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The World Is Falling Apart
E-1 Certainly a grand privilege to be here, to be hearing these fine
testimonies from these brothers that's in love with our Lord Jesus. And
now, I--still living on the--the (What would I say?)--the inspiration I
received from the message, one of them, last evening, 'course all of
them. But it's inspired me to this brother here, thinking of his trial,
like He did--tried Job, and... But he was doubled at the end. And I
think it's marvelous to set around and listen to someone's testimony.
Then you can compare their life.
E-2 I preached on that recently at Phoenix, to identify ourselves with
Christ, and identify ourselves with He--Him in the Bible. If we lived
in that day, what group would we be identified with? Then last night
when Brother Crow (I believe that was his name.) that brought us this
wonderful message of his testimony... We were setting there a few
moments ago comparing each other's life--and both being Baptists,
former boxers, and so forth--and our last fights--what taken place. And
then... I certainly enjoyed that. I'm glad they taped it.
E-3 And now this morning, I know we have a banquet, or a luncheon, here
for the ministers in just a little while. And--and the... what say?
[Someone says "All the men-folks."--Ed.] Men-folks, yes... And then
tonight I think the banquet's at... Yes, any man, minister or layman.
[Someone says, "The luncheon is not till 12:30."--Ed.] 12:30. ["Two,
two and half, two hours from now."--Ed.] Gracious person, Brother
Shakarian, and his wife.
Sister Williams, I was going to say something, but I won't. Brother
Carl's testimony awhile ago was outstanding. It was all right. First
time I ever knew that, as long as I knowed you. But it was a--it was
very fine. I--I learn a lesson by all things, don't we?...?...
E-4 So then, tonight I'm to speak on the subject tonight, the Lord
willing, "There They Crucified Him."
And now, today, just for a little change of position before we speak on
a little subject... I come into your city yesterday for my first
time--be my second time speaking. I had a... In New Mexico I had a
meeting once down in Carlsbad for a few nights, but I never had the
privilege of coming here to this lovely place before. And I--I like to
come in early, and kind of feel around to see the--what the need of the
E-5 Now, we should never come to a city as ministers... Now,
businessmen, this is a convention. You're here to talk your businesses,
and your woes and blessings, to share them together. And that's very
fine. But as a minister of Christ, we come here to find out the
spiritual condition. And then, not come here to be heard or seen, but
come here to do something to glorify God, to bring the thing to--to a
better understanding of God. And now, I changed my subject this morning.
And now, before we read the Scripture, I wonder if we could stand just
for a way of changing the posture for a few moments, for a word of
prayer. And now, before we pray, if there be any here would like to be
remembered in the prayer, would you just raise your hands. No matter
what it is, He knows what's beneath your hand. And I have both mine up.
Let us bow our heads now, as we approach Him.
E-6 Our heavenly Father, we are a very privileged people to be setting
together today in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, by one Spirit all
baptized into this one body and have the privilege of setting here
together and sharing the blessings of the testimonies of these Thy
And now, as the hour is growing late, we would not want to enter this
most crucial time, for my part of speaking to the people, nervously, or
thinking we are--have to hurry out. But we pray that you'll quieten our
minds a few moments, and listen further for Your exhortations to us,
and Your warnings. And I'll wait on You, Father, for these things.
And now, we pray that You'll bless this Business Men's chapter, these
Christian Full Gospel men, that their testimony may still spread far
and wide to the glory and honor of our Lord.
And now, we are happy to know that there's coming a time when the
kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His
Christ, that we shall rule and reign on the earth with Him a thousand
years. We're looking forward to that time.
E-7 And hearing the men speak of their temptations, and how that Satan
took our Lord up to the top of the mountain, and in a moment of time
showed Him all the governments and kingdoms of the world and offered
them to Him, but He flatly refused them because He knew that someday
He's falling heir to them.
And we don't look at things that go on so much temporarily now, but we
look to the end of the road, where the rewards are given. Father, we
pray this morning that You'll make our hearts solemn before Thee, as we
listen. Pray that You'll speak to us, Lord, through mortal lips. May we
hear You through mortal ears. And then, may we in return obey
everything that You command us.
We wait on Thee, now, as we read Thy most holy Word, that where
our--our foundation of our faith lays in the written Word. We ask it in
Jesus Christ's Name. Amen. You may be seated.
E-8 And now, in the Word I would like for you to turn for a few
readings of the Scripture, especially in two places for a few notes
that I have written down here, that I'd like to--like a Sunday school
lesson, to comment on for a few moments if you will. Deuteronomy 4
first--Deuteronomy 4, and 10 and 11. I would like to read these verses.
Specially the day that thou stoodest before the Lord thy God in Horeb,
and when the Lord said unto me,
Gather me the people together, and I will take them hear my words, that
they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the
earth, and that they may teach their children.
And ye came near and stood under the mount; and the mountain burned
with fire in the midst of heaven, and the dark cloud, and the thickness
And then in Hebrews 12:25, we read these words from Hebrews 12:25.
See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who
refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we
turn away from that--speaketh from the--him that speaketh from heaven.
E-9 Now, those are kinda odd words to be reading at a--at a Business
Man's breakfast, but may the Lord bless them to our hearts. And now, I
would like to take this little subject that I was--this morning was on
my heart to speak upon a subject "Blood on the Message," and I just
bypassed that for some reason, not knowing why. But I want to make a
text here this morning of the--odd one, but title it "The World's
Falling Apart." That's a odd text, but I feel led to speak on it. "The
World is a Falling Apart."
We're now in this being what we call Good Friday, or God's Good Friday.
I don't know why we call it that, Good Friday. But we're just in the
beginning on another series of--of holidays--holy days that the world
sets aside, the Christian world, to--to celebrate in commemoration
great Scriptural events that happened in the times past--great things
that taken place. And we use them and make a time of celebration for
those things which has happened.
E-10 If God--if--if God were here at this Christian world at this time,
and what's called the Christian world, I wonder what His attitude would
be towards our manner of celebrations that we have, in--in memorial of
these great days and times that--that has been. And men come together
in hopes of finding out something. They want to know, to find a
solution or some kind of a system--time of lifeline to keep our world
We gather here this morning for that purpose. Men meet in different
circles to find out there's something wrong. We all know there is. And
there's something wrong in the world, and we must try to find this out.
And men gather in these circles to find out what the solution is. This
happened many times in our world, what we call "falling apart."
E-11 We're living in the time that when our--our, not only our nation,
but our whole world is falling apart. There seems to be nothing that
has a foundation that's--that can stand. We've tried it in so many
different things. We've--we've tried to educate the world to an
understanding of one another. We... And we've had different systems of
League of Nations, and U.N.'s, and so forth to try to bring
understanding to men. The Christian world has tried to educate the
people to an understanding. We've tried to denominate them to an
understanding. And it seems like we're right back like it always has
happened. The whole systems are falling apart, something wrong.
E-12 We want to seriously think of this for the next few minutes. Just
don't enter this now, just to say, "Well, we walked over, and we set
down, we had a breakfast, we heard testimonies," and so forth. But
let's with all of our hearts get down to this, and think of it.
Remember, it's our life, and there's nothing no more important than our
life. There's nothing no more important. No matter how much we gain in
the world or how great we become here, but we've got to come to the end
of the road, and then the--that's the telling time. And we must
approach it with all the sincerity we know how to do.
E-13 When the people... In other times when people tried to find some
way of survival, and they went to systems and... The only way that they
can go to a--any other system than the way that God has laid down is to
get away from His Word. Men in other ages has done this in times past.
They all tried to get away, tried to control the world, and make a
system of politics and different things to try to control and hold the
world together. And they... In order to do that, they have to get away
from God's plan of doing it. See? The... God has a way of keeping this
thing together. And the only way that man can ever adopt some other
way, he has to get away from the original way.
E-14 You see, before there can be a lie, there has to be a truth that
that lie comes from, because a lie is the truth perverted. All sin
is--is righteousness perverted. See? That's... All sin is, is to...
See, the devil cannot create anything. He perverts what God has
created. There's only one Creator, and that's God. A lie is a truth
perverted. Adultery is the right act perverted. And anything is--that's
wrong is the right that's been perverted. So therefore, to take any
other system of keeping the world together than God's system, it's a
E-15 So, anything perverted has to have an end, because everything that
had a beginning has an end. It's the things that did not begin that
never dies, never has an end. And there's only one thing that never did
begin, and that was God. Therefore, the only way we can ever live
eternal is to have God's own Life in us, and that's Eternal Life. And
we... God separated Himself among us, and--giving His Spirit like He
did on Pentecost. It was seen in symbols of fire from the Pillar of
Fire that separated itself amongst the people, to give His own Life out
to the people. And through this, the mind of Christ should be operating
And God is the Word. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was
with God, and the Word was God." And it's still God. That's right. It
is the Word. And when we get away from the Word, then we're away from
E-16 Jesus said, "If ye abide in Me..." There's the mystery; there's
the secret... "If ye abide in Me and My Word in you, then ask what you
will." See? The idea is first God's Word's got to abide here. You can't
take creeds, and isms, and so forth, and hammer them into you; and take
some dogmas, and mixing it with the Word of God, and then have God to
honor it. It's got to be absolutely, purely unadulterated the Word of
God, and that's all. That's all... God won't mix with anything
perverted. He's absolutely God throughout.
E-17 Now, always in all times we've had these things of people who--who
tried to pervert the Word of God, and to take other kind of systems.
And--and they find... After a long time they find just like we see
today, this 1963, find the world falling apart. It certainly does.
Because it cannot hold, no more than what Daniel said in--in the--his
vision that he interpreted... the king's... That no more than iron and
clay will mix together, neither does the Word of God mix with anything
else. It just won't do it. It's got to be the Word. That's all.
E-18 Now, we find out that politics in the days of--of the world that
Noah lived in had taken over. And the educational program, and the
great business world of that day had--had glamored itself into a place
to where they--the building--of the buildings of the pyramids and the
sphinx and something that we could not no wise build today... If
anybody's ever been in Egypt, and seen the--the pyramids and so forth,
we haven't got nothing now that could ever build one like it. No. But
they were farther advanced than we are in education; they were farther
advanced in science. And then, they come to find out the world begin to
fall apart. And God sent them a message, but they refused it. And it
was a simple, very simple message by a very simple farmer. But they
refused it and rejected it, and their world fell apart. That's exactly.
Same thing taken place in Sodom, the time of Sodom when immorality was
on the--the move. And they'd built cities and so forth. But come to
find out, God sent His system in there, then they refused it, and it
fell apart. It always does.
Now, the same thing exists today. We're just in the same day as it was.
Jesus said, "As it was in the days of Noah, and in the days of Sodom,
so shall it be in the coming of the Son of man," the whole thing
crumbling and falling apart. The... It's built upon sand, and it's got
to wash down. And we find that great time like it was then, so it
E-19 And in the time of the coming of our Lord Jesus, in the early days
of--of when He was born, we find that world in that day falling apart
when He was born into the world. We find out that the religious world,
as I want to speak on tonight on the crucifixion, around something on
that order... They... We find that the Jews had just so polluted the
system that God had given them in His Word until there was no sincerity
no more, their--their--their sacrifices, though they carried it out
letterly. And they made their sacrifices...
E-20 When the Jew... Nothing any sweeter than God accepting the
substitute when man had sinned, and God accepted the substitute. Full
of grace He was to do such a thing. When the Jew come down the road
with his bullock, or his lamb, to go offer it for a sacrifice, and he
did it from the bottom of his heart, it was a great thing. But after
while it become a family tradition. They just went down and offered the
bullock, and, "Well, it's getting time for the sacrifice, so we'll just
go and offer this certain bullock," and it become a--a tradition.
I'm almost persuaded to believe that that's what's happened to our
Christian system, that in our different denominations, and--and clans
that call themselves Christians, we have come to that place to where...
And even to we Pentecostals... Now remember, medicine goes for the
whole family. And we Pentecostals are getting ourself into that, and we
wonder... The whole Pentecostal world today is falling apart. The whole
system of Methodists, Baptists, Presbyterian, the--the whole religious
system's falling apart. We see it. We know that's the truth.
E-21 Our national political world's falling apart. The whole thing's at
the end. As Isaiah said, "It's become full of putrefied sores." It's
just the whole body's corrupted. There's something's got to happen. And
it's going to be beyond any manmade system or understanding that'll
have to bring it back to its right conditions again. I know this is a
nasty picture, and--but it's the truth. We've got to look things just
exactly what they are, and there's no need of quoting anything
over--coating it, rather, but just come out and tell the truth about
it. Right's right, and wrong is wrong (See?) and we have to look at it.
E-22 And we see the nations today. Our--our political and national life
is rotten to the core. It's all full of--of things--of television
corruption, of all kinds of dirty, filthy jokes and gags, and before
our young people. And the--the schools are so corrupt. My. I'm from
Arizona. I--I was at one of the big schools the other day, and see
those young ladies and men--boys out there on that campus wallowing
around. I said, "I hope I never have to send one of my children to a
place like that, and--of such corruption." Yet called--called America...
Some of the worst I've ever seen is behavior of Americans in different
parts of the country. We always talking about some other country. We'd
better sweep our own doors clean before we can say anything about
someone else. And we Pentecostals ought to sweep our doors a little bit
too 'fore we go to hollering about the Presbyterian, and Baptist,
because our system's just as corrupt and falling apart as theirs are.
See? We're just living in that day.
E-23 And now, we want to remember that in these days that Jesus was
born, we find that--that they had the same sort of a system. They had
no sincerity. They just went down and--and become a Jew, and was
circumcised the eighth day. And he actually become a Jew. Well, we've
got the same thing today. They take them to the church, and christen
the babies. And--and then, the first thing you know, why, they belong
to that church. And you ask them if they're Christian. "Sure, I'm a
Christian. I'm an American."
And one time in a prayer line I asked a lady one time, "Are you a
She said, "Well, I'll give you to understand I burn a candle every
night." Now, like that had anything to do with Christianity.
One said, "I'm... Well, I'm--I'm a So-and-so."
"I belong to the Presbyterian."
"I'm this..." That still don't mean nothing. That's no more than you
can put a brand on a cow. You could--you could put a Hereford brand
upon a scavenger; it wouldn't make a bit of difference. That don't
change the inside of the person. You are what you are by your birth,
and that's in Christ. See? We have... We just got these brands,
and--and so forth, that's to be... we've got the whole thing in a
system and in a mess.
E-24 And we find it that way in the time of the coming of the Lord
Jesus as I thought, bringing His Life to His birth and His ministry,
then tonight His crucifixion. Whole thing's begin to come corrupt. They
made the Word of God of non-effect by their traditions, so the whole
world was falling apart. Every nation was looking for someone or some
system that could bring them out of it, that's to hold them together.
They were so corrupted that they knowed they couldn't hold out the way
they were going, and--and they was looking for something to hold them
If that isn't the picture of our world today, I don't know the world.
It is. It's a picture of our world today. Everything is looking for a
system, or--or something to hold us together. It's a picture of it
today. It was looking for some system, or something that would keep it
from falling apart. As it was then, so is it now again. It's repeated
E-25 The religious world then was looking for a promised Messiah. The
Jews all would tell you, very staunch believers, "Sure, we've been four
thousand years looking for a Messiah, and we believe that He--He's
coming. Certainly, we believe it." The political world of that day were
looking for a messiah, and all the rest of the nations, each one, was
looking for the Messiah. And when He did come, they did to Him just
like they did at other times.
They was looking for something to hold them together in the days of
Noah. And when God sent them a messenger, what happened? They turned it
down. And they looking for it in all ages. That's the way it happens.
They just... God will send it to them, and then they just... they turn
it down. Because why? It doesn't meet their taste. See? They--they
don't want it the way God wants to send it. They want it the way they
want it. They've got it all figured out the way it must be, and if it
doesn't come that way, then it isn't of God. See? That's the way it's
E-26 It's the same thing today. It doesn't come in the taste of our
theological taste. But it comes in the way of the power, of the
demonstration, of the manifestation of God's promise for the age.
Exactly. But yet, as it was then, they refuse it. They refused it then.
They refused it today, because it doesn't meet the expectation of the
day according to the way that people expect it.
God has an expectation. God knows what's going to happen because He's
infinite. So there's nothing going wrong. It's all going just exactly
right, because He's infinite. And He can foretell the end from the
beginning because He's God.
E-27 Don't think Satan's putting anything over on Him. Oh, no. Oh, no.
It's just all working out to display His attributes, is all. How could
the great infinite God Who knowed everything, and let everything...
It's just the attributes of God being displayed. And you're displaying
your life to one side or the other. And that's the reason our systems
come in. And they can accept anything that's of the way of system. It's
just because that they get away from the original created way that God
made for them to do it. His way of--of sending things sometimes don't
meet our taste. Wonder today... If God answered our cry for our Messiah
that we cry today for, I wonder if we would do the same thing that they
did back there?
E-28 Now, we're all looking for something. We know that.
Every--everyone's looking for something. I was listening to this crowd.
I listen to the businessmen. I go to the ministers. I go to the
different denominations. Everybody's expecting something. The nation,
hearing political talks, they're looking for something to come forth.
What is it? I hear it in the Christian Business Men; I hear it in the
"Oh, the great time a coming. The great time a coming."
Now you just remember. It'll come in an altogether different way than
you think it's coming. See? it won't be that at all, what you're
thinking about. It never has been. See?
E-29 And our political world today, and our religious world is just
exactly like it was in the days of the first coming of the Messiah.
It's polluted. The whole system is rotten. Our politics could get no
worse. And our religion, I don't see how it could get any worse than
what it is now. The whole thing is corrupted.
Our political world, manmade systems and--and fashions, we just... We
want everything just everything so we can take it easy, and retire and
take life easy. Life wasn't intended to be easy. Life is a struggle.
Anything that's got life is a struggling. Look at the trees, how they
struggle. Look at everything that's got life; it's a struggle. And when
we try to get some kind of a system that takes it easy, then we're
wrong. And we know there's something wrong.
E-30 I listened today of our--our television and--and programs, and our
papers, and all these things that's going on. And everybody's telling a
joke, trying to get... America's built upon a bunch of laughter, and
some kind of a joke like Ernie Ford, and all those television stars
and--to make all... And our movies is so corrupt it's--it just could
not be any more corrupt. That's all.
It puts me in the mind of a little boy going through a graveyard
whistling, trying to make hisself think he's not afraid. But that's the
reason he's whistling. See? He's afraid. And that's what's the matter.
They're trying... The world today is trying to laugh it off; America is
a joke and know that our number's up. She's weighed in the balance and
If God Almighty doesn't tear this nation to pieces, He'll be--He'll be
obligated to Sodom and Gomorrah to raise her up and apologize for His
burning her up. That's right. We are doomed. The whole world's doomed.
She's falling apart, and there's no way of saving it. She's done sinned
away her day of grace.
E-31 We talk about revival. We're living on ashes of the revival. It's
past long ago. And here we're trying to build some system on top of
something. Oh, my. It's corrupt. We must again begin to...
Our religious programs surely becomes a stink in the nostrils of God,
as it did in the days of Israel. Our Methodist program, our Baptist
programs, our Pentecostal programs...
Someone said to me not long ago, "You condemn those Pentecostal people
so much, why do you stay with them?" I love them. That's the reason.
Love is corrective. If it doesn't...
E-32 What if Junior stands out here in the street, and--and he's out
there making a mud pie in the middle of the street, where them cars are
passing by? You say, "Junior, bless your little heart, honey. You
shouldn't be setting out there. When you get ready, come in." That's
not love. You don't love your child. You'd take him out there, and jerk
him out of that street, and get you a stick and teach him he shouldn't
go out there again, if you really love him.
And that's what's the matter with our ministry today.
They're--they're... It's a meal ticket. It's a denominational affair,
and they're afraid to handle the Gospel the way it should be handled.
Until they're... You've got to bring it to truth. There's something
wrong, and we know it. We're pulling for systems instead of the Kingdom
of God. And we know there's something wrong. It's corrupt.
E-33 I think our Pentecostal days have become a stink. We play the
music, and jump up and down in--in the aisles, and dance, and run up
and down... And women with cut hair, and lipstick on their faces, and
things like that, and run around here, dance in the Spirit with a--call
it, with a dress on that's tight enough to put the skin on the outside.
And we expect God to meet us in such a system as that? Never will He do
You know, God don't come to your terms. You come to His terms, or you
don't come at all. Oh, we talk about people coming in and receiving the
Holy Ghost, and things like that, and I--certainly I appreciate that. I
do appreciate it. But looky here. What we've done, friends, we've built
our denominations upon some evidence.
E-34 Like we take speaking in tongues. I believe in speaking in
tongues, sure. But everything speaks in tongues hasn't got the Holy
Ghost. I'm a missionary. I've seen witches speak in tongues and
interpret, and give the right interpretation to it, and drink blood out
of a human skull and call on the devil. That's right. Get back to the
Word of God where you belong. Get away from these things. A life is
what tells in human beings the life of Christ.
How can you be of Christ, and hold to these forms and things? See where
we've got to? The Pentecostal church, when it started fifty years ago
and the Holy Ghost begin to fall, and the people received the gift of
speaking in tongues, then you begin to take everything into it,
denominating this, and that, and the other. And look where you're at
today, till the whole thing's a rotten. That's right. The whole system
is corrupt, and she's just falling apart with the rest of the world.
Everything has to do it. But we receive a Kingdom that cannot be moved.
E-35 Now, remember our politics has gone out after the world. Our
churches has gone out after the world. All is polluted. Our days today,
when we used to be... Long time ago when... I can just remember when
our old Baptist church down there in the state of Kentucky, when you
had them old fashion women and men setting around there with those...
Preacher last night, Brother Crow, talking about those ladies with the
bonnets on. And--and they used to, what they'd call, get sanctified,
or... And they'd get out there and shout, and--and the--the hairpins
would fall out of their hair when they cried, and--and walked up and
down those aisles, praising God. Why, brother, them people had enough
religion to make the Pentecostal day feel ashamed of itself. And
then... That's right. That was Baptists, Methodists, and Presbyterians.
E-36 And then you call the Kentuckians an illiterate bunch. You let
some Kentuckian old fashion mother see her girl come out on the street,
back there in them mountains, with a little pair of shorts on like you
and grandma and the rest of you wear. Let her come in of a morning and
her clothes half off of her, twisted up, and her manicure, lipsticks,
or whatever it is, all over her face--been out with some little Ricky
all night long in a hot-rod, running around--come in. She'd blister
her... One of them hickory limbs... She couldn't get up out of the bed
for six months. Then you call yourself Pentecostal and look at the day
that we're living in.
And preachers are too scared to say something about it in the pulpit,
afraid they'll be put out of their organization. That's right. That's
right. We need a back to the Word of God, back to, not some emotion,
some talk of back to the Word, but I mean the heart and soul in the
individual back to the Word of God. Certainly.
What did you do? Or why are they afraid to say it? You get to speaking
about it, and your organization will oust you out. That's right.
E-37 I just led--read a piece that somebody give me here in the paper.
It--it come from Memphis, Tennessee. It's called the "Tony Fontaine
Story." If you want to see a burlesque advertisement, look at that in
the paper, supposed to be Pentecost. It's sponsored by the Assemblies
of God, one of the biggest organization of the Pentecost. Take a look
at it. I'll leave it here. A bobbed-haired, Jezebel-looking woman, and
some Frenchman there. You call that conversion? Why, it's emotion.
There's nothing to it towards conversion. A--a Spirit of God will clean
a man or a woman up, and make them different than what they was. That's
right. But what've we got? We've got Hollywood moved into Pentecost.
E-38 What is it? Because of their educational programs, and things,
that's the reason we can't have revival. That's the reason something
can't go on. That's the reason we've been going on, because you've got
to get back to that Word again, my brother. That's right. Such a pity
of a thing like that, under the auspices of a Pentecostal movement. You
couldn't say God sponsored a thing like that. Certainly not.
But what is it? It's something that's got glamor. You've seen too much
television. You're too much impersonated with the world. That's the
reason the whole thing's rotten, and corrupted, and falling apart.
Right. It stinks before God. I don't care how much you speak with
tongues, how much you shout, and run around through the room. I don't
care how much you do this, or how big you grow, how many dignitaries
you get among you. That has nothing to do with it. You ought to oust
some of that, and get the Holy Ghost among you that'll clean you up,
and make a real church out of you. There's the thing. That's exactly
E-39 We... What we need today is a prophet of the Lord to rise on the
scene with the Word of God, that don't compromise with the things of
the world. That's the only hope there is for--for a life that is to
come, somebody'll handle the Gospel, not with rubber ecclesiastical
gloves on. Believe so much and take away so much--oh, our
denominational difference now has weeded us into about nine hundred
different organizations. Our deacons are permitted to have two or three
wives, and still serve as deacons.
Sometimes a preacher will leave one church and go to another one,
because there's more money at one place than there is another, a bigger
crowd at one place, and a better church, and so forth, have pets and
puppets and... Oh, my. We want God-called men, rugged from the
wilderness yonder, with a message that--like John the Baptist, that'll
shake the hide off of some of these so-called religious moves. It's a
sin. It--it grieves the Holy Spirit.
Sometimes in the visions the Lord gives... Well, I won't get onto that
now. See? I was asked the other day... No, I'll just... I'll keep...
E-40 Now, to the message of falling apart. The things that's going on,
the things that oughtn't to be--ought to be foreign to the church, yet
it is... Speak to them about it, they don't want to believe it.
When Noah spoke they didn't believe it. When Moses spoke they didn't
believe it. When the prophets spoke they didn't believe it. So they had
their own systems built up. Yes, sir. The beautiful virtue (Oh, my.) of
our--of our motherhood... The virtue of our Pentecostal women has bowed
at the shrine of the goddess Hollywood. And what we used to call
"virtue" we call "fashion." It's a disgrace.
E-41 Someone said to me not long ago, said, "Brother Branham, why don't
you keep off them women cutting their hair, and wearing shorts, and
things? Why don't you--why don't you..." And Said, "People regard you
as a seer from the Lord. Why don't you tell them how to see visions?"
I said, "How can I teach them algebra when they don't even know their
abc's?" Amen. The more you preach, the worse they get. So you see, the
whole system is rotten, falling apart. That's all.
E-42 God will not save the world by an organization or a system. He'll
save it by the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is the Word made
manifest. It's the promises of God made manifest. Yes, sir. We've taken
our traditions and made the Word of God of non effect, just like they
did in the days when Jesus come. Oh, yes, sir.
God promised to supply our needs, not our wants. We're always wanting
something, but we want it in our own way. You say, "Well, I--I want
that. I... Well, Lord, send us this, and send us that." God knows our
needs. That's exactly right. He knows our need.
E-43 What if your little boy seen you shaving with--with your straight
razor, and he'd say, "Daddy, I want that razor." You know better than
to give that child that razor. Well, what if he'd say, "Daddy, I've
seen you do it." Well, that's different. You're an adult. You know how
to use the razor. You're an adult. You--you've--you've accumulated the
intelligence to know how to use a razor.
And then a lot of times we see Pentecostal people, see someone speak in
tongues or something, do a healing service. And then the whole system
becomes corrupt with a bunch of carnal impersonations going out. They
see others doing it, but God might not have called you to do such a
thing. And what does it do? It brings carnal impersonations which
brings reproach upon the very cause that God sent. What does it?
Systems. If the Assemblies of God's got a man out doing something and
God is with him and proven, and we see it like that, then the other
groups has got to have one too.
E-44 Look at the little form not long ago, when the Little David system
come out. See? And every church had to have a Little David--little girl
preachers, and boy preachers, and... What was it? Comparing,
comparison, trying to impersonate. That's what got us into the mess
that we're in now. That's exactly.
What made you Assemblies of God go back into an organization when
that's the very system that God brought you out of? You tried to
compare with the Methodists and the Baptists. What made you Oneness
with your new issue, what made you go to an organization, the same
thing that He brought you out of? It's the same thing. You just keep
doing it over, and over, and over again. Can't you see it's not of God?
The whole thing's rotten and wrong. God don't call you by your
organizational brand. He calls you by your birth. Certainly. That's
what God calls you by.
E-45 God knows our needs. We've got to accept it the way He has it, not
according to our traditions. We just can't receive it that way, 'cause
God won't receive it. God won't have nothing to do with it. We--we see
others... You, say, see somebody... "I... Brother Branham, I see some
person that can do this, and some that. Glory to God, Lord." My. If He
did, He'll do it. If He calls you that, you won't have to tell anybody
about it, it'll show itself. That's exactly right. But we want to be
just like the Joneses: just about the way we've got ourself into the
system that we're in now.
E-46 Now. Now, we find out in our denominational politics... And we've
accepted politics, and let politics lead our ministers, religious
politics lead our ministers, instead of the Holy Spirit leading our
ministers. That's right. A man see a truth that he believes, he can't
go to it. His church will put him out right now. See? So you see,
you're letting man lead and instead of God leading, because your dogmas
of your creeds, and so forth, keep a man away from it.
E-47 How could a Methodist ever come out and--and preach the baptism of
the Holy Spirit? You Methodist people here, you Methodist ministers,
how could you ever do that? How could you Presbyterians ever do it and
stay in your church? They'll put you out. You know that. Certainly they
will. And you Pentecostals, just as bad. That's exactly. As long as
it's a system, it's a system. The whole system's rotten, and get away
from the thing. That's exactly what we've got to do before it ever
You might not believe that, but this is taped. Listen at it a few years
from today, if there is such, and you'll know whether it is true or
not. One day when the evening Lights are breaking... It's too late
then, you'll say, "Well, that man could have been right." But it's too
E-48 Just exactly what Jesus said when He come to the earth, He said
God had sent them prophets down through the age, every time that
their--their world system would fall apart, their religious system.
Said, "What did you do with him? God sent the prophet and you put him
in a tomb. It's exactly. And then about another generation, you wake up
and realize that that was a prophet. And then what do you do? Garnish
the tomb." What do you do? Make a tradition of his life. That's exactly
what Israel had done: had taken the prophet Moses, and had made a
tradition of his life.
And that's the way we do Martin Luther, John Wesley, other men. We're
always looking back. See? See those things? And you make a tradition of
their life--garnish the tombs of them. And their message is for another
day. By the time you wake up, why, that day's done lived by; we're in
another day. The whole system's worked that way since the beginning.
Manmade systems, certainly...
E-49 Jesus, when He came to the earth, He came and found the church and
the world in the same condition it is today. I believe He's coming
again. Just exactly. I believe it. There's only one thing can save it,
and that's the coming of the Lord. There's nothing can do it. I don't
care. We Methodists are not going to do it, or we Pentecostals are not
going to do it. God will do it in the sending of Jesus Christ. And I
believe that He will come. I... Just according to the Scriptures, He'll
come. Yes, sir.
The whole thing has become a--a religious denomination, led by the
denomination instead of the Holy Spirit. Our educational systems and
our denominations has led us in so many different ways, and taken forms
of godliness and denied the power thereof, just exactly what the
Scripture said we would do.
E-50 The prophet said in II Timothy 3, the time would come when men
would be "heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of
God; trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, and despisers of those
that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded."
You say, "That's communists."
That's so-called Christians. The Bible said, "Having a form of
godliness and denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For this
is the sort that go from house to house, and lead silly women led away
with divers lusts, never able to learn or come to the knowledge of the
truth. But as Jambres and Jannes..." Remember they did exactly... They
were--they was impersonators.
That thing struck the Pentecostal realms, as it has the rest of
them--impersonators. When Moses throwed down the rod, Jambres and
Jannes throwed down the rod. When Moses called for things, they called
for things: carnal impersonation. And how are you going to get away
from it? That ain't Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian. That's
Pentecostal, 'cause they don't--they don't even hit the realms at all
out there, the others. See?
E-51 The prophet said it would happen. How are you going to keep it
from happening? The Bible said so. No Word of God will ever fail. It's
God's Word. So we've got it. We see it before us. Wake up, people,
before it's too late.
Don't you rely upon any system, any sensation, any ism. You get with
God, and God alone. Get there till your life is changed and you become
a new creature in Christ. God will take care of the rest of it. If He
wants you to do anything, you're on speaking terms with Him then. He'll
Don't try to mock and do it like the others. If he saw a Light, and the
other shook all over, and the other one done something else, don't pay
no attention to that.
E-52 Twenty-five people held their hands last night to receive the Holy
Spirit. I wonder how many... If there's a hunger there, there's a knock
at the heart. Every one of you should receive the Holy Spirit right
there where you were setting, when that hunger... God's more willing to
give it to you than you are to receive it. You never exhaust God's
blessings. You never exhaust God's goodness. You can't do it.
Could you imagine a little fish one-half inch long out in the middle of
the sea, saying, "I'd better drink of this water sparingly because I
might run out someday"? Could you imagine a mouse under the great
garners of Egypt, saying, "I'll eat one grain a day, and allowance
myself, because I might run out before the next crop"? Well, that would
be ridiculous. And it's more ridiculous to think that you'd ever
exhaust the grace of Jesus Christ and His power, and His desire. He's
wrote it in the Word. He's promised it to you. And we're here this
morning looking the thing in the face.
E-53 But when you see the blessings of God trying to get to His people,
and to see them got it all twisted up in such a way... He can't come
into such a mess as that and bring His Word. He won't do it. That's
all. The--the vessel's got to be cleaned out.
When we get amongst Pentecostal people, see bobbed-haired women... Do
you know it's not even common for a woman to pray with her hair cut?
What happened? Your mother wouldn't have done that at all. What
happened? You got some Ricky behind the pulpit. You got some little
educated something out of a Bible school that took him farther away
from God than he ever could get to God. You stumble over the simplicity
of God. That's right. What do you do? When you get a doctor's degree
that means you're that much farther from God. When you get a Ph.D.,
LL.D., or B.A. of Art you're just that much farther from God.
E-54 Educational system drives you from God. Education has been the
devil's thought. Wisdom of the world has been the devil's thought from
the beginning to Eve and on down through the age. It's tried to
substitute simple faith in believing God's Word. If Eve would've only
believed God's Word instead of trying to get more wisdom... Took her
seminary experience there, and she broke down the bars, and she
get--got away from God.
And that's what our theological seminaries and things does. It takes
the tradition of the--of the thing and set behind that. God is simple
and so simple He goes over the top of people.
E-55 What a day we're living in. We need... Back to God, then... Huh.
Accept? "We think..." Yes. Then God has to accept us in that tradition?
He certainly will not do it. He's never done it. God never did. I want
some historian to rebuke me, if it's so. Tell me wherever a man sent on
earth with a message from God... And then as soon as he did it, he got
wrapped up with a bunch of men and made an organization. And that
organization went to seed. It never did rise no more. God laid it on
the shelf and become (as the little minister said last night) numbers,
Did the Presbyterian rise? Did the Catholic rise from the Nicaea
Council? The first Pentecostal church was a--was a... Pentecost, or, I
mean the church never begin at Rome, to you Catholics. I want somebody
to show me where the church begin at Rome. The organization begin at
Rome, what killed the church. But the church begin in Jerusalem, not in
Nicaea. See? Certainly.
E-56 Where did we begin? Seeing, you get... God will send some man with
a message and he'll get wound up with a popularity of different things,
and his head puffed up, and he makes an organization. And God puts it
right on the shelf like he did the Catholic church, and there we all
set, which is the mother of the whole thing. And now our system's
Oh, what a time we're living in. Yes. Reject His message, reject His
promises, reject those that's sent with truth. We want God to do the
same in our day just exactly like He--He did then. We call for it, but
then we find ourself all politi--all political, denominationals, all
polluted with corruption of manmade themes. And I've got a bunch of
stuff wrote down here that I oughtn't to read. I believe I'll just let
it alone. And look.
E-57 Now, get back to the truth of the Word. God lives alone. God wants
His people to live alone with Him. They want them tied into anything,
any sensations, traditions. He wants children obedient with His Word,
that He can place His Word in there. God said... Jesus said, "If ye
abide in Me and My Word's in you, then ask what you will." That's
either the truth or it isn't the truth. If it is the truth, it'll work.
Now, you want to know where the secret lies of power, of visions and
things? Is back to the Word. It's the Word of God. Jesus was the Word.
He was the manifestation of God. God was in Christ reconciling the
world to Himself, and He was the Word. "In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was made flesh."
And the Word wants to be made our flesh. But when we're all wrapped up
in all kinds of stuff, and traditions, and permitted to live like the
world, and things like that--and then expect God to do that? Why,
certainly He won't.
E-58 I don't care how many things we impersonate. It's getting to a
place to, brother, something's fixing to happen. I don't want to hurt
you. I want to bless you. Listen. One of these days the rapture will
come by, and the bride will be gone, and you'll know nothing about it.
They won't even know a word about it. Everybody's accepting, saying,
"Oh, one of these days Jesus will walk out on the skies, and say, 'Come
on, all you Pentecostals, or you Baptists,'" and our traditional
thoughts of it. It won't be like that.
My opinion is this: one day when Jesus had... It'd been prophesied
Jesus would come on the earth. And He came, He lived, He died. Nobody
knowed nothing about it, hardly, not even one percent of the Jews ever
knowed He was on the earth. About one hundredth of the world ever
knowed He was there.
E-59 John the Baptist--from Isaiah, from Malachi... Why, when they
prophesied of him, said all the mountains, the high places, will be
brought low. All the low places will be brought high. And, oh, how the
rams... And the--the leaves would clap their hands, and the mountains
would skip like little rams, all those things. Well, them traditional
people had it all figured out some other way. And here come John and
preached exactly like He said, and even the disciples didn't know it.
One day they come to Him. He said, "The Son of man's going up to
He said, "Well, why is it then, that the Scripture says... the scribes
write and tell us that before these things will take place that Elias
is going to come?"
He said, "He's already come, and you didn't know it." See? And then He
told them it was John. But said he done just what the Scriptures said
he would do, and they done to him what the Scriptures said. See?
E-60 And one of these days you're going to wonder. When that rapture
comes... You remember, there's about five, eight hundred people missing
every day over the earth, that they can't account for. And He said, "As
it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the coming of the Son of
man, wherein eight souls were saved."
One of these days judgment's going to strike the world, strike the
nation, strike the church, clear her out for the great millennium that
is to come. And then you're going to say, "Well, why did it say that
the rapture would first come before these things taken place?"
He'll say, "It's already come and you didn't know it." Somebody on his
road to church, a little lady going somewhere on a visit, they're gone.
You don't know when it happened, passed by. It's always been that way.
So will it be again.
E-61 Wake up, Pentecostal people. Shake your conscience. Realize the
hour you're living in. This is a serious hour. You people, the way that
you let your people do and act, and--and things...
It used to be it was a shame, oh, it was a disgrace for the Christian
to go to a movie. They shouldn't do that at all. The devil put one over
on you. He stuck a television right in your house, and brought the
movie to you--all kinds of corruption, and everything else, and you
Look at our schools. Look at our... Out here, little girls on the
street stretched out with all kinds of immoral clothes on. And--and
here in the city of Chicago every thirty days, every month there's
thirty thousand abortion cases registered.
E-62 Just in one case, how many sins was committed in this city last
night? Wasn't it better when the coyote howled down through the desert
here, and God looked upon it? when the old Hopi, or Navajo, went
through here on his travois? Then look at this filth, and just gaum,
and--and traditions and politics. And it's a bleeding, nasty mess that
stinks in God's nose. He'll... Corrupted before Him... He'll blow it to
pieces some of these days. And He'll burst forth the earth as she'll
renew herself with volcanic eruption. And there'll come a millennium
then, where the righteous will walk out upon the ashes of the wicked,
according to Malachi 4. Now remember, before that happens though,
there's something takes place. We get a shaking from a messenger before
it takes place. All right.
E-63 Now, our message for the--for the day. Now, notice. We notice that
the coming of the Lord Jesus... And when He came in His day, notice, in
His day, when He come.
Now, we find out that Rome was looking for a great military genius, a
messiah who could come and kick Greece off the earth, and the rest of
them. And--and you know what they had? A gimmick. He had something that
he could make all the rest of them be ashamed of themselves. They
wanted a military genius. That's what they wanted.
E-64 What did Israel want? A Messiah. They wanted a Messiah--a general.
They wanted a general come who'd take and kick all the Romans, and
stomp them out of the country, and set up the kingdom in Jerusalem. God
knowed their needs. What did He give them? A Baby, a Baby, a Saviour.
He give them a Saviour. They thought they were saved, but He give them
And that's the thing it is today. If He'd send anything to us it'd be a
Saviour, when we think we are saved. He knowed what they had need of.
Today, look at our politics, how it's corrupted. The same...
E-65 What if--what if God looked today? Look at Russia. Russia's crying
for a messiah. They want somebody, a scientific genius, who can take
them to the moon before the United States gets started. Certainly. All
the rest of the nations are looking for it. They want a scientific
genius that'll run them over to the moon, can invent some kind of a
bomb that'll take off all--knock off our hydrogen bombs and stop them,
and can take their own bombs and rain it on everybody before anybody
else gets a start, and then they take the whole world over. That's the
kind of messiah that Russia's looking for.
E-66 Nineteen hundred years ago the true Messiah was crucified. He
promised to return again. He promised the Holy Spirit would shine forth
His Light again in the last days. I wonder if He come, if we would be
just like the Jews was in that day. If we're looking... What kind of a
Messiah is the church looking for? The Baptists is looking for
something a little greater than Billy Graham, who can take all the
Methodists, and Presbyterians, and--and the Pentecostals, and say, "You
all shut up. I'll make one organization out of all of you."
What's the Pentecostals looking for? They're looking for a genius to
rise up, that can make them all Assemblies. And the--and the Oneness is
looking for a Oneness that can make them all Oneness. The Church of God
is looking for one make them all Church of God.
What are you doing? You're organizing Bible schools, and educating
them, and sending the ones that God would send farther away from Him
than they was in the beginning. I know you don't agree with that, many
of you. But anything...
E-67 My mother used to tell us... When we were kids we was raised so
poor: boil meat skins, and get grease to make our cornbread, and every
Saturday night we'd have to--to take a dose of castor oil. We--we or we
had almost pellagra, of so much eat the same thing of poke greens, and
And Mama... I used to hate that stuff. I do yet today. When I'd go to
take it, I'd hold my nose, and I'd say, "Mama, I can't take it. It gags
me. It makes me sick."
She'd say, "Anything that don't make you sick won't do you no good."
That's what's the matter with the Pentecostal church today. You don't
want to listen to something that'll--that'll do you good, that'll make
you sick at your--your theological gastronomicals. But it'll do you
good. It'll work you out, and back to the Word of God, and back to the
faith that was once delivered to the saints and take away from all this
here Bible school, theological seminary, and giving the ministers all
kinds of degrees.
E-68 God never did hand out a handful of sour apples like that. He
wants men to have faith, believe what's already wrote. You don't have
to accumulate something else. I know that's hard. I'm not here to baby
you, and make you laugh, and make you shout. I'm here to tell you the
truth in God. You'll see someday. If you don't believe it now, someday
will come when you'll say that was right. True. We've got to get back.
The whole thing's in this condition. There's nothing left for it to
come, but the coming of the Lord Jesus. And He won't come for the
Assemblies of God. He won't come for the Baptist. He'll come for each
individual. That's right.
E-69 [Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.] And as soon as that light struck that
seed, they was at life, like that. Look at those theologians standing
around there, when they seen Him discerning the thoughts that was in
their hearts. They'd seen a lot of carnal impersonations before, and
they said, "This man's Beelzebub, a fortuneteller." That was
Jesus said, "You're of your father the devil, and his works you do."
But when a little prostitute walked up, down there to the well in
Samaria and Jesus said to her, "Go get your husband," she said, "I have
Said, "You told the truth. You've had five; and the one you're living
with is not yours."
She said, "Sir, I perceive that You're a prophet. We know when Messiah
cometh He'll do these things."
He said, "I'm He that speaks to you."
What was it? That Light struck that little predestinated seed, and
quickly it come to life. How much different from them theologians, all
She run into the city, said, "Come see a Man that's told me the things
I done. Isn't that the very Messiahic sign that we're to look for?"
And the doctors of divinity stood around and said, "That guy's
Beelzebub." See, they couldn't explain it. They had no way to explain
it. So they had to answer to their congregation, give them some kind of
a radical idea of their own.
E-70 The same thing has arrived again, and men won't believe; people
won't believe; churches won't believe. No wonder. You can't be
disappointed in it, because the Bible said they wouldn't do it. But
it's you individuals, you that's ordained to life. Look upon the fields
now and see what hour we're living in. Come to life. Let the life that
was in Christ come in you, the mind...
You said, "Oh, I think. I think this. I..." You ain't got no thought
coming. You let the thoughts that was in Christ be in you, and that's
the Word. That's right. Think the thoughts that He thought.
E-71 Now. Now, I wonder today, America... I won't keep you much longer.
America, you've been crying the loudest. What do you want? I'm coming
home now from across the fields. What do you want? What do you want to
rule over you? You want an educational genius. That's what you want,
and you got him. I don't want to hurt your feelings, but I want to tell
you the truth. You've got him, even if you had to invent a crooked vote
machine. You got him.
America's so set on education, not the Bible, on education. The
churches are so built upon educational theology, some kind of a manmade
system, creeds. And the Pentecostals drifted right into that same
thing, just like driftwood upon the waters going over the dam. Right.
You want creed; you don't want truth.
E-72 Now, notice. What did you do? Everything was educa... You wanted
it so well till you got your television out, and put Mr. Nixon and Mr.
Kennedy on there to test their intelligence before you done it. And
then... Even is enough good people left in America wouldn't have done
that; they know our heritage. We know where we belong to.
And you Democrats... I'm neither Democrat nor Republican. I'm a
Christian. But you Democrats that would let some little Ricky come
around, and you'd sell your birthrights for your politics, and vote in
something that our nation was established to get away from, shame on
you. Got the same Ahab and Jezebel.
E-73 You American women wanted fashion. You've got a... You don't have
to go to Paris now. You got it right here, a real Frenchman to give it
to you. You've got your water-head haircuts, and all your fashions and
things, that you want to fashion after. You've got exactly what you
want. Where is it going to lead you? Right back to Rome exactly where
it's come from.
And you Protestants, you're wanting some big organization to lead over
you, run over you, to rule you. You'll get it--the World Council of
Churches. How can David duPlessis, my friend, ever--on this ecumenical
council that he's talking about. And bringing these Pentecostal people
E-74 What's the matter with you Pentecostals? Hollering about Dr. Holy
Father So-and-so come in. Oh, you know the Bible said don't call no man
"Father." What's the matter with you? That's the teaching of our Lord.
What's the matter? Don't you know your Bible? Don't you know your Lord?
The Holy Spirit wouldn't teach you to do a thing like that. Don't you
realize that when these Presbyterians, Lutherans, and things try to
come in to get that, it's the end-time? They don't get in. The Bible
said they didn't.
While they come to get oil the Bridegroom come: when they went to get
oil. Then what about the rapture now? See? The Bible said that when the
sleeping virgin come to buy oil... How many knows that's the truth?.
When the sleeping virgin come to get oil the bride went in. They didn't
get it. They come back, and they was cast into outer darkness.
When you hear this rumor about so many Methodists, Presbyterian,
Baptist... What's the matter with you? Wake up. It's later than you
think. They come back. But they may had an emotion, but they wasn't
there. Remember, they were into outer darkness.
E-75 Maybe they say, "Well, when is this going to take place?" It might
already be, one of these mornings, and you wouldn't know why, how. I
hope you can read. I hope you can--got the Spirit of Christ enough to
know what I'm talking about, the Holy Spirit reveal it to you. These
are taped, and they go around the world. See?
But you realize, just a few days ago, when them seven angels came down
in that vision, many of you knowing it, said, "Go to Tucson and wait
there for a while. And you'll hear a blast go off. When it goes, return
back." And the seven seals were opened at the Tabernacle the other day.
When I seen people coming from--standing there at three o'clock in the
morning to get a place to get into the auditorium, and so forth, seeing
the hungry hearts coming from everywhere, I thought, "O God, we're
bound to be at the end now."
E-76 You remember, the sounding of the seventh angel the mysteries of
God was finished. And there come an Angel from heaven and swore with
His hands raised from heaven (Revelations 10:1-7), that time would be
no more. That's exactly right. The hour...
What church is He coming to? The church that we're living in, the
Laodicea church age, the last church age, when lukewarm just enough to
dance around, say, "Yes, I got it. I spoke in tongues. I shouted.
Hallelujah. I got it."
And come back, and our churches look like a bunch of Jezebels, looks
like a bunch of I don't know what: corruption.
Remember, your outside expresses your inside. No matter how much your
testimony is, your life speaks louder than your word. See? That's
right. We're here. We've arrived. Something's fixing to happen. It
comes from above, not from any of these things here. It comes from
above. God will send Christ. Amen.
E-77 Yeah, we got our genius. Where's he at? Now, you're wanting a
genius, the church world. I don't mean you individuals here. This is
taped. What about it? You're wanting it. You'll get it. Go right into
the Council of Churches, the very thing that you've come out from to be
what you are. And then your organization's leading you right back into
it again, just exactly what you come out of, the thing that God cursed,
that pollution, dirt and filth. Why, in that Council of Churches some
of them don't even believe in the virgin birth, the coming of Christ,
or nothing else. And how can two walk together except they be agreed?
There you are.
E-78 Well, it's time, I guess, for me to quit. But brother and sister,
just remember this; we're at the end-time. Education has took the place
of salvation. The church denomination has taken the place of the body
and bride of Christ. Set in all that corruption, that's what you want.
That's what the people want. That's what's in the American church.
That's what's in the Pentecostals. They want somebody not to come tell
them the truth; they don't want it. You tell them. They say, "I don't
have to listen to such stuff as that," turn their little nose up, and
walk out of the building. They won't listen to it.
Why? That's what's in their heart. They express exactly what they are.
Which one of the prophets ever come in the old days? Which sign did
Christ come? Whatever messenger ever come from heaven but what the
church rejected? We're here. The world's falling apart; the church is
falling apart; the systems are falling apart. Why? Because it's a
system outside of God. That's it. We're--we're at the end-time. There's
nothing else can be done. Yes, sir. Everything... Remember...
E-79 Let's just ask this question before we go on. What if--what if
Russia got their messiah? What would happen to us. See? Let's remember,
Germany got theirs not long ago. We well remember that. They got their
messiah, their Hitler, their genius. What if Russia got hers? What
If there wasn't a God of mercy in heaven I don't know what we would do.
All of my hopes would be gone. There's a true church. There's a church
that's waiting for the coming of the Lord. God will always grant it,
but just those who are ordained. You say, "What good will it do to
stand, if it's this kind of a system?"
There's a predestinated seed. When that Light strikes, they'll catch it
like that. She'll bloom to blossom right now. Sure. Others will just go
right over the top of it. They believe in their system, and that's just
the way it's always... Like it was in the days of Noah, they believed
the same thing. Those who are predestinated to Eternal Life, they got
it. "No man can come to Me," said Jesus, "except My Father draws him.
And all the Father hath given Me will come."
We just got to scatter the seed, throw the Light. Oh, each one of you
ought to be a lighthouse.
E-80 You Pentecostals who claim to be so much... You Pentecostals who
claim to kiss the cup of the golden rims of the blessings of Christ...
And you women, that could go out here and permit, and do, and let the
ministers of this age tantalize you and tell you it's all right for you
to let your kids wear them shorts... And you women--grandmas cutting
your hair and... Don't you know the Bible said that a woman... A woman
that cuts her hair, the Bible said her husband has a right to put her
away. She's unhonorable. It used to be wrong.
Paint? There's only one woman in the Bible ever painted her face, and
that was Jezebel. And God fed her to the dogs. So you see what that
would be? Common dog meat. So don't--don't... Just keep away from those
things. That isn't becoming to Christians.
E-81 Tell them about it, "Well, I belong to the Assemblies. I belong to
the Oneness. I belong to this..." That's right. That's what you belong
to. But if you belonged to Christ, it would be different. When the Word
of God and the seed of God was in there, it'd bloom forth an example of
Christianity. It would bloom forth something that the world would laugh
at, and make fun of, like it did the Lord when He come, like it did
every prophet that come. They laughed and made fun of them and throwed
them into the tombs.
But there's coming a resurrection. This world... Men can either live
for this world, or the world to come, depends on where your thoughts
are at. There's where your treasures are also. Let it be on heaven and
the coming of the Lord. Be an example of womanhood; be an example of
manhood; be example of Christian. Live the life; do what's right.
E-82 People today, even our evangelists are so money... Everything they
have to have, so much money promised, and great big things, and
building big institutions, and things like that, just the very thing
that Pentecost come out of. And there we are, right back in again. What
is it? All glistening and shining. You know, everything's got to shine.
Hollywood shines. Right. But the Gospel glows.
There's a lot of difference between shining and glowing. Where the
church shines with--with Hollywood fashions, biggest churches, and
highest spires, the best dressed crowds, and so forth, it shines with
that. The biggest members... The Baptists had in '44, "A million more
in '44," under Dr. Billy Graham, and many of those.
E-83 And I set at Billy Graham's breakfast here not long ago in our
city, the man, the evangelist, a great man of God... I'm praying for
him constantly. He's laying down there sick. I have honor for him. He's
the type that when down into Sodom yonder and brought out them
Sodomites, every one that could be brought out. But remember, the
church elected wasn't in Sodom. There was an Angel stayed up there too,
and He showed them a sign: the church elected.
But when he did, standing up there... And I seen him standing there, he
said, "What's the matter here?" Said, "I..." Said, "Here's the
example." Said, "St. Paul went into a city and he had one convert. He
went back a year later. What did he--happen? He had thirty by that
one." Said, "I go into a city, have thirty thousand converts in six
weeks. I come back a year later and can't find thirty. What's the
matter?" He said, "It's you lazy preachers." Said, "You take your
decision cards, and set with your feet up on the desk somewhere, and
call them up on the phone." And he went ahead and...
E-84 I admired the man for his courage. I hate to see a sissy, some
denominational puppet. I--I like a man that--a God-sent man that stands
on his convictions, regardless. When he's proven wrong, admit it, and
come back and start over again. That's right. And he stood there and
talked like that. And I thought... I sat with Dr. Mordecai Hamm to
where... He's a personal friend of mine, Baptist brother. And I've
knowed him, oh, for years, and years, and years, and we've associated
together. And he and I were setting at the table together. I come to
his home; we went down together.
We set there, and I thought, "Oh, my." How, not to interrupt or say
anything about the great evangelist, but I thought, "Billy, which one
of the ministers at Antioch... When Paul went into Antioch and got his
one convert, which minister there took that convert into his offices,
his private, and fed him and talked to him? There wasn't any." Why?
Paul taken him so far beyond the things of the world, oh, till God was
rooted and grounded into his heart. That apostle never let that one
soul go, till he was really rooted and grounded in Christ.
E-85 And today what do we do? We bring these little old girls up, and
men and women, belong in the churches, and they make a decision... In
the "Hour of Decision," and things like that, bring them in, send them
right back out to--like that. And what? They haven't got nowhere
anyhow. They had nothing but a little emotional work-up by the Word.
It'll actually do that. See? It'll do that. It'll make an emotion.
That's what happened to Pentecost. It went under emotion. That's what
happened to all of it.
E-86 Evangelism, it's a net that goes forth, Jesus said, "Cast into the
sea." And when he brought forth, it had turtles, terrapins, snakes,
frogs, and everything else in it. But remember, they was that from the
start. There's fish in there too. Just our business to seine. God's
business to say who's fish and who's not. See? Why wouldn't them? If
they was taken just as far into the Kingdom of God, them thirty
thousand, as Paul's one was, when he come back he'd have four hundred
and thirty thousand (See?) because their heart would be so on fire.
E-87 Like the little Brother Crow said last night. I admired
his--his--his courage. I admired his stand, to stand under his
conviction. When the light shines there he stands. You'll never jerk
him in any of these systems if he stays the way he is. No. Then going
along like that... How I admire a man of that type. Yes, sir. Let
anybody say... If I look like a weather vane, I'd rather look like a
weather vane for God than some painted-up Mardi Gras for the devil. You
got to look for something anyhow. That's exactly right. There you are.
But see, it's the system, things that we're living in and working with
today. There you are. The whole thing has become corrupt plumb to the
E-88 Now, we've got our Ricky up there. Now, what are you going to do
with him? See, they're just flying in like--like blackbirds. Exactly
right. The whole cabinet, the whole thing, and everything, millions of
dollars system, that's what you want. That's what the church wants.
That's the reason you come in. It's easy now to get into the churches.
Oh, my. The Pentecostals, all you have to do is shake a little bit,
jump a little bit, or say you got some kind of a testimony.
E-89 Anybody can testify. You ought to go with me to India sometime and
listen to the Hindus testify. They'd make you ashamed of yourself.
That's right. You ought to go back into Africa, the Hottentots: and let
them kill an animal, and blood theirself all over, and listen to their
testimonies, and sensations, and speaking in tongues (sure), worship an
idol sprinkled with blood. O God, how I wished I could make every
person here see that. Certainly. The devil impersonates every...
Everything that God puts out, he impersonates it. Even to God's truth,
he impersonates it. That's exactly true.
E-90 Notice. There they are. Well, what does the church want? The
nation wants something that they can get... Not a president up there
would set down there in the cabinet, would stop this nonsense, and get
this city so dry with--from bootleggers, they'd have to prime hisself a
half hour to get enough moisture to spit. But--but they--they don't
want something like that.
They want some guy in there that's going to give them all the beer they
want, and legalize it, and then arrest him if he gets too drunk.
And--and rape, and the insane asylums, and everything else. And--and
thousands of wrecks on the road, drunken drivers. And they go out here
on the road... And you let a drunken driver go out, and run over
somebody, and kill him, he's excused. And to me it's premeditated
Let some guy celebrate, and get out and fire a pistol two or three
times in the air, and they'll send him so far back in the jail he'll
canker before they got him out. What is it? There you are. There's your
systems of the world. There's no justice in it.
This man talking about the United States government... Sure, every
government in the world's controlled by the devil, every system,
every... Jesus said so.
Satan admitted, "These are all mine. I do with them whatever I want to."
Where are we at then today? Look where we're standing.
E-91 Now what must I say in closing this, friend? You see, the
political world's falling apart. We're going right back to Rome here in
the United States, just as fast as we can go. The Bible said we would
do it, Revelations 13. And there we are. What did it do? They had to
have a big bunch of organizations go into Revelations 17, the old
mother whore and all of her daughters. There she goes right back, every
denomination right with her.
There they are. They got a pharaoh raised up that knows not Joseph, and
here we go. The whole thing... Even our Pentecostal leaders, leading
everybody right into that big glamor of Hollywood, and taking the
people in with a big swallow of a... Oh, it's a...
God help this nation. God help this people. Now, sometimes it would
make a fellow feel like getting in the street and screaming. But I know
the Bible says that "No man can come except My Father draws him." I
know that these things have got to be happening these days.
E-92 I see the Light, the Light of God spread forth. I see the false
out yonder, and all the glow and--or the glamor and glow together. And
what must I do?
Lord Jesus, help me be true till You come. Let me stand, O God. Let me
take my stand and stay here, Lord, just move as You move me.
What can I say to those people who really believe God? I painted an
awful picture. I got at least twenty pages here, but it's too late.
I've just a little context that I wrote down to a text. What must I say
this morning? What must I leave you here who are...? Where are you at?
E-93 I've condemned your organizations, not condemned you. I condemn
the system that's got you into the place you are. I'm not condemning
you, my minister brothers. You get the wrong impression of me. I'm
trying to help you. What if I seen you on a boat going down the river
yonder towards the falls, and I knowed that boat can't shoot those
falls? and I'm screaming to you "Get out of there." It's not because I
don't like you. It's because I do love you. That system that you lean
on... go to hell where it come out of.
E-94 Was talking to an old man the other day. A little boy come into
the store, there in Tucson where I went in to buy some--some Special K
for breakfast. And there was a little boy standing buying cigarettes.
Said, "Who's these for, your mother?"
Said, "No." Said, "That boy setting there."
Said, "Is he old enough?"
He said, "Yes."
I said to the grocery man; I said, "He never gets old enough." See?
But you... The--the people begin to think that's all right. Smoking's
popularity. And the churches are practicing a--just a drinking
conservative, just modern drinking. Oh, for goodness sake. Where do
you... Where do you get that stuff? It's out of a system, not from
God's Word. He that even gives his neighbor a strong drink... See? Sure
it is. It's--it's a ruin and rake of our nation, Hollywood glamor. And
there's where we've got to, in such a mess as that. Here we are in that
kind of a shape.
E-95 This old man said to me; he said, "Well," said, It I feel sorry
for them." Said, "It's kind of hard for them--for them--for--for us to
quit. Is it hard for... Wouldn't it be hard for you to quit?"
I said, "I never started."
He said, "Oh, you don't smoke." Said, "I admire you, fellow." He was
about seventy years old.
I said, "Thank you."
He said, "Like whiskey, the same way."
And I said, "I don't drink."
He said, "Well, I admire that." Said, "I think if a man wants to come
home and drink a glass of beer," said, "it's all right. But when you
take these women, and they're out there on the streets, and carrying on
drunk and running around... Their husband gets to work, and then they
got the car, and out and gone."
I said, "They oughtn't never let a woman behind a wheel." Boy, if I was
there she wouldn't do it, if I had anything to say about it.
E-96 They say the women's the most safest drivers. I'm an international
traveler. Me and my son, crossing this nation, put a book up in the--in
the car. And every time a boo-boo was called, pulled on the road, we
marked it down "man" or "woman." And out of three hundred, there were
two hundred and eighty-one of them caused by women, nineteen of them by
men. That's exactly.
Yet she's setting there, push her hair up, and she'd turn out like
this, and make a...?... slide, and everything else. But, oh, of course
the police ain't going to say that. They got them on the police force.
What a disgrace.
E-97 When a woman gets from behind the table in the kitchen, and the
house taken care of her own little ministry God give her, her babies,
she's out of the will of God.
Put her in a pulpit, she's out of the will of God. There's no Scripture
for a woman preacher. I want some man to stand and tell me that, look
me in the face. There's no such a thing. That... Pentecost is the
grassroots of that stuff. Never was. Adam was first formed and then
Eve. Adam was not deceived. But yet you do it, and you see where you
got yourself? Way out here on a limb that you can't come back on now.
But there you go. That's it. That's the world. That's what you want.
That's what you want; that's what you got. See?
E-98 But to those who look for a Kingdom whose Builder and Maker of
God, we receive a Kingdom. We're not looking for a denomination. We're
not look... No, those who love God, we're not looking for some
denominational genius. We're not looking for some great big
mathematician can stand up here, and tell us how to make more numbers,
and so forth, and go out in the streets and work yourself to death to
bring in members. What you got? You're bringing more pigs to the pen.
That's all. And what you getting when you get there? Slop. Exactly. God
borns them into a Kingdom above. That's exactly right.
E-99 Some boy giving Billy Graham (I guess you read it in the "Post") a
raking about what he had done, Bob Jones saying Billy Graham... Bob
Jones has got a lot to holler about, hasn't he? That's right. Billy
Graham's done more for the Kingdom of God in these few years he's been
on the field, than Bob Jones could do if he stayed here a million years
longer. That's right. But what does he say? "Billy Graham just only
gets out and says, well, he ain't got no denomination to take them to."
God bless the man for that. Yes, sir.
What do you do? You bring him in, and make him a twofold child more of
hell than he was when you picked him up on the street. The disciples
never took them to any denomination. They got them filled with the Holy
Spirit and into the Kingdom of God. And there the Holy Spirit taken
over. Yes, sir.
Now. But they said he done an indebtiment to the church by not taking
the...?... let them all go into organization. I guess they're all
supposed to belong to Bob Jones' college. See? Then they was really out
of their line. Now when all these here called--so-called
fundamentalists, and all this stuff there, it's nonsense.
E-100 What are we looking for, friends? What are we? The real church is
looking not for a denomination, not looking for a president, not
looking for a--a genius to rise up; but they're looking for a Kingdom,
and a King to come. What is the Kingdom? It's on earth now. It's a
Spirit, mystical body of Christ. In there they've come out of
Presbyterian, Methodists, Pentecostals, and everything. They're in this
Kingdom. They're born in there. They come in there by the baptism of
the Holy Spirit, and they're in this Kingdom. And we're looking for a
King to come to this Kingdom, that'll set His Kingdom up here on the
earth. On His--on His throne, the throne of David; He shall rule and
reign forever. That's what the church looks for.
E-101 And the good thing about it, friends, is think of this: before we
get to this Kingdom... Before this King comes, now we can set together
in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, lifted up above all the shadows of
all the corruption of the world, and all their television programs, and
all these other nonsenses they got on the earth today, and all the
rotten pollution and systems and everything, be lifted up in heavenly
places, and the Holy Spirit, Himself, come upon us and speak out, and
call to us our sins, and tell us how to get straightened up, and what
we've done in life, and what we're doing. It's the Holy Spirit: Jesus
Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever. That's the King that
shall come to His Kingdom someday, and His Kingdom is now being
established in the hearts of His people here on earth. God bless you.
E-102 If I never... You might not like me after this. See? You might
not like me, but someday you're going to realize that that's the truth.
Now, God bless you. I ain't going to keep you no longer, but I want you
to remember this. We are looking for a Kingdom, and we do receive now a
Kingdom that cannot be moved. We receive something into our hearts that
there's not no devils in hell can shake it out. There's nothing.
E-103 This old man over there the other day said, "Well," he said, "I
tell you." He said, "Here's what it is, sir." I told him I was a
minister, the reason I didn't smoke and drink, and so forth. He said,
"Well, I--I admire that." He said, "That's right." Said, "When I was on
the police force, everything," said, "but juvenile delinquency. That's
all we got today."
I said, "Sir, I don't want to disagree with you." But I said, "It's not
juvenile delinquency. It's parent delinquency. The parents is the
delinquents (That's right.) letting their kids do like that." They need
a... They... You... What did you do? You put a "True Story" magazine on
your table instead of the Bible. Instead of prayer meetings you had to
run out somewhere and do something else. That's what's the matter with
the world today. That's what's the matter with our called Christians:
dancing, parties, and social drinking, and, oh, everything. See? It's
parent delinquency, not child delinquency. The parent is delinquent;
that's the one.
E-104 Notice. I said, "What happened, sir?" I said, "You standing here;
we're two men never met before in life. You're..." He said he was
seventy something years old, just doing that on the side. I said, "I'm
a minister." And I said, "You represent the civil laws of the land. I
represent the moral laws of the land." And I said, "Now, if somebody
broke your civil laws, what happened? You put him in jail, didn't you?
You sent them right to jail if they broke the civil laws."
He said, "That's right."
I said, "They break these laws, they go to hell." I said, "A just judge
who... God upon His Word... Them cases are based upon the laws of the
nation. And when they been found transgressed, then there's nothing but
penalty to pay. And any law that hasn't got a penalty to it is not a
law. Right." And I said, "To transgress God's law, His Word, is eternal
separation from His Presence." I said, "Now, you see where we're at."
He said, "The Lord bless you. Where do you preach at?"
And I said, "Just anywhere I can get an open door."
There you are. See? Just an old man of that age (See?) and just seeing
it at that time. Transgress the laws of God, which is His Word, and
you're hell-bound. That's all there is to it. Serve God.
E-105 Now, we come into this Kingdom by Holy Spirit baptism. And when
we come in there... Not a make-believe. Some... Now, I don't... Now,
you... Don't--don't get this in your mind now. I... "Brother Branham
don't believe that you speak with tongues." I do believe you speak with
tongues. But just look at them that speak with tongues and hasn't got
it. Look at the... Look the way they act, and the way they do. You can
tell they haven't got it. See?
Look at the churches today, say, "We're the church." Every one of them,
"We're the church." There's only one church, and that's the mystical
body of Christ. When you become in there you're baptized in there by
the Holy Spirit, and it changes your whole being.
E-106 Not long ago... I say this just in regards to something come in
my mind. Wife and I last summer... I'd come home off one of the
meetings and we went to get groceries. We found a woman wearing a
skirt. It was a strange thing in our country. They're all naked. So
then, we seen that woman, and she... And we recognized some of them
women to--to belong, and sing in choirs, in churches there.
And she said, my wife said, "Billy, what makes them women..." Said,
"Why--why do they do that?" Said, "Our people..." Said, "Wonder why?"
I said, "We're--we're--we're not that. We don't belong to that kingdom."
And she said, "Well..."
I said, "But they're not our kind of people."
And she said, "What do you mean?" Said, "Aren't we Americans?"
I said, "Oh, no. No, sir." I said, "I go to Germany, I find a German
spirit, a national spirit. I go to Sweden, I find a Swedish spirit. I
go to India, I find a national spirit. You come to America, you find
Ricky, that kind of a spirit, oh, know-it-all. Watch them when they
come to the other country. It makes you sick to even think you are an
American, the way they act. That's right. It's the nastiest acting
people, the most impudent, independent, educated idiots. That's right.
And all the world knows it.
E-107 No wonder we're trying to buy our friendship with our dollars.
You don't buy friendship. Now, there's a... they... Our nation is
rotten to the roots. That's right. There's no hope for it. It's all
gone. There's only one thing to look for: the coming of the Lord. Right.
She said, "Well, aren't we Americans?"
I said, "No. We live here. We live here. There's not..." I said--why, I
said, "You see those people are Americans. They have the American
spirit. They do like Hollywood, which governs America: her dressing,
her fashion, her goddess, and so forth. That's just exactly what they
do." Now, I said, "They are Americans. We are from above. The women in
our church, they don't do that. They live holy, clean."
E-108 You take a woman that wears them kind of clothes, and gets out on
the street, I don't care how moral you try to live, at the end of the
age you're going to be called an adulteress. If any man looks upon you
to lust after you, and you've presented the proposition to him, you're
guilty of committing adultery. Jesus said so. You might be as clean to
your husband, or boyfriend, as you could be. But if you dress like
that, and some sinner looks upon you, he's got to answer for it the day
of judgment, and you presented yourself.
Clean up, women. Get back to God. That's... I don't care what they say
about you, go back to God. Women used to be put upon a pedestal. She
was the backbone of the nation. And now, where's she at? She brought it
upon herself. She's regarded... They don't even take off their hats to
talk to them or nothing else. It's just that condition. Why did they do
it? Brought it to theirself.
Where did it start? Some Ricky behind the pulpit with some kind of a
seminary experience, a puppet to some organization instead of a man of
God to take that Word and tear them to pieces with it. That's right.
That's what we got in the church. God be merciful.
E-109 Let's go to this Kingdom. Let's go to where we can find... And we
live after that Kingdom. Then your--your thoughts are holy, your things
that--our thoughts are above, where your inheritance lives. Let us bow
Solemnly I ask you this question. Some of you may not even return
tonight. This may be my last time of ever seeing you on earth. Jesus
may come before night. There may be a destruction before night. It
could happen, you know, at any time, of that secret coming of the
You say, "Brother Branham, awhile ago when you said the church could
go, and we wouldn't know?"
Oh, yes. The Bible says it. No, they won't know nothing about it. It's
a secret coming. He comes in a secret and steals away His church, takes
her away. Like a book I read one time, of Romeo and Juliet. See? He
comes to get her, nobody know nothing about it.
E-110 The world say, well, two or three out of this day, "Well,
somebody come up missing last night," and way across the country, two
or three more. That's what He said would happen.
"Oh, they went out somewhere."
"They... Some girl made a mistake; she ran out."
"Some man, he ran out with somebody else's wife." They've been
raptured. They don't know nothing about it. Hundreds of them go every
day, and they know nothing about it. See?
Before that time happens, why don't you get right with God? I've got to
meet you at the judgment. I love you. I don't scold the Pentecostal
people because... I never come among you to be an indebtiment to you. I
come because God sent me. I come in the Name of the Lord Jesus. Have I
ever told you anything wrong? Has any of your leaders ever raised up to
try to tell me I was wrong? I've asked them to prove it. They know
better than that. All right.
E-111 Now, you... Many of you've been in the meetings. You know that I
wouldn't have said this this morning, 'less I knowed this city needed
it. It's altogether give over to everything: filth and gaum. You need
Christ. Would you like to receive a real Kingdom of God, where your
whole being is changed? You're transformed, and you're made a new
creature. A whole bloom of life, of Eternal Life, is in you. The things
of the world is dead. I'm not going to ask you to come to any altar.
I'm going to ask you for your sincerity. If you really desire, and want
me to pray as I close the service, raise up your hand, say, "Pray for
me, Brother Branham." God bless you. Fine. About ninety percent.
E-112 Our heavenly Father, as I look down just before I closed my eyes,
Lord, and seen this publication here, this ad in the paper, the story
of Tony Fontaine: blonds, gimmicks, dancing upon the platform, music,
immoral dressed women, men... As Jesus said, "What did you go out to
see, when you went to see John? A man of soft raiments (turned around
collars, and so forth)? No." Said, "They're in kings' palaces. Did you
go to see a--a reed shaken with the wind? (Anybody that would when an
organization offering something a little better than the other, and
he'd go to it.)" Not John. He wasn't a reed shaken with wind. He never
compromised on anything. Said, "What did you go to see then? A
prophet?" Said, "I say to you, more than a prophet."
E-113 O Father God, we realize that there's no hopes left for the
church organization. It's gone, Lord. It was against Your will in the
beginning. There's no hope for the nation. It's gone.
We've done seen this nation's just a perfect pattern of Israel, -how
when Israel come into their homeland and drove out the occupants, as we
come in and drove out the American Indian, and how they had great men
in those days: David, Solomon, Joshua. And so did we come in and drive
out the natives, and set up our land, our economy upon freedom of
religion, when we'd been bound with dogmas and things. We had great
men, a Washington, a Lincoln.
But finally, as the years went by, they finally elected in an Ahab that
had a painted-up Jezebel who set the fashions of the world. So have we
done the very same thing. And now, we see the same thing take place. In
that day you had an Elijah to stand, and condemn it. Oh, how they hated
him, but he--he stood. His voice will still be standing at the day of
And Father, send to us an Elijah. Send to us a voice of the Bible, the
voice of God, and a-vindicate it, and prove that you're God, that you
do the same yesterday, today, and forever, that the people would know.
Without any hesitation they see that it's the truth. And may people...
Like the little woman at the well, had been mixed up in all kinds of
stuff, but when that light flashed across her little path that she was
walking on, she seen something. She was never the same anymore. She
came to a fountain that she had never visited before.
E-114 Grant, Lord, today, that many today will see that there is a
fountain opened, and the Word of God is still in effect to every one
that will believe and receive It. Many hands went up, Lord Jesus.
They're desperately in need. I believe they meant it. I hardly can
think that--that people who are trying, and has come into this
Pentecostal move because that they've come out of these fashions and
things, and seen there wasn't nothing to them... And they come right
into here to find themselves in the same kind of conglomeration of--of
Hollywood, same kind of an educational program, big shots, as we'd call
it on earth, Lord. Oh, how... God, help them, will You, Father?
E-115 And I--I believe that they couldn't have raise their hand 'less
there was something there to make them raise their hand. There's a
Spirit around them, these men and women, ninety percent of them
perhaps, Lord--that they realize that there's something wrong, and
they--they don't want it that way. And now according to science, they
could not raise that hand. Gravitation would hold that hand down.
But they can defy science, because they're human beings and they have a
spirit that can command that hand to come up, and it'll come up. And,
God, You so endowed men with--on free moral agency to make his own
E-116 And now there's a Spirit standing by the side of them that tells
them that the very spirit that they've been worshipping around's been
wrong, and they want a decision. And the Spirit that's around them, the
Holy Spirit making them raise their hands and say, "Give me God." Lord,
you know their hearts.
I pray that the Holy Spirit will come rushing in like a dam broke forth
somewhere, and the rushing stored up anticipations of the Holy Ghost
will set their souls alive with real fire of love of God, burning there
for dying humanity, not for organization, but for dying humanity. Not
for politics, as they see the organizational world falling apart. They
see the political world falling apart, and the--the U.N. a great big
rubber balloon that's pushed around by every wind of--of political
doctrine, shoved one way and another way.
And, O God, they see this--this council of churches, as they so call
it, they see it's moving them right into a trap, Lord, like a spider
weaving a web.
E-117 God, may Pentecost wake up quickly, Lord, while it's time they
can wake up. Wake up this little city here, Lord. Wake up these women
that are setting here. Wake up these men. Don't let it pass by, Lord,
like the Catholic church woke up after St. Patrick. Like the Jewish
church woke up after Elijah, then garnished his tomb. Like the Catholic
Church woke up after Joan of Arc. They don't know it while it's going
on; but after it's gone, then they realize. Like the church woke up
after Jesus was crucified: too late then, they done done it.
O God, wake up Pentecost. I love them, Lord. They're the people...
They--they help feed my children. Lord God, let them know that the
message of God don't have to come out of their organizational ranks.
You raise what You want to. You're God. Shake their souls this morning,
Father, and bring them back to a realization that Jesus Christ is the
same yesterday, today, and forever, and we're now setting in His
Presence in heavenly places, being lifted up by the Word.
They're Yours, Lord. Do with them as You see fit. I present them to You
as trophies of the message, in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
E-118 I love Him. Do you love Him? If our sister will give us a chord,
"I love Him, I love Him." Are you angry with me? If you are, come here
and shake my hand, and let's pray. See? I've told you the truth, the
dying truth of the Gospel. Someday you may realize that. Don't let it
be too late. Can we stand, just a moment?
I love Him (If you do it, raise up your hands.), I love Him
Because He first loved me
And purchased my salvation
Now, Methodist, reach over to the Baptist. Oneness, reach over to the
Trinity. And Church of God, reach over to the Assemblies. Each one of
us while we sing this, say with sincerity, "I love you, brother,
sister. I'll pray for you. You're my brother and sister." Let's do it
Because He first loved me
And purchased my salvation
Now Assembly of God, come look at this afterward and then repent. Pray
for your organization or get out of such a rut as that. The Assembly of
God has some real godly men in there. I know them. The Oneness has real
godly men among them. That's right. The Church of God has real godly
men. The Baptists, the Methodists, they have godly men. But it's the
systems that keeps them like that, puppets to the system.
I... (Let's raise our hands now to Him we love.) I... (All your heart
now. I love Him.)