Why Little Bethlehem? (58-1228)
It might look kind of funny this morning to wear my overcoat on the
platform, but I was so happy to–to display that pretty overcoat that
this church give me. I seen Brother Neville up here the other day with
that nice suit on, how it fit him so nicely, and I thought, "Well,
I…" It looked so nice, and the congregation talking about it, I
thought, "I'll just wear my overcoat out on the platform." I did…
You know, I believe we never grow up. We always… And I don't want to
grow up. How about that, Brother Luther? No, I never want to grow up;
we just want to always remain children.
[Brother Neville says, "Brother Branham, I
thought you had on one of those attires like these higher-classed
ministers. I just glanced the corner of my eye, and I thought maybe
you'd put on a robe." Brother Branham and congregation laugh–Ed.] Complimentary to that nice overcoat.
Well, I'll say it's–it's… I was needing one awful bad, and it's the
best one I ever had. And I sure do appreciate it. And Brother Roy
Roberson, I don't know whether he's here this morning or not, he had
something to do with the selecting of it. And it was really a fine
selection, and we're–we are very–very pleased to have it.
And so we are very pleased to be back in the house of the living God,
this morning, and to enjoy these wonderful times of–of fellowship
around His precious Word.
And it's soon now, that if the Lord willing, I've got to go overseas.
And I guess you seen it in the Business Men's "Voice," that I leave for
overseas this next month. And we'll be soliciting all the prayers of
the people, that they will pray for us while we are away. It's
seemingly that overseas my meetings seems to be better, because it
takes better there. In America…
I was telling Brother Mercier that I listened to… He gave me a record
player first, and it had the–the records on it of some of my sermons.
I knew then, if anybody ever listened to me, would have to be God's
grace to them, because I thought I could be a little better.
He's taping that too. A–a little… You can cut that part out. See? Or
he's holding his thumb down, I guess that's cutting it off.
But I–I tell you, I was so surprised. I… The poorest preaching I
ever heard in my life was my own (That's right.) on–on–on the record.
I… It made me so nervous, I couldn't even eat my dinner. I got sick,
got away from the table, couldn't sleep that night.
And went down in Kentucky with Brother Wood yesterday. Coming back, I
said, "Brother Wood, I don't see how that I ever get a person to come
and hear me speak. It's so–so poorly, such repeating myself, and, oh,
grammar missing, and punctuations, there isn't–isn't any." I just… I
don't know. I said, "It encouraged me in one way to know it has to be
God, or nobody would come at all." That's right.
So I was speaking to Brother Collins. I suppose he's in the building.
And so I said to him… He come over, and they was telling him about
it. I said, "Brother Collins, I… Honestly," I said, "I'm pretty near
thirty years old as a preacher, and I certainly ought to know what a
sermon is." I said, "That's the poorest I ever heard."
And he–he's a Methodist minister, and his brother's a–quite a man in
the Methodist denomination. And he said, "Well," he said, "I'll tell
you, Brother Branham," said, "the punctuations and–and your sentences
may not end right, and things like that," but said, "did you ever think
of that guy that preached on the day of Pentecost, that couldn't even
sign his own name–name? His name was Peter." Said, "I imagine that
wasn't punctuated just right."
But, you see, what makes a man get his eyes on that, you listen to
these radio broadcasts, and that's all wrote out. You see? And
they–they can write it out and punctuate it, and things, because
they're reading it.
I stood with Charles Fuller, preaching behind a trough about like that,
for his platform. And everything that he said, he read it right down,
number one, number two, number three, number four, like that, till he
got all right out and timed it. And it was all censored, radio
censored, and everything, because…
And with Billy Graham, I seen his, and so forth, where they just stand
there and speak that, just–just read it just as fast as they can read
it, and it's all ready, so I guess you would get the punctuation…?…
But the trouble with me, I couldn't even read it. So if I wrote it, I'm
sure I couldn't read it. So–so it's amazing grace (Isn't it?) to see
what He can do for us. But I am grateful to starting in now, ending up
of this old year, to start a new year.
I listened to a prayer line, and I certainly wasn't satisfied with the
prayer line either, to listen to that. It's the first time I ever heard
myself back like that for–for a message, and I certainly was
surprised. The prayer lines isn't run right. No, I think it'll come to
pass, that after while it'll be so that everybody will have to know
everything about them before they'll believe. And beginning the first
of the year, I want to change that, and just start the prayer line
wherever God speaks to me, "this person's out of line," or something
wrong, I'll stop with him. Let the rest of them go on through, 'cause
you don't get enough through like that. See? The people know where they
are, and who they are, and what they done. But they find something
that's not lined up just right with God; that's the time to stop on
that one, say, "This is the one." See? So I think maybe there'd be some
alteration done, Brother Leo, since I heard them, and I trust that God
will help us in the coming year.
Now, I believe that tonight they got services here at the Tabernacle.
And I am to be up here on 62, with Brother Ruddell tonight. I
understand that they're going to have a watch service here. And Brother
Ruddell had asked me for that watch service, but thinking maybe I'd
come back at the Tabernacle for that night, because I've always tried
to be at the Tabernacle on–on New Year's eve, and I wanted to come
back down here with the brethren here. So I kind of compromised a
little, and I'll be with Brother Ruddell tonight, out on 62, at the old
62 Club that's been converted into a–a church. And then Wednesday
night will be back here at the watch service. And then Thursday we
leave for Chicago, and then on, and on to Philadelphia, and then
19 And this morning, we don't want to keep you too long, because it's… We got the interviews, and the services go on.
say, since the last prayer service here, oh, I am very grateful for the
results that came forth from the last service of prayer. It was
certainly a wonderful thing that our Lord can do when His people get
together. "They that are–will call upon the Name of the Lord, assemble
themselves together," I believe is the way it is, "and–and pray, then
God will hear from heaven."
So let us bow our heads just a moment now, as we look to Him to give to us the inspiration needed for this message.
Lord, Thou has been our Refuge and Strength in all generations. Our
forefathers before us trusted in Thee and were not confounded. They
believed in Thy holy Name, and they were brought forth as shining
lights; and we, looking upon them, as the poet has said, "Footprints
upon the sands of time; our partings leave behind us, footprints on the
sands of time." Then we see that those who trusted in Thee, always,
without one time failing, come out right. Though they went through many
deep waters and–and great trials and persecutions, but yet in the end
Thou did always bring them out more than conquerors, because it is Thy
promised Word that You would do this.
And we would pray today, that You would bless this little church. Bless
its pastor, our good brother, Brother Neville, and his family. We ask
that You'll just be with him in this coming year, and will anoint him
greater, and–and bless him in every way. Strengthen the health of his
family, the little ones that are coming up. Keep Brother Neville strong
And bless this church and every member that's in it. The trustee board,
how we love them as real gallant men of God; and the deacon board, they
also are Thy gallant servants. And all the people that come here, we
are grateful for them, Lord. Just does my heart good to know that this
little old pond and weed patch standing on the corner, many years ago,
has been made a lighthouse to the Kingdom of God. And I pray, God, that
it'll stand until Jesus comes. And may many great souls that's been in
here, Lord, come forth at that day, washed in the Blood of the Lamb.
And as we open this blessed Word of Thine this morning, Lord, by
turning back the pages to read from It a text, and we know that You
alone can give the context. And we pray, God, that You will anoint Your
Word, and may It go right to the hearts of the people that would do
them good. Make believers out of unbelievers, and strengthen
Christians, and heal the sick; and give courage to the discouraged, and
get glory unto Thyself. In order to do this, Lord, circumcise the lips
that shall speak and the ears that shall hear. For we ask it in Jesus'
Announcing a little text that I–fell on my heart since last Sunday…
As I was speaking upon the wise men coming to–to see Jesus, the Star
they followed from the east to the west. While studying that, I hit a
Scripture, and then did not get to be here Christmas Eve because of
some jail service, and so forth, I had to be at. I thought I would
speak today upon the subject of "Why Little Bethlehem?"
And I want to read out of the Book of Micah the prophet, one of the
minor prophets, the 5th chapter and the 2nd verse. It reads like this:
little among the thousands of Judah, but out… yet out of thee
shall… come forth unto me that he the ruler–be the ruler in Israel;
whose goings forth has been from… old, from everlasting.
I had a spot on the Scripture there, is the reason I couldn't make out what the word was at the time.
Of all of the places that is in Palestine… And in… There is so many
great cities, and its localities, cities that are seemingly much more
known in the lore of history, and better fortified, bigger cities, why
should God choose little Bethlehem to be the birthplace of His Son?
There is many that are greater. And for instance, the historical lore
of Jerusalem, the proud Jerusalem, the capital of all of it, and it's
one of the largest cities of Palestine. And then we wonder why God
would pick on that little bitty town of Bethlehem for the birthplace of
But as the Scriptures have said, "What God determines to do, it will be
done." And there is… God foreordained it to be that way or it never
would've been that way. And there the Scripture says in the 15th
chapter of Acts, that there is nothing by chance. God knowed
everything. And it just didn't happen to happen that way. It just was
that God made it that way.
And then when we in our little finite minds begin to think over, "Why
would the great King of heaven choose a little place like that instead
of the capital?" Instead of some… Even there was many places who had
greater spiritual background than what Bethlehem did.
For instance, some of the places like Shiloh. Shiloh was an ancient
worship place of Israel, where they all came year by year to the–this
great place where the ark of the Lord rested. And wonder why then that
He wouldn't be born at Shiloh?
33 Then there was Gilgal, another great spiritual place of worship. Why wouldn't God let Him be born then at Gilgal?
there was another one, Zion. Zion was on the mountain top. And we
wonder why that Jesus would not be born then in Zion, because it's been
a great historical mark of where the Lord has blessed His people in the
And it looks like that maybe He would've chosen Zion, or Gilgal, or–or
Shiloh, or one of the other great places where there had been great
blessings and great teachings.
And there was other great cities, such as Hebron. That was the place
for a man who was wanting a city of refuge, a place of safety. There
was Ramoth-gilead, also another place of refuge where the people could
come, which would been very appropriate for him to be born.
And maybe, if I would've been thinking it, I would've brought Him over
to Kadesh-barnea for there was the judgment seat, and a place of
refuge. Perhaps I would've brought Him over to that country for His
birthplace, or maybe we would've chosen some of the other cities.
But, you know, I'm so glad that even just little insignificant things
in the Bible mean so much. I believe that it was Jesus that said this,
that, "You pass over and do the weightier matters of the law," rather,
"but pass over the little things." And sometimes it's the little things
that holds the big things together. But, all in all, the great cogs is
turning just exactly the way God ordained them to cog. Turn here,
there'll never be one miss its place. God has foreordained all things,
and it must hit just exactly to that place.
And when we get faith like that, and begin to think of, "Who is behind
all this? What is the main spring that's turning this great e–economy
of God's?" We find it's the Holy Spirit. Not left into the hands of man
to do things; but in the hands of the Holy Spirit. And He is the main
spring, that if He can get the rest of the instruments, it'll work just
perfectly and keep exactly God's time.
And then we see that and we wonder in our mind then, if we look at
great things and how that we would have them; and then it gives us a
lot of consolation today to think, that maybe if we are a little group
of people, maybe if we are insignificant to the world and to the bigger
churches of denominations, yet God uses those little simple things
For it is also written in the Scriptures, "Fear not, little flock, it's
your Father's good will to give you the Kingdom." What a consolation,
that I know that just as sure as Jesus had to be borned in little
Bethlehem, so will the little flock be the one that the Father will
give the Kingdom to, because it's written. And all Scripture is given
by inspiration, and the Scriptures cannot be broken. They must be
fulfilled. So it gives us that hope to know that–that it'll be a
little flock that will receive the Kingdom, a little faithful flock of
believers. I'm trusting to be one of those flock, or in that little
flock, I should say.
And then we know the story; most all of us are acquainted with the
story of how Israel came into Palestine by promise of God. And we know
that the great Joshua was the one who divided each tribe their portion.
And it's… Certainly, if we had the time of about from now until six
o'clock tonight to stay right on this subject, to line these things
away to get the real meaning out of them (which we do not have, just
about thirty, forty minutes.), so we have to strike just the high
points, trusting that the Holy Spirit, to you Bible readers, will place
the rest of it into your heart as we go along.
Did you know that those portions, how Joshua 'lotted them in Palestine,
was given by inspiration? And those Hebrew mothers of those patriarchs,
when the baby was coming forth and her in travailing pain to deliver
the child, she uttered the very spot that those patriarchs would settle
down and be at the last days.
Talk about inspiration, this Bible is inspired. No matter how little,
just every little Scripture has such a outstanding thing in the Script,
in the–the great picture. All of it, every–every Word is inspired,
and on that hangs the destination of souls, for it's the Word of the
immortal and eternal God.
And even those mothers, when the baby was born and she uttered their
voice, placed them positionally where they'd be in the promised land
hundreds of years later. And Joshua, not knowing that, yet by the same
inspiration placed them exactly where they was to be.
And Joshua, dividing up, divided Judah's portion. If you'll notice on
the map, it's the–geographically just west of the plain sea, a few
miles south of Jerusalem, the capital. And when Judah was getting her
part, or his part, rather, in the land, his province, we would call it,
it's strange, but this little city was not even mentioned: Bethlehem.
Yet it was there, because that Abraham… Or, I believe it was Rebekah
was buried at that place. But it must've been just a little village of
some sort, because if you read Joshua 5, you'll find that there was a
hundred and fifteen major cities under the domain of Judah, besides the
villages and little towns: a hundred and fifteen cities mentioned. And
perhaps when it was divided up, that Bethlehem was so little, maybe
just a–a little house or two; it wasn't even mentioned in the
inheritance. And then we find out that it never actually come to be
The one that founded it was Caleb's son; Caleb's son, whose name was
Salma, and he founded it. The Bible said he was the father of it, which
mean he was the founder of Bethlehem. In other words, he must've moved
in there and started some sort of businesses, and commercial, and the
trading, and so forth, that grew it up. And later we'll find out that
the real reason of it, that the whole lands was jealous of that little
piece of land, which lays to the north, and east, and slopes a little
to the south on that spur. And it was the most fertile of all of
Palestine. It was a–a corn belt and a wheat belt, and there were great
olive orchards, and so forth, on it, in that part of Bethlehem, or
Pale–Palestine, the end of Judah province.
And we find out that it was also became the home of the harlot Rahab.
When Israel had passed over the borderline of the Jordan river, into
Palestine, we are acquainted with the story of Rahab the harlot. Let's
picture her this morning for a few minutes now as a–a young lady, a
beautiful young woman whose some misfortune in life had been forced in,
being a pagan, had been forced into the life that she was living. And
many times people are forced into the life that they live.
I was in the prisons the other night to see a man who was taking a
sentence. And I–I took him by the hand and talked to him. And I said,
"Why would you do such a thing as that?" And holding me by the hand, he
begin to speak. And he was forced into what he was doing. I said,
"Because that you permitted that to force you to that. You don't have
to do that. You… No man has to drink." I said, "I am nervous myself,
but there's no need of that."
And this young woman, after she'd got her first hearing of Israel, and
of a God Who was a–a God that answered prayer, not only a God to pray
to, but a God that answered back; when she heard that there was a God
of miracles Who could perform miracles, Who dried up the seas and
rained bread out of the heavens, her heart begin to tremble. And when
she got the first message from two preachers that went over, quickly
she accepted it with all her heart. And there was a scarlet cord bound
at her window for a protection of her house, because that she had
received the message.
And I might add here, did you know she typed the Gentile church? She
was a Gentile, and she was a type of the Gentile church, when they
heard the message. We were all out in spiritual prostitution,
committing spiritual fornications against the God of heaven in all
kinds of stuff, all kinds of denominations and religions. But when we
heard that there was a God that still lived, that could perform
miracles, quickly we received the message.
There was applied the Blood of the Lord Jesus, which made the scarlet
cord. And to keep from going into detail, you know how she hung it from
her window, publicly, the Blood was displayed publicly. That's the way
the Blood's got to be displayed, publicly hanging from the outside of
the wall to show that on the inside something had taken place. That's
the way the true believer in Christ is this morning; on the outside is
the display of the Blood of the Lord Jesus, that shows something took
place on the inside.
And through this, God looked down when the wrath fell and the trumpets
begin to blow; God seen that scarlet cord hanging there as a memorial.
It's always pleased Him to pass over the Blood. "When I see the Blood,
I'll pass over you." He saw it. And when the shaking and the Holy
Spirit rumbled the earth and shook down them walls, some twenty-feet
thick, not one rock fell where that cord was hanging: shows the
protection of a true God to a true believer, no matter what state
you're in when He finds you, if you'll just accept that scarlet cord.
It weaves through the Bible.
And then we see her when she was taken in as one of the Israelites. She
fell in love with the man, which was a captain and a prince in Judah.
He was the captain of the Israelite armies. His name was Salmon, just
like the king, Solomon. And he was the captain, and she become in a
great romance with this captain, which was a prince of Judah. And
finally she married him. And when the estate was settled up for the
Israelites, she and her beloved husband lived in Bethlehem.
Now you begin to see it open, haven't you? See? It begin to open as we
see that in Bethlehem she lived, being a Gentile bride to a Jew. Why?
Because she believed in a miracle working God. And as… Look what she
come from, from being a–out of a house of ill fame, of prostitution…
Through her conversion and through her unfailing faith in God, it
brought her from a prostitute house to a beautiful home in Bethlehem.
What a difference.
That's the way it does all of us. From a house of unbelief and
flusterations that, a–immoral acts, and everything, to a place,
position in Christ which is most beautiful. From the ridiculous to the
sublime, that's the difference that it makes through our conversion.
And did you see, she married a prince of the house of Judah, a captain?
That captain represented Christ took to Himself a Gentile Bride. From
the lowest of lowest to the principal and best place in the land, as
we'll get to it later in our message, to prove that it was; nothing
else could be but that. They're a type of the Gentile Church.
And we find out they had a lovely home in Bethlehem, as Salmon had–had
established it, and it would become a great place, and the fertile
lands. And how beautiful it is to think of that great wheat country
there, that it would be the bread place of the world. And it is true,
no wonder Jesus had to be born there, because He was the Bread of Life.
There's where all the nation come for their wheat, all the nations come
for their corn. For it was in Bethlehem that had those fertile lands.
And, you see, the little bitty thing, just saying, "Oh, it was the
province of wheat," yet that meant something. And you see how the
Gentile prince, or this Jewish prince taking His Gentile bride back up
to Bethlehem for a settling down place, a place to live, where there
was plenty of bread.
We find out, through this great romance and great obedience to faith,
through the harlot Rahab, she gave birth to a son to Salmon, and his
name was Boaz. And we all are acquainted with another great story tying
in this link here now. And Boaz was born in Bethlehem from Salmon and
the harlot Rahab.
And we are–find out that years later, after the–Naomi had left the
country and gone over to sojourn with the Moabites, and when they had
evilly had mistreated her; she'd got out of fellowship with the rest of
the believers and associated herself in a backslidden condition in
another land, among another people. In otherwise, she'd left the true
believing church to go out into the world for a little while, to join
some social church, who believed in just anything would be all right.
In there she lost her husband.
And it don't have to be every time in physical death. You might lose
him in a spiritual death, or lose your wife. Better stay on good
grounds. You'd better stay where you know you're covered by the Blood,
regardless of what the rest of them looks like, how big they are, how
fine of spires they have on their churches, or how the big bells ring.
You better stay where the Blood covers the sin of the people. You might
lose one another, and, above all, you might lose the Lord Jesus and be
And we find out then that after her sons was gone, she lost both of
them, and she returned back because there was no revival spirit in the
city at the time.
Oh, how I would love to rest here for a few minutes, how I'd like to
pick it up right here and show you, regardless of how many of the
churches gone back, stay under the Blood; that's the place to abide. In
or out, up or down, thick or thin, wherever it may be, stay under the
Blood. But Naomi, she thought it would be better to go over and join
another group, because they were having troubles, spiritual
blead–bread wasn't there. And–but God will restore it back, "I will
restore, saith the Lord." Stay in the field where It comes from.
So we find that she begin to long to go back, because they heard that a
great revival had broke out. And if you notice, Naomi returned in
barley season, the Bible said, just at the time of the harvest; in
other words, when there was a great revival going on, spiritually
applying it. She returned just in that season. Nothing left; she had
And Orpah, one of her sons' wives, when she come to look upon what she
had to sacrifice, being a type of the modern church, "If I have to go
over there, I'll have to get away from my dances, I'll have to get away
from my big time, and my social gatherings." Then she just wept, and
kissed her mother-in-law, and returned back.
But here's a beautiful picture, there was one named Ruth, with her,
another daughter-in-law, which was a type again of the Gentile Bride,
who kissed her mother-in-law, and said, "I'll forsake everything. I'm
going with you. Let your people be my people. Let your God be my God.
Wherever you die, there I'll die. Where you are buried, there I'll be
buried." That's it. That's what God wants. It's not that borderline,
halfway, but an absolute full surrender to the Kingdom of God. She
And so Naomi said, to discourage her, said "You had better go back to
your people. I'm old, and there's no more sons in me." And the law was
that she had to wait for a son. And said, "Then there's no more in me.
And if I would have a husband, and I'd have a son, you'd be too old to
marry him, so you just return back to your people."
But Ruth said, "I'll not go back." Faith, rooted, grounded, perfect
faith had come into Ruth's heart. She said, "I'm going right with you."
And she clave to her, held onto her. "I'm going to be where you are." I
And we're acquainted with the story as it goes on, that this great
Boaz, which was the lord of the harvest, was in harvest at the time,
and was a kinsman to Naomi. And when she found Ruth out there in a
little mission, gleaning, every little straw that she could pick up,
that had some wheat on it, she held to it, for it was life. And Boaz,
being the lord of the harvest, he commanded that his reapers would drop
a handful now and then for her; and she would pick it up, and with joy.
And then she shucked out a great apron-full of it that day. And when
Boaz, the lord of the harvest, came out and looked upon Ruth, and seen
her faithfulness, he fell in love with her.
Watch Boaz represent Christ. Where was he at? Bethlehem. Where was Ruth
come to? Bethlehem. Where was she gleaning at? In Bethlehem. See all
those spiritual significance to this here, the background to this great
scene that's taking place, God knowing it in the beginning?
And she begin to question to her mother-in-law, what she must do. And
finally Ruth was married to Boaz, a Gentile married to a prince again
in Judah, and settled down, and lived in Bethlehem.
Oh, thou little Bethlehem, aren't you the least among all the principal
cities of–of Palestine; but it's pleased God Whose knowing and going
forth was from old, from the beginning, to have His Son born there.
He knows all things, and He works it just to be right. And there Ruth
married Boaz. And when Ruth and Boaz was married… If we had time to
go into the great story there, which was one of the greatest love
scenes of all ages, when Ruth and Boaz were married… And remember…
Let's just stop for a minute here; just too good to pass over.
Ruth was a Gentile. She had no inheritance with the Jew, just like we
Gentiles had no inheritance. So Naomi was actually the one to inherit.
So she'd lost all of her first estate, all of her goods had been sold
at public auction; therefore, she was–been excommunicated and had gone
Now, when she come back, there was only one person who could ever
redeem her lost inheritage; that was a kinsman right next to her. And
Boaz knew this, so he had to work some way to get this Gentile girl for
a wife. And what did he had to do? He had to buy all of the estate of
Naomi in order to get in this estate, which Ruth was part of the estate
of Naomi. And the only man that could buy it, would have to be a person
that was kinfolks, near kinsman. That was the law of redemption.
And the only way that Christ could ever buy the estate of the
backslidden Israel was to become a Kinsman. Only way God could redeem
the human race, God Himself had to be made flesh. And Jesus was God
made kinfolks to the human race. He was Emmanuel. He become kinfolks.
He took upon Him not the form of Angels, but the form of a servant who
washed the feet and lived. And the foxes had holes, and the birds of
the air had nests, but He didn't even have a place to lay His head. He
eat, He drank, He–He cried, He laughed, just like other men. And He
was God, not a prophet. He was God, because He had to be kinfolks in
order to redeem the lost human race. So, Boaz, in this great type at
Bethlehem… Look where this Kinsman was born to the human race, had to
And then when this great Boaz redeemed her, he had to make a public
showing that he had redeemed all of her lost estate. So he went to the
gate of Bethlehem, that little city again, and he called the elders of
the city, and he let them know that that day he had bought everything
that had–Naomi had lost. Everything that she lost, he bought it back.
And he kicked off his shoe and threw it up before the people as an
ensign, "And if there's anyone has any reason to say something, say it
now, for this is a memorial that I've redeemed everything that she
Oh, blessed be the Name of the Lord. And when our Kinsman came, Jesus
of Nazareth, born in Bethlehem, He stood on top of the Golgotha, and
lifted Him up between the heavens and earth as a memorial that He'd
redeemed everything that the human race had lost in the fall. How can
men despise Divine healing and the powers of the resurrection of the
Lord Jesus, when a public ensign was made at Calvary, that, "I've
redeemed the whole human race and everything that they ever lost." He
redeemed our soul, redeemed our body, redeemed everything that we lost
in the fall. Our Kinsman Redeemer came and was made flesh, and dwelled
among us, and offered up the ensign, and said, "It's finished," What's
finished? Everything is finished. We're just walking right into our
inheritance. And as the days go on, we're walking closer and closer.
Boaz and Naomi… After being married for some time, they brought forth
a son, which added more to the lineage, and that was Obed. And he also
brought forth his son, which was Jesse. And Jesse had eight boys.
And it was the great prophet Samuel who came with the cruse of the oil,
the great prophet who went to Jesse and said, "God has chosen one of
your boys to rule and serve My people. And it was out in the backside
of the field, in a little shepherd yard, where the little ruddy,
scrawny-looking boy was brought, David, the older–the youngest. And
Samuel poured the anointing oil on him in the presence of all of his
brothers and them who stood about, and proved that God had anointed him
king. Where's that at? Bethlehem. Glory to God in the highest. No
wonder, Bethlehem, where he was anointed king…
And it was in Bethlehem where David was borned. And his greater Son
Jesus was also had to be born in Bethlehem, because there's such a
close knit between the two, as father and son. Not only was this great
Son only the Son, He was the Root and the Offspring of David; He was
even before David; He'll be after David; He was for everlasting, from
everlasting on. But according to the flesh and all the things to be
fulfilled, He was the Son of David. He was to be born years later in
this same Bethlehem, this little forsaken city.
But all the time in there, do you notice, there's working a great
mighty mystery that no one seemed to understand. That's the same thing
it is in God's Bethlehem today; there's working a–a mystery sign, that
no one seems to understand it. It's something that goes over the top of
the heads of the people. They don't seem to get it. No matter what's
done, or what's said, and the mysterious part of the things that's
done, the people will say, "Oh, well, I guess it's all right," and go
on, but they don't understand it. They can't catch it. They can't grasp
it. That's what God was doing in Bethlehem in Judah. He's working, all
these little things moving up to come to one great head.
David, oh, when he was anointed king, as a–a little boy, he was ruddy
to look up at, but he must've been something in him that looked real to
God. The little bitty, the smallest of the family… The rest of the
boys, great big fine men, would look good in the robes, and a crown on
their head. But God showed what He looks at: not the outward
appearance, but the inside of a man. He looked at his heart. He knew
what was in David's heart, no matter how the crown looked on him. He
knowed He was finding Him a man that was a man after His own heart,
which David would be a man after His own heart. That's why He poured
the anointing oil, or had it poured upon David. Which the name "David"
And it was well represented in Jesus, the Beloved One, years later, the
Son of David, Who was to come to fulfill all things that had been
promised. This little city of Bethlehem was where this taken place. And
it was on them same little Judaean hills where David had herded his
sheep, many years later, that the Angels sang their first Noel on the
hills of Judaea, overlooking Bethlehem. The first Noel, "Unto thee is
born in the city of David, Christ the Lord." Angels first made their
appearance to sing; it wasn't at Jerusalem the big church; neither was
it at Gilgal; or neither was it at Shiloh, where they'd had the
religious denominational worship all the time. But it was in little
Bethlehem, where the Spirit of God had been moving in a mysterious way,
bringing forth something. It was there.
It was there, where Christ had to come. It was there. It was right in
that same little city was a King born, that a mother, virgin, brought
forth her firstborn Son. It sheltered and housed in its little fortress
the King of kings and the Lord of lords. It were not only did Samuel
come to pour out the anointing oil, but God poured out upon Him, and
upon the world, Christ the Lord. The Angels herald His coming and sang
to the shepherds on the hillside, who followed David the king, years
before. See the mystery of God, how great it is?
He was born in this great wheat belt, which from wheat comes forth the
basic principles of life. And He was the Bread of Life. "I am the Bread
of Life. He that eats My flesh and drinks My Blood has Eternal Life,
and shall never die or come into condemnation, but's passed from death
Bethlehem, the name Bethel. B-e-t-h, beth, "beth" in the Hebrew word
means "house." "E-l" stands for "Elohim"; its abbreviation; "Elohim"
means "God." B-e-t-h, beth… E-l, E-l is Elohim, which is God, "the
House of God," where the Bread of Life is laid. E-l-h-e-m, finish it
out and bring back your "l" again with your "e," means a "loaf of
bread," in the Hebrew, El-hem. E-l is God, Elohim. B-e-t-h is bread, or
b-e-t-h is… B-e-t-h is "house." E-l, it's Elohim, abbreviation. Then
E-l, e-m is "bread." What was He? The House of the Bread of God: "The
House of God's Bread." House, beth: Elohim, God: El-h-e-m, bread. "The
house of God's Bread," means Bethlehem.
Where could He have been born anywhere else but that? But it was hid to
everybody but that prophet; he said, "Out of Bethlehem shall come Him."
They was looking in Jerusalem; they was looking in all the big Shilohs;
they was looking everywhere. But He come from Bethlehem, 'cause it was
the House of God's Bread of Life. He's God's breadbasket to the world.
There He was, borned in Bethlehem. He couldn't be born nowhere else.
There could be many great things, that I was studying this week of the
different spiritual aspects to that, why He must be born in Bethlehem.
When I hit these few places, the Holy Spirit just caught me away, and I
said, "O God, that's sufficient. I see it now."
He could not be born nowhere else but Bethlehem. It was the place of
the bread of the nation. It was the bread of all the house of Israel,
come from there. And He was the Bread of Life that come down from
heaven, the spiritual Manna; has to come from Bethlehem, the bread
line, the place where bread laid. Bethlehem, the baking of the bread.
Now, Jesus being the Bread of Life, "The man may eat thereof," He said,
"and never die."
Another great event that I wouldn't forget to call, that was when David
was in his worst of time, when he was a fugitive. He'd already been
anointed; he knowed what he was to be. He was to be king, God said so.
And yet he was hated. He was standing in between two great deep fires;
here was the Philistines on one side, after him, here was Saul on the
other side. And he was a man without a nation.
Just as the Church stands today, the true living Church of God, without
a denomination or anything else. She stands alone, but yet she's had
the anointing poured on her. She knows what she is.
How in the world can it ever come to pass, the Devil on both sides
driving at David? He'd taken refuge in strongholds in the wilderness
and in caves, trying to hide out with a little band of faithful
warriors, just a few believing like him. But those men believed God,
that that would be the king.
So is the believers today, who's hid out from place to place, but yet
they know Who's coming to be King. I don't care who's going to be
President. We know He's coming. And it looks farther away than it ever
did, when science is trying to overrule, and say, "They can build a
man; they can do this; and they take a rabbit and take the pollen and
make another rabbit, and so forth," trying to disprove God's Word. Yet,
there is a people who believe God, who stands just as pat as they ever
did. No matter what comes or goes, they still believe God. God's right.
They hold to God's unchanging hands. In the midst of battle, in the
midst of tears, in the midst of sickness and death, and everything,
they still hold to God's unchanging hand. They know that He's coming
People today laugh and make fun of them, and call them holy-rollers,
call them everything they want to, but them warriors of God stands
faithful at the post of duty. Might call them a healing group, you
might call them a bunch of fanatics, or whatever you wish to; they hang
to that King. They know He's coming in power. Though they take His Name
in vain, and scoff, and make fun, and call the people who believe Him,
outcasts, bunch of backwash, that doesn't bother them a bit; they stay
true at the post of duty.
Those warriors that was with David, stayed right by his side. If a
Philistine come up, he had to fight. Whoever it was, they were picked
on, every side. Poor David, in his mind all confused; he thought, "How
can it be, Lord?"
You know, leaders sometimes go through things that the congregation
don't know what they're going through. When you think of promises God
has made, then why don't it come to pass? They don't tell their
congregation; they don't tell the people they associate with; but
there's many flusterations in the heart of a real leader.
David setting there, his–his throat burning, and it was in the middle
of summer. The Philistines was taking advantage of that split between
David and Saul. And Saul looking for David everywhere, and the
Philistines also, and then the Philistines looking for the Israelites.
Talk about a time of confusion; just about like it is now. David taken
refuge in this little place, in this little shelter, everywhere he
could get to, the little strongholds that he could hold into. Then he
got up on the mountain on that hot middle of the summer, when the heat
was tremendous, his throat parching, and flusterations and fears in his
heart, and wondering, "O God, how could it be? You poured that oil upon
me, not because I chose myself, but You chose me. Why did You call me
from herding the sheep out yonder, and told me You'd give me this to
serve Your people, and here You've got me between the fires
everywhere?" That was going through his heart.
He set up on the hill and he looked down, and there the Philistines had
come in and garrisoned right in Bethlehem, his little home. Then his
little city was under government control of the enemy. Not only that,
but his own father's house, Jesse's house, was under bondage to the
Philistines. There was his own nation, his own church, against him.
Here was the enemy he was fighting; here's the church people he was
fighting; not because he wanted to, but because he was forced to do it.
And many times we're forced to do things and say things that we don't
want to say, a real spiritual leader, but he's forced to do it. He has
to take his side and show his colors. "I'll take the way with the
Lord's despised few," said the song writer.
So there he was on a hot day, no doubt, walking back and forth, and
looking down through that long valley of about twenty-five miles down
there and back. There was his own father's house in–in bondage to the
Philistines. There was Saul just across yonder, the… And here come
this one, setting right between (See?) to take sides. Seeing the great
time that Israel was all broke up, the church broke up in different
denominations, as to say. Here was David standing back here, not
knowing what to do, and yet knowing that on him rested the anointing.
They knew that anointing was there. They knew David was going to be
We know Who's going to be King. Doesn't matter who's going to be
President. I know Who's going to be King. He'll be King. And I know it
takes something to stand. But God help me to shut my eyes to
denominations and everything else and look to that spiritual sight
yonder, that He's the coming King. I'll serve Him. If it's death, let
me die; if it's my family, it's my loved ones, if it's my denomination,
it's everything, let me serve Him. I'll stay to Him. That's the
warriors of God, like was with David, that had their hands on their
sword, walking at his arm. That's the way God's warriors walk: ready.
102 The enemy says, "You have to take a little drink, to be sociable."
"I'll touch not your unclean thing." Amen. There's the enemy. There's the warrior.
"Oh, why don't you renounce that old holy-roller stuff you believe?"
"I'll believe God. I'll stand true." There you are. There's the warriors.
"Oh, you mean… There's no such a thing as Divine healing."
"That's what you think. I know better." See?
"There's no such a thing as the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Them days is passed on."
"That's what you think. I've already received It; you're just too late to tell me anything about it."
108 They knew the anointing was on that little old ruddy-looking fellow, and they knew he was going to be king.
David, in his own mind, was flusterated. I can imagine, just watch him
a minute: goes back out there and sets down, and looks down there, and
thinks, "My own beloved city Bethlehem, look at it there, where the
great things of God had taken place, where my father's father's
father's father was born, where my great-great-great-great-grandmother
yonder uttered in her, in the time of the birth of Judah, from whose
tribe I'm from… But yonder laid something supernatural. She uttered
their place, and there Joshua placed it; some right in her. And through
there come all these things here. It's got to be. I was a sheepherder,
and You poured oil on my head. You said I'd be king. I believe You.
Then he goes back, and looks down there, and thinks, "Well, way down
yonder in my little city, where I was born at, a little group where I
was with, them good old days…"
And it'd be better if the Methodists looked back to their good old
days, when they're few and far between in little schoolhouses out here
in America, falling under the power of God, throwing water in their
face. It'd be better for you Baptists to look back to where you come
from too, and the rest of them. You Pentecostal, look back where you
come from. That's right.
In the heat of the battle here David begin to think, "Oh, I can
remember them nights I laid out yonder on that hillside. I remember
when I watched them stars, how they moved up yonder, and how God talked
to my little boy heart. I can remember when I got so in the Spirit one
day, looking at the clouds and the shady green pastures, till I
screamed out in the Spirit and sang,
Oh, my, here he was right in the jaws of death right then, on both
sides. "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of
death…" Them good old days when the Spirit was with me, when God was
with me, I sang His praises; I enjoyed Him. I remember one time that a
lion come up one morning and got one of my sheep. And the Spirit of God
came upon me, and I went out and grabbed him and cut him to pieces. I
remember that deliverance. Oh, I can remember that evening just before
the sun went down, a bear come in and got one, and I killed him. Them
"I remember when I sang His praises in my childhood days, when I herded
my sheep. O God, take me back to that place. Take me back to my first
love. Take me back and give me back my shepherd's staff. Give me back
my herd of sheep. Let me alone back there to worship You."
That sometimes we think that, but we're in the heat of the battle.
Something's got to be done. We was boys once; we're grown up men now.
The fight's on. I remember when the sawdust boiled upon the floor, and
the people screamed and shouted, and you couldn't get around the place
nowhere here for people, but it's not that way today. The battle's on.
Oh, it's not William Branham, the little boy preacher anymore; you got
to produce something. Yes, sir, there's got to be something different.
The time's on. The battle's on. The heat is on. The power's to be
delivered, the people, everyone's found written in the Book. Now the
time has come.
David in all of his flusteration, walking back and forth, and thinking,
"Oh, this hot day, whew, oh, it's so hot. Oh, Saul might come from this
way, the Philistines from this way; armies around everywhere, and here
we are setting in the mouth of a cave, and yet the anointing oil on me.
How can it be, O God? How can it be? Oh, I wished I had a drink." Then
his mind goes back to way down there by the gates of Bethlehem, there
was a well. There just was no water like that water.
You know, Palestine has some bad water. They have evil waters, and they
have even to blackwater fever, and stuff, in them. And a lot of it is
alkaline water, which would kill you.
But Bethlehem is the water seat of the province too. There was no water
like Bethlehem had. David used to think, "When I take my sheep and
start out of a morning, I'd go by that old well and drink. Oh, how cool
and how sweet, and how it quenched the thirst."
Now his throat's a-going, yet anointed, "Oh, if I only had a drink of
water." Now, his warriors… And he screamed out in his despair, "Oh,
if someone would bring me a drink again from that old well yonder at
Bethlehem." Oh, after dreaming of all of his childhood days and the
victories, and see him in the place where he's setting here between the
fires, he screamed, "Oh, if someone could bring me water from
Now, his warriors could not interpret his thinking, but, brother, they
loved him with all that was in them. The least of his desires was a
command to them. Three of his mighty warriors pulled their swords,
slipped off from the camp, and cut their way, twenty-five miles. David,
in their going, no doubt wondered, "Where they at? What have they done?
Where did they go to? Did they know they're jeopardizing their life?"
They're right in the jaws of death, through a twenty-five-mile line,
laying in ambush everywhere, and the swords a flickering, and the
shields a blasting; but their men, their brother that they believed
that would be king, desired a drink.
Oh, brother, I wonder if the warriors today are willing to cut their
way through formalism, doubts, and unbelief to refresh in the Presence
of the Lord, His desires? "The least of Your desires; if it's Africa,
India, if it's to the street, wherever it is, the least of Your
desires, Lord, is my command. Death don't mean a thing to me.
Popularity, my–what I am, what I will be, means nothing, Lord. It's to
fulfill Your desires." That's the warriors that's standing by the side
of Him. "If they call me a holy-roller, if my name is scandalized, if
they kick me in the street, that doesn't matter. Your desire is my
command." That's the real soldier.
What did they do? They fought their way through until they got to that
well. They dipped the bucket of water out. And here they come back,
fighting, cutting their way from right to left, and they're coming to
the presence of David. Said, "Here you are, my lord." Oh, my. What? A
man that was disgraced, a man that was hated by the church, a man that
was hated by the king, a man that was hated by the Philistines, a man
that was hated everywhere nearly. But a little group that followed him,
they knew that he was the coming king.
Today, I know we sing great songs; we build great churches; we have
great anthems and everything; we praise to Him like that; but Jesus
said, "In your hearts you're far from Me, for you teach for doctrine
the commandments of men." Let the Holy Spirit come in and do something
in their church, showing the Presence of Jesus Christ, they'll kick you
out the door. "In vain do you worship Me. They worship, but in vain do
you do it, teaching for doctrine the traditions of men."
But there's warriors who believe Him. There's warriors who stand by it
with a spiritual understanding, like in little Bethlehem yonder. See?
Sure, it was.
David picked up this bucket of water; he looked at it, and the Bible
said that he poured it upon the ground, said, "Lord, be it far from me
that I'd drink that, because these my–Thy warriors has jeopardized
their life to go yonder and to bring this water to me. It's the blood
of men. I cannot do it." And this sweet water that they jeopardized
their lives and broke through the enemy line to go yonder and get,
David poured it upon the ground as a freewill offering to the Lord. It
wasn't mean; it was only fulfilling the Scriptures.
Because although Jesus, from Bethlehem is the Bread of Life, He also is
the Water of Life. Sure, it is. And what did He do? He was represented
in both David and warriors, because He was the King, and He was the
warrior Who came and broke through the enemy's lines (Amen.), conquered
death, hell, and the grave, poured out His own Blood, that John 3:16
might be fulfilled.
only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
but would have Eternal life.
And then He give not the water that represented it, but He was the
Water, or perish; a perishing people, that might have Life… How did
He do it? Through His Own Blood, by pouring It out; not spilling It,
that's an accident. He poured It out freely at Calvary, after He broke
through every line of the enemy and poured out His Life's Blood, that
He might be the Breadbasket to the world.
That's why He was born in Bethlehem. That's why He had to come, because
it was the bread center, the Bread of Life. It was the water center.
What is it? The Waters of Life. And in Jesus was both Bread of Life and
Waters of Life; therefore, He had to come and be born in Bethlehem.
"Thou Bethlehem of Judaea, are you not the least among all the great
princes?" You're just an ordinary little creature; you're just a little
fellow; but out of you shall come the Ruler which is from old, from
everlasting to everlasting, His foregoings has been going forth from
ever, and from everlasting to everlasting.
That's why He was born in Bethlehem of Judaea. It cradled Him. And, my
brother, the place He wants to be cradled today is in your own being,
your own heart, that He might display from you, the Waters of Life to a
perishing people, and the Bread of Life to a starving people. He is the
Bread and Water of Life, which is the two essential things to a man's
living is bread and water. It's promised, sure.
Let us bow our heads just a moment, and in doing so, I want your
undivided attention. Have you ever been to Bethlehem, this morning? If
you have never been to Bethlehem…
It was called Ephratah of Bethlehem too, Ephratah of Bethlehem.
"Ephratah" means "the root," come from the word "h-e-m-p, hemp" means
"the root." And the old ancient district there was called "Ephratah,"
which means, "it's the beginning of life." Christ said, "If ye abide in
Me… I am the Vine and ye are the branches." He's the Root of all Life.
If you've never come to Bethlehem Ephratah, the Bethlehem, come this
morning and receive Him as your Saviour, and He'll forgive you of your
sins. Will you raise your hands to Him and say, "Lord God, be merciful
to me now; I now here come to Jesus with all my heart. I come to Your
Bethlehem, the Water and Bread of Life. I now accept Him as my personal
Saviour" The Lord bless you, young fellow back there. The Lord bless
you. God bless you, little one.
Is there another, say, "I now come; nothing in my arms. I stand,
thirsting, my throat is dry. I'm wondering where I can go and find real
Life. I'm wondering. I've joined churches…" God bless you, sister.
"I've joined churches, I've done everything I know to do, Brother
Branham, but I've never yet touched that real Life-giving resource. I
now come, Lord, to receive It." He's here for you. Would you just raise
your hand, say, "It's me, Lord. I'm the one that's standing and needy"?
The Lord bless you, while we pray.
O Lord God, this little broken-up message brought from the Scriptures,
though in all of its symbols, that You put it there; maybe it's hid
from the eyes of the wise and prudent, and be revealed to babes such as
will learn. How that little Bethlehem, the least of all of them… How
did the prophet say that? "Art thou not least among all the princes?"
But it so pleased God to bring from that little insignificant place the
Ruler of Israel. Lord God, out of a little group of people that's
washed by the scarlet line of Blood of the Lord Jesus, You shall bring
forth, to that group, somewhere, Lord, across this world, Christ again,
that'll rule all nations with a rod of iron.
I pray Thee, Father God, that You'll be merciful to each of us who are
present now, and may we come to Your Bethlehem. "O come, all ye
faithful," we've been singing, "come to Bethlehem." Lord, let them see
that it's not go to a little city yonder that was once in a symbol, but
go to the reality, Jesus Christ, God's Bread and Water of Life.
And these who raised their hands, receive them into Thy Kingdom just
now, Lord, for it's by their faith they–they receive Him; it's by
faith that they raised their hands; and it's by faith that I believe
that You receive them. Keep them, Lord, at Bethlehem, where they'll
never stray or go away like Naomi; but may, if the times gets hard, may
they stay right at Bethlehem. It will be better by and by. Grant it,
Now, I pray that You'll be merciful to those who are sick and
afflicted. There are those here, Lord, who need Thy healing touch. O
Lord, You did restore Bethlehem to all of her former glory. You
restored her in the time of a depression, when she was sick. You
brought her right back and brought Naomi at barley season. And now,
Father, we pray that You'll bring every Naomi, and everyone that's in
here that is in need. I pray, God. O Lord, it's just barley season, the
great barley loaf that was seen come rolling down the hill into the
camp of the enemy. I pray, God, that You will bring that great barley
loaf into this building now, and that it may be the atonement for
the–the sickness of the people, as well as the sin, and heal every
person that's in Divine Presence.
I just feel, Lord, maybe it's just my own personal feeling, but I feel
that You're near, the nearness of You now in here. I believe that
You're here. And I say not this because of the people; Thou Who knows
the heart of man, I pray, Lord, that somehow they'll catch the vision
this morning, like those warriors, that Your great omnipotence, Your
great power, Your great Presence, You–what You are, the Son of God,
the King, the anointed One, that You're in the midst of us; they'll
catch the glimpse of It in their souls and be healed of their
afflictions. I pray this prayer, as I place it to them, in the Name of
Jesus Christ Thy Son. Amen.
I believe God, all His Words, believe that every part of His Word is
Divinely inspired. I believe that He isn't "I was," but He's "I AM," a
ever-living Presence. I believe that right now in the midst of the
You who raised your hand, find you a church, be baptized in the Name of
Jesus Christ, calling upon God, washing away your sins, believing that
His soon coming is to–He's to appear in His second coming.
I also believe that His Presence is here to heal the sick, to make well
those who are needy. You don't have to necessarily just be one-by-one
prayed for. I proved that the other night to people, that I just wanted
to show them what'd happen.
There was a certain young man, who's setting, looking right at me now,
that had been in bed for days. His throat was swelled so bad till he
couldn't even eat nor nothing; his fever was way high. And he'd told
his father and mother, "Send, get Brother Branham come pray for me."
And somehow they didn't want to bother me, 'cause I was busy. And just
Something led me to go to their house.
While setting there, they tried to bring the young man a plate, had
real soft egg and something another, and some soft beans mashed up, and
he was trying to swallow them. He'd wallow them around, take his
finger, and mash them, his teeth was all swelled out and puss running
out of them. And–and he'd try to mash it like that with his finger,
and try to get it down his throat like that. And he made about a bite
or two, and he just couldn't go no farther, pushed it back.
I was setting there without prayer; there's just a little something;
you can't tell everybody what's going on. No. I said, "Lord, Lord, it's
close to the end of the year now. There's a coming on, a new something.
Let me. Lord, is this it, is this it?" And as soon as I begin to say
that, and say now, in my heart now, "I know You're here," the young man
reached and got another bite, and another bite, and another bite, and
another bite, and cleaned up his whole plate, and got in his car and
Oh, He's God (See?), His Presence, His Presence… They don't… It just lets Him be present.
The other day when they taken this last, latest picture… When I seen
Him standing there, I looked at it and I thought, "Well, I've seen the
Angel of the Lord on those, and I know it was wonderful." But when He
taken this one, then about three o'clock in the morning, He woke me up
and told me what it was to be, and explained it all to me, and how the
armor and everything, showed me the things on it I'd never seen. I went
in and get it, and looked at it, and there it was. I had never seen it
before. Oh, what a feeling that brought to me, a consolation, to know
that He's present.
He's here, just His Presence. And the Presence of the Lord was there to
heal the sick. The Presence of the Lord is here to heal the sick. The
Presence of the Lord is here to bring conviction to sinners. The
Presence of the Lord is in the midst of His people, and He is God's
Bethlehem full of Bread and Water. I'm so glad (Aren't you?) that we
have a place to come, to eat and live forever.
149 Now, the Lord bless you. Got something you want to say, brother? [Brother Neville says, "No."–Ed.] Let us stand to our feet just a moment. Our old dismissing song, "Take the Name of Jesus With You"…
many love the Lord, let's see you raise your hands way up. Now, while
you got your hands up, now, put them down and shake hands with somebody
standing by you, say, "God bless you, pilgrim. God bless you." That's
right, then around. All right, that's just so you get acquainted with
each other. All right.
Now, let's look right up towards the heavens and sing this song now.
Hope of earth and joy of heaven. (Now, remember…)