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Twentieth Century Prophet (Movie) (53-0800)




 



 


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This Message by Brother William Marrion Branham
called Twentieth Century Prophet (Movie)
was delivered on a day in August 1953 in Jeffersonville, Indiana, U.S.A.
The tape, number 53-0800,
is not available any more.

The text is provided courtesy of Voice of God Recordings, Jeffersonville Indiana
Voice Of God Recordings
P.O. Box 950, Jeffersonville, Indiana 47131 U.S.A.
Phone (812) 256-1177
Fax (812) 256-6187




E-1 May I present my wife? Honey, this is Brother Leroy and Paul Kopp of Los Angeles, California.
[Sister Branham says, "Delighted to have you in our home, Brother Kopp."–Ed.]
[Brother Kopp says, "Brother Branham, in your
two great campaigns at Los Angeles, at Calvary Temple, we noticed that
the Lord Jesus Christ worked with you in a very special manner with
these marvelous gifts: discerning of the spirits of men's hearts as
well as the sicknesses of their body, and the signs of healing and
miracles that were wrought. We thought it was wonderful–Ed.]

[Brother Kopp says, "We're interested,
Brother Branham, in hearing more about this unique ministry that God
has given you."–Ed.]

E-2
Very well, Brother Kopp. Let's go back to the beginning. I was born in
eastern Kentucky, in a little log cabin near Burkesville, Kentucky. The
morning of my birth, I'm told of my parents, that there was a Light
came into the room and hung over me.
My people was not a religious people. They did not go to any church. Of
course, this caused quite a stir among them. It's followed me all the
days of my life. Recently, they took a picture of It in the scientific
world as shown here. You're probably familiar with this picture. It was
proven by science that it was the only supernatural Being that was ever
scientifically photographed.
To my opinion, It's the same Angel of God that followed the children of
Israel from Egypt unto Palestine. You know as a scholar yourself, that
was the Angel of the Covenant, none other than our Lord Jesus Christ.
And when here on earth, manifested in flesh, He did not claim to be a
great Person. He said, "The Son can do nothing, just as the Father
shows him." He…

E-3
In Saint John the 5th chapter, perhaps you're acquainted with it, the
Scripture, Jesus passed through this famous pool of Bethesda. He find
many crippled people there, blind, halt, lame, waiting for the moving
of the water. It was strange that He just ministered to one, but if
you'll notice, He knew where that person was. The Father had showed
Him. He healed this one. Perhaps he–he wasn't crippled. He was just
laying on a pallet, but Jesus healed him.
And then farther in the chapter, we find about the 19th verse, that He
was questioned by the Jews. Perhaps, it would be questionable today why
God would pass through a place where all those people were lame and
halt and blind, and would not heal them all. But here I'll quote His
Words. He said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, the Son can do nothing
of Himself, but what He sees the Father do: this doeth the Son
likewise."

E-4
Then according to His Own Words, His ministry was based upon visions
from His Father. Would not be strange then that His ministry should be
carried on as He promised His disciples, "The things that I do, shall
you do also. Greater than this shall you do, for I go unto My Father."
He said, "A little while and the world seeth me no more, yet ye shall
see me, for I'll be with you, even in you, to the end of the world:
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever."
I believe it's a confirmation in this last days of the resurrection of
Jesus Christ, living among His people, performing the same signs and
wonders that He did when He was here on earth.
At the age of seven, we moved from Kentucky to Indiana, up the road a
bit from where we live now. We packed our water then from a well, some
city block (I suppose) behind the old country home. One beautiful
September afternoon, while coming from the pump with some water, there
was a stately poplar tree stood about halfway between the pump and the
home.

E-5
Passing by there, there was a whirl of wind in the tree, what we call
here a whirlwind. Why, it was nothing odd for that time of year in this
part of the country. But it remained in the tree. It didn't leave. I
stopped to see what it was. And a Voice spoke from It, saying, "Do not
never smoke, or drink, or defile your body in any way, for there'll be
a work for you to do when you get older."
Frightened? That's not a word for it. I ran home quickly, telling my
mother that a Man spoke to me out of a tree. Well, she thought I was
nervous. She put me to bed. But from then on, visions begin to come.
And when this comes upon me, it produces a vision. I'm able to tell
people what's wrong with them, and what they must do in life, and the
sins that they are holding back in their life.
At the age of thirty-seven, one night I was praying in my room, and
when I'd raised up, I noticed there was a Light on the floor. And
looking around to see where it come from, It was coming from above. The
Pillar of Fire was hanging just above, and was throwing the Light on
the floor. I heard someone walking. I looked; coming through the room,
coming into this Light, came a man. In human figure He'd be about two
hundred pounds of weight. He had dark hair to His shoulder, an olive
complexion. He was bare-footed.

E-6
Of course, I was frightened, and he said to me, "Fear not." And as soon
as I heard that voice, I knew it was the same voice that had always
spoke to me, but the first time I had ever seen Him in human form. He
said, "I am sent from the Presence of God to tell you that you're to
pray for sick people. Great signs and wonders will be following your
ministry, and you'll be praying for kings and monarchs and so forth."
Well, I told him I was a poor man. I had no education. I would not be
able to do this job. He said, "As Moses was given two signs of
confirmation of his ministry, that I would be given two signs. One
would be the praying for the sick, the miracles, and the other would be
you'd know the very secrets of the people's heart."

E-7
I told him that I had been praying about this, that the people told me
that it was of the devil–the ministry. He referred to me many
Scriptures, such as when Philip found Nathanael, and Nathanael came to
Jesus. Why, Jesus told him where he had been, where he was under the
tree when Nathanael found him. And many other Scriptures, such as the
woman at the well, how that she was revealed, her sins to her, when
Jesus told her that she had five husbands. She ran into the city, and
said, "This is the Christ."
Many other Scriptures He referred to. I told Him I would go. He give me
the assurance that He would be with me always, as you know, Brother
Kopp, and the world knows, of the great things that's been taking place
in the ministry.

E-8
We were thinking about whether these visions I would remember them very
long. Sometime ago I had one, about four years ago to be exact, of a
little boy being dead on the side of the road, struck by a car and
killed. And he was to be raised from the dead. Well, I told everybody
about it, prophesied throughout the United States and Canada. Thousands
of Bibles had it written on their flyleaf, that this would take place.
One day while we were having campaigns in the Scandinavian country, we
were coming down through Finland, from Kuopio. And there was a group of
people gathered on the side of the road. They were hovered over some
sort of a form. We got out to look. There it was, the little boy,
everything, the scene, just the way it was shown to me.
I said to Brother Moore, "Look at your Bible and see if this isn't the scene."

E-9
"Yes," he said. I knelt down and asked our Lord Jesus to confirm His
Word that He'd showed me, and had told me would come to pass. The
little boy was brought to life again by our Lord Jesus. He's alive and
healthy today.
Brother Kopp, this is just a few of the things that our Lord Jesus is
doing today in the ministry that He has committed to me. To my humble
opinion, it's to confirm His Word. The things that He promised that
would happen in this day, we're seeing them take place today.
Now, concerning the campaigns in Israel, Brother Kopp, I'll be very
happy to serve our Lord in Israel. I believe that my ministry will be
very effective to the Jews, because as the Scripture says, "The Jews
seek signs, the Greeks, wisdom."

E-10 [Brother
Kopp says, "We believe many Jews, and others there in the holy land,
will come to believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Messiah, when
they see a Christian fulfilling the prophecy of Joel in the Old
Testament."–Ed.]

Yes, Brother Kopp, I'm sure that you're referring to Joel's prophecy in
the Old Testament, Joel 2:28, how that He prophesied, saying that in
the last days He would pour out His Spirit upon all flesh. The sons and
daughters would prophesy. The old men would dream dreams, and the young
men would see visions.
[Brother Kopp says, "Well, Brother Branham, I
guess we'll have to say good-bye for this time. It certainly has been a
great pleasure and very edifying. We'll have to be running along. But
we will see you, God willing, in Chicago, in the next couple of
days."–Ed.]

E-11
Well, gentlemen, it's been a pleasure to have you in our home tonight.
We'll be praying together for the success of the Chicago meeting. And
by God's grace, I hope to meet you there in the next few days.
[Sister Meda Branham says, "Would you care for some tea before going?"]
[Brother Kopp says, "Oh, well, thank you very
much, Sister Branham. That'll be just fine." Brother Leroy Kopp and his
son, Paul Kopp, say, "Thank you."–Ed.]

Thanks, honey.

E-12 [Remaining portion is from a prayer line in a Chicago campaign–Ed.]
Now, to you who believe, the Angel of God, Who has been sent to me to
help you to believe Jesus Christ, is not two foot from where I'm
standing right now. If you believe me to be His servant, you shall take
my word. I can't make you believe it. You only have to… See? But He's
here now at the platform.
Now, the Lord bless you, while I talk to the woman. Every one be in
prayer. These are sick people. Now, if this lady says that she is a
stranger to me… I never seen her in my life, no way at all of knowing
her, anyway at all. Now, I could not heal her no more than I could save
her; and you know I couldn't do that. But Jesus Christ has already did
all of that when He died at Calvary.

E-13 But He sent gifts into His Church. Is that right? If it is, say, "Amen." [Congregation says, "Amen."–Ed.]
And the gifts are to (what?) edify the Church. Is that right? In other
words, they'd be believers, unbelievers come in, and say, "Truly…"
The Bible said, "If you all speak with tongues, and there come in the
unbelievers, well, they'll say you're mad. But if there be one prophesy
and reveal the secrets of the heart, then won't that unbeliever fall
down and say, 'Truly God is with you.'" Is that right? That's exactly
right. All right.
You believe now with all your heart that Jesus Christ, the Son of God,
is here now to perform and to do the thing that He promised He would
do.

E-14
Lady, I just want to talk to you as… in the… The reason I'm doing
this is to contact your spirit. Will you believe with all your heart?
And if God will just reveal to me what is wrong with you, will you
accept Him as your Healer? You would. Now, we're strangers I suppose,
are we? Never seen each other in life, nowhere? But God knows what's
wrong with you, isn't that right? You, one of your greatest things, you
are anemia also. Isn't that right? You believe that God will make you
well.
Lord Jesus, I pray that You'll heal the woman. Make her well, Father.
May she go from here tonight and be made completely whole, in Jesus
Christ's Name I ask it. Amen.

E-15
Now go, rejoicing. Pray. Now, that's according to your faith, sister.
See? He never told me one thing. Just said what was wrong with you.
Watch what He says. See? What He tells you, that you do. Now, it's
totally up to you. See? You believe it. You said you'd accept it. Now
He took you at your word. You take Him at His Word. Go testify the same
you'll get well. Amen. Let's say, "Thanks be to God." Amen.
I'm trust that God is blessing you all out there now to where you can't
disbelieve any longer. It would be a–a–a sin for you to disbelieve
now. After God has sent His Son, and has performed this thing that He
speaks of now, and has done all these signs, and you… and sent His
Bible, sent His preachers, sent His gifts, and you still disbelieve
Him, there's nothing left for you but to be condemned at the end. Is
that right?

E-16
But the only thing this is to do is to glorify God and to reveal Jesus
Christ, that… When He was here on earth, He did this very same thing.
All Bible readers believe that, say, "Amen." [Congregation says, "Amen."–Ed.]
And He said, "When I go away, and I'll come again. A little while and
the world will see Me no more (That's the unbelievers.), but ye shall
see Me (Who? the believers), for I'll be with you, even in you, to the
end of the world." Is that true? Then it's sin to disbelieve. "Go ye
and sin no more (or disbelieve no more) or a worse thing than this will
come upon you," said Jesus. Is that true? Then we must believe. It's
got to be a believe or perish.

E-17
If I was God, if they couldn't take my word for it, that would settle
it. But people still don't take the Word, then signs and wonders are
added into the Church, as Jesus Christ promised to do. And to my honest
belief, I believe He's finishing up right now with the Gentiles, and
will turn to the Jews right away. And the Gentiles will be left in
their dogmas and the things that they got, and their creeds, and cold,
formal denominations. And the Church will be raptured and took up. And
the Gospel will go to the Jews. Amen. "Amen" means "so be it." All
right.

E-18
Excuse me, sister. Have to relax my mind once in a while. Now, we'll be
strangers. I see that you are strictly a stranger to me. You're from
away from here. You've come from another city. You've got a lot of
trouble on your heart. And you got heart trouble, to begin with. Is
that right? There's a whole lot of blackness. I see a black sheet keep
following you like that. Oh, it's a lie. Somebody's told a lie on you,
and that was a man was professing Divine healing. [The sister says, "Yes, sir."–Ed.] He said you was a witch. ["Yes."]
Is that true? And you–you got a whole stir in your church, or
something another, about it. Isn't that right? Your pastor's sick right
now. He has got polio. Is that right? ["Yes, sir."]
Sister, don't pay no attention to what them people tell you. They're a
lying. And the only thing's wrong with your heart is that nervous
condition, got your heart worked up. Go on home in peace, and God bless
you. You're all right. God bless you. You're not a witch.

E-19 You believe with all your heart? Believe God will heal you with that cancer. Believe He will make you well if I'd ask Him.
Lord
Jesus, I pray that You'll heal the woman. And may she get completely
whole. I ask this blessing in Jesus Christ's Name. Amen.
Go on your road, rejoicing, saying, "Thank You, Lord," and you'll get well.
Come, lady.
Almighty God, Author of Life, give this woman her perfect health in Jesus Christ's Name. Amen.
God bless you. Just a minute. Something happened to you. You know that. You're aware of that. Isn't that right?
Why, it's all over the building, and every person here could be healed right now if you'd believe it. You believe this? [Congregation says, "Amen."–Ed.] Have faith in God.
Are you one of the ushers, sir? All right, sir.

E-20
That lady setting right there, got heart trouble, that speckled dress
on. Stand up, lady. He just healed you then of that heart trouble. You
believe that with all your heart? All right.
There sets a lady there with her handkerchief up, crying, just had a
lick on the head the other day. She has got a headache that causes it.
Is that right? Stand up and accept your healing in Jesus Christ's Name.
Amen.
How many of the rest of you wants to accept your healing? Jesus Christ
is right here now to heal you. Do you believe that? All that wants to
be healed, stand to your feet right now. Every person in the building
that wants to be healed, stand to your feet. Raise up your hands like
this to God.
Almighty God, the Author of Life, the Giver of every gift, as Thy
Spirit is here tonight, I pray that You'll heal every person in this
building. Thou art here. The Holy Spirit is here. And I, now, as Your
servant, along with these other servants, curse every disease that's in
here. May the Jesus Christ the Son of God heal every person in here.
Satan, leave these people in Jesus Christ's Name.
Now, let the people that's got their hands up, say, "Praise God," and go to rejoicing, giving God… [Congregation says, "Praise God."–Ed.]
All right, Brother Boze.


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