On The Wings Of A Snow-White Dove (65-1128E)
Let's bow our heads. Dear Lord, we thank Thee tonight for the promise
of the coming of the Lord Jesus, where we'll meet in a great meeting
where it'll never end, of joys and songs, as we praise You through
the–the ceaseless ages that is to come. We ask Your blessings upon the
meeting tonight. We ask Your blessings upon this tabernacle, upon its
staff, its pastors, its co-workers, co-pastors, and all.
We ask You to bless these, Lord, who have come many miles to be in the
meeting; lay Your hand of mercy upon them as they travel back to their
homes. Grant it, Lord. May we meet many more times together in this
place called the house of God, to worship. Bless those who are tuned in
tonight, Lord, by the way of the telephone. May every unsaved person
find Jesus Christ their Saviour tonight; heal all the sick and the
afflicted. Father, Your servant is reporting for service, in Jesus'
The Lord bless each of you. So happy to be here tonight. I just got in
when Brother Ernie was singing the last part of his song, "On the Wings
of a Dove." Certainly beautiful poem, certainly beautiful, and I–I
know it's timely. So now, we very thankful.
And to all you people that's tuned in tonight out across the nation, I
wished you were only here to see this a-waiting, expectations on the
people's faces as they're jammed in the building tonight; having a
We want to thank Brother Jack Moore, and Sister Moore, and Brother
Noel, Brother Bootlayer, Brother Brown, all these associates here, the
whole tabernacle, the whole staff, for inviting us back.
It was a really a kind of a–couldn't say a coincident, it was simply
just the hand of God that worked it out. There's a brother here that
had a dream sometime ago about this thing happening, said I was
standing in a pair of white trousers, in Indian moccasins. And that's
just exactly the way I was standing when I called Brother Jack for the
meeting here, just exactly, (at Carson, Colorado) Indian moccasins and
a pair of white Levi trousers on. Brother Leo, if you're listening in,
I was just meeting you in a few minutes. So that's when the meeting
took its birthplace right there.
Now, it's Sunday night; I know many of you will drive all night tonight
going home, some of you will be driving in the morning. I've got two
days drive ahead of me. And so we–we won't hold you very long. And
I've tried to make this an old-time night, the night that Brother
Brown, and Brother Jack, and all of us that used to pray for the sick
years ago, would pray for the sick in the same manner that we did then.
Now, can you hear me back in the back? I just keep lowering these mikes because I am hoarse.
And so I want to… Just a little something, this little incident's
happened. Why, they was telling me awhile ago that there was a brother,
perhaps here in the meeting tonight, that just come out of
denominationalism, come into Shreveport, want to hear about the
Message. And he got mixed up; he didn't know where he was at, so he
went downtown. He seen a people gathered; he said, "Is this where Billy
Branham is going to preach?"
He said, "No, it's where Billy Graham's a-preaching by–by the way of a–a film."
He said, "Well, I'm sorry, I–I got the wrong place."
He said he come up, he said, "Now, where can I go, Lord?" Said he
started walking up this main street. I don't know what it is; there's a
big church up here at the end. Texas Street. And there was a big white
cross up on a church. Said the Lord told him, said, "Just keep
walking." Said… When he got there, they was… Said, "Well, here must
be where it is; there's a lot of cars setting around." And said, "A
bride and groom come walking out of the church." That was last night;
there was a wedding; I seen it come out. "The Lord said, 'Now, that's
what it is. You're coming out of denominationalism to enter into the
Bride to go with the Groom." See, see?
I was remarking to my wife, coming down the street, how the moon and
the star hanging right above that cross, as we moved up into it. I
guess I just look at little things like that, maybe kinda complimentary
to my belief in God and my ministry.
I was thinking tonight in Tucson, it happened to be that Victor Le
Doux, he was this Frenchman… He's a genuine Frenchman. I believe I
was telling you the other day, that when I got through speaking, trying
to separate denominationalism from real Christianity… And a man was
giving me a–kind of a short talk about it, from a famous
denominational Pentecostal church.
And so Danny Henry, I think he's some movie star's cousin or something,
and he was a Baptist; and he run down to the platform, and just threw
his arms around me and said, "Brother Branham, I hope this don't sound
sacrilegious, but that could be the 23rd chapter of Revelation." And
when he started to say something else, he started speaking in tongues.
And this, three French people… A Frenchwoman (big, heavyset woman,
dark complected, from Louisiana, she may be setting here tonight) wrote
it down on a piece of paper, what he said. Then Victor Le Doux, a
minister, wrote down the same thing; and they were comparing notes, or
going to. A light-headed man (kind of a blond hair) standing way back,
packed back as far as he could, come walking up, wanted to see those
notes. He was the interpreter of French at the U.N.. And all three
notes was the same.
And It said this:
Because of this, a large portion of heaven awaits you. And this in
itself is that which will make, and bring to pass, the tremendous
victory in the Love Divine.
All three was the same. I thought I had that in my Bible tonight (I looked in there, but I didn't.), the original copy of it.
Danny Henry don't know. Like myself, he hardly knows good English, let
alone French. And if you notice in there, it's like the French
language, they put the verb before the adverb. And the interpretation
of all three was exactly alike.
Danny Henry, sometime ago, he make… Danny may be listening in
tonight. Victor Le Doux perhaps is, because I understand he's in
Tucson. And you people in Tucson at the church, the tabernacle, the
Tucson Tabernacle where Brother Green's the pastor; Brother Victor Le
Doux, I understand is in a tent meeting right at the foot of Park
Avenue where it runs out into Highway 80, coming this a-way. And if
you're out there tomorrow night and next night, whenever how long he'll
be there, go to hear him; and Danny may be with him. And it could be
that they're listening in from the Tabernacle tonight; I don't know.
Danny went to Jerusalem right after that, and said he was laying there
in the tomb on the board–rock board that Jesus laid on, a corpse just
before His resurrection. And said, all of sudden I come on his mind;
and said he run out, begin crying, and he walked outside. And he was
directed… He's a man that makes things out of rocks; tumbles rocks, I
meant. Said he went to where they said the cross was drove down, and he
just dropped off, knocked off a little piece of rock about like, oh, a
inch square, or something; put it in his pocket, and was impressed to
bring it home.
When he did, something said to him, "Make Brother Branham a pair of
cuff links out of that." So he put it in the acid, and it changed the
color from the regular limestone-looking rock to a bloodstone rock. And
he made the cuff links.
And when he give them to me, he hadn't noticed it, but right through
the middle of both cuff links runs that straight, narrow strip. I have
them on tonight to pray for the sick. See, a–a bloodstone color, like
the dripping blood, with the straight, narrow line right through, just
exactly what his prophecy said, the straight and narrow way (See?) in
the prophecy. I showed it to him.
Danny, if you're listening in, you or Brother Le Doux, either one,
tonight's going to be the old fashion night when we're to pray for the
sick. I'm glad to walk this straight, narrow way, the way of the
Gospel, the way of the Word, with our Lord Jesus Christ.
God bless you all. Now, you're so nice to talk to, I'll just talk a
long time, and I'll have you here too long. Billy said there's between
three and four hundred people to be prayed for, so I'll just have to
hurry up with our message as quick as possible, and then pray for the
Now, to the people in Arizona, the next Saturday night, we're over at
(never can think of the name of that town) Yuma, Arizona, at the
banquet. So then in California we follow right on in Sunday morning, to
Los Angeles and the places that's been predicted to be there.
Tonight, I want to take a text out of the Scripture.
By the way, I was setting in a cafeteria today, the Morrison's
Cafeteria; Brother Jack, his wife, I and my wife, we went over to
Morrison's Cafeteria to have a little time together, we hadn't been
out; the women had never been together. There was a young fellow walked
up to me; his name's Green; he's the father of Brother Pearry Green.
And he said, "You know, Brother Branham, you was talking about a
'johnny pin' the other night." That's really a… What is it? Bobby
pin. He said, "You were talking about a 'johnny pin,'" said, "I got you
a 'johnny pin.'" He gave it to me.
Now, that's a "johnny pin," ladies; that won't work in the hair. A
"johnny pin," he said–said he'd been using it for years, to hold the
pages of his Bible down. So he said, "I'll give you a genuine 'johnny
pin.'" So Brother Green, if you're here somewhere or listening in, that
"johnny pin's" a dandy, just holds it right.
Now, we want to get into the Scriptures right away. And I want you to
turn with me now to Psalms 55, and then also Matthew 3. And my subject
tonight was Brother Ernie's topic: "On The Wings Of A Snow-white Dove."
Now, I won't be able to strike all the notes and Scriptures that I got
here, because I'll just kinda skip over a few of them, and because I
promised the message.
The Lord willing, for Yuma next Saturday night, I want to preach on the conditions for the rapture if the Lord willing.
32 In Psalms 53… I beg your pardon, Psalms 55:
the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in
wrath they hate me.
David, a lover of the wilderness, when he got distressed and the people
wouldn't believe him, and the enemies had come upon him, he said, "If I
had the wings of a dove, I would fly out into the wilderness and there
remain." How many times have I thought that same thing. If I could take
my rifle off of the wall, my camp bag, go out in the wilderness and
never return again. I've asked the Lord if I can live to see the day…
I don't never want a funeral service; I said, "If I can just go out in
the woods somewhere, set 'Old Blondie' against the tree…"
That's my rifle, excuse me, I–I–I say that on account of my wife
setting there. You know, that rifle a brother here gave me years ago, I
killed fifty-five head of game with it, without missing a shot, some of
them seven to eight hundred yards. I call it "Blondie" because my
wife's a brunette, so she said I think more of the rifle than I do her.
So I–I'd like to set it against a tree, and say, "Lord, let Joseph
find it someday." I'd like to take the wings of a dove and fly away.
But just like one time up in the mountains and watching an eagle, and
seeing him fly away (You know my story of it.), I said, "It's good to
be here, Lord; like Peter said, 'we could build three tabernacles.' But
down at the foot of the mountain, the sick and the afflicted are
waiting; the lost and dying are waiting." So let us do what we can
while it's day, and someday there'll be a–the wings of a white Eagle
will come down; He'll bear us away.
37 Now, in Matthew 3:16, I'd like to read 16 and 17:
straightway up out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto
him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting
Now, we want to speak a few minutes on this bird. A dove has always
been one of my favorite birds. And thinking of a dove, a dove is
really–and a pigeon is the same bird. A pigeon is a domestic dove.
They're both the same family. I've looked it up and it is the same
family. A pigeon and a dove, they're both of the same family. The
habits of these birds are outstanding.
I preached here some few years ago in a tent meeting out here with
Brother Moore, on "The Lamb And The Dove." I guess you all remember
that; and how that the dove is the most cleanest bird that we have, and
the lamb is the most meekest animal that we have. They're both
sacrificial bird and beast.
How beautiful it's typed here as Jesus being the Lamb, and God being
the Dove. And the dove would not have settled on a wolf; his nature's
not right. It couldn't have settled on a dog; his nature's not right.
It had to be on a lamb; the two natures had to be the same. And that's
the way we have to be; our natures has to change from the roaring
sinner to the meekness of a lamb.
And did you notice the Dove led the Lamb? And notice, the Lamb forfeit
everything He had to the Dove. And look where the Dove led Him: to
crucifixion for the sins of us all.
Now, the Dove, if God wanted to represent His Son, He was represented
by the most cleanest and meekest animal on the earth, a earthbound
creature; but when God represented Himself in the heavens, was by the
meekest and most cleanest bird there is in the heavens: a dove.
Now, doves vary; there's many different variations of them. Usually our
turtledove is kind of a gray-looking bird. And then there's a morning
dove, and then there's the evening dove. There's also called the Sonora
dove that we have at home; he's a little, gray fellow, little, bitty
fellow with red stripes on his wings. There's many different kinds of
doves, and they vary in colors. So is there same thing in the pigeons.
Now, the dove is a very odd constructed dove, because his habits that
he cannot eat anything that's unclean; he just couldn't do it, because
he's not built for it.
Now, I've always talked about the dove being a symbol of God, and the
crow being a symbol of the hypocrite. A crow can set on an old dead
carcass and eat all day long, and fly right out in the field and eat
wheat with the dove. But the dove can eat wheat all right, but it can't
eat the dead carcass. See? He just can't do it; he can't stomach it.
And I wondered why he couldn't do it; they're both fowls, both birds.
But why? It's the structure of them.
That's the way it is with a genuine Christian. A just a denominational
Christian can just take anything, but a genuine, borned again Christian
cannot take the things of the world. He's constructed different.
I found out that the dove don't have any gall. There's no gall in a
dove, because he has no need of it. So that's the way it is with a
Christian, he doesn't need any bitterness (See?) 'cause he only can eat
the food of God. And it doesn't take bitterness to dissolve that; takes
love (See?) so he–to dissolve the food. Bitterness: "Oh," they say,
"well…" they difference with It. But love always receives It, the
Word of God.
Now, he has no gall; so therefore, he could not… It's just against
him to eat anything bad. And if he would, it would kill him. But
there's no danger, he isn't going to eat it, because he has no appetite
And that's the way with a real Christian. Did you know a real Christian
doesn't have even any sin at all imputed to him? David said, "Blessed
is the man who God will not impute sin to." When you're washed in the
Blood of the Lamb (not by make-belief, but really the–the Blood of the
Lamb), God does not impute to you anything that's done, because you're
under the Blood and He doesn't see it. There's a Blood sacrifice; the
only thing He can see you in, is the way He saw you before the
foundation of the world when He put your name in the Lamb's Book of
Life. That's all He can look at, because you are redeemed from
everything that was ever done; you're washed in the Blood of the Lamb.
Therefore, there's no gall in you; there's no unclean habit in you;
because that the Blood of the Lamb has did this; and God cannot impute
sin to you after you've got a sin-offering laying there waiting for you.
"Why," you say, "that gives me plenty of room then, Brother Branham; I
can do what I want to." I always do, always. But when a man can really
see what Jesus done for him, and turn around and do something contrary
to Him, it shows he never received Christ.
I got a little wife setting back there. She's ten years younger than
me, and as gray as I am. The reason is because she's stood between me
and the–and the outside world. If I was going overseas, and I'd…
Wouldn't this be some sort of a family to live in, if I'd gather my
family around me and I'd say: "Looky here, Mrs. Branham; you want to
realize that you're Mrs. William Branham. Thou shalt not have any other
husbands while I'm gone. Don't you make eyes at any other man," and all
these things. "Don't you flirt at all. If you do, when I come back I'm
going to divorce you."
And she'd turn around and say, "Now, my good man, I want to tell you
something also. Thou shalt not take out any other woman while you're
gone. Thou shalt not do this and that. If you do, just consider
yourself divorced when you come home."
Now, wouldn't that be a loving family? Uh-huh. See? No. If I really
love her, though I believe if I did make a mistake and slip and do
something wrong, I believe she'd forgive me for it because she loves
me. And if she did, I believe I'd forgive her for it; certainly,
because I love her. But if I love her like that, as long as I love her
like that she has no worry. Though she would forgive me, I wouldn't
hurt her for nothing. I–I–I'd feel the guiltiest guy in the world; I
couldn't wait for the minute I'd tell her about what I done, because I
love her. Well, that's… If I love her with phileo love like that, how
much greater would my agapao love be to Jesus Christ?
Though I might smoke a cigarette, I never in my life; but though I
would, He might forgive me for it; I believe He would. If I took a
drink, I never in my life, but I believe He'd forgive me for it. And I
love Him too much. God, help me; I don't want to do anything like that
(See?), because I love Him. That stuff is gone from me, because when He
changed me from a crow to a dove it made a difference; my appetite and
things left me; then sin is not imputed to me, because I don't aim to
do it; it's not in me to do it.
56 Now, another great thing about this dove. He's a strange bird. Did you ever see all the birds…
of my favorite birds is a robin. Now, you boys quit shooting at my
robins (See?), 'cause I don't want you doing that. My robin, you know
how he got his red breast? You know, one day there was a Man dying on
the cross; nobody would help Him; God had forsaken the Man, and He was
dying. His hands had nails in them; His feet and his side a-bleeding,
crown on His head and thorns, blood running over His face. And there
was a little bird passed by, a little, brown bird. And he looked at
that, was–thought it was the most pitiful sight he ever saw. And he
knowed he was just a little bird, but he looked at them great big, old
cruel Roman nails drove in His hand, and he flew in with his little
beak and tried to pull them loose. He got his breast all bathed with
blood, since then it's been red. I want my breast shielded with His
Blood too, defending Him when I come to meet Him. I love a little
But, you know, a little robin has to take a bath; but, you know, a dove
don't have to; no. He's got some kind of oil on the inside of him that
oils him and keeps him clean from the inside out. You know that? The
dove has. The dove oils himself. Did you ever pick up one, smell that
odor on him, a pigeon or something? That's oil that's produced from the
inside of him. His body makes up a oil gland that keeps his feathers
always clean on the outside because he's clean from the inside out.
That's right. He's a marvelous little bird.
Now, I know you can hunt them here, I think, in Louisiana. Don't do
that. Oh, I couldn't do it. I guess if I was hungry, it'd be all right,
but I–I just couldn't pull the trigger on one if I had to.
There's… A dove has a great strange thing in our family. One day when
my grandmother… She come from up here in Kentucky, off the Cherokee
reservation. She was dying, a little woman, and she was… They had…
I think they call it scrofula or something; she was dying. And
grandfather knelt down by the side of the bed; while Mama, Aunt Birtie,
Aunt Howlie, all of them knelt around the bed; Uncle Charlie (little
bitty, four-year-old boy,) the baby; Mama, the oldest, being about
twelve years old. And she had combed her black hair out on the bed, and
she started singing, "Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in
Thee," when she was dying. Grandpa, at that time, wasn't a Christian. I
baptized him at eighty-seven years old, in the Name of Jesus Christ, at
the foot of the river there where the Angel of the Lord appeared.
But while she was singing this song, with her feeble little hands up in
the air, a dove flew in the door, come around, set down on the top of
the bed, started cooing. God took her soul.
I went over to London, England with Brother Jack and with Brother
Gordon Lindsay, and there'd been a woman by the name of Florence
Nightingale (claims to be, I think, a great-granddaughter or something
of the late Florence Nightingale) that wrote me many letters. She was
down in South Africa, dying with a cancer. And she had a picture; you
seen it in the book. I never seen a mortal like that in my life.
Brother Jack, I believe, was with me that day. We went into a
minister's house at the rectory, just behind the church where they'd
While we were yet out on the… Where the plane come down, they paged
us, and she was in a ambulance there then; had been flown up from–from
down in South Africa, knowing that I was coming to England at that
time. The minister took her to the rectory, so we went back there to
pray for her.
I've seen lots of sick people, but her little arms didn't look over a
inch across, her–her skull where it laces together, you could see it.
And she–her limbs way up here around her hips wasn't over that, about
two inches across, just the bone. And she couldn't raise her hands; she
was too weak to raise her hands. And she was trying to say something,
and I couldn't understand her. And when I finally got to hear, I
believe through a nurse, she said, "Brother Branham, pray that God will
let me die." She couldn't–didn't want to live. And I noticed, and
tears was running off of the side of them bone on her face. Where she
got enough moisture about her to cry, I don't know; for her veins was
collapsed, and she was in a terrible condition. Coming to pray for the
sick, I couldn't pray for her to die. But she just looked like couldn't
die; she just lingering on.
I knelt down with your pastor in the room to pray. And when I knelt
down to pray, a little dove flew up by the window, begin cooing. When I
finished praying, I thought it was a pet dove there somewhere. Foggy
outside, how England is, the British Isles there… And this little
dove quit cooing, and flew away. I walked over and laid hands upon her
and called the Name of the Lord. And the woman is a great big, strong
healthy woman today, "On the wings of a Dove."
He keeps hisself clean from the inside. A Christian does that too; he
cleans from the inside. That keeps the malice… He don't need any gall
to digest anything, because he doesn't eat it. See? He's clean from the
Now, we notice that this bird… Many things I've got written down
here, but the clock keeps moving around. This bird was also used in the
Old Testament for sacrifice, for an atonement, and for cleansing. Let's
just refer here to one in Genesis 15:9. Let's think of this verse just
for a moment. Now, Abraham was–asked God here, how would He do this.
And God is making His Word back to Abraham, and He does it in a strange
way. Begin with about the… Let's begin at the 1st verse. I don't like
to hurry this.
made him a promise, you know. Not… See, right then Abraham would've
failed, but the promise is unconditional; the covenant, unconditional)… but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. (And he's a hundred years old now.)
Look now towards the heavens, and tell the stars, if thou are able to
number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. (A man without a child, and now a hundred years old)
Now, listen to this:
69 The covenant was made… You know, how he cleave them apart, and how that this…
Or the old times, when they took–made a covenant, they would take and
write the–the agreement up, and kill an animal, stand in between it,
tear the covenant in two, one person took one part…
Like the Chinese laundry used to do. The Chinaman here, he couldn't
write English, so he wrote on there and tore a piece of paper and
handed you a part. And you–you remember the Chinese laundries when
they used to do that. And you… Their–their two ends had to compare,
to get your clothes. See? And you couldn't fool him, 'cause he had the
other end of it. You might recopy your name, but you can't retear that
paper. See? So he had… It had to be the same piece of paper.
So that's the way they done it in the oriental days, long–or long ago
in the eastern days. They'd kill a animal, stand in between it, tear
the piece of goatskin apart, one took one… And when the covenant was
confirmed, they brought the pieces together and they had to dovetail
Now, what God is showing him here is this: on these sacrifices is
speaking of Christ; that how God took Jesus to the Calvary and tore Him
apart, and received the body up into heaven, and sent the Spirit down
upon us, that the same Spirit was on Him has to be on you to dovetail
with the Body, to be the Bride at the end time. See, see? That's right.
See? Won't be a denomination now, It'll be the Word, what He was. See?
But like that Word has to come to Word, like cell in a human being. You
know, when your–your body's being built, it isn't one cell of a human,
next of a dog, and next of a pig. Oh, no, no. It's all human cell.
That's the way the Body of Christ is, all the Word of God, not just
part of It, some tradition added to It; no, It's all the Body of Christ.
Now, we find here that he used both a turtledove and a young pigeon, because they are the selfsame family. Now, you always…
So notice. I just refer to a couple of these Scriptures: Leviticus 12,
and the 6th verse. We find here that the order of a woman being
purified; if the woman had a baby, she had to wait. If it was a boy,
she had to wait for thirty-three days before she could enter the
congregation with the doves for purification. If she had a girl, she
had to wait ninety-six days before she could enter the congregation.
Now, we find here, the 6th verse:
fulfilled, for a son, or for a daughter, she shall bring a lamb of the
first year for a burnt-offering, and a young pigeon, or a turtledove,
for a sin-offering, unto the door of the tabernacle of the
congregation, unto the priest:
See, she can't come in yet because her days isn't finished yet, but she
can give this to the–the priest at the door, for her offering. See,
either a turtledove or a young pigeon, they're both the same family.
Now, it–now it was used for atonements, and in the atonement for sin,
one dove. Or of leprosy, which is a type of sin, you brought two doves:
one's head was taken off, turned upside down and bled on the other one;
and then the other dove was set free. And when the dove flew, he bathed
the ground with his blood of his mate, and the blood cried out to God,
"Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God."
Can't you see the dying Mate Jesus Christ, was killed and sprinkled
upon us, that we should go free, crying out "Holy, Holy, Holy, unto the
Lord." What beautiful types. Wished I had some voice. Now, type the
great Holy Spirit as we just read in Revelations 3:16.
Used of God for signs, this dove was. Noah was given a sign, as the
brother just sang about it. God was displeased, and there was nothing
going to stay His wrath, for He said, "The day you eat thereof, that
day you die." And Noah had found grace with God and had built an ark
according to the constructions–the instructions, rather, that He had
given him. And he had been floated up.
I can imagine his–what happened in them days when they said, "This old
man up on the hill, an old fanatic, building an ark, saying it's going
to rain, it never has rained." But it…
Noah said, "It's going to rain anyhow."
And then I know the day that he went in, I think what… can't think of
what day it was, I believe the seventeenth day of May. Noah entered
into the ark, and God shut the door.
And the clouds begin to come; the rains begin to fall; the sewers begin
to fill up; the fountains of the deep broke up; the springs all belched
up their water. Finally people got into the houses, climbed up. The old
ark set right there just the same.
After while when enough begin to get around her, she begin to rise up
higher and higher. The people knocked at the doors and screamed, but it
did no–no good, Noah could not open the door. God closed it; God's the
only One can open it.
So is it at our Ark, Jesus Christ; God opened the door for us on Calvary, He'll close it just as sure as He opened it.
And it floated, and on and on, maybe a mile's deep over the top of the
earth when this earth was tumbling out from the way from the–the–its
regular orbit. And around and around it went, and chunks, and trees,
and above the mountains and so forth, pitching for forty days and
nights… And when the winds begin to cease…
God's wrath is horrible. His love is pure and Divine; and His wrath is
just as Divine–it's as Divine as His love is, because He must pass
judgment because He is a Judge. He's a Law-giver, and law without
penalty is not law. So there must be a penalty to law. And you
transgress God's laws, that's when you pay the penalty.
Now, we notice that after Noah floating up there, no doubt seasick from
all that roaring and popping, and the wrath of God mashing and
crushing, and screams and so forth. Then it begin to quieten down;
nothing happened. Days passed; nothing happened. Perhaps the food
supply for the animals and so forth running low, nothing happened. So
he thought, "Wonder… I can't see out."
The ark was so constructed (when you were once in it), there was only
one window in it, and it was right in the top. You couldn't look
sideways; you couldn't look no way but straight up. And that's the way
the Ark, Jesus Christ, is. You can't look at the next fellow; you can't
look at nothing but Christ when you're in the Ark, because there's only
one door, and He is that Door we talked about this morning. You have to
keep looking up, "For he that will put his hand to the plow and even
turn to look back, is not worthy of the plowing."
Now, as in this ark… And he could see light, and perhaps sunlight,
but he wondered where he was. The ark was still a-floating; he could
hear the waves against the sides, but he knew that there'd been many
days; surely the water was receding by that time. So he went and got an
untrusted bird, treacherous, and he tried him, and he sent him out. He
was a crow, and that crow never did return, because he found pleasure
out there, outside the ark of God. He flew from one old dead body to
another, eating the carcasses and the a-carrion that was floating on
the water; and he was perfectly satisfied.
So after several days he tried again, for he knowed… He didn't want
to step out in the wrath of God. So he turned a dove loose. And this
dove was of a different nature than the… It was not a vulture;
neither is it a scavenger; it can only eat the clean pure things. And
it was so satisfied because it couldn't find nothing else to put the
soles of his feet on, it returned back to the ark. Noah said, "Well,
the flood's still on."
Then he waited several other days, and he sent out again; like his
prayer, "O God, has Your wrath been appeased? Is–is–is Your wrath
over, Lord? Is it all done?" And he said, "Now, if I send her out this
time, she may stay out there if the floods are down; she may stay." But
he sent her out by prayer, and then when she went out there directed by
God, she picked off a holly leaf off of a tree, and flew back and
pecked on the window again.
God used the dove for a sign. She come back saying that the flood is
over, and then God opened the door, and they went out. That's Genesis
Also used in Matthew 3:16, again when God's wrath was on the earth. And
there was no way, the darkest of night, midnight, the churches had got
things in such a twist till there was no way to get out of it. And
there was false teachers, all kinds of things coming up, all kinds of
professions coming up, but God used a dove again. It pleased Him; His
Son Jesus had pleased Him so well, that He identified Him.
Now, they couldn't believe that this Baby that was born down there in
that stable in a manger of hay, before his father and mother,
supposingly to be, was married. They couldn't imagine God using
anything like that. So He had to be identified to the world; and that
day down on the river, when He walked down to prove Hisself God's
Masterpiece (that I talked about this morning)… When He was obedient
to walk into the water…
Now, if you notice there, there's a great lesson. John was the greatest
man on earth at the time. Jesus said, "There never was a man borned of
a woman as great as he," to that time. And he was a prophet. You
believe that? Now, remember, if the Word of God will come to anything
in the land, it'll be a prophet. That's always God's way. Do you
believe that Jesus was the Word manifested in flesh? So there's only
one way He can come to be introduced; not by the priests.
He didn't go up and say, "Caiaphas, will you introduce Me?" If He did,
He made the same mistake that David did in our lesson the other day
(See?); if He went up to the church, and said, "Will you introduce
Just notice when He was borned even. When He was borned, He was borned
in the shadow of the church. And they was probably rang the bells and
everything, but it was shepherds that recognized Him and Magi. See?
And here He is now, on… ready for His ministry. And if He is the
Word… According to God's great plan, the Word can only… The Lord
God does nothing until He first reveals It to His servants the
prophets. That's always His pattern, has to be; when the Seals were
opened, when anything else. Any major event taking place in the earth,
God reveals it to His prophets. And John was the prophet, for he was
prophesying He'd come.
Then down off the side of a hill one day, when a discussion was going
on, a bunch of priests standing around… And they said, "Do you mean
to tell me that you call yourself a prophet, and stand over there in
that mud?" (Not in a church, because they wouldn't have him.) "Stand
over in that mud, and tell me that the hour's coming when the great
Jehovah who ordained these sacrifices, when great Jehovah who built
this temple, who came into it as a Pillar of Fire, the day will come
when that daily sacrifice will be taken away?"
He said, "There will come a Man, and He's among you now (somewhere out
there), and He will take away the sin." The priest was disgusted with
John looked up. Now, what is he? The prophet. And here is the Word;
there comes the Word coming right straight to the prophet, right to the
water. John said, "Behold, the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of
the world. There He is; that's Him." Jesus never spoke a word, walked
right out into the water. And I can see there, standing in that water
(Think of a drama.), two of the greatest that ever struck the earth:
God the Word, and His prophet.
Notice. The Word come to the prophet in this dispensation of grace in
the water. Uh-huh. I thought you'd catch it. Uh-huh. In the water, the
first revelation of the Word was in the water. Now, you see where the
Bride started, the Evening-light Message? In the water. The Word, true
Word not mixed up with creeds, but come to the prophet in the water, by
Notice. Could you imagine the eyes of the Word and the eyes of the
prophet meeting in the water? Oh, that's too much for me. There stood
the prophet; there stood the Word, looking in each others' eyes. And
the prophet said, "I have need to be baptized of Thee, why comest Thou
unto me?" And the Word said… It has to be true.
Now, let me give a drama here. "John, you're a prophet, you know the Word. (See?) You recognize Me, you know Who I am."
"I have need to be baptized of Thee," John said.
Jesus said, "Suffer that to be so. That's exactly right; you do have
need to be baptized of Me. But remember, John, being a prophet, it is
behooving to us, or becoming to us (as the Word and the prophet), that
we fulfill every Word. For, John (Here's the revelation now.)–John,
you know Who I am, I am the Sacrifice. And according to the Word of
God, the sacrifice had to be washed before it was presented for
sacrifice." Is that right? The Word… "The lamb was washed and then
presented for sacrifice, and I am that Lamb. And I must be washed
before I can be presented to the world for a Sacrifice. Suffer it to be
so, John, for thus it is becoming to us as the Word and the prophet
115 Well, there can't be a mistake. Now, everyone of these things…
see, if it wasn't that very setup, John would've been like any of the
rest of us; so they say, "Yeah, I–I know Who you are, Lord."
"Well," He said, "wait a minute, I'm the Word. 'Man shall not live by
bread alone, but by every Word.' Eve left off one, but you got to take
every Word. And I am that Sacrifice, and I must be washed before I'm
presented. But what you said, John, is true."
John being a prophet, knowing the Word had to be fulfilled, he suffered
that and baptized Him. And when He was raised up out of the water,
there come the Message from heaven on the wings of a Dove, "This is My
beloved Son." He sent the redemption Message of grace on the wings of a
Dove, come flying down out of the heavens. "Peace on earth, good will
toward men." The Sacrifice was ready right then; It's been raised, fed,
His ministry was ready, a Word that would redeem the whole world, "It's
The dove is used in the Bible as a symbol of peace, and also it's used
by nations as a symbol of peace. We have nations… Our nation is
represented by an eagle. And there's other birds of other nations. Rome
has an eagle. Germany has an eagle; many of them, great birds of the
sky. But in all of them, the dove symbolizes peace in all nations. It's
a universal thing.
Just like Brother Green said one night, Brother Pearry Green said, "The
symbol of surrender is raise your hands. Any nation, raise up your
hands, it's surrender." He said, "When you sing, raise up your hands,
you surrender it all."
And the dove is the symbol of peace in every nation. Why is it done?
Because of its gentleness and because of its innocence. That's the
reason it symbols peace.
Another thing about the dove, it is a home-loving bird. It loves to
stay home. And another thing it is, it's always loyal to its mate. The
dove, male or female, never leave one another. That female finds her
mate in mating season. See? That's complimentary to God's great
creation. That's the reason He made Eve a byproduct. See? If she'd have
been made like other females, when the time come for her mating time,
she'd have found her mate; but she could any time. See? And that's the
way; that's what it is. I just… We don't want to go into that,
because I've got it on "Marriage and Divorce" and so forth. And how
it… But yet she's honorable and brought that virtue, and you know I
preached on it the other night. All right, notice, she's got a great
But the dove is always loyal to his mate: always, never leaves her.
And may I stop here just for a minute to say this: a true Bride, female
dove, is loyal to her Mate too. It won't inject any dogmas, any
denominational doctrines, anything of the world. It'll stay loyal to
its Mate, the Word: always loyal.
And by this home-loving conduct, by the conduct of its home-loving, it
has been successfully used for a–a carrier pigeon. Because it loves
home, you turn it loose anywhere, it'll always go back home. It'll go
We'd like to stress on that a little while, and you Christians would
understand what I mean. It always finds its way back home; so
therefore, it's been used for carrier pigeon. It's used in time of war,
used to be; they still use them, carrier pigeons to carry a message. So
you see, then that makes the dove both by God and man, a messenger; a
dove is a messenger. It was a messenger to Noah, to tell Noah that
there's peace again. It was used by God to vindicate that this was His
Son, the Sacrifice to bring peace upon the earth and goodwill to man.
It was used as a messenger.
Right here I have a little story in my mind, I read one time out of a
book. Now, I don't want to say this is sure; it may be in "The Decline
of the First World War." I'm not positive of that now; if you miss
seeing it, then I'm wrong. I either read it in a book… It's been many
years ago. But it was certainly a–a really a–a dramatic thing that
The American soldiers was pinned down by German machine-gun fire, and
they were in kind of a pit. You soldiers, I guess, understand how they
were on a reconnaissance somewhere. And they was pinned down, and they
had just a little bit of ammunition left. And the Germans was moving in
great units, moving in everywhere. And they knowed that unless they'd
get some reinforcement, some help, that they would soon all die (they
had to); the Germans coming right down off the mountain, looking right
down their neck, going right into them like that.
And one of them happened to remember that he had a little mascot, a
little pigeon. So he knew that this pigeon, if it could get out of
there, would carry the message to the main headquarters to where they'd
been stationed. And so they set down and wrote on a note, "We are
pinned down in a certain position at a certain area. We're out of
ammunition, in a few hours we'll have to surrender or either we'll be
massacred." And they pinned this, or tied it on the–the foot of this
little dove and turned him loose.
Now, he's a home-loving bird, so he… What does he do? He takes back
home for his–meet, find his mate. She was worried about him; he'd have
to come back home.
And as he went up, the Germans seen what had happened. So the thing
they done, they started shooting at the dove. And one of them hit him
with a .30 caliber machine gun, or bullet, it broke his leg. Another
one tore a big hunk out of his back. His chest was bruised all the way
across. One of his wings was crippled, the end shot off of it, and he
flew sideways. But he kept climbing, and finally he made it. Crippled,
wounded, broken, bruised, but he fell in the camp with the message.
That was a great dove.
But, oh, brother, Isaiah 53 tells us of One, came down from home and all that was good:
was bruised for our iniquity: the chastisement of our peace was upon
him; and with his stripes we were healed.
Sickness, superstition, and devils had us pinned down; there was no way
out; the church had gone wrong; they'd went off on denominational
things (and the Pharisees, Sadducees, and washing of pots and pans),
and the Word of God become of no effect. But this little Dove came
down, and there's only one thing could take place: there had to be a
But being wounded, broken, beaten, torn, but He knowed His way back
home. So from Calvary's cross where they bruised Him, mashed Him, tore
Him, like a bunch of wolves upon Him, He made His flight from Calvary
and then landed in heaven's doors, saying, "It's finished. It's
finished. They're free. Sickness can be healed now. Sinners can be
saved. The captive can be set free."
Though He was bruised and wounded, that great battle there when even everything against Him… Even the poet cried out.
I've been a neurotic all my life. As a little boy there was something
struck me, that scare me, about every seven years it would happen to
me. Brother Jack remembers when I first started, come off the field for
a year; something just happened.
I remember the day that Juanita Hemphill… I think her name's Juanita
Kelly now; she married Brother Kelly after the death of her husband.
Anna Jeanne, I've got their pictures and things, they were such… And
her… And them two girls and Sister Moore had a–a little trio. They
sang that song that I never forget: "Looking Beyond the Sunset."
Brother Jack, you remember, I guess, coming up from Florida. What fine
And I remember that morning a little Pentecostal group from up here in
northern part of the country, in Michigan somewhere, those girls stood
out there when Brother Hooper… I seen him here the other night, I…
He may not be here now, Brother Ed Hooper. Are you here, Brother Ed? I
don't think he… He set here the other night. None… Many of you know
him. He and I, and Brother Hooley, we was leaving. And those girls
standing there on the corner singing that, gave us, each one, a yellow
rose that they took out of their hair. (That's where that maniac had
been healed down there; great things had took place.)
Coming up the road just as happy as I could be, all of a sudden it
struck me; a year later 'fore I entered the field again, just killed
Since a little boy, I always said I didn't know what a vision was. A
little boy, I always said, "If I–if I'd only fall in one of those
trance, and see that I'd get well." That time… I always wanted to go
to Mayo's to find out what was wrong. The doctors there…
My stomach gets sour; and oh, my. Brother Jack's helped me around the
house. I walk right around the house; and just a hot greasy water like,
flying out of my mouth. And walk to the pulpit, and pray for people
that was twice that bad, and be healed. I've had them lay my hands on a
man with a cancer on his face, and the cancer left his face, standing
there; and I was so sick I couldn't stand up.
And you don't know what I've suffered; just mental oppression. Every
seven years it's come, all my life. That's where I'm at now, seven
So I was–I was so distressed; I cried, I begged, I pleaded. And I
remember when I finally thought I had enough money to go to Mayo's for
an examination; they said, "They'll find what your trouble is." Wife
and I, and Becky back there… Sarah was a little, bitty fellow. I had
just entered my healing ministry. And we took off to Mayo's.
I went through the clinic. And the night before I'd find–had my finals
the next morning, I just woke up and was setting there on the bed
looking around. And I looked out in front of me, and there was a little
boy, looked just like me, about seven years old; and looked at it, and
it was me. And he was standing by an old snag tree. And on that tree…
Any of you squirrel hunters know you can rub a stick up and down on a
tree like that, and it'll scare a squirrel and run him out if he's in
And I was seeing there where that squirrel had been, and I thought,
"What kind of squirrel is that?" and I rubbed it. And when I did, I
looked over and it was me then about thirty-eight years old, the little
boy was gone. So I rubbed that limb, and out of the hollow log, pole,
come a little squirrel about that long, dark, almost black, and looked
like little currents flying from him; little bitty beady eyes, the
wickedest looking thing that I ever seen, looked like a weasel more
than a squirrel.
And he looked right at me. And I opened my mouth to say, "Well…" And
when I did, he… Before you could've batted your eye, he flew right
into my mouth, went down into my stomach, and just tearing me to
pieces. And as I come out of the vision, with my hands up, looking, I
went a-screaming, "O God, have mercy. It's killing me."
I heard a Voice way down in the room, say, "Remember, it's only six inches long."
How many's heard that story? I've told you that many times, the people around the Tabernacle.
Well, on and on it went, suffering just the same.
Mayo Brothers, the next day, examined me. Said, "Your father was an
Irishman; he drank. Your mother being a half Indian, that makes you
almost a half-breed. So you'd be… You're–you're–you're just such a
nervous wreck until you'll never be out of it." Said, "Otherwise,
you're healthy. But that, that's something in the soul that man cannot
control." Said, "You will…" Said, "When a man dies, can't hold a
autopsy, 'cause his soul's gone." He said, "Well, you'll never get over
And that guy said, my old doctor, said, "My father had it; he died at
about eighty-five, ninety years old," somewhere along there, he said.
And said, "A month or two before he died, I examined him; had it all of
his life, he'd get them" said, "spells."
"Some people," said, "they get it; they're high tempered"; said,
"that's the kind that'll kill you." He said, "The other kind, like
women in menopause, they cry. You got the kind that's kind of a weary
feeling." Said, "The old-timers used to call it 'had the blues'; it
wouldn't leave them." Said, "When that hits you, your stomach sours;
you're just upset."
I said, "But, sir, I don't do nothing." I said, "I'm happy."
Said, "That's right. That's just out of the human grab bag." Said, "You'll always have it." Oh, what a discouraging thing.
But the words, to think it, "Remember, it's only six inches long,"
that's hung with me, as my dear wife back there can tell you. Year
after year, I've thought of that.
And then, going overseas this last time, I was… Before… Well, I was
back home, and I was on a squirrel-hunting trip. I jumped out of the
car with Brother Banks Wood, who's listening in tonight, and I started
to run up the hill, and looked like my heart would jump out of me.
And I asked Dr. Sam Adair; I said, "What does that?"
He said, "Next time you have it, get a cardiogram."
Said, "All right."
So it happened again in the next year, and went and took the
cardiogram. He said, "Nothing wrong with your heart," said, "you're
just nervous." Started coming on then…
Well, another doctor said to me, a good friend of mine, said, "That's
your heart, boy," said, "you better be careful." That's the year I
called Brother Moore and he got somebody to preach in my stead, when I
went on that ram hunt with Brother Fred. I'd go up over mountains just
like I did when I was sixteen years old, mile after mile, running;
never bothered me a bit. See?
I come back and told Sam. He said, "Well, there's something wrong; you'd better be careful."
Then I saw a vision of an old doctor standing with those–old fashion
doctor with stethoscopes over his arm. He said… He was standing in
front of me one day; he said, "Don't let them tell you that's your
heart; that's your stomach."
So I–I thought, "Well, I'll just take that word, 'cause it was a vision. Come on."
I started to Africa; to get some shots, and I had to take a bunch of
shots before going to Africa; that's the law. So when I was getting
these shots, he said, "Why, I can't find one thing wrong with you."
Said, "Your hemoglobin, your blood's ninety-six, it's ninety-six."
Said, "If you was sixteen years old, it wouldn't be any worse–wouldn't
be any better." And said, "Heart enough to beat you a hundred years.
Lungs, everything," said, "you're all right; no sugar, nothing."
I said, "Thank you." So I got a physical test, and–and to take my–my health certificate to the board.
So he said, "You know anything about it?"
I said, "Nothing but persistent souring in the stomach all the time."
He said, "Well, I'll tell you." He said…
I said, "Oh, I've been examined. I've been to Mayo Brothers, and everywhere."
He said, "But wait a minute." He said, "Sometimes a ulcer is so little
till that barium meal won't show it; and sometimes it's too big to show
it, because an X-ray is only a shadow. And a little bitty ulcer, you
can't see it, it won't enough stick. Whole lot of little bitty ulcers
could do that." He said, "I know an old doctor up here that's found an
instrument; they got it now; they can put you to sleep with a little
sodium pentothal, put a tube in your throat, and they just actually
look down in your stomach and see what's wrong." Said, "He…" Said,
"He's your type of people; he's a Christian." Said, "Why don't you go
I took his name: Dr. Van Ravensworth. So when I come back, I went up to
see the old doctor. Oh, he's a fine old man from Dutch East Indies, out
of a big line of missionaries. And he had heard of me and read my book,
and oh, he just shook my hand; he said, "Brother Branham, I'd be glad
to do that for you." He said, "Tell you what to do; next week you run
over at the hospital over here," and said, "and call me up before you
go." And said, "I have to give you a little shot of pentothal." And
said, "Then when I do," said, "it puts you to sleep for five minutes."
My little girl had just took it to have a tooth pulled, and Brother
Norman's little girl. "A five minute sleep," I thought, "that won't
bother me." So I thought I'd be satisfied then to look at it.
And then the next morning, I raised up in the bed and looked around; I
looked over in the twin bed; my wife over there, she hadn't woke up
yet. And I was looking out the window towards the great Catalina
Mountains there where I live, and I looked up there where the Angel of
the Lord put that Sword in my hand, where the seven Angels that you see
in the picture appeared, great things taken place.
And I looked, and as I looked, there I was standing by that tree again,
right where that squirrel was. I looked up there; I thought, "That's
that squirrel's den." And I thought, "Wonder if he's still up there?"
(in the vision). I raked the side of the tree, out he come. And before
I could even bat my eye (He was the oddest looking squirrel I ever
seen; now, you'll have to know my ministry to know these symbols and
things.), he jumped at me but he missed me; He missed my mouth, hit on
my chest and fell off.
And as soon as he did, I heard Something said, "Go to the Catalina Mountains."
180 So I turned around; I said, "Meda, are you awake, honey?" And I woke her up.
She said, "What's the matter?" About five o'clock in the morning…
I said, "I was looking out here, and I saw that squirrel again, Honey."
I said, "The one I seen up there at Mayo's." I said, "You know what? He
missed my mouth this time; he never hit me; he went out on my chest." I
said, "Praise be to God. I've looked, oh, since a little boy, I have
longed to see that happen. If I could ever see that happen, not even…
Before I knowed what a vision was, if I could ever see that happen,
then I said, 'I'd be all right. Whatever that told me, that's what I'd
be.' And for forty years I've looked for that, and there it happened."
Before, when I was at Mayo's, the same time I was up there when they give me that message, and I saw the vision…
My old mother that's gone on to glory now, very odd woman, she had
about three or four dreams in her life, and they were always true.
She'd tell me, and the… She'd start to tell me, I'd tell… I'd say,
"Stop right… Mama, I'll tell you what the rest of it is." See?
'Cause always when you give me a dream to interpret, you don't always
tell me just exactly what it is. Then when I see it over again, I see
exactly what you dreamed about, then He tells me what it is. See? You
don't have to tell me what the dream is, He shows me the dream Himself.
See? And then I see, I say, "Well, you didn't tell me this and tell me
that." See? And so the God that can interpret a dream, can show a
dream; He can show one; He can interpret it. And so then…
Well, wasn't there something like that in the Bible, said, "If you
can…" I–I… Just happened to come to me. Daniel, wasn't it? Or, no,
Joseph–Joseph. Well, it's somewhere in the Bible. I just remembered
that, said, "If you can show me… If you can tell me what a…" Oh,
it's King Nebuchadnezzar; that's right. Said, "If you can… If you
The magicians said, "Tell me the dream."
He said, "It's gone from me." That's right. That, I remember that; just thought of it then.
Now, notice. And mama, she said, "Billy," when I come back, she said,
"come here, son, and set down." She said, "I had a strange dream. I
dreamed that I seen you laying sick, just about to die with your
stomach as usual." How many diets has she cooked me. And she said, "You
were building a house upon a hill." And said, "I seen six white doves
come down from heaven, cooing, in a letter 'S' and they set upon your
chest. And you was looking, and the one in front was trying to tell you
something." Said, "They was real glossy, white doves. And they took
their little heads and put against your cheek, and going, 'coo, coo,
coo,'" And said, "I couldn't understand it." Said, "They just kept
going, 'coo, coo, coo.'"
I said, "Oh, I see it, praise the Lord." And said, "They formed their
letter 'S' again and went back up into the skies, going 'coo, coo, coo,
coo,' going back home."
Well, the little animal that I saw was six inches long. The string of
doves that Mom saw was six; six is incomplete. I knew that someday I'd
see that seventh one. That was man, suffering; so on and on it went.
That morning, I got up after seeing this vision; obeyed the Lord. I
took my little boy Joseph to school (He's listening to me now in
Tucson). I took him to school, and told Meda I didn't know when I'd be
And I took off up into Catalina, up into the–the foothills, and–and
went up into the place where the Angel of the Lord put the Sword in my
hand. Real early; and started climbing up the mountain.
Well, instead of going up in the peaks this a-way (which there's a lot
snakes, scorpions, you know how Arizona is), I turned to my right;
Something said, "Turn to your right." I went way into the peaks; I went
around, and I was going around those great huge rocks, many times
bigger than this tabernacle, laying up in them tops there where seldom
ever a person could get.
And along about eleven o'clock, I was going into a little cove, back
where some–a little place turned in like this over a little deer
trail. And I had my shirt off, my hat in my hand, because I was just
lathering with sweat. And so I turned in there, and as I turned into
that little cove, I felt the Presence of the Lord. I jerked off my hat
and looked around. I thought, "He's here somewhere. I know He's here."
I thought, "What is it?" I made a few more steps. I said, "Lord, You're
And I looked laying on the path, and there laid that little squirrel;
had jumped at something and missed it, and it hit a bunch of cholla
(That's jumping cactus). It rammed through his head, chest, stomach,
and he was dead. That odd-looking little squirrel, he had missed my
mouth and hit that cholla. And the Voice of the Lord said, "Your enemy
is dead." I stood there, and I trembled. I took my foot and ma…
Usually crows would've eat it up. I killed a snake, couple days later
than that, it laid on the road about a half hour. There's always eagles
and crows flying through there, and they'll pick it up right now. I
killed a coral snake; that's the most dangerous snake we got; laying
right beside of me, a few days after that. I started to come back to
pick it up to show it, the crows had done got it, ravens passing over.
And that had been laying there ever since I'd seen the vision, two days
before; I believe it was on Saturday, and I went up there on Monday. So
there he was, laying on there dead. I mashed through it with my foot.
I went back around, set down again; set there and cried awhile, and
prayed; looking down over Tucson, miles below me. Turned back around
and come back, it still laid there. When I entered that cove the Spirit
of God come on me again. I went on around, went down the mountain, went
in and told my wife; I said, "Honey, I don't know how, but I'm going to
get over this."
Dr. Ravensworth, when he give me the examination, he said, "It's
totally impossible for you to be well." He give me a shot of pentothal
that was to last me for five minutes, and I slept ten hours. So that
stuff, even an aspirin just knocks me out. So they… He give me a
shot, put that tube down my throat. When I come to, and he told me the
next morning; he said, "Reverend, I hate to tell you this"; but said,
"your stomach walls are even so hard, they're dried up." (I never seen
it; he used the name of gastritis, and I went and looked in the
dictionary and it said, "something that's withered away"). And said,
"You can't get over it." He said, "You'll always have it." And I
would've been a discouraged boy if it hadn't been for the vision of the
205 And the next day Something said, "Go back to the mountain."
that day instead of going one way, I was led to go another way. And I
was standing there; and looking, setting in the front of me, and there
set that seventh little, white dove, looking right at me. I rubbed my
eyes; I said, "Surely, it's a vision; surely, it is." I looked, and I
said, "Little dove, where do you come from?" Just as pretty and white,
could've been a pigeon, whatever it was, a-way in that wilderness.
God Almighty, Who raised up Jesus Christ from the dead, Whose servant I
am, and His Word laying here open before me, know that I tell the truth
and lie not.
There set the dove, setting there looking at me. I walked around; I
thought, "Surely, it's a vision." I turned my head; I looked back, and
there he set there, them little, white wings, just as snowy as he could
be, his little, yellow feet; and little, yellow beak; setting there
looking at me. He was watching right straight westward. I walked around
him like that; I wouldn't touch him for nothing. I walked on up the
trail; looked back, and there he still set watching me.
Brother, as a son of Abraham, I consider not what the doctor told me; I'm going to be well anyhow.
The third day I went back; I was climbing up high. And many of you know
the vision about the Indian chief riding that little wall to the west.
Something attracted me off to a big rock, about noon time, said, "Lay
your hands against that and pray." God in heaven knows this is true.
I laid my hands against the rock and looked up towards heaven and
started praying, and I heard a Voice coming out of the top of the rocks
there, said, "What are you leaning against, over your heart?" And I
raised back like this, my bare shoulders; naked from my waist up, hot.
I looked back. And there was wrote in the quartz, in the stone, white,
"Eagle" just exactly what the vision said that the next Message would
come forth by.
I was so excited I run home, got a camera, and come back the next day,
and took the picture of it. It was still there, wrote in the rock,
white, "Eagle" (Dove leading eagle).
Somehow, I–I know. I'll tell you before it happens. The doctor's a
good doc–good doctor, no doubt; I–I think he's a fine man. But I–I
know I'm going to be over it. It's done. It's finished, and I'm going
to be well.
And I was thinking as Ernie sang that song a few moments ago, "On the
Wings of a Dove." How is the melody to that? Start it for me, Ernie.
I understand Ernie made two verses of that. I'm going to make you three verses:
Dear God, I thank You for these things, Father. You give Noah the sign;
You gave the world the sign, and You gave me a sign. And the next day,
seeing that eagle flying, O God, there's a Message coming forth now,
and I pray, God, that You'll let the Dove lead. Grant it, Lord. It's
led me to a faith I never had before. I know, God; I know it's going to
be all right; so I thank You for it, Father.
And tonight, send down Your Message again, Lord, on the wings of the
Dove of the Word. Grant it, dear heavenly Father. And every one that
passes through this platform tonight, and out yonder in the meetings
across the country, may Your great Dove of faith fall into their hearts
and give them faith, Lord, for their healing. Remember that God is not
a respect of person. He could send the Message to Noah, could send It
to John the Baptist, could send It to me, can send It to others.
I pray that that Dove will fly into every heart right now, Lord, with
Its little, golden beak, and whisper that, "By His stripes… By all My
wounds and stripes you are healed." God, grant that our transgressions
will be blotted out, our iniquities will be forgiven us, and that our
sickness will be healed. It's in Your hands, Father. In Jesus Christ's
With your heads bowed just one minute longer, how many here would like
to say, if you can and want to say this, "Brother Branham, I've been
wrong all my life. I've wanted to serve God, but tonight I'm ready to
surrender. Pray God, that that Dove will fly into my heart tonight. I
can feel It flutter its wings as He comes in"? Raise your hands, will
you? Here in the visible audience, my, all over the building.
Way out into the audiences across the country, way up to Brother Hunt
and Brother Coleman, out to Brother Leo and them, down into Tucson,
over into Branham Tabernacle, across the west coast, raise your hands
everywhere: "I want the Dove to fly into my heart tonight. Bring me
God's sweet love on the wings of a snow-white Dove, the Holy Spirit.
Bring It to me tonight, Lord, and drop into my heart the faith that I
have need of."
In the Name of Jesus Christ, I pray, God, forgive our sins. The wounded
Dove has brought the Message back, O God, "It's finished." We believe
that. Just give us faith to believe It, we pray. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
dove come from? I don't know. He wouldn't have been out there in that
wilderness like that. No, no. No, he wouldn't have been there. And why
was he white? The heavenly Father knows he was as white as my shirt.
There he set there.
Oh, don't you feel real humble? Let's just shake one another's hands, and sing it.
Let's raise our hands to Him and sing it.
Why, me an old man, suffered all my life, why did He heal me now? I
believe I'll ride this trail again; I got to bring a Message. And I say
to my Father tonight (as Junior seen in a–a dream the other night of
the wings of this Dove moving in these windows here), Lord, Your
servant's reporting for service. Amen, I'm ready.
Let's believe now that He's moving in upon the audience.
You that got prayer cards, in this aisle here, step forward over here;
stand up, step forward in this aisle here, over this a-way.
Those with prayer cards in this line, step out to your left.
Where did the dove come from up there in the wilderness? I'd say this:
God seen Abraham needed a ram for a sign; He's Jehovah-jireh, "the Lord
can provide for Himself the sacrifice." To think of it, the same God,
by the same inspiration, by the same kind of people, sent a dove. He's
still God, Jehovah-jireh can provide anything He has need of.
Won't you, just while you're coming through this prayer line now, ask
God to provide for you on the wings of the Dove, the Dove, Spirit of
the Holy Ghost, to give you faith in your heart to believe that you're
going to be healed.
232 I'm trying to get them all on their feet. You see? I'm asking now. Brother Brown's at his place. Brother Jack… What say? [Someone speaks to Brother Branham–Ed.]
All right, good. This section here, comes through this a-way first,
that's lined up. The sections back over in here fall right in behind
them. These fall right in behind the wing. And you fall right in behind
these here, coming right around to be prayed for.
Now, I'm sure this is not going to be no fast line; we're just going to
take a little time so we can really pray for each one, far as we can.
Now, I cut my message just a little short (And you all caught that.
See?) so that I could have this prayer line. This is a memorial line in
honor of the days when Brother Jack Moore, Brother Young Brown, your
wives let you go, and you come over and we went out into California,
and all through Arizona (together, through the desert), and prayed for
You know what? There's people living today that was dying then, and
still alive because of that effort. What did it do? It sprung up Divine
healings in every church there is in the country; now even
Presbyterians and so forth. They… It hushed their mouth, for it taken
God to anoint somebody to slay the Goliath, to show that it could be
done, then the rest of them took courage (That's right.) and went on.
It can be done again, for He still sends His love on the wings of a
Christians, I want you to listen. If I would stand here and try to
quote to you of the supernatural things that I've seen happen even in
the past three years, I'd be here this time next Saturday night,
telling you. I don't even speak of it so much, 'cause it sounds like
it's almost impossible, but I tell you the truth. It's exactly the
truth. We're living under the leadership of the great mighty Jehovah,
the same One that was with the prophets in the Old Testament, with the
church in the New Testament, He's here today taking a Bride out of the
Gentiles for His Name's sake. Believe it. Won't you, people? If you
ever did believe it, believe it right now. That's true. I want you to
do it. We don't know what'll happen yet tonight. We don't know what
will happen. We're just waiting under expectation.
Please, in the Name of the Lord Jesus, I ask you as His servant. I know
when you're dealing with congregations, you got everything mixed in
there. But if you believe me as His servant, if there's one speck of
doubt or (Sin is–is doubt, unbelief.), if there's one speck of it in
your heart, ask Father to take it away right now. See? "Lord…" And
then when you come with genuine faith… Now, my hands won't mean
nothing unless That strikes you first; then when it comes, it'll light
it off; you'll be healed. That's right, you'll know you'll be healed.
See? You'll believe it.
Now, I'm going to pray now for each one of you. And I… When you do
this, you put your hands over on one another too, so we'll… And you
be praying for the person you got your hands on, then I'm going to
bring you through the line. Put your hands on somebody that's with you
in the line.
Dear God, I–I don't know no other way of saying these things, Lord. I
just know to tell what I know is the truth, and You're my witness
tonight that I am telling the truth. My faith, Lord, and my own healing
in the future; I don't know when, I don't know how; I don't understand
it; but I believe It, Lord, that I received the sign from above. That
seventh dove finally got here, the seventh inch is soon finished on the
animal. It's over.
God, I want to serve Your people. So I pray, God, that You'll so anoint
us tonight that whoever we lay our hands on, may they be healed; not
because it's us, but because it's following Your commandment. You said,
"These signs shall follow them that believe." Lord, help me to believe,
and help their hearts to be the bedding ground of faith. And may,
together, for the glory of God, every sick and afflicted person in this
building (or the buildings throughout the land) that's obeying these
commands now, will be made well. In the Name of Jesus Christ, I ask it.
241 Have faith; all of you pray with us. Now, this is not a line of discernment.
fear, I know what this… Poor little thing, she said she's never seen
peace in life, the same thing that I had: can't sleep, nervous, tension.
Dear God, bear me record, Lord, that I've told the truth. How I feel
for this little woman. I pray, God, that You'll send to her, tonight,
that streak of faith from above that knows that You are obligated to
Your Word, and You'll keep every Word. May the God of heaven take this
fear away from my sister. And I obey You by laying hands upon her and
condemning it. In the Name of Jesus Christ, may it come out of her.
Now, look sister, you believe me now, if you can start from right here
by the cross, from this night, deny you've got it. See, go on saying,
"I haven't got it no more." And it will leave you…?…
Sister Palmer…?… Uh-huh. Yes. Our sister, Sister Palmer, her
husband is a very dear friend of mine, a minister from Georgia or
Alabama, Georgia–Georgia. And she was coming up to the Tabernacle…
They drive, when I'm preaching at the Tabernacle, fifteen hundred miles
to hear one service. Brother Palmer lost control of his car, or the
boy, one, when they was turning a corner, and they had a wreck. She's
got an affect of it. Let's pray.
Dear God, deliver this servant of Yours, his little wife, loyal, true,
little servant in Christ; I pray, God, as I lay my hands upon her with
my Brother Jack Moore here, that You'll heal her and make her well. In
Jesus' Name. Amen. Now…?…
In the right foot, and you're standing for him? His little boy is
crippled; he's got a hurting in his stomach and back. Let's pray.
Dear God, let that snow-white Dove dip down into his heart just now,
"Wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquity, with His
stripes we are healed." I ask this to be so for our brother and for his
little son, in Jesus Christ's Name. Amen.
Severe headache pains, and a leg ailment that bothers him while he's a-working.
Dear God, grant Your healing blessing upon this young man, as we as
servants of God lay our hands upon him. In the Name of Jesus Christ.
251 She has a lady's trouble, female, and also she wants the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
God, as I offer you this prayer of faith for this little lady, may the
female trouble be gone, may the baptism of the Holy Ghost come on the
wings of a Dove, in Jesus Christ's Name. Amen. God bless you, sister.
Growth on his eye, and for his loving companion…
Dear God, You know the hearts of man. I pray Thee Father, in Jesus'
Name, that You'll grant this request that this brother's asked; and our
obedience to Your Word of laying hands on him. In Jesus Christ's Name.
Amen. God bless you, brother.
She has a growth in her left side, and also her voice is bad.
Dear Jesus, I pray that You'll heal this sister; laying hands upon her
in the Name of Jesus Christ, that her healing will be. Amen. God bless
you, my sister.
Poor sister, I see your trouble, swollen limb, kidney, bladder, and a ankle throwed out of place.
O Father, God, heal this precious woman, Lord, I pray, as I lay hands upon her in Jesus Christ's Name. Amen.
God bless you, sister; that's the way, believe it.
You hear that, don't you, on the microphone? Ever who's at… the
engineer, if you'll step it up just a little bit, the audience can hear
their testi–or what they say when they come by. Be in prayer for them
when you hear it; when I start praying, you pray with me.
Dear God, I pray for this our sister, that You'll heal her, dear God.
We're doing this because it's Your command. In Jesus Christ's Name.
Amen. Bless you sister.
Dear God, You hear that testimony; You hear what the enemy's done to
her. We are trying to take the Name of Jesus and defeat this enemy;
he's already because the bruised, striped Dove fell in the floor of the
house of God with a Message, "It's over." Grant it; may she believe
that, Father, in Jesus' Name.
Dear God, I pray that You'll heal this our sister. May the Dove of God
witness to her tonight that He did it for her, that she could be well.
In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Dear God, I lay my hands upon my brother who stands here. He had enough
faith to come this far, Lord; now may he receive his healing and go to
his seat well. In Jesus' Name.
Dear God, I pray for our brother, laying hands upon him. Help, dear
God, that the faith of God will dip down just at this time; and be like
Abraham, call those things which are, as though they're–are not, for
God made the promise. In Jesus' Name. Amen. God bless you brother.
Dear God, You are the One Who can make the true decision. I pray, dear
God, as this young lady asked for this, may she receive it in Jesus
Christ's Name. Amen.
Dear God, I lay my hands upon our sister in obeying what You said do.
This takes us back for many years, Lord, since we run a prayer line
like this; but we know what happened then; we know You're the same God
today if people can have the same faith today. I pray in Jesus' Name
for our sister's healing. Amen.
Dear God, I lay my hands upon my brother here and ask for his healing, in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Father, I bring before you tonight this our sister, and lay my hands
upon her to witness that I'm standing as a witness of Your strength,
stand as a witness of Your visions, Your Word, and I'm a witness that
You're God. And I lay hands upon her in obedience to the Word of my
God, and ask for her healing. Amen.
Dear God, I lay hands upon my brother in like manner, as a witness of
Your strength I ask for his healing in Jesus Christ's Name. Amen.
She said, "The Healer." Said that "A man from up somewhere, up in
Arkansas, had been healed that morning, a blind shoe cobbler." (You
know the story, it'd been on the radio.)
And I said… I thought… I played the part of a hypocrite. I said, "You don't believe that's the truth?"
She said, "Yes, sir, I do."
And I said, "Do you believe in this day when God would do something like that, when…"
She said, "Sir, I listened to the religious program." She said, "I'm a
Christian." She said, "I listened to the programs; I heard that man up
there that was healed this morning, that blind shoe cobbler. They
throwed him out of the church; he was making so much noise, one church
to the other. With his hat on a cane, wiggling it around, running up
and down the church. He was everywhere in the city, hollering, 'I'm
healed. I'm healed.' A blind shoe cobbler."
I said, "Do you believe that?"
And she stood there a little bit, was kind of drizzling rain; she said,
"Sir, if you'll get me in where he's at, then I'll find my father."
Then I felt about like that.
I said, "Maybe I'm the one you're looking for."
She said–grabbed me by the lapels of the coat, she said, "Is you the healer?"
I said, "No, sister, but I'm Brother Branham."
She said, "Have mercy." I thought of poor old blind Fanny Crosby,
"While on others Thou art calling, do not pass me by." See, He'd healed
one, He could heal her.
I put my hands over her eyes; I said, "Dear Jesus, one day an old
rugged cross come bumping down the street; the shoulders with blood
running out of them, the little frail body that was practically fell
under the load. A colored man by the name of Simon of Cyrene, came up
and picked up the cross, helped Him bear it. I'm sure You remember it,
Father. One of His children is staggering here in darkness; I'm sure
She said, "Glory to God. I can see."
I said, "Can you see?"
She said, "Yes, sir."
I said, "Count them lights." And she counted them. I said, "What color suit I got on?"
Said, "You got on a gray suit with a yellow tie." That was it; she could see.
Oh, God respects humility.
290 Dear God, have mercy and heal my sister, in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Dear God, as I take this feeble, wrinkling hand, only You know what's
passed through here. I pray, dear God, that the same hand I got tonight
will embrace like those feeble hands of Simeon that day, "Lord, let Thy
servant depart in peace, for I now see Thy salvation." May It come upon
her, Lord, Your salvation, and make her well in Jesus' Name. Amen.
On The Trial of… Mr. Unbelief indicted Jesus Christ? You remember
"The Trial"? How that the… They had the–the attorneys and
everything, and who stood for who. And we had the–the prosecuting
attorney, Satan, that was going to prosecute; how the trial was
And he said, one, Mr. Doubter, he come up; he said, "I heard a preacher
say, 'Anoint the sick in oil, the Bible says that.' I was anointed in
oil, wasn't healed. The other one said, 'Lay hands on the sick, they
shall recover.'" He was trying to prosecute.
But when the witness came forth, here it was, "God told them, said, 'It
had been…'" He said, "It's been six months since I had hands laid on
me, and Your Word says that 'Lay hands on the sick and they shall
recover.' And hands was laid on me by one of Your anointed servants,
and I haven't recovered yet. Therefore, You're a false pretender,
because Your Word don't mean what It says."
So when the witness come up, the true was this, that "His Word is true.
He never said when He would do it." He said, "These signs shall follow
them that believe; if they lay their hands on the sick, they shall
recover." See? See? That's what He said, "They shall recover." So
whether it's a prone miracle just happen right like this or whether
it's just obeying God, that's up to Him in the individual. See? But if
the individual believes It, I don't care how long it takes. He said To
Abraham, "You're going to have a baby by Sarah." The baby never come
for twenty-five years. He told Noah it was going to rain. Noah had the
flood–the–the ark built for the flood, many, many years before the
flood came, but he knowed it was going to rain. The Bible said, "The
prayer of faith shall save the sick, and God shall raise them up."
When? He didn't say. God is just, He's true; just read what His Word
That's what I've done tonight, laid hands on the sick. Now, I believe
every one of them's going to be healed. I believe, every one of them.
You believe the same? Now, believe for these afflicted people.
There's a little lady here, seems like I ought to know, I prayed for
her last night out there in the prayer line. What's her name?
Chambers–Chambless. If that little lady would've lived–would've lived
normally, wouldn't have been afflicted, she certainly been a beautiful
woman. And she's setting there now, shaking. Lovely, fine spirit in the
girl, and she sets there jerking like this. Oh, how that breaks my
heart. How would I have wished… Just how I would…
Here's a little baby, lady setting here holding it. Its little tongue
hanging out, its little body afflicted. What if that was my little
Joseph? What if it was my little grandson Paul? What if that was
Rebekah setting back there, or Sarah? What if Mrs. Simpson here was my
wife Meda? This young man setting here was Billy Paul? This aged woman
setting here was my mother? Remember, it's somebody's baby, somebody's
sister, somebody's daughter, and somebody's son. See? I am their
brother; He is our Saviour. All that I can do is… What faith I've got
is offered in their behalf. That's all I know.
Now, the Lord can show me a vision; He could tell me what's the matter
with each one of them. I can prove that to you (See?); you know that.
But that don't heal them. That doesn't heal them. No, it's got to be
something drop in them. See? And I hope…
Like I could go up here take each one of you and baptize you in the
Name of the Lord Jesus Christ; that won't remit your sins. No, no. No,
I don't believe in water baptism in the Name of Jesus Christ unto
regeneration; I believe the Blood is regeneration (See?) now, not the
waters. But, see, I could baptize and baptize, but you only go down a
dry sinner, come up a wet one (See?) until you have thoroughly
repented. Repent, and then be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ.
See? And that's where I different with the Oneness movement. Not
baptizing to regeneration, no; I believe it's the Blood that cleanses,
not the water. See? Repentance, and then be baptized in the Name of
Now, I'm going down to pray. And these people are just as much to you
as they are to me, maybe even more than–than my own relation.
Now, let's all join together, and your hands in faith, and my hand in
faith, bringing down the hands of the Lord Jesus to lay on these poor
crippled people. Will you pray with me?
handkerchiefs that's for the sick and the afflicted, you may get them
right after service. Now, help me pray for these, will you?
God, we thank You, Lord, for what You have done tonight. We thank You
in advance for the healing of every person come through the line. Dear
God, I pray over these handkerchiefs, perhaps for some who could not
even come to the meeting, and their loved ones brought the
handkerchiefs. In the Bible we're taught that they took from the body
of Paul, handkerchiefs or aprons. Now, those people back there had
lived in Your Presence; they'd seen You on the street, they'd seen You
in their meetings, and they'd seen Your same Spirit upon Paul. And they
knew it wasn't that man; it was Your Spirit that was dominating his
life, for we see Paul doing the same things that You did.
And now, Lord, the people of this day sees the same God living in His
church with His people. And they've brought these handkerchiefs, that
they might be taken from here to their loved ones. Grant, God, that
every one of them will be healed in Your own way. We don't request any
certain thing to be done of any certain way or any certain nature; we
just ask, "In Your own way, Father, heal them." For the glory of God, I
offer this prayer of faith over it. In Jesus Christ's Name. Amen.
I've had a wonderful time of fellowship around your faith, your
presence in Jesus Christ. This will be a meeting that I'll long
remember of what taken place: love, cooperation, fellowship.
And now, till we meet again, may God of heaven guide you. He Who makes
the stars to shine bright at night to lighten up the path when it's
growing dim, may He lighten your path with the Star of Bethlehem to
guide you to a full surrendered life in His Word, is my prayer.
Now, let us stand. "My Faith Looks Up to Thee"…?… I… Well, I'll change that. I believe that's fine:
309 Now, let's shake one another's hands when they sing:
Feel better now, don't you?
That's our closing message for this campaign.
Bow our heads. As the wheels hum a song going home, I trust
it'll–you'd hear the humming of the wheels, the roaring of the engine.
[Brother Branham begins humming the chorus–Ed.]…
With your heads bowed, I give you to Brother Noel.