SPIRITUAL FOOD IN DUE SEASON

So 18.07.1965, abends, Branham Tabernacle
Jeffersonville, Indiana, USA

Geistliche Speise zur rechten Zeit

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Only believe, only believe,

All things are possible, only...

How, now this way:

Now I believe, now I believe,

All things are possible, now I believe;

Now I believe, now I believe,

All things are possible, now I believe.

Let’s remain standing now, with our heads bowed.

Lord, may this not only be a song, but be the very depths of our heart singing out, "Now I believe!" The disciples said one time, after Jesus had done so many mighty works, they said, "Lord, now we believe."

Jesus said, "Do you now believe?"

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They said, "We believe that Thou knowest all things and need that no man teach Thee." So, Father, tonight we realize that You don’t need our teaching, but we need Yours. So we pray that You’ll teach us how to pray, how to live, and how to believe. Grant it, Lord, through this service tonight. If we lack anything, give it to us, Lord. We ask it in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

I know many of you are standing again tonight. And, outside, met groups that said they couldn’t get in, and they’re listening to their radio in the different cars. And now we’ll try to make just as quick as we can tonight, on Sunday night, we give over to pray for the sick, have a prayer line as we can get one up here. But we are dedicating this service tonight for prayer for the sick.

And I want you to get built up now in the... this Holy Oracles of God, in the Faith, the Faith of this hour. The Faith! It’s going to take more faith than ever was in any age, for this has to be rapturing faith, be taken up. And so we want you to believe tonight in all that you have seen, heard, the Word that you have heard preached, the—the signs and wonders that you have seen done. We want you to accumulate all that together in your heart, and consider it, whether if that be God or not.

Is like Elisha of old, said, "If God be God, then serve Him." And if Jesus is the center of all things to the Christian, then I think we ought to let loose of everything else and cleave to Him. Remember, He is the Center, He is the North Star, He is the Ultimate, He is the Absolute. And if He is the North Star... There’s only one thing that’ll point to the north star, that’s your compass that you’re sailing with. And the Compass that I’m trying you to sail with is the Word, and the Word always points to Him.

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And we feel like that we’re going through a great time of distress and trials, perplexity of the time and distress between the nations, and all kinds of things happening, and sometimes I get engulfed like... Everywhere I look, it’s like on a... in a ship out on the sea. And I’ve been give charge of the Boat. And how we going to make it? And here comes one with a white cap, hundred times bigger than my ship. But we’ll crest them, every one. "We are more than victors through Him." The Captain, the Chief Captain, has got a hold of the string on the end of the ship, He’ll pull it through. We’ll crest every one of them.

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Now, tonight, so we can hurry and let you get out early... We appreciate your long drives, and so forth, and how you have to drive, and the sacrifice you have to make. And, see, that makes me to where I’d just like to stand and just keep talking and doing everything I can to help you. But when I’m here I try to press in everything that I possibly can, to give help for that moment that we’re now here. Then you take... If you give people too much at a time they can’t remember it. You—you’ve got to just take one thing and hold it right to the person until they see that. And then when they get that solid in their heart, then they’ll... then teach them something else. Just step by step as we go.

Now, you pray and be of a good courage, and believe now tonight for healing. I don’t think there’s any question in your mind about the time we’re living. I don’t believe there’s a question in your mind about whether God is in the midst of His people or not. I believe you all believe that. And I... There’s no doubt in my mind about it. And I—I—I know my people, my friends, the friends of Christ, the children of—of Christ, believe that.

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And it gives me great pleasure to get to see when you know that you have a Message from God, and you give it to the people and see the people respond to That. Then you look back and say, "Thank You, Father." Oh, what a joy it is then to see the children eating the Bread that’s been sent to them! You realize that was a vision years ago, right here at this tabernacle? That’s right, "The Bread of Life." Brother Neville, you remember it, might. Mighty time!

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Now let us turn, if you want to follow the reading or mark it down, just... I don’t believe it would be appropriate to have a service without reading God’s Word and passing a few comments, if it’s going to be a healing service or any kind. We all understand. There’s no strangers among us, I suppose. But we all understand what healing is. It’s nothing that somebody does for you; it’s what God has already done for you. Salvation is on the same line. The only thing, is, to get the people to believe that’s the Truth. And God teaches it in His Word and then proves it to them who will believe It, for He said, "All things are possible to them that believe."

You say, "There’s nothing impossible with God." You believe that? There’s nothing impossible with you, either. "For all things are possible to them," (God is one Person) "to them that believe." See? So there’s nothing impossible with you, for you, if you can only believe.

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Now in First Kings, the 17th chapter, I want to read the first seven verses, the Lord willing:

And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.

And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying,

Get thee hence, and turn eastward, turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.

And it shall be, that thou shall drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.

Notice, "feed thee there," not somewhere else. "There!"

So he went and did according unto the Lord, or the word of the Lord: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.

And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.

And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.

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The Lord add His blessings to the reading of His Word. And now, tonight, I want to take a text from there, that’s called, "spiritual Food in Its season." This morning we had a—a lesson on—on "Doing God a service, or trying to do Him a service without being... -out being the time, the season, the place, or the person." And now this is: "Spiritual Food In Due Season".

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This prophet, Elijah, we know very little about him. But we know that he was God’s servant, and the servant of God for that hour.

And God has used His Spirit that was upon Elijah, already three times, and promises twice more; five times, for grace. He used It upon Elijah; It came on Elisha in a double portion; was on John the Baptist; and supposed to come just to issue in the Gentile Bride; and come with Moses to take the Jews home. That’s right. Five times that God promises to use the Spirit of Elijah, and already done it three times.

Now, this great prophet, we don’t know where he come from. We know he was a Tishbite. But how he come...

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We know little about the prophets. We don’t know where they come from. Very seldom... As, I don’t know of any that come out of the church or had any genealogy behind them. It was just ordinary men that was fearless, and, many times, uneducated. And they never done any writing, themselves. Isaiah and Jeremiah, a couple of them, done some writings, but this great man Elijah never wrote one thing. Many of them didn’t write; maybe they couldn’t write. But they were men that were rugged. There’s no man in the Bible like those ancient prophets. They defied kingdoms, kings, peoples, churches, and everything else, and stood firm on the Word of God, and God proved them to be right. They were very rugged individuals.

And this Elijah was one of the ruggedest of all of them. He was a man of the wilderness. He came out of the wilderness; he lived in the wilderness. The Bible said he dressed hairy. He had sheepskin wrapped around him, and a piece of leather, of camel skin wrapped around his loins, very... whiskers over his face, and I’d imagine he was a very rugged-looking man, and to look at.

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But we didn’t... they all didn’t all die. They’re not all—all dead. In the days of the Nicene Council, many of you people that’s read The Nicene Council of the Early Church, when they wanted to make an organization out of it and break up all the other churches, and come into one, when they had that Nicene Council, rugged men like Elisha come in there from the wilderness, eating herbs alone; great rugged men. But the dignitaries, the high-ups, under Constantine, and so forth, stilled their voice. Because those, being prophets, knowed that the corn of wheat of the Church Bride had to fall in the ground, the same as a corn of wheat in the Bridegroom had to fall in the ground. And there it laid for a thousand years.

That’s why they write in the books today, "Where is that silent God that could stand and look, see little children murdered, and women tore to pieces by lions, and sit in the skies and say nothing about it?" They don’t know the Word. That corn of wheat’s got to fall in the earth. How could a righteous God stand and look at His Own Son die and be spit on, and so forth? But it’s according to the Word, it has to be. And that’s the way it is even to this hour.

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This man, he was a great man. He had a sinful generation before him. Ahab was king, his father before him had been evil. Ever since Solomon, there just been one evil king after the other. And this man, Ahab, who reigned twenty-two years in Samaria, was the worst of all of them. He was a real modernist. He believed in religion, certainly. And he had everything in a modern trend. He had his four hundred Hebrew prophets, all of them well-schooled and trained. God sent him one and he wouldn’t believe it, and that was Elijah.

But Elijah, this Tishbite, was a man of the wilderness. Not a smooth man; he was a rugged man. And one day, after Ahab had sinned until God could stand it no more, He spoke to Elijah in the wilderness. And here he comes down the road to Samaria, as I’ve often illustrated; maybe the white whiskers sticking out around his face, bald head shining in the sun, little old narrow eyes, back there with a stick in his hand, a smile in his face, walked right up to the king of Israel, and said, "The... Not even dew will fall till I call for it."

God give us men like that, see, men who know what they’re doing with THUS SAITH THE LORD.

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Now, we find out that before he did this, that God had called him. God had talked to him and, therefore, he wasn’t afraid of anything. He wasn’t afraid of his message, it wouldn’t happen; he knowed it would happen! He knowed it was according to the Word of the Lord, and he knowed he was God’s prophet for the hour. Therefore whether the king would cut his head off, throw him in jail, whatever they’d do, it made no difference to him; he had a commission, "THUS SAITH THE LORD," right in the face of the king. What a rugged person! But before he did this, predicted this great drought...

For God will not let sin go unpunished. There must be punishment. What good is a law without a—a punishment? What would it do good, say, "it’s against the law to run the light," and no fine behind it, or no punishment behind it? It wouldn’t be a law. So there’s a punishment to sin. And when God makes a law, and that law—law is defied, then there’s got to be punishment for that.

And this nation had violated all of His laws. Oh, they had big church, they had the temple. They had plenty of educated men. They had prophets all over the country, had schools of them, turning them out like a machine. And they had plenty of prophets, they had plenty of—of priests, they had plenty of scribes, and they had plenty of religion, but they were away from the Word of God. So God called a man outside of any of their ranks at all, and sent him in with THUS SAITH THE LORD.

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And notice how He cares for His Own. Before He sent this prophet with the message, He said, "Elijah, go down and tell King Ahab these things. And now, when you do, get yourself away from him right quick, for I have made a place for you to go during the drought. I’m going to take care of you, Elijah, if you just preach My Word, do just what I tell you to do."

Now I’m going to type this great ministry, tonight, of Elijah and the time of Elijah, with the hour that we’re now in. I believe it’s a perfect type. I think of the nations... if I... we had time to go back, but I want to put plenty of time in the prayer line.

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So if we could go back and see, Israel had taken Palestine upon the same basis that we took this United States. We come into this United States and drove back the occupants, which was the Indians, and possessed the land. And so did Israel come into Palestine, under leadership of Joshua, under God, and drove back the occupants and took the land.

And their first kings were mighty men: David, Solomon, and great man. Our first presidents were great men: Washington, Lincoln, and so forth. Then finally the presidents or the kings become getting more rotten all the time, and finally they ended up with this Ahab. Very type, typical of our day. And the people had got so modern they didn’t want to hear the true Word of the Lord.

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And you can imagine, on a modern people like that, what a real true servant of God would sound like to them. "Why, he was crazy, he was out of his mind. There couldn’t be such a thing." They were religious, very religious. They had sincere men, they had sincere people. They was very religious.

So he knew that it would take more than just a ordinary theology, it would take more than—than any ordinary message, it would take more than just preaching the Word, to crack their stony hearts. He knowed it took THUS SAITH THE LORD to send that judgment down upon that people, so he knowed that when he went out with THUS SAITH THE LORD. And it was THUS SAITH THE LORD. To spurn That, was judgment. We see that in our day, too. We see that in any day. There’s nothing left but judgment when you step over the line of mercy.

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Now, that type there, that, I’m going to type Elijah with the church today, the church of today. Just before judgment, he received this message. Elijah, he represented, being cared for in the natural, his natural food, because it wasn’t going to rain now, according to the Word of God, for three years and six months, or until Elijah called for it. "Whatever time you say, Elijah, that’s what it’ll be." Therefore he walked up to the king, and said, "There’ll not even be dew fall till I call for it." That’s quite a—a load, isn’t it? That’s quite a message!

And now we’re going to type that with the spiritual drought of today. Now, we all know, we are very aware, that there is a great spiritual drought in the land today, spiritually speaking. And, you know, that was predicted by the prophets, just before the second Coming of Christ would be, said, "There will come a famine in the land, and it won’t be for bread alone, but for the hearing of the Word of God." And that day is now, "hearing the true Word of God." Now, this types the natural drought with the spiritual.

Sin and unbelief, by false teachers and modernists in the church, had brought the place to this coming, oncoming judgment. Then they had turned from God’s Word and His prophet, to a modern theological terms of the Word.

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You notice here, it’s just at that time that God always raises up something. Cause, He, always, He does nothing until first He reveals it to the people, and He always reveals it by His servants.

Now, but Elijah, during this time, had a secret place that God had ordained for him to go to. That’s the thing we want to see now just before we have the prayer line. Elijah had a secret place provided by God Himself. Now, the church never provided it for him, the king never provided it for him, he didn’t provide hisself, but God provided a secret place for Elijah to be fed all the time during the drought, where his food was provided day by day. He didn’t need to wonder what’s going to happen tomorrow or wonder if the supply run out. God said, "I have commanded the ravens and they’ll feed you." What a wonderful thing, a type of our secret place in Christ.

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When the world council and all that’s going on today, that says, "The days of miracles is past." The great powers of God has been taken out of the churches. They seem like, anymore, they don’t have nothing but "a sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal." We know that to be the truth. "And form of godliness, and denying the Power thereof."

It’s just the same thing that David did, this morning, with the ox carts, got away from the Word. When the Word was presented and give to them, they did not want It; therefore, they had gotten away from It.

That’s what these people had done in the days of Elijah, gotten away from the Word. They thought they had the Word, but they didn’t have It. So notice then in the...

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During the time that He was going to punish the unbeliever, He made a way for the believer. The same thing He does each time. In the days when He was going to destroy the world by water, He made a way of escape for Noah. In the days that He was going to drown Egypt, He made a way of escape across the sea for His people. How God makes His way! And where there is no way, He is that Way. He is that Way!

Now we realize that we are facing some of the... one of the greatest hours that history has ever known. It isn’t exactly the warhead with the bright shiny missile, with a head on it, that we should be afraid of. It’s the churches we should be afraid of. It’s the hour that we’re living that we should watch.

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Now notice, but God made a way for Elijah to escape it. And He has made a way for His believing children to escape it now, the wrath and things that is to come.

Because, God could not be just to judge those people and send them punishment, and sink Sodom and Gomorrah, and sink Capernaum in the middle of the sea, and condemn those generations, and Sodom and Gomorrah, and then let us do the same thing and get by with it. We’re just as sure for judgment as they were sure for judgment. Now we notice that the...

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When these things come up, the modern trend of that day, God rose up a man in that day, or raised up a man, rather, to combat the forces, and they wouldn’t listen to it. They thought he was crazy, "He had lost his mind. He was just some old fanatic, fool from the wilderness, kinda bush-crazed." But, yet, he had the Word of the Lord.

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"The Word doesn’t mean what It says," they say today. "Oh, well, the Bible is a history book." I guess you’ve seen this, that now they claim, that, "Eve didn’t eat the apple, she eat a..." What was it? I believe... "It was a apricot," they say now. "It was an apricot." And then, that, "Moses never brought the children through the Red Sea. It was a big bunch of reeds, up the other end of that sea, and he went through a sea of reeds." Then how did the water, w-a-t-e-r, wall up on both sides, they went through on dry land, then? Oh, such nonsense! But, you see, it takes that kind of a day to bring God’s wrath down upon the people. It does it.

They say there’s no such a thing as—as these... Even church people don’t believe in miracles. "I’ll give you a thousand dollars," they said, "show me a miracle. Show me a miracle!" Well, they couldn’t see it if there was ten thousand things done before them. Why, they, they’d never see it.

You say, "That’s the impossible." Oh, no, it isn’t.

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Elijah one time was down at Dothan, and the Syrian army had come over and surrounded the city, to take him, because they knowed that’s where the—the nation’s power laid, was in that seer. Why, the king... One of the men told the king of Syria, said, "Why, you know, Elijah the prophet, the Tishbite, tells the king of Israel what you talk about in your secret chamber."

Said, "Go get that guy! That’s the fellow that’s hindering us." And the whole Syrian army slipped in around Dothan. They was all around it.

And Gehazi, the—the servant of the prophet, woke up, and he said, "Oh, my father, the armies is all around us here. We’re completely surrounded."

He said, "Why, there is more with us than there is with them." See?

And Gehazi looked around, said, "I don’t see nobody."

He said, "Lord God, open up that boy’s eyes." And his eyes opened up, and all the hills was full of Angels and chariots sitting around, the unseen Forces.

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Elijah walked right out there, and the Bible said, "He smote them blind." He walked out to them; they were blind to him. Walked out and said, "Are you looking for Elijah?"

He said, "Yes, we’re looking for him."

Said, "Come on, tell you right where he’s at," and led them right into ambush, right straight where the armies walked right out and got them.

Now, the Bible said, "He smote them blind." That settles it. And people are so spiritual blind today, though the Lord God come down in the midst of the people and do anything, and the things He promised, they still can’t see It. They are spiritually blind; don’t know God, don’t know His great Power. Now, we notice that they did that in the days of Elijah, and they still do it today. God smites them blind. They say today, that, "There is no miracles, there is no such a thing, all this is emotion."

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And they said the same thing about Elijah, because when he was taken up and Elisha took his place, a young man, went baldheaded, young, the children run out behind him, and said, "Old baldhead, why didn’t you go up with Elijah?" See, they didn’t even believe It in the beginning, the people, after so many things had been done. And this great man of God had been translated into Heaven by a chariot of fire, and the people still didn’t believe It. And had their little children run behind this man and say, "Old baldhead, why didn’t you go up?" See? And then the prophet cursed the children, and a she bear killed forty-two of them.

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Now notice. Today, as it was then, they put their own interpretation to the Word. Now, if they want to do that, that’s up to them, but they try to make us believe it. The Bible said that, "This Word of God is of no private interpretation." God does His Own interpretating. God confirms His Word, and that’s the interpretation of It. As I many times said, He said in the beginning, "Let there be light," and there was light. That don’t need to be interpreted; it happened. He said, "A virgin would conceive," she did. He said He’d "pour out His Spirit," He did. And He said, "in the last days," the things that He would do, and He’s doing it! It don’t need any interpretation; God is doing His Own interpretating. No matter what foolish man say, that doesn’t stop God a bit.

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When Jesus was on earth, He had as much unbelief to contend with that we have today, and maybe more. But it didn’t stop Him; He went right on performing and carrying out His duty, and God confirming everything He done. He said, "I’m not by Myself. My Father and I are one; He dwells in Me. It ain’t Me that doeth the works, it’s the Father that dwelleth in Me. And if I do not His works, then don’t believe Me; but if I do the works and yet you can’t believe Me, believe the works." See? In other words, they... "Search the Scriptures," He said, "for that’s where you think you got Eternal Life, is by knowing the Scriptures. And the Scriptures, Itself, testifies of Me." Amen! What a statement! "They are they, the Scriptures, that tell you Who I am," Jesus said.

And it’s the Scriptures that tell you the hour that we’re living. And the things that you see done, it’s God Himself among His people. Nothing can raise the dead but God. Nothing can do the things that He’s doing now but Him. For the Bible said, "He’s the same yesterday, today, and forever."

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Now we see that modern trend of the people, then, "Oh, the days are past, there’s no such a thing as miracles. The people are all emotionally worked up."

Listen to that Elijah, the prophet, cry out against them and their theologians. Notice, notice, he spoke as if he was God Himself. Elijah spoke as if he was God Himself, "The dew will not fall from heaven until I call for it." Amen! Yes, sir. The prophet had been so long in the Presence of God!

The prophets of the Old Testament, or any time, when they live in the Presence of God until they become the Word, their Message is the Word Itself. And, remember, he said, "THUS SAITH THE LORD." And when those men had those messages from God, and they become so wrapped up that their own thinking... It might have been against their thinking, they might not have been able to—to see it right. But they was speaking the Word of God, "THUS SAITH THE LORD."

"There will not be any rain till I call for it." Oh, what a statement! He had been in the Presence of God and been vindicated so perfect. And, remember, that also follows Amos 3:7, "The Lord God will do nothing until first He reveals it to His servants the prophets."

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Said, "There’s not going to be any rain fall!" He first...

They laughed at him, they thought he was crazy, "That fanatic!" But, see, he had THUS SAITH THE LORD that it wasn’t going to rain. And, God, before he did that, He revealed it to Elijah His servant. And he was a vindicated, proven prophet, so the people ought to have repented. But, instead of that, they laughed at him, said, "Oh, we got plenty of rain! The reservoirs are full. The rivers are running good."

The Bible said that, "There was not even dew for three years and six months." All the brooks and waters dried up, everywhere. That wasn’t that man, that was God speaking through that man. That was the "I" it was. We always know. So he...

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We find out that when a man comes, sent from God, ordained of God, with the true THUS SAITH THE LORD, the message and the messenger are one and the same. Because he is sent to represent THUS SAITH THE LORD, Word by Word, so he and his message is the same.

A denominational man under denominational auspices, he and the church is the "one." A theologian under theology, made by some denomination, he and his message are one; church of theology, a theologian. It’s correctly.

Then when a man comes with THUS SAITH THE LORD, he and the Message is one. And when Elijah come with THUS SAITH THE LORD, he and his message became one. Just as Jesus, when He come, He was the Word, Saint John 1. So the Word of God and the messenger of the age was the selfsame thing, all the time. That’s right.

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Jesus was the Word that was prophesied of. He was what the prophets said would happen, "A virgin shall conceive and bear this Child." Way back in the beginning, God told them, said, "The woman’s Seed shall bruise the serpent’s head, and he’ll bruise her heel." All these prophecies had been given. David crying, all the rest of the prophets down through the ages, speaking of Him. He was that Word manifested! Hallelujah!

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Now do you see where I’m trying to get to? I spoke with you pretty plain this morning. Don’t you see the authority of the living God in the living Church, the Bride? The sick are healed, the dead are raised up, the cripples walk, the blind see, the Gospel goes forth in Its power, for the Message and the messenger are the same. The Word is in the Church, in the person.

The Word of God was in Elijah when he walked up there with THUS SAITH THE LORD, and said, "It isn’t going to rain." That wasn’t Elijah; that was God in Elijah.

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I said a many time, like the Christian Science lady that told me one time. I’ve told it many times about it. She said, "Mr. Branham, you put too much bragging on Jesus."

I said, "I hope that’s the only thing I’ve got to answer for."

And she said, "You try to make Him Divine."

I said, "He was Divine."

Said, "Oh, He was a prophet, He was a good man, but He wasn’t Divine."

And I said, "Well, show me one Scripture that says He wasn’t."

She said, "In the Book of Saint John, it says that He ‘wept’ when He went to the grave of Lazarus."

"Well," I said, "sure, He wept. He was both human and Divine. He was a man, weeping; but He had to be God to raise the dead." Right. I said, "He was a man, hungry; but He was God feeding five thousand, with a couple biscuits and five fishes." That’s right. "He was a man, sleeping on the back of a boat; but it was God in Him that could still the waters." For why? He and His Message was one.

He said, "I and My Father are one. My Father dwelleth in Me." He was the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

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I think it was so striking the other day, when I was bringing The Seven Church Ages. To start off with, I—I couldn’t make out Jesus standing there with those... with that white over Him like that, said, "His hair was white as wool." I couldn’t understand how a man thirty-three years old would be snow white.

I called a good theologian, Pentecostal theologian, a good dear friend. Well, it was Brother Jack Moore. He’s smart, intelligent man. He said, "Brother Branham, that was Jesus glorified. That’s what He looked like after He was glorified." No, I couldn’t believe that. No.

I—I—I said, "Well, Brother Moore, thank you."

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I got in the room there and got to speaking to God. I run my concordance to take Him back to Daniel, where it said, "And he came to the Ancient of Days Whose hair was white as wool." I said, "Lord, I—I—I don’t know what to say, and I’ve got the responsibility." Now, that was before the se-... and remember, before the Seven Seals was opened, about a year or more, before. I was praying there, "Lord, what was it?"

And I looked, standing before me, and there stood a man and he was a judge, and he had a white wig on. The old judges of ancient days used to wear a white wig to show that he was a supreme authority.

And then when I seen Jesus with the white wig, I said it only vindicates the truth that we know, that He is the Supreme Authority. God witnessed the same thing on Mount Transfiguration, said, "This is My beloved Son, hear Him, the Supreme Authority!"

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Then back out there at the beginning of the Seven Seals, when those seven Angels come down in that pyramid form, stood there and told me to return back here and speak on those Seven Seals, and He’d be with me, He’d show me what they were, the lost things. I always thought it was sealed on the back of the Book and it’d be something wasn’t wrote in the Book, but it turned out that it was made known that He cannot do that. It isn’t something that’s written in the Book... It’s something that’s been hid in the Book. "For whosoever shall take one Word from It or add one word to It..." So it is a mystery that’s been in the Book in these seven church ages. Each one of them produced a—a mystery, all about water baptism and these other things that they’ve fumbled about so long.

Then when that went up, the big observatories from way down in California, plumb down in Mexico, over Tucson, everywhere, taking the picture of It. It was a mysterious sight. Brother Fred Sothmann there, sitting right back there, and I and Brother Gene Norman, standing right there present when It went up. They took the picture, still they don’t know what about it. Here sometime ago, everybody saying, "Looky here. This looks like this, and them Angels’ wings, how they’re folded in there."

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One day, turning it to the right, looking, there was Jesus Christ just as perfect as Hofmann ever drawed Him. It was standing there with a white wig on, looking back down towards the earth, showing that He is Supreme Authority. The Heavens declare it, the Bible declares it, the Message declares it, all the same. Supreme Authority, with the white wig on; you see His black beard under. Many of you have seen the picture. We got it back there. Just turn it to the right, sideways, look at it. There He is, just as perfect as it was, if it had been photographed of Him. They’re looking at it from the wrong angle. You got to look at it in the right angle. And only the Lord God can reveal which is the right angle. Turn it to your right and look at it. There He is, just as perfect, had it been photographed up there.

The first time I ever seen Him, He looked like the Head of... Hofmann. I had never seen that before. And in Billy Sunday’s tabernacle, years later, I saw it. My house has never been without one of the pictures since.

Then, here in the skies, saying that the very God that I saw up in this vision out here, just a little boy out here by where this schoolhouse stands, He looked like that. And here in the Heavens, thirty-three years later, declare it, that it’s the truth. That’s the way He looks; not some mystic something of somebody’s idea.

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Like in the Vatican, they got a—a—a Christ drawed over there, with a little white ring of beard or a ring of beard around His chin, about a half inch long, runs right around the top of His mouth and like this, and call that the Christ.

That just puts me in mind of a Greek artist I seen one time in an ancient cathedral, showing what Adam and Eve looked like; they looked like beasts or something. That’s what the carnal mind can perceive of some spiritual thing. I think Adam was the most handsome man that ever lived, and Eve was a perfect woman in every way.

Now carnal minds wraps up the Thing in their own ideas, then God sends down and unfolds the Thing by His Power. That’s exactly what took place here in the days of Ahab.

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Now, we find out that Elijah could say that because the Message of the hour and the Word of God, or, the messenger, the Message—the Message, and the Word, was exactly the same thing. The prophet, the Word, the Message; messenger, Message, and Message, was the same. Jesus said, "If I do not the works that’s written of Me, then don’t believe Me." That’s good. Any man and his message is one.

That’s why today that they do not believe in doing the works of God, because they do not accept the Message of God. They don’t believe the Message.

But those who believe God’s hour that we’re living in, these things are hidden Food. Just think, God has so hid It that they look right at It and don’t see It. The same way that Elijah blinded the Syrian army. The same way that God blinds the unbeliever from the true genuine Food of the child, the believer.

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What they called Noah, "a fanatic," building an ark, his eyes were open to the Word of God and the promise. The very thing that they called fanaticism, saved Noah and his family. See, the very same thing. The thing that people laugh at, is the thing that we pray for. The thing that people calls "crazy," we call "Great!" What the world calls "great," God calls "foolish." And what the world calls "foolish," God calls "Great!" It’s just exactly the contrast between the Right and wrong. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

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Remember, he went into his secret place by the plan of God, by the call of God, and the Word of God. Elijah entered into his secret place by God’s foreknowledge, plan, and the call upon his life, and according to the Word. If that ain’t the way we entered, I don’t know how we get there.

And notice, before the drought begin, Elijah went into this place of secret for his living. A very type of before the judgment starts to strike the earth, the Church is already called out, the Bride is already chosen, and just waiting before the judgment strikes. Already waiting, eating the Food of God, enjoying the blessings of God. Any man in his normal mind knows that we’re headed straight, we’re right in the hour of judgment.

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Look! Brother Banks, several of you men that’s here tonight, that standing out there on that mountain that morning.

And I want to speak about that mountain, next Sunday morning, the Lord willing. Got a great revelation, something further that I can’t hardly keep from telling it tonight. But I have... See? And it just constantly, all the time, one thing happening after the other. See? It’ll never stop happening, for it was THUS SAITH THE LORD.

Every one of you here, thousands times thousands over the tape, heard me stand and say, "THUS SAITH THE LORD, it will be thus and thus." And even the newspapers and magazines have to declare it to be the so. They don’t know what it’s all about, but they seen it. They don’t know what it is, but they seen it, making the Word exactly the truth.

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We was standing down here on the river, that Angel of the Lord came down that day, thirty-three years, or 1933 it was, come down and spoke the things that He did. Walked out, and many men stand upon the bank there, said, "What did that mean, Billy?"

I said, "That wasn’t for me; that was for you. I believe; you don’t." And just went walking on.

Then the pastor said to me, he said, "You mean that you, with a seventh-grade education, is going to go all over the world and pray for monarchs and potentates and kings and things? And, oh," said, "forget It!"

I couldn’t forget It, It was engraved upon my heart. Now here, thirty-three years later, everything He said has happened perfectly the way He said He would do it. He’s God and can’t fail. He always keeps His Word. He... Don’t never doubt It.

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Now, notice, he went in by the plan of God (foreknowledge), call of God, and the Word of God, and went in before the drought set in.

Now, we know that judgment is ready to strike.

Standing on the hill that day, Brother Banks Wood standing here, we was walking up the hill. Maybe I quote it again, so that build your faith for this prayer line that’s fixing to take place in the next ten, fifteen minutes. I was just walking ahead of Brother Banks. He was... I think he had left Sister Ruby when she was sick. And he coming behind me, I noticed his face, red. I looked back. I thought the hill might be a little hard for him to pull, so I kind of slowed up. Right in them deserts, right up hills like that, right where the Angels of the Lord appeared. We was heading right in that direction then, where They had appeared a few months before that.

And as I went up the hill, the Spirit of God... When I turned around, look on top of the mountain, He said, "Pick up that rock, and say to him, ‘THUS SAITH THE LORD, you’ll see the Glory of God in the next few hours.’"

I just picked up the rock, and said, "Brother Banks, I don’t know why," throwed it up the air, and I said, "THUS SAITH THE LORD, you’re going to see the Glory of God."

He said, "That meant Ruby?"

I said, "No, I don’t think it had anything to do with you, Banks or Ruby, either one. I just think It was just saying, ‘THUS SAITH THE LORD, something’s going to happen.’"

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And the next morning when we were standing there, many of the men, I don’t know how many is sitting here now, there was twelve or fourteen, fifteen of us sitting there. All of a sudden, a minister walked up to me and he said, "Brother Branham," he said, "my name is So-and-so." Said, "I was one of your sponsors in California."

I said, "I’m glad to meet you, sir." Douglas McHughes. He said, "I’m..." I said, "I’m glad to meet you." Shook hands with him.

He said, "Well, now, I want to ask you a question." Said... Roy Roberson, trustee here; Brother Wood, Terry and Billy, and, oh, Brother Mc Anally, and I don’t know who all was standing there. And I... He said, "I want to ask you something." He said, "Does the Lord ever give you visions out like this?"

I said, "Yes, brother, but I come out here to kind of get away from it, to rest up."

And I looked around like this, and I seen a heavyset doctor looking at him, said, "Rev. McHughes, this allergy in your eye will soon put your eye out. I’ve doctored you for two years, and I can do nothing about it."

And I turned around to him. I said, "What you asked me that for, your doctor told you, the other day, ‘That allergy was in your eye.’" It was middle of the day, about eleven o’clock, and he was wearing sunglasses. I said, "The reason; you’re not wearing that because it’s the sun, it’s because of your eye. He told you you was ‘going to lose that eye.’"

And he started crying, said, "That’s right."

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I turned to walk around again, had a shovel in my hand. And I looked; I seen him standing there looking at me, his eyes just as bright. I said, "But THUS SAITH THE LORD, you’re not going to lose that eye." I was hunting with him this last fall, he can see better than me and anybody in the crowd. He never...

And I seen an elderly lady pull down her stocking and raise up the side of her skirt. She said, "Son, if you see Brother Branham, tell him to pray for my feet." And I looked down there, and little... look like tumors hanging on her feet, all around.

I said, "Your mother is a gray-headed lady. ‘My son,’ you see. She told you before you left, if you seen me, to have me to pray for her feet. She’s got little tumors, like, hanging all over her feet." He liked to have fainted.

Said, "That’s the truth."

I said, "Tell her not to worry. It’ll be all right."

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I started to walk around. Then I heard the Voice of God speak, said, "Get out of the way, quickly."

Roy Roberson standing there, knowing he was a veteran of the war, I put my hand on his shoulder, I said, "Brother Roy, hide, as quick as you can!"

Said, "What’s the matter?"

I said, "Get out of the way! Hide!"

And just started walking around, put my shovel down, turned around, took off my hat. And here He come, Glory of God falling in a whirlwind that tore the side of the mountain out like that, and blasted and shook the place like that, cut the top of the bushes out; just about three or four, five feet above my head. Went back up like a funnel like that; It blasted again. And, here It come, three times.

Then when It left, the third time, Brother Banks come over, said, "That’s what you was talking about?"

I said, "Yes."

Said, "What was it?"

I said, "God appears in whirlwinds." I didn’t know whether He wanted me to tell the people or not.

Then I went on and prayed a little bit. Then He told me I could tell them. I said, "It’s judgment striking the West Coast." Look at her today! Look what happened a few hours after that: Alaska sunk. And now the whole thing is going under. We’re entering into the judgment. Mercy has been spurned.

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But thanks be to God, we got hidden Food, spiritual Food, that we’re living on the goodness and mercy of the revelation of Jesus Christ in these last days, vindicating Himself among His people. Amen! They went in. Elijah went in before the drought set in. Thank God for being in before the judgment sets in. Now is a time of coming out and going in, getting out of those organizations and getting into Christ, a coming-out and going-in time for all true believers.

Then he was called, and stayed in there. Remember, he never left that brook until God called him.

And after the drought was about over, He called him out of there, down to a widow’s house. Notice, He called to this widow. And this widow had not associated herself with the unbelievers; took the mark of the beast during the drought. So He called her out to... called Elijah to sustain this widow. They just had one little cake, one little thing she was holding onto. And Elijah said, "Give that to me, first. For, THUS SAITH THE LORD, that barrel will not go empty neither will the cruse run dry, until the day that the Lord God sends rain upon the earth." Putting God first, His Word first!

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Notice, there was meal in the barrel. Every time she went after meal, there was meal in the barrel. There was oil in the cruse, every time she went for it. Why? Meal represented Christ in the meal-offering. The burrs had to be set just right, to grind every one of them. Every burr of this meal exactly the same, showing that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. That was the Word, the Bread of Life following the message, to vindicate the Word.

So is it today, friends. So is it today, that the Bread of Life that the children eat on, follows the Message of God, to sustain them during the time of the drought. What if He stood in our presence today? What if He stood in our presence right now? He would act and do just exactly like He done the days when He was in flesh here on the earth. The Bride is part of the Husband, the Church is the same as Christ. "The works that I do shall you do also." And it is the Word that done it. He told us that the things that He did that we would do also.

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We notice here again, if the Word is in us and has come to us, as It did Elijah in that day, It’ll do the same thing that he did, he would feed on the secret Things of God which is hid from the world. Oh! Again, it makes the Message and the messenger as one. The spiritual Food is ready, and It’s in the season now. And each one of you can have this Food if you wish It, if you are willing to steal away from all of the unbelief of this hour, if you are ready to come into Christ, come into His promise.

And remember His promises, in Malachi 4, Luke 17:30, also in Saint John 14:12, and how many more Scriptures, of telling, Joel 2:38, and all that He would do, or 2:28, rather, what He would do in these last days. And how the prophet said that it’d be Light in these last days, how It would work, what It would do, all the Scriptures pointing to this last days. And that is Christ! If you can hide away in That now, in that secret Place, you can eat and see the goodness and mercy of God. If you’re sick, there is healing there.

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