Manifested Sons Of God (60-0518)
… that we bow our heads tonight as a church, as a group of
called-out, believing people here tonight to teach Thy Word,
positionally placing us into the Body, that where we belong, and where
we can work fitly together as members of the Body of Christ.
And now it is called upon us to go immediately to God. And each of us
fathers thinks that what if that was our little girl, how our hearts
would burn and hurt within us, and we would call to the churches to
immediately have prayer. And some father's heart is burning, aching.
Lord, may that great Person of the Holy Ghost come just now to that
father's heart. Take away every shadow of doubt, and every ache, and
let him know that Thou art God and there's no disease can stand in Thy
Presence when Thy Divine commission has been carried out by Thy church
and Thy people.
And as through the week, we praying, since last Sunday I have thought
on these ways or these means of prayer. We do not have very much of a
weapon as far as it looks to the world, but this little slingshot is
deadly when it's held in the fingers of faith. O Lord, may our prayers
strike home, that death yonder that's hanging over that child, and may
it be shattered; the darkness, glooms away from the bedside of that
infant, or that baby or child, little girl. May the great Light of
God's Presence shine upon it and may it come from that hospital, a well
God, we know just across the river our loved ones wait, and it is
glorious. But we love our little ones. And we pray, Lord, that for Your
glory, that You'll spare the life of that child. We, as Your church,
rebuke that death, and say, "Stand still yonder. You can't take that
child, because we claim its life for the Kingdom of God's sake." Grant
these things, Lord, to go straight to the mark as we direct them, in
the Name of Jesus Christ, our Saviour, Amen.
Do we believe? I don't know what I could do if I wasn't a Christian. I
just wouldn't want to stay any longer. There's nothing to live for,
only to get others saved, is the best that I know.
Now, tonight we want to just start a little background of our previous
lesson. And I will try to read, because the entire chapter, if I can
tonight. So Sunday morning I'll have to maybe push in both Sunday
morning and night, if that's all right, to try to get in this setting
of what I want the church to see. Oh, it's glorious to find your
position. And no one can do anything unless you know properly what
What if you were going to be–have an operation, and there was a young
doctor that had just come from school that he would–never had an
operation before. Yet, he was young and handsome, and his hair was
combed slick, and he was dressed very fine, natterly, and everything.
And he said, "I've sharpened the knives, and I've sterilized all the
tools and things." But you'd have a little funny feeling about that.
I'd rather have an old doctor that went through that operation many
times before, 'fore I want to be cut on. I–I want to know that
somebody not just out of school; I want somebody with some experience.
And the best experienced One that I know to call on tonight, is the Holy Spirit. He's God's great Physician and great Teacher.
And as backgrounding my message tonight, still from Sunday's sermon,
that it is… They rejected Samuel with the Word of the Lord and
accepted Saul, the son of Kish; and rejected Samuel, which represented
the Holy Spirit, because he only spoke as the Spirit led him to speak.
And when he called their attention to it, he said, "Remember, I've
never said nothing to you in the Name of the Lord but what the Lord
brought it to pass. Neither have I walked misbehavingly before you. And
no one can accuse me of sin." Like Jesus said, "Who can condemn Me of
And he said again, that, "I have not come to you and begged you for
money and so forth. I've took nothing from you. But all that I have
said has been for your good, that I've brought to you from the mouth of
And all the people give witness, "That's true. All that's true, but
still we want to have a king. We want to be like the rest of the
Now, tonight our Scripture is dividing… The Book of Ephesians is the
Book of Joshua of the New Testament, It's dividing up and setting in
order the overcome ones. Now, it's just a background for a few minutes
to get a place before we start reading, beginning with the 3rd verse.
Now, we find last Sunday night that the God in the Old Testament had
made Israel a promise of a land of rest, because they had become
pilgrims and wanderers. And they were in a land that wasn't theirs; and
God had promised through Abraham that he sojourn–his seed would
sojourn for four hundred years in a strange people, and be mistreated;
but by a strong hand he would bring them out into a goodly land that
was flowing with milk and honey.
And now, when the time of the promise drew nigh, God raised up someone
to bring them to that land. How many in the class tonight who that one
was–knows who that one was? Moses. Notice, a very, very a real type of
our One that was given to bring us to the Promised Land: Christ. Now,
we have a promise, 'cause our promise is spiritual rest, where theirs
was physical rest. And so they was coming to a land that they could
say, "This is our land; we are no more wanderers; we've settled down;
this is our land, and here we have rest. We'll plant our corn, our
vineyard, and we'll eat from our vineyards. And then when we pass on,
we'll leave it to our children."
Oh how we could go into the land of it, the laws of inheritance, like
Naomi and Ruth, Boaz, bring all that back. How a brother in Israel, how
that he must–anything that he had lost must be redeemed by a kinsman.
Oh, how beautiful. It would take weeks and weeks and weeks and weeks;
we'd never leave this chapter to go through it. We could tie the entire
Bible right into here, right into this one chapter.
And, oh, I just love to study It. We used to take It, and take it for a
year and a half, and never leave a Book, just stay right with It.
Now, but, it was such a great thing that the inheritance, how it was
that an inheritance in the land that no one else but a close kinsman
could redeem that inheritance. Now, let me just drop on a little token
here that I touched on the other night to you mothers. How many has
prayed for your loved ones, lost? All right. There you are again
(See?), "Your inheritance." See?
Paul told the Roman, said, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou
and thy house shall be saved." If you got faith enough for your ownself
to be saved, have faith enough, no matter how wayward that boy is, or
that girl is, they'll be saved anyhow. God somehow, if He has to lay
them on their back, laying there in a hospital, dying, they'll be
saved. God promised it. The inheritance… Oh. "And they shall be
there," said Isaiah, "and all their offsprings with them. They shall
not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the Lord."
Oh, I've got a little spot I hope I can get to tonight, for you: just
burning in my heart, of that comes back to that. But now, on forward.
Then did you notice Moses, that great miracle performer that brought
down Israel down through the land, and brought them up to the promised
land, but did not place their inheritance to them? He did not give them
their inheritance; he led them up to the land, but Joshua divided the
land to the people. Is that right? And Christ brought the church up to
the place to where their possession was made to them, was given to
them, just the Jordan to cross, but the Holy Spirit is the One Who sets
the church in order, the Joshua of today puts the church in its order,
giving to each one, gifts, places, position. And He is the Voice of God
speaking to the inner man that Christ has saved: the Holy Spirit.
Now, do you get that much of it? Now, we're getting over into the Book
of Ephesians. Now, the same way, He's positionally placing the church
where they belong. Now, Joshua placed them in the natural land. Now,
the Holy Spirit is placing the church positionally, in the land that
they–in the position that they belong in, their inheritance.
Now, the first thing he starts off here; he addresses his letter, Paul.
Which we're going to find out after while that all this mystery was
revealed to him, not in a seminary, not by any theologian, but it was a
Divine revelation of the Holy Ghost that God gave Paul. Knowing that
the mystery of God, he said, that had been hid since the foundation of
the world, had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit. And the Holy
Spirit amongst the people was setting each one in order, setting the
church in position.
Now, the first thing Paul starts out here to tell the people, is to get
all the… Remember, this is to the church, not to the outsider. It's a
mystery and riddles to him, never able to understand it, goes over the
top of his head; he does no more know about it than nothing. But to the
church it's honey in the rock; it's joy unspeakable; it's the blessed
assurance; it's the anchor of the soul; it's our hope and stay; it's
the Rock of Ages; oh, it's everything that is good. For heavens and
earth will pass away, but God's Word shall never pass away.
But the man outside of Canaan knows nothing of it; he's still
wandering. Not saying that he's not a good man, I don't say that. I
don't say the man even in Egypt's not a good man, but he's–until he
has come over into this possession, and the possession that…
The promise that was given to the church is not a natural land, but a
spiritual land; for we are a royal priesthood, a holy nation. Then in
this royal priesthood, holy nation, peculiar people, called out,
elected, chosen, set aside, then all the world is dead on the outside.
And we are led by the Spirit. Sons and daughters of God are led by the
Spirit of God, not by man, but by the Spirit.
All in love, the whole thing is bundled up now. This has been tried to
be taught on many times, and no doubt what great theologians has struck
it lot deeper than I could. But the thing I want to try to get to you
is this: That a man that is in Christ with the Holy Ghost, can bear
with a man when he's wrong, long-suffering, gentle, patient. He's
sweet, humble, faithful, filled with the Spirit, never negative, always
positive. He's a different person.
Not just a man that, "We once had it. If we shouted, we had it, us
Methodists. Oh, when we shouted, we was in the land." That's good,
that's all right, I believe that too.
Then the Pentecostal come along speaking with tongues; they had it;
everyone that spoke in tongues had it. I believe that too. But still we
found out that a lot didn't have It yet. See, see? Now, they're…
We are now coming to this great hidden mystery that's been hid since
the foundation of the world and now being revealed in the last days to
the sons of God. You believe that to be true, that sons of God are
manifested? Before we even go anywhere, let's turn over to Romans the
8th chapter just a minute, let me read you something. See if this is
this coming up to what I'm speaking of here. Now, we're going to get
Romans 8, the 19th verse of the a–of the 8th chapter of Romans.
With earnest expectations, the whole creation is waiting for the
manifestation (See?), the manifestation. What is the manifestation?
The whole world. The Mohammedans over yonder, they're looking for it.
All around, everywhere, they're looking for it. "Where is these
people?" We've had the… We've had a mighty rushing wind; we've had
thunders and lightnings; we've had oil and blood; we've had all kinds
of things; but we failed to hear that little still small Voice that
attracted the prophet, that wrapped the robe around him, and walked
out, said, "Here am I, Lord." See?
Now, the whole creation is groaning and waiting for the manifestations
of the sons of God. Now, Paul is going to first place the church
exactly where it belongs. Now, just to get the background, let's read
Now, so the class won't forget it, how do we get in Christ? Do we join
the church to get in Christ? Do we make a profession to get in Christ?
Do we be immersed in water to get in Christ? How do we get in Christ? I
Corinthians 12th chapter, "For by one Spirit (one, capital S-p-i-r-i-t,
which is Holy Spirit.) we are all baptized into the promised land."
In this promised land, everything belongs to us in the promised land.
See it, Brother Collins? See, everything in the promised land… When
Israel crossed over this Jordan into the promised land, fought down
Now, remember, in this promised land, that don't mean that you are
immune from sickness; that don't mean that you're immune from troubles.
But it does spell this (Oh, let this sink deep.); it says this, that
it's yours. Just rise and take it. See? When it…
And, remember, the only way that Israel ever lost a man, is when sin
got in the camp. That's the only way we could ever lose a–a victory,
is for sin to get in the camp, something wrong somewhere. When Achan
stole that wedge and that Babylonian garment, sin was in the camp, and
the battle went wrong.
You give me this spotless church tonight, this group of people,
perfectly, perfectly in the promise of God with the Holy Ghost, walking
in the Spirit, I'll challenge any disease, or any affliction, or
anything that there is, every Joe Lewis there is in the country, with
all of his infidelity, and all of the unbelievers that there is, to
bring any sickness or affliction in this door, and they'll walk out of
here perfectly whole. Yes, sir. God gave the promise; only sin of
unbelief can keep it away.
Now, we're going to get down to what this little sin is, after while. Now.
Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessing in
heavenly places in Christ, in–in Christ:
When we are in Christ, we have spiritual blessing. Outside of Christ we
have sensations. In Christ we have positive blessings, not
make-beliefs, not shams, not put-ons. But as long as you're trying to
say that you're in the promised land, and are not, your sins will find
you out. And the first thing you know, you'll find yourself phroney
and–and all, as we'd call it in the world, gaumed up. You'll find out
that you haven't got what you're talking about. But when you're in
Christ Jesus, He's promised you heavenly peace, heavenly blessings,
heavenly Spirit; everything is yours. You're in the promised land and
in full possession of everything. Amen. How beautiful. Oh, let us study
Now, here's where the church stumbles so bad.
We find out now, back in–in Genesis and in Revelations, Revelations
17:8, that He chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world.
Now, the word… Let me read the next one
Now, I want to stop on that word of "predestinated." Now, predestinated
isn't say, "I'll choose Brother Neville, and I–I–I–I–I won't choose
Brother Beeler." That isn't it. It's the foreknowledge of God that
knowed which one would be right and which one wasn't right. So by
foreknowledge God knowing what He was going to do, He predestinated by
His foreknowledge to make all things work together for the good to them
that love God, that He might in the ea–age that is to come, call all
things together in One, which is Christ Jesus.
Let me draw you a little–little illustration here. It's good. We go
back… I believe I talked on it a little bit the other night, or
struck it in Genesis the 1st chapter, 1:26, when God called His Name,
"Lord God," it's in the word of "El, Elah, Elohim," which means "the
self-existing One." There was nothing else existed but Him. There was
no air; there was no light; there was no stars; there was no world;
there was no nothing else. It was God, and God alone: El, Elah, Elohim.
Now, He made that.
Inside of that was attributes, which meant that He was a… Inside of
this great El, Elah, Elohim was an attribute or a… You know what an
attribute is, or let me say it like this, was a nature. That's so the
little fellow will get it. And I'm one of the little fellows that has
to get it that way.
Inside of Him was the nature to be a Father. But He's self-existent,
there ain't nothing for Him to be a Father by. And now, down inside of
that was something else, that He was God; and a god is an object of
worship; but He was self-existent: El, Elohim, Elah, Elohim, so there
was nothing to worship Him. Inside of that, He was a Saviour. And
there's nothing lost to be saved. See? Inside of that He was a Healer
(See?), but there was nothing sick to be healed, or nothing to be sick.
Now, do you get the picture? So His attributes, His nature produced
what is today.
Some people say, "Well, why didn't God just stop it in the beginning?
He's a cruel-hearted brute," said Joe Lewis, the one that condemned
Joe, or Jack Coe. See? Said, "He's just a cruel-hearted brute. There's
no such a thing as God. If there was such a thing, He'd be a…" Oh,
I… He just called Him all kinds of names. See? But it's just because
he might have a lot of knowledge up here, but he ain't got nothing down
Now, that, that's where it's at. See? This Word tells it here, and He's
hid it. And these mysteries has been hid now, remember, the Bible said,
"Since the foundation of the world, waiting for the manifestations of
the sons of God," to display them to the church. Oh, my. You get it?
Now, I'll stop on my story just a little bit, or I'll bring… I'll go
to my next thought till I get this. Now, remember, all through the ages
of Moses, back through the ages of the prophets, back through all ages,
they've waited until this latter day for these things to be displayed,
according to the Scripture (That's right.), for it to be revealed to
the sons of God. Why? From the lost… Until like the pyramid, as I
have said, building closer, closer, closer…
As I've often made this remark and said God made three Bibles. The
first one, He put It in the sky, the zodiac. Did you ever see the
zodiac? What is the first figure in the zodiac? The virgin. What's the
last figure in the zodiac? Leo the lion. He come the first time through
the virgin; He comes the second time as the Lion of the tribe of Judah.
He made the next one in the pyramid, back in the days of Enoch, when
they made the pyramid. And they measure them. I don't understand it.
But to the wars, where they stoop and go on their knees for so long,
and can measure the distance of the wars. You know where they measure
to now? Plumb across the king's chamber. And as this pyramid went up…
We could not build it, with everything that we got today. We couldn't
It's built right up like this to a point. And the stone on the capstone
never was found. They never did put a cap on top of the pyramid. I
don't know whether you know it or not. The big pyramid of Egypt, it
never had a top stone on it. Why? The Capstone was rejected; Christ,
the Headstone (See?), was rejected.
But as we grow from the Lutheran age, Baptist age, Methodist age,
Pentecostal age, we're right up to the Capping Stone now (See?),
waiting and longing for that Capping Stone to set down; the building's
complete. Have not you read in the Scripture, "the stone was rejected."
'Course, we realize that was talking to the Solomon's temple. "But the
rejected Stone has become the Chief of the corner." But I'm saying this
only to make a–a picture to you.
Now, and in the Bible, we're living in the last days, the top of the
pyramid, the crossed fishes of the cancer age in the zodiac, in the
time of the coming of the Leo the lion, in the capping Stone, and in
the days of the manifestation of the sons of God in the Bible. See? See
where we're at? We're right at the end time.
How many's been reading the paper this week, what Khrushchev and them
said? Oh, they're ready; so are we. Amen. In that east… It's all
right. Oh, what a–what a–what a privilege, what a day. If the
Christians could only realize the day that we're living in. My.
What do you think the writer of this Book that seen it, and seen where
it would be manifested in the last days, waiting and groaning for those
sons of God to rise in the last days with the power of the Holy Ghost
at the end of the age, to reveal the secret things from the foundation
of the world, to bring it up.
Now, let's go back into the foundation of the world again and get a
revelation and see if we're right or not. I hope I don't make myself
sacrilegious by calling God, "Papa," but I want to say it that way so
you'll understand it. Papa, Papa wanted some children, so what did He
do? He said, "Let there be Angels." And they come around Him. Oh,
that's fine. They worshipped Him, then He was God, the attribute.
Remember, He was El (E-l), Elah, Elohim, self-existence, nothing but
Him. The first thing come around was Angels. Then Angels could do no
more than worship. They couldn't be lost, so they couldn't be sick;
they were immortal beings. So He couldn't display His healing power; He
couldn't display His salvation. So then, before… Now let…
Then after that, He said, "We'll make something tangible." So He made a
earth. And when He made the earth, He made all the creatures of the
earth, and then He made man. Everything that come up out of the earth,
starting off with a–a polliwog or a jellyfish, just a form of flesh
floating on the water, started from there, to–from that to a frog,
which is the lowest type of life that we can find, they claim, is a
frog. Highest type is human being. From the frog it started to the
lizard, from a lizard on and on and on, and every time the Holy Ghost
begin to "whew," breathe, life come again; "whew," greater life. And
the first thing, something come up in the image of God; that was a man.
Nothing has ever been, never was, never will be created anymore,
anything higher than a man, because a man is in the image of God. See?
When He made His first man. Now, when He made his Angelic beings… He
made man, "Created He them male and female," all in the same unit. He
was both man and woman, feminish and masculine. When He made Adam and
put him in flesh… Remember in Genesis 1, He made man and woman. And
in Genesis 2, there was no man yet to till the soil, flesh man, no man
that could take a hold of anything and till the soil, but yet there was
a man in His image. And God is a… [Congregation says, "Spirit."–Ed.]. That's right. See? He made the first man, "male and female created He them." Now, when He made the first man…
Now, remember, altogether He had it in His mind. And Sunday night I
went through that. A–a word is a thought expressed. God thought how He
could be God, how He could be worshipped, how He could be a Healer, how
He could be a Saviour; and as soon as He spoke the Word, it was
finished forever. Oh, if these sons of God now could only lay hold of
that Word like that. When God speaks a Word, it is finished.
Absolutely. He might've waited… Chronology says that, oh, and
archaeologists and all, they claim that maybe the world was millions
and millions and million… I don't know; it might've been trillions
and trillions of years. I don't know how long it was. God does not
exist in time. He has not one minute less time than He did when He
spoke it. He is still God; there's no time with Him.
I never knew that like that till the other night, other morning,
rather. Eternal, no yesterday, no tomorrow, it's all now. Did you ever
notice the word "I AM"? Not "I was" or "I will be." It's Eternal, "I
AM!" See, "I AM," always.
Now, but He wanted to put things in time. He had to make something to
worship, so His attributes produced this. Then He made the man. Then in
this man he looked lonesome. So now, to show now His great mind, what
He had in picture of the Christ and the church, He took not a different
piece of clay and made a woman, but He took from the side of Adam, a
rib; and took from the spirit of Adam, the feminish, and put it in this
When you see a man that acts like a sissy, there's something wrong. And
when you see a woman that wants to act like a man, there's something
wrong. See, there's something wrong. They are two different spirits,
altogether. But, together they make one unit: "These two are one."
So He made woman and man, and they never was to be old, never die,
never get gray, never… They eat, they drank, they slept, just like we
do; but they never knowed what sin was.
Now, I'll bypass right here for another lesson sometime, on the seed of
the serpent. Which they asked me to recall that. Let me see somebody
come and show me something different. That's what I want to know. See?
Now, but then after all this, then when sin set in, what takes place?
Way up yonder above, a million, hundred million miles, there's a space
that big, and that is perfect agapao love. Every time you make a step
this way, it narrows a inch. And you know how little it would be time
it got to the earth. It's a shadow of the shadow of the shadows. That's
what you have; that's what I have: a shadow of shadow of shadows of
There's something in you; there's something in every woman in here past
twenty; there's something in every man in here past twenty, that would
long to remain. You've only got five years; that's from fifteen to
twenty. After twenty you start dying. But from fifteen, you're just an
adolescent child till then. And then you mature up to you're twenty…
And after twenty, oh, you say, "I'm just as good a man." You just say
that, but you're not. You're dying and you're burning away, no matter
what you do. God made you up to that age, but then you're going to die.
Now, what happens? Now, you start dying, but in there there's something
in you that says, "I want to be eighteen again."
Now, I want to ask you something. What if you was born five hundred
years ago and you remained eighteen years old until today? If you
wouldn't be an antique with your ideas of five hundred years ago,
before the pilgrim fathers ever come over here, and you were a young
lady with that kind of an idea. Why, you'd be better off just to went
ahead and got old and lived five hundred years. See, there's something
You say, "Well, right now I feel pretty good, Brother Branham. Oh,
I'm–I'm–I'm eighteen; I'm sixteen, I feel good." Honey, let me tell
you something. How do you know that your mother's a-living at this
minute, if she's not in this church? How do you know that your
boyfriend didn't get killed just a few minutes ago, or your girlfriend?
How do you know that in the morning you won't be a corpse in your
house? How do you know you're going out of the church tonight alive?
It's such an uncertainty. There's nothing certain. If you're fifteen,
twelve, nineteen, seventy-five, or ninety, there's–everything's
uncertain. You don't know where you're standing. But yet you long to go
back to fifteen, eighteen. What makes you do that?
Now, if you go back to eighteen and remain there, and never be sick and
never be… You'd have to have other people with you, because you'd
outgrow it. See? People would go on in other ages and you'd be an
antique. You'd be worse than it–you would be if you went old with
them. But there's something that calls for you to be there. That's that
little agapao, that little shadow that makes you… Something above
Now, the other night, or the other morning, at seven o'clock, when the
Holy Spirit, by His goodness and His grace, taken me from this body, I
believe (I believe. Yes or no, I don't say.), and entered into that
land and saw those people, and they were all young. And I seen the
prettiest people I ever seen in my life. And He said to me, "Some of
them was ninety years old. They're your converts. No wonder they're
screaming, 'My brother, my brother'"
Now, that is a celestial body, that when we die we don't become a myth;
we become a body. If we'd every one die, if the atomic bomb would blow
us up at this minute, in five minutes from now we'd be shaking one
another's hands and hugging their neck, and screaming, and carrying on,
and glorifying God. Yes, sir. And Brother and Sister Spencer setting
here, I guess one of the oldest couples in here, will be eighteen,
twenty years old. Brother Neville will be just a young boy, and I'd be
a young kid. And we'd just all be… That's exactly this truth. "If
this earthly tabernacle of habitation be dissolved, we have one already
When a little baby drops from its mother, as in natural birth, its
little body is a-twisting and legs a-jumping, and so forth. Excuse the
expression, you young women. But when it does, it's got life muscles
a-jerking. But when it comes to the earth, the first thing, it catches
its breath, and there is a spiritual body of nature to come into that
baby right then. Let it alone, it'll take its little head and root
against its mother's breast and begin to nurse. If it didn't do that,
the milk would not even come down.
Did you ever notice a calf when it's born, it's… soon as it can get
strength enough to get on its legs? Who tells it? Walks right around to
its mother, starts rooting around and starts nursing. Oh, yeah.
For when this earthly body is brought here, there is a spiritual body
ready for it. And as soon as this… Oh, hallelujah. "If this earthly
tabernacle of our habitation be dissolved, there is one waiting
yonder." Just as soon as we step out of this one, we step into that
one: one that don't want a cold drink of water, don't have no need of a
drink of water; one that don't eat, they're not of the dust of the
earth. But they're just as real, and can feel, and shake hands, and
just love, and everything is perfect. And that body is waiting yonder.
It's part of it. There's three of them.
You begin your Eternal Life right here at the altar. Here's where you
start eternity. Oh. You start Eternal Life right here. Then you are
borned again, a son of God. And then when you die, you begin… When
your death strikes you in this body and the heart quits beating, and
the mortal wheels begin to stand still, that little shadow that was a
shadow of the shadow, in one second it becomes a shadow of the shadow,
then the next it becomes the shadow, then the next it becomes a little
trinkle, then the next it becomes a creek, then the next it becomes a
river, and the next it becomes the ocean; and after while you're
standing in the presence of your loved ones standing yonder, clothed in
the garments of a celestial body, that you know one another, love one
another. You've turned back to a young man and young woman again.
Exactly right. It waits there until the coming of the Lord Jesus. And
someday that glorified body of His…
Now, remember, that is a celestial body, not a glorified, a celestial
body. And someday that celestial body will leave heaven with Jesus.
"For I say this unto you," Fir… II Thessalonians, the 5th chapter, or
I Thessalonians 5th chapter, one or the other, "I say to you; I would
not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning those that are asleep, that
you sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe
Christ died and rose again the third day, even so those that sleep in
Christ will God bring with Him. For we say this unto you by the
commandments of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the
coming of the Lord, shall not prevent or hinder (the best word) hinder
those which are asleep. For the trumpet of the Lord shall sound, and
the dead in Christ shall rise first." These celestial bodies come down
and put on earthly glorified bodies. "And we which are alive and remain
shall be changed in a moment in a twinkling of an eye, and shall be
caught up together with them to meet the Lord in the air."
"I will not drink of the fruit of the vine nor eat no more until I eat
it anew with you in My Father's Kingdom," the wedding supper. For the
three-and-a-half years the antichrist finishes up his reign, the whole
world is destroyed. The Jews are called out, Joseph makes hisself known
to the Gentiles–or to the Jews. Remember, when Joseph made hisself
known to the brethren, there wasn't one Gentile present. When he sent…
You know the story. Joseph, the perfect type of Christ, in every
manner. And when Joseph sent for his brethren, and they came down, and
he looked and seen little Benjamin, and he seen them there, and then
he… They said, "Why, this fellow. We–we oughtn't to have killed our
brother, Joseph." The Jews seeing that they'd made a mistake now when
Christ, when He's making Hisself known to them… And Joseph was so
full, he had to weep, nearly; so he dismissed his wife and his
children, and all the guards and everything else, and sent them to the
palace. Exactly right. And then in the presence of the Jews alone, he
said, "I'm Joseph, your brother. I am your brother."
And then they fell and begin to tremble, said, "Now, we know we'll get
it, because that we killed our brother. We've said we killed our
brother; now he's this great king."
He said, "God did it for a purpose, to save life." That's exactly the
reason God did it: to save us Gentiles. But the Gentiles was in the
palace. Hallelujah. Being rejected of His brethren, Joseph, He took on
a Bride; and the Bride was a Gentile, not a Jew. All right.
Now, where you getting to now? After we put on this glorious body, and
the great age that is to come when this glorified body, this celestial
body has been made a glorified body… You get what I mean now? Then I
can walk over and say, "Brother Neville." Let me just give you a little
illustration. I say, "Brother Humes, let's go up to Papa this morning."
He's God. We know Him now; He's a Saviour; He's a Healer.
There never was such a thing as a creation of sin. That didn't go down
good, did it? Sin is not a creation. No, sir. Sin is a perversion.
There's only one Creator; that's God. Sin is righteousness perverted.
What's an adultery? Righteousness perverted. What's a lie? The truth
misrepresented. Certainly. What's a curse word? It's God's blessings
turned to a curse word, to God, instead of a blessing. Sin is not a
creation. Sin is a perversion. So Satan could not create sin; he only
perverted what God had created. That's exactly right. Death is only a
perversion of life.
Now, notice this, notice this. Then I'll walk up, and I'll say,
"Brother Humes, let's you and I, and Brother Beeler, and some of the
brethren, we'll go up to Papa God and say, let's take a little journey.
You boys liked mountains when you…"
"Yeah, we sure did."
"Oh there's a couple million miles of them out yonder in that new world. Go ahead out, roam over them."
"I have to…?… the sun each day, come up high I'll hear you. While they're yet speaking, I'll hear." Isaiah 66. That's right.
And you know, I'm walking out through there; all of us walking out
through there just for about five hundred years, just a little journey,
a million, don't make any difference. See? And now–now that sounds
like crazy, but it's the truth. See, it's the truth, because there's no
time; it's eternity. And when I go out there, I walk along down through
there, and you know who I–I–I meet out there? I say, "Well, if there
ain't Sister Georgie Bruce. Why, Sister Georgie, been a long time since
I seen you." Looks just like she always. See? She maybe is ten million
years old, but just as young as she ever was. She'd be scratching
somebody on the back, and I look there; it's Sheetah, the lion. I say,
"How are you this morning, Sheetah?"
"Meow," like a kitten. "Oh, I been down there talking to some of the
sisters around them big flowers down there; we been there about five
hundred years (See?), looking around." Now, that sounds crazy, but it's
the truth. That's exactly. That's the way God intended it.
Well, bless your heart, Sister Georgia, no harm can come, nothing at
all. In the evening time we'll go up on top of the mountain, and say,
"O Papa God, I once was lost. Oh, I was once in the muck of sin, Papa
God, and You saved me."
Why, people that's tried to express that's went crazy. Well, that man
who wrote the last verse of that "O Love Of God," that was penned on
the insane wall of an institution, who tried to express the love of
God. How that He stooped to save sinners, and how that He did, His love
that come down to save you and I. Talk about worship, Angels don't know
nothing about it. The worship… A–an–a–wa–an Angel only knows he
stands there and wands his wings back and forth, and un–to–across,
"Hallelujah. Hallelujah." But, oh, mercy, when it comes to knowing I
was lost and now I'm found; I was dead, I'm alive again. O God, I was
sin; I was muck; I was down on the dump.
Here's the best that life could give you. Did you ever go down here to
Colgate dump? It's the stinkingest place I was ever at. That old smoke
just makes me sick to smell it. Laying down there in all that old
smoke, so sick that your stomach just turning inside out, after taking
castor oil. See, just as sick as You can be, and rats running all over
you, trying to eat on you, and that's the best of life. And then
somebody reach down and pick you up. And you're real old and can't help
yourself. And just pick you up and turn you to an eighteen-year-old
boy, set you up on top of a mountain, the very bloom of health, my,
good breath of fresh air like that, good cold drink of water. Would you
ever want to go back to that dump again? No, brother, never, never go
to that dump again.
Now, that's what it means, friends. That's what that vision, or
translation, whatever, a vision. I'll say vision, 'cause I'm afraid
that would hurt somebody to say translation; that's what that was. Now,
there's when God… what God did to bring sons and daughters to Him.
Now, who are these people? How did they ever… What did these people
do to merit this? How did they ever do it? God, at the beginning,
before an Angel was ever made… How many knows He's infinite?
Now, you trinitarian brethren, I'm not wanting to hurt you, but how in
the name of the good Word of God could you ever place Jesus being a
separate person from God Himself? If Jesus could take another person
and make Him go and die to redeem this person here, He would be an
unjust being. There's only one way that God could ever do it, would be
take the place Himself. And God became flesh that He might taste the
pains of death, to take the sting and death away from us, that we might
be redeemed by His own. That's why He will be so worshipped. Jesus was
a man, sure He was. He was a man, m-a-n, borned in the virgin Mary. But
the Spirit that was in Him was God without measure. In Him dwelled the
fulness of the Godhead bodily. He was Jehovah-Jireh; He was
Jehovah-Rapha; He was Jehovah-Manasses; He was Jehovah, our Shield, our
Buckler, our Healer; He was Alpha, Omega, the Beginning and the End; He
was the First, the Last; He Was, Which Is, and Shall Come; the Root and
Offspring of David, the Morning Star, why, He was All-in-all. In Him
dwelt the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
And death always had a stinger, that it stung people. "Ah" the Devil
says, "I got you, because you listened to me. Sting you, I'll put you
in the grave. That sheep's blood can't help you any, that's just an
animal's blood." But God, in His wisdom, knowed that there would be a
Lamb coming, slain from the foundation of the world. Yes, sir. And
they… He waited for that time, for the fulness of time to come.
But one day when this Lamb come, this Man, Satan was even fooled. He
looked around Him; he said, "If thou be the son of God, do this. If
thou be the son of God, perform a miracle and let me see you do it. Let
me see you do it. Uh-huh, I'll tie a rag around His face, smite you. If
you're a prophet, tell us who hit you. Hmm. I don't–I don't believe
you're the guy. If you are, tell us straightly: you are, or you
aren't." See, all like that. "Oh, tell us you are." He opened not His
mouth. Oh, oh, did He pull the wool over his eyes then.
88 He looked around to the disciple and said, "I could speak to My Father and He'd send Me a twelve legions of Angels…?…"
didn't hear that, you know. If thou be… If thou be… Oh, that ain't
him. Why, look at him bleeding. Hey, some of you soldiers go over there
and spit in his face." Spit, mocked Him, pulled handfuls of beard out
of His face. "Oh, he ain't… Naw, that ain't him. I'll anchor my
stinger in him, boy. I'll get him up there. I got you now."
When He was–last cry, "Eli, Eli. My God, My God," That was a man. "Why hast Thou forsaken Me?"
In the Garden of Gethsemane, the anointing left Him, you know, He had
to die as a sinner. He died a sinner, you know that; not His sins, but
mine and yours. That's where that love come in, how He took mine. Oh,
hallelujah, how He took mine.
And there He was; He couldn't open His mouth. Satan said, "You know, I
believe that was just an ordinary man. He wasn't virgin born, so I'll
anchored my stinger in him."
And here he come, socked his stinger in Him, but that was the wrong
time, boy. He got his stinger pulled out then. He can't sting no more
from then; he left his stinger in there.
Rose up on the third day and said, "I'm He that was dead, and is alive
again, and alive forevermore, I have the keys of death and hell." Yes,
sir. He failed to see Who that was. "And because I live, you shall live
also. It does not yet appear…"
One day, three or four days after that, after He had ascended to the
Father, had returned back, then some said, "Oh, He's a… He–He must
be a spook. He must be kind of something spooky about that Guy. And
when you seen, you seen a vision." "No, He was the real Jesus."
Thomas said, "Let me see His hands and everything, I'll tell you if it is."
He said, "Here I am." Said, "You got any fish and bread over there?
Bring me a sandwich." And they brought Him a sandwich, and He stood
there and eat it. Said, "Now, does a spirit eat like I eat? Does a
spirit have flesh and bones like I got?" See? He said, "I am He. I'm
And Paul said, "It does not yet appear just exactly what kind of a body
we'll have, but we know we'll have a body like His." What? Did He ever
have that theophany body? Yes, sir. When He died, the Bible said that,
"He," is a personal pronoun again, "He went to hell and preached to the
souls in prison." Hallelujah. How did He do it? He had senses of
feeling; He had senses of hearing; He had senses of speech; He preached
with that same kind of body I saw those glorified ones in the other
night. He preached to the souls that were in hell, that repented not in
the long-suffering of the days of Noah.
But when He rose up on Easter, it was not possible that that Body
should see corruption, 'cause David the prophet foresaw it, "I'll not
leave His soul in hell, neither will I suffer My holy One to see
corruption. Moreover My flesh shall rest in hope, because He will not
leave My soul in hell, neither will He leave My holy One see
corruption." And on seventy-two hours before corruption could set in,
that theophany, that body that went and preached to the souls that were
in prison, that repented not in the long-suffering of days of Noah,
rose again, and the mortal put on immortality, and He stood and He eat,
and He told us that He was a Man. Hallelujah.
That's how we'll see Him, Brother Evans. That's when He'll set on the
throne of David. Hallelujah. That's when we'll walk up and down now,
I'll–I'll take a trip with you across the mountains for a million
years (See?), just a few days, just a few minutes, we'll go across
there, set around over there.
And it comes time to eat, you know, first thing you know, Sister Wood
said… I said, "Sister Wood, well, where have you been all this time?
I haven't seen you for, seems to me like it's been fifteen minutes."
"Oh, that's two thousand years ago, Brother Branham."
"Uh-huh. How you feeling?" Oh, course you can't feel nothing but good.
"Hey, come here, boys, I'll show you all something, brethren, my
darling brethren. Here's the–a fountain of water here, the best you
ever drank. And, oh, we'll get a good cold drink. I will reach up there
and get a great big bunch of grapes, and we'll all set down there and
eat it." Won't that be wonderful? That's exactly what it is. That's
How did we get this? How do we know it? God, before the foundation of
the world predestinated us. Who? Those that are in the promised land.
I got to go back to adoption, but I want to stop on "sins" here a
minute. "Sins," did you notice that? You know God don't condemn a
sinner for sinning? He condemns him for being a sinner. If a sinner
smokes a cigar, He don't condemn him for it; he's a sinner anyhow. See,
see? He don't have any sins, the sinner don't. He's just a sinner
(See?); he don't have any sins. But you have sins, you that's
Christians. You notice here, he's talking to the church. Keep her
straight. See, see? "Forgiveness of sins," s-i-n-s. We commit sins. But
the sinner is just a sinner; God don't forgive him.
Now, you say, "Well, he went out here and shot a man. What you going to
do about it?" That ain't none of my business. I ain't a reformer; I'm a
preacher. The law will take care of that; they're reformers. They're
the… Well say, "He committed adultery." That, that–that's up to the
law. That's between him and the law. I–I–I–I'm not a reformer; I
don't reform people. I want to get them converted. I'm a preacher. See?
My business is to get him to God. If he sinned, that's his business;
he's a sinner. God condemns him on a higher level. He's a sinner to
begin with, he's condemned to start with. He didn't even get to first
base, he–he's nowhere. He's a sinner to start with. He don't have any
sins; he's a sinner.
You couldn't go out and say, "This much is night, and this much isn't
night." No, it's all night; it's all night. That's what God said.
That's right. He's just a sinner; that's all. "Now, he did this. This
much is night; this is real bright night right here." I know, but it's
just all night, that's all. See?
Now, I couldn't say, "This much is light right here." No, it's just all
light (See?), it's light; you can't say how much. See? But if there's a
black spot in this, then there's darkness in it.
108 So "sins," s-i-n-s, we have forgiveness of our sins
through His what? Blood, precious Blood.
my. Nothing in my arms I bring, Lord. Nothing could I do; there isn't a
thing I could do. Look. He predestinated me; He called me; He chose me.
I never chose Him. He chose me; He chose you; He chose all of us. We
didn't choose Him. Jesus said, "You didn't choose Me; I chose you." He
said, "No man can come to Me except My Father draws him first, and all
the Father's given Me will come to Me. And none of them's lost, except
the son of perdition, to fulfill the–the Scriptures." See? Said there
"All the Father's given Me will come to Me."
Oh, I'm getting too late, ain't I? And I ain't never got out of this. I
ain't got started on this yet. Let me hurry up. I got to get to
something right here, and just right quick now if we hurry. I got to
get back to this adoption just a minute. Oh, will you forgive me just
for–just for a minute? Let's get this here… Some of these people are
all the way from Georgia here only for tonight, bless their heart. Now,
brother Georgian, and Texas, and wherever you're from, listen to this
5th verse, let's linger on it a few minutes.
does the word "unto" mean, the word "unto"? It means there's something
we're coming to, unto. "I am going unto the fountain. I am going unto
the chair." Brother Humes, you get that? "I'm going unto the desk."
predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to
himself, according as his own good pleasure of his will,
How much pleasure? Whose pleasure was it, whose goodness? His Own, His own good pleasure of His Own Will.
Now, what is adoption? Now, let me get this now; I don't know
whether… I won't have time to get through this, but I'll hit it. Then
if there's a question, you can a–ask me a little later on sometime in
the message, something. Listen. Your adoption is not your birth. Your
adoption is your placing. When you were borned again, John 1:17, I
believe. When we are borned of the Spirit of God we are sons of God.
But we were predestinated. Now, here's what I'm trying to get you to,
for this sons of the last day (You see?), to the… See? We were
predestinated to–unto adoption.
Now, now here we are. Now, this is what hurts Pentecostal a little.
They say, "I got borned again. Praise the Lord, got the Holy Ghost!"
Fine. You're a child of God. That's right. But yet that ain't what I'm
talking about. See, you were predestinated unto adoption. Adoption is
placing a son.
I'm too close to that, 'cause Becky told me that I get too close to it; you can't hear in the back. I am. See?
A child… How many knows the rules of adoption in the Old Testament?
Of course, you've… Look. A son was born. I believe I got it in some
sermon. What is that, Gene, you remember? It's on a tape. Oh, what was
that? I–I–I–I've struck on it. Oh, yeah, I got it, "Hear Ye Him,"
"Hear Ye Him," the adoption of children.
Now, in the Old Testament, when a–when a child was borned in a family,
he was a child when he was born, because he was borned of his parents;
he was a son of the family and heir of all things. Now, but this son
was raised by tutors: Galatians, 5th chapter, 17th to the 25th verse.
All right. He was raised by tutors, raisers, teachers. Now, for
instance, if I had a son born, now, say, I'm a father and…
And that's the reason in the King James, how many ever thought that
read awful funny in the King James Version, said, "In My Father's house
is many mansions"–a house, many mansions? See? Really, in the–in the
days that the Bible was translated by King James, a "house" was a
"domain." "In My father's domain is many mansions." Not in a house,
mansions, but he was called the father of this domain. They had it very
Biblical; in the Bible that's the way it is.
When a father had a great big thousand-acre farm, or something other,
he had a bunch of people living over here. He had hired hands living
over here to take care of sheep; he had some over here to take care of
cattle; he had some here that went up to the upper range up there a
hundred miles away, and he had some right over here taking care of
goats, and he had some taking care of mules and–and different things.
He–he just had a big kingdom. And he got on his little donkey and he
rode around to each one to see how they was getting along, the
sheep-shearing and everything like that. He didn't have time…
You can't hear me when I walk away from there. I–I–I'll try to stay back here. Can you hear me all right now, here? Watch.
He rode away, and went away, trying to–to take care of his–his–his
kingdom. So now he wants… That son is going to be heir of everything
that he's got. He's a heir.
And when we are born in the Kingdom of God by Jesus Christ, we're a
heir of heaven, joint heirs with Jesus, because He took our place. He
became us (sin), that we might become Him (righteousness). See? He
become me that I might become Him (See?), joint heirs with Him. All
right. Now, remember that's to each one of you.
Now, remember, God predestinated you by foreknowledge, that you were
coming to this. Everybody understand it, raise your hand. See? God, by
foreknowledge, predestinated you to come to the promised land. What is
the promised Land for the Christian today? Just raise up your hand if
you know. "The promise is unto you and to your children, to them that
are far off. And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God,
that I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh, your sons and your
daughters." And in Isaiah 28:18, "Precept must be upon precept, line
upon line; here a little, there a little; hold fast to that what's
good. For with stammering lips and other tongues will I speak to this
people. And this is the Rest, thi–the Rest, the sabbath land that I
said that they should enter into. And, for all this, they would not
hear, but they wagged their heads, and walked away, and wouldn't hear
It." See? Exactly.
What was it? Just exactly like those people who had come all the way
from Canaan–or from Egypt, all the way up through the wilderness, and
got right next to, close enough to taste grapes that come out of the
land. Brother, there… Them men want me to draw back that–that on
Hebrews 6. How can I do it? Them's borderline believers; they'll never
go over. They can't go over. Jesus said… They said, "Our fathers eat
manna in the wilderness."
And Jesus said, "They're every one dead." That's just separated.
They're every one dead. That's right. Said, "But I'm the Bread of Life
that come from God out of heaven. The man that eats this Bread, he will
never die. That's right. Yes, sir, he's got Eternal Life if he eats
This. I'm that Tree of Life from the garden of Eden."
Now, see, these people come up so close… See, if you notice in
Hebrews 6, not going back to that, but in Hebrews 6, "These people once
made partakers, come so close, and have tasted of the heavenly gift."
They set around; they seen healings done; they seen people in the power
of God; they seen lives changed; but they won't put a hand on it. No,
sir. No, sir. "And have tasted the power of the world to come; and if
they should try to renew themselves again unto repentance, seeing that
they–that they have crucified to themselves the Son of God afresh, and
counted the Blood of the covenant wherewith they were sanctified
"I belong to a church that believes in sanctification." That's good as
far as it goes, but you don't go far enough. See? Yes, sir. The
wilderness sanctified them. Yes, indeedy. They had the–they had the
brazen serpent and the–the brazen altar, and everything out there,
sanctification, but they entered into Palestine for rest. Didn't…
Look over in Hebrews 4, didn't he say another rest? God created the
seventh day and gave them rest on the seventh day. Another place he
spoke of rest saying, "today in David…" Then He give them another
Rest, "Come unto Me all ye that labor and heavy laden, I'll give you
rest." Enter into this rest. For we which have entered into this rest
have ceased from our works as God did from His on the sabbath.
Certainly. There's your sabbath, rest. There's your real rest in this
The Holy Ghost is a promise of the people. And why will they want
educated scholarly preachers who'll let them wear shorts and cut their
hair, and wear lipstick, and men to gamble and drink beer, and tell
jokes, and go on, and carry on like that, and call themselves members
of church. Why, they will take something like that and refuse the
leadership of the Holy Ghost. Why, the Bible said the Word of God is
sharper than a two-edged sword that cuts you asunder of the bone, and
even the Discerner of thoughts of the heart (Yes.), even the thoughts
of the mind.
And if we love the world or the things of the world, the love of God's
not even in us. "Many are called; few are chosen; for strait is the
gate and narrow is the way that leads to Life, and but few there'll be
that'll find it. Many will come to Me in that day and set down in the
Kingdom," said Jesus, "with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. But the children
of the kingdoms will be cast–cast out, and say, 'Lord, have not we did
this in Your Name? Have not we preached? Have not we been Doctor
So-and-so and Reverend So-and-so?' I never knew you. Depart from Me you
workers of iniquity; I didn't know you. Not all that saith, 'Lord,
Lord,' will enter in. But the ones that doeth the will of My Father
which is in heaven, that's the one that goes in."
There you are, entering into this promised land. How do we get into it?
We are predestinated to it, the church, by the foreknowledge of God.
Has been predestinated to what? To His honor, by His grace, to the
glory and worship and glory of God. Papa, setting back there in the
beginning, self-existent, nothing around Him, wanted something to
worship, so He foreordained and predestinated a church, and before the
foundation of the world, and put their names in the Lamb's Book of Life
when they was slain before the foundation of the world, that they might
appear to His glory and to His praises at the end of time, when will
gather all things in that one Man, Christ Jesus. Whew. Glory. That's
it. That's just… And that's it right there, my brother, sister. Don't
you never move from that.
God by His election grace called you. God by His election grace
sanctified you. God by His election grace and His power baptized you
and put you into this land of rest. They which have entered into this
rest has ceased from their going astray. They ceased from their works
like God did from His. They have joy unspeakable and full of glory. The
Tree of Life is blooming in them. They have long-suffering, gentle,
goodness, patience, faith–faith–faith, meekness, gentleness, and so
forth. The Tree of Life is blooming in them because their hope is
anchored in Christ Jesus, the witness of the Holy Ghost bearing record
with signs and wonders following the believers. "These signs shall
follow them that believe." As they go along, they heal the sick; they
cast out devils; they speak with tongues; they see visions. They… And
they walk with God; they talk with God. No devil can move them; they're
steadfast, looking for Eternal Life. Forgetting those things that are
in the past, they press towards the mark of the high calling in Christ
Jesus. There they are. There you are. That's that church.
How did they get there? You can't say, "Well, Lord, you know, one day I
started smoking cigars, and I fell down, then I thought I'd…" Oh, no,
no, no, no.
Predestination He called us and when we followed Him is when we say,
"God, we were lost and undone. We didn't even have a mind to even save
ourself. We were as… Nature was pig; we were pigs to begin with."
You go out to a pig pen and look to an old sow, and say, "Now, look
here, old gal, I want to tell you something. It's wrong for you to
She'll say, "Oink-oink." See? Now, that's just as much as you have of saving your ownself. That's exactly.
You say, "Lady, you shouldn't wear clothes like that; you should dress
neatly. You should do this. You should not go to… You should not have
these card parties. You shouldn't smoke cigarettes. You shouldn't do
this. Mister, you shouldn't carry that."
Says, "Oink-oink. I belong to the Oink-oink." Uh-huh. "Oink," that's
just about as much as they know. "Well, I'll let you know I'm just as
good as you are. Oink-oink." See, they reject the leadership of the
Holy Ghost, for the Bible said that if you love the world or the things
of the world, the love of God's not even in you.
What makes them peculiar? You are a holy nation. What have you done?
Entered out of that land. You're over in another land. How did you get
over there? That's the promised land. What kind of a promise? "It shall
come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out My Spirit
upon all flesh." By one Spirit we are all baptized into this one
promised land. Amen. Brothers and sisters (Hallelujah.) with the purity
of heart, no jealousy, no enmity, nothing… I don't care if a brother
goes astray, no matter what he does, you'll go after him.
141 I went after a brother not long ago, had went astray. A young fellow said to me, said, "Let that rascal go. Let him alone."
said, "If I ever get to a place that my heart don't go with my brother,
then it's time for me to go to the altar, because I've fallen from
grace." I said, "I'll go as long as he's got breath in his body, and
I'll catch him somewhere along the line." Yes, sir. And I caught him
(Hallelujah.), brought him back. Yes, sir. He's back in the fold safely
now. Yes, sir. He'd have went astray as sure as the world.
Awhile ago when I seen that poor little woman setting there, and the
sheriff called me, said, "Why, she ought to be in a straitjacket."
Said, "She's just delirious; she's out of her head. She–she… They
put her in a hotel till I came. I said, "That's all right."
Said… Sheriff said, "Why, Billy." I know him real well, and knowed
him since he was a kid. He said, "If there's anything I can do to help
I said, "That's all right."
Said, "Can you help her?"
I said, "No, but He can." I said, "Give her to me."
So they brought her out there. And when she left awhile ago in peace…
What was it? We sent a prayer out after her. Amen. She was so…
They said, "Do you want to get a doctor?" Said to her husband, "Do you want to get a doctor?"
He said, "A doctor can't do nothing for her." And that's right. She was
insane. "Doctor can't do nothing for her." Said, "Our only hope is get
And he said, "Billy, I don't understand that."
I said, "I don't expect you to. See? Don't expect you to."
But, oh, my, neither do I understand it. No. Oh, but brother, I
remember when I was a way out yonder one time. Something come after me.
Amen. It wasn't because that I wanted to come, but 'cause Something
come after me. Because before the foundation of the world, God
predestinated (Hallelujah.) that we would be His, to His honor and
glory. Listen. Those who He foreknew, He has what? Called. That right?
Did He call you? Yeah. Why did He call you? Foreknew you. Those who He
foreknew, He called; those who He has called, He has justified. Is that
right? And those who He has justified, He hath glorified. Amen. That's
what the Bible said. Those who He foreknew, He called: every
generation. Those who He called, He has already glorified. What? Now
let me read the Scripture here. All right.
Do you get it? To the praises of His glory. That He could set there in
the eternal ages that is to roll on, and His children would scream,
"Abba, Father. Abba, Father."
And the Angels say, "What they talking about? What are they talking about?"
So beautifully displayed in the prodigal son. "I was lost." "This is my
son. He was lost and now he's found. He was dead, and he's alive again.
Bring forth the fatted calf, the best robe, a ring and put it on his
finger. And let's…" No wonder when the morning stars sang together,
and the sons of God shouted for joy, when they seen the plan of
salvation, God putting your name on the Book before the foundation of
Why, you say, "Calvin believes something like that." I didn't believe
Calvin. Calvin was a murderer. Calvin put a man to death because he
baptized in Jesus' Name. He was a rascal, needed to be converted
himself. Yes, sir. But what he said about some of the things he said
was right. Don't… But what his action, a man would kill a man for
something like that, that's horrible; that's sinful. All right.
Oh, wait, I didn't get that "adoption," did I? Am I too late? Let's see
what this clock says up here, what time we got. All right. Yes, just
let's take ten minutes for the sake of these people who's come so long.
Look. "Adoption," let me show you wh–how it's done now. A father has a
big kingdom; he rides around. Now, he's got a son born. Oh, he's so
happy. (Now, that's God.) So you know what that father does? He finds
the very best raiser, tutor. You know what a tutor is, don't you? It's
a schoolteacher. He finds the very best schoolteacher he can find in
all the country. (And then we're going now, listen.)
And he finds the best schoolteacher he can find. He don't just get just a scalawag; he wants his boy to be a real fellow.
Don't you want your children that way? Sure, best you can give them.
Yes, sir. So if a natural man thought that, what do you think God
thinks about for His children? The best He could get…
So he wants a man that'll be honest. Now, he don't man–want a man to
say, "Now, look, I–I… Junior, you just do anything you want to,
honey." "Oh, yes, father, uh-huh, he's getting along fine; he's a fine
boy." Get a little pat on his back and a straw in his hat… No, no.
That guy would get fired right now. Sure. He wants a man that'll be
truthful. If that boy's coming right, tell him. If he isn't, tell him
And if a earthly father thought that… Wouldn't you want a man to be
honest with you, the schoolteacher be honest about your children? Sure.
Well, what do you think God thinks, and He knows; we don't; He does.
We're finite; we couldn't tell. But He's infinite and does know.
So you know what the Father did? He never said, "I'm going to get a
pope to watch over My children." Neither did He say, "I'm going to get
a–a bishop." No, no. He didn't do that, 'cause He knowed the pope
would be wrong, so would the bishop. See? He never said, "I'm going to
get a general overseer to watch over My churches." No, no.
He got the Holy Ghost. That was His Tutor (Uh-huh.) to raise His
children. All right. Then how would you know the Holy Ghost don't… He
speaks through human lips. How do you know then It's telling the truth?
When you see the Holy Spirit speaking through a lips that's telling the
truth exactly every time, predicting and coming to pass just perfectly,
like Samuel said, then you know that's true. It's coming right. Because
God said, "If he speaks and what he says don't come to pass, don't hear
him, 'cause I'm not with him. But if he does, well, then hear him,
'cause I'm with him." See? There you are. That's how He does.
Now, then He goes around. Now, what do you think that Tutor would say
if he had to go up to the Father, and say, "Your–Your children's
acting awful. I tell you: That boy of Yours, he–he–he's a renegade.
He's a roustabout; I never seen such a fellow. My, You know what he
does? And that girl of Yours… Oh, whew, I don't know what You'll do
with her. Hmm. Well, you know what? She looks just like… See?
She–she's all painted up like some of them girls over yonder,
Philistine. Yes, sir. She wants to act just like they do."
"Yes, Your daughter." That's what the Holy Spirit has to say about the
church today. No wonder we can't have a revival. See? Now, that's true.
162 "What about Your son?"
Huh? Same thing."
you know you always said that those sheep should herd in that pasture
up there on that sheep food up there. Yeah, you know what he did? He
drove them down there in that weed pile. Just took them down there and
dumped them all in that creek, and let them lay around in that weed
pile, eating them old willows, and they're so poor they can't hardly
get out of there." That's bishops, pastors who deny the power thereof.
"Well they… I tell you the truth; I never seen such a bunch of
nervous sheep in My life." He don't like that. No. "And You know what?
Them cattle up here, you know, you–you told them to feed on that–that
alfalfa up there, you know, to make them fat?"
"Yeah." You know what he's giving them?"
"Them old ironweeds. Yeah. He's making them join societies and
everything. You never see the likes in Your life. You never seen such
in all Your life. You know what he's doing? Going along out there
smoking a big cigar, reared back. He's got his wife with him, she's
wearing shorts just like the Philistines are doing out there. Yeah."
That's the kind of message the Holy Spirit has to take about church
today. Now, what do you think about that?
That's adoption. What did He do? He predestined us–us unto adoption.
He give us the Holy Ghost; but wait a minute; adoption, that's what
we're talking about. Adoption…
"Well, You know what he does? The bishop come by the other day, and so
he was having a little healing service down there; the bishop come by.
Some guy, a brother come by and was praying for the sick. And he said,
'You stop that.'"
"Oh… oh, yes, father bishop, I'll do that."
"Don't you cooperate."
"Oh, no, no, father bishop, sure not."
"And here I come and tell him the Truth right out of Your Word. See,
here It is. I read Your laws to him exactly what to do, and he won't
listen to Me. He said, 'Oh, that was for another age, another son some
other time. That don't mean me.'" There you are. That… Now, that's
truth, friend. Now, don't you see where the church misses its placing,
why we haven't got revivals, why we haven't got things going on? That's
where it lays.
Joshua say, "Gad, I want you to… Right in here lays your place
according to the blueprint, your place lays here, right here. You get
in here, Gad, and stay here. Benjamin, you go right down here. And now,
you all stay away from the border of the Philistines." Joshua comes
back, here they all over in the Philistines, having a big old shindig,
just dancing up like that, and all the women painted up, and dancing
around, having a big time. And Joshua scratches his head and say, "Now,
what?" Now, that's just exactly what's taking place; not all, thank
God, not all, but too many. All right.
Now, what takes place then? That's what happened. Don't you imagine
that Man, the Holy Spirit blushes before the Father when He has to say
that? Oh, my. "I–I–I told him, but he–he–he wouldn't listen to it.
I told him that, and let him read right there in the Book. I had–I had
a little minister to come by and show him that Jesus Christ was the
same yesterday, today, and forever. And you know what? He let one of
them–let one of them old goat herders come over here and tell him that
that was for another age. See? And he smelled so bad time he got over
there, with goat smell (You know, cigars…?… you know, and so
forth), smelled so bad when he got over here. But I tell You, that goat
herder had enough medals pinned on him (Right.) where I tell You, if
You'd write his name in the paper, it'd take (his obituary) would take
a half a sheet to make his titles. Yes, sir. They sure like him over
there in that country, but I tell You, he sure don't know how to feed
sheep. That's one thing wrong. He just won't listen to Me," says the
Holy Spirit. "I tried to tell him that You're the same yesterday,
today, and forever, but he–he just won't do it. He's the biggest
coward I ever seen in my life. Yeah. And the church has made him an
overseer, bishop, so forth; all the people are listening to him. And
then You know what? They take those… They got a little old thing down
there they call a television. You turn a little old thing on like that,
and–and them women come on and carry on, all kind of halfway dresses,
that's… And You know, a lot of your daughters are…?…"
"Oh, surely not." See?
Say, "Yes, they are. Yep, they're doing it. Umm. Some of them are
crying out for revival, Father, some of them really want it. Some of
them are really walking the line; some of them are standing just as
true on that Word as they can be. Others, I don't know what to do;
they're–they're way out there. You know what them others doing? Making
fun of them, saying, 'They're just a bunch of cracks.'"
"Well, that makes Me feel pretty bad."
But now let's change the picture. Now, the Father, His son is a good
boy. His Father right–right along… Here's a Tutor, the Holy Spirit.
Which way the Holy Spirit… He said, "I'm going to walk…"
The Tutor said, "I'm…"
The child said, "I'll walk right with You. I'll go right with You."
"Oh, the hill's awful high, son."
"I'll go right with You. I got confidence in You. If I start getting tired, You'll raise my hand up and hold me on."
"But there's lions up on the hill there."
"Don't matter as long as You're around, don't make a bit of difference. I'm walking right on in."
"There's trouble up there; it's slick rocks."
"I don't care, as long as You're holding my hand, I'll walk right with You. I'll walk right with You."
"Oh, you know what? Your Dad used to do that. See?"
"That's good. Yes, sir."
Get up on top of the hill there. "Oh," He said, "You know what, Father?
Your son is just like a chip off the old block. He is absolutely,
exactly like You. Every Word that You say, he says 'amen' to It. I–I
had him turn over in the Bible the other day, and It said, 'Jesus
Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever.' You know what he said?
He screamed and throwed his hands up in the air, and he said,
'Hallelujah, amen.' Oh. And you know It said here, in–in Your Word,
you know, here where You said, 'The works… He that believeth on Me,
the works that I do shall he do also'?"
"Yeah, I remember writing that to My son. Yeah, I remember writing that."
"Oh, when he saw that, he just screamed and jumped up and down,
hollering, 'Hallelujah, Lord. Take all the world out of me. Make me
like that.' Yes, Sir. And all those things that he done…"
"Oh," the Father said, "It's time. I'm–I'm–I'm happy for that son.
That's a fine son. All right. Keep a eye on him for a few years; see
how he–see how he comes on, how he progresses."
179 After while the years pass by. "How's he getting along?"
my, he's even growing in grace. Ooh, my, he just… He's shelling the
woods. I'm telling You; he–he's really… Why, he takes them sheep,
can handle them just–just like You do. He will never give them
seaweeds. He will never give them ironweeds. When they come around,
saying, 'we want to join the churches,' you say, 'Shut your mouth, you
don't need that. No, sir. Here's what you need, "Repent and be
baptized, every one of you, in the Name of Jesus Christ, for the
remission of your sins. You shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.'
Yes, Sir, there's what he said."
"Oh, does he really say that?"
"Yes, Sir, he sure does."
"Well, that's just the way I wrote It."
"That's just the way he says It."
"Hmm, yes, Sir."
One of them said, "Tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem till you're endued
with power from on high. After that the Holy Ghost come upon you be
witness of Me in Jerusalem, Judaea, and Samaria, and uttermost parts of
the world." When he read that, he hollered, 'Hallelujah, that's what
you need!'" You know what he does? He just gets them right down there
till they get it, that's all, stays right with them."
"And if they start fussing, he say, 'Whoop. whoop, whoop, wait a
minute, wait a minute. That's the way goats act, not sheep. See, see?
Oh, sometimes they get a little peeved at him, but he kind of pats them
on the back a little bit, say, "Wait a minute, sh-sh, sh, sh, sh. It's
all right." He really knows how to control them sheep. Yes, Sir, I tell
"You know what? I seen Archbishop So-and-so tell him this: he–he
couldn't come to this town and hold a meeting.' But, you know, I kind
of led him; I said, 'Go anyhow.' (See?)
"Withdraw these tapes, and don't you let them go out."
"They went anyhow. Went over in these towns here, said, 'Well, we won't spon…'"
"And you know the Devil got down there said, 'I bet you I can keep him
out of that town.' I said, 'Can't do it. If I tell him to go, he will
go. I bet you he will go.' 'No, no, no, no, no, I'll tell him. I'll go
down and say, "Now, all my agents, you all gather together. You don't
want that old fanaticism down here, all that old Divine healing and
that old Holy Ghost stuff. That passed back with the apostles years
ago. You know that's no good, back there. Trying to give them them old
ironweeds, everything like that." They–they…
"But You know what, he went right on down there anyway. Went right on
down there and begin to throw out alfalfa. And come back, You know
what, them sheep started eating, they're getting as fat as they can be.
Yes, Sir. Why, they're having healings and meetings and, You know, a
lot of them young fellows begin… Why, they seen if they got a big
bunch of hay like that alfalfa. You wonder what they done with it, it
was so good till they run over to the neighbors, said, 'Taste This!
Taste This!' They said. 'Teen-agers, get ready…?…' Yes Sir, like
this. Right here. Here It is right here. Right here It is. See? Now,
just repent, every one of you, and be baptized in the Name of Jesus,
you can get the Holy Ghost. It's for whosoever will, let him come, let
him come here to see what the Bible said.' See? And they're just having
a great time down there."
"Oh, that's My son! That's My boy. Well, You think he's well matured?"
"Yep. Sure do," said the Holy Spirit. "I've give him tests. Boy, I
tried him this way, and tried him that way. I've throwed him down,
sick; I've put him under. I stomped him; I let the Devil do everything
to him he could do; he come right back up again. He come the same, come
up again. I made him sick. I done this. I throwed him in the hospital.
I took him out here and I done this; I done that. I turned his wife
against him; I turned his neighbors against him; I turned everything.
That didn't make a bit of difference. Said, 'Though He slay me, yet
I'll trust Him.' I killed his family. I took this; I did this; I done
all this; I did this, that, other. Still he stood right up, 'Though He
slay me, yet I'll serve Him. He's mine.'"
"Oh! Well, I believe We ought to call him out somewhere to a little special place and have an adoption."
Now, when the father in the Old Testament, understood that his son was
come of age, and had been seasoned out unto adoption… Unto… They're
borned a child, but, when–they're a son right then. But then they'll
never be no more than just a child, just an ordinary son, until they
mature and show what they are. Then he calls him out then.
Now, here we are, church. Are you ready? Now, it's a little bit late,
everybody bite your finger, pinch your soul, and pluck your heart, just
for a minute. See? Now, we're going to place the church. Now, when the
church gets to that place, He says, "Manasses, you belong over here.
Ephraim, you over here."
Then he takes them out to a certain place, the father does, and he sets
him up on a high place like this, and he has a ceremony, and they all
come around. And he said, "I want everyone to know that this is my
child, and I adopt my son. And I want anyone to know, from henceforth,
that his name… I dress him up, a special dress on him. And I want you
to know that his name is just as good on any check as my name is. He's
my child; I adopt him into my family, although he's been my son since
he was born. Since he received the Holy Ghost, he's been My son. But
now I'm going to place him positionally in authority. What he fires is
fired, what he hires is hired.
"And verily, verily, I say unto you, if you say to this tree, if you
say to this mountain, 'Be moved,' and don't doubt in your heart, but
believe that what you've said will come to pass, you can have what
you've said." See? There you are; there you are. See? "He's my son."
How many knows that the adoption, that the–they adopted the son after
he'd proved to be a… Everybody ever read the Bible, placing a sons.
Now, God did the same thing to His Son when He took Jesus up on Mount
Transfiguration. He took Peter, James, and John up there, that's three
witnesses of the earth. There was Jesus, Moses, and Elijah, and God, up
on the mountain. There they stood up there on the mountain. And first
thing you know, they looked, and Jesus was glorified before them. Is
that right? How many knows that's the Scripture? What'd He do? He–He
dressed Him in the robe of immortality. And he said, "His raiment
shined like the sun." Is that right? And a cloud overshadowed Him. And
Peter and John and them, fell on their face. And they looked, and there
stood Moses and Elijah, talking to Him. And Moses had been dead and
buried in a unmarked grave for eight hundred years. And Elijah took a
chariot ride to heaven, five hundred years before that. My, but they
were still there. There they was talking to Him. See, He had taken
Jesus up to see them, to see what it was all about, see there, show Him
these things. And they talked with Him, had a conversation with Him.
Then as soon as Peter looked back again and the glorification was off
of Jesus, they seen Jesus only, and a voice come from that cloud, and
said, "This is My beloved Son, hear ye Him. His Name's just as good as
Mine now. (That's right.) Hear ye Him." That's it, adopted, or a placed
Now, there's where God is trying to get the Pentecostal church in the
Book of Ephesians. See? Do you–do you understand? We got to close
because it's getting too late (See?), the kiddies getting sleepy. And I
wanted to get down here to this verse right here, but I can't do it,
till the–the 13th verse (See?), the last part, "sealed by the Holy
Ghost of promise." We'll get that Sunday. See? Look. Now… how… what
brings us in, and how we're kept by This…
But now to "place," how are you? You're first born into the Kingdom by
the Holy Ghost. How many knows that? All right. The next, you are
predestinated unto the what? Adoption. What is that? You are
predestinated unto the placing.
Oh, Sister Scott, I believe it is, setting here. Aren't you the one
that was up home today? A teaching going around somewhere in the world,
around different parts of the country, I've heard of it lots: that
Jesus is here on earth, walking around in a body, He comes in and does
this. That's a lie. His Holy Spirit's here, and He is trying to place
His church, to get His church in order, place it in the promised land,
so they can enter–so that all the enemies can be drove out.
Manasses can't take his land. I can't have a healing service when half
of the… When the–I go out there and preach the baptism in the Name
of Jesus Christ, and the–and the trinitarian brethren saying, "Oh,
he's old Jesus Only." And I can't go over here and have Divine healing
when half of them says, "Divine healings all right."
And a lot of them enjoy the miracles of the Lord and say, "Well, I
believe Brother Branham's a prophet, but let me tell you something. As
long as the Spirit is on him, and he's discerning, he's the Lord's
servant. But his teaching is rotten. It's no good." Whoever heard of
such tommyrot? It's either of God or it isn't of God. That's right.
It's either all God or none God. That's the way it is.
But how you going to act? Manasses won't keep his ground; Ephraim won't
keep his ground; Gad won't keep his ground; Benjamin won't keep his
ground; they're all running out here with the Philistines and all mixed
up. How we going to get placed? But we have been born by the Holy
Ghost, all of us. Is that right? What are we be born to?
Predestinated… Then after being born, we are predestinated unto the
adoption, to be placed in the Body of Christ. You see what I mean?
What is the Body of Christ? Some are apostles; some are prophets; some
are teachers; some are evangelists; and some are pastors. Is that
right? We're called to. Others has gifts of tongues, interpretation of
tongue, wisdom, knowledge, miracles, working of miracles, all these
different gifts. And now what'd they do? They practiced that a little
bit. What? Let it run loose just like I don't know what. One raise up,
speak in tongues, and the other one go talking, [Brother Branham imitates the sound of disorder and confusion–Ed.]…?…
Preacher will be preaching, make an altar call, and somebody raise up,
speak in tongues and "Hallelujah, glory to God." If the–if the
preacher happens to go on with his message, being anointed, then the
people say, "old backslider." See, it's because they're not taught.
The Bible said the spirit of the prophets is subject to the prophet.
God is no author of confusion. When I'm standing here, I minister here
under the anointing of God. No matter how much you want to speak with
tongues, you hold your peace till God's finished here. Then if you
speak with tongues, it can't be just some repeating of Scripture,
'cause God said don't use vain repetition. But it's a message directly
to somebody. Ask me one time, put your finger on one time that the Holy
Spirit ever, under the discernment, told somebody, repeated a Scripture
over and over. It told him something that was wrong with them and
something that they had done, and something that they must do, or
something had to happen, or something like that. Is that right?
So is speaking in tongues and interpretation. If there's one in the
church that speaks with tongues, and another interpret it, let it say
this. Let Brother Neville raise up and speak with tongues, and this
brother here give the interpretation, say, "Tell this man here
that–that yesterday he went out here and done something wrong that you
done. Now, the doctor told him today he had cancer. Go make that thing
right, come back here and get right with God."
The man say, "Truly, that's the truth." Then God's with you.
201 But how we going to do it this way? See? It's just bump [Brother Branham illustrates–Ed.],
just haphazard, any way, no placing at all. Now, that's… See,
Ephesians, are trying… See, they miss that. See, then they miss it.
We are predestinated unto the adoption of sons. Now, how many
understands what I mean, raise up your hands. Adoption. We're born in
the Spirit of God, sure receive the Holy Ghost, and cry, "Abba, Father.
Hallelujah. Glory to God." We're… That's right. We're children, but
we can't get nowhere. We can't whip the Philistines.
202 Look at Billy Graham standing over there. And that Mohammedan saying, "Prove It."
at Jack Coe standing down yonder. And that atheist, that Church of
Christ shaking hands with the atheist out there, and taking hands.
Supposed to be a Christian, and shaking hands with a devil like Joe
Lewis, and a free thinker, and even cuss God and said there was no such
a thing as a God, anyhow, to begin with, and things like that in a
church that calls themselves a Church of Christ, shaking hands with
him, and taking sides against Brother Jack Coe. How you going do
And the Pentecostals, many of them, against him; when every preacher,
in our land ought–ought've stood toe-to-toe with him and said, "God,
send down Your power." See, there we are, we're can't be placed.
Ephraim don't want to stay. One of them go over here, we find the
Manasses just over here, say, "Oh, my, the Lord's give me a good
cornfield." Then here comes over here a… a…
Gad, said, "Well, now, now, wait a minute." Said, "I'm supposed to
raise oats, but I'm going to get corn too. Hallelujah." See? You ain't
got nothing to do with corn; get oats; oats is your part to raise. You
ain't supposed to herd sheep when you're supposed to herd cattle. God
wants to place the church. But every one of them wants to do the same
thing. "Hallelujah." You can't tell them a thing about it. No, no. They
still got that goaty nature, "Butt, butt, butt, butt, butt, butt,
butt." See, you can't tell them. That's right. Now, isn't that true?
And you can't place the church. See?
The church is supposed to be predestinated unto the adoption of
children, where a man–God can take a man and adopt him into the family
and give him something that… First, try that and see if its right.
The Bible said try the spirits. This man claims a certain thing; try it
and see if it's right. If it's as right, move right with it. Then say,
"Lord, send us something else." Keep moving (See?); just keep moving
say, "Every fellow take his place." Then you're going to see the church
of God begin to get its place. Then's when the Philistines will go to
backing up. The shorts will go off, hair will grow down, faces will be
washed; cigars will be missing. That's right. When the church begins to
get into its mighty power, when they have an Ananias and Sapphira, few
of them. Yes, sir. You'll see when that holy church stands together in
its power, positionally placed as sons of God, adopted into the family
of God, powerful church standing there in its glory. Oh, that's what
He's coming for.
See how far we are off, brethren? You can't even get together on
Scripture. And any man, any man that can't see water baptism in the
Bible, in the Name of Jesus Christ, he's either blind or something
mentally wrong. And there's where the big fight is.
I'll–I'll tell any person that'll bring me any Scripture where anybody
was ever baptized in any other name besides the Name of Jesus Christ,
in the new church. Or, if he was baptized any other way, he had to be
baptized over again in the Name of Jesus Christ, to get the Holy Ghost.
You come show me. There's not no such. There's no such a commission.
When Jesus said over there, "Go ye therefore, teach all nations,
baptizing them in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost." Father,
Son, nor Holy Ghost, neither one's a name, none of them. Peter turned,
right ten days later, said, "Repent, and be baptized, every one of you,
in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins." And everywhere
in the Bible.
And then here was some was baptized down there some other way by John,
just unto repentance. Paul said, "You got to be rebaptized again. You
got to come again."
"Oh, but we been baptized by a great holy man, John, who baptized Jesus."
"All right, this is the Gospel. This is the Spirit of God that's been
to be revealed to me. I am an apostle of the Lord, and if a angel from
heaven comes and preaches anything else…"
Let me read that. The Bible said, "If an ang…" Paul said, "If an
angel from heaven said anything else… Bishop, archbishop, pope,
overseer, whatever he may be, if he preaches anything else besides This
that I've preached unto you, let him be accursed." There's no… We
have no such customs as that. No, sir. You just… There's just no such
thing. Get we… And then–then (See?), why is it people can't see
that? Why is it people won't–won't–won't believe that? [Someone in congregation says, "Predestinated"–Ed.]
See? Somebody hit it right there, Gene. "Predestinated," exactly. Why?
"All the Father has given Me will (What?) come to Me." How exactly.
"All the Father has given Me will come, will come to Me."
What's the matter with me, and me trying to find here? Here we are. All right.
Let me just read this verse and then I'll tell you what Paul, the
things that… The very message I preached tonight, here's what Paul
said on predestination, on water baptism in Jesus' Name, the Holy Ghost
baptism, the setting in the church, and so forth. Here's what he said:
unto another Gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that
trouble you, and would prevent the Gospel of Christ," prevent the real
Gospel of Christ.
But watch. Now, remember, it was Paul that constrained every person
that had not been baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ, to come and be
baptized over again in the Name of Jesus Christ. How many knows that's
true? How many know it was Paul that said these secrets had been hid
since the foundation of the world, and been revealed to him, that we
were predestinated to be the sons, and unto adoption. It was taught.
Look here what he said.
any other Gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you,
let him be accursed.
Just don't say, "I don't agree with you, mister." Just let him be accursed. Let me read the next verse.
man preach any other Gospel unto you than that we have already
received, let him be accursed.
That's right. Now, brother, sister, if it was God the other day, and
I–I say that hoping not irreverent, that taken me to see this
little… Now, I get excited; I don't guess I get excited; I just get
blessed in preaching. I get beside myself and I keep you here till I
know you're sleepy and tired. But, oh, I… If you–if you could only
know how I want you over there. See? And when I, once I say this again,
when I… When He said… I said, "It would do…"
He said, "Would you like to see what the end is?"
And I looked back and seen myself laying there on the bed. Surely
you've knowed me long enough to know that–that–that I tell you the
truth. I want to ask you something, as Samuel said before they anointed
Saul, have I ever told you anything in the Name of the Lord but what
was true? Is that right? It's always been true. Have I ever come,
begged you for money or anything like that? No, I never have. Have I
ever did anything but tried my best to lead you to Christ? Exactly.
Now, they want to say I'm a mental telepathist, you know, a
super-sensory perceptionist. 'Course them things has got to rise, the
Bible said they would. As Jambres and Jannes withstood Moses, they did
pretty near the same thing Moses did, till it comes in a showdown.
That's right. But remember, Jambres and Jannes could not heal. They
could not heal. They could bring plagues, but not take them away. See?
All right. Now, God is the Healer. God's Word remains Truth.
I have tried to be honest with you; I've tried to tell you the Truth.
I've–I've… For about thirty-one years I've stood at this pulpit, off
and on, for thirty-one years, and someday may leave to go to glory
aside this pulpit. There's been a wife, a daughter, father, brother,
all buried right across there, precious friends. I've watched their
caskets and the flowers set here, and know someday that mine will be
too. Now, that's true. But sincerely, from all my heart, I tell you
with all my heart, I believe I've preached to you the true Gospel of
the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe that you should be baptized, every one
of you, in the Name of Jesus Christ, and receive the baptism of the
Holy Ghost. And whenever you do, it'll bring to you a joy, peace,
long-suffering, goodness, meekness, gentleness, patience, faith.
And the other day, what happened to me on that morning, I don't know. I
can't say yet whether I was here at my body and just seen a vision, or
whether I was taken away from here, over there. I don't know; I can't
say. Only thing I know, that I–I was always afraid of dying, that
little place of sting. But not afraid Jesus wouldn't come get me now; I
wasn't afraid of that, 'cause I–I didn't fear that. But if I'd meet
you and just be a little old mist flying out through the air… But I
see now. When I seen those people, they were real.
Ever was a man that ever represented Pentecost and was a true apostle,
it was F. F. Bosworth, clean, straight, real Gospel (See?), it was
Bosworth. And when I held him in my arms, and I screamed, "My father,
my father, the chariots of Israel and the horsemen thereof."
He said, "Son, stay on the field." Said, "Beat some of these young
fellows to the foreign fields if you can. Before they get a lot of
fanaticism over there, take them that real Gospel that you've got."
See? He said, "Your ministry hasn't began yet to what it will." Said,
"You're a brand new Branham." Said, "You're young, son."
I said, "Brother Bosworth, I'm forty-eight years old."
He said, "You haven't started yet." He said, "Don't let these young
Pentecostal preachers get over there with a lot of nonsense, and poison
the thing up, and get all the–the diplomats, and all the country
against It before you get there." Said, "Move on, Brother Branham, go
on with the Gospel that you got." He said, "I–I believe that you are
an apostle, or a prophet of the Lord our God."
I looked at him, I hugged him in my arms. I said, "Brother Bosworth, I
want to ask you a question. What was the happiest time of your–moment
of your–all your years that you preached?"
He said, "Right now, Brother Branham."
I said, "Do you know you're dying."
He said, "I cannot die."
I said, "What–why would you say this is your happiest time?"
There was a little door. He said, "I'm laying here with my face turned
towards that door. Most any minute, the One that I've loved, and One
that I preached for and stood for all these, my life, He will come to
that door for me, and I'll go with Him." I looked at him, I thought
I–I was looking the same as I would be to Abraham, Isaac, or Jacob.
I took his hand, I said, "Brother Bosworth, we both believe the same
God; we believe the same thing. By the grace of God I'll preach until
the last breath leaves my body. I'll stay true to God as I know how to
stay. I'll not compromise with the Gospel on any side or any place.
I'll stay as true as I know to stay. Brother Bosworth, I'll meet you in
a better land where you'll not be young–or not be old anymore, but
He said, "You'll be there, Brother Branham; don't you worry."
A hour before, two hours before he died, about two months later, I
thought he was dying then; my wife come in and seen him (he always
thought so much of her), and then Mrs. Bosworth. And about two hours…
He'd been laying, sleeping. He raised up; he looked, and he jumped up
from his bed. He said, "Mother, well, I haven't seen you for years.
Dad, Brother Jim, why," said, "let's see, you was one of my converts to
the Lord at Joliet, Illinois." He'd been dead for fifty years. See?
"Yes." He said, "Here's Sister So-and-so. Yes, I led you to the Lord
at–at the Winnipeg meeting. Yeah. Why, here's Sister So-and-so. I
haven't seen you… Yeah, see, you come to the Lord at so-and-so." And
for two straight hours he shook hands with ones that he'd led to the
Lord, walked right back to his place, and laid down, crossed his hands,
and that was it. Did Brother F. F. Bosworth enter that land that Jesus
let me view the other night? If it is, he's there a young man tonight.
God rest his soul. And may I ever live so faithful that I'll enter that
land. And may I be so true a–a servant to Christ…
I'm ashamed of my life. I'm ashamed, but I–I–I… If I've sinned
before you people, you–you owe it to me to come, tell me. See? I tried
to live upright in everything that God lets me do by His grace. See,
see? But look, friends, you owe it to me if you know anything that's
wrong with my life, come tell me so. And look, I owe it to you to stand
here and preach you the true Gospel. I owe it to you, because I'm
expecting to see each one of your faces, young men and women, just
across that bar over yonder that's just one breath between where you
are now and there. Now, that's right. It's there.
And may the God of all grace, the God of heaven, not sacrilegious, but
in reverent, "Papa," on that great day when we be presented back here
and have our earthly bodies again, so we can drink and eat the grapes
and the fruit of the land. They'll build houses and another won't
inhabit. They'll plant vineyards and another won't eat thereof. See?
One man plants a vineyard; his son takes it, and then his son takes it,
and his. But not in this case; he will plant it and stay there. See,
that's right. We'll be there forever. And may, in that land, may I see
every one of you.
And I know that I'm talking in here even to trinitarian ministers. And
my brethren, I do not say this; I do not say this to hurt. I'm a
trinitarian too; I believe in the trinity, the–the three attributes of
God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, but not three Gods. See? I believe
there to be three attributes, absolutely; I do that with all my heart:
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, but they are not three Gods. They're just
three attribute. Or other, three offices of God. God lived once in the
Fatherhood, Sonship, and now the Holy Ghost. It's the same God in three
offices. And they have…
And Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, is not no Name of God. God has one
Name, and His Name is Jesus. The Bible said the family in heaven is
named Jesus, and the family in earth is named Jesus. That's right. So
God had one Name, human Name. He was–had a name called Jehovah-Jireh,
Jehovah-Rapha, that was His titles of Deity. But He had one Name,
Jesus. That's Him.
And truly, my brethren, if you disagree with me, remember, I–I–I'll
meet you over there, anyhow. See? I'll–I'll be there with you. And God
bless you. And I love you.
And I want the church to remember… Now, Sunday morning we're going to
pick up from here, and I'm going to try not to keep you no longer than
two o'clock, so you can have an afternoon meeting, if we possibly can,
and if I do as well as I've done tonight, ten-thirty. Do you forgive
me? Friends, we ain't got much time left, honey. I–I–I'll call you
"honey" because you are. You–you are my honeys. You know what? Let…
Here's a Scripture come. Paul said, "I am jealous over you (His church)
with godly jealous, for I espouse you." There you are; that's got it.
That's it. "For I espouse you, engage you to Christ as a chaste
Now, if that was true then on that day, he said (them, the people said
to me), said, "Jesus will come to you, and you will present us to Him,
a chaste virgin." Judged by the Word that you preached to them. And,
look, if I preach to you just what Paul preached to his church, if his
group gets in ours will too, 'cause we got the same thing. Amen. Let us
bow our heads now while we say, "God bless you." Now…?…