THE RAPTURE

Sa 04.12.1965, abends, Ramada Inn
Yuma, Arizona, USA

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The chapter here at... at Yuma, it’s a grand privilege to have this invitation to come back again. We had a wonderful time, the last time here. And then when I understood I was to be back again, it made me feel real good, to hear the testimonies and these fine words from the people, and kind of boosts you up a little.

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Billy told me that the brother from Las Vegas, that wanted a meeting there at the chapter, see him immediately after the service is over here. We have a time, he says, that we can slip in, right over in January, before the Phoenix meeting, see, to come to Las Vegas. And so we’ve always wanted to get there.

I believe Brother Art Wilson used to be there, a long time ago, or he may still be there. And he... he asked me come up, he and Sister Wilson. I didn’t get the opportunity, so maybe this will be the time I could come.

You just see Billy Paul or Brother Roy Borders. I think he’s here somewhere. Somebody said Brother Roy was in. Brother Pearry, Lee, or any of them, they’ll be able to tell you. Just set the dates for us to come.

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Now, I seen many ministers here, a while ago, to which I’m very happy to meet my brethren. Wish I had time, go home with you, ’cause I know you got the best cook there is in the country. That’s fine.

And now, Brother Pearry really got two, tonight, on him. He got two marks against him now. One of them, cutting that microphone in, out there. When, you’re... you’re held guilty of that, Brother Pearry. I don’t think you really were guilty. But you... Somebody was fixing to speak. That was a good one.

And so then, again, he went out there and was talking. He said, "Say!" Telling Brother Collins or some of them. Said, "The supper was good. But," said, "I’m telling you," said, "that man must be a Spaniard or something, or a Mexican. That was the hottest pepper I ever taste." Going on like that, and he was talking to the chef.

He said, "I’m the chef."

That’s Texas, for you. We’ll get him straightened out, over here in Arizona, after while, (won’t we?), if he stay around us.

Really nice to be here! And I guess those don’t sound like jokes, but sense of humor. Which, the Lord Hisself had a sense of humor, you know. He said, "‘Herod,’ go tell that fox," see, "today I cast out... cast out devils; tomorrow I’m made perfect." So, He had a sense of humor. Well, it won’t hurt us, I don’t think, once in a while.

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And now it’s a little late. And, usually, I... I preach about four hours. So this, knowing the courtesy of the brother and sister here, the chapter, we’ll cut that way down, tonight. And just... I told Terry. I said...

He said, "What’s... Put on a two-hour tape?"

I said, "No, Terry. This is a... a banquet." I said, "Just about thirty or forty minutes, speak to the people of something." That, I’d try, though, each time, knowing that.

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When I was a little boy, people used to come out to listen because I was a boy preacher, just a young fellow, a chap. And they’d say, "Well, Billy Branham, you know, just a kid, never went through school, and no education." And they’d come out to hear my broken words, my Kentucky English, and... and so they... my "hits," and "hain’ts," and "totes," and "carry."

Like in one of the meetings here not long ago, they said, "We’ll all stand up and sing the national anthem."

I got up and said, "For my old Kentucky home far away." That was the only nation I knowed about, so it was national anthem, as far as I was concerned.

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So now, after you got older, though, why, we... you come in, you got to have something more than that. See? We’re take... Paul said, that, "When I was a child, I spake as a child and thought as a child." You act as a child. But as you grow older, then you begin, from making your first couple steps, and tottle and fall, and get up and try it again. Then you, after while, you get so you can walk a straight line. And that’s what we have to do, as soldiers of the cross. Now is time to walk a straight line, right down that highway to Glory.

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I do believe that we are living in the closing scenes of the history of this world. I truly believe that the Coming of the Lord is closer, perhaps, than we think. So now, for just about thirty minutes of your time, or something, I would like to call your attention to a Scripture that I’d like to use for a text, and... and refer to some more here. I...

Setting at home, the other day, I was thinking on this thought. Then I thought, "Well, I don’t know, speaking from all this Scripture. I’ll just take part of It, and just for these little short services like we would have tonight." I want to say one thing, while you’re turning over to Psalms. The... the first... The 27th Psalm, I want first five verses, to read.

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Would like to say this, concerning this businessmen’s Full Gospel Business Men’s chapters.

My Brother Pearry was speaking about the books, and so forth, and the new books that they got. How many remembers when we had the tape, and preached it over here at Phoenix, at one of the conventions, of Sirs, What Time Is It? Now, that was the beginning of that book, you see, when these... this taken place.

There’s too much supernatural vindication of God’s written Word, of this hour, for something not to be approaching us now. We’re just... It’s too real. The things that you... It would be astounding, to you, just to let you know that what is really taking place. Many of you, strangers, perhaps, hear these men get up and make... make these remarks, about, "A Message of this hour," and so forth. What they are getting at, is God’s promise of this hour, that He promised what He would do. And we see Him Scripturally vindicating just exactly what He said He would do, in the same manner. Foretold, hits just exactly perfectly, each time, because it’s God saying it.

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If a man, I don’t care who he was, will try to make such a prediction, there’s one chance out of ten million. If a man told you a certain thing would happen, it would... it would happen at a certain time; one out of ten million. And then the place it would happen, would be about one chance out of about a hundred million.

And then the time it would happen, goes on and on, and the way it will happen, and what it will be happening, and so forth, it’s just beyond a guess. When we see it so perfectly, each and every time, then it’s God.

And then we turn right back in the Scriptures. It may seem foreign to us. But we turn right back in the Scriptures, without even knowing where to look, and the Holy Spirit brings out and just puts the whole Word together, makes the picture there to show us just the hour that we’re living in. We’re changing dispensations.

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We’re... we’re at a corner. It’s easy when somebody turns a corner, of a brick mason, turns a corner. Starts, everybody laying the bricks right down the same row, like a certain denomination starts, and starts rolling down the row, it’s all right. But, when you get to them turns, where you have to turn back the other way!

Now, God isn’t building a wall. He’s building a house, see, and there’s many cuts and turns that He’s predicted here in the Bible. And the turns, anybody could try to make a turn, but it must be according to the blueprint. If it isn’t, it’s got to be torn down again.

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So we... we praise God for His goodness and the fellowship of you people, and the open doors that the Lord has given us, and through this businessmen. I’ve always contended that I... I didn’t believe in... I believe in the people in denominations. But I don’t have much time to exhort denominations, because each one builds a fence around himself.

And... and just like, I believe, it was Brother David’s little saying, about he was raising some ducks, and said the river come up. And each duck, you know, they wanted fellowship with one another, and they couldn’t do it because they was all fenced up. But when the water got so high, it just floated the ducks out of the pen.

So I... I think that’s the way to do it. Is just the water is coming up, see, and we can get out of the pen and... and fellowship with one another, you know, have the real love of Christ in our hearts.

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And this Full Gospel Business Men has been an... an oasis for me. Because, many times... I have brothers, fine brothers in, I guess, every denomination I’ve ever met: Presbyterians, Lutheran, Baptists, Pentecostals, all different types of the Pentecostals, church of God, and Nazarenes, Pilgrim Holiness. Fine brethren, everywhere. But, many times, they cannot have me in their community, because, see, not that they don’t believe it, but, see, it would cut them off from their denomination. And when you do that, course, that... that does it.

Here not long ago, there was a Methodist brother came to me, I won’t call his name. A fine man, he was writing a thesis on Divine healing, and he come to me for some... some talk. We set down and talked a little while. He said, "The only thing we got against you, you’re hanging around them Pentecostals all the time."

I said, "Then, let the Methodist church sponsor it. I’ll come."

That was different. See? He... he said, "Well, of course, I... I’m not the Methodist church. I just belong with them."

I said, "That’s it. See? They’re the ones, the Pentecostals, is the ones that open their doors. See? That’s the ones I can get to. And as many as them that will open, why, we’re ready to come in."

Like in the Revelation, the 3rd chapter, said, "I stand at the door and knock. If any man will open the door, I’ll come in and sup." And that was Jesus. All of us knows that was Christ, and He is the Word. That’s right. He is the Word.

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And so the Full Gospel Business Men has been a oasis where we can come together. No churches is sponsoring it. They all, together, the... the men out of the churches, and we come together and fellowship, cross the world, around everywhere.

And I’ve helped establish many, many, many chapters throughout the entire world, of the Full Gospel Business Men. I’m thankful for that opportunity that was given me. In there, the businessmen will sponsor it. Then, all the churches, they... they want to come, anyhow.

But, then, if... I don’t want to never try to pull somebody from their church. Just stay right in your church and scatter out the Light. See? Be a real Christian. Your pastor will appreciate you. A real, loyal, genuine saint, any man that believes in God will appreciate a person like that. Yes.

Now, I thank the brother here, and his wife, and this chapter, for this opportunity. And may this chapter grow. May the blessings of God rest upon it, and be an instrument in God’s hands, to save hundreds and hundreds of people before the Coming of the Lord; and all the rest of you chapters or representatives here from the chapters.

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In the Book of Psalms, now, I want to speak on a... a real strange subject, tonight, just for a little while. I got some Scriptures written down here. And... and I thought maybe that, tonight, I was going to speak on something different. But, see the time get away, why, I didn’t want to stay that long, so I just turned over here and got some more Scripture. And I want to speak on the subject of: "The Rapture". See?

Now, we believe that there will be a Rapture. All Christians believe that, that’s Bible readers, believes that there will be a Rapture.

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And now to read for some background, we read the 25th Psalm. I mean... I beg your pardon. The 27th Psalm, 1 to 5 verses:

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, come upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumble and fell.

Though the host should encamp about me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this I will be confident.

One thing have I desired of the Lord, that I will seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to require in his temple.

For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in the pavilion: and in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up on a rock.

May the Lord add His blessings to that reading of His Word.

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Now, today, speaking on this subject, and now some of you may different, the... the avenues that I take. But how many in here believes that the Bible teaches there will be a Rapture of the Church? [Congregation says, "Amen."] Yes, sir. That’s right, exactly, a catching away of the Church. Whether you’re a Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, or whoever you are, Pentecostal, there will be a catching away.

And I think that, in speaking, I... I just don’t try to get up here to say something that I think would please the people. I’ve never been guilty of that. I want to get up here and say something as I feel led to say it, that I think would be a help to you, something that would further your experience with God, if you are a Christian; and if you’re not a Christian, make you so ashamed of yourself, that you will become a Christian. And that’s the purpose that I’ve always tried to line up my thoughts, as the Lord would lead me.

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Now, we are warned, as in the Doctrine of This in the last days will be scorned at. If you would, let’s just read That, just a minute. It’s in 2 Peter, the 3rd chapter. Let’s read just a moment on this. The 3rd chapter, and the 3rd and 4th verses. Let’s see if this isn’t right.

Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,

And saying, Where is the promise of his coming?... since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

For this they willingly are ignorant of that, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and the wa-... and in the water:

Whereby the worlds that... was, being overflowed with water, perished:

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Now we see that, the reason that this subject is so lightened at, is because that the prophet here has said that in this last days these scoffers would come saying these things. See? It’s predicted, the reason the people are acting today the way they’re acting. Why, you certainly are expecting it, because the Bible said that. "In the last days they’d be heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God; trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, despisers of those that are good; having a form of godliness, and denying the power thereof: from such turn away." Can we look for an impersonation of Truth? Certainly.

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When Moses went down into Egypt, to deliver the children of Israel, with only a stick in his hand for vindication, with the God of Heaven behind him, he performed a miracle. There come impersonators behind him, and doing the same thing he did. See? Now, they come second, after he did it first. Then they come around, because they were copying after what he did, impersonating the original. We find that.

And now you say, "Well, that was in the days of Moses."

But the same Scripture says that they’ll come again in the last days. "As Jambres and Jannes withstood Moses, so will these men of reprobate mind concerning Truth." See? Impersonations, all kinds of things to upset people. And then if...

This Rapture which is coming to pass, and anything that God has in the line of His Word, there’s always something to come out to upset That if they can. It’s... it’s... it’s Satan’s purpose to do that.

As the brother here, from the meeting up there at Las Vegas, said, "Satan said the world was his dominion, and... and that being his headquarters up there."

I know that Satan is the god of this world. Every nation under heaven is controlled by him. Exactly. This world belongs to Satan, but Jesus will take it over. He offered it to Him one day. And He refused it, but, He said, ’cause He knowed He’d be Heir to it in the times to come.

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"Scoffers." Just us take for a few moments on that one word, before we go further. Scoffers!

I was reading a paper, about two weeks ago, in Tucson, that where some Englishman from England had made a statement. It’s in headlines in the paper, that the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ was only faked, between Pilate and Jesus, that He come to make... just to make Himself something. And there’s no way that we could disprove that to them, because all the things of God is to be received by faith. We must believe it. Now, he went ahead to give a description how that that could be done.

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Here not long ago, in that great nation, London, in England, rather, where that John Wesley and Charles, and many of those great preachers of the early days, Spurgeon and them, had preached the Gospel in the hay markets and everywhere there. They turned down that message of their day, and look what they are in this day.

There is where Brother Williams and them are tonight. It’s one of the lowest degraded countries in the world. I’ve been over the world, but I don’t know anything that’s so illegitimate as England. It’s... Billy Graham said the same thing. Why, he had to take his wife from the parks, how the... the... the acts of between men and women were going on, publicly, in the parks. When I was there, I never seen anything would break a person’s heart any more than what was going on in England; which had the opportunity, and, one time, led the world in a reformation. Just shows how it can fall.

But, you see, what does that, the message that went forth then, the Englishmen try to hold that same message for today. That won’t work today. It won’t work. How would...

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What if Moses would have come, would, brought Noah’s message, "We’ll build an ark and float down the Nile"? It wouldn’t have worked. And neither would Jesus’ Message have ever worked of Moses. And neither will Wesley’s message ever work in Luther; or Luther’s Wes-... message, vice versa.

And today, we, our last great reformation was Pentecost. And today we’re moving from that. And the Pentecostal message won’t mix with This, because it’s another day. It’s all the Word of God, but it’s building. Like the feet, arms, coming up, it’s forming a Bride for the Rapture. See? Don’t... don’t displace them people back there; they lived to their message. All them will come out, that was in the Bride.

Just like life going through a stalk of wheat. It leaves the wheat, the hull, but the wheat forms itself like the grain of wheat that fell in the ground.

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Here not long ago, I was reading a book some German wrote, in criticism. He said, "Of all of the... of the fanatics in the world, William Branham tops them all." He said, "Why, he’s nothing but a... He’s a... he’s a magician. He does these things." See, the man, not knowing.

And, then, the man was a critic. He didn’t even believe in God. He said, "A God that could set up in the dark ages, hold His hands across His tummy, and laugh at a bunch of Christians; being mothers, and His Own disciples, was supposed to be; mothers with little children and things, and let lions eat them up; and never even turn a hand." You see where the carnal mind, where education and things, can’t catch the vision? [Congregation says, "Amen."]

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That corn of wheat had to fall into the ground. Just like Jesus had to fall, to rise again, so did the church of pentecost had to fall. It had to go into the ground, them dark ages. Any wheat that... Any grain that goes into the ground, it has to lay in that dark time, to bring forth.

But it started sprouting in Martin Luther. Come on through Wesley. On out into Pentecost. Now in, to go out to the grain. And now the denominational systems that they left behind, they’re stalks, that’s all. It’s to be burnt, the denominational system. But the real grain of wheat that come out of each one of those reformations will be caught up in the Bride. It all altogether will make the Bride.

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Now we find out, in England there, they impersonated the crucifixion, not long ago, a bunch of those people, them long... kids with them long hair and things, and hollering, called Jesus "daddy-o" and all that stuff. Such scum!

Now you say, "That’s in London, England."

Watch what was in the paper last week, here in Americas. Some great doctor of divinity, from a fine school, said that the... the crucifixion was a fake. Said that, "Jesus only tried to make Hisself like that; that He had dranken this mandrake weed."

And we find it in Genesis, where it’s spoke of. It’s a weed like marijuana or something. It’s found in the Orients there. And if you drink it, it’ll put you to sleep. Maybe... And you’re like you’re dead, slump, everything, for two or three days at a time.

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He said, "When they give Him vinegar and gall, it’s all possible that that was mandrake weed. And when they did, they give Him that, and He went slump like He was dead. They put Him in the tomb, and they laid Him there. After two or three days, sure, going back, then He was awake again, was all right." Said, "He went up in India and died somewhere, an ordinary death, trying to fake a religion."

The first place, that critic, what’s the matter with people? See, it’s just this day we’re living in, scoffers, see, the day to fulfill the prophecy.

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God lotted His Word out to each age, and each one of those age has to manifest that. And He also foreordained men for that age, to fulfill that Word. Every time He lotted His Word, He lotted a man for It. When He lotted Moses’ time, He lotted Moses to It. When He lotted the time for the Son of God to be born, He lotted Him to it. Every age, He’s lotted His man, foreordained, as the Bible said. Nothing...

If God is infinite, Almighty, all powerful, omnipresent, omniscient, why, He knowed all things from the beginning. So, He knowed. There’s nothing out of cater. It’s just us that thinks it is. It’s everything run. Look back in His Word and see what He’s doing, then we’ll have an understanding.

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Now, just think. The first place, if that minister would have thought, when they put that vinegar and gall in His mouth, He spit it out. He did not take it, at the first place. See? Just scoffers rising! Another thing, how did this Jesus of Nazareth, how did His life fit every prophecy of the Old Testament? How could it been? It couldn’t have been without it been ordained of God. His life fit every prophecy of the Old Testament. Another thing, if those disciples had faked Him like that, why did each one of them die in martyrdom? And even apostle Peter said, "Turn my head upside down. I’m not worthy to die like Him." How they took Andrew and turned him sideways on the cross. They, every one, sealed their testimony in their own blood. They believed Him and loved Him, and gave their lives for Him. If He was a faker, how would they ever done that? See? The spiritual application, the people don’t get it.

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Here was a great man here, not long ago, some great rabbi that wrote that, "Moses, while passing through the Red Sea," said, "it wasn’t actually water. The waters never walled up." Said, "What it was, up at the other end of the Dead Sea, there was a bunch of reeds. And he passed through the water reeds, the reeds of the water. No water in there. Just a bunch of reeds, an ocean of... of reeds they passed through." And many clergymen believe it, they, and accept it.

Here not long ago, when this first astronaut went up, he come back, and he hadn’t seen nothing of God. That even turned ministers around. They thought God lived right up there somewhere, a hundred and fifty miles high.

Why, my, how education and wisdom of this world has turned the church into a bunch of ragweeds! The... Its education and the educational system, science and civilization, is of the devil. It’s the devil’s civilization. The Bible said so.

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And our Civilization that’s coming on will have nothing to do with this civilization, at all. It’s nothing of it, at all. There’ll be a different Civilization, into this civilization and this scientific world we got. More science, scientific we get, further we go into death things, traps to kill, and everything. In that new Civilization, there’ll be no death, no sickness, sorrow, or no pain. See? There won’t be none in There. So this civilization will have to be destroyed, because it’s of the devil.

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We find out, that in Genesis 4, that Cain’s people started civilization, building towns and cities, and so forth, and instruments of music, and become in science. And the people got further away from God, yet religious. But when Seth’s people come on, they begin to come on, call on the Name of the Lord.

Ah, talk about a subtle one!

I’m not here to hurt anybody’s feelings, say something about a church. And if you’re here, and belong to this church, I’m not saying this to hurt your feeling; ’cause just as many good people in there, as there is in other churches. But I was reading in Shreveport last week, where the Catholic church made a statement.

And we see where they’re all coming together now at the great ecumenical council, and so forth, just exactly fulfilling what the Bible said they’d do. Just exactly.

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Now we find out they said, "Why, the Bible..." Some of the Protestants want to hold to that Bible. "Why," said, "the Bible was nothing but a book, a history of the church, and they didn’t have it in literature till about two hundred fifty years ago. It’s always been the church." Said, "It was the church, not the Bible, and the Bible is just a history of what the church did." What a subtle lie that is! Why, we’ve had the Bible for three thousand years. The Old Testament was been written in Scripture, for hundreds and hundred of years before the coming of Christ. Just a subtle thing of the devil!

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And we find out in this day, when this great scoffing and making fun of the Bible, and trying to push It out, God has got to judge the church by something. He can’t be just...

They can’t go down this street and arrest me, and say I’m making thirty miles an hour in a twenty mile zone, unless there’s something there to tell me that I’m only allowed to go twenty miles. It has to be there.

And God is going to judge the church, is going to judge the people, someday. We know that. There’s a Judgment coming. So if He’s going to judge it by the Catholic church, which Catholic church? If He’s going to judge it by the Methodist, the Baptist is lost. If He judge it by the Oneness, the Twoness is lost. See? What’s He going to judge it by? He said He would judge it by Christ, and Christ is the Word. So it’s the Word of God, that God will judge. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. The same yesterday, today, and forever." See? So, He’ll judge it by His Word.

And now we find out that in this day, when they’re trying to push the Bible out ("Accept the church!" The Bible: don’t want It. "The church!") so they can just make any kind of a creed or anything else, and walk by it.

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Well, as I was speaking the other night at Shreveport. In the... the communion, when they kill that sacrificial lamb, there was to be "no leaven among them, through the entire seven days," no leaven, no leaven bread. Everything had to be unleaven. That represented the seven church ages that we get in the book here, and there’s no leaven. What? It’s something mixed with It. And we mix creed and denomination, everything else, with the Word, and still try to call it the Word. "No leaven, shall be the entire seven day."

And even what is eat today, don’t try to keep it for tomorrow. "Burn it with fire, before daylight come," for there’s a new Message coming forth, and a new thing.

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See, try to hold it over, but that’s been the attitude of the church. A revival goes forth, and the first thing you know, within about three years, they start an organization over it. A denomination starts, organization.

But have you noticed? This has been sweeping for twenty years now, and there’s no organization. And there never will be. This is the end. The wheat has come back to the wheat again. The wheat has come back to its grain. The shuck has pulled away from it. And the wheat must lay in the Presence of the Son, to be ripened.

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Isn’t it a strange thing, that, not long ago, on the East Coast, the big blackout? They couldn’t understand it. Texas blacked out, last week. They can’t understand it. Don’t you realize that that’s a sign? Don’t you know the nations are breaking? Israel is in her homeland. And these signs are indicating that we are at the end. The same time it’s blacking out, don’t you know that’s a sign that the prophet said? Yeah. "But there shall be Light about the evening time," that there will be a Light come forth in the evening time, when the blackouts and things are going the way they are now.

Look at just how it blacked out. The pope just come over here.

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Remember, up at the tabernacle, when them... You got tapes. I guess, all of you take them. How that the Lord showed there that day, in the tabernacle, exactly where those church ages would be and how they would be! I had them drawed out on the board up there, them church ages which you see here drawed out in a book. And if that Holy Spirit didn’t come down in a big Pillar of Fire, and went right back there on that wall and drawed them out, Hisself, while three or four hundred people setting, looking at It!

And just as the pope started over here, the moon somehow blacked out. And they took their pictures the same way that it was drawed up there on the platform. Now he’s made his trip over here on the thirteenth, walked thirteen steps, served communion to thirteen, to a nation that’s number thirteen, and blackouts coming everywhere. Don’t you see where we’re at? We’re at the end time.

"Scoffers shall rise in the last day, saying, ‘There’s no difference in the time than what it was, than when our fathers fell asleep.’"

But when you see these things begin to happen, raise up your head, get ready. Something could happen at any time, Christ come for His Church.

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Now, they don’t believe it, because it is a... it’s a... They, they’re suppo-... They don’t realize that they’re the ones that’s fulfilling the Scriptures. The people really don’t realize that, doing these things and saying these things, they’re fulfilling the Scriptures.

How little did Caiaphas, the high priest, and all those priests in that day, that scoffed and made fun of Him, didn’t know that, the very God that they were singing about, "My God, why has Thou forsaken Me?" The 22nd Psalm, "My hands and My feet they pierced." Singing that in the temple, and Him dying out there on the cross. Little did they know they were doing it. Even Jesus prayed, "Father, forgive them. They don’t know what they’re doing." Because, they were actually predicted, by the Scriptures, to be blind.

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Did you know the Protestant and Catholic church is predicted, in the last days, to be blind, the same thing, to the Scriptures, with Christ on the outside, trying to get in? "Because thou sayest, ‘I am rich, and have need of nothing,’ knowest thou not that thou art miserable, poor, wretched, naked, and blind, and don’t know it," Revelation 3. There you are, back to the blindness again, trampling over the things of God, as if (they) It didn’t mean nothing to them, scoffing and making fun of It. That’s what the Bible said.

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But, to the Church, the Bride, the Rapture is a revelation to Her. It’s revealed to Her. That, the revelation, the true Bride of Christ will be waiting for that revelation of the Rapture.

Now, it is a revelation, for the revelation is faith. You cannot have a revelation without it being faith. Faith is a revelation, because it’s something that’s revealed to you. Faith is a revelation. Faith is something that has been revealed to you, like it was to Abraham, that could call anything contrary to what had been revealed to him, as though it wasn’t so. Now, faith, that’s what faith is, is the revelation of God. The Church is built upon a revelation, the whole entire Body.

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Here a few weeks ago, I was talking to a fine Baptist minister. He come up to discuss with me. He said, "I like you as a man, but," said, "you’re all mixed up."

I said, "Then, I pray you help me get straightened out," (he said... ) "with the Scripture."

He said, "We’ll never be able, Brother Branham, to get the things together till we get every Word upon Word, upon Word, exactly with the Greek, and so forth."

I said, "Oh, sir, you know better than that." I said, "Even in the Nicaea Council, way back as far as that, three hundred years from the death of Christ, they were still debating which Greek scholar was right. You can know. It’s a revelation, the whole thing. Is re-..."

He said, "I cannot accept revelation."

I said, "Then how can you accept Christ?"

He said, "Why, the Bible said, ‘He that believeth is... on Jesus Christ, has everlasting Life.’"

I said, "That is true. It also says that no man can call Jesus the Christ only by the revelation of the Holy Ghost that’s revealed it to him." See? There you are, right back around again, falls right back to the revelation. It’s got to be revealed, in the Bible.

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Cain and Abel didn’t have a Bible to read, but it was revealed to Abel, by faith, which is a revelation. Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than that of Cain. Which, God testified that he was righteous.

When Jesus was asked here, Matthew 16:17 and 18. We haven’t time to read it, but if you want to write it down. He said, "Who does man say I the Son of man am?"

"One of them said You’re ‘Moses, Elias, or so forth.’"

He said, "But Who do you say I am?"

He said, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God."

He said, "Blessed art thou, Simon, son of Jonas, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you. My Father which is in Heaven has revealed This to you. Upon this rock," the spiritual revelation of Who God is, Who Jesus is. And He is the revelation of God, God made in flesh and revealed to the world.

"He was in the world. God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself, revealing what God was, in a body of flesh."

"Thou art the Christ, the anointed One, the Son of God."

He said, "Flesh and blood never revealed this to you, but My Father which is in Heaven has revealed this to you. Upon this rock I’ll build My Church, the revelation of the Word in Its season. I’ll build My Church, and the gates of hell cannot prevail against It."

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