Let us remain standing now as we bow our heads. Lord Jesus, we are just
only believing. You've told us just to believe, and we believe now. And
we give Thee thanks and praise for what we have already heard and seen
that anchors our faith. Now, we thank Thee for another opportunity to
come to minister to those who are needy. And I pray Thee, God, to meet
our needs tonight according to Thy promise. In Jesus' Name we ask it.
We are very happy tonight for this privilege of coming back to the
Tabernacle again to–to–with the Gospel of the risen Lord Jesus. And I
was just a little late. I had a special rush-in case from Michigan just
now. And the Lord done a marvelous thing just then for us. My, how He
knows everything and lays it just… Don't have to tell Him; He knows
(See?)–He knows just what to do. And so, we're very grateful. The
people drove all day to get here. And then, we're so thankful for that.
Now, don't forget the… is tapes on? Oh, that's… I see… [Brother Branham speaks to Brother Neville–Ed.]
Don't forget the–the services this coming week, Wednesday night, and
next Sunday morning, and Sunday night. If you're around in the
neighborhood, that–I know they'd sure be glad to have you here.
And now, pray for me as I go on my road elsewhere, and I hope to be back again soon.
I want to thank you all for your kindness and–and memories of what
you've done for me. A brother just sent me a new suit of clothes from
down in a little church in Georgia. And–and… Them people… It's
just marvelous. And I want to thank those people from down in Kentucky
that I was with last week on the vacation, and all that the Lord did
for us there–great, mighty hand that we seen Him, what He did.
Now, we're trusting to see you again pretty soon, as soon as I can get
back this way going to New York for the meeting. That's at the Stone
church with Brother Vick, beginning, I believe it's November the 12th.
We'll be by here a few days before the time. Then we pass back through
again going to–to–down to Shreveport, Louisiana, with Brother Jack
Moore. That's at Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving week, to be there at
Shreveport. It's on the bulletin board, I think, back there in the
And then, we hope to be with some of the southern friends after
Christmas. And we'll be in Phoenix in January. And then waiting for the
overseas call, so we can get the meetings ready for overseas. They're
working on them now, this last month, Brother Borders, corresponding
back and forth, from a complete world tour to begin just as soon as we
can get it ready; but we have to wait for conditions.
The crowds are so tremendous there, we can't put them in buildings,
just have to set them out on the ground. And then, sometimes they run
up, it's almost unbelievable to the numbers, sometimes as much as
500,000; that's a half a million people in one single gathering, not
how many attends the meeting in so many days, but one gathering. You
know, usually evangelists counts how many people attended in six weeks.
You see? Well, we count just how many is there that day, that one time.
And so, sometimes there's no place to seat will them; you know, you
just have to put them out on the ground. And we have to get the seasons
where it's not raining and pouring down rain. And those poor people set
out there… I seen women set out there with their hair just stringing
down, fine dressed people, and just–just set in that rain all day
long, just set there, and it just pouring, and thundering, and
lightning, and storms blowing, them just leaning back and forth against
one another like that, setting right there, wait till you come to pray
for them. See? Now, you know, God honors faith like that. He does.
You've got to do something for God to honor. You see? You show Him…
The people that's got everything handed to them so easy, they don't
usually–they–they don't do nothing for it. You see? You've got to…
The gift is free, that is true, but you've–you've got to…
It seems like that, you know, like they say, if you was born with a
silver spoon (you've heard that), you don't appreciate. But when you
have to work for it, you appreciate the valuation of it.
Now, you people in the tapes in there, I would that–that–I think
now… I… This morning, the message this morning was to me the
highlights message of my entire ministry, this morning (See?),
highlight message of my entire ministry. Someday I'll tell you how it
come about. And I know that everything has worked for months and months
and months up to that one message, moving up to come to that place.
That was the capping-off time of it. You see? And, it's a…
Now, I'm sure, or hope, that you got the–what the Token meant. See?
The Token is the sign that the Blood has been applied, that the price
that's been asked, required of God, Jesus paid that price by shedding
His own Blood. He did that. Then, from His life came the Holy Spirit.
And when the Blood is applied to you, the Holy Spirit is a Token that
your price is paid. God has received you, and that's the Token.
Remember, that is the Token.
Now, there's many people who doesn't… They–they don't know what that
Token is (See?), and you have to make it like that nobody knows it
(See?), so that the–all of them will get it. Just like preaching
salvation, we have to preach salvation in a way that everybody–it's
for everybody, which we know it isn't. We have to preach Divine healing
for everybody, yet we know it isn't. See? Jesus come to save those who
was in the Book of Redemption before the foundation of the world. He
only come to save those. Who they are, I don't know. See? But
you–nobody can have faith unless you say it's for whosoever, and it
is. Nobody can come unless God's called them. That is true.
So there's many people that won't be saved. We know that. They're…
God knew that before the world began, that they wouldn't be saved.
There's many that won't be healed (See?), many won't be healed. They
just can't–they can't grasp it. They don't know what it is. Many will
be. But we preach it that it's for everybody, because we don't know who
that person is; we just don't know. But that is a whosoever. But some
people just can't grasp that faith.
Now, and the same thing about this Token. The Token, we have talked to
the Token all the way along, but now is the manifestation of the Token.
Now, we have sometimes allowed It… The Lutherans allowed It to
accepting the Word, accepting Christ as personal Saviour. The
Methodists said, "When you get happy enough to shout, that's It." The
Pentecostals says, "Speak in tongues, and you got It." And we find out
that all of it was wrong. See? The Token is the Token. It's you and
Christ as persons together. See? It's the Holy Spirit, His Life in you
working His–His own Life through you. And it's for the rich, the poor,
or for whosoever will receive It.
Now, remember, the Token is what you… You go to the railroad company
and you buy your fare. There's a price, costs, say, it cost fifty cents
to ride this–this bus line or the railroad from here to–to
Charlestown, Indiana, costs fifty cents. Well now, the company puts out
tokens so that… See? Now, the thing you do, you go down and someone
purchases your fare, fifty cents. They give you a token that gives you
the right on that train till it's destination, wherever that train
goes. See? It gives you… That's a token.
Now, this case, the blood was the token. Literally, it had to be
applied, because it was just chemistry is all they had, because it was
a lamb's blood, a animal, a lamb's blood. So the life that was in the
blood, the life that was gone out… So the blood was shed. See? The
life went out, but it couldn't come back on the believer, because it's
an animal. But it only spoke of a good conscience that there was coming
One, a perfect Sacrifice. And to make it a perfect One, the whole
Judge, the God of heaven, become the Sacrifice, Judge, Jury, and
Attorney. See? He become the Sacrifice, and then when His Life went
out, which was God… And the Word there where it comes, "Now, I'll
give unto them Eternal Life"… Now, in the Greek… (I know I'm
talking to scholars. I see two or three. See?) And I… And the word in
the Greek there is–is "Zoe," Z-o-e, in the Greek, which means "God's
own Life." And "I will give unto him Zoe, My own Life." Christ and God
Then the Life that was in Christ is the Holy Ghost, not the third
person, but the same Person in the form of the Holy Spirit, coming upon
you as a Token that your life and your fare is paid. You have been
accepted. Until that Token comes, you're not permitted on the highway.
You're not permitted on the–in the–the bus line. You're not permitted
to go in until you can present this Token, and that Token is your fare.
And now, It shows that the Blood has been shed and been applied to you,
the price has been applied to you, and you have the Token that the
Blood is applied to you and you're accepted. Get it now? Oh, my. Oh.
Now, now, there's just not… No certain evidence. See? You say,
"Brother Branham (I feel it in your minds. You see?), why will I know?"
Look. What were you? And what are you? There's how you know. See? What
was you before this Token was applied? What are you after It's applied?
What was your desires before, and what is your desires after? Then you
know whether the Token's applied or not. And these other things just
automatically go with that. See? It–it isn't…
Like, talking about it and say, "Tongues is the evidence." Now, I will
bare–buy a pair of shoes; the tongue isn't the shoe. It just comes
with the shoe. See? It just comes with the shoe. See? Now, the same
thing is the Token. The Token is Christ. But speaking in tongues, and
casting out devils, and doing those things, and preaching, and
whatever, is the evidence It's there, true; but it's–it's not It. See?
It's a gift of It.
If I told you that… You say, "I want you, Brother Branham," and I'll
give you a gift (See?), well, that's not me, that's my gift. Tongues is
a gift of the Holy Ghost, not the Holy Ghost, a gift of the Holy Ghost.
And the devil can impersonate any of those things. But he cannot be the
Holy Ghost. See? He can impersonate these gifts, but he can't be the
Holy Ghost. And the Holy Ghost is the Token that the Blood's been
applied, because It follows the Blood all the way from the Book of
Redemption. See it? That was the purpose of Him coming. That's what He
followed in every age. Every age He's followed that to see that It's
brought forth. And they could not be made perfect without us. And now,
the entire Holy Spirit visits the church making God in human flesh as
He did before Sodom, the burning there, which was a type. Then Abraham,
He appeared to him.
And all the things that He hasn't done down through the ages, in the
church ages, He is now doing. Back to the Word, because the messages,
and the messages, and the messages has to wind up in the entire Word.
And in the last days, the Seven Seals being open, was to pick up every
straggle that's been left off in it and make the whole thing in one
great big body of the Bride, that them who lived back there was not
perfect until this church be perfected, the Bride group in the last
days, to bring them in and all together be taken up. See?
The Token, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, is among us. We should
reverence that. We–we–we can't humble ourselves enough. Taking off
your shoes or getting on your knees wouldn't expel it, it would–it
wouldn't satisfy; it wouldn't suffice us, but a life that brings forth
the fruit of the Spirit…
Now, what is the fruit of the Spirit? See? Love, joy, peace…
Remember this morning? Preparation, sent the messenger with the
message. Next thing He done after He sent the messenger with the
message, He sent the Pillar of Fire for a vindication. Next thing was
after that, was consolation. See? You knew that it was right; you was
at peace. We have peace with God through the Lord Jesus Christ. See?
26 Now, tonight we're going to pray for the sick. And I think they have Communion. [Brother Branham speaks to Brother Neville–Ed.]
You–you don't have baptism, baptismal service? Just
Communion–Communion. And we want you to stay for Communion, and with
the–within thirty-five or forty minutes we aim to be finished and
ready for the Communion.
And now, tomorrow is the time of Labor day, so you can kinda rest up.
Now, I said that was our intentions. You see? We don't know what the…
I want to be sure to make that right.
Now, this morning I told you, being not with you, I–I think we had
another two or three hour message this morning. But–but I–I just got
started, and I thought I'd just carry that over for tonight, but it was
just too tremendous. I don't know whether the people got it or not. I
hope they do, everywhere. I hope there was some good tapes on it, so it
can be carried out to be known that I believe of all the message that I
ever brought, that absolutely was ordained of God, outside of
the–course the regular commission, like the Seven Seals and
things–that was directly the Word of God. I'm talking about a message
to preach; I believe that one was it (See?), the–the–the one that's
needed to follow those Seven Seals.
Now, watch what's come after the Seven Seals: the uniting of the
people, united signs, the red light flashing in the last days; the sign
of women getting prettier; and men, what they would do; all these signs
of the Holy Spirit leading up; and then come right back here to the
capping-off of all those messages since the Seven Seals. It's capped
off in this one thing: the Token that we are all right. See? Just check
ourselves and see if we're in the faith.
Now, the Lord bless you. And now, before we–before we turn over in the
Bible… To pray for the sick… We ask this morning, how many was
prayed for last Sunday night that–that had got healed, was healed
already this week, and practically everybody here raised up their hand.
That was at the meeting last Sunday night. Now, it's something… You
understand. It's something that's… it's–it's… I'm catching this
31 There was a little boy, that was just told, come down from Chicago, a little Mrs. (What was that woman?) [Brother Branham asks Brother Neville the woman's name–Ed.]
Peckenpaugh–Mrs. Peckenpaugh from–from… She was a very fine
Christian sister. And she brought somebody, a–a kid, the way I
understand it, a little boy or something, that–that the doctors didn't
even know what was the matter with him. His lungs was so bad or
something, that–that they couldn't do–couldn't put him in school or
something. It was very, very bad. And said, the Holy Spirit right after
the message, spoke to that little boy, and called him, told him his
conditions and so forth, and pronounced his healing. And this week he
went… The mother, or parents, or whoever it was, taken him back to
the doctor; and the doctor said he had a new set of lungs (See?), new
set of lungs. And the way I understand that the–that the parents or
somebody called a long distance call or some way to let it be known to
the congregation. See?
Now, God, the Creator, can make a set of lungs. I–I truly believe that
we're on the–the verge of one of the most mightiest things that ever
struck the earth since the days…?… See? But now, we can only be
known as… It'll be so humble. See? See, what man calls mighty, God
calls abomination. But what man calls foolish, God calls mighty. See?
But now watch it (See?); it'll be so humble that you'll never
miss–that you'll miss it if you've not got the Token there to examine
it. You see? See?
Who would ever thought that the mountains was skipping like little rams
and the leaves were clapping their hands, when a prophet came forth
from the wilderness, that was spoken by Isaiah 1,200 or 712 years
before, with whiskers all over his face, and a piece of sheepskin, not
even a pulpit to preach in, excommunicated from all the churches, and
standing on the bank of the Jordan screaming, "Repent!" And called the
people a bunch of vipers, snakes. But that's what God said, that when
He come the mountains would skip like little rams. See? The humble saw
it and was glad.
How could they understand that a–that great Messiah, that was
prophesied from the very beginning of the Book, in Genesis, that He
would come, a Saviour… All sacrifices, and all prophets, and
everything had pointed to Him. And then, when He come, supposingly to
be a illegitimate birth… A father that was not even married to His
mother, supposingly… See? And the woman was found pregnant with the
Baby before they was even married. And come up in such… And born in
a–a little… Well, it says a stable in the Bible. But a stable in
them days was a cave back in the–back in the wall. I met such a place
out in Arizona one time hunting. There was a stable back under a cliff
of rocks. And that's the way Jesus was born, back in this little cliff
stable on a manger of hay and straw, in a cow barn (See?) where stock
And was raised up as a carpenter's Helper; and how could That be the
mighty Jehovah. But it was (See?); It was. See? Very odd sort of a
Person, but oh, when He was just a boy, He astounded the priests by
knowing that Word, because… Why? He was the Word. See? He was the
Word. He never wrote a book. He never wrote a–He never wrote a word.
The only word He ever wrote, I guess, He erased it out, in the–in the
sand, when a woman had been taken in adultery. He never wrote a word.
Why? He was the Word. See? He was the Word. He didn't have to write It;
His life lived It. He was the Word. If He… "If I do not the works of
My Father, then believe Me not." See? "If I don't do exactly what the
Word said I would do, then I'm not the Word." But if… That's what He
meant. He is the Word.
So now, prepare yourself now for the–the oncoming healing service and
the Communion. We'll be happy for you to stay with us if you can. If
you can't, we'll have a dismissal right away.
And don't forget, pray for me and pray for my wife, the sweetest woman
in all the world, and for my children. And now, I claim them, every
one, for the Lord Jesus.
Now, Becky is just at the age of little "Ricketta," you know, just a
little "teeannie," as we used to call it. And then, she's just at that
age. But now, she's a very sweet girl; I–I thank the Lord for that: no
smoking, no drinking, no running around, nothing. But she's just at
that age… She's–she's carefree. She don't want to go to church, and
if she does, she set back there and chew chewing gum, get up and walk
out. That's… See? I want to see her filled with the Holy Ghost.
I want to see Joseph. I want that boy… I believe that someday when I
can't walk to the pulpit no more, I want to take this old worn out
Bible and hand it over to him, say, "Joseph, stay with It, son." Then
I'm ready to climb on up. I want to hear a wind blowing somewhere, look
up, wave my hand, take off.
Let's pray. Father God, our whole life is wrapped in That, for It's You
and You are our Life. Now, there's some here, Lord, that–that even
holds this Token that I spoke of. They have possessed that Token, and
yet they're sick. And I want to speak tonight on giving them courage
to–to encourage them to take that God given rights. They have a right
to defeat that devil. He's already defeated, and he's just bluffing
them. I'm claiming them, Father.
Now, help me to speak the Word. You speak through me, Lord, with these
few notes that I got wrote down here and little Scriptures wrote out. I
pray that You'll help me, Lord, and get in the Word and give them faith
for the glory of God. In Jesus' Name I pray. Amen.
Now, quickly, I want you to turn in the Bible to the Book of Jeremiah
and the 29th chapter. If you like to read, or if you don't, just mark
it down: Jeremiah the 29th chapter, and we're going to begin with the
10th verse of Jeremiah, the 10th verse of the 29th chapter. Also we're
going to read from Luke the 16th chapter, beginning with the 14th
Now, I'm going to give you my text while you're–you're–you're
turning. My text tonight is "Desperation." And I… Desperation. And
now… You know what desperations is? And now we're going to read from
Jeremiah the 29th chapter, the 10th verse:
years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good
word toward you, in causing you to turn to this place.
and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all…
nations, and from all the places where I have drove you, saith the
LORD; and… will bring you again unto–unto the place which I caused
you to be carried away captive. (Back to Pentecost… I put that in myself; It doesn't say that. That's what I was meaning to the church.)
Luke 16, begin at the 15 verse–or the 16th verse:
since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presses
into it–every man presses into it. (Not just simply walks into it easily, but it's got to be pressed into. See?)
"Now, when you seek Me with all your heart, then I'll be found." And He
promised that He would return and bring the people, from scattered all
over the earth after those seven years, back into Jerusalem where they
left from; and He did it just that way like. That's right.
Now, we're going to talk on–on Desperations for a few minutes now.
Usually it takes a state of emergency to throw us into desperation.
See? It's too bad it has to do that. But human beings are so slothful
in their mind, that it takes an emergency, Something arises, and when
they do, then it–it throws them into that desperation. And really, in
doing that, in desperation it brings out that real thing that you are.
It shows what you're made out of in the time of desperation. It usually
pulls out all the good things that's in you.
46 In time of death, I've heard people when they knowed they were dying, and things that they kept secret all their life, they [Brother Branham pants as one in desperation–Ed.]…
In desperation they were trying to confess it. See? And trying, "Take
this… and… make it right. Go!… Please. Go… Do!" See? In
desperation. They ought to have done that beforehand (See?), not wait
till the time of emergency. "Will you do so-and-so for me?" The
emergency causes desperation when we ought to do it without the
Now, we notice tonight that we're taking the symbols of the Passover.
And the Passover was taking in emergency in times of desperation. You
notice in–in Exodus the 12th chapter and the 11th verse of the 12th
chapter I believe it is, it says, "Eat this Passover with the shoes on
your feet, with your loins girded up, and with the staff in your hand."
See, you're eating it in desperation.
They had seen the great hand of God. They'd saw all of His miracles,
and then they come under the sign of the token. And while they were
under the sign of the token, they taken the Communion in–in
desperation, for they knew at that time God was fixing to strike with
And it was a shaking time. It was a time where every man was examining
himself, because the Word of the prophet had not failed one time. It
had been proven to be true. Whatever he said, it happened just exactly
the way he said it. The Pillar of Fire was still there. And then, the
prophet had announced that God would only pass over when He saw the
token at the door. And it was a desperation.
I'd imagine the children were–when they saw those big, black wings
drop down from the sky like a smoke settling over the city, the screams
coming from every house, the children might've went to their daddy and
said, "Daddy, are you sure that we're under that token."
And he could go to the door, look upon the post and the lintel and say, "Son, that's according to His Word."
"Remember, I'm your oldest child. Daddy, are you positive?"
"I am positive. That's according to what the prophet told us, and he
has the Word of the Lord. Said, 'When I see the blood, I'll pass over
you. Take a lamb for the house.' I've brought all you children in.
You're my oldest, but my firstborn; that's the one that's dying all out
in there. But there is the blood. That's what THUS SAITH THE LORD was.
So rest, my son, rest at ease because God made the promise." See?
"Well, daddy, why you got your shoes on? Why you got the staff in your
hand? Why have you got a piece of bread in one hand and a lamb in the
other hand? Why is them bitter herbs and things? What are you eating
it? What's the sweat running off your face about?"
"Son, death's fixing to strike." See, it was in a time of desperation.
Now, I believe that we're living in the days that we're… Or
otherwise, the days that we're living in should cause the church to go
completely into desperation. I believe since the message this morning
from God, not me, I believe it ought to throw this entire congregation
into desperation, that we have played long enough. We've went to church
long enough. We got to do something.
How is it that we can see other great signs and wonders done on others,
and what about us? It should cause an estate of desperation, that we
are determined, before God… The signs of His coming should bring this
entire congregation, when we've read it from the Word… And the Holy
Spirit has told us, "Go at a certain place; such-and-such a thing will
happen," not tell us what it was, but it would happen. We go there; it
happens that way. The newspapers pack it. The magazines pack it, show
the picture of it. Come back here and see those great mysteries hidden
in the Bible, opened up to us on a new field that we never knowed
before, and perfectly blends in to the coming of the Lord Jesus.
Then at the end of the messages, see the action of the great Holy
Spirit; see Him come down visible before people, even take pictures of
It; see It working and showing that it's not a man; it's not just a
preacher; it's not a certain congregation; It's the Holy Spirit showing
the same thing It did when It was embodied in the body of Jesus Christ.
Now, It's embodied in the Body of His Bride. It should throw us into
Those people had seen the hand of God. And that night of the Communion,
they took it with–in desperation, because they knowed that something
was fixing to happen. And we know something's fixing to happen. And
remember, the coming of the Lord will be a sudden, secret going away.
He will come and take Her like a thief in the night. And to think that
if somebody… All of a sudden, there's members of our family gone, and
you're left behind, it should throw us into desperation that, by the
grace, of God, we'll not be left back behind. If there's anything I
don't want… Don't–don't leave me, Lord.
A few days ago I was hearing Mel Johnson sing that song:
And on the Lamb's Book of Life, I want my name wrote. I want Him to
remember me when the roll call. And it throws me into desperation, that
is, like Paul said, "After I have preached the Gospel shall I be a–a
stowaway–shall I be a–a castoff?" It could happen. So it throws me
into a desperate stage, desperations, to think of after all these years
of preaching, would I–could I–a place come where I could fail Him.
What's the next move? What must I do next? And it throws me into a
nervous stage that what can I do. It throws me to the mountains and to
the valleys. And it's hard, because when I'm with the people I've got
to be all things to all men that I might win some to Christ, yet with
that Token always before me. See?
And I see things that's coming up, and you can't tell the people. You
see different things, and you're forbidden. Them visions that they call
on, and sometimes they'd be sorry if you did tell them… And you know
better than to do it. And then, you go so far in visions till
everything becomes a vision, and it throws you into a nervous stage.
You–you look and say, "Now, am I in a vision?" Like setting right
here, "Is this a vision? Where am I really standing at?" See? You–you
overwork yourself; you overtax yourself. And you find out things about
people that you wished you didn't know. The people that desires these
things, to know these things, they don't realize what that type of
ministry costs. You don't know what goes with it. Then it throws into
desperation, "Lord God, I know I'm going to have to answer."
Jack Moore said to me one time, "I'd hate to have to answer like you
will have to at the day of the judgment." Said, "God has put these
people into your hands, and you're going to give an account for every
one of them. You're going to answer for your ministry." That's been
about fifteen years ago, or maybe eighteen; and since then, I've been
in desperation. What will I do? Let me say only what You say, Lord. Let
me tell them what's the truth or don't say nothing. It throws me in
Then seeing these signs coming: seeing the Holy Spirit take us out
there, and bring these Seals, and lay them in like that; bring the
church ages and lay them in; then come down in a great big Pillar of
Fire back there and–and reveal Himself; then come down on the next
thing, on the Seven Seals, and reveal it, even put it in the papers,
the magazines; then come in and take the Angels of God, them seven
angels with seven Messages, and confirmed it exactly what the Bible
said; then during that time, come up and bring in those Seals–those
signs, flashes of the end time, and bringing it up to the people and
tell them what it is, and all about it, the Lord working right there
showing Himself present; and then, right down like this morning, come
up and require that Token on every person. Then you're my people.
You're the ones that I love, these and them's listening to the tapes
and so forth. Then you see what desperation it puts me in.
Desperation, signs of His coming should throw every member of Christ
into desperation now, about our souls, about our–our–our welfare for
hereafter. Well, what are we going to amount to if we gain the whole
world? What are we–what are we living for? What do you work for? What
are you eating for? What are you struggling for? To live. What are you
living for? To die. And you're not fit to live until you're fit to die.
And we see so many miracles of healing, it should put us into desperation.
If that little boy… I… Am I looking at Mrs. Peckenpaugh now? Is
this Mrs. Peckenpaugh? Are you the one that had the boy here, something
or another? Why, here's the woman setting right here I was talking
about. I just happened to look over and see her.
Now, if God can do that for that little boy, it ought to throw you into desperation.
A–a man from New Albany, he may be here tonight. He's a friend to my
Brother Roberson that had a little boy here. I think his wife had
cancer once and was healed. And–and now, the little boy has got asthma
so bad till he's just in bad shape. Little fellow, almost cancer in
throat himself… See? And then, he brought the little boy (Yeah, I see
his hand up in the back, back there.), was prayed for this morning. You
When the wife was about to die with cancer, he knowed that God could
heal her. If God could heal the wife, God can heal the boy. It throws
it into a state of desperation. See? You must come, and when you're
desperate, then God's going to listen to you. But if you're just
slothful, you don't care whether He does or not, well then, that's
different. You say you do, but it takes desperation to do it.
I believe that the reason we don't have desperation is because it's a
lack of love, the love of God. I think that the love of God causes
desperation. If God is in you, the Token inside of you, and you see the
conditions of times and people wading in sin the way they are, it'll
throw you into desperation. I believe it will.
Now, the Word plainly states (if you want to put this down) in
Galatians 5 and 6, that faith worketh by love. See? Faith worketh by
love. And the only way that you can have faith, is have love first.
Because after all, faith is love's incentive. Incentive, that's exactly
what–what faith is, is an incentive to love. Now, you–if you don't
have love you can't have faith. See?
How can you have faith in your wife if you don't love her? That's in
Phileo. Now, how about Agapao to God? How can it be if you don't love
God? If you said you love your wife and never tell her about it, and
never set down and make love to her, expressing it to her, kiss her,
hug her, and tell her she's the best cook in the country, all the
things that you know, and how pretty she is, and how much you love her;
if you don't do that she'll never know it. That's the way. If you do
love her, you express it.
That's the way we do to God. When we love Him, we tell Him about it. We
set down and we adore Him, and worship Him, and… See, love drives us
Now, what if something's got to be done for your wife. Why, it'd throw
you into desperation to get it done. What if somebody says your wife's
got cancer? What if somebody says your–your wife's got TB; she's
fixing to die? Yet, you–you'll do anything. See, it'll throw you into
That's the same thing that it is. We must have love before we can have
faith, and faith… When we have genuine love, what does it do? It
pushes our faith out on the battlefront for God. Genuine godly love for
God and for His Word and for His people, will push faith out there.
Love just takes ahold of faith and–and just… "Come on; let's go."
And out it goes, 'cause that's what love does.
John 14:23, Jesus said, "If a man loves Me he will keep My words." Now,
you can't keep His words without having faith in what He said. So you
see, if he loves God, then he keeps God's Word. If He said, "I'm the
Lord that heals thee," he believes that. Love makes him believe it,
because love dominates all. "Though I speak with tongue of men and
Angels and have not love, it's nothing." See? "Though I have faith to
move mountains and have not love, it's nothing." Love dominates all,
'cause God is love, a God of love. Now. Yes, sir. If Jesus said, "If a
man loves Me, he will keep My words"…
We know it is true that God will meet a desperate soul. Now, we all
know that. But it usually takes something to drive us into that–to
that despair, to the desperation. It takes something to do it.
We find out in James 5:15 that the Bible said that the effectual,
fervent (that's desperation)–effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous
man availeth much. When a righteous man, a good man, gets in travail,
or soul travel, or travail, either one… (I–I think "travel" is a
better word. Travail or travel, either which one you want to call it.)
But when a–the a soul gets in–in desperation in travailing, an
effectual fervent prayer of a man that can show the Token, it does
Notice what the Bible said here also in James 16-5:16, said, "If…
Confessing our faults (getting right, making ready for it)… Confess
our faults one to another." Having no–no faults… ask people to pray
for you, confessing our faults one to another and praying one for the
other… There you are. With love–love that I got confidence, I can
confess to you my wrong. You can confess to me your wrong; I love you
well enough that I will pray for you and you pray for me; and will stay
with it with an effectual, fervent prayer until it's answered.
That's–that's desperation. That's what we should have all the time.
77 Let's take some Scriptural examples of that, what happened, now for another, about fifteen minutes, the Lord willing.
he was a man. He was first a-kind of a carefree boy. He thought in his
own mind that he knew that the birthright meant everything to him, and
he didn't care how he had to get it, just so he got it. And after he
got it, he thought everything was all right because he had the
birthright. He thought the thing was settled. He come up to his brother
when he was hungry, coming in from the field from working with the
cattle and hunting the deer. And his brother, he–he needed a big pot
of pottage, wild peas and–and things together. Might've been very
tempting when a man's hungry after walking all day. And his brother
said, "I'm just about ready to faint. Give me some of this."
And he said, "Well now, if you'll swear to me I'll get the birthright."
See? He didn't care how he done it, just so he got it. And he thought
when he got the birthright that settled it.
Pentecost, there's where you failed. You thought because you were
borned of the Spirit, borned of the Spirit of God, the birthright, that
settled it. But it only starts it. You remember in the message of–of
"Hear Ye Him," how that the child, after it was born in the family,
become a son. It had rights to the birthright, but it had to be proven,
child-trained. And then, if it did not prove out to be an obedient
child to the father's will, then it must be… Well, it did not get
the–the… was not the… become heir. It heired nothing, yet it was a
son. But he heired nothing, if he wasn't interested in the father's
And so, when the Holy Ghost fell upon the Pentecostal people and
they–begin to restore back the gifts and things that was in the
church, they thought because they were born in the Spirit, that settled
it. But you see, there's a placing of a son. And after this son proved
to be a real son, then he was taken in a public place, and then was set
up, and changed robes, and set up there, and then there was a placing
of the son that he had heir of everything the father had.
God did the same thing to His Son on Mount Transfiguration. He was
overshadowed by–by the–a cloud and was transfigured, and His raiment
shined like the sun, and a voice said, "This is My Beloved Son in whom
I'm well pleased. Moses and the law had failed, and this is Him. Hear
ye Him." He was placed. See?
Now, Jacob thought because that he had the birthright that everything
was made. So did the Pentecostal people, and they begin to organize
the–the oneness, threeness, and trinitarians, and all kinds of
organizations, and fussing and pulling at one another, proved that the
Token wasn't showing. Malice, envy, strife… See? But that's where it
Now, see, Jacob thought the same thing. But in fear one night of his
own life, desperation took ahold of him. When he thought that, "Just
across that river yonder, my brother's waiting to kill me. He's going
to…" See, the birthright that he'd gotten was the thing that was
going to cause his death. And sometimes that very thing that you
received as the Holy Spirit, and is, and are borned again of the
Spirit, if you don't watch, that same thing will condemn you at the
end. That's right. The very waters that saved Noah, condemned the
world. The thing that–that you would call fanaticism might be the very
thing that condemns you at the end of the road.
Now, Jacob knew that his life was close at the end. He had a messenger
come told him that his brother with four hundred armed men was coming
to meet him, knowed he–he was on his road. Fear took ahold of him. He
sent men on ahead with ox, and cattle, and sheep to make a peace
offering with Esau. Then after that, he started another group with
another load of stuff. Then he started another group with another load
of stuff, trying to meet him first, to try to turn his wrath. Then he
got to thinking, "That won't stop him, because he's probably richer
than I am. He doesn't need it." Then he took his wives and his little
children and sent them across, that Esau would see them little children
and his wives. And surely all his own little nieces and nephews, he
would not slay them. Then he still, he couldn't do it. God knows how to
get a man. Jacob crossed the brook. There he got down on his knees. You
know, he'd kinda been kind of a little shyster before that. Excuse the
expression, but kind of a little… He was a Jacob. "Jacob" means "a
deceiver," and that's what he was. But there's something had to happen
to him. There in desperation, there when death lay before him…
There may be men and women setting here tonight that death lays right
before you, and the only way that you'll ever be able to achieve the
thing that you're wanting is to desperately come. "I must have it
tonight. I get it now, or I'm finished. Tomorrow's too late; I must
have it now." When you pray for the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the
Token, don't say, "Well, now I'll go up and try. Lord, I–I'm a little
tired." Oh mercy, stay in your seat. Don't even–don't even make an
attempt. If you come say, "I'll pass through the prayer line. Put the
oil on my head; I'll see if it does me any good." Might as well set
where you're at until you get to that place. Until the whole church
gets to a place that it's between death and life, you've got to have it
now or perish, then God will move on the scene. It takes desperation to
bring God on the scene.
Jacob cried like never before. Desperately he called until he got ahold
of God; and when he did, he wrestled not for fifteen minutes. He
wrestled to keep Him in his soul all night long, and still he knew he
didn't have the blessing; and he was able to hold on until the blessing
come. He wrestled desperately until the blessing come. Then… And when
he seen… Until God came on the scene, and then in despair, "I'll not
let You go," when he begin to feel the blessing coming down on him… A
lot of people say, "Glory to God, I got it now." There, you're
Somebody say, "Oh, I just feel so good, Brother Branham; I went down
there and prayed. Oh, shivers run over me and I…" That–that might've
been God. "I saw a great light before me." That still might've been
God, but that ain't what I'm talking about.
The Bible said, Hebrews the 6th chapter, "The rain falleth on the just
and the unjust," just the same. Now, you take wheat and take weeds and
put them in the field. And the rain is actually sent for the wheat, but
the rain falls on the weeds the same as it does the wheat. And the
rain… And the weeds is just as happy about the rain as the wheat is,
and it's the very same rain. The very Holy Ghost can fall upon an
unbeliever and make him act just exactly the same way a believer acts,
but by their fruits they are known. That's what I'm speaking of; that's
And David–Jacob, rather, in desperation he said, "I know, I feeled
You; You're here with me, but I'm not going to let You go." Somebody
sees it fine, the first little sensation, get up and jump up-and-down,
and run up the aisle, and say, "I got It, I got It, I got It." Oh, no,
huh-uh, no. Jacob stayed there until something happened that made him
walk different, made him a different person, because that he stayed
until that happened, and he was able… The Bible said he held until he
prevailed. How can a man prevail over God? But you can do it. You can
do it. A man can prevail over God.
89 One time there was a man named Hezekiah, had been told by the prophet, "THUS SAID THE LORD, you're going to die."
turned his face to the wall, and in desperation he wept out, "Lord,
consider me. I've walked before You with a perfect heart, and I need
fifteen more years." After God had told him that something was going to
happen; he was going to die. And in desperation he changed the program
of God. Desperations, he wept bitterly in desperation.
Jacob stayed there until the blessing came and changed his name from "a
deceiver" to "a prince with God." Even the nation was called by his
name. Yes, sir. What was it? The results was because he got desperate
about the thing. And the next day when he met Esau, he didn't need any
guards. He walked right out and met him. See? Why? He had got in
desperation till he got the assurance. And you get desperate until you
get the assurance. If you don't, don't even come to be prayed for.
Don't even come to go at the altar. Wait till it's between life and
death to you, then something will happen. Certainly. Desperation.
Ruth got desperate one time when she was standing by Naomi. Would she
have to go back to her people, to all that she loved, and all that
she–she worshipped, her gods and her people, or would she cleave to
Naomi? What must she do? And she got in desperation and she cried out,
"Where you go, I'll go; where you live, I'll live; where you die, I'll
die; where you're buried, I'll bury–I'll be buried; and your God shall
be my God." There you are: desperate. God blessed her, gave her a son,
Obed. Obed begot Jesse; Jesse begot… Through Jesse come Jesus.
Like the little harlot Rahab, she was desperate. She knowed that death
laid before her. She was under judgment, and she got desperate, said,
"I'll hide you spies; I'll do anything; only swear to your God that my
house will stand." There you are.
He said, "I'll… If you'll take this token, it will."
Eliezer got desperate when a responsibility was placed upon him to hunt
a bride for Isaac. Eliezer of Damascus was a great man. He was favored
by Abraham, and he was trusted by Abraham to go out and hunt a bride, a
right type of a bride, for his son, Isaac. Through that would bring
Now, Eliezer, being a spiritual man, knowed what it meant. The right
kind of a woman had to be that–that man's wife. And how would he
choose it? In the hour of his desperation, when he arrived at the city,
he prayed and said, "Lord God…" That's the thing. When you get
desperate go to praying. "Lord God, let the first maid that comes forth
and waters the camel and gives me a drink be that." He prayed in the
hour of his desperation.
Rebekah, the beautiful maid, came, watered the camel. And then he said,
"Don't delay me in my way." She had to come to a time of decision
whether she would go. She was a type of the Bride. Would she–would she
go and marry a man who she's never even seen? Now, that's a great
thing. Never even seen him, yet she'd only heard by his servant. That's
a type of the Bride. You've never seen Christ, but you hear by His
servants what He is. You sell out everything, leave your homes,
everything else it takes, to go to find Him.
Now, notice. And she made the decision, a type of the Bride, left her denominational home (See?) to go.
Jonah, throwed overboard in the time of a storm, in the bottom of the
sea in the belly of the whale. All hopes of survival was gone. But it
happened to come on his mind that Solomon in dedicating the temple
said, "Lord, if the people be in trouble anywhere and they'll turn
towards this temple and pray, then hear." And turning over in the belly
of the whale, managed to get somewhere to his knees, I imagine, with
the vomit of the whale all over him. There he prayed in desperation,
and in that desperate… Just a few breaths of oxygen is all he had in
the whale's belly, and in them few breaths that he was drawing, maybe
he didn't know which way he was, but said, "Lord, I believe I'm looking
upward towards Your temple." And with just a few breaths to go, in
desperation prayed under those circumstances, never been done before,
but he was desperate. He prayed, and God kept him alive for three days
and nights, and delivered him at the place to deliver his message.
Hannah, a barren woman in the Bible, she wanted a son, and she got to
fasting for him. And she fasted and prayed until even the priest at the
temple thought she was drunk. She was in such desperation… With the
rest of the women watching what kind of a bonnet the other one had wore
(You know how it goes.), and the other one seeing what kind of clothes
they had on, and talking about the things going on on the farm… But
not Hannah, she stepped right through the whole crowd and went to the
altar. She had been fasting. She wanted her reproach taken away.
What a difference it is today. It's almost a reproach to have a child.
Then it was–it was a reproach not to have one. And she got on her
knees, and she never noticed the dignity of the temple. She never
noticed the dignified priest as he walked out. She was in such distress
till the tears was rolling down her cheeks, and she was crying in
desperation, "Oh, Lord God, give me a son. Give me a son."
And notice, she wasn't selfish. When God heard her, and answered her
prayer, and gave her a son, she gave him back to God. And because that
she was willing not to be selfish after God had answered her prayer, He
gave her a prophet. Oh, that was an extra blessing. Oh, He's just full
of them, those little extra things that He gives. Not only a son, but a
prophet (And there had been no open vision for many, many years in
Israel.), Samuel, the first prophet for many, many years because a
mother got desperate that she could have no children; and she was past
the age of bearing, probably sixty, seventy years old. And she prayed
with desperation. She must have this child. What was it? God had spoke
to her, no doubt.
You can't be desperate till God speaks to you. Oh, church, rise and
shake yourself. Pinch your conscience; wake yourself up in this hour.
We must be desperate or perish. There's coming forth something from the
Lord. I know it as THUS SAITH THE LORD. There's coming forth something,
and we better get desperate. It's between life and death. It'll pass
through us and we won't see it.
Because that she wasn't selfish she was given a prophet.
The Shunammite woman had a little boy that the prophet had spoke the
Word of the Lord over her, though she was old and her husband old. They
had no children, but she was kind to this–this prophet. And she knowed
that he was a man of God. She perceived that he was honorable, a real
man. He come into the house, her husband not there and whatevermore. He
was a holy man. They could see that he was a honorable person. She'd
watched him do signs and wonders; she'd heard him tell things that
happened. He was an honorable, holy man. She said to her husband, "I
perceive that this man that stops with us, is a holy man."
The lady of the house, she knowed that he was a holy man; and she built
a little house out there for him, so he wouldn't be embarrassed. He
could come by when he wanted to and so forth. She put a–a little bed
out there, and a–and a jug of water, and so forth, so he could wash
hisself and have something to drink. And she'd probably send a maid out
or somebody, the butler with–with some food to feed him, and come by,
and visit the day to him, or something.
And so when Elijah saw this kindness done to him… And it's written,
"What you do to My little ones, you do to Me." So she saw… The–the
woman was honoring God as she honored this prophet, as she seen God in
the prophet. And so, she wanted nothing for it. It wasn't in her heart
for anything. She just done it because she loved God. She didn't do it
for any blessing; she just done it.
Now. Now, Elijah said, "Go ask her: Shall I speak to the king for her?
I'm a personal friend. Or the chief captain, I–I know him real well.
There's some favor, something I could do for her, I want to give her
something for how she's been to me. She's–she's fed me; she's let me
sleep in the beds, and–and she's been real nice to us. Now, what can I
She said, "No, I just dwell among my people. We're–we're well off. We have a living, and that's all. We don't need nothing."
And Gehazi said to him, "But she doesn't have any children."
No more that Gehazi saw it, no doubt the prophet saw a vision, for he
said, "THUS SAITH THE LORD, go tell her in the appropriate time, or the
proper time, a year from now, she'll embrace a son."
And the son was born. When he was about twelve years old… How that
old couple must've loved this little boy, their only child. And one day
he was out cutting wheat with his daddy. Must have been about the
middle of the day, he had a sunstroke, I suppose, because he begin to
holler, "My head." He got sicker and sicker. His daddy had to take him
from the field, and it was such a emergency there, that he sent a
servant, and sent him in.
The mother held him on her lap until noontime, and he died. Notice, her
only child that had been give to her by the Lord through the prayer and
the promise of a prophet and THUS SAITH THE LORD… She knowed there
was something wrong somewhere. It just wouldn't work. How would God
give her that son and let her–her love come to that baby… Yet she
never asked for it. She was too old to have it. The hand of God had to
pronounce it. A man spoke it, the prophet. And there this baby in this
condition had died, her only son. So she said to the servant, "Saddle
me a mule; and you ride, and don't you stop. If anybody tries to stop
you, don't you say a word, and you drive straight to Mount Carmel. Up
there in a cave somewhere, pulled back, there's a servant of the most
high God, the one who told me THUS SAITH THE LORD, I'll have the baby.
I want to know why God's did this." So said, "Go straight forward and
don't check that mule; let him run just as hard as everything's in him;
let him run till you get there." Desperation.
And Elijah the prophet raised up, look, and said, "Here comes that
Shunammite, and she's–something's wrong with her. God's kept it from
me; I don't know what's wrong." Said, "Go meet her. I got… Let's
hurry. There's something wrong." Desperation set in on the prophet,
desperation on the woman. See, they were coming together, one wanting
to know what the Word of the Lord was, and the other one didn't know
what the Word of the Lord was. There you are. One wanting to know, and
the other didn't know it. The woman wanted to know it, and the prophet
didn't know it. Said, "God's kept it from me. I don't know what to tell
her when she gets here." So she was almost there then. He raised up his
hand; he said, "Is all well with thee, all well with thy husband? Is
all well with the child?"
Now, the woman had reached the end of her desperation. She said, "All
is well. (Glory.) All is well." Her desperation was over. She'd found
the servant of the Lord. If he hadn't been there, she'd still been in
desperation. But she seen he was there. She said, "All is well."
Elisha thought, "Well, what's going on now?" So she run up and fell
down at his feet. That looked kinda uncommon, so Gehazi just lifted her
up. Said, "Let her alone; don't do that." Elijah said to his servant,
"Don't do that; let her alone. There's something wrong. God keeps it
from me." Then she revealed to him that the baby was dead.
Now, the prophet didn't know what to do. He said, "Gehazi, take this
staff that I've walked on." He knowed that whatever he touched was
blessed, 'cause it wasn't him, it was God in him. He knew who he was.
He knew that he was a prophet. So he picks up this staff and said,
"Gehazi, you take this, and you go and lay it upon the child. And if
anybody speaks to you, you get desperate. And don't you salute nobody,
and let no… Just keep going on; don't speak to nobody. Put it upon
But the woman, that didn't end her desperation. That didn't satisfy
what she come for. She said, "As the Lord God lives, I'm–I'm not going
to leave you until you go minister to the child."
And Elijah got desperate, and here he went down the road, him and the
woman. And when they got there, the–all the people were out in the
yard screaming and crying. And the woman had done the most appropriate
thing could be done. She took the baby and laid him on the bed where
Elijah had laid. That was as good as his staff. And he didn't wake up
there, so the thing wouldn't work. She wanted to know something
The prophet went in. Now, he's in desperation. Now, what's he going to
do? And we find in the Bible that he walked up and down the floor,
desperate. "I don't know nothing else to do, Lord. Here I am. You told
me to speak that to that woman and THUS SAITH THE LORD, and it was
exactly the way I told her, because You told me. Now, there she's in
trouble, and I don't know what to do. There lays a dead boy. What can I
No doubt the Holy Spirit said, "If the God is in you then lay yourself
on the baby." First thing you know he stopped, run and put his hands
upon its hands, his nose upon its nose, his lips upon its lips. And
when he laid hisself over It, the baby sneezed seven times. Desperation
was over. The baby come to life, because that desperation drove the
woman to the prophet, and desperation drove the prophet to the baby.
And desperation in both of them drawed God on the scene. With love of
God and love for his people brought the love of God down and throwed
faith out on the battlefront, and the work was done: case closed. Amen.
That's it. Desperation does it. Certainly. She wasn't going to leave.
Blind Bartimaeus thought Jesus was going to pass him by, setting out
there at the gate, blind, beggar for alms. The first thing you know, he
heard a noise; Jesus was passing by. He said, "Who passes by?" Somebody
shoved him down. He said, "Please, somebody, Who's passing by?"
One of them, maybe a kind little disciple woman, said to him, said, "Sir, don't you know Who that is passing by?"
"No" I hear some of them say, 'There's a whole graveyard full of dead
people up here. If you raise the dead, go raise them.' Is it a
blasphemer or somebody?"
"No. Have you ever heard of that Prophet of Galilee, that young Prophet called Jesus of Nazareth?"
"Well, you know, in the Bible it said in our scrolls that the Son of David will be raised up to set on it. That's Him."
"Is that Him? Is that Him? And He's passing by." Desperation drove him
to scream, "Oh, Jesus Thou Son of David, have mercy upon me!"
117 "Oh, Jesus."
Some of them said, "Shut up, you make too much noise."
But he was desperate. If He got by, he might never have another
opportunity. We might not either. This might be the last night.
Desperation, he screamed out, "Oh, Jesus!" No matter who told him to
stop, he cried just the same that much more louder. When they told him
to shut up, it made him get louder. He was desperate. Nobody could stop
him. "Thou Son of David, have mercy on me." And he screamed in
And the Son of God with the sins of the world upon His shoulders, going
to Jerusalem to be offered up right then for a sacrifice for the world,
stopped in His tracks. Desperation, a despairing cry stopped the Son of
God. Said, "What would you have Me do for you?" Oh.
Said, "Lord, that I might receive my sight."
Said, "Go you way; your faith saves you."
That was enough. Desperation. When desperation is to receive something,
the faintest little touch, faith grabs it. See? He didn't say, "Now,
wait a minute, wait a minute, hold that there just a minute; let me see
if I can see now. I never did see my hands for many years. Let's see if
I can see it. I don't see nothing yet."
When Jesus said, "Thy faith has saved thee," that was enough. That's all he wanted.
Desperation calls for a–a subject, and when the subject, no matter how
faint it is, is received, it's believed right then, because faith
catches when desperation's pushing it. See? Love in there mixes with it
and brings it to it. Desperation does it.
Blind Bartimaeus caught the vision quickly.
Peter, he was all steamed up one night on the sea when he got in
desperation, and he begin to cry out, "There's something wrong. I see a
spirit come walking to me." The ship was about to go down. He said, "If
it be You, Lord, bid me to come to You on the water." And he stepped
down out of the ship and started; and he got scared when he got
started, and he started to sink and desperation–though a mistake in
trying to follow the commandments of God… I hope the church gets
that. The man was doing what God told him to do.
Now, you Christians tonight, you're in the line of duty, trying to
follow the leading of the Holy Spirit; and a cancer grabs you, or a–a
death grabs you, the cancer, tubercular, whatever it is, in the line of
duty, you have the same right that Peter had. "Lord, save me or I'll
perish." In desperation he called out, and a hand reached and picked
him up…?… You have the same thing. But he screamed out, "Save me,
That's it, when you cry out.
Maybe this woman, mother, whatever it was to her little son or
grandson, or nephew, whatever it was, cried out in despair; God heard.
Then we find out that in the sinking, God heard him. In the line of
duty he started to sink. He failed. No matter if you fail, that don't
have nothing to do with it. We all fail. We're a failure to begin with,
but we got Somebody standing now with a strong hand who can reach us
and take us above the water.
If you've made a mistake. Some woman made a mistake, some man made a
mistake, some boy, girl made a mistake, don't sink. Scream out in
despair, "Lord, save me or I'll perish." Get desperate about it. God
will hear you. He always hears a desperate soul. That's what I'm trying
to tell you about.
Our dear Lord Jesus Himself, in the world's greatest battleground,
Gethsemane, He cried out in despair. Should He take the sins of the
world or should He just remain on earth with His beloved disciples,
what He wanted to do. But watch His humility as He humbled Himself,
"Not My will but Thine be done," humbled Himself to the Word, the
promised Word of the God of heaven. Notice, then He went a little
further; and if He went a little farther, how much more ought we to go
a little farther. See? And notice, the Scripture says here in Luke that
He prayed earnestly. Brother, sister, if Jesus had to pray earnestly,
how much more have we got to pray earnestly. If Christ, the God of
heaven made flesh, had to pray earnestly, then how much more are we,
sinners saved by grace, pray earnestly? If–if the decision throwed the
Son of God into despair, what will it do to you and I? Desperately we
God in these last days has manifested Himself so to us by His great
signs and power… Should make us desperate. That's right. And His
willing to heal us and save us ought to throw us all into desperation
to get to that healing stone. That's right.
Look. If Florence Nightingale, the great-granddaughter of the late
Florence Nightingale that founded the Red Cross… You seen her picture
in the book, weighed about thirty pounds. Cancer had eat her up. In
London, England… They brought her from Africa to London, England. And
there in despair… Brother Bosworth wrote back and told her, said, "We
can't come to Africa."
She just wrote back–had the nurse to write and said, "I can't be
moved. I can't do it." Showed the picture… You seen the picture. Only
we had to put a little piece over it. It just had a small cord around.
I thought maybe somebody, put in the book, might criticize because she
was–her body was so exposed there, but–and we put a little thing
across her here. She just had a–a little a rag or towel laying
across–across her hips, but up above there was nothing. And even…
But we thought we'd put a little piece of paper on there and photograph
the photograph back. Keeps the people who's not got right kind of a
position in their mind of thinking, that they wouldn't criticize me
putting that picture in the paper.
And then, when the doctor said that she can't be moved, and she knowed
I was going to visit England, she had them to put her on a stretcher,
and pack her to a plane, and bring her to London, England, and send a
guard out to the plane before going down to Buckingham Palace, sent a
guard out there to come pray for her. And she was so far gone until she
couldn't even speak to me. They had to raise her hands to put it in
You know how London is, some of you soldiers been there. It's always so
foggy. And I knelt down there by the side of a window, and she… The
tears was running off. She wanted to… I don't know how she even got
enough moisture to let tears come. It was just only bones, skin over
them; and her–her legs up here at the hips wasn't over about, looked
to me like about two inches across, or three inches. Her veins was
collapsed. How she was living, I don't know. You seen her picture
later. I knelt down by the side of the bed. Now, she was desperate.
Whether I could come or not, they're going to bring her anyhow.
And I got down there; my heart was a-bleeding within me of the faith of
that poor, little, dying creature, and I prayed with all the heart that
I had. And while I started to pray, a little turtledove come flew on
the window, begin to walk up and down, cooing. I thought it was a pet.
I hadn't been in England but about an hour, just coming from the
airport down there. And I thought it was a pet, and when I raised up
and said, "Amen," it flew away. And I started to ask the brethren, did
they hear that dove. And they were talking about it, and when I started
to say, "Did you see… what that dove mean?" It come out, "THUS SAITH
THE LORD, you'll live and not die." And she's living today. Why?
Desperation. Desperation drove the woman to take a stand, live or die.
Desperation arranged it that she got there at the same time I did. And
a token from God, He sent a dove to give THUS SAITH THE LORD:
When Sister Hattie Waldrop of Phoenix, Arizona, she was coming up the
sidewalk in my first meeting… The intern and her husband was bringing
her: cancer of the heart. She'd made her stand to try to get there to
the meeting, but she was so bad she was–couldn't breathe no more; the
blood was dropping back through her heart where the cancer had eat into
her heart. Now, cancer of the heart… That's about eighteen, nineteen
years ago, maybe twenty; 1947 is when it was.
Now, she said to her husband and the intern, "If–though I die in this
line, take me up there." Desperation; she lost conscious. I don't think
she was dead; she claims she was. Now, she might have been. She may
hear this tape. You see? Now, I–I–I… She–she claims she was dead;
I don't know. They told me, "There's a dead woman coming up the line."
And when the woman come by, she was lifeless. And when they brought her
up there, the Word of the Lord came; and I went and laid hands upon
her, and she rose up and went home walking. This has been about, I'd
say, safely, eighteen years ago, and she's just as healthy and
hearty… She'll be at Tucson to meet me when I get down there.
Desperation: "Though I die in the road, still, but get me down there.
He healed others; He will heal me." Willing…
135 Let our hearts be filled with love in this day, and be earnest, and in desperation. After while it may be too late.
one time had a little daughter that was dying. He was a borderline
believer. He believed Jesus, but he was afraid to confess it, because
they'd put him out of the synagogue. But the doctor come one morning
and said, "She's dying now." Desperation set in. He couldn't afford, as
his position, to be caught with Jesus of Nazareth, because he'd lose
his position as a priest. But I tell you; when emergency come, it
throwed him to desperation. I can see him hunting for his little
preacher's coat and hat, and slipped it on. Here he comes down through
the crowd, pressing around, where there was a woman just touched His
garment, and so forth, and they was all shouting. But he went in and
said, "Master, my little girl's laying at the point of death. Master,
Master, my little girl's laying at the point of death, and if You'll
just come lay Your hands on her, she'll live." Oh, my. Desperation
makes you say things sometimes, makes you do things, and puts you into
action. His daughter was saved by the desperation.
Let's be desperate, like that little woman with the blood issue. The
Bible said she'd spent all of her money with the physicians and yet
they couldn't help her. She'd started time of menopause to flooding,
and a blood issue, and it wouldn't stop. They'd maybe sold the farm,
the mules, the horses, and whatever it was; and nothing could help her.
And the priest had told her never to go–go around such as that. But
one morning she looked down. She lived up on the bank, up there where
her farm was; she seen a great bunch of people gathering around a Man
down there, and they said, "What is that?"
Said, "That's Jesus of Nazareth."
Desperation set in. She said, "I'm kind of insignificant… I–I… But
if I can only touch the border of His garment, I'll be made well." And
she passed by every critic and everything else. But then she got to the
spot; she touched His garment, and desperation…
And when He did, He turned and said, "Who touched Me?" And they all
denied it. But He looked around. He was possessed with a great gift of
God. He was God; and He found the little woman and told her her blood
issue had stopped. Desperation drove her to do that.
It was desperation that drove–drove the Queen of the South. She heard
that the gift of God was working through Solomon. Desperation drove her
Desperately. That's human beings, like you, like me. They wasn't any
different from you and I. They had five senses. They eat, and drink,
and so forth like we do, live and die. They were human beings.
It drove her into such desperation till she took part of her kingdom.
It drove her to a place till she didn't think about the Ishmaelites
who'd rob her on the desert, her ninety days on the back of a camel
cross the Sahara Desert. Desperation, she's going anyhow. And when she
got there, there was nothing held from Solomon but what he told her the
things that she wanted to know. Desperation. Jesus said she'll rise in
the day of the judgment with this generation and condemn it, 'cause a
greater than Solomon is here. Desperation.
In closing I might say this: Not long ago down in Mexico I seen
something desperate. I just got to the platform there in the big arena,
and the people had been in there since nine o'clock that morning, and
it was nearly ten o'clock that night. An old blind man, the night
before, totally blind for about thirty years, received his sight, and
was going around the city that day testifying. An old rick of clothes,
laying for maybe thirty, forty yards, that high, of just old shawls.
There's maybe forty, fifty thousand people there. And old hats and
shawls… Who they belonged to, I guess they'd have to decide that
among them. It pouring down rain…
And they let me down a rope over a wall, and I got on the platform. The
minister… The man that's setting here, they brought his… Him and
his daughter come down from Michigan a few minutes ago, talked about
Brother Arment. We remember him here. He's on the streets of glory
tonight. Brother Arment was there, and took his overcoat off, and stood
in the rain, and give it to Brother Jack Moore to put on, 'cause Jack
was shivering. The southerner was about to freeze in that cold rain
there in Mexico. And there he was standing there.
And Billy Paul come to me, my son, and said, "Daddy, you'll have to do
something. There's a little Mexican woman down there with a dead baby
that died this morning. I ain't got enough ushers to hold her out of
the line." If laying hands on that blind man give him his sight, laying
hands on her dead baby would give it its life. She was a Catholic, and
she… They couldn't hold her back.
144 And Brother Espinosa and them had told her that, "We have no more prayer cards; you'll have to wait to another night."
said, "My baby's dead. It's been dead since this morning. I must get in
there." And she was coming, prayer card or not. And they lined up about
three hundred ushers there. And she'd go right under their legs, and
jump right up on top of their backs, and run with this dead baby, and
fall down among them. Didn't make any difference to her, she was trying
to get there. She was desperate. God had spoke to her heart that the
God could give sight, could give life. Oh, my. She was desperate.
Something was burning in her.
Oh, sick people, if you'd let that burn in you for a few minutes, watch
what happens, that kind of a desperation… The God that could heal
this little boy the other night, could heal that lady with cancer, heal
this man, and do this, Miss Florence Nightingale, oh, the tens of
thousands… He that… Undisputable evidence… Raising the dead, and
healing the sick, and everything else, if He's God can do that, He's
God yesterday, He's God today. Get desperate, then you'll get something
Then in that desperation she kept rushing. I said to Brother Jack
Moore; I said, "She don't know me. She's never seen me. She don't know
who it is up here on the platform." That little Catholic woman
not–couldn't speak a word of English then, how does she know who it
is. I said, "Go on down, pray for the baby, and that'll satisfy her,
and she'll go on." Said, "And it won't cause…" There's just constant
roar down there. She'd jump up, and everybody'd be screaming. She'd run
right over the top of their shoulders and fall right down among them.
She'd gain a few feet, and then they'd try to put her back out; and
here she'd come right between their legs, holding this baby, upsetting
the ushers and everything else. Didn't make any difference; she was
getting up there. She had to get there; it don't make any difference
what it was; she was going to get there, have the minister…
Now, isn't that just a story like the Shunammite woman. Only that
wasn't thirty-five hundred years ago; that was about three years ago,
or four. See? They can be the same thing tonight. When the same
desperation rises will throw love and faith up there to the battlefront
to claim what you want, because it's a promise of God that you can have
it. That's exactly right.
I turned, me, the minister, the evangelist at–at the place; I turned.
I felt sorry for the woman, but there's no desperation. See? I turned
and thought, "Well, Brother Jack will pray for her and that–that
settles it." I turned, and I said, "As I was speaking, now, faith…" I
looked out there, and there was a vision. I seen a little baby setting
there, a little black-faced Mexican baby with no teeth. It was laughing
at me, setting out there. I said, "Wait a minute. Wait a minute." Her
desperation drove the Holy Spirit to change my subject, change my
heart, and show me her baby setting there. That sent the Spirit back. I
said, "Wait a minute. Wait a minute. Bring me the baby." Here she come
with a little, wet, soaking, blue and white blanket, a little dead form
about that long. She fell with a crucifix in her hand and her rosary to
say these hail Marys. I told her, "Put it up; that's not necessary."
And she come up close to where I was, and she begin to holler, "Padre," which means "father."
I said, "Don't say that. Don't say that. Do you believe?" And he said it in Spanish to her, did she believe?
"Yes," she believed. He asked her how would she believe. She said, "If
God can give that old man his sight, He can give my baby the life."
Amen. Desperation drove her to it.
Not a thing on my part; I just saw the vision. I said, "Lord Jesus, I saw a vision of a little baby. It might be this one."
About that time he kicked its feet, went, "Wha, wha, wha!"
I said, "Follow her to the doctor; get a written statement from the doctor, that baby died.
And the doctor wrote the statement, "That baby's respiration, heart
stopped this morning in my office at nine o'clock, died with double
Oh, the baby is a living in Mexico tonight as far as I know. Why? The
desperation set in on a little mother's heart, crying for her child,
that had seen God do, heal a man's blind eyes, and know He could raise
a dead baby.
149 Desperation. "When thou seekest Me with all thine heart, then I'll hear you." See?
Kingdom… The law and the prophets were until John. Since then, the
Kingdom of heaven's been preached, and men press into It. You don't
just stand around and say, "Pick me up by the collar, Lord, push me
in." You press into it. You get desperate, between life and death.
Wished I had time for another story, that I'm thinking right now of a
woman, a girl took a wrong road, and how she'd turned new pages and
things, till I said, "Sister…"
She got up and said, "I–I believe I'll be all right."
I said, "No, no. Stay there."
And then, the first thing you know she started praying a little bit and
directly she got louder and louder. And after while she got desperate,
said, "Oh, God, save me."
Alcohol Anonymous couldn't cure it. Nothing else could do it. But them
big, black eyes looked at me, and the tears dropping off her cheeks;
she said, "Something's happened." Oh, yeah. Yes, sir. Something
happened. She got desperate.
Let's be desperate about this; it's between death and life. If you
can't get desperate, don't come through here. If you are desperate,
come here and watch, you–you'll get it just as soon as you get here.
155 Let us pray. In desperation watch for the Kingdom of God; It'll come upon you.
heavenly Father, I pray Thee in Jesus' Name, be merciful unto us, Lord.
And start in us a desperation. Oh, Lord God, have mercy upon us; I
pray, and let the people seek Thee tonight with desperate hearts. We
know You're here, Lord. You're the same yesterday, today, and forever.
And now, may these people who has the Token, that they've passed from
death unto Life, they've changed from the old worldly life to a new
one… They have… The Blood has been applied and God give them a
Token sign. May they take that Token in their hands, them that's sick,
say, "I am a purchased product of God. I am in Christ, and in Him is no
sickness. I'm in Christ, and in Him is no sin. I'm in Christ, and in
Him is no unbelief. I renounce everything that the devil has told me. I
take my Token that my… 'He was wounded for my transgressions; He was
bruised for my iniquity; the chastisement of my peace was upon Him; and
with His stripes I was healed.' And I now hold the Token that God has
recognized me that–purpose–person–purchased by the Blood of the Lord
Jesus. And I hold the Token of His death in my hands, because He has
raised again, and I am His and He's mine. I go with determined faith,
that from this night on, I believe God, and I'll be healed when I get
there, and meet the requirements; because the last words that fell from
His lips was this: 'If they lay hands on the sick, they shall
recover.'" Grant it, Lord. May a desperation set in, for I ask it in
Jesus' Name. Amen.
that? "I'm determined. I'm determined by the grace of God that I'll
never stop until that something strikes me. And I'm going up there to
have hands laid on me." Now, God has never failed us. I believe the
Great Physician now is near. I believe the God that wrote the Word; I
believe the God that made the sacrifice; I believe the Token of the God
that cleanses us from sin tonight, the Token, His own Life, is here
with us, "I'll be with you, even to the end of the world. A little
while and the world seeth Me no more, yet ye shall see Me, for I will
be with you, even in you to the end of the world." You believe that?
I'm trusting in Him. I believe that He will do it. Don't you?
Now, as soon as I start that, I see visions appearing (Amen.), great
visions of the Lord, speaking great things. Amen. If I start that, we'd
be here all night. Going to believe it? You believe? Amen. I believe it
with all my heart.
The little lady setting out there from Brother Palmer, she's a stranger
to me. She is from Georgia, and she's suffering from a female trouble.
If she believe that God will make her well, He will do it. I never seen
the woman in my life, but that's what's the matter with her.
That little woman, I don't know whether she ever heard the message
before or not, but while I was preaching here, I saw her. You just
believe it and see if that's right. Amen.
If you'll only believe. That's right.
A lady setting right back here with back trouble, suffering real bad,
her name's Mrs. Wisdom. If you'll believe with all your heart, Jesus
Christ will make you well. I never seen the woman in my life, but she's
setting there suffering. She's wearing a yellow dress. Is that right?
All right. Are we strangers to one another? Yes. All right, sir. You
can go home, be well. Jesus Christ makes you well. Amen.
Another woman that's just caught that: back trouble, setting over here.
She's got back trouble. She's got a boy, and he's got head trouble.
That's right. Mrs. Parker is her name. If you believe with all your
heart, and Jesus Christ will heal you both. Amen. We're strangers to
one another. That's exactly right. Amen. Believe with all your heart.
Here's an elderly man setting back there from Michigan. He's having
trouble in his ears. Oh, he thinks voices, spiritual trouble. Is that
right? You're believing that–that… You don't know whether it's God
or what it is talking to you. You hear noises in your ears. I'm a total
stranger to you. If that's right, raise up your hands, and that's
what's taking place. It'll never bother you no more; Jesus Christ heals
Do you believe the Great Physician?
I'd speak to you–but Norway–and you don't–you understand Norwegian
language. All right, tell him to go home believing, sister, if you know
how to speak it. Tell him his head trouble will leave him. Now, you
know I don't know him. He's come here from Norway to be prayed for. Go
back a well man.
Oh, Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever. What is it?
It's that Pillar of Fire, the Holy Ghost. It's that Token that Jesus
Christ lives. And when people long ago saw Him do those things, He
perceived their thought, because He is the Word, and the Word is
sharper than a two-edged sword and a Discerner of the thoughts and
intents of the heart. Amen!
I seen water flashing and this young lad coming. He heard, read a book
over there and wrote in Norwegian. He got to understanding. Somebody
spoke to him. He's having trouble, but if he will believe with all of
his heart, the Lord Jesus is going to make him well. Come a long ways,
a poor kid at that, trying to press in. And we will lay hands on him in
Do you believe? Amen! How wonderful! Oh, my. The Great Physician now is
here. Sister… Where is that Sister Ungren at and that other sister at
the piano? I want you to come right quickly if you will and give us a
song, "That Great Physician now is near, the sympathizing Jesus."
I want the people that's on this aisle here that wants to be prayed
for, kinda come down on this side here, just one aisle at a time.
Brother Neville, you do that if you will. Where's Brother Capps or one
of those song leaders. How about Brother Ungren, or Brother Capps, or
somebody come here, will sing… Lead this song for us if you will. Is
Brother… Where is one of those brothers at? All right, sir; that's
good. All right. Everybody in prayer.
Remember, desperation. See what desperation will do? Desperation will
drive you across the sea. Desperation will drive you from another
state. Desperation will drive you anywhere. Some precious old father
and his daughter with desperation tried to get in, come in, everything
else, and set down anyhow. A few moments ago the Holy Spirit delivered
the thing here in the meeting, just 'fore I got in here. Oh.
those who are desperate now, that really knows you're going to be
healed… Just think, as far as I know, one hundred percent were from
last Sunday night, got well this week.)
Watch, He comes. See? He's already healed you. He brings His Word; He
confirms It; He shows His presence. Nobody can do those things outside
of God; you know that. It's the sign of the Messiah, and you know I'm
no Messiah. So it's Him. Now, here He's proved everything to you. Now,
it ought to throw you into desperation. It ought to electrify this
place and touch a–till it'd be like a match to a barrel of powder.
Certainly. And it ought to explode the faith; and–and love and
desperation drive them people right into the Kingdom of God to believe
with all their heart. Do you believe now, every one of you?
All right now, Billy, you ought to get the…
Tony, look here at me a minute. I haven't seen you for a long time, but
you're sick. You're suffering with something like a dysentery. That's
right. It's going to quit and leave you…?… I seen that thing
following him as he started through there.
There isn't a thing can be hid from God right now. I never seen–I
haven't seen Tony in–for months, I guess, but I see he was having
that. He did have it; he hasn't now.
Let's bow our heads: not one eye to be open, not one eye to look. Let's
everybody be in prayer. And Billy Paul or Brother Neville, one, will
call the next rows when it comes time. Now, everybody in prayer. We're
going to try now…
The middle aisle will come to your left-hand side when you're called.
And so will the–the left-hand aisle over here come to your left-hand
side when you're called. Brother Neville will call you. Now, I wonder
if there is any of the brethren here that would like to stand here to
lay hands on these people as they come by, with me. Any of you minister
brothers, you're certainly welcome to come and stand with me if you
want to do it. It's not an isolated thing. You have rights to pray for
the sick the same as I. I know the Holy Ghost is here. Anybody that
wouldn't believe that, there's something wrong with them.
All right, let's believe now with all of our hearts that God will grant
these things that we're asking. Have faith now; don't doubt. And
everybody pray one for the other. What did the Bible say? "Confess our
faults one to another; pray one for another."
And you people come in the line, as soon as these hands touch you,
you'll go right out of here just happy and praising God that you're
All right, everybody in prayer now while Brother Capps leads the song.
Lord Jesus, now help us. I pray through Jesus Christ's Name that the
Holy Ghost will touch each person, and may they be healed as we follow
Your commandments for laying hands on the sick. You said they shall
recover. We believe it, Father, in the Name of Jesus. Amen.
All right. Everybody in prayer now as we start praying. First there's a
little sick boy in a wheelchair. Laying hands upon the child in the
Name of Jesus Christ that he's to be made whole…?…
[Brother Branham leaves the microphone to
pray for people for the next 18 minutes (10 minutes in this quote till
the tape changes sides)… The words are not all understandable–Ed.]
Branham continues the last 8 minutes of the prayer line starting here
where the tape has changed sides. The words are not all
How many of you believe that God has, you are sure in your heart with a
sealed assurance, that God's answered your request because you've
obeyed His Word? It's done. It's finished. It's–it's done. Believe Him
with all your heart that it is a finished work.
Now, watch this week, and when you come back again watch what's happened.
And I suppose by the next time I get back, the Lord willing, I'll be
running the prayer line through one of these rooms in that little room
that I'm to take them to. You see? I believe it's unfolding now (You
see?) the hour…
I want to come to where I can bring the people one at a time, deal
individually with them until I search it out and find it, and then go
ahead like that, until I stay right with them in that time.
God bless you all. We're so happy you were here. Have you got–are you
persistent now? Do you–are you in desperation? Your desperation that
you had for your healing, has it all ceased now in the love, and faith,
and confidence that God will do what He promised to do tonight. God
will do… From them little children–there's two or three of them here
tonight in wheelchairs–I–we'll believe for them (Yes, sir.), that
they're going to be healed too. They're going to be well. Don't you
believe it? Amen! They will recover; they–it's got to do it. God said
so, and we're desperate and going to believe it now, that it'll be
Now, our services just involve one thing right after the other. Now,
we're going to dismiss the audience to those who have to go. And best I
can see, it's about eight minutes until 10 o'clock; and if you have to
go, we're–we're happy you were here, and we want you to come back and
be with us. The rest of you, after we stand, will be seated again and
those who are going, go just quietly as possible. And then we're going
to have the Communion service immediately after that. You're invited to
stay if you can. If you can't, God bless you. Pray for me. I'll pray
for you. And remember, keep the Token applied and be desperate to press
to the Kingdom of God. Amen!
Now, we're going to sing our dismissing song, if we can and… "Take The Name Of Jesus With You," as we stand.
Shake one another's hand, say, "The Lord bless you, my pilgrim brother,
sister." Deeply, sincerely, reverently… And Christian friends in
times of fellowship, shake one another's hand, brother and sister. God
bless you altogether. Wonderful.
Just sweetness and fellowship of the great Token of God, the Holy
Ghost, may He richly abide with you all until we meet again. God's
grace go with you, smite death's ways before you, making your path
clear, that you might see Jesus always before your face and you shall
not be moved.
Heavenly Father, we commit this service and the service this morning,
those services and what's been done, and all glory to Thee, giving Thee
thanks and praise for saving people, and for healing the people, and
for giving us Thy great grace that we all look to save us. How we thank
You for this. Be with us now until we meet again. Meet with us in the
Communion. Be upon the wheel of those who drive, Lord, to their homes.
Guide them through these reckless holidays that no harm and danger may
come to them. In the Name of Jesus Christ we ask it. Amen. (All right.
"Take The Name Of Jesus With You," again.)
Now, just before you set down, while the crowd's getting quietened now
for the Communion service… If I'm not mistaken, isn't this Brother
Blair, the minister that I met over in Arkansas not long ago? I thought
it was; I wasn't sure. You had up here for dedication of child, a
little one this morning. I thought, "Didn't I meet you not long ago
here at Hot Springs, Arkansas, with… Yes, something was about to
happen and the Holy Spirit called it out. Was that right? Good. I
just… I happened to think back now; I thought, "That's that brother."
I'm so glad you're here, Brother Blair.
Now, I'm going to ask Brother Blair if he will pray for God to make us
clean now for the Communion that's fixing to take place. Will you,
Brother Blair? [Brother Blair prays, Brother Branham agreeing as the brother prays–Ed.] Yes… Yes, Lord… Grant it, Lord… Yes, Lord… Yes, Lord… Yes, Lord… Yes… Yes, Lord… Amen.
You would be seated now, each one.
And now, on the organ, sister, we always play "There Is a Fountain
Filled With Blood," and you can start your…?… there whatever
the…?… All right. The reading… Now, if we'll just be–get quiet
just for a moment.
[Brother Branham talks with someone–Ed.]
Yes, sister. All right, sister. You just look through here till you
find it. That'd be all right, whatever it is… That's it. All right,
All right. Now, Brother Neville will read the order of the Communion.
And then, the ushers will be coming–if there's strangers here–to each
seat, and bring in aisle by aisle as we come, and row by row for the
And now, may you meditate now. Remember, Israel eat it in desperation,
and through the journey there wasn't a feeble one among them in the end
of forty years. This is Divine healing also. Lord bless you, Brother
Neville. [Brother Neville reads I Corinthians 11: 23-32–Ed.]
also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which
he was betrayed took bread:
and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do
in remembrance of me.
when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood:
this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord,
unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
(The Lord bless the reading of His Word.)
I hold kosher bread, wrinkled and broken, representing the Body of
Jesus Christ. Through–through this riven veil we have access to the
holiest of holies.
Our heavenly Father, this bread has been prepared to represent that
broken and torn Body. May each of us as we receive it, may it be as
though we literally had did this act. And may we have the forgiveness
of our sins, and the access to the holiest of holies, to live in Your
Presence in our future life, and all the days that we shall live here
on earth, and be with You in eternity forever. Grant it, Father. Bless
this bread for that intended purpose, in Jesus' Name. Amen.
The Bible said, "After He had taken and broke the bread, like manner He
took the cup, and when He had supped, saying, 'This is the cup of the
New Testament in My Blood, which is shed for you.'" May the Lord grant
His blessings upon this as we pray.
Lord Jesus, I hold here the blood of the vine, the juice from the
grape. And Father, it's to represent that precious Blood that cleanses
us, that from there came the Token. I thank Thee for It, Father, and
for this symbol. You said, "He that eats and drinks this has
Everlasting Life, and I will raise him up again at the end time." We
thank Thee for this promise. And Father, we pray that You cleanse our
hearts together, that we will be worthy by the–our faith, knowing that
in ourselves we are not worthy, but our faith will not fail, that we're
accepting perfectly the Blood of Jesus Christ. Grant it, Father.
And sanctify the wine for its intended purpose. May whosoever drinks
this wine tonight and takes of this bread, have strength for the
journey that lays ahead. Grant it, Lord. May they be healthy, and
strong, and filled with Your Spirit till Jesus comes. Amen. [Blank.spot.on.tape–Ed.]
I believe that communion is one of the most solemn, sacred, sweetest
worships there is in the church service. There was two things left
us–three things to do, that–that's order and ordinances. So many try
to say if we got a original nail, we got a piece of cloth. But there
was three things left us. Lord's supper, baptism, feet washing was the
three orders that was left to the church. And we…
Tonight seemed to be a very special time for me. As I stood here and
just watching, usually I–I'm constantly in prayer. But tonight,
watching the different things, and see some of them families that's
come here since I was a boy preacher standing here with sawdust floors,
and I… And some of them are new, but watching the men come with their
little wives and family, and see how they prefer one another and the
sacredness of that, how they watch their children, see the little lady
and her hands reach out and think, that little hand washed, wiped the
tears from the baby's eyes…
Then I seen the families come up that I been in their homes when they
were sick and fevering children, the Lord Jesus made their children
well. I seen them when they had family trouble; the Lord's helped them
to get it smoothed out, see them happy again. And I just think how it
would be when we go to that wedding supper. I'm so thankful that the
Lord has let be a friend to you and help you. I… That's what I'm here
And I… Just think how long, how many years… This is about… I
started preaching about 1930. And this is about thirty-two years for me
now–thirty-three years I been preaching. Then in all the struggles and
trials and–looks like though when–when we come up, it–it's all
forgot. You–you just seem like it's something about communion just
takes all–all of the twists out of things, taking the communion. Lord
The elder now is going to read Scripture for the feet wash service.