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Questions And Answers
(LAW HAVING A SHADOW)
...Lord, that's--that's all I know to do; and--and that way the Holy
Spirit keeps us all broke up. You know the prophet, one time, went down
to the potter's house, see, to be broke up, to be melded over. See, you
have... If there's something wrong, God don't just put a patch in
anything. He said you put a new piece in a--in an old garment, it'll
make it worse than ever. Said, just, the thing to do is--is--is--is put
the whole thing new. So, if you've done something wrong, don't just get
around with a little, say, "Well, I'm sorry I did it. I won't, try not,
do it again." Just break up and get molded over again. See. Make that
piece another piece.
Now, last evening... Now, in this week... Now, probably, tonight will
be gospel teaching again. And I--I do the very best that I know how.
See. And now, in coming in, many times, you all think I just come in,
maybe... Now, this morning, yeah, maybe, there might be a stranger or
two, but most of them now, perhaps, is just the regular little
tabernacle group here. And sometimes, tearing into the gospel like
that, it isn't to--to make you angry with me or to... It's, what it is:
yes, it's to tear you up, certainly. That's what it does. This Word of
God, sharper than a two edged sword. And the thing of it is, in there,
there'll be this one come in with something, that one come in with
something, this one, that; and all good people. But they'll have
different ideas and each one want to present their idea to the church.
See? You can't do it. The church has got a solid Gospel doctrine that
has to be based on the Word of God.
If you got a difference, why, either, take it to the pastor and let him
see what he thinks about it and so forth, then, let it be submitted.
And don't take some theory, now. It has to be brought out in the Word.
And a lot of times, the pastor builds all those things up, then, when I
come in, he's very humble, Brother Neville, you know he's good. He's
just a little bit too humble. He don't speak when he ought to speak.
And so, that's a... That's right. And I--I pray... I think I... Here
not long ago, we had a little talk together. I said, "What's the
matter, Brother Neville, is this: You--you--you're a loving sort of a
brother and you don't want to hurt no one's feeling. You think I'm...
Stand in the tabernacle there, 'Well, after all, it's Brother Bill's
tabernacle.' It's God's tabernacle." And He's the Shepherd put in full
charge. See. That's right. It's His place to do these things. I said,
"Well..." He said, "I'm..." He don't want to hurt one's feelings. But
look, if you side in with somebody siding this way, another one siding
this way, you got to stand on mutual grounds and draw together here and
say, "This is it." See? Just, "That's it." See? You must do that.
And the people really... I've found this around the world, if you'll be
absolutely straight and sincere, the people appreciate you more.
Uh-huh. Just lay it right down. Jesus, He--He loved the people. He even
gave His life there for those Pharisees that were crucifying Him. And
He prayed for their forgiveness, but yet He said, "You generation of
vipers, snakes in the grass," and so forth like that. He wasn't exactly
talking to the being, the human being. It was a spirit. I look at Peter
coming behind Him, said, "O Lord, You can't do that." He turned around
said, "Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art always an offence to me." He
wasn't speaking to the apostle. It was... He was the fountain of Truth,
and it was a spirit that was on that apostle that was making him say
that, you see. See? He wasn't speaking to Peter. He loved him, see, He
loved him and knowed he was to be the head of the church at Jerusalem.
But He--He wasn't going to speak back to Peter. He was speaking to the
spirit that was causing Peter to hinder the Works of God. You get it?
And that's the same thing here. It isn't to hurt your church, hurt your
feelings. Where you, well, you're my beloved brothers and sisters. Why,
my, if there's any crow-... If there's a star in my crown, if I've won
someone to Christ, it's you. Well, I ain't going to break my star, I'm
sure. But, if there's any something gets on my star that oughtn't be on
there, I'm going to break that if I can. I'm going to do that 'cause I
want it to shine. And if I can get the church all in harmony and one
accord, then the whole thing's shining, you see. See what I mean? And
that's what we have to do.
Last night in answering the questions, I did the best that I knew how.
The person that wanted that Vicarivs Filii Dei: they never give me any
part on it last night, that I should answer it this morning or give you
the Roman numerals written out. But if you're here this morning and
still desire it, all right, you'll be glad.
And last evening, after the service was over, there was a--a man came
to the platform, which was a Christian Scientist man. Been attending
the meetings. And what a great compliment he passed, when he said he'd
never heard that type of teaching, never heard the Bible so well
explained. And just go to show, I walked right out of the church and
someone standing out there said--said, "That guy sure is an imposter."
Well, course, that's someone that's backslid from the tabernacle here,
and went away with that group, not long ago. Three or four of them
And let this church hear this: pastor, and all, regardless, if those
people who left this church... "They went out from us because they
wasn't of us," said the Bible. See. That's right. And we went to them
with brotherly and godly love, one after another, trying to reconcile
them to the church. They wouldn't listen. We taken groups and went with
them, they wouldn't listen. Then we told it to the church. And the
Bible said, "Let them be as a heathen and a publican." That's right.
They cannot come back in the church without first, coming before the
church and repenting before the church and then repenting before God
and then be brought back and see how they act after that. See. See.
That's right. They cannot come back unless... The Bible, that's Bible
teaching. We must stay with this Bible. See?
If a brother has ought, go to him. And if he won't hear you, take
someone with him... with you. He won't hear that, tell it to the church
and then let them be as a heathen and a publican. And said, "Whatever
you bind on earth, I'll bind in Heaven, what you loose on earth, I'll
loose in Heaven." See. So, we must keep...
Listen, hard teaching sometimes, but it'll keep your church leveled up.
It'll keep it what God said. Like I... Sometimes, if anything I hate to
do, is correct my children, when I... or give them a whipping; but I--I
just hate to do that. But yet the Bible said do it. And you watch these
little people today that don't whip their children and correct them,
find out what they got. Got a little smart aleck that'll stomp their
foot and slam an orange against the wall and bawl you out, the parents.
That's it, see. The Bible is right in everything. Isn't that right? The
Bible is right in everything.
So, this has been a time of teaching. Someone who wouldn't come in last
night, set on the outside, said, "I wouldn't answer all the questions."
Said I, "Went back in the room and sorted them out and found the ones I
wanted to answer and brought them out and answered them." Look, if you
put in a question and I didn't answer it, you bring it to me. I got two
this morning that I gave... you remember last night, somebody brought
them up late and I had to give them to Brother Neville, and I got them
this morning to answer. I try to answer every one to the best of my
knowledge, what is THUS SAITH THE LORD. Now, you may miserably disagree
with me on things, but just the same, the love of God will remain just
the same towards you and I, 'cause we're children together.
And before we start the morning Sabbath teaching, which we hope not to
take too long, whatever the Lord will, and then I want to answer this.
Now, remember church, you, every one of you knows what this church
stands for. You--you absolutely understand. Now, we don't have any
membership, we just have fellowship, see, because if we have membership
then we bring the people, like to an organization, which we are
strictly interdenominational, unorganized. Only one thing to lead us,
that's the Holy Spirit. And we believe that the Holy Spirit leads
through our leader. If God set a--a... Holy Spirit set a teacher in the
church, then if the Holy Spirit wants the church to know something,
He'll speak through the teacher. For the Holy Spirit... That's what the
teacher is ordained to do. Is that right? It's ordained. That gift is
in the church as a teacher and we should all listen to it until that
gift goes to proving something that isn't right in the Bible, then we
have a right to question it. See.
As long as it's not, you go saying, "Well, there's no such a thing as
water baptism, there's no such a thing as this, that or the other, or
the baptism of the Holy Spirit," then question that. See. But now, when
the Holy Spirit leads... Now, the church believes in the baptism of
water in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins,
after repentance. It believes in the baptism of the Holy Spirit with
the fruits of the Spirit following. The fruits of the Spirit:
longsuffering, gentleness, patience, goodness, meekness. We believe in
nine spiritual gifts, all nine of them: wisdom, knowledge, teachers,
apostles, prophets, gifts of tongues, interpretation of tongues, Divine
healing. Those things we believe.
We believe in church government. And the government is ordered of the
Holy Spirit in the Bible. The pastor is always the head of the church,
the pastor is always. That's God's elder. In organizations, you have to
come through the bishop. Now, the Bible... there's no higher order in
the Bible than the elder of the church. Just tell me where it's at.
There's no higher order in the Bible for the church than the elder,
which is the pastor. He's the highest order of the Bible.
And then, if the--the elder, if... Don't receive any accusation against
your elder, unless it first be by two or three witnesses; no matter
what anybody says about an elder, don't you believe it until you have
two or three witnesses. And let them witnesses be tried first. And then
if that elder has done something wrong and these three Holy Ghost
witnesses has been tried and proved that they've really done something
to the elder, then go to the elder, and that sin, openly rebuke. See,
that others might see and take heed.
Now, in order to the church... And now, we just trust that God will
keep you perfect and your hearts stayed upon Him. And remember, friend,
this glorious church that we been talking about in this last week. Why
can't we have that here on Eighth and Penn Street? We've got the
qualifications. We've got the people who love God. Don't you believe
that? We've got... I... we got people in here... I see strangers in
here that's come in, why, since Brother Neville has been pastor here, a
fine people. I meet them here at the altar, people from Louisville,
people from Henryville, New Albany and around. People that I don't even
know. I've never seen them in my life, wonderful people.
Now, wouldn't you all like to have a real Bible church? A real Bible
church where all the spiritual gifts were set in order, everything
making manifest just exactly the way it should be. Wouldn't that be
wonderful? Now, you're going to have to sacrifice, not money. You're
going to have to sacrifice what? Some of your own ideas. You're going
to have to sacrifice some time in prayer. You're going to have to
sacrifice your... maybe a stubborn will, to break down in humility.
See? You're going to have... The whole Christian move is sacrificial.
"He that will follow Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and
follow Me daily." Is that right? How often do you have to sacrifice?
Every day. Paul said, "He died daily; every day, he died."
Now, I believe, with God's help... Now, Brother Neville and I has just
went through a great siege of going through different things, and
rubbing over different things, and trying to find out. And I'd say
this... Now, Brother Neville don't even know I'm saying... knows
nothing about it, he's just setting there, that's all. I've questioned
him in the doctrine of this tabernacle, see, and see if it was right.
And he's right, see. He teaches the doctrine. Now, what I'll find in
the church is leading up to an answer here in one of these questions
that I get, which is the only one that I know... These all in here is,
I think, if I'm not mistaken, yeah, these are same, some of the same
ones that was here last night again. Look them over, Brother Neville,
and see if they are, if you will, and then give them back to me, if
And that's what I come in for, at these times, is to look around in the
congregation, is more or less as Paul told to one of the elders down
there, "Keep these things, when I come down, we'll set the church in
order." First thing, I got with Brother Neville to see what he
believed, see if there's any contrary in our--our faith, in our--our
way or explain the Bible. There wasn't one error. He went right
straight to the same thing. Then if the elder and I, and he's teaching
it right, then we got to find out where the--where the trouble's at.
See? We'll get this thing straightened out.
Now, one thing I find out in the church, while there's no, not, maybe,
three or four strangers with us, just the little tabernacle, is one
thing: it's a lack of love for one another among you. See? See? Now,
I--I don't know... You know me well enough to know that when I know
something's wrong, I--I'm going to come to you. That's right. Because
I'm duty bound to God. And it might have to hurt you, but I'm going to
tell you the truth. See. I'm going to tell you the truth so we can both
get straightened out with God, and go to... The Bible said, "Agree with
thy adversaries quickly. Don't let the wrath... sun set on your wrath."
Now, in order to be a--a correct pastor or minister, you've got to
watch your congregation. If you see the enemy coming in, then slip
right over here and say, "Here, just a minute, see, now that's the
wrong thing." See. And then you're watching. The Bible said, "Take heed
to the flock, to feed the flock, which the Holy Ghost has made you
overseer over." Now, if you fail to do that, God is going to make you
answer for it, see. That's right. So, that's what we want to do. Is
them old ones, the ones I had last night? Oh, that's all. All right.
Now, I tried to answer each one of them, but these--these two here, and
I'll get them just before we go into Sunday school, so that I... every
one will be answered.
Let's see. Do you believe that God gives the Holy Spirit to everyone
that is truly born again Christian at the time they accept salvation,
or do you believe that this is a different work of grace, that in the
experience of most Christians, comes later? Please clarify this
subject, as many are confused because of the different teaching on this
Now, if I don't answer this correctly, well then, you ask me.
I--I--I--I... and put it on my desk for tonight and then I--I'll get a
hold of it. Now, Christian friend, a person cannot be born again until
they have received the Holy Spirit. See? You can't. You are not even
converted until you receive the Holy Ghost. I'm not say, "you're lost,"
before you receive the Holy Ghost; 'cause you're not. There is three...
there is one work of grace, only one work of grace, that's the Holy
Spirit. And it's made in three manifestations. Just like there's one
God made in three manifestations: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. One God,
only one. Now, there is three works of grace but three manifestations.
There's a manifestation of justification by faith. A man believes God,
says, "Yes, sir, I believe that. I believe there's a true God and now
for my personal Saviour, I accept Jesus Christ, His Son, as my personal
Saviour." Now, that's what's called justification by faith, which the
disciples received first.
Now, the next thing is this man will go out and today he might smoke,
drink, curse, do things that his habits is hanging into him. It's just
rooted in there, it's spirit. Habits are spirits. The Bible said
they're "unclean spirits" in men. Now, he was a... maybe he's lustful.
Excuse this, we're a mixed audience, but we're--we're standing in the
judgment house of God, see, and we must say these things clear. For
instance, men sometimes, especially men, become lustful, sex maniac,
and not only that, just lustful. Way women dress and things today, no
wonder they are. But, and if... the women becomes the same way, lustful
spirits get on them. And they're nice little ladies. And they put on
short clothes and little bitty things around them which looks terrible
and they get out. Why? They don't want to be bad. But they don't
realize that that old passion-demon spirit is working on them. They
don't do that to appear before God. They do it, not to be cool, 'cause
pure science proves you, that you take your clothes off, the hot air on
your body is more hotter to you than what it is when you got clothes on.
The Indian girls in--in Arizona are beautiful; lot more than what you
see, one of these nudes. And she don't only put on her clothes, but a
big blanket around her when she walks across the desert to keep cool.
And perspiration, when the heat comes up, then it's air conditioning.
See? See? So, it--it's nothing in the world but a lust-passion spirit.
Maybe you're lady enough not to do anything wrong, to live untrue to
your husband, or to your own morals. But, my sister, that's
disgraceful, and you don't realize, if you could look in God's looking
glass here and find out what God said about that: it's an evil spirit
that's on you. And you don't realize it.
Mary Magdalene didn't realize the spirits that was on her, see. Well,
now, when you get that kind of spirit on you, or men, you get out here
and start lusting for women, it's a... You say, "Well, it's human
nature." Not like that. See? No, it's a spirit. The Bible said it was a
spirit. That's right. So, the thing to do then, the Blood of Jesus
Christ cleanses you from lust and passion, called sanctification. The
word sanctification means, "to be cleaned and set aside for service."
You get what I'm...? Now, that lust spirit leaves you, under
sanctification. Let a little lady, nice, goes to church, she sings in
the choir, but she has to mow her grass with a little pair of shorts
on. Let her get sanctified one time, and let her put on a pair. See.
Let that man, that'll almost have a wreck looking at that woman in the
yard, and let him get sanctified one time, and go down the street,
he'll keep his mind on what he's doing. That's exactly right. If he
gazes sideways, he'll turn his head this way. The Holy Spirit says,
"Turn your head." That's it. See. There you are. See. That's right.
Now, in this person that's been called by God there's manifestations of
gifts... Now, a very dear friend of mine, in Denver, the other day, was
discussing this with me, that used to be here and preach in this city,
very fine man, as far as I know. But, you see, he was a Nazarene, and
he thought that sanctification was the baptism of the Holy Spirit,
which it is not. There's no Scripture to show that. I'll prove that in
a little bit, in the Bible, see, that it isn't. You're not sealed by
sanctification. You're sealed by the baptism of the Holy Spirit. A
sealing is the completing of the work. That's the reason it couldn't be
sealed under Luther or Wesley, either one. It had to come to the
baptism, before the church was sealed away till the Day of redemption,
Now, but oh no, they're not lost. They're saved. Certainly, they are.
Now, sanctification is the same work of grace, or--or the same grace
that saved you. Jesus said, "No man can come to me, except My Father
draws him." So, it's the Holy Spirit, all along. But that's a portion
of the Holy Spirit. This is a greater portion of the Holy Spirit. And
then, when you receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost, that is the
completion of the Holy Spirit taking up Its abode in you: to manifest
gifts, speaking with tongues, interpretation of tongues, gifts of
power, wisdom, knowledge, understanding. The man said, last night,
said, "Where did you get your education for these things?" Well, said,
"I've come out of great seminaries and we've never had such as that
ever taught in a seminary that I ever heard."
I said, "It don't come from seminary." I said, "I'm poor, with a
seventh-grade education." Ten, fifteen years ago, I couldn't hardly
write my own name, and I cannot do much better today. But it comes
through inspiration. I said, "Then watch it."
"Why," he said, "you never watch where you're going in the Bible. You
just grab the thing and run all through the Bible." And said, "It just
all comes right together."
I said, "A hour after I get out of the pulpit, I couldn't tell you what
I said." See? It's not me, I don't know. See? It's Him putting it
together, I don't know. See. I can't tell you. I just get up here and
Something strikes me and I just know the Scriptures, like that. You
might ask me the Scripture a hour later, I wouldn't know, see. But it
just comes like that. And you watch and see if it's the right or wrong
word. When I get in the pulpit, I don't know what people are doing when
they come to the prayer line, what they've done in their life. But
watch It strike and tell them just exactly what they've done in their
life, and what they ought to do to get saved. Is that right? What they
ought to do to be healed and whether they're going to live or die. How
do I know that? Then ask me ten minutes after I'm out of the platform,
I couldn't tell you what I said. I don't know. It's all that... I
haven't got anything to do with it. I just yield myself to the Holy
Spirit and He does the talking. And there's the whole thing. That's
right. So, it isn't I. It's not me. If you judge that I have the Holy
Spirit, then it's the Holy Spirit. And if you judge that it isn't the
Holy Spirit, then you might think it was a devil. But the thing of it
is, compare it with This and see what it compares with. Uh-hum. The
Holy Spirit wrote This. So, if it compares with That and brings That
out truth, then it must be of God, then. Isn't that right? That's right.
Now, no, the Christian brother... Now look, it's just, in this
manner... Now, I'll try not to take too much of our time on this. Look,
a new birth... Jesus told Peter, after he would been, the apostles, all
of them: They'd been justified by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ.
They'd been sanctified through the Truth; He was the Truth. And then he
said... And give them power. They went forth to preach the gospel. They
begun, great gifts that was in them was being made, temporarily, or, in
a shallow way, manifested. But He said, "Now the next thing you got to
do is make this thing grow." Now He said...
Peter said, "Lord, I'm willing to go to death and everything, with You."
He said, "Peter, after you are converted, strengthen your brother."
After you're converted? "Well, Lord, I've been baptized by You." Jesus
Christ baptized Peter. He baptized his... the apostles. All right now,
he said, "Now, I been baptized by... I've done all of these things and
I've walked by You. I--I--I've been saved and You give me power." You
wouldn't expect God to put that power in a unclean vessel. So, He had
to clean them up and give them a life of--of sincerity, anyhow, before
He--He let them go out and preach the Gospel. And they returned back,
rejoicing, said, "Well, even the devils is subject to us." See?
And why then, He said, "Now, Peter, I know all this, but you're not
converted yet." See. "You're not right yet, Peter. You're not
converted. But after thou art converted, then strengthen your brother."
Peter hadn't received the Holy Ghost yet, see. When the Holy Ghost
come, then Peter was an inspired teacher. Jesus recognized it (in last
night's question, you remember), where he said... come down, said,
"Upon this rock I'll build My church." Not upon Peter. Not upon the
pope or upon that place wherein that--that... No. Not upon Himself.
Jesus never put that upon Him being the--the Chief Cornerstone. No. He
said, "Thou art Peter, and flesh and blood has not revealed this to
you, but My Father which is in Heaven. And upon this rock, spiritual
revealed truth, I'll build My church."
That is, not upon what the seminary teaches, not what the church
teaches, but what the Spirit inspired Teaching that comes into this
Bible and manifests this Bible to be true. "Upon that, I'll build My
church; and the gates of hell will not prevail against it." See what I
Now, now, a person can be... Look, a mother... Look this way, now, the
little young ladies, most of them are out in the room out there and the
young men. We're all married folks. I want to ask you something. Why
is, everything in the natural types the spiritual? Everything... Moses
made the pattern, the tabernacle, like he saw in Heaven. Is that right?
Everything in the natural types the spiritual. Now, when the... Saint
John the Sec-... I mean, First John 5:7, it said, "There are three that
bear record in Heaven, the Father, the Word, which was the Son, and the
Holy Ghost: these three are one." Is that right? Said, "There are three
that bear record in earth, water, blood, Spirit: they are not one, but
they agree in one." See?
Now, you can be justified without being sanctified. You believe that.
Now, you holiness people will agree with that all along, see. All
right. Then when I tell you, you can be sanctified without receiving
the Holy Ghost, you Pentecostal people will shout over that. See,
because that's true, see, you can. It's just another step into the same
grace. Now, you can be justified without being sanctified. You can be
sanctified without receiving the Holy Spirit. I've brought that this
week through the Bible ages and everything. And I could spend two years
right here on the same thing and never leave the subject. It's in the
Bible. We've just, merely, touched the little points and things around
here and there, not even dug down in and got all the Scriptures, the
Old Testament, the prophets, and everything, and brought them right
out, the picture. Hour after hour reading, cave up here at Greens Mill
and things, as God revealed that to me, you see. See.
Now, look my friend. Now, but you cannot have the Father without having
the Son. You can't have the Son without having the Holy Ghost. See?
They are inseparable. But water, blood and spirit is separated.
Although, it's by the same grace that they come. Now look. When Jesus
died at Calvary, He produced exactly: What it constitutes to get into
the Body of Christ, come out of the Body of Christ. When Jesus died
what come out of His body?
Now, listen closely. What come from His body? First was water, blood
and Spirit. Now, when a baby is born in the earth, mother and dad,
what's the first natural thing in a natural birth, break? Water. Is
that right? First: labor, pain, the Word is cutting. The sinner setting
there, "Hmm. Does he mean that I have to quit doing...? Hmm. Will, I
have to get a...?" Oh, it's pain and labor. It takes death to bring
forth life. Death... Life can only come through death. So, you say,
"Well... Yes! It's right!" Here you go. All right. "I'll repent of my
sins! I want to be baptized to show to this congregation I believe in
the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ!" Water
come forth. Yeah. Right.
What's the second thing in the natural birth? Blood. Is that right?
Breaking of blood. Then the Blood cleanses and takes all the unclean
habits away from you, sanctifies you, gets you fixed up. All right.
That cleans you from all sin. Now, you're set aside for service.
Now, what's the next thing that come out of the Body of Christ? Spirit.
When the water comes, the blood comes, then a little posterior
protaplasma stimulation's added to the baby, [Brother Branham claps his
hands--Ed.] like that, a little Gospel spanking, and, "Waa," he cries
out. He got spirit. Is that right? That's what the church needs
sometime, is just a little bit of Gospel spanking, [Brother Branham
claps his hands] like that, set down, listen. And then you say, "Oh,"
you cry out, "Abba, Father." The Spirit comes pouring out to him then.
He's born again of the Spirit of God. He's a Christian when he's
A baby's a baby when it's formed, the very first germ, in the mother's
womb; it's a baby. I'm firmly against birth control, see. Yes, sir. For
where it's just as much harm to--to take the life of a little baby that
ain't two months old, as it is to pull a pistol and shoot a man down in
cold-blood murder. Yes, sir, I'm against birth control. What God sends,
God will take care of. That's...
Notice. Now, that is wrong to do that. Now, that's the baby right
there. It's a life, for the first germ of life is in it, which it'll
only be the only life that'll enter.... it lets other spirits in it.
Then the baby becomes begotten. Its little muscles quiver and jump and
twist like that. Then that's the next thing, then the water, blood, and
then it has to get... When it breaks its little lungs through, just as
the natural baby is born, there's a spiritual body at the side of the
mother to give the baby a spiritual life. And then when we're growing
old here, and we been born again of the Spirit here, begotten in the
wombs of the earth here, when we leave this earth: "This robe of flesh,
I'll drop and rise, and seize the everlasting prize; and shout while
passing through the air." As long as in this earth here, there's a
born-again Christian, a spirit in here groaning and waiting: "If this
earthly tabernacle's dissolved, we have one already waiting." When
this--when this natural was conceived and being brought forth, when it
was born, there's a spiritual body to receive it. And now, as this
natural body's dwindling away, there's a spiritual body to receive it,
when it goes away. See. When it's begotten of the... We are begotten of
the Father, through the Word by the washing of the water of the Word
and made new creatures in Christ Jesus. So, it's all one work of grace.
But now look. In the age, Luther, Wesley and all down through the
Pentecostal age... Now as I said, "I'm not Pentecostal." I believe in
Pentecostal doctrine, many things. There's some things that I disagree
in, as I told you last night, some things. I--I disagree perennially in
the initial evidence, what they call, "you have to speak with tongues
to prove that you've got the Holy Ghost." That cannot be Scripturally
proven. Now that is just... Let your pastor come to me. See. That's
And I've even, from the highest, of Doctor Pope, and all those others,
we've come together, even the head of the Assemblies of God, one of the
greatest in speaking in tongues for evidence. And Doctor Pope reached
across the table, him and Ern and them, and took hold of my hand, said,
"Brother Branham, that is the truth. But what are we going to do about
it now? If we fail to do that, then the people will go off, just like
Pilgrim Holiness and so forth."
I said, "No, they won't. You just lay it out there like the Bible said.
Let God add to the church. Let God give to the church, see. Those gifts
are in the church. Right in here this morning is gifts of speaking in
tongues, there's gifts of prophecy, there's gifts of everything setting
in here. But if you'll just not go to hanging after that gift. If you
do, you're going to get the gift without the giver. See? The thing of
it is, seek after God. Seek after love of God in your heart. And then,
as God wants you, He'll move you into whatever He wants you to do. See?
That's it. That's how the church is put in order.
Now, now in that, in this here, remember, that when you are justified
by faith (I hope that explains it, see.), now, you are a Christian
right then. When you accept Jesus as your personal Saviour, you are a
Christian at that time. That's right. I believe if you would die right
then, when you accept Jesus as Saviour, I believe you'd be saved.
That's what the dying thief did on the cross. And that's what others...
That's what the Scriptures says. He said, "He that heareth My Words,
and believeth on Him that sent Me, has everlasting Life." See? I
believe you are a Christian then.
Now, now, I can't judge whether you are or not. God knows whether you
are or not, see, that's your heart. Now, I wasn't--I wasn't sent, or no
other man, to judge. We were only sent to preach. See. Now, you're a
Christian when you accept Jesus. And when the Blood of Jesus Christ was
applied to you, your sins are (your habits and filth of this world that
you wallowed in), is gone from you. Smoking, drinking, gambling: all
these unclean habits leave you by sanctification. And then the Holy
Spirit comes in, and anoints you, and puts you in service, to do
something for Him.
Now, that is them three. Now, in the next, then the next thing is to
do, is then you're born again when you receive the Holy Ghost. That's
when you're converted. You might be in process of conversion, but
you're not converted until it's completed and you're sealed into the
Kingdom of God. Sealed down, just like, if I start loading a boxcar out
here: well, I throw some cans in; I throw some plows in; I throw some
more things in.
I say, "Is it ready?"
The inspector come by, "Nope, not yet."
But the boxcar setting right there, on its road to its destination. But
as soon as I get the whole thing loaded up, sealed in, packed in right,
then the doors are slammed by the inspector and they're sealed. There
you are. Then she's ready; she's filled and gone. That's right. Jesus
said, "Blessed are ye when you hunger and thirst after righteousness:
for ye shall be filled."
Now, there's another question: Last night, you spoke of your belief in
the gift of the Spirit. You mentioned that you, yourself, had spoken in
tongues. Do you believe that the program, including sermon, should
yield to the Spirit when it is trying to bring forth a message in
Now, I answered that to an extent, last night. Now, I will finish it
this morning. Now, speaking in tongues is a gift of God. But it's
subject to what's on the floor at the first place. Now, there,
Christian, there's where you make your mistake. Now, I don't know;
someone told me that Monday night, or Tuesday night, when I was
preaching, that somebody spoke in tongues, while I was preaching. It's
a good thing I didn't hear it, or I'd have stopped and called you out
right there; 'cause you was out of order.
The Holy Spirit (if I'm anointed of God, speaking by the Holy Spirit),
He's speaking here. He don't speak over here, and over here, and over
here, a confusion. The Bible says that, Christian. See? So, that's
right. We must get those things down in our heart. Everything has to
come in its season. Speaking in tongues is give way to a place for
speaking in tongues. See? And then if--if someone speaks in tongues...
Now, I ain't saying the person was wrong. I don't say the person was
demon possessed. I believe the person was sincere. I believe the
person, that, if they could speak with tongues, they're blessed of God.
But the person... It's just like Brother Neville standing here trying
to sing a song, maybe he's gifted to sing a song. And he's here singing
a song, and me standing here trying to preach right in his face, and
him singing a song. Well, that's out of order.
E-33 If the Holy
Spirit is in the singing, let the singing go on. See? And if a... And
then if I was standing here, started preaching, and he raises up, then,
and starts to sing a song while I'm preaching: that's out of order. The
Holy Spirit is not an author of confusion. See? That's right. So, get
that, church. You're a lovely people. See? But you're all in error.
Now, if you've got a gift, use the gift where the gift belongs. If I've
got a pick and shovel, I certainly wouldn't try to hoe my tomatoes with
it. No. See? I'd use the pick and shovel when I'm picking or digging a
ditch. I wouldn't try to drive my automobile through the cornfield.
See? I use the automobile to travel back and forth, and I use my plow
in the cornfield. So, I ain't got nothing against the plow. I haven't
got nothing against the automobile. They both are instruments to be
used here for the embetterment of mankind. I haven't got nothing
against speaking in tongues. I haven't got nothing against preaching,
against singing, against interpretation of tongues, against gifts of
healing. But it's all to be used in its place.
Oh, please, church, have faith, just a little while. See. You must come
under teaching. You say, "I don't need no one to teach me after the
Holy Ghost is come." My friends, that--that gives me just a little room
to doubt whether you've really got it, or not, then. See? See? The way
you're acting with it. See? See, the thing you're doing. Now, why, if
there is no... if the Bible says the Holy Spirit is the teacher, why
did the Holy Spirit put teachers in the church then, to set the church
in order, the same Holy Spirit? Sure. We don't need any seminaries to
go around, a big bunch of men to look out, these things: the Holy
Spirit is a teacher. See? It's a teacher, and It gives some fellow a
gift of teaching, then you must be subject to that gift.
If here, some man, say, when we're going here, and he's got a gift of
healing, faith and healing. And I'm sick. I walk up to him, say,
"Brother, what must I do?" He stands there, he's a prophet, and he
stands there with a gift. He said, "THUS SAITH THE LORD, William
Branham, you know you done a certain thing, the day before yesterday,
in a certain place, and--and that's the reason you're sick today,
because you did some..." I'm subject to that gift.
I ain't going to say, "Oh, you're wrong. I don't care what you say, I
know who I am." Now, I'll die in that condition. See? Now, I've done
something wrong. Now, the thing for me to do, when I see that I'm
wrong, I say, "Yes, my dear brother, the Holy Spirit is upon you. And
that's the truth. I've did wrong. You pray for me, and I'm going to ask
God to forgive me, so that I can be right with God." Now, you're
getting back on the hewing line, see.
Then I say, "Yes. I'll go back and make that right. If I've cheated
this brother, if I've talked wrong to that brother or sister over
there, I'm going over to make it right, here. The Holy Spirit has done
revealed it me." Then I go over and make that right, say, "I'm sorry,
brother, I was in the wrong." Watch me get well. See. That's right. But
if I puff myself up, and say, "Oh, no, I know as much about it." Uh-uh.
You must listen to the Holy Spirit, see. He's the Teacher and the Guide
of the church. See.
Now, the Holy Spirit said... Now, the Bible says that if... In that,
that the spirit of the prophet, the one... Now, a man that speaks with
tongues, is prophesying. You know that, certainly. Now, if a man speaks
with tongues, and the prophet is preaching from the platform, then that
spirit is subject to this spirit. If Brother Neville is standing here
preaching, and he's under the inspiration of God, and he's making an
altar call, or whatever he's doing, as long as he's in this pulpit and
his voice is a moving, he's under the inspiration of God, or should be.
And then if he does, then, and when he gets finished, and he's set
down, then if the Spirit falls into the meeting... You say, "Well,
Brother Branham, It fell on me in the beginning." I know that is true.
It isn't the Spirit falling on you, brother, the Spirit (or sister,
whoever you are), the Spirit is subject to the Word of God. Cause Paul
said, "If an angel come and taught anything different, let it be
accursed." This... Every Holy Spirit will recognize this Word of God to
be true. Is that right?
But now, it's up to you. Sometime people has gifts, and the gift will
speak for... oh, my, it just... it's a gift of God; and it wants to go
forth and do something. It's enthused. But it's got to come under
subject of the Holy Spirit. See? It's a gift. Therefore, don't you see
where, you see, tongues is not the only evidence? Tongues is a gift.
See? The Holy Spirit has to operate that. Now, Paul said, "If a man
speaks with tongues in the church, and there be no interpreter, let him
hold his peace." No matter how much he wants to speak, how much it's
crying out, in him, to speak: that's the gift. See what I mean? That's
Even I, I see it many times, with the gift that the Holy Spirit has
given me, to pray for the sick. I see a time here, where it said, "Oh,
there's some poor little fellow. I must pray for him, my heart just
feel for him." And the Holy Spirit said, "Leave him alone and go over
here to this one."
I come in a meeting, I set there and there's a poor old mother laying
there with, all crippled up, laying there, shaking like that. I
thought, "O God, that poor thing." She looked up, and said, "Brother
Branham, please have mercy on me." Oh, how my heart beats for that poor
little thing. Hmm. And here sets a lady over here, maybe with female
trouble, the Angel will never touch that woman laying there, go over
here, at this lady with a female trouble, and say, "THUS SAITH THE
LORD, you're healed." Now, me, my gift, I want to get to that woman
there. But the Holy Spirit says go over here. See what I mean?
Phillip was down there in a revival just having a wonderful time,
thousands being converted, and everything. But the Holy Spirit come,
said, "Go out to Gaza, to the desert. There's going to be a colored man
pass through, after while. Give him the message." And he never
returned. You see what I mean?
Jesus passed through... You... He was God and he passed through this
pool of Bethesda, where all these cripples, and blinds, and lames, and
halt, and withered was laying there. How His poor heart must have
burned for that poor mother with a water-head baby. That poor old daddy
standing there, blind, saying, "Somebody help me." And here come the
very God of creation moving by in flesh, coming by him. Walked right on
by him. Watch what He did. Walked over to a man that, maybe had
prostate trouble or something. He had, thirty-eight years, he could get
up, and walk, and go where he wanted to. He said, "When I'm coming to
the pool, another one can outrun me, and get down there." See? "When
I'm coming to the pool, no..." Jesus said, "Will thou be made whole?"
Said, "Take up thy bed, and go in thy house." Healed that one man,
which could walk around, and was in pretty good health. He got around
for thirty-eight years with it. Well he was laying there, thought
peradventure, maybe one time he could jump into the pool. And he had
all this disease, and had had it for thirty-eight years, and there was
people dying, laying there. Sure, Jesus wanted to go to them. But the
Holy Spirit led Him there, for the Bible said, that, "He knew the man
was laying there in that condition." See?
No matter what the--what the gift says, it's got to yield to the
Spirit. That's what Paul said, "That the gift right in there, in the...
our congregation, will yield to the prophet." See? You got to yield to
the order. That's it. It's a gift. I hope that explains it.
There is where the Pentecostal church gets tied up, many times. Many of
them are in order. That's what's caused trouble in the Branham
Tabernacle. See? It's because you people, with your gifts, don't know
how to use them. And that's the reason you need Bible teaching, to know
how to use that gift, to get the best out of it, for the Kingdom of
God's sake. Speaking in tongues, I wish every one of you spoke with
tongues. I wish the interpretation of tongues were with every one of
you. But you couldn't do it, the same time. You've got to yield to the
order of the Spirit. When the Spirit has anointed a brother here,
preaching, he's standing here, preaching the Gospel like that, then let
your gift yield to that Spirit. Cause it's... Just like I said last
night, here I--I...
Now, a lot of people deny speaking in tongues. They say it's of--of the
Devil. And you good Nazarene people, your own church: there is where it
backslid. That's exactly. When the light of speaking in tongues, and
the gifts of the Spirit come, you denied it. And a person in the
Nazarene church, you know how they feel, "If you speak in tongues,
you're a devil." I know a woman today, that was just revealed to me
last night, a little woman in New Albany that's real, real bad. And
since the anointing's been striking me, she come to my house, and the
Holy Spirit told her exactly what was wrong, told her all about some
horrible, sinful things she did and pronounced her healing. And the
woman went away, and got with a bunch of Methodist and Nazarene
preachers that believes that anybody speaks with tongues has got... is
a devil. And the woman believes that, and she's blaspheming, and she'll
never get over it, until she comes and receives the Holy Ghost. You
can't mistreat God. Be careful what you're doing. One word against that
will seal you out of the Kingdom of God forever.
Now, if you believe me to be His servant, if you think God is with me
and helping me, and if my words ain't according to the Bible then you
correct me, but if they are according to the Bible, and you believe me
to be His servant: you better take heed and listen. That's true. So
then, here, my hands is used for a certain purpose, but I've got to go
to that buil-... that place there, to use them. There's no need of my
hands fighting at that now, when my feet's trying to take me over
there. Just like a man preaching, he's preaching. Well now, there's
times where speaking in tongues makes this hand, or, speaking in
tongues wants to get to it. See? But don't clog the air. Wait till my
feet gets me over there, then I can reach over and get it. See?
Now, when a man's speaking, or preaching up here at the platform, or a
message going forth, if the man is of God, he's anointed of the Spirit
to preach the Word. And that's the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is
moving there, that's just your gift there, trying to get you started.
But the Holy Spirit is coming through the Word. And the Holy Spirit
will, always, the Holy Spirit feeds on the Word of God. Right. And
It'll recognize the Word and be reverent. And then, when the time
comes, when the Holy Spirit is left the platform, off, the minister
comes out in there, then you're in order. Then somebody give up, maybe
has, and has a message of speaking in tongues. Then, will they give the
interpretation to it. Then watch it. It won't be quoting Scripture. It
won't be saying something... God don't use repetition. See? It'll stand
up, and say, "THUS SAITH THE LORD, Mister, or, Brother so-and-so is
laying here sick. What done it, was day before yesterday, or sometime,
he done a certain thing, got out of the will of God on that, THUS SAITH
Now, that will interpretate. That's where the--the Holy Spirit
only speaks to edify the church. "If you speak with tongues and don't
correctly interpretation, don't do it in the church; do it at home."
That's what the Bible said. Then, and if--if that's true, then the
Spirit of God is upon you. Maybe It'll speak and say, "All of you move
from this section of the city, tomorrow there's coming a cyclone
that'll sweep all this section out." Now, before that can be... Listen,
remember, speaking in tongues is not too accurate. Paul said, "Let it
be first judged by two or three witnesses." Let two or three with
Divine judgment, judge it: One man with the Holy Spirit, level, sound
in doctrine, say, "I believe God was in that." And the next one raise
up, and say, "God was in that." Got to have one more. One more raise
up, and say, "God was in that." Then, let what part of the church is in
this section, flee as hard as they can. Get out of there.
If tomorrow, the storm comes through, and blows it up, know God is with
you. But if it doesn't do it, you better be careful, you got the wrong
spirit among you. You better get back up to the altar, and get this
thing prayed out. All the church gather, and that poor person that
spoke in tongues ought to come around the altar, and say, "Lord,
somebody help me. I don't want to be anointed with that. That's wrong."
See? "So, Lord help me. Get the thing off of me. Let me get right with
You." See what I mean? So, be careful, church. Do you understand? If
you do say, "Amen," see, if you do.
Now, that's true Bible teaching. Now, it won't... Now you hear... I've
heard them come up and say, "Oh, the Lord is coming soon. Jesus is
coming. And the--and the people must be ready." Or something like that.
Sure, the Lord's wrote that in the Bible. If it come, it'll come right
through the prophet, coming out, through, like that. But it's for the
edifying of the church, see, the edifying of the church. It's a direct
message. Everybody's heard that message. But if, say, this man here, if
yesterday he was untrue to his marriage vow, and the Holy Spirit comes
and condemns him this morning, that's something the church don't know.
See. It condemns that man. He stands and says, "That's the truth, God
forgive me." Then, God is with you. See what I mean? Then you won't all
be confused. You've got those gifts.
Now, here's the last quotation of it. Listen, friends, listen; all look
this way. You have those gifts. You didn't deserve them. God give them
to you before the foundation of the world. They are yours. When you was
born in this world, you was born with them. "Stir up that gift, which
is within you." See. See? You're born with those things. You can't make
yourself do some... I couldn't make my eyes brown, because they're
blue. "Who taking thought can add one cubit to his stature?" It's all
in God's Divine program. If I tried to be a Sankey or a Finney, what
good would it do me? Can't! God had a Sankey and Finney. I'm William
Branham. You're whoever you are.
Now, look, if you will take those gifts that you have, and use them
correctly and orderly in the church, this little church will grow like
everything. But when you get in yourself, in the flesh, you'll keep it
tore up, as long as the church stands here. That's exactly right. Now,
have I made it clear? I hope so. If I haven't, and if there's one
question that hasn't been answered, you let me know, and I'll be glad
to do it.
Well, that's a long time. And you know, I got--I got a long time, I
hope, to stay here in this world. And I know one thing, we got a long
time to be gone. So, let's--let's try to keep the thing correctly.
Brotherly love: continue, let it keep in the church like that.
Now, do you think we ought to dismiss church now, or shall we just have
just a little bit of Bible teaching? How many think we ought to go on
into Bible teaching? And now, for just a half hour, Brother Neville,
you watch your watch, and give me a half hour, if you will. Shall we
bow our heads.
Heavenly Father, I promised last evening to finish these questions this
morning. I did the best that I know how. If I have erred in any
way, knowing that You love Your children, You love them, and if You're
in my heart, it'll make me love them. Then, Father, knowing that,
sometimes, fathers correct their children; they must. And I pray, God,
if I have made the wrong correction, then you forgive me. I'm only
going by the way Your Word said, to the best of my knowledge, and by
the witness of the Holy Spirit that lives in my heart. To me, it's
perfect. And I pray, God, it'll become perfect to this church; that
this church may become perfected in the love of Christ; that this will
be a place that people will come from around the world, to come in
here, and see the glorious operation and harmony of the Spirit, for
gifts and manifestations; till when sinners walk in the building, the
Holy Spirit will be so dominating in here, till they'll weep and walk
up to the altar and give their lives to Thee. Grant it, Lord. Make us
that way, not to be selfish, not only us, Lord, make every church on
the face of the earth like that; that the world may know that Jesus
Christ has raised from the dead and living today among His people. Heal
May every church accept healing. May every church be filled with the
Holy Ghost, every church speaking in tongues, interpreting tongues,
every church having Divine healing and prophecy and all the
manifestations of the Spirit.
Oh, Christ, Thou great Holy One, knowing that that would be my desire
in my heart. But knowing that Your Word says it will not be, therefore,
we cannot look for that; we cannot look for our prayer to be answered.
But in our heart we believe that, and we love them, and we want to see
them saved, the same way that You were "not willing that any should
perish, but that all might come to re..."
All right, let's sing like this, all of us together, now, while they're
getting... Let's sing.
To be like Jesus, to be like Jesus,
On earth I long to be like Him;
All through life's journey from earth to glory,
I only ask to be like Him.
I'll sing the chorus, or the verse, you sing the chorus.
From Bethlehem's manger came forth a stranger,
On earth I long to be like Him;
All through life's journey from earth to glory,
I only ask to be like Him.
Don't you want to be like Him? They're just about to get settled down,
Just to be like Jesus, to be like Jesus,
On earth I long to be like Him;
All through life's journey from earth to glory,
I only ask to be like Him.
What was He? "A man of sorrow, acquainted with grief." Is that what He
was? He walked about among men, dressed like other men, you wouldn't
know Him from no one else; but He could stand, and look upon the
congregation, and know what they were thinking about. That's right.
When He spoke, it was words that you knew that it was coming from a
true heart, that really knew what He was talking about. Why, the
soldiers that come to see Him, went back and said, "Never a man spoke
Wouldn't you like to be like that? Where your words were so seasoned,
it just took a hold of the people's hearts, and gripped them like that.
Now, you can be like Him; just get Him in here. Is that right? He'll
make you humble. And when someone smites you on one side of the face,
you say, "God bless you, brother. I know you don't mean it." When they
pierced His hands and His side, so forth, He said, "Father, forgive
them; they don't know what they're doing." That was it. Forgiving,
humble spirit, that's the way we want to be. That's the way we got to
be, if we ever make the rapture. Now, when you get like that, I'll just
say you're coming nigh unto the Holy Spirit.
Hebrews, the great famous letter, written by Saint Paul, I believe.
What is the book of Hebrews? Now, the letter of the Hebrews (where
Paul, speaking to the Hebrew church), separating law from grace, in the
book of Hebrews. He was telling the Hebrew converts how that they want
to continue on in the law; and he told them what law was to grace.
Let's read, now. This book was written in about A.D. 94 somewhere...
For the law having... being, or, having a shadow of good things to
The first ser-... or, first phase of the first verse of the 10th
chapter of Hebrews.
... the law having a shadow of the good things to come,...
Now, remember, Abraham... Course, Abraham didn't live under the law;
Abraham lived under grace. How many knowed that? That was long before
the law was given. But Moses lived under the law, David, all those
lived under the law. And all that the law provided was a shadow of the
good things to come. Isn't that marvelous? Just being a shadow.
Do you remember one night last week, we were teaching on Revelation 12?
Where the woman... Let's read it right quick. Turn over to Revelation
12 and let's get it. I think that's a beautiful background for this.
Here it is, here:
And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman...
What does a woman mean in the Bible? [Congregation says "Church."--Ed.]
...a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet,...
A woman, a church, clothed with a bright light, had raised, after a
lesser light was fading away. See? Now, the moon is a shadow of the
sun. Is that right? See? The-the moon... I've seen the moon through
those great glasses out there. Now, used... And mother used to tell us
about the man in the moon. You've heard that. You know what that is? I
looked at it through great, powerful glasses. It's mountains, and the
sun shining makes a shadow, great craters. Nothing can grow on the
moon; it's just so hot in daytime. It's... Ooh, my. And at nighttime,
it's so many times below zero, nothing could live. And you can see it
in that glass, as if it was standing out here, a half a mile from you.
You can see a hundred twenty million years of light space through that
glass, a hundred and twenty million years. How many miles will that be?
Now, and the moon... And when the sun is gone down, the moon shines.
Oh, I--I... You can call me at the half hour, anyhow. But look, I just
see something moving. Look. In the creation, all things typed and
patterned. Some night I get to preaching, or have a few nights of this,
I just feel like I could just move on and on and on. See? Just to see
how it begins to jump up in front of you, you know, when the Holy
Spirit bringing and hanging it up there for you, you see.
All the things of shadows and types. When God made the heavens and the
earth, he made the moon to shine, in the absence of the sun, to give
light while the sun was gone. See? A beautiful type of Christ and the
church. The church is the moon, to give the light to the world, while
the Son is gone. See what I mean? A lesser light. Amen. And then,
otherwise, the moon and the sun is husband and wife, as Christ and the
church is husband and wife. The wife, being the weaker vessel, only
gives a smaller light, in the absence of her husband. And the church
can only make manifestations of the Holy Spirit. And remember, the moon
cannot give any light of her own. And when you see the moonlight, it's
not the moonlight, it's the reflection of the sunlight. And Christ
ascended up. Is that right? And shines His Light on the church, to
reflect His light and power to the world, in His absence. See what I
Genesis, in the beginning... And now, he sees the woman standing here.
Look at her, she's the woman, you'll see in a few moments, she's the
Jewish Orthodox church, the wife of God, the begotten. And notice,
then, or, not the begotten (she's begotten of God, sure), but she's the
wife. And God had to put her away some time, back there, on the account
of spiritual fornications. Is that right? And then he returned again,
and received her again, and married her; and said he was married to a
backslider (Is that right?), the wife that had gone away from him. Now,
what a beautiful picture this is, to see the woman standing there, and
the moon under her feet, and the sun shining at her head. Let's look at
her just a moment, now, and see what she looks like.
... under her feet, and upon her head--and upon her head a crown of
Now, what'd the stars do? Stars gives lesser light. Is that right?
Well, what does a star shine from? If I could walk out tonight and see
that great, bright star yonder, shine, I'd say, "Little star, you sure
are a beautiful thing. What makes you shine like that?" Well, if he
could talk he would say, "Brother Branham, I'm not shining." Well,
what's making you shine? "It's something shining on me." See? "It's the
sun shining on me, Brother Branham, I just happen to light up the path
for you." Well then, the true pastor in the pulpit, if he's anointed of
God, it's not the pastor shining, it's not him, a good preacher, it's
not him, a good pastor, it's the Holy Spirit shining on him, giving the
Gospel Light. See what I mean? Just as beautiful, how it's all typed
Now, the woman had the moon under her feet, the sun at her head, and
twelve stars in her crown, the twelve apostles. This Bible is built
upon the doctrine of the apostles, and Christ, the Chief Cornerstone.
That right? The foundation of the apostles. Now, you see who that woman
is, to begin with, don't you? See? Twelve stars. All right.
And she being with child... travailing in birth,... pained to be
Now, there's the Jewish Orthodox church, as the law is fading out, the
Gospel is coming in, and just as it's fading, there's got to be a new
dispensation, so the woman is with child. And she's in pain, and
travail pains, being, travailing, in childbirth. In other words, the
Roman Empire had her hunkered down. She was crying, "Oh, Messiah come.
Oh, Messiah come. Messiah come." And here we see her again over here,
now, as she's travailing, bringing forth newborn babes in Christ Jesus,
coming, "Come, Lord Jesus. Come, Lord Jesus." In the travailing and
birth there, pains to be delivered.
Now, watch what she did. And that, now, he stops; the writer does. Now,
he is... he sees, another scene comes on. Now, watch the woman here
ready to be delivered. Now, the first thing, the law was fading out:
that dispensation of them candlesticks, we had the other night. This
dispensation's coming in. That was the law being a shadow of the good
things to come, just a shadow. Wish we had time to go into all
the priesthood, and show how everything in there shadowed this--this
dispensation here; how everything happened back there was a shadow of
this, just the same as the sun is. That's the reason people say I was a
typologist. I have to be. I haven't any education, so I have to look in
the Bible. I see back there what they was, I'm interested about what
this is going to be. See? I look back there and see... If I see the
moon shining, I know it--it's a little light, it's a wonderful light,
but there's a greater light somewhere. I know what the sun's going to
look like when I see the moon. Amen. I see what the sun's going to look
like, if I've never seen it; if I see the moon and it's a shadow of the
sun, I know what the sun's going to look like, when here it appears.
See what I mean?
Now, this woman was travailing; she was going to bring forth a child.
And she was standing there, the sun rising at her head, the moon going
under her feet, it's done passed away. See, she's done lived through
the dispensation of law. Paul speaking, see, "having the shadow of good
things to come," see, just a shadow; the sun was the perfect. Now, and
they both can't shine the same time. The law can hang, but it won't
shine, because the Gospel outshines it. See? That's right. The moon can
hang here, twelve o'clock in the day; you'll have to look very close to
see it. That's right, because the sun's so much brighter, till it just
outshines it. It may be still hanging there, to show that it was, last
night, but its--its light's done gone. That's the law: the law's light
has done gone and lived. That's right. Now, it's a Gospel of
dispensation of grace, and the power of the Holy Ghost; the resurrected
Jesus Christ, manifesting Hisself, in a greater Light than that.
Let's look at this woman again just a minute.
And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great...
dragon... re-... great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns,
and seven crowns upon his head.
We taken that the other night. Now, look.
And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast
them unto the earth:...
You know what that was? Now, his tail wasn't like a forked tail like
they say the Devil has got. It was that tale, that lie that he told.
And the very Jews, by the Roman Empire, crucified the Lord Jesus, and
over two thirds of the Jews denied Jesus Christ, the stars which was in
Heaven. And watch what he did.
... and he... cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the
woman which was ready to be delivered,... to devour her child as soon
as it was born.
Now, you say the dragon had something to do with the Jews? Certainly.
They said, "This Jesus says He's the king. We have no king but Caesar."
That right? See the Devil preparing them Jewish hearts, back there, to
deny Jesus Christ when He come? Can you see the Devil denying hearts
today, to deny the power of the Holy Ghost, when He come? Just exactly
the same. Yet, honest and sincere. But if you're deeply, and seek after
God; like some of them Jews did, they walked right out, and received
Him, anyhow. That's right. They didn't care what the church said. "But
it cast two thirds of them to the ground. And the dragon stood before
the woman, to devour her child as soon as it was born." Now, who stood
be-... what government, what power, stood before the woman, the Jewish
Orthodox church, to devour Jesus Christ when He was born? Rome. So, the
red dragon was Rome. So, you see where the beast has to come out of?
Rome. All right, now watch.
And she brought forth a man child, (That was Jesus.) who was to rule
all nations with a rod of iron:...
What did the prophets all say Jesus would do, when He come? Rule the
nations with a rod of iron. Is that right? They failed to see His first
coming to the Gentiles; when He returns, then, He does rule all
nations. He will come. He isn't up on His throne now. He's setting on
God's throne. "He that overcomes shall sit with Me on My throne, as I
have overcome, and set on My Father's throne." Now, He's wanting to
come back. And who... Where is His earthly throne? The throne of David.
God said He'd give Him the throne of David, in the Millennium. He'll
sit on David's throne, and we'll see Him, the great King of kings,
setting there. There He is. Now, He's setting on His Father's throne,
in other words, He's setting in God's power, in Spirit, now. But when
He comes back, He'll set in a earthly body (Hallelujah!) on David's
throne. Now, He's setting in the majesty of Father now. When we say,
"Father": it's Jesus, It's the Spirit of God, by the Holy Spirit, in
us. Now, He's on His Father's throne, right hand of majesty. We
use the body name, "Jesus Christ," Who appeared, the Holy Spirit, which
is God. "Whatever you ask the Father in My name, that will I do; for I
and My Father are one."
"Yet a little while, the world will see Me no more"; that's the body
will be taken away. "But you'll see Me for I'll be with you, even in
you, to the end of the world." That's "Jesus Christ the same yesterday,
today, and forever." Now, He will return in His body again and will set
on a literal throne; a man that will eat and drink and shake hands.
Glory. Oh, my. That... You say, "You're too emotional, brother." Why,
it makes you emotional; you can't hold yourself when I think of it.
How could you stand at a ball game or something that you like real well
and just...?... You fisherman, how could you catch a great big bass
about five pounds and, oh, that big grin...?... Sure, something's
happened. And when you really get saved and filled with the Holy Ghost,
something happens when the Word of God begins to manifest. For we're
setting together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus; and the Holy
Spirit teaching us and guiding us and setting us in order. What a
wonderful time. Now watch:
...rule all nations with a rod of iron:... And she brought forth a man
child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child
was caught up unto God, and to his throne.
And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she had a place prepared
of God, (a wilderness, the church now) that she should be fed a
thousand two hundred and threescore days.
Which we--we--we had it on the Hebrews; we'll get back on this maybe
tonight. I like to prove you. From the persecution of the church and
all through those dark ages, the people come over here... What is
American? America was established at Plymouth Rock for one purpose:
freedom of religion. Is that right? And the Bible said that she "fled
from the dragon and had a place prepared" in the what? [Congregation
says, "Wilderness."--Ed.] What was America when she come here? See?
Where she was nourished for a limited time: a time, time and a
dividing, just about a hundred and sixty-five or seventy years, where
she had a place prepared... And then this nation raised up and formed
images to the beast and spoke like the beast did to the confederation
of organized church religion. Now, the church is getting so she can't
have her freedom no more, "We will shut down that bunch of
holy-rollers; stop that stuff. We'll unionize the thing and make an
organization." And then... What are they doing? Forming an image to the
beast, every time they make a little power. "We are the Methodist." "We
are the Baptist." "We're the Nazarenes." "We're the Pentecostal." "We
form our--our own... we got our own council of churches." "We got
this." You say, "Pentecostals?" Yes, sir.
The Assemblies of God, the mightiest of all the Pentecostals, belongs
to the confederation of church. She's just as much in the image of the
beast as they are. Now you see Catholic? We chop these Pentecostals up,
too, 'cause the Word of God says so. See what I mean? We can only be
honest. This is the truth, brother, 'cause God... not 'cause I'm
saying, 'cause He said it. I'm just using His Word to speak it to you.
See. And the only way I know how to put it together, I don't: I just
have to stand here and let Him put it together. And He gives it out,
and you receive it, and then just take it, and then watch it heap up
and come that way. Just the same thing about healing or anything else:
it's God's Spirit moving, it just brings it right to pass. See. Now
And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she had a place prepared
of God, (God prepared America for freedom of religion) that she should
be fed there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the
dragon; and the dragon fought against the... his angels,...
The dragon... Who was the dragon? [Congregation says, "Satan."--Ed.]
Satan. And what nation did it represent? [Congregation says, "Rome."
--Ed.] And he had angels. Didn't the Bible say that in the last days
that the ministering spirits of the Devil would be like flaming angels?
But if they speak not according to This, let them alone. The Devil will
transform his messengers into angels of light and organize right back
just exactly like Rome did. Brother, sister, I don't see where you
could find a loophole in that. God has just got it all walled up there,
right here in His Word. There it is. And He said He did. Now, watch.
And Michael, the archangel, the great one that stands in the Presence
of God, and His angels, fought against Satan and his angels, the red
dragon. And that was the Church that's led by the Holy Spirit and the
angels of God, fought against the organization and it's angels and
ministers of light. See how it's just perfect? If they're speaking, not
of something up into glory; it's speaking of spiritual beings in Rome:
the red dragon that stood before the woman to devour her child. Now:
And they prevail not; neither was their... found place any more for
them in heaven.
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil,
and Satan, which deceived the whole world:...
That Roman power going into every nation, that city that rules over all
the earth. He deceived it, many churches organizing just like him, see,
making a image unto the beast.
And was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Say, "They don't have a conception of the Scripture"? Look when the
archenemy met Jesus Christ, when he first met him: he didn't go with
him just a round about way. He met Jesus out there and he said, "Now,
where's his weakest spot? It's his stomach right now because he's been
fasting." He said, "If thou be the Son of God, I want you perform a
miracle for me. Now, I know the Scriptures and I want you to perform a
miracle, tell me that you're this, well, this miracle worker. If you're
the Son of God, turn these stones into bread, eat, and then I'll
Now, look at that same anointing on preachers today: Say, "If that
guy's a Divine healer, if that church believes in Divine healing, let
him--let him--let him heal this one, I'll believe it." See what it is?
It's the Devil. Jesus turned to him in the Scripture, said, "It's
written that man shall not live by bread alone, but by..." You don't
have to clown for the Devil. See? And now watch. The Devil said, "I'll
fix him, if I can get him up on top the temple." He said, "Now, look,
you're setting up here on top the temple, now, looking right over
Jerusalem. Now, cast yourself down, and just before you hit the ground,
then the angels will bear you up, for it's written in the Word." Yes,
sir, he quoted Scripture, Satan did. Don't tell me them guys can't
quote Scripture. You better know where you're standing. Yes, sir,
fundamental as they could be.
He said, "All right." Polished scholar; but know, sometimes, no more
about God, than a Hottentot would know about a Egyptian night. He said,
when he, "Cast down thyself," said, "it's written, 'He'll give his
angels charge concerning,' if you're the Son of God; now the Bible
said, the Scripture said. If You're the Son of God, jump off this
temple, 'cause, 'the angels has got a hold of you all time,' you can
heal whenever you want to, you can do whatever you want to, 'cause the
Bible says so."
Jesus said, "Yes, and it's also written," (There it goes.) "Thou shall
not tempt the Lord thy God." That's right. Oh, my.
Satan said, "I'll get Him this time then." Said, "Look up there on top
of this... look here, all these kingdoms: There's United States of
America coming up, great and mighty nation. Here is Rome, now. Here's
all these nations around here. Here's Italy, here is France, here's
Germany, Belgium. There's all these nations of the world, the whole
world over." Said, "They're mine." That's right, that's who governs
them. The Devil governs the United States. "Oh," you say, "Oh, that
can't..." Oh, it does, the Bible said he did. Said, "These are mine."
Said, "I do with them whatever I want to." I'm quoting Scripture. Jesus
never denied it.
He said, "I'll give them every one to you if you'll just worship me
right here; if you'll say I'm right, agree with me in the Scripture.
You know, I'm a teacher, I have a big seminary, whole lot of angels out
here. And if you'll just agree with me: I'll give them every one to
you, let you be the ruler."
Jesus said, "Get thee hence, Satan." That's right. "Don't tempt Me." He
walked around there and angels come and minister to Him. What is it?
Jesus knew that He was going to fall Heir to every one of them, anyhow.
He is going to be Heir in the Millennium. Every nation of this world
will be broken, ground to pieces, and Jesus Christ will be the King of
the world, King of king, and Lord of lords. He couldn't rule in such a
condition as that. He's going to rule when peace will rule and reign in
every heart, and love without alloy, when Jesus shall return to earth
again. It's going to be His anyhow, He didn't have to bow down to
Satan. No. Now watch, quickly.
And I heard a loud voice
saying from heaven, Now is become salvation, now is become strength,
and the kings... kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for
the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before...
God day and night.
And they overcome him by the blood of the lamb, and by... their
testimony; (All right.) and they loved not their lives unto... death.
Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell on the... in the
earth. Woe unto the inhabitations of the earth for the... and... the
sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because
he knoweth that he has but a short time.
Now, you see where he's roaring about so deceitful, acting like
a--a--a... organized hisself up, and bringing people, and polish it up.
Did you know where polish, and all that, first come from? It originated
by the Devil, in the heavens, where the Devil, the first thing he
wanted, was to make a kingdom that outshined Michael, big. Watch Cain,
his son: When Cain come into existence, he fixed his altar, as it was
on Easter morning, with beautiful flowers. He fixed it all pretty and
put the very polished fruit and laid that upon the altar, and made
everything so pretty. He said, "Surely, God will receive that. Isn't it
Look at that same nature in church today. See? "Won't God receive us if
I... if our pastor has a--a degree, if he knows how to speak very
fluently, good English and a--a eloquent speaking man? Won't the best
class of the city come to us? Look at our great shrine, look at our
great crosses, look at our fine pew, look at our thousands of dollars'
organ, and look at all these things here that we got, and a nice
polished... and our deacons are the businessmen of the city. Surely,
they'll come to us." The same old Devil. When God looked down, he said,
"There's nothing in it." That's right.
Here come Abel, ragged, pulling a little old lamb behind him with a
grapevine wrapped around his neck. Led him up on the altar and took a
rock and begin to chop him like that and the blood begin to fly and the
lamb bleating and crying. God said, "That's it, Abel." Amen. "That's
it, Abel, through the shedding of the blood, cleansing." Amen. I feel
like a holy-roller this morning. I really do.
Notice, back to Hebrews, right quick:
The law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very...
(Watch.) and not the very image of the things,... not the,... (See,
just a shadow of it.) not the very image of the things, can never...
(Let's--let's see.) not the very image of the things, can never with
those sacrifices... they offered year by year continually make--make
the comer thereunto perfect.
"Now the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, can never
make the comer perfect." Now, did the Bible say then, "If that, if the
law could not make perfect..."? Then the Bible speaks that, "there can
be a perfection." Do you believe there is a perfection? Let's turn to
Saint Matthew the--the fifth chapter, I believe, and the forty-... and
about the forty-eighth verse, and see if we can find that. I believe
that's about right, if I'm not mistaken. Matthew (Just so I can read it
for you.), the fifth and forty-... yes, that's it, just exactly. Jesus
speaking in the beatitudes:
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is
How you going to do it? "Be ye perfect as your Father has... and those
sacrificing under law could not make the comer perfect." Why? Now,
watch just a little while. "For then would not, they have not have
ceased? If they'd made the comer perfect, then they would not have
ceased?" They'd kept on with the law. See?
Because that the worshipper... (My, did you read this? Looky here.) For
the worshipper (the laity), the worshipper once purged should have...
no more conscience of sin.
Whew. What's happening to you out there then? What are you carrying on,
fussing with your neighbor about? The Bible said, "The worshipper once
purged has no more conscience of sin." Whew. That's kind of strong
doctrine, isn't it? Now, this week you haven't been fed on skim milk,
anyhow, you see. We been in deep things, enriched. And you've took it
very nice, and I thank God for you. I just want to come back and teach
some more to you (see) 'cause you're able to take it. See?
Now notice, "The worshipper once purged..." Said, "Now the law couldn't
do it, but in this testate though," said, "if the law could've done it,
then Jesus wouldn't have had to die." But here, if the worshipper...
Then He come... Watch, if you watch here a little farther, I believe:
But these sacrifices which... a remembrance was made of sin every year.
For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take
Why? (How much time we got? Oh, my. Just a little bit. We'll--we'll
close, then we'll start up again tonight, 'cause I told you I'd quit.)
Look, let's take it just in a little type, quickly. "The worshipper
once purged has no more conscience of sin." Jesus said, "Be ye perfect
even as the Father in Heaven is perfect." Here's the Old Testament: Out
there, the worshipper comes, he knows he's done something wrong. He
goes out and hunts him a lamb (with a spot, brings it to it, wash in
the laver) brings in... The high priest stands at the altar here, the
priest, then, the high priest stands at the altar, and he takes the
lamb, he examines it over; there's not a blemish on it nowhere. Then,
the--the lamb is laid upon the altar, the worshipper puts his hands
upon the lamb and said, "I confess my sins that I've--I've broke the
Sabbath, I've done this, that or the other. I've sinned. I've done
something wrong." And the priest kills the lamb, catches the blood,
puts it over here and burns it as a sacrifice on the brass altar, which
means "Divine judgment." And as the smoke went up, Israel fell on its
knees and gave their prayers as it went up on the smoke of this burnt
blood. Throw blood on fire and watch what takes place.
Now this great cupola, went the smoke up, and all Israel and thousands
of trumpets sound and every man dropped everything he had and went to
prayer. All right. Three times a day that was made. The worshipper,
then, went back out with the same desire in his heart. Maybe he come in
for committing adultery, and he said, "Lord, I did wrong. I committed
adultery. I've got to die 'cause you said, that, 'If you sin, you're
going to die.' So this innocent lamb will die in my place, so I offer
you my lamb, I paid my money for it. So, I come in and offer you my
lamb and I confess my sins, and this lamb is taking my place, an
innocent substitute. I ought to die, You was suppose to kill me, but
You told me, 'If I'd give this lamb and let this lamb die in my place,
then I could go free.'" Then, he cut its throat, got its blood, throwed
it on the brazen, Divine altar of judgment. And the blood smoke went up
to God, and God received it, said, "I'll receive it." The man walked
right back out of there with the same lust in his heart; commit another
adultery. That's right.
But, in this place, where Jesus is, the Lamb of God... Why? The germ of
life is in the bloodstream. And that was an animal life, and an animal
blood has no conscience of sin. Certainly not. So, it wasn't strong
enough 'cause it knew not what sin was. But when God came down, into
the blood cell that was in Mary's womb that created the Blood in Christ
Jesus: that human blood was powerful enough to take sin out of the
human heart. And when the worshipper comes and puts his hands on Jesus'
head and confesses his sin and the Lamb was killed and his name's
written on the Lamb's Book of Life: then God gives him the same Holy
Spirit was in that Blood. And he confesses his sin's wrong; he has no
more desire of sin. Amen. How? That's the Gospel. No more desire of sin.
Then the worshipper walked out with a clean heart. The worshipper...
the law being a shadow, but in Christ it--it was taken away. He taken
away the first, so he could add the second. He couldn't have two at the
same. You can't have the law that says, "It's a five dollar fine to run
this streetlight out here," and the next one says that you can go free.
You can't do it, you couldn't put judgment. So, judgment is based upon
something, not upon a lamb, upon Christ: Christ, the Son of God, Who
was God manifested in the flesh, and the germ of Life that come into
the womb of Mary, that developed that cell. Cell after cell had brought
forth this body that shed blood yonder, in order that God could be made
blood. And the Bible said we are saved through the Blood of God.
I used to say that I was saved by Jewish blood. There was not one spot
of Jewish blood in His Body. He was neither Jew nor Gentile: He was
God. There's not one drop of the mother's blood in a baby, ask your
doctor. It's all wrapped in the mother's blood, but not... The mother
can, that's got TB, can die in childbirth of TB, and the baby taken
forth, as long as it don't catch her breath, it won't have TB. See? The
blood is in the male. A hen can lay an egg, but if she hasn't been with
the--the rooster, it'll never hatch, it isn't fertile, it hasn't got
any blood in it. And that's just like many times I've said, "A lot of
these old churches around here, you've got a bunch of eggs all right,
but they'll lay right there and rot unless they got to be with the
mate, Christ Jesus, been born again and filled with the Holy Ghost.
Then they've got life, they believe." Oh, you say, "We got eggs." I
know you have. But what good does it do them?
You can hover them with the Gospel, preach the Holy Ghost to them: they
walk out and say, "Hmm, I don't believe in that stuff." And Indiana and
Kentucky is jammed full of it. Look over here when we was having a
healing service in Louisville, standing there preaching. Oh, everybody
would like to see the healing and the miracles and so forth. But I went
to laying out the Gospel: walked out, "I don't believe no such stuff as
that. My church don't believe that." There you are, the mark of the
beast. You can't receive it, you're blind.
They lay the Gospel out. Tell them what the rotton eggs are, laying
there, can't have no life. How you going to put life in one of those
eggs, when it ain't got no life in it? The male, Christ Jesus, brought
Life through the Blood of God. Is that right? Brought the Life of God
down into the male. That's right. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, come
down to bring Life to the human race. Is that right? And in Him, after
His Blood being shed, and the Holy Spirit coming in the Blood of Jesus
Christ, which was that blood cell when it was offered at Calvary, it
takes away the very desire of sin. So, if you still have the desire of
sin, better come back to the altar again. That's right.
Now, and that same Life that was in that Blood cell returns back into
your blood cell and gives you the same Life. Jesus said, "I'll give to
them Eternal Life." Now, if you all are interested in Greek words, go
look up and see what the Greek word eternal means. It come from the
word Zoe, Z-o-e. Look what Zoe is: Zoe is "the Life of God Himself."
And if Jesus, through His death, gave up His Own Life, which was Zoe,
we have Eternal Life and can't perish. Hallelujah. Then, when the old
flesh begins to lust after things, the Spirit says, "No!" "There,
now..." Here it is, get your Gospel coats on. Look. Romans 8:1.
There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ
Jesus, that walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
"Spirit giveth Life, letter killeth." What a beautiful lesson, wish we
had time to continue a while. We will after a bit. Look! God required
life the very first time sin was committed. And if you notice, the pair
in garden of Eden substituted animal life. Did you notice it? Put
animal life, went out and got sheep and killed them and they made
garments to cover their sin up with. Is that right? Sheepskin.
Let's take a little drama. I seen a picture not long ago that I like.
Just not... it's just mental picture, I never seen it drawed. I see our
mother, Eve; and our father, Adam; is a colored man setting there; the
Chinese setting there. This'll shock you. Every human being, the pygmy
in Africa; the Bushman, up in the Transvaal; the heathen that don't
know which is right and left hand, with hair sticking all over him like
that, as wild as an animal; he's got the same blood in his veins that
you got. The Chinese can go down and take the blood plasma and give it
to a white man. The colored man, the same blood that's in his veins, is
in the white man's veins. They can give blood one to another. But
there's not one animal that can give a blood plasma. Why? God has made
of all nations, one blood. Exactly. Every one of us come off of that
same tree of life to Almighty God. Whether you're yellow, brown, black,
or whatever you are, we are one blood. Ask your doctor, now, if that's
right. White, colored, no matter who you are, brown, or whatever you
are, don't make any difference. Chinese, Japanese, Negro, whatever you
may be, don't have one thing to do with it. You got the same blood.
And the same Jesus Christ, died for one, died for all. God tore down
the middle wall of partition and made us all one in Christ Jesus. What
a message for that.
There stood Adam and Eve. Eve, a beautiful woman. Oh, my. I can see
there: Adam with them dark shaggy locks hanging around his head; those
bright, flashy eyes look over to his little sweetheart, Eve; and such a
perfect-built woman; and her hair; looked up, and her eyes, as blue as
the sky. Adam loved her. Oh, how he loved her. But when sin entered in,
their little home was broke up, because of an old, lustful beast. The
Devil had got into an animal called the serpent; not a reptile.
Remember, the Bible doesn't say that the Devil was a snake. He wasn't a
snake in the beginning. The snake wasn't like he is now, in the
beginning. The curse put him where he's at. The Bible said, "He was..."
(not a reptile) "He was a beast, and the most subtle of all the beasts
of the field." He looked more like a man than anything you've ever had;
walked upright. There's where the Devil got, in him; and come to Eve,
this beautiful made woman, and she did what was wrong.
Take your idea of it, I got mine. All right. Now, then she brought
forth her first son, Cain. The nature after the daddy: a murderer, a
hater, so forth. Notice, then, what taken place after that. Then, when
God came down to talk, fellowship had been broken. Could you imagine
Adam and Eve setting out in the garden of Eden, under them great palm
trees; God would come down, say, "My Children."
"Is all well?"
"All is well."
"Have you enjoyed the blessings of your Father, this day?"
"Yes, Father, we've enjoyed."
Here comes Leo, the lion, up. Leo meows like a kitten, Adam pats him on
the head, he kneels hisself down. Here comes Cheetah, the tiger; and
all them comes up, lays down, meows around. And God's great voice
roaring through the top of them trees, "My creation, have you enjoyed
what your Father has given you this day?"
"Yes, Father, every day." No death, no sorrow, there it is. That's the
God said, "Oh, isn't this wonderful?"
And then Michael looked over and said, "I could do that, too."
Oh, brother, don't get yourself contrary to God's Word. That's what's
the matter with these churches today. "I can make an organization, too,
as good as they are." Ooh, get away from it. Stay with God's Word. Yes,
sir. Let God! (See?) God was the One, speaking.
And then, the first thing you know, then when she sinned, then God come
down and roared through the top of the trees. He wants to be
worshipped. He's God. And his children wasn't there to worship. Here
come Leo up and knelt down, and here come Cheetah up and knelt down,
and all of them come up to kneel down. But where's Adam?
He said, "Cheetah, have you seen Adam?"
"Leo, you seen?"
"Adam? Where art thou?"
See the nature of a man? He run from God. It ought've been Adam saying,
"Father, I've sinned! I've done wrong! Where are you? I want to confess
my sins! Where are you, Father?" But he was hiding, getting back in
behind the curtains, you see.
"Adam, where art thou, my boy? Adam, Adam, my boy, where are you?"
Directly, He looked down and He seen Adam standing behind the bushes.
Said, "Come out, Adam."
He said, "I can't, I'm naked."
Said, "Who told you, you were naked?"
He said, "The woman you give me."
And the woman said, "The serpent did it."
There you are. Then the great picture of the fellowship was broken. God
can't talk to His people no more. He's done said so. When God speaks,
He's got to keep His Word. He's got to. All right. He said, "I got to
talk to him." So, God went over and got some sheepskins, brought them
old, bloody sheepskins back, throwed them back in the bushes, said,
"Put them on." Here come Adam and Eve wrapped up in these old
They made themself a religion first. They joined a church somewhere,
thought they was going to get by with a fig leaf church. You know, just
hide behind something. But when they went to stand in the Presence of
God, their fig leaf religion didn't hold out.
But here he comes out with blood running down over his manly shoulders.
Look at little Eve, let's draw a picture. That pretty little thing,
Adam's sweetheart and wife, his darling, and here she comes out and the
blood running down her legs. Here's Adam and the blood running off of
his shoulders. I see around his collar here, where it wrapped around
his shoulders, the blood shagging in his hair. Hmm. Look at little Eve,
her head bent down, them old bloody sheepskins, walk out before God.
Said, "Adam, because you listened to your wife in the stead of Me: I
took you from the dust of the earth and dust you'll return."
Said, "Woman, because you listened to the serpent instead of your own
husband:..." See, church Who you're suppose to listen to: your Husband,
not to some creed, but to your Husband. Here's His Word to you. See?
"Because you listened to the serpent instead of your husband:..." Wish
I could stay a little while on that, I feel something on that. See? So,
"Why, you listened to the serpent instead of your husband: You took
life out of the world, you'll bring life in the world, and I'll
multiply your sorrows and your conceptions, your desire shall be to
And serpent, because you did this: Off goes your legs, and you'll crawl
on your belly all the days of your life, you'll be hated by all, and
dust shall be your meat."
Oh, my, something's happening: Aches begin to come into Eve's
shoulders. Adam's got a rheumatism in his back. He begins to look,
looks over to Eve, tears are running down her pretty cheeks. Her lips,
that will never have to have manicure on them, ever what the stuff you
put on now, never have to have that on, they were all pretty and red;
but now, they're turning out pale, wrinkles are coming in them.
Wrinkles are coming in under her eyes. Adam's hair has begin to
slipping out, shag begin to come here, and grays are going to set in.
Tears is dropping off of his manly chest. His chest has begin to sink
in, hollow. What a condition: mortal, then.
Little Eve knowed she was the cause of it. Said, "Oh, Adam, what have I
done, darling?" I'm going to preach on that one of these nights, What
Have I Done? She leaned her little head over on his shoulders, striking
him along about this. She said, "Honey, I'm the cause of it and we're
condemned. Look at us. We're turning back to the dust. And God hid His
face from us now. We can't see Him no more. Look at these old bloody...
I'm ashamed to take this off before you, Adam."
He said, "Darling, I wouldn't take this off before you for nothing.
What's happened to us, honey?" And he begin to cry, the tears run off
his own cheeks, spatting on top of her head. Here it run down to her
bosom like that, mixing tears and blood, running together. And he puts
his arm around his little wife.
God said, "Depart out of My Presence." They sinned, He can't do nothing
else, He's God. That's what makes His Word so real. He's got to keep
His Word, no matter how bad it hurt Him: "Depart out of My Presence."
Adam put his arm around his little wife, like that; here they start
moving, down through the garden of Eden. I can hear that old, bloody
sheepskin that was on Adam: he make a step, going... [Brother Branham
slowly claps his hands, several times--Ed.] blood smacking against his
leg, as he walked on. God, there goes His boy, there goes His girl;
just the same, it'd be my Billy Paul and Rebekah, there they go; your
daughter, and your son. What can He do? What can He do? He's God, He
has to keep His Word, "I pronounce death on them, and I trusted them,
and thought they wouldn't do it, but they did it anyhow. Why did they
Then God conceived His thoughts, He said, "I'll take their place, I'll
die in their stead. That's My boy, I can't let him go like that. That's
My girl. I'll die in his place." He said, "Just a minute." He said,
"I'll put enmity between thy seed and the serpent's seed, and your seed
shall bruise the serpent's head." In other words, "I will overshadow a
virgin someday, and come down and be made flesh, Myself, and I'll take
the sinner's place." Man was made in the image of God and then God was
made in the image of man, to redeem man back to Himself; God taken his
place. That's how I know Jesus is God. That's right.
Now, let's change our scene: Nineteen... Four thousand years has
passed, we're in Jerusalem this morning. I hear a noise, what is it? I
look outside. Sin, and the whole earth bathed with wars and rumors of
wars and blood and adultery and sin and shame and disgrace, of the
offsprings of that couple. Look down here just like Herodias: seventy
of her boys and girls died on gallowses, and in prostitution, from sin.
Look here at Adam and Eve's children, how they're dying, dying. And
that little, old, weak blood, yonder somehow, wouldn't atone; it's a
animal's blood, it ain't got no life in it, it can't come before God,
that life that goes out of that blood, it can't come, because it's a
dumb brute. It's got to have some kind of a life that knows right from
wrong. God come down there in flesh, under a virgin, knows right from
Now, it's Jerusalem: I hear a noise. What is it? "Oh, away with Him,
crucify Him." What is it? The very Creator of the human race, and His
Own children crying for His Blood. They're God's Own creation crying
for His Own Blood. Well, now, if he'd have held Himself and wouldn't
have done it, His child would been lost. Don't you see that's Jehovah
from in the garden of Eden? Can't you see Him there, inveiled in this
human flesh? Oh, my.
Notice, a little farther, I wish we could get on in this lesson. A
little farther down there, He said, "This tabernacle, Solomon built him
a tabernacle, but the most High dwelleth not in houses made of hands;
but a body has thou prepared me." When Solomon built the temple,
Here is a good one! Hallelujah. That caught just right. Thank the Lord
for that. Here is a revelation, just fresh right now, you're going to
When Solomon built the temple and it was dedicated, God came into that
temple and dwelt there. Is that right? And when Jesus Christ was
dedicated to God on the river of Jordon, God came down and dwelt in
Jesus Christ. He's Jehovah. Amen.
Confession of sin always had to look to the temple. Confession of sin
has to look to Christ, there's the Temple of God; God dwelled in
Christ, there He is. Now you believe He's Jehovah, don't you? Never
thought of that before.
Oh, sometimes when we're moving along, in the Spirit and move...
setting together in heavenly places, how Christ can move in a church
like that. See how the revelations move? There's a perfect revelation
coming from God. He's standing at the platform now. I know that come
from There. I know it did. The temple was where God dwelt. And if the
people anywhere in trouble, like Jonah in the belly of the whale,
looked towards the temple, "anywhere that they look to this temple and
pray, then I'll hear." And now, "The temple of--of God was not made
with hands," he said, "you prepared me a building but that wasn't it.
But a body has thou prepared me." There it is. God in Christ.
Then, I hear that howling mob to our scene. Look at Him there: They're
crying for His blood, His Own children, screaming out, "Away with Him,"
their Creator, their God, their Maker, their Father, "Away with Him."
Now, He's--He's become their Redeemer. "Now, they reject Me, but if
they--they don't know, they don't know Who I am. They don't know that
I'm the very One that pronounced this curse upon them yonder in the
garden of Eden. I've come down to redeem them. If I--If I--If I refuse,
why, I could speak and a legions of angels would come to Me. But if I
would, they're going to be lost and, after all, I was the One put the
curse on them. Now, I'm come to take the curse off of them, and let
them, through their sins, crucify Me." Here He goes, dragging through
the street, beat, they backed him, hooked him up to a post like this,
put a cat o' nine tails, stood out there and beat till his ribs showed
through. He was a little man. The Bible said, "No beauty we should
desire Him." Look at His body: beaten; riven; bruised; mockery spit
from His Own children, spitting in their daddy's face; crown of thorn
on His head; tears and things, mingle, running down His Body, tears and
blood running together; spit dropping off. Here He comes, we'll look
out the window and see what He looks like.
There He goes. I hear His old cross dragging down through the streets,
making a roaring, bumping noise as it goes down. His poor little body's
moving and they're walking along, whipping him with a whip, "Go on, you
holy-roller. We got our organization. We got our churches. We don't
need you to come around and bawl us out about our church. You, making
yourself the God of the Sabbath. Why don't you do something about it
now, you ol' holy-roller?" And the very Creator moving along there in
flesh. There's that blood cell moving up, just bathing down his back.
He moves a little farther.
Let's look. I notice over His back, He's got a robe throwed across His
shoulders, and it's wove throughout without seam. And look all over
that little robe, now, a little white robe, there becomes a little red
spot. It's that blood coming through His back where He was: "By His
stripes we're healed." Oh, could I deny that? God keep me mentally
right. I don't care if it costs my blood. What would my old, dirty,
adulterated blood be at the side of His? There I see Him moving as
them... watch as He goes on up: them spots gets bigger and bigger,
bigger and bigger, as He moves on. I see Him fall. I see a colored man
come along and help Him bear the cross, put it up on His shoulder. He
moves on, He can hardly move now. Look at Him as He goes.
As He's moving on, all them little spots run into one big spot. And
after while, I hear something, now, going... [Brother Branham slowly
claps his hands several times--Ed.] What is it? It's that old, bloody
garment beating against His legs. What is it? Animal blood: finished!
There's the second Adam. There's the God of Heaven. That's not animal
blood, that's God's Blood, beating against the legs, the second Adam,
going to die for the human race. God, made Adam, Himself; and living
here on earth, going down to die for the human race. The blood of bulls
and goats could not take away sin; but in due season, Jesus Christ come
and makes the worshipper perfected by the baptism of the Holy Ghost,
who Jesus Christ died, in his place, at Calvary.
Dear dying Lamb, Thy precious Blood
Shall never lose its power,
Till all the ransomed church of God
Be saved, to sin no more.
The dying thief rejoiced to see
That fountain in his day;
There may I, though vile as he,
Wash all my sins away.
Ever since by faith I saw that stream
Thy flowing wounds supplied,
Redeeming love has been my theme,
And shall be till I die.
Then in a nobler, sweeter song,
I'll sing Thy power to save,
When this poor lisping, stammering tongue
Lies silent in the grave.
Our Heavenly Father, as we look to Thee this morning, the Lamb of
Calvary, the One who come in the shadows of the law, to take away the
law, and to bring in this great dispensation of grace, to give us Thy
Spirit in our own tabernacles here. God tabernacling with mortal
beings, fellowshipping, God coming down to fellowship in the heart of
man. "Came unto His Own, His Own received Him not. As many as received
Him, to them He gave the power to become sons of God, as many as call
upon His Name." And by His Spirit, we are baptized into His body by the
renewing of our thoughts, by the washing of the blood by the water, to
bring us into fellowship with the great Son of God: as there, again,
when the evening is setting.
O Christ, I'm not a boy no more, after while my sun's going to set,
too, and my hairs begin to turn gray; my evening time is coming. Won't
You let me talk to You then, Lord? When You come down in the top of the
trees of life, oh, let me have communion with You then, Father. And let
me, as I look back down across this path that I've traveled, see where
my footprints has went through the seas, and over the brier patches and
the rough places, crying, "Holy unto the Lord." Grant it, Lord.
May every person in this tabernacle this morning, that's setting here
under this Divine unction of the Holy Spirit coming through the Word,
may every one of them receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost. May this
little church divinely pull its cords together, settle its differences
in your... our heart right now, moving in as one heart and one person,
their arms around each other, and moving away as brother and sister in
godly respects, with an old fashioned case of salvation in their heart,
that'll make them go home and weep at the table, weep at the bedside,
put their children on their laps and weep for them, weep for the world,
weep for the sins of the city, and be marked into the kingdom of God at
this near coming, now, in the future, of our Lord Jesus.
May at that day, when the tape recording is played, as it was, from
this morning's meeting, may every person in here that I pray for today,
here, Lord, may they all be standing there, washed in the Blood of the
Lamb, with palms in their hands singing, "Hosanna, Hosanna to Him that
sitteth upon the throne." Grant it, Lord. Be Thou with us. Heal the
sickness in our midst and draw all the little church together, now,
Lord, under the power of the Holy Spirit.
Be with us in the coming afternoon, as we visit the sick and the needy,
the shut in. Help us in our homes as we go home, not to be like a pig
to set down and eat, but may we look up to the Creator and say, "Thank
you, Lord Jesus, for giving to me this food." May we tonight, not go to
bed as unthankful children, but may, on our knees, we spend a long time
in prayer and thanksgiving; rising tomorrow, saying, "Father, I can't
travel this day by myself. Take my hand, now, and lead me through the
day." O God, grant it.
And may the men and women that we come in contact with, may it be in
deep sincerity. May we speak of the oracles of God, Lord, not
overbearing, but talk in wisdom, that we might know how to win others
to you. At that great day, Thou would say, "It's well done, My good and
faithful servant: enter into the joys of the Lord."
Grant this, Father, for we ask it in Jesus' Name. Amen.