It’s important to understand that just as there are 3 distinct “pulls” in Brother Branham’s vision, there are also three distinct parts to the vision and each part must be fulfilled. The following is an excerpt from the message. “What Is A Vision”.
Now, I might tell you a vision that’s just recently happened, and so that… Brother Joseph asked me to do this, so that the people that’s here in the building that couldn’t get the–the issue of this magazine, would understand it.
I made… When I first became a–a servant of the Lord to pray for His sick children… You know the story how He told me that I was born to pray for sick people. Now, you say, “Oh, I’ve heard that many times…?… of different people.” That’s all right. See, that–they might… I–I can’t answer for someone else. I have to answer for my own, and you have to answer for yours.
Now, that is true. And then when He told me that, I knew that there was–in this ministry there would have to be a lot of things under consideration: money for one thing. Well, I made a promise to God that I wouldn’t take the people’s money, and I’d ask Him… I didn’t want people’s money, but I knowed in that there’d be a lot of money given to me, and I’d have to refuse it. So I told Him as long as He prospered my ways, so I wouldn’t have to beg for money, I would stay on the field as long as He prospered me. But when He got so He failed me till where we’d have to beg or take hours or whatever they do to take up offerings (as I seen it many a time in my own denomination church that I belonged to then,), then I said I–I would come in off the field.
He blessed me for about nine years, but in California it–my ministry looked like, begin to drop down somehow. Mail fell off, look like the people wasn’t interested. Well, I thought, “God, that is all in Your hands.” Where I used to get around a thousand letters a day or something like that, and be down there, would drop down to six hundred, then five hundred, then down to four hundred, three hundred; a hundred and seventy-five, somewhere got down to about like that a day, seventy-five letters a day, maybe.
Well, I thought, “Well, wonder what’s happened? I don’t know as I’ve done anything. If I have to–to–for the people, why, I’m–I’m sorry.” ‘Course I thought, “Well, I haven’t got… I don’t sell things, and the only thing people writes to me for is to get prayer clothes, and we don’t sell them. We give them to them; so well, Lord, maybe You’re fixing to change things.”
And I went to California, went about–about fifteen thousand dollars in debt in the meeting. And that night when I left, I asked Billy to tell me; and the dear people who was sponsoring it, they underwrote it and was very, very fine. But that wasn’t the promise. I promised God what I’d do. And when a dear brother taken me home that night out to the little cabin where I was staying, I went out upon the mountain to myself, about two o’clock in the morning, and we was to leave around four-thirty. And I prayed. And the moon shining down bright, I can just see it. It was last fall.
I said, “Heavenly Father, now, I–I leave the field. I go home, and whatever You want me to do from henceforth, You just reveal to me.”
And so, I couldn’t tell Billy and them; I didn’t want to tell them, didn’t want to tell my wife, but, oh, I said, “I’ll tell them when I get to Arizona.” Well, then I said, “I’ll wait until I get to grand old state of Texas, where my mother come from.” I said I’d tell them there, and then I got there… I told them as they come in Jeffersonville, Indiana.
Well, Billy, he said, “Daddy, better be careful what you’re doing.” Said, “Don’t the Bible say, ‘Woe unto me if I preach not the Gospel?'”I said, “I never said anything about preaching the Gospel, I mean the evangelistic service.” And I said, “Look, Billy,” I said, “God’s got men on the field everywhere. He don’t need me out there. I can go back and get my job again, and–and go to pastoring, and pastor the Tabernacle or something. I may go down and rent the old theatre down there and have a Sunday afternoon international gathering and a broadcast or something.” I said, “I can’t stop all at once now, because my expenses runs about a hundred dollars a day at home, so I–I can’t with my office and things.” I said, “I just can’t shut right down, because I can’t do it.”
And so my wife said, “Billy, I hope you know what you’re talking about.”
I said, “Well, I–I–I know one thing.”
When I came here one time in a convention for a convention… And you know the story. Because I’d promised this dear little Swede friend of mine here, Brother Boze, that I would come and preach two days for him in the Philadelphia church after that convention’s over; and I was told if I didn’t–if I did do that, I couldn’t be a speaker. I could take my choice. I said, “I’ll stay with my word.” And I went to Brother Joseph’s, exactly, because I’d do it again.
A man that won’t keep his word isn’t very good. That’s the way I take God. He give the Word, and I believe every Word of it, and if He wouldn’t keep It, It wouldn’t be God to me. I… He has to keep His Word; I believe. And He will do it, and I know He will.
Now, then I–that night I went to bed when we got home. My wife was crying; she said, “Billy, I’m afraid you are making a mistake.” Said, “You know I would want you to be home with the kiddies and I.” but said, “Bill, look what it’s done? It’s started a worldwide revival, and I can’t see where God would bring you in off the field.”And I said, “Well, I promised Him.” She said, “But–but–but He never told you.” I said, “But I promised Him. See? That’s it. I promised Him; I’m going to keep my word to Him. If I’ll keep it to my brother, I’ll surely would keep it to my Saviour.”
So I went in and slept very well through the night. And the next morning about six o’clock we woke up, and–and I was just getting out of the bed; she was on the other side. I was just rubbing my face like this; I said, “Well, I’m going to call the Public Service Company today and ask if I can have my old job back again.” And I said, “If they don’t give me my job, Mr. Wood is a contractor; I’ll just go with him, and he and I’ll go out and wreck some buildings or something. And I got to work because I’ve got to go to work.” And so, I said, “This money’s got to be met, and I’m fifteen thousand dollars in debt.” I said, “Then what can I do? I got to pay that back. No matter how much they underwrote it, I–I’m going to pay it back. That’s right.”
And so she said, “You’re going to call Mr.–Mr. Barr this morning?”
I said, “Yep, I’m going to call him and ask him if I can have my job back, and he–if that job–someone’s got it now, and they can’t give him a better job,” I said, “then I’ll just–I’ll go with Brother Wood, and we’ll go to building buildings or something another. I’ll help him.” And so I said, “If I come off of the field, ‘course that’s going to bring him off too, and he can go back to contracting, and we can go to work.”
So then, as she said, “Well, I–I sure hope you know what you’re speaking of, Bill.”
And I said, “Well, I…” And I looked, coming, moving down from the ceiling… Oh, I just… Maybe they… I couldn’t expect you to understand it, but that something that… When we meet in the–face to face with Jesus, you–they shall know then.
1st Part of The Vision
Here come something moving. I seen two little dark faced children come moving down, pulling a little wagon; I said, “Sweetheart, look coming here.” I was done gone then. And she said, “What you talking about?” I could hear her, but I couldn’t answer her. And these little children was walking towards me, little, kind of long hair and black, dark eyes, brown face, coming, walking to me. And I–I seen then… I started moving on beyond the children, and I seen Mr. Arganbright, my brother, that’s went overseas with me many times, seen him standing there looking at me. I moved on to him. Now, I could still hear my wife walking around in the room. I’ll say it this way so that you’ll understand it. It might not be the right words, but so you’ll understand. That one dimension I was in, I’d moved out then into another. I couldn’t hear her walking no more. It was gone.
And, I seen Mr. Arganbright, and he was–his peculiar little way, the way he holds his head and kindly smiles as he looks at me, and he said, “Brother Branham,” he said, “we’ve put out cards everywhere, and we got a way for you to get in and out, and everything’s ready.” I said, “All right Brother Arganbright, which way shall I go?” He said, “Just keep on.” I walked on, and I passed some ministers. And then I walked a little farther, and I came into a great panoramic affair, and all kinds of, look like, seating for thousands of people. And just then, I heard someone say, “The meeting’s dismissed.” “Well,” I said, “who dismissed it? How did it come to be dismissed?” And I was disgusted, and I said, “Why is it dismissed? What’s happened?” And it was sprinkling rain, and something said to me, “By this you’ll know.”
And then, I said, “Well, I don’t…” And then I went in farther into the vision, and when it did, I was standing with a, you know, a little baby’s shoe of about a year old, you know, the little bitty eyelets. It’s not a booty, but a–a shoe. And I had a–a string in my hand, trying to lace this little eighth of an inch hole in this eyelet with about a half-inch string, just working fervently trying to push that string through that–half-inch string through an eighth of an inch eyelet. And I was breaking the threads all over the string trying to push it through like that, and it just wouldn’t do it. And the string was being all broke up on the end.
So just then I heard someone say behind me, “Don’t you understand that you can’t teach babies supernatural things?” And I looked around, and it was behind me. And I recognized that voice. He said, “You’re using the wrong end of the string.” And I looked down at the end of the string lying on the floor, a great pile of string, and it was laced down to a nice eighth of an inch, so it would go through the hole. I said, “I understand.” And as I reached to pick up the string, I was taken again.
Now, you mark this down. Watch it come to pass. See? And as I –I started to reach down, I was gone again.
2nd Part of The Vision
Then when I come to, I was standing by the side of a beautiful lake, something like your lake out here in the summertime, when it’s real pretty and green. And there were fishermen all around the lake, and they were fishing, but they were catching small fishes. And I looked out into the lake and those great beautiful Rainbow trout out there, and I said, “I know this is a vision, but I can’t understand those trout.” But I said, “You know, I believe right down in my heart, I can catch those.” So I picked up the string, but instead of it being a string, it was a fishing pole; and just then, the One behind me said, “Now, I’ll teach you to fish, how to catch those.”
And so He took… And He said, “Tie on the lure,” and I snapped the lure on. He said, “Now, throw way out (Now, listen close.)–way out into the deep.” And He said, “When you do, now, let the lure sink down first,” and then said, “Pull it slow.” Now, that’s really fisherman’s technique. So I–I… He said, “Then when you do, now, you’ll feel some nibbles at it, but don’t tell nobody what you’re doing. Keep it to yourself.” And said, “Then when you–when you feel it nibble again,” said, “pull just a little–a little bit, but not too hard.” He said, “And then it’ll pull away from the little fish, and when they scatter, that’ll attract the attention of the big fish, and they’ll grab it.” And said, “That’s the way you’ll catch it.” Said, “Then when they bite on the third time, set your hook for the–the catch. And I said, “I understand.” Said, “But keep still. Don’t tell nobody. Keep still.” And I said, “All right.”
And I had the lure in my hand, and all these fishermen turned out to be ministers, and they all come around saying, “Brother Branham, I know you can catch fish.” Oh, of course, that made me feel real good; I said, “Oh, yes, I’m a fisherman; I can catch fish.” And He said… I said, “Now, here’s the way you do it.” And I said, “You throw it way out,” and I went way out into the–to the deep water, and I said, “Now, those little fish are fine, brethren, but we want the big ones too.” And I was–I said, “See, when it sinks down… Now, see, there it is; just about where it should be. Now, see, there’s… See, that… There them’s little fish.” I said, “Now, when it’s stretched again, I give it a great big jerk.” And when I did, I pulled the whole lure out of the water. And when I did, I caught a fish, but I wondered how he ever got the lure in his mouth, ’cause looked like the skin was stretched over the lure, about the same size of the lure. And I thought, “Oh, my.”
And just then, this One Who’d been talking behind me, stepped around in front of me. It was Him, the Angel of the Lord. He had His hands folded. He looked at me, said, “Just what I told you not to do.” And I said, “Yes, that’s right.” He said, “You see, that first pull was when you used to put your hands on the people and tell them what was their trouble.” Said, “The second pull was when you’d know the secrets of the heart like I told you.” And said, “Instead of you keeping that to yourself, you tried to explain all about it and tell people, and when you did,” said, “you didn’t know nothing about it yourself, and how could you explain it? And you caused a big bunch of ca–carnal im–impersonations to rise up, and you see what you’ve done.” And I said, “Lord, I’m sorry.” And I–I said, “Oh, I–I’m so sorry. I don’t know what to do.”
And I was pulling the line like this, and I was trying to straighten my line out; and He looked at me; He said, “Now, don’t get your line tangled up in these kind of times.”And I thought, “Maybe He’s going give me another try.” And I was–I said, “I’ll sure be careful,” and was winding my line in, and seen it taken up all right; and then when He said that, just then
3rd Part of The Vision
I felt myself go higher, way up. And when I was set down, there I was beneath and standing up above a great tent; I never seen such a tent. And I’d just made a altar call, seeming like, down at the altar; and when I was down there, I looked, and there were hundreds of people standing around the altar weeping because they had accepted the Lord Jesus. And they were just weeping out loud. And I said, “Oh, that’s more like it,” like that.
And a real kind gentleman walked out to the platform, said, “While Brother Branham’s a-resting just a few moments,” he said, “we’ll call the prayer line.” And said, “Everyone with prayer cards beginning with a certain number, stand over on to the right.” Well, I noticed the prayer line, seemed like it went all around the tent and out and down the street, such a prayer line. And I looked over (which was then to my left, and there it would be to my right if I was standing on the platform, would be that way), there’s a piece of canvas stretched there, and in there be–behind this canvas was a little square building about twelve foot across and twenty foot long, something like that. Well, I stood and looked at that.
And I seen them bringing a lady upon a stretcher, and there was a lady there taking her name and things with a–on a–on a paper. And so, there was a–a someone come and got her and pushed her through. And the next man came through was with crutches. I see them go through that little building, and on the outside the lady come out screaming to the top of her voice, pushing this stretcher. And the–and then there was another lady on the other side, looked like kind of a dark-haired woman, and she said, “What happened?” She said, “I just don’t know.” She said, “I couldn’t tell you what happened.” She said, “I’ve been paralyzed for twenty years, and looky, I–I feel like I–I–I never was sick.” And just then out come the man, leaping and jumping with his–with his crutches in his hand. And I–I looked at that.
And just then… Now, here’s something. Notice close. There’s a difference between the Angel of the Lord and that Light, because I heard something a moving, as it does when it comes here at the platform at night, kinda like a–[Brother Branham makes a sound “whew”–Ed.] and like a fire whipping around–licking blaze. And It left me, and it went right down over the top of that audience and went and stood over the top of that little building, and then settled down on top of it. And then when It did, this One that was standing by me, behind me, the same voice, the Angel’s voice, He said, “I’ll meet you in there, and this is the third pull, but nobody will know nothing about it.”
And I said, “Well, I don’t understand why in there. Why there?”
He said, “It will not be a public show this time.”
And I said, “I don’t understand going into that closet, like that.”
And He said, “Is not it written by our Lord, ‘when thou prayest, be not like the hypocrites who like to be heard before men, but enter into the secret closet and pray to the Father Who seeth in secret, and He Who seeth in secret shall reward thee openly?'” It’s perfectly to the Scripture; every time it is.
And I said, “I understand.”
Then He took me to this place and set me down in this room where I was at, and then He told me what to do for the third time.
Now, Christian friends, that’ll–when I leave this world, that’ll still be in my bosom. When I… But you mark my words what’s going to take place when that…