ADOPTION OR PLACING (Adoption 4)

So 22.05.1960, abends, Branham Tabernacle
Jeffersonville, Indiana, USA

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...Brother Neville, and good afternoon, evening, rather, to our precious friends, we are happy to be back here in the church tonight. A little warm, and so we’ll try to hurry just quick as possible, get right straight into the Message.

First, we have some announcements to make, and a—a special prayer request. I got your letters in back there, that was given, and for the sister that feels she has tumor on the brain. And there was another in Louisville; and another minister’s brother, his father has a heart attack; and there is many, many sick people in the world today. Many are calling in and we sure do pray for them with all of our heart, that God will help us.

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Usually about ninety-five percent of my ministry is always that, praying for the sick, you see, but I—I just kind of got a—kind of got a little view that... I still pray for the sick, now, remember that. That goes right on with it. But, oh, if we can get the—the church where positionally set, then, and get in order so we can go to work, you see. Got to get organized, see, get everything together.

Something else just struck my heart, a few moments ago. That’s when a little old veteran man, one of his arms almost shot off, leg almost shot off. He is not around here to listen at me just now. But a real prince of a fellow, by the name of Roy Roberson, and one of our trustees here at the church, and one fine Christian gentleman. He stepped just there, and said, “Brother Branham, don’t forget the President.” Said, “It made me feel so sorry when he stepped,” saw on a television, “him stepping off of the plane, the tears coming down his cheeks, and his mouth twisting sideways.” You know, he was right over there with Roy and them, in that—that battle.

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No matter if you differ with him in politics, he is still our President. Yes, sir. To me, I—I am neither Democrat nor Republican. I’m a Christian. But I—I tell you, I certainly had a great admiration for—for President Dwight Eisenhower. Sir, he sure has been one great man, in my way of—of thinking. If he was running again, and I was voting, I would vote for him again. That’s right. I don’t care if he was—if he was a hundred years old, I would still be voting for him, because I like him. And let’s remember him in our prayers tonight.

J. T., I certainly appreciate that nice meeting, you all, you and Brother Willard had this week. If I’d have walked in from the outside, you all said, “All right, Brother Branham now, you know, so-and-so.” But it’s better just stand outside and listen at you, don’t you see? [Brother Branham laughs.] All right. So, very fine.

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I got some offers for some churches, if you all want them, if you’re ready to go to pastoring now, if you got your training. And, which, I believe you have, and got all settled down. I got one in Oregon, some in Washington, California, and Arizona, different places. And if you want to ever take a church or anything, why, right here is a good place to start from, right here. And there is souls crying everywhere, even to the Indian reservations and whatever you want to go to. Just let us know, because I believe that you boys are anchored now. That’s right. I just love to see them do that.

There is Brother Ruddell up there on the road. Going up to have a meeting for him, in few days. Going to have a revival, Brother Ruddell is. And I—I remember I used to push that little fellow around everywhere, trying to make him get out in the harness and preach. He was so backward. He would say, “I just can’t talk.” You ought to hear him. Amen. See? You don’t know what you can do if you let the Holy Spirit get a hold of you. That’s right.

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And Brother Graham Snelling in Utica, and Brother Junior Jackson down there. We—we consider all them our little sister churches, right with us. We’re all together. We don’t disagree on our doctrines, or our hopes and aims, our doctrines, are one. We stand together, just everything together. We are just one church. And we’d sure like to have them scattered throughout; we got some in Africa, some in India, and all around, over the country. That’s where we want them, scattering the News.

And I see these young fellows coming on, like Brother J. T. Parnell here, and—and Brother Willard and them, when they are coming on, young fellows, when I am getting older. If there is a tomorrow, they’ll be that men of tomorrow. I don’t want this Message to never die. It just can’t. It must live on. And I don’t believe we’ve got too much longer to bring It.

The little baby that they said was going to die, I see you’ve had it in church all day today, sister. That’s very fine. We thank the Lord for that, that the Lord is gracious, full of mercy. Just keep believing what was told you right here, see, it’ll be all right.

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Now, are you enjoying teaching? You like teaching? [Congregation says, “Amen.”] Oh, I—I—I really think it does us good. It gives us a little rest from praying for the sick, and visions, and Divine healing. Course, now, tonight we... After the service, we’ll pray for the sick again, tonight. We always want to do that, baptize anybody at any time.

How many remembers when I used to walk the power lines? Well, I’ve walked right through the power lines, many times, had to walk thirty miles a day through the wilderness. I had two hundred and eighty miles of line to walk. I would go down through there, shirt in my hands, and, oh, so tired, walking through them jungles, and green briers cutting. Meet some old farmer and sit down under a tree and talk to him about being baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus. He would say, “Well, I’ve always wanted to be baptized.”

I said, “It ain’t very far to the creek.”

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And he would say...

And I’ve took a many of them right down there and baptized them in the Name of Jesus. Take right on down the line, just as hard as I could go. That’s right. Many time in my old working clothes, baptize one, come right down off of a pole. Set up there working across the pole; I was a lineman, too, working across the pole, with a man, talking to him about the Lord. He’d say, “Why, Billy, one of these days I’ll come up to your church and be baptized.”

I’d say, “Why do you want to wait till then for? We’re right by the river, there’s plenty of water right there.” Catch them right now. That’s right. That’s the time. Philip said...

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The eunuch said to Philip, “Here’s water, what does hinder us?” That’s right. Nothing. If you’re ready, that’s the time. Don’t let the devil get a chance to wedge something in there. Don’t put off for tomorrow the things that you could do today. Tomorrow might not come for you. I remember one time I did that, learned, taught me a lesson. I put off something that I should have done one day, and the next day was too late.

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Now, truly I don’t want to keep you all this time. But I just get so—so wound up, and, I don’t know, I just feeling so good till I just get beside myself, almost. I just feel so good.

Now let us bow our heads just a moment before we approach the Word.

Our Heavenly Father, Thou art the living God, ever alive. The sun that just went down, that same sun, Daniel looked at it when it set, Jeremiah looked at it setting, Adam looked at it setting, Jesus looked at it setting. And it’s the same world that they lived in and walked in, and You still remain the same God.

Tonight there’s many requests. A man with tumor on the brain, a sister fears the same thing. You’re the only hope, Lord, there is for that. That tumor has become malignant, there’s nothing can be stopped. It’s way out of the reach of the hands of the doctor. But tonight we go with our little slingshot, after that lamb, to bring it back to Father’s fold. In the Name of the Lord Jesus we direct our prayer to slay the lion, the tumor, the malignancy, safely to bring them to the fold.

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And we, God, do remember tonight our lovely President, brother, our Dwight Eisenhower. He has guided the land, Lord, he’s tried to keep us out of war. He promised the Korean war would end if he had any way he could. He promised those mothers he’d bring those boys back. But he said, “For me to do it, I can’t do it. I can put my efforts, but God alone will have to do it.” And You was with him, Lord, and now it’s all settled up. Why couldn’t they have seen that in the first place? God, I pray that You’ll help him. Bless that gallant soul, Lord. And we pray that You’ll choose for us the leader that is to be next. Your predestinated will be done, Lord.

But the One that we are so interested in tonight, besides of our national affairs, is that great and glorious One that’s coming to set up a Kingdom that’ll have no end, the Lord Jesus, Thy Son. Then they’ll stack arms, the taps will sound and there’ll be no more wars. They’ll plant vineyards and eat the fruit of them. They’ll build houses, inhabit them. And there’ll never be no more trouble then after that.

Bless us now as we approach the Word. And, Father, Thou knowest the reason that I’m approaching the Word from this very Scripture here. It’s because that I—I feel that You want me to do it this way, that it’s Your Divine will, it’s in Your order, it’s in the... it’s the order of the day, to let the people positionally find their place and be ready for the hour of battle. As our brother said in his prayer to You not long ago, “Oh, You have trained us so long, Lord.” Now, Father, give us our ranks. Put us out there to what we’re supposed to do, so we can be about the Father’s business. For we ask it in Jesus’ Name, Thy Son. Amen.

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Had rather a wonderful afternoon this afternoon, talking to a famous doctor in Louisville, his nurse. They heard about the glorious things of the Lord. And her father was a doctor. And she came over and set in my room most the afternoon, just come in, dropped in. A wonderful person; rather a little hard, you know, kind of a staunch, real Presbyterian to start with, but left with tears running down her cheeks. Oh, I... God’s got them just sticking everywhere, in doctors’ offices, in nurses. I don’t believe there’s a nurse in Norton’s Infirmary Hospital that I didn’t testify to about having the Holy Ghost, and asked her if she was baptized in the Name of Jesus. Not a doctor that I come in contact with, anywhere, or noth-... See?

Tell them about It. We ain’t got much time, brother. No matter how hard it seems here, just wait till you cross that last breath yonder and see, then you’ll wish you had done it. Yes, sir. Don’t wait till that time, let’s do it right now. This is the hour. Oh, they might disagree, and fume and fuss a little about it, but they don’t mean it. They really don’t mean it. They—they—they’re all right. They go to fussing at you, just—just remember, they—they don’t really mean it. They don’t mean it. They just maybe been taught something and they just hang to that, so you—you can see their idea. Don’t fuss with them, don’t fuss with no one, but just love them right into It. Then pray for them.

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Well, I think we got down to the 9th verse, I’m not sure. That’s a long ways from the 3rd chapter, isn’t it, men? But oh, It’s honey in the rock, to me! We were speaking now, remember, so we can get a little background again. And now, Brother Neville, you—you pull me a little bit now if I fail to see the time getting away, so I can have prayer for the sick. We want to get every little speck that we can. And tonight I want an altar call. I... Ending up on this which I may be able just to read the rest of it.

But the purpose of this, is, seeing your position in Christ, seeing that it’s not something that you just stumbled into, or something that might have... you merited somewhere, but it’s what God did for you, Himself. Not that you were so good that you went to a church one night, that some poor brother led you up to the altar. And it wasn’t that. It was God, before the foundation of the world, predestinated you to Eternal Life. When you get there that day, no wonder the forty... twenty-four elders laid off their crowns, everybody laid down their crown, everyone fell on their faces, they didn’t have one thing they could say, no preacher, no elder, no nothing. All praise to the Lamb! God will gather in Him all things at that day. Oh, if we’d ever know and recognize Who that was Who they crucified. Now on the...

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We start at the 8th verse, to get a little background:

Wherein he has abounded towards us in all wisdom and prudence;

Having made known to us the mystery of his will,...

“The mysteries of His will.” And remember how we hung on that? How many was here this morning, let’s see. How we stuck on that, “the mystery of His will.” Now, it is not just a little thing, then it’s a mystery. God’s will is a mystery. And each man has to seek out the will of God for his or her self, God’s mystery.

How do we find out? Paul, it was known to him. He said he didn’t confer with any man, no flesh and blood. He went to no school, no seminary. He had nothing to do with it. But he... It was revealed to him by Jesus Christ, Who met him on the road to Damascus, in a—a Light like a Pillar of Fire, and It called him. And he went to Arabia, and there dwelt three years. Oh, don’t you imagine that was some time, Brother Egan? Three years Paul down there in Arabia, rented him a little building somewhere, walking up and down the floor, with all the old scrolls. They didn’t have the new ones; Paul wrote them, mostly. Right in these old scrolls, how that God, at the beginning, predestinated us unto Eternal Life. How that He would send Jesus, that through this Sacrifice we would all have a right to the Tree of Life. Those who He foreknew, He called; those who He called, He has already justified; those who He justified, He has already glorified. God, since the beginning of the world, predestinated us to the adoption of sons. Now the whole creation groaning, waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God. Oh, I’d imagine Paul had a wonderful time. I like to have been there with him. Wouldn’t you?

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Now he said, “He made known to us the mystery.” Get the Holy Spirit on you sometime, and start running That and just watch how It goes. This afternoon I had, oh, about thirty minutes to study, just to look the lesson over; maybe not, I’ll say half of that, fifteen minutes between the times. And I got to running, and I thought, “The mystery, how mysterious!” And the Scripture packed me back into the Old Testament, then back over into the New Testament; tied something together, see the mystery of His Coming, the mystery of His will, the mystery of us sitting together. Remember, it cannot be taught in any seminary. It’s a mystery. You cannot know it by education, by theology. It’s a mystery that’s been hidden since the foundation of the world, waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God.

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Tell me, my brother, tell me, my sister, when was the time that the sons of God was ever to be manifested outside of this time now? When were there ever a time in the history, they was to manifest the time to deliver all nature? Nature, the nature itself is groaning, waiting for the time of the manifestation. Why, before the atonement was made, before the Holy Ghost was ever poured out, before all the—all the Old Testament, on down there, there couldn’t have been manifestations. It had to wait till this time. Now all things has been brought, coming, shaping up to a headstone, to the manifestations of sons of God coming back, and the Spirit of God coming into these men, so perfectly, until their ministry will be so close like Christ’s till it will join Him and His Church together.

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How many ever studied the history of the pyramids? I guess maybe one lady here raised her hand. All right.

God wrote three Bibles. One of them was the Zodiac in the skies, that’s the first Bible. Man was to look up to realize that God is from above. Follow the Zodiac, did you ever study it? It even gives every age, even the cancer age. It gives the beginning, the fir-... the birth of Christ. What is the first figure in the Zodiac? The virgin. What’s the last figure? Leo the lion. The first Coming and the second Coming of Christ, all of it is written in there.

Then the next Bible was written, was in stone, called “pyramids.” God wrote in the pyramids. If you study them, watch the ancient histories and wars, how they were built before the antediluvian destruction.

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The third was wrote on paper, the Bible, for the great, smart intellectual world to come. Now, as God has moved down through the age, we’re at Leo the lion. We’re at the capping of the pyramid. We’re in the Book of the Revelation, at the last chapter. Science says we’re three minutes before midnight. Oh, think of where we’re at.

And notice, let’s take the pyramid, it’s easy. It runs kind of like in a triangle.

When we were down here beginning at the early age of the church, after the Reformation in Luther’s time, just a man to say he was a Christian, either meant his life or death. They kill him for even saying he was a Christian. Therefore to go through persecution... Every age, through every time, there’s been persecution. “All that live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” In the age of Luther, it was horrible to say “a Lutheran.” You was considered a fanatic, and could be put to death. Many times they killed them at stakes, burnt them, and everything else, for Lutherans.

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Then the church narrowed, as like the pyramid. It come into another step of grace, which was sanctification. Wesley’s time, when he protested the Anglican church, taught sanctification. It come into the minority again, then they were called a bunch of fanatics.

How many in here that was Methodist, or used to be, or was once connected with Methodist church? Half of you. Did you know the Methodist church almost had the Holy Ghost one time? I’ve went to Methodist churches and see them fall on the floor, and throw water in their face and fan them with a fan, keep the Holy Ghost from coming on them. That’s right. Now, that’s the truth, down in the hills of Kentucky where we had Methodists. You guys are church joiners out here. We had Methodists back there, and Baptists. We got down at the altar and beat one another in the back till we got something. We come through, we lived different after that.

But you just come up and put your name on the book and say, “I’m a Methodist.” And get the salt shaker and sprinkle a little water on you, and that’s all of it. Go on out and wear shorts, make-up, run the horse races, bet, gamble, play slot machines and everything else, still good Methodists, see. That’s not Methodist. That’s just church joiners. That’s right. Baptist, the same way, Presbyterian, on down the same way.

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As David duPlessis said, “Grandchildren, God don’t have any grandchildren.” God never had a grandchild. He’s got sons, but no grandsons. That’s right. You... and people that come into the Methodist church, or Pentecostal church, or Baptist church, because your mother or father was Pentecostal or Baptist, then you’re a grandson. They were sons. You’re a grandson, see. So God don’t have anything like that. The church has a lot of that, but not—but not the—not the—not... God doesn’t.

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Now, notice these, on down till it comes down now, as it becomes to the minority, the church. The Pentecostal age come in. That certainly cut off a lot of bumps. Then what did it do? It just left the Methodist and Lutheran all behind.

Now the Holy Spirit’s moved right on away from the Pentecostal age. What did they do? They organized, made themselves, “We are the Assemblies of God. We are the Oneness. We are the Twoness. We are the church of God. We are the this, or that. You don’t belong, you can’t get into Heaven unless you got your name on our book.” Oh, such nonsense! I don’t care if you’re a Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, you put your name on the Book of Life when God puts it on there. If you were predestinated to Eternal Life, God will call you some way, somehow, some—some way or other. He sure will. “All the Father has given Me will come to Me.” No matter what church you belong to, that has nothing to do with it. But the denomination will never do one thing to you, but might hinder you a lot from going on with God, but it’ll—it’ll never do nothing else. Congregate you together with a bunch of believers and unbelievers. Of course, you hit that everywhere you go, and they even had that in Heaven. So, it’s all right, but you’re looking to your denomination. Look to Jesus, He’s the One to look to.

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Now as we’re coming right down to... they had... How many... I believe this woman here raised her hand, that you had studied the pyramids. You know, the pyramid never was capped. Was it? Never did have a capstone put on it. They never, couldn’t even find it. They don’t know what ever happened to it. Why? Why wasn’t the capstone put on it, the headstone, the top of it? Because He was rejected when He come. He was the rejected Stone. That’s right. But it will be capped. That’s right. And then those stones that fit around that Headstone, will have to be stones that’ll be so completely like that Stone, that’ll fit it, joint and every—everywhere. The pyramid is so perfect you can’t run a razor blade between them, where them stones go together. Such beautiful masonry. Some of them would weigh hundreds of tons up in the air, and so perfectly set together.

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That’s the way God’s bringing His Church. We are fitly joined together, one heart and one accord. Now somebody say, “Well, the Lutherans back there had nothing.” Don’t you believe it. The Lutherans will come forth in the resurrection just the same as the rest will come forth in the resurrection. Baptist, Presbyterians, and all of God’s children, will come forth in that resurrection. And that’s the reason today people say, “Oh, well, there’ll be a sweeping revival that’ll go out here and save a hundred million Pentecostals. They’ll all get saved and there’ll be the Rapture.” You’re mistaken. That Rapture will be hundreds of thousands, that’s right, but they’ll be a made up in six thousand years of salvation too, six thousand years back. Man walks in the Light as the Light comes to him, he crosses the bridges when he comes to them. Now, if he refuses It, then he’s left in darkness. But if he keeps moving on!

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Now, notice, then the Coming of the Lord Jesus is so close at hand until the Spirit from way down in here... just barely justification, sanctification, baptism of the Holy Spirit, and now right into the time of the coming of the Headstone. The Church has got to be so perfectly like Christ until Christ and the Church can unite together, the same Spirit. And if the Spirit of Christ is in you, It makes you live the life of Christ, act the life of Christ, do the works of Christ. “He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also.” Jesus said that. See? Now we’re going to have, we got a ministry coming that’s just exactly like the life of Christ. What does that ministry identify? The Coming of the Lord.

Look at it in the world today, and watch what Khrushchev’s saying, all these other great things, and great world-wide conflicts right at hand, at anytime, could go to powder at any second. That’s right. And if that, we know that that’s close. Any sensible person can read in the newspaper or listen to a radio, and know that that is close. Well, remember, Christ comes for His Church before that happens. So how close is the Coming of the Lord Jesus? Maybe before this meeting ends tonight. We are at the end time. Certainly true.

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Watch the church as it’s come, as it move. Just take it in your own mind, you historians that studies history. Look at the Lutheran church under justification, coming just so freshly from Catholicism, look at it moving. Then look at Wesley coming a little closer, into sanctification, weaving into the Scriptures. Look at right in between, the Wesley. Then the next thing come in was the Pentecostal age. And the Pentecostal age with the restoration of the gifts, the spiritual gifts. Now, look at the age coming now right up to the Headstone. See what I mean? The Coming of the Lord, the made known. God and all creations is waiting for the church to positionally find its place.

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Trouble today, I... pretty near everyone I met. I was rolled out, we was taking... I have to have a physical examination, you know, if we’re going overseas, you missionaries and so forth know that. When I was taking examination they brought me out of the room there, I’d been drinking that old... looked to me like dough, or meal, or something, and I—I had been drinking it. And come out there, sit down, wait for a half hour and see whether it went out of my stomach or not. I looked across there, and there was some little woman, looked like she was just about to die. She was so... little legs and little arms. And I kept moving down from this man to that man, this man to that man, getting closer to her, till I got down to where she was. She looked like poor little thing was about to die. And I got up close to her, I said, “Pardon me, madam.”

She said, “How do you do?” Oh, she was so sick!

And I said, “What’s wrong?”

She said, “I went to Tucson to visit my daughter. I got sick, they can’t find what’s wrong.”

I said, “One thing I want to ask you.” I said, “I’m a Gospel preacher. Are you a Christian? Are you ready to go if that hour shall come?”

And she said, “I belong to such-and-such a church.”

I said, “That wasn’t the question I asked you. Are you a Christian filled with God’s Spirit and ready to go when He calls you?” The woman didn’t even know what I was talking about. See? Oh, what a pitiful sight the world is in!

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Now, “make known unto us the mysteries of His will,” the coming... Let me read you something. I was reading over... Let’s turn over now to “the mystery of His will.” Let’s turn to Hebrews here just a minute, the 7th chapter of Hebrews, I believe it is. And I’d like to read you something that would just make you feel so good when we think of us sitting together in Heavenly places. Hebrews, the 7th chapter:

For this Melchisedec, (now watch) king of Salem, priest of the most high God,...

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What’s the mystery now? Here’s the mystery, watch this. Who is this Fellow, “making, knowing, the mystery of His will,” this Melchisedec? I’m waiting for everybody here, the Bibles still turning. Hebrews, 7th chapter, Paul speaking, same man of Galatians:

For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God,... met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;

To whom also Abraham gave a part, tenth part of all; first being interpretation, by interpretation King of righteousness,... after that... King of Salem, (Who is this Fellow?) which is, King of peace;

Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, or ending of life;...

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Who was this Man? Who was He? He never had a father, He never had a mother, He never had when He begin, or never did have a time He’ll ever die. He met Abraham coming from the slaughter of the kings. What was he doing? He went out to get Lot, his lost brother, to bring him back. And he slaughtered the kings; which, them kings had slaughtered; I believe ten or fifteen kings, and their kingdoms. But Abraham armed his servants and went after him, separated himself by night, see, when he caught him in the nighttime. Oh, brother, we’re work in the darkness now, the only Light we have is the Gospel Light. But he separated himself, and caught him and brought him back. And on his road back, after the battle was over!

Let’s go to Genesis 14, just a minute, get the story more plainer. Let’s go over here in Genesis, the four-... I believe it’s the 14th, Genesis 14. Yes, let’s take Genesis 14:18, begin. Let’s start just a little before that. Let’s start, yeah, the 18th verse, Genesis 14:18, “And Melchisedec...” Now, that’s Abraham returning now from the slaughter of the kings. Came back, on his road back, bringing back Lot, all the people that they had taken away.

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All!

Like David, who went and got the... What did David do? Took the little slingshot, went out and grabbed this little lamb out of the lion’s mouth. Think of a slingshot, going after a lamb. Who in the world would do that? Tell me what man in here will do it, rise up your hand. I’ll tell you right quick you’re wrong. You didn’t see me put mine up. No, I wouldn’t go after him with a thirty-ought-six, hardly. But he went after him with a slingshot, a little piece of leather like, with two strings on it, wind it around. Because... And when it come time for Goliath to make his boast, he went after Goliath, and he said, “The God of Heaven has let me deliver a lamb out of the mouth of a lion, out of the mouth of a bear.” He knew it wasn’t a slingshot. It was the power of God that went with him. He was the One that brought that lamb back.

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And that’s what we say today. God’s got Davids sticking around, yes sir, that’s feeding Father’s sheep. And once in a while a tumor will come, or a cancer will come, or something, and jump plumb out of the hands of the doctor. That won’t stop that David, he’ll go right on out there after that fellow, with a little slingshot, of, “Ask anything in My Name, it shall be given.” I don’t care, doctors can laugh, and everybody else can make fun of him, he’ll go after him anyhow, bringing that sheep back to the fold. Yes, sir. “He’s God’s child, take your hand off of him!” Knock this lion down, then the lion rose up, he grabbed him by the beard and killed him; a little bitty ruddy boy, probably weigh eighty or ninety pounds.

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Watch. Melchisedec, the King of Salem which is King of Peace, which actually Salem lays across the hill. It’s the King of Jerusalem, Who it was. That’s exactly Who it was, King of Jerusalem. Which, Jerusalem was first called Salem, which was peace; that was Jerusalem first, before it was called Jerusalem. He was the King of Jerusalem. He was the King of righteousness, the King of peace, the King of Salem. He had no father, He had no mother, He had no beginning of days, He had no ending of life, He had no descent. Oh, oh, oh! Who is this Fellow? Watch Him. After the battle was over, after the victory was won, watch what He said. “And Melchisedec,” 18th verse, the 14th chapter, Genesis:

And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.

And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heavens and earth:

And blessed be the most high God, which has delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him a tenth of all.

Let’s read a little farther.

And the king of Sodom said unto Abraham, Give me the persons, and take the goods for thyself.

And Abram said unto the king of Sodom, I have lifted up mine hand unto the Lord, the most high God, the possessor of heavens and earth, (Listen how he abbreviated that, hum, how he give it to him!)

That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatch, and that I will not take any thing, not any thing that... and might say, and that of thine, lest thou should say, I have made Abram rich:

Save only that which the young men eat,...

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Notice this Melchisedec as soon as He met Abraham coming from the slaughter of the kings. The mystery of God now being made known! Who was He? Nobody... They can’t find any history of Him, because He didn’t have any father, He didn’t have any mother, He never had any time He began, He never had any time He’d ever die, so ever Who He was is still alive. He never did have a beginning, so He couldn’t have been nobody else but El, Elah, Elohim; self-existence, self-abiding, Almighty God!

Jesus had a Father, Jesus had a mother; Jesus had a beginning of days, Jesus had an ending of earthly life. But this Man had neither father nor mother, amen, no father nor mother. Jesus had both Father and mother. This Man had neither father nor mother. Amen. And what did He do, after the battle was over, after Abraham had took his position?

After the church takes its position, we’re called to the adoption of sons, by the Holy Spirit. And when each man takes his position, what God has called him to do, and stand to the end of the road, going after the lost.

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First, Paul takes all the scare out of it, so now, “If you’re called, if you’re not just worked up in your mind by some kind of theology; if you’re really born of the Spirit, then God predestinated you before the foundation of the world, put your name on the Lamb’s Book of Life, and now we come together to sit in Heavenly places in Christ Jesus. A holy people, a holy nation, a peculiar people, royal priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices unto God, that is, the fruits of our lips giving praise to His Name.”

People come in and say, “Them people are crazy.” Sure they are; the wisdom of God is foolish to man, and the wisdom of man is foolish to God. They’re contrary, one to the other.

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But a real Spirit-filled church, full of power of God, sitting together in Heavenly places, offering spiritual sacrifices, praises of God, the Holy Spirit moving among them, discerning sin and calling out the things that’s among them that’s wrong, straightened out and making it flat and level. Because why? Always in the Presence of God is that bloody Sacrifice.

Now remember, we went through it this morning. You wasn’t saved by the Blood, you’re kept saved by the Blood. But you were saved by grace, through faith, believing It. God knocked at your heart because He predestinated you. You looked up and believed it, accepted it. Now the Blood makes an atonement for your sins. Remember, I said, “God does not condemn a sinner for sinning.” He’s a sinner to begin with. He condemns a Christian for sinning. And then because He has condemned him, Christ took our condemnation. So there’s no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, that walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. And if you do anything wrong, it isn’t wilfully. You don’t sin wilfully. A man that sins wilfully, goes out and wilfully sins, never come into that Body yet. But a man that’s once in there, he’s dead, and his life is hid in God, through Christ, sealed by the Holy Ghost, and the devil can’t even find him, he’s so far back in there. He’ll have to come out of there before the devil can ever get him. “For you are dead!”

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Tell a dead man he’s a hypocrite and see what happens. Kick him on the side and say, “you old hypocrite, you,” he’ll not say a word. And that’s right, he’ll just lay there.

And a man that’s dead in Christ, you can call him hypocrite, call him anything you want to, he’ll never rise up about it. If anything, he’ll slip off somewhere and pray for you. That’s right. But, oh, some of them’s very much alive. That’s what I think about, we’re supposed to bury dead people. Them that’s dead in Christ, we bury them in water. Sometimes we bury too many people that’s alive, too much malice and strife, and there’s too much in the church. But we can’t separate that, but God does. He knows His people. He knows His sheep. He knows every voice. He knows His children. He knows who He can call out, He knows who He’s predestinated. He knows who He’s given these things to, what He’s making Hisself known through. How He... God can put confidence in His children, on what to do, knowing that they will do exactly.

Do you believe God does that?

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Why, Satan said to—to Job one day... said to God one day, “Yeah, You got a servant.”

God said, “There’s none in the earth like him. He’s a perfect man.” Had confidence in him.

Satan said, “Oh, yes, he’s got everything easy. Let me have him a little while and I’ll make him cuss You to Your face.”

He said, “He’s at your hands, but don’t you take his life.” See? And he done everything but take his life.

But, oh, Job, instead of... what did he do? Did he cuss God when God took his children, when he done all these evil things to him, and everything? Job didn’t question. He fell on his face and worshipped, hallelujah, said, “The Lord gave and the Lord taken away, blessed be the Name of the Lord!” There you are.

God knowed His trust in Job. God knows how much He can trust you. He knows how much He can trust me. But what we’re speaking of now is placing this child.

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Now, when the Bible... When the battle is all over, when everything is finished, then what is the next thing we do? What is the thing we do after the battle’s over? Did you know what we do? We meet Melchisedec. Let’s turn Matthew 16:16, right quick, see if that’s right or not. Saint Matthew, 16th chapter and 16th verse. I’m pretty sure that’s right, Matthew 16:16. Matthew six-... No, that’s wrong, couldn’t be that close. 26:26. Oh, 16 here, He’s talking to Simon Peter; pardon, I didn’t mean to say that. 26:26, ’cause just the last supper, that’s what I’m trying to get to. Matthew, the 26th chapter and the 26th verse. Now we got her, here we are, at the last supper:

And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to His disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.

And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;

For this is my blood of the new testament, for which is shed for many for the remission of sins (s-i-n-s, sins, Christians who does things wrong).

All right, “But—but...” Listen, 29th verse.

...I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of the fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father’s kingdom.

What? The same thing Melchisedec did after Abraham had got his position. Set his men in order, and won the battle, and had come home, and Melchisedec come out with bread and wine. After the battle’s over, then we’ll eat the Wedding Supper with the Lord Jesus in the new world. Oh, blessed be the Name of the Lord. All right.

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“The mysteries of His will, according to His good pleasure,” back over now again in Ephesians, 9, “which He has purposed in Himself.”

That in the dispensation of the fulness of time...

And remember that, we just passed over it. Ephesians, 1st chapter, 10th verse:

That in the dispensation of the fulness of time...

Now, we learned that the fulness of time is waiting for what? The fulness of all time, the time that when sin will cease, the time when death will cease, the time when sickness will cease, the time when sin will cease, the time when all of the perversions (that perverted things, that the devil has perverted) will cease, when time itself shall cease. Watch.

That in the dispensation of the fulness of time that he might gather... in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on the earth; even in him:

“Gather all things through Christ.” As I said this morning, all the little nuggets that we find, these great little things, you can polish them in Genesis, you can polish them in Exodus, you can polish them in Leviticus, and bring them through, and in Revelation they’ll end up being Jesus. You take Joseph, you take Abraham, you take Isaac, you take Jacob, you take David, you take any of those nuggets, those men of God, and see if you don’t see Jesus Christ displayed in each one of them. “That He might gather all things into One, Christ Jesus.”

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Now, a little farther now, now the 11th verse:

In whom also we have obtained an inheritance,...

Oh, “an inheritance.” Somebody has to leave you something, to inherit it. Is that right? An inheritance! What inheritance do we have? What inheritance did I have? I didn’t have any. But God left me an inheritance when He put my name on the Lamb’s Book of Life before the foundation of the world.

Oh, you say, “Now, wait a minute, brother, Jesus did that when He died for you.” No, He never. Jesus come to purchase that inheritance for me. Read the very next ver-... very next line:

In whom we also have obtained apparent... obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own good will:

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God, before the foundation of the world, as we’ve took it down through the lesson, you people, how we seen God was self-existent, how that in Him was love. In Him was to be God; there was nothing to worship Him. In Him was to be a Father; there was... He was by Himself. In Him was to be a Saviour; nothing lost. In Him was to be a Healer. That’s the attributes of Him. There was nothing there. So His Ownself, His Own good counsel produced these things, that He might through this one Man, Christ Jesus, gather it all together again. Oh! “Eye has not seen, ear has not...” No wonder it’s a mysterious thing!

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Look, “has predestinated us unto this inheritance.” If I’m a right inheritance of something, if God is knocking at my heart and saying, “William Branham, I called you a long time ago, before the foundation of the world, to preach the Gospel,” I have an inheritance, an inheritance of Eternal Life. Now, God sent Jesus to make that inheritance real to me, because there was nothing I could do to—to inherit it. It was blank, it was valid, there’s nothing I could do. But in the fulness of time God sent, in His Own good time, Jesus the Lamb, slain from the foundation of the world. His Blood was shed that I might go to my inheritance. To be what, what inheritance? The sonship, to be a son of God.

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And now This may just choke you to death. But did you know that men that are sons of God are amateur gods? How many ever knowed that? How many knows that Jesus said so? The Bible, Jesus said, “Did not your law say, itself, that you are ‘gods’? And if you call them gods...” Which, God said in Genesis 2 that they were gods, because they were, had full domain over the dominion of the world. He give him dominion over all things. And he lost his godship, he lost his sonship, he lost his domain, and Satan took it over. But, brother, we are waiting for the manifestations of the sons of God who will come back and take it over again. Waiting for the fulness of time, when the pyramid gets up to the top, when the full sons of God will be manifested, when the power of God will walk out (hallelujah) and will take every power that Satan’s got away from him. Yes, sir, it belongs to him.

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He’s the Logos that went out of God, that is true, that was the Son of God. Then He made man that little god. And He said, “If they call those who the Word of God came to, the prophets, if they call them ‘gods’ who the Word of God came to...” And God said so, Himself, that they were gods. He told Moses, “I made you a god, and made Aaron your prophet.” Amen. Whew! I may act like a religious crank, but I’m not. Oh, when your eyes can come open and see those things. All right. He made man a god, a god in his domain. And his domain goes from sea to sea, from shore to shore; he has the control of it.

And when Jesus came, being the One God without sin, He proved it. When the winds blowed, He said, “Peace, be still!” Amen. And when the tree, He said, “No man eat from thee.”

“Verily, I say unto you, you that’s little gods, if you’ll say to this mountain, ‘be moved,’ and don’t doubt in your heart, but believe that what you’ve said will come to pass, you can have what you’ve said.”

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Go right back to Genesis, to the original, what is it? Now the world and nature is groaning, crying, everything’s moving. What? For the manifestation of the sons of God, when true sons, born sons, filled sons speak and their word is backed. I believe we’re on the border of it right now. Yes, sir. Say to this mountain, let it be so.

“Brother, I—I desire so-and-so, a certain thing done. I’m a believer in Jesus Christ.”

“I give it to you in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.” Amen. There’s a manifestation.

“Oh, brother, my crops are burning up out yonder. I haven’t had any rain.”

“I’ll send you a raining, in the Name of the Lord.” There she’ll come. Oh, waiting, groaning, all nature waiting for the manifestations of the sons of God. God ordained it at the beginning. He gave man the domain.

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He gave Jesus Christ, and Jesus gave it in His Name, with this assurance, “Ask the Father anything in My Name and I’ll do it.” Oh, Brother Palmer! Waiting for the manifestations of the sons of God, the position, the church!

As I said, the Book of Ephesians is the Book of Joshua, and Joshua placing the people where they belong. Now, if they wouldn’t stand still, and he put Ephraim here, and over on Manasseh’s land, and this one would come back fussing and stewing, how they ever going to get along? When one say, “I’m a Baptist, I’m a Methodist, I’m a Pentecostal, I’m Oneness, I’m Twoness, I’m So-and-so.”

How you going to do it? Stand still! God is wanting to place His Church, the sons and daughters of God. God, let me live to see it, is my prayer. So close till I can just feel it with my hands almost, look like. It’s right there. That’s what I’ve longed to see, waiting for the time when walk down the street; there lays a cripple laying there, from his mother’s womb, “Silver and gold have I none.” Oh, waiting for the manifestations of the sons of God, hallelujah, when God will make Hisself known, when they’ll stop sickness, they’ll stop cancer, they’ll stop diseases.

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You think cancer’s something? The Bible said there’s coming a time when men will rot right in their flesh, and the buzzards will eat off of carcasses before they even die. Cancer’s a toothache to what’s coming. But, remember, that horrible thing was forbidden in that day to touch those who had the Seal of God. That’s what we’re striving for now, to get in and be positionally placed into the Kingdom of God before these horrible plagues strike. Oh, how good! The dispensation of time, fulness of time, the inheritance.

In whom we also... obtained... inheritance, being predestinated...

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How was our inheritance given to us, through what? Predestination. Predestination is foreknowledge. How did God know He could trust you to be a preacher? His foreknowledge. “Not he that willeth or he that runneth, or he... It’s God that sheweth mercy.” That’s right, predestination. He knew what was in you. He knowed what was in you before you even come on the earth. He knowed what was in you before there was an earth for you to come on. That’s—that’s Him. That’s the infinite God, the infinite. We’re finite, we can only think finite.

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It’s been so much to me, since that what happened to me. I don’t know. When I think there, when I stood there for those few joyful moments, and thought, “There’s no tomorrow.” There was no yesterday, there’s no sickness, there’s no sorrow. There’s no little bit of happiness, then a whole lot of happiness; it’s all happiness. Oh, my! Oh, when I stood there and I said, “What is this?”

That Voice said, “This is perfect love, and everything that you ever loved and everything that ever loved you is here with you now.”

“And you’ll present us to the Lord Jesus when He comes, as trophies of your ministry.” I seen those beautiful women standing there, all grabbing me and screaming, “My precious, darling brother!” Seen those men and that shaggy hair around their neck here, running, grabbing me and saying, “Our darling brother!”

And I thought, “What does this mean?”

He said, “They’re your people.”

I said, “My people? There couldn’t be that many Branhams, there’s millions.”

He said, “They’re your converts!” Hallelujah. “They are your converts. They’re the ones that...” Said, “You see that one standing there?” The most beautiful woman I ever seen. Said, “She was past ninety years old when you led her to God. No wonder she’s crying, ‘My darling brother.’” Said, “She’ll never be old no more. She’s passed from that. She’s in the splendor of youth. She’s standing here. She can’t drink a cold drink of water, she don’t need it. She can’t lay down and sleep, ’cause she don’t get tired. There’s no tomorrow, no yesterday, nor nothing. We’re in Eternity now. But some glorious day the Son of God shall come, and you will be judged according to the Word that you preached to them.” Oh, brother!

I said, “Will Paul have to bring his group?”

“Yes, sir.”

I said, “I preached It just exactly like Paul said It. I never divvied, I never took into any church creeds or anything else. I stayed the same.”

And all of them screamed with one accord, “We know that! We’re resting with assurance.” Said, “You will present us to Him, and then we’ll all go back to earth again, to live forever.” Oh, my!

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Just then I started coming to. I looked, laying there on the bed, and I seen my old carcass here getting old and wrinkled, and drawed-up and—and diseased up and afflicted, and I seen my hands behind my head, and I thought, “Oh, will I have to go back in that thing again?”

And I kept hearing that Voice, “Keep pressing on! Keep pressing on!”

I said, “Lord, I’ve always believed Divine healing, I’ll keep believing it. But I’ll press for them souls, so help me. I’ll have so many there I’ll... Let me live, Lord, and I’ll put another million in there, if You’ll just let me live.”

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