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The Lamb's Book Of Life
E-1 Morning, friends. It was kind of surprising for me to be here
today. I wasn't expecting to be here. I was going to be down in
Kentucky, and a very dear friend of mine took terribly sick, our
Brother Lyle...?... dying condition in the hospital. Mrs. Ferguson that
used to come here, her son dying also in the hospital... And so, I
didn't go and just stayed for them.
And Mr. Matheny, of the Pentecostal church in New Albany, on Silver
Street, just a past a... It's between... It's on Oak and Silver, I
think. And he... I was supposed to speak for him tonight, and I told
him... Canceled it out last Wednesday, told him I'd wait till I come
back from Indianapolis. And then just as I run into the hospital
yesterday to see Brother Lyle, why, the... I met him. And he said,
"Well, I see you didn't go."
And I said, "No."
He said, "Come on, speak anyhow."
So I guess, the Lord willing, I'll be down there tonight to speak for
Brother Matheny. And he... I told him that when we went down there, I
was going to have a healing service for him. And I usually like to fast
about three days before the healing service. So I told him I'd speak,
and if anyone there, we'd pray for them anyhow, just a--a regular
E-2 Now, we got one more week. A week from next Monday now, the
services begin at Cadle Tabernacle, in Indianapolis. And we trust that
the Lord will bless us up there in a exceeding great meeting. As a
child with Christmas anticipations, I'm waiting for that service. I...
Just something about serving the Lord. We get so tired sometimes till
it look like we can't go any farther. And then when you rest up just a
day or two, there's something strikes you, and--and you just got to go
again. It's... So today we are here for one purpose; that is, to serve
And just before we have prayer and the reading of the Word, I want to
apologize publicly to Brother Neville. Yesterday, I stayed home from
down in Kentucky yesterday a purposely to preach for him on the
E-3 Next Saturday, if God willing, and Brother Neville willing, I want
to speak on the morning broadcast next Saturday for Brother Neville.
And so, he was so gracious to forgive me, easy, as he said... I guess I
took advantage of him. And he's one of those guys that can... I can
pass the compliment back. And expecting somebody...
E-4 And what got me upset was early that morning when they called me to
Brother Lyle, and them, in New Albany. And I... It was just about ten
minutes to nine o'clock, and I said, "Oh, I was supposed to be on that
broadcast in ten minutes." And here, me in Jeffersonville, him down
there waiting for me. So I...
Brother Wood called him yesterday, and I thought I'd let Brother Wood
apologize for me, first, you know. So he just pentalized it to make me
speak this morning, and come on down. So here we was. And so he...
We trust that--that God will--will be in our services. I have nothing
premeditated, don't even know where to begin in the Scriptures, just
picked up my Bible a few moments ago, and run down.
I had to get my Collins' Bible, 'cause it's got a little bigger print.
And I... I'm past forty, you know. So when you get forty years old,
anything close to you, you don't see it like you used to, you know,
and... How many knows that to be true...?... Yes, sir.
E-5 Here not long ago I thought, "Say, there's something wrong with me.
I can't wear a green glass or a brown glass." Never could: make me sick
at my stomach. So I said, "There's something wrong." I called up Dr.
Adair, and I said, "Doc, what color... Could you examine my eyes, and
tell me what color glasses I have to have?"
He said, "Me, I might tell you what." Said, "I tell you; I'll just send
you to--over to Louisville to some specialist there on that."
"Well," I said, "I don't want no eye examination." I said, "Now, I got
good eyes. I can't stand to see a hair laying there on the floor."
He said, "But better give you and examination anyhow, and he will tell
you what color you have to have."
So I went over there. And come to find out, he was a Christian brother,
wanted to go back to Africa with me and do some operations. Said, "Now,
them natives are very odd. See? So they won't let no knife come along.
But they love you. And I want to give six months of free service to
taking cataracts and things like that, to the natives." And he said,
"When you go over," said, "I'd like to give six months of my life to
the Lord's service."
I said, "Doc, do you believe in Divine healing?"
He said, "Every word of it." And he give me a testimony about one time
when he was a throat and eye specialist... He said they called him. A
little baby had swallowed one of those whistles, and got it caught in
his throat. Said, "I went there, and the baby was just going away."
They run it to the hospital. And there's nothing you could do. Said, "I
didn't know what to do." So he said, "I just like stepped out in the
room, and I said, "Dear Heavenly Father, help me to know, somehow, what
to do for that poor baby that's dying, and I can't get nothing around
to jerk it. And I don't know what to do." And said, "The baby went
[Brother Branham coughs--Ed.], and the whistle flew out on the floor.
He said, "How could I keep from believing?" Prayer changes things.
E-6 So he told me... We set there and talked a little while. And he had
that little dark room, and he had the little thing come on there, and I
seen a little red light. He said, "Can you read that? I see it said
I said, "Yes, sir." I could read it, either way, twenty-twenty. Then he
put fifteen-fifteen; I'd read it. And ten-ten, I could read it.
He said, "Well, there's not too much wrong with your eyes." then he put
a little telescope out here with a... Said, "Read that for me."
And I noticed it. I could read it fine. He kept getting closer, closer.
I begin to slow up on my reading. When he got about like this, I quit.
He said, "I'll tell you before I ask you. You're past forty."
I said, "Yep. That's right. I said, "I'm forty-five."
And he said--he said, "Well, when a man passes forty," said, "I don't
see how you got by with it this long." Just like your hair gets gray,
your skin gets wrinkled, hairs come in your ears, and so forth." Mr.
Egan can tell you that as a barber. "And when you pass forty years
old," said, "your eyeballs gets flat, and it won't dilate." Said, "I'll
tell you how to do it." Said, "Now, you squint your eyes real close
together and read that." Well, Brother, I could read it if it was that
close to me, squinting my eyes. I put my hands like that, and make a
little telescope like, you could read it. It isn't nothing wrong with
your eyes, it's just the nature. Forty years old people has to wear
And so he wanted to make me some. And well, He did. But I---I never did
like the things. You see? And I--I always never think about them. And I
read sometime, and...
E-7 But I just got me a Collins' Bible, which is a little bit bigger
print. And I thought, "Well, I just can't get used to wearing them."
You see? And you don't... You don't look... If I'd look off out like
that, you can't see nothing. But you look down close, then it brings it
up to you.
He said, "Now, you start reading like this, and the first thing you
know, you keep pushing your hand back. After while, your arm's not long
enough to reach out to it. So that's--that's the way it is. And so...
Now the--the Lord bless.
Now, I want to ask you something this morning before we start into the
Sunday school lesson. What--what is value? I been thinking on it. If I
had enough throat this morning, I'd preach on that subject. But my
throat's bad, and I've got this meeting coming up here in New Albany
tonight. And then also I got... The--the campaigns are starting. I just
want to teach awhile this morning from some Scripture.
E-8 But what is value? My mother, I don't guess she's here. I don't see
her anywhere. Is she? Yes. Mom, you're getting little. So I asked her
yesterday. I asked her the subject, 'cause I been studying on it. You
ever get a thing on your mind, just start studying? Brother Ledford,
you've done that a many time. You just start studying.
What is value? And I begin to think. I said, "You know, if I had a
hundred million dollars laying here in a pile, and I had a little
button here, if I press this button, I lose my hundred million dollars,
but I get to talk with my old dad that's gone on, as one hour a mortal
being again, what would I do? No hesitation, I'd press the button. I'd
give a hundred million dollars this morning, to sit my dad down in this
chair while I teach this lesson.
But what's money worth? How much more is a soul than money? See?
Mama, you remember when I had that little old T-model Ford, the little
old '26 model? How I'd polish that thing. I was just a kid about
sixteen, seventeen years old. And I was a sinner then. And sometimes...
I was working with Mr. Ginther back there. And I'd...
E-9 After Sunday afternoon, Sunday morning, I'd go down and sharpen all
the bits, and things for the air compressor, and clean it up. Sunday
afternoon, I'd polish that little old Ford till it looked like the
paint would almost come off of it.
What if I tried this morning to find one piece of that Ford? What if I
tried to find one of those bits off that air compressor? The same time
I could been winning souls, I was polishing my Ford. I wonder where
I worked on Sunday mornings up there, as much as they'd let me. I
appreciated it, 'cause I was in debt. And I... But where--where did it
get me? What did it win?
Brother Ledford, what if somebody come to you and I, and Brother
Neville, this morning, all of us here, the three of us, rather, and
say, "Ministers, I'm going to give each of you a million dollars,"
somebody was wor--worth, that could do it...
And I'd say, "Now, Brother Ledford, Brother Neville, I'll tell you what
let us do. Let us go out and find all the poor people that we can.
Let's make every little home happy by giving the kiddies some clothes,
and paying off the mortgage, or buying this little place." We'd never
miss it. A million dollars apiece. why, the interest off of it, would
take care of it as much as we could do with that, put in some good
investment, or something. And then what would we do?
That would be fine. That... Not let nobody know nothing about it. Our
hearts would feel satisfied. But now, in a hundred years from today...
Brethren, it would take a miracle of God, if we're still living a
hundred years from today. You know that. Now, we'd be in eternity. What
good would the million dollars do, or all the feeding of the poor, and
things that we've done? See? It wouldn't amount to very much. If I had
a billion this morning, what good would it do us after we're gone?
E-10 But let me tell you something. We haven't got that money. You're
poor men. All of us are. That's right. We live by the alms of the
people, being ministers. But, brother, in Africa one little black boy
about this high, or a prostitute off the street yonder in Louisville,
one soul saved, in eternity when that star is a shining yonder, our
name will wrapped into it. There's your value. It isn't how much you
got, how much you desire; it's how much you can do towards saving souls
for Christ Jesus. Our money will fade.
E-11 Now, you polish that little old Ford, and this morning, setting up
there in the garage is a Cadillac that they give me. But one of these
days that Cadillac will be like the Ford is; it'll be no more. But God
will still be the same.
E-12 But if I get a soul saved for Christ, brother, as long as there's
an eternity, the glory of God will rest on that soul. So what is value
anyhow? What good does it do when the struggles is in your throat, and
the doctor sees the pulse coming up your sleeve. What good's all the
money and all the popularity? People to pat you on the back, or you
become a great person, what good does that do you? Not a bit. It
vanishes and stays here on the earth.
But one soul saved, you'll see your name wrapped into it as long as the
morning star shall glitter in...?... So let's save souls, brethren.
Each one. You housewives, you don't have to be a preacher. You do
something for the glory of God. Remember, eternal things is what lasts
forever, and that's getting souls saved. Let that be the first thing of
all your work, and all your ideas, and all your motives.
E-13 Yesterday, standing by, holding a mother's hand, my arm around
her, and her chin quivering, and her boy laying there dying... She
said, "Billy, I--I've longed and longed for you to come back to the
I said, "Sister, Ferguson, I--I'd like to do that." She said... I said,
"Well, look, sister, Oh, I could get maybe fifty souls saved here in
the Tabernacle. That'd be a good crop for a year. I can get a hundred
thousand of them saved in some other land." See? When I walk into
glory, I don't want to... God had saved me. He done saved me. That's
settled. But the thing of it is, when I get there, I want to look
around and see the stars shining. Amen. I want to see something that
If I--if I would've died and I was a great man, a president like
Lincoln or something like that, they'd build a big memorial, but one
day it wouldn't be. But one soul saved in glory, your name will be
wrapped in that as long as there's an eternity rolling on.
E-14 Well, let us pray now. Our heavenly Father, we so humbly come to
Thee this morning. God, I'm glad that I woke up about twenty-five years
ago to the fact that--that happiness does not consist of the things of
this world. It consists of the eternal things, what makes us happy in
our soul. And how thankful I am this morning, and grateful to You, for
Your salvation and Your grace that's permitted me, Lord, to see around
a million souls kneel at the altar.
O God, some glorious day when I cross over, I hope to see them all
shining there as stars. My brethren here, my sisters, this morning,
each one feels the same way. There were a part in that, Lord, by their
prayers, and supplications, and holding onto God, praying, talking to
others, and speaking highly of the things of God. And we trust today,
God, if there be any in here that's not just where they should be, or
not yet accepted Christ as they should have, may this be the day that
their one, immortal, eternal decision will be made to serve You. Grant
May every Christian in here, may their heart burn within them to go out
somewhere in the hedges and highways and to bring in lost souls, no
matter how humble it is. They might bring in one soul that would bring
in a million behind it. We don't know what we're doing. Till sometimes
these little mothers wonder, Lord. But they never know what they're
speaking of when they're talking to a young person, or some old person,
or something about their soul. Grant, Lord.
E-15 Now, get into the Word, Lord. You are in the Word. And give us
faith to make the Word live and act today in our lives and our beings.
For we ask it in His Name and for His glory. Amen.
E-16 I'm not sure whether it was Dwight Moody. I believe it was, the
shoe cobbler of Boston. One day, a little woman in the early Methodist
days, she wanted to do something for the Lord. So she was washing. And
she saved her money to get a dollar and a half, I believe, to have an
old preacher to come preach for her. And she had to rent a livery
stable for a quarter, or something for that night, cleaned out the
stable, and put the--a little wash bench down for an altar.
And just to show you how simple it is to you housewives now... You say,
"Oh, Brother Branham, if I could preach." You don't have to. You just.
Your testimony, your influence, your life... And she got some tracts
and went out in the corner, advertising the meeting, and passing them
out. Every time somebody'd get a hold of it, they'd throw it down.
"Holy-roller, fanatic," walk on. See?
E-17 A little old boy come by with ragged trousers, his daddy's
suspenders up over his shoulders, hair hanging down his face, said,
"Lady, what you giving away?"
Said, "A tract, son." She handed it to him like that.
He looked at it, said, "I can't read."
Said, "Well, it says there'll be a meeting tonight up here."
Oh, said, "It will? You mind if I come?"
Said, "You want? You must come, honey, if you can."
"All right. I'll do that."
That night after all of her efforts and weak. The old faithful minister
come, got into the pulpit, and prayed, sung a song, him and the lady.
She set out in his audience. After while, staggered in the door, was
that little ragged-looking kid with the hair hanging down in his face.
You know who that was? Dwight Moody. That night he knelt at the altar:
sent a million souls to God.
See, you don't know what you're doing. Speak a little word for Jesus,
testify, sing, or pray. And like bread upon the water, it will return
to you someday. That's right. All right. Just remember; don't fail.
Don't fail. Win some souls. Whatever, you do, win souls.
E-18 I--I'm glad to see our people here this morning, none of them
poverty as I know of, all wearing good clothes, and you're clean,
intelligent-looking people. I'm so thankful to God to know that you're
I come here, friends, one time during the depression when I preached in
overalls, and you walked the miles and--in here, and across the
country, and not enough to eat. And I know. That's right. I remember
it. God's blessed us, and we're grateful to Him. See? But this morning
(See?), how you look different this morning. I'm thankful for that. But
never let that stop you; remember where it come from: from Above. And
win a soul there, that'll last forever.
And maybe, the biggest part of you probably has a little bank account
somewhere. I'm glad for that. And may God just richly bless that. But
don't let that stand in your way of winning a soul. That's right. Keep
E-19 Now, I was thinking about maybe... I asked Brother Neville, or...
You have no certain Sunday school lesson, so we just teach from
anywhere, and somewhere in the Bible. And I thought about teaching this
morning, as I was coming down, 'fore I come into the room, about on the
book of Revelations. Then I remembered that a radio program is running
a--a series on the book of Revelations. Charles Fuller, I think is
running a book. And Brother Fuller is a typologist himself, and I was
afraid we'd kind of get together on that, and you've already heard some
E-20 So then I thought we'd go over to the Book of Hebrews as a good...
How many like the Book of Hebrews? Oh, it's great.
[Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.]... of that... Let's go over to about the 10th
chapter. I think that's a beautiful chapter. I don't know whether I've
ever taught on it, probably have here, part of it. Usually get two or
three verses, and then that settles it, and we get started off in the
You know, sometime when I come in on a vacation, I'm just so hungry to
get one more time where I can settle down at the Tabernacle or
somewhere here, and just have a series of study, like we used to take
the Bible, just like on a certain book, and just go, just comb it back
and forth through the Scriptures like this. It places and establishes
our faith. That's what these lessons are for, is to establish our faith.
Now, in the 10th chapter of Hebrews... I don't know why, just setting
in there, I just turned to it. And we want to read from here for a
little lesson and teach it. As we get down here, find out we've been
into it before, then I'll... We'll turn over to something else, or
maybe the Lord will lead us to something else.
E-21 Now, don't forget the services tonight at the Tabernacle here.
Brother will be speaking to us tonight. And if you got any friends
around New Albany down there, Brother Matheny's, we'll be speak there a
little while tonight. And then, Wednesday night, and Brother Junior
I heard him "Amen" awhile ago, but I've never been able to find him.
And he's in the building. And his is Thursday night, and--and I believe
he has Sunday night. Where you at, Junior? I can't place you. Oh, no
wonder, you're setting behind that big fellow back there. You're...
What? Is your service on Fri--Sunday night too, is it, Junior? [Brother
Jackson says, "That's right."--Ed.] Thursday and Sunday. ["Right."] All
right. And his services is tonight. And he's out on State street in New
Albany, State and um... ["Monroe"] Monroe.
Brother Ginther, you can see it's been a long time since I read meters
or fixed any services. I forgot all the streets. But there's... I still
love the same Lord Jesus that was with us then, when--helped me in
those days. I was telling a brother awhile ago. I used to go down there
when I would be reading meters, and knock on the door to read the
meter, and pull out my Bible and read awhile 'fore the lady got the
door, something like that.
E-22 And find a little old empty building. 'Course you can't find them
now, where someone that moved out. Go in there, and go back in the shed
and kneel down and pray. That was the making. That was the thing that
established it there, looking to Him.
Now, the Book of Hebrews is the--the dividing between law and grace.
How many knows that we live by grace and not by law? I believe the
writer, no one knows exactly, but it's so much like Paul, till I like
to call it Paul's writing. And he was speaking to the Hebrews. Now, the
Gospel had already gone to the Gentiles, because the Jews had turned it
down, and they had went to the Gentiles with the Gospel. And now, Paul
was writing back to the Hebrews, for many of them wanted to come back
under the law, keep the law and still believe in Christ.
E-23 And you know, that still exists today? There's people today who
tries to keep the law of the Old Testament, and still be Christian,
when one is very contrary to the other. If you do one part of the law,
you have to do it all. "You're indebtor says the Bible to do all the
law, so if you do part of it. And then if you keep the law, as the
sacrifice, and Sabbath, and obligations, and eatings, and washings, and
so forth, under the law. But we're not under the law now, we're under
grace. And Paul is trying to show where the law was a shadow. Now, in
the beginning here we see that.
For the law, having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very
image of the things, can never, with those sacrifices which they
offered year by year, continually, make the comer unto perfect.
Oh, my, wouldn't that make a sermon right there? See, see? Now, the law
was a shadow of things to come.
E-24 Let's get over here just a minute. Turn with me back to, I
believe, it's the 12th chapter of Revelations. Let's get over in that
just a moment and see if we can't get just a little bit of something
good right here to start with, thinking of shadow. Now, let's--let's
read again now, you with your Bible.
And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman... (What does
woman represent in the Bible? Church.)... a woman clothed with the
sun,... (That was her garment she had on. See?)... and the moon under
her feet, and upon her head a crown and twelve stars:
And she being with child cried, in travail in birth and pain to be
Notice, a woman appeared in the sky to the--the vision of John the
Revelator, and the--she was clothed with the sun. And the moon was
under her feet, and she had twelve stars in her crown. Now, what does
that symbol? Visions are symbols.
E-25 Now, the woman is the church, and the church was... The moon was
under her feet. In other words, it was still shining. But she was above
it, because she'd already become in a condition that she was bearing a
child. She was travailing in birth. And the moon was passing away, and
the sun was shining.
Now, the moon is... What makes the moon light, is the sun shining on
it. It's just a shadow of the sun. And therefore, the moon had lived
its day out, and the sun was rising. The woman wasn't clothed with the
moon; she was clothed with the sun. It was a Gospel church coming into
existence. The old orthodox church...
E-26 Now, you say, "Well, was that the orthodox?" Yes. Jesus first came
to the Jew and not the Gentile. See? He--He commissioned His disciples
not to go to any Gentile. He said he came to His own, and His own
received Him not. Watch. He said as He commissioned them in the 10th
chapter of Saint Matthew; He said, "Go not in the way of the Gentiles,
but go rather, to the lost sheep of Israel. And as you go, preach,
saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' See? Don't go in the ways
of the city of Samaria, or any of the rest the way, but go first to the
lost sheep of Israel."
That's the reason the glorious sunlight was shining around the woman,
and she, being in pain, travailing to give birth to this child...
And she brought forth a man Child who was to rule all nations with a
rod of iron...
And the dragon stood by the woman, which is Rome, to devour the Child
as soon as it was born. And Rome did persecute the Child. They sent
forth and killed all the children from two years old up, or two year
old down, rather, that they might kill Christ, and catch Him in the
Herod made this issue. But the woman's child was caught up to God, from
the resurrection was caught up to God and sets on the right hand of God.
Now, that would just cut loose all the man Child doctrine, wouldn't it?
E-27 But now, the law (Hebrews 10 again) having a shadow of things to
come, and not the very image, but the shadow...
Now, the other night I was discussing with a very fine person on the
doctrine of the millennium. I said, "I believe in the millennium,
because there's too many shadows of the Old Testament that speaks that
there will be a millennium. There's got to be: too many shadows."
They said, "Will the church go through the tribulation?"
I said, "No. The church can't go through the tribulation. It's got to
go before the tribulation: too many shadows." Look, that Noah in the
beginning... Noah, all the Old testament, all the law and how it was a
shadow of good things to come. Now, before the tribulation period
E-28 Enoch... the... but--a Noah--Noah was a type that was carried over
like the sleeping virgin. But Enoch was translated just before the
tribulation struck. And Enoch was took up, and was found not, because
God took him: the type of the going forth of the going forth of the
church. And Noah watched him. When he seen Enoch go, he knew it was
time to enter the ark, for to be carried through the tribulation.
The Bible said there was ten virgins went out to meet the bridegroom,
and five were wise; five were foolish. And they were all virgins, every
one of them. But five was wise. And they had oil in their lamp. And
they went out to meet the bridegroom. And the bridegroom came. And the
ones that had oil, went in.
See, the translation, going with the Bridegroom. But those who were
left behind, they come and wanted in too just like those who come and
knocked on the door of the ark. "Noah, let us in." But God closed the
No, friend of mine, one of these days God's going to give you your
final call, then the door's going to be closed between mercy, and
judgment. Don't be left out. Get in now while you can. Don't pay no
attention to what the world says. Get into Christ, for those that are
in Christ will God bring with Him. See?
E-29 Then this wise virgin went away in the translation. And these
others who came and knocked on the door, what happened? What taken
place? The Bible said they were cast into outer darkness, where there
were weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth.
Israel, when the tribulation period hit Egypt, there wasn't one thing
ever struck Egypt--the Israelites, because they were in God's provided
place: Goshen, no tribulations at all. See? The rest of them was in the
tribulation, but not this one. Now, all those things being shadows,
they've got to type something.
And then as we see the forecoming of the Lord, we see how people walked
in those days, and see how people got heady, high-minded, lovers of
pleasure more than lovers of God. That's the way it is today. Men are
walking after their own ungodly lusts. It's become to the thing. Excuse
this expression, my sisters, but it's come to real moral decency is a
thing, almost, of the past, among our people.
E-30 Yesterday in Saint Edward's hospital I heard a doctor tearing a
girl to pieces back there. He got up the steps where I could shake his
hand. Everybody in the hospital was listening and looking. It was the
girl back there, some of you little ungodly clothes on, little britches
like. You know what the Bible says about that? He says it's an
abomination in the sight of God for a woman to wear trousers like a
man. Right. And there she was.
Well, the doctor said... A little crippled fellow. I know him, but I
can't think of his name. He said, "Do you mean to tell me that the
sister let you get in this hospital like that?" Said, "Why, you're a
disgrace to the hospital. Get out of here."
I said, "Boy, I want to shake your hand." Certainly.
Said, "How did you ever get by the front? Ain't you ashamed of yourself
to come in here dressed like that?"
I thought, "Oh, brother, that's right. I'm not..." A man with enough
courage to call right, right, and wrong wrong, regardless of who he
E-31 But the thing of decency. Oh, may I... You'll forgive me won't
you? I want to stop here just a minute. Now, I want, maybe straighten
this up just a little, my dear beloved friend. Don't think that Brother
Branham's trying to be rude. I'm not. I'm only trying to tell truth.
And what I know that yonder in glory some day, if I'd see your life
smutted out, and then I know that I was the cause of it, knowing truth
and wouldn't tell it... No, I lay it off of my shoulders unto yours.
You make your decision.
Our women that dress like that has an evil spirit. See? There's only
one thing in the Scripture ever did that. That was the devil stripped
the people. Look, now, I don't mean to say you're immoral. I don't mean
that, my dear sister. But you're in the trend of the day in such way
until you just simply, you think it's nice because the others do it.
And you don't realize that that's the Devil a doing that. Sure it is.
You're not popular; you're crazy. Excuse the expression. Well, that's
right. I mean you're...?... the thing away from God.
E-32 Oh, God's Holy Spirit, not always striving with man, not willing
that any should perish, but that all might come to repentance... And
God, give us the courage in the day that when preachers... Here's where
it started from, is because your pastor at the platform puts up with
it. That's right. You ought to be excommunicated.
If I had a church and women did that in the church, immediately would
they go off from the church books. Yes, sir, right there, they need
straightened up. That's right, correctly. God hold them responsible.
E-33 But today I went out to Saint Joseph. I'm constantly on these
hospital calls, these emergencies. Went out there to see a little baby
dying, cancer, or kidneys condition, taken out one kidney, only two or
three days old. And how that the poor little fellow...
And there I noticed in the Catholic hospital, so nice and generous. I
go to a Protestant hospital, there was a dying lady. And I walked over
to put my hands on, the chaplain started, said... And I let him know
that I was the same denomination he belonged to. He said, "Ah ah,
don't, don't, don't, don't do that. Don't put your hand on her."
I said, "The Bible said..."
"Aw, get out." Said, "That stuffs no good. That... We don't want you
put your hands on a sick person in here."
See how it is? And that's the reason the Catholic church is swallowing
them up by the thousands (That's right.), because the Protestant hasn't
went deep enough in God to have an experience to know what real,
old-time, heartfelt salvation, the power of God is. There's your
There's a your filled class, waiting for the coming of the Lord. Amen.
There you are.
E-34 Notice, the law having a shadow... All these things that we see
now are shadows, was shadows; and now they're becoming positive.
Just like a tree coming up, and then it becomes a branch, then it goes
off into seed to produce the same kind of seed that went into the
ground. All these things come out of Genesis. And today...
E-35 Now, but these worshippers who came under the shadow, could never
be made perfect. Let's dwell on that word there. Never... Were offered
year after year, continually, make the comer unto perfect. I want you
let... Haven't you heard many times the people say, "Oh, there's none
perfect." That's right. You can't be perfect in the sight of your
fellow man. But you've got to be perfect or you'll never go to heaven.
The Bible said, Jesus speaking in the beatitudes, Matthew, said, "Be ye
therefore perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect." Then
you've got to be just as perfect as God is, or you're lost. Now, how
you going to do it? See? Now, one little mistake and you're lost. One
little flap of the eye and you're gone; 'cause nothing can enter in to
those places but perfect.
E-36 God put Satan up there one time as an angel, which he was, the son
of the morning. And he took the good things of God and perverted them
into evil. God's sure that nothing will enter there that'll ever do it
Now, you've got to be perfect. Jesus said, "Be ye therefore perfect,
even as your Father in heaven is perfect." Now, how you going to be
when you're continually sinning, when you're continually doing what's
Now, this will kinda put a little kink in the legalist. But notice, it
isn't what you do; it's what God has done. It's not what you do; it's
what He done. See? You can't be perfect. You can't be in yourself. But
in Christ, you are perfected. You're not trusting in your own good
works, or your own church you belong to, but you're trusting in the
shed Blood of the Lord Jesus. There you are. That's what makes you
perfect. There's what anchors your faith.
E-37 Then on Divine healing, the same way. I'm not trusting the way I
feel. If I did, I'd be in the bed this morning. But I'm trusting on His
finished work. He said it; He promised it; I believe it. See? That's
it. "Be ye therefore perfect."
Now, oh, may we get just a little bit to one side, something wrote up
in my heart. Let me ask you something. We're living in the day of
judgment now, not the great judgment, but the calling out of the
Church. You believe it? [Congregation says, "Amen."--Ed.] We're living
in the days of the segregation. There's a...?... a color segregation,
trying to rise in the country. That's nonsense.
But there is a real segregation time: right from wrong. God separates
His people, calls them out. Do you know that very word "church" means
"segregated, called out, separated"? Amen. "Come out from among them,"
says the Bible. "Be not partakers of their sin and of their
uncleanliness. And I will receive you unto Myself, and you'll be sons
and daughters unto Me. And I'll be God unto you. Come out." It's a
separating time. And so much the more as you see this day approaching...
E-38 The church that once tried to walk, they denominated themselves,
and now they becoming one great big conglomeration of living like the
world. See? Just as the Bible said they did in the Old Testament, so
did they. Many of them, God called them out, showed them miracles and
wonders. And the whole generation perished in the wilderness, after
they had seen miracles, after God had performed miracles on them, after
they had seen the glory of God. But in their heart they were
unbelievers, murmur to God, complainers. God just said, "Separate
yourself, Moses." And He started a new generation to take them over
into the promised land.
E-39 Notice, how many in here this morning are Christians? Would you
raise your hands? Just raise your hands up, "I'm a Christian." God be
praised that you are a Christian. How did you become Christians?
Because you said, "I--I want to become a Christian," because that you
sought God with tears? Because God, by grace, called you. That's right.
Not because you sought Him, because He sought you.
Now, if you notice, on the Baptist side, or the Presbyterian, the
Arminian belief, they all go to seed. They say, "Well if God called me,
hallelujah, then I'm all right. I'll do what I want to." That shows you
haven't got it and wasn't called. That's right. If God calls you,
you'll love Him so divinely; the things of the world will be dead to
The young fellow setting back there, taking recordings now, he asked me
coming in, which is one of my brethren, Mr. Mercier. And he takes
recordings of the Messages and the meetings, and his partner, Leo,
and--and Gene back there... Leo said to me, coming in this morning, he
said; "Brother Branham, which was first: faith produces love, or love
E-40 I said, "Love produces faith, not faith, love." You have to love
first, before you can have faith. So if you say you got faith, and
don't Divinely love God, you're faith's in vain. See? You've got to
love God. Therefore, you could join all the churches in the country, do
anything you wanted to, make all the confessions you want to, but if
there is a genuine, real Holy Spirit, borned again love in your heart
for God, your faith's in vain. No matter how much you confess that you
believe God, that has nothing to do with it. It's got to be borned in
the human heart. Then you got Eternal Life, can never be separated from
Now, if we had time, seeing there's not many of you with Bibles, but
over in the Book of the Revelations... Listen now. Put on your thinking
cap and open up your heart. I want to say something here now. I want
you to listen close, while the Holy Spirit is near.
E-41 The Bible said in the Revelation, that the antichrist would come
in the last day, and that he would be so rude. And over in Saint
Matthew also, 24th chapter, Jesus speaking, said when the antichrist
would come, that he'd--he'd be so close, like the real work of God,
till he would deceive the very elect, if possible. Watch. Deceive the
very elect... The elect, where does it come from? From the word
"elected." He would deceive the very elected, if it was possible. See?
But it isn't. Praise God for that. It is impossible.
Like over Hebrews the 6th chapter, he said, "For it is impossible for
those who were once enlightened, and have been partakers of the Holy
Ghost, and have tasted the heavenly gift and the power of the world to
come, if they would turn and renew themselves unto repentance..." It's
impossible, can't be done. That's right.
E-42 It can be impersonated; it can be pretended. People can act like
they're so-and-so, and they can be swayed with every little thing. But
a man that's ever borned of the Spirit of God, his--his course is set
towards the North Star. Hallelujah. And all hell will never shake him.
That's right. I don't say he won't make mistakes; I won't say he won't
slip and fall. That's right. But as soon as he can get his feet again,
he's eyes is set on the Star yonder, and he moves on. Sure.
Elected. Now, the Bible says... And I know that's the Word of the
living God. The Bible said this. Listen now. See?
"And the beast, and the false prophet (p-r-o-p-h-e-t, singular,) and
the beast of power, the trinity of hell, just like the trinity of
God... Now watch. And he caused all, both small, great (That's rich or
poor.), bond or free, male or female, man or a woman, child, or whoever
who it was. He caused all, both small and great, to receive a mark in
their forehead, and are sealed into the kingdom of darkness.
Now, there's two seals a going on today. And you don't know just what
time... Oh, brother, let this go way down deep. You don't know what
time, that you that's on the borderline today is going to make your
final decision. That's right. You can't totter too long. "My Spirit
will not always strive with man." So you may toddle along for a while,
but, "My Spirit will not always strive with men being on the
E-43 Notice, the mark of the beast is the mark of an apostasy, the
devil, the works of the devil. Jesus said, "By their church membership,
by their theology, by their seminary experience? By their fruit you
shall know them."
Now, so the fruit of the Holy Spirit is love, joy, peace,
long-suffering, goodness, gentleness, patience, meekness. That's the
fruit of the Spirit. And the fruit, that's the mark of the Holy Spirit,
showing that Divine love has anchored in the heart and the things of
the world is dead.
Now, the mark of the devil is impersonation: works, not grace. The
works shadow things to come. Hypocrisy, going to church, pretending to
be a Christian, living like the world, having affairs with the world,
going out and acting like the world. And so very close till both sides
will be looking exactly, deceive the very elect.
Here's a church member, goes to church regular, a very fine person,
goes to church, good person, morally good; but yet, right down in the
depths of their innermost being there's never experience of Jesus
Look at Esau and Jacob. Why, Esau was twice as good a guy as Jacob;
sure he was. But Jacob had one thing. He had recompense to the reward.
He seen that birthright and counted it the greatest thing on earth.
E-44 And today we come out of count going to church, hearing Doctor
so-and-so, or Brother so-and-so speak, doing things like that, or
joining a fine church, with a nice group going on, nice revival. We
call that doing something good. That isn't it.
God looks on the heart. And the heart of Jacob, he didn't care what
anything come and go, there was one solid purpose for him, that's to
get that birthright.
There's a real believer today. Let the world call you whatever they
want to; let them say you're a fanatic if they want to. They called
Jesus Beelzebub. "How much more will they call you," He said. "Blessed
are ye when men shall persecute you, say all manner of evil against
you, falsely, for My sake. Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad, 'cause
great is your reward in heaven. For so persecuted they the prophets
before you." You see it?
Now, what is the Seal of God then? Ephesians 4:30 said, "Grieve not the
Holy Spirit." The what? Ephesians 4:30, you that's marking it. "Grieve
not the Holy Spirit."
E-45 Now, I know some of them says it's this or that, or the other, but
when... No matter. The Bible said, "Let every man's word be a lie, and
Mine be true." Some says keeping days is the mark, and some says doing
this is a mark, and some says being witness of this is a mark. But the
Bible said, "Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby you are sealed
until the day of your redemption." How long? Until the day of your
How can it be done? Could God make a mistake. Could He give a man the
Holy Ghost, and Him be an infinite knows from the beginning to the end,
would give a man the Holy Ghost and promise him Eternal Life, and then
turn around and take it away from him? That would make Him finite like
me and you, subject to mistakes. But thanks be to God, our heavenly
Father makes no mistakes. Certainly, He can't make a mistake. From the
beginning He was infinite, and He will be at the end. He can't make
mistakes. He's perfect.
E-46 Notice, now I'm going back into the--into the Hebrews again. "Now
be ye therefore perfect..." Now, I'm going to skip over now, and go
into the Revelation.
"And he caused all both great, old, young, male and female, bond and
free, to receive a mark in their forehead and in their hand. And he
deceived all except those whose names were written in the Lamb's Book
of Life." He deceived all, the whole earth: the religious cults, he
received the pretended Christian; he deceived the church member; he
deceived the moral man; he deceived the good man; he deceived the
so-called preacher; he deceived the so-called Christian. He deceived
all with his great propaganda, saying, "We're all one big church, and
we ought to all unite together, and have the things of the world and
the church and state uniting, what are... We'll settle all wars
Thousands of mothers, millions of them, would say, "That's the thing we
want." Watch where it comes from, sister. Watch where the backgrounds
of it is. "And he deceived all whose names were not written in the
Lamb's Book of Life."
E-47 Now, are you ready? Here it is. It's a double barrel, and a heavy
load. Listen at it. Now, he deceived all whose names were not written
in the Lamb's Book of Life from the time they joined the church? from
the time in the revival? Their names were written in the Lamb's Book of
Life when they come into the church? No. "Names were written in the
Lamb's Book of Life from the foundation of the world." Amen. That does
it. You get it?
That's been looked over for hundreds of years amongst teachers. But
look, the Christian's name was not written in the Lamb's Book of Life
when He came to the altar. The Bible said his name was written in the
Lamb's Book of Life all the way from the foundation of the world. "No
man can come to Me except My Father draws Him. And all that comes, I'll
give him Everlasting Life, and will raise him up at the last day."
E-48 What we scared about? Listen to me, my weary brother, the Bible
said that Jesus was the Lamb of God, slain from the foundation of the
world. Notice. Oh, my, how this burns your heart, how this gives you
the hope. Way back before the foundation of the world, when Satan
perverted to evil. God being infinite, looked down through the stream
of time and saw the end: foreknowledge.
If He don't know all things, you have a limited God. You've made Him
finite like you and I. But God is unlimited. God's power, God's
knowledge, everything, He's the omnipotent. Way back before the
foundation of the world, when Satan done the evil, 'cause Satan had in
his mind what he was going to do, then God seen how He could counteract
The Bible said, "In the beginning was the Word (Saint John 1), and the
Word was with God, and the Word was God." In the beginning, when time
begin... It was eternity, before that. This is in time we're talking
about. Eternity is like a panoramic. It never... It never ends. It's a
circle, continually, forever, and forever, and forever. It's an endless
wheel that never stops or never has an end to it.
E-49 But Satan put a break in there, and come down here, and would've
spoiled the whole thing, but God seen where there'd be a space of time.
And being the great infinite One from the beginning to beginning, He
And He was in the beginning the Word. Now, a word is a thought
expressed. God begin to think. As He begin to see every human being
that ever come on earth, and every bird, and every flea, and every
fly... Hallelujah. That makes Him the almighty, eternal, ever present
God. That's the One we serve this morning.
Way back in the beginning when He seen that there was some people who
was going to desire to be saved, some people who was going to want to
be saved, some people who would be loyal in their heart: they wanted to
be saved. Then He's got to make a preparation for their salvation
(That's right.), or they will never be saved.
E-50 And He knows that anything imperfect cannot come into heaven, so
He has to make a way of perfection for that. Amen. You see it? Then
back there He said, "I, Myself, will come down into the world and take
on human flesh. And I'll pay the penalty that's required here, and I'll
take the place. And I'll make them perfect because I'll bring them in
Me. And I am perfect." Then when Jesus said, "Be ye therefore perfect,
even as those that are--that God is perfect..."
Then here was this mangled body, that was beaten and bruised for sin,
and every sin that the world ever had, or ever would have, was laid
upon Him. And He is the body that the Jehovah raised up on the last
days there, on the third day after His death. And if we are in that
body, we're just as perfect as the body is. Amen. There you are.
How do you get in that body? How do you get in it? The Bible said in
Romans 8:1, "There's therefore now no condemnation to them that are in
Christ Jesus, that walk not after the flesh, but the Spirit." They
don't care what the world says or what anybody else says, or even what
their family says. They walk in the Spirit of God in perfect Divine
love. You see it?
How do you get into it? By joining church, by shaking hands, by water
baptism? No, sir.
E-51 The 12th chapter of I Corinthians said, "By one Spirit we're all
baptized into one body and become members of that body." And then it's
not what I've done, what I am, who I was, or nothing about it; it's
what God has done for me in Christ. And we are perfected with our
He makes no mistakes. He wouldn't bring you in, if you wasn't worthy.
He knows your heart. That's right. He knows what you are. He knows your
motives. He knows what you are. There's traps all along the road. Sure.
The devil will cause you to stumble, and you say, "God, I didn't mean
to do that. God, You know it." You're still perfect, because there's a
perfect Blood offered for you everyday, and a bleeding Sacrifice
hanging before the throne of Almighty God. That's right.
Now, how did you get in there? God, by foreknowledge... Now, God said
that Jesus... Now, put on your caps. Get open your heart. Look. The
Bible said Jesus was the Lamb slain from the, where? Foundation of the
world He was slain. Why? God, the Father, when He looked down and seen
Jesus never come just to die a haphazard death. He never come, say,
"Well, maybe somebody'd have pity when they see the way I die and
everything." No, it wasn't. God don't run His business like that. God
runs His business perfect. That's right. He knowed exactly what was
going to take place. That's where He could foresay. He knows exactly
what He... He's not willing that any should perish. He's not willing.
But if He's infinite, He knows who will and who won't. Therefore, you
can rest assure. If you have received God and been filled with the Holy
Ghost, you're anchored to your eternal destination. Correctly. See, He
E-52 Now, watch. The Bible said that Jesus, the Lamb was slain before
the foundation of the world was ever laid. Oh, I--I know I act funny up
here. But I--I--I feel glorious. Look. What? Jesus was slain before the
world even had the first speck of dirt laid. Jesus was already slayed.
Why? Because God... Here it is. Get it.
God, by foreknowledge, when He was the Word in the beginning, He
perceived the thought. Now, it's just a thought. Then when He spoke it
and said, "It shall be," Jesus was slain, the very minute God spoke the
Word. Then what? Four thousand years later, He come and paid the price
that God had already done back here by His Word. He had to come. All
devils in hell couldn't keep Him from coming. God had already spoke it.
E-53 Now, believer, have you got your joy shoes on? Listen to this. If
you are a Christian, if you are truly a--God's child, the Bible said...
That's not no preacher; that's the Bible. It said your names was
written in the Lamb's Book of Life before the foundation of the world.
Oh, my, the same time that Christ, that God sent Christ to be slain, He
wrote your name with His. Hallelujah. There you are. Your name was
written in the...
He said, "And he deceived all, great, small, so many were church
members, pretended Christians. He deceived all whose names were not
written, not in the Church book, but in the Lamb's Book of Life. When?
Before the foundation of the world God wrote your name in the Lamb's
Book of Life by His spoken Word, and sent Christ, the Sacrifice, to
buy, to redeem that same group that He had wrote their names in the
Lamb's Book of Life before the foundation of the world.
E-54 Now, those who He has called, He has justified. He called them
before the foundation of the world. Those who He called, He had
justified. And those who He had justified, He hath already glorified.
The same God, that before the foundation of the world called your name
and wrote it on the Lamb's Book of Life in the--from the foundation of
the world, has already made a place in glory for you. And when this
earthly tabernacle be dissolved, we have one already waiting for us in
the way He's fashioned. There you are. That's the Gospel.
What are we worried about? What are we going along looking like this?
"Well, I just wonder." Lift up your heads. The Bible said, "Lift up the
feeble knee. And let the hands raise up that once hung down." Let him
that's weak, say "I'm strong." Amen. For the Gospel is delivered, this
E-55 And this morning the Holy Spirit, through the Word's bringing you
the good news, that from before the foundation of the world God wrote
your name in the Lamb's Book of Life. All the devils out of hell can't
erase it out of there. God wrote it and spoke it. It's just as sure to
happen as God wrote it in there before the foundation of the world.
Amen. How glorious our heavenly Father is in His infinite love and His
mercy to do that for us.
"Then be ye therefore perfect, even as your heavenly Father is
perfect." How can you be? When it's not my perfection, it's not your
perfection; it's His perfection of His Word, that He chose you. You
never chose Him. And He brought you into Christ. And you are secure
with Jesus Christ, and just as perfect as Christ was before God. For
you're not standing with your own; you're standing in Him with one
thing, "I believe God." Amen.
Oh, I love Him. Oh, my. On the other side of Eden... Amen, What a
wonderful time it'll be someday, when you look back down and say, "Why
did I fear? Look at the joy I missed."
E-56 Young man, young woman this morning, or you old man or woman,
who's never been a Christian, God's continually knocked at your heart.
Oh, yes. You might come in at the end of the road, but you'll have no
joy. There'll be no stars around you to shine. I don't want to stand
like that. I want to hear Him say, "It was well done, My good and
faithful servant." I want to show Him my appreciation.
My poor little old gray-headed wife, how I would love to do something
for her that I know she likes, because I love her, and I know she loves
me. And if I do that for my wife in the human love, what do I have to
do to know that God, by grace, before the foundation of the world seen
me a poor little sinner, staggering, and was going to hell, and
couldn't help it, and He foreordained me, and put my name in the Lamb's
Book of Life before the foundation of the world.
E-57 Oh, I love Him. There's no way at all to ever tell Him. Amen. No
wonder the Bible said, "Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, neither
has it entered in the hearts of men." Oh, my. How glorious God is.
Don't you want to trust Him, if you're weary and tossed about?
Shame on you, Christians, that call yourselves Christians, and go
around so weary. "Well, I don't know. If I go to church, the..." Oh,
you're a poor excuse.
Let me tell you. Lift up your head. Straighten up your chest. Oh, my.
Oh, use faith. Faith is the boss. That's right. Faith has hairs on its
chest. Brother, I mean it's got big muscles. When it speaks, all the
worries drop from one side the other.
The Devil said, "Now, you just can't make it. You can't do this. You're
ashamed to testify." Faith raise up, and say, "Shut up. I got the
floor." Amen, amen. Sure. Faith takes the initiative.
That's what we need today for every pilgrim in the land. Straighten up
your head. The Bible said, "When I was..." David said, "When I was
afraid, I walked with--I trusted Him. When I was afraid, then I trusted
Him. Whenever I come to the--even the fear of death, the shadows..."
When Paul came down, he said, "Death, where is your sting? Grave, where
is your victory?" Brother...
Lives of great men all remind us,
We can make our lives sublime;
With partings leave behind us,
Footprints on the sands of time.
Someday setting yonder on the celestial hills of glory, where the sun
will never go down in that city, where the saints are all over there
shouting, those old heroes of the faith, looking back down those places
yonder, and seeing a path made of glory, I want to set with them, and
see that I put my head up in the air, and trusted God, and walked on in
the time of storm. Oh, my. Let us pray.
E-58 Our heavenly Father, we thank Thee this morning for Jesus. We
thank Thee for the perfection of the Gospel, for the perfecting and the
eternal sovereignty of God's eternal spoken Word. And according to His
Word, He called us and chose us in Him before the foundation of the
world, and wrote our names before the foundation of the world. When God
speaks a word, it's got to happen. It's just got to happen.
And You spoke our name when You spoke His Name. You chose us with Him
before the world began. So there's nothing we can say we could do, Lord.
E-59 It's--it's not in mankind. There's nothing we can boast on or brag
on. The only thing we say is, "God thank You for Your grace." Thank you
for Your mercy, Lord. Seeing that we were aliens, but now Thou has
perfected us with that perfect Sacrifice that we stand in (O God),
stand in Him today as we move on.
Thanking You, Father for these things, we ask, if there be one in here
today, Lord, that is not in that condition, may they this moment make
their one, and eternal, and final decision before You make Your last
and final call at their heart. We pray that You'll grant it through
And while we have our heads down, I wonder if there's such a person
here this morning who is really in the sleeping virgin. You've never
woke up to the realization that you've got to save souls, you've got to
do something, and you want God to remember you as a soul saviour, you
want to be one who will go out and try to get souls saved. Would you
raise your hand, say, "God, remember me"? God bless you. That's good.
E-60 Is there such a person here this morning who has never at one time
accepted Christ as Saviour, but this morning wants to make that final
and eternal decision, as you see the sun setting out yonder, and you
know it's just a few days more, and we won't be here any longer... You
know that. But you want to--you want to come into the Kingdom of God,
and you want God to receive you; and you believe that He does it, and
you'll raise up your hands to that affect this morning, that you
believe that Christ now takes you as His child. God bless you. God
E-61 Someone else? You'll take Him as your personal Saviour this day.
You raise your hand and say, "From this day, henceforth, I now will
serve God with all my heart. I believe, and I want to be remembered.
All my life something's knocked at my heart, knocked at my heart, and
I've turned it down. And I'm afraid I might turn it down the wrong time
now. And so this morning, God, by grace, I move out and raise my hand,
saying, 'Be merciful to me, a sinner.'" Would there be another?
God bless you. And bless you, little girl. I see your hand too, honey.
All right. Someone else? Would you raise your hand, saying, "Remember
E-62 Is there a backslider would say, "Oh, Brother Branham, I'm a
Christian, but I'm a poor excuse for one. I'm constantly backsliding
and doing what's wrong. And I--I love God. God took me by grace; I know
I'm His child. But I've never been active. I've never done the work of
the Lord. I just somehow drift along, and in and out, and in and out.
But something just keeps holding in my heart. I'm ashamed of my
testimony. I'd be ashamed to meet God this morning, and not won soul or
nothing. I--I--I--I want God to bring me back, and hug me to His
bleeding side, and give me my whipping, what I deserve, and let me be a
real Christian from this day, henceforth. I'll raise my hand to God.
That's what I want You to do, God."
God bless you, lady. God bless you, you, you, you. That's... Now, God
sees your heart. And a lot of you raised your hands, I know you. I know
your up-and-down life. (While you're--the rest the Christians are
praying.) I know you up-and-down condition. I know your backslidings.
God knows them how much better, if I knew them.
I see you try to come to the altar, try to make a start, go back, try
to make a start and go back.
A man just dropped dead a few days ago, that used to teach Sunday
school here. I'm afraid some of his people's here; I'd call the name.
Many of you know who I'm speaking about. That man would come to church;
he'd go back; he'd come to church; he'd go back. He wanted to do right.
E-63 He had an experience with God. He was a good man at heart, but he
got to fumbling with the world too much. He died a young man. He left
the world. Now, I wonder what his reward will be. See? Don't do that.
Don't do that, friend. Stay in the harness.
That man could come back to the earth today, and stand here yonder in
the city anywhere, the very spot he died on, he'd scream and run
towards the Tabernacle as hard as he could come. "Boy, I'm ready to be
soul-saved this next week." When he begin to... He's across the line
But remember, as long as there is an eternity, as deep as there is a
sky, there'll never have another chance to save a soul, never have
another chance to live for God. He's made his final decision.
E-64 What about yours this morning? Let's make it right for God, while
we have out head bowed. Give us a little chord, "On the other side of
On the other... (Now, keep praying.) of Jordan,
In the sweet fields of Eden, (Slowly now, all of us),
Where the Tree of Life is blooming,
There is rest for you.
Jesus breaks every fetter,
Jesus breaks every fetter,
Jesus... (What's holding you back?) every fetter.
When and He sets you free!
I will ever, ever praise Him,
I will ever, ever praise Him,
I will ever, ever praise Him,
For He sets me free!
Now, all of us together, slowly.
On the other side of Jordan... (Just across the river yonder.)
In the sweet fields of Eden.
Where the Tree of Life is blooming,
There is rest for you.
Why, Jesus breaks every...
The indifferent fetters, the religious fetters, the denominational
fetters, the sinful fetters, the unbelief fetters...
Jesus... (His presence is near.) every fetter. (Just make your
When He sets you free!
I will ever, ever praise Him.
God bless you, sister. So glad you come...?...
... praise Him.
E-65 Someone else let the fetters be broke from around you? Don't you
want to be free today? What are you just pretending for? Why, you're
only miserable to yourself if you're not free. The Holy Spirit... All
the chunks out of the way, the Spirit of God moving down through your
heart... God bless you, sister.
On the other side...
Maybe some little old thing's holding you. Don't you want to be saved.
I hope our names are wrapped together. God bless you, brother.
Hope our names are wrapped together yonder in glory as stars of God
shining forever. Look over and say, "There stands Brother Branham."
I'll say, "Over yeah, brother. Remember down at the tabernacle that
... is blooming.
There is rest for you!
I will ever, ever praise Him...
Don't you want to do it?
... will ever, ever praise Him,
E-66 Backslider, don't you want to move up to the altar now? Yes. That
little old something standing in your way, Jesus breaks that fetter.
... when He sets you free.
Down at the cross where my Saviour died,
Down there for cleansing from sin I cried;
Oh, there to my heart was the Blood applied;
Glory to His Name!
Oh, glory to His precious Name!
Sinner friend, here at the altar, backslider, tell Him about it now.
What was it?
There to my heart was the...
You're kneeling there alone, with God now looking at you. Not even a
sparrow could fall without Him knowing it.
Oh, come to this fountain so rich, sweet, mellow.
If you've never received the Holy Spirit, come, He's here.
... at the Saviour's feet;
Oh, plunge in today and be made complete;
Oh, glory to His Name!
E-67 While with your heads bowed... Did you ever notice people who
receive Christ? Watch what kind of a place they were in, how they got
it. You see them act the same way. Certainly. If it's...?... and worked
up, and emotional, the child will be raised up like that. That's the
way it'll go.
If it's cold, formal, and in indifferent, that's usually the way they
are. They receive that type of spirit, because that's what's there
Take me to the cross. Take me to a place where there's a Spirit moving
that mellowed my heart. "Though I speak with tongues of men and Angels,
though I give all my goods to feed the poor, my body to be burned as a
sacrifice, have knowledge to know all mysteries, and all these things,
it will all fail. But when that which is perfect has come, which is
love, it endureth forever." Love worketh faith.
E-68 Won't you come now while this lovely, humble, sweet feeling of the
Holy Spirit moving here at the altar now. Just kneel down, say, "God,
be merciful to me. I want You to give me now in my heart, this Spirit
that's in the church. I now kneel, and I ask, and by faith I believe
that You'll grant it to me." You'll walk away from here, one of the
most humble, sweetest spirits. It'll all be over then.
I am so wondrously saved from sin;
Jesus so sweetly abides within;
Oh, there at the cross where He took me in;
Glory to His Name!
While we're singing this, I wonder if there's any Christians who would
like to reconsecrate their lives with these here at the altar, who's
come for the Holy Spirit and for salvation? Would you like to kneel up
here with us, pray with us for a few minutes?
E-69 Anything that you have need of, no matter what it is. If it's
sickness, you have need of healing; if it's a trouble, and you have
need of relief; if you're wearied and bothered, need--need of peace,
come now, won't you?
Oh, come to this fountain so rich and sweet;
Cast thy poor soul at the Saviour's feet;
So glad to see so many coming this morning.
... in today and be made complete;
You see, it's a work of the Holy Spirit. He does this.
Not emotional, solid, deep, not fanatically, it's not formal. It's love
that draws, constrains us.
There to my heart was the blood applied;
Oh, glory to His...
E-70 Wonderful, everyone just bowing now. Don't you love this? I don't
know how you feel, but I just feel like in my heart, you just feel tear
drops on the inside of you, coming down. God's Holy Spirit just moving,
He's doing the work. Brother, give me a church like that, that's really
broke up, go down to potter's house and be remolded.
Jesus, keep me near the cross,
There's a precious fountain,
Free to all...
Let the audience help sing that now while the penitent ones are the
Flows from Calv'ry's fountain.
In the cross, in the cross,
Oh, be my glory ever;
And my raptured soul shall find
Rest beyond the river.
E-71 O God, our Father, we come to Thee today, humbly, broken up, the
Holy Spirit coming into the Word. Christians are so great, and so
grateful to Thee that they have accepted You and been borned again.
Thou has ordained this from the foundation of the world. You have
declared it. You said, "I have many things to tell you, that I cannot
tell you now, but when He the Holy Spirit has come, He will reveal
these things to you, and will teach you, and guide you."
We're so thankful this morning for the Holy Spirit that reveals the
Word of God. You said, "And He will bring these things to my--to your
memory, which I have said unto you, and He will show you things to
come." We're so glad that He is with us today. And through the teaching
of the Word, and the working of the Holy Spirit has caused Christians
to be awakened, caused sinners to come to Thee, backsliders to
reconsecrate themselves. Father, they're on the altar.
E-72 Cause the sick and the weary who's been afflicted to come and bow
their head to accept healing for their body, knowing that Thy spoken
Word is Truth. Everything else will fail, but Thy Word can never fail.
Truth... "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
And we come to accept this morning what You have provided for us in
Your vicarious suffering, and the atonement at Your death that You made
for us. And we freely, Lord Jesus, receive it. We believe the Word of
God; we believe that You promised, "He that will come to Me, I will in
no wise cast out." O God, what a promise.
No matter what it's for, Thou has said, "When you pray, believe that
you receive what you ask for; you shall receive it." Now Father, if we
truly believe it, it's settled. We believe it. It is done. Then we act
upon our confession that You have did it for us.
E-73 Not that we are worthy; we are unworthy. But through Your
unmerited grace that we have through Thee, we believe that the work is
And as these penitent ones, and ones who are coming this morning,
consecrating themselves, and to those who are coming for the benefits
of the suffering... As David said, "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and
forget not all His benefits, Who forgiveth all of mine iniquity, my
backsliding, and Who healeth all of our diseases..."
That's the benefits of the believer, and we receive it through faith
this morning by coming upon the Word of God, which was spoken before
the foundation of the world. If it was impossible for it not happen, so
is it impossible for us not to get what we ask for if we ask for it
with faith, believing. And that lays within our hearts, Lord, to
receive what we have asked for.
Jesus, keep us near the cross. When the enemy comes in like a flood,
Lord, raise up a standard against him.
E-74 Bless this little waiting congregation. God, may Your Holy Spirit
take these ones who've consecrated their life, these men and women who
knelt at the altar, those sinners who come and bowed their heads, and
take them into Thy Kingdom.
Lord, I realize it's their own personal faith. The minute they believed
You, that's the minute You received them, for You said, "No man could
come unless My Father draws him. And all that comes, I'll give him
Everlasting Life, and will raise him up at the last day." That's Your
Word, Lord. We believe it.
And it's done; the work is finished. And we thank You for it. We thank
You for the healing of every body, for every weary soul, for everything
that's here. Those who that had feeble hands hanging down, those who's
been fearful, those who's wondered... David said, "When I was--feared,
got scared, then I trusted in You and walked on."
God, let us stick up our heads this morning, not cowards, but
Christians who believe in Jesus Christ. May we walk on with our
testimony shining. May, through the healing of our bodies, through the
testimony of our salvation, may we win others to Thee. Grant it,
Father, as all on the altar we've laid. Grant it for Your glory, as we
believe You, and wait on You, Lord, here's where... Just bathing in
Your beauty, just bathing in Your promise, feeling that glorious Holy
Spirit wooing us to Thee...
E-75 How we love You, how we praise You, how I worship You, Lord.
Myself, here behind this sacred desk with my hands up to Thee, I
worship Thee, my God. I worship Thee. You're my Healer, my Saviour, my
King, my Provider, my Father, my Brother. My all-and-all rests in Thee.
You are my Strength. I publicly... You... David said, "I will praise
Thee in the congregation of the saints." And I give Thee praise before
the sanctified ones this morning. I praise Thee for healing me. I
praise You for my life. I praise You for my health. I praise you for
the goodness You've showed to me. I praise You for my friends. I praise
You for everything, Lord. You're wonderful, joy unspeakable and full of
glory. How I praise Thee.
E-76 How I can recommend Thee to the weary. How I can recommend Thee to
the sinner as a Saviour. How I can recommend Thee to the sick as a
Healer. How I can recommend Thee to the wanderer as a King. Oh, how I
love Thee this morning. How I can recommend--recommend You, Lord, to
those who are down-trodden, to be--to be the joyful, joy in the camp.
How we thank Thee. Oh, You're a Rock in a weary land, a Shelter in the
time of storm, the Alpha, Omega, Beginning and the End; the Rose of
Sharon; the Lily of the Valley; the Morning Star. Oh, how we love You,
how we adore You, and praise You, the matchless eternal One. We give
Thee praise. Oh, we'll praise Thee, and give Thee praise through all
Receive us, Lord, as we offer these blessings, the fruits of our lips.
You said, "We are a peculiar people, a royal priesthood, offering
spiritual sacrifice, the fruits of our lips giving praise to His name."
How we praise Him. How we adore Him forever and ever. Oh, receive the
very adorations of our heart, express our lips, Lord, that from the
depths of a pure heart, we praise Thee, knowing that it's not what we
could do. It's not our life; it's His life. It's not our salvation;
it's His salvation. It's not our heaven; it's His heaven. Oh. we're not
our own works; we are His works. Not our grace, it's His grace. Not our
glory, but His glory. Not our power, but His power. Oh, how we love
You. Not our church, but His Church. How we praise Thee, Lord. That's
our hearts, Lord. That's our heart. Receive us.
E-77 O God, send the little Branham Tabernacle an outpouring of the
Spirit. Will You, Lord? Oh, we're needy here on the corner. God, send
down the showers of blessing, pour out the rain of God, the former and
Baptize our pastor anew, Lord. Set him afire with the Gospel. We love
him today, Lord. He's Your servant. We pray that You'll anoint his
heart. Anoint the hearts of the other preachers in the building this
morning and every member. May we go out of here, Lord...
And don't forget Your poor unworthy servant, myself, Lord, that You'll
anoint me afresh with the Holy Ghost. Grant it, Lord. Give us these
blessings. We humbly waiting at the altar, knowing that we receive it,
bathing ourselves in Your Holy Spirit. And not ashamed of the Gospel of
Jesus Christ, the power of God unto salvation. How we thank Thee for it.
E-78 Some glorious day we hope to see You, Lord, lay our hands upon the
feet of the One that stands with us today, Who we cannot see, but we
know that He's here. How we pray Thee.
... down out in that city
The sun, it will never go down;
The flowers are bloom forever,
And the sun, it will never go down.
I feel like traveling on, I do,
I feel like traveling on;
The flowers are bloom forever,
And the sun, it will never go down.
How many feels that way, raise up your hand?
I feel like shouting sometimes, I do,
I feel like shouting, I do;
The flowers are blooming forever,
And the sun, it will never go down.
I feel like traveling on, I do,
I feel like traveling on;
E-79 [Brother Branham leaves the pulpit and speaks with those at the
altar--Ed.]... I bless you...?... Thou art the One at the head of the
boat, Lord...?... We ask for His blessing in Christ's Name. Amen.
Dear heavenly Father, as we pass down the altar, laying hands on those
maybe, who are waiting for farther blessings, may the Holy Spirit, that
didn't touch just in the right way... But we pray, heavenly Father,
that You'll grant the blessings rest...?... Oh, eternal God, have mercy
on our sister.
Dear heavenly Father, as this dear woman here, walked up here by
faith... Many days has she been here. These gray hairs and wrinkled
hands does something to me. But what a lot of long hard work they had
to pass through here. No doubt but what these hands have thumbed down
the pages of the Bible, lifted up to Thee, no doubt but through this
heart this morning as she hobbled into the church with her crutches
under her arm... But now, by faith she laying it down, and walk away.
Heal her, Lord. She's comes for the blessing from God. I pray, God,
here, that You'll bless her, and may she never have to have them for
the rest of her days. Give her strength in her body. Let her win souls
for You, Lord, to the Kingdom of God, in Jesus Christ's Name. Amen.
God bless you, sister. Go, and you won't have to use that old crutches,
I don't believe anymore. You're all right now. I believe you're going
home without them. Amen. When you go out of the building, you stick it
on your shoulder, and walk on out; it will all be over.
E-80 Father God, we pray that You'll bless this woman who stands here
today. Make her completely whole. Grant it, Father. We lay hands upon
her and believe it in Jesus' Name.
Father God, lay hands upon Sister Slaughter, ask for her healing...
Dear God, we lay hands upon our... [Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.]
E-81 Don't know how you feel. I'll sing the verse; you sing the chorus
The first one to die for this Holy Ghost plan,
Was John the Baptist, he died like a man;
Then came the Lord Jesus, they crucified Him,
He preached that the Spirit would save men from sin.
Keeps dripping with blood, yes, it's dripping with blood,
This Holy Ghost Gos-- (I love it!), it's dripping with blood,
The blood of disci... (Let the world say what they want to.)... who
died for the Truth,
This Holy Ghost Gospel keeps dripping with blood.
Then they stoned Stephen, he preached against sin,
He made them so angry, they dashed his head in;
But he died in the Spirit, he gave up the ghost,
And went to join the others, that life-giving host.
Kept dripping with blood...
This Holy Ghost Gospel is dripping with blood,
The blood of disciples who died for... Truth,
This Holy Ghost Gospel is dripping with blood.
There's Peter and Paul, and John the divine,
They gave up their lives so this Gospel could shine;
They mingled their blood with the prophets of old,
So the true Word of God could honest be told.
Keeps dripping with blood, yes, dripping with blood,
This Holy Ghost Gospel is dripping with blood,
The blood of disciples who died for the Truth,
This Holy Ghost Gospel, it's dripping with blood.
Souls under the altar, crying, "How long?"
For the Lord to punish those who've done wrong; (Listen!)
But there's going to be more who'll give their life's blood,
For this Holy Ghost Gospel and it's crimson flood.
Oh, it keeps dripping with blood, yes, it's dripping with blood,
This Holy Ghost Gospel is dripping with blood,
The blood of disciples who died for the Truth,
This Holy Ghost Gospel is dripping...
E-82 How many's glad this morning that you've received the Holy Spirit?
Raise up your hand. Isn't it wonderful? [Congregation says, "Amen."]
It's dripping with... (Shake hands with your friend standing next to
you.)... dripping with blood. (Say, "Praise the Lord, brother, for all
of His goodness")
... Ghost Gospel is dripping with blood,
Oh, the blood of disciples who died for the truth,
This... (God bless you, brother. God bless you...?...)
It's dripping with blood.
Oh, it's dripping with blood, (That's it, raise up your hands.)...
dripping with blood,
This Holy Ghost Gospel...?...
... disciples who died for the Truth,
This Holy Ghost Gospel is dripping with blood.
It's dripping with blood (Hallelujah.)... dripping with blood,
This Holy Ghost Gospel is dripping with blood,
[Brother Branham leaves pulpit microphone--Ed.]
E-83 ... It's dripping with blood. (Everybody, sing it.)
The blood of disciples...
God bless you, sister. [Sister gives Brother Branham a testimony--Ed.]
Yeah. Wonderful. So happy to hear that. God bless you. A lady was just
prayed for, and she's been walking now for three years, glorifying God.
Now, let's sing this good old song. How many like this? "Faith in the
Father, faith in the Son, faith in the Holy Ghost, three in the one."
All right, sister, Gertie.
Faith... the Son.
Faith in the Holy Ghost, three in the one;
Oh, demons will tremble and sinners awake,
Faith in Jehovah will anything shake.
E-84 How many loves a good happy crowd like this? Why, God bless you,
sister. Let's all sing now, everybody to the top of our voice.
God bless you, sister. Thank you, sister. God bless you. Amen. God
bless you, sister. [Some people come to platform to greet Brother
Branham--Ed.] Amen. Amen. God bless you. God bless you. God bless you,
my dear sister. God bless you, sister. [Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.]...
your hands to sing it now.
God be with you till we meet...
God bless you, Sister Slaughter, so glad to see you up here.
[Sister a gives testimony, then rejoices--Ed.] All right, God
All knows who this that's the shouting. It's Sister Kelly. You know
that she was to... They--the devil tried to kill her out here an
automobile accident, and had her out there at the hospital all cut up,
and said she'd never walk and everything. But God's grace. She was one
who... Sound like a salvation army up here this morning. Let's praise
the Lord with her, everybody. How many of you all is glad to see your
sister. Yeah, come down here and shake hands with her right here at the
altar. You all do, everybody. Glad to see you.
Well, praise the Lord.
Till we meet, till we meet,
God be with you till we meet again.
Till we meet, till we meet,
Till we meet at Jesus' feet. (Till we meet!)
Till we meet, till we meet,
God bless every...?... God bless you.
Let's stop and bow our heads just a minute, will you, while Brother
dismisses us? Bow your heads just a minute in prayer.
Brother Neville, if you will.