PRESENT STAGE OF MY MINISTRY

Sa 08.09.1962, abends, Branham Tabernacle
Jeffersonville, Indiana, USA
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...-vival, being very tired and worn. And we have had very much fellowship along the road, wonderful meetings, with greeting the Christians from place to place, from up, down the East Coast, and also up the West Coast into Canada. And with fine cooperation among all the different denominational churches, of the Assemblies of God, and the United Pentecostal, Church of God, Foursquare, and many of the other organizations which cooperated, having great meetings. A great success, as far as it could be called success today, and perhaps maybe many would call it “great.” But, myself, I’m a... a... a revivalist. And the revival, nationally speaking, is just about ended. And we are... I like to see revival where hearts are on fire, not adding members, but revival. Our Lord did many miracles of healing the people, and, of course, several got saved. And now I’m home, resting for a little while, and going back into the service in a few weeks, the Lord willing.

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And now this is to the many peoples and friends of mine around the world. I wish to state tonight, here in the tabernacle... If you, any of you were present and could see, they’re real warm in the tabernacle tonight. People are packed in and all around, stand indoors, and outside in their cars and things, and it’s very hot, and it’d be difficult for the people and for myself also.

But I have come to this place that I want to explain what stage of time we’re living in according to the ministry that the Lord give me. And I wanted to record it from the tabernacle. It came on my heart last spring, but I waited till I got back here so I could get a... a recording of it, to send it to you peoples of the world.

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It’s been about thirty-two years ago, that when the Lord Jesus, within a hundred and fifty yards of where I’m present standing now, here in Jeffersonville at Eighth and Penn Street, the morning when I laid the cornerstone on this tabernacle, just being then merely a swamp. And I lived just across the way to my left here. It was before I was married. I was living with my father and mother. That the Lord Jesus woke me up the morning that the cornerstone was to be laid, about early, about six o’clock. And I had been lying in bed for some time, with my heart full of joy, thinking of this great time that the Lord God was going to give me a tabernacle to preach in. I was merely a young boy then. And that day I... the girl that I was going with, which was soon to be my wife the following year, was to be with us the day we was to lay the cornerstone.

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And I remember that morning when I had wakened up, and laying in the room, the upstairs right here on Seventh Street. Something said, “Rise up to your feet.” And I got up. And I saw, as it was, a great place, and it was like a... a... a place where they would... a river run in the valley. And I got down there to the river and I understood it was a place where John the Baptist had been baptizing the people, and they had turned it into a hog lot. And I was very critical of it, just saying that it should not be done.

And while I was there, there was a... a Voice spoke to me and took me up, and I noticed this tabernacle in just about the state it’s in right now. But there were so many people till they were just packed all in, in the tabernacle, in this condition, about the state it’s at now. And I... I was happy, standing behind the pulpit, saying, “God, how good You are to give me a tabernacle.”

And, at that time, the Angel of the Lord spake to me, and said, “But this is not your tabernacle.”

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And I said, “Then, Lord, where is my tabernacle?”

And He taken me up in the Spirit again, and set me down in a grove. And way down the grove was just rows of trees setting just level, about twenty-feet tall, or thirty. And they looked like fruit trees, and they were in great big green buckets.

And then I noticed to my right hand and to my left hand, there was an empty bucket on either side, and I said, “What about these?”

And He said, “You’re to plant in them.” So I pulled a limb from the tree to my right and placed it in a bucket on the right side, and a limb from the left hand and placed it in a bucket on the left side. Quickly they growed all the way into the skies.

And He said, “Hold out your hands and gather the fruit thereof.” And in one hand fell a great yellow apple, mellow and ripe. And in the other hand fell a great yellow plum, mellow and ripe. And said, “Eat the fruit thereof, because it’s pleasant.” And I ate from one and from the other, very delicious. You know the vision, it’s wrote in one of the books, I think, "Life Story", or "Prophet Visits Africa".

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And just then I held up my hands, and was shouting the glory of God. And all of a sudden, that Pillar of Fire came down over the top of those trees, and the roar and the lightnings flashed, and the winds blew real hard, and the leaves begin to blowing from the trees. And I looked way down, here stood the shape of this tabernacle, the way it sets now. And at the end where the pulpit would be, there were three trees, and those three trees taken shape of three crosses. And I noticed that both plums and apples were gathered in a clusters around the middle cross. And I ran real fast, screaming to the top of my voice, and fell down upon this cross, or by the cross, and threw my arms around it. And the winds begin to shake, and the... the fruit from the cross, and it fell all over me. And I was so happy, just rejoicing. And It said, “Eat the fruit thereof, because it’s pleasant.”

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And then this circling of Fire called out, said, “The harvest is ripe, and the laborers are few.” And He said, “Now, when you come to yourself again, or come out of this, read 2 Timothy 4. 2 Timothy 4.” And then I came to myself. And I stood there rubbing my face and my hands. And just then, in the corner of the room, sun shining high, then I must have been under the vision for some hour or more, and It said, “2 Timothy 4.” And I reached quickly for my Bible, and read 2 Timothy 4.

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Now, I wish to read that now. And as strange as it seems, as I read this 2 Timothy 4, the place that I stopped, and many times that I’ve preached on that here in this tabernacle, it seems strange that I’d always stop on that. Now in 2 Timothy 4, the first five verses. Which, five is the number of “grace.” I read this:

I charge thee... before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;

Preach the word; be instant in season, and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall heap... shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned into fables.

But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, and do the work of an evangelist, and make full proof of thy ministry.

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Did you ever notice, and I never noticed it till this last May, I never read any more of that Scripture until there? That’s all I ever read of it ’cause that seemed like that it... it was suffices, because it was telling me to preach the Word and to endure afflictions, and to be longsuffering, for the time was coming when they would not endure sound Doctrine, but after their own lusts shall heap teachers, having itching ears, and would be turned from Truth unto fables. But, now, He never said I was an evangelist. He said, “Do the work of an evangelist.” Paul telling Timothy, see. Did you notice how it says? He didn’t say, “Now, you have been called to be an evangelist.” It said, “Do the work of an evangelist.” See? Now, we notice there then. Now, if I would say with all my heart and the best of my knowledge, that has been fulfilled to the letter. Just exactly. And that’s thirty years ago.

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And so far as I know, that every vision that He’s ever give me has been fulfilled, except the one that I’m a change in my ministry, to where I’m to pray for people in a little place like a little room under a tent, or a big auditorium or something. It looked, to me, like a tent. You remember that, two or three years ago? Most all of it was brought to pass. I was to go down in Mexico, and how it would rain that night and what would take place down there. And He told me my ministry of the First Pull. Remember about catching the little bitty fish, or missing it? Second one was a small fish. But then He told me, “On the Third Pull, don’t fail. See? And don’t tell people.” I’m always trying to explain what I’m trying to do. He let me know not to tell people what you’re doing. Just do what He tells me to do and let it alone. See?

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But I’m that type of person, I have no secrets, so I just tell everything I know. So, that’s... that’s just the breed, I guess. But that, I try... I love people, and I want people to be saved so bad till I try to tell them everything I know, unless it’s something He’s told me not to tell, of course, so that they won’t miss it. See? I want them to see it so close that there’ll be no error in it.

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Now, that come to pass just exactly. Now remember, the charge was, if we’ll study that for a moment, “I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, Who shall judge the quick and the dead at His appearing in His Kingdom.” See? “Judge... Charge you before God, and Christ, that you... that you preach the Word.” And so help me, till this night, as far as I have any knowledge of, I’ve never preached nothing but the Word, see, and stayed right with It. It’s been a lot of trouble, and I’ve went through lots of persecutions and lots of trials, had to separate from many precious friends because of that very statement, “Preach the Word.” And I... I have...

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You remember in the vision, or, the little translation as I would call it, recently, where I was taken and saw those people and looked back to myself and all those millions there. And I said, “I want to see Jesus.”

And He said, “He’s higher.”

Well, see, when people die, they... they don’t immediately go up with God. Now, you, I’m sure you’ll understand that. Maybe I ought to explain it the best that I can. Are you in a hurry then? [Congregation shouts, "No! No!"] Let’s take our time then... ["Amen!"] ...and... and... and try to make it just as clear as I can.

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Now, when we come along, we remember that we live here in three dimensions. And I don’t know whether I can name them or not. One of them is light, and the other is matter. Tommy, you remember what the third is? [Someone says something.] Huh? [“Atom.”] Atom? [Someone else says, “Time.”] Time. Right. Now, light, matter, and time. And our five senses contact them dimensions. Our sight contacts light, our feeling contacts matters, and so forth.

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Now, but we have contact through science, the fourth dimension, as it was. Because coming right through this building now comes pictures, voices of radio, pictures on television, that our senses does not contact that, but yet they have a... a tube or a crystal that picks up those ether waves and manifests them. So, you see, right in this building now is live actions of people, in the air, live voices. They’re here. We know it. They’re absolutely the truth. And the only thing you do, they... they catch it on... I don’t understand the mechanics of... of those things that science has invented, but we know that it proves to us there is a fourth dimension.

Now, the fifth dimension is where the sinner, the unbeliever dies and goes to. The fifth dimension is the, kind of the, well, the horrible dimension. Now this man...

And when a Christian dies, he goes into the sixth dimension.

And God is in the seventh dimension.

Now then, you see, the Christian when he dies, he goes under the altar of God, right into the Presence of God, under the altar. And he’s at rest.

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To break it down, when a man has a nightmare, he’s not altogether asleep, neither is he awake. He’s between sleep and awake, and that’s what makes him have a horrible shaking and screaming, because he’s not asleep, he’s not awake. And to take that, shows where a man goes when he dies unconverted. He’s lived his time up, he’s dead on earth; and he cannot go in the Presence of God, because he’s not fit to go there without the Blood. And he’s caught. And he cannot come back to earth, because his time’s finished here on earth, and he’s caught between, and he’s in a nightmare. See? He can’t go in the Presence of God, to rest. And he can’t back, come to earth, because his time’s up. He’s in a nightmare, and there he stays until the day of the judgment. A horrible thing to be in, see.

And now in this vision, I believe I was caught to that sixth dimension, looking back down here and could see back. See, the sight isn’t exactly with the eyes, that’s earthly. But sight is a greater thing than... The sight that they have there, their contact is far beyond any contact that our natural senses would contact.

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Here sometime ago I was explaining it. I was looking at a television picture where they let a man down, I think two mile or a mile deep in the ocean, and they had ray lights that went out. They was showing marine life. And there come fish by, that horrible-looking creatures. That, it’s midnight, ink black down there. And they had phosphorus on their nose and they had no eyes. Now, they have to be fed, so it looked like, to find their food, they were guided with another sense; not sight, ’cause they didn’t have eyes, couldn’t use them down there. But they were guided with another sense that they could contact their food. And I thought, “If I could have control of that little fish with my sight, how much greater could I supply his food and lead him places, how much greater my sight is than his radar he contacts.” See? And I thought, “If I could just lead him!”

Then it come to me, “If I could only surrender myself to God, how much greater is the sight and senses of God, Who could guide us much more than the things that we see, because the faith that He supplies us is the evidence of things not seen with our eyes.” Then if that little fish could never come up to the top of the water like other fish, because he’s pressurized. You bring him up, he would explode. No more than we can go up higher and keep from exploding. We are pressurized for the... the place that we live.

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But now if that little fish could ever come up here and be me, would he ever want to be that little fish again down in that midnight blackness? He’d never want to be a fish no more, because he’s something greater than a fish, he’s a man; his senses are greater, his understanding is greater, his intelligent is supreme. Then multiply that by ten million, then you get what it is when you pass from this into the Presence of God yonder, where the human being is so much farther than what we are here. You’d never want to be a human being like this no more, down in this pesthouse of sickness and corruption. It’s been that in my heart, that I’ve tried these thirty years to preach the Gospel around the world, to tell people that there is a Heaven to... to gain and there’s a hell to shun, and there is a God that loves you, and a... a redeeming power that’s laying ready to pick you up at any time that you’re ready to receive it.

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Like a man drowning, a rope hanging there, he thinks, “Well, the rope, I could pull myself out, but I’m not worthy to get the rope.” The rope was put there for that very purpose, for you to pull yourself out with. That’s the reason Jesus Christ died, for the very purpose of saving sinners. And He dangled the rope of Eternal Life, which this very night will pass over every sinner’s head in here, and a welcome sign hanging on it, “Come up out of it.” If... if you... if you wish to do it, the preparation is made.

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Now, when I seen that place and that condition that those people were in, and how beyond anything that this world could ever think of, it was glorious. There could not be sin there, no death nor nothing could enter that spot. And there was no different between man and women, only the... the sex glands was gone from them, and there could never be no more adultery, no more nothing. But she was still a woman in the way of figure, and man was still figure, and they’ll forever be that way. Because when God...

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Now this might be good, some of you high school kids that’s getting this stuff taught into you here about evolution. Now, I believe in evolution, but not in the way that man evoluted from... from some lower specie. Their own theory backfires upon them when they try to hybreed anything, it won’t breed itself back. So, you see, it... it’s backfired on them.

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Now, I believe that when God begin to bathe the earth, maybe the first thing He did come forth with was a jellyfish, and from that to a frog, and on up. But, you see, it’s continually come closer and closer to the image of man, and man was a reflection of God. And that’s the reason that grass become evoluted, maybe grass, and then from grass come flowers, from flowers come shrubs, from shrubs come tree. Why? It’s a picture of the Tree of Life standing on the other side. And everything on this side that’s natural is a shadow of the Supernatural or the Eternal on the other side. Therefore, as long as there’s a born-again Christian on the earth, and we got a body here like this, it’s the very reflection of one that’s waiting on the other side where there is no death and sorrow. And that’s what makes our hearts hunger for such as that. See, there’s something in us that calls out. We just... There’s something that tells us it’s there. I believe through these years... I apologize before God and the people, of being stupid and being... making many mistakes. But through these many years I have been privileged to see many millions of people come into the Kingdom of God, and have been thankful to the Lord to let me lead them there. And I believe they’ll be there on that day.

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Now, the vision was fulfilled. And how I ever come to ever stop, not knowing, on that 5th verse. That’s all I ever read. But there’s some more to that chapter, several more verses. Now, you might, in your hotel room or home tonight, soon as we dismiss, read the rest of that, ’cause I’ve got several Scriptures wrote out here that I want to refer to, and notes that I want to refer to. And I want you to read it when you go home. I’ll quote it, it’ll be on the tape. You want to mark some of it down, why, it’ll be all right.

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Now, do you believe that men and women, which I know you do, are led by the Spirit of God to do things? See? And Jesus was our pattern. If you would notice it, I want to turn, you turn with me, to Saint Luke, the 4th chapter, just a minute. And I want to show you something striking. And just so we won’t get to too much of these references, but that you’ll be able to read with me here, for on this one, for just a few moments. Saint Luke, the 4th chapter and the 14th verse, we begin. Now watch real close here if you want to see something happen, this paralleled. Now notice:

And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit unto Galilee... He returned in the power of the Spirit unto Galilee: and there went out a fame of him throughout all the regions around about.

And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.

And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.

And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it is written, was written,

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; and he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, and to preach deliverance to the captives, and to recover sight to the blind, and to set at liberty, them that are bruised.

And to preach the acceptable year of our Lord.

And he closed the book...

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Now, if you want to, if you want a reference to that, I’ve got it here, just a moment, if I maybe pick it up out of the marginal reading here. If you notice, that’s also you’ll find it over in Mark and different places, but in Isaiah 61:1 and 2. Now, isn’t it strange that He stopped right there, and the very next verse... That was what was applied to His first coming. And the second, next verse, is applying to His Second Coming, at judgment. He stopped and closed the book. If any of you are reading a Scofield Bible, you’ll find a footnote on it there. See? Watch your footnote, a mark to a footnote, see, and you’ll notice there. “A comparison with the... the message quoted, in Isaiah 61:1 and 2, affords the instance of the...“ Where, the Scripture here, preaching, Jesus was to preach the acceptable year of the Lord; and the next verse comes out with His Coming and judgment. See? And you see how He stopped right at that.

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And how I never noticed that, and how I always stopped at this 5th verse, “For the time will come when they do not endure sound Doctrine, but will heap themselves with teachers, having itching ears, and will be turned from the Truth to fables. But do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of your ministry.” See? And by God’s help and grace I’ve tried to do that. And I want my friends, both here and out into the lands where the tapes will go, the reason that I have took the stand that I have for the Word, is this very reason. “Preach the Word.” That’s the reason I would not tally-ate with any of the creeds, any the denominations, because I have been commissioned of God to stay with the Word. Now if anybody else wants to do anything else, that’s up to them.

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And if you notice, in the vision that I had of my ministry, it was I’ve never crossed those trees. I have never proselyted. I have never said, “All you trinitarians be oneness” or “all you oneness be trinitarians.” I have planted in their own vessels. Just exactly. I went to the trinitarian, I went to the oneness, I went to everybody, and stayed between and never joined any of them; but stayed between, being a brother, just exactly what that vision said do. And I’ve eat the fruit from both sides, salvation on both sides.

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And now, did you notice, there’s many trinitarian people sitting here, there’s many oneness, and there’s many different ones. But how little you would be to fuss about it, because if that part of the vision was true, the other part’s true, too. Both fruits was found in the cross. See? Both of them was in the cross, all clustered together, and both plums and pear, or peach, plums and apples rained down on me there. Both of them. All found in the cross, because they all believed in God and are filled with the Holy Ghost, and have the Christian works and signs following.

Now, the denomination won’t have nothing to do with it. It’ll be the born again that will have anything to do with it. It’ll be your experience with God that will have to do with it. Now, we see so much of that. I’ve got several Scriptures here that I’d like to refer to. Maybe I will a little later on.

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But now I want to take you from the 5th verse, on down to the 18th verse. And now to save time, I... I won’t read it. But now Paul, starting off over here in Timothy again, if you notice how he begin to speak, it’s pathetic. Now if you notice after the 5th verse:

For I am now ready to be offered, and my time of... departure is at hand.

Fixing to leave the scene. Starts off, see:

I have...

Well, watch:

My...

I’m ready, and my departure is at hand.

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me at that day: and not only me only, but... all them also that love his appearing.

And then he goes ahead to tell,

Do all, do these things...

What? For him to bring the coat. Now we start right off, and he says:

...Demas has forsaken me...

There must come a time in his ministry when he was a young evangelist, a young prophet, everybody was for him. But now you notice on down in here, said:

...all men has forsaken me...

What for? - The Word!

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When Jesus, the young Prophet of Galilee, He got a time and He was forsaken. All man who stay with God’s Word gets to that place where they are forsaken by the world and the religious world. Jesus fed five thousand, one day, and they picked up baskets full of... of fragments off of five loaves and two fishes. And the very next day, I believe it was, He begin to come down with the Word, and all of them begin to depart from Him. And He looked around to the disciples, and said, “Will you go, also?” Even seventy of His Own ordained ministers left Him. And He said, “Will you go, also?”

And then Peter spoke those notable words, by saying, “Lord, where would we go? Thou only has Eternal Life.”

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Notice. But the time come when the forsaking time come, and it’s... it’s got to come. It must come. And now I’ve got several prophets and things in here to refer to, to prove to you that that time come. And it’s arrived for me. No need of trying to rub away from it, it’s here and you just must take it. They didn’t rub away from it, they stood and took it, and not being ashamed of the Gospel.

You notice Paul, “I’ve fought a good fight. I’ve finished my course. I’ve kept the Faith.” Oh, my! On down here it said, “I’ve fought with beasts. And I... I was delivered out of the lion’s mouth.” And the things that he went, God was good to him. But the time had come when he was going to depart.

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Now, let’s just wonder, why would a man, a minister, associate like Demas was to Paul, ever leave Paul?

You know Brother Baxter, many of you remember him. He used to read... It was about Demas. He said, “You know what I’m going to do, Brother Branham, when I get to Heaven, the first thing I’m going to do?”

And I said, “What?”

He said, “I’m going to walk right up and find out where Demas is, I’m going to sock him just as hard as I can.” And said, “He’s going to turn around and say, ‘Baxter, what’d you do that for?’” He said, “Why did you leave poor little Paul when everybody forsaken him?” I don’t prescribe to that, I don’t believe they’ll have some fights up there, but I just thought about Brother Baxter saying that ’cause he felt so sorry for Paul.

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Well, what had Paul done? He had preached just as loyal as he could, and the Holy Spirit was on him. And when he wrote down there about those lady ministers and things, I imagine there was a blow up. Said, “Let the women keep silent in the churches, not permitted them to speak,” and him in jail right then.

Could you imagine what some of them bishops said? “Huh! That guy up there in jail, what business he got writing down here with us? See? And he’s got Timothy, a winebibber, with him. And so here he is up there now, that he’s feeding Timothy on wine, and here he is laying in jail, and writing down, tell us what the Holy Ghost ought to tell us to do.”

But he said, “If... What? Come the Word of God out of you, and came It from you only? If any man thinks himself to be spiritual or a prophet, let him acknowledge that what I write is the Commandments of the Lord.” See?

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See, the time comes, friends. And I want the people in the land that the tapes goes to, to remember that the separating time has to come. It must do it. I don’t know how far I am from the end time, my end of the road. I don’t know. That’s up to God. I don’t know what tomorrow is, and who... I don’t know what it holds, but I know Who’s holding it. So that’s where my faith is built, on that.

Now, I imagine Demas didn’t forsake him and start off to nightclubs. I don’t imagine Demas did that, ’cause Demas was a Spirit-filled man. He was a great helper. If you ever took the history of Demas, he was a notable preacher, a fine cultured man, highly polished, educated. He was a smart man. But why would he forsake Paul? That’s the thing. What made him do it, forsake Paul? I don’t believe he wanted to go to a nightclub or anything. But I believe it was God separating Paul. Now I imagine Demas...

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Let’s take some of Demas’ thoughts. As I was sitting down on the hillside, wondering the other day, about daylight, and I was thinking, “Why would Demas want to leave that fellow? Why would he leave that poor little preacher that led him to the Lord, the man who spearheaded the revival amongst the Gentiles, a prophet indeed?” No one could say but what he was a prophet. He was more than a prophet, he was an apostle, and a great and mighty apostle to the Gentiles. And Demas would associated with Paul, had fellowship, and seen the Spirit of God move upon that man. And why would he turn his back on such a person as that, had been vindicated that he was a servant of Christ? Did you notice Paul here, “Loving this present world.” Now, I don’t think Demas backslid. I don’t think he did that. But I think he... he got the wrong opinion of Paul.

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Now, Demas come out of a rich family and he was wealthy, and money sometimes means religion to people. Like they say in California, “If you haven’t got three Cadillacs, you’re not spiritual.” So it means, if you’re not successful, if you don’t have the finest church there is in the city, the people won’t go. It’s almost that way here, Poogh. You, you’ve got to have the finest church in the country, or they say, “You, oh, you mean you joined up with a little bunch like that?”

Did you know our Lord didn’t have a place to lay His head? Did you know He only owned one coat? See? And He had... He was just kind of a person was pushed about. And He didn’t have no place to lay His head. But they could have thought the same thing, and did, about Him.

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And, now, I believe Demas saw a failing, seemingly, in Paul’s ministry. I think that he thought the old fellow was washed up, before God. Now, he thought that a people that would pluck their eyes out to give to Paul...

Now, Paul said that, he said, “You would have, at least, plucked your eyes out, to give them to me.” Cause, Paul, we think, had bad eyes, ’cause he said, “I’ve wrote with such big letters.” He said, “big letter,” but I’ve got the... the lexicon, and it says, “with big letters.” He was in Rome, in prison there. It was something wrong, he said his eyes had been bothering him since the Heavenly vision. So he... The people would have plucked out their eyes, seeing Paul suffer, his eyes bothering him, and he suffering. And he asked the Lord to heal him, three times. And he said, “Except I would get exalted above the abundance of the Revelation, there was sent to me a messenger of the devil that he might buffet me.” Now, it would get pretty good, then hit him again. Then he’d get good, and hit him again.

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You see, Paul had a ministry greater than all the rest of the apostles put together. Some of them could have said, “Well, I walked with Jesus.” Why, man on the street walked with Him when He was here. But Paul saw Him in the Pillar of Fire after He was dead, buried, ascended into Heaven, and returned back and called Paul, see, see, on the road down to Damascus. And he had a greater ministry than Matthew, Mark, Luke, or any of them others. He was far beyond them. And he said, “Except I get exalted now and say, ‘Now, you fellows don’t know nothing about It. I seen the Lord after His resurrection.’”

Well, they say, “We walked with Him.” Well, so did all them people down around in Galilee and Nazareth and through the country there. They all walked with Him.

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But, you see, Paul had talked with Him and saw Him in the form that He was before He was made flesh. See? And He commissioned Paul in that state, while He was in that Light. He commissioned Paul. And... and Paul had saw Him. And he said, “Except I get exalted, feel a little higher than some of you brethren, there was given to me a messenger of the devil,” that keeps him beat down. And he said, “I sought the Lord three times to take it away from me. And He said, ‘Saul, or Paul, My grace is sufficient.’” Then Paul said, “I’ll glory in my infirmities, ’cause when I am weak then I am strong. See, I will glory in it!”

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Now, did you notice now, a man that had a ministry greater than any of the rest of them that had been on the field, Paul, the greatest ministry of all of them, that had seen Jesus in a Pillar of Fire, and commissioned him to do what he done, and was vindicated by the same God, and the same Power, with signs and wonders beyond any question; and was so poor he only had one coat, preaching to a bunch of people that would have plucked their eyes out, and some of them millionaires. And yet Paul had one coat. He said, “Bring that coat, getting cold up here.” He was in the mountain country. He only had one coat.

And Demas, to a man that was of high standing, high caliber, cultured, educated, and a rich man that had many changes of clothes, “That guy, was something wrong with him. That had so many friends that would pluck their eyes out to give it to him, and yet he was so poor he had one coat. Something was wrong with Paul.”

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Oh, you know, that spirit don’t leave the world, they still have it that way. Money ain’t God. There’s only one God. See? But people think because you have a big ministry you ought to own all this and all this, and all these great big things, and big schools and big so-and-so. God doesn’t deal in them things. Or, at least, that’s been my opinion. God deals with an individual. He never did ordain us to go do such things.

But Paul, with one coat, and he tells Timothy here to bring it to him because it was getting cold up there. Uh-huh. A man that had a ministry that preached to tens of thousands that Paul did, and a ministry that could do all kinds of miracles, and seen Jesus in a Pillar of Fire, commissioned him, and yet owned one coat. Demas said, “A fellow like that,” he’d turn away from him.

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Now, when he was up here preaching towards Troas, we find out that there’s a man up there was a coppersmith. And he was a rascal. And he hated Christianity. And he done everything to Paul that he could do to him, had him throwed in jail. And every... even Paul warns Timothy of the same thing, “Watch that guy.” And here’s Demas! O God, let the people hear it! Here stood Demas standing by a man that struck a man blind, for disputing with him. Now, you Church of Christ preachers, put on your coats now. I had one tell me one time, said, “Smite me blind! Smite me blind! You got the Holy Ghost, smite me blind.”

I said, “You’re already blind.” See?

Now, why didn’t Paul smite the coppersmith blind? That same kind of a spirit that’s on people that think that, is the same thing was on Demas. A man that could smite a man blind, for disputing with him, and then turn and let a coppersmith spoil his ministry in the city. No doubt Demas said, “He, he’s washed up, he’s lost all of his gifts. He’s... he’s lost his gifts of smiting blind.”

Don’t you see how that spirit still lives, say, “You’re washed up, brother”? Oh! It... it just goes over the people’s head. They just don’t get it, that’s all there is to it. See? They just can’t see it. See? They don’t understand.

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Now Demas... didn’t smite that man blind because he wanted to. Didn’t Jesus say, “I do nothing till the Father shows Me first”? Haven’t I told you years ago, with my own mother was laying, dying, and would say, “Bill, what’s my outcome?” I couldn’t say nothing till God said so first. And that’s just what happened. Man can’t, man is a failure to begin with. He’s only an agent to which God works through, and God works His Own will. But when you see these super-duper people that’s always having this and that and the other, you’d better stay away from it. See? Jesus Himself didn’t do that. He said, “I only work as the Father works. He shows Me what to do and then I go do it. I can’t do other... anything otherwise than that.”

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And here Demas saw Paul, a man that had a ministry like that, and yet was so poor that he only owned one coat, and wanted Timothy to bring it to him. One coat! But, Paul set the example like Christ was, He had one coat. Then why does riches and lots of money and things mean so much to people today? Notice now. And he had power till, anybody that was contrary to what he preached, he turned around and said, “You’ll be blind for a season.” And the man was blind.

And here was a coppersmith, done ten times to him what that man done, and yet got away with it. Demas must have thought, “Well, see, the old fellow’s washed up now. He’s lost his ministry.” No, no, he hadn’t lost his ministry, not at all. God don’t do things like that. God’s not an Indian giver. Yeah. Notice now.

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Paul was something on the order like Elijah. Elijah the prophet went up on the mountain by the commission of God, and called for fire to fall out of Heaven, and it fell. And he called for water, and it come. And then he commanded by the message of God and killed four hundred priests, chopped their heads off, let them roll down the hill; and then run at the threat of a... a woman, one little hypocrite woman, or, she was an infidel. Jezebel, that one little woman which was the keynote to every bit of it, she was the one caused it. Looked like he’d have got her first. But God has ways of doing things, and His servants only can work according if he works according to the will of God.

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Don’t you see, friends, you’ve got to move according to God’s way of moving. How many times have I set in council of brethren, and how I would like to walk over and shake their hand and say, “Brethren, it doesn’t make any difference, let’s just be brethren along.” How can I do that and keep my commission, “Preach the Word”? Don’t want to do that.

I’ve stood amongst ministers, and say, “Brother Branham, my aunt’s over here. I know you’re a prophet sent from God. Go over and restore her sight.” Wish I could, I’d do it. I can’t do it till He tells me to do it. See? No one could do it. Elijah couldn’t do it, no one else could do it.

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Now we find out that Paul... Demas preaching with Paul, had seen Paul see a crippled man laying there, and said, “I perceive you have faith to be healed. Stand up on your feet! Jesus Christ makes you well.” Had seen him heal the sick, and yet he leaves his friend Theophilus sick.

“Paul’s lost his ministry.” That’s what Demas must have thought. “Why didn’t he, if he had a gift of healing, why didn’t he go up there and heal that buddy that had stood by him so faithful? He said, ‘I’ve left him up there sick. And I ain’t got no coat, and I want you to bring me that coat along. And be careful that coppersmith, he just ruined that meeting in the city. I had to leave the town. He put me in jail.’” I imagine Demas said, “What kind of a preacher has this turned out to be?” See?

And, brother, they got a lot of them Demas spirits in the world today. They don’t know what it’s all about. See? No need trying to explain it to them, ’cause they won’t get it anyhow. See? See? A servant of Christ follows the Footprints.

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One of our deacons here, I don’t know whether he’s here tonight or not, it’s Tony Zabel. He’s usually around here. And he came to me and he said here not long ago before he got... come over here, he said... he said, “I... I had a dream, a funny dream.” He said, “I... I dreamed I was trying to find my way upward towards Heaven.” He said, “I seen a man coming with a black robe on and was a... a... a reading a book.” And said, “I... I got to this man, and I asked him, ‘Which a-way to Heaven?’ And he said, ‘Ask the man ahead of me.’” And that was a... a pastor of a church that he had went to.

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He went a little farther and he met another man, he had on a black robe and was singing songs, going on. And that was another pastor. Both them pastors are personal friends of mine. And he said... And fine man. And he said, “‘Which way do I get up the top of the mountain here?’ He said, ‘Look here.’ Said, ‘See, standing way up there on the top, that little bitty guy?’ I said, ‘Yes.’” Said, “There stood a guy with a pair of overalls on, wearing a little cowboy hat.” [Blank spot on tape.]

Someone said, down in Kentucky, said, talking about me down there, said, “That guy looks anything like but a preacher.” Might look like a farmer or something, but... but, you know, it ain’t looks.

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And said that it was me standing up there. And he... he climbed up till he got to me, and said I got him by the arm and led him on up till I got top of the hill. And there was a wilderness to go through. And I said, “Tony, I must leave you here and you must walk some of this by yourself.”

He said, “Brother Branham, what can I do from here on?”

Said I said, “Come here, Tony, look down there. You see them barefooted tracks with Blood in them?” I said, “That’s what I’ve followed all the way. Just stay on That.” That’s the only thing I know to point man to; not to a creed or a sensation of some sort, but to those bloody Footprints that leads to the Bible, the Blood of Jesus Christ.

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Now, how that man must have felt, a man with so many millionaire friends, and one coat. A man that was... had power to smite a man blind, and let a man run him out of town. Never done a thing about it, got up and went out. Prayed for the sick and had left his friend sick. And Demas left him. All the rest of them left him. All of them left him. Paul said, “All men left me.” Every one of them left him.

I say this. When a man stands true to the Word, not just in one meeting, but in every meeting, when a man stands true to the Word, the time will come when they’ll leave him. Exactly. They did it. They did it to our Lord. They’ll leave him when he stands for Truth. “All men has forsaken me.” And now what do you think that Demas and some of them men thought when we all know, that know the Scripture, that Luke was a doctor, and Paul, wherever he went, took this doctor with him? And preaching Divine healing, and leaving his friend sick. So poor, he had one coat. And let a man run him out of town, when he could smite a man blind. See, they thought he was washed up. But he wasn’t! He was exactly in the bloody Footprints. He was following on. I hope you’re understanding. He said, “All man has forsaken me.”

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Demas, loving this present world, popularity of men. “Hello, Doctor Demas. I know you got your Ph.!”

Oh, sure, they love that. Jesus said, “How you like to stand in synagogues, and be called ‘Rabbi,’ and so forth.” Said, “You only receive more damnation.” See?

Now, we know when they seen this doctor following him, or with him, and Paul took Luke, said, he said... said here, “Luke is... Luke is the only one hadn’t forsaken. And Luke is... is good to him. But, Luke is prosperous to him. He needs Luke for his ministry.” And this doctor following a man around wherever he went, and preached Divine healing. And a man that preached Divine healing could heal the crippled and raise up the dead, and everything else, and see mighty visions, and speak things that would come to pass, and left his own co-worker sick. And could have had a million dollars and built buildings worth tens of thousands of dollars, and big schools and things like that, and didn’t even have but one coat to put on his back.

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Demas said, “I ain’t associating with a guy like that. He’s just... He’s a low class of person. I’ll go up with the denominational brethren. I’ll go up where I’ll be somebody.” If it was such a thing, I’d like to walk, and right after Baxter gets through, see, for leaving that poor little guy in that shape. He ought to have been standing by him. Paul was the one led him to Christ. But, you see, it’s without knowing the Spirit, knowing what the will of God is, then doing the will of God. See? Now, but there he left him in that condition. Left him! All men had forsaken him.

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How I think of that! How a servant that’ll stand true to the Word, sooner or later, just remember, the people are going to forsake him. Now, we want to strike that just for a few minutes, and I won’t keep you too long now, ’cause I want you here in the morning. Always when God’s servant stands true to the Word, all forsake him. And it... Now, just take anywhere you want to, anytime in the Bible or in history, that when a man stayed true, no matter how popular he was, when he stayed true to the Word, the time come when the religious world forsaken him and cut him off. Now, just read it, if you take the Bible from Genesis over to the Book of Revelation, and pick up in the Pre-Nicene Council and take down to the Nicene Fathers, and every man, every saint, every prophet, every true servant of God that stayed with the Word, was forsaken by the ecclesiastical thing and cast down. And Paul was one of them.

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And if there’d be one today, it’d be the same thing. It’s exactly the truth. You have to hit that place. It has to come. They think that a man that would have a ministry like that, he ought to have the world right under his thumb. He should, but they won’t come under his thumb. See? And a man like that wouldn’t put a ministry, or a world under his thumb; he’d put it under his Master’s thumb, ’cause he’s not here representing himself, he’s representing his Master.

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You know, men try to seek honor one from another, and they honor one another, and dishonor God by doing so. See? We try and make big people among us, and when we’re no big people and little people, we’re all little people. There’s only one big One among us, and that’s our Lord. See? And we make our organization so much bigger than God, “the great holy church of this, that, or the other, the great holy bishops,” and so forth. There’s no such things as that. That’s honor of man. There’s only One holy, and that’s God. And the Holy Ghost, which is God, is among us. It’s not us that’s holy, it’s the Holy Spirit that’s in us. It’s not... When we see things done, it isn’t us doing, it’s the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, “It’s not Me that doeth the works, it’s My Father. He dwelleth in Me, and He’s the One that does the works.” And it isn’t him that... that’s doing it. All right. But we find them true servants down through the time.

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Now here is the thing I want to kind of exercise on for a few moments. Now, it’s usually at such a time as this when men has stayed true to the Word and all men have forsaken him until God steps in in defense of that person and crowns his ministry. That’s right. What a consolation. Our consolation is built in the promise of God’s Word. No matter what the world says, what the world does, that’s not our hopes, is not built in what the world is doing.

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I think that song is so pretty. Wish I could sing. I always wanted to sing. See? “They that wait upon the Lord, shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like an eagle, they’ll run and not be weary, if they walk they’ll not faint; teach me, Lord, to wait. Teach me, Lord, to wait down on my knees.” I like that. “And in Your Own good time You’ll answer my pleas; teach me not to rely on what others do, but just wait in prayer for an answer from You.” That’s it. That’s the true servant that waits for his Master’s turn, knowing this, that the Scriptures cannot fail regardless of what happens. The Scripture’s got to stand true. In such a time as that, is when God usually steps in to help them.

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Let us look at Elijah when he had been forsaken. Why? Because he had stayed true to the Word. He said, “All men has forsaken me.” And he was excommunicated from society, from the organization, from the even national organization, of the national church of Israel, the priest and all had throwed him out, and he had not even a coat as much as Paul, but a little piece of sheepskin, or, leather draped around him, and set up on a mountain and was fed by the birds. Yes, sir. Why? For the Word-of-God’s sake, ’cause he was true to THUS SAITH THE LORD. Now they all went modern. The first lady of the land, Jezebel, had got all of the fashions and things out. And the priests had give in to it and so forth, and all of the preachers and so forth, they coordinated into it. But not Elijah, he stayed true to that Word. And for such a thing he was forsaken, till he cried out, “Lord, I’m the only one left, and they even seek my life.”

But God give him some consolation, said, “I got seven thousand yet down there.”

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See, I don’t believe Elijah felt puffed up about that, that he was the only one, but I think he was just so forsaken. Every time he’d go up to a priest to hold a meeting, they’d turn him out. He’d go down here, “Get out of here, you fanatic! Get out of here! Go do this!” It showed when Elisha come along, his successor. Well, what did they do? They even... The young fellow was baldheaded, and they sent their little children out to make fun of them old “quacks.” Said both of them was considered quacks, said, “Old baldhead! Baldhead, why didn’t you go up like Elijah did?” They didn’t believe he went up. Uh-huh. See? Just they thought he was a bunch of quacks. But they were true to the Word, with an vindicated ministry. Elijah stood. All right.

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Daniel took a true stand. You know where I get that in Daniel 12, or Daniel 9, I believe it is. When you... Daniel took a true stand for the Word. What happened to him? When he was the right-hand man to the king, but he took a true stand for the Word, and was excommunicated and throwed into a lions’ den. A man of God standing true to the Word!

The Hebrew children stayed true to the Word, under the king’s proclamation that “whosoever shall not bow to that image when the psaltery sound and the trumpets be blowed out, and so forth, ever who will not bow to our image will be throwed into the fiery furnace,” and they turned their back to the image. And re-... They, regardless of how unpopular they become, regardless of how excommunicated they’d be from the society, they stayed true to the Word. I like that.

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Jacob, another. He had a... been away from home for a long time, and he had a call to go home to see his people. And he was on his road, true to his call, true to his leading. He had things fine over there, but God begin to deal with him to go home. And, on his road home, was throwed between two tight places. His wife and children on this side; and his hated brother, Esau, coming here with an army to meet him. And he stood at the little brook, brook Peniel there, and there he stood. And what a condition! Esau, hating him, coming with an army to meet him, and here was his wife, two wives and children all on this side of the brook, and he was caught in a tight place. Why? Because he’d have stayed in his own land it’d been all right. But he had a call, the Word of God had called him to his homeland. Hallelujah! God bless a man. He got a change, too. Yes, sir.

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Jesus, true to the Father’s Word, “I do only that which the Father says. It’s written, ‘The man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’”

Jesus, forever true to that Word, it come a time when He lost all the friends He had. Every one of them forsaken Him and went away. All of them. And the people saw Him mocked, scoffed, lost confidence in Him. “How could a man that could speak to a dead man in the grave and raise him up, how could a man that could foretell events to the mark and never had... never fail; and set in the courts with His face bleeding from plucks of beard, and the gaumiest drunken spit from the soldiers running down His face, with a rag on His head, and hitting Him on the head with a stick, and saying, ‘Prophesy and tell us who hit You, and we’ll believe it’?” Well, the disciples just walked away, said, “Ah!”

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See, they so quickly forget what God did! How Moses said at the Red Sea, when he stood there and said, “God has done ten outstanding miracles, are you still so delinquent that you don’t know that He’s still God?” He went down there and he smote the lands, he... he put a curse on the lands. He brought frogs, fleas, flies, everything, and a... a blast that killed all the firstborn, and the death angel passed through the land, and yet those people didn’t want to follow him at the Red Sea. How quickly, as soon as your popularity... When they seen this great shining spears of a hundred thousand men coming like that, or maybe, yeah, or maybe a million men coming, and the roar of the chariots and the dust flying, they just give up and fell back, “And, Moses, we ought to have died back there.” See? God said He let them die in the wilderness for unbelief. “Moses, your ministry is washed up, that’s all. You ain’t no more.” See, they don’t understand. They don’t get it.

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And now the same thing was when Jesus, the young Rabbi or Teacher, or Prophet of Galilee, when He was doing all those miracles and things, “How could He ever stand and put up with such a thing as that? How could He let a man bind Him with chains, when He could break the seal off of a grave and raise a dead man out of Eternity? How could He do it, when He could speak to a widow’s dead son and raise him to live again; and Lazarus, dead and rotten in the grave, and bring him out? How could He stand, say, ‘I’m the Resurrection and Life. He that believeth in Me though he were dead yet shall he live. Whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die.’ And stand and be bound with fetters and spit in the face, and not open His mouth?” The disciples, “He’s lost His ministry.” Yeah, that’s the way it goes. God, this poor world!

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Even His church, the twelve that He had delighted in and told them everything, and loved them, they turned their back upon Him. Only one stood by Him, that was the man John. Right at an hour when everything was gone, and all hopes was gone, there He was bound, and took up there and mocked and spit, and put His back to the... Not knowing that that fulfilled the Scriptures.

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Why, don’t you know that the things that are going on today is fulfilling the Scriptures exactly to the letter? Why does people may say these things? Why does these denominations rage? Why do they do that? It’s written in the Scriptures they’ll do it. They walk right into it and do it themselves, blindly, not knowing they’re doing it. You think Judas knowed he was playing the part of Judas? You think Pharaoh knowed he has playing the part, when God raised him up for that purpose? You think Esau would have done the things he did? Certainly not. Said, “They got eyes and can’t see, ears and can’t hear.” But watch the Scripture, just unfolding. See? We’re at the end time, it’s got to be this way.

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Now, His church forsaken Him. All men and nature forsaken Him. Talk about somebody being forsaken, Paul had no forsakening at all to what He had. Even the very creation that He created was forsaking Him. The moon and stars and sun, and everything, blinding off. Man, God, nature and everything forsook Him, nothing standing there, He died alone. Did He lose His ministry? He was fulfilling His ministry, not losing it. That goes with it. That’s the thing that takes place. That has to go with it.

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Now, everything forsaken Him. But it was at this time that God stepped in on the scene, because any man that knows the Word will stay with the Word, knowing that the Word is God. See? And the Word has to unfold Itself. The unfailing Word must unfold Itself. It’s got to, in order, because the Word is God. And if It worked on others all down through the age, It’ll work the same way right now, because It’s God. Don’t never forget that. For Jesus knowed that He being the fullness of the Word, He was not only a Prophet, He was God Himself. He was the Word. That’s the reason not only man forsook Him, but also nature forsook Him. The whole creation forsook Him, everything, the stars, the moon, and no light when He died. Everything forsaken Him, see, because He was Creator of all things. “He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not.” See? He was Creator of all things. All things! Now, the only thing, that we... We don’t create but we try to convert, and those who we try to convert is the ones who forsakes and walks away. See? When the time comes for the Word to make Its real show, it has to be that way. Now, just remember, it was then that God steps in on the scene.

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And in the life of our Lord Jesus, the mighty works that He done for the first year and six months of His life, oh, how He was a mighty Man! There never was nothing like Him on earth, never was since, never will be after. But what happened? He got more mockery than any, all the rest of them put together. Mocked by nature and mocked by creation, mocked by everything, because it was in a perverted condition. That’s the reason men’s hearts mock the true servant of God, because it’s perverted. Nature is perverted, that’s the reason.

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If nature is as pretty as what it is, being perverted, what will it be when it gets converted back to the will of God? If a land can bear grapes that takes two man to pack them on their back, what will it be, and that a perverted land, what will it be when it’s converted back to God? Christ comes, the desert shall blossom as a rose. It’ll be a conversion. And the dry places will spring up from the water, and the earth shall bloom and blossom. Oh, that will be a time, and when men’s hearts shall be converted into godly men, that’s been to making their choice now, will live in that place. Amen.

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“That dark hour, mid rendering rocks and darkening skies,” said the poet, “my Saviour bowed His head and died; the opening veil revealed the way to Heaven’s joys and endless day.” He had to do that in order to make a way for us. That’s right. But what did God do? He was true to the Word and He embraced the cross. But was it the end of His ministry? Was His ministry washed up? God crowned it with the greatest crown that ever could been crowned. He crowned it on Easter morning, on the resurrection. He crowned the ministry of our Lord Jesus, He raised from the dead and is alive for evermore. He wasn’t washed up because all men forsook Him, He was crowned! Yes, sir. Yes, sir. He was crowned because that He was, had been forsaken, and He must do that when He raised Him from the dead.

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The same was with Elijah. We spoke of him a few moments ago. Elijah, that poor old broke down prophet laying out there in the wilderness, and had to be fed by what the birds would bring him. And his little old skinny drawed up, brown-looking body, little cruse of oil hanging on his side, his whiskers all out, and head probably bald and sunburned, crippling, going down on a stick like this, but down beneath that little old heart beat the Spirit of God. When God seen His little old tired servant getting down to the end, everybody forsaking him, and everything else, did He let him down? He sent a chariot down, picked up His tired servant, “You don’t even have to walk up like Enoch did, I’ll just take you home in a chariot.” That’s right. He crowned his ministry with a chariot ride home. That’s not so bad, you know. Yeah. Yes, he didn’t have to walk home, He just sent a chariot and picked him up ’cause he was tired. I like that. Amen. Poor, little, old tired servant, He picked him up and took him Home.

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It was at the time that Daniel stood so loyal to God, that he went in... They said, “That man, you know, he was once a great fellow here in this kingdom. He’s told all kinds of things. And he’s brought the soothsayers in, he taught them things.” And the Medes-Persians and how he done. But under the reign of Darius, it was Daniel that stayed true to God. It was Daniel that stayed with the Word of God and wouldn’t mingle with anything else. And he said, “Well, his ministry’s washed up, because I seen it in the local paper, he’s going to be throwed to the lions’ den in a few days.” Going to Federal prison, or something, you see. “But we’re going to throw him into the lions’ den.” But what did God do? God sealed His ministry with a change of the king’s heart, that Darius sent to every language, people across the world, that every man should fear at the God of Daniel, because He was a God that could deliver. Amen.

So, you see, it’s at that time when men forsake men, God’s servants that stay true to the Word, that God seals their ministry with a crowning time.

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Yes, it was the Hebrew children under the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, when they wouldn’t bow to the image. They stayed true to God because God Word said, “Don’t bow before any image, to worship it.” They stayed true to the Word. And it was in the local paper, in the news, all about it, whatever it was in them days. They had ways to scatter news. Not in a local newspaper, of course not, just saying that so you’ll have some idea. But it was in there they was going to burn them in the fiery furnace seven times hotter. For days before that, they throwed in all the material to get the furnace so hot that it was seven times hotter, overheated seven times. Why, it would have consumed them, to get in a hundred yards of it. But they went right in the fiery furnace, and come right out without even any smell of fire on them. And Nebuchadnezzar said, “Every man that fails to worship this God, let his children and him be killed, his house burned and made a dunghill.” That’s right. See? He... They had a world-wide revival because they were true to the Word. That’s what happens. Yes, sir. Stay true to the Word, yes, and it always pays out wonderful.

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Jacob, we mentioned him a while ago. I got his name wrote down here. Here he was, a little coward, but he was staying. He was afraid of Esau over there. My, my! And he knowed he was away from God. Been away from God all these years, but he always tried to stay true to that Word. And here God called him and told him to go to his home. Here he was right in the line of duty, and there was Esau with an army. It was at that time that he was changed from the name of Jacob, “supplanter, shyster,” to Jacob... “a prince before God,” when he walked out the next morning, with his ministry crowned. Walked right out and meets Esau, and wanted no help from him. Amen. True to the Word. That’s the way God does things, isn’t it? He... He does things in His Own way. All right.

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Many of my brethren, they’re having great popularity today amongst their denominational brethren. You just speak one name, boy, and it’s just like fire, anywhere, that’s right, you say this certain name of this person. And, after all, when the Lord spoke to me down on the river that day, it spearheaded that revival around the world, from there come every one of those great evangelists.

They went right back with their brethren, see, those denominations in which they come out of. They come out here and hold this meeting, mixed up with the denominations, they go right back into them again. They got a lot of favor, big names on radio, papers, and everything. Everybody speaks well of them.

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But all men has forsaken me because I’ve took a true Word, and stood by the Word. I’ve stayed right here to what He said to me, preached the Word, not a denominational philosophy. “Preach the Word,” that was my commission, “stay with the Word.” And, brethren, who is listening to this on tape, I was a great guy when I come among you, just healing the sick, speaking of visions and showing things. But when I went to tell you the Truth about the Word, what did you turn your back on me for? Do you realize it’s just fulfilling what the Scripture said? Yes, it does that way. Now I can hardly get in a place.

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