Принимая сторону Иисуса
Taking Sides With Jesus
743-1 Someplace in Louisville where you--you eat, and it's called, let's see, Dogpatch Restaurant. I got one today. When anyone eats there, then they take the money that you gave them and send the church the tithing off of it. It's somewhere at 319 West Jefferson Street. I guess that's why Billy had it laying here, that so that they could see. That's mighty nice.
Now, brethren, I don't know what your procedure of--of man's meeting, just what you do or how you conduct your meetings. And if I get off of schedule here, why--off the regular routine, why, you call my attention to it.
743-3 It was purposed tonight, I thought, as I had a--a dinner not long ago with our most beloved pastor, Brother Neville, and I was saying something to him what was on my heart. And I thought if we get a bunch of men together and the ministers (They're our colleagues here of the Gospel and men.), we could talk to one another in a way that we wouldn't talk it before the public, because we're all and--we're men that understand as men, Christian men. And that way... Usually in a congregation, a group, you say something, and--and one'll lean it a little this way, and one'll lean it that way, and--and then it goes all out. But where we come to try tonight to tell you what I have in my heart of, concerning the church and its a--and its place and its position. And then if we get done in time, I would like to speak to you just a little bit on the Word, if it's all right. Just kind of settle that, so we'll get our business part or the part that I'd like to express to you first. And I guess maybe you let out regular time, about 9:30 or something like that, like each night. Well, I'll try not to keep you long. Tomorrow's Saturday and it's a big commercial day. But now... We have to get our groceries and so forth.
743-4 I want to say to Brother Neville publicly... Now, I--I want to say to each one of you, just like I was talking privately to you, just each one, 'cause you're a group that--that's a... I really think that and believe and teach that men, God has made men leadership of His church, that's His people. See? And it's a... As I was preaching down to Brother "Junie" Jackson's last night about God fortified His--His people with His Word. And it was a woman that broke through that line and give vent to reason, and when it did, God forever has always placed it for His--for men to keep His church fortified by Word.
Now, I want to encourage Brother Neville just a little, talking to him privately. I noticed last night discernment struck me two or three times while I was in the pulpit, and I turned around, 'cause I'm trying to keep as far away from it as I can until I find out what the dream meant to me here not long ago, a few weeks ago. It stuck with me for a long time; I told it here in the church, about--something about the Message and--and discernment and so forth; it just didn't--it just wasn't coming out right. To my opinion, that time's over, and now I may be wrong on that, but I noticed that--that Brother Neville was kind of weary and upset.
744-6 And then I just wanted you to know, Brother Neville, that you're only anticipating in this fellowship in that. Have you just noticed what Satan's tried to do in the last few days to what ministers is associated in this fellowship? Just stop for a few minutes and wonder. Here sets Brother Crase, setting here tonight, almost killed up there on the road. See? And I almost had my head blowed off with a shotgun--or with a rifle. See? Satan trying to take us. And there you crashed right in and could've killed yourself and some woman also. See, just the ministers. Look at just the--the ministering group. See? It's Satan, and he's trying to get rid of us.
Now, we are--realize that we're not assembled here to talk on some kind of a business; we're here to assemble to talk on the--on Christ and the holds to take ahold, and what to do for this present time. And I--I want to encourage you, Brother Neville. Be courageous. No matter what comes up, what goes, what takes place, just don't let nothing beset you. Just stand there like a rock of ages, and God will make everything come out all right. He's proved that to you. Of course, you--that could've upset you, that could've killed that woman, and that'd been on your mind the rest of your days, and it'd been a lot of things. But God's still on the throne; He--He lets those things work out all right. He could taken us too. And... So Satan fighting at the church..
744-8 Now, when I laid that cornerstone there that morning, I never felt that I'd ever be a pastor. It wasn't in my callings at the beginning, and my first call was to be on the field of evangelism. That's many years ago, and started off over here in a tent just across the street. And I remember when Brother Roy Davis, down there, and his church burnt down. That bunch of people was just like scattered sheep without a shepherd, had no place to go. And I... Mr. Hibstenberg was Chief of Police then, and he called me down there and he said to me, "I--We're here to help you." Said, "I'm Catholic myself," but said, "them people," said, "they don't... probably have their clothes." (It was during the time of the depression.) Said, "They go to other churches and they feel out of place, and they're good people. And I know many of them." He said, "Billy, if you want to start a church," he said, "I want you to know that we're behind you in anything we can do to help you." And I thanked him for it.
745-9 We had a tag day. First we prayed and asked the Lord, and people come to me and wanted to build a church so they could have a place to go. And we decided this place, and one night along this time (or a little further here) in a little pile of horseweeds right along in here and water in this ditch and just had been like a dump like, well, the Lord spoke to me definitely and said, "Build it right here." Not a penny of money--and among us we had about--about eighty cents or a dollar. And that's... Of course, you'd laugh at that now, but brother, that was some money then.
When some neighbor'd cook a pot of beans and get the neighbor that hadn't nothing for two or three days to come over and eat a few of them, that was hard times. Lot of the young fellows never seen that, but that was hard going. I seen the time that you could pass through this church a collection plate, two times or three, and get thirty cents out of a place packed full, and beg for it. It would... You'd probably got thirty cents and had a good offering. See? It's really rough going.
745-11 And we had nothing to build with, yet the--the desire of the people was to build a church so we could have a place to go, 'cause in them days the Message... Well, you think it's badly thought of now, you ought to have knowed it then, when there's nobody. And then--this water baptism in the Name of Jesus Christ and the blessings and things that we believe in and stand for.
So upon my heart I made a promise to God that we would stay here and build the Tabernacle. The morning we laid the cornerstone, He met me over there in a vision about 8:00 that morning, when I was setting there watching out across the sun coming up, just about this time of year. And He had told me, after He had met me down there on the river, but that... When the Angel of the Lord appeared in that Light, and I seen It in a distance, It looked like a star, and It come right down over where I was, and them notable words was spoken. And so then, I purposed then to get a place for the people to worship in.
746-13 Now, I thought myself, "It ain't for me. It's nothing to me, but yet anything that's pertaining to God is part of me, no matter if it's... Anything that--that's for God's children, it's for me, whether it's my duty to do this or do that. It's my duty to see to God's heritage regardless of where it's at." See?
Just like you'd say, "Well, my..." Like you was a little boy, say, "My--my business is just to chop the wood, not pack it in. Let John pack it in. I don't care if the snow falls on it, rains; let him get out and get it." No, it's your duty as a--as a child of that home to see that that wood don't get wet for your mother. See? Pack it in.
746-15 If they say, "Well, Frank should've went and got the water; it ain't my business." But if Frank didn't get the water, it's your business to take care of the water. That's all. Now, that's just the way it runs, and that's the way it runs in God's family too.
If some of them... Some of them said the other--not long ago, said, "Quit preaching the way you are. My goodness, you're going to ruin every friend you got and everything like that." Said, "Let that alone, I know it's wrong, but my, it ain't our business." Well, whose business is it then? If it's wrong, somebody's got to do it. So let's just do it. And that's the way I feel about the church.
746-17 The building programs and so forth has come up and down, up and down, and there's been pro and con in the buildings and so forth. One wanted it and the other didn't want it and this, that. You--you find it like that.
You find that as you deal amongst ministers, amongst businessmen, amongst lodges--everywhere you go where you got a group of men, you--you've got different ideas. And so therefore, you've got to have one person that you put confidence in, and elect that person and all work with that. Just like in the army, you got to have... One is a general, that's a headquarters. Captain says this, he's the captain of that group, but then the general can change his orders. And the Chief Commanding General, of course, is Jesus Christ in the church and His ministers are His captains of the companies that--that's representing Him here on earth.
747-19 And they have tried many things, the little tabernacle here, and finally... I kept quiet in it, just to see, after I'd built it... And then the Lord called me out into the field about fifteen, sixteen years ago, and I left the church. But still, I just can't turn it out. I've always kept my name attached to it, so that I could be a vote sometime if the wrong thing got started in here, I'd have a right to come and--and stop it, because I've sweated it out for many years behind this pulpit, seventeen years in here to keep the thing straight. When all kinds of isms and in's and out's and every kind of a cult... And being a interdenomination, everything that flew in, flew in this way, and by the help of God we stood here with the unadulterated Gospel, and she still stands the same tonight. And so we... But... There's times that this church has been tried to be sold out from under me and everything else like that. If my name wasn't attached to it down there, why, it sure would be--been in an awful fix tonight, not... And it wasn't me, it was God, of course, that did it.
747-20 And then, as I see it now, coming into the place that it is, and we're living in a great hour, it's still my interest to say something about this church. See? Because it's--it's a part of me. No matter whether I'm here or not, it's still a part of me. And it's my duty to see to it that it operates clean, clear, and the best I can for the Kingdom of God. And I'm very grateful that in these days...
747-21 I see it's got little satellites to it that I am grateful for. Brother Crase here and his Sellersburg group, and the brother back there that just taken Brother Snelling's place at Utica, and Brother Ruddell up here, and Brother Junior Jackson and those precious boys who are fine men, wonderful men of God. They preach this Message. Now, they may... One might disagree just littlely upon something another, that's only human amongst the group of the ministers yet. And if ministers have a little difference... There won't be a--a shadow of a difference in it. Maybe one might say, "I believe that the millennium will come and Jesus will be on a white horse," and another one say, "I believe when He comes, He'll come on a white cloud." Well, as long as they believe He's coming, that's the main thing. See? No matter how He's coming, just... They believe He's coming and making ready for it. And that way...
748-22 I have tried to find now, and I've been studying (Now, I've told it out before the congregation.), I've been studying the early Church, and I've watched the way that those anointed men prepared the house of the Lord and the order of the Lord's worship in the house, and it struck me real--real good. And I preached here some time ago and--upon the subject of Joel 2, "I will restore, saith the Lord, all the years that the palmerworm eaten, and the caterpillar, and cankerworm and so forth." And I begin to study on that, about what these men did, and the way that they taken care of the church that God had left them overseer.
748-23 Now, we're going to start off with the early church and just bring it (for about five minutes now) down to what they did, and then I can show you the vision that I have for the future. Now, at the beginning, the church was inaugurated at Pentecost. And there the Holy Spirit fell upon them where Jesus had chosen twelve. And one of them had fallen, and they'd chose Matthias to take his place, and the Holy Spirit waited until all this was in order before It come. They had to choose one to take the bishoprick of--of Judas, that fell by transgression to fulfill the Scripture.
748-24 And I believe that all these things has a time of lingering, waiting; but it's waiting for a time for the Scripture to be fulfilled, till everything gets right, everything in order, waiting. Many times we get patient--impatient. Like a child, we great--get great anticipations and many times jump way ahead, and that--that just hinders the work, until the work gets caught up. See? We must just move reverently, have a purpose in heart that God, if He would desire to use us in such-and-such... but wait till He makes the opening, 'cause He has to go ahead of us.
You remember David going to battle that night? He was weary about that fight, and he laid under those mulberry trees until he heard the Lord in the rumbling of the leaves going before him; then he went with courage, because he knowed that God had gone before him. And if we only do that, brethren, knowing the battle must come, but we must wait till we see the hand of God going before us to make a way.
749-26 Now, I notice that how the churches, the evangelism started scattering out everywhere. And then we'll take, for instance, the--Paul becoming a great missionary to our people. We find out that he went about wherever the Lord led him, and he established a church. And it was a new faith. The churches of those days, like in Asia Minor, all throughout Europe, they--they didn't believe that Message. And when he had preached the Message, and many was converted to it, then there was no one... If he left the people in that condition, they'd wander right back out into their pagan gods, and into Judaism, and whatevermore, because the people had no one to teach them, the--the converts. They had no place to go, so Paul established churches in different parts of the country.
Each one of these churches, he left someone who was in order, a man that was trustworthy, a man that was known as a pastor, shepherd, or a... Then after he--this church then, become... other little churches come out of it. Young men and old men raised up and become churches out of that. The man that was over the first church was called the bishop. And then his, that went out from him, his children, was called shepherds or pastors. And then this group of little churches all would come back to this bishop.
749-28 Like in the time of Irenaeus, he carried on the same thing. Martin carried on the same thing. Polycarp carried on the same thing. Right on down through the age they had that. And then the apostle of the church, the apostle, that was the--Paul... And when Paul left, John took over the church. And when John left, Polycarp taken it over. When Polycarp left, Irenaeus taken it over, and on down, Martin and--and so forth. Just kept on going until the Roman Catholic church broke the whole thing to pieces and burned them and scattered them, and the palmerworm eat this, and the cankerworm eat that, and so forth eat that, and eat that, until it brought it plumb down to a stalk.
Now, but God promised to restore again that same thing. I have--I do believe with all my heart that we're living in the last days. I believe that there--there's not too much would break this... anything... And my interpretation may be wrong of the Scriptures, that Jesus could not come tonight. I believe that--that what little's left to be fulfilled could be fulfilled before daylight in the morning, that I'd see--and I may be wrong on the time of that fulfilling, but it's at hand. The... I believe that. And remember, Paul believed that; John believed that; Polycarp believed that; Irenaeus believed that; Martin believed that; all the rest of them believed it.
750-30 What if God would've told John the Revelator, "Now, it's going to be two thousand years before My coming?" John would've come back and told the church, "Well, I guess we might as well eat, drink, be merry, 'cause there going to be many generations. (See?) Jesus ain't coming for two thousand years." See? So... See, the church had been loose, there'd have been no "on the mark", there'd be no waiting. After all, it's your anticipations. If you fall asleep in that watch that you wake with them same anticipations, 'cause it ain't going to hinder one thing; you're going to be right there on time anyhow. See? See what I mean?
Now, when--when St. Martin awakes in the resurrection, St. Paul, all the rest of them, it'll be just as fresh as if they was right in the battle, battling right away, 'cause they went right down under those same anticipations, looking for His coming. And there'll be a scream come, and up will come the whole church. You see? That'll be it. So it doesn't matter.
750-32 See, we've got to be looking for Him right now. Even... We don't know. It--it could be possibly... It could be a hundred years from now, it could be five hundred years, a thousand years, ten thousand years. I don't know; nobody knows. But say, for instance, that we live each day that He was coming that day. See? If we live like He was coming this day, when we awake (if we sleep and we awake in the resurrection), it'll be just as fresh as if we'd just fallen asleep, just woke up. The trumpet'll sound and the dead in Christ shall rise first; we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them to meet the Lord in the air. See? So it'll be just as fresh.
750-33 But now, until that time, until He comes, we want to live each day like He might come the next minute, because it might be the end of your life at that minute. You don't know when you're going. This may be some of our last breath; we have it in us now, so you want to live like it is.
But now, to carry on further, we've got to put footprints here on the sands of time that others can see. If Paul hadn't have went on the way he did, then John wouldn't have knowed how to follow. If John hadn't have went on, Polycarp wouldn't have knowed how to follow. If Polycarp wouldn't have went on, Irenaeus wouldn't have knowed how to follow. If Irenaeus wouldn't have went on, Martin wouldn't have known how to follow. See what I mean? Each one has to put footprints on the sands of time.
751-35 Well, if I thought that there was a denomination or any other group of believers that had anything better than we have here, brethren, I would have wanted to emerge this little body with it right quick. I've waited; I have longed; I have been under anticipations and believed that some great one was coming someday or maybe a--the great prophet that I speak will come, of the Elijah. I've always believed and thought maybe that maybe I'd live to see the day that, when I could change, when I'd see that person rise on the scene. Then I could take my little church and say, "Brethren, this is the man we have looked for. This man, he is the one." I've waited for that. And if actually that has passed, then I'm looking to say from up here, "Brethren, this is the One." Coming from here. See? And I--I want to see the church kept up like that.
I must've stepped on something or done something and put a lot of--of more life in that thing. [Brother Branham steps on mike cables affecting the audio system--Ed.]
So now, I would like to say this. That now that this is an established church...
751-38 Let me just stop again just a moment. When I went to Bombay... (I count that my greatest meeting because of the effects it had on the people.) And I... If in Africa, they say thirty thousand came to Christ at one time, then there was a hundred and fifty or two hundred thousand came to Christ at one time out of that half a million there. What could I do? There wasn't a thing. Perhaps maybe, say there was--just say there was a hundred thousand of them. There was no church, nothing I could do, There was nobody to give to them. The Message that I believed, there wasn't even a Pentecostal denomination would cooperate with me. And all those souls probably drifted right back into Sikhs, Jains, Buddhism, whatevermore they come from. No place to put them. Now, that's a shame; that's a disgrace (See?), because I had no cooperation, because of the stand that I take. See?
752-39 Well, in Africa, I went in there under that auspices of the--the A. F. of M. and (Afrikaans Faith Missions)--and when I did... 'Course, I can't agree with them. They--they baptize people in a triune baptism, three times face forward; and one of them baptizes three times backwards: one for one God, the Father; the other one for another God, the Son; the other one for another God, the Holy Ghost; and baptizing three different times for three different gods and all such stuff as that. And perhaps the Durban meeting, not having it rightly--and the people see such a scattered amongst the Pentecostal faiths and so forth, the people didn't know what to do. They had no place to go.
752-40 Perhaps, what if we just had a revival here, brethren... Let me place it like this. What if we'd just got through with a big revival and you brethren had just got converted, and there wasn't a church of this type in the country nowhere; and I'd been the evangelist, and now I'm leaving out and you may never see me again? What would you do? You'd feel like... You wouldn't know what to do. You can't go back to that wallow again. You can't go back down there with a--with your wives to wear shorts and your--and to your card parties and dances, and things like that, and ever be satisfied again. You've come to Light; you've raised above that thing. You've come to a place instead of saying, "This is our creed," saying, "This is God's Word." And you've come to live by This, what This says, and not what... And you go down there and listen to them, and hear them go down and play bunco, and have a dance, and this, that, and the other, and a little bit of message that had nothing in it (about some mayor or something that was going to be re-elected, or some kind of a political affair), and cut off in ten or fifteen minutes; after you'd been setting here day after day and great gastronomical jubilees of the Word and things, you wouldn't know what to do. You'd be so burdened with it, till some of you lay members would feel like starting up a church and start preaching it yourself, 'cause your heart would burn for the Word of God, and you'd feel bad for the people that felt the same way you did. Now, isn't that right?
753-41 Though you know Jesus is coming, thought He was coming tomorrow, yet you'd want to do something today for those people who are fellow citizens of the Kingdom of God to come together, you'd want fellowship with them. That's right. So if it's this way...
Now, I believe with all my heart that the Lord has helped me and has used me to spearhead a great revival, one of the greatest that's ever struck the world since the early days, across the world. We know that. That's right. It was all gone at that time, and--and He met me down there on the river and told me that the Message that I had would forerun the second coming of Christ. And I suppose there's nobody here tonight that was down there that day. That's been about thirty-two years ago when that Light appeared, and standing there, me looking right at It, and hundreds of people standing looking at It, It come right down and that Voice spoke.
Years later, strange that the camera takes the same picture, looks the same thing, just exactly what I told you there on the river. Now, I may be mistaken in a lot of things, brethren, but I don't want to be a hypocrite. I want to be honest and straight with you.
753-44 And then, another thing, if I'd have went away, what--we'd have never built a church here like that. It's hard to tell what we'd had (See?) if I'd just went on, but the God of heaven put it upon my heart to build this church here. And then when He called me out into evangelism... We've had pastor after pastor and so forth, but now we got a precious brother here who's of the faith, believes the Message. We've got other brothers out here that believes the Message, having things...
Am I getting too loud, Brother Beeler? [Brother Branham has a conversation with Brother Beeler--Ed.] All right. Is that too...
Had a--we got--we got the material...
753-46 And now, you say, "Well, Brother Branham, if they won't hear these signs and wonders of the great God of heaven, how are we going to do it?" Well now, what if St. Paul would've had that same idea? See? What... But he didn't. Those bishops stayed just as loyal to the message, and they--and Paul ever so often, after making his round... You've read the Bible, how he'd visit back with these churches, talk with the pastors and with the bishops and so forth, and took relief from the people and--and had a--oh, just a great time of fellowship, like a revival or big time of jubilee; and the Holy Spirit would fall upon them and messages would come.
754-47 Look when he went down there to Philip, even his daughters prophesied and said, "There's chains and prison waiting for the--for our brother when he gets up there." He no more than got out in the yard and here come Agabus the prophet, walking down, looked across the street, and never seen Paul before, the general overseer of this whole group of churches throughout Asia. And he walked over there and pulled the string off of his side he had his garment tied with, bound his hands and said, "THUS SAITH THE LORD chains and prisons waits for the one that wore this up there." See, prophesying.
Paul said, "I know it; I know it, but don't break my heart now, let me finish my course." He was tired; he was finished, and he was going on and leaving his bishoprick with Timothy.
754-49 Now, we got to think of young people. We got children. Most of us people here, married men, has children. Well, what about them that's coming on? See?
Like I used to kick up down there about them throwing those cast nets on the river and pulling out them perch and the drinks--drunkards and things... I've seen them piled high as this ceiling here, big, fine perch laying there, the stink would be all around the river. I went down there as a game warden to make them stop it. I got a letter, "Leave them alone." What are you going to do; it belongs to Kentucky. Now, Kentucky warden can't come over here, because he's out of his territory. Indiana warden has nothing to say into it, because the water belongs to Kentucky. There you are; there's nothing can be done.
I said, "I've got a boy coming on would like to fish. Why, they'd put his picture in the paper if he caught a chub, twenty years from now, let that go on like that--those nets, traps, and everything else." And it's practically getting like that right now. See? What's the matter? You've got to think of these that's coming on.
755-52 So we've got to think of the others that's coming on behind us, these young people and so forth, and a place for our children. Our daughters, we don't want them out in the world in these things like that, we want them girls raised like their mothers. And we've got to make arrangements for that. And if there is no tomorrow, we don't know that. If there is no tomorrow, we haven't done nothing but been at the Master's business and been found at our post of duty when He does come. See?
So I would suggest this; I did to Brother Neville. Let's carry this on just as we have. Let's let it just the way it is. I'm grateful for these young ministers. See, actually at the day of judgment, for this entire valleys through here there'll be no excuse, because we've got little churches setting out everywhere, outposts, listening posts, waiting.
Last night I was in a brother's church and asked if all in there was fortified behind the Word, and every hand went up. Now, that made me feel good. See?
755-55 Now, what I would think would be this, brethren, that like in the church here... Now, I--the--my ministry has, the best of my thinking, four things that can be done, and it might not be either four, but that's the only outlook I can think of. If that One that spoke to me down there on the river... If this is all that was left for the Gentile church, which we realize in Revelations it says one, two, three chapters to the church. The church goes up in the 4th chapter. It does not return anymore till the 19th chapter; that's after the tribulation period when God calls out the Jews. That's right.
And like Enoch, he went up before one drop of rain ever hit the earth. He was gone, then the tribulation set in. See? Noah was in the ark before any tribulation set in. Lot was out of Sodom before any tribulation set in. See? And the church will be gone before any tribulation period.
Now, during the tribulation that will be, the sleeping virgin will be hunted down by the dragon (spurts "water from his mouth," which is--means "multitudes and peoples, armies") that'll search down and take this woman, remnant of her seed, and will kill her. Now, that will be in the tribulation period, but the church will go home. Now, if--if that take--would take place tomorrow, it wouldn't hinder us from just keeping on today. Let's make today count.
756-58 Now, what I think down there, if that Angel that said those words to me, said, "As John the Baptist was sent to forerun the first coming of Christ (See?), your Message..." I was to take this Message and It would forerun the second coming of Christ. Well, if this has been It, then we're real, real close, brethren, because the hour and the Light of the Message is just about gone out.
756-59 Did you notice when Pentecost fell and those brothers was filled at Pentecost with the Holy Ghost, it wasn't hardly any time until the Message had begin to dim down and they begin to set up churches to hold the fort for Christ, expecting Him to come. Well, that's the same thing is taking place today. If the Scripture is true, "I will restore, saith the Lord, all that the palmerworm and cankerworm has eaten," Now, if that be it, if that is the Message (and God forgive me, I--I do not know), if that's it, then the time is close at hand, really, because the Message is over.
756-60 And the other night I was dreaming that I went to have discernment where a great host of my friends had gathered, thousands of them in a meeting. There's a fellow come got me and... And Billy usually comes and gets me, 'cause he don't talk to me. And this man just talked a blue streak, and 'fore I got over there, all the anointing was gone from me for it. And then I said, "Well, I'll just go over there and--and preach the Message of telling those people, 'Don't fool with those denominations' and so forth and, 'Come out, like this.'" And when I got to the platform, that had left me. I don't know what it meant, but I was going on. I just don't know.
756-61 It could be the end of my road, it could be the coming of the Lord, it could be the change of the day, it could be the coming of that mighty one, if it's to be another besides what's already come; it could be that. All those things we'd have to draw from, it would be. And as I stand here tonight before God and you brethren, I don't know. I couldn't tell you. If I did, I'd tell you, or I wouldn't mention, bring anything up like this if I didn't know which way... If I know which way the thing was going, I'd--I'd say it, but I don't know. I can't tell. I'm going right now on meetings without one speck of leading. I'm going because I don't want to set up there. I--I--I like to get out in the woods as well as anybody. If I'm wrong in this, God forgive me.
757-62 There's three things could happen to me. It's either the end of my road and let this other one come on; I've opened up the road for him to take over, 'cause remember, the one that comes to preach will be on the Word: Restoring their faith of the children back to their fathers. It could be the end of my road. It could be that He's changing my ministry back into evangelism for overseas. Or it could be that He's not going to call me anymore for an evangelist, and He's taking me into the wilderness somewhere to anoint me to send me forth like the promised one is to come, I think.
It could be any of those things. I cannot go on the way I've been going. Because I'm--the people has believed me; I--I have to say this (I say it before men). The people many times regard me as being a prophet. I do not regard myself that. No, sir, I do not, I have... I don't say that to be humble; I say that to be truthful. I do not regard myself to be a prophet of the Lord. I--I haven't that honor.
757-64 I believe that the Lord has used me in little special things to help maybe lay a foundation for a prophet that will come. But a prophet doesn't operate the way I operate, now, you know that. A prophet isn't an evangelist, and an evangelist isn't a prophet. A pastor isn't a evangelist, and a evangelist isn't a pastor. But God has set in the church, first apostles, then prophets, then teachers, then pastors and so forth. God set them in the church and God gave them an office.
But the morning when I laid that cornerstone, because... Now, if you're spiritual you get it. Because of the cry of the people... If you could break that out or take the book and read it, it said, "Do the work of an evangelist." Didn't call me to be an evangelist, but said, "Do the work of an evangelist, for the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but for--heap themselves together teachers, having itching ears and shall turn from truth to fables." See? Quoted that Scripture and told me where to find It, said It three times. And I got the Bible and turned to where He told me, and there It was. And then you know about the two buckets of the Pentecostal Oneness and the Pentecostal Assemblies, I never crossed them. I planted their own trees right where they was, 'cause I think they're both wrong. But out of it, I was at the cross, at the harvest.
757-66 God respects anybody who's sincere. Peter said that: he perceived that God was no respect of persons. All nations calling when--on--at the house of Cornelius when they received the Holy Ghost like they did at the beginning. See? God is no respect of persons. We see a person deeply in sincerity be sincerely wrong, but if he is sincerely, God will lead him to the Light somewhere. He'll come to It, 'cause God's obligated to do that.
And we think about the coming of the Lord being such a--a great thing, and the Message no more than It's went, remember, there's a predestinated group to be here when the Lord returns, and it might not be over a dozen. See? We don't know; it might be a hundred million, might be ten thousand. But if the predestinated will hear the Message and believe It, if It's the Message sent of God, which we believe It to be.
758-68 Now, here we are then, right up here to the end of the time when... If God did call me (Now listen, this is not to be repeated.), if He did call me to be His prophet, then I'm certainly not holding the office of one. Prophets don't evangelize. A prophet hides himself in the wilderness alone with God, until he gets exactly directly what God wants him do, and he stomps right out and gives his Message, and back into the wilderness he goes again. He's not an evangelist, holding meetings and getting cooperations and all these things like evangelists do. He don't teach like evangelists. He has THUS SAITH THE LORD, and that's it, and that's all. He gives it, throws it out, and lets the chips fall where it will, and then away he goes again. Nobody knows where he's at, and he's in isolation somewhere.
758-69 Now, I cannot... or... If He's called me to be that, I cannot be an evangelist. And if He's called me to be evangelist, I cannot be a prophet. Now, you get what I mean? I don't know what to do. I've done reverently when He told me first, about me holding the people's hand and praying for them, and then know the secret of their heart, and all these different things. And brethren, that's infallible. You know that's to be the truth. Every one of you knows that. See? And how He told me it would blast across the world. And it's done it, just exactly. Every nation under the heavens has heard it. Everywhere, newspapers, tape recordings, everywhere. I don't know how it's ever done it, but throughout all the world letters coming in and people from way down in Thailand and the Hottentots back in there, how those missionaries has crowded back in there with those tapes and given that interpretation of the Word. And now, we hear from all over the world (See?), around the world. Now they--the church is predestinated universally, everywhere. Be two in the bed, two in the field. See? Take one and leave one.
759-70 Now, as I have done the work of an evangelist (And here's my plea.), if that is pleasing to God, and I've done the work all right, trusting that I've pleased Him, asking forgiveness for all my mistakes, then He may be calling me from the field of evangelism to be His prophet. Then if it is, I'll leave evangelism. But if He calls me to be a prophet, I cannot be an evangelist. If I'm to be evangelist, I cannot be a prophet. I'm mixing the two offices; that's where I've always fussed about. Standing on the platform... It's never been good, successful. God has used it, but I've never thought it was His direct will; it's been His permissive will. Stand on the platform, a vision or two will knock you out almost. See? And then if you tell this person how to straighten hisself up and what to do, and then the next person stands there, he's expecting the same thing, and you can't tell him 'less Something tells you to tell him. And then the other people feel like you're a traitor or a backslider or--or a--a demon or something because you don't tell them what they want to know. See, that's not the office, the way a prophet operates.
759-71 A prophet stays back here till he stomps right into the hospital, or wherever he's going, with THUS SAITH THE LORD and say it and stomp back out again. He's no evangelist at all. He don't hold meetings and discuss things, he's got the Word of the Lord for whoever he's sent to.
If he's sent to the White House, he stomps right up in front of the White House and it's THUS SAITH THE LORD. If it's to the Governor of the state, whoever it is, it's THUS SAITH THE LORD. He don't fool around with a group of churches, trying to get them to come in and take the Word, and preach these things like evangelists, he's not an evangelist.
So you see, brethren, that's the reason I don't call myself a prophet. I'm not even in the office of one. See? Now, you understand what I mean? Now, there'd be a lot go on like that for a long time, but I hope to not take too much of your time, until I can get a little bit of this Word I want to read tonight.
760-74 Now, here's what I'm doing. I have never felt that I should live in Indiana. I'm a--I'm a rambler. I don't... I'll go one place and I think, "I'll go over here and I'll settle down here. This is it." I can't do it. When I go somewhere else I think, "I'll go over here." When I do it... My wife calls me (what's that song they sing about?) "Restless Winds." You've heard it, I guess. Most all of you hear them sing... Well, that's what she calls me, "Restless Winds." About the time I get here, I think, "Boy, I just got to get home. I got to see the wife and kids. I just got to go to church once more and preach." When I get here and come down and preach once, kiss my wife and hug all the kids, get out in the yard to cut the grass, and a airplane goes over. I stop and wipe the sweat off my face and I want to go with him. Somewhere else I got to go. Well, I think I got to go down there, and I--I go down there and I preach there awhile and look around... There goes another one over; I gotta go with him. See, there's no settling down place for me. I just can't do it. I'm restless, shifting, place to place, something, I can't help it. It's something in me, and I know that I must do it.
760-75 Now, at the church as in its present state, I'd feel horrible to walk away from here. And think of all you men setting here that I believe I will spend an eternity with over in glory land. We got fine men, fine material, solid, sound people. Just recently, there was a revival broke out in the church here amongst the people. The Spirit come among them and begin to give gifts. I watched it to see if it'd go off into fanaticism. Every time they'd start moving that way, the Spirit check it and bring it back here. I thought, "Praise the Lord." See? You just hold your place there; that's fine. See?
Now, what my thoughts is, is this. Is... If it could be possible that when I start going somewhere, I don't know where I'm going. But I can't set still; I ain't going to stay here. I just can't do it. I got to move somewhere. And I'll probably won't stay there but a few days and be moving somewhere else. I gotta go somewhere; I don't know where I'm going. Neither did Abraham know where he was going. He just crossed the river and started off. That's all.
761-77 I feel that what we ought to do here in this present time... I believe that we need a church. I think--I think the house of God... You say, "Well, what, putting all that money in it if the Lord is going to come?" Well, what good is it going to do to keep the money if the Lord comes? See? And if the people done--designated the money for the church, it's our duty (with a hundred percent vote here that I took that night) to build a church; so build it. I'd say build it. Yes, sir.
I've never expressed this before, but I want to do it before you men. Didn't want the women here, 'cause one leans this way and that way. Now, I'm trying to tell you the reason I want to do it. I think if the Lord's coming next week, let's start the church this week. Certainly, let's show Him. Let's stand at our post of duty. Yes, sir.
761-79 And then if we a--when the church is built up, why? Say if He's--what if He is ten years from now? What if He is twenty years? Or what if He is a hundred years? Whatever it is, when He comes, that matters not. We know He'll be coming for us before that time, because we can't live it out--a hundred years more. He'll be coming for us, but we've got to leave partings behind us. And I thought this, why not then let the church board here (speaking to them now) build that church? Put it up here, make it nice, and a nice place where the people can come.
I'd suggest Brother Neville be the pastor of the church, as long as the church suggests him being pastor; that's the vote of the church. As long as he holds the post of duty, and stays with the faith, and wants to come, feels the leading of the Lord, then the leading of the Lord for him to stay if the congregation votes the same.
761-81 Then I'd say each one of these men out here, these other men, like Brother Crase and Brother Junior and all of them, as long as they feel their duty at that post and they are associated here together. You can't go down and meet with a Methodists; you have no fellowship with them. The Baptists, you go talking about speaking in tongues and the baptism in Jesus' Name, they'd kick you out [Brother Branham snaps his fingers--Ed.] that quick. That's right. You set around there, you'd be like a--a dove amongst a bunch of crows. You'd have no fellowship at all. You'd die. I ain't making fun of Methodists and Baptists now, remember that. Now, I'm not saying that; I'm just drawing a comparison. There's many of those Methodists and Baptists are good men, godly men, but I'm talking about the fellowship. There's Brother What's-his-name back there tonight, the--the evangelist setting back there, Brother J. T. Parnell, Brother Beeler. I believe this brother setting here, some of them... Many of you here, men of God, calling in your life; you can be doing something. Just don't set around. Let's do something. If you don't get but one soul saved, get that one saved, each one of us.
762-82 Now, I think this church... If you men would, when you build this church, make this like your headquarters and like Brother Neville here being like the senior elder among you. See? And sometimes you get a question that you can't discuss out with your church out there, then bring it in here to Brother Neville and you all discuss it together. If there--you can't come to any decision, I'll be coming by pretty soon, then we'll all come together with it.
And then in there, get training in your own groups other ministers, men that you see that has a calling in their life for the ministry. Train them young men; bring them in here to the elder. All of you set together in a ministerial meeting and there teach the deeper things of God. Don't go on the bad end. Keep someone who, can have confidence in to be kind of like a--a leader for you. And then sometimes if you don't see it just exactly the way he does, goes--that's all right, you're in the faith anyhow; just move along. Maybe when we come together then, all of us together, we'll pray, the discernment of God come down, and He'll give it just exactly what it is (You see?) and let us know just how to do it.
And in there, churches can go hear. And training up a group of men. And if I'm in evangelistic work somewhere, there's places I can place them worldwide.
762-85 What if I was in India, go back to India. And there I'd say to these people... Maybe they'd have thousands of them, stay there for a week or two, and they'd see the ministry, they'd love it, they'd believe it's the Truth, they'd come out of heathenism. There I've got... And maybe in two or three weeks, when I was over there two nights, and maybe a hundred thousand converted to Christ, nowhere to go. The next day take a plane and start back to Rome, then to the United States, leave them just like sheep put out among wolves. What if I had a group of men, young men trained in the Message (See?) to say, "Now, wait a minute, before I leave here, we're going to set in order these churches. I'll have a man who I've already telegrammed him, and they got the money; they're on their road here right now to take over this, a good man. There's two or three young men with him who'll be his helpers and assistants."
And a church of this faith can be set there which will be a outpost in India, outpost in Germany, outpost in Switzerland. While right now, we should've had them all around the nations where I've been. And the Message... Then from there comes another, from another comes another. See what I mean?
763-87 Now, tomorrow night or day after tomorrow night, you'll see Mattsson-Boze come down here, which is my friend. You'll see just what one, little crippled-up Swede did over there in Tanganyika. He went in there and... Now, Mattsson-Boze's a good man, but he don't believe the faith that we believe.
I've took him right out and took him and just tied him to such a place in the Scripture. I say, "Mattsson, you're my friend. Now you're not going to jump or run; we're just going to stand here and hold one another's hands as Christian brothers and talk." See?
You lay the Message right to him and he'd just stand there and say, "Bro'r Branham, you--you sure are right."
I said, "Now, Mattsson, you don't believe that or you'd accept it."
"Well, Bro'r Branham, I--I believe what you say is the truth."
"Then why don't you accept it?" See? Just burn it right down to him and he--he... Then as soon as he gets away, he's gone. See?
763-93 But just watch what that man did in his missions over there, just one man, 'cause he could send right back to Chicago and pick up Burton and all the rest of them, and send them over in there like that and start the work doings till now they're getting up in the tens of thousands of one little revival. Not a man with gifts, just a man who had enough courage to go there and start. What could've been done under this? It'd been ranking in the millions. Sure. We've lost that time. That's what my suggestion would be.
Now remember, in doing this you'll find out there may be times that you'll disagree with Brother So-and-so. You'll disagree over here. And remember, as long as you get to the spot you say, "Well, because he don't believe it just like me, I ain't going to have..." Then there's something wrong with you. It's not wrong with the other fellow; it's something wrong with you. When brethren who are trying to hold together...
There's one thing, we Branhams, there's nine of us and we'd fight like pet dogs, but after all, when we got through fighting, we were still Branhams. One knowed the other was a Branham, and I knowed he was a Branham; he knowed I was a Branham. See? But we'd fight. You do that in your family, but they're still your brothers. And that's the way it is. We might different (That's all right.), but we're still one. We're one in Christ. We believe this Message and let's stay with It.
764-96 And I think that that's the thing to do to keep on carrying on until Jesus comes. And that's what I wanted to say in that manner. And I believe that if you'd have like...
See, you've got to be enthused with It. If you're not enthused, then there's something wrong. There's something wrong. You've got... Just not say, "Well, last month I was pretty well enthused, but I don't know." See, then there's something wrong somewhere. You've got to be enthused all the time (See?) and just keep punching; it's the devil trying to get you. Like I always liked our last President, Mr. Eisenhower. I had a great admiration for General Eisenhower. He said, "When we were fighting," he said, "there's many times we've picked up a shell and throwed it into the gun and pulled the hammer on it and let her fall, and it snapped, it didn't go off." Said, "We didn't surrender." Said, "We might've put in another one, and it snapped too." He said, "We didn't give up," said, "We kept on snapping till one went off."
764-98 That's it, that's the way to win the war. Keep trying. Throw the shell in and pull it. You got a purpose, a target to hit. And if it don't go off, throw it out and throw another one in, and try it again. Throw it in and try it again till one goes off. There's one of them in there that's alive. And one of them will go off. So that's the way we got to do. Just keep firing away, firing away until something happens.
What am I doing? I'm firing away now. I'm going out here not knowing even--out any leading or responsibility. Millions of people looking at you, "What you going to do? What's the next move?" Some thinks I'm dead; some thinks this. Even that gun went off the other day, and said I was trying to commit suicide, everything (See?), out around the country and everything. See? But you got all that to contend with. Then you got the burden of the people.
765-100 And just imagine what if God would place on you that you knowed the heart of the people that you was talking to. Think about that. See? Brethren, maybe, I know you have burdens, but you don't understand. And besides that, here you got the responsibility here...
You say, "Well, that ought to be easy for you, Brother Branham. Anything you do, God just tells you." No, He doesn't. I sweat it out just like you do and a whole lot harder. Sure. I have to sweat it much harder than you do, and there's going to be more required of me. Where you have to answer for a church, where you have to answer for your family or maybe just for yourself (See?), there's millions of souls I got to answer for. I got to know my moves. And if Satan's knocking you for one soul or a few souls that you'll catch, what about out here where millions are setting in order? How many more blasts is he throwing in there? See? So you've got a whole lot to remember, brethren. That... No wonder I get nervous sometimes. Sure.
765-102 But now, I'm punching away right now. I throw a shell in, if it fires, there it is. If it don't fire, I won't quit; I'll throw that one out as a thud and try another one. One of them's going to go off; that's all there is to it. One of them's going to fire somewhere. Then I--I want to be on the target, so when it does fire, I'll hit the object that I'm shooting at. And I, you know what I mean, I'm sure. See? There's something somewhere. I'm leaving for these meetings, just plunging out yonder; I don't aim to teach these great things I teach you people.
You remember what that dream that I got the interpretation was. "Go back and store up food." Where was the storehouse? This tabernacle. Where's there anything like it in the country around here anywhere that will compare with the Message that we have? (Now, of course, our little brothers here that's out along here, these other little churches, are us. We're one.) Where would you go to, to find it? Show its comparison anywhere. You go right out in denominational creeds; you'll go right out away from the Name of the Lord Jesus; you'll go right out away from these other things. See? And here's where the food's been stored up.
766-104 Well, one Message that I preached here to you all. Look, I've been preaching from one to six hours to you on a message. Well, if I had to use one of those message, I'd take a week to take It just a little bit here and a little bit there (See?) because It's been stored up here.
It's on tapes; It'll go worldwide on the tapes where people in their houses. Them tapes will fall right into the hands of the predestinated of God; He can direct the Word; He'll direct everything just exactly to its course. That's the reason He sent me back to do this. "Store up the food here"; He forbid me to go overseas.
766-106 Brother Arganbright said, "Well, come, go. You got one night, but we will take you a tourist trip all around over the country", the way I seen Brother Fred and Brother Banks trying to go.
I said, "I wouldn't go that way." See? It showed that there was something else. I've pressed right up to the mark now, but I don't know which way to go. But there's ammunition laying all around me.
Did He call me back to the evangelism? Has He called me to foreign missionaries? Has He called me to be His prophet? Am I to pastor somewhere? Whatever I'm to do, I'll just keep throwing shell in and pulling the hammer on it. One of them will go off. But I'm just not going to stay and look and say, "Lord, You put the shell in the gun." I'm going to put the shell in the gun and do the pulling myself. Let Him do the firing. He's the One to take care of that. Let me just keep moving on.
766-109 Out when I go on this meetings now, I'm just going out. I don't know, I--I may not say one thing about these messages like I preached here. I may not even have one night of discernment. I don't know. I'm just going, not knowing what I'm going to do. I couldn't tell you; I'm just going.
And that's only... And that's the way you have to do. You've got something in mind. The people here wants a church. Build it. As quick as you can, get it up. Get your teachers and things. You brethren out yonder with your little churches and you want to--you're doing a work, God will reward you for that. Go out there. Preach. Do everything you can. Let all of you get together, you bunch of men, and have meetings and talk on deep things of the Scripture and pray. Don't--don't just come here together unless you come for a prayer meeting alone. Do your praying in secret. Stay out in the place, and go into your rooms, hide out somewhere, and just kneel down, and just stay before God and stay there. Then if you find out, look like something's moving up, oh, you just going, and you find out it gets a little bit off the Word, then be careful. No matter how good it looks, stop right there. A wrong spirit struck you, 'cause the Message of this day is to the Word. See? Don't...
767-111 See, if you say, "Oh, my, Brother Branham, I tell you so-and-so. Why, So-and-so stood the other night, and this let things take place like this." Watch it. Watch it close. Don't renounce nothing. Just wait and see how it acts, and then bring it up to the Word and see how it compares with the Word. Then if it compares with the Word and everything's fine, thank God and just keep moving on then. See? Just as long as it stays in the Word, That's my opinion, what I think you should do.
767-112 And Brother Neville, Brother Ruddell, Brother Crase, and Brother Beeler, and all you brethren here, "Junie," wherever you are and the rest of you brethren, God richly bless you. I see Terry, Lynn, Charlie Cox, David, a lot of you young men here, God anoint you. My, how we'd like to pick up a handful of you to be evangelism and set you somewhere (See?), knowing that you've come up, you can stand and know the Message, and study to prove yourself. If you feel a call in your life... I see two or three young men, four or five setting on another row back here, and like that. You're young men; I'm getting old. Brother Neville's getting old. We're middle-aged men. If time rolls on, we're going to walk off the scene after while, you've got to fill our shoes. See?
767-113 And so, you see, and then maybe in that day even it'll be growing greater, if there is a tomorrow. But while there is a today, let's work while it's day. Tomorrow may never come. If it does, let's be ready for it. See what I mean? Now, that's what I would think to you.
Wouldn't it be wonderful to see Brother, up there from Utica, Brother Crase, all you other brethren here come together, meet, come into a place, you ministers set together and discuss things. You've got to have fellowship somewhere. You've got to have something to come together to kinda get together about. You all come together as a group of men and believe one with the other and like that, and discuss these problems and set out, maybe once a month, just ministers alone. Let you meet somewhere in one of your churches. Set there and discuss it and talk it, each one of you pastors, and evangelists, and whatever you are. And then if some great problem comes up you can't settle, then if I'm called on the field of evangelism... I don't know that I will be, and if I will be, you know I'll be coming back constantly all the time. And then if you get those things then, when I come back here, why, we'll meet together and just set down there. If one of you has a calling in your life. We won't have like private interviews and things we've been having, we'll just come right together and stay there till we have THUS SAITH THE LORD.
768-115 And if you can get the preachers straight and him going right, look what he's going to do. He's going to influence a... It would take care of a hundreds of these things. That's it; we're just beating at it, you see? You've got to get it a system, God's system.
Like Jethro said to Moses, "Why, you can't beat out all of them." Or... And God put elders out there, seventy of them, and took the Spirit was on Moses and put them upon those seventy elders and they prophesied, and it didn't weaken Moses a bit. It strengthened him. He had just as much prophecy in him as he did 'fore they took the Spirit off of him to prophesy. See? He just separated, said, "Now, Moses, let them judge the smaller things and, but when it comes to the major things, you come in with them and help them like that."
Now, that's the way. That was God's way back there, that was God's way in the--in the early church age, and I believe it's God's way now (That's right.) for us to do it. So, let's do it. Just quit talking about it and do it. That's all. We can do it by the grace of God. Don't you believe it?
769-118 Now, let... Now, let's see. Oh, I've done took my time up, but a... Billy wrote a note here. Just a minute, I'll see what it is. "I'm from New Albany... daughter, Grace Memorial Hospital... broke her arm... wants prayer for her... T-r-o-u-b, W. C. Troub--Troub" (something like that). Let's have prayer for this young lady.
Our heavenly Father, as we're speaking now, and I'm thinking that maybe when Irenaeus looked out upon his little group of men, it perhaps is a lot smaller group than's here tonight. And they didn't have a seat to set in. They set on old cold slabs of rock, and they set there and he talked to them. Those men went out, even when to go, they knowed they could be fed to lions, their heads chopped off. But the "faith of our fathers are living still in spite of dungeon, flame, and sword."
I thank You for these men, Lord. I pray that You'll bless them. And I bless each of them in Thy Name, that You will keep them in the faith that was once delivered to the saints, that never will they vary from that. And out of this group may You send pastors, teachers, evangelists. Oh, God, grant it. And may they hold the fort everywhere, wherever they are. May they continually work until Jesus comes.
769-121 And now, Father, I pray for each of these requests that's come in here tonight and ask that You'll remember this little lady down here that's just broke her arm. May the power of Almighty God heal her and make her well. Grant it, Lord. I pray that You'll help her and bless her. Bless her loved ones for calling. And may the power that raised up Jesus out of the grave raise up this girl. May her arm get well.
All these requests that was made mention tonight, that poor boy laying there that's got this, I heard the brother announce it, that the--the Hodgkin's disease has eat through him until his face is burnt up with radium and things they're giving him. God, be merciful to that boy; let him live. We think of that man that didn't prepare to meet You and has gone on now: his wife with a crushed head, the adopted child. All these others. Sister Bruce packing that water, she's getting old, Father. And there she burnt her arms, and up and down her body. We pray for her. She's probably hospitalized, and we pray that You'll deliver her and bring her out. Grant it, Father. We ask these blessings in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
770-123 Now, I want to ask you something. And a, ask you if--if you believe that we have time just for a little bit of the Word. Do you have it? Just for... Now, it's... I know it's a little late, but I had a little something here that I thought out today that I would like to--to speak on just for a minute, and it might help you. And I thought first that I would announce this. Now, it's on this tape, and if anybody would ever want to refer to it, Jim will have it. See? To what I think ought to be done, and now what should be done to the, for you brethren.
Now, do you know when those early men went out, sometimes there were only about six or eight of them together, and they shook the country. Well, you know when Aquila and Priscilla, that great revival that Apollos was having over there, there was only about six or eight men and women in that bunch. That whole church meant six or eight. You got five or six, seven times as many here tonight as they had then.
You know, Jesus only had twelve apostles. We always thinking for something big, but God don't deal in them big numbers. It's in these little groups is where He gets it. You see? Look all down through the age, at any time He ever met with men, it was in small groups (See?) and spoke with them and ordained them. It's God's good pleasure to do that, that's the way He likes to do it. And now, we just want to keep God in our midst and go do these things.
770-126 Now, Sunday morning, Lord willing, I want to speak to you on "Evening Time Evangelism." And then, I'll, if the Lord permits, I'll probably be leaving until late this fall and a--'fore I get back again. I'll probably get back sometime in, around in September. And now, I'm hoping by then that everything will move wonderfully for you brethren, and your meetings will grow in numbers, and the grace of God be upon you all un--until we meet. And I'm trusting that you'll pray for me and the success. Remember, it--your prayers for me. That means you're my colleague; you're--you're my buddy, my helper, and together we are helpers in the Lord. And now, when I'm standing out there before the enemy, I want to remember that faithful, true soldiers, that gets prayer answered for the sick and the afflicted, and those men are praying for me. I'm the one who needs it out there. I'm, really need it, so you all pray for me when you gather. Don't forget me in any meeting; pray for me.
771-127 Now, in St. John the 9th chapter, I want to read from the 26th verse unto the 35th. And now, just for a few minutes and then we'll--we'll close in the next twenty or thirty minutes, or maybe before that time, the Lord willing. Now, I want to read these Scriptures now from St. John 26 to, St. John 10--9:26-35, I've got wrote down here, just something I was thinking of.
Then said they unto him again, What did he do to thee? how opened he thine eyes? And... He answered them, l have told you already, and you did not hear: wherefore would you hear... again? will you also be his disciples? Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciples; but we are Moses' disciples. We know that God spake unto Moses: but for this fellow, we know not from whence he is. The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvelous thing, that you know not from whence he is, and yet he has opened mine eyes. Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth. Since the world began has it not heard that any man has opened the eyes of one that was born blind. If this man were not of God, he could do nothing. Then answered--They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether borned in sin and does thou teach us? And they cast him out. And... Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?
771-128 Now, I'd like to speak just for a few minutes to you brethren, knowing that my little talk here (I don't know what will become of it.), trusting that God will use it in some way, and now in this, upon His Word. So I know that Brother Sink, Brother Neville, or one of you ministers usually preach. And just being here with you, I, if you'll pardon me, I'd just like to speak to you a little bit on this manner.
Now, I want to take a subject here of "Taking Sides With Jesus." The Pharisees and leaders of His day always tried to belittle Him before the people. That was just a way that the devil had of working. All the Pharisees and the teachers of His day constantly tried to belittle Jesus. They... All the throw-off that they could give to Him, they done it. They watched Him constantly to find where they could find a fault, and they never spoke of His good things; they were always finding something that they could belittle Him about and say, "You see, looky here. If he was a man of God, he wouldn't do it this a-way," or, "If he was a man of God, he wouldn't do it that way." They were trying to cast a shadow upon Him to get the people to disbelieve Him. That's the work of the devil, and that old scheme has never ceased.
772-130 There's many times that a minister will make a mistake. And if he comes into a neighborhood, a precious brother who's trying to do what's right and to lead the people right, everything that the devil can point to the unbeliever or the so-called Christian in that neighborhood to throw off on that man, he'll do it. You know, the real Christian way is to hide everything you can from a brother. Don't tell his bad things; just tell his good things. Just tell what you know about him that's good. If anything's bad, let it alone. The poor fellow's got enough against him anyhow. Don't try to take a pole and shove a man further into the ditch. The Christian attitude is to pick him up and take him out of the ditch. See? Don't never try to shove him down; he's down already. Try to help him up. And... But too many of us today, too many people today, I might say, try to do that. If they could just get something another that they could say that was real bad.
772-131 Now, for instance, if--if one of you brethren would make a mistake and do something's wrong, which you're subject to do it; I am too, every one of us. But as we go along, let's remember we're brothers; we are brothers. And if we've got any fighting, let's fight with one another. Bring it together. Bring it before our brethren and settle it.
Now, they used to in the Branham family, if one of the little ones done something, they was going to tell Bill about it, 'cause I was the biggest. And I had to stand there and see which was right and wrong. Well, my decision was that if they, which one was right and wrong. If they still didn't believe it, then they got around behind my back and fought it out. But they were still brothers. You see? They'd fight in the back yard with one another and fight in the front yard for one another. So that's the way it was (See?), and it, were we still brothers.
Well, that--that's the way we--we got to do this. See? And if you got something against somebody, your brother, don't tell somebody else about it if it's wrong, go to him and tell him. And then if he's going to argue with you, then take somebody else with you. Then bring it up the way the Bible said.
773-134 But Jesus, they--they just tried to find every little shadow that they could find to try to belittle Him in the sight of the people. And that's what the devil wants. They want to--they want to hurt your influence before the people. That's the way you want to watch careful what you do. Walk like real men of God; talk like men of God. See? Act like men of God; live like men of God; because the devil, your adversary, is going about like a roaring lion trying to devour what he can.
Why did they do this? They were jealous of Him. That was what's the reason they tried to belittle Him. They were jealous of His ministry. And that's the reason they were trying to belittle. But He had the ministry of God and they knew that, but it was contrary to their creeds, so they were trying to belittle Him. Make everything He, every little flaw that they could find, get Him out of the way. They wanted Him to quit; they wanted the people to denounce Him. They wanted to say, "Now, this guy's nothing. Looky here. Now, there he is, he--he--he did this. And you know that's not right. We've been taught all of our life that we should believe the elders. And here he is, stood right there and bawled that elder out. He disagreed with the tradition of the fathers, and we been, and we ought to believe the tradition of our fathers. We been taught that by each rabbi all the years through. And here this man comes around and disagrees with them." See, "Why, the man like that ain't fit to be a preacher."
See, they were trying to belittle Him. But in all of that, the ones that believed Him, and loved Him, and had seen His Scriptural miracle signs would not be hindered by them. No, sir. Them who believed Him believed Him. Those who loved Him stood by Him. They would not see what others pointed out to them.
774-137 Oh, if we could be that. If we could just not see. If somebody could turn around here say, "You know what? They say you're a Pentecostal."
"Not by denomination."
"Well, you was a--you--you're them kind that baptizes in Jesus' Name."
"Yep, that's right."
"Well let me tell you something. I know a man one time that was baptized like that and he did so-and-so."
But looky, that has nothing to do with it. It's a devil trying to throw a shadow on you. They're always trying to point you to some old ship that got wrecked upon the seashore, but they're not pointing you to that one that made the voyage safely. That's right. See? That's right.
774-140 They're always trying to throw a crow-bait out there and say, "This is the example, here's what did it. Oh, I know of a certain preacher that was a holiness preacher and he did this, that, or the other." But they don't point out others that wasn't a holiness did that also. You see? And they don't point the great things that God did.
Like somebody'd say, "Oh, here this man went too far. He--he went too far." He might've done that. "He wrecked hisself up; he went too far; he become a fanatic." He might've done that. But while they're pointing to how many that, one that went too far, how about these millions that never went far enough? They failed to see that. See what I mean?
774-142 So, the people tried, them Pharisees, and Sadducees, and hypocrites, and Herodians, and all tried to cast a shadow on Jesus; but them true believers, that was predestinated to hear that Message, heard It and seen no fault in It at all.
Same now, those who believe Him love Him, those who believe Him see no fault in Him. They don't see any heresy; they don't see anything wrong; they don't see anything wrong with His Word; they don't see anything wrong with His people; they just see Jesus and that's all. They're--they're--they're predestinated to Eternal Life, so they just take sides with Jesus and stay there.
We used to sing a little song, Brother Roy Roberson and... We used to sing a little song here, I guess time you come here,
I'd take the way with the Lord's despised few; I've started in with Jesus and I'm going through. I'd rather walk with Jesus alone, And have for my pillow like Jacob, a stone,
775-145 Well, you've heard the little song. That's right. I'd rather take the way of the discord, take the way of the despised, take the way of the talked about, and walk with Jesus. See no fault in it at all. Don't see another fellow's error, just keep on going. That's all.
Now, that's the way they did to Jesus. They didn't--they didn't... And you must teach your people, you pastors, to do the same. If somebody comes along and says, "Ah, you know, your church, they was so-and-so. They ain't..."
Yes, sir, there may be a dozen of them setting there then, but how about that one that's--it's--that's all right that's setting there? See? You're--you're--you're--you just can't see the woods for the trees; that's all. That--that's it right back again. See now?
775-148 And so, they tried. They was not willing to admit that He was doing the work of God, so they were trying to sow discord and get the people not to believe, but them people who believed Him stayed right with Him; they took sides.
You know, I thought here, a couple of people I got wrote down here. The blind man would not be changed by them, that man He'd just give his sight; we know the story. And He gave them a very stinging question besides.
Now, they come up there, and Jesus walked by, and He was a man that was despised and hated. The Bible said He would be rejected, there'd be no beauty of Him we should desire Him. And all we like sheep have gone astray. He was a man of sorrow, acquainted with grief. And how all the Bible said what He would be. He'd be despised and rejected. And we see that man.
775-150 Now, those who believed the Word, they knowed that the very things that Jesus was doing and the things was of His life, they knew Who He was. So they couldn't put nothing blight on Him, because they couldn't see it. And you know, love is blind anyhow to them things; love covers up a multitude of sin, you know. Perfect love casts out fear, and sin, all discord; love does.
Now, this blind man was setting there, and Jesus and His disciples come by, and I think Jesus gave them a little lesson here. When they seen this poor, blind man, they thought, "Well, now surely, there's a sin behind that somewhere." When we see something happen to a man, we always say, "Well, he sinned; he got out of the will of the Lord somewhere." When Brother Crase hit the post, he got out of the will of the Lord somewhere in somebody's idea. When the gun blowed up on me, "Well, he was out of the will of the Lord." Brother Neville hit the car, "He was out of the will of the Lord." That's not exactly right. No, sir, it isn't. God permits those things.
776-152 Jesus turned around and taught them a lesson. They said, "His father must've sinned, or--or did his mother sin, or did he sin?"
Jesus said, "Neither of them sinned, but that the works of God might be made manifest." Amen. See? God lets things happen just to, for the works of God to be made manifest.
Now, and so He said, told the man and give him his sight, and He went His way. And here come the Pharisees up when that was rumored around. Here was a man was blind, setting out there begging, and here he could see. And then the rumor around among them, and oh, my, that stirred up something. And here they come up there, and they seen that the blind man could see. And first, they went, wanted to find some way to put a fear upon all the people, 'cause they had already said, "If anybody goes after this new doctrine and this new prophet called Jesus of Nazareth, immediately they'll be handed their paper and fellowship from the church. They cannot go to the synagogue no longer. If you associate with him, attend one of his meetings or anything, you can't go no more."
776-154 So they wanted to make a big display out of it, because they hated Him. They wasn't thinking of that poor blind man, but they wanted to make a big display to make the people keep away from Him.
They said they wanted to ask his father and mother, so they went and got the father and mother. They said, "Is this your son?"
He said, "Yes, sir."
"Was he born blind?"
"And what means does he see?"
And the father and mother was afraid, the Bible said, 'cause they knowed they'd be put out of the synagogue if they admitted that it was... You see, there He was taken down. They said, "Now, we know this is our son."
777-157 Oh, probably a few thousand people standing there. But if he could... If them stinking Pharisees could only put a blight on His Name right there or done something to scare the people, they'd have run Him out of there for that meeting. See? All of His influence would been lost.
So they said, a bunch of them come up there with their priestly garments on and they said, "Speak for him."
They said, "We know this is our son; we know he was born blind; but now how he sees, I don't know. You ask him; he's of age." See?
All right. So they went over and got him. Said, "Who give you your sight? How'd he heal you?"
He said, "One called Jesus of Nazareth give me my sight."
And they said, "Give praise to God." Said, "Why, we know this man's a sinner." Said--and said, "Whence is he?"
He said, "I don't know. He just come by and healed me, and that's all I know about it. I know; one thing I do know. I couldn't tell you about Him being a sinner or not; I don't know, I just met the Man today. But if--if He could give me my--my sight, I know this one thing, that where I was once blind, I can now see. I'm sure of that, for I was blind a half hour ago, and now I got just as good sight as any of you fellows; so I know I can see."
Oh, what a stinger that put on them. So they thought, "Why..."
778-164 He said, why said, "Do you all want to be His disciples too?" That's good--that's good solid testimony. That's--that--that's good--that's good backgrounds. That--that's--that's a really good witnessing, and what I'd say.
Said, "Do you all..." Here's a lay member, a blind man, standing on the street after meeting Jesus, now asking the disciples--asking the Pharisees if they want to be His disciples, the bishops, head men. "You want to be His disciples also?"
They said, "Nay, you're his disciple; we're Moses' disciple (looking way back down through history, you know). We're Moses' disciple. This man, we don't know nothing about him; we don't know where he come from. Well, we haven't got a rule of any of our schools he ever come up. He never come in and asked us about these things. (See?) We don't know nothing about it. You people out there, you realize that man's not ordained? That man's a soothsayer or something; he's Beelzebub. You're being bewitched. Why, he doesn't have any authority; we haven't give it to him yet. (See?) We don't even know whence this man comes from."
778-167 This old boy standing there could see said, "Now, this is a marvelous thing." See, he's about to get the people beat down, these Pharisees was, making them afraid. See? But he'd done took sides with Jesus. See? So he said, "This is a marvelous thing." (Let me break it down in some of the words he might've said.) "Now, you fellows around here has been running all the religious end of this for hundreds of years, and you speak of a coming Messiah and something that's going to take place just in the shadows of time, when the Deliverer is coming to see us. And you tell us that when He comes that--that--what all He's going to do. And here, you, the spiritual leaders, the high priests and priests of this community, standing here together before these people, and trying to blacken His Name, trying to say something evil against Him, and the Man come and opened my blinded eyes. I was born blind. Here's my father and mother giving witness that I was born blind, been setting right here among you for all these years, born blind. And that has never happened since the world began. And here a Man can come and perform a miracle that hasn't been done since the world begin, and you, the spiritual leaders, and don't know nothing about it?" (Whew. Hm.) Said, "I say this is a marvelous thing." He took sides with Jesus. See?
779-168 He was permitted to be blind so the works of God could be manifested (See?), 'cause he come on the side of the Lord Jesus. He took sides with Him.
Now, he put a stinger to them. You know what they did? They said, "Now, we know you were borned in sin, try to teach us." And shoved him out of the church, knocked him out, pushed him out, throwed him out. But as soon as he was throwed out, did you notice? Jesus found him again. Amen, amen. Jesus found him again. So don't worry if they throw you out. He'll find you again. See? All right.
And He said to him, "Does thou believe on the Son of God?"
He said, "Lord, Who is He?" He didn't even know, but the only thing that he knowed, that where he was blind, he could then see.
779-171 I know this one thing, brethren. They might call this fanaticism and whatever they want to, but wherein I was once a sinner, I--I've come into grace now. Something has happened to me. See? This one thing I--I now know by trusting His Word, by believing Him. I've been kicked out of every organization under the face of heavens. There's none of them that will receive me anymore. You know that. Some of their men will out here, good men will accept, but every organization, it's thumbs down on me. That's right. But He's found me; He'll find me somewhere or another. That's right. Come along like that.
And so it'll be all right, because we want to take sides with Jesus, and the only way you can take sides with Jesus is taking sides on what He said, believing His Word. So let's take sides with Him. The blind man gave them a real testimony. All right.
779-173 We find again that they tried to blight His Name. (Just for a little bit, and I've got to skip over some things here so.) One time there was a Pharisee. I preached on it here some time ago and called it "Washing Jesus' Feet." I believe you all heard me preach on that here, when a Pharisee asked Jesus to come down to his house, a big, old, stiff-starched Pharisee, and asked Him to come. And you know I gave it a little drama, how the courier come and found Him, and He come on down, yet He knowed He was hated, yet He went anyhow. And when they got Him in there, they never washed His feet and let Him set down there, stinking and everything else from the toil of the road, and there He set there.
And a little woman come in. They thought, "Oh, my, the Lord is good to us, because look, this just brings our big party." They'd brought Him there just to make fun out of Him. They brought Him there just to have some fun from Him. And now, they thought the Lord was working right with them, because that this ill-famed prostitute woman come over and was crying and washing His feet with her tears and wiping them with his hair. An old Pharisee and all the rest of the priests standing over in the corner said, "Brother, everything, the Lord set it up just exactly for us. Here we can put a smear on his name right now. He calls himself a prophet, and the people thinks that he's a prophet. And they call him the Galilean Prophet. And he even claims to be the Messiah, and we know Messiah will be a Prophet. And here he is setting back there. You see where we've brought him. Look at there. Boy, we've got him fixed right now. There he is setting back there, stooped down like a whipped-out puppy or something back there, and some prostitute of his own class would come around and wash his feet like that. And now, he don't even know. If he was a prophet, he'd know what kind of a woman that was. Now, boys, we'll drink on this one," said, "because look there."
780-175 See, anything to blight His Name, anything to ruin the confidence of the people, not knowing that they were possessed of the devil to do that. They were working in harmony with the devil, trying to blacken the Name of the Son of God.
How did they do this, brethren? Because they never searched the Scriptures. Jesus said, "Search ye the Scriptures, in them you think you have Eternal Life and they are they that testify of Me." Oh, what a ministry He had. See? Yes, sir. "If I do not the works of My Father, then don't believe Me." See?
But here this Pharisee said, "We got him now. Oh, looky here, there's probably fifteen hundred people here at this feast. Now look at him setting over there. There he sets with a prostitute."
781-178 And oh my, what a horrible thing that was in that day. Whew. Hm. And there He was with an ill-famed woman, slipped in like, looked like He slipped in. He got by the foot wash flunky and everything else and set there.
And said, "Here she's over there washing his feet. Now, if he was a prophet... You see, brethren, that man's no prophet. If he was a prophet, then he'd know what manner of woman that was washing his feet."
And Jesus just set and watched her, never moved a foot till she got done. If you're going to do something for Jesus, Jesus set and watch you do it sometime. He lets you go ahead till you get finished, then the reward comes. Maybe you run the whole race of life working for Him, but don't worry, there's a reward at the end if you just take your way with His side.
781-181 You might not see one person healed that you pray for, just keep on praying for them. I've often said, "If I pray for five hundred tonight, all five hundred dead in the morning, tomorrow night I'll be preaching divine healing and praying for the sick." See? Don't have one thing to do with it. See?
He'll let you come right down to defeats and everything else, till you come right down to the end of the road and finish your work, like He let that woman. She wanted to do Him a service, so He just held His feet out there and let--let her wash them. Oh, if He'd said, "Don't do that," she'd have jumped and run, but He let her do the service.
781-183 And after she got through, finished the service that she was going to do, then He looked up to that hypocrite standing back there, was trying to cast a blackness on His Name, said, "Simon, I've got something to say to you, not to her, but to you. You, standing back there, in your heart that's the reason you brought Me down here. You have no fellowship with Me. Didn't I know it? But you brought Me down here, and you set Me back here to make fun of Me. Let... You never give Me no water to wash My feet; you never give Me nothing to soothe Me. Me setting here burning and hurting, you never give Me no oil for My face. You was ashamed to kiss Me welcome or shake My hand. (See?) You was ashamed before your company; you was ashamed to do it. This woman, since she's come in, she's did nothing but rub My feet and bathe them with the very tears of her eyes, wiped them with the towel of her own hair. Then I'll just show you whether I'm a prophet or not." Amen. I like that.
"Now, I want to speak to you just a minute. Your sins which are many are all forgiven you."
Hm, did they blight His Name? They thought they had it; they thought they had stopped it; they thought they'd fixed Him so His revival could never be in that community; they thought they'd ruined His influence; but it just taken one person that loved Him to turn the whole situation.
782-186 How do you know that you're not that person for your community or somebody that you'll meet? Take sides with Him; do Him a service; do something for Him. You know what I mean, brethren? Take your side with Jesus. Take Him--make Him your choice. Do service for Him regardless of whether anybody else, or you're ever repaid or anything. Don't make any difference. Wait till the work's over.
How would you like for Him to say... Even though you'd prayed for sick and they didn't get well, though you prayed to get to speak with tongues, and you didn't do it, you prayed to prophesy, you didn't do it; but yet, the only thing you can do is tell the story of Jesus in your church, or in your community, at your work. You couldn't even do one thing, didn't lead one person. That woman didn't lead one to Christ, but she done a service for Him. And what difference does it make at the end of the road, if He'll say, "And I say unto you, all your sins... Though maybe not one prayer was answered for you, but you come on the basis of My Word. You come because you believed Me, and you did Me a service. And I say that the many sins that you have done is all forgiven you." That would be good enough for me. Amen. Yes, sir.
782-188 All right. They want to say, "The days of miracles are passed" and--and so forth. Let them go ahead and say it, but let us do the service for the Lord. They hated Him because they were jealous of Him. That's the only reason; they were jealous. They were trying to destroy His influence before the people, the same as they're doing now. They... If they can just destroy the influence of the Message before the people, then they've got the thing whipped. That's right. Because why did they try to do it? Because He was against all their creeds, and all their church doctrines, and everything that they believed in, and called all their--all their faiths and so forth, He was against it all, and they hated Him, because He didn't barge in with them.
783-189 Now, if He'd come in and said, "Oh, Caiaphas, marvelous man of My Father, I am Messiah. Come here, Caiaphas. Do you see that water there? You remember down in--in Egypt, Moses, the great prophet turned it into a--into blood. You remember that, Caiaphas?"
"Oh, young fellow, I'm very well acquainted with that story."
"All right, Caiaphas, I'm going to turn the water now, from water to blood, to show you that I am that Prophet that Moses spoke of. There it is, Caiaphas. What do you think about it?"
"What do you think about Caiaphas being a Pharisee? What do you think about the Pharisees?"
"Oh, I think they're the marvelous race of people. Oh, you all keep the traditions of the fathers just exactly right."
"You know, you could be the Messiah."
No, He wouldn't have been. That would been a very mark that He wasn't. When you see somebody come, say, "Come here, and I'll show you what I'll do." And, "Come here, and I'll do this and that." You remember right now there's something shady about it to start with. Jesus said, "I do nothing till the Father shows Me first." See?
783-195 Yes, He was against them. He taught against them. He condemned their Sabbath keeping. He condemned the way they dressed. He condemned all the ways of their life, all their traditions, all their pot washing, and kettle washing, and hand washing, and everything else. He condemned it every bit. To their dressings, He said, "You wear broidered garments and desire the high seats, and make long prayers, and sted--devour widows' homes." Said, "You receive more damnation."
"Well, remember, I'm Doctor So..."
"I don't care who you are." Oh, man, He really put it on them. They didn't... Why? Because they didn't believe Him; He was the Word. See? He was trying to break up that legalistic bunch, and if He was here on earth today, He'd try to do the same thing.
784-197 Some people say, "Well, now wait a minute. We keep the Sabbath. Ever... We do this. And you know, we keep all this, and we keep that, and every, why, every Good Friday, why, when fast time comes on, forty days before Easter, we always observe Lent. I give up smoking for forty days. I give up drinking for forty days before--during the time of Lent." Oh, tradition of the fathers, legalists. If you love God, you--you don't smoke in the first place. If you love God, you... I--I wrote it in the back of my little Bible, first one I ever had; I said,
Don't ask me foolish questions, Make this up in your mind. If you love the Lord with all your heart, You don't smoke, drink, or--don't smoke, chew, or drink any 'shine. And now, that still stands good today. I don't do it because I think He condemns me for doing it; I would quit it because it's a dirty thing and isn't becoming to a minister. That's right. I wouldn't say...
784-199 Many times I'd go to houses and their women standing out there. And I'd go to the house and knock on the door and a sister'd come to the door and say, "Come in, Brother Branham." If her husband was not there, I--I--unless it was a case of sickness and somebody with me, I don't go. And then, they'd call me to a hospital or to a room, say, "Brother Branham, come over here. I'm Sister So-and-so from So-and-so. I'm--I'm here at the hotel. I--I brought my mother along; she's sick." I'd take my wife. If I don't, I take some other brother.
See, I--I don't--I don't think... I think it'd be all right for me to go in there, but what if somebody seen me go in there? See? What if somebody seen me do it? See? Then the first thing you know, they'd say, "He went in there where that woman was. He's chasing after women." That... See, that would be a thing I shouldn't do. See? You should never do anything like that, 'cause you put a stumbling in somebody else's way. See? I don't believe that I would do anything wrong in there. It wouldn't, I wouldn't trust God to go in there. No matter what the thing was, I'd trust God. But yet, you see, in--in--in... I love the Lord well enough till I wouldn't do it. See, it's a love you have. You're--you're not doing it because it's a duty to do it; you do it because you love the Lord. You don't have to do it, but you do it anyhow.
785-201 Paul said to me, "All things are lawful, but not all are expedient." See? Paul could do lots of things that maybe that he knowed the Lord understood him and trusted him, but it wasn't expedient for him to do it. So that's the way these legalists, trying to say, "Forty days before Easter we always start in a fast." And they eat just as much as they ever do. Maybe they say, "Well, I don't like beans, so I'll give up beans for Lent." I've heard them say that. "I don't like pork, so I'll just give up pork, you know." "I'm going to quit drinking for Lent."
One woman told me, said, "You know what I give up for Lent this year, Brother Branham?"
I said, "No, what?"
Said, "Candy." Said, "I never did care too much for it anyhow." See? There you are. Now, they call that fasting. See, legalism. They say, "Well, I've gotta... You know, I--I--I stagger to church a long time, 'cause... I tell you; I kept Sunday school for a full year, because my teacher said that they'd give a Bible to the one that didn't miss a day."
785-205 Now, brother, that's some way of going. I'd rather just go buy me a Bible. See? If you don't go to church because you love the Lord, you might as well stay away. That's all. See? Because... You go there for you love God. I think of this song we sing,
Blest be the tie that binds Our hearts in Christian love, The fellowship of kindred mind Is like to that above. When we asunder part, It gives us inward pain, But we shall still be joined in heart, And hope to meet again. See? That's it. "When we asunder part, it gives us inward pain." I've seen the time, brethren... Let me not condemn us, but let me just wake us up to something. I've seen the time in this church, that when people had to wait until Wednesday night to meet one another, they would cry over it. That's right. I've seen ministers come in here and would say, "How do you do it?" Well, them people just one heart. See?
They meet at the door and say, them sisters meet one another back there and hug each other and saying, "Sister, be sure to pray for me now, honey; I'll see you again Wednesday night. You'll pray, won't you? You pray for me; I'll be praying for you." And making like that, and tears in their eyes.
See the brothers shake one another's hands and just could hardly get away from each other like that. That's real Christian fellowship. See? See, just waiting, praying for each other. Yes, sir. That's the way we should be. All right.
786-209 Now, these men that made these statements, they wasn't bad men. They didn't mean to be evil; they thought they were doing a service for God. Them Pharisees and things, they wasn't bootleggers and drunkards; they were religious men. They wasn't bad, they just--they just did not accept the Word of the Truth. They did not accept the Spirit. Why? They held to their creeds and their--their leaders' tradition. See? It showed that they loved their leaders.
Here's big Caiaphas, the high priest, there's the rest of those big priests. And those men go along. Now, you take like Catholic, today. Not throwing off to them: same thing in Protestants. You take a Catholic; he loves his priest. And a--and I'll tell him about the Word of the Lord, and--and he sees the works of God. He'll say, "But my--my church don't believe that." And you go talking and pinching there, and say... A woman said to me the other day, said, "It's a sin for me to listen to you." See? She didn't want to be bad. She just thought so much of her church and her priest till if she listened to anything else... She was loyal to that priest.
786-211 Jehovah Witness is loyal to what they believe. The Baptists is loyal to what they believe. The Presbyterian is loyal to what they believe, and they're just as loyal to their pastors. Can't we be that loyal to the Word? See? Now, if those...
I want to ask you something. You say, "Well, Brother Branham, how do you know they're not?" Now, if those Pharisees and Sadducees and leaders of that day would've got away from their creeds and their dogmas and listened to what the Word said and what Jesus was telling them (just exactly what Messiah was supposed to do), they would've held on to Him. See? But they thought so much of their leaders. They wasn't bad men. They wouldn't steal, lie, cuss, anything like that; they wouldn't do that. They wouldn't commit adultery. Why, certainly not. Why, they would witness the stoning of one that had did such a thing. And they wouldn't--they wouldn't do that. They were good men, but the only thing it was; they wasn't spiritual men. Morally they were fine, but that isn't what counts. And what did Jesus tell them? Even them loyal people, He said, "You are of your father, the devil." See? It's the Word that counts.
787-213 Now, I'll hurry just as quick as possible. Now, they wasn't Spirit-filled, but they were loyal and held to the modern creed of their leaders. See? All right. His ministry was showing up their doctrine. That's what the matter. Now, look. I'll just take it, now, just, (Brethren, I--I'm going to ask you to forgive me right now for being this long. I'm--I... Maybe you won't want me to come back for another one; but look, listen to this. See, I want you to be sure to get this.)
Now, they had their creeds, and they were great churches and great people and great men, holy men, good men, gentle men, fine men, honorable men, men of honor, educated, smart, religious. Is that right? Now, we all know that. Just as good as you could find anywhere... See? But when Jesus come on, His ministry showed up their doctrine, 'cause God was proving by the ministry of Jesus Christ that He was with Him.
Didn't Peter quote the same thing? He said, "You men of Israel, let this be known unto you and hearken to my words." He said, "Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you..." See? See, if they...
787-216 Like this blind man said, "Isn't this a marvelous thing? You're the spiritual leaders of the nation, and here comes a Man in and opens my eyes by the power of God, and yet you don't know nothing about Him." He said "This is a marvelous thing." He had something, didn't he? Sure did. All right. He did... A Man that could do this, and yet they didn't know whence He was, now, that was a marvelous thing.
Now, look at today, brethren. See, we have a--we know we have a move of God. We know it's performing miracles. It's healing the sick. It's even raising the dead. It's casting out devils. It speaks with tongues and interprets tongues. It sends forth prophecies; they happen. He showed us dreams, interpretations, perfect, strictly. Then isn't it a strange thing that great leaders would say we was a bunch of crazy people when they're the leaders of the nation, the leaders of churches? That's a marvelous thing.
788-218 What is it? It's still jealousy. The Spirit and power and Word of God in these last days is showing up their dogmas and creeds (that's all there is to it) that they got men blinded by. So, my young brethren, you all that's going out here in these churches, hold to God's Word. Don't you move. If you can't make it come to pass, don't stand in nobody else's way. Stand there beating at the door of the thing, just pointing right to it. That's right. Stay right there. Don't start fanaticism, 'cause it'll show you up. But if you'll stay true and holy and with that Word, God will vindicate you. That's right.
His ministry was showing up their doctrines and dogmas, so they took every chance to get rid of Him they could find. Everything that they could find to get rid of Him, they did it. Trying to say, "Well, now looky here. Looky here. So-and-so, this one."
788-220 There He's setting there one day in the house of Simon the leper. Not one word said He healed him. He was a leper. Nothing says He healed him. That's right.
He passed by the pool of Bethesda and there laid about two thousand people, lame, blind, halt, withered. And He walked over to one man and healed him and walked away. Say, "Well now, if He was Messiah, He'd have healed all of them. If He was as full of compassion as you all say He is, He'd have had mercy on all of them." Everything that they could find to throw a black mark on Him, they did it. Everything they could find, they throwed it on Him.
788-222 All right. They took every chance they could to rid--get rid of Him. Questioned His birth, His birth was in question; they put that before the people. They couldn't understand how He was borned a virgin birth and Joseph, his father (supposed to be), a carpenter, and He was born before Joseph and Mary was married. They throwed that before the people. Yes, sir. See? What am I saying now? They're black-marking Him. See?
"Look at him. Where did he come from? Look at his mother, no more than a street prostitute, had this baby. And after the baby was born (she's already pregnant) the baby was to be born, then Joseph married to hide it and then come around with some kind... Why, it's the work of the devil, can't you see? It's that kind of a birth." They throwed that before the people, and not reading in the Bible, Isaiah 9:6, "A virgin shall conceive." See, what was it? They got away from the Word. That's it.
789-224 They throwed black figures at His authority. "Gentlemen, don't you know we are Moses' disciples? Don't you know we're servants of Christ? Don't you know we search the Scriptures daily, and we have not one thing? They said the Messiah would come to His temple. Not one word of him coming to a temple. Where's he at? What school did he come from? Ask any of the brethren (both Methodist and Baptist and Presbyterian) you know, Pharisees, Sadducees and so forth. What fellowship card does he pack? Where's his authority even to preach? He hasn't been ordained; he hasn't even got a right to preach."
He said, "My ordination comes from God. My works vindicate what I am. (That's right.) I don't have to have your papers."
789-226 See what I mean? They throwed that. His doctrine, why, they called Him Beelzebub. His doctrine, they couldn't understand. "Why, He disagrees with all of the traditions of the fathers. He even disagrees with the Pharisees; he disagrees with the Sadducees; he disagrees with the whole group of them. Now, where's he get his doctrine?" From the Bible, of course.
"Well," you say, "well, how do I know that that's right?" God backed it up.
That's what the blind man said, "It's a strange thing if you're so right and He's so wrong, yet He can take the power of God and open my eyes, and you never have seen it done yet even. Amen. (There's a strange thing. Oh, my. I like to take sides with Him, don't you? Sure.) You say you're Moses' disciples, and you're so right and He's so wrong, then let me see you do the things He's doing." Amen.
That's where His doctrine... They denounced Him and all of His claims. They say, "He has no... His claims is wrong of being a Messiah. How could he be a Messiah and not come to the church? How could it be a Messiah? And here we are the cream of Israel." But the cream had soured. See? Oh, yes, sir, had flies in it. So they--they had to skim that off.
So they said, "Here we are, the church, the elect. We're--we've kept the tradition; we've kept Moses' laws; we've done all these things and down like this. And here this man comes along and denounces our claims. And besides that, our holy priest, our holy father, who did this and who did that and all this other kind of stuff, and all of our great men, and he calls them of the devil. Then calls himself the Son of God."
790-230 Oh, my. See, they tried to throw them shadows on the Name of Jesus and on Jesus to get it before the people. Much more could be said there, but it takes too much time. But what? But the Word and the works vindicated Him. Amen.
Oh, to the true believers, the predestinated, that were predestinated to see Him and know His ministry, there He was. No matter if He never opened His mouth about anything, they knew He was. Hallelujah.
790-232 That little old prostitute walked out there at the well that day to get a bucket of water, and a middle-aged Man setting over there said, "Bring Me a drink."
She said, "Why, it's not customary for you Jews to ask a woman of Samaria such."
He said, "But if you knew Who you were talking to..."
"Now," she thinks, "here's a smart-aleck Jew." She turned around and said, "Uh, I see you're a Jew, and if you're a Jew, of course, you're religious. And you say to worship at Jerusalem, but our father Jacob, drank from this well and watered his cattle here, and the water's deep, and you ain't got nothing to draw with, and we worship in this mountain."
He said, "Just stop a minute. Go, get your husband and come here."
She said, "I don't even have a husband."
He said, "You've told the truth." Said, "You've got five--you've had five, and the one you're living with now is not yours."
That little prostitute, predestinated, I can just see her set that pot down, and she said, "Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet."
791-238 See, see? That Seed was laying there. The only thing It needed was Water, and the Water had fell on It.
When it fell upon those Pharisees, they said, "It's Beelzebub." It couldn't bring nothing, there was nothing there but weeds to come from.
But when that predestinated Seed struck that Water of Life, she said, "Sir, You must be a prophet. I know that when the Messiah cometh, He'll tell us these things."
He said, "I am He that speaks to you."
She left that water pot and into the city; she had something to tell. She said, "Come see a Man Who's told me the things I've done. Isn't this the very Messiah?" See? She took sides with Jesus. That's right.
Strange thing, wasn't it? All the Pharisees and Sadducees didn't know Him and this prostitute knowed Him. See? Why? Those who believed Him and loved Him and seen His signs, they knowed that was the sign of the Messiah. There's no getting around it; they knowed it.
791-243 When old Nathanael walked up there, maybe before Philip, said, "Now, I don't know about this, Philip. I've seen a lot of things rise up in these last days. I know there's a lot of things going on." But he walked up there before him and said, "I'll go listen to Him and see what He's got to say."
Walked up there and Jesus said, "Behold, an Israelite in whom there's no guile."
He said, "Rabbi, when did You know me?"
He said, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the tree I saw you."
What did... The Water struck that predestinated seed. When It did, he said, "Rabbi, thou art the Son of God. You're the King of Israel."
What was it? The Seed was laying there, ready. God sowed It back yonder before the foundation of the world, that It should bring forth the Light right at that time. Hallelujah.
That's my stand right there, brother. That's where I believe, right there. I preach It and It falls here and there, and they go this way and that way. It don't make any difference, somewhere It's going to strike a Seed. And when It did, It'll fly out to Life just like that, just as sure as the world. Yes, sir.
792-249 Like that blind boy, said, "This was done that the works of God might be made manifest." See, see? He knowed what was going to take place. Sure He did.
All right. Now, the predestinated, when they seen His Scriptural Signs, knowed that the Word vindicated the works, or the works vindicated the Word, that the Word was right, they were predestinated to see it, and they were right in line to see it, and they got it.
Then they said, after they'd seen they couldn't get nowhere, because the people that's predestinated to Eternal Life, they was going to find it, that's all. "All the Father's given me will come to Me. And all that comes to Me I'll give Eternal Life and will raise him up at the last day. There'll not be one of them lost." Amen. I'm holding right to that. See? "Not by works, not by deeds, not by power, not by might, by My Spirit," saith God. Not what I done, what I am, or what I will be, but what He is, and I am in Him. And whatever He is, I'm part of Him. Amen. I'm saved because I'm part of Him, and He's--He is God, and I'm part of Him, being His son. That's right. So it ain't what I done, what I will do, it's what He has done. That's my trust, right there.
792-252 All right. So they seen they couldn't get nowhere. (I'll skip a few of these Scriptures here.) They seen they couldn't get anywhere with Him, so you know the next thing they had to do to try to get Him off the field? They went and said to His brethren and His mother, "You know, he's awfully tired. You should take him off to one side for a while." That bunch of hypocrites. They just didn't... The thing it was, they just didn't want to get... The thing they didn't want to do, they wanted to get rid of Him. It wasn't that they thought He was so tired; they'd liked for Him to work Himself to death. But every time He went out, the miracles started pouring, the Word of God went forth. My, wouldn't I have liked to have heared Him stand up there that day on the seacoast, when He called Simon Peter and said, "Follow Me." Would I liked to have got a chunk and set down there, left my nets and left my fishing pole, Brother Crase, and set down there and lean back against the chunk and listening to Him preach, when He got in that boat. Oh, my, my. Would I have loved to have heard Him when He said that, "Come unto Me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, I'll give you rest." Amen. I'd like to have heared Him say it.
793-253 They tried to get His mother and them to take Him off the field. They said, "Well, you know, he's--he's overworked. I believe you'd better get him off that way." Any way that they could get rid of Him. That's all they wanted. Yes, sir.
Again the many that went with Him, just to find a place to trap Him. Did you know that? People followed right along with Him just to find a place. They give Him, one day, a penny and they said, "Rabbi..." ('fore they give Him a penny), said, "Rabbi, we're Jews. We know you're a great man of God. (Oh, that hypocrite. See, see?) We know you're a great man of God. Yes, sir, Rabbi. (They's walking right along with Him.) Oh, good morning, Brother. Oh, we're so happy you're over here in our country. Oh, we're so glad to see you. We are really for you, teeth and toe nails, Brother. If you're going to have a revival, we even might cooperate with you." See what they're trying to do is set a trap for Him. See?
793-255 They said, "Now, we know that thou art a great man of God. You don't fear favor of no man; you fear nothing but God. And we know that you're bold. Oh, you're fearless with your message. We know you're a great prophet, 'cause no man could do like that and be fearless with his message in a days like this, unless he was a prophet of God, and knows where he's standing. So we know you don't respect person of no man. Rabbi, you're a great man. We're Jews, we're right with you, Brother, we sure are! Now, Rabbi, is it right to pay tribute to Caesar?"
Oh, that bunch of hypocrites. See? The Holy Spirit was with Him. He was the Holy Spirit. See? He said, "You got a penny?"
Say, "Oh, yes, yes." Said, "I got a penny here too."
Said, "Hand it to Me." Said, "Whose inscription's on that?"
Said, "Then give Caesar what's Caesar's, God's what's God."
794-257 Setting a trap for Him, professing to be His friends... Seemed like no one could understand Him. They'd travel with Him a little while, and then get disgusted with Him and leave. They'd say, "Oh well, we thought, we thought surely..." Even the disciples said "We thought surely this was He that was going to--to..." Even John sent out and asked Him, "Are you He or do we look for another?" See? Oh, what a life He must've lived (See?), and knowing that. But He had one purpose, one purpose, do the work of God.
Many went with Him just to find a place to trap Him. Now, I hope it's not sacrilegious if I say it's the same today. Many come in and follow the meetings just to find a place, see you pray for somebody.
794-259 Here not long ago, a certain sister that goes to this church, was at another church, where God was making everything happen. And this sister said to the other sisters, said, "You know, that man that could pray for the sick," said, "must have a--a very victorious life." And said, "He must just be able, his family and everything, be healed at a spoken word, like that." [Brother Branham snaps his fingers--Ed.] And the other lady happened to be from Jeffersonville. (And I'm sure that nobody has to know, but what Jesus said, "Among your own people..." And you--you know, your country. That's right. That's the reason I, it may be that right now coming close, it may be a change of time. You see?) And she said a--she said, "You know what?" Said, "Not one of his kids can have a sniffle 'less he takes it to a doctor." A poor, degraded, deluded thing like that. See? See, a woman that just wanted to throw off... Said, "When his children gets sick, he takes them to a doctor."
794-260 Anybody that's sensible will do the same thing. See? People can't understand that medicine is sent of God. Why, brethren, if it's not, it's of the devil. Sure it is. God is where medicine won't reach. Certainly. Medicine is of God, "Well," you say, "I know a lot of doctors that's..." Oh, yes, and I know a lot of preachers that's the same way too. It's not the man that's handling it, it's what it is. I know a many man's handled the Word of God don't believe in Divine healing, don't even believe in God. Right. But they handle It just the same. There's many a man out there with medicine and surgery and stuff that denies God and everything else, but there's a many one that believes Him too. If it helps people, it's of God. I don't have to--I don't have to take that car and ride home tonight; I can walk if I wanted to, but God made me a car, so I thank God for it. All these things come from God, but use them sensibly; don't go insane with them. See?
795-261 The same thing. So that--that's it, you see. Just trying to find something to this young convert to blight their name--the name of--of the works of God. See, they wanted to blight it. "Every time a child gets sick, one of his children, he takes them to a doctor." Sure I would. And if the doctor can't... I'll ask God to help before I go there, then if the doctor can do nothing about it, then I take them up a little higher. That's right, yes, sir. Oh, just the same today, they're trying to find a trap somewhere.
795-262 He knew them, but notice, He never rebuked them. He went right with them. He does the same thing now. He goes right along with them, shows them His mercy (That's right.) though they do altogether against Him. Why? Because He loves them. And He went with them, but they're always ready to call on Him in a case of emergency. They want Him then. They won't; they'll make fun of somebody a-shouting. They'll make fun of somebody preaching Divine healing, say they don't believe in it. They just haven't got sick enough yet. I've heard a many one.
795-263 A woman dying, just as I run up the steps, when I was preaching right here, and a man standing right there at the door calling to me. She'd walked by. She lived up the street here and had a cow out there. And she said, "If my cow got that kind of religion that Billy's got, I'd kill the cow." In less than a hour from then she was stricken and taken to the hospital, a beautiful young woman. And I rushed out there. Her husband was Catholic, and they'd sent for me. She's dying, and she went; her eyes went to swelling out, she said, "Call him, call him, call him, call him, quickly, quickly."
And her brother run up and stood there at the door and waited and waited, and he kept motioning for me. The place just packed full of people, and after while somebody come around and put a note on the desk here, and said--said, "Someone's dying in a hospital." And I believe Brother Graham Snelling... I said, "Take my place till I go." And he was just standing up to lead the singing; he wasn't even called and to--to preach at that time. He come up to lead singing, and I went out, and got in my car, and rushed out there, and just as I was going up the steps, she drawed her last breath. And of course, the bowels and kidneys and everything act. And I run in there, and they'd done covered her face up, and steam coming up around like that; and that old nurse standing there, she said, "Brother Branham, she screamed her last breath for you." Trying to make it right, but it was too late then. You see? That's true. You can sin one time too many, you know. And she's kind of had, deep in her face...
796-265 She had auburn hair, a real pretty woman. And she, her bobbed hair was all bushed out, great big brown eyes had pushed out and just half closed. And the freckles on her face had gotten in such a way, such strain, till they just stood out like little bumps all over her face, and her mouth was open. And I walked over there and looked at her, and there her husband stood there and said, "Billy, here's what it was." Said, "I'm Catholic. I want you to say a prayer for her, 'cause she's gone to purgatory."
And I said, "What?"
Said, "Say a prayer for her." Said, "She's gone to purgatory. She passed by your church about two hours ago and said if our cow out there got your kind of religion, she'd kill the cow." See? Said, "Say a prayer for her."
I said, "That's too late; she should've purged her soul here, not till she gets somewhere else." See? That's right. Oh, yes. But we always want Him in a time of distress. People, I've heard them say, "I don't believe in God." Let him hurt himself right bad once, see the first one he'll call on.
796-268 Even His disciples, one time when they were in a storm, though when they saw Him, they were a little bit afraid of Him. They didn't know just exactly what it was. They said, "It's a spirit, and it cried out." But yet all hopes for being saved was gone, so they invited Him in. Yeah, they're always, whether you're a little suspicious or not. When all hopes is gone, you like to invite Him in. Yeah. They took Him in, because they had a need of Him. That's right.
You know, I've often wondered, sometime maybe that's why the storms come on. Did you ever think of that? He set up there and watched them till they had need of Him, and then He come on the scene. So we can see our need of Him now. We see that the storm is coming, brethren. Let's take sides with Him tonight, take sides with His Word. I--I'll have--I'll quit here.
797-270 Let's take sides with Him. Let's us, you and I, brethren, join up with Him tonight. The storm's a-coming. And don't wait till the little boat's sunk. Let's take Him into our little bark now. You might look off and say, "I can't understand all these things, Brother Branham."
See, if we say anything but what's in the Word. See if there's anything there but what He promised to do. It might look a little spooky to you sometime. You think, "Oh, my, I can't understand that." But there'll be a day when this life of yours is leaving. It--it won't look so bad to you then. When you know, yourself, you got to turn back to the God that created you, you'll want to take Him in then. Let's take Him in now, before the storm gets any worse than what it is.
797-272 I want Him to--into my heart. I want Him so much in my life till my whole being is saturated, that my mind, my thoughts, my everything that I am, is governed and controlled by Christ Jesus. I want to be so lost to--to myself that all I'll know and see is Jesus Christ. And if... I want to come before you all... If the God of heaven permits you to have these things that I've talked about, when I come among you, I want to know Christ and Him crucified. I--I want to know the glory and precious praises of God, set down among you and hear one minister get up and give the praise to God to what he'd seen done in his church, and another one what he saw done in his church, and another one what he saw done in his church. That's exactly what they did.
797-273 And when they come together and met in fellowship in Acts 4, they was giving account what God had did over here, and what God had did over here. And Peter and John had been whipped and--and--and made to promise that if they'd--what they'd do to them if they preached anymore in Jesus' Name. And they'd gathered with their people, and they all prayed with one accord, and prayed in the will of God, and quoted the Scripture, "Why did the heathens rage and the people imagine a vain thing." And when they prayed, the Holy Ghost shook the place where they were assembled together. That's the kind of a meeting we need. That's what we got to have, brethren.
798-274 Let's be fortified by the Word of God, by the Spirit of God, by the power of God, and let our Light so shine now, that we'll be like Stephen.
He stood there, one man alone before that Sanhedrin council of a half-a-million men maybe standing there, every one of them pointing their finger of accusation in his face. When that little fellow walked out there, said he shined like an angel. I don't mean maybe a Light on his face like that, an angel don't have to have a Light on him. But an angel is a man--or an angel is a messenger, and a messenger who knows what he's talking about. Walked out there and said, "Men and brethren and fathers, our fathers in Mesopotamia," how they was brought out, and Abraham and so forth, and on to so-and-so. And then he got down to the spoiling point and said, "Oh, you stiff-necked, uncircumcised in the heart and ears, why do you always resist the Holy Ghost? Like your fathers did, so do you." He knowed exactly what he was standing at. That's the reason he was shining. He wasn't a bit afraid; he knowed in Whom he had believed.
Even when death knocked at the door of St. Paul's heart and he said, "I know in Whom I have believed, and I'm persuaded He's able to keep that which I've committed to Him against the day." Amen.
798-277 The Lord bless you, brethren. I'm sorry I kept you here till twenty-five minutes until 11:00. I know this is uncustomary for you. I'm sorry to do it, but you've been real nice tonight; none of you has left. You've set and give your undivided attention, and I trust and hope that in my little, broke up, nervous talk, that God, the Holy Ghost, has somewhere has poured out a little Seed into your heart, that the power of God will strike and bring It to Life, just like the woman at the well, and others who are predestinated to Eternal Life. God bless you.
Brother Neville, you going to dismiss, or what do you want to do? How do... Just in...
Do you love Him? [Congregation answers, "Amen"--Ed.] Will you serve Him? [Congregation answers, "Amen"--Ed.] Will you believe Him? [Congregation answers, "Amen"--Ed.] Amen! Do you love Him? Amen. Will you serve Him? Amen. Will you believe Him? Amen, Amen, Amen. We want to sing it. Amen. Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen, The Bible's true. Amen. I believe It. Amen. It's the Word of God. Amen, Amen, Amen. Let us stand.
Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen. Lord, we love You. Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen. We believe You're coming. Amen. We're ready to meet You. Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. Amen, Amen, Amen. We pray God to let us be our best at all times to serve Him.
Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen. I trust that He'll bless you, and preserve you, and keep you, and watch between us, and fire you into His Kingdom to do great works, and help me on the field until we meet again.
Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen. I'll pray for you, will you pray for me? Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen.
799-279 Our Father, we have assembled tonight in the Name of the noble Lord Jesus, that beloved and darling Name that we all love and adore. I'm thinking how groups of men down through the years (for thirty years or more we've assembled in this little old building), how we'd set around a stove with our feet's freezing nearly, and set there with our feet upon the stove and talk about the Lord Jesus. I'm thinking of some precious feet that once trod upon the earth, that set with them feet up against there; I'm thinking of old Brother Seward, Brother Sparks, Brother George DeArk, many other precious souls that once set with their feet against that stove, has gone on to meet their Lord tonight, resting yonder in the grave, waiting for that great summons for on high. They fought a fight; they kept the faith; they've finished the course, and now they're waiting for the crown of righteousness the Lord, the Righteous Judge, will give them that day.
800-280 Father God, we prayed when we dedicated this little church on the corner and said, "Lord Jesus, let it stand and people be in it when You break the skies to come in that secret, quick going of the church." God, I pray that souls that's come to this altar, souls that's served You, the Gospel Seed that's been sowed back and forth, and back and forth, and back and forth across here for thirty years, that we believe many of those precious people will be there on that day, because of these feeble efforts that we've put forth to bring the Word to that predestinated Life. We thank Thee for it and trust, God, tonight that not one present now but what will be present on that day, covered by the Blood, anchored in Jesus. Grant it, Father. We trust in Him.
800-281 Now, we're to meet here again Sunday morning, many of us. And we pray, God, that You'll meet and break the Bread of Life for us. God, we would remember Brother Ruddell and his place up there, where those who are sojourning with him. Be with that precious boy, Lord, I pray as I see him coming up, see these young fellows. I feel like they're my Timothys. I pray, Father, that You'll bless Brother Ruddell in his ministry. Bless Brother "Junie" Jackson. O God, we pray that Your blessings will be upon him, and upon our Brother Crase, upon Brother Snelling, upon this other brother there that's taking his place, and Brother Beeler, and Brother, all these brothers here, Lord, and Brother Neville, and every one of us, Lord. We just pray that Your blessings will be smiled upon us, that Your grace will be all that we need, Lord, to go on. And may we never forget the little comment tonight, though that little woman standing there, not knowing what the end would be, but Jesus needed attention, and she was giving it to Him. Yes, washing His feet, a neglected something that even those who claimed to be His servants had failed to do it, and they were trying to make fun of Him, but she did Him a service, not expecting a reward, and there could not been a greater given.
801-282 God, may we do the same, just press right on and do the service of God. And all we long to do, Lord, is to hear on that day, "It was well done, My good and faithful servant. Enter into the joys of the Lord that's been prepared for you since the foundation of the world." God, grant us to do that and keep fellowship with one another, and may the Holy Spirit be with us, and guide us, and direct us in all we do, and give us long life, maybe if it's possible, to see the coming of the Lord Jesus. We ask it in His Name. Amen.
Blest be the tie that binds Our hearts in Christian love, The fellowship of kindred mind Is like to that above. When we asunder part, Now it gives us inward pain, But we shall still be joined in heart, And hope to meet again. The Bible said they sang a hymn and went out. God bless you now till I see you again Sunday morning, the Lord willing. Bye, bye.
Jim, I didn't get to shake your hand tonight. God bless You then. The Lord bless you.