QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS, PART 3 [Q-325 to Q-375]

So 30.08.1964, vormittags, Branham Tabernacle
Jeffersonville, Indiana, USA

Fragen und Antworten, Teil 3

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Questions [Q-325] to [Q-375]

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Let’s bow our heads. Lord Jesus, we’re grateful to Thee this morning for the opportunity to come in Thy Presence, and this time of fellowship, and to set here in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Now, Lord, we pray that You’ll continue to be with us as we speak of Thee. May our hearts be full of joy as we look upon Thy Word and Thy promises to us. Bless our pastor, our associates, all the brethren and sisters that come here to meet with us and congregate here in this little spot that we have designated for a meeting place for You. And we pray that You’ll bless us in everything that we do through the day. In Jesus’ Name we ask it. Amen.

Can be seated. (I got your book, Brother ...?... )

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This is kind of just a small relief for me just a little bit. I had the services back here, interviews; I was to have interviews or either... or... or to take and answer the questions. Pretty near everything come in this morning was visions, and I just kind of had to... I told Billy, if Brother Neville wasn’t too busy, I’d grab up this bunch of questions and run out here, kind of relieve my mind a little. It’s... kind of gets me down, kind of... Them... them visions are... But the people was helped; that’s the main thing. The main thing, they were helped; that’s... that’s the good part. And so, then I’m going to pick them up a little earlier this afternoon, so I can get started this afternoon on my specials, the interviews.

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Now, we’re glad this morning to see our friends and... Now, this... Don’t hold this against Billy. So then... He’s supposed to notify the people if I was going to continue to answer these questions. I thought it might give me a, maybe a... a hour or something to answer questions. Some of my... I like... I don’t like to leave; I like to wipe my slate clear. See? Then these questions and so forth, I... I just like to say, I... I... I got this done. I get too much in... on my mind; it makes me nervous. And I don’t want to be nervous about anything; I... I’m going Home to Glory one of these days.

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An old friend of mine said to me couple of days ago, said, “I’m getting so tired of living in a suitcase.”

I said, “Brother dear, I want to ask you something. I want to tell you something. I’m homesick. I been homesick for twenty years, and I ain’t got no home to go to.” That’s right. That’s true. That’s an awful thing to say. I could set down and cry to go somewhere home. I ain’t got no home to go. Everywhere I go, I can’t stay there a few days; I’m ready to go somewhere else. I just... I been that way; I... I was born that way. My wife calls me “Restless Winds.” I just... I just here and there. And that’s an awful fix to be in, but I guess I had to be that way for my ministry. But many of you admire the... Well, we admire doing anything for God, but don’t you never...

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Now, we’re just a bunch of home folks this morning. See? But I’m... I’m homesick. I want to go home, and I don’t know where to go. You say, “What about going out in Arizona, your family’s there?” I’m all right for two or three days, and I got to go somewhere else. And I go there, and then I’m all right there two or three days, and I got to go somewhere else. So there just ain’t no home to go to, and I’m homesick.

Well, there is a Home. I’ll... I’ll go to that one sometime, but I’ve got to help you first. See? That’s what I’m here for, is to help you. And till that time comes, till I can’t help you no more, then I... I want to go Home. I want to go really Home then. But there is a Place somewhere that I’m going to like so well, I won’t want to come back.

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I’ll leave Jeffersonville; I’ll be gone a few weeks; I want to come back again. I go to Arizona; I think that’s wonderful; I want to come back again. I go somewhere else; I want to come back again. And I go here, go there, and I... then I think I want to come here. I get here; I’m just here a few days, and I see you all; I want to go somewhere else. See, I got my children scattered out over the world, and I... I... them that I have begotten to Christ. And I... Then I don’t have no home. I want to get them all together one of these days, see, Father will, and then we’ll... we’ll have a Home where we won’t have to roam around no more. See? Get tired rambling and no place to stay.

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And I’d advise anybody, never be a rolling stone (see?), ’less it’s some kind of a ministry that calls you that way, ’cause... I... I’d just give anything, this morning, if I had a place here on earth that I could go and say, “This is home!” I’d... I’d... If I had it, I’d give a million dollars. If I had a place that I could say, “Boy, I just love this so well; I don’t want to leave it no more,” I’d... I’d give anything. But I... I can’t find it.

I’m something like Abraham was; I’m looking for a City. See? I can’t find it, but I know it’s there. But I certainly can’t get adjusted to any certain place on this earth. It just don’t look like... Fine people, fine places, and you go here, it’s too wet; go out there, it’s too dry; go up here, it’s too cold; go down there, it’s, too hot. See? And you... There’s no place; it just ain’t Home. Don’t want to take up my time crying on your shoulder, but I’m...

Well, we’re thankful to the Lord. Amen! Be thankful for all things. I am thus, because I am thus. God made me what I am. And I can’t be nothing but what He made me, melancholy, and those kind of things. They tell me I just have to be that way in order to be the help that He sent me here to be. And I want to be that kind of a person. If that’s the way I was supposed to be, that’s what I want to be. Whatever’s the Kingdom of God’s will, or God’s will, that’s what I want to be.

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Now, let us pray again. Lord Jesus, these questions lay before us here, Father. I can’t answer them, Lord. I... I’m insufficient for these questions, but I know that You are all-sufficient, because it’s on the people’s heart. Use me, Lord, to relieve their pressures, won’t You, Father? In the Name of Jesus Christ I ask it. Amen.

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Now, we’re going to start on... I guess they’re not taping this, so it’s just a... It’s all right, I suppose.

Now, the one thing that... Reason I worry about questions, always there’s one cute thing... acute thing, rather, that always bothers me: that’s answering the question on marriage and divorce. Oh my, the phone calls, the letters, and one brother wrapped hisself in a blanket and set on my porch from twelve o’clock until daylight the next morning. Ministers calling from everywhere, married two or three times and all. Ministries... I want to ask you one thing. I got several of them still in here, I know. I haven’t looked them through, but there’s several of them still in here.

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Just remember this! To you people who are married, and divorced, and remarried, promise me one thing. See? You’ve put your confidence in me. (I... I guess this is not taped. I don’t...) You... you... you’ve... You believe me as your prophet sent from God, your servant, then you take my word for this, will you? Go on living just like you are. Don’t you try anything else like it, but live, just go ahead, just live happy. You got... You’re saved. If you’re Christians, you go ahead living for Christ; He had a reason to save you.

Now, when I come back, the Lord willing, I’ll explain that to you in the Bible. See? And don’t get upset. Many man told me, said, “Well, I love my wife, but I’m... I’ll just have to leave her; I... I don’t want to miss the Rapture.” Don’t you do that! Stay just as you are till you hear from me again (see?) on this subject. Then when I... I can’t explain it in ten or fifteen minutes; it’s going to take some time to explain it, because it’s got to be the Scripture. It’s got to be THUS SAITH THE LORD. If it isn’t, it isn’t right.

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I know these questions that Jesus said here, “If a man puts away his wife and marries another save the cause of fornication commits adultery, whosoever marries her put away, living in adultery”: These things, He had a reason to say that. He was God; that’s His Word.

Now, let’s go back to the beginning and find out what it all means, you see, then we bring it up. But till we do that, just go right on as you are now, just like you always have been doing, if you’re Christians. If you are a Christian couple, and you’re married, and got children, and things like that, some little ties that bind you, don’t leave your wife or your husband now. Don’t do that. See? Wait till you hear me again on the subject. Will you promise me that? Raise up your hand! Now, you’ve confided in me to believe me. Now, you... you believe me this far; now, believe me just a little bit farther on the subject.

Now... now, let’s see, I got some real good ones here this morning, some...

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[Q-325]

Do all who go in the Bride have to live within the fifteen hundred miles of the tabernacle...

I believe I had that again last Sunday. I’ll just have to pick them up and use them as I can.

...fifteen hundred miles of the tabernacle, as it sounds like on tape number two of the “Future Home of the Bride”? I always thought that the Bride would come out of all parts of the world at the time of the Rapture. Am I wrong?

No, my dear friend, you are not wrong, you’re right. Now, if I said anything under the tape that would lead you to believe...

Now, I haven’t... These are all new to me now, I’ve never looked in... in these here. You see? These are new bunch that I got the other Sunday, and put them back in this envelope, and laid them back in there.

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Now, in this... No, the Bride doesn’t have to be in any certain place. Many of them will be in the dust of the earth. They’ll be around the earth; they’ll be frozen in the... the snow in the north, and... and dust of the tropical jungles, and... and all around the world. But when the Trumpet of God shall sound, the dead in Christ shall arise, waken, and come out of the dust of the earth, no matter where they are. And now, in this, the resurrection will be a universal. See? Everywhere every creature on the ball of the earth that’s in Christ will come forth with Him when He comes (see?), no matter where you are.

Just think of the arena in the days of the early martyrs, that when those Christians were throwed into lions’ den, and those lions killed the Christians and eat up their bodies. See? Yet they were scattered, their bodies was in the wastage of the lion across the face of the earth. No matter where it is, you can’t... See, you’re made up of a substance that’s unseen made material, and God will... will give that... that substance back. See?

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Now, like you take a... a cell. You break it down from a cell, and it comes in then to a... a cell in a cell, and into a atom, and a molecule, and on down like that; and finally it ends up into the unseen. It goes from a natural, something you can put your hands on, to gases; from gases into acids... acids into gases, and gases, on back like that, till finally all winds up to one little thing, and that is spirit. And this spirit who has occupied these gases... It might not be the same gases, but the features of what you are will be exactly what they are again. See? The spirit has controlled that.

And now, in other words, when you become a young man or a young woman, and like, God takes a picture of you... Now, no matter how old and wrinkled, how disfigured, whatever it will be, that will wind right on down through. And that body may be destroyed, disfigured, burnt, eat up by lions, whatever it is, but it was made up of gases, sixteen elements of the earth. That was calcium, and potash, and petroleum, and cosmic light, and so forth, all goes together to make up the body. Now, no matter, that’s... The whole earth is filled with that.

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But now, this picture is the main thing. Then in the resurrection, those gases, and acids, and things comes right back into the place and develops this picture again. Now, this picture was not taken when you was sixteen, or eighteen, or twenty years old at your best. When was it taken? Before there was a foundation of the world, it was put in God’s great file. And then, only thing it did was featured itself here for you to make your choice. See? Then you become a servant of God. Him foreknowing it, makes Him a Redeemer, as we’ve been through it.

Then that picture is absolutely... This is the negative. The negative part of life is where you’re living now. And anything, if there is a negative, there’s got to be a positive before there can be a negative. Therefore, if this is a negative, there’s got to be a positive somewhere. And this ain’t the real thing; this is only a foreshadow of the real thing that is to come. Now you got it?

So, I don’t care what they would do with you; they cannot destroy that profile, that picture in God’s great gallery up there. It cannot destroy it, it’s in Heaven. You could burn it up, feed it to the lions, do it anyway you want to; it’ll come forth again just as sure as the two twos is four. Just as sure as God spoke it, it’ll come forth. So, no matter where you are...

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Now, if I... I think if you’ll play the tape... (I don’t know who wrote it; no name signed, just a little piece of paper with blue ink, wrote out of a little notebook. Look like it’s been tore off from a little... a... a little notebook.) But remember, on this, in... in this question now, in the tape, if you’ll notice, I said this, something on this (might not be word by word now, if you check this tape with the other one): I said, “For instance, we are here this morning. This City that we long to see will be some fifteen hundred miles square.” I said, “That would reach from Maine to Florida, and from the Eastern Seaboard to eight hundred miles west of the Mississippi River, fifteen hundred miles square.” I said, “Think of it, right here this morning, there’s people setting right here that... that’s actually come from that much distance, from fifteen hundred miles square, setting in here.” Now, I don’t know where the Temple will set on the earth, but I have an idea that the Temple will set right about where Palestine is now. That will probably be the top of the mountain right there. It’ll reach out. Course, there’ll be no more sea then. See, this world’s twenty-five thousand miles around it, but fifteen hundred miles is not very much out of that. But this great City will set on this fifteen hundred square mile mountain.

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Now, the reason I believe that is because of the prophecies and things concerning Mount Zion in Jerusalem and those cities. And there’s where Abraham the prophet was seeking for that City, and it was whose Builder and Maker was God. He looked for that City in that land. I believe it’ll be where that land is.

That land, you can hardly find it on the map. It’s a little bitty dot. And look at the land that Russia, and the United States, South America, and all those places there... Why was God so zealous of that place (see?), of that one place? That’s the question. I can’t prove it, but it just looks that way to me. But wherever it is, we’re headed that way, so praise the Lord for that.

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Now, if you got the impression that I... that I said it would be in... around fifteen hundred miles of the tabernacle, that was a wrong impression (you see?), ’cause it won’t. This tabernacle has... This is just a little place that’s going to be destroyed. And... and the world will be burnt up, and this will all be done away with. And this Indiana, and United States, and everything will just melt and just wax out yonder in nothing but lava. See? All sin, all disease, all germs, all everything else will be destroyed. “And I saw a New Heavens and a New Earth, for the first...”

Think! God was six thousand years in building this world, putting it together, forming it. How did He do it? The Bible said, “He made it out of things which does not appear”; that is, He created the earth. Now notice; this is beautiful. The very Creator that created the earth for a purpose (Satan defiled it), He come down to redeem what was left on here. And He has gone somewhere else and is in His business yet creating.

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Now, it taken Him six thousand years to make the... the earth, and He’s going to take two days to create the City that goes on the earth. He’s... “In My Father’s House are many mansions: if it was not so, I would’ve told you. I’ll go to prepare a place for you (build a City out of transparent gold, the streets out of gold).” What a beautiful place.

Where would He get it? Is there any materials on the other earths, or the moons, and stars, and things? He don’t have to have it, He’s a Creator. He’s gone to build the City. Amen! That’s good enough for me, ain’t it for you? That’s good. For if He built this one, and I enjoy this one, what’s it going to be when He builds this new one? Oh my, what a wonderful thing. And so I’m glad that we’re bound for that City. All right.

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[Q-326]

Brother Branham, I love the Lord, but for the past year I have been... I have been faced with a problem. Seems sometimes I’ve almost been out of my mind. What is it? Please pray for me and my husband.

Well, if there is no... If this person was on private interview, like you people been in there this morning, it would pull that out what it is, whatever it is. See? The Lord would reveal what it is. But now, that I don’t know who you are, and you’re not setting here; it just said, “A sister in Christ.”

Now, now, if it is... if there’s something that you have done that’s wrong, that’s bothered you, then check it with the Bible and see what you must do. But if you haven’t done anything and you’re not condemned of anything, it’s perhaps your nerves. See? It could be many things that happened: maybe some trouble back in your life. Maybe it’s a... a woman here might be in the menopause time. That’s when everything is wrong with her, and there’s nothing wrong with her, yet everything’s wrong with her. And she’s not just putting on, she really feels that; it’s just as real. Any person that’s nervous is that way. And don’t never disagree.

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And you husbands to your wives, when they’re in that time of life, if you ever... if she ever was your sweetheart, you let her be right then, ’cause she needs you. She really needs your help; she needs somebody to help her, and understand her. Talk to her, take her up in your arms like... like... like she was your sweetheart, and she should be. And... and understand her, because she’s going through a time that her entire makeup is changing, and you must be good to her at that time.

I think that’s why Mr. Rockefeller made a fatal mistake. He was loved by the nation, would’ve probably been our next president. But when his wife took menopause, and went in menopause, and he left her and married his secretary, you see what happened? That shows there’s some real good thinking Americans yet.

Now, I like Mr. Goldwater, or... or Mr. [Brother Branham snaps his fingers.] Rockefeller. He’s a... I like Mr. Goldwater too; I like everybody. But I... I didn’t want to... Some of you... some of my brother Republicans setting out there hearing me say that, I...

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Notice, but I’m not a politician, I... I want to be a Christian. See? And this is not a place for politics. See? The whole thing’s gone anyhow, that way, but this that we’re talking about is Eternal. Democrat or Republican... Oh, it’s such a mess; it can never be redeemed. It’s over, so don’t argue about that. The thing to do is to live for this Kingdom. “For here we have no continuing city, but we seek One to come.” Amen! That’s right. Yes, sir!

So politics is one side of the fence, and I’m on the other. I said, “I... I voted once; that was for Christ; I’m sure to win.” That’s right. See? You got a vote coming. See? God voted for you, and the devil voted against you. Now, which way you cast your vote’s where you’re coming out.

So now, I believe this person is just... I’m going to think that it’s just nervous. If there’s nothing condemning you, go right on and just say, “Get away from me, Satan!” Just move right on. Take the initiative and live for God.

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Now.

[Q-327]

Is there ever any condition wherein it’s permissible to remarry after divorce, according to...

Now, I’ll see if this is a... I think there’s two or three questions on this.

...according to the Scriptures? If I do not... if I do not remain married in previ-... from previous times, it... is there any grounds for divorce that permits you to even to remarry? I will be... I will be (b-u-i-...) the... buying the tape (Yeah!) to get this answer. Thank you very much. I’ll look for it Sunday.

Well now, I have said this, you see. Don’t... don’t... I... I... Let me just leave that alone (you see?) until we get to a place where now... where we’ll... this’ll all be straightened out. And now, you just remember, that’s God willing, as soon as I come back again. The next time I come, the Lord willing, I’ll preach on that subject. See? And now... And then, we’ll tape it anyhow. And if... if it hurts, it hurts; if it clears up, it clears up. But you just be of a good courage. See?

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[Q-328]

Dear Brother Branham, is it possible for one to have the baptism of the Holy Ghost and not to have the signs following, at... at least not until the... some future time and conditions appointed by the Spirit?

Now, that might sound like a mixed-up question, but that’s a good one, very good. See? Now, here gives me a little chance, that I find that’s working with my... my family here now (see?), I mean you, my family, and the family out in the world where we... where our tapes go.

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Now, a great part of my congregation is made up of Pentecostal people, and because Pentecost is the latest message that we have in the denominational ranks. And to me, I certainly agree with them more than any other denominational church. I hang towards the Pentecostal, because it is a... the later message. And all my converts that I bring to Christ, I try to direct them to some Pentecostal church. But I have condemned them in every way that I knowed how, that they were wrong in the Scripture by being a denomination and not willing to walk in Light when Light’s presented to them. But yet, if I had to take my choice today to take any church in the world, I’d take Pentecostal when it come to denomination. But when it comes to individuals, as men and women, there’s genuine Christians in all them denominations: Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Lutherans, and so forth. But I’m talking about the systems that these people are in, not never the individual, but the system that these people has been caught into in their denomination. They clearly understand that now (see?), that I... I think the people... If they’re Roman Catholic, Jehovah Witness, Orthodox Jew, whatever they are, that doesn’t matter to me; but they are individuals to which Christ died to save.

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And now, I... And agreeing with their systems that they’re in... I believe there’s just as many Christians out there in the Baptist, as there is in the Methodists, or the Presbyterian, or whatever more. They’re Christians, real believers. And right out in the Roman Catholic church there’s genuine people in there that’s real men and women that love the Lord. And they don’t join that church to be wrong, they join that to be right. But it’s a system in there that directs their mind the wrong way. And if ever comes to a time that I’d make a denomination, I have deceived you and have brought you into a system; far be it from me. And may God keep me in my right mind to direct you to Jesus Christ, the Word. Stay with That. See?

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But now, this person here is asking the question about the possibility of having the baptism of the Holy Ghost without signs following them. Now, it would... If you are born again, you are... If you are born first as a human being and a normal human being... Now, I’m answering this in a... in a... a real juvenile way of doing it. But if you’re born a normal human being, you will actually do the things that a normal human being would do. Is that right?

When you’re born as a human, the natural traits of a human being will follow you. You won’t live in a tree, and try to fly with your wings like a bird, or... or... or something like that. That isn’t... that wouldn’t be a normal human being, the normal actions of a human being. The normal action of a human being would be to work, have... marry, have family, and do these things. That’s natural, normal human beings, because you’re born that. Then when you’re borned a Christian, borned of the Spirit of God, you naturally take up the attributes of Christ. You see?

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Now, if we took here this morning in this congregation where you people set here and listen day after day and so forth to the teaching, you’ll find out you’d be different one from another, because you... you’re different. You’re... you’re make up different; your... your appetites are different; you... you eat different; but you all eat food. But now, just from... With one individual being just like the other one, you’re different one from another. Christians do the same thing. You can’t say, “Now all...” Do all speak with tongues, do all prophesy, do all...? See?

You have to watch these things, because a Christian takes up the... the habits of a Christian; and they live like a Christian. Jesus said, “These signs shall follow them that believe.” Notice: “In My Name they shall cast out devils; they shall take up serpents or... drink deadly things; and they’ll speak with new tongues.” And... and them things just actually follow Christians.

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Now, the person has a very good thing here: “... or do we wait until the future time or the conditions appointed by the Holy Spirit?” I like that. See? Now you get the idea? When it’s appointed by the Holy Spirit! God appoints things.

And there, I think if the Pentecostal people would try (that listens to this tape), you’ll understand me if you will get here why I different with you pressing that idea that they must all speak with tongues. I... I cannot see that right, because it’d be... I like cherry pie, but there’s no need, and I’m a human being, but there’s no need of me trying to tell you, “If you don’t eat cherry pie, you’re not a human being.” See? But eating cherry pie is just one of the habits of a human being. See? You might disagree with me upon that, but... but it... it’s true. Now, one will eat this, and one will do something else.

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Now, the Holy Spirit appoints these offices, but when you try to force yourself into it... If I said you had to eat cherry pie, what if cherry pie made you vomit? And yet, you’d vomit and try to eat cherry pie and vomit, and ...?... See? You’re... you’re... you’re hurting yourself, and that’s the way you try to do when you try to force yourself to do something that’s contrary to the Spirit. He’s got your life lotted for a certain thing. Do you understand that? See?

And you, when you’re filled with the Spirit, here’s one of the best signs I know: you’re so in love with Christ and believe every Word that He says to be the Truth. See? That’s the evidence that you have the Holy Spirit. And your life’s full of joy, and... and oh my, everything’s different (see?) than what it used to be. That’s the Holy Spirit.

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Now, these gifts are in the Holy Spirit. Now, if this congregation this morning, this... just a nice snug church full with... (The overflow rooms, course, is filled up.) But in the... Just a... (Not announcing we was going to answer these questions, but these people have just come in.) Notice, if every person in here was in perfectly harmony with the Holy Spirit, every one of you was filled with the Holy Ghost and in harmony with the Holy Ghost, these signs would be just multiplying among you all the time (see?); it’d just be constantly going. But where there’s confusion, where there’s difference, and where we set up, the Holy Spirit can’t move itself. You see? It can’t operate through the people. See?

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And there, if I said, “Now you, each one of you, did you speak in tongues?”

“Yeah.”

“Well, you got It.” “Did you speak in tongues?”

“No.”

“You haven’t got It.” Now, I’m making myself a judge. God is the Judge of these things.

But watch, Jesus said, “These signs shall follow them.” See? The groups that believe, the whole nature of the Holy Spirit flows through them, and they all are full of love, and joy, and... and just a great bundle of... of... of... of real godly-filled people. See, that’s the Holy Spirit. And then in there, they speak with tongues on the occasion that tongues arise (why), or necessary for that, they speak with tongues. And if there’s a prophecy, it speaks. And oh, it’s just exactly perfect every time.

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Ask those fifteen or twenty people that went in there on interview this morning if there was one word any way, missed in any way, and perfect strangers. What... The Holy Spirit dig right down in there, and get them things, and bring them right out, and tell it to them. See, see? There’s not no mistakes in it. Tell them just exactly what this, and what this was, and what that is, and what this is to be done, and things like that, and what they done, and what they should do. See? That’s just... Set it right in order. Now, they’ve got to act on that.

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The other night I was talking to a couple, and I was at a... a home where we was having a meeting, or just... was just setting around a table talking. And all at once, the Holy Spirit dropped among us, and I said to someone there, “I seen a certain man, and they... he was confused in his mind about some things,” and I said, “like in the confusion in the... in the... the discernment.” I said, “Now, it’s right here now.” I said, “I know what you’re thinking.” And I went right back and just took a roundabout way and answered every question that man had in his mind to him, that he... Nobody knowed even what I was talking about but him. See? But he got it. He knowed what it was all about. You see? And that was what to him? Showing him, confirming to him that the Holy Spirit was revealing to me what was on his mind. You see? And I didn’t have to tell it to the rest of them. The man’s listening at me right now. Now, that’s right. Now, you see how that is? That’s a confirmation.

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Now, if the whole church would work in harmony like that, then among us we’d be casting out devils, taking up serpents, drinking deadly things, all kinds of things going on. But when you try to force that to individuals, then you get yourself... That’s Pentecostal again. Then you get Babylon, confusion. You can’t judge that. See? Our hearts are full of joy and happiness, and oh my, the birds are singing, the... Everything’s wonderful, my, just full of the Spirit of God, and we’re so in love with Jesus, we want to pray all night.

Now, I wouldn’t embarrass this crowd, or even myself to you. But I wonder, if I could ask this morning which one in this crowd of this people that had the Holy Ghost, it’d probably be ninety-five percent of you raise your hands that you had the Holy Ghost. Then I turn around and give you a Bible evidence, just one, a Bible evidence; and I doubt whether there would be one or two hands go up. See, see? Just could... just tie it in such a place, but when you do that (see?), you’re also hurting your congregation. But you’ve got to get them out of that babyhood and get them into manhood. See?

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Like someone wrote the question the other day, was up here, said about... said something about Brother Junior Jackson. Somebody went down there, and they said, “You’re going down to the ‘dead beans,’” or something or other like that. Brother Jackson... Because Brother Jackson’s congregation, they let them speak with tongues just in the church. Wherever they feel the Spirit and want to speak in tongues, they go ahead and do it. Well, that’s Brother Jackson’s church. That’s perfectly all right. I haven’t got nothing against that, not a thing. Junior Jackson’s one of my best friends, and a real godly man, filled with the Spirit of God, and we’re brothers. Now, he don’t have to eat my cherry pie, I can... Or I don’t have to eat his apple pie (see?), but we’re both eating pie. We both believe this Message exactly. That’s the order of the church. I said, “I want my church to try to come together.” I said... When we begin to break out here, the Holy Spirit speaking in tongues and so forth, I said... Somebody asked me, and said, “Now, Brother Branham, is all that genuine?”

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I said, “I’m no judge.” I said, “Tell you what, let’s bring it to a spot. Let it go awhile and bring it to the spot until the Word is presented on it. Then watch it. If It’s the Holy Spirit, It copes right with the Word; if it doesn’t, it won’t.” See? That’s just the only way that you can tell it; then it... it judges itself. You see? Well, it... it’ll fly up if it isn’t the Holy Spirit, it’ll fly loose. See? But if It is the Holy Spirit, It’ll just meekly follow right in line, ’cause that’s what It is; It’s the Holy Spirit going right to It’s own order.

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Now, in this speaking in tongues and so forth, I wished every one of you spoke in tongues. I sure do. And many times, good Christians...

You see, if I tell you that was on the program... I found someone... Not program, excuse me, on the interviews this morning. A person (I guess they’re still here in the building) that they... About speaking with tongues... The person is a genuine person, a real person, and they’ve lived right. And they’ve heard me say the evidence of the Holy Ghost wasn’t speaking in tongues, and it isn’t, but I advised that person to ask God to let them either speak in tongues or prophesy, because it’s the nature.

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The first thing, I went to that person and found their birthplace, and what sign that they were borned under, and could tell what their birth was. Which way it set in their natural nature sets them in a certain line. Then, when they’re reborned again, they’re over here in another nature. And then, when you find into this nature, that’s the inside, inconscience, inside conscience... The outside conscience moves you in one way; that’s your natural birth. Then, they’ll make up something and it puts them what? Under a four, and puts them in a split condition. They don’t know what to do. They’ll say, “The Lord wants me to do this.”

The inside, “Oh, I... I just know it’s... it’s... it... it lines up with the Scripture.” And they’ll start to do it, and the first thing you know, Satan on this outside will show them all kinds of defects in it. And then they say, “Well, I guess I...” See, see? They listen to Satan. See? You’ve got to take that inside something, that what’s on the inside of you that’s Scriptural. And don’t let Satan stand anywhere. It’s... That’s his duty to stand there and pound at you like that. But don’t you listen to him.

But, that person, I told them. They said, “Well now, if I could just be sure of having the Holy Ghost.” See? A dandy person, real loyal person with the Holy Ghost, but it would be good for her to say, “Father, just give me this for something to stand on.”

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Now, if I taught it like that, people would reach out and get ahold of that without having what that person’s got. See? The Holy Ghost does speak with tongues, but you got to have the Holy Ghost first before It can speak with tongues. Now you get it? So, if you reach out and get ahold of a gift of speaking in tongues without...

Now remember, that can be a genuine gift; that could be the Holy Ghost speaking in you with unknown tongues, and you’d be lost and go to hell. The Bible said so. You believe that? Would you like to have Scripture on it? You want Scripture, raise your hand. “Though I speak with tongues as men and Angels...” Is that right? Both, the one can be interpreted and that cannot be interpreted, genuine Holy Ghost tongues. “I am nothing,” see, unless that other goes with it. You can have this (see?), so don’t reach after that without this. Get this first, and then that’ll actually follow it.

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Now, the rain falls on the just and the unjust. The sun shines on the wicked and the good. The rain falls to ripen the crop; it ripens the weed also, the same rain. The Holy Spirit can fall in a group of people, and speak in tongues, and make it exactly true, sprawl in amongst the people, and make it prophesy, and be exactly true. That’s exactly right!

Sometimes you can go to a... a witch or a medium, and they can say something that’s exactly right. Look at the witch of Endor to Saul. It could be exactly true; that still isn’t it. They’re witches. Speaking in tongues, I’ve seen devils speak in tongues, and write in unknown tongues. That don’t mean anything. But the real thing is that Word again. Back to that Word!

So, you can do these things without the Word. But when you get the Word, and It does it, then watch it just exactly come to pass, exactly the right thing. See? Then you’re exactly in line.

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Yes, the Holy Spirit uses these people as it’s appointed by His Own Divine wisdom. But the first thing...

Now what? Let me just give you a little twister here just a minute. I’d say, “How many has the Holy Ghost?” All of you raise up your hand. I’d say, “All right, I’ll see if you have.” The Bible said that they that had the Holy Ghost sighed and cried day and night for the abominations done in the city. Now, how many hand would go up? How many of you can’t rest at night, so full of joy, the power of God, and so sad for the people that’s lost, that day and night you weep and cry for the abominations? You won’t... See? Who would be that in the city? How many is, that’s in the church? That’s what the Bible said the Holy Spirit evidence was.

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He told the sealing Angel (Ezekiel 9, that’s right), He said, “Take... Go through the city and set a mark upon those who sigh and cry for the abominations did in the city. The rest of them, let the destroying Angel destroy them.” No matter how much members they was and how many of the things they done, said, “Put a...” And a man with a inkhorn writer, dressed in white (which represented the Holy Spirit) came forth and put a mark upon all them that sighed and cried for the abominations done in the city. Now, you say... And watch what He said in there also. “Slay utterly, little children, old women, babies, kill them all!” Little children? Yes!

When Joshua entered the land of Canaan, he, said, “Don’t you let one of them live. If it’s a cute little baby, a little Amalekite, or a Amorite, kill it! You remember, he’ll grow up to be an Amalekite; he’ll pollute the camp.” And when those little things come back like that disagreeing with the Word of God, get rid of that thing. I don’t care what denomination it belongs to.

You say, “Well, they’re good...” I don’t care how good a people they are! If they’re contrary to that Word, get the thing out of you. It’s a growing little Amalekite. Looks cute, looks innocent; it looks like it’s all right, but don’t you have anything to do with. You stay away from it.

“Well, Brother Branham, I... I go down here, because... Well, I don’t...” You just remember, any Amalekite, anything that denies the Word, stay away from it; have nothing to do with it at all! How many believes that’s the Truth? Sure it is. See? Stay away from it!

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Who sigh and cry for the abominations that’s did in the city... Where do you see that? I can show you ten thousand speaking in tongues to one that’s really burdened for sin... that can’t even pray a hour. But did you know the Bible said that... mark only those who sighed and cried for the abominations in the city? How many ever read it? Sure! That was the Holy Spirit come forth to mark the people, and said to the destroying Angel, “Go forth and destroy everything that doesn’t have that mark upon them.” And the mark of God is the Holy Ghost, is the Seal of God.

Now, where is them people that’s that interested? I can hear you people that jump up and down and cry in the church; I can show you people that shout and run all over the building; I can show you people that prophesy, and it comes to pass; I can show you those who speak in tongues, and... and run up and down the buildings, and say things that actually interprets, comes to pass; but where is that person that sighs and cries for the abominations that’s did in the city? Where’s that burdened soul? You could turn some new leaves on that. See what I mean?

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Now, I’ve tried my best to... to... to tell you people and lead you like a daddy would lead his children. You are my children; I have begotten you to Christ through this Gospel that I preach. See? And I... I... I want you to raise up fully matured kids, or... or children. And I want to present you to Christ that day, as Paul said, “A chaste virgin.” There isn’t a thing in that Word but what your heart will punctuate “amen” to it.

Sin don’t have... Course you’ll do things wrong, but when the other, the very first thing condemns you, “Father, forgive me.”

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I’m going to say this. Just looked at a person a few minutes ago. It was asked me by a fine boy the other day. We was hunting squirrels. That morning I got five; I left one of them for that afternoon. You only get six in the state of Kentucky; that’s the limit. So this certain person said, “I got nine.” Christian boy, fine kid.

I said, “You done wrong. You did wrong!”

He said, “Well...”

I said, “I had five that morning, saved one for that afternoon. And when I got that one squirrel, looked in a tree, and counted five or six setting right there where I could look at them, walked out and left them.” I said, “I walked up, in a tree here not long ago, and there was about fifteen or twenty setting there. I just took the limit, and walked away, and left the rest of them there.” I said, “If I come to this country, preach to you boys and you people here the thing that’s right, I’ve got to live that example.” Christianity ain’t what you say, it’s what you live, what you do; it’s an example. You’re the salt of the earth. I said, “Then, the law says... Jesus said, ‘You give Caesar them things that belong to Caesar.’ You break that speed law out there, what are you doing? You’re doing wrong; you sin. Give Caesar what’s Caesar’s, and God’s what’s God’s.”

Say, “Well, the law’s wrong.” I can’t help what wrong it is; it’s wrong to break Jesus’ commandment. And if you don’t give Caesar the things that’s Caesar, then you did what Jesus told you not to do, and the transgression of the law is sin. That right?

We’re all guilty; we do it. But when you see yourself wrong, stop it! People are watching you; people won’t go to church, but they’ll read you, see what you do.

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So, get Christ in your heart; that’s a real... Christ and the Holy Spirit’s the same thing. Holy Spirit, Christ means “the anointed One.” And the Holy Spirit is that Anointing, and you are the one that’s anointed. See? And it’s Christ in you anointing you. See what I mean?

Then you’ve got the right thing. Then He can use you to anything He wants to use you in, ’cause you’re in the Body and subject to any of those gifts. But see, to have one of the gifts outside of the Body, it would do you no good. “Though I speak with tongue of men and Angels, have not charity, it profit me nothing. Though I have faith and can understand all the mysteries of God, profit me nothing. Though I give my body to be burnt as a sacrifice, give all my goods to the poor, though I have faith to move a mountain, I am nothing.” See? Don’t depend on those things. The Holy Spirit is a Being; It’s God, God in you, the Person, God, that’s lit your whole entire being. You’re changed; you’re a new creature. Any little thing that’s wrong, He’ll tell you that’s wrong, then quit; don’t do it. “Father, I didn’t mean to do that, You forgive me.” See? And that’s... that’s the Holy Spirit.

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I don’t care how much you spoke in tongues, how much you run, how much you jumped, how much you did this, that, or the other. See? Whatever you done, it wouldn’t mean a thing if the Holy Spirit wasn’t in there to condemn you on the things that’s right and wrong.

Now, that’s the reason that this person here is right. Let the Holy Spirit do it. But now (you see?), now, what’s causing this... Let me say it with love, sprinkled with love and... and anointed with the Word. See? If the genuine Holy Spirit was in you, you wouldn’t question that. You know it yourself, it’s an individual thing between you and God. See? You know that something’s happened. You know that there’s a change, whether there’s any... anything else, you yourself, you’re the change. See? You’re the one that’s done the changing, inside of you, and you know you have It. Whether you spoke with tongues, whether you jumped, shouted, or anything else, you know that God lives in you, that you don’t walk with your own mind, it’s the mind of Christ that leads you with that Word, just exactly the way It goes.

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Now! But I would... If people say, “Well then, Brother Branham, you don’t believe we ought to speak with tongues?” See? Then you get exactly backwards what I’ve just said. Sure, I believe you should speak with tongues. And some of you people... See? But you get these, and... I get these, like back here this fifteen hundred miles (you see?), being here at the tabernacle. Just, if you don’t understand it, then ask me. See? Write it back to me if you don’t understand. Just say what I say here. See? And I... And you... As Paul said, “You follow me as I follow Christ.” You see? Then you see I’m wrong, then get away from me, see, that’s all, ’cause I’d... I’d be the wrong person. See?

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[Q-329]

Please explain. People are saying Brother Branham is more than a man, he can create, and Jesus can look just like Brother Branham.

Now, let me... The person said this. Whoever it might be, I don’t know. But I am your brother. See? Jesus is your Saviour. I cannot be your Saviour, for He has already saved you. Now, you’re so close to being the Truth there, and yet so far from the Truth, the person that told this person this. Now, it’s just a... Looks to me like a woman’s handwrite, very beautiful handwriting. And I’d say that was a woman’s handwrite wouldn’t you? Brother Capps, wouldn’t you think that was a woman’s handwrite? A pretty handwrite. And I don’t know who it is. See?

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Now, “Brother Branham, could Jesus look like you, or you be Jesus, or something like that?” One sense of the word, that’s exactly the Truth; another sense of the word is an antichrist. That’s the difference between right and wrong. To make me the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ, would be an antichrist (see?), for that Person of the Lord Jesus is setting at the right hand of the Majesty on high, and will come again in great power and glory. But for His Life that was in Him being upon me, and upon you who have Him, it’s exactly the Truth; and you become Christ.

Remember my message on Messiahettes? See? You are... The word Messiah means an... “the anointed One.” Now, you are, if you have the Holy Spirit, you become the anointed one. See? Then there’s all kinds of anointed ones.

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Now watch, if it’s a Bible anointed ones. Many of them are anointed... See? The whole thing is in such a great conglomeration of... every kind of a mix-up; and... and of... Satan with all of his cunningness come in and impersonated it just to the dot, almost to the dot. There’s only one way you can absolutely be sure; check the word by word, word by word! That’s the only way you can.

But to me as a... a person, William Branham, or... or any other man or woman to be the Lord Jesus Christ, our Saviour, that is an error. But to be anointed with His Spirit, which brings His Own Person of His Life into you...

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It was so beautifully typed in Elijah and Elisha, when Elisha was taken up, the Elijah, the old prophet, going Home. And he was tired and weary; and there was a chariot hooked across the river there, and he... to take him up Home with horses of fire. And did you notice then, when Elijah and Elisha crossed the river? The school of the prophets was up there watching them. And Elijah took his mantel and... or struck the river. And when it did, it divided, and he went across. And he said to the young prophet, “What... what are you following me for? What... what... what do you wish?”

He said, “That a double portion of your spirit come upon me.” A double portion of that mighty prophet come upon me?

He said, “You’ve asked a hard thing; but if you see me when I go away, then It’ll come upon you.” So you can imagine how he watched the prophet.

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Now, in that day, that prophet was the Word, for he was the manifestation of the Word to the world. See? And he knowed there had to be a greater ministry come, because it required a greater thing. And when Jesus was here on earth, He was the Elijah. “These things that I do shall you do also; greater than these things shall ye do, because I go unto My Father.” Now, how you going to do it? Watch Him! Who is He? The Word! See? Watch Him!

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Now, when it comes to creation of things, it’s true. Jesus never right straight out created anything and brought it into existence. He took a substance first. He took water, made wine. He took bread and made more bread. He took fish and made more fish. But He promised that greater things than this would be done. See? You see? Now, why? It’s in a more evil day than it was when He was here. See? It’s still Him, but using your tabernacle. See?

And this person that’s in you, which is your birth... You are John Doe; you were born in a certain month, and you’re borned under a certain star; you were borned under a certain thing, and that has something to do with you. Certainly does!

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I know I used to... Papa used to say, “I can’t plant them potatoes at this time, because the moon isn’t right. You can’t plant them potatoes, Billy.”

And I said, “I’m not planting them in the moon, I’m planting them here in the ground!”

Said, “All right, smart aleck, go on! You get a few bumps on your head and you’ll learn something.” I did. I did.

I tell you: take a board and lay it down out there on the grass in the dark of the moon and watch what happens. That grass will die right now. Lay it on the light of the moon; you can let it lay there a week; it won’t hurt it a bit.

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Watch that sea when that moon changes yonder. When the tide... When the moon goes out, the tide follows it out, and it’s millions of miles from the earth. Not only that, go down here in the state of Kentucky and sink a rod down in the ground till you get into the salt water; and watch that pipe, how deep it is when the moon... when the tide’s in and watch how it goes out, plumb across under the earth. Certainly!

You plant something that spreads out on top of the earth. In the dark of the moon watch it go right down and make it like a radish or turnip will. You plant it back the other way and watch it spread out on top the earth. Sure, it’s got something to do.

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Why did Aaron have on his breastplate the birthstone of each one of those patriarchs? Look at those mothers when they give the utterance. When them mothers and them Hebrew women in labor give an utterance to those children being born, it placed their name; it told their birth; it put them in the homeland; it set them over to eternity.

One of these days when I come in and stay a little time, I want to take that subject. Exactly! Then watch Jacob, when he was dying there, when he laid his hands upon the patriarchs and blessed them, he’d tell them exactly where they would be. And that’s exactly according to their name, and exactly according to their birth. And sure, it has something to do with you.

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Now, that’s your birth path; that’s what you are, a natural man or natural woman. But when you’re reborned again, that’s not the outside conscience. The outside is what you see, taste, feel, smell, and hear, but the inside of that is what you really are. Now, this out here, Satan just tempts you and knocks you around every way here; but down here he can’t do it unless you let him do it. For in here you’ve got faith, and faith don’t come from the outer conscience, it reasons. But in faith there’s no reason. You’ve got it from God, and you know it’s there. I don’t care how much it looks wrong, you still know it’s right; it’s THUS SAITH THE LORD. See? And there’s nothing going to bother that. Nothing can bother that; it’s moving right straight on. Difficult means nothing to it; wades right on through it, for It’s the Word. And the Word’s the Sword, and the Word cuts... the Sword cuts Itself free from everything else. You see? Takes the hand of faith to hold that Word. That faith’s got to be...

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Now see, when that inside conscience... Here’s the inside; here’s the outside. It’s revealed in here, Truth is; out here, it’s reason. Now, don’t it look reasonable if we’d just say, “We just all go over and join the Assemblies”? Now, I like the Assemblies of God, I like the Oneness, I like all of those churches. “Why don’t we just all go and affiliate with them, maybe do some good.” That’s a reason, the outside. But down on the inside, watch it. When you see out here, this’ll... this’ll disagree, then... Look at the Assemblies. Many things that they do that I don’t believe it’s... it’s Scriptural, and can prove it to them it’s not Scriptural. But there’s so many minds packed up in it. There’s a thousands of those Assembly brothers and sisters who believe this, the Word, and don’t believe what the Assemblies teach to be right. But they’re in the web.

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The Baptists, the Presbyterian, the Oneness, and all the rest of them, they’re in that web where a group of men gets together and they reason it. And there’s so much prestige about a man. Here’s a bishop setting here, general overseer; he says anything, what’s the little fellow going to say? He’s afraid to say anything. “I agree with you. Yeah, that’s right! Uh-huh! Yes, Bishop, or... or Presbyter, you’re... that’s exactly right.” He agrees with him.

Here, let’s take an alcoholic out here on the street, that an ordinary citizen pass down the street and say, “The old bum, nothing to him.” Take him down here, put him on the police force, and put a badge on him, and a gun on him. “Good morning, John, it’s so nice to see you again!” See? Respect to one another.

Jesus said, “How can you have faith when you have respects?” That type, you know, solicit us, respects one... I don’t just remember just how the word goes there. But, when your desire respects one from another. See? Can’t do that.

And when man gets together in a organization, they set down; and the little man’s afraid to say anything, ’cause the bishop said so, the presbyter said so. But don’t disregard the man, believe him to be a good man; but always remember, God’s Word is right and all others contrary is wrong. “Let My Word be true, and every man’s word be a lie.” See it? That’s what we want to do, is believe that.

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Now remember, we are not the Word, but we are the Word. Uh-huh! Now you got it? Jesus was not God, but He was God. He was a Man, yet He was God. He could cry, and yet He could raise the dead. He could cry for a man being dead and raise him back up again. He was Jehovah-jireh, Jehovah-rapha, Jehovah Manasses; He was Jehovah, all completely. He was Jehovah, and yet He was a Man. He owned the earth, and made the earth, and had not a place to lay His head. He said, “The birds that I made has got nests, and I haven’t got a place to lay my head. The foxes, that I created, has holes in the ground, and I haven’t even got one Myself, even to be buried in.” That’s right. He had to borrow somebody’s grave to be buried in.

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He created every womb that was in a woman. He had no womb to be born in; he had to borrow a womb. He created the earth and had not a place to be buried in; He had to borrow a to-... hole in the ground, to be buried in, Joseph of Arimathea. See? They had... they had to... had to borrow a place, yet He was God, proved that He was God.

Now, you understand? We are not... We are Messiahettes, but not that Jesus. He is our Father; we’re just anointed with His Spirit, and that’s the reason His Life... And that gets people. See, if you don’t set and think it through, it gets people to believe, “Well, this guy would be the Messiah.” Sure he is.

“This one over here could be.” They both are. See? “Well, how can there be two of them?” There’s thousands of them. See?

But you see, His Life is separated on the Day of Pentecost. When that Pillar of Fire came down, It separated like tongues and set upon each of them, God dividing Himself among His people, because the Church and Christ is One, just as the husband and wife is one.

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[Q-330]

Brother Branham, how am I supposed to show my wife that I really care for her and yet play... or stay with the Word (That’s) ...stay... stay with the Word, but still having a question like this said: “Why don’t you practice what you preach or believe?”

Well then, if the wife, if the wife is saying this to you when she’s... has a right to say it, you better get right. See, see? Then if she... if she is saying it just to be evil, remember, the Bible said, “It was better that a millstone was hanged at your neck and drowned in the depths of the sea than even to offend the least of these, my little ones.” Now, that’s just your ...?...

And may be that this wife is not that type of person. Maybe she’s a different. Maybe she’s a good person. Maybe she’s just testing you to see what you’ll do.

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Now, stay in love with her and let her see Jesus in you. You do that. See? You just go on. Some... I give a little illustration this morning about a person that... One time this little woman had... had received the Holy Ghost. She was a very sweet little person. They... She said... Well, she’d had a hard life, and her husband was an alcoholic. And so, she just kept on; she bore with him. He says, “You want to go to church, Honey, take off!” But now, he went down to the saloon, down at the old Brown Derby, down here. Going on. So they hung out down there all the time, used to be Bonifers. Many of you old-timers here remember when Bonifer had there on the corner of... It’s called Brown Derby now, I believe it is.

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So, hanging around down there, and the first thing you know, one night come up a question about church and about Christians. One of the old drunks setting there said, “There ain’t no such a thing as Christians anymore. And there is no such a thing. All this bunch of hypocrites,” said, “you see them out here smoking, drinking, doing the same thing that we do, and,” said, “call themselves Christians. There is no such.”

This one drunk raised up and said, “Just a minute! There’s one that I know about.”

Said, “Who is it?”

Said, “It’s my wife.” See? She’d become salty. He was catching it all the time.

He said, “I bet if she was put to a squeeze...”

He said, “No, she’s still a Christian; I’ll prove it to you.” Said, “I tell you what let’s do; let’s go up home, and I’ll show you whether she’s a Christian or not.” Said, “Let’s go up home, and now, let’s really be drunk. We’re going to act like we’re really drunk.” Knocked at the door, come in staggering over everything and... and... “Why the chair setting around this way?” and everything. And she set them all a chair and (his guests, you know) ...and tried to make them just as welcome as could be. Said, “I want you to fix us some supper.” And so they... She went out and fixed some. Said, “We want ham and eggs.” He knowed they had it, so they fixed the ham and eggs. When he got there at the table, he looked at them like that, picked up his plate, and slammed the stuff on the floor, said, “You know, I don’t like my eggs like that. Come on boys let’s get out of here anyhow,” like that... like that.

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They went out and set down like that, you know. And she come out; she said, “Dear, I’m... I’m sorry I didn’t get them fixed; I’ll fix some more for you.”

“Oh, nonsense, you knowed I didn’t want them that way in the first place,” just carrying on like that. They went out there, and set down, and act like they was drunk. They heard her in there kind of snubbing to herself, singing real low voice:

Must Jesus bear the cross alone,

And all the world go free?

There’s a cross for every one,

And there’s a cross for me.

This consecrated cross I’ll bear,

Till death shall set me free.

One drunk looked at the other one, said, “She’s a Christian; she’s got it!” And that little woman led her husband, plus these others to Christ that night. See? Why? See? Just be real sweet. Just remember, He knows all about it.

So, sister, or brother, whoever it might be, or brother, it is here, ’cause he asked about his wife, you just be salty; she’ll get thirsty if there’s anything in her to thirst for. If it isn’t, remember, if you got the wrong person, you’ll get the right one in the Millennium. You just keep on going; all wrongs will be made right there.

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[Q-331]

Brother Branham, do you teach that the Bride must not attend any church unless you are there preaching, or else the tabernacle, other words, the tabernacle?

Got else, it means “other words.”

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[Q-332]

Also, do you teach that we need not keep the... the Sunday or holidays, as working, fishing, or so forth? Or...

I’d say that was Sunday. It looked like Sunday to me. Or right at the bottom it look like... or Sunday, I guess it is, holidays or Sundays. Yeah, Sundays, that what it look like? [Brother Branham speaks to someone.] Holy days... holy days, Sunday and holy days.

No! You’re mistaken. See? Let me go over and just answer it as I come by.

Do you teach that the Bride must not attend any other church unless you are preaching... preaching or else, otherwise, the tabernacle?

No! I don’t teach that. I don’t believe that; I do not believe it. We’ve got ministers setting here that’s scattered all around through the country, and I believe they are part of that Bride. I believe that a man or woman can go to church anywhere they want to go that teaches the Word. And I believe, if they don’t teach the whole Word, and you can’t go to church any other place where they teach the whole Word, go where they teach half the Word until you can get to where they teach the whole Word. Go to church whatever you do. Do that.

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.

Also do you teach that we must... we must... need not keep Sunday, or any holy day, or... or working, or like working, or fishing on Sunday?

I believe it’s a sin to fish, and hunt, and work on Sunday when you can go to church. Now, I believe you’re transgressing the laws of God. “Is there a commandment to such?” Yes, sir! Now, in the Old Testament we had a type of the Sabbath day. It was all... And Jesus did not come for you to keep Sabbath days. The old Sabbath day was Saturday, which was the end of the week. Sunday is the eighth day, or the first day of the week, which Jesus rose on.

I do not believe it’s right to... Now, if you’re way away into a wilderness somewhere, and you’re out there on a hunting trip, there’s no church around, anything like that, and there’s nothing you can do; and if you was fishing, I believe that would be all right. But if you’re around in the city, or around where church is going on, you should attend church by all means, somewhere.

And I believe, as far as working, I believe if the ox is in the ditch, or something has to be done on Sunday, you go ahead and do it, if it’s something that you couldn’t help, it had to work that way. But if you just do it, and wait till Sunday to do it, or just do it like that, you’re wrong. See? We must not do that, we must respect that holy day.

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And now, remember, go to church somewhere, someplace. If... I... I could call a certain denominational church, but I wouldn’t do it, because this church, only thing I know that they teach that I believe is, they say they believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Well, I do that. All their other teaching is... They believe in... and remissions of sins is by water. Now, it isn’t the Oneness; they do the same thing, but I’m not talking about them. They believe that... that regeneration by water, and so forth. And I don’t believe that. And they, oh, they believe if anything’s got Divine healing in it is of the devil. And they believe in all... They’re the only... they’re the only thing that there is, and the only thing you have to do is just put your name on that book. And if you ain’t got it there, you’re lost. Now, I don’t believe that. But if there was no other church to go to (I wouldn’t go there critical), I’d go there with the intention of my presence, and me setting by somebody, that the Christ that was in my heart might influence somebody there. Go among them, but don’t be partakers of their unbelief.

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[Q-333]

Brother Branham, I want to receive the Holy Ghost. I want to know what to do. I am burdened for my family to be saved. And the sister signed her name.

If you want to receive the Holy Ghost, let me tell you something, my dear Sister, if you’re here. And... and... I... (Brother Neville, is that a member of the church here? At the bottom ...?... ) I don’t... I don’t remember them either. But if... if you’re here, Sister B-o-u-g-h, if you’re here, let me tell you. The Bible said, “Blessed are they that do hunger and thirst after righteousness sake...” You’re so blessed to even want It. See? Now, remember, not that you... you... you’ve got It, but blessed are they that hunger and thirst for It, “for they shall be filled.” Just stay right with it.

“What must I do for my family?” Use the same faith that you’re using for yourself, for your family. Commit them to the Lord and believe with all your heart that you’re going to be saved. Let it... Don’t let it just come on your natural thinking here, let it drop way down on the inside, that subconscious, then they’re yours. God’s give them to you when you’ve got it down here.

Whatever you have in your heart here and ask for it, when you pray, believe that you receive what you ask for. Now, you can’t doubt it no more. You can’t believe it and doubt it the same time. How many knows that? You can’t believe and doubt at the same time. You’ve got to believe that what you ask for, you receive it, then He said it would be given to you. So you just believe for your family, and they’ll get it.

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[Q-334]

Brother Branham, what about our son since... since are not on the... not preaching on the Trumpets? Remember the promise you gave me over the phone concerning him and the Seven Trumpets?

I don’t remember it. I don’t remember what it was. But whatever it is, you let Billy Paul know what it is. Whatever I promised, that I’ll do. I don’t remember. You know, I... Sometimes I get, maybe of a nighttime, answer thirty, forty calls in one time, you see, so I don’t remember night after night, sometimes when I’m around, so I don’t get whatever it is.

What about my Catholic sister and brother? Thank you.

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Oh, this person’s from way out of town, way away in Texas. I... Well, sister, if you... if you’re from Texas and you get this tape, or if there is a tape (I guess there won’t be no tape on this), but if there is... [Brother Branham inquires about taping the service.] Are they making a tape? You’re making it? All right, if they’re... The tape... Then I tell you what. If you... On this tape, when you find this, remember, “What about our son when... about the Seven Trumpets?” I don’t remember about that, ’less I promised to see him or something during the Seven Trumpets. If I did, I’ll see him; ’cause I didn’t preach the Seven Trumpets, I preached The Feast Of The Trumpets. You understood about that.

“And what about my Catholic sister and brother? Thank you!” I’ll tell you, Mrs. C-o-r-n-i-l-s-e-n... If the lady’s here, see Billy Paul this morning. And... and if not, well, I’ll... I’ll... I... I don’t understand what it is (you see?); it’s just a question. I... I can’t make it out (see?), what it is, ’cause I promised something about her boy and the Trumpets and about a Catholic sister; and I... I don’t... it’s not in my mind now to remember. Just see, Billy.

This must... That’s just a prayer request. Gives the person’s name and said, “headaches and sinus.” So that was just... Just pray for them, I guess. All right.

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[Q-335]

Please explain marriage and divorce.

I’ve already got that. This is seven questions, eight questions on one piece of paper.

Please explain marriage and divorce.

I did.

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[Q-336]

Moses and... and Elijah on earth now? Are Moses and Elijah on earth now? Are they in America?

No! See? No, they’re not here; they won’t be until the Church is taken away, then Moses and Elijah... How many understands that? All right. And let’s see. They don’t have any name signed to this, so... All right. If ever who asked these questions... I believe there’s seven of them; I’ve gave... marked seven. All right!

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[Q-337]

Explain the difference between the “Name of Jesus,” and the “Name of Jesus.”

Wait a minute.

Explain the difference between the name “Jesus” and the “Name of Jesus.”

Well, they’ll both be the same if they’re applied the same way (see?), applied to the same Person, the name Jesus, and the Name of Jesus. The Name of Jesus and the name... name Jesus is Who He is. The Name of Jesus is speaking of the Person, so it’d be the same... I think that would... Doesn’t that sound sensible? See? The name Jesus is the Person Itself, and the Name of Jesus is you referring to that Person. See?

Say, my name is William. That’s me. All right. Now, you say... I’m speaking... The name of William, then you’re referring to me. That’s my name. See? Now.

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[Q-338]

Has the Name of the Lord changed in the different dispensations?

Yes, yes! It was once called... He was called the I AM. He was called Jehovah, and He’s changed many times. The last time it was changed was when God became flesh and took a human name.

Jehovah, I AM, and all of those, are titles to a Name. See? You was baptized in the name of Jehovah, it’d have to be the Name of Jesus Christ. You was baptized in the name of Jehovah-rapha, Jehovah Manasses, and Jehovah-jireh, all of those, it’d have to be Jesus Christ. The I AM is Jesus Christ.

Remember, standing there that day, and He said, “You say you eat manna in the wilderness...”

“Our fathers eat manna.”

“And are dead!” He said.

They said, “Well, we know now you’re crazy, because you’re just a man and not over fifty years old, and say you seen Abraham.”

He said, “Before Abraham was, I AM.” See? He was the I AM. And all the titles and names that ever belonged to God was made one human Name, the Lord Jesus Christ. All right.

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Now:

[Q-339]

If time ceases when the Seals were opened, then is... If time ceased (pardon me) when the Seals were opened, then the Millennium is also... then the Millennium is also finished, is it not?

No, no! Time didn’t cease when the Seals were opened. Misunderstood it. What happened, the mysteries was revealed, not time ceased. See? Just look. Watch real close now, and will play your tape if you got it from a tape. See?

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Time never ceased until the... This must be a postmillennialist or something, that asked the question. Cause see? We got a thousand years after the Church has gone Home and comes back upon the earth. Then time ceases in the New Heavens and New Earth.

Now, the Millennium is not the New Heavens and New Earth. There will still be sin after the Millennium. The Millennium is a type of Noah going in the ark, and carried over, and brought Ham and them on the other side. And sin even come out of the ark. See?

But Enoch, the translated one, was a type of the Bride that went up, not the one that was carried over. So sin will still be on the other side of the Millennium, but not during the Millennium. See? During the Millennium is peace. See? But sin will be dealt with the other side of the Millennium, and then time fades out.

And now, the opening of the Seven Seals that was given by the Holy Spirit, the Seven Seals only was to make known what had been left off in the dispensations behind us.

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Now, as some great theologian tried to corner me on that, he said, “Brother Branham, you... God some day will give you the secret of those Seven Seals. Those Seven Seals will be something that we’ve never learned yet, that it’ll be something that’s not even in the Bible.” No, no! It won’t be that, because if you do, that would make it a... If I told you that, I’d be a false prophet, because (you see?) this Word... There... Everything that’s... that’s... The whole revelation of Jesus Christ is all completed in this Word. See? And if the Seven Seals pertained to the seven churches, it had to be already past, because we’re in the Laodicea Church Age. And the Seven Seals was only revealing what they had left off back there, and it opened up what they had left; what Luther left; what Wesley left; and all the reformers, and Pentecostals, and down to the present time.