Invisible Union Of The Bride Of Christ
This Message by Brother William Marrion Branham
called Invisible Union Of The Bride Of Christ
was delivered on Thursday, 25th November 1965 at the Life Tabernacle in Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S.A.
1-1 I canceled a hunting trip so I could give service to the Lord. So it's a... We're glad to be here. I believe the last time here I told you, each time we come there's someone missing. And if we shall come back next year, and the Lord tarries, there'll be somebody missing.
1-3 Brother Palmer was a great servant of Christ. I can remember Brother Jack telling me about his--his dedicated life to God. They were carpenters together, and said he would be eating his lunch, have his sandwich in his hand, eating a sandwich and reading his Bible. See, he done a--some mighty great things, Brother Palmer did. He's a good carpenter, a good father to his children; a lovely family. He raised them all to serve the Lord. Far as I know they're all saved and filled with the Holy Ghost. And that's a great contribution to any man in these days--boys and girls. But seeing all they ever done won't amount to too much until serving God--unless he served God; and tonight what he has done here on earth, his good deeds, he's gone to his reward to be with them. God rest the soul of our brother. I know as long as this is a tabernacle here, and I--I know you will--his voice will still be here. You can hear it.
1-4 Sister Annajeanne and her sister playing the organ and piano, how they never had to wait. Brother Palmer just stand here and he'd just pick the song up--go on; they'd catch it. And I never... I looked forward to hearing him leading the songs. To his children, to his wife, and to Brother Jack, his bosom friend, that'd been friends for all these years, and Brother Brown, Sister Brown, and all you Tabernacle; God bless you. I miss him too. God rest his gallant soul until we meet him in peace. Let us bow our heads.
2-1 Gracious heavenly Father, just speaking of this great servant, I missed him tonight, him shaking my hands and that cunning little smile he always had when he said, "God bless you, Brother Branham," when we'd walk in the door. I know he has come up to Your house tonight. So I pray, dear God, that You'll let the fruits, his works that follow him be great, continuing on with his children and his wife. We pray that You'll bless her, Lord. You said You would be a husband to the widows that were widows indeed. I pray for our--our Sister Palmer and for all the children now. I know how to sympathize with both, losing a companion and also losing my dad.
2-2 So, Father, while we're here tonight, we pray that You'll prepare our hearts also for that hour. We don't know. It might come as sudden as his did. We don't know when it will come, but we know it's got to come. So we pray, God, that You'll search every heart that's in here tonight. God, don't leave mine out. Search mine too, and try me. Lord, if there be any evil in us, take it out. We want to serve You. That's our full objective, is to serve You. Pour out Your Spirit upon us tonight and the rest of this week.
2-4 We pray that You'll also heal all the sick and the afflicted that comes among us. May Your great Holy Spirit be here, Lord, and just heal and anoint each one to believe. Grant these things, Father.
2-6 Now, I want to pass greetings on down the line to the churches now that's hooked up across the states. We're on the telephone hookup, which is a fine little system that we have been able to get through our Brother Pearry Green from Beaumont, Texas. And the churches completely is following the message all the way across the United States, is hooked up tonight.
3-2 I... You know, you people up in New York, you know, I kind of laugh at you a little bit the way you talk. I'm right at home tonight. Everybody down here you know, say, "Hello dere, Brother Branham. You bring Sister Branham and all the young'uns and come over to see us." Oh, my, that makes me feel good. That's real English to me. Not disregarding you people in the east and the north and different places, but you know, I guess I was just born an old "Reb" and have to stay that way. I--I kinda like it myself. It's real English.
3-4 And now to the... I believe they're going to try to broadcast the breakfast also, the Business Men's breakfast Saturday morning. Brother Green will tell you. As he's at the microphones out there now. So he will tell you what time the breakfast starts and what time each night to tune in. We thank you very kindly and pray for us.
3-5 Now, to the local assembly here and Brother Jack's Tabernacle, I just going to ask you a favor tonight. Being that I was going to give my Thanksgiving message across the--the nation tonight to our local churches that's following the Message, in this I--I'll may be a little lengthy and then again, I may preach some doctrine. So if so... And if you don't agree with it, just like I always said about eating cherry pie: When I run into a seed, I don't throw the pie out; I throw the seed out, just keep on eating pie. So if I happen to mention something tonight... I--Well, I'll... That's one reason I took this invitation tonight, to be here to bring my Thanksgiving message to the groups across the country, was because Brother Jack always so freely opened his door and said, "Preach what is on your heart." So I feel real at home. So it may be that in here, in the local assembly here with Brother Jack, there might be ministers and some people that would disagree with doctrine. Usually I have the courtesy not to mention doctrine in a man's pulpit that has invited me to come speak for him. So after tonight, I suppose I'll just be praying for the sick and doing the regular service; but I thought I would let you know beforehand that if something that I say that might be disagreeable, well, just allow it to my ignorance, I guess--and know no better, and pray for me.
4-1 So now, let us turn in the Word to a chapter here, that I wish to refer to many places tonight, because I've got several Scriptures and little notes wrote out here in a tablet.
4-3 Now, I want to kind of teach this like a Sunday school lesson. I know there's people standing, and at the Tabernacle usually, at Jeffersonville, we want to greet you all tonight too; know that you're hooked up there at the Tabernacle. And it looks like being at the Tabernacle tonight, if you were down here, the people around the walls and overflowed. Now, I suppose you're that way too to all the people that's up in that part of the country that's come in for the message.
4-4 Now, we are going to use this like a Sunday school lesson. And it's not directed to anything, any certain persons, or anything: just to the church, the Body of Christ, that we're trying to lead to deeper thoughts and higher objectives, believing that the coming of the Lord Jesus is at hand. We believe that much more. It's twenty years closer than it was the first time I come to Shreveport. Oh, so much has happened since that time. Now, we're looking forward for the coming of the Lord in our generation. I'm not looking for revival in our generation; I'm looking for the coming of the Lord in our generation.
5-1 Now, in Romans 7, trusting that you have your Bibles open everywhere now across the country, we want to read closely. Now, this is--this message out of here, it seems like, it's on marriage and divorce; but it really isn't. To me it's a prophecy for the church in the last days. Let us read.
5-2 And now, let us pray: Dear God, we have just read what we believe to be the sacred Word of God. And that's what we are believing: that not one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from This until all is fulfilled. And we believe that our Lord told us in Revelations the 22nd chapter, that whosoever shall take one word from It or add one word to It, the same, his part will be taken from the Book of Life.
6-2 Oh, God knowing and seeing how fragile we are, knowing that we're walking on the brittle threads of life of this mortal life, not knowing what time that we're going to be summoned to answer on high, let us, O Lord, lay aside everything in our hearts, everything in our mind, and look straight to Your Word tonight, and for You to come and interpret It with living Oracles. Grant it.
6-5 I'd like to title these few remarks that I was going to make here and some Scriptures that I would like to follow up closely behind, if the Lord willing, to the Thanksgiving message to, The Invisible--of "The Invisible Union of the Bride of Christ, The Invisible Union of the Bride of Christ."
7-1 But we are enthused about it. And we know that history is closing out. The world's history will soon be over. Then we're going to step into a new day, to the great Millennium. That as one believer, I believe in the--in a Millennium, a Millennium reign with Christ, a thousand years upon the earth; the physical return of the Lord Jesus to take a physical people, glorified by His cleansing Blood.
7-2 Paul, here, is giving an illustration in our Scriptures about the law and grace and illustrating it like marriage and divorce. This passage is very seldom preached on, because it more or less pertains to, like marriage and divorce; but it also pertains to a greater portion of marriage and divorce, of how that he's trying to set in order here, that we as a--as a church, can no more be married to the world and to Christ at the same time and--and be legal and lawful about it, than it can be for a woman to be living with a husband while she's got a living husband.
7-4 It was said one time... I was reading it when I was writing a note for this. I--I could not exactly remember the book that it's in, but I'm sure this is right: that one of the books I read on Mr. Moody, Dwight Moody, in Chicago. (We have a great listening church in Chicago also tonight.) That Mr. Moody after reading Romans 7, ran into the street, and the first man he met, he said to him, "Do you know grace?"
8-1 May I add to this woman, Grace. May I place her in the Bible also, as called the elect lady, this Miss Grace I'm going to talk about. You know, the Bible declares, said, "To the elect lady..." If you notice "elect" comes from the word "elected lady." One lady amongst all the other ladies was elected, like the virgin was to bring forth the body of God on the earth. She was an elected woman. God chose Mary. And also God has chose an elected Lady which is His Bride. She's elected. I hope we're members of that tonight across the world--across the nation, rather.
8-2 The illustration here, showing the relationship of Bride to Christ, the elect Lady, and how She was to be brought to Him, where She would come from, and how that She would be brought to Him. The church here in illustration that we got in view, is illustrated by a woman; which a woman is always a type of the church; because the church is considered a Bride, a Bride. She is the Bride of the Lord Jesus, the Son of God.
8-3 Always, if you'll watch; watch the conditions and the conduct of women, and you'll see where the church is. Now, this... Some of these remarks may seem strange to some of you, but it's complementary to the message that I have from the Lord that I'm trying to get to the people. See, you watch everything in the natural, how it's happening, nature, and watch it. It runs true with the spiritual also.
8-5 Now, please let me say again to the local assembly: Don't feel bad now. I'm--I'm speaking to all out across the country to the, what I think the elect Lady. So if there happened to be ministers in here that doesn't agree, well, just hold your peace for a little while. See? Notice, just listen...
9-1 And now, today as we see the church natural in your intellectual Gospel, going further and further away from the Word in "social gospel," we find that the women of the world on the streets, members of such is carrying themselves in the same atmosphere. You can't tell them. They've lost all sense of common decency; the people have. See? And that's the way the church has. And you can see it going straight to the ecumenical council just as certain as anything in the world, and right into Rome as hard as it can go. See? 'Cause it's prophesied, and there she is. That's her behavior.
9-2 But then, watch again to the spiritual church, how that group of people "called out," the Elected through every revival. In Martin Luther; it happened the same way in the Reformation. It happened the same thing in the time of John Wesley. It happened the same thing when Pentecostal first started. They dropped them women right back in line with the Word, and then they drift away. There she goes right back over into chaos; but then the time that the people are ready to line up, there is a message comes forth, and they line with it.
9-3 Luther was the messenger of one day of justification; and the church lined right with it: some of them; the rest of them continued on. Wesley come with sanctification; the church lined right with it. Pentecost come with the restoration of the gifts; the church lined right with it, the elect of that day, and then, faded away, went right back off in denominationalism and went right out with the rest of them, all of them right down along the line.
9-4 Now, but you notice when the people begin to try to line with the Word, there comes a fresh message from the Word of God right straight to the people, and it kept that message in line up, every time. It's just in God. We have that.
10-1 The prophet Paul here is saying that a woman cannot remarry until her first husband is dead. She cannot remarry as long as her first husband is a-living. She, by no circumstances at all... She must remain single as long as her first husband's a-living. And if she should do such a sin, she shall be called an adulternous... (I'm speaking of the natural now, to type it with the spiritual.) If this woman would commit such a sin, then she is marked an adulternous, if she has two living husbands at the same time. Therefore, she has forfeited by doing this her rights to God and heaven by doing so; she sure has. She is an outcast from the economy of God according to the Scriptures that I've just read.
10-2 So is the church, when she tries to mix creed and denomination with the Word of God. She can't be married to a denomination and be the Bride of Christ at the same time. She's got to be dead to one or the other. The law says so here. Plenty of laws in God's Word, and that's His law: Paul speaking the same thing here. She cannot be married to a church of worldly creed and be the Bride of Christ, because she's... One is contrary to the other.
10-3 Now, remember, you say, "Well, we believe this, but we don't believe that." If you're married to Christ, Christ is the Word of God. In St. John the 1st chapter said, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." And the same was made flesh and dwelled among us. Christ was the living Word. He always was the Word; He's still the Word; He always will be the Word.
11-2 Now, now, we notice: then that Life being in you, God's Life being in you from the foundation of the world... Now, now, you cannot mix denomination creed with the Word, because they're too contrary, one to the other. That's exactly what Satan tried to do with his intellectual conceptions to Eve. He said... He admitted that God said it, but he said, "Surely you'll not die." See, and they believed that, and that's what creed has done tonight. Denomination has separated the people from the Word of God. Didn't Jesus say when He come, "You, through your traditions have made the commandments of God of no effect to the people"? And through our creeds, we have disassociated the fellowship of the Holy Spirit to anoint the Word of God that's laced out for this generation. We have separated the people so by denomination that they cannot have a chance to see it. Now, God, He... Every generation He has a new part of His Book. It all goes together like my body was built. I'm told it started in the spine, but it wasn't all spine. It went from that to ribs, and from lungs, and to hands, and arms, and feet, and so forth, and it come on out to be the person that I am.
11-3 And so was God manifested in the beginning. And finally He was appeared as Jehovah, God the Father. Then He appeared as God the Son in Jesus Christ. Now, He's appeared as God the Holy Ghost, the same God all the time, three manifestations of the same--same God.
12-1 Now, she, as a woman, if she is married to Christ the Word, she cannot be married to a church denomination at the same time, for she's bound by it. She shall--cannot live with both husbands at the same time. They're contrary one to the other. One is God sent; the other one is manmade. So they're contrary. He said, "Let every man's word be a lie, Mine be the Truth." God said that.
12-3 Then her children, if she is an adulteress, her children is illegitimate. Illegitimate, illegitimate to what? Not to the church, but to the Word. She's illegitimate.
12-5 Marriage is the oldest institution in the world. Marriage was performed first, and instituted in the garden of Eden.
13-1 Her body is given to her a sacred trust from God. No female dog, no bird, no other animal, no other creature like that; no. She's the only one. By it she is--the reason it's so sacred, she is to bring forth life into the earth. Her body is a bedding grounds of life. Therefore, that's the reason she's give this sacred trust.
13-3 Notice, now, we find that her body is a bedding ground; and therefore, it's a sacred trust not to defile that.
13-6 Now, she has a sacred... One, I want to name three things here that she must not get away from. Now, I'm speaking, keep the church in mind while I'm speaking this to the natural woman, as Paul is here, in the 7th chapter of Romans. She has a sacred trust of virtue committed to her by her Lord: a certain virtue. Nothing else holds it but a woman. That's right. That's committed to her by God. She must not defile that virtue. If she even does something wrong, she must confess that to her husband before he takes her; and make it right. Just the same as the church that was married to the law has to come also before Christ, before the second marriage; she has to confess that. If she doesn't and she lives with her husband for ten years and then confesses it, he has a right to put her away and marry another woman. That's the Scripture. Fornication is unclean living.
14-2 Notice. Now, she has a sacred trust of virtue that's been given to her, trusted to her by the Lord. God gave her that virtue. Just as it was in the garden of Eden, she can say, "yes" or "no." She has a sacred trust of womanhood committed to her that she must not break. The womanhood, I'm speaking of here, is her conduct, her character around men, not letting every man... Looks on these screens and see these movie stars kissing and hugging and slopping around over these women. A woman does that is of a bad character. She might be virtuous otherwise, but, see, in her heart--when those glands... Sex glands are in the lips. A man kisses a woman, he's actually, potentially, committed adultery.
14-3 Sex glands are in the woman's lips and in the man's lips. He could kiss her on the hand, it wouldn't mix the--the sex glands, but the sex glands is in the lips. And see all this nonsense and the--the Hollywood today of all this slopping, and loving around with women, and so forth; and little girls looking at all that. No wonder our morals are rotten, and decayed, and filthy. See? Because it's put before the children. That's right. It has to be that way for the last days.
14-4 Now, keep the church in mind. She's kissing, and slopping, and mixing around in everything else but the Word. Let the devil, and education, and scientific searches, and so forth... When scientific education and everything is absolutely contrary to God.
15-1 She has this sacred womanhood. No wonder that men act around women the way they do. Is because women act around men the way they do. She characters herself out here with a pair of shorts on, and skin tight, and men's clothing and things out on the street, twisting around. No matter what she says... She might be as virtuous to her husband as she can be, but in the sight of God she is an adulternous. "Whosoever looketh upon a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart." And she presented herself to be that. And that's exactly what the church has done with the world.
15-2 Notice. That's committed to her sacred virtue, sacred womanhood, and then sacred motherhood: honor her husband.
15-5 Buildings are all right; hospitals are all right. All these other things are all right. Educational programs, that's all right. We have to live here; we have to read, write; that's one of the economies.
15-7 Now, we find out that she has been given this sacred trust that she must not break of womanhood. Act--have her character, raise her children, be honorable to her husband. Now-a-days, they pay a bit more attention to it than nothing in the world.
16-1 What a sacred trust, what a responsibility to a woman. Now, see why she is a type of the church, which has the same responsibility as a woman has a sacred responsibility to her motherhood, to her virtues, to her husband; the church has a sacred responsibility to prayer, and to the Word, and to Christ, just the same as the woman has. And as a woman drifts off with another man; when the church goes off on these institutional programs, and building programs, and schools, and so forth... I have nothing against them. They're all right. They serve their purpose. But they're not... Jesus never said, "Go, make schools." He said, "Preach the Word." That's where they neglect it.
16-2 Not make institutions, hospitals, and so forth, them's all right. But that's not the church's duty. Their duty is to preach the Gospel. But we've done everything else but that, and we've drifted in just like Satan did, and mixing it up with some Gospel, something else, and something else, till it has got a conglomeration of nothing: corruption. Even our whole--the whole world... Watch the trend of the world.
16-3 Reading in Reader's Digest here not long ago, where young girls are going through the menopause and men, the change of life; between twenty and twenty-five years old they're going through the middle-age: corruption. Why? Because of scientific research of food and stuff that's broke down from the natural things we should put in our bodies. We're nothing but a bunch of dying corruption.
17-1 But now, look what Hollywood has took the virtuous things from our women. I'm setting here looking at a dear old woman, Sister Schrader. Many of the women here, that and Sister Moore over here, the older women that remembers a few years ago, if their mother or even them, would have walked out on the street the way some of these women walk today (church members), they'd have locked the woman up for being insane. She forgot to put on her skirt.
17-3 The complete total insanity this world will go into right away. It's almost there now. Why, you can see the footsteps of it. There it is. It's--it's marching right out on the street, right down the church pew: total insanity, do things that a human being wouldn't think of doing and being civilized.
18-1 And that is just exactly what's happened today. She's been deceived by television, by magazines, by these people, these--all these fine things that they're going out on the streets. Modern girls, they look at magazines, and they look at pictures; they look on the streets; they see the clothing in the shops. How Satan, that great instrument of--of hell has come down amongst the people and deceived them into these things. And the woman thinks she's all right. And she's dead and don't know it. She's far from God. See how she lost all this and how subtle it was?
18-2 Today, I want you to notice. Jesus spoke of it. Also if you'd like to read it. Jesus made mention that this thing would come to pass (Did you know that?) in His last hours just before His crucifixion. Let's just read it. St. Luke the--the 23rd chapter, and just for a moment like a Sunday school lesson, begin with the 27th verse, I believe I got marked out here: Jesus going to Calvary. Listen as I read it. All right, St. Luke 23:27, I believe is where we have it. My note has got it that way. Yes, here it is.
18-3 Speaking of the day that when women wouldn't no more want children... They want a dog or a cat or something like that, but she don't want children anymore. Why? She's old Mother Hubbard if she has a child. See? She don't want... That's the--that's the remarks of Hollywood. It don't want his woman to be an old Mother Hubbard. So she'll--he'll have some operation performed to himself, or her, one, that'll keep them from having children. They don't want no children.
19-4 I noticed; I hunt big game. And an old bear in the fall of the year, when she has been bred to the male bear, she's got cubs then that is born; they're pretty good-sized cubs, maybe weigh a hundred pounds or better. She'll make them scat and hibernate to themselves, because she's going to bring forth some more cubs. They're born in February. The bear knows nothing about it. They're born in a little sack. How that God has them open these little sacks themselves; little--like little cellophane sacks. They find their way around; their mother's sound asleep. She hasn't eat anything since October, and this is February. They come around and nurse her to the middle of May. Then when she sees her cubs, they're pretty good-sized cubs. Weigh maybe fifteen, ten or fifteen pounds apiece. They nursed her. How she gets the milk, that's God's idea. She lives herself and produces milk for the cubs. And then if her breeding doesn't take, and she don't have any cubs, she'll hunt up them year--last year cubs and mother them all summer long, because it's God-given instinct. she has to mother something.
19-5 And if a woman won't have a baby for her husband, she'll take a dog or a cat or something. She's got to mother something. It's their nature. But to bear a child for her husband and raise it to the service of God, that's entirely all out of her line. She should all... She'd all... She'd be so disgraced, if she did, by her sin-loving society of this 1965 type of women.
20-1 So you see she's pregnated with something, 'cause she's bringing forth members all the time. But she don't want any of them screaming, hollering, blabbering, Acts 2:38, miserable creatures that she thinks they are. It would certainly embarrass her. It would ruin her and her educated, ethical, scientific, society church that she belongs to. They'd throw her out at the next council. She can't have it. So she don't want to be pregnated with the Word, because that's the only kind that the Word can bring forth.
20-3 What does she do then? She brings forth a pair of painted-faced, short-wearing, Jezebel society, illegitimate "cats" they call them; I think it is. I think they call it cats. "Look at that cat going there," they say, or something like that, you know.
20-5 Notice, she was born first to Adam, because that's her natural birth (See?), and she never left that. That's a lover of the world. She claims that she's born the second time to Christ. But her lover, notice, is Adam yet, because she loves the world.
21-2 Her sons--her sons, born out of her, rely upon education, schooling, some Bible school, so-called, some great college that's supposed to be a long time ago, hatching them out some sort of incubator style: denominational seekers, religious Cain-like, just illegitimate to the Word as Cain was. That's right. Just as illegitimate as Cain was. Sure. Denominational seekers: you see what it is?
21-3 You say, "Brother Branham, is that true?" Turn to Genesis 4:16 and find out. Get back here in Genesis 4:16 just a minute, and you will find out how that happened.
22-1 Now, notice the 25th verse.
22-5 Now, notice, the Bible plainly says here that her first husband must be dead, not just put away; he's got to be dead. Now, I just got through preaching on marriage and divorce, and you all know about that. I'm not speaking now, altogether to this congregation here, but out across the nation. All right. Now, you see what happened there in marriage and divorce, when it was...?... the Seven Seals was opened, that brought out the real truth of it.
22-6 So to be married to the second Adam, Christ, the Word, you must separate yourself by death from your first denominational husband, 'cause there isn't a one of them that can take all the Word of God. Just show me where that one's at. "Oh," you say, "mine." The other fellow says his too. Put them together, and you find out you're both wrong, as soon as you denominate. Read Revelations 17.
23-2 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelled among us." As long as you hold to man's traditions of denominations, you are called in God's Word a adulternous. As long as you're a denominational creed-seeker, belonging to a denominational church that denies the Word, you are an adulternous. That's what the Bible said. Jesus said, "You cannot serve two gods at the same time. You either serve God or mammon. (Mammon's the world.) He that loves the world or the things of the world, the love of God's not even in him." The Seed of God can't be in him the same time, the love God--the love of the world's in there. When the Seed of God is operating through you, that's the Word of God. The love of the world can't be in there at the same time. Now, where's the short hair, and the shorts, and the painted faces? Now, where's it at?
23-3 You can't be virtuous to Christ, the Word of God, and serve a manmade denomination at the same time. It's contrary to the Word. Paul said here. "Where about?" Romans 7.
24-1 What is a--what is a revelation? Jesus said, "Upon this Rock I'll build My church, and the gates of hell can't prevail against it." Faith is a revelation, because faith has been revealed to you. Abel, by faith offered by revelation (faith) offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than that of Cain.
24-3 Here we are right today, Laodicea and the Bride, just as clear and pretty as it can be in the Scripture and right before your faces. You can't serve God and mammon. You can't be a virtuous Bible-believing Christian and associate yourself in a denominational affair. You just can't do it at the same time. One's got to be dead to let the other live.
24-5 What did Satan pregnate Eve with? To disbelieve the Word for intellectuals, intellects, and it ruined the whole creation. That's exactly what she's done in the Word today, the church. She's pregnated herself with Bible schools and colleges and things like that: reading, writing, and arithmetic, and they know more about God than a Hottentot would know about an Egyptian knight. they know all their creeds, their prayer books, and everything else, but know nothing about God. They'd know when the Word is vindicated... When God spoke back there and 'lotted out His Word to each generation as it came along...
25-2 There stood Isaiah standing there, said, "A virgin shall conceive." A man like him in a day when... How's a virgin going to conceive? "Unto us, a Son is born... a child is born, a Son is given. His Name shall be called: Counselor, Prince of Peace, Mighty God, the Everlasting Father. Upon the throne of His father, David, He'll reign and there'll be no end to His Kingdom."
25-3 Now, we school our seminary students in all kinds of Bible theology and things like that, manmade theology. It's got a bunch of church, just exactly a Laodicea like God said it would be.
25-5 I John 2:15, He said, "If you love the world or the things of the world, the love of God's not even in you." So how can you be pregnated with the Word of God which condemns the world, condemns Hollywood, condemns all this fashion, condemns all these parties, and carrying on, and so-called that they have in the name of religion? It condemns it.
26-3 "What will the Jones's think, if I go to crying and speaking in tongues? What will they think if I'm rebaptized?" What a nonsense. Are you married to Jones's? Are you married to the church? Or are you married to Christ, the Word? Now, that's why she's still bearing his children.
26-5 Now, take a good look for a moment with your own spiritual insight, at your soul. Just look around. I'm speaking across the nation now. Look just a few minutes, you out there in the Branham Tabernacle, you in the tabernacles on the west coast, and Arizona and everywhere you are at, look at yourself for a few minutes. You say, "That message you're preaching, Brother Branham, is wrong." Look at yourself a little bit. Let the Holy Spirit search your minds with the Word. You'll agree with the message. Let Christ, the anointed Word, search out your own conscience. Let Him get into you. See if that's right or not. And that's just one or two I mention things when there are hundreds of them.
26-6 Does the Bible agree with a woman bobbing her hair? Does the Bible believe--agree with three baptisms in the Name of the Father, Son, Holy Ghost? No such a thing. Does the Bible agree with woman wearing men's clothing? Well, just take them three there, when there's hundreds of more. Search it out in the Light of God's Word.
27-2 You let the Holy Spirit, He's the prophet of the day. Let Him come into your heart right now and if you examine with the Word of God and the doubts about the message will be all dissolved. He dissolves all the doubts. You find out, it's exactly on the Word for this day.
27-5 Then watch the Life ran right on up into the tassel. It's got a whole lot of little--little balls hanging on it, looks like little grains in it; looks like it is the real grain, but it isn't. Then it drops down into the shuck, and what does it bring forth? A shuck.
28-1 Then what happens? When the grain begins to grow and it gets bigger, so it can cover over something, the denomination pulls away from it.
28-4 You may say, "What's this all got to do with Thanksgiving? What are you talking about, Brother Branham? Here it is a quarter to nine. You haven't said nothing about Thanksgiving." What a message for the occasion to me. Yes, indeed.
28-8 What did He do? He opened up the Seven Seals of the last message. Did you notice that? The Seven Seals, which all the mysteries of the Seven Church Ages were sealed with Seven Seals. The reformers didn't have time to do it in their days. They didn't live long enough. But this blessed revelation of the Seven Seals is opened to us in this last days from a prophecy that went forth to Arizona.
29-1 Paul wrote the New Testament. That's right. He wrote Romans and--Romans and all the rest of them there, a Hebrews, and Timothy, and so forth. And to do that, he had to separate from hisself and go down into Arabia into a desert for three years and get the revelation of God. Oh, you say, "What about Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John?" They were scribes that just wrote what Jesus did. Paul separated and put the Word together. That's right.
29-3 Malachi 4, Luke 17:30, St. John 14:12, Joel 2:38. Those promises is just exactly like John the Baptist identified himself in the Scripture. Jesus identified Himself, what did they say? "Away with such a person. John's a wild man." The church wasn't able to receive it. That's the pattern. Neither will the church receive it today.
29-5 He never uses--loses His pattern. He always did it by the pattern. He's done it every time by the pattern. He does it again, calling out His virtuous Bride in the last days, the lovely Rebekah waiting for her Isaac. What a beautiful time.
30-1 Life is a sacred thing to God, and it's recorded in a Book. God's the Author of Life. Do you believe that? Our natural life here we have here is just a perversion. It really should be the right Life to begin with. But it's perverted by the natural birth.
30-3 How can you miss seeing the serpent's seed, when you see the woman, a byproduct? Not another female like her, made in that order in order she could be deceived... God knowed... If He didn't know the end from the beginning, then He wasn't God. If He isn't infinite; if He isn't--if He can't be infinite without being omniscient, omnipresent, know all things, eternal... So He knowed all things, and He had to make that woman. The man didn't have a wife. The wife and the man was the same thing. He had the feminish and masculine spirit in himself. He had to separate, take a byproduct after the whole creation was made. No female created by God in the original creation can do a thing like that. She was made thus to do it. He knowed she would do it. If He didn't, He wasn't God.
30-5 Notice. Now it was nature associated with death. Your first husband that had rule over you was your nature by natural birth. Natural you love the world, because you are the world and part of the world. Is that right? Your desires was by nature to love the world which you're a part of. You're a part of nature. You believe that? And that's your natural thing. That's the reason you have to be born again. You have to separate. You have to die to that first husband. You can't live with it. You just can't say, "Well, I'll divorce him and hang him up here till the occasion." No, sir, no writing of divorcement. He dies. The nature of the world has to die. Every speck of him has to die. You have to be reunited again with another nature.
31-1 Your name of your first nature was born and put in a Book of Life, and all your deeds was wrote in it too. Everything you done under that nature was put in a Book called the Book of Life.
31-3 Now, you... But when you were separated from that union by spiritual death, your natural desire's to cut your hair; your natural desire's to wear shorts, paint your face; your natural desire's to be intellectual, smart men, know something better than the other. That's what Eve wanted. That's the very thing she wanted.
31-5 See, that's what Eve took. She was pregnated with that kind of a pregnation. That's what the church is today by Bible schools and intellectuals, and look, everyone disagreeing with the other. A big mess of just exactly what the Bible said: Babylon.
32-1 The same Word sucked up through these and come out here and come to a head here. And all that Life that come through there, picked up its people, and now it's forming up into a head for the rapture. (Speaking on that tomorrow night or next night, one, the Lord willing.)
32-2 Now, your old book is gone with your old union. Now, your name in your old--in your--has been transferred. Now, you say, "Do you mean to tell me, that my old book..." God put it in the sea of His forgetfulness. You stand perfectly before God.
32-4 Now, you're not only forgiven, but you're justified. Glory. Justified: Romans 5:1 said, yeah, Romans 5:1 said, "Therefore being justified by faith..." Look up the word. The word don't mean forgiven. The word means justified. It don't mean you're forgiven. For instance, you heared that I got drunk and--and done some evil things and everything; then you come around saying to me... You found out I didn't do them. Then you come around and say, "Brother Branham, I forgive you." Forgive me? I didn't do it at the first place. See?
33-1 How did you come to do this? You were deceived into it by your first marriage--to your adulteress parent Eve. It's no fault of your own. By your natural birth, you come after Eve, who committed adultery. That's the reason you was born an adulternous. You were a sinner to begin with. That's right. You was deceived into it. You had no... No, it ain't your fault. You never did it, because that little Germ that was in you, was to be you before the foundation of the world. God put your name in the Lamb's Book of Life.
33-2 Like my little eagle story, all of you's heard it. A hen... An old farmer set a hen one time. See, he didn't have enough hens--eggs to go under the hen, so then he found an eagle egg and he put it under it. When the eagle was born, it was the funniest looking chicken, them chickens had ever seen. Little old eagle going along; the hen would go, "Cluck, cluck, cluck, cluck."
33-4 So one day the mother knowed that she'd laid two eggs. So she begin to hunt for that other one. Flying around, searching, like the great Holy Spirit, one day it flew over the barnyard, that denomination. She looked down there, and she seen her baby. She screamed. It was the voice of something that echoed from the inside of him. "Oh, that sounds right."
34-3 Martin Luther saw it for his. Wesley saw it for his. The Pentecostal saw it for his. Now, what about you? They went into denomination. Here's the Word condemning it, telling you what we are to have today and just exactly Malachi 4, and all these other promises for the hour. What do you see? What are you looking at? Amen.
34-5 In the beginning was the Word, and if the Word was God then you were in God. The Word, the part that you're to play was in God before the foundation of the world. He seen you. He knew you. He predestinated you to it. And I'll tell you; just as that eagle recognized that voice, so does a real borned again Christian recognize the Voice of God speaking through the Word, when they see It anointed and vindicated.
34-7 And a man that's born of God, a son of God has to have the nature of God. He has to be like God. He honors God. He's part of the Word of God.
35-1 They ought to seen it, them Jews in their day, when they seen it manifested there before them as a prophet said He was. He said, "Search the Scriptures; in them you think you have Eternal Life. They are They that testify of Me. If I do not the works of My Father, don't believe Me; but though you can't believe Me, do the--believe the works that I've done."
35-4 If you ever seen hybreeding in cattle? Notice, there's a million eggs; here's a million germs and when they are--are discharged to come together to the womb, coming through the tube and into the womb, they meet. One of them is egg, a million eggs, a million germs. There's only one egg in there fertile. There's only one germ fertile. They're all alive. You can watch them little calves, beating around in there, a speck that you could put on a match stem. And Demos and them is listening in tonight, and he remembers when we took... He took me down and showed me how that worked: test tubes. And put just enough that you could put on the end of a match stick, and there was thousands of little calves and bulls in there, but only one of them can live. Only one of them, and here's a big ball of them here and you notice one will crawl out from among this one here, go right over the germ, come over here; and an egg will come out from among these other eggs over here, and they'll meet together; and the rest of them die. Yet they're alive, but they die. Because there's something... Someone made this one fertile and ordained this one too. It's predestination, my brother. Yes, sir.
35-5 God has to determine whether it's going to be boy or girl, red-head, black-head or whatever it is. It's determined by God. More mystery than a virgin birth to me. But notice, the rest of them die.
36-2 "I understand, said the scribes... you know that the... Why does the scribes say that--that Elias must first come?" They said to Jesus.
36-4 You was deceived in the beginning by your first marriage. Now, you know what's true. Just like I said the little eagle, when he heard the Bridegroom's Voice, he went to It, the anointed, vindicated Word of God for the last days.
36-8 The apostles, them who set forth the Bible... Here come Luther out in reformation; his words that--his church won't work today. Wesley's won't. Pentecostals won't. It worked in their day, but it's another day. This is the opening of the Seven Seals. I know it sounds strange to you, but God has vindicated it so perfectly, there's no--no question in it, just perfectly.
37-2 Now, notice, the anointed Word of his day of which you are a part by predestination. You immediately... Like knew, when you heard that, you knew right quick you was an eagle. You also realized that you wasn't a denominational chicken to begin with. You knowed there's something wrong there. There's something wrong. That's right. For you know you were trapped into it at the beginning.
37-4 Your first husband that you were married to, the world, the anointed Bridegroom, which foreordained you, has washed you by the washing of the water by the church? That don't sound right, does it? You might find that in the almanac, but not in God's Bible. By the washing of the Water by the Word, and the Word. See? You are standing completely justified as though you never did it at the beginning.
37-6 How can you... if a man... If I was supposed to die in the morning, and a man took my place, I cannot die for that sin. Somebody took my place. And Jesus, the Word took my place. He become me, that--a sinner, that I might become Him, the Word. Amen. Let me hold true to It, not the church; the Word, Amen.
38-2 The call of the Holy Spirit searching the hearts... You're standing completely. You never sinned in the first place. God don't even know... It's in the sea of forgetfulness. You never did it. You were accused of it by the accuser; but really from the beginning you were predestinated to be a son or daughter of God. You're standing there washed, and your old book of divorcement's put away and is dead, absolutely out of existence even in the mind of God. You are the virtuous Bride of Christ, washed in the Blood of Christ: precious, virtuous, sinless, Son of God standing with a pure, unadulterated Bride Word that He washed by the Water of His own Blood that become flesh and manifested that He might take you, which were predestinated in the bosom of the Father before the beginning, the same as He was...
38-3 He was that great attribute of God called, love. Whatever you are, you're servants of God. Whatever God wants you to do, where your place is... God placed in the church some apostles, prophets, teachers, pastors. He placed that by virtue of His own predestination. And you were that to begin with. Your first wedding was annulled. It was... You never done it in the first place, because there's only one thing could do it and that would be God come down, Himself, and took your place in a form of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, and washed you by the Water,... of the washing of the Water by the Word. The Word, not the denomination, the Word washed you. But if you won't stand in the Water of the Word, how you going to be washed? You are still as spotted as Eve was.
38-4 "Oh, dear dying Lamb, Thy precious Blood shall never lose it's power till all the ransomed church of God be saved to sin no more."
39-1 Now, how do you know it is true? When God comes down and vindicates It and proves It.
39-3 Now, notice, you're not only that, but you're going to the wedding in the sky, and you are wearing the wedding band of predestinated unmerited grace, a wedding band of grace, unmerited of your own. God did it Himself. He knew you before the foundation of the world, so He slipped the wedding band on you there: put your name on the Book. What a Thanksgiving. Hallelujah. Praise our God.
39-4 Now, in closing, I might say this: We all know that the modern church Pentecostal, in it's present condition, all the denominations together... I throw them all in one bundle 'cause they are. You remember, He's going to bundle the weeds first and burn them. Takes the... He takes all the wheat stalks and burns it all up first, then He comes and gets His wheat and takes it home. They're all gathering in a bundles: Bundle of Methodist, Baptist, Pentecostal and all going to the Ecumenical Council. That is right. They're all burned. See?
39-5 We all know that the modern church in its present condition and its present state is in no condition to finish up the great commission that God gave the church for this day. How many Pentecostals can say, "Amen" to that? That's right.
40-2 Now, we know that the church could not... The Pentecostal church by no means, by no means could carry out the last day message in its present condition. Could it? Why, it can't even agree on one or two words in the Bible. How you going to do it? It can't do it. So you see, denomination's out. That's right. It is going to be a elected people, that's elected for it. See?
40-4 Why, I went to a young man (He's listening in right now.) and a young woman. She belonged to a certain church, and she said... I said... They're separated them. I said, "What's the matter?"
40-7 Oh, no wonder, no wonder the damnation of God is heaped up. God put it right before your eyes, and you shut your eyes and fail to look at it. Shutting up your bowels of compassion when you see the true Word of God in these Seven Seals being vindicated and proved to be so, and witnessed in the heavens across the nations and everywhere else by great signs and wonders that He promised He would do. Then you shut up and say, "I don't know; I can't help it, I..." See?
41-2 We all know that the church in that condition couldn't finish up this last day. How could it bring Malachi 4 in? How could it do it? They don't even believe in such a thing. How could it believe--bring in Luke 17:30? How could it bring in all these other Scriptures that's promised in this last days? It couldn't do it, because it denies It. "As it was in the days of Lot, so shall it be in the coming of the Son of man."
41-4 You say, "That was an Angel." The Bible said it was God: Lord, God, Elohim, standing there in human flesh, showing that He would so anoint His church in the last days, it'd be God working in human flesh again. "As it was in the days of Sodom, so shall it be at the coming of the Son of man."
41-6 So we know they're dead. God let it die in its own selfish, scientific, educational programs. All the Pentecostals used to... You talk about--about sending a kid away to Bible school, back when old Brother Lyle and them were around here, they'd run you out of the church. But, oh, now it is the greatest thing. "My son's away in Bible school." He's digging his grave.
42-2 See the same thing repeat again? See it repeat again? All in their religious science, religious science: according to what their Bible school said. That's the way they want it. That's the way it has to be or it isn't. God just fools them every time. It always comes different. It did in Noah's time; did in Moses' time; did in Christ's time; did in John's time; did in the disciple's time; did in Wesley's time; did in Luther's time; it did in Pentecostal's time; and so has it again. It don't change its pattern; always comes in the same thing. Only reformers through them seven--six ages till the seventh in Revelation 10, said, in this hour it would change, and it did.
42-3 Now, we're closing in saying this: Finish up the great commission, how could they do it? We know they're dead. God let it die in its scientific age all of it's so... So He could do what? Open up the Seven Sealed mystery to the undenominational Bride. How can a denomination accept those Seven Seals when it's absolutely contrary? Serpent's seed and all those other things, the whole full Seven Mysteries is contrary to what they've been taught, because they took the old school from the Bible school. And the Seven Seals of God, when it was opened on the mountain... God, let me die right now in this pulpit if that ain't the Truth. And I foretold you a year and six months before it happened when He told me to go to Arizona, what would happen out there in the desert; and there's men setting right here tonight was standing right there and present when the seven Angels came down, and even the magazines--"Life" Magazine packed the article of it. It was right there in the observatory and everything, and now they don't even know what it is all about. And everything has been said, even to the destruction of California, coming up now, and all these other things, and how I told them how many days it would be. How it would be where this great earthquake would happen in Alaska and that would be the beginning of the sign of time, and what would take place. And just word by word what It said. It's never failed one time. You've never seen It fail. And It can't fail, because It's God's Word, and heavens and earth will pass away, but It can't fail. That's right.
43-1 God had to open up those Seven Seals, not in a denomination. I've always been against it. But out of the denomination, that He might take a Bride, not a denominational bride; He couldn't do it. It's against His own Word. He opened those Seven Mysteries in there, and it shows forth, brings forth those things that's been hid since the foundation of the world--might be revealed in the last days to sons of God. Been brought that forth now before the people that they see it. There you now--to this undenominational Bride.
43-3 Just as I say this in closing, it's getting late. It's almost 9:30. And we're going to be out of here by 9:30, the Lord willing. Just real reverent now. Listen. One time... Saying this now, this goes across the nation. In New York now, it is twenty-five minutes after eleven. Way up in Philadelphia and around through there, those dear saints setting there listening right now in churches all around. Way up--way down around Mexico, way up around in Canada all around; across. Two hundred miles anywhere, within the North American continent here almost peoples there, listening right now, thousands times thousands listening. That's my message to you, church. You that's a union, spiritual union by the Word, that you're dead to these old husbands. You're born anew. Don't try to dig him up. He's dead. If you're a born again Christian, that little Germ that's predestinated in you, it's Word coming on Word, on Word, on Word, on Word, till it comes into the full statue of Christ. That's right. So He can come and get His Bride.
44-1 Now, we're just ready for one thing. That's the coming of the Lord. There's your name on the Book of Life.
44-5 Now, before closing: One time I was up in Glacier National Park. We heard all day long that they had--they had a "glacier of fire" that was going to fall at night. So the people was busy all day long getting that thing ready, because they was going to pour that fire out that night. They put a liquid... fire falls like a great glacier of water, looked like a rainbow almost when it comes out of that fire, falling out of this glacier. All around through the park, wife and I, and children, walked around through the day; we wanted to stay to see that fire exhibition. So it--it--it was promised us that we would see it, we'd witness it again. They said they have it ever... through the summer seasons and so forth. I said, "Well, will we be able to see it?"
44-6 After all I had been made ready for the event... That's what's taking place right now. All's being made ready for the event: a church being pulled out for His Namesake, taking His Bride out from amongst the world, these denominations, all the world, and the filth, and things of the world.
45-2 Now, notice. All was ready. Everything had been kindled and made ready. And everybody was standing out. I had my head sticking up, my arm around my wife; we was looking. The children standing there, all were looking up like that. My, it was something, 'cause we was expecting it. It was promised to us. Amen.
45-7 All at once we heard something from the top of the hill, a voice come down through the loud speaker said, "All things are ready."
46-3 Church, you, who I'm speaking to tonight across the nation, if you've separated yourself from denomination and all the filth and things of this world, and all those things that keeps you in manmade creeds, and orders, and things like that, you separated yourself, look up. Get ready. The fire's going to fall one of these days. God's going to let Him come, in a sight to behold. Would you be ready when He comes? Would you be ready to go up with Him when He comes? The secret rapture of the supernatural Bride... She'll be made from mortal to immortality; be changed in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye. We which are alive and remain shall not prevent them which are asleep.
46-4 The other day on Armistice Day, I was standing down there in Tucson; my little boy wanted to see the parade. I was studying, and I was--didn't have time to do it, and I had a lot of sick calls and things. So he said, "Daddy, they won't take me." He said, "Take me."
47-1 I stood there. What a sight to behold, but how sad. I thought, "Oh, God, one of these days, I'm going to behold another sight."
47-4 Let's bow our heads, just a moment. I wonder in this visible audience tonight while I have held you here till 9:30, is there one here, is there a dozen here; how many here says, "Brother Branham, I'm ashamed of myself, the way I have lived. I have catered a lot to denomination of men. I know that I'm not up with the Word of God. I'm just going to ask you to pray for me, Brother Branham." Raise up your hands. God bless you; God bless you. Just look. Way up into the balconies and around. God bless you. "I know..." Now, don't be ashamed. Now, don't be...
47-5 And out yonder across the nation, from New York to California, from Canada to Mexico, you people that's gathered in those churches, where those faithful little groups that's believed this message with all our hearts... They've come out; come out of great tribulations; come out through those denominations. They're germs of Life. Do you feel an urging tonight like the little eagle that you hear something that's a little different from what you have heard? But yet in your heart you know it's the Truth.
48-2 And you ministers down there in Tucson tonight, I don't hold you responsible for that. God does. I was there for three years. I told you I wouldn't start a church. I didn't. Brother Pearry Green started it. And I was there three years, and not one time did you invite me to your pulpit. I set in Tucson for nearly three years.
48-6 Dear God, we set solemnly now, a Thanksgiving day it really is, Lord. I am grateful, Lord, to be living in this day. This is the greatest day. Paul, the apostle, longed to see this day. The great men of old longed to see it. The prophets longed to see it. They looked for this day.
49-2 Now, Father, being that we see across the country, around the world in Africa, dozens and dozens through South Africa, Mozambique; all across the country little assemblies taking these tapes, and so will this tape go to twenty some odd different nations. And they're beginning to see it and pull away, hundreds and hundreds of them. Won't take many, Lord. And when the last member is received into the Body, Christ will come.
49-4 May these people here, visible, that held up their hands tonight, dozens of them through this great Tabernacle, I pray God that new Life will come into them. I pray that for across the nation and even around the world where the tape will be played, that they also will receive this Thanksgiving message and know by the hints and things that's been throwed, what they must do. I pray it, Father; grant it.
50-1 Now, with your heads bowed, here in the visible audience, would some here that hasn't been saved, not even given your hearts to God... Don't you think you ought to be thankful for what Jesus did for you? To think that you are a sinner, that you're an alien from God, and yet something is in your heart knocking. How do you know but what you are one of those little eagles. You're miserable and will be miserable till you surrender to It. Why not make this one of the greatest Thanksgivings you ever had when you received Jesus Christ as your Saviour.
50-3 The altar's open. We're ready. Just come right up out--out of your seat; come right on and kneel down here at the altar. This brother that's just come...
50-6 Will you come? Now, there's people kneeling around the altar, here. Why don't you get up and come? You've wanted to do it. You've tried it.
51-4 Won't you come? Oh, he was trained; he was intellectual; he knowed he was trained, one of the greatest training schools there was: Gamaliel, one of the finest teachers there was in the land; but he knowed he needed something.
52-1 You're standing right now, knowing that you should be here. Remember that when this is recorded at the day of the judgment, that same thought that you're having will be coming right back through your mind again. That'll be right on record; the whole world will see it played. Why don't the world... "Looking at you on the day of judgment, all the Angels there if you're ashamed of Me here, when your picture's being made now, at the day of the judgment, I'll be ashamed of you. For I anointed My Word, sent It to you; you wouldn't believe It. You hid yourself behind something."
52-2 (But you're one of the members of His body.) Why not? (Oh, little eagle, come) Why not come to...
52-4 Won't you come? Come on now, friends. If you can't understand, come kneel down and talk to Him about it. If I can't make it plain to you, He will; for He is the dissolver of all doubts.
53-2 I'm just going to wait 'cause there are many, many, around the altar now. See, maybe one of them, if I held just a little longer, might be another one out there. Might be somewhere in New York; it might be somewhere in Philadelphia; out in California or in Arizona; somewhere there might be another one coming. Pastor, wherever you are, don't give the altar call up now. We may never see another Thanksgiving. This might be the last one, and the records will be put up tonight for the last time. The tape will run out one of these days. The record will be cut and be in God's album, See? Then it's going to be played back what your thoughts is now. Don't say you didn't know different; you do.
53-3 I believe if I was setting out there somewhere, and I had the least thought, I'd sure take up here as hard as I could.
53-5 Now, while the choir is singing softly, I'm going to pray for these that are down here. I'm just kind of a very odd sort of a Christian. I believe that God has to do the saving, and I believe that God has to plant the Word, "I, the Lord," (says the Bible, Isaiah) "I, the Lord, hath planted it. I'll water it day and night, lest some should pluck it from My hand."
54-1 Dear Jesus, I just quoted Your Word, that Your prophet said, and I know the words of the prophets are True. And You said, "I, the Lord hath planted it." Why, certainly, You put it on the Lamb's Book of Life before the foundation of the world. "I, the Lord hath planted it, and I'll water it day and night, unless some should pluck it from My hand." These probably, Lord, has heard a-many altar call, but You're still watering at it, Lord. Here they are tonight. May they just turn loose tonight, Father, from all of the things of the world, all of the sins and troubles that's in their hearts and just sanely, reverently, in their heart, turn loose to Your Word right now and say, "Lord Jesus, down in my heart, I've always believed that there was something for me that I never have received yet. Though I've tried as the expression's been made tonight to follow the hen, but there was something that seemed strange to me. It didn't sound just right. And tonight I feel that I'm coming now closer into the arms of the living Word. I'm coming here just as reverently in my right mind; I've settled down here by this altar. I want salvation, Lord, so bad. I'm so hungry. I want You, Lord, to hold me in Your arms tonight. Not through any emotion, but through the Spirit of love. Take me into Your arms, dear God. I'm Your child. I feel that I'm that eagle they were talking about. Catch me, Lord; I'm jumping. I raised up from my seat and knelt down here. Catch me, Lord. I'm jumping. Bring me on Your wings, Lord, away from these things of the world. Let me fly away from the filth of this world, from my bad habits, from all of my denominational traditions. Let me come only to You, dear God, that Your Holy Spirit might pour into me the forgiveness of all of my doubts. May I tonight become Your child, fresh, born, and a new creature, tonight. Catch me, carry me away beyond the clucking of the hen. Carry me away to the eagle's nest, where there that I could be nurtured by the Word of God until I'm able to fly."
54-3 Now, with our heads bowed. I wonder around the altar now, that you that's knelt here. Many of you claim to be Christians, but you've felt that there's always something somewhere that you didn't possess. You might've done all of the religious acts. You might've shouted. You might've done all things. You might've danced in the Spirit; you might've spoke in tongues, and no one can say anything wrong against that. That's true. That's all good. But you see, that's gifts of the Spirit without the Spirit. If the Spirit was there, that feeling wouldn't--that feeling wouldn't condemn like that. Do you really sincerely, here at the altar believe that right now while you're here that just the act of turning yourself loose, not an emotion, now, but in genuine unadulterated faith, that God will receive you and nurture you with His Word until you're eagles yourself, and can fly?
55-2 Now, real quietly, I'm going to ask consecrated men and women who really know God... Most of them, it's very strange. It seems like it's that way. Altar calls that I make is mostly all men, you know in the regular run it's women; but it's all men here; I think there's one woman here at the altar tonight, maybe two. It's usually women, but somehow or another, I guess that seems like women think that I talk against them. I don't, sisters. (Three, I believe somebody said. They... See, I can't see over the top of the altar here.) All right, some of you consecrated Christians, come here and stand with me in prayer just a minute. On the altar, wherever you are, on the platform, somebody that really knows God, who knows how to stand here just a few minutes for prayer with them, then we'll dismiss the audience. Everybody be real reverent now.
55-5 Dear God, help these. I surrender all. I surrender my denomination. I surrender my first wedding. I surrender my first husband. I surrender everything, Lord.
56-1 All that believe...?... you stand and sing together now.
56-2 [Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.] You here now at the altar, you here the's around the altar that's prayed, the church has prayed for you; you've prayed yourself. Now, there's only one way that you can be saved. That's by faith are ye saved, and that by grace. The grace of God spoke to you, brought you to the altar. You're seeking God's blessings. You're seeking His Word. You're seeking the Holy Ghost. You're seeking the favors of God. If you are, and you can really with all your heart, surrender it. Now, don't look for any emotion. Look for a Truth, a Truth that's from your heart by faith. Lord, I'm willing to do anything that Your Word commands me to do. I surrender myself with all that's in me. If you believe that with all your heart, I want you to raise up to your feet, turn around to this church, the audience, and raise your hands up, and we'll sing it together with them. "I surrender everything that's in me, God. To the best of my knowledge, everything that I am, I surrender." Step upon this platform, here, you that's at the altar. Step right up here on the platform, brethren. Right up here, all of you that's brothers and sisters.
56-2 You surrender every bit to Him, to His Word? A sister here out of a denomination, she said, "I belonged to a denomination." We don't have to call it. She's a worker in there, but she said, "Brother Branham, I want to get out to the Truth. I want something...?..." Let me quote His Word: "Blessed are they that do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled." Now, you here on the platform that just come, if you are ready to surrender everything that you are, everything to obey the Word of God... We told you this week what to do. Now, if you're ready to surrender right now to Him, just raise up your hands like this to the audience. Now, you here on the platform, let's sing it together now, "I surrender all." Everybody together. All right.
57-1 Do you really mean it? Say, "Amen." Say, "Amen." once more. Say, "Lord, search me. Try me and give me an opportunity. This is all that I can do tonight, is give myself to you. You know the hunger of my heart. You know my desire. Your promise was to fill that desire. Now, I expect it, and I surrender to You. All together.