VICTORY DAY

So 21.04.1963, vormittags, House Meeting
Sierra Vista, Arizona, USA

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You can be seated if you will. And I want to express my gratefulness to God, for the privilege of being here and to meet fellow citizens of the Kingdom of God. While you people have gathered out here, this morning, in this brother’s home, to... to have some fellowship together, it kind of reminds me of the early Church. The way Christianity first started out, was, the Bible said, “It was from house to house. They met and broke the bread with singleness of heart.” And that’s what we want to have this morning, while we’re here, is singleness of heart, one purpose.

One... one thing that we’re trying to achieve, and, that is, to fulfill the plan of God for our lives, while we’re here on earth. And perhaps, maybe, God, many thousands years ago, but He’s, by His infinite wisdom, knew that we would be here this morning, and would be back here on this prairie, or... or desert here, in the little building. He knew that thousands of years ago.

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Now, we met some of our friends that was coming over this morning from Tucson, the Stricker family. And they had had a generator to go bad in their car. We gathered up what we could get, to bring them along, the lady here and the... the children. And they’re coming on, a little later, if they can get their generator fixed. It was some little crossroads out here. I don’t know where it was at. But we’re happy to be here.

And now, Brother Isaacson here, and we hardly know each other, no more than just we know that we’re brothers in Christ. And we have had times of fellowship together. And I believe our first meeting was at... up in Phoenix, years ago. And if his wife is present, I wouldn’t know her. Now, that’s how well we’re acquainted, to know who his wife is, or his family.

Coming in I met one of our colored brethren standing at the door, a very fine fellow with a handshake, you know, made you kind of feel like you was just so welcome, you know, to come in, and... and to be among this crowd like this this morning, and It gives me a privilege.

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And now, I’ve had the privilege of speaking in many crowded areas, where they would have maybe thousands times thousands of people would gather. But I... The memorials of my ministry is times like this, when there’s maybe a dozen, or two, setting together, seemingly that God deals closer to people. I think we feel more acquainted, and... and as we assemble in small gathering. It seems like where God’s Word is so... so eminent to us, is when we, He said, “Wherever two or three are gathered in My Name, there I am in their midst.”

Last night, near midnight, I was just assembled with... in the home where there was a man and his wife, and a young girl, was losing her mind, over a little affair that had taken place. And while we are... were assembled together, just the young lady and I, in a room, ’cause the things that had to be said, that was, I’d rather we’d been together. And there came this Light, this Angel of the Lord, and assembled right over where we were at, showing that... that God keeps His promise.

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And yesterday, where there was a young man of twenty-two years old, of a very prominent family, had taken the mumps, and the mumps had fell on him. And many you adults know what that is, especially in the male. Males, it really just almost kills them. And this boy, for several days, right on two weeks, had been running a fever of a hundred and five. Now, you know that’s in stroking condition there. And the doctors had just simply played out all they’d had, with penicillins and everything, to strike that fever for that infection. But seemed like it didn’t take any effect. But in one minute’s time before God, every speck of the fever left the young man. He rose up, well. And just goes to show the main Person is Christ.

That’s what we’re here, this morning in this home, is to serve Christ, upon this sabbath day.

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I’ve looked forward for the time of coming here, meeting with our precious brother, and you people. I have received your tithings that brother has sent me, many times, from this little gathering out here. And such treasures as that, I hold very sacred to my own being, because I know that I have to answer someday from where it went from there. And I certainly want to appreciate, do appreciate, and want to express my gratefulness of the loyalty of you people, of... of this thought that you have did, knowing that the tithings that you have. And meeting in houses like this and, yet, want what little you have to go, the best of your knowledge, to the support of the... of the ministry. Then, from there on, I have to be responsible for it. And I want to be a good steward to our Lord, and when I have to answer at that Day, for what we’ve did on earth.

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Now, there’s one thing, back here we’re not be bothered too much with the roar of traffic, and that’s good.

And so now, I just hardly know how to say this, but I wish we were holding a revival back here, where we have several days of it. Because, this way, you just come in and say, “How do you do? I’m glad to meet you,” and speak a few moments about the Lord, and gone again. I’m supposed to be in Tucson at one-thirty. And how that it... We just meet here like that, and shake one another’s hands, and say, “How do you do? Glad to have met you,” and take off.

But, you know, I think of a Day when we will meet where we won’t say good-bye. We won’t say, “It’s nice to see you. Hope you come back again.” Where, we would count here maybe a couple hours together. There we can, we might set down and talk for a million years, if there’s such a thing as time, and we won’t... won’t be any less time than it was when we set down. See? It’s just Eternity. There’s no... there’s no end to it. And to think of the time that we’re out, and like that, and when we’ll walk down through the corridors of God’s great paradise, and the Angels singing anthems.

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And... and now is the time where we have to... to fight, to win the battle, and to overcome the things of the world.

And There, well, there won’t be any fight There. The last prayer will be made; they won’t have to have prayer meetings no more. There’ll be no more place for the people get saved. There’ll be no sickness to be healed. And it’ll just be one great glorious thing.

And what could we as human beings, this morning, what... what could we promise? What could we look at anything that’d be any greater than looking to that promise of that time. See?

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We think of... here I look at the changing of the ages, from little nursing babies on their mother’s laps, to the little school boys, the teen-age girls and boys, and then the middle age, and then the elder. See? And the... the school boy, last year was on his mother’s lap, a nursing baby. See? And the teen-age entered school just last year, seemingly. And the middle age was a teen-age. And then the old age. Just... Oh! See? It’s just like a vapor that flies into the earth and falls away. Solomon said, I believe it was, “It’s like a flower. It rises up, and then it’s cut down, and wastes away.” And we... we want to make benefit of what time we are here.

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So now let us speak to Him, now, as we bow our heads in prayer.

And if there would be anyone here that would like to be remembered in prayer, for instance, like being sick, or have need, if you would just make it known to God in your heart, say, “Now, Lord, I’ve entered, to... to ask in this petition.” And if you would just, so I would know, kind of, if you’d just raise your hand up, and just, like that, say, “Remember me.” The Lord bless you richly.

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Almighty God, Who formed the heavens and the earth, by Thy Word, we have assembled here this morning to speak of this Word, and of the great One Who is the Word.

We thank Thee for this grand privilege of coming back at the backside of the desert. It was there one day where a burning bush drawed the attention of a runaway prophet. And there he was commissioned anew, and was sent, which became a great deliverer of the people of that day, of God’s heritage that was in bondage. O great God, won’t You come to the backside of the desert this morning with us? As we know, You’re in great cathedrals, and around the world, but knowing that You are the infinite God, and there’s no place too small. Or, no place, or no matter how well we’re scattered across the face of the earth, yet You’re omnipresent, can be everywhere at all times. We thank Thee for this.

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And in this assembly this morning, we thank Thee for our brother and... and his little flock here, and for their courage and loyalty to the Cause of God in the earth today, and we ask Your blessings upon them. And may, as long as there is a desiring heart for Christ, may there always be a messenger somewhere to grant, bring the Message to that hungry heart.

And we pray, Heavenly Father, for the need of those people who raise their hands just now. You know what was pulsating under their hand, around their heart. They had a need. If it’s sickness, Lord... You Who taken Paul Sharrit that was just spoke of just a matter of hours ago, when he was laying between death and life, with a raging fever that all the medical science could not stop, and yet one small word of prayer stopped the fever immediately.

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You’re Jehovah God. Show that You’re just as well represented, and just as real today, here on the backside of this desert, as You was the days with Moses at the backside of the desert there.

We thank Thee, because I know that You’ll hear prayer. And we come to Thee most humbly and most sincerely, knowing that it would be wrong to ask You things that we’re just imagining in our mind. We want to be earnest and dead sure, that what we’re asking, we must believe it, and... and... and know that it is God’s will to give it to us, ’cause we have solved it out in our hearts, with all we know, Lord.

So, I pray that You’ll heal every sick person that’s here this morning. Save every one that’s lost. Grant it. May something be said or done today, that will cause them, in the place where they’re seated, or standing around the walls, or wherever it may be, that the anchoring faith of God will move into their hearts and that’ll settle it, once for all. Grant it, Father.

Bless the brother that’s let us have the home here for the service.

Now speak to us through Thy Word, for that’s why we’re here, Lord. We love to fellowship with each other, but yet it’s You that we want, Lord. We can go out under the trees somewhere and set down and talk with each other. But, here, we are assembled to find favor with You. Won’t You meet with us now, Lord? We have opened the seat in our heart, that You to be throned today, to talk to us, and tell us of the needs that we have, and Your love expressed to us as we express our love to You. This we ask in Jesus Christ’s Name. Amen.

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There, if there’s someone back in there, that wants to set down, I see some chairs here, that you could be assembled, and want to be more comfortable.

Now, these times that we’re living in is tremendous times. And yesterday, while I was thinking of what would I say today, knowing I’ve looked forward to coming down here, and what would I say when I come down, the little prayer meeting? And I asked the Lord to help me. And... and I picked up a few notes on a Scripture here, that I’d like to express to you people this morning, while we’re waiting for the Lord’s blessings.

And we pray now that you’ll open your heart and understand the least, faintest little knock of Christ at the heart. Remember, you, if you’re not a believer, and never have accepted Christ yet, this will be the grandest thing that ever happened to you, will be gathered in this home this morning, that when that knock come to your heart, if you’ll accept it, it’s a door to Life. To turn it away is death. And that’s why we’re here this morning, to show to you that there is an open door to every believer that can believe.

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Now I want to read from the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, the 15th chapter. I want to read a portion, the first four verses of the 15th chapter of the Book of the Revelation:

And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels having... seven last plagues; for in them is filled up with the wrath of God.

And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stood on the sea of glass, having... harps of God.

And they sang the song of Moses a servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.

Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only are holy: and all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.

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And if the Lord will, I would like to take a text from that, to call it a V-day, "Victory Day", as we symbolize that, a complete victory.

These people, that in the chapter that we’re... have just read, had just gotten the victory. I think that the word victory is a great word in the English language. It means that you have... you have defeated the enemy, and you’ve overcome, and you are a victor holding victory. And we sing songs and cheer in a victory. And here we find that there was something, these people had come to this sea of glass, mingled with fire. And they had gotten the victory over the beast, over his image, over the mark, and the letter of his name. All these things, they had gotten the victory over them, and were victors standing on the other side, on the sea of glass mingled with fire, singing the songs of praise to Almighty God.

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Now, to speak of victory and V-days, and so forth, it brings us back to the thought of war, when we think of V-day. Because, just recently, in the last few years, we come to a... a... a day that we called V-day, of the war, where they gotten the victory over the enemy. And it’s too bad that we have to think it, but the world has been soaked with human blood ever since the blood of righteous Abel.

The first human blood to strike the earth was righteous Abel. And he, the reason he had to shed his blood, was because that he had been right with God. And God had accepted his... his atonement that he had, by faith had offered to God, this lamb.

And his jealous brother, being jealous of him, slew righteous Abel. And that same reason has, just about, caused the shedding of all human blood upon the face of the earth. And the old earth is certainly soaked with it, of all across the world, human blood.

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We... There’s a reason for that. There is some reason that they would be, that this human blood was shed. And we find that the first reason was because of jealousy, that... that Cain was jealous of Abel because that God accepted Abel’s sacrifice. And Hebrews 11 tells us that... that... that, “Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than that of Cain, and God testifying by it.” And Cain, course, being jealous of this, because his sacrifice was rejected, and Abel’s accepted. And Abel did this by faith. The Bible said that he did this “by faith.”

Seeing that... that, the two boys trying to find favor with God, to come back, because they know that they were just fresh from the garden of Life. And they had fell, on the other side, by the transgression of their parents, had made them subjects to death; just like we all stand, this morning, subjects to death. And they wanted to know how to get back into that place where they could find Life again. And, in doing so, they... they were trying to find favor with God.

And Cain offered a beautiful sacrifice of flowers and the fruits of the field, or whatever it was he put upon the altar.

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But Abel, by spiritual revelation, revealed to him that it was not the fruit of the field that caused the death. “It was blood that caused the death.” So, he offered back blood of an innocent substitute, and God accepted it. And that has been God’s propitiation for our sins, ever since that very day. No other way, because if He had accepted on any other basis, then we’d have had to come to that basis, to be, to find favor with God. But God accepted only the innocent blood of an innocent subject. See?

And therefore, if the beauty and the big places would have been God’s acceptance, today we’d... We would have wondered, “Would He come back on the backside of the desert, to this little home setting here by the railroad track? Would He come back here and meet with us?” But if it had been a great cathedral, or the beauty that... that Cain offered, why, we’d find we’d just been talking to ourselves, and to the air.

But God came on the basis of the shed blood. So, no matter, today, how small we are, how poor we are, or how much we would like to be, offer to God a greater place, but God wouldn’t accept it, no more than He will right now, because we’re coming on the basis of the shed Blood of an innocent Substitute, which is Christ dying for us sinners.

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Now, the reason that this Blood has been shed, is because, I believe, that man wants to... God invites man to look, but man wants to... to show himself. Man wants to look at what God is trying to show him, on the basis of his... his own idea about it. See? God is trying to show man something, but the man wants to accept it upon what he... the way he looks at it.

But it’s just like anyone wanting to show a scene. There’s got to be a reason to show this scene. There’s... If you say, “Look yonder at the mountain,” now there’s something there that struck your attention, that you’re trying to ask me to look at that mountain. See? Or, “Look at this tree,” see, there is something about that tree that you want me to see.

Now, God is trying to get man to look to that innocent Substitute for a way back. And man wants to look at it in his own way. He don’t want to see what God is trying to show him, in this innocent Substitute. Therefore, that’s what’s caused the trouble. Then, when man does, as it was, picks up the glasses, to view off in a long distance, to see what God is trying to show him, he fails to focus his glasses right.

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Here on the road, not long ago, coming from a trip up in the mountains, someone was said, “Here, take these glasses and look over here at a certain thing.” Well, I picked up the glasses. I saw three or four different objects. Now, you see, I knowed that there was something wrong with that. See? Now, this antelope standing in the field, there seemed to be three or four of them standing together. Now, what it was, the antelope was just perfectly one antelope. The glass was all right. But what I had to do, was to draw that focus till I got all three of the antelopes into one, and made one antelope. See? And then that... See, behind me, I knew there was a... to be one antelope, because that’s what I was told. But to pick up the glass and look through it, I saw, say, three antelopes standing there. Well, the glass was out of focus. I... I have to focus that glass back, till I get it into a place to where I see the one antelope. And then the glass draws it close enough to me till I can see what it looks like.

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Now, God gives us the Bible. Now, the Bible is the Word, and the Word is God. So, that is our binoculars. That’s our glasses. But, then, when we go to looking in the Bible, and seeing four or five different ways, well, it needs focusing, you see. And we... we got to bring the thing into the place where we see the one solemn purpose for God.

But man wants to start an organization, run this way. And the other one wants to, “Well, I don’t... I think I can be a bigger fellow than him, so I’ll start over here. We’ll school our boys better, and we’ll do this and so forth.” See? They fail to get the glass in focus. God wants them to see one thing, and that’s the innocent Blood that was shed for their sins. That’s exact. That’s the real thing, no matter...

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We don’t need an organization. I have nothing against them, only they... the damage that they do, to pull people out and separate brotherhood and things.

But we only need to look at one thing, and that’s our Substitute. That’s right. And that Substitute is Jesus Christ.

And then today you see how we are twisted out in organizations. And they say, “The Methodists is having a revival. Course, that don’t mean the Baptists. That’s the Methodists. And these are having a revival, and so forth.” And they... they cut the other fellow out, all the time. But we don’t want to see it that way.

We want to keep pulling that focus till we find out that there is one God. When you see three of them out there, you better focus the glass a little better. See? You’re... you’re seeing something wrong. So you’d better bring it in, and find out there is one God over us all, and He’s the God of the human race.

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And if He’s God, at all, He’s interested in every human being, because it’s His creation. And He’s interested in the children. He’s interested in the old age and the middle age. He’s interested in the... the colors of us, and the white, the brown, the black, the... the yellow, the different shades of our skins from the country that we come from and our forefather. He’s interested in all of us. He’s just not interested in the Jews, alone, or in... or in the yellow race, black race, white race, whatever it is.

He’s interested in the whole human race, and trying to get the human race to focus His Word down to one thing, and say, “There is one God, and that God give an innocent Substitute, by coming; becoming, Himself, Man, in order to take away sin, to save the whole human race.”

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John the prophet so beautifully illustrated, “Behold the Lamb of God, that takes away the sin of the world,” whosoever. The whole sin problem is settled right there in that one innocent Substitute.

But when man begins to get a hold of God’s binoculars here, he... he begins to... He looks at so much of the natural, he fails to see the spiritual application that the Word gives.

Now, see, that’s one of the great things that man does when he tries to look, because he looks like Cain looked through the glasses. He looked at a... a personal achievement.

Cain thought, “Now, if I can get Abel out of the way, then I’m the only one. Then, see, there, the other fellow is out of the way.” That’s what man has tried to do, down through the years, is try to get the other fellow out of the way.

When, he ought to be trying to bring the other fellow in the way with him, and... and be a brother, you see, instead of trying to say, “Oh, that little group, just rake them out. And this over here, oh, well, they are this, or that.” See? We shouldn’t do that. We should be trying to bring the whole thing to one... one solid picture, and that is Jesus Christ.

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A young lady, last night, in an interview, she said... But she said... A minister’s daughter had had some kind of a little love affair, and... and she had lost her mind about it. She gone, a breakdown. A very beautiful young woman, and about twenty-three years old.

And when she was a little girl, of about twelve, she was in Chicago. And setting in the meeting... Or, Elgin, it was. And setting in the meeting, the Holy Spirit went out through the audience and called her, who she was, and said, “You got a murmuring heart. The doctor says you can’t live to fifteen years old. But, THUS SAITH THE LORD, you’re healed.” And she never even... never even felt a heart trouble, since.

And last night she had a different type of a heart trouble. It was a spiritual, heart trouble. Her lover had run off and married some other woman. And, yet, she was still in love. And this boy telling that he was in love, yet, with her, and his “father had caused it.”

I said, “Oh, nonsense. He didn’t have to marry the other girl. He did it because he failed to have the right kind of love for you.” That’s exactly.

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But, see, being all wound up into that, the girl set there in... in such a stoop, like. And she said, “Oh, I know Johnny loves me. I know.” See? That’s all she could see. She lived in that one little world, by herself, she had formed herself in there.

And I took a hold of her hand. I said, “Listen to me.” And the Lord showed a vision, you see, that she knowed I knowed nothing about, that something had taken place, some transaction between them. And when that was said, then that snapped her right quick. I said, “Now, while you’re out of there, look to Calvary. There, you’re going out here and started trying to drink, and a minister’s daughter, a Pentecostal minister’s daughter, and doing the things that you’re doing, trying to drown that sorrow; that man, and somebody that don’t care the snap of their finger for you.” I said. “Look yonder to Calvary, girl. That’s the only way back.”

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We got to get ourselves focused, till, whether we live or die, sink or drown, it’s Calvary, Christ. That’s the thing that God wants us to come back to.

And men, in the focus of God’s Word, instead of bringing It together and making It say the one thing that God makes It say, we look at the natural side. Therefore, it... it, man doing that, he gets hisself into a place that he just takes off after the thing that’s presented. “Here is an opportunity that we, us little group, we can do this, and we can... We won’t have nothing to do with the rest of them.” And... and that, see, that’s the first thing is presented; instead of focuses in, to know that it’s brotherly love that we should have for one another, and... and to understand one another, and to love one another, and to worship with one another. They degrade a man because of his clothes he wears, or the... or the education he has, or the color of his skin, or... or something like that. Or his... And that, therefore, it separates the people, and man takes off after that.

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It never gives the inward man a chance to operate. Now, we are... we are a triune being: soul, body, and spirit. Now, but when the natural mind... The two spiritual forces that works in you is your mind and your... and your spirit. See? Now, the natural mind, that’s highly polished, will try to achieve something by his intelligence. See? And when he does that, the very thing when he does that, he throws hisself away from the spiritual man that’s in him. And there what causes the trouble, right there, see, he tries to make it out in himself.

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As I spoke here, not long ago, I believe was at the tabernacle, that, “God is so great, He can become so simple.”

Now, see, when we get great, we can’t be simple. See? We, we know too much. And we... we got to, “Oh, it’s just got to be this way, the way we say It, or It isn’t, at all.” See? Well, that way, we miss God.

But if a man could just, a great man, could just get greater and greater, and keep on getting greater, what would he do? He’d just become right straight back again to so humble, and so simple, till people walk over the top of him and not know it, see, the great person that’s in their midst.

Just the same thing as we do. We... we measure a electron, we split an atom, and we send a... a message to the moon, and walk over common grass that we know nothing about. That’s right. The little flower, no one can explain or can find the life that hides in that little seed down in the earth, to bring forth a flower next year. A common blade of grass, all the scientists in the world couldn’t make one sprig of the grass, not one blade. See? You can’t do it, because it holds life.

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And therefore, see, we...

It’s been said, “Fools walk with hobnailed shoes where Angels fear to trod.” And that’s really true. We walk over the simple things. We walk over God.

We walk over a... a orchid, looking for a daisy. Now, that’s it, see, walking over the orchid. And if we just simplify ourselves, get down. No one could look at even...

That vine out there, what is it? God. What is it? It’s volcanic ash, with a life in it. Turn, look away, there’s a mighty tree stand there, cottonwood, I believe. What is it? It’s a volcanic ash, with a different kind of life in it. This kind of life, made a... made a tree. That kind of life, made a vine. See?

And what are we? Volcanic ash, with life in it. What made us what we are? We would just be no more than that, but God put Eternal Life in us, and then we become subjects of God. Then, we’re... we’re watching, focus the Word then to God.

But man never gives the inside man a chance to explain what is right, therefore that’s what causes the trouble.

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Watch. We find, if he doesn’t do it, then what happens? We find that his temper, like Cain, got up, see, right quick. He was jealous. He didn’t like God, to offer his, to accept Cain’s... Abel’s sacrifice instead of his. He wanted to go, too. He wanted his own sacrifice. He wanted his own way, see, instead of coming over to Abel, and saying, “Oh, my brother, I am so happy that God has accepted. Now we got a way, that we know that Jehovah accepts this way, because He’s proved it by receiving your sacrifice.” Wouldn’t that been the thing to... to done? But instead of that, he got jealous.

Now, don’t you see that same thing today in men? [Congregation says, “Amen."] See? It’s just his way. See?

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Now, instead of accepting the way that God vindicates to be Truth, the way that God Himself moves upon the scene, and saying, “This is it. These signs shall follow them that believe. I’ll be with you, even in you. A little while, and the world won’t see Me no more; yet you’ll see Me, for I’ll be with you, even in you.” See, the world, you... “The world won’t see Me, but you will.” See, “Cain won’t see Me, but you will, Abel.” You see? Because, it’s... it’s the same thing.

And instead of coming and saying, “Well, wonderful, we see God in the midst of the people, working, let’s do that,” no, sir, with creed, the same thing, and, greed, rather, and with jealousy, the same thing that Cain has, he requires the blood of his brother. He tries to wipe him out of the way, get rid of him. “They’re nothing but a bunch of holy-rollers. They’re little.” See? You know what I mean. That’s what starts the trouble. There’s where trouble begins. That’s where the broken vows. There’s where broken fellowship separates. That’s the thing that breaks up homes. That’s the thing that starts the... the wheel moving towards divorces. That’s the very thing that breaks the fellowship.

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That’s the thing that broke the fellowship in Eden, is because that Eve failed to keep the focus, of her looking on God’s Word, and listened to the reasonings of the enemy. See? See? If she just stayed right with, “God said so. That settles it. God said so,” but she didn’t want to do that. See? She changed the focus of her glass, and begin to see, instead of being just one way, there become two ways. See? She saw, “Well, now, maybe this man could be right. Maybe he is right. Now, we know God is right, and maybe he is right. This is just more light on what God said.” You see there?

There is the same thing happens today, exactly right back to the same spot. See? See? You see two ideas. There’s only one. There’s not no creed. It’s the Word, it’s God’s Word, God’s purpose, God’s plan. All other plans are no good.

That, and Eve did this evil thing, and that’s the reason today that God, in His Word, never permits women to be ministers. See? It’s just not permitted in the Word.

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This morning, in our home, we were talking, and setting at the breakfast table, early. We had wanted to start, so we get here on time, and get back to the other appointment. So, we, I said... We was talking at the table. And... and we was talking about, the word come up, about Angels. My little boy, Joseph, setting there, said something about Angels. And he said, “Now, daddy,” he said, “the Angels...“

I said, “God is a Man.”

“But,” said, “the... the Angels are women.”

I said, “There is no such a thing.” See? He said...

“Well, They got...“ Sarah, my daughter, said, “But, daddy,” said, “there, they, they got skirts on.” Said, “They, they are women.”

I said, “That’s, some psychologist drawed that picture.”

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They never did see, in the Bible, an Angel called “she.” It was “he,” always, he, he, he, not... not “she.” There’s no such a thing as an Angel being a woman. There never was, in the Bible. And there’s not, in the Church of the living God. There’s no such a thing as a messenger woman. An angel is a “messenger.” So, God never permit it.

Because, the Bible says, “Adam was first formed, and then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.” See? Therefore, she... Said, Paul said, “I suffer not a woman to teach, or have any authority, but to be in silence, as also saith the... the law.”

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Now, in that, you see, now, now, like our Pentecostal groups, it’s the grass root of that. See? What they do, they get the focus, “Well, now, here, here is a woman can preach like a lightning.” Well, that’s no doubt, at all. Absolutely. I heard some women preachers, could preach, that men couldn’t even stand in the shadow of doing it, but that doesn’t have one thing to do with what’s righteous; see, doesn’t have one.

Paul said, “If one speaks in tongues and there be no interpreter, then let him hold his peace.”

Say, “I can’t hold my peace.”

But the Bible said you can, see, so that’s it. See? It must be done in order, placed in order, put in its place, and there remain ever in its place.

See, there, you get out of focus. That causes hard feelings, greed, and so forth. Instead of focusing ourselves back with the Word, we focus ourselves out, and see, “Well, let them do what they see.” See, like that, just the way, then. All right.

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Now, we find that it breaks up the fellowship of homes. It breaks up the fellowship of churches. It breaks up the fellowship of nations, that same thing.

Nations wants to see their own way. Germany wants to see their way, alone. Russia wants to see their way, alone. America wants to see her way, alone. See? Then, see, that’s it. It’s the spirit of the nations. You find it wherever you go, you find a national spirit. I went in, and they have different ways. It’s so strange. If I had the time, I’d just like to skip through some of the nations and show you.

When you go in, you go into Germany, you find a military spirit. Everything is military. You have to stand straight, walk straight, cut your corners, and everything. It’s military.

You go into France, you find an immoral spirit: just women, and wine, and liquor, and... and stuff like that. See?

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You go into Finland, you find a loyal spirit, kind of like, everything is honest. “We must pay off everything.” See? It must be done. It’s just got to be that way. No matter how hard they have to work, what it costs, it must be that way.

You come into America, you find a big, “Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!” That’s what it is. Yeah. That’s the American spirit. Somebody tell a dirty joke on the radio, and everybody laugh at it. Ernie Ford, or... or some of them, cracking jokes that they have, you know, everywhere, Arthur Godfrey and that group like that, see, that’s... that’s American spirit. You find it that way.

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And then those spirits get jealous of another spirit. And what do they do? They cause war. That’s right.

Now, you see, every nation is controlled by Satan. The Bible said so. He’s the god of the nations. Satan took Jesus up, top the mountain, and said... showed Him all the kingdoms was in the world, all the kingdoms, in a moment of time. Said, “These are mine. I do with them anything I want to.” Said, “I’ll give them over to You, if You’ll worship me.”

Jesus said, “Get behind Me, Satan.” He knew He was going to fall heir to them in the Millennium. See? So, He didn’t have to bow down to him. He knowed they was going...

Now, when God comes again, and take, makes His Kingdom here, see, there will not be any different kinds of spirit: a German spirit, and a French spirit, and a... a Norwegian spirit, and American spirit. There won’t be that. It’ll be one Spirit, amen, the Spirit of God, living in every heart. That’s right. And there’ll be one flag, one nation, one people, a brotherhood, a Fatherhood of God, and a brotherhood of men. Sonship! Yes.

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Then we find that, because that people do this, and... and cause these great fusses, and so forth... Now, see, as long as Satan controls it, there is going to be wars and troubles, and war. Jesus said, in Saint John... Saint Matthew 24, said, “You’ll hear of wars, and rumors of wars, and wars, and war.” Why? Cause, the prince of the earth, the Satan, the power of the nations... There is a national spirit here, a national spirit here. It’s devils. They can’t get along with one another. See?

Did you ever take a bunch in the Eskimo country up there, where we go on dogsleds, northern Alaska, and way up around in the Northwestern Territory? When the... the guide there was tying off these dogs, called Huskies... And he tie one here, and one out there, and one over here.

I said, “Why you doing that for?”

Said, “They are so full of the devil, they’d kill one another.” See? Just... just kill, that’s all they think about.

Well, that’s... that’s the devil, you see. He’s a killer. He, just he, the... the nation just... Even devils fighting devils. See? They just fight one another.

But, God is all love, see, so you can’t do nothing but love one another.

So, you see, the whole principle bases right back again to them spirits, exactly back to the beginning. Genesis is the seed chapter, and it produces everything, then, that we have in the earth today.

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Now we have wars and victories, great victories. One nation will come in and beat down the other one, say, “Glory! We got the victory. We beat them up.” And... and then, the first thing you know, they’ll become friends and shake hands, and have a trade between one another.

And after while, it’s another president, or another king will come in, or another ruler, another system. And, first thing you know, here they are, their grandchildren are back with guns, fighting one another, again. “Wars, and rumors of wars.” And this other one will run up over the other one, “Now you’ll serve me, you know. I’m the victor, and you’re the... you’re the one that’s out.” And so forth. You just...

As I once heard a remark, “God made man, and man made slaves.” God didn’t make man to rule over one another. God made man to be brothers, that’s right, to be brothers, not to rule over one another. No superior race, no superior nation, no superior language. We have one language, Heavenly. See? That’s right. We have one brotherhood: that’s man. That’s man, no matter who he is.

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Why should we fight and kill one another? But they do it. Then sometime, a good nation, or a nation that’s got a system in it, is trying to do right, and fighting for its rights, then the evil nation will come in over it. And then here they’ll take over, and this nation become that. And then back and forth, just changing, back and forth.

The nations has had many, many great national victories that they’ve tried, as they have tried to fight for their liberties, and what they hold for their... their own. And they have... they have what? As long as Satan controls them, they’re going to continue to fight. But they have won many great victories, great victories. We could go back, from the very beginning, and show where nation has ruled over nation, and the celebration of great victories, and so forth.

Like, in the First World War, when we had the First World War, when many of the nations come together and met on the grounds in Germany. And where Belgium and different ones of the nations was fighting under the different flags, was called World War One. Now I...

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There is two brothers setting here, or three, maybe four of you, that can remember that. I can remember it. I’m fifty-four.

And I remember, as a little boy, about nine, eight or nine years old, in 1914. Let’s see, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen. I was five years old when it broke out. I remember when they said there was going to be war. And my daddy was about twenty-two, and they had to send him to war. Oh, I couldn’t think of that, sending my daddy to war. He come up the road. He was on a spring wagon. And he had a... And he had went down to the store, which was several miles below us, and he had a sack of beans on there. We... And so I said... I picked up the beans. I thought, “If them come and starts any war, I’ll hit them with this sack of beans if they come.” See? Now, they was a... Just the thought of war, my daddy having to go to war!

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Well, the... the trumpet sounded, and... and the “Buy your bonds,” and so forth.

And as we all remember it, “We’ll go over and have this World War, and we’ll settle it. And then they’ll organize.” They organized what they called the League of Nations. “And then there’s going to be a peace, Eternal peace. That’s all. No more war.”

In a merely little twenty years, we were right back in her again, just as hot as ever, in another world war. See? Wars! Why? It’s greed, jealousy. See? As soon as Kaiser Wilhelm left Germany, then some fellow come in, by name of Adolf Hitler, an Austrian, and got those people’s minds all scattered up, which is demon inspired, that they could whip the world. And, they, and there you was. See?

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It’s devil against devil, again, you see, like that. And the innocent subjects of those nations, that, they just lead one another to war, to war, to war. And it’s just been that way, all along.

Now, now, we find out, then, the next thing you know, another war come up. Now, again, the whole world went to war again, with better instruments, and better planes, and bigger bombs. And they fought, and bled, and died, and starved, and froze, and everything else. War, war, war!

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Then there come a day, what we call, the V-day. There’s where I drawed this text from, that V-day, Victory Day. That was the day that they took the victory, and where the... the armies took the victory over other armies, V-day. Now, there was a D-day, and then there was a V-day. The D-day is when they went in to fight. The V-day is when a peace was signed, when Germany and the rest of their allied nations and all surrendered to the... to the... to the other nations.

And what did we do? At V-day, we sang songs. We screamed. We throwed our hats in the air. We shot the guns in the air. We cried. We blowed whistles. We beat drums. We, we played music. We, we beat one another on the back. What was it? It was a victory. Oh, we had the victory. How these... Why, we felt, “We have won. We have won.” The flags went up, and the trumpets sounded, and, oh, what a time we had! “Victory, victory, victory! We won.”

And it was a great thing. It brought peace to the... to the Christian nations, as so-called. And we had a little time of breathing. Some of the boys that was living, come back home and so forth. But, many great, them days, has been, many of them, and great wars.

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But, you know, all along where there has been that kind of a battle fought, there has also been God’s believing people has had many great V-days, too. Oh, yes! There’s been on both sides, where the glass has focused and went to the natural side, with V-days; also where it focuses into the Word in the Scripture, it brings another V-day sometimes.

We’ve had many of them great battles against our enemy. And God has had great men out here that’s standing at the front, who has been able to... to capture, by the Spirit of God, the thoughts of the people, and throw it into the Kingdom of God yonder, and come out victorious.

We fight it every day. Every Christian fights a battle, every day. We’re in a warfare right now, going on constantly within us, between right and wrong. “Shall we receive It? What shall we do? Shall we bow to the world? Shall we give up this thought that we got?”

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And if we see It, focus It. Take It from Genesis to Revelation. She is THUS SAITH THE LORD, each time, right down through there. We can’t give It up. We can’t compromise with the rest of them. We just can’t do it. We’ve got to stay here. That’s all. No matter how great the enemy is, and how much machinery he’s got against us, and how many organizations, and how many of this, that, or the other. We, yet, we have pulled this focus, of God’s Word, till we find that there’s one thing, and that’s the Blood of Jesus Christ. And He’s the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Therefore, don’t make any difference what anyone else says. They say, “The days of miracles is past. There’s no such a thing as Divine healing. There’s no baptism of the Holy Ghost. And the baptism in the Name of Jesus Christ, that was for the disciples only.” And all these things, they try to focus off of it. Still, it focuses right back to the Word, and nobody can say it’s not there. That’s right.

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So, we’re in a warfare. And God’s heroes has always had warfare.

And you, little church, remember back here, you are a part of that unit. You’re an outpost back here. That, you know what an outpost is. You should, by being some of it right here by you. So, you’re an outpost back here, to a place, to... to keep up the banners, to do what’s right, to still claim Jesus Christ is the only hope of the world; not the Methodist church, the Baptist church, the Presbyterian idea, Catholic, or Jewish, or whatever it might be; race, clan, or color. That’s not it. It’s Jesus Christ. See? He is the One. He’s our Victor. He is the One. He’s the Chief Captain of the move. This is His orders. We got to carry out orders. How could you ever...

Some of you boys served in the war. How could you ever... The captain give an order, and you turn around and do something backwards, why, you’ll mess the whole army up. That’s right. You’ll throw it into a riot. You’ve got to carry out the orders. The only way you can do it, is focus it, and see the purpose, what it’s all about. All right.

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We have had many great battles, spiritual battles. Many great V-days that the Church has had; I mean the Church, the Body of Christ. I’m not talking about the organization system now. I’m talking about the Body of Christ. The Body of believers, down through the ages, has had many great V-days.

We talk about, we’ve had several wars, the wars and rumors of wars, and V-days, and V-days, and V-days. And it’ll finally wind up into the great battle of Armageddon. That’ll be the last of it. When she comes to the battle of Armageddon, that’ll settle the whole thing. Just before the great Millennium, Armageddon is to clean off the earth. She repurifies herself with this atomic blowing, and the volcanic ash and thing sinks this soaked blood of men and upon the earth, and sin and crime. She sinks beneath the earth, and the volcanic brays out again, and renews and cleans the earth for the great Millennium. He cleans His Church, during that time, for a people to live here. Amen. I... I say, I like that. Yes, sir. There’s coming a time when it’ll be great.

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Now, great V-days, we think of the time. Let’s just go back. We got a few minutes now to think of some of the warriors. Let’s go back and think of one of the... We could go way back. But let’s just go back as far as Moses. Moses had a time that he went down in a great warfare, because the church, in itself, had long forgotten victory.

That’s what’s the matter with the church today. We’ve too long forgotten that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. We forgot that God is a Healer, can make the sick well. We forgot that the baptism of the Holy Ghost was poured out upon the disciples, and given from generation to generation, for anybody, whosoever will could come. We’ve forgotten that, long, long ago.

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So had Israel forgotten. They had become satisfied down in Egypt, and then become slaves.

And now here was Moses that went down, within his own intellectual affair to, or, intellectual achievement to try to, and under a military force, to bring out Israel, and failed to do it.

But just a Word from God, on the backside of the desert, boiled the whole thing up again. What happened to Moses? He got his glasses focused. God’s only purpose wasn’t to marry this beautiful Ethiopian colored girl back there, and... and to settle down and have children, and... and raise his father-in-law’s sheep. But his mission was... was to deliver the children of God, out from under that bondage. That was his commission. That’s what he was born for.

And each one of us is born for something. We just wasn’t put here for nothing. That mountain never happened out there just to be. That tree was put there for a purpose. Everything is for a purpose. It’s got to serve. And we are here for a purpose. Maybe it’s to testify to one person and get them saved, and out of that might come a preacher will send a million souls to Christ.

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Look at Dwight Moody’s conversion, and many of those. You see? Just one little old woman, with a... Little old wash woman with a message on her heart, to do something for God, and she rented an old livery stable, and got a minister to come down and preach. And nobody but a little old boy, with their hair hanging down his neck, and his daddy’s suspenders on, went down there and knelt down at the altar that night. Dwight Moody, that sent a half a million souls to Jesus Christ. See? That woman had something to do. She’s... It was for a purpose. She was made a wash woman, for a purpose.

Don’t despise where God has got you. But, serve your purpose. There’s coming a great victory day, one of these days, where the battle is over.

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Now, notice. Moses, he went down, after got his glasses focused and seen that it was God’s program, what he was to do. He went down. He fought hard. He had many great battles. But one of his great, trying battles, I’d like to... to bring it. When, he had achieved, by showing signs and wonders, by different things that God had showed him, to speak the Word and it would become material and happen.

Same thing we have today, speak the Word over the sick, [Brother Branham snaps his finger.] and watch It heal, and do these other things that God’s Word spoke through human lips. “You say to this mountain, ‘Be moved,’ and don’t doubt, but believe what you said will come to pass, you can have what you’ve said.” Jesus said so. Now, we believe that, and hold to it, and take it, and believe it.

And now, Moses had done that. And he got down there, and God had proved to being with him. But after getting him all together, God...

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It seems like, the Christian life, if the fellow is not absolutely centered on Christ, the Christian life, seems like, holds so many disappointments. But those disappointments are... are God’s Divine will happening for us. Now, it don’t seem like it would be that, but it’s God’s way of doing things. He lets us hit the river, to see what we’ll do.

Moses led the children of Israel right in the path of duty, and Pharaoh’s army behind him, and the dust boiling from a... a half-a-million men in arms. And here was two million helpless Jews with nothing, standing there, men, women, children, and so forth. And the Red Sea had him cut off. The dead sea had him cut off. He... There’s no place to go. See? But Moses had a V-day when he prayed through. He went and begin to cry out to the Lord.

And the Lord said, “Why you crying to Me? I commissioned you to do it. Speak to the children, that they go on in the line of duty.” Amen. There you are. “Don’t cry out to Me. You’re commissioned to take these people over there. Just speak to them, that they go forward, stay straight in the path of duty.” Amen.

What a courage that ought to be for the sick person! What a courage that ought to be for the backslider! Turn yourself around, and start back. Stay in the line of duty. It’s God’s business to open up Red Seas. It’s God’s business. You just speak and move forward. That’s all you have to do.

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And Moses, that great V-day, was at the sea down there. Oh, what a V-day that was for Moses, and for the children of Israel who obeyed the voice of their prophet, when they spoke and went forward. Moses said, “Haven’t I... You’ve seen ten miracles already, and still you doubt.” And he started walking towards the sea, with that stick in his hand. And God sent in a wind over the night and blowed that sea from one side to the other, and they walked across on dry land, a V-day.

Looky here. They stood, even our text today said, that, “They stood and sang the song of Moses, on the sea of glass mingled with fire.” See? See? They sung. And Moses, when he crossed over, and he didn’t know what to do. And he got over... Here come Pharaoh’s army, trying to impersonate the things that he was doing. Carnal comparisons! And what happened? The sea fell in and drowned them, every one. And he saw the dead taskmasters.

Miriam grabbed a tambourine and down the bank she went, beating this tambourine. And the daughters of Israel followed her, shouting, and beating tambourines, and dancing. And Moses sung in the Spirit. If that ain’t an old-time Holy Ghost meeting, I never seen one. [Blank spot on tape.]

“These Egyptians that you look at today, you’ll never see them again.” Amen. What a day! It’s all over.

Someday there’ll come another V-day for the Christian, too. That’s right.

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Notice, Joshua had a V-day at the river, too. Joshua had a V-day at Jericho. He certainly did. There where he had crossed, he had a V-day, first, at the river. There he is in the month of April, probably a mile across, Jordan was, ’cause up in top of the mountains up there, there is snow melting. And all over the plains, the river was spread.

And no doubt the enemy would have said, “Now, God is quite a... a General, isn’t He? Lead His army right up here to the time of spring, when the river is its worst, when it’s the worst time to cross, and then lead His army up here, and led them to cross.” No.

God lets disappointments happen, to show victory. Oh, if we could only see that! See? You’d only see that these things that seems to be so burring you, and upsetting you, they are trials. They are things, to stand still, focus your glasses on the Word of God. And speak the Word, and then just walk forward. That’s all there is to do it.

We get to a time, we say, “God, I don’t know what to do. I’m up against it.”

Speak the word, “Lord, I believe.” And just start walking forward. God does the opening up of the sea. You just keep walking. See?

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Now, we find out that Joshua, right at that time, he prayed. And the Lord told him that what would happen. And he had a V-day. He overcome. Then, when he overcome the river and got on the other side, what did he do? He put the ark...

Which, the Word was in the ark. He put that first. Then the singers, and so forth, come behind it. But the ark went forth, first.

When Israel went to battle, the first thing went forth was singers. And singers went forth, singing. Then they blowed trumpets, and so forth. Then the ark moved up. Then, when the ark moved up, then they set the ark down, and the... the battle started.

Notice. But now, in this, when Joshua took the Word first, and put the Word first, he crossed down a...

God had told him, “As I was with Moses, so I’ll be with you. I’ll not fail you. I’ll be with you. No man is going to stand before you, all the days of your life. I’m going to be right there. Don’t fear what’s going to take place. I’ll be right there.” Then what, with a commission like that, what could Joshua do but put the Word first? Amen. There you are. With a commission from God, put the Word first. And it brought a V-day. Oh, it’s got to come. That’s all.

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He put the Word first, and what happened? The ark went down first, to the water. When it did, the sea opened up, the river, rather, and they crossed over.

Then what’s he going to do after he gets over there? What’s the next thing is going to take place, when he gets over there on the other side? Then he finds out, they’re all walled in, because of the fear of him when he comes over.

But he met the Chief Captain, one day. And he had another V-day. He told him exactly what to do, and the walls of Jericho fell down. How is he going to do it?

The natural man looking through the glass there, say, “Now, here, You brought me over here, and here I am. Look at the opposition. Why, they’re all on the inside, with their slings. If we ever get close to that wall, woe unto us. They got rocks laid in there, their big slings. They got spears. They got bows. They got everything laying in there. And they just...“

But, see, Joshua put God first. And when he did...

It isn’t how you’re going to get there. That’s up to God. Just keep on moving, follow the Word.

He said, “March around, seven days. And on the seventh day, march seven times. On... At the last time around, sound the trumpet.” God’s place, to take the natural away. And the spiritual moved in, and the walls fell. And they went right straight up and took the thing. Yes, sir. God had a V-day then.

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Abraham had a V-day, after being promised so long for this child, God testing him for his love and his loyalty; to whose seed we are, if we believe God.

And Abraham had a V-day. When was it? The day that he left the land of the Shinar plains? Not exactly. He crossed over, that’s right, the Euphrates, and come on this other side, to sojourn. That was a good day. That still was kind of a...

But his main V-day was up on Mount Jireh, when he got up there that day, when God give him the final test. When, he had his only son. He said, “Now, Abraham, take him up there to that mountain, and offer him up for a sacrifice. I’ve made you a father of nations. Here is the only thing that you’ve got, to make you ‘father of nations,’ is through this son. I want you to kill him.” Oh, you see it? “Destroy everything. Destroy the very purpose. Here you are, Abraham, you’re about a hundred and fourteen, fifteen years old now. And you waited for twenty-five years for the baby. And now the boy is fifteen or sixteen years old. And I want you to take him up and kill him, so that I can make you a father of nations.” Oh, my! Yes.

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Abraham never moved. He never, never quivered at the Word of God. Said, “Yes, Lord. Here I go.” Picked up the wood, and took Isaac right up to the top of the hill, just exactly in obedience. Why? He put the commandment of God first. How is he going to be a father of nations, when he’s only got one son, and over a hundred years old now? How did he do it? Because, this, he said, “I...“ He perceived that if God was able to give him Isaac, as one from the dead, He could also raise him up from the dead again.

Now, friends, the God that has raised us from the things of the world and the corruption of this earth, can’t He much more give us Eternal Life and put us in a Land where there’s no death? See? We l