A Paradox (63-0801)
Thank you, brother. Thank you. Let us bow our heads now for a word of
prayer. With our heads bowed, I wonder how many would like to be
remembered in prayer, just let it be known by you lifting your hand.
Our heavenly Father, we humbly come to Thee, Lord, confessing that we
are not worthy of coming. But because that Jesus has made the way for
us and has paid the price; therefore, we can come boldly to the throne
of grace in a time of need. And now, Lord, as we are here to present
the Gospel, searchable riches of Christ, we need You, Lord.
And there might be one setting here, Father, that You're trying to
school in a great way, that You might send them somewhere to a great
mission that You have purposed. I pray, Father, that if that be so,
that this night, that Your purpose will be fulfilled. And help us as we
present ourself to You for service.
Now, Thou did behold all the hands, and looking yet at those that are
up. Thou knowest what is in need. And I pray that You'll supply it,
Father. I offer my prayer with their prayer, and their desires and my
desires, upon the golden altar where our Sacrifice lays tonight. In the
Name of the Lord Jesus, we pray that You'll break the Bread of Life to
us, out of Thy Word. Amen. (You may be seated.)
I am sorry to be just a little late, only I understood that tonight it
was just a–a little late, the service was running just a little late.
And we'll make up for it and get out just as quick as possible. Now, we
want to approach the Word tonight, and with all that is within us.
I know you're here, you, some of these fine singers I… Mel Johnson,
for one, that I know's setting here. I've asked him to sing for us that
song that I just can't get off of my mind. Constantly I'm humming it,
about, "the tears come running down." I–I like that. And I think he's
going to sing at the Business Men's breakfast, or somewhere, for us.
Jim, I want you to be sure and get that for me. And if you have a
little tape, put it on that for me, special, so I'll pay you. My
children wants to hear it. And when I kinda get down a little low,
I–I–I hear that, it makes me feel good to hear good singing. And,
Billy, I go in the office down there, and he's constantly got them
tapes of singing going all the time, and I think it kinda helps him.
You know, there's something about song, that's got power in it. We all
know that. We are–we are aware of that. See? That's… Look at the
army, when they sing the songs and play the music. Do you know the
approach to war in the army of God, is first by music? The singers went
before the ark, rejoicing and singing; then come the ark; and then the
battle. That's right. So that's the right approach.
And that's the reason we come in the service at night. What do we do?
Sing the hymns of the Lord, then the Ark, the Word, read the Word; and
then the battle, and we're–we're in. So the great banners are flying
tonight; the Name of the–Jesus Christ, the Lord God may be exalted,
the enemy be put to flight; and the–God win the victory tonight, and
save souls, heal the sick and the afflicted, cause those, that are
weary and stooped low to raise up their heads and rejoice, get great
glory unto Himself. For we ask this in the Name of the Lord Jesus.
I want you to turn tonight with me, if you have your Bible, and
sometimes people just mark the little text that ministers speak on. It
used to be that I could think of these right quick, without even
writing them down. But after I just passed twenty-five, why, a few
months ago, I mean the second time, and so it makes it a little harder
for me to remember. I'm bearing a lot of scars from the battles. And as
we get older, we just don't think like we used to, and I have… When I
look at the Scripture and see, then I remember what the text is.
12 Let's turn to Joshua the 10th chapter, begin reading at the 12th verse.
the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and
he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still over Gibeon;
and… Moon, over the valley of Ajalon.
the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down
about a whole day.
after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD
fought for Israel.
The Lord add His blessings to the reading of His Word. I want to take a
text out of there for about thirty minutes, if I can hold it to that:
"A Paradox." Just use that one word: "A Paradox."
Now, according to Webster, "a paradox" is "something that seems
incredible, but it's true." Therefore a paradox then would be the same
as a miracle. A paradox is when something that–that seems like it just
couldn't be, the–the knowledge of the human mind; it's altogether
incredible, but yet it's proven true. Now, a miracle would be the same
thing, for a miracle cannot be explained. A miracle is something that
happens, and you cannot explain it, that make it a paradox. It's
incredible, but yet it's the truth.
Now, people today, a lot of modernists believe that the days of
miracles are past. They don't believe there is such a thing as a–a
miracle. But, yet, I believe that the world's full of miracles. I–I
believe the paradox, constantly…
For instance, I believe that every borned again member of the Body of
Christ is a paradox in themselves. I believe each one of you Methodists
and Presbyterian and Lutherans, that never had experienced the baptism
of the Holy Spirit, was in some formal church that did not believe in
the genuine new birth, and has now received the baptism of the Holy
Ghost, is a perfect example of a paradox. Because something happened to
you that changed your whole being, and anyone could look at that and
know that what a paradox is: a miracle.
Unless that happens, you cannot be a Christian. There must be a paradox
for you to become a Christian. 'Cause no one can–can change a spirit
in a man, and give him new birth, outside of God. God alone is the only
One could do it. And it's a miracle how that God can take a man's
thinking, and his ways, and his life, and everything, and change it
from what it was to what it can be, what He can make it.
For instance, a few days ago I was called in on a–a scene, or on a–a
little something going on. There was a fine young man, very fine boy,
he was going with a little girl, very fine little girl out of a fine
family. And this boy, all of a sudden, came up with some kind of an
idea, and he just walked away. He did something wrong to the little
girl, and much as promised her to do a certain thing and then didn't do
it. And instead of coming to the girl and apologizing like a–a
gentleman should do, he–it just wasn't in him to do it.
And the father and mother called me to the scene, and said, "We would desire to know what is wrong with our boy."
Now, it's not easy to do sometime, but you must be truthful and honest.
Therefore, the boy was a Christian, as far as a believer. He had
repented and had been baptized, and had his position among the
believers, but yet had not received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. And
no matter how much he thought he had, to–it–it…?…
You thinking you have, and having It, is two different things. You
might be able to try to say you have; you might be able to show some
evidence of some emotion; but unless your life is vindicating what
you're professing to have, you still haven't got It. No matter how many
emotions, how much you jump, run, sensations, speaking in tongues, or
shouting, or whatever you might lay it upon (which is all right, I
believe in all that too.), but unless your life copes with your
testimony, then you haven't got It. 'Cause the fruit of the Spirit
vindicates what you are, just like the fruit of any tree tells what it
is. Jesus said, "By their fruit you shall know them."
Now, this young fellow's parents. His mother is German. No reflection
on the German, but there's a strain in that family. And, that is,
they'll just set, and you can talk to them, and they'll just stare you
right in the face. Now, they got… This girl's sister, the mother of
this boy, her sister, I have come down the street, many morning, and
this young lady be setting out in the yard, and I'd say, "Good morning
to you." She'd just look at me. And I'd stop, and I'd say, "Sure a fine
morning." She'd just stand and look right at you: an intelligent woman.
And I'd say, "Come up to see us sometime." She'd just stand and look.
Well, her brothers are that way, father and mother is that way.
Now, the father of the boy is strictly an Irishman, moody, and
high-tempered, high-strung. That's his whole family like that, except
one other out of the family, converted. Now in this, this boy…
This father and mother, both are Christians, filled with the Holy
Ghost, and they have brought this young man up in the way of the Lord.
And now the young man's about seventeen or eighteen years old,
something along there, very fine kid, and he's–he's been a real model
boy at home, nice kid. And he's got a brother that's just vice versa.
But the girls, the mother's family, lives close to the–a fine church.
But do you think they'd ever come over there? No. And they know it's
right, but it's just not in them to–to ask forgiveness or ask
pardoning. They just won't do it. It's just not in them.
Now, the genes in the father and the mother of this boy, no matter how
much they are converted, still remains the flesh that's been interbred
out to this boy. Therefore, the boy has got a complex in him, just like
from his mother's family, and they are not forgiving, they will not
apologize, and that's where that boy stands.
Now, I said to the father, "No matter how much you've raised him up…"
I said, "Now, look at you, out of your family: all of them, drunks,
and–and fighting, and shooting, and cutting, and so forth."
"Now look at your family," to the mother. "They're a bunch of people,
just set there and won't speak, very independent, and so forth,
irreverent to religion." But I said, "It's not you. You're the only one
of all your sisters and brothers, and you're sweet, kind, and
forgiving. What does that? And your tree's part of that family tree,
yet you have received the Holy Ghost. That's the thing that made you
tender and sweet. It's not your people anymore; it's your Christ that
lives in you."
I said to the boy, "Look at your family, practically all of them are
drunks and so forth." I said, "And how moody, and–and high-tempered
and high-strung, but you're not. You're kind, forgiving. What is it?
The Holy Spirit. You're no more what you are; it's Christ in you." I
said, "Now, that same thing has to happen to your son."
And the father raised up and said, "My son went to the altar. He was
baptized correctly, in the Name of Jesus Christ, and water baptism in
the pool." Said, "I know my son has come to Christ."
I said, "That may be all right, all the outward motions. He might be
identified as a believer with the believers. But until he's
regenerated, born again, I'd advise that young man to never marry a
woman. He'll make hell on earth for her, until that gentle, sweet,
forgiving Spirit of Christ comes in. Then that will be a paradox in
itself to take the very nature of a boy that's bred between father and
mother. And yet, in his intellectuals, he's trying his best to overcome
it. He can't do it. He'll never overcome it. Christ will have to
overcome it. When he lets Christ in, then he's already overcome then.
It'll be a perfect paradox, when a man is borned of the Spirit of God.
I've seen critics stand off and make fun, and carry on, of a Holy Ghost
revival. And after while, God get ahold of that same man and change
him, and here he stands right in the pulpit preaching the same thing
that he once hated. It's a paradox, how that God can take the
unbeliever and make a believer out of him.
Now, I wonder if a man thinks that miracles is passed, I wonder what
kind of a scientific medicine you could give such a person to change
that disposition in them to take that hatred and malice and strife out?
There's no one can explain it. But it's a paradox, because it's a
miracle of God. When a man is changed from the person that he is to a
new creature in Christ Jesus, he becomes a new creation. He's no more
what he used to be. He's absolutely a new creation in Christ.
This world itself, that we're living on, is absolutely a paradox, how
it was formed. We find out in Hebrews the 11th chapter and the 3rd
verse, that the world was framed together by the Word of God. Where did
God get the material to make this world? How did He do it? The Bible
says that it was formed and framed together. All of its structure and
its part was put together by the Word of God. If that isn't a paradox,
I don't know where it is. Where could we produce and say He got the
material, when there was no material? He had to speak it into
existence. It's a paradox that this world is here tonight.
Another thing, it's a paradox of how it stays in its orbit, hanging in
space. How can it hang there in that one place, spinning this a way,
about eleven hundred miles an hour? Twenty-four or twenty-five thousand
miles around, and goes around every twenty-four hours, so perfect it
doesn't miss a second. So perfect turning, at a–better than about
a–better than a thousand miles an hour, it's turning around like this,
hanging in space. If it'd go up or down, any, why, my, it would–it'd
interrupt the whole system of God's solar system. And it goes around
the equator, around the orbit so many, a year's time, it never fails,
the seasons just exactly.
Tell me what holds it up there, what turns it so perfect in time. You
can get a watch; I don't know how much you might pay for one, a
thousand dollars; and that watch, within the space of a month, will
lose minutes. They haven't got anything that can work so perfect, but
yet this world turns perfect. Why? It's God doing it. It's a paradox.
God commanded it to do that, and it does it.
How about the moon? Yet millions of miles away from the earth, and yet
it–it controls the tides on the earth. Millions of miles away, its
influence, of standing in its space, standing in its orbit, it
influences the earth. Each planet influences the other by staying in
Oh, what a sermon I could take from here, a lesson, how that each one
of God's creatures would stay in its place, it would influence the
other. But we get off on some wild tantrum somewhere, and form an
organization, and separate ourselves, seemingly not having the faith,
and then we got the whole system of Christianity mixed up. If every man
would stay in his place, it would be a paradox of God to see how God
could bring Presbyterians, Lutherans, Baptists, Methodists, Catholics,
and all together. If we'd come back to the Word of God, it would be a
real paradox. And then the whole church could agree, not upon your
creeds and so forth, but upon the Word, the way It's written. Because
It's of no private interpretation, says the Scripture.
How that that moon influences the world… Here not long ago, a friend
of mine, my neighbor was digging holes for oil wells, down in the state
of Kentucky. And when that moon begins to rise over there, that tide
comes in all the way across through the earth. That salt water, down in
the hole where they drilled, will raise up when that moon comes. No
matter, if it's down hundreds of feet below the surface of the… or
the top of the earth here. Goes down hundreds of feet, yet, when that
moon turns around, that water raises to meet it. It did.
You can't hide anything, when God has commanded it. It's got to obey
God, when God gives His command. That's the reason I know He'll have a
Church without spot or without wrinkle; God has commanded it so. It'll
have to obey. God will have it, 'cause the Word of God has said so.
How the tides, the moon, and everything, influence the actions of the earth. You take…
We see a star shoot, we call it a star. That isn't a star shooting.
It's a light. 'Course we know that, but we call it a star. That star
could not move that far. If one star would move out of its orbit, it
would probably influence everything in the cycle in the whole universe.
It would–it would interrupt. Everything must stay in its spot in order
to keep the system of God moving.
So must we stay in our place; we must stay as sons and daughters of
God. If we'd a-never fallen back there, the thing would've been
turning, there'd been no death or nothing else. But thanks be to God,
there's coming a paradox, when God Himself will set her back in place
where she should be. Yes, a paradox.
Man that don't believe in–in a paradox, and don't believe in miracles,
how could you justify your intelligence, and looking in the face of
things that you cannot explain? It's totally impossible for any man to
explain how that world can revolve itself and keep in perfect time, and
every–the whole solar system and those things, and how the moon can
influence the earth… And how many other things could we tell about.
How the–the sap in the fall of the year will go down in the root of
the tree, without any intelligence to run it down there, bring in back
in spring of the year with new life, why, it's a paradox. No one can
explain it. We don't know how it's done. But God does it; therefore, it
is a paradox, constantly. It's a mystery how that God does that. We
look at it so much until it becomes so common, we look over the top of
And that's what's the matter with the–we Pentecostal people. We have
seen God perform so many paradoxes till it becomes just occasionally
that we even think of it. If we would only stop a minute and consider,
God is everywhere. God is–is performing. And His old timepiece is
clicking right around, till finally she'll go plumb out into eternity,
because God has promised it to do that. Now we know that there is
Now, back in the days of Noah, before the rain come, and the flood, it
was quite a–a hard thing for Noah in that great intellectual age that
he lived in, to try to tell people by a Word of God, that it was going
to rain. Now, it would be, no doubt that it didn't meet the–the
qualification of their scientific research. There was no rain in the
skies. But, you see, Noah said there would be rain, because that God
said there would be rain. And Noah by faith, before the rain ever come,
he said it would be there.
That's the reason we say the same thing. That, they say, "Why, Jesus,
they said He was coming a long time ago. Hundreds of years ago, they
claimed He was coming. The apostles said so; maybe their generation."
That doesn't stop it a bit. We still know He's coming. How is it going
to be? I don't know. But God will send Him. He promised to, and I know
He'll be here.
Now, Noah could only say, "God said so." But, you see, then, after all,
it did not meet their scientific approval in that day. But when the
time come for the Word to be fulfilled, it rained just the same. That
was quite a paradox in that day to think that rain could come out of
the sky where there is no rain.
But if God is took at His Word, He can perform a, make a paradox. He
can perform a miracle. And any man that's born of that same Spirit that
performs miracles, why, it's a easy thing for him to believe miracles,
because he's part of God (Amen.), a son and daughter of God, not by a
denomination, not by a creed, not by a hand shake; but by a birth, that
you have died to your own intellects and been born of the Spirit of
God. And you are a paradox yourself, how that you've been changed from
death unto Life. Out of your innermost being is a new creation in
Christ Jesus. It's a paradox.
God speaks His Word; His children believes it. And God… The science
cannot prove how it can be done; they know nothing about it. But the
children believe it anyhow, and then God performs a paradox, makes it
so. Makes it so, because His Word that spoke the world into existence,
can bring, can make every word that He ever promised, come to pass.
That's why Abraham staggered not at the promise of God through
unbelief, but was fully persuaded that He was able to perform and to
keep what He said He would do. He staggered not at the promise of God,
being a hundred years old, and Sarah ninety to have this baby. Because
that he knowed that God could perform and would make–have a paradox to
happen on something, a miracle to take place, and He did it.
The Hebrew children… Now, how would you make scientists believe today
that a man could go into a furnace? Oh, I would be afraid to say how
many Fahrenheits hot it was; but could go into that furnace back there
in the Book of–of Daniel, and stay in that furnace until the–they
thought that he, they was all burnt down to ashes… Which, even the
men, the great army of soldiers, great husky men that moved out there
to–to throw them in the furnace, those men that went in there perished
by the intense heat of the furnace against them. And they fell into the
furnace, and was down in there for all this time, and come out without
even the smell of fire on them.
God, performing a miracle… That was a genuine paradox of the keeping
power of God against any enemy, when a man is ready to admit God is
true. And God keeps His Word and honors those who believe in Him.
Certainly I believe in a paradox.
Joshua, the great warrior I just read about a few moments ago in the
Book of Joshua the 10th chapter… Notice, Joshua was a–a friend to
God. He was a soldier, a–a general, and he come up under the influence
of a prophet, Moses. And Moses had been taken away, and Joshua was
commanded to take the children into the promised land and to divide the
land. The children's disobedience; and Moses had waited to be old, and
so Joshua come up to take the place of Moses, to be God's general.
And the Lord spoke to him and said, "As I was with Moses, so will I be
with you." That's good enough for Joshua. Said, "Be strong and very
courageous, for the Lord thy God is with thee wherever thou goest. And
every place the soles of your foot shall set, that I have given you."
Then footprints meant possession. The whole land belonged to them. It
was a promise.
Way before it ever happened, when he come down there with Caleb and the
other spies, and they seen the great opposition, the Amalekites,
and–and the Perizzites, and Hittites, and so forth, all fenced in, and
there at Jericho could run a chariot race on top of the–of the place,
and great strong men. That, some of the–the unbelieving among them,
said, "Why, we look like grasshoppers by the side of them."
But Caleb said, and Joshua, "We're more than able to take it."
Why? God said, "I have given you this land." No matter what the
opposition is, how great and–and the–the–the difficults look, yet
God said it was theirs. Oh, God is able to keep what He has promised.
It was a paradox to see a handful of people, unarmed, almost, but what
they'd picked up on the deserts, and where they'd chased other men,
probably with such as old rakes and saws, and whatever they'd get ahold
of, go in there and beat those men down, that were giants. It was a
paradox. God knew that they had courage to do it. And He give them the
promise, and they went in and performed exactly what God promised them
One day in the heat of the battle, when the kings had made a great
covenant among themselves and had come down against Joshua and the
children of Israel… That God had promised them the land, and the–he
had routed the enemy, and they were in the woods and hills, scattered
out through the wilderness there; and Joshua looked and he seen the sun
going down. He knew if those armies got a chance to replace themselves
and–and come back again at him, why, he knew that he'd have twice as
hard a time and would probably lose more men, if they ever got a place
to unite themselves together.
There's where… Ministers, there's where we fail. There's where the
church fails. When this revival that we just had, this great campaigns
that started across the country, when we had the enemy running, we
should kept him on the run. But the thing of it is, we have to go off
just on tantrums and so forth, and big sprees of building and making
more for our groups, and so forth. And there you come, and separating
ourselves from the Word, and taking this, that, and the other, building
up some more of their organizations, and starting something else.
That's the way it always goes. That's the way it was in the days of
Luther, Wesley, and Moody, Sankey, Finney, Knox, Calvin, and all the
way down. It's been the same way. They get their eyes off of the–the
revival and get it onto what they can do for themselves.
But you know what happened? Joshua wasn't that type of a man. He needed
time. The sun was going down, and he knowed if the enemy ever built
up… The revival was almost at the end of the close of it, like we
stand today. He knew if he ever waited till the enemy got fortified
against him, it would be hard to win that battle. You know what he did?
He knowed that God promised that land. He needed more time. So the sun
was about to go down, then he said, "Sun, stand still." Amen. A paradox
indeed, and that sun stood there for a full day, and never moved; and
the moon over Ajalon, never moved also. Because the Bible said here
that it was never a time before, or since, like it, that God hearkened
to a voice of a man.
You say, "Oh, if I knowed we just lived in that day…"
Jesus said in Saint Mark 11: 24, "If you say to this mountain, 'Be
moved,' and don't doubt in your heart, but believe that what you've
said will come to pass, you can have what you've said." Still grace,
and the paradox, on down into our age… Sure.
That moon and sun stood still until Joshua fought his way through with
Israel and avenged themselves upon their enemy. Why? It was in the line
68 Now if you'd go out here and say, "Mountain, move. I want to show you I can do it." It won't do it.
if it's in the line of duty, when God's commanded you to do
something… Like He said to Moses, "Why cry to Me? Speak to the
People today is crying all the time, "Lord, what next, what next?" Just
speak and go forward. That's right. God has commissioned us to do
something; let's do it. Don't stand around and think about it, say,
"How can it happen? Well, this is that." Makes any difference; if God
said do it, do it anyhow. He's still the God of miracles.
Joshua, it certainly was a paradox when that sun stood still. I was
talking to a–a scientist in school one time, and he was a Bible
teacher. And he said… I referred this to him. I said, "I thought you
said that the–the earth turned around (See?) and–and the–the sun
stood still?" I said, "What about the Bible you just tell us was the
truth? God… Joshua said, 'Sun, stand still.'" Well, he couldn't
answer that one.
But the sun did stand still. It didn't make any move. You see? That's actually the earth stopped. And now you say…
He said, "The earth stopped."
I said, "You said, 'If the earth stopped, it lost its gravitation and
everybody would fall off of it.' Now what are you going to do?"
It's a paradox. Amen. God stopped the entire earth from turning
(Amen.), because a man said, "Stand still there, till I fight this
battle through." That's a paradox. Amen.
It was a paradox when all the armies of Israel was backed up in a
corner, and they were afraid of some great big prehistoric-like giant
standing there by the name of Goliath. And there the armies of Israel,
well-trained Saul, head and shoulders above the rest of his army, and
shaking in his boots. Nobody was able to meet the challenge of this man
of that day.
But there come a little, ruddy-looking, stoop-shouldered kid up,
weighing about ninety pounds, with a piece of sheepskin draped around
him like that. He said, "Shame on this army of the living God; stand
here and let that uncircumcised Philistine defy the armies of the
When the word come to Saul, Saul said, "You're nothing but a youth, and
he's a warrior from his youth. And you're a kid, and look what he is.
Why, you couldn't go against him."
But what did he take? He never took a spear; he never took a sword; but
he took a slingshot. And only one place could hit that giant, that was
right in the forehead, where his armor dropped down over his face to
hide his eyes. And that rock, and a long distance from that
fourteen-foot needle spear he had in his hand; was all out as long as
it was, could've picked up little David and done anything to him, and
hung him in the tree, as he threatened to do, and let the birds eat his
But what happened? There was a paradox, when God took a ruddy little
man that wasn't very much to look at, at all, not even a trained
soldier, just a kid that had faith in Him, and put the whole country to
shame. God did it by a paradox. Amen. He's still God tonight of a
paradox, just the same as He was then.
He put the whole army to riot. They saw that, and begin to run and take
off, because that they seen that in that little fellow was a faith in a
God Who could change all nature, do anything He wanted to do, when man
would believe His Word. Certainly. I believe it was a paradox.
Moses, a great military man who tried to deliver Israel, and didn't do
it… He wanted to destroy the Egyptians. He destroyed one man, and he
got in trouble over it, doing it in his own will. But then he took a
stick, an old dry stick off of the desert, and slew a whole army. Amen.
If that ain't a paradox, I don't know why. When he struck that stick
over the sea, and called for the sea to close; and he drowned Egypt, a
whole nation at one time, by a stick in his hand. Amen.
It was a paradox, how he led Israel through the wilderness, and for
forty years, and when they come out, there wasn't a feeble person among
them. That's a paradox. Yes, sir. What a great man it was, what God did
for him, because he believed God. It was a paradox. Yes, sir.
It was a paradox, when God chose one little man by the name of Micaiah,
before four hundred well-trained prophets of Israel, because this man
was willing to stay with the Word of God when all opposition was
When the four hundred said, "Why, go on up." He said to Ahab and
Jehoshaphat, "Go on up, the Lord is with you. We just got the
revelation. The Lord is with you. Go up, you'll push them plumb off of
our land, because it's ours. God gave it to us. Joshua divided up the
lands, and this belongs to us. And there's the Philistines up there,
eating corn off of our fields. Why, it's no more than reason; our
revelation is right."
Then how God chose a little man like Micaiah, that couldn't even get
into the association, but he come up there with the Word of the Lord.
And he said, "Go on up, but I seen Israel scatter like sheep having no
shepherd." It was a paradox, how God would stand a little bitty
unnoticed fellow out there in the midst of a whole great big four
hundred group of prophets, of Israelite prophets, Jewish prophets
standing there prophesying falsely. How did Micaiah know he was right?
Because he was right with the Word. Elijah said the same thing would
happen; and how could he bless what God had cursed? It was a paradox,
but God made it come to pass. Certainly was.
It was a paradox when a little bitty, sissy-looking boy with seven
little locks of hair hanging down his head, and maybe a bow of ribbon
in it, for all I know, like a little bitty sissy… His name was
Samson. And when a lion, about a five hundred pound, maybe, lion roared
and come against him, and he took his hands and tore that lion apart.
Amen. But watch what happened? The Spirit of the Lord come on him first.
That's what causes the paradox. That's what. A paradox like that would
set this arena afire tonight with the glory of God. If the love of the
Lord could be permitted to come upon the people when they would pray. A
paradox indeed. Yes.
When Samson slew that lion with his bare hands, pulled him apart; a
little bitty, sissy-sort of a boy with seven little locks of hair
hanging down his back…
It was a paradox when he took the jawbone of that mule, and beat in a
thousand Philistines' heads. When them big helmets and big coats of
mail, all brass weighing probably a hundred pounds, or close to it, big
shields and so forth, spears, well-trained men, and an helmet about an
inch-and-a-half thick out of brass, come down and turn up, and just
their faces. And Samson stood there with this jawbone of the mule, been
laying out there maybe for forty, fifty years on the desert, dry, why,
one lick against a piece of steel like that would've shattered it into
a million pieces. But he stood there; that's the only thing; he was
commissioned to fight and to take that country out. He was raised up
and born to slay that nation. Hallelujah.
If the church could only realize what you're here for… If the
Pentecostal church could only realize what you're here for, what's your
representation: Why did you come out of these things to be what you
He knew what he was born for. He knew where he stood. The thing he had
in his hand made no difference. He stood there, and as those
Philistines come. And that powerful lick of that little shrimp standing
up on a rock to reach the top of their heads. When they run up there,
he'd knock one one way, and one the other. And there laid a thousand of
them, laying dead in there. It was a paradox how that mule's jaw held
together. It was a paradox how that little piece of brittle bone would
break through those inch-thick helmets of brass and slay those
Philistines, a thousand of them. And he still stood there with it in
his hand, just as good as it was when he picked it up. It was a
paradox. Amen and amen.
He's still the same yesterday, today, and forever. He's still the same
God to any man that's been called to take the Word of God. God will
stand by him if he don't be a coward. Samson could've run, but he
didn't do it. Right.
It was a paradox when God called John the Baptist, the son of a priest,
out of a great school of priests, a great seminary. Why didn't that
follow? Which it was customary that men followed the tradition of their
fathers. Why, it was a paradox when God took John to the wilderness to
tell him what the Messiah would be, to tell him what the sign of the
Messiah would be, how he would know it. Instead of going to school to
learn what the Messiah would be; God took him to the wilderness to tell
him what the Messiah would be. It was quite a paradox to them people in
that day. Yes.
When the virgin birth came on, that was a paradox; how that God in
order to make Himself known to man, became man. How that God, the great
Spirit… God, to me, was before; there wasn't even a light; there
wasn't a meteor; there wasn't a–a–atom; there wasn't a molecule;
there–there–there wasn't anything, and everything was God. Yes,
that's how great He is. He's from eternity, through eternity. He always
was God. He always will be God. And how the greatest of all Life become
a little small germ in the womb of a woman in order to take His own law
to pay the penalty of His law: death; how God was manifested in the
flesh, how the great God of heaven changed His strain, and come from
being God to be man, through the virgin birth, nobody can figure it
Science today can't tell you how that virgin birth was, but God did it.
He came. No one was able; everyone was sexually born. Like the re…
One man was the same as the rest of them; no one could help the other
one. We was all in trouble. And then God Himself came down and was
born, not of a Jew, not of a Gentile, but His Blood was God. Blood
comes from the male sex. In this case, it was God, God the Creator,
created the Blood cell in the womb of Mary, and built Himself a
tabernacle that Himself come down and lived in it.
"God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself." The very word
"Christ" means "the Anointed One." Glory to God. God in His Fullness
dwelt in Him. Amen. "And in Him dwelt the Fullness of the Godhead
bodily." That was a paradox. It staggered people in them day, "You
being a man, make yourself God." It still does it. But just the same,
it's still the same paradox is carried on. He was God. He's still God.
He always will be God. Yes, sir. He's the same yesterday, today, and
forever. Yes, sir.
That virgin birth was a mystery to the people; they couldn't understand
it, just like the new birth is today. The new birth is a mystery to the
people. They can't understand it. They don't know what you mean. They
have belittled it, bring it down, saying, "Well, because you believe
something." The devils believe the same thing and tremble. It isn't
what you believe; it's what God has actually done. The new birth is a
birth. It was a new. It was a paradox, when God brought new Life to the
human race. To reject it, is eternal separation. To receive it, is
Eternal Life. You have…
You're on the same basis as Adam and Eve was. You can take… If God
puts you on anything else, it would be unjust to Adam and Eve. Each
Adam and Eve tonight's got the right and wrong setting before them. You
can make your choice. You can take God's Word or leave God's Word. You
can take God's Word or take your denominational creeds about It. You
can take your modernistic ideas of what it is. You can be borned again
and filled with the Holy Ghost, or you can be churchized, either one
you want to be.
For me to live is Christ. Hallelujah. I believe that that same God that
fell on the day of Pentecost, upon His Church, as a Pillar of Fire, and
divided Himself, with cloven tongues, among His people, is here
tonight. It's the same God He was then, He is today with the same. I
know it's a paradox. It cannot be explained. Emotions, screaming,
crying, and so forth, cannot be explained, but it's a paradox how God
does it. It's the unseen God dwelling in the human heart, making
Hisself visible by vindicating His Word, that He's the same yesterday,
today, and forever.
It was a paradox when a carpenter's Son by the Name of Jesus of
Nazareth took up five little biscuits and two fish, and fed five
thousand people. If it isn't, I want to see somebody do it today. I
want you to explain to me what kind of an atom He let loose. What did
He do? Not only the fish, but the fish was growed; the fish was scaled;
the fish was cleaned; the fish was cooked; the fish was whatever it
was. And the bread was planted and growed. And all of it bypassed, and
God turned it from–from cooked fish to cooked fish. He just growed it
out and He broke it off, and He growed it out and He broke it off, and
He growed it out till He fed five thousand. Amen.
What does that routine mean: break it off, grow it out; break it off,
grow it out; feed, grow it out? That means He's the same yesterday,
today, forever. He's the same God that was. He's still the Bread of
Life to any man that's hungering and thirsting…?… You can't exhaust
They say, "We have no need for miracles, no need for paradox."
He's waiting. That's His program. That's what He is. He's the same
yesterday, today, and forever. He's waiting for you to reach up and
take your portion. Are you scared to do it? Would you rather go down to
the river and fish you out a fish, and try to cook it and fry it in
some kind of a hog lard or something, or will you rather take it the
way God has it? Just reach up by faith and say, "Jesus, the same
yesterday, today, and forever, I claim, Lord, I believe in You. Place
within me the food, the strength, the faith that I need." Watch and see
what happens. With a sincere heart, He'll satisfy every hunger. He'll
Jesus was a–made a–had a paradox, when He fed five thousand people
with five fish, and–and then taken up two basketfuls, or several
It was a paradox, when a Man with feet like I got and you got, upon a
lake like Lake Michigan out here, when the storms was on, and the
whitecaps probably was…
Well, if you was ever there and see how them storms come down, they do
it yet, across Galilee there, and it almost look like bale the bottom
of the ocean dry. When that comes down through there, them winds
terribly, and begins to sweep, and the whitecaps pitched that boat
until all hopes was gone. And upon that sea, where they had been
rowing, from oaring from along about four o'clock in the afternoon, I'd
say, until the last or fourth watch, along three or four o'clock in the
morning. How far had they rowed across the sea. And they left Him on
the other side. Amen.
And at the fourth watch, here He come walking upon the waves. That was
a paradox. How could He make Himself light enough? How could He step on
them waves, and step from one wave to the other? Those big waves
coming, He'd go right up over one, and right down in the other, right
up over the one, without a drop of water on Him. Comes walking on the
waves: explain it to me…?… What was it? It was a paradox,
It was a paradox when Peter, who He had never seen in His life (His
name was Simon.), walked up in the Presence of Jesus Christ, because
his brother Andrew had told him He was the Messiah. And when Jesus
looked that man in the face, for the first time that He'd ever seen
him, and said, "Your name is Simon, and you are the son of Jonas,"
that's a paradox. If it isn't, tell me how He did it. It was a paradox.
Why? Because He is the Word. And the Bible said the Word of God is
sharper than a two-edged sword, and a Discerner of the thoughts and
intents of the heart. That proved that He was the Word (Amen.), the
same yesterday, today, and forever.
It was a paradox, when Philip went around the hill and found Nathanael,
and brought him back into the Presence of Jesus, and Jesus told him
where he was the day before. That was a paradox (Amen.), showed that He
was the Word. "Behold an Israelite in whom there's no guile."
Said, "When did You know me, Rabbi?"
He said, "Before Philip called you, when you was under the tree, I saw you." A paradox. Amen.
It was a paradox, when a little businessman, of the city of Jericho, a
critic of the Lord Jesus, climbed up in a sycamore tree to hide to see
Him pass by. And when Jesus of Nazareth coming, walking down the
street, and stood right under the tree where he was, and raised up
there and called him by his name, "Zacchaeus, come down. I'm going home
with you for lunch." A paradox, He had never seen the man all the days
of His life. He'd never laid eyes on him.
It was a paradox, when maybe a–a several hundreds of people, yes,
maybe fifteen, twenty hundred people coming out of the city of Jericho,
making fun of Him, and laughing at Him, when He left the city that
afternoon, or that morning, rather; as He was going out of the city,
when people was throwing overripe vegetables at Him. And I can hear a
priest say, "Hey, they tell me you raise the dead. Hey, you prophet,
you that call yourself a prophet," they said, "we got a whole graveyard
full of them over here, just men, good men, priests like I am; go up
here, raise them up. Let's see you raise the dead." Didn't even hear a
word they said, one hailing one thing, and one another.
But way back over there against the wall, some two hundred and fifty
yards, a poor old beggar shivered in the cold there, with his sleeves,
said, "O Jesus, Thou son of David, have mercy on me," and stopped Him
in His tracks. Hallelujah. A call from Joshua, not very far, not a–not
a ten miles from where He was standing right there, stopped the sun,
one day. But a poor beggar stopped the S-o-n of God, stayed in His
tracks by his faith, the same kind of faith that Joshua had. Amen.
Because he knowed, if He was the Son of David, He was the manifested
Messiah, and He could give him back his sight. A paradox. Oh, my.
Certainly, it was a paradox. Yes, sir.
God, it was a paradox, how God could become man to die. God, Life,
Eternal Life, could become God (natural life) to die, to save man, to
bring him back to Eternal Life. That was a paradox, how that the great
God that filled all space and all eternity could come down and be a man
in order to die to save a hu–His Own creation. How God became one of
His Own creations to save, 'cause He created His Own body. Jehovah the
Father dwelt in Fullness in Jesus Christ His Son. Jesus was the body of
God. God was represented in the Tabernacle, the flesh of Jesus Christ,
and how that that One that filled all space and all eternity become one
Man. Amen. You see what I mean? There, and that God could do that to
die, and, oh, that was a paradox in itself, how He could make Hisself
that way in order to suffer death for the whole human race.
But, oh, what a paradox, when a Man had been crucified, put to death,
pushed a big Roman spear, about six or eight-inches wide through His
heart, and Blood and water gushed out. And they took Him off the cross,
dead, wrapped Him in–in cloth, and laid Him in a tomb. He was so dead
till the Roman centurion said He was dead; everybody there said He was
dead; the moon said He was dead; the stars said He was dead; the sun
said He was dead; the earth had a nervous prostration; it said He was
dead. And on the third day, could raise up to life again, immortal,
from death. That's a paradox. Amen. He said, "I have power to lay My
life down; I have power to take it up again." A genuine paradox of God,
His resurrection was.
It was a paradox of God, when Jesus chose fishermen, un–instead of
trained priests to carry His message. Looked like, when He come, He'd
have come to the great Pharisees and Sadducees, and said, "Brethren,
you are the men who down through the ages has kept this denomination
clean. I come to take you now. Your fathers would be proud of you, when
they can look down over the realms of heaven," or wherever they was. I
doubt it. (Jesus said, "You are of your father, the devil.") "So then
look down, say, 'Well, we'd be happy.' They'd be happy to know this.
I've come now to take up where you all have brought it to."
It was a paradox, when He condemned every one of them and told them
they were of the devil, and went down on the Sea of Galilee and picked
up ignorant fishermen who didn't even know how to write their own name,
and give them the keys to the Kingdom of heaven, instead of giving
Caiaphas, the high priest. How could a man, to a religion, that's tried
(what they thought tried in their traditions and things) to keep up the
things of God, and here He comes and selects another group, down on the
river yonder. When man is trained and educated, and went through
seminaries and schools and everything else, then He comes right back
around and ignores that, and takes a ignorant fisherman and gives him
the keys to the Kingdom. Amen.
What makes a paradox is when somebody believes God and takes Him at His
Word. God's Word spoke the world into existence. That's the same thing
you have to believe tonight, is God's promised Word.
Look at that poor little woman standing down there at the well. She
said, "We know when the Messiah cometh, He'll tell us these things." He
had told her what her trouble was. She said, "Sir, I perceive that
You're a prophet. We know when the Messiah cometh, He'll tell us those
God talking to a harlot… Glory to God. God talking to a prostitute
(Amen.), and asking a favor, "Bring Me a drink." think of it. Talk
about a paradox…
What a paradox that that seed of Eternal Life, predestinated before the
foundation of the world, could group out in such a thing as that; by
the desire of the flesh, how that poor little old woman, probably
turned on the street, down in her heart she was predestinated to
When the Lamb was slain before the foundation of the earth, according
to the Bible, our names were put on that Book. Jesus said, "No man can
come to Me except My Father draws him, and all the Father has given Me
will come." Just scatter the Light.
Watch when that Light hit those priests and all their intellects. What
happened? They said, "He's Beelzebub, a fortuneteller, a devil."
He said, "You are of your father, the devil." That's where it come from.
But when this little, immoral woman talking to God, and how could that
predestinated seed be anchored in such a–a vile person as that? It's a
paradox. But watch when the Light struck it. Said, "Sir, I perceive
that You are a prophet." Now, prophet is where the Word of the Lord
comes to the prophet. See? And that was her sin, and He the prophet had
the Word. So she said, "I perceive that You are a prophet. Now, we know
that when the Messiah cometh, He'll do these things."
He said, "I'm He, that speaks to you."
Brother, she left that bucket, and away she went. Her testimony saved
her city, Sychar. Now, that was a paradox, when God, when Jesus did
that. Yes, sir.
It was a paradox, when God put His Spirit in the Pentecostals, the poor
fishermen and uneducated people, instead of Caiaphas the high priest.
And, oh, how He put His Gospel. It was a paradox, when God chose the
way that's called heresy, crazy, people staggered, and jumping and
carrying on, and acting like they were insane. They called them crazy.
It's a paradox, when God would bypass the great high synagogues, the
great Sanhedrin courts and the great high, scholared priests, and pick
up a bunch of ignorant, unlearned fishermen that hadn't knowed no more
than just to believe Him and to take His Word, and see the results. And
it pleased God to bypass what they called the most holy thing in the
world to pick up a bunch of low trash, it was called, and the way that
they were worshipping, called heresy, to make the way of salvation.
Yes. Now, that's the truth; you can't deny it. Paul said, "In the way
that's called heresy, that's the way I worship my God, the God of our
fathers; the way that's called heresy." Yes.
It was a paradox, when that great Pillar of Fire that come down from
heaven; a Angel of the Lord, a Pillar of Fire led the children of
Israel through the wilderness. That was a paradox, that talked to Moses
out there in the burning bush. And it was a paradox. And eight hundred
years later… And according to the Scripture in Saint John 8:58, if
you want to know where it's at. You want to know where it started out,
first, was Exodus 13:31. And it was a paradox, when after all that
journey and all that time, that here Jesus said, that, "Before Abraham
was, I AM." I AM was in the burning bush. I AM was the One that talked
It was a strange thing, that after His death, burial, and
resurrection… And Saul, that little hook-nosed Jew, crabbed, and
nasty temper, and even put some of the Church to death; on his road
down to Damascus to arrest those people… And down there they had a
prophet named Ananias, and was down there prophesying to them, a
prophet of the Lord, telling them the Word of the Lord, 'cause He come
to him. And while Pastor Ananias was down there, prophesying, Saul went
down to get him. And right in the middle of the day, that same Pillar
of Fire that come down and led Israel, struck Saul to the ground. And
all the people, standing around, could not see It. But It was so bright
to Paul, till It put his eyes out. Amen. He was blind. It was so real
to him, and the rest of them couldn't see It. It's a paradox. My.
Oh, what one senses of one person would declare, it would declare to
another. That's the reason that people can set in the–in the meeting,
and look at the work of the Lord, and get up and walk out, and make fun
of It; and the other holds to It with all their heart. It's a paradox,
how God could make men of the same…?… It's a paradox to see how God
does it, even in this day. It was a paradox for Paul.
You know, Paul never did see Jesus in physical form. He had to accept
the revelation just like Peter did. Peter never knowed Jesus by
physical form. He said, "Who does men say I the Son of man am?"
"Some of them said, why, You're Moses, and some say You're Elias, and Jeremias."
He said, "That's not what I asked. What do you say?"
Peter said, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God."
He said, "Blessed art thou, Simon, the son of Jonas. Flesh and blood
has not revealed it to you, but My Father which is in heaven has
revealed it. And upon this rock, I'll build My Church, and the gates of
hell cannot prevail against it." There you are, a paradox. When He was
standing there, and didn't know Him in human flesh, but he knowed Him
by His works and revelation, see Him fulfill exactly what the Scripture
That's the same kind of a paradox that brings a man from some old cold
formal creed into a living God. It's a paradox to see the same man read
the same Bible, and deny It, while the other one will believe It and
accept the evidence of It. Yeah, it's a paradox, when he can see It
working on the other fellow, sure he ought to know that it's the same
God. His creed's wrong, if it's contrary. If God is vindicating His
Word, then your creed's wrong. Amen. Don't mean to be so rude, but
that's the truth: a paradox.
I said, "Thirty minutes," and it's just exactly that. I got about six
pages of notes here yet. Paradox, do you believe in it? Amen. I believe
in it. And I'll stop.
Let me tell you something. Listen. I… Here sometime ago, down in the
south, where I come from, I was having a little bit of ice cream, one
day. An old druggist friend of mine, a real old borned again saint, he
was a real man. Hadn't seen him for some time, and I was going through
the city; I stopped to see him. And I seen his name up there, and I
thought, "Well, there, he's got this business here, and been there for
I went up, went in, and there he was setting there, looking down over
his little glasses, you know, and looking over his little glasses that
hung down on his cheek. And he said, "Well, if it isn't Brother
Branham." And he raised up, and come put his arms around me, and come
pat me. Told his son, said, "Go get us some–some ice cream." We was
standing there. "Have a cup of coffee?"
I said, "No, sir. I'd talk you to death, if they'd give me a cup of
coffee." I said, "Makes me nervous." I said, "I'll just take some ice
So we got some ice cream out. And–and the girls was back there, and so
forth, in the store, and we set and had a little fellowship around the
He said, "Brother Branham, I–I want to tell you something." Said,
"I–I been a little reluctant to tell other people." We got to talking
about the Lord and His goodness. And the old fellow crying, and tears
running down his cheeks, and he said, "I–I want to tell you
something." Said, "It–it may seem strange to–to you," he said, "but I
believe that a person like you would understand it."
I said, "Well, go ahead, brother. What is it?"
He said, "Back in during the time of the depression," he said, "my
gray-headed son there was just a young man." And said, "We were here in
the–this business then," and he said; "but people were poor and didn't
have nothing to eat. And to get an order to get medicine or something,
they had to go and stand in line."
And many of you remember that. Sure, you do. Stand in the line to get a
little okay from the county, that you could get these drugs, or get
something to eat.
And he said, "I was setting here, one day, reading my Bible," and–and
said, "somebody come in the door. And my son got up, young, went up to
the front." And said, "I heard him say, 'No, we can't do it.'"
And said, "I listened close; I laid my Word down and I listened close.
And the man said, 'Sir,' he said, 'my wife's about to faint.'" And when
he looked, he said he seen the woman ready to be delivered of a baby;
the young couple. And the young man said to him, "He said, 'I–I–I've
stood in that line there,' said, 'oh, it's a city-block long.' And
said, 'My wife just can't stand there any longer.' Said, 'I wonder…
I've got the prescription from the doctor, she must have the medicine
right away.' Said, 'Will you fill it, and then I'll take her home, and
then I'll go stand in the line? I–I'll–I'll get the–the order for
her, if you'll…'"
"And the son, boy said, 'Sir, that's against the rules here. We–we can't do it.'"
"He said, 'Well, I didn't know.' Said, 'Thank you, very much, son,' turned to walk away."
And he said, just as started to walk, somebody said to him, down–down
in his heart, said, "Joseph and Mary was turned away one time too."
And said, "I raised up and said, 'Wait, son. Just a minute.'" And said,
"The fellow stopped. And I went and got the prescription, and got back
behind there and filled it; while he waited, holding his wife by the
hand. And she was so faint, she was just leaning over on his shoulder."
And said, "I walked out there, and I…" He said, "I'm sorry I have to do this, sir."
He said, "That's all right."
"He had his head down, and just handed out." And when he laid it in his
hand, he said, "Brother Branham, I saw Jesus." Said, "I laid it right
in His hand." Said, "Brother Branham, there He was, just exactly the
way the picture shows it." And said, "I–I couldn't talk. And the man
turned around and walked out of the building."
He said, "Do you believe that, Brother Branham?"
I said, "I believe it with all that's on the inside of me. Certainly."
Saint Martin of Tours, if you've ever read of Saint Martin, he was a
soldier. And he was–he was… He'd followed his father's footsteps. He
always felt a call of God. Only, I think his people wasn't exactly
religious. And one day he was coming…
It was a bad winter, the history says. And he was… There was an old
beggar laying out at the gate, and he was freezing to death; and many
people who could've fed that old man, or give him some clothes… He
was crying, holding his hand up. Just an old whiskered, dirty man
laying at the gate of the city. And he's saying, "Help me, somebody.
I–I'm freezing. Tonight I'll die. Somebody give me a garment."
Saint Martin had done give all he had away. He just, as a soldier, he
had a–his coat on. He stood by one side, and watched and see if
somebody wouldn't do it. The people come and gone, and nobody would
Then he reached up there, and looked at the old man. He had compassion
on him, pulled his own coat off, and took his sword and cut it in half.
Wrapped part of it around his shoulders took the other half and wrapped
the old beggar in it, so he would live through the night, went walking
The people laughed at him, said, "What a funny-looking soldier, with only a half a coat on."
That night, while he was a sleeping in the bed, he woke up. And
Somebody had walked into the room. He looked, standing across the room,
and there stood Jesus with that old piece of garment had been wrapped
around him. He knew by that.
He was the man, Saint Martin, was one of the men who contended back
there for the faith that was once delivered to the saints. He believed
in the miracles of God. He believed in speaking with tongues. He
believed in all the Testament that was wrote by the apostles. He
believed in and contended for It, as long as he lived, and God
performed miracles. He knew, when he seen that old beggar wrapped in
the piece of garment of his own coat, that the Word of God was
fulfilled, "Insomuch as you have done unto the least of these, My
little ones, you have done it unto Me."
You say, "The man didn't see it."
I believe he seen it. I believe he got it. I believe that it's there. I
believe that was Jesus he looked at. It was a revelation of God made
manifest, because he carried out.
Talk about a paradox, there's coming one when the dead in Christ shall
rise, and we which are alive shall be changed in a moment in a
twinkling of an eye, to be caught up together to meet Him in the air.
Oh, how God keeps His Word in this intellectual age, how He's the same
yesterday, today, and forever. How He can still discern the thoughts of
the human heart. How He can still change men, how He can still keep
every word that He promised in this day. He's the same yesterday,
today, and forever. How He can still manifest and let them take the
picture of that same Pillar of Fire that followed Israel, the same One
that was with the Lord Jesus, the same One was down there with Saul on
the road, the same One that come in and delivered Peter out of the
prison, that same Angel of God is here tonight, and doing the very same
thing It did when It was here on earth manifested in human flesh. Why?
He's the same yesterday, today, and forever.
164 Do you believe in a paradox? [Congregation says, "Amen."–Ed.]
believe that God's wanting people to believe in a paradox. I've went
way over my time. I believe it could be a paradox right here. Amen. I
believe that God is willing and wanting to take His people and show
Himself. If He can only get a man or a woman, boy or girl, to lay down
their own thoughts and become a prisoner to Him and believe Him.
He's His Word. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with
God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh and dwelled
And now He's in you, the hope of glory, the same yesterday, today, and
forever. He said in Saint John 14:12, "He that believeth on Me, the
works that I do shall He do also."
He promised in Saint Luke, that as it was in the days of Sodom, when
the elected Church, Abraham's group, would receive a sign like Abraham
received, and Lot's group would receive a sign like Lot did.
It's a very strange thing that we've had all these great reformers of
Luther and Wesley, but never did we ever have a man out there with his
name ending in h-a-m, a messenger to the world: G-r-a-h-a-m, that's six
letters. A-b-r-a-h-a-m is Abraham. We've had Moody's, Sankey's, Finney,
and Knox, Calvin, but never a ham, "father to the nations." We've got
one now. That's a paradox. Did you know that? And look, he's doing just
exactly, calling them out of Sodom.
But, remember, Abraham had a Messenger up there to his group too. Amen.
And what kind of a sign did He do, with His back turned to the tent,
said, "I'm going to visit you according to the time of My promise,
according to the time of life." And He said, "Where is your wife,
Said, "She's in the tent, behind You." And when he said that, Sarah laughed to herself.
He said, "Why did Sarah laugh, saying, 'These things can't be?'" See?
Jesus said, "As it was in the days of Lot, so shall it be in the coming
of the Son of man, the works that I do." God's Word become so. "If ye
abide in Me, My Words abide in you, ask any of them you will, and it'll
be made manifest to you." A paradox to see a–a promise God, a promise
of God, that's been made for two thousand years, and church ethics has
drawed the people so far away. But in the midst of all of it, God comes
right down and bursts that Word right back into His church again, just
exactly. It is a paradox. Do you believe Him?
Let us pray. If there's people in here tonight that would want to see a
paradox performed on you, and to change your heart from unbelief to
faith in God, would you raise your hands, and say, "Lord, remember me,
remember me"? God bless you. Oh, just look at the hands.
Heavenly Father, there is so many hands; I wouldn't be able to say,
"God bless" to each one, but Thou knowest them all. Change their
thinking, Lord. Oh, let it happen, a paradox. They've always kinda
stooped around. They've halfway believed, maybe. Maybe some of them
even belong to church, but yet they have never met that time that when
they had that supreme freedom, believed, and knowed that what God
promised, God was able to do. Yet, we profess to be the seed of
Abraham, who staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief, but
was strong, giving praise to God. Now, Father God, I pray Thee, in
Jesus' Name, to have mercy upon them.
O God, come down among us tonight, move upon us and show us that You're
still a God of miracles. Make a paradox, Lord, and show that Your Word
still can discern the thoughts and the intents of the heart. You're
still the same One that was manifested out there, that Abraham called
Elohim, the Lord God, Creator, the all-sufficient One, the
self-existing One. O God, You're still eternal God, the same yesterday,
today, and forever, and the Blood of Your Son has sanctified a Church
and cleansed it, that, the Word… Oh, if they could've only took It
without adding creed, Lord.
But now, He said, "I am the Vine; ye are the branches." The branch
bears the fruit of the vine; for the life of the vine, of the branch,
comes from the vine. How we thank Thee for this, Lord. How perfect it
And in this day of unbelief and superstitions, and–and all kinds of
creeds, yet You're the same God that stopped the sun for Joshua. You're
the same One was on the stick that Moses stretched over the sea. You're
the same One that could call lice, fleas, frogs, whatever it was, by
the mouth of Moses. You're the same God that could put rain in the
skies. You're the same One that's going to rain fire out of the skies.
You're the same yesterday, today, and forever.
O Lord God, show us Thy glory tonight by saving and filling every
person that raised their hands. Grant it, Lord. May it just not be
another self-starched prayer. May it not be another self-starched way
of raising up our hand under a little influence of a–of something. But
may it be from the depths of their heart, that the people cries out, "O
Lord God, create in me a faith that can believe You, and can accept
every Word, and punctuate every promise, with an amen." Grant it,
Father. I commit it to You now, in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
179 All right, it's ten o'clock. We don't have to have a prayer line up here. We can have it out there. Do you believe it?
many in here that believes that He's the same yesterday, today, and
forever, that believes that that little woman that touched His garment
with her finger then… He was–He was physical; she touched His
garment. There's a paradox. He could not feel it, and He turned around
and said, "Who touched Me?" And she couldn't hide herself. And He told
of her troubles, and her faith healed her.
And the Bible says today in Hebrews, that He is a High Priest that can
be touched by the feeling of our infirmities. How many sick people
believe that? Raise your hand. All right. You believe it, and let's see
now if that's true.
You say, "Brother Branham, how does that come?" Just believing the Word
just the way It's wrote. Don't take any hearsay, what this guy says
It's this way, and this guy says It's that way. You believe It just the
way It's wrote.
If He has got to judge you by the way It's wrote, then why take
somebody else's interpretation for It, 'cause that's the way it's going
to be judged, just That; That's His standard. He's watched over His
Word. There's nothing wrong with it. That's just exactly the Word.
That's what we'll be judged by, and This is God's Word.
"And if ye abide in Me," that's the faith, "My Word abide in you," 'cause He is the Word, "then ask what you will."
Now, you touch His garment, say, "Lord Jesus, I believe with all my
heart that we're living in the last days. I believe You are the same
God that performed all these miracles that our pastor has showed us
tonight in the Word. I believe that You are the High Priest. And, Lord,
let me touch Your garment. Then You speak through this brother,
and–that claims that You speak through him. And then he doesn't know
me, but You know me." And then see if He isn't the same God of
miracles, and there be a paradox again, an unsearchable thing that man
cannot discern and tell.
Will you believe it? If He will do it, then we know it'll be a paradox.
Is that right? I was going to have a prayer line; I got so caught away
on that till I–I–I just got away from it, and time's just about gone.
You believe. Let's start over… I can't…
I have to separate you. Let's start on this side here. Somebody in this
way. How many over here knows that I don't know you or know nothing
about you, raise up your hands; and you're sick, you know that you want
to ask God? All right.
Some of you believe, just–just take this with all your heart, say,
"Lord Jesus, the same yesterday, today, and forever, let me touch You,
Lord. My faith is moving to You yonder on the right hand of God,
setting in majesty. And Your Holy Spirit that was in You is here
tonight. Let me just touch by faith, Lord." Then see if He is still the
Author of paradox to bring things to pass that's absolutely unknown.
Just be reverent.
Here, see this right here? It's a colored lady setting right back over
here. She's bothered with a kidney condition. She's just had an
operation. I don't know the lady.
I'm a stranger to you. Is that right, lady? But that is true, isn't it?
Do you believe that the same God that could tell that little woman that
touched His garment over there, in–and–or on the other side of the
lake, do you believe that that's the same God? You couldn't touch me,
physically, you know. So I just… And I don't know you. So there is a
High Priest, because He said He was the High Priest. Is that right? And
you believe it. When you were there praying for it to be you, something
struck you, and immediately I called about it. Is that right? All right.
This operation you had didn't seem to be too successful. You're not
getting well too, and you're alarmed about it. And you come here
tonight for that same purpose. If the Lord Jesus will reveal to me who
you are, like He did Simon that come up, would you believe me to be His
prophet, His servant? You believe that? Mrs. Pigrum. That's right. Now
you believe with all your heart; you go home and be well. You're going
to get well because your faith makes you well.
192 Do you believe with all your heart? How about in this section that's in here, somewhere, somebody believe?
man setting out here on the end, he's suffering with trouble with his
eyes. I don't know whether he knows… Yes, he's caught me now. He
feels the–the Spirit…?… Can't you see that Light above the man?
Mr. Otis, that's your name. I'm a total stranger to you, but you're
worried about your eyes. Christ makes you well, your faith.
Now, ask the man if I ever seen him, knowed anything about him, or this
woman, or wherever it is. There's a paradox. You believe that? He's the
same yesterday. And He promised, "The works that I do, shall you do
also." That's how He identified Himself of being Messiah. Is that
right? Well, He's the same yesterday, today, and forever. And you know
it can't be me. I'm no Messiah. I'm just a man, your brother. But it's
the Holy Ghost here; that is the Messiah. That's the Leader. He's the
One Who knows. I don't know them people; they know it.
Here, I want to show you. There is a colored woman setting right up
there on the side, up there, suffering with a thyroid trouble. Do you
believe God can tell me who you are? Mrs. Kelly. That's right. All
You believe with all your heart?
Mr. Swanson back there, with nervous trouble, do you believe that God
can make you well? If you believe it with all your heart, all right,
you can have it. God makes you well.
You believe it? I don't know them people. Ask them if I know them. It's a paradox.
Just a minute. Here's this Light, It's standing over a woman. I know
who she is. She's setting right here. Don't worry, Mrs. Collins, stop
bothering about that, making yourself sick. It'll all come out all
right. God leads. Now, I know that woman. I know who she is. She's from
down Indiana, or Kentucky. I know her. Her husband there is a member of
my church; he's a–he's a deacon down there, a fine man. But there's
that Light. Don't you see It right over her? She's been bothered; she's
sick, and she is upset about something that she don't know whether to
do or not. You just remember, quit fretting, sister, it'll be all
right. He knows all about it. He'll lead if you'll just let Him go.
Amen. The same yesterday, today, and forever, He's a paradox. We're grateful for it. Do you believe it?
Stand on your feet then, and accept it, and say "Lord God, I come to
You in the Name of Jesus Christ, perform in me, and bring glory and
Your blessings and power upon me. Let there come a paradox in my heart
right now. I am believing. I am believing." With all your heart believe
Raise your hands while you sing this old hymn, "I love Him, I love Him
because He first loved me." Close your eyes. Close in all your own
thoughts, and just let Jesus Christ come into you, and each one of you
will be healed and filled with the Holy Ghost.
One paradox tonight would set this, ought to set this place afire.
Jesus Christ is here. Who can explain that? Ask these people; go to
them. You've got their names and things on this tape. Go, ask them.
See, I know nothing about them. What does it do? God, in this
"Where is any rain in the sky," said the science of Noah's day, "where is it up there?" God promised it. It come.
How can these things happen? I don't know. God promised it. He's the
same yesterday, today, and forever. Hallelujah. Now, I love Him, I love
Him because He first loved me, and has opened my blinded eyes, that I
could come in and see His Presence and know that He's here. Amen and
Let's just raise our hands and worship Him now as we…?… Glory to
God. Thanks be to the Lord Jesus Christ for His goodness and mercy. God