|Hear Ye Him (56-1215)|
E-1 Thank you, Brother…?… Thank you, brother. So glad to be here in the service of the Lord to serve Him, trusting it'll be a great blessing to all, as it is to me always to come before Him.
Now, seeing that there's many of you standing, we'll make the service just as short as possible so that you can–won't have to stand too long. And just be in prayer, believing, for all things are possible to them that believe.
Now, we're very happy to have this time here in Parkersburg. We've been visiting around your city a little today, looking around, find some very fine people here, your merchants, and so forth. And maybe someday, the Lord willing, and if you all would want me to, I'd like to come back here some time for a big union meeting somewhere, where we could set up for some time, get everybody together, all the churches, get them together, and let's have fellowship with each other, and–and just break down the walls, and start loving each other; and then the Lord will love us when–when we can love one another. And so we trust it'll be so.
E-2 Now, just before turning to the Word just for a few moments, I'd like to say this: tomorrow morning, I believe that the pastor wanted me to have his Bible class or something tomorrow morning. Will that be here pastor? That's just here. All right, sir. Tomorrow morning here at a Bible class… Now, don't think it's a healing service; it's just a evangelistic Bible teaching. So if you have no church to go… If you have your own church, stand at your post of duty. See? That's your business to be at your church when it has church. But when–if you have no church to go to, we invite you out. And so, then tomorrow night closing service of prayer for the sick tomorrow night… Then I go to Florida from here. So now, let's bow our heads just a moment before we open the Word and speak to the Author.
E-3 Our kind heavenly Father, it's with grateful hearts that we approach Thee tonight in the Name of the Lord Jesus to thank Thee for this great privilege that we have of coming to Thee and calling You our Father, and You call us Your children, "My beloved children." And how that through the one offering He has perfected forever those that are sanctified, that are called, foreordained, chosen in God before the foundation of the world. And now, some glorious day He shall come the second time in glory to bring us from the graves, and then we will be like unto His own glorious body. We shall see Him as He is. No more prayer for the sick then, it's all finished.
E-4 We long with anxious hearts, thinking of the great time when we'll have the Lord's supper together, drink the vine–the fruit of the vine and eat anew of the food in the Kingdom of God and see that great table spread out for thousands of miles, all the redeemed of all ages gathered around the table. As we look across at each other and shake each other's hands, a little teardrop run down our cheek, then the King in His beauty shall come out in His white robe, walk down along the table, and wipe all tears from our eyes, and say, "Don't cry, children, it's all over. Enter into the joys of the Lord which is prepared for you since the foundation of the world."
Father God, we pray that every person here in Divine Presence tonight will answer the roll call there and have the privilege of hearing those words said, "It was well done, My good and faithful servant." If there be some here tonight, Lord, who doesn't know You, their sins are not under the Blood, may this be the hour that their final decision will be made and their names recorded in glory.
E-5 Heal the sick and afflicted, Lord, as they're laying here in masses waiting, some standing sick, mothers working with their little babies, O God, send the Holy Ghost with great power and move with compassion and heal the sick and afflicted. Help us as we open the Word, and let us fellowship now around the Word, for we ask it in the Name of Thy beloved Son, the Lord Jesus. Amen.
E-6 Over in the Book of Saint Matthew. I wish to talk just a little tonight from the Scriptures, and I trust that God will bless the reading of the Word. [Brother Branham talks to a brother–Ed.] Oh yes, I was wondering last night; I was twisting down here about… Thank you, Brother Rufull. That's mighty fine. Thank you very much. I'm not too big, and I haven't got too much voice, so this thing has to be voice for me. But did you notice, here's a sermon in itself. That thing is a mute; it cannot speak unless there's something behind it to speak in it. See? You know what I'm talking about. There's nothing to us; it's something behind us.
E-7 Now, in the Book of the 17th chapter of Saint Matthew's we read this just for a way of–of Scripture reading to get a little context to base our thoughts. And quickly, we are watching the clock there, and I want the prayer line started by nine or before so you can get out and go to church tomorrow and–and serve the Lord.
And for a text, as it would call it, I want to take the text of, "Hear Ye Him." After all He's the voice of authority. God Himself witnessed so at this time, "Hear ye Him." There many voices in the world today; there's many things going on, many doctrines, many isms; but hear ye Him, He's the voice of final authority. He's the One that'll speak. He's the One that said, "The heavens and earth will pass away, but My word shall never fail." So hear ye Him; He's the one to listen to.
E-8 Now, Christ meets with man in different councils. Sometimes He meets with man in great numbers. Sometimes He meets with men in small numbers. The numbers doesn't mean whether Christ is there or not; it's the attitude of the people that's in the number what determines it.
You can take an egg that a hen is supposed to set on to hatch it, and you put the egg in a incubator where it's just warm light, that incubator will hatch the egg just the same as the chick–or the hen will itself. Because it's the–it's the atmosphere that does the hatching. And it's the same thing in a meeting of this type. It could be possible tonight, and also probable it will be, that there could be a–a hour, of this next hour on that clock, that there wouldn't be one sinner or backslider left in here without being right with God. It could be that every sick and afflicted person could be made well and go out of here glorifying God. This could break into a–a repeat of Pentecost if the atmosphere gets right. See? The atmosphere to bring such results would be the Holy Spirit. If He can get every heart in one accord, then He could just move masses and heal the people, save the people, or whatever. He has died to redeem them, and every redemptive blessing belongs to the individual. I want you to believe that, Christian.
E-9 When you got saved, God gave you a checkbook, as it was; and at the bottom of every check it's got Jesus' Name signed in it. And everything that Jesus died for becomes your personal property. It's yours; it's already paid for. There's nothing you have to do to get it. Just don't be afraid of the endorsement. If Christ, when He died at Calvary, He finished everything that was in the redemptive plan. Everything was completed. When He died at Calvary, He raised His hands which was tacked to the cross, and said, "It's finished." What's finished? All's been finished. Everything that Satan done to the human race, the price was paid for, and we are completely redeemed tonight in Christ from all of our–ever what happened.
And no one can preach salvation without preaching Divine healing. See? You can't preach redemption of the soul without preaching redemption of the body. See, when you can't deal with sin in any measure, 'less you deal with sickness and every attribute. Sickness is the results of sin. Sickness is an attribute of sin.
E-10 I was preaching here not long ago in a Methodist church, and I was saying, "Smoking cigarettes is not a sin. Committing adultery is not a sin. Getting drunk is not a sin. Taking the Lord's Name is not in sin."
Some blessed little old saint setting in front with one of these high collar dresses on, she just forgot where she was at; it got her so bad, because she'd just been–had one school of thought. She said, "Then pray tell me what sin is."
I said, "Sin is unbelief." You know, smoking's not a sin. Committing adultery's not a sin. That's because you're not a believer is the reason you do that. It's the results from unbelief. "He that heareth My Words, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath Everlasting Life, and shall never come into condemnation; but is passed from death to Life."
E-11 "He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquity: chastisement of our peace upon Him; with His stripes we were healed." Everything's in past tense. There's no negative at all in Christianity; it's all positive, done paid for. It's finished. Amen. That would make Methodist almost shout again, wouldn't it? Think of it. It's all completed, all finished. Our only thought, is not many things… God cannot do nothing else; it's already completed. Christ stood right here tonight, you'd say, "Christ, heal me."
He'd say, "I've already done it."
Say, "Save me, Lord Jesus."
"I've already done it." When He died at Calvary, every sin that was ever committed or ever would be committed was forgiven right there on the basis of the shed Blood. But it'll never do you no good till you accept it. Got to be your personal property, and that's your personal faith in a finished work that Christ has already done for you.
E-12 So salvation isn't doing a lot of good works. Grace is what brings us to God. God saves us by grace. And no man never sought God at any time. The Bible says he didn't. You say, "Why, I sought God all night." No, you never. God sought you. Man's very nature in the garden of Eden proved it. Instead of Adam running up and down the garden saying, "O Father, where art thou," it was God hunting Adam saying, "Adam, where art thou?" See? We turn the picture around. Here, this will settle it for you if there's a question in your mind. Jesus said, "No man can come to Me, except My Father draws him first." That settles it if He said it. All right.
We're not on that subject, we're just backgrounding a little. Get the fear away. Don't be scared that God's not going to answer prayer. God always answers prayer. The work's already finished. He's obligated; He must do it; He's got to do it to keep His Word. Notice. Now, it's a finished work.
E-13 And now, if you're dealing with sin… Now, maybe you never sinned, but there might be a sin that your father did, your grandfather did. He said He'd visit the iniquity of the parents upon the third and fourth generation. And each generation gets weaker and wiser as the Bible said. But it's all started from sin. Before sin ever came into the world there were no sickness in the world. And sickness came through the fall, and the fall was sin, and sin is unbelief.
"He that believeth not is condemned already." Before you even get started you're condemned. You're born in sin, shaped in iniquity, come to the world speaking lies. No matter how much you was dedicated on the altar, how many times you were sprinkled, baptized, poured, whatever it is, you're still a sinner, that's all, until you repent and God recognizes and seals that promise with the Holy Spirit. That's right. Then you're borned again. Then you're son and daughter of God. It's a regeneration, a new creation. Then your attributes, your–your thoughts are not like they were, your life is not like it was. You become a complete surrendered vessel to God, and He speaks and uses you, and you're not your own no more. But you're bought with a price. That's the price of the precious Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Think of it.
E-14 Now, for instance, they cut–try to cut Divine healing off from salvation. And as they say, "Oh, I believe Christ saves the soul, but don't heal the body." Well, that's just… The devil just took and turned the picture around. In the early days they said He can heal, but He makes Hisself God to forgive people. See? Just the devil just vice versa'd the picture. If He's Almighty God, He can do all things. And if He can't do all things, He isn't Almighty God. Certainly not. And if He is, He's the same yesterday, today, and forever. You see it?
Now, for instance, of healing… Say there's a great big serpent here, dragon, and he had his paw in my side, cutting me with his paw. Well now, I don't have to cut his paw off to get rid of it; just knock him in the head. It kills the whole serpent. And when you deal with sin, you deal with sickness and everything it caused. You have to. That's just his foot, but it's all governed by his head. So sin was the head of it and the whole thing fell.
E-15 And Christ promised that He would meet on the earth wherever two or three were gathered together. He promised it. Now, sometimes He meets and councils with–one time with five hundred. Another time after His resurrection, He met with seventy, another time with twelve, another time with three, another time with one. Wherever men are gathered together, Christ promised to meet with them. He's omnipresent, everywhere, covers all space. He's omnipresent, omnisc–omniscient, and He's omnipotent, all wisdom, all power, all places, everywhere. And He's infinite.
He knowed the very end from the beginning. He knowed every flea, every louse, every fly, every person. Everything that ever happened at the very beginning, He knew it all. If He wasn't, He wasn't God. So therefore, He can fore-ordinate things to His–work to His pleasure. That's the reason He said He hated Esau and loved Jacob before either boy was ever born, because He knew that Esau was a shyster to begin with. See? So He knew it by foreknowledge. What is the Bible? The Bible is the very thoughts that God had before the foundation of the world, expressed them in Word, and dropped them down to prophets, and they wrote them. That's the only thing it is: just has to unfold.
God knows all things, and by a Spirit of knowledge, why God drops it to His prophets as eagles who sail up in the air and sees things to happen before it gets there. You see?
E-16 Now, in this state many times… Jesus never gathers with people just to be gathering. Christ never did anything loosely. And I think that's the trouble with the church today. We take too many of the things of God loosely. And now, I perceive that this is a Pentecostal gathering. And listen, you're my brothers and sisters. But the Pentecostal people are too loosely with the gifts that's in the church, and that's the reason God can't respect them. See? You just let them go any old way. They should be governed and put in order.
And we find people interrupting the meeting by speaking with tongues and so forth, when "The spirits of the prophets is subject to the prophet." I'm not saying they don't have a gift, but they misuse it, and it throws a damper. If the Holy Spirit's speaking at one place, He will speak there until He's finished. See?
And we so misuse these things, just letting it go free lance. That's just as good as the devil would want too. That's right. If them…?… gifts had been set in order, and put in its place, there'd had been a revival sweep this land today that's never been exceeded. We don't lack power; we lack knowledge. We lack faith. You got power. Any man that's borned again has–the whole heavens is open to him.
E-17 I was talking to a doctor not long ago. He said, "I studied to be a preacher one time." Said, "And I got to that virgin birth. I read in India where they've had virgin births, and virgin births." And I said… He said, "I just forgot the whole thing."
I said, "Doctor, you're trying to compare the ridiculous with the sublime. You can't do it. There's not a one of them can prove their virgin births. There's not a one of them can prove their gods to be so. Christianity is the only one. Only Founder that ever said, 'I have power to lay My life down and take it up again. Because I live, you live also, and I'll be with you, in you, to the end of the world. And the things that I do you'll do just exactly like I do 'cause it'll be not you, but Me in you.'" That settles it. Mohammed couldn't make that promise. Buddha couldn't make that promise, or no other founder could make that promise. Christ alone could do it. That's the reason God said, "Hear ye Him." He's the final authority.
Now, notice, how beautiful, how the Scripture so gives us these wonderful promises. And every promise in the Book belongs to the believer. See?
E-18 You people here in this country's apple raisers as I understand. You have a lot of agriculture, raising fruit. You know when you–that little apple tree's just about one half of an inch high, that every bushel of apples that'll ever come off of that tree is in it right then. You know every hundred pounds of leaves that'll ever fall off of that tree is in it right then. Every blossom is in it right then. Every branch is in it right then. If it isn't, tell me where it comes from. Where is it at? Where does it come from?
What do you do? You take the seed and you plant it. The little tree comes up, and it's planted. You have to keep watering it. It has to drink more than its portion. It has to drink, and drink, drink so much till it pushes out. And it'll push out limbs; it'll push out leaves; it'll push out apples. It's in it, but it has to keep drinking.
And every Word of God is a Seed. And if that Seed can be planted by the inexhaustible Fountain of Life, which is Christ, the believer has to drink beyond his imagination, drink and push out. Push out everything you have need of, 'cause it's in you when you receive Christ. And we are planted together in Christ. And He is the inexhaustible Fountain of Life.
E-19 And don't never be afraid to ask big things. God wants you to ask big things. He don't want you to be little petty and juvenile. He wants you to ask big things that your joys may be full.
Could you imagine a little fish about that big, way out yonder in the Atlantic Ocean, say, "I better drink just a little bit of this water, I might run out." Nonsense.
Could you imagine a little mouse about that big down there in the great garners of Egypt, saying, "I just better eat two grains a day, 'cause I might run out before summertime again." Well, that's nonsense. If they had ten hundred thousand rats that size, they'd never eat it up. And they had billions times billions of tons of them fish, they'd never drink the water up. And how many times could we multiply; you could never exhaust God in His powers and His mercies to His children. He's the inexhaustible Fountain of Life. Just drink, and drink, and drink, and drink.
E-20 I was game warden in the state of Indiana for seven years. I love outdoors. There's where I first met God, in nature. And I remember I used to come to an old spring. And that was the happiest spring I ever seen. It was always a bubbling, jumping. I'd go by, and maybe I'd be all down, tired, and walk down, set down, drink. Look at it, and I thought, "What makes you happy? What you bubbling so?" I thought, "I wished I could be happy like that, just bubble, bubble, bubble, day and night."
E-21 I got to talking to it one day. You know, you have to talk to nature. You have to talk to God. When Moses took off his shoes and walked up to the tree, the burning bush, he set down and talked to it. That's the only way you're going to do. Now, He didn't say, "I'm going to pick off some of the leaves and run down and ask Doctor Jones why these don't burn. I'm going to the laboratory and have a–an analysis made and find out what kind of chemicals this tree's been sprayed with, the reason these limbs don't burn." She'd a never talked back to Him. But he set down and talked to it. Just talk to God like that one time. Lay your pro–your problem out before Him in the face of His Word.
E-22 I said to that spring; I said, "Maybe you're so happy because once in a while an animal comes by and drinks out of you."
"Maybe once in a while a deer drinks from you."
"Nope, that ain't what makes me jump and bubble."
I said, "Well, maybe it's because I drink from you."
"Nope, that ain't why."
I say, "Well, what makes you bubble?"
He said, "You understand?" If he could've talked, he'd say, "You understand, it's not me bubbling; it's something behind me pushing me and making me bubble."
That's the way it is by the Holy Spirit. There's something bubbling in you, pushing you up to see, to make you climb to reach the…?… Bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble, bubbles a everlasting bubbling up. You see it? It's Christ in you. "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." The Holy Spirit feasts on the Word.
E-23 Christ calling His disciples up to the–three of them… He taken Peter, James, and John: faith, hope, and charity. He brought them up to the Mount Transfiguration. A few days before that there'd been a horrible thing happen, or just after it, rather. Jesus had given His church, in Matthew the 10th chapter, power against unclean spirits. He sent them out to cast out devils, to heal the sick, raise the dead. "As freely as you receive, freely give." And we find them right away absolutely defeated on an epilepsy case. They couldn't understand. They had a boy down there, and they was probably screaming and crying and shaking him, and jumping around trying to cast the devil out of him. Jesus came to where they were, and the father of the child run to Him and said, "Lord, have mercy on my son; he's variously vexed with a devil." And said, "I brought him to Your disciples and they couldn't do nothing for him."
He said, "Oh, faithless, generation how long will I suffer you? Bring him here to Me." See, He lived on a different heights. When that demon saw Jesus, he throwed that boy into a spell like he never had before, fell on the ground and frothed and kicked his feet and straightened out. And they said, "He's dead." See? That's the way the devil does.
Jesus picked him up, said, "He's all right. Just take him on."
E-24 Notice. Then the disciples come and said, "Why couldn't we cast him out?"
Now, He never said, "Because you haven't got the power." Now, you unbelievers in Divine healing, I can show you in the Bible, chapter and verse, where God gave His power to the church to remain throughout the age. I want you to show me where He took it back away from the church. It's not in there. You might find it in the almanac, but you don't find it here; this is God's Word. See?
Now, I want you to watch a minute. And this demon… The disciples said, "Why couldn't we cast him out?"
He said, "Not because you don't have power, but because of your unbelief." The church today, the professors, the believers, the borned again, has the power to do these things, but they haven't got faith enough to put it in action. That's right.
E-25 I want you to notice some of our big churches that don't want to believe in Divine healing; it's nothing in the world but juvenile petty jealousy. That's exactly. Look, it was the same thing in the Bible. When those disciples a few days after that, they seen a man getting the job done. He was casting out devils; he was really doing it. And they said, "Will you come join our denomination now? You come over and join our church."
He said, "Now, just go on, boys; I'm working for the Lord." See?
"Well," they said, "Don't you try to cast out any more devils then, if you won't hook up with us." No, sir. "Don't you do that any more." They told Jesus about it. What was it? Jesus said, "Let him alone. No man that can do a miracle in My Name can straightway speak evil of Me. He's that not with us, scatters abroad." See? This man wasn't chose as one of the disciples, but he stood on the sideline and seen the–heard the commission and he said, "That means me too." And away he went and done it. He didn't have to join their association; he was just doing the job. And they were jealous. That's correct.
E-26 That's still in the world today, certainly is. "Oh," they say, "them people, there's not much…?… them kind of people." It's just pure jealousy. When it's on record, great men, King George of England, Congressman Upshaw in the United States, great men throughout the world miraculously healed by the power of God, thousands of testimonies on record…
Congressman Upshaw come to the meeting out there in California, you heard the testimony. Never heard of him in my life. He's one of your Georgia men down here. And I was standing where there was thousands times thousands of people, just saw a little boy playing on a haystack, and begin to say what I saw; there he was setting in a wheelchair back there. I guess there was hundred and fifty, two hundred wheelchairs setting there. And I never heard of the man.
E-27 After while we run an extension mike back there and said… The come–manager come to him, said, "That's Congressman Upshaw. He's been crippled for sixty-six years in his wheelchair." Told all about where he started, how he fell and hurt his back and old doc with the white mustache, low hanging glasses, tried to operate, how they bored holes in the floor and set the bed down. Just a vision, kept going. He said, "Son, how did you know me?"
I said, "I don't know you."
Said, "How… Will I ever get well?"
I said, "I can't tell you, sir. I don't know that." Watch in a meeting, always when you hear Him speak, it's THUS SAITH THE LORD. You see? When you hear that, that's what's going to happen. The other is just a straight vision. And when he said… I said, "I couldn't tell you."
"Well," he said, "I been–I was a Vice President of the Southern Baptist Convention," and said, "you know who sent me here?"
I said, "I have no idea."
Said, "The same man that ordained you in the Baptist church, Doctor Roy Davis. And he said come over here." And he just got off, and they pushed him in on the grounds. I said, "Sir, I can only say what I see; I don't know."
E-28 I called for the prayer line. I looked out here; I seen a little doctor with tortoise shell glasses on, little white thing around his–up here, little jacket. He's shaking his head like this, standing right out in front of me. I looked down, and he'd operated on a little colored girl about five or six years old and it paralyzed her, and she was paralyzed. And I said, I–I called, I said, "I seen a little doctor that's operated on a colored child."
Way down, way, way down, I heard an old typical Aunt Jemima raise up down there with–let out a big scream and she grabbed a stretcher. Here she come, knocking ushers right and left, pulling that little child, said, "Lordy mercy, that was my child." Said, "Here she is, and that's exactly the kind of man that operate."
Well, a big bunch had caught her 'cause she didn't have a prayer card and couldn't come to the platform. I said, "Now, auntie, just be reverent." Her screaming, the tears coming off those big black cheeks, you know. She said, "Oh, Lordy, parson, that was my child, here he is."
I said, "That's right, auntie."
Said, "Will my baby get well?"
I said, "I can't tell you. I don't know. I can only say what I see."
E-29 And I started to call little person in the prayer line. I said, "Just keep praying. God knows you; I don't." Just then, look like a black streak coming right across. I…?… looked on down through, looked like an alley or something, here went this little girl with a doll on her arms, rocking it, going down the alley. Oh brother, all devils of hell couldn't stop it then. God had already said it; that's it. That's right.
I said, "Auntie, the Lord Jesus has healed your child. Your prayer, not mine, you're the one's praying. I never even offered prayer for the child, but God has heard your prayer. I see a vision, the child."
She said, "Parson, do you mean to tell me that my baby will walk?"
I said, "It's healed now."
Little baby said, "Looky here, mother," jumped up, and begin to run around, and women fainting and everything. The mother took the baby by the hand. We poured out the great audiences of thousands of people, and there went the mother and child down through the audience giving praise to God, and people screaming.
E-30 I happened to look, coming along in the vision, here went that old congressman, eighty something years old, bound sixty-six years in a wheelchair. He was going along with a brown pin striped suit on, tipping his hat like this, to people, in the vision. It was over. God had said so. God had said so.
Jesus said, "I do nothing till the Father shows Me." Remember last night? Saint John… How many read it when you got home? Saint John 5:19. "Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing in Himself, but what he sees the Father doing, that doeth the Son. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The things that I do shall you also, for I go unto My Father; more than this will you do." See it? Not man, Christ, living. We're the branches, He's the Vine. He just sends forth the energy and we yield ourself, and He works the works of God through you. You get it?
E-31 And I said, "Congressman, though for all these years… You was seventeen when you fell. It seemingly, that God would've healed you then when your bones were soft and nimble, but here you are eighty-six, and your bones are old and brittle. But God has now chose to heal you. And you're healed; THUS SAITH THE LORD. And his wife begin praying. She remind me so much of the lady setting right here with the black hat on. His wife come around, said, "Willie, did you hear what the man said?"
He said, "Sir, do you mean that I am now well?"
I said, "That's THUS SAITH THE LORD."
Out of the wheelchair he come, run to the platform, reached down and touched his toes, and is crossing the United States, Great Britain, and everywhere, testifying to the power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Billy Graham's meeting, stood on the porch at Washington D.C. and sang to the Congressman "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms." Seventeen years a congressman… Brother, you're too late with your unbelief. See? Christ has raised from the dead. He meets with men; He counsels with them. He's the same.
E-32 He brought them up here to the mountain, brought three with Him. I want you to notice, as three earthly men was represented here, "At the mouth of two or three witness let every word be established." As three witness here, three came down from heaven: three earthly beings, three heavenly beings. Here stood a heaven giving a witness, here stood earth giving a witness. And they seen Moses (been dead eight hundred years), Elijah (translated). Moses and Elijah and God was represented: three of the heaven, three in the earth.
E-33 Watch. These things… We could take many, many views of this. The Scripture is so inspired, that two thousand years, ministers, through the ages, who's in glory tonight waiting the glorious second coming of the Lord, has preached this text ten thousands of times. And if this world would spend a hundred billion years through the eons of time, that Word would still be just as inspiring as It was the hour It was said, because It's God's Word. It has no end at all.
Radium, they claim has no end. I seen some time ago where some girls was painting these hands with radium, and with a brush, and she forgot and stuck it in her mouth and it killed her. And years later an analysis was taken of her skull. They could put the stereoscope on her skull; they could hear that radium still going whrr, whrr in the skull. It has no end.
E-34 God's inspired Word is Himself. You're no better than your word. If I can't take your word, you don't have to sign no papers. If I can't take your word I can't do business with you. That's the way with God; I take His Word. God said so. And it's eternal. And it's inspired. And every age it's new, and new, and new, and new; it has no old. And we're just going take one view tonight for a few moments. That was done to my opinion for this we might look at.
E-35 God was adopting His own Son. Now, in the Old Testament, many people know, and you who read the Bible, know that in the Old Testament there was a–a father who would have a child in his family. If it was a boy, well, that child as soon as it was born was a son. Now, I think there's where the people has made a great mistake in saying, "Well, we received the Holy Spirit; we're sons and daughters of God. That settles it." No, it doesn't, not if you know the Bible. See?
No, this boy, as soon as he was born a tiny baby, he was a son. But he had a tutor over him. And this tutor educated him and raised him. You know in the Bible in Ephesians and different places, and Galatians, how Paul speaks of it.
Now, this tutor kept word to the father how the son was progressing. And that's what the Holy Spirit's doing today in the church. That's why the church should be in order. The Holy Spirit's taking word back and forth. He's the Raiser, or the Tutor, of the church, the child or the individual, when it's born in the Kingdom of God.
E-36 Then if this tutor, in the Old Testament, told the father when that child was born, if he got to a place he was restless and careless, and run around, and didn't care for the father's business, he was always the son (That's true.), but he never did fall heir to the fellowship and to the–the powers of his father. But if the tutor said, "That's a good boy, and he's–he's zealous, and he's got wisdom, and he's trying to do the best that he can to keep things running good…" You follow me?
The Holy Spirit's bringing word to heaven how that you're progressing in your growth. If you go back out into the world, then God can't put much confidence in you. If you're up and down–this one say something, "Yeah, uh-huh, that's it." You're following little cliques in the church, you're fussing, fighting, gabbling, backbiting, how can the church ever go on? Now, I love you, but I've got to answer with you that day. See?
E-37 Notice, there's where the trouble is. There's why we can't have spontaneous healing. When I stood at Durban, South Africa, and saw something happen here on the platform, and twenty-five thousand people got healed at one time. They took seven car loads, truck loads, cattle trucks, of crutches, wheelchairs, and everything off the ground. And thirty thousand raw heathens come to Christ at one altar call right then. They wasn't indocumated. Well, they didn't go there and say, "Well now, Doctor Jones said that was mental telepathy. Well, Doctor Henry said that that was fortunetelling." They had no Doctor Henrys or Doctor Joneses; they just come with simple childlike faith and believed it. That's right.
But oh, we Americans, my, we're so scholarly, and so touch-untouchable, you know. We know all about it. That's the reason God can't get in. You won't listen. That's the reason the church is not progressing. The light fell on the western country; that's right. But what a scrupled up bunch it's got to be. Now, you know that's truth. Why, this church should be a light here, brother, that the world would be flocking to it. Sure. Where the very Holy Spirit Itself going forth with power and manifestations, and people won't walk across the street to hear nothing about it. See?
E-38 Now, He keeps bringing Word. But what if he says, "This is a wonderful child. Oh, he's zealous; he's trying hard. He's doing everything that he can do to see that everything's progressing right." Then what happened? At a certain age…
Now, you Pentecostal people's not too old, you know, in your ways. Lutherans are old; Methodists are old; Baptists are old. You Pentecostals are a young church. But just as sure as anything; you got yourself so tightly organized, and fussing among one another, God's going to put you on the shelf with the rest of them denominations, just exactly. You just drawed barriers and little isms, and so forth; you cut off the fellowship. God can't work with you. I see it.
Why, one meeting in Africa would bring forth… Well, I–just what little time I made there was better than a million converts in the European tour. How long you think it'd take that in America? They don't–they're not… They haven't got the ecclesiastical embalming fluid in them. See what I mean?
Notice. I'm not saying that for a joke. This is no place to joke. This is a pulpit. See? I'm saying it because it's a place to push a truth out that you can see it, and put it in such child way that you can understand it. You see what I mean?
E-39 Notice. Now, when this child become at a certain age, if it'd a been a correct child, had been zealous of the father's works, had been stable, always abounding in the works of the Lord, not tossed about with every wind and care, not one day a Presbyterian, the next day a Methodist, and the next day a Nazarene, the next day a Pilgrim Holiness, tossed about like a leaf on a troubled sea. If it was stable, its mind, no matter where it was at, set on Christ, his affections, working with one single heart, zealous of getting souls saved and not the church's fusses…
Then in the Old Testament there come a day that this father brought his son out into the public as a witness, put a robe on him, and set him up upon a great place where all the city could see him. And they had the law of adoption. This father to his own son, who had been borned in his own family, and now was of age, and was a child worthy to take his place, he adopted, or placed his own son into position. Any Bible reader knows that: the placing of a son. Then after that ceremony, that son had a right, his name was just as good on the–the check as his father's was.
There's where the church should be today. "The things that I do shall you also; more than this shall you do, for I go to My Father."
E-40 Then God always followed up every shadow and type with the antetype. Notice, He took His own Son before three witnesses: Peter, James and John: hope, faith, and charity. Took them before the translated, the resurrected, and God Himself, and there overshadowed Him. And He… The Bible said that His clothes glistened like the sun in its strength. And then God said, "This is My beloved Son; hear ye Him."
Peter wanted to build three tabernacles. He wanted all the Sabbatarians and law keepers to have theirs. He wanted all the rest of them to have theirs. He wanted to break it up into denominations, but God shut it up, said, "This is My beloved Son; hear ye Him." And when they looked, they saw Jesus only. Laws and everything had passed away. Let's look into it just a moment.
E-41 Let's look at Moses. Moses represented the law. No man can keep the law. And no flesh is justified by the law. I'm glad that it's not good works that we have done, but it's by His grace, by His mercy, by His foreknowledge, that He foreknew us before the foundation of the world. Amen. And then I couldn't be saved by law. You can't be saved by law. So if the law was weak and could not do, God in due time sent His Son made after the likeness of sinful, by a woman born under the law, that He might redeem us from the curse of the law. So Moses–God shut him off.
E-42 There stood Elijah. What did Elijah stand for? Elijah was the line of God's justice. Elijah was a stern prophet, set upon the hill under the will of God, and they sent fifty men to him, the captain of fifty. Elijah stood up and said, "If I be a man of God, let fire fall from heaven and consume you." Away they went. The king sent another fifty. Elijah stands up, "If I be a man of God, let fire fall from heaven." And away went another fifty. He was the line of God's justice. Brother, I never want justice; I never want judgment; I want mercy. God's justice would kill us everyone tonight. He would demand it and we'd die of a shadow.
E-43 But now as we see the law pass away, and we see the justice of God pass away, the sternness of His judgment pass away, then let's look over here. "This is My beloved Son; hear ye Him." What was it? God's love. God's love stood there represented in Christ. "We've all sinned and come short of the glory." But God's love is represented in His Son. Said, "Hear ye Him." No matter what the law says, and what this other says, and what this says, and what the church says, "Hear ye Him." All other things will pass away. They're all works and carnal. Man can't save himself no more than a leopard could lick his spots off. No, sir. He can't do it. God has to do it.
And it's the works of God by grace, through foreknowledge that ordains you to Eternal Life and puts your name on the Lamb's Book of Life at the beginning. "And no man can come except My Father draws him. All that comes to me I'll give him Everlasting Life, raise him up the last day. Those who he has foreknew, he has called: those who he has called, he has justified: those who he has justified, he hath (past tense) already glorified," in glory. What you scared about? God calls you, your heart loves Him. "As the hart panteth for the water brook, so my soul thirsts after thee, O God." There it is.
E-44 Well, say, "Brother Branham, that makes it kinda loose then. As long as I believe I'm a Christian, I can do anything I want to." I always do what I want to, always. And if I want to do wrong, I know God's not in there. See? You can't get bitter and sweet water from the same fountain. That's right. You love the Lord, you'll do right. Yes, sir. If you love Him, you don't have to worry, if you love Him, just do what you want to. It'll always crying to do something for Him, crying, you love Him day and night. If something had happened, you'd happened be trapped into something, the bitter tears would run down your cheeks all night. You couldn't have no rest for the soles of your feet till you come back to the ark again. See? As long as you're a Christian…
E-45 The grand old story just before closing, was told… I just left Switzerland last year. I was in Switzerland five nights; we had ten thousand converts each night. Fifty thousand come to the Lord in five nights. Went up to Karlsruhe, Germany, another fifty thousand in five nights of those Swiss, hungry hearted Germans, tore up, and cast about everywhere, mother up in one side, dad down the other, children some other place, and can't get to each other. They're tore up. They wasted all their loyalty on Hitler. I said, "Now, if you try to come back, put that loyalty on Christ. He won't leave you, neither will He forsake you."
And those Germans, the head of the Anglican chur–the Lutheran church come down and took some pictures; he said, "Brother Branham, already we see it." Said, "You tell a German two times two equals four and prove it to him, that settles it." There he said, "Only one thing I'd like to do," said, "I'd like to come to the breakfast tomorrow morning, and perhaps, maybe if the anointing comes down, I'd like to take a picture and see if our camera in Germany would catch the Angel of the Lord."
I said, "You're welcome to try it."
E-46 The next morning, where hundreds of men were setting together there, setting at the table, the Holy Spirit begin to move. I said, "Just a moment." They turned this big camera around where they was shooting a picture, then turn it with their hand, like that. They begin snapping pictures swiftly.
I said, "He's descending from heaven." I said, "This man setting here acts like he's a priest with his collar turned around. He is not a priest, neither is he a German." I said, "He's an Italian, and been a leader of better than six thousand communist." The man fainted over, right over on the table. And I said, "But he's become a Christian. Someone give him a Testament. He used to be Catholic, and he become a… And he's got a bunch of children in a orphanage, hid out up into the mountains of Sicily. And there as a pastor he heard about these meetings, he come down. And the reason he didn't eat his breakfast this morning, because he's got an ulcer in his stomach." And he fell across the table. I said, "But THUS SAITH THE LORD, rise and eat your breakfast, brother; Jesus has healed you."
And that German camera was taking them pictures. And when they got through and developed it, here was the picture of the Angel of the Lord coming down, ascending down, and going back, like that again. Germany had it. It's a great story.
E-47 There's a great story that we used to know, you boys, girls, when I was boy and girl, back in our ages. I meant to say when I was a boy, back in your ages, and you girls when you were at my age. I like to say this to you. Many of you's remember the old story of Arnold Von Winkelried of Switzerland. How you used to read it in your story books in school. How that one day when Switzerland, a peace loving people, backed up into the mountains there, and made them little homes. And they were in a–had their–theirself a little country there, and they loved it.
One day a great marching army come into their lands, all with great armors, and helmets, spears, thick big shields, marching on into Switzerland to take their land. What happened? The Swiss got some pitchforks, and hay hooks, and whatever they could, and got out there to defend their land. What happened? They couldn't come against those forces. There was that great marching army, just set like bricks in a wall. And they were moving on, tromp, tromp, moving on, coming right on. They had the Swiss backed up into a corner, right out in a field at the foot of a mountain. There was nothing could be done. All hopes was lost. Switzerland was gone. Their wives would be drug through the streets; their children would be killed. What could they do?
E-48 Finally, one man screamed and jumped out; it was Arnold Von Winkelried. He said, "Men of Switzerland, this day I'll give my life for Switzerland."
They said, "Arnold Von Winkelried, what will you do?"
He said, "Just over the mountain yonder is a lovely little white home. There's a wife and two babies looking for me to come back, but I'll never see them again." He said, "This day I'll give my life for Switzerland." Said, "Take care of my widow and my babies."
They said, "What will you do?"
He said, "Follow me and fight with whatever you got." And he threw down what he had in his hand; he looked over the army; he found the very deepest of the spears, and he raised up his hands and screamed, "Make way for liberty! Make way for liberty!" And he run towards that marching army. And all–all of them stopped, and every spear, hundreds of them, turned to catch him, and his long…?… flapping his hands in the air, screaming, "Make way for liberty!" And when he got right to the end of those great big fifteen, twenty foot spears, he grabbed a whole arm full of them and throwed them into his bosom and plunged hisself to death right there.
E-49 It was such a play of heroism, do you know what happened? It routed that army. And those others, them brothers seen what he had done, they grabbed their pitch forks and whatever they had in their hand, and they fought as they could, and they drove the enemy plumb out of the land. They never had a war from that day to this. See?
Oh, up in the Swiss mountains just name Arnold Von Winkelried, watch them little old fat cheeks turn red and the tears run down their cheeks. It's their hero. His dying meant peace in the land, hundreds of years peace, peace, because of the heroism. What a wonderful character. Hardly ever compared with and never exceeded, on earth.
E-50 But that was just a little thing. Want to tell you something. One day when Adam's race had been backed into the corner… The law had failed; the justice had failed; the prophets had failed; the judges had failed; and everything that God sent to the earth had failed. And Adam's race stood defeated. Sickness among them, death among them, everything, the death horrors in every place, nothing could be done. But in heaven there was One stepped out, the Son of God. Said, "This day I will give My life for Adam's race."
"What will You do?" cried the Angels, "What will You do?" He came to the earth. He looked upon that bunch of men and women that wanted to serve the Lord. They couldn't; there was so much temptation, so much sin, so much sickness, so much troubles from every hand. They couldn't; they'd… Everything had failed. And He looked till He found the darkest spot of man's fear. That was death. It's always been. And He ran right to Calvary and got the thickest of the spears and throwed them into His heart, and cried back, "Take what I leave you, the baptism of the Holy Ghost, and fight as you can."
Brother, I mean if there ever was a time when those disciples picked up that baptism of the Holy Ghost, one of the mightiest weapons that's ever been given to the hands of men. And they cut a hole today through sin, and they defeated the devil. And running him back with his sickness and all of these things. Men wants to see heroism. Men are waiting for a gallant stand. The world's waiting to find a man who can step out.
E-51 Here not long ago when they said–when Divine healing… Ten years ago when I started out on the field, they said, "You can't do it, Brother Branham. Science is against you, doctors against you, and modernism is against you."
I said, "But Christ is for us." That's right. Now, others has seen it. They've cut holes through everything, till now with all, there's big revival fires kindled on every hill in the world. Every nation under heaven nearly, is having a healing revival going on. What is it? They're waiting to see that gallant display. Your neighbor's wanting to see it with you.
E-52 Some time ago… I'm a hunter; you know that. I've hunted all–practically all over the world, big game. My mother's a half Indian, and I just love it enough till I just can't stay out of the fields hardly. My conversion never even took it out of me. And I used to go up here into the mountains, in the Green Mountains, in above the Adirondacks. And I used to hunt with a man up there. And he was the most cruel heartedest fellow, and he would just want to act smart. He knew I was a minister. And he would shoot fawns. It was lawful to shoot one fawn, but he would just shoot them just for the fun of it.
Now, if you wanted to kill a fawn, that's up to you. If the law says so, go ahead. Abraham killed a calf and God eat it (That's right: in the Bible.), with some corn cakes and milk from the cow and butter too. That's right. God Almighty Himself eat it. The Bible said He did. That's exactly right, and then disappeared, and could tell Sarah laughed when it was behind Him. That's some mental telepathy for you, isn't it? That's right. God always works in those ways. But all… Did… Is that right? Said, "Why did Sarah laugh?" And the Bible said that He had His back turned to her. He knows what's going on at all places. So when you see the Spirit of God knowing those things, don't be alarmed; it's just God.
E-53 So notice, this fellow, he just wanted to be smart. And every time he'd see a little fawn, he'd shoot it. And I said, "You cruel hearted man."
And he said, "Aw, you chickenhearted preacher." See? He said, "That's the way with you fellows; you're a little sissy."
I said, "No, Burt, that's not it. There's such a thing…" Man is not measured by how much muscle he's got; that's beast. I've seen men that weighed two hundred pounds and didn't have an ounce of man in them: throw a baby out of a mother's arms and ravish her. That's not a man; that's a brute. Man's measured by character. There never was a man like Christ Jesus, never was a character like that. Man's measured by character.
And I said, "Man's not measured by his big arms, but by the bags of the knees in his pants, whether he's been praying or not." That's right.
And he said, "Aw, you preachers, you'll get next to yourself." And he…
E-54 When next year, when I come up, he had him a little old whistle. And he had done it just for meanness. And he'd blow that whistle; and it'd sound just like a little fawn crying. He said, "Watch me get them this year, preacher."
And I thought, "God, be merciful to that poor fellow." Well, I–I liked him as a man. I deal with all kinds of men. You… That's the way to win them to Christ. So I went out hunting with him, and we was up in the woods. And he thought he'd have a little fun out of me. He got to an open space up there, and he took this little old whistle, and he blowed it; and it sounded just like a little fawn crying for its mother. And I looked across, and a great big mother doe raised up, and those great big ears, those big brown eyes, her graceful looking figure; she walked out there, listening, heard that baby's cry.
E-55 Burt slipped a shell in his rifle, raised it up, and put the cross hairs across her heart, and as he was making a noise, the doe looked and she saw him. She looked right in the barrel of that rifle, but what was it? The baby was in trouble. She didn't care if it was life or what it taken; that baby was in trouble and that mother's love was so great, no matter what the rifle looked like, or whether death was right in the road, that bullet fixing to clean through her heart, she was looking for that baby. There was a cry; there was in need, and she was a mother, and she was looking for that baby.
And as Burt, standing there, and I had my head bowed, I thought, "God, how can he do it?" And as he was just standing there, I happened to look around. I thought, something strange, the rifle never fired. I looked back and the barrel was shaking. He set the barrel down, the gun down, dropped the barrel on the ground, run around, and he grabbed me in his arms and said, "Billy, I've had enough of it. I can't stand it no more."
What was it? When he seen that display of real mother's love, heroism, looking death right in the face without one stare, it captured that cruel heart of his.
E-56 Brother, if you could only find out what the love of God is. "A mother may forget her suckling babe, but never will I forget you. Your names are engraved upon the palms of My hand." Christ is looking for men and women tonight who will stand out with the love of God, regardless. The world's looking tonight for someone to display the real genuine faith of God, no matter what people say, what circumstance is in, how I feel, what it looks like. How I heard the call of God. He's my Father, and I stand to accept His Word, regardless. May God help us tonight to see that as we bow our heads just a moment. And if the organist will, sister, just a chord of some altar call if you will.
E-57 With your heads bowed, I want to ask you something. Have you been aiming your sights the wrong way, children? Have you been wasting your living, the wrong things? You know good and well you got to die one of these days. You're going to be hauled up here in the graveyard, Jesus tarries. They may seine you out of the river, pick up your pieces of your body on the highway somewhere. Maybe those great atomic bombs, there may not even be a dust left of you. But you got a soul that's got to answer in the Presence of God. What will you give then for your soul? You got an opportunity tonight, and the Holy Spirit is here to display His love to you, to come from glory to speak to your heart.
E-58 Now, I wonder why… We don't have room here to make an altar call. But I wonder tonight if someone would say, "Brother Branham, by this…" Or not Brother Branham, let's leave me out of the picture. Say, "God, I know I've done wrong; I–I know I've sinned. I–I–I've–I've shunned You. I've kept quiet when I've ought to have spoke. I've spoke when I've ought to been quiet. I've neglected to pray, I–although I go to church." Or maybe you don't go to church, but you know you're wrong, and the love of God has never taken the sin away from your heart, you just been a actor… And that word "Pharisee" means "actor." And I wonder if you'd like for God to remember you tonight as a sinner, and would you like to confess your sins and say, "God, by–by Your grace tonight I hear Your voice, that call, that little something that's beyond a mother's call, of something calling in my soul, and I now raise my hand to You, and just ask You to be merciful to me." Let's see you raise your hand to God.
E-59 Now, no one look; just let God and I to do the looking. God bless you, son. God bless you, lady. God bless you. God bless you, son. God bless you, son. God bless you back there, sister. God bless you, brother. God bless you, sister. That's right, be honest.
"God, be merciful to me; here's my hand. Lord, I hear Your call. It's some faint little call down in my heart, saying, 'Child of Mine, you might've wandered far away, but tonight I want you to come back.'" Will you raise your hand? Someone else now, who hasn't raised their hand? Some ten, fifteen's raised their hand. Is there some more just before we pray, say, "Brother Branham, remember me in prayer now as I raise my hand." God bless you, honey. God bless you, sir. God bless you, lady. God bless you, son. God bless you. Someone… God bless you, sir. God bless you, you, and you, lady. That's right, that's right. All right. God bless you, sir. God bless you. God bless you, sir. I see your hand, yes. All right. Just waiting a moment. You see?
E-60 The Bible said that… "Brother Branham, what do I have to do to be saved?"
Well, we're always telling people what not to do; but the thing of it is, let's tell them what to do. "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ." Now, think, while you're praying, Saint John 5:24, Jesus speaking. Think of a handful and two dozen eggs. Saint John 5:24, Jesus said these words, "He that heareth My words (you have tonight), and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath (present tense) Everlasting Life, and shall never come into the judgment; but has passed from death unto Life." That's what you have to do. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ with all your heart.
You've lifted your hand, saying, "Lord, I now, I believe. I now believe." Is there another one, just before prayer? God bless you. Yes, lady. One that hasn't raised their hands again, would you raise your hand? All right, let's pray.
E-61 Now, Lord, realizing that standing near, there's perhaps many, many Angels, 'cause there's believers here, and the Bible says, "The Angels of God are encamped (not going back and forth, but they're encamped) about those who fear Him." Many more are being called from glory tonight to encamp around those who've raised their hand, to teach them the way of life, how they should live. They've raised their hands to Thee, Father, recognizing that they're not in fellowship with Thee. They've been out of fellowship, and they so desire tonight for fellowship. And I pray, Father, that in Christ's Name, that You'll receive each one tonight into Your own beloved Kingdom. Woo them by the Holy Spirit, and fill them with the Holy Ghost, and give them Eternal, Everlasting Life.
Call them out, set them in a ministry, and give them special jobs in the great vineyard of God. If it's a little housewife, Thou knowest where to put her. If it's a man in the office, or in the plant, You know just where to put him to do the best work. Man on the street, out on the farm, You know just where to put him. Thou knowest all things, and to place positionally, where to place them. So, Father, we pray that by the works of the Holy Spirit this night, that You will place them into Your Kingdom, many that raised their hands.
E-62 I do not know them, Thou does, but I trust that, if not in this life, that in the world to come, I'll meet them there by the evergreen tree where the fountain of water flows free by the crystal white throne of God, shake their hands and say, "Brother Branham, you don't know me just now, but down in Parkersburg that night when you said, 'Would you raise your hand,' I did. And I found my name on the Book when I got here. I'm so glad that you come. I'm so glad that I raised my hand. I'm so glad you made that altar call that night." Grant it, Father.
Now, will You appear with us here, let these new babies see that their faith is not in vain, that it was You Who said so. It was You Who took them, it was You… "No man can come to Me, except My Father draws them. And all that comes to Me, I'll give him Everlasting Life, and raise him up at the last day." You promised it God; it's Your promise. Now, manifest Yourself to them. For we ask it in Christ's Name. Amen.
E-63 Oh, don't you love Him? Isn't He wonderful? What if you give us a little chord? How many likes good old Gospel singing, just… How many feels real scoured out after the Word get a hold of you? You feel real good? Oh, my. I feel religious tonight somehow. I really do.
Let's see, "Down at the cross," can you give us the chord of it?
You know it? How many knows it, let's see your hand. All together now, come on.
E-64 I want to ask you something now. I don't know who you was that raised your hands; many did. And I don't know; and probably the ones next to you don't know. But I want you to do this; be real honest with me now. How many Methodists is here, raise your hand. Come on, Methodists, put your hands up. All right, that's fine. How many Baptists, raise your hand. Put your hand… That's good. Presbyterians, raise your hand. Nazarenes, raise your hand. Pilgrim Holiness, raise your hand. Lutherans, raise your hand. Is there Catholic, raise your hand. That's good, all right. How many Pentecost, raise your hand. All right. How many–how many Presbyterians, raise your hand. That's fine. Now, we're all one in Christ Jesus. We're sitting together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
E-65 Not long ago down at Robinson's Memorial Auditorium at Little Rock, I was having a meeting, and they'd stopped all the buses, about, five thousand or more couldn't get into the auditorium, was out in the street. And there'd been a Nazarene brother, who'd had crutches for years; and he had got healed the night before. And he'd went through the city the next day with a sign hanging on him saying, "These old buddies, I don't use no more."
And I… He was up in the second balcony, and while I was preaching he raised up, and he said, "Wait a minute, Brother Branham." He was so happy. It was all right; I don't think he was too much out of order. He said, "Brother Branham, I want to ask you something." Said "Excuse me," he said, "but you know when I first heard you preaching I was sure you was a Nazarene." He said, "Then I seen all the Pentecostals, and I thought, 'Well, you must be Pentecostal.' And somebody told me you was a Baptist." Said, "I don't understand that."
I said, "That's easy. I'm a Pentecostal, Nazarene, Baptist." So that's the way we all are. Glory to His Name.
E-66 All right, all together now. And let's have all, a big old handshake. Reach over and shake hands with somebody. All right.
Listen to this now. All together now.
Now, everybody, let's just bow our heads. And real quietly, and in the depths of our heart, let's hum it and raise our hands. Real softly now. I'll try to sing it while you hum it. Now, come on.
E-67 Our heavenly Father, as they're humming this song, move upon us with Thy Holy Spirit. Search out the hearts of the people; heal the sick. We're so thankful that we came to You tonight. They're at the fountain, just plunged in, come out, new fellowship now. Get glory out of the service. God, we commit all things to Thee in Christ's Name. Amen.
E-68 Now, according to the Scriptures, Jesus suffered once for sin, putting away all sin, sickness, and death, under the curse. He taken the curse upon Him and was made a curse for us. "He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquity: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we were healed."
He was here on earth. He lived thirty-three and a half years among men. He did not claim to be a healer. He said, "It's not Me that doeth the works; it's My Father that dwelleth in Me." He was questioned one day when He passed through a great bunch of people and did not heal them, healed a man laying on a pallet. And He was questioned, He said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing in Himself but what He sees the Father doing, that doeth the Son likewise." He said, "The same… A little while and the world–the world will see Me no more (That's the unbeliever. The world from this till He comes), will see Me no more."
E-69 They say, "Days of miracles is past. He died, rose, went into heaven; that settles it." But He didn't say that. He did ascend to the Father and return back. One man saw Him after He had returned back. You know who it was? Paul. What did He look like? A Light. Is that right? On his road to Damascus… He was a Light that even struck Paul down, blinded his eyes.
The Bible said that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Jesus said the works that He did would continue on in the church until He come again. Does the Bible say that? It does. "The works that I do shall ye also; more than this shall you do (more places); for I go unto My Father. I go to My Father and come again. I came from God (the Pillar of Fire that led the children of Israel.) I came into the world (and the Son called the flesh, or the Son, the flesh called the Son) I return to God," back to the Light again, and appeared over here to Paul and down in… "Doing the same work," God in His church. "That day you'll know that I'm in the Father, the Father in Me, I in you, and you in Me." It's God in you, the hope of glory.
E-70 Now, if Christ has risen from the dead, which we know He has, then He's got to do the same kind of works that He did before He went away or He is not risen from the dead. That's… If He's the same, He's got to be the same in principle, the same in power, the same in attitude, the same in all. That's right. Well, let's watch just a moment. Is there any here that never was in a meeting before, let's see your hands, some strangers? Never was in a meeting, one of my meetings before, let's see your hand, many?
E-71 Now, I want to say to you, last night we took… Tonight was evangelistic call. Friends, Divine healing is just a minor. And you can never major on a minor, as I said. Salvation of the soul is much greater than Divine healing. Divine healing was included in the new–new atonement, because the old atonement had healing in it, and the new one's a much better (See?), than the old. If the old one could furnish healing, what about the new one?
But Divine healing is not on the same basis as salvation. When you're borned again you get an immortal spirit that cannot die. But when you're healed by Divine healing, you will get sick and die again. Lazarus did, and all the rest of them He even raised from the dead. But it's the attribute of His resurrection, and it's the earnest of our resurrection that we will see. God said so. Now, it's in the Bible.
E-72 Now, we took last night what Jesus did when He was here on earth. Not one time did He ever say He healed anybody. He wasn't a healer. He couldn't. Here's one Scripture to settle it. He said, "It's not Me that doeth the work; it's My Father that dwelleth in Me." He said, "The Son can do nothing in Himself, but what He sees the Father doing." Is that right? What… Let's follow Him just a moment; let's take one of the Scriptures we used last: Saint John the 1st chapter. When Peter came to Him, He knew Peter's name, knew who his daddy was. Is that right? "Thou art Simon, the son of–of Jonas. But I'll call you Peter from hereafter." Which means "little stone." See?
E-73 And when Philip got saved, he went to find somebody else, a good sign he got saved. So he went to find his buddy, way around behind the mountains, they claim about thirty miles. And when he found his buddy, a real churchgoer, real good man, his name… Can somebody tell me what his name was? Nathanael is right. And he found him under a tree, praying. And Philip run up to him and said, "Come, see Who we found, Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of Joseph."
And when this man got through praying, he raised up and said, "Now, could there be any good thing come out of Nazareth?"
He said, "Come and see." That's the best thing. You come and see; you judge for yourself then. On the road around the next day when they appeared, Jesus was standing a praying for the sick, or whatever He was doing. And when Nathanael come up, when Jesus looked at him His first time, He said, "Behold, an Israelite in whom there's no guile." Kinda startled him, how He know but what He was an infidel? What if He knowed he was something else besides an Israelite? Greeks, Jews, all look the same, them long beards and garments and so forth. He said, "Rabbi, when did You know me?"
"Why," He said, "before Philip called you, when you was under the tree, I saw you."
"Saw me through that mountain thirty miles over yonder?" He said, "Rabbi, You are the Son of God; You are the King of Israel." Is that what he said? That's what the Jews said; that was the sign of the Messiah.
Jesus said, "Because I told you that, you believe that I am?"
"Yes, I do."
He said, "Then you'll see greater than this."
E-74 But what did the church people do, orthodox church, the big high class church? They stood with their hands behind them, said, "You know what? He's a fortuneteller. He's a devil, Beelzebub."
And Jesus turned to them and said, "I'll forgive you. You speak that against the Son of man, I'll forgive you. But when the Holy Ghost is come to do the same thing, you speak one word against it, it'll never be forgiven you in this world, or the world to come." How many knows the Bible said that? 'Cause they called the Spirit of God working in Him, a devil. You better be careful on those things. See?
E-75 Jesus claimed He did nothing except the Father showed Him. Is that right? Saint John 5:19, He said, "I can do nothing till I see the Father doing it first." He showed Him by vision. If that was Jesus yesterday, and He's the same yesterday, today, and forever… And find me a place in the Bible where it doesn't dovetail with that. If it does the Bible contradicts itself. See? Every Word of God has to be exactly the same, set together. See? That's right. Just take the one; don't take somebody's theology; just take the Bible and read it.
E-76 Someone said to me, "Well, Elijah, when he went out there and laid them stones on the–up on there and called the fire down out of heaven…"
I said, "Oh, and you mean God didn't show him?"
I said, "And you're a teacher of theology in the seminary?" I said, "I'm ashamed of you. Elijah himself said, 'I've done all of this at your command.'" Sure. No man can do it in his own will. It's the Father that shows these things. See? It's an act of God and not of man.
E-77 Now, if Messiah will return to this building tonight, come in here and manifest Himself in among the people… Now, no matter how much you'd come here to me, if you don't believe it, it'll never work. When Jesus came to His own country, they said, "We heard he done this things over here; we heard he done it over in Capernaum; but let me see him do it here."
And the Bible said, "Many mighty works He could not do because of their unbelief." Is that right? It's up to you. God is here. And one thing that we can rest assure on, to you newborn babies that just come into the Kingdom awhile ago…
E-78 I, after this service is over, I want you to do me a favor. Not only myself, but I want it for your–your benefit. I want you come stand around the rail here, and pray, and thank God for saving you. You say, "Did I get saved?" Well, if you believed, you did. Jesus said…
Listen, friends, it's not no great something that you're looking way out here to have to do a certain thing. Jesus said… Jesus said, not the preacher, Jesus said, "He that heareth My words, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath Everlasting Life (What kind of Life is that? Any Scripture reader knows that that word comes from 'Zoe.' 'Zoe' is the Greek word which means 'God's own Life in you.'), and shall never come into the judgment (condemnation); but's already passed from death unto Life," because you believed on Him. That's how it means.
Did you mean it when you raised your hand? If you did, God meant it too. If you didn't, your life will prove that you didn't. If you did, your life will prove that you did. So come up to the altar after service and thank the Lord for saving you. Now, may He add His blessing.
E-79 Now, I believe… Who give out cards, you, or did Billy? Where's Billy at? Billy, how many? Hundred. Same thing, P? Was it P last night? All right. P like for Parkersburg. You got a little card; it's a little bitty thing, there's… It's just a little bitty card, got my picture on one side of it. On the other side you'll find a letter and a number. And there's a… We give out some last night and some tonight. Is the whole hundred out? 'Course we started from the first ones last night, didn't we? Didn't I start from number one last night? All right. How many did I call up? About fifteen or twenty, wasn't it something like that? Fifteen? Well, let's call the last fifteen then tonight. Say from 85 to 100, that would break it up.
E-80 [Blank.spot.on.tape–Ed.]… pray that Your mercy will be granted tonight. And now, as we humble ourselves under the hand and the moving of the mighty living God, I pray, Lord, that You will prove to the people that Thou art the great Jehovah, the great God of heaven, that you'll show Your power to save, and to heal, to manifest, to perform miracles, to do that which is unknown to men. For we ask it in Christ's Name. Amen.
E-81 [Sister says, "Brother Branham?"–Ed.] Yes. ["I'm the last one on the list tonight and my mother needs a prayer more than I do. Can I let her have my prayer card?"–Ed.] That's all right. Don't… That's all right. I'll maybe catch her the same time. See?
Now, let's be real reverent and pray, if you will. I want to ask you something, all of you together now. How many believes that Jesus has risen from the dead? How many believes the Bible teaches in Heb… [Blank.spot.on.tape–Ed.]
E-82 I'm a stranger to you in the prayer line and all, raise your hands, I don't know you. How many doesn't have a prayer card and you want God to heal you, raise your hand. There you are; it's everywhere. Then you look this a way and forget about William Branham. See? You believe Jesus died and raised again, rose again and is here tonight, that I am just His servant sent here… It's not my voice. No more… This thing, I said awhile ago, takes the voice away from me. It's a mute. It can't speak. It has to have a voice in it speaking, or it can't speak. I'm just a man; I don't know you. But if Christ will come and take my voc–vocals and use them and speak His own words to you, it wouldn't be me speaking then; it would be Him speaking through… Now, I can't say, "Look what a great microphone this is. Look at my voice back there." It isn't the microphone; it's my voice. Microphone couldn't do nothing if it wasn't for my voice. Is that right?
I can't do nothing except He comes and anoints. And if He comes and anoints me, I still can't do it unless you believe it, to make a contact to the Spirit. That's right. So all of us together working with Him, with our gifts and faith together, can manifest Jesus Christ. So you look this a way and believe that He's raised from the dead, and I'll believe He will do the same thing that He always did do. May the Lord bless you.
E-83 Now, if there's an unbeliever has slipped in somewhere, I have to say this now, 'cause they could make–get me in trouble with it. And all of you hear me say this, as you witness my voice. If there is a skeptic or an unbeliever, you must leave the building now. See? Don't stay around here now if you're a skeptic or an unbeliever. 'Cause remember, unclean spirits come from one and go to another. How many knows the Bible says that? How many of them's in conditions tonight? You've heard of it. The newspapers packed it: insane, crippled, paralyzed, and everything else setting right in the meeting. It goes from one to another.
So this is not for unbelievers; it's to them that believe. I'll be responsible for you if you're a believer. 'Cause by being a believer I could make it leave you by prayer and your faith in the Presence of God. But now as an unbeliever… I have no powers to do nothing among unbelievers. Because it's your own faith, not mine, it's your faith, your faith.
Some blind men come to Jesus; He didn't have any vision. They followed Him in the house, said, "Lord, have mercy on us."
He said, "I can if you believe." He touched their eyes, said, "According to your faith be it unto you." Is that right? No vision, Father hadn't showed Him nothing. So they believed and they got their sight and went along rejoicing. They truly believed.
E-84 Now, who's the first one in the line? Now, who's operating this machine, this here? I don't know how… Now, all… Be real reverent. Don't move around just for a few moments. They won't let me stand but just a few minutes, the boys, because it just makes me real weak, every time.
If one person drawed virtue from the Lord Jesus, what about me a sinner saved by grace? Maybe tomorrow morning I'll take up some of that teaching on that so you can see. In the Bible, every time the same, exactly, it takes something from… Preaching you build yourself up, but these visions, just takes it right from you. And so…
E-85 If this one woman… Here's a reacting here tonight. It happens to be the first in the line is a woman. Now, this lady and I, as far as I know are total strangers to each other. Are we, lady? I just want to talk to you.
Now, you all has noticed that picture, I supposingly, the artist who painted that, was supposed to be Jesus, the woman at the well. Looks like the well behind, not exactly the scene there, but it's a–it's to represent it. Now, let's just take a little drama here for a moment. Now, listen real close. For one–one move out of Jesus Christ will be more than I could stand here and preach a hundred years, one word from Him. That's right. See? Now, one word of His resurrection, of Him being present, that settles it.
E-86 Now, Jesus was going from Jerusalem to Jericho. And the Bible said He had need to go up to Samaria. Is that right? About noontime He sent the disciples away for–for vittles down in Samaria, and He set down against the well. It's a little arch like this, and some vines growing over it. He just set back there, a middle aged Man in His thirties. He looked older than that. The Bible said He looked to be over fifty. Said, "Your yet not much over fifty years old and you say you seen Abraham." But His work had drawed Him down. He was a young Man but He looked old.
And He was setting up against the wall, and this Samaritan woman come out, a ill woman of ill fame, a prostitute. She come out to get some water. So she drawed the water out and started to go back in the city, and Jesus said, "Woman, bring Me a drink." She turned… And there was a law of segregation in them days.
She said, "It's not customary for you Jews to ask Samaritans such. We have no dealings with each other."
He said, "That's right. But if you knowed Who you were talking to, you'd ask Me for a drink. And I'd bring you water you didn't come here to get."
"Why," she said, "the well's deep, and You have nothing to draw with."
E-87 On went the conversation about worshipping in this mountain at Jerusalem. What was Jesus doing? What was He doing? Contacting her spirit. And when He found what was wrong with her, where her trouble was, He said her trouble was… How many knows what her trouble was? She was a prostitute. He said, "Go, get your husband." That was her trouble, is that right?
She said, "I don't have any husband."
Said, "That's right. You've had five: lived with five men. You're living with one now, and he's not even your husband."
Look, now listen. What was she? A Jew? No. What did the Jew say when Jesus performed that sign? He said, "That's the sign of the Messiah. That's Him. I believe that you're the Son of God by this." Now, watch. Listen.
E-88 [Blank.spot.on.tape–Ed.]… about you, nothing. If that's right raise up your hand. All right.
Now, just as soon as I start… How many seen the picture now, in the book here, the picture of the Angel of the Lord? Have you seen it? Here it is, taken by George J. Lacy, hangs over here in Washington D.C. Copyrighted, only supernatural Being. That Angel of the Lord isn't two foot from where I'm standing right now. That's right.
The lady's conscious that something's just taken place. Aren't you? If that's right raise up your hand. See? Between she and I, just as I can feel moving, there's a Light between us. I believe it's in this book, lady. I'll show you what that is that you're feeling. There It is right there. You see? That–that's just what is between us now. See, I see it fades away and then coming back, fading away and coming back. See, she's conscious. Now, it's hard, because there's people are all around me. Jesus took the…
E-89 [Blank.spot.on.tape–Ed.]… that I don't know you. But if the Lord Jesus will tell me what's in your heart, and what your desire is with Him… I know you're a Christian, because I feel your spirit. If you was a critic, I'd know it. But you're a Christian, a borned–not a hitchhiker, a–a Christian. See, see? You're–you're a real Christian, 'cause you have a very fine spirit moving.
Now, if He–if He will let me know what you, His daughter, let I, His child, His son, know what His daughter wants, then I being a man and you a woman, there has to be something between us here to… It has to be God using us as branches, He being the Vine, energizing your heart to believe and mine to yield. Then He does the speaking and makes known to you… If it's sickness, if you'd say… If He was standing here with this suit that He gave me, if He had it on standing here, if you'd say, "Lord, would You heal me?" He'd say, "I did it child of Mine at Calvary; don't you believe it?" He couldn't do it the second time. God even told us not to use vain repetition. See? So He couldn't repeat the thing over. He could do something maybe to… He'd know you if the Father would reveal it. Is that right?
If He will tell me what you're here for, what you want out of Him, what your desire is, will you accept it as being from Him? Will the audience accept it then? Does anybody here know the woman? Raise your hand, anybody know her? Yes, there's many here knows her. Now, may the Lord grant it.
E-90 Now, the lady, seemingly, if the people can still hear me… My lips are numb, and it's His Spirit moving. She's going away from me. I see her at a door of a place; she's going in, and it's a–it's a lady's trouble, a female trouble that's bothering her. That's exactly right. No one could see that, it's a…?… you and God alone. Now, that's true, isn't it? That's… How many believes now?
Now…?… more I would speak to her, more He would say. Would you like for me to speak to her just a little more? Would it encourage you more? All right. Let's see if the Lord would say one… Now, I could stand with her a hour, or not that long, they couldn't let me stand, maybe fifteen minutes. And It just take your whole life then (See?), as He would reveal it. But being that you are a Christian… I can't do this myself; I can't make it happen. It has to happen. Now, what He told you, I don't know. But He does; the tape recorders has got it. Now, I'm just asking, He may not tell me nothing else. If He does, I can tell you. If He doesn't, I can't.
But as I see the woman leaving from me again, I believe that He shall speak again. I see the lady praying. And in her prayers she's asking for somebody else. It's a person that's got arthritis. It's a woman. And she calls her Auntie. It's your aunt that you're praying for that has arthritis. That's right, isn't it? Do you now believe? You believe that He gives you what you ask for? Just come here just a moment. Now, the Bible said… There's something, sister, that's between us. Now, I said, "Well what you judge it to be. If you believe it's Christ trying to get to you, then you'll get what you ask." It's up to you now. The Bible said, "These signs shall follow them that believe; if they shall lay their hands on the sick, they shall recover."
Our heavenly Father, in Thy great Presence, this I… [Blank.spot.on.tape–Ed.]
E-91 Perhaps she doesn't know me. We're strangers to each other, are we, lady? We are. Then if anything would be known, it'd have to come through God alone. Is that right? Now, if I could… If you were sick and I could heal you and wouldn't do it, I'd be an unworthy brute. If I could do something for you and wouldn't do it, lady, what kind of a person would I be? But I can't do nothing for you, no more then what He'd let me do. He might tell me something. He might do something to bring your faith in a finished work. He can't do nothing for you until you believe. You know that? Look, He is setting at the right hand of the majesty of God on high.
E-92 [Blank.spot.on.tape–Ed.]… before me is suffering with a complete nervous condition. She's very nervous. She's been that way for some time. And the lady also is going blind. Her eyes are going bad. That's caused from a nerve condition, hardening of the nerves, shutting off the vision, simply a blind spirit. The lady also has a rupture that she suffers with. That's right. And I see you moving in somewhere with a cloth over you. You come out, one, two, three. It's–it's operation. You've had a lot of trouble, haven't you? That's right. You believe that you're in His Presence? With all your heart you believe? All right, come here just a moment.
E-93 [Blank.spot.on.tape–Ed.]… gone, sister, setting there. Amen. You kept appearing here. I believe it's over now. Would you do me a favor? Being the Angel of the Lord is standing there, the lady next to you has diabetes, is suffering bad. Do you believe that she would be made well too? Do you believe too, sister, that God would heal you? You–you believe it? Raise up your hand. You were praying for that, wasn't you? All right. I seen your blood, look like sugar dropping through it like that. That's right. Have faith. What did they do? She touched the border of His garment; she believed. You see? She had faith.
Is He… Is the Scriptures fulfilled? He's the High Priest. When? Now. That can always be touched. How…
E-94 [Blank.spot.on.tape–Ed.]… there–there's diabetes setting right there, the lady. You believe that Jesus Christ the Son of God…?… would make this person well? If you can believe what you ask for, you can have for what you ask. "If thou canst believe," said the Bible, "you can have what you ask for."
The blessing went to a man. When you're spoke to, answer quick. The man with–setting there with your hand up, with the heart trouble, hand up like this, little red tie on, you believe me to be God's prophet, or His servant? That's your wife setting next to you, isn't it? Female trouble, isn't it? Put your hands on each other. [Blank.spot.on.tape–Ed.]…?… thought you'd get by with that…?… Jesus' Name, come out.
E-95 [Blank.spot.on.tape–Ed.]… over the lady, but there's a–a lady setting next to her there, yes, wiping your nose, putting her hand up like this. You believe God heal you of that stomach trouble and make you well? Do you believe it with all your heart? You was praying for it, wasn't you? All right, receive your healing. You're nervous, gives you an ulcer.
That lady setting right next to her there, there's the Angel of the Lord standing by her. She's got a throat trouble. That's right, isn't it, lady? Raise your hand. One right next to you, the last one on the end of the row there, that little lady's got a nervous condition. She's… Is that right lady? There He is. See there, a whole row of them. Hallelujah. Christ raised from the dead. He's alive. "If thou can't believe, all things are possible."
E-96 [Blank.spot.on.tape–Ed.]…?… strange to be…?… following you. You're scared of something. It's in your throat. You're afraid it's cancer there. And you're a preacher. That's right. I see you standing in a pulpit. And you're not from this city. You're from a city where there's a big…?… It's Columbus, Ohio. That's right. Your name is…?… isn't it? Right. Go home and be healed. You haven't got no cancer. "If thou canst believe…"
E-97 [Blank.spot.on.tape–Ed.]… believe that sinus would leave you too. [Blank.spot.on.tape–Ed.]… believe with all your heart, God make you well…?… [Blank.spot.on.tape–Ed.]
I'm getting terribly weak. See, and it's pulling from everywhere; people are believing.
E-98 If [Blank.spot.on.tape–Ed.] revealed to me what you're here for you–you'll have to know whether… If I come say, "Well, you're sick; you're going to get well," you'd have a right to doubt that. That's no miracle. See? But the miracle, you look like a healthy woman. Just tell you what's wrong… If I'd say…
E-99 [Blank.spot.on.tape–Ed.]… pulpit, it must be somebody–or was somebody just healed from the pulpit, or something? Keeps appearing before me… It must have been the shock of it. Is that the man that just… Was there a man just now prayed for, something that just don't leave in front of me, there was something maybe I… Well, anyhow…
E-100 [Blank.spot.on.tape–Ed.]… never seen you, but Christ knows all about you, doesn't He? You believe He could heal you? [Blank.spot.on.tape–Ed.]… that He will…?… [Blank.spot.on.tape–Ed.] That's right. Lady's trouble and so forth, female disorders that's bothering you, been for some time too… One of it's an abscess, has a drainage (You see?), which makes it… That's true. You know nobody knows that but you and God alone. I'm not reading your mind. No. You're a stranger here in this city. You come across the river too. You're from a place in Ohio, Jacksonville. That's right. Betty Campbell, then you could go home and be made well if you'd believe it, is that right? Believe with all your heart?
E-101 [Blank.spot.on.tape–Ed.]…?… Huh, you're strange, but you're standing here for somebody else. That's a sister. That's right. Arthritis, that's true. Then you've got a trouble too that should be healed. That's in your kidneys; it's a kidney trouble. That's THUS SAITH THE LORD. You believe me to be His prophet, or His servant? You believe it's Him and not me? You believe you're in His Presence and that's what's making you feel that way? Something's vibrating over your spirit that you know being a Christian, It has to be the Holy Ghost. Oh, if this audience would only believe like you just now, lady. If this whole audience could believe for one moment, you'd see one of the greatest things happen. There'd be a spontaneous wave of power hit this building here. I speak in the Name of Jesus Christ. Let us pray.
Father God, in Christ's Name, I pray that You'd heal the…
[Blank.spot.on.tape–Ed.]…?… kidneys. But the Lord Jesus is a Healer of all diseases. Do you believe that, lady? You believe standing in His Presence, that He can heal you now and make you well? Come here just a minute.
Father God, Who created heavens and earth, made all things to praise You, I pray that You'll heal this poor mortal, and let her faith look to Thee and touch this redemptive blessing just now, in Christ's Name. Amen.
E-102 [Blank.spot.on.tape–Ed.]… strangers to one another. But you have a very strange nature; that is a deep thinker, always crossing bridges before you get to it. It's always a bad thing, never happens the way you plan it to happen. And by that it's developed a peptic condition of the stomach, giving you stomach trouble. That's right, isn't that, sir? If that is right raise your hand. Which it is right, couldn't be nothing else. God Almighty knows it. You now throw aside every negative thoughts and will go home and eat your supper and praise God and give Him praise for it?
E-103 Look at me. I mean by that, not look at… I hope you understand. Peter and John passed through the gate called Beautiful, said, "Look on us." That is just merely to… I hope people understand it. See? Elijah one time when they got him all stirred up, when Ahab's son was there and his mother Jezebel, idol worshipers, who had caused a lot of trouble, he said, "If I didn't respect the presence of Jehoshaphat, I wouldn't even look at you." But said, "Bring me a minstrel." When the minstrel begin to play the Spirit come on the prophet. You hear them play "Only Believe," those things, then the Spirit comes down. Hymns brings Him down. Then the gift of God goes to work.
E-104 All that coughing, laying up at night with that asthmatic condition, coughing head off nearly… That's right. Dry throat… My, what restless hours. But you believe that He's here to take it away, sister? Let me just lay my hands on you.
Heavenly Father, I lay my hands upon this woman in obedience to the blessed Word of God which said, "These signs shall follow them that believe; if they lay their hands on the sick, they shall recover." This I ask in Christ's Name. Amen.
E-105 I know I've got probably as far as they're going to let me go. They're touching my sides and I know that's for me to leave. I want you to do something. I want you to close your eyes. I want you to pray this prayer behind me. I'll just repeat it; you pray it.
E-106 Our Father, [Congregations repeats after Brother Branham–Ed.] Who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Almighty God, Creator of heavens and earth, Author of Everlasting Life, and Giver of every good gift, I, Your servant, stand in need. I need Thee, Lord. Thou knowest my need. I'm aware that Jesus has raised from the dead and He's here in this building tonight to give to me, by His suffering, and His Presence, everything that I have need of. Thou God, knows what I have need of, and I now claim it as my personal property. In Jesus' Name I will confess it; I will believe it from henceforth, in Christ's Name.
E-107 That's your prayer. Now, keep your heads bowed. Keep closed in. Quietly, the organist, "Only Believe." Quietly. Close your eyes. Who would you think that is standing by you? Who is that Who knows you?
Yes, the little lady there with the TB, it's over, sister. Your faith makes you well.
That man setting there, getting up at nights with that prostate trouble, setting there, sir, with white shirt on, yes, it's over, sir. See you walking back and forth to the bathroom. Go home tonight and rest in peace.
Keep shut in with God, He's there…?… touching my side, saying I must go now. That's your prayer. Now, I'm going to pray for you. This is my prayer. You believe.
E-108 O God, what an evil thing Satan is. He binds the helpless. He comes in by force. He puts the children of God into corners. But tonight He's exposed. Tonight we realize that he's just a bluff. He has no legal rights. Christ stripped him of everything he had at Calvary. Everything, even fear, everything was paid for at Calvary. And Satan, you don't have any legal rights over God's children. They're God's heritage. You can't hold them any longer. Come out of here. I adjure thee by Jesus Christ, God's own Son, Come out, Satan, in the Name of Jesus, God's Son leave this group of people.