it is, revealed to you
that you're going to be healed? You're going to get it. Just follow the
E-50 "Sons of God are led by the Spirit of God," not led by some other
fanatics or some organizations or something or another, they're led by
the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit was given to the church to be the
Overseer, the Tutor that was to raise the children of God, not our
bishops, and cardinals, and so forth, but the Holy Ghost. I'm expecting
the Holy Ghost, not denomination, not a bishop, not a Catholic priest,
not a Baptist preacher, or a Pentecostal preacher; I'm expecting the
Holy Ghost to come down and set in order a church that'll go to meet
Him, filled with the power and the resurrection of Christ. I'm
expecting that; I believe it. God promised it, that there'd be a church
there without spot or wrinkle on it. I'm expecting it because God said
it was so.
Someone said to me, "Brother Branham, aren't you afraid you'd make a
mistake some night up there on that discernment?" No, sir. He told me
He'd stand by me; I'm expecting Him to do it. That's exactly right.
"Aren't you afraid some of them prophecies would be wrong?" If I was
afraid, I'd quit saying it. If I wasn't--had confidence in the One was
speaking to me, but I'm expecting it to be that way. He said He'd do
it, and I'm--it's never failed yet, and it never will, because I'm
expecting Him to keep His Word, revealed by the Holy Spirit. "Sons of
God led by the Spirit of God."
E-51 Now, let's take a little drama before we close. Now, are you going
to be expecting a great healing service tomorrow night, going to be
expecting the Lord to pour out His blessings tomorrow night? Sure.
Let's be expecting it; be under expectation. Oh, I expect the church to
be on fire, the glory of the Lord falling everywhere, and sinners
around the altar, and people getting saved and filled with the Holy
Ghost, and just a great thing. My anticipations and expectations is
built way up high. I felt led to come out to California, and He's going
to do something for somebody; that's the one thing sure. I'm expecting
it to happen, because I feel led to do it. I feel led to say what I
say. I feel led to do the things I'm doing or I wouldn't do it. I want
to be led of it. And then I'm expecting something to happen.
E-52 Now, let's say it's on Monday morning, these about two and a half
million people in Israel at this time; they're under the Roman
government. And old Simeon comes in. His duty was maybe to do something
at the church, and after while here he is standing back there, and he
gets the scroll. And he's setting over in his study room; the old
fellow hasn't went out yet. He's old, real old. And he was standing
there, picked up a scroll. And that morning let's say he got Isaiah. He
read down about Isaiah 9:6, "Unto us a Child is born, (Oh) unto to us a
Son is given: His Name shall be called Counseller, mighty God, Prince
of Peace, everlasting Father."
"Oh, who was the prophet speaking of? That's that Messiah that's going
to come. That's the One that the Holy Spirit revealed to me I'd see."
E-53 Now, they didn't have televisions, thank God, in that day. So
the--all kinds of propaganda, and news, and newspapers, and reports,
they didn't have it. Jesus was already born. So eight days later... I
guess in two and a half million people, there'd be hundreds of mothers
there on the morning for their male children to be circumcised.
Well, how mommies alone, you know how they love their little ones. They
beat them on their chin, no teeth. I just like to see a little baby
with no teeth, you know, just little old gums a shining. And I can
imagine the mothers standing along with their little babies with nice
little needlework blankets and gooing them on the cheeks like that. And
a little virgin come walking up with a baby wrapped in swaddling cloth.
And I'm told, according to history, that the swaddling cloth for our
Lord was took off of the back of a yoke of an ox, that was hanging in
the stall. Been plowing with this yoke, with this--and they unwrapped
this and wrapped the baby up in it.
I can imagine seeing them society girls, some of Hollywood's best,
walking along there, you know, standing in the church, names on the
book (Oh, my, they're popular members.), with their little babies all
perfumed, and you know, and the needlework and the little booties and
everything ready, you know, just walking up... And how the priest was
going to know they were great payers on the plate and you know, "Yes,
Madam so and so, your husband is Doctor so and so," like that, you
know. How they'd receive that honor (Oh, my), all swelled out about it.
E-54 And this little girl walks in with a baby wrapped in the wrapping
off of a back of a yoke of an ox. And I hear someone say, "Shh, you
heard the gossip, have you? You haven't heard, the gossip? That girl
had that baby by Joseph not being married to him. Oh it's terrible, oh,
it's... You--you... It's horrible. See? Oh, it--it's a disgrace. And
she says it's a virgin born."
She didn't pay any attention; she knowed her little Treasure in her
arm. She knew in her heart Who that Baby belonged to. She knowed that
was God's Son. No matter how many laughed and said, "Don't--don't get
with her. The people see you associating with her then they'll class
you one of them."
That's the way it is today. I'm afraid that's what's getting the matter
with our Pentecostal churches. You don't want to be one of them any
more. You don't want that old fashion experience of the baptism of...
[Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.]... fashion too. That's exactly right.
E-55 Now, she walked along, in her heart she knowed Who that Baby
belonged to. Let them say what they want to; she knowed Who the Baby
belonged to. And so do you know where that experience comes from. That
Baby of Christ that's born in your heart, you're not ashamed of the
Gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul said, "I'm not ashamed of the Gospel of
Jesus Christ, for it's the power of God unto salvation." I like that,
yes, sir. When he was standing talking to Festus that day, or Felix, I
believe it was, he said...
He said, "Thou almost persuadest me to be a Christian."
And Paul told him, said, "In the way that's called heresy (That's
crazy, lunatic.) that's the way I worship the God of our Fathers." I'm
glad to join hands with him tonight, aren't you, Pentecostal people?
Aren't you glad tonight to say, "I'm one of them."
Used to be a little Pentecostal song we'd sing.
They were gathered in the upper room,
All praying in His name,
Baptized with the Holy Ghost,
And power for service came;
What He did for them that day
He will do for you the same,
I'm so glad that I can say
I'm one of them.
Aren't you glad of that? Oh, so glad that I'm one of them.
E-56 She walked along with that Baby. And all of them saying, "Don't
get near here now; now she's a holy-roller," or you know, something
like that. Just look at... Maybe I said the wrong thing then, but I
hope I didn't.
So she knowed that Baby; she knowed Who it belonged to. She knowed that
was God's Son, no matter how much disgrace it is. And you know that if
you've ever received the Holy Ghost, you know that that's God's
experience for you. You know where you come from. You know the pit you
were taken from. You know what saved you. You know what made you
And she went along, "That's all right what they say. I'll not pay any
attention. I'll just look at You, Darling."
Oh, if the Pentecostal church could just fall in love with Christ like
that. "Lord, I'll look at You, Darling. You're God's Darling. Cast out
to the dogs. I will make myself... I'll give my conduct like a real
Christian. I'll walk in the light of the cross, with a arm out of love
"Yeah, I know Who You belong to, Darling. You were a present give to me
E-57 And the first thing you know, old Simeon setting over in the room,
Isaiah 9:6. And the Holy Spirit... Now, look, if the Holy Spirit has
promised you something, and you've been expecting it, it's up to the
Holy Spirit then to see that you're led to it. How many's been
expecting a revival? All right. Now, maybe this is the time He's led
you to it. If there's a revival in making, He will bring you right in.
How many's been expecting healing? Sure, all right, then here you are
right at the fountain.
Look. David said, "When the deep calleth to the deep." If there's a
deep calling on the inside, there's got to be a deep somewhere to
respond to that deep. See what I mean? Before there... Here you're
people live by the seaside. Before there was a fin on a fish's back,
there had to be a water first for him to swim in, or he'd never had no
fin. Before the tree to grow in the earth, there had to be a earth
first, or there'd be no tree to grow in it.
E-58 As I've often made this statement. I read a article in the paper
some time ago, that a little boy at school kept eating the erasers off
his pencil, and they sent home and asked his mother what was the matter
with this little fellow? And one day she found him outside eating the
pedal off of a bicycle. So she took him down at the laboratory to--or
clinic, rather, to have his--his blood tested and so forth. So when
they checked the little fellow, they found out that he needed sulfur.
His little body was craving sulfur. So sulfur's in rubber. So now look,
before there could be a crave for sulfur, there had to be a sulfur
first to respond to that crave.
In other words before there is a creation, there has to be a Creator to
create the creation. See what I mean? Now, if you're thirsting for more
of God... How many would like to have more of God? Well, it shows you
there's more of God for you to have. That's right. You want to be
healed? Why, just as sure as you believe that God is a Healer, there's
a fountain open somewhere or you'd never have that desire. If you crave
to have the Holy Ghost, that shows there's a fountain open somewhere
filled with the Holy Ghost. See, there has to be a Creator to create
the creation. And then there has to be something out there to respond
to that creation.
E-59 Now, the Holy Spirit was obligated then, to lead him to that
fountain. Amen. Oh, if you're expecting it, the same Holy Spirit leads
you to that fountain. It's got to open up somewhere. If you got that
burning desire in your heart, the Holy Spirit's obligated to lead you
to it, right to that fountain filled with Blood, drawn from Immanuel's
veins, where sinners (That's unbelievers.), plunge beneath the flood,
lose all their unbelief. That's right. Oh, you want to be to a place to
where you can surpass any doubt in your mind. Don't you want to be that
way? Well, there's a fountain somewhere to do that. You're searching
for it, searching for it.
Now, then at that time, if you've been searching for it, testifying
about it, expecting it because it was a promise... And every promise in
the Book belongs to you, so you've been searching for it, then if it
was close to him, it was the Holy Spirit's obligation to lead him to
that place to where Christ was. That's the Holy Spirit's obligation.
Now, if you believe in healing, it's the Holy Spirit's obligation to
lead you right up to the fountain. Now, you don't have to get in, but
He will lead it up, show you. If you're seeking the Holy Spirit, then
the Holy Spirit will lead you right up to the place where you can
receive the Holy Ghost, if you just let Him lead you.
E-60 I can hear the Holy Ghost in the room that morning to Simeon,
said, "Stand up."
"Where you want me to go, Lord?"
"Not for you to know, just keep walking." Here he come, don't know
where he's going; he just walked. Walks out into the room, he looks all
around. "Just keep walking, Simeon."
"Where abouts, Lord?"
"Just keep walking. Just keep walking."
"What must I do?"
"Just keep walking. I'll lead you." Are you willing to let Him do that,
not take your own mind, just take His mind? "Let the mind that was in
Christ be in you." Don't criticize. If you can't understand it, look it
up in the Scripture and see if it's right or not. See? "Just keep
E-61 Now, he walks over to this line of women, maybe there was three or
four hundred of them standing there. I see him walking down the line.
"Lord, I...?... You told me one day, and the Holy Ghost upon me, made
me known many things. You've never failed me. I don't know what You
want with me this morning, but You told me just keep walking, so here I
am." Walking... After awhile, as soon as his eyes fell upon that little
woman, all of them standing back, like borderline believers, you know,
standing back on the side, "Days of miracles is past," and so forth.
But you know, to a hungry heart that's being led by God, they know
where it's at when they find it. They--they know they've arrived
So Simeon, when he got up there close to where this baby was, I can
just see the old sage and the big glistering tears drop off of his
bearded cheeks, and reach over, and grab that baby in his arms, looked
up towards heaven, oh, what a feeling. "Lord, now let Thy servant
depart in peace, according to Thy Word: for my eyes have seen thy
Salvation. The very thing that everybody was criticizing and making fun
of, that's Thy salvation. Let Thy servant now depart in peace,
according to Your Word. I'm ready to go now, for mine eyes have seen
E-62 Way back in the corner was an old blind prophetess, but she could
see right through those walls because she was a prophetess. She also
was waiting for the consolation of Israel. And the Spirit was upon her,
blind, laying over in a corner. She raised up. The Holy Spirit must've
said, "Raise up, Anna." Here she come through the Temple, blind
physically, but she could see a lot farther than many of them was
standing there with good eyes. Oh, that's the kind of sight I desire.
Here she come, winding her way around through the building, blind. And
she come right straight to where that Baby was. Oh, my. She raised up
her hands and blessed God, blessed Mary, prophesied right there before
them, that the Child would be for a fall and rise again in many in
Israel and all that, a sword would also pierce the heart," and how the
prophets had said that would take place.
E-63 Now, if that old blind woman could be led to that spot without
natural eyes, to see that fountain filled with blood, how much more art
He be able to lead you tonight that's got good sight to the cross, to
see with your spiritual eyes. Don't look for the applaud of the world;
you won't have it. But be willing to sacrifice your prestige.
Everything that you are, sacrifice it to the Kingdom of God. Sacrifice
your time for prayer. Sacrifice your life. Sacrifice your card game.
Sacrifice all the things of the world; give it over to the devil. Let
him have it; it belongs to him. You walk with Christ.
E-64 One time, a few years ago, there was a great American musician who
took a visit to Russia; and he played an overture in Moscow. And they
said that he played it with such brilliance and such great genius as he
was, till the audience stood by the thousands and screamed, and stomped
their foot, and screamed for him to play it again. And the boy just
stood there. And he just kept looking like that. Well, they--all of
them begin to wonder what was the matter with him. Wouldn't he receive
their applaud? They was all applauding.
That's what's the trouble today; we're looking for somebody to try to
pat us on the back, saying, "Oh, you're this, that." Don't look for
that; the world will never do it. If the pat comes it'll be on the
heart by the Lord Jesus. You see? Don't look for the world to say, "Oh,
Mrs. Jones, she's a fine..." No, no, don't look for that. You'll be
criticized. "All that live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer
persecution." Just remember, if it doesn't come there's something wrong
somewhere; check up; come back, see where we left. We're looking for
something to say, "We got--we belong to the biggest organization in
Pentecost. We belong to this or we belong to that." See? Don't look for
that, if you do you're walking out of the straight narrow road.
E-65 This man, they was--they were applauding and screaming and saying,
"He ought to make a bow. That's right. 'Oh, thank you all so much.
Thank you all so much. I'll play you a little better one this time.'"
But he wasn't doing it. And they stopped. Everybody looked at one
another, and they all clapped again and stomped their feet. But the boy
never paid any attention to them stomping their feet or clapping their
hands. They happened to notice. He had his eyes fixed up like that, way
up into the balcony. And he looked up there to see; his old teacher was
setting up there, the old master of music. He wanted to know what he
was going to say about it. He didn't care what they said; he wanted to
know what he said about it.
And I think that's what we ought to think in this oncoming revival.
Let's not think of what the world's going to think; let's keep looking
up and see what the Master's going to say, the Master Who gave us the
Holy Spirit, the Master Who taught us to live right, the Master Who
gave us His Word, the Master Who gave us His life. Let us live for Him
Who died for us, and not pay any attention to the world, but see what
He's saying about it. On that, let's come tomorrow night with great
expectations to see the manifestation of God healing the sick and
E-66 Let us bow our heads just a moment. Are you under expectation,
church? Are you expecting God to pour out His Spirit? Is there a sinner
here would like to start tonight and come up to the altar and say, "I
want to kneel down and pray, Brother Branham. I--I'm expecting God to
save me tonight; I--I come in that door with that expectation." If
you're here, come. What led you in the door, son? What led you in the
door, young lady? What did it? What jerked you from that teen-age crowd
of reckless people in the world?
When I come into the city the other night, just like almost a bunch of
hoods standing out here at a place, motorcycle jackets on, britches
pulled halfway down on their hips and some--enough hair looked like
it--more than the women wear on top their head like that, setting out
there, and... What's happening to this world? What's the matter? Oh,
young man, young woman, jerk yourself from that insane stage. The Holy
Spirit led you here tonight. Raise up your hands and accept Him as your
personal Saviour tonight. He will take away all your sins and give you
joy that you know nothing about yet, until you've accepted Him. You
don't have to be young; the old can do the same.
E-67 In closing prayer, how many would like to be remembered in prayer
by raise up your hand and say, "Remember me, brother." God bless you;
God bless you everywhere. That's good, everywhere. That's good. Got a
request on your heart, say, "God, I'm expecting You to answer me in
this revival. I've got lost children. I've got a lost daddy, mother,
brother, or sister, or loved one, neighbor. Remember them, Lord." Just
raise up your hand. He will--He--He will hear it; He will know it. Just
in your heart, just say that. "Save this loved one." Now, if you've
raised your hand to Him, then go get that loved one and bring them in.
Bring them in. That's the way. Bring them here so you can bring them to
the fountain, like--like Philip went and brought Nathanael to the Lord
Jesus. He told him where he was at, under the tree, when he found him.
E-68 Our heavenly Father, we're happy tonight for the privilege of
standing in this church and praying for the people. We're thankful for
Your Word: Thy Word is life, Lord. And I pray that You'll send the
revival that we're asking for. And now, Lord, I'm ask You something
personally myself. Please, dear heavenly Father, put in the people's
heart an expectation. Let them never forget that. All down along the
nights, if we shall continue in the meeting, may they remember tonight,
they're expecting it. We come every night, say, "Well, it never
happened last night, but it--I'll be expecting it tomorrow night.
It'll--it'll be tomorrow night. I'll be the one. I'll be the one that
receives the Holy Ghost. I'll be the one--the first one at the altar to
repent of my sins. I'll be the first one that God sanctifies and takes
all the world out of me. Lord, I'm ashamed of my life. I'm ashamed the
way I've been doing. I--I want You to take it away from me, give me
something so great Lord, that I won't want to go back in that hog
wallow again." As the Bible plainly said, "As the sow returns to her
wallow, a dog to its vomit..." And we can see Lord, that many of our
Pentecostal people are acting the same way: come up out of the world
and going right back in it again.
God, please, let--let them not think, Lord, I'm trying to scold them,
but merely trying to put the Scripture in front of them. They'll have
to walk over it, Lord, and push it aside to go any farther. I pray that
every person, and myself, and all of us, will take an inventory of our
lives and compare it with God's requirement. Grant it, Father.
E-69 Forgive us of our sins, forgive us of our mistakes and our errors.
Let the Blood of the Lord Jesus sanctify this little church tonight. O
God, may every person in here get a--a touch of the Holy Spirit right
away, Father. Grant it. Let it come, please do, Lord, and start a
revival right here in this city. Grant it, Lord. Make this church an
example, a--a example church. And let the people come from different
parts and look in here and see the way their conduct is and how they
shuck back from the things of the world, back into the real true
genuine Pentecostal path of real genuine Pentecostal experiences,
walking with You, blameless. Grant it, Lord.
Then other churches will see; they'll say, "Well, if--if the brother
can have his church like that, and all them people can be together, and
their hearts can be one, and--and they got a arm out for everyone, and
look how much difference there is in them." Lord, then they'll hunger
You said, "You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt looses its
savour, it's henceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out and trod
under the feet of men."
E-70 God, not that the people would hear me, if possible close their
ears. But I--I want to say this, Father. I look at the way the
Pentecostal church is getting. O God, professing holiness, and what
have we become? Salt that's lost its savour. God, bring the savour back
to the salt quickly, that it might contact this rottening world, that
it might... It's a savour if it contacts. And it's got life in it;
it'll save. God, make us savours of the world, grant it, Lord. Put the
savour in us to strengthen the church, that people might walk in this
door and see the power of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus moving
among the people, showing Himself alive forevermore.
May we not look to the applaud of the people, or the opinion of the
people, of forty thousand in a meeting to make a revival. O God, that
isn't a revival. I pray that the Holy Spirit will get a hold of a few
hearts, and shake the church, and cause a real Pentecostal revival.
Grant it, Lord. You promised to hear prayer, and I believe You will, as
I commit the service to You and the peoples to You, that You might
answer our prayers and fulfill our desires. In the Name of Jesus
E-71 Let's sing this good old song of the church. I just love it. It's
one of my favorite songs. Give us the chord, "I love Him, I love Him
because He first loved me, purchased my salvation on Calvary." You know
it? [Brother Branham clears his throat--Ed.] Pardon me.
I love Him, (Now, let's worship; we've had a cutting message. Let's
worship.)... love Him
Because He first loved me
And purchased my salvation
On Calvary's tree.
E-72 Now, let's while we sing again, shake hands with somebody in front
of you, in back of you. We're not dismissed yet, now just shake hands
while we sing. Shake hands with the Methodists, with the Baptists, with
the Oneness, with the Twoness, and with the Church of God, and
Assemblies of God, and the Foursquare. We're all Foursquare.
Let's--let's draw our lines beyond any denominational barrier and be
brothers. I see setting in here tonight, I recognize some, a Catholic
friend. I see another one, a Dunkard brother, a Amish brother, and like
that setting here tonight. We're all one, by one Spirit we're all made
to drink from one fountain.
I love Him, I love Him
Because He first loved me
And purchased my salvation
On Calvary's tree.
E-73 Now, sometimes the words cut real deep and hard. But remember
(See?), we're circumcised; that's cutting the knots off. See? We're
circumcised by the Word of God. And the--it cuts, but it's good for
you, shapes you out. Cut a tree back, and it'll bear better. Don't let
too many loose ends get run out on it. That's what's the matter today;
we got too many loose ends, running out this a way and this a way, too
many societies, and too many of this, and too much of that. Let's come
back to one thing, Calvary, where we can sing with our heart. And
humbler you make yourself...
E-74 I--I just keep--I'm trying to dodge a issue here. I'm going to say
it. My last meeting at Tucson, Arizona, three or four nights ago. I
seen the white people come in there, starchy, Pentecostal, starchy as
they could be. I seen some poor old Mexican comes in there. They was
there that morning when I spoke at the morning service. They set right
in that church all day long, from nine o'clock that morning un--well,
it was eight o'clock, about seven o'clock I guess, or eight, when they
come in. And they set and stayed right around in that church until that
evening. And when it come time, when the Holy Spirit dropped in among
the building, who got healed? Spanish, the Mexicans. The Holy Spirit
going right out through the audience and raising up the sick and
afflicted and everything like that, bringing...?... Spanish, humble.
Come expecting it. Nothing of the world, just looking to Christ.
E-75 I was in Germany just recently. Brother Arganbright, one of your
California brethren here, the Christian Business Men, I believe he's
secretary, or something, or treasurer, something or another in the
Christian Business Men, one of their executives. A real fine brother,
he's not here tonight, or he'd be on the platform. Miner Arganbright is
gun barrel straight. He's a fine man. You can put your trust in Miner
Arganbright as a Christian. I've been with him in all kinds of
meetings. He was setting there that night when fifteen witch doctors on
each side, trying to blow the thing away, and seen there the storm
lifting around thirty or forty thousand people, that tent shaking, them
witch doctors cutting that feather, and pointing it towards me, with
them scissors and going through there and chanting and said they'd call
the storm. They did it. Don't you never undermes--estimate them. So
they called the storm, said, "We'll blow it away." And that great big
place moving up and down like that.
I said, "Brother Arganbright, pray." I said, "Brother Rauster, don't
interpret this." I said, "Lord God, I stepped off that plane the other
day in the Name of the Lord Jesus. You told me You'd stand by me in the
hour of trouble. You've never failed me yet. Therefore, Lord, this
crowd's all excited; there's hundreds and thousands of communists
setting here, and that little blind girl has just been healed." I said,
"It's you, God, You can move that cloud, so I rebuke that cloud." God
being my judge, right in the middle of the tent she begin to break and
roll away like this, and in less than a minute the sun was shining. The
thunder roaring out like that, standing there, yes.
E-76 And I noticed the Swiss. The Swiss never had no trouble. They're
like Americans, fine fed, and my, just as cocky, if you'll
express--excuse the expression. "We're so and so; we're the Zwinglites;
we're--we're Lutheran; we don't have to listen to that stuff." And them
poor old Germans all beat down. We counted a hundred and eighty bus
loads, them big glass top bus loads, come in to where there's about
fifty thousand gathered together there in the big arena. And when...
What happened? When the Holy Spirit begin to fall, everyone out there
was the Germans that He called. Left them setting right where they was
setting, still in their sickness, still in their sin. Set right there.
And healed the Germans, that come with expectations and arms out.
They'd been beat down to a place, them Christians up there under Hitler
and them, had been beat to a place till they had to look to God for
mercy. Oh, God knows how to do things.
Friends, watch, don't let it be you. You come with expectations; be
ready. Lay aside every little weight that so easily beset you, and come
humble in heart, expecting God to keep His Word. He will do it.
I love him, (Let's just close your eyes now and raise up our hand.) I
Because He first loved me
And purchased my salvation
On Calvary's tree.
I... (Thank you, Lord)... love Him
Because... (Just close your eyes and imagine what He done for you. By
faith lay your hands upon His Bloody locks. Feel His pains, His agony.)
Purchased my salvation
On Calvary's tree. (Let us stand now to our feet.)
I love Him, I... (Worship Him now; just raise up your hands; let's
Because He first loved me
And purchased my salvation
E-77 Let's hum it to Him. Look yonder at Calvary. The winds are
blowing. His back's sticking to the cross, Blood and spit over His face.
I go by faith, Lord, I look at that nail in Your feet and in Your
hands. I put my hands upon that thrust in Your side. I--I feel the tear
of the nails. You died that I might live, Lord. Let me lose myself,
Lord. Let me lose all of my pride and all the foolishness in my life.
Let me feel it in my heart tonight, Lord. Let this church feel it in
their heart. "Purchased my salvation on Calvary." You are the Lamb of
God that takes away the sin of the world. And I'm the one that's
sinful. Take away my sins. O Lamb of God, I come. I come confessing my
wrongs. I come confessing my errors. And I confess that I'm not worthy
to live, but, Lord, let me live for Him that died for me. Let me
forsake all the things of the world that I might be found in Him a true
servant. Bless this church, Father, as we hum this song to You in
grateful hearts, singing it from our hearts. You said, "Making melody
in our heart of the gladness," because the oil of God's gladness is
poured out in our souls.
I love Him, (Now, just worship in your heart.) I love Him