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This Message by Brother William Marrion Branham
called Wisdom Versus Faith
was delivered on Sunday, 1st April 1962 at the Branham Tabernacle in Jeffersonville, Indiana, U.S.A.
The tape, number 62-0401,
is 3 hours and 11 minutes, and consists of 2 cassettes. This message is available in book format (Volume 3, Number 17).

The text is provided courtesy of Voice of God Recordings, Jeffersonville Indiana
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1-1
Thank you, Brother Neville. The Lord bless you. Good morning. Good
morning, friends. Happy to be back in the house of the Lord. I was just
called back there a few moments ago to pray for an old minister. And
he'd just had a blackout like. Nothing find wrong with him; he's just
an old saint of the Lord. On the road down here Satan tried make me
sick to vomit too, and I said, "We're just going to have to pray for
one another." So it was Brother Coggins; we know him very well here at
the Tabernacle. He comes from up in Carolina. And he's been very, very
sick, just–just stand and blackout. But don't seem to be one thing
wrong with him, not physically; so it's just the devil trying to tempt
him. So he's a great tempter, and he's a good one too.
You heard the story about the old sister that went to church, wouldn't say nothing bad about anybody.
"So what do you think about the devil?"
Said, "Well, he's a good adversary!" So that's what he–what he is.

1-3 We are happy this morning to be in the house of the Lord again this week, waiting for the coming of the Lord Jesus.
And now, I was going to speak on the subject, this morning, Sheltered
by the Blood; and it seemed like that the Holy Spirit kinda changed my
mind on that. And I have another subject of teaching, because… Then
after… I said last night, "Why would He change my mind on a subject
of that type, Sheltered by the Blood?" You understand where the text
would be: Israel under the blood, marching to the promise. You see? And
I may speak it some other time.

1-5
So I remembered in a dream that I had here not long ago, and I–in this
dream I was supposed to be storing up food in the Tabernacle (See?),
here in this dream. How many remembers it, a few weeks ago, having the
dream? I couldn't give you the interpretation of it, and if it won't
take me very long, I'll just tell you, if you'd like to hear it now.

2-1
It's seldom that I dream anything that's just got any sense to it. It's
usually I go to bed late, and then wake up, and be nervous, or tired;
you dream, then go to sleep, and dream, then wake up. You know how it
is, a nervous person like myself. And I was out with Brother Wood and
Brother Sothmann, and the Lord had just been giving people… coming up
with… down… And this was at Tucson, Arizona. And the Lord just
perfectly in every case, giving dreams interpretations.

2-2
Now, you see, when anyone gives–tells me about a dream, the only way I
can give the interpretation, I see that dream over. And many of you
here know, that some of you telling me things, that you didn't tell me
all about it in the dream; but when I got it over again, I got what you
didn't tell. See? And so you have to see it over again, and then He
tells you. Therefore, sometimes it's cutting; sometimes it's hard,
disagreeable to the person; but you must be truthful, because it's the
Word of the Lord. See? 'Cause they're expecting That. And It's–It
never… The Lord has been good to me to let It always be right.

2-3
And so that night I–I went to sleep, and I dreamed myself. And I
thought I was… A fellow I used to box with years ago… Many of you
old-timers… I was just thinking of Brother Roy Slaughter, standing up
there at the door. He been with us, I guess, about one of the oldest
members here in the church. Brother Slaughter, I guess, is right around
one of the oldest members. And I–I just…
While I'm talking about him, there's many good points about Roy
Slaughter that people don't know about. And that's right. He's my
brother, and I'd rather give him a little bouquet now or a bud, than a
whole wreath when he's gone. That's right. There's many fine points,
Brother Roy's been a real brother to me, him and his family, and live
out there, and worked hard for that little family, and raised a fine
bunch of children. I knowed all of his girls and his boys, and preached
his little boy's funeral when it died.

2-6
And I remember, one time here we had a fellow working on the church.
And the–and he was supposed to do it, just as a carpenter. And we
didn't have much money, and he was going to put this interior in here.
And somebody come along that wanted to work, and he didn't do it. And
set around and claimed he worked a half hour, or something, and hurt
his foot, and then he (just enough to bring suit against the
church)–and sued us for ten thousand dollars. Well, we didn't have
nothing. We didn't know nothing about it till they already got
judgment. See? They sued the… The man, he didn't have insurance, and
so, then it fell on us. We didn't have to pay.

3-1
And I never forget the night, setting right along back in there, that
Roy went down in the pocket, an old (excuse me, Brother Roy)–old,
ragged pocketbook, pulled out what checks he had from his slop hauling
and things like that, said, "Well, Brother Bill, I'll put this on."
Little old Evelyna, his sister (She's probably setting around here
somewhere now.), she said, "Brother Branham, my little old house is
only worth three hundred dollars, but we'll just put that on it." See?
That's genuine, real material if you talk to me. That's… In my book,
that's real.
I remember then a little later from that, I'm on my first meeting out.
I was in St. Louis in one of my first big meetings. And a telegram come
in: "My little girl is laying at the point of death. Brother Slaughter.
Come at once." I just walked over and started putting my clothes in the
suitcase. That's all there was to it; I just couldn't turn him down,
and here we come. I come home, walked into the room, the nurses down at
the hospital, there at the Catholic hospital in New Albany, give up his
little girl. And just as we walked in the room, the Lord Jesus healed
her. There she was just…?… See? And like bread upon the water it'll
return to you someday.

3-4
Off of my subject, but going back to the beginning. And I used to box.
And there was a fellow named (here in the city, a poor fellow, drinks
very bad now; one of his boys is on the police force) Smith, George
Smith; they called him "Six-second" Smith. He went to training me for
boxing when we had, 'fore the Golden Gloves started. We was out here at
the government. And in that, why, he was the roughest person I ever
seen. He'd just hit me, and I'd just go winding through the air. And I
come back, and I said, "You don't have to be so rough about it." See? I
said, "You just knock the breath out of me."
He said, "I tell you, Billy," said, "no matter how well-trained you
are, and how much athletic experience you have, and how strong you are
for your size, or anything like that," said, "a lick stops the blood
when it hits like that." [Brother Branham demonstrates a punch–Ed.]
And said, "You might hate me now, but when you get up there in the ring
yourself," said, "you'll appreciate it." Said, "Your body builds up
that to come back quick. If you get hit, then you'll just fall over;
and you'll lay there and take a count. But if your body's built and can
stand the licks," said, "then, when you hit it–a hard lick hits you,"
said, "then when you–you come back quick," said, "back to your feet
again. Get knocked out of the ring, jump back in." (He'd just got
through, knocked me plumb out of the ring.) So he said, "You have to
just do that. You see?" And he liked to kill me. He was about thirty or
forty pounds heavier than I was, and he could–he was a fighter; and I
was just a student, so he was almost killing me. He said, "But you'll
appreciate that when you get in the ring." I found out that was the
truth.

4-2
And I've heard of sergeants in the army train them boys, and rugged.
They'd hate that sergeant; but when it come to combat, they loved him,
because, rugged training. That's the way I've tried to train
Christians. Don't bob off your hair; don't wear makeup; don't do this;
get it rugged. You'll appreciate me when I come to–to the end of the
road. See? Training (see?), getting that training right. You might…
Let's–let's keep right with the Word. It might be rugged, cut
denominational differences to pieces, but you'll appreciate it when you
come down at the end of the road. See? You stood by the Book.

4-3
So wife took a–had her arm in mine, and we walked up; and George Smith
(Now, he's, I guess he's a gray-headed man; I guess he's seven, or
eight, ten years older than I.), and he was back in the ring and he was
battling away. And these young fellows that come up, great
wide-shouldered boys, they couldn't match him at all. They'd just… He
would just whip them in a minute.
And a young fellow said, "I can whip that old man; I know I can." So
he, great big athletical fellow, jumped into the ring there; he didn't
last a half a minute. He come back out, said, "I don't know where it
comes from, but he sure is a man."

5-1
And just then, I looked at my wife in the dream, and I said, "Wife, you
know, he gave me my first training." And then (You know, dreams are
funny.), I come down to a big sea, and the waters was real choppy. And
the boatman… (Now, Meda wasn't with me then, my wife.) And then in
this, the–the boatman come over there, and he handed me a little canoe
about two foot and a half, three foot long; and he said… It was real
white, just plastic and white. He said, "Here's your boat."
"Oh," I said, "I couldn't cross for that–in that."
And he said, "Well," said, "that'll run fifty miles an hour up-and-down this way."
I said, "It might up and down the shore, but it won't out there." See? I said…
He said, "Well, go with them." And I looked, and here set Brother Wood
and Brother Fred Sothmann, the two brethren that was with me the night
I dreamed the dream. And they were setting in a green canoe with a lot
of rigging in it, camping rigging, tents, and so forth. And they were
setting there. He said, "Go with them."
I said, "They're not even boatmen." I said, "I know that…" I said, "I
am a boatman, and I–I know about the canoe to handle it"; but I said,
"they–they'll never–they couldn't make it. And I wouldn't go like
that anyhow."
"Well," he said, "they love you." And said, "Why don't you go back up here and store up?"

5-5
So I went back, and the little place where we'd been out at (a little
place called Klondike, about forty miles from any civilization, one
little store for the ranchers and things) looked like it was at
Klondike; and it turned out to be this tabernacle. And I was standing
right here, and I was calling in great barrels of the prettiest food I
ever seen: radishes, looked like three foot long; and turnips, and
greens, and potatoes, and everything.
He said, "Store in plenty of it." See?
And I–I was standing there just storing it in, and I woke up. I
couldn't understand it; I thought it was just a dream, and went on.
Bothered Brother Wood and many of them, so here was the interpretation.
I had to wait just like I've told you many times. Things has to happen
before you can–certain things to bring it in line.

6-1
Here was the interpretation: see, they… We have been anticipating
overseas. Brother Minor Arganbright, a bosom friend of mine, was going
to pay my wife and I's expenses to tour Palestine. And we were going to
go into Switzerland and on down into Africa and a–on a campaign in
June. And my wife, and Rebekah, and them was certainly thrilled to know
they'd get to go through Germany, and England, France, and Palestine.
They was to wait there till I made the African campaign and pick them
up on the road back. And they were all under great anticipation.
You've heard me say, "If the Lord is willing (always) if the Lord is
willing, I aim to take that campaign overseas. I don't know exactly
yet." So I was waiting on it.
But here's what it was: this Mr. Smith, George Smith (that was my first
trainer in there and was more than a match for any of the young people
that was in the land today in his fighting), was my first training in
the prayer line. See? Many times I bring the people up, there's
visions–wait, have this one, vision; that one, vision. It never did
work just good.

6-3
Now, when–when I first started out, I never let a person–'less I
found something in the line that wasn't just exactly right, and He
stopped me Hisself (See?) and told me about it. I'd go ahead and pray
for the people, and my, the–the results was a hundred times, 'cause we
got to… I'd pray for four or five hundred in one night; this way,
maybe twenty-five or thirty, maybe not that many. Maybe ten or fifteen
visions and I'm–you have to pack me out nearly. Going back to that
same thing again (See?), back to my first training. After all, there's
nothing on the field ever stood with it or can (See?), 'cause It's the
Word. It ain't some denomination; It's the Word. See?

6-4
And then… There, then you notice the next part: after that Meda went
away from the dream. When I come to the sea, that was going overseas.
Now, Brother Arganbright called me the other night, all thrilled, and
said, "Brother Branham, it'll be one big vacation. Brother Shakarian
has had a heart attack, so the overseas meetings are canceled out." And
they–the Switzerland meeting, he wanted me to go over there just for
one night; and was to have that one night's meeting, and then the rest
of it was all going to be vacation, just rambling around over the
country, what–now, which was very nice. Brother Arganbright's, oh,
just tops of a Christian, and a bosom friend to me and my family.

7-1
And–but you see, the little, white, plastic canoe, that he wanted me
to go in, was the Word of God; and there's not enough preaching in it
to call me across the sea. I said, "Huh-uh, not that. Just for that?
Huh-uh."
He said, "Then go–like go with them, like they'd go."
I said, "They're not boatman: preachers. I am a minister. If they went,
it would be vacation altogether, with their camping rigging in it." But
I wouldn't do it; I turned it down. So there was the interpretation
of–of the dream. See?
And then, Mr. Arganbright called me a few nights ago and told me
that–that the–the… Of course we heard that the overseas meetings
had been canceled on the account of Brother Shakarian. And then, there
is no… There… The one in Switzerland I only had one night, and I
had… Meda had to tell me first that she didn't want to go, so I
called her from Florida the other night, or Georgia. And I told her; I
said, "Brother Arganbright has called and said we have to leave on the
twentieth of May."
She said, "That's out. That's out. (See?) The children's just taking
their examination then. Can't go." See? She had to turn it down
herself, 'cause she was the one included; it was her vacation. And
there it was. Even dreams, everything is for a meaning. Everything's
got something somewhere. So dreams have interpretations.

7-6
Now, coming back that I might say, so that you'll understand and the
reason this is taped. On the road coming home… And just before I went
out there… How many remembers me repeating it here, that a Voice came
to me in the room one morning, after a vision, and said about–told
about the serpent and it being bound, and not to fear anything? He
said, "Do not fear." Said, "Haven't I proven to be with you wherever
you go?" Haven't I proved to be with you on your hunting trips?" You
remember when I told about what I was going to get 'fore I left and all
that? Haven't I proved to be with you?" And then a real sweet Voice
came, said, "The never failing Presence of Jesus Christ is with you
wherever you go." And I know by that, we're moving up to something; I
don't know what it is; I can't say.

8-1
Coming home the other night, or the other day, or just 'fore I come
home, I was–fell into a vision; and I seen some little fellows, thin,
looked like young boys or something, had on caps. And we were standing
hunting. And I'd shot a mammoth, big, brown-looking bear. And then,
they turned around and said to me, said, "But there's some confusion
about the meeting."
And I said, "No matter what the confusion is, if I was supposed to go,
wherever it was, I'll go anyhow. (See?) It doesn't matter." And the
vision stopped. I don't know where that's at, but this is on tape. It's
going to happen. See? Just remember; it's going to happen; it's a
vision,

8-3
So now, next Sunday I'm going to be in Tennessee, the Lord willing,
next Saturday night and Sunday with Brother M. E. Littlefield at, oh,
that Church of God headquarters up there at Cleveland, Tennessee,
Brother M. E. Littlefield, at his church (the one I dedicated for him
here two or three years ago) at Cleveland, Tennessee, next Saturday
night and Sunday morning. Just be Sunday morning service only on
Sunday. That'll give me time, my family go up with me and we'd come
back. I promised him to come up and preach again in his church. That's
next Sunday.
Then the following Sunday, Brother Arganbright is going to be here with
Brother Rowe, that diplomat of Washington, that's been–served under
three or four presidents. They're to be here on that Sunday and with a
new picture. I want everybody try to be here if possible for that time.
I want to be here myself.

8-5
The following Sunday is Easter. We expect a great meeting here Easter.
If the Lord willing, I want to be here Easter Sunday for… And we have
sunrise service; there's usually baptism. All you that's going to be
baptized in the Name of our Lord Jesus be here for Sunday. And it's
been anticipated, or spoken awhile ago, being that we don't have
seating room, we may take the Boys' Club (seats seven or eight hundred,
just above here, right around, a new club right around the corner
here), come back down here for baptismal service then, and go back up
there, so everybody can have a comfortable seat for Easter morning.
We're going to try to look about it this week, and find out.

9-1
Then the–the following service beginning then on… I leave here on
the twenty–on the twenty-fifth or twenty-sixth of the month, and then,
the seventh–sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth, and tenth I'm way back
up on the–out of Van–or Victoria Island, way back among some Indians,
where you have to go on a boat to get to them.
A little missionary friend of mine, brother… I was with him last fall
on a hunting trip; and out of a lovely home, him and his wife. And his
arms and everything is all raw, different places. Well, that's what
that was; it was from fleas, bed-bugs, and things (See?) that
they'd–living right out there where they just had to live in anything
amongst those Indians. He'd brought some of them over to the meeting,
the chief (they're all Catholic, practically all), and the Holy Spirit
went down through there, and picked out that chief and all the ones
with him, and healed every one of them right there in the meeting. They
just simply burnt that coast up and down with their boats going out.
They're commercial fishers up and down the coast. And Brother Eddie's
calling, and I have a little feeling to go (See?), to go over there.
And then, we leave there and have one day's travel from there and have
two nights or three nights in Fort St. John. That's way up on the
Alaskan Highway, and two nights there.

9-3
Then, coming home and the, I think, it's the seventh, eighth, ninth,
and tenth of June. Now, here's a place that you all could go to; these
meetings here will be at Southern Pines. You know the brother that give
such a nice writeup here not long ago. It's… By the way, he sent me
some more magazines. I ought to have brought them. I'll have them here
next Sunday, the Lord willing. And that's at Southern Pines, just
about, oh, six or eight hours drive from here, Southern Pines, North
Carolina–or is that South Carolina? North Carolina, yeah. That's right.
Then, right then we–you leave there on the tenth, and on the eleventh
and twelveth with Brother Bigsby at Columbia, South Carolina.

9-5
And that's the man, the Presbyterian, that wrote the article. And to me
it struck me better than anything I ever had wrote about me. He was a
Presbyterian, Doctor of Divinity, and he came into Chicago and wrote
the article of… I forget what it was now. It was real nice; I've got
it somewhere and–in a magazine. Something about a Presbyterian meeting
a Pentecost or something like that "Pentecostal Prophet to a
Presbyterian something." And I'll be with him.
Then last night we called Brother Roy Borders, that's already on the
west coast; and there's some of the people out there has got as many as
thirty-five and forty churches to cooperate in meetings, Sedalia,
California, and over at Grass City, and from there–Grass Valley,
rather, and from there on into Oregon, on up into–to Washington.

10-2
And then Brother Arganbright, coming in, we're going–planning on now
in the last week of July to be in Anchorage, Alaska, to organize a
chapter there for the Christian Business Men, following about a six or
eight day revival that I hope to have there at hard, rough Alaska. You
know how it is, just prospectors and miners; and ham and eggs cost
about three dollars and fifty cents for a plate. It's–it's really a
rough place, but they need the Gospel.
Now, what I aim to do is these things that I'm teaching on here,
storing up this food and getting it right. I want to go now. I have no
definitely leading to any place, but I'm going sowing seeds (That's
right) somewhere. Started…

10-4
My wife (She's here somewhere.), she got a letter from a lady over here
in Illinois the other day. It just burnt into my soul of my heart. This
lady said, "Sister Branham," said, "there's no doubt but what many
times, when down through, since you've been married that you have to
suffer a lot, Brother Branham being gone and having those children."
And said, "The children, of course, cry for their father and so forth,"
and said, "I know what you mean, because I have a lovely husband
myself." She said, "But I'll tell you my condition." She said, "I–I've
had four major operations in the last four years." She said, "I take
from–I run from fifteen or sixteen tranquilizers a day." And she said,
"I take three different Lextron shots and so forth a week." And said,
"I put a bunch of sleeping tablets, and the latest thing and to quieten
the nerves and them shots, and I take as much as two double sleeping
tablets at night and can't sleep," And she said, "My doctor has told me
to go on to the insane institution before I cannot return; and there
might be a hope that they can save my mind," And said, "And there's
nothing in medical lines nowhere could touch me." And she said, "I was
anticipating suicide, planning it to leave my lovely husband and my
little girl." She said, "We live in Kansas. I love it, because we see
the grain ripening and think of the harvest."

11-1
I think she was a Methodist. And said that where… And then, over to
Methodist college in Bloomington, Illinois, they'd picked up a paper
that I was to be there eleven months ago. Many of you remember the
Bloomington meeting; you were there.
And she said, "My husband got me and some friends and took off," and
said; "the Lord knew I couldn't stand it one more day." (She was so far
gone.) And said, "I was the first person; your son, Billy Paul, give me
a card. And that night when your–when your husband called the numbers,
I was the first one in the line to be prayed for." And said, "As soon
as I come to the platform," said, "he told me my life, and told me what
I'd done, and every–what all about it, and said, 'THUS SAITH THE LORD,
it's over.'" Said, "That very split minute I've never had another
pain." Said, "I weighed seventy something pounds; I weigh a hundred and
sixty something now." And said, "Sister Branham, when you're lonesome,"
said, "I know how you feel, sharing your husband with the world and
things like that," but said, "just remember, a little Kansas housewife
is free today, because he was willing to mind the Lord."
I showed Billy; I said, "Billy, I want you to send this over to that Methodist college."
He reached over and got a pile and said, "Read some of these."
I said, "I know, I know–I know they're wonderful, but this one's enough. This is just, set the place."

11-4
Did you hear that? "Unclean! Unclean!" The evil spirits drove him out.
(See? Plumb out of his mind out into the tombs.) When Jesus came, He
set the captive free; and Jesus is the Word. So take the Word, and
It'll set the captive free. Here I am talking, taking up my time,
taking up your time, and so much to say. Let us bow our heads.

11-5
Lord, as mortals, we know we don't have too much more time to talk.
When I look out over this little hungry-hearted bunch of pilgrims,
that's come from the field, from farming, some of them has come from
the public works, from working; and some of them drove across the
mountains, the deserts, and the fields, and swamps, and gather here,
and then have to stand up; but they are pilgrims. They don't belong to
this world; they're only here as testimonies, as lights that's set on a
hill, that gives Light in the community where they're living. And then
when they come together to be rededicated and charged with the Word,
they stand, they cramp in their limbs, and the–the old and the young
alike.
And they love You, Lord; that's why they're here. Anyone knows that a
person wouldn't come, and drive for miles, and stand along walls, and
leaning, and legs a-cramping just to be seen.

12-2
And with this bunch, Lord, we're–we're poor people. We don't come in
dainty dress; we come here to worship You. One purpose in our heart,
one objective, and one motive; that's You, Lord. I pray, God, that
You'll richly will reward them. May there not be a one pass through
these doors today but what will have Eternal Life. Then the toils of
the road will seem nothing, when we get to the end of the way.
If they're sick, heal them, Lord. And now, we've just spoke of other
meetings, Lord, without a definitely knowing that I'm going, if it be
Your will, just scattering the seeds. They'll come up if they fall on
the right ground, and I pray, Lord, that You'll direct them to that
right ground.

12-4
Laying on the platform–or the pulpit I should said, here this morning
is handkerchiefs, little parcels; it means that people are sick and
needy. O God of heaven, Who raised up Christ from the dead, and has
presented Him to us in this last day in the form of the Holy Ghost, may
He, Who is omnipresent look down, omniscient–knows all things,
omnipotent–all powerful, watch over these little parcels; and may
they, when they touch the sick and the afflicted, may the Holy Spirit
quicken that prayer to the ears of God, and may they be healed
immediately.
Lord, think of that poor little woman; I just quoted her testimony: out
there in Kansas today, happy, not a pain; no doctor can find anything
wrong with her, no more pains, no more tranquilizers, no more sleeping
pills, sleeps good and sound; everything's all right, Oh, Lord, truly
when You come, everything's all right then. We thank You for that.
Now, Father, as we turn to the Word, bless Thy Word; may It not return
to Thee void, but may It accomplish that which It has been purposed for
and dedicated to. In Jesus' Name we ask it. Amen.

13-2
Now, can you hear all right, everybody? Back in the back, it's all
right? Which is the best? If I talk like this or talk like this? Over
here? This side over here's better? Is that better for you all back
there? All right, I'll pull this around here just a little closer then.
Last Sundays, a week, I–I was a little late. I had a–quite a lengthy
service. I don't like to be that way. And now, once in a while (it
won't bother me a bit), if someone setting down, sees those standing
up, would like to swap places with them a little while and rest them;
it'd be a very fine Christian act. And now, now, maybe by the–by this
Easter we may have another place to hold the–the–the main service.

13-4
Now, we want to turn this morning… All you soldiers get your–your
Sword now, and we're going to declare war on the enemy. We used to sing
a little song, you know:

The fight is on, O Christian soldier,


Face to face in stern array, (You've heard the song.)


Armors gleaming, colors streaming,


The right and wrong's engaged today! (See? That's right.)


The fight is on, but be not weary;


Be strong, and in His might hold fast;


If God be for us, His banner o'er us,


We'll sing the victor's song at last! (That's right.)


13-5 We want to turn now to–first to read the Scripture reading found in St. John 10, the first five verses:

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that
entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other
way, the same is a thief and a robber.


But he that entereth… by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.


To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calls his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.


And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.


… a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for–for they know not the voice of strangers.


14-1
Now, the subject this morning that I chosen to teach on for a little
while is "Wisdom Versus Faith, Wisdom Versus Faith." Now, there's only
two sources–or by two sources which we must live. Did you know that?
Now, we… I got many Scriptures written down here, and I want you
to… We will probably refer to them as going along. And–and I'll try
to be out as quick as possible, and won't try to… Just lay it out, so
you can take it from there on, See?
But there's only two sources that we can draw our life from. And one of
them is wisdom, and the other is faith. And if we think what wisdom
produces and then what faith produces… But those two sources, we're
going back this morning, and pick them up for the Sunday school lesson,
and bring them up out of the Bible, and show what they are, and what
they are going to do, and what they have done, by the help of the Lord.

14-4
Now, faith and wisdom. Now, to begin with, we'll notice that in Genesis
the 1st chapter we find that–that faith was introduced, and wisdom was
introduced. And today, them two sources is still introduced to the
human race. We find out that God was the Author of faith, to
believe–for the people to believe and to trust His Word; and Satan is
the author of wisdom, trying to get the people to accept his wisdom and
pull them away from the faith that's in God's Word–those two sources.

14-5
We find it so strange that Genesis, this seed chapter, starts off that
way. And we see that all things that we have today originally begin in
Genesis, 'cause the word "Genesis" means "the beginning." And if we see
these things that we're–today the way they are, they had to have a
beginning somewhere. You have to chase everything back to a beginning.

14-6
And here's a little thought for you: everything that had a beginning
has an ending; but it's the things that did not have a beginning that
doesn't end, the only things that's eternal. Therefore, I'd like to ask
the question: How could we ever make sense out of the word of the
"eternal sonship" of God? If He was a son, He had a beginning. If He
was "eternal Son," how could He be a son and be eternal, for son is–is
a product of something? But if He was a… He was–could not be an
"eternal Son." There's no such a thing: "eternal Son" of God. 'Cause if
He–if He never had a beginning, then He cannot be nothing but eternal.
But if He was a son, he had a beginning; so He cannot be an "eternal
Son." It was the Eternal God manifested in a Son (Uh-huh! See?)–the
Eternal God, 'cause God is the only thing that's eternal.

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And the only way that we can ever live is because we have Eternal Life.
This body dies, all of our parts die; but the part that's eternal is
God and cannot die. Now, now, the Word, the Bible, is eternal, because
It is God in word form. And what was in God, in His thoughts before
there was any spoken Word, it was God. You see it? It was God;
therefore, being predestinated, we who are (saying, "We trusting," I'm
along with you) that was predestinated was the–the things that was
with God in eternity. And then, if you are a borned again child of God,
you are (and got the Holy Spirit in you)–you are the manifestation of
God's spoken Word, before It was a word. It has to be a thought before
it can be a word. A "word" is "a spoken thought." And the thoughts was
in God, and then we were in God in eternity. And we were spoken into
existence by the Word. Oh, what a… By what Word? This Word, God's
Word.

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Now, God is the Author of faith; Satan is the author of wisdom. For God
gave His first children His Word, and told them they must believe This,
and put a death separation, punishment, if they failed to believe It.
And Satan comes around and tries to offer to Eve wisdom: "You will be
wise, knowing right from wrong like God."
Now (See?), to start with, you see right quick that wisdom comes from
the devil. That's strange isn't it, but it's truth. Wisdom come from
the devil; he is the author of wisdom.
Now, of course anything that the devil has is a perversion of the
original. Sin is a perversional–perversion of righteousness. Adultery
is a perversion of a–of a legal act. A lie is a perversion of the
truth.

16-1
And so, the–the wisdom that I want you to get straightened out on
'fore we start… There is a wisdom of God. A wisdom of God is stay
with His Word, but Satan in his wisdom tried to twist the Word; so
that's the wisdom I'm speaking of.
There's a certain amount of faith that goes with Satan. In order to–to
accept Satan you've got to believe Satan. So there is a perverted faith
to a perverted thing. And anything that would try to twist the Word of
God, to make It say something that It doesn't, is the wrong spirit
(See?), offering wisdom against God's wisdom. So we're going to refer
to it as wisdom and not Satan's faith.
Many of those people, that believe that, are sincere and believe just
with all the faith that they got that they're right. See? You have to
watch; the blanket stretches two ways now. But he–they are… The only
way to be sure is come back to the original Word. There's where
everything is based, on the Word.

16-4
Now, we find that these two factions–or sources is: one, wisdom and
the other one faith. And they've versed one another since creation in
the garden of Eden.
Now, there's children on both sides. Now, what is the–the wisdom we're
talking about? Something that will not agree that all this Word is the
Truth. It's something that will take away from the Truth, expressing
itself as a higher knowledge, more wisdom. And if wisdom of that sort
come from Satan, his children live by that wisdom. And if the faith of
God came through God (and God is Word), God's children lives on faith.
The Bible said the just live by wisdom? [Congregation answers. "No!"–Ed.] Faith! "The just shall live by faith," not what he can learn, but what he can believe. All right.

16-6
Now, now, we find out… Let's take wisdom first. Wisdom has reasoning.
Faith has no reasoning, but wisdom has reasonings. Let's just start
turning in the Bible, and let's turn now to Genesis, the 3rd chapter in
Genesis, and just teach this. Now, what are we doing–trying to do this
morning? Follow what the Lord said, "Lay up food." You're going to need
it one of these days. "Lay up food." Now, Genesis 3:1. Let's read now.
See how wisdom has reasonings.

And the serpent was more subtil than all the
beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the
woman, Yea, has God said,… (believing, saying the Word)… Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?


And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:


But… the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, Ye shall not eat of it,… (quoting the Word)… neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.


Now, faith holds to that. See? Now, watch!

… the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:


17-1
A reason, reasoning–"God is too good; God's too merciful; He loves you
too much." You hear that same old devil today. "God's too good to do
this. God won't do this. God won't punish." He'll do just exactly what
His Word said He'd do. See?
"Ye shall not surely die." See? What's He trying to do? Getting her to
reason with him. In a minute that you reason on God's Word, then you're
losing faith. See? Don't have no yes, no's, maybe so, stay right with
It. See? Eve had the right approach, but she listened to his reasoning.

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There's just so many people today that has the right knowledge, that
knows that this Word should be God's Word, and It is God's Word; but
they stand and let some seminary student reason them out of It, away
from the Holy Spirit, away from the things of God. Reasonings, we're to
cast them down, Now, 4th verse. For… I'm going to tell you why Satan
said, I'll read the 4th verse first, then the 5th one.

And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:


For God knoweth that in the days you eat
thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods,
knowing good from evil.


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See? He's giving her a reason. "Wouldn't you like to be equal with
God?" Take… In other words, "You want to really be right with God,
take my advice. Listen to me; God don't mean that. He just didn't…"
When you hear that, get away from it. That's right. That's the hiss of
the serpent; it sounds reasonable, but don't reason at all; just
believe it, what God said. Now:

When the… And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food,… (See what it was? His reasoning brought her to know that it was right. It was true.)
and that it was pleasant to the eye, and a tree to be desired to make
one… have faith? To make one have knowledge… make one wise,… (See what it was? Satan presenting knowledge, knowledge that was contrary to the Word, one to make one wise.)… she took of the fruit…, and did eat, and gave also to her husband with her; and he did eat.


And their eyes of them both were opened, and
they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and
made themselves aprons.


18-2
Now, what started it? Reasoning. See? Faith has no reason; you don't
reason at all; you believe. When you're prayed for and accept God's
Word for healing, don't reason with your feelings. Don't reason with
nothing else. There's no reasoning to it; God said so, and that settles
it.
Oh, how I'd like to stop here a few minutes, and rest on that, and take
a text out of it. Can't do it and preach these about forty or fifty
texts I got wrote down here.

18-4
But reasoning. When the Lord gives a vision… I'll just tell you my
own little infant way. The Lord gives a vision of something's going to
happen. Why, I don't care what's contrary to it. And remember,
everything that can be presented contrary, Satan will do it. He'll try
to reason, "You can't do it."
For instance, that what I just quoted a few moments ago about going…
Now, this was kind of off the beaten path, just before my mother went.
And the Lord knew I wasn't going to be able to keep those appointments
with those brethren, about going hunting, and gave a vision, and sent
me all the way into British Columbia. And when we got there, the guide
said, "I've never seen a silver-tip, and I've lived here all my life.
And besides, we're going plumb up into sheep country on horses. There's
no silver-tips; there's no… You ain't going to get it up there!" See,
see? Trying (See?), trying to move away–reason.
Satan said to me, "There'll be… You just–you just misunderstood the vision."
"But I didn't! It's going to be THUS SAITH THE LORD!"

19-2
And when the caribou came up and we got that (which was in the vision
as you all know), then he said–the guide said to me (a very fine
brother–to be with him now in a few weeks–young Christian), he said,
"Brother Branham, my brother had the epilepsy, and you rode up on that
horse that day, and told me a certain thing to do, and my brother's
epilepsy would cease." He said, "When I did exactly what the Holy
Spirit told you to tell me," said, "he's never had a spell from that
day." He said, "Now, here we are on top of this mountain, and for three
miles right down, there's not even a bush four inches high, nothing but
caribou moss, a few blueberries, and they only get two or three inches
high." He said, "Caribou moss and blueberries, plumb to the timberline,
and our horses are hitched in the timberline. And now, according to
what you told me, before we come here, that somewhere between here and
where that boy's standing with that checked shirt on, you're going to
kill a nine foot silver-tip grizzly bear."
I said, "That's THUS SAITH THE LORD!"
See? What was it? Satan trying to get me to disbelieve that.

19-4 We started down the mountain; closer we got, he kept saying, "Brother Branham, we're only about a mile from it now."
I said, "Are you doubting, Bud?"
"Not at all."
We got within about a half a mile. He said, "We're only a half a mile now."
I said, "That's right."
He said, "Just think, in a half a mile…" Casting down reasoning… He
said, "Look, we can see everything right before us; there's nothing out
there."
But I said, "The God, Who gave me the Word, can create one there. Don't
reason, just believe it! Don't pay any attention to reasons; that has
nothing to do with it. Just believe what He said; that's all."
And I was standing there, looked up on the hills everywhere, just
yellow caribou moss, sun going down, hills beautiful; you could see any
little spot anywhere for three miles up the mountain right above me.
And when I turned to look, about two miles ahead of me–or a mile and a
half or two mile stood a nine foot silver-tip grizzly. How he got
there, I don't know; but he was there. See? Don't reason; believe. No
matter what the circumstances, don't pay no attention to circumstances,
believe!

20-2 Now, if God said, "The–the day you eat thereof, that day you die."
Satan
said, "Let me tell you something. (See?) Now, that–that's… Oh, yeah!
We say God's true, sure; that's right. We believe that Word. Oh," Satan
said, "I believe that real, sure. But listen; let me tell you; he
didn't exactly mean that."
He did mean that. He meant just what He said.
Satan said, "Now, look, I tell you why he did it. He really… You see,
you're–you're really not wise yet; you haven't got any wisdom. (See?)
You're just like a sheep to be led. You're not your own." That's the
way God wants you! "You're never–you ain't got no Ph.D. yet.
You–you–you just don't have enough education. (See?) But I've got
wisdom, and I'll prove it to you. Now, look, you don't know what's
right and wrong. You know there is such a thing, but you don't know
what it is. Let me show you how it's done." That's all he wanted to
tell that woman. That's all he wanted to do. "Let me show you how it's
done."
She said, "But we'll die."
He said, "Surely, God won't do that. But he knows that you'll be wise
too." See? Putting his wisdom against God's Word. There's the wisdom
that I'm talking about. See? Wisdom against faith–verses faith.
There's the first battle, and God's Word held steady and true. When
they partook of the forbidden they died, and have ever since. See?
There's where… Proved right there beyond a shadow of doubt. Now,
we're going to run it for a little while.

20-6
Now, I had Genesis 3:1-17, and now–or 1-7, rather, and now, now, where
wisdom has reasonings. How many believes that now, say, "Amen!" [Congregation says, "Amen!"–Ed.] See?
You say now… The doctors say, "Well, I tell you…"
Now, let's take this little woman I just gave the testimony of. Doctor
says nothing he can do. "You're done gone; there's no hopes for you. Go
on to the insane institution; take her over there."
She said, "Before I'd go there in one of those cells, I'll kill myself."
And then what? God come on the scene. And through her–advertisement
somewhere in the paper, way over in Kansas, from Bloomington, Illinois,
she heard. "Faith cometh by hearing." See? Well, her husband got her
together. (They was real sweethearts, loved one another.) Think. Four
years and four major operations, fifteen, sixteen tranquilizers, that's
enough to kill a mortal. See? And all those shots, two or three times a
week with… I know one of them was Lextron, and I forget what the
other one was. It was something for mental condition. She was taking
these shots, and besides that, two sleeping tablets, and couldn't even
sleep with that. Misery, sick all day, all night, year in and year out;
nothing could be done. But faith cometh by hearing. See?

21-4
Now, when she got there, God placed her on the platform, first one.
See? And in what–why what? When I walked up to her, and I said, "How
do you do, sister." "How do you do." (She'd never heard nothing about
this; she knowed nothing of it.) But said, "You are Mrs. So-and-so. You
come from Kansas."
Now, quickly that gets her to–to thinking, "Wait a minute. I just
heard him say that Christ was the same yesterday, today, and forever.
And here we proved in the Bible tonight that Christ promised to appear
in the last days in His church; and the things that they did down at
Sodom, and so forth, as he preached on (which is my opening sermon for
the… ) now, here I see it going on right here." See?

21-6 Now, yes! "Now, you have been to several doctors; you've had four operations."
"Where's
he getting that information? Where's that come from? That little
bald-headed man don't know that. Where's it come from?"
"And on your road over here such-and-such a thing…"
"Say. (See?) Now, that's exactly what he just got through preaching about. That's the Word."
But you know, Satan said, "You know, you accept that, your pastor…"
That don't have nothing to do with it. See? Cast away reasoning. See?
"But your doctor said you've got to go to the insane institution." Cast
away reasoning.
"I'm waiting to see what God's going to say about it." See?
Then God… I didn't know what to say. Then the Spirit picked it up and
blasted it out. She believed it. She never reasoned. "Year after year
after year, nervous breakdowns, mind gone, operations and everything,
all these things, why, it's unreasonable to think I could be healed
here in a second." But she didn't think about reasonings; she just
believed. Faith did it; she was healed that instant. If you'd like to
write to her, why, Billy can give you her address. All right.

22-4
Now, now, fai–wisdom will reason. Now, but faith don't have no
reasoning; it does nothing but hold to the Word. It holds a promise.
Now, let's read a little bit. Let's turn to Romans 4th chapter and read
just a little (and it's–until we get pinched really for time we'll
just read these Scripture), Romans the 4th chapter, 'cause I really
like to read the Word. It does you good to–to read It. Romans the 4th
chapter, and let's begin with the 17th verse.

22-6
Listen, Paul, writing the commentary on Abraham's life. You know,
there's nothing said about Abraham running down into Gerar, and nothing
in the commentary you know; it's just "Abraham believed God." Paul,
that great apostle, writing a commentary on Abraham, 17th verse:

As it is written,… (I like that, Paul staying with the Word)… As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations…


"I have." Abraham was seventy-five years old, lived with his wife since
she was a–both of them were young; it was his half sister. No
children, he was sterile and she was barren. But God met him and said,
"I have (past tense, before the foundation of the world, of
course)–have made you a father of many nations." Not of many children,
but many nations, just think of it.

… before him whom he believed,… (God)… even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.


23-1 Don't reason at all. Listen: "calleth those things which were not as though they were"

Who against hope… (My, not even a hope! What if he would've reasoned? Not even a hope.)
Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of
many nations; according to that which was spoken, So shall my seed be.


No matter what thing else is said, God said so; and that settles it.
Oh, if Eve would've only stayed with that (See?), but she stopped to
reason, get some wisdom. Abraham didn't want any wisdom; he just wanted
the Word: "God said so and that finishes it." You know I've preached on
it many time: went and bought up all the diapers, and the pins, and
everything, got ready for the baby, and Sarah made the booties; and
year after year passed, "Bless God, we're going to have it anyhow."
That's right.
"Why, has she…?" The doctor said, "Well, she can't have it; you can't have it."
"Huh. Don't tell me; we're going to have it anyhow." That's it.

23-5
Against hope, yet believed in hope. Hopes was all gone, yet he believed
in it. When hope was done dead to him, hope was dead to every
scientific search, every resource of wisdom; hope was gone, but still
he believed in it. What was it? Faith in it, faith in hope when hope
wasn't there. Hmmm, I'd like to linger on that awhile. Faith in hope,
when there wasn't no hope there. Yet he still believed in hope (See?),
'cause he said, "He told me, 'So shall thy seeds be.'"
Now, 19th verse:

And being not weak in… (wisdom? knowledge? had his degree? No, no, no!)… being not weak in faith,… (Ah, there you are!)… he considered not his own body now dead,… (Hope was gone, his body was dead. Listen next:)… when he was about a hundred years old, neither… the deadness of Sarah's womb: (Hope was dead; his body was dead; Sarah's womb was dead. What did he do? Next verse:)


He staggered not… (Oh, my.)… He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief… (wisdom);… but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; (Oh, my. What?)


And being fully persuaded that, what he has promised, he was also able to perform.


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Hmmm! No matter how… There's no reasoning to it at all; it just takes
the–the Word and holds on to It. Now, if this is the Word of God (you
believe it?), then why doubt any word of It, any promise of It? How can
you say that this is part, and this is no good, and this is that; pick
out what you want? You can't do it. It's either all good, or It's none
of It good. That's right! So as soon as you see that It's the Truth,
take ahold of It. Don't turn It loose, no matter what circumstances,
how they try to reason, "Why, you can't…" Don't, don't do that at
all. Stay right with It; God promised it.

24-2
If I'm going now to take my stand for Christ, and He's give me the Holy
Spirit, His Spirit bears record of His Life in me, then when I come to
die, Satan tries to say, "Now, you see, you didn't belong to an
organization." Stay right with the Word! "You didn't do this; you
didn't do that." No matter what that… Satan's got no reasoning about
it; It's God's Word. Stay with the Word. See? It casts down all
reasonings. See? You don't have any reasoning, just holds on to the
Word. See?

24-3
Now, faith simply trusts in His Word. See? That's what He wanted them
to do. That–that… Now, you get the background now. That's exactly
what God wanted the human race to do: to trust in every Word He said.
And Eve trusted a whole lot of It, but one little thing. She accepted,
"Well, if I'll become full of wisdom, maybe–maybe it was that way.
Maybe it's supposed to be this way." See? Then right there's where she
lost her hold. That's where she started sinking, right there. That's
where the whole human race went right down to the grave from right
there, because she doubted one word.

24-4
Some of them say, "Well, I believe this is true. I believe that's true.
I believe God can save, but I don't believe He can heal. I believe the
Holy Ghost, sure, fell on the day of Pentecost, but there's no place
where there's anything that says the Holy Ghost fell after Pentecost."
Oh, brother, that's the way they say it. Call themselves the Churches
of Christ. See. See? Having a form of godliness, but denying the Word
thereof. Uh, huh! That's it. See? Must believe; don't reason; believe.
Don't try to have wisdom; just believe the Word.
Wisdom tries to reason and present a better way. Now, that's exactly
what Satan told Eve. "Now, you're not going to die. Surely you won't,
'cause God's a good God."

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He is a good God, and the only way I can trust Him to be a good God,
that He'll stay with His Word. How can you expect me to be truthful
when I'm not truthful? If I tell you one thing and do something else,
my word's pretty shaky. See? Only what makes Him a good God is because
He spoke the Word, and we're to live by that Word. "Man shall not live
by bread alone, but by every word of God, proceedeth out of the mouth
of God." Then God's got to stay with that Word; that's what makes Him a
good God.

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Now, if He said, "Well, I'll let them get by with this. I–I'll let
them do this. Well, that's all right. Oh, I–I–I'll move over here."
Why, He's a wishy-washy. See? He isn't God; He's–He's just an ordinary
man. See? But to be a good God, He has to stay with His Word. That puts
every child… If He'll let this one commit adultery, and this other
one drink a little, and–and this other one can do–lie a little, and
this other one can steal a little, and this other one can do–do this,
then make me just toe the line to come in? He's got one way, and all
that goes in, is going in that gate. "Strait is the gate and narrow is
the way. No defilement will enter therein."

25-5
Over in Revelations He said, "All without are sorcerers, whoremongers,
and dogs, and so forth. Blessed are ye that doeth all His commandments,
that he may have a right to the Tree of Life." That's right. There's
one way, that's God. Don't reason it out no other way.
Well, the Roman church says, "We are the church. That–that Bible is not even worth the… Why–why, you couldn't…"
Bishop Sheen said, "To try to live with it was like walking through muddy waters."

25-8
See, see? How you going to do that? See? Then if he's right, then the
Bible's wrong. The Bible's right; he's wrong. Now, what are you going
to say? If God's Word's right, it's either Bishop Sheen or–or the
Bible, not only Bishop Sheen, but Reverend So-and-so, and Dr.
So-and-so, and So-and-so. I wouldn't have called the man's name, 'less
he said it on the radio. So he said it out on the radio, so I guess I
can call his name. Doctor So-and-so, and So-and-so said, "So-and-so and
so-and-so." Now, who you going to believe, God or them?

26-1
"Well," say, "it really doesn't mean it just this way." It means it
just the way that It's written, for that's the FIRST lie of the devil.
He said to Eve, "It just really doesn't mean that. Surely, God's too good to do that. You won't die."
But they did! And they will every time. Got to meet the Word.
Wisdom tries to take a–a better way: the way of modern, the way of popularity, the–an easier way; find hisself around just…

26-5
Now, you take a fellow here, maybe God go to dealing with him. Now, he
thinks he has to come up, he has to make his wife come right to the
line; he has to quit his card parties; he has to quit going to the
dances; his wife has to let her hair grow out; she has to quit wearing
makeup; he has to quit smoking, drinking; he's got to get out of that
big society that he's in; got to humble himself at the altar. He's got
to stand and be called a fanatic, holy-roller, Beelzebub, anything
could be called. "Oh, I'll be religious, but I'll–I'll–I'll go down
here and join the–this church down here; you're too narrow." There you
are (See?), there's a reason, reason. Now, we're going to get to a
great point in a few minutes on that. See? How are you going to know
which is right and wrong then? See?

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Now, tries to make the Word say something, knowledge does.
Knowledge–wisdom tries to–to reason; wisdom finds a better way. There
is no other way but God's way!
Wisdom tries to point out say, "Oh well, now you know, we couldn't do
that in this time." We must do it anyhow! See? Tries to find a easier
way. Tries to make the Bible say things that It does not say.

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Now, you say, "Oh, Brother Branham, now, you're…" Wait just a moment!
We'll go back to the seed again. What was it the devil tried to do with
wisdom? Make God's Word say something that It didn't say. That's right.
He tried to make God's Word say something that It didn't say. So that's
the way it comes today.
When they try to make God's Word say something that It doesn't say,
well, they say, "Well, I tell you, Brother Branham, you ain't got the
right interpretation." The Bible said that–that prophecy is of no
private interpretation. Why? Why ain't it of private interpretation?
WHY? The Word of the Lord came to the prophets; It is interpretated by
the prophet. It can't be of an interpretation private. The prophets
already interpret It to you. There it is, written right there. That's
the way it's supposed to be.

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God's got to have some fundamental something that all people's got to
be judged by. If it's by a church, which one's right (about nine
hundred of them, nine hundred different organizations)? [Brother Branham coughs–Ed.]
(Pardon me). Which one of them is right? How do you know you're going
in? What if you're a Methodist, and the Baptists is right? What if
you're a Pentecostal, the Presbyterians are right? What if you're a
Catholic, and the Lutherans are right? What if you're a Lutheran, and
the Catholics are right? See? There's got to be some foundation
somewhere. So if the Word…

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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word
was God. See? The Word was in God; It was God. It was His thoughts that
was with Him always. There… God's thoughts is as eternal as God is.
Amen! That ain't skim milk, brother. See?
Here it comes! God's thoughts was His Word. In the beginning… (That's
in eternity now, when beginning first started, time)… In the
beginning was the Word,… (God's thoughts)… and the Word was with
God, and the Word was God. See? His thoughts is what He was. That's you
too. What's your thoughts are is what you are. No matter what you try
to live by something else, your thoughts is what you are. You might go
along and act like a nice fellow, but in your heart you're an
adulteress, and whatever it is, that's what you are–your thoughts. And
God's thoughts was His Word, that was with Him and in Him, and It was
God.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word
was God. And that Word was made flesh. God's thoughts was expressed in
a human body, made flesh and dwelled among us. There you are.

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Now, if you have Eternal Life today, you are in God. By God's being in
you, you are God's expressed thought. Whew! Then don't listen to any
reasonings, lest your crown be taken and give to another. Don't take
any reasonings at all. Just believe what God said is the Truth and stay
with It.
Reasonings through wisdom tries to make the Word say something It doesn't say.
Now, you say, "Is that true, Brother Branham?"
Well, let's just go back to Genesis and find out. Let's go to Genesis
the 3rd chapter of Genesis, and we're going to read the–the–the 4th
verse. See if–if–if wisdom tries to make the Word say something that
It isn't. The 3rd chapter of Genesis, the 4th verse:
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
See what it presents? What is it? Trying to make the Word say something that It doesn't say. See? God said, "You shall die!"

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Wisdom, as Satan was presenting to her, said, "You shall not surely
die!" See? It's trying to make the Word say something that It isn't so.
That's what wisdom is today. Oh, brother, how we'd tarry on that.
Seminaries, schools of theology, that's their very nest; that's their
grass roots, is trying to make God's Word say something that It doesn't
say.
I challenge anybody to show me the Apostles' Creed in the Bible. I
challenge anybody to show me "communion of saints" in the Bible. Both
Protestant and Catholic believe it. I challenge you to show me any of
those things in the Bible.

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See? It's the grass roots of wisdom trying to reason. Our warfare is
not carnal, but mighty, casting away all reasons (See?), pulling down
the strongholds of Satan, that great flowerly, beautiful creature. Not
a slick greaser, oh, no, that's on the inside; but outwardly sin is
twice as pretty.
You know sin's beautiful? How many man in here and women is past fifty
years old raise up your hands. (I didn't–I oughtn't to ask the women,
but I–I–we all admit the truth.) I want to ask you a question. Do you
see today that women are twice as pretty, nearly, as they used to be,
on the run, the average, across the world? If that's so, raise up your
hand. Sure. They're twice as pretty as what they used to be. Get some
old pictures.

29-1 Look at grandmother with long skirts, braid of hair hanging down her back. She wasn't so attractive to look at.
Look
at the modern one today: a little skinned down dress, that every form
(she can't move without sinning); walking, tipping down the street with
all the makeup and cosmetics of Max Factor can put on her nearly;
fixing her hair like some little girl; wearing little skirt just up
about, above her knees, if she's got on any at all. But you look at
her, she's pretty. Satan knows how to do it! He's the author of beauty,
that type of beauty, which results in sin.

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The earth itself is a womb. Where did God place His seeds? Where's
seeds put? In a womb. God puts seeds… And what does man do? Like
devils in a womb. He'll make a child deformed if he can; that's what
devils has done on the earth–hybreeding, making creatures that's not
so. I'd better leave off of that; I'll never get to the rest of this
here I got wrote down. You know what I mean. That's the reason it is a
deformed creation about to be cast; God's finished with it. The world's
all out of order; everything's wrong. The streams are polluted; the
air's polluted–filth, stink.
An old Indian not long ago said, "White man, I don't want to live any
longer. I'm through with fighting." Said, "Where's my babies? Are they
starved to death? Where's my wife?" Said, "Before you come here with
your women, and whiskey, and sin, we lived in peace. It's our grounds;
God give it to us, but you're taking it away from us. You'll pay for it
some day."

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Look at it today, them big pretty deserts and mountains strowed with
stink, sin, whiskey bottles, beer cans! Every place is full of taverns
and tommyrot. Reno, Nevada, in that great desert yonder is nothing but
a prostitution. The great cities are… They… Even the air and
atmosphere is contaminated. Where once the pretty mountains growed, now
she's cut up with all kinds of everything else. Where the trees growed,
they're cut down. Where the deserts, the waters flowed free, it's
contaminated. The whole world is going to have a–a cast. The earth's
going to give forth her child from the seed. Been perverted by devils,
tearing it up and working it up. Sure it is. It's perverted creation.
God will cast it away and start over again. That's right.

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What did it come from? One person believing one little–disbelieving
one little phase of God's Word. The whole earth is groaning. The Bible
says that even nature itself is groaning for that day of relief,
waiting for the manifestations of the sons of God. The trees are
striving in vain; the flowers are trying to brighten the way for us,
but they're groaning, and crying, and know there's something
wrong–perverted. The womb can't bring forth that perfect, because
she's perverted. The ground stinks; she's bathed with innocent blood.
She's got… She's like a… (I could say something; it might be too
flat.) It's–it's–it's stink; God said it stinks before Him–so
filthy.

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Walk into a restroom, the urinals, and just stink, contaminated. That's
exactly what the world smells to–like–God, smelling to it–filth! The
whole thing is filthy. God will burst her to pieces. "And I'll create a
new heavens and earth," He said. Yes, sir.
What is it? Her womb hasn't brought forth a millennium. She's brought forth a perverted thing. Why? Trying to be wisdom.
Got nothing against Florida. I don't mean this for you people from
Florida. But when I've crossed and went to Florida the first time and
come back to the Georgia line there, I stood right there, and I said,
"As a American citizen, I give my part of it back to the Seminoles
where it belongs." Why, they take better care of their yards than I do
my hair. Everything, feather-edged; the palm trees has got lights all
over it; big swanky yachts and things, trying to bring a millennium
without repentance. To me it's a bunch of nothing. A million times
more, I'd rather climb in British Columbia to the top of a hill and
look across the mountains that God created and man's hands never
touched it. Certainly.

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Go into these cities; the big homes, that–that don't attract me. I
hate that kind of stuff. See? But I know that one day, one day it'll be
changed; she'll cast forth her afflicted child. The earth, it'll be
changed one day. Okay.
Faith believes that it is written and says, "The Word has no flaws."
Did you ever hear of ministers say, "Well, I tell you, the–the King
James Version, or the–this Revised Version, or this here has… It's
just a, it's just a little different. It, really, it didn't really mean
that"? Have you heard that? Oh, my. The world's contaminated with it.
See? But faith don't believe that. Faith believes a God that can make
me, can keep that Book in a order for me to live by. If the God Who
made me is going to judge me, can't keep His Book in order, then He's a
very poor God. I believe every word of It's the Truth. Yes. sir!

31-3
What does this do to believe that? It gives faith a perfect resting
place in It. See? You cannot disbelieve that that Word's messed with in
any way. You've got to believe It just the way It is. If you try to use
wisdom… They say, "Now, look here. It's not reasonable that God said
it would do a thing like this." But God did do it. See? That's right.
Now, if you say, "Well now, if God did this. If He took a man's life
because he wasn't a Levite and put his hand on the Ark when it was
about to fall…" No matter how much He was when He took his life for
it, God said just Levites alone could touch that. He took it. That's
what got David stirred up, you know. See?

31-5
A Levite was… Nothing but a Levite was supposed to touch that Ark,
and here the Ark was coming right back for a revival, and one outside
of that tried to handle the Word. That goes to show that only the
anointed of God is to touch that Word. These creeds and denominations
got no business tampering with It. Just the Holy Spirit is got a right
to that Word; and it's death for any other to touch It. For to
disbelieve any of It or teach It, the same will be taken, his part, out
of the Book of Life. See? Don't put your hands on It; stay away from
It. Listen; believe just what It said. Don't take nobody else's word;
take what It says. Stay right with the Word. It's death to do anything
else to It.
Now, 'cause that… What does faith do? It believes It just the way It
is. That's the way God has preserved It down through the age, and here
It is. It's the Word of God for me, God honors that. It gives a perfect
faith in Its trueness.

31-7
How could you ever marry a woman if that young girl had–had–had run
out, and done everything, and lived in prostitution, and everything
else; and–and yet, you went and got her in the house of prostitution;
come out, and she was–she says, "Well, I'll–I'll try to be a–a
better girl"? You can't have faith in that woman. See? You can't do it.
How can a woman have faith in a man that's did the same thing? You just
can't build your faith there; there's nothing to build on. See? You
can't do it.

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How could you go out here and say, "Here's a boat; it's got a lot of
holes in it; and I'll put some grass sacks in it. Perhaps maybe
it'll–it'll stem the tide to cross the river in"? I wouldn't want to
take a chance on it, when there's one setting here that's built right.
Sure. Why would we take some manmade theology with holes all in it;
it's proved that it's wrong (See?), when here's one setting here that's
really the Word of God, who stemmed the tide through every hard storm
and gale. She's held just as true as she could be; and it always will.
All right.
"Heavens and earth will pass away," said Jesus, "but My Word shall
not." Why? They're eternal; they was in the beginning. He just come
here to express God's Word. He was God's expression. God was expressing
Himself through His Son.

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These all started in Genesis, the seed chapter, and has been ever
since… Ever since been on the scene, it's been the same thing: a
fight between wisdom and faith–always fight. So wisdom is of the devil
and for his children.
Did you ever notice? All of you seen sheep; all of you seen goats. But,
you know, the bleat of them two is so close, it takes a real shepherd
to tell the difference. You put an old goat out there and let him
bleat–bleat, and then you go over here and put a sheep there and let
him bleat. Listen at it; they sound just alike. But a real shepherd can
catch that voice.
Jesus said, "My sheep know My voice." See? They can tell whether it's a
goat. Why, He's a sheep Himself. He… "My sheep know My voice;
strangers they won't follow." What is His voice? Here it is, the Word.
"My sheep know My voice." See? They won't let anybody say, "Well, now
here, I'm talking the voice of God too. This says this there." But it's
(See?) Satan. We'll get to that in just a little bit, cool that off for
you.

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Now, now, you see that the seed Word cannot grow in the atmosphere,
then, of knowledge. Is that right? See? As soon as knowledge mixes with
faith, it dies right there.
Eve come and said, "The Lord God said the day we eat thereof that day we die." Then she stopped to see what he'd say.
He said, "But listen, my dear, you lovely little thing (See?), surely,
God made you for a purpose. You know, that's right. See? You're a
woman; you were made for this purpose. That's what it is. You don't
know it now, but you were made for this purpose. Oh, you're a lovely
little thing, dear. Look at those dainty little hands. (See?) Why sure
he would… Surely…"
"But He said if we–if we did, we'd die."
He said, "But, oh, do you think that a good loving father, God, would
do a thing like that?" What did she do? She listened to reason took his
wisdom, said, "It's a tree of delight; one can be desired of it"; and
she fell for it. That's exactly. And when she did, what happened? Like
it would to any woman. As soon as you fall for it, it finishes right
there. That's right.
Now, you see, the seed that she was holding and would have finally
become a mother… By the will of God, through a spoken word, she would
have finally become a mother, but she couldn't wait, went into that.

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Now (see?), then as soon as she did that, accepted wisdom with the
Word… And wisdom was contrary to the Word. (If you understand, say,
"Amen.") [Congregation replies, "Amen!"–Ed.]
(See?) If wisdom is with the Word, and proves to be with the Word, and
the Word produces Itself by the same thing, then it is the Word. But if
wisdom is against the Word, and not with the Word, but trying to find
something to add to It or take from It, it's of the devil. And Holy
Ghost seeds of the Bible cannot grow in the atmosphere of wisdom. That
kills every seminary in the country. That knocks the holes right out
through them and punctures them with the… till the judgment flows in.
That's right. It certainly does (See?), because the Word cannot grow
with wisdom–worldly wisdom. Won't do it.

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Eve was to believe the Word as It was given to her. Is that right? She
wasn't to listen to anybody else say anything about It–just the way It
was given to her. That's the way she was supposed to believe It.
There'd never been a death, if she'd believe that. That's right. And a
man or a woman that will take God's Word just the way It's given to us,
hold It the way God said It; It's Life. But to mix It with some wisdom
of some organization, you die right there. Just like it did in the
first… That's the seed. That's the way, that's the way It acted the
first time; that's the way It will act every time; It always has. God
permit, we'll prove that through the Bible this morning. That's the
only way that it can grow, is to separate itself from all reasonings or
anything else and just believe the Word.

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Eve was supposed to take It just the way God give It to us. And I've
expressed and told you that I believe God has preserved and kept this
Bible, and that's the way God give It to me here. Now, I don't want no
other wisdom, I want just the way God said it here. Now, I hope I don't
hurt you. But if the Bible said that I must repent, It means repent,
not do penance, but repent!

34-2
The Bible said for me to be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ; It
didn't mean something else. It didn't mean Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
It said that.
"Well," you say, "Matthew 28:19 said baptize them in the name of the Father, Son, Holy Ghost."
That's exactly what it was. Now, if that isn't right, if they haven't
got the right thing, then the faith that Peter had to baptize in the
Name of Jesus Christ, and all the rest of the Bible, then they had a–a
false revelation that God blessed. That brings Him right back…?… He
should have blessed Eve in the beginning then.

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The name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, that's three titles.
There's only one Name. You cannot be baptized in the name of Father,
Son, and Holy Ghost, until you're baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ;
'cause that is the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. And the
whole Bible is wrote out like that. Every person in the Bible was ever
baptized, was baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ. Nobody in the
Scripture ever baptized in them titles of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
And everyone was baptized in the Name of–of the Lord Jesus Christ was
baptized in the Name of Father, Son, Holy Ghost. Everyone was baptized
with titles of Father, Son, Holy Ghost is baptized in no name at all!
They're titles, like minister, reverend, doctor, whatevermore, father,
son, and human, wife–titles.
Said, "Don't make any difference."
Then put your title on your check and not your name, and see where it
goes. Say, "I sign this check: in the name of the housewife."
Well, that'd make just as much sense as it would to disbelieve God's
Word when the revelation's laying right there before you. Sure would.
See? Sure. All right.

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It's supposed to believe It the way God said It. And It does not
contradict Itself. If It does, you come show me. It don't contradict
Itself, not at all. Satan might contradict It to you, but he can't to
the Word; the Word won't stand that. No, sir! That's the aged old thing
that's been thought of, but it's never been proven yet.
Let's follow these two sources, or what you might call atmospheres, and
see what they create. Let's follow them for a few minutes.

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Atmosphere. Both of these sources will create an atmosphere. I want to
ask you something. Did you ever go in a church… I–I say this
reverently now, and with–just to make a point. God forbid! Did you
ever go in a church where the pastor is real, starchy? See? The
congregation's the same way. That's right. See? What is it? It's that
atmosphere that brought it.
Go into a place where the pastor says, "Now, wait a minute. There's no
such a thing as that nonsense. I don't believe in such a thing as
Divine healing, about the baptism of the Holy Ghost in there." You'll
see every one of them, congregation… If there ain't… If there's an
eagle in there somewhere, he'll get out from amongst that bunch of
chickens. He sure will. That's exactly the truth. He'll leave it. He
sure will. He can't stand that; he's an eagle. He's a sky-built bird,
not a barnyard. Yes, sir. Now, here he is.

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And now, we find out that those atmospheres… And you get in wherever
the–those things… Where faith is taught in a church, you'll find a
church in that atmosphere. Oh, God, let–let me get this to you so
you–if you can see it. See? Go… That's the reason people come among
the saints where they're praying–believers. Paul said he didn't find
any in the city, only Timothy, that was like precious faith that he
had, you know. The rest of them were all denominationalists. See?

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But when he got into that atmosphere (See?), he'd–you'd find things
going on that the atmosphere has created. You find people living by
faith, when you get into a place where it says, "My, why, the Bible's
true. God heals."
You walk around in that congregation, you find, "Why–why, I was dying of cancer; I was healed."
"I was once blind; I…" See?
And the strangers saying, "Whew! My! What? You mean… What was the matter with you?"
"I'll show you on my record. Come home with me; come eat dinner with
me, and I'll show you something. I got a record up there. My neighbors
know that I was in this condition. I was paralyzed for years; I was
prayed for."
See? What is it? That–that Word in that church, that group of believers has created that atmosphere.

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Now, how is the Word in Its simplicity, but yet in Its completeness,
ever going to grow in a place where knowledge overshadows that, and
says, "It can't be so"? See? It can't. So where knowledge is preached
from a seminary, the children die. Where faith is preached from the
Word, the children live. Amen! That's the difference, just Life and
death. The same thing happened in the garden of Eden. That's exactly
what happened to them two atmospheres there; when Eve got off the right
one on the wrong one, she died. See? It'll do it every time. So they
cannot stay. If your church has got that kind of an atmosphere, oh,
child, if you want to live, you believe the Word.

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Now, here's going to be a little stinger now, and I don't mean it in no
harsh way. I just… This is teaching. You have to… When you hit
these places you have to sting and burn a little. You see? Now, wait.
It's just like branding a calf. I used to hate to do that–to brand a
calf. Poor little fellow, we'd run out there and… I don't know
whether you ever calf-roped or not and–and–and–and tie them. You
hog-tie them (See?) across the… And the poor little guy, you run down
there, and take this hot branding iron, and sock it on him. Oh,
brother, it looked horrible! When he got up, he really had a running
spell. He just run, and kick, and holler, and beller, and go on. But I
tell you, they knowed from then on who he belonged to. That's right.
They knowed what–what pasture he belongs on. There's no joke about it
then. So let's brand. See? Let's brand. Yes, sir. When they said…
You know the… you… Many of you has read or sang the Cowboy's
Meditation. You see? And the stray yearling, when you get him in on the
last there, at the round-up, the stray yearling they just make soup out
of him, 'cause he–no brand on him at all. So the rest of them goes on
to their own pastures, but the boss of the round-up knows his cattle.
So if you… Brand hurts.

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Now, look! Satan could scientifically prove by his wisdom (now, I'm
going to play the part of a doctor here for a few minutes), Satan could
scientifically prove by his wisdom that the soil that he was going to
give for the human race to grow in had vitamins. Sure did. He could
scientifically prove it. They can scientifically prove anything they
want to almost. See? Sure.

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It had Vitamin P, "pleasure, popularity." That's in it; that's in his
wisdom soil: (sure, sure!) all the worldly pleasure, all the picture
shows, all the dances, all…?… "Go ahead, that's all right, it won't
hurt nothing." Sure. See? Popularity. "Well, you're the biggest church
there is in the city." All right.
It had Vitamin C in it, which he referred to as "common sense." Makes reason. See?
It had Vitamin R in it which meant "reasonings." Yeah, he could reason. But you see, that won't work.
It had Vitamin beau–B in it, which means "beauty." Satan is beautiful.
Sin's beautiful; and as sin begins to get more and more, more beautiful
it becomes. How much better house we got today than the log house? How
much more prettier is it? How much prettier is our women today than
they used to be? See? How much prettier is Florida than it was–now
than the way God created it? See? It's got beauty. How many knows that
Satan is of beauty, and he desired beauty and tried to create a
beauti–more beautiful kingdom and so forth? Sure, we know that. Satan
is in beauty.

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Now, notice! He had Vitamin R which is "reasoning"; Vitamin B which is
"beauty"; Vitamin M which is "modern"; "Aw, you want to be modern."
Just take his knowledge and find out if you don't believe that stuff.
It'll grow right in you. That vitamin will come right up where you are
setting. Some fellow stand up and give you some of his knowledge, "Now,
look, friends. What would it be if we took this great lovely cathedral
here and had a lot of screaming, and crying, and speaking in tongues,
and running up-and-down the floor, frothing at the mouth like mad dogs?
And–and what do you think the mayor of the city would say, deacon
board, if we permitted such a stuff as that to come in here?" Oh, sure,
it's modern. "You think our people would stand down there on the street
with a tambourine in their hand and… What would it do if our sisters
would come with big, long hair hanging down, and the rest of the women
going through town, 'Looky there. Looky there, why the president of
this church (ever what it is, you know)… Well, look, looky there, she
look like an old model, don't she? Her spare tire is going flat on the
back.'" You know, something like that.

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"You want to be modern." See? That's the devil's wisdom. That's what it
grows. That's the vitamin that's in the soil that comes out in the
product that it produces. Go on, you modern Jezebel. All right.
Modern, like the women of today. Sure. Oh, modern! "Why, the most
modern people of the town will come to the church." Sure. It's got…
Why? They grow in that modern vitamin, reasoning vitamin. All right,
they grow in that. See? That's what it is, reasoning. But as soon as
you start growing in that, you're dead to the Word. You have to deny
the Word before you can be that. See? The only way you can ever be a
sinner is to deny God's Word. What is sin? Unbelief. Unbelief in what?
God's Word. See? You have to deny the Word first.

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Now, why, I got about ten more vitamins wrote down here, but here's one
vitamin that he failed to tell them. He had Vitamin D in there. That's
the biggest vitamin in there: results–death. See? It's the prettiest
bunch of dressed people, most modern there is, most beautiful church,
biggest organization (See?). Most modern there was, most beautiful
there Was, the most reasonable things can be said: "Why wouldn't… If
God made us a creature of His, why would He condemn these women from
looking their best to have short hair? Why would He condemn a little
makeup?"
Well, He had one in the Bible that did it; and He fed her to the dogs. So you think about that. See? That's exactly.

39-2 "Why would–why would God… Why, my, he don't expect us to live after that Bible."
He sure did; He told Eve she must live. And He told… Jesus said that
man lives by the–every Word, every Word that proceedeth out of the
mouth of God. Who said that? Jesus. Is that right? He said, "If any
other man said anything different, let him be a liar, His Word be true.
heavens and earth will pass away, but My Word shall not." There you are.
So Vitamin D lays in his formula. Modern. That's right.

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Now, but the Word seed of the Bible can't grow in such ground as that.
How could a person go into one of those modern churches now, the Spirit
of God would come upon them, and they–they want to holler, "Glory to
God! Hallelujah."; you know what? Why you'd make the preacher swallow
his sermon! Why I'm telling you. I–I could just see him say, "Ahemmm!"
And all them cranes there stretch that neck around, you know, look around to see, "Well, what said that?"
And then in a few minutes the preacher would say, "Jesus Christ, the Son of God…"
"Glory to God! That's right."

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"Ahemmm! Deacons…" You're–you're at the door in a few minutes;
they'll throw you right out. See? The Word can't grow there, just can't
do it; no, just can't do it. See? It just simply can't. See?
And then he comes spraying his poison on top of it to try to kill the
germ life in you. "Now, we's… A group of people in the land today
that believes that God heals. Why, of course, we know, reasonable sense
shows that God gave us doctors to heal!"
Now, you ask a good, sensible doctor if he's a healer. He'll tell you,
"No, sir. I can move a tooth, but I can't heal the socket it comes out
of." That's right.
"I can set an arm, but I can't heal it."
Certainly right. God is a Healer. See? Now, how is something ever going
to grow in such stuff as that? How can the seed Word ever grow in such
as that? It just won't do. It can't grow in that kind of an atmosphere.
It just certainly don't.

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But faith only grows in one vitamin. It only has one vitamin. Don't
have to have any mixture at all. Faith grows in one Vitamin; that's the
Word! That's the only thing that faith can grow in, is the Word. And
the only way that it can grow is because it believes the Word, and it
has to take all the Word and believe It's Truth. And faith vitamin is
spelled in a little four-letter word, L-i-f-e–Life! It has Vitamin L,
faith has. Faith has Vitamin L.

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Wisdom has Vitamin P, Vitamin R ("pleasure" and vitamin "reason"),
vitamin… all these other vitamins; ha–fai–a–rea–a–knowledge has
all that. See? Wisdom has all that, reasons them out. But faith only
has one thing–Life! That's all that will stay. Thy Word is Life. Thy
Word is Truth. He is the Word, the Way, the Truth, the Life. Faith only
hangs right there; that's all. It won't take it,
Holy Spirit Life, Eternal Life, that's where faith grows in. Word Zoe,
God's own Life. That's the only place that faith can work, is when
faith hears the Word and believes that It's God's Word. Then in that
Zoe it grows and produces what the Word said.

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God… How did He make the world? Do you believe the world was in God's
thoughts? Sure it was; had to be. "How did He make it?" He just said…
"Where's He going to get the things?" How could you ever reason with
God? Say, "God, where'd You get the materials to make rocks out of?
Where'd You…"
"They come from gases."
"Where'd You get the gas, Lord?" See? "How did You ever make water? What is the formula?…
"H2O."
"Where'd you get the hydrogen and oxygen at?"
See? That's it. See? It just doesn't make sense. What did God say? It
was in His thoughts. And His thoughts is His Word, before It's
expressed. Then when His thoughts said, "Let there be," and there was.
That's it. There's where faith lays.

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By… the Hebrews 11 said, "By faith the world was created." The world
was made by faith. God made the world out of things that does not
appear. By faith God spoke the world into existence, because it was a,
it was a premeditated word. But as soon as He said it, it become life.
Now, you can say, "I believe that, Brother Branham." In your heart you
can believe it, then express it, "I believe it," and don't never change
it at all. Stay right with it. Watch what will grow out of it. It will
produce the Word, 'cause it's faith. See? Wisdom takes you away; faith
brings you to It.

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See that? That cuts out every manmade creed, cuts out every school of
learning of manmade theology; it just knocks them cold. There they are,
the professor, D.D., Ph.D., L.L., Q.U.D., and all these fellows has to
go to school and learn psychology and all these other things. There's
only one thing he leaves out. How to present himself with psychology,
and what kind of clothes to wear, and how he must say, "Amen," just so,
and, oh, nonsense! Let…?… be led by the Holy Spirit. Sons of God
are led by the Spirit of God, not the wisdom of the seminary, but the
Spirit of God leads the sons and daughters of God. Certainly it's true.
Amen!

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Now, lets out every creed, every school of learning, every manmade
theology. No wonder they can't believe. There's nothing in there for it
to grow on. See? They got Vitamin R, "reasoning," that we're supposed
to cast away. Vitamin "popularity," Vitamin "pleasure"–just got to
have a little fun.
"What kind of fun?"
"Oh, get out and get on a little drunk once in a while, you know, just
have a little fun. It won't make any difference." You know, little
things like that, it's just all that–all that vitamin. You see? And
how is that kind of a vitamin ever going to grow a Word that denies
that vitamin? How you going to do it? See? The Word denies that. "If
you love the world or the things of the world, the love of God's not
even in you," said the Bible. See? So how's the–how's God's–how's
God's Word going to grow under vitamins like that?

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It takes a certain vitamin in the soil to produce the grain. It's got
to be in the right kind of soil. We're getting to it in just a little
bit. See? Got to have the right kind of soil or it won't grow the
grain. You take certain grounds; it won't grow this and will grow
something else. Sandy ground and different vitamin and so forth grows
certain thing. If it don't, why, it ain't got it and just won't grow
it; that's all.
Now, weeds will grow pretty near anywhere, any kind of ground. Is that
right? Old denominational weeds will just grow anywhere, But I'm
telling you, brother, if you want to produce the fruits of Life, she
has to come out of the Word. That's right, right. Sure! All right.
I hope I ain't taking you all too long this morning. See? Now, don't… See? All right.

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No wonder they can't believe; they have nothing to live in. Jesus spoke
of them in Matthew the 13th chapter and the 1st verse. Let's just turn
over here and see how Jesus said about it, these things that we're
talking of. Matthew the 13th chapter and in the 1st verse:

The same day Jesus went out of the house, and set by the sea side.


And great multitudes were gathered… unto
him, so that he went into a ship, and set down; and the whole multitude
stood on the shore.


And he spake… unto them things in… spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow seed;


And when he sowed, some seed fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:


Some fell on stony grounds, and when they had
not much earth: and forth-with they spring up, because they had no
depths of earth:


And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and came–and because they had no root, they withered away.


… some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them out:


… others fell in good ground, and brought forth some–brought forth fruit, some a hundredfold,… sixty, and thirtyfold.


Who has ears to hear, let him hear. (Not wisdom, ears. See? All right, hearing.)


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All right. Notice, He said some went forth. When the seed went forth,
preached the Word, some fell by the wayside, just like water on a
duck's back–runs right off. Some fell upon rocky ground, stony. It had
just a little dust that blowed up there. And it sprung up, but it
didn't have no roots, no place to put its roots. (Now, I'm going to
make illustrations here, and I hope I don't hurt no feelings. See?)
That was the Catholic church. They said they was built on a rock. I'll
agree with them; I sure will agree with them. That's right. That's
right. No earth under it at all, no earth on it to grow from. Why? They
couldn't produce a, they couldn't produce a Bible vitamin, 'cause they
don't even believe in It. They… Doctrine is dogmas (that's right),
Roman dogma, no Word in it at all. See?

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Fell upon rocks: that was a super-wisdom. Oh, brother, I'm telling you.
They had it the super way. They presented it in a way of psychology,
and great big buildings, and fine dressed, looked like holy gods of
priests, and everything else. How many heard that testimony of that
little nun that just got out? You got it here? I want that played some
Wednesday night here at church, and every person here should have the
testimony.

43-4
One of them followed me for a long time. How they… I went down there
in Mexico myself and seen them lime pits, where them nuns' babies (when
the priests would have them by… )–them babies, where they was burnt
in them lime pits and things like that. That's what made communism
spring up in Mexico. They broke up that tommyrot. That's what made
communism spring up yonder.
Don't you never fear communism. God's using communism. I don't believe
in it; it's of the devil, but God takes the devil and comes right back
around like He did King Nebuchadnezzar and come over and got Israel.
See? You watch and see if the Bible don't prove it. One of these days
we'll go into it. God raised it right up to avenge the children of God
on that old whore. That's exactly what the Bible said, and it–said
they'd burn her with fire, and she'd come to the end of her doom.
That's exactly what's going to happen to her too. There she is; that's
the one that fell upon rocks, just so little of soil till the thing
couldn't grow; it died. Then, that was super-wisdom.

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Then, some fell on the Protestant's ground. But after while the great
wisdom of the big denominations choked it out, choked the Spirit out.
"Days of miracles is past." "Doctor So-and-so said, 'So-and-so.'" See?
"No such a thing." Just perfect. Choked all–choked all the what out?
Choked out the Spirit for the wisdom. See?
The Holy Spirit fell in the days of Martin Luther. The Holy Spirit fell
in the days of John Wesley. The Holy Spirit fell in the days of the
early Pentecostal church, but what's the denominations done? With their
wisdom have choked It out. Choked out what? The Seed, What is the Seed?
The Word. "It doesn't mean that; It means this there." See? They get it
or not.

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Many honest-hearted man of those ministers, I've met them, set down and
talked to them, even on the subject of baptism and many things, I've
asked anybody to come to discuss it. They said, "Brother Branham, if
we'd do that, our church would put us out."
I said, "Who's more to you, the Word of God or your church?" You'll
never go no farther in that dust of denomination. See? See? All right.
If it denies the Word, it's wrong. See? It shows it's manmade wisdom.

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Now, the Protestants got choked out. It choked the Spirit right out of
them, when they began to take wisdom instead of faith in the Word–the
wisdom in the organization, the organizational wisdom, instead of faith
in the Word. (All that understand that say, "Amen." [Congregation replies, "Amen!"–Ed.]
See?) Faith in what the–what the group of man of the Methodist,
Baptist, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Evangelicals, and all got
together… And soon they're to form up a confederation of church,
which will be the image to the beast. And he will have the same power
in this nation (Revelations 13:11) that they had over there, and will
cause a persecution upon the saints, just like they did at the
beginning of the–the Roman church. See? That's where it's heading
right up now. And that's why the Word's being sowed right now
everywhere: Stay away from it! Get out of it! See?

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Now, wisdom choked it out. Their own wisdom strangled the Holy Spirit
away from them. Let me prove it to you in the Bible, in Revelations the
3rd chapter, where we just got through the church ages. Jesus had been
strangled from His church and was on the outside, trying to knock on
the door to get back in. [Brother Branham knocks on pulpit–Ed.]
That's exactly what It said. "I stand at the door and knock. If any man
will thirst, if he will just let Me in, I'll come." But nobody opened
the door. See? They put Him out. What was it? They had…

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The–the seed fell on them (see. See?), but some fell in the valley of
persecution; some seed went over into the valley of persecution. Now,
in the valley is where you find the water, the best soil. When you take
somebody that's been beat down, till he's got all the theology beat out
of him, laughed out of him, made fun of him, where he's been through
the mills and ground it all out of him, till the metal is being ready
to work, you'll find out there's some moisture around there. That's
right,

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Into the valley, that fellow's been pitched over into the valley,
kicked out of his organization, he's "down in the dumps (they call
it)." See? Not the "dumps," but the valley, we call it–down in the
valley. You know, that's where the lily grows too (you know, that's
right), in the valley. All right.
Some fell in the valley of persecution–hard trials. Some of them seeds
fell in there, valley of persecution, hard trial, be called everything,
like the Lily was called, Beelzebub, made fun of. But in this valley is
the rivers of water.

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Psalms 1 said, "Blessed is the man…" Let me just read it. Let me show
what's in this valley. What Psalms… I thought I wouldn't have time,
but we'll just take time (See?) to read it (See?), to have this here.
We're going to read this and see what this man is down here
that's–just where he's planted. If he's planted on the–upon a dusty
desert rock, where there's no ground at all, or is he planted in the
valley… All right.

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel… (the wisdom… Amen, amen, amen, amen!)… walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly,… standeth in the way of sinners,… sitteth in the seat with the scornful


But his delight is in the law of the LORD;… (the Word)… and in the law… (Word)… does he meditate day and night.


And he shall be like a tree that's planted by the rivers of water,… (Rivers.
What is that? The nine spiritual gifts, rivers of one water, one
Spirit–one water, but coming from nine different resources. Rivers of
water, see, rivers of water.)
… that bringeth forth his fruit… (fruit of the Spirit)… in his season; his leaves also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does it shall prosper.


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See? Some fell down in that valley there, where these rivers are and
brought… And did you notice… I want to get something else. What was
it done? It fell down in the river. It wasn't set out, "He shall be
like a tree that's set out (transposed from this to that)?" He was
planted. What? Predestinated. That thought of God before the foundation
of the world placed him there. See? Not stuck out, not by chance, but
was planted, predestinated! What? To the rivers of water. Oh, "his root
shall not wither." Oh, Hallelujah. "Though he dies, I'll raise him up
again at the last day." That's right. He's predestinated to be there,
not just by chance. He was predestinated to catch that Word when It was
sowed. He's… He'll be right there, and when it sticks, she's there.
He's planted, not just stuck down; he's actually planted. That's right.
Lot different sticking a stick in the ground and then planting
something. It's different.

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The seed was planted. It found its own root holes. When the water begin
to come in and break forth its Life, the Spirit, It began to say (you
say… ), "There are nine spiritual gifts."
It said, "Amen!"
"Jesus, same yesterday, today, and forever."
"Amen!"
"He still heals just like He always did."
"Amen, amen, amen!" See?
He's planted by the rivers–rivers coming from every side–rivers of
water. No wonder he can't wither. No wonder, he's planted. Some of them
seed fell over there. He can't die, it's right in the stream of Life
that keeps producing. That's right, It's drawing its Life right out of
the river. Rivers–the New Testament, the Old Testament. Amen! Just
being fed right on through. Oh, brother.

Are you going to love Him? Amen!


Are you going to praise Him? Amen!


Are you going to worship Him? Amen, amen, amen!


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Yes, sir; yes, sir! Oh, I love that, don't you? Yes! Brings forth
his–brings forth of His fruits in his season (Genesis 1:11), brings
forth His fruits. What fruits? The fruits of what? His fruits. What
fruits? His own fruits. What fruit is it? The Bible. See? All of it's
here, the fruit: love–it's here in the Bible; joy–here in the Bible;
power; Holy Ghost; all these things here; Divine healing; promises of
God. That's the fruits. Here It is, and if he's planted in This, This
is planted in the–the right kind of soil, in faith, what does faith
do? Faith begins to grow It. Amen! Begins to moves her up. See? That's
it: moves it up. Sure! He shall be like a tree that's planted by the
waters, brings forth His fruit in the season.
Now, what kind of a fruit will it bring forth? John 14:11, John 14:11,
He said, Jesus said, "He…" (I believe it's 14:12.) He–Jesus said,
"… He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also;…"
Why? The same Word's in him. He was the Word. Is that right? "And if ye
abide in Me and My Word's in you, ask what ye will."

47-3
I was talking to Brother Evans back there. Not long ago he come up here
(he drives so far); he lost his car. Set over there with Miller's left
the key in it. Somebody come along and stole it. He had everything he
had in it. He come up and he (him, and Brother Fred, and Brother Tom,
some of them come up to the house)–and said… Well, he looked like a
little kid had his candy taken away from him; he was just all whipped
out, you know. He said, "I just don't know what I'm going to do."
I said, "Well…"
Now, what is it? Now, they're coming. What's the first thing? To the
Word, ask the Father. "If ye abide in Me, and My Word in you, ask what
you will." What? Stay with the Word; just stay right with the Word.

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I said, "Let's pray." We got down on the floor, got started praying,
and while there–we were praying, I said, "Father, I come to Thee in
the Name of the Lord Jesus. Here is a brother that spends–works just a
few days a week (his hands all beat up from fixing old wrecked cars and
things like that) to get enough money to drive fourteen to fifteen
hundred miles every Sunday to come in to the meeting. Got a bunch of
children to feed. It costs him about, around fifty or seventy-five
dollars a week to make that trip, just to come to church. (See? Right!)
He come up here trying to hear the Word, as we are trying to endeavor
to contend for It." And I said, "Now, some evil person has stole his
car." What was it? I said, "Now, Lord, I pray Thee, give him back his
car in the Name of Jesus Christ."

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What did I do? I placed that Word, that Promise before God, sealed It
with the Name of Jesus, and sent forth the Word. Right down the road It
went, way out there, found the place where it started, like a hound on
a rabbit's trail. See? Here He comes right down the road, howling. Got
down there just about halfway to Bowling Green, Kentucky. What broke
forth? The Word found him.
Just then a vision flew back; I seen a man, yellow-looking shirt on,
driving, a young fellow, once been a Christian. The Word struck him,
"You're doing wrong!" The Word caught him. He sent forth His Word (see,
see?) and caught him. "You're going to get caught in this some day, and
the law is going to get you for doing this. Turn around and take it
back."

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The Word got him. He had once been a Christian. I seen him bring it up
here and set it on the side of the street. I said, "Now, brethren, just
take right out a certain way here and you'll find your car. Wait here
awhile, though, till he gets it back. Now, you had a full tank of
gasoline?"
"Yes," he said.
I said, "There won't be anything bothered, but there'll be half that
gasoline; because it'll take half of it to run him about halfway to
Bowling Green, about 100 miles of it run out." When he found it, that's
the way it was setting, right exactly it. What was it? The Word went
and got him. Come back and said…

48-5 Not long after that some man bought a car from him; he slipped off and didn't pay it. See? Said, "Brother Branham, I…"
I
thought, "Poor man." (Owed him $400.) I said, "I'll pray." I sent the
Word. The Word went, got on his track, found him. When we went down to
find the man, he was never a Christian. See? He did–he did… He
laughed at… They asked him to go to church one time, he said, "Well,
while the preacher's preaching I'll look for pretty blondes." So (You
see?), you can't find… Yeah, that's–that's–that devil, that's…
See?

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So the Word couldn't hold onto him. But what did the Word do? It kept
him in eye. See? Just don't… Brother Welch just kept holding on,
said, "It'll be all right; it'll be all right." The Word went after him
(See?), "If ye abide in Me and My Word in you, ask what ye will." See?
The Word got after him. First thing you know, one of his boys was
driving along down here on the road and there it was. He seen a man in
the car, got his number, turn up-turned in to Brother Wood. They called
to find out where it was. He was in Bowling Green,.
God in heaven knows, I never heard one word about it, knowed nothing about it.

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Last Sunday (it was a week ago) afternoon, when we got through
preaching here, went up there, and changed my clothes, and got ready to
go to Florida for the–or down in Brother Welch's for the meeting that
following night. When I got in the car, I seen that man. And I said,
"Brother Welch…" (I couldn't tell him now. He's got to make the move
hisself, see, just like Meda had to make her decision there. See?) I
said, "We're going through Bowling Green."
He said, "That's about thirty miles out of the way."
Went on down the road; I thought, "Oh, he'll–he'll get it (See?), he'll get it. He's just got to get it."
Went on down, Sister Evans and I, and after while he said, "You know,
Brother Branham," he said, "have I been so thickheaded?" Said, "You
said Bowling Green awhile ago."
"Yes."
He said, "You know that man that got my money, run off with it?"
"Yes."
Said, "He's in Bowling Green, and I've been thinking about it just… I
got a thing here I'm going to turn it over and find out where he's at,
and I'm going to turn it…"
I said, said, "What would you do? Would you go on down there and get your money?"
Now, (See?), if I tell him then he… See? He's got something to do
hisself. See? He's got something to do. I couldn't tell him. If I did,
it would break the vision right there. See? So I had to let…

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See? Just like… Why did Jesus stand there and say to Mary and Martha,
"Take ye away the stone"? Why He was God; He could said, "Stone, be no
more," and it wouldn't have been there. But she had something to do.
Why did He stand there and look upon the harvest? (You believe He was
the Lord of the harvest?) He said to His disciples, "You pray the Lord
of the harvest that He will send laborers into His harvest." In other
words, "You ask Me to do what I'm going to do."

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See? We're buddies, We're–we're… It's a church. We've got something
to do ourself. You've got something to do. Here's the Gospel; I know
it, but if you just set here and don't preach It, what good's It going
to do? You've got something to do; you got to make an effort. You
got… You say, "Well, I believe God can heal, but I just don't know."
Stand up and let that Word become your word. Believe It; don't reason
it; just believe It.
I said, "Well,…" (I knowed if he didn't go, he was going to lose it.)
I said, "If it was me, if it was me, I'd go get my money right now."
And he did. When he got the man up out of the bed, he had some money.
He called over to the neighbor, and got the rest of it, and paid it
off. What is it? It's the Word. See, if It can find a place, it can
turn.

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Now, the same thing on Divine healing. Now, what if Brother Welch had
said, "Well, don't think I'll go down, just think I'll go the other
way." What if that fellow said, "Well, I ain't going out there. Why,
that car ain't…" See? It won't happen. But you've got to believe.
You've got to believe it. And that's–then that falls into an
atmosphere of faith, and it's got to produce it. It's just got to. Oh,
that's…

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Did you ever think about when someone was raised from the dead, what
happens? Did you ever think in Finland there that time that little boy
was raised from the dead? His spirit was gone from him. Now, the Word
has to go out through into space yonder, and pick up that little soul,
and bring it right back. See? How can It do it? It's the Word: heal the
sick, raise the dead. See? How's He going to do it? It has to come by a
watered Word. He'd showed the vision, and it has to happen. There laid
the boy; there was everything laying there just the way He said it two
years before, and there it laid. That's the reason I say about the bear
coming down the hill, whatever it was. It's got to happen, it's got to
be so. See?

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What did it do? A word. I said, "Heavenly Father, in the homelands You
said to me, about two years ago, that this little boy would raise from
the dead; therefore, upon the basis of Your Word, Your promise… The
first, the Word said, 'These signs shall follow them that believe.' You
sent Your disciples forward, You–and told them to heal the sick, and
raise the dead, and cast out devils. Then by a vision You showed me in
the homeland that this little boy's–was going to return back to life
again." Therefore, "Death, you can't hold him any longer. I got the
Word of the Lord." Not me, I ain't the Word, He's the Word. See? If I
was the Word…

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There's only one Person could be the Word, that was Jesus. He was God's
spoken Word by a virgin birth. I'm a perversion. See? I'm–I'm the
results of a union between my father and mother. This has to die,
that's me (See?); the body that has to die. It wasn't so with Jesus; He
was the Word. He was born, virgin. Brother, there was no woman, man, or
nothing else had nothing to do with Him. The woman was the incubator
(that's right), and He nursed her breast, and so forth. That might have
been true about that, but let me tell you: He was God, that's Who He
was! Was no sex about it at all. He had to be free from sex to bring
forth Life through that blood, as we'll get to in a few minutes.

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And then, look. He was the Word, but the Word of the Lord… The
prophets wasn't the Word, but the Word of Lord came to the prophets.
Not… They wasn't the Word, the Word came to them. And that's the way
it does us today. When the Word came for that little boy, what was it?
A vision. What was for the bear? What was for these other things? All a
vision. It's the Word of the Lord came to it. Then what does it do? It
holds there.
Now, it's got to be spoke first. "Death, give him back! In the Name of
Jesus Christ, I send forth that Word." It catches just like It caught
that boy going down yonder to Bowling Green with that stolen car. Here
It goes over here and catches again. What does it do? It catches
that–that little spirit, brings it right back here, and presents it to
the body, just as the Word said it would do. There it is. What does it?
Faith, not knowledge.

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You say, "Now, let's see. That air is made out of so-and-so. There's so
much acids, there's so much gas, and there's so much cosmic light. I
can figure that out, and maybe if I can…" Oh, you–you're–you're
fooling away time. Not wisdom, faith! Not… Wisdom will tell you that
can't be done. Faith proves it's done. See? That's right. Shows He's
the same yesterday, today, and forever. All right. (Let's hurry now. We
gotta hurry.)

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Brings forth fruits of its kind, John 14 says that: "He that doeth
My–he that believeth on Me, the works (the signs that I do)…"
Now, you say, "Is that the signs He does?" He went into a house where a
little girl, the only daughter of a minister, was laying dead, cold,
pale, laid out. She'd probably been dead a couple of hours before He
got there. They had her laying on a little couch, fixing to take her
and embalm her. Jesus walks right into the room where she was like
that. They was lamenting and crying like that. He put them all out,
said, "Get out of here; get out." Said, "Come here, Peter, James, and
John; I know you believe." Said to the father, "You believe or you
wouldn't have come after Me."
And the mother said, "Lord, I believe." See?
Says, "Stand here."
He looked out there and stood over the little girl. He said, "Tabitha,"
that is, "Maid." Hallelujah. He didn't have to pray; He was the Word. I
don't have to pray, if I can see the vision, 'cause the Word's already
made ready. I have to pray to get the Word, get what God says, then I
can speak It after I get what He says. But He was the Word. Amen!
"Maid, I say unto thee, arise." Picked her up by the hand. That's it.
See? Oh my, that's manifestation, brings forth of its kind.
Jesus said, "He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also."

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So these (See?) –all these things of these denominations and things
has got such things in such a conglomeration of muck and sin, just like
the womb of the earth has got the creation. That's right. Oh, my.
How can it happen? How can the true Word of God grow on these
bobbed-hair, short-wearing, cigarette-smoking, bowling alley-hangers,
church-joiners? How can it do, when such pleasure-loving, seeking
crowds as that, hang out, and love such things as that, and loving of
the world, how can the love of God come in? How can the seed of God
grow in such a ground as that? It'll never take root; it'll never bring
any life to it. It'll lay there on them old dusty denominational rocks
and rot away, but it'll never bring life. Yes, sir. Yes, sir.
Pleasure-seekers, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God–terrible,
yet they're smart. They're twice as smart as the–as the other class.
See? Sure. Smart, educated, wisdom-seekers just like Eve was, and they
got the same dose she got, just exactly. It's the truth.

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How could a lily live, a lily seed live and grow (when it thrives on
waters) –grow in one of those dusty denominations? How can it do it
when it thrives on water. Water is the Spirit. They have a form of
godliness, but deny the power of the Spirit. See? Though the Word falls
on them, It can't grow. It can't grow, just like the Word was on Eve,
but It couldn't grow. Why? She accepted wisdom, Satan's wisdom.

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The Word comes to them, the Word falls upon them. Sure It does. Yes,
sir. Grows… It–It'll fall on them. They can hear the Word preached.
Did you ever see people set in the church? They never will make a move.
Preach to women about bobbed hair; year after year pass, still got
bobbed hair. Talk to man about smoking, women about drinking; they
drink right on just the same. Just like pouring water on a duck's back,
they ain't got no place to grow. See? That old pleasure-seeking
popularity, "Well, let the rest of the women do it first, then I will."
I don't care what they do. It's your duty to follow the Word of God,
That's right. See?

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Though the Word falls on them, It can't grow. It's Satan's wisdom
(See?), so it just becomes denominational dust. They can't believe in
Hebrews 13:8, all puffed up with the wisdom, nothing for It to grow in.
See? How can they believe Hebrews 13:8, "Jesus Christ the same
yesterday, today, and forever"? Couldn't do it. See? Oh, they say they
believe it. Oh, you tell them that, they say, "Sure, we believe it."
Then show me the fruits of it. Let me see it. Let me see it being done.
Let me see the church that you're preaching to, do what they did in the
first apostolic church then, that believed the Word. You twist your
baptisms; you twist your evidences; you make it fit some kind of a
creed, instead of taking the Word and let the Word bear Its own fruit.
You make some kind of a thing you got to do to bring an evidence of It.
And Satan can interpretate every evidence that you want to put forth.
Sure he can; he certainly can, but he can't produce the Word. That's
one thing that burns him up; he just can't do that. Yes, sir. Oh, yes!

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Now, look at Cain and Abel. Both of them was sincere. Cain took, by his
wisdom, after his mother church, Eve… (That was his mother. How many
knows that Eve was the mother of Cain? Sure! All right.) Like his
mother, he took reasoning (See?), wisdom, his own wisdom. A beautiful
sacrifice, he had the flowers; he had the fruit of the field. Said,
"Well, now surely…" (See?) he said, "God…" (It's just like Satan
said to–to Eve, "Surely, surely.") "Surely God will receive my
sacrifice. I built a lovely altar. I have it so pretty; it's so
decorated." Just like this Easter will be. They'll spend millions of
dollars across the nation to put Easter flowers on some altars. The
altar wasn't made for flowers; it's for sacrifice. See? You just show
that same old spirit of Cain (See?), same old devil from Eden. See?

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Why–what happened? Cain thought, "Surely…" You know the man was
sincere, 'cause it meant life or death to him. And them people, don't
think they're hypocrites; they're sincere,
You say, "Then they could be sincere and be wrong?" Sure! A man can
take arsenic sincerely, thinking he was taking castor oil or something,
something else. See? He's sincere. That don't do it. It's Truth, not
sincerity, Truth.

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Them women over there in Africa sacrifice their little babies to gods,
the alligators. Are you that sincere? No. How many of them…
Understand the Chinese break their bones to kitchen gods. And how about
the Mohammedans, and up in there, and the fire walkers that put things,
oh, hooks of–flesh in their mouth, and sew their mouth up. And some of
them put a stick… I got a statue up there, a little figurine, a way
he sacrifices to his god to think he'd go to heaven. A priest puts a
stick in his mouth, wraps it around his head with a chain comes down,
puts his hands behind him, chains his feet. He can't drink, speak, eat,
nor nothing else till he dies. You see any Christians making a
sacrifice like that? You won't even believe the Truth, the Word. See?

55-1 Now, beauty. He said, "Surely, God will receive. Look how pretty my altar is." See, that same spirit today, of wisdom.
"Well, if we build this great denomination, surely God will receive us." He won't receive nothing but His Word. No. See?
"Well,"
they say, "now look, Brother Branham, if we–if we put out so many
ministers each year… Our missionary program last year run to over a
$100,000." That may be ever so good, brother, but you're dead until you
acknowledge that Word and come to It. That's exactly.

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"Why, Brother Branham, our church… What do you think you are, just a
little 'peanut brain' down there?" That's true, that's exactly right.
That's true. But whatever I am, let me stay with that Word; it'll grow
into something someday. See? Just stay with that Word no matter what it
is. We ain't got nothing but just a little tabernacle here; that's as
much as we need right at this present time. It's a place to set, 'cause
we're looking for Jesus to come. We don't want no great big
denominations that have to spend millions every year on buildings and
things like that, and people trying to preach the Word, suffering out
there with nothing to eat, and things like that. What's the matter with
the people any–? Ohhh, look like people could wake up.

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But anybody could accept Catholicism, could be blind enough to accept
anything. I tell you the truth. Anybody who'd let that go down their
neck could–could… A wise man. No wonder the Bible said, "Even the
kings of the earth committed fornications with her." And the wise
man–knowledge. See? And they make it… Them priests, smart?
Man-oh-man! You talk about educated! Boy, they have to have years after
years after years after years.

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They say they don't live with those nuns. Then I want to ask you
something: Why don't they become sterile then? They're the bride and
that–they're the–nuns is the bride and that's the bridegroom, of
course. That's right. Mother Superior smothers the babies and puts them
in the lime pit. You don't believe it, listen to a real one's been in
there testify of it, say, "Now, come on, let the law arrest me." And
said, "We'll do the same thing they did in Russia, and the same thing
they done in Mexico. We'll bust that thing wide open, when it gets to
the government." But how you going to do it now when we got the head of
it right there in the government? See. See?
That's–that Word's got to be fulfilled. They organized an image over
here to that beast that set there, and they both communed together and
give power to this beast to speak. Oh, brother, that Word's going to
stand right there. Not communism's going to take over, but Romanism is.

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Now, looky here at this. Cain said, "Surely He will receive my
sacrifice." But what kind… He said, "I made a sacrifice." But what
kind of a sacrifice was it? Botany life, plants, flowers,
vegetables–botany life. What? There's no suffering to it, no penalty.
People don't want to suffer. That's what's the matter today. They
come–they come right now and believe this Word if they didn't have to
get out of their church, if they didn't have to be laughed at, made fun
of. No, they want botany life, some kind of a wisdom. "Well, this life
is just as good as that." It's not! I'll show you where that comes from
just in a minute, the Lord willing.

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But Abel, by faith (Glory!)… Cain by wisdom said, "Surely God will
accept this. Here's an altar; I got a church." (That's what a church
is, an altar, place of worship. All right.) "I got an altar. I want to
worship just as sincere as my brother, and I've got a beautiful
something here for it. Surely God will receive it." That's the same
thing the devil told his mother–same lie, wisdom.
Now, Abel… Hebrews 11 said, "By faith Abel offered unto God a more
excellent sacrifice than that of Cain. He being yet dead, yet it
spake." See?

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Abel, by what? Wisdom? By theology? By faith offered unto God a more
excellent sacrifice. By faith in what? By faith in what? By… What if
he had his faith? There was just his father, and mother, him and his
half brother. How in the world could it be? Where could–where could he
get it? What did he have faith in? Faith in botany? Faith in this? No,
sir! He had faith in the Word, 'cause he wanted to know why he was out
of that garden. "Why were we put out?"
Mother would have to say, "Because I listened to a lie of the devil,
because this boy here was born in such-and-such a way. That's why God
put us out."
"Well," he said, "I can't even get around the gate. There's a Cherub
there with a sword guarding that Tree of Life." So by faith…

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See, by wisdom, Cain offered… You know, not knowing the Word, but
just thought, by wisdom, he made a nice place and made it pretty and
beautiful. But Abel (no one told him now, just a boy) by faith saw that
it wasn't botany life, it was a sexual affair through blood! There you
are, brother. Wade over the top of that one time! By faith his children
still sees it!
He never taught it with some wisdom now. It don't come by wisdom, it
comes by faith. The Bible said, "Abel by faith…" What did he offer?
Blood, from living life, animal life. We're animal ourself; we're
warm-blooded animals. That's exactly right, higher species of the
highest animal; but the soul in there, that's what's life.

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Now, notice, by faith Abel saw the revelation, the vision, and brought
a living, running blood; because life was in the blood. Life is in the
stem of the–of the flower, and it's botany life which has no feeling.
(I was in hopes that would soak in!)
Abel by faith staying with the Word, by faith, not by wisdom, by faith
he seen that it was sex, blood. The blood cell comes from the male, The
man has the blood cell in the sperm. The hemoglobin, is–the blood,
comes through the male. And Adam knowed that it wasn't apples, and
peaches, and potatoes, or whatever it was, that brought them out of the
garden of Eden, that caused the sin; it was sex blood, and he offered
blood back. By faith he done it, not by wisdom. How is a man through
wisdom going to understand it, when the whole Bible, and the whole
church of God is built upon Divine revelation by faith! "Upon this
rock, I'll build My church." See?
"Aw," they say, "sure, we believe that." Then where is the Life of Christ in these forms? Where is the Life of Christ?

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Second. You want to put some of these Scriptures down? See? Where is
the Life? If they say, "Well, we believe; we believe; we believe."
If you do, then Jesus said, "These signs shall (not they may be, they
shall) follow them that believe." Jesus said, "If a man believes on Me,
the works that I do, he'll do them also. He that believeth on Me, the
works that I do, shall he do also." He just won't play around, he'll do
it. How can it happen? Because there's the very Life that's in Christ
is in you. It won't put forth any wisdom; it won't grow in it. It's got
to deny the wisdom to take the–the faith. Faith in the Word, not
wisdom in the Word, faith in the Word.

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Satan's got more wisdom in that Word than any–all the preachers
throwed together, and priests, and everything. He's got more wisdom,
but he can't have faith. Faith will make It live. Faith would make him
repent, will make him get away from his organization. He's got wisdom,
so he just stays with it. All right.
But Abel by faith saw it was a sex act, and be offered blood, the life of blood; and God received it.

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Now, in II Timothy 2:3, it said (the–the Word comes to them now; it'll
fall on bad ground though, you see), "They have a form of godliness,
but deny the power thereof–power of the Spirit (II Timothy 3, if
you're putting it down, all right), having a form of godliness.
The Holy Spirit signs of Eternal Life, they deny that. "People ain't to
speak with tongues. No! No such a thing as Divine healing, baptism of
the Holy Ghost. That stuff was for the apostles." Having a form…
Paul said, prophesying it, "In the last days, the last times, these
things would take place," not in them days. "And the Spirit speaks
expressly, 'In the last days, latter days, some shall depart from the
faith,' " and all these things. See, there it is: having that form of
godliness.

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Now, how can the Holy Spirit signs of Eternal Life grow in that
ecclesiastical dust, where there is no spirit of water at all? See?
Can't grow in the fields of denominational fun, and wisdom, and frolic.
How can signs and wonders of the Living God grow in a–a woman that
hasn't the common decency to act like a lady? I want to ask you that.
How can it grow in a man that'd stand in the pulpit and for a measly
meal ticket, or some denominational favor, would bypass the Truth of
God? How can spiritual signs follow that? Can't do it.

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How can–how can it grow in a preacher that'll take his denomination
down and strip them down on the bank there? And here the other night,
in a certain place I just passed last night, in a certain parish and
having a big shindig dance in there, carrying on. How can the fruits of
the Spirit grow in such a place as that? It's on an ecclesiastical rock
(that's right), and not in the valley of persecutions to be laughed at
and made fun of.

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The lily toils hard. You remember my sermon not long ago, a few years
ago, on Mr. Lily. He toils where… Jesus said how he toiled, "And
neither does he spin, and yet I say unto you that Solomon in all of his
glory was not arrayed like one." How that lily draws to make itself
pretty. What for? Just to be given out, to pass by [Brother Branham makes a sniffing sound–Ed.],
smells the perfume. The bee flies right into his heart and takes the
very honey right away from him; he just gives it freely. Toils to do
it! Hallelujah. That's a real man of God: Pastor Lily, Reverend Mr.
Lily (yes, sir!), that toils at the Word, lays on his face, and cries
out to God, "God, I can't see where this will meet here, here." It's
got to come by the Word. When you see it and God gives it to you, then
go freely; not to have some big campaign, "If you guarantee me so many
thousand dollars, I'll come," but freely. "If it's Timbuktu or wherever
it is, God, where you want me to sow the Seed, I give It freely."
Hallelujah.

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Jesus said, "Solomon in all his glory is not arrayed like it." Said,
"Consider the lily." Poor little fellow has to suffer like everything
to get what he get, and laughed at, and made fun of; and all the big
ecclesiastical kicked him out and call him all kinds of dirty names,
but he stays right with that Word, toiling day and night, lays in a
valley. Well, he's–he's in a place where he can draw from the rivers
of water. Toiling, what for? To give it out "Freely you receive, freely
give." Yes, sir. Oh, my, how can it grow in that field of dust on that
ecclesiastical rock!

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Cain's children were wisdom, scientific. Watch Cain's children now as
he comes up; let's watch them a minute. Cain's children, what was they?
Builders, inventors, great man of science. They had wisdom. See?
They've–they–they even built buildings, and made iron, and tempered
stuff together. They were scientists, smart, educated, and religious.
But what did that crop of wisdom produce? Death to the whole race when
the judgments of God fell. Is that right? What did the–what did the
group do? Produced death. Though in all their wisdom and smartness,
what happened? They died, every one of them perished in God's judgment.
Is that true? God said so. They were smart, highly educated, polished,
religious, very fine, smart, educated, depended on their wisdom–and
killed the whole race of people.

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The same thing they're doing right now. Their atomic bombs and things
that these smart scientists and things will–will destroy the whole
race. They got fallout right now that's just–you just burn your eyes
out, give you cancer, everything. They turned enough of it loose in the
ocean; they can't even find it no more. When it gets loose it'll
destroy the whole world, they say. People will burn up in their own
flesh. No wonder the Bible said, "And the fowls of the air will eat
upon the captain's flesh," and so forth–rot from fallout and
everything else.
They're doing it themselves, their smart wisdom. That's what caused
death to come, smart, wisdom. Be simple, believe God's Word and live.
Take your wisdom and die. All right. The harvest, the end time, they
perish.

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Well, Abel's children were humble, farmers, shepherds (pastors, you
know), shepherds, farmers, humble, didn't claim to be smart, but they
just stayed with the Word. What did they produce at the end time? A
prophet, It did. A prophet, what for? The last time signs.
When Noah stood in that door, building on that ark, he said, It's
coming a rain." He was called a fanatic, but he was a prophet. Amen!
What did he do? Brought salvation to them that believed and them that
wanted to escape. That's what the humble, uneducated race brought
forth, that believed in faith. Others believed in knowledge, they
brought forth death to the whole race. What did–what did the humble do
with faith? Brought forth salvation, a prophet of the Lord, who gave
them a sign that the end time was there.
You think the educated would believe it? Snarl their nose and walk
away, say, "Where's the rain coming from? Scientifically prove to me
where there's any water up there." That scientists, bunch of
smart-alecks, trying scientific prove there's no God, try…

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When that picture was taken, that took them right off their stool where
they were setting. They couldn't understand; said, "There's some kind
of a light that struck the lens." There's their own scientific
instrument took the picture of it, a camera. Like George Lacy said, he
said, "Sir," said, "this camera won't take psychology. The light struck
the lens; it was there." Said, "Now, what it is, I can't tell you, but
it's there." Said, "I'll write my name to it." He did, and you've got
it yourself. Yes, sir. And that was with the FBI. See?

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Our God in the last day is not leaving one stone unrolled but what He's
showing this world can't stand. Wisdom and knowledge growing on,
shooting through the air like flies, and–and jet planes, and fighting
under the water, and all kinds of corruption, and living in sin, trying
to build something that'll protect them. There's only one thing, the
righteousness of God stands in the door of the ark.

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Who is the Door? Christ said, "I am the Door to the sheepfold," as I
read in my text. "My sheep will hear My voice. A stranger they'll not
follow." You'll never twist one in…?… those organizations out
there. He'll come out of it as sure as the world. "I'll take them from
the fold, and I'll lead them. I'll go before them." Amen! "They'll know
it's Me. No one can walk like Me. No one can do the things that I do,"
He'd say. Amen!
"Rabbi, now we know thou comest from God, 'cause no man could do these
miracles that You do, except God be with him." That's right. Nicodemus'
confession. That's it.

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That humble little race produced a prophet, and that prophet in the
last days of Abel's children produced a prophet that showed the last
day signs and give the warning. It's just about the same now, I think.
"He that has an ear to hear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the
churches."
So see, the seed Word of Life can't grow in that kind of an atmosphere of wisdom. It just can't do it.

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Moses and Joshua had faith in the Word. The others wanted to dance and
strip the women–Korah. Why? By his Egyptian wisdom. Moses didn't want
that. Look at them Korahs today, making a easy way, dancing, all night
parties, women bobbed hair, short dresses, anything. "Don't make any
difference, that's all right." It isn't all right! The Word says it's
not right, That's right. Same thing. See?

62-3
Though every one of them was baptized–everyone, Korah and all was
baptized..Shows that there's that ecclesiastical type again. You say,
"Were they baptized?" I Corinthians 10:1 to 2, let's just read it.
We… I know it's getting late, but dinner won't scorch. This dinner
might last a little longer, if the Lord will just keep feeding us, See?
I Corinthians 10, now looky here. I Corinthians 10:1 to 2, I got. (No,
I got II Corinthians.) I Corinthians 10:1-2:

Moreover, brethren, I would not–I would not
that you should be ignorant, how that… our–all our fathers were
under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;


And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;


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Korah would… had the same baptism that the rest of them did, but what
did he want to do? Let the women just dance, and they drink a little
wine, and have a little time, strip them off, and have adultery, and
have… You know the Bible said they did that. They took those women
and stripped their clothes, and made them dance, and things like that;
and Moses became angry with them. You remember the time? Why? They had
Dr. Korah along, that had wisdom. He said, "I'll take you back to
Egypt." And that's where they'd have went too. But, brother, Moses,
when he come down, it was different! Him and Joshua stayed with that
Word. God gave a promise; they stayed with it. All right.
Others wanted to dance, and strip the clothes, and from–by Korah's wisdom; they was all baptized in one.

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Israel and Moab… Oh, I just, I–you–I been through that once. We
won't take that, I got to hurry. All right. Israel and Moab. You know
how it was there. One just as fine, one with wisdom, great big
denominations, the other one a little interdenomination.

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Then one day… (Where's I want to get to now before we close.) One day
these two great sources–or powers met for a showdown on the Word of
God. Now, we're going to come to the climax. We could go back; I could
take a dozen… I could stand here for a week and never even touch the
surface of it, how that I could prove that right there, what I'm
talking about, but I hope you get it. See?
One day it come to a showdown, Wisdom and faith come to a showdown:
Jesus and Satan met. That's right. Jesus and Satan met; these two great
forces, wisdom and knowledge came to a showdown. See?
Now, both of them used the Word. Is that right? (Oh, brother, this gets
good to me! Don't miss it now. Oh, I say, "God open my heart.") Both of
them used the Word of God, the same Bible. But It won't work in an
unconverted channel. It sure won't. Certainly won't. Both of them used
the Word of God. But Satan used It from a head knowledge (See?), a head
knowledge, and It didn't work.

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I got a Scripture here; you mind if I read It? Let's take Hebrews the
4th chapter right quick, just a minute. I want to read this; it just
looks so good to me right here. Hebrews 4, and let's get Hebrews 4 and
start from 1 to 2:

Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us to enter into his rest, as of… You should seem to come short of it.


For unto us was the Gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with… (knowledge? wisdom?)… faith in them that… (faith in them that what?)… heard it,


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You can have all the Word; you can know that Word from A to Z, and It
will never work for you. Have you seen man take that Word and try to
make It work? Say, "Brother, Glory to God…" It just won't work. You
can't fool with the Word. No, no! No, no! No matter what you profess,
the Word testifies of Itself. No matter what you claim, the Word gives
the testimony. That's right.
Now, Satan knowed the Word; he knowed It from A to Z. Well, you know
what? I imagine, if he'd have a degree, he'd have enough titles to
stretch across four or five pages of paper. Doctor, Reverend, Elder,
Ph., L.L., Q.D., all the alphabet, and every way. His degree would be
in that Bible. He knows every word of It. Sure he does. See?

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So Satan said, "Now, I know the Word." I know that he knowed the Word
when he come to Eve. So he had It by head knowledge, but It wouldn't
work. Jesus knowed It by faith in the revelation of God's Word in His
own predestinated Life. Glory! I hope that soaks plumb to the–into
your heart. Jesus knew Who He was! Satan was wondering. He knowed that
He was a predestinated creature of God, that God Himself was manifested
in Him. It wasn't Him doing the works, it was the Father that dwelled
in Him. Amen! Let the devil fly with all of his theology.

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Jesus… Satan knew it; he knew the Word. Now, he could quote that
Scripture, boy, just like a walking Bible, he could just quote It like
that. See? [Brother Branham repeatedly snaps his fingers–Ed.]
But Jesus just stood still, for He knew where He was standing. He
knowed that He was predestinated, was the Lamb slain before the
foundation of the world; He knowed He was that Person. Oh, brother! "He
that has an ear let him hear." He knowed that He was predestinated for
that, and that's the way He knew the Word. See? And It worked. Sure!
Satan knew It by wisdom; it failed. He quoted the same Word Jesus
quoted, same Bible. He quoted from Psalms. "He'll give… It's
written," Satan said, "He'll give his Angels charge concerning you,
lest any time you dash your foot against a stone; they bear thee up."
He said, "And it's also written." See?

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Satan knowed It by knowledge. Jesus knowed It by experience; He knowed
It by revelation. He knowed that He was that Son of God that was to
come into the world. He knowed His standing; He knowed He was born in
this world for that purpose; and that's the reason the Word of God
could work through Him, because He knowed what He was. Glory! (Have you
caught it yet?) He knowed what He was! Satan, at the back of it, he
knowed what he was; and he knowed he had no business with his wisdom on
the Word, because the Word was God. You get it?

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Now, if Jesus knew Who He was… He was a predestinated creature of
time. You believe that? Jesus, the body, He knew that He was the
predestinated Word, the Person of God that was to stand in that day to
be the Sacrifice for sin. And He knew His adversary (as I preached on a
couple Sundays ago), He knew His adversary, and He knew Who He was;
therefore, those two great forces come together, knowledge and faith.
Jesus knew Who He was. Satan knew the Bible as good as Jesus did, but
It wouldn't work for Satan. See? No matter how much knowledge you have
it won't work.
Now, take that back to some of these big organizations. Think of it a
minute. They say, "Well, we got the Word." Let me see It work. You
Catholics, you say you're the original. Let's see it. Show me your
works without your–or show me your works by–or without your faith,
and I'll show you mine by my faith. See? See what the Word said.

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Can you plant a seed without it manifesting what it is, if it's
growing? Can you plant a grain of corn without making corn if it grows?
Can you plant a potato less it raise potato? Can you plant a flower
without being that kind of flower? Then if you're sowed, and the seed
of God in your heart, it's got to produce that. Jesus said, "He shall
do My works if he believes Me." If he says he believes It, and these
don't follow him, he's a liar, "He that believeth on Me, the works that
I do shall he do also, even more than this, for I go to My Father."
Why, it's strong, but just don't hit the skidding place and slide off
over on to some rock somewhere. It'll just fall down in the valley, so
that the winds can't blow it away and the fowls can't get it, it'll
grow. Hide it down in your heart.

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David said, "Thy Law have I hid in my heart (so no denomination can
take it out, the birds can't pick it up); I got it hid here. I'm
meditating in it day and night. They're written upon my bedposts and
everywhere I got them. Got them bound on my fingers, they're in the…
And Jesus said, "Your name's in the palm of My hand." So how–how's it going to be forgotten? Can't be. Now, all right.

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Then if Jesus defeated Satan upon the faith, knowing Who He was–He was
a predestinated creature (are you ready?) what about the predestinated
Bride of Jesus Christ now? Do you believe the Bride's predestinated?
The predestinated Bride of Christ now, the church, the Word seed, with
everything that God promised to put in the church in It right now; it's
in It now. Everything's in order; the Holy Spirit's been given; the
Seed's been sowed; the evening Lights has been shining; the sign of
Sodom that Jesus promised is here, and Malachi 4, a predestinated
church. Oh, devil…

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Church of the Living God, here and on tape too, do you know where you
stand? Do you know that you are called of God, that the Holy Ghost
reigns in your heart, and every Word of God is real to you? Oh,
brother, how's Satan going to stand against that? How's he going to
stop that from growing? How's he going to keep them signs from
following. Why, you could throw them in jail. They… If you could… I
don't care what you do, they done tried it. They rotted in the jails;
they was fed to lions; they were sawed asunder; they were burnt to
pieces. You can't kill it (right!), a church that's predestinated.
"Those who He foreknew (like He did Jesus), He has called; those who He
called, He has justified; and those who He has justified, He has
already glorified, predestinated." And now, in the last days with every
seed sowed; everything in order (the world in its order, the time
shaped up, the church in its order, the seed, the evening lights); the
signs of–like He said, "As it was in the days of Sodom…" (an Angel
of God, the Holy Spirit coming down, moving, performing the signs that
He did then); Malachi 4 promised He'd send in the last days what He
promised; and we see all of that right here where? Where?

Amen, amen, amen, amen, amen!


Do you love Him? Amen! (Sure!)


Right here in the last days, a predestinated church, knowing where
they're standing, sowed with the Seed, the Holy Spirit in the church.
Satan, be careful!

66-2 What happened? (Just a minute now.) What happened? With everything just promised to It, even the promises of Malachi 4…
What
did–what did Satan do when he met Jesus? He flew into Him with all the
ecclesiastical force he had, "I know the Word also," flew into Him.
That denominational dust that he had, we'd throwed it right on to him,
but didn't have any life. Did he ever fly off? He come off a lot
quicker then he flew on, Why? He hit that hundred billion volt Wire
there; he singed his feathers. He come off of Him! He come out of Him,
'cause that Wire had volt in It.

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Remember, Satan had a wire too. But no matter how nice copper the wire
is, if it hasn't got no life in it, it's dead; she won't act. Same
wire, One's got energized from the Dynamo, and the other one has no
connection at all. That's right. That's the reason it'll work in a
predestinated vessel; that's the reason the Word will work, where It's
connected. Connected where? With the denomination? No, sir! That's a
dead socket, having a form of godliness, denying the power, but
connected with the Word, Which never shall pass away and can produce
the same power at every time! That's where it's at. Glory!

Amen, amen!


Do you love Him?


Will you serve Him? Amen!


Sure. Not hooked into some organization, but hooked into the–the–the
Dynamo here. Brother, I'm telling you, it works there, because it's
hooked up, the same Word.

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Moab was hooked in too, and Israel was also. Moab had nothing but dead
bunch of creeds and a false prophet. But Israel had a smitten rock, a
brass serpent, a Pillar of Fire (Hallelujah.), signs of a Living God.
That's exactly, It worked! Why? It was on faith (yes, sir!), not on
knowledge, some man-creed, but on faith in the Word, the Word Itself.
Life comes from the Word. "My Word is Life." That current comes through
the Word. Satan got off of there right quick. His theological dust
didn't go very good right there, Satan's wire had no current in it; it
was dead creeds. It won't–it won't current… Now, see, it's the same
wire: Jesus used the Father's Word, Satan used the Father's Word. Satan
was Satan; Jesus was God. That's the difference. That's the true. One's
a creed, and the Other one's the Word. One is True, and the other one
is false. One will produce it; the other one can't produce it. Do you
get it? Same kind of wires, that's exactly right, same wires: Hebrews
2, we just got–Hebrews 4:2, we just got it. See?

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Like denominational–like denominations say, by wisdom (See?),
denominations by wisdom says this, "The days of the current is past."

Do you love Him? Amen!


Will you serve Him? Amen!


Do you believe Him? Amen, amen, amen!


I believe Him. Yes, sir. Amen means "so be it." Lord, my prayer is this
morning, take every believer in here and pull him into the Current. Oh,
put Life in him. Let him buzz and shine forth the glory of God. Yes,
sir. Turn on the Current.

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You know what I believe? The seed's been sowed (would you believe
that?) for that great church, just like the wires has been laid through
the building, every socket been tested by the Word (oh, my!), every
outlet tested by the Word. "Think it not strange when fiery trials
comes; it's to test you." If there's a little short there, it ground,
blow the whole switch. God don't want them in His church. There ain't
going to be no switch blowing in this–no fuse blown in this last days.
No, sir! He comes a-back and welds her in there right. Yes, sir. All
right. Every light's hanging in its place. Only thing waiting, for the
Master back there to turn on the switch (yes, sir!) in the Word. Sure!
It could be right now, brother. If you need healing, just touch the
switch. That's all you have to do. If you got a real wire, if you're
grounded–if your line is grounded and connections too have been lost
in Jesus, tell you what to do. Amen! That's right.

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Now, the denominational wisdom says the days of miracles is past,
there's no current in the wires. But faith knows better; they feel it;
they see it work. They know it lights; they know what it does.
Faith is the current, the current, Spirit; and wisdom is the
denominational forms. Satan tried to tempt Jesus from faith in the
Father's Word. Here's what he did. He tried to show Him his great big
ecclesiastical organizations of the earth, but he couldn't tempt Him.
"Come over and join mine, I'll make you bishop over all of them."
"It's written," said Jesus. Yes, sir. Satan couldn't tempt Him. No, sir! He's apast that.

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But Jesus was the Word. His faith in the knowledge of Hisself, that He
was the Word, just like Moses… Why, Moses knew who He was. Moses knew
he was God's servant, knowed he was called of God. He knowed what he
was going to do. That's the reason he wasn't scared what Satan said.
Satan tried to tempt him, scare him out of it, but Moses knew where he
was standing. That's right.
Now, I've got to hurry. I'm skipping over page after page here.

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Paul (one thing I want to get here fore closing), Paul made it clear to
his part of the Bride, he will present (Paul will present part of the
Bride; do you believe that?), Paul made it clear to his part of the
Bride, that he will present to Jesus Christ in the last days, about
wisdom or faith. Let's just read a little bit. I want you to turn to I
Corinthians the 4th chapter–I Corinthians the 4th chapter. We'll just
read, and we're going to close just in a–a few moments, the Lord
willing. I Corinthians the 4th chapter and I want to read 18th to the
20th verse. All right, here we are:

Now, some are puffed up, as though–as though I would not come to you.


But I will come to You shortly, if the Lord
will, and will know, not the speech of any of them which are puffed up,
but the power.


You know it take… Now, that was the Roman church begin to come right
in there, begin to come. See? He know… You know, the Bible said,
"They went out from us, because they wasn't of us." You see? That's
right.

For the Kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.


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See? Not in word: just say, "Well, I–I'm educated. Brother, I got more
education than you ever have. I'm–I'm a priest. I'm…" That don't
have one thing to do with it; means no more than you're a pig or
anything else. See. See? Don't have nothing to do with it. See? The
devil had a lot of knowledge too. See? All right. See?

For the Kingdom of God is not… word, but… power.


(See?)

What will ye then? will I come unto you with a rod, or in love, or in… spirit of meekness?


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Now, the 2nd chapter (I want to finish this just a minute then, before
we close), the 2nd chapter (turn over the page), let's start right here
at the first. Now, see what Paul, what he's telling the Bride now. He's
going to present this part of the Bride to Christ, and he wants them to
know… Now, remember, Paul would've had some kind of smart… He was
smart, he had–but he had to forget it, he said. He had all kinds of
degrees and education, but he had to forget it (now, look!) to learn
Christ.

And I, brethren, when I come to you, came–come not with excellency of speech or… wisdom,… (See? I didn't come with wisdom.)… declaring unto you the testimony of God.


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"Now, I'm Dr. So-and-so, and I have all… I'm… We're taught in the
seminaries so-and-so." No, no! Paul said, "I didn't come to you like
that, with wisdom." Now, and what–what's my text? Wisdom versus Faith.
See? "I didn't come to you in wisdom," Paul said, "give you a testimony
of God by wisdom, say, 'Now, look here! I tell you; we've learned in
the seminary that the days of miracles is past. We learned in the
seminary that these things are didn't really mean this.' " He said, "I
didn't come like that, brethren." Now, what did he say?

For I am determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus… and him crucified.


And if I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much tribulation, (I was with you.)


And my speech and my preaching was not with the enticing words of man's wisdom,… (Huh? As Booth Clibborn says, "Hello, who knocked then?" I didn't come to you with some seminary wisdom.)… but in the demonstration of the Spirit and of power:


That your… (f-a-i-t-h)… faith should not stand in the wisdom of man, but in the power of God. [Brother Branham whistles–Ed.]


Amen! You believe it? "That your faith don't stand in the wisdom of
some organization, but in the power of God, faith in the power of God.
Your hopes are not…"

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These two sources has battled since Eden: God's faith against Satan's
wisdom. God has proven in all ages that it will not mix; it must be
separated to grow.
Now, quickly let me run over just–just a word or two on each one, just take a few things that I got wrote here.
Esau and Jacob was a perfect type: both of them religious, both of them
twins. Esau was the ecclesiastical type. He was a man that was smart.
He had a… had a good moral stands and things like that, but he didn't
have no use for that birthright. Jacob didn't care what he had to do,
just so he got the birthright. And as long as they were together they
could not produce. Is that right? One was against the other. Have you
caught it? Amen! "Come out from amongst it; be ye separate saith God,
and touch not their unclean things; I'll receive you." See?
Jacob had to separate himself from his denominational brother before
God would ever bless him. God told Abraham the same thing. Israel and
Moab. The four hundred prophets of Israel stood before Micaiah, and
Micaiah separated himself from them and got the Word of the Lord and
come back with It. Moses and Korah, same thing, wouldn't mix, they had
to separate. Is that true?

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Abraham and Lot. Lot was a religious man, type of the formal church.
But as long as Lot was with Abraham, he journeyed for years with him,
but He would–God would not bless him, till he fully obeyed Him and
separated himself from Lot, the denominational church. Then as soon as
Abraham separated himself and come out to walk alone, God said, "Now,
Abraham, stand up. Look east, west, north, south," said; "it's all
yours." But He didn't do it until he fully separated himself. That's
exactly right.

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God could not bless Seth until He separated him from Cain. He marked
Cain and sent him to the land of Nod, and Cain with his smart wisdom
become scientists and everything else, growed a crop of that. And Seth,
under his righteousness and the love and faith in the Word of God, he
growed a crop that produced a prophet that warned the last days (that's
right), saved every believer; and the wisdom destroyed every one of
them. They, every one died. Everyone, no matter how many degrees in
psychology they had and everything else, they perished in the judgments
of God.

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And everything outside of the true borned again Spirit of God, that
believes every Word of That and stands right on It will perish in the
judgments of God. When you see these little twisters going down the
street, and all this carrying on, and carrying on like that, remember,
it's nothing in the world but fodder for the judgment. It'll rot;
it'll–got to; it's just bound to. Women, wake up!

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I got a little testimony, but I ain't got time to tell it, of a little
lady here not long ago, in California, I was riding up the road,
waiting to be called into the tent. Run along there a little bitty
(it's–it's disgraceful) no doubt a pretty little girl, and she was
going along there, twisting, this little cowboy hat on, boots and
tassels hanging on, twisting up the road, every man blowing at her and
waving, and all them like that. I thought, "I just ought to stop (if I
wasn't a preacher… Meda was along, I would), say, "Look, sister, I
want to tell you something. You may be pretty; you can prove that. See?
You might be able to make cars slide, brakes, and twist around here,
boys whistle like wolves and everything; but one of these days, that
little body, the bugs and worms will crawl into it and eat it away. And
maybe in six weeks from now it'll be that way, rotten, laying yonder in
the grave, but that soul that's in you, feeding on that lust, will live
in a devil's hell for e… for ages to come.

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Moses and Korah; Lot, Abraham; John the Baptist and the Publicans;
Jesus and the denominational churches of His day (See?)–faith, wisdom.
Well, them priests could stand up and say, "Well, we…"
He said, "Yes."
"We have this to our father. We did so-and-so."
Said, "Yes! You with your traditions made the commandments of God of non-effect, teaching for doctrine the commandments of man."
Said, "Well, who are you to teach us? What school did you come from?"
He said, "The works that I do testify of Me. If I don't do the works of
the Messiah, then don't believe Me. And if I do the works of the
Messiah, then you know, you believe the works, said, "they testify of
Me. If I don't do the works, then don't believe it."
He had them denominationals too, back there with their wisdom. Jesus
had faith. Faith in what? What He was, God's Son. See? All right.

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St. Martin with the Roman church in the days of the Reformation–I mean
when they–when before they went into the pagan, Rome when she begin to
come the Roman church, Martin stood out there and protested that dogma
of that Catholic church, done signs, and wonders, and miracles; and his
churches and all of them spoke in tongues, and prophesied, and great
things, and the power of God was with him. He raised the dead, and
healed the sick, and everything else. And there was that Catholic
church over there, protesting him like that, and trying to have him
burnt, and everything else. What was it? Wisdom, faith.
Same now. Let us hear the cap of all of it. Zechariah 4:6, is where I'm
going to close at right here. The Bible said, "Not by power, not by
might, but by My Spirit, saith the Lord. Not by wisdom, not by
knowledge, not by denominations, but with My Spirit I will what?
Energize My Word."

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The disciples had It sowed into them, then the Spirit come to energize
the Word. See? "Not by power, not by might, not by wisdom, not by
understanding, not by this, not by that, but by My Spirit I will
energize My Word. By My Spirit, says the Lord." It's the water of the
Word of faith that energizes the Word of God and makes It work,

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Which will win? It looks like right now, of course, that wisdom is
going to work; but it won't; it won't. It looks like right now that the
little church that believes the full Word of God is–is certainly in
the minority. But don't you worry, the Bible said, "Fear not, little
flock; it's your Father's good will to give you the Kingdom." That's
right. See? Don't fear, just stay in faith, stay right with the Word.
Don't leave the Word, stay with the Word.

Do you love Him? Amen!


Will you serve Him? Amen!


Will you believe Him? Amen, amen, amen!


Let's sing it.

Do you love Him? Amen!


Will you serve Him? Amen!


Do you believe Him? Amen, amen, amen!


Do you love Him? Amen!


Will you serve Him? Amen!


Will you believe Him? Amen, amen, amen!


Oh, I love Him, don't you? What is it? By faith, not by wisdom, by
faith are we saved. Is that right? "Not by wisdom, not by knowledge, by
My Spirit, saith the Lord."

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Now, let them soak down into that church, that copper wire that's the
conductor. Now, aluminum wire isn't a conductor (See?); it isn't. No! A
rubber hose isn't a conductor; it's an insulator. Wood is an insulator.
We don't want any insulations; we got too much of it now; and it makes
isolations. So we–we want–we want conductors, born again men and
women who believe the Word of God.

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Now, what did the Dynamo said? "Ask the Father anything in My Name,
I'll do it." Now, what do you do? Plug in. Amen! Is that right? Just
plug in. That's all you have to do, and the current comes flowing right
down the line. What happened? The Word starts growing.
"And he shall be like a tree that's planted by the rivers of water. His
leaves shall not whither; whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The
ungodly is not so, the ungodly is not so." Now, it don't say the sinner
now, the ungodly. See? That's the one who claims to be and is ungodly
with it, You see? That's right.
Ungodly is not so; they can't stand in the judgment with the righteous.
No, sir, they certainly can't. So the time is come. The Seed is sowed.
Those who are predestinated–predestinated is the only way there'll…

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I could take Revelations 12 right now and 13 and prove to you that just
those… The Bible said that this antichrist that was coming upon the
earth would deceive all, a-double-l, all that was upon the face of the
earth with these denominations and creeds. He would deceive all upon
the face of the earth, every one of them, except those who were
predestinated before the foundation of the world. So brother, you can't
do nothing about it, just holler, "Amen!" Oh, my. I love that. Yes, sir.

Do you love Him? Amen!


Will you serve Him? Amen!


Do you believe Him? Amen, amen, amen!


I want you to practice that a little bit around here, you all. I like
that song, don't you? That was our Phoenix conventional song. Oh, I
love it, I love it. Let's sing it again.

Do you love Him? Amen!


Will you serve Him? Amen!


Will you believe Him? Amen, amen, amen!


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Well, you can just keep on going. You know? "Will you worship Him?" and
all them, just keep on going over and over. My, we got it started there
in Phoenix and like to tore the place to pieces. Yes, sir. Amen, amen,
amen!

Are you plugged in this morning? Amen!


Turn the switch! Amen!


You got the current? Amen, amen, amen!


Now, it will grow. Amen!


Bear fruit. Amen!


You'll show it. Amen, amen, amen!


Oh, isn't that wonderful! Sorry to keep you all here all this time, but
I'm just having a jubilee myself, a wonderful time. All right.

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Next Sunday now, everybody that's around, now, now, I'm going up to
Brother Littlefield's to spread a little Word, probably just take some
of this Word here and scatter It up there amongst them Church of God,
like that. And I'll probably just speak on something I did here.
'Course, you're welcome to come, but they got a little bitty church
there, seats 1,500. I just dedicated it, and–about a couple years ago.
It's going to be squeezed up, but I promised Brother Littlefield. He's
a precious brother. And a man keeps his promise, if he can. The Lord
willing, I'll go up there. There'll be church here at the tabernacle.
You people come right here at the tabernacle that's around and things
that can, come right ahead. And then, the following Sunday, you
remember, Brother Arganbright will be here now with Brother Roll.
You'll sure enjoy Brother Roll. All right. Let's turn the service now
to Brother Neville and see what he's got to tell us now. The Lord bless
you.


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