MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE

So 21.02.1965, vormittags, Park View Junior High School
Jeffersonville, Indiana, USA

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Let us bow our heads now for a moment of prayer. Most Gracious Father, we thank Thee this morning for this privilege of being here in this auditorium, facing the outcome of the day. But we don’t know what the day holds, but we know Who holds the day. So we pray that He Who holds today and tomorrow, and all Eternity, will bless us today as we have assembled together in His Name, that we might know better how to live to serve Him. This is our full intention, Father. God, Who knows our hearts, knows this is true. We commit ourselves to You, with the... the future part of the day, for Your service, in Jesus Christ’s Name. Amen.

Be seated.

[Brother Branham speaks to someone on the platform.] Thank you. Here is another one here.

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Good morning, visible audience and also invisible audience across the nation where we’re hooked up this morning. This gives me a great privilege to come here and to speak this morning on this vital subject. To the visible audience, it’s indeed a little confusing, because there is just in front of me is curtains, then I have to speak to the right and to the left. And to the invisible audience, I have the auditorium to my right, and also the gymnasium to my left; and I am on the floor, with the curtains open between, making my right hand and left hand. And we’ve got overflow, this morning, through the auditorium, also the gymnasium, and also the church, church down on Eighth and Penn Street. And in the overflow places, the telephone system is taking it down to the other places.

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We’ve had a tremendous time in the Lord, and we’re under great anticipations for this service this morning. And now tonight being the closing time of this four days of campaign, why, we certainly invite all, that can, to be here. We’re trusting that the Lord will give us a great climax tonight by doing something extremely extraordinary, insomuch that He would heal all the sick and do the great things that He usually does. And we’re under great anticipation for the evening. The public is cordially invited, everybody, every church of every denomination. You don’t even have to be a Christian; we certainly are calling for sinners to come in, set among us. And we do our very best to teach them what is the way of the Lord, that we might live.

Now I hope that the audience will not be nervous. And I trusting to God that I will not be nervous, for I’ve had a tremendous night, a lot of strain. For I realize that the things that I say this morning will be held against me in the Day of the Judgment, and I... I couldn’t sleep, and I know if I don’t say them it’ll be held against me in the Day of Judgment. So it makes it hard, you can’t explain it.

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And now this morning is that great subject we’re to discuss on, "Marriage And Divorce". And the reason I made it Sunday school, so that we could talk about it and take our time, instead of preaching a sermon on it. It’s a teaching from the Scripture.

And I... I want to say that, if any minister or ministers, any place, should this tape ever fall into their hands, if we release this tape. I don’t know what the church will do about it. I’m asking Brother Fred to see the church board before he releases this tape. And to you people out across the nation, that’s got tape recorders setting, please don’t let the tape out unless you hear from Brother Sothmann about it.

Now, and if it is let loose, and any of my minister brothers, or any Christian anywhere, that would disagree upon the things that I am saying about this subject, I... I trust that you will not criticize It. If you don’t understand It the way that I teach It, well, you have a right to that, as a minister, as a shepherd. And I respect anything that you believe.

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And there is two great schools on this. And if there is two questions, there is either one of them got to be right, or neither one of them is right. So we’re going to try to look to the Word of God, this morning, to settle this. To me, if it’s a Bible question, the Bible surely has the answer to it.

And now just before we have these, start this subject, rather, before I pray over the Word, I want to express to each one of you, that I... you Christians especially, that I desire... I... I want you to pray for me this morning. And all out in the unseen audience that’s listening in this morning, pray for me, because I want to be honest and truthful.

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Now we realize, in making these statements, somebody, if it’s only one person, will hang onto It like It was between life and death. There is many of you here will go away believing. Course, many of you, perhaps, won’t. But I know, in my ministry, there is people who come to listen at me, and listen to what I’ve got to say; from, well, they’re sitting right here this morning, internationally, from many of the United States, Canada, and across the seas. And you can imagine the strain that it puts you, to know that that man’s Eternal destination lays in your hands, ’cause he is going to hold onto what you say. So God would make me answer for it, and I want to approach this just as sincerely as I can.

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Now I... I ask our sisters. And I altered some of my words so that I could speak it before them. Billy has in his pocket, this morning, out there, some things that could not be said out before a... a mixed audience. And some that I probably will say, you must understand. Take it as from... from your brother, to the best that I know. You would sit in a doctor’s office and listen to him, he would have to say very plain words to you. And some of you young ladies and young men, I don’t want you to get the wrong impression. I want you to believe, and just sit still. Remember, Truth has got to be stated Truth.

And, now, no doubt but there’ll be many of you disagree with what is to be said, but I want to prove it to you by the Bible. And then I believe, if you’ll just be reverent and listen, then you’ll have a better understanding and conception of what I’ve been hammering at, all along. I believe this will explain it, and I trust that it will.

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Now we may be a little lengthy, an hour and a half, or maybe longer, on this. I don’t know how long it will take.

And now again, I’d like to say that, in this time, that, knowing that people holds to your words; they do, to their pastor. And, of course, I’ve been a pastor.

And they hold to a pastor’s words, just like it was between death and life. They hold to their priest’s words, just like it was death and life. And of course, the pastor, perhaps with all that he knows how to do, he is teaching his people just exactly like he was taught in the seminary; no doubt but what the priest, also, in the different religions that have priests. Course, the pastor really is a priest; it’s an intercessor. So, if the priest, in all that he is taught in his, in the seminary and the monasteries, the man with deep sincerity is telling just exactly what he is taught.

Well, then, I don’t have any seminary experience or monastery experience, and nothing against it at all, but I have a very peculiar life.

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I was called when I was just a little boy. And in this was a visible, audible sign given me, a... a Pillar of Fire hanging in a bush, at seven years old, right here on the Utica Pike. My father was working for Mr. O. H. Wathen that just recently died. And you’ve read the book, you know the story. And from that time... Down on the river then It appeared visibly before the people. And now It’s had the picture taken, many times, and it hangs in Washington, DC, as a copyright, in the Religious Hall of Art, as the only supernatural Being that was ever scientifically proven to be photographed; same Pillar of Fire, exactly in the same look and every way, that brought Israel out of Egypt. I believe It’s Jesus Christ in Spirit form, in the Sonship of God.

For He was called “Son of man” when He come first, now He is called “Son of God,” in the Millennium He’ll be “Son of David.” He come Son of man, a Prophet, as was spoke of Him; now He is Son of God, in supernatural; in the great Millennium that is to come, He’ll be Son of David, setting on the throne of David. As all Bible readers know that that’s a Divine promise with God, to David, He would raise up His Son to set on his throne.

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And now in an odd, peculiar ministry, I have been called everything from “God” to “a devil.” And that, just it always is that way.

That’s what this archbishop of the Catholic church said to me the other night down there, the discussion was, that he said, “Brother Branham, John the Baptist clearly identified himself in the Scriptures, as spoken by the prophet Isaiah.” He said, “Your ministry is clearly identified in the Church.” He said, “The Lutherans are in the Bible.” He said, “Lutherans knowed Luther. Wesleys know Wesley. But what about the Pentecostals?” Said, “They’re wandering. They don’t know where to go.”

And I said, “Sir, I appreciate that.”

And it was that time the Spirit fell upon the lady, had never seen me, his wife... and spoke and identified the same things.

Now, to be honest, before this Message I speak this morning, I don’t know. I told him, I said, “Sir, I couldn’t say that. That’s a great big thing to say. It looks like it.”

One thing that I know, that there is something has took place, definitely. All these things, just, it’s scientifically proven, and proven around and around the world, it can’t be just a myth. It’s Truth. What is it? Let me say, confessionally, before I speak to you this morning, I don’t know. And I would be daresn’t to make any move until I heard from Him that has talked to me in the past and told me these things.

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Remember, our Lord Jesus Christ never did identify Himself as the Son of God. He said, “You said I was; to this end I was born,” and so forth, but He never identified Himself.

And, now, that was the Pillar of Fire that led the children of Israel, was the Lord Jesus Christ in Spirit form, (you believe that?), the Logos that went out of God. [Congregation said, “Amen."]

And then when He was on earth, He said, “I come from God, and I go to God.” We all know that.

And after His death, burial, and resurrection. Saul of Tarsus was on his road down to Damascus, to persecute the... the Christians, because they were teaching things contrary to what they had been taught. And he was a great warrior; under Gamaliel, one of the outstanding teachers of the day, in their school, their monastery; and a great man, and an officer of the church. And it was there that a great Light, the Pillar of Fire again, struck him down, in the middle of the day. And a Voice said, “Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me?”

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Now if you notice when Paul, Saul, raised up, he said, “Lord, Who are You?” Now, that boy, being a Jew, he certainly wouldn’t have called anything, unless it’d been something to symbol God, he wouldn’t have called it “Lord.” So, It was the same Pillar of Fire.

As Jesus said, “I go to God. I came from God, and I return to God.”

There He was, back in the form of a Pillar of Fire again; He said, “I am Jesus Whom thou persecutest; and it’s hard for you to kick against the pricks.”

And we realize that when the Apostle Peter, to who the keys was given to build the Church, we find out that he was in prison, and this same Pillar of Fire came through the bars, opened the doors of the prison, and took Peter out, mysteriously, without even disturbing the guard. To me, It’s Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever.

And then you’ll always know anything by the nature of it. Anything is known by its nature, the fruit it bears. And I ask you to watch the kind of fruit It bears, this Light which is God, because It always goes back to the Word of God, and proves the Word of God, preaches the Word of God, and God proves that Word materially so before you. There has got to be something behind It.

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People has called me a prophet. I don’t call myself no prophet, because I would be daresn’t to say that, but I have... Say, I can say this, that the Lord has let me foresee things, tell things that has happened, will happen, is happening, and not one time has it ever failed, in the tens of thousands of times. Everything that He said would happen, happened. We all know that. If there is a person in this visible audience this morning, or anywhere, can say one time it failed, you’re at liberty to stand up and say so. But if everybody knows that every time, of the thousands of times, it’s been perfectly right, say, “amen.” [Congregation says, “Amen!"] See? So that would be the same thing around the world.

Something is just about to happen. God never sends these things without being a purpose behind it.

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I was just thinking here. I placed it here, one of my notes. That I’m wearing this morning, a set of cuff links... And many of you have heard of this movie star, Jane Russell, and her mother is a Pentecostal; and Danny Henry is her cousin, her first cousin, her mother’s sister’s child. He was Baptist. He was standing at the meeting, a Business Men’s meeting in Los Angeles, California, two years ago.

And I had just got through speaking of a great, powerful, forceful statements; that even the overseer, one of the general overseers of the Assemblies of God, stepped down to the platform from up in the balcony where he was sitting, and he said, “I don’t believe that Brother Branham meant that.”

I said, “I have to mean it, sir. It’s THUS SAITH THE LORD.” And, then, it was about the church in this age.

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And about that time, this young man who is a businessman... His brother is over... he was there taking pictures for television that morning, his other brother is... is a state road supervisor of California. And Danny Henry walked forward after the meeting was closed, on the platform, like this, where the men were all seated, walked down to put his arms around me. And he said these words, “Brother Branham, I hope this don’t sound sacrilegious, but,” said, “that could be made the 23rd chapter of Revelation.” Which, there is only twenty-two chapters in Revelation. He said, “I hope this don’t sound sacrilegious.” He had no more than said it... Now, the boy was a Baptist, and knowed nothing about the supernatural. With his arms around me, he started talking in an unknown language.

And when he got through speaking in an unknown language, there was a... a heavyset, dark woman setting right in front of me, she raised up, said, “That don’t need any interpretation.” She said, “I am from Shreveport, Louisiana, or, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.” Said, “That is clearly French.”

Victor Le Doux, which was a Frenchman, also setting up there, said, “Certainly, I’m a Frenchman, and that was perfectly French.”

I said, “Wait a minute. You write down what he said, and you write down what he said, before you say anything. Write down what you say, and let’s see your notes.” And so one wrote down, and the other wrote down, it was even the punctuation was the same.

And then just about that time, when they brought the notes up, a fine-looking, young blond-headed boy come walking from the back. Where, there was not enough room for him to set down; he was standing up in the back. He come walking forth, said, “Just a minute, I’d like to place a note, too.” He said, “I am the French interpreter for the U.N., United Nations.” He said, “I’d like to leave my note.”

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And, here, all three notes exactly the same, of French. And here is the way it reads. This is the original notes taken, note taken right off. This is Danny’s note, hisself, he packed in his pocket. Course, it went in the Christian Business Men, and so forth.

Because thou hast chosen the narrow path, the harder way; thou hast walked in your own choosing.

Thou hast picked the correct and precise decision, and it is My Way.

Because of this momentous decision, a huge portion of Heaven will await thee.

What a glorious decision thou hast made!

This in itself is that which will give and make come to pass the tremendous victory in the love Divine.

Now, the man signed his name here. “The above statement was interpretated by... of Danny Henry prophesying over Brother Branham, given by three witnesses in the cafeteria in Los Angeles, California.”

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Now, this same young man that give this prophecy, not knowing what he was saying, was in Jerusalem about a month ago. He had the privilege of going out and... and laying in the tomb where Jesus had died and was buried. And so while he was laying there, he said I come upon his mind real strong and he started weeping. Said, “How that it has been so hard for Brother Branham to stand against the world and these things, and all churches!”

Like it... it was once said of one, of the Billy Graham part, said, “We can see Billy Graham, ’cause all churches are united together for him. We see Oral Roberts, the Pentecostals. But how do we ever have anything, when It’s contrary to what people have been taught?” It’s God.

And, Danny, what he does for a hobby, he makes little stones. He walked out to where the Cross had been put down, where they said the Cross set in the rock. No one was around, so he broke off a little piece of rock and he put it into his pocket for a souvenir, come home and made me a pair of cuff links out of it. And, strangely, when he made them, they looked to be bloodstained. And right through each one of them, in continuity, runs a straight, narrow path right through both of them. Now that might be just a... See, someone else might not notice it, but to me it’s complimentary to the things I believe. I believe that everything has a meaning to it.

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And now, in this time, whatever the Lord has... If this isn’t the thing that He prophesied of, of Malachi 4 and of also of Luke 17, and many other Scriptures that’s to happen in this last day, may I say this in closing, it’s laid the foundation for the man when he will come. So I am very thankful that God Almighty, if it be that way, has let me do a little something, in my uneducated condition, to show my appreciation of His love to me, my love to Him, and our love to the people.

Therefore, in sincerity, I approach this subject of Marriage And Divorce. May God have mercy on us all.

And now listen closely. And, sisters, don’t get up and go out; sit still just a little while. Brothers, do the same. Don’t turn off your sets out there, that’s coming on this hookup. Don’t do that. Just sit still for a few minutes, until it’s over. Listen close. If you disagree, put down the Scriptures that I use, and then study them prayerfully before you make your decision.

God, help us as we try to approach this subject.

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Now, it may be a little lengthy. I don’t want you to be in any hurry. And just take your time, all of us, and study the Word of God, truly and thoroughly, as we know how to study It.

Let’s begin with Saint Matthew, the 19th chapter. And beginning, I think, with the 8th verse of the 19th chapter, I wish to start. I might start also with the 1st, and read down to the 8th verse of the 19th chapter.

Now, remember, these things that I say must come from the Word of God. It can’t be my own opinion, ’cause my opinion is just like anybody else’s. But it’s got to be in continuity with the Word of God. Remember, God keeps everything in continuity. He never changes. He’s the same yesterday, today, and forever. Do you believe that? [Congregation says, “Amen."] He is the same.

Now I shall read from the 19th chapter:

And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these sayings, he departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judaea beyond Jordan;

And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them...

The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him...

I pause there so you can get the emphasis on who it was that was tempting Him.

...saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?

And he answered and said unto them, Have you not read, that he which made them in the beginning made them male and female,

And said, For this cause shall a man leave father... mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?

Therefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

They said unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and... put her away?

And He said unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.

Now, God, help us.

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This Scripture, this question, confronted Jesus at the very beginning of His ministry. And it confronted Moses at the very beginning of his ministry. It’s a foremost question in believers’ hearts. The sinner doesn’t care. But it’s to believers, because the believer is trying to do all that he knows how to do to live right before God. Therefore it, any question comes up on religion, then the Marriage And Divorce case comes up, (why?) because it is the cause of the original sin. That’s where sin started. And that’s the reason it’s brought up every time, because it is the very beginning of sin.

Now I won’t have time to explain all these things, but I’ll be glad to answer your letter or anything I can. Or, we got the books wrote on it, and many questions, and even cuttings out of newspapers and things here, to prove this, we know that it was Eve (The apple that she was supposed to eat, where it’s not even Scriptural, now they claim it was an apricot; it was neither one.), she committed adultery, that brought forth the first child, which was Cain, Satan’s own son, for in him laid evil. It did not come through Abel. Satan’s son was Cain.

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I know your question now, “Eve said, ‘I have gotten a man from the Lord.’” That’s exactly right.

You could take the orneriest woman in the town, the worst man; if they had a baby, it would have to come from the Lord, because God has laws set together. And these laws, like the sun to raise; you put a cocklebur in a good field, it’ll grow. And it has to grow, because it’s God’s law. When seed is planted, it must grow. And nothing can grow life but God, because it operates under His laws. Therefore when the evil seed was planted in the womb of... of Eve, it had to bring forth, because it’s God’s law of production. And it could do nothing else but bring it, and it had to come from God.

That’s the reason that people say, “Little babies,” sometime, “that’s not born with Christian parents, are lost.”

Jesus Christ’s Blood atones for the child, I don’t care how much it was born and how evil it was born. He is the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. The little child cannot repent, because it has nothing to repent for, and that was the sin of the world which was taken away by the Blood of Christ. Babies go to Heaven.

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It’s original sin, and that’s the reason it’s... it’s questioned. When any great phenomena comes from God, about the first thing: “What about marriage and divorce?” Now, as ever, it still is a question amongst the people. As it was in the times of Jesus, as it was in the times of Moses, it’s always been, and is till this day, a question among the people, because the people want to know what’s the Truth.

But where there is a question, there must also be an answer. And now being an answer, as I have said before, this week, there must be a correct answer. And if we get an answer to anything, and it... it isn’t right, then we know that it was wrong. But there is, you would still ask until the true question is answered, if you want to know Truth. And being this is a Bible question, it should be a Bible answer.

It’s like I have said, if I wanted to go east this morning; and the best that I knowed this, I had to find a certain something in the field, and it was directly east, and I went east. Somebody said, “Brother Branham, this is east.” It is east, potentially, but it’s northeast. I would pass the very object I was looking for; I’d come back, knowing it was wrong. And then if somebody said, “Brother Branham, go this way, to your right.” Now, that is potentially east, also, but it’s southeast. I would lose the object that I was looking for, because I went beyond the boundaries of the perfect and direct way.

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Now, if that be so, we have two schools of thought on Marriage And Divorce. And that is, one of them says, that, “A man can only be married once, unless his wife is dead.” And that’s one of the questions, but, you go to following that, you go overboard. And then the next says, “Oh, if the wife or the husband, either one, has committed adultery, either one of them can be put away and married again.” You find yourself overboard with that.

So, see, it’s neither southeast or northeast; we want directly east. You’d run out of Scripture when you go this way, you run out of Scripture when you go that way. We want to know where Scripture meets Scripture, and know what’s the Truth of it. Each takes a different way, and fail to bring up the correct answer, but there still must be an answer.

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It’s just like, today, there is two great schools of doctrine in the church; one of them is Calvinism, the other one is Armin-... Arminianism. One of them is legalist, the other one is grace. And we come to find out that the people who believe in grace, the Calvinists, they say, “Bless God, it don’t hurt me to smoke. It don’t hurt me to drink. I can do these things, I’ve got Eternal security.” Then we find the other side, on the legalist, said, “Oh, I would like to bawl him out, I would like to show him a piece of my mind, but, I’m a Christian, I have to keep still.” See, you find yourself on two different roads, and neither one of them is right. Now, that’s hard to say that, but it is the truth.

We find ourselves on two different roads; one going one way, one another. Now let’s see what Truth is.

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Now listen, and see if this sounds sensible to you. For instance, if I get ready to go overseas. And I’ll take my own family. I’ll call my wife up to me, and I will say, “We’re go-... I’m going overseas, dear.” Now here is the legalist’s side, “Now, my wife, I’m going to lay the law down to you! If you flirt with any man while I’m gone, when I come back you’re a divorced woman. And I don’t want you making eyes, don’t want you flirting! You understand that? I’m your husband! If you do it, I’m going to put you away when I come back.”

Then she reaches and gets me by the tie, and say, “My good man, I want to tell you something, see, see, that if you make eyes at any woman, or take any woman out, or flirt with any woman, you’re going to be a divorced man when you come back.” Now, wouldn’t that be a happy home? That’s legalists. All right.

Now, the other side is, that if I go overseas and I make a mistake... Go over and say, “Now, look, I’ll take this woman out. Oh, it’s all right with my wife, she don’t care.” My wife say, “I’ll go out with this man. It’s all right with Bill, he don’t care.” If I don’t care, then there is something wrong with me; I don’t love that woman right. And if she don’t care, there is something wrong with her. She is my wife; I don’t want other man fooling with her. She is my wife.

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Now, the correct way of it, is, there is both of them has got a truth, but not the exact Truth.

Now when I go overseas, to make it right, my little family gathers around, and we pray with one another. And I commit them to God, and they commit me to God. And when we do, we go oversea... I go overseas. Now, I know she loves me; I have confidence in her. And I love her; she’s got confidence in me. As long as I love her like that, she don’t have any worry about me taking any other woman out. As long as she loves me right, why, there is no need of me thinking about any other man going out with her, because she is my wife and I believe her.

I believe, if I would actually do something wrong, make a mistake and go out with some woman, and return back and would confess it to her, and tell her, “Meda, I didn’t mean to do that. I just got caught in a trap; this woman just run right up to me and... and grabbed me by the arm, and started so-and-so,” I believe she would be understanding. I believe she would forgive me for it. But I wouldn’t do it, for nothing, because I love her. Though she would forgive me, I wouldn’t do it. I wouldn’t hurt her, for nothing. Though I know she would forgive me for it, I don’t want to hurt her.

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And that’s the way it is with God. If I... if a phileo love, which is human love, fellowship love, can make a man feel that about his wife; what about agapao love, the Greek word meaning “the love of God,” how would that make me do about Jesus Christ? I, as long as I want to go do it, it’s in my heart to do it! Whether... I say, as long as it’s in my heart to do it, I go do it. Legalism won’t let me do it, is because that I knowed I’d get punished for doing it. But the real Truth of it is, is when the love of God comes into your heart till you want to do It. That’s the Truth of it. There is the two schools. Not legalism or other, or the Calvinism, it’s both.

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Now we find out today, also, there is many different denominations. There is the Catholic church, the Protestant church. Each one of them says they’re the Way, see, “We have the Way, we’re the Truth.” There is the Methodist, says, “We have the Truth.” The Baptist says, “We have the Truth.”

Well, to me, as long as they feel that way, it’s not so, because Jesus said, “I am the Truth.” See?

Therefore, as my sermon last night was, that He is the place where God put His Name, the only place to worship. You are not a Christian because you’re a Protestant. You’re not a Christian because you’re Catholic. You’re not a Christian because you’re Methodist, Baptist, or Pentecostal. You are a Christian because you’ve been baptized into Jesus Christ, by the Holy Spirit, not by water. “There is one Faith; one Lord; one baptism,” that’s Holy Spirit baptism. Water baptism inducts you into a fellowship. The Holy Spirit baptism inducts you into Christ. There is the Truth.

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We have also two thoughts of this Marriage And Divorce. Now, that, our Lord has opened the Seven-Seal mystery of His Word to us, in this last days. Now, many of you, this might be Greek to you, but my church understands. By what? And you’ve heard of the visions and what taken place. And the question is a Bible question, we are invited here to believe there must be a true answer to the whole hidden secret that’s been hid since the foundation of the world. And the Bible prophesies and says that in this day these secrets would be made known. Revelation 10, “And at the sounding of the seventh angel, the Laodicea messenger, the mysteries of God would be made known.” And this is the last age, which is Laodicea.

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Look at all this revival has went on for fifteen years or more, and not one denomination come out of it. Luther had a revival, there went a denomination; Wesley, there went a denomination; Alexander Campbell, there went a denomination; all these other great... John Smith and so forth, denominations, Moody, all along. But here has been one... Usually a revival only lasts about three years. But this has been going for over fifteen years, and not one denomination has sprung up from it, for this is the Seed time. There is no more shuck; after the one shuck is gone, it’s Seed.

God is ready, if He isn’t doing it now, He is going to call a Church to perfection by His Word, Jesus Christ. Notice, there must be an answer somewhere, and being That, the seven-sealed mystery of God, Seven Seals.

How many understands that, raise up your hand. Let’s see. I think most of them is our congregation from around, listen. If not, the books will be out pretty soon, upon the subject. We have books, some books on It now.

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Jesus, in our text, invites us to go back to the beginning, for the true Scriptural answer.

Now, when He was confronted with this, there was two things in view. The priests said to Him, “Can a man put away his wife, marry another, for any cause?”

And Jesus said, “It wasn’t so from the beginning.”

Then they said, “Moses suffered us a writing of divorcement, and to put her away for anything they wanted to.”

He said, “That, Moses did that because,” I’m letting that string awhile, “because of the hardness of your hearts; but from, or at the beginning it wasn’t so.” The question!

The question today, like of world peace, “Is it coming by politics, union of nations, united?” I say to you, nay. It’s always failed, and it will again. But there remains a true answer to the question, “Will there be peace upon the earth?” Yes, when sin is ridden off of the earth, there will be peace. But until that time, there will be no peace; “nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.”

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God gave a remedy for sin. Listen close now. God gave the remedy to rid sin off the earth, but man of the earth won’t accept God’s remedy.

God gave us a remedy and a way to marry our wives and live with them, but man won’t accept God’s remedy, won’t accept His Word on it. Jesus has said this. And this reminds us of... of His Words, knowing that He said, “Heavens and earth will fail, pass away, but Mine won’t.”

The question, the true answer that Jesus want us to go back to, is to go back to the beginning. Then, that would be in Genesis, ’cause the word Genesis is the seed chapter to every question in the Bible. And you always have to go back to the seed to see what kind of a seed is in the field, to find out what your crops will be.

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Now, what kind of seed is sown? Genesis, being the seed chapter, we’d go back to Genesis. Jesus introduces us to that Scripture, “at the beginning.” Now, remember, that’s when time started to begin. Before that, it was Eternity. Now, our question there was, notice, if we go back to the beginning.

Now don’t fail this! And that’s the reason I want to talk slow, so that the people out on the wires, and that the tape will say it clearly.

If Jesus said, “Go back to the beginning,” there was only one pair of anything on earth. There was one Adam, one Eve, they were joined by God alone. One female horse, one male; one female parrot, one male. “At the beginning,” as He told us to go back, there was only one pair of anything. Is that true? [Congregation says, “Amen."] Then, we find out that everything “in the beginning” was running in perfect order and harmony with God, nothing was out of cater.

Everything in heaven is still in order; all the stars, the galaxies, the solar system, everything is perfectly in order. One of them move, it would interrupt the whole program.

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Now listen. Do you see? One interruption spoils the entire program! Now, when human beings was running in continuity with God, with one man and one woman, this woman sinned and it throwed the whole earthly program out of continuity with God. Therefore, one word added to this Book, or one Word taken from It, throws a Christian out of continuity with God, throws a church out of continuity with God, throws a family out of continuity with God. Every believer can be throwed out, by not accepting every Word of God.

Then, it was the woman that caused the separation of the lovely home. It was not a Cherubim that bothered the earth. It was not Adam that throwed the home out. It was not anything else that throwed the home out, and throwed the whole thing out of continuity, but a woman, Eve. And it is here that “the beginning,” that Jesus spoke of, was broken. Jesus said, “At the beginning, God made one male, one female, of each kind.” And now when this woman... not the female horse, not the female dog; but the woman, she broke the entire continuity of God’s operation on the earth, and throwed everything into death. The woman, not the man, she broke the covenant. She broke the covenant, because (why?) she stepped across the borders of God’s Word.

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Now, if she broke her covenant with her husband, she broke her covenant with God; then, because she broke the covenant with God, she broke it with her husband.

And when you break your promise and your covenant to God’s Word, that’s what caused so many illegitimate church members, ’cause a group of men got together and said, “Well, It didn’t mean that,” and it throws the whole organization out of continuity with the Word. “We don’t believe That. Doctor Jones said It wasn’t so.” But as long as God said It’s so, He said, “let every man’s word be a lie, and Mine be the Truth!” There it breaks the continuity.

Now we see, being that the continuity is broken, then the Life line was broken, also the time line was broken, the covenant was broken, everything shattered! What caused it? A woman. That’s what broke the covenant. Now, if you want to read that, you can read it, Genesis 3.

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Now, it was then man was made to rule over the woman, by God’s Word. She was no more co-equal with him. She was co-equal in nature, you know; but, when she broke God’s Word, God made a man to be a ruler over her. Genesis 3:16, if you want to put it down. She was no more equal with the man. She was the breaker of God’s Word.

Don’t you see, “she,” she, the church down here? The breaker of God’s Word, that throwed her completely out of continuity. And that’s what the church has done, and throwed spiritual death upon the whole thing. Now you’ll understand why I hammer at these things like I do. It’s Truth! This is Bible facts.

Notice, why did she do such a thing as this; how could that lovely, beautiful, perfect woman?

I seen a picture one time, I believe it was in Greece, of an artist that painted a picture of Eve. She was the most horrible-looking thing you ever seen. That shows what a carnal mind can look at. But, she wasn’t; she was beautiful, ’cause she was perfect woman, all woman.

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Notice, why did she do such a thing, being in that high order? She was right with man, co-equal with him. But we all know now that she lost her co-equalness with man, when she sinned, and God said, “Man will be your ruler from here out.” Now, that’s the Scripture. If you want to, we could read it.

I’m giving you the Scriptures, so save time for this big hookup across the country, that you might read it yourself.

Notice the reason she did that. How did Satan ever get to her?

Did you know Satan was co-equal with God one day? Sure was, all but a creator; he was everything, stood at the right hand of God, in the Heavens, the great leading Cherubim.

Notice the reason that she did this, she was not in the original creation. She is not in God’s original creation; she is a by-product. Therefore, “at the beginning,” as Jesus referred to it, she was not original creative being of God. She is a by-product of a man, when Jesus referred to “the beginning.”

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Remember, Adam was both masculine and feminish, in the original creation, one, but then he was separated by a rib.

Notice, but a by-product, and, notice, the only one of all God’s creation, of every animal and anything else, she was the only one designed this way. Every other female was in the original creation. Every other female was in the original creation, but Eve was not in the original creation. See, that had to be made that way. We’ll get to it after a while. Notice, in this creation that she was in, not in the original, but a by-product. And in this creation, there is...

Now I don’t want to hurt your feelings, but I want to tell you the Truth. And you just sit still; you’re doing nice.

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There is nothing designed to be so deceitful, as a woman that’s deceitful. There cannot be nothing else; there is nothing made to be that way.

Also, there is nothing that can be so easily deceived as a woman. Now, the fall proves this statement to be true, the fall in the beginning.

She was not in the original beginning creation. She was in Adam, but not in a female sex, herself, at the beginning. She was the by-product made.

Now, there is nothing designed that can deceive, and be deceived, as easy as a woman. There is nothing designed or can stoop as low as a woman can. Think now. There is nothing designed, in all creation, that can stoop as low as a woman can. She can tear a man’s heart to pieces easier than anything else there is in the world, is his wife. Let that nice little wife get to running around with some other man; look at that fellow sitting there with his children, the tears dropping out of his eyes. She is designed that way. She is designed to do this.

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There is no hog, no dog, or no other animal, designed like her or can stoop as low as she can stoop. Now, that is true.

With regards to my sisters, I just want you to watch.

No animal can be immoral. You call the dog a “slut,” the female dog, you call the male... hog a “sow,” but her morals is a million miles beyond many Hollywood star. That’s how low she is designed to stoop. She can’t... Just think of this now. There is nothing in the world, made in God’s creation, that can be immoral, stoop that low.

You say, “Wait a minute, ‘man’!” We’re going to get to that. The woman has to say “yes.”

Notice, there is nothing designed to stoop so low, or be filthy, but a woman. A dog can’t do it, a hog can’t do it, a bird can’t do it. No animal is immoral, nor it can be, for it is not designed so it can be. A female hog can’t be immoral, a female dog can’t be immoral, a female bird can’t be immoral. A woman is the only thing can do it.

Now you see where Satan went? See? But still she has, she is the one that’s got the power to say “yes” or “no.” See, depends on where she wants to hold herself. See?

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Now here we can see plainly the serpent’s seed, where it come in. There is only one place he could go to. If that wouldn’t nail it down, somebody is blind. See? See, it had to go to that.

Notice, the reason that animals couldn’t do it, a female animal, they were in the original creation. But the woman was not in that original creation. Now we’re going back to dig this up, then bring you right down to the modern day, in the Testament.

She is designed, alone, for filth and unclean living. A dog can’t, and no other female can. It’s just the woman that can. A dog or any other animals, once a year, and that for her babies; not for sexual pleasure, but for her babies. The old sow hog, the old slut dog, once a year, one moment, that’s for her babies. But a woman is designed for any time she desires. I’ve got some stuff crossed out here now; you can imagine the rest. A dog can’t; woman can. I hope that the Holy Spirit reveals to you the rest of this I crossed out here.

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She is the only specie, specie of female, that is made prettier than the male. There is not another specie among anything. All other creatures of God is beautiful males, such as in animals, birds, and so forth, always the male is pretty.

Look at the big buck deer, big fine horns, great specie; and the little, humble doe. Look at the big rooster with all of his pretty feathers; and the little, brown hen. Look at the birds, the cock and the hen. Why, why was it such, of all the creatures of God? Every creature, in the male is the prettiest. Between the sheep, between the... the hogs, between the horses, between anything else, it’s always the big male that’s pretty, and in the birds.

But in the human race, it’s the woman that’s pretty, not the man; if he is, there is something wrong, there is crossed-up seed somewhere. Originally it’s that way. Why, why was it done? To deceive by. Her designer, Satan, is still working on her, too, in these last days.

Let me stop here just for a moment.

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“Pretty!” Did you know, at the first destruction, internationally, of the world, or worldwide, was because of pretty women? “When the sons of God saw the daughters of men were fair, they taken unto them women.” Is that right?

Have you noticed the increase of beauty of women in this day? I have seen the picture of Pearl O’Brien, which was supposed to be the prettiest woman in the nation, at one time. There isn’t a teen-age girl in this school but what would out-shadow her, when it comes to beauty.

The increase of the beauty of women is showing the time of deception. When did the church look any more prettier than it does today? Everything is featuring great, big fine buildings, and millions of this and millions of that. Don’t you see, “she,” the deception!

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Now, there is nothing can stoop like her, and she is designed so that she can be deceiving. And Satan is really working on her today, in these last days, because he is her designer. I can prove that now. To go right back at the beginning, who started to work on her, Adam or Satan, God or Satan? See, that’s her designer. It’s her chief weapon to throw man to her filth, being a pretty woman, she can sway a man any way she wants to. Brother, it ain’t the bootleg joint down here that gets the man; it’s the pretty woman walking down the street, twisting herself, half dressed. That’s what takes... That’s the deceiver right there. And she is deadly with it, absolutely deadly. You may question me about Satan being her designer, but that’s the Truth. Satan designed her. He still does it.

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Let me show you something in the Scripture. I got to take you back to Scripture, and you draw your opinion as you look at it today.

Satan is the one who features that kind of beauty. If we’ll notice, he was the most beautiful of all the Angels in Heaven. Is that right? And he desired to make Heaven a more beautiful place than the kingdom of Michael. Is that right? Also, to show that Cain was his son, he offered a more beautiful worship, decorated his altars with fruits and flowers, and so forth. Is that right? Beautiful! Sin is beautiful, what we call beauty today. And sin is deceiving, by beauty. You’d never look at a woman going down the street and tell what’s in her heart. See? But I wanted to say these things so that you could see why that Satan is her designer. That’s exactly right, his own son proved it, Cain.

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Now, she is beautiful so she can deceive.

The world is beautiful so it can deceive. I mean kosmos, the order of the world. It’s beautiful so it can deceive, great fine places and luxury.

Remember the prophet, Amos, when he come up over and looked down into the city, and seen it like a modern Hollywood, his little old eyes got little, under that gray hair hanging in his face. And he walked down there with a Message, and burst It out on that place. He said, “The very God that you claim to serve, will destroy you!” That’s right.

Sin is pretty. They picture Judas as some old drunken sot out here on the street somewhere, and mouth hanging with flies in it, and so forth, as Judas. Judas was handsome, strong, a deceiver. It ain’t that guy to watch around you, it ain’t a guy that (the old farmer) come in with a pair of overalls on, to watch around your wife; it’s that slicker, he’s the rascal.

Sin is beautiful to the eyes of the world, but God is not featured in that kind of beauty. Did you know that? God is featured in character, beautiful character.

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In the Bible, Isaiah 53, if you want to put the Scripture down. It’s got rows of Scripture wrote on the side here for it. Isaiah 53, the Bible said of our Lord Jesus, that, “There was no beauty that we should desire Him. And we hid as it was our faces from Him.” Is that right? We didn’t desire Him, because He wasn’t pretty. He was probably a little fellow, stoop-shouldered, ruddy-looking, and He wasn’t desirable to be a leader. He didn’t look like a leader. Talked with common street-talk, and so forth, like the people does, the common people, so therefore He didn’t look like He was any great scholar, educated, fine, all robed up, and everything. He was just an ordinary Man. “There was no beauty of Him, that we should desire Him.” He walked in and out of man, right along, they didn’t even know Who He was. He didn’t look like a god walking along, what we would think was a god. But, the same, He was!

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Did you notice when the Lord God said to... to Samuel, “Go up to the house of Jesse and anoint one of his sons, king, to take Saul’s place”?

Now, the people chose Saul, when Samuel absolutely told them not to do it. He said, “God don’t want you to have a king; He is your King.” And said, “Have I ever said anything to you, in the Name of the Lord, but what come to pass? Have I ever begged you for money or something, another, for my living?”

They said, “No, you never begged us for money. And whatever you said, in the Name of the Lord, it come to pass. But we want the king, anyhow,” so they chose Saul. Look what the world chose! Look what Israel chose! Israel, God’s anointed, they chose a man that was head and shoulders above any man in the nation; great, big, fine, handsome-looking fellow, and he always was a fly in the ointment.

But God said, “I’m going to choose you a king to My choosing.” So He said, “Samuel, I ain’t going to tell you who he is, but you go up there. He is one of Jesse’s sons.”

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