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The Basis Of Fellowship
E-1 Just remain standing a moment and let's pray while we're standing
up. Anybody got a special request, just raise up your hand, say, "Lord,
remember my request tonight." Watching this boy setting here in a
wheelchair with his hand up, I pray that God will heal him tonight. And
let's just be in prayer now as bow our heads, each one in your own way.
E-2 Our heavenly Father, we come to Thee in the precious Name of the
Lord Jesus, to thank Thee for all that Thou has done for us. This is
another day that we're spared, Lord, one day this side of eternity yet.
We thank Thee for it. And if we have did anything that was displeasing
to Thee, we ask forgiveness.
And we pray now that You'll take the service into Thy hand and continue
with us, Father, as we read the Word and begin to speak on the Word. O
God, may the Holy Spirit come. May we have fellowship around the Word,
Lord, just great glorious fellowship. Grant it. Bless us together and
answer each request; Thou knowest their hearts and what they have need
of. My hand's up too, Lord, and I pray that You'll remember my request.
Remember those who are sick and afflicted and needy, and the people
calling and crying and begging, and their loved ones dying. Oh, it's a
sick world, Lord. Come, Lord Jesus, take us from it, Lord, to that
glorious land where there's no sickness and sorrow. Speak to us tonight
and through us; circumcise the lips that speak and the ears that hear.
And bless Thy Word, and may It be a Seed in our hearts to build faith.
For we ask it in Jesus' Name. Amen.
E-3 Lord bless you as you're being seated. We are indeed a privilege we
deem this to be here again tonight. And now, tomorrow, the Lord
willing, we're to be, tomorrow afternoon, at two-thirty, at the Old
Pisgah Home with Brother Smith, at two-thirty tomorrow afternoon. Now,
they'll have to tell you directions. I--I guess anybody knows where the
Old Pisgah Home is, I guess. The Pisgah church or Pisgah Home, is that?
Yes, home and church it's called. I was...
Brother Smith is a very precious friend of mine. We've missionaried
together in the Islands, and he's a very fine Christian gentleman. And
you that live in around near there, I don't know how far it is, but
it's somewhere here in California. I wouldn't know what. I'm just
simply would--don't know my way around here. And I make so many
mistakes around here anyhow.
E-4 I had something today; I had some fellowship with Brother
Arganbright. They said he just was speaking. I'd been out some little
lady outside the door there crying to go see her father, dying with
cancer. And you don't know how many of those there is, just everywhere.
And so I was up to have fellowship with Brother Arganbright this
I just almost made one of the most horrible mistakes. I was standing in
Clifton's Cafeteria where I'm speak next Saturday morning for the
Christian Business Man. And I stand there watching the people come in,
and I--I seen some young lady come in, and I was going to go over and
ask her if she wanted me to pray for her. I--I thought there was
something wrong and with her eyes. And I'd seen leprosy, and glaucoma,
ophthalmia, I--but I never seen any eyes like that. And come to find
out, it--it wasn't that, 'cause here come some more in. It was some
kind of stuff she had on her eyes. It was... I was just... Good thing
something stopped me. She'd... And she had some kind of a chartreuse
looking stuff down this one then some dark blue behind that and it... I
thought the poor thing was just about to die; I didn't know she...?...
I thought, "That's--that's the first time I ever seen anything like
that. Is that some new fad or something they're doing?"
E-5 And I looked around, and I seen that, and I started go over and
say... Oh, my, that poor girl, I'd just like to ask her what's wrong
with her eyes. And I thought maybe she'd--I'd tell her that I pray for
the sick, maybe that--that if... I'd like to find out what it was. I'd
been in Africa in the jungles, and I--I--I--I never seen anything like
that in all my life. And I didn't think about it being makeup. You know
where--you know where makeup comes from, is from the jungle. That's
right. It's a heathen trait. It don't belong to civilization. It's
a--it's the heathens; yeah, they paint themselves, and make--take mud,
and I... That's exactly the truth; sure is. It originated there; that's
where it belongs. It don't belong to civilization. A long ways from
Christianity. So then, they... I never had seen anything like that
in--in Africa, in the United States, Switzerland, France, Germany,
where I've been, about seven times around, so I never seen anything
like that. And I happened to find it in California. It's a good thing I
didn't walk up; she'd probably slap me, wouldn't she, if I told her I
could pray for her for her eyes, you know, and...
E-6 I had a minister friend one time had come from Holland here, and he
made a mistake something like that, and the girl never slapped him but
it's a wonder she didn't. He was a little Hollander, and he was at my
house. He went downtown, and he was a kind of a middle aged man. There
was a girl walked out with them little--just little--hardly any clothes
at all on. He hollered, "Oh, sister, sister."
And she looked around, said, "What's the matter with you?"
Said, "You forgot your skirt." And so--and so... And she just turned
her head and walked down the street kinda. It's a wonder she didn't
slap him. But poor fellow, he just thought, "Oh, my." I can't believe
that we come from monkeys, but it sure looks like we're going back that
E-7 Brother Arganbright was speaking to me about having some meetings
later on in the week about praying for the sick. I--I love to pray for
the sick; that's my ministry. I'm not a preacher. I don't have enough
education to call myself a preacher. Never come out of any schools or
anything, so I--I just love to tell of the Word what I know, and that's
about all I can say. Just by experience and what I read.
But he said that the people were wanting to form a prayer line and pray
for the sick. Now, the reason I haven't been doing it, when I come they
told me on this meeting here, meant to throwed it all together. I been
having healing services. No one... There's no need of me trying to
explain it (I cannot.), what visions does for you. But any reader of
the Bible knows what it does for you. Anyone... If our Lord was touched
by one woman, Him being the virgin born Son of God, and one vision from
that woman touching Him, said, "I perceive that I have gotten weak,"
what do you think it would do to me, a sinner, saved by grace? One
vision from the prophet Daniel, he was out of his head, troubled,
didn't know where he was at, walking around for several days. No one
realizes what that does to you. And it's--it's you... You meet--you
stay in that a little while and you meet somebody, you don't--you
really--is it a vision, or am I--where am I at? See? See, it's God
taking a hold of you and...
E-8 Now, let me just say a word on that. Did... Surely, spiritual
people would understand, who reads the Bible. Let's just take like
this, poets and prophets. Let's just speak, that's inspirational. I'll
start on poets first. Poets, a real poet, is by inspiration. Let's just
take one poet that I think of; let's take Stephen Foster. I think he
was one of the greatest poets we had in America, give us our folk songs
and things. Did you ever read his life? Now, the old Kentucky home is
just across the river from me. I can go over there in fifteen minutes
from my house. There's the desk, it was valued at the world's fair
in--for about twenty-five thousand dollars many, many years ago, where
he wrote "My Old Kentucky Home," the places where he wondered around,
out on the plantation and so forth. Well, every time Stephen Foster
would get up in enough inspiration to--to take his pen and write a
song, then after the inspiration left him, he'd get on a drunk. Did you
know that? He sure did. And finally, when he come out from under it one
time, he didn't know where he was at, and he called a servant and took
a razor and cut his throat, committed suicide. Did you ever know that?
Life of Stephen Foster.
E-9 Let's take... You say, "Well, that man was a worldly man." Well,
let's take William Cowper. I stood by his grave in London, England not
long ago, just had to weep. He was considered a neurotic. Anyone who
lives in the Spirit, to the world there's just one little shade from
insanity. Science says that.
William Cowper, when he wrote that famous song, we used it in communion
at our--my Baptist Tabernacle at home for years and years. "There is a
fountain filled with blood, drawn from Immanuel's veins, where sinners
plunged beneath the flood, lose all their guilty stains." You've heard
it, haven't you? Did you ever hear the history of it? As soon as the
inspiration left him, when he was in there he wrote the song, and when
he was up in such a high key where people don't know nothing about,
just to sing and shout and dance. That's not in--that's in the Spirit
all right, but the Spirit of joy. See? But when you raise up into them
spheres that you know nothing of. See, you can't explain it, you
just--you have to just know it's there and that's all. When he come out
of that, he tried to find the river to commit suicide. How many ever
heard the story? Sure. See? Sure. He tried to find the river to commit
suicide. It was too foggy; the driver couldn't find the river. He was
going to plunge beneath the river, he thought he was still in the song,
now he was going to plunge the river, lose all his guilty stains. See?
E-10 Now, you say, "You're talking about song writers." All right,
let's turn it right back in the Bible now. Let's take prophets. Let's
take the--the prophet Jonah. When he was on his road down to Nineveh,
and--and he went by the way of Tarshish, and the Lord take him over to
Nineveh, and kept him alive in the belly of a whale for three days and
nights. You believe the story's true? He had him--He had him anointed,
and when he come out of that, so in prayer for three days and nights in
the belly of this whale, when he come out on the banks of Nineveh, he
preached with such force until they even put sackcloth on their cattle,
and repented in such a way. Is that right? Turn repentance to the
city... And went up on the hill when the inspiration left him, and set
down under a tree, and prayed for God to take his life (Is that right?)
when the inspiration left him. See? It ain't while you're here, you
feel like you're a giant, but you don't know what you have to put up
with as soon as you leave here. See?
E-11 Look at--let's take Elijah the prophet. God give him inspiration,
give him a vision, told him to go up on the mountain and what to do. He
laid that thing in order just the way God told him to. It hadn't rained
for three years and six months. And he called fire out of heavens, and
immediately called rain out of the heavens, and took and killed four
hundred priests himself, executed four hundred priests. And then when
the inspiration left him, run at the threat of a woman, and run out in
the wilderness, and set down under a Juniper tree, and said, "God, take
my life." And He--God fed him with some cakes on the hearth there,
and--and then fed him for again. And then he was wandering in the
wilderness for forty days, and God found him pulled back in a cave
somewhere. That right? And the mighty rushing wind went by, and God
wasn't in the wind. The thunder went by, and He wasn't in the thunder.
After while a still small voice spoke to him, wanted to know why he was
back in that cave. See, beside himself, wondering around in that
wilderness, and was found pulled back in a cave. Now, you have some
conception, what's the Son of God?
E-12 That's the reason, friends, it just nearly... You don't realize...
I stood here the other night, trying to stand as long as I could for
you people because with the Gospel I'd cut it just as hard and slammed
it to your denominations and everything. Not at your denominations, but
the way that they're getting so loose. See? They're... And with that, I
thought, "God, I love them, and I--I've hurt them; let me stand as long
as I can." And when I started off this platform, I found myself in the
arms of a minister. When I got in yonder, I run into some woman, out in
the room out there where there was some more people standing. See? I--I
didn't where I was at. Then Billy got me by arm and led me out, and
next thing I knew they was taking me up the steps down at the place
where I stay. See, see? And then all night long I didn't sleep at all;
I didn't tell you about it. See?
Next day I--look like everything I'd look at... The maid come in to
make up the rooms, and I stood there, just as soon as she come in, I
knew right then what was wrong with her. I went out on the street,
walked down the street, and here come a man coming down the street,
right there, I--just first thing you know stood myself standing there,
seen about something he'd done and trying to tell him right there on
the street. See? You just don't realize what you go through. See?
You--you--you just know the outside; you don't know what the inside is.
It's like being way up high, a million miles high, where you feel like
everything's in your reach like that, then all at once you just drop
off of somewhere, and you don't--there you are. See? And that's the
reason we have to watch it real close. And one time I was in the
meeting so long, and the brethren let me stay so long at the platform,
till it was almost a year 'fore I was back in the field again.
E-13 And so, that's what makes it hard. Until I cross the border on the
other side and meet you people again face to face, you--there's no need
of trying to explain it. You just believe me as your brother. I--I try
to work everything I can in love to you. Wouldn't I love tonight to
take every sick person and say, "I can heal you." Oh, I--if I could
take a quarter and put it on the street and push it across Hollywood,
to Hollywood from here, to get you healed, I'd do it, I'd sure do it.
But if I could get the Bible, built--build around faith enough to just
a--a couple of things that you could see and recognize... See, we're so
earthbound, all of us (I am too. See?), so earthbound till we don't
realize that's it's Jesus Christ standing there. See?
Now, when that anointing comes, you can catch every person in here just
exactly where the fears, where the flusterations, where--there it is,
like a heartbeat coming to you. See? When... It isn't me; it's just
become anointed; that's all. See? And it's just a--a gift that I have
to just yield myself to the Spirit. I usually don't eat or anything,
just keep yielding myself to the Spirit. And when they bring me here at
nighttime, no one speaks to me. See, I come right in, go right out the
same way. I stay in the room and pray till I can either hear it or know
and see that Light moving in the room where I am. Then I just keep
saying, "Thank you, Lord; I'm going there for one purpose, to help Your
people. Now, You help me, Lord, whatever it is, give the people faith."
And that--that's the way I do it. That's right.
E-14 And so then when it comes to just praying for the sick, by laying
hands on them, I do that all the time of course. That's right. And now,
that's one way, that's the--that's the old tradition way of the Jews to
do that. And it's good; it pays off Oral Roberts and--and Tommy Osborn.
Tommy Osborn I don't think lays hands on the people; he just explains
to them the Word, and just catches the devil. He's such a scholar, till
he can just put the devil in his place by the Word, and then let them
pray for one another, make one committal prayer, and set back up there
and let them come up and testify all night he says. It don't bother him
a bit; he don't... And I met him here not long ago. Tommy's one of the
finest fellows. Tommy Osborn is really one Christian gentleman, Brother
Tommy Osborn: very sweet fellow. And he just--he's just got a hold on
the Word from old Brother Bosworth.
E-15 He come to my house; he was up here. What started his ministry, is
up there when that maniac run out to kill me (You've read it many
times.) on the platform. And then--and he stood out there with his
shoulders back, and spit in my face, and everything else, and said,
"You deceiver," before sixty some odd hundred people. He said, "Up here
imposing yourself as a servant of God..." said, "I'll break every bone
in that little body of yours." Great big, two sixty pound. Well, you
better know what you're speaking about. You better not speak at all;
just let God do the speaking. I knowed He'd led me there.
And two little policemen I'd led to Christ back in a dressing room in
the auditorium, run out to grab him. I said, "This is not a flesh and
blood affair; just let him alone." So he run up there... Now, I'll tell
you, if you ever get one speck angry, you better walk off the platform.
There's only one thing will conquer any devil or anything else; that's
love. That's the only way I can ever help anybody, is when I love them.
And I can feel the love of them to me.
E-16 Now, the man there, I thought, "That poor fellow, he wouldn't kill
me. That's the devil making him do that. He may be a married man and
have children. What's he got against me; he never seem me in his life."
Come to find out, he was out of an insane institution. He'd hit a
minister out on the street and broke his jaw and his collar bone. He
just had a mania to kill preachers.
And he started walking there, and about couple a hundred preachers
scattered off the platform right quick when they seen him. And so,
there he stood. He stood up there; he said, "Tonight I'm going to knock
you all the way out in the middle of that audience and break every bone
in you body." Now, he was plenty physically able to do it. He weighed
about two sixty, and I weighed about a hundred eighteen. So there--he
stood there. And I looked around; I thought, "Well, poor fellow, now
look, there's the devil got that great big fine specie of a man all
bound like that. Isn't that pitiful?"
E-17 And I turned around. I--I--I didn't say one thing, just kept
still. And I heard myself tell him (See?), that was the Spirit. The
Spirit told him. You ought to see it in the jungles in Africa and like
that, how it works. You see it here amongst Americans, but see it out
there where you come before witch doctors. And--and It said, "Because
you have challenged the Spirit of God, tonight you'll fall over my
He said, "I'll show you whose feet I'll fall over, you impostor, you
snake in the grass, you hypocrite." He walked up and went [Brother
Branham makes spitting sound--Ed.] spit in my face. I never said one
word, just stood and looked at him. He got right up close to me; he
drew back his great big arm like that, and his teeth set together, and
his eyes just glistening; he raised back to hit me, and I said, "Satan,
come out of the man." He went "Whoo, whoo, whoo." Begin to turn around
and around like that, and fell down, pinned my feet to the floor, like
that. There both spirits had challenged one another. You see? He had
challenged, and the Spirit of God accepted it. See? And there he fell
on my feet. And them little police run out and said, "Is he dead?"
I said, "No, sir, he isn't dead."
"Well, is he healed?"
I said, "No sir, he worships that spirit; he--he's not healed." I said,
"I wish you'd roll him off of my feet," because (See?), he just kinda
had me pinned down there.
E-18 Tommy Osborn seen that, or his wife saw it and brought him down
the next day. And he nailed hisself in a room for three days. When I
went home off that trip, there he was out in the front, little Tommy
with his couple little--his little baby and then the little--little
boy. He was two or three times around the car, so nervous you know, he
said, "Brother Branham, Brother Branham, you think I got a gift of
I said, "Look, Tommy, after this revival starting like this, they'll be
so many Divine healers in the land." I said, "It'll be pitiful; it'll
be so the people won't even won't have a meeting unless you got a
Divine healing." See, Divine healing is a minor, you could never major
with the minor. See? Salvation is the main thing to the soul. Divine
healing's just a minor thing. But I said, "It'll come to pass, because
when the phenomenon's done there's always a mixed multitude like there
was in the days of Moses, like always."
Luther, I was retaking the history of Luther here not long ago, and
said, "The phenomenon of Martin Luther wasn't that he could protest the
Catholic church and get by with it, but hold his head above all the
fanaticism that followed his revival." So that's right. So I said,
"It'll follow the same here. You see?"
E-19 So I said, "You was called for the ministry; you know that, Tommy."
He said, "Yes, I do." He looked like a promising young man for the Lord.
And I said, "Well, if I was in your place, if you was called for the
ministry, you was called to pray for the sick. Don't... Forget about
gifts of Divine healing and things, just pray for the sick." I said,
"I'd go under that little old oak tree there and learn something about
the Word of Divine healing."
He said, "What old oak tree?"
I said, "That bald-headed one setting on my front porch, Dr. F. F.
Bosworth." I said, "There's not a man in the land that knows any more
about the Word of God on Divine healing than he does."
E-20 I was going to Africa just here some--here a few years ago, and I
was in Madison Square... No, what is that place where you visit there
in New York? St. Nicholas Arena. And he'd flew all the way back, and he
flew all the way up there, and one night I walked out on the platform,
he seen me, and started crying like that. And I run behind the screen
and hugged him. And--and I said, "Tommy, you just come from the
He said, "Yes, Brother Branham."
I said, "I guess you're so tired, honey, why'd you ever fly up here?"
He said, "I'm not a bit tired." Said, "I'm on a honeymoon."
I said, "A honeymoon?"
He said, "Yeah, me and my wife, we just have a great time." He said,
"You see, Brother Branham, I'm glad the Lord didn't give me any
discernment or anything." He said, "You know when you told me set under
that old oak tree?"
I said, "Yes."
Said, "That bald-headed one?"
I said, "Yes, sir."
He said, "I learned something there." Said, "I just go and take the
Word, take about thirty minutes, and tie Satan in such a knot he can't
get out of it, then just offer prayer, and say, 'You all that's healed
come on up.' Said, "Let the first one rise up and give the other one
courage, and the other one." Said, "Me and my wife just sets back there
and claps our hands and have a big time, shout till about eleven
o'clock, and then we let the rest of them take over and we go home,
walk in the moonlight and have a great time," he said.
I said, "Yes, and that same old oak tree is setting right out here
tonight waiting to go to Africa with me." Bless his heart; he's in
glory tonight, enjoying the pleasures of Eternal Life on the other
side. That's it. Oh, God, I--I'll be so glad when we all get over on
the other side, won't you? and it's all over with? Now, if you're not
the seed of Abraham tonight, come, be the seed of Abraham through Jesus
E-21 Now, I want to read just a verse of Scripture. I believe, did
somebody read this Bible for me tonight? Brother Roy. I want to read
some--just one more, 'cause if my words fail, His won't. And I want to
read this from Saint--I John and the 1st chapter and the 7th verse.
If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one
with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ God's Son cleanseth us from
I'd like to take a text, if it would be called a text, for just a
little bit now on this subject here, "The Basis Of Fellowship."
If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one
with another, and the Blood of Jesus Christ God's Son cleanseth us from
Now, I'd like to speak on the terms of fellowship. Now, why are we here
together? We are here perhaps, with different organizations, different
denominations that are represented here, probably Methodist, Baptist,
Pentecostal, Oneness, Twoness, Threeness, Fourness, what all goes
together, we're setting here. Now, someday God's going to drive us all
together. He will have to (See?), to make...
E-22 Right over here in Houston Texas not long ago, when the Angel of
the Lord had His picture taken, when Dr. Best, that night at Baptist
church was holding a debate there... And when they put it in the paper
that the debate would be held between Brother Bosworth and he, at my
meeting, over there that the Lord had sent me. Why, there come... They
didn't pay any attention to whether... If there's one thing in common,
Divine healing was at--at--at stake, and so every one of them come and
fellowshipped together then. And so then, it'll be that way some time.
Communism will finally root itself around here, and we'll be glad to
fellowship with another, those fine brethren of like precious faith.
Whether they're riding a one hump camel or two hump camel or whatever
there is, we'll be glad to be riding with them anyhow, go--enjoying
their fellowship. I hope I live to see it.
E-23 Now, fellowship is when we can come together. Now, you can't make
like crows and doves; they can't have fellowship one another. Their
diet's different, and their--their habits are different. You have to
have fellowship as long as you're in an agreement. Now, what makes man
long to have fellowship? What makes us come together and want to
fellowship with one another? It's because that there has to be some
kind of a strain from that.
Now, I was some time ago in a great museum where they was a Greek
artist had painted a picture of Adam and Eve. I never seen such a
hideous looking sight in my life as that Eve looked like and Adam. Well
now, if Eve looked like that, hair sticking out like this, and the jaw
setting sideways, and one arm this way, and the other one that way, and
one limb about that big around and the other one like that. Oh, it was
and awful looking, brutal looking thing. Well, if that was the way Eve
looked when Adam woke up and seen her, that would be the desire of a
man to his wife today to look like that. It was a strain. That's right.
Now, we know better than that. Now, God doesn't make nothing unless
it's perfect; it's right, good, precious, perfect.
E-24 Now, I believe just like man today... Why doesn't man--why doesn't
man when he finds out he's a sinner, why doesn't he come out and say,
"Father, I--I'm a sinner; I want You to forgive me." No, no. He doesn't
do it. He does the same thing that Adam done, hide hisself in the
bushes somewhere. You see? He wants to keep... Why? That's what he done
in the beginning. And that's what I think that Eve was the most
beautiful woman that was ever on the face of the earth. I long to see
her and Adam come walking down the paradises of God together, just to
see what our mother of the earth looked like. She was a beautiful
person, no doubt. And Adam was every specie of a man, masculine in
every way, Eve, feminish in every way.
E-25 But now, we find out that what makes man long to fellowship is
because that he once had a fellowship. And his fellowship was with God.
A man today is trying his best, no matter what he is, if he's an
Indian. When we come here we found an Indian worshipping the sun,
worshipping a totem pole. We go into Africa we find them under little
idols and things. There's somewhere he's trying to find his way back,
because his origin was to fellowship with God. That's where it come
from. He knows that he come from somewhere behind the curtain, and he's
only trying to look back behind there to see where he come from and
where he's on his road back. That's the reason the supernatural
attracts the attention of the people so mightily is because men are
looking from where they come from and which a way they're going.
There's only one Book in the world can tell you that, that's the Bible,
who you are, where you come from, and where you're going. That's
exactly; It tells you your destination right there in the Bible and
where you come from and who you are.
E-26 Now, as soon as man found out that he was a sinner, he's always
tried to make his own way back. He's tried to find his own way back.
And he's totally lost. Now, that's the reason I think that Christ
referred to us as sheep, sheep of His pasture. If anybody ever herded
sheep, when a sheep is lost he's totally lost. I've herded them a many
time, and I've found them sheep standing out there when he's lost from
the rest of them, he will just stand and bleat till the wolf gets him,
or something happens. He cannot find his way back. He's totally lost;
he's got to have a shepherd. And that's the way the human race is. We
can no more save ourselves than the leopard could lick his spots off of
him; he just brightens it up as he licks. So but it shows his strain.
He tried to find his way back. He's still taken that same attitude of
trying to find his way back.
E-27 We find the first thing he tried to do, was to try to cover
hisself up with fig leaves to make hisself... Now, religion is a
covering; we know that's what it is, is a covering. The first thing he
tried to do was cover hisself: make hisself some aprons out of fig
leaves. He found out that they wouldn't work. In the Presence of God,
God condemned the works of his hands. He just wouldn't work.
He tried to build a tower, so he could get out of the way of all the
floods and destructions, and find his way back on this tower, in Babel,
back to God. God condemned it, and confused their language, and the
tower dropped. And every time that man tries to make his own way,
E-28 After he lost his fellowship with God he become a wanderer, had to
shift for himself. God taken care of him before then. But now he finds
he has to shift for himself, and it's a pretty hard thing. So he
doesn't have a loving Father to watch over him, and protect him, and
guide him, and direct him, and feed him, and clothe him, and care for
him like he did. So instead of coming back, he tries to find his own
way. He wants to make his own way back. Man wants to make his own way;
he's always had. Always will, I suppose, try to find his own way... And
every time he make his own way, he's always gets wrong.
E-29 Now, we find out in these--this age, let's take some of the ways
he tries to get back yet. He tries in this age to bring himself back
through his intellectuals. He tries to educate himself back. We had a
program here not long ago, "If We Could Educate the World..." Here
about seventy-five years ago the world taken upon itself to educate
itself back into fellowship, make all nations, when we civilize the
world, brought the Liberty Monarchs, and brought the heathen and
everything. And we started out in our churches making programs to teach
reading, writing, and arithmetic. What did we do? Made him a two child
more fold of hell then he ever was to begin with.
I just come from Africa, recently. And in Africa the worse thing they
ever did was educate the heathen. The hardest heathen there is to deal
with is the educated heathen. Now, a heathen is an unbeliever. And you
get a--an uneducated heathen, sometimes you can talk to him. But you
educate him, he knows more about it than you do, or God does, or
anybody else. So... And what do we do? Now, to--so that my colored
friends here will understand.
When you take the African Negro, when he's out in his little hut out
there, he's all right. There's only one thing he wa--needs is Christ.
You bring him into the city, and when...
E-30 And I tell you, in their own living over there, they could teach
this Christian world over here morals that they wouldn't know nothing
about. Why, there's a tribe there, if a girl is wait till after a
certain age, until she's married... And if she doesn't have someone or
doesn't marry someone by that time, well, she has to take off tribal
paint, and go into the city, and just be a roustabout like them that's
in the city, go in the compound. She's no more fit to stay amongst
the--the society of that tribe. Now, and if she is married, before she
can be married she has to be tested, her virgincy. If she be found
guilty, she has to tell the man that done it, and they're both killed
together. What if they'd do that in Hollywood, or Los Angeles, or over
the United States tonight? There'd be a lot of killing done. No night
life in Africa like that. No, they live higher, cleaner morally than we
do that calls ourselves Christians. Yes, sir. If that girl's found
guilty, if a woman ever found guilty of running or dishonorable to her
husband, she's killed right there with the man that lives with her.
Yes, sir, there's no immoral among them. I never in all the
discernments of cases, never found one case of--of venereal disease
among them. That's right, not in any of them. I found TB, and other
things, even leprosy, but no immorals, any venereal.
E-31 Now, see there, they're--they're wanderers. And our education,
what do we do with them? We're bringing them down there in a compound,
and you kick on a piece of tin where those are trying to--have to take
off that tribal paint, and you find that goats, pigs, and everything
else run out of there, and four, five children, four, five men, four,
five women. That's what civilization does to them. When this country
here used to be beautiful, the Indian lived here by himself, he had
very little sin, little tribal war. But when the white man come, what
did he bring? Women, whiskey, killing, murder. Look where it's at now.
See? Civilization brings sin, always. When man begin to multiply upon
the face of the earth, violence set in and God destroyed the world.
E-32 Sin came by civilization, so your intellectuals will never get you
back in fellowship with God. That's hard statement, but let me say this
with all tolerance and not trying to support my ignorance, but I think
the worse enemy that Jesus Christ ever had was education. Educate the
world, you get a bunch of educated heathens and you can't do nothing
Not long ago I had a FBI man was converted in my meeting. He taken me
into the room and showed me how that the--where crime begin. And I made
that kind of a statement one time in a meeting, and he showed me on a
map, like you take a little thing and pull it out of a map at certain
places, and it showed where the highest educated people was, there's
where the most crime was. Right. They think they can outsmart the law
and things like that. Educated--education has been an indebtiment
to--to the salvation of the human soul. Now, education's fine as far as
it goes, but it'll never take the place of salvation. So man trying to
educate hisself back to Christ is fighting the air. He will never do
it. He cannot do it.
E-33 Now, when that is fail, now they're trying to bring the people
into a fellowship. After that they thought they would denominate the
world. The Methodist would have their denomination, the Baptist would
have theirs, and the Catholics would have theirs, and the Pentecostals
would have theirs. And that was another fatal mistake. You can never do
it; you'll never do it; you're just fighting as much air as they was on
the educational program. You'll never be able to do it. It's not God's
plan in the beginning. You say, "Well, we have a great program. We
have..." That may be so, but the church is programmed to death. That's
right. We don't need programs; we need prayer meetings. That's right.
We--we don't need education.
We need salvation, is what we need. Salvation doesn't lay in education.
Salvation doesn't lay in denomination. Education plays its part.
Denomination plays its part. But that ain't the--that ain't the
fundamental reason for--that ain't the way we'll ever get back to
E-34 Now, set here, and here's a man who's a Baptist, and here's one
over here is a Pentecostal. They're setting in one another's age. Then
the Pentecostal Oneness, and the Pentecostal Threeness, and the
Pentecostal, how many, you know, all like this. And the--and the Church
of God, Four square, every one (See?), right at edge with one another.
If the Assemblies would bring me into a city then the rest of them has
nothing to do with it. If the others bring in, none of the rest of them
have nothing to do with it. See? That's the way it seems to be. You'll
never be able to denominate people to fellowship. You cannot do it. It
just won't do. Just--it just won't work; it's not God's program.
E-35 Now, do you see the great thing they're doing now? God never
destroyed anything. But man destroys himself by his own wisdom. There
were two trees in the garden of Eden. One of them was the tree of life;
the other one was the tree of knowledge. The first time a man taken a
bite from the tree of knowledge, he separated his fellowship from God.
Every time he takes a bite, he destroys himself. He bit off gun powder,
kills his comrade. Next thing he bit off was automobiles, kills more
than the gun power. He's got himself an atomic bomb now, what is he
going to do with that? See, he destroys himself. All the time through
his knowledge he's accomplished... Why won't he come back to this
simple tree of faith here and believe? See? That's all he has to do.
E-36 Now, watch now what taken place. Now, we find out that man now has
took--got a program; they got it in Russia; they're adopting it in the
United States, till through science they're going to find their way
back. Now, science took a bottle to Russia not long ago, till they
could put muscles back on a man that'd had his--been--had infantile
paralysis; he could make the muscles grow. They took a little bottle
and shook it, "We got healing in this bottle. We got healing in this.
We got--here's salvation in this bottle."
See, science, they can trying to go to the moon and... That's another
Tower of Babel. So they just... All these different things, the
sputniks in a race to get up there on the moon. Why brother, I--I'm not
in a race, but I'm telling you one thing, I got a program here, not I
have, but God has, I'm His salesman for it. And I tell you now, it's a
program that'll take you a hundred billion, billion, million light
years beyond the moon. That's right. And there if you go to the moon
you couldn't set down because see, you'd jump right back up unless you
had some magnet to hold you there. You couldn't stay overnight; you'd
freeze to death. In the daytime you'd burn up. What you going to do
when you get there? I don't want to go there; I want to go where I'm at
home; that's on the other side. That--that's right. A flight in a
moment, in a twinkling of an eye, be caught away in the rapture and go
to be with the Lord Jesus where we'll live forever. Not something
trying to stick yourself on something, something that you're already
there to stay forever. What a glorious thing that is.
E-37 Now, you see all these denominations, separations, scientists, and
all their--all the education, all the denominations, all the
separations, and segregations, and everything, we have left off the
main principle, and the only way that God can bring man into
fellowship. We cannot do it through racial, separating the races; we
cannot do it that way. We cannot do it through national. They're
wanting one flag, one nation, one language. Well, it'll be that way
some time. Now, the only reason that man wants it... Germany wanted it;
he wanted all of them to speak German, all nations to speak German. If
you don't speak German, they're not in it.
I was in Africa and the Boers think... They got a illegitimate language
anyhow, a few little--little French, and a little English, and a little
Germany, and all of it mixed together, and they say, "Oh, the
millennium's got to use that language when--when the millennium comes
on," the Christians think that. Well, the English wants to think, and
Britain you know, "Oh, my, sure, it's we--it's going to be English in
the--in the millennium." Well, we say, "They'll sure to speak American
brogue in the millennium." But I'll tell you, you're going to be
surprised. There's going to be a heavenly language that you never heard
before, that we're going to speak that language, and it ain't going to
be the "Star Spangled Banner," neither the Swastika, or--or Hex circle
of the half circle of sickle and hammer. It's not going to be any of
those flags, but it's going to be, "the old rugged cross, stained with
Blood so divine, an emblem of suffering and shame." That's the flag.
One flag, one King, Christ Jesus, one nation, one people, one language,
all Christians borned again, that's going to be the--the time.
E-38 Now, God laid down the program right in the garden of Eden, and
condemned man's work of his hand to begin with. As soon as man made his
first mistake trying to find his way back through his fig leaf religion
to get back again, God condemned it. And what did He do? He killed some
animals and got some sheepskins, I believe it was, and throwed it in
there. And so it shows through that it takes the Blood has always been
God's program and always will be God's program; that through the Blood
there is remission of sin, and without the shedding of Blood there is
no remission of sin. Whether you take it any way you wish to; all other
programs will fail but that one. Without the shedding of Blood there's
no remission of sin.
God in the beginning back there laid down the program, and the only way
there is for fellowship back with God and with one another, is through
the Blood of Jesus Christ His Son. And He--He killing the lamb, or the
sheep, brought the sheepskin; something died to cover them up. And
that's exactly. You can't organize it. You can't educate it. You cannot
scientifically it. You--you--you have to accept it on the basis of
faith, that something died for you. That brings the fellowship.
E-39 Now, Job believed that, the oldest book in the Bible. Job accepted
the blood offering. He accepted the burnt sacrifice, which was the
killing of the sheep. And remember, he stood firm on it. When
everything come to him, even his church members, and said, "Job, you've
sinned; you've trespassed against God." Once...
Let's take Job just for a moment. We see that he had made that
offering; he put a sin offering out for his children and said,
"Peradventure they might have sinned; they might have sinned against
God, so I'll offer a burnt offering for them."
Isn't that lovely? If we had people today, if our mothers and fathers
was that concerned about our children, instead of turning them out here
on the street with some little cigarette smoker, and out to these
rock-and-roll parties and things the way they go... If we'd have them
at home and praying for them in prayer meetings, and--it would be a lot
different world. That's right.
Job said, "Peradventure I couldn't save my sons and daughters of sin,
but if they have, I'll stand on a burnt offering. I'll offer a burnt
E-40 And when the trials and temptations come... Now, Job took God's
provided way, the sacrifice, the blood, the burnt offering, and he
stood on it, and when the trials and testings come, well, if that had
just been on the denominational he'd have fell long ago. On scientist
he'd have fell a long ago. Because he was... Everything he had was
taken from him. His children was killed. His riches was taken. His
health was gone, and he set out on the ash heap with a piece of crock
or something, scraping his boils, till even his wife said, "Job, why
don't you curse God and die the death?"
He said, "Thou speakest like a foolish woman." He didn't said she was
foolish, but she talked like one. Said, "You speak like a
foolish--foolish one. The Lord gave and the Lord taken away, blessed be
the Name of the Lord." When they come down, his comforters, the church
members, come down and accused him... He knowed that he was righteous,
because he wasn't trusting in his own merits, but he'd met God's
requirement because he'd stood on the blood sacrifice. Yes, sir. He
knowed that he was righteous, because he was meeting God's requirement.
And then, you notice if you'll just keep holding out, stand on the
Blood, don't take nothing else. Belong to your denomination, that's all
right. Have education, that's fine, science, that's all right. But
first, place yourself on the Blood. That's the only place of fellowship
is the Blood.
E-41 Now, notice Job, no matter what went, what gone, what his church
said, what anyone else said, he knowed he met God's requirements. He
was standing on the blood, the burnt sacrifice. And notice, when the
last hour of his temptation came, and they told him to curse God and
die, and so forth, he said, "You speak like a foolish woman."
Then Elihu came down. "Eli, El" means "God's strong one." Break down
his name and you got God in Christ representative. Come down, and he
did not accuse Job of being a sinner. But Job wanted to know where God
was that he could go and knock on His door and talk to Him. And where
there would be One, a righteous One, Elihu told him, that could stand
in the breach, put his hand on a sinful man and a holy God, and would
bridge the way between a sinful man and a holy God, where the real true
Blood offering would come someday.
E-42 And Job being a prophet, when the Spirit come on him, he got in
the Spirit; the thunders begin to roar; the lightening begin to flash;
he stood on his feet and said, "I know my Redeemer liveth, and at the
last days He will stand on this earth: and though the skin worms
destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God." He was taking this
blood offering here until that real One came. He looked at this one and
seen it was a shadow of one to come because God back in Eden had
required this, and Job was staying on that sacrifice. Yes, sir. It was
the only place that God promised to meet man was under the blood.
Israel, in the Old Testament, the only place that God ever met Israel
was under the shed blood. They come from all over the nations, where
the lamb was killed, but God only met under the shed blood. Under the
blood of the Lamb is God's meeting place. That's where He meets His
people. That's where He meets His church. That's where He meets your
needs, is under the Blood. And outside of the Blood, there's no
remission or no hearing, only through the Blood.
E-43 Now, and we take over in Numbers, the 19th chapter of Numbers,
when they were in their journey, God told them to go and get a red
heifer. Now, watch this just a moment, the symbol here. Now, "Go, get a
red heifer, that had never a yoke has been on her." She's not yoked up,
never been under a yoke. And she's red, has to be red all over. Now,
red is a bad color to some. Red means stop at the stop light, and so
forth. But red also is the sign of an atonement. Now, did you ever
scientifically take red and look through red? If you take red and look
through red, red's white, take red through red looks white. And so when
God looks through... Our sins be as red as crimson, yet they shall be
white as snow. When He looks through the Blood of His own Son and sees
us, He cannot see us as red crimson sinners; He sees us white as snow,
washed in the Blood of His own Son when we are under the Blood. Oh, how
beautiful the Bible and Its illustrations. Red through red looks white.
I know that that is a great sign to us, the sign of an atonement, the
Now, she was to be killed in the evening time: type of Christ. Now,
when Christ come he never yoked with the Pharisees or with the
Sadducees; He only yoked with One, and that was the Father. Him and the
Father were yoked together, They were One. And that's the way the
Christian has to be. Whether you're a Methodist, Baptist, Pentecostal,
whatever it is, you have to yoke first with Jesus Christ. "Take your
yoke upon Me and learn of Me, for I'm meek and lowly." Therefore it
brings you back into relationship and fellowship with God as long as
you're yoked together with Christ.
E-44 Now, we notice that when the--the heifer was to be killed in the
evening time before all the congregation... So was Christ killed in the
evening time. Now, when she was to be killed, her body was to be
burned, and with the hoofs and all. And it was to make a water of
separation. Now, we get in that over in the book of Ephesians where
we're washed by the water of the Word. The Waters of separation is the
Word of God.
And it was to be kept in a clean place that where that when any
wayfaring man, or any sinner came by to enter into the congregation of
the Lord, this here was kept in this clean place. Then he was to take
seven stripes of blood and stripe it over the door with the finger of
the high priest, Eleazar. That is, that enter into the congregation...
Now, look how beautiful that is. Oh, I hope you don't miss it. Watch.
What's the first thing? Now, my brother Baptist, Methodist, and
Pentecostal, I hope you just take your jackets off for a few minutes; I
want--I--I want you to see this if nothing else.
E-45 Here not long ago I was speaking on this at a fellowship meeting
and one of the great rabbis of the United States met me back behind
back there and said, "I never heard that like that in my life, been a
rabbi and come from a generation of rabbis, rabbi to rabbi to rabbi."
And now he's a Pentecostal rabbi with the baptism of the Holy Ghost. I
was preaching with him in Shreveport, and the lady told him said,
"Sir," said, "Rabbi, I having a television put in your room."
He said, "Not television, hellevision, take them out of there."
And she said, "Well aren't you a rabbi?"
He said, "I'm a Pentecostal rabbi; bless God." He said... Well... Yes.
E-46 Now, watch this symbol here. Now, the heifer was to be burnt, and
with her was to be burnt hyssop, cedar, and scarlet, was to be burnt
together with the heifer. Now, notice, cedar is a red wood, stained
wood, white and red together, symbolizing the cross. And scarlet is
ram's wool dyed in blood. And hyssop was weeds that was put in with it.
Hyssop is what you applied the blood by. And it was the blood on
scarlet--on cedar wood, all burnt together to make the what? To make
the waters of separation, made the water and the separation, kept in a
Now, the sinner came by; he was unclean. Now, notice, the water of
separation, the ashes mixed with water, which means the spirit of life
and so forth. But he was to be sprinkled from his sins with the waters
E-47 Now, my Baptist brother, I want to ask you something, if
justification is all God requires, I'd like to ask you this: When the
man was separated by the waters of separation, sprinkled, then he could
not yet enter into the--the worship of the glory of the Lord. He could
not do it, because he was only sprinkled from his sin. It separated him
from his sins, but did not put him in fellowship. That's right. It only
separated from his sins. Now, Ephesians said, "We are washed by the
water of the Word."
Now, hearing the Word and being just as religious as you want to be,
and your--your pastor a scholar, and your Doctor of Divinity, a
scholar, still that don't put us in fellowship. No, sir, it will not do
it, because they were only separated from their sins. Now, that's a...
Justification was Martin Luther's doctrine. We know that. Being
justified by faith, and still it didn't bring a fellowship.
E-48 Now, we know the next thing the believer had to do, after being
separated from his sin, then what did he do? The next thing you do, he
is turned towards the court. And as he went... Notice. Oh, my, I feel
religious when I talk about this. Look, the next thing he had to look
at, he had seven stripes of blood before him to show that the seven
stripes meant the seven church ages or the seven thousand years, and
every age had to be represented by the blood, nothing else, no other
way. From Genesis to Revelations, from Eden to the millennium is the
blood and nothing but the blood.
Another thing, the believer had to recognize this, the believer coming
in towards... Now, he's not in fellowship yet, yet he's separated from
his sin, but he's not in fellowship. He had to recognize that the Blood
went before him, something died to go before him, and Hebrews 13:12 and
13 said, "Jesus suffered without the gate that He might sanctify the
people with His own Blood." That brings you Methodists up, all right,
for sanctification, still not in fellowship, still didn't do it. But
when they went... He was inside, inside the building. But you could
fellowship with one another, greet one another, but not the fellowship
of God yet.
E-49 Now, then once a year the high priest (Oh, my.) had to be dressed
in a certain way. He had to be anointed a certain way. He had to be
anointed with the perfume of the Rose of Sharon. They put it upon
Aaron's beard, and it run all the way down to the hems of his garment.
He had to have a certain made clothes. And another thing, he had to
walk a certain way. And on his end of his garment he had a bell and a
pomegranate, a bell and a pomegranate. And he had to walk a certain way
to make that play "Holy, holy, holy, unto the Lord. Holy, holy, holy,
unto the Lord." What's he doing? He's approaching the Shekinah Glory,
the real fellowship. Hallelujah. Now, you see, he had--and he had to
make a noise. The only way the congregation could tell he wasn't dead
is because they could hear that noise. I tell you what, a church let's
off its noise then something happens, as sure as the world, 'cause
everywhere the Shekinah Glory is there is a noise.
Watch, the man that's anointed, and Aaron went in, packing the blood
before him, going in, "Holy, holy, holy, unto the Lord. Holy, holy,
holy, unto the Lord," them bells chiming out, anointed, going into the
holiest of holies. How the congregation used to admire that man. How he
went in there one day and--and left his old staff that he had in his
hand, and when he went back in again, that staff that was dead, nothing
but an old stick, it had come to life, bloomed, and had blossoms on it
(Yes, sir.), laying in the Presence of the Shekinah Glory.
I tell you, it'll do it as sure as the world. It'll take an old dead
church to come to that Shekinah Glory and bloom it out into a church of
faith and power...?... Yes, sir.
E-50 Notice what taken place. Here he was, anointed, went in behind
that place, and they could just listen, hear them bells. Aaron standing
in the Shekinah Glory by the mercy seat where the cherubims had their
wings tipped over it, the guards of the mercy seat. And they could
listen in there. Oh, how their hearts longed to go in there. "Holy,
holy, holy, unto the Lord." And know that what it did to Aaron. Oh, he
lived from year to year to go in. And how the regular congregation
couldn't go in, yet they were living under the blood, but yet not into
the Shekinah Glory.
But when the true Blood came, the Blood of Jesus Christ, God's Son, He
broke down the middle wall of partition, He tore down the curtain from
top to the bottom. And now the believer, whosoever will, let him come
into the Shekinah Glory. And a man through justification, believing the
Word, sanctification, clean him from his sins, he's a subject to enter
into the Pentecostal Shekinah.
God did the same thing on the day of Pentecost when He had saved the
church through justification, Romans 5:1, sanctification, He... I
believe it was Saint John 17:17 said, "Sanctify them, Father, through
the truth: for Thy Word is the truth." But on the day of Pentecost the
middle wall of partition had been tore down, the curtain was rent from
top to bottom at Calvary, and the believer entered into that Shekinah
Glory, and the power of God fell upon them. "Holy, holy, holy, unto the
Lord," went the praises and glories in unknown tongues. And out of
there they come shouting and rejoicing.
E-51 That's the only place of fellowship. Brother, that's the only
place that'll make the Jew, the Greek, the white, the black, the
yellow, the brown, set together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus is
when they've entered into that Shekinah Glory. There's no shame left in
them. That's what I think's got the matter with the Pentecostal church
today, brethren. We find out that the people's getting so ashamed.
They're ashamed to say, "Amen." They--they're ashamed to even glorify
the Lord. Some of the preachers stand up and say, "Amen" like a calf
with the cramps. And they go up like this--kind of going. I hate that
thing. I like a... Stand up and sing with some great big classical song
about a great big trying to put on like the rest of the churches.
That's not fellowship. If anything that I hate... Excuse that
expression a few minutes ago, I didn't mean to say it like that,
forgive me. But when I--I think of the way the church has got, so
starchy and different. Oh, my. What's the matter? You see them get up
there and try to sing...
E-52 I stood in a holiness church not long ago where a choir stood back
there; I wanted to say something so bad. They didn't know I was setting
down in the pastor's study. And here come that choir up there, and
David duPlessis, taking up an offering for foreign missions. And if
them boys with great big robes on and things, walked out there with
them girls, carrying on, and telling jokes, And one started and said,
"Now, here I'm blind; I'm in a foreign mission. Let me tell you, you
put something in for me," and up and down like that. And walked out
there and tried to with an over trained voice, trying to squeak and
holler, like they were trying to sing. You could tell they wasn't
singing in the Shekinah Glory.
I do hate an over trained voice: stand up there, hold their breath like
they're get blue in the face. That's not singing. But if anything, I
like the good old free Pentecostal borned again...?... singing in the
Spirit. It shows they haven't got it. They're leaving that Shekinah
Glory. That's the only place you can ever--that'll make Methodists,
Baptists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Catholics, Oneness, Twoness,
Threeness, and all together, come in the Shekinah Glory. That's the
only place of real fellowship. A man and woman that's ever walked in
behind there, there's no difference in any person then. They're all
brothers in there, because they--they don't--they only know one thing,
that's the Blood. And they know they are brothers. Amen. Whew. I wish I
was twice my size now; maybe I could enjoy twice as good.
E-53 Yes, fellowship, fellowship under the Blood, God's only remedy...
Denominations will separate us; education will separate us; science
will separate us. But the Blood of Jesus Christ will cleanse us from
sin. We have fellowship one with another while we walk in the Light as
He is the Light, the Light of the Shekinah Glory. Amen.
Like a man getting married... When he gets married... You live in a
three room house. You know that? Oh, you say, "I beg your pardon, I got
ten." No, you haven't. You only live in a three room house. That's
your... You may have three or four bedrooms, and three or four
pantries, and things like that, but you actually live in a three room
house. That is the kitchen, the living room, and the bedroom. That's
right. You live in a three room house. God lived in a three room house:
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. You live in a three room house: soul,
body, and spirit.
E-54 Now, you live in a house of a kitchen, a--a living room, and a
bedroom. What is it the first thing when you talk to your little wife?
That's the kitchen part, fellowshipping. Like the man who comes into
the church, he sets back; he just has a little fellowship with one
another when he comes in to listen to the Word: "Faith cometh by
hearing." Then the next thing, in the other room, is the engagement
room. Well, a lot of people think as long as they get into the kitchen,
that's all they have to. No, you're just feeding then (See?), you're
just getting fed. Then the next room is the engagement room, where you
make love to your wife in the parlor. But now wait, that's as far as
some people go. But remember, into the next room is where not only
fellowship, but relationship comes.
And that's what's the matter with the church today; they got a shame
face, if you can catch my parable; they don't want that relationship
with God. They'd rather have some stole, cold, formal, starchy,
organization, say, "I'm Presbyterian." "I'm Methodist." "I'm Baptist."
"I'm Pentecostal." Then to really come down to that relationship with
God to go out and bear forth children crying, "Abba Father." They're
ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul said, "I'm not ashamed of
the Gospel of Jesus Christ, for it's the power of God unto salvation to
them that believe."
We'll never educate them in. We'll never denominate them in. We'll
never scientifically take them in. They've got to be borned in. That's
E-55 When a baby's born, there's three elements comes from--for the
baby's life. What's the first thing? Excuse me, sisters. What's the
first thing come? Water. If it isn't, it's a dry birth; the baby's not
normal. Second thing, blood. That right? What's the next thing? Life.
What come from Jesus? Water, Blood, and Life. Pierced His side... What
constituted the natural birth constitute the spiritual birth.
If a baby's born, and he's stillborn, he doesn't cry, there's no
emotion to him, what's the matter with him? He's a dead born baby.
That's what's the matter with the churches today. What's wrong with our
Pentecostals? We're bringing forth too many dead born babies. Exactly
right. Yes, sir, we are. That's exactly right. What's do you do with a
baby if he's stillborn like that? You just takes him by the heels, and
raise him up, and give him a little posterior protoplasma stimulation,
just as hard as you can, and that fixes him up. And if anything the
church needs tonight, is a good old fashion Gospel spanking with the
power of the Holy Ghost.
E-56 [Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.]... have one thing to do with it,
separate ourselves on account of that. Nonsense. It shows we haven't
been in the Shekinah Glory yet. That's exactly right.
When I was a little boy, brother and I, we went back out in field
behind us; we met an old, old terrapin. I don't know what you know what
they are or not, out here on the west coast. How many knows what a
turtle, a terrapin is? All right. He was the funniest looking thing to
us little kids; he looked so horrible. Here is them big old legs, you
know, reaching out like that. And I said, "Isn't he a funny looking
He said, "Yes, he does."
I said, "Let's go look at him." When he did, went like a lot of these
Christians, you know, so called: whew, draw hisself right up in the
shell. "Oh, you're Brother Branham that holy-roller." "Ah, you--you're
that guy that believes in Divine healing, you're that Divine healer."
Oh, you old turtle. See?
E-57 So then, the first thing you know, I said, "Well, wait a minute,
brother." I said, "I'll fix him." We wanted to see him walk. And he
wouldn't walk for us. He was just setting there like he's dead. That's
what the church has done, all got up in your Presbyterian hull, your
Methodist, Baptist, and Pentecostal hull, just all packed in, "We don't
want to have nothing to do with the rest of them. Huh-uh."
You know what I said? I said, "I'll get me a switch; I'll pour it on
him." I went over and got me a great big willow switch, and I just
whipped him for all it was, and he didn't do a thing. You can't whip it
into him. I said, "I'll tell you; I'll fix him." I took him down to the
creek and got him by the shell, I said, "I'll drown him or he will
walk." And I put him under the water and just a few bubbles come up,
and that was all, didn't do a thing. Brother, you can baptize them
three times forward, three times backwards, pour them, any who you want
to, and he'd just go down a dry sinner and come up a wet one.
E-58 But you know how I made him move? I built me a little fire and set
the old boy on it. He moved then. And what the church needs tonight is
not a whipping, not a--not a theology, but the baptism of the Holy
Ghost and fire. Amen. That's going to make the church move: set the
church a fire with the Gospel. Set the fire of God down on them through
the baptism of the Holy Ghost, that'll make them move. Praise God
forever. That's what it takes to make the church move.
Under the Blood, and the Blood brings the fire. The sacrifice was
offered by fire. The blood on the fire, making smoke, the sweet
smelling savour that went up to the Saviour Himself. The sweet smelling
savour was the prayers of the people on the altar of the blood that
went up as he prayed under the shed blood. And today when the sacrifice
has been burnt by the Holy Spirit, when you take your own sacrifice by
the Blood of Jesus Christ, and throw yourself on the altar, covered by
the Blood, and the Holy Ghost gets a hold of that, it sends a sweet
smelling savour to God that brings you into the Shekinah Glory, and
that's the only place of fellowship. Amen.
E-59 Fellowship, that's what we need, God's way of fellowship. There's
only one way. God provided the way of fellowship. We cannot educate
ourself into it. We cannot dress ourself into it. You cannot denominate
yourself into it. You've got to be borned into it through the Blood of
Jesus Christ, takes you into the Divine fellowship. Then, "If we walk
in the Light, as He is in the Light, we have fellowship one with the
other, and the Blood of Jesus Christ God's Son cleanses us from all
How can we hold prejudice, a racial prejudice? How can we hold a
denominational prejudice and still saying we're walking in the light?
How can we hold prejudice against the Word of God and say, "The days of
miracles is past?" God's own Word. Because we're just have to meet the
thing in the face and say, "Well, I just can't make it come to pass; I
just don't believe it." Why don't you witness you're a unbeliever?
Jesus said, "These signs shall follow them that believe." And that
settles it. It's for believers.
E-60 That's the reason I'm Pentecostal. That's the reason I believe it,
because I found them. I've walked into places, in great places. I've
went with these Pentecostal people in where they was in--right in
Washington D.C., when Vice President Nixon and all of them were there.
It didn't stop them a bit. When the power of God fell, they shouted and
praised God just the same anywhere. They're not ashamed of the Gospel,
because they're in the fellowship. Hallelujah. When a man's borned of
the Spirit of God there's something happens to him, and he's brought
into the Shekinah Glory; he's a child of God. Faith dwells within him.
He's Abraham's seed then, for he's dead in Christ and take on Abraham's
seed. Oh, world, if they only knew what it was.
E-61 I tell you what, where we made our mistake now, if you'll excuse
me for saying this in closing. Where we've made the mistake, we've
tried to denominate ourself into it. "We have it, and the rest of them
don't have it. The Methodist, the Baptist, the Presbyterians, they're
nothing, if they're old cold formals." If you don't watch out, we're
going to be the old cold formals, and they're going to pick it up and
go on. It's exactly right. We are going to watch and find ourselves
that way, because they're just coming from right and left everywhere.
You see where the Episcopalians now are saying, "We must get back to
the Gospel. We must come back to Pentecost. We must have speakers with
tongues, interpreter of tongues, Divine healers, and everything in our
churches." Oh, brother, what a thing. You don't sell this tape.
E-62 [Speaking in tongues and interpretation--Ed.] Amen. Praise be to
God. Amen. Amen. Thank You, Jesus. Praise be to God. Oh, the
Shekinah... Glory to God. Send it upon us, O Lord. Send us Your
blessings, Father. With hungry and open hearts we wait before You.
Blessed be the Name of the Lord. How we thank Thee, Lord.
Oh, isn't that wonderful? Why, brother, you talk about discerning
spirit, visions, isn't that just the same? Isn't interpretation of
tongues, prophecy? See what the Holy Spirit has said. Perhaps them two
men didn't never know one another or see one another, very doubtful
they ever did. And here they are, one speaking and the other one give
it, and it come right in with the Word. Did you notice about how long
he spoke? How he brought his adjectives and his--how his sentences in.
Did you notice how the interpretation come? Just the same thing, right
back, just the way he spoke it, like that. Why, it's the Holy Ghost
among us. We--we're just getting numb to the thing. We just don't
realize, brother, what a great thing this is. Oh, how God wants to pour
His blessings upon His church. Don't you believe that? Oh, my.
Wonder, right now while the Holy Spirit's just spoke, why did He stop
me from them last few marks--remarks. Why did He--why did He bring it
down when I had something I was going to say about the Blood? Why did
He? Because He spoke this interpretation so that you would know that it
is Him speaking. He give witness, said, "Don't pay no attention to the
clay, but the message is true." There it is. Oh, Hallelujah. Praise
God. Shake off all the shackles and get loose so you really enter into
the Shekinah Glory where the Shekinah falls. That's the fellowship, the
Blood of Jesus Christ, making all you Methodists, Baptists,
Presbyterians, Lutherans, and all of you, one in Christ Jesus. Amen.
Thanks be to God. Oh, brother.
E-63 I know you think I'm crazy, but--but--but I'm not. I'm not. I know
where I am. But this is glorious to feel the Spirit of God down here in
the--or on the west coast in these last days under the Word. The Word,
God honors the Word. That's the way...
Listen, so that you Pentecostal people will know. See? God honors the
Word of those visions because He promised it. Well, the same God that
promised that, promises Shekinah Glory to His people. See, it's the
same God, just in another form, bringing you another blessing. Whew.
Oh, if I could just--everybody could catch it at one accord, wouldn't
this be wonderful? Oh, it would be glorious. Oh, the sick would be
healed; the lame would walk and leap like a hart. And--and the sinners
would be weeping their way to Calvary, and the Shekinah falling all
around. And we wouldn't even go home tonight; we'd just stay here all
night long, all day tomorrow, and all the next day. And the streets
would be piled everywhere with the power of God, Who wants to break
forth like a light upon us.
Oh, hallelujah. How I love Him for that. His goodness and His mercy
endureth forever. He's truly, truly, the Son of the living God. Amen.
Jesus Christ, there's no other. He is the true Son of the living God.
He's our Saviour, our Healer, our King, our Prince, our--our Life, our
Joy, our Health; He's All in all to us. How wonderful. How we ought to
be willing to present Him to people, let Him go out to someone. How
wonderful. How glorious. He... It's...
E-64 [Prophecy given--Ed.] Praise be to God. Oh, wonderful. Look at
that poor lady that said that there, that lovely looking elderly lady,
her hair frosted for eternity, knows she hasn't very much longer on
earth, when we get up to the age like... What would that woman be
saying anything if it wasn't something; she couldn't hold herself, it
just pushing out of her. It's the Holy Spirit bringing forth His...
"Upon My handsmaids and My maidservants will I pour out of My Spirit."
Yes. There's God's promise exactly, friends. Oh, my, hallelujah. If we
could just see what it is. We could just enjoy it. Oh, my.
I believe we ought to call sinners first to the altar, don't you think
so? All right. Somebody go to the piano right quick. Sinner friend, I'm
inviting you in the Name of the Lord Jesus, upon the basis first of His
Word, upon the basis of speaking in tongues and giving the
interpretation, and on prophecy falling on that sweet old mother
setting over there, every one of them speaking the same thing, calling,
calling, calling. There's something we ought to do. Let's stand. What's
your song, brother? What's that? "I Surrender All." Come here, brother;
I want you to help me sing it.
I surrender all,
I surrender all,
All to Thee, my blessed Saviour,
I surrender all.
E-65 While they're playing that once, are you really being that with
all your heart? Are you ready to give up everything? Women, are you
ready to give up your fashions for Christ? Gentlemen, men here, are you
willing to give up your smoking, your drinking, your gambling, give up
your creed to find Christ? Church member, are you ready to surrender
your creed for Christ? Your creed will be condemned at that day. Your
Christ will be received. For it's only you're going to be judged by an
angry God Who's not going to look for anything else but the Blood of
His own Son. And that's the only thing will pass. No matter how good
you've been, how loyal you've been, if you're not covered by the Blood,
living in the Shekinah Glory, you'll be lost at that day. Live in that.
Will you surrender all now? Come up here, and let me shake your hand,
pray with you right here around the altar. Come on. Church member,
whoever you are, come.
I surrender all,
I surrender all,
All (God bless you, my...?...) blessed Saviour,
I surrender all.
I... (Come on, sinner friends. Come on, lukewarm church member. Come
on...?... Shekinah Glory.)
I surrender all,
All to Thee, my blessed Saviour,
I surrender all.
I surrender... (Come on now. That's right, come right on down now. Come
right on...?... Come on, church member, come right on down.) I
All to Thee, my blessed Saviour,
I surrender... (I surrender every creed, I surrender everything else,
Lord, I want You. Will you come? That's right, come on, girls.)
I surrender all, (I surrender all)
I surrender all (Won't you come now, come on down the balcony.)
... to Thee, my blessed Saviour,
I surrender all.
E-66 How many wants the Holy Ghost, come on up now, receive Him. Come
on up, surrender everything. Surrender your will, surrender everything
to receive the Holy Ghost. Come on down out of the balcony up there.
All of you outside of Christ, come on. This Shekinah Glory is true. I
witnessed It by the Word and by God. It's true, friends, come while you
got a chance to come. All right, while we sing.
I surrender, (I surrender all),
I surrender, (I surrender all),
All to Thee, my blessed Saviour,
I surrender all.
I surrender, (I surrender all),
I surrender all,
All to Thee, my blessed Saviour,
E-67 Oh, can't you feel that Spirit of God, as It's moving over the
building. Come on, stand around while the ministers, everything, coming
around for prayer now.
I surrender, (I surrender all),
I surrender, (I surrender all),
All to Thee, my blessed Saviour,
I surrender all.
Now, everybody raise up your hands and just start praising God.
I surrender, (I surrender all),
I surrender, (I surrender all),
All to Thee, my blessed Saviour,
I surrender all.
Just praise Him. Give Him glory. Give Him glory, every one...?... I
pray that You'll...?... Father God. Grant it, Jesus...?...