This Day This Scripture Is Fulfilled (65-0125)
Thank you, Brother Demos, Brother Carl Shakarian, or, Demos Shakarian,
and Brother Carl Williams, and delegates, all. I just think that the
brother, the plow man here, just expressed what I wanted to tonight,
that he just taken my speech right from me. Because I have enjoyed
this, I believe, this convention, more than any convention I've ever
been in. I've never seen in any convention, more harmony and such real
fellowship and brotherly love. Another thing that I done, I've met many
new delegates of heaven, new brethren that I've had the privilege to
shake hands with and talk to.
2 Just a few nights ago, I was listening to the Baptist brother setting over there. I can't think of his name [Brother Shakarian says, "Irvin."–Ed.]:
Irvin. And he brought a card to me from, I believe it's his aunt,
that's setting here tonight. She's held that prayer card for some
She was brought into the meeting, dying with a disease, that maybe the
doctor could explain what it is. It's something like leprosy, but it
isn't leprosy. You just… There's an operation, they could cut a, some
kind of a cord up here, or something, but she'd be just like a plant,
she'd have to set there. And while she was setting there, perhaps her
card not called or nothing, didn't get in the prayer line, the Holy
Spirit directed me to her. And she's back there tonight, is well, and
we're very thankful for that. The…
Shakarian says, "Brother, I think–I think Howard Irvin was over there
speaking to you, but I think the aunt is here. Maybe we can have her
stand up."–Ed.] Would you stand up, the–the aunt of… ["There she is. Wave your hand. Wave your hand." Congregation applauds.]
God bless you, my sister, for your gallant faith in the Son of God. May
He keep you well until the time He calls you home, when this mortal
will take on immortality. I'm so thankful for that, to think she held
that card for all these years now, and then was brought here to me and
showed me tonight. You know, I was saying; it's like bread upon the
water, it returns to you, when you try to do something for somebody
Now, I have also had the privilege of meeting many of these fine
ministers, and I certainly appreciate their fine fellowship, this
cooperation. Brother Carl announced me to be back next year, if the
Lord is willing, and we are here on earth. And, well, I hope to meet
every one of you here next year again, and each one bring another
delegate with him and with she.
Now, there's just one thing that I would like to say a little something about, maybe for just a moment.
Because Doctor Reed is to speak next, and I've come all the way up here
tonight; I've got two hundred and fifty miles that I–to make this
trip, to hear Doctor Reed. And just something happened awhile ago that
I would… But–but, Doctor Reed, I'd drive a thousand miles to hear
him. But something has take… Since I've been here, I would drive a
thousand miles just to hear what I heard a little while ago, such a
wonderful thing, something that flesh and blood cannot reveal. Takes
the Holy Spirit to do it. And to see someone who encouraged my life in
such a way, and I certainly will be very grateful all the rest of my
What I wanted to say, was–was, if I ever have to have an operation,
call on a medical doctor, you–you come to me, Doctor Reed, right away.
I–I can trust the man to operate, if I have to have one. Hands that
believes in God, that–that would be the one I'd want working on me.
And so we… I trust I'll never have to have it. But if I do, I would
want he, or a man like him, to do the work, if he couldn't be there.
I had something to happen last night, that, or yesterday afternoon,
rather, that was really kind of strange to me. And I'll be brief,
because I don't want to take my brother's time, as he's going to speak.
But I suppose it's kind of a complimentary to my ministry.
I–I watch little things. Just every little thing has a meaning to me.
I don't believe that anything happens to a Christian by chance. I think
it's ordained of God, 'cause Jesus said He'd make all things work
together for good to them that loved Him. So therefore, I believe that
every little thing in–in the little humble ministry that He has given
me to help you people, to help everyone, and you all are a help to me,
helping each other to get to glory. In that, every little thing has a
meaning to me. But it was hard for me to believe that yesterday
afternoon, when I lost my text up here. I–I tell you; I never was so
gotten in my life. And then, my–my wife gave me a new Bible for
My old one was just worn out. I've had it almost twenty years now, was
give to me by the Houston Gospel Tabernacle people many years ago when
I started out on the campaigns. And so I just, I cherish it so much,
and I… The leaves and pages, of crossing the sea, and around, until
I… It's just dropping out. And I pick up a page maybe in Genesis, and
have to look back over in Deuteronomy somewhere to find it, you know,
where I just stuck it back in the Bible. So she got me one for
Christmas. And I hated to lay the old Book aside; it's been so dear to
me. I said, "If I went before Jesus comes, lay it on me. And let this
go down with me, and I'll come up with it when we come up." So then,
that's my opinion anyhow.
As I used to tell a little story to… Hope this is not sacrilegious.
But I went to… A man told me one time, I believe it was Brother Earl
Prickett, a meeting up in New York; and I met a man; he said, "Say,
what are you doing with these businessmen, being a preacher?"
I said, "I am a businessman."
And he said, "What kind of business you in?"
I said, "Assurance." Now, he thought I said, "Insurance," you see. So I said, "Assurance."
He said, "Oh, what kind of insurance you sell?"
I said, "Eternal Life." Eternal… Said, "I don't sell It. I'm just a policyholder myself, and I try to prescribe It to others."
Remember a boy I went to school with one time, and he was an insurance
salesman. Now, insurance is all right, but I don't have any. Then so he
come to my house, and he said, "Billy, I'd like to sell you some
insurance." Said, "I know your brother." My brother sells for
Metropolitan. He said, "Well," said, "I would… I'd like to sell you
I said, "Oh, Wilmer, thank you."
And you'll… He may be here tonight, his brother, he writes the
articles in "The Upper Room," the book, "The Upper Room." So he…
I said, "I have assurance."
He said, "What?"
And my wife looked at me as if I was a hypocrite. She… And I said… So she said, "Billy?"
And I said, "Yes, uh-huh, I have assurance."
And he said, "Oh, I'm–I'm sorry," said, "I didn't… I heard that you didn't have any insurance."
And I said, "No, I have assurance."
And–and he caught me, what I said then. He said, "What did you say?"
"I said, 'Assurance.'"
And he said, "Well, what do you mean?"
I said, "Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine; oh, what a foretaste of
glory Divine! I'm an heir of salvation, purchased of God; born of His
Spirit, washed in His Blood."
He said, "Billy, you know I appreciate that." Said, "That's a very good
thing." But said, "Son, that will not put you out here in the
I said, "But It'll get me out." I'm not worried about… [Brother Branham and the congregation laugh–Ed.] I'm not bothered about getting in; it's getting out. See? So I think that's the way we feel about it.
Last evening when I picked up that Bible, and I couldn't find that
text… And I picked up that new Bible. I was reading out of the old,
and I picked up the new one, and put it under my arm, and run up here.
And I turned over to that place, and I thought, "Why, here, I believe
it was Saint John 16:21," and it–it wasn't the reading at all.
I said to Brother Moore, "Is that where that's at?"
And I looked back, and it wasn't there. So I thought, "Well, they got a misplaced page in–page in."
Then my brother here came, Brother Stanley, he came over; Bishop
Stanley, rather. And I don't know what the man meant, I… It was such
a comfort though. He walked up close to my side, and he said, "Hold
steady, brother, God is maybe going to do something." See? And that
just encouraged me to think he'd say that.
I wonder if he realized he prophesied? But talking to him a few moments ago, just before getting up here, I'm sure he did.
So I brought it in my Message upon the "Birth Pains," and so forth. And
my little rude way of doing it, about the lily; and how it's born down,
and begotten, and comes up, and draws up the sun, the dew drop, and so
forth. And then the corruption of what it has to die out of–to be born
out of, rather, to come out. And I was trying to make an illustration
of the church.
Just like the doctor here, if he went to treat a patient. We've got
doctors today that says, "You can rub your foot on the back of the
heel, and heal the cancer on your face. You see?" But a good doctor
wouldn't listen to such a thing as that. He treats the patient
according to the book that he's reading on medical research.
And that's the way I try to do to treat the patients. When I see the
church sick, I don't want to try to tell them they need a new handshake
or something or that, a new organization. I have to treat it according
to the Book that I–I know. See? And so when I see the church, look
like breaking out with measles, I want them to take the very
Prescription I think is right, and for the measles, to get it out of
the church; when I see sin breaking out in it, it's the same way.
I tried to make a comparison with Esau and Jacob, and then bringing
times down. And I won't go into that. But bringing it down to the last
part in my last Scripture to use, was comparing it, not unscripturally,
but as Jesus said it would be, what the main Doctor said the condition
of the church would be in this last days, "It would be a Laodicea:
rich, blind, naked, poor church," and it would be compared with the
days of Sodom. Now, we know that's the truth. If you notice it,
historically, He brought in the days of Noah, first, and then the days
of Sodom. And that's just the way it's traveled, just the same way.
And history has many times repeats itself, history does, and so
does–does promises of the Bible. For instance, like in Matthew 3,
where it said, "Out of Egypt I've called My son." Now, if you run the
reference on that, it was Jacob, His son, He called out of Egypt; that
was His lesser son. But His great Son, Jesus, was called out of Egypt
too. So it had a–a compound answer.
So and seeing as they went along talking about that, and then I brought
my thoughts of that. And I walked out of the–off the platform, and
went out. My children, going home, wanted to stop out here somewhere to
get a sandwich. And I went in; the wife said, "Billy, I was so nervous
I didn't know what to do." Said, "I gave you that Bible."
I said, "You never wrote it, and you never put it together, honey."
She said, "But, just to think, I–I give you a–a Bible that had a flaw in it."
I said, "Well, maybe it wasn't."
And so one of the children picked it up, and we'd feel the pages. No,
it looked all right. But right down at the bottom, it was two pages
sticking together (See?), and the 16th chapter was on this side, and
then the continuation of the 16th chapter come up on the other side.
And the 17th started on the… See, it's just perfectly, exactly the
same, across. And that India paper, real thin, sticking together, and I
was reading out of the 17th chapter all the time, instead of the 16th
And I thought, "God, why did You do that? Why would there be such a
thing now?" That's me feeling, you know, to see what it was all about,
'cause I think nothing happens by chance. And I was thinking about the
comfort of this brother here, coming, telling me, "Hold steady, him
being a priest, 'hold steady, maybe God is going to do something,'" or
something in that manner. And I–I thought, "How could that be?"
And then, setting there, like a thunderbolt out of heaven it came to
me. Now, this might not make sense to you, but it does to me. See?
I remember in Luke the 4th chapter, that Jesus entered the synagogue at
Nazareth, where He was brought up at, as His custom was to go into the
church on the–synagogue, on the Sabbath. And when He did, we notice
there that the priest gave Him the Bible, a Scroll. Jesus, looking
through the Scroll, found a certain place, Isaiah 61, and He read the
Scripture. Then He handed the Bible back to the minister. And then as
He turned to the audience, all eyes was upon Him. And He said:
And we know how peculiar that Scripture reading was, because He just
took a portion of the 1st and 2nd verses of Isaiah 61:1 and 2. But He
read down this far, where, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me to bind
up the broken-hearted, and to–to give–heal the sick, and to open the
blinded eyes, and to preach the acceptable year of the Lord," and then
He stopped. For the next was to bring judgment; that would apply to His
second coming, not His first coming. And He stopped, and turned around,
and said, "This day this Scripture is fulfilled." How direct that was.
And what a–what a–a statement it was to the teachers and to the
people that were present, that He could make this plain to the people,
"This day this Scripture is fulfilled." For here He was, the Messiah,
yet they didn't believe it. Here He was, the anointed One for that
hour. Every bit of His ministry from His birth up had proved to be what
He was, and yet they could not believe it. What a statement. But He
could say today…
And if a person opened up their eyes, they could've knew–known what
day that they were living in, for that was His hour, for He was right
there doing exactly what the Scriptures, all the prophets had said
would happen in that day. Here He was doing exactly what God had
prophesied would happen. How did they miss seeing it? They should've
known right quick, seeing what His ministry was. There's the Messiah.
They would've known it, because He said, "The Scripture is fulfilled."
I think of today. And notice what that was as the–the priest gave the
Word over. The Word was read, handed back to the priest. And the last
quotation out of my text that I had, and my Scriptures wrote down, was
Saint Luke 17:30, where, Jesus referring back to this day that we're
living in, rich, Laodicea age, and yet rotten in politics, church
politics and national politics, just as rotten as it could be. And then
He said, "As it was in the days of Lot, so shall it be in the coming
end time," notice what He said there, "in the day that the Son of man
will be revealed."
See, "In the days that the Son of man will be revealed…" I want to draw your attention.
See, He came in three names. He came as Son of man, which was prophet.
And that's what He did; He proved His ministry by being a prophet. We
all know that. Every one of us knows it. He never said He was the Son
of God; He said He was the Son of man. Now, today, He is the Son of
God, which He returned back, and now He is in the form of the Holy
Ghost, the unseen Person; but yet, God, the Son of God. In the
millennium He sets upon His Father's throne, which He'll be Son of
David. He revealed Hisself first as Son of man, a prophet; this age,
through the church age, Son of man–or Son of God; and in the other
age, Son of David: three sons.
But you notice here, He said, at the ending of the church age, it had
got in such a mess till He would be revealed again as Son of man, "when
the Son of man is being revealed." How appropriate was that mix-up
yesterday. And I hope you don't miss it.
We have had the revelation of Son of God, but the last promise that
Abraham had before the son was made–or brought into existence, the one
that he would been promised; before the promised son showed up, God
manifested Himself there at Sodom as a Prophet, being a Man, in flesh,
God. Elohim, as I heard someone speak it awhile ago, which the Godhead
bodily was in Him. He was the Fullness. Elohim is the Fullness of the
Godhead bodily. And we notice there when Lot saw… When Abraham saw
Him coming, he said, "My Lord." There was three of them. And down in
Sodom, Lot saw two, and said, "My lords," lack of revelation. So notice
what taken place here, when He come up, how He made Hisself known.
Could we not, could I not say this if I had just been on my toes
(See?); the brother prophesied when he said to me what he did. This
day… Watch what He did right after the reading of that Scripture. "In
the days when the Son of man," not a man, not a human being, "the Son
of man will reveal Hisself among His people again." This day this
promise, of this hour that we're now living in is fulfilled before our
very eyes. He turned immediately to the congregation, and ten or
twelve, whatever people it was out there, unknown; He did the very same
thing He did at Sodom. This day has this Scripture been made manifest
before you. It's been made true before you.
Then, my brother, sister, delegates, ministers, whatever we are here,
children of God, how close are we to His coming then? If we're now
seeing the Scripture that He promised just before the fire fell in
Sodom to burn it up, and likened this day to it, and seeing that
Scripture right before our eyes be fulfilled, how close are we to the
coming of the Son of God then? How close is the manifestation of the
Scriptures, like He did through Abraham, bringing the church up in
type, which He was the promise to the church. And now we find out,
Abraham's natural seed, how they failed. But the royal seed of Abraham,
which is by faith in the promised Word, is now being manifested on the
earth today. We are at the end time, my brother, sisters. We are at the
And we have not one other type. I have to type Scriptures because I
don't have an education enough to bring out words and things. I make a
type. But if I see in the shadows… If I never had seen my hand and
see the shadow, I know I had five fingers. And that's the way you have
to watch the Scripture types of the Old Testament. What does it do? It
foreshadows this. And Jesus said that Sodom was the foreshadow of the
end time now. And the very Scriptures that was promised to Sodom, the
very Scriptures that was taking place at Sodom, that Jesus said would
repeat itself again in this day, it's made known right before us today.
God bless you. Don't miss it. And if I don't see you here next year;
when they climb the golden stairs, I hope to meet you up There. God
bless you. [Blank.spot.on.tape–Ed.]
52 Father, we are… [Blank.spot.on.tape–Ed.]
According to the Scriptures, we are seeing manifested, before us, the
last sign and type. The Words of Jesus Christ said this is so. Just as
it was at Sodom, we see the world in its condition, we see the church
in its condition, we see the–the elect being called out of every
denomination; the Life, that's in those places, moving out now to take
the form of the Seed. We pray, heavenly Father, that we'll waken a
As a brother just said now, he seen before his face, and when he had
his eyes closed, just masses going before him. O God, we feel that
there is masses untouched yet. Help us, dear God. May we go from this
convention with such a warning in our heart, knowing that this day the
Scripture is fulfilled. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Demos Shakarian says, "Hallelujah. Our editor, Jerry Jensen, would you
come up here. His–his mother-in-law is unconscious right now; he just
got the news. And they're ministers of the Gospel, Foursquare
ministers. Would we just… He is, I know he is very heavy-hearted. And
just…"–Ed.] Heard just now? Oh, yes. Oh, are they here? ["No, they're in Los Angeles. In a coma."]
Distance is no difference to God. He's omnipresent. He has to be to be
God. Some of the greatest things that I've know of being done in my own
humble ministry, is by telephone, or someone calling in, great things
taken place. Let us agree together that God will heal this people
Dear heavenly Father, we bring them into Your Presence by prayer. We
know that one night there was an apostle that was shut off from all
activity then; he was in a jail, and he was going to be beheaded the
next day. And down at John Mark's house they had a prayer meeting, and
right in those inner cells there came that same Pillar of Fire that
followed the children of Israel, or the children of Israel followed It
through the wilderness; came right in, because of that prayer meeting,
and opened every door, and brought the apostle out on the street again,
free to minister.
We understand that these ministers, missionary people, is bound in now,
they're–they're even in a coma. Lord, You are the same yesterday,
today, and forever. Hear our prayer tonight, O God. You said, "When you
pray, believe that you receive what you ask for; it shall be given
you." Lord, we believe, and pray that in Jesus' Name, that You'll heal
them, Lord, for Your glory. It's been said, been asked, now let it be
God bless you, Ted. You believe with him.
58 Brother Demos.
[Blank.spot.on.tape, then Brother Demos Shakarian says, "You recognize that fellow?"–Ed.]
No, sir. A lot of change since those days, brethren.
["Come here, Howard. He was a very handsome
fellow then. He is still handsome, Brother Branham. Yeah, that's a nice
picture. And we had your aunt to stand a moment ago too. And maybe you
would like to say a word, Howard."]
[Blank.spot.on.tape–Ed.] … man they left out; we all appreciate Brother Shakarian. Now, if he ever want us to come forth…