THE MASTERPIECE

So 05.07.1964, vormittags, Branham Tabernacle
Jeffersonville, Indiana, USA
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Let’s bow our heads now for prayer. While our heads and hearts are bowed before God, I... I wonder how many in here has a request that they’d like God to remember, by just lifting up your hands? Now, hold your request in your heart now as we pray.

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Lord Jesus, Thou the... the Fountain, inexhaustible Fountain of Life, flow through us today, Lord, and cleanse us from all unbelief and all sin, that we might stand in Thy Presence now, knowing that there is need among us, that we know that we are sinners and not... not worthy of any blessing. But then when we think of Him Who came and took our sins! Then, when His Blood is there, it’s not... it’s not us in the Presence of God, it’s Him. It’s just our voice through His Blood. His Blood is speaking. O God, then cleanse our hearts from sin and unbelief.

Give to us the desires of our heart, for we truly have these desires to serve You. In these weakening conditions and afflictions, and things of the world that’s put upon us sometime, to perfect us; we’ve been told that. Then He said, “Think it not strange that these trials come.” They’re only working out for our good and to perfect us, and bring us into that place. These great deserts of experience, where righteous men are molded into saints, we... we thank Thee for these experiences, Lord. We would no mean, no wise want to do anything contrary to Your will. But we pray, Father, that in this we’ll be brought closer to You.

And when the burdens are so heavy we can’t go no farther, then we raise our hands and scream to our Father. Then hear from Heaven, Lord.

Heal us, make us well, for the Kingdom of God’s sake.

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Bless Thy Word this morning, Lord. Thy Word is the Truth.

And we’ve assembled here now in the church. We pray for Brother Neville, and for Brother Capps, and Brother Collins, and all the rest of the ministers, and the... and the trustees, deacons, and all the laity, and the strangers in our gates. May this be a day that we’ll long remember, because of Your Presence.

We’re here under great expectation this morning, Lord. Just momentarily noticed, called together. We feel that it’s for a purpose. May Your purpose be achieved, Lord. For we ask it in Jesus’ Name, as we submit ourselves. Amen.

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It’s grand to be here and to be assembled with this church full of people. I wasn’t expecting to be hardly anyone here this morning, because I didn’t hardly know, myself, I was going to be here.

We just got in from Philadelphia. And so I come in, thinking I was going to have to go to Arizona right quick, for have a funeral service for a friend of mine, Captain Jim Moseley, a very precious, godly boy I led to Christ not long ago, the three Moseley brothers. And one of them fell, and was in the plane the other day, and was killed instantly. Laid in the fire for ten hours ’fore they got to him. So Lee is twenty-eight years old, his wife twenty-six, and... and leave three little children; the oldest, seven. Very sad. And they... When they got him in, then they had to bury him the next day. So I just... I didn’t get to go. And I just wrote out, or sent by telegram, what I was going to say, or what I would have said at Brother Moseley’s funeral. Some of these things we can’t understand, but yet He makes everything work just right.

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We’re here in service of the Lord, this morning, knowing that... that... that we believe God, that we believe that He’ll make everything just exactly right. Regardless of what it is, and how it works out, we know it’s got to “work for good.” He promised that. It’s just got to be that way. Sometimes we can’t understand that, gets very complicated at times, but yet we know that it’s the Truth, ’cause the Bible says it’s the Truth. And the Bible, to us, is God in letter form.

Now, we’ve got to place our faith somewhere. And if... if I or any of us, in life, tried to make a success in life and become, many times, a multimillionaire, but what are we going to do with that? We got to come down to the end of the road, and what... what good is it to us then? See? And money is a... a scrip, it’s an exchange, but you can’t exchange it for Life. Only God has Life.

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So we... we realize that we’re here in a negative form. And as long as there is a negative, there has to be a positive. There cannot be a negative without a positive, see, because it’s because of the positive that makes the negative. Like you had a negative picture of some object. There has to be an object somewhere, or to strike, the light strike that lens, or there wouldn’t be any... any negative. So when we see that our life here is in the negative, and knowing that we’re in the image of some life somewhere, then we know that there is a positive somewhere that the light has struck, and it’s reflected something here on earth. And we are only that reflection. The genuine object is somewhere. If that isn’t, I’m the worst deceived man in the world; I’ve spent my life in vain. But I know, beyond a shadow of doubt, that it’s there. See? That’s why we’re here. See?

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When I see you people come across the country, on a few-moments notice, and sometime presuming, then it makes me feel real little when I come into a meeting like this; to think that I know people here has traveled for hundreds of miles, just to be here for a few minutes of service, just to set here.

Some woman just made a remark, come in the other day and said, “Show me where the man has walked, and let me walk behind him, upon the ground,” said, “I’ll get well.” Now, the people believes you like that, and you’re a representative of Christ, then what should we do? We should be very careful, because you’re not only destroying yourself with wrong, you’re destroying others who are following you.

So, I know no denomination or nothing to take you to. There’s only one thing I have my faith in. If you believe me, follow what I tell you. Because, I believe the Bible, that’s the Word of God. Other things fail. I’m just... He is Life. He is the Word.

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Now, I know that you... When I come here, I keep you long. I prayed to God, when I felt like I wanted to come here today. I’ve had so many interviews and calls, and so forth. I had to meet some of them this morning. And I said, “Well, Brother Neville no doubt ask me to speak.” That was Friday. And I said, “Brother Neville will probably ask me to speak. And when I do, then I pray, God...“ It’s so hot, been so hot. And He was good to send us a rain and break the real extreme heat, and give us a good morning this morning. I pray that His goodness will shower each one of you all, that you’ll ever remember being here this morning. May His grace and blessings be upon you!

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Last night I visit a friend that’s sick, Brother Bill Dauch. I don’t see him here this morning. Somehow, I don’t. Oh, here he is. He’s... Yeah. And I was thinking, “An old man of ninety-one years old, and still storming across the... the country, through the deserts, and over the snowy mountains and the slick roads. He don’t have to do that. God has been good to him; he don’t have to do that. He could sit home and have servants fanning him, if he wanted to.” But, something happened to Bill Dauch, he was borned again. And when it was, something come into his heart, that all he lives for is to attend these services. And then if I’m to be the mouthpiece of God, would I deceive a friend? I’d rather die. Then let me tell him exactly what’s the Truth out of this Bible. Then, that’s God’s Word. I’m just repeating what He said.

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Now I want to read some out of the Bible.

Before we read, I’d like to... to say that I believe tonight is the communion night. And you who are here locally... Course, the other people probably will be going back to their homes, ’cause they have to go to work. You who are locally here in the assembly, remember, the brethren will be giving communion tonight.

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Now, I’m waiting for the final call for Africa. They wouldn’t, won’t let me in as a missionary. So the only way I can go in, down... I’m going to Kenya, Uganda, and... and Tanganyika. And the only way I can go in... First, the churches won’t let you in, ’cause they want me to preach something on this side and that side, down in Africa. And I won’t go in like that. I wouldn’t be hypocrite enough to do that. So I either tell them, “No, sir, I’ll just preach just what God puts on my heart, and that’s all.” See? And I’m sure it won’t be what they’re trying to get me to teach. So, triune baptisms, and so forth like that, and fussing with them. No.

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But I’ve been asked to a big convention, by Brother Boze. He’s just on the verge of coming to seeing some daylight of what we believe. And so I’ve asked to come in like I was going on a hunting trip. If they let me in, like going in hunting... If I can get somebody to say they’d take me hunting, then when I get in there, the doctor... the doctor is there at the embassy, is a personal friend of mine, out of Chicago. And as soon as I get in there, he say, “Well, here is Brother Branham over here. Let’s have a meeting.” So, after I’m there, the embassy can’t turn me down. If they... So they’re trying to work it through now. So I trust that it... If it’s God’s will, it’ll work out that way. See? It... it’s just committed to Him. If not, then I’ll notify you. I won’t...

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If it be the will of God, then, I want to speak on the Seven Trumpets. And that’ll be about a eight-day service, and we won’t be here at the tabernacle, perhaps. We try to get an auditorium here.

Now I never thought, of this new auditorium just being built up here, it’s exactly where I saw Jesus the first time in vision. Now it’s built, auditorium built right over the same spot. I went right there the other day, to look. When I looked and seen Him looking towards the east, you remember hearing me tell it, when I was out there praying for my father; a... a little boy, just a boy preacher. That’s where I saw Him. Step, looking at Him; He’s had His head turned sideways from me. I kept walking around, clearing my throat, in a broom-sedge field. And I kept watching, and He never did turn. Then I called His Name, “Jesus.” And He turned around, held His arms out, and that’s all I remembered until daylight. And so I come back out of the field, along towards daylight.

So maybe the Lord will let me preach those Trumpets there. Wherever it is, God’s will be done.

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Turn in your Bibles now, to Isaiah the fifty-... 53rd chapter of Isaiah.

Now, we trust that God will bless our feeble efforts of coming together this morning. We just come down from Philadelphia, where I was at the Full Gospel Business Men’s convention, and listening to their different testimonies and so forth, up there.

Then I, on the road down, I was... Billy Paul and I, and Rebekah and little Collins girl, little Betty Collins. And Billy is a very good sleeper, and Becky is better, and so I... Betty and I talked. And she was setting back with Becky, in the back seat. And I seen something on the road, happen; and, when I did, something struck me. And Betty, if she is here, she noticed I quit talking and started writing something down. That’s where I got this text for this morning.

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Now let us stand to our feet. If we... Now we stand in honor of God’s Word, as I read Isaiah the 53rd chapter:

Who has believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?

Notice, it’s a question, to begin with.

For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of... dry ground: he has no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrow... acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he has borne our grief, and has carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we were healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid upon him the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and... was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he was brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers... dumb, so he opened not his mouth.

He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgressions of my people he was stricken.

And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he has done no violence, neither was there deceit in his mouth.

Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he... put him to grief: when thou shall make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, and he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.

And he shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall many righteous servants be justified... many; for he shall bear their iniquity.

Therefore I will divide him a portion with the great, and... shall divide the spoils with the strong; because he has poured out his soul unto death: and was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sins of many, and made intercessions for the transgressors.

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Father God, Thy Word is a Lamp, the Light that lights the path of every believer into the Presence of God, as It carries us like a lantern in our hand. You have not provided enough that we should see the end from the beginning, and, but I walk with faith. But as a man would travel through a dark forest at night, and that’s where we are; the light that he holds, only provides step by step. But the path, though leading upward, just walk with the Light. And may the Light shine today upon the Word, to lead us one step farther to the Kingdom of God. For we ask it in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Be seated.

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The subject that I feel to speak to the congregation today is: "The Masterpiece".

It may seem rather strange to take a... a Scripture reading like this, of... of one of the most bruised and murderous pictures of the Bible, that when the Bible says, that, “This perfect Servant that was afflicted, and bruised, and torn,” and yet take a text from that, as, Masterpiece. Very strange. But I’m...

My mind is thinking, this morning, as we journey back, I do, for a few years. I was invited up to Forest Lawn, in... in California, up above Los Angeles. My first purpose for going up there was to visit the... the grave of... of Aimee Semple McPherson, the founder of the Foursquare movement. And I went to her... her tomb. And although I... I different with the woman, as a minister, but, yet, in my heart, I give admiration and a respect for... for what she stood for, in the... the hour, and the persecution and things she had to go through with, and in time of her being here on the earth. And then for her... her beloved son, which is a bosom friend of mine, Rolf McPherson.

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And a group of ministers, we went up there. And they... we didn’t have time to go into the... the... into the... the place where they have the cremation, and put the... the bodies in a... a little box on the side of the wall.

And in there they have some outstanding things, such as the Last Supper. And it’s lighted by the actual light of the sun. And they... they have a shutter that it gives them... When they go in, it’s light; and then as... as they begin to speak, it darkens up. And after a while it all becomes dark, and then the people go out.

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And they have all the Supper.

And the woman that held the secret of how to beat this glass into this place, why, make these pictures, why, it... it come through a family, for many years back. And the art was just given to the children, and the last one was a woman. And they was fixing this picture. And when they went to mold and burn the... the glass, bake it, of Judas Iscariot, it busted. So then they tried it again, and it busted again. And she said, “Maybe our Lord doesn’t want His enemy pictured by His side.” And said, “If it bursts again, we’ll not complete the picture.” But it held that time. Then, course, that was a striking thing, and how that such things would happen.

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But, then, one of the main things that interest me in Forest Lawn, was Michelangelo’s, the great sculpture, the... the monument of Moses. It’s a... a reproduction there, of course. It isn’t the original, but it was such a... a great masterpiece. And as I stood and looked at it, I... I liked that, something that looks like it’s (represents) got something to it.

I like art, real well. I believe God is in art. I believe God is in music. I believe God is in nature. God is everywhere. And anything that’s contrary to the original is a perversion. God is in dancing; not the kind of dancing you do here. But when the sons and daughters of God are in the Spirit of God, see, that’s dancing. But like we had to contend with till two o’clock this morning, up there in the lane, that’s the perversion of it.

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But, this, and the masterpiece that Michelangelo had... had made, it... it cost him something to do that... that. He was a great man, and it cost a big part of his life, because he was many, many years in carving out. Just take a rock and of... of marble, and keep carving it. And, see, only the man, the sculptor himself, has in his mind what he’s trying to do. He, he is the one. You might walk up and say to him, “What are you pecking on that rock for?” To the outsider, who doesn’t know what’s in his heart, it’s nonsense. But to the man, the sculptor himself, he... he’s got a... a vision in his mind, what he’s trying to make, and he’s trying to reproduce what he has on his mind in the form of a... of a monument. That’s the reason he’s digging it out of the rocks.

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And this, to do, you have to start off right, at the beginning, and you have to follow the pattern. See? You can’t get a little piece, to start off, “We’ll make it this way; no, I believe...“ No, he’s got to have a exact pattern. And in his mind he’s got that pattern. And he cannot vary from that pattern. Now, in order to do this, he had to draw in his mind, because we have no real pictures of Moses, but he had to get a mental picture in his mind, of exactly what Moses was.

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Now, a genuine sculptor is inspired, like a genuine poet, or any genuine singer, musician, whatever it might be. All real has to come by inspiration. Michelangelo must have had the inspiration of what Moses really looked like. And he caught it in his mind, what Moses must have been. So he set forth on this great piece of marble, the cutting to the pattern, and bringing down, and honing down, until he got to the real picture of what it must have been in his mind.

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And then when he got it all so perfect, every corner off, and every place rubbed, and the eyes just right, every hair, and beard, all just the way it was, he stood off and looked at it. I... I think of... of many, many hard years of labor, and how he had to hold that same vision all the time, in his mind, of what he was going to do. And just think, that vision on his mind for so many years, to make it look just exactly to what it was! He caught the vision first, and how he had to work to that vision, cutting off and making down! And when he got it to where he perfected it, till it really got perfect; he stood and looked at it when he finished up that morning, with a hammer in his hand.

And he was so inspired when he looked at it, because the vision of his mind was standing before him, in reality. What he had seen, and the... his conception of what Moses was, there it was figured before him, what he had had in his heart all these years. And toils, and hours of sorrow and distress, and critics, and everything else, but yet he stayed right with the vision until it was completed.

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And then when it was completed, he stood back with the hammer, or sculptor’s hammer, in his hand, and he looked at that monument. And the inspiration of the vision that he had seen, of how to do it, inspired him so much till he... The inspiration struck him till he got beside hisself, and struck it across the knee, and said, “Speak!”

Now there’s a flaw on that great image, on the knee, on the right knee. Just above the knee, about six inches, is a place (I’ve put my hand on it) about that deep.

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After he had spent all that time, for years and years, to make this; then under the... the influence of seeing fulfilled what he had seen in his heart and in his vision, and desired to see, it was completed. And when it was completed, he was so inspired by it till he thought his own masterpiece should speak back to him. And he struck it across the leg, and holler, “Speak!” And it made a flaw on it. It put a flaw on the image.

To me, the flaw was what made it the masterpiece. Now, maybe to the... the mind that might think different, you think that spoiled it. No, to me, it... it made it what it was. It... it... Because of after so many years of careful work and toils, and inspiration, and so forth, of making it, his toil had proved not in vain. It was perfect, and that’s why he cried out, “Speak!” Because, he had seen before him that he (was) had been able to achieve, to bring to pass the vision that was in his mind. And therefore, under inspiration, he done something out of the reason, out of the ordinary. He struck it, and hollered, “Speak!” See, he wouldn’t have done that if he had thought. But he didn’t think. It was inspiration of seeing what he had in his mind setting there perfectly before him.

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His toils, and wearies, and long nights, and housed away from the world for days, and maybe eat a sandwich. And... and rub on it, and get back, and, “No, that’s just not the way it was. Now it’s got to come down to this,” and rubbing it. Then when he saw it, just perfect, then he saw in reality. The negative of the what was in his mind had become real, it become positive, therefore it sprung into him. And it was so real that he must cry out, “Speak!”

To me, it was a reflection. It was... it was a compliment to his work, that his own work so inspired him, that he would become beside himself to smite it and to say, “Speak!”

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I stood there and looked at the monument. I thought of the hours that the man must have put, in making that. They said how many years it was. But it... it was a reflection to him, because it was a contribution to his... to his great art, his great work of what he was doing. And when he finally was able to achieve it, it was so great.

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Now let us turn the page, of Michelangelo, and close the book.

And let’s open another Book and read of the great Sculptor, the Almighty. Who, before there was a world, and before the foundations was laid, He had in His mind what He wanted, and He wanted to make man in His Own image. He wanted to make something in... in reality of what was a vision to Him, what was in His thinking.

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Now, to Michelangelo, that was an attribute of his thought.

And God wanted to make a man after His image, the great Sculptor, and He went to work on him. And we notice as He brought up from the materials. The first perhaps was fishes, and then the birds, and... and then the creeping things upon the earth, and... and many things that He brought. But, finally, as He brood, of being Creator, He had... He wasn’t like a man, now, a sculptor that has to take something that’s been created, to hew an image. He was the Sculptor of Eternal things. He was the Sculptor that could create and bring into existence that which He has in His mind to do. Or, otherwise, He can make material what His attributes desired.

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And as He begin to work upon creeping things, like upon the... the... the little animals upon the earth. And then He began to bring it from that into something else, higher. Then finally He brought it into the larger animals, such as the lion, tiger, bear. Then He brought it into the... the... the life of maybe of... of monkeys and apes, and so forth. Now, not an evolution, as we think that one came from a e-... That was a complete creation; God working in a pattern.

But finally there came forth upon the earth, a perfection, and that was a man. And then He could see in that man, that it looked like Him. So now when He looked upon him, he was a reflection of what his Creator was. God had now been able to achieve the thing that He wanted, a man in His Own image.

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And then I might say, to this, that, when He made this man, there was something about him yet that didn’t look just right, because that he... he was by himself. And that’s how God had been, by Himself; He was the Eternal. And the man now, in the image of God, also existed on the earth by himself. So He must have struck a little blow over on his left side, and from there He took the piece that struck off of it and made him a helpmate, a wife, then he wasn’t by himself. He was... he was, he had somebody with him. And that’s His great work.

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And, He, as any great sculptor would take his... his... his masterpiece...

Now, first, He had a masterpiece of Himself. But now He seen that the masterpiece was lonesome, like He was, so He divided the masterpiece by striking it in the side and brought forth a helpmate.

And now, to make the two one, He put them, like any great sculptor, in a place that... that’s beautiful.

A... a sculptor wouldn’t make a great masterpiece, and then take it and set it in an alley somewhere, or hide it behind buildings. As our Lord told us, “A man doesn’t light a candle and put it under a bushel.” When we become God’s masterpieces, we’re not hid in a alley somewhere. We... we must give Light.

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So we see that... that He, after He had made this masterpiece, He placed it up here on the earth, and put it in the most beautiful place there was, in the garden of Eden. He placed His masterpiece, the two being one, in the garden of Eden. How it must have pleased Him, that He saw this masterpiece was well. He, after that, we find out that He rested; He was so well pleased with His work.

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Now remember that, my opinion, the masterpiece is the stroke that marred Saint Angelo’s Moses masterpiece in the monument.

And it was the stroke that cut the side of His masterpiece, that brought out the bride. And now we see them as a masterpiece family in the garden of Eden. How beautiful it was! And it so pleased Him, till He... He took rest then. He said, “I, I’ll rest.”

But while He was resting and trusting to His masterpiece, His enemy come in and found this great masterpiece. And he, by deceit, he... he crawls under the... the garden walls, and then he... he marred this beautiful masterpiece. He... he marred it, so that it... it fell.

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Now I’m trying to watch that clock. And I asked Mike, my nephew, to ring that bell in thirty minutes, but I... He’s not done it, and I’ve already been thirty minutes. But, it’s, we continue on a little bit. See? Now, I don’t want to... to break these rules. I... I made these rules, see, and I... I... and here is breaking your own rule.

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Now notice, then, this masterpiece. When Satan got a hold of it, the deceiver, broke through the walls, and... and he marred this masterpiece. Because that the way he did it, what... How did he do it? I’ll go in more detail of it. How he done it, was... This masterpiece was walled by the Word, God’s Word. And the masterpiece, itself, of the family, was fortified by this Word. But the broken part, that was broke off of the original, went out beyond that wall, it gives Satan a chance to mar it. And now as you know what I believe on those things, so I won’t have to say that. But the masterpiece was broke.

But, the great Sculptor, when He seen the fall of His family, the masterpiece, He wasn’t willing just to leave it lay there, face down, and ruin. He went to work, immediately, to build it up again. He wasn’t willing that it should perish, lay there like that all the time. Because, He is God, and He will not be defeated. So, He went to work immediately and begin to build, again, unto His Own image, a man.

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Now, we find that the antediluvian world come along and destroyed the whole thing, because the covenants that was made, was made conditionally, “If you will not do this, or if you will do that.” God, the great Sculptor, seen that man could not... could not keep a covenant. He just can’t do it. There is just no way at all.

On the interview a few moments ago I was speaking to a person in the room, that’s present now. Said, “But, Brother Branham, I have so many things that I... I know that’s wrong,” and a... a godly little woman.

I said, “But... but, look, sister, you don’t look at yourself. It’s just what your desire is and what you try to do. And if you really love the Lord, you try to serve Him with all your heart, and then all your mistakes is hid in the Blood of the Lord Jesus.” See? See, He made a way.

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So He begin now, taking man from His covenants, of... of saying that, “If you will, I will.” And He begin with the man called Abraham, and give to Abraham a covenant, unconditionally. Every time He would start a masterpiece, Satan would get it, because the Word... But when He started with Abraham, He said, “I have already done it.” Now this is unconditionally, not what... that... that, “If you will, I will,” but, “I’ve already done it.” Now He, the... the Sculptor, is determined to have this masterpiece.

Then, from Abraham, come the patriarchs. And the patriarchs really... Now what’s God doing? He is rebuilding this masterpiece that had fallen. So, in the patriarchs, the first we find was Abraham.

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Now watch, every masterpiece is put on a foundation, a sculpture. Angelo’s monument of Moses is on a three- or four-foot piece of marble. It’s got a foundation. So, God, in preparing this masterpiece, He put it on a foundation of the patriarchs. And the patriarch foundation, first, was Abraham, then Isaac, then Jacob, then Joseph, the four corners.

And, now, Abraham was the foundation of faith. Let’s say it had four foundations. The foundation of faith was Abraham. The foundation of love was Isaac. The foundation of grace was Jacob, God’s grace to Jacob; anyone knows that. But in Joseph was perfection, there is where He could set the monument; upon not the first foundation, the second foundation, the third foundation, but on the fourth foundation.

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Abraham portrayed Christ, of course; so did Isaac, in love. Abraham did, in faith; Isaac did, in love; Jacob did, by His grace. Because, Jacob means “deceiver,” and that’s what he was, but God’s grace was with him. But when it come to Joseph, there is nothing against him, just one little scratch, for the foundation must also be a masterpiece. When he told his father, the prophet, “Say to Pharaoh that your people are... are cattle raisers and not shepherds, because a shepherd is an abomination to the Egyptian.”

But when the old prophet got before Pharaoh, he said, “Your servants are herdsmen.” So it scratched it, see, that’s why it still makes it the masterpiece.

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Now the foundations is laid, through faith, love, grace, and to perfection, through the patriarchs.

Now the body work that come on to this great masterpiece was the prophets, which was the Word. I hope you can read it. See? The prophets; not the laws! The prophets, for the prophets was the vindicated Word which makes the body; not the patriarchs. The prophets, they were the Word.

Finally, as He started way back in the days of Moses and come down through the prophets, to each one. And, finally, building up the body, coming closer all the time. And the greatest of all of them was John. The Bible said so. Jesus said it. “There is not a man, ever born of a woman, as great as John the Baptist,” for he was the one that could introduce the Word.

And then come, finally, the great Head, the Head of all of it. The rest of the body just spoke of It.

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The foundation was laid by the patriarch; but the body was built by the Word, which was the prophets; and here comes the Head of all of it, Jesus came on the scene. There, when this Head piece was put upon it, we find in Him the entire handiwork of God. We find in Him the perfect reflection of the Word, for He was the Word, the fullness of the Word. Now, again, God has the perfect Masterpiece again.

As Isaiah said, “Behold My Servant, My Masterpiece, that I have portrayed through all the ages of this perfect One coming. And here He stands right before Me, a perfect!” There, in His Own image, reflecting God! For He said, in Saint John 14, “When you see Me, you see the Father.”

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And, then, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,” and the Word was hewed out and reflected what the Word was at the beginning. Him, the Word, reflected in the Masterpiece in His Own likeness, God back again in His Own likeness, the Word form being reflected in the image of a man, the Masterpiece.

All the prophets had flaws; all the ones was a portion. But here, at last, coming up through that, finally comes the Masterpiece, the perfect One, no fault in Him at all, so perfect reflected of the Builder Himself, His Own image was reflected in His work. “God and Christ were One,” insomuch until He put His Own Spirit into Him, and then even the image and the Builder became One. God and His sculpture work, His Masterpiece! Where Mose... Moses was, in the work of Saint Angelo, was a... or Michelangelo, rather; was a... a sculpture work that was dead, because it been made out of stone. But here, the Master Builder, when He got His handiwork perfected, He stepped into It.

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So perfected a Redeemer of man, so perfect, so godly; yet, there was no beauty we should desire Him. When this virgin-born Son of the living God become so perfect, and humble, and in the image of God, until the great Master Who had brought His Life up through the prophets... And He was the fulfilling of all the prophets. He was so perfect, until, God seeing this, He smote Him and has cried out, “Speak!” as Michelangelo did. “Speak!”

You say, “Is that so?”

Saint Mark 9:7, we find, upon the Mount Transfiguration, when there stood Moses, the law, there stood Elijah, the prophets. All the way back from the patriarchs, the fathers, the law, the prophets, and all of them standing there. We hear a Voice coming down from the cloud, and said, “This is My beloved Son; hear ye Him!” And if they’re going to hear, He’s got to speak. It was just a few days before He was smitten. “This is My Son, Who I’m pleased to dwell in. I have molded Him. I’ve been four thousand years bringing Him to this. And now, He is so perfect, I’ve got to smite Him so He can speak. Hear ye Him! He is the perfected One. He, He is the Masterpiece.”

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Remember, He was portrayed all times, back through the Old Testament.

We find Him being the Rock in the wilderness, that was smitten, Rock in the wilderness. “I am that Rock that was in the wilderness.” But that was a stone that had not come to its perfection yet. But in type form It followed the church, to draw from It that that He could draw, give Life to those who He could give Life to. But He was that Rock in the wilderness. He had not been made man yet. He was only in type.

Moses saw Him standing on this Rock. He saw Him pass by, and he said, “It’s the back part of a man.” You see, the Sculptor was presenting to Moses, which was a potential image of Christ, what the great Masterpiece would look like when It was perfected. He passed His... He injected, or... or projected to Moses the vision of what the Masterpiece was going to look like. It was the back part of a man, when It passed by in the wilderness.

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Remember, Angelo could only cry out and smite the image, and say, “Speak!”

But how different it was to God, the great Sculptor. When He made a man in His Own image, so perfect that It reflected Him, God spoke through the image of man, showing what He would do. He spoke through the prophets as they were in their potential image, as He was bringing it up to the Head. But when He come in the Head, He was all the image of God; He was portraying Himself. Then, smitten for us, now He is the Masterpiece to us, the Gift of God, Jesus Christ, Eternal Life. I hope we never forget that.

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As we see the days darkening, as we see the shadows falling! When, I predict, “It’s just a few more turns of the sun. This nation is gone.” Do you know...

Yesterday, fourth of July. Thomas Jefferson had signed the declaration of independence, him and the other board that was with him, and the Liberty Bell rang, and we was declared an independence, as a nation. According to history, there has never been a democracy at any time last over two hundred years. And that was 1776, July the fourth. And we’re just eleven years left. Will it make it? No, can’t, see. Eleven years. And, if it does, it’ll break all history.

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And we see the condition of time. We see the condition of the people. We see the condition of politics. We see the condition of the world. It can’t stand. It’s got to sink, like the Titanic. It must go down, for theirs give room. One nation gives room to another, as it falls. And this kingdom must fall, and every other kingdom, to give room to that Kingdom that’s coming, which cannot fall. “For we receive a Kingdom that cannot be moved,” through this perfect image of God, the Masterpiece.

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God, when He looked upon Him, He was so inspired! He was so... to see Him the way He looked, and to see the... the form of Him, He was so inspired that it would be the perfect Masterpiece of a Redeemer, Jesus the Redeemer. So, God, in order to be smitten, Himself; because, to pay His Own penalty, God and Christ became One, so God could be smote in the Image, He could be scarred. And that’s why Isaiah said, “We did esteem Him smitten and afflicted of God. Yet He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquity; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and with His stripes we were healed.”

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The perfect Image, the God-Man! God, in en morphe, had changed from Supernatural to the vision, and the vision was projected into the Image. And the Image was smitten so that the Supernatural could taste the feeling of death, God’s perfect Masterpiece.

He could not do it in Moses. He could not do it in the prophets; Isaiah, who was sawed with saws till he was sawed to pieces. He could not do it in the prophets that were stoned. He could not do it, because He couldn’t feel it; there was just a portion of Him.

But in this perfect Masterpiece, He was the fullness of the Godhead bodily. He could not only project Moses; He could project His entire Being into this Person, and taste death for the whole human race. God’s perfect Masterpiece! God, so inspired by seeing It, He become the Redeemer of all ages; to speak for those in the backgrounds, who had been before, and now.

All promises was met in Him. He was the Perfection of the perfection. All types was fulfilled in Him; our Kinsman Redeemer, in Ruth and Boaz; our Law-giver, from Mount Sinai; our Prophet, from the wilderness, as He come from the mountain, as He come from the wilderness; as He come from Eternity and become man, the perfect Image!

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God, down through the age, hewing away, by the patriarchs, and made His platform, and brought them up from the different things that He would lay this foundation upon. Upon this He begin to build His Word, the prophets. And then, finally, come out to the perfect Prophet, the perfect Foundation, the perfect vision God had.

And now, in order for this to speak, He is the Word. And for the Word to speak, He must come into the Image. And then for the Image to speak, it’s got to be smitten. He comes into the Image, and then in order to speak, the perfect Redeemer.

All the types of the Old Testament was met in Him. As I said the other day, Jehovah of the Old Testament is Jesus of the New. Yes.

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Like many of you, men, women, my age; we used to have, around the country, a lot of Chinese laundries. When the Chinese first started in, they come from the West Coast, moving eastward, coming over from the Eastern country, moving this way. And as they did, they were a people who were not acquainted with our language and our ways, but they were fine laundrymen. And they couldn’t write the ticket so you could get your right laundry back.

But, the Chinaman, he got himself a bunch of little cards with nothing on it at all. So when you come for your laundry, he would take this card and tear it in a certain way; and hand you one piece, and he kept the other piece. And, now, it’s a little better than what we have now, because when you come back to claim what was your own, those two pieces must dovetail. You couldn’t impersonate it if you had to. There’s no way of doing it. You can make copies of letters, but you can’t impersonate that tear. It’s got to fit exactly with the other piece. Therefore, your dirty clothes that you brought in, you could redeem them by this ticket, because it matched the ticket that was turned in.

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And when God, by the prophets, and under the law, condemned us to sin; and the law has no grace, it’s only tells you you are a sinner. But when Jesus came on the scene, He was the fulfillment, He was the... the fulfillment of everything God had promised. He was the perfect, identical image of the promise. Therefore, all promises of the Old Testament was met in Jesus Christ. It couldn’t be met in Moses, it couldn’t be met in any of the prophets, but it was met in the Masterpiece. It matched all that It said It was going to be.

So will the Church have to be a match to everything God has promised. It must be the piece that’s smitten off of It. So if the original is the Word, so will the subjects that’s been taken from It be the Word, to match Its side.

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Therefore, the Chinaman, you could claim... Where, the law condemns you and said you were dirty, and you were guilty, and could put you in the prison. But when He came, He was the Match-piece for it, that could take you out; and bring you back, to... to be the complete ticket, the redemption that God had promised back in the garden of Eden. “Thy Seed shall bruise the serpent’s head. But, His heel shall bruise... bruise its head.”

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Now we find this perfect Masterpiece that God had completed. Now, we notice that He was all that it was promised to be. He’s all the promises, all of the prophecies, everything that God had made a promise of. “Thy Seed shall bruise the serpent’s head.” Now, He could not bruise it with the law, He could not bruise it with the prophets, but He did do it when the woman’s Seed became the Masterpiece, Christ. He was the Stone that Daniel saw hewed out of the mountain. He was the One could smite. He is the One that could bruise, bruise the serpent’s head.

His life matched, exactly, the life of Moses. His life matched David. Let’s see if it was, if He’s the Matching-piece.

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Notice David, a rejected king, over his own people. He was... One day while he was... His own son rose up in mutiny against him, and he separated and divided the armies of Israel. And he was, David, was drove, or driven by his own people, from his throne.

And on his road out, there was a man who hated him, and he’s walking along there, spitting on David. That guard pulled his sword, said, “I’ll let that dog’s head stay on him, spit on my king?”

David said, “Let him alone. God told him to do it.”

Don’t you see? “A Man of sorrow, acquainted with grief. He stands like a Sheep, before shearers, dumb.” They... He said that. Perhaps David didn’t know what he was saying.

But about five, six hundred years afterwards, or a little more, the Son of David was going through them same streets, and He was spit upon. But notice what happened when, David, out of his... out of his... when he became a fugitive; and out of his exile, when he... when he came back, that man begged for peace and mercy. Even those who smote Him will see Him one day when He returns.

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And we find out then, in Joseph, that Joseph was a peculiar-born boy, the last, the top part of the foundation, where the masterpiece was to be built upon. It come from faith, and to love, and to grace, it come to perfection. And so did it, from the feet of the beginning, come forth unto perfection in Christ. Notice how that He was portrayed in Joseph, the top of the foundation, the most perfect of all of them.

We find that Joseph was born to his family. And he was by the legal woman, actually, which was Jacob’s wife. And notice, also, that when he was born, his father loved him; and his brothers hated him, without a cause. Why did they hate him? Because he was the Word.

See the very foundation? See how the head of the foundation come? Now, look at the Head of the body, comes. Now watch the Head of the Bride come. He was the Word.

And they hated him because he was a seer. He foresaw things, and told them. They happened. No matter how long it lingered, it happened just the same. And by being spiritual, he was excommunicated from his brethren. They ought to have loved him. But they hated him, because he was a prophet and he was spiritual. And they hated him.

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Notice, he was sold for almost thirty pieces of silver; throwed into a ditch, and supposedly be dead, but was took up from the ditch. And in his time of temptation, in the prison; the butler and the... the baker, we know that the butler was saved and the baker was lost. And in Christ’s prison house, on the cross, one was saved and the other one was lost; two thieves, two wrongdoers.

And we notice he was taken from his prison, to the right hand of Pharaoh; that no man could speak to Pharaoh, only through Joseph. And when Joseph left that throne of Pharaoh, and the trumpet sounded throughout Egypt, the blast went forth and said, “Bow the knee, everybody, Joseph is coming forth!”

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