THE EASTER SEAL

Sa 10.04.1965, Frühstück, Ramada Inn
Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Das Ostersiegel

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Certainly a privilege to be here this morning, on this birthday of the Full Gospel Business Men’s chapter here at Phoenix, and to know that the Lord granted me a little part of it, to be part of this fellowship. I want to greet Brother Carl Williams and his wife, Brother Stromei, the rest here at the platform, Brother Shores, Brother Outlaw, the ministers, and all you fine people.

You know, I... I had a birthday last week, too. And I’m just a teeny bit older than a chapter. I believe he said, “Five and... years old, for the chapter.”

Somebody said, other day, said, “How old are you, Brother Branham?”

I said “Twenty-six.” And I said, “I wiped out the first twenty-five years. I didn’t serve Him so well in them.” I said, “I hope He does, too.” To get Him to do it will be different.

But it’s good to be here.

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And now we want to not take much of your time. Because we... I’m... I’m always afraid, after I hear some of these fine testimonies, and things that’s going on, that I... and songs, that I will do something that’ll upset that. And I wanted to add to it, if there’d be anything I could add to it. These sisters...

That brother that sang the song this morning, the colored brother, I appreciated that, The Eye On The Sparrow.

And these sisters that sang this song, that’s been one of my helps since I was here the first time. I have that. I got that on a record, and I’ve just played it out, I’d Like To Talk It Over With Him. And I asked Brother Dawson Riley there, my friend, if he would, some of them, if they’d see if they get those ladies, if they were still here on earth, to sing it again this morning. And I hope Terry got it. And I suppose he did. I want to take that off there, maybe, to a record or something, ’cause I really like that song. And that’s my... my desire is to talk it over with Him. I think we all want to do that. That’s why we’re here this morning.

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Now, the oncoming meetings, next week. Is it all right to mention? [A brother says, “Sure."] I... I to be home this coming week, at the tabernacle, next Sunday, for Easter service; Saturday night, Sunday, and Sunday night. And then I go back to California. All you people around California, be sure glad to have you at the meeting over there. And I think Billy has sent out the wrong advertisement. Is... He said, “At the Biltmore Hotel,” I believe, “it’s to be at.” It’s... [Someone says, “Couldn’t get it.”] Couldn’t get it. And it’s at the Eastmont? [“Embassy.”] Embassy, the Embassy Hotel. So any of the Full Gospel people over there would let you know, if you’re over that way.

And then we come back from there, and I go to South Africa then. Just one month from today, we sail for South Africa, expecting a great time in the Lord, about three nations down there. So we... we certainly solicit your prayers. I probably won’t be able to see you no more, if the Lord carries on for us to go, until I get back. And hope I have a great report for you when we come back.

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Last time down there, I think that the Lord gave me the greatest meeting I ever had. And one time, for an altar call... Now, this is out of blanket natives. As far as I know, there was thirty thousand accepted Christ at one time. And we thought maybe they meant physical healing, because there had been about twenty-five thousand healed at one time. And the next day, the mayor of... of Durban, which is Sidney Smith, said, “Go to your window, look coming down the street.” And there were van load after van load, just piled full of old crutches and things, just piled up; that they were coming behind, the natives, which was at war with one another, coming down the streets of the city, singing "Only Believe" in their native tongue.

I tell you, my heart thrilled. Like... When you see something like that, Brother Shores, you feel your work is not in vain then. You see, you tried.

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And I hope that God repeats it again, not because... because we’re going down there, but because we’re looking for the Coming of the Lord.

And as the song said, we’re seeking out that little, lost sheep, that’s, that... He... He won’t come until that sheep is in. Every one has to be in the fold. He won’t close the door till that last one is in. So, minister brothers, I’m sure with you, this morning, of trying to hunt out that last sheep. It might be in Phoenix, this morning. I don’t know. But when the last one comes in, then the Shepherd will close the door.

[A brother says, “Brother Branham?"] Yes? [“Could I just say a word?”] You certainly can. [“I forgot something. We’ve been talking about...“ Blank spot on tape.] That’s perfectly all right. [“And I know, everybody forgets something, once in a while.”] I don’t. [“Oh!”]

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I’m the one that has to write out what I’m going to say, almost. I’m... Since I getting older, I find it harder to remember, put my Scriptures down, and so forth. Used to be, I could line up about fifty Scriptures in my mind, and never even... pass right on through it, but I got a lot of rough miles behind them days.

So, we’re looking for the Coming of the Lord. Lord bless you all!

And then you get up here, and you think... You set down here and hear these people testify. You think, “Well, when I get up, I’m going to say something about that.” Then, there’s so much to say, you’d be all day saying it. But, I certainly appreciate you all. May this little chapter just keep growing. May every church in Phoenix continually to grow until Jesus comes, is my sincere prayer.

Now, I think, just to rest us just a little bit, let’s stand while we have prayer. Will you?

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Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who raised Him up from the dead, and has give Him unto us as the sacrifice, and a Lord and Saviour. We are so grateful to Thee for this privilege that we have this morning, to stand in Thy Presence, with Thy people that’s been redeemed and looking for His glorious second Coming, to receive us unto Himself. If there be sin among us, Lord, purge us with Thy hyssop. And we pray, Heavenly Father, that You will heal every sick person that’s in our midst.

And if there would be, by chance, those who doesn’t know You, in this great baptism of the Holy Spirit that we’re so earnestly contending for, and saying it is a must, according to the Scripture for this last day, we pray, God, that He will fall upon us all, today, and baptize us a freshly into the Body, and bring those that are out, in, too, Father.

Bless us as we read Thy Word and endeavor to speak that which is Truth of Thy Word. Close our mouths to that which is untruth, and open our hearts and mouths to that which is Truth, as we commit ourselves to Thee. Use our mouths to speak, and our ears to hear, and our hearts to receive. For we ask it in Jesus’ Name, Who has ordained it to be so. Amen.

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I would like to read from the Holy Word, three places in the Bible. And if you would mark these, and you want to carry them on through, to read them for further information, I’d be very happy if you would mark them down. The places I’m going to read is Matthew 28:1-10, and then Revelation 1:17-18, Romans 8:11. And may I repeat them again. And now Matthew 28:1 to 10, Revelation 1:17 to 18, and Romans 8:11.

Now we are approaching Easter. And as you’re getting your places, and marking it down. I think that this coming week is the most and the greatest historical week of all of the weeks of the year. I think that the greatest thing we will celebrate this week, this coming week, was the greatest event that ever taken place on the earth. I don’t think anything could surpass it. You say, “Well, the... the crucifixion was great.” But many men has died, many men has been crucified, even in the same days of our Lord. But there was only One of them Who rose up from the dead. That sealed it.

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Now I want to read. And this is kind of a little pre-Easter message, the Lord willing, about forty minutes. Now let’s read from Saint Matthew’s Gospel, the 28th chapter, beginning:

In the end of the sabbath, as it begin to dawn towards the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.

And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.

His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:

And for fear of him the quakers did... the keepers (pardon me) did shake, and became as dead men.

And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear ye not: for I know that you seek Jesus, which was crucified.

He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come and see the place where the Lord lay.

And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead: and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.

And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run and bring the disciples word.

And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worship him.

Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.

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And Revelation, the 1st chapter, and the 17th and 18th verse:

And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:

I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of death and hell.

And in the Book of Romans, the 8th chapter, and beginning with the 11th verse:

But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

Now I trust that the Lord Jesus will add His blessings to the readings of these Words.

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Seeing that, Easter, I have stamped it in my own heart as the greatest meeting, or the greatest event of the... the year.

I want to ask you to pardon me a moment. Isn’t that kind of blaring out there to you, kind of a roaring? Is it all right? Can you hear it all right like that? Oh! You can’t hear it. Is that better, right like that? I didn’t want to get too close.

Now, why I say this, is because that, Easter, He proved what the Bible had said. All the Scripture that was written of Him to do, He sealed His Messiahship when He rose from the dead, the Easter seal. We have so much of it today we talk about, that, buying Easter seals. Well, I want to speak this morning on: "The Easter Seal".

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It’s a different seal than what we buy with our money, as a seal to go on letters for, I think, the Tuberculosis Association or whatever they call it. I... I think this seal is a little different seal. And being that Easter is the great day of the year for we Christians who claim to be God’s children, I want to try to break into it and see how we should be fellowship with this great thing that Christ did for us.

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The Word of God was spoken many, many hundreds of years before His Coming, of His crucifixion, and of His death, and of His suffering, and also of His resurrection. We’ll be going through these services, perhaps, next week, as we listen to our... our radio programs; and in our churches, with our pastors, and so forth, this coming week.

But of all the days and all of the things that Jesus did, and certainly appreciating all of His vindication of God’s Word and what He did to fulfill It: of healing the sick, raising the dead, casting out devils, preaching the Gospel to the poor, and fulfilling every Word that God said that He would do when He came; and then also suffering for our sins, in our stead, to be the propitiation for sin, at the cross, where no one else could have done it but Him.

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But above all of that, I think Easter sealed the whole thing.

Because, there had been prophets on the earth, who had prophesied before Him. There had been prophets on the earth, who had healed the sick, even raised the dead, and done the same signs that Jesus did.

But Easter proved it. It sealed the Word of God forever, for the true believer. All gloom and doubt was shattered, at that blessful morning. Man had been shut up, as it was, in a prison house, even to religious people before this day, because they had been... seen great religious moves, and moving of the Holy Spirit, and so forth. But when a man died, it seemed to settle it. But when this One came, and said, “I have power to lay My life down; I have power to take It up again,” and then go prove what He said, to me, that... that’s the seal of it, when... when something is said and then is turned around and proven.

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If a man said, like Columbus, believed the world was round, and he watched the ships, as we’re told, how they come in, and he could see the mast way before he could see the ship. And it proved him that the world was round. People didn’t believe that in that day, but he was a man of vision. He set out to prove exactly what he had a vision of, that was the truth.

And God purposed to prove His Word, the Truth. So He... There was only one Man that could do that, and that was Jesus. And He come and proved that to be the Truth. It sealed it. And that broke all the seals of gloom, and scattered all the... the superstitions of other religions, and so forth, where great men has raised up and said great, marvelous things; but they’re, every one, in the grave. But our Christian religion is the only one who has the empty tomb. And that proves to me that He is the God of the dead, and God of the living, that He could raise up the dead, back to life again. And I... this quickening power, quickening Spirit of His, has proved through the years that He is the One Who can quicken the dead, back to life again.

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And when He proved by His promise, this great conquering power that He had, on Easter He proved that He could conquer death, hell, and the grave. “I am He that was dead, and is alive again, and alive for evermore; and have the keys to... to death, hell, and the grave.” What a... a statement for anyone to make. And not only did He make it, but He had already proved that He... He had what He claimed to have.

And I think, God hasten the day that when we, as Christians who believe this Bible, can prove what we are talking about. See? That’s what makes, as said a while ago, “The salt of the earth,” the sister said. That’s right. The world is looking for this salt. And when we can prove by our lives, and by the Bible, that our lives are vindicating that Word to be living today, that that’s the day we’re looking for.

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The Word... “This Spirit,” Romans 8 there that :11 said, “If this Spirit that raised up Jesus Christ be in you, will also quicken your mortal bodies.” Not only did He prove to Him, to us, that He was Jehovah Redeemer and had power over death, hell and the grave, but He has also give us the access to the same Spirit, that we ourselves can have the assurance that we too are quickened by that Spirit. For the Spirit that raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in your body, It will also quicken your mortal body. Now, the word quicken means “to be made alive after death.” After it’s dead, then it’s to be quickened.

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The world has been shut up in doubt, for many ages until then. This was proven, not only talked about, but was proven. I think that anything that’s worthwhile...

As Jesus said, “Go ye therefore, teach all nations; and prove to them, by demonstrating the power of God to them. These signs shall follow them that believe.” Them who promise and say they believe, He give us a definite understanding of it, that, “These signs would follow them that believe.” It would be the proof of their testimony. Now, we can say we believe. But until we are have the proven sign that He said that would be upon us, then we are just confessing to be believers, and not the possession of believers.

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For, remember... A few days ago, I was listening to a... a radio program on KAIR down in Tucson. And this minister had taken the side against us, that, “The pentecostal religion was nothing but just a sham. There was... Not to listen to it. It was unstable.” And said, “Any man that spoke in tongues, and these things, and claim to be, heal the sick, and so forth, by prayer, that it was to leave away from it. And to pray for those poor decrepit people, because that they were in a... an illusion, that there was something wrong with them.” Oh, how I would have liked to have talked to that brother just a little while! And he said that the... “That, that was only given for the apostles at the Day of Pentecost, and that was all.”

I find that, thirty years later, Paul was ordaining these gifts in the Church. In 1 Corinthians 15, that, “He set in the Church the gift of speaking in tongues, miracles. And all these other gifts was set in the Church.”

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Jesus said that. “Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.” How far? “All the world.” Who to? “Every creature.” They’ve never received It yet. “And these signs shall follow them that believe.” How long? “All the world.” Who to? “Every creature. These signs shall follow them, in all the world, and in every creature. These signs shall follow them: in My Name they shall cast out devils; speak with new tongues; if they taken up a deadly thing, or serpent, or drinking a deadly thing, will not harm them; they’ll lay their hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” That was His last commission to the Church, Mark the 16th chapter.

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Paul is ordaining these gifts into the Church, thirty years later. And said, in Galatians 1:8, “If an Angel from Heaven preaches to you any other Gospel than This which is already received,” see, already been preached, “let him be accursed.” I believe that pentecost began without an ending. I believe it’s to be to every creature, all times, at all places, that pentecost should always remain. The pentecostal blessings should be upon the people.

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And now, what is this pentecostal blessing? It’s the confirmation of the resurrection. No wonder the Gospel Itself means “good news.” Good news of what? He has raised from the dead. “And because I live, ye live also.” Ye which were once dead in sin and trespasses, God has quickened us together, by that Spirit that raised up Jesus from the dead. And we are now setting in Heavenly places with Him, communing with Him, talking with Him. What a joy to tell people that story, that believes it to be the Truth!

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I’m wondering, today. It’s what’s happening. Are we really getting the people to God, or are we just getting them to church? We must get them to Christ, where this quickening power. It’s good to go to church. Sure. If that’s as far as we go, it’s not far enough. When you come to church, that’s good; but go on to Christ, from the church, because we must receive this quickening power, if we ever expect to be in that general resurrection, because it’s the only thing that will ever bring us from the dead. “For if this Spirit that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, It’ll also quicken, make, bring to life your mortal bodies.” What a promise to us!

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Now notice. The very essence of this resurrection is to tell and to show, and to prove that Jesus has raised up from the dead. He’s not dead. He’s a living. He lives here. He’s in us. “I’ll be with you, even in you. A little while and the world seeth Me no more. Yet, ye shall see Me, for I will be with you, even in you, unto the end of the world.”

Now, as Christians, we all claim He is alive, or we been quickened from... quickened from life... from death to Life, by His Spirit. And if we haven’t been quickened, then we’ve not been made alive.

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Now we’re going to break into this subject, the Lord willing, and kind of teach it for a few minutes, how that: are we quickened, and can we be sure that this is the Truth?

Now, this is your own life, this is my life. It’s where that the... If this isn’t Truth, what I’m fixing to say, then I’m one of the most foolish people in the world. I’ve give my life for something there’s nothing to, and so have you. But if it is the Truth, then I owe everything that I am. I owe everything that I could be, to the cause, of which we’re standing for. And I think that we mustn’t lose our enthusiasm.

And as we see Easter approaching, it just does something down in me, as I... I know that that’s the day that the thing was sealed forever, in the sight of God.

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Now, we notice, it’s the same Spirit that raised Him from the grave, that is dwelling in us. Now, how could that be? The Spirit that raised up, God, Jesus from the dead, has dwelling in us.

Now, now, is the Spirit that quickens. It’s not the Word that quickens. It’s the Spirit that quickens the Word, or gives the Word Life, gives It wings to fly, gives It access. It’s the Spirit that does that.

Now, the wheat, alone, is just a wheat; but when the quickening life gets into it, into the wheat, then it gives it life. And we which were once dead, made in the image of God, and yet dead in sin and trespass, there’s some way God had to get this quickening Life into your mortal bodies.

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I’m talking about your body.

Now, Jesus was the Word. You believe that, don’t you? [Congregation says, “Amen."] “In the beginning...“ Saint John 1, “In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.”

Now, as the promised Messiah, He quickened every Word that was prophesied that He would do; heal the sick, and how He would be born of a virgin, all that, made it. It’s true. He was the Word, manifested here on earth, but He could not do this just as a Man. It taken the Spirit of God, dwelling in Him, to quicken these promises to Him.

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I hope that we get this real clear now. Jesus, being a Man, Himself, the body, but it took the Spirit in Him, the Spirit. “It’s not Me that doeth the works. It’s My Father that dwelleth in Me. He’s the One that does the works.” See? Jesus Himself was the Word, because He was... Before God...

This is a bad word to use, and I hope you take it right, before a crowd. But He was predestinated by the foreknowledge of God, how God’s plan was to be, that He would send a Redeemer, and this Redeemer could only be His Own Son. So, then, that was God’s promise, all the way from the garden of Eden, that Jesus would be here. Here He was as a Man, born of a virgin, but it taken the Spirit of God to quicken that Word to Him. And He was the Word, quickened, the Word quickened for that hour.

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The time had come when you had to have a Redeemer. The law had failed. Other things had failed. Now, it takes a Redeemer, and He was the promised Redeemer. He was quickened by the Word of God.

And now if that same Spirit that was upon Him to be the Redeemer in that age, that we have accepted now the promise of in this last days, what would take place; if you become part of that Word, you are redeemed with Him, because the same Spirit that dwelt in Christ is dwelling in you, quickening your life to this age. And It’ll also, in the end time, quicken your mortal bodies, resurrect them, bring them up again. That takes the gloom away when we look at it. And that... and that’s the Truth. See?

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Romans here, Paul has proved it to us. See? “If the Spirit that raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, It will also quicken your mortal bodies.” This is the same Spirit that raised Him up, that quickened the true believer to Eternal Life. The Spirit that raised up Jesus from the dead dwells into the believer, quickens the believer to Eternal Life.

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There’s only one Life, one Eternal Spirit, one Eternal Life, and that’s God. God, alone, is the Eternal. And then we, being His children, are part of Him, that is, the attributes of His thinking. And the thought is expressed and becomes a word. Then, each individual in here, that possesses this Eternal Life, was before the foundation of the world, in God’s thinking. It’s the only way it could be, ’cause you’re a attribute. That’s an expression of a thought, has become a Word; and a Word has taken Life, and it’s Eternal. That’s the reason we have Eternal Life. In the same principle that the great Son of God, the Redeemer; we become sons and daughters of God, through that same Spirit, by the same foreknowledge of God.

Look at the millions on earth that didn’t receive It when Jesus was here. But how thankful that we should be this morning, to know that we have the direct evidence and the Bible proofs, that we are included in that great resurrection morning coming, that great Easter. We have the earnest of it, right now in our mortal bodies.

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The predestinated ones are the first, of course, to be quickened, when the Holy Spirit comes to claim Its own.

Now, there’s a great statement, and I want my minister brothers to try to understand this. See? In the beginning, God, the great Spirit, He wasn’t even “God” then. He was the Eternal One. God is an “object of worship.” He had nothing to worship Him. There was no... there was no Angels, no nothing. Just God alone, Him alone, is Eternal. But, in order to be God, there had to be something to worship Him, so He created Angels, and Beings, and Cherubims, and so forth, to worship Him. His great plan begin to unfold.

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But remember, you, in the... the statue that you are in, this morning, if you wasn’t in His thinking then, you’re not now. For you, there’s some part that’s in you, that’s Eternal, and Eternal only belongs to God. And in God was His thinking of you setting right where you are now. In His thinking, I stood at the pulpit this morning, because He’s infinite and knows all things. Therefore He could tell the end from the beginning, because He is Eternal. And you, being a son of God or a daughter of God, then you were in His thinking at the beginning.

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And then when the Holy Spirit come, and you’re on earth, walking around here as a sinner, way down in your life there is something. You don’t know what’s taking place, but you’re hungering. I heard the Presbyterian brother; I heard the... the Baptist talking about, back there, he was a... a Freewill Baptist, preaching where he can. My fellow brother, that you, there’s something in you, something that you never put in there. It’s something that you couldn’t desire to be in there. It’s something that’s contrary to your own nature. It’s the foreknowledge of God, taking place, God’s Word.

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As Jesus was born the Son of God, to be Emmanuel, God’s full expression in a Man. And He found Him in perfect obedience, down at the River of Jordan, being baptized by that prophet. And as soon as He obeyed Him, and walked out of the water, the Heavens opened to John. And he saw the Holy Ghost descending from Heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son.” See? Perfect obedience, the Spirit had sought Him out, in obedience.

Oh, wayward man or woman, this morning, when you’re setting here, and there’s something in you telling you This is right, it’s the Holy Spirit seeking you out, to bring you to a knowledge of Truth of this hour that we’re now living, not some hour that’s gone by, the hour now.

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There was thousands there that had obeying an hour passed. But there was a present-tense hour, that was the hour that Jesus was to appear, and there stood the Word. There stood the people. And here was the manifestation of God taking place, to vindicate that that was the Truth.

And as pentecostal people, today, let me say this, that we’re standing in this last days where God promised He’d pour out His Spirit upon all flesh, and His sons and daughters should prophesy. For He said, “These signs shall follow them that believe.” It’s the hour. That’s what makes that creation in you.

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As I spoke here, not long ago, it sounded a little sacrilegious; but I hope it don’t, to you, this morning. The farmer that set the eagle, or set the hen, and had an eagle egg. Many of you remembers the story of the old eagle giving birth to... to this... Or, the hen giving birth over here to this chicken, or... or... or an egg of an eagle under her chicken feathers. See? It’s the atmosphere.

The Presbyterian church, Methodist church, Baptist church, any of them can bring forth these eagles. Sure. It’s the atmosphere that does it. As Dr. Bosworth used to say, “You could take a hen egg and put it over a... under a pup, and tie him down, a pup would hatch out a chicken.” Why? It’s the atmosphere. And when any church or any group that’ll assemble themselves together, and pray until they throw away their creeds and things, and look straight in the face of God, it’ll bring forth eagles just as certain as I’m standing here.

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That’s what I think that this businessmen’s group has done, trying to break up the atmosphere. We’re getting too clannish. One belongs to this and that. Let’s break up the atmosphere and get the atmosphere in a Heavenly worship. Get the atmosphere right, eagles will be born, and... and out of any church, anywhere.

And this little eagle walked with the hen for a long time, but the... the clucking was kind of strange. He didn’t understand what the hen meant when she scratched in the... the... the waste of the manure piles in... in the yards. And that wasn’t food, to him. And she eat bugs, and so forth, that an eagle doesn’t eat. So it seemed strange, all, to him. And he was a ugly duckling; he was, not saying this sacrilegious, maybe he was a Freewill Baptist, and, but something on that order, or a Presbyterian.

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But, you know, one day his mother knew that she had laid an egg. There had to be a child somewhere. So she throwed her big wings into the winds, and she searched and she searched, screaming to the top of her voice. And one day, she passed over the barnyard. And when this little eagle heard this familiar scream, he had never heard it before, but he realized that it fit him like a glove over a hand. And he knew that was his mother. She knew that was her son. She was looking for him.

So has God, in every age, ordained His Church for that age, a Message for that age. And they could have laws and anything that they want to. But when that hour comes, the Holy Spirit of God, which was at the beginning thought out and spoke out for that age, that Spirit hunts that egg. And when he hears that Message, there is no church denomination going to hold it. It’ll rise to the heights. It’s got to. It’s a different bird. It’s a different creature. He’s an eagle, and he’ll hear the scream. “My sheep hear My Voice.”

As someone said, Brother Williams, “Sheep Food.”

“My sheep hear My Voice. A stranger they will not follow.” No matter how loyal the church has been, and how much its big of name it’s got. “When My sheep hear My Voice,” which is the Word, “a stranger they will not follow.” They’ll go right straight to that Word, and can do it. It’s like a... a... a magnet.

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One day, up in Indiana, I was visiting them steel mills, and the whistle blowed. And everybody took off their aprons, and begin to sweep the... out from their lathes, out into the middle the floor, the shavings that they had made through the day. And I was walking along with the man that was taking me through, and he said, “Watch this.” And so every man laid his... his bench dress up on the... up on the table, walked away.

Way back in the back, he touched a little button. And here come a big magnet through, and it picked up every bit of that iron that was shaved off of those pieces, now, and went out. It demagnetized it; it dropped into a cupola. And was melted over, for another piece of... of goods, the same thing, axles or whatever they were building.

And I stood there and looked at that, till I... I just lost myself. And I said, “I’m wondering something.”

He said, “What is it, sir?”

And I said, “I notice that some of that didn’t go up.”

He said, “It’s aluminum, and the magnet is not magnetized to the aluminum.”

I said, “I see.” And he said... Then I said, “Well, you notice, there is a piece of iron laying across.”

“But, you see, sir, it was bolted down.”

I said, “I see.” And when he took it out, I said, “Now what happens, that out there?”

Says, “It goes right back into the mill, poured out through the cupola, and comes right back and makes another wheel.”

I said, “Praise the Lord!” That’s it. See?

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There is a great magnet setting in the sky, that God one day will touch His fingers to. No man knows the time He’s Coming, not even the Angels of Heaven, doesn’t know. God alone knows. But there has been some trimmings that’s come off of the Bible, Bible Christians, believers for this hour. One of them might have been an axle back in another day. This might be some other part. It’s going on to make the big regime of God. But it’ll be molded into the pot of God’s great cupola, and poured out again into the images of God. And just those who are magnetized to it will be taken up. Oh, how to... What a privilege it is, to know that there is something in the resurrection that’s pertaining to us!

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Now, notice, recognize the call of God’s Word, which he is a part of. And it’s an eagle to an eagle. Now, if that mother would have screamed like a... a buzzard, he’d have never knowed it. He’d been just as well off in the barnyard. But it was the scream of an eagle. There was something inside that little fellow, that he knowed he was an eagle.

And the same thing is with every true believer. When the preaching of God’s Word comes forth, and is vindicated and proved that it’s God’s Word for this hour, then there’s Something within the believer. I don’t care how loyal his father was to a church, or how loyal his mother was, or his grandparents, and if that church is teaching contrary to this hour of the baptism of the Holy Ghost Message. There’s something in him that screams out. He’ll leave the barnyard. He’s got to do it. The chicken might have been all right one day, but this is eagle hour. See? It... it’s a different. There is something, that, he must leave the old coop and fly away into the blue. Then this earthly body is quickened and brought, by the quickening Spirit, to the obedience of God’s Word.

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Now, when this Holy Spirit, represented as the eagle flying over the land, and finds the believer. “No man can come to Me, no man can come to Me as he wants to. All the Father has given Me will come to Me, but no man can come by himself.” It isn’t your own thinking, your own drawing. It’s God, drawing. See? “All the Father has given Me will come to Me.”

Now, the Holy Spirit is here on earth, looking out those individuals that God has ordained to Life in this age. And as soon as It finds it, It does just like It did on Jesus Christ, the great super Son of God Who redeemed us all. It comes down and takes Its place of abode into the human life.

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Now, notice: Brought the quickening power... Now, that quickening power that come upon Jesus quickened Him to manifest every promise of the Word of that day. So does the Holy Spirit that come upon us in this day, if it’s not a mockery holy spirit, if it’s not the devil mocking the Holy Spirit, but is the real, true Holy Spirit. It’ll manifest the promise of this hour.

When It fell upon Luther, It manifested that promise of that hour. When It fell upon Wesley, It manifested the promise of that hour. When It falls in this day, It manifests the promise of this hour. When It fell upon Moses, It manifested the promise of that hour. Fell upon Noah, It manifest the promise of that hour. When It fell upon Jesus, It manifest the promise of that hour. See?

It’s the Holy Spirit coming down, to quicken, make alive those people that’s foreordained of God to be in the Rapture. Notice. That is, if he is a true eagle, he will understand the Message of the hour if he’s a true eagle.

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Now, the little eagle probably, in the barnyard, was eating all right, but he... he knowed it wasn’t just exactly right. But then when he heard the Truth, then he received this Truth. Now, in John 14...

John 5:24, rather, Jesus said, speaking this way, “He that heareth My Words, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting Life, and shall not come into the judgment, but is passed from death unto Life.” Just think how simple that is, “He that believeth.” Now, the correct way of saying that, “He that understandeth.”

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Now, you go out here on the street and say to this prostitute, “You believe?”

“Sure.”

“You believe He’s Son of God?”

“Certainly.”

“Been baptized?”

“Sure.”

Go down to the drunkard, say, “You hear That? Hear that preacher preach?”

“Yeah.”

“You believe That?”

“Sure.” See?

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But, “He that understandeth, he that knoweth his place in this hour, he that heareth My Word and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath” (present tense) “Eternal Life. Shall not come into the Judgment, but has already passed from death unto Life.” Then when this new Eternal Life dwells in you, It is the potential, or the earnestness of you being quickened from mortal to immortality.

Let me say that again. When This Spirit has found you, the individual, and has come upon you, It is the potential of your Eternal inheritance that God thought of you and made for you before the foundation of the world. That is your potential.

Like if you asked me for an oak tree, and I give you an acorn. Now, the... the... the life for the oak tree is in the acorn now, but you have to wait till it grows up.

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So do we. When you receive the Holy Spirit of God, It’s God’s potential waiting upon you, that’s already recognized you. And you’re sealed by the Spirit of promise, of God, into the Body of Christ. When God looked down at Calvary and seen Jesus dying, He not only... He died for His Bride, the Body, which is the Word Church, the Church that believes the Word of God for the age, whether it’s feet, body, head, or wherever it is. See? It’s... Christ was bleeding and dying. And God, looking upon Him, saw His resurrection, and the Church raised with Him on Easter.

Now, I want you to get all this together, ’cause I got something here in a little bit, I want to say, the Lord willing.

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Now notice. It’s the earnest, or the potential. The quickening power of your resurrection, when you receive the Holy Spirit, is then dwelling in you, the potential of it.

Notice, you... you are now on your way, growing to the full resurrection. No tree just comes up overnight. It’s got to grow, as we grow in the grace and knowledge of God. You are baptized into the Holy Spirit. Now, as the pentecostal Church, baptized into the Holy Spirit, It’s begin growing. Limbs has died. They was pruning them off. But the Tree is still growing, is still going on, because It’s got to come to the resurrection.

They’re led by the Spirit, to quicken the Word to you who is believers. The Word keeps quickening, as you come to first limb, second limb, third limb, on up. It just keeps quickening. The Spirit of God keeps quickening to you.

Notice that, Pentecost, their bodies were quickened by the new Life they received. That makes me feel religious. Think.

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Now, here was men, fishermen, tax collectors, the humble little women of... and just ordinary housewives, little virgin girls. They were believers. They were believing that this was the Truth. They believed that, when Jesus died (They believed on Him.) and rose up again, from the dead, they believed that to be the absolutely testimony of God, that He had quickened Him to life.

Now, they go up, to the Day of Pentecost, to receive their abstract. Do you know what an abstract is? Is when a deed has been cleared. They went up there to receive their abstract. And they become quickened, or what a thrill! They had bought the land; been bought for them. They had received it.

Is it true or not? “We seen Him raise up, but now what about us? We are witnesses. We stood and seen the Man crucified. We seen the clouds come over the earth and darken the skies. And the... the earth quaked and shook; it had nervous prostration. Then when... They put Him in the grave. They speared Him in the heart, with the spear, and they took His body down and laid it in the grave of Joseph Arimathea.”

And then they find out, that, on the third day, He raised up again. And as the disciple said, “We are witnesses of this. We seen Him raise up. We know He’s alive.”

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Now what did that do? That took all the fear out. No wonder Jesus said, “Fear not. I’m He that was dead, and is alive for evermore.” See? It taken all the fear out, when they did that.

Now, but when they went up to Pentecost, there they received the quickening power, the power that made them alive.

Now there’s where I think that, you Presbyterian and Methodist brethren, you do receive potentially on believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, but the abstract hasn’t come yet. That’s the clearing of the deed.

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God gave Abraham a promise. Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness. But He sealed the covenant by the seal of circumcision.

And God gives you a promise, potentially, that you will receive it, and you’re going to be raised up, this body is going to be glorified with Him at the end time. But, you see, you have to get a clearance on that deed. And the clearance is when everything against it has been stricken off, and you got the abstract to it. You’ve got the seal. It’s yours. Everything is on it belongs to you. Amen.

And when we believe on Jesus Christ for our Saviour, and repent and are baptized, and come up to believe Him; God recognizes our repentance and our faith towards Him, and sends down the abstract. And the abstract is the assurance. It’s the guarantee that, everything was ever held against you, you thoroughly repented. Hallelujah! And the property is boughten, and you hold the abstract for the assurance.

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Let somebody try to put you off the land, say he belongs, and you with the abstract in your hand. Let him try to do it. There ain’t a law in the land can do it, because you hold the abstract.

And there’s no devil, no church, or any theology, that can overstep the boundaries of God’s proof and abstract, that the baptism of the Holy Ghost has recognized us in Jesus Christ. We’re just as sure to raise as He raised, because potentially we have already raised in Him. Amen.

The old things. What does it do to our mortal bodies? It turns our opinion, changes our notions. It sets our affections on things which are Above. And the smoking, drinking, gambling, the things that you used to do, is dead. It’s beneath you.

And you are quickened. And this quickening power brings your body into a raptured condition, already.

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Notice the pentecostal people up there, when they got quickened by the Holy Spirit. Listen to me. When those pentecostal group up there, on the Day of Pentecost, received their abstract deed from God, sure, it glorified their souls. They screamed. They saw tongues of Fire separated upon each of them. And it so quickened their body, till they couldn’t even speak in an earthly language anymore. It quickened their body to a Heavenly language, the Place they’re going to. Quickening power of God shook their mortal bodies so, till their entire mortal language was transfigured, transformed into an immortal language. What a quickening power! What? Something that belongs.

“If the Spirit that raised up Jesus from the dead, dwells in your mortal bodies, It shall also quicken your mortal bodies.” We are quickened then by the power of the living God.

Tongues, quickened to a new Heavenly language, to speak to them; a rapturing up, raising up into a different atmosphere than what they had ever lived in. Also, with the new quickening Life to them, that come in them, It quickened their language. They spoke in new tongues. Oh, yes!

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Now watch them. It also was designed to give them, after this abstract, it was designed to give them every promise that was on the grounds. Every promise on the grounds of God’s Word, that was promised in the Bible, that quickening power was give to them, to quicken that promise to them. Therefore, they laid hands on the sick, they was healed. They spoke in new tongues. They done great signs and wonders, because that was in God’s promise. And when Jesus died, to redeem that back to them, the grounds that belonged to sons of God, He demonstrated what God was.

How dare we to socialize that and put it into an organization? We have no rights to do that.

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It’s the Holy Spirit, today, hunting out honest hearts that will believe that Message. Everything in the Bible, that was promised, is to that believer. And when you accept it in its fulness, and God knows that you’ll do it, He gives you the abstract to that. And then every promise that’s made is in your possession, and the Holy Spirit is there to quicken that to you. Oh, my! What... what kind of people should we be? How wonderful to see the God’s great Holy Spirit here to do that power! Think of it. When, the Holy Ghost Itself, here to bear record of this hour. Jesus said so. He’s the same yesterday, today, and forever.

How dare any man to wipe that out of There?

“The works that I do shall you do also,” John 14:12. “These signs shall follow them that believe.” That is the assurance.

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When we see a group of people setting together, and those signs manifesting themselves, that’s the assurance that the abstract is there to vindicate that that’s property of God. Amen.

So, we are Easter, also. Amen. We are now in our Easter. We’ve already raised, hallelujah, from the things of the world, to the things of God’s promise. Not we will; we are. It’s the potentials.

It’s God’s promise. He’d pour out His Spirit in the last days, and that’s what they would do.

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Notice, laid their hands on the sick; everything that was in God’s promise. “I shall pour out My Spirit in the last days, upon all flesh. Your old men shall dream dreams. Your young men shall see visions.” And all these different promises that He made, everything is laying right there in God’s promise. Jesus redeemed it to us. And when we become...

Or, we, if we are ordained on that ground, if we are ordained to be on that ground; like the eagle walking in the chicken’s nest. If you’re ordained on that ground, the Holy Spirit is here to find you. And when It finds you, you recognize Its call. You know the hour you’re living. You know that these things are supposed to happen. Quickly you’re raptured up to meet It, and now you’re setting in Heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Oh, what a promise! What a Heavenly Father, Who would give us these things!

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The Spirit quickens their fellowship with God, so that they call the dead back to life, in that day. They laid their bodies upon the dead; they come to life. Listen closely. They done the same things that Jesus did because the same Spirit, was upon Him, was upon them. If one Spirit makes a man act this way, it makes the other one act that way. If one...

How can This come upon, say he’s got the Spirit of God, and deny the works of God? Cannot do it.

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Notice. God’s Life, which is in the Greek called Zoe, moving through them and in them, quickened their minds to His Word. Now, let me say it real quietly now. The Spirit of God that moves among the people, quickens the mind of the person to the promise of God. See? It does it. Look. And I’m trying to show you the... the... and let you realize that I’m speaking now of the Church, and also quickened to Life, in Him.

Although, they only was His attributes, to begin with. But if God said, “In this day,” back in the beginning, “John Doe will be My servant,” millions of years ago. Now, John Doe is born in sin, shaped in iniquity, come to the world speaking lies, because he’s a mortal. But, maybe, he gets a little religious feeling. He’ll go join a church. Maybe he’ll join Pentecostal church. Don’t know. He might join anything. But let him get under the atmosphere of God, once. See? John Doe is bound to recognize Who his Father is, just as that eagle recognized who the mother was. It’s got to realize it. See? Only, that John Doe is God’s attribute that’s become a word, spoken, and then the Holy Spirit seeks that word out. Here it is. He calls him, gives him everlasting Life, and brings him into the Presence of God, God’s Word.

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