THE POWER OF TRANSFORMATION

So 31.10.1965, vormittags, Pine Lawn Trailer Park
Prescott, Arizona, USA
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[Brother Branham and congregation hum "Only Believe".]

It would be kind of hard for anyone to express themselves in a—in a time like this, to say how much I appreciate this privilege of being here this morning, and—and among you, to minister the Word of God, which I’m sure you are acquainted with. And—and I want to thank Brother Leo and Brother Gene, and all you people, for this grand opportunity.

And as I was hearing the—the first hymn, to the last, there is something about that singing, it’s a worship that you just don’t find no more. And is always a great privilege for me when I come up here, about once a year, or twice, to get to just fill yourself up with that goodness of them songs.

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And I was thinking this morning, when Brother Leo announced the song of "They Come From The East And West", and about my wife singing that when I left to... left her and—and Billy and Rebekah, to start this great revival, of a spearhead of it, rather, as it swept the nations. And then was thinking, as I looked across this pretty, clean-looking bunch of ladies. I remember Meda then was one of them, she was a little black-headed girl. And now she is like myself, we’re getting old and gray, and our times are running out. And yet with this grand Hope, that we’ll be gathered together again in Him, where there will be no more time, old age, nothing to hinder us or bother us.

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I don’t believe that I know any place that I have ever seen in my life, especially with this many people, where there was so many nice Christians with this love. Don’t never let that die among you. Just remember.

I used to have a little... the saying amongst the people. My wife’s name was Hope; my first wife, Billy’s mother. They used to... There was three of us then, that was Hope, and myself, and Billy. They used to call us, "Hope, faith, and charity." And so seemed to have a burly faith, like, in those days, to believe that this Word was true; and, what God had promised, He would do.

And, but, you see, "The greatest of this is charity, is love." Like Brother Leo expressed this morning. "Love! Where there is tongues, it shall cease. Where there is prophesies, it’ll fail. But when charity, which is love, it always will endure." See?

Dear dying Lamb, Thy precious Word

Shall never lose Its Power,

Till all the ransomed Church of God

Be saved to sin no more.

Ever since by faith I saw the stream

Thy flowing wounds supply,

Redeeming love has been my theme,

And shall be till I die.

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I think there is nothing greater than love. And love, if we can’t express it... Now, we can say that we have love, we’re just saying that. But when we can really express what we’ve said that we have, then we show it in ourselves.

Now we’re not a perfect people. We make our mistakes. We do things that’s wrong. But, you see, love covers all of that. We’re willing, when we see our mistakes, to come back and apologize to one another. Yeah, that’s—that’s warriors. That’s, that is really men and women that’s gallant. Any man can go out to the battlefield, that’s got nerve enough to walk out there; but when he gets knocked down, then get up and try it again, see. There used to be a song that a young man and young woman used to sing in the church:

If I fall or if I fail (See?)

If I fall or if I...

I forget how it goes.

let me rise and try again.

Forgive me, Lord, and try me one more time. (See? See?)

If I fall or if I sin,

let me rise and try again.

Just forgive me, Lord, and try me one more time.

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And with as many as a hundred and twenty people here together, you are bound to—to find things sometimes, the enemy will sweep in among you, and through your minds, and—and start this, that. Just stop when he does it. Think back, think of this morning, think of the times when you’re sitting together in Heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

Some of you are plumbers and some are carpenters and some this, that, and the other. You rub arms with the world each day, when you’re out there. But when you see those things, and great temptations rise, just remember these little, sacred places where you’re sitting together, with the only thing that lasts. Your jobs will fail, one of these days. Your health will fail. Even your life, here on earth, will fail. But then That won’t fail. And if He is the center of all things, then let’s keep our minds on the center Post, what has drawed us to this.

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My, this nice, clean-looking bunch of people! I don’t mean so much your clothes. Your clothes are clean, of course, and things, your faces. I think these little ladies here, not a speck of lipstick on a one of them; all of them with long hair, young and old, middle-age and all. Yes. See? Well, you just don’t realize what a treasure you got here, see, in this little chapel service.

I want to thank Brother and Sister Shantz, also, and for this privilege of being in their home. And this is their home now, that they have sold their property, I think, in Canada, and have come down to sojourn with us. We don’t have no more earthly possessions. We’re seeking a City to come, Whose Builder and Maker is God.

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And I thank Brother Leo and Gene, for the trueness they have been, to the vision that was given to them when we first met. No doubt but what he has told you many times. It’s strange, I didn’t see it just like this. I knew there was something ahead. When the young fellow came to me as a... with a dream that he had had of a pyramid, standing up in this pyramid. And he climbed up to where I was at, and I was standing out in a saucer, a plate, or something like a light.

He said, "Brother Branham, how you get up there?"

And I said, "Brother Leo, God has to put a person in this position up here." I said, "Now that you’ve seen, return back to the people and tell them that you believe it’s of God."

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And little knowing then when I had a place. I—I love the boys, and I wanted to put them in a position where I could be with them. And they started making tapes. But, you see, as far as myself, they’d have still been making tapes, as far as I know. But what a greater thing God has did for them, than to make tapes, see. Most anybody can make a tape, that’s got the intelligence to turn on a tape recorder, or can sell. But it takes guidance of the Holy Spirit to guide a little group together like this, this morning, and keep them together in harmony and unity, and still clinging to the Message.

God, may You—may You grant, to this people, long life here on earth, happiness and joy, and then "enter into the joys of the Lord" at the end of the road.

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We are now ready for a battle, the Trumpet is to sound. The hymns have been sang, now comes the Word. I think, as I stand here, that you know... Yes, you probably do.

But to hear these comments of these young soldiers here! And myself getting old, and listen around, and your faith and confidence, and what you’ve placed in to believe the Message that—that I have been given of God. Now, if it wasn’t for you all, the Message would do no good. See, it’s—it’s got to be somebody to believe It. And as long as It’s coming from God, there is going to be somebody believe It, you see. God has made a way. He, He has affixed His great economy like that, that, when He sends forth Something, there is something there to meet that Something. The Deep responds to the call of the deep. It’s—it’s got to be that way.

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I like the word that Brother Gene used in prayer this morning, "In His august courts." I feel that way when I cross that bridge down there, to—to come in where God is reverenced and respected. And always keep it that way. No matter when the enemy...

Now remember, don’t forget this; Brother Leo and Gene, especially. Now, you think Satan is going to let this go on like this, without a hinderance? Oh, no. He sure won’t. He is going to fly in, one of these days, just like a whirlwind. But when the—when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of God raises a standard against it. Just keep lifting yourself up in prayer before God. Cling to one another. Hold to God. For, if you love one another, it shows you love God. "This will all men know, that you’re My disciples, when you have love one for the other."

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And I thought, a while ago, "What beautiful singing! What fine voices! What a fine group of men and women, husbands and wives; young, old, and middle-age, sitting together here." I thought, "Well, they ought to have it down in Prescott, they ought to be down there and ought to have a little radio broadcast like that." Then, you see, that wouldn’t be just exactly what God has called these young men to do. See? See? The Bride is being called out, see, called out, now my work is out here, to call. And then things like this, and where you colonize yourselves together, and hold yourself, where you want to bring up your children, each one watching each day, like the eye of an eagle watching over their young, so that you won’t... If you see anything wrong, then you call that person aside and pray over it, and things like that. Keep it pure, holy, so the Holy Spirit can have a place to visit.

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God likes to be worshipped. And when you worship Him, it just isn’t exactly singing a song as we do, but singing it in the spirit of worship, you see, then you feel the Holy Spirit bounce back.

And I see great big young man here, just think of the day that group of young fellows sitting there, young boys and their little wives sitting along here, and big, rough man sitting there and just cry like little babies.

Why, look at today, they’re out here on the street, living in adultery and filth of the world, and things.

And to think that you can come apart and gather like this, where as the Psalmist said, "Behold how sweet and pleasant for brethren to dwell together in unity. It’s like the anointing oil that was on Aaron’s beard, that ran to the hems of his garments." Which, that anointing oil... Which, you know what the anointing oil done, it preserved him to go in the Presence of God. See, he had to be anointed with that oil before he went in the Presence of God. And when brethren can dwell together in unity, it’s likened unto that oil. We then enter into the Presence of the Lord, with that anointing of brethren together in unity. Oil represents the "Holy Spirit."

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Now, can we have just a word of prayer before entering into the study of the Word.

Heavenly Father, as our brother has expressed this morning, the entering into the august courts of the Lord! Now, Father, we realize this group of people here, and now what I say, I’ll have to answer for at the Day of the Judgment. And this is Your children. Bless them, Father, continually. Bless Brother Leo and Brother Gene. May they be led by Your Holy Spirit, to guide these people, as we make this pilgrimage to the sunset. And then, O Holy Ghost of God, guide us to the Son. Grant it, Lord.

Break the Bread of Life to us, through the Word. And we’re... Now we realize that we’re in battle now. We’re putting on pieces of armor, out here on these soldiers, which they’ll have to fight with, in the hours that is left in life. And I pray, Lord, that You will rightly place every piece where it belongs, where they can be shielded against the—the enemy whenever he comes against them. Grant it, Lord. We pray in Jesus Christ’s Name. Amen.

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Now, I’m rather slow in—in speaking, because I’m—I’m not a trained minister. I know there is people here that’s smart, intelligent, intellectual, and have laid that aside, to come over now and to break themselves down, in humility. Great Paul, the apostle, I think of his words when he said that, "I did not come to you with the enticing words of man, because there you would place your faith in that, but I come to you in the power of the Spirit." See, the great things that he knew he had, he laid aside. And I feel this morning, like man here, like Brother Hughy and sister, teacher here from the mission fields, and many of you people who are really intelligent and smart; and I—I feel very little to stand here with no more education than I have, before you. But I... And then to see that you people, like that, would—would humble yourselves to them things, lay it aside, and sit down and listen to a person that hardly knows their ABC’S, that makes great people out of you. It isn’t he that can stick his shoulders out, and walk out and... It’s he that can humble himself.

I think, character, it’s measured by... man, not by the muscles on his arm or by the callouses in his hands, but the bag in the knees of his trousers where he has prayed. I think that’s what makes man.

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Now I want to read, this morning, some of the Bible. And I like the Word. Don’t you? [Congregation says, "Amen."] Now we’ve worshipped the Lord, and we’ll continue to worship Him. Now let’s worship Him as a—a cutting sharp-edged Sword, as It moves through us, to find out where we’re standing.

And I—I stay, ’cause this is one place I feel that I could—could teach the things that I want to say this morning. And then, course, Brother Leo and Gene, and them, will—will exercise upon them, as when we leave, and will bring the points out as I heard him so graciously mention in his message this morning. That, he catches that. But you can’t say it from the platform like this or on them tapes, but, see, just sit down and study them. Just keep studying them, over and over. It’s hard to understand. So many people misunderstand It! And did you know, little—little flock, it is—it is that way amongst all humans? It always has been.

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If they could not understand our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, (even His apostles, see) then how could we expect to understand It in this day, you see. He said, He would say things that is straight, you know, and He wouldn’t explain them. He would just say them. Said, like for instance, "Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink His Blood, you have no Life in you."

Now what, now what if a—what if a doctor had been standing close, or a nurse or something, in that congregation, that day, He was talking to? Well, they said, "This Man is a vampire, see, wants to drink His Blood." See, He never explained it. He just said it. But later on, Paul came along and explained it out, how it was taking communion, you know, "eating His Flesh and drinking His Blood." And so He just said those things.

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And finally, at last, the apostles one day, even after the resurrection, there was one was leaning upon His shoulder, John He loved. He was a young man. And He said, "What is it to you if this man tarries till I come?" There went out a saying among them, that John wasn’t going to—going to die till Jesus returned. Jesus did not say that. He just, what He said, "What is it to you if he does tarry?" And then, of course, you read in—in our Word, how that—that God then... That was said for a purpose. These things are all for a purpose. God took that young John and lift him up in the Spirit, and saw His Coming, plumb over into the—the age that is to come. See, said, "What is it to you if he tarries?" He didn’t tarry him, physical; but—but the Word that He spoke through him, it’s brought us to this age where we are now, you see. So, it all works together for good.

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In Romans, a very familiar chapter, I want to take a—a few verses here, and about the first two or three verses, two verses, I think it is, and read. And, in this, try to explain It the best that I know how, by the help of the Holy Spirit. Romans, the 12th chapter:

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

I thought that was so beautiful for this group this morning, what you done did. Now, "And," and is a conjunction, as I understand.

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 acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

That’s what we all want to do, is, "Be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our mind, to do the perfect and acceptable will of God." Now that we have been saved, as we are; and that we have been filled with the Holy Spirit, as we have; now we want the mind that was in Christ, to be in us, that we might be transformed from the natural things of life, and be brought in to do the perfect will of God, by transformation, of God’s Spirit, by His Word.

Now my subject is: "The Power Of Transformation".

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I may leave my Bible here. Now, it used to be, years ago, when I was a young man like these man, I—I didn’t have to set down my Scriptures and—and things when I was studying. But now since I am getting old, why, I carry me a little book. And—and when I get something, why, I jot it down, have to put it on the Scripture. And used to, I just had that line of Scriptures right in my mind, I just come right down.

But, dear friends, I’m not young like you all, this morning. But I am old, and I have been through many hard battles, see; and, by going through those hard battles, brings you where you are this morning. See? So, I’m sure you understand that. God has put me through it, that my life might open up a way, to say "this is It, see," then you all run over that road. But before me, there was someone opened up the way for me to go. See? And we open up the road, one for the other. And as you see, sometime, an old veteran getting old, and his marks all over him, and as Paul said one time, "I bear in my body the marks of Jesus Christ." You see? How Timothy looked upon those marks, I guess, with reverence, as he committed to young Timothy.

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Now, "transforming." I used to work for a Public Service Company, where we had transformers, and to transform. Now the word is, the word means, in itself, something like... To transform, means "something that’s been changed, something that’s changed from one thing to another."

And as I want to speak, for the next forty-five minutes or an hour, on—on the transforming, I would like to—to use this text. And I—I may say some things, in here, that seems very strange. And as Brother Leo has just said, "Take It and just study over It, a little while." See, just think of It for a little bit.

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"To be transformed" is to be "changed and made something different."

Like a—a tadpole, it’s transformed from a tadpole to a frog. See, once, he looked like a catfish, he swims around, he’s—he’s got a head and his tail, and everything looks just like a—a catfish. Then, after a while, he begins to lose, he loses the tail, and he’s—he’s transformed from one specie to another.

I think that’s what Paul must have had in mind, when he said, "Be ye transformed by the—by the renewing." Let’s see, let me get that right.

And be not conformed...

You know what conformed is.

...be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,...

"Renewing of your mind." The things that you once thought upon, to be precious, lay that aside and be transformed to something else; what you was one time, to what you are now. See?

...by the renewing of your mind, that you might prove... that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Oh, that’s what we all want to know, how to do it. See? We are here, we love Him; He saved us, now we want to know what to do. And were trying to take a little step this morning, to raise up just a little bit higher. Sometimes we have to hit things that... You just hold on for a few... till we see what it comes out to be.

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Now in Genesis, the 1st chapter, "The Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." We realize that the water... And—and the Bible said, "In the beginning back there," that, this, "the world was without form, and was void." There was nothing but just a darkness of chaos. And—and what a horrible shape it must have been in. Nothing but way into the darkness yonder, without light or anything, and the churning of the water, and that wandering star twisted around and around the orbits out there somewhere. It must have been a—a terrific mass of—of—of something lost, like it was, couldn’t find its way.

And that’s what we become when we become wandering stars, away from God, just without hope, without God; without, just churning around, out in darkness, not knowing when we... where we’re going.

And God took that great chaos of darkness, and transformed it into a garden of Eden, see, by His Word. That’s how we’re transformed, by God’s Word. When God said, "Let there be light," and that mass of creation out there come over in around the sun, and begin to revolve around the sun, and became a garden of Eden because it obeyed the Word of God. It done the perfect will of God, for it was transformed from chaos, into a garden of Eden, by the Word of God.

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Now that’s what we are here for. That’s my Message, has been all along, is the Word of God. We must hold to That regardless of what other things take place. Always stay with that Word. Always check out your motives and objectives, if it is according to the Word of God. If it isn’t, leave it alone. See? But if it’s with the Word of God, and lines up with the Word of God, then, that, you hold to that.

Now God sometimes... Just like your little group here this morning. He lets it not happen just overnight, He lets, God... We’re the one that gets in a hurry. God is never in a hurry. He just says it, and—and it’s going to be. For, when He says anything, it’s got to be. It’s just going to be! He, He lets it take its time.

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He let... The Hebrew children, them famous characters of the Scripture, that was standing on God’s Word to be true, they said, "Our God is able to deliver us from this fiery furnace. Nevertheless, see, we won’t bow to the image, because it’s against the Word, see. Although, if He slays us, He’ll raise us up again, you see." See, and they... He let them walk right up to the edge of this great furnace, and drop into it, before it seemed like He even paid any attention, like He wasn’t even watching them. But He is always watching, though. He is always watching for this.

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Now God said, "Let there be light." And six thousand years it took this Eden to come into existence, and we are taught in the Scripture, "For one day upon the earth is... or—or—or is as a thousand years, with God; a thousand years upon the earth, is one day with God." So it took six thousand years to make this earth, and to bring it into an Eden. But, you see, it was God, the great Master of all intelligence, and He—He had in His mind what He wanted to do.

Just like when the man that built this trailer, when the man that... When you brethren here that designed this park, how you would make it, it was in your mind, you kept working that vision out.

That’s the way God did about the world. He worked; it was in His mind. And, if you notice, it come like by evolution, like He was learning more all the time, making something greater and greater. But, see, He was above it all, and just let it evolute up to that, you see. Everything He begin to bring upon the earth, from botany life, and fish, and so forth; it come on into birds, and the animals; and then something in His Own image, a man; and stopped there, see, because it was up to His perfection, of what He wanted.

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That’s the way you start, like this trailer. You might lay the frame down, and you say, "What are you doing?" Like you, when you all moved the first rocks away from this corner here. "What are you doing?" See, it didn’t look like it would be like it is now. It looks like a little Eden, because it was in your mind what to do, and you just kept working up.

Now we want to be transformed, ourselves, by the renewing of our mind. See, not what we have on this earth, what we are going to look for on this earth; but what we are coming to, in the world that is to come. Transformed by renewing of our mind!

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Now, six thousand years, God taken to make this, and we see in Genesis 1. Yet, now we see that, in this, God had a—had an objective that He wanted to bring to pass.

And so many people, in teaching on Genesis, back here in the 1st chapter and the 2nd chapter, and 3rd chapter, especially, "It looks like that God repeats Himself. Or He said, He went ahead and said all these things that He did. Oh, how He... ‘Let there be light, and let there be this, and let there come forth,’ and there wasn’t even one thing yet." Wasn’t nothing. There wasn’t a light. That—that old world was still floating out there in that darkness, covered over with water. But, see, He had spoke His Word, and then that’s when He was speaking.

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Now we notice here in Genesis 1, He said, "And He formed man in His Own image, in His Own likeness, in the image of God made He (He made) him, male and female." See, He was making man, He just spoke the Word. Then we find out, after His many days had passed, maybe hundreds and hundreds of years, there was still no man to till the soil. Nobody to till the soil, so then God formed man out of the dust of the earth. See, He had spoke the Word, and then the Word had to take place.

Now, when He said, "Let there be light," maybe there might have been hundreds of years, maybe eight hundred years, before there ever was a light, but it come to pass because God said so.

And God is going to have a Church, I don’t care how many dark ages we go through, and whatever more. He is going to have a Church without spot or wrinkle, whether we are part of it or not, because He has already said it was going to happen. It’s going to be there.

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And—and He commanded, to—to transform it into the plant life and every life that He put forth. He said these words, like, "Let there be a palm tree. Let there be an oak tree. Let there be a fir."

Look down in the desert, where we live down here in Tucson. Out on there, there is cactus, jumping cactus, all kinds of cactuses. Just thirty minutes from there, is Sherman pine up on top of the mountain. Now, this cactus will not grow up there, and neither will that Sherman pine grow down here. Now, where was the Intelligence that planted the seed? See, they had to come from somewhere. It was God’s Word, "Let there be," and it was.

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Now, we find out that all this (after He had made it, transforming it into its kind and its life, and—and it was all put in by the Word of God, the Creator), it all, we find out, that this all headed-up in a headquarters, called the garden of Eden; and God put His son, and His son’s bride, over it all. See? This great creation, see, He had a reason for it. He made everything so pretty! He made the flowers, and the life, and the birds; and there was no death, no sin, no sorrow, no sickness. And then all this great thing headed-up into one big headquarters, which was the garden of Eden.

And there He put His son, Adam, and Adam’s bride, wife. Now you might say, "It was his wife." Potentially it was his wife, but he had never... never really been his wife yet.

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Like in the Scripture, we find out, where It said, "Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost." See? Now it was his wife when he made the promise to marry her, or to have her; but yet it wasn’t his wife, yet, because he had never knew her as a wife.

So that’s the way it was here, the reason I said, "God’s son and his bride." Adam had never knew his wife as a wife, but yet it was his wife, potentially. Just like the Church now, and Christ.

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Now, then, all could rest, because all of God’s good Word seeds, that He had spoke, had brought forth of its kind. The earth come over, there was light. There was sunshine when He let the sun shine. Now why did He make the sun shine? He had in His mind, see, that, if the sun don’t shine, the flower won’t grow, that He speak into existence. He makes everything to meet its purpose, whatever it is. Like a tree, it bears a certain acorn, or it bears an apple. He makes the fruit of the garden, and so forth. It’s all for His purpose. And everything had come to pass, and He had spoke it. Now the only thing He had to do, after spoken it, He... speaking it, rather. He could go to rest, because He had spoke it, and it was all has to come to pass because He had spoke it. I don’t know how much it had to go through before it come to pass, how many rejects and whatever more. But it had to come to pass, because He said it would come to pass. He had spoke it.

The same thing it is about having a Church here in the last days. He is going to have a Bride. "He is able of these stones to rise children to Abraham." If we don’t follow Him, He’ll get somebody else that will follow Him. See? He is going to have It, because He has already spoke it. Whatever He says, it has to be that way. It cannot change. It must come forth that way, because He said it would.

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And all this great thing that He knowed would come to pass, after He—He had spoke it, He could take a rest. Everything under control! His seed was His Word, and His Word is a seed. Jesus said it was. And everything would be all right, because He had said for it to bring forth of its kind, transforming only to its kind. See, His Word had to be of Its kind. If He said a "palm" tree, He didn’t mean a palm and oak mixed together. He meant a palm tree here, and an oak tree here, everything positionally in its place.

Oh, if we could only learn that, that what part of the Word we are, we must take our place, no matter what it is.

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I think of a little sister here in the wheel chair, sometime, how many faithful prayers has been made over it. Then we don’t understand, so we just commit it to God. And with... She is a flower here among you, with her pleasantness and everything. See, that we can get up and go around, how she would long to do that, but yet she is pleasant just the way she sits. I always get inspired to watch the little lady, see, because she... We all believe in healing. We’ve seen God do miracles far beyond that, see. And she knows that, too, see, but she’s willing to take her place. See?

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Whatever it is, that’s what we want. And I believe it was David, said, "I would rather be a doormat at the house of the Lord, than to dwell in tents with the wicked." You see, no matter what it is, "take my place."

Sometimes you have to separate from everything that’s dear on earth, to you, to take your position that God has called you to. I’m sure you can read between the lines, what I’m saying. See? Sometimes the very dearest person on earth, you have to shake hands with them; and take your position in Christ, to where God has called you. See? But what is God doing? Transforming you from what you was. Maybe a daughter or a son, or whatever it is, from a lovely family sometimes, He places you somewhere else. Because, it’s His way of doing it, see, by the renewing of your mind, to obey the Word of God, regardless of what the price is. See? These things don’t come... It didn’t call...

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Our redemption wasn’t a cheap thing, it was the Son of God had to die for us. See? It isn’t... Things of value come of great price.

To bring this Message, it wasn’t easy. See? No, it isn’t. I had to forsake everything that was dear to me, even my own people, everybody. But you see the value of it is, you see, is to do the will of God. And to do that, which knowing that there is something in me, when they used to say... Well, they was going to put me away; thought I lost my mind. "Baptizing in the Name of Jesus Christ, contrary to the church. And all these things!" They said, "He is crazy." But, you see, no matter what they said, there is something has to be done. And God just takes a person, sticks him in His hand, and say, "Do this," and you do it.

How a price it might have been to Saint Paul; taught under Gamaliel, the greatest teacher of the day. And to come down, and the very thing that he considered heresy, the things that he thought that was the worse things that could have happened to the church, he comes right around and becomes a partaker of It. A strange thing! "And how God works in wonderous ways, in strange, odd ways, His wonders to perform."

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When God had spoke it, He knowed His Word was a seed; and it could, it would bring forth of its kind. Now, it was commanded to bring forth only of its kind, and it will always do that if man don’t tamper with it.

And so would God’s Church and everything else, bring forth of the kind like it was at the first, if theologians didn’t tamper with that Word, trying to put It somewhere else, or something else. God has spoke It. And no matter how much they can, they try to contaminate It and tamper It, and so forth, It’s going to bring forth of Its kind. There is just nothing to stop It.

I hope I don’t sound like I’m yelling at you all. [Brother Branham adjusts a microphone.] Is that too loud? [Congregation says, "No."] See?

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Now we find everything in order. God spoke it, and He said, "Let there be, let there be. And let there be an Eden. Let there be beautiful flowers. Let there be My son, in My Own image, stand over there in the garden of Eden, and let his bride stand by his side." Oh, how beautiful, what that was. And the Father, He was a Father, you see, so there come His Own children coming forth. And He made a paradise for them. God loves to do things for His children.

Don’t you remember how, you mothers, and how no matter how; if you had to allowance the table, if Junior needed a good pair of shoes that he liked, you—you’d do it, see. Whatever it was, to do something for your children! Dad, how you’d work a little harder, to get something for the children. See?

Well, that just shows that we are way down here, a parent. He is the extreme Parent, see, and how much more! No wonder the apostle said, "Eye has not seen, or ear has not heard, neither has it entered the heart of man, what God has for them, in store, that love Him." We just can’t conceive in our mind, we, our mind isn’t eligible of thinking the right—right direction what God has for store, in us that love Him. See, we, I can imagine what it will be, I can think what it will be, but I—I... my mind is not—not—not capable of thinking how great it is. It’s beyond that. Could you imagine what Heaven will be when we’ll all be there, and young, and no sin? And no... Oh, what a beautiful place! But, see, it’s beyond that. See, we, "it can’t even enter the heart of man, what God has for them, in store." He spoke it, and it’s going to be so.

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Now after all this beautiful layout that He had there, of His... I don’t mean to say it in that word, layout, but kind of like the... Don’t the mother, before the coming child, don’t they call that layette? They get the... all the little booties and everything ready, you know, just for the arriving of this little portion of love that God is sending, getting that.

That’s what God did for Adam and Eve. He created this garden of Eden. He had spoke it, it was in His mind; and when He says it, then it has to happen.

Bear that on mind now. What He says, it must happen! See, and He can’t... Nothing can—can hinder it, nothing can keep it from happening. There is nothing can keep it from happening. God said so, that settles it! God said it, it’s going to happen.

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Now He had all this in mind, and He said, "Let there be." Now, that’s Genesis 1, see, "Let there be this. Let there be that. Let there be." He was sowing seed. "Let it be here. Let it be here. Let it be here." And He knew it was going to be that way, because it cannot change.

Now that gives us faith, then. And what He said Here, it’s going to be. So let’s let that Seed fall into our hearts, that we might be the bedding grounds of That, see, into our hearts. And let us act out this place that He has placed us in, in the last days. See, "Let the Seed fall in our hearts, Lord. Let Thy Word fall in my heart." Let there not be any unbelief!

Like Abraham, when he was an old man, looked like impossible. "How they going to do that? How is he going to be this way?" He never considered that. He just received the Word of God, and went on believing it, and God brought it to pass. Now, God had said all these things, so he knew it would be. And it did, He brought forth of its kind.

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Now that He had transformed then, all the seed into the living creature and creation that it was supposed to be, it came up just as He said it would. Or, He said, "Let it be." Maybe hundreds and hundreds of years passed, but here we find it a beautiful Eden, and the big birds a-flying. Them birds didn’t have to die. And the wolf and the lamb were feeding together, and the lion, the leopard and ox. And there was no killing, no death, no sorrow. And there was Adam and Eve, walking in the garden of Eden. Every seed bringing forth, it never could do nothing else. It never could do nothing else, because God said, "Let it be that way." It had to be that way.

Oh, how I would like to stop here just a minute, to say, see, there is where we are facing, yet, the completion of that Word.

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Now God said, "Let there be." And here it come up, first, perfectly, just exactly. Now, this tree can only bring forth that tree. This tree can only bring forth this tree. And Adam, a son of God, can only bring forth a son of God. See, you get what I mean? It’s every thing after its kind, and so God could say, "Well, I’ll just rest now."

And did you notice, it was very few words that God ever spoke, actually, from that time on? He committed it, after the fall, to His prophets, and they bring forth the Word now, you see. God rested, He didn’t have no more to do. They just go to His headquarters and knock on the door, and say, "Father, what is it?" And He sends the Word down by them. See, He has a system, and the way of doing those things.

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"Let it be just..." And that’s the way it was, everything, of its seed bringing forth of its kind. Now when everything looked so pretty, and everything coming to pass just to what God had said, now here comes that slimy, dirty deceiver.

Now that’s what I’m trying to warn you all here about. When you see God’s Seed begin to take hold, to grow, watch out for that fellow coming in just as slick as he can be, quote Scripture just to who wouldn’t have it, see. Watch him, ’cause he is a deceiver.

I’m going to call it, instead of a—a conformer, being conformed, he is a deformer, deforming the things that’s been conformed. He is a deformer, and, he, a deformer, or a perverter, or a corrupter of the original Seed and the original program.

Now you see here, like in your group here this morning, you got a program, you got a vision. Now watch for that corrupter, oh, he’ll be sly and slick as he can be, you see. But keep your vision, boy. See, keep holding to that.

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Now also we find out that, when he come in, he deformed that seed. And he corrupted that seed by getting into the bedding grounds, which was Eve, and corrupting that seed, with a corruptible seed, before it could get there, to corrupt that beautiful garden of Eden.

Where—where, Heaven, the only thing that that is, is just the restoration. Where we are now, we are on our road back to that original beginning of the creation of God, back to the garden of Eden again; husband and wife, without—without any—any sin or anything, to live Eternally. But the—the tran-... the...

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Now, now He wants us to transform our minds, by the renewing; or transformed, be transformed by the renewing of our—our minds.

Now Satan comes in and puts in a deforming to the Word, making It say something that It isn’t. Now that’s what he did in the beginning. And now notice, this is going to sound awful strange this morning, to—to people, if I don’t wait and base too much thought here before I get to my regular thought that I wanted to—to get to you. Is this, that, the deformer came in; and as God had took six thousand years with the original Word, to bring forth every word of its kind, and everything that He made would be God’s Own Word bringing forth of its kind, now the deformer has took six thousand years, and to deform that Word of God. And what has he done? He has brought hisself to a new type of Eden, Satan’s Eden. That’s where we’re living today.

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How did he do that? How could it happen? Now the striking part is how he did it. And that’s where we have to, what I’m here for, to lay this down before you, so that you can study of it now, and with the brothers here, and so forth, in the weeks to come, that you can see how Satan did this. And watch how cunning he is, and how sly he is.

Now, he deformed these seeds. Now, he could not destroy them, he just deformed them. Now we realize that sin is righteousness perverted. It’s just that a lie is a truth misrepresented. See, anything. An adultery is the right act, that God ordained, just took in the wrong way. See, anything. And death is a perversion of life. Death just takes, see, deforms life.

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Now he had six thousand years to do it with his poison spray. And how did he do it? Now this is the striking part. And listen close now. He did it by civilization. Now that sounds strange, but that’s what. I’m going to make a statement here that will keep you guessing, maybe, for a few minutes; I hope not. But did you realize this? Now I’m not trying to support ignorance. But did you know that civilization, science, education, and the things that we cherish so great today, is the very instrument of Satan, even civilization? Civilization never come by God. Civilization come by Satan. Now I’ll prove that to you by the Word, just in a few minutes.

Civilization is not of God. For, let me show you; in this civilization, the more civilized we get as we work through science, we are always killing ourselves. See? And this civilization has built up to its pinnacle now, and we got death in this civilization. We got sin in this civilization. We got sickness in this civilization. That can’t be of God.

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So, God, in the Mil-... His great, Own great Kingdom that is to come, we will have a civilization, but it’ll not be anything like this. It won’t be by science. It’ll be a faith civilization, by the Word. See?

This scientific civilization we have, is exactly Satan’s trap, and that’s what he has killed the people with. That’s what he is killing us, every day, with. That’s how, as we eat, each day; instead of living, we die. They have so perverted everything, to even take just so much of this and mix it with this, and hybrid this and that, that, till it’s dying. It’s a dying race. And no matter what you try to do, you die.

You seen that picture last night, of those Africans. You know why? They never had penicillin. Them people live longer than we do. They don’t even know they... Germs don’t bother them. See, why, a germ would throw up his hand and surrender at them. See? Because he, see, he don’t, he... They don’t. Why? They haven’t all been... See, we’ll take, science to figure out, like a penicillin or something they’ll place in us, to—to take this disease out, and it tears down something else, and makes a bedding ground for something else. See? Now, he don’t do that. See?

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Now any, many of you people come from farms. Anyone knows that a good healthy plant never needs to be sprayed. It’s—it’s got a repellent on it itself, of life, that a germ won’t even get on it, on a real—on a real healthy plant. It’s this hotbed plant, it’s this hybrid plant you have to baby!

For instance, some of you fellows here are Westerners here. Look back in the time of the old longhorned cow. Today you say you got a better beef with your—with your Hereford. Have you? You haven’t. That old longhorn cow, not taking up for the old girl, but she could, she would winter out here like a deer. Oh, she was skinny and everything, but she was twice...

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This Hereford, you pull hay under him, when you take his picture, up to his tummy, nearly, to show that he’s beef to the hock. And what is it? You turn him loose out there, he would die. He couldn’t winter it if he had to. You have to feed him, and everything else, to take care of him, baby him around. He’s a hybrid. See? But a real, genuine old longhorn, just turn him loose.

That’s the way today with our Christians. We got so many we have to softsoap, to beg them, put them, make them a deacon in the church, pat him on the shoulder, and make him some great position in the church. Or, if you don’t, why, he, he won’t—he won’t come in, if you don’t let this one do this, and this one do that. It’s babying.

Could you imagine genuine Christians being that? They were rugged. They were burly. Could you imagine Saint Paul being that type of a Christian, could you imagine Saint Peter, "Being now—now, if you don’t make me general overseer, well, I don’t know, I might go join So-and-so"? They were rugged man. They were men of faith. They lived with God. They walked with God. They were men of few words. They served God, day and night, constantly. You didn’t have to spray them and baby them, and offer them this, that, or the other. They were man, rugged! They were genuine seeds, not hybrid in denominations.

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"If you, the Methodists don’t treat me right, I’ll go to the Baptists. The Baptists don’t treat me right, I’ll go to the Pentecostals. If they don’t treat me right, I’ll go back to the Catholics, or whatever more." See, they, it’s a hybrid, have to keep them sprayed, "Yes, Doctor Reverend Brother So-and-so." That ain’t Christianity.

Christianity asks—asks no titles, it asks no favors. It only knows God. It’s original seed. It loves God, and loves one another. There is no spraying on them, and babying them, and patting them around, and saying, "Yes, well, this sister, well, I believe it’s all right for her to have short hair, and this one not." And—and there is no such stuff as that, and let them get by with this. It’s—it’s rugged, it’s the Gospel! Lay it out there, let it fall where it will. Christians love it.

Must I be carried Home, to Heaven,

On a flowery bed of ease,

While others fought to win the prize

And sailed through bloody seas?

Must I be patted on the back, and this, that, and the other, and babied? I expect my place out yonder with the rugged. I expect not to come up there with no trophy scars at all.

I must fight, if I must reign,

Increase my courage, Lord!

See, let me stand like a Christian. Not to be a—a hybrid plant. Have to be babied and petted, and brought into something. You’re not brought in anyhow, Christianity, you’re born in it. You become a new creature, you’re a seed of God, that comes into the earth.

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Now, now we find out that he sprayed this poison spray, and that spray was the spray of modern understanding, education, science, and civilization, the very things that we cherish so much. Did you ever stop to think that our great enemy, in the natural life today among the nations, is communism? What is the god of communism? Civilization, and education, science. That’s right, isn’t it? That’s what they live on and thrive on, is science, scientific, sciences, a god of science. Now if you would just... and with the poison spray of this modern civilization, science and education.

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Now let me prove to you that education and civilization come from the devil. Now let us turn back here and see, if you want to, in Genesis, the 4th chapter. All right, now let’s begin with the 16th verse of Genesis 4. Fourteen here or... Genesis 4, pardon me. Now notice, Satan...

You people, follow these tapes, with our—our brother here, now, you’ve heard me preach on the Serpent’s Seed, and that cannot be denied. That was opened up in one of those Seven Seals. It was hid.

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Now if children has come up under that kind, see, under that kind of teaching, that’s what their parents was, they have the nature of their parents, their denominations, and so forth, they have to believe that. See, they believe that because they’re borned under that parent. But today we’re not borned under that parent; our Parent is the Word. And the Word... "Well," say, "I was borned under God, too." For that age. But this is the climax age, this is the age beyond those denominations.

There had to come forth, must come forth; God ordained it so, that there must come forth, them Seven Seals must be opened. It was supposed to be done in this Laodicean age. And I think, beyond any shadow of doubt... Not as we brag; we have no brag, only on Jesus Christ; none of us. We only brag on Jesus Christ. But we are thankful with the... for the privilege of knowing by any... beyond any shadow of doubt, God has chose us in this last days, and has proven it by the signs in the Heavens and in the earth; and every one of them coming right straight back to the Word, to prove that it’s so, this age that we live in, the Message and how It is. We’re not a cult. We’re not a bunch of fanatics. We are servants of God, that’s been called by the Holy Ghost. You’ll have all kinds of names tacked to you, but that don’t mean it’s so.

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Now remember, Satan’s son was Cain. Now I think you all been through all the tapes, which, I see your libraries out here, of them. Now remember that Eve become pregnant by Satan, and in the same day... We got a case of it in Tucson now, that a woman, if she becomes... she lives with two man, she can have two different type of children. We know that. I knowed it in breeding dogs and things, and so forth, if it’s right away.

So Satan, that morning perhaps, met this evil one, which was the serpent; not in a reptile, but a beast; most subtle, cunning, smart, of all of the beasts, just under man. And man is beast, himself, and we are—we are mammal, warmblooded animal.

And—and Satan was the next link here, this serpent, was the next thing to a man, from a chimpanzee, stand between man and—and the chimpanzee. Now science is looking for that missing link. And it’s so hid by taking him down, and even not a bone in him looks like a man, see, making him a reptile.

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Now, we find now, that this fellow found Eve in the garden of Eden, this young woman that knowed no sin, knowed not what her nakedness was. And he knew. He was smart, subtil, wise. And he told her, "The seed, the—the fruit was pleasant and it was desirable," and... when he lived with her that morning.

And then, see, then, the afternoon, she persuaded Adam to do the same thing, telling him what it was.

And then Adam deliberately, knowing he ought not to a-done it, walked out with his wife and did this act. Which, finally he would have come to it anyhow. But, see, it had to be that way, the wisdom of God, ’cause this then, that, displays His attribute to be a Saviour, Father, Healer. You’ve heard me preach on that, see. Now if that hadn’t have been done...

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He just let them out there on free moral agency, to let them act. He couldn’t make them do it, and then still be just. But He could put them equal with Him, and free moral agency, and then let them do it themselves. And He knew they would do it.

And so then, you see, then when Adam lived with, she brought forth twins. And one of them was of Satan; and one of them was of Adam, which was of God. Cain and Abel.

And that happens. We got a case there in Tucson now. The—the white woman lived with her husband one morning, and that afternoon she lived with a Negro. And one of the little boys... There was two little boys was born. One of them was a little kinky-headed Negro, and the other one is a—a blond-headed kid, real pretty. And—and, think now, she is trying to make the white father take care of both children. And he said, "I’ll take care of my own, but not his. Let the Negro man take care of his own child." So, you see, it’s true.

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There is always twins. And that’s the reason... Don’t forget this, little flock. The church in the last days is going to be twins, "so close that it’ll deceive the Elected..." Matthew 24:24, see. The church is going to... It’s a Pentecostal move. It’s so much like the real thing, till it would "deceive the very Elected if it was possible." And a little later on, if I get the chance, I want to explain what, how that election comes. See, it’s going to deceive them because it’s almost like the same thing. See, just two fathers, that’s all; same mother, same church, same movement, same thing. The bedding ground is the same, where the Word falls; but one of them, like here, is perverted. You understand? Say "amen" if you do. [Congregation says, "Amen."] See, one of them is a perversion, because it’s the wrong father. Which, I will prove someday, if God will let me, that denomination is the mark of the beast. See, it’s the wrong father, he is stirring people to an organization instead of to the Word. See, it’s the wrong father. It’s a Cain move.

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When I go home this time, I’m preaching on the subject, "The Trail Of The Serpent"; the beast at the beginning, and the beast at the end; and trail him right through the Bible, and show how he heads up. See? And you all get that on the telephone, you see, if the Lord permits us to do it. And now just watch how cunning that fellow is, how he’s just exactly just... Well, they’re just like Judas and Jesus there, both brothers in their tribe, just like Esau and Jacob. And—and like the—the crow and the dove, sitting on the same roost. And everything is a twin, in—in this great warfare that we’re in.

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The enemy uses deception, like he did to Eve, "Oh, God has said? Surely, but—but surely..." See?

See, trying to reason it beyond what God said originally, "Thou shalt die!"

He said, "Yes, God said That, but surely..." See that spray over it? See? But what God says, God keeps, He don’t need any help from Satan. He keeps It. So, don’t never be deceived by that. Now we notice, then, that it brought forth of its kind. Now in Genesis here, we find out, after the spraying of this poison of knowledge.

Now, science is knowledge. And all we hear is: "Science, science, science, science." The great subject in school: Science! Today, a better automobile, a better this, a better home, a better house, a better this, a better that. What are we doing? Dying, all the time. Created an automobile, we quit walking; quit walking, we would turn to blubber. Well, we don’t have man anymore; we have jellyfish. That’s right.

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And the woman, all she does, throw the clothes, and then [Brother Branham taps something.] press a button, there it is. When, your mammy used to walk to the spring, and pack water, and chop wood, and boil over a kettle somewhere, and—and fix her clothes like that. And we’re so soft, if they’d do it, it would kill us. But, we can’t help it, this is the age we’re living in.

Even science says now, that, "Little girls are coming into menopause, young women between twenty and twenty-five years old." I meet them right in the line. "That young men go through their middle age, between twenty and twenty-five years old." My mother... My wife went through, about thirty-five to forty. My mother went through, from forty-five to fifty. See how the degenerating in this last days. Because why? We’re working more on science.

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Hundred and fifty years ago, the only travel a man had was by horse or by foot. And now he goes by jet, almost by a thought. See, science has done it, and that’s of the devil. Now you say, "That right, Brother Branham?" Yes, sir.

Let’s take Genesis now, 4:

And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord...

Now watch the first thing he done. (You tell me when you think we got enough here, ’cause I’ll just stop on this anywhere.) See, "Cain went out from the Presence of the Lord." There he made his mistake. And there is where you will make a mistake, and there is where I’ll make the mistake, the very minute we walk out of the Presence of God.

...Cain went... from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.

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See how religious it was, went around to the "East" side, East side.

And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and Enoch builded a city,

See, civilization.

...he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.

And... Enoch was born Irad: and Irad be-... and Irad be-...

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...took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other was Zillah.

And Adah bare Jabal: and... the father of such dwelt in tents, and of such that has cattle.

And his brother’s name was Jubal: (I guess, J-u-b-al) he was the father... as such as handle the harps and organs.

See, music; science, see, coming in.

And Zillah,... also bare Tubul-cain, an instructer of every a-r-t-i-f-i-c-e-r of brass and iron:

In other words, kind of molding, putting it together.

...and the sister of Tubal-... Tubal-cain was Naamah.

And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt.

If Cain shall be avenged seven times, truly Lamech seventy... seven folds, or sevenfold.

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Now notice, as soon as they went out from the Presence of the Lord, they started building cities, they started making instruments; they started in science, to making brass and iron, and—and playing music, and so forth. See? See? Now where did it come from? Who went out? Cain, the serpent’s seed. You understand it? [Congregation says, "Amen."] Cain went out. And, notice, he went out from the Presence of the Lord, and started working in science.

Now look where he is still working, see: science, education, cities, culture. It’s of the devil. Who started it? The devil. Who is it of today? The devil. Atomic bombs and things, to destroy us with. We live in it. We have to live here. We are a being, we have to stay here. But God’s great civilization won’t have any of that in it. See? And science is taking—is taking the natural things and perverting it to do things that it wasn’t intended to do.

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And so is scientific religion! It takes the Word of God and makes a church organization out of it, instead of doing the things that it’s supposed to do.

They say, "The days of miracles is passed."

The Bible said, "He is the same yesterday, today, and forever."

"There is no such a thing as Divine healing."

"Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. These signs shall follow them that believe: In My Name they shall cast out devils; they’ll speak with new tongues; if they take up serpents, or drink deadly things, it won’t harm them; if they lay their hands on the sick, they shall recover." What? Then, all nations, everybody, every creature! "Lo, I am with you, even to the end of the earth, end of the—of the world kosmos, the whole thing, end of the consummation." He is absolutely there!

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And now, see, they take science, and say, "Oh, well, as long as we gather together and join church, and we become this, or a good straight member. We pay our..."

See, it’s—it’s not saying, "Oh, there is no such a thing as God." You heard my tape on the false christs in the last days. See, not the false Jesus (Satan knowed better than that, see), but it’s false christs. Christ means the "anointed one." And they are actually anointed, anointed with (what?) the Holy Spirit, to do signs and wonders. And they do it.

But, see, when it comes down now, we’re in the last age, not back in the Pentecostal age there. We are over here in the last age. And the first age begin with the Word, which was Christ. And the last age has to end with the Word, which is Christ. And these other things, these shucks and so forth, as I have explained, is just carriers of the Word, to serve its purpose until It comes into the full stature, see, of what the original grain was.

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Now the 25th verse:

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

And to Seth... And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: and then men begin to call on the name of the Lord.

See how that serpent’s seed went off into science, education, cities, and music, and great things, and education, and science, and so forth.

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But the seed of the righteous one, who it was...

See, Eve didn’t have a seed. You know that. The woman doesn’t have a seed, the female. She has an egg, but not a seed. But she... appointed him, a seed, see, appointed by God’s appointment, she took the seed. And the great Seed, course, from the woman, was that God gave. See, God appointed her a seed instead of the one that Cain slew; that, the enemy, death, serpent’s seed slew God’s seed, in perversion there, you see. God appointed, through the woman, a Seed, which is Christ, see, to bring back the original seed again. You see it? And so you see the perversion brought death through education and intelligence, and what we call today, science and religion, and so forth, it brought death. But she... appointed him, a seed, and then man began to call upon the Name of the Lord, and begin to come back to the Word again. See?

And remember, follow that seed, as we will track it in a few weeks, on this serpent. You follow that, it switches right through the Scripture. Watch it. Them two vines grow right together, as you heard my Message on "the vine." They come right up together, and so close together that it would almost deceive the very elected, if possible, in the last days when it come to the head. It puts forth a grain just like a wheat, but it isn’t a wheat, see, it isn’t. It’s a shuck, yet.

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Now, see there: civilization, education... I think I’ve got about ten more Scriptures, you see, wrote down there, but I think not to go through that. But we understand by this, that education, science and civilization, is of the devil. That’s right. It isn’t of God. It is of the devil. Now, I don’t say you shouldn’t have it. No, certainly not. A little later on, I can, we’ll prove that; that God...

Just like you wearing clothes, you women, us man. We wasn’t supposed to wear clothes, in the beginning. But, see, being that we live in this age we do, we must wear clothes, see. It’s appointed to us to do that. We must wear them. But in the beginning, we didn’t have to, see, because we knew no sin. But now we have to.

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Now we have to have automobiles. Now we must go places and visit, and so forth, in automobiles and science, and so forth, but it isn’t of God. It is not of God. Educations, but they’re...

God’s form of education, civilization, science, is in its original condition, see, it goes beyond this what we’re doing.

Now look, they take certain things and put certain things together, and it makes a chemical that will destroy. Now leave them in their right position, they’re all right; put them together, they’re all wrong. See? See, it brings death.

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And when you try to take the Word of God and put It in religion of this world, you bring death to yourself. It kills the subject. See what I mean? It kills the person. You say, "Well, now look, you believe in God."

"Oh, now, you don’t have to believe that. If you—you—you... our church." Right then, that’s the boom that kills the—that kills the subject.

You’ve got to let everything fall aside, and take the Word only. Stay right with that Word. Don’t leave. When God said so, that’s just what it is. I don’t care what education can prove.

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In the days of Noah, they could prove there was no water up there in the skies. But God said there was coming some down, and it come. That’s right.

They say today, "There is no fire up there, to fall." But watch it fall, one day. Uh-huh. "How we going to do this and do that?" Watch God do it. He will. He said it would do it.

And that Seed will take a hold somewhere. Glory to God! The only thing He’s looking for, today, is a bedding ground, somewhere that It can bed.

It’ll start in somebody, and they’ll pervert It, and spray It like he did Eve. It started in Eve, for her to bed forth and bring forth sons of God, not sons of Satan. But she was a bedding ground, and it fell in the wrong place. So will the Word fall in an unbeliever, or a doubter, or a skeptic. It’ll make a church member out of them, but never a son or daughter of God. You tell them to let their hair grow; they’ll laugh in your face. You tell them to do this or that, or the man to do it, they’ll laugh in your face. It’s not sons of God. It’s the wrong bedding ground, yet they’re holding the Seed. See the false anointed ones? They’re anointed, yes, with the Holy Spirit, speak in tongues, and do signs and wonders; but it’s of Satan.

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Jesus said, "Many will come to Me in that day, and say, ‘Lord, Lord, have not I cast out devils, and—and worked great, mighty works and wonders in Your Name?’" He said, "Depart from Me, you workers of iniquity."

What is iniquity? David said, "If I conceive iniquity in my heart, God will not hear me." See?

Iniquity is something that you know that you ought to do and you won’t do it. You know better, but won’t do it. It’s iniquity, see. You know they should stay with the Word of God, but for the church sake, or somebody else’s sake, or something else, you’ll stray from the Word of God and do what the organization says. "Well, I don’t know. My church says we should do it this way, and I believe it this way."

See, and it’s right before you that you shouldn’t do it. That’s iniquity. "Depart from Me, you that work iniquity."

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Look at the great Saint Paul, in I Corinthians 13, he said, "Though I speak with tongue of men and Angels..." Now you that want, or somebody want, to lay onto that that’s the evidence of the Holy Ghost? Paul said, "Though I speak with tongues like men and Angels, and have not charity" like you all have here among you, "I am nothing." See?

You can speak with tongues, yes, because It’s the Word. A preacher can take this Word, and go forth and preach It, and say that Word, and that Word will grow. But the preacher could be a hypocrite, himself. It’s the Word. See? But the true living creature of God takes all of the purpose, the Word. "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth out." And you add something else with That, you got a perverted plant.

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If I start out here with a wheat, and put a—a cocklebur with it, and would interbreed them together, if it could be done so by the pollen, and put in there, I got a wheat cocklebur. See? It looks like a wheat, and yet it’s a cocklebur. It ain’t genuine life, it can’t reproduce itself again. See? It’ll come forth, but it can’t reproduce itself.

A—a—a donkey can breed to a mare horse, and she’ll bring forth a mule, but that mule can’t breed back to a mule. It’s a hybrid.

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"Let every word bring forth of its kind." See, it can breed once. And the church can come as an organization, once, but it can’t rebreed itself; it brings out another organization. Lutheran can’t breed to the Lutheran; it brought out a Methodist. And a Methodist brought out a Pentecostal. See, it can’t rebreed back, because it’s dead. It can’t start a revival. Where did God ever start a revival in an organization? Look over your history. He never did. It’s the organization that forms behind the revival.

When Luther, the man of God, came forth with the message of justification, behind him come the Lutheran church. They could never could build up.

Then God sent a man by the name of John Wesley, there come a revival behind that. What’d they do? Organized. It never could re-bring itself again. See, it’s sterile.

Hallelujah! But the Word of God shall ever endure! That’s right. It’ll bring forth Its kind.

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Here come a Pentecostal along, he can’t; look what it done, organized. It can’t rebreed itself. They can have Oral Robertses and everything else, all over the country, it cannot do it. It’ll hang right back to that old natural breed of the mule. It cannot! No matter how many injections it has, it’s still; how many of the spiritual affairs it has, and whatever it has, it’s... You, now you’re adults, you know what I’m talking about. No matter how many husband and wives it has, and whatever more, and how many little sisters it builds up out here, and little churches and organizations, it cannot breed a revival. It’s finished. It crossed up to the world, from the Word of God, and it cannot reproduce itself again. God will raise up some other something and start His Word moving on; and if it organizes, it’ll die too! That’s right. It cannot reproduce itself, because it’s a hybrid. That’s correctly.

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Look at your hybrid corn today, they say, "That’s the best corn." It’s—it’s a killer. It’s what’s killing you. Your lives wasn’t made for... Your bodies wasn’t made for that. Your bodies was made for the original grain. That’s the reason your fathers and mothers, and so forth, lived longer. That’s the reason they were tough. Man, seventy and eighty years old, was rough and tough. See, they lived on the natural things. Watch these old mountain men out here, live on deer and—and the original grains. Put a man in here, in the city; here he comes along, a big slop, at about thirty-five, forty years old. Soft? Certainly! Well, I get off the subject, don’t I?

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Notice, but I’m trying to get it over to you, that’s civilization, what we call culture. Culture, you hear so much about that. Now, did you ever hear what my estimation of culture was? It’s a man that ain’t got nerve enough to kill a rabbit, but can eat a bellyful of it after somebody else kills it. So, I, that’s what I—I—I—I think of culture, you see. That’s, that’s right, see. We don’t...

God don’t come by... It isn’t culture a man into God. You don’t civilize him into God. He is born, a seed of God, from God, always was God, and can never be nothing else but God. You’re not cultured into It.

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Now, how he has his kind of Eden, and by a deformed seed! Satan has made his great even, his great Eden now. What is it? Culture, science, beautiful churches, high steeples, fine polished preachers, education: "DA., D., Ph.D., LL.D., Doctor of Literature, Doctor of Divinity, Doctors!" Every time you pronounce that, it just takes him that much farther from God, just throws him plumb away. And the congregations don’t want somebody stand up there and use the words of "hit, hain’t, and tote, and carry, and fetch." They don’t want that. They want some beautiful something.

That’s the same thing Cain had on his mind (their daddy, at the beginning), offered flowers and fruits of the land, when God wanted sacrifice, a man with the revelation of God: it was blood! Not a pear, or a peach, or a plum, or whatever it was, or, a apricot, as they say now: it was the blood that brought us out of the garden of Eden, a—a degraded blood, a woman that let the seed of the wrong person be planted into the womb and start it.

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Now we find, to prove the Message is just timely, what I’m speaking to you about, to prove it, look about days of hybreeding today, trying to make a prettier specie. Look at hybreeding. Look in the plant life.

Here last summer (It was this summer, it was.) I had a little old wild flower (he was showing me out there a few minutes ago, it come on my mind), a little wild flower I had in the bed here, I had to water that thing twice a day, to keep it alive. It was a hybrid. But it originated from another little yellow flower, which was put together with something else, to make this flower.

And that little guy stood out there, when, you could dig ten feet in the ground and couldn’t find even enough moisture to spit. See, it was—it was—it was just living in the dust, and it was just as pretty, and it didn’t have to be watered. It was the original. It wasn’t hybrid. There was nothing mixed to it, it was genuine flower.

And this was something mixed with it, have to water it and pet it, and baby it. See? This you didn’t; no bugs got on it. We have to spray it, and everything else, to keep them; and the flies and gnats and things, them off like that. If you don’t, it’d kill them.

You don’t have, a gnat wouldn’t come near him!

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Oh, that’s a real, genuine, born-again Christian. You could tempt him with anything you want to. He is still a Christian. Tempt her wherever you want to be, she is still a Christian.

A little lady from one of the brothers here, some of your people, their church wrote me a letter the other day. Said, "Daddy don’t want me to go to a baseball... or a basketball game, Brother Branham. We believe..." She said, was twelve years old, said, "Brother Branham, we believe you have the Word of the Lord, in what you tell us now." Said, "I kind of think daddy is wrong. But," said, "what you say, I’m going to believe." Now, that sweet little girl, see.

So I thought. "Well," I said, "honey, look if you are a Christian, you’re a Christian anywhere. No matter where you’re at, you’re still a Christian. But," I said, "you see, on the basketball floor, what daddy is thinking about, you hear them kids swearing and carrying on like that. I still believe you’d be a Christian. But, you see, daddy is more advanced in life than you are. See?" Now, I said, "Now you are twelve years old, and you said you had a little sister, four. Now she wants you to cut paper dolls. ‘Oh, go on, I ain’t got no time to cut paper dolls.’ See, you are farther advanced than little sister."

Now that’s where the church ought to be today, further advanced in the Word of God. Not Methodist, Baptist, Pentecostals, Presbyterian; but advanced in the Word, to sons and daughters of God. Uh! All right. All right. The Message being timely, proved.

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By science, by his science and research, you see, they have tried to pervert everything, make a different seed, make a different something, make it prettier.

Look at our sisters. I remarked a while ago, about how pretty they looked. Oh, you might stand them up out here in a world’s contest with some of this Gloria Swanson’s, or some of these stripteases and things over here in California, and they’d miss it a million miles. But their name ain’t on that book of fame; it’s on the Book of Life, see. Uh-huh. "A meek and a humble spirit is a great treasure to God." And the Bible said for—for our women to "adorn themselves with a meek and humble spirit, subject to your husbands, and sweetness." That’s what’s a great price in the sight of God. See? That’s right.

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Not all this here, that’s what they done; they, Max Factor, has beautified women, outwardly, which is of Satan. All that stuff is of the devil. Did you know that? Certainly. It’s all of the devil.

Now I remember my little wife when she was pretty and young, she didn’t wear make-up. No. She come up, I baptized her in the Name of Jesus, when she was in little knee dresses like that, see. But now she is getting old, she said, "I’m just getting so wrinkled."

I said, "You know, as you get older, my eyes get dimmer. I remember you the way you was, and I remember and know in my heart what you are going to be someday. See? See? See, with a quiet and sweet spirit that you have, God will get us together again over yonder. That’s that, then we’ll never be changed then." So why...

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But, you see, in the days of Noah, when the sons of God saw the daughters of man, were pretty, they taken unto them women, for wives. See, the sons of God saw the daughters of man, ’cause they were sexy and—and dressed like that. They, they lusted for the women, and they went for them, see.

I’m thankful that you sons of God seen beyond that, see, how that women make themselves. See?

But what is it? It’s all pretty. It’s a hybreeding. Take some of them, wash their face, they... you wouldn’t know what you’d have. See? And that’s right. Maybe enough temper to fight a buzz saw, and—and nasty, and—and ornery, and filthy, and run around with other man.

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I don’t care what, my wife, I—I respect loyalty in any woman. When I was a little boy, I always said, "If a negro woman wanted to be loyal, I would shed the last drop of my blood to keep her that way." See, I respect what’s right, the right thing. I’ve tried to live by that, all my life. I was young then, now I’m old, I haven’t changed my ideas a bit. See?

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Science, in the same pattern Eve did, he also has done to the church, pervert her over. He carried out his plans today, through his hybrid church, his modern Eden that we have today. We are living in a scientific Eden, Satan’s Eden, a scientific Eden.

If you’d want to turn to it, in Isaiah 14:12. I’ll quote it to you, if you want to, if you want, 12 and 14:

...Satan said in his ownself, I will exalt myself above the most High.

He would have a kingdom, that it would be even the sons of God would worship him. And that’s just exactly what he’s done. He’s done it through church, religion, like he started in the beginning, religion. He’s done it.

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Also as the prophet Paul seen, in 2 Thessalonians the 2nd chapter, that he—he heads up in E-... his, the great scientific Eden in this day, in scientific, in education and civilization. And has made, hisself, and will finally head up in the ecumenical council, where all churches will have to bow to him. And see what it is? It’s that spirit of delusion working among the people; sons of God, which are made in the image of God; and daughters of man, which is made in the image of man; has taken them under falsehood, like he did Eve. And has formed, hisself, through his own gimmicks of science and education and culture, till he’s got himself a modern, scientific, death Eden.

Where, God, by His Word, spoke, and He had an Eden without death; no science, no education like we have today, or no civilization.

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