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My New Ministry
E-1 Thank you, brother. Good morning, friends. It's certainly a
privilege to be here this morning in the Tabernacle when we're already
packed now. And waiting for the big meeting to start in San Jose this
week, in--in San Jose, California. We're going to leave immediately
after the service for the West Coast. And then we'll be down at Coconut
Gardens for about two days also, the Lord willing, with the Christian
Businessmen. And we're expecting a great time in the Lord on the West
Coast. They got eighty-two churches in the sponsorship, and both
associations of the San Joaquin and the valleys through the West Coast.
And so we're at the fairgrounds there. If some of your friends you know
that would like to attend some of the services, we'd be glad to meet
your friends and--and your relatives.
E-2 And we're expecting... I have a greater inspec--expectation this
morning, then most any meeting I have ever been on yet, because I
believe that we're just at the eve of something fixing to happen. I've
looked forward to it for a long time. And I--I believe that we're right
on the verge of it now, for something that God is going to help His
children a little further up the road. You know, the Bible said that
when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of God would raise up
a standard against it. And when God gives His Church a blessing, and
they move along in that blessing so long until it becomes common to the
world, then they begin to run it down. Then the Spirit of God comes in
and raises up a standard again. And there is a breaking forth of a
revival, or something. And our great hopes is this: That one of these
days, the Spirit of God will send back Jesus Christ to the earth. And
then, it'll be perfect then. That'll be the real standard.
E-3 Now, they're just standing around the--the walls and things, and
all over the building. I met a man coming in when I parked my car, and
he said... I said, "You... I'll leave it setting here with the key,
then you can move out anytime you want to." He said, "Well, I tried to
get in; I couldn't find no place to stand." And our church is far too
small for a meeting. But leaving this morning, and we announced it last
Sunday of being here, and would come to pray for the sick, and to give
you some instructions on what we have just seen taken place. And there
has been more, by the grace of God, added to it for this morning.
E-4 Now, we have preached, and others before us, of the near coming of
the Lord, the soon coming. And we believe that it's growing closer. Of
course it is, day by day. But if we'd stop and think that one of these
days, you--we're going to hear it the last time, and then the Lord
Jesus will come. All the earth, the--the trees, all nature, the
peoples, the Church, everything is groaning, weeping, holding on,
waiting for that day for His coming. Nature knows it'll--it'll stop
suffering then. And people know they'll stop suffering then. Death will
lose its last grip, and the grave and hell will be swallowed up in
E-5 I was so glad this morning to meet this little pastor here that
played us the music and sang, from Sellersburg. One of the brothers has
been speaking about the revival going on up there. And I guess they've
already announced it and so forth. So that's very fine. May the Lord
bless them up there and every effort that they put forth, is my sincere
prayer, for the Kingdom of God.
E-6 Now, the Word of the Lord is most precious to us. We know that. So
today, I believe that we're so close to the coming of the Lord, and the
fields are so needy... I've just been talking to some of the brethren.
I believe a great deal of my ministry will be designated overseas now.
We're planning on Africa right after Christmas, and over into
Australia, and many of the places. The Lord is moving now and opening
up the ways for us. We've had invitations around the world for a long
time. And we may be able to take that right after Christmas now, if you
all will pray for us.
E-7 Now, I have here before me the Word of God laying open. Now, I've
opened back the pages because physically, by the help of God, I'm able
to do that, to pull open the Bible. But I am not able to open the
contents. There's only One Who can do that, and that's God alone. He
was the One Who wrote It by His Holy Spirit. And He's the only One that
can open the Bible to us. And I trust that He will open our hearts as
we read It, and will make It known to us. I'll be just as briefly this
morning. First, I want to do as I promised to do, to tell you all what
has just happened in the last few days concerning the changing of my
ministry. And then I've got a short text; then we pray for the sick.
And I believe there's baptism, because I seen the pool is filled. But
before we go farther, let us bow our heads just a moment now in prayer.
And I wonder how many people in here that are conscious that you need
God, and would raise up your hands to God and say, so much as doing so,
"Remember me, Lord. I have need of such-and-such things."
E-8 And let us pray. O Lord, quietly... We realize that we must come
quietly into the Presence of God, for he that cometh to God must
believe that He is, and a rewarder of those that will diligently seek
after Him. And we come in the quietness of the Spirit to Thy Throne, O
God. And we lift up our hearts before Thee, and say, "Search them, O
Lord." And if there be any unclean thing in us, remove it, Lord, as far
as the east is from the west. And if there be any iniquity in our
hearts, something that would hinder our prayers from being answered, we
pray that You will let the Blood of the Lord Jesus move every stain
from our spirit and our heart. For it is written, "If I conceive
iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me." And Thou did see the
hands as they went up, that to our physical eyes represented their
hearts' need. We pray, O Lord, that You will answer each and every one
of them. There's many needy.
E-9 And we would ask in the congregation of the people this morning,
that You would remember this San Jose meeting coming. Help us, O Lord,
as hundreds of miles of snow and ice lay before us to travel. But we're
going in the Name of the Lord to try to do all that lays within us to
help Thy people, Lord. Help the lost to find You as their Saviour, and
helping the weak and the blind, and smoothing out the way for others
that'll follow us. Bless our little church and its pastor, our Brother
Neville, all the trustees, the deacons, and the laity, and all the
teachers, and all that is affiliated, not only that, but all the
churches that's represented here. For those young men who are holding
forth at Sellersburg, we would ask, Lord, that Your hand would stretch
out to them, Lord. May You raise up a mighty church of the living God
in Sellersburg. Grant it, Lord.
E-10 Heal the sick; give sight to the blind, strength to the feeble,
and salvation to the needy. As we read of Thy Word this morning, may
the Holy Spirit come, get into the Word, and quicken It to our hearts.
Bless those who are to be baptized. May they be filled with the Holy
Ghost when they rise from the water, giving glory to God. Get glory
unto Thyself, Lord. And as we gather this morning for the purifying of
our souls and our thoughts, may we leave this Tabernacle this morning
with a more determination than we ever had to serve You. May we live
congregated together, closely woven and bound by the Holy Spirit, until
that day when we meet in Your House in Glory around Your Throne, where
millions will be singing, "Hosanna, Hosanna." May we all be there
without the absence of one. Grant it, Lord. Until that time, keep us
healthy, happy, and filled with Your Spirit, serving You. These things
we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
E-11 May the Lord add the blessings as we read now in the book of Saint
Mark, the 11th chapter, beginning with the 1st verse. And then, after
just this little quotation, or exhortation, then I will go to our text.
This is reading for what I'm fi--wanting to tell you. And when they
came... I beg your pardon, I want to begin at the 10th verse to save
the time, the 10th verse of the 11th chapter. Blessed be the kingdom of
our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the
highest. And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and
when he had looked around upon all things, and now eveningtide was
come, and he went out into Bethany with his twelve. And on the morrow,
when they were come to Bethany, he was hungered. And seeing a fig tree
far off having leaves, he came, if happily he might find any thing
thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the
time of figs was not yet. Jesus answered and said unto it, No man
eateth fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.
And they came to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began
to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrowed
the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold dove;
And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the
temple. And he taught, saying unto them, It is--Is it not written, My
house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but you...
made it a den of thieves. And the scribes and the chief priests heard
it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because
all people were astonished at his doctrine. And when evening was come,
he went out of the city. And in the morning, as they passed by, they
saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter calling to remember
it said unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou did curse: it
is withered away. Jesus answering said unto them, Have faith in God.
For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain,
Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in
his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall
come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto
you, What things soever you desire, when you pray, believe that you
receive them, and you shall have them.
E-12 What a gracious promise. And it is absolutely the truth. This
stumped me, or as I should use that expression, for a long time. How
could that be? And one time, when I first started preaching here at the
Tabernacle many years ago, I run on to the word of "hell." And I run
the reference to it many times, and it referred to "hades" in the
Greek, which meant "the grave." And I didn't know what to say, because
I do not want to be responsible for men's souls at the day of the
judgment. So I searched it and searched, until I found what was the
truth. For about four or five years, I would not touch the subject of
"hell," until I found what was truth about it.
E-13 And then, this Scripture stumped me even more, because it was
outstanding: such a promise being made by none other than Jesus Christ.
And when He said to His disciples, "What things soever you say, you can
have. If thou shall say to this mountain, 'Be plucked up and removed
into the sea,' and will not doubt in your heart, but shall believe that
what you have said will come to pass, you can have what you said."...
Oh, if we could weigh those words: "You can have what you say," not
what I say, but what you have said. "You can have what you said."...
For years, I lingered over that. I went to every lexicon, commentary,
every translation, even to the Douay version. And every translator
translates it the same: "You can have what you say." So I know that if
it's written in the Scripture... To me, all Scripture is Truth. And if
I can't rightly divide It, It's still the Truth.
E-14 So I believe sometimes that God just lets us see things when it's
time for us to see things. He withholds these blessings. Like, the
blessings that we're enjoying today, our forefathers did not enjoy
those. It wasn't season for them.
E-15 And I could remember when the Holy Spirit that night, when I
returned back to this same desk from the mill where I'd been praying,
and told many of you people setting here, that He had charged me by His
Spirit, a commission to all the world: that the lame would walk, and
the blind would see, and that kings and monarchs would be calling for
prayer. And it would start a revival among the brethren that would
sweep around the world before the coming of the Lord. It was hard to
believe that. It was hard for me to believe it. But that's what's
happened. It's just did that thing, to today re--Holy Ghost revival
fires are burning the world around. India, Africa, Asia, all into
Europe, and everywhere, Holy Ghost men, filled with the Spirit, is
burning the world up with a revival of the power of the risen Christ.
Lame walk, blind see, deaf hear, dumb speak, all kinds of marvelous
miracles are taking place, because God promised it. And God's promise
E-16 And when I begin to ponder over this, I could not but ask the One
Who was speaking to me. I was insufficient. And I suppose God had to
pick some little unconcerned illiterate person, because in that,
He--God takes something that's nothing, something that's been cast
out... That's what makes me love God's people so. They cast them out as
holy-rollers or illegitimate people. But that's when God's ready to
pick them up then and do something with them. And it pleases Him. That
shows that He's God: takes nothing and make something out of it, takes
a sinner like me, and makes a Christian, the hand of God.
E-17 I questioned Him of the ability. And He told me that I was to pray
for sick people. And the commission was: Get the people to believe and
be sincere, then nothing would stand by the prayer. Many of you here
remember that, has printed it in literature across the world. I
questioned, how could I do that when I had no education. And He said,
"There'll be two signs be given you as was given to Moses." And one of
them would be about like Moses' hand: He changed it from leprosy to
healing, and... And then the same taken place about the--putting my
hand on the people. And then how that that made itself manifest. Then
He said, "You'll know the very secrets of their heart." And I--I said,
"That is why I'm here." He said... Then He explained the Scriptures to
me. And oh, from that time, the Bible become a new Word to me. I had a
different look on It, a different view of It. Something happened. Then
a little later, He said, "Then if you'll be sincere, stay humble, keep
away from money and stuff," said, "then It'll just keep blessing you,
and you'll keep climbing."
E-18 How many times we look at men who climb up in great ranks, like,
and get high names. But sometimes, that's not what God calls high. Do
you remember when John went--came preaching? The Bible foretold that
every mountain would be brought low, and every low place would be
lifted up. See? And when it come, you would think it would becoming out
of heaven with fiery chariots. But what was it, but a poor man dressed
in a piece of sheepskin wrapped around him; and out on the banks of
Jordan, preaching, on the muddy banks, not even in the church. But God
called that great. And when Jesus said to the disciples that there
wasn't one borned of a woman as great as John the Baptist... You take
all the kings, and David, the prophet, and all of his great splendor,
and Solomon; they didn't even touch John. And yet, he didn't even have
a place to lay his head. So you don't have to be rich and mighty in
this world to be great in the sight of God. You only have to be humble
in your heart. And God calls that greatness. He that's great enough to
humble himself. That's a great person that'll--that'll take the blame
for everything, that'll humble himself. That's greatness.
E-19 Then we find that this, what God said. Then it was pronounced from
the pulpit here the first time. It done just exactly what It said It
would do. There come up... The Pentecostal church caught revival. And
today, the Pentecostal church is the fastest growing church in all the
world. Last year they registered (That doesn't include us and--and
these out of the denominations.) one million, five hundred thousand
conversions last year, which covered all the rest of Protestantism put
together and Catholicism too. Catholicism only had, I believe, four
hundred and seventy-five thousand, something like that, converts around
the world. But Pentecost went a million, five hundred thousand. God's
making His Church ready. Men of no education, low degrees, rise up in
the power, anointing of the Spirit, go out without any education or
anything, and proclaim the unsearchable riches of Christ. That's what's
great in the sight of God.
E-20 And we notice then that all these things set fire, and the Holy
Spirit was true to His Word. After about five years of taking the
people by the hand... Then one night in Queen City, in Regina in
Canada, a man walked across the platform, and there, laid his life just
as open as it could be before the Spirit. There was discernment as He
promised. And that's been around the world. It's printed in many, many
languages, pretty near all around the world, till all the world knows
about it. And then the enemy come in and made fun of it, and said it
was mind reading, and there was impersonations come of it, and
everything else. But in the midst of all of it, God moved right on just
the same. God stayed true to His loyal promise. He will every time.
E-21 Now, we find, later then, one day, I was going a--a fishing, down
at Dale Hollow with some men, Mr. Wood and his brother. And they were
Jehovah Witnesses, and just had been converted and baptized into the
faith. And while we were fishing over against the bank... I told you
the story many times. There... Mr. Wood said, "The..." (Banks Wood,
the--one of our trustees here now.) Said about some old sister that
used to feed them a slice of homemade bread and butter. She belonged to
the Church of God. And said, "Lyle," to his brother, "We ought to go up
and tell her that we got saved." You know, there's just certain things
that we can say that takes a hold with the Holy Spirit, just certain
things that pleases Him just right. And when we say that thing... I
want you to notice, "What you say." If we could just find, what to say.
Your words judge you. Your words condemn you, or your words will bless
E-22 And unconsciously, Banks must have said the right thing. For no
more than he said that... I was setting in the back of the boat,
fishing with a flyline for little blue gill fish to be-to put on the
line for bait, for we'd run out of bait. And I was catching these
little fish, and putting them in a bucket for the trout line. And when
Banks said that, all of a sudden, Something struck me. He said the
right thing. And the Holy Spirit spoke out and said, "THUS SAITH THE
LORD, you'll find in the next few hours there'll be a resurrection of a
little animal." I thought it would be a kitten that I thought my little
boy had squeezed too hard and squeezed the breath out of him, and--and
had dropped him on the floor before we left. I thought that's what it
would be. But to our surprise, the next morning... While we were
setting in the boat... I know Banks is here. I guess Lyle is. Is Lyle
here, Banks? Or did... If you are, Lyle, raise up your hand. He comes
down with us all the time.
E-23 He was--caught a fish with a--one of the--a long hook, and he
caught a little blue gill fish. And it swallowed the hook all the way
down. And he took a hold of the little fish, and instead of just taking
the hook out of his mouth, he was caught so deep till he just pulled
it. And he pulled the--the stomach, and the intestines, and the gills
and all, right out of his mouth. And he just threw it out on the water,
just a little fish like we had been fishing with night before, and had
cut up a hundred of them or more for bait. And the little fellow
quivered four or five times and tried to work his little mouth; but he
couldn't, because it was filled up with gills and so forth. And Lyle
said, "You shot your last wad, little fellow." Well, I went ahead
fishing, thinking nothing about it. Then (God does things so strange.)
all of a sudden, I felt there coming Something down over the top of
them woods. The Holy Spirit moved down and said, "Stand up!" Said,
"Speak to that little fish, and it shall have its life again." It'd
been laying there dead for a half hour, done floated back into the
weeds. I said, "Little fishy, I can give you your life in the Name of
the Lord Jesus." That little fish turned over, flipped up, and went out
through the water just as hard as he could go.
E-24 I stood there, not knowing what to do. Brother Banks Woods said,
"It's good for us to be here." And Lyle said, "That meant me, because I
said that thing to him, 'You shot your last wad, little fellow.'" And
he got all excited. I said, "No, it isn't." I was trying to console
Lyle. I said, "That isn't so." And then the Scripture came to me again.
I had at least a hundred little spastic children on the list to pray
for, many people, leukemia, and cancer, and tubercular being eat up,
blind and deaf and dumb. There's page after page at my house full of
them. And it looks like that a merciful God would've granted that
instead of using His power on a little old insignificant fish. But He
E-25 Why didn't He use His power on the lepers at the gate instead of
the little fig tree? What is it to do? God wants to show that He's
concerned. He knows all things. He's God over the fig tree. He's God
over the fish. He's God over creation. He's God over all things. And
there's nothing too little or too insignificant but what He's
interested in. So that would give us to know, though we be little and
insignificant, God's interested in us doing something for Him. He likes
to display His glory. And that stuck with me so hard that I could
hardly rest day and night. That's been two years ago. And constantly,
it has haunted at me. And I'd say, "Oh, I just can't say nothing about
it, for I can't place it in the atonement." "Whatsoever you say, it
shall come to pass. You can have what you say." And I've stood here at
this same pulpit and tried, and run on the Scripture, and refrain from
it, and go back, because I was afraid to use it. You cannot have faith
unless you know what you are doing.
E-26 Some fellow come to me not long ago, and he said, "Brother
Branham, do you think it's wrong for a Christian to smoke tobacco?" And
I said, "What are you asking me for? If there's a question in your
mind, leave it alone. Don't never..." You can't have faith unless
you're perfectly sure that you're right. When all shadows is drifted
away, then you can have faith and confidence. And I could not walk out
there and preach that Scripture, not knowing what I was talking about.
But yet, I knew It was of the Lord.
E-27 Many you people bear me record, that for the last two years,
you've constantly heard me from this platform say that there's
something, something somewhere. And I'm reaching; I know it's close at
hand. I just can't seem to grasp it. I say, "I hit a Scripture, now I
don't know what to do, because Scriptures..." Though you might put an
interpretation... If someone would've asked me, I'd said something to
them, and walked away, and turned it off on something else. But to face
the issue... Just like we've got to face the issue: Is the baptism of
the Holy Ghost right or wrong? We've got to face the issue: Is Jesus
Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever? Is it right or wrong? We
got to face it. We must know that God's Word is always true.
E-28 So on it went, and up and down, and I'd get it in my mind, and I
just couldn't get it away. And everywhere I'd go, it would constantly
come to me. "If you say to this mountain, 'Be thou plucked up and cast
into the sea,' and don't doubt in your heart, but shall believe that
what you've said will come to pass, you can have what you have said." I
thought, "How can it be, Lord. That would be me saying it. I would...
It wouldn't do no good, for it would be me saying it. So I can't say
nothing but what You've said, and I--I just say that by the
Scriptures." And all things rested in the atonement. There's no
blessings outside of the atonement, 'cause we are sinners outside of
the atonement. If it was just a universal thing for everybody, then
everybody would be saved. But it's your attitude towards the blessings
of the atonement that brings the blessings to you. Like salvation. As
far as God was concerned, I was saved when Jesus died. But it'll never
do me no good until it's revealed to me that He's the Son of God, and
I've accepted Him as my Saviour. And every Scripture is the same way.
Divine healing's for you if God will reveal that to you that that's for
you. But you can't just stumble at it. It's got to come by revelation.
And when it's revealed that "By His stripes you were healed," there's
nothing Satan can even do as our young brother from Sellersburg said,
"All the devils couldn't move it." Sure. When something is revealed...
E-29 Notice. Then in this last fall, many have said to me, "Why is it,
every morning you--when you're home you grab your rifle and take out to
the woods to hunt?" I want you to know that He's God of the woods just
the same as He's God of the city. He's just as much God out there as He
is here. And God always deal with men according to their capacity, and
what... Like David, by the still waters and green pastures, because he
was a shepherd, and different ways He has revealing... And something...
I'd get up of a morning to go out to the woods real early, around four
o'clock to squirrel hunt. And my wife even said to me, she said,
"Billy, don't you never get tired of going hunting?" See, this battle
is won alone. My wife doesn't understand it. I don't understand it. But
it's a fight. You have to stand alone. Nobody can stand with you.
There's just room for you and Jesus. Misunderstood? Sure. Even to my
little girl there, Rebekah. She said, "If I ever marry a man, if he
even mentions going hunting, I'll not marry him." Said, "I know what my
mother's been through: Husband out and gone in the meetings, as soon as
he comes home, grabs an old rifle or a fishing pole and hits through
the woods." I said, "Would you rather he'd do that, or would you rather
he'd grab a deck of cards or--or some blond and take off? And I just
draw your opinion." And when I come back that day, she said, "Daddy, I
apologize for that. I'm going to marry a man like you that likes to
hunt, then I'm going to hunt with him." She said, "I'm go out with
him." I said, "Well, that's all right too. I wish you could talk to
your mother a little bit about it."
E-30 But it's something in the woods. When I first learned of God, I
wanted to repent. I didn't know how to repent. I didn't know how to
talk to Him. So I set down and wrote Him a letter and asked Him to
forgive me. And I didn't know how to do it, so I knowed that I'd felt
something out in the woods. And I tacked it on a tree, so when He come
down through the woods in a place I'd saw Him, that He could read this
and would understand what I meant; that I was sorry I hadn't served
Him, and I want Him to forgive me of my sins. Then I got ashamed of
myself and took it. I said, "If He's a man, He will understand as a
man; He's my Creator." And I got down in the shed and begin to speak to
Him like a man, and He answered me back like a man.
E-31 Then, it was on the... I got some dates set down here. On October
the twelfth... On the fifteenth, deer season was opening over in
Wyoming. On--on the twelfth was the last day I could hunt. And we were
going to leave on the twelfth. I mean, on the tenth. We was in the
woods, which was a Saturday. Sunday, I preached, which was the
eleventh. On Monday, Brother Sothmann and Brother Roberson back there,
and all of us, we left for--for the meeting--or for the deer hunting
over in Wyoming. On that morning of the tenth, which would be... Then
on the eighteenth, the season would close in Indiana. We would have no
more squirrel hunting. So I said, "This will be the last time I can go
out." And we'd gathered a bunch together, and I strayed them around the
woods. And I went way back up into a place where I love to go at Salem.
Season was late. Squirrels were few. I'd been out several times, just
getting one squirrel at a time.
E-32 So this morning, I made my way to the same woods. And the wind
rose, and it begin to blow. And anyone who hunts knows that's a bad
morning. I hunted all the woods through without seeing one squirrel or
hearing one. I went down into a creek bottom, and started up to find
another little scope of woods. And as I drew near this little woods,
there was a--a lot of walnut trees and locust trees. The leaves all off
of them, just a bare thicket. Along beside of two sycamore trees. Now,
squirrels don't hang around sycamores. But right up from it, I seen
looked like I got the glimpse--I caught the glimpse of a squirrel going
up through the woods, but he was running fast. "Well," I said, "there's
no need of hunting. Here's people out here. The farmers picking their
corn right around this little woods. The squirrels would not be here.
E-33 So I sit down between the two trees, and propped my feet upon one
and leaned back against the other in the warm sunshine. I thought,
"I'll just take a little nap. Then I'll get Brother Banks, and Brother
Sothmann, and the boys as I go back, and down the road." And as I sit
there... [Brother Branham coughs--Ed.] Pardon me. As I sit there under
the tree, just got snugged down, and the warm sun shining on me,
Something said, "If you say to this mountain, 'Be thou plucked up and
cast into the sea,' and shall not doubt in your heart, but believe that
those things that you said will come to pass, you can have what you've
said." I said, "Well now, there's that Scripture in my mind again." I
said, "I've got a while here, about an hour before I have to go get the
rest of the boys, so I'll just study that Scripture." And I said, "Now,
how could that apply." I said, "Here's the only way it could've been.
That those disciples lived the other side of the atonement. The
atonement was later, about a--oh, several weeks later, before the
atonement was made. Jesus gave them power the other side of the
atonement, like He did the prophets." And when I said, "prophets,"
Something struck me again. "What was the prophets?"
E-34 Then I begin to think of it, about what He did with the prophets.
And it got... After I was speaking there for awhile, inside myself,
just thinking, till I become so conscious of Something near, till I was
talking to Someone. And Something said to me, "That's in the atonement,
for if a man or a woman is so consecrated and surrendered to God, that
God just moves in and uses their voice, and it isn't the man speaking,
it's God that's in him speaking..." I thought, "That's right."
Something said to me, "Who do you think... How do you see those visions
on the platform? How do you see those visions out here? What is it? Do
you think it's your own wisdom, that you could predict something that
would happen every time to the letter? Do you think it's you speaking?
Would you think sometime when the Holy Spirit gets into a message, and
you don't know what to say, what is It speaking then? What is it when a
man will speak with a tongue that he doesn't know nothing about it?
What is it that will interpret that same tongue, neither one of them
knowing anything about it? Is it the individual, or is it the Spirit of
the living God?" I said, "That is true. I see it. It's God that's
speaking, and all the Church needs is a step closer to Him, a more of a
consecrated life to live with Him."
E-35 And while I was setting there just for a moment or two, thinking
on this, I caught myself talking to Someone. And I heard Something say,
"Ask... Say what you will, and it shall come to pass." And I said,
"What do You..." I said, "Who am I talking to? Who are You? Who's
standing here with these bushes that I can hear that Voice talking to
me? Who are You? Speak out to me." I got all excited and jumped up from
between the trees; I said, "Speak to me. Who are You? I can't see You."
I looked for that Light there; I could see nothing. I screamed out,
"Who are You? Where are You? What You want with me. Lord, where are
You?" Something moved back and say, "Say what you will, and it shall be
given to you." I said, "Lord, are You changing my ministry? Is this the
change You been speaking of? Is this what it's coming to? Is this what
it'll be, something in that little house that I saw in the vision. Is
this it?" Just then, a reel deep, sweet anointing of the Holy Spirit
raised me like off of my feet, and said, "Say what you will, and it
shall be given unto you."
E-36 I stood there amazed. It left me, I had nothing. I thought, "Well,
what could I say? There's no sick people here. There's nothing here.
I'm in the woods. What could I say? What--what--what could I do?" And I
thought, "Wha--Wha... Am I losing my mind? Have I studied so hard till
I'm--my mental powers are cracking up?" And just then, I heard It just
the same as you hear me, said, "Aren't you hunting? And you have no
game?" Said, "Speak anything that you wish." Well, I thought this, "God
said, 'Prove all things,'" I said, "Lord God, if that be You, and this
is a sign that You're fixing to change my ministry from those visions
to something greater I've looked for so long." I said, "Let it come to
pass that You'll answer my prayer." And I stood there a little bit. And
I thought, "What did He say? He didn't say, 'Pray,' He said, 'Say what
you will.' Just say it, and your words will materialize. Say to this
mountain, and it'll do just as you say."
E-37 So I put my shoulder against the tree. And I'm used to... Got my
rifle set for fifty yards to drive tacks. So I--I looked around to see
a tree at fifty yards. And the one that was fifty yards away up out of
the leaves, I said, "It's almost total impossible for a squirrel to
come to that tree. Right near them farmers there picking their corn." I
said, "But there will be a red squirrel come out on the end of that
limb and set down there, and I'll shoot him from here." And no more
than I'd said it, there was a squirrel. I trembled a little, and
leveled down, and shot the squirrel, walked over and picked it up. I
was shaking all over. I said, "Maybe that just happened that way." You
know how people can doubt. But you want to be sure. Don't do nothing
unless you're positive, and then you know what you're doing.
E-38 I rubbed my face a little, and I looked, perfectly eye shot. So I
went up and set down on the side of the hill, and I said, "Lord, it is
written in Your Word 'that the mouth of two or three witnesses, let
every word be established.'" I said, "If that was You, forgive me of my
stupidness. But I pray Thee to give me another squirrel like that." And
I said, "Then I will believe You, that It's You. And the devil won't
have any room to say that it just happened that way." So I set down.
Just in a moment, here come that (I call It) super-anointing, swept
over again, and I was almost off of my feet, and say, "Say what you
will, and it shall be given you." I looked through the woods until I
found another tree some fifty yards away, had a lot of brush in it, and
grape vines and things wrapped around where squirrels seldom ever take
a tree like that. I said, "And there shall be another young fox
squirrel setting right there." And I took my finger down and looked
around through the woods, and looked back, and there set the fox
squirrel looking right at me again. I shot that one, picked him up. And
I thought... Oh, I was trembling. I thought, "Think, the great mighty
God of heaven is here in the woods, and He's confirming to me in my own
way, hunting here, that He's going to do just exactly what He told me
fifteen years ago." I watched a little bit. I said, "Lord, it shall
happen again." He said, "Speak the place where it'll be." I said, "I'll
make this radical." I said, "That old snag sticking out there by the
side of the field, bare, slick and white." I said, "There shall come
another red squirrel, and he will go out on the end of that snag and
look out over the field at the farmers. That'll be that way." I looked
back and there was no squirrel there. I looked for about five minutes,
there was still no squirrel. I--I said, "Well..." I said, "Two--Two
squirrels is fine." I said, "Two's a witness. I'll believe it like
that." And Something said, "But you said there would be one."
E-39 I waited another five minutes, nothing. And it kept quoting in my
heart, "You said there'd be one." I waited and waited. Something said,
"Are you doubting?" I said, "Not one bit." And I no more than said
that, till out that limb went the red squirrel, stood and looked at the
farmers. God's my judge standing here. I shot the squirrel. Went over
and picked him up, and walked through the woods till I was way hours a
past picking the boys up, to see if there'd even be one more anywhere.
And there wasn't. Then, I come home and told you about it.
E-40 And then on November the seventh, I was down in Kentucky. I was
with Brother Wood's brother-in-law, standing there, Charlie Cox
(standing there at the pilaster), and with Brother Tony Zable, one of
the deacons here in the church (Are you here, Tony? Ah, he's here
somewhere.), Brother Tony Zable, and also, Brother Banks Wood. And we
were up in the mountains, hunting. And I started into the woods, and
squirrels were very scarce, no--the leaves deep on the ground. And I
started up into the woods. And Something said to me, "How many
squirrels do you want this morning?" I said, "Well, I've got a hundred
and fourteen this year, a hundred and seventeen." I said, "If I had
three more, it'd make a hundred and twenty. That would make just an
even number to stop on." And I said, "Another thing, it would be--give
me six to take home." Which I love them better than any meat there is
to eat. And I said, "If I could just get three more..."
E-41 I walked on up through the woods a little farther, and oh, there
was none. Good hunters like Charlie and them got one. And I said,
"Well, I..." Something said, "Say to it. Speak the three squirrels, and
you'll have it." I said, "That's happened once." So I stood by the side
of a little tree, late in the afternoon on a side of a ridge. And that
Anointing come so great till I could hardly stand on the ground, and
said, "Speak! What you say, don't doubt and you can have what you've
said." I said, "I shall get three squirrels." He said, "Where will they
come from?" I said, "One will come from that way, one from that way,
and one back this a way." Make it radical. God don't care how radical
that it seems. He's God of circumstance.
E-42 And while I stood there for about a few minutes, I could hear no
shooting around from the rest of the boys around anywhere. I happened
to look to my back. Way up in the woods, about ninety yards, I thought
something was on a stump. I watched it. After a while, it jumped off;
and it was a gray squirrel. So far. All the way across the hollow upon
top of the ridge. When it come along by the side of the tree, I shot
it. It was about ninety yards, and it killed it. I said, "There's one.
I might as well turn and look this other way for the others, 'cause
they're coming." See, God has a way of bringing things to you, making
you sure what you're talking about. That anointing I... was off of me
then. Well, I waited and watched this a way for about a hour. Nothing
happened. I was getting cold. I thought, "Surely, if that is the Holy
Spirit that's telling me those things, it will be just exactly; because
when the anointing was on me I spoke that word, and it'll have to be
E-43 Now, listen real close to this. And this is going to be a tape
recording that'll go all over the world. Now, and then to my left, I
kept watching. After while, I looked upon a tree. Coming around a beech
tree, there come a gray squirrel. I said, "Just exactly that way.
That's right, Lord." I turned down, raised up to shoot him, and there
come another squirrel. I said, "There's two. Just exactly. Make my
three." And I raised down, shot the first squirrel. The other one run
under a log. I could see him cutting on a--a hickory nut or something,
under the log. The log was about that high at the end, raised up about
a foot. I could see the squirrel. I killed the first one. I said, "Now,
I'll get the other one." And I leveled down, put those cross hairs
right over his ear, not over forty, fifty yards away, and shot and hit
the log. And the squirrel never even got excited. And I put another
bullet in it. And he turned around and went down the log, and went to
the other end. Well, I leveled down and took the best aim I could. And
I'd only missed five shots all year. So then, I leveled down, right
perfect shot, and touched the trigger again, and I hit about four
inches above him. I said, "I must have knocked my scope out."
E-44 And then I watched again. The squirrel run up and went right out
in the side of the woods, broad-sided from me. "Well," I said, "I
knocked my scope out. I'll just shoot him broad-sided then in the chest
cavity." And I raised up and put the cross hair... And I thought,
"Maybe I've got cold and shaking." I thought, "I wasn't cold and
shaking when I shot the other one." So then... just the same about a
minute or two apart...
E-45 And I got a hold of a bush and put it in my hand, and held the gun
real tight, and put it on the cavity, chest cavity of the squirrel, and
pulled the gun off. And I shot a foot under him. And I pulled to get
another shell, and I... Gun was empty. While I was loading, I said, "I
will get him if he will stand there." And when I got it, the squirrel
went on up through the woods. And I stood there. I thought, "What?
There's three shots straight missed. And I've only missed five out of a
hundred and fourteen." I said, "How could it be that I--my gun would be
E-46 And just then, it come to me. "You can't shoot that squirrel that
way. He must come from that way." God's Word is perfect. Couldn't shoot
him from the south; he's coming from the north. "Well, I said, "I will
just turn around this way then and watch north till he comes." I put
more shells in the gun and watched. The little... I said, "If he comes,
he will have to be awful close." I don't like to shoot one close, it
isn't sport. It isn't nice to do it. So one was... The thicket there...
I said, "Well, I'll have to get this one from the north, 'cause I said
that way." So I stood this way, watching. And I--I said that, I've...
just got late. I said, "A quarter till four. Now, at four o'clock, I'll
have to leave, because--with them two, because the boys are waiting for
me." And so I waited a little while. Four o'clock came, three minutes
after four. I said, "Well, I will go get my squirrels." I went up and
got the squirrels, come back. So dark, I could hardly see in the hollow.
E-47 I started down the hollow. And as I was going down the hollow, it
was dark. And I'd passed the place where I'd been standing, Something
said to me, "Aren't you going to go up there and get that squirrel?" I
said, "How could I see him now?" With a little telescope sight, little
bitty fine target scope. Hardly enough light to see; few feet in front
of me. I said, "How could I see it?" He said, "But you said that there
would be another one." Oh, I wished I could just make that... somehow I
could get... see what that... hear that... what that really means,
friends. See, under that Anointing, it wasn't me that said it, It was
God that said it. And I walked a couple of steps. Said, "Turn and go
back towards the north. Your squirrel's there." I went--turned. And I
said, "Lord God, I won't doubt a bit." I started walking back towards
the north. There are those setting here that knows this, started
walking back towards the north. And way upon the ridge, fifty or sixty
yards away, a squirrel run up the tree. Just enough light that I could
see him. I searched with my scope all up and down the tree, no squirrel
I could find. After while, I thought I seen a knot on the tree, way up
there. So dark. I said, "Well, I will try that anyhow." And I shot. And
when I did, a squirrel run around the tree and run down. I heard it hit
the ground. I thought it jumped off. Same time that happened, about
twenty feet from it, one run up a white oak. And I said, "He run down
one and run up the other one. Now, surely, Lord, You won't let me miss
him after I've already said under that anointing that this would be,
and You're confirming my ministry. This'll be six times that You've
confirmed it to me." The number of man, six times. I said, "You won't
let me miss him."
E-48 I looked all up and down the tree. And way up in there I thought I
seen some leaves. I seen something moving in it. And I raised and shot.
And the squirrel dropped to the ground, stone dead. Up the hill I went,
rejoicing and happy. I went to the first tree over to my left, and
there laid the squirrel. "Well," I said, "I know I got that one, but I
wasn't sure of this one. I said, "Then, Lord, You give me one for good
measure." I goes over to find the other squirrel; he wasn't there. And
I looked and I looked, and I searched under leaves, and raised up
little pieces of chunk, and tore open an old log. And there wasn't but
one log laying within thirty yards. And I tore it all to pieces, looked
under the sides, and held my hands in the leaves and felt. There was no
squirrel there nowhere. On up, there's a big old snag on top of the
hill. I went up to that little snag, and there's a little bitty hole.
And I felt in there, and I thought I felt my squirrel raising up and
down. When I was... I said, "Well, I can't get to him. So in the
morning, I will bring the boys back and get it." I got to go tell them.
And I went down to Brother Charlie. Stopped the hole up, went down to
Brother Charlie and them, and told them.
E-49 We went over to their house that night for supper. We was
rejoicing in the Presence of the Lord. And when... Before going to bed,
Brother Charlie there asked Brother Tony Zable (back there) to lead in
prayer. Now, I don't say this to conflict or to hurt Brother Tony. He
is one of the finest Christian gentlemen that I know of. But to just
show you how the Lord works. Tony, in his prayer that night, said,
"Lord God, let it be known to us that our brother's telling us the
truth, that tomorrow he will find that squirrel in the stump." That
was... I never said I'd find a squirrel in a stump under the anointing.
I said, "I shot the squirrel." Of course, I couldn't get the squirrel.
Because if I did, that'd made more than I'd said. Just exactly what I'd
said under that anointing, that's what God produced. So I didn't say
nothing about that. See, that's how a lot of times people say, "Brother
Branham said so-and-so." When Brother Branham says anything, that don't
have nothing to do with it. But when God says it, that's eternally
true. But Brother Tony didn't get it. He said, "If that squirrel is
there, then we'll know our brother's told us the truth."
E-50 Brother Woods, Brother Charlie, all of them picked it up. We said
nothing. I slept with Brother Tony that night. The next morning at the
table, we were talking about... Oh, it was a horrible day. And Brother
Tony said, "Well, there's one thing. Brother Branham will probably get
his out of the stump this morning, out of the tree." I said, "Brother
Tony, I never said the squirrel was in there. I said I could feel it.
When it would raise up, it would drop." He said, "It'll be there. It'll
be right in the stump." We went on up. And when I left the car, I
started to turn back again, and say there's something wrong. I'd better
tell Tony now, because if that squirrel isn't in that hole, in that
stump, I come back with no squirrel at all, then according to the way
he prayed last night, he will still believe I told a lie. And I said,
"God, You know with my Bible, that I've told the honest truth." And God
knows that's the truth, said just the truth.
E-51 And I went on. Something just drove me on. And I went walking up
through the woods, hunting. I kept thinking, "What if that squirrel
isn't in there." He gave me his hunting knife so I could cut a--the
hole bigger to reach in and get it. And Something said to me, "If it
isn't there, or if it is in there, what makes a difference?" I said,
"He will... He wouldn't believe me. He prayed and said that, "If we
find the squirrel, he will know that our brother has told us the
truth." And that great Anointing come, said, "Just say the squirrel
will be up there, and you'll get him." I thought, "Surely, Lord,
surely. This will be seven times straight while this anointing's on
me." I said, "Is that You?" He said, "Say what you will!" I said, "I
shall find that squirrel." The Anointing left me.
E-52 I hunted on till nine-thirty. And what we was supposed to do
coming down and go get some dogs. Then they thought they were. And I
went on up the hill at nine-thirty, looked in the hole, felt around,
cut. There was no squirrel there at all in the hole. I felt all around.
Now, what I was picking up was little fine grass roots or roots of
trees. I'd pick it up and feel it, and it'd fall off the stick when I
run the stick and pull it up like that. I thought I was picking up the
squirrel, and it was sliding off the stick, but it was little roots and
things: no squirrel in there. I thought, "Now, what will I do?" I said,
"Here it is nine-thirty, I've got to go back." I picked up my rifle and
started down the hill. And something said, "Did not you say you'd find
the squirrel?" I said, "Where would I find him?"
E-53 God, being my solemn Judge with His Word here, and I'm a man of
fifty years old, a preacher of the Gospel, standing in this pulpit,
Something said, "Look under that little piece of bark." I said, "Lord,
I wouldn't doubt You for nothing." I walked over and picked up the
bark, and there was no squirrel there. I thought, "I was..." But just
before I did it, Something said, "What if he isn't there?" I said, "Oh,
he will be there." And I picked it up and there was no squirrel there.
I looked down with amazement. I saw a little bitty piece of gray
sticking out from under a leaf. I pulled it up, and there laid the
squirrel, making it just exactly right what He had said to do.
E-54 Down the hill I went and told them about it. And we rejoiced. And
when I come to the car, Charlie standing right there, Banks, they were
talking. "Wasn't that strange that Tony would say a thing like that in
his prayer, as well as he loves Brother Branham? And why would he doubt
his word and say that?" See, he just had to say it that way, for God
knew that I'd stand in the pulpit this morning and claim the same
thing. You've got to watch what man says, and then what God says. What
God says is true. Then I thought, "Well, praise be to God." And I went
down. We had a great time, come home.
E-55 Brother George Wright, for years has made the Communion wine (And
I'm closing.), has made the Communion wine for the church. Brother Roy
Roberson (back there) called me, and said, "Brother Branham, let's go
down and get the Communion wine from Brother Wright, which is setting
here, him and his family. Now, listen to this close as we close. Oh
God. We got to Brother Wright's early in the morning, and as usual, a
big welcome out. And we was--talked about the wine. And then little
Edith, the little crippled girl setting there, which I've loved, like
we do here at this Tabernacle (Not only me, but this Tabernacle), like
she was our own sister. The Wright family has been the oldest family.
One of them was the Slaughters' here, Roy Slaughter and them. And the
Wrights or Mrs. Spencer, them were the--among the oldest that's been in
the Tabernacle. I think the Wright's has been coming here for some
twenty-five or twenty-six years.
E-56 I've prayed and I've prayed for that little girl. I've prayed to
see God heal her. And I've seen afflictions even greater than hers
healed. And I've fasted, and I've prayed, and I've longed, and I've
sought the Lord with tears for the healing of that little girl. Poor
little fellow was afflicted when she was just an infant, perhaps
infantile paralyses, that's drawed her little hands and feet. She's
suffered for many years. And when we prayed the first time for her, she
stopped suffering. That's years--twenty-six years ago. When she gets a
stomachache or a toothache, just as soon as I go to pray for her, I
know the Lord's going to take it. But that affliction. And I've seen
her set here in the building when other cripples would get up and walk
away, and afflictions and so forth, and wonder, "Why don't that little
girl walk? Lord, appear over her. Let the Angel of Light overshadow the
child, so I can speak THUS SAITH THE LORD." If it was up to me, I'd
speak it. But it ain't up to me. It's up to Him.
E-57 And I watched it. And we were come back, she wanted a rabbit.
Brother Wood and I went out and killed two rabbits, brought them back
for her. She had dinner ready, Mrs. Wright and them. And during that
time, Sister Hattie Mosier... She just lost her husband. I married the
couple some years ago. They got two fine children. And Brother Watt was
killed. His own boy found him under his tractor mashed to death. And
the little boy had a break, and something happened to him. Brother Wood
and I went down there one night and stayed into the night, where his
mother and uncle were staying with him. And the Lord let him be well.
And he's setting present this morning. His mother was interested in
him, that teen-age, just begin to get out with the world, fifteen years
old or something, and his little brother coming on twelve, thirteen
E-58 Sister Hattie Wright... All of you know... We call her Wright. Her
name's Mosier. But she's been a loyal person, a little old housewife,
lived in two rooms a way back up into the hills, out there with a
shovel and a hoe, trying to hoe the cockleburs out of a corn patch to
keep her little family together. She's worked faithfully. When I was
setting at the table eating dinner, I'd been explaining what faith was.
I said, "If faith's like this, if I'd see a vision of Brother Shelby
setting so-and-so, and each one the way they was..." And Sister Hattie
was setting way back out toward another room. She didn't have much to
E-59 And then while we were talking, I said, "If the Lord showed me a
vision that something was to take place, then I would--could say it.
That's what raises my faith." I said, "When the Lord shows me what'll
take place, then I've got confidence it's going to be that way, when He
shows me." I said, "I'd come right here, if that little sickly girl
setting there, and the Lord showed me she was going to be healed, I'd
come right here and stand in the tracks, see if everything was just
exactly the way He said it, and then say, "THUS SAITH THE LORD, Edith,
rise up and walk." I said, "You'd see those little legs unfold, and
them little hands unfold, and she'd get up from there and walk to the
glory of God. I said, "If it would come like that..."
E-60 I'd been telling them about this experience. And I said, "Do you
know... I want to ask you something." Brother Banks Wood was setting
next to me at the table. And next set the... Then Sister Hattie was
setting way back, and the boys was setting here, and Mrs. Wright, and
Mr. Wright, and Shelby setting back to my left. Now, listen. Don't miss
this. Show you the sovereignty of God. And while we were talking, I
said, "I want to ask you something. What put those squirrels there?
There's no squirrels in the woods. I'd hunted and hunted. And I--I'm
not the best of hunter, but I've hunted since I was a little boy. And
I'd hunted close, and--and they were in the most ridiculous place, and
then the most ridiculous way I could call them." I said, "What put them
there?" I said, "I wonder if it is that my ministry is fixing to take a
change, that the God of Abraham is confirming His promise as He did to
E-61 When He was upon top of the mount, and he needed a sacrifice for
it, instead of his son, Jehovah-jireh performed a miracle and placed a
ram a hundred miles back. He was three day's journey. And any ordinary
man can walk twenty-five miles a day. And then he lifted up his eyes
and saw the mountain far off, and then went to the mountain, and went
upon top of the mountain. Wild ram back in there, a sheep, wild animals
would've killed it. And then upon top of the mountain where there's no
water, how did that ram get up there? What happened? God needed a
sacrifice to prove to Abraham that He was Jehovah-jireh. The very God
of creation spoke a ram into existence. Now, it wasn't a vision. He
killed the ram and blood came out of that animal. It wasn't a vision;
it was a ram. I said, "That same God..." Hallelujah! That
Jehovah-jireh, He's just as much Jehovah-jireh today as He was on the
mountain with Abraham. He can still produce an animal to His glory.
These squirrels was not a vision. I shot them; blood came out of them.
I dressed them and eat them. They wasn't visions; they were squirrels.
E-62 I said, "That same Jehovah-jireh, trying to get His promise over
to me, in my thickness and dullness of mind. He could speak my need
into existence the same as He could speak Abraham's need into
existence." I'd no more than said that until Sister Hattie (setting
there crying now)... hadn't said a word. And she said, "That's nothing
but the truth." She said the right thing. She said just like Banks said
down there. I heard her voice as it swept from my ears, and like up
into the woods. Mrs. Wright setting back there with her little girl was
trying to interpret what Edith said, as I couldn't hear Mrs. Wright.
And that super-anointing swept over me, said, "Tell Hattie that she's
found grace in the sight of God." Who would've thought...? Said, "Tell
her to ask whatever she will, then you speak it by this gift into
existence. Whatever she asketh, speak it into existence." I looked at
Sister Hattie. The first time it was ever performed on a human being. I
said, "Sister Hattie, ask what you will. God's going to give it to you."
E-63 What do you think of that? Does it get in to you? Seven times He
had confirmed it by an animal. Seven is God's complete number. Here's
the first time on a human being. And He... What did He choose? Some
great aristocrat? A great noted minister? A poor little widow woman
that could hardly write her name. God knows what He's doing. Said, "Ask
what you will." Hattie said to me, "Brother Branham, what do you mean?"
I said, "Ask anything your heart desires, and it shall be produced
right here, that you'll know that the Lord God of heaven answers, and
His Scriptures are true." My first time with the new gift, my first
anointing... I could hardly hear. And she looked around. We'd been
talking about her little crippled sister. I said, "Oh, don't doubt," in
my heart, "within a few minutes, little Edith will be jumping to the
glory of God." Hattie looked around, all around. And she said, "Brother
Bill, my greatest desire is for the salvation of my two boys."
E-64 What a... Why, there couldn't have been a greater thing. She
could've asked for ten thousand dollars; she'd have got it. What if
it'd been some millionaire, would have asked for another million. God
knowed what she was going to ask for. Sister Hattie, at least seven or
eight witnesses standing there... All you people that was present
that--when that happened, raise up your hand, everybody in the building
was present that happened. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven.
Seven of them, eight of them, eight of them was present when that
happened. I said, "Ask anything you want to, 'cause God's give it to me
to give to you whatever you want." She said her boys was beginning to
go off on the teen-age tantrum. And she said, "The salvation of my two
boys..." I said, "By the will of God, by the power of God, I give you,
in the Name of Jesus Christ your desire." And her two boys shook under
the power of God, and that whole building trembled. Banks fell into his
plate. Shelby grabbed... And Hattie screamed till you could hear her
for two blocks. And them two boys with tears rolling down their cheeks
received exactly what they asked for right then. Oh, the first time it
was ever used on a human being. "Ask what you will, and it shall be
given unto you." Her boys setting there with her this morning.
E-65 What would she have asked? What if she'd the healing of her little
sister? What if she'd asked that? The little girl would've been healed,
but her two boys lost. What if that poor widow, who had just told me
that she tried to give to this church fifty dollars on a pledge to help
build a new church, and Brother Roberson wouldn't take it, would only
let her give twenty of it... And I said to myself when she's speaking,
"I will give her back the twenty." But God said to me, in my heart now,
not by vision, in my heart, "When Jesus was standing, watching a widow
put in three pennies where there was thousands of dollars laying, what
would you have done." I said, "Well, if I'd been standing around, said,
'We don't need it, sister. We got plenty of money.'" But Jesus never
said it. He let her go on and do it, because He knowed what was down
the road. So help me, God, as my solemn Judge, God knew that was down
the road for her.
E-66 And I was run my hand in my pocket to get my pocket book to give
her her twenty dollars back and say, "Sister Hattie..." But He said,
"Don't do it." Then, in a few minutes, when the question was brought up
about Jehovah-jireh, she said, "That's nothing but the truth." And it
come from a poor widow woman's heart, God knowing she'd ask the
greatest thing could be done. As long as there is a heaven, when the
stars is gone, when there's no more moon, no more earth, no more sea,
them boys shall live on through eternity with the same Jehovah-jireh
Who gave the immortal promise. His promises cannot fail. I'm looking
forward for the coming of this meeting down yonder in San Jose. Oh, if
it'll just break forth...? Now, when the anointing strike, "Ask what
you will." I have a perfect assurance that when that strikes, and
whatever God puts to be asked, it'll be just exactly that way. It has
to be. "For, if you say to this mount..." See, it isn't you speaking.
It isn't you; It's God. It's you so--so submitted to God.
E-67 Now, watch the prophets of old when we're closing. The prophets of
old, when they was--seen the coming of the Lord Jesus, they were so in
the Spirit till they spoke as if it was themselves. Look at David in
the Psalms, 22nd Psalm, crying, "My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken
me?" Not David, It was Christ eight hundred years later. "All my bones
stare at me. They shoot out their lips at me. They wagged their heads,
said, 'He saved others, but hisself He cannot save,'" David speaking
that as if it was himself, but It was the Spirit of God in him, Christ,
speaking forth. Oh, God, be praise. Moving into His Church in the
fullness of His power, moving among His people, spreading out His great
wings of mercy, may He be praised.
E-68 I haven't time for my sermon. Let us bow our heads just a moment.
Is there one here this morning, or how many of them is here that knows
that you're not prepared at this time to meet God, would you raise your
hands, and say, "Pray for me, Brother Branham." We can't bring you to
the altar, 'cause the altars are packed. God bless you, brother, to
you, sister, you, brother, you, and you back there, all around, you,
young lady, you, my brother. Way back in the back, all around, God sees
your hands. If He can bring a ram into existence when there is no ram,
if He can bring animals into existence, if He's concerned about a
little fig tree growing on the side of the hill, or a little dead fish
laying on the water, how much more does He know your desire in your...
Sure He does. He knows that you need Him. "Ask and you shall receive.
When you pray, believe that you receive what you ask for." Was that the
Holy Spirit that raised your hand? If it was, then the Anointing's on
you. Then pray and believe God, and you shall have what you've said.
E-69 Heavenly Father, as this day is growing near to the midday, and
I've been at length here this morning on this story of Thy Divine
grace, according to Your Word... It is written in the Scriptures that
Jesus, our Lord, said, "He that believeth on Me, the works that I do,
shall he also." And we know that those works are true. You could
discern the thoughts of the people. You told Peter who he was, what his
name was, what his father was. You told Philip when he brought
Nathanael--or told Nathanael, rather, that You saw him under the tree
before he come. You told the woman at the well how many husbands she
had. Oh, there is nothing hid from You. You knew all things. And that
was Your works. Then we see You say to that fig tree... O Lord, I
believe the hour is soon coming that when the loaves and fishes will be
multiplied. There'll come a mark of the beast soon. There'll come a
confederation of churches, and they'll put out a sign that--a unionized
church that no man can buy or sell. And Your Church, it won't bother
them; for Your Holy Spirit shall lead them and feed them as You did
Israel in the wilderness. You are God. Don't let us miss that, Lord.
Let us remain faithfully. Let us be true.
E-70 Now, I don't know just when this will take place again, Lord,
maybe this morning again. Maybe it'll happen again in the Tabernacle
today, trusting that it will, Lord, trusting that You'll put faith in
the people's heart, and know that I haven't misled, or said one thing
wrong. I said it just the way it come, to the best that I know in my
heart, Lord, watching my words and weighing them, knowing that You have
confirmed that to me, as I have said, seven times, and knowing
immediately after that, on the first human being I ever spoke to, she
got the desire of her heart the moment she spoke. Now, Lord, there's
many desires in here this morning. You'll have to anoint Your servant,
Lord. If You'll just send the anointing, and let me have it this
morning. If anyone should need, You just speak it to me, Lord, when
they speak, or whenever... what... whoever You wish, and let it come to
pass. And now, I know that what's said then, it'll not be me, it will
be You, lord, speaking.
E-71 I submit myself to You. And before I leave from this ministry, the
old type of the visions and so forth, at this altar where I dedicated
my life anew, from preaching the Gospel to signs and wonders. I
dedicate myself again this morning to You, Lord, for service. The first
time this has been told, the first time, Lord, that it's been
manifested, here sets the witnesses. O Lord God, if there is anything
You can use this old hull of mine for, I am Yours, Lord. Take me, and
mold me, and fashion me, and do something, Lord, that'll honor and
glorify Thee. Spread it out amongst other ministers. Send it to the
four corners of the world. The hours are getting late, Jesus is coming.
Bless Your people together. Save the lost. Every one that raised their
hands here this morning, save them, Lord. Give them the Holy Spirit.
May their lives be dedicated to You. This little church, Lord, the
pastor, and every pastor here, every evangelist, teacher, every member
of any other church; O God, as a body of people, we give ourselves to
You. Take us and use us, Lord. We are Yours, and expecting to come to
You someday in peace. And now, if there be any sick or afflicted, may
they be healed this morning. May Thy grace and eternal blessings rest
upon them, as we pray for them by laying our hands upon them, and
praying, and may the Holy Ghost come and perform the work that He's
ordained to be done. Grant it, Father. Through Jesus Christ, we ask
this blessing. Amen.
E-72 I have told you the honest truth. Just as God has revealed it and
has did it, I have honestly told you the truth. And now, I am earnestly
seeking and desiring your prayers. I realize that a man of my age,
fifty years old... The other morning, I said to the wife, "I'm already
fifty, honey. If I do anything for the Lord, I got to hurry." She said,
"Bill, God trained Moses eighty years." And said, "He can train you for
another fifty years to get one day's service from you. He's got a
purpose for you, so just stand still." I thought that's a lot of
wisdom. Stand still. God moves every hand just according to His great
plan. Just be still. Don't try to over--to try to push. You get ahead
of Him then. It's a whole lot better to try to follow than it is to
lead, 'cause He's the Leader.
E-73 Now, to my little church here, my little flock that's been so
faithful, and's prayed for me all out across the world; I believe
there's another worldwide shaking coming. These things I've told you is
the truth. At the day of the judgment, I'll face you yonder with the
same story, just as true as I'm standing here. Now, I'm sure you all
could see what it is. It's a coming of a greater, deeper anointing of
the Holy Spirit. How to get into it, I don't know. Only thing I know,
it takes God to put you into it. So you just live as sweet and humble,
and close to God as you can. Don't doubt Him. Just believe that
everything's working just to the good for you, and everything will work
around all right. See?
E-74 Just remember, you are a sheep; He is the dove. And the dove leads
the lamb. When... And the lamb and the dove has the same nature. The
dove is the most gentlest of all the birds of the heavens; a lamb is
the most gentlest of all the beasts of the earth. So see, their spirits
would coincides with one another. Now, the dove could not come on a
wolf (See?); it wouldn't stay there. The wolf is a killer. The lamb is
gentle. So you see, it's the lamb and the dove, and one leading the
other. And do you see where the Dove led the Lamb to? All the way to
Calvary for crucifixion, and He opened not His mouth. When they spit on
Him, He never spit back. When they smacked Him, He never smacked back;
He just went right on, knowing that He was--for the glory of God, He
was doing the will of God.
E-75 Sister Hattie, we're close around the same age. And Brother George
Wright there, her dad, and her boys, and mother, Shelby; I want to say
this: I guess you wondered why I got up and walked out of the house as
quick as I did. I have never... I've been where thirty thousand raw
heathens was saved at one time (South Africa), come to Christ. I
thought that was the greatest anointing I ever felt. It never in no
ways compared with that down at George Wright's the other day. I have
never felt anything like that. The whole room just seemed to be just
a--a Light of the Glory of God. Now, Sister Hattie's very quiet, and
pious little woman; never raises her voice about anything. But you
could've heard her scream a city block when the Holy Spirit struck the
building. Everybody--everybody there felt It. It was wonderful. We may
live a long time. But Sister Hattie, as long as there is a memory in
our mind, we'll remember that, Sister Wright.
E-76 Now, that the people might know that I told that just exactly
true, would you raise up your hand, Sister Hattie, so it... Sister
Wright and you all was there, just... was there, just so that you can
see. See, there they are. Here... Stand up, Sister Hattie. There's the
little widow woman that the miracle happened on, the first, bypassing
all the peoples of the world, for that thing to happen first to that
poor, little, humble widow woman upon a hillside up there, trying to
raise a crop of corn out of a crawfish ground out there to take care of
her children. That's the one that God honored the first time since the
days of the... of Jesus Christ, and said, "Ask what you will." I said,
"I challenge anybody, in the Name of the Lord, when that Spirit strikes
and says that, I don't care what you ask for, it shall be granted."
E-77 You know why the plutocrats didn't get it, or the big folks like
that? Is because God knowed they'd ask things that was no good for
them. He gives it to people who He knows will ask the right thing. And
what more could that woman... What more... Just tell me anything she
could ask greater than that. Her mother and father's saved; her little
sister's saved. All the family's saved except the two boys at that
time. They wasn't saved. They're poor people. Shelby told me his
constant income for a good crop, he netted six hundred dollars a year,
working till the boys... About my age, and he's all broke down,
everything, and he's working to take care of his daddy and mother, and
they're old, and--and trying to take care of his little afflicted
sister, but he's saved. Brother Wright, all of them is saved. But them
two was not saved. And Hattie asked the salvation of her children. As
long as there's an eternity, she could have asked for ten thousand
dollars and have got it. She could have asked whatever she would. But
God knows what you're going to ask before He ever places the anointing.
E-78 Sister Hattie, is it right, that I said, "Ask anything that you
wish. Anything your heart desires, ask it, Hattie." Is that right,
Sister Hattie? See? See? "Ask anything you want to; makes no difference
what it is, ask it. God has said to me, 'Just speak what she's asked
for, and she'll have it.'" He said, "Ask it now, just anything you
desire." And she did it. Oh, brother, sister, do you realize the day
we're living in? The most glorious time, when God of heaven will put
amongst human beings to ask anything you will, and He will give it to
you... Why, it's--it's too deep for my mind, I know that. But I hope
that my heart can contain as much of it as I can. It--it just... I have
lived on it. I have thrived on it. I'm going westward on it. I'm
entering meetings on it. I'm living on it. And God's Words is right.
E-79 Now, as far as I know, that's the last thing to happen. I don't
know nothing else, what it could be, just to give to human beings, "Ask
anything that you desire. No matter what it is, just ask it, and it'll
be given to you." And could you see the wisdom? How many believes that
that--that woman asked the greatest thing could be asked? Let's see
you... Could you imagine, a--a woman with a afflicted sister, could've
asked for her healing, a woman that's poor, and her mother and daddy
poor, and all of them poor, could have asked for money, and got it. She
could have asked for years added to her life and got it. But she asked
the greatest thing that could be asked, the salvation of her unsaved
family, and got it. Amen. That's the main thing: Got it by the same God
that give the promise. God, oh how I love Him.
E-80 Now, we're going... Is there any sick here to be prayed for? Raise
up your hands. A woman called a few nights ago (There's three of them,
I believe, from California or something, they told me.), that said,
"We've come two or three times. And you give out prayer cards, and our
number's are not called." I made her a promise if she'd stay over, that
I'd just pray for the sick this morning. How many's been in here when
we've had the discernments and things? Oh, all of you, I suppose,
everybody here. See? We know that that's true. We're moving beyond that
now. Oh, praise be to God, we're moving beyond that now. Maybe it'll
come to pass. I don't know what God will do this morning. But you
people that are sick and afflicted, I'm going to ask you just to come a
few at a time. Let these on this side here come up so we can pray for
these on this side first. Maybe I can catch it like that. Come right up
here, sister. Just line right up here, 'cause we haven't got... We have
to send them back down the same aisle on account of them getting back
to the same place. [Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.]
E-81 I could tell the way this little fellow talked this morning, he
believes in Divine healing. I know he believes in the power of God. Is
there another minister here this morning that's a--a minister who
believe that God heals the sick? If there is, let him come up here if
he will, and come here stand with us while we pray for these--these
sick and afflicted. Any of you brethren that believes that God heals
the sick. God bless you, sir, come right ahead (see?), we want you to
come right here with us. Now, we do not know what the Holy Spirit may
do. The Holy Spirit may at this time perform just like He down at
Sister Wright's the other day. I trust that He will. I don't know. You
understand... How many know... Well, there's not many of you left here,
when the visions first started? I don't know what time they'll come,
what they'll do. Everything is in the will of God, and has to be
controlled by God. How many knows that? God could not give man things
to control themselves. If they did, then (You see?) it wouldn't be God.
It wouldn't be God; it would be... I want you to think here, friends,
in this little lowly place, but how the Lord has absolutely, Brother
Mike, beyond any shadow of doubt, has blessed us, and performed, and
done just exactly what He promised He'd do.
E-82 How many ever heard of super sensory perception? Many of you has.
It's--it's just nothing but mythology, spiritualism. But you know, they
can't... Them things are not lasting. They don't hold on. They can
never get any material. They'll set down there and have... They say,
"There's a spirit; there's a spirit." And they try and take a picture
of it or something. They can't do it. See, it's just... It's not there.
It's psychic, mental. See? But what God does is perfect. When Moses
throwed down his rod, the magician throwed down his rod too, they was
both turned to serpents. Is that right? But what happened to Jannes and
Jambres' rod? Moses' rod swallowed it up. And when Moses picked up his
rod, it was still a rod. But where was their rod? Inside the rod of
Moses. See, you couldn't see it. When God does anything, He makes it
real. Now, they tell me the Holy Spirit... You know, they say, "That's
people just worked up. It's mental. Them visions and things, that's
just a mental telepathy."
E-83 Well, when George J. Lacy examined that picture there, when that
Angel of the Lord... Many of you standing here has seen it on the
river, and many times. He said, "Brother Branham, the mechanical eye of
this camera don't take psychology." Said, "The Light was there." There
it is. It's everlasting. It's true. So you see, It's the same Angel of
God. Now, watch It. The nature of It proves it. When He was here on
earth, It was dwelt in a--the Lord Jesus Christ, Who was God made
manifest. And now, Jesus said, "A little while and the world won't see
Me no more. Yet you'll see Me, for I will be with you, even in you, to
the end of the world. And the things that you do... that I do shall you
also." Now, watch it when it comes... A man can say anything. But when
God backs it up, that makes it truth. Now, watch the nature of that
Angel. When He gets a person so submitted to Him, He does the same
thing that Jesus did when He was here on earth, because we are sons and
daughters of God, if we're borned of His Spirit. See? And it ain't no
mythical thing. It's got evidence to prove it. It shows that it's
right. So our salvation is absolutely perfect.
E-84 The God of heavens, who had all the prophets to speak of the
coming of the Lord Jesus... And Jesus, when He come, He fulfilled every
prophecy. Many of them was fulfilled at the cross: "Wounded for our
transgressions," and what David said, "My God has Thou forsaken me."
But when God sends a prophet, a prophet speaks, God makes that truth,
if it's God. That's where He said to know them. If they spoke, "and
what they said come to pass, then believe them, for I'm with them." If
it doesn't, then it... they're--they're not. They're false prophets. He
said, "But to mark them, see whether it come to pass." Now, look. If
God, Who spoke in the holy prophets, talked about the coming of the
Messiah to the glory and honor of God... If I know who would be
president next fall, and would tell it, that would be prophecy. That's
right. But God doesn't prophesy like that, just to... oh, just to be
playing. God does something to glorify Him. See?
E-85 But when the Messiah come, and when the Messiah left... I want to
ask all you Methodists, Baptists, Presbyterians, Catholic, Lutheran,
Pentecostal, Nazarene, Pilgrim Holiness, all of you; I want to ask you
something: Don't you think that that King of the prophets, Jesus,
would've knowed how to set up His own Church? If all the prophets spoke
of Him, and pointed to Him... What kind of a Church did He set up? When
He left, He said... When he was here on earth, He told Peter, "On the
revelation of the Word of God," He said, "upon this rock, I will build
My Church, and the gates of hell cannot prevail against It." Isn't that
right? All right. When He was... 'Fore He left, in Mark 16, He said,
"These signs shall follow them that believe." Did He say it? "In My
Name they shall cast out devils, speak with new tongues, take up
serpents, drink deadly things." He also said, "The works that I do,
shall you do also." Is that right? That's the signs that's to follow
His Church. It's not a denomination. It's a set up organization,
ordained of God, Holy Ghost filled, heaven born Church that comes out
of all denominations, a real believing bunch of people.
E-86 These ministers standing here are just along with me. We're men.
He's God. But we're here to represent Him. We're here to tell you that
we... God has sent us to do this work, to lay hands on the sick. "These
sign shall follow them." Them signs, all signs that He spoke of will
follow the believer. Here they are following. They follow. And God is
not no respect of persons. What He did for Hattie, He will do for you.
What He did for the blind, He will do for you blind. What He does for
the deaf, He will do for you. Anything that He's done for anybody else,
He will do for you, if you will only believe. Is that right? Now,
Brother Teddy, I want you to play, "Only Believe." And as these people
pass through the line, then we'll get the other side. We're going to
come through, all of us laying hands on you, praying for you that your
diseases will be cured. And it can... It'll be... And I don't know what
God's going to do. I'm just standing here right now, not knowing what
to do. I'm just going to pray for the sick like I promised somebody
that I'd do, just pray for the... Last Sunday... You remember, I told
you last sunday was the--was the revelations and so forth. This Sunday
I'd pray for the sick.
E-87 Let us pray now. Lord, we stand here as Your servants. We stand
before Your people. We're here. We don't know what You'll do. You might
speak with tongues. You might interpret. You might give a vision. You
might cause me to take someone's hand for a revelation. You might speak
and give the authority to say whatever You will. I don't know what
You're going to do, Lord. And maybe, You want us to lay hands on the
sick. We don't know what it is; we're just wanting to please You, Lord.
We're standing here as Your servants, and these are Your people. And
we're trying to help them according to what Your Word says do. We're
trying to follow Your instructions. And I pray Thee, Lord, that You'll
give to us that what we have need to minister to the people, through
Jesus Christ's Name. Amen. I want all the rest of you keep your head
down and pray, while Brother Wood, if you'll... And minister brothers,
I believe we stand right there. How many is there? Four of you here.
All right, two of you on each side there, and I'll stand right at the
head of the line right here. See? Just one moment. Now, right--right...
Come over here, Brother Gary. Now, that's it. Stand right along there.
And as they pass by, all the congregation... Now, if you little boys
would move back a little so they can walk out. Now, as you all pray, go
right straight to your--your seats. Then in a few minutes, I'll call
for the other side.
E-88 Now, every one of you, not only ministers, but all of you ought to
pray for these people. You don't know what God might do for you while
you're praying for somebody else. What if you'd say the right thing?
What if... Here's a woman standing here that's so sick they have to
hold her up. What if your prayer would be the right thing, just like
Banks said the right thing, like Hattie said the right thing? What if
you'd say the right thing, and your pray would cause God to come down
and do something? See, it isn't said about one person; this is the
church...?... to God. This is...?... Now, everybody be in prayer.
E-89 Now...?... Brother Wright, you just bring the people through.
Somebody stand here, if you will...?... the ushers... Brother Willard
you help us through there. And Brother Banks, you come here...?... Let
us pray. Lord Jesus, the people are come now to be healed. May they be
healed...?... Come right ahead now, each one...?... Pray now,
brethren...?... [This portion of the tape is unintelligible--Ed.] Pile
of these handkerchiefs, Lord, little cloths that are going to the sick
and afflicted, different places. And may they be blessed, Father,
through the honor and glory of God, in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
E-90 (Got a message right here. Then, you be ready by then.) All right.
If the Lord bless you, brother. [A brother speaks with Brother
Branham--Ed.] Well, from--from Oregon. San Jose... Well wonderful. God
bless you. I hope... I hope that it'll just be one of the greatest
meetings. Thank you, my brother. The Lord bless you. Isn't this like
heaven? When you think of preaching the Gospel and souls raising your
hands to Christ, sick and afflicted passing through the line, baptismal
services, fellowship, brotherhood; that's just--just a little bit of
heaven dropped down on earth. You know, He... I feel like what the
apostle said that time, "It is good for us to be here." If we could...
We don't need but one tabernacle, but... We love to be here for the
service of God.
E-91 Now, each of you people that come through the line this morning,
was prayed for, just remember that the same God that granted all these
things that you have heard done around the country... And they are
truth, just as true as they can be. And all these ministers here, and
what's been done in their ministry, what's been done in the ministry
the Lord has given me. We have stood here with sincerity, with all of
our hearts, pray and laying hands on you, just exactly what Jesus said,
"These signs shall follow them that believe: If they lay hands on the
sick, they shall recover." Now, it's just got... There's only one thing
to keep it from not happening, that would be for you to disbelieve it.
Jesus said, "Come unto Me all you that labor and heavy laden, I'll give
you rest. Whosoever will, let him come." Now, there's only one way for
you to miss it. God's Word's true. One way for you to miss it, is not
come. Isn't that right? That's the way for you to miss it. God said,
"These signs shall follow them that believe: If they lay hands on the
sick, they shall recover." There's only one way for you to miss it;
that's disbelieve it. If you'll believe God's Word, God will keep His
Word. You see, to... That would be... That's the first, initial...
That's the way to pray for the sick: pass them through, lay hands on
them, or anoint them, or anything that God said way...
E-92 But after all of that, for God to let you know that He's in the
midst of His people, He shows signs and wonders. And see, it's the
wonders and miracles of the living God to do the things that He does
do. Now, He's wonderful. Don't you think so? Now, the brethren are
making ready in there for the--the baptismal service. And it'll just be
quickly. And now, those are to be baptized, the women go to the room...
Isn't that right, the women over there? The women over here, and the
men on this side. While we're making ready for baptismal service, I
want to read a Scripture in the next few minutes. And we'll be... I
know some of you, you're limbs are bound to be hurting from standing
up. And if you can stand just a few moments longer, you'll see a
beautiful sight when you see the--the immersing of these people.
E-93 I want to read some Scriptures now, found in the Book of Acts, the
2nd chapter while they're making ready for the baptismal. I think
they's only about two or three to be baptized. Won't take but just a
moment. And I want you to listen close now. I'm going to begin reading
out of Acts 2, the 28th verse, beginning reading. Thou has made known
unto me the way of life--the ways of life;... (It's in the plural.)...
thou shall make me full of joy and with thy countenances. Men and
brethren, let me freely speak to you of the patriarch David, that he is
both dead and buried, and his sepulcher is with us to this day.
Therefore being a prophet... (How many knowed David was a prophet?
Sure. He was a Psalmist and prophet.) Therefore being a prophet, and
the knowledge that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the
fruits of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ
to set on his throne; He seeing this before spake of the resurrection
of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither did his flesh
see corruption. This Jesus has God raised up, wherefore we are all
witnesses. (Doesn't that sound like today? We are witnesses of these
things. I could say this morning, Hattie, the rest of you, we're
witnesses of these things.) Therefore being at the right hand of God
exalted... having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost,
he has shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. For David is not
ascended into... heaven; but he said himself, The LORD said unto my
Lord, Set thou on my right hand. (You remember last Sunday, how we
spoke of the prophets, all of them great men, how they had to die. But
One come, the Royal Seed.) Set thou on my right hand, Until I make thy
foes thy footstool. Therefore let all the house of Israel know surely,
that God has made this same Jesus, who you crucified, both Lord and
Christ. Now when they heard this... (That Jesus was both Lord and
Christ.) Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their hearts,
and said unto Peter and the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren,
what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized
every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins,
and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is
unto you, and to your children, and to them that's far off, even as
many as the Lord our God shall call. And with many other words did he
testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward
generation. And they that gladly received his word were baptized: and
the same day there were added to them about three thousand souls. And
they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and in the
fellowship, and breaking of bread, and with prayers. And fear came up
on every soul; and many wonders and sign were done by the apostles. And
all that believed were gathered together, and had all things in common;
... sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as
every man had need. And they, continuingly daily with one accord in the
temple, breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with
gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with
all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should
E-94 Now, just a... While they're coming to the water... You let me
know he gets... goes to the water. That you might know, that sovereign
grace reigns with God. I want to go back. I just can't help from
placing something else in. Did you know, those two boys, that woman's
children that were saved, God knew that before the foundation of the
world, and their names were actually put on the Lamb's Book of Life
before the foundation of the world? The Bible says that? And it only
had to work to this minute... Did you know God knew that we'd be
standing here, ten million years before the world was ever founded? Did
you know He knew we'd be standing here this morning? The infinitecy of
God knowed every fly, every gnat, every time they'd bat their eyes, and
how much tallow they would produce. Before the world was ever formed,
God knew it.
E-95 Now, you say, "Well, if He knows it, then why you preaching?"
That's God... part of God's program. Preaching is His program. When He
looked upon the apostles, He looked upon the harvest. He said, "The
harvest is ripe, and the laborers are few. Pray the Lord of the harvest
that He will send laborers into His harvest." How many remember that?
Well, why would they have to pray to the Lord of harvest to send
laborers into His harvest, if the Lord of harvest was standing there
knowing it would be done? Why? God has so arranged it, that His... Now,
listen to this. God has so arranged it, that His program cannot move
without you and I. And as long as we're not doing what God leads us to
do, we're paralyzing His program. But when the Church moves by the
anointing of the Holy Ghost, then we're in God's will, doing His
E-96 Oh, as soon as I return from California, the Lord willing, what
the Branham Tabernacle needs is a revival. They need a revival and a
filling of the Holy Ghost. I...?... the great need of the Tabernacle,
some of the finest people in the world comes here. But what we need is
the baptism of the Holy Ghost. I feel it, can tell it. And as soon as
we return back, if the Lord willing, we're going to have a revival for
that very purpose: That the ministry of this Tabernacle, and other
people are seeking the Holy Ghost might come and receive Him, Baptist
and everything else. Prayer meetings in here to receive the Holy Ghost.
That as...?... the will of God and move on with the program of God as
it moves on. The Lord bless you. I believe they're ready now at the
pool. You take hold of getting them. And I'll go in there pray for