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Confirmation Of The Commission
E-1 You may be seated. It's... I was so carried away with listening at
a testimony till I forgot to tend to the crowd. So happy to be here
tonight in the service of the Lord and get to meet Brother O'Donnell,
and... I was watching this giving those signs to the deaf and dumb. And
the brother was telling me the lady the other night that was in the
wheelchair, that had the big cancer on her that (like that), she was so
miraculously healed till she was out of the wheelchair, cancer's gone,
and just having a great time. And I was so thankful for that.
It's good to be here tonight with Brother O'Donnell and to this fine
congregation of people up here at... Is this Tempe or Mesa? Tempe.
Tempe--and I... It's all growed-up so around here since I was in this
country, about thirty-five years ago, till I hardly know the place
anymore. And it's really nice to be in the house of the Lord.
E-2 As I was coming in a--a little girl stood there, which was little
Miss O'Donnell and--and a little--two more little girls, and was
talking to me at the door. And--and I said, "They tell me it's going to
freeze tonight here."
I said, "You southerners will about freeze up down here."
So then the other little lady looked over at the other one and said,
well, she was from Iowa; and the other one said she was from Minnesota.
And I said... Before that I said, "When I left home it was fourteen
below zero." This little girl from Iowa, or Minnesota, one, said...
Well, it was fifty-two below when she left. Come to find out I was the
southerner. Fifty-two below... If we'd get that in my country we really
would freeze up. Fifty-two below; that's kind of cold, isn't it, when
it gets that cold?
E-3 Now, we deem this a great privilege to be here with you tonight in
this time of fellowship just prior the convention of the Business Men.
The convention will start this coming Thursday down at the Ramada.
That's on east Van Buren Street. And we certainly invite you all down.
There'll be some wonderful speakers in the convention. And Brother
Velmer Gardner is one that I know of, and then I think they have some
of the businessmen that's going to speak. And I--I believe Jim Brown
was one of them, and Dr. Reed, and, 'course, Brother Rose is always
there, Brother Osteen from Texas.
And so I'm sure you'll have a great time in coming down there. We're
really thrilled for--waiting for this convention. Trust that it'll be
like it was the other time, only greater. And remember it's come one,
come all; everybody's invited.
And then, if it be the will of the Lord, I think I've got a little time
set aside that they're going to let me try to speak again at--at the
breakfast on Saturday morning, I think, and the meeting Sunday
afternoon; that is, if the Lord willing. And so I deem that a great
privilege to get to stand with those great men and--and give a
testimony to the Lord--for the Lord, rather.
E-4 And I pray that God will bless Brother O'Donnell here and this fine
group of Christians here that's sojourning, waiting on the Lord. For
truly, we are sojourners. We are pilgrims and strangers. This is not
our home; but we're seeking a city whose Builder and Maker is God, and
we're just sojourners. We're not... This is not our home. We're just
passing through this a-way. And it gives such a great privilege...
(maybe if I'll set this around this way...) It gives such a privilege
(Is that better? Uh-huh.), such a great privilege to be here to put in
this time of fellowship with you wonderful Christians.
E-5 And when I heard that I'd been given the privilege of these
different people that--churches that had--was letting me speak in them
just prior the convention, I thought, "It's a wonderful time to express
our appreciations for how these different organizations has cooperated
in the times past in my missions around the world: the Assemblies of
God, the Foursquare, the Jesus' Name, the Church of God, and the many,
and the independents around the world all of them coming in as one, and
to the glory of God." And God's been doing some great things among
them, and we're grateful. And then to get back where we can express our
thoughts, and our fellowship and... As I was quoting last night over
here in the Fellowship Tabernacle where we had the service, and...
E-6 I had an old friend, Brother Bosworth. Many of you remember Brother
Bosworth. And he used to tell me... He said, "Brother Branham, you know
what fellowship is?"
And I said, "I think so, Brother Bosworth."
Said, "It's two fellows in one ship." So he had a sense of humor, and I
always liked that: "two fellows in one ship." So always the blanket
stretches a little bit to help the other fellow, you know, and that's
E-7 Now, I am--certainly trust that you'll pray for me, and I... This,
today... I sent my son up awhile ago to see if there was anybody that
wanted to be prayed for. I really didn't come to have healing services,
just to, oh, to speak. Anybody knows I'm not a preacher, that ever
heard me, but... I have no education, and I can't preach, but I--I
usually pray for the sick. And--and coming, usually people rally to be
prayed for. 'Course, there's so many sick people. But on Sunday I
didn't mention nothing about it, because I'd call people from other
churches to come over to these certain churches I was to be at on
Sunday to be prayed for, and I thought it might hurt some of the other
churches. So I just let it alone.
E-8 Now, last night I announced that tonight we would pray for the sick
up here; and, if God willing, we'll maybe tomorrow night, or the next
night, one, pray for the sick again. So I trust that it'll be fine,
that the Lord will heal everybody sick here tonight. And I tell you, my
precious friends; above all things I trust that the sin-sick will be
healed tonight. If the Lord just healed you of your sickness, you'll
probably, if you live any time, you'll get sick again. See? But Eternal
Life is what we're seeking, friends. That's right, for that's--that's
the real cure.
E-9 And I trust if there's someone here who is not a believer in
Christ, will become a believer tonight. And if you're here and haven't
been borned again, or received the Holy Spirit, been filled with the
Holy Ghost, I trust that this will be the night that that'll happen. If
you're a backslider I hope that the Lord Jesus will do something so
real tonight to you here, and warm--warm your heart in such a way, you
just return back to His fellowship again, 'cause He's waiting, with
outstretched arms waiting.
E-10 I preached some years ago on a little sermon one time over at the
Angelus Temple, when they was having the Pentecostal Jubilee, the fifty
years of jubilee. And I remember the first night that I preached on
holiness, which I believe in. And I kinda (didn't aim to, but, you
know... ) just cutting the people, and the way the people had got away
from the original Pentecost; like when the first beginning, when the
Holy Ghost fell, how them people lived the life, and what they did
fifty years ago.
E-11 And I said, "Oh, we've come a long ways. We've got great
organizations since then, big fine buildings, and high-polished
preachers." I said, "Wonder if we've still got the Pentecostal blessing
we had then?" See, see? I said, "Used to be our--our sisters would come
to church... It was a shame for one of them to have short hair, or
manicure on, or something like that. But that... They kind of let down
the bars somewhere."
E-12 And so there was a friend of mine, which... He's a Pentecostal
brother too, and many of you may know him. His name is William
Booth-Clibborn. Oh, many of you know him. And Brother Booth is a bosom
friend of mine, only we do not agree upon doctrine because he is such
a--a Calvinistic thinker that he thinks beyond me. So I can only think
Calvinist as long as it stays in the Bible. See? And then when it gets
out of there it's past my thinking; I can't think no more.
E-13 So I seen him on the platform. So when we walked off the platform,
he met me out there, and he looked at me, he said, "Tsk, tsk, tsk.
Shame on you. Such a legalistic message. You knowed better than that."
He just tore me all up, you know.
And the next day I preached on the lamb and the dove. And so the Lord
really blessed the little old broke-up message. And when I walked out
he was wiping his eyes, you know. He said, "It was good, but so
simple." So simple. I said... "It was all right," said, "but it's so
simple." He was so... He could preach in seven languages, you know, so
my little Kentucky talk was so simple to him, no matter... Our best
manners wouldn't touch him nowhere. See?
So that's about the way I have to talk: simple. I believe the Gospel is
simple. The Bible said it's so simple that a fool shouldn't err. See?
So just--just all you have to do is remember ABC. You know what that
stands for? Always Believe Christ. That--that's all you have to do.
That settles it. ABC, and you're fully educated as far as I'm concerned.
E-14 So now, there's people are standing, and I appreciate it. And now,
I never come to--to preach. I'm going to pray for the sick, but to get
a little background talk on the Scriptures. I think I kinda preached
myself out the other morning at Brother Fuller's. I called Life
Tabernacle or something? [Someone says, "Faith Tabernacle"--Ed.] Faith
Tabernacle... I think I held them the other night. 'Fore I got to the
church the pastor, or somebody'd sent me word, said, "Say, these people
like to go to bed at night." So I very seldom preach over six or eight
hours, so I--I never get above that, so...
And over at Brother Outlaw's the other night I thought he was going to
almost have to pull me out of the pulpit. So I better kind of take it
easy tonight, way up here, and some of you coming so far. Now, it's
good to be here. And before we approach the Word now, let's talk to the
E-15 Someone said not long ago... I was at Ft. Wayne Gospel Tabernacle,
B. E. Redigar. He was a great man of God that died years ago that...
The Lord really blessed that brother. He was a mighty man of faith.
When I was a little boy I used to set with Paul Rader there, just a
And then Brother Redigar's daughter lost her mind, went insane. One day
she was back in my coal shed down there on one Easter morning. And they
told me of some insane girl back there in the church. And I'd just come
in off a campaign. I went back there and found it was B. E. Redigar's
daughter, and Sister Redigar setting there. My heart like to failed me.
And she was setting there combing her beautiful long hair with her
fingers, hollering, "Nickel's a nickel, penny's a penny." Beautiful
While... Knelt down there and said, "Lord Jesus, be merciful to her."
That was it. She's married and got two or three children now, just
fine, and... Such grace and simple we--we just look way out and reach
over the top of Him, honestly trying to find what's right so close to
us like that. We just simple, believe, have faith, don't doubt.
E-16 I was holding a meeting there. I forget the Pentecostal brother
that's got charge of the tabernacle now. And I was having a meeting
there, and there was... This song "Only Believe" was wrote by Paul
Rader, and he was such a wonderful Christian and great messenger of his
day. I was setting in the little study room, and they was singing for
me to come to the platform by that, which they have around the world.
And I was setting there, and know that right in that same study is
where Paul got the inspiration to write the song. And here it come in,
"Only Believe." And, oh, that just burned my heart.
E-17 And after the service was over... There was several great things
our Lord Jesus had did in the meeting. I went back over there to--by
the side of the place and was waiting, and there was a man came in. He
said, "Mr. Branham?"
And I said, "Yes, sir."
He said, "I like to hear you speak, but" said, "your grammar's so bad."
And I said, "Yes, sir. I know that."
He said, "You say some of the awfullest things."
And I said, "Yes, sir. That's right." I said, "I didn't get a chance to
get an education." I said, "Raised in a family of ten, poor parents,
and I had to go to work early to help take care of this family. I
didn't get even a grammar school education."
He said, "That's no excuse now; you're a man."
And I said, "Well, I--I'm so busy with the Lord's work now I don't have
Said, "Still, you could take correspondence." Said, "Now, for instance,
tonight out there you said, 'All you people passing over this
I said, "Well, I didn't know any different." I said, "Isn't that what
"Certainly not." Says, "You should have said 'pulpit.'" I said... He
I said, "Well, all right."
He (something about I'd mispronounced or something), he said, "Well,
you just don't know your Bible."
I said, "Well, that may be so, but I know the Author real well." You
know, it doesn't say to know His Book, but to know Him is Life. Satan
knows His Word. But to know Him, the Author of the Word...
E-18 Shall we bow our heads now while we speak to Him in our humble
way. Now, with our heads bowed and our hearts with it, is there a
special request that you'd like for us to remember you by? Raise up
your hand to God. Just in your heart hold your request, saying, "Lord,
I need salvation; I need healing; I--I need something." God will
E-19 Our heavenly Father, as we approach Thy holy Presence tonight in
the Name of the Lord Jesus, we come in His Name because He said that,
"If you ask the Father anything in My Name, I'll do it." Now, we know
we can't come in our own name. We cannot come in the name of our
church, in the name of our pastor, or in the name of our organization,
and expect to be heard. But we have the assurance that if we come in
the Name of the Lord Jesus that He's promised us that we'd be heard.
And I pray tonight, heavenly Father, that as we have gathered here in
this little tabernacle that's been dedicated to Your service, which
Your servant, our Brother O'Donnell, is pastoring at this time,
shepherding the sheep that's sojourning in this part of the country, I
pray Your blessings upon this pastor, and upon his family, and upon the
church, and all the sheep that grazes here at the pasture.
E-20 I pray for every church that's represented here, for all the
people. And for those who are not Christians I pray that tonight
they'll become Christians. I pray for the businessmen that's here,
Brother Rose, Brother Williams, and many others, for the oncoming
convention down there, that this little stir of these few days across
Phoenix, and Tempe, and Sunnyslopes, and through the country here, will
be the cause of many Christians taking a new hold, many backsliders
coming back to God, many sinners coming to Christ, many sick be healed.
Grant it, Father.
Speak to us through the Word tonight, the Truth. Thy Word is Truth.
Heal all the sick and afflicted, for both physical and spiritual. These
hands that went up have a need, Lord, and I pray You'll supply all of
that tonight, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
E-21 Now, many of you like to read the Scriptures with the ones who are
reading. I wish to read in two places tonight. One of them is found in
Mark the 16th chapter, and we're going to begin at the 14th verse; and
the other is found in St. John. (Or, I think that's where I wrote down.
Let me see first.) Yes, St. John 14:12 is where the second Scripture...
And now in St. Mark the 11th chapter and beginning with the 14th verse,
and St. John 14:12... Now, we want to listen close to the reading
because God's Word is what we want to hear. First, Mark 16:
And after he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat and upbraided
them with the unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not
them which had seen him after he was risen.
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel
to every creature.
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth
not shall be damned.
And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name they shall
cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it
shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick,... they shall
So... after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into
heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with
them... confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
John 14:12, Jesus speaking:
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me, the works that
I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do;
because I go unto My Father.
I--I would like to take for a text, if the Lord willing, on the
"Confirmation of the Commission," as a text, and just to speak. I have
a few Scriptures and notes written that might help us along. Now,
"Confirmation of the Commission."
E-22 Now, I think that anything ought to be confirmed. If you'd build a
house, it'd have to be built according to specification; or, they
wouldn't confirm the house to be built, and you'd have to tear it down
again, build it over. And I think also, if you were going down the road
and--or out at your work, and someone would walk up to you and say, "I
am a United States marshal. I now put you under arrest in the name of
my office." Now, you have a right to say to that man... If you look at
him, he has on a uniform and a badge pinning on him. That yet doesn't
make him a United States marshal. Any phony could wear that. You can
buy a badge over here almost in a ten-cent store, go to any rummage
sale and get a uniform or anything. That doesn't make him a United
E-23 To make hisself identified he has to have his papers with the seal
upon them, that to confirm his statement that he is a United States
marshal; or, he's nothing until he's confirmed to be that. He has
confirmed his commission, and he does it by a sealed statement, a
declaration to show that this man has been sworn in, and he's been...
His commission has been sealed with the seal of the United States, and
then over the top of his name. And that makes him then, whether he has
a badge on, or whether he has a uniform on, as long as he's packing
this paper he is the marshal, and that's his commission. Just a badge
and a uniform won't work.
E-24 We find so many times in the army (I've heard my brothers and many
of those who was overseas.), that many times the Japanese, and the
Germans, and the other alien countries that was against us in the
war... If they could pick up a dead soldier, and get one of their
soldiers that the uniform would fit him, why, he could impersonate
a--an American soldier. And he had to be properly identified or they'd
never believe his uniform, or, maybe his tag he had on his neck. He had
to be identified that he was an American soldier, because he could
easily be a spy. Just any cheap spy can wear a uniform of the United
E-25 And we find that in all walks of life. We find that today, maybe
on the street. We hear many a person say that they are an American. And
here some time ago, coming out of the Quartermaster that used to be
there at Jeffersonville, I was walking one morning, going on patrol.
And there was a well-dressed fellow walking down the street, great big
cigar in his mouth, a employee of the government. And he looked over at
me, early in the morning, with a pair of sunglasses on. I said, "Good
He looked over at me and said, "Hmm," started walking on.
"Now," I thought to myself... I... Not shouldn't say nothing, but in my
heart he wasn't really an American, 'cause American principles are not
based upon such stuff as that. That's right. Fellowship, and tolerance,
E-26 And now (You see?), all that live in America is not American.
There are spies, communists, and everything else, and the only way that
they can be really known, whether they are right or not, is by their
actually, what's inside of them, whether their heart's in America or
just their pocketbook. See?
It depends on what it is. Any phony can--can have these so-called
credentials, and still not be a real genuine article. That's why that I
believe that all who come our way, calling themselves Christians,
ambassadors sent from heaven, they should have a confirmation of--of
their commission. I believe there should be a confirmation of their
E-27 Now, we realize that Jesus said here in Mark the 16th chapter,
that all that He sent out on commission would bear the confirmation:
These signs shall follow them that believe. Now, He didn't say they
maybe they will follow, or they might follow. He said, "Go ye into all
the world..." Now, somebody wants to chop that commission off two
thousand years ago. But He said, "All the world, to every creature..."
These signs shall follow in all the world and to every creature (See?),
and that was the signs that was to follow to approve the identification.
E-28 The Bible said the Gospel came to us not in word only, but through
the power, manifestations of the Holy Ghost. In other words, it's the
Holy Ghost taking the Word of God and making It manifest. See? And
otherwise the only way that the signs of Mark 16 can follow the
believer is that the Holy Spirit Himself takes the Word of God and
demonstrates it to the people. That's it.
Now, faith makes that Word live. See, the Word is God. "In the
beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was
God." And then Jesus said, "If ye abide in Me and My Word in you, ask
what you will and it'll be done for you." See? That's staying with
Christ in the Word. Don't go right or left; stay right with it. See?
And then it's actually not your word then; it's His Word, and His Word
has the power and authority behind It.
E-29 Now, and if the Holy Spirit, which is God's Word, or the power of
God's Word, comes in with God's Word, it'll make God's Word display
Itself. "Go ye into all the world and demonstrate the Gospel to every
creature. (See?) He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; he
that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them
that believe." What a beautiful setting that is. If we would just go
deep now and listen, that was the credentials that was to hang onto
every man that went forth preaching the Gospel.
And no man has a right to preach the Gospel without the baptism of the
Holy Ghost. Jesus would not let Peter, James, John, any of the rest of
them, preach the Gospel until they waited in the city of Jerusalem
until the Holy Ghost had filled them, because it's the Holy Ghost that
makes the Word of God go into action. See?
E-30 Now, that same Word is just as alive tonight as it was the hour it
was spoke. See? All we need is... The Holy Spirit behind the Word puts
it to action and demonstrates the power that It promised. Every
blessing that God promised, everything that He said, can be brought to
life if the Holy Spirit is behind the Word, because that's the thing
that quickens the Word and gives It life. See? And now, we know that
E-31 Jesus said, "These signs shall follow all that I send." Others
refuse; that's all. Certainly. Any unbeliever, any critic of the Word,
can come along with an identification of some denomination, some
manmade organization, or something; say, "I'm Presbyterian, Lutheran,
Baptist," whatever it might be. He could easily identify himself into a
fellowship of that same denominational church because of his
credentials. But his credentials only comes from a organization that's
been made up by a theory and not the Word of God. But God... If he's
sent from God, "These signs shall follow them that believe." See? Jesus
said so. See?
E-32 See, it's either whether you take what some organization said,
some manmade theory said... They'll preach the doctrine of that theory.
And then, that is their credentials to the deacon board or whatever it
is, that they stand in good fellowship with that organization. I have
nothing against that, understand, but I'm only defending what Jesus
He said, "These signs shall follow them that believe." And Jesus said
in St. John 14:12, "Verily, verily I say unto you (that's "absolutely,
absolutely, I say unto you) he that believeth on Me, the works that I
do shall he do also." And how can a man believe that he is sent from
God, and then turn around and deny the very commission that God said
would... that would be the identification of every person that He sent
E-33 How can a man say there's no such a thing as the baptism of the
Holy Ghost? How can a man say there's no such a thing as healing of the
sick? How can a man say there's no such a thing as speaking in tongues,
casting out devils? when that was the very credentials that Jesus
pinned onto every believer that was--He sent out. That's the authority.
Now, you might go to school and get a Ph.D., and a LL.D., and
whatevermore you want to do. And that's all right. That's your
identifications to that organization. And them's all right. I have
nothing against them: wished I had them. But the identification that
Jesus, when He sends a man is, "These signs shall follow them that
believe." That's the identifications that he's sent by God. "These
signs shall follow them that believe."
E-34 Now, as I said, any phony man can pick up a uniform or a badge,
but that really isn't a credential. It's the credentials that counts,
not the uniform or badge. And there's many people (and it's too bad I
have to say this, but it's truth; we must be honest), there's too many
of the--our Pentecostal people that's wearing just the badge and
uniform (See?), because that they live so different than what really a
Pentecostal should be, until there--there's nothing to it. That's all.
And it only brings a reproach upon the cause. That's right. It makes
E-35 But Jesus gave the verification that it would be all right,
because these signs would follow the believers. That's one thing. The
Holy Spirit looked down through the stream of time and seen that man
would pervert His Word and cause this, that, and the other. So He made
it so clear and so positive that there's no way at all of getting
around it. He said, "These signs shall follow them that believe." Now,
we know that to be true.
E-36 A unbeliever can carry these denominational credentials, but that
isn't what makes him a sent man from God. They walk around here with
all kinds of books under their arms around through the country, and
this Jehovah's this, and So-and-so, and all this, the other, but that
doesn't make it so. No, sir. Jesus said, "You test them by the Word."
That's right. The Word: "These signs shall follow..."
"Do you believe in power of God?"
"Oh, our--our church teaches that the..."
E-37 "Our church," that has nothing to do with it. It's what God's Word
says. See?...?... "Heavens and earth will pass away but My Word shall
not pass away." The living Word spoke by a living God must be in a
living being. And how can a man or a woman that claims that they have
the baptism of the Holy Spirit deny what God said in His Word? Because
it's the very Holy Spirit that wrote the Word is the very Holy Spirit
that's speaking through the person. That's right. It's got to be. He
cannot--He cannot do it. Yes, sir.
E-38 Now, but that... A man might come and say, "I have a fellowship
card. I belong to this church or that church." That still doesn't make
it right. He might have a Ph.D., LL.D., and whatevermore from some
great school. That's fine, nothing against that. That still may be all
right. I have nothing against that.
But if God sent him... And if he denies this commission here... If he's
got that plus this, wonderful. But if he's got that without this, then
it's no good. See? That's right. It's okay if a man wears a uniform and
a badge with the credentials. All right. But he could wear the uniform
and badge without the credentials. That's right. So it's the
confirmation of the commission that must stand. It must do, undoubtedly.
E-39 This unbeliever that might pass through and say, "Well, I don't
believe that there's such a thing as the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Our
schools has taught that--that them days are gone. We don't have to have
that no more." And there's so many of them believe that. There's so
many of them sincerely believe that: good men. It's because that they
listen to the school instead of the Word of God. That's exactly right.
E-40 Here some time ago in a certain place there was a--a woman. She
had a son. And he was a--had a call of God in his life; he seemed to
have. And the poor old mother wanted to send him away to school to do
all that she could to get him built up, which that's a good thing to
do. But she sent him to the wrong kind of school. She sent him over to
a place where they begin to teach contrary to the Word of God. And he
went on. She washed to send him to school and so forth, and a long time
passed on, and finally...
He didn't come home for a while. The old mother took sick. She got
real, real ill. And she got so bad till the doctor said that she wasn't
going to live, that she had to die. So she got one of the neighbors to
send a telegram to her son to come home immediately because they was
looking for her to die.
E-41 And so the neighbor sent the telegram. And--and so then the boy
got ready to come. And after while another telegram come back and said,
"Never mind. She's all right."
So then several months later the boy came home to visit his mother,
and--and he said to her... rejoicing over her, and telling her that he
had his Bachelor of Art degree, and all he had done, and how well he'd
got along in school. And he said, "By the way, mother," said, "I have
forgot to ask you." Said, "You sent me a telegram about six months ago
to come home." Said, "I was so upset," and said, "I got so alarmed
about it," and said, "I got ready to come. And then another telegram
come that you were all right; you'd got well. And I was so glad of
that. Mother, I would like to tell you... or, Mother, I'd like for you
to tell me what happened. What kind of a medicine did the doctor give
you, and what doctor did you have?" Said, "I would like to go and--and
comment him on his fine work."
She said, "Very well, son." Said, "Dr. Jesus was the One Who did it."
He said, "Ma'am?"
E-42 Said, "Dr. Jesus." She said, "Dr. So-and-so, my physician, came up
here, and my fever was so high I was out of my head." And said, "They
said I got worse, and then I was going to die." And she said, "You know
where that little mission is around the corner down there at the alley?
Said, "Them people was having prayer meeting down there one night, and
they said the Holy Ghost told them to come up here and pray for me."
And said, "No sooner they prayed for me, all the fever left." And she
said, "Oh, son," she said, "Hallelujah." She said, "I am healed."
"Oh," he said, "Mother, mother, the very audacity. Why, you shouldn't
associate with such people as that." And she... Said, "Why, you
shouldn't have them people up here."
She said, "Oh? Why, son?" Said, "Well, glory to God."
E-43 He said, "Mother, don't say those things." Said, "Why--why, you
shock me." Said--said, "Why, you shouldn't say those things. Why,"
said, "those people have no education. They don't know anything about
"Oh," she said, "I beg your pardon, son." Said, "They come right down
and read out of the Bible for me where it said, 'These signs shall
follow them that believe. If they lay their hands on the sick, they
shall recover.'" Said, "Wait. I've read it many times. I've got it
marked in my Bible. I'll go show you."
"Oh, wait just a minute, mother." Said, "That's Mark 16."
"Yes, that's where it's at, honey," said, "Mark 16."
Said, "Oh, Mother," said, "you see, those poor people they don't know
any better." Said, "We learned at the school that Mark 16 from the 9th
chapter on is not inspired. See, it's really not inspired. It was just
And the little mother said, "Glory to God. Hallelujah." And she...
The boy said, "Mother, what do you mean?"
Said, "I was just thinking."
Said, "Thinking what, Mother?"
She said, "If God could do that to me with the uninspired Word, what
could He do with that's really inspired?" That's right. See, that's it.
E-44 What was the matter? That little mission around the corner had a
credential, maybe not a Ph. D. or LL. D. or... But they had the
credentials of God with "these signs" following them that believe.
Jesus said they'd do it. They--they had God's confirmation. They had
His commission to go lay hands on the sick, and they did it just the
way He said do, and then God confirmed the Word with signs following.
It's a confirmation that they have been sent of God. Yes, sir. That's
true. All right.
Now, that's a good lesson, because the boy had went away to study and
truly he had his Ph.D.; but they had the confirmation of the Word. He
had the confirmation of a degree from a certain college; but they had
the confirmation of the Word of God from heaven with the Holy Ghost to
back up what they was talking about. Yes, sir. And it's God giving the
sign. Yes, sir. Oh, how I thank God for that. God's people always has
E-45 Now, undoubtedly the unbeliever will have to have a little bit of
God's Word to twist it around, to make it fit the creed to make it more
deceitful. Now, you know, the biggest lie that was ever told has a
whole lot of truth in it. That is right. You remember every... The
first lie was ever told had ninety-five percent truth, when Satan told
Eve in the garden of Eden all these things God had said. He admitted,
"That's right." He admitted, "That's right," everything that God said.
But said, "Surely you'll not die." There it is.
E-46 Someone could say they was at the Tabernacle up here at this
certain, certain night.
"The people all gathered in."
"They sang hymns."
"And the minister spoke."
"Yes. That's right."
"And then you know what? They passed a bottle around and all of them
"Wrong," See? Just the Spirit fell down, they all got drunk. See?
There's just that much difference in (See?), when they... Not passing a
bottle around, but a spiritual blessing of God fell upon the people.
They did stagger; they did fall; and they did cut up like that. But it
wasn't a bottle that did it; it was the Holy Ghost confirming His Word
with signs following. See, see? All of it seemed just right but the
Now, I'd say, "Was you up there?"
"Was the people there?"
"Did they stagger?"
"Yes, all this...?"
E-47 That's all right but that one thing. So that's the way that the
unbeliever, the--the unidentified person with God; he will say, "Oh, I
believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God. I believe God is the Father of
Jesus Christ. I believe all these other things." See? But when it comes
down to this other part, "Oh, that's for another day," See? There's the
lie of it. That's right. He's trying to twist a little of the right
Word around to make it deceiving to the people. But what...
Jesus made the thing clear. He said, "These signs shall confirm the
message that I have sent." Yes, sir.
E-48 I was a Baptist preacher once, love the Baptist people yet. But I
found this other thing. See? Now, it's not--it's not exactly...
The--the Pentecostal church, I don't say is just perfect, there's
nothing in it; but it's the best we got. So let's stay right with it;
that's all. They do believe. Some of them may not have faith enough
(and I'm right with them), not faith enough to make all the Word come
to pass. But I'll never stand in the way of somebody that's got faith
enough to make them come to pass. I'll never hide behind unbelief in
saying it can't be done. If the man can take the Word of God and
confirm it with the power of God, I say, "Glory to God. Lord, lift me
up and let me stand by faith on heaven's tableland." Yes, I certainly
would stay with that. They just do a little bit to fit their creeds;
but God's servant has His sign exactly.
E-49 In the Old Testament there used to be a man when they... Some of
them couldn't sign their name, so they had a seal, and it was a sign.
They would seal it, like that; it was finished. A seal is a finished
Ephesians 4:30 says, "Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby you're
sealed unto the day of your redemption." It's a sealing away, a
finished work, that God has seen you, recognized your faith that you
professed in Him, poured out the Holy Ghost, and sealed you until the
day of your redemption. That's a sign that God give you the Holy Ghost
(That's right.), and has confirmed the faith that you had in you, and
is giving confirmation of it by giving you the Holy Ghost. And if
you've got the Holy Ghost, "these signs shall follow them that
believe." That's exactly.
E-50 If he denies... This man is going around, saying, "Now, don't you
listen to them people. You were down to a tabernacle the other night."
"Well, we belong to so-and-so. That's nothing but just a bunch of
Did you know that Paul said to Agrippa, "In the way that's called
heresy, that's the way that I worship the God of our fathers." You know
what heresy is? That's right.
Did not they say to Jesus, "Now, we know you are mad." "Mad" means
"crazy." See, a way that seems crazy... Because you have passed from
death unto Life, you're no more of the world; but you've been set aside
from the world. See? And therefore, your mind is spiritual, and you
think on things above and not the things on, that goes on here on
earth. Your affections are on things above.
E-51 Now, if this person denies that Jesus Christ is the same
yesterday, today, and forever... Now, watch it. You'll hear him say,
"Oh, He's the same." Is He the same? Is He the same? "Well," they say,
"He's in--the same in a certain way."
"What way?" See? "What way?"
"Well, I--I don't... I believe that He still saves," See?
"What about healing?"
"Oh, no, He doesn't do that." Now, when He was here on earth, they
said, "He can heal but He can't save"; now they say, "He can save but
He can't heal." See, it's just the devil taking vice versa sides. But
if He's Jesus Christ at all, the anointed One, He's the same yesterday,
today, and forever, the same Healer, the same...
E-52 It's not you that does miracles. No. They want to say, "Let me see
you do this." Now, God never said for me to do it; He's already done
it. The only thing for me to do is take His Word and hold on to It, and
He will bring it to pass. That's right. That's exactly. It isn't you;
it's the God that's in you. Like Jesus said, "It's not Me that doeth
the work; it's My Father that dwelleth in Me. He doeth the works.
Verily, verily I say unto you, the Son can do nothing in Himself, but
what He sees the Father doing, that doeth the Son likewise." He watched
first to see a vision what the Father told Him. St. John, I believe
5:19, you'll read that: 5:19, yes. If you'll read, He said, "What the
Father shows Me to do, that I do also."
E-53 Now, we find out then, that if we--if we--if he denies that Jesus
Christ isn't the very same... There's only one thing that He cannot
be--that He can be different in. That is a physical, corporal body.
See? Now, in the physical, corporal body, God raised that up from the
grave on the third day, and it sets at the right hand of His majesty on
high on His throne. Jesus overcome took God's throne; we that overcome
shall set with Him on His throne, 'cause His throne is the throne of
David where He will reign here on earth.
And now at the right hand of God, the right hand of His power and
majesty, Jesus reigns. Now, in there He is the High Priest to make
intercession upon our confession when we accept His Word--believe it in
our heart, receive it in there, and don't take back, but believe
exactly it's going to happen. The true seed of Abraham will hold on to
that Word. No matter how long it takes it, He will bring it to pass.
There's not a wave in it nowhere. He will bring it to pass. That's
E-54 Now, a phrony will say, "No, that--that isn't so." Then as long as
they deny this commission, it shows they can't show they--their
commission is sealed. They can't show you, because they deny. If, like
a--an officer... I'd say, "Well, here, I am a United States marshal. I
know I'm a marshal," and here's a law that says a marshal must pack
this credential sealed with the United States seal. You say, "Well,
that was for some time gone by. We don't have to have it today." He's a
phrony, that's all there is to it. He's not right. He isn't
commissioned. He isn't sent.
And any person that will deny that Jesus Christ isn't the same
yesterday, today, and forever, any person that will deny these signs
shall follow them that believe, is trying to get by with some kind of
an ordination paper without a seal of the commission. That's exactly
right. Certainly is the truth. Can't be sent of God, because he's
denying the very seal that--the very confirmation of the commission
that he's supposed to have.
E-55 If an officer said, "You don't have to have that seal..." You've
got it yourself. Here it is in the book that says you must have that
seal. Here's in the laws of the United States says that a marshal must
pack this seal. And if he hasn't got that seal, he absolutely is not a
marshal. Don't receive him, because he isn't a marshal, 'cause the law
of the book says he must pack that seal.
Jesus said, "These signs shall follow them." Shall follow them; not
ought to, maybe, some of them it will. It said that they shall follow
them that believe. That's the confirmation of the commission that
they'd been sent. Amen. I like that. It just does me good to know it.
Yes, sir. So I know that's the commission come into my heart, the seal
of the Holy Ghost. That's right. I know every believer that really is a
believer, he sees a man that denies that power thereof...
E-56 The Bible said in the last days they'd have a form of godliness,
and would deny the power thereof: from such turn away. Don't receive it
at all. Right. They'll have big churches and fine denominations, and
great splendor, and great beauty, and so forth like that.
Look. Here the other night down here in Phoenix, a bunch of them little
girls, boys out there doing this new booglie-wooglie, or ever what you
call that stuff out there, and got so packed away in the spirit of it
till they was out in the streets. The cops had to pick them up: so
influenced under the power of the devil. Yes. And then, that's popular.
But let a man dance in the Spirit one time under the power of the Holy
Ghost... That's right. That's it. God's signs shall follow them that
believe...?... Can't--can't say he's sent from God, and then deny his
E-57 Let us look at some of those who God sent, find out whether He
always identified His believers. Now, look. Let's take Moses. Moses had
a call in his life. That's true, but he never was sent... He thought he
was sent, and look what a failure he made. But when God sent him from
the burning bush... When he was out in the presence of Pharaoh's
seminary, he come out with his credentials. It wouldn't work. God
wouldn't recognize it.
Look, he went down there and killed one man without being commissioned
to do it, and he had to run out of Egypt. And he went down there and
drowned the whole Egyptian army with the commission to do it, and
nothing said about it. That's the difference. Killed one man and had to
run. Oh, what a bad shape he was in, 'cause he done it without a
commission. But he went down there with the commission and drowned the
whole army, got glory to God for it.
E-58 How God makes people act ridiculous. That old man, dignified, now,
come out of there with all kinds of college degrees. But... why, he
wouldn't think about it, here at eighty years old. And the next morning
here he goes down towards Egypt with his wife setting a-straddle of a
mule with her young'un on her hip, going along, big old whiskers
blowing like that, and a crooked stick in his hand.
"Where you going, Moses?"
"Going down to Egypt to take over." One man invasion... Why? The thing
of it is, he done it. That's right. Like one man going over to take
over all Russia... What was it? He run... When he was an officer in
high rank, the highest officer there was next to Pharaoh in Egypt, he
run from Egypt because he had no commission to deliver the children of
Israel. But then he goes back with--one man against the whole thing
with the commission, and did it. Why? He had a commission, and he had a
confirmation of it. He could prove that God had sent him. Amen.
E-59 "What are you going to do it with, Moses?"
"This old crooked stick I got in my hand."
"Going to do what?"
"This is my commission."
"God's give me two signs to perform before them. (That's it.) He told
me to go do this." Said, "These signs shall follow (if I go down).
Throw it down before Pharaoh; see what happens. It'll turn into a
serpent. Then say, 'THUS SAITH THE LORD, Pharaoh, let My people go.'"
Moses went down there and throwed it down. The magicians come around to
do the same thing. Then God confirmed his commission. His snake eat up
the rest of them.
E-60 Did you ever think where'd them snakes go to? Where'd them--what
happened to them rods? They was all in one rod. See? He eat them up,
Moses' snake, because what was it? A confirmation. Amen. Hallelujah. He
was--had a confirmation of his commission. He carried it out. He
brought the children out, and the Red Sea got in his way and give away.
Why? He had a commission and a confirmation of it. God was with him,
worked signs and wonders, for where...
E-61 If a man is commissioned by the supernatural God, the supernatural
power of God will be with that supernatural commission. Not what you
learn in Ph.D. and LL.D. and algebra, and all those things. That
confirms your fine grammar and speech at the pulpit when you say
"aaaaamen" like a calf. But let me tell you something: but when you've
got the confirmation of the commission of God given you by the Holy
Ghost, these signs shall follow them that believe. (Excuse that
E-62 A confirmation--God confirmed 'cause He was a supernatural God,
gave supernatural power, for a supernatural deliverance. I believe it.
God today is not going to deliver His people by education. He never
promised to do it. He is not going to deliver them by theology. He
never promised to do it. He's not going to deliver them by science. He
never promised to do it. He's not going to deliver them by
denomination. He never promised to do it. But He will deliver them by
the power, supernatural power of changing their lives and molding them
into children of God. Amen. Moses had a commission; he had signs to
confirm his commission. Now, Jesus the same way, said, "These signs..."
Moses said, "What can I tell them? How will I tell them that the God of
their fathers sent?"
Said, "What you got in your hand?"
Said, "A stick."
Said, "Throw it down. Put your hand in your bosom, come out... Preach
Divine healing to them; that's a confirmation. Sure. I'll give you two
E-63 Now, that same God can't change. When He sent His church out to
deliver the people out of this hellish Egyptian bondage that--all these
things that's got the people in today, He said, "These signs shall
follow them that believe." Don't be afraid to lay that Word out there,
because it's the truth. It's God's Word. Don't let the devil explain it
away from you, because it's not right. He keeps His Word. Now, I
believe that with all that's in me.
E-64 Elijah was sent down. I can see him that morning. I imagine him
and Jezebel had had a few rounds. But here he was that day coming down,
a little old bald-headed fellow and whiskers hanging down, coming down
that morning down that road to Samaria, them eyes set right upon
heaven, a smile on his face, that old stick hitting against the road.
But, brother, he had "THUS SAITH THE LORD."
"THUS SAITH THE LORD." He walked right up to the president's face--or
the king's face, said, "There'll not even be dew come from heaven till
I call for it." What was it? He had a commission. Did it rain the next
day? No. He had a confirmation of it. See?
He said, "Get up there, Elijah, and set down. I've commanded you to
have some porters and servants to come feed you." So the ravens fed him.
E-65 And while he was up on the mountain there one day... "Aw," the
king said, "there's nothing to that guy. I'll send fifty men up. I
don't believe he's nothing but an old fanatic. Didn't we know him
around here, talking about Jezebel, my wife, wearing paint, and
everything like that? talking about all this modern living--and living
after the first lady's example, like a lot of us Pentecostal people do?"
Yeah. That's right. Our Pentecostal women with them great big
water-head haircuts, and things like that, yes, yeah, wearing paint,
makeup, wearing shorts, and the Bible said it's an abomination in the
sight of God. How can you do that? That's right. Why, you know if you
claim, sister, you... Something's fallen if you can wear bobbed-hair,
and the Bible says...
E-66 Now, a lot of you Pentecostal won't wear makeup. There's nothing
in the Bible about that. But then you will cut your hair, and the Bible
said that a woman that cuts her hair is dishonorable. That's right. And
you'll wear shorts, or these little old... what is it? Jump...? See,
ever what it is looks like a man's clothes, and the Bible said that any
woman will put on clothes like that is an abomination in the sight of
In other words, it--it smells bad to God. It looks bad. And then if
you've got the Holy Ghost in you, which is God, how can you put them on
and still claim to have the Holy Ghost? Why, your own life confirms
that there's something wrong with you. That's right.
I know that scorches, but I--I tell you what's the matter tonight: we
need some more scorching is what they--the...?... is the trouble. We
let down on those things. Brother, let me tell you, you got to learn
your abc's before you get up any farther. You see? That's exactly
right, to always believe that God's Word is right. No matter what it
is, just compare with that. Yes, sir.
E-67 Elijah setting up on top of the mountain there, and God said,
"Now, you're not going to be disturbed." Said, "I'm going to send you
up there until them people repent."
"Oh," Ahab said, "We don't have to do any repenting. That old fanatic,
he don't know what he's talking about. He's one of them old
holy-rollers. We just... Give me fifty men that's choice men. Go up
there and bring that old fanatic down."
I can see that commissioned officer say, "Yes, sir. I have your
commission, sir. I'll bring him right back." Here he comes marching,
the--the iron a-slamming on the ground, these great big swords and
spears, and fifty men of the choice of Ahab's guards come walking up
the hill like that. There set Elijah up there in the hot sun, looking
around like that.
They said, "Hey. We come after you, boy. We got our credentials here.
We are Ahab's bodyguard. We've come after you. We're going to take you
Raised up, said, "Yes, I've got some credentials too. If I be a man of
God, let fire fall from heaven." What was it? It was a confirmation.
E-68 On Mount Carmel, when he had the showdown between the false gods
and the true God, he laid the sacrifice out, walked out there, and
said, "Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known today
that You're God in Israel, and I am Your servant, and I've done all of
this at Your command (preach the Word at Your command, Lord, to all the
world, to every creature; these signs shall follow them that
believe...)--at Your command. Now, Lord, let it be known that You told
me to do this, You commissioned me to do this; now confirm it, Lord."
And about that time fire fell from heaven. It was a confirmation of it.
He was with the Word. See?
God always confirms His Word. He--He gives confirmation of His Word.
Now, we know that that is true. Oh, how many times that... We got
different characters here that could go right on down. But to save time.
E-69 Jesus, when He come on earth, and they said, "Him, being a man,
makes hisself God? Oh, my. Well, we know who he was. He was born
illegitimate. Why, he's only... We know His mother, Mary, and Joseph?
They had that child be..."
Jesus said, "If I do not the works of My Father, then don't believe Me.
If you don't believe I'm the Messiah, the works that I do confirm what
I claim. (Amen.) If I do not the works of My Father, then don't believe
it; but if I do the works of My Father then you believe the works, even
if you can't believe Me." That was a confirmation. How did that fit
them? Sure. Said... God... Who God sends, God protects. God confirms
the Word. If God sent an ambassador somewhere to do something, He's got
to stand behind that commission. That's exactly right.
E-70 He said, "If I do not the works of My Father, then you don't--you
don't believe Me; but," said, "the very works that I do confirms My
commission." Amen. That sure hit them smack, didn't it? "The works that
I do..." Yes, sir. "If you don't... if you can't believe that I was
sent of God, then the thing for you to do is believe that the works
that I do... Or let me see you do the same works." There you are. "If
you don't believe Me..." Oh, my.
E-71 There's some of them believed Him. When the woman at the well saw
His Messiahic sign, she said, "We know Messiah does that." And went and
told the people, said, "Come, see Who I have found, a Man that told me
the very secrets of my heart. Isn't that the Messiah?"
Old Nathanael, when he come back with Philip, and Jesus... Walked up in
the Presence of Jesus, and Jesus said, "Behold an Israelite in who
there's no guile." Now, he was a trained man, 'cause he knowed the
Word. He knowed the Messiah would be a God-prophet.
So they knowed that Moses had said that "The Lord your God shall raise
up a prophet." They knowed also that God said, "If there be one among
you who's spiritual or a prophet, I, the Lord, will confirm him.
I'll... What he says comes to pass, then believe it." See, they wanted
to find out whether He was... They knowed there was supposed to be a
prophet rise about that time, and they wanted to know Who He was.
E-72 So he walked up in the presence of Philip, and Philip told him
what to do... or, Philip taken him over in the Presence of Jesus,
rather. And when he walked up in front of Jesus, Jesus said, "Behold an
Israelite in whom there's no guile."
"How did You know me, Rabbi?"
Said, "Before Philip called you, when you was under the tree, I saw
He said, "Rabbi, Thou art the Son of God." There was His credentials.
E-73 A woman at the well, when He found her standing there at the well,
He said, "Bring Me a drink."
She said, "It's not customary. You're getting all out of our--our--our
tradition here. We have segregation. We Jews and Samaritans have no
fellowship with one another. And You being a man, a Jew, and me a
Samaritan woman, how come that You'd ask me to give You a favor, bring
You a drink?"
He said, "Woman, if you knew Who you were talking to you'd ask Me for a
And she said, "Why, the well's deep, and You have nothing to draw with."
E-74 He said, "The waters that I give is not in that well." All... Went
on, the conversation went awhile (See?), till... What He was trying to
do was contact her spirit. Then He found out where her trouble was. He
said, "Go, get your husband and come here." (wanted to know who He was)
Said, "Go, get your husband and come here."
She said, "I have no husband."
Said, "That's right. You've had five, and the one that you're living
with now is not your husband."
She said, "Sir, I perceive that You're a prophet." Said, "We know when
Messiah cometh He will do that."
He said, "I'm He that talks to you."
She come into the city. It was confirmed to her. She went into the city
and said, "Come see a Man Who's told me the things that I've done.
Isn't this the very Messiah? Isn't that a confirmation that He is?"
Jesus said, "The very works that I do confirm My commission." That's
right. God sent Him. He was to be that prophet.
E-75 You know, they said to John, "Art thou Elias? Art--art thou one of
the prophets? Art thou that prophet was to come?"
John said, "I'm not. But He's standing amongst you somewhere. He will
prove Hisself when He comes 'cause God will a vindicate Him." That's
exactly right. If a man's sent of God, God's obligated to vindicate
that person (That's exactly right.) that he's been sent. Oh, yes, a
E-76 The man that was born blind had a very convincing testimony that
He was the Messiah. Now, the poor man, he didn't--he didn't... It was
on of them theologians all caught him up in a crowd up there and said,
"Say, we know that you were born blind." Said, "We know
that--that--that you had no eyeballs, even in the sockets." Said, "We
know you were born blind." He said, "Who healed you?"
And he said, "The--the--the Man told me that I was healed." Said, "I
know He healed me." Said, "I--I--I know it."
Said, "Well, now, that man's a sinner. We know he's a sinner because he
didn't join our organization. He didn't come our way. He doesn't teach
our doctrine. He's against us." Said, "We--we know that he can't be of
God. We know that there's something wrong with him, because he didn't
agree with us." Said, "The man's a sinner."
Now, this poor blind man couldn't argue the point. He wasn't a
theologian; he--he couldn't argue the point. He said, "Now..." But he
had a very convincing argument too. He said, "Whether He's a sinner or
not I don't know, but this is one thing I do know (Amen.): where I was
once blind I now see."
E-77 I've heard people say this was a bunch of crazy people. I had
people tell me when I received the Holy Ghost that I lost my mind.
Well, whether that's right or not, I don't know. But there's one thing
I do know: wherein I was once a sinner, I'm now saved. That's right.
Wherein I was once lost, I'm now found. You can call it fanaticism,
whatever you want to; but it's a confirmation to me that He's still
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever. That's right.
E-78 Yes, he--he--he had the evidence. He had a very convincing speech
that He was--He--He--that was the Son of God because He had made
eyeballs in a man that had no eyeballs. Yes, sir. In other words the
blind man could say, "I've been coming to your church all this time. I
don't see nothing like that taking place around here. Then if He
created eyeballs, there's no Creator but God. Where could it come from?
Let's see you do it. Let's see the way you do it."
They had to shut up, them talking about a supernatural God, the great
Creator of heavens and earth, and couldn't create a good life. There
you are, couldn't create nothing. But here come Jesus and put eyeballs
in a man that had no eyeballs, was born blind. I tell you; that's
convincing. The proof of the pudding is the eating thereof. That's
exactly right. So he had the evidence that He was. That's right.
E-79 I imagine Paul out there that night when fourteen days and nights,
no moon, stars, or nothing, out on that sea; the poor little fellow
dragging those chains across the deck of that old waterlogged ship, and
it's about ready to go down. They'd throwed off all the food and stuff,
and the sailors hadn't eat for many days. And dragging these chains,
talking about a Jesus that once lived, talking about a Jesus was
I imagine them soldiers and sailors said, "Oh, my goodness, shut up."
Just kept walking across, saying, "But you know He's the same
yesterday, today, and forever," just walking along across the deck,
pulling these chains.
E-80 Said, "Look at the guy in chains, a guy going over to Caesar over
there, over to Rome to be condemned. The man's got to die; and then
talking something about religion. Oh, shut up." And they kept on
But one night when they... All hopes was gone. Oh, my. Every time the
lightning flashed and the waves... Ten thousand devils set on them
seas, said, "We got you now, Paul. Oh, you're going to take it back."
"No, sir. He's the same yesterday, today, and forever. That's right. I
know He told me to go to Rome."
E-81 Here he is rocking, the ship just about ready to go down. Just
think, the sun, moon, or stars hadn't shone for fifteen, or fourteen
days. That's a bad shape, an old waterlogged ship, and thing about go
down and everything like that. He was standing down in the hull of the
boat one night, praying, no doubt, and there come a vision. The Angel
of the Lord appeared to him, said, "Don't fear, Saul. Everything's all
Here he comes running up with a commission, shaking them chains,
saying, "Be of a good courage. Have a good faith, for the God that I
serve sent His Angel last night. I saw a vision, and He told me not to
be afraid, because there'd be no life lost on this ship. Wherefore,
brethren, take a little food and just rejoice. Everything's all right."
I'd imagine they felt pretty funny. But when they found the old ship
rest in the haven yonder, it confirmed that Paul had been sent from God
and knowed what he was talking about. God confirmed it. "If there be
one among you a prophet, and what he says comes to pass, then hear him,
because I'm with him." That's right.
E-82 When the natives on this island, the islanders, when they seen him
picking up sticks... And they said, "That must be some terrible
murderer with all them chains on him." Poor little Paul, about to
freeze, and his garments all wet, come over here, and picked up a bunch
of sticks, and started to lay them on the fire. And a snake that bit
him in the hand would've killed him, my, in a moment. Paul looked at it
like that and said, "God, You told me I had to go to Rome yet." Shook
him off in the fire, went back and got some more sticks.
And said, "Watch him fall dead." In a few minutes they changed it. Why?
His commission had been confirmed. They said, "He's a God that come
down from the heaven." Right.
He had confirmation, 'cause Jesus said, "They shall tread on the heads
of serpents and scorpions, and nothing shall harm them." Yes, sir. He
had--he had the--the evidence to prove it.
E-83 (Now, I got to hurry, friends. I'd stay here with you all night
like that. But just a few more things.) Now, the prophet said,
"There'll come a day that it cannot be called day or night: a dismal
day, foggy, hazy." But said, "In the evening time it shall be Light."
That's right. The sun rises in the east, and sets in the west: s-u-n.
Civilization has traveled from the east to the west. But when the S-o-n
rose, the light fell upon the eastern people. Now, we've had a day of
organizations, denominations, and people accepting Christ, and had
enough light they can know that He was God. And they walked in the
light, and so forth; and they've built churches, and fine cathedrals,
and schools, and so forth. That's been fine. But remember, it was
promised that all the clouds would clear away in the evening time. It's
evening time now.
E-84 And when the clouds all clear away that same Son, S-o-n, that
shined His power through the Holy Ghost upon the eastern people, has,
in the last fifty years, broke back the clouds of denominations and
everything and poured down the Holy Ghost upon the western people.
That's the same Son, same Holy Ghost, same signs, same light, same
power, same evidence, same everything that it was. And the Gospel's
been preached with power and demonstration anywhere in the countries.
That's right. That's right. All over the world signs and wonders are
following the believers of...
E-85 Here, a few years ago, they said, "That bunch," said, "why, you'll
never be able..." Said, "They'll never be able to put it over." Said,
"They're just a little bunch down there in a--in a street somewhere
with a tin pan somewhere, a-beating some little tambourine." But,
brother, that message, with hungry-hearted people has sacrificed their
food for their children and everything else, and has sponsored them
missionaries, till she's went from east, west, north, south. Wherever
nation you go into, there's Pentecostal fires burning with the power of
the Holy Ghost.
I've went so far into the jungles, till people didn't know right and
left hand. They knowed God, nothing no more than some statue out there.
That's right. I'd stand there and lay the Word down just exactly. Then
the Holy Ghost performed the signs and show--tell the people who they
were, the secrets of their hearts, show them that Jesus said, "The
works that I do shall you do also."
"This man, I do not know his name, but I'll spell it, and you interpret
it for me." I'd have to spell maybe that much, to get it out like that.
"Amen. That's right." They'd set and look.
I'd said, "Now, Jesus said, 'The works that I do shall you do also.'
This was the Messiahic sign."
E-86 And Jesus is so close to coming to the earth now, until His power
is beginning to catch the people, and winding them up, getting them
ready for the bride, getting ready to be caught up in the rapture, a
church that'll just fit just exactly to be taken up; through its power
will draw all the rest of them that's borned again out of the earth.
Jesus is coming.
As my hand against the wall would make a shadow, more that shadow gets
deeper and deeper and deeper, closer my hand gets; and after while the
shadow and my hand becomes one.
And the church started in Martin Luther's time under justification,
under Wesley through sanctification, and now in the baptism of the Holy
Ghost with the Pentecostals, the restoration of the gifts. And out of
that Pentecostal people He's pulling that remnant up here to show Jesus
Christ, reflect His Life, just the same yesterday, today, and forever
(Exactly.) when the evening Lights shine. It's exactly.
E-87 Look, right on scientific signs. We've got it right in Washington,
D. C., that same Pillar of Fire. How many's ever seen it, them lights?
Sure, everywhere (See, see?), that same Pillar of Fire that met Paul on
the road down to Damascus.
Jesus, when He was on earth... Anybody knows that Christ, that--that
the Pillar of Fire, the Angel of the Lord that brought Israel out of
Egypt into the promised land, was the Angel of the covenant. Anyone
knows that. Sure. Well, that was Christ, because the Bible said that
Moses chose the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of
Egypt. And he went with Christ before He become flesh, and he followed
E-88 Jesus, when He was on earth, He said, "I come from God and I go to
God." They crucified Him. He was the Saviour that died for our sins and
he buried Him. He arose and ascended on high. And a few months after
that Paul was on his road back to Damascus, and he was struck down by a
light. A bunch of soldiers with him, none of them saw it. None of them
saw Him but just Paul. But it was so--was so prominent to him ,till it
put his eyes out. He was blind for a season. And he looked up there,
and that great big Pillar of fire hanging before him, and He said,
"Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me?"
He said, "Who are You, Lord?"
He said, "I'm Jesus, and it's hard for you to kick against the pricks."
E-89 Now, that same Holy Spirit, we find It right amongst the
Pentecostal people today, the evening Light, right down amongst the
Pentecostal people. What? Preaching the same Gospel, giving vindication
of the same Gospel. The same signs that followed there is the same
signs that follow now. And if that Pillar of Fire, or Light, that we
have with us did not produce the same Spirit and the same evidence that
It did when it was in Jesus Christ, then it would be the wrong Pillar
of Fire, the wrong spirit, be the wrong thing.
E-90 But if it does produce and do just exactly what Jesus done, when
He said the--"He that believeth on Me the works that I do, shall he do
also (That's right.); more than this shall he do, 'cause I go to My
Father." The King James has "greater," but look in the original; it
says "more." You couldn't do any greater: He raised the dead, and
stopped nature, and everything. But He could do more of it, because the
Holy Ghost wasn't only in one Man, Christ, the Son of God; it was in
the church universal." More than this shall you do, 'cause I go unto My
Father." Oh, my.
E-91 His same ministry being represented here in the last days... What
kind of a ministry did He have? Look at Him, as I bring you down,
proving to them... Let's take one Jew. "He came to His own; His own
received him not." The very first men that come to Him was Andrew and
Philip. I don't know what went on in that conversation in the house
with Jesus that night when they followed Him. But the next day Andrew
was so completely satisfied that that was the Messiah (He showed him
something), till he went right straight to Peter, his brother, or--or
Simon, and he said, "Don't... Come now and let's go and see if this
is..." He said, "We have found the Messiah."
E-92 I can imagine Peter saying, "Now, now, Andrew, now, let me tell
you something. Now, you know our old daddy was a good Pharisee, and he
told us... And I remember setting on the side of the boat one day; he
said to me; he said, 'Now, now, now, Simon, daddy's expected to see the
Messiah. And no doubt but before the Messiah comes there's going to be
all kinds of things take place, all kinds of isms rise up. But let me
be sure that...' (And there was. Oh, yes. People come, led off
thousands, and perished and everything.) But he said, 'but let me tell
you. We have to stay with the Word, Simon.'"
"'Now, the Bible says Moses, our servant, God's servant to us, told us
that the Lord our God would raise up this Messiah, and He would be a
prophet like Moses. Now, now, Simon, if you see Him in your day... I'm
too old now. I'll not see Him in my day. But if--if you see Him in your
day, remember He will be the God-prophet.'"
So Simon had that in his heart. He said, "All right, Andrew. I'll go up
to the meeting."
Just as soon as he walked up in the Presence of the Lord Jesus, He
said, "Your name is Simon. Your father was Jonas." That settled it. He
was given the keys to the Kingdom. That was the Messiah sign.
E-93 Here come another staunch Jew, said, "Now, wait a minute. If the
Messiah would've come, He'd have come down the corridors of heaven, and
come down to our great, big, fine temple we got built here somewhere,
like... Other people around here believe that He will come to some
temple. And He will come down here, and He will light right down on
here, and the angels will be flopping their wings, and everything.
They'd say 'This is Messiah, this is Messiah, this is Messiah.' That's
the way it'd be."
I can hear Philip say, "Wait a minute. You're not Scriptural with that.
Stay with the Word. What did Moses tell us that the Messiah would be?
'The Lord your God shall raise up a prophet.' You remember that old man
that used to be over there, named Peter, Simon?"
"Yes. Oh, that old fellow didn't have any education? Yes, I remember
him. Yeah. I remember him."
"You--you bought some fish from him, and he couldn't sign your receipt."
"Yeah. Well, I remember him. I remember him. Yeah."
"Why, when he walked up... You know his father?"
"Well, sure. Certainly I knew his father real well. He was a real
Pharisee, yes, real scholar. Yes."
"Why, when Simon walked up before Him, He told him what his name was
and what his father's name was."
"Aw. Now, I believe you've gone off the deep end. Let me go see. He
will never read my mind. I'll go find out."
E-94 Walks up there, in the Presence of Jesus, and Jesus said, "Behold
an Israelite in whom there's no guile."
He said, "Did you tell Him you was coming after me?"
He said, "Rabbi (which means 'master' or 'teacher'), when did You ever
see me? I just come up in this meeting tonight. When did You ever see
Said, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the tree, I saw
you." What eyes...
He said, "Rabbi, You are the Son of God. You are the King of Israel."
E-95 But there stood those great big denominational brethren standing
there. They said, "You know what? He does that by Beelzebub." See, they
had to answer to their congregation. They had earthly credentials. He
had heavenly ones (See?), 'cause Moses said, "He will be a prophet,"
and here He was proving He was a prophet. That's right. He was
a-vindicated, His commission was a-vindicated.
So he said, "Now, I know this fellow does do that." But he had to
answer their congregation. Said, "By Beelzebub he does this, he casts
Jesus turned around, perceiving their thoughts, He said, "You say that
against me, the Son of man, I forgive you for it." Now, they never said
it out loud. The Bible said they thought it in their hearts, and He
perceived their thoughts. Keep it right. Yes, sir. Said they perceived
in their hearts. See? He perceived their hearts, their thinking.
Said, "Now, if you say that against I, the Son of man, I'll forgive
you. But someday (way down in the Gentile world. See?) the Holy Ghost
will come after I'm gone, and He will do the same thing, and to speak
one word against It will never be forgiven in this world, nor the world
E-96 Before He left the earth He said this; He said, "As it was in the
days of Sodom, so shall it be at the coming of the Son of man." I want
to make this remark and close. As it was in the days of Lot down there
in Sodom, let's see what it was. He referred first to--to the days of
Noah. He told what they were doing: eating, drinking, marrying, giving
in marriage. But when He come to Sodom...
E-97 Look what He did at Sodom. At Sodom... He referred to that for
this age. Now, remember, the Sodomites were Gentiles. See? Notice. And
there come three Men one day to Abraham. There's always three classes
of people: that's unbelievers, make-believers, and believers (We still
have them today. That's right.), unbelievers, make-believers, and
believers: Sodomites, Lotites, and Abrahamites.
Abraham had the promise. He was the elected, called-out group that'd
separated himself, like the real church of the living God has separated
itself from the things of the world, 'cause he was relying upon the
promise of God.
E-98 Where did the Angels come to first? To Abraham. What happened? Two
of them went down in Sodom (modern Billy Grahams) out to Sodom,
preached the Gospel, not many miracles, just struck them blind.
Preaching the Word strikes them blind. So they didn't do many miracles,
but they was calling, "Come out of it."
E-99 But there was One that talked to Abraham. You know, Abraham had a
funny feeling. You know, there was something about that Person that was
a little bit different. And so he watched Him a little bit, you know,
and he told Sarah, said, "Now, you get back in the tent." 'Course now
in them days when a stranger come up, the women didn't act like they do
today. They have to run right out and stick theirself out, and take the
husband's place, and, "You can't sell that, John, 'less I tell you to."
See? Women had more decency in that day. They stayed back in the house.
You see? So they got out there, and Sarah stayed in the tent.
E-100 So he run in and said, "Sarah, knead a little flour right quick,
get all the lumps out of it. Make some on the hearth, some bread." Went
and got a calf and killed it, and went and said--told them to dress it
now, and get it ready. And he went out there and got the old fly-bush,
and begin to shoo the flies, and wash Their feet. He knowed there was a
little something burning in his heart. You can just tell it, you know,
He said, "There's the commission, I believe. Now, the only thing, if I
can just see that commission confirmed. I believe They've got it."
E-101 He said, "You know You--You passed by to see me. That's the
reason You come this way. (That was right. See?) Set down under the oak
a little bit and rest." So he washed Their feet, while they got the
things ready. They set down and eat. And that was God, God Almighty.
The Bible said it was. Look on there and see if it don't say capital
L-o-r-d, Elohim. That's right.
As someone said many times, said, "You don't believe that was God."
I said, "It was God. The Bible said it was."
Said, "God, in that body eating flesh?"
"It sure was. The Bible said so. You don't--you don't realize how great
He is." That's right. I'm glad He can do that.
E-102 Why, the only thing... You know, we're just made of sixteen
elements: petroleum, cosmic light, calcium, potash, and a few things
like that. Well, He just reached and got a handful of them, went "Whew.
Step in there, Gabriel," See, the Angel. Got another handful, went,
"Whew," said, "step in that, Michael." Went, "Whew," stepped in it
Hisself. I'm so glad that... Come walking up, said, "We're going down."
That's our God.
Some of these days all these elements is going to go. But He's going to
say, "William Branham?"
I will say, "Here I am, Lord." He's great.
E-103 Said, "I've got to represent Myself before My servant down there,
and I want to be a man like him." So He just walked down, and set down
there, dust on His clothes, set down and eat. Set down... He kept
looking towards Sodom, you know. Abraham knew there was something up,
'cause that's a wicked old place, you know. So he kept thinking about
it like that. He said...
Now, remember, his name had been Abram, and Sarah's name had been
S-a-r-r-a, Sarra. And a few days before that God had met him in a
vision and changed his name to Abraham and her name to Sarah,
S-a-r-a-h, Sarah--princess; Abraham, father of nations.
E-104 So He said, "Abraham..."
Abraham said, "Oh, oh. I know I was right. There's something about that
Man's different. "Abraham, where is your wife (S-a-r-a-h), where is
your wife, Sarah?"
He knew right then. "Oh," he said, "she's in the tent." And the Bible
said it was behind Him, the tent behind Him.
He said, "Abraham, I (personal pronoun, same One that talked to
him)--I'm going to visit you according to the time of life (see, with
Sarah) and you're going to have this baby you've been waiting on.
You're a hundred years old now and she's ninety, but I'm--I'm going to
give you this baby that I promised you 'cause you've been faithful to
E-105 And Sarah back in the tent, she said, "Hummph." She never said it
out loud. She laughed in herself, said, "Me, an old woman, have
pleasure again? and my lord old like that?" Said, "It just couldn't be.
That guy... what's He talking about?"
The Angel said, "Why did Sarah laugh?"
What was it? He took for Sodom. Immediately after the visitation of
that Angel, that last sign that was given, the last sign that was
given, Sodom burnt. Jesus said, "As it was in the days of Sodom, so
shall it be at the coming of the Son of man."
E-106 God has dealt with His church all along through signs, wonders.
But the last thing was to be God manifested in the flesh of His church,
like He was in human flesh there; and show that same sign that Messiah
had already represented Hisself amongst the people just before the fire
falls at the last day: a credential to confirm that the Word that Jesus
promised is the truth. Let us pray.
E-107 Our heavenly Father, it's Your Word, confirmation of a
commission. That's Your Word, Father. We can only speak It. I pray You
confirm It, Lord. And I know that I... pray that You'll forgive me of
my nervousness, and my--and my illiteracy, all about it, and take that
off the people's mind, my poor, chopped-up way of trying to bring a
message. And--and the Holy Spirit striking upon me, I don't know how to
do but just give vent to it, Father, setting here with men and women
who are pilgrims and strangers, when the whole world is shaking today.
E-108 They--they say now in a few days now, they're going to spin a man
around the world in an orbit, take him around the world, trying to get
a man up on the moon. All the world quivering and shaking, little
nations everywhere with missiles that'll blow a hole in the ground a
hundred and fifty feet deep for two hundred and fifty and three hundred
miles square... Three of them at one time would sink the whole earth.
The whole world's in neurotic condition. The churches has gone away
from the Word; there's all kinds of organizations and denominations
that's packing earthly credentials. And--and if you don't belong to
them, you can't stick your head in one of their churches.
But yet, as it was back there in the times of Noah, as it was down
through the Bible, You'll still send your prophets and servants, Lord,
with a commission with a confirmation behind it. God, I'm so glad of
that, that You promised it.
E-109 And now, Lord, You said, "Fear not, little flock: Little flock,
it's your Father's good will to give you the Kingdom." You said, "As it
was in the days of Noah, when that little group was just saved by
water, so shall it be in the coming of the Son of man. The days of
Lot... In--in Noah's time they were eating, drinking, marrying, giving
in marriage, and look at it today, Father. We see that. Now, that was
to the sinful world that was doing that.
And now look at the days of Lot, how perversion, homosexuals... Oh, how
the world, the whole country, most of our government's swallowed up
with it, and everywhere. Oh, we're worm-eaten, Lord, by devils and
power of the enemy. The whole world is scared to death, and our
whole... Even our nation is like a little boy going through a graveyard
at night, whistling to keep hisself from being afraid. We know it lays
at the door. The church, Lord, You said, "Lift up your knees... lift up
your eyes when these things begin to happen. Your redemption's drawing
E-110 The Holy Ghost has been poured out upon Your church. You've
called people of every nation: Mexican, white Anglo-Saxon, colored
Ethiopian, all different races, all across the world, as Your little
old Holy Ghost missionaries has went hungry, starving, many of them
killed, crucified, made fun of, and everything else. They've went
without any big church to sponsor them. They went on the commission of
God with these signs following them that believe. I've met them in the
mission fields yonder, Lord.
We've had the great power of God to speak with tongues, interpret
tongues. We've had the baptisms of the Holy Ghost, the demonstrations
of the power. And now, Lord, as You took Abraham representing the elect
called-out, You've brought Abraham through that desert, separated him.
You showed him all kinds of signs. But the last sign was when God,
Himself, manifested Himself in flesh.
E-111 Let it happen in Tempe as a confirmation of the near-approaching
of the Lord Jesus. Grant it, Lord. It'd strengthen all of us, Lord. It
would strengthen these brethren; it would strengthen Your ministers
everywhere. It would strengthen the laity. It would make us all happy.
Grant it, Father. Now, just as far as I can go is speak Your Word. Now,
Lord, it has to take You to make that confirmation. I can but... if
it's a commission, I've preached the truth. I believe, heavenly Father,
that You will confirm it with the signs that You promised that would be
in this day. Grant it, now.
E-112 I commit myself to You with this church, with the Word. Now,
Father, we'll wait upon Thee, if You'll just show us that You're in our
midst. "The works that I do shall you do also." That's Your promise.
Father, how it would strengthen some of my brethren here, how it would
strengthen the church, that something that's not just mythical,
something that... You say, "Yeah, I've heard this preached all the
time." But, Father, let them see that You're a God that keeps Your
Word. Now, it'll take more than me, Father. It'll take this church all
in one accord. It'll take real faith to do it. But I pray, Father, that
You'll grant it for the glory of God, in Jesus' Name. Amen.
E-113 Now, friends, a prayer line... Oh, I'm sorry. Excuse my exciting,
chopped-up manners at the pulpit. I--I pray you do it. But I've just
come through studying the pre-Nicene Council. And I've took the
Hislop's "Two Babylons," and Broadbent's "Pilgrim Church," the
pre-Nicene Council, the Nicene Council, and the post-Nicene Council,
Nicene Fathers, seeing how the Holy Spirit moved them. They didn't even
have an altar in their church. They didn't have no nothing like
A Roman Catholic went on with dogma, with crucifix, but the real
orthodox stayed clear, had little buildings with nothing but just
slabs. And they'd... Some godly man would explain the Word of God, and
the power of God would fall. They'd just raise their hands and praise
God. They'd speak with tongues, and signs and wonders would follow
them. Yes, sir.
E-114 Polycarp, Ignatius, Martin, Irenaeus, Columba (oh, my), Justin,
how many more of real godly ones that wouldn't tolerate that other
church at all, the Roman side of it. They stayed catholic. We're
catholic too, apostolic catholic. Now, "catholic" means universal. But
the Roman Catholic took into crucifix and dogmas, and so forth, like
that; and said (not the Bible), they... "God was in His church." God is
in His Word.
The Bible said, "If any man shall take away or add anything to It, the
same will be taken, his part out of the Book of life." We believe just
what God said, and that's all. Now. So we still believe that message.
E-115 Now, there's sick people here tonight. I've preached to you that
God confirms His commission. That's right. God watches over His Word to
confirm it. The only thing He's trying to do is to find a heart that He
can get into.
Now, don't think you're going to overdo it. You won't. Could you
imagine a--a little fish about a half inch long out in the middle of
the ocean out there, saying, "I better drink sparingly of this water. I
might run out." Certainly not. Well, you could never exhaust God's
power and God's goodness. Exactly. You sure couldn't. So just open it.
E-116 You say, "Well, I received the Holy Ghost." Oh, there's
just--just... The--the whole heavens is full of it. See? God's just
trying like a... If it was all the whole heavens was a great big
standpipe, and you had one little crack, He's trying to pile... That
water will try to force itself out. That's the way the Holy Spirit's
trying to force Itself into you, like that, like that, trying to get
you to believe it. I know that's the truth.
E-117 Now, I believe that... Did they give--did he give out prayer
cards? I was praying. I believe he did. All right. How... Where's he
at? What? Excuse me. 1 to 50. All right. We can't stand them all at
once, so let's stand maybe... Why, that's all right. Just stand still,
just move, maybe this little row here move back, so they can move a
little. There's a glass of water, I believe, setting there...?...
E-118 All right. Let's have number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. Let
them stand. Number 1, who has it? Prayer card number 1? It's just a
prayer card with a number on it. Number 1, 2, 3, 4, like that. Number 1
prayer card, who has it? There's surely something wrong. Speak it in
Spanish. What's number 1 in Spanish? Uno, uno. Who has it? Number 1?
What say? All right, right here.
Number 2, who has it? Number 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8... 1, 2, 3. Just stand
right here. We'll form a line. Huh? Yeah. That's all right. All right.
That's all right. All right. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5... 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. Let them
come. Come right around this side, if you will. If you can't get up
now, raise your hand. We'll see that you get here. We'll see...
Somebody will pack you up here. See? 6, 7, 8, 9, 10... 11, 12, 13, 14,
15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20. Let them come, from 1 to 20 now, line yourself
up over here. All right, that's right.
E-119 Now, if you got your cards, come on, friends. Don't--don't--don't
stay back, 'cause you're cheating somebody else out of it. You see?
Don't be afraid to come. If you took your card, come on. If they give
you a card...
Now, the boy comes with these cards first. He stands up here and mixes
them up together, fifty, or a hundred, or whatever he does. Goes right
down the line, giving anybody... One person might get 1, the other one
10, the other one 50, the other one 90, like that. We don't know where
they're at. They're all scattered out. That leaves the boy so he don't
know what... Then the boy don't know where I'm going to call from that
night, 'cause... See?.. I don't know myself.
E-120 I might start... How many's been in the meetings before, and know
I just jump all around through it? That's all right. See? So many times
people are afraid to come up, because their sins are called out here.
Now, if you've done anything wrong, and you don't want it called out,
you better stay out (that's all), 'cause He will certainly do it. How
many knows that to be true? Certainly is true. Now, if you're--if
you're condemned and under sin, why, don't you come.
But if you're not, if you're under the Blood, come on. See? All right.
Now, all right. Well, we'll start right here, and see where we can go
E-121 Now, how many in here is sick, and come in, and didn't get a
prayer card, too late, or something? Raise up your hands, all around,
over the building. All right. Don't have a prayer card...
Now. There was a little woman passed through a crowd. Maybe she didn't
have a prayer card, but she touched the hem of His garment. That did
it. All right. Touched the hem of His garment, and she was made whole.
Now, you out there that believe with all your heart, you that actually
believe this with all your heart, you just say, "Lord Jesus, I do
believe this with all my heart, and I'm going to accept You, and
believe that... I know that Brother Branham doesn't know me, or know
anything about me. And if You'll just let me touch Your garment..."
E-122 Now, the Bible says (Now the ministers will witness this), the
Bible says that Jesus Christ is a High Priest right now, that can be
touched by the feeling of our infirmities (Is that true?), a High
Priest that can be touched by the feeling of our infirmities. He is
right now. Well, then, if He is a High Priest that can be touched by
the feeling of our infirmities, how would that High Priest act when He
If He's the same Jesus that He was back there, He'd act the same way.
He can't change His ways. He can't. If He said back there, "Well, I
saved them because of--that they believed on Me; but today I--I'm going
to save them because they got a lot of money," He can't do that. He's
got to ever remain with His first attitude. See? When God ever makes a
decision, it's perfect. It can never be changed no more. God never
changes His program. See?
E-123 So if He's a High Priest that can be touched by the feeling of
our infirmities, and you touched Him with your faith...
Now, He don't have any hands on earth but mine and yours. Is that
right? "I am the Vine; ye are the branches." Now, the vine doesn't bear
fruit, does it? The branches bears fruit. So the vine just energizes
the branch. But see, the branch... The vine isn't made to... See, He's
in glory. He's the Holy Spirit. Now, He doesn't bear the fruit, but He
energizes you and I that we would understand one another, through
voices that He speaks through us, and does His work to confirm the
commission that we're sent to do. You understand it now, everybody?
E-124 Now, you pray and you say, "Lord Jesus, I'm going to believe this
with--with all my heart. I--I--I'm going to truly believe it with all
that's in me. And I believe that You're going to--to make me whole. And
I'm going to, with all my heart, try to touch the border of Your
garment, trusting that You'll make me well."
You just believe that, or a loved one.
Now, I'm going to ask you, with whatever... Now, you know I'm
Pentecostal. I--I believe in shouting, praising the Lord. But I'm going
to ask you to do this. Now, when we're coming, I want you to be just as
reverent as you can. Now, just hide yourself away now. Lay all your
doubts away and just say, "Now, Lord, help Thou me." God will do it, if
you'll just believe it.
E-125 Now, here stands a woman. I have never seen her in my life. Now,
ever who is on this here, sometimes I don't know what I'm saying, if it
strikes me... It's a vision. Now, if you... Can you hear me all right
now? All right. Now, just be real reverent.
Now, here stands a woman. Now, here's a beautiful Bible picture. We're
strangers to each other. I don't know you. Now, you might know me by
knowing I'm Brother Branham, but I don't know you by any way.
E-126 Now, this is a picture like it was in St. John 4. Jesus met a
woman that He'd never seen, or she never knowed Him. She knew He was a
Jew, but that's all she knew. And then, Jesus talked to this woman a
little while. What was He doing? He was contacting her spirit. See? He
had need to go by Samaria, and as He went by Samaria, He met this
woman. Why? The Father led Him to Samaria. "Go up to Samaria."
He didn't know what to do. This woman come out, and He thought, "Maybe
this is what Father wants," because He said... After He'd healed the
man at the... that had the crippled, not crippled, but I guess he
might've had a retarded disease...
E-127 In St. John 5, the next chapter I believe it is, He went by the
pool of Bethesda, and there laid a man that'd been crippled up for
several years, had an infirmity. Now, he could walk, but an Angel come
down and troubled the pool. You brethren know where I'm speaking. And
then Jesus came by and said, he said about going to the pool... He
said, "I have no one to help me. Someone can do better than me, can
beat me to the pool, in other words."
He said, "Take up your bed and go into your house." He took up his bed
and went on.
E-128 Now, Jesus never healed another one of them, and there were
multitudes: thousands. Why didn't He do it? There's one for the
congregation, for we ministers. A God full of compassion, is that
right? Multitudes of lame, blind, halt, withered, all kinds of people
(does the Bible say that, brethren?), and He went right to one man that
had an infirmity. He wasn't blind. He could walk. He might've had a
prostate trouble. He might've had a retarded TB. It wasn't going to
kill him. He'd had it twenty-eight years, and it wasn't going to kill
him. And He went to that man. Why? Then He just healed that one and
E-129 What if He'd come to Tempe tonight and did that? They'd criticize
Him right there. Is that right, brethren? They criticize Him. But
remember, Jesus knew the man and knew that he'd been in that condition
all this time. Is that what He said?
Now, when the Jews found this man, he told them who did it. They found
Jesus and they questioned Him. You think they'd question Him tonight?
Sure. What did He say? "Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do
nothing in Himself, but what He sees the Father doing: that doeth the
Son likewise." Is that right? Then according to His own Word, He done
nothing till God showed Him in a vision what to do.
E-130 Remember Elijah in our sermon tonight? "I've did all this at Your
command." Any prophet of the Lord only goes as the Lord leads him. Now,
just pattern it. Now, Christ is the Holy Ghost that's in here now. Now,
I believe that I felt led to come to Arizona. Jesus felt led, had need
to go by Samaria. I felt led to have the healing service at Tempe
tonight: never did have one up here. I don't know why. Well, you happen
to be the first person up here. There you are, St. John 4 exactly again.
E-131 I don't know you, you don't know me. I don't know one thing. You
might be a sinner; you might be a hypocrite; you might be in adultery;
you might be a godly saint; you might be sick; you might be standing
for somebody else; you might have financial troubles. I--I don't know
what you have. I know nothing about you. Now, that's right. I don't.
Now, if I'm a stranger, so that some unbeliever might be setting by,
raise your hand, if we are, if that--if that's true. See? Now, if the
Holy Spirit in contacting her spirit... Now, we're both standing here,
man and woman, just like they were, and Jesus talked to her until He
found what was wrong with her. Is that right? Now, all that knows
that's true, say, "Amen."
E-132 He found what her trouble was, and He told her what her trouble
was. And she said, "Sir, You must be a prophet." See, they hadn't had
no prophets for about four hundred years. She said, "You must be a
prophet. Now, we know that when the Messiah cometh, this will be the
sign of the Messiah. He will tell us all things." Is that right?
Well, Jesus said, "I'm He that speaks."
E-133 Now, if that was sign of Messiah then, and He's the same
yesterday, today, and forever, only in the form of the Holy Spirit,
using my flesh, my spirit as I surrender it to Him, and would tell me
where your trouble is, you'd know whether it was right or not, 'cause
you're a witness of that. Now, if you... If I was having a healing
service and I come up and said, "Glory to God. Sick, sister?"
"Yes. I have TB"
"Glory to God." Lay hands on you. "Hallelujah. Receive your healing."
Now, many fine brothers, like Brother Oral Roberts and them, they're
real men of God. That's their gift. They say, "Glory to God. I believe
it. Do you?"
I believe you'd get well. Sure, I believe that. Yes, sir. I believe...
you'd go to your pastor, if you're a Christian, or whatever like that,
I believe it would do it.
E-134 But now, what if He comes and tells you something that you have
done. Now, you'd know whether that's true or not. And if He can tell
you what has been done, surely you could believe if He'd tell you what
will be done. Is that right? Now, how many believes that that would be
a witness, if He does it, that He is Jesus Christ the Messiah, same
yesterday, today, and forever?
Now, remember, not me, no. I'm like this microphone, a perfect mute.
How would I know? I've done confessed to you, and to her, and both to
one another, we don't--we never seen one another. So it will take a
power from somewhere.
E-135 Now, you could believe like some of them did, and say, "Thou art
the Son of God, the King of Israel." Or you could say, "Hmm. He's a
devil, fortuneteller, some kind of a bad spirit." Then that's between
you and God. See? I... Now, that's up to you to judge that. See? It
just depends your attitude towards it. But to me, it's Jesus Christ.
It's to me because it's promised.
And now, if He made a promise, and commissioned me, and give me them
signs... And many years ago I was in here with you people, and He gave
me a sign. If you'd put your hand on mine (How many remembers that?),
then I could tell you... If I'd hold still a few minutes, I wouldn't
have no control, but say "You have a tumor," or whatever it was. It was
perfect. Is that right?
E-136 And I told you that He told me if I would be reverent, and
believe, and would stay free (and that is, not go bumming for money,
and I've never took a offering in my life. See?), and everything, and
live true to Him, that it would come to pass that when I'd tell the
people the very secret of their heart and other things. They can't deny
that. See, see? You remember me prophesying that? Now, it's come to
E-137 Now, now, just be reverent. You say, "What are you waiting on,
Brother Branham?" For Him. I don't know that woman. If He don't anoint
me, I can't do it. That's just all.
How many ever seen the picture of that Angel of the Lord, that fire,
fiery Pillar? They've took it, and got it all over the world. Now, it's
in Washington D.C. in the religious hall of art: only supernatural
Being that was ever scientifically proven.
E-138 I'm just going to talk to you a minute to contact... Yes. Praise
the Lord. Here it is. I can't tell you how I know it, but I know He's
right here now. See? That's right. It's right here now. Thanks be to
the Lord. See? Here it is.
Now. You've got a skin disease that you want me to pray for. If that's
right, raise up your hand. Now, do you believe that with all your
heart? Now, you might say that I guessed that. See? Now, watch and see
if we guessed it. See? Be real reverent. Seems to be a nice person.
Now, right now I could not tell you what I told you first. Now, just a
minute. Yes, a skin disease, you have. Had it for some time, even been
prayed for for it. And then, you got something wrong with your side.
That's right. It was caused by an automobile accident. That's THUS
SAITH THE LORD. Now, you believe, don't you? In the Name of the Lord
Jesus Christ, I ask for her healing. Go, believing. Do you believe that
He's the same yesterday... the evening Lights of the Holy Spirit...?
E-139 How do you do? You and I are strangers to each other, first time
of our meeting. If I could heal you, I would. I only represent the
Healer (See?) as an ambassador commissioned, praying for His confir...
But if God will tell me what you're here for, do you believe me to be
His prophet, or His servant? You believe it?
One thing, it's shadowy around you: shows that you're suffering with a
nervous condition, mental upset, nervous condition. Gets worse in the
evening as the sun starts to set. That's right. Then another thing, you
have a growth that you're worried about. You believe God can tell me
where that growth is? It's on the right breast. Is that right? Do you
believe now? Now, there's something on me saying that, knowing that. Is
that right? You believe it to be God? Then Jesus said, "These signs
shall follow them that believe; if they lay their hands on the sick,
they shall recover." God bless you.
Have faith. Don't doubt. Just believe with all that's in you.
E-140 Little fellow there with the striped tie on, just quit worrying.
That arthritis is going to leave you, if you just believe with all your
heart. You was setting there waiting for that, wasn't you? If you ain't
got a prayer card, you don't need one. Just believe.
See, his faith touched something. You know that man didn't touch me.
He's twenty feet away from me. Is that right? But what did he touch?
The High Priest. I looked here at this woman; there was a man. I looked
and there was a man. I said, "It can't... The--there's... That's a
woman." I looked, there was a man. I watched. That light which is
hanging here, went over and held over by him. I seen him trying to get
out of the bed, like that. That's it. See? There he is. Let him be
evidence. Is that... You was setting, praying for that. Is that right?
Believe with all your heart now, and you'll get well.
E-141 "If thou canst believe, all things are possible." Just have
faith. Now, be real reverent. Excuse me. I was watching the Light moves
around through the building. I was just watching to see...
Now, I want to talk to you just a moment. Look like a good person to
me. We're strangers to one another; the Lord knows your troubles. He
knows me; He knows you. We're man and woman standing here meeting our
first time, with the Spirit... You are a Christian, and--and I can feel
the vibration there, it was of your spirit, you know, just moving. And
I know you're not a hitchhiker; you're a Christian. See? So then,
that's... What I mean hitchhiker, is just jump from place to place, you
know. You're borned again, you're a real Christian. I can feel your
welcoming (See?), and the Holy Spirit here welcomes that spirit,
because it's a kindred spirit. See? We're brother and sister.
You're not here for yourself. You're standing for somebody else, a
friend of yours is suffering with demon oppression. You believe that?
Put that handkerchief on them and don't doubt. It'll leave them. God
Have faith in God. Just believe with all your heart.
E-142 How do you do, lady? We're strangers to one another. Now,
somebody somewhere (God, where's it at?), somewhere in the audience
somebody... Something happened. "How you do know it, Brother Branham?"
Well, I just know it. See? See, it's just like... It's pulling the life
right out of you. You see? Something happened. Somebody got healed
somewhere. I don't know where it was, but maybe He will show me again.
E-143 We are strangers to one another, lady. I do not know you, but God
does know you. You're here for some purpose, maybe for somebody else,
maybe financial, domestic. Whatever it is, God can tell me. Will you
believe it? You will know if it's the truth. Keeps being a young person
come here, a vision breaking for a young person. Now, you believe with
all your heart, and God will grant it. If I can tell you, you know if I
don't know you, it'll have to come from some supernatural power.
E-144 Remember my sermon tonight, what I talked about? Now, look.
Perhaps if I would, like that Angel turned His back... Now, what if I
turn my back like this to where you're at. See? All right. Now, you
just--just say to the Lord Jesus, "Oh, God," just in your heart,
"reveal to Brother Branham what I'm here for, or something about me,"
and see if He does.
Yes, I can see the woman right now. She's suffering with an intestinal
trouble. That's right. It's growths in the intestines. It's true. Mrs.
Cathan, you can go home now and be made well, if you'll believe with
all your heart. Go...
E-145 You believe? Have faith. Do you realize that the very God that
wrote the Bible is moving in this little humble church here tonight?
Now, we are strangers to one another too, mister. I don't know you,
never seen you in my life. We're perfect strangers. Now, it's getting
me weak, folks. It's a...
That lady setting back there with constipation, setting the second one
in from the back, on the side of that row, there. It was you awhile ago
that was up here. If you believe with all your heart, it'll leave you.
E-146 What about that baby with that allergy? Do you believe that God
will heal it? There you are. Glory. The devil lost that. He did. God
bless you, sister, brother. Have faith in God. That's all you need.
It'll leave the baby, don't forget.
What did they touch? What did that lady touch for her baby? I don't
know them people, never seen them in my life. If we are strangers to
one another, raise up your hands there, folks, there where it's at,
the--the lady. Raise up your hand. That's... She was standing there
praying for that baby, and the Holy Spirit kept moving in there,
somewhere, and I seen there where it was. And I seen the little baby
with--with that condition. There she is. The baby will get well,
sister. Don't worry. Why? it's real light around there now. I know that
God answered. See? It'll leave the baby. I know it's going to be all
E-147 It's just coming everywhere from the audience now. It's so you
can't pick it out. It's just everywhere, just...?... Don't you believe
more now than you believed awhile ago? So you see it's just... It can
happen to every one of you if you just believe it. See, just believe it.
Excuse me, mister, I--I--I didn't... You know, I'm not beside myself,
but I just... I get real weak, and I just...
Jesus, one woman touched His garment and He said, "I perceive that
virtue has gone out." That's strength. And if He, the Son of God, what
about me, a sinner saved by grace?
E-148 Now, here is a man. Let it happen to this man, and then will all
of you believe? Anybody know this man? Does anybody know the man around
here? Oh, yes, it's... All right. Now, you know, let's see whether it's
right or not. The man is total stranger. I never seen him in my life;
we're total strangers to each other. But if the Holy Spirit can reveal
to me what you're here for, or what you want, or something about you
that you know that I know--I don't know nothing, then that would
convince you that it would have to be the Holy Spirit. Would it
convince all of you, and know that the same Holy Ghost that's here is
out there too, in all of us?
E-149 Your trouble is rectal trouble. It's a cyst in the rectum.
There's somebody else here praying about that. It's your wife out
there. She's having a persistent headaches all the time. That's right.
You got a child there too. That's right. You believe God can tell me
what's wrong with that child? It's a blood condition. You believe God
can tell me who you are? Would you believe me? You're a minister.
You're Reverend Mr. Mann. Go home, be made well.
E-150 You believe with all your heart? Just give God praise. Do you
believe, lady, with all your heart, setting there? Do you believe? Go
eat your supper. Your stomach trouble will leave you and you'll be all
Your back trouble's left also, sister, so you can just go across the
room and believe with all your heart that God's going to make you well.
You believe it? Go, shouting, saying, "Praise the Lord." All right,
with all your heart.
E-151 Nervousness is a bad thing, but God can heal it. Do you believe
that? Just go rejoicing, saying "Thank you, Lord." God makes it well.
Old tummy bothering you? Go eat. Jesus Christ makes you well. Have
faith. Your back's a bothering you, isn't it? Go, believe. Jesus Christ
makes you well. Have faith.
Nervousness? Believe God will heal you? Go be healed in Jesus' Name.
See what I mean? Isn't Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and
E-152 Now. Jesus said, "He that believeth on Me, the works that I do
shall he also." Is that right? Now, did Jesus say this, "These signs
shall follow them that believe"? How many believers are here? All
right. How many wants to be healed? Raise your hands. Then lay your
hands on one another. You're believers. That's right. He keeps His
Word. Do you believe it? If you'll believe it, you're going to see
something happen that you never seen before, if you'll believe it.
E-153 Now, bow your heads; lay... Don't pray for yourself; pray for the
person you've got your hands on. Pray now, sincerely. Believe
sincerely. Lay your hands on somebody and pray. Now, I'm going to pray
Heavenly Father, we come in the Name of the Lord Jesus. We come because
that Your Word has been confirmed; the commission is confirmed. Jesus
Christ, the Son of God, is in our presence in the form of the Holy
O God, these are Your people. They're suffering. Satan has bound them.
They know that You're here. The confirmation of Your Presence is here:
the Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Satan, you've lost the battle. Come out of them, Satan, in the Name of
Jesus Christ. I adjure thee to leave this audience, and come out of
this people that they might be made free in the Name of Jesus Christ.
If you believe it, stand on your feet and give God praise. That's the
idea. That's it. Raise your hands and give Him praise. Confirm,
confess, and believe your healing is come.