One Man's Influence On Another (62-1013)
Thank you, Brother Neville. The Lord bless you. Good evening, friends.
It's very nice to be out here again tonight at the Tabernacle to speak
again about our Lord and Saviour, Who we are all in love with I'm sure,
or we wouldn't be setting here in this hot building, jammed in the way
we are tonight, if we didn't love Him. Because that's our purpose of
being in, is to express to Him that we love Him. And our anticipations
are–are greatly moved when we think of His approaching time. As we see
the signs appearing of His advent, we are longing for that great hour
that when we shall see Him.
Since I was here the other Sunday a week, there's been more has gone on
to meet Him. One was Mrs. Ford, Mrs. Levi Ford. She was eighty years
old, a precious woman. Her husband passed away some time ago. He was a
veteran of the Spanish-American War. And in my life's story I mentioned
her son's name. He's the one that was going to save me that suit, you
know, after he wore it out, that–the–the suit of a–I believe it was
a boy scout suit. And he… When I went to get the part of it, there
was only one legging left in it.
Lloyd's perhaps here tonight, the same boy. And I had his mother's
funeral the other day. And he asked me, said, "Billy, I wish you would
speak on something that proves that my mother rises again." And the
Lord gave me a message for it on a exact, positive… When the Bible,
all nature, everything that God created speaks it, she'll rise again,
who–who's going to speak against it then? God says so, proves it by
His nature, proves it by His Word, proves it by her life, everything
else, she's got to raise. Just–there's no way, there's nothing…
Heavens and earth might fail, but that won't fail. She's got to come
Then day before yesterday, a manager that used to be with me, Mr.
Baxter (Many of you remember him; he spoke right from this platform.),
his wife died suddenly with a heart seizure. And he's very tore up and
very sad; and I hope–trust you'll remember Brother Baxter in your
prayers as you pray, 'cause he's one of our brothers. And he lives in
Vancouver, British Columbia. And he hasn't been with me now for a
number of years. And I heard that his wife had had a kind of a nervous
break or something, and then all of a sudden she took a heart seizure
and was gone. We just can't tell what time it's going to call. And then
when it–He calls, we must be ready. That's the reason that we're here
I was in the study there–the office, rather, talking to Mr. Moore.
He'd persuaded me… I had…?… I was trying to get away from
Thanksgiving; I wanted to have a meeting here for Thanksgiving Day, and
then go on to Shreveport. 'Course, I'd–wouldn't hardly be able to make
it. And finally he said, "Well, if you're–got three meetings now and
going have them Seven Seals later, then you could give us that one day
anyhow." So finally, we was going give him that Friday, Saturday, and
Sunday. And now, I promised him then Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and
Sunday. And it'll be… Pentecost will be fifty years old in Louisiana
the–Thanksgiving Day. It fell fifty years ago in Louisiana.
Now, tomorrow morning we're going to kinda press that everybody that
doesn't have a–a Sunday school you're attending… I see our precious
Brother Don Ruddell here, and I know he has Sunday school in the
morning. And perhaps there's other ministers in here from around the
neighborhood that have Sunday school. Now, we want you to go to your
own Sunday school if you have one. But if you have no Sunday school,
and you like to be with us, I want to speak in the morning, and put out
a blackboard, and teach on "The Full Statue of a Perfect Man," and draw
it out in–on the blackboard, and show God's requirements and how we
come to the perfect statue of–of a perfect man before God.
And then tomorrow night, the Lord willing, I want to speak on the
subject of "My Guide." So if some of you that's out of town… And we
want to try to start these services early if… I haven't talked with
the pastor yet, but I wish you would start Sunday school real early in
the morning. And church tomorrow night, maybe, if possible, begin at
6:30 or something. And that'll give the people an opportunity so if
they want to stay… We can be out maybe by 8:30, and then some of
I met a lady today that's driving three or four, about… She said, if
we got out 8 o'clock or 8:30, she'd get home around 2:30 or 3 o'clock
the next morning, her husband going to work. So we won't be doing
anything anyhow but loafing around, so–so let's just come on to church
early. And we don't have… You know, we don't have to have a form
about this; God is without form, you know, the Bible…?… So we hope
that you're all here, and–all that can be.
Now, if you have your own services, remember, this is a
interdenominational tabernacle where people…?… come. And most of
our crowds are made up from out-of-town people.
Well now, if there happens to be a stranger here, I want to show you
something. And I've just walked to the platform and I don't see a–I
don't see ten people that I know. How many people here is from out of
the city of Jeffersonville, raise your hands. See, ninety-nine per
cent. See? See? It's just friends. How many's here from a hundred miles
away, raise up your hands. There's fifty per cent of that, from over a
hundred miles away. How many's here for over two hundred miles away,
raise up your hand. Three hundred miles away, raise up your hands.
Looky there. Four hundred miles away, raise up your hand. Looky here.
Five hundred miles away, raise up your hand. Looky there, over a third
of the congregation over five hundred miles away. See, it's just
friends that gathers in from around…?… we're going to be here. So
we're grateful for you, and we're here to help you. We're here to do
all that we can for you.
And now, I just was reading back there some–a letter that my son just
handed me of a lady that said this–coming this time will be
thirty-five trips that she come hoping to be prayed for. Thirty-five
times she's drove for hundreds of miles, thirty-five trips.
And then remember, there's about six hundred and something waiting
on…?… the waiting list from around the world trying to get to for
interviews. You see…?… pretty complicated. When we're just thinking
about right here, it isn't too much. We could just hear that… See,
it's around the world. And so we are…?…
Wonder if that lady's in the building tonight (thirty-fifth trip), that
wrote a letter she'd be here tomorrow? For thirty-five times she's been
here without being prayed for. I guess she's not in the building, maybe
didn't even get to come. But I was just reading her letter back there.
Now, I've always tried to when I come down here on… When I'm at
home…?… to talk about something not just to be talking, or not
something that would please the people… I've tried to speak about
something that would please God and help the people (You see?), for
help, that we could all, no matter what church you belong to, what
denomination, that you could be helped for a closer walk with God. And
that's our reason of being here: a closer walk with God.
And when we find that the day as late as it is, and the drawing near of
the Lord… I told my wife today, "If I don't get in a revival
somewhere, I–I'm going to perish; I–I just can't stand it. I…
Something's just inside me burning."
Oh, we just come through a whole series of meetings where thousands of
people attending. And no matter if you had two or three million people,
if there's no revival, that's just what we used to call down in
Kentucky, a protractive meeting. You know, we all go out to a
protractive meeting we'd call it. And we want a revival where the
Spirit of the Lord is moving upon the people, and people are being
saved, and great things are being done to accomplish something for the
Kingdom of God.
And now, in the prayer services, usually, we… You can see why we
couldn't hold a prayer line here. See, it's just so jammed up, you
couldn't do it. See? But usually in the prayer lines is people who
are–comes and they find the–the Lord to be real. And we find that the
Lord Jesus hasn't changed one bit. From what He was, He is today, and
always will be. And the Bible said in Hebrews 13:8, that He's the same
yesterday, today, and forever. And in the congregations of the people
that gathered to hear Him in them days, maybe they wouldn't get into a
prayer line; but they would have faith to believe. And our Lord would
turn, as their faith would touch Him, and would turn, and tell the
people that there was certain things wrong with them that they had
done, and for them to go and be healed, or go do something, make
something right, or something.
We know about the woman at the well, and the woman with the blood
issue, and, oh so many, of blind Bartimaeus, that their faith touched
Him. And tonight He's still the High Priest of our confession and just
as great as He ever was. Now, we got to let ourselves be His servants.
He is the Vine, the–the resource of Life. We are the branches that
receive that Life. And the branch bears the fruit, not the vine. And
now, Christ works through His Church. And then, if we can yield ourself
in such a way that the Holy Spirit can take complete control of us in
our faith in Christ, He'll do the same thing, because it's Christ.
And if you're here a stranger and with us… Now, usually the people
here…?… in the tabernacle… Our pastor here has prayer for the
sick practically every night, and you get prayed for by our gracious
and beloved Pastor, Brother Neville, a man that God hears and answers
prayer for, Brother Orman Neville. And–and Brother Don Ruddell, and
those other brethren who pray for the sick… And Brother Jackson, I
guess he's around here somewhere from the other sister church down in
And this time when the–it's so crowded, if you'll just believe
God…?… whatever you have need for… And you're a stranger and I
don't know you, you just ask God and see if He isn't the same
yesterday, today, and forever. See if He can't speak right…?… He
knows you; He knows what's wrong with you; only thing you have to do is
just believe Him. And then, He'll use you for one instrument and me for
another. Jesus said, St. John 14:7, "He that believeth on Me, the works
that I do shall he do also." Now, that is a yielded vessel.
Now, tomorrow we're going to teach how you become that vessel, that
God, the Holy Spirit…?… work through you. And so… See, He
was…?… God was in a Pillar of Fire, then He was–dwelt in His Son,
Christ Jesus; and now in His Church. Once He was called the Father,
then the Son, now the Holy Spirit. It's God projecting Himself to the
world. The only way He could get into the Church was first die for the
Church to sanctify It, that He might project Himself through His
Church. Then He said in St. John 15, "I am the Vine; ye are the
branches." (See?) And the branch just bears the fruit. The Lord bless
And now, before we…?… For the lesson tonight… And I don't want to
keep you long, 'cause I see the people standing up, and one taking his
place, and then another set down, so forth. We're trying hard to get
a–a permit to seat about three or four hundred more people, but the
city seems to hold us back on it, because we haven't got adequate
parking room. We got the permit from Indianapolis, and then the city.
We have to have parking room. Oh, when we put four people in here, we
got to have enough room to put a car out here. And this parking lot
here really belongs to the city, so, see, they… We're–our church
here is just about one foot from the city line. And the–really, the
highway, the reason it's built out there… 'Course some of you people,
young fellows here, wouldn't understand this, but this used to be a
pond. And I remember when I was a boy; we'd ride down here, and we had
to go around out there in the field and get around the pond. They built
the road right around–the road around the pond.
And I bought this lot here. Praying right here where this is, the Lord
told me to buy it about thirty years ago or thirty-two years ago, that
is, I think. Right here in a great big swamp and horseweeds over my
head… And I bought the lot for a hundred and sixty dollars, this
corner–corner right here, and built the church.
Now, the Lord bless you. I want to (if it would be called a text, for
some of the…) read some of the context on notes; I would like to
speak to the audience tonight upon the subject of "The Influence of
Another." And before we speak or read the Word, let us bow our heads
and talk to the Author of the Word.
And now, with our heads bowed and our hearts…?… too in His holy
reverence, I wonder if there's some…?… tonight would have a request
that they–is burning on their heart, that they might just raise up
your hand before God and say in your prayer, "Lord Jesus, I have needs.
Speak to me tonight. Heal me. Give me my financial needs," or whatever
it is. He supplies all our needs. God bless you. About ninety per cent
of the congregation.
Our heavenly Father, we are approaching Thee. Now as we leave this
little tabernacle of clay that we dwell in, this little ship that's
sailing life's solemn main, by faith we're coming up above Mars,
Jupiter, Venus, the moon, the stars, the milky…?… way, and arriving
now by faith at the throne of the Father. See setting there, His
pierced hands and His feet; may that Blood now make intercession as we
lay our gifts upon the altar of gold around His throne.
We thank Thee first for Jesus, Who made all these things possible to us
through our faith that we're going to ask. Thou did see the hands. You
knowed what was beating beneath the hearts of the people. And I lay my
faith Lord on the sacrifice in the great golden altar of God where the
incense is being burned daily. I pray that You'll hear and answer their
prayers, Father. Give to them the desires of their heart.
And now, as we assemble, Lord, tonight for these three gatherings, we
are here in this hot building tonight for no other purpose but a closer
walk with Thee. Knowing what to do…?… Lord, what to do… As the
prophet said, "They that wait upon the Lord, they shall renew their
strength. They shall mount up with wings as an eagle. They'll run and
not be weary; they'll walk and not faint." Lord, teach us how to wait
after we have asked and…?… have faith to know that You heard, and
in Your own good time You'll send our answer right down the golden
stairs from the corridors of Heaven right into our soul. And we shall
receive what we ask for, because we believe it.
Sanctify our ears tonight to hear and our hearts to receive; and may
when the service is over, may we say like those who came from Emmaus,
"Did not our hearts burn within us as He spake to us along the way."
For we ask it in His Name. Amen.
I would like to read tonight a portion of Scripture found in the Book
of Isaiah. Tomorrow, be sure if you have a paper, I want you to… I'm
going to have a chart up here or a blackboard to kinda draw out the
lesson. And I want you to get it if you possibly can, because you can
study it after you get home.
30 Isaiah the 6th chapter, I wish to read a few verses out of this chapter to draw the context to–for tonight.
the Lord setting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train
filled the temple.
six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered
his feet, and with twain he did fly.
because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a
people of unclean lips: for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of
This is quite a–a undertaking when we think of the–what it's going to
mean as we study this vision of Isaiah. It's… I've always liked
Isaiah. He was one of the major prophets. Isaiah wrote the complete
Bible. There is sixty-six Books in the Bible, and Isaiah wrote
sixty-six chapters. He begins with the beginning of creation; in the
middle of the Book he brings forth the New Testament and John the
Baptist; and at the 56th and 60th chapter he ends up in the great
millennium: Genesis through the New Testament into Revelation. Great
man was this Isaiah, finally died as a martyr under capital punishment.
Every spirit-filled man of the Bible died or was persecuted under the
federal government. Every one of them that you can think of: Moses, the
Hebrew children, and Daniel, and Isaiah. Isaiah was sawed to pieces
with a saw. And on down, John the Baptist, every one of the apostles,
Jesus Himself, all died under capital punishment or punishment from the
federal government. And according the way things are heaping up,
there's going to be more testimonies added to theirs one of these days.
See? And if there ever was a time that we must stick together, it's now.
I guess you hear of the meeting going on in Rome, and we're
having–they're having a great time over there. And they're going to
start a revival. It'll be a worldwide revival, surely.
34 Back to this subject (We'll get that in the Seven Seals.) to this subject of being influenced.
Uzziah was a shepherd boy. He was raised… And he loved the outdoors.
And he reigned during the time of Isaiah's prophecy. Isaiah had
learning from–from one of the other major prophets. And I believe it
was Zechariah, that Isaiah had understanding through him, who was a
prophet as Isaiah come on the scene. And Isaiah was called, and he was
a–a prophet. Prophets are not just made of men; prophets are born
Now, there is a gift of prophecy that comes into the church, that
people give a prophecy. Many member of the Body of Christ could do
that, that's under inspiration. But a prophet is set in the Church by
God, predestinated to the gift of–of prophet–or the gift to be a
prophet, not a prophesier.
Now, now, we find out that this young man taken the throne. If you want
to take some of the Scriptures down, it's II Chronicles the 26th
chapter. You can read where tells that King Uzziah after his father
died A-m-a-z-i-a-h, Amaziah–after he died, being a righteous man and
had turned from the Lord, and was slain by his own people–Uzzikiah
taken his–or Uzziah, rather, taking his place as king. And he was set
on the throne and anointed at the age of sixteen years old, just a boy;
but he was in line to be king, yet being just a lad. And he did well.
The Bible tells us that he had a godly father and a godly mother, and
he could be nothing else hardly with such influence as to be a godly
boy, because that had been what had been placed before him at all time.
You know what I think? Everybody has their own opinion. But one of the
greatest, and to my opinion, the greatest president that we ever had in
this nation was Abraham Lincoln. Now, not because he was a Republican,
but because he was what he was, a godly man. And he was raised, and
he–to serve God. And he said, "If there's anything that I want to give
praise to," he said, "or my life was influenced by, was a godly mother
who taught me to pray and to know Jesus as my Saviour."
Oh, your family's what you are. You raise your child in a certain
environment; it's got a ninety-eight per cent better chance to go right
than it has to if you bring it up in the wrong way. "Bring up a child
in the way that it should go, and when it's old it'll not depart from
it." Be brought up right, teach your children to do right, to be
honest, to be square and fair even when they're in school.
Now, many times children are prone to copy off of one another, and–and
try to press their way through school. But you know, I think if you'll
just get it yourself, then it's something that you–you can appreciate
your good graded paper.
You know, if you're going to have a test the next day, instead of
running around all night, getting up the next morning, and think,
"Well, I'll set next to So-and-so; they're smart. And then they'll–I
can copy off of them," if you'll just before dad returns thanks at the
breakfast table, if you'll just say, "Dad, remember me today; I got to
take a test in chemistry," or whatever it is. Then you, when you pray,
dad, say, "God, bless John, Mary in their test today." I tell you;
it'll turn the tide.
Remember, we can have what we want if we will ask in faith believing.
Jesus said, "All things are possible to them that will believe. You
have not because you ask not, and you ask not because you believe not."
He said, "Ask abundance that your joy may be full." I like that.
Our teaching right: say the right thing; do the right thing; think the
right thing; always be thinking right. And I have a little slogan:
You can't be going east and west at the same time, nor you can't be
going right and wrong at the same time. No matter how much you think
you're going the other way, if you're not traveling directly west…
You're not going east if you're going west.
So this young king, being influenced by his father when he was a young
man and–and taught Israel the precepts of God… And then all at once
he turned in his last days and taught against God. And his own
people… He was slain by his own people. It looked like that would've
been a great lesson to Uzziah about this. But we find that when Uzziah
taken the throne, that he started right in the way his daddy did,
bringing back the things of God, bringing Israel back to the worship of
God. He strengthened himself.
And I want to always be thankful for him in his young days, because he
never played any politics. Although politics might've been against him,
but yet, he stayed right on the line of God. And it thrilled this
little, young prophet so, till he become a hero. He was an example to
Isaiah the prophet.
And Isaiah went to the castle to stay with him, to the king's palace.
He called him in; he liked Isaiah. Isaiah was young also, and–and
he… They was chums together. And how that king… When he would go
out there, and they–some of the men of politics would come in and say,
"We must do so-and-so," King Uzziah first sought the Lord. "Lord, is it
Your will that we do it thus-and-thus?" God, give us a president like
that, not only that, but give us preachers. "Seek first the Kingdom of
God and His righteousness, and all other things will be added."
This must've been a great influence, because Isaiah loved him, because
he seen that he was a great man, and he–he stood firm and solid for
God. And you know, each time in the days that we live, in the things
that we do, remember, the public don't only look at the pastor, the way
he looks–lives, he–they also look at the laity.
Oh, how it's too bad when we think of the church. Sometimes if the
pastor belongs to a certain organization or a clan, and this
organization sends him to a certain church, and sometimes that pastor's
hands is tied by that organization. And the little fellow wants to
serve the Lord, and he thinks–been taught that's about the only way he
can do it, is by serving his organization. And if he got up and
preached what the Word said, the church would vote him out; and then
he's afraid he wouldn't have a chance then to preach the Gospel.
But, oh, what we need in the pulpits today is men like Uzziah was. No
matter what the politics of his church or politics of anything else, he
played the hand of God through. He waited till he found THUS SAITH THE
LORD, then he did it.
Little… That little prophet (young fellow about his age) in the
temple with him, they'd get down together and pray, no doubt, and ask
the will of the Lord, and then compare it with the laws of the Bible.
Then if it was all right, Uzziah passed it; if it wasn't all right, he
condemned politics on it. God give us more like that. And that thrilled
Isaiah because he was borned a prophet.
And Uzziah become a–a hero to Isaiah. You see, he was… Because of
his–his stand for God, he became a hero in the eyes of the righteous.
And there might not have been too many righteous. See? But the thing we
want to do, is make our life count for God. Somebody's watching you.
I was getting after somebody the other day. In a certain neighborhood
they'd had a… A great denominational church had a big rock-and-roll
party down here, and they were dancing till about 1 o'clock in the
morning. And they'd been teasing someone that comes to the Tabernacle,
and said they were holy-rollers that came down here, because we have no
denomination. And, oh, did that give me a chance. You can just about
imagine what happened. But the thing of it is… Now, those people…
No doubt, that the young lady that made the remark, if she only knew
what was Truth…
I was in the mountains a few weeks ago. And way back when I was coming
home, we went back (the family and I) to rest a little, where we're
going again, the Lord willing, next week. And then, back there one
night, I saw a vision. And it was a–a lovely, pretty woman, looked
young woman running; she had her hand here, and she was perishing with
a heart attack, a beautiful woman. And she dropped and was gone. And
the Angel of the Lord said, "Now, when you hear of this, remember,
they're going to say that she committed suicide, but she died in a
heart attack. And it's almost 4:00, so you just say 4 o'clock," and
then He left me.
And I didn't wake the family up in the little cow camp (or where the
cowboys stay, where we'd go back there to round up the cattle), I–I
just let them sleep until morning. And then, the next day I mentioned
it, and I said, "Some young woman, very attractive, is going to die in
a heart attack." And on the road out two days later, there it come in
on the radio that this Miss (I can't think of her name.) Monroe, Mrs.
Monroe. I think that was her stage name, or whatever it was; her name
was something else. And she had died, and they said she committed
Now, it don't make any difference how much I'd say it; they're still
going to say she committed suicide. But the child did not; she died in
a heart attack. And if you'd watch, she had her hand, trying to get to
the phone–the phone in her hand. She'd had a heart attack. They said
sleeping pills was there; she'd been taking them for a month (See?) or
more, out of that bottle. She died in a heart attack, and she died
about four or five seconds before 4 o'clock, exactly.
And I read of her life's story in the magazine of how that her… She
was a illegitimate child; and how that she'd washed so many dishes; and
her mother in a insane institution; and she had longed (But she was the
most perfect bodied woman, I guess, in the world.)–but she'd longed
for something that money wouldn't buy. I thought, "Oh, I wished I
could've got to her. I know what she needed." There you are.
Maybe members of the churches of fame, finest–famous Hollywood, where
all the decoration and tinsel is on… But they seen those people…
She could see they lived no different life than what she did. It takes
influence. It takes the power of the resurrection of Christ amongst the
people, that they see that Christ is not a statue hanging in a
building, but He's a living Being in the form of the Holy Spirit,
living in men and women, bringing peace, and contentment, and
happiness. Oh, if we could've only got to the young lady before she
left the world.
Now, influence… We find out that–that Uzziah's life influenced this
prophet and till such a place that Ukkiah–Uzziah, rather, built walls
and strengthened himself, and took back the grounds and the possession
that belonged to them from the Philistines, and so forth, until his
fame went all the way to Egypt. And I tell you, of all–the chronicles
of the kings, there was none of them outside of Solomon, that spread
forth like Uzziah. Why? Because he set the example. He stayed with God,
no matter what his people thought, what anybody else thought, what his
politicians that tried to influence him. He stayed directly with God,
and God blessed him. It was a great help to this young prophet.
How God blesses a man that will be true to the Word of God. Now, he may
not be very popular, but he'll be blessed. And now, people has to take
their choice, whether you want to act like the rest of the fellows or
whether you want to be blessed of God. Now, you can just take your
choice. If you're going to live like the rest of them, you'll be
blessed of them; but you turn your–all your desires to God, and you'll
be blessed of God. So you have to "Choose you this day who you serve,"
as the prophet said. "Always remember thy Creator first, always."
Now, but the… When this king got to a place, being such a great man
and influencing Isaiah and the righteous, of course, of his kingdom, he
got to a place–he got feeling self-secured. And there's where you make
your mistake. There's where so many righteous men bite the dust of
shame, bite the dust of defeat, is because they begin to feel
self-secure. You begin to think that you have lived so long for Christ,
that no matter what He presents before you, you'll take your choice
whether you want it or not. You've got to continue to serve God. No
matter what you was back ten years ago; it's what you are now.
The king got to a place that he thought within himself, that he got
lifted up. Pride got in his heart. And that's what happens to us. If
you'll pardon this expression, that's what's happened to our churches
throughout the country. They're fine people in there; some of the best
in the world goes to church. I think the best in the world goes to
church. But the thing of it is, the–the organization system gets
lifted up. That's what's happened to the–the Methodists; that's what's
happened to the Baptists; that's what's happened to the Nazarene, to
the Pilgrim Holiness, to the Pentecostal: lifted up, self-willed,
self-centered, pride, that you can't tell nothing to. God can't find a
way to get into their hearts. It's because they become so know-it-all
that nobody can tell them anything. And by building themself around
reasoning with brethren, they build themselves around their creed. And
when they do, they leave God in the back.
That's what happens to doctors. When they get so self-centered that
they don't need any help from God, that's when I don't one–want one
fooling with me. When you leave God out of anything, you just–I want
you to leave me out too. See? Because you must always remember God
first. He got lifted up.
So many today… You take a–a family of people that'll start going to
church. And God will heal the little family. He'll bless them, and give
them the Holy Spirit in their lives. The little children will pray
around the table; they'll pray before they go to bed. Mother and father
will join hands and pray. And as long as they continue like that,
they'll stay a family; but you let them get… First thing you know,
they didn't have nothing, an old junk car, maybe, riding around in it,
or maybe walking. Finally they'll get a good car, a better home. And
the first thing you know, then they want to get to what they–the world
calls, a better class to associate with. They move into a different
neighborhood, and in there they find out they become influenced by the
wrong influence. You must always stay where the Kingdom of God is and
where the glory of God is pouring out. Stay where you can be
spiritually fed day and night. Then the first thing you know,
separations comes in the home, and worldliness, and they get lifted up.
Uzziah did that; he got lifted up, much pride.
And now, we see what he tried to do. Now, what really got him when he
got lifted up in his heart (we're told in the Bible, in Chronicles the
26th–we find out–II Chronicles 26), we find out that he went into the
temple of the Lord with a censer in his hand to burn incense unto the
Lord. And when he did, the minister of the temple with fourscore other
ministers followed him and told him, "Don't do that; you're wrong. You
are not a minister. You are a king, not a minister."
And he was wroth, and he flew up. And his temper got away from him, and
he lit the censer to go anywhere. And God smote leprosy on him right
there while he was standing there in his anger; and he died a leper.
They had to take him out of the temple.
There's where we want a lesson now. If this man which God had blessed
in his capacity… But he wasn't satisfied with that, he wanted to take
somebody else's place. You can't be nothing… As Congressman Upshaw
(You remember him, the one that was–was crippled for sixty-eight years
and was healed in the meeting out there, you know. He was a Congressman
of the United States.) He said, "You can't be nothing that you hain't."
So that's about true. You've got to stay in your calling, where God
called you to.
Now, as long as he remained king, and–he was a blessing to the people
being a king. But when he thought he was a minister, then… He thought
because God had blessed him, he could be anything he wanted to be. But
he was a blessing to the people as a king, but not a blessing… He
become a curse upon them as he tried to take the minister's place. And
we have a lot of that. Everybody wants to pack the ball. See?
When you're playing a ball game (as it's football season), the thing we
want to do, is not everybody try to take the ball away from the man
that's got it; it's trying to guard that man. Protect him; let him get
through. We're trying to make a goal. See?
But could you imagine a team so untrained as to find one man–their own
man with the ball running to the field goal, and then instead of trying
to knock the enemy away from him, the opposing team, to let your own
man that's got the ball take off with it, every man trying to take the
ball out of his hand? Why, you're bound to lose.
And today, we have the same thing. When we see God come on the scene,
and going to bless a certain thing, let's keep all the enemies away
from it. Let's use our influences as–as tackles, not runners, tackles
that protects the runner, lets him pack the ball through, because
there's no opposition; all you have to do is just keep running. And we
should be tackles.
I speak worldwide, you know, for the Full Gospel Business Men, around
the world, organizing chapters. And not long ago when, I believe, it
was at Kingston, Jamaica, when they had Castro and all of them up there
at this meeting (Or we'd been down to his place, that's the way it
was.), and the celebrity of all through the islands was up there; and
those businessmen was trying to preach the Gospel. He's out of his
place. We preachers have hard enough time to keep it level. And they
use every little influence they can find, and every little technique
this way and that way, and it keeps it so scrupled up you don't know
what to do.
Many times at a–in a church–a little church can have a revival going
on; someone will want to go out here and lead a prayer meeting, And
then, he's got a different idea from what really the Bible says, but he
believes it this way anyhow; and he'll start an influence and draw
others away from it. The thing to do is protect this Message the way
It's a-going, stay right with It, and block everything away from It, if
we're ever going to cross the goal line.
And I said, "Brethren, there's something wrong. You fellows are
businessmen. The first place, you don't understand the approach. You
don't understand the approach to the ministry, because the ministry is
a God-called gift. God hath set in the Church first apostles, prophets,
teachers, evangelists, and pastors." God set them in there for the
perfecting of the Church. Businessmen should testify. Women, housewife,
no matter if you're the maid in somebody's house, testify. Do
everything you can for the Kingdom; but don't ever inject your own
ideas; just say what the Message says and keep going on. (See?) And
then maybe you'd have some influence. Well, don't try to preach now
until God, you know calls you. Just stay right with that, your
testimony, because if you don't, you'll get off in the wrong category;
and then you'll mess up everything. That's it. And it doesn't please
God at all. This proves it here.
When this king… Now, when he was rebuked and told the truth by the
minister of the building, and tried to tell him that he was wrong, that
God called that for Aaron's descents only, and they were consecrated to
that service only… That's all they was to do; they were consecrated
for that. And a king, no matter how righteous he was, or how much God
had blessed him, he had no right to burn incense. He was taking the
priest's place, and he should not do it. And when he was rebuked, he
got wroth; his temper flew up, and right while his temper flew up,
leprosy appeared in his face. He broke out with leprosy, and then he
dropped the censer and run out the building. See? Trying to impersonate
somebody else, we shouldn't do that.
In his anger he done wrong, and he was smitten. Oh, it was certainly a
lesson to this young prophet to see now, no matter how great the man
was, he had to abide in his calling.
I realize this is being taped, and I know it'll–goes all over the
world, back into the jungles, and Hottentots, and everything else. This
message here tonight will be translated into languages. But I say this
with all my heart, how could… Many people saying, "Why don't you join
certain organizations? Why don't you come on with the Pentecostals? Why
don't you come on with this group? Why don't you just let these little
things go?" How can I do it? I've got to stay with that Message.
When the Angel of the Lord appeared down on the river in that Light
there as you see, and when it's proved by the government and everywhere
else, with science–scientific research that it's the truth… And He
told me to stay with this Word. Then how could I swap It for a creed?
If those men are out there to do that, let them do it. But we was
called to preach the Word. Don't compromise; stand on the Word.
So now, you see the reason that it's a dangerous thing to try to
compromise and do something else, or try to get lifted up within
yourself, and say, "Oh, I can do this and make more money. I can do
this, and all the brethren will agree with me." I can compromise on
this Word, and–till ninety-nine per cent of the ministers will turn
right. "Oh, that's fine, that's good." And I know now, many of them
call… What is it? Loaves and fishes, seeing the people healed, and
the discernments, and the powers of God, and so forth, manifested. They
get you there to get meetings and to get people in the–their churches
and things; but when it comes to agreeing upon the Word, they'll get
away from It. See? You can't do that. Stay with the Word.
Now, this was a lesson to this young prophet, that no matter what he
tried to be, he must stay in his calling. Oh, my, he learned the–the
God's order of men. God's order to men is stay in his place. God's
order to women is stay in their place too. You can't take a man's
place. They're trying to do it, but don't do it. Men, don't take
women's place; don't dress like women. And women don't dress like men.
The Bible says it's wrong to do that. The Bible says, "A woman that
puts on a garment pertains to a man, is filthiness before God, an
abomination." See? But now you can hardly tell one from the other. See?
Now, how you going to do, but just call out against it? Well, then when
you do that…
Did you see this court order this week here in Indiana? What a shame.
Less than fifteen years ago a family here in Port Fulton (I think some
of the family's setting here tonight.)–here in Port Fulton, they sent
a little girl home from school for wearing shorts to school. And
to–this week they're trying to sue and put out of the school (and they
did it), a little girl that refused to wear shorts in school. What's
the matter with our nation? I thought this was a land of free; I
thought we had a right–religious freedom.
This father stood up and said, "It's against our religious belief for
our children to wear shorts, our little girl of sixteen, seventeen
years old, to wear shorts; it's against our religious belief." And they
dismissed and expelled the child from the school.
I understand that everybody that won't agree and come into the–to
the–the international agreement of this fellowship that they're trying
to form to put–and unite all churches together, the federation of
churches, that all that won't come in and unite with it, they're making
them a little province; they're going to send them to Alaska. You might
as well get ready for cold weather, 'cause it looks like it's coming.
So what a disgrace.
My lifelong friend, Jim Poole, his son stands here tonight. I wished
his dad would only come and do what his son did. And we were talking
today by telephone conversation, and he was remarking about a, I
believe, a news commentator or someone (I don't remember just who it
was now), but said, "It used to be that–that the American people taken
a bath once a week and prayed everyday," and said; "now they take a
bath every day and pray once a week." I believe I'd rather do without
the bath. But just shows how we have fallen. What's happened to this
About five years ago I was in Ohio, and I was having a meeting up there
at the (What is the name of that place where I had it out there on
that?) [Someone says, "Chatauqua"–Ed.]–Chatauqua.
And I was listening to a newscast in the hotel, and it said, "The
flower of freedom died this afternoon in a court here in Ohio. The
Amish people, they don't believe in sending their children to these
public schools. They have their own schools. And in this certain
neighborhood where these were at, they didn't have any high schools.
It's the law of Ohio and Indiana (I think a national law) that all
children must go to school till they're sixteen. And this man had a
couple of children, boy and girl, that wasn't sixteen; and they refused
to send them to the public schools where they teach the ethics of
Darwin (that man descended from a single cell, be a monkey; that's all
he is, just a glorified monkey and…). And so, they didn't agree with
that, and they won't let their children hear it. And so the courts
pulled them in. And this little smart-aleck judge said to the old aged
father and mother, with his crock haircut and his overalls on; he said,
"Sir, this state of Ohio has a law that says that the child must attend
school till it's sixteen," and said; "you refuse to send your children.
What do you answer?"
He said, "Honorable sir, I respect the laws of this lovely state in
which I am a native." He said, "But we come here years ago, our
forefathers, for freedom of religion, and that's why we are here for
freedom of religion. Our religion teaches us that we don't believe that
we come from animals to be man that… We believe that we were created
in the image of God. Therefore, it's against our religious beliefs to
send our children to a school that teaches such. Therefore, we don't
have any high school here for our children to go. And it's not because
we don't respect you; we respect what you believe; but for us, we don't
believe that, and we don't want it taught to our children."
He said, "You'll either send your children to school or you and your
wife will spend two years in the state penitentiary." Said, "What's
He said, "Mother and I will spend the two years." And they turned and started to walk out.
The old judge must've felt a little bit condemned, so he said, "Remember, don't your Bible say, 'Give Caesar what's Caesar's'?"
And the father turned around, and he said, "And to God?"
The man on the news said, "Well, then the freedom…"
And the judge said, "I sentence you to two years."
He said, "Then the freedom–the flower of freedom died in that courtroom this afternoon."
After all, the Dunkards–or the Amish, rather, no matter how peculiar
they are, they believe in holy living. And there's not one record
nowhere in the United States to where they ever had any juvenile
delinquency. Not one person, one child, from their religion was ever a
juvenile delinquent. Let them be peculiar whatever they want; they're
raised right. I don't blame them.
But listen, the flower died there right then, but about ten minutes it
revived again. The prosecuting attorney, all of them, pushed back their
books, and said, "Then we resign from our job, for if you break that
Constitutional right, they'll break the rest of them."
Did you notice the other day when that wise old Methodist Bishop, what
he said about that–saying that prayer in–in church–in school? That
wasn't the Methodist Church. That Bishop was wise enough to know that.
That was another group seeing how far they could get to force a certain
prayer in–in schools. If they'd pass on that, they'd pass the other
just as quick as they could. They're probing every outlet they can.
Don't worry, they'll get it.
Oh, we want the cross. We want Christ now while we can. Don't be
influenced by men who maybe can send a–more pottage down. Don't be
influenced from men that'll give you a better machine to ride in, or a
better home to live in, and sell your birthrights to Christ. Don't you
do it. Watch what you're doing. Always follow that one who's influenced
and is backed up by God, that you know what–God is with them. Don't
follow wrong influence. Yes. All right. Don't try to take another's
The vision at the temple, he saw on–on a throne God lifted up, God
being lifted up. Now, you see, this king that… He had made an example
before Isaiah, and Isaiah seen that that king as soon as he got out of
his calling was–God smote him with leprosy. Then Isaiah thought, "What
must I do?" Uzziah was dead; he'd leaned heavy on his arm. And he
thought he was gone; what would he do? Life itself was gone for him
nearly. So what did the young prophet do? He made his way down to the
temple to pray. He fell down at the altar, and he cried out.
Sometimes God lets the very props be knocked from under us. Sometimes
He lets sickness strike us. He lets disappointments, heartaches, strike
us. Sometimes He does that to get you where you'd be influenced by the
Gospel. Be wise enough to catch it. Don't be stupid enough to walk away
from it. See?
Notice, Isaiah knowed that he must find something different. So what
did he do? He went to the temple; he raised up his hands, and he cried
out to God. And he fell into a vision. And as he fell into the vision,
he saw God, not on a throne down here, but lifted up, way up. Oh, my.
His train was following Him and lifted up into the heavens. And he saw
back and forth through the temple, Seraphims flying. Oh, my.
"Seraphims" it means "burners," the word "Seraphim" means. Which it is
next to the altar. Actually, the Seraphims is the one who receives the
sacrifice, and cleanses the worshipper, and then presents him to God,
the Seraphim does. Now, this Seraphims was angelic beings, and they are
the very next ones to God, right at the altar. And they receive the
sacrifice. It shows the justice of God, that sin cannot come in His
Presence unless it's been atoned for. See? And these Seraphims…
You remember in the Seven Church Ages how they guarded them Gospels,
one on either side? You remember, we took them back to the garden of
Eden with a flaming sword standing there? They guard the altar.
And Isaiah, that great prophet, when he fell into the Spirit, he saw
first God setting way up into the heavens, above any earthly king.
Said, "I saw the King, the Lord setting high and lifted up (Then he saw
the real King), and His train was following Him."
And he saw Seraphims flying through the building. They had wings over
their face, wings over their feet, and they were flying with two wings.
And they were crying, "Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty. Holy, holy,
holy, Lord God Almighty." What a–what a music, what a rhythm. You say,
"They must've been saying it very lightly. "Holy, holy, holy, Lord God
Almighty. [Brother Branham imitates–Ed.]."
Isaiah said, "When they spoke, the pillars of the building shook at their voice."
They wasn't just saying now, "Holy, holy, holy… [Brother Branham imitates–Ed.]."
Oh, what a voice. And said, "And the pillars moved and shook at their
voice." They were screaming, those angelic beings standing next to the
side of God, screaming, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty."
What a vision. Whew. Oh, my.
Notice again, Isaiah who'd been leaning on Uzziah's arm and saw him die
under the judgment of God, and then saw these holy beings that was next
to the side of God, the Seraphims crying, "Holy, holy, holy, Lord God
Almighty."… And them holy Angels covered their face. Holy Angels
covered holy faces in the midst of a holy God, then who are we? And
Oh, you Methodist, and Baptist, and Presbyterians, and Pentecostals,
who are we? When holy Angels hide their holy faces under the wings to
stand in the Presence of God, when Angels, a Being that's actually
beyond Angels… The Angels don't stand there, only the Seraphims.
They're beyond Angels. And God's so holy until they cover their face in
the Presence of the holy God. And the only thing they could say was,
"Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty." Whew. A special covering
for them to stand in the Presence of God… What kind of covering do we
need? They had to be covered.
Now, I want to say this right now: the Blood of Jesus Christ is
all-sufficient. See? Christ never died for them Seraphims. No, no. But
they were created beings; He never died for Angels; He died for
sinners. See? He never died for holy people; he died for unholy. And
long as you think you're holy, He never done you no good. But when you
realize you're nothing, then He died–He died for you. See? When you
realize that you're nothing, then He's the One–you was the one He died
for. God's all holy. There's nothing to Him but holiness; that's all,
Now, let's note these wings for a few minutes. We find out that two
wings he covered his face with. My, think. Even holy Angels covered
their holy faces in the Presence of a holy God. And the only thing they
could say was, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty. Holy, holy,
holy, Lord God Almighty." And we're told that they cried day and night.
That's the first step from God coming down. Day and night, no letting
up, and you think that we make a lot of noise. What do you think about
millions of those around the throne with a voice that shook the temple
pillars when only one of them cried, "Holy, holy, holy"? You know, his
voice shook the temple, when millions of them crying around the throne
of God: "Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty. Holy, holy, holy, Lord
God Almighty," with wings over their faces, wings over their feet, with
wings in reverence, respects. Oh, my.
Now, there's no reverence or respects for anything that talks about
holiness. You talk about holiness, you're called a holy-roller. There's
no reverence, no respects for neither God, His people, or His Word.
Now, where's this bunch going to wind up at? (I think you're right,
Ben. You hit the nail on the head that time, son. Yes, that's about
right.) Where will this irreverent group wind up at then? Where will
this irreverent bunch wind up (That's it.), the ones that hasn't got no
respect at all for God?
You know, it used to be if a woman or a man said they was a Christian,
people respected it; but today they just like to see how much fun they
can make out of it. See? Irreverent group… My. Why? You know what?
This is the reason. They're not conscious that that's the Truth.
They're not conscious of God. They don't remember that the Bible says
that the Angels of God are encamped about those who fear Him. They
don't only just come and visit them; they–they stick their tents down.
Amen. The Angels of God are encamped about those who fear His Name.
They stay there day and night.
The old colored brother sang that song, "The Angels Keep Watching Over Me." Said…
That's right. All day and all night, Angels keep watching over me.
Jesus said about them little ones, said, "Take heed that you don't
offend one of them, for their Angels always beholds My Father's face
which is in heaven." See? They're always camped about, watching those.
And they don't even believe that, ungodly people. We're going to get on
what godliness and ungodliness is in the morning, if the Lord willing.
Now notice, they don't even believe that. They've lost all decency, all
respects, all reverence, and yet go to church. The most irreverent
bunch there is is them that goes to church. That's right.
An old bootlegger, moonshiner, coming down the street, passing around,
and half drunk, you talk to him about the Lord, he'll stand and talk to
you. Some of those moss-backed, so-called believers, church members,
will laugh right in your face, 'cause you don't belong to their…?…
That's right. Certainly. They're irreverent. You think you have to
belong to their little clique or you don't even live on their side of
the road. See? It's the truth. Irreverent…
Now, these Angels, when they're in God's Presence, they was… Believed
it… David said (You remember we had here a few nights ago when I was
preaching on something.), and he said–David said, "I place the Lord
always before me, that I shall not be moved. Moreover," he said, "then
when I do that, my flesh shall rest in hope." Yes, sir. "Because I know
what… He will not leave my soul in hell, neither suffer His Holy One
to see corruption. For the Lord is always before me."
Wherever you go, place God. If a man get angry and cusses you, place
God between you and him. If a guy calls you a holy-roller, place God
between you and him. If the wife gets angry with you, place God. If the
husband gets angry, place God. If the children aggravate you, place
God. See? Whatever you do, place God. If papa and mama gives you a
little spanking and corrects you, place God. Remember what God said
about that? "Bring up a child in the way it should go." See? Always
remember, place God. Put God before you, and you'll have reverence for
God and respects for Him. That's right.
Now, watch. Two wings he covered his face and two wings… That meant
reverence, reverence before God, bowed–covered his face. Now, we–we
don't have any wings to cover our face with; we bow our head at His
feet, bow our heads and pray in reverence, respects. Yes, sir.
Recognize it. And two wings he covered his feet, His feet… Covered,
his feet–represented humility and respects.
Like Moses, Moses in the–the respects of God telling him he was on
holy ground, he took off his shoes. See? He done something to his feet.
Paul in respects to God, reverence… When the Angel of the Lord come
before him in that Pillar of Fire, he fell on the ground on his face:
respects. John the Baptist, he had such respects when he saw Jesus
coming, he said, "I'm not even worthy to touch His feet." See? The
feet, showing respects. See?
Oh. Be conscious, here's only one thing to be conscious of: your
littleness. If you want to get somewhere with God, make yourself real
little. Don't make yourself big like Uzziah. He got in there, and
he–he said, "I'll do this anyhow, whether I… You ain't got no
business telling me." See? He should've made hisself humble. "Yes,
servants of Christ, pardon me." He'd have never took leprosy. No. "I
know that's your job; God called you. That's your office. You go ahead
and do it, sirs. I'm very, sorry." Backed off, there'd been a different
writing in this Book. But when he was corrected, he got angry.
You can correct people about something or tell them about their wrong
doing, they'll leave the church. They won't none… Go to somebody,
tell women they shouldn't wear short hair, "Well, I'll go somewhere
where they can wear it."
A lady went here some time ago. I sent my wife down. We was in a
meeting; she didn't have time to wash her hair, and she… I told her
to go to one of them there beauty shops and get her hair washed. She
went over there, and that lady didn't even know how to put her hair up.
She had to twist it around on top of her head. "Come on," said, "I
never did wash anybody's hair, with long hair." She didn't know
anything about it. I don't know. Oh, my. See?
They don't know what it's all about. Why? It's because of weak pulpits
they been setting under (That's right. It's exactly right.), the weak
pulpits that won't tell the truth. They compromise with it. See?
Better… It would've been better if you'd hear it… And you was to
talk to one of them, they'll get up, and blow up, and say, "I'll never
hear that holy-roller again." See? Go ahead, Uzziah. That's right.
Leprosy, why, I'd rather have leprosy anytime than that kind of
leprosy; well, that's leprosy of the soul. See? When you go up and
broke out… You're right there broke out again in leprosy: sin, which
is worse than leprosy. It's a leprosy of the soul.
Uzziah probably went and slept with his fathers the Bible said. Which
he was saved, because he just did something wrong. But when you do it,
knowing better, then you break out leprosy of the soul. And then
there's no way to take a leper's soul in; you know that.
So then, make yourself little. Humble yourself before God. Recognize…
Don't get all puffed up and blow up; search the Scriptures and see if
117 I told someone not long ago… They said, "Brother Branham, I understand that you're Jesus Only?"
I said, "You understood wrong." See? I said, "I am not Jesus Only."
Said, "Well, you baptize in Jesus' Name."
said, "That don't make me Jesus Only." I said, "Jesus Only doctrine;
they baptize to regeneration; I don't believe in that. I don't believe
in–soon as you're baptized in Jesus' Name remit–remit your soul–your
sins; I believe Peter said repent first; turn around, you missed the
mark; go back. Repent and then show to the world that you been–you
been baptized. I believe that… I don't believe in being borned again
is the baptism of the Holy Ghost. It is not the baptism of the Holy
Ghost; it's being reborn again. We're reborn by the Blood. Blood cell
comes from the–I mean, life cell comes from the Blood. You're baptized
by the Holy Ghost into the body, but you're born by the Blood.
Absolutely. You're born by the blood of your father. I'm borned again
by the Blood of my Father, and by your–our Father, Christ. Yes, sir.
But you see, we don't believe that stuff. Because we baptize in the
Name of Jesus Christ, don't make us Jesus Only; not at all. No, sir.
Yes, sir. Moses humbled himself in the Presence when he heard the voice
of God come forth like that, said, "Take off your shoes." Moses reached
right down and jerked his shoes off. See? That's right.
Paul, when that Light smote him to the ground… He said, "Saul, Saul, why persecuteth thou Me?"
Said, "Lord, Who are You?" See, right down to the ground. "Who is it?"
Said, "I'm Jesus (that Pillar of Fire)–I'm Jesus. It's hard for you to kick against the pricks."
Said, "Lord, what must I do?" He was ready.
John the Baptist saw Him coming. One of the greatest men, Jesus said,
"There never had been a man born of a woman as great as John."
And when John saw Him, he recognized he was so little, he said, "I'm not worthy to take His shoes off." Amen.
Always notice, a big man humbles himself. The way up is down always.
Make yourself little, and God will bring you up. "He that exalts
himself, shall be abased, but he that humbles himself shall be
exalted." Oh, my, I like that.
Make yourself little; always be little. Don't be the big shot; be the
little fellow. See? God's the only One among us that's big anyhow.
You always say, "It's a holy church, the holy people." Oh, no. It's a
holy God (That's right.) and an unholy church and unholy people. That's
right. Ain't no such thing as a holy church; it's a holy God in the
Church. It's not a holy people; it's the Holy Ghost in the people. Then
you're talking not of the people; you're talking of the Holy Ghost
that's in the people. Amen, amen. That's the right words. Amen. That
struck home; I felt that one. Yes, sir. He liked that; I know that.
Glory. Yes, sir. All right.
Make yourself little, He covered his face with two, reverence. He
humbled himself by covering his feet. Now thirdly, with two he did fly.
He put hisself in action with two of them. He was reverent before God.
He was humble before God. Not only that, he just didn't set there, but
he put hisself in action. Talk about a Church. Amen. Put hisself in
action. Whatever he had, he was ready to go with it. Yes, sir. Only
thing he could say was, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty";
but he put hisself in action with that. That's right. He got in action.
That's what the church needs tonight, is first be reverent, next thing,
be humble, then get yourself in action. Yes, sir.
He showed the prophet. When He showed the prophet how He represented
His servants, how He was going to do, what did this guy do, this Angel?
They see… Prophet saw his voice shake the pillars in the temple when
he hollered, "Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty." And the building
shook, and the… He hollered again, "Holy, holy, holy, Lord God
Almighty," and the building shook.
Isaiah said, "Woe is me!" A prophet, a vindicated prophet, borned a
prophet, the major prophet of the Bible; and he said, "Woe is me, for
my eyes have seen the glory of God." Look at that prophet humble
himself, a prophet, the man that the Word of God came to. But when he
saw a vision in action, he said, "Woe is me, for I'm standing so close
till I see the Lord's Presence."
Our modern American people can see it happen, and walk away, and laugh at it. Yes. That's right.
When he saw a vision be made manifest, a manifested vision (Oh, God,
have mercy on this sinful world.)–a manifested vision, he cried out,
"Woe is me, for I'm a man of unclean lips, and I dwell among a people
of unclean lips. I'm all undone; there's nothing good about me."
Well, you say, "Bless God, I belong to the Presbyterian, Methodist,
Baptist, Pentecostals; I don't have to set and listen to such stuff."
What a difference there is, what a difference.
And you remember, this prophet, called from his birth, and vindicated,
predestinated to his office, and was seeking Truth, and he'd been with
a king. He'd saw the works of God be manifested, but when a open vision
come, instead of exalting him, he said, "Woe is me; I'm all undone. I'm
in for it now, for my eyes have seen the glory of God."
And we can see the glory of God, and we'll go around and say, "A bunch
of holy-rollers, people that's crazy." No wonder we don't get nowhere.
Now remember, I told you when I come down here to say something, it'll
help people. See? Yes, we must reverence that. We must just give it
just every bit of respect that we can, when we see an open vision from
God speak forth, and know it's the Truth.
"Woe is me," said Isaiah. "I'm in a building here tonight (or today or
whenever it was), and I see the glory of God. I see an Angel speak, and
I see something move. And I look up there, and I see God manifested
right here. Woe is me, because I'm a man of unclean lips, and I dwell
among an unclean people."
Watch what happened. Oh, what did He do? He showed the–Isaiah the
prophet that man shall be honorable, shall be reverent in His Presence.
Reverent, and humble, and then get in action. That's right. Strike in
Like the woman at the well, when she saw something happen, brother, she
had two wings. She got away with them right quick. She come out there
at Jacob's well to get some of that contaminated water that they was
arguing about; but when she got a drink out of that Fountain of Life,
she went in action right quick. She didn't say, "Sir, please tell me
where you got your education. Where did you get this stuff at? How'd
you learn it?" or, "How'd you know that I had five husbands? How'd you
know what was wrong with me? How'd you know I was a woman of Samaria?
How'd you know these things?" She never questioned. She said, "Sir, I
perceive that You are a Prophet. We know when Messiah's comes, He'll
tell us these things." Oh, my. She recognized it by the Scripture. And
she said, "I know when the Messiah cometh, He'll tell us these things."
He said, "I'm He."
She went in action. Right down into the city she went as hard as she
could go, said, "Come, see a Man Who told me the things that I've done.
Isn't this the very Messiah?" When she saw Truth, she didn't try to
pack the ball, she–but she was sure giving It some–some–a lot of
respects. And she was sure giving It a lot of support, 'cause she went
down in the town and saying, "You, come see. If you don't believe it,
come, go with me."
Glory. I feel like a holy-roller tonight. Yes, sir. My, if that's the
way you feel being a holy-roller, let me be one. Yes, sir. I know He's
right. I know He's here. I know that same Messiah, I know that same
God, that same Christ, is right here in this little old hot building
tonight. I can prove it to you. Amen.
Look at that Angel of the Lord standing there in the corner right over
a man setting over here. His name's… He's a reverend, Mr. Witt. He's
from up in Virginia (Right.) suffering with a nervous breakdown. If you
believe with all your heart, you can go home and be made well. Do you
believe it, sir? All right, go home and get well; your nervous
breakdown's finished…?… That's right.
Setting right there; his name's Morriah. He comes from Illinois. He's
got rectal trouble. If you'll believe that, sir… Do you believe it?
I'm a stranger to you. If you believe that, she'll leave you.
No matter what the persecution is, no matter what the cross is, "Send
me, Lord; here am I." No matter how many turns you down, how many this,
that, or the other, "Send me."
He's that same Messiah; He's right here now. I see Him again. Amen. What is it?
That woman went in action. She got them wings and begin to fly. She got in action right quick.
When the apostle Peter, when he took God at His Word one day out on a
sea… He'd fished all night and hadn't taken nothing. And Jesus come
to him; He said, "Cast your net on the other side of the boat."
He said, "Lord, I'm a fisherman; I know when they bite and when they
don't. I know where they are and where they're not. But I've fished all
night and haven't even take a minnow. Now, if You say cast over
there… I know there's no fish there, but at Your Word, Lord, I'm
going to let down the net." What did he do? He went in action. Amen.
There's a pool full of water here. If you've never been baptized in
Jesus' Name, it's time to get in action. If you're just a church member
and don't know God by the baptism of the Holy Ghost, it's time to get
in action. Right? Cover your face in reverence. Cover your feet in
humility, and bow your knees and go in action. If you don't know God,
get in action.
When the blind man who couldn't see, when Jesus spoke to him, and spit
on some mud. and put it in his eyes, and got him to heal–heal. When he
did, he went in action. He spread His fame. He didn't try to pack the
ball; but, brother, he spread His fame throughout all the regions
around about. What did he do? He got in action.
149 One time a blind man was healed and said… "That man's a sinner; you don't even know him."
said, "Whether He's a sinner or not, I don't know; but this one thing I
do know, wherein I was once blind, I can now see." What did he do? He
got in action.
That's what the church needs. Get in action. We got too much form; we
got too much world dignity; we need to get in action. Amen. He spread
His fame abroad everywhere.
The people at Pentecost, they didn't know very much. They couldn't sign
their own names, some of them. They was scared. They got in the upper
room. But one day what'd they do? They went up there in obedience to
His Word. They took His Word. Oh, if the people today would just take
His Word, then they'll get in action. "Tarry ye in the city of
Jerusalem." Luke 24:49.
"You shall receive the Holy Ghost after this the promise–after this
the Holy Ghost come upon you; then you'd be witness to Me." Acts 1:8.
Luke 24:49 said, "Behold, I send the promise of the Father upon you:
but wait up at the city of Jerusalem until you're endued with power
from on high." How long? One hour, two hours, ten days, four months,
six months, didn't make any difference: until. How long's that? Just
until. When you ask God for anything, stay right there until.
Amen…?… Stay until. Until what? Till it happens. Claim it. Believe
it. Hold on to it. Go in action. Testify about it. Yes. Testify. Don't
be afraid. Get in action.
They were in the upper room what? Praising and blessing God. What for?
The promise; they knowed it had to come. There you are; get in action.
Go to praising God till the promise is fulfilled. You've got the
If you believe God heals, stay in action. If you believe He's going to
call you out now, and you're holding on to Him, stay in action. Amen.
Stay in action. You got two wings, so use them. Stay in action. Wave
them back and forth. "Lord, I believe; Lord, I believe." You can't just
holler, "Holy, holy, holy" yet, say, "Lord, I believe." Stay in action.
They stayed in action until there came a sound from heaven like a
rushing mighty wind. Then they really was an action. Then they went in
Brother, sister, what we've seen happen in this last days ought to put
us in action. Amen. We should be in action. That's exactly right. We
set around as if it was something… And well, people set around,
Pentecostal people; the Lord will perform something; they say, "Um.
That's pretty good." Oh, my. Don't look very much like a Seraphim that
lives close to God. That's right. A messenger, that's even closer to
God… You become His child on beyond the brazen altar.
The Seraphim's at the brazen altar. But you as the son or daughter go
right into the Presence of God. You don't have to go through any priest
and all these things. He is your Priest. See? Right there in His
Presence as sons and daughters… Brother, I believe we got more than
two wings. Amen. We got the Holy Ghost. That's right.
But we ought to be in action with reverence and humility, not in action
to try to push something on somebody, but with such reverence and
humility that we could go into action and say, "Woe is us; we have seen
the Presence of the Almighty. We've seen visions happen, just what He
said. 'The works that I do, shall you do also. More than this shall you
do, for I go unto My Father.'"
We've seen more happen that's ever wrote in… Why, we seen more happen
in one meeting with them things than that wrote in the Bible. That's
right. More in one meeting than was wrote in the thirty-three and a
half years of His Life. That's right. Think of it. We seen it with our
eyes. We seen it happen. We seen it foretold, come to pass, watch it.
Lame, blind, halt, withered, things foretold that happened exactly on
the dot, never failed. Brother, that ought to put us in action with
humility and reverence.
From plumb back yonder in the Bible times when the Pillar of Fire hung
over Israel, and It was made flesh and dwelled among us… "I come from
God and return to God." St. Paul saw It and fell on his face. A great
teacher like Paul, taught under Gamaliel, wallowed in the dust and
cried, "Lord, Lord, Who are You? I'm ready to go." A great man, what he
was, a scholar, and he humbled himself, because he saw the Pillar of
Fire. Not only do we see It with our eyes moving among us, but we even
got It in scientific. That ought to put us in action.
We see It do the same things It did back there. It does it yet today.
The promise of the Father. My, what is it? It come to vindicate the
Word, to prove the Word is so. That ought to put the Church in action,
don't you think so?
With two he covered his face in reverence. Two he covered his feet,
humility. And with two he went to work. Away he went, put it in action.
Now, we ought to be in action in respect of the Word. We ought to be telling people.
Signs of His coming appearing, everywhere we see it push out in the
Word. We hear the Holy Spirit come tell us certain things that's fixing
No more than twenty years ago right from this same building, It told of
President Kennedy coming in. It told exactly what would take place,
that the women and so forth would put this fellow in, and exactly what
he would be. And we knowed it all along, and told just exactly what
would happen. And here it is today. And here is that conference coming
up, the Federation of Church and all coming together. Why don't that
put us in action? That's right. Uh-huh. Word by Word as He spoke, has
been fulfilled right by us. It should put us in action.
Like the prophet, we have seen the out-coming or the on–oncoming of
the going away, the denial, exaltations of the denominations, lose
Like Isaiah stood there, he was a–a denominational man to start with.
He leaned upon the king, because he was a good man. But he seen what
self-exaltation did to him. It took him off forever. And we've seen
what self-exaltation of denomination has done to the church. It's took
the so-called denominational church out of the ring forever. Tell me
when one ever rose up after it fell. Where's it at? Look back through
the histories and see any church that ever fell. As soon as it
organized, it fell, and it never did come back again. Uzziah never did
return to the–to the temple again. He was a leper the rest of his days
and was buried a leper. Yes, sir.
Now, the prophet saw what that did. He saw that–what that exaltation
did. "Why, we are…" or, "Nearly every… Nobody can come into our
denominations 'less it takes a–a test before the psychiatrist to see
if his IQ's right or not. He has to have a D.D.D., Ph.D. before he can
even come to–talk to us. Our boards will not have him if he doesn't."
Oh, my. "The best–best crowd in the country comes to… Look at the
cars that set around our places; they're Cadillacs, and Rickenbackers,
and so forth."
We've seen that thing die. We see it dead, and the whole thing has
become full of–of imputed–made sores–putrefied sores, rather, as the
Bible calls it. It's all sores altogether. It stinks. That's right.
(Spiritually speaking I'm saying it. See?)
We see them loose their hold on–grip on the Word of God and exalt
creeds. What did we see it do? Struck with leprosy, unbelief. Huh. My,
Like Uzziah tried to take the place of his anointed–of anointed office
after he'd done been struck, and he found he'd failed it. And we've
seen these churches try to take the place of the anointed office to
preach the Word of God and become bumfuzzled with it. They don't know
what to do. Put the Word out before them; they don't know what to do.
It's all. "We believe that was for another day." What is it? They're
confused. How can you hold the office of God's anointed and deny His
anointed Word which is Himself in Word form? How can you deny the Word
is right and then still say that you're anointed with the Spirit?
The only thing that'll manifest the Word of God is the Holy Ghost
Itself. "When He the Holy Ghost will come, He'll take these things of
Mine and show them to you." That's right. How can you take the place of
anointed office and belong to a creed or denomination? They're dead.
The thing to do is fall down and cry out, "Lord God, I'm a man of
unclean lips." Yes, sir.
Them denominations try to take the place of the holy church. "We
believe in God the Father, Almighty, Creator of heavens and earth, and
Jesus Christ His Son. We believe in the holy Roman Catholic Church,"
and all these different things. "We believe in communion of saints."
I believe in the communion of Christ. Yes, sir. I believe saints are in
glory, sure. And I believe we have one Mediator between God and man.
Yes, sir. Poke that stuff… Here, the Bible contradicts that. They
say, "Well that's the Bible." That's God. The Word was God, and the
Word was made flesh and dwelled among us. Now, the Word's in our flesh,
making Itself manifested, anointed by the Holy Ghost. Time to go in
action. That's right.
The effects of the vision upon the prophet (oh, my.) caused him to
confess that he was a sinner (anointed prophet). He said, "I'm a man of
unclean lips; I'm wrong. I've done wrong. I'm unclean myself." He was a
sinner. He confessed his sins. Yes, sir. 'Caused a prophet of God to
confess that he was a sinner; that's what the vision done. Some D.D.D.,
Ph.D. will laugh at it, supposed to be some hierarchy of some church.
Did you hear what the Cardinal said in that newscast today? He said,
"There is some that teaches that the return of the Lord is coming
soon." He says, "But of course, we'll have to get rid of that bunch. We
want to unionize world religion." Just exactly. You people, don't you
fall asleep now. The thing's closer than you think. This fellow's just
about that one that doesn't know Joseph, you know.
Watch, come in just as tricky as it can be. They got the hold right
here in that last place, where they'd form an image to it by taking the
Confederation of Church, and making it speak just the same as the beast
did, and give it power to persecute all the godly people, and will
change the times and laws of God. Just exactly what it said. We'll get
to that later; it's too late tonight, but we'll–you know it anyhow.
It caused him–caused him to confess himself to be a sinner, when he
said… Why, if it'd be a so-called today, they'd say, "Well, I'm
I heard a bishop say, "When I get up to heaven, you know what I'm going
to do?" Said, "I'm going to–to Jesus and say, 'You know who I am? I'm
He said, "Yes, I've heard my mother speak of you."
Said, "A people that believe the Bible is like wading through muddy water; you don't know where you're going."
Don't you think that. He is my Guide. (I'm preaching on that tomorrow
night.) Yes, sir. He'll guide you through all the muddy waters there is
to go through, all the dangerous shoals, and all the high places, and
low places. Wherever it is, He will guide me over death's river. Amen.
Oh, yes, sir. He'll guide. "When death comes I'll fear no evil for Thou
art with me. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of
death, I'll fear no evil; Thou art there."
"If I make my bed in hell," David said, "there He is. Oh, if I take the
wings of the morning, fly away, there He is. He's always before me, so
I'll not be moved." Amen. Oh, my. Take them wings and go in action now.
This prophet went in action right quick too; he went to his knees. And
he said, "I'm a man of unclean lips." Then as soon as he confessed,
then come the cleansing. You got to confess first.
Um-hum. I want you to notice, when this prophet… Think of it,
a–not… A man that stood with the federal government, a vindicated
prophet, and as soon as he saw that first vision… He'd never saw
visions before; he'd had otherwise. He'd felt the leading of God and
went according to the Word. But this time was an open vision, and he
screamed, "I'm a man of unclean lips and I–all these people are
unclean. Woe is me, 'cause I see the glory of God made manifest." And
we just look at it. We ought to be flying away. See, see?
"I'm a man of unclean lips." He went down to the altar, and he said,
"I'm a man of unclean lips, Lord. What can I do, what can I do, for I
have seen You manifested right here? I see an Angel shake the thing. I
seen him speak, and something moved back yonder." Amen. (I hope you're
not asleep.) Oh, my. Speak and something happened. Glory. What happened?
Then we find out he confessed his sin, and just as soon as he done it,
this great voice that'd been speaking flew down, took his hands–took
the tongs, picked up a coal, placed it upon his hands, come laid up on
Isaiah's lips, and cleansed him.
Notice, he never sent him off to get a Ph.D. degree. He never give him
a book of rules to learn; but He–God was showing the prophet that His
cleansing power was by fire off the altar. Amen. God's cleansing power
today is not recite a creed or join a church; it's the power of the
Holy Ghost and fire that comes down and cleanses a man from all of his
God's way of cleansing a prophet is by fire, not by creed. What would a
prophet know about a creed? He's going to be used of God. The Word was
going to be made manifest through him, so He couldn't give him a creed.
He'd be holding on to that creed. So He took the fire off the altar and
cleansed the prophet.
Confession first, then cleanliness by the fire. Glory to God. Oh,
watch. Confession first, cleansing second, commission third. Amen.
There you are. First confessing, "I'm wrong." Second, cleansing:
justification, Sanctification, and the Baptism of the Holy Ghost. See?
Confession, cleansing, commissioning: "Go ye into all the world and
preach the Gospel. These signs will follow them that believe." Amen.
After confession come cleansing; after cleansing comes commissioning.
Preach the Gospel, heal the sick. No matter what people said he…
Finally that precious little prophet died under persecution by being sawed to pieces with a saw.
Remember, it was when Isaiah made his confession that he was wrong.
He'd been altogether wrong; he'd been leaning upon his creed (See?),
leaning upon the–the man, a manmade affair. He had saw a king that was
a great man; he was a religious man. But he saw that all men will fail.
See? But when he changed that, and looked up here, and saw a vision Who
God was, then he said, "I want to confess that I'm wrong. Them old
creeds won't work no more, 'cause they're done dead and failed. (See?)
They're leprosy stricken, but I've seen the glory of God made
manifest." A creed can't manifest that. A creed can't say it that way.
A creed can't do it that way. It takes Christ to do it that way. And as
soon as he saw that, he said, "Now, I've been altogether wrong, Lord."
And then come the cleansing; then come the commission. Oh, my.
It was then that the cleansed Isaiah… When God called, "Who'll go for
Me," and it was Isaiah that said, "Lord, here am I; send me." The
Oh, don't you see "Influence." Don't take the influence of Marthela. (I
hope that's not a name in here.) Don't take the names of–of–the
influence of some little girl that goes to high school with you, or
common school, or the next door neighbor that cuts her hair and wears
shorts; don't take that influence. Don't take the influence of some
creeded pastor that would deny the Word of God and give you a creed;
don't take that influence. But stand there until you see the glory of
God fall, see something move by it's effects, and see it happen just
the way that God said it. Then cry out, "Woe is me, Lord; I been wrong.
Cleanse me now, Lord. Cleanse me. Spirit of the living God, fall fresh
Something's got to be done. It's later than we think it is. May the
vision of God so influence the people, that they might see that the
same God was in the temple with Isaiah is the same God in His holy
place today. He's in the holy place of the Holy Spirit. He is the Holy
Spirit. He once was flesh; now He's Spirit moving among His people,
showing Himself alive, not a dead creed, but a living Christ, same
yesterday, today, and forever. Oh, Isaiah, quickly answer, "Master,
here; send me."
Let us pray. With our heads bowed…
194 Now, it might be your neighbor; it might be the woman you work with, the man you work with, but they're…
Now, with your heads bowed, I wonder tonight, as I told you coming
down, I try to study something I think would help you. You seen that
prophet; he was a great man. He was born for the purpose of being a
prophet. He found out that he'd took the wrong road; he was leaning on
the arm of Uzziah, a king. He saw you can't lean upon the arms of
flesh. It's perishable. It's wrong. But look high and see God setting
high upon His throne. Look up there at Jesus; He said, "I'm the same
yesterday, today, and forever." Let Him pick you up in the Spirit.
Watch and see if He ain't the same yesterday…
When that little Isaiah saw God's vision move down and into that
temple, he was ready to confess his wrong. He was ready to confess that
he hadn't did nothing right. And did he fly to the nation then; did he
do everything that was right then. Everything that he could do, till
finally he sealed his testimony with his blood.
I think that would be the feeling of all of us. How many feels that
you'd like to say–hear God say–that you'd like–you'd say to God,
"Here, am I; send me." Raise your hands. "Here am I; let me testify to
the milkman. Let me testify to–to anybody that I can, do something.
Let me do something. Lord, I'm a no–ask to be a preacher. I don't ask
to be this, but, Lord, if I'm a farmer, make me a farmer that can
testify to my neighbor farmer. Let me be a farmer that when I sell my
grain, I can testify to the grain operator. Let me be a farmer." If I'm
a–if I'm a woman, let me testify to the insurance man. Let me testify
to the milkman, to the paper boy. Let me do something, Lord. Let me go
in the neighborhood and find favor with my sister here next door who's
evil and wrong. Let me give her a testimony with sweetness. Let me
cover my face with my wings of humility; let me cover my feet likewise.
Let me be reverent in Your Presence, but send me with two more wings,
Lord, quickly to somebody, 'Here am I; send me, send me.'"
In this respect let's all stand then and make ourself a consecration
service to God. The Almighty is here. Do you believe it? We're in His
Divine Presence. Don't forget that now. His Presence is right here just
the same as it was… Frankly, since I've been standing here, I saw
four or five visions already happen. That's right. That's right.
There's been over two or three people that belongs here at church that
didn't say nothing; but It's here just the same. All right.
Now, what we want to do, each one of you in your own way, let's consecrate ourselves to God.
Wipe off that denominational smoke. Wipe off that worldly smut. The
Blood of Jesus Christ is more than sufficient to cleanse you. Look up.
Let your lights be shining. Take those wings and fly to somebody right
Let's raise our hands now and say, "God, here am I; send me."
Heavenly Father, consecrating myself to You tonight, Lord, with this
church, after this message, stern and hard. "Here am I, Lord; send me."
Here's my church, Lord. May they cover their face with reverence. May
they cover their feet in humility. May they have the courage to fly
with the Message, quickly, to somebody else. Grant it, Lord. May they
testify with sweetness, be the salt of the earth with its savour in it.
Lord God, this is our sacrifice. This is our offering. This is our
thanksgiving. This is what we long for, Lord. Send us tonight to
somebody that's lost. May we pull them into church tomorrow somewhere.
May we teach them the way of the Lord. May they be saved, Lord, for
it's later than we think. Grant it, Lord.
May we mean this in our hearts. And as we speak it, Lord, take a coal
of fire of the Holy Ghost off the altar at Calvary; touch each heart
and lip tonight, Lord, that we speak no lies, that we speak the Truth.
Take us tonight, Lord, just what we are. All of us are not preachers.
All of us are not prophets. All of us are not speakers with tongues.
All of us are not miracle workers; but all of us have something to do.
Show us where it is, Lord. Testify, sing or pray. And like bread upon
the water, it will return some glorious day. Grant it, Lord. Here we
are. Send us to our neighbors to wherever we can, to our fellow man,
and tell them of the coming of the Lord. Grant it, Father.
Bless us now. May we have good rest in our bodies tonight. May we rise
and come to church in the morning; and may You speak so–so powerful
tomorrow, that You'll not leave one stone undone, that every man will
know how to enter into this. Teach us, Lord. We're waiting. Teach us in
the morning how to come to this full measure where we can be sons and
daughters of God. We wait on Thee, Lord, with the coal of fire ready to
be put on our lips. We're waiting, Father, in Jesus' Name.
Now, with our heads bowed. I'll ask the pastor then to come forward for
the dismissing service. God bless you. Hope to see you in the morning
now. God be with you, heal all the sick and afflicted among us. Make
everyone of you… I feel filled with the Spirit right now. I feel the
Holy Ghost. I feel His Presence. I know He's here. I'm positive He's
here. I see Him; I know He's here. I see Him moving, that great Pillar
of Fire. Glory. See the manifestation of His Being, the deity of His
Presence, great august Being. God, hover over this people; let not one
of them be lost, I pray. Glory to God.