Making A Way (56-0304)
Good evening, friends. And may the Lord richly bless you. And thank
you, Brother Neville, for that kind remark. So happy to be back at the
Tabernacle tonight in the service of our blessed Lord, and to see our
friends out tonight to worship Him with us. It certainly is a grand
privilege to meet once more this side the coming of the Lord. And after
we see, hear so many going away unexpectedly, so quickly, we just
wonder time after time, who's next. But having this blessed assurance,
that if–there's nothing can separate us from the love of God that's in
Christ. There's neither death, nor–nor nothing present, nor nothing
future, or any powers that can separate us from the love of God which
is in Christ Jesus. And knowing this, that after this earthly
tabernacle be dissolved, we have one already waiting; unfixed,
unsettled, and we rest upon that blessed hope, so glorious.
I was talking to my wife, and Mrs. Wood, and them, just… I come back;
I was saying, "Well, it's just seems like it's just trip after trip and
place after place, but yet, they become more glorious." And I–knowing
that we're coming to the close, the–the–the nearness of the coming of
the Lord, I said, "Well," Talking to my boy coming down the road the
other day, coming from out of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, then I said,
"You know, home is a wonderful place." We were heading back home. I
said, "We love this world; this is our home." We might not think it is,
but it is. We were born for this home. This… God put us here. We had
no way bringing ourselves here; even our father and mother had no way;
that had to be in the hands of God. Many people are married, never have
a child. But God so saw that we could come to this earth. And then when
we come, we begin to grow and build into a body by atoms, and lights,
and so forth, as it begin to take on from the earth. And then after we
got a certain age, they stopped growing; we still add them to us, but
they going away. Death is set in.
And then when this earthly tabernacle be dissolved, we have one there
waiting. See? We enter into that; we'll know one another. We can't
shake hands; we have no senses of that feeling. We can't–I couldn't
shake your hand, say, "How do you do, brother," because I–I–you
wouldn't have that type of hand, but yet we're not in a corporal body
as we are now. We're in a–a celestial body. And then when this…
And I was thinking of down in Egypt, that when Joseph left a memorial
to the children of Israel, his bones, that someday they were going out.
And as they went out, they would take his bones with them up to the
promised land. And every Hebrew that desired to be back in the
homeland… So no matter how well they was treated, yet his longing was
to be back at the homeland. And every time they passed by and saw those
bones, they knew that someday they were going back to the homeland.
While we're here waiting to cross out of this place, we see an empty
tomb over yonder in Jerusalem, let us knowing that something happened.
And then when we take on that glorified bod–not glorified, but
celestial body, and we're walking around in the glory-lands with
Christ, looking at each other, speaking to each other, we can talk,
souls under the altar crying, "How long?" And then what will be the
memorial there that we're coming back to earth again to eat and drink
and sleep? There He will be setting there on a throne in a corporal
Someday we'll rise in that corporal body, and when He returns back,
these celestial bodies will take on glorification, then we'll be like
Him and we will live forever in that body. What a–what–what does
anything else matter? It's all settled, that's just–just anchor right
right there and that–this…
Christ was the One Who made it possible, not my church, or not my
denomination, not my friends, but Christ; "All other grounds is sinking
sand, all other ground…" No wonder Eddie Perronett, they thought he
was mad. And that day setting in there, as a slave to the people, the
Holy Spirit reached and picked up the pen and begin to write that
marvelous song. It'll be sing at the baccalaureate service of the
inauguration of the King of Kings: "All Hail the Power of Jesus Name."
Wonderful report from up in the north now, we had the ministerial–not
the ministerial, but the Christian Businessmen's breakfast at–up at
Minneapolis. And the biggest breakfast we ever had of businessmen; two
thousand came out. And the Lord gave us a message, and that morning in
the altar call fifty businessmen came to Christ and was borned again
that morning in the service. Oh, that just thrilled my heart, of
businessmen coming in. Marvelous services there where the Lord be
praised and all glory to Him.
And now, I got a little note here, said, "When will I be in
Indianapolis?" On June the eleventh to the fifteenth will be at Cadle
Tabernacle at Indianapolis, Indiana, June the eleventh to the
fifteenth, seating eleven thousand people.
Day after tomorrow we leave for Shreveport, Louisiana, and to be there
through the weekend, at Shreveport, Louisiana. And then we leave
Shreveport and go to Houston, Texas, and will be there two days, which
will be Monday and Tuesday.
And then on the sixteenth we begin in Old Mexico, Mexico City, Old
Mexico. Mr. Arganbright just called me, and they secured the big bull
arena there, that has a seating capacity of sixty-thousand. And there's
four hundred churches cooperating, already signed up. We're expecting a
hundred thousand at the meeting. And it's the first time this–we have
something to praise God for, the first time in the history of Mexico,
that the government has ever welcomed a Protestant in and give us a
place to come, the first time in the history of Mexico a Protestant
ever been welcome.
And General…?… is a General of the Mexican Army has just been
borned again and received the Holy Ghost. And by his courtesy to the
Governor of Mexico, gives us the government rights to go in with the
militia protection. And–and we're–I've got the big bull arena; that's
the biggest thing there is in all Mexico; it seats sixty-thousand round
like this, besides the–the room where they do the fighting at, you
know, in there. And we got it for ten straight nights now without any
interruption, right straight through for ten straight nights. Be
praying for me. I just feel the–hear the sound of abundance of rain
down there. I just… The Mexican people are very simple, humble
believers, and once convinced… They're Catholic, and once convinced
that a truth is the truth, then that settles it for all.
Then I hurry right back from Old Mexico, get back here about the
thirtieth, and the first, that's Easter morning at the Tabernacle here
for sunrise service, and a healing service to follow it, and a baptism
service that night at the Tabernacle. And you can tell your friends
now, to bring in all their sick and afflicted for the Easter service.
The sunrise service early that morning, then following that up at ten
o'clock, nine-thirty, regular Sunday school time… You all plan on it
in Sunday school. And a healing service to follow that, a–the regular
healing service like we have in the campaign…
And so, then Mexico City is to be the first time that this new vision,
that the Lord has told me, is going to be in operation at that time. So
we'll try again, the Lord willing, right here Easter Sunday morning
using these two rooms, like right here…?… So we're expecting a
great time here Easter morning, and a proof that the Lord Jesus has
risen from the dead. He's alive. Yes, sir. And He's been alive since
that first Easter, and He's here with us even now. And I just trust
that the Lord will give us a great outpouring of His blessings for that
Then we go to–from here then, we go to Chicago for the eleventh–third
to the eleventh. And we leave on a Monday, begin there on a Tuesday.
And begin through the–no, it's third through the eighth, and then on
the eleventh we begin in Charlotte–no Colum–Columbia, North Carolina,
and then to Spindale, North Carolina, and then from there to Charlotte,
South Carolina, and then Anchorage, Alaska, from there, up into
Anchorage, Alaska. Then back, and not determined, but perhaps maybe by
then, the tent will be ready to be on the road.
Oh, I've just… You know what I want to do? Will you pray with me for
this? Look, I want to 'fore too long, the Lord willing, to put that
tent right here in this falls city and stay there for four or six weeks
meeting, just stay right here until the battle is finished. And you be
praying for that now. Now, I'd just like to stick it out here between
Jeffersonville and New Albany somewhere, and just put up about a seven
or eight thousand seating capacity in it, then we can add more as the
days go by, and just stay right here until it's settled. Amen.
And then–then I think–then on the eleventh to the fifteenth of June
at Cadle Tabernacle in Indianapolis. And then the–the seventeenth, I
believe, through the twenty-first of June, is at Minneapolis in the
football stadium out there, seating twenty-seven thousand, at the
International Convention of Christian Businessmen, speaking and having
prayer for the sick each night. And now, be praying over these, do, and
I–I just feel that we haven't got much time now. And I'll predict it.
I don't say this is the Lord saying this now, I–I'm predicting that
this year America will receive Christ or reject Christ. See? I believe
this will be the turning point, that America will go in–we'll have a
revival in this day, or we won't have a revival. And I believe that
this is the year that America will make it's decision. And I trust that
they'll make it, and we will have a great revival that'll just sweep…
We're having much preaching and much evangelism, but we need a revival,
don't we? A real revival, that's what we need. The Lord bless you, glad
to see Brother Graham there, and–and I'm–I believe Brother Smith
setting right in front of him, Brother, from the, Smith, from the
Church of God. And–and there's several ministers in here, I'm sure.
And we welcome you all, brethren, each and every one. And the strangers
in our gates, all the laity, we just love you.
And now, with these announcements away, and realizing that tonight
communion night, for the communion service… And pray hard for our
dear Brother Neville, who's holding the fort here at the Tabernacle,
doing a great job, and for all the saints everywhere.
Oh, what a needy time, what a needy time. I hear it from down in Africa
and such a call for Africa. And Brother Arganbright was just telling me
on the phone awhile ago, that the king of–of some of those countries
down in there (I forget just where it was.), I believe up here in
Sweden, Switzerland (I'll get it in a minute), Denmark, has wrote a
special letter to make this the season to come there, this time. In
Africa, India, many different places, where… Hawaiian Islands, got in
other day, that's about ten times straight that they've called for a
revival. Christian Businessmen wants to go out there, just fly over it,
make a–order–organize a chapter and speak for them that morning, and
then begin a revival in Hawaii.
So the whole world has become our parish (See?), the whole world. And
we are His servants, so let us just remember, friends, that this may be
the last night, this may be the last year, or may be the last
generation. See? We don't know. But anyhow, we do know this of a fact,
that the living know they have to die. It's once appointed unto man to
death, and after that the judgment. And if there be any here tonight
who isn't ready to meet that and has not this blessed hope, may this be
the night that you'll decide for the Lord Jesus, for once for all, for
eternity. Now, shall we pray.
Our heavenly Father, we want to thank Thee from the very depths of our
hearts, knowing that we are waiting here, not flusterated at all, no
matter how many atomic bombs they make, and how many civil service
people they put out to watch the planes, the world nervous and shaky,
we're resting upon this blessed hope that we have. We're trusting in
the finished work of God at Calvary through Christ, knowing this, that
after this earthly tabernacle is no more, we got one already waiting
yonder, more glorious, far more, where there's no pain or suffering,
sickness. No old age will ever strike it, never a gray hair, never a
wrinkle, but we'll be young there forever. The blessed Bible which
cannot tell nothing but the truth, has give us this blessed assurance,
and the Holy Ghost also is a witness, bearing record of the same. Our
hearts long for that. And we know the Bible tells us so, which is the
Word of God, the Seeds to be planted upon this fertile ground to let us
rest in this hope.
God, I pray that You'll touch every person tonight outside of Christ
and bring them to this close marvelous walk. Heal the sick setting here
tonight, Lord. No doubt in this many people there's bound to be
sickness in the midst of us. And we pray that You'll heal every one.
Now, come to the Word, Father, take the Word, which is the Lifeline,
the Grass Roots, Lord, of all civilization. We pray that the Holy
Spirit will take each Word and give it to the heart just as we have
need. May we fellowship around the Word. For we ask it in Jesus' Name.
For a little reading of the Scriptures tonight, for just a–a little
text to try to hunt a context, and be swiftly, right to the Word so we
can have the communion. Tomorrow being Monday, I know we don't like to
think of those things, of having to go back to work, but we have to
face that. And many times you know, but after all, this is more
essential than jobs and everything else. See? For your job will play
out someday, and you'll play out with it, but if you got Eternal Life,
you'll have an end; it's eternal, lives on.
Perpetual, think of it, a perpetual life, has no end. When eons of time
is passed on by, you'll still be there. When the millions of years roll
by, we'd still be there. So just for a few days here on earth, jobs
doesn't amount to so much. Just–they help us along, buy our little
food and so forth, eat, which we have to have it.
E-18 Now, in I Corinthians the 10th chapter, beginning with the 12th verse:
common to man: but God is faithful, who is not–who willing that
you–not to suffer you to be tempted above that which you are able; but
with every temptation also make a way of escape, that we may be able to
What a beautiful verse. May the Lord add His blessings to that Word.
"Making A Way" would be what I'd like to speak on tonight. You know,
may He add His blessing to His Word, as we listen now to the Word.
It's my opinion that if the Word, which is the grass roots, which is
the thing that takes hold… Many times in my healing services, I–I
try to, even after the teachers has already went through it all, I try
to come back and–and take the Word and lay a foundation.
A few nights ago I got a little letter of criticism, which was fine. A
man told me, said, "Brother Branham, you're just a boy yet." Said, "I
was preaching the Gospel 'fore you was born." And he said, "I…" All
of my forty-six years, but yet… He–he was a teacher of some Bible
school. And he said, "But a man that–of your kind, that teaches
people, and yet would make a remark that you made the other night."
Said, "I think it's ridiculous." Said, "You said that the devil didn't
have no power to heal." He said, "Perhaps, what if I tell you that the
devil has got power to heal?" Said, "Now, you'd ask me, if you were
standing present, why I know." Said, "I'll tell you."
Said, "In our town there's a woman lives there which has a–a bad
spirit. And she–people comes to her for healing." Said, "She'll pull
hair out of their head, and she'll pluck blood from their veins, and
wrap it up in his hair, walk down to the river, and cast this thing
over her shoulder, and not look back, if she looks back," said, "then
the disease remains with the person. But she has to throw to the river
like it's forgetfulness and walk away." And said, "Sixty percent of the
people, we've kept count, are healed." Said, "Now, if the devil can't
heal, what about that?"
So I answered him back, I said, "My kind beloved brother, with all due
regards to your years (See?), all due regards to your years of
teaching, but I'll tell you now, that Jesus Christ said that the devil
has no power to heal. And if Jesus said it, that settles it with me. He
said, 'If Satan cast out Satan, then his kingdom's divided and it has
an end.' And he cannot cast out Satan. Then you'd ask me why was these
people healed? Why, it's not the person, the witch had nothing to do
with it, no more than I'd have to do with it, or any other man. It's
the people that's approaching, thinking that they're coming God's
provided way for their healing. It's their individual faith in God that
does the healing." See? That's the approach that they think. It isn't
the witch, or no more than it would be the man.
If–so therefore, the Gospel can only maneuver, or it can only reach
out as the Word of God is taught. And man base their hopes upon God's
Eternal Word. "Faith cometh by hearing, hearing by the Word."
Dr. Adair, here in the city, my beloved friend, said to me one day, he
said, "Billy, don't you think if people had faith to touch the tree out
there, they'd get the same results?"
I said, "How could you have faith in that? If you could have the equal
amount of faith, believing that it was God's provided way for you to
touch the tree, and it would do, then they could do it. But who's got
faith in the tree? I got faith in what God said, and I just take that."
So faith isn't built upon the shifting sands of–of emotional
conceptions. But faith is built upon the standard, God's eternal Word,
the Rock of Ages. There's where faith takes its solemn resting place
and never moves, when it's built right there.
Now, "Making A Way." I don't believe that God ever run His office just
a haphazard way. I–I wouldn't run mine; you wouldn't run yours. Jesus
didn't die at Calvary, just to say, "Well, now maybe people'll feel
sorry for Me, being that I come–go to earth and take on the form of
flesh, and they'll really get saved. Maybe if they see how pitifully I
God didn't do that. Jesus died for one purpose: and that was to save
those who God foreknew would be saved. That's right. God knew there was
going to be somebody saved, and there had to be a preparation, or a way
made, for them to be saved. If there wasn't, salvation wasn't possible.
So God foreknowing that people would be saved, knowing who they were,
He had to lay a plan down.
Now, you'd say to me, "Brother Branham, then God knows exactly who will be saved?" Correctly.
"Why does He say, He's not willing that any should perish?" He isn't.
He isn't willing that any should perish, but that all might come to
repentance. But the order to be God, He has to know who will do that,
or He wasn't God. 'Cause He is–He's omnipotent; He's omnipresent; He's
omniscient; He knows everything. He's at every place, and all powerful.
So foreknowledge looks back and says that He foresaw this, and knows
that's the reason He could tell what the end was from the beginning.
And therefore, knowing that all these marvelous days that we're living
in now, and to stand and witness and see the things that we've seen
now, God had to make a preparation for it.
The other night, was so amazed. A little woman come up to the platform,
that big three hundred thousand dollar place there, and she had a
little make-up stuff on her face. She stood there and she started
trembling. I said, "You're Lutheran," by the Holy Spirit.
She said, "Yes sir."
And I said, "You're here to be prayed for. And the reason you're
walking the way you are, both knees have been broke." I said, "That was
caused by a car accident in a car that you were driving in four years
She said, "That's true."
I said, "Your doctor's a little short fellow, bald-headed and wears glasses."
Said, "That's right."
And I said, "He's doctoring, because that in the–the knees the bone
has become tubercular, and even the flesh is a rottening around the
She said, "That is right." And she said, "Is there a hope for me?"
I said, "That depends on your approach to the Lord Jesus." I said…
She said, "Can you help me?"
I said, "No, Ma'am. No one can help you now, but you have to help yourself to God's provided blessings for you."
And she said, "I now believe with all my heart."
I said, "The Lord healed you, sister; it's THUS SAITH THE LORD, you're healed."
She said, "Mr. Branham, I haven't been able to kneel," she said, "for
four years," while weeping, standing there rubbing her hands. And a
great audience of people weeping, watching her. Lutherans,
And I said, "Why don't you go down to the altar and kneel down."
She said, "Let me kneel right here, right where I'm healed."
She never moved from her steps, but she knew she was healed. Something
took place. See? She knew it; there wasn't any guessing about it.
I said, "Kneel down."
And for the first time in four years, with both knees broke and all
callused over, made over the bones together. That woman, like a young
woman, knelt on her knees with the tears streaming from her cheeks,
raised up her hands to God, why just raised right up from there just as
easy, like a little girl, and tipped off the platform. What was it? God
had to make a way for that. Now, He sent doctors, that's right. And
doctors are fine. And they done all they could do, but God had made a
way. That's it. See? After the doctor had failed in his way, God's way
is so much higher than our way. What a wonderful thing.
Now, to think tonight that you and I… Won't–don't want to think
this, but we were actually natured after the world, say like pigs, and
tonight have become saints. Something had to be done. Now, we couldn't
go into heaven as pigs; we'd have to go into heaven as saints. So a
preparation had to be made for this. And God gave it so beautifully in
the Old Testament, back in the Book of Numbers, about the 20th chapter;
and over in Exodus about 36–32.
And we find out that on the day of atonement, God in the types,
foreshowing what He would do in the Antetype when He come, which was
Christ. The high priest was commanded to take two goats, little goats,
and take them in for atonement, a offering, and a bullock for his own
family. And many of you readers here and studiers of the Bible, know
just how that the atonements was.
But then, one goat… There had to be a lot cast. And the lot fell on
one goat; it died. And then the blood of this goat was placed upon the
other goat, with the hands of the high priest, confessing the sins of
the people, upon the living goat. And then a man who was worthy, taken
the living goat under his arm and went way into the wilderness, where
the goat would have to perish and go into an isolated, out of the way
place, never no more in that state to come back into the family of his
own again, but to be isolated forever, bearing the sins of the people
Now, I know many scholars perhaps, are setting here, and especially the
Adventist, they–they say that one goat was Christ and the other one
was the devil. Now, brethren, I have to different a little on that. We
can't sacrifice to the devil. Both goats represented Christ. Both of
them was Christ; Christ is, or He bled for our sins, and He bore them
Hisself away. Devil can't bear my sins; Christ is our sin-bearer. Get
it straight, then you're faith won't move. Christ is our sin-bearer,
and the sins of the world. Christ was the dying animal at the cross
(Listen.), the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
And only the types, we were drawing dividends, knowing that the
Antetype would come someday. Why was He slain from the foundation of
the world? 'Cause God perceived in His mind how them things would be,
and what the Church would be, and what everything would be, and He
spoke the Word. And when God speaks the Word, it's as good as done
right then. So He was slain from the foundation of the world. You see
When you get down to that now, and let your faith rest solemnly, not
upon man, not upon theologies of man, not upon church denominations, as
good they are, as good as man is, let your faith rest alone in Christ's
finished work at Calvary for both sin and salvation. You see it?
Notice, Christ came and He was the dying Animal, for He was already in
prefigure slain before the foundation of the world. You see it? God
spoke it and said it would be so. So when God speaks, it's forever
confirmed in heaven. The Word, the… And that's where you ought to
have faith. If you believe this to be God's eternal unchangeable Word,
then every precept that's been spoken in God's Word is a Seed. And
everything that God has spoke of in the Word is already confirmed in
glory. And it's been given to you to act upon. So don't be afraid to
take any phase of God's eternal blessed Word and anchor it in your
Now, it has to be in soil. Now, for instance, I took a grain of corn
and put it in blue pumice stone, or something like that, it perhaps
would not grow, because it's the wrong kind of soil. But if it goes
into good fertile blacktop soil, it'll grow as sure as it's placed in
And when the Word (Here it is now.), when the Word of God falls into a
heart full of faith, It just has to grow; It's got to take hold. That's
the reason the woman standing there with both knees, calcium over like
that from the deposits, and the breaking of the knees, where both was
mashed, and the bones rotten, with tubercular, and the–also the flesh,
she wasn't afraid to bow her knees. For what? The Word had fell in
faith, springs up. Do you get it?
God, before the foundation of the world, said that Christ would be
here, that He slayed, died the innocent for the guilty. And when God
spoke it, it was already confirmed when God spoke it. Now, before it
can be a word it has to be a thought, for a word is a thought expressed.
And then, if the–God in His mind perceived these things, then they
were in His mind, then He spoke them, and they're as good as finished
when God speaks, 'cause He's infallible, and He can do nothing else.
Then God's attitude… If God saves sinners back there on the base of
accepting the burnt offering, the sacrifice provided, He's got to do
the same thing today, or He did wrong when He took the first man in by.
If God healed the sick back there upon the basis of the shed blood of
an animal, upon the basis of–of the atonement, He's got to do the same
today or He was wrong when He healed the first person. See, see? He
We grow; we mature; we find better things. We talk of better things. We
wear better clothes, drive a better automobile. We're progressing. But
God cannot progress in that way, because He was perfect to begin with.
And perfection cannot progress anymore; it's already perfection. Amen.
So He don't have to say, "Well, this is a different age; we got a
better thought now." If it is, He can't be God. So if He is God, what
He spoke back there, He has to stay with it, because He was perfect
there and is perfect now. See? You see it? Then He can't progress; He
can't… Well, I mean, He can't in–better things, make this a
little–say, "This would be a little better."
You say, "What about the old lamb and this Lamb?" That was a type waiting for–and He said it was.
He spoke of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. In the
beginning, "I will put enmity against her seed and the serpents seed."
And then to wait for that fullness of time came, God gave a
propitiation of sin through the shed blood of the lamb, pointing… He
gave the same thing through the moon at night, of the–being the sun in
the daytime, the moon being a shadow of the sun, or the sun shining on
the moon, making a shadow. The moon and the sun is husband and wife.
And while the sun is gone away, it throws its light against the moon to
give us a smaller light, until the sun comes. And when the sun comes
the moon fades out.
And Christ is the Son Who's gone to glory and shining on the Church
with the same kind of Light He shined when He was here. And the Church
is the Light of the world until Jesus comes and it all melts together,
like the moonlight and the sunlight becomes one light when it emerges
together. When Christ and His Church comes together at the great
millennium, they emerge into One.
And today ye are the Light of the world. In His presence–in His
absence, rather, He is giving you the Light to shine with while He's
here. All the old things, all the things of the earth are a type of the
heavenly. Even to spiders and lizards and snakes and so forth, are only
types of evil spirits reflecting back.
Why was a cancer called cancer? Because it has the form of a crab. And the word "cancer" means "crab."
Now, you see all those things which are types and shadows, so the
scapegoat that was put away into the wilderness in an isolated place,
separated from his fellow citizens, bearing the sins of the people upon
his head, was a type of Christ being separated from God and out of His
Presence and bore our sins to hell. And there, God wouldn't suffer
Him… David said, "I will not suffer My Holy One to see corruption;
neither will I leave His soul in hell," and on the third day rose again
for our justification. But He typed the goat, the scapegoat, and also
the goat for the sin offering, God making preparations and a provided
way. God always makes a way of escape, every time.
Sickness pins you into the corner. Satan pins you down to a place after
you become a Christian, maybe you've been a gambler. You see it? The
cards are on the table. "Come on, John, we know it's in you." Satan is
there to tempt you. But God in every– every time will make a way of
escape if you'll just accept it.
Maybe you've been a drunkard, and a glass is under your nose. "Now,
come on, John." Now, if you want to heed to that voice, you'll go right
straight out to your wallow again. But God is always there. Turn your
mind towards heaven and looks towards Calvary and say, "Blessed Holy
Spirit, come to me, I'm in need." Watch what takes place. God will make
a way of escape every time. For He will, God has always did it.
And now notice, before the destruction of the world, when men were
sinful and the people were sinful in the world, God made a way of
escape for those who desired to escape by it. God had an ark built,
prepared. Noah built away on an ark for the–preparing this ark for a
preparation of a way (Listen.) from a–for a way of escape, as the
wrath and the judgment of God was piling up in the heavens to be poured
out upon a sinful nation and a sinful people, who rejected, and
stiff-necked, walked against the commandments of God. All the time this
wrath was being piled up in the heavens to be poured out upon the
people in judgment, the merciful God made a way of escape for those who
desired to walk in it–the way of escape.
Now, we've come to the place again where the judgments are piling up.
And if that day in the antediluvian, how much more of today, when the
ending of the history of time, when the ending of history of the
nations, and the–with coming to a climax, how much more is the wrath
of God upon millions of more people, heaping together until sin has
steeped in the world, until she's a tottering like a drunk man
staggering home at four…?… Done gone beyond the moon and stars,
until it's reached the–the garments of Jehovah, of Sabaoth.
Then she's staggering under the load of her own man-made theory, of her
own self preservation, of her own theologies. They've taken the
commandments of God and making them of non-effect by teaching the
traditions of man. Loving the praises of man more than the praises of
God, our teachers have become lukewarm and placing upon joining
churches, saying, "That's all right, long as you belong to church, just
forget about it."
But, brother, God made a way of escape, and you'll have to come to
God's terms, and that's through Christ Jesus our Lord. No other
foundation is laid but that which has already been laid. No–no one to
build upon any other foundations, like stubbles and mud, the floods
will wash it away and great will be the fall.
But Jesus said, "Upon this rock I'll build My Church; and the gates of
hell shall not prevail against it." What is it He built it upon? On the
spiritual revealed truth that He is the Son of God. "Who does man say
I, the Son of man am?"
Some say, "Elias, and some say Moses, and some say John the Baptist, and so forth."
"But Who do you say I am?"
Without hesitation, without taking a second… Listen sinner, that's
the way you receive it. He'd been with Him, he knew what He was. And
then before he could even think a second time, the Holy Spirit got a
hold of him, and he said, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living
Said, "Thou… Blessed art thou, Somon–Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and
blood has not revealed this to you. You never learned this from
somebody's theology; never come from a seminary with it, but My Father
which is in heaven has revealed it to you. Upon this rock I will build
My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
The floods may come and the tides may go, and, oh… But he who's
safely in Christ will ride the storm of the atomic the same as Noah did
the storm of the flood, safely in the ark. Let your faith drop down
into that once, see what takes place. On God's solid rock, on
God makes a way of escape every time. He has to make a way of escape.
When the strategic time comes, God is the God, Jehovah-jireh.
"Jehovah-jireh" means "the Lord will provide Himself a sacrifice, or
the Lord will provide for Himself a way of escape." God can provide it
because He's the Creator. And God, once for all at Calvary (Amen.),
there, there when the Archangels of heaven, when all the regions of
demons trembled, when the earth took a nervous prostration and shook
the graves, and when the sun had convulsions and hung back yonder and
turned into blackness, when the moon and stars shook out of their
places… The redeemed of all ages, and through the ages will come,
will recognize that hour, when the Son of God died there, stripped
Satan of every power, even death and hell. The grave and all fear was
swallowed up there at Calvary when He paid the supreme price. And when
the Lamb died, and the sins placed upon Him, He was a sin bearer, took
them to hell where they belong, and God raised Him up on the third day.
And by believing that we're justified by faith, on the basis of the
shed Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. God making a way of
Oh, brother, as you see the–hear the ambulance screaming. Every time
you hear one, it's a marker that you're going that way. Every time you
pass a graveyard, it's a marker you're going that way. Every time a
wrinkle appears in the face and a gray hair in the head, it's a marker
you're going that way. No wonder then Paul could say, with that real
hope rooted and grounded in him, like this…?… when he got down to
the end of the road, he said, "I fought a good fight; I finished the
course; I've kept the faith: henceforth, there's laid up for me a crown
of righteousness, the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me at that
day: not only me, but all that love His appearing."
When you're sick and tired of this whole life, and you love the
appearing of the Lord Jesus better than you love your food at the
table, or your wife, or your children, then there's a crown laid up for
you, not a crown, a gold crown they put upon your head, but a body free
from pain of… crowned in the glory of God, crowned in the immortality
of Jesus Christ. That's what's laid up for you, that the Lord, the
righteous Judge, will give you it that day. That's the day we look
forward to. God has made a way of escape for every one of us, certainly
When Daniel the prophet, God's child was throwed into a lion's den…
There was a time that Daniel, being faithful, who raised his windows
and wasn't afraid of what the king said, and when the–prayed…
Regardless of what the proclamation was made, Daniel prayed anyhow, as
he faced Jerusalem and prayed. If man face Jerusalem and prayed, the
city where the burnt sacrifice is made… That's the reason Daniel
looked that way and prayed. For the Lord had already said, "The people
be in trouble at any time, look towards this holy place and pray, then
hear–I will hear from heaven," when Solomon dedicated the temple.
That's the reason Jonah had the faith he did, when he had seaweeds
wrapped around his neck, and standing in vomit in the belly of the
whale, way down in the deep of the ocean on a stormy sea, he said,
"They're lying vanities. But once more will I look to Your holy temple,
God did something; He made a way of escape for Jonah. What He did,
nobody knows. That's God's own secret. But no matter whether it was
impossible, God can cir–can alter circumstances. He can make the
impossible become a probable, and not only probable, they could make it
a reality, when man take God at His Word and accept the provided way,
that God provided for the man.
God did something; He might have put a oxygen tent down there. I don't
know what He did in the belly of that whale, but He kept Jonah in there
for three days and nights as a type that Christ would lay without
oxygen in the belly of the earth, and on the third day He will come out
again. Was a type; He made a way of escape. He always will.
When Daniel stood there, and the lion's come running to him, there was
not a fear in that old saint's heart. But he stood there, and God
wasn't finished with him. And just before the lions grabbed him, a
Angel spread before them.
No doubt but the same burning Light that appeared to Saul of Tarsus on
the road to Damascus. A big Light shined out, and they looked, and they
didn't know what was taking place, and Saul fell from his horse, and a
voice came from the Light saying, "Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me?"
Said, "Who is it, Lord?"
He said, "I, Jesus you're persecuting."
It was the Hebrew children that had been faithful to the promise of
God, that was laying down there in the fiery furnace, or in Babylon,
rather, going to the fiery furnace, one step between them and death.
How much that may be to man here tonight. There may be one day between
you and eternal separation. You'll make your decision now. The way's
provided for you, if you'll accept it.
"One step," said Jonathan to David when they shot the–the–the bow.
"One step between me and death." One step between them and death, but
just at that crucial moment, God provided a way of escape, and He sent
into that fiery furnace the Lord Jesus Christ, and kept the fire off of
He was Enoch, who claimed that he walked with God for five hundred
years, and had a testimony he pleased God. He had a faith that he
wouldn't see death. How could God do it? There wasn't even a jet plane
in those days to get him off his feet. But God provided a way, a
translation, that took Enoch from earth to glory without receiving
It was Elijah who stepped across the oce–or the Jordan river that day,
was divided from one side to the other. When Elijah was ready to go to
heaven without dying, it was God provided a way for him, not a jet
plane, but He sent a chariot of fire, trolled by horses of fire. God
provided the way in the minute, a way of escape from death.
It was Moses, I believe, who followed the children of Israel, or who
led them, following the Light, the Pillar of Fire through the
wilderness. It was Moses who endured to the end. As Moses, a hundred
and twenty years after eighty years of service for God, who stood upon
the mount and looked over into the promised land with the tears rolling
down his cheeks, of a old man of a hundred and twenty years old. He
come through the briar patches; he'd waded the deep waters; he'd tasted
the bitter cup of gall and sorrow. He'd been with the disobedient
pe–people as their pastor. He had led them from place to place, and
put up with their murmurings, and throwed hisself in the breach and
said, "God, take me before You do them."
It was Moses who stood there as an old man, knowing that in every way
he was a type of Christ, knowing somehow, someway, God surely would
take him, 'cause He had to bring him up again as the type of Christ. He
was born as a prophet, as Christ, not only a prophet, but leader and so
forth. He was hid away in the bulrushes and so was Christ taken into
Egypt. He was a law giver as Christ was to the Mount of Olives, laying
from Sinai. Every way he was a type of Christ.
And when he was old and death staring him in the face, how would he
ever bring forth the resurrection? But just as the crucial moment come,
God provided a way. When the breath was leaving and gurgling in his
neck, he looked, laying by his side, and there stood the Rock. God
provided a Rock; the Rock was Christ Jesus who was in the wilderness.
Moses endured to the Rock.
God give me grace to endure to the same thing. And when my last breath
is being drawed from this body, let me see the Rock standing there.
Stepped over on the Rock, and the Angels come and packed him away.
Eight hundred years later he was standing in Palestine with Elijah,
standing there talking to Jesus before the cross. God made a way of
Two of the greatest things in the Old Testament that I can see in the
prophesies, two great factions was this: the people looked forward to a
time to when the Messiah would come. And then after the Messiah come,
they looked forward to a time that the Holy Spirit would come. Finally
in due time, all the types back there that they had through the
prophets and everything, all the types and the atonements they had,
finally the Messiah come, and it was settled because God had said so.
Then they looked forward to a time to a great glorious Church, that
would be without spot or wrinkle, that would shine in the earth as a
star. They looked for that time. How's it going to be? He'd been dead
for three days and nights; He rose again; He appeared unto the five
hundred, and He ascended into heaven. He left them on earth here alone.
How could it be this glorious Church when the Leader was gone? God
promised the Church, how could it be? The Light that would shine in His
place after Him being gone, when He said there, "A little while, and
the world sees Me no more; yet you'll see Me: for I will be with you,
even in you, to the end of the world. The things that I do shall you
also. Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel. These signs shall
follow them that believe."
How can they do it with Christ absent from them? How can they do it,
when God give them the promise? But look, God provided a Pentecost,
when the Holy Ghost in Person came down and took over mortal man's
body, after they'd been cleaned by the atonement of the Lord Jesus
Christ. And the Holy Ghost took that person into His own control and
sent him forth with signs and wonders and miracles a following. God
provided a way.
They couldn't do it in themselves; they were men like you and I. How
could they do it? They couldn't. But God provided a way of escape. When
they was… After the upper room, they thought the people would make
fun of them; they thought they'd be this, that, or the other. They had
the windows all closed and the doors locked. How could they do it? They
were cowards; they had no backbone; they had a chicken wishbone, and
not a real Holy Ghost backbone. They had the doors locked; they was
afraid; they was ashamed to walk out and face the public. How could
they do it?
But God sent a Pentecost, the baptism of the Holy Ghost. They flung the
windows and doors open, and in the streets they went. God promised it.
When God promises, God will keep His Word. He will make a way of
escape. He will never suffer you to be tempted above anything that He
won't make a way of escape for you. He'll do it.
Here we are; we've lived through the day of a dismal day, cloudy,
rainy; the Church is halfway in and halfway out. They wonder how can
they do this, and how can they do, had no Light. But the prophet said,
"It'll be light in the evening time." How can it be? We–the Church in
this day, that glorious Church that's to be here on earth when Jesus
comes to receive a glorious Church… We're receiving the latter rain
to pour out a double portion of the Holy Ghost is coming on the earth
and is sweeping every nation, and revival fires are burning on every
hill. In China and Japan, from Korea to dark Africa, and everywhere,
the Holy Spirit is being poured out upon the people. God made a way.
How did my blind eyes be healed? God made a way. Hallelujah. Yes, sir.
He will always make a way. And for you here, that's in the earth today,
You who are waiting for the consolation, you who are pilgrims and
strangers, be like David.
David was going to the battle; he didn't go flusterated; he didn't go
with a halfway mark; he didn't go thinking, "Maybe it'll do it." But he
waited in the mulberry bush until after while it was death silent,
nothing going. After while, way back in the distance he heard the
leaves start, got louder and louder and louder. After a while a great
gusher of wind went on before him; he knowed that was God and a holy
host of Angels going before him. And he drew his sword, and took the
battle, and set the enemy to flight.
Brethren, don't jump up and think something when you're not right to go
yet…?… and see that it's not joining a church, not shaking hands
with the preacher, neither is it being baptized in water, but it's
accepting God's provided Sacrifice, Jesus Christ, as a Person into your
heart. The Holy Ghost will move on before you like a rushing wind,
moving everything that's in the way. Amen. That's it.
Then be Christians. You who are in the way, be real God fearing men.
There's coming up a revival here pretty soon, a big tent meeting, I can
just see it. Right! What do you want to do? Conduct yourself.
Here some time ago, down in the southland, there was people used to go
by and buy slaves and so forth. I just happened to think of this little
story. As they went by–would buy slaves, they'd notice the poor
fellows had been beat; they hated to leave their country, and they know
they'd never be back, the negro people. It was pitiful how they was
One day they happened to notice one young fellow with his shoulders
throwed back; they didn't have to beat him. No sir. Some buyer come by,
said, "Let me buy that slave."
He said, "He's not for sale."
He said, "Well, what makes him so much different? Is he the boss over the rest of them?"
"So what makes him different? Do you let him eat better?"
Said, "No, he eats with the rest of them."
Said, "What makes him so much different?"
Said, "I happened to learn that his father is a king of the tribe.
Though he's in a far land, he still throws his shoulders back; he's a
royal born man. His daddy's a king, though he's an alien, his father is
We, the people here at this Tabernacle have the infallible proof of the
resurrected Lord Jesus, where the revival has swept the land from a
humble little place like this, no more than the manger of Bethlehem,
and probably more humbler. But through your call has sent forth a great
revival that swept tens of thousands, yes, into the millions, into the
Kingdom of God.
Do you want to be a fellow citizen with us? Are you ready tonight,
sinner, to throw down your differences, throw down your sinful life,
and straighten up your shoulders, and join this rank of army of
on-marching people, believing that the atonement of the Lord Jesus
Christ cleanses us from all sin. Shall we pray, as we bow our heads.
Our kind heavenly Father, tonight as we wait upon Thee, expecting the
great Holy Spirit of God to move out through this audience and do the
exceedingly abundantly, as we're just now ready on the eve of taking
the communion, O Father God, we pray that You'll speak to sinners
hearts tonight. Let them come, Lord, basically, not upon emotion, not
upon some sad story, but upon truly, the unadulterated Word of God,
that "God so loved the Word, He gave His only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have Eternal Life."
God, grant tonight, that the words of the Lord Jesus in Saint John
5:24, will ring in every heart: "He that heareth My Words, and
believeth on Him that sent Me, hath Everlasting Life, and shall not
come into condemnation, but's passed from death to Life." May many pass
this hour from death to Life, as we wait for the Holy Spirit. Through
Jesus Christ's Name.
And with your heads bowed, I wonder as the sister plays, if… Every
one, Christian, in prayer. Is there a man, woman, boy, or girl, that
would raise your hand to God, not to me, and say, write this: "I raise
my hand to say to You, God, I believe that the judgments ready to
strike the earth, and I am under the condemnation of this judgment. I
must be separated from God, from the presence of the Church, from the
presence of the Christian people. I must be tormented forever in an
eternal hell. But tonight I feeled Your Spirit speaking to me, that I
must be chosen of God. For Jesus said, 'No man can come to Me, except
the Father draws him.' And I feel a peculiar drawing in my heart. And I
now want to accept Christ as my personal Saviour. And God, I raise my
hand to You and say to this, 'I now accept Your Son, Jesus Christ, Your
provided sacrifice for my ill and ill famed sins, I now raise my hands
Will you do it, man or woman, boy or girl in here at this moment would
raise up your hands and say, "By this, I now accept the Lord Jesus
Christ as my Saviour."? Waiting a moment for you to make your decision.
Just raise your hand. God bless you, little boy. Someone else raise
your hand, say… God bless you, my brother. All right, you're making
it to God, not to me. "As many as believe was baptized and was added to
the Church, three thousand souls…?…"
There is a fountain, filled with Blood. Certainly. Will you plunge now,
by faith, saying, "Lord God, I now cut loose. Oh, I've went up to the
altar many times; I've done this, that, or I've joined the church. I've
tried to escape the wrath. But tonight I'm coming this a way: upon the
basis of Jesus Christ dying in my stead, He was the sacrificial Lamb;
He was the Scapegoat; He was all, and in Him I am complete. He bore my
sins; He took my place at Calvary; He took my place under God's wrath;
He took my place under God's punishment; He took my place in hell; and
for me to take His place in heaven, to become a son of God, I now
accept that basis right now; as a sinner I believe." [Blank.spot.on.tape–Ed.]
Be in prayer Church while somebody's making their decision for the
Lord, pray. Lose how much? All their guilty stains. Jew, Gentile, bond
or free, sinner or church member, priest, doctor, lawyer, whatever you
may be, lose all your guilty stain by believing on the Lord Jesus,
accepting Him as personal Saviour. Listen at this verse as we sing
At the end of the road, all hopes gone, and there appeared a fountain. Are you at the end tonight of your own will?
Now, heavenly Father, it's all into Your hands. An elderly man and a
young boy raised their hands that they wanted to receive You. While the
fountain has been opened through the Word, we appreciate Your
fellowship, Lord, the Holy Spirit. Maybe they're all Christians, all
saved. Thou knowest their hearts, Lord. They might have crossed over
even the line between mercy and judgment, never again desiring to raise
their hand, or never again desiring to have any feeling that You'd call
them. I pray, Father, if that be the case, be merciful.
God, I pray that You'll save this man, Lord. I pray that right now down
in his heart the joy bells of heaven is ringing. And that little boy,
the same way, knowing this that Jesus has made this statement, "He that
heareth My Words, believeth on Him that sent Me, has Everlasting Life
and shall never come into condemnation, but's passed from death to
life." That's Your Word, Father, and we believe It. Give them
everlasting joy now that they have accepted Everlasting Life. We pray
that You'll make their life full of joy, and fruitful, and happy. Grant
it, Lord. Bless others as we wait on Thee. In Jesus' Name we pray. Amen.