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And Thy Seed Shall Possess The Gate
Of His Enemies
E-1 Let us remain standing and just bow our heads for a word of prayer.
Our gracious heavenly Father, it is again that we approach Thee, asking
forgiveness of our sins and trespasses, and praying that You'll be
merciful to us, Father. We would pray, Lord, that You would pardon all
of our transgressions, would lead us into the paths of Light and Life.
And make us, Lord, so salty that others would long to be Christians in
whom we contact. We know that salt is a savour if it contacts. And
Father, we pray that You will make us the strength of the salt, and may
we be so desirous to contact the outside world, that's dying, that it
might be a savour to them.
We are told that we are written epistles, read of all men. And Father,
we pray that our lives will so be, as we profess to have this great
experience of Pentecost, that it will be such a--salty to the world,
that they'll long to be that way also. Give us of Thy Holy Spirit,
Lord, that we might show to the world, that our faith in our Saviour is
confirmed, that He is not dead, but He's a living with us day by day,
guiding us and directing us, feeding us, walking by the still waters
and the shady green pastures.
We pray that You'll bless us tonight in the Word. Heal the sick and the
afflicted; save the lost. Get glory unto Thy great Name, for we ask it
in Thy Name, Jesus Christ. Amen. You may be seated.
E-2 We are indeed--deem this a grand privilege to be back again tonight
here at the church, to minister again the Word to the people. And this
has been a great day. I'm so glad to meet Christians, to meet real
borned again people. I hope you don't think that I, expressing and
saying the things that I do, that I think that California has all the
sinners. They're all over the world. And now, I have...
Last evening when I was approaching... I'd been down in the city in the
afternoon, and I noticed some of the people, how they were doing, just
like they are in other parts of the world.
And I come in last night. And the nicest little girl from the platform
here, from the choir, I believe it was, walked back there. She was a
Canadian, real nice little lady, clean looking, and a real, just a real
lady. I hope my Rebekah's like that when she gets her age. A Canadian
girl... Then tonight coming in, standing out there by the side of the
wall stood a little lady, standing out there, when my son and my
daughter-in-law come up, and I, from Arkansas, waiting out there in the
cold just to shake hands with me. Said she'd remembered when I was in
Hot Springs many, many years ago, the Humbard family. And just see
people like that, it just makes life worth living.
E-3 You know, when we live to serve, and to do what we can for those
people, and to try to help others that maybe doesn't know the joy of
living that life. Some people think that when you become a Christian
that it take--just takes all the joy out of life. It's just vice versa.
I--I have lived both ways.
This is thirty-one years I've been preaching, and I have... I would not
trade this life if there wasn't even any heaven to go to at the end of
it, if there wasn't any Jesus to see. I have more joy living this way
than I--one day, than I would ten years any other way, if there wasn't
nothing after. But... That's really from my heart, as your brother and
God's servant. There's such a peace and a satisfaction, knowing that
when you lay down, if you never wake again, what difference does it
make? See? You're--you're--you're saved, that--that anchor that holds
within the veil somewhere out there, something that tells us that the
good's just the other side.
E-4 Billy said last night to me when I left; he said, "Daddy, do you
think you could ever make it some time you'd get out at nine o'clock? "
I said, "I hope so, some time." But I... You're such a nice people to
talk to. And you... There's no place to stop.
And he said, "Well, the first thing, you talked about thirty minutes
before you ever started on your sermon."
I said, "Now, Billy, I'm going to--I ain't going to do that tonight.
I'm going--I'm going to start right straight into the sermon right
quick, so I can let the people out."
E-5 We got a--still a full week. And then, we've got to go from here
then up into Visalia, and right straight from there to Ohio, back in
the snow, and down in Virginia where I think they got seventeen inches
of snow in there now. Then, back over in Illinois, Bloomington, up
Chicago. And then all the way up in northern British Columbia, where
it's really snowing. And then, I hope that, if the Lord willing,
sometime this summer, to--to get overseas again, because there's where
my heart lays. That is true. You would, too.
You think, "Well, you don't love us." Yes, I love you. But you're
already anchored in Christ, and those people over there, just so
hungering and thirsting. And now, if I was working for you, and I could
pick... I was picking berries. On one side of the road over here, I
could pick fifty gallon a day. On this side of the road, I could pick
two quarts a day. Now, which field should I work in? Certainly. You
know what I mean.
E-6 But one thing about having meetings here. The American people has
the money, and they're the ones that have to sponsor. Those people
can't even eat over there but what... And it's just so terrible. You'd
never realize what it is. Won't strike your heart until you stand in
the street sometime, preaching, and seeing a little mother with her
little baby, and his belly swelled up that high, dying from hunger, and
trying to hand you the baby. She knows she's going to die too,
starving. Well, what if you take that one? Here's one over here, and
one here, and one here, and one just everywhere. See? And it's a
Then you come back, and think that we rake in the garbage can enough to
feed those people. And there's just something... The economics of the
world is not balanced right somewhere. It's just not right. And we
can't do nothing about it. You can see it, but (See?), I'm just one
American. And that's--and just one Christian. And we could come back
and tell the stories.
And it's truth that many missionaries tonight are eating one or two
meals a week, and without shoes on their feet, just an old pair of
ragged trousers or something wrapped around them, going into the
jungles preaching the Gospel, this Gospel that we're preaching right
here. It just isn't right, it just doesn't seem right, although they
don't complain. They go right ahead doing it anyhow. Just almost breaks
your heart to see. I say, "That fellow there..."
"He's a missionary."
When we Was in Durban, South Africa, that's where I had, I guess, the
largest altar call the Lord ever gave me. We registered thirty thousand
converts at one altar call. Just think of that. Thirty thousand blanket
natives received Christ as personal Saviour when they seen taking
place, just like you seen here last night. They're hungering and
thirsting. And when they see something's got of reality to it... But
see, we here in America, we just have all kinds of evangelists. If one
don't please us, we just drop him off, get another one. And you know,
we just have such a variety. And the--and the first thing you know,
why, it all becomes so common to us till we just forget about it. Those
people are really craving God.
E-7 I seen little black boys stand like that, little children, never
knowed what a suit of clothes was. Never knowed... Well, we had some
homemade ice cream, and one of them would come up. And I put it in his
hand. He dropped it, and screamed out. I asked Mr--or the man was
standing with me, "What did he say? "
He said, "Boss, it burnt me." It was cold, you see. He never had felt
nothing cold. See? He said, "It burned me." See them down there, when
they go to get their drink, and the crocodiles chew them up. And see
them coming for as many as two months ahead of time, when they heard I
was coming over there to pray for their sick. They'd go along packing
their loved ones on homemade stretchers, boards, and whatever they
could have. And when they would--a lion would come, they would shinny
them up a tree somewhere till the lions left, then bring them down.
Such a sacrifice, down through the jungles. And then to see them laying
at least four or five city blocks deep, till you can't even see the end
of them like that, laying there, just...
E-8 And when they seen one man healed at the platform... I turned, and
through fifteen different interpreters... You just have to write down
what you said last. But when I asked them had the missionary told them
what this great Jesus was? "Yes," but he'd also told them that the days
of miracles was past.
I said, "Now, what was He then? Whatever He was then, He remains the
same if He's a living." See? And when they seen that proved that He
was, I made just a prayer, a congregational prayer, and Dr. F. F.
Bosworth (Did anybody ever hear of him? Most everybody. One of the
grandest old saints I ever met in my life.) he estimated between
twenty-five and thirty thousand spontaneous miracles taken place at one
E-9 The next morning, Mr. Sidney Smith, the mayor of--of--of Durban
called me, said, "Watch the window towards the seashore from your hotel
I said, "What is it?"
Said, "I will see if I can get there in time. It's on its road." Well,
I was sitting there. I wondered, what did the mayor mean? And just that
night, there'd been a woman had died over there that day, a friend of
his. Prayed for her, she'd come to life. The papers given big headlines
about it. And I went up...
See, where people really humble themselves, and forget everything else
and just believe on the Lord, just everything takes place. And then...
But you have to believe it. That's all. Just... Not--not just strain at
it, but just simple believe it (See?), just like...
E-10 And so, they called. And I heard something making a noise, and I
went down the street. Now, they have--they have tribal wars among them.
But when I walked to the platform... There was fifteen, I know,
different tribes there, all in there with their witch doctors, and the
chiefs, and so forth. And they all stand with one accord, about nearly
two hundred thousand, and sang each one in their native tongue, all
blending together, "All things are possible, only believe."
Brother Bosworth said he had trained symphonies, and went to the
Madison Square Garden with a hundred and something piece orchestra, and
he said never... Said some of them would be an octave high and an
octave low, trained voices. But said there--there was just every one.
And them, wouldn't know which was right and left hand, just perfect
music. I can just see him yet as he took off his glasses, and begin
wiping his eyes. He said, "Brother Branham, this is my coronation, to
I said, "That's the Holy Spirit. It's the only thing that could make
E-11 And the next day, when I went to the window and looked out, I
thought my heart would jump from me. I looked. Coming down the street
there come seven of those big African vans. They're just about long as
from here to the--oh, across this building almost. Got some four to six
wheels under them. And they were piled just as high as they could be
piled with old boards, and clubs, and things that those people had
walked on the day before. And the ones that had walked on them was
walking behind, for city blocks. Six of those bi--seven of those big
van fulls, like that, coming down that street with their hands up in
the air, was crippled the day before singing, "All things are possible,
only believe." I tell you. You see why--what I mean? It's just... It...
Your heart just bleeds to get to them again, you see, just jumps to see
what you could do for them.
And I got a paper, one of the Durban papers, that said that one tribe,
the Shangai... I forget how much that they brought back weeks later.
And they was... And when they'd come back, they was through with sin,
bringing back firearms, and watches, and what they'd stole from
the--living out in the compounds, you know, when they'd come into the
city and steal.
E-12 Now, you pardon me, my sisters, for this rude expression, and do
not think that I'm trying to make something--pushing it hard. But I
just want to ask you one thing. We're supposed to live in a land of
civilization. And this baptism of the Holy Spirit that we talk about...
I've seen people receive the Holy Spirit that didn't know right and
left hand. And you know what they do when they receive it? They act
just like you do when you receive it, do the same thing. And they don't
know which is right and left hand. And standing on that ground were
women standing there, just no clothes, no more than they was borned in.
And there they stood there, young and old, and all alike. And I asked
them, I said, "Now, I want you... Would you receive this Jesus that's
made this man that was all crippled up to stand up straight and walk,
where it told him..." And I said, "I... As your witch doctors thought I
was reading his mind." I said, "Now, it shows the God of heaven has
made him well." I said, "How many wants to receive Him as personal
Saviour?" And they raised up, thousands.
E-13 Brother Baxter and them said, "I believe they must have meant
I said, "Start it through the interpreters again." I said, "I did not
mean physical healing. I meant to receive Christ, Someone who loves
you. And I realize that you got a raw end of it here, just like our
American Indian got over there, where God placed him in the land. But,"
I said, "you--you got a bad deal out of it. But there's one that will
give you justice. That's the Lord Jesus, and you want to receive Him as
your personal Saviour, you can go home to heaven." And I said, "Raise
your hands. Them that's packed idols, break them on the ground." And
they broke their idols, and raised up their hands. Thirty thousand
blanket heathens. I said, "While you have your hands up, receive Jesus
for the baptism of the Holy Spirit." And when they did that, them
people... Some women standing there naked, just a clout... You know
what they done to walk away from there? They folded their arms to walk
E-14 Now, what's the strange thing to me, that a woman that don't know
right and left hand, and as soon as Christ comes to her heart she
realizes she's naked, and she will try to hide herself; and we, who are
supposed to be a Christian nation, continually taking it off. Can you
explain it to me? I--I just want to ask that question. I... And all...
I don't mean that to joke. This is not no place to joke. This is the
desk, the pulpit of God. See? But isn't that true? It... Can you make
sense out of it? A native that knows nothing about God, and as soon as
Christ comes to their heart they realize they're naked. And we who are
supposed to be Christians, constantly each year, just as much as the
law will keep from running you off the street, taking it off every
year. Something's wrong, somewhere. Maybe it's... It might be me. It
just might be me that's wrong. I don't know. If I'm wrong, then the
Word's wrong. I like to stay with the Word.
E-15 Now, forgive me, Billy. I did it again. I believe I had Brother
Borders to read some... I got some announcements here, but I will just
get them a little later, 'cause it gets too late. And I'm going to try
to get out at nine o'clock, if I possibly can.
Now, I want to take from that Scripture reading out of Genesis, the
22nd chapter, and the last ten verses of the 17th verse:
And thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies.
E-16 Now, we've been studying on Abraham, and how that God was with
Abraham, and what He did for him. And last Saturday night, we left
Abraham, you know, where God had turned him and Sarah back to a young
man and young woman. Did you like that? Do you believe it? Went back,
and she had the baby. And we've proved that by the Scripture that Sarah
was a young woman, because it was a young king down there, Abimelech,
that fell in love with her. And I got a little note on it, said,
"Brother Branham, they just lived longer in that day." Someone little
disagree. 'Course, that's just all right. But I would like to make that
clear to you, my brother.
You notice, the Scripture said, "And they were both well stricken in
age." See? They were old. And so, He turned them back to a young man
and a young woman, showing what He's going to do to all the seed of
Abraham. Now, we see those great promises that He gave.
E-17 Then we find out that Abraham was sterile. Sarah per--perhaps, was
barren. Perhaps Sarah was the one that was barren. But after... Abraham
being his own body, as the Bible said in Romans 4, as good as dead, and
we find out that yet forty years after that, when his wife died and he
married again, he had seven other sons besides his daughters after
that. So you see, it just... You... In between the line, you see, God
just done something for them. That's right. He just turned them back,
and made them a young couple again.
I'm so glad that I have the opportunity, and can bring one of the
greatest treasures to the people that there is in the world, to tell
them that we are heirs with Abraham of this promise. We are Abraham's
children. How do we do it? By joining the church? No. By being dead in
Christ, receiving the Holy Spirit. Then we are Abraham's seed, and are
heirs with him according to the promise. Don't fail to get it,
Christian friends. Stay with it.
E-18 If I do a little whistling like while I'm speaking... All of you
know that I used to be a pugilist. I used to box. I had three state
championships. Never lost but one fight in my life. And I smiled at a
guy one time when he--he hit at me and missed me, and he smacked me
right in the mouth. And it knocked two teeth loose there, and broke the
corner off one. And just the other day, I lost the filling out of it.
So I--I do a little bit of whistling at times.
I was thinking one time how bad that was. And I remember Mrs. Graham,
for the noted evangelist Billy, said that the--one of the great times
of his life that... He's got one tooth out in front, you know, and he
wears a partial. And he lost this tooth, and it was just about time for
him to go on the broadcast. And he said, just whistles terribly, and he
just--and he had to stand by the microphone. She said, "Oh, Billy was
really doing some praying," and a porter, and everybody looking
through--the bellhops a trying to find this tooth, where it was at.
Come to find out, it fell out of his trouser pocket and was in his
shoe. Somebody found it down in one of his shoes. And--and she told it
on him while she was in Louisville. And so the thing he did, he would
take a towel after taking a bath, and throw it over the top of the door
like that, and make a big dirty streak. And she was too short to get up
and wipe it off, you know. So we all have our faults, you see, all of
us, even to the best.
E-19 So we find that Abraham and Sarah now had received this little
one. At the age of about twelve years old, he was taken--asked by God,
or--to take his own child up on the mountain and sacrifice him, take
his life. And Abraham did not disbelieve God, because he knew that if
he--that if he obeyed God like he had, waited for twenty-five years,
that he received him as one from the dead. Now, what about that? Were
they old or not? As receiving him as one from the dead, knowed that he
was fully persuaded He was able... [Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.] That he
knowed that God could raise him up if He kept His promise.
Then we see when full obedience come, then when he was about to take
the life of his own son, the Angel of the Lord called from the skies,
and held his hand. And there was a ram behind him. And he took the ram
that had been caught in the weeds by his--or the vines by his horns,
and offered the ram instead of his own son. And we discussed that.
Where did this ram come from?
Now, Abraham was three day's journey, and then lifted up his eyes far
off and seen the mountain. He was at least seventy-five to a hundred
miles from civilization, and up on top of a mountain where there's no
grass or no water. And he'd rolled the rocks around, and fixed the
altar, and there was no ram there. And if a ram would be up there,
animals would've killed it long ago, straying out like that. And that's
the reason he called it Jehovah-jireh, the Lord will provide Himself a
sacrifice. I believe God spoke the ram into existence. And we find out
that it wasn't a vision. A vision don't bleed. He killed the ram, and
the blood run out of the ram, and he offered that instead of his own
son. You know who that ram was? The Lord Jesus Christ. That's exactly.
That... In figurative speaking, that was Him.
E-20 Then God was so pleased with complete obedience. God had tried his
patriarch. He had tried his servant. And every son that cometh to God
must be what? Tried. Chastened. That's where that many fall away,
because we can't stand that trial. A person come to the altar in time
of revival. And you'll watch just a little while, and the hot trials
begin to come. Jesus plainly taught it, said, "The sower went forth
sowing seed. Some fell by the wayside, some fell into stony ground, and
amongst thorns and thistles, and the others fell over in good ground."
And He said that's the way the Word went, goes out. Some hears the
Word, go out; birds come along, pick it up. See, they don't--don't do
no good at all. Others come up overnight. Oh, they're going to do great
things. But when the trials begin to come, it chokes them down. But
some goes all the way over into good ground, and that brings forth a
E-21 Let's be the hundredfolds. Let's go way over, sell out everything
from the world, and look to Christ, and believe Him with all of our
hearts. That's how these things happen. That's how visions come. That's
how power the--of God moves among us, is when we're... No roots of
bitterness, and everything's cleaned out, and the Holy Spirit can work
through us, then we become a channel. What if there was a short in this
speaker tonight? You'd never be able to hear me. It'd be all full of
static. You wouldn't know what I was saying. Well, that's just like we
are. That's a--that's a mute, until something makes a noise in it. It
cannot speak itself. And that's the way we are. We know nothing about
the heavenlies. But it takes the Holy Spirit to come down and use our
eyes for visions, our lips for words and prophecies, and--and--and
speak the words, and watch the things happen. "Ask what you will in My
Name, it shall be done unto you." See? "If ye abide in Me, and My words
in you, ask what you will, and it'll be done unto you. Verily I say
unto you, if you say to this mountain, Be moved; and don't doubt in
your heart, but believe that what you have said will come to pass; you
can have what you've said." Saint Mark 11:22 and 23. Now, we know that
those things are true.
E-22 Now, we find that Abraham first was tried. And after he had
endured the trials... And what does the Bible say that we are if we
cannot stand the chastisement of God? Then we become illegitimate
children, so-called children, but not real children of God. The
children of God knows exactly where they stand. They know where they've
put their hope, their faith, their trust. Nothing will ever shake them
from it. "All the Father has given Me will come." That's right. And
now... "He that comes to Me I will in no wise cast out. He that heareth
My words, and believeth on Him that sent Me, has Eternal Life, and
shall never come into condemnation; but has passed from death unto
life." There's the Scripture. See? Saint John 5:24. They believe it.
They've accepted it. There's something happened to them. They become a
new creature. They're a new nature. They're--they're a new being, a new
creature there. The Greek word says "new creation." It's a new
creation. You have been recreated again from what you were, to the
image of a son of God and a daughter of God. It's just such an awe...
It's the greatest miracle that ever happened when a sinner can be made
to become a Christian.
E-23 For instance, here's a thorn tree growing. It's--it's life, this
thorn tree. And it's got thorns all over it, and it's got a funny
looking leaf on it. Now, you see, it takes something besides any human
work to change that thorn tree, and make them thorns go off of it, and
just unfold, and be real pretty smooth leaves, and bear oranges. Now,
you see, what would have to take place? You'd have to transfer the life
of an orange tree into that thorn tree, and then it would actually bear
oranges, because the life inside of it is orange. Of course, you
couldn't do that naturally. It won't--it won't cross that way.
But that's what we are. Like, we--we are now a--a wheat, a grain of
wheat in God's garner, when we was a cocklebur. And God changed us from
a cocklebur to a grain of wheat. It makes the fruits different,
changing your own mind, your own ideas. It's the greatest miracle that
ever happened, when a man or a woman is borned again of the Spirit of
God, and becomes a new creation in Christ Jesus.
E-24 Now, we find then that God told Abraham, "Because you have did
this..." And give the patriarch this great trial, He said, "Your seed
shall possess the gates of the enemy." Of his enemies, enemies--it's in
the plural. "They shall possess the gates of the enemy." Now, his seed.
Now, who's He talking about, the seed? The seed is the Church.
How do we come to Church? Not by joining it, but by being borned into
it. You see, I--I believe that we have our organization, our
denominations, and them things are all right; but that don't put us in
the Church. We could join every one of them, and still not be in the
Church. You don't--you're not joined in the Church, you're borned in
the Church. You become the family of God. Now, I've been in the Branham
family for fifty-one years, and they never did ask me to join the
family, because I was a Branham at birth. I was born in the family.
I--I be a Branham by birth. That's how you become a Christian, by
birth. When you're borned again, you become a new creature, a new
creation in Christ Jesus, and all old things has passed away, and all
things has become new again. What a wonderful... I'd like to ask the
church one thing. What greater treasure could you find in earth
tonight? What could you find that you would swap for this hope? Why,
there couldn't be nothing that would no way touch it any way, for this
E-25 Now, but remember, "Thy seed shall possess the gates of his
enemy." The seed shall possess. Now, He's talking now of Abraham's
seed. And how do we become Abraham's seed? By being dead in Christ,
Galatians 3. We, when we're dead in Christ, we become Abraham's seed.
See? We--we're dead to the things of the world, and begin a new
creature in Christ Jesus. Then the Holy Spirit that was in Christ is in
us. And that makes us Abraham's seed, and gives us Abraham's faith.
See? That's the reason people say, "Oh, I wouldn't believe in Divine
I was talking to a certain minister. Nothing against the man, he's got
a right for his ideas. He's an American the same as we are. And he
said, "Brother Branham, I don't care if you could produce ten thousand
miracles. It's still... I do not believe in healing."
I said, "Certainly not. It--it wasn't for unbelievers, it was just for
those who believe." See? That's right. It's--it's not for unbelievers.
It was only meant for believers. That's all. This Holy Spirit is to
them that believe. Divine healing is for those who believe. Not
unbelievers; it's believers.
E-26 Now, you know they... Jesus came right at the time they were
preaching against it, and everything else, but He went right on healing
just the same. And no matter how much they talk about there's no such a
thing as the Holy Spirit, the people go right on receiving it just the
same. See? They might not be able to explain it. They can't explain how
many molecules there is to an inch, or how many miles it is to the
moon; but they know they received something, and they're enjoying it.
And this is not a joke, but it was told in the Christian Businessmen
recently, at one of the meetings. There was an elderly colored sister
wanted to testify. She said it kind of in a Southern way. She said,
"I's want to give my testimony." She said, "I's not what I want to be.
And I's not what I ought to be. But still, I ain't what I used to be."
So I think that's the way the church might be able to say it tonight.
We might not be what we want to be. And we might not be what we want to
be, but--and what we ought to be. But we know something has happened,
we're not what we used to be. I know that, because you have passed from
death unto life. There's something has happened, and we know it.
Something taken place down in our lives. That makes us Abraham's seed,
because we are in Christ.
E-27 Now, his seed... Now, Jesus said about the seed, He said this,
that, "It would be far better that a millstone to be hanged at your
neck, and drowned in the depths of the sea than even to offend this
seed of Abraham. The least of these that believe in Me, it would be
a..." And God told Abraham, "Whoever blesses you I will bless them, and
whoever curses you I will curse them."
Now, a little later on in the week now, I'm going to get the seal of
God, and the mark of the beast, and di--divide two nights on that. I
want you to be sure to get it if you can. You hear so many charts and
things. But watch how simple it is when the Bible brings it out, just
how easy it is to see it...?... The pro and con of it.
E-28 Now, if you'll notice, He said that He would bless who
Abraham--who blessed Abraham and his seed would be blessed, and He
would curse ever who cursed Abraham. Now, you just watch that in the
Jewish people, see what's happened. Watch that amongst Christians, see
what's happened. Always that way. So you see, he will possess the gate
of the enemy.
Let's go back and find some of the man of Abraham's seed under the
Jewish covenant, then bring it down into the Gentiles when we were
drafted over from the Jewish age to the Gentile age, to take a people
for His Name. Now, let's take some of the man who was the seed of
Abraham, and see if they possessed the gate of the enemy.
E-29 Let's take for instance... Now, let's speak a moment upon
the--when the children of Israel had been carried away captive down
into Babylon. There come a time, first, that there had to come a trial.
There's always trials. It's always darkest before day in--in nature.
And you'll always have trials before you have victory. If there's no
war, then there's no victory.
And now, the Hebrew children down there had been brought on to a spot
where the king had made a--a declaration, that anybody would not bow
down to this image would be throwed into a fire of furnace, furnace of
fire, rather. And then when they...?... purposed in their heart that
they was not going to defile themselves. They were going to live close
to God. Now, the three Hebrew children, Shadrach, Meshach, and
Abednego, they were the seed of Abraham. They had the promise of God
that his seed would possess the enemy's gate.
E-30 Now, I'd imagine when a trial come up... What's the first thing a
child of God has for refuge when a trial comes? The greatest weapon was
ever put in the hands of mankind: prayer. It even changes everything.
It even changed the mind of God one time. God told his prophet go up
and tell the king he was going to die. And the king turned his face to
the wall, and said, "Lord, I beseech you to consider me. I have walked
before you with a perfect heart. I need fifteen years longer." And God
spared his life fifteen years longer. Prayer changes things.
Then we notice then when these Hebrew children come to a prayer meeting
that night, "What are we going to do?" There had to be a--a gathering,
and a decision had to be made. No doubt they prayed all night long. And
the decision was unanimously, because they were deciding that they
could not afford to go back on God in the time of trial. Wouldn't that
be good for the whole church now? When the decision is made, "Shall I
turn to the things of the world? Shall I go like the rest of them go?"
That decision comes to every Christian. It comes to you daily. How are
we going to do it? You've got to make your decision.
E-31 And they made their decision, that regardless of what taken place,
they wasn't going to turn away from God, that's right, because they had
the promise of God that they were Abraham's seed, and they knowed their
position, and knowed where they was standing. And they told the king,
they said, "Now..." They said, "We're going to throw you into this
fiery furnace if you do not bow down to this god."
And he said, "King, live forever. Our God is able to deliver us from
that fiery furnace. He's able to do it. But if He doesn't, we're still
not going to bow down to that image. We've made up our minds. We've
took the way with the Lord's despised few, and we're going to stand
true to it." Oh my! That's what the church needs.
E-32 Now, you must take that same initiative when it comes to Divine
healing. When it comes to anything that God has promised, take the
initiative and stand there. God made the promise. He's obligated to his
promise. As long as you're Abraham's seed, He's got to answer. Now,
don't get any doubts in your mind. Keep them doubts away. Just stay
right straight on the cross now. Look right straight to the One who
made the promise. I've never seen Him fail yet, and I've never read of
Him failing. And you never will, because He can't fail, He's God. He
made the promise. He made it way back here in Genesis. That's the seed
chapter. "And your seed shall possess the gate of the enemies. Not "a
enemy," "the enemies." Every one of them. All of them.
E-33 Now, this enemy was the fiery furnace. So, I could imagine that
morning... Let's just dramatize this just a little bit. It seems real
good to my heart when I see... You know, after they had made their
decision... I believe God hears, but God don't always have to answer
prayer right then. See? God answers in his own time. If you asked Him,
and believe Him, then He will answer in His own time. So, I
ima--imagine in glory there was... When they was praying, I can see the
angels standing around the throne of where God was setting, saying,
"They're in prayer, they're under strain."
"Yeah, but they'll hold out true. I've got confidence in them. They're
My servant Abraham's seed. So they'll hold true."
E-34 Well, the next morning, the king might have said, "Have you
decided now that you're going to bow down to my god?"
Said, "No, we're not going to bow down."
"Well, we just..." It raged his indignation in him, he heat' the
furnace seven times hotter than it ever was heat'. And he took some big
strong men. They started walking up to drop off into the furnace. And
as they walked up close, looked like that the dark hour was there.
That's the way it looks to Christians sometime when somebody... The
young lady, when she's been persuaded by a boy that she really loves to
take her first cigarette; when she's forced, maybe to take a--a drink
for her first time, have her first cocktail at the party of the boss
that she works for: or the man who's got a wife and family at home,
when the immoral woman tries to make love to him... You've got those
barriers at the gate. But if you'll just... Look like God's forsaken
you. Just keep walking steady. Watch Him. Just keep moving on.
E-35 And they walked right up. And you know, we're the one that gets
nervous. What about you accept your healing night after night? Well,
you think, "Oh, tomorrow... I--I'm--I'm still coughing. My hand's still
crippled." That don't have one thing to do with it. When you have
really, honestly, from the depths of your heart accepted that as a
finished work that Christ did for you, it's finished. That's all of it.
Yes, sir. Just stay right with it.
Now, they kept walking. I can imagine Shadrach looked over to Meshach
and said, "You're sure we're prayed up?"
"Yeah." Walked right on, furnace getting hotter and hotter, till almost
the skin coming off of their face. Even the Bible said that the man
that throwed them in there, the intense heat of that furnace killed the
men that throwed them in. Looked like it was the darkest hour. They was
walked right up to the edge of the furnace.
But you know, it--sometimes God lets it get that way to try you. You
can never... Abraham would have never possessed the gate of the enemy
until he was tried first. And you'll never possess the gate of the
enemy until you go through the trials. "Some through the waters, some
through the flood, some through deep trials, but all through the
blood." God leads his children. See, you must first be tried. Oh, then
the illegitimate falls in the trial; but the true child of God stands
true. He knows where his possession lays. He knows where he's standing.
He knows what's happened to him. He knows that he's passed from death
unto life. And he knows that God answers prayer.
E-36 Now, we see them going up. Just one step from going into the fiery
furnace. Looked like that they were completely defeated.
It may be down... I've seen cancer cases come to almost their last
breath. A brother laying with arthritis recently had his hands laying
like this. The Holy Spirit told him, said, "THUS SAITH THE LORD, you're
healed." He went home and got worse. He said, "I can't help it. That
man didn't know me. He never seen me in his life." Lived in Phoenix. He
said, "He never seen me in his life. How could he tell me who I was? I
know by the man's talk he's no educator. I know that there was
something supernatural. And I... Something happened." They couldn't
even move the pillow. When they moved the pillow for his hands, he'd
say, "Oh, wife, wife, be careful." Oh, just screaming.
And she said, "Honey, aren't you afraid you're bringing a reproach upon
the very religion that we believe?"
He said, "I cannot. I believe it in my heart that it'll happen." And it
got so bad. He laid back, and his little girl was trying to put a wet
rag on his face. He felt fainty. And he looked up there, and he said he
seen Christ come before him on the cross. And said... When He bowed his
head to die... He thought his breath was going, he couldn't breathe no
more. The arthritis was all through him. And when he bowed his head to
die, he seen Christ bow his head there. All of a sudden he give a big
leap, and out of the chair, and around and around and around the place
he went...?... why? He possessed the gate when He went to the cross.
But first, you must possess. You must take the trial.
E-37 The Hebrew children was at that place. Sometimes we think it's
real dark. But remember, it's in the darkest of hour when Jesus comes
by. It was Mary and Martha, the little sisters of Lazarus, Christian
family had left their synagogue to believe on the Lord Jesus, and it
was their darkest hour. They'd come out of their church. They couldn't
go back no more. Ever who professed to be a follower of Jesus was
excommunicated from the church because he was a--a radical, somebody
going around tearing up their churches. And they didn't want that, so
they said, "Anybody that tries to follow him, why, we will throw you
out of the fellowship." So they were out of the fellowship. And they
couldn't return back to church. They would--become heretics.
And then, the very man that they come out for, the Lord Jesus--very man
they come out for, they sent for Him to come pray for their brother
when he was laying dying with hemorrhages. And they... He refused to
come. They sent the second time, and He refused to come. Oh, how dark
the hour was then. Finally, the midnight hour come, struck, and the boy
died. They put him in the grave. He was there four days. Corruption had
already set in his body. Skin worms was in him. Bugs from the ground
was crawling into his flesh. The darkest hour they ever seen. It was at
that time when Jesus came by, just at that dark hour.
E-38 Oh, a woman that--said not long ago, said, "Brother Branham..." I
was talking about raising Lazarus. Said, "You don't mean to te... You
brag too much about Jesus being Divine."
I said, "He was Divine. Yes."
She said, "Well, I will prove to you by your Bible He wasn't."
I said, "Go to it."
And she said, "Well, the 11th chapter of Saint John said He went to the
grave of Lazarus, He wept."
I said, "That didn't--that didn't have nothing to do with it. He was
both man and God." I said, "He was a man truly, when He was weeping.
But when He stood by the side of a man's grave that'd been dead four
days, and his nose already fell in, the bugs eating in his body, said
'Lazarus, come forth,' that took more than a man." Yes, sir.
E-39 He was a man when He come down off the mountain that night,
looking around for something to eat on that olive tree, and they found
nothing there. He was a man when He was hungry. But when He took five
biscuits and two pieces of fish and fed five thousand, that was more
than a man. Yes, sir. That was God in that man. Yes, sir.
He was a man laying out there on the back of that little ship that
night. Devils, forty thousand of them of the sea, swore they'd drown
Him, that little old ship like a bottle stopper out there, flopping
around. The devil said, "We got him now. He's asleep. We will drown
him." He was a man, tired and weary, laying out on the back of that
boat there, with a pillow somewhere, asleep. But brother, when He once
arose, oh my, put his foot upon the brail of the boat, looked up, and
said, "Peace, be still," and the winds and the waves obeyed Him. That
was more than a man. That was God in that man.
It was a man that cried for mercy on the cross. That's right. "My God,
why hast thou forsaken Me?" He died crying for mercy. That's right. But
on that third morning, when He broke death's seal, and rose again on
the third day and ascended on high, He was more than a man. Everybody
that's ever amounted to anything believed that. That's right. Poets,
authors, prophets, whatevermore, believe that.
E-40 Now, the Hebrew children who, going through their trial. They was
right up to the last moment, and they was just ready to step into the
furnace. You know what? Sometimes we watch things going on here on
earth, but there's something going on in heaven all the same time. We
might not be able to see it, but it's going on anyhow. [Brother Branham
coughs--Ed.] Pardon me. Let's turn our camera now towards heaven. I can
see Jesus sitting on the throne, coming daylight. Smoke's raising way
up in the skies from the furnace. I see Him setting there watching
down, see what they're going to do. That's what He does to you and I
when we're tried. He promised that the seed of Abraham would possess
the gate of the enemy. I believe that.
E-41 I see Him watching. All at once, a great Angel comes up to his
right side, stands at attention, puts his hand on his sword--Gabriel.
He said, "Father, have You looked down there? They're the seed of
Abraham. They're--they believe in You. They've prayed all night. And
they're going right into their death. Let Me go down there. I will
change the scene." I believe He could have done it. That's right.
He said, "That's right, Gabriel. You're a good Angel. Just stand there."
Here comes another one up. His name's Wormwood. He's the--he's the
Angel over all the waters. I can see Him stand at attention, said,
"Father, have You looked down in Babylon?"
"Yeah, I've watched them all night." Oh, his eye is on the sparrow, and
I know He watches me. "I've watched them all night."
"They're fixing to burn three men up down there this morning, seeds of
Abraham that's took You by your Word, and standing gallant on it. You
know one time You told me to turn loose all the waters. I have the
control. You let me go down. I will wash Babylon off the map." He could
have done it.
I can hear Him say, "That's right, Wormwood. You're a wonderful Angel.
You--you did just exactly everything I told you to since you created--I
created you. You did too, Gabriel. But you know, I'm going down Myself.
This is My job." Oh my!
E-42 Just when they was ready to take their last step, I can see Him
stand up. His priestly robes drop around Him where He's setting
tonight, they're bloody, making intercession upon our confession, for
He died to bring to pass anything that we ask. Where is our faith at in
There He stands up, motions that way, and here comes a big white cloud
by Him. Steps up on it, calls the east wind, north wind, south wind,
and west wind, to drive them like horses. Reach up and get a hold of
the zigzag lightning, and crack it across the skies. Before they could
ever step in there, He was in the furn--fiery furnace with them. He
stood in there with a big palm fan off there somewhere by the Tree of
Life, fanning the fiery blazes off of them like that. Said, "I just
want to talk it over with you children. I know that you're the seed of
Abraham. I gave the promise, and I'm here to answer it," keeping the
fire blazes off. Oh, yes. They opened up. Said, "How many did you put
He said, "There's one more in there, and He looks like the Son of God."
He was. Why? They--after they was tried, they possessed the gate of the
E-43 Daniel was brought to the same thing after he was put through a
trial whether he'd pray or not. He raised the curtains back, throwed up
the shades, and knelt down and prayed just like he always did. Yes,
sir. Prayed just like he always did. And what happened? They went
through the trial. They said, "We will feed you to the lions," and
they'd been starved for weeks. He said, "My God is able to deliver me
from them lions." But after he had went through the trial, what
happened? He possessed the gate of the ene... [Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.]
Moses, after he had been true to God, come through the trials, and
brought the children of Israel right in the path of duty. All nature
screamed out against it. Here was the mountains on one side and the
deserts, Pharaoh's army pursuing, and the Red Sea blocked them off.
Why, they was trapped. Looked like God was a poor military man to push
them right into that corner there and let them perish.
E-44 God loves to do that. God loves to show his hand mighty. Yes, He
does. He likes to show His power. He's waiting tonight to show it in
you; to take that sinner and turn him around, take that woman of ill
fame and change her to a godly saintly woman, take that girl that's
taken the wrong road, that boy the wrong road, bring them back to the
place and make sons and daughters of God out of them. He's ready to
take that man dying with cancer, that one with the heart trouble, that
one that's blind, that one's afflicted, if he will just place his faith
in there it'll turn him around from death unto life, start him off with
a testimony. He's waiting to do it. He puts you right in the trap to
see what you'd do. He put them right down in that trap there. Looked
like nature itself was hiding its face. Yes.
One writer said one time, that when they got in that place, wondered
what Moses would do. He had one command, "Go forward." If you're in the
line of duty, no matter what stays in the way... The greatest
experiences I've ever had is to come up against something I couldn't
get over it, or under it, and just stand there and watch God make a way
through it. That's the way to do it. Just move. Keep moving. Press your
nose against it. Just keep moving on. Just keep going on. God will make
E-45 The old colored man down south carrying a Bible, they said, "What
are you carrying that Bible for, Mose? You can't read."
Said, "I believe it."
Said, "Well, how--how do you know it's right?"
He said, "Well, it's... I believe it from civer to civer, the civer
also." Says, "It's got Holy Bible wrote on it."
Said, "I guess you believe all that's in there."
Said, "Yes, sir."
"I guess you believe whatever God would tell you to do, you'd do it."
He said, "I'd do it."
Said, "What if He'd tell you to jump through that wall, that stone
wall? How are you going to get through there?"
He said, "If He'd tell me to jump, I'd jump. He'd make a hole when I
So that's right. So that's the thing you have to do, is take God, and
believe it, and jump anyhow. If you know you could explain it,
understand it, then it wouldn't be faith no more. Your faith is what
you believe that He has done for you. "And faith is the substance of
things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." You don't see it.
You can't figure it out. There's no way to figure out God. You just got
to believe Him, and keep walking on. He said so. That's how I stand in
the pulpit for the visions. That's what... He tells me go do certain
things that seems humanly impossible, and you all know that. It is
humanly impossible, but He said do it. Just go on. He's the One to take
care of it. And He will do it. Yes. How great Thou art.
E-46 When Moses was trapped in this place here, now, he's right in the
line of duty, right in the line of duty. God led him right down there.
What's He going to do? The Red Sea, a trap set exactly. But Moses just
marched forward on. One writer, I believe, said that God looked down
through that Pillar of Fire with angry eyes, looked down at that Red
Sea that was trying to cut off his children in the line of duty. And
said the sea got scared, and rolled back, and just made a path for them.
Well, if He could look through a Pillar of Fire and do that, what would
it do when He looked through the Blood of His own Son? Had a confessor
standing there with a promise that God swore He would take care of it,
and swore that He would--that his seed of Abraham should possess the
gates of the enemy. Sure. He's duty bound to do it by the Blood of His
own Son laying on the mercy seat tonight. Oh, if we could get away from
this earthbound ideas, and look up yonder, see who made the promise,
the very God of creation. Yes.
E-47 Joshua also, after he'd had a trial at Kadesh, come back and
ninety percent of the ministers said, "We can't take it."
Joshua said, "We're more than able to take it," him and Caleb. And he
was--the only two out of the two and a half million people that went
over. What did he do? He come down to Jordan, holding him out of the
promised land. But he possessed the gate of the enemy. Why? Because He
took God at His Word. He'd had a trial, and he believed it. He knowed
God kept His Word. So he possessed the gate of the enemy.
I could go on and on, but I'm overtime. All these great warriors, every
one of them, they done great things, they--they--great miracles, and
wandered about in sheepskins, and deserts, and was destitute, and some
sawed asunder, and all different things. As Hebrews 11 says, all these
great warriors all come down to die. Every one of them come down to die.
E-48 But one day, one glorious day, that royal seed of Abraham come,
borned of a virgin. Yes. When He walked the earth, He was the true seed
of Abraham. He walked the earth, he possessed the gate of sickness for
the people. He possessed the gate of affliction. All... In the Garden
of Gethsemane, in the court that morning, He possessed the gates of
temptation. Upon Mount Transfiguration, there He proved Himself. When
the devil took Him up to another mountain, He possessed the power over
the enemy to show that He could do it. "If thou be the Son of God, turn
these stones into bread. He didn't have to do it. He said, "It is
written, man shall not live by bread alone." He took the Word of God
'cause He was a true seed of Abraham, and possessed every blessing that
God promised. Yes, sir.
Stood there under temptation, said, "I'd speak straightway to My
Father, and He'd send Me twenty legions of angels." What could one do?
Twenty legions of Angels. They could change it if they wanted to.
That's right. But He had to be tempted in all manners like we are.
Standing there with handfuls of beard jerked out of his face, and the
blood and mockery, drunken spit from the soldiers hanging in his face.
They put a rag over his head like this, and hit Him on top of the head
with a reed, said, "Now you said you was a prophet, you can read the
mind of the people. Tell us who hit you. Tell us who hit you." He could
have done it. But He would've been listening to the devil. He possessed
the gate of the enemy. He stood the temptation. O God, for such a One.
E-49 Then when He died down at the cross, hell taken his precious soul.
The Bible said his soul descended into hell. That's exactly right. Hell
captured his soul and took Him down there. But brother, on that third
day He possessed the gates of death, hell, and the grave and rose up
the third day, and overcome it all. He took sickness, death, hell, the
grave, and everything. I believe He jerked the gate plumb off the
hinges of them, and took them out, rose on high, ascended on high. And
tonight, you are more than conquerors. His seed shall possess the gates
of the enemy. Yes, sir. He possessed every gate. He conquered every
sickness. He conquered every sin, He conquered every temptation. He
conquered death, He conquered hell, He conquered the grave. He
possessed the gate of all of them. And we in Him are more than
conquerors, hallelujah, 'cause He conquered for us. Oh, we would ever
know what that true seed of Abraham was, what it really meant to us.
E-50 The devil doubted Him. The devil... That was one time he had the
wool, as we call it, pulled over his eyes. When he took Him up on the
mountain, as I was speaking of a few moments ago, he said, "Could that
be? That man's just a prophet. Could he be the Son of God?" He said,
"If thou be the Son of God," showed he doubted it. "If thou be the Son
of God, command these stones to be made bread, because you're hungry.
You been fasting forty days. Eat."
Jesus said, "It's written, man shall not live by bread alone." Took Him
up on the pinnacle of the temple, said, "Cast thyself down; because it
is written, he'd give angels charge concerning thee, lest at any time
dash thy foot against a stone, they'll bear thee up."
He said, "Yes. And it's also written..." Everything, He met him with
the Word of God, because He was the true seed of Abraham.
E-51 He possessed every gate of temptation. Oh, how He did. He was a
man. He was a man like you are, like I am. He had a right to be
married. He had a right to have a home. He had a right to the things
that we have. He had a right to have clothes. He could have done it. A
man that could turn water into wine, that could know where a coin was
in a fish's mouth, why, He owned the heavens and earth. But yet He
abstained from those things.
The sweetest words in the Bible when He said, "Father, I sanctify
myself that I might sanctify them." What was He trying to do? Set an
example. He was sending twelve man out with a Gospel that would conquer
the world, and He's depending on you and I to do it. If He could
sanctify Himself like that, why ought we to set aside every failure,
and every doubt, and everything else, and sanctify ourselves? For we
are the seed of Abraham through Him, that are more than conquerors
through Him. Yes.
He had a right to be married. He had a right to have a home. He had a
right to lay his head on a pillow. But "The foxes has dens, and the
birds has nests; and the Son of man don't have a place to lay his
head." Why? "I sanctify myself, Father. For their sake, I do it." For
their sake--not because He had to, but for their sake, He conquered
E-52 Standing there in the courtroom that day, or the courtyards, when
He'd been tried and falsely accused... The only thing they found
against Him was breaking the Sabbath day. He said, "I'm Lord of the
Sabbath," and He was. "And making Himself God," and He was God. And
there, all those false accusings and things, and false witnesses they
had against Him. Finally, beaten with a big lash till his ribs was
showing through, and the little robe He had on his back, they took it
off. Beat Him to a post. What was it? That was the true royal seed of
That's where we stand tonight. "My faith is built on nothing less than
Jesus' blood and righteousness; when all around my soul gives way, then
He is all my hope and stay. For on Christ, that solid rock, I stand;
all other grounds is sinking sand, all other grounds is sinking sand."
There's where I take my hope, right there on that solid rock.
Abraham's seed. He possessed every gate, even to death and hell. See
Him there. Had a mockery... That woman trying to wash his feet again.
Put a rag over his face and said, "If you're a prophet, tell us who hit
you, we will believe you." On the cross they said, "If you are the Son
of God, come down and we will believe you." They wouldn't believe Him
anyhow, no matter what He done. He didn't mind them.
E-53 Let's take a little look at Him this morning, or tonight. It was a
terrible morning that morning. We're back in a room. Let's just... I'm
going to take this congregation--I want you to look at something. Let's
go over to the window. I hear a howling mob. What's the matter? Raise
up the curtain and look out. I hear something bumping, and coming down
the street. What is it? It's a cross dragging around down the street,
bumpety-bump, over them old cobblestones, going up to Golgotha. That's
the seed of Abraham. There goes the second Adam.
In the garden of Eden when God had--to his holiness and true to his
Word, when Eve and Adam had done evil, when God, Himself, running up
and down through the garden, hollering, "Adam, Adam, where art thou?
Where art thou, Adam?" If somebody wants to know where--who this man
was, Jesus, who was He coming hunting His first lost son? Did God send
an Angel? He come Hisself. He came Himself. That's how He come. You
want to make...
E-54 [Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.]... justice. And if there's not justice,
there's no law. If you don't have justice, judgment, to go with it,
there's no need of having law. What's the use of having a law that
says, "Ten dollar fine to run the stop light," and then don't--say,
"Don't run the stop light," and no fine behind it, no penalty to pay,
no judgment. Without judgment, there's no justice. So justice was to
die. So, it was the only thing He could do.
E-55 And then when He seen Eve standing there, that beautiful little
woman; that real masculine man standing there, those big brawny
muscles, and the blood running off his arms from that old bloody
sheepskin; little Eve standing there, the most beautiful woman ever was
in the world, because she was created by God's own hand... Her eyes was
like the stars of the heaven. She didn't need Max Factor's stuff to
make her pretty. And when she had--over like this. And there she was
standing there, and the blood running down her beautiful little body
standing there, looking in the face of God, in that big light hanging
there in those palm trees. "Depart out of My Presence."
Now, watch Adam as he starts away, and across his legs them old bloody
sheepskins, beating like that across his legs. He couldn't stand it,
He's a father. Said, "Just a minute. I will put enmity between your
seed and the serpent's seed."
E-56 Where was it? Here it was at Calvary. Here He goes up, this second
Adam, God Himself come down and made man, going up the hill. The devil
always did hate that Word, but that's right. Yes, sir. He was more than
a prophet. People today with this socialized religion, saying that
Jesus was just a good man, a--a philosopher, it's good to hear his
teachings. If He wasn't God, if that wasn't Emmanuel's Blood, then He
was a man like I am, that's right, and we're lost. He was God. God, the
Holy Ghost, overshadowed Mary and created a blood cell that brought
forth not a Jewish blood, not a Gentile blood, but God's own blood.
Blood comes from the male sex. And this is a created blood, no sex into
it at all. And that was God Himself, going walking up the hill there.
Let's look at Him. He had a little robe throwed across his shoulders.
It was wove throughout without seam. I notice as He goes walking... I'm
looking at Him by faith, showing Him to you all by faith. There's
little red dots all over the back of that coat. What makes that like
that? As He goes farther up the street, and the cross a rubbing on his
shoulder, I notice them little dots begin to get bigger and bigger.
What are they? What's the matter? All at once they all become one great
big bloody splash. Then I hear something else beating against his leg:
second Adam, going up the hill with a bloody garment beating against
E-57 You know, Satan said, looked around, said, "You know what? I don't
even believe he's a prophet now. I know that can't be God. God would
never act like that, let that mocking bunch of drunkards run over Him
like that, let them call Him holy-roller. (I'm talking to you.) Let
them call Him old model, something like that. 'You're an old fanatic.'
He'd never do that."
But it--He was God. His Kingdom was from above. His delegates is the
same thing. Their Kingdom is above. They act like from up there, they
talk about up there. Where their treasure is, there their heart is
also. They're talking about that.
E-58 As He walks on up the hill, I can see that death. Satan sent that
death sting down there. Said, "Go down and get him now." Said, "Go down
and get him. Now is the time to get him." That bee, like a big old bee
of death, begin to buzz around Him, humming around and around Him,
saying, "Yep, look at Him bleeding. Look at Him, spit all over his
face. Look at them all laughing, making fun of Him."
I see a little woman run out and say, "What did He do? What evil has He
done? What did He do but preach us the Gospel? What did He do but heal
your sick?" Somebody smacks her out of the way. Said, "Would you listen
to that crazy woman instead of your priest? Go on up the hill with
Him." They beat Him again. He goes on up the hill. The bee says, "I
will get him after awhile when they hang Him on the cross."
E-59 You know all insects, bees and things, has a stinger. And death is
a bee. It has a stinger. But you know what? When one of them bees ever
anchor his stinger real deep, he pulls his stinger out. Brother, when
he socked his stinger into that flesh, that wasn't a man. He anchored
his flesh in Emmanuel. And when he did, he pulled his stinger out. I
tell you, to Abraham's seed now, he can buzz and make a noise, but he
can't have no sting. One of them coming to his death said. "O death,
where is thy sting? Grave, where is thy victory? But thanks be to God,
Who gives us the victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ."
Yes, he can buzz, and make a big noise, and fuss, and pull
hospital--into a hospital, and tell the doctors standing there, and a
bunch of them mourning and crying; but you look him in the face and
say, "Death, where is thy stinger? I can point yonder to the royal Seed
of Abraham, Whose Blood I was born by. He pulled that stinger out of
death. So death, you have no stinger for me. Grave, I will mold you
someday. Where is your victory? But thanks be to God, Who gives us the
victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ, and His seed shall possess the
gates of his enemies, possess the gate of all of his enemies.
And when He come, He possessed every gate: the gate of sickness, the
gate of death, the gate of hell, the gate of temptation, the gate of
the grave. He possessed every gate and freely gives it to us, and makes
us more than conquerors through Him that loved us, and gave Himself for
E-60 Let's bow our heads just a moment while we think about that. I
wonder tonight if by chance, how many is in this building here that
doesn't know Him as your Saviour, and you know that your life is not
right with God, would you raise up your hand, say, "Pray for me,
Brother Branham. In this closing prayer, I want you to pray for me."
God bless you, back over in the corner. God bless you way back there,
lady. But would there be some more? How many more up in the balcony?
Can I see some hands up there? All them people, God bless you back
there. God bless you here, lady.
Would someone else just raise your hand? It won't hurt you. My, just
raise up your hand, say "I..." You know yourself. Say, "Brother
Branham, I'm not Abraham's seed. I belong to church." God bless you
here, sir. "I--I'm not Abraham's seed." God bless you, lady, right
here. The Lord be rich to you tonight. Over to my right, yes, the Lord
Somebody else? Say... raise up your hand, and just raise up your hand,
say, "Remember me, Brother Branham, in your prayer. I want to... I want
to be Abraham's seed." Because remember, if you're not Abraham's seed,
you're not in the promise.
E-61 Now, you may belong to some church, and that's all right. Yes,
sir. I have nothing against you belonging to church. I think that's a
good thing. But, brother, sister, that will not help you one bit at the
hour of your death, or at the coming of the Lord Jesus. You'll have to
be Abraham's seed.
And the only way you can be Abraham's seed is to deny your own self,
and die to your own self, and be born again of the Holy Spirit, because
the Life that was in Christ makes us Abraham's seed. We take on his
seed by the Holy Spirit which was given to us by the promise of God.
"And the promise is unto you, and to your children, to them that's far
off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call."
E-62 Eight or ten hands has been up. Would there be some more with
honest sincerity? Just be honest with yourself. If you're a church
member, we're not asking you to come join this church. No. We just want
you to be Abraham's seed.
Brother, sister, I may never lay eyes again on you in this life. But
there at the judgment bar, I'm going to have to face you. See? Now,
remember this night, the 13th day of February, 1961. When this day
rolls up there on the canvas of the skies of the judgment, this meeting
will come to your remembrance.
God bless you over against the wall there. "I want to believe on Jesus.
I want to become Abraham's seed tonight." Now... The Bible said that
which is outwardly is not Jew, but that which is inwardly. His--his
seed shall possess the gate of the enemy.
We got the enemy on the run now. Ten or twelve hands has been up
already. That... We show that we got the enemy on the run. Would there
be another one join our ranks tonight, and raise your hands and say...?
God bless you, sir. God bless you. Would there be back there? God bless
you back there. Yes, my brother, up in the balcony, the Lord bless you.
Yes. Join our ranks. We got the enemy running now.
E-63 Last night we got him started on from the sick people. Just look
at the cancer cases, and all, was delivered here last night. The
enemy's a moving now. Last week we just battled, and cut, and
everything we could. But we got the enemy moving. See?
Now, many's coming up, coming out in the ranks. Taking... filing right
in. There is... Won't you come join with us tonight? Join your hands
with God tonight, become dead to the things of the world and accept
Christ as your Saviour. Will you raise your hand before we pray? Say.
"Remember me." God bless you back there in the back there. I can see
your hand up way back. Just another?
What about somebody up close here, not a Christian? Say, "I want you to
remember me, Brother Branham. Just pray for me while you're praying.
Just remember me in your prayer." I will do that. All right. Now, let's
keep our heads bowed.
E-64 Now, heavenly Father, there's none of us know that we will be here
tomorrow. This may be the last night on earth that we spend. There's
someday I will close this Bible the last time. Some time I will close
my eyes, and bow my head for the last time. And each person in here
will do the same. We don't know when that time's coming, Lord. We know
there's a great big dark chamber setting before every one of us, every
human being. It's called death.
And as we think of the writer of the "Thanatopsis," every time my heart
beats, we get one beat closer to that chamber. Every time my heart
beats, and that clock ticks, we're just one beat closer. And someday
it's coming to its last beat.
God, we do not desire... I'm pleading for these people. We do not
desire to enter into that chamber screaming, and crying, and wishing
for more life, and a few minutes to repent. God, we want to come in
there with a boldness. We want to come in there as Abraham's seed, the
promise in our hearts, knowing this, that we know Him in the power of
His resurrection; that someday, when He calls, we will come out from
among the dead and rise, and go to be with Him, to ever be with Him.
E-65 I pray for these who raised their hands, Lord. Many raised their
hands. They're sincere, God. They--they didn't do that on their own
power. There had to be a given power for them, and that was Your power.
And they raised up their hands that they were sincere in it.
God, it is written in the Word that the effectual fervent prayer of a
righteous man... Now, there's none of us righteous, but we are
accepting His righteousness. And we're bringing his Blood before You.
We're bringing His Word before You, like He said, "Ask the Father
anything in My Name, I will do it."
Now, we're bringing there people, by faith, right up before You, Lord.
There they are. They've sinned. They've done wrong. They're wanting
forgiveness of their sins. They raised their hands to You that... and
for me to pray for them that they're sorry that they did that. Lord
Jesus, forgive them. May they find that real sweet peace that passes
understanding--understanding that God so loved the world that He gave
His Son, that--that they might have the courage to raise their hands.
E-66 And let them have this understanding too, Lord, that they were
chosen, or they would've never raised their hand. For Jesus said, "No
man can come to Me, except My Father draws him first." Let them know
that God, the Father, is standing by their side, speaking to their
heart, and they've made this choice. He also said, "He that heareth My
Word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, has passed from death unto
Life, and shall never come to the judgment; but's already passed from
death to Life," got Eternal Life now. Father God, You wouldn't turn one
And I pray that You'll be merciful to these. And I pray that You'll
help them, and to give them boldness now, after I've quoted this
Scripture, that it was You that made them raise their hand, for You
said so. "No man can come, except My Father draws him; and all that the
Father has given Me will come."
And let them know, upon that confession right there proves that You
forgive their sins. Now, may they not be ashamed of it. May they stand
boldly, and say, "Yes. I now accept it upon the basis of His Word, that
I will never go into the judgment of the damned, because God spoke to
my heart, and I raised my hand that I would accept Him as my Saviour. I
wanted to be remembered in prayer." Grant it, Father.
E-67 Now, with our heads bowed, I ask each one that raised their hands,
if you believe what I'm telling you... Christians, pray. God said this.
Jesus said, "No man can come to Me, except My Father draws him first."
Now, what made you raise your hand? It's the Holy Spirit there telling
you, convicting you that you're wrong. "And all the Father has given Me
(or spoke to), will come. (And you did--raised up your hand. 'I'm a
sinner. I want forgiveness. I did wrong.'); I will in no wise cast him
out... give him Eternal Life, raise him up at the last day."
Now, there's one more thing I want you to do. "He that will confess Me
before men, him will I confess before My Father and the holy Angels."
Now, I'm asking you to do one thing in the goodness of God. Just think
how good He was to let you raise your hand.
E-68 I spoke to a young girl when I was yet a Baptist preacher. I was
down in Nashville, Tennessee. And I felt led to tell her that I
believed God was giving her a final call. She met me outside the church
that night. And she said, "Don't you never embarrass me like that
Said, "I never embarrassed you. I hope not." She was a deacon's
She said, "I'm young. And I've got plenty of time to do that."
I said, "Lady, I would've never pointed my finger to you if I didn't
feel that it was right. Never would made an altar call if I didn't
think..." And she just bawled me out terribly.
E-69 About two years later, I was down there with my old friend,
Brother Morrison, the Baptist church, to have another meeting. And when
I did, I walked down the street. And she was a nice young lady. She was
walking down the street (it's been twenty-five years ago, and her
underneath skirts hanging low. Oh, how foul she looked. I thought,
"That can't be that deacon's daughter.") And she spied me. She kinda
smiled and turned her head sideways. I walked over close to her.
She said, "Hello, preacher."
I said, "How do you do?"
She stood there on the corner a little bit, said, "Come go with me to
I said, "Thank you, I'm kind of a bit... hurry."
She reached in her pocketbook and said, "Have a cigarette?"
I said, "Now, aren't you ashamed to say that?"
She said, "Maybe you'd take a drink with me. I will pay for it if
you'll take it."
I said, "Shame on you, lady. Wouldn't you be ashamed to ask a servant
of Christ a thing like that?" I started to walk away. I said, "I will
be praying for you."
She said, "Just a minute. There's no need."
I said, "Why?"
She said, "You remember that night standing there by that rosebush, by
the side of that Baptist church?"
And I said, "Yes."
She said, "My father's still deacon there." Said, "You can tell this
wherever you go to, wherever you go, if you want to." She said, "That
was my last call." She said, "You know, since that time," said, "I used
to always feel a calling in my heart to come to God." She said, "But
since that time," she said, "I've got harder and harder."
Now, this is the statement the girl made. She said, "My heart is so
hard against God, and against the church, and everything," said, "I
could see my own mother's soul fry in hell like a pancake and laugh at
E-70 Now, He's merciful to you. He knocked at your heart, and you
raised up your hand. "Yes, Lord, I'm wrong." That was the Father. Now,
will you confess Him enough... would you just stand up to your feet? I
won't ask you to do nothing else, just stand to your feet so the people
can see that that was God knocked at your heart? Now, remember, real
true children," God knocked at my heart. I want to stand to my feet,
just let the people know." God bless you, sir. God bless you, young
man. Someone else stand up. That's right.
All right now. "I now believe." Just stand up just a moment, just a
moment. Please, just stand up just a moment, every one. That's fine.
Would there be another want to stand just at this time, say, "He
knocked at my heart. Never raised my hand, but I'm going to stand for
Him right now. I will stand right now. I believe I will stand for Him
right now, because He knocked at my heart. I never want my heart to get
in that bad condition like that. While it's tender, I will raise."
E-71 Now, I say this to you upon the authority of God's Word. If you
stand for Him here, He will stand for you at the judgment." He that
confesses Me before men, him will I confess before My Father and the
holy Angels." I would ask you people, you dear Christians that's just
now become Christians in Christ, just got the--the invitation to be
Abraham's seed, find some good church and be baptized. God bless you,
sister, for standing up like that. That's very fine.
Now, just remain standing. I want to pray for you again. And find some
good church, be baptized in Christian baptism, and seek the baptism of
the Holy Spirit. There's young people standing, young men, and would
make ministers and missionaries. God bless your royal life.
Now, you that have your head bowed, I want you to open your eyes and
turn and look to see who it is. And I want you now, when we stand, to
offer them the right hand of fellowship, as Christian believers. Say,
'Welcome." Invite them to your church or something. Now, let's all
stand on our feet. While you shake hands with them, say, "Welcome into
the Kingdom of God tonight," say, "my blessed pilgrim brother." Turn
around, each one of you, and shake hands with them people now as we
Just as I am, without one plea,
But that thy blood...
That's it, Christians, be real sweet. I'm looking upon the balcony.
Young men crying, people shaking hands.
And that Thou bidst me come to Thee;
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
E-72 Brother Buntain says there's a prayer room downstairs. How do you
get to it, brother? Just right through the gates, if you'd want to go
down just in a moment. And I will turn the service to him.
And maybe some of you hasn't... How many hasn't got the baptism of the
Holy Spirit, raise up your hand, and are seeking. You want to be...
God bless you. "Whosoever will, let him come." Is that right? Now,
aren't you happy, you that's raised up and professed Christ tonight? If
you feel real good about it in your heart, raise up your hand so the
people see, you that raised your hand. You that... Look at there, every
one of, a hundred percent. Yes, sir. That's it. How many of all of you
are glad you're Christians tonight, raise up your hands.
E-73 What does the Bible say? His seed shall possess the gate of the
enemy. Amen. We conquered tonight in Christ, our great Conqueror. We
broke down the walls of sin, broke down the walls of indifference, and
souls marched into the Kingdom of God to rise up in the resurrection at
the last day. Aren't we happy?
All right, sister. "I love Him, I love Him, because He first loved me."
Everybody now, all together.
I love Him, I love Him
Because He first loved me
And purchased my salvation
On Calvary's tree.
Oh, don't you love Him? Now, don't leave now. I want you to do
something for me. Now, when we sing it again, I want you to shake hands
with somebody in front of you, somebody behind you, to the right and
left, and say, "God bless you, pilgrim brother, or sister. Glad to be
here in the house of God with you." Let's do it now while we sing it.
I love Him, I love Him
Because He first loved me
And purchased my salvation
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Now, let's sing it to Him as we raise our hands to Him.
I (...?...) love Him...
I give you to your pastor.