Gottes umwandelnde Kraft [Audio]

GOD'S POWER TO TRANSFORM

Sa 11.09.1965, RAMADA INN, PHOENIX, AZ.
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
(Übersetzung von Bernhard Frank)
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[Brother Branham is introduced by Brother Carl Williams—Ed.]

Thank you, brother.

[“Sure be really a privilege to have Brother Branham come so often to Phoenix. I think he comes to Phoenix more than anywhere. And we want him to keep coming, just as long as I’m around here, anyway. God bless you, Brother Branham.”]

Thank, thank you, Brother Williams.

Good morning, friends. I... This--the Shakarian family, Brother Williams, and Sister Williams and many of them here know about it. I saw that in a vision, about two, three years before she got sick, and happened.

And last year when we were here, I believe it was in January, at the convention, it was the time that that priest (What's his name? I forget his name now.) was here.

[Someone says, "Stanley."--Ed.]

Stanley, Bishop Stanley, from the Catholic church. You remember when he brought me the Bible, you know, and he said to me.

It was several prophesying, "My daughter, you're healed."

And he knew that the vision had said that she would not get well. "She would die between two and three o'clock in the morning." Remember that? So at two or three o'clock...

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And I couldn't tell Demos. And yet I told her stepmother, right over in the room, right across the place here. I said, "She isn't going to get well."

Mrs. Shakarian said, "Well, everybody is prophesying."

I said, "Course, I could be wrong, myself, but I said that she isn't going to get well."

I told many of them. About three years ago I saw her running for her life, and she went into a bed. And she raised her hands and screamed to me, like that. And I--I couldn't even reach her. And then I seen her die. And I looked; there was something, there was a clock, and it said it's something between two and three o'clock."

And so the bishop said, "Well, I'll just watch and see how that comes to pass." So it did come to pass.

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We are certainly sorry. I feel the church has lost a great person in Sister Florence Shakarian. But she was a great singer; she was a Spirit-filled woman.

I was with her mother; her mother was one of the first contacts I had on the west coast, when her mother was healed. When the doctors... She was in--in a coma and all swollen up. And so the--the doctor that was there told me, said, "Now, be real quiet when you pray. Don't make much noise. The woman's dying."

And said, "Yes, sir."

And said... And just kept on telling me. And, why, I didn't even have a chance to open my mouth like.

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So it was Brother Demos told me to go ahead and just go up the stairs.

So I went upstairs. And Florence was kneeling on the floor, then a beautiful little girl, and some more women. And went over and prayed for her, and told her. And she was unconscious and told her she'd get up again. And she did. A couple years later, she died. And now, God answers our prayers.

And we know that, we believe that we all has come here by the will of God, and we leave the same way. One by one, we'll each one cross that portal. And that's why we're here this morning, gathered together in this Christian Business Men's Fellowship, is to speak of these things and prepare for them, 'cause we know they're sure to come.

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Now, Sister Florence is a young woman, forty-two years old, Brother Williams just told me, and very young. But before they--she knew that she had this disease, why, I saw a vision of her and told me her outcome. Then it would be. God knows all about it, and her seeing Jesus in the room before she left. We just don't want to pray for her, because we've done that so much. We just want to thank God for a life that was among us, that inspired us all, as Sister Shakarian.

And we want to pray for Brother Demos, Sister Rose. And remember, they've had an awful hard hit in their life in the last... It's his father, and his sister now in this the last years. The... Then you... Yes... [Somebody speaks to Brother Branham--Ed.] Less than, less... Ten months... And sister, Sister Edna also...

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So I know how to sympathize with Brother Demos. I had a father, brother, wife, and baby, to go within a few days apart, so I--I know how he feels this morning. You only know when you stand in them shoes; that's when you know how to sympathize. And...

[The amplifying system squeals--Ed.] I did that myself. Excuse me. I hit a little gadget down here somewhere with my hand. So I'm--I'm sorry I got it too loud, and not meaning to...

So let us stand now while we--if you can, if it's... Let's bow our heads.

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Heavenly Father, we've assembled here this morning to worship Thee, and to give Thee thanks and praise for sending Jesus our Redeemer, that we have a hope after this life is over, seeing that it's so uncertain that we live here all the time. And, Father, to see the wretched conditions these bodies can get into, we're glad we don't have to stay here all the time. Thou has made a way of escape down through the valley of death.

Father, we're grateful to You this morning for the life of one who stood with us less than a year ago, singing Your praises: Sister Florence Shakarian, as we knew her. And Thou has told us long before, even years, that this was going to happen, that it wouldn't be too much of a shock for us. And we know what You say is true. Then Your Word says, "A man that's born of woman, is full of few days and full of troubles." We know that's true too, Lord. We know we all must come down through that valley. So we thank You for her life that was here on earth. And believing by faith, that now, this morning she has passed from this miserable pest house into a glorious body which can never be sick. And her talents of singing, and the voice she had, and her spirit so richly ingraced with Christ... That she could return this morning, she would not do it by no means; she would have to go through all this again. Which, now it's over; she's with her mother and her daddy. They called their baby, home. So we--we thank You.

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We also want to pray for comfort, for our Brother Shakarian, our dear beloved brother, knowing the--the life that he's lived, and the torments he's going through in these last days, and how he's... Seeing him aging, and his hair slipping away, and his shoulders stooping, and--and yet trying to stay on the field for God, God, give him strength today. We pray, God, that You'll grant it. To all those who are bereaved over her going, we pray for each one.

And let us, Lord, as we are thinking of this, remember that we too must go someday. While we're setting together here, the Presence of the Lord Jesus, we would ask that You would bring this fresh to our memory. And let us check up, as it was, or take inventory of our own lives, that we be under the Blood and in the faith. Grant it, Lord.

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Now, as I try under these circumstances to bring a little message to the people today, I pray that You'll help me, Lord. Strengthen me, for I--I--I need it, Lord. And I pray that You'll grant it. And may something be said that would just honor You. And if there be any under the sound of our voice this morning, who is not ready to meet the hour that lays before them, may this be the time that when they'll surrender to Him Who said, "I am the Way, the Life, the Truth," even our Lord Jesus Christ. For we ask it in His Name. Amen. (Be seated.)

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[Someone speaks to Brother Branham--Ed.] The brother here wants to know if every one can hear all right. He's got two mikes on. Is that all right? Can you hear? Raise up your hands if you can. Can you hear? Raise your hands. All right.

I'm sorry that we do not have seating room for every one this morning. And we trust that I won't stay up here too long, just enough to maybe bring us maybe a reading of the Word; that the Lord God will honor His Word that's being read, and will give us of His grace, that we might serve Him by.

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Now, I was told by Billy Paul this morning, that it might be possible that we speaking next Sunday at the Grantway Assembly of God in Tucson. If there's anyone here from Tucson, I might not get to see you this week. I'll be at the Grantway Assembly of God next Sunday.

So now we just come back from up in the east, and I kinda run myself down a little by overeating, with over-kindness of the people down in the mountains. And--and I--I got sick, so I haven't felt good this week. So you pray for me. And...

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[Someone says, "Too much opossum."--Ed.] What say? ["Too much opossum."--Ed.] Brother Carl Williams with his sense of humor, I think we need it right now; he said, "Too much opossum." I don't know about that, Brother Carl, but a whole lot of squirrels.

So you want to pray for someone this morning, why, I--I certainly appreciate, it would be some of your prayer for me, because I--I need it.

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Now, we want to go quickly into the Word. And I don't want to keep you here too long, because I believe there is a telephone hook-up across the nation on this this morning, goes all the way from the west coast to the east coast, from north and south. Many, many assemblies have got this accommodation that you all had here from the Tabernacle. It's also hooked up in Phoenix, that everywhere the services is, it comes right in to the... And they gather in churches and in homes, and things like that, through a very fine way. They say it's even better than a broadcast. It's a--the telephone hook-up; they put a receiver or a microphone, or whatever it is, in the room. And they... My wife said, coming from Indiana last week, down to Tucson, it was just the same as standing right in the room. So we pray that God will bless all those out on the line this morning, wherever they are. Up in New York now it'll be, oh, up in the afternoon, and different times as it crosses the nation.

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Now, over in the Book of Romans the 12th chapter and the 1st and 2nd verses, we wish--wish to read this Scripture.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and perfect... good, acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Now, if the Lord willing, I want to take my subject for this morning on: "God's Power To Transform."

That you might not be conformed to this world: but be... transformed by the renewing of your mind,... (now) and prove that which is that good, perfect, and acceptable, will of God.

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It's an old familiar text that many of your pastors has used down through your time. It's been used since It was written. But yet, one thing about the Word of God, It never grows old, because It's God. It never grows old. Through every generation now for pretty near, about twenty-eight hundred years or better, this Word of God has been read by men, priests, and so forth, and never does It grow old. I've been reading It myself for some thirty-five years. And each time I read It, I find something new that I looked over the first time. Because It is inspired. It is God in letter form. See, It's the attributes of God speaking fore--forth and is placed on paper.

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Many times men said, "Well now, man wrote this Bible." No. The Bible says Itself that God wrote the Bible. It is the Word of God. And It's...

It never can fail. Jesus said, "Heavens and earth will fail, pass away, but My Words shall never fail." And It cannot fail in being God, because It's part of Him.

And then you being His son and daughter, you're part of It; that makes you a part of Him. So that's why we come to fellowship together around the Word of God.

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Now, this word "transformed," I looked up in the dictionary yesterday when I'd almost lost track of the time that I was to be up here, when I was looking for a text. And I found this word, or this text, rather, Scripture. And in the dictionary it says that it's "something that's changed." It's to be "changed, transform, made different than what it was." It's been, "Its character and everything has been changed in it": to transform.

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And I thinking this morning, in Genesis 1. This world was without form, and was void; darkness was upon the earth, nothing but a complete chaos. And when this world was in that condition, the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the water, and the entire picture was changed from a total chaos to a garden of Eden. That transforming power of God, that can take something that's nothing and make something wonderful out of it, God's transforming power...

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And we understand that, I--by reading the Scriptures, that God was six--six thousand years in making this preparation for this Eden. Now, He might not have been that long; but just presuming, and taking it from the Scripture where It said one day with God is a thousand years on earth, that is, if God should count time. And say it was six thousand years He had in making the earth, and He had planted upon the earth all good seed. There was just everything was perfect.

I think, many times, when even critics begin to read the Book of Genesis, they begin to criticize It, because It seems like It constantly repeats Itself, or throws you out here and there. But if we would just notice for a moment, before we get into our text, that Moses saw the vision. And God spoke to him. God spoke to Moses face to face, lip to ear. Now, He never spoke to any other man like that, as He did Moses. Now, Moses was a great, one of the greatest of all the prophets. He was a type of Christ.

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And now, God can speak, He has a voice. It's been heard. God can speak. And God can write. God wrote the ten commandments with His Own finger. He wrote on the walls of--of Babylon once with His finger. He stooped down and wrote in sand one time with His finger. God can speak. God can read. God can write. God is the Fountain of all grace and power, and of all Divine wisdom is in God. So therefore, knowing that He is the only Creator there is... There is no other creator but God. Satan cannot create, at all; he only perverts what's been created. But God is the only Creator.

Therefore, He created by His Word. He sent His Word. So all the seeds that He had placed upon the earth, He formed those seeds by His Own Word, for there was no nothing else to make the seed out of. He had placed them, and they were beneath the water. He just said, "Let there be this, and let there be that."

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Now, we find out that many times it look like the Bible repeating or saying something to what It doesn't say... For instance, in Genesis 1 we find that, "God created man in His Own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them." And then He goes on, and many things happened upon the earth.

Then we come to find out, there was no man to till the soil. Then God created man out of the dust of the earth. That was a different man. And He breathed the spirit of life into him, and he became a living soul.

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The first man was in the image of God, which is Spirit, John 4, says, "God is a Spirit, and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth." But God is a Spirit. And the first man that He created, was spirit-man, and he was in the image and in the likeness of God.

And then He put this man in flesh, and man fell. So then God came down and become in the image of man, that He might redeem that fallen man. That's the real Gospel story, to my--to my opinion.

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Now, God, in six thousand years had planted all these wonderful seeds, or He had spoke His Word. "It shall be this way. This tree shall be. This shall be." Everything was perfect. It was just good. And He commanded each one of those seeds that they would be, they would transform themselves into the plant of which kind of life that the Word of God had spoken in them should be. If it was an oak tree, it was to bring forth an oak. If it was a palm, it was to bring forth a palm.

Because the great Creator had just sent forth His Word, and the Word seed was there before the real seed was ever formed. And the Word formed the seed. See, He made the world out of things that does not appear. See, He--He made the world by His Word. God spoke everything into existence.

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And being God, the Creator, speaking all things into existence, it must've been a perfect world. It was a--a beautiful place. It was a--a real genuine paradise here on the earth.

Now, as every place has to have a headquarters somewhere... This convention has a headquarters, and this chapter has a headquarters, and a church has a headquarters. And God has a headquarters. And so this great place, nation that we live in, it's got a headquarters. And so this great Eden had a headquarters, and this headquarters was headed up in the garden of Eden, or in Eden, east of in the garden. And God placed over this, to rule all His great creation here on earth, His son and His son's bride, Adam and Eve.

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God was the Father of Adam. Adam was a--the son of God, according to the Scriptures. He was the son of God. And God made him a helpmate out of his own body, perhaps a rib from over his heart, so she'd be close to him; and made him a helpmate. It really wasn't his wife as yet, no more than it was man as yet; He had just spoke it. And there's where the trouble come, Satan found her before Adam did. So it was just His Word He had spoken.

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I say that, I don't want to spend too much time on it. But some of you might get a bit confused, especially some of the people up in the--out in the south, seem to find just a little confusing on the message that I have from God today to the people, that about the serpent's seed. And I'm going to go home, the Lord willing, one of these days, to Jeffersonville. I want about a six-hour message and straighten that all out (See?), so it'll put it just in form that you'll know what we're speaking of. And it's THUS SAITH THE LORD. It's just as true as it was when It seen our Sister Florence before she went away, several years. See, It's the Truth. And now, we... Maybe it's misunderstood.

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If somebody would come to me, something contrary, I would kinda misunderstand it myself. I wouldn't want to criticize what anyone says. We're not to criticize each other. I'm not guilty of doing that; I thank the Lord. I have criticized sin and unbelief, but no individual person (See?); I--I don't. We are--we're brothers and sisters, striving; we're coming down to where Sister Florence came yesterday morning it's been. See, we--we all got to come that way. And it's not my purpose to--to try to criticize a brother or sister that wouldn't agree with you. No, far be it from me to do that. I don't think you'll ever find a tape that I ever called anybody's name on. And which, I've felt that many times the person was wrong, but that's between them and God. But what is wrong, in the way of sin and--and misunderstandings. Sometimes it's not even sin; it's just misunderstandings of people. And I--I think each one of us has a right to express ourself to our understanding.

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Now, this great Creator had placed His created son. Now, Adam was His first created son. Jesus was His only begotten Son. See, He was begotten by a woman. But Adam was right straight from the hand of God in the creation.

Now, the headquarters, with His--His son and His son's bride over all, it looked so perfect. There was a--a man, the head of all of it, His Own son and his bride. And every seed was perfect, the palms, and the oaks, and the grass, and the birds, and the animals. And everything was in perfect order with the commandment of God, "Don't change your nature. Bring forth of its kind, every seed. Oak, don't you never be perverted into a pawpaw tree." See? "Palm, don't you be perverted into something else. But every seed after his kind..." And He'd--He'd watched it through the times that He'd spoke the Word.

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And His great creating power had formed these things that come up, and even the man and the woman. And they were the head because they were the--they were super to all the other races. And He put them also under a care of the same thing that He put trees, animals, and so forth: His Word. They must not never, by no means, break that Word. They must stay There. "Don't never take anything from It, or add anything to It. You must live by this Word."

And as long as that creation would've existed like that, Sister Shakarian wouldn't have had to have went this morning. As long as it would have stayed like that, God's great economy... It's what we believe that we're headed back to. We're going back to that spot, that place where that seventh morning, God looked upon it all, and He said, "It's good. I--I'm pleased with it. Yeah, I--I--I'm glad I did it. And it's all now under control. And I have put trust in My son and in his wife, that--that they'll; make them head of all of it, that they'll watch over it all and see that it's all right, that everything will bring forth of its kind. Now, he has the power to do that." God then said, "Well, if it's all so good, and it can't be anything else, because it's My Own desire. It's the way I want it. And I've spoke it that way, and My Words has brought it just exactly the way I wanted it. And there it is. It's all good." So the Bible said, "God rested the seventh day from all His works."

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And everything under control to bring forth of its kind... Now, remember, to bring... When He put the seed in the earth, the seed can only come forth with the power of life within it to transform it from a seed to a plant, or whatever it was. His transforming power... Now, God put the seed in there with potentials that it would be what He said it would be. And as long as it stayed in its right category, it would be just exactly what God said it would be. It had to be that way, because He had made it that way, and made a channel, that anything that stays in His channel in His line of Word, it will have to bring forth exactly like His Word said it would do. It cannot move from there if it's channeled just exactly right. So with everything in the trust in His Own son, that it would be that way, then God said, "It's all good, so I'll just rest. And each one of those seeds has power in itself to transform itself into the specie that I desire it to be. That's what it must be, because I have given every seed transforming power to make out of itself in its potentials now, to make out of itself exactly what I want it to be."

God has never changed: just the same today as He was then. God is determined to do something. He'll do it. Nothing's going to stop Him. He'll do it.

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Now, after it's all so well and set in order, God felt sure now that this would all be all right; and then when He did, then came in the enemy. I'm going to... God gave power to transform. And I'm going to call this fellow with power not to--to create again, but I'm... He had power to deform, not transform, but to deform. Now, anything deformed is taken from its original state; there's something that's gone wrong with it.

Some years ago on patrol, going up through the corn fields. I would think of a, there was a limb had blowed off of a tree, and had fell over on a stalk of corn. And the stalk was trying its best to get up straight like it was supposed to be, but it was deformed, because that something had happened. And the stick was laying over it.

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Then we find a wild creeper in the field. Which, many of you men here, and maybe some of you women if you come from Kentucky. The women uses the hoe there the same as a man, get out in the field with a--with a hoe, we call the old gooseneck hoe, and chop the--the creepers out. For if you didn't get those creepers out, where the corn was in the row, like this, then that creeper would reach over, grab ahold of that corn, and wrap itself around gradually, so easy, so slyly, that you hardly tell it was wrapping. And finally it gets stronger and stronger, and it pulls that corn till it's deformed, pulls it against itself, wraps it around its own vine, deforming it from what it was to something else. Yet it's corn, but it's deformed corn.

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And we are all still in the image of God. But some are so deformed as sons of God, that walk contrary to His Word and to the way that--that He had us and provided for us to walk. Setting something, the world twists us out of the way, pull us close to it, and away from that straight, narrow strip that He planted us in, to be sons and daughters of God... Sin has done this evil thing to the sons and daughters of God.

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The "deformer," I know this seems to be rather strange to speak of it in this way, "to--to deform." But that's what he was; he deformed or perverted. "Pervert" means "to be changed over, made something different." And deform is the same thing, that it's been brought over and deformed, and made in another way. Yet it's still the same seed, but it's deformed.

Now, we find that this deformer has also had the same amount of time to deform as God had to transform. Now, he planted his seed, or, never planted his seed, he... In the garden of Eden... Since that time, he's had six thousand years of deforming the Seed of God, the Word of God: to deform It, make It something different; when he... The first time that Eve listened to him, and got herself just one little phrase...

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Remember, first Satan quoted that Scripture just as clear as it could be, "God has said that, 'Ye shall not eat of every tree in the garden of Eden'?" See? "You shall not eat of every tree?"

And remember now, Eve said, "Yes, we may eat of every tree; but the tree that's in the midst of the garden, we mustn't even touch it." Now, watch him in his message twist that Word just a little bit in saying... Eve said, "For God said, that if we do this, that day we die."

He said, "Oh, surely you'll not die." See, he was a--a man; he said, "You, you do this now. And you're--you're kind of an ignorant people. You, really, you don't know all things. But if you would only partake of this, then you'd have wisdom, you'd have knowledge. You'd know right from wrong and be like God (See?), you, if you'd only partake of this wisdom that I have. I know, but you don't."

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Which, it's all right to have wisdom. But if the wisdom is contrary, if the wisdom isn't correct wisdom from God, Divine wisdom, and becomes natural wisdom... I don't care how much science we have, and whatmore, or education, it's of the Devil. I'll prove it to you, the Lord willing, in a few minutes. It's of the Devil.

Civilization is of the Devil. I just got through preaching on that. All culture in the earth, all powers of science, and everything, is of the Devil. It's his gospel he preached of knowledge in the garden of Eden. And he's took that knowledge, perverted knowledge, contrary to the Word, and will, and plan of God, and now he's had six thousand years to do just exactly what God did, only in a perverted way, and took the same amount of time to bring his own Eden in. Now, he's got a Eden here on earth, and it's filled with wisdom, knowledge. That was his gospel at the beginning, knowledge, wisdom, science. Never did God ever cater to such. And I--I want you to watch a minute. He did this, and because that he was a man of worldly wisdom.

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Now, it's hard to say this. It's--it's very hard, because speaking to people who feel the same way I do, and the way I have been for many years. But since the opening of those Seven Seals, of them Angels just behind the mountain yonder, This has become a new Book. It's the things that's been hid is being revealed as God promised in Revelations 10 He would do it. And we are the privileged people that God has chosen of the earth, that we might see and understand these things; which is not some mythical, fleshly mind of a person trying to make it up. It's the Word of God made manifest, proven that It's right. Proven, not by science, but by God that It's right.

God, as I have said before in a message, God doesn't need anyone to interpret His Word. He's His Own Interpreter. He says it'll happen, and it happens. That's... He--He confirms it; that interprets it.

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A few years ago when we Pentecostal people, when the--the other churches told us that we were crazy, we could not, the Holy Ghost was a thing past. But we find out that God's promise was to whosoever will, and now we know different. See? And that's just little by little, this thing has opened up.

And now He promised that the mysteries that was hid in those, all of those church ages would be revealed right at the end time. And He lets us know now. We are at the end time. We're here now.

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Now, Satan is the author of civilization. He is the author of science. He's the author of education.

You say, "Is that true?"

All right, let us read in God's Word now, Genesis 4, and let's go back and just see for a minute. I know... I may, if I get too long, Brother Carl will probably tell me.

But now, in Genesis the 4th chapter and the 16th verse, goes ahead telling here in the beginning, what God did in order to place the curse upon the man and the woman, and all that they was to do: Not the curse on them, but tell them what would happen, and curse the ground for Adam's sake. And we find out here now, that Eve had a pair of twins. And one of them was of Satan, and one of them was of God.

Now, you say, "Oh, no. No, now, Brother Branham..."

Just a minute. You find me one Scripture anywhere, that says that Cain was Adam's son. I'll show you in the Scripture where It says Cain was of that evil one, not Adam.

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Now, notice when she conceived here. We begin at the 4th chapter first.

And Adam knew... his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten... (She said now.)... I have gotten a son from the LORD.

'Course, it had to be. No matter if it was prostitute or anything, it had to come from God (See?), because that's His seed; it's the law of His seed; it has to bring forth whether it's corrupted seed, perverted seed, or whatever it is. It's got to bring forth anyhow. It's His command.

And she again bare his brother Abel.

No more knew him. Adam knew his wife, and she bare Cain and also bare Abel: twins. Satan was with her that morning, Adam that afternoon.

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You see the big fuss in the paper here, I believe, in Tucson now, of that woman bringing forth a colored child and a white child at the same time. She lived with her husband that morning and the man that afternoon. And the man would take care of... The white man said he'd take care of his own child, but the colored man would have to take care of his own. See? I know that in breeding of dogs and so forth; it certainly will, if it's in a few hours afterwards. This proves it.

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Now, to show where civilization come from, now let us read Genesis over here, I--I--in the 4th chapter of Genesis again, and see where... The 16th verse...

And Cain went out from the presence of God, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east side of Eden.

And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he build a city, and called the name of the city, after... his son, Enoch.

Civilization started... Doctor Scofield here in my Scofield Bible, it says, "The first civilization." Notice, then he begot sons, and they made organs and music. The next one begot sons, and he begin to do other things, wonders, build cities, and--and make instruments of brass, and all kinds of things. See, that's what he did, become the first civilization, which was Canaanites. He's done the same thing down through the ages.

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Now, let's get there with the 25th verse, and watch what the next was.

And Adam knew his wife again,... (Now)... and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, has appointed me another seed instead of Abel, who Cain slew.

And Seth... And to Seth, to him also there was borned a son; and he called his name Enos: and then begin men to call upon the name of the LORD. (Out of the Seth side, not the Cainites' side. See?)

That great intellectual that we all so hold to... What's communism today, what's their god? It's the intellectual, science. What are we doing anyhow? Where are we living? Consider these words today.

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Now, he has his kind of an Eden; Satan does now. In these six thousand years he has formed (not created), but deformed God's whole earth; his creatures, the animals, interbreeding, hybreeding, trees, plants, human; even to religion, the Bible, church, until he's got hisself a complete garden of Eden of science, everything moving by science. Our automobiles, everything that we have was given to us by science, what man has done. And he's got his great Eden here. To prove the Message is timely, to prove that it's not some other age but Revelations 10... Look at the hybreeding today, to make a better, or, prettier, not a better. Look at little children today.

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I had my daughter to a dentist yesterday, and he said her teeth was twisting. A brother down in Tucson, Brother Norman, had his little daughter, and her teeth was bucking out. And the dentist says, that soon, he believes that maybe in times to come, that people will be born, teeth growing any way. It's the food that we're eating: hybrid food.

Did you read in "Reader's Digest," last month, about Billy Graham, the noble evangelist? Have you been listening to him? I pray for him now more than ever. When he talked to those turned-around collars, and so forth, the other night, laying it onto that clergy. Something's happened to him. One of these days I hope he sees his position where he's at. Notice, now is calling from Sodom, that perverted city.

And now notice this in "Reader's Digest"... Billy had gotten so weak that he couldn't even hold his meetings. And they told him he had to run, take exercise, and so forth. So he runs a mile each day, I believe it is, or something, to get exercise.

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Man is rotten. The whole human race is corrupted. Everything is like it was in the antediluvian time. It's completely upset, turned around, different from the straight row that God planted them in. Sin, through science and deception, has twisted the whole human race.

Did you read also just below that article, where it said in these days, that little girls and boys are in their middle age, according to physical structure, between twenty and twenty-five years old. Think of it.

In discernment the other night, I picked up a girl twenty-two years old in menopause, called her out. And the--that's what her doctor had told her.

See, it's a fallen, degenerate, hell-bound race of corruption. I know that sounds not ethical. But it's Biblical (See?), that it is true. This race that we're living in, this generation of people...

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Now, notice today, hybreeding cattle, hybreeding plants; and science comes right back around, the same science that does it, says, "That is what's destroying the whole human race." You read it the same as I do. Well, why don't they stop it? Is because that they can't stop it. God's Word has said it would be that way. But if they'd think for a minute, they are the instruments, as Judas Iscariot, placing exactly the thing that God said would happen. It's doing it just exactly on their own basis of science.

By his scientific research, in the same pattern he deceived Eve, he also has deceived the church, which there Eve was a type. Now, now, Adam a type there again, or Eve, rather, of the church, notice what it did. Through the wandering for knowledge, she slips across the line between right and wrong by listening to Satan's perversion, or deformity, of the original Word of God.

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And now, the churches today has become deformed. Now, I'm not talking about the peoples, the individuals. I'm talking about the church world. One's twisted one way, and one's twisted another, and by science, same pattern that he did. He has carried out his threats, Satan has, of Isaiah 14:12.

Let's just read that for a minute. In the Book of Isaiah let's begin at the 14th chapter, 12th verse.

How art thou falling from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cast down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

This is Isaiah seeing him in a vision (See?) in the age to come.

For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will set also upon the mount of the congregation,... the sides in the north:

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Satan's purpose from Eden was to make his ownself a Eden, and exalt himself above, so the stars of God would worship him: sons would worship him. And he has absolutely carried it out. Now, and when he's done this and brought it into the church, which I won't go in details. Any of you listening to them tapes know about it. That that's exactly the hour we're living in, and it's Satan that's done it through educational programs, better fit, better this, better that. And not knowing all the time they're walking right straight into death: Blinded leading the blind, blinded leaders of the nations, blinded leaders of science, blind leaders of the church, blind leading the blinded. Jesus said, "Let them alone, they'll both fall in the ditch."

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Here notice the type of the two Edens so closely typed together, till almost deceive the very elected. Matthew 24:24 said that it would be that way. But I want us to stop for a few moments and consider these two Edens, and one thing especially, how the Bible tells us that God's Word did produce that Eden, and how God's Word warns us that the other Eden would come.

Now, we also know that there has got to be another Eden, if we would also listen to the prophet, Paul, in II Thessalonians the 2nd chapter. I could read It if you want to.

He who exalts himself; that day will not come, of the Lord, until that man of sin be revealed,...

... he who sits in the temple of God, exalting himself above all that's called God, so that he as God is worshipped as God.

Think of that. Now, Isaiah 14, the prophet said that he saw Lucifer, in his heart, through a vision under inspiration of God, saying he would do that. In Isaiah, eight hundred years before Paul, or approximately that.

Now, here eight hundred years later, Paul sees him, comes to his position. Notice, it heads up, his Eden, his scientific Eden, with his scientific world, with a scientific bride church, all under the--the word of knowledge, great seminaries, great degrees, educational programs.

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Listen, brother, sister, each one of us is going to walk that road that Florence walked. I ask you, in Jesus' Name, to consider this. Not consider me, I'm your brother. That--that isn't it. Consider the Word that I am speaking of God's Bible. And look through, perfectly vindicated in God's Own Word, in the age we're living in, where we're at.

These programs are absolutely antichrist in themselves. Now, he's got to have an Eden, he said he would do it. Here's the simple Word of God saying he would do it, and here we look right out and seeing him do it. He's done it with his intellectual, scientific, denominational bride. He's going to take head one of these days in the World Council of Churches that'll be set up. All will be with him. Trying...

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The people, not because they're bad people; they were planted in that straight row like corn, but Satan sowed the creepers, called science, research, education, doctors' degrees. Sometime they won't even let you in the pulpit 'less you can produce a doctor's degree from some seminary somewhere. And it's all wrong. Not the people, it's the program that's wrong. And now what's it done? It's all headed up again, and brought the whole entire world through a bunch of hybreeding, perversion of the original Seed of God, to another darkened chaos.

But I'm so glad that God is mindful of us again, that He could still move upon the face of the conditions. He promised He'd do it, and called a little flock which would be His Bride.

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Notice here again now how perfect these churches type, or these Edens.

God, through a Seed of His Word... And there's only one thing that can quicken the Word, and that is the Spirit, for It is the Life-Giver to the Word. And when the Life in the Word meets the Life of the Spirit, It produces whatever the seed is.

Now, notice what's happened. In the garden of Eden was God's economy of innocence, and that was one of the--the dispensations. The first dispensation was innocent; the people knowed no sin. They didn't know anything about sin. Both Adam and Eve were naked, but they were hid from their nakedness by a Spirit veil over their face. They never knew that they were naked at all, because they were hid. For God's veil in their own minds, they didn't know what right and wrong was. And them both standing there naked, showed that the knowledge had not yet come to them (See?), that they were naked. The pair was naked and knew it not.

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Now, if you'll turn, if you wish to, or write it down, to Revelations the 3rd chapter, the Holy Spirit predicting this last age, to the Laodicea Pentecostal church age in the last days, He said, "Thou art naked, and blind, and know it not."

There is God's seed under innocence, not knowing at all they were naked, under a veil of the Holy Spirit, veiling them from sin.

And now, in the last church age we find here that they're naked again, and don't know it. But it's not the Holy Spirit veil. It's the veil that Satan slipped over Eve back there, a veil of lust, the lust veil. They are so filthy, till they don't know that they are naked, our women on the street with shorts on, sexy dress...

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Someone sent me a piece in the paper the other day of this new dress that they're going to wear, I think of fourteen inches from the hips or something. And I wonder if our--if our women folks does realize that that is a lust veil?

Now, you--you'd say, "I can prove before God that I'm innocent of any adultery to my husband, or I--I... all this."

But still, at the Judgment, you're going to be called an adulternous. The Bible said so. Jesus said, "Whosoever looketh upon a woman to lust after her, hath committed adultery with her already in his heart."

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"Blind, naked, and don't know it." Not them poor little women out there, it's nothing I got against them. It's that evil. And the system of the church seems to fail to recognize it or stand against it: let them bob off their hair, and wear makeup, and shorts and things, under the name of Christianity. What a horrible thing it is. See? They're naked again in Satan's Eden and knows it not. They don't know it.

I believe I see, perhaps, looking across here, the swimming pool, at women out there now. If that woman only realized that what she's doing, but she doesn't know it. She's naked. Her body is sacred. She strips off the clothes that God clothed her with, with skin, for this generation. She constantly cuts it off. She's naked under the word of civilization, higher education, better civilization, higher ethics. Let me be sure that this soaks in. It's all of the Devil, and will be destroyed at the coming of the Lord Jesus. It'll be destroyed, every bit of it. There won't be one thing left.

And, oh, friend, across the nation, as you're listening to me here in Phoenix, think of those things. You are here subject to them. Now, Jesus said that it would deceive the elected if possible.

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The first Spirit was a--first veil was a holy Veil, Holy Spirit, and she wasn't supposed to look out of That. But when--when Satan begin to talk to her about knowledge, she just had to take a little peep at the world.

And that's exactly what her daughter, the church, has done. You have to see... You have to dress like some movie star, or young men has to act like Elvis Presley, or--or Pat Boone, or--or some of those people, under the name of religion.

Pat Boone's a Church of Christ. Elvis Presley's a Pentecostal: two demonized characters that's throwed the world in a worse chaos than Judas Iscariot did at the betraying of Jesus Christ. They don't know it. Them boys don't know that. Nothing that I have against those--those boys, men; it's the spirit that's motivating it.

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Just step over on that side one bit, let that creeper just get one little hold around the shuck of that corn, one time, watch what takes place; the corn is gone. Oh, yeah, it's done got him. And that's the way it'll do it. It'll do it every time. Eve had to take just one peep at the world.

And let me say something to you, brother and sister. In I John the 2nd chapter and the 15th verse, we can read It if you wish to, the Bible says if we love the world, or the things of the world, it's because the love of God is not even in us.

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Now, the word there is not "earth"; it's a Greek word, is "kosmos," which means "the world's order." If we love fashions of the earth, the world, if we love the trend of the day, if we think "this is a wonderful time, oh, we have all these things," if you think that, it's because your thinking is wrong. It is perverted by the Devil. For if you love the world's order, and the things of this present world, it's because the love of God is not even in you. Remember that. Oh, God. Look what we're looking into.

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Here I want to stop just a minute and tell you a little story. I heard a chaplain from the First World War. They'd throwed...

Like Satan at the beginning, when he come into the garden of Eden. He could not dig up those seeds. He could not destroy them. But he sprayed them with poison, and it deformed the seed; it didn't bring forth its right kind. It deformed the original Seed.

And that's what all these programs of religion. They are still sons and daughters of God, but it's being deformed. They go to church, wanting to do right. A nun never enters a nunnery to be a mean woman. A minister never goes through school just to be a--a--a bad man. You never join church, and shake hands, put your name on the book, or whatever you do in your church to be a bad person. You do that to be a good person. But it's the deception; it's the deformity that does it. Satan sprayed it. See?

God never had an organization. There's no such a thing anywhere found in the Words of God. God is our organization; we're organized in Him, a Body, in God, in heaven. That's right. Our names are on the Lamb's Book of Life. See? Notice.

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But, see, I know it's very hard, but I--I want you to suffer just a little longer if you will. In the time of the world's war... Excuse me for getting away from my subject, but to make this point, I--I wanted to give you my analysis of what Satan done in Eden: sprayed horrible poison spray. Would you like to know what that spray was? I can tell you. I got the formula of it, two words: "unbelief," which is contrary to faith, sprayed unbelief, "doubt." And science filled its place. Where the cavities that went into the seed, Satan filled that cavity with knowledge, and science, and civilization, and it's deformed the whole entire creation of God.

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I know you think I'm getting you on a limb, but I'm on the limb with you. And we're all here to try to find what we can do. We don't say those things to be different. We must be honest.

We, each one, come down to the end of the road, where we're going to give account for every word. Right now we know that our voices... When we're born, our first little cry goes on--on a tape. It's going to be played back again at the day of judgment. Even the clothes you wear will be showed in your face at the day of judgment. Even science has found that by television. See, television doesn't manufacture a picture; it only channels it. The color of clothes, every time you move, every thought's in your mind, is absolutely kept on God's record. And that big thing will be laid right before you, every one of them filthy dresses you wore, every time you went to the barber shop, cut that hair that God give you. It's going to be. You'll answer for it. You can't make a move right there, just even the thoughts of your heart while you're doing it, will be played right before you. How you going to escape? "How shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?" See? We're not going to escape. Every move, and the thoughts of the heart is recorded right in another dimension, even the color of clothes you wear. Television, colored television proves it right out, pulls it out and shows it (See?), and that's just in one dimension from the three that we live in. See?

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Now, how the poison has struck the church, struck the earth. Satan's poison upon the seeds, has put cavities in it and caused it to be deformed. More and more he sinks deeper into the hearts of the churches, in the hearts of the people and everything, science, science. Until it's become a place where the human race, by being interbred... I believe every seed should bring forth of its kind. And the human race, and the plant, and all being interbred, has brought us to a place; in eating our food from the earth, which our bodies is made hybrid; it's put our whole minds... Now, if our bodies are falling at--from twenty to twenty-five years old, because of degenerated cells by hybrid foods, don't our brain cells degenerate? Isn't that cells also? That's why Ricky runs through the street here with this hot rod; why Ricketta, Elvita's, and many of them, as we'd call name, out here half naked before the people, mentally gone, no more conceptions of decency or morals.

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To my little story... This chaplain said he'd been down in the hospital, and said so many boys laying in the tent, some of... He'd just come from the outside, and said he went out there, and some officer told him, said, "Chaplain, we want to ride out to take a look at the fields out there." They had throwed this mustard and chlorine gas, as they did in them days...

And said, "I got out there, Brother Branham," said, "there wasn't a bark on a tree; there wasn't a sprig of grass. It was on an Easter morning." He said, "There was some old wrecked tanks down there; the--the officer had to get record of them, and see if there was anything could be done for them, near the great Argonne Forest. Said, "When I was standing there by myself," said, "I looked up, said, 'O God, this is the way it's all coming to.'" That's right; it's all coming. It was all burnt up, no life nowhere at all, grass burnt off; the tree, by that gases, trees killed, everything was killed, twisted, hanging down, where bullets and things riddled it.

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If that isn't a picture of the world today, where Satan's spraying his unbelief, his hybreeding, his science, his knowledge. Until the--what it was at the beginning, when God put Adam and Eve in the garden, that beautiful paradise without death, without sickness, without sorrow, and everything perfect in order, look what Satan's DDT has done! She's a chaos. There's nothing left in it.

He said, "I started crying. I walked back. I was attracted to a rock." Said, "I just went over there and looked at the rock, pushed it over. Down beneath the rock was a little white flower growing, the only living thing left (See?), because it had been sheltered by a rock."

God, my Rock, shelter us today, O God, when these poisons are flying everywhere in the name of science and education. Shelter us. Keep me until that day, O God, is my prayer. [Someone says, "Oh, plenty time, Brother Branham."--Ed.] Now, I hope that we, each one, are under that Rock, Christ.

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I just preached the other day; many of you heard it. I was going down through the woods hunting, and I was attracted to turn around. And I looked, and there laid a empty cigarette carton or package, ever what you call it. And it's the company; I don't feel I should call their name. But the tobacco company had, they have a slogan, "A thinking man's filter, a smoking man's taste."

I started walking on down a little further in the woods, and Something attracted me, "Go back to that cigarette pack."

I thought, "Heavenly Father, I'm going down here to that tree where those squirrels was spoke into existence by You one morning. Why would You call me back?"

And Something said, "You've got a sermon coming for Sunday. Your text is wrote on it."

I thought, "On a cigarette pack?" I went back.

And I begin to think, "A thinking man's filter," what a deception that is. If a man was a thinking man, he wouldn't smoke at all. But, you see, people swallow that.

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I believe it's two years ago, when I was in one of the conventions, I went up to the world's fair when it was on the west coast. And they had Yul Brynner's picture and many of them there. And the scientists... (Many of you was in the same hall.) About the danger of smoking, how they pull that smoke across a marble, and took a little Q-tip, and took up the nicotine off there, and put it on a rat's back, and put him in a cage, in seven days he was so full of cancer he couldn't even walk. See? He said... Pulled it through water.

Said, "Filter..." Said, "Filter? There is no such a thing." Said, "You..." Now, this is science themselves. They said, "You cannot have smoke unless you got tar. Tar makes the smoke."

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And the only thing it is, is a gimmick to sell more cigarettes. When that, if I... Don't hope you think I'm sacrilegious or a fanatic. That devil in a man, that makes him smoke to kill himself... When he--he wants the nicotine of one cigarette, that will supply his desire, now the company comes around with this deceiving gimmick, and says, "A thinking man's filter." He will have to smoke four or five cigarettes to make as much tar in you (to satisfy him) as you did with the one. Americans selling death to their brethren and sisters. I don't get it.

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But yet in there, I thought, "There is a thinking man's Filter that's right."

Now, if a man was smoking, remember, it produces a smoking man's taste. Then if you cannot have a--the--fill the desire of a smoke until you get the smoke there and get--have to produce the taste. So you smoke four cigarettes, or five, and pay more for it than you would if you just smoked one regular cigarette. See, it's a gimmick, a sales gimmick, deceiving the people: Americans. When I think of Valley Forge, George Washington, with two-thirds of his soldiers, and no shoes on their feet on that cold day, to make us the economy that we are, and then Americans sell American, his brother and sister, death, under a false gimmick for filthy lucre, the root of all evil, the crave of money, love. The whole thing's gone mad, knowing not that this whole thing will perish. But if you don't get no smoke, you can't have the taste.

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Then I thought, "There is a thinking man's Filter," a thinking man's Filter. And I took my text from "A thinking man's Filter produces a holy man's taste."

So I thought that our denominations has done a whole lot like that, take people in and call themselves Christians that, just any way. Why? They get more in their denomination or organizations. We get more in there because we let them come in under this, that, and the other, and anything. That don't make any difference, just so they put their name on the book and say they're a Christian. That's all. "Oh, by faith you're saved. You have to believe." The Devil does the same thing. Sure.

You've got to be borned again, and that comes through God's Filter. Now, there is a thinking man's Filter. I'm holding It in my hand. It won't produce a denominational taste, but It'll certainly satisfy a holy man's taste, you know.

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How could a bobbed-haired woman ever come through this Filter? How could a woman with shorts on ever come through It, or slacks, when the Bible says, "It's an abomination to God, for a woman to put on a garment that even pertains to a man"? And how can a man that thinks anything of himself, get out here and dress like the women, let his hair grow out like a woman, down in his eyes, with bangs, and twirled up like that? He's wearing his wife's underneath clothes. She's wearing his outer clothes. A thinking man's filter: a thinking man won't do that, or a thinking woman won't do it. God's Word won't let it pass through.

There isn't one thing could pass through that Word; that's the Holy Spirit, and It brings the Word into you, and It produces a holy man's taste.

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Look at today, Ricketta on the street, lovely, beautiful anatomy God gave to her, and Satan using it. And she'll dress so immorally, not knowing that a week from today she may be rotten in the grave.

Coming down the street here not long ago, I was preaching at a convention in an Assemblies of God over on the west coast, in a meeting out to the Southwestern Bible School. A little lady walking down the road, a little--them little clothes on, bikini's, ever what you call it, and fringe hanging out, with a cowboy hat and boots. I was going up the road. I thought, "Poor little fellow, some mother and dad's child was put here to be a daughter of God, and's become a bait trap of the Devil." I thought, "I believe I'll just turn around and go back, and tell that kid." She looked to be about the age of my Sarah there, seventeen years, sixteen years old, or something. I thought, "No, I better not. I'll just go up here on the road and pray for her. Somebody see me stop and talk to her; I better not do it."

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Now, and listen, sons of God, you get in that same place, these Jezebels of the day play up to you, but a thinking man will think first. She may be so pretty; it may be "I could make a hit with her," but it'll cost you your soul, boy. Some of you girls to these Rickies... Thinking man's Filter produces a holy man's taste.

You married men, when you see them women on the street like that, you sons of God, don't you realize what taken place in the first beginning? When science had made women so pretty in the antediluvian world, until the sons of God took daughters of men (not daughters of God), and God never did forget it... They destroyed the whole thing: science, prettier. It used to be...

You notice the beauty of women lifting in the last days is a sign of the end; God's proved it. So use a thinking man's Filter, you'll have a holy man's taste. It'll cost you your home. It'll cost you your position. It'll cost you everything you got, besides that, your soul. It'll break up your home. It may have another man raise your children, or another woman raise your children.

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Take a thinking man's Filter; it'll produce a holy woman's taste. When you start to the barber shop, or something another, and they tell you you're going to have a headache, you know. Take a thinking woman's Filter, what the Bible said (See?); then turn away from it. See? Don't you do it.

I'm your brother, and I love you. Nothing I have against you. God knows. And that's what makes me say the things I do, is because of--of love of God for you. If a man would go out there and they won't tell you, your pastor let you set around and act like that, he don't love you. He can't love you. I wouldn't want that kind of love for the women. I want to have a holy taste for my sister. I want her really be my sister, not somebody can say, somebody talk about her being so pretty and how she is, and those sex queens, "She goes to my..." Huh-uh. No. I want her a lady.

O Lord, keep me under the Rock. Yes. In Ephesians 5:26, the only one way you can get through that Rock, that's washed by the waters of separation by the Word. That's right.

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Now, don't let this Devil spray you with his education. No, no. It'll kill the influence of you. Don't let the Devil take that, "Well, I belong to the church that my mother belonged to, that my father, my grandmother." Don't let the Devil spray you with that. The Bible has already said, on the Seven Church Ages, and things there, it's all gone to seed. That's right. The whole thing is corrupt. The whole thing is a putrefied sore. Don't let him spray you, say, "Well, it's higher ethics. We're more educated than we used to be in old days." Don't you let the Devil put that over on you. I've showed you his whole program of civilization, education, science. He's got it right into the church, and don't you listen to that. Keep your head out of them old dirty televisions and things and...

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Our text says, "Be not conformed, but be ye transformed." Not go in and say, "I was confirmed Sunday." No. Go in and be transformed right now, transformed from what you are to what God wants you to be.

Now, it depends on what kind of seed that's in you. If an intellectual, educational seed has been placed in you, there's only one thing it can do: deform you; that's all. To a son or daughter of God, it's the only thing it can do. People today, as I look out, they act like they don't even believe there is a God.

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Pardon this expression. If anybody feelings is hurt by this, I don't mean it. A couple of Sunday's ago I was invited by my own daughter to come in to a television set and to watch a religious singing. It's at Sunday morning. I wanted to hear Oral Roberts on his program. I told them to let me know. Said, "You hear this, this is a great hymn sing." My son standing there told me about it too. And I turned that set...

We rent from a woman that has the television in her house. I never intend to have one in my house. No, sir. I don't want that thing in my house. I'd blow it out with my shotgun. I don't want nothing to do with that evil thing. No, sir. But took a...

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Let me tell you about you Arizonans here. You seen that analysis the other day of schools, didn't you? Eighty percent of the children in Arizona schools are suffering with mental deficiency, sixty-seven percent of them was by looking at television. How about that? You better use your shotgun. See? Now, don't let the Devil spray you with that. No, sir. Now, people, as I said, people act like they don't have to come to judgment.

These boys and girls, they had some Indian family, and whole lot of stuff. I think a fellow named Mr. Pool is the head of it. And if I ever seen a modern mockery of hymns, it was way they handled it; a bunch of Rickies standing there, shaking their hands up-and-down.

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I certainly appreciated that young man here this morning that sang, looked decent like a real man. I--I like that. When you--you businessmen sometime here get a bunch of these Rickies that stand here, and hoop and holler, and carry on, and hold their breath till they're blue in the face; and that's not singing, that's just making a lot of scientific noise. Singing is melody from the heart.

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And I thought, "What a pity. What a shame it is." So of how under the name of religion, they act like there isn't no God. Someone said, the other day, to a boy that goes with my daughter. A Christian boy said, give it a smart remark about Adam and Eve, said, "Eve going through the garden, said, 'Children, you see that tree there?' Said, 'That's where your mother eat us out of house and home.'" Could you imagine, supposed to be a staunch Christian, that would take a promise and a Word of God and throw it off to a hog pen. They act like they don't have to come to judgment. But God will bring every secret into judgment. They act like there's no God.

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I don't want to call them a fool, because the Bible said... the fool, not right. Jesus said it isn't. "Don't call no man a fool." But in Psalms 14:1, "The fool hath said in his heart, 'There is no God.'" See? They--they're not... I don't want to call them fools, but they act like they are. See? They act like it.

So you see where we're at today, like there is no God. "I belong to church. And all the whole thing, the Bible, is a big joke. Our church knows where they're going." Yeah, right straight to hell (That's exactly.), right on their road, right down through science and education, theological seminaries and things, just breezing them right down the road. The Holy Spirit doesn't have a chance to give a revelation on nothing; the seminary has done got it cut out.

The Holy Spirit is to lead us, not a seminary, not bishops and overseers, and so forth. The Holy Ghost is our Leader. Uh-huh.

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Cain was such a person as that. He was very religious indeed. Now, if religion's all that you have to have, then God was unjust by condemning Cain. Because he was religious (See?) just as religious and sincere as Abel was. Now remember, he thought of God; he worshipped God; he had a church; he built an altar; he made a sacrifice; he prayed; he worshipped; but he was rejected. No matter how... Esau was also. See?

Religion (See?), that's Satan's business, not to kill the whole thing, but just contaminate it. That's all. He ain't going to kill the whole thing. Oh, not communists, no, no; the antichrist is not communism. The Bible said, "It would deceive the elected if it was possible." Don't notice the iron curtain, but the purple one. Uh-huh.

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But, notice. Cain come to worship, but he had the wrong seed in him: serpent's seed. The hiss of the serpent had hissed over him, for he was the seed of the woman. He knew the perfect will of God, but he refused to do it. Did you know that? Satan knows the will of God, but just refuses to do it.

Notice, he had seen God vindicate Abel's message. Now, I want you to think; use your thinking man's Filter now for a minute. Abel's correct message, that God vindicated to be the Truth... Are you drawing now? Uh-huh. Abel's message had been received, and Cain saw it and knowed that God had vindicated that message, right. But he just couldn't do it. His pride kept him from it. That's right, his pride kept him from doing it. He seen God vindicate the message.

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So it seems to be now, so hard for people to humble themselves to the Word of God. They--they just don't want to do it. They'll humble themselves to the creed of the church, sure, but not to the Word of God.

If you want to find this, you go to... I got a Scriptures here, that's what I'm referring to here: Genesis 4:6 and 7. God said to Cain, said, "Why are your countenance fallen? Why are you all full of temper, walking around? You just heard a message that upset you." Said, "Well, what are you doing that for? Why are your countenances fell, because I didn't come into your church? So why did you do it?" Are you using a thinking man's Filter? See?

Or, "Why didn't... Why you looking like that?" Said, "If you'll do well, go do like your brother's doing out there; I'll receive you and bless you. I'll do for you the same thing." But he just couldn't do it. He said, "Now, if you don't, sin of unbelief lieth at the door."

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Now, when they tell us, "The days of miracles has passed." And they see it so perfectly vindicated and proved (You see?), all these things that God promised He'd do in the last days, of Revelations 10, Malachi 4, all those things so perfectly vindicated, what's the matter, brethren? What's wrong. See?

If they don't, unbelief, which is sin... There's only one sin; that's, unbelief. That's right. You're not condemned because you drink, smoke, chew, wear shorts, do whatever you do. No, that don't condemn you. It's because you don't believe. If you believed, you wouldn't do that. See? A believer doesn't do that. He takes a thinking man's Filter (See, see?), or a thinking woman's Filter, either one. All right. But, you see, sin lieth at the door.

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Now, notice what that done to Cain, and it's going to do the same today. It made Cain go away a willful sinner. He willfully was disobedient. Every person will be the same way. Willfully disobedient after he had seen Abel's message so vindicated of God, that it was the truth, and refused to do it. Done the same then. Then he crossed the dividing line.

There is a line you can cross. You know that, don't you? Now, ministers, both here and out in the--the telephone land where this broadcast is coming across the nation, do you realize that? When you see it's Scripture, and you won't do it, God won't always... He will... Oh, you'll go on, be blessed. So was every one of Israel, they lived right in the wilderness, and raised children, crops, and blessed, and everything, but every one of them eternally separated from God. Jesus said so. Oh, yes, God will bless you right on, but you're gone. Certainly. That's what the Bible says now; that's what He said.

Notice, you can cross the separating line. Do you believe that? Cain did.

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Let--let's just turn over here in a minute; I got Hebrews 10:26. Let's see if I can find that right quick. The Book of Hebrews, the 10th chapter and the, I believe, the 26th verse. I got it wrote out here. Just a minute, if you'll bear with me, and let's just read It a minute. All right, here we are.

For if we sin wilfully after that we... received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sin,

But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and the fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversary.

That's THUS SAITH GOD'S HOLY WORD. If we disbelieve willfully after we have seen It and heard It, then we're across the line. There'll never be no more forgiveness for it; you've crossed the line.

"Oh," you say, "God still blesses me." Oh, yeah.

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Remember Israel, the borderline... When God gave them a promise, over in the holy land--in the land, it was good, of milk and honey. And when Moses sent out Caleb and Joshua, and the spies, to go over, spy out the land, and brought back the vindicated evidence, the ten of them said, "We cannot do it. We're unable. Look at the difficult there. We'll be fanatics. We got these little bitty things to fight with. Look what they got. We--we can't do it. We're not able to do it."

Joshua and Caleb said, "We're more than able to do it. God made the promise."

And, remember, they turned back. That was at Kadesh-barnea. And they turned back and become wanderers in the wilderness. And every one of them died and is lost eternally. Jesus said so.

Don't cross that separating line. See? "When you know to do good, and doeth it not, to you it's sin."

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Israel did the same. After they seen Moses vindicated, and then let Balaam spray them, that precious vindicated seed... Pastor, don't you never say nothing against this Word. Look at Balaam, he was a prophet, and he seen the seed of God vindicated. But under his own great denomination that he lived in, Moab, seen that bunch of wanderers coming through the land; he sprayed it, and said, "Well, wait a minute. We're all Christians. We're all believers. Why, our fathers and your fathers are the same. Aren't we Lot's children? Wasn't Lot Abraham's nephew? Aren't we all the same? Let's marry one another." And Israel, as Eve in the garden of Eden, let Satan spray her, he also sprayed Israel through a false prophet. When, the real prophet was with them, with vindicated Word. But by an intellectual knowledge conception, he sprayed them. Think of it. Now, it was never forgiven; the sin was never forgiven.

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