TRYING TO DO GOD A SERVICE WITHOUT IT BEING GOD'S WILL

Sa 27.11.1965, Frühstück, Washington Youree Hotel
Shreveport, Louisiana, USA
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...minister brothers, and you friends out there, I say it’s a privilege to be here this morning. Such an introduction as that, why, I don’t know how I’m ever going to live up to that one.

But just setting there talking, Brother Nolan, I don’t believe I’ve ever met a person just exactly (We all are made in different molds, but by the same God.) like Brother Jack Moore, um-hum, well, he’s certainly been... Brother Nolan just saying, "Since I’ve been here with him..." (that’s his son-in-law), and how he had learned to love him and respect his wisdom and things. And that, I can say "amen" to that. The many fine thing... times that we’ve had together, he and I, and Brother Brown, Brother Boutliere here. Fine men of God that I really love them with all my heart.

And then I—I see we’re all not getting any younger, well, I just think of the time now that watching us as we change since about twenty years ago crossing the deserts, and so forth together as younger men. But just knowing that there is a Land where we’ll never get old. We’ll meet there again someday.

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Last night when I was leaving the tabernacle, there was a little lady laying back there on a cot, and she said, "Brother Branham, years ago..." I think she had been paralyzed. She said, "You told me..." I forget what the woman’s remark was now, something like this, I hope that I don’t misquote it. Said, "That this affliction I had would be for a purpose," or something, that she would have a baby. And she couldn’t understand how that would be done and her in that condition.

There stood a young, handsome-looking young man, he said, "I’m the baby that she had." Said, "I’m the baby that she had."

And so many things has happened along the road, we don’t even have time here to talk it over. We will on the other side.

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And this Business Men’s chapter, I do not belong to any organization, I guess as you all know, but I... This is the only group that I’m connected with, pack a fellowship card, is... They are interdenominational, it’s just businessmen. They have been a great asset to me and to the type of ministry that the Lord our Father has given me. It’s... it wasn’t exactly that I don’t like the organization; it’s just a ministry that’s given to me, and if I am not loyal to that call, then I’ll be a disloyal person to God.

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And, I’m thinking, just before I left Tucson, maybe many of you were there, one day I was, Los Angeles speaking to the chapter. And there was... I just raked the organization maybe a little—little hard. I—I didn’t mean to be that way. If you mean that to be mean, then I’d be a hypocrite. You mustn’t do that, no, that’s just throw off on someone. But I talked about a tree that I saw in Brother Sharrit’s yard. It had about five different kinds of fruit on it. And I said, "I never seen a tree like that in my life." It was a... it had grapefruit, it had lemons, it had tangerine, tangelos, oranges, everything growing on the same tree. "Well," I said, "I—I sure don’t get that. What kind of a tree is it?"

"It’s a orange tree."

And I said, "Well, that grapefruit?"

Said, "Yeah."

I—I said, "How is that?"

Said, "That’s grafted."

And I said, "Oh, I see."

He said, "They’re all of the citrus family, and any tree that’s of a citrus family be... can be grafted."

I said, "I understand." Then I started shouting just a little bit, you know, ’cause I am nervous and emotionally.

So, he said, "What’s the matter?"

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And I said, "Well, I was just thinking of something." And I said, "Now I want to ask you a question." I said, "Now, next year when the blooms come on, there won’t be oranges, tangelos, grapefruits, lemons; there’ll all be oranges because it’s in a orange tree, won’t it?"

He said, "No, no. No, each branch bears of its own."

Said, "I see."

So that still was sounding real good, because I’m... you know I’ve... course I got a degree out of Hartford and all of these other universities, you know. So—so I’m... watch nature, that’s the best university that I’ve ever found yet, the Creator’s university. So if I watch that, I get my sermons from the way I see nature acting.

And I said, "Well, that just makes me feel real good."

He said, "What’s the matter?"

I said, "I just thought of something."

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So, that day, I was preaching on that. And I said, "Now, you see, when the church first started out, it was... Jesus said..." I was preaching John 15. "‘I am the Vine, ye are the branches. And every branch that don’t bring forth fruit will be cut off, burnt.’"

And somebody just straddled my neck real hard on that, said, "You see, I thought if you was actually once filled with the Holy Ghost and saved, you said, ‘they couldn’t get away from it.’"

"That’s right."

He said, "What about that?"

I said, "Now you’re talking on a different subject. He’s talking about fruit-bearing there, not the Vine; He’s talking about fruitbearing, and not the Life. He said, ‘Well, just cut the tree back so it will grow, bear fruit.’"

He said...

And I said, "Now, see, this tree, when it started out, was all genuine, Bible Christians. Then along come a branch called Lutheran, Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian: lemons and what-more." And I said, "You see, it thrives on the name of Christianity, but it... It’s living off of that Tree, but it’s bearing its own denominational kind. See? But," I said, "if that orange tree ever puts out another limb itself, it’ll bear oranges like it did at the beginning."

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There happened to been, setting up there, a head of a great... one of our greatest Pentecostal organizations. I don’t know how to make it so that everybody will understand that it isn’t my idea that—that I’m—I’m against those brethren, sisters; that is wrong. I’m so misunderstood, and I don’t know why. See? People think I don’t even believe in people going to church. That’s a million miles from the Truth. "We must assemble ourselves together, and that much more as we see the day approaching." See? We must come together in unity. We might not...

If I lived in a city and they had nothing there but a... well, some church (I don’t want to call any name), but just any church, if they only believed one thing, that Jesus was Divine, all the rest of it was wrong, I’d go to that church. If I can’t get a whole loaf of bread, I—I’ll take a slice. See? I’ll go listen, worship the Lord, and show Him that I’m doing my part. I want Him to know I’m alive. I’m—I’m... want everybody to know what side I’m on. I assemble with the Christians, and there worship and—and serve the Lord.

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But it’s so hard, I... used to bother me so bad, and then I found out even our Lord was misunderstood in so many things. He’d say anything, and they’d... be misunderstood. I guess it just has to be that way. But those who are wise will understand. See? The Bible said so. They’ll catch It.

So this morning while saying this... And I said, "Now, they—they live off of the name of Christianity, but they bear the wrong kind of fruit. It has a denominational fruit. They set a thing, and they’re living right off of it, and living off the very Life."

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It’s what I was trying to say last night, that spirit can be baptized into that Spirit and still not be a Christian. See? You’re living right off of the same Life, but the fruits you bear tells what you are. See? That’s right. See? They can do all the signs, and pray for the sick, and heal the sick, and open eyes, and cast out devils, and—and do all these things, living right off of the same Life that’s in there, but still it’s a lemon. See? That’s right. "The fruits, you’re known," Jesus said. And so then we find out...

And when I got off the platform, this great leader raised up, he said, "He didn’t mean that." He said, "We know that we’re all grafted in." Well, that is true that we are grafted, stump grafted, that’s right; but not in the Vine, grafted. So then he said... begin to kind of—kind of slur me back a little bit.

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And there was a young fellow there, I think it’s some movie star’s people. His name’s Danny Henry, and he was a Baptist boy. Well, he come to the platform to put his arms around me, and he said, "Brother Branham, I hope this don’t sound sacrilegious, but," said, "I believe that could almost be the 23rd chapter of Revelation."

And I said, "Thank you."

And he started to say something else and he started speaking in tongues, a Baptist boy. And when he did, there was a—a woman from here in Louisiana, she was a Frenchman, kind of a big heavyset woman, she wrote down the interpretation.

Well, then there was another young fellow setting over here was a Frenchman, he wrote down what he said. They compared the notes, and they both was the same.

And then a big, light-headed boy standing way back in the back, at Clifton’s Cafeteria, come walking forth. He said, "Let me see those notes. I want to see what they was."

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And all three of them was the same for the interpretation. He was the interpreter for the U.N., French interpreter. And it said this:

Because thou has chosen this straight and narrow way, the harder way, you’ve done it at your own choosing.

But what a glorious decision you’ve made, because it’s MY WAY.

See? And said... and went ahead and said then:

This in itself is that which will bring to pass, and make and bring, shall pass, the tremendous victory in the Love Divine.

You see, always, even in French, the verb before the adverb there in the—in the—in the interpretation. So in that I couldn’t say... Moses, he made his choice, he had to make his choice. We all have to make our choices and do the best that we can. And God... I respect any man’s message that he’s given about God. I... whatever it is, I respect that with all my heart.

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Now, I see some young brother come a while ago, Brother Stringer, I think from down in Louisiana... or Mississippi, brought us some pictures here that you seen us watching it. It was of the Angel of the Lord, when It appeared. How many’s heard the story? I guess every one of you here’s heard it. You’ve had it on tape, and so forth.

Now, that was told me one morning at ten o’clock, standing in my room in Indiana. Told me I would be at Tucson, be early in the morning, I’d be picking a cocklebur (what we call there, a goat-header) off of my trouser leg. And seven Angels came and bursted this, and ground bursted and everything else, to... rocks rolled out of the mountains, and seven Angels stood there.

And I said, "Well..." I told my wife, and she’s somewhere present this morning, "You get everything ready ’cause no way a man could exist that," I said, "come out of that. I’m going to Tucson, my work is finished here on earth. I’m going Home to be with the Lord Jesus."

"Well," she said, "are you sure?"

I said, "Yes. Yeah, no one could—could stand that. There’s no way of doing it."

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I just preached The Seven Church Ages. That’s where I had called our gallant, little Brother Jack Moore to ask him about this, Jesus, in Revelation 1, standing there with white hair and everything.

I said, "He was a young Man." And that’s where the revelation come about that being a wig on, and not Him; He’s wigged (and I couldn’t understand it), as being Supreme Deity. And the old judges used to in Israel, had to be white-headed. And the white stands for purity. And the English judges till this day, in supreme courts of England, put on a white wig when they come out, because there’s no other law above theirs on earth. See? And they’re supreme judge.

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And I remember I went there in Arizona and everything, I try my best to... Scared to death. I went to Phoenix meeting. And remember, I preached the sermon, Sirs, What Time Is It? Remember that? I said that I seen that, I said, "Before it comes to pass, remember, THUS SAITH THE LORD, ‘Something’s going to happen.’" You’ve probably got the tapes in your library of tape now. And there I said, "You remember now the visions that never fails. ‘Something’s going to happen.’ Remember!"

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And a few days after that, I was getting nervous, and I thought, "What this? Am I going to die? If... I hope it’s quick so I can get over it. I don’t want to linger."

And one morning the Lord said, "Go up in the top of Sabino Canyon."

And I was up there holding up my hands, praying. I felt something strike my hand. It was a sword. Now, you can just imagine how you’d feel, standing there by yourself and here’s a knife in your hand about that long. I pulled it down and looked at it. It was just a knife, one of them... and I’m scared of a knife, anyhow. And it had a—it had a—a metal, something like one of these knifes, like pot metal or something, real sharp and narrow. Had a sheath around it here, where the dueler’s used to, to keep from cutting one another’s hands, and—and it had a pearl in the handle here. Just fit my hand exactly. Well, I rubbed my face and looked back.

Right on that same spot, the other day, I saw a little, white dove come down. I’ll tell you about that later.

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And I was holding that in my hand, I thought, "That’s strange. Now, Lord, I... am I losing my mind? There’s no one here. I’m miles from anybody and here is a sword. I had my hand up, and where did it come from?" And I thought, "That’s the strangest thing. Now looky here, it’s a sword." See, hit it, and it was a sword. And I said, "There’s nobody here standing here. I’m up on top of these rocks, plumb on top of the mountain." And you couldn’t even see Tucson from there, it was so far down.

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I thought, "Now, that’s a strange thing. Now, it’s got to be in this vicinity somewhere, Somebody that could create and make a sword and put it in my hand." I said, "It could only be the very God that created a ram for Abraham, could create those squirrels," that you’ve heard. And I said, "Here is the material, three different kinds of material in it, and I’m holding it in my hand just as real as anything else I could hold in my hand."

And I heard a Voice, said, "That’s the King’s Sword!"

And I thought, "Now, where did That come from? Was right along there in them rocks somewhere." And I held it in my hand like that, and I said, "A king’s sword."

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And I looked around, and the sword was gone. And I said, "A king’s sword." That’s to... they knight with—with a sword, I think that’s right, the army or some way, they knight with it, you know. And I said, "Well, that’s what that was probably for. It means that maybe I’m to lay hands upon ministers, or something like, that, to make them ministers." And then I...

A Voice spoke back again, said, "The King’s Sword!" Not a king; the King’s Sword! See?

I thought, "Now, I’m either beside myself, my mind has slipped, or there’s something taking place, there’s somebody standing around here by me."

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And brethren, these things are true. I don’t—I don’t know how to tell you, you’ve always seen it always happen that way. And it’s... I couldn’t understand it. So... It’s the strangest feeling.

And I stood there. I thought, "Now, ever Who that is that’s talked to me all my life, since a little, bitty baby boy, is standing right here, and I can’t see Him at all." I said, "The King’s Sword?" That would be... God is the King. "And what is this sword?"

"The Word, It’s been placed in your hand." Said, "Don’t fear of death, it’s your ministry."

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Oh, my! Down off that mountain I went, crying, screaming, top of my voice, jumping over rocks. I went down, told my wife, I said, "I’m not going to die, see, it’s—it’s—it’s my ministry." (I told her to get with Billy Paul here, and take the children. I said, "Now, I don’t have anything, but the church will see that you all don’t go hungry and things, and I’ll—I’ll meet you across the border.") And—and she... I said, "No, I’m not going to die, it’s something about my ministry."

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A few days after that I was coming out from a meeting; had a three page telegram, was from over here at Houston, Texas. And that man that criticized me so bad the night that the Angel of the Lord was taken, the picture of It taken there at Houston, he called me up, he said... sent a telegram, the wife said, "I know, Brother Branham, you’re busy. My son (Ted Kipperman’s sister’s boy) is setting in the death row to die in the chair." Said... (What if that was Billy Paul?) He said, "He and a little girl has got to die." And you all read it in the paper, of course. And said, "Only hope we have is for you come and hold a meeting and get the people together."

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And Raymond Hoekstra had already wrote me several times, but you know, I had planned after that meeting to go on a hunting trip with Mr. Mc Anally and them. And I thought, "Well, if I let them kids die and don’t put my effort forth, I’ll never be able to go hunting again."

So I said, "All right, I’ll come." I come over to Houston, had the meeting, and course the... they never killed them, they just... they give them life. And that’s what they wanted them to do, just give them life. So that’s about twenty-one years, I guess, in—in Texas.

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So then, and going back, I went up in the mountain and I went with Brother Fred Sothmann. He’s here somewhere. Brother Fred, where you at? Right here. Brother Fred Sothmann, Brother Gene Norman; one day, the second day setting there, the Angel of the Lord came right down into the camp where we was at, and begin to tell about their children and things they were doing.

I left and went back on the hill. And I had already got my javelina, and I was trying to chase one around to Brother Fred. So I found where they had been eating on the side of the hill, and I said, "Well, now, I’ll tell you what I’ll do, Brother Fred." I said, "Now, you go over on that point in the morning." We go up there at daylight, climb up over the mountain. "And go there at daylight, I’ll get over on the other side. Now, I won’t shoot one, but if they run this way, I’ll shoot in front of them and turn them back. You pick out a big one."

"All right," he said.

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So Brother Fred went over there. And Brother Gene Norman (I don’t think Brother Gene come, did he?), he was—he was on the other side. Many of you know Gene Norman, a bosom friend to many, fine brother. And he went down a little below. Where, them pigs, they just wasn’t there that morning. And I could see Brother Fred, wave at him, he was about a mile away from me. Well, I thought, "Where could they have went?" I went down into a great ravine, and come down, I thought, "I’ll see if I can find where they’re at." Started back up. It was just a little after daylight, the sun was just begin coming up.

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I went around a great big chasm, oh, my, hundreds and hundreds of feet, just great rocks in that great canyon there, them big walls. And it was kind of getting... the sun was raising up, about seven o’clock, I guess, or something like that. And I set down and I was looking around, I happened to look down on my trouser leg and there was that bull-header, burr. And I said, "You know, that seems strange. You know, the Angel of the Lord told me I’d be about forty miles northeast of Tucson, I’d be picking a bull-header off of my leg." You remember it? Do you? Yes, sir. See? I said, "That’s strange." I was holding it.

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And just as I looked up, I seen about twenty hogs about five hundred yards from me, come out eating this little phyllary and laid down. I said, "Now, if I can just get Brother Fred and get him around to that point there, he’ll get his hog right there. But I know he’s about a mile or two from me now. So," I said, "if I could cross over this little ridge without them seeing me, up by this little juniper tree there," I said, "if I get around this side, there’s a deer trail comes down this side, I can run up there and get out of the way. And hang a little piece of paper here where I know which one of the fingers to go out on, on the canyon, I can get Brother Fred there just in time."

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I throwed this little bull-header down, forgetting about That. And started across the hill real easy and looked back, they didn’t see me, and run down and hit this deer trail. I had a great big black hat on. I started running up through this canyon real fast, and it happened.

The whole earth shook, everywhere. Rocks that size rolled down, dust flying like that. And I looked, and standing before me stood seven Angels; just exactly the way it was. I felt like I was standing way up off the ground. First, I thought somebody had shot me, you know, with that black hat on; looked like a javelina hog, anyhow, you know they’re dark. I thought somebody had shot me, such a... right close. And I—I seen then what it was. Well, as soon as... I got my commission, in the Scripture, "The Seven Seals which is the seven mysteries." See?

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Someone said to me, said, "Now..." Oh, he said, "Well, now, someday the Lord probably (you seeing visions, Brother Branham) will reveal to you what these things are, we can all get closer to God and have more power than we get in speaking in tongues and things."

I said, "It can’t be that way."

Cause, see, I believe the Word to be the Truth. And the Bible said, "Whosoever shall add one word or take one Word from It." It has to be in this Word. See? It’s the mysteries that the people has overlooked, for right there is where come my Message of Serpent’s Seed and the true Belief of the security of the believer.

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I’m not disgrading my Presbyterian brethren there, and some of you Baptist brethren on the way you have security. I’m not saying this to be different, but you didn’t have it just right. See? That’s right. See? But, I had it wrong, too. But when an Angel stands from Heaven and tells you, and here it is right in the Scripture, That’s true. See? That’s right. See, He always speaks exact with the Scripture.

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In there I watched it until that circle went up, started sweeping up, and they turned into like a mystic light, like a fog. Just exactly the way... How many seen the picture of It that was taken in Houston? Nearly all. See? Well, that’s just the way this was. It turned into the same thing, It kept going higher and higher.

I was running and running, trying to find Brother Fred and them. After while, about a half hour later, I could see him way down, waving his hands; and Brother Gene coming, waving. They knowed something had happened. And so then I got with them. That’s Brother Fred setting right there.

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As it went up, I didn’t know that the observatories and things, plumb into Mexico, was taking that picture. Life magazine packed it as It went up. And many of you... Here’s Life magazine packing the picture of It. A mysterious thing here, and they said they don’t know where it come from; it’s too high. It’s above all the spheres and everything else to be... It’s too high for fog, because it’s thirty miles high and twenty-seven miles across after it got up that high. There’s not even humidity or nothing up there, you see.

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And they thought of a plane; so they checked all the places, no planes up that day. See, they have to, on account of shaking windows and things. "There’s no planes up." Here it is right here in the magazine, will tell you the same thing. And—and it went on and on. And today right in the...

Here it is in Science magazine, where, they can’t understand. They don’t know what It is.

Tucson, at the university, a friend of mine went over the other day and was talking to them about it. Said, "We can’t understand what..."

I said, "Don’t say nothing, won’t do no good. ‘Cast not your pearls before swine.’" See? It’s to the Church, to the Elected, the called-out. See?

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And then each one was coming, saying, "Brother Branham, I see your picture here. I see this. I..." You know how it is. But that—that long sweep as this brother has on here where it... Excuse me. [Brother Branham gets the photograph.] Here’s the way It started up, sweeping up. Actually this was on the right hand side. And you all remember I said, "The noted Angel was the one that talked to me, was on the right hand side," even before it happened. You remember? His wings pointed back like that. That’s exactly the wings of that Angel as it went up. See, as it... So they started taking the pictures because it was so mysterious. But when the last picture, when It formed Itself into the skies and so forth, this is it as Look here packed it. You see how it goes up just as they begin to see it, you see. And there comes the—the real main and last picture, when it formed.

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They don’t know where it come from or where it went, they don’t know yet. Science is completely stumped about it, don’t know what happened. But we know: "There shall be signs in the heaven above." We know it. See? And He promised these things. See? And the only thing that this was permitted to be taken...

Now, I know we’re just home folks here this morning. If I ever impress you brethren or sisters as a know-it-all, please forgive me. I don’t mean to be that. I’m stand... setting here this morning talking before men who are scholars, men who are smart; I—I’m a illiterate, I can’t even pronounce my Scriptures right. I got a chapter to read this morning, I’m... was going to ask one of the brothers here to read it for me, ’cause I can’t even pronounce the names in it, 1 Chronicles 13, (if you will, Brother Jack, you can be hunting it up), for my subject. I—I can’t even pronounce those names, I’m letting him do it, ’cause he can pronounce them.

And I know I’m talking to smart men. But, brethren, these things are done that you might not look at my illiteracy, but believe that I’m telling you the Truth. It’s God telling you the Truth. That’s the Truth. See?

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Now, and when I speak of denominations, I’m not meaning for you to be so cruel and... No, I don’t mean for you not to go to your church. Go to your church, what you’re supposed to do. But just don’t join up with them organizations, because one day I’ll be telling you and prove it by the Scripture, it is the mark of the beast. And you just remember, it’s the mark.

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I’m preaching... I wouldn’t preach it in Brother Jack’s church, he’d tell me, "Go ahead and do it"; but I’m going to the tabernacle, it’ll be about four hours long. And my subject is, "The beast at the beginning and the beast at the end, through the trail of a serpent." See? Takes about four hours. I got my Scriptures all laying out. The beast from the beginning, he was the beast at the garden of Eden, he’s the beast at the end, and show that he’s a religious person and a denomination (that made the denomination); and come right through the trail of it, and prove it to you by the Scriptures that it is. I didn’t know that till the Holy Spirit give it to me the other day up there.

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Now, in this, I was watching this one day, standing, and Something said to me... looking at it, and I thought... Brother Hickerson, one of my trustees... or deacons at the church at Jeffersonville... If I don’t believe in going to church, why do I have church? We had them all across the country, hooked up the other night, every two hundred square miles had one of my churches.

Now, this—this picture, I was standing, looking at it, and Something... I was standing in my room. Something said, "Turn it to the right." I listened.

I know that sounds like somebody that’s a little mentally upset, but, you see, as I said the other night, all these great things are so scholarly... Now, I’m not against that. Remember, we have to send your children to school and get education and so forth, but I’ll tell you right now, it won’t do them no good in the world that is to come, ’cause it’d be another civilization, all way so far above this. That civilization won’t even have any... It won’t have any schools in it, it won’t have any death in it, won’t be any sin in it. This has all that; no matter how much civilized we get, more and more death is added all the time. See? That one will be without death. But now we have to have school, we have to wear clothes, we...

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I was going to speak this morning on Satan’s Eden (many of you’s got the tape of it), Satan’s Eden. He has made another garden of Eden, and six thousand years it’s taken him to make it, just like God did His at the beginning. God made His Eden, and Satan corrupted it. Now Satan’s made his own Eden, and God’s going to destroy it (that’s right) and put His Own.

Something said to me, "Turn it right."

I thought, "I think I’m looking at it right."

Said, "Turn it right." See?

I thought, "Maybe that Voice means turn it to the right." And when I did, you see what it is: Hofmann’s Head of Christ, at thirty-three. Here, look in here, see His black beard, His face, His eyes, His nose, and everything else. See the part in His hair here coming up. And He’s wigged with that white Angel wig to show that the Message of Him being God is the Truth. He is the Supreme Judge of the universe, Supreme Judge of Heaven and earth. He is God, and nothing else but God. He is God expressed in human form called the Son of God, which the Son was the Man. And if that don’t make our Message exactly right: identified by the Scripture, identified in service, identified by His Presence, the same yesterday, today, and forever. Therefore those Seven Seals are the Truth, brethren. Might disagree with them, but just set down and study it with your open heart one time, just let the Holy Spirit lead you from...

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Here, when Brother Jack... I called him before preaching this and talked to him one time about "What was this white wig?"

He said, "Well, Brother Branham, I declare it to be that it was in His... after His resurrection in His glorified body." I was talking to Brother Jack. And there’s... I don’t know of anybody in the world that I’d rely on anymore of their teachings on theology and things as I would like Brother Jack Moore and Brother Vayle, and such men as—as that, real theologians that’s read all kinds of books and different angles from everything. Well, but, you see, even with that, and my bosom friend, I—I—I just couldn’t receive it, there was something there just wouldn’t take it.

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And then when it come, this, then I see what it is. Here’s His dark beard. You see It, I guess. See? His dark beard and dark hair, His eyes, nose, everything, just perfectly, and even the part in His hair coming over on this side. He is God! See? And He’s the same yesterday, today, and forever. And this is Look magazine... or Life magazine. I think this is the... I forget what issue it is now; oh, May the seventeenth, 1963. That’s when it come out, if anybody wants the magazine. It’s the same picture that’s got Rockefeller and his—his wife on the back of it. And this is the new Science magazine that "it’s still a mystery."

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What did I say these things for? That it might give you a little view of the things that we’re trying to say, that God is identifying both in heavens and in earth to be right. These discernments, visions, we have plenty of impersonations, we always. But remember, before there can be a bogus dollar, there has to be a real dollar first; first has to be a real dollar, and then they’re made off of that. Just like we had a real Moses and a real Aaron, then we had a Jambres and Jannes after them. You see how it all comes? They see it and then they try to impersonate that, when there’s truly one original. That’s right. Not saying that to harm or to degrade, or misplace something, but just for Truth; to know that I...

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I’m getting to be an old man, and I know my time ain’t too long. If Jesus, tarries, I may... could stay a little while; but I know that someday this heart’s going to make its last beat, and I’m entering into a great, dark chamber there called death. But when that comes, I don’t want anything to have to look back for, to try to repent for. I want, when I come to that time, to be clean and pure by the grace of God. I want to wrap myself in the robes of His righteousness, when I enter there, with this one thing in my mind: I know Him in the power of His resurrection; and when He calls, I’ll come out from among the dead and live with Him forever. And it’s my purpose here now to try to get every man... not to change your theologies or nothing, but to increase your faith in God’s promise of this day.

Now let us pray:

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Dear God, we are a grateful people this morning, but yet, Lord, we’re living in a dark world that... There isn’t a one of us here this morning, Father, but what feels that we—we want a closer walk with You, we want that—that touch of You in our lives that can tender us and make us flexible so that You can change us at anytime, mold us into sons and daughters of God. That—that’s our purpose here, Father, that’s—that’s my only objective that I have is to try to—to live before You and to get Your Word and speak It back to the men and women that... not to be a different person but to try to honor Him who has give me Life. Grant it, Lord.

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May there not be a person here today... Or—or if... We’re hooked up this morning, across the nation again. May there not be a person that’s in the sound of our voice ever have to go into that great chamber not knowing You in the power of Your resurrection. If there be sinners somewhere across the country, that... or in this building, this great auditorium, setting here this morning. If there are those who don’t know You, may this be the day that their conscience will be shook, woke up, and they’ll realize that they don’t know what minute that we may be called or summoned to answer for our lives, on High. And if our name is still on that stalk book, doomed we’ll be; but if it’s in the Lamb’s Book of Life, the real Life, then we are saved.

And may, Lord, as that Life travels from the blade into the pollen, into the shuck, then to the grain, while we’re passing through this morning if there be some Life that goes into the grain that’s laying back in that stalk, bring it out today, Lord, may it follow the moving of the grain, for we ask it in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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Sorry to take so much time. I had forgot about this even being on radio time out there, the phone time.

Now let us turn for our reading. And Brother Jack, have you got your Bible there? While I’m finding my Scripture, I’ll ask Brother Jack to read this Scripture because I cannot pronounce these names. All right. It’s in First Chronicles 13. [Brother Jack Moore says, "The whole chapter?".] Uh-huh.

[Brother Jack Moore reads First Chronicles 13:1-14:

And David consulted with the captains of thousands and hundreds, and with every leader.

And David said unto all the congregation of Israel, If it seem good unto you, and that it be of the Lord our God, let us send abroad unto our brethren every where, that are left in all the land of Israel, and with them also to the priests and Levites which are in their cities and suburbs, that they may gather themselves unto us:

And let us bring again the Ark of our God to us: for we—we enquired not at it in the days of Saul.

And all the congregation said that they would do so: for the thing was right in the eyes of all the people.

So David gathered all Israel together, from Shihor of Egypt even unto the entering of Hemath, to bring the ark of God from Kirjath-jearim.

And David went up, and all Israel, to Baalah, that is, to Kirjath-jearim, which belonged to Judah, to bring up thence the ark of God the Lord, that dwelleth between the cherubims, whose name is called on it.

And they carried the ark of God in a new cart out of the house of Abinadab: and Uzza and Ahio drave—drave the cart.

And David and all Israel played before God with all their might, and with singing, and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with cymbals, and with trumpets.

And when they came to the threshingfloor of Chidon, Uzza put forth his hand to hold the ark; for the oxen stumbled.

And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzza, and he smote him, and because he put his hand to the ark: and there he died before the Lord.

And David was displeased, because the Lord had made a breach upon Uzza: wherefore that place was called Perez-uzza to this day.

And David was afraid of God that day, saying, How shall I bring the ark of God home to me?

So David brought not the ark home to himself to the city of David, but carried it aside in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite.

And the ark of God remained with the family of Obed— Obed-edom in the house three months. And the Lord blessed the house of Obed-edom, and all that he had.]

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Thank you, Brother Moore, for the reading of the Scripture for me. Now, sorry I couldn’t read that myself, but I—I couldn’t do it.

Now I want you to turn with me to Mark 7:7, and we’ll read the first seven verses of Saint Mark the 7th chapter:

Then came together unto him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, which came from Jerusalem.

And when he saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashed hands, they found fault.

But the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands... eat oft not, holding—holding the traditions of the elders.

And when they came forth from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other things were—were they... which they have received of the... received to hold,... the washing of the cups, and of pots, and brass vessels, and of tables.

Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hand?

He answered and said unto them, Well has Isaiah prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honor me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.

Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrine the commandments of men.

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Let us pray.

Dear God, honor Your Word now, and may It accomplish that which It is purposed for. Use us as instruments to speak It, and our ears to hear from You, and our hearts to receive It. We ask in Jesus’ Name, for the glory of God. Amen.

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Now, my subject for a few moments is this... I...

We are on the national telephone hookup this morning. And I understand that my good friend, Roy Borders, is listening in, pretty well tore up about last night. I’d forgot that we were on the radio... or this hookup last night. Roy, wherever you are, if you’re over in San Jose in the church there, or either down to Brother McHughes’ church, or wherever you are, don’t fear, my brother, everything will be all right. Set still, you just... He’ll make it known to me, Roy; don’t worry, son, have faith in God.

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My subject this morning is: "Trying To Do God A Service Without It Being God’s Will". Now, that’s a strange text, and I trust that the Lord will reveal this to us now. Remember, "Trying to do God a service without it being the will of God." Now, that seems very strange. But, in this, maybe God can help us.

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Another thing I’d like to say this morning, that we’re glad to have in our midst a friend of mine, a very dear friend, a young fellow. Many of you people on the radio now can... or the... on the telephone hookup, knows who this is. Today is his birthday, ninety-three years old, Brother Bill Dauch setting here before me, ninety-three years old.

Several years ago the doctor said, "He cannot live." I just noticed him setting here now. Under oxygen tent, and his lovely wife called me and said, "Brother Branham, if you expect to see your old friend, Bill, alive, you better come at once."

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And I... One of my tires was cut on the side, my wheel had been knocked out, and I tore a tire off of my car trying to get to him. I was just coming from a—a—a station, filling station, and coming from the restroom where I had stopped in Ohio trying to get to him, and walking out I saw a vision. And there stood Brother Dauch, standing in the church with his hand out; it changed, and I see you coming down the street and shook my hand. Said, "Go tell him, ‘THUS SAITH THE LORD.’"

He was about ninety years old then. He had a heart attack with a heart block, and a complete heart failure. Very shrewd doctor. The man is not... he don’t want... No, I won’t say that. He’s just a man that can afford to get any doctor he’d want. He had a very fine Jewish doctor who met me in the hall and said, "There’s not a chance for him to live."

And I went in and slipped my hand under the oxygen tent, I said, "Bill, can you hear me?" He nodded his head. I said, "THUS SAITH THE LORD, ‘You’re not going to die now.’"

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A week from then, when I got in the pulpit to preach my Message, here come Brother Dauch walking up through the building. And when I went over to Furr’s Restaurant, across... I mean the Blue Boar, across in Louisville, here he was getting out of the car, coming down the street, holding his hand out; just exactly according to the Word of the Lord. And that’s three or four years ago; and here he sets all the way down here, in Shreveport (crosses the nation, not by plane now, by car), uh-huh, setting here this morning. "Happy birthday, Brother Dauch." That’s from all across the nation, from everywhere. "God bless you!"

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I baptized him, after being a Trinitarian, I baptized him when he... was one of my first meetings, when Brother Banks Wood had to let him have his clothes (he’s a good-size man, as you see), and he went into the pool and I baptized him at about eighty-five or ninety years old, in the Name of the Lord Jesus. He said he never could feel right until he found that security of something. Then he received a birth day where he’ll never grow old. That’s right, that great Land. He even is expecting to live to see the Coming of the Lord; it can be done. But if he would sleep, he... and we are awake at that time, he’ll come first. Right. So, Brother Dauch, there’s no way now to miss it. You’re exactly on the line. Stay there, my brother, and God bless you. And I thank the Lord for a good man like that, and for giving him all of these years.

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In the Book of the Chronicles, "Trying to do God a service without it being His will." God is sovereign, first, we want to understand that. The people today are wondering why we can’t have a revival. Do you believe God’s sovereign? See, the Bible speaks this way.

And we try... As I was discussing with a group of my fine brothers, Baptist brethren, not long ago, and they said, "Brother Branham, we can only have a revival when we take the Word, word by word, page by page, letter by letter."

And I said, "I believe too, page by page." He said... I said, "They’ve been trying to do that all along."

He said, "But we must find the Greek interpretation of the Word, what the Greek says."

I said, "I haven’t read too much, but reading the history of the church, and the Nicaea Council, and the Pre-Nicaea Council, and Nicaea Fathers, so forth, they were arguing back there about the Greek. That’s two thousand years ago. One said, ‘It means this,’ and one says, ‘It means that. The Greek word means this.’"

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Just like our language; the word "see". Use the word "see", you could mean "a body of water," "I understand," or many things. "Bored", could be, "bored a hole, make a walk," or—or "you bored me," or "you paid my board," or it could mean any... many things. And those little vowels, and so forth, just change the whole meaning. So you’ll never do it like that. God wrote It like that, because...

And all of the Word is inspired, and He said that, "I thank Thee, Father, Thou has hid these things from the eyes of the wise and prudent, and will reveal" (amen) "to babes such as will learn." It’s a revelation of Him, as I said last evening, "Will reveal It to babes."

I said, "It won’t work, sir." I said, "A revival will never come until God, the sovereign God, sends it; and then He might take up a little nitwit that can’t even sign his name, and do it with it, that knows not even good English let alone the Greek."

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That’s what He done in the time when Peter preached at Pentecost, you know, he couldn’t even sign his name, ignorant and unlearned. But God does things in such strange way to our intellectual thinking. That makes it God. If He’d got a bunch of theologians and dignitaries, and so forth, they’d said, "That smart Caiaphas, you see, he had it just right." But God went down and got fishermen that couldn’t even sign their name, and that’s what He took. That’s God, He takes something that’s nothing and makes something out of it to His Own honor. He took a chaos and made a Eden. Uh-huh, it’s God.

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Now, if there’s anybody got the mechanics for a revival, is our noble brother, Billy Graham. But the mechanics is all right, but the mechanics won’t move it, it takes the dynamics to move it. You can build an automobile, put fine seats in it, make fine pistons and—and prove by science what it can do; but unless the dynamics is there, she’s just a dead piece of goods.

So, in the Welsh revival, one of our late revivals before our Pentecostal, no one knowed what started the revival, just a bunch of people.

Now, when we get all... our friend, Billy Graham, will get all of the Presbyterians, and Lutherans, and Pentecostals, and everything together, go into the city and there they’ll have a great gathering together of thousands, and thirty thousand will come (in two weeks) and give their hearts to Christ; go back another two weeks and you ain’t got a one. See, that’s the mechanics. But let God in His sovereign grace just speak to some little nitwit, as so to say, a little nobody; let His Spirit fall into the city and men can’t go to work, women can’t wash dishes, the maid can’t make the bed, screaming and crying with their hands up in the air. That’s revival, that’s in the will of God.

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It was said that some noblemen from the church went over to the Wales to understand, or figure out what all the mechanics was in the revival, during the Welsh revival. And when they got off the ship with their tall hats on, and their round collar, seeing, coming down the street, a little policeman, swinging his club around and around like that, whistling, they said, "My good man, could you tell me where the Welsh revival is?"

He said, "Yes, my brethren, you’re standing in the middle of it!" Uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh. He said, "You understand, I am the Welsh revival," said, "because the Welsh revival’s in me."

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That’s sovereign! That’s what God does, and He alone has a right to send a revival. Not get the mechanics together, it’s pray for God to send the dynamic—dynamic.

He only reveals His Word in the predestinated. Now, when I use the word predestinate... Now, it’s a bad word to use in public, especially when we have mixed crowds between the Arminians and the Calvinists. And not a... I’ve asked you not to think I know it all, but they’re both wrong according to the Scripture. Grace is what God did for me, works is what I do for Him. See? Then you’ve got It. If you climb out on either one of the limbs, you’ll sure find yourself out on the end of the limb and can’t get back. The Book of Ephesians pulls it together, I think.

Now, but the word, when I use it, predestinated, don’t think that I’m... that’s the only word I know how to—to make... It’s God’s foreknowledge, see, that He knowed. He—He can’t say... He—He died that all might be saved, He did, but by His foreknowledge He knowed who would and who would not. See? That’s what He knows, I don’t know it and you don’t know it, so we work out our own salvation with fear and trembling.

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Now, but God has His Word set, and has in all ages. His foreknowledge has caused Him to set in the church, and in the people, certain things that He did from the beginning. And then the Gospel that’s being preached to that age is only revealed to that certain people, the rest of them don’t see It. See? "Thank Thee, Father, Thou has hid these things from the eyes of the wise and prudent, and reveal It to babes such as would learn." See, that’s predestination. Not that He did it by, you say, "I’ll choose you, and don’t choose you." By His foreknowledge, He knowed what you would do.

By Him being infinite... Do you believe He’s infinite? If He isn’t, He can’t be God. Then, you think, being infinite: He knew every flea that would ever be on the earth, how many times them fleas would bat their eyes, how much tallow was in each flea, every blade of grass it would ever set on; that’s infinite. And we are finite, we stumble in darkness. God likened us to sheep, and we must have a Leader. And that Leader is not man, that Leader is the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Christ among us. "A little while and the world seeth Me no more." His physical being was raised up to the Throne of God, where the Spirit was on the Throne; now Christ is on the Throne, Jesus. "A little while and the world seeth Me no more, yet ye shall see Me, for I’ll be with you to the end of the world, even in you." The Throne of God, of Christ, is erected into your heart; and He’s setting on God’s Throne, but in the Millennium He sets on His Own Throne; which, He swore that He’d raise up this Man, His Son, David’s Son, to set on His Throne.

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