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Jesus Christ The Same Yesterday Today And Forever
E-1 Thank you, brother. [A brother says, "God bless you, Brother Branham."--Ed.] My, I'd have to live some to--to live up a reputation like that, wouldn't I? I certainly appreciate that, though. If there was no one believed, what good would it do me to go? Yes. You have to have someone to believe. No matter what God would do, if you don't believe what He's doing, then... It has to be two of us, you know, somebody has to believe with me for this. And no matter what it--would take place, if--if no one believes, then it would be of no benefit; it'd be of no use at all. But I'm so glad to hear that people still believe this wonderful story of the Lord Jesus and His kind love to us all. And I had such a wonderful time last night. I--I went home and lived off the results of it till this time. I--I come back to refill. And I think this is what we all come for, is to hear the songs of Zion, the testimonies of the people, and in the house of the Lord.
E-3 Now, I believe it was said once in the Bible, "How sweet that brethren to dwell together in unity. It's like the anointing oil that was on Aaron's beard, that run to the hems of his skirt. I think there's nothing any more precious than to see a--a unified people in the Spirit of the Lord, to be unity, all agreeing. You know, I think the ten days that they were waiting for the--the original and first outpouring of the Holy Spirit, how that must've been a unifying time, of the people all in one heart and one accord. And every time that man gets together like that, since then, the Holy Spirit always meets with them. The Bible said, Jesus speaking, said that, "Wherever two or three are gathered in My Name, there I am in the midst of them." So now, we know truthfully that Jesus has gathered with us, because we have gathered in His Name.
E-6 Now, tonight it's been given over to pray for the sick people. And as I come in the door, I seen there was those laying there who were sick and afflicted. My son just returned back to pick up Sister Moore and I, and to bring over to the church; and he said he had give out some prayer cards, so he could number them and--and bring the people up one at a time to pray for them. Today I had a wonderful day. I was down in the--your little park down here, and there was a man coming along, gathering up the--the stuff out of the garbage can. I said, "I'm here for the meeting." He said, "Oh, up there at the campgrounds?" I said, "Yes." He said, "Well," he said, "I'm going up tomorrow night." He said, "There's a minister, Brother Branham, is going to speak." And I said, "Yes, sir." And he said, "Well," he said, "I want to go up." Said, "My wife and family was up last evening." And--and the--the man was smoking. And--and I said, "Well," I said, "do you know Brother Branham?" Said, "Oh, it's been years ago." Said, "He was here." Said, "I always thought it taken a lot of nerve, or faith, or something." Said, "I was over here at the armory to see him bring those people up there in cots and stretchers, and blind and twisted, and see them walk off the platform." But I--I said, "I--I am Brother Branham." And he--he said, "Oh, I'm not..." Kind of put his cigarette back. And very gentleman type of fellow. And another man come up, very nice.
E-13 We had a little talk, was expressing to them about the Presence of God, "There's--there's no-nowhere you can look. You can look at the tree, you can see it's governed by God. And everything that you look at is God." I said, "I hope if we meet again in life, that you'll be Christian like your family." Prayed for them as soon as they left, the other gentleman. And if they're here tonight, I hope I don't embarrass them by saying this, but I--I--I'm trusting that God will make Christians out of both of those men. We want to meet again in a better land, where the--the Tree of Life is blooming on the other side of the river. We all know we're coming that way.
E-15 And now, just going through the markets and places, and brings back old memories. And last evening when I was going out, Brother Johnson was setting out there, a brother, he and Sister Johnson. I haven't seen them for a number of years. Last time I seen him, he was stroked, was paralyzed. It was over in California, Brother Noel. How, it brings back the memories of the old days, the first coming to Arkansas, little city called Moark, a little Pentecostal church setting back to one side. On down to Brother... to Corning, Arkansas, Brother Johnson and his wife. And how I remember those great days.
E-16 Then on down to Brother T. Richard Reed. I remember the morning down at Jonesboro; his wife, she was barren and he wanted children. And I was back there in the room, and the people had tore the screen off the window, getting in, praying for the sick. He put me back in a room. I'd have a prayer line. He thought I went in and go to bed, and there'd be people stand all up and down the back yard, have a prayer line. And him out there sleeping; I was back there praying for the sick, through the window. And I remember, next morning, going out. And Sister Reed had doctored and everything to try to have a little one. And I started walking through the doors, one of the first visions in the meeting, I saw her holding a little blond-headed baby boy. I spoke in the Name of the Lord that she'd have it. She did, and how God blessed their home.
E-19 And, oh, so many things. And Brother G. H. Brown; Little Rock down here. I remember there, 505 Victor Street. You know, I--I'd like to just take a series of meetings and trail myself back around through in Arkansas and them churches and things, and see the people, and shake their hands. That's wonderful, the people of God. Everywhere I've went... I've been way down in the jungles of Africa, and over among the Indians, the fire-eaters, and witch doctors, and all through the nations, and around the world, but I've never forgotten my friends in Arkansas, of how they'd hold them hands, and lay their kids under the truck while it was play--raining. See young girls walk down the street, barefooted, or down the road, and then dust off their feet and put on their shoes and stockings to come in, me back in the bushes, praying for the meeting. I--I never forget that, what real genuine people are. I am so thankful that there's still people like that in the world.
E-21 Tonight I had forgotten about having to come to this meeting the other day, and it's just pulled, tugged. And the other day the--one of the managers of the meeting takes care of the foreign mail, come in with--with six hundred foreign invitations, and many of them petitions; besides, a book that thick, in the last six months, has come in for places. I wished I could go to every one of them. But I usually just try to go the way the Lord leads me. I've never let my meetings get big. I'm still the same little old guy that did come at one time. Don't have to have any money. I haven't any great big programs to sponsor. I don't need any money at all. I... The Lord takes care of that, like He did in the first place.
E-22 The only difference tonight, I was from the time I come to Corning, I believe I had a--a torn pocket, that my brother had give me a suit that he had... Young fellow, and he--he tore it. And--and I... It was on the right-hand side, and tore a big place in the back. Wife and I went down to the ten-cent store and got some of these patches you iron on, you know, but it wouldn't iron on this pocket. It kept pulling out. And I got me a thread and sewed it up. It wasn't a very good job. I didn't have a coat then, and I remember I used to have to hold my right hand over that tore place, and shake hands with my minister friends with my left hand, to keep from showing that coat. And I said, "Excuse the left hand, it's closer to my heart." Well, I got a better coat tonight, but I still want you close to my heart. You've been there all along. I love the Lord Jesus just as I did then.
E-23 And I've had the privilege of speaking to five hundred thousand people at one time. I've seen altar calls, as many as thirty thousand blanket natives give their hearts to Jesus Christ at one time, break their idols on the ground. Seen twenty-five thousand outstanding miracles performed in one second's time, with one prayer at Durban, South Africa; where sixteen truck loads of wheelchairs, cots, and stretchers--stretchers come down the street. The next day, when Sidney Smith, the mayor, told me to go; called me up, said, "Go to the room and look out towards the Indian Sea there." And there they come down, natives who was at war with one another, laying in cots and stretchers, homemade things they'd brought them in, the day before; and here they was coming down behind these sixteen van loads, singing, "Only believe, All things are possible, only believe."
E-25 Makes you think, "Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me." To know that I have fellowship with such people, to live here on this earth and in an eternity together. I deem this a great privilege in your campaign, or here in your convention. I've been honored highly to speak at one of your meetings tomorrow, at noon I think it is, at--I'm from twelve o'clock until twelve-thirty, or something like that, tomorrow. The Lord willing, I want to be here just with a simple little Gospel message.
E-27 Tonight now, to pray for the sick. I don't... The anointing of praying for the sick is a... It's the same Spirit, but a different anointing while praying for the sick, than it is this way. I haven't eaten since early today. And I come to the building, fasting, praying. And--and I don't want to be preaching so that I'll be under the anointing like of my minister brothers to preach. I--I want to feel the Presence of the Lord when I pray for the sick, 'cause each one that I'll pray for tonight, I--I want it to be--I want them to be healed. I--I want it for the glory of God, that--that God would heal the sick. And I believe He will do it.
E-28 So to do this... And many of you people probably has never been in a meeting before, and many of you is not acquainted with the ministry. Some of you remember when I was here the first time in Arkansas. It was predicted, you remember. I would take ahold of the people's hand, and I'd just hold their hand there a few moments, and then the Lord would speak and would just say what they had. Then I told you that He told me when He met me, that, "You, if you'd be sincere, that it would step up again and you'd know the very secret of their hearts." How many ever heard me say that before it happened? Well, it went to that. Now it's gone more, just keeps... The Lord keeps blessing, and we just thankful for that.
E-29 Some way... I'm not a preacher; anyone knows that. I'm--I'm--I'm a spare tire. You use a spare tire when you got a... We haven't got no flats though. Now, I... We, I'm just happen to be coming, and they just want to roll the spare a little while. But I--I am a spare-tire minister, because I haven't got the education to be a preacher: never went to any Bible school. But what I know about Jesus Christ, I like to express it in my own feeble way, and God has honored it. And I hope tonight, that in the way that He sent me to minister to the people, that is praying for the sick, that He will vindicate Hisself before you tonight, that the God that I love and you love is with us tonight.
E-30 Let us now for a little routine message... If you don't get the message before the people, someone doesn't understand. They'll go away and say, "I never heard of such...?... There ain't no such thing as that in the Bible." So to order to--to get this laid down, I--I want you to listen real close now for a few moments of a regular little routine message titled, the campaign theme: "Jesus Christ The Same Yesterday, Today, And Forever." Now, remember that title, that: Jesus Christ The Same Yesterday, Today, And Forever. And I'd like to ask this, before I read, can you hear me all right? Someone told me that there was a rebound, because the ceiling like that. Is it better if I stand back like this? Is that? [Congregation says, "No."-Ed.] No. Have to get close. Is that better? All right. That's fine.
E-33 All right. Now, we want to turn in the Scriptures to St. John 12 and the 20th verse, and read from here. Now there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast: The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus. Now, that's quite a question, and it's a great desire. And now, for the next twenty or thirty minutes, let's listen real close now, and then it won't be a mystery to you.
E-35 Now, I am a great believer in what the Word of God said. Now, I know God can do things that's not written in the Word. But if--if He'll just do what He has promised in the Word, that'll be sufficient for me, just to see Him. Then I know it's right, if He wrote it in the Word. Now if the Bible said that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever, now these Greeks had the same desire, I suppose, that we all have here tonight. For there's no man, or person, that ever heard the Name of Jesus Christ, but what is desirous to see Him.
E-37 If I should ask this audience tonight, I suppose every hand would go up, "Would you like to see Jesus?" That's just to everyone. We love Him. Well, then I'm asking this question, then why can't we see Him if the Bible said He's the same yesterday, today, and forever? Now, it doesn't mean just in a way. The Bible said He is the same. Now, to me the Bible, It--either It is wrong or It is right. Now, if that's not the inspired Word of God, then I don't know what to believe.
E-39 I've had the privilege of seeing many, many forms of religion, right in--in--in Durban. And in Bombay I was entertained one afternoon in the temple of the Jains, where seventeen different religions of India, every one of them denying Jesus Christ, and every--entertained there by these seventeen different religions... And I seen that night, under the power of the Holy Spirit, how that God put a challenge to every holy man, every religion, and everything else, to a blind man standing on the platform. When they seen the discernment, they thought it was a telepathy of some sort. Then a vision broke over a man that'd been blind for twenty years, a worshipper of the sun. And I saw the vision that he was going to be healed. Then I challenged every Mohammedan priest, every Buddha priest, every holy man, Rajahs, all, that, "Any man that will come here and give this man his sight, I'll worship the god that gives him his sight. And he said he'll do the same." He worshipped the sun.
E-42 I said, "What, what would you do? What would you Mohammedans do with him? You'd say, 'He worshipped the--the creation instead of the Creator.'" I said, "I'd say 'amen' to that. But then there's got to be somebody right and somebody wrong." I said, "What would you do? You'd make a Mohammedan out of him. The Buddha would make a Buddha worshipper, and so forth." I said, "What would you do? You'd only change his mind. You'd only change his way of thinking." I said, "We have the same thing in the United States. All the Methodists wants the Baptists to become Methodists. And then the Presbyterian wants them all to become Presbyterians. And--and the Oneness wants them become Twoness. And twoness wants them become... Oh, my. What is it? It's a change of mind. There's got to be something real somewhere. See? Something's got to be right, and something's wrong.
E-44 I said, "Now, let the God of creation restore his sight before here a half a million people. And he said, the god that will give him his sight, he'll serve." And I said, "I'll become a disciple of the man who comes and gives him his sight." That was the stillest five hundred thousand you ever heard. Nobody. I wouldn't have made that challenge if I hadn't have seen the vision. Now, there's five hundred thousand witnesses of that. And I said, "Why don't you come? Because you can't do it." And I said, "You, you Mohammedans, you claim the Mohammedan religion the greatest in the nation," and I said, "and which it may be in numbers; and the Buddha, and so forth... But surely there is some priest that's able to come and accept this challenge." Nobody did.
E-47 I said, "The reason you don't, is because you can't. And neither can I. But the God of heaven has raised up Jesus Christ, Who I'm His witness tonight, that I've seen a vision that the man's going to receive his sight. If he doesn't do it, then I'm a false prophet; run me out of your country. But if He does do it, then you're obligated before your own priests and everything, to witness that He is truly the Son of God He gave to the world." Everybody was quiet. Brought the blind man, put my arms around him; I said, "Lord Jesus, according to the vision that cannot fail, I pray You'd give the man his sight." And he begin to scream. And the mayor of the city was setting there, and he run and grabbed him. He could see as good as I could.
E-49 Then they had a militia of about, oh, hundreds of soldiers, couldn't keep the people back. They run over the top of the soldiers, run beneath their legs and sticks, that they were trying to keep the crowds back. Time I got to a car and got out, I hardly had cloths on, no shoes on my feet, jerking for the shoes, and jerking for the coat and everything, hungering and thirsting for God. But the God of Elijah still lives today, and He's just as much God as He ever was.
E-51 Now, all founders of religion... Standing there at the grave of Mohammed has been a white horse, that's been standing there for two thousand years. They've changed the guards about every four or six hours, and they're expecting Mohammed to rise and--and ride down the world. You know, the... And he wrote the book of the Koran, and so forth. But, oh, Buddha, about twenty-three hundred years ago, was a--a man, a religious man in--in Japan, and so forth. And all these religions, every one of their founders is dead and in the grave. But Christianity, after a worldwide experience, Christianity is the only true religion. It's the only one that can show an empty grave. It's the only one that their founder, any man, and no man like Him, ever stood on earth and said, "I have power to lay My life down and take it up again. A little while and the world seeth Me no more, yet ye shall see Me. The unbeliever won't see Me no more, yet ye shall see Me. For I, ('I' is a personal pronoun,) I will be with you, even in you, to the end of the world, to the consummation," Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever.
E-53 Now, we come to the thought. Now, if He is the same, He's not dead. He's risen from the dead, and He promised that His believers would see Him all down to the end, plumb to the consummation, that they would see Him... Now, if He's the same yesterday, today, and forever. Many men that I've talked to, said, "Well, in a way He is the same." The Bible didn't say, "in a way." It said He's the same. And if we hunger to see Him, with the same enthusiasm that these Greeks did... They'd heard of Him; they come and they got to see Him, through the courtesy of one of His disciples. Well, can't we do the same, if He is the same yesterday, today, and forever? "Sirs, we would see Jesus."
E-56 Now, we can talk about the resurrection; we can speak of it. But if it isn't a reality, it becomes just a--a mere myth; it's a story. But if it's proven that it is the truth, then we are among the people most happy, and I'm glad to be with them. Now, if--if Jesus Christ will appear before us tonight, and we can see by God-given principles, and by the very acts of His Being, that He's here, then we should at least accept Him, make Him welcome. Now, that's a great big statement, but we have a great big God that keeps every one of His Words. And when we find anything in the Bible, hang your soul on it. It's the Truth. Just stay right with what God promised. God will do.
E-59 If we are the children of Abraham, we believe those things. Abraham, against great circumstances, called the things that were not, as though they were, because he believed that God was able to keep His Word. And we call ourself the children of Abraham. Abraham waited twenty-five years for the promise. Instead of getting weaker, he grew stronger. And how different it seems to be today with His royal Seed. Now, the real seed of Abraham is--was Isaac, we realize that, which come the Jew, which is outward. But the Seed that God was giving the promise to, was the Seed of Abraham, the faith that he had in God. Which through Jesus Christ, Who is His Word, we become heirs with him. And this church tonight of the pilgrims of this day, is absolutely the royal Seed of Abraham, with genuine faith. Now, if I would ask the Methodists, "Do you believe it?" "Yes." "You believe He is with you?" "Yes." The Baptist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Pentecostal, so forth, everybody would say the same.
E-63 But now, how would we look for Him? What kind of a person would we look for, if we wanted to see if He was the same? If He was here in Arkansas tonight in this tabernacle, what kind of a person would we look for? We--we'd look for somebody that's, well, perhaps with a long robe, and a beard on his face, and nail scars in his hand, and thorn prints on his--on his brow? If you would look for a person like that, any hypocrite could deceive you on that (That's right.), impersonation. A man could paint scars on his hands, and he could even prick himself with thorns and make the scars, but any impersonator could do that.
E-65 But then if we wasn't looking for that type of a man, not for his dress or what his statue were. Because if He was here, He'd be dressed like we are. There wasn't any difference. He dressed and walked among men just the way man was. He never dressed like the clergy of that day. He just dressed in the common street dress. So He would just be dressed commonly, probably with a suit on, and so forth, like any other man today would wear. Like the working man, or the--the businessman, or whatevermore, that would be the way He would be dressed. So you'd never know Him that way. You'd never know Him by a figure of statue, whether He was tall, thin, short, heavy; or, we--we don't know, so you'd never know.
E-66 But I say what He would be, if He was here today, He would be the Word of God. That's exactly what He was, and He still is. He is the Word, not only the written Word (He is the written Word.), but the manifestation of the written Word, "God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself." God, the Word, was manifested in flesh, in order that His Words might be spoke through human lips and become Word. And He was manifested in flesh; that was Jesus Christ, God, Emmanuel. Now, you say, "Is He the Word?" St. John the 1st chapter, tells us, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us."
E-68 What would some of the things that He would do? We find out, in Hebrews the 4th chapter and the 12th verse, the Bible said that the Word of God is sharper than a two-edged sword, and It's a Discerner of the thoughts of the heart. The Word is. So the Word is a Discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. That would qualify Jesus exactly being the Word. He knowed the thoughts that was in their heart: Hebrews 4:12. Now, if we wanted to identify Him, would we expect Him to be some Doctor of Divinity? There is no record of Him ever being in a school.
E-70 Could we identify Him with any denomination? He come in the time that there was many denominations, but He never affiliated Himself with any of them. So He--we couldn't say He was a Pharisee, or a Sadducee, or so-so forth. We couldn't identify Him with any certain denomination. He come for the people. God, being God of all, He's the God of the whole creation. He died to save sinners in every church, to--to heal every sick person. He come to accept those who would accept Him. That's the same way He's here tonight, to heal those who accept Him, to save those who will accept Him. He comes in the same form, in the same way. If He come, He would have to come in a Scriptural identification. If He did not identify Himself... There's no place we could find in the Bible, in the Old Testament, but what He correctly identified Himself with the Scripture, so much that He said, "Who, which one of you can condemn Me of sin?"
E-74 Now, we all know that sin is unbelief. He that believeth not's condemned already. Now, sin is the attribute of unbelief. Smoking cigarettes is not a sin. Stealing is not a sin. Lying is not a sin. Committing adultery's not a sin. "What is it then?" you'd say. It's the attributes of unbelief. If you were a believer, you would not do those things. The reason you do it, proves that you're an unbeliever. See? There's only two factions, that's, either you are a believer or not a believer. And how, always puzzled me, that a man can claim to have the Holy Spirit in Him and deny the Word of God being true. When the Holy Spirit Itself wrote the Word of God. And you know He wouldn't call Hisself wrong. So He wrote the Scriptures, and He stands by the Scriptures, and God watches over Them to confirm Them.
E-77 So let's just go back and find out what He was, if we want to know if He's the same today. The only true way of finding out, is to find out what He is today, is to go back and find out what He was yesterday, then we know what He'll be today. Is that fair enough? [The congregation says, "Amen."--Ed.] If we can find what He was yesterday... 'Course we can start back with a long story. I don't want to keep you long, 'cause you've got to be here tomorrow, and we want to run a prayer line, but I want you to really take this now and listen close. If we can only go back and find what He was yesterday, we can find out then what He is today, because the Bible said He's the same yesterday, today, and forever.
E-79 The reason I was turning those pages back, was to find out back here to... I start and I read St. John 12:20, let's just continue in St. John. We can take it anywhere in the Scriptures that you want to, because the whole Book is a testimony of Jesus Christ. It's the full revelation of Jesus Christ. Nothing can be added to It or taken away from It. That's what He is. He's Emmanuel, and that--that settles it; no matter what we try to make Him, something else, or a prophet, or--or something like that. He was a prophet; He's more than a prophet. He's a God-prophet. But He was--He was more than that. He was Emmanuel, not just a good man, a teacher, a philosopher. He was all of that too, and plus that. See?
E-80 Now, in St. John the 1st, we'll start tonight and maybe tomorrow take it a little--some other Book. Let's start in St. John 1. We find out that His... We all know His virgin birth, that how God overshadowed the virgin and created a Blood cell that brought forth the Son, Christ Jesus. And on the bank of the Jordan, when the God came down in the form of a Light, or a dove, no one seen that but John. All them people standing around did not see It. No one saw It but John. He was the only one looking for It, so God had told him he would see It. You only see what you're looking for. If you come here tonight looking for Christ, you'll see Him. If you come to criticize, you'll have plenty to--plenty on your hand to criticize. Depends on what you are looking for.
E-82 John said, "He that told me in the wilderness to go baptize with water, said upon Whom I shall see the Spirit descending and remaining on, He's the One that'll baptize with the Holy Ghost and Fire." John bear record, said, "I saw the Spirit of God descending from heaven like a dove and It went upon Him." And then He was drove to the wilderness in temptation, come out of the wilderness, and immediately we find, praying for the sick. Now, you see, the first thing, the Spirit of God come upon Him before His ministry, so that's the reason He could say, "It's not Me that doeth the works; it's the Father that dwelleth in Me. He doeth the works." Now, we find that His ministry started out, begin healing the sick by--by prayer.
E-84 Now, God heals in many ways. A doctor asked me not long ago, said, "What's your opinion of medicine, Brother Branham?" I said, "Well, God is the only One that can heal, sir." I said, "The Bible don't lie, and the Bible said, 'I'm the Lord, heals all your diseases.'" And I said, "The Bible can't lie." I said, "God heals by medicine. God heals by love. God heals by understanding. God heals by care. God heals by prayer. God heals by miracles. The whole thing God heals. That's all, all there is to it; He's the Healer." We haven't got a medicine that can create, and--or create a cell in your hand to heal, create in your body to heal. We can move a tooth; we can cut out appendix, or take out a gall bladder, but Who heals? God. No medicine will build tissue, only God. Life builds tissue. God's the only Healer, and we were talking on that.
E-87 And we find out now, that Jesus went about healing the sick. And there was one of His disciples by the name of Andrew. And I want to make this in a drama, because there's children sitting here, and a little sick girl laying down there. I want her to get it. You know, Andrew was a brother to Simon, which was later called Peter. And Andrew had become a--a follower of John. And John had announced that there was a coming Messiah, and He was sure that it'd be in His generation. That's the reason he never went to any schools or seminary. His job was too important.
E-90 Why, you know, if the priest would've understood that he was to be the one to announce the birth--or the coming Messiah, and to introduce Him to the world, why, they'd have said, "Now, now, Doctor John, don't you feel like that Brother So-and-so here, don't you think he's just qualified to be the Messiah? Why, look at him; he--he--he's got a good background. And you know--you know it, that's the Messiah. Why don't you go and tell the world that?" But, see, his job was too important to be persuaded by men. He went into the wilderness and waited in the seminary of God's learning until God told him, "Upon Whom thou shall see the Spirit descending, that's the One to announce: the Messiah." See?
E-92 Now, we find that Andrew had believed it, no doubt had come back and told Simon about it many times. But Simon, kinda being a little hardheaded, as we... Excuse the expression; I hope it don't sound sacrilegious. But he, kind of a little hardheaded, as we could call it today, "Oh, go on, if you want to listen to that." And one day he come and told him that he had found the Messiah, and he hardly could believe it. And I can just see Andrew bringing Simon up now before the Lord Jesus. First time he'd ever seen Him. Jesus had just returned from the wilderness. His ministry was starting. Now, He had to be identified. And as soon as Simon walked into the Presence of the Lord Jesus, Jesus looked at him and said, "Your name is Simon, and you are the son of Jona." Now, immediately we find out that Simon believed. He was then had the name of Peter. Why did he believe it?
E-95 I read a story of his father, Jonas, was a great man of--of prayer. He'd raised his boys to--to believe in God. And each day their occupation was fishing, so many times they'd have to get on their knees and pray for God to give them a good catch of fish so they could pay off their debts and get bread for that day. And before he died, the old fellow set on the brail of his boat one day, and he said to the boys; he said, "Sons, we are Hebrews, and we believe that there was a coming Messiah. And I've always hoped that I would live to see the day to see the Messiah set His feet on the earth. And I... But I guess I won't live it, because I'm old now and I must go. But, boys, Satan is not going to let that Messiah arise without a lot of false messiahs first. So I want you boys to remember, don't be surprised at a--a lot of things will take place. But I want you boys to be instructed. Remember, that we have this: a Messiah, when He comes, He'll have to be Scripturally identified by God, before He's the Messiah." We need more daddy's like that today.
E-97 "He'll have to be Scripturally the Messiah. And now, we have followed Moses, the great prophet who led our people out of Egypt, and we have listened to his teaching. And we--we know that--that Moses was right. And in Deuteronomy the 18th chapter, Moses told us that the Messiah: 'The Lord your God shall raise up a prophet liken unto me,' and they must hear Him." Now, Israel was always taught to only believe the prophets. You Bible teachers know that. And a prophet could only be identified, a prophet, that when he prophesied and the thing he said come to pass. The Bible said, "If there be one among you, who's spiritual or a prophet, I the Lord will speak to him, make Myself known to him in visions and dreams. And what He says comes to pass, then hear him. But if it doesn't come to pass, don't fear him." That same, that's what He told Moses to tell the people, and that was their Scripture identification that the Messiah would be the prophet.
E-99 Now, anyone knows that the Word of the Lord comes to the prophet, not to the priest, but to the prophet. The Bible said so. The Word of the Lord came unto the prophet. And we know, if it's the Word of the Lord, and the prophet's true, then his words are true, then his words comes to pass. And that's his credentials, that first it's the Word. And first, God is the Word. And then if he speaks a word, and it happens, then that shows that God has Divinely set that man. Now, then with that in mind, they might've raised up all kinds of sensations and everything else in the world, them Bible students would've never believed it, because the Messiah had to be a prophet. And they hadn't had a prophet for four hundred years. Malachi was the last prophet. No prophets...
E-101 And here comes Simon, with such teaching as that, into the presence of a Man that his brother firmly believed that He was the Messiah. And as soon as he walks into His Presence, not only did He know who he was, He knowed that godly old father, Jonas. No wonder it took the starch out of him. He knowed that was the true identification of the Messiah, "Thy--your name is Simon; you are the son of Jonas." And a man that was so illiterate that he could not even sign his own name, we're told; the Bible said, in the Book of the Acts of the Apostles the 3rd chapter, that he was both ignorant and unlearned. But it pleased God to make him the head of the church at Jerusalem and give him the keys to the Kingdom. 'Cause when that predestinated seed laying there in that old fisherman, and when the Light struck it, quickly it recognized that that was the Messiah.
E-103 Now, that proved there, that that man knowed; it proved that that seed had been laying there. His name was on the Lamb's Book of Life since the foundation of the world, when the Lamb was slain in God's own thinking. And as soon as the Light struck it, quickly it come to life and recognized it to be the Messiah. There was one standing there by the name of Philip, and he saw this, quickly comes to his mind. "That's truly Him, for I know the Scriptures. That Man never seen that man before, and how would He know who he was? That's the Prophet." He took out after a friend that he had been having Bible studies with since a boy. His name was Nathanael. It's fifteen miles from where they were preaching around the mountain to where Nathanael owned a olive grove. I can imagine Philip on his road, jumping and shouting. He had found something that was real.
E-106 Oh, how it should start our hearts around the hillsides, across the prairies, down through the fields, down the alley, across the street, over across the nation, somewhere. He found something. And he had a friend. Bible studies before had proved that this Scriptural Messiah would be the Prophet: no prophets for four hundred years. When he comes into the place, he finds Nathanael out under a tree praying. And perhaps he stopped just a few moments, to wait, as a Christian gentleman, to wait till he finished his prayer. And when he got up, perhaps was dusting the--the dust from his robe, Philip quickly might've said, "Nathanael!" And he come around, said, "Philip, my colleague, I'm glad to see you."
E-109 And maybe the conversation was something like this. See, he didn't have time to say, "How's the olives getting along?" Or, "How's the wife and kid?" See, the message was urgent. He had seen something. He had seen the Scripture identified Messiah, and that's what they'd looked for for years and years and years. He said, "Come, see Who we found: Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of Joseph, come, see Him." The message was urgent. I tell you, brethren, if we could get that kind of an enthusiasm, that our message is so urgent. We don't have time for foolishness. Let's get the message to a people, a people who's sweated it out through persecutions, are the children of our fathers who stood on the streets, with a--with a tambourine in their hand, and would eat corn off of a railroad track to support this highway, this Gospel. And now see Christ among us, let's get to the world with it, as quick as we can, and find him. Said, "Come, see Who we have found."
E-111 Now, we find out that Nathanael was quite a theologian, and I can imagine him saying to Philip, "Now, wait just a minute, Philip, what kind of a deep end have you went off?" You know, that talk still goes around today. You see? "What end did you run off on?" Some loose end out somewhere, you know, "I--I know you to be a sound, sensible man, and here you come running up and telling me that the Messiah is here on earth? He ought to have talked to the Magi. You know, the Magis was up in Babylon. They were Jews up there study astronomy. And when they seen those three stars come in a line, that was a sign, an old Hebrew sign, that when those three stars come in line, the Messiah was on the earth. They come screaming, "Where is He, born King of the Jews? We saw His Star and we've come to worship Him."
E-113 But Philip, this... They didn't have the different outlets like television, radio, and newspaper, and things in them days, and they never would've published anything like that anyhow. So the first thing we know, we find Philip and Nathanael speaking, "Well," he said, "come." He said, "Look, could any good thing come out of a bunch of holy... (or excuse me) a bunch of people like that, out of Nazareth?" Well, I--you know what I think? Philip give him the best answer that anybody could give a man. He didn't try to explain it. He didn't try to go into the technicals of it. He just said, "Come and see. Come, see for yourself. Tuck that scroll under your arm, of Deuteronomy 18, and come follow me and we'll find out."
E-116 Let's pick up their conversation as they walked. See, they had to get there, one day, and come back the next, fifteen miles. So on the road, around, I can hear Philip say, "Now, look, Nathanael, as many Bible studies as we had, we firmly believe that the Messiah is to be the God-Prophet, 'cause Moses said so. And we followed Moses, and was supposed to follow him until this Prophet arrived. And when this Prophet come on the scene, then He would tell us the way of life from then on. And if... You know, who don't believe Him will be cut off from amongst the people, if we don't believe Him." "Well, how do you know this guy is a Prophet?" Say, "Do you remember that old fisherman down there, that you bought them fish for that day, from, and he didn't have enough education to sign his name to the receipt?" "Yeah, I remember him. Oh, his name was Simon. Yes." "His brother. Andrew, has been attending John's meeting. And when he seen the announcement, and heard the announcement of John, saying this was the Messiah... And, John, we know was a prophet, so he couldn't say nothing wrong. He announced, 'That is the Messiah,' and so he said he saw the sign over Him. And he brought his brother yesterday. And as soon as he walked up into His Presence, He said, 'Your name is Simon, and you're the son of Jonas.' Why, it wouldn't surprise me if He don't tell me who you are, when you get there," he'd say. "Oh," he said, "now wait a minute, wait a minute. I got to see that for myself. I--I--I got to see that."
E-120 So we find here, the next day, what takes place. They arrived; great crowds of people are standing. Jesus perhaps was talking. Maybe they were sitting, many of them; maybe they were standing; I don't know. But, however, Philip come up, and he brought Nathanael up, and when Jesus turned and looked at him, He said, "Behold an Israelite, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no guile." Why, it so surprised that man, he said, "Rabbi, how--how did You know anything about me? I--I--I don't know You. And You've never seen me, and I've never seen You. How--how would You know anything about me?" He said, "Well, before Philip called you, you were under the tree. I saw you." Oh, my, what eyes. The day before, and fifteen miles around the mountain, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the tree, I saw you."
E-123 What did this learned scholar, a son of God, to be, what did he learn? He learned that that was the identification of the Messiah. What did he do? No doubt he looked around and saw his priest, and all the rest of them standing. He run up to His feet, and fell down, and said, "Rabbi, You are the Son of God. You are the King of Israel." Jesus said, "You have believed because I've told you these things. Now, you'll see greater than this." Oh, but there was some standing by: priests, clergy. And they knowed they'd have to give an account to their congregation for it, so they had to say something. You know what they said? "This man is Beelzebub. He's only a fortuneteller or some sort of a devil." And Jesus turned and said, "You speak that against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven you. But when the Holy Spirit comes to do the same thing: to speak a word against it, will never be forgiven in this world nor--nor in the world that is to come." What a place it would put us in then.
E-127 Now, we find out, on down through, we could go through the Scriptures. They... Let's take another page and turn the Bible again. "We had need to go by Samaria," one day when He was on His road to Jericho. Jericho was at the bottom of the hill, and Jerusalem's on the hill. Samaria is way back; it would be like going to--to California by the way of--of Hot--by the way of Little Rock. You'd bypass around. But He had need go by Samaria. Now, we find out that the Samaritans, they originated from a--a mixed class of people. There's only three races of people on earth; that's Ham, Shem, and Japheth's people. If we believe the Bible, they all started from Noah's children, and that's what sprung out from the world.
E-129 And now, we find out that the Jew, and the Gentile, and the Samaritan. Peter, with the keys given to him on Pentecost, he opened it at Pentecost to the Jews, he opened it down to the Samaritans, and opened it to the Gentiles. Then the whole race, races, had heard the Gospel. No more do you hear him using the other key, because the Gospel had been opened to all of them. Notice. Now, these Samaritans was half Jew and Gentile. They believed in the same God that the Jew believed in, and they were looking for a coming Messiah. Now, the Messiah only will appear to those who are looking for Him. See? Now, we Gentiles wasn't looking for no Messiah, and we never saw any. This is our day. So the--the Samaritans was looking for a Messiah. And if the Messiah was on earth, it's duty bound, to the Samaritan people, to identify Himself like He was to the Jews.
E-133 Now, any of us know that Messiah identified Himself by being the prophet that Moses said that God would raise up. How many believe that, say, "Amen." [Congregation says, "Amen."--Ed.] Sure. He was the Prophet he identified. Now, that was Jesus yesterday. And if He's the same yesterday, today, and forever, it'll be Jesus today, same thing. Now, we find Him going up to this city of Sychar, and--and it was along about noontime. And the disciples went away into the city, to buy some food (Vittles it's called in the Scripture.). And while they were gone, Jesus waited. If you've ever been there, it's a--kind of a panoramic like this: a well, or the city well, public, outside the city. It still stands today. And the people come out and get their water, and go back into the city. And they carry it on their head, jugs. And the women can put about a five-gallon jug on their head, and put a--one on each hip and can walk along, talking with women just as women can do, and--and never spill a drop of water. I--I don't see how they can do it, but they--they do it, such a perfect balance, talking and talking like ladies do as they walk along with these jugs on, about fifteen gallons of water, walking along like that, talking. And these women, because... Still they do the same thing just like they did then, and these women come out to the well to get their water.
E-137 Now, there was along about eleven o'clock or twelve, there was a woman of ill fame, kind of you know what I mean, a--a red-light woman come out to the well to get some water, and she started to let down the--the water pot. They have a--a windle, and two hooks that goes over this jar, or bucket, and they let it into the well, and it turns sideways when it hits the water, and they windle this water back up. And she was just getting ready to let the--the jug down, when she heard Somebody, said, "Bring Me a drink." And she looked, and she saw a--a Jew setting over against the wall, where the vines hang over the wall, and He was setting over there. He--He must've been kind of a middle-aged Man, or looked middle-age.
E-138 He... I think He looked a little older than what He really was. Because we find out in St. John 6, that the discussion come about drinking water at the--in the wilderness, and so forth, and--and how they was enjoying the bread, representing the manna. And Jesus said, "I am that Rock that was in the wilderness." And they said, "You're a Man not over fifty," (See?), and He was only thirty. "Thou art a Man not over fifty." His great strain must've broke His human part down, and He might've been graying a little, or something. Said, "You're a Man not over fifty, and say that you've seen Abraham? Now, we know you're mad, or crazy." And He said, "Before Abraham was, I AM." They was only looking at the Man. It was what was in there speaking out. And "I AM" was in the wilderness with Moses, in the burning bush.
E-141 And there we find that He looked a little aged. And, He... She saw this middle-age Jew setting there, maybe a man a passed age which would flirt with such a woman, and she said, "It's not customary, You being a Jew, to ask me, a woman of Samaria, for a favor. We have no dealings." In other words, "We have a segregation here, and we don't--we have no dealing." Quickly He let her know. Now, He said, talked with her. And she said, "Now, you Jews say in Jerusalem you worship, and--or we worship in this mountain," and so forth, and about how deep the well was, and He had nothing to draw with. And the conversation, now you'll have to take my word here for this, what He was doing. See?
E-144 The Father... In St. John 5:19, Jesus said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, the Son can do nothing in Himself, but what He sees the Father doing." Now, according to His own Word. And He can't lie, and be God. According to His own Word, He never performed one miracle until God showed Him in a vision what to do. "Verily, verily, I say unto you, the Son can do nothing in Himself; but what He sees the Father doing, that doeth the Son likewise. (See?) The Father worketh, and I worketh hitherto." Now, the Father had told Him to go up a way by Samaria, and there He was setting there, and then this woman come out. Now, He had to contact her spirit, so He had to get a conversation with her. See? And He said, after He found what her trouble was (We all know what it was.), He said, "Go get your husband and come here." And she said, "I have no husband." Oh, what a blank rebuke to Him. See? "I have..." Yet, she didn't know. He was just an ordinary Man. He wasn't dressed like no priest or rabbi. He's just a Man. See? And said, "Go get your husband and come here." She said, "I--I don't have any husband." He said, "You've told the truth. For you've had five, and the one that you're now living with is not yours; in that you've told the truth."
E-148 Now, I want you to notice the difference between that woman and those educated priests that called Him Beelzebub. As soon as she seen that, she said, "Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Now, we Samaritans, we know the Scriptures. We know that when the Messiah cometh, which is called the Christ, He will do this. He'll tell us these things. (See?) That's the sign of the Messiah. So You must be His prophet, because He's going to be a prophet when He comes. We haven't had one for hundreds of years. But when He comes, we know that Messiah is going to do this." Jesus said, "I am He, that speaks with you." If that was the sign of the Messiah yesterday, it's the sign of the Messiah today, because He's the same yesterday, today, and forever. It wasn't a sign to the theologians. It was a sign to the believers. That woman knowed more about the Scripture than them priests did. I'll say one thing: she knowed more about Him than a lot of preachers today. That's right. Yes, sir. Yeah, she knew Him. Why? I believe that the seed of Eternal Life laid within the woman. And when that Light flashed on It, quickly she recognized It.
E-151 Now, look at those priests that ought to knowed better. They said, "This man is Beelzebub. He does this, He's..." And Jesus told them, "To call the Spirit of God an unclean Spirit, would never be forgiven." It was the Spirit of God doing that. The works of God, an unclean Spirit... And them priests, instead of searching the Scripture... He said, "If you'd have known My day..." If we would only know what day we're living in, there wouldn't be so much confusion about this Message and about the Scriptures that we're trying to bring to the people. If the people only understood that we are at the end time... Now, but, when that Light hit that little woman in that shape, a foul name, a--a--a woman of red-light; and if that Scripture, if that Word, that identified Word... She had read the Scripture and she knowed what the Word said. And when she seen that Word manifested, quickly she recognized It to be the Messiah.
E-155 If she could do that under them conditions, what ought we to do tonight if we'd see Him do the same thing, a borned again church filled with the Holy Ghost, looking for His coming? It ought to empty every wheelchair through here. My, every sinner ought to fall around the altar. It proves He lives. Notice, quickly she run into the city and said to the men, "Come, see a Man that told me the things that I've done." Now, maybe her conversation was like this, "Men and brethren, let me freely speak to you. Isn't this the very Messiah?" She said, "Come, see a Man Who's told me the things that I've done. Isn't this the Messiah?"
E-157 And Jesus came into the city. And the Bible said that the men of that city believed on Him because of the testimony of the woman. He didn't perform it one more time. He didn't say one more thing about it. That settled it. He was the a-vindicated Word of God. He was. He was God, the Messiah. Now, to a nation of people like that... See? Now, I just don't know how much more time we got. We'll stop maybe just... Well, wait just a minute. Jesus said in St. Luke; He said, "As it was in the days of Sodom, so shall it be in the coming of the Son of man." You remember that? Now, let's stop just for one more Scripture; just search this down.
E-159 Now, look, He identified Himself. Now, we got plenty of more places. We can take blind Bartimaeus, and all through, and show the woman touching His garment, all things through the Scripture, and the--at the well where He went in there, and knowed the man there at the gate called Beautiful, had been had this trouble for so many years, and so forth, and Jesus knew. And then went on, and--and so forth through the Scripture, and go all the way from Genesis. But, to let you know, just so we can hurry up... Now, Jesus identified Himself, a Scriptural identification to the Jews, that He was the Messiah by being a prophet. Is that right? That was Jesus yesterday to the prophet--or to the Jews.
E-161 Then the Gentiles wasn't looking for Him. We were heathens with a club on our back. And we worshipping idols, we Gentiles. We wasn't looking for no Messiah, so He didn't come to us. The Gospel wasn't preached to the--to the--the Gentiles until Peter opened the Gospel to them at the house of Cornelius, long after that. And then Paul later said, "Lo, I turn to the Gentiles," after the Jews had turned him down. Notice. Now, don't miss this. Now, this will help you if you'll just listen. Why didn't He perform this sign before the Gentiles? He did it before the--the Jews; He did it before the Samaritans, but not one time did He do it before the Gentile. But He predicted it would be done before the Gentiles. For what God is, He can't change. If He give that sign to identify Himself among the Hebrews and among the Samaritans, just before they was cut off from the Gospel, and we've had two thousand years of teaching of the Bible, and now the Gentiles has come to their end. It's the end for us. And then if He lets us go through just on common Presbyterian, Baptist, Methodist, or so forth, teaching, without thoroughly identifying Himself among us as He did then, He done something wrong. So He is no respect of person, and He said He would do it.
E-163 Now, look, "As it was in the days of Sodom," that's when the Gentiles was burned, burned up. Now, Noah, He mentioned Noah, that was the morals of the people, they went in. But notice the Gentiles, just before the fire fell to destroy the Gentiles, the Sodomites and Gomorrah, and the cities around it. Notice Abraham, a type of the Church, free, the spiritual Church, Lot, the type of the church lukewarm in Babylon--or not in Babylon in Babylon today, but in Sodom then. And then the Sodomites, the unbelievers. There's always three classes of people. We--we have them here; we have them everywhere. That's believers, make-believers, and unbelievers. And we have them everywhere, and the three classes of people.
E-166 God is perfected in three's. Like Father, Son, Holy Spirit, makes one God. And justification, sanctification, baptism of the Holy Ghost makes one birth. Water, Blood, and Spirit, makes one birth and so forth. See, it's all; it's perfect. We haven't time to go through the--the numerals of God in His, what He is perfected in, and what His coming will be in, and so forth, and what number, but we're in it. Notice now as we study, we find now Who this Messiah. Jesus said, "As it was in the days of Noah and as the days of Lot." Now, Abraham was waiting for a promised son. So are we. The church called-out, representing the borned again people that's separated themselves from the world, they're not in Sodom. They're called out, set aside, holding a promise of a coming Son.
E-168 And now, one day while Abraham was setting in the barren land, and Lot living with his great... He must've been the mayor of the city, a judge. He become a great man. Mrs. Lot was bobbing her hair and doing anything she wanted to do, I guess, down there with the rest of the Sodomites. But not Sarah; I just had to put that in, brethren. Notice, she lived the way she wanted to. She was a very popular woman. She hated to give it up. But not Sarah, she was up there with her husband. She was called out, sealed away by a promise that she's going to have a visitation from God; a son was coming. And so has the Sarah typed Church today, called out, out of Sodom, with a waiting promise of a coming Son (Amen.), letting the world do anything they want to; that's none of her business. She's keeping her mind on the promise.
E-172 What happened? Abraham raised up his eyes, and looked, and he saw three Men coming. And did you notice? Abraham, when he seen the three Men, he said, "My Lord, will You stop by?" There was three of Them. He said, "My Lord," singular. When Lot saw two of Them, he said, "My lords." Abraham knowed what he was talking about. He said, "My Lord," three of Them and, "My Lord." Lot saw two of them; he said, "My lords." So he said, "My Lord, come by." And they stopped. You know the conversation.
E-175 Notice now, Lot was down in Sodom. And two Angels went down into Sodom to preach the Gospel to call the righteous out from amongst the unbelieving. Is that right? A modern Billy Graham... They didn't do many miracles; smote them blind, which, preaching the Word does smite the unbeliever blind. But a perfect, modern Billy Graham... And did you ever notice? Of all the great men we've had in the world, of preachers, since the days of Jesus Christ: Sankey, Moody, Finney, Calvin, Knox, so forth, on and on, and on and on, we've never had a man in there that ended his name with h-a-m, like Abraham, but G-r-a-h-a-m. But notice, six letters, G-r-a-h-a-m, six. A-b-r-a-h-a-m is seven. Never have we had it, but there is a messenger down in Sodom, "Come out of it." And God has sent the correct man, Billy Graham, calling them from Sodom. And they received the sign of the preaching of the Gospel. And they're getting it today the world over by the noted, precious brother, Billy Graham, with a message of salvation, and, "Get out of Sodom." That's right. With his name ending, h-a-m, means "father of the peoples or nations." But there was a Messenger also that stayed with Abraham: A-b-r-a-h-a-m. And notice, as He said, He give them a sign.
E-178 Now, remember, his name had been Abram a few days before; Sarai, not Sarah. His name would been Abram, not Abraham. Notice, the Man that set and talked to him, said, "Abraham, where is your wife, Sarah?" Now, the women in them days are not like they are today, have to run out and get in the husband's business, and run the business and every... See, they stayed back where they belong. But they... She stayed in the tent. And He said, "Where is Sarah thy wife?" Now, watch what the Bible said. Abraham said, "She is in the tent behind You." The Angel had His back turned to the tent. And the Angel was a Man, because He had eat the flesh of a calf, drink the milk from a cow, and eat some corn-bread and butter. That's right. He did. He eat and drank with Abraham, while he took a fly bush and shooed the flies off of Him, while He stood there and drank. That's right, a Man... And He said, "Abraham, I..." And that's a personal pronoun, again. "I am going to visit you according to the promise." Who was That? And Sarah, listening, ear-dropping, you know, she laughed up her sleeve, like, quietly. "Me, an old woman, a hundred years old, family affairs had ceased for many years; me have pleasure with my lord again, seeing he's old?" And the Angel with His back turned to the tent, said, "Why did Sarah laugh?" Amen.
E-185 Notice. When the Angel disappeared and left, Abraham called Him Elohim. Any scholar knows that wherever you see capital L-O-R-D is translated in the Greek, Elohim, the all-sufficient One, the almighty One, Who's Jehovah God. Glory. A man said to me, "Do you mean to tell me, do you believe that that was God?" I said, "Abraham talked to Him, and he called Him God. He ought to know." Oh, I am so glad that I know a God like that.
E-188 What did He do? What I think He done was... You know, we're made out of sixteen different elements of the earth, you know: petroleum, and cosmic light, and potash, and calcium. I believe He just said, "I've heard about them sins. I'll come, go down and look at it. Come here, Gabriel," gathered up a handful of cosmic light, and [Brother Branham blows--Ed.], "step in that. And come here, Woodworm," and [Brother Branham blows], "step in that." Then got Hisself one. Why, He's God. I'm so glad to know that someday I may not be nothing but back to cosmic light, I might not be nothing that you could find; these bones may rot away; but He knows my name. Someday He'll call me; I'll come forth in His likeness. That's our God. Abraham called Him Elohim.
E-190 Notice, Jesus said, "As it was in the days of Lot, so shall it be at the coming of the Son of man." The messengers will be in Sodom, and the called-out Church will receive a sign, of what? God manifested in human flesh (Glory.), Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever. It's a sign to the Gentile Church. Now, it's our time. It's us to see it, God's promise. We could stand here for an hour, back and forth through the Scripture, and weave that together, and prove that that's right. And this is the hour. Here is the last sign to be showed. We're at the end time. The Book of Revelations in the church ages, the Laodicean church age, the seventh angel was supposed... In the sounding of the days of that, the mystery of God should be finished. And we're in the Laodicean age: lazy, soft, no good, lukewarm, and that's the condition our Pentecostal church has got in. God has shook every gift that He could before it.
E-192 It reminds me, like a little lady in Louisville, here not long ago. She had a little boy, walking around, trying to shake little toys, and the little kid just set and stared. The people watched her. And she started screaming. She went up, some of the women, and asked her what was wrong. Said, "My little boy has taken a spell upon him." And said, "He won't notice things like children should notice, his age." And said, "I took him to the doctor, and the doctor said he was better," but said, "he's not." Said, "I shake this little toy, any little kid... And he just sets and stares. Any kid ought to recognize that as a toy, and reach for it, but he just stares." That's something like the Pentecostal church. God has sent an Oral Roberts, and everything else, around, shaking all kinds of gifts and things to the church. He's poured out His Spirit. You've spoke in tongues, interpreted, had gifts of prophecy, and everything else. And it's come to the time for Jesus Christ to identify Himself among the people, the same yesterday, today, and forever, which will be the last sign that'll be shook before the people. Remember, a little while after that manifestation of God in a human form, in a flesh, fire fell and consumed the Gentiles. "And as it was in the days of Sodom, so shall it be in the coming of the Son of man."
E-195 He identified Himself as the Messiah to the Jews, by perceiving the thoughts that was in their heart, by speaking to them their names and different things. They knowed that was the prophet that the Lord God promised to raise up. Those real, true ones who was predestined to that, saw it. If there's nothing in the heart to receive it, then there's nothing there. How can you get blood from a turnip? There ain't no blood in it. So how can a man believe when there's nothing in there to believe with? But if the Holy Spirit's in there, quickly it catches that Word. It flies away (See?); it gets It quickly.
E-198 Now, "Sirs, we would see Jesus." He promised here to identify Himself among us, the same way that He did. Now, you say, "But how could He identify Himself?" "Yet a little while and the world sees Me no more. Yet ye shall see Me, for I will be with you, even in you." It's the Holy Spirit that speaks through tongues and gives interpretation, the same One that saves you from sin. It's the same Jesus Christ, is come. [Someone speaks in tongues. Another speaks in tongues, then a blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.] Three... [Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.] Praise be to the Lord. Did you notice that? Keeps saying, "Come out, come out, come out," (See?), calling out. All right, you hear what that is.
E-200 Now, the Bible speaks, if there be some strangers here... The Bible speaks of speaking with tongues and interpretations. You see? So if it's spoke in tongues and interpreted, then it's prophecy. See, that's right, isn't it? It's prophecy. Now, come out. Now, the Lord seems to be saying He's going to give you a chance now (See?), something that you've never seen before, something that He's going to do. Now, let's believe that with all of our heart.
E-202 Now, we just, Billy and I, when we went to India this last trip, we... I've got a piece out of the paper. And it said, "The--the earthquake must be over." A few days before we got there, they know... See, India don't have fences like you have here, wire fences. They pick up rocks, and they make a lot of their buildings. They're a real poor people. And--and the little birds build their nests in these rocks, and then the cattle and sheep come in of a evening and stand around these walls, when the sun is a shining, to keep cool. But they noticed, for a couple days the cattle didn't come in; they stayed right out in the field. The sheep got together, and huddled around one another, and leaned against each other in the field to keep cool. The birds all flew out of the walls. They didn't know what was going to happen. Then a earthquake struck, and it shook the walls down. Then the little birds come back and built their nests again in the piles of rocks, and the cattles begin to come in again.
E-204 Now, look, if that isn't the same God that could warn them to go into the ark in the days of Noah... And if God could do that and warn birds by instinct, and warn cattle and sheep by instinct, to get away from them big old walls that's going to fall, God is trying to warn His people today to get away from these old ecclesiastical walls that's going to crumble in, one of these days, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Let us bow our heads.
E-205 Lord Jesus, I feel that it's time for me to stop now. And it's Your time to speak, Father. I've tried to tell the people that You are the same yesterday, today, and forever. I've tried to prove it by the Scriptures what You were, and how You identified Yourself. Then I'll remember again, in St. John the 14th chapter and the 12th verse, You said, "He that believeth (not make-believeth), he that believeth on Me, the works that I do, shall he also." How could it do anything else, Father? If we could transfer the life from a pear tree to a peach tree, it would bear pears, for the life of the pear tree is in the peach. And, heavenly Father, if the Life that was in Christ, the mind that was in Him, the Spirit that was in Him, had promised to be in us, then we bear record of that. If He is the Vine and we're the branches, the Life comes from the Vine. Lord, let us be branches tonight. We realize that the Vine does not bear any fruit; it went away, but it come back in the form of the Life, and the branches bears fruit. Your voice is when You speak through us, "If you say to this mountain, 'Be moved,' and don't doubt in your heart, but believe that what you've said will come to pass, you can have what you've said. When you pray, believe you receive what you asked for; it shall be given unto you." O God, such promises. "If ye abide in Me, and My Word abide in you, then ask what you will."
E-207 O God, such promises that the church has, and such a perfect redemption. We realize that we're not worthy, and we'll never be worthy. There's no way for us to be worthy. And we're not counting our worthiness. We're looking to our Sacrifice, the Lord Jesus. He is Who we are hid in tonight. We're sanctuaried in His blessed promise, in His Word. That is our... That's faith's hiding place, upon the unmovable Rock of God's eternal Word. Faith takes its--its place right there, its position; nothing can move it. Death can't shake it away. The grave can't hide it. It's been proven. On the third day He rose, because the Word of God said, "I will not leave His soul in hell, neither will I suffer My holy One to see corruption." There's no grave could hold Him.
E-209 O God, it's Your Word. Make It manifest tonight. You are the Word. And let the Words that You have promised be spoken tonight, Lord, and may the sign that the Messiah is on the earth, and we're at the end time... As the wise men saw the three stars line up to be one; and as we see today, Lord, the three attributes of God has finally come into the channel, we know they're one. And we see all these great signs upon the earth that's appearing, and the identification of the Son of God, dealing in the flesh of His Church, to carry on His work. God, may human hearts quiver. May sinners quake. And may there be a repentance, and may there be a--such a healing tonight of both soul and body, that men and women everywhere will come out from unbelief, separate themselves, and believe on the living God.
E-210 I commit myself to You, Lord, as Your servant. I commit this church to You. I realize, Lord, no matter how much You would anoint me, if the people does not believe it, then it cannot be done. We both must work together as a unit of belief of God and of the honor of the Word of Jesus Christ to see these things happen. We are asked the question, "Sirs, we would see Jesus." And, Father, You've promised that--that You'd be with us. Now, we'll look for You to appear among us, Lord. In the Name of Jesus Christ I ask these things. Amen.
E-212 Now, I believe... And if the prayer cards was give out, 1 to a 100? All right, let's, we can't stand them all at one time; we just have to get them one by one. Now, and we'll call you one by one. And then if you are crippled, paralyzed, can't get up, some of the brethren will come, bring you to the platform to be prayed for. [Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.]... stand. If you can't, let me know. Number 2, prayer card number 2, would you stand up? Thank you. Number 3, who has prayer card number 3? Would you stand up? Right quick now, we got to hurry. Is this lady, has she got number 3, prayer card? All right. All right, go down to the end down there, number 3. Billy, you, somebody come over here. Number 4, number 4, prayer card number 4, who has it? Way back in the back. All right, come here, lady. Number 5? You'll all be called one by one. Number 5?
E-216 What card do you have, sir? Wonder what? Number 3? Somebody's made a mistake. This--this man here has number 3 card. All right. Number 4, who has number 4, prayer card number 4? All right, number 5, who has prayer card number 5? Number 6, who has that, number 6? Thank you. Come. Number 7. Now, just take your places. Number 7. Number 8, 8? 9, 9, did I see it? 9, someone hurry up now so we won't take much time on. Number 9, prayer card number 9, please. Somebody help me watch. One of you brothers stand up and help me watch. Number 9, it isn't here? All right, if it comes in, it can take its place; might've stepped out, I preached long. Number 10, prayer card 10, raise up your hand so we can see who you are. All right, come. 11, prayer card 11? Didn't you have it, lady? Raise your hands when I tell you, and then you, when your number's called, then you--you'll know. Number 12, number 12, who has it? Number 12. Come, lady. Number 13, prayer card 13? Way back in the back. Come, lady, if you can get up. Number 13. Number 14, number 14, where is it? Prayer card 14, way over in the back. All right, come right ahead, lady. Number 15, this man right here, number 15. 16, 16, 16, prayer card number six--over in the corner. 17? See, it isn't an arena, we don't... We--we call them one by one; you don't have no big race over and jump in, you know. We want order (See?), reverence. Number 16, prayer card number 16, Number 16, does this lady have 16? 14. Number 16, 16. All right, thank you, sir. Number 17. Already down--down, 17. 18? All right. Oh, they done got as many up there as can stand in the corner at this time, We'll start right in a few minutes from there. All right.
E-224 How many of you, while they're getting those people lined up, that doesn't have a prayer card, let's see your hand, and you're sick? All right, while I'm quoting the Scripture for you... Now, you don't have a prayer card, yet you're sick, you won't be called in the prayer line? All right. How many in this building that doesn't know me, and know I know nothing about you, raise up your hands; that's sick, you know. See? To be honest with you, I don't see one person I know. Now, you might know me, but frankly... I--I don't mean this through any harm; I haven't seen you, and I--I--I don't--I can't see one person that I--I know, unless it's this little kind of little heavyset fellow setting there, little...?... Am I looking at the right person? I forget what your name is; you're from Missouri. I--I know he comes up to the Tabernacle once in a while. Now, and on the platform, now, you remember, God's just as much on the platform as He is out there, sure. I don't know no one here, just to say that I know them, outside of the brother right here, and Brother Moore, to really know a name or know anybody. I might know... I--I think this is your father setting back there, I'm pretty sure that's right. And Jim Maguire here, the--the tape boy setting here... And that's all that I see, to know, and know who they are. All right.
E-227 Listen, let's just take a little story like this while they're getting ready, another story that we could take about the Lord Jesus. Here, how many knows that the Bible says that one time there was a woman who had a blood issue? And she couldn't--she wasn't called in the prayer line either. See? But... And she didn't have a prayer card, but she had faith, and that's what touches God. And Jesus going along the road, this little woman slipped in and touched the border of His garment.
E-228 How many knows that the Palestinian garment hung free? It was a robe. And it had a underneath garment too (See?), keep dust off their limbs. So they had--they had a underneath garment, the garment picked up dust as they walked. And so they had an underneath garment. And this woman touched the border of His garment with her finger. And Jesus stopped, and He said, "Who touched Me?" I don't believe He was just kidding. I don't believe He did that. I believe, truly He didn't know who did it. He said, "Who touched Me? And insomuch, so many people with their arms around Him, "Hello, Rabbi, is this the Prophet of Galilee? Well, we're glad to see You here." Everybody, "How are You?" Peter said, "Lord..." He rebuked Him, the Bible said. In other words, Peter might've said this, "Why, that sounds rather unusual for a Man of Your caliber to say who touched You. And I guess, since I've been talking to You, there's been fifty hands touch You. And then You say, 'Who touched Me?' Why, it doesn't sound mentally right, Lord. You shouldn't say a thing like that." The Bible said, "Peter rebuked Him." But Jesus said, "I perceive that virtue has gone from Me." It was a different kind of a touch, a touch of faith. "Virtue" is "strength." "I perceive that My strength... I got weak. Somebody touched Me with a--a touch of faith."
E-233 Now, He could not have felt it physically. You might touch my coat, and there's much more between the border of His garment and His body, than there is of my coat. Just like blind Bartimaeus, standing a hundred yards from Him, said, "Jesus, Thou Son of David..." And all them people screaming, "We hear you raised the dead. We got a graveyard full of them up here. Come up here and raise them; we'll believe you," (See?), them critics (See?), and so forth. But Jesus didn't even hear Bartimaeus, but his faith stopped Him. See, his faith did it.
E-236 Now, this woman's faith stopped Him, and He looked all over the crowd until He found the little woman. And He told her about her condition and said, "Thy faith has saved thee." Is that right? Just an ordinary little, weakly-looking woman, and she was healed. Now, what did she do? She never touched Him exactly. She touched God through Him. Well, then that's... How many knows... Now these ministers, which I know they know. But the Book of Hebrews says that Jesus Christ now is a High Priest that can be touched by the feeling of our infirmities. Is that right? How many knows that in the audience? Well, if He is the High Priest, He's the same High Priest that He ever was. "No other mediator between God and man, but the Man Christ Jesus." Then if He's the same yesterday, today, and forever, and you touched Him the same way she did, and He can be touched; and if you'd touch Him the same way He did, wouldn't He react in the same way He reacted then, if He's the same yesterday, today, and forever? Is that right? See? The only thing you have to do is touch Him, now, not touch one of our brethren, or touch me. That's--that's just your brothers. You see? But touch Him, Your faith touch Him, then He will use His instrument and He'll be--He'll do the same today that He ever did do. He's just the same today and ever. You believe that?
E-240 So now I want you all, your undivided attention; every person stay right in your place for the next few minutes and pray. Now, it's a great thing to come up here and preach a Gospel that can make people actually, that was once bootleggers and gamblers, and prostitutes, and everything else, out on the street, to set in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, and can feel the inspiration of the Spirit to rise you to a place till you lose yourself and scream out "amen" and "hallelujah," praises to God. That's a wonderful thing. But then in that same audience, and the Gospel being preached and say what He was, now to identify Him again right back the same One...
E-242 Now, in this prayer line standing here, I don't think... I don't see one person in that line that I know. There's not a person. If each one of you that's in that prayer line are strangers to me, I do not know you, you know that I don't know nothing about you, raise up your hand. Each one of you in the prayer line, that knows that I know nothing about you, raise up your hand. All right. I suppose, it was the entire prayer line. Now, I don't know none of them. Now, the only way that... And if anybody thinks that this is wrong, you come up here and take my place. See? Until you can do the same thing, then don't say nothing about this. Jesus said, "If I cast out devils by the finger of God, who does your children cast them out by?" In other words, "What system they got better?" See?
E-244 Now, we've had a time that everybody's begin to think of the old tradition, laying on hands. And that's all right. But now, I--my minister brethren, just bear me record; that was a Jewish tradition. See? Jairus said, "Come lay Your hand on my daughter and she'll live." But the Roman, the Gentile, said, "I'm not worthy that You'd come under my roof. Just speak the Word." Is that right? It's the Word spoke, to the Gentiles. See? We should carry out that; if that Roman could think that, a heathen that'd just seen Him. 'Cause he knowed that, Jesus Christ's Words. He said, "I'm a man under authority. I say to this man, 'goes,' and he goes, and this one comes. He has to, 'cause he's under me." What was he identifying? That every sickness and every disease was under the command of Jesus Christ. Yes, sir. He has authority.
E-246 And if we can hear Him speak, then that identifies Him of being with us. How much greater it would be for you Gentiles tonight, to know, and to know that He's among us, and can reach up and realize. Not say, "Brother Branham laid hands on me; Brother Roberts, or my--somebody else." But by faith in the Son of God, say, "I accept You, Lord Jesus. You're here. You heal me." Now, if He'll identify Himself and prove by the Gospel that He is just as much here now as He was then... I have proved to you, that's His identification mark (Is that right?), promising in the last days these things would happen. And we've seen the church go right into it through Luther, Wesley, Pentecost, and right down to the end. See? And here we are, Laodicean age, the Sodomite age, and here we are. The ministry's come through every angle of the Word. And I believe, the entire mystery of God, It's already been preached. Now it's identification of Christ among His people, God working in human flesh.