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Remembering The Lord
E-1 Lord bless you, brother. Happy to be in tonight in the South Side
Assemblies of God to worship with you people, enjoying this fine
fellowship that you are no doubt constantly enjoying. Just being a
little tired... We was down last night at--at Tucson for the banquet
down there, and we certainly had a--a wonderful time. The Lord blessed
us, and I've been living on the good part of it all day long.
So now, I met--heard someone last night. I never knew Brother Carl
Williams' son. I was today just bragging on that certain young man. He
got up and was talking about the young people's rally, and I told my
daughter; I said, "Now, you want to make it your business to get in
She said, "I don't know nobody in there." I said, "You'll know
somebody, or everybody will know you. Just go on in anyhow." And I'm
praying that she receives the baptism of the Holy Ghost during this
rally up there.
I said, "That fine young man standing there, his face shining with the
glory of God..." And I was repeating it to Billy.
He just stood and looked at me. He said, "Daddy, don't you know who
that was? That was Brother Carl Williams' son." I didn't know it.
Well, that... I'm... I know you've come from good stock...?...
E-2 So glad to be in Phoenix tonight. Well, if there ain't Brother Pat
Tyler. Where in the world did you come from, brother? I suppose
hitchhiked from New York here. That's just about the way it goes.
Remember seeing Brother Gene, Brother Leo here tonight, Brother Ed
Daulton, many of my friends around here, and Brother Ed Hooper. And my,
up here tonight I've got a good view of everybody, and can look around
E-3 Well, I'm getting a little bit tired. I been going quite hard, and
so we are... long hours. And I... My wife said, "Say, I notice you
begin to talk in your second voice."
I said, "I had to call on it this time." Sometimes when I talk I go
down and talk deep in my throat. Then that part gets sore and wore out.
I come up to the top part and talk from there out, kinda... We just
have to learn all kind of things when we're just working for the Lord,
don't we, when we wear out? And my, I hope all these are ministers back
here. If it is, my, we're right in good keeping tonight, such a fine
bunch of men setting together.
Well, that reminds me of the promise that we're setting together in
heavenly places in Christ Jesus, where His Blood cleanses us from all
E-4 Now, I'm going to try truly to let you out early tonight,
remembering now that tomorrow night we're over to Brother Shores (Is
that his name?), Brother Shores at 11th and Garfield. That's another
Assembly of God out there--Assembly of God there, and the First
Assembly of God.
And then I'm just going to listen to these other guys for awhile now,
until next Sunday morning, I suppose. Over to the convention I'm...
We're going to have a wonderful time. I just feel that we are going to
have a good time.
E-5 And my purpose being here is kinda, oh, kinda pinch hitting, you
know, going around helping every place; and a little fellowship with
the brethren, and have a night here and there, to let--get acquainted.
And--and maybe a little revival spirit begin to strike the people, and
then make that lead up, what we can, into there, and then the great
climax. And I think Brother Oral Roberts is the--the person this time
to bring the climax at the banquet next Monday night. And when--I know
we're expecting a great time, and all through the rest of the week.
So you pray for us now, and go out in the streets, in the hedges and
highways, and ask them? No, compel them. Compel them, compel them to
come in. For this would be a wonderful time for Phoenix to get its
great visitation that you... And I know that God is willing when we are
ready--when we are ready. Let's... That's why we--these revivals are,
is to try to meet conditions, and get prayed up, and get ready for this
thing to happen.
E-6 Now, just before we approach the Word, let's speak to the Author as
we bow our heads in prayer. Now, with our heads and hearts bowed to
God, I'm sure in a audience of this size there is bound to be many
requests. And if you have one, and like to be remembered to God, just
raise up your hand, and--and behind that say, "Lord, remember me."
E-7 Our heavenly Father, You know what is behind each of these hands.
You know what flashed on their mind, and Thou art more than able to
answer each request. And we pray that You will grant it, Lord.
We ask that Your favor will smile upon us tonight in the way of the
pouring out of the Holy Ghost upon us. And remembering, Lord, that
tomorrow night in the--the First Assembly of God that You'll pour out
Your blessings again upon us, and then over at the Ramada the finishing
up of the week, O God, may there be literally hundreds saved. Grant it,
May there be such a--such a pouring out of the Spirit till the
newspapers cannot hold their peace any longer, but they'll have to
publish to the public what is being done. Grant it, Lord. Just make
Yourself known to Your people, Lord. May their humble hearts reach out
by faith, and believe that we will receive these things that we're
E-8 Then we would pray, Lord, for the ones who would like to be here
tonight and cannot get here. They're sick and afflicted, and--and in
such conditions that they couldn't get here. We pray for them, Lord.
May the Holy Spirit visit each and every one.
Bless these brethren who's come for such a long ways across the icy
fields, and many still on the road coming. Protect them, Lord. Bring
them in safely.
Now, bless this Assembly, this fine pastor, his congregation, his
trustees, deacons, and all that they stand for, Lord. We pray that
You'll be with them and help them. Now we pray that You'll give us thy
Word. We can only read It, Lord, and read the text. Thou has to furnish
the context, and we're looking to Thee. In the Name of Jesus Christ.
E-9 In the--the book of I Corinthians the 11th chapter... If someone...
You know, you usually like to read, or mark down a place, say, "I..."
Maybe someone would find something behind it that they could maybe
improve on what's been said. Or ministers, and sometimes the laity,
takes it and--and reads it over, and listens to what's been said. Many
times I do that--mark down a text. So if you wish to read behind us
tonight, turn to I Corinthians the 11th chapter, and we'll begin
reading at the 23rd verse:
For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you,
That the Lord Jesus the same night... which he was betrayed took bread:
And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is
my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
After the same manner also he took the cup, and when he had supped,
saying, This is the cup of the new testament in my blood: this do you,
as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
And now for a text, I'd like to take from there, "Remembering the
Lord." Now, of course, any... we all know... In--in our church we read
this at the communion service each night, and it is a great text to
read, or a great Scripture at that time and it applies there. But I
just wanted those words "in remembrance of me."
E-10 Now, communion has many times been the great dispute down through
the ages between Protestant and Catholic. They say the Catholic takes
this communion, and they take it in hopes that they have did something
to merit some good thing, that their sins will be forgiven by doing it.
The Protestant takes it as--in remembrance that Christ has already
forgive them, and they take it in rejoicing that they're already
Paul goes on to say in here that--that--how to come to the Lord's
table. If there is anything wrong make it right before we get there.
"For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh
damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body." And now, we are
very, very much to be in prayer when we take communion.
E-11 But I've wondered many times, if that word we use it just right,
"communion." Now "commune" means "to talk to (See?) to commune with."
And I wonder if really when we meet together like this in heavenly
places if that isn't communion, that we are communing with God, talking
to Him. And then if we just set still and let Him answer us back...
Many things, and the--one of the horrible things that I do, I try to do
all the talking, and--and not set still long enough for Him to answer
me back. We do that so many times in prayer.
I think if we would get off of our heart what's in it and express
ourself to the Lord Jesus, and then just kneel, and just be still
awhile, and--and just see what He would say back to us. See? And
sometimes I've did that, and my whole opinion was changed. You see? I'd
go ask Him something, "Now, Lord, these people really, they got a...
something... I--I believe they want me over there." And I'd just start
praying, and first thing you know... I--I'm just satisfied that that's
the Lord's will. But after I pray, if I just--just linger a little
while (See?) then it's changed altogether sometimes sent somewhere else.
E-12 Just commune with the Lord. Oh, what glorious fellowship, just to
get down, and talk, and commune, and wait for Him to talk back. And to
think of what a great Person that is you're talking to, the Creator
Himself, and communing with Him Who put your life in this volcanic ash
that you're living in.
And then someday you'll have to leave there, and then it's in his hands
where it goes from there on. And you have the privilege now to make
your choice which way that soul goes when it leaves. And what a
wonderful thing to commune with Him upon the basis of His promises,
then hear Him commune back to you, and say, "It's all well." My,
that--that really expresses it right. We don't have to look to any
creed. We don't have to look to--to any dogmas. Only thing we have to
do is just know that He witnesses back His Word, that it's settled, and
that's all of it. Then the burden rolls away.
I've thought of coming to this table, that we'd call it tonight, now
that I've got it expressed that it's just as much communion here as it
would be taking what we call the Lord's supper.
E-13 You know them eastern people back there has got that thing all
mixed up, and--and I can't get them straightened out on it. And all up
in the north, they take me to... When I go to supper, and they say it's
dinner... I--I... They say it's breakfast, and lunch,
and--and--and--and dinner. Now, where does my supper come in at? I'm
trying to find out. And they say, "Oh, that's all."
I said, "But it wasn't... We didn't take the Lord's dinner. He called
it the supper--the Lord's supper." And I feel like I've missed a meal,
if you cart--start calling it that way.
But now, when we come together in this way, there God comes down. And
the--the communion table is actually break--broken bodies--of the body
of the Lord that we separate among us. Now that is the literal body of
the--the bread that we break, representing the body of Christ.
E-14 Did you notice on the day of Pentecost, what a great thing we have
there? That God, Who led the children of Israel through the wilderness,
He--that great Pillar of Fire... And on the day of Pentecost, this
great Fire fell, and then divided Itself among His people. Oh, to think
how that He wants us to sit together in heavenly places, and each one
enjoying that warmth of the fire of the Holy Spirit. Cloven tongues set
upon them like fire, licks of fire, God dividing Hisself amongst the
church. Oh, wasn't that a... just set our hearts to burning. That's
when we can come together in heavenly places.
E-15 Now, we know that His table, where the people set together and
commune with Him, is like an oasis in a desert--and an oasis in the
desert where there's a great spring, where weary travelers come and set
around this oasis in the desert, and--and refresh themselves, and then
remembering how it got there.
And that's the way it is in the church, that this table of communion
where all the blessings of God, the full Gospel, everything that God
has for His church is brought out, laid out among us. And it's like
an--an oasis in this hot, burning, sinful desert that we're traveling
And then when we come in, and talk of--or read the menu, and then we
see that He turns back around, and He's not fresh out of this, or fresh
out of that, or this struck off, but He's the same yesterday, today,
and forever. He's got everything on the menu, ready to give it out.
That's the good part. Then we can just look over the menu and just take
the whole thing. I just like to... I like the complete course, don't
you? I just like to take it.
E-16 And while we are enjoying these blessings, each one feeling His
Presence and saying "Amen. Praise God. Hallelujah," so forth, in that
we can remember the One that brought it to us, and made it
possible--the death of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God: remember
Him. I think that's what, many times, that... Maybe we enjoy so many
blessings that we forget just where they come from.
One time I was amazed. Went to--with a bunch of Christians of a certain
church, and they set down to eat, and never returned thanks to God for
their food. Well, I thought it was kind of strange. And I went to
another house, and they still, they just went ahead and eat. And I
questioned it, and they said, "Oh, well. That's just... God just
provides that anyhow." See?
I said, "It reminds me of a hog under a apple tree, you know. The
apples will fall off, and beat him on the head all day long; he'll
never look up to see where they're coming from." And that's... You
know, we... I think it pays us to stop and look up, see where these
things are coming from. Oh, how glorious it is to remember our Lord,
remember what all He did for us, and remember that there was no one
else could make this possible.
There is nothing could make it possible but our Lord. And He so freely
did it when there was no worthy person; there was no prophet; there was
no sage, no potentate, no monarch, no king. No one could do it but the
Lord Jesus, Himself, and He so willingly did it for us. Let's just
remember; He's done it for His children down through the age.
E-17 Now, let's just talk a few moments on something that somebody
would have to remember. I'd imagine way over in glory tonight there's a
man by the name of Noah, and he certainly has a lot to remember the
Lord for. For in the time that when God was going to destroy all the
wickedness off of the face the earth, God remembered Noah. And Noah
remembers how he escaped the wrath of God by God's mercy: how that
the--the great waters started flowing down the streets, and the winds
howled, and the rocks moved from the mountains. And what a terrible
storm. Houses blew away, and the fountains broke up; and God had Noah
inside the ark. Now, if that ain't a wonderful place to remember Him
by. Yes. Yes, to be inside the ark safely secured in the Presence of
God to live with Him...
E-18 Then we could call another group of people (or at least I'd say
three), and they were called Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, how that
they had took their stand for God, remembering that He keeps His
promise. And how, that in this great hour, because of their stand, even
their own brethren, many of them, had turned off into the world. But
they were going to stand regardless. And they took a stand for God.
And when the furnace was het seven times hotter than it ever was het
before, and they was pushed into this furnace, and they can certainly
remember that fourth Man that was in there with them, that kept all
the--the heat and the death away from them. There's something about
that fourth Man. Like to talk about Him awhile (Yes, sir.), how that He
was the only One could make that possible.
There was no other person could do it but that fourth Man. And He was
the One that provided life in the jaws of death. Amen. And He--He kept
the fire blazes back, and preserved them. And, oh, as long as there can
be a memory, and it'll never fade out, so they can remember that great
day down in Babylon.
E-19 There was another man down at Babylon can remember also, and that
was Daniel, when he had purposed in his heart that he wasn't going to
defile himself with the things of the world. That's a good stand to
That's where we people ought to take a--kind of buckle up the armor a
little tighter. That's it. We're not going defile ourself with the
things of the world. No matter what the other church does, ourselves,
we're going to buckle it on. We're going to stay right with that Word.
No matter what comes or goes, we're not defiling ourselves. If the rest
of them want to do it, go ahead and do it. If them women want to cut
their hair, let them cut it. We're not... That's right. If they want to
wear manicure, let them go--or ever what that stuff is, paint. Let them
go ahead and do it. We're not going to do it. If the rest of them says
they can smoke cigarettes, and get by, well, let them go ahead. But
we're not going to do it; that's all. Uh-huh.
E-20 The rest of them can go home, dismiss Sunday--Sunday school early
for a television program, or Wednesday night omit the whole service for
a certain program. No matter what they do, we're going to serve the
Lord. We're going to take the place like Joshua, "For me and my house,
we're going to serve the Lord." We remember what He did to bring this
blessing to us, and we cherish it so much that we cannot defile it in
any way. It's a treasure of Eternal Life that we have, and we by no
means want to defile ourself with the things of the world, not at all.
And Daniel purposed in his heart the same thing, though he become a
citizen there, but not by his choice, because he was an alien. And
every borned again Christian is an alien just as soon as he's borned
again, because he's heavenly bound. His--his possession lays in heaven.
E-21 And here some time ago, the wife and I, about two years ago,
was... Brother Mercier and them would get a little kick out of this, as
to say. We was over to the shopping center. And in our city, it's...
Oh, there's many religious people so-called. But we seen a--a woman
that had on a skirt, and it was the strangest thing, 'cause none of the
rest of them seemed to have on one. And--and so, we know many of them
that sing in choirs and everything and the... And so we... My wife said
to me; she said, "Well, why?"
And I said, "Well, you see, they're not--they're not of our
She said, "What?"
I said, "No, they're not of our..."
Said, "They're Americans, aren't they?"
I said, "Sure, they're Americans. That may be true enough."
And I find in traveling in missions, in missionary and around the
world... I go into--to Germany; there is a national spirit called...
It's a German spirit. It's the spirit of the nation. I go up in
Switzerland; I find out... Just brothers, almost speaking the same
language, but there's another spirit. See? And it's a different spirit
in Switzerland. Then I come over to Finland; it's altogether a
different spirit. Then I come to America. There's a spirit of America.
"Well," you say, "aren't we..."
She said, "Aren't we American citizens? Why is it that our people are
And I said, "Well, you see, honey... You see, each nation lives off--on
the spirit of the nations. That's the national spirit."
She said, "Well then, wouldn't we be living on the American spirit?"
I said, "Oh, no." I said, "We are borned again. We live on a heavenly
Spirit, where holiness, righteousness..." And we--we're not Americans,
as far as that goes, because America is just a earthly nation. But
we--when a man of Germany, or Switzerland, or wherever he may be, when
he becomes borned of heaven, he takes on a heavenly Spirit. And his
nature and his makeup look for things above, where Christ sets at the
right hand of God. Amen. Oh, how we ought to remember that, that He
died that we might be able to be fortified from this thing: inoculated.
E-22 A good healthy plant don't... You don't need to spray a good
healthy plant. The bugs won't get on it anyhow. That's right. No bugs
will bother a healthy plant. It's that hothouse type that has to be
sprayed all the time, some kind of a hybrid affair. And that's the way
it is today. We have to spray and baby the church too much. It ought to
be a rugged individual of Christ, washed in the Blood of Jesus Christ,
and borned of the Spirit of God. And all the worldly bugs scatter. They
don't even fool around anyhow. That's awful rude, but I hope it took
hold. It's a kind of a rude expression, but you know what I'm talking
E-23 Oh, how Daniel and--a purposing that in his heart. He can well
remember the payoff. And someday we'll remember the payoff too. So when
he come to remember that in the hour of distress God sent an Angel in
the lion's den and closed the mouth of the lions that they could not
bother him: what a memory to think about it. He was throwed into a
lion's den because he had purposed in his heart to serve God, and he
could remember that...
How did it go? Something like this, "God has sent His Angel. He seen
the innocence of my heart." Oh, there you are, the innocence of your
heart. God could see that in Daniel, and his purpose to do what was
right, and He sent His Angel and had kept the lions from bothering him
at all. What a memory. We could go on and on with that.
E-24 Let's just remember another person right away, here--or group of
people; that's Israel. When Israel had put their place, or theirselves
in position to take the stand for God. And there was coming a death
angel one night that was going to take the firstborn of every house,
and how that Israel was even commanded to remember that the blood was
on the doorpost. That was the thing that held back the wrath of God,
and kept their--them alive, was the blood on the door. It was a
memorial. And it always... It's still a memorial, the blood on the
doorpost and on the lintel. What a memorial night that was. And it was
to be rehearsed down through the--the ages that was to come, that God
at that night made a difference between the righteous and the
E-25 Oh, I don't know whether it be night or not, but there's coming a
day when God's going to show the difference between the righteous and
the unrighteous, and it'll be a memorial to us to know that the Blood
is certainly upon the lintel and the doorpost. And wherever you look,
or your understanding... You look with your eyes, and see with your
heart. That's right. You'll remember you're looking through the Blood
of the Lord Jesus, the way He would look through it. What a time.
E-26 They were... Israel had another thing they could always remember;
that when they took their step upon what they'd heard Moses say, that
great a-vindicated prophet with the Word of God... And when they took
their stand to march... Because they seen God vindicate that the
message that he was bringing was the truth, and it was according to the
Scriptures, and God was with him. And he had met this One Who had no
name, called the I AM... He had really met Him, because they'd seen Him
working with Moses.
And then, they had another great memorial, that when they started on
the march, there went a Pillar of Fire before them to lead the way.
What a memory they could think of. A memorial thing that they didn't
need no compass. Amen. What did I say? They didn't need no compass.
They had the Light of God to lead them.
E-27 What a memorial it was to the wise men, how they needed no
compass, and a star led them. What a memorial it is to us today to have
a Holy Ghost to lead us, not some creed, or some fashion, or something
to lead us, or some manmade something. But the Holy Spirit comes in
with the tie-post of the Word, and confirms His Word and proves that it
is--is the truth. What a memorial to our hearts to know that the living
God still lives. Oh, a remembering Him, what He did, led them all the
way to the promised land by this a-way.
E-28 Elijah had a great thing to remember God by, when he had done his
duty, exactly what God told him to do, to command the rain, and not
even dew to fall until he'd call for it, went up and set down by the
brook Cherith in there. He stayed there for all this time. How he could
remember that... How was he going to get food through these years? But
God served him with the ravens: a God of heaven. No question. Where did
the ravens get the food? We don't know, can't tell. The only thing that
he just knowed; he just committed hisself to God's Word, what He
promised him, and God took care of the rest of it.
That's all we have to do. Brethren, that's all we need. It's just take
Him at His word. "How's He going to do it?" I don't know. But you see,
we try to inject our own ideas, and there's where we mess up.
What if he'd said, "This other brook down the hill would be just as
good, 'cause it's got more water in it?" Huh-uh. No.
E-29 What if Abraham would've thought that he ought to take Sodom. It
never would've happened right. But Abraham took the way the Lord led
him, his one promise he had to hold to.
Elijah could remember when he had done all he could do. He--he had
rebuked all the--the women of that day that tried to fashion after the
first lady, the president's wife, and--and all those things that he--he
had rebuked, and--and they called him an old... I guess just an old,
simple sort of a fellow, and he went... But done exactly what God told
him to do.
And then it come to a showdown where he said, "Let's see which of these
things are right. Now, you call the prophets of--of Baalim up here. And
you call his prophets, and let me call on the Lord." Oh, what a
showdown, when he knowed His Word had promised it.
E-30 What could we say today as Christians in the front of Buddhism,
Mohammedanism, or anything else? "Let's see who's God." Amen. Some time
ago, down there in India, where we was at--at the meeting, and there
there'd been many people... Four or five come to the platform. And
there was no way of estimating how many people were there. And I'd
prayed for a little leper. He had no arms, and his ears was eat off,
and little stubs. And he was trying to hug me, and I hugged him, and
prayed with him. The Lord told me what was wrong with him, and--and
about his life.
And I could see the Rajahs and those setting out there. They said,
"That's telepathy," you see. You could--you could tell it, the way they
was thinking, what they were--what they were going to put back to me.
And that day I'd been entertained in the temple of the Jains, where
there was about seventeen different religions in there and every one of
them against Christianity: and "There was nothing to Christianity." But
that night God changed the program. We got to reading off the menu by
So the Holy Spirit begin revealing, and after a bit an Indian came by
and he was blind. And I said, "The man is blind. We can all see that.
But he's a married man. He has two sons." I said, "I'll spell their
name. I--I can't pronounce it." And that was just exactly right.
E-31 Now, now, I could... Them what they call holy men, and all of them
out there, and them Mohammedan priests sitting out there... So
they--they knew then... They thought I was reading their mind, a
telepathy. And so, I happened to look back, and this blind man (just a
vision above) was standing there looking at me. Oh, my. You know, God's
servant, the Holy Spirit, had already brought what the menu wrote, you
know. I know it was ready to be served.
And I said, "Now, they was telling me today that the Mohammedan
religion is the greatest in the world, and the Buddhas, and all." I
said, "Now, I want some of you priests out there, the Buddha priests,
the Mohammedan priests, come give this man his sight." Sure. Now, if
you see so great... "This man is a worshipper of the sun. And we all
know, we who believe that he was wrong, he worshipped the creation
instead of the Creator." And I said, "He was wrong, and we know that."
But I said, "Surely the God that's the Creator... and the man is
willing to come and serve that Creator. Surely He's ready to manifest
E-32 Now, I want to say something. I wouldn't have said that by no
means if I hadn't have seen that vision. I knowed better than that. You
see, that's what we don't want to go presuming. "Presume" means you're
advancing without authority. That's why we want to watch when you say
it's THUS SAITH THE LORD, not just an impression, but something you
know definitely, positive the Lord has said it. And I felt very
consoled with seeing the vision, knowed it had never failed.
And I said, "Now, the--the... If this man is wrong... Now the
Mohammedans say he was wrong, and then they'd make him a Mohammedan.
Then Buddha would say he was wrong, and the Sikhs and the Jains, and
whatmore, they'd all say he's wrong. But surely there's a right
somewhere." Oh, my. Oh, what a glorious thing.
Then I said, "Now, the One that will give him his sight, he promised he
would serve that God. He went blind from looking at the sun 'cause it
was the sun god. See? And he thought that paid his way in heaven. Now,
we could remember Christ, that he--he suffered not to put our eyes out,
but to give us sight." See?
E-33 So then, and if... I said, "Now, the One that will come and
produce this, I'll follow that clan." I said, "I'll serve the One that
gives him back his sight." And that was the quietest group I ever
heard. Nobody said... Now, I said, "Well, there is a Mohammedan priest
out there now. Why don't you come give him his sight?" I said, "Why? Is
because you can't. And neither can I. But the God of heaven has raised
up His Son Jesus Christ, Who has showed me a vision just now that the
man's going to receive his sight. If it isn't so, then I'm a false
witness of this Christ. And if he does, then I am a true witness of
Him, and you have to--you should repent, or you must, if you--or you'll
perish in the clans that you're in now." What a time.
E-34 And I said, "Now, if that's false, then you should put me on a
plane and send me back to the United States and never let me in here
again." Oh, but when our God came on the scene... The man, as soon as I
prayed for him, he could see as good as I could. He run, and grabbed
the mayor of the city around the neck and begin to hug him. And why, we
was about four hours. I didn't have shoes, no pockets in my coat, and
the militia couldn't hold them back. And it was a stampede. And you
should see what...
But what was it? The same God, the same God that could call fire, bring
fire down to take away His sacrifice, can bring His Holy Spirit to
confirm His Word that It's the Truth, as long as you are sure that is
E-35 Now, Elijah was positive that was the truth. He had heard the
voice of God and there's no question to him. And there's no question in
your heart tonight, that God still gives the Holy Ghost like He did on
the day of Pentecost, it'll happen. If there's no question that He
keeps His Word and heals the sick, it's got to happen. But you've got
to be positive of it. You've got to really see it by the real eyes of
faith, then accept it, and stand right there. And he had a lot to
remember God for, when he was... Now, he has a lot to remember, what he
did in them days.
E-36 The immoral woman that Jesus found up at Sychar up there, that...
She was a Samaritan, which was rather a--an offcast people that really
believed God. They was about half Jew and half Gentile, and they were
a--a race... They believed in God. And this little immoral woman in her
condition very marred by sin, and one day perhaps had got discouraged
with all their traditions of the elders of pots and kettles, and
washings, and so forth.
She went out one day to the same old Jacob's well up there, and she was
going to let down her--her bucket to get some water. And she changed
springs. Oh, how she can remember that there was One setting there that
said in Him was living Water. What a thrill it was to her, when that
living Well revealed her sins, and told her where she was wrong, and
described what she had did to her. And it put a message in her heart
that set her on fire with the glory of God: and into the city and to
E-37 Now you know, that really isn't legal in that country for a woman
to go through the streets, and especially a woman marked with
immorality. But I'm telling you, when she'd got cleansed and a drink of
that fresh water, you try to stop her. It was like try--trying to put a
fire out a--or a house on fire, and it real dry, and a high wind in dry
weather, that was really blowing that blaze.
And you couldn't stop her, because she had found something that was
real. Her sins was revealed. And when her sins and wrong was revealed,
she can remember tonight in glory, she can remember that there was a
Spring for her. There was a place where all the creeds and--and the
churches had turned her down, but yet she found a oasis. She found a
place where there's Somebody Who cared. What a rejoicing.
And how we can rejoice with her, we who was bound down with creeds that
pulled us away from God, and we found the fountain filled with Blood
drawn from Emmanuel's veins. There we lost all of our starchy
condition, and--and we drank from the fountain and refreshed. And we
remember the one who paid the price that we could have His Spirit upon
us: Jesus Christ, the Son of God. What a memory to remember by.
E-38 I imagine tonight that Hagar could have something to think about
too, when she had been put out, misunderstood. Now there's many of us
here can think about Hagar, as she--her being misunderstood. Who walks
the right life with God, who takes the straight and narrow way, but
what knows what to be misunderstood means? I'm misunderstood. Every
person, all you brethren that try to live right, and you sisters,
you're misunderstood. Your neighbors think you're some old model, and
they try to throw off on you. And "Why don't you attend these
societies, and why don't you have these card parties, when things..."
And you shun those things. You're misunderstood.
E-39 So was Hagar misunderstood, and she had her child, little Ishmael,
that was the fruit of her womb from a legal marriage to her husband
Abraham. And she was--she was a slave girl. And she'd been given by her
mistress, Sarah, to Abraham to wife, which polygamy was legal in them
days. And she lawfully had married the man, because she'd been given to
him. She'd bore the child, just what their hopes was. There's nothing
the woman had done out of the way, and yet misunderstood by her
mistress and put her out into the wilderness to die. What a place to
be. And the water was spent from the bottle, and little Ishmael's
throat was beginning to dry. He was crying for water, and got worse.
And a--only a mother's heart could hear that baby cry of the little
parched lips in--in the desert somewhere, of her only child, and
feeling his little body drying out, and he's dying. No water, just
rocks and sand, as you would look out here in the deserts of Phoenix.
Not a place... Misunderstood, what a time.
E-40 There she was, a slave girl to begin with, and had tried to act in
the right way that she was supposed to act. And here she's got the baby
in her arms, and it dying. And she was so sad. She laid it under a
little bush, and went about a bow-shot, and she knelt down to pray. And
there appeared a well (Oh, my.), the well of Him that liveth and seeth
me. Still stands today. It was put there some way.
That well still stands as a memorial. I haven't got education enough to
pronounce it, but I--I tried it awhile ago when I was writing some
little notes, and I--I tried to pronounce it; I couldn't do it. But you
know what it is. I--I call it one thing, then another. I said, "I
better not say that. It'll just show my ignorance worse."
E-41 But one thing I want to say. I know where there is another well
that was put down on the day of Pentecost. It's just as open tonight as
it was the time when it was opened back there. And the waters is just
as fresh to every man or woman that wants to take the right road with
God's Word, and walk with Him.
I come to this well, remembering Jesus Who made it possible that me, an
alien, a drunkard's son, could come up to that well and be pardoned of
my sins, and drink of Eternal Life. Oh, how Hagar must've felt when she
seen that well. It saved the life of her and her child. She sure can
remember that oasis all the days of her life, and all--all through time
that she can remember it.
E-42 We could go on and on with characters. But let's just think this.
Don't miss seeing your well now. Don't miss seeing the spot of
refreshment that brings life. Jesus was sent from Herod to--from Pilate
to Herod for mockery. What he missed. What--what was the matter with
Pilate? And then when Pilate sent Jesus to Herod, and then how foolish
Herod was, when he'd heard of Him and he'd heard of His ministry.
And Pilate being a Jew... Or Herod... I believe it was Herod was a Jew,
and standing there before him... And there He was standing in the
Presence of all the prophets had prophesied about from Eden out.
Standing in the Presence, and he never asked pardoning of his sin. He
never--he never--he never... Wonder if he even thought, he took a
second thought, of what--Who he was standing before. He never probably
knew Whose--Whose Presence he was standing in.
Oh, you say, "That was... That was a horri... That was the most foolish
thing." It was. It was the most foolish thing that the man ever done.
E-43 Well, we think of--of how bad off he was. But wait a minute. We
have men today do the same thing, stand by the same fountain, and still
make the same mistake that he did. All the prophets for four thousand
years had pointed to Him. But it's because He didn't come in the way of
their creeds said He would come, they cast him out. There it is;
exactly right...?... It's exactly right. Yes, sir. It's still cast Him
out. They don't want nothing to do with it, unless it comes according
to their book, you know, the way that their textbook reads it. You see?
It has to come that way.
Oh, all the prophets through four thousand years had spoke of Him, and
here He stood before him, and he never said a thing about ask for
pardoning. There he is in the Presence, and the--the fulfillment of all
of the words of the Hebrew prophets, standing right before him, and he
never asked for pardon. He just stood there. Oh, that was a terrible
E-44 But we do the same today, only we stand by Him after six thousand
years. We make a greater mistake than Herod, and Pilate, and--and
Caiaphas, and the priests of that day, because we got two thousand more
years of record added. And we still make that same mistake. Just, I--I
just... I suppose that--that Herod never even give it a serious thought.
Now, I just wonder how serious we think about this. How serious do you
try to consider this Word? What does that Word mean to you? Do you know
that is God in print form? But we ride right over it for some sort of a
creed, and say, "Days of miracles is past. Dr. Jones said so-and-so,
and so that settles it." And yet, this Bible, laying in every book
store pretty near, Bible stand, churches and ministers, and so forth,
standing there, and read over the top of it, and ignore it because of
creed, try to place it back in some other age.
E-45 As I've made the remark two or three times since being in Phoenix,
it struck me so, men are that way. They always praise God for what He
has done, and looking forward what He will do, and ignoring what He's
doing right now. They do it. They fail to see it.
Now, perhaps Herod could've praised God for what... He'd brought the
children out of the wilderness and so forth. And they said, "Someday
He'll send a Messiah. Glory to God, we'll see Him then." And here He
was standing right before them, and they never knew Him.
"He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew
Him not. But as many as did receive Him, to him--gave them the power to
become sons of God." I like that. Yes, sir. They're in His Presence.
E-46 I suppose he never took a serious thought about it, and many today
do the same thing: don't take it seriously. They don't take a serious
thought. They think, "Now here. I go to church, and I'm just as good as
Now, you just don't want to take that attitude. You could be as good as
me, and be no good at all. See? But you want to make, not make any man
your example. You want to make God your Example, Jesus Christ, and you
want to take His Word. And if you don't...
E-47 Now, remember. The Bible said, over in the book of Revelations,
this is a complete revelation of Jesus Christ. "Whoever takes one word
out of It, or puts one word to It, his part will be taken out of the
Book of Life." So that is the revelation.
"God in sundry times and divers manners (Hebrews 1) spoke to the
fathers through the prophets, but this last days through His son,
Christ Jesus"; and Christ revealing Himself, making Himself known,
taking His Word and just making it grow.
E-48 Standing the other day, talking, I believe, was Brother Carl
Williams, there was a palm tree. I believe it was Brother Carl, or
someone. And I said, "Isn't that a beautiful tree?"
He said, "Yes."
I said, "What is it? Volcanic ash. That's all it is: dust of the earth
with a life in it. And that life was a certain kind of life made it a
Over here stands another. It's a different kind of a tree. It's a fig
tree. What is it? Volcanic ash from the earth with the fig tree life in
it. Well, look at us. What are we? The same as that tree, volcanic ash,
but with a human life in it. And that human life is of the earth, and
must go back to the earth. But there is a Life that comes from above,
that a man lives by that Life. It's Eternal Life. How foolish. Could
not we seriously consider that, friends?
E-49 Now, it isn't an emotion. It isn't keeping a lot of creeds. It's
an experience; it's a birth. First you have to experience a death
before you can witness a birth. Like... Line that right: experience
death, and then witness a birth. Any seed has to do the same thing. And
this Seed is God. And when It's placed into your heart it brings forth
the birth of a son of God.
And that's the way Jesus was when He was on earth. He said, "Who can
condemn Me of sin? Who can accuse Me, rather, of sin?" Sin is unbelief.
"If I... If you can't believe Me, believe the works. Search the
Scriptures. In Them you think you have Eternal Life; They are the ones
that testify of Me. They're the ones tells Who I am. And if I don't
meet that qualification, just exactly what the Scripture said, the
Father said I would be when I come, if I don't meet that, then I've
E-50 Oh, if we Christians, if we ministers, if we men, women,
Pentecostals, and the rest of us, if we can't take what God said His
church should be, if we can't measure up to the statue that He said,
then we can be condemned of sin of unbelief.
We try to say that the days of miracles is past, and all these other
things that, and so-and-so, and so-and-so, then we can be accused of
unbelief. For there's only one sin, and that's unbelief. "He that
believeth not's condemned already." See? You don't even get to first
base if you don't believe. "He that cometh to God must believe that He
is, and the Rewarder of those that diligently seek Him."
So what if a church... That's what God wants. That's what God will
have, a bunch of people that can say, "What has Jesus Christ promised?
What has been promised in this last days that hasn't been manifested
through us?" Amen. Then we can set down and remember Him, remembering
Him when we come together.
E-51 If there's anything we're lacking, let's do it. If there's
anything lacking with us, let's get back to that. Let's remember what
He required, not what we think we ought to have, but what He said we've
got to have. See? We've got to have it that way, the way that He said
But wonder if we just... We say, "Well, I--I--I belong to this and
I..." Wonder if you give it a serious thought to know that that don't
mean a thing to God. That don't mean nothing.
Herod probably--probably said, "Well, now wait just a minute here. You
know who I am?" See? He never thought seriously. And we ought to think
You know what he did? When Christ was placed before him for the first
time that... All the prophets, sages and down through the ages had
spoke of this One coming, and there He stood right before him. You know
his... the... On the occasion that God placed Christ before Herod, he
only asked for entertainment.
E-52 I wonder, brethren. Let's think seriously now. We Pentecostal
people, I wonder if we receive the Holy Ghost just for entertainment?
[Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.] Wandering around, instead of over in the
promised land possessing all things. I wonder if there isn't something
we haven't thought seriously enough about it. See? You must think
If Pilate would've did that, he would've released Him. If--if Herod
would've did that, he would've released Him. But he didn't think
seriously his first occasion. And then what did he do? He asked for
Oh, they... That's what it is today. They want to make Christianity a
trick, some little gimmick that you got in your hand. And listen,
Pentecostal people. Be deeply sincere in these things. When you speak
with tongues, and give the interpretation, you be sure that that's the
interpretation. See? Don't have a gimmick. Why do you want a gimmick,
when God's got the real thing for you? See? Why accept a substitute
when the skies are full of the real. See, see? We must be sincere. You
mustn't try to just kind of ignore it and pass it over. We mustn't do
that. We mustn't ask for tricks. We must ask for service. Amen.
E-53 "Lord, if I'm to be the doormat, make me the best doormat You ever
had. Whatever I am to be, let me be." Not, "Make me... If I can't be a
Billy Graham, or an Oral Roberts, why, I ain't going to be at all."
See? Why, you're just as much thought of as Billy Graham and Oral
Roberts, if--if you got a--if you're the doormat, if you're God's... If
God needs a doormat, He--He wants a good doormat; that's all. See? It
doesn't matter. But we go along presuming that we're supposed to be
this or that. Don't do that. Just ask for service, whatever it is. See?
Whatever it is, let God choose your service. See? And then when He
gives you service, remember that it is Jesus that directed you here.
You were born for that purpose. Be a--a good servant to Him, wherever
it is. Yes.
E-54 Jesus said, "Why do you call Me Lord, and do not the things that I
tell you to do?" We ought to study the Scripture. We ought to find out
what God's program and plan is. He said, "You call Me Lord." Said, "But
why do you call Me Lord, when you don't do the things that--that I
command you to do?" See? Yes.
"Lord" is "ownership." The landlord owns the land. And the people
today, they'll gladly accept Jesus for a Saviour. They--they don't want
to go to hell. They'll--they'll accept Him as a Saviour. But when it
comes to Lord, oh, no. Huh-uh. See?
"Lord" is you to be His property. If He wants a floor mat, He makes you
a floor mat. And you're just as happy a floor mat, as you'd be a
morning star. See, see, see? You--you--you want... We--we want... We
don't want to have him Lord. We want a Saviour, but we don't want Lord.
Then when He comes Lord, and He speaks to you about certain things of
the Word, "Well, I don't know about that now. You see? We just... I
just can't imagine me doing that."
E-55 You ladies here, you say, "I get tired after while." No, he won't.
I'll be like the fellow said one time, he went to preach a revival. He
said he preached on repentance. The third night, repentance, fourth
night, repentance. He preached a full week on repentance.
And the pastor of the church, and some of them got back and told him,
said, "Brother, we--we really admire your sermon. But haven't you got
He said, "Oh, yes, sir." Said, "I got another one. But let them all
repent. Then I'll preach on something else."
So let the church get started on its abc's. Then we'll go to algebra
then, how--how to be prophets, and get gifts, and so forth like that.
But let's first learn this first step first. Learn to walk before you
can run, you know. So, and if you're weary with the footman, what are
you going to do? All right.
E-56 But we want to remember our Lord. That's what you got to remember,
that it's Him you're serving. You don't get these gifts just to have a
lot of fun out of them. That's right. After all, there's many that talk
about gifts, but I'm sure from the way they act, they don't know what
it is. See, see?
The gift--gifts of God, and things, are not something that's just
played with. The gifts of God are gracious, and they're weary--they're
wearisome. Didn't Ja... In the Presence of God it's not shouting. The
Presence of... That's just God's blessings He pours upon you. See? But
the Presence of God is a troublesome thing. I don't want you to forget
to get that tape, if you can, "Sirs, What Time Is It?" And remember
E-57 Jacob, when he laid on that pillow of rock one night, and the Lord
appeared to him in a vision, and he saw angels descending and
ascending... When he got up he said, "This is a dreadful place, none
other than the house of God." Dreadful place...
When Isaiah the prophet had prophesied for many years under Uzziah, and
when Uzziah was taken away from him because he tried to usurp the part
of a priest, and he was stricken with leprosy, and died... And Isaiah
probably was forty years old, fifty, and he'd been a prophet, oh, ever
since a baby, because prophets are born. Their gifts and callings are
without repentance. And there he was, a--a prophet of the Lord, down in
there praying one day, and confessing his sins down at the altar. And
all of a sudden he came into the Presence of God, and seen God setting
in the heavens, and His train. He saw Seraphims with their holy faces
shaded with wings, and their feet covered with wings, and flying with
wings, crying, "Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty." Yeah.
And Isaiah remembered then that his little journey wasn't very much.
What did he cry? He knowed, his gift, he hadn't acted right with it. He
was far away. He said, "Lord, I'm a man of unclean lips, and I--I--I
dwell among people with unclean lips." And then the angel. See, it's a
dreadful thing. He said, "Woe is me."
E-58 It's not the thing of blessing, and shouting and screaming. That's
good. Now, remember, I'm not condemning that. But I'm telling you;
that's not what I'm talking about. It's the power and the Presence of
God which brings such a holy fear, until you're paralyzed in His
Presence. You'll always remember. You remember it. And Isaiah
remembered as long as he lived. I imagine when the saws was cutting
through his body, he still remembered those angels crying, "Holy, holy,
Lord God." Certainly.
Jacob in his last hours could remember those Angels ascending and
descending, and it was such a dreadful thing to him. It's not what
people think it is. It's something different. What we need to do is
come into His Presence remembering Him, that He's brought us here not
for frolic, but for service, brought us in here to--to work for Him. He
had something to remember.
E-59 What about Judas Iscariot? He's got something to remember too.
Judas has got something he's remembering tonight. Certainly is. And
he'll always remember it. Certainly. Why? He sold the Lord Jesus for
I wonder tonight, if there isn't many doing that same thing today,
selling your birthrights for personal gain, when you should be on fire
for Christ. When you should be doing something for Him, working for Him
or something, you go join somewhere where you can live any way you want
to, and still claim to be a Christian.
That's what the world is looking for tonight. The world, I said, not
the believer. The believer's looking for every straight road he can
walk in to get right. But the unbeliever is wanting somewhere where he
can go and just maintain his profession of a Christian, and then just
live anyway he wants to. That's what this nation wanted for a
president, and that's what they got. That's exactly. That's what
the--that what the church wants. That's what they got. Yes, sir. That's
what you get.
E-60 But the believer wants to get everything shaved off of him. He
wants to lay aside every sin, and the weight that so easily beset him,
that he might run with patience the race that's set before him, looking
to the Author and Finisher of our faith, Jesus Christ. Yeah,
remembering Him, as we lay aside every weight: Women letting their hair
grow, men quit being Ricky, and come on into church and do what's
right, and all this other kind of stuff, and pastors with deacons on
their board married three or four times, and all these things,
compromising, because they pay heavy on the plate and all. Have to
knuck down to some organization because they tell you this is it, and
the Bible says something different. Lay aside every weight.
E-61 Remember Jesus. He become very unpopular. The young Rabbi was One
of the greatest Men in the world in the day when He was healing the
sick and doing everything well, making people healed, and giving the
sight to the blind, showing the people, and manifesting God through
them by the thought of their own mind. He could speak to them. He was a
But one day He set down and begin to tell them the Gospel truth. He
wasn't popular from then on. No, He never. The first thing you know,
all the group walked away. And then the seventy said, "This is a hard
saying. Who can understand it?" And they walked away.
And then He stood and asked the disciples, "Will you go also?"
They said, "Where would we go, Lord? You alone... We've sold out. We're
ready, no matter what it is. We're ready to go." Let's remember Him
Remember, He was our Example. He done everything, condemned every
Pharisee, condemned everything of the world, went through the world
without a spot on Him. He was a Lamb examined by God. He said, "This is
my beloved Son. I'm well pleased in Him." He lived such a life.
And then He took all the sin of the world: my sin, and your sin, and
laid it upon Him. And then even the perspiration coming from His sacred
brow like drops of Blood, spatting on there. Not because that He was
guilty, but it was my guilt doing that, and your guilt.
And if He can do that for you and I, how could we stand up under some
dogmas, and nonsense of the world, and the things of this modern day?
We ought to remember our Lord, remember what He paid for this price of
salvation. Never be ashamed of it. "Be ready to give any man account
for the hope that rests within you." We should do that, brethren.
E-62 We're getting in the last hours now. The sun is setting.
Civilization's come from the east, and now it's on the west coast. It
can go no further. The barrier's there, and all the sin of the world is
heaping up, and rolling up in shameful waves of Hollywood is bounced
plumb back into the church. And what a time it is. We ought to remember
Remember our Lord. What would He do if he stood here today? He'd hold
to that Word. In the midst of every temptation, He'd stay to that Word.
He did it. He was your Example.
When Satan come to Him and said, "Turn these stones into bread," He
said, "It's written," (See?) constantly with the Father's Word. We must
remember and do the same thing. He was our Example. Yes, sir.
E-63 Those priests of that day will have a lot to remember too. They're
remembering it tonight in the world of the lost. You say, "Brother
Branham, would you call those priests, holy priests, that they were
Now, wait a minute. They made themselves godly. They had a false
holiness, a false piety that wasn't really belonged of God. Jesus
plainly told them, "You are of your father the devil. And his works
you'll do." And He told them what they were. And they have a lot to
remember too, because when they seen that genuine manifestation of the
Messiah, proving that He was Messiah, they deliberately turned it down,
and said it was a evil spirit doing that (See?), said it was Beelzebub.
And Jesus pronounced that that was blasphemy. "Whosoever would speak a
word against the Holy Spirit would never be forgiven." They got a lot
to remember. Let's not take their place, brethren. Let our lot not be
But if I have to be, let me be like Nathanael saying, "Thou art the Son
of God. You are the King of Israel." Let me stand as one of those. Let
me stand... Let you women stand as the woman at the well, how she
stands tonight. She's got a lot to remember, as we spoke of. She found
E-64 And now, those priests, they'll have... Why did they do it?
Because of pure green jealousy. That's the only way. They was zealous
of their creed; they were--they were zealous of their traditions. Their
elders had set up a tradition which was contrary to the Word, and they
were zealous of that tradition.
Brethren, let's you and I not have to answer for that, zealous of any
tradition. Let's remember Jesus, what He was. Stay with what He said.
By just pure green jealousy they did these things. Oh, what a thing.
Yes, sir. They...
The rich man's got a lot to remember too. He was presented with the
opportunity to receive Jesus Christ, but he loved the praises of men
more than the praises of God. And remember, the Bible plainly says that
he remembered it after he was dead and in hell. And the message come
back to him, "Remember in your lifetime, you had the opportunity."
And Phoenix, you've got the opportunity. The world's got the
opportunity. Don't let it cross your path and you fail to see it, like
Herod and--and--and many of them did.
E-65 Now, they showed that those priests actually knew Who He was,
'cause Nicodemus expressed it when he come. He was one of the chief of
the Pharisees. He said, "Rabbi, we know that you're a teacher comes
from God, 'cause no man could do those things except God was with him."
See, they knew it. But see, they got to remember that. They knew
better, but didn't do it. Let your creed hold you down from the baptism
of the Holy Spirit, because they tell you there's no such a thing...
E-66 Here a few months ago, I was out to the hospital to pray for a
woman in our city in Indiana. And there was a little lady laying there,
wanted to get right with God. She'd been... She was a backslider. She
once come to my church; she went back out. And of course, seven devils
entered worse than they ever was. And there she's laying in a hospital,
She said, "Brother Branham, I don't want to die like this."
And I said, "All right, sister. You don't have to if you still got a
desire in your heart to serve God. He's never left you. You left Him,
but He never left you. Now you can, if you can."
And she said, "I--I want to, Brother Branham."
I said, "All right. We'll pray."
There was another lady laying there, with her lips down looking at me
with a--like she could run through me, and her and her son. She was
lying on the bed, going to an operation the day before.
And I said... And I seen her go looking, and her son looking over at
me. And--and I said, "Do you mind if we have a word of prayer?"
She said, "Pull that curtain."
I said, "Well, I... Are you a believer?"
She said, "I said, 'Pull that curtain.'"
I said, "I just asked you..."
She said, "I'll give you to understand; we're Methodist."
I said, "Well, that certainly expresses it then." See, what was it? She
didn't want to see some other person, that poor, backslidden woman come
back to God. Now, if she'd have been a Methodist, it'd been different.
You see, didn't remember Jesus there. You see? She just remembered her
creed. Just remembered... All right. Oh, what a horrible thing it'll be
in that day of the judgment.
E-67 A few weeks ago I was riding on an elevator in Louisville. I was
going up for an examination, a physical examination, to a doctor friend
of mine to get a pass, so I... I want to go overseas with Brother Rowe
and them right away. And so I thought I'd take my physical while I had
a chance. And I went up... There was some men with us going up on the
floor. We went way up about eight floors in Louisville, in a--at a
building... and so, the Hayburn building. And when I was up about as
high as we could get and the stopped...
And these... One of these fellows was drinking a little, I think. He
looked around, said, "Well, boys, I guess this is as high as we'll ever
get." Said, "We better get off."
I never said nothing. He didn't know I was a preacher. So I just waited
to get off, and I said, "Just a minute. That remark you made..." I
said, "If we're trusting in our own merits, this is as high as we'll
ever get." But I said, "If we'll trust in Jesus..." Remember Him. Amen.
We can go higher, when we pass, as a Brother Outlaw singers said the
other night, Jupiter, Venus, Neptune, Mars, the Milky White Way, and go
on, and on and on (there's no difference.) beyond every solar system
into the heavens of heaven. I'm glad for that. Just remember that He
went on and above such things as that. Yes. If we're trusting in our
merits, we're certainly lost. But if we trust in His merits, we're
E-68 Oh, we can remember Jesus in His grace, that He lifted us up and
promised it, that even now, right now... We don't have to be
earthbound. See, we're not earthbound now; we're heaven-bound. We're
already dead. Our lives are hid in Him, through Christ, and we're
raised with Him, not... We're not--we're not dead with Him; we're
raised with Him, and we're setting in heavenly places, remembering Him:
setting in heavenly places.
"When, Brother Branham?" Right now. Yes. We won't be raised with
Him--we're already raised with Him. This is the firstfruits of our
resurrection, passed from death unto Life and alive forevermore,
setting in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, already raised with Him
from the dead. Yes. What a glorious thing it is to be setting in
heavenly places with--with Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Yes, sir.
We can remember Him now, and all of His promises that He made us while
we're setting right here now.
E-69 I was looking at that clock back there, and I thought "My, I'm
doing real well. I'm getting done here now, seven o'clock." I had about
three more pages of notes, and I pushed them back under there when I
looked down at my watch and I seen it wasn't 7:00 o'clock. So I
thought, "I'm doing real well." Where have I been? Have I been lost all
this time? I knowed I--I felt awful good, but I didn't know I felt that
good. But I--I kept looking at that clock, and I thought there's
something wrong, somewhere.
Well, that's what's going to happen one of these days, friends. Time is
going to stop. And we're going to take our sky-ride into eternity,
where there's no more time. Won't it be wonderful? But while we're
setting here now, where time means nothing to us, we're already lifted
up into heavenly places,
E-70 What can we remember? We can remember every promise that He made
us. "If ye abide in Me and My Word's in you, you can ask what you
will." Is that right? I can remember St. John 5:24, "He that heareth My
words and believeth (not make-believeth, now), but believeth on Him
that sent Me, hath (That's present tense.) Everlasting Life, and shall
not come into the condemnation of judgment, but pass from death unto
Life." And we're living right now in Christ Jesus, setting in the
heavenlies. That's what He promised.
We can remember... We can remember how He told--made Himself known as
the Messiah amongst the people. The believers saw it. And we remember
in St. John 14:12 that He said, "He that believeth on Me, the works
that I do shall he do also." We can remember He promised that.
We can remember He promised in the last days that the Holy Spirit would
be manifested in human flesh, just exactly like He did at Sodom before
it was burned. We remember Jesus made that promise. I remember it. He
said so. Jesus said so. I believe it just as much as if I was setting
right there and He told me about it, 'cause it's right here, and that's
the way I believe that Word. I remember He said so. That's all. "The
works that I do shall he do also."
E-71 I remember I was reading in the Scripture the other night, where
Jesus said, when... "I have many things to reveal to you--tell you. But
you... I can't do it now. But when the Holy Ghost is come (You see?),
He will bring these things back to your remembrance, and then He'll
show you things that's going to come." I remember that the Holy Spirit
spoke and said, "The Word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword,
piercing to the... sunder and the marrow of the bone, and is a
Discerner of the thoughts and the intents of the heart."
E-72 I remember that Jesus passed through a crowd one day and a little
woman touched His garment, and went out there and set down. And I
remember, or stood up, or wherever she was, and Jesus turned and said,
"Who touched Me?" when Peter thought He'd went out of His mind.
He said, why, rebuked Him and said, "Well, everybody's touching You."
He said, "But I perceive I got weak; virtue has gone." He looked all
around and He found the little woman, told her her blood issue. Her
faith had saved her.
I remember that the Bible teaches in Hebrews that He is now a High
Priest (Oh.) that can be touched by the feeling of our infirmities.
That's right. I remember the Bible said in Hebrews 13:8 (I'm
remembering Jesus.) He made... In Hebrews 13:8 He said, "Jesus Christ
is the same yesterday, today, and forever." Oh, how we can remember
Him. Yes, sir. Oh, how we... "Yet a little while and the world sees Me
no more; yet ye shall see Me (the church, the believer) for I'll be
with you, even in you to the end of the world." That's right. "I will
never leave you." Oh, it's not just something that happens today, and
gone tomorrow. It's eternal. "I'll never leave you; I'll never forsake
you." Oh, my. That would make us scream, shout, cry.
E-73 We want to consider this seriously. Remember Jesus, not just in a
haphazard way. He promised this. And if that isn't no good, then the
Bible's no good. And then what are we setting here for? What are we
even living for? What are you trying for? What's your efforts for? What
are you sweating it out for? If it's any right at all, it's either
every bit right or none of it right. Remember, it wasn't you, or I, or
your pastors that made the promise. It was Jesus made these promises. I
remember He said it.
E-74 I remember He said, "Go into all the world and preach the Gospel
to every creature." How far? All the world, yeah. Two-thirds don't know
nothing about Christ yet. "... all the world, to every creature. These
signs shall follow them that believe." I remember He said that, and if
I can remember that, how can I accept something then, that says that
that day is gone? I remember He said, "... to all the world, every
creature. And these signs shall follow them that believe." How can I
put myself with a group of people that deny that Word, when God was
watching over His Word to vindicate It? How could I hook myself up with
E-75 O God, let me remember Jesus. Let me remember the stand that He
took. Let me remember that He is my Saviour. Let me remember that I'm
dead; I'm no more. I been dead thirty-three years. This is Christ that
lives within me. And if I look out and see Him doing things uncommonly,
unseemingly, then I know that I never died. William Branham's still
alive. You're still alive. As long as you're disobeying His
commandments, then you're still alive. But when you're obeying His
commandments, "If you love Me, keep My sayings..."
E-76 How wonderful to think that He promised this. "Yet a little while,
and the world won't see Me no more. The world won't see Me; but yet
you'll see Me." Oh. "Wherever two or three are assembled together, I'll
be in their midst." I remember that. You remember that, brethren? Yeah.
See? "And the works that I do, they'll do it also." What kind of works
did He do? There you are. See?
"Oh, well, of course now, Brother Branham, that was for another day.
It's not that."
I remember that's what He said. I don't remember what you said. That's
all gone (See?) but I remember what He said. See?
"He that will come after Me will deny himself," deny his own thoughts,
deny his own thinking. You could deny your father, your mother, your
wife, your children. But there's something so real that you can't deny
that. It keeps you. And He's here. Now, let's just remember every
promise that He made, as we bow our heads.
E-77 Our heavenly Father, there was many requests just a few moments
ago. Uplifted hands come up from all over the building. But, Father,
Thou art the living God, and I pray Thee, Lord Jesus, to bless these
people. May Your Holy Spirit dwell upon them, give to them Eternal
Life, give to them what they have need of. Let us remember You made the
promise. You are the one that's responsible for this promise. Let us
remember, no matter what any one else says, You are the One. You are
the One that we're looking to to fulfill Your promise.
You're the One said that "He that believeth in Me, though he were dead
yet shall he live. Whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never
die." I remember You said that, Lord. And then You said those who did
believe in You... Now, You said if we believe we had Eternal Life. And
You said those that did believe in You, the works that You did they
would do also.
Now, Father, we know that you're God, and we know that there is none
other but You, and we believe You, and we're trusting You now, in the
Name of Jesus Christ.
E-78 Now, with your heads bowed, how many in this building that knows
that you're not remembering your Lord in the way that you should
remember Him, and at the end of this little chopped-up message you're
willing to raise your hands and say, "God, make yourself so real to me
till I remember You upon my... Your commandments will be on my bedpost.
'I put the Lord always before me,' as David said. Lord, give me more of
You that I can remember You." Put up your hand, say, "Pray for me,
Brother Branham." That's almost unanimously everywhere. "Lord Jesus, be
merciful to me."
E-79 Now, is there those here tonight who has never confessed Him as
your Lord, and now you might stand before Him? And we've told you just
a few moments ago that He promised that "Where two or three are
assembled I'll be in their midst." Now, He promised that. Then He's got
to be here, and you never accepted Him as your Lord.
Will you do that rashal thing that Herod did? Will you give that
commitment that Pilate did, and brush Him off on somebody else? "My
mother, she was a Christian." "My Daddy got enough religion for all of
us." Would you do that? "My wife is a religious woman."
E-80 What about you? Will you raise your hands and say, "God, remember
me. I'm a sinner, and I want to be right with You. I'll raise my hand."
How many hands in here that's that way? Is there... You mean there's
not a sinner in the building?
God bless you, lady. God bless you, lady, here. There you are. I
thought there was something pulling wrong here. I... You understand
that Jesus said He was here, and He knows your thoughts (You see?), in
your heart. Thank you for your sincerity. Really, there's more that
should raise their hand, but I...
E-81 Would you raise your hand then, say, "Brother Branham, I--I'm just
playing the part of hypocrisy. I go to church. But when it really comes
to being borned again, I just joined church. I really don't know
Christ. I still love the world as much as I ever did. I--I just... Oh,
I enjoy going and listening at a message or something. But when it
really comes to taking time and loving to go out and spend them hours
in prayer with Him, and commune with Him, remembering Him, I--I don't
do that. I don't even have the desire to do it. I know then, Brother
Branham, I can't be right and have that kind of a feeling. So I'm
raising my hand to God. Be merciful to me." Raise your hand. Be honest
with it. That's right.
God bless you. That's right. Yes, sir. Lord bless you. Amen. We'll just
wait and see if the Holy Spirit will reveal something else. God bless
you, sir. God bless you here. I'm just wanting Him to search your
heart. That's what He's here for. All right. God bless you, little
lady. That's very fine.
E-82 Just as you think of it, take it seriously now. "Oh, Brother
Branham, I got to hurry home." Listen, you're going to hurry out of
this life one day too. See? Think of it now. This is the hour; this is
the time. Say, "Well, I tell you. Our pastor, he's a--he's a brilliant
man, very educated. I'd rather hear it from..." It don't make any
difference who brings the message. It's--it's not the messenger; it's
the message you hear. See? No matter what type of a man would walk in
the door there and--and give you a message that--that you--you
inherited a million dollars, you'd accept the--the money. And accept
With your heads bowed now, and your eyes closed, I'm going to ask you
something real sincerely now, and I want you to tell me the truth.
Women, you, wearing short hair, how many really feel that you should
have long hair? Raise your hand. That's right. God bless you. That's
good. I know you did. I--I... There's hopes for you. But when you're so
seared that you can't do it, you don't even feel condemned (See?), then
there's something happened to you, because the Word said you should.
E-83 How many of you women wear shorts, and them clothes, or smoke
cigarettes, and you--you men too, that know that you're doing wrong,
and you say, "I don't want to do that, Brother Branham. I really love
God, but I... That--that thing just holds on to me, and I know it's a
evil thing. I'm going to raise my hand, and ask--and raising my hand,
I'm asking God to move it from me." Raise your hand; be honest. God
bless you. That's right. That's sincerity; that's honest. God will give
us a healing meeting in a minute on that sincerity, if we can believe
that. Have faith in God.
E-84 Heavenly Father, You seen the hands. You know the conditions of
the people. You know what's all's in their hearts, Lord. I pray that
You give forgiveness to every one of them.
And now, give to them the desire of their heart. Move their heartaches.
Do that, Lord, which they have need of knowing. I pray that You'll
grant it to them. Through the Name of Thy beloved Son, our Lord Jesus,
we ask it for God's glory. I commit them to Thee, Father God, that You
will perform Your work in them through Jesus Christ's Name. Amen.
E-85 Now, as you raise your head, how many feel lots difference about
it, raise... Just raise your hands, say, "I feel lots different." Now,
how many knows that He promised, that He--He's the Lord heals all of
our diseases? Do you believe that?
Would you... How many of you believe that He promised this, that "A
little while and the world won't see Me no more, yet you'll see Me."
You believe that? Do you believe it's possible then, if Hebrews 13:8
here said, "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever," you
believe it's possible that we could see God? How would we see Him in
the manifestation of His Spirit, His living Being? Would you believe
that? I'm going to ask my brother not to pray on this back there. I
want him to pray for me. Let the audience this time... We're coming on
to the meeting in a few days where we're... maybe catch that.
E-86 I want this audience in one control. I want to take these spirits
under my control, in the Name of Jesus Christ for His glory, that His
Spirit might operate and prove to you that He still lives. I take His
Word here. It said... That, St. John, St. John the 14th chapter, and
12th verse. Said, "He that believeth in Me, the works that I do shall
he also." Do you believe that? Then every one of you people out there
that's sick, or needy, or have need of something, you pray. Just touch,
remember, the hem of His garment. He's the High Priest that can be
touched by the feeling of our infirmities. Does the Bible say that,
E-87 And then, how would He act if He was the High Priest? The same way
He did when He was here, because He is the same High Priest. How would
He do it? When His body is a Sacrifice on the throne of God, how could
He do it? He sent His Spirit back, the Holy Ghost, and "He will take
the things that's mine and show them to you."
Now, if you want to see if God... The reason I base this upon this,
knowing this, I know that the message I preach to the people is the
truth. I--I--I believe that with all my heart, though it cuts off here,
a little bit that way, not to be mean, not to be different, but to be
honest. And therefore, I know He said that if He would take the things
that was of God... And this was to make you to know it...
E-88 If He'd take the things that is of Christ, and will show it to
you, and show you things to come, and do the very works that He did,
that's the Holy Spirit. It's got to be. Pray now, and you touch His
garment. I'll yield myself to Him, and see what He will say to you.
Is there some here that's never been in the meeting before? Would you
raise your hand? Yes, there's plenty. Remember, Jesus Christ never at
one time ever claimed to heal people. He said, "It's not Me that doeth
the works: it's My Father." And in St. John, the 5th chapter, the 19th
verse, when He passed through the pool of Bethesda--and there laid
great multitudes, of numbers of people, maybe thousands, laying there,
lame, blind, halt, twisted--He went to a man that had a--maybe a
prostate trouble, or might've had a tubercular. It was retarded; he'd
had it for thirty-eight years.
And He told him to "take up your bed and go into the house." The man
could walk. He said, "When I'm coming down, somebody else..." And
there's men there way worse than he was. But Jesus knew that he was
there, and knew that he was in that condition.
E-89 When He was questioned, He said, "Verily, I say unto you, the Son
can do nothing in Himself. But what He sees the Father doing, that
doeth the Son likewise." That's His same position today. No prophet, no
one has ever been able to do anything outside of the sovereignty of
God's will (That's right.) what God wills.
I don't know. I want, if... That's the reason that... I know a bunch of
these ministers setting here. There's not too many out there that I
know. If I should see Him over someone, I would try to, if it, being
willing... I'd tell the people that I knew them.
You pray, and see if He's still the High Priest that can be touched.
That would put Him right here before us, and you'd see that He's here.
Is that right? Say "amen." It'd certainly make Him here. Just have
E-90 Here's a little lady setting right here with her head up in the
air, praying just as hard as she can. She's wearing a green coat,
setting right there. She's praying for a condition that's in her head,
that she--that bothers her. Is that right, lady? Raise up your hand if
that's so. If I'm a stranger to you, wave your hand back and forth.
It's left you now.
Say, will you do me a favor while you're there? That light switched
right over on the lady setting next to you there. She's praying also. I
want to ask you something. You said, "Remember me, Lord." All right, He
has. You suffer with a sinus condition. If that's right, raise up your
hand, and wave your hand. All right. There you are.
E-91 You believe? Now, "a little while and the world won't see Me no
more." Ask those women. You see them. Ask them if I know them.
Here--here sets a young man, setting here praying for his father. I
never knowed you, don't know who you are, know nothing about you. But
you're praying for your father. He's not here, he's across a great
water somewhere. He's suffering with stomach trouble. He's in Puerto
Rico. That's THUS SAITH THE LORD. That's right...?... believe? See what
Here's a lady setting here, look interested, in a red hat. Mrs.
Aldridge. Yes. She's suffering with heart trouble. You believe that God
will heal you? All right. Will you do me a favor? There's a lady
setting next there, by the name Mrs. Cook. Mrs. Cook has got trouble
with her legs. That's right, Mrs. Cook, raise up your hand. If I'm a
total stranger, raise up your hand. All right. Have faith in God.
Lay your hand on the woman next to her. She's Miss Russell. She's
suffering with lung trouble. Raise up your hand, Miss Russell, and
believe it with all your heart, if I'm a stranger to you.
E-92 What about the next... Yeah... Only thing you have to have is
faith. The lady next to her is suffering with stomach trouble too, and
her name is Mrs. Dillman, If you'll believe with all your heart, you
can be... Mrs. Harmon, setting next to her, has just come from the
hospital. She's had a operation for a rectal trouble. You believe, Mrs.
Harmon? If you do, believe with all your heart, and you can go home and
be made well.
How many believes now? "A little while and the world will see Me no
more." What am I trying to say? Remember Jesus Christ. Jesus said,
"I'll be with you, even in you to the end of the world. The works that
I do shall you also." Remembering Jesus promised these things, Jesus
brings them to pass.
E-93 Now, also remember that Jesus promised that "He that believeth on
Me has Everlasting Life." You that raised your hand awhile ago, after
this healing service will you come up here now, and stand here for
prayer? He promised to give Eternal Life the same as He promised
Now, did you know He promised this also? "These signs shall follow them
that believe. If they lay hands on the sick they shall recover." Do you
believe that? Now, lay your hands on one another then. See, He's here.
I can't heal you. He's already done it. Now, put your hands on
somebody, and pray for somebody, right next to you there. Amen. Now,
bow your heads and pray just like you do in your church.
E-94 Pray, "Lord God, heal this person. This person's praying for me,"
and just ask God to heal and make well. Believe it with all your heart.
Lord, I believe, Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever.
His Word can't fail. Remember He promised, "A little while, and the
world won't see Me." They don't see Him at the dog race tonight. They
don't see Him in the picture show. They don't see Him in these formal
churches. But you see Him. He's here. Remember, He promised it, and
He's here to answer your prayer, and give you the desire of your heart.
Lay your hands on one another and pray. Lord Jesus, I come remembering
that You said, "in My Name they shall cast out devils, and I cast every
spirit of unbelief away from this audience, away from these people, for
the glory of God."