South Gate, California, USA
Source transcript: VOGR
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you very much ...?... Thank you, very much. My, that certainly makes me feel welcome. Thank you so much.
I appreciate that. And sometimes ministers, you know, when we put all the efforts that we can right in anything, then see it’s appreciated by the people, my, that just makes you feel so good. I certainly appreciate you. I’ll always be praying for you. And if the Lord willing, I will be back again. And I would like to come back and see and... Thank you. If He tarries and it’s His will, we’ll be back to see you again.
This is my, I believe, about my third trip here anyhow. And so we hope to come back when we can stay maybe a little longer, get the grounds, and so forth, for a little bit longer and—and... I thank you. It’s been a great pleasure, one of the finest meetings that we’ve had in a long, long, time: such fine fellowship, cooperation, love. That’s the things that melts the hearts of the people together, is the love of God.
And all that I know, and I would... If I had all of God’s gifts in a great big place that I could go in and receive any gift that I wished, I would accept love above any of them. I’d rather have love than all the gifts that God has, because where there’s tongues, they shall cease; where there’s prophecy, it shall fail; but when it’s love, it endures forever. And I... the love...
I just think that’s the most grandest word: love. It’s broke down in two different words. There’s a love that’s called “phileo” love. That’s the love that we have one for another natural. And then there’s “Agapao” love, which comes from God. That’s a godly respects and love. And I’m so glad to be here in this fellowship this afternoon where both phases of love is operating: fellowship one with another, and the love of God shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost.
I want to thank that little choir. And Brother Borders just came over and said to me; he said, “Brother Branham, that’s not no selected choir. That’s just people of the campaign, just different ones.” You should get one another’s name and form a choir. That’s really good. And I certainly like your message too, that you’ve been born again. I’m glad to fellowship with you with that. I’ve been born again too by the same Spirit and in the same family. And you’re my brother and sister by that.
That’s the only place that fellowship ever can be, is under the Blood of Jesus Christ. When God makes a decision, it must forever be that way. And God’s first decision to bring men into fellowship with Himself was under the blood, from the garden of Eden till this very minute. That’s the only place that the Old Testament, only one place, that was under the blood. Job, how flatly he stood on that, knowing when they called him a secret sinner, yet he knowed he was under the shed blood, and everything had to be all right. So we’re happy for that today.
I just don’t know how to express my thanks for these fine brethren here, you brethren. How nice you’ve been. I’ve never had a nicer sponsorship in my life. You’ve just been tops in everything. I’m trusting that God will set a revival fire in each of your churches that’ll just—just you’ll have to build bigger churches, and stretch out, and pull up your tents, and stretch farther and just go right on. May the revival fires burn again until we see Jesus face to face.
There hasn’t been a thing that we have asked for or anything, but what this group of men has just been perfect to help in every way they could: setting up here on the platform, representing the message. And, you know, each one of us might have a little something here or there that we might disagree with one another. There’s never one word said. Just whatever it is, we take it and move right on. Now, that’s what you call fellowship (That’s right.), real fellowship. God bless you, my brethren.
The night never gets too dark, or the rain fall too hard, but what I’d do anything for you I could. Pray for you all the time. You pray for me ...?... fixing in this mission field, and some rough places, I’ll be depending I’ve got a group of brethren here praying for me. And I hope to be back with you again soon, sometime when we can stay longer, and—and just have a time where we won’t have to hurry in, and jump out, and jump in like that. That makes everybody nervous. And the people that’s being prayed for, it makes them nervous. Just about time they begin to try to halfway understand what you’re driving at, then you got to go (See?), and they don’t get it.
But let me say this to you, if I have found grace in your sight. There’ll be many, many people that come here that was sick, will not maybe know it at this time. But you watch and find out in your churches and things, brethren, there’s been so many things that happened here till I couldn’t even call them just out over the audience like that, just as fast as it could happen. And I just couldn’t do it. And I thought, “Well, as long as two or three, or four or five, six, whatever it was, spoke to, the rest would understand.” There’s been a fine faith out there, and a faith here. Everywhere it’s been a fine faith. I appreciate it.
And to... I’ve got some of my brethren here that I have never seen yet in the meeting. I seen them over to the church of the—synagogue the other day. Brother Fred Sothmann, one of our trustees from the church, Brother Fred, are you here? Stand up, if you are. Brother Fred Sothmann, way back towards the back there, and he and his wife and family. And I understand that Brother Tom Simpson is here also, Canadian friends sojourning with us in Jeffersonville. Where are you, Brother Tom and his family? Brother Tom, he’s also back... Now from here out it’s kind of hard. The light’s shining against that board over there. I can’t see.
Brother Banks Wood, a fine brother that was a Jehovah Witness, and he come to one of the meetings, and he saw how the Lord was dealing in a woman, or young lady that had this here—was turning to stone in her legs and her arms. She couldn’t move them. They was just flat. And we prayed for her. The Holy Spirit come upon one night, and pronounced it, and then told her, “THUS SAITH THE LORD, you’re going to be all right.” And the next morning she’d run up and down three or four flights of steps, and come into the building praising God the next day. Now, that astonished him.
So he had a boy, David, a young fellow, had polio, leg drawed up under him. I went from that meeting to Sweden, Switzerland, or Sweden, I believe it was, and Norway. And then when I come back I had a meeting up at—in upper Ohio there. I forget the name of the place by the Great Lakes.
And one night, while I was speaking, and large crowds of people, and I seen a little boy with a yellow jacket on, had one leg drawed up, limp down as he tried to walk. And the Holy Spirit turned around to Banks Wood, way down from LaGrange, Kentucky, with a little boy crippled, and the Lord was going to make him well. He was going to be healed. He didn’t have to wait. Right then that crippled leg straightened out.
Brother Wood’s here today somewhere. I haven’t seen him since, but I know he’s here. He’s a book salesman. His son, that boy with a crippled leg, he hardly—have to stand and study sometimes which leg it was fixed. He’s married and got two fine children. He and his wife is with us today. David, are you in somewhere, in the building? Would you stand up? If I could see, I... Is he... David... Yes, there he is. There is a witness to the power of God. David Wood, crippled boy by polio, and now living just as normally, and his leg’s just as perfect as that—it can be. The grace of God.
Brother Wood—Brother Banks Wood, and Sister Wood, they’re... You know what they done? He’s a contractor, and a good one too, builder. He has come up out of a school of contractors and builders. But when He did that, he was converted. I baptized him. He received the Holy Ghost.
And then, ’course, his people being Jehovah Witness, immediately they was going to excommunicate him right now. So his brother came down to talk to him, and he wanted to know where this quack preacher was that he was running and fooling with. And Mr. Wood sold out everything he had, rented his homes, and moved over and lives right next door to me, of all the places, right next door. And I tell you, I’m glad I can say this about Brother Wood this afternoon: he’s a Acts 2 Christian, a real man.
And his brother come down to talk to him. And they were... His father was a reader in the Jehovah Witness and a good man. And I’d never seen any of his people. So his brother come down to talk to him, and wondered where that quack preacher was.
Said, “He’s out there mowing grass in the yard.”
I come in with an old tore up hat on, set down and talked to him, and the Holy Spirit came down and said, “You are a... You’re a married man. You’ve left your wife. You have two little boys.”
And he looked around to Brother Wood back there, as if to say, “Yes, you told him that.”
I said, “I know what you said, but he never told you this. You’re running around with a woman, and she has got auburn hair. And a couple nights ago you were standing at the door. Somebody knocked on the door. It’s a good thing you didn’t go when you looked through the window, ’cause the man would’ve shot your head off with a pistol.”
That done it. Then I baptized him. He got the Holy Ghost. Then down come the sister, a lovely woman come down; she wanted to see what it was all about. I baptized her; she got the Holy Ghost. Then the father got all stirred up, and he come down. Right. He was going to come down and straighten me out right, ’cause I was all wrong in my doctrine.
Brother Wood said, “Let’s just take him fishing.”
I said, “All right.” So we started to go down in Kentucky, fishing. I was just going to let him do the talking. That’s the best way, you know. Let them name the thing.
So that morning... It rained all night, and the next morning when we crossed the Ohio River, I said, “Well now, all the streams...” A vision came, and I said, “All the streams are going to be muddy. We’ll not be able to fish until we get to this place where we’re going, about a hundred miles. And then, it’s going to be real pretty and clear. And we’re going to fish. The rain just bypassed it, so we could fish. And then, we’re going today, not going to catch anything.”
“And tonight, ‘long towards dark, Mr. Banks Wood here is going to catch a small fish, catfish, and I’m going to catch a whole string of them. You’re going to use the same bait right beside of me, and I’m going to have a whole string. And then, we’re going in about eleven o’clock. The next morning we’re coming out, and I’m going to catch a large fish with scales on it. I can’t see just what kind it is, but it’s going to be a large fish. There won’t be no more caught the rest of the day.”
I seen Mr. Wood, Grandpa Wood, look around like that, as if to say, “Oh, yes. We’ll see how that comes out.”
So on the road down we told... and Banks had told him about how the visions... And being out, Brother Banks and I live together, sleep together. We just brothers. And how that he’d seen up on the river... And Lyle was with him. How I... Catching a fish one afternoon, I said, “Something’s fixing to happen. There’s going to be a resurrection of life.”
And the next morning we were catching bluegills to put on fishing lines, and Mr. Lyle, Bank’s brother, caught one, swallowed the hook way down. He didn’t flip it fast enough, and jerk it out of the water. And just pulled the entrails, and gills out of its throat. Throwed it out on the water, said, “Little fellow, you shot your last wad.” And it wiggled a little bit, laid there and stiffened out, little small fish, to what you call here a bream, I guess. And it floated around on the water for about a half hour, and floated back into the—the—the pond lilies and things.
And I was standing there fishing, over the side of the boat like that. All at once Something come down through those trees, roaring around. They heard It, but they didn’t see It. Was that Light circling around over there. Said, “Stand up. Speak to that little fish, and he shall have his life back.”
I called attention to the brethren. I said, “Little fishy, in the Name of Jesus Christ, I give you your life.” That little fish turned over, swam right out through the river as hard as he could go, like that, and... That seems mythical, but here’s God’s Word, and God’s my Judge. And—and so Brother Lyle just fell off, over in the boat. He said, “That meant for me, Brother Branham?” He’d just been saved and filled with the Holy Ghost just a little while. He said, “That meant me.” Said, “That’s all there is to it.” Said, “Because I said to that little fish, ‘You shot your last wad.’”
I said, “No. It was just His Presence.”
Brother Banks, back there, raised up and said, “It’s good to be here. Let us build three tabernacles.”
Oh, and that day after... Just exactly what was told Grandpa Wood, it happened just exactly: the same way, the same fish, just exactly the same number. The next day when we left, I said, “What do you think, Mr. Wood?”
He said, “Well, it’s pretty good when a man can see fish before he catches them.”
So I said, “What about it?” Now, I led him to Christ, baptized him and his wife. His whole family now is baptized into the Lord, and filled with the Holy Ghost, and living a victorious life. That is amazing grace. Brother Wood, are you here? Where are you at Brother Wood, Sister Wood? Are you in the building? Stand up, if you are. There—I can’t see them. Anybody looking back can see them. Oh, yes. Right back at the back. All right, Brother Wood. That’s fine.
Well, let’s see. Well, I ain’t going to have much more time. Lots more of my friends... Brother Gene Norman, precious brother. How I’d like to tell some things that happened over there. He moved and went to Tucson. I was with him the other day on a hunting trip. Wish I could have Brother Fred, and them, testify of the things... Why, this... When we was on that little three day hunting trip, more happened towards the Kingdom of God than you could take history from the time of Martin Luther down to this time. That’s right.
Brother Fred said, “What a grand thing it is.”
Brother Norman, are you and Sister Norman in the building? Where are you? I—I wish you’d stand up, if you are. There he is. Yes, sir. You heard that word, “ober alles,” the Dutchman, you know. How many knows what “ober alles” means? Over all, over all. All right. That’s right.
Well, we’re glad to be here with you people. God bless you. I just heard a few minutes ago, as I was talking to Billy on the outside, all expenses was made. Thank you all. The Lord bless you. I told the manager always... Mr. Borders here, any time, don’t never press people. If expenses isn’t made, I’ll send home to my own church or somewhere. We’ll get it. See? And we don’t want to never press, push, or anything. Then Billy tells me that they took up an offering for me. Thank you. God bless you.
I didn’t come for that purpose, friends. I come here to try to help you. But you sharing your living with me, I’ll do everything I can, by the grace of God, to see that it goes to the Kingdom of God, every way that I can. I trust that God will build you a home on the other side immortally, that’ll never fade and never need a repair. Until we meet over there on that side, remember, I’m always your brother, trying to do anything I can for you. Write to me. If I can send you a prayer cloth, something I’ve prayed over, I’d be glad to do it.
Now, when it comes to asking questions, it’s best that you ask your pastors. I always leave it that way, ’cause, you know, it’s best to ask the pastors. But if I can help you in any way towards praying for you, or do anything for you, write me. I’m not trying to get your address, because... I—I’m trying to get somebody to help me answer letters.
I don’t have any programs to support, nothing at all. Those books back there, they don’t belong to me. Mr. Wood has bought those books himself from Brother Gordon Lindsay, and many of the places. And he just brings them along for the people, just for the people. We don’t get one cent out of it. We don’t take nothing.
Brother Fred Sothmann’s son-in-law sells the tapes. He’s got them so low till he just can make them. That’s all. And so they got tapes or anything if we could help you, we’re here to do it. Anything that we can do. God bless you.
And I solicit your prayers for me, wherever I go. And if I never meet you again... Now, I know if I come back a year from now, there’s some... If I live for another year, and Jesus tarries, there’s some here this afternoon would not be here then. You’re going on. This is our last time meeting. But when I meet you at the other side, where we all rise in this generation, I’ll still have the same story, by the grace of God. That’s right.
Amazing grace! how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, and now I’m found,
I was blind, but now I see.
God love you, and bless you. And remember, when the winds are blowing hard, the nights are dark and stormy, and witch doctors on every side, and challenge you to it... I’ll be remembering that I got people up here on the West Coast praying for me.
It’s too hot this afternoon for me to preach what I was going to speak on. So Billy told me out there, said, “Daddy, you’d be better off...” Said, “You promised to take up all those prayer cards.” Said, “You’d be better off if you just walked in there, and—and—and thanked the people, and walked out.” But I’d feel like a traitor to Christ, if I didn’t read a Scripture, and say something. That’s right.
And we’re going to pray for the—for the sick too, every prayer card. Now, I just ask if you would just be as reverent as possible, and I’ll hurry it right up.
It’s a strange thing that this meeting come about, how it come to happen, but the Lord brought it to pass. Now, before we approach the Word, let’s approach the Author of the Word, the Lord Jesus, by the way of prayer.
Our gracious Father, we thank Thee for Thy goodness and Thy mercy. Thou art God. From everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God. And, Lord, this little meeting down here with these fine men, Your servants. These fine people out there who’s went down in their pockets to—to sponsor this meeting, and paid out their living, I pray, God, that like bread upon the water it will return.
I pray for these ministers, their churches, their peoples. God, may their little churches grow until it spreads out, and may out of their churches go mighty evangelists and missionaries to all the world. Let us work, Lord, for we know we haven’t much more time to work. We see time closing in. Soon we’re looking for the Angel that will set His foot on the land and on the sea, and raise up His hand and swear by Him that lives forever and ever, time shall be no more. Said at that time the mystery of God should be finished. We understand now, Father, that God’s threefold mystery has been made known to us. And we understand, and we’re looking now for those mysterious thunders that came out from heaven, in the book of Revelations, that was sealed on the back of the book.
Reveal to us, O Lord, the things that we need for the battle ahead of us. Forgive our sins, our—our many neglectful things, our iniquity. We pray, God, that this afternoon that You’ll do the exceeding abundantly above all that we could do or think.
Now, Father, we’re not here to be seen. These people are not here to be seen. It’s hot. They’re setting with their coats off, the men, the precious sisters setting there fanning. They’re here because they are hungry. They love You. And, Lord, I’m here with a rasped throat from this smog. And—and I—I’m here because that I believe that You ordained that we should be here this afternoon. And my heart is wide open; theirs is wide open. So come in, Lord Jesus, and speak to us the things You’d have us to know, for we ask it in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
I want to announce the little text I want to use. I want to call it “Super Sign.” And I announced my text before I read my Scripture, and that’s a little unusual. Usually you read your Scripture, and then get your text. But you know, sometimes God does things in unusual ways, unusual times.
In Isaiah, the 7th chapter and the 14th verse, I would like to read a portion of Scripture, this one verse, to make a context that I have drawn this text from.
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
We are living in a day of “super.” If it isn’t super, it doesn’t go over. Everything’s got to be super. It’s a super day. You go to the store, the little corner grocery-man’s out of business. They got to go to the supermarket. Get some stamps and pay a lot more for them, about a nickel apiece, ’cause it’s a supermarket. They can’t give you them stamps, you know. But it—it’s a supermarket. It’s air conditioned. Walk in it, you pay for it.
Then there’s the super cars. We have to drive down the road... There used to be they could drive... When I first come towards the West Coast, I was sixteen days in a Model T, but I got here. Now, it’s about four days in a Ford. But ’course, my first Ford, and the roads I had, I could only make thirty miles an hour; and that was fifteen miles this way, and fifteen miles this way. But we got super highways now: super cars, super highways.
And we are trying to think to the world that they got super people, supermen. Got it on the radio and television, “Superman.” They want super race. Hitler said the Germans was super race. Stalin thought Russia was a super race. Khrushchev thinks the same thing. England said, “As long as there’s a world, there’ll be an England,” super race. America thinks they’re the super race. We got the intelligence and everything; that’s all we need. So we are the super race.
Super race, super ways, super, everything, super. Got to be great—greater than the ordinary. One man’s got to be... He’s got to have a super house. They change in every year: 1962 model houses won’t be no good in 1963. Your refrigerator’s got to be a little super. It’s got to step up a little more. Just put a little more ornament on it, and make you swap the old one in, and pay a couple, three hundred dollars more and get you another one. That’s the way it is. It’s all super. It’s just a big money making scheme. I think we’re better off with a horse and buggy. That’s right.
Got to a spot, like I was preaching the other day, it’s a blowing-up time. Everything’s blowing up. People are blowing up, getting too much pressure built up. Why don’t you slow down and live? Huh? That’s right. What you in such a hurry about? We got to have super meetings in our church: fifteen minutes. That’s the modern trend, about fifteen minutes. If you don’t, the deacon board takes you in the back and wants to know what’s the matter. So everything’s super.
All of this is signs pointing to an oncoming darkness (That’s right.), coming to a unknown age. We’re going into a mystic, unknown age where super is going to break out into mysticism. They don’t know where they’re going.
A man will drive down the road at ninety miles an hour, take the chance on breaking his neck, and somebody else’s family to be killed, stop at a beer tavern, drink two hours ’fore he goes home. What’s the matter with him? All got to hurry up too much of a hurry. Be better if we just took our time.
Now, man has always tried in himself to do something to make a memorial to himself. We’ve just had some of that just take place, as we all know. But it’s just the idea that man wants to do something for his own achievement. He won’t leave things just the way it is. He’s got to do something to it.
In our country they had to cut out all the woods, and that lets the storms pass through and tear up everything. And now, they’ve dammed up the river. That makes a flood sweep over and wash out the cities. Now, they’ve got so many super bombs and things till “Fallout, danger” signs everywhere. Russia’s turned it loose over there. And a few years now and the sea is going to be boiling up, and—and we’ll all be killed with fallout, they say.
What’s the matter with people anyhow? Trying to achieve something himself. That’s his... Why? He is made up that way. But something in him made that, but he doesn’t take it in the right direction. He’s trying to take it by his own achievement.
Adam, himself, tried to make a super religion without an atonement. Adam wanted to make a religion where he could just live any way you wanted to, put on a little fig leaf apron, and that’s all there was to it. See? Cain tried the same thing. Instead of bringing blood, the atonement, he brought apples, pears, or what the fruits of the land was, trying to make something himself, trying to achieve something.
Nimrod tried to build a super tower, larger than all the other towers in the world so he could go up. Well, if God got angry with him, why he’d go up on the tower and the floods would pass under him: super tower.
Nebuchadnezzar built a super city. It had hanging gardens, and it was a great place. It was a pattern of heaven. Right before the throne flowed the river Euphrates. And they find out that that’s the way the throne of God, the river of Life by the throne of God is.
Trying to achieve something, trying to make it big, great, so he could say, “See what I done.” Super... It’s just in man.
Our own nation, jealous of England, not long ago built a super ship, said it couldn’t be sunk. But she did sink, the Titanic, a super ship. They said, “It cannot be sunk.” But she went down just the same. And the poet wrote the song: “God, with a mighty hand, shows this world it cannot stand.” That’s right.
France built a super Siegfried line. They thought, “We’ll build this line. Behind it we can have women, money, and wine, and whatever we want. And if Germany ever comes after us, the only thing we’ll do, we will just turn these guns on them and run them back: the Siegfried line. But what happened? They forgot something. Germany marched around behind it, and they couldn’t turn the guns. They took it.
Germany built them a Maginot line, a great Maginot line, fortified themselves under there. But along come the Americans with a blockbuster and blowed it out. See, trying to achieve something with theirselves.
The church has tried to achieve a super denomination. That’s right. We’ve been asked in the papers recently... You’ve been noticing it, “Why don’t all the churches emerge into one and come back to the mother church where it begin, in Rome?” I want one scholar; I want one historian... And we got one of the best setting right here. I want one scholar, one minister, one historian to ever show me where the church begin in Rome. The church begin in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost.
I’m... will believe the pope, if he wants to take it back to that. I’ll go with him back there (That’s right.), but not to Rome. I’ll admit this: Rome is the mother place of all organization religion, and the Bible said in the 17th chapter that she was, and she had daughters after her.
But each one is trying to build a super denomination. It’s too bad it gets into ours too. To get members we proselyte, and pull, and everything else to get members, trying to make a super denomination. And then, when they get a big denomination, they try to make it super by getting the mayor of the city, and the judge, and the better-dressed, and the better-educated. You only get a intellectual bunch of cold formal nothing. That’s right.
Just reminds me. It’s just come springtime. I watch the birds building their nests. And I think of an old mother bird. She can build her nest, and get upon it, lay her eggs. But if that old mother bird hasn’t been with the male bird, they’ll never hatch. Them eggs, no matter how good she treats them, how loyal she is, covers them with her wings, turns them over, does everything she can, and set there till she starves; them eggs will never hatch if she hasn’t been with the male bird, ’cause they’re not fertile.
That’s the way with our organization religion. As long as we take in them sinners just as members of our church, you can baby them and make deacons out of them (and them married four or five times, and smoke, and drink, and gamble, and cheat, and lie), and put them deacons in the church, you can hover them, and do anything you want to. Until they come in contact with the Mate, Christ Jesus, they’re a bunch of rotten eggs. The whole thing needs to be throwed out of the nest. They’ll never hatch. The best thing to do is clean out the nest, start all over again. Get with the Mate Christ Jesus. Then there won’t be so much differences, super denominations, greatest. “We belong to the So-and-so, this denomination. We’re the greatest among them. We belong to this.”
Now, they’re asking you to a-merge it, bring it all into one. It will. It’ll do it. That’s what the people want, something super, everybody to say, “Well, I belong to the certain-certain church. It’s the biggest one in the world, biggest denomination.” Sure. They like that, ’cause it’s super.
All these things failed. The Titanic sunk. The Maginot line blowed up. Nimrod’s tower crumbled over. Babylon went down. And the denominations died, they’re history dust.
Hallelujah. They’ve always wanted a sign. God said, “I will give them one.” Brother, the—the forked lightning in the black sky at night shows that there can be light in the time of darkness. God said, “I’ll give them a sign, not a polished-up tower, not an ecclesiastical tower. I’ll give them a sign, and it’ll be an everlasting sign, an eternal sign, one that you won’t have to keep building onto. It’ll be an everlasting, a super sign. A virgin shall conceive.” Oh, my.
All their great polished towers, and schools, and—and lines, and ships, and everything else, but God said, “I’m going to give them a sign, and it’s going to be a super sign, an eternal sign, an everlasting sign. A virgin shall conceive.” Amen.
What is it? Supernatural. It’s a super sign, not a polished-up affair, but a super sign: God manifested in flesh, little Jehovah born in a manger over a manure pile, little Jehovah crying like a baby, little Jehovah playing in the streets. But it’s a super sign. Amen. Though it be talked about, yet it’s God’s super sign, an eternal sign.
He did not come with a salute of heaven: God let the corridors down, and down the banisters come Angelic hosts to the yard of Caiaphas; and they all played bands, and the Angels danced around on the earth. He come by the way of a barn, a stable. But it was a sign.
Not everybody saw it. But those who were ordained to see it saw it. God shows His super signs to those who are born to see it. They didn’t see it. Thousands lived in the days of Jesus never heard about Him, tens of thousands, millions, that never knowed nothing about Him.
He didn’t come as the way of an Angel. When He come down from Heaven, He could’ve come as an Angel. He come from Heaven. He could’ve come as an Angel; He could’ve come us a cherubim. But instead of that, He came as a seed of Abraham, a man, God making Himself man so He could die. He couldn’t die in Spirit. He had to become flesh before He could die. But it was a super sign, a great sign.
He came to be the Seed of Abraham, that He might show a super race. Now, Abraham had a seed, natural seed. Then he had a super Seed. God’s full of supers too, remember. And Abraham had a super seed. And Jesus came that He might redeem the super seed of Abraham’s race (God was sure to do it.), race with supernatural signs of a supernatural Christ.
After two thousand years of hard trying, with all their blockbusters, and ice gorges, and everything else, they—their freeze-out spells, and their denominations has never been able to freeze out, shut out, or destroy God’s super sign. He’s alive today after two thousand years. He’s God’s super sign.
You might tear down the tower; you might sink a city; you might sink a ship; but you cannot sink God’s eternal super sign. It’s an everlasting sign. Christ’s resurrection could not be destroyed, that great super sign that God give us.
We notice in the Old Testament, Abraham’s seed according to Genesis 22:16 and 17, Abraham’s seed was to possess the gates of their enemies. God promised that on the mountain when Abraham called His Name Jehovah-jireh: “the Lord will provide for Himself a sacrifice.” God will grant it.
I want to ask you something. Where did that lamb come from? Abraham was three day’s journey. Any ordinary walking man can walk, oh, twenty-five miles a day. He was three day’s journey from civilization, then up on top of a mountain where wild beasts, no water, nothing to eat, and up on top of the mountain...
And offered... started to offer up his own son in a commission from God. And when he started to take the boy’s life, a ram bleated behind him. Where did that ram come from? Now, it wasn’t a vision. He killed it. Blood run out of it. It wasn’t a vision; it was a ram. And Abraham called Him, Jehovah-jireh: “the Lord can provide for Himself a sacrifice.” A super sign, supernatural. And all of Abraham’s natural seed through Isaac possessed every gate of the enemy they come to. That’s exactly right.
I have a line of them wrote down here, would take us all afternoon to get through. How about let’s talk first, just for a moment, about the Hebrew children, when they went into the fiery furnace. Now, they didn’t have any assurance, only that they were Abraham’s seed. God didn’t tell them nothing, and God never told them, “Now, you go down there, and go in the fire, and I’ll be by you.” But they were Abraham’s seed, and knowed they had the rights. And they said, “We’re not going to take back God’s word. God told us not to bow to idols, and He’s able to deliver us. If He doesn’t, we’re not going to bow to your idol.” And they possessed the gate of Babylon’s furnace, the gate of fire. They did.
Daniel possessed the enemy of the lion, the gate. Moses possessed the Red Sea, and possessed the enemy in Egypt. Why? Because he was Abraham’s seed.
Shamgar, a little fellow—one of the judges of Israel—only one verse wrote of him in the Bible. One day he was standing at his barn door. And the Philistines would come in and eat up all their food. They’d work hard all summer and then take their stuff into the garner; and then along come the Philistines and take it away from them.
One day he’d perhaps got all of his food gathered up, looked at his little wife standing there, and she was thin, and little pale-faced children. Looked at the poor little fellows, how they were anemic condition with malnutrition, or something, and looked how they looked at him. And he said, “Well, maybe this winter we can have something to eat. Maybe I can sell all the wheat, and get you a dress for the little girls, some shoes for the little boy.”
Here he heard something coming up the road. Here come a thousand Philistines. Armored, spears, swords hanging at their side, trained men. Tromp, tromp, right up the road they come. Little Shamgar stood there. What could he do? He was a farmer; he wasn’t a soldier, and he didn’t have nothing to fight with. He looked, setting in the corner, and there was an ox goad. (And you know what that is. Any of you Kentuckians ought to know. When you’re plowing, a stick that you punch the ox along with.) So he... There was a ox goad setting there in the corner, and he looked over that. It probably had a little piece of brass on the end of it, where it knocked the dirt off the plow, and punched the ox along as they went along. And there that set in the corner. He stood and looked, coming up the road.
He didn’t have train—time to go train how to duel, you know, and how to use his—his ox goad or a sword. But he remembered one thing, I believe, that he was a circumcised Israelite. He was the seed of Abraham. He had a right to the promise that he would possess the gate of any enemy. Amen. Both sides. He told Rebekah the same thing, and Abraham the same thing.
There he was, the seed of that couple, and he had a right to it, for he was circumcised. He was a—he was a Israelite. He was a seed of Abraham. He had the promise of God that he could possess any gate of any enemy. Hallelujah. The Spirit of God come on him, and he took that ox goad and slew that thousand Philistines. Yes. Why? Because he had a super strength.
Samson had a super strength, because the super Spirit come upon him. That’s the reason the jawbone didn’t break, we was talking about last night. It was a super. That’s exactly right. All those were natural seed of Abraham.
But there come a Royal Seed of Abraham. Now, Abraham received Isaac as one from the dead by his wife through sexual. Now, that was one as good as dead. That was the natural seed. But it was pointing to the super Seed to come, the One that wouldn’t even have a earthly father; and neither had He an earthly mother.
That struck somebody. All right, Catholic friend, if you call her the mother of God, I want you to show me one Scripture where she was any mother of God. How could God have a mother? Then who was the father? Mary was nothing but an incubator. That’s all. Jesus never one time called her mother. He called her “woman,” for He was God, and He couldn’t call her mother. Right. These dogmas and traditions has—has killed the people. Called her “woman.”
One day they said, “Your mother’s waiting for you.” Looked up on His disciples, said, “Who is My mother? They that do the will of My Father.” She’s just a woman that God used, not no mother of God. Mercy, no. That’s sacrilegious to even think of such a thing.
Now, this super Seed came. Some of them said, “Well, now, wait a minute.” The germ, of course, comes from the male sex. That was God-created. But the—the egg in the woman was His body. It was? You think that, that that would be of the woman? If it was, look what you put Jehovah doing. That egg cannot be there without a sensation. There had to be something happen. And look where you put Jehovah, mixed up in sex. God created the entire Being of Christ in the womb of Mary, and she was just a woman, an incubator, that bare this Son. Wasn’t nothing of her. Now. She’s just a woman that God used.
Now, the royal Seed came, and the royal Seed had to die for all of us. Now, each one of these seeds of Abraham, in the natural, possessed every one of their gates. How we could go down through and name them by the dozens here, of how many gates the enemy of—they possessed the enemy of the gates. But finally all those great warriors had to die. But along came the royal Seed. Amen.
When He was here on earth He possessed the gate of sickness: took it. He possessed the gate of every enemy come before Him and took it. And He died, yea, and He rose again. And He possessed the keys to the Kingdom of God, to the—the hell, death, and the grave. He took everything. He was a super Seed, the super Promise. Remember, it’s an everlasting sign. He arose from the dead. He is not dead.
Mexico: a few nights ago here, I was telling you about the little woman that—the little Catholic lady that had her baby was raised from the dead. The newspapers interviewed me the next day, and they were saying, “Mr. Branham, you are not a... You’re just a non-Catholic, aren’t you?”
I said, “No, sir, I am a Protestant.”
He said, “You don’t protest the church?”
I said, “I do, not the people, the church, the system.” I never... God died for the people. That is true. But I don’t... I do not condemn the people. It’s the system that rules over them. That’s the system that I condemn.
He said, “Then you’re not just a non-Catholic then. You are a Protestant.”
I said, “Yes.”
“What denomination do you belong to?”
I said, “I’d be as bad off as I ever was: none.” I said, “I was borned into the Kingdom of God.” That’s right.
So then he said, “What’s your... Do you believe that our saints could raise the dead too?”
I said, I, my... Remember my background. I’m an Irishman. My background was Catholic. And I said... I know you couldn’t be a saint till you were dead, what they said.
And he said, “Well, you cannot be a saint until you’re dead.”
I said, “Then Paul wasn’t a saint when he preached? Peter, James, John, the rest of them wasn’t saints until they died, was canonized by some Roman church? Hmph. Don’t tell me that.”
He said, “What’s your opinion of the Catholic church?”
I said, “I’m sorry you asked me that.” And he said... I said, “Do I have to answer you?”
He said, “I’d like to hear you.”
I said, “Not no disregard to you, but I think it’s the highest form of spiritualism there is.”
And he said, “How do you get that?”
I said, “Anything that intercedes with the dead is spiritualism.”
“Why,” he said, “How do you get that?”
I said, “All these gods and goddesses and everything else that you pray to, they’re dead.”
And he said, “Why, Mr. Branham,” he said, “you worship Christ, and He died.”
I said, “But He raised again on the third day, and He’s alive now. He is alive for evermore.” He is a super sign. Why is He... You can’t kill Him; you can’t put Him to death. He’s raised and alive for evermore, the same yesterday, today, and forever.
God give us a super sign, a sign for the Word in the last days that He’s still alive. He’s a—He’s alive (what?) today to manifest Himself to Abraham’s super seed. Amen.
Remember, the Gentile church is a part of Abraham’s super seed because they’re dead in Christ, and become heirs of salvation through Christ; and Christ is the seed of Abraham. We have the same faith that Abraham had. When God told Abraham anything, no denomination, nothing else could knock it out of him. He called the things which were not as though they were. And any super seed of Abraham believes the same thing: that God’s Word’s true, regardless of what else takes place. I know that sounds rough, but it is. It’s the truth. Yes, sir.
Isaac was the natural seed, certainly. Christ is the super Seed. The second Seed was Christ, and we are born by Christ, which makes us the super Seed with Christ, to God. Now, we are the super Seed, not a organization, now, or denomination. It’s a super Seed.
God always shows His signs, super signs, super things, to the people. And He—He’s... All through the years He’s always showed His signs by His prophets. God always made prophets His sign. (I want you to put your listening on now, ’cause I haven’t got but about five more minutes.) Notice. God shows His signs, and every time a prophet rises on the scene it’s always a sign: usually a sign of oncoming judgment, when God raises up a prophet.
When God raised up Noah, it was a sign that that intellectual age had come to its end. And Noah preached the judgments of God coming, and was rejected, and laughed at, and made fun of. But Noah went into the ark, and God condemned those who laughed at him. Noah was a sign of the oncoming judgment, God’s sign to the earth.
Moses was a sign to Egypt that Egypt was finished. God drowned them in the Red Sea, them that was left from the plagues. Jeremiah was a sign to Israel that she was going to Babylon. Daniel was also a sign.
John the Baptist was a sign. After four hundred years with no prophets, John the Baptist was a sign of the coming of the Messiah. John announced Him, that He would come. And then when... What happened? The Jewish race was cut off from the tree of salvation. And John was the announcement of the coming of judgment.
God always uses prophets for His signs. Now, don’t forget that, when you see a prophet coming on the age. And I believe that we’re promised one, and I’m looking for it. In Malachi 4 it said...
Now, I know you’re going to remind me of what Jesus said about, “If you can receive it, this is the Elijah that was to come.” In that forgotten beatitude in Matthew 11:6... When disciples of John, after John, like Elijah a woodsman, lived in the woods, a woman hater like Elijah... Elijah condemned them women just as hard as he could by the way they were living. And what did John do? The same thing. “It’s not lawful for you to have her,” them immoral women.
The nature of that prophet, he loved the woods, and stayed in the woods, come forth fearless. He was against organizations. He said, “You generation of vipers, who’s warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Don’t you think we have this our... for God’s able of these stones to rise children to Abraham.” He pulled no punches.
Jesus said, “What’d you go out to see? A reed shaken with any wind?” Not John, No. Now, when these disciples left, He said, “What went you out to see?” He said, “If you can receive it, this is he who was spoken of, ‘I send My messenger before My face.’” That’s Malachi 3, not Malachi 4.
For if that... John at that time... Then the Scriptures are not fulfilled and was misleading, because before that great day of the Lord should come, He was to send Elijah. And that great day of the Lord is going to burn up the whole earth, and the righteous will walk out in the Millennium upon the ashes of the wicked. That could not have been to John. That could not have been the Elijah.
Now, notice, so the Scripture is strictly interpreted by Itself. Notice. “And he shall turn,” his first coming, “the hearts of the fathers to the children,” taking the old patriarch fathers, and turning their faith to this new children’s faith of Jesus being... coming before Him... “I’m coming before Jesus.” The Messiah’s coming, turning their hearts to this—away from the law to This.
And in His second coming, He will turn the hearts of the children back to the original Pentecostal fathers again. That brings to pass Joel’s prophecy saying, “I will restore all the years that the palmerworm, and cankerworm, and so forth, has eaten.”
In the garden of Eden there were two trees, one woman, and one man. All that lived by that woman die. She’s a tree of death. If you was borned of a woman you die. When you’re borned of a Man, Christ Jesus, you live. Notice. Then Adam’s bride was defiled before he got to her.
When Jesus came, He was that Tree of Life. “I am the Bread of Life, the Tree of Life, come from God out of heaven. If a man eats this, he never dies.”
Then when He went away, He purchased a Bride Tree. And that tree was established, and putting in the roots of the earth on the day of Pentecost. Her doctrine and everything happened right then at the beginning. Everything that she had need of was give her right then. She growed, and she growed for about three hundred years.
And then the locust and palmerworms begin to eat on her, until it sucked the life out of her, and it went through about a thousand years of dark ages. What did that locust do? What did the palmerworm? It’s the same insect in a different stage. What happened?
First, it was the Nicolaitanes. Mean... “Nico” means “to conquer the a-laity,” take all the Holy Spirit out of the laity, and put it on one man, a bishop, pope, or something. The dignitaries want it that way, so that he could be the sin bearer for all of them. We got one sin Bearer: that’s Christ. But that’s what they want. Nico-laitane... “Nico” means “to conquer.” “Laity” is the church. Take all the Holy Spirit... They’re not holy; just one holy man. It’s the idea of getting money into the church on confessions.
Somebody said the other day, “Do you believe in purgatory?”
I said, “Yes, sir.” I said, “Not the kind you pay some priest that prayed for you. I believe that God purges our souls right now, and we go through a time of cleansing, of purging out the dross.” Certainly.
Notice. Now, they took all the Holy Spirit out of the church, and made a holy man—the solemnity from the church on a holy man, conquered it. That went through for that great denomination of Catholicism ruled the earth for hundreds and hundreds of years.
There come forth a reformer, Luther. And as soon as Luther died, they organized it, and the vine dried up, and the Husbandman pruned it. Where did it go to? It’s dead. Show me where it ever raised after Luther’s revival. It died.
Along came, after that, John Wesley, the next stage of the tree—a great man of God that preached justi... sanctification. What happened? What happened? As soon as Wesley, and—and Asbury and them died, they organized and made a church out of it. And God, the Husband, pruned the branches off and it died. Tell me where they ever had another revival.
Then along come Pentecost, with the restoration of the gifts. What happened to it? The power of God was poured out again, the Holy Ghost. What did they do? Organized it together again, begin to separate brotherhood. And what happened? God just cut it off. That’s right.
Oh, but God did say, “I will restore, saith the Lord.” That seed, where is the life of it? Right in the center of a tree runs the lifeline, not these branches falling off this way. The life is right in the center of the tree. God promised no matter how much the suckers come on it—like the palmerworms eating up and sucking up, and things like that—but, “I’m going to restore, saith the Lord.”
When that tree’s coming to a top, just as sure as I’m standing here, when the people of God will unite themselves together, those difference of denominations. And they’ll come to the Life of God, and there’ll be a pouring out of the Holy Ghost that’ll bring the fruit of the Spirit back into the church again. It’ll be a super sign. Now.
No matter if you’re Methodist (That’s all right.), Baptist, Presbyterian, no matter what church you belong to, that has nothing to do with it. If you’re just depending on that, you’re going to die. You’re going to be pruned off as a dead branch, as the tree’s going up. The fruit goes right on the top of the tree, remember. There’s where the sun hits it.
Now. Now, the thing of it is, when we can bring ourselves to one heart, one accord, one place, one God, one salvation, one Holy Ghost, one blessing (Hallelujah.), then you’re going to see the super sign.
When people quit mingling with this prescription God wrote, when people quit mingling with the Bible, and come back and believe the Word, and act upon It and stay there, not for sensations, but until the Word itself is quickened and brought to life, and they see the real Bible signs of the last day, the super sign, the same Messiah that once lived...
There will come forth a prophet one of these days, a-preaching the original Word of God.
You talk about me telling you about having bobbed hair or something. Wait until you get a hold of him. Wait till you listen to him. You think I’m rough on organization. Wait till he comes in existence. He will restore all the years that the palmerworm eaten. It’ll be a message go forth...
Some people say, “Well, it’s a organization,” Show me one time God ever dealt any way but one single person. He never even had two prophets the same time, always an individual.
Men has different ideas. Cope that together, you get a mess. God has one man He works with. There’s one Elijah, then Elisha, then a John, on down to Jesus, so forth, right on down. There’s a Luther, a Wesley, so forth, just right on down.
There’s got to come in this last day a restoration of the church, that Bride Tree, that was eat down back yonder by cankerworms and palmerworms, and all kinds of insects that eat all the brotherly love and fruits away from it. There’s got to come a church again where those barriers will be broke, and the Holy Ghost will have the right-of-way among the people. When you do, you will see the same signs and wonders that happened back there in them days. Amen. Looking for the super sign...
Now, that super sign was a virgin-born Child that was to last forever, an eternal Sign. And that Child is not dead. He... They killed Him. He died, certainly. The stinger of death killed Him, but God raised Him up again. And here He is after two thousand years of all the hardships, and locusts, and palmerworms eating on it. There is still a remnant of people that believe God and keep His Word.
There’ll be a bride. Just as certain as I’m standing in this pulpit; there’ll be a bride that’s washed in the Blood of that Lamb. And that Lamb will be living among them, showing super signs of His resurrection, after two thousand years the same thing He did when He was here on earth. I believe that. Amen.
People want super signs. Say, “Well, I’ll tell you. We got a super sign. We added five thousand people to our organization last year.” That’s a great sign. That wasn’t God’s super sign, though. Communism added a lot more than that.
By the way, I just might as well say it; it’s on my heart. What you people afraid of communism for? Afraid communism’s going to rule the world. You people don’t know the Bible. Show me one place where it said communism will rule the world. The Bible said Rome will rule the world, not communism. Oh, communism’s just a puppet in the hands of God, playing it all up to persecute them all together and make His Words come to pass. Same thing, He said, “Who can we get to deceive Ahab to send him up there?” to make Elijah’s prophecy come to pass. Communism ain’t going to rule the world.
You see, Daniel saw that vision. Every one of them kingdoms succeeded one another, right on down. And it never did come into communism. It went right out with that strength of Rome in the feet. Right. Romanism’s going to rule the world, not communism. Don’t worry about that. That don’t bother me a bit.
The thing I’m bothered about is getting my people, them precious saints of God out yonder somewhere, to get looking up that way, getting your mind off the things of the world, getting the real experience, that super sign in you, that you’ve passed from death unto Life, and all things become new: faith in God, great signs and wonders walking with them, the evening Light. Hallelujah. It shall be Light in the evening time. That’s right. A super sign...
The sun itself will come out in the evening time. The s-u-n will come out, and the S-o-n comes out—come out in His appearing in the evening time. What is it? To ripen the evening tree fruits. He said He will restore that tree, been cut down to a stump by all kinds of creeds, and dogmas, and everything. But “I will restore,” saith the Lord. “I’m going to restore it, and it’ll be a super sign in that tree, because God has no other sign. I’m going to give them a everlasting sign.”
Now, what kind of a works did that sign do when He was here on earth? Look what He did yesterday, then He’s got to do the same today, because it’s an everlasting sign. Though it’s spoke of evil, it’s still God’s sign. It’ll be Light in the evening time. We’re in that day, friends. We’re in the evening time. Don’t you forget it.
Satan has just blinded the eyes of the people. He’s got into the churches and made a mess out of them, precious, godly, people. Yesterday I set in a cafeteria, or in a—in a nice restaurant up in Los Angeles where some precious people taken me. There were businessmen; there were Episcopalians, and so forth, setting there, filled with the Holy Ghost. What is it? They’ve seen the Light. As soon as that Light flashed across them, they were a Seed; their names were put on the Lamb’s Book of Life before the foundation of the world. When that Light of God swept across them...
One man said, “I thought they were hypnotizing those people.” He was at the Phoenix meeting. But said, “When I seen that hypnotism can’t go down and discern the thoughts of a man... I see that hypnotism can’t do these things. I went with them. They’re not scholars,” he said. “They’re not educated people. They’re humble as they can be... just open up their heart.” He said, “That’s God, and I want it,” and he started speaking in tongues right there. Amen.
It shall be Light in the evening time. The super Sign will show Itself across the evening Light. Remember, the same sun that gives light in the evening is the same sun that gives light in the morning. It’s not a different kind of light; it’s the same light. Do you get it?
God said, “I’m going to give them an eternal Sign, and it’s going to be a Son.” And that Son, when He shined on the eastern people... Now He’s shining on the western people. Now, you can’t go any further. Sun travels from the east to the west, like civilization has traveled. We’re on the West Coast. We go further, we’re back east again. It’s at the end time.
The precious Christ, the God of eternity, is shining Himself upon us, making Himself known in us. By what? Representing His Word to the Fullness and to the Word. “And it shall come to pass in the last days,” saith God, “I’ll pour out My Spirit upon all flesh.” Super sign. Super sign. We’re getting a super sign.
We’ve had denominational signs. We’ve had creed signs, dogma signs, and so forth. But now we’re getting the super Sign, the Son of God, manifested in us in the Person of the Holy Ghost, which is God in you, God working in human flesh. That’s Abraham’s seed.
Notice. At the end, just before Abraham was separated from Lot, and Sodom was burned, God came down in the form of a man, and He eat. A minister said to me, not long ago, said, “Brother Branham, now you’re too sensible for that.”
I said, “No, I’m not. I’m not too sensible.” I said, “That—that just shows I got my right mind.”
He said, “Do you believe that was God?”
I said, “Abraham called Him God.” I said...
He said, “Eating that meat and eating that bread and stuff?”
I said, “Yes.” I said, “You just forget how great God is.”
I believe that was two Angels. Now, see, we’re only made of sixteen elements of the earth. That’s, you know, calcium, potash, petroleum, cosmic light, and so forth. God just reached down and get a handful of that stuff, and go “Whew,” said, “Step in here, Gabriel. We’re going down.” And made Hisself one. That’s right. Oh, I’m so glad to know Him like that. Though there might not even be one speck of me left on earth, but my God, Who promised to raise me up in the last days, can speak the cosmic light, and things will come to existence, if only my name’s on His Book (Amen.), wrote there by the Blood of the Lamb. A super sign...
Aren’t you happy? Don’t you just love Him with all your heart? He is so good. I love Him with all that is in me. God be manifested. Amen. I believe that He’s here. Amen. Something just happened then. I seen something happen. Amen. He always backs up His Word if it’s right: a super sign.
Watch this. Right there, there’s somebody there from across the sea. Interpret for him. You’re from Denmark. You’re suffering. Your trouble’s in your nerves, in your muscles. Tell him to forget about it. Go back there and be well. Super sign, do you believe it? A super sign.
What do you people think? You believe? Have faith in God. Don’t doubt. Here sits a man here fixing to have an operation, got a tumor. Mr. Harrison, if you believe with all your heart, you won’t have to have it. If you’ll take God at His Word and believe Him, it’ll all be over. It’s up to you, whether you want to believe Him or not.
Lady from Sacramento setting there with an intestinal trouble. You want to believe with all your heart? God will make you well. You can receive yours. Super sign.
What about you, Mr. Love? You believe that God can make you well? All right. Stand up on your feet and receive it. I don’t know the man, but he needs healing: bladder trouble, high blood pressure, prostate trouble. Let me tell you something else. You’re praying for somebody else. It’s your wife. She’s not here. You believe me to be His prophet? If I’ll tell you what’s wrong with your wife, will you believe your healing? She’s got high blood pressure too. Believe now, and she’ll get well. Super sign.
Lay your hand on that man setting next to you there. You don’t have a prayer card, do you, sir? All right, you believe with all your heart and that back trouble will leave you.
All right, sir, being that you reached around and going to help him there a little bit, put your hands on him. If you’ll believe, that leukemia will leave you, and you’ll get well (amen), if you’ll believe with all your heart. Have faith in God.
A super sign, a sign that cannot fail, God of Heaven stands present. He promised He’d do it. Did He not? Do you believe with all your heart?
Now, let me tell you. Anything outside of being born again will never reach the rapture. Unless there is a germ of life inside you, you’ll perish. You cannot rise up again. If you haven’t got that germ of life in you this afternoon, and you’re not a Christian, why not you walk right here, pass by here, and let me pray with you. Will you do it? ...?... I don’t believe in all this here sympathy. You don’t go to Heaven on emotions. You go to Heaven because you believe God’s Word and accept Jesus Christ. That’s the way.
If you will really love God, come right here. I—I just feel led to do this before I pray for the sick. I ask any person without God, with no hope this afternoon of the resurrection, the super sign of God moving amongst the people, come right now and believe with all your heart.
God bless you, sir. Somebody else follow him. Just keep coming. Keep rising up and coming right down there. That’s right, sir, come right on down. Amen. Come right in here. [Brother Branham goes to pray for the people.] The Lord bless you, son ...?... because of Christ ...?... God, bless him with Eternal Life. I lay hands upon him while the Holy Ghost has me anointed ...?... through Jesus Christ ...?... May the God ...?... my brother who has come ...?... May the God ...?... That’s right. Just form you a little line here. Go right around kneel down by the seats. We’re going to pray for you just in a moment.
[Brother Branham continues praying for about eight minutes. Many of the words are indistinguishable.] ...?...
Don’t go back to your seats. Come right down here ...?...
Here a little girl stands here, praying for her daddy ...?... God, I pray for this girl’s daddy ...?...
God, grant this request of our brother; may he be filled with the Spirit, in Jesus’ Name ...?...
Lord, grant the anointing of the Holy Spirit upon this woman to go and be a missionary to the Jews, in Jesus’ Name ...?...
A man on crutches wants to be saved; that wonderful? The other day there was a...first night here, there was a woman about seventy years old come up here, and she’d never been saved. She gave her life to Christ, went home and died. If that ain’t grace, I don’t know it. Saved now ...?...
The little girl’s father is here, a Jewish man, come and says he believes on the Lord Jesus Christ ...?...
May the devil be foiled again, this afternoon, in the Name of Jesus Christ ...?...
(Got a place for a tape recorder?)
Now, how many has prayer cards? All right, where did we start from the other night, or left off? Was it about 20? What was it in? I, wasn’t it? I-20 is it here? That’s where we left off, I-20. 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, in I. All right. Now, the ushers will help you here to stay in line. 25, 26, 27, 28. All the I’s. In the I’s, bring that. Prayer card I-20 to 100.
What’s the next one? J? All right, sir. All right, while they’re coming, we’re going to pray... Let’s see, how we get through all of them? All right, you all pray ...?...
Now, J2. All that’s got prayer cards stand up. We’re going to do something a little different right now, than what we have been doing. All that’s got prayer cards stand up over here.
All things are possible, only believe.
Only believe, only believe,
All things are possible, only believe;
Only... (Now, just stand right there just a minute.) ...only believe,
All things are possible, only believe.
Now, so that you won’t think that Divine healing belongs only to the evangelist, these men here have just as much right to pray for the sick as I, Oral Roberts, or any person. They’re all servants of Christ. And now, if you will just believe, I want to lay hands on every person that comes across the platform.
Not only that, but I want my minister brothers to be with me, to help lay hands on the sick, each one of you, so that you’ll see that it’s... your congregation can see that just ’cause you’re not the evangelist, that don’t mean God’s not with you, just ...?... the same as anybody here.
And now, now, to you people that’s going to come on the prayer line, if you come expecting to be healed, you’ll walk off that platform well. Now, how... Now look, don’t misunderstand me now, you better get this clear, ’cause, if it isn’t, you’ll just hit the wall. But if you’re not... If you get it clear, something’s fixing to happen. I—I—I love you, and I want to help you, but you must listen what I’m going to tell you.
How could a human being ever be able to discern thoughts in people, and watch what happens? Now, is that right? If them steps would have been done in—in Sodom, it would been standing yet today. See? Greater... it’s even... There’s been more happened right there in that line than there is written in the entire Bible. In this meeting more has been done in that line of the super sign of the resurrection of Christ, and His Presence, showing that He’s the same God, the same One, with the same sign, doing the same things. And He said Himself, “I do nothing till the Father shows Me first what to do.” Is that right?
Now, if He were standing here right now, wearing this suit, He could not heal you unless you believed Him. Now, He could tell you what was your trouble, a lot of things like that. But He couldn’t heal you, because He’s already done it. By His stripes we were healed. Is that right? Already over, it’s done done.
Every person, now, listen close. This week I have tried to get you to see the greater way of doing it. Now, there was a Jew one time that said, “Come, lay Your hands on my daughter, and she’ll live.” That was a Jewish custom, laying on of hands.
But the Roman, the Gentile, said, “I’m not worthy that You come under my roof. Just speak the word.” And when you see His Word made manifest not only with me, but with you: my faith in the gift, your faith in the God that sent the gift, and see it working between us; that’s God.
I just wish I could get that to ...?... If I could only get this little group to see that, there’ll be another Pentecost happen right here ...?... If I could just get you to really comprehend what He is. Now, just let me go through it again.
Be real reverent. Now, look. God promised these things to happen in the last days. Here they are happening. I, in myself, I’m an ignoramus, don’t even have a common school education, know nothing about these things. The Heavenly Father knows that’s so. But when I was born in the world, when I was just a little boy...
I’ve seen visions and it’s been ten of thousands of them, and every one of them has been perfect. Not one thing has ever predict anything, but what happened just exactly the way It said it would happen. See? Now, then you set there, and you claim to be a Christian with faith. Then your own faith goes to the—to the throne of God, and touches the High Priest; and He turns back through a gift and answers right back to show that He’s the same God that was, that’s in me and in you. He’s the same God.
Now, that’s... Have you ever seen the picture of it back here, probably’s got it? That same Angel, that Light that you look at on that picture (When I meet you at the judgment bar, remember this is truth.), it isn’t two foot from where I’m walking around right now. That’s right. If you don’t believe it, start thinking something evil about it ...?... talk to ...?... about it. See, God is still God. He has to be God. He is God. He’s always been God. And now look. If that anointing here...
Now, maybe the brothers don’t do that, but these are other ministers, there’s nine gifts been sent to the church by God. Is that right? Apostles (which means missionaries), apostles, prophets (that’s seers), and—and teachers, pastors, evangelists. That’s all these gifts setting here together, now not only one office, but all of these offices together, with the Holy Spirit come manifesting them.
These pastors, they’ve taught you the way to live. You’ve followed their instructions to receive the Holy Ghost. You receive their—the Holy Ghost and receive salvation by following exactly what those teachers told you to do. Now, I’ve come and told you to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, He’d speak back. And here it is through another gift. Now, you’re passing under the hand of every one of them gifts. How can you fail? It can’t fail. When you walk across this platform, and the first man lays his hand on you, say, “Thank You, God, for healing me,” go off there rejoicing ...?... Now, let’s bow our heads, everybody.
Lord, at the close of this five-day meeting, I realize here today the sincerity of the people. And I realize that the hustle and bustle, and the strain... Satan would throw that confusion among them to keep them from having faith. But we’re asking You, Lord, to hold him back. Let the Spirit of Christ reign him out of here. And let the people as they pass over the platform remember they’re following just exactly what the Scripture said do. “These signs shall follow them that believe.”
Surely, with five straight services, confirmation of Your Presence by speaking with tongues, by interpretation of tongues, by healing the people, bringing them out of wheelchairs, and around over the place, and diseases, and—and things has been spoken and told the people. And then, seeing the power of God save them, seeing all these things happen, surely they believe. Make known the hearts, the secret even in the heart, and the people that they’re praying for, their loved ones and so forth. Surely they can see it’s the lovely Lord Jesus.
Now, let Him come in His power, in His force. I bless my brethren here, Lord, that’s going to stand with me, these pastors and teachers that’s helped me, that stood here by me. God bless them. May their hands and body be charged with the Holy Ghost.
And if these people’s sick, that’s—that’s somebody’s children, somebody’s mother, somebody’s dad, somebody’s husband, somebody’s wife. It could be mine. O God, with the deepest of sincerity, let those people understand that they are already healed. They only have to accept it. Grant it. By His stripes we were healed, and may each one be healed that passes through this line this afternoon, as we lay hands upon them in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
I’m going to ask my brethren here that you’ll make a line, right along here. Come right up here on the platform. Come right over and make a line facing back this a way ...?... That’s right ...?... Now, now, form another line right on this side. Amen.
It’s time for action now. The Holy Spirit showed Hisself present. The Word has confirmed Itself. Now, it’s your time to act. This is your time. How many believes? All right, as you trail through this line this afternoon, come through believing. Go back to your seat, giving God praise. No matter what’s wrong with you, believe anyhow.
If there’s any crippled, I think there’s somebody here to—to push a wheelchair. Let them push them right up along here. We’ll come down there and pray for them. They don’t have to bring them on the platform. We’ll come down there. You won’t have to lift them up, or anything. Just bring them right along here, and we’ll come down and pray for them.
Now, how many in this building that’s well can go to join with us in prayer? Now, turn around if you, put your hands on these people and pray for them. Look up on this platform here. The Presence of the Holy Ghost, a super sign. This sign has never been done in the church since the days of the apostles. Here’s a historian standing here right now. Never been done since the days of the apostles. Why? This is the evening Light. Sodom is all around here. It’s to the called-out church.
Now, this is the thing that God wants you to do. Pass through here, and as soon as you come through, come with your faith set on God, and say, “I believe it right now, Lord, and I accept it.” Walk right off the platform. It’s over then. All right.
Now, I want all the people in the audience also to pray with us now, as we bow our heads as the people comes through. Let’s lay this off here, so no one will step on it ...?... Now, brothers, one of you here will take this. Brother Cox, maybe if you’ll ...?...
Oh, something’s got to happen, hasn’t it? How many believes it is? I do. Now, let us all bow our heads now, reverently, while we pray, and let the audience start coming through now.
Our Heavenly Father, this woman is breaking forward now in this great prayer line for this afternoon. She’s coming through first. Hand after hand will be laid on her, and others, as they pass, while prayers are going up everywhere.
Now, Lord, this is... I don’t believe You could do any more than what You’ve already done. You’ve showed Your Presence, You’ve confirmed Your Word, done all these great things. And now, Lord God, let it be so. Let each one be healed as they pass through. In the Name of Jesus Christ, grant it, Lord, as they go. In the Name of Jesus ...?... healing, Grant it, Lord ...?... [Brother Branham prays for more sick people.] The Holy Ghost is here ...?...
Go believing now; take Him at His Word ...?...
I want to stop the line just a minute. You see this little colored boy? Last night he was healed and taken from a paralyzed, in a wheelchair, here he is walking through here to give God glory ...?...
Keep praying everybody, keep praying. You’re in the Presence of God.
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