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Thank you very much. You be seated. We are certainly happy to be here
tonight on this third night of the–this great conference. And I was
speaking with Brother Weston and Brother David duPlessis, as we were
coming out, on the–the progress of the church in this day: how that
God is moving among all the denominations, and bringing people out,
hungering and thirsting for the Holy Spirit. We are indeed grateful for
And now, I met someone coming in out there, shook my hand. He said,
"Brother Branham, I never had the opportunity to meet you," he said,
"but–or talk to you." But said, "I was healed in your meeting in Palm
Beach (I believe it was, somewhere.)." Oh, I–I'll guess when I cross
over the river, I hope to see thousands of those that's–that's been…
Sometime here life gets so… Oh, I don't know. You–you get in a
hurry, and you're rustle and hustle and bustle, as mother used to call
it; and you meet yourself coming back almost. And I don't see what
we're in such a hurry about though. You see? We don't get any more
did–done then they did in the days of Moody, and Finney, and Knox, and
Calvin. They rode in a horse and buggy, and had an old camp meeting
like this, and set the tents up out in the woods, and had squirrel for
breakfast, and chuck beans for dinner, and it was all right. You
remember that, Brother Sullivan? Way back in them old days, down in
[Brother answers, "Yes, I like them yet."–Ed.]
I do too, Brother Sullivan. They're sure good. We're both Kentuckians
and have a lot of things in common, this fellow over here in the
corner. And he thought he had one on me when I was up here the last
Said, "I bet you, you don't know what acifidity is?"
I said, "Don't you tell me I don't. I–I packed a wad of it around my
neck in school till I… No one set next to me even. Sure do."
How many knows what it is? Well, look at the Kentuckians here, would
you? Brother Banks Wood, did you put up your hand, wherever you are?
Well, I see you were; that's fine. It's a good thing you did. Brother
Wood was one of the men was along, he and his brother there, when the
little fish come to life that day. He was–He was present.
Well, we're all have… If you're all having as good of time out here
on the campground as I am, why, around visiting the people and
things… We're just having a wonderful time. And now, I think we
should just make every ounce of this meeting count for the glory of
God, just every bit of it.
Now, I'm hearing pro and con: some saying we ought to have a night of
prayer for the sick, and some says, "Brother, don't never stop it, the
way my soul is feasting otherwise." So, we don't know… But I think we
ought to have a night of prayer for the sick, and pray for them. You
know, people are taught that we should lay hands on the sick. To me,
the way I see it, just–just know as long as the Holy Spirit's there,
the work is done. See? That–that's all; it's finished.
And that's the way we find it overseas, Brother Mattsson, that we… As
long as they can see something happen, if they know that the
supernatural power of God is close, they'll just accept it, and get
right up, and walk away. If they… They'll may stagger for awhile, if
they're coming out of a wheelchair or something, but they'll keep on
moving till they get going. And so they…
But here, it looks like you almost have to lay hands on the people;
they've been taught that. Now, if you'll… Now, that's all right;
that's perfectly all right. But if you'll bear with me in the
Scriptures, that was a Jewish tradition of laying on of hands.
Now look, when Jairus' daughter was at the point of death, Jairus said,
"Come, lay hands on her and she'll live." See, Jewish tradition.
But when He went to the Gentile's house, where his servant was laying
at the point of death, he said, "I'm not worthy that You'd come under
my roof; neither did I count myself worthy to come to You." That's the
reason he sent somebody to tell Him. Said, "You just speak the word,
and my servant will live." He said, "For I'm a man under authority, and
if I say to this man, 'Goes.' he go; and this one, 'Come.' he comes. In
other words, everything that's under my authority has to obey me." (And
what was he saying–a Gentile to Jesus?) "I recognize that You're the
Son of God, and all sicknesses is under Your authority. You can say to
it, 'Go.' and it has to go." See?
Everything that's under His power is–is–is–is… And he recognized
that sickness, and sin, and everything was under–under His control,
that He could control it. Now, I think that's the way we should see it
today; I've tried for years. But see, what does it–there's many other
brothers on the field, and they lay hands on the sick and have great
And that way, I just broke it down and quit 'bout a year ago, and said,
"Well–well, as long as I'm in America, we'll just pray for the sick
and lay hands on them. That's exactly right, 'cause I feel it brings
the better results."
But really the truth–if the Holy Spirit can stand here and go out
through that audience out yonder, and do the same works that He did
when He dwelt in a body called Jesus Christ, can give you faith to
believe it and me a gift to prove it, that it's absolutely the Presence
of the Holy Spirit, to me, the work's finished; from Calvary, it's
finished. And now just believe it and keep acting on it. Just
don't–just don't have anything more to think about it; just, it's
finished and that's all. God said so and that clears it up.
I keep on talking… Well, you'll freeze tonight setting out there,
won't you? This is nice weather up here. I'd rather have it like this,
then it would be so hot, you'd just setting there fanning just as hard
as you could fan.
So now, I want to read tonight from the Scripture for a text, and I'll
try to let you out just quick as possible. But before I do–how many
would think it would be nice to have a–a night of healing right away?
I'd just like to see if it's in the making of the people. Now, raise up
your hands, you that thinks we ought to have it right away. All right.
Looks like we ought to have it right away, doesn't it? Sure does–'bout
ninety-five percent. Well, we'll have healing service tomorrow night
then. How's that? That all right? We'll have healing service tomorrow
night, and pray for the sick. We don't know what God will do. We won't
say people will be healed. I… They always have been, but we'll just
trust God for the sick tomorrow night. How's that? And I'll–I'll pray
for your tomorrow night.
And now tomorrow afternoon, I believe (being's there's so many) I'll
look… I'm poor hand to judge. I'd say there's at least two thousand
people, or more, here. And so in that, there's would be about fifteen
hundred here (or more) to be prayed for if there's two thousand people.
And then there would… There was a… That's going to be a whole lot,
and it would be a push and a squeeze; so we may have to take tomorrow
night, and the next night. I thought in a conference, I would just
speak to the people if they could put up with it. And then after the
conference is over, I have two nights just to stay here and pray for
the sick–and that's Saturday and Sunday. And that's what I was going
to do, and just use this for calling the altar.
Now, I am–want to say this–that I think that Divine healing is a
great thing; it's one of God's attributes (I believe that) to heal the
sick. But I believe that the salvation of a soul is far beyond any
Divine healing. See? It's far beyond. And I noticed the other night,
when I asked for how many sinners was on the ground, there was only
four or five of them. And they came here and stood for salvation. And
then, if you're…
If you haven't yet received the Holy Spirit, listen, my precious
brother. As many times as people talk against it, not being today; it
is for today. See? The Holy Spirit… And don't you leave this
conference ground until you have received It; you stay right with God.
The–the… Just keep… Don't–don't–don't make up your way, way you
want to receive It. See? You've got in your mind that you have to see
something, or have some sensation. When you go in there to pray, you
just go in saying, "Lord, I come in to get the Holy Ghost." See? And He
will take care of the rest of it. You just–just be real sincere, and
break down all thoughts of you're not going to receive It. Remember,
tonight is the night you're going to receive It. See? That's just it.
Like it was an old man, days gone by: He–he couldn't… He couldn't
keep saved. He–he would get saved, and then after awhile he'd do
something wrong. The devil would say, "See, you never got saved."
Well, that went on for a long time. And one day, he got out in the
field; he prayed through again. He said, "Now, Lord, I–I–I know You
save me." So he said, "Satan, I'm going to do something to you."
Then he went over and got him a axe, and chopped him a great big long
stob; drove it down in the ground, and said, "Satan, if any time that
you ever come to me and tell me I'm not saved, I'm going to bring you
right back and point to this stob. Right here's where it happened.
(See?) I'm saved from this on."
Now, you just drive down the stob tonight. Say, "Satan, from right
here's where I'm going to stay at this stob until–till God gives me
the Holy Ghost. You ain't going to take it away from me any more,
and… Or take my thoughts away from me, make me think I'm too tired or
I ought to do something else."
As long as you got those thoughts, you'll never receive It. You've got
to go in there saying, "This is the time I'm going to receive It. This
is my hour." And–and you'll get It.
You real–real business with God, and God will be real business with
you. That's right. "Draw nigh unto Me, and I'll draw nigh unto you,
saith the Lord."
Well, tomorrow night, the Lord willing, I'll have Billy Paul (my son)
out here to–to give out prayer cards for you people that wants to be
prayed for. And how many's here from out of state now, that's to be
prayed for? or out of town, that's on the grounds? Let's see your
hands. Oh, there's enough for plenty prayer cards, so he will give them
out early, so it won't interfere with the rest of the meeting. What
time you usually–they start gathering in, Brother Sullivan?
[Brother Sullivan answers, "Anywhere from five o'clock on, Brother Branham."–Ed.]
All right, from five o'clock on till about six-thirty then, you get
here and–and we'll give out the prayer cards tomorrow night, and call
up the line, and pray for them as they pass the platform.
Now, this text tonight is a very odd text. And yet, it's a very good
text for… and a very familiar text. But it's found in Isaiah, the 1st
chapter and the 18th verse. And I believe, let's read a few verses
before that, and just make a con–see if we can get a context from it.
Let's begin at the 15th verse, or the 16th, maybe be better.
Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, yet they shall be white as snow;
though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
And now, if I would call it a text for this, to draw a context from it,
I would call what I want to speak on tonight is "Having Conferences."
And let us bow our heads now for a conference with God before we go
Our most gracious and loving Father, the God of all life, that sent to
us Thy loving Son, the Lord Jesus; that He might be the propitiation of
our–for our sins; took upon Himself the form of sinful flesh, and was
made sin for us that we unworthy people might be drawn nigh unto God,
through the shedding of His Blood once for all. And we have gathered
here in this conference, Lord, in these nights, not just to be seen of
others, or to so much as to associate with each other. Lord, we pray
that if that has been the attitude of the people up to this time (and
myself) that You will forgive us for our sin.
We have come, Lord, in the age of the dying. We've come in the time
that when we feel we don't have much time left. And we have gathered
here for one purpose, and that's to get close to You. We want our sins
under the blood; we want close fellowship; we want to talk it over with
You, Lord, before You come. For on that day, it'll be too late then.
And we pray tonight, Father God, that You'll put such a hunger in the
hearts of the people until all up-and-down these river banks will be
prayer meetings going on: Men seeking God in a desperate condition,
knowing that they must find rest to their souls and receive the Holy
Spirit, or here they'll plunge someday into eternity without knowing
You. O God, be merciful to us. And as we see our churches and our own
Full Gospel groups begin to cool down, and seem like there's no great
crying for lost souls; there's no more of that sincere all night prayer
and meditation in the Word. And it seems like that we have just
drifted, Lord. Forgive us, O God, and let us renew ourselves tonight
afresh in the Holy Spirit.
When we can think of the days gone by, in the age of the
Methodists–when they prayed all night long and wept with bitter tears
for the lost, and they had no peace. And tonight seems like that we can
dress nice, and set down and listen, and go home unconcerned. O Lord,
stir our hearts tonight; put a zeal in us for lost souls. May ministers
and the laity, every person becoming a part of the Kingdom and with a
burning desire that we'd canvass cities and everywhere and pull the
lost out of the gutters and–and get them as firebrands for the Lord.
Grant it, Father.
We read over in the Book that it is said that "The Angel went forth and
put a mark upon those who sighed and cried for the abomination that was
did in the city." And realizing by the Scriptures, that was the first
coming of the Holy Spirit through the city of Jerusalem. And then on
His second return, in the–this age to call a people out of the
Gentiles for His Name, how much more should we be concerned, and
sighing, and crying for the abominations that's did. We see churches
practicing rock-and-roll, and playing binco, and having all kinds of
swimming contests, and so forth in the church, when prayer meetings and
all night tarrying meetings is forgotten.
God, send us back to the real thing. Let the Holy Ghost come among this
people tonight, Lord, and start a Pentecost right here. Grant it, Lord,
in every heart; truly they'd want to. It's in their hearts to do it,
but the cares of the world and the swiftness of passing of time has
just wooed them out. Lord, start from this pulpit, from me, and go to
the audience. And move like never before, and give us a zeal for lost
souls. Grant it, Lord.
These comments that shall be drawn from the Word (if it be Thy will) we
pray that it'll be seed in the heart of the people to answer this
prayer for Your servant. Grant it, Lord. We believe… And I believe
with all my heart, if such a meeting would break out on this ground,
that it would be a constant healing service all the time. Satan and his
power could not stay in such a holy group as that. Grant it, Lord. I
commit it all to You, and waiting for You to speak the words now, and
let Your Holy Spirit interpret it to the people's heart. For we ask it
in the Name of Thy Son, the Lord Jesus. Amen.
In the–this text tonight of "Conferences," we lately have heard so
much about conferences. Wherever you pick up a paper you almost see
where some diplomat or some official had a conference at certain
places, and–and certain things taken place. And we wonder, what is
conferences for? Why–why do we hold conferences? What are they to do?
They are to get together, and reason out different things. Where we
come into a conference, we are to reason things together.
And I think this is one of the most beautiful Scriptures, when God
said, "Come, and let's you and I have a conference. Let's us get
together, and kindy reason things out. But though your sins be as
scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like
crimson, they shall be white like wool. If you'll only come, and let's
reason it out together."
And we find tonight (as everyone knows) that we are really losing
ground. We are losing ground as a people. The world is creeping in
among us some way. You can see it, feel it, and can tell it. The world
is moving in among us. So I think this would be a wonderful time for us
to have a conference, and come talk it over with God, and find out
what's the matter.
I was reading the autobiography of Charles G. Finney, of how him being
an attorney, and he… There's many of our laws that's based upon the
Bible, which caused him to–to study the Bible. And in there he was
reading of wh–where that God made these promises, and he seen the
church, so many of them praying for a revival and defeated in their
prayer. It was because they lacked faith.
When you ask God anything, call Him down, and talk to Him, and don't
leave until you get the answer. Then you know how to work from then on.
And how that he, simple child-like way he went about it, and made that
conference with God, and talked it over, and was one of the greatest
warriors of the age that's been since Saint Paul. Because that he
talked it over with God, and got his grounds, and got where he was
standing, and how he stood with God, and then went on.
That's what we need to do. That's what could be done right here on this
ground, and it would accomplish more then five hundred gatherings
outside of it.
So you say, "Let's let the preacher do it." This is a individual
affair; it's with every one of us. The preacher might do it himself. He
might pray and get his soul blessed, and stay all afternoon under the
anointing of the Holy Spirit to walk into the presence of his
congregation anointed, feeling the power of God, but unless that
congregation has stayed in the same way… See, it makes a difference.
He's got to get it, the congregation under condition. But then if the
congregation is ready to meet the Holy Spirit, then I'll tell you:
Sinners will weep their way to Calvary. If we can just take it as an
individual… You're just as responsible as any of these ministers.
God's going to hold you as an individual responsible.
And He said, "If there is any sin, if there's any doubt, if there's
anything wrong, come let us talk it over. Let's–let's reason it out
together; find out what's the matter. And though your sins be as
scarlet (Now sin is unbelief; we know that.), though you have doubted,
though you've wondered when you would receive the Holy Spirit, or would
be healed, or so forth; though your doubts be as red as crimson, they
shall be white as snow." See?
God made the promise; God will keep His promise. And He's give each one of us an invitation to come. "Let us come…"
The closing of the Bible said, "Whosoever will, let him come. Let him
that heareth, say come; let him that's athirst, come. Whosoever will,
let him come." It's an invitation.
And what if you could have such an intelligence that the President of
our United States would ask you to go hold a conference with
Khrushchev. What a compliment it would be, that the President would
invite you to come speak with him, thinking that–that you could be
able to hold a conference with Khrushchev. But remember, not the
President, but the God of Heaven has give you an invitation to come for
a conference with Him for your good.
Now conferences is a get together. And usually, conferences is held in
a time, in the state of emergency. Now, we had here some time ago, what
we know as "The Big Four Conference." That was held in the Second World
War when there come a crucial moment. When the free world was just
about at their wits ends, they gathered the best intelligence they
thought they had. And they gathered them together, because they had
to–to put all they had together to bring out the answer of what to do.
I think today that it's time for the Pentecostal people to come
together, to get away from our differences, and come together on one
common ground. For our churches is getting too loose. I think we need
an all night and all day conference with God, "What shall we do?" for
there's a crucial moment.
And when our President of the United States, and Mr. Churchill, and
different diplomats from all the free world gathered together, they had
a conference. And they talked it over, and they decided on certain
things, and made decision of how to go about to win that war, so that
the world could stay free.
I remember a minister in Louisville, Kentucky (a friend of mine) during
the time of that conference. People wait to find out what the returns
are going to be, what kind of a decision was going to be made. And this
minister was–had his radio on, and he was hearing the returns from the
conference. And–and that's when Mussolini or Hitler and them was
making such great progress. And while he was listening with all that
was in him, to hear, to see what would be the outcome (what they had
decided to do) some fellow knocked on the door. And he went to the
door, and there stood a man with a bunch of papers under his arm, some
kid, long hair down his neck, and some kind of a overalls pulled down
on his hips like a modern beatnik.
And he said, "Say, preacher, you're the pastor of this church here; you
have a great influence in this city." Said, "I'm a–I'm a writer of
poetry." Said, "I–I want you to come down and give me a
recommendation, so I can get my poetry out."
And this minister said, "Son, step in just a moment. I'm trying to hear
the returns of this conference to see about our nation, see what
they've decided to do." And he said, "Won't you come in and set down
till this is over."
"Oh," he said. "this is more important then listening to that."
Oh, to a person… If we are real Americans, there's nothing more
importance then hearing a conference like that to see where we stand.
That's the way people act tonight about church. They get out here, and
run around, and carry on with the world; and they haven't got time to
go to church to hear, or set in a conference to hear the Gospel
preached. Oh, we ought to be interested in every meeting and every
conference where God's people meets together; we should be interested
Find out, there's a crucial moment. Then they had the Big Four
Conference, and God gave them the leading. Then we had the Geneva
Conference, and there was another one called the Paris Conference. And
our own beloved President, Dwight Eisenhower, has recently been around
all the free world, having conferences and so forth.
But you know, God has conferences too. And when there is a crucial time
happens, some great urgency, and the church is in a state of emergency,
God calls a conference. And let's us go back now for a few minutes, and
put all of our heart right into the Word now, and listen for a few
minutes. Let's look in on some of God's conferences. We see the world
conferences, and we hear the results from that. Now, let's go back to
some of God conferences.
I want to start tonight from the Eden conference. There was… When God
made man in His image, and took from his side a rib and made a woman,
made a helpmate to him, and placed them in the garden of Eden to be His
beloved children… When His children be–got lost, that shocking news
struck heaven: "Your children is lost!" God brushed aside everything
there was in heaven. He wouldn't send an Angel to hunt them up; He
wouldn't send a legion of Angels. God come Himself to hunt His own lost
child, because there was a state of emergency.
What a beautiful picture for somebody that don't believe in the deity
of Jesus Christ. How that God was manifested in the flesh in Jesus
Christ to come to the earth, not trust it in the hands of an Angel or
some church authority; but He came Himself, made flesh and dwelt among
us, hunt out His lost child.
And there, when (no doubt) that Michael might've stepped up and
Gabriel. And when the message came into heaven, "Your children is lost;
they have sinned and gone away," God didn't take Gabriel, and say, "Go
down and hunt My children," He came Himself! It was a man-sized job, a
That's the reason I believe that in this day when we're living, when
they try to make Jesus just a prophet, He was more than a prophet; He
was God manifested in the flesh, the Divine Son of the living God. He
was more than just a seer or a good man; He was God manifested in the
flesh. God came down to redeem man Himself, just like He did in the
garden of Eden. Oh, blessed be the Name of the Lord. That's love. God
so loved the world, made Himself a body to dwell in, and tabernacle
here with us to save us.
No wonder people has gone insane trying to explain the love of God.
That last verse (I believe it is) of that famous, precious song of "Oh,
love of God, how rich and pure!"
That last verse was found penned on the wall of an insane institution.
No mind could ever fathom the love that God has for His people. When
His son was lost, He wanted to hunt him Himself! A mother will dive
through a fire to get her baby when it's in danger. A dad would jump
from a fifty story building to cry–try to grab his baby, anything:
give his life. That's what God thinks about His people, His church, His
children, when they're lost. "Let us reason together, saith the Lord."
When God knew that–that shocking state of emergency… I suppose the
first ever came to heaven, was when He heard that His children was
lost. And He came frantically; up-and-down through the garden He went,
looking under every bush.
"Adam! Oh, My son Adam, where art thou?"
There stood Adam and Eve with their fig leaves sewed together, behind a
bush. Father going back and forth, screaming, "Where are you? Where are
you?"… That same God goes up-and-down the aisles night after night,
screaming the same thing. "Where art thou? Where art thou?" And He
finds Adam and Eve the same way, with some sort of a creed that they
have, or denomination they're–they are depending on to save them,
hiding yet behind some man-made theology, when God made a preparation
for you when He gave His Son to die in your stead. You must–got to be
borned again. Creeds won't work; that conference is held at some
society. But God's conference is held in Eden to take care of your
sins. And there was one held at Calvary (that we'll get to later) to
take care of your sins, and the sin problem, your sickness and all that
will ever happen to you, the… It's already been studied out;
preparations have been made. Just the only thing we have to do is come
to God, and reason it out, and say, "Lord, I–I didn't mean to do it."
Provision's already made for it.
Then we find then, when God found them standing behind the bush
somewhere, shivering, and with their fig leave aprons on, God… Like
always (the world conferences) they always try to get to Geneva and
Switzerland, some beautiful spot so it's inspiring. Make certain
places, and then call the conference together. I guess God, when He
found Adam and Eve hid behind a bush over there… They couldn't come
out. They said, "We can't come out, Father. We are naked."
"And who told you you were naked?"
And then they started, just as it always is, what they call in the army
"passing the buck" from one to the other. God looked around and He
found a tree, a certain place, a place He thought would be beautiful.
And He got some skins, and threw them back in the bushes, and said,
"Cover yourself with this, and come out before Me."
And they had a conference; they talked it over. Then God made a
preparation for them. Oh, I'm so glad there was an Eden conference, not
let us go under fig leaves and something we can sew up together, but
God killed something to cover their sins and gave a promise, that
through the woman's seed would crush the serpent's head, foretelling
what He would do.
I'm so glad of the Even–Eden Conference; He made a way, a preparation,
a way to take away sin. He made a way that you could come back again,
be brought back into fellowship. Where you'd lost and standing out
somewhere undone without God, God made a preparation at this
conference. And He made a–just a preparation temporarily, until the
real preparation would be given through the sacrificial Life of Christ.
He spoke that He–it would do that, but between that time, the lamb had
to die until that time, until the Lamb of God came, that was to bruise
the serpent's head, and his head to bruise the heel, until Calvary.
That conference was successful. Oh, it'll beat Satan anywhere. God's
Word will defeat Satan any place, any time, on any condition. "Though
your sins be as scarlet…"
You said, "Any conditions, Brother Branham?" That's exactly what it said.
"Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white like snow. The
only thing I'm asking you to do, is come to My prepared place, the
altar." God made an altar. There's an altar; there's a place where you
meet God. "Come talk it over with Me. I've got a place prepared and a
remedy for you."
It started in Eden, the first conference. He made a–a preparation. The
first emergency was called, and God gave the answer and give the
preparation. But people don't want to take that preparation somehow.
But there was the first conference God held with man in the state of
emergency; God made the decision. It isn't to us to make a decision
what we should do; God makes the decision what to do! It was God that
said, "You must be borned again." It wasn't the–the association of
some denomination; it was God that said that.
And it was God that said, "Except you be borned of water and Spirit,
you cannot see the Kingdom of heaven." You've got to be born; that's
God's remedy; that's what He decided when He bought the human race in
His Presence. There you are. If that ain't straight, I don't know it.
That's was His decision. The blood was the way, not fig leaves, not any
other kind of a covering. But God's decision, at God's conference, for
God's children that was lost, the preparation was blood, has been,
always has been, and always will be.
And stand pat on it, like Job of old on the burnt offering. They might
accuse you of being this, that, or the other, a holy roller or whatever
they want to say. But as long as you're standing on that blood
offering, upon laying your hands upon the head of Jesus Christ, and
confessing your sins, and welcoming the Holy Spirit to you, and It
bearing record that He has received you… That's what God's decision
was. That was the preparation that was made at that first conference.
I'm so glad they had that conference. It settled sin forever when He
had that conference. In the fullness of time, He sent His Son, made in
the image of sinful flesh that taken the sins, and delivered them that
was under the blood of the goats and sheep, waiting for that time, and
taking them into the Presence of God. Oh, what a glorious thing, to
know that that conference was held. I'm glad; I know every Christian in
here is glad that conference taken place. That was one conference.
Then let's speak of another conference in the state of emergency. I'm
going to call this conference the–the Burning Bush Conference. God had
made a promise to His people, and the time of the fulfillment was at
hand. And He had chose a man, a prophet, to bring His people out of
Egypt. But this prophet had run away; had tried to do it within himself.
See, just exactly like it was in Eden, trying to make a fig leaf apron
again. Moses was a smart man; he could teach the wi–the wisdom of
his–teach the Egyptians wisdom. He was smart; he was schooled in all
their learning; he was a military man, and a great man. And he tried
that on his intellectuals, on how to deliver the people out from under
the Egyptian bondage by his intellectuals. It did not work. And it
won't work today. God's got a provided way; God's got a way for the
deliverance of sin. And it doesn't come through intellectual powers; it
comes through the blood, and the covering of the Lord Jesus.
Moses tried his fig leaves, and it failed. It failed then; it failed in
Eden; it'll fail today; it'll fail any time. You've got to be borned
again. You've got to come God's way that His conference–where they
decided what to do for sinners. And you've got to come to that
Moses tried like Adam did; covered hisself over, and said, "I'm a great
man." And he seen one of his brothers mistreated, and he said, "Now,
I'm a great man; I know how to do this." He slew the Egyptian, which
So you see, he tried the fig leaf way just as Adam did, and just as
thousands right in this country's trying to do now. The fig leaf way
won't work; God condemned it at the conference. Hallelujah. Excuse me.
No, don't excuse me. Don't you do that. No, sir, I mean that; that's
right. I'm not beside myself; I just feel good. See? 'Cause I know that
there's only one Way to get to heaven: That's through Jesus Christ;
that's God's provided Way; that's the way it's done. The Holy Ghost is
the way; there's nothing will take It's place: No theology, no church,
no big buildings, no organizations or nothing will ever take the place
of the Blood of Jesus Christ. God's way, the Holy Spirit, being filled
with the Holy Ghost… The promise is to you, if you'll just receive
it. God made a preparation for whosoever will. The conference was held;
decisions was made.
Men all down through the age has stumbled at that, so simple: Just
accept the Blood. You can't cover yourself; take God's covering. You
can't learn how to do it; there's no learning about it. God does it
Himself, it's supernatural! It's through life; God does the covering.
You can't do it. And not as much as you try to do it, you can no more
clean yourself from sin by joining churches and taking creeds, than a
leopard could lick his own spots off of him. No, sir. The more he licks
them, the brighter they get. You've got to die to yourself, your own
thoughts. Give up, and let the Holy Spirit cover you with His Presence
and His power. That's God's decision. That's where the conference was
set; that's what the decision was made. That's what…
That's the rules of God. Let's not try to figure out something else.
Let's just take what He said about it; take God's provided way. That's
it. Take it; accept it; believe it. God made the decision. He wouldn't
let an Angel make the decision; He wouldn't let Gabriel make it; He
wouldn't wet–let Michael make it. He come to make it Himself.
Hallelujah! And when He was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and died
for us, He made the way, Himself. That's the reason He is the Way, the
Truth, and the Life. No man…
He spoke it through the ages. It's always been God's way. God does it
Himself. It's His own children; He won't trust it to an Angel. Then if
He won't trust it to an Angel, He won't trust it to a conference, or a
group of men: let them be bishops, popes, whatever they may be. How
fine they are, that may be all right, but Jesus Christ is God's
provided way. That's the way He said; He decided that at His
conference. That's the way. That's what we must…
We must toe up to His line. What if in the U.N. when they were meeting,
or the–the Big Four, and one had went their way, and say, "Well, I'll
take it this way." And the other nation, that way, they'd–they'd have
been apart. They'd have lost the war. That's what we are, Pentecostal
people: We've got to unite ourselves together, and come to God on His
grounds through the Holy Spirit.
God had decided this prophet was going to deliver His people, and the
prophet done just exactly like his first son did (Adam); he took the
fig leaf route. So it wasn't no good; God condemned it. And then, God
had to come hunt him up. He'd run back out there, and married hisself a
wife, and had a child, Gershom, and married Zip–Zipporah, and lived
out there (a–a priest of Midian, his daughter) and was a graceful old
sheepherder, getting along fine, nothing wrong.
And here come God, just like He did in Eden. There was something come
up before Him; it shocked heaven again, like it did in Eden. Before the
Eden Conference… It shocked heaven; what was it?
"I've heard the groans of My people." Hallelujah. "I've heard their
groanings, and I've seen their sweat and blood and toil by the
taskmasters. I've come down to wonder why they're not out of there." So
what did He look around, and He found His prophet running somewhere:
fig leaf route.
That's exactly what He finds today: Finds His preacher going away to
some big school to learn some theology, to be tested by a psychiatrist
to see if he's got enough intelligence to be a missionary or get
somebody saved. That's where He finds him, out in that fix. Oh, what
the church needs tonight is another conference, God called conference!
So He found him. He looked all out through the desert, searching
around. I could see that Light going down in every little crevice, and
every little fig pond, and everywhere; going around to find out where
this fellow was. And after while He found him leisurely walking around
under Mount Horeb, oh, having a good time, maybe playing with his
children and having a fine time. And had a lovely little wife, and he
was living at ease. And He found him in that condition.
So He said, "I've got to call a conference; I've got to get this runaway prophet back to the calling again."
I hope He does a lot of that on this ground. Oh, first thing you know, He selected…
He said, "I'll see where I can find Me a bush at. I got to attract his
attention some way." So He climbed up on top of a bush and set there.
Oh, when Moses seen that bush, the top of it with the big Pillar of
Fire laying up there burning, and the bush didn't burn down… He
called a conference. I'm telling you, when you ever walk on them sacred
sands, on one of God's conferences, you come away a different person.
Whenever you once…
Adam went away a different man; Moses went away a different man.
Certainly. He was equipped then to go. Oh, sometimes it makes you do
things real silly to the outside world. It'll make you do things that
you think you would not do. But remember, you been in the Presence of
And let me say this right here: There is no preacher, by God, has never
been ordained to stand behind the sacred desk until first he's had a
conference with God, and come upon those sacred sands where him and God
alone stand. You have no right to do it; you have no right. I don't
care how much doctor's degree you have; that don't mean that much to
God [Brother Branham snaps his fingers–Ed.],
not a thing. You've got to have a conference. They had to have it
there, Moses did, to meet God; he had to receive his orders from God;
and there's where it was.
And now, there's so many different doctrines and things today, slick
tongued serpents, until they can explain all the things out of the
Bible, put it off in some other day. Serpents, I don't apologize for it
a bit. That's exactly what it was. Greasy backed, go along shiny,
polished up with waved hair and a tuxedo suit on; that's the way the
devil looks. He ain't an old John Barleycorn, whiskey pouring out of
his mouth; he's a polished up devil in these days, I'm telling you. The
Bible said that "He was so slick he would deceive the very elected if
it was possible." That's right.
Oh, he's a Bible student, a scholar. When he met Jesus, he quoted
Scripture to Him just one right after the other. Jesus said, "But it's
also written…" Amen? He was some fellow.
So Moses… There he was, just as you have to be. No matter how slick
the tongue is of a man; no matter how much they try to explain it
away… If you've ever been at the backside of the desert; if you've
ever been called in the Presence of God, and stood there, and talked to
Him, and feeled His power surging through you like that Light was
coming out of that bush over Moses, and know that you've talked to God
face to face, all the devils in the world could never explain it away
from you. No, sir. That's the place where you met God. Satan can't do
nothing else, because it's a anchored place in your soul, that nothing
else could ever take it's place. You've passed from death unto Life,
and you're borned again. You're on them sacred grounds, and nobody…
The devil can't put his dirty foot around there. He can explain the
Scripture, and say it was for another day, and this one for another
day, and that one for another day. That won't… But when it comes to
knowing God, you've met Him face to face, and you know what you're
Now, that's what Moses hadn't done yet. You see? He had all the
theology, but he took the fig leaf route. See? But now… Just like
Adam did. But he wanted to be wise; he wanted to know something.
You remember, that was Satan's technique. "You'll be wise and know. You
don't know now, but I'll give you some wisdom if you go to my school."
He will give you plenty of it, all you want.
But you only have to know one thing: Jesus Christ died to save sinners,
and come to Him; accept Him; repent. That's exactly. Just as simple…
Said, "Though a fool shouldn't err in the way," Isaiah said. God made
it so simple. I'm glad He did, or I'd never understood it. So He just
made it simple, so we all could understand. That's the way God made it.
Now, and when He talked to Moses at the burning bush, and Moses got a
close glimpse of God. He come on to a place where he'd never been
before. Something anchored in him; a faith rose up in him. Where he
couldn't do it with an army, here he was going to do it himself, him
and God, with an old crooked stick. See? He'd had a conference.
He went right down into Egypt and done exactly what God told him to do.
He performed signs and wonders and everything else. And God let the
hard times come buffet him, and knock him down, and turn him around,
but he got right up again and said, "I know it's right! I met God; and
I'm going to take them out yonder."
When Jannes and Jambres could stand and throw their sticks down and
turn into a serpent, and could do all the same things… Just like a
spiritualist can almost do today, "deceive the very elected if
possible," call out great crowds, and have great so-and-so, and
everything. That don't stop it a bit. If you've ever been in the
Presence of God, you know where you're standing. You know Who your
Father is; you know where you was born from. If a man has no more then
a handshake, and a name on a book, and a letter in some church, he
don't know who his papa was. That's right.
If there's anything I feel sorry for, is the mule. Don't you… Now,
God created all things, but He didn't create a mule. No, sir. As
Booth-Clibborn's used to say, He didn't create him. No. You know, that
was what man done. He–he–he crossed from the horse to the jenny;
that's what caused the mule. He cannot cross hisself back; he cannot
produce hisself no more. That's right. He has to stay right where he's
at. And if there ever was a ignoramus, it's a mule. That's right. Why,
you can set and just holler at him, and scream at him as much as you
want to, he will stick them big ears out and just look at you.
I seen so many of them at meetings. You're talking about the baptism of
the Holy Ghost; they get up and go home like a mule. That's exactly
right. They don't know who their father was; just stand there and look,
and "Haw, haw. [Brother Branham brays–Ed.] The days of miracles is passed, Haw. There's no such a thing as that. Haw, haw."
Now, a horse ain't like that. He's gentle and sweet, come up, put his
neck over your shoulder and nicker; he's gentle. But not a ignorant old
mule. Now, he don't know who is papa was, who his mommy was. He can't
cross himself back; he can't reproduce himself. He's just a… He's a
And that's a–what's the matter with a lot of so-called Christians
today: cross breeds with the world. No wonder you can't never be
settled: double minded, never able to come to the knowledge of the
truth. Man's got to know God by the new birth, and be borned and filled
with the Holy Ghost; stand in those sea–those tracks there, where
Moses stood; stand in the Presence of God and hold a conference. That's
when God called man. Certainly.
Moses goes right down into Egypt, and no matter what hard thing come
along. All of the Egyptians and everything else could perform, and do,
and impersonate; that didn't stop Moses. He kept going on, because he
had had a conference with God. There might be snake handlers, and oh, I
don't… fire walkers, and everything else come up in the world, but a
man that's ever received the Holy Ghost knows exactly where he's
standing, if he's ever had a conference and talk with God, been
borned… Those things don't shake him; certainly not. He knows Who he
believes; he know Who his papa is.
Isn't it mighty fine to look at a thoroughbred horse? You go back to
his pedigree, you know who his father was, who his grandfather was, who
his great-grandfather was; just go on back. He's got a pedigree. I tell
you, we got too many straggling Christians without pedigrees.
Say, "I was a Methodist last week, a Baptist the week before last, and
Presbyterian before that, and a Pentecostal before that, and…" Oh,
my, they got no pedigree at all.
But a man that's come to God, and stood in the Presence of God, and
accept God's grace and His salvation, been borned again, and filled
with the Holy Ghost, he is a son of God. Hallelujah! All the devils in
hell can't shake him away from it; he knows where he's at. He knows Who
his daddy is. He knows where his strength comes from; he knows Who he's
believed, he knows His God! Certainly. He knows His Word; he stays with
it. He believes God. He eats… He eats children's food; he eats sheep
food. Too many feeding weeds today instead of sheep food–starving them
What we need today is the Holy Spirit back to feed the children, down
by the shady green pastures and the still waters. Certainly. God's
peace, like a river flowing through our soul, knowing that we've passed
from death unto life, that we are new creatures in Christ Jesus.
E-45 All right, he done just exactly what God told him to do. On his road out, he hit opposition. [Blank.spot.on.tape–Ed.]
That's right. You're going to hit it right in the line of duty,
testifying for God, doing the right thing. You're going to hit
a–you're going to hit a snag. The Red Sea was there.
Now, we're going to talk about another conference. We're going to
tell–call this one the Red Sea Conference. Right in the line of duty,
where Moses went up against a snag. There was the Red Sea before him,
Pharaoh's army coming, mountains and deserts on every side, no way of
escape, looked like.
Now, when we get in the line of duty, and hit something like that, it's
time to call a conference. I think that's where the Pentecostal church
has come to tonight. In the line of trying to hold up the right thing,
there's a place where we've hit a snag somewhere. It's time to hold a
Red Sea Conference. We got to cross over to shore; God gave the
promise. We've got to go over.
And they hit that Red Sea Conference. What did Moses do? He never got
all flusterated and excited. Said, "Well, I'll go join this other one,
or come over to this other group. Or I'll take up a Pharaoh; maybe I
was wrong and I ought to have peace conference with him."
No, sir. He was in the line of duty, and he stayed in the line of duty.
But the thing he done was go over and select hisself a big rock
somewhere, I–I'd imagine. And he got behind this big rock, and stayed
there for awhile. And said, "Lord God, I'm in the line of duty; I done
everything You told me to do. Now, I'm up against something."
You know what the decision was made? I imagine I'd see Angels setting
on every rock, around like this. There was Moses right down… There
was God, standing there listening at him.
Said, "I'm right in the line of duty, and there's Pharaoh's army
coming. And I know that You're here somewhere, 'cause You was shining
up there in that Pillar of Fire; so You're here somewhere." And all the
Angels gather around, and the Angels looked over to God, see what You'd
Told one of the angels, "Go speak to him, and tell him to stand up. Go forward!" Amen!
You never hear God say go back. Never go back; go forward as long as
you're in the line of duty. We've got a re… We've received
justification and don't know what sanctification means; it's a line of
duty; go forward. If you're sanctified, and never received the Holy
Ghost, it's a line of duty; go forward. If you're sick and you can't
get well; you've done all the doctor told you to do, and still you
can't get well; your line of duty is go forward. "Go forward; speak to
the people, and then go forward." Just keep moving on.
Moses spoke to the people, and said, "Quieten yourselves." Picked up
his stick, and started walking towards the Red Sea. She just moved away.
That's what a conference means: moving the opposition. Amen. Then you
can have a healing service; when you get all the Thomases out, and all
the doubters out, and all the this, that, and the other, and all the
formals out, all the fig leaves off and strip them down to the skin,
cover them with the Blood; then they're sons and daughters of God.
As I often said… It's just like springtime now; the old mother bird
will go out, and–and she'll make her a big nest, and feather it all
up, and get ready for the little birds. And she could lay a whole nest
full of eggs, but if she hasn't been with the mate, them eggs will lay
right there and rot. They'll never hatch; they're not fertile.
And that's the way a lot of church members are: Come into the church,
and you pat them on the back; they dress well, pay well in the church
and everything, and almost take care of the preacher. All the time out
to some kind of a social gathering or something like that, all these
kind of things… But if they haven't been with the Mate, Jesus Christ,
it's just like a nest full of rotten eggs. You might as well dump the
thing out and start over again. We need the baptism of the Holy Ghost
with a conference with God to come in contact with the Mate, Jesus
Christ. He's the Mate of the Church; He's the Bridegroom to the Bride.
Come in contact with Him, and be filled with His Spirit, the
So Moses had this Red Sea Conference, received orders and marched on.
There was another conference I liked… I got a dozen of them wrote
down here, but I wanted to hurry to one now.
There was a Gethsemane Conference one time, where Jesus as a Man…
Jesus was the Son of God, created Son of God. God overshadowed Mary,
and created a Blood cell in her that brought forth the Son, Christ
Jesus. And God came down and dwelt in Him; in Him was the fulness of
the Godhead bodily.
First Timothy 3:16 said, "Without controversy great is the mystery of
godliness: for God was manifested in the flesh, seen of Angels (and so
forth) received up into heaven." Oh, God… Not a prophet, God made
flesh and dwelled among us. There He was, Emmanuel. The Holy Spirit
called Him Emmanuel, "God with us." And now it's God in us, the same
Spirit. We receive It by portion, measure; He received it without
portion or measure. In Him was the fulness of God. All that God was He
poured into Christ, and all Christ was poured over the Church. Amen.
"That day you'll know that I'm in the Father, the Father in Me, and I
in you, and you in Me." Oh, my, when it comes that day. Now, we're
working on, got orders–just keep moving.
Gethsemane come to a place. He could've been King; He'd have never had
to die. But will He make it? He said in that conference, when angels
standing on every side to see what His decision would be; when they
was–they was spitting in His face, and going to do everything to Him,
He said, "Not My will, but Thine be done." Oh, if we could do that!
You say, "Well, now look Brother Branham, if I receive the Holy Ghost,
my mother, my father, my boss, my…" But what about your Lord? That's
it. What a… What's He going to say about it if you turn It down?
"Well, my church…" Well, what…? I know that might be all right, but
what about your Lord? See, your church can't save you; it takes the
Lord. See? See, you've got to make that decision; you've got to come to
that time; every one has to. Every son that cometh to God must be tried
of God, chastened, chastised to see if he's a true son of God. There…
He was standing there. He said, "Not My will, but Thine be done."
Then there was another conference; I want to speak right away. And that
was a Pentecostal Conference. Oh, brother, how we need another one of
those. Those people were a hundred and twenty by number, of all the
fruits of His ministry. Of all the great meetings He'd had, the tens of
thousands He'd healed, He had a hundred twenty was ready to stand by
Him out of a nation. When they'd seen everything that could be done,
all kinds of mighty works and everything else, He had a hundred and
twenty stuck by Him.
And they'd heard God say this: "But you shall receive power, after
this, the Holy Ghost is come upon you. Then you shall be witnesses of
Me in Jerusalem, Judaea, and Samaria, and all the world. You're to go
in all the world and–and establish the church, establish the faith
amongst the people. Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the
world. The works that I do shall you do also. These signs shall follow
them that believe: In My Name they shall cast out devils, speak with
new tongues, take up serpents, drink deadly things, lay hands on the
sick, they shall recover." Oh, my! "But wait a minute, don't you go a
time yet. There's going to be conference held; I'll send you word down.
You just go on up to Jerusalem and wait up there. Turn on your radio
and wait for the returns."
How you going to operate this church? I say this decently, reverently,
lovingly, and respectively to every man, every woman in every
denomination: "We're going up there to find out whether we're to have
denominations or not. Are we going to run it on a bunch of creeds? Are
we going to run it this a way, or that way? How are we going to do it?
Well, let's go up and wait till the conference is over. Jesus has gone
up the Father; we'll find out what comes back in a few minutes."
So they waited. "How long you going to wait?"
"Until the conference is over."
"How many days? Two?"
"No, just till it's over: until…"
"Until the conference is over."
All right. After the conference is over, they was all up there waiting,
these hundred and twenty waiting to see what would happen, how they
must run the church, what they must do. Should they have a great big
log and carry all the names? Or should… What must they do? Now,
they're going to have the firstfruits of it.
And while they were setting together, there came a priest up with the
holy eucharist in a box, said, "Lick out your tongue." Doesn't that
Here come one with a little salt shaker of water, and said, "We must a…" You know. Nothing like…
Or, here come a Protestant preacher down the road. Dr. So-and-so said,
"Give me the right hand of fellowship, and we put your name on the
book." Wouldn't that–wouldn't that sound like Pentecost? That's the
way we try to make it. What is it? Don't you get angry with me. See?
It's still fig leaves. Absolutely, it's fig leaves.
They were waiting in that conference to see what would happen to the
church, and said, "There came all of a sudden a sound from heaven like
a rushing mighty wind (The returns was coming back.); and it filled all
the house where they were setting; cloven tongues set upon them like
fire. They were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and begin to speak with
other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
There was dwelling in Jerusalem, Jews, devout men out of every nation
under heaven. When this was noised abroad, they came together and were
confounded; because they heard every man speaking in his own language
where he was born.
Others were–were mocking, making fun, said, "These are full of new wine."
Watch the chief spokesman now, after he have the returns from the
conference. Said, "You men of Judaea and you that dwell in Jerusalem,
let this be know unto you and hearken to my words. These are not drunk
as you suppose, seeing it's just the third hour of the day. (The
saloons are not open yet. Yes, sir.) This is the third hour of the day.
But this is that which is spoke of by the prophet Joel: 'And it shall
come to pass in the last day,' saith God. 'I'll pour out My Spirit upon
all flesh.'" That's the way the Church is to be run.
E-54 Oh, they were pricked in their heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the men, "Brethren, what shall we do?"
said, "Repent every one of you, and be baptized in the Name of Jesus
Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the
Holy Ghost. For the promise of the Church is to you, and to your
children, and to them that's far off, even as many as the Lord our God
That was the return from God's conference with His Son in heaven.
That's the way the Church was set in order. Hallelujah! The Holy Spirit
was to run the Church, not bishops, and archbishops, and popes, and
fathers, and grandfathers; but it was to be run by the Holy Ghost.
That's the way it's to be; that's what God's conference… That's what
the returns was. That's the way it was supposed to be. Anything else
outside of that is a bunch of fig leaves and no good. Come out from
behind them! And then tear it off of you; strip yourself before God.
Have a… Come and be reconciled.
"Come and have a conference with Me; let's talk it over. Though your
unbelief has been like scarlet, I'll make it as white as snow." He will
prove it to you. Conference… Pentecostal Conference.
I got another conference, and then we're going to stop. We got so many
here, but I got one more I just got to get to. Then after about four or
five days after Pentecost, Peter and John was just going up to the
temple one day to pray. There laid an old crippled man, kinda lame from
his mother's womb, about forty years old. And he rattled his little cup
and wanted something.
And I can prove that Peter and John was Pentecostal preachers. They
said, "Silver and gold have I none." That's right; yes, sir. They said,
"Silver and gold have I none. I haven't got any money; but what I've
got, I'll give it to you."
God, let me have that! I don't want money; I want that! "Such as I
have… I got faith in Him. I've been filled with His Spirit; He dwells
within my heart. He lives in me just the same as He lived in Christ,
not as much, but He's… I'm His son. Such as I have, I'll give to you.
In the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk." Whew. Oh,
my. A conference had to be held.
What do they do? The great Sanhedrin church, great organization said,
"We'll stop this nonsense. None of this Divine healing around here; the
days of miracles is passed." Sure, they believed it. "Might have been
that way back in the days of Moses."
But Moses said… In Moses' day it was way back somewhere else; you're
always putting it in the past or away somewhere in the future.
I heard someone say one time that Divine healing would be in the
millennium. Well, you got a glorified body then, so what do you need
with any Divine healing? It's the de–devil trying to put you off in
something over yonder, some millennium you're going to be something;
you are right now sons and daughters of God. Amen. If your man-made
theology just give you a little cold tater and told you to wait, you go
ahead. But I got a full course dinner of the Holy Ghost. How… Well,
Bless God; that's right.
They want to tell you to stand off right here, and eat some peelings,
or gnaw some bones, and tell you that the chicken is all gone from
years ago. Don't you believe that. God has a full square meal for a
full man, that's got full faith in the Son of God and believe it, and
will follow the instructions.
The menu reads, "To whosoever will, let him come." And "The promise is
unto you and your children, and to them that's far off; even as many as
the Lord our God shall call." Hallelujah. (I believe I could play that
thing right now. I really do.) That's right, brethren. Same Holy Spirit
with the same signs, same wonders, the same power… Yes, sir; God's
Holy Spirit… Oh, I know it makes you sound silly to the world, but
what do you care about the world?
I think about like like David did: He was so filled with the God's
glory. When he seen that ark coming, he run out there and kicked his
legs way up in the air, and begin to dance all around.
And his little self-style wife (denominational like) looked out of the
window, and she said, "Oh, how he embarrasses me." So that night when
David come home, she said, "David, what was you doing out there (Acting
like an idiot, in other words.), dancing around, carrying on, sticking
your legs way up in the air?"
He said, "I was dancing and rejoicing before the Lord."
God looked down out of heaven, said, "David, you're a man after My own heart." Sure.
And his wife got all puffed up about it, and what happened? She was
barren the rest of her life; God put a curse on her. "Cursed is any man
that'll touch God's anointed. Don't touch My anointed." That's right.
"For it'd be better for you that a millstone was hanged at your neck
and drowned in the depths of the sea, then even to offend one (That's
right.) of these little ones that believe in Me. And these signs shall
follow them little ones that believe in Me."
That makes the distinction; that tells you whether you been at the
conference or not. That's right. "These signs shall follow them." Oh,
He's so good. There's no stopping place, is there? Let's finish this
They took them up there, and said, "Well, turn their backs around.
We'll whip them down a little bit." They said, "Let me tell you
something right now: Don't you preach no more Divine healing in the
Name of Jesus."
Peter said, "Well, there's only one thing." (They let them out.) Said, "John, let's go hold a conference."
They go up, and get the rest of the party, and come together. One
speaking, "Well, Lord did so-and-so down here."… When that
Pentecostal group got together, testimonies was coming from everywhere,
what God had done.
Said, "Let's hold a conference."
So they all got together, and they knelt down. Like we ought to do tonight. That's right.
All kneel down, and said, "Lord, why did the heathens rage, and the
people imagine a vain things?" said, "Truly against Thy holy child,
Jesus…" And said, "O Lord, give us power and boldness to stretch out
His holy hands to heal the sick." They was holding a conference, and
they was waiting for the returns. And just about that time, the returns
come from heaven. And when it did, power filled the place and shook the
building where they were assembled together. And they spoke the Word of
God with boldness, and preached Divine healing until the last one of
them was dead.
Conferences… Oh, there's many of them. Emergencies… What was they
going to do? They were forbidden by the law to do it. "Who are we going
to listen to, the law or God?" Peter said right there in the midst of
They said, "Don't you preach no more in Jesus' Name."
He said, "Who should I listen to, you or God?" That's right.
And they said he was ignorant and unlearned; he didn't have enough
education to sign his own name, and yet, was left with the keys of the
Kingdom. How God does things… If that isn't wonderful? Yes, sir. God
give him the keys and told him, "What you bind on earth, I'll bind it
in heaven." And he couldn't even sign his own name. No, sir. What a man
to leave the keys with. But he… But they taken consideration of him;
they understood that he had been with Jesus. That's what they want to
know today. He had been in a conference one time with Jesus, and he had
Now, brethren, would… Let–let me have just one more little
conference 'fore I close. Look, there's another conference coming. You
might not have attended the Geneva; I didn't either. You might not have
attended the–the Big Four, or the Paris, or any of those other
conferences. And you may have never even attended any conference with
God here. But let me tell you something this, my friend: There's one
that you're going to attend, and that's this one, the judgment.
All will be there. You're going to attend that a conference. And
there's only one thing that God will recognize; that's the Blood of His
own Son. Have you been covered with it, friend? Oh, you're going to it;
I don't care who you are. You're going to stand in the Presence of God,
and that's going to determine your eternal destination of His
"And when I see the Blood… (And nothing else, but the blood.) When I see the blood, I'll pass over you."
How many people here that has never attended God's Holy Spirit
conference and been filled with Him? Let's see your hands, that has
never yet been filled with the Holy Ghost. Raise your hands. How many
over the building has never received the Holy Ghost?
Is there a sinner here that's never had a conference with God at all?
Raise your hands and say, "I have never had a conference with God.
I–I'm a sinner." Now, be honest; be honest. "I've never had a
Let me just say this before closing, I–I'm impressed to do it right
now. As a minister (I confess) that it always scared me when I thought
of death, what would happen to me between now (when I die) and the
coming of the Lord Jesus. When I meet my friends in heaven, they'd be
little spirits. I thought this spirit would be go out of me, and say,
"There would be…"
I'd see Brother Sullivan, and I'd say, "That must be Brother Sullivan,
that little spirit. I can't shake his hand; it's rotten in the grave.
I–I can't look at him with eyes, 'cause his eyes is gone; mine is too.
(See?) I–I–I can't feel him, because he's just a spirit." It worried
me; I–I wanted to talk to them.
The other morning, about three Sunday mornings ago, I was lying in bed.
And I woke up about seven o'clock; we go to church at nine-thirty. And
I raised up, and I looked over at the wife, and she was sleeping well.
I just got to studying about that.
I kept hearing something say, "Press on; just keep pressing on."
I said, "Well, I'm fifty years old. I–I got to do something for the
Lord; I haven't done nothing yet. And He put me, my life here, and I…
And my, anyone knows that something happened to me: I was a cocklebur,
and He made a wheat out of me. I–I don't know how it ever come." I
said, "How could it ever be?"
And I said, "What can I do, Lord? I'm fifty years old, and–and I–I…
My days are numbered; I haven't got very much longer to stay." I said,
"What can I do to do something for You?"
I kept hearing a voice saying, "Press on."
Now, remember friends, here lays my Bible. If I'm a fanatic, I don't
know it. My… If I am, I–I don't know nothing about it. I–I believe
my heart's with God, and I believe He's proved that before you. I may
be wrong in some things, but if it is, it's–it's unconsciously wrong.
See? And then, when we were…
I–I was thinking about that, and I kept hearing something say, "Press on."
I said, "Who is that?" I said, "It must be my wife." I said, "What did you say, honey?" She never moved.
I shook her. I said, "Meda?"
She said, "Uh?" She was sleeping well.
And I said, "Well, it wasn't her."
I listened again. It said, "Keep pressing on."
E-65 Now, I know visions. This could have been a vision; if it was, I never had one like it. And I said, "Maybe it's me saying it."
'Cause one time, I was all burdened and distressed going to a meeting,
and I knelt down on the floor to praying to get the burden off of me.
And I heard someone stand at the door just rattling off something,
talking in German or something. I thought, "Well, I wonder who that
is?" I slipped up, and I couldn't see no one. I thought, "Well, where's
it at?" It was me, speaking myself. See? And I just held real still
until it finished up. And that's when that woman, you know (You all
know about it. I guess I've told you.) that was healed… She was
laying on the side of a road, bleeding to death. And half hour farther,
she was there perfectly normal and well, the Holy Spirit making
intercessions. And then…
And I thought maybe it might be me saying, "Keep pressing on." So I put my finger over my mouth, like this.
And I heard it say, "Keep pressing on, pressing on."
I said, "Who are You that's talking to me? Who is in this room?"
And that's the way it comes, just like visions here. It's just as real,
just a voice, just the same as you hear mine, said, "Keep pressing on."
And I said, "Keep pressing on?"
Said, "The great reward is just ahead."
And I said, "You mean I passed the curtain?"
Said, "Yes." Said, "Would you like to see it?"
I said, "I would. It would help me, if I could just see."
And something happened; I felt myself leaving this body. Now, I never
had a vision like that. I, looking back, seeing myself laying there,
leaning up against the headboard of the bed with my hands up like this.
See? And I looked at myself, and I thought, "I'm dying." And I started
moving out, and the first thing you know, I–I come into a little place
that kindy set something like that. And as soon as I got there, here
come thousands of people, and everybody looked young.
Now, I'm in a mixed multitude. I'm your brother. And you watch, I say
this in the Name of the Lord. You'll each meet me there if you'll be
But these young girls coming to me, throwing their arm around me and hollering, "My precious brother…"
Now look, I've… When I was a sinner, I never run around. I wasn't
ornery to run around with women. And I don't care how saintly a man
tries to live and how godly he lives, if a woman puts her arms around a
man, it's a human sensation. Now, you just might as well… I don't
care, you can call yourself sanctified (and I believe in sanctification
too), but you're still a human. Just exactly right. And there's a
sensation. I don't say you'd do wrong, certainly not. The power of God
keeps you, and you go on. But even in that place, that human sensation
And here come people just throwing their arms around, saying, "My precious brother."
All them women had long hair, white garments, bare-footed. They were
young, about… Looks to be about eighteen years old, twenty. I…
They'd grab me and throw their arms around me, and say, "Oh, our
precious brother," and just hug me like that, and walk away. And
I seen my first wife come up. Now, she died when she was about
twenty-two; she hadn't changed. She come running. I said, "Surely,
she'll call me husband."
And she walked up, and she begin smiling, threw her arms around me. She
said, "My darling brother." And then she hugged some woman that had
just hugged me, some girl.
And here come men, looked like they were–had kindy shaggy hair down on
their shoulder. And they were the nicest looking people I ever seen:
eyes as starry, pearly white teeth. They were throwing their arms
around me, and saying, "Oh, our precious brother."
And one of them hollered at the other one, said, "Think, he's arrived. He's arrived at last."
And I thought, "Have I died and this is… I've come into glory? Is this it?" And I thought, "It couldn't be."
And I looked, and that voice that had spoke to me down in my room, I
heard it again. I looked back, and I seen myself laying there on the
bed. I never had anything like that to happen. It's done something to
me; I can never be the same no more. So then, it…
I–I looked, and I thought, "What is this?" I thought, "Well, all them
people looked young." And I looked down, and I was young. I–I had
turned back to a young man again. I said, "Well, this is strange." And
I looked and…
I can't explain it. There's no words that I can think of. If I'd say
superb, or–or–or supreme, or–or perfect, that wouldn't touch it.
They–they… There–there was no tomorrow; there was no yesterday.
They–they–they were in eternity. And they never got tired; they never
had to eat. Yet they had senses: I could feel them; they could speak;
they was looking at me. They had senses.
And I said, "I–I don't understand this."
And that voice said, "This is perfect love." Said, "Isn't that what you spoke the Holy Spirit was?"
I said, "Yes."
"And this is perfect love."
And about that time, a big bunch of men lifted me up and took me to a
place, and set me up kindy high, like a–a stand or something. And here
was people; I could see them by the tens of thousands coming from
everywhere, every one young, beautiful, running, hugging me.
I said, "Well, I don't get this."
And just then, a beautiful young woman run up. And she said, "Oh, my
darling brother." She said, "We're so happy to see you. Welcome." And
she walked away.
And I said, "Praise the Lord, sister." I looked around me.
And then I thought, "What is this? What's going on? What's happened?"
Just then a voice said, "In the Bible where it's said that Jacob was
gathered with his people and the other one; this is liken unto that,
where you'll gather with your–where you will gather with your people."
I said, "All them Branhams?" I said that, "I–I never believed there was that many."
He said, "They're not Branhams." Said, "They're your converts; they're
your converts." Said, "That woman that you're admiring," said, "you
know how old she was when you led her to Christ?"
I said, "I have no idea."
Said, "Past ninety." Said, "See, she's young forever."
And she looked up at me. She said, "Brother Branham, Jesus will come
someday, and then we'll go back to earth." And said, "Then we'll
receive our glorified body; then we'll live together forever."
I said, "Well, I… Well, what–what–what do you set me up here for?"
And they said, "You was a leader; you led us."
I said, "Oh, let me see Jesus if I've passed over. I want to see Him."
And that voice said, "You can't see Him now." Said, "He will come, but
first He will come to you." And said, "Judge you by the Gospel you
And I said, "The Gospel I preach?"
And I said, "Will Saint Paul have to stand before his converts?"
Said, "Absolutely, he will too."
I said, "I never varied one word; I stayed just exactly the way the
Bible said it. I don't care what anyone said, or did not say; I stayed
right with it like that. So if Paul's group is saved, mine is too."
And a great scream from looked like thousands and thousands said, "We know that."
I said, "Praise God, I never was so happy that I stayed true to the Word." See? "I never was so happy."
And just then, I looked… Years ago, I used to have an old hunting
dog; his name was Fritz. And he was half Airdale and half Newfoundland;
he was a great big dog. And he used to go with me everywhere when I'd
go hunting, and the best old thing I ever had. He'd lay with me, and he
put me in school clothes from hunting, treeing opossums and skunks, and
whatmore I trapped. And so, he just kept me in school clothes. And I'd
leave him anywhere; he'd find his way home.
And one day when we moved into the city, a policeman come by and
throwed a dog button in the yard and killed him. When I come home and
buried… I was just about sixteen, seventeen years old. And I patted
the last bit of dirt on there.
I said, "Fritz, I'll–I–I'll kill that man for that."
Went in the house and got my rifle, and started down to the police
station to get him. And when I got on the road, a little old Ford run
up behind me; it was my father.
He grabbed that rifle out of my hand; he was a little bitty man, slapped me up side of the head, and said, "Get in that car."
And I went back, and I said, "Fritz…" Went up to his grave, I said,
"Fritz, here's what I will… If Pop won't let me do it that way, I'll
find him on the street walking someday, and I'll lose control of my
car. I promise you I'll get even with him (See?) for killing you." And
I meant it.
And about a year after that, I was saved. And I led this man to God, and buried him after he was saved: Mr. Short, the police…
My old dog was gone. I always thought after I was saved, I thought,
"Wonder when I get over there, if I'll see old Fritz." And while I was
setting there, I looked coming down across the hill, and here come old
Fritz coming up to me. And he was just licking his tongue you know, and
panting like that, looking at me. And I looked coming behind him, and
here come old Prince, my horse, my saddle horse. And he run up to me,
and he put his neck around me.
And I said, "O God, what is this?"
Just then, a voice spoke and said, "All that you ever loved, and all
that ever loved you, God has given to you. We're all here together."
Oh, my, my heart just melted within me. "All that you ever loved, and
all that ever loved you, is gathered here with you to meet God."
And I said, "Oh, praise be to God!" And about that time, I felt myself
moving. I said, "I don't have to go back, do I?" And I kept… And in
just a minute, I was back there at the bed again.
Friend, death does not change a man; it just changes your dwelling
place. I've got a wife, very sweet wife, setting right there. I've got
three little children, tw–two little girls and a little boy, and Billy
Paul. I want to live for them. But my first purpose is live for Christ,
for my ministry.
The second, I'd like to live long enough that I could see my little
Joseph setting there become a minister; take the spirit that I shall
leave him. May my spirit come upon him. When I dedicated him to God,
standing there in his mother's arms… I don't know, there's ten or
When I picked him up, the Spirit caught me and said, "Joseph, my son,
you are a prophet." God, let my spirit come in a double portion on my
When I come to the end of the road, and I can't go no farther, I want
to hand this Bible to Joseph, and say, "Honey, don't you… Don't you
compromise on one word. Stay true to God; if it takes everything there
is, you stay true to God."
When I can see you do that, and see Joseph take my Bible and walk to
the pulpit as a anointed servant of God, all done then; all I can do
for God. It'll be a happy day when I know that this old wrinkled up,
worn out hull could be swapped. When a leak in this old building, the
life leaking out of it, there's a better home just across the river
Listen, friends. Wherever that is, it isn't one breath between us and
there tonight. With all my heart, this is the first time I've ever told
this outside of in my own church. With all my heart, by the grace of
God, with all I could do, I promise God I'll pull every soul if I have
to make it, and compel it, and everything else to come to Jesus Christ.
For what a time that was when those people… Them bright-eyed women
and men standing there with their arms around me, screaming, "My
darling brother," and know that my ministry had been the cause of them
being there. God help me forever to win souls to Christ, is my prayer.
Let us pray.
Heavenly Father, as we are now at the very peak of this meeting, we are
here in a conference with our brethren, with precious brothers, Lord,
who believes this Gospel. These Full Gospel preachers who stood on the
street, many of them here, when I was a sinner boy, preaching this same
Word, and the baptism of the Spirit. Many old gray headed mother here
has broke up corn, and–and tried to make bread for her children, and
allowanced them at the table to try to push the Gospel on. And here
they set tonight, old and gray headed, many of them broke down and
stoop shouldered. I've shook their hands here on this ground, and I
know they're here.
O God, just let them know that just one breath after this left here,
they'll turn back to young men and women to live forever in a land
where there'll never be a gray hair or a wrinkle, where there'll never
be a sickness or a heartache. Oh, for that glorious place, wherever it
was, Lord, that I was in that night–or that morning. I pray God, that
every person here… Hear me, O God; if I've ever found grace in Your
sight, let my prayer be answered. May every person that's here on these
grounds, may I meet them, every one, over there in that glorious place,
wherever it was, or whatever it was, Lord. Let me meet them in that
place. I love them, and they love me. And You told me, Lord, "All that
you ever loved and all that loved you has gathered here to be with
O God, grant that that crowd will increase by the millions. Grant it,
Father. Have mercy upon us. Let me never, in all my life, Lord, never
let me compromise with one word of this Bible. 'Cause I know, first
I'll be judged, and their eternal destination is resting upon that.
Help, Lord. Let me be honest and sincere, and–and tell the people that
they must be filled with the Holy Ghost; grant it, Lord. They must be
borned again. Grant it.
Help us; forgive us of our sins. God, tonight there's men and women
here who raised their hands: They didn't have the Holy Ghost. Grant,
Lord, that this will be the night; this will be the time, that there
will be such a spirit take a hold of them, such a spirit of longing and
thirsting. "Blessed are ye when you do hunger and thirst for
righteousness; for they shall be filled." You said so, Lord. You
promised it; I'm quoting Your Word to You, Lord. If they're hungry and
thirsty, You promised You'd fill them, and I believe every word that
You said is the truth. Lord, let them be filled tonight. Grant it,
If some sinner was here, and kindy cheated on his own conscience awhile
ago (his or her conscience), know that they're sinners, and they never
raised their hands, God, shame them. Call them out from behind the
bush; cover them with the skin of the–of the Lord Jesus, His covering,
the Spirit. He was clothed and–and in-housed by the Holy Spirit. Let
that come upon them tonight, Lord; convince them. May they come out and
hold a conference with You, and be reconciled to God through the Blood
of Jesus Christ. Grant it, Lord, I pray in Jesus' Name.
And while we have our heads bowed, is there a sinners–any sinners
here, would like to walk up here just a minute. Maybe this might not
help you, but I want to be sure of this. I've told you the honest
truth, so help me. God knows that. I want to be sure that there's not a
sinner on the ground. Let me say this, THUS SAITH THE HOLY SPIRIT:
"Except a man be borned again, he cannot enter into the Kingdom."
And if you're here tonight, and THUS SAITH THE SPIRIT OF GOD that's
within me, I tell the truth; I lie not. The very thing that vindicates
it is a returning of that prophetic Spirit that discerns the thoughts,
tells you what you've done, what you will do, what'll happen to you,
every predicament, every time perfectly for year after year. That's the
vindication that I have told you the truth, that this…
What did the Word of the Lord come to? The prophet. He had the Word of
the Lord. Don't listen to some fig leaf idea. Come and believe; come
and receive. And Jesus Christ, Who is my Judge, knows that I have told
you, that I went in to some place that was glorious, where the old
become young, where they lived forever and never died, and with a
promise of returning to the earth to receive a glorified body. God
knows that's the truth.
I invite you, my sinner friend. Please, let me beg you; let me persuade
you. If getting on my knees will do any good, if weeping, if persuading
will help, let me persuade you. Don't go any other way, but come to
Jesus now, old and young. And be reconciled to God. I stand here as a
minister of the Gospel, ready to take you by the hand and pray for you.
Will you come here now to me and let us pray together, sinner friend?
Whoever you are, young or old, I wait to receive you. Will you come now
while there is time for grace and time that God is a calling you?
God bless you, I see two, a man and a woman coming forward, coming
right down. Brother Joseph, if you'll move just a moment there, and let
the brother come right through here, and the sister. Would some other
sinner, let me persuade you? Will you come be reconciled to God? Here
comes a little boy and a little girl.
I tell the truth in Christ; I lie not. There's no man can take the
doctrine that I preach and disprove it. There's no one can do it. I
have never seen anyone could do it; it's the Gospel truth. The
discernments of the Spirit is perfect; no man can ever say that it's
ever not been perfect. And I'll tell you now; there is a perfect place,
a perfect heaven, a perfect God, a perfect Saviour, a perfect Blood, a
perfect atonement, a perfect being for you.
Now, if you are a church member, and have just made a confession, rake
them fig leaves from you tonight. Walk up here before this audience and
stand here so I can pray with you. Will you come? Just look at the
people gathering up here now.
Here's what Jesus said: "He that will confess Me before men, him will I confess before My Father and the holy Angels."
They come here to stand by the… Here's a man even on crutches trying
to get up the steps. That ought to shame some you that's able to walk,
come without the crutches. May he go down without the crutches, is my
Come, some of you can come this way. Come over here, come up this way,
and come here. Will you come? I'm waiting on you. God bless you, my
brother. Come right there. Would some more sinners… Just rise up and
come. Let me persuade you in Christ's Name.
Here come a aged couple holding one another's arms. How sweet that is
to know, even at this age, they're coming now to be reconciled to God.
Listen, look at me! If this couple here that's coming in deep
sincerity, I say this in the Name of the Lord Jesus: If they're coming
in great sincerity, I'll meet them in another land when they are a
young couple again and shake their hand.
Oh, you pass over it; it's so simple. God didn't make it complicated, a
whole lot of rules you have to learn. You know what we're trying to do?
Somebody say, "What am–must I do to be saved?"
You say, "You have to quit smoking; you have to quit drinking." We're tell them what they have to quit doing.
Paul told him what he must do: "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ."
That's all. Not what you have to quit doing; what you must do to be
saved. Believe first; these other things take care of themselves. You
Will you come, sinner? I'm just going to wait a moment longer. 'Cause
before I rose from that bed, I shook my wife. She's setting right there
now; she was still asleep, and I shook her.
I said, "Honey?"
She said, "What?"
I said, "Something's happened." And I told her.
I got out on the bed. There's a picture of Jesus just above my bed.
Over on this side is praying hands that was carved for me in Germany,
souvenirs. On the other is a little old shack I used to live in; some
German artist painted on canvas. Right back on this other side is the
picture of the Angel of the Lord standing over… You've got the
picture of It, many of you.
I looked up. I said, "Before God, before Christ, before the heavenly
host, I promise you, God, to persuade and beg and per–and even compel
the people to come. For even if I have to get them a little angry with
E-84 How that ninety year old woman, in the beauty of a young woman standing there looking at me, said, "Oh, my precious brother."
that one that was talking to me said, "The reason she's saying that;
she was past ninety when you led her to Jesus. Now she can never be old
or die no more." No wonder she was appreciative.
Won't you come? Is there another? Is there just another one would raise
up? I just feel constrained somehow, that I–I–I'm not doing my best.
Come, let me persuade you; let me ask you to come. Is there another? Is
there another, someone would just rise up, and say, "Yes, brother
preacher, I want to come now. I believe every word that you said is the
truth. I'm coming to be reconciled to God."?
All of you, my precious friends, from this little young boy all the way
around to this middle aged man, I promise you in the sincerity, I've
told you the truth. God strike me if I haven't told you the truth. See?
That's right. I've been honest with you. I'll meet you again, if you're
really sincere. I'll meet you again in a land where you'll all be
young, where death is gone away. I speak in the Name of the Lord Jesus;
I lie not. That's true.
Now, you've come; something drawed you. Something said, "Come." I hope
God makes a preacher out of you, son (I do.), that'll take the Gospel,
after you've maybe come to Brother Branham's grave someday, and say,
"Yeah, he spoke to me one night at the Chatauqua, in Ohio." May He
grant it, you little boys, little girls.
How many here's hasn't received the Holy Ghost? Would you like to come
and stand right here while we pray? Just come for a word of prayer.
Remember, "Except a man be borned again, he cannot enter into the Kingdom. The promise is unto you and to your children…"
I don't think we have room for them up here, Brother Sullivan. I want
them just put–fill up the aisle there. Just a moment, I want to pray.
I–I–I–I want this done right; I want it rightly done. You got
correct, I know, Brother Sullivan. You wouldn't let anyone in there but
what would be a real instructors in this room. That's good. This has
all been taken care of by godly men.
Now, we're not condemning you. We're not condemning your religion,
saying Presbyterian, or Methodist, or Baptist. That's fine; God bless
the Presbyterian, Methodists, and Baptists. But you want to be a
Presbyterian, Methodist, and Baptist and have the Holy Ghost. That's
what you want. See? Whatever you are, you want to be Christ. You
stay–stay with your church; that's all right. You'll be a light in
that church to lead others.
And let me tell you, friends, you don't know what happiness is
(remember) until you've crossed over the land yonder and really see
what it is. Look, would I do this as a servant of Christ? I put this
Bible over my heart, and say: I have… It could not enter… If that
was one–the first heaven I was privileged to see, and Paul was caught
up into the third heaven, what did he see?
No wonder he said, "Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, neither has it
entered into the heart of man, what God has for them in store that love
You say then, "Brother Branham, Paul said we must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ."
That's correct. But Paul also said, "Have you received the Holy Ghost
since you believed? Have you received the Holy Ghost since you
That's the next question. Now, you want to receive the Holy Ghost,
don't you? These people want to be saved; you want to receive the Holy
Ghost. Now, is that all that's coming? Is that all in the building, or
around the building that hasn't got the Holy Ghost? All right.
Now, if God keeps His promise… I can prove this at this minute. The
Holy Spirit can stand here and call a group of people in this audience
and speak to them. It's just a gift. You just have to… Just commit
yourself to God and wait for it. And it begins to speak. You all… How
many's seen that done? Of course you have, night after night. I tell
Now, if you are sincere and believe this with all your heart, you're
going to receive the Holy Ghost. You're going to receive It. Now, don't
pay no attention if somebody's around you; maybe he's doing one thing,
somebody else… Don't look at them; you look at the sacrifice. You're
going in to hold a conference. You're going to talk it over with God
right now, hold a conference. "Lord, something told me I need the Holy
Ghost. Here I am to receive It. Open up the windows, Lord; I'm ready
And to you here: "Lord, I want to… I want to be Your child. I now
receive Jesus as my personal Saviour." Will you do that, each one of
you? Will each… Will you receive him, son, as your Saviour? You
around there? You will receive Him as your Saviour, all along here? All
Do you want to receive the Holy Ghost? You're going in to hold a
conference now, to receive the Holy Ghost? Is that's right, raise up
your hand to God. "I'm going in to receive the Holy Ghost."
All that wants to love Jesus, raise up your hand. "I want to serve Him;
I will receive Him right now. Nothing I can do; I accept Him as my
Saviour, someone Who died for me."
Now, would I dare let you get off of here, without I was sure (as
humanly sure as I could) that God… I want to meet you over yonder. I
want to meet you children; I want to meet you people. I want to meet
Now, with all my heart, I'm going to pray. And I want each one in this
building to bow your heads; I want you not to try to leave now. We're
going to pray for the sick in a few minutes. And I want you to bow your
heads, and I want you to pray with me that God will save these people
here. I believe with heart, with all that's in me, they're already
saved. I'm just going to offer God thanks. They've done accepted Jesus;
they raised up their hands that they wanted… They accepted Him as
"And he that will confess Me before men, him will I confess before My
Father and the holy Angels. He that heareth My words, and believeth on
Him that sent Me, has Eternal Life; shall never come to the judgment,
but has passed from death unto Life." That's the Bible.
But I want you to pray; I want you to thank God. Then we're all going
to go over here in this other room over here, and stay there until
something happens to us. Let's bow our heads everywhere; pray with me,
all you sainted people. In your own way down in your heart, pray for
Dear Jesus, how do I know. This may be the last sermon I'll ever
deliver. This may be my last opportunity to ever call a sinner to
repentance. I do not know, Lord; I trust that I'll be able for years to
do it, until You come, if that be possible and permissible with You.
But here is young, middle-aged, and old, standing on the platform,
humbly, sweetly, even to these little children with tears dimmed eyes,
coming to receive You as their Saviour. You said this in Your own Word:
"He that will come to Me, I will in no wise cast him out."
Then they're Yours, Lord; they're the trophies of the message tonight.
They're Yours, because Jesus died. You said, "All the Father has given
Me, will come to Me; none of them will be lost. I'll give him Eternal
Life, raise him up at the last day." That's Your Word, Lord.
You said that, "He that heareth My Word, and believeth on Him that sent
Me, has Eternal Life; shall never come into the condemnation (or
judgment), but's passed from death unto life."
Lord, I have called them; the Holy Spirit's spoke to them. They
responded and come; now they're Yours, Lord. I commit them to You
as–as God gives them to Jesus as love gifts of His grace. Bless them,
Lord. May I be able in that land–where You had me the other day–see
these people again, shake their hands. How they'll hug my neck, and
I'll hug theirs, calling brother and sister. How the old, carnal,
sinful life will be faded away, and all the old sinful nature will be
no more, and we'll truly be unadulterated brothers and sisters. What a
time that'll be, God. Let it come quickly, Lord Jesus; come quickly.
Transform these people tonight, Father, we pray. All that You called
You said You justified, and all You justified, You glorified. I pray
that they'll be Yours from henceforth; I commit them into Your hand, in
the Name of Jesus, Your Son.
Here stands many around this altar, at the bottom of this rail: Men and
women, boys and girls, that has–has accepted You as personal Saviour.
They want to be filled with the Holy Ghost. Peter said on the day of
Pentecost, the promise was to them. And we find it true in every age
and ever since then, that any man that will come thirsting and
hungering, You never turn him away. You always fill him; You keep Your
Word. I pray, God, tonight, with all my heart, and with all that's in
me: Let not one of these… I claim them every one for You.
Satan, you doubting spirit, you unbelieving devil, I charge thee in the
Name of Jesus Christ, the righteous Son of God, depart from them. May
the Holy Ghost of God fall upon them this night, and may they be filled
with God's Holy Spirit. Every one of them come out on these grounds
tomorrow, preaching the Gospel, testifying, going everywhere; scatter
the news everywhere that the Holy Spirit is still real. Grant it, Lord.
I commit them to You with my sincere prayer, and it's said, "The
effectual and fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." When
hundreds of righteous men in here, and women, are praying. God, receive
them. We give them to You in Jesus' Name. Amen.
All right, the leader… Right here is the man here to lead them. Turn
right this way now to the prayer room. You go right down this way now,
brother, sister. The brother's got the door put there, you come out of
this… I think it's the way to go down, Take you and make that curtain
right there so they can get in there? All right, Brother Sullivan will
take care of that.
Go right this a way now, for the–for the–the seeking service, the
waiting service. Don't you come out of there! You go in there with the
You say, "I'm tired." That's the devil!
You say, "I'm going in; I hope I get it tonight." That's still the devil!
"I'm going in to get it, because God gave it to me. He promised it to
me, and I'm going after it. I'm going to hold a conference, and I'm
going to stay in this conference till God comes and answers me." That's
the way. "God, if You don't give me the Holy Ghost, You'll find me
laying dead back here." That's… Get sincere; God will be sincere with
[Brother Branham speaks to someone–Ed.] Right here. Go right back and receive Him. He's right there waiting for you where you…
I just got something sweet. This darling little, pretty little
blond-headed darling–'bout like my little Sarah setting there–she
said, "Brother Branham, I just wanted to tell you something. When you
were here…" Last year was it, honey? That when I was here the other
time? She had warts all over her. Said I prayed for her, and the warts
all went off. And tonight she felt she ought to come give her life to
Jesus. Bless her little heart. God bless you, sweetheart. Go right
back… Some of you…?… show…?… back there. Bless her little
Let's hum it. [Brother Branham begins humming–Ed.] (Oh, praise His Name. How that thrills my heart.)
Aren't you glad you had a conference with Him not long ago? Aren't you
glad that He was there to answer you, seal you until the day of your
redemption with the seal of His grace and His Spirit?
Some man said to me not long ago, a very precious friend, an old
preacher friend, back when I was in the Baptist church. He said,
"Brother Branham, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for
I said, "That's right, doctor."
He said, "What more could Abraham do but believe?"
I said, "No more. But God gave him the seal of circumcision as a confirmation of his faith, being reconciled."
I said, "Has He ever sealed you, doctor, with the Holy Spirit?" See? If
you say you got faith and He's never give you the Holy Ghost yet, He's
never recognized your faith. See? After Abraham believed God, God give
him the seal of circumcision as the sign that He'd reconciled him or
recognized his faith.
If you say, "I got faith in God," He's never give you the Holy Ghost,
He's never recognized you yet. There's still something hanging on. But
when He gives you the Holy Ghost, He's sealed you until the day of your
redemption. Oh, my, nothing to fear; just walk and scream, "I love Him."
Oh my, just once more–that sounds so good. Listen, don't that sound good? Dying…
You say, "It sounds good for people to die?"
Yes, I like to hear them die like that. Amen. The Lord said, "Precious
in His sight is the death of His saints." That's right, that's right. I
like to hear them die like that; they're dying to themselves. Yes, sir.
You say, "They're doing a lot of struggling." Well, they're dying hard;
that's all. But they–they–they'll get dead all right. And then
they'll be borned again anew. Amen.
I was looking down to see; I'd kept you late. I thought, "I'll
apologize." I thought, "No. Paul preached this same Gospel all night
one night." A boy fell out of the loft and killed hisself. Paul went
and laid his body over him ('Cause he was filled with the Holy Ghost),
laid his body over him, and said, "His life's coming back to him.
Everything's all right."
How many here's got the Holy Ghost? All right, how many's sick? Raise
up your hands. All right, you that's got the Holy Ghost, lay your hands
on one another. Same Holy Ghost that was in Paul is in you; same
Gospel's being preached by the same power.
He didn't say, "This sign will follow the preachers." He said, "These signs shall follow them that believe, every one of them."
Lay your hands on one another, and pray now one for another. Watch what
happens. Sister, brother, in them wheelchairs and things, what about
it? Let this be the hour. Brother Boze, lay your hands on–along them
people there. Some of the rest of you, pray for one another. That's it!
You're all preachers, prayer, filled with the Holy Ghost.
God, in Jesus' Name, pour out Your Spirit upon these people. Send down
the Holy Ghost in great power; give unction. Heal these people that
these handkerchiefs and things represent. Grant it, Lord. Let Thy
Spirit and Thy power come into these people. Let them pray the prayer
of faith for one another. "These signs shall follow them that believe."
This is a conference. Let the Holy Ghost come and shake the building
where we're assembled together, and all sickness and things depart and
go out of these people. I condemn the devil and all of his works, in
the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.