A Greater Than Solomon Is Here (62-0725)
Thank you Brother. God bless you. Anyone that couldn't preach behind
that wouldn't be called a preacher, would they? Wonderful, beautiful,
well done. Certainly appreciate that in my lovely brother. I was just
inquiring about him, how close he was for the next meeting. I think
he's from (I didn't get it just right), from another province or
something. But that's really fine. So thankful that God has given this
brother this lovely talent to sing His praises. You know, it–it all
goes to make the Gospel. I was preaching the other day down in the
States there, on four ways of seeing God. You know… And there's a
thousand ways of seeing God if you just look around. He's–He's
Now, we're sorry that we kept you so late last night, when you was
awful hot in here. Some of the friends that's with me said, "Whew."
They was just fanning away. So I… Then someone said, "That doesn't
bother the Indians though." Said, "They stay right there all night,
testify the rest of the night." So–so I'm grateful. Maybe when I go,
just get up and start testifying, telling about what the Lord did for
How many of you ever hear of Tommy Osborn? He's a very precious friend
of mine, and he goes to the old country much, over across the seas, a
missionary. And he said… One time I was going to… I was on my road
to South Africa, and he came to the meeting. And–and when I walked out
on the stage at New York City, that place where they do all that
wrestling, the big arena there… And the place was packed out and
And I was walking out across the stage, and Tommy come right over and
grabbed me around the waist and started hugging me. And I said, "Tommy,
what you doing way up here?"
"Just say farewell to you and ask God's blessings on you while you're
gone overseas." He's one of my converts to Christ in the healing
ministry. And he said…
And I said, "I guess you're wore out, Tommy." He'd been preaching so much.
Said, "No." Said, "I don't have any discernment and have to get wore
out." Said, "You know what I do? I just stand there for fifteen minutes
and tie the devil up in a knot with the Word." Said, "He can't get out
of it. Then I have them pray for one another, and then I get me a chair
and set down, and listen to them testify till daylight," he said. Said,
"One will get up and testify and tells what God did for him, and that
makes the other one believe, and he gets up and testifies. And while
he's testifying another one's getting up." And said, "I just set there,
and clap my hands, and have a good time."
Oh, my. It's wonderful to see how God has His different ministries (You
see?), how He works it. This lovely brother here singing, that's a
ministry of song. And others has a ministry. See, God has set in the
church predestined gifts. One of them is–first is apostles, prophets,
teachers, pastors, and evangelists.
Now, apostles is actually what we would call today, we give them a new
name, missionary. A missionary is an apostle. Now, the word
"missionary" means "one that is sent." And the "apostle" means "one
that is sent," the same thing. But how they ever wanted to be called
apostles, or missionaries instead of apostles, I don't know. But a
missionary must have the call of God and sent of God: one sent.
A prophet is a seer who sees the people's hearts and foretells the
things that's coming to pass. And–and now, there's a gift of prophecy.
That's in the church with the local members. It falls upon any of them.
They give a prophecy. Then it cannot be received to the church until
it's been judged by two or three witnesses. And then, they have to put
their seal on that, to say it's of God. Then they have to watch to see
if it happens. Then it may never fall on that brother or sister again.
It may be on another one the next… That's a gift of prophecy.
But a prophet, p-r-o-p-h-e-t, is borned a prophet, always from bef–was
ordained that before the world ever even begin. See? Now, you take like
Jesus Christ, the King of prophets. He was, from the garden of Eden,
the Seed of the woman, prophet. And Moses was borned a proper child, a
prophet. John the Baptist, why, Isaiah saw him seven hundred and twelve
years before he was born, and said he's the "voice of one crying in the
wilderness," seven hundred and twelve years before he was born.
Jeremiah–God said before he was even formed in his mother's womb that
He knew him, and sanctified him, and ordained him a prophet to the
Prophets have the Word of God, and are borned a prophet. A gift of
prophecy is different. That's a gift. Now, there's nine… there's five
ordained gifts in the church: apostles, prophets, teachers, pastors,
evangelists. Now, that is the five gifts that God places in the church
by His foreknowledge.
Then there's nine gifts that's locally in the church: speaking in
tongues, interpretation of tongues, and gifts of wisdom, and knowledge,
and–and prophecy, and so forth. Them's nine spiritual gifts that
operates through the church. But then there's nine–five office gifts
that God puts in the church. And, oh, how we love to see them all
operating in the…
One of them is the pastor, teacher, and those things. Then the others
comes along in confirmation. Gifts are to magnify. And God's just got
it so even a fool will not be excused, will he? He will… It's so
simple the way God has made them. And I like that.
The more simpler you become, the greater you'll become before God.
That's right. Don't never try to lift yourself up. When you do, you're
bringing yourself down. See? He that exalts himself shall be abased.
Not long ago I was… (Am I doing something wrong here, brother? Oh,
thank you. All right. That's better… Thank you. I probably wasn't
sounding right, back there.)
There was… recently I was in… The people had sent me a letter to
come to a great rally in a great city in United States: Chicago, to a
Pentecostal rally. Well, I–I–I couldn't go anyhow, but I hadn't
answered the letter back, and the–the man that was in charge sent me
word, "Don't you come."
"Well," I thought, "that's all right."
So then they got some great minister that had a great name, and my, how
he was some big Bible school teacher. And when the man come up that
night, he had a great big book. It had pages, and he gave that
intellectual talk as he read it from the pages, and turned it back: a
very fine intellectual talk. See?
But the saints of God just set still. It wasn't going over. He knew it.
When he got up, chest swelled out, collar turned around, you know, and
all this to-do. And he found out that that didn't go with the people of
God. And when he seen it didn't go… So he just closed up his books
and walked back down with his head down, real humbly walking away.
There was an old saint setting back in the corner, punched the other
one, and said, "If he would've went up the way he come down, he'd have
come down the way he went up." That's about right. Humble ourselves
before the Lord. That's the way to do it.
And I was just thinking… When I was setting out there (drove up and
listening to Brother Borders finish up his message), I was thinking
about the–my Indian brethren. I hope this is all right. I remember in
Phoenix, Arizona, we had a–a circus tent, and I was having meeting
there. And there was an–an Indian came in from… I think he was a–a
Navaho. And he come in, very typical Navaho, you know, with a blue
bands wrapped around his head, and scarlet shirt on. And he didn't set
down in the seat. He just set right down on the floor. See?
And so I… Billy had been giving out those prayer cards, and coming
down, mixing them up and handing them out to the people. And when he
would… People come up on the platform with a toothache, and the other
one had… Maybe he'd a, you know, tummy-ache or something another,
some little minor something.
And I said to Billy, I said, "Son, quit giving them cards out to them
people with nothing, but just toothaches when there's people setting
there with cancer, dying. They must get on the platform. Ask the people
what's wrong with them and then give them a prayer card. Somebody…
Get something up there that's dying, 'cause they just got one more
night, and we got to close. And there's about five thousand people
there to be prayed for, and they–they're real sick.
So Billy got up on the microphone. He said, "Daddy said just give these
cards to people that was really sick." Said, "Now, when I give them out
to you, you tell me what's wrong with you and I'll give you a card."
And he said, "Just people that's got toothaches, and so forth, and
things like that, having little headaches, 'course that's a big problem
to them, but it ain't a problem like a man dying, and heart trouble, or
something real bad."
So I'm going to call him Chief. He was setting over in a corner on the
dust on the floor, and he walked up to Billy, patted him on the back,
held out his hand.
Billy said, "Chief, what's wrong?" Said, "Daddy told me to ask what was wrong with the people."
He said, "Me sick."
He said, "How are you sick, Chief?"
He said, "Me sick."
Billy said, "Well, I–I don't know what to do." He said, "All right. You set down. I'll get to you in a few minutes."
He watched him, them little eyes watching. When that little bunch of
cards got pretty low, he walked up and tapped him again. He said, "Me
And so Billy said, "Chief," said, "you'll have to tell me what's wrong
with you. Daddy said just to give these cards to people that was real
sick. What's wrong with you? How are you sick?"
He said, "Me sick."
Billy said, "All right, Chief. You take this and write on it 'Me sick.'" You see?
So it happened to be, he got in the prayer line the next night, the
following night. So he come up there. 'Course the Lord begin to speak,
telling what was wrong and what, so forth.
And so I said, "Chief…"
I said, "do you believe the Lord will heal you?" He looked at me. I
seen he didn't get it very good. See? I said, "Do you believe the Lord
will heal you? "
He said, "That right."
And I said, "Will you be a good boy afterwards?"
Said, "That right." And everything I said to him, he said, "That right."
Come to find out, there was only two words he could say. He had learned
that: "Me sick" and "That right." I met him about, oh, six or eight
months later down there. I said, "There's that Indian brother." I went
over to him. I said, "How are you, fellow," like that.
He said, "That right."
Someone in the missionary out there said he was healed. See? He was
healed. And that's all he knowed. "That right." So… That's all you
have to know, "That's right." So we are very grateful for that simple
faith. The only thing you have to know is, "That's right," when we talk
about the Bible. That's right.
A Chinaman one time (There may be some Chinese here tonight.), he said,
"You Americans don't read right." He said, "You all read across the
page like this." And said, "I am going to read John 3:16 for you." He
said, "You say, 'God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten
Son… whosoever believeth on Him shall not perish.'" Said, "You're
saying, 'No, no, no.'" And said, "We Chinese, we read up and down the
page, 'God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son.'" That
right. That's right.
Traveling around meeting different people in different nations, it's
amazing but to find out all God's children are wonderful people. No
matter what language, what they are, they're all God's children, and
very sweet. And I–I love them all. Norwegians, Swedes, and Finns,
and… In Finland, that's where the little boy was raised from the
dead. You probably read the story there.
And that's five straight times, by doctor's examination that five
people, being dead, being by the grace of God through a vision called
their life back to them again. And that's signed doctor's statements.
You see? You read that in the "Christian Business Men" not long ago
about the little Mexican baby?
Now, that… you see, before you put anything in print you've got to be
able to prove it. See? You can say it. That's all right, 'cause you can
deny it. But when you put it in print, you better have it right. And so
this little Mexican baby, the doctor signed that it had died that
morning down in Mexico there. There was thousands. Well, one altar call
produced twenty thousand people at one time. And this little Mexican
Now, they were all Catholic, and they were…
Oh, it's such a just… They come there at nine o'clock at morning, and
wait till I got there at nine that night, waiting for us to come. And I
come on the platform. Been raining all day, just pouring down, and they
stood right there, right in that rain.
Night before that there was an old Mexican brother come across the
platform, no shoes on, trousers all ragged, an old hat sewed up with
twine cord. And he was coming across the platform, shaking, like that.
He reached in his pocket and got out a–some beads to say a "Hail
Mary." And I said, "That's not necessary." The interpreter, Brother
Espinosa… Some of you Assembly of God people would know Espinosa.
He's with… And so he was my interpreter. And I said, "That's not
So he come up, and I looked. And there I was, standing there with a
good pair of shoes on, nice suit somebody give me. And there that poor
old brother was, didn't have no shoes, didn't have no suit. His coat
was ragged, no shirt at all, dusty. Probably the old fellow never had a
good meal in his life. And I just got through eating a fine meal.
Remember, he's a–he's a man that Christ died for, same as me or
anybody else. Got just as much right as I have. Probably a bunch of
little kiddies at home, or maybe young folks then, 'cause he'd have
been about the age of my father, and there was totally blind.
And I put my foot up the side of him. The congregation couldn't see.
Oh, the platform was about as long as this building is across, and I
put my shoe up the side of his foot to see if it would fit him. I'd
give him my shoes. And I thought that. And his feet was much larger.
Then I tried my shoulders to his shoulders. My coat wouldn't have fit
him. I thought, "O God, there he is." And I seen his gray hair hanging
down, his eyes white. I thought, "If I could only help him some way."
You've got to feel for people, or you can't do no good when you pray
for them. You got–you got to feel for them. I thought, "What if my
daddy would've lived? He'd have been about that age." He's probably
somebody's daddy. And I thought…
And then, just think that Satan has been so evil to him. Nature has got
him in the condition he's in probably in this poverty-stricken… And
here he don't even have eyesight to see to get around.
And I put my arm around the old fellow, and I said, "Heavenly Father, I
pray for this dear old man." I looked at him stand out here in a vision
in front of me, he could–looking right at me. Oh, my. There ain't
nothing going to stop that when that vision comes. Yes, sir.
I seen he could see. I just pulled him away from me like that, and he
hollered, "Gloria a Dios." That means "Glory to God." There he could
see as good as I could. And the next night there was a pile of old
shawls and hats that was about three foot high and about–about
fifteen, twenty yards long (How they'd ever know who it belonged to, I
don't know.), just piled together to be prayed over.
When I got to the platform, Billy, my son, said to me… We had just
started preaching. Brother Espinosa… I walked up. We just had three
nights, all we could be there. And I said, "Now, I'm going to speak
tonight, as I did last evening, telling you all what Jesus was, and you
seen Him here go out through the congregation. You seen Him restore
sight to the blind. Look, laying there, what a pile of old crutches,
and chairs, and things that the people set in."
I said, "It goes to show that their faith in the risen Lord has did
this." And I–I said, "Now, faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen."
And Billy come to me and said, "Daddy, I've got almost three hundred
ushers on this side." And he said, "They can't hold a little woman."
And said, "She's just about so high, young woman." Said, "She's got a
dead baby, and she's been standing in that rain out there." And said,
"Manana never give her…"
Manana… The word "Manana" means "tomorrow," and he was so slow till I
called him "tomorrow." See? He was supposed to come after me… They'd
say at five o'clock, and he'd get there about eight-thirty or nine.
See? And I called him Manana.
He said… He was giving out prayer cards. Billy just had to watch that
he didn't sell one. You see? That's what we have to watch, not… A
person giving out prayer cards has a responsible job, and that's the
reason I have my own son giving them out, 'cause people could be
something done bad. And so then, he just watched him, and he give out
the prayer cards.
And said, "He's give out all the prayer cards, and this little woman
didn't get one." And said, "Them people has been standing." Just as far
as you could see around that big bull ring there, with a… Been
standing there all day, since eight or nine o'clock that morning when
they opened the gates, and this was about nine-thirty that night, maybe
quarter to ten.
And said, "And that little woman has climbed through them ushers. She's
got a dead baby wrapped up in a blanket. She wants you to pray for it."
And said, "She climbs over the top of their shoulders, runs between
their legs." And said, "We just have to get back there and kick her off
the platform (See?), 'cause I can't let her up here without a prayer
card, 'cause it'll cause a riot (You see?), 'cause them people's stood
there that long waiting for a prayer card."
And brother Jack Moore (Many of you all may know him, from Shreveport,
Louisiana, some of you might've heard him. He's a very fine man.), he
was on the platform. And I said, "Brother Moore, that woman wouldn't
know me. Go over and pray for the baby, wherever it is over there, and
she'll never know the difference."
He said, "Okay, Brother Branham."
He started off, and I said, "Now, Brother Espinosa, interpret." And I
said, "As I was saying, Faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the…" And I looked, and right here in front of me was a little
Mexican baby setting there. It was a little dark brown face, and it was
laughing at me. It didn't have any teeth, just its little gums showing,
right here in front of me.
I thought, "Wonder if that's that baby." And I stopped. I said, "Don't
interpret." I said, "Brother Moore, wait a minute." I said, "Billy,
make a way and bring that woman up here to the platform."
And so they brought the little woman up, and she come up. She fell down
on her knees, begin to holler, "Padre, Padre." That means "Father." She
was Catholic. See? "Padre, Padre."
And I took her by the hand. And I said, "Stand up. Stand up." And she
held her little–little stiff baby out, about this long, under a
blanket, just soaking wet. Oh, it was just pouring rain all day, and it
was real wet. And I said, "Know English?"
And she just kept saying, "Padre, Padre." And Brother Espinosa told her to keep quiet.
And so I held–put my hand on the little blanket like that, and the
little stiff, cold, form. I said, "Heavenly Father, I don't want… I
know You don't have to heal to prove Yourself. You heal to fulfill Your
Word." I said, "We all know that You're God, but just a moment ago a
vision came before me, as You know–a little baby. Was it this baby,
Father? If it wasn't…"
About that time it went "Waa. Waa," and begin to kick its little feet like that, and there it was alive. And then…
So I said to Brother Espinosa, I said… And she just started screaming
and fell backwards like that. And–and so I said… Beautiful little
lady, just a little thing, about maybe in her twenties, probably her
And so I said to Brother Espinosa, "Now, don't you say nothing about
that now. See? Because, first thing, put a runner with the baby, and
find out from… Let her doctor sign the statement (See?), 'cause we
don't want nothing…" It–it must be true. See? You don't want
nothing… Someone reads anything, you want it to be the truth. It
mustn't be something wrong, because that wouldn't be right before God.
And so… Went, and the doctor signed the statement that the baby died
with pneumonia that morning at nine o'clock in his office. And that was
at ten, about ten o'clock that night. Been dead all that time, and
lives in Mexico today, healthy and happy (See?), because Christ lives,
Christ lives. And what does it take? Simple faith.
I said to your pastor, Brother Eddie Byskal; I said to him tonight, or
this afternoon when I was speaking with him; I said, "It's just too bad
that we didn't have the full six weeks we've been coming up the coast
to be right in here amongst the people."
He said, "Brother Branham," said, "that's not one third of the
Indians." He said, "They're commercial fishermen, and they're all out
in these islands and out through here."
I said, "Oh, my. How I would like to get in a little boat and go from
island to island among them." Not only that, but I noticed last night
in the meeting, some of you Swedes, and Norwegians, and Germans setting
back there, Canadians: wonderful faith. God bless you. You're wonderful
people. We have a great Saviour that loves us all. And I–I am here…
I could not heal you. If I could heal you, I'd do it. See, you know I'd
do that. If I could take… if to heal you… If I could take a–a
quarter, twenty-five cents, and lay it on the ground, and push it up
and down this street all day long with my nose, and then see you get
healed, I'd do it. Now, God knows my heart. Here's the Bible. And
that's right. I'd do it. But that wouldn't do no good. See? But the…
And now if somebody ever comes by and says, "I can heal you," don't you
believe that (See?), because even medicine don't heal. God's the only
Healer there is. "I'm the Lord Thy God that heals all Thy diseases."
When this little Canadian, Donny Martin… You read the story in
"Reader's Digest," when they brought him all the way down there so
spastic and drawed that John Hopkins, Mayo Brothers, and all, turned
him down. And he came down to Costa Mesa, and was in the meeting. And
the Holy Spirit spoke. "Reader's Digest" wrote up, said the–said, "The
evangelist didn't ask the boy. He told the boy who he was, told him
what he had done, and where he come from, and what about it." And he
was healed. See?
And then I was called in at Mayo Brothers for an interview for that,
and they said… I said, "Well, I…" They never put Mayo Brothers'
name on there, but they–there they had the "Reader's Digest," and it
was–the father had said it. But of course the writer wouldn't say that
about a hospital, and what it said.
Many great… If you read the article, said many great clinics through
the United States and Canada had turned him down. And a spastic, drawed
up, name was Donny Martin. October's "Reader's Digest," about four
years ago. And then, he said this little ba… this little boy about
eight years old…
Oh, it's a pathetic story, how this little Canadian brother come down
on a sled. He said he knowed some deaf and dumb girls that was brought
to my meeting before that, and the Lord healed one. And one of them is
a singer in church, and the other one is a telephone operator: So was
both deaf and dumb.
So he said, "We're not whipped, Donny. Let's go and tell…" And the
mother and them thought they could maybe take fifty dollars, and all of
them come to the United States, and take Donny to the meeting, and
everything else. It wouldn't even pay one of their ways on a airplane.
They had to come by a bus, couldn't even come by train. And when they
got there, they had to take Travelers Aid to get out there to where the
And the Holy Spirit told him who he was, where he come from, and so
forth–little drawed-over father, holding his baby. And so… Then it
told him exactly what would happen. The Lord healed the child to the
glory of God. And when being interviewed on that, they said at Mayo
Brothers, "Reverend Branham, we don't profess to be healers. We only
profess to assist nature. There's one Healer. That's God." That's the
best, isn't it. See?
The doctor can set an arm where it's broke, but he can't heal it. The
doctor can pull out a tooth, but he can't heal where it come out of. He
can cut out an appendix, but who's going to heal? See, there's no
medicine that will build cells. Cells is–is growth (See?), and nothing
can heal that. No one can. And to have growth is a multiplication of
cells, which is creation. And there's one Creator: that's God. See? And
He has to knit that place together, put that bone together. The doctor
can set it but (You see?), they have to… It takes calcium, potash,
and so forth, to go into that bone to mend it together.
Now, if I was cranking my car out here, or fooling with it and broke my
arm, and I run into a doctor, and said, "Doc, you're a healer. Heal my
arm right quick. I want to finish my car."
He'd say, "You need mental healing boy." That's right.
"Well, if you're a healer, heal my arm." He's not a healer. See?
He'd say, "I can set your arm. God has to heal it."
So then (See?), the Scripture's always right. "I'm the Lord Who heals
all of thy diseases." That's right. We're thankful for hospitals, and
medicine, and so forth. They aid nature, but they do not heal. No,
they're not healers. God's the Healer. The Scriptures cannot lie. See?
Now, I guess that's the reason I take so much time. You're so nice, I
just stand and talk to you, and there you are. But you know what? I
don't… I'm just passing through this time. I don't have but a little
bit to stay with you. But I want to make a date with you. Can I do it,
all of you? After we cross over the river on the other side, and we
become young men and women again, I want–I want a thousand years of
appointment with each one of you.
We'll set down by the evergreen trees, and set down there and talk, and
there'll come Abraham by, and we'll raise over and shake hands with
Abraham, and Daniel will come by, we'll shake hands with him, and jump
around, and shout a little bit, and set back down, and just talk about
Port Alberni when–when we had the meeting here. Now, that sounds like
to some people it might be fiction. But that's truth. Amen. That's just
as truth as it can be.
Now, before we pray for the sick, or whatever we do… And now, I want
you to know that Divine healing… We do not try to make that our great
hold. Doctor F. F. Bosworth, a good friend of mine, just went to heaven
recently, a real old man. Many of you has heard of Fred Bosworth. There
was a godly, saintly, old man. And he said, "Divine healing is just
like going fishing." Said, "You never show the fish the hook; you show
him the bait. He grabs the bait and gets the hook."
So that's… So–so about eighty-six percent of Jesus' ministry was on
Divine healing. It attracts the attention, of something Supernatural
being done, and the people then believe in a mighty God. That does it.
You see? So Divine healing is a minor, and you can never major on a
minor. That's right, Mrs. Byskal, isn't it? That's right. You can never
major on a minor.
So we have to remember that this here is just something… Now, my real
way of seeing it… Now, we have great men in the world today, great
men: Tommy Osborn, and–and, oh, who all? Oral Roberts, and those
men… You got great men through Canada here, goes by, healing with
prayer, laying hands on the sick. Oh, I respect that. Oh, my. They're
men of God, great faith to hold on.
But someone wrote me a letter years ago when first started. He said,
"Brother Branham…" Good criticism, and I appreciate that. At least
you know where you're standing, as long as people don't get, you know,
oh, real mean about it, just wants to be a brother and tell you where
you're wrong. And I appreciate that. I always admire criticism, as long
as it's–it's right. And then, this man said, "You know, Brother
Branham," he said, "Oral Roberts will pray for five hundred while you
pray for two." He said, "You are the slowest man I ever seen."
"Well," I said, "that–that's true." Wrote him back…
But he said, "Brother Roberts can stand up there, and lay hands on them
like that, and pray for them as they go through, and pray for them like
that, and here you're still standing there dealing with one." See?
I said, "But you see, God gave Brother Oral Roberts a way to pray for
the sick, and He gave me another way to pray for the sick. And Brother
Oral Roberts does it his way that God told him; I do it the way God
told me." That's right.
And I said, "Now, here's what it is. When you're looking… What, for
instance, if you got great faith… (Just let me see–just say
something. Usually them that misses comes in.) Now, say for instance,
we got great faith, and here stands a man on the platform all having a
great time shouting, and the glory of God around." I said, "Now, maybe
this man stole some money; he lived evil; maybe run around with some
woman immorally, or he done a murder or something, that God had put
this sickness on him." You know, God uses sickness for whips to bring
us to Him. You believe that? Sure it is, the… Look at Job and
chastening of the Lord.
Now, you have to notice, prophetic gifts can get yourself in trouble.
Certainly can. Now, what if this man's done something evil, and I'm
standing there, great big (what we call in America) bulldog faith, and
I grab a hold of him, say, "Hallelujah, Hallelujah. Satan turn him
loose. Glory to God." And I take that disease off of him, and God put
it on him for a purpose. I'm in trouble with God. You see what I mean?
Maybe you don't get it. Wait, let me give you some Scripture. I know
you won't doubt the Scripture. Here, let's take Moses. How many believe
Moses was a prophet, a great prophet? God told Moses, "Go down there
and speak to the rock." And Moses went down there and done what God
told him not to do. He smote the rock. He smote it the first time, but
God told him speak to it. And the rock was Christ. He was smitten once.
It spoke of the–the weakness of the blood of Christ then at the… And
Moses smote it the first time, waters came forth. Then they cried
again, and kept crying for more water and something else, and God told
him to go down and speak to the rock.
But he smote it, the waters didn't come. And he smote it again. He had
power to do it. He was a prophet. And the waters came forth. That's
right. What did God do? Said, "Come up here, Moses." Said, "You see the
land yonder? You're not going in. You didn't obey Me down there at the
rock." You remember the story, don't you? He had power to do it, but
he'd better watch the way he used that power.
Look at Elijah. He was bald-headed, and he was coming down the road,
and some little children begin to say, "Old bald-head, old bald-head,
why don't you go up like–like Elijah did?" making fun of him. Now,
that was all right. Them little kids, they didn't… Maybe–maybe it
was their parents that taught them to do that, they was little fellows.
They was making fun of this prophet. But they got him angry, and he
turned around and put a curse on those children, in the Name of the
Lord. And two she-bears come out of the woods and killed forty-two
little innocent children.
Now, that don't sound the nature of the Holy Spirit, does it? No. Kill
them little children… See? But a angered prophet (See?), he cursed
them children. Had to be recognized, because he was a prophet. See? So
you have to watch.
Notice, in that line. I see what the trouble of the person is, tell
them. Then watch over, see what they're going to say or do. See what He
tells me to do. If there's something there wrong, it still remains
black and dark and cold, I say, "Go, and the Lord bless you." But then
if it isn't, and I see it's being done, see them in the future, then I
say, "THUS SAITH THE LORD," you see. Then you see it's all right then.
Now, just pray, believe, and someday I hope to get back with you, so we can stay a long time together. So if the Lord willing.
Now, I want to read a familiar little text out of the Scripture, and
it's found in Saint Matthew in the 12th chapter, and begin with verse
judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they
repented at the preaching of Jonas, and behold, a greater than Jonas is
the gener–in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for
she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of
Solomon, and behold, a greater than Solomon is here.
Now, I would like to take for a subject, "A Greater Than Solomon Is
Here, A Greater Than Solomon Is Here." And for a text, "Recognizing
God's Gift And Sign." Now, may we pray.
Our heavenly Father, we have just read from Your Word, and You are the
Word. And You've always been the Word. And now, we thank Thee that we
have faith to know and believe that everything is running just exactly
on schedule. Tonight this meeting is just exactly on time, and the
world and all of its achievements is just exactly on time.
O Father, when passing through the World's Fair a few days ago, looking
at the achievement that man has done, and how he's progressed, how the
people had gathered from around the world to see what the world was
doing, finding their best that they have did… Germany, England,
Switzerland, the world around was displaying what they had been able to
And then, Lord, we come over to this little city way back here at Port
Alberni, where some isolated Indians from off the island, who knows
what it is to thank God for a good catch of fish, honest and sincerely,
who can stand on the mountain and watch the sunset and cry, give praise
to God when the birds wake at morning and begin to sing, and can see
God in nature, and hear Him scream in the gulls, watch him lap his
great wings in the air…
But we have gathered here for a spiritual world fair, to see what God's
been able to do with His church through the age, how He's come
from–from confession to gifts, and signs, and speaking in tongues, and
wonders; and now right down to the last sign, God in His great affair,
showing to the world what He's been able to do with His people. And
we're so glad to be represented tonight, Lord, among a group of people
that believes it, and sincere, and travels everywhere to find the
goodness of God.
Now, heavenly Father, bless Thy Word. Bless Thy people everywhere. Save
the lost, Lord. O God, they must go someday, we know. And I trust,
Lord, that tonight it'll come to pass that we will be the kind of
Gentiles that Jesus admired.
We read in the Bible where Jairus, his little girl laid sick, dying,
and he said, "Come, lay Your hands upon my child, and she will be well."
But when the Roman, Gentile, he said, "I'm not worthy that You'd come
under my roof. Just speak the Word, and my servant shall live." Then
You turned, and looked at Israel, and said, "I've not found faith like
that in Israel."
Now, Father, we're not trying to lay hands upon the sick, that when I
leave they might say that "a certain brother come by and laid hands on
me." But I… Father, I pray that they will see that I–what the motive
in my heart, and the objective of Thy Word, that I'm trying to bring to
them, that their Saviour, Jesus, is with them. He's ever living. He's
alive. Two thousand years of criticism and coldness could not kill Him.
He's still alive right in our midst tonight.
And let the people see His Presence, see Him working, not wait to
someone to lay hands upon them, but by faith believe the resurrected
Christ, and receive their healing and their salvation, go up and down
the islands everywhere, testifying like the little lady we spoke of
last night at the city of Sychar, and over in the land of the
Samaritans. Grant it, Lord.
We are Your servants, humbly committing ourself with this text tonight.
Speak, Lord. We are in Your hands. Do with us as You see fit. In Jesus'
Name we ask it. Amen.
Now, in these meetings (to the clergymen) I have tried to keep it very
simple, just the message and–of healing, so that we can watch our
Lord. Now, many times people go around, you know… And it's just
human. They say, "Oh, Brother So-and-so, hallelujah, don't you think he
had a gift of God? He laid hands on me. Hallelujah."
No. That was your faith that did it. See? It was your faith, not the
brother's hands. It was your faith (See?), because if there is healing
in some man's hands, then what happened to Calvary? There's where He
paid the price of our healing. It's our individual faith in His
finished work. Any man knows that. You see? Now, therefore, I have not
come trying to say, "Let's all come up and let–lay hands on you." I'm
trying to say this to build your faith.
Now, and one of you… What if one of you Indian brethren or sisters,
would get sick way out on one of those islands? You think, "Well, I'm
poor, ain't got no money. If I could go down to the States, go way down
to Brother Branham, go way over to Oral Roberts…" Well, maybe Brother
Roberts, you'd probably takes months to get in.
I got three hundred setting there on a waiting list now, from all over
the world. But that's for private meeting. See, when we come in there,
I take a case like that, we never leave it. We leave it alone until God
reveals. It takes God to reveal what he must do, what he has done and
so forth like that. Now, them's private interviews. That's something in
life. We got the plan laid out in the Bible here, but the private life
of things… Oh, it would take years. I could write volumes of books on
what I've seen Him do. And not one time did it ever fail. Not one time
does it ever fail. Just ask anybody at any place. It never does. It
can't fail. It's God. There's one thing God cannot do. He cannot fail.
He can't fail.
Now, believe now. Now, Jesus was rebuking that generation for not
believing His sign that He had proved to them that He was the Messiah.
Now, we took that last night, and how He was the Messiah because He was
the Word. Is that right? Now, "Messiah" means "the Christ, the anointed
One." And then He was to be the King, the God prophet, and here was the
Spirit in Him. Now, remember the ones who really stayed with the
Scripture teaching, they recognized Him. But those who went off with
the other church in their traditions, they missed it. See?
And Jesus told those teachers. He said, "You with your traditions, you
take the commandments of God, and make them of non effect." Now, what
would they do with their tradition today, saying, "The days of miracles
is past." That's a tradition. "There's no such a thing as Divine
healing." That's tradition, not the Bible. I can show any man where
Jesus ordained His church and commissioned it to all the world, to
every creature, and these signs shall follow them that believe. Now, I
want somebody to show me a spot of Scripture where He taken it away
from the church. It's not there. It's still in the church. It's the
traditions that's twisted it out.
And that's the reason they didn't recognize Jesus. because their
traditions had twisted away and got some… They thought the Messiah
would come, and no doubt they built a temple, and said, "He will come
down the corridors of heaven. They'll beat the Angelic band, and He
will come in like that." And what was He, born in a manger, in a–a–a
barn where cows and animals was, in a little box of straw, and was
supposed to be a illegitimate birth, His mother and father not married.
All… Oh, my. The devil painted an–an awful picture for Him.
And they said, "A man like that? No. What school did he come from?
Where did he get his education? Why, his daddy was a carpenter, and
then say he's the Son of God." See, they couldn't believe that. But
yet, He was so phenomena until they couldn't deny it was there. And
then they just said, "Oh, he's of the devil." And that's the same thing
today. They'll class it the same way, because wisdom is justified of
her children. Did you know…
As I made a remark last night, I felt it sweep over the audience; it
kind of had a funny feeling when it returned. But when I said,
"Education has been the mark of antichrist all through the ages."…
Education is the worst enemy the Gospel ever had.
Listen. I'm off the subject, but just a moment. Let's just take the
lineage. There was Cain and Seth. Abel was killed, and Cain was brought
in his place: death, resurrection of Christ. And Cain's children were
all smart, intelligent, scientists, all down through to the days of
Noah. And Seth's children were humble farmers, sheep raisers, peasants
all the way through. It's always been that way. See?
When Jesus come, the Pharisees, and Sadducees, and educators, look
where they were at. Religious? Oh, holy? My, you couldn't put a finger
on their life. But you see, they were unbelievers. Anything that doubts
one punctuation of God's Word is an unbeliever. I don't care how
religious you are; Satan's religious too. You've got to believe the
Word. And if you got the Holy Ghost, the Holy Ghost will punctuate
every Word with a–every sentence with an "Amen." See? It'll never take
from it. It'll believe it. See?
So when Jesus came, where did He get His disciples? Did He go to
Caiaphas now and said, "What's the smartest group you got?" He bypassed
those. They wouldn't believe Him.
Where did He go? He went and got the Indians of that day, the fishermen
down on the river (That's exactly right.), men who couldn't even sign
their own name. The Bible said that Peter and John were both ignorant
and unlearned. That's right. But they could heal a man at the gate
called Beautiful in the Name of Jesus Christ, and it pleased God to
give a man that couldn't sign his own name the keys to the Kingdom,
saying, "Whatever you bind on earth, I'll bind it in heaven."
Why does education play such a part today, twisting the people away
from God instead of bringing them to God? Paul… You say, "What about
Paul?" But what did Paul say? He had to forget all he ever knowed, and
he said, "I never come to you with the wisdom of man, with enchanting
great words, but that your faith would be built upon such, but I come
to you in the power of the Spirit, that your faith would be in the
resurrection of Jesus Christ."
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saying to them, rebuking them because they had not believed Him. He
said, "If I do not the works of My Father, then don't believe Me." And
here He was telling them…
Now, remember, God in all ages has always done the supernatural,
because He is supernatural. Did you ever think what God was? Let me
give you just a small picture now, before I go… (Oh, I won't… I get
blessed and won't be able to. Yes, I am. I'm going to try it anyhow.)
In the beginning before there was anything, It was God. Before there
was a meteor, before there was a light, before there was a atom, before
there was a molecule, He was God. But He couldn't… He was the great
controlling power of everything. And He was everything in Him.
Now, in Him was attributes. You know what attribute means? Raise up
your hand, anybody knows what a attribute… surely you know what a
attribute is. It's something that it's in you, it's–that's got to
display itself. Like an attribute… Like you love scenery, and when
you see that scenery, something it just… Oh, my, it just thrills you.
Now, in God… He wasn't God yet, because God is an object of worship,
and there was nothing to worship Him. He was God, but He wasn't God in
that manner. Then He must've created Angels. Then they begin to worship
Him. Next, He had a attribute to be a Father. Next thing He had a
attribute to be–to be a Son. Next thing He had a attribute to be a
Healer, next thing, attribute to be a Saviour. See? And all these
things had to display themselves. See? And God to make a man sin, so He
could punish him? No. And He put him on the basis of free moral agency,
and man sinned himself. And so therefore, God became a Saviour then.
So it's just only the attributes of God displaying themselves that we
see, and everything is perfectly on time. Every gift, everything's
moving just exactly according to the tick of the watch. She–she's
Now, Jesus in His time, He came to display the attributes of God. In
Him God was manifested in Him. Notice. Now, He'd showed this Messiahic
sign. It was… unbelieving… And God in all ages has had signs to the
people. And now, when the people believe that sign, it was a golden age
to the people. But when they disbelieved it, it was chaos to the
people. Right. Now, let me quote that again, 'cause I'm only going to
take just a few minutes now.
Look. When God sends a gift, and the people believe it, it's a glorious
time for the people. But when God sends a gift and the people turns it
down, that generation goes into destruction. Now, notice. What if the
world today would receive God's gift?
Let's go back for a minute. Noah was–come with a gift of God as a
prophet, saying there was coming a storm that was going to cover the
whole world with water. Now, it didn't meet with scientific ideas of
that day. Remember, they were greater scientists then than we are now.
They'd built the pyramids and Sphinx, and we couldn't build that now.
They embalmed the body to make it look natural, even to this day, a
mummy; we couldn't make it. They had coloring that we can't touch. They
were greater scientists than we have today. And now, when–they
probably could shoot radar to the moon too.
And Noah, this man standing out there after hearing from God, and
preaching, prophesying that God was going to destroy the world with
water… It's going to rain down out of the heavens. Why, I can hear
the scientist to come up there, and said, "Look, we've got an
instrument that we can shoot plumb to the moon." You know, it had never
rained in them days. God watered the earth up from the springs, never
been no rain in the skies. The earth, leaning back after the
antediluvian destruction, causes the rains.
So Noah said that it's going to rain from above, and the people didn't
believe it. Science says, "There's not one drop of rain up there, no
water. How could it rain?"
Noah would say, "If God said it's going to rain, and rain's coming from
up there, God's able to put rain up there." See? But the people didn't
believe it. One day she rained. See? And that race, because they did
not believe it, they were destroyed: the whole world.
Years later come a prophet named Moses, came down out of the
wilderness, a Pillar of Fire over him. And he was bringing them the
promise of God, telling them that God had promised by His Word to take
them to a land that was flowing with milk and honey. And he had this
Pillar of Fire over him, and God was working with him to prove to those
Jews that he was a prophet.
He said, "Tomorrow get everything ready, because a certain-certain
thing will take place." And it happened just exactly. He was a prophet.
Notice. I thought the other day how glorious that must've been for
Israel when they heard that. They believed him. Notice, they were–they
were slaves. They–they–they'd throw them out molded bread; they eat
it or done without. If those Egyptians wanted to take their young
daughters and ravish them, what could they do about it? Nothing. Go and
take their young sons, and kill them, what could they do about it?
Nothing. They were slaves, and yet they were God's people. Amen.
Notice. Now, here they were God's people in that kind of a shape, and
down come this prophet with THUS SAITH THE LORD, according to the
Scriptures. "God, our Father, met Abraham, and told him that his seed
would sojourn in a strange land for four hundred years, then He'd bring
them out with a great promise and power. He would deliver them, and
take them to a good land where Abraham sojourned. And it's–the time is
Any man could've said that, but this man had a Pillar of Fire over him.
And he was a prophet. What he was saying was happening just exactly the
way he said. Oh, my.
Israel believed it. What did they do? They marched out of Egypt under
that Pillar of Fire on the road to a promised land that they had never
seen or knowed nothing about. And none of them had ever been there, but
they went because God's Word bid them to go. They were in the line of
(I hope I'm not too loud. I've been used to preaching outdoors and things. Just a minute. Notice. I'll stand back a little.)
Notice, they followed that prophet through the wilderness, and God fed
them in the wilderness. He supplied all their needs, rained bread out
of the heavens of a nighttime and fed them, and took them up till they
come to a place called Kadesh-barnea. Kadesh-barnea was one time the
judgment seat of the world.
And they had a great warrior with them called Joshua. And the word
"Joshua" means "Jehovah-Saviour." He went out of the camp, crossed over
the Jordan. Nobody never been over there now. They didn't know the land
was there, only by the promise of God. And he crossed over the Jordan,
went over into the promised land, and brought back the evidence that
the land was just exactly what God said it was. See? It was there.
And it was then that the people, ninety percent of them disbelieved
Joshua. They had to wander awhile. But God making the promise, He took
them over. How lovely. They didn't have to work under Pharaoh. They
could marry their wives, build them a little house on the place, raise
their own fa–gru–grub and stuff, and eat it, and raise their children
in peace. The nations feared them and so forth. And after while the
hillsides of that lovely land become spotted with graves.
Then along came the greatest Warrior of them all, Jesus. And He said
that God has prepared a place where there's no death (Amen.), where we
can live forever, build houses and inhabit them, plant vineyards, and
eat the fruit of them, and we'll not leave them for somebody else.
Amen. "In My Father's house are many mansions. If it wasn't so I
would've told you. And I'm going to prepare a place for you, and return
again to receive you unto Myself, that where I am there ye may be
also." He promised it, that there's life after death. Another great
Joshua… Nobody's ever been over, and come back. Just another great
Notice. Then when He got to that place, He met His Kadesh-barnea, the
judgment seat for all of us: Calvary. There's where He was judged for
the sins of the world. He crossed over the Jordan of death, that we
know it, over into the other land, died. He died so until the sun quit
shining, the moon wouldn't shine, and why, the earth had a nervous
chill when the rocks shook out of it, when He died. And He died, but on
the third day He come back from across Jordan, bringing back the
evidence that a man lives after he dies here. What a great Warrior.
Now, He said, "I'm going to give you the earnest of your salvation."
You know what the earnest is? Is the down payment. Like if I wanted to
buy a boat from one of you Indian brethren, and I went out and said,
"How much you want for the boat?"
You say, "Two thousand dollars."
I'd say, "Well, I'll tell you what I'll do. I'm going to give you fifty
dollars to hold it for me until next week. Will you do it? Hold me…
Will you hold it for me?"
"I'll do it, Brother Branham." Then you give me a receipt, and I'll
give you fifty dollars. Now, you can't sell that boat, because I got
first bid on it. That's the earnest that I'm going to get the boat. It
belongs to me.
Well now, God came back, and said, "Go up there to Jerusalem, and wait.
I'm going to send you the Earnest of your salvation. And they were up
there all in one accord in one place, and suddenly there came the
Earnest, come down from heaven like a rushing mighty wind. It filled
all the house where they were setting.
Now, looky here. We can look back and see where we were once
unbelievers. We seen once where we'd have walked around a meeting like
this and laughed at it. We seen once back in our lives where we
would've criticized Divine healing. We… One time we didn't believe in
God. One time we didn't believe in His Word. But now we have been
raised up from that, lifted up, died in Christ, buried with Him, raised
with Him in His resurrection, and now setting in heavenly places in
Christ Jesus. Once…
See, the Earnest… Here we are today in the Earnest of our salvation.
We stand here tonight already dead, buried in Christ, and raised with
Him, and setting in heavenly places, enjoying spiritual things coming
back from across the way. See, heavenly places… Oh, my. It makes us
shout, think about it.
Like an old colored woman, a Negro woman, sister, said down in the
States, she said, "Dr. Branham," said, "I–I's want to give a
"Go ahead, sister. Testify."
She said, "I wants to say this, people. I hain't…" (That's a word
they use in the south), said, "I hain't what I ought to be, and I
hain't what I want to be. But then, another thing I know; I hain't what
I used to be." So that–that's good. She knowed something had happened.
Amen. So do I, every man that's borned of the Spirit of God knows
you're not what you used to be. Amen.
I ain't what I want to be, and I ain't what I ought to be; I ain't what
I used to be either. See? I have raised with Him. Now, I'm this high
up, waiting for my change to come.
Now, Moses, Moses was God's servant. Now, Jesus speaking here, He said,
"The men of Nineveh shall rise in the judgment because they repented at
the preaching of Jonah." Jonah was a prophet.
Now, a lot of people just talk bad about poor old Jonah, and they said
he was a–a backslider. I don't think so. I think the Bible says that
the footsteps of the righteous is ordered of the Lord. Now, we do
things that don't… We don't understand why we do it, but we just keep
still. As long as you're led of the Spirit, go do it anyhow. It may be
contrary to our thinking, but when the Holy Spirit said, "Go," we go.
For instance right now I've got a meeting, be set in New York; I'd have
it this week, where there was three hundred Spanish-speaking people
takes Madison Square Garden that seats nineteen thousand, and wanted
this very week here that I'm in here, to be in New York. See? But the
Holy Spirit led me over here. Seems like it'd be contrary. But I don't
know why, but I'm here. You see, children of God are led by the Spirit
of God. We don't understand. See?
Now, the other brethren can go to them people. Now, like Brother
Roberts, he couldn't go there, he couldn't come here. He has to have
around, I think, it's around fifteen to twenty thousand dollars every
day: television programs, and all kinds of things, and–and a three
million dollar building there to operate. That brother couldn't come
here. You couldn't support nothing like that. You're not a–can't
afford to do it. See? And neither could Tommy and his great program,
with thousands of missionaries across the land, he couldn't do it.
So you see, the Lord never let me grow up like that. He just let me
stay so I could go in any little corner, 'cause I don't need nothing
but just His Presence. That's right. I was on the field before any of
those brethren. But you see, the Lord has spoke to me, saying, "Don't
get none of that. Don't get mixed up in money. Leave it alone."
I never took a offering in all my life. I've been preaching for
thirty-one years and never took an offering in my life (See?),
because… And I hold a… I held meetings as much as five hundred
thousand in one congregation. Then I went and held a meeting where the
church only seat twenty people, but the Lord said, "Go." See? It's
wherever He says, "Go," go.
Here not long ago… You've heard of Brother Roberts, the great man.
And I went… Oh, he's a sweet brother, very good friend of mine. And I
went to his great big building. I went over to Tommy. And Tommy was
down here at the–at Portland when that maniac ran out to kill me that
night on the platform (You've heard the story) great big fellow, and
said, "I'm going to knock you out there in the middle of that audience.
I'll break your neck."
And the Holy Spirit said, "Because you've challenged the Word of God, you'll fall over my feet."
Said, "I'll show you whose feet I'll fall over," pulled back his big fist.
And I said, "Come out of him, Satan," and he fell across my feet, just exactly. There he was.
So Tommy was standing there. The police run out and said, "We're after that man to put him in jail." Said, "Is he dead?"
I said, "No, sir. But roll him off my feet." See? He weighed
about–about over about two-fifty, so they rolled him off my feet, and
there he was.
He said, "Is he healed?"
I said, "No, sir. He worships that spirit." He won't… I'd led those
two little police to Christ in the dressing room back there at the–at
Now. Now, you see, in that Tommy became a servant of God, and now
he–and going out in the fields, done a great work. And Brother Oral,
there was his great building. It's a great thing to think that one man,
one man could put up about a two and a half, or three million dollar
building. Whew. My. Look at Tom…
I went in Oral's place, and there's five hundred IBM machines running.
His letters never touch human hands. The–there's a machine picks them
up, writes it off, takes it down, folds it, and sends it out. Goes to
the bank, and gets money, and brings it in by great big truck, and dump
it in a… A conveyer runs around in different languages. They pull
them out, like that to take care of their money. Why, it's a… You
never seen anything like it in your life. And it's a great thing. And
Oral taking me through to show me, and Brother Fisher, and one of the
missionaries with him there.
And then I'd seen Brother Tommy with his great big place over there. I
thought, "How wonderful, how good." And I happened to look out.
The police come up, and said, "Brother Branham, you can't get out that
door." Said, "There's fifty people standing out there waiting for you."
Said, "They'd–they're just waiting to see."
And I said, "Well, is there a back entrance?"
Said, "Yes. Go out through this way." And they said, "We'll send a man around to pick you up."
And I walked out in the back parking lot. I was walking up and down
there looking at that great big building. Oh, my, just like… I never
seen anything in any part of the world like it. A little Pentecostal
boy did it.
I thought, "Isn't that wonderful?" I thought, "God, how wonderful." I
thought, "Just think of Brother Tommy's place, where, how that great
big almost a city block, just in making books, and secretaries, and so
forth, and IBM machines running.
I thought "My. I'd hate for them to come to my place to look mine
over." I got one little typewriter setting in the end of a trailer. And
I would–was trying to get someone to help me answer my letters.
I thought, "But boy, I wouldn't have all that responsibility for
nothing. I ain't got brains enough to take care of that." I thought,
"God knowed that."
And I was standing there, and then I got real melancholy. I got
thinking, "God, each one of the brothers said that they seen the
ministry You gave me, and it started them on the field." I said, "To
that, I'm grateful. We're all working for one big place up there called
heaven." And I said, "I'm thankful for that. But" I said, "I suppose
maybe You couldn't trust me, and You knowed I wouldn't be able to take
up money like that. And I wouldn't have the intelligence to know what
to do with it if I took it up." And I said, "I guess it just happens to
be that way."
I was standing there, kind of felt a little choked in my throat,
because… I don't say this… I just say this is the truth. I heard a
voice just as plain as you hear me, said, "But I am your Portion."
I said, "Thank You, Lord. I'll go anywhere, any place, at any time. I
want to do what You–what You'd have me to do," and thanking God. Now,
Brother Osborn, and Brother Roberts, and Brother, all those precious
brethren throughout the world, we're all working for one place, one
place. You see?
And this, the little gift that the Lord give me is to press into these
little corners. You can't be all tied up with money, and programs, and
things like that. Just press into the little corners and get the thing
started. That's all. And I–I–I'm thankful for this portion. I'm so
glad He is my Portion, and He's the one that I'm waiting on.
Now, Jonah had a ticket to go down and wanted to go to Nineveh, what
God called him to do, but he went to Tarshish. Now, you think, "Well,
he done exactly what God told him not to do." But just a minute. If a
prophet is led of the Lord, it always comes out right. Now, he got out
there and the storm come up, and–and the seas got rough, and the boat
was sinking. And they tied Jonah's hands together and his feet
together, and throwed him overboard in the ocean, and a whale swallowed
Now, not long ago they had a whale laying on a–a big flatcar down at
Louisville, Kentucky, about fifteen years ago, or maybe twenty. And
they was giving a lecture. And the little scientist that was giving the
lecture was making fun of the Bible. Here's what he said: said, "Now, I
want you people… You know the legend…" Legend? This Bible's not a
legend. It's the truth. And he said, "The legend about the whale
He said, "I want you to notice. You couldn't take a good sized baseball
and put it in the throat of that whale. So as far as that legend,
there's nothing to it. This is a good, ordinary-sized whale, and the
whale could not have swallowed a man, because he wouldn't have went
through his swallow. It's–it's… The most you could stretch it would
only be about four inches that–that the man could've went through. And
he could not have done it."
That was just too much for my Irish background, you know. I said, "Mister, I want to say a word."
He said, "Yes, sir. What is it?"
I said, "You just don't know your Bible." I said, "God said that He
prepared this fish. This was a special-built bird. See, God prepared
this fish. It was a different type."
This one–this one, he could've… He–he could've swallowed a house if
he wanted to. God can do what He wants to. The Bible said God prepared
a fish. Oh, he had a big throat in him. You see?
And so Jonah went into the belly of the fish. And you ladies know now,
when you feed your little goldfish, you know what he does? He goes
right down to the bottom of the little basin, and puts his little
swimmers against the bottom, and rests. He's got his belly full. See?
He's laying there just resting. He's done prowled through the waters
until he found his food, and went down and rested. That's the way fish
does when they feed: get a belly-full, they go back. The trout out here
will get under a rock somewhere and rest. That's the way.
And I imagine this big old fish got a bellyful of this prophet. So he
goes down in the water, and goes down to the bottom, and lays down.
Now, you talk about Jonah being in a condition. He was in a bad shape.
Lot of people talk about symptoms. They say, "Well, I was prayed for
last night, but hmm, I still got the pain." That don't have nothing to
do with it. "I was prayed for. My hand's still crippled." That don't
have nothing to do with it. If you believe it, you don't look at that,
you look at a promise. See? You're not looking at the hand. That's what
we call symptoms, looking at symptoms.
Now, there's nobody in here could have symptoms like Jonah. Brother, he
had the awfullest case of symptoms I ever seen. Looky here. Every…
Now, he was–he was out on the ocean, his hands and feet tied behind
him, and he was in the belly of the whale, probably several fathoms
deep, laying in the vomit in the whale's belly on a stormy sea. Now,
you talk about symptoms…
He looked this way, it was whale's belly. That way was whale's belly.
Everywhere he looked was whale's belly. There's nobody in that bad a
shape here. Look what–look at the symptoms he had. But you know what
He said, "They're lying vanities. I won't believe any of it." He said,
"Lord…" turned over on his back, the vomit all around him, seaweeds
around his neck. He said, "Once more will I look to Your holy temple."
Oh, not look at the whale's belly, or the circumstance, but, "look at
Your holy temple."
Solomon, when Solomon dedicated that temple he prayed. He said, "Lord,
if Thy people be in trouble at any time and look to this holy place,
then hear from heaven." And Jonah acted upon Solomon's prayer. And
God… I don't know what He done. He put a oxygen tent down there or
something, and He kept him alive for three days and nights.
Now, we don't… We're not in that bad a shape. There's none of us as
bad off as Jonah was. That's right, 'cause here's the Holy Spirit here.
We're not in the belly of the whale, we–we're not in that condition.
But if Jonah, under those circumstances, could look to a temple that a
human being prayed when he dedicated it (and the man that prayed
backslid later), and God heard his prayers, how much more under this
circumstance can we look towards heaven where Jesus sets at the right
hand of God, ever living to make intercessions on our confession? My,
my. I won't look at my tummy ache. I won't look at my heart beats
funny. I won't look at my crippled hand. But I'll look towards the
promise, for He sets there ever living to make intercessions. Amen.
I want to show you something now, show where God knows what He's
talking about. Now, the people of Nineveh… That was a big city about
a half a million people, pretty near the size of St. Louis, Missouri.
And they were heathens. They were in all kinds of sin. They worshipped
animals, and idols, and everything, and they were–their occupation
were fishermen. And so the whale was the god of the sea.
So all of them was out about eleven o'clock fishing, all the fishermen
pulling their nets out there in the sea, and the first thing you know,
up come the sea god, the whale. Run up to the bank, licked out his
tongue, and the prophet come walking right out on the bank. Sure they
repented. God knows what to do. God knows how to do things to people
that wants to believe. See?
Jonah wasn't out of the will of God. See, the whale god spit the
prophet right out on the bank. Sure they're going to believe his
message. And there he come out.
And Jesus said that, you know, that there was a greater than Jonah
there. But notice what He said. Now, a little bit before we go into
another subject. Look. Jesus said… They said, "Master, we will see a
sign." (Three verses behind where I started reading.) "Master, we would
see a sign."
He said, "A weak and adulterous generation seeks after a sign." Is that
right? And He said, "There will be no sign given that generation…"
Now, listen, close. How many knows that–that Scripture repeats Itself
constantly? We know it. And He said, "There will be no sign given that
weak, wicked, adulterous generation." That's this generation.
There never has been so much in all the world of wickedness and
adultery as there is right now, perversion. Well, homosexual,
perversion, women on the streets, stripped, every… You.. It's just
terrible the way people are doing all over the world, and especially in
the–in the States. And it's getting to be almost as bad in Canada.
It's too bad, but it's true. That big nation, this little nation's a
pattern off of it. Don't take your pattern from them, take your pattern
from up here, Christ.
Notice. And there they were, a wicked… He said, "There will be no…"
Now, listen, close, so you won't miss it. "They will receive a sign. As
Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and nights, so the Son
of man will be in the heart of the earth three days and nights." They
will receive that sign.
What is the sign of? The resurrection. You get it? That's exactly what
we're getting now, the sign that He's not dead. He's raised from the
dead and among us, doing the same things He did when He was here on
earth. And the wicked and adulterous generation (See?), would receive
Then, one more, closing. He said, "And the queen of the south shall
rise in the judgment with this generation and shall condemn it. For she
came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon.
And behold a greater than Solomon is here."
Now, listen in closing. In the generation of Solomon God gave a gift to
the earth, and that was the gift of discernment. And it fell upon
Solomon, and all the people believed it with one heart. What if all the
people today would believe… What if the Canada and the United States
would believe their Gift that God sent them, the Holy Ghost? What if
all the people that professed to be Christians just believed it? Why,
we wouldn't have to worry about Russia's atomic bombs and all them
Well, we'd… You'd never be able to dig out of the way of the atomic
bomb. Well, the thing… People are digging holes, and down in the
States they're going down in caves and making government offices. Well,
that atomic bomb, the one they got now that will burst the earth, I
believe it's three or four hundred feet deep, and for a hundred and
fifty miles square. Well, if you was ten thousand feet under the earth,
plumb down into the lava, it would break every bone in your body. You
can't dig away from it.
But we've got a bomb shelter. It's not made of steel; it's made of
feathers: under His wings (Amen.), be lifted up. That's right. When
that… 'Fore that bomb drops, we'll be in glory. What's the matter?
Then they say we're crazy. If I am crazy, leave me like I am. I feel
better this way. And so I just–I like to stay this way.
Now, notice. Now, in Solomon's time, everybody believed that gift. Oh,
my. Everybody, they wasn't going around saying, "Oh, he's old
Assemblies, and he's old this, and he's old that." No. They was all
with one accord. They believed it.
And how everybody coming by the–through… They didn't have jet planes
and things in them days; they had to travel through camel caravans. And
when they passed through, they'd say–go down the other parts of the
world, saying, "You ought to hear up in Palestine. They got a God up
there, and that God is making Hisself known through a man."
Now, see, pagan worship is to prostrate yourself before the idol, the
imaginary god, and believe that the imaginary god is talking to you.
Christianity is vice versa. God takes a living man that prostrates
himself before Him, and speaks His own Words through the living man,
not through an idol. Just turns right around from pagan worship, idol
worship, to Christian worship.
Now, they said, "They got a man up there that's their God that they
worship, speaks through that man with discernment. Oh, it went
everywhere. All nations feared them. They sent in gifts and everything.
No wars in time of Solomon. No. He was–he was… They thought he was
too smart. It wasn't him; it was God, the Holy Ghost in him that makes
Now, that news came way down across the earth into the land of Sheba.
And if you'll measure on your map, it's a long ways down there, across
the Sahara Desert. And this little pagan queen, she was a heathen. And
people coming in, saying, "Oh, you ought to see up there in Palestine.
Such-and-such, and such-and-such." My, how they'd think that about that.
Now, you know, faith comes by what? Hearing the Word of God. Now, the
little woman would say, "What?" You know God in her, she believed that
there was a God. And so when that faith begin to touch her, that there
was One, she begin to look for Him. And everybody would come in. When
they come into her kingdom (camel caravans going through, you know,
traders, and so forth, with silks and linens and so forth, and produce,
and whatever they had, coming through), why, she'd call them into her
palace and say, "Did you come through the way of Palestine?"
"Is it so?"
"It's so. It's so. You never… Them people are one heart and one
accord. You never seen such in your life. Their God has given them a
gift and displaying it through a man. And they've made that man their
king. Oh, my. They all believe it. Every one of them."
"Well, did you get to see it?"
"Is it so?"
"Sure, it's so."
Oh, my. She wants to see it then, you know, when you hear about it.
Now, She decided that she was… She got all the scrolls, and she begin
to read what that God was. See, she was a heathen, and she begin to
read what Jehovah was, see His nature. She said, "Then that must be
Jehovah's nature that's displaying Himself in this man, because
Jehovah, they say, is all wise, and He foretells things."
So now, being the queen, she had a lot to go through with. She had to
go over to her pagan priest and ask permission to go from her church.
Well, you know what? I imagine that pagan priest, said, you know, "But
you see, look here, girlie. You're a queen. You can't go down with that
illiterate bunch, you know. You can't do that. You're a queen. And
they… You know what? Why, you know, it would… You would get out of
your own class if you got down…"
And she said, "But, sir, I want to go. Something tells me I want to go."
"Oh, but you… we… You can't do it, child. You cannot do it. Now,
listen. We know they say all these kind of things up there. They
crossed the Red Sea, and it dried up, and–and they rained bread out of
heaven. But it just legends. There's nothing to it."
You hear that same old devil talking today. The devil takes his man,
but never his spirit. God never takes His Spirit either. He might take
His man, but the Holy Ghost was on Christ, come back by the church to
the end of the world to do the same thing.
Notice. Now, them big old scholars and things of that day, and that
great big old bunch of Pharisees, they still live. Their spirit's right
on others. You see? And God's Spirit still lives just the same,
confirming His Word, going on. Depends on what you want to believe.
Now, if we notice… Then he said, "Now, there's no such a thing as
that." Said, "Now, if there was anything to that, our idols, our church
would be doing it."
You get that, the same thing today. "Now, if there's anything to Divine
healing, the great so-and-so church would believe it. The great
so-and-so church would do it." See? But you know, God does things to
suit Himself. He don't have to ask anybody about it.
He's the self-sufficient One. See? He don't have to ask nobody. So God was doing it.
And you know, a little heart begins to hunger for God, there's nothing going to stop it. And she said, "Sir, I'm going anyhow."
"Well, if you do, I'll give you your church letter."
Said, "You might as well give it, 'cause I'm on my road." So she…
See, nothing going to stop the person that comes to Christ that really
believes Him. When you hear the Word of God, and know It's moving,
there's nothing going to stop you. That's all. You're coming anyhow.
E-77 And now remember, that little lady had a lot of difficult. I see her pack her camels, and here she thought of something.
said, "Now, wait a minute. If that's truly… If that gift is right,
then I'm going to support it." So she got a lot of gold, and
frankincense, and stuff, and packed it on camels. She said, "I'll take
it with me, but if it isn't so, then I'll bring my money right back."
That could teach Pentecostal people something–supporting meetings, and
meetings that–that hate the very thing that you stand for, let your
own church go without. They do it in the States. I hope you Canadians
don't do it. But they do it down there and just to be popular. "I give
so-and-so to such-and-such." Oh, my. Skim milk…
Notice. Now, here he was. She put everything together, and she put it
on her camels, all that money, thousands times thousands of dollars
worth of gold. And remember, Ishmael's children, the Arabs, they were
robbers in the desert then. How easy it would've been for them to–them
fleet horse riders to ride right in and kill that bunch of little
guards around that queen, and–and take that money, and fly away in
But you see, if you're determined to know God, you don't know no fear.
Faith knows no fear. That right? You don't care what the doctor says,
what anybody else says; you believe it. See? And she wasn't thinking
about the robbers, and this, that, and the other. She was thinking
about getting over there and seeing God working in a man.
And now, remember. She… How long do you think it took that woman? She
didn't have a air-conditioned Cadillac to come in. No, she had to ride
on the back of a camel. You know how long it taken the camel train to
get from Sheba to Palestine? Three months, ninety days, through a hot
Sahara desert, the hottest place in the world, on the back of a camel,
trying to come to see a gift of God. No wonder Jesus said she'll rise
in the judgment and condemn this generation. See? She might've traveled
by night. Daytime she laid up in the oasis and read the Scrolls, the
Scriptures, to see what Jehovah was. She finally arrived at the gate.
She didn't come, say, "Well," like people do today, "I'll go in, set
down. If he says one thing that's contrary to my belief, I'll get right
up and walk out." That shows ignorance. That's right. But she come to
stay till she was convinced. She'd read the Bible; she seen what
Jehovah meant, and what Jehovah was, and what Jehovah had promised. She
wanted to see if that Jehovah they talked about was in that man.
I imagine her priest told her, said, "Well, now looky here. Here's our great Dagon. Here's our great idol here."
She said, "Yes. My great-great-great-great-great-grandmother served
them, and they haven't done nothing but stood there as a statue all the
time. They don't breathe; they don't move; there's nothing happened.
And they say this God's a living God, doing something." Amen.
That's it. Amen. I feel kind of religious right now. Yes, a living God,
not a dead one. What good's a God that could open the Red Sea if He
can't do the same today? What good is a God that could heal a leper in
the days gone by, if He can't do the same today? A historical God's no
good, if He isn't the same God today. That's right. He is the same God
today, yesterday, today, and forever, the same One, only asking the
same faith that they exercised.
Now, she's at the temple. She unpacks out there in the temple yard, put
up her tent, put her money back in a corner, put her little eunuchs
around to guard it. And the next morning, maybe she got up early, her
and her little maids was with her. And they went in and set down,
probably way back in the back of the church. And they sang all the
songs, and the trumpets blowed and everything, and after while Pastor
Solomon came walking out.
How all the people said, "Oh, praise God. There's our pastor." And they
walked out, Pastor Solomon on the platform. And she watched that day
the very things that she'd heard told taking place.
And day after day she went studying the Scrolls. She waited till her
prayer card was called, or whatever it was she had to get up there, her
appointment with Solomon. And when she got up on the–there before
Solomon, the Bible said that there wasn't nothing hid from Solomon. He
revealed everything that she wanted to know.
Isn't that the same God that was in Christ, that knowed the secrets of
the heart? What did she say? She turned (now, being a heathen), she
turned, and she said, "All that I heard was right, and more than that."
It'd been done to her. You see? She was a witness of it. The same thing
that Nathanael and them saw (last night), in Jesus doing the same
thing, revealing the secrets of the heart. Here twenty-five hundred
years before… No, about eight hundred years before it happened, here
stood Solomon doing the same thing that Christ did when He come. It's
the same God. You see?
What did she say? "Blessed are those who are with you that see this
gift working all the time. Blessed are the men that sets here daily and
sees that happening all the time." And she become a believer.
And Jesus said she'll rise up in the last day and will condemn this
generation, because she came from the utmost parts of the earth to see
the gift of God in operation and believed it. And people today won't
walk across the street. That's right. They won't drive a nice car to
the meeting. If anything, they'll make fun of it. And the very Christ
predicted that a wicked and adulterous generation that would be seeking
for signs would receive the sign of the resurrection. No wonder. What
was the matter?
In closing, I say this. She seen something real. That's what real
believers wants to see–something real. Remember, the very thing that
saves the real believer, condemns and sends to hell the unbeliever. The
very water that saved Noah, drowned the unbeliever. The same judgment
that saved the believer, killed the unbeliever. The same Spirit today
that the believer receives will condemn in the day of the judgment, the
Just a little story to my Indian brethren, and all. I like to hunt. Oh,
I just love to hunt. My, my, that's–that's my second nature. My
conversion never took that out of me. And I–I'd like to tell you a
little story about hunting right here–where God told me exactly (your
pastor, Brother Byskal remembers it, Brother Sothmann, back there),
where He told me exactly what I was going to do, where I'd go, a
caribou I'd get, where he'd be laying, a man would have a green
checkered shirt on; and would kill a grizzly bear 'fore I got back. Is
that right? Is that right, Brother Sothmann? Hundreds of people I told.
Went right there, and Eddy heard me tell it the day before we left down
there. Two days later he stood right there and seen every bit of it
come just to pass as I told. I said the horns would be exactly
forty-two inches high.
And the guide said, "Forty-two exactly?" Said, "Brother Branham,
after…" He said, "Where's that grizzly bear up on top of this
mountain?" Said, "Brother Branham, according to what you told me, that
you're going to kill a grizzly bear before you get back to where Eddie
Byskal is standing with a green checkered shirt on." And his wife had
put it in his camp bag, and he told me he didn't even have one.
I said, "Well, then, there's going to be somebody's going to have it,
'cause it's going to be there." And he had that green checkered shirt
Said, "Before we get back there?"
"I said that."
He said, "Brother Branham, I had a brother had epilepsy. And you told
me when he had this fit again to jerk his shirt off and throw it in the
fire, and he wouldn't have any more." Well, he did, and God healed him
of it. Now, he said, "Then I can't disbelieve it. But where's that bear
going to be?"
I said, "He's Jehovah-jireh. He can provide Himself a bear to make His
Word come to pass." And when we was just about half a mile from them
(being about three miles from them), when we was about a half-a-mile
from them, I was standing.
He said, "Brother Branham, we've just got a half-a-mile further. Where's the bear?"
I said, "Don't you…" I said, "What's that, Bud?" There was a nine
foot, silver-tipped grizzly standing up on top of the hill, looking
right at me.
He said… we got within five hundred yards. He said, "Brother Branham, did you ever shoot a grizzly?"
I said, "I've shot many bear." He said, "You better shoot him from here."
I said, "No. The vision said I was right up on him."
He said, "Oh, Brother Branham." He said, "Shoot him in the back now,"
said, "'cause if you don't shoot him in the back, they're great
I said, "I know. But this one in the vision I shot in the heart."
He said, "Oh."
And I said, "Just keep going, Bud."
We went over in the other little coulee, and come up, and then we was
right close to him, about two hundred yards. I said, "This is just
right." I said, "Wait till he looks around." Looked like a big hay
stack. He turned and looked at me.
I had a little bitty rifle. And just as he turned and looked at me I
shot him right smack in the heart. And here he rolled over the hill
like that, as hard as he could come, like that. And Bud stood there,
turning white in the mouth. He said, "Brother Branham, I didn't want
him on my lap."
And I said, "Neither did I."
He said, "Now, if them horns are exactly forty-two inches when I get down there, I'm going to have a screaming fit."
I said, "You better have it right here, because it's going to be that way."
He said, "I've got a measure in my saddle bag."
And we got down there. The vision said a–a little hand would hold the
horns. I pulled up beside of Brother Eddie there. I said, "Now, watch
that boy hold that horn." And he went around, and got that tape
measure, brought it out, put it down the base of the head. That little
hand: his boy, Blaine, held it, went up there.
Bud said, "Mercy, Brother Branham, right smack on the nose, forty-two inches."
I said, "Bud, He never fails. I mean. He tells just exactly, just
exactly." Oh, He's God. When we can see something real and genuine…
That's what that queen wanted to see, something real.
I used to hunt with a half-Indian brother of mine. His name is Burt
Caul. He's a Britainer, and he lives up here (or Englishman), lives up
in New Hampshire. Great hunter. I love to hunt with him. You didn't
have to fool about letting him get lost. He knowed his way back. And
we… But he was the meanest man I ever seen in my life. That guy was
really wicked. He had eyes like a lizard, and he always look at me with
them lizard eyes, and scare me to death anyhow.
But he–he used to say to me… He used to shoot little fawns–you
know, little baby fawns. Now, it's all right. I've killed fawns when…
If the law says you can kill a fawn, kill it. That's all right. Abraham
killed a calf and fed it to God. There's nothing in the size of
anything or the sex of it. But just to kill them to be mean, that's
wrong. You shouldn't do–just kill to be mean.
That's one thing about the Indian. Reason he was the great
conservationist we ever had, he took just what he had to use. If he
caught more, he turned it loose. The white man was a murderer, he went
out and shot the buffaloes out, and so forth, for targets. That's the
bad guy in doing things like that.
But Burt used to shoot them just for fun, to make me–make me feel bad.
He said, "You preachers are chicken-hearted." So that's what's a… You
know what I (Is that word used up here, chicken-hearted?)
Chicken-hearted. Said, "That–that's what's the matter with you
So one day I went up there. And he'd made him a little whistle, to make
it sound like a little baby fawn, with that little brrr. Crying, like
it was crying for its mammy.
And I said, "Burt, you–you wouldn't do that."
He said, "Oh, you chicken-hearted preacher." He said, "Billy, you'd be a good hunter if you wasn't a preacher."
But I had to get his game about every fall anyhow (You see?), so I just let him go. So I said, "Burt, you wouldn't do that."
He said, "What's wrong with killing a fawn?"
I said, "Nothing. But just to shoot it to leave it lay there, go over
and shoot another one, just to act mean," I said, "that's–that's bad,
Burt. You shouldn't do that. That would grow up into a big buck
someday, maybe a doe, have many other deer. You might have children
someday wanted to hunt," so forth.
"Nah, nonsense," he said, just as wicked as he could be.
So that day it was way late, and we have the whitetail deer up there.
And you talk about Houdini at being an escape artist, he's an amateur
from one of them. Boy, he'd be gone like that. You had to be fast, and
quick, and a dead shot to hit him. And then, after–after they've been
shot at a few times…
So it was kind of late in the season, and we'd hunted all morning, not
even a track–about six or eight inches of snow. We always pack a
thermos jug full of hot chocolate, where if we got caught out in a
storm at night, or something, we'd keep going all right. So… we had a
sandwich in our coat.
And it was about eleven o'clock, and I thought, "Well, we haven't even
seen a track, nor nothing." Moonlight nights, and they'll eat at
nighttime, you know, feed, and go in the day, lay under brush piles,
back in the heavy timbers.
And so we was getting up nearly timberline and I thought maybe… Burt
was leading the way. And we'd get up on top of the mountain, then he'd
separate and go one way, and me the other. And we'd come around, and
maybe we'd get in that night or the next morning, one. And if we killed
a deer we'd know where to go get him, and so forth, take a horse and go
after him. So then I thought…
He'd come to a little opening about three or four times the size of
this building here, and he kind of hunkered down on a snow drift, kind
of hunkered. (That word ain't used here, is it?) I'm a southerner. In
other words, he squatted? squatted down like this. And he–he got down
there, and he went to get back to get in his coat. I thought he was
going to get his sandwich, and so I went in after mine. I thought,
"Well, we'll separate here. I'll go one way and he the other, and hunt
back this afternoon."
And he reached back and he pulled out this little whistle. I said,
"Now, Burt…" He looked up at me with them lizard eyes looking at me,
and kinda…?… that little sneering laugh on his face. He pulled out
that little whistle like that, and he blew it. And when he did, a great
big doe stood up just across the way, across that little opening.
I thought, "Oh, oh. Oh, she made a bad move then." Now, that's strange.
They won't do that usually. You Indian brethren know that, when they're
And then, he looked at me and them lizard eyes, and he laughed, and he
blew it again. And that mother doe walked right straight out into that
opening. Now, that's altogether strange for them there to do that.
Now, a doe is a mother deer, you know. I could see her great… I get
close enough to see her big eyes, them big ears sticking up so
graceful. She walked right out there. Now, what was the matter? She
wasn't putting on a show. She was a mother. She was borned a mother.
The instinct of mother was in her, and her baby was crying. She wasn't
cared about fearing anything; she was coming to find her baby.
And we never pair–carry a shell in the barrel. So he put a shell up, a
.30-06 hundred and eighty grain mushream bullet–mushroom, and he
pulled it up there. And he was a dead shot. And when the–his Model 70
Winchester… And when he pulled the lever down like that, the click of
the gun, the deer spooked, looked, and she spotted the hunter. But she
Now, you know that's strange. But she was a mother. Her baby was in
trouble, and she was borned a mother, and she was hunting for her baby.
And she looked at that hunter, and she–big nose up, looking like that,
trying to find her baby. See, she'd heard it cry. She wasn't putting on
an act. It was genuine. She was a mother.
I seen him level down, a dead shot, and I thought, "Oh, my. He will
blow her heart plumb through the other side. How can he deceive her
like that? How can he be so mean as to do that? blowing that whistle,
and getting that mother deer out here and shoot her. Doubtful he'd ever
take her in."
And I thought," That loyal heart of that deer will be blowed out of
her." And I looked, and I see him leveling down right. And I thought,
"As soon as that cross hair in that scope come right across that loyal
heart, he'd blow it plumb through her." I turned my back. I couldn't
look at it.
I started praying. I said, "Heavenly Father, how can he do it? How can
he do it, Lord? And he won't listen to me talking about You." I said,
"How can he do it?" And I was there kind of praying to myself behind a
I listened for the gun to fire any minute, but it didn't fire. I
waited. It didn't fire. I looked around, and it was going like this. He
couldn't hold it no more. He looked around, the great big tears running
down his cheeks. His black Indian hair fell down his face. He threw the
gun down on the bank, said, "Billy, I've had enough of it. Lead me to
that Jesus you're talking about."
What was it? He saw something real. He saw something that wasn't put
on, artificial. He saw the real display of motherhood after her baby,
something that was genuine. O God, make all of us that kind of a
How many in here would like to be the kind of a Christian that that
deer was a mother? Your heart, danger, or nothing else, sees something
great, see something that's real. Then God, oh, may His blessings…
Let's bow our heads just a moment. Each one of you in your own heart
pray, say, "God, make me that kind of a Christian," just silently to
O God, our Father, grant unto Thy servants, O Father, pardoning of sin.
Hear us as we cry. Bless us now. Reveal our sins to our hearts, and
make us real Christians. Let grace and mercy abound in our hearts.
Grant it, Lord.
They saw something real, and they were ready then. They saw something
that could not be manufactured. It had to be something that was real.
It wasn't a manufactured thing. And we've got a God tonight.
That man is a deacon in a church. Right there on that snow bank, with
his arms wrapped around my frozen pant legs, he said, "Billy, there's
got to be a God somewhere." Said, "Is there a God that can make me a
Christian, as much as that deer is a mother?"
I said, "Yes, Burt. His Name is Jesus. Will you receive Him?"
He said, "With all my heart, Billy, I receive Him."
I knelt down in the snow took the shell out of his gun, put my arm
around his neck. There praying together, he received Jesus as his
Saviour. That's been about twenty years ago. He's a faithful member of
the body of Christ now: wonderful brother.
Now, while we're praying, how many here in Divine Presence, with your
heads bowed would say, "I would like to be that kind of a Christian."
Maybe you've never accepted Christ as your Saviour, and you'd say,
"God, be merciful to me. I've always wanted to be a Christian, but
really, I've never seen nothing that would just make me… nothing real
like that. But I really believe that there is a God, and I want to
accept Him as my Saviour." Will you raise your hand, say, "Pray for me,
Brother Branham." God bless you, sir. Another? God bless you, lady, and
God bless you, God bless you, you, and you. God bless you back there,
lady. Some another?
Now, you may be a member of a church. I'm not talking about membership.
I'm talking about it's you being a Christian, genuine. Death would mean
nothing to you. You love Jesus so that He's just you're… You love Him
like a mother would love her baby. And you know, you talk about the
love that He has for you? He said, "Can a mother forget her suckling
babe?" Said, "She might. But I can't forget you. Your names are
engraved on the palms of My hands."
Now, the queen of the south come to see the wisdom of Solomon. Here was
Jesus, after all these hundreds of years, was doing the same thing. And
they… She said… They… She come to hear Solomon. And here was He
with the same gift, only greater, and promised that in this day they
would receive the sign of the resurrection. God, make us real. Pray
now. God be with you. Just pray, just silently to yourself, saying, "Be
merciful, Lord. I now repent of all my sins. I believe on Him."
God bless you, trusting that faith's in your heart. Now, raise your
heads. Look this a way. I'm your brother. I've come to tell you the
truth. The God that gave the gift to Solomon is the same God tonight.
Jesus stood there, being God manifested in the flesh, and showed the
Now, the Bible predicts that in the last day the Spirit of God will
manifest Itself in the same way. Just before the coming of the Son of
God, it'd be like it was at Sodom. You believe that? Now, let the God
that you have accepted as your personal Saviour, let Him speak tonight.
How many of you people here that… I'm going to omit the prayer cards
right at this time. How many people here that doesn't have a prayer
card? Now, you do not have a prayer card, and you believe that God will
heal you. Raise up your hands, say, "I will believe it." All right.
Now, you look this a way just a moment. Being a stranger to you… Now,
if Jesus stood here tonight wearing this same suit that He gave me
years ago… Now, if you come to Him, and you said, "Lord, will You
heal me?" He couldn't do it. He's already did it. You believe that,
don't you? "By His stripes…"
But He could prove to you that He was Christ. And the only way you'd
know it, not by the way He was dressed, not the scars on Him, but the
ministry He would have; He would be the Word. And the Bible said the
Word of God is sharper than a two-edged sword, and a Discerner of the
thoughts of the heart. Is that right? Now, how many knows that's truth,
Now, the Bible said that Jesus now is a High Priest that can be touched
by the feeling of our infirmities. Is that right? Now, if He's the same
High Priest, how about your faith touching Him, and watch and see…
Now, if I'm…
Listen. Do you believe He would have anything to do with a hypocrite?
Jesus? No, sir. Do you believe He'd associate Himself in lies? Not our
God. No. But our God is responsible for His Word. Is that right? And
humbly, He's permitting this to be done, not because He has to, but to
show the people that He is God and keeps His promise, God.
Some of you people back there, you Anglo-Saxons, do you believe it with
all your heart? Raise up your hand, say, "I believe it. 'Fore I see
anything real done, I believe it."
The Indian people, you believe with all your heart? Raise up your hand.
Now. Now, again, I'm going to ask you. You without a prayer card, raise
up your hand. Now, you haven't got a prayer card. Raise up your hand,
the white people back there. All right.
Now, I want you to pray. You people back there, pray and say, "Lord
Jesus, that preacher doesn't know me. But You know me." Now, you can
take your hand down and pray. And say, "Lord Jesus, if You're a High
Priest, You let me touch You. And then You turn around," like the woman
that touched His garment, and He turned around and said, "Who touched
And Paul, or Peter said, "Lord," he rebuked Him. "All's touching You."
He said, "But I perceive that I got weak." Virtue, strength went from Him.
Now, if one little woman touching Him, using the gift of God, if one
little woman touching Him caused Him to get weak, what about me a
sinner saved by grace? But what did He say? "The works that I do shall
you do also. More than this shall you do." Now, the King James says,
"greater." But the–in the original translation… Nothing could be
greater. He healed the sick. He raised the dead. He stopped nature. He
done everything. But "more than this shall you do," all around the
world (See?), "for I go to the Father."
Now, you pray. You know what's wrong with you, and you pray. And let…
If you've never seen nothing real done, and He will appear here tonight
in His Presence… Now, not me and my… No matter how much gift I
have, you have to have faith too; 'cause it's your faith that operates
it. It's not me.
The woman, she touched His garment and He got weak. That was a woman
using God's gift. But when He went away from the house of Lazarus, and
went away and was come back, and raised up a man had been dead four
days, He never said He got weak then. That was God using His gift. You
believe that? 'Cause He said at the grave, you know, "I–I thank Thee,
Father, that's already heard me. But for these I said it." See? He
said, "I do nothing till the Father showed Me." That's the reason He
didn't go back when they sent for Him. Now, pray.
And if I be God's servant… Now, if anybody thinks this is false, come
up here and do it. Let's see you do it, if it's false. Pretty quiet…
Then it isn't. It's of God. It's God's Bible. Now, you believe. And
just believe now, all…
I'm a nervous… This is eleven straight meetings for me, and I'm just
wore out. You know it. Night after night, every night, strength,
virtue. And through the day, He will send me down on the corner and
say, "Stand here. There'll be a guy come by on a wheelchair." That's
the big visions.
These are the little ones. You're causing these. That's the one that
God gives, said, "This man comes by, and he did a certain thing at a
certain time. He will be pressing around the corner. Just speak to him,
and raise him up out of the chair, and go on. Let nobody know who does
it." You hear it up here in papers, and things like that. Nobody knows
who it is. He sends me down there, says, "Do this." See? That's God
using His gift. See, see?
Now, you do it. You use God's gift and say, "Great High Priest of God,
let me touch You. And You use Brother Branham to speak to me. And if
You'll just tell me what's my trouble, and what… this, or something
that in my heart I'm praying for, I'll believe with all my heart." And
then you'll be able to say, like the mother deer, like… You'll see
something real, like Burt Caul saw.
Now, here. Here, here it is. Thank You, Lord. Look over this way. How
many seen that picture on the paper tonight? You see it? Did he show it
here? All right. You know that Pillar of Fire you saw in the paper,
there It is. It's standing right there. It's over a little woman,
setting way back here towards the back, a little lady. She's wearing
glasses. She's kinda thin. She's suffering with an allergy.
Do you believe, sister? You put up your hand a few minutes ago you
didn't have a prayer card. You don't got–have a prayer card, do you?
Stand up on your feet. Is that what you're suffering with? If that's
right, raise up your hand. And if I'm a stranger to you, wave your hand
like this. I want to ask you something. Right now you feel a real sweet
feeling, don't you? Just real… I'm looking right at that Pillar of
Fire circling right around that woman right now. Your faith has made
you whole. Jesus Christ… Now, do you believe?