QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON THE SEALS [Q-173 to Q-219]

So 24.03.1963, vormittags, Branham Tabernacle
Jeffersonville, Indiana, USA
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Fragen und Antworten über die Siegel

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Questions [Q-173] to [Q-219]

[A brother speaks in another tongue. Another brother gives an interpretation. Congregation prays aloud.]

Our Heavenly Father, we are indeed grateful for this time that we can fellowship again around the Word of God, in the Presence of God. We’re so thankful that You’re with us, this morning, to help us and to bless us. We ask forgiveness of our sins, that our lamps might be filled with Oil, and trimmed and burning, that You would use us now to honor Your great Name. For we ask it in the Name of the beloved Son of God, Jesus Christ. Amen.

May be seated.

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I was just coming in when I heard that message go forth. So I’m... It is true that we need to keep our lamps filled, keep our... You know, when the... As you burn, you can’t go on what you have done, now. See? Because, fire, burning out of oil, makes a carbon. So that’s the reason the trimming of the... have your lamps trimmed, because the carbon on top of the... of the wick. Many of you people about my age, when we used to use the—the coal oil lamp, see, they... It—it’d... it’d get a carbon on top, where it would burn, and therefore it would interfere with the light. So you must keep all the carbon trimmed off, and that we might “press on forward, towards the mark of the high calling in Christ.”

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Now, it’s a... it’s a great, beautiful morning, outside and in, as this Easter season is approaching now.

And—and we are now coming up to the last Seal, tonight, the Lord willing. And It’s a very mysterious Seal, very, very, because It’s not even... It’s not even mentioned in the Scriptures nowhere, no symbols, anything to hold onto. It’s got to come right direct from Heaven.

And it—it’s a—a kind of a straining hour for me. It has been, all week. Now this is my... be my eighth day in a room. And I noticed in here, many, in these requests, I had to kind of pick out. There was many of them that was wanting interviews. And I—I love that. I’d like to—to give that now, see, but I—I can’t right now. Cause, you understand, that the—the whole of what we’re trying to do now is find the revelation of—of the will of the Lord, you see. Then when you have the interview, then it pulls you off, over onto another side of something else, see.

And, then, and like in prayer for the sick, that’s altogether different. You... It’s visions and things; you study different, and you—you’re anointed different. It’s just like as the Bible said there, “A—a tree that’s planted by the—the rivers of water.” “Rivers of water,” see, same water, but there’s a outlet comes this way, this way, and this way. Depends on what outlet. It’s the same Spirit.

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Paul, 1 Corinthians 12, did the same thing, talked about, “There is many gifts, but it’s the same Spirit.”

So, you see, if you’re working, like, with one thing, then be changed to come over to this other thing over here. You know what I mean. You—you study down that line, you get the people... And now their hearts are all set, “What is these Seals?” Their attention, “What is It?” Night by night, when I come in here, there is such a tension, till I have to talk about something else; just kind of get—get it quietened, you see, and, then, till the Holy Spirit breaks forth the Seal. And then—then I have to, each night like that. Then when you change that to healing or something, see, you... The people is all set on one thing. You can’t hardly change it back to the other, right away.

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And—and then, also, knowing that right among you things are happening, see, that I—I’m just... I—I know. I know you—you don’t see it, see. I’m just positive you don’t see it, see. And you say, “Brother Branham, that’s a hard thing for you to say that.” I know it is.

But, look, just let me just say this now. I suppose this is just tapes for ourselves, and so forth. But let me say it, see. That, you—you don’t... You don’t get it, see, and you’re not supposed to get it. So don’t try to interpret anything, see. Don’t try to put your interpretation to it; you only—you only get further away. Just take my advice, if you believe me now, if God has—has give me favor in your sight.

And you know, that, them revelations and things. I—I been here with you a long time, see, and it’s always been right. And now to double prove it, right, it hooks right in with the Word. See? So, you know It’s THUS SAITH THE LORD. That’s exact. See, It’s proved to you.

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Now, take my advice, as your brother. Don’t put your own interpretation to anything. You just go on and live a good Christian life. Cause, you’ll only wind yourself away from the real thing when you do it. See? You, you’ll only wind your way again away from the thing.

And all of you are conscious and knows that there is something mysterious happening. And it is happening. And I know what it is. Now, I’m just not saying that; it’s the grace of God that lets me know what it is. It’s something that’s tremendous. And it’s gone right now, and there’s not a way in the world for you to see it. And it’s... I... But, so help me, with this Bible in my hand, I know what it is.

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It’s been told you, before. So just—just don’t try to put any interpretation, but just believe me, as your brother. See? We’re living in a great hour. We’re living in a time where the... Well, we’re...

Now, you just be real humble, be a Christian, and try to live for God. And live honest with your fellow man, and love those who don’t love you. Don’t try to make any... You see, you do, you only make it a mysterious something, and mess the real program of God up. See?

Yesterday afternoon, something happened in my room, that I’ll... I’ll never be able to—to leave it, you see. And so you... And about two weeks ago, something happened, it’ll never be able... As long as I live on this earth, I—I’ll never be able to get away from it, see.

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And, so, but...

And the—the church, you’re not supposed to know these things, so don’t put no interpretation to anything. See? You just go ahead and just remember what you’re told. Live a Christian life. Go to your church. Be a real light wherever you are, and just burn for Christ, and tell the people that how you love Him. And just let your testimony be with love, all the time, with the people. See? Cause, if you don’t, you twist yourself out into something there, and then you’re... you’re off the beaten track. See, every time you’ve tried to do it, you’ve done that. See? So just don’t, don’t, don’t try to make no interpretation.

And especially, tonight, when that Seal becomes up in front of you, see, just don’t try to interpret It. You just go ahead and just be humble, and go right on with the same plain Message.

Now you say, “Brother Branham, is that... We, being the Church of the living God, shouldn’t we...”

Well, as I was trying... Look here, I want to say...

Say, “Well, why can’t I? I ought to have...”

No. Now, don’t.

Remember, I’m saying this for your good. See, I’m saying this so that you will understand. If you believe me, now, listen to what I tell you. See? See?

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Now, here, now here is a post, and, that’s, we’ll call that a listening post, see. And in it’s, got radio, see, and there is warnings and things can be done. Like a sword in your hand, see, it can pick from the evil or pick from only as its... it gets its message, see.

Now, but now, for instance, to the ordinary man, there has been so much cults and clans rise up, over little outpourings of the Spirit, until people gets all worked up in a bunch of stuff, go out and start another little move, and, you know, and—and thing. See? You don’t want to do that now. See? Now, just remember, just stay the way you are.

And you say, “Well, the Lord show...” No. Now just be careful, see.

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Look here. Let me show you something, see. Did you know there is ten thousands of voices in this room right now? [Congregation says, “Amen."] Literally, voices of people that’s coming through the electronic waves of radio! Why don’t you hear them? They’re voices. That right? [“Amen.”] They’re waving right through here now. Well, there is peoples forms and bodies moving right through this room now. Is that right? [“Amen.”] Well, why don’t you see them? See? They’re here, actual voices like my voice. Well, why don’t you hear it? See? It’s got to strike something first, to reveal it. See? Now you understand? [“Amen.”]

Now just don’t interpret nothing. If God wants you know anything, He’ll send it to you. See? So just be real, real solid now. Hold still, something has happened. And now just be real... You understand what I mean, don’t you? [Congregation says, “Amen."] And just be...

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Don’t try to make yourself odd, to be a Christian, because you—you take yourself away from God. And you—you—you...

If you can understand it, this is that Third Pull. See? You—you should have caught that, the other day. See? So then, just remember, there’ll be no impersonation like there was of the other two. See? So, that’s as far as you—you should know now. Just—just remember that...

You see, now, there is something taking place in this room, and there is Something here. There is... there is, actual, in this room, Angels, Voice of God. See? But how do you... You can’t... If you can’t hear the natural voice, without something to send it out, how you going to hear the spiritual Voice?

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Now you might make-believe that somebody is singing this certain song. They might not even be there, see. But when it actually strikes the crystal that it’s supposed to strike, then it gives a true interpretation, and show, vindicates it by showing the picture. See what I mean? [Congregation says, “Amen."]

Now, the Spirit of God, when It speaks through the true Word, It vindicates Itself, to show Itself, that It’s right. You understand now? [Congregation says, “Amen."] All right.

Now let’s pray, just again.

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Heavenly Father, we’re about to un-... open the lids of this Book, and as the physical part of—of trying to give back to what You have opened to us in the spiritual realm. And now I pray, God, that You’ll help me to give the right interpretation to these questions. That it might be said that—that they are... They’re to help the people. They are to give them understanding. And I pray that You will give to me understanding, that I might send It out to Your people, that they might have understanding, that together we might live to the glory and honor of God, through Jesus Christ’s Name. Amen.

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Now, I just wanted to say that. And I thought this thing here controlled those tapes, but it doesn’t, see. And this is a—a desk light. And I thought the tape controller used to be here. But I was told to just make motion to the brethren in the... in the room there, the recording room, and they would know when to stop tapes, and when not.

See, the tapes has a worldwide ministry everywhere, see, everywhere. It goes into all kind of languages and everything. So there is things that we’d say right here, we wouldn’t say somewhere else, you see, and that’s the reason that we stop it.

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Now, answering questions is the... quite a thing. So, I—I now... In—in the... in answer of this, the most of them, the most of the questions, outside of... Now, every one... Some of them don’t even pertain to the Message, at all, but I’m going to, or, the Seals at all, but I’m going to try to answer them. And they was given to me, and as they was told. I was told the most of them. Or, a great deal of them was about requests for prayer, and the sick and afflicted. And—and different things like that, it goes on, and so it didn’t pertain anything to any question to be answered. And then they... I was give a bunch that was... that was about different things, the Scripture and things; but maybe, if we have time, we’ll try to answer them the best we can.

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Now, and if I make a mistake, why, remember, it’s not intended to be made a mistake.

So does everybody feel good? [Congregation says, “Amen."] Amen. Isn’t this so... Talk about Heavenly places in Christ Jesus, what a wonderful place, what a wonderful time!

Of all the times that I’ve been behind the pulpit at the tabernacle, I have never, never, in any time of my ministry, ever worked into the realms of God and the spiritual realms as been this time; beyond anything I ever did in any time of my ministry, in any meeting at anywhere, like this. Mostly, it’s on healing. This is revealing of Truths, by the same Spirit, same Spirit.

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And I—I been to myself, altogether, and been boarding at a place, or going down eating at a place. And I just been alone, so it’s been really a great time.

And now, right away, either in the morning, or the following morning, I... Probably, if we can get through in time, I’ll just pray for the sick this morning, if these questions don’t last too long.

So I—I must get to myself a little while, see. The human mind can only stand so much. See? And when you get to a spot where you sit an hour, numbed with the Presence of God, and a Pillar of Light hanging there before you, you—you can’t stay that too long, you see. The human being can’t, can’t stand it.

And so...

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Now, these questions are really nice. I appreciate, and the wisdom and things that people use. Now, for the first one. And I’ll try to answer them. And then if I—I don’t get it right, well, you—you forgive me then.

And if you have a different interpretation, and believe that your idea of it is right, well, just go right ahead. That won’t hurt, because there’s not over about one or two of them that pertains anything to salvation. It’s only...

Most of the questions is, asked, on this other side of the tri-... or on the Rapture of the Church. So, see, it’s questions over here, which is to come and will come to pass, over in the other parts. Cause, we’re now beyond the church age, in our teachings in—in the Book. We’re beyond, over in the time of the calling of the hundred and forty-four thousand.

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Now the first one here:

[Q-173]

Are the five wise virgins, of Matthew 25, attendants to the... to the Bride, or are they the Bride?

See?

If these wise virgins are attendants to the Bride, where is the Bride?

See, now, to the best of my understanding, these five virgins... There were ten of them, you know, that went out, see. And this here is only a symbol, or a parable, see, that—that I’m going to tell you. See, there were ten of them. Course, there were more than ten. That was just made a number. But, then, the—the wise virgins had Oil in their lamps. The unwise did not have Oil in their lamps.

“So if that ten there, of Matthew, if...” This is the—the person’s question. “If those ten, there, did that mean that that would be the... or these five, rather, that would be just five, see, just five people?” No, it doesn’t mean that.

It’s just a symbol, of the virgins, you see, of the virgin that went out with Oil in their lamp. They are a portion of that Bride. And to my understanding...

And then you notice, now, that they were the virgins of the last watch.

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Coming down through the watches, there had been seven watches. And in the seventh watch, the midnight hour, as we’re on striking now, see. Now, in this midnight watch, these virgins woke and trimmed their lamps, and went in; while the sleeping virgin...

“Now this part here, this five,” if that’s the meaning of the question, what meaning, “was there just five?” And we gots many questions in here, about the—the seven thousand, and so forth. Now, that, that was just a symbol, part of them. And all that wakened in this last age here, the seventh watch, that... “If there wasn’t but—but five that awakened at that time, that was translated, went in with the Bride, so forth, the Bridegroom? Now if they themselves...”

That don’t mean there’s only going to be five. Because, they’re sleeping, all down through the ages; as we’ve come this week, see.

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In the days of—of Paul, the angel of the church at Ephesus; Paul, founding this church, being the messenger to it. Remember, Paul, founding the church at Ephesus, become the messenger to that church. And the Spirit, was in the land that time, was a lion Spirit. And the lion is the Lion of the tribe of Juda, which is Christ, and Christ is the Word. Paul, with the Word of that age! Thousands fell asleep in that age. That right? [Congregation says, “Amen."]

Then come the next age, and the time the church got settled down in—in dark age, the ox Spirit went forth; work, labor, and sacrifice, and give their lives. Thousands times thousands fell asleep, under martyrdom and everything. They’re waiting, see.

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Then, and the next age come, the Lutheran, the reform age. There went the wisest, in cunningness of man. If you notice, man went forth with that, and, when he did, he added his own shrewdness. That’s what married him into the other part, see. See? If he just stayed with God’s wisdom, just reforming and pulling out... But what did he do? After that man that had the message, Luther; after the death of Luther, they had a Lutheran organization.

After the death of Wesley, they had a Methodist organization. See? There, you keep going that way. It—it just... It does that. Now I want you to—to—to notice this, see. Now someone might ask about the Pentecostal, which was the—the third age.

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You see, each one of those ages only taken a dip into the Holy Spirit. Justification is a work of the Holy Spirit; sanctification is a work of the Holy Spirit; but the baptism is the Holy Spirit. That’s the reason it took a prophetic Prophet to come down. No messenger to the age, ’cause the Holy Ghost came Himself, in His fullness, of the baptism.

But at the end of the age, as it always ends up on the others, we find there, then, the messenger sent. And all these scruples and things are to be placed in their places like that, then the Rapture comes for the Church.

But as many is lotting all these different things, “The sun turning to darkness, the moon...” They put that way back here in the Christian age. They just fail to see them three questions was asked our Lord there, see, when He answered them.

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Now, last night, I think there’s no question at all. We took each one of those questions and put them right under the Seals. And the Seals is the whole Book together, Itself.

You believe that, doctor? [A brother says, “Yes."]

See, the whole thing just wrapped together. And we took what Jesus said here. They asked three questions, see, “When will these things be? What will be the sign of Your Coming? And what’s the end of the world?” And He come right down... And we pulled them, every one, under that, but one. What was that? Seventh Seal. Why? See, it’s not known. That’s it.

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Every one of them come right out. I paralleled them, right exactly, back and forth.

And, me, when I wrote last night, and got in there and got to... I went back to look at my old note I took off—off back there. Well, I seen where I put one in the other’s place, like that. I crossed them, back and forth. That’s what I done. I guess you caught it. You, you catch it? See?

I had wrote down here what I was going to write over on this other side, and wrote it over here. Put—put both of them, 9, 11, or 9, 6, or what... or 6 and 11, and—and—and 9 and 11, which it wasn’t so. It was vice versa, the next verse under it. See? And that was it, the—the answer, between the pestilence and the war, you see. That’s where it was.

So I was just so happy! I was just a carrying on like a—a... I was enjoying the stimulation from the revelation. So, I—I put it, this over here. Sitting there with a pencil, or a pen, and I put down 11 on both places, when it shouldn’t have been. I think it was 9 instead of 11 for the other side.

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But now did you see how perfectly they paralleled? Now, don’t forget that. They parallel down to the Sixth, and stopped, see. And watch the... watch the opening of the Seals; its comes down to the Sixth, and stops. Just, “Silence in Heaven,” that’s all it said, “for the space of a half hour.”

Now—now, in these, see, I... I’ll have to hurry up and answer these. Because, see, each one of them is a sermon, four weeks long, you see, on—on each one, and you just get off on something else. But I—I don’t mean to do that, ’cause I want to get everybody’s question, as far as I can.

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These virgins, see, they was made up of... That’s just part of them, in that age, see. Each age has the virgins. See? A—a Seal...

The angel comes to the church. “To the angel of the church of Ephesus write.” See?

Then get over here, then after the writing to the church of Ephesus, compare that back, a Seal is opened. That’s just the way we’re bringing it, try to get it all to you, (see what I mean?), if the Lord willing.

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What’d they have first? Church ages. That right? Next thing, the message to the church ages. Everybody get that clear now? See?

First, we got the church ages, and got the history, laid down the Nicaea councils and pre-Nicaea councils, and everything that we could find in history, and found out that the correct interpretation of the Word was exactly with the history. And bring it on down to this day, in this Laodicea. And you—you don’t have to have history of that; this is making history now, see. There it is. And, then, showed what would be in this age.

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Now we come back with the Seals, and open that Seal. God opens that Seal for us. What’s that? First, there’s a messenger, church age; next is the Seven Seals.

Now, we find out the corruption that hits in the seventh church age. But the Seventh Seal doesn’t reveal anything, what’s going to happen to it. See? Because, at the end of that church age is to come a prophetic gift to reveal these things. See? Are you following it? [Congregation says, “Amen."] All right.

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Now notice how each one of those Seals...

Then I come over here, and those three questions asked Jesus Christ, “What, when will these things be, ‘There won’t be one stone on another’? When will this be taken down, this religious center of the world, and another be set up? See, when will it be?” Antichrist ride! See? And what went out to meet it? The Word, the Word against the word.

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Then it settled down to politics and everything else, and there went the ox labor. See? That’s exactly the second here. And Jesus said so, in Matthew 24, see. Then we come down from that, to the cunningness of the reformers, the man Beast went out to meet it. That’s what taken place. Then we come down, the next, to the Fourth Seal, when antichrist become a conglomerations, and had a name, “Death.”

Now watch what Jesus said, “And he would throw her to the fires, and even kill her children.” That’s death, riding. That’s both Protestant and Catholic, mark of death on each one of them. See, “Her and her children be destroyed.” So if you’re depending on your denomination, you better get away from it right now.

And then when it come to the Seventh Seal, Jesus stopped right there.

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He opened the Sixth Seal, by saying, “The moon would be turned into blood, and darkness and everything.” These things would take place. We come right over here and open up the Sixth Seal. After the Sixth Seal was opened, then swing right back and show the same thing.

There you are, with three different places in the Scripture, tied them together with the revelation. See? Watch. The place that Jesus said so; the place that when He opened the Book, it was hid from the foundation of the world; and then the revelation of this day here, placing it right in there, ties the three together. And three is a witness. So, it’s true. It’s absolutely true.

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Now, these virgins that come along here, they are the ones that fall asleep, and then the whole body is made up together of that group. That goes to make the... see, to make the—the wise virgins. And the unwise virgins are the one that started back there at the same time the wise virgins started, antichrist, and they are the ones that tries to buy Oil.

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Now just look here and see how perfect, everywhere you go. If I could stand here and talk the things that’s revealed in that room, I tell you, it would swim your heads around. But how you going to do it, when you got a whole thing here?

And then you, somehow another, when you get away from people, then it begins to open up mysteries. Then you see things that you’re daresn’t to say to the people, too. Cause, you see, if it would, they would start little isms.

And then let’s look what this little gift of healing has done, how it confused the church. Everybody had a sensation, everybody had this; and right down in my heart, (God knows it’s the truth), I knowed it wasn’t right, ’cause He told me so. See? But it’s a false impersonation, to only throw the people off. Now, that’s right.

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Now, but, you see, you can’t say those things. Best just to leave it alone.

And you remember the Third Pull? He said, “Don’t tell nobody.” What did I say was that? How many remembers that? Sure. Remember, standing there, trying to lace that eyelet in that little shoe, in the vision? He said, “You can’t teach Pentecostal babies supernatural things.”

I said, “This will be the Third Pull, and It will not be known, so help me, by the grace of God.”

Now—now, we’re—we’re right down at the end time now. It won’t be too long until Mercy Seat will be Judgment Seat.

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While you see these things coming in, and these people coming in, you better come in, too, if you’re not already in. See?

Now, “Gathered in Heavenly places,” see, it also means more than just to be rejoicing. “In Heavenly places,” if you’re really assembled in Christ, it’s a fearful thing.

Standing by the... that Angel of the Lord, you think you’d just be shouting and screaming. That, that’s not it. It scares you to death, nearly. See? So, you see, there—there’s a difference in just rejoice and bubble dancing, which is all right, and then coming down to the real thing. See? See? There is where the fear. It’s a fearful thing. Not that you fear you’re lost; but really before angelic Being, and the Holy Ghost Himself standing there.

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Now, that will be part of the Bride. That’s what will go to make it up, see, all those who sleep. And can’t we absolutely see...

[Tape recording system fails. Blank spot on tape.]... pray now that You’ll grant the healing of the people, through these handkerchiefs, lay upon. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Now, is it all right now? [The brethren say, “Amen."] Thank you. Somebody step on something? [A brother says, “Got too many recorders on that line.”] Too many recorders put too much pressure on it. See? All right, just swap. Just get a tape and swap the tape, and make it off of that. Now, notice now the next question.

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[Q-174]

Should evangelists continue on the field?

“In this hour,” of course, what they mean. Certainly, by all means. Don’t change a thing. If Jesus is coming in the morning, preach today like if it was going to be ten years from today, but live like it’s going to be at this hour.

Don’t—don’t get scrupled up now. That’s what I’m trying to warn you about, see. Just don’t be odd, peculiar. Don’t change nothing. But if you’re doing something wrong or doing evil, repent, see, come back to God. Continue on your evangelistic service just as you always did.

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If you’re building a house, put it on up. Jesus comes tomorrow, you be found faithful at the duty. If you’re building a church, go on, put it up. I’d rather be putting my money in something like that, than be found with it in my pocket. See?

So just—just keep on, continue as you are. Everybody understand now? [Congregation says, “Amen."] Continue right on, and just go right on as you are. Now, just—just don’t stop. Don’t do nothing... Just go right on just as you are. Keep on serving the Lord.

Now, for instance, if you was... if you was working for a man, and you knowed it was fifteen minutes before quitting time. “Well,” you’d say, “uh, just fifteen minutes more, so I might as well just go over and sit down.” You’d get docked for that fifteen minutes.

If you’re planting wheat; plant your wheat. You’re digging potatoes; go on, dig them out. Say, “Well, nobody will eat them”? That don’t make any difference. Dig them out, anyhow. See? Yeah. Just continue on as you are.

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I got a letter from somebody the other day. Somebody told them, said, “Well, the time is at hand. Sell the farm. Now you won’t need the food that you live off of, on the farm,” said, “ ’cause this Millennium is going to start, and you won’t need it. So you just go ahead... And while the Tribulation period is going on, your children is not saved, so just let them... Let—let the children have the farm, where they can eat off of it, but you all sell your farm,” and—and, or something like that. And, oh, they had it...

I said, “Oh, my!” If I knowed He was coming tomorrow, and I was a farmer, I’d put my crop in today. Sure. If He made me a farmer, I’m going to stay right at my duty. That’s right. If He made me a mechanic, said who...

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Somebody said the other day, he said, “A fellow come in and said, ‘Say, brother, you know what?’ He said, ‘I’m going to give you the second set of keys. I bought a new car.’ He said, ‘I’m going to give you the second set of keys,’ told his pastor. Said, ‘I’m going to give you the second set of keys, ’cause the Rapture might come, you know, and,’ said, ‘I won’t be need it anymore.’” Pastor was going to miss it, you see. Oh! That’s making ready, isn’t it? All right. But that’s... that’s the way it is, see, we mustn’t be that way.

We must be a—a sane, solid Christian, see, that I’m put here to work right up to the last minute. I’ve got a job to do, and I’ll be right found faithful at the post of duty. If He comes this morning, I want to be standing right here in the pulpit.

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You say, “Brother Branham, if He was to come this morning, shouldn’t you be out there?” No, sir!

This is my post of duty. I’ll be standing right here, preaching, when He comes, saying the same things I am. Then, when He comes, I’ll just move right on out with Him, see.

If I’m hoeing potatoes, I’ll just be hoeing away, just as hard as I can. When He comes, I’ll just drop the hoe and take off.

Remember in the jubilee year? If they was hoe... hoeing with a hoe, they just kept on hoeing. They knowed the jubilee year was maybe ten minutes more, and the trumpet will sound at the jubilee year. They just kept on pitching hay, whatever they was doing. But when the trumpet sounded, then they dropped the pitchfork, and gone. See? That’s it, just keep on pitching hay until the trumpet sounds. All right.

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[A noise is heard from something nearby.] Question, “According to the opening...” Did that...? Anything happen? Huh? It—it made a noise up here. A question:

[Q-175]

According to the opening of the Fifth... Fifth Seal, Moses and Elijah have—have to die. What about Enoch?

I don’t know. See? I—I... If I don’t know, I’m just going to tell you I don’t know. See? I—I don’t—I don’t know all the answers, folks. I—I don’t know. And if I don’t know, I’m going to tell you I don’t know. If I do know... I won’t tell you till I do know, see. But I—I don’t know.

I’ve often wondered about that, myself.

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There was Enoch... I see Moses come, and Elijah comes back, and they’re killed, see, but now Enoch was translated before time. I’ve often thought, and wondered, myself, “Well, what, what about that?”

But, then, here is the only consolation that I can say, is this. Now notice, Moses only served God forty years. See? He was a... he was a hundred and twenty. But twenty years... The first forty years, I mean, he was getting his education. That right? The second forty years, God was taking it out of him. And the third forty years, he served God. See? All right. But Enoch walked five hundred years before God, and was blameless. See? See? So, Moses comes back to serve some more time; him and Elijah.

Now, that, I don’t say that’s right, see. I just give you that for a thought, see. But just to say what part, I don’t know. I really can’t tell you what—what happened there, or what God will do.

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[Q-176]

What is the—the name of the... that will be on the people of Revelation 3:12?

I—I don’t know. Yeah. He said, “Give them a new name.” I—I—I don’t know what that is, see. It’ll be probably made known when we get there, but I—I don’t know what it is now, see. See, He is going to do that. See? He give them a new name that—that they just knowed, themselves. See?

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Now.

[Q-177]

Brother Branham, is there any Scripture permitting marriage after divorce? This is very important.

It says, “Important.” Well, that’s the reason... It wasn’t pertaining to this. As far as I can see, my brother, or sister, whoever it may be, there isn’t, unless your companion is dead. Because, the Bible said, “We’re bound to them as long as they live.” See?

So, as—as far as being “any Scripture?” That’s what was asked here, “Is there Scripture?” See? “Is there any Scripture?” Not as I can find, see, not as I can find.

Cause, Paul said that the—the married couple, “If the companion is dead, then they’re free then to marry whomsoever they will in the Lord.” But until then, but, watch, you take it, “Until death we part.” That’s it. You done took an oath over that, you see.

So, I don’t think there is. Now, if there’s... If you found some, and it’s correctly, why, all—all right. But, as far as myself, I—I don’t find any.

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[Q-178]

What does “see thou hurt not the oil and the wine” mean, in Revelation 6:6?

It’s the Holy Spirit. See? We just got through that. Probably somebody, you know, come in a little late for the Message, they... well, for the other tapes, you see.

“Hurt not the oil and the wine.” What does the oil and wine mean?

The Oil, as we took it in symbol, means the Holy Spirit. See? Wine is the... and oil, is connected together, in the Bible, in worship. See? And the wine, as we put, that’s where I got the idea, “The stimulation.” Wine stimulates. And wine, in its—its antitype of its natural, from stimulation, is revelation.

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Now just think. What stimulates the Church? Revelation. See? So, wine, the new wine, would be... Now watch. The oil and wine went together, in sacrifice; went together, in—in the church worship. Now notice, symbol together, connected together.

If you’ve got a concordance, you look and see a whole string where wine and oil is met together in worship. If you got a—a Cruden’s, why, it says up there.

Now notice on this. But now, you see, the oil is always the Holy Spirit. We find that over in Ezekiel. And we find it in the Old Testament. We find it all through the New Testament.

Why do we anoint the sick with oil? We anoint the sick with oil because it symbolizes the pouring out of the Holy Spirit upon them. See? Also, the wise virgin had Oil; the unwise had no Oil, Spirit, see. Now, that is the Oil.

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And then the wine, it—it’s... If the oil represents, represents God. God is Spirit. See?

God is Word. “In the beginning was Word; Word was with God. Word was made flesh, and that was God.” Now, then, if the Word now in... sits here in a natural form now, the wine is the water like, that, or the revelation that reveals that interpretation of the Word, which stimulates the believer, you see. My, they just say, “I’ve never seen It before! My! Glory!” That’s what? See, stimulation, see, of revelation.

I didn’t know that till the other day, sitting there, either. See? Now, that’s, “What does the oil and wine...?” That was, “See that you hurt not.” That was the black-horse rider. And that was during the time of the dark age, the third age of the... of the church. Notice. And, in there, “There’s just a little bit of It left, just a little bit, but don’t hurt It.”

And I believe if you get that, the—the Third Seal, on tape, you’ll... you would find it there, where we explained it in details, or in detail, rather.

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[Q-179]

Brother Branham, is the Lamb’s Book of Life, and the Book of Life, the same Book?

Sure, see, ’cause that’s where all redemption is wrote, in this Book. See? Their names were in... You say, “Well, our name is put the Lamb’s Book of Life, Brother Branham. I—I got it put on, the other night.” No, you didn’t. No, you didn’t. You just found out it was on there, the other night, that was... see, because their names were written before the foundation of the world. See? That’s, it’s all the same Book, see.

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Now.

[Q-180]

Brother Branham, is it true that—that every Jew, born since Christ came, will be saved? And who are the hundred and forty-four thousand? Are they the predestinated ones to be sealed with the Holy Ghost? And what is their mission?

There’s about three questions in one, there. But, here, first one:

Is—is it true that every Jew born since Christ, that came into the world, is to be saved?

No. Nothing will be saved, only those whose names were put on the Lamb’s Book of Life before the foundation of the world, Jew or Gentile. See? That’s all. The Book holds that mystery, and the Book is only unfolding it now; not each one’s name, but what the mystery of the Book is, while it’s calling those names. You finally understand that now? See?

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The Book doesn’t say, “Now, Lee Vayle is to be saved in time of this church age, or—or Orman Neville,” or—or whoever. No, it don’t say that. It just shows the mystery, unfolds the mystery of what the thing is. But we, ourselves, by faith, believe It. That’s what I said the other night.

Someone said, “Well, there is no need in me trying it. Brother Branham said there’s only be one saved out of Jeffersonville.” See? Now, see, it’s showing a parable. That—that—that isn’t, that—that isn’t it. There might be thousands saved. I don’t know. I hope every one of them is saved, see, but I don’t know.

But here is the way I want to believe it, “I’m that one.” You believe the same for you. If you don’t, then there’s something wrong with your faith; you’re not sure what you’re doing.

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How can you... how can you walk up there in the face of death, when you’re not too sure whether you’re saved or not? See? How can you go down here and say to this crippled man laying here, blinded and twisted up, “THUS SAITH THE LORD. Rise up! Jesus Christ makes you whole”?

How can you stand, that old cold stiff body laying there, that’s dead, and been dead for hours and hours, and laying there, cold and stiff; and say, “THUS SAITH THE LORD, rise up to your feet”? You better, you have to know what you’re talking about. See?

Well, say, “Death claims everything. It’s all gone.” Yeah, but when the Word of God is revealed, and you know it’s God, that changes things. That’s right.

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Now, yes, these Jews are not... Not all the Jews will be saved. No, sir. They will not be saved; only those who... When He is speaking of—of Jew, “Jew,” just as a name that was give to them after they left... I believe, Nebuchadnezzar, over, begin to call them “Jew,” first, because the tribe of Judah was taken there. And they was given a name of “Jew,” now, because they come down from Judaea, and they got the name of Jew.

But, now, Israel is different. Israel, and Jew, is altogether different. Every Jew... every Jew isn’t an Israelite, see. No, he is just a Jew. But, then, Israel... Paul never said all Jews will be saved. He said, “All Israel will be saved.” Why? Israel’s name, that’s—that’s the name of redemption, all the way back. See? And all Israel will be saved, but not all Judaea... Judaism will be saved. See?

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Just like Gentiles, there’ll be a... There is thousands times thousands of—of people, yes, literally millions, in these organizations, and they call “Christian, church of Christ,” and all such names as that. That don’t mean one thing. Not... That don’t mean they’ll be saved.

People say, “Now, you’ve got to belong to this or that, an organization, a certain organization. If your name isn’t on our book, you’re lost.” Now, that’s cult. See? That’s cult. See?

There is only one way you can be saved, and, that is, “Not him that willeth, or him that runneth, him that... Then, it’s God Who shows mercy.” And God, by His foreknowledge, predestinated a Church to His glory, and that’s the ones that’s saved. Right.

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Now, your faith is so anchored There!

You say, “Well, my faith is anchored There.” And look what kind of a life you’re living. You see you’re not even fit for There. Your anchor is wrong. You got it on sand instead of a rock. The first little wave will throw it off. Uh-huh.

Let the Word be revealed in something. “My church don’t teach That!” That shows right then you wasn’t anchored on no rock. You was in sand. Uh-huh. That’s right. So, now you see, now.

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.

And the hundred and forty-four thousand, are they the predestinated ones?

Yes, sir. That’s Israel, spiritual Israel.

Just think, there’ll be millions of them in there. I don’t know how many is in there now; I guess a whole group, but they will not all be saved because they are in Judaea. See?

Do you have any idea how many is there now? I don’t know. But they’re probably... After this next persecution begins to rise... They’re accumulating by...

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You know, I got a tape on them, taking west with me now to—to one of the—the—the Covenant church which is at...

It’s just the old... Oh, I forget now. It started the... They have them down there in Africa. Dutch Reform. It’s the Dutch Reform church, the Covenant is. Now, if there is any of you sitting here, I’ll tell you why. You’re still holding onto that old Heidelberg Catechism, and that’s exactly the reason you’re still in the... still Dutch Reform. So, you might polish up by an American name. That’s—that’s the thing behind it, ’cause you’re teaching from that same catechism, the old Heidelberg. You ask your pastor if that isn’t right. See?

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So, now, notice this.

A hundred and forty-four thousand, they are predestinated ones to be sealed by the Holy Ghost?

Yes, sir. That’s exactly right. All right. Now if there’s any... Now if I’m...

If I didn’t answer, to suit you, why, maybe I’m... I could be wrong, see. But, this, it’s the best of my knowledge, you see. This is the best of my knowledge.

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[Q-181]

Brother Branham, as you have travailed or tra-... on the serpent’s seed...

Uh-oh, I never noticed this one. This one slipped up on me.

...serpent’s seed this week, will it be in order to ask this question? My friends have asked me to explain Genesis 4:1, and I can’t. Will you help me?

It’s—it’s off of the subject. But, anyhow, I’ll—I’ll—I’ll try my best, by the help of God. Let’s see now. Let me polish up, for just a little bit. I think that’s where she said, “I got a son from the Lord.” I—I believe it is. I think Eve said that there. I’m going to check, be sure.

Cause, I said, the other night, seven... instead of... seven hundred instead of seven thousand.

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So it makes me so nervous, see, and you just have to be watching. And the enemy on every side, and you—you’re conscious of that, you see. Yes, that’s it.

And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have be gotten a man from the Lord.

Now, I’m just going to answer you a question, my brother, or sister. And now, remember, not—not throwing to you, no. I’m trying to help you, see. I love you, and I love the person who might have been a critic on it. But I don’t think this person is critical. They said, “Help me,” see, because the people believes it, but they’re just not sufficiently posted, by the Spirit, to know what to say to the person that’s asked them that.

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Now, she is saying here what the question is, no doubt, that they’re saying, “Eve said she gotten this man from the Lord.”

How do you think life could ever come if it didn’t come from the Lord, be it right or wrong? Who sent... who sent Judas Iscariot into the world? Tell me that. The Bible said he was born “the son of perdition.” Just ask them that one; be like a worm in a lemon, see. See? Now, you see, they can’t—can’t... It is.

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Notice, then, if you want to take them a little more technique. Look. Eve talked here, if you want to take it in the language it’s here, which is written so it’s hid from the eye, wise and prudent. Eve, here, the way it’s taught, that God was the One that she begotten this son by. And He’s a Spirit, and can’t do it. See? Now watch here, if you want to notice that. “I have gotten a—a man from the Lord.” See, you can’t make it sound any... But it’s got to have its right interpretation, see. Yes, sir. No, sir, if that, then the spirit...

And we always follow the nature of our parent. You know that. Look at the baby, the nature. Well, then, Adam was a son of God; Eve was a daughter of God; right, the first thing of the creation of God, which could not have one speck of—of evil anywhere about it. Evil wasn’t even known.

Then why was Cain a liar, a murderer, and everything else? Where did that come from? Just ask yourself that question. That was the serpent’s seed. See? Don’t the Bible say so?

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Watch his seed all the way down. In that, he become...

Who does the world belong to? The devil. Who controls it now? The devil. Exactly right. The devil controls the world. He told Jesus, said, “See how pretty it is, all the glory? I’ll give it to You if You’ll worship me.” See, he is the controller of it. Now he owns it.

Now watch, his children are wise; devil’s children. Or, take Cain’s children, if you want to, and bring it right down through the genealogies, and you find out that they were smart men, every one of them.

But then when he killed Abel; and God give him back Seth, was a type of the righteous, to redeem; being dead, and raise again. And from there...

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Now watch. Not from the first seed, of the natural; they died. Now you got your minds open? See? [Congregation says, “Amen."] The first seed, of the natural seed, just ordinary good, it typed the modern church, Abel. In order to preserve that line coming down, that one died so another could raise up, you see. So, it has to be rebirth, again. You catch it? [“Amen.”] All right, just so you get it, see. See?

There you are, the perfect type. So even the natural man, born of—of Adam, his father, shows that natural trend. Won’t work; the natural man don’t perceive the things of God. So there was a Man come natural, and died, in order to restore that again; and is represented in the death of—of—of Abel, and the replacing by—by Seth.

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And watch what kind of a people that was, now, that spirit brought forth from him; humble, farmers, sheepherders. Watch what come from this wisdom of the world here; smart men, builders, and—and with metals, and all kind of a smart intelligence and things. Look where they wound up, way, way, down there, and God destroyed every one of them, every one of them, and saved the humble. Didn’t Jesus say, in Matthew 5, “The meek shall inherit the earth”?

So, yeah, don’t worry. They haven’t got one foot to stand on. See? They don’t believe that be Cain’s son. But we have got a tape on that, if you’d like to hear it explained in detail. See? No, sir.

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And I seen they got a piece in the paper up there, where science is now going to prove that “Eve never eat an apple. She had an apricot.” See? I got the paper up there at home now, see. “It was an apricot.” How—how far can people... That’s a carnal mind, see.

“Then, actually, Moses never crossed the water. He crossed through a sea of reeds; brought Israel across at the upper end of the Dead Sea. There was a bunch of reeds there, a whole sea of reeds, just where the waters had been one time, went down. And Moses took a short cut and went around that way.” And the Orthodox churches accepted it. You seen that. The Orthodox churches accepted it, that that was so.

Oh, man, can’t you see that seed of the serpent, that antichrist, and the whole thing laying right there? Sure. Yes, sir.

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"Brother Branham, please pray for my little..." Well, that’s a prayer request; I see it. "...pray for my little grandson, very ill with the flu. He is in the Riverview Hotel."

Lord Jesus, this poor person here never wrote that just in vain. She seen You just deliberately remove even rheumatic fever from a little boy the other night. She knows that You’re the great God, and we offer our prayers for that little boy. In the Name of Jesus Christ, may he be healed. Amen.

When somebody writes anything, it’s not in vain. They—they—they got a... No matter how simple it sounds to us, and how much of it, but—but there is something behind it, you see; that lady, that little boy, something.

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[Q-182]

Is the Elijah, who comes to preach to the Jews, the real man who lived on the earth, or will he be the spirit of Elijah in some other man?

Now, that’s, I—I’m afraid to say. I don’t know. See? Let me read that again.

Is the Elijah, who comes to preach to the Jews (oh, yes), the real man who lived on earth, or will he be spirit of Elijah in some other man?

Now, if I could answer that correctly, I could tell you about Enoch, see. But I—I can’t do it, see. Only thing I know is, just, the Scripture says what it will be. And now it might be that the... Now, I—I’m kind of inclined... Now let me say it this way. And I hope the tape, the brethren on the tapes, will understand this. I’m inclined to believe that it will be anointed men, of their spirit. Because, see, he says, “Does not... on Elisha? Does not the spirit of Elijah rest on Elisha?” See, “the spirit of Elijah.” And he done just like Elijah did, see. So, I, if I... But I can’t say that’s true. I—I don’t know, see. I’m honest with you. I don’t know.

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[Q-183]

Brother Branham, would you please answer this one for me, about baptism? Matthew 28:19 teaches, “the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.” And Peter, in Acts 2:38, “in the Name of the Lord Jesus.” When was this change come about in Acts of the Apostles? Now, I believe, “in the Lord Jesus.”

Well, brother or sister, ever who wrote it, there—there was no change come about, see. It... And Peter done exactly what Jesus said do. Now, if somebody come and say, “Use the titles of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,” they did what Peter said not do, but what God said not do. See? Now, Jesus said that...

We’ll just—just take a little bit, where, I want to just show you something here. Notice.

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Now notice, if you’re here, the person. I’m going to put three pieces of material here. Now look. [Brother Branham positions three objects as illustrations.] This is the Father, this is the Son, this is the Holy Ghost; as trinitarian people believe them, believe that they are three separate individuals. They believe that. See? Well, then, now let me...

And then in Matthew 28:19. Jesus said, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. He...” No, I beg your pardon. I’m quoting Acts now, or in Acts 2, I believe. No, Luke 24:49, I’m quoting. He said... Let me read it, then I got it, see, and then... ’cause the other day I said that when I didn’t... I want to be sure I get this right. I—I know the title of what you’re saying there, but I want to get just what He said. Let’s begin at 16th verse, of the 29th. “Then as the eleven sat at meat, the...”

Then the eleven... went away into the Galilee, into the mount where Jesus had appointed them.

And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power in heavens and in earth is given unto... All powers is given unto me in heavens and in earth.

Now where is the power of God? Where is God at? If all the power out of Heaven, and all the power that’s in earth, has been given, now where is God at? There He is, see. That’s what’s talking to you. All right.

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and, then, of the Holy Ghost.

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Now the trinitarian sphere of that, “I baptize you in the name of the Father, in the name of the Son, in the name of the Holy Ghost.” That’s not even in Holy Writ. See? He said, “Baptize them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of...” Not in the... and put a name before each one. One Name! Watch here. Didn’t say, “Baptize them in the names.” N-a-m-e, one Name, “In the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.” See?

Now I want to ask you. Is “Father” a name? [Congregation says, “No."] Is “Son” a name? [“No.”] How many fathers is here? Which one of you is named “Father”? How many sons are here? How many humans are here? See? Well, which one of you is named “Father,” “Son,” or “Human”? See?

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Like a woman said one time, she said, “Brother Branham, the ‘Holy Ghost’ is a name. It’s a Person.”

I said, “Yes, Sir. I am a person, but my name is not ‘Person.’ I am a person, see. My name is William Branham; but I am a person.”

The Holy Ghost is a Person. That’s what It is. It’s not a name; it’s a title of the Person of God. See? It’s a title to the personality of God, what He is. Now—now if...

He said, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, the Holy Ghost.” Not “in the name of the Father, name of the Son, name of the Holy Ghost.” Or, not “in the names of the Father, and of the Son, the Holy Ghost,” but, “In the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.” And if “Father, Son, and Holy Ghost” is no name, then what about it?

Say if it’s “name,” well, which one? You want to call one of them a name, which name is it? If you want to call the title a name, then which name, which title is it you want to baptize, the “Father” or the “Son”? It’s singular, see.

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Now, we turn over here in—in... and that’s the last book of Matthew.

Like I’ve always explained it. If you read a love story, and said, “John and Mary lived happy ever after.” See, it’s because you don’t... you don’t know who John and Mary is. Go back to the first of your story, find out who John and Mary is. See?

Now that’s what you’re doing here in Matthew. You’re only reading the last part of it. Go back to the first of Matthew and read what the story is. That’s the last chapter of Matthew, and the last verses.

Like you picked up a book, and say, “John and Mary lived happy ever after. That was John Jones and—and Mary So-and-so? That was...? No, that was John...? That was John Henry and that was So-and-so? This is John Somebody and So-and-so?” No, you don’t know yet, you see. The only thing to do, to be sure, is go back in the book and read it. See, you can’t pick up a piece here. You got to put the whole thing together, to make the picture.

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