Three Kinds Of Believers (63-1124E)
Let's bow our heads. With our heads bowed and our hearts, I wonder how
many would like to be remembered in prayer, would just lift up your
hand, say, "Lord, remember me, O Lord." There's a lot of requests
here–the handkerchiefs laying on the desk.
Dear heavenly Father, we are assembled again this evening under this
roof, where You have met with us so many times and have expressed Your
love to us, as we try in our humble ways to express our love and
greatness to You for what You have done for us. And tonight we come
again, Lord, as a needy people, for we are ever in need of Thee. And as
long as we're here on earth, we know that'll be the cry, for we are in
a battle, and we're… The battle is raging, and You promised and said
how the enemy'd be like a roaring lion. He's loose among the people,
and we can see it everywhere, like a roaring lion devouring what he
may, because he knows his time is short. But we have–we have a Father
Who cares for His little ones, and to Thee we flee with our requests
tonight, Lord. We pray that You'll grant them.
And these handkerchiefs laying here, Father, means that there's sick
people somewhere in the land that's–that's calling and needing Thee
and believing on Thee to exercise their faith here to send these
handkerchiefs. God, grant that every one of them be healed.
We see Your mighty power, Lord, just a few moments ago there in that
room, restore the perfect memory to a boy that was lost. We see Your
great power time after time moving the sickness, and revealing the
secret of the heart, and showing the people, and setting them straight
in order. We thank You, Lord God, 'cause that's beyond any man; that's
beyond anything that any of us could know, how You can reveal the very
cause and what did it and how it is. That's You, Father. We know that
the Word searches out the heart, and It's a Discerner of the thoughts
and intents of the heart. So we thank Thee for this.
And now, Lord, we believe that the people now with their heads bowed
are thinking on these things, and It's the Holy Spirit that's speaking
to them. And grant that each one of their requests may be answered.
Save the savable, Lord, tonight. The lost, may they come in and be
We're so thankful to see that great huge pile of wet clothes there,
knowing that the grave has been opened, and the old man's sin has been
buried for many of them. I thank Thee for it, Father. And may they walk
in newness of Life the rest of their days. Through Jesus Christ's Name,
we ask it. Amen.
The Lord bless you and grant the request that you had on your heart to be answered.
Now, I believe Billy said that Brother Wheeler had a little baby (Was
that right? Did I make a mistake there?) to be dedicated, or something
another, or dedication. [Brother Neville suggests several babies may be dedicated–Ed.]
All right. If you'd like to bring them up now, we'd be glad… If the
elders will come forward, lay hands upon the little fellows for
dedicational service, and we'll try to be just as brief. And we want
these little fellows that wants to come to the Lord Jesus, wants to
bring their–their little jewels that God has given them. We always try
to make a way for them, because we don't know what tomorrow holds. My
mother used to tell me, "Don't put off tomorrow what can be done
today." That's right. 'Cause you don't know what tomorrow holds, but we
know Who holds tomorrow. That's the main part. We know Who holds
Brother Wheeler, the Lord God bless you. And this is Sister Wheeler;
it–I'm certainly happy to meet you, and I–my grand privilege, first
time I believe, as I know of, to meet you. And this is your baby.
What's its name? Carlene Rebekah. Well, what a fine little girl, pretty
as she can be. Now, little Carlene Rebekah Wheeler… Brother Wheeler
is one of our deacons here in the church. And God has blessed their
union to this little one; I believe you have about, I know two other
girls, don't you? Three other girls. And they're really fine ladies, as
I understand. And so I pray that God will make Rebekah just like the
rest of them (See?), and then that'll be satisfaction with you all,
won't it? That's right, 'cause they're very sweet children. I don't
know whether she'll let me hold her or not, but if she don't we'll lay
hands upon her. Would you like to come over to me, Rebekah? You want me
to hold you? That's very fine. What a pretty little girl. Now, let's
bow our heads…?…
Gracious heavenly Father, as we stand here before this deacon tonight,
and truly a fine office he holds, for a deacon must be found blameless,
the husband of one wife, controlling his family well, for if he doesn't
know how to control his family, how can he control the house of God?
And we thank Thee that this brother has met these qualifications and we
find in him the Spirit of God.
And he brings now, his little baby daughter here to be dedicated. You
have placed it in their arms for raising, God, and how thankful we are
that we can say their desire is that she'll be as the rest of her
sisters. Grant, Father, that this will be so. And may the child live
and–and be a great service to You, Father. And now, in the Name of
Jesus Christ, we give this baby to You for a life of service. Make her
healthy, strong, may she live a long life until Jesus comes, if that's
possible. And then Father, we believe that she'll be raised in the
admonition of Christ. And we give her life to You for a life of
God bless you, Rebekah, and God bless you, Brother Wheeler and Sister Wheeler. The Lord be with you.
How do you do? Now, here's another little girl with a great big smile
on her face. And what's her name? Rhonda Renee Coats. Is that right?
Are you relations to Jesse and them, Jesse Coats. I just wonder. I
knowed some of the Coats here in town. I knowed them real well and they
been–been friends of mine for–for a long a time. Rhonda, Rhonda
Renee, wonder if you'd come over to me, Rhonda. Now, I'll give you
right back to mother as soon as we give you to the Lord Jesus. Now,
isn't she a cute…?… Now, let us bow our heads.
Heavenly Father, as Your elder and I stand together tonight in
agreement and the harmony in the Gospel, this mother brings this little
Rhonda Renee to You for dedication; You have placed it into her arms
for care. And the first thing she could do is present it back to You as
Job said of old, "The Lord gives these things." And we pray, God, that
You'll keep her safely until the hour that You're to take away. And,
God, grant that she'll live a real Christian life and be an example to
others as she comes up. Bless her home and may it be dedicated to You,
a full service with true hearts. And now, God, we give to You, little
Rhonda Renee Coats, in the Name of Jesus Christ, for a life of service.
Amen. Very sweet. God bless you, sister.
How do you do? Robert Paul Shane? Shamal. Well, what a beaut–fine,
young yet. I don't think you could raise much fuss about it. Don't
laugh at me like that. Looky here, don't you see on that? Robert Paul,
what a beautiful name. Let us bow our heads.
God, as this young girl comes here just to us would be child, and she's
giving her little boy, O God, as a life of service to You; it's a fruit
and a results of their union. I pray, God, as Your elder and I are
laying hands upon this little fellow, that his life will be dedicated
to You. Grant, Lord, if there is a tomorrow, may he pack the message
that his–his parents is listening to, God; grant it. And I pray that
You'll bless their homes and may the child be raised in the admonition
of God and will be a–a loving disciple of Yours. We give him to You in
the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Why, he–he's just one fine boy. That's right. Couldn't ask for nothing
sweeter, could you? There's nothing in the world could be any sweeter
than that little fellow. Oh, my, this ones sweet.
That's one time my wife envies my job–holding those babies. She loves
to hold them. And I do too, but I'm always afraid I'll break them.
They're so, you know, so cute and delicate looking, but you know
they're–they're tougher really than what we would be.
Now, I told you I was going to get out… Well, I've only got
thirty-five minutes. I'm going to have to hurry, won't I? Let's see.
I–I don't mean to–to misjudge anything or say anything wrong, but I'm
going to try real hard, because, you know, after we get way up the road
we're not–we're not just as active as we used to be, you know. The
miles sometimes gets rough, and two or three services a day, why… And
what does the main part is those visions. Preaching doesn't hurt me.
My, I can stand here all day long, don't bother me, but I–but just
those visions. And when people are on these interviews, that's what
they must have. See? That's what they're here for. It's something that
can't be settled just by laying hands on. It's got to know the root,
the start of it, what causes it, what did it, and then what to do to
get out of it. That's what they are here for.
Now, the meeting starts day after tomorrow night–or no, I beg your
pardon; it's Wednesday night at Shreveport, Louisiana. And if any of
you have friends around in there, why, tell them to come on over. Life
Tabernacle, I think it's where it starts, unless it gets across the
auditorium (if they can get that) which would give them a little more
seating room. But they got the balcony upstairs, the big main floor,
and then a floor down below that, so… I don't know exactly how many
they can seat, but it's a… If it gets too bad, maybe we can get the
auditorium just across from it, which will… I don't know how many it
seats either. I've had services there, but don't remember. This is a
Three years ago I was down there, and we started a revival in the Name
of the Lord, and it's never ended since, just constantly going on, just
constantly every day, people coming, being saved, baptized, and going
on with the Lord like that; ministers and everything coming right in.
And we just… As long as it keeps on like that, and I get to stay
here, I want to visit it all the time and just put in my few words
and–and go ahead.
Now, that'll begin Wednesday and end Sunday. Christian Business Men's
breakfast is… I don't–forget the name of that hotel… I believe
it's a–called… I'll let… They'll tell you when you get there. It's
a businessman's breakfast.
Had a great time there (to you businessmen here), the last time there.
The Lord saved a rabbi out of the city, and oh, I don't know what all
taken place; was a great time in the Lord there, preaching on the Blood
Covenant. So we… That's what the Jews know about; it's the blood.
Without shedding of blood there's no remission. You see?
Now, let's get right straight to the Word, and I'll do my best to keep
my word to you. And now, if the Lord willing now, Sunday after
Christmas, if you're on your holidays and riding around; it's not slick
and everything, why–you're around here close, why, drop in. And we're
aiming to have a service here Sunday morning of a–of a–Sunday after
Christmas. What is the date here? 29th? The 29th day, and that's the
Sunday after Christmas, the 29th day.
Now, if anything occurs that we–something we won't–we can't be
here… We don't know about the future, you know, but if anything
happens, why, you that live out of town that come in, like the folks
from down in Memphis…
I wanted to hear Brother Ungren sing "How Great Thou Art" and I
don't… Is he here tonight? And so… And I always have so many
things, I can't get them all done–can't get them all done. God bless
Now, let us turn in the Scriptures now for just a little Scripture
reading. Where my words fail, This won't. And then God will bless you
for staying just on account of listening to His Word. "Faith cometh by
hearing–hearing the Word of God." Is that right? Now, as I was
thinking… While you're turning to St. John the 6th chapter, beginning
with the 60th verse and reading the 71st, inclusive: St. John 6:60…
Now, I was thinking as I was looking out the window a little while ago
and looking at the setting of the sun and seeing how all nature has a
law. And when the wintertime comes, the law, automatically, of nature
runs the sap down into the tree roots. It buries… As Job said, "Oh,
that Thou would hide me in the grave; that Thou would keep me in the
secret place until Thy wrath be." And now, that's it. "If Thou would
See, he saw the–the nature, the tree, the life go down into the roots,
Brother Way, and there stay until the wrath be passed, and then call me
and set me a time. See? Nature has a law. There is a law of nature;
there's no way at all to get around it. It's a law of nature, And then
there is a law of the Spirit. There's also no way of getting around
I was speaking to a couple this afternoon about you cannot totally
annihilate anything. Human beings can't annihilate. They can tear down,
but not annihilate. Someone said, "Well what about taking and burning a
piece of paper. Does that annihilate it?" No, sir. It only breaks the
chemicals apart, the heat of the fire. It goes right back to the gases,
what it was in the beginning. You cannot annihilate. And if the world
stood long enough that same gases that–and–and chemical that was in
that paper could come right back and be a piece of paper again. That's
exact… You cannot annihilate. It's exact.
God then… If there is a resurrection to everything back again and no
annihilation, there's a resurrection of the just, and we're got to come
back. That's all there is to it; there's no way at all of doing it. No
matter if you're burnt up, if you're drowned, wherever it takes place,
they cannot annihilate.
Just remember that every part of you was here. When God spoke the world
into existence, He put your body here right then, and there's nothing
can take it away except God. It's all back into His hands again. See?
And He's the One–the One that… The Creator was the One Who made the
promise; so we're sure that there is Life Eternal. And we have the
assurance in our heart now that now we have Everlasting Life, Eternal
Life that cannot die in us now.
5-3 All right, St. John 6. Let's begin now with the 6th chapter of St. John, and beginning with the 60th verse:
For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believe not, and
who should betray him.
Now, if I should call this a subject for tonight (and try my best to
make that half hour count), I want to talk on "Three Kinds of
Believers." And I've often made the statement, I thought, "Well, I just
believe I'll preach on it one time this afternoon." I thought that.
The first is believers, make-believers, and unbelievers. Now, that is
quite a–a subject, but as sure as we sit here tonight, that group is
always gathered together. Wherever the people gather, we find this
group, and always have found them, and we probably always will have
them until the coming of the Lord.
And I want us tonight to picture ourselves, as I speak of these three
groups, and see what group that we are in. Now, remember, I'm speaking
here to maybe this church, packed again tonight around–and the walls
and corridors, but I'm also speaking the world around. See? And all
different parts of the world these tapes circulate through–ministries
of the tapes.
Now, I want to speak of the three different types of believers now.
Now, remember: believers. My subject is believers: one of them is a
true believer, and the next is a make-believer, and the next is a
Now, the first group we'd like to talk about is the believer, because I
think he ought to be first, because he is the one that truly believes,
now–believes like the disciples believes here. We're going to use this
Scripture reading for example.
Now, the first is believers, genuine believers. And faith cometh by
hearing, hearing of the Word of God, the Word of God which is Christ
Now, did you notice this great statement that this believer made? Now,
a believer doesn't have to be a smart person in the world's way of
being smart. He doesn't have to be an educated person in the way that
these people try to–to say that you have to be, but you do not. This
man that made this statement, the Bible Itself said that he was both
ignorant and unlearned: Peter. He was not a–really considered an
In Isaiah 35 said, "There shall be a highway, and a way, and it shall
be called the way of holiness and the unclean shall not pass over it."
I was talking to one of the deacons this afternoon as we was talking
about the bridges spanning across–this new one. I said, "There's many
expansions across bodies of water, bayous today," and I said, "but
there's one great expansion that reaches from earth to glory. It's
called 'The King's Highway.' The unclean shall not pass over it."
That's right. It's a road that's built by Christ our Lord–the
expansion that is made from this earth to another land, and the unclean
doesn't pass over it.
Peter, this unlearned person of a–standing near, when he had saw the
thoroughly a-vindicated Word of the day, that God promised in that day
that there would be a one rise up which would be a–a prophet among
them… And Simon was hard to believe it because there was–been so
many impersonations of it, but when he seen the genuine unfolded Word
of that age and hear Him properly identified, he–he was certainly
convinced Who He was.
And he was the one, said, "Lord, to whom would we go?" when it was
asked him, when the–the crowds was separating between the believers,
and unbelievers, and make-believers. There was all three of them
standing right there in that one company of people: believers,
make-believers, and unbelievers, right found in this chapter right
here. And because that Jesus had spoke the Words the way He had, it
separated His congregation, but it must be done.
He was a great Man as long as He healed the sick, but when it come down
to the doctrine and the prophecy, that's what separated the chaff from
the wheat. See? The chaff only wraps around the wheat; it's not the
wheat; it cannot be used. There's nothing in it, no life in it. It's
the husk, and it cannot stay with the wheat. It won't be heir with the
wheat. And so it's got… Just the grain is what we're talking about,
the heart of the grain of the wheat.
Now, notice, Peter was convinced that That was the Messiah. Now, don't
make any difference what all the rest of them said. It didn't make any
difference what the priest said; didn't matter to Simon Peter what the
church said. He was convinced himself.
Jesus told him in one place where He asked, "Who does men say I am?"
And some said, "You're a prophet." Some said, "You're one of the old
prophets raised up." And–and, "You're Moses," or "Elias," or something.
Said, "I asked you; what do you think?"
And Peter said, "Thou are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
He said, "Blessed art thou, the son of Jonas (Simon, the son of Jonas),
for flesh and blood never revealed this to you. You never learned it
from a book, or from a creed, or from a catechism. You… My Father,
which is in heaven, has revealed this to you." There's a genuine
believer: spiritual revelation of the Word. See? Now, and up…
"Thou art Simon, and upon this rock, of your revelation of Who I am,
I'll build My church, and the gates of hell cannot prevail against it."
No wonder Simon said, "To whom would we go?"
Jesus turned and said, "Do you wish to go also?"
And they said, "Lord, who would we–where would we go to, for Thou
alone has the Words of Life. You're the only One." For not only did He
have the Words of Life, He was the Word of Life. See? He was the Word
of Life, and Simon thoroughly recognized this. And when he recognized
it, that was what that kept his hope, because it was revealed to him
that He was that living Word.
Now, that's a genuine believer. When the Holy Spirit, not some
persuaded by some other person, not by some other thing, but when the
Holy Spirit has revealed to you the Word Itself, and you see the Word
made plain, vindicated; then the Spirit of God come and get into that
age for the Word for that age and make it manifested.
How could a man kept from believing Luther if he'd have knowed that?
Luther was a reformer, The man spirit went forth there for reformation;
Wesley, the same way. They had to believe it. See, that was the–that
was the message to the church age; that was exactly what was happen.
That was what was to take place. You had to believe it.
And here we are down to the Laodicean age, and we're taught in the
Laodicean age that Christ was put out of His church, and was even
knocking on the door trying to get back in. So when we see the
happening, we know what age we're living in.
And then we're at the closing of the history of the world. The book is
now being finished. The last line will be wrote across it someday, and
she'll be closed up, then time shall be no more.
And there's a great drama being set, and Angels are standing over the
skies, watching. You know what a drama is. The actors are ready. You
can see them acting.
You can see the evil one acting. You can see the villain of the play,
how he's come on the scene with his cunningness to deceive. But you can
also see the raptured church making herself ready. It's a great scene.
You can see the Presence of God vindicating and making the great drama
that's foretold here in this Bible to act itself out. What a time to
live, the most glorious time. The men of all ages has longed for this
time. The prophets of old longed to see this hour, but wasn't
Now, there was a believer, because he seen it; he believed it. "We're
fully persuaded that Thou art the Christ, the Messiah, the Word of God
for this day, and we believe that." See, that was a real believer.
Let's just take up a few more believers right quick before we go to the
next character. Let's take the prophet, Noah. When he, being maybe a
farmer, or perhaps he was in them days, a farmer. But when the scoffers
and religionists of that day… The church had got to a low ebb, and
God spoke to Noah and told Noah that he was to build an ark. Noah never
debated that with God. He believed It that It was the Word of God and
went to work right quick making things ready. That's a real believer.
Don't fuss about it. When you're thoroughly convinced, that's it. Just
like anyone, any faith anyway: faith cometh by hearing. If you can
stand here, no matter what the doctor says is wrong with you (which the
man give you the diagnosis of the cases, and probably knows just what
he's talking about as far as his instruments and knowledge will permit
him to know, but he says there's nothing left but death), but you
prayed, and standing yonder in the future you can see a well man or
woman standing there, that's it. That's just it. You'll walk right into
that just as certain as anything, because you believe it. God has spoke
it. You know it's so.
Like the little woman coughing up the cancer (See?), there was no doubt
in her mind that was going to happen. The cancer was dead, and it
turned loose, and away it went. See? That's it. You believe it.
Like that father brought his little boy awhile ago in there. (He's here
in the building somewhere now.) The little boy had a fall and lost his
memory. He couldn't remember–'member anything. Just in a few moments
after prayer I asked him his name, and he told me how old he was, and
there he was, just as normal as any boy could be. See? They believed.
And when God says anything, it must be that way, and Noah believed God,
and Noah was considered a believer.
Daniel, when the church was in captivity down in Babylon, Daniel
believed God. And no matter how much they said, "We'll make a
proclamation. They'll have–pray to no other god but this image out
there, of this holy man," or whatever it might be. Daniel didn't pay
any attention to that. He had heard God, for he was a prophet, and the
Word came to him. And when the temple is dedicated it was said, "If any
man is in trouble in any country and look this way towards the holy
place and pray, then hear from heaven." And Daniel believed God. He was
a genuine believer, and even the lions couldn't eat him. And that's
right. See? He was a believer. He had something real and genuine. He
was a believer.
David, another believer, a little off-scour of a boy. Daniel didn't
take the place with the modern church; neither did Noah take the place
with the modern church: not at all. They was believers in what God said
to be the Truth. No matter what the modern world said, they believed
what God said was the Truth. That's genuine believers.
Just the same as Peter did and the apostles, they believed that He had
the Word of Life and was the Word of Life. I believe the same thing
today. And every other thing against It is contrary. It's not… It's
death. This alone is the Word of Life, and Christ is the Word.
Now, David–a ruddy fellow… The first place, he was probably picked
on by his brothers, 'cause he was a little fellow. He wasn't big enough
to bear an armor. He couldn't go to war, and he was too little and
scrawny; and yet, he got out there as a believer. And as he set back on
the desert watching a few dozen sheep that his father had give him to
watch over with a slingshot (in a country where there's lions and bears
and wolves and so forth), David begin to look upon the shady green
pastures and knowed what it meant to sheep to get down into that shade
and lay down in the heat of the sun–knowed what a good cold drink of
water meant, as he said, "As a hart thirst after the water brook, my
soul thirst after Thee, O God." See?
He had cried, prayed, and one day the emergency arose; a lion grabbed
one of his sheep and took off. He thought, "The God that made me
superior to the lion…" See? And he took the slingshot and knocked the
lion down with a little rock in the slingshot. Now, if anybody ever
seen a lion, one of them African lions–big woolly-necked lions that
they have there in Palestine and Asia-they'd know what one of them
fellows was. When a great big .300 Magnum hardly will knock him
down–and he knocked him down with a rock. And when the lion rose up
after him, he grabbed him by the beard and killed him.
12-1 That's the reason. He knowed what he was talking about. He'd had an experience. He had put God to the test about His Word.
he–he wasn't afraid of Goliath because he was uncircumcised; he wasn't
a believer at all. And when Goliath come out and cursed him in the name
of his gods… And Goliath, many times larger than he was–great big
fellow, fourteen inch fingers on him. Now, the fingers would be that
long (See?), fourteen inch fingers, a warrior. And probably the coat of
mail that he had on him, probably weighed three hundred pounds or more
(See?), that he had on him. A helmet, and a great… probably the metal
a inch and a half thick. A great big giant like that, walking with
a–with a weaver's needle, which is claimed to be around twenty feet.
He had twenty foot spear in his hand. Now, how could anyone… A man
like that could just stand and pick up a dozen men and throw them like
that as he come up. What an opposition. And there he was standing there
boasting himself, bragging. When the–seems like the odds is down…
You see, he said, "Let… Don't have no blood shed." Said, "Let–let
some man come fight me, and then if I win, then you all just serve me,
and then if–if you win, then we'll serve you."
See, when the devil thinks he's got the odds on you (See?), that's when
he likes to make his brag. But he met the wrong man. He met the
littlest man in the country: little, stoop-shouldered, ruddy looking
He said, "Do you mean to tell me, that you, the–the army of the living
God, will stand there and let that uncircumcised Philistine defy the
army of the living God?"
Why, he was shocked at it. Why? Why? He was a believer. The others were make-believers. See? See, he was a genuine believer.
He said, "If you're afraid, I'll go fight him." See?
What a challenge for a little guy like that. And so he was a believer,
and he done just exactly what he knowed that God would do, he's…
When that uncircumcised Philistine cursed him in the name of his god,
he said, "Am I a dog?" A little, bitty runt of a kid come out like
that. "Why," said, "I'll pick you up on the end of my spear, and I'll
hang you up there in the tree and let the birds pick your flesh." Oh,
my. Oh, what a horrible fellow he was.
David said, "You meet me with a sword and a spear, and with an armor;
you meet me in the name of the Philistine, but I meet you without a
sword or spear and armor, but I meet you in the Name of the Lord God of
There you are; that's a believer. That's his Fortress. That's his
Shield. That's his Defense. Amen. That should be the church's Defense.
Any believer, that's his Defense. No matter what takes place, what the
world says, anything else, your Defense is the Lord God of Israel.
That's it. "The Name of Jesus Christ is a mighty tower… the righteous
run into it and are safe." That's our Defense, is Jesus Christ.
Notice, and when it come to pass, we know what happened. David–nowhere
to hit but that one little place when he dropped down his–his cover
over his face. One place to hit was right here in his forehead. And
before he could get with any distance to the–the giant, God directed
the killing mark, and he slew the giant. See? God did it. Now, we
notice he was a believer.
Now, another believer was Abraham, and he was of the–a Chaldean of the
city of Ur. And he was called upon to do something that was–and
believe something that was totally, physically impossible. But he
didn't stagger at the promise of God through unbelief (says Romans 4),
but was strong, giving praise to God.
When Abraham was seventy-five years old and his wife sixty-five years
old, and had been living together since they were young boy (It's his
half sister.)–a young boy and a young girl. And that was… They'd
lived together without any children at all. And God told Abraham,
"Separate yourself from the unbelievers." God always calls some
separation. "Separate yourself from the unbelievers and walk with Me.
And I have made you a father of many nations. I've already done it."
And Abraham believed it. That's a believer.
14-1 "How You going to do it, Lord?" He never asked that question. God said He'd do it, and that settled it.
When the first month passed, and Sarah was still (She was past menopause.)… "Anything different?"
"Not a thing."
Abraham still believed it. Twenty-five years later, there was still no
difference. But Abraham still believed it. That's a believer. That's
not a make-believer; that's a believer. Twenty-five years later Abraham
was stronger than he was at the first place. He believed God, and it
was imputed unto him for righteousness, because he… That's the
14-4 Now, after while, I'm going to let you search and see what class you're in.
Now, what did Abraham do? Staggered not at the promise of God, the impossibilities.
would a man seventy-five years old with a sixty-five year old wife do
if they went to a doctor, and said, "We want to make arrangements at
the hospital; we're going to have a baby"? And then twenty-five years
later said, "Doc, you still holding the hospital open?" See? It makes
you act funny. Your decisions are odd to the world. But it's a
believer, no matter how strange it seems.
The Bible said that he was fully persuaded that God was able to perform
what He said He'd do. That ought to be in the achievement of every
believer this afternoon. God's able to keep every Word that He said
He'd do. I don't care what the denominations say, the word: "The day of
miracles is passed, and all this is telepathy, and all–fortunetelling,
and…" It doesn't matter to me what they say. I still believe if that
gun is zeroed to the target, it'll hit the target. And I believe if a
believer is zeroed with the Word of God, it'll hit the same thing that
the Word of God ever promised. It–it'll do it again. I'm fully
persuaded of that, that when we see we're in this age when it's
supposed to be here… It's supposed to be here. These things are
supposed to take place.
That's the reason I do believe that when that Bride is called out and
elected and set in the Book of Life, there'll come a sound from heaven
that'll take such a baptism of the Holy Spirit into that Bride that'll
take Her from the earth in a rapturing grace. God promised it.
I don't care how many science or how–how many astronauts they signed
up, and everything else, and how many million miles they can see; I
don't care nothing about that. There is a heaven, and there's a literal
Jesus Christ there that'll come in a body form to receive His church
and His Bride! No matter how old the story seems, it's still the Truth;
God said so. That's–that's what believers believe.
God said, "I'm the Lord, heals all thy diseases. I am God and I change
not." Amen. And God is Word, and if God don't change, how's the Word
going to change. See? "I am God, and I change not." The Scriptures says
that; God said it Himself. And if He cannot change, then He is the
Word. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the
Word was God (the unchangeable Word). And the Word was made flesh, and
dwelt among us. Amen. Yes, sir.
God raised up bodies all down through: Moses, and Ezekiel, and
Jeremiah, and Isaiah, and Elijah, all down where His Word temporarily
come, but the full Word was made manifest in this Man Jesus Christ;
which He was God in the–God in the Fullness of the Godhead bodily.
There He was made flesh. I believe that, every word.
Job, another believer… Sometimes believers put to the test, not
sometimes, every time: For every son that cometh to God must be
chastened, tried, child-trained. Remember the trials, the dusty roads,
the hot sun of persecution, but the loyalty of your heart beats that
material to she's ready to go into the mold. God's children is made up
correctly on His Word, for they are living examples, and the Word of
God living through them. See? The trial comes to shake you, to put you
to the very bottom, to see where you'll stand. See? Tested, tried,
every son that cometh to God…
Job went through the trials and the tests: his children taken, and
everything else taken. The church members come, accusing him being a
secret sinner, and tried to say everything against him, but yet he
wouldn't listen to any of it. He knowed he had met God's requirements.
He knowed there's no need of Satan trying to tempt him. He knowed it
was the devil. And as long as Satan can make him believe that his
sickness was his God doing it, he had Job whipped. But when Job once
struck that revelation that it was not God, he was only going through
his trials to make him something. It wasn't God doing it; it was Satan
Same thing today. He'll try to tell you these trials and thing is your
God trying to put punishment upon you. It isn't so. No, sir. It's Satan
doing that, and God permitting it to temper you to make you see if
you're–you're tied to this earth by the earth cares or whether your
treasure's in heaven. For wherever your treasures is, there you are
also. Yes, sir. Your heart is where your treasures are.
Job–tried, yet he said, "I know my Redeemer liveth; at the last days
He'll stand upon the earth. Though after my skin worms destroys my
body…" Did you notice? The skin worms was already in him. Your skin
worms is in you. You're in a sealed-up casket without any air in it or
anyhow, but the skin worms are already there. They're right in you, and
they're ready to be called to duty any time.
Remember Caesar? He cankered right in the street. The skin worms eat
him up right in the street, his own skin worms. They're right there
"Though after my skin worms destroys this body, yet in my flesh shall I
see God." Amen. You cannot annihilate it; though the skin worms eat it
up, it still will come back again. "Whom I shall see for myself, mine
eyes shall behold and not another." He said it–Job. Why? He was a
believer. In trials he was a believer; persecution, he was a believer.
He was a genuine believer.
Joseph, another believer. He couldn't help being what he was. He was a
prophet; God made him a prophet. He didn't want to be different from
his brothers, but he was different. God made him what he is. Nobody
else could take his place,
Nobody can take your place. No matter how little… You say, "I'm just
a housewife." Nobody can take your place. God in His great economy has
so set your–the Body of Christ in order, till there's no one can take
How I would like to take Billy Graham's place (any of us ministers),
but we can't do it. But just remember, Billy can't take our place. See?
We all have a place. Some of us are evangelists, some prophets, some
teachers, some pastors; whatever we are–some housewives, some
mechanics, some farmers, whatever it is, God has set you in your place.
Joseph was a prophet. He couldn't help because he could interpret
dreams. He couldn't help because that he saw visions. Watch how true he
was. No matter if it cost him his fellowship with his brothers, he was
true, because he believed those dreams. He believed that the dream that
he had that they'd all bow to him (the sheaves would), it come to pass,
because he believed it. He was a genuine believer. How… I got five
minutes, and ten pages.
Notice now. Notice a Scripture wrote out here. The woman… Nathanael,
he was a believer. Is that right? Nathanael, when he saw what took
place, and it worked on him that Jesus told him who he was and said he
was an Israelite indeed, and there was no guile in him, and told him
where he was the day before, praying under a tree. He saw him
when–when Philip called him. He was a believer.
There's many standing there said, "This is the devil's spirit. The
devil does Divine healing." That old devil hasn't died yet today. They
believe that the devil does Divine healing.
Jesus said, "If Satan can cast out Satan, then his kingdom's divided,
and a kingdom can't stand." See? Satan said… He can't do it. So Satan
cannot cast out Satan.
So Nathanael was a believer. And when he seen the Word made flesh,
vindicated that he was a believer, he said, "Thou art… Rabbi, Thou
art the Christ; Thou art the King of Israel." He believed it.
When the woman at the well saw it, she believed it. She is a believer.
When blind Bartimaeus… When a woman come by… Everybody was crying,
going on, and some of them saying, "There's a whole… I hear you
raised the dead. There's a graveyard full of them up here; come up and
raise them. Let us see you do it." See, that same devil that said, "If
Thou be the Son of God, command these stones to be turned to bread."
Same one put a rag around His face, hit Him on the head, and
said–passed the stick one to the other, said, "Now, if you'll tell us
who hit you, we'll believe you." Them soldiers (See?), making fun out
of Him. It looked like the card chip was down on Him, but just
remember, God's always on the scene. See? He was right there ready at
Now, Jesus said, "I could speak to My Father, and straightway He'd send
Me twelve legions of Angels." Oh, what would one Angel do? But you
see… but He could send twelve legions just at His command. But He had
a job to do. He had something to do. He had to go through that.
You've got something to do. God's got something for you to do. You may
have some heartaches and some troubles; you may have some
disappointments, but do we pray to shun them? No, Lord, take me through
them, whatever they is. Whatever it is, don't let me escape them. If
they're set for me, just give me grace to go through them. That's all.
Now, notice, blind Bartimaeus. He knew that they was told, "This is
that prophet of Galilee; He's the Son of David, We believe it." Some of
the believers must've told him that. "We believers know that He is
the–that Son of David." And he knew if He was, He was the Word.
If he knowed He was the Word, he knowed He could discern the thoughts
of the heart. So he cried, "Thou Son of David, have mercy on me." The
unbelievers was hollering this and that–the church members. That
didn't stop blind Bartimaeus at all. He said, "Oh, Jesus, Thou Son of
David, have mercy upon me."
Perhaps He couldn't hear him, but He knowed he was crying, and He
stopped and turned around. There was a believer. He said, "Thy faith
has saved thee." Amen.
He said that to the woman with the blood issue: the same thing. "Thy
faith…" 'Cause she said within her heart, "If I can touch His
garment, I'll be made well."
"Thy faith has saved thee." See? She was a believer.
That's the same thing that saved William Dauch, setting there, the
other day with a complete heart failure, and a heart attack, a man
ninety-one years old, "Thy faith has saved thee." Why? He's a believer.
Reverend Tom Kidd here, in–going into his–nearly, I guess way around
ninety years, now, old–close to it. And when he was seventy-nine years
old, they took him to the hospital with a cancer on the prostate. The
doctors says he hasn't got a chance, but when we walked in that
morning, seen that little patriarch with a shawl over his shoulders
setting there, beating a little cane… And he was almost beside
himself. He said to the old woman setting there; he called her
grandmother, knowed her–one of his members for years. Said, "You look
as white as snow," beyond his mental thinking. Yet when the power of
God struck the room… He's alive tonight. That's been four years ago.
A man nearly eighty years old, and here he sets tonight perfectly sound
and well from the cancer. He's not a make-believer, a believer. That's
it. Believe. He takes God at His Word.
Just the same as blind Bartimaeus was. Blind, but yet he knowed if he
could attract the attention of Jesus Christ, he'd get what he wanted.
The woman knowed if she could touch His garment, she'd get what he wanted–she'd get what she wanted.
Tom knew–he had faith if I'd pray for him he'd get what he wanted.
Ain't that the same faith that Martha said, "Even now, Lord, whatever
You ask God, God will do it for You. My brother's laying yonder dead,
four days in the grave, but You just ask God, and God will do it for
He said, "Thy brother shall rise again."
And she said, "Yes, Lord, in the last days at the resurrection he'll rise. He's a good boy."
He said, "But I am that Resurrection and Life."
"Yes, Lord, I believe that too."
"Where you buried him?" That's it. It's over. Yes, sir.
The queen of the south come up in that generation of unbelievers
(That's right.) and stood there and believed what she saw to be of God.
The Bible said she'll raise up in the last day with that generation and
condemn it, because she came from the utmost parts of the world to hear
the wisdom of Solomon.
Moses was a believer. Though he tried intellectually; he tried every
scheme he could, but it wouldn't work. He tried to take Israel out,
knowing he was called to do it. He tried the mathematical way; he tried
the military way; he tried the educational way; he tried every way, but
it wouldn't work. But then he took God's way. What happened? There's a
fire over in a bush up there one day that wouldn't leave. From there
the Word spoke to him, said, "I AM"–Not, "I was, or I will be"–"I
AM." And He is still the I AM. He is the Word, the eternal, everlasting
Moses did not doubt. The difficults against him, every nature against
him, everything against him, but a crooked stick in his hand, he went
down there and took over the whole nation, drowned it in the Dead Sea
out there, and took Israel to the promised land. Why? He believed God.
Right. He had a… That's the believer. We could stay… Now, I've
stayed my half-hour on the believers. Got two more classes. We'll hurry
through them, 'cause they're not important anyhow. No.
20-3 Then secondly, there comes now, the unbeliever. Let's speak of the unbeliever next.
does the unbeliever do? We see the believer, what? Accepts the Word:
every race, every generation, follow all the way from Noah all the way
up. We could take six months of revival right on that right there,
bringing up the characters; they believed. The believer don't question.
The believer believes it, regardless of what it sounds like, or what
anybody else has got to say about it, how impossible it seems to be.
The believer believes it. Believes what? The Word, not the creed, the
Word; not the denomination, the Word; not what somebody else says, what
the Word says. Now, you remember, that is the believer. The believer
doesn't question. The believer doesn't say, "How can it be?" "If I can
get it explained…" That's the unbeliever. See? It's the believer that
no matter what it is, if It's the Word, It's the Word. That's true.
That's the believer.
Now, the unbeliever… Now, we see what… We'll take the unbelievers.
We find out that they did all right as long as they get patted on the
back and called disciples. As long as they… everything went fine,
they were all right. But when this Prophet that they believed to be a
prophet, and knowed was, that could heal the sick, and so forth… What
did He do? When the real Truth and the rebuke came, contrary to what
they believed, they couldn't take the Word. They could take the
miracles, and they performed them. They went out and cast out devils,
preached the Word, and still unbelievers. Matthew 10, He sent them out,
two by two (the seventy) and they cast out devils insomuch that Jesus
rejoiced and said, "I seen Satan falling like light from heaven." See?
They cast out devils–Judas right with them (here comes the
unbelievers), but as soon as Jesus begin to say that He was something,
that He was the Resurrection, He was the Life… "What would you say if
you seen the Son of man ascend up from where He come from?"
21-1 "Now, this man trying to say he come from heaven. That's too much for us. We can't believe it."
He said, "What is it? The flesh that you're talking about profit nothing; it's the Spirit that quickens."
you are. The Spirit quickens the Word. It's a Spirit, not the creed;
the Spirit of–the Holy Ghost quickens the Word to you and becomes
alive, and there you are. You see it. By faith you see it. You know
it's so, because the Word said so, and the Spirit quickens the Word to
you. There you are.
Now, you said, "What we…" And as soon as we did this, we find out the
unbelievers, when you say something that they don't agree with, they
walk out on you, "I just won't…" Oh, that's getting so dense in the
world today. Start, and just say something; they gather in…
I notice in meetings they'll gather in (great crowds), and you stand
up, start saying something… Now, as long… They'll set there just
watching, just waiting, and as soon as you say, "Now, Jesus Christ
identified Himself as Messiah, because that He was a Prophet," that
jug's done full; away it goes. Somebody… And away they go. What is
Now, you say, "You're making that up." I'm not. I'm saying just exactly
what the Bible says here. They were unbelievers, and they walked out.
Though they were disciples, but it was contrary to what they
He said, "This… Who could believe a thing like that?" See? They was
Pharisees and Sadducees that had come out, joined, and went in with
Him, because that… See, when the–when the supernatural is displayed,
it produces three different types. It did down in Egypt. It produced
the unbeliever, the believer, and make-believer. It did–all three
classes. Just wrote down here till we just go and on through the night
explaining it, how it is. Everywhere you find it, you see them three.
Always that way (See?), you find it.
Now, watch, these seventy, they walked out because it didn't agree with
what they believed to be right. We haven't got no thought coming; it's
what He said. You deny your own thinking. You just say what He says.
That's really confession. "Confession' means "to say the same thing."
If I confess that a certain thing taken place, I say the same thing
that taken place. That's what real confession is; and He's the High
Priest of our confession (See?)–saying the same thing God said. See,
that makes it right, 'cause you're just repeating God's Word.
Now, notice, the seventy walked out. What did they do? And they–they
went out just because that they disagreed. Their–their–their wisdom,
their–their church affiliations had–was–was too much. That was too
much for them to think that this Man standing here that the–all the
rest of the people believed that–that was illegitimate born, He had no
rights to call Himself God, and He was just a man.
Said, "We don't stone you for a good work you do, but we–we stone you
because you being a man make yourself God." And the Word said He was
God. "His Name shall be called Counseller, Prince of Peace, the mighty
God, the everlasting Father." Their very Scriptures that they read, the
very day that they were singing the Psalm (the 22nd Psalm): "My God, my
God, why has Thou forsaken Me? All my bones they stare at Me. Not one
bone shall be broken," the very Psalm that they were repeating in the
temple, there hung the Sacrifice screaming the very words that David
said eight hundred years before, and was too blind to see it.
And today, the very God that spoke of this age is on the scene doing
exactly what He said He would do, and they're too blind to see it.
That's unbelievers. They walk out and say, "Oh, I can't believe stuff
like that. I never heard of that in my life." It don't make any
difference what you heared. The Bible said it would be here. That's His
They never heard of that either, but it was there just the same. See?
That's right. They were unbelievers just like Eve was. She was very
religious, of course so, but she–she did not believe the true Word,
and she had to make herself a religion, so she made some fig leaves.
See? But it wouldn't work. Religion means a covering.
Cain did the same thing. Cain couldn't believe that that was right. He
said, "God is holy; God is pure, and God is beautiful; so I will get me
some flowers, and I'll take of the–the flowers, and I'll make a fine
great altar, and I'll–I'll show my reverence to Him. I'll get up
before it, and I'll bow down before Him and worship that God. And I'll
put flowers on the altar, because you know, my father and mother eat
some apples (some fruit) in the garden of Eden, and that's the thing
that brought me out. And so that's… I will go back, 'cause I'll make
it beautiful." "God just can't turn my big cathedral down. Why, I'll be
too big a cathedral. I'll make it so pretty till it will attract God's
attention." Satan's the one that dwells in beauty. That's exactly what
the Scripture says.
That's the reason, sometimes a pretty woman is a bait for Satan. If he
can just get ahold of her, he can twist more men into hell than he
could with all the barrooms in the country, That's right. See? Or
handsome–some great handsome man that would–wouldn't stand up in his
trueness of manhood (See?), again, he can swing them women to the devil
and to send them to hell. Yes, sir.
Notice, Satan dwells in beauty. What did he try to do in the beginning?
Make a more beautiful kingdom than Michael's was. Moved over in the
north, and took two-thirds of the angels with him. See, whose–whose
son that was then had that nature in him? Satan's son. Certainly it was.
Now, he built the altar, and he knelt down and he worshipped. He went
through everything that Cain–that Abel did. But Abel knew that it
wasn't that. He… It was blood that took them out. He knew that that
was it; it was the sex blood. So he took a little animal, and offered
it upon a rock, and chopped it's neck.
Notice, Cain, he… God told him; He said, "Why don't you worship like
your brother? And you'll do all right. You'll do well if you'll do
that." But no, he knowed too much about it. See? He rejected the
original a-vindicated Word. If that ain't his children today… See?
Now, look, God had testified (the Bible said, Hebrews the 4th
chapter–or the 11th chapter)–God testifying of His gift that he was
righteous. God vindicated his offering; God made proof that that was
what He accepted; that was His Word, His plan, and told Cain, said, "Do
the same thing and live." But do you think he'd–he would forfeit his
idea? No, sir. He was a unbeliever. He walked right out. That's right.
Cain did the same thing; Nimrod did the same thing: unbelievers. He did
Belteshazzar, the same thing, though–or Nebuchadnezzar… Though
having a–Daniel as his god (called him Belteshazzar, which was the
name of his god), saw Daniel do the great works of God, and then he
knowed that Belteshazzar believed or–that a–Daniel was a god. So he
made a image to him and put it up out there, and made everybody to
worship it, and so forth.
See, the Gentile kingdom come in with forcing of the worship of a image
of a holy man. And the Gentile kingdom goes out with the forcing of the
image of a holy man (See?): same way. And there was a handwriting on
the wall of unknown tongues at the beginning of the Gentile kingdom,
that no one could read but that prophet, and there's a handwriting on
the wall today (That's right.): Ichabod, that the glory of God has
departed from them things. And the handwriting's on the wall and can be
read by the spiritual mind that believes in spiritual things, that's
been born of the Spirit of God.
Old Belteshazzar goes out and gets these a–a vessels of the Lord to
drink wine of. Why? He was a unbeliever. He thought he was a believer,
but he was a unbeliever. See, that's it. He disbelieved the Word.
Ahab, he was an unbeliever, though he–he–he act like he wasn't. No,
no, he was amongst the believers, but he was a unbeliever. What did he
do? He married an idolater, and brought it–idolatry right into Israel.
He was an unbeliever; we know that.
They deny the whole of the Word of God to be true. The unbeliever is…
See, now remember, he's a hypocrite. And he–he acts like–that he
will–says he believes it, but he denies it. He said, "Well, so much of
it is well," but if all of it isn't right, then that makes him an
unbeliever. You've got to believe every tittle and every jot, and
everything that's said in there. It's got to be true. If it isn't
true–if you say, "Now, I don't believe that," well, then you're a
As a guy said to me one time–a minister, said, "I don't care, Mr.
Branham, how many people you could produce that–that you said was
healed, I wouldn't believe it."
I said, "Certainly not; you can't believe it. You're a unbeliever; it
wasn't for you. It's only for the believers." You've got to believe it.
See? And they do not believe it. So when you see a person in that…
Well did Paul speak of (the prophets), saying that they'd be heady,
high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God, having forms
of godliness, but denying the power there, the power of the Word; from
such turn away.
Notice, they deny the whole of the Word, but in every form very
religious. They are unbelievers in the true Word, though It be
vindicated. All through every age God vindicated the Word of these
people I've talked about: Noah, and on down through Moses, and all the
prophets, and forth. God spoke through the supernatural, and vindicated
the Word, and yet those people walked right out on it.
And here's these disciples standing there (them seventy) and watching
Jesus do the things that He did and knowed the Scripture, and Him
telling them that that was the age that this was to take place. And
then when He said something (the Son of man)… What would you say when
He begin telling them about breaking the bread, and so forth, and went
ahead telling them about great spiritual things?
And they said, "Oh, this is a hard saying."
He said, "What are you going to say then if the Son of man, you see Him
ascend up into heaven where He come from?" Said, "Is it the flesh or is
it the Spirit that quickeneth?" See?
And then they moved away, said, "Oh that's… Oh, I can't believe
that." See? They walked right out on the Word. They won't even stay to
see what takes place. That is the–that is the unbeliever. They… What
did they do then?
We find out that they–that these people, these believers that's
so-called believers… But in forms of religion, and they failed to see
the identified Truth of the Word of God, because It's against what they
believe. See, it don't make any difference what you believe, how loyal
you are, how religious you are, or–that doesn't have one thing to do
to it. Sincerity, why that don't have nothing to do with it. I've seen
people so sincere. I seen the heathens burn their children, feed them
to the crocodiles: mothers with their babies. That's more than a
Christian would do. See? Sincerely they believe, sincerely, but they're
People say, "Well, this church has stood… That…
You're sincerely wrong if it's contrary to the Word.
"Well, now look, I don't believe in such things…"
Well, the Bible said it was so though. See?
"I don't believe that we have to do this."
I don't care what you think you don't have to do; God said it must be
done. "These signs shall follow them." How far? To all the world. Who?
To every creature. See? It shall be, not shall be, it's going to be.
And this Message of the hour that we're now enjoying, the Presence of
God, the latter day, the evening time when the Lights are shining, and
the things is being opened up, and the Word vindicated and proved to be
the Truth; both prophesied, comes to pass, all through scientific and
everything proved that It is Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and
forever; and a man walk out on that, he's–he's an unbeliever. He's
beyond hopes. He's numb by the power of Satan, so there's no hopes for
him. He's beyond hopes.
Now, that is what? The believer; now the unbeliever; now the third
class we're speaking about is the make-believer. That's the boy, the
make-believer. Now, remember, in there stood all three. Now, we find
out they do just exactly like their father does, Judas. There was
Peter, and the rest of the apostles: believers. There was the seventy:
unbelievers. And there was Judas hung right on; he was a make-believer.
What do they do?
This is the kind that holds on until they can find something–a fault
in it. They're looking every time to find a loophole, see how it's
done, see if it's a trick, if it's a gimmick. They're waiting to be
sold out. They're looking for that. The unbeliever, he don't even wait
around; he's condemned it and walked out. The believer, no matter what
happens, he believes it anyhow, for It's the Word. There's your three
classes. The old unbeliever will walk out on the first thing that's
said, he don't like about it. Brother, he's going to show his colors
right then; he's a unbeliever.
Paul said, "They went out from us, because they wasn't of us in the
beginning. They started with us. Oh, you did run well, what hindered
you?" See it? They went out because they wasn't of us. When they see
the Word perfectly moving on, why, they want to get some kind of
gimmick they could work. See? But the real believers don't question
nothing. It's written in the Word, and they believe it, and just go on.
That's it. Always it's written. If it isn't written, why, you just stay
away from it, no matter what happens. It's got to be written. See? And
they see that written Word and they believe It. And they see God moving
in His Word, see the hour, the Message, the time, and they walk with It
as I said this morning.
How old Pilate must've walked the floor at night with his worried
conscience, trying to clean hisself. And he said, "Mine…" No doubt he
called through the night, saying, "I–I–I've–I've washed my hands all
night, and I still can't understand. (See?) They're not clean. I can
never go to meet Him; I've got blood upon my hands." Oh, my. See? Don't
never be guilty of that. See? It's on your hands; there's only one way
you can get it out; that's accept It. That's right. Become part of It.
That's what It was shed for.
Now, the make-believer hangs around and acts just as pious as he can,
but down in his heart he's trying to find what–what–see how you do
it. Oh, if the country isn't full of that part of the hypocrite. That's
a Judas. That's exactly. Hangs around, becomes part of the group, he
was the treasurer. See? He stands around; he's always got his hand out
for money. You can tell that one thing; he's always fishing for money,
and got his hand out for this, and he is a make-believer. He acts like
a believer, but down in his heart… You remember, he wasn't fooling
After the seventy left, and the believers made their stand, and He
turned around to the believers; He said, "There's still something in
you," for He said, "I've chose twelve, and one of you's a devil." Jesus
knowed from the beginning. Why? He was the Word. He knowed the secret
of the heart–how hard it was. Stop a minute, think deep, long,
straight. How hard it must've been on Him, walking right there, and a
man calling Him, "Brother," and knowed all the time that that was the
deceiver that was going to try to upset Him, and sell Him for thirty
pieces of silver. How hard it was to hold it in His bosom, and His
friend walking along there. He even said, "Friend (called Judas His
friend), have not I been with you all this time?" and knowing in His
heart, and couldn't say it. He knowed from the beginning who it was
that would betray Him.
There's that make-believer that's just waiting. He'll sing like that,
"Oh, I believe this, and I believe this, and I believe this, but oh,
you know I heard somebody say so-and-so times…" See? Just long with
ears… A real believer don't hear nothing but the Word. That's all. He
watches the Word. He ain't looking for no loopholes; he ain't looking
for no gimmicks. He believes God, and that settles it, and he just
keeps going on. See? There's the believer.
The unbeliever fills up in a minute, and he can't stay to listen to ten
minutes to the message; he's got to get up and walk out. It's against
his creed, and he just won't have no more to do with it, so he goes
out. Then the make-believer hangs right on, that Judas. See? That's the
deceiver. That's the–that's a rascal (if I have to say such a word).
Judas, he hangs around.
This is the time… Sometime these make-believers are very popular with
the people (That's right.), these make-believers. See? Some of them are
mighty men, educated, doctor's degree, big pay, everything; some of
them are great men, shrewd, just like sons of Satan would be. Look how
Satan come right up there and agree with every bit of that Word. He's
just waiting to find that weak spot in Eve to where he could show his
power to deceive her, to betray her. That was–that was Satan, and here
Satan is in a form of Judas in that age. That was Satan in the first
age. What was he? Agreeing with the Word till just–just one little
thing… He was just trying to find a place where he could get a
weakness, and that's exactly what the Judas finds right now. He'll come
right along with the meeting, and watch right around until he can find
that little spot that he… "Oh, there it is; that's it. (See?) Oh,
that's the way it's done." See? That's just exactly.
Many of you 'member up there that night when that man come out on the
platform. He thought that there was a mental telepathy to reading the
prayer cards. And how he thought he had it right then; brother, he was
sure he had it. And he come around; he belonged to a church that don't
believe in–in these–in the Gospel, the full Gospel. And he come up on
the platform. I was tired, and they was fixing to take me away. That
was at Windsor, Ontario. And there… Come right across the–from
United States there, right across from Detroit at Windsor, the big
auditorium. And this man come up there with a gray suit on, and a red
tie, intelligent looking man, smart as a tack. He come to the platform,
and I–he walked up. And I said, "Well, just let me have your hand." I
said, "I'm tired. I–I've seen so many visions. Let me have your hand."
And–and I never noticed the man, he put his hand over on mine. And I
said, "Sir, there's nothing wrong with you. Go ahead."
He said, "Oh, there is too."
And I said, "Let me see then." I said, "No, sir, there's not one sign. No, sir, you're healthy man."
He said, "Go look at my prayer card."
I said, "I don't care what you put on your prayer card." I said, "I
don't have nothing to do with the prayer card." Not thinking (You
see?), I was tired and worn out, and my… But the grace of God (You
see?), was still there, you remember. If He sends you, it's His
obligation to take care of you. It ain't mine. It's Him; He sent it.
I'm just suppose to stand on what's true.
When Moses throwed his stick down, and it turned into a serpent, and
the magicians done the same thing, what could Moses do, but stand there
and wait for the grace of God? That's all. Same thing. He followed out
the commandments, and you know what happened, don't you?
This man said, "Well, now," he said, "there is; look at my prayer card."
I said, "Well, you might've had a lot of faith, and might've done it."
Not thinking (You see?), I'd done–not even paying attention. Then he
unbuttons his coat and pushed out his chest.
He said, "There you are," to the audience.
And I thought, "What's going on here?" See?
Looked around and he said, "There you are." Said, "See the gimmick?"
(That's your Judas, a religious man, a preacher of a great
denomination.) Said, "There you are. I had so much faith now. He's got
so weak he can't read the telepathy. (See?) It don't come to him no
more." And there, he says, "Not my faith was so great." Said, "I put
that on the prayer card, and now he can't catch it. You see?" "That's
And I thought, "What's going on?" Then the grace of God came down.
I said, "Sir, why has the devil put in your heart to try to deceive
God?" A modern Judas… I said, "You are a Church of Christ…" Excuse
me. 'Cause I done said it: "You're a Church of Christ preacher. You
belong to the Church of Christ over in the United States. And that man
setting up there with that blue suit on, and your wife, and his wife
setting there, you set at a table last night that had a green thing
over it, a spread like this, and you made up that this was telepathy,
and you were coming tonight…"
That man raised up. He said, "That's the honest truth. God have mercy on me."
I said, "Sir, you put TB and cancer on that card, and now you have it. It's yours now."
He grabbed me by the pant's leg; he said, "I didn't…"
I said, "I can't help… You go right ahead. That's up between you and
God. You wrote your doom right on your card." And that got him. That
was all of it.
See, make-believers, deceivers, trying to find some fault with God and
His Word. That's the Judases. That's the ones. You see how Judas come
out? See how that guy come out? That's the way the make-believers
happen. See? Make-believers, oh, highly educated sometimes, and–a
great showdown comes between the Word and their creed, and when it
does, they sell out to their denominations just exactly like their
forerunner did, Judas. Judas sold out to his denomination, sold Jesus
the Word to his denomination and betrayed Jesus Christ after he claimed
to be a part of it.
Ministers sometimes claiming to be servants of Christ, and when the
Word is thoroughly identified to be vindicated for that day, that it is
the Message of the hour, and they'll sell out their–their popularity
to their denomination just exactly like Judas did, betray Jesus to the
Pharisees and the Sadducees. That spirit don't die. So there… That's
amongst the believers, make-believers, and unbelievers. See? That's
just exactly… Come right down and sold Jesus for thirty pieces of
silver, and many men will do it today for a meal ticket for an extra
hundred dollars a week. That's right. Deny the God that's standing in
the midst of them that brought their Life and with the full Word.
And they'll say, "Oh, them days of miracles is passed." or "God don't
need no such a thing as that today." See? "Oh, I believe in Jesus
Christ, the Son of God"; "Hail Mary, mother of God, blessed art thou
amongst women." All these other things they say and…
Some of them say, "I believe in the Apostles' Creed. I believe in God
the Father, Almighty, Creator of heavens and earth. I believe in the
holy Roman Catholic church," and all these things.
Tell me when an apostle ever had a creed like that. If the apostles had
one creed, it's wrote in Acts 2:38. "Repent and be baptized every one
of you in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and you
shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." If there's any creed to
them, that was it. They had no creed. It was the Word. That is true. It
still remains the same.
That's the prescription for the cure of the disease of sin. "And you
shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Repent and be baptized for
the remission of sins (See?) and you shall receive the gift of the Holy
But they sell out like Judas. That's the make-believer. Some of them
are highly talented people (this make-believer). Watch that guy. That's
the shrewd guy.
This little guy that fills up quick and jumps up and runs out at every
little phrase that he don't like, you don't pay no attention to him.
He's just an unbeliever to begin with. But when you see this guy
(make-believer) hangs on (See?), that's the Judas. That's him.
Like great talents… I'm going to call names here (which I really
shouldn't do it, but I'm going to call them anyhow, so that you'll know
it), like Elvis Presley, Red Foley, Ernie Ford, Pat Boone. Elvis
Presley, a Pentecostal; Pat Boone, a Church of Christ; Red Foley, a
deacon in the Church of Christ. Now, I think Ernest Ford is a
Methodist. And all those people with those talents, smart, out on
television, and people saying, "Well, aren't they religious? They sing
songs." That don't mean one thing. Deceiving the world, what'd they get
out of it? Judas got thirty pieces of silver; Elvis, a fleet of
Cadillacs, and a hundred and–or two, or a hundred and fifty million
dollars, or a million dollars on records and things like that; Pat
Boone and the rest of them. I don't care what church they belong to and
everything, it's hypocrisy. It's a make-believe. It's a front, that
their life proves out that isn't right. Right.
Then there are those with the talents that is great organizers, worldly
wisdom. They preach the Gospel, claim to, smart men, intellectuals.
Listen. A man that's trained in that field, he is not a preacher, he's
a lecturer. That's what's the trouble today. We have lecturers.
Jesus never said, "Go and train to do this." He said, "Go preach the
Gospel, and these signs shall follow the preaching." See, see? Let's
not learn to make a lecturer who can stand and just, my, put them
flowerly things in that make you feel like you're setting right in the
presence of an archangel. That isn't it. "Having forms of godliness."
See? That's a lecturer, not the Holy Spirit in action.
Some little fellow wouldn't know his abc's might come down with the
power of faith with the Word and make the Holy Spirit do things that
that man knows nothing about and deny it. See? There you are. Great
people… Yes, sir.
Then they're organizers. They're prosperous, successful, smart in
worldly wisdom, just exactly like Satan did to Eve. That little
helpless woman. He came right to her and tried to sell her on the idea
that she'd be wiser than what she was. And that's what she was looking
for. Instead of staying right what the Word said, he wanted to sell her
on the idea she'd be wiser, and she bought his product. And they still
do the same thing today. The wisdom of this world is foolish to God.
Yes, sir. I said…
Oh, my. Just the same thing that the Pharisees sold out and did. See?
With the wisdom that they know, but–but deny the whole Word of God,
when It's properly been proven, and It's been vindicated to them. They
still try to find something and think it's a gimmick. They're a not
settled in their mind. They can't believe it. You can tell them
anything and they're back again. You can tell them anything, they're
back again, and they just… You can't get it soaked in. You see? And
watch them; they're watching for a time, just a loophole, that's all
they want. That's what… If it hadn't been for the grace of God all my
loopholes would been exposed if I had any. See? It's a grace of God
'cause there's no loopholes in the Word of God. It's straight Gospel.
I've always said, anybody, if you see me teach or do anything that's
not exactly with the Word of God, you come tell me. Here's the thing
that covers the loopholes that you're trying to find. Just put your
eyes on that and you'll see no loopholes, 'cause there's no loopholes.
Now remember, Judas thought he found one. That fellow thought he found
one. Many times they think they find it, but it proves out that it's
not. That's the make-believers, hypocrites. They're ninety-five per
cent on the Word; so was Eve. But ninety-nine and nine-tenths, but it
was that one tenth that caused all death and sorrow. That's the one
thing that condemns the organizations and things, 'cause they don't
take the whole Word of God. That's the make-believers. We find that
it's always been. But deny the true a-vindicated Word… These are
always in each generation. We find them just as we go along, and also
very religious. Now, I'm fixing to close right now, 'cause I done took
another half hour that…
Jesus, we find out that He has warned us against these last days and
these kind of people, that they'd be so much like the real thing that
they would, absolutely would, deceive the very elected ones. What is
that? That's the Judases. The–the people that goes so far up… Look,
they–they even can cry, shout, claim to cast out devils, everything,
and then turn back around and deny the Word. Exactly. They have a form
of godliness. They'd–they'd–they'd almost… Look at where Judas
came. Judas' spirit climbed into the Gospel up to the place of
Pentecost. But when it come to the time for his baptism in the Name of
Jesus Christ, and these other things that goes with the baptism of the
Holy Ghost, he walked out. He showed his colors. And that spirit can
live in those denominations till it gets right to that truth, then she
drops right back, like the spirit that's on them that forerun their
coming, just as John forerun Jesus' coming.
Now, you say, "Jesus said they'd be so close." Now, elected, that's the
kind that has had their name on the Book from the foundation of Life
that believes–foundation of the world that believes all the Word of
Life. That's the elected.
Now, watch these people. Now, I say this with reverence and respect
with godly love, if I don't I'm–I–I need an altar call myself.
Notice, Jesus said they would deceive the very elected. Now, that
wouldn't be Methodists; that wouldn't be Baptists. We know they're
unbelievers to begin with, but it's Pentecostals organizations that
took into that denomination, drawed their lines without the Word, and
drawed a line and put their own organization, and fenced out the Word.
They would deceive the very elected, so perfectly alike… Say, "They
cry; they shout; they jump up and down; they claim healing services."
So did Judas, and so did all the rest of them. When they went out, come
back rejoicing and everything, and even had their names written in the
Lamb's Book of Life. But remember, the Bride don't–don't–don't come
up in that group. She goes in the rapture.
At the judgment, the judgment was set, and the books were opened (the
wicked) and another book, which is the Book of Life, it was open. And
there was the Bride there to judge it. See? Another book was open which
was the Book of Life. That's the sheep on one side and the goats on the
other. See, the people that died back yonder never had the opportunity.
They'll be the ones that be separated.
But now notice. "Deceive the very elected…" Watch that group! That's
that group that follows right along: "Yes, Brother. Hallelujah. Yes.
Glory to God." And right down in your heart you see what they're
working you for–have you in church. Why? To draw a crowd to bleed them
of every bit of money they can get out of it. You think I don't know
that? They might not think I know it, but I know it. Jesus knowed from
the beginning who was deceiver. See, see? But what did He do? He just
waited till that time. That's what we must always do. Wait till that
time; don't move in yourself. Wait till that minute.
"Having a form…" and go right along, that's that deceiving group.
Watch that deceiver, that group there, not the–not the believer, not
the unbeliever, but that make-believer. Oh, my. What are they doing?
Just weeding along until they think they can find something, pulling
every penny that they can out of the people (See?), and then piling it
up in these great big organizations, which you're absolutely against,
and they know it. See, they know it. Don't make any difference what you
say. They've always warned their people before you come. "Don't listen
One man with the audacity to stand there in Ohio (just when Brother
Kidd was healed), come out there on the platform and said, "Now,
Brother Branham is a prophet, no doubt at all, when he's under the
anointing, but now," said, "when the anointing is off of him," said,
"don't you believe his teaching, because it's wrong."
And he didn't know that setting in my room, the Lord revealed it to me,
and I walked right down there (and many of you was there), and I said,
"Why would a man say a thing like that when the Word…" Now, see, I
never said I was a prophet; he said it. And the prophet… The word
"prophet" (seer) Old Testament… Now the English version of prophet
means a preacher. But the Old Testament seer was a man who had the
Divine interpretation of the Word and was proven by the Word coming to
him and foreseeing it. That was what…
And a man saying that a man be a prophet and then saying his teaching's
wrong, now, if that ain't a money working scheme, what is? The hour's
close at hand when that thing will be pulled out on their scene. Yes.
But that's the kind that (that–that make-believer) pat you on the
back, call you "brother," just as Judas. But remember, He knowed from
the beginning; He still knows. Yes, sir.
Remember, all these listening to this tape too. That's right. You're in
one of them classes. That's exactly right. Now, we're going to close.
Every person that's here present, every person that listens to this
tape, and even though someday I have to leave this world, these tapes
will still live. And that's right. See? And you're in one of these
classes. You've got to be in one of them. It's exactly. You can't
escape it; you're in one of these classes.
Now, what? Identify yourself with a Bible character that believed.
Where you believed the Word when It was a-vindicated like I proved It
tonight that it was a-vindicated Word, always, always, contrary to the
popular belief. If you should've lived in the days of Noah (Now, let me
say.), what side would you been on? the church side or Noah's side, the
prophet? See? If you'd lived in the days of Moses, would you have
believed Moses' message after It'd been proven and a-vindicated by God?
But would you went with Korah and Dathan and them and said, "You're not
the holy man; other people can do these things that you do too"? See?
You'd have to be one, and you are tonight.
Or would you have been with Daniel or with the church that was down
there at Nebuchadnezzar's party they was giving? See? Would you been
outside, or would you been down at the shindig, the–the big thing they
Would you have been with Elijah, that man standing alone, called an old
crank, a man lost his mind, standing upon top of the hill, and his head
shining up there to the sun, with a crooked stick in his hand and the
birds feeding him, some crank? Or would you been with the priest and
all of them down there with Jezebel, and the rest of them modern
dressed women, and Elijah standing up there rebuking them as hard as he
could? What part would you took your wife to? Just think; just picture
In the days of Jesus, would you been with this Boy that had no
credentials? He had no denomination affiliations. They said, "What
school did you come from? We don't have you on our record here. How do
you get this wisdom? How'd you ever learn if we didn't teach you these
things? What school did you come through? Are you Methodist,
Presbyterian, or Baptist?" He was none of it. That's right. He was the
Word. That's exactly right, brother. The… Or would you have took the
side with the Pharisees of the modern belief, of the humble old priest
that seemed to be so gentle and nice, and the organization that stood
up since the Nicaea Council, or since Luther organized it, or…
What–what group would you been in? Would you been… What group would
you have been with? Would you stood with the Word when you seen It
a-vindicated and proved to you that It was the message of the day, or
would you have took the church stand? Now, just picture yourself
Would you have been the–with the apostles when they seen Jesus and all
these mysterious things, when He crammed down on them preachers? Said,
"You are a nest of snakes," them honest, old preachers, studied that
Word. Said, "You're nothing but a den of thieves, and you're–you're
full of dead man's bones. You're nothing but a whited wall. (See?) You
generation of vipers." Would you have stood with a hotheaded fellow
like that, who stood there and rebuked and tore down and said, "Which
one of you can accuse Me of sin? If I do not what the Father says…"
They said, "Don't listen; that guy's got a evil spirit on him. He's
crazy; he's mad. He's–he's got a spirit of the devil on him." See?
"Now, how does that, he… That's a fortuneteller's spirit, and he
tell… What is he? His mother had him before her and her husband was
married." See, see? "What school did he come through? We don't even
have one record of him ever going to grammar school." And yet when He
was twelve years old, He astounded and confound the priests with the
Word of God. "What school did He come out of?" The School of Above.
"When you see the Son of man descending up from where He come from."
See? That was His school.
But would you have stood with the apostles to a man like that, when the
showdown come? Or would you actually have walked off with the seventy
and said, "Well, we'll go on back to our church if that's the way
you're going to teach, saying that you, the son of man… When after
all, who are you? What are you? A man like I am; I eat with you. Trying
to say you're something. I've watched you; I seen your weakness; I've
seen you cry; I've seen you do this, that, or the other; I seen you go
in the wilderness with us and everything else like that. Now, and
you're just a man, and say you come down from heaven. That's too much
for me." Would you have walked up with them. Or would you have walked
out with the seventy, or would you have walked on with the apostles and
When Saint Martin tried to hold the baptism in the Name of Jesus Christ
in the church, when he still tried to hold to signs and wonders and
things, and the Catholic church condemned the man and wouldn't even
recognize him at all, and cast him out–would you have took the place
with the Catholic creed, or would you have stood with Saint Martin when
he refused to put up all these kinds of images of dead people and
worship them, worship them images and so forth?
When he refused the dogmas that was added, he said, "Let the Word be
Truth." And God vindicated him with great signs and wonders, and what
he foretold happened. And everything that he did, he walked in the
Spirit of God and proved it, and wasn't a one of them priest or
anything could do anything about it. Would you have took his side and
went with Saint Martin, or would you have went with the Catholic creed?
Now, the Word–now the Word of God or the church dogmas is before you.
Can you take and accept what the dogmas of the church, or do you take
what the Word says? Remember, in all ages has been as it is right now.
There's always a popular belief among the people, and it's always been
a–just a little bit contrary to the real Word. Remember, it's never
been just a right out deny it. Oh, no. The antichrist don't deny the
Word. Certainly not. He says he believes It, but just not all of It the
way It is wrote here. See, see?
Satan told Eve; Eve believed it all but just that little bit that he
told her. They take just all of it but just a little bit. It might be
go to pool; it might be something else. You got to take it every bit
just the way it is here (See?), just the way it's said here. Might
cause you do some first works over again, but it's just what the Word
This has been Satan's trick since he worked it first on Eve: just to
disbelieve a little bit of the Word, and always separates these three
classes of people. The Word separates these people. In every age it's
been that way. Every age that ever has been, it's been that way. When
God sent something on the scene it clearly identifies it (His Word),
then there are those that follow that claim to be believers, and they
are. There are those that wouldn't turn back. They believe the Word; as
long as you stay in the Word, they believe it. But when it comes a
little contrary (no matter how much God identifies it) to what they
believe, they say, "Well, I–I–I don't know about that." That's the
Or do you follow along just to see till you can get a chance to say,
"Aha, here you are," a Judas to stab somebody in the back like he did.
"I knowed it would come out sooner or later. There you are." That's the
make-believer. Every–every bit of it, we see it in the Bible.
A little boy one time down here in Kentucky, raised way up in the
mountains, he'd–he'd never been around where there was a looking
glass. He had a little piece tacked up on a tree, but he'd never seen
himself. He come here to Louisville, it was told, to stay with his
mother's sister, and she lived in one of the nice homes, a old fashion
home. When they went into the–one of the bedrooms, it had a door that
had a mirror all up and–all way up and down the door. See? And when
the little fellow started to run through the house, he stopped. Little
Johnny saw a little Johnny. See? Then he scratched his head and little
Johnny in the mirror scratched his head. He laughed, and little Johnny
in the mirror laughed. He jumped up and down, and little Johnny jumped
up and down in the mirror. See? He walked up real close. He thought it
was a little boy he could play with. So he walked up; directly, he
pecked on the glass. He turned around and his parents was watching him.
He said, "Mama, that's me."
Now, you look in this one; which is you? Which one of these little
Johnny's are you impersonating? Which one is you? See? You're one of
them. That's one of them; one that would turn back, the first flaw he
found, that you called a flaw. See? Test it with the Word and see if
it's right. If the Word proves all things (See?), prove all things by
the Word. Jesus said do so. Yes, sir. And hold fast to that what's
good. That's exactly what He said.
Now, look in the mirror of God's Word in the other ages and see which
group of these three that you'd be identified in. Now, just think, if
you'd lived in the days of Noah, if you'd lived in the days of Moses,
if you'd lived in the days of Jesus or one of them, whatever it is,
just think what group you'd be identified with. Think of it tonight.
Then your present… Now, just think now. This is deep now. And don't
run over the top of it. Your present state right now proves to you what
group you'd have been with back there. Now, you're your own judges.
Proves what you are.
Reverend, minister, what group would you have been with when Jesus made
that statement that was hard to believe? What–what… After He'd
thoroughly been identified that He was the Word… See? And yet that
statement, you never heard of anything like that. The Son of man, what
would you say if He be–ascends up into heaven where He come from."
And you said, "Well, I know where he was borned at. I know his papa; I
know his mama. And here he says he's going to ascend up from where he
come from." That would've been a little too much for you, wouldn't it,
sir? Been just a little bit too much for you; you couldn't have
stomached that. Maybe it's the same thing today. Then look in the glass
of God's Word and see where you stand. Oh, a deceiver of man. Don't you
never do that.
Look, you're one of these classes. And your present state right now,
the present state of mind that you here in this visible audience, and
you that'll be in the invisible audience of this tape, your present
state of mind, after listening to this tape proves to you what class
you're in. It tells you exactly where you are: whether you are a
believer in the Word and will stay with It; whether you'd walked out,
or shut that tape off. See? That tells what you done. You don't want to
listen to it and shut it off and say, "I don't want to listen to that."
That's that unbeliever. See? You won't stop to test it and see if it's
the Truth or not. See?
Or just hanging around and trying to find some fault with it. Then you
know where you are too. It tells you. God help us to believe it and
stand on it, and be loyal to it, and obey the Word for He is the Word.
You believe that? Let us–let us pray.
Dear heavenly Father, how hard it is at times to say these things, and
know that perhaps, tens of thousands of people will hear this over the
tape as they go out across the country and around the world. But, dear
Lord, it is true; it's so true. I pray, Lord, first clean my heart. O
Lord, test me; try me. Just look down upon me, Lord. I'm weak;
I–I–I'm tired; I'm–I'm wore out. My throat is husky; my–my–my lips
are–are–are–are–are–are parched like this. And my body's wearing
down and getting old. And–and it won't be too many more times, Lord,
maybe too many more turns of the sun till–till I'll–I'll be going.
And now, check me now, Father, and if–if there's something that I'm
doing wrong and don't know it, You–You just reveal it to me, Lord.
You–You show me. I–I'm ready now to make it all right.
I look at myself over there in the glass of God's Word. Where do I
stand? Do I see my image reflecting Jesus Christ? Is that the person I
see in the glass? Do I see one of the believers of the Old Testament or
the believers of the New Testament? Do I see a make-believer? Do I see
myself as a unbeliever, that wouldn't stand and listen to the Word, and
would take the denominational idea instead?
Do I see myself hanging around trying to find a little loophole? Lord,
if it's so, just–just–just clean me, Lord. Let my heart be clean and
pure, because this is my life, Lord. I… It–it's… I want it right.
There's no need of just halfway doing it if–if there's a way to make
it really done. I–I want it fixed right, Father. Not only that, but
I'd be leading men wrong and women wrong, and the people that I love
and loves me, then I–I'd be wrong.
And Father, if there be anything… If I thought tonight that any
denominational church was right, or the Council of churches was right,
if the majority of the people were right, Lord God, help me to be man
enough and Christian enough to admit my wrong and stand here and send
these people to where I think that would be right. Cleanse me; let me
look and see.
But when it comes to those things, Lord, as far as I can see it, having
those forms and deny the Word, you can tell it to them and yet they
say, "Well, it don't make any difference. God don't expect that out…"
Lord, I believe that You are the same Jesus; You're the same God that
You ever was. You're still God and You change not. I believe that this
Bible is Your Word, and I believe that You and Your Word are the same.
And I pray God, that You'll give us of Your Holy Spirit to quicken the
Word to give us the Quickening power, that someday when life is over
and You're finished with us, that we'll be quickened and ascend up into
heaven where we was in the thoughts of God before the foundation of the
world. God, grant it. Forgive our sins, Father.
If there be men or women here that stands in that other class besides
true believers in the Word, God cleanse their heart. If there's any
listening in to the tape or will listening in, I pray for the cleansing
of their heart, that You'll cleanse them, Lord. I–I don't want to see
them lost. God, I pray that You'll–You'll help us to understand, that
one wrong won't–won't righten another wrong. There's only one way to
do it; that's to get both wrongs out of the way and get right. And I
pray, Father, that You'll grant that to us through Jesus Christ our
With our heads bowed, our hearts bowed, now I want you stop just a few
minutes. When I saw the vision of hell as a–as a little boy, the
horrors of it… Then I may be wrong in this. That might just been a
premonition; it might… I don't know; it seems I was somewhere. It was
so natural. Then not long ago when I seen the realms of the blessed.
When I was in the realms of the lost, I screamed, "Oh, God, don't never
let a person come here." You can't… There's no tongue can it describe
to you what the horrors of it is. There's no way for me to tell you. If
you believe that there is a burning hell full of fire and brimstone,
that would be a cool shady green pasture to the sight of what the
horrors of this lost condition was in and the misery that has–that has
associated that place.
And if I'd tried to speak to you of things that would be beyond a
human's understanding, I still couldn't describe the place of the
blessed: how peaceful, never to die, never to be old, never to be sick,
always to be young, always to be healthy, never to die: Eternal Life,
in the blessed of youth, and no sin or nothing else. Oh, there's just
no way to describe it.
Even to Saint Paul, he said, "Eye has not seen; ear has not heard; or
has it even entered the hearts of men (You can't even understand it.
There's no way to explain it.) what God has for them in store that love
And now, as this is surely true, both here and the invisible audience,
we are pictured here tonight in one of these classes. Either we are
genuine believers… Test it with the Word. If the Word said a certain
thing and the church said something different, what would you take?
Look in the glass of God's Word and see which class you're standing in.
And if you're not tonight (both here and in the invisible audience)–if
you're not–if–if you're not with that believing type, could I offer
just a word of prayer for you now that you would come into that
believing type? And would you signify the same by God with your heads
bowed, your hearts bowed, your eyes closed, and before God… Sometimes
people are just a little bit afraid, you know, to kinda raise up their
hands–afraid their neighbor… Which they oughtn't to be that way, but
they–they should be willing to stand up and say, "I–I'm wrong. I'm
"He that–he that covers his sin shall not prosper, but he that will
confess his sin will have mercy." See? What is sin? Unbelief. Unbelief
in what? The Word.
Now, if you're not in that class, there's things that you see in the
Bible that you just simply, in your–in–in your–your intellectuals,
you–you can't see it. You just… You know the Bible said so, but you
just–you can't understand it and yet you want to. You say, "God, let
me have the understanding. I'll obey You." Would you raise your hand
and say, "Remember me as we pray." God bless you. God bless you. That's
good. See? Really just think of it. "Is there something in the Bible
that I–I just–I don't know. I'm–I'm afraid I'm going to find myself
in one of the other categories. Maybe I'm going to find myself with the
seventy that I… There's just some things that I… It's too hard for
me to understand how that–that God would do these things. How He could
be–how Jesus could be the same. How these things… I–I don't
understand it. I want to understand it; I–I want to believe it, and
God help my unbelief. I–I want to be part of it; I want to be a
partaker of the Word. I want It in me."
"If ye abide in Me and My Word abides in you, then ask what you will."
St. John 15. We know that's true. Look. "If ye abide (not in and out,
in and out), but if ye abide in Me (and He is the Word) and It abides
in you, then just ask what you will and it shall be given unto you." Ye
shall have it.
"He that receiveth My Words, and believeth on Him that sent Me has
already passed from death to Life." But can you receive the Word first?
Can you receive the Word, all the Word, all of Christ? Christ is the
anointed Word, He is the Word, anointed. "Christ" means "the Anointed
One, the anointed Word for that day made manifest," the Saviour, the
Redeemer. That's when He was to come, and He was that anointed Person
to take that place. [Brother Branham taps on pulpit–Ed.]
Now, it's the Holy Spirit in the last days to shine forth the Evening
Light, restoring back the faith that's been trampled down through the
denominations, condemning the denominations and coming back to the
original faith, with the original Bible faith, the original Bible,
believing every Word of It, not adding It and making It say this and
say that, just say It the way It's said, and you want to believe it
that way; is there one that never raised their hands, would like to
raise their hands and say, "God, remember me."
God bless you, lady. God bless you, young man. God bless you, and you.
Fine. God bless you, little fellow. God bless you, my sister. "I want
them…" God bless you, sister, over to my right. Bless you in the
back. "I want…" And God bless you, young man, and you, sister, over
here. And you, brother, over this other side, Lord bless you. God bless
you in the back.
"Just remember me, Lord."
Now, remember, you're not holding your hand to me, but to Him.
Right straight in back of me, I–Lord sees your hand. Even if I miss
it, He sees it. He knows your heart; He knows what's pulsating there.
He knows your objective; He knows what your motive is to that
God bless you, brother. Someone else. I want to believe all the Word."
God bless you. God bless you. "Help me, Lord, help me." The Lord sees
your hands. Yes, sir. That's it. "There's things that I–I can't
understand. I–I don't want to be an unbeliever. Though I don't
understand them, I want to believe it anyhow. I'm ready to say, 'Lord
God, here I am. I want to believe. Help my unbelief, Lord.'" God be
with you. God bless you. Many, many hands are up and still going up.
You say, "Brother Branham, does that help?" Put your hand up once with
a real right objective and find out how you feel about it. You've
testified that there is a little something in your life; you know.
There's a little something; you don't want to be there, but it's there
anyhow. You wonder how it could be done. "And, Lord, forbid that I
would be a Judas. Forbid that I'd follow along in a–in a Message just
maybe trying to think that someday some little flaw will show up. Oh,
God, not me. Let me stay right with Thy Word. See? Or maybe I'd be a
unbeliever that just simply thinks, "Well, if–if… Well, why don't
the rest of them say so." See? I–I don't want to be like that either.
I want to be a believer. I want to… I see God's Word of the hour. I
see God in It. And, Lord, make me part of that Word; make me part of
It. I want to be part of It." The Lord bless you.
Now, let us pray, and every person, you pray for–for yourself, and I'm
going to pray for you. Did you know, one day we're going–we're not
going to be together here, maybe, for awhile. Some of us will be taken.
And we won't be together. There's many of us here; we're–some of us
are getting old; some of us… We don't know–even young die. We die at
any age. We got to be separated and this thing's got to be settled. And
you just can't get there on haphazardly; you've got to come while
you're in your right mind.
You say, "Well, just before I die, if I can see it…" No, don't do
that. You might not even be in your right mind then. You might be
killed 'fore you get home in an accident. You might die in a heart
attack. We don't know what's going to happen; only God holds that. I
trust not. I'm watching people on the outside even holding their hands
in the window. See? Yes, God bless… I–I want–I want to be right.
I–I–I want to be right. And now, let's make it right now.
Right now, just… You can settle it for one time if from your bottom
of your heart, if you'll sincerely say, "Lord Jesus, no matter what it
is, or what anyone else says, Your Word will be first in my life. I
want It in my life. You are the Word. The Bible said so, and I believe
that the Bible is the Word of God, and I know the creeds and the dogmas
that's been injected into It has made It a bunch of hypocrisy. Lord,
cleanse me from such stuff as that and let me be wholly Thine. I raise
my hands to You; I raise my heart to You, my voice to You, my prayer to
You. God be merciful to me." And my hands are up too. Lord, cleanse me,
oh Lord, from all unbelief.
Though He may not give me the–the power to walk like Enoch and not
have to die, but just take an afternoon's walk and go home with Him;
but God, I do believe that it will happen, because I know there's to be
a rapture in the last days, and the work's to be cut short. Father, so
says our calendar–thirty-six more years and the work will be over, and
You'll have to come sometime within that or there'll be no flesh saved.
And then we're told by the chronologist and the–and the people who
search such things that we are absolutely advanced many, many years
from that, many years on up. They're tell us by the calendars that
we're way up further than that; maybe there's only fifteen or twenty
years left. I don't know, Father. But I know, even according to our
calendar, we're almost there.
I see where there cannot be any hope left, Lord. There is coming a…
If they ever start turning those bombs loose on each other, Lord,
there–there–there'll be no battle front. They'll–they will destroy
one another. And, Lord, it's hanging there, and yet the Bible says the
whole heavens and earth will be on fire. God, I see the hour appearing.
I think of the assassination of the President, and then see that other
evil man come in, without letting the man have a trial, and shot him
down in cold-blooded murder. O God, one's as guilty as the other. They
have no right to do that. Evil in our own nation, supposed to be a
Christian nation, what a poor example we are, Lord, of Christians.
Forgive us, Lord, of our sins. Help us, O God, especially Your church,
them that's baptized into that mystical Body of Christ. "Which it's the
Spirit that quickeneth," You said. "And as the Son of man ascended up,
so shall His Body ascend up, and He is the Head; His church is the
Body." O God, it's the Head that guides the Body. And let the Headship
of the Word guide the Body of Christ. And may I be part of that Body,
I pray for these who raise their hands, and all's present, and all
that's be on the tapes. Lord God, I pray sincerely; take them in, Lord.
You look at their hearts. You know what they are. But as Your servant
I–I intercede for the people, Lord. I–I love them. I love them and
I–I–I'm only trying to do this, because I feeled Your commission is
for me to do it. So Father, here I am, doing the best I can with…
Forgive my feeble mistakes, Lord. I pray that You will–that You'll
grant to me strength and I'll be able to make it more plainer to the
Now, be with us here in the Tabernacle tonight. Look down upon these,
Lord, those who raised their hands in the Tabernacle. Search me, oh
Lord, and try me. If there be any wrong in me, cleanse me, Father.
Grant it. Cleanse this church. Clean us all, Lord, that the Word will
be made flesh among us and be made known to the world in this day.
Grant it, Father. For I commit this with myself, and this text, and
with this audience, and with Thy Word and Thy promise for the salvation
of our souls, in the Name of Jesus Christ. Grant it, Lord.
May the power of God come upon us and anoint us, all the way from the
pastor to the janitor, and every person that's present. May the Holy
Ghost come and take It's place into our heart and take every promise of
God and reveal to us that Thy Word is Truth. Through Jesus' Name I
And while we have our heads bowed, I can–just want the organist, if
she will, to give us a chord on this song, "I can hear my Saviour
calling. Where He leads me I will follow; where He leads I will follow."
[Brother Branham begins to hum–Ed.]
are you on? What do you see in your reflection in the Bible, God's
Looking-glass? If I'm being judged now by the Word…)
go with the Word no matter what it costs. I'm going through the
judgments of God, if I have to take one of the places, make me a
believer. Right down the Word…)