Gottes umwandelnde Kraft

GOD'S POWER TO TRANSFORM

Sa 11.09.1965, vormittags, Ramada Inn
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
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[Brother Branham is introduced by Brother Carl Williams.] 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 am... This of the Shakarian family, Brother Williams and Sister Williams and many of them here know about it. I saw that in a vision, about two to three years before she got sick, and it 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."] 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 are 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? [Someone says, "Yes."] So, 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 it. 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, and 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 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 is dying."

I said, "Yes, sir."

And he said, then, just kept on telling me. And, well, 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 go up and see her.

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 it. And she was unconscious. And told her she would 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 have 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 are 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 his... the last years. [Somebody speaks to Brother Branham.] But, and, yeah, 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.] 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 head.

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Heavenly Father, we have 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 are glad we don’t have to stay here all the time. Thou has made a way of escape, down through the valley of death.

And, Father, we are 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. And then Your Word says, "A man that is 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 pesthouse, into a glorious body which can never be sick. And her talents of singing, and the voice she had, and her spirit so richly in grace 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 is 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 has lived, and the torments he is going through in these last days, and how he is; see him aging, and his hair slipping away, and his shoulders stooping, and yet trying to stay on the field for God. God, give him strength today. We pray, God, that You will 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 sitting together here in 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 will help me, Lord. Strengthen me, for I—I—I need it, Lord. And I pray that You will 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. (You may be seated.)

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[Someone on the platform speaks to Brother Branham.] The brother here wants to know if everyone 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 everyone 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 it.

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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 is 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 kind of run myself down a little, by overeating, with overkindness of the people down in the mountains. And—and 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."] What you say? ["Too much opossum."] Brother Carl Williams with his sense of humor, and 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. [Brother Branham laughs.]

So you want to pray for someone this morning, why, I—I certainly appreciate if 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 as 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 wave. They say it’s even better than a broadcast. It’s the telephone hook-up, they put a receiver or 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 will be, oh, 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 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 never can fail. Jesus said, "Heavens and earth will fail, pass away, but My Words shall never fail." And It cannot fail, and being God, because It’s part of Him.

And then you being His son and daughter, you are part of It, and 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 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." Transformed, "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 it was void, and 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 is 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, 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 have 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 its 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 would 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 is 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 this 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 kind of 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 are brothers and sisters, striving, we are coming down to where Sister Florence came yesterday morning, see. She, 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. Which, I have 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 is 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 had—He had watched it through the times. And He had 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 have 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 are headed back to. We are going back to that spot, that place.

Where that seventh morning, when God looked upon it all, and He said, "It’s good. I—I am pleased with it. Yeah, I—I—I am 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 will (make them head of all of it), that they will 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 have 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. 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 is 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 is something that’s gone wrong with it.

Some years ago, on patrol, going up through the corn fields, I would think of, 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 a hold of that corn, and wrap itself around gradually, so easy, so slyly, that you would 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 has 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 will not die." See, he was a—a man, he said, "You, you do this now. And, you, you are kind of an ignorant people. You, really, you don’t know all things. But if you would only partake of this, then you would have wisdom, you would have knowledge. You would know right from wrong and be like gods, you, if you would 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 what-more, 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 has took that knowledge, perverted knowledge, contrary to the Word and will and plan of God. And now he has 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 has got an 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 Revelation 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 is 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 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 is 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. [Someone says, "It’s all right."] But, 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; and 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, 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, 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 builded 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 Cain-ite. 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 born a son; and he called his name Enos: and then began 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 is 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 has 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 has got his great Eden here; to prove the Message is timely, to prove that it’s not some other age but Revelation 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 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 has 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 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; and 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 would 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 is twisted one way, and one twisted another, and, by science. Same pattern that he did. He has carried out his threat, Satan has, of Isaiah 14:12.

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

How art thou fallen 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 sit 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 an 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 program, 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 will 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 Second 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 is 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 has got to have an Eden, he said he would do it. Here is the simple Word of God saying he would do it, and here we look right out and seeing him do it. He has done it with his intellectual, scientific, denominational bride. He is going to take head, one of these days, in a World Council of Churches that will 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 unless you can produce a doctor’s degree from some seminary somewhere. 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 can still move upon the face of the condition. He promised He would do it, and call 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 is 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 Revelation, 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, 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 would say, "I can prove, before God, that I am innocent of any adultery to my husband, or I—I... all this."

But still, at the Judgment, you’re going to be called an "adulteress." 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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