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Look Away To Jesus
1-1 Amen. Thank you, George, Becky, and Sister Ungren, that fine song. That's true. All is changed when Jesus comes. He just shuts out the darkness and scatters the light. And we're thankful for that.
Now, I... That's Becky's first time to play in church here, so a very appropriate song, "When Jesus Came."
So we are grateful to be here again tonight, and so thankful for the--your fine attendance this morning. And now, tonight is a... I got a little subject I want to talk on in a few moments; but just before that, I've got some announcements to make and things. And I--just a tiny bit hoarse. I think it's just the over-speaking. I preach a long time, but when I take these hour or two tapes, and when I come back here, it's because that I'm taping that for around the world. And so I thank you for being so patient with us this morning.
1-4 And now, there's a few things I would like to make mention of right here. That is, that I--I would like to ask the church, the first thing, something that I have--have done, and I--I want to ask if I can change that tonight. We're not... I don't make New Year's vows; and then I'm... We've got to go home tomorrow, so we won't be here for New Years to, but we'll be remembering you. I believe there'll be a meeting here New Years' night. Yeah, that's right, a watch service, as they always have on New Years' night. We would like to stay, but we just can't get back in time to--to get the kiddies in school. And my wife's got to wash up their clothes. (You know how it is.)
1-5 So I want to thank each one of you for your fine things that you did for us through Christmas. And you women who went up there and put food in the house, and things for us, that when we got there, there was--stuff was already cooked and ready to eat. I certainly thank you for that. May God ever bless you and the church, for their little ticket that I could go over here and--and get some clothes, if I wanted them, for a suit. They give me a suit each year. And some kind friends of mine just got me a suit; so I think, if it's all right, I need some other things like shirts and undershirts and things. I'd like to take the money up in that if it's all right with the church. I need that better than I--worse than I do a suit right at the time.
2-1 And now, this young fellow that just sang for us, Brother George Smith, from down in Tucson, we've been going up to their church up there, The New Testament Baptist church. His father is a missionary. I think he has about seven churches down in Old Mexico. And they're certainly some fine people there. And his father and mother, and all of them are fine people, and George is a very fine young man. I was just sorry that he didn't give us a word of testimony before he set down, of the saving grace of Christ in his life.
2-2 And now, the--the messages... I promised here not long ago, that the messages (before I went out in the meetings) I'd come here and tape them first and then go out. That was because of getting the tapes to the people, then I'd come here and tape a message and then go out and preach it. That'd give the people a chance to--to--the tape makers to make the tape and take it with us as we went.
Now, I am fixing to leave on a great string of evangelistic tours, so I--I won't be able to do that from now on. See? And the one who takes the tapes will just have to get them as we go along. And I think after all... Aren't they having a meeting on tapes this week? There's something another about--something about the tapes this week. Anyhow I think Brother Sothmann is here, and he represents Brother Maguire. I don't know whether he's here or not. I think Brother Fred's here. Somebody said he was here. And he... I think they're having a meeting this week (maybe tomorrow night, or sometime) about the tapes. We was talking about it the other night in the room there. I think the time is up for something. They take and make arrangements about it. So from now on, I'll probably just speak messages that I haven't touched here at the Tabernacle, out in the meeting.
2-4 And now, I have--want to be grateful to God for that testimony of Brother Blair. Happened to be that Brother and Sister Blair are setting right here tonight, setting right here before us, the one that had the little boy. I remember when the Lord told me when he was... Brother Blair all tore up, weeping. His little boy got crushed in the face like this of a turned-over car, and he was very bad. But while I was praying, I saw the little fellow all right. And Brother Blair, of course, asked me, said, "Brother Branham, is this a THUS SAITH THE LORD?"
I said, "Brother Blair, it's THUS SAITH THE LORD."
And Brother Blair is here tonight, and we are certainly thankful to have Brother Blair with us. And he's been suffering with a little trouble of nervousness, and Satan give him a great rap, here not long ago, to try to get him to disbelieve me. And while Satan was doing that, the Lord came right around and revealed it to him, and told him about it; just to cut it off before the time come for this. And Brother Blair's a fine man. And I want you to remember him. He's kind of halt between opinions on what to do. He doesn't know just how to turn, and I trust, Brother Blair, that God... You're a great servant of Christ, and He's got plenty for you to do, so the lights are getting dim. Were you here this morning? Well, that's very fine.
3-2 Now, now, I suppose the next time I get to see you, maybe up in spring a little bit, and by that time maybe we'll know whether we are going to hold the meetings or not here at Jeffersonville, during the time that I should've been in Norway and in the Scandinavian countries.
3-3 Now, just before we take a text, 'cause we have got a prayer line coming up, and many are standing in the rooms, and around the walls, and so forth; and I know you--it's very hard on you. And I stood a many time myself and I passed by awhile ago, bringing the wife down, I noticed the people around the doors; and I thought, "Who says the Gospel still isn't the most attractive thing that there is in the world?" Sure is. It--it attracts those who are interested in it. Those who are not interested, of course they don't--it won't be. But Jesus, if I... said, "If I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men unto Me." How true that is.
3-4 And when I get here, there's just so much to say, and I have to kind of jot down what I'm going to say here for a while, or I... There's so much to say, you just forget what you're going to say.
3-5 Now, I understand that Brother Ungren's father was baptized this morning in the Name of Jesus Christ. And if Sister Ungren and them are here, I'm sure that's a great thing to them, because that's been their constant prayer for many years. And Brother Ungren, wherever you are, God richly bless you, my brother. And if that isn't correct, God make me answer for it at the day of the judgment. See? I know it's correct. I--I take the blame for that. That is exactly right, because it is the Truth.
You say, "Does it make any difference?" It did to Paul. They asked how they'd been baptized. They said they'd already been baptized by John, the man that baptized Jesus. Paul said they had to come and be rebaptized again in the Name of Jesus Christ.
And not one person in the Bible was ever baptized in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. No people was ever baptized like that till the organizing of the Catholic church at the Nicene Council, Nicaea, Rome. That's where the first person was ever baptized using the titles.
4-2 A fellow said to me the other day. I said, "Well, if the Lord Jesus..." That's His Name.
He said, "Well..."
I said, "If a fellow come to you..."
He said, "I don't think it makes any difference."
(I just caught him in his own doctrine.) I said, "If a man come to you and said, 'I am baptized in the Name of the Rose of Sharon, the Lily of the Valley, and the Morning Star,' would you say 'Amen' to that?"
He said, "No, sir."
I said, "How would you... Would you rebaptize him?
He said, "Yes, sir."
I said, "How would you baptize him."
He said, "I'd baptize him in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost."
And I said, "That's the way I would baptize him--in the Name of the Father, Son, Holy Ghost." I said, "Now, Rose of Sharon, Lily of the Valley and Morning Star is no name."
He said, "That's right. It's a title."
I said, "So is Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Now, I'd baptize them in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; and the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost is the Lord Jesus Christ." Exactly. So I say--and he saw it...?... It was Brother Joseph Mattsson-Boze of Chicago, the hardest fellow I've ever had to break through with. I suppose I've got around three or four thousand natives to baptize now when I get over in Africa with him--to rebaptize over again.
5-1 Now... So we are grateful for the Gospel Light. And so now, Jesus said, when He was here on earth, "I... What I hear, that I speak." And now, I'm going to say just for the next about ten minutes, or fifteen, just before I take my text, and a very short text, and then we'll have the prayer line.
I have come to a place in my ministry to where I'm--I've got to--to say something. And I... Jesus said that what He heard, that was what He spoke. And he said, "I called you my friends, and a friend tells his friend all things."
Paul said in Acts 20:27, "I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God." See? And may I join in tonight and say the same thing with that great saint of old. To the best of my knowledge, I have not--I have not shunned, but declared to you the whole counsel of God.
5-4 Someone was playing one of the tapes the other day, just because it made somebody angry, they shot at them through the window and a woman--wounded. So perhaps someday I'll seal my testimony. But when that time comes, then I'm ready to go. Until my time comes, there's nothing going to hurt me until that time. See?
5-5 Now, we believe in the same Gospel, just the way the Bible is written. It is zeroed. And--and if the gun is exactly zeroed and in tune, if it strikes the target the first time, it'll strike it the second time and every time.
If a tree, or a limb, vine puts out a branch and that branch bears a certain fruit, the next time the--the vine puts out a branch, it'll bear the same kind of fruit. And if Jesus is the Vine, and we are the branches, and the first branch, church, that that vine put out, they wrote a Book of Acts behind it... That first branch baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ. And they had the living God among them that did the same things among them that He did when He was on earth; therefore, the people taken notice to them, though ignorant and unlearned, that they had been with Jesus, because His Life was through them.
5-7 As I've said, "If I had the spirit of--of Beethoven in me, I would write songs. If--if I... If Beethoven lived in me, I'd be Beethoven. See? If Shakespeare lived in me, I'd be Shakespeare. I--I'd write poems, and--and plays, and so forth, if Shakespeare lived in me. And if Christ lives in me, the works of Christ you'll do. It's got to be. And what is Christ? The Word. He said, "If ye abide in Me, My Word in you, then ask what you will, it'll be done," because the Word there, just needs the Light; and the Light makes it live.
6-1 So now, I am going to say something to you now, that I haven't said all along. And that is, the thing that we have looked forward to for so long, or at least many years, four or five years or maybe longer, the third pull has now been vindicated, and I'm sure you all know what it is.
Now, remember, there'll never be any impersonation of that, 'cause it can't be. It cannot be. Now, it's in existence, and I have--I am warned of this, that soon, right at this time now, it's just happened, so it could identify its presence among you. See? But it will not be used in a great way, until this council begins to tighten up. And when it does, when that does... The Pentecostals and so forth can almost impersonate anything could be done, but when that time comes, when the squeeze comes down, then you'll see what you have seen temporarily, be manifested in the fullness of its power. See...?... see?
6-3 Now, I must continue in evangelism, just as I was commissioned first; I must continue on. Therefore, you've had the Word, and you know what to look for, how to stand. I must continue on in evangelism. And friends of mine, keep still and just keep moving on, for the hour is approaching swiftly (See?), that when something is going to be done.
Now, you might see some little odd things happen from me, nothing sinful, I don't mean that, but I mean something odd to what the regular trend, because what I have reached to now in the ministry, I'm dropping back here, watching that spot and waiting for the time to use it. But it's going to be used. And everyone knows that for as certain as the first was identified, so has the second been identified; and if you'll think real closely, you who are spiritual (as the Bible said, "Here's to him who has wisdom.") the third is properly identified. See? We know where it is. So the third pull is here.
6-5 It is so sacred that I mustn't not say much about it, as He told me in the beginning. Said, "This, say nothing of it." You remember that years ago? It speaks for Itself. See? But to... I've tried to explain the others, and I made a mistake. This will be the thing that, to my opinion (I don't say the Lord tells me this.)--this will be the thing that will start the rapturing faith for the going away. See, see? Now, and that... I must lay quiet for just a little while.
Now, remember (and who's listening to this tape) you might see such a change in my ministry right away, dropping back... Not going up, dropping back... We're right at the age now, and it be--can't go any further. We have to wait here just a minute until this happens over here to catch up, then the time comes. But it's thoroughly identified.
7-2 There's coming a time upon--in this nation, to where this nation is going to exercise all the power that the beast had before (which was pagan Rome, when it become papal Rome. See?) that this nation will do that. Revelations 13 plainly explains it. The lamb came up out of the earth. The other beast came up out of water, thickness and multitudes of people. This lamb came up where there was no people.
A lamb represents religion--the Lamb of God. And remember, it spoke like a lamb; it was a lamb, and then after while it received power and spoke like a dragon, and exercised all the power the--the dragon--power the dragon had before him; and the dragon is Rome always. So don't you see, Roman denomination, a marked Protestant denomination, an image unto the beast, making a power that'll force all Protestants like a union. You'll have to be into this council of churches, or you won't be able to have fellowship or to--to... Well, it's--it's practically that way now. You can't go to a church and preach, 'less you have a fellowship card or some identification.
7-4 And now, on persons like ourselves, we're going to be cut out of all that altogether. That's exactly, because they won't be able to do it. It's tightening; and then when that time comes, and the press comes to a place to where you're pressed out, then watch (what I am fixing to tell you in a few minutes) watch the third pull then. It'll be absolutely to the total lost, but it--it will be for the Bride and the church.
Now, we're closer than it seems to be. I don't know when, but it's real, real, close. I may be building a platform for somebody else to step on. I may be taken before that time. I don't know. And that time may be this coming week that the Holy Spirit will come with--and bring Christ Jesus. He may come this next week. He may come yet tonight. I don't know when He will come. He doesn't tell us that. But I do believe that we are so close, that I would never die with old age. Yet at fifty-four years old, I'd never die with old age until He's here. See? Unless I am shot, killed, or something, or other, some way killed; just old age wouldn't kill me, until He's come. And I believe that... And I want to say this; I have never said it before, but according to Scripture, according to what He said thirty years ago, thirty-three years ago on the river down there (in 1933, rather), what He said, everything has happened just exactly. I may not do it, but this message will introduce Jesus Christ to the world. "For as John the Baptist was sent to forerun the first coming, so is the message to forerun the second coming." And John said, "Behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world." See? So it--it paralleled it in every way, and I know it will. The message will go on.
8-1 Now, there's been some great things take place along the road. This morning I was having interviews in the room here, and a young fellow by the name of Autry; he's probably still in here tonight. He's from San Antonio, Texas. He come and asked when we were going to Dallas (come in from California), if we could stop in one night at their tabernacle, just for one night; and they're looking it up in the next day or two, to see if we could do that. And he was telling me about--I'd never been to San Antonio since that first meeting.
Now, the first meeting, when I come to San Antonio, I was there, I think, with Brother Coots and the--and the International Bible School, and I forget the auditorium we had the service in. And it's either my first night, or second night (I think the first night) when I was walking to the platform, someone raised up in the building, way back in the back and spoke with tongues like a--a machine gun firing. And he'd no more than set down, just a moment or two, till one raised on the platform and give the interpretation. And I stopped at what he said, and I said to the man, "Do you know this man?"
Said, "No, sir."
And he said... I said, "How'd you come here?"
He said, "The people I work for was at--was here tonight, and they brought me." He's a--was a cowboy.
And I said, "What do you do? Do you know him?"
He said, "No sir, I've never seen him."
8-3 And I said, "What are you?" And he was a merchant in the city. And what they said in the... Now, I was always... Before I learned better, I was a little skeptic of speaking in tongues. I thought a lot of it was flesh, and it might be; but when this was said, that interpretation was exactly what the Angel of The Lord said down on the river eleven years before that. "As John the Baptist was sent to forerun the first coming of Christ, you're sent to forerun the second." See? And there it was. When that Angel, that Light, that's been thoroughly identified both by the church, by the Word, by science, and everything has identified it, that Light for Its first time to appear in public, standing right over where I was, at about two o'clock in the afternoon at the foot of the bridge, right there--right down here at the foot of Spring Street in the water. Now, that's been many, many years ago. And exactly what It said has come to pass to the dot.
9-1 This brother here was telling me this morning he married a girl out of the church here, Sister Noid's daughter. Now, I don't know, I guess the young man... Are you here, Brother Autry? I don't know; he was from San Antonio. I don't know whether he's here or not. He was here this morning. And he was telling me, I believe it was his grandfather, during that meeting had been an epileptic all of his life, and was brought there.
That was the first beginning of the ministry, when It said that if--the discernment was putting their hands upon mine, and what would be said, would be what it was. And I told you (and many are witnesses tonight) that it would come to pass that I would know the very secrets of their hearts. You remember that before it ever happened? About five or six years later, that taken place up in--up in Canada for its first time. And that happened. Then He said, "If you'll keep being sincere it will just keep going." And now the third thing has taken place (See?), just constantly moving on.
And he said his father was brought in the line, and told of this epilepsy and so forth, and a prayer prayed for him; and that's been sixteen years ago, I think it is, about sixteen or seventeen years ago, and he says he never has had a seizure of it since, and he's pretty near eighty-five years old; never had a seizure since. What is it? Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever.
9-4 Is Margie Morgan in the building? Sister Margie Morgan, a lady that was eaten up with cancer; a nurse. How many remembers Sister Morgan? If she's here, she can't get in. She was nursing. You see? On the cancer list in Louisville, the woman's been dead for about sixteen or seventeen years: on the cancer list in Louisville. When Jim Tom Robinson, the attorney (Christian attorney) heard about it, he went to the Baptist Hospital to check and see if it was right, 'cause his father was on the Board (trustee at the Baptist Hospital); and they looked up the case, and the woman was supposed to have been dead years ago, and she's nursing here at Jeffersonville, in a hospital. When she stood right here, when they had to hold her up, not even in her own mind, but it was THUS SAITH THE LORD, and she's living.
10-1 She went to nursing in Louisville and a fellow down here, Schimpf's Candy place... Is Mr. Schimpf here tonight? I'd like for him to tell it if he's here: Sonny Schimpf; great healthy man. Many times when I used to... I hate to say this, but it's the truth. Pop used to give me a dime, if I worked all week, and I'd come to town and park my bicycle around at Brother Mike Eagan's place (one of the trustees here) with Jimmy Pool (I think his son is here tonight.)--Jim, and I, and Earnest Fisher; and we would go downtown, and go to the picture show and--for a nickel. And we used to see the old still pictures. We was little kids and wanted to--about eight, ten years old; they had that William S. Hart (Many of you guys don't remember him.) the old actor (still pictures) and I couldn't read; I just had to watch what was going on. And it would have to spell it all out, and I couldn't make it, but I watched what he was doing; and I'd have an extra nickel. How many remembers getting a penny ice cream cone? All right, I could get three ice cream cones and two pennies worth of red hots. I couldn't hold the ice cream cones, so I'd eat them, and get me two pennies worth of red hots, and it'd be almost a half of a pound of them things, and Schimpf's made them, and I'd go in there, and set back, and watch William S. Hart.
10-2 And this young fellow (a little older than I) stricken down with a disease that five noted specialists of Louisville passed him by, weighing about forty-five pounds, and was dying... Miss Morgan was nursing him, and he was in such a condition. He had so many things: his lungs was gone; his throat was gone; his little arms was just about that big around, and he was laying there dying. And Miss Morgan was hired to come on the job, so she said to him, "I was once the cancer patient," and begin to tell him.
He said, "Who did you say, Billy Branham? Why," He said, "I have sold him a many bunch of red hots and ice cream cones." He said, "Wonder if he'd come pray for me."
And I went over to pray for Junie Schimpf. And now, if you'd like to talk to him, it is Schimpf's Candy, down here right next door, or second door from Leo's Theatre, down the street: Schimpf's Candy. All of you here know where that's at. My, it's one of the oldest establish in Jeffersonville. And while laying there dying, with five specialists giving him just hours to live, it was, "THUS SAITH THE LORD, you'll not die, but you'll sell me again red hots over the counter."
11-2 Long... I knowed he got well, but long had I forgotten that; and wife and I was going down to buy some candy when we got here at Christmas, and how I don't know, that we ever thought of Schimpf's; 'cause we usually go over here to some of these drug stores and pick it up, but we stopped in front of Schimpf's.
When I went in, his sister looked and she said, "Well, Brother Branham." She said, "You remember Junie?"
I said, "Yes," and there a great big strong healthy looking fellow. And I walked over to the counter, looked at it, looked down like this; I said, "I'll take a pound of those red hots."
And he said, "Yes, sir."
So his sister was waiting on my wife, and so he got them out and I said, "I used to eat them along time ago over here in the picture show," (keep my head down).
And he said, "Yeah," said, "many kids buy that; they still buy it." I said... He said, "My father made that; fixed that up formula." I said, "I really like them." Now, after he got all fixed up and handed it to me, he said, "Is there anything else?"
And I said, "I don't know," and raised up... Oh, my.
He said, "Brother Branham!"
I said, "Here's the red hots that I told you THUS SAITH THE LORD about five years ago."
He said, "Brother Branham, I am so completely healed, I... There's not even one effect. I am a teeny bit hard hearing in one ear." (I guess he is in his fifties). He said, "I'm a teeny bit hard hearing in one ear, because they give me so much antibiotic when I was in there." Amazing grace of Jesus Christ...
11-6 I haven't got much time now to say something else, but I--I--I want to make this statement. How many remembers about the squirrels? All right. That was a puzzling Scripture in my Life that I--I never could understand. That, and there was another one that puzzled me. That's when Moses could tell God a better way than God knowed how to do anything. When Moses said, "The people will say 'Your God was able to bring you out, but not able to keep you.'" And Moses threw himself in the breach, and later I found out that Moses, that was Christ in Moses standing for the people. See? So then on this Scripture (that I never would preach on it), "If you say to this mountain 'Be moved'"... And you know the story, so I'll bypass that.
12-1 Now, little did I know what that was leading to. And I think that Brother Wood and Brother Fred, and them are here in the building which was present when that happened, or right after it happened there. Brother Rodney and Brother Charlie from down in Kentucky, Sister Wood's brother, and them, was present when it happened down in Kentucky which was the second time it happened: just simply speaking into existence things that wasn't (See?), speaking all the time, and backing up the Scriptures encouraging.
The third time it happened was Hattie Wright. Is Hattie here tonight? That is Edith's... How many knows Hattie Wright? Brother Wood and I were setting there when it happened. And when the Holy Spirit said, "Give her what she wants," and we were talking about how those squirrels come into existence. And I said, "It's only thing it is, He's Jehovah Jireh."
12-3 Just when Abraham needed a ram, God provided that ram. And He provided the squirrels. He could speak a squirrel into existence, because He's creator, just the same as He could speak the ram. Abraham never asked for it. He was just simply going on to do it, but it showed that Jehovah Jireh was there. When I said that, a humble little woman, for the first time this ever happened (the third pull) upon a human being was a little humble woman that making about two hundred dollars a year for a living; all she got out of her little farm (her husband dead, two children that had turned kinda wild) and come and donated twenty dollars of that to the building of this tabernacle. And Meda had give me some money that morning for groceries (twenty dollars), and I was going to give it back to her that day, while I was down there, so she wouldn't have to pay it, but she wouldn't take it. And when... She was setting back in the corner, and when I said, "Only thing I know that He's still Jehovah Jireh," and little Hattie said the right word.
13-1 She said, "That is nothing but the Truth." And when she said that (Brother Banks Wood here, is one that was present) that room felt like it was coming apart. And the Holy Spirit said (the same voice that spoke about the squirrels) said, "Give her what she ask for."
I said, "Sister Hattie, as a witness before God, this is it. Now, if there's any doubt in your mind, you ask what you want to and if it ain't laid in your lap, then I'm a false prophet." She said, "Brother Branham..." Everybody was crying. Said, "What shall I ask?"
I said, "You're poor, and you live on the hill over there with no money; you might ask for that. You got a little crippled sister setting here, Edith, that we prayed for for years; you might ask for her healing." I said, "Your father and mother is old and broke down; you might ask for them. Whatever you ask for, Sister Hattie, see now, if it happens or not, right now." And I said, "He's just told me." The same Voice said, "Give her what she asks for."
13-4 And she looked around and said, "What shall I say, Brother Branham?" I said, "Say what your desire is. Think of your greatest desire, and say it." (And her boys was even snickering and laughing.) And she said, "The greatest desire I have is the salvation of my two sons."
I said, "I give them to you in the Name of Jesus Christ," and there they went, and they been faithful in this church with communion; them little fellows setting there washing feet with the men, and things like that. We all are witness of that. She had a real choice. Her mother has to die, so does she; all of them, but what she asked will be eternal in the salvation of her children. That was the third time it happened.
13-6 The fourth time it happened (I just explained it the last time I was here) was up on the mountain where that storm raging... How many heard it? Oh, all of you. Alll right. Where the storm raging, and God being my Judge standing here, going down the mountain with David Wood (He's here somewhere I guess.) that made me a sandwich, and it was quite a one. I think he was trying to get even with me for the one I made his daddy a few years ago. He had bologna and--and meat and everything mixed together; I put it in my shirt, and it rained and got just a big wad of dough. And I was coming down the mountain; it was so stormy. I couldn't even see my hand before me, hardly. And I know just one thing, you're turned around 'cause that wind's just whirling.
Now, there's witnesses here to that. One of them is one of our faithful deacons, which is Brother Wheeler. Are you here Brother Wheeler? Where is he at? Right here, Brother Wheeler.
14-1 Brother Mann, a Methodist preacher from New Albany. Is he, Brother Mann in tonight? I don't know whether he is or not. Brother Banks Wood, are you here Brother Banks? He's in the recording room. All right, and--and David Wood, and Brother Evans was there, I believe. Is that right, Brother Evans? Brother Evans standing against the wall, was there. And how they broadcast for days, two days before that a mighty blizzard was sweeping the land.
14-2 Brother Tom Simpson is here tonight. When coming down out of Canada, they asked him to bypass there, 'cause he couldn't get through; a blizzard was coming. Brother Tom, are you here? Where are you? Here he's setting right here. And there the clouds come up, and I said, "Brethren..." Everybody rushed out; there was nobody back there out of a hundred and something men back there, there was nobody back there but our little group and the cowboy, the rider.
14-3 And we was going to stay. I called Sister Evans and had her call the wife, and tell her to tell Tony if I didn't get out to get somebody else to hold the breakfast for the Business Men. And up on the mountain that--that day... I said, "Now, when the first little rain starts or anything, take for the camp." I said, "Within ten or fifteen minutes you can't see your hand before you in those blizzards; and it'll dump twenty foot of snow in a little bit over the mountain.
And that's how people... You read in the paper how they are back there and perish and everything, but we knew how to get out and they knowed where we was at; and so we felt led to stay. And so upon the mountain, when that blizzard started, I started going down, and I was just about half a mile from where it started, and the voice of God said, "Turn and go back." And I went back, as He told me.
14-5 After waiting for a while; eating that sandwich that David give me, and went back up there and set down. And while I was setting there (and that wind twisting and blowing, the tree tops leaning way over, the sleet and snow a flying like that) a Voice said, "I am the God of creation."
I looked up; I thought, "Where was that. That was the wind maybe."
He said, "I created the heavens and earth. I stilled the mighty winds upon the seas," and went on talking. I jumped up and took off my hat. He said, "Just speak to the storm, and it'll cease. Whatever you say, that is what'll happen."
15-1 And I said, "Storm, you cease; and sun, you shine normally for four days till we're out of here." And I no more than said it until the sleet, snow, and everything stopped; in a moment or two the hot sun was shining on my back. I seen the winds blowing like this; come back from the north coming down... I mean from the east coming, coming from the east, it was, coming from the west. The winds changed and come back this way, and the clouds like a mystic thing lifting up into the air, and the sun was shining in a few minutes.
15-2 Then the Lord Jesus spoke to me a little later on about my wife down there as you know. About where I went up there... I've never been home on an anniversary yet. We've been married twenty-two years. The first anniversary (the first, our wedding) why, I took her on a hunting trip, 'cause I couldn't afford to take the hunting trip and--and go on a honeymoon too, so I--I kind of put it together. So then, I've been hunting ever since. And I felt's the way I treated her.
15-3 Now, that was the fourth time it happened. Now, here's something I--I want to say. And I must tell exactly, the truth. About sixteen years ago I was in California with Brother John Sharritt, and I was having a meeting, and Meda and I and Brother Sharritt and Sister Sharritt and them was staying in a hotel, and a man named Paul Malicki (who stood right here in this tabernacle many times; he's a wealthy Armenian), and his wife had given birth to a child up at Fresno, California, where they lived; and was--come down, brought his wife down, and called me at the hotel, and said, "Can I bring my wife up, Brother Branham?"
I said, "Yes you may." (Next day I was going to Catalina.)
So he brought his wife up, and the little lady was so sick and she... I said, "Put your hand on mine, Sister Malicki," and I said, "We'll see if the Lord will tell us." And as soon as she laid her hand upon me, I said, "Oh, it--it's milk leg."
She said, "I don't seem to have any symptoms."
I said, "You watch." In two days they was doctoring her for milk leg.
16-1 Like little Jimmy Pool here, his little baby, the other day he come in with that heart attack, they thought it was an asthmatic attack, and I put my hand on him. I said, "Watch him for a couple of days. He's got measles; it's coming through. It's the fever." I met him last night. He said. "He's broke out all over in measles." See?
16-2 Now, I was talking to Sister Malicki with a hand. She said, "That's a amazing thing to watch that, Brother Branham." She said, "Does that work on every hand?"
I said, "Well, if there's something wrong with the patient." I said, "Now, here, I'll put my hand on (Many of you stood and watched it), and it didn't do it." I said, "Here, there's nothing wrong with my wife, put her hand... look here let me put your hand on mine." (She was setting there, my wife.) She put her hand on mine; as soon as she did, I said, "You have a cyst on the left ovary. You do have female trouble."
And she said, "I don't feel any different."
I said, "But you have it."
16-4 Becky was two years old, (my daughter that just played awhile ago) she was two years old. Two more years, Sarah came on the scene. And when... She was a cesarean, and I asked Dr. Dillman (our doctor down in--in Corydon) to... "When you have her open, look at that left ovary." And he did; he said, "There's nothing wrong that I saw." I put my hand; it was still there.
Four years later came Joseph. I asked him to look again. "Nothing wrong that I seen." Put my hand; it's still there, so we just forgot about it.
Now, this is something that I have to say; I don't like to say it; but it just has to make truth. See, and that's what you want. Always tell the truth no matter what takes place.
16-7 Years had passed; we never noticed it. And I say this, not because she's setting there, because I say it when she's not there. You know that. I don't believe there could be a better wife in the world than my wife, and I hope she always remains that way. And I want to be a loyal husband, and I hope that every young man in this building, when he gets married, gets a wife like my wife. I don't know how long we'll live that way, but I hope the rest of our days on the earth. We've been very happy together.
17-1 God was the one who told me to marry her, at the same time (her not knowing) I was trying not to marry her. Not because I didn't love her, but because I didn't think I was able to make a living for her, and she was a fine woman; I just didn't deserve that. And she went out to pray and opened up the Bible, and He just... She said, "Lord, I've never done this before, but give me a Scripture that'll help me. If I've got to forget him, I've got to forget it." Opened the Bible... And she went out in a little shed and prayed, and when she opened the Bible up: Malachi 4, "Behold I send unto you Elijah the prophet, before the..." But that was--that was twenty something years ago, knowing nothing about the ministry of this day.
And I was...Couldn't... I was lying down on the river there, and He woke--woke me up one night; I heard Him standing there by the door. He said, "Go get her, and your wedding shall be this coming October the twenty-third," and that's just exactly what I did. And we've lived happy; by the grace of God we've never had one word. She's been a sweetheart.
17-3 One day I come in, and she's had to raise these children by herself, me gone in the ministry. Not many women would put up with that. You know that... It'd be hard and then... I come in and she said something or the other. We got Joseph back there, and he's a--he sure is a boy. And he helped put some of the gray hair in his mother's head, as well as I did. So he was really all boy, and he'd done something real bad, and I said to her... She said to me, "Bill, give him a licking."
I said, "I just ain't got the nerve." See?
And she said, "Yes, if you had to put up with it.." and she slammed the door right in my face.
17-4 "Well, I thought that is all right. Poor little fellow didn't mean that." I just went on out to wash my car. And when I got out there, the Holy Spirit didn't like it. He said, "Go tell her..." I believe it's II Chronicles, 22nd chapter. I didn't--I--I thought at first, I just imagined that. I just kept on washing, and It said it again, "Go tell her to read this." And I went in and got the Bible, and read it. It was where Mo--or Miriam the prophetess made fun of her brother Moses for marrying an Ethiopian girl, and God didn't like it. He said, "It'd be better that her father spit in her face, than--than to--to have done that."
17-5 So Miriam broke out with leprosy all over. And so Aaron come, told his sister, said--or come told his brother, said, "She's dying with leprosy." And so Moses ran in to intercede for her at the altar; and when he did, the Pillar of Fire come down: God. He said, "Go call her and Aaron and bring them here." And Aaron was in it too. So He said, "Call them to come here."
He said, "If there be one among you (God speaking now to them) that's spiritual or a prophet, I, the Lord, will make Myself known unto him. I'll speak to him in visions and reveal Myself to him by dreams, and reveal dreams, and so forth." He said, "But My servant Moses, there's none in the land like him." He said, "I speak with him from lip to ear." He said, "Didn't you fear God?" See, God didn't like it.
18-2 Well when I seen that, I run in, and she was in the other room. I knocked on the door (She'd shut herself up.), and I told her I wanted to speak to her. I went in there and talked to her, tried to tell her what it was. I said, "Sweetheart, you know how I love you, but God didn't like that. You oughtn't to have said that." Immediately after that, she took a trouble in her side.
We took her over to the doctor here in Louisville (Doctor Arthur Schoen), and he found a tumor on the left ovary that I'd found fifteen, or sixteen years before: tumor on the left ovary about the size of a walnut. I said, "What about it, doctor?"
He said, "Let's see what happens. Bring her back again in a few months, about two months or something."
We took her back. It had growed from a walnut to about the size of a lemon. He said, "Better come out," said, "get soft and turn malignant."
I said, "Well, my." I said, "We're--we're going to Tucson. The Lord has sent me out to Tucson."
18-5 He sent her up to a female specialist. He didn't want her on his hands. So he must have told him about my ministry, 'cause he, the female specialist said, "It'll have to come out." So he said... We told him we was going to--to Tucson. He said, "Well, I've got a specialist there, a dear friend of mine." He used to live in Tucson. He said, "I'm going to send you to him." So he wrote a note and sent it to him and said, "Mrs. Branham is a nice lady," and went on like that. Said... Sent him the diagram of how big the tumor was, and so forth (It'd turned tumor then.), and said how big it was, and said, "I know..." You know, he knowed... I think he calls me a Divine Healer. That's all he knew how to put it. But said, "I have agreed that--that it could come out--it should--if it has to be taken out, take it out." But it was testing our faith.
19-1 Constantly we prayed, and the more we prayed, the bigger the tumor growed, till it got to a place till it was sticking out on her side. We kept it quiet (A few of the people here knew it.) trying to see what would happen. On and on it went.
Finally, when I came down from Canada from where I left... The Lord let me lead that tribe of Indians to Christ (I'm going back to baptize them in the Name of the Lord Jesus this spring, the Lord willing.) Now, come down, and it's time for her to go, when I was in New York, or down here to have another operation--to have the operation, or to be examined for the last time. I went on to New York, and when I come back, I stopped in here and went up... After I had the meeting here, the last meeting. I went up there and called her from Brother Wood; and she said, "Bill, I can't even stand my clothes to touch it." It was just way out like this on her side then. And her leg on that side, she could just hobbled along. And the worst week she'd ever had... Now, she's setting there listening at me, worst week she'd ever had.
And she said, "I've got to go day after tomorrow for that examination."
19-3 I thought, "Oh God, if they cut it out, that'll keep us from going home at Christmas, and I done told the people I'd be there." And I said, "What a time... Oh, my." I thought, "Tell him if he's going to operate, 'Let it go a little longer till after Christmas.'" Then I got to thinking: It might be malignant, and back over here, you know, that's a bad thing: run back into the kidneys, and if goes malignant, it'll kill you. So then, I thought, "What can I do?"
And Meda said, "Well now, you call me," said... The day that I got in Shreveport (which would be the day after that) when I got in Shreveport, she had to go for the examination. And so she went to the... Mrs. Norman was going... Sister Norman: all of you know her, the people that come here to the Tabernacle, she was going with her and to this specialist. And so she said, "Wait till you have your first night and then come back, 'cause the difference (two hours) in time, then call me when you come back after that meeting, I'll tell you what I've got to do."
And I said, "All right."
20-1 So I went on, and the next morning before I left I was going to get Billy and Loyce (They're both setting present.) and always... We got an old stool there that Brother Palmer covered for us here not long ago, and we always get around that stool and pray whatever we're... Old ottoman like you know, footstool, whenever we get around there and pray when I go on a meeting; we ask God to help us.
And I'd been up there a couple of days, and I was--I was lonesome. The house, the kids gone, her gone. You know, many of you know I had to go through that one time, go back to an empty house. Only I buried that wife: Hope. And I... It all over again. When I got down, I thought, "Well, I'll pray and then go pick up Billy and Loyce and go on."
20-3 So as I got down to pray, I said, "Lord, I miss them this morning around here." I said, "I pray that You'll help them and bless them, and may we come back to this place again. And now... I said, "They're out there because that You sent me there in a vision, and You fulfilled it; now, I'm wanting to wait to see what You're going to tell me to do next." I said, "I pray for... be merciful to her." And I said, "Help me in the meeting down there." Then I kept... I said Lord, "Don't let it be malignant. And let that doctor wait till after the first of the year to take it out. I--I just hate to see her..." I said, "Lord, she didn't mean what she did that morning. She didn't mean that." I said, "Lord, not one time has she ever said one word about me going in the meetings, staying months, or whatever it was; not one time has she ever opened her mouth about it. She's always sent my clothes to the cleaners and washed my shirts, and had everything ready to go in the meeting. And then, she wonders how she can serve God." You women, as you serve your husband, you serve God, of course.
And now... And then when I came in all tired, wore out; people coming from everywhere, I'd have to go out somewhere on a fishing trip, or hunting trip. Why, many women would've blowed up at that. What'd she do? Got my hunting clothes ready for me to go--let me go. I said, "Lord, she didn't mean that." And I said, "She's had to be cut open three times on account of she's cesarean," and I said. "Lord, I--I hate to see her have to do it again."
20-4 Just then I heard something in the room. I looked up, and a voice said, "Stand up." Said, "Now, whatever you say, that's the way it'll be."
I waited just a minute, and I said, "Before the doctor's hand shall touch her, the hand of God shall take the tumor away, and it won't even be found."
That settled it to me. I never called her. We went right on; went got Billy and Loyce and went to Shreveport.
The next night I called her. She was happy and she said, "Bill, I want to tell you..." (Now, here she is, and she can verify this.) Had to hobble her way over there. Went in the room with the nurse and Mrs. Norman, and put her clothes on for--the gown for the examination. The doctor came out, and she could hardly get on the table, the tumor hanging up there so big. And when she... The doctor came in and was talking to her, and he came over to raise back the sheet to touch her, and just before he touched her, it left; and the doctor didn't know which side it was on.
21-3 He said, "Wait a minute." With the drawed diagrams and all the pictures and everything else, he couldn't find one trace of it. He examined her over and over. He said, "I might not be able to explain it, but, Mrs. Branham, that tumor isn't there." And she's never had one symptom of it since.
What was it? Notice, just exactly the way It said: "Before the doctor's hand can touch it." One split second and his hand would've touched it. How perfect is the Word of the Lord.
Now, there's my wife, and we're both before God. But before the doctor's hand could even touch her body, on the road coming to her like that, something happened. The tumor left. And they couldn't even... He said--I believe it was, wasn't it sweetheart? "I want to reassure you, Mrs. Branham," Is that right the way he said it? That's right. "that that tumor isn't there. You don't have any tumor." What was it? Just exactly according to the Word of the Lord that was spoke. Amen.
That's the fifth time. Five is the number of grace, a number of f-a-i-t-h too. There's no more doubt in my mind. I know what the third pull is, and I know what it does. Now, be reverent; just keep quiet. The hour will soon arrive, where God is going to do some great things for us.
21-7 Now, let us bow our heads for a word of prayer. Lord Jesus, I have seen it upon other people, but when it come to my own precious wife, it was in my home then, Lord. I looked at it with my own eyes, felt it with my own hands, and I... Fif--sixteen years before that it was also, Lord, known and revealed by You. When anything is spoken, it must be done. You were showing me, Lord, then that my confidence in what You done for the people, and would let me know, so I could help them. You brought it to pass in my own home. That was the first pull. And now the third pull confirmed the first pull.
We are thankful, Father. Forgive us of our shortcomings. We are a small people. We are uneducated, more or less an illiterate people, but we are so thankful that we have a great omnipotent God, Who watches over and cares for us, for we don't know how to care for ourself. We commit ourselves to You.
22-2 Now, Father, I pray that You'll help me; and in this third pull, may, O Lord, as You have been speaking for the last couple of years about it, showing it on marking on mountains, and so forth, and bringing it on up. Now, I was watching to see what it was until it was completely confirmed. Now, I pray, Father, that You'll help me to be more reverent with this than it was before. And may You get glory, as right over this same pulpit, where the first was said, the second, and now the third. And what You have said has come to pass; exactly what You said. We believe You, Lord God.
Help every one of us to throw away our disbelief, and our superstitions, that we might stand in the Presence of the Living God, knowing that the same God that took that tumor from my wife, that is setting present now: verified by some of the highest medical science we got in the country who examined it, then looked, and pictured it; and now it's gone.
22-4 You are God, and there is none other beside You. And we love You, because that You have--You have let us become Your servant. May we serve You with reverence and honor all the days of our life. Grant it, Lord. May I be able, and my family, and all these people be able to be shining lights, salty salt, that will create a thirst in others to love this Jesus that has done so much for us.
Now, as I open the Word to read It for a little text and then pray for the sick, help me, Lord. Speak to us, and heal the sick, in Jesus' Name we pray. Amen.
22-6 Would you... Have I got time to--just for... if I'll hurry real quick on a--some text here; I want you to read now (or mark down, or whatever you wish to do). The first one is found in the Book of Numbers 21:5-19. And we want to--to read this:
"And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread... (Angel's food)
And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.
Therefore the LORD... Therefore the people came to Moses, and said,... (Confession. Watch.)... We have sinned, (See? That's the first thing for healing, confession first. "We have sinned.")... for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.
And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall become--come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.
And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived."
23-1 Now, also, I wish to read a Scripture out of Zechariah the 12th chapter, the 10th verse.
And I will pour out upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.
Now, for a text, I'm going to take this: "Look Away To Jesus," look away from the world to Jesus. Moses made the serpent, and here the prophet later was speaking of it, what would happen, looking away to--to Jesus...
The Bible said in Isaiah 45:22; we find that God said, "Look unto Me, all the ends of the earth." And now, when the earth has come to its end or the system of the earth has come to its end, let the people look unto Him.
24-2 Now, you might say, "We have heard this generation after generation. We've heard this for a long time." Well, that is true. And it's been preached for a long time. Many ministers have took this same text: thousands of them. But here is the thing I want to ask you tonight for these next few minutes. But when you look... The question is--is: What do you see when you look? What do you see when you do look? That only depends on what you're looking for. See?
Now, He said, "Look unto Me, all the ends of the earth." Moses lifted the serpent up, and ever who looked got healed. Now, it depends on what you're looking for.
24-4 I have seen people come into the meetings in this last day, could only be able to set in the meeting for just about one or two minutes. That's all they could stand. See? They couldn't stand it.
I'll never forget. I hope this don't reflect on anybody from Iowa. When I had the meeting at Waterloo... Brother Lee Vayle he was here this morning; I don't know whether he's here tonight or not. Are you here, Lee? He was here this morning. Oh, yes, back in the recording, back there. All right.
24-6 Brother Lee and I did everything we could, and give the ministerial association a breakfast free, just to come down and speak to them. Brother Lee Vayle, of course, is a scholar and a Doctor of Divinity. He really earned his degree. And so I tried to get him to speak before these Lutherans, Presbyterians, and so forth; but he said, "No, they're looking to you to do it."
Well, I went down and took my text, before these ministers, after they'd all got through eating. I took my text: "I Was Not Disobedient To The Heavenly Vision." No more than I had read the Scripture, about two looked: out the door they went. So as I started to say, "As Paul in his day, with a odd ministry, and now he stands before Agrippa and said that be wasn't disobedient to it," about two or three more got up. And by the time I got to where I could say something about the text, there was just about three or four setting there. They'd all got up and gone.
24-8 The reason of it is this: Some come to a meeting when they hear of an evangelist... The way he dresses has something to do with the people. If he doesn't wear the right kind of clothes, some of them... I heard a psychologist say the other day (Dr. Narramore), a fine man, Christian man, his program's on KAIR there all the time; he said, "The way to tell that a man was losing his mind is when he didn't dress according to his disposition." (You know, to how he has to appear before the public.) That was a sign that he was losing his mind.
Well, then I been crazy all my life then (See?), 'cause I wear overalls and everything. See? So... Fitting to my position, I must dress like a clergyman, in other words, ...to be a clergyman, I don't think Jesus dressed like a clergyman. He dressed like an ordinary man. He went in among men, and He wasn't nothing in dressing.
25-2 But that's just (See?) how that the ideas of men, it does... How about if this man, I wonder what the doctor'd think of this: when a prophet in the Bible was commanded to strip off his clothes and walk naked before the people? He really would been crazy, wouldn't he now? But God told him to do it.
Another one had to lay on his side for three hundred and forty months, I believe it was, lying on his side--one side; then turned over to the other side and eat a pot of lentils that he'd made there: had to go and seeth this stuff and make it up together and eat it all that time, reach over and get a handful and eat, lying on his side for a sign. See?
25-4 Oh, how far people can get from really the Word of God. They just get so educated, till they educate themselves away from God. When a man talks about he has got an education, I know that is just how far he is from God. See? A doctor's degree... Not saying this against Doctor Vayle, 'cause he isn't that type. But usually, when a man gets a doctors degree; that just means to me he's that much farther from God (See?), unless he can hold himself to the Word and to God.
25-5 Now, we find out that some come to hear the way you speak. When they come to look, you talk about Divine healing and the Lord. If a man isn't typical, an educated genius, the people just can't stand to hear him use words as "his" and "hain't," and--and words like that. They just... They don't... They think that that's way away from God. And when Jesus spoke such simple language, until today, it's got the professors confused, for they try to interpret it according to the scholarships, and the language of that day, and it was street language. Therefore... Why, there's so much difference even here in our United States. I called from Florida to New York and had to get a woman at--over here to--at St. Louis to translate between this southern girl and the northern girl. That's how much difference there was. See? Certainly.
26-1 Now, the thing of it is, that people look for those things: speeches instead of the Word. The Word being manifested is the evidence that It's right (See?), the Word being manifested. They'll never look at that. You've got to have an intellectual conception to know... Go to the seminary and learn how to bow, how to stand in one place, and all. Oh, that would choke a minister to death that was really filled with the Holy Spirit. See? Now, that's intellectual.
And that's the way the--this whole nation has got. It's got a intellectual conception of Christ. That's what they look for. And if Christ is in you, you've got to be a scholar, you've got to be an intellectual; 'cause that's what they think Christ is.
26-3 And another time--another thing, they form their own opinions of what He ought to be (See?), their own idea, instead of taking what the Word said. That's the way, when they look and even see Jesus Himself, they fail to recognize Him. They did it on the day of Pentecost. They did it when He was in flesh. They did it when He was in the manger. They did it when He was on the streets of Jerusalem. They did it when He was on the cross, and He was the fulfillment of that Word, and yet they had the Messiah coming down on a corridor out of heaven, and everything else, and was wrong, because it was the intellectual conception; and they failed to see Him: and looking right at Him.
26-4 So is it today. What do you see when you look? Some look to see, when they look at Him, they look to see some great intellectual church founder, somebody who can really produce a creed that will cause all the people to fall for this creed, something another; that's what they look when they see.
Some look to see a myth, like Santa Claus when they look. They read the Bible and say, "Oh, that's a mythical thing. That's just something that man wrote." That's what they... 'Cause what opinion you take of the Bible, is what you take of Him. See?
Some look to see a baby. Some look and see a--a rabbit, or Santa Claus. Some look to see some historical book that was yesterday, and not today. But the question is: What do you see when you look?
27-1 So many of you, that claim to have the Holy Ghost, look and see the second person of a trinity, when it's not even mentioned in the Bible. There's no such thing. The word "trinity" is not even in the lids of the Bible. But yet when you look at Jesus, you regard Him as the third person, or the second person of a trinity. And that's the reason you don't get nowhere. You know what he said? "I am God, and there's none other besides Me."
Depends on what you're looking at. If you want to put some little mascot boy, and old man with a beard, and so forth, if that's the way you look at Jesus as being some different person from God, you're looking wrong. You don't see it.
27-3 Here not long ago, I had a pair of field glasses. I was trying to watch some antelope, or an antelope over in the field, and my son was trying to show me. He's quite a bit younger. So he said, "Take those glasses, daddy, there stands an antelope right out there."
I said, "I can see him with my natural eye."
He said, "Take these glasses." When I looked I seen about ten antelopes; but the glasses were out of focus. And when I went to focus them in, all ten of them become one. And if you'll focus your mind to God's Word, the three will be One. See? But your ecclesiastical glasses get out of focus when you try to make Him three. He's One. See?
27-5 But it depends on what you are looking at. What do you see when you do look? Remember, you can only see Him as you look at Him through the Word. You can't look at Him through a textbook. You can't look at Him through a creed. You'll see two or three gods, and everything else in them creeds. But look at Him through the Word, and you'll see that He is Emmanuel: God made flesh among us. He said, "I'm God and besides Me, there's none other." He's God.
27-6 Isaiah looked one time (the prophet) and when he seen Jesus (My subject is: "Looking To Jesus--Look Away To Jesus.") when Isaiah looked away from the world to see Him, he said, "I see a Counselor, a Prince of Peace, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father." That's what Isaiah looked away and saw.
Daniel one time was standing when he saw the--the ending of the Gentile kingdom. He saw the image that Nebuchadnezzar had dreamed. He saw how each one would succeed the other as it come down. And when he looked to see what was all going to happen at the end, when he saw Jesus, He was a Stone hewed out of the mountain without hands that crushed the Gentile kingdom.
28-1 Nebuchadnezzar throwed three Hebrew children in the fiery furnace, that believed in God and stood on His Word. If they had to die for It, they was going to stand anyhow, just a little thing of bowing their knee some other way. But when he looked away and saw Jesus, He was the Fourth Man that was in the fiery furnace, and it kept all the heat off of His obedient servants. That's what Nebuchadnezzar saw.
Ezekiel looked away to see Him one day, and He was a Wheel in the middle of a wheel, way up in the middle of the air. He was the Hub to the wheel where every spoke is fastened to. Amen. The big wheel ran by faith, but the little wheel turned by the power of the Lord. That's Who Ezekiel saw when he looked away.
28-3 John the Baptist looked away one day and when he did he saw a Dove, and a Voice saying, "This is My beloved Son in Whom I'm pleased to dwell in." That's what he saw. Then he saw Jesus and God being the same Person, 'cause the Spirit come down from heaven like a Dove saying. "This is My beloved Son in Whom I am pleased to dwell." That's what he saw. Notice, He identifies Himself in that way.
Noah, when he looked away to see Him, Noah saw the just judgment of God coming upon a people of this world who had rejected His Word. That's what Noah said when he looked away.
Moses, when he looked away, he saw a bush on fire. A Pillar of Fire had brought Itself back into a bush, and when Moses drawed close to It, He said, "Take off your shoes for I AM."
Now, if you'd weigh that word, I AM. It's past tense, present tense, and future tense: I AM: eternal. See? I AM; he saw the I AM. That's what he saw in the burning bush.
28-7 Israel looked at the brass serpent that Moses made and saw the suffering of Christ for the judgment for the sick, for we know that the serpent spoke of the atonement. Jesus was that Atonement. "As Moses lifted up the brass serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up," for the same purpose. See? Why? They had sinned and had got sick. That was for the taking away their sins and for their sickness, and that's what Jesus was wounded for our transgressions; with His stripes we were healed. Take Divine healing away from Christ, you cut half the atonement in two. See?
What do you see when you look? Do you see that? Do you see that He was wounded for our transgressions. With His stripes we were healed. When you look away can you see that, or can you just see one side of the atonement? Can you see both sides of it when you look?
If you look at it through the creed, they'll tell you the days of healing is passed. But if you look at it through the Word, you'll see He's the same yesterday, today, and forever.
29-3 The disciples looked to Him when they were in a troubled sea, and they saw the only Help that could help them, coming.
Martha looked to Him in a time of death, and she saw that He was the Resurrection and the Life. Amen. In time of death, Martha saw when she looked at Him... He had been rejected by her people; He had been turned down. Even, she had sent for Him, and He did not come to her brother; but when finally He come, and she went and fell down so she could look at Him, she found out that He was both Resurrection and Life. Amen.
Jairus did the same thing, a secret believer, a little Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist that really believed, but couldn't get around on the account that his denomination wouldn't let him, because he'd be excommunicated. But his only little daughter lay at the point of death, and he had to go. But when he found Him, he found out He was the Resurrection and the Life. When he sent for Him, a runner come and said, "Don't trouble the Master, for the girl is already dead." He...
And his little heart almost failed, but he said, "Did not I say, 'If you'll only believe you'll see the glory of God'?" Jairus found out that He could raise up the dead, when he looked at Jesus.
29-5 The hungry looked to Him and found sustaining food for life. That was natural. The hungry spiritual can look to Him and find out He's the Bread of Life.
The dying thief looked to see what he could see, and he found in Jesus his pardon. "Remember me, Lord, when Thou comest into Thy Kingdom."
Jesus said, "Today shalt thou be with Me in paradise." That's what he saw in the hour of his death.
The sick looked to Him and saw the Healer. The blind looked and could see.
Depends on what you're looking at, now. What are you look? Peter and Nathanael looked and seen the promised Word of their prophet Moses made manifest, "The Lord your God shall raise up a Prophet likened unto me, and to Him the people shall cling; and all that don't believe Him, and hear that Prophet, will be cut off from the people."
30-2 And when Peter walked up into His Presence Jesus said, "Your name is Simon, and you are the son of Jonas." He knew right then, when he looked the first time on Jesus, that there was the fulfillment of what the Word of God said He'd be. Amen.
I wonder if you found the same thing when you looked at Him for the first time? I wonder if the promised Word manifest Itself to you when you looked at Him?
30-4 Nathanael, as soon as he come into the Presence of Jesus, a little bit in doubt... We find out that Philip had went and told him, "Come, see Who we found."
And Nathanael come and he said, "Which One is He?"
He said, "Probably it's the one up there praying for the sick." He pressed his way through till he'd get a look at Him.
And when he looked, Jesus said, "Behold an Israelite in whom there's no guile."
He said, "Rabbi, when did You ever know me?"
He said, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the tree, I saw you."
Then what did Nathanael find? He found out that there was the King of Israel. He said, "Thou art the Son of God. You are the King of Israel." That's what he saw when he looked. He got the interpretation of the Scripture brought to light before him. He saw it, the same Scripture that the anointed prophet Moses had said, "He will be a prophet likened unto me."
30-6 The woman at the well, she got a look one time, and what did she see? She expressed it in the city. She said, "Come, see a Man Who told me the things I've done. Isn't this the very Messiah?" When she took her first look at Jesus Christ, she saw the Messiah.
People can look at the same thing today and call It mental telepathy. They'll call It spiritualism; they'll call It any kind of a devil name they can call It, because they don't know what they're looking for. Amen. They don't understand. They're looking for a creed. They're looking for a genius to set the church in order. They're looking for more members, and fail to see the blessed Lord Jesus Christ in His identified Word. That's right.
31-1 Depends on what you're looking for. If you're looking for the fulfillment of the promise of today, you'll see it; but if you're looking for some intellectual, or something that they've always looked for, some great founder, some historian, some other person, something else, you'll fail to see It. But when you look at Him through the Word, the Word declares Who He is.
He challenged the people of His day to do the same. They couldn't see him. He said, "You blind leaders of the blind, you claim Moses to be your prophet. If you would knowed Moses, you'd know Me. Moses wrote about Me." And they were too blind to see it: looking right at it, and too blind to see it.
I am dovetailing that glare this morning for a few minutes, you see. They're looking, and don't know what they're looking for, because they've got the wrong conception of what they're trying to find. How would you know what you wanted to find, if you didn't know what you was looking for?
31-4 How would you go hunt for a pumpkin, and you'd never seen one and never heard of one? How would you go find a watermelon, if you never knowed there was such a thing, and how it looked? Why you could find a tub, and think it was a watermelon. You could find something else. You could find a block and think it was a watermelon. But you've got to know what you're looking for. And the only way that you'll ever know what you're going to--what you're looking for, if you're looking for Jesus you'll look to the Word, for He is the Word. [Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.]... they are they that testify of Me." Search the Scriptures. You claim you're are the believers of the prophets, but you are of your father the devil. Your fathers who claim when God sent the prophets to them, he put them in the grave." They--they killed the prophets, everyone that come. Jesus said, "Which one of them your fathers didn't stone? And the works of your father you'll do." Amen. Righteous men, holy men, a man that you couldn't put a finger on, and yet He called them serpents and devils. See? What are you looking for? If you're looking for some pious person... Some people think that because the Holy Spirit would work through you, you'd have to be some long pious fellow walked around and not even... That's not the Holy Spirit. God don't deal through angels like that, or supposed to be; God deals through men. The Bible said, "Elijah was a man subject to like passions as we are." But you couldn't be with him till you seen Jesus.
32-1 Peter and John at the gate called Beautiful, and when they pulled them up there about healing that man, they perceived that they were ignorant, unlearned, but they also perceived that they had been with Jesus (Yeah.), because His Life was reflecting through them.
32-2 Now, depends on what you're looking for. The woman had read the Bible. She knowed there was a coming Messiah, and she knowed what that Messiah would do. And as soon as Jesus said to her, "Bring Me a drink."...
She said, "It's not customary." He's just an ordinary man. Now, if He'd been setting there with a great big turban on, and all kinds of ornaments over Him of--of some holy person, why, the woman would said, "Well, there's a priest," and went on, or "There is some kind of a rabbi," and went on.
32-3 Minister, something or other... I seen a man come to eat today where I went to eat, and that fellow come in; he--he had enough crosses and things on him... It's a good thing sometimes those fellows have that. I think you ought to live a life. You don't have to have a lot of clergy clothes to prove what you are. Sometimes they drink, and carry on so much, and smoke cigarettes, and everything, they have to wear clergy clothes to even know whether they're a minister or not. That's right. I tell you the clergy clothes for a man to wear is the baptism of the Holy Spirit. That'll identify you as being with Jesus.
Now, we find out that it depends on what you are looking for: A well dressed, well groomed, some kind of a turban. You'll never see Him because He was just an ordinary man. God deals with men. Jesus was a man. God was in the man, and He was God.
32-5 Now, we find out that this woman, when she saw this mysterious sign, that He could tell her what she had done that was wrong, or what was on her heart, she knew right then that was the Messiah. So when she looked at Jesus, she saw the Messiah: the Messiah.
What was the works of the Messiah? Would know the secret of the heart. Did that catch you right? I wonder if you'll understand. If you'd look for Him tonight, what would you look for? He'd be the same. The Messiah is the Word: the Word. And the Bible said in Hebrews the 4th chapter that the Word of God is quicker and more powerful than a two edged sword, cutting even asunder, and a discerner of the thoughts that's in the heart. And when she knowed that Messiah was to be that Word made manifest, and could tell her what was wrong with her, she knowed that was Messiah, not how He dressed; not how much education He had; but by the sign that He showed her; He was Messiah. When she saw Jesus, she saw the Messiah, God in a Man as promised that--for that anointed age.
33-1 But you know what? Many of them same ages that I have spoke of never seen that thing. Many of them didn't see it. Same today.
Many didn't recognize Moses. Many didn't recognize Elijah. Many didn't... They never recognize them, till they're gone. Then they recognized it. The unbeliever seen in the days of Noah only... What did the unbelief look at? I told you what the believer saw; now let's see what the unbelievers saw.
In the days of Noah what did the unbeliever's saw--see back there when they looked? They saw a fanatic blundering around on a so-called boat. That's all they saw, some crazy old man with long white whiskers that'd lost his mind, and against scientific research and proof, said, "There's water up there."
33-3 Why, the poor old fellow, they felt sorry for him, passed him by. "He--he'll be declared insane soon. He's lost his mind." But he had the Word of the Lord. He was building away on it, and God was showing evidence that the flood was coming. It was a sign to them.
Them who did not believe Noah's story wandered on into darkness, and ended up in death in the water and a grave of hell.
Pharaoh--He looked one time. What did he saw? What saw Pharaoh? He seen a fanatic so-called prophet, with many so-called claims of deliverance. That's all he saw: a mud-dauber, a slave standing up amongst the people, and saying himself was sent of God to perform miracles. Why, they thought the fellow had lost... Said, "Go, let him rave on. He'll--they'll declare insane after while." But he had THUS SAITH THE LORD. The believers: Aaron, Joshua, and many of them seen God in Moses. And the works of God, Moses done. That's the reason they knowed God was in him. They looked and saw God in Moses.
33-5 The rich man looked and seen exactly Who He was (see?), but he refused to follow him because he loved the things of the world too much to follow Jesus. How many rich men will listen to this tape of that type. Don't have to be always rich in money; no, you can be rich in lust, rich in pleasures of this life.
How many men, how many young girls, how many young boys will not sell out their popularity of some sex queen or some Ricky with a banjo or guitar, going out, entertaining some rock-and-roll, or some dance that he's able to do? How many of them would claim the riches of popularity, and refuse, when they set right in the meetings and watch the hand of God move and declare His Word? How many will do it?
34-2 He chose his denomination, he could live by it. Jesus was a fanatic to his denomination, so he had to either take what Jesus said, or either he had to take... Why didn't he go to his priest and say, "What can I do to have Eternal Life?" He knowed the priest knowed nothing about it. So he came to Jesus and said, "What can I do?"
Jesus said, "Keep the commandments," throwed it right back in his lap.
He said, "I've done this."
He said, "Keep the commandments."
Then he still didn't have Eternal Life, and he knowed he didn't. You can keep all the commandments and you haven't got Eternal Life yet.
So Jesus said, "Now, if you want to do what's right, go, sell what you have got, and give it to the poor, come, follow Me." That was too much for him. See?
We find out that he looked and seen Who He was, but yet refused to take it, and his next look was in hell, looking away up and seeing Lazarus in the bosoms of Abraham.
34-4 Pilate looked one time when they brought Him. He'd never seen Him before: His hands tied, blood running out of His back, a crown of thorns on His head. Pilate looked and was convinced; because a horse come galloping down the street, and a rider jumped off, and run over, and said, "Here the wife has sent you a letter."
And he looked at it and she said, "Pilate, my beloved husband, have nothing to do with that just Man. For today I've suffered many things in a dream because of Him."
He trembled; his knees beat together, and he said, "If you are the Son of God, if you are the king, why don't you speak up? Are you the King of Israel?"
He said, "You have said it."
Said, "Tell us the truth."
He said, "To this end I was born." And Pilate marvelled. He'd all, everybody was begging and crying at His feet. He said, "I have power to kill you, or I have power to release you."
He said, "You have power of nothing, 'less it be give to you of My Father."
35-2 Yes, sir, he was convinced that that was more than a man. He was thoroughly convinced that it was more than a man. Certainly he was. But what? His politics and popularity was too great. He turned Him down. His popularity was too great. The politics, his position in life was too great to accept this Fanatic.
Wonder how many Pilates will be listening to this, that your position in some denomination will be too great to accept the real Lord Jesus, standing in the position that He is today?
35-4 The Roman Soldier at the cross looked on Jesus. After the earth had had a nervous prostration--shook to till rocks run out of the mountain; and the sun went down in the middle of the day and turned dark, the stars didn't come out to give its light. And the earth burst forth with rocks and an earthquake, and the zig-zag lightning swept the skies, and rent the temple veil from the top to the bottom. And the people running and screaming, they didn't know what had taken place. That Roman soldier that helped nail Him there, had punched the sword through His heart, then he looked, but it was too late. He looked and believed, but it was too late for him to believe. What he had done had sealed his doom. He'd run the spear through the Saviour's heart. It was too late.
35-5 I wonder how many Romans today has done the same thing, and will do that same thing. You might look someday, but it might look too late.
Many of today will come in that day and be the same way. They have known...
Brother Wood, here yesterday (saying this, is 'cause it's in this message,) down here at Slider Company, a Roman Catholic setting there. He went down to get some concrete for the church here, and when he did, he told him what he wanted it for, and the Roman Catholic said, "Is that Brother Branham?"
He said, "I say one thing: when he prays, God answers." See?
Wonder then, knowing it, seeing the vindication that it's truly the Gospel, not me, any man representing Christ... It's the Word we are talking about, not man.
What am I trying to say is this: That they see the clearly a-vindicated Word like Pilate and the rest of them did, like the Roman soldier, but are you going to wait too late to do anything about it? He should've used the spear the other way. The doors will be closed, like it was in the days of Noah; and then it's too late.
You might wake up some morning and say, "I intend to get out of this mess." Don't wait too long. You'd better look and live now.
36-2 Luther looked away from the Catholic denomination. What did he see? A Pillar of Fire. He saw an independent church. Wesley looked away from the Anglican denomination. He saw the same thing. The Pentecost looked away from all the denominations. What did it become? A great mighty people.
What did each one of them do? When the founders, Luther, and Wesley and them, and when they looked away and saw what they did and started out, their children coming behind them, looked back to where they come from--out of the denomination--and took that group of people right back into the same mess that they come out of.
What are you looking at? The founders looked right, but the people following them looked back to what the founders come out of, and done exactly what the founders was against, the anointed ones of God.
You know, I have got to hurry 'cause I have got a prayer line coming, and I know many of you has to travel.
36-8 One day I took a look; I saw the Word made flesh. I saw the Alpha and Omega. I never seen any three, four, or five; I saw One. I saw Him as my Saviour. I saw Him, the Word. I saw Him, the Light. I saw Him, the Mighty God. I seen God in Him. I saw the Pillar of Fire. I saw in Him exactly what the Bible said He was. I saw that He was the Alpha and Omega, that He was the Pillar of Fire, He was the same yesterday, today, and forever. I saw that the Pillar of Fire said to John, "His never failing Presence..." (as he said in John's... over there) "His never failing Presence will never leave you."
37-1 Brother, my opinion tonight--sing that song:
"Look and live, my brother, live.
Look to Jesus now and live;
For it is recorded in His Word, hallelujah.
It is only that you look and live."
Look. What do you see? Do you see deliverance? Do you see what He is? Look to the Word and see what He was, then you look to the same Word and see He's the same today as He was then. He is the antetype of the brass serpent in the wilderness. For the same cause,--sin and sickness.
37-3 Judas took a look one day, and when he looked... After he'd took a real look at Him, he'd only been looking at the treasury before that, the pot of money they had. But one day when he looked and seen Jesus, you know what he seen? He seen he was guilty. He seen that he wasn't fit to live, and he hung hisself.
One morning, one of the greatest mornings in all the history of time (in closing, I am saying this) there was something happening in Jerusalem; and all at once a bunch of soldiers came down to the--to the jail. I can hear the jingle of the chains, hear the dragging of the spear on the street.
37-5 "Whose back in there?" "Barabbas, he's ready to die; he's a thief; he's no good; he's a robber; he's a murderer; he's going to die."
First thing you know he said, "Well, this is all of it for me. I'll be executed this morning."
The first thing you know the guard opened the door, "Step out, Barabbas."
He stepped out and said, "Well, I guess this is the end."
He said, "Barabbas, you're absolutely free,"
"What? I'm what? I'm absolutely free?"
"You're free," I said.
He said, "How can I be free?"
He said, "Come here, Barabbas; look up there. You see that man dying up there? He took your place."
38-1 I wonder if we all tonight could look and see what Barabbas saw, Someone taking our place? He was wounded for our transgression, bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and with His stripes I was healed. You were healed. Wonder if we, the guilty ones, who should be sick, can see in Him our deliverance? You who should go to hell; see in Him in your freedom, your pass to heaven. Wonder if you can see what Barabbas saw on that day?
He said, "A little while and the world won't see Me no more, yet ye shall see Me." Oh, church, then if He said, "You shall see Me," it's proof that you can look again. "You'll see Me, for I'll be with you, even in you, to the end of the world."
How do you see Him? At the Word. He is the Word. Look at the Word, and see what the promise is, for He's the same yesterday, today, and forever.
38-4 What He was when He walked in Galilee, is the same thing He is tonight in Jeffersonville, the same thing He is at the Branham Tabernacle.
What do you look to see? A founder? A denominational man? You will never see it in Jesus. Do you look to see some great priestly... You'll never see it in Jesus. No. How do you see Jesus? By the Word of God being made manifest, because He was the manifested Word of God. What He was then, He is tonight, and will be forever. Let's bow our heads just a moment. I'll cut this off kinda short.
38-5 Lord Jesus, is my prayer, let me look away from the cares of life. Lord, I--I know we are just a common people, uneducated. We have not much of this world's goods, but we love You, Lord. And I speak for this people. They would not set in a place like this and squeeze and mash around in the crowds, and set burning up in the--the heat, or freezing in the cold, and stand and bringing their children, and them sick and the afflicted, coming around, if they come here to see anything else besides You.
Those people, Lord, would never come to see a man. There's plenty of men on the street; they all look alike; but they come to see that Man, that Man of God, that Jesus of Nazareth of flesh being God.
39-1 Now, Father, You have told us that a little while and the world would not see You no more. No matter how much they look, they'll never see It. But You said, "Ye shall see Me (the true believer) because I'll be with you, even in you, to the end of the world." You've promised us, if we look we would see. And I pray tonight that You'll fulfill that Scripture to us again tonight, that we might look and see Jesus making Himself known to us in the same way that He always had: fulfilling His Word.
From henceforth, Lord... And I made a statement before this, and I truly said these things from my heart about the pulls and You have told me; and now, as mysterious as it may seem, if we could only pinch our inner conscience, and see that those things could not be foretold perfectly as they are, unless it did come from God...
39-3 How could we see that first thing take place? How could the second take place? How could the third take place? How could we stand here months before it happened, and tell what would take place in Tucson, that would open up the Seven Seals, and bring back the mystery, and reveal the hidden things of God that's been hid since the beginning of time; and to see it both testified, witnessed, scientifically proven.
Lord, You're our refuge and strength. You're all that we have. And I thank You for, Lord, being a part of this great economy of Yours. I thank You for being a member of Your Body, along with many here who are members of that Body, many, all out through the world in different churches, that are members of that mythical Body of Christ.
39-5 Every time we look, we see Him, see Him when the birds sing, see Him when the sun rises, or when it sets, hear Him in the songs, watch Him in His people, see Him a-vindicating His Word. Oh, Lord, You're our God. Early will we call upon Thee. Thou art our merciful Father. Forgive us of our wrongs.
Lord, we are at the end time. I see the doors will soon be closed, the doors of opportunity; and while it is daylight, and I can still get into some of these places, Lord, help me to go.
I'm getting old; give me strength; renew my youth, Lord. Help me that I might do something out there now that I'm waiting for this great time to come, that will be here. Help me, Lord, as I go out, that I might be able under some way to catch that last predestinated Seed that will bring back the Lord Jesus. Help, oh God.
40-1 And if I'm laying a foundation that another shall stand upon, grant, Lord, that soon it'll happen, that the Word might be fulfilled. Our hearts' desire is to see Your Word fulfilled. We love You. We believe You. And in the midst of an unbelieving, doubting people, a generation of--of--of what we got today, Lord God, we still believe that Your Word will never fail. We believe that heavens and earth will pass away, but It shall never fail. We stand gallantly for that.
Now, Father, to this little group that's waited: There's many sick here, and there may be an unsaved in here, people that been saved, and yet hasn't been filled with the Holy Ghost. Lord God, may You come so on the scene by Your Word of promise, that the people will look and see Jesus, and then bow down and give their hearts to Him. May the sick look and see that it's impossible for anything else to be doing it, only God; because it is His Word promised. What we have said today, both messages, may it be confirmed now.
It's all in Your hands, Lord, and I'm in Your hands, and the--the congregation's in Your hands. Work through us, Lord, to honor Your great Name. O eternal One, grant this for the glory of God. Amen.
40-4 I know it is hot, and I want to try to pray for the sick, now; and if you'll just give me about fifteen, twenty minutes... I don't know how many cards they got give out, but we're just going to start, pray for the sick. Now, Billy told me that he give out what was it? A hun... What's the--what? All right. Well, let's start... He said he give from 1 to a 100. How many has prayer cards here, raise up your hands, prayer cards? Why it's quite a number. We'll try to get to everything that we possibly can, if we can. Now, we can't have discernment on all them, you know, so we'll just pray. And everybody... How many here doesn't have a prayer card and yet you're sick, raise up your hand. Many.
40-5 Now, look. What is it? Now, I know, we may be a--a teeny bit late off of schedule, about fifteen minutes. But I want to say this one thing. It might be the difference between here, spending eternity in heaven or hell. See? Look; be reverent; watch a minute; listen at the Word, and see if He still remains Christ. Now, every person here probably knows me, and many of you that I don't know, because I don't get here long enough to know you. And many of you are out-of-town. How many out-of-town people? Raise your hands. See?
Now, I asked somebody downtown the other day, I said, "You ever come up?"
Said, "There's no need of us coming." Said, "There's so many from out-of-town that gets there, we can't get in."
But that's okay. We'll fix a way for them to get it. You come anyhow. Notice: They had a chance before you did. See? Now...?...
41-1 Now, remember. Now, I am just your brother. I sure you understand that. I am a man; He is God. But God only can work, and always has worked and only worked through men. Now, look tonight, not to me, or to any other person, but look to Jesus Christ. Now, look tonight at the Scripture, what It promised. How many of... I can just give all kinds of Scriptures, but how many will just believe Hebrews 13:8 that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday? And how many believe John 14:12? "The works that I do shall you also." How many believes that He promised that the very things that He did in the way of discerning of thoughts in the heart would return again in the last days just before His coming? We all know it. All right. Oh, how many more, hundreds and hundreds of Scriptures; but we know it.
41-2 Now, look. Don't look to see a minister; don't look to see a pastor; look to see Jesus. Don't see the man; see Jesus. When you look, see Him. If I could help you, I would do it; but I can't. I can't help you; I'm just your brother, but He's your Lord. Look to Him and believe.
All right. Now, let's start with prayer card number what? Why not start from number 1. How many... Number 1, who has prayer card number 1? Raise your hand. Where is it? You mean you're... Was that... Oh, I'm sorry. All right. Number 1, come up here, lady, right... Which way do you want to bring them, this way? All right come right here, if--if you can walk... If anybody's call now that's a cripple, some of us will help bring up.
41-2a Number 1, number 2, has prayer card 2, raise your hands, quickly as you can. Number 2? Where is it? I don't see it. Where? I'm sorry. I--I can't... Right over here, lady. Number 3, will you stand up or something? That's right. Number 3, number 4? Prayer card number 4, would you raise your hand? Where is it? I don't see it. Prayer card number 4? What say? Number 4, number 5, who has number 5, would you raise your hand? I don't see it. Number 5, number 6, number 6. Quickly, right quick. Number 6? All right, 7, you... 7? All right, that's right. 8, 8, real quick now. Raise up right quick now. All right. 8, that's fine, sir. 9, 9, where's it at? Number 9? All right. Number 10, 10? All right. 10, right over here. 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15. They won't call too many, so you get...
See, the reason we do this, it's just a card with a number on it. See? And you just come by this number. That's keep them lined up. 15, prayer card 15? All right. 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, let them come line up now: 25. Till you get your line built up... Just get up now according to your numbers. That's right. Don't come all at once. Come around the other way if you will, if you're over that way and come. Now, 20... What did we call? 25? All right. Let--let's rest on 25 just for a minute. All right. Now, I say... If you don't want to stand too long, when you see that coming down then you get right in with them. 25, 26, 27, just... Well, wait, let the line get down a little; you won't have to stand too much--too long.
41-4 Now, let's bow our heads. Oh, friends, now what? Now, where are we at? Now we're at the--the end. We're at the time where something has to be done, said, "Yes," or "No." God's got to be found right or wrong.
Now, today I've preached two sermons, hard, trying to tell you what He is, tell you time is closing, what He is, what He was. And now, when we look tonight, let's look at Him.
Now, every person, in the Name of the Lord Jesus, keep your seat now; don't stir around. Set real still until you're called. Let the little children... Now, if I happen to say, "Bow your heads," do it right quick, honey, 'cause evil things leave, such as cancer and diseases, and it goes out among the people, and gets into others. All that believe that and know its the Scriptures, say, "Amen."
41-6 We find in the Bible, that evil spirits went from one to the other when they were cast out, and they try to find a place. And how many times have we seen in the meetings. People come to the meetings perfectly healthy and well; set there and criticize, and a day or two after that, be found totally blind, or stricken with a cancer, or paralyzed (See?) because they were unbelievers. I'm not responsible for them, only for the believers.
And many of them went to the institution many years ago and still there. Some went to their grave just because of being arrogant, unbelieving. There's no place for an unbeliever now. It's a place for believers. Have faith in God.
42-2 Heavenly Father, now, the meeting is Yours. It's been Yours all the time. Now, I can speak on Your Word, but now, from now on, I can't speak; You're the One Who speaks now, Lord. Let it be known that Your servant has told them the truth. May people here--maybe many are here sick that won't even be in the prayer line, but You're still here, Lord. You can heal out there, just as You can heal anywhere. Let Thy Word be made known; in Jesus' Name I pray. Amen.
42-3 Now, if I can get your undivided attention for just a moment. I want to look down this prayer line; I don't really believe I know one person. Are you in this prayer line all strangers to me? You know that I don't know you? Raise up your hands if you are. They are. How many out there knows that I don't know nothing about you? Raise up your hand, out there too? Sure. Ninety-five percent of the people here; I don't. That's true.
42-4 Now, here's a little woman; I never seen her in my life. She's a total stranger to me. Now, she may be here for sickness; she may be here... Maybe she's done something. Maybe she's here for finances; maybe it's domestic trouble; maybe she's here for someone else; I don't know. I have no idea, but here is exactly a picture that's in St. John the 4th chapter: A man and a woman meets for the first time. And no doubt that the young woman that met Jesus, He was much older than her, because He--they said He looked to be fifty or over fifty, and probably just a young beautiful woman that was out at the well, was just a young girl.
42-5 And here again tonight, two people meet, young and old, without knowing one another. And now, she stands there. There's some reason she's there. I don't know; she might be standing there as a deceiver. She might be standing there saying something what it is, and just see what'll happen. If it is, you watch what happens. See, see?
Now, I don't know the lady; I've never seen her. She just held her hand awhile ago, I was a stranger to her, and I hold my hand that she's a stranger to me; I never seen her. Well now, if I... Just as a man, I have to say, "Lady, what is the matter with you? What are you doing here? What do you want?"
And she'd say, "Why, Mr. Branham, I'm--I'm here because I--I suffer with a--a cancer; I suffer with TB. I suffer with a tumor; or I'm out of money, I... My husband left me; or I'm not married, and my boyfriend did so..." She'd have to tell me.
Well, I'd say, "All right. I'll--I'll--I'll pray for you, lay my hands upon you, and say, 'Lord God, give this woman what she wants. Amen. Jesus, do it.'" Let her go away. Well, I guess if she believed that, she'd get well. That's all right; that's been a ministry for many many years.
43-3 But it was promised in the last days, that as the Angel, God was dwelling in a human body, that came up just before Sodom burned, and He set with His back turned to the tent where Sarah was, and told Abraham what she was thinking in the tent: God, in a human flesh, wearing human clothes. And that's the only way God can do it today, is when He gets in your flesh (See?), showing that God would be manifested in human flesh.
Jesus said, "As it was at the days of Sodom, so would it be at the coming of the Son of man."
We have the messenger, Billy Graham, and them down there in Sodom, but the elected church received the message and a messenger.
Now, if this little lady--if the Holy Spirit... Don't say He'll do it; but if He would come and tell me what you're standing here for, or--or what you want, or something you've done, or something you're about to do. Well, you'd know it'd have to come from some supernatural source, 'cause we're just standing here. That would be right, wouldn't it?
43-5 Then you'd know it had to come from a Supernatural force. And if the Bible said that Jesus did that same thing and promised to do it again in the last days, then you'd believe it was Him. How many would believe the same thing? Then you'd see Jesus. You'd see His Word. Now, you say, "Is He the Word?" The Bible says He is the Word. And the Bible said that the Word discerns the thoughts that's in the heart. Is that right? Then it will be the Word spoken through human lips, discerning the thoughts. Now, I can't. I have no way of doing it (See?), 'cause I don't know her; but He does, and He is the Word.
And He is the One that can take our two spirits, like the woman at the well, and Him, and blend it, then go away and show me just what she's here for, what's she's done, or what she wants, or something. Then I can speak it and say it; and then it's up to her.
Now, you say, "Brother Branham, can you heal her?" No, no. I can't do that. He's already done it. By His stripes we were healed, but that's just to raise her faith to let her know that if He knows what she has been, and what's she's wanting; He knows--He knows how to give it and what you will be afterwards. Is that right? Sure. Now, everybody believes that.
44-3 Now, be real reverent. And you people out there without prayer cards, you pray. Now, remember, Jesus passed through a group one day, and a little woman touched His garment. And He turned around and said, "Who touched Me?" And He looked all over the congregation till He found her and told her she had a blood issue and her blood stopped at that time. See?
Now, the Bible said that He now is a High Priest that can be touched by the feeling of our infirmities. Is that right? I'm looking out here at Brother Way setting here by his wife. Just recently that man was standing here while I was preaching (just like Paul was preaching all night one night), and this man dropped dead right in the audience; and the Holy Spirit brought him right back to life again. He is a witness (See?), that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.
44-5 How many never did see Brother Way, would like to see him? Raise up your hand. Never did see him... Brother Way, would you stand up? Here's the man: dropped dead about where he's setting right now. Here's his wife, a registered nurse, standing right there. He had no pulse going, his eyes turned back, and he was black in his face: heart attack.
Doctor told him he had heart trouble. Before that, I found it on discernment not long ago and told him that he had heart trouble. And then, all at once, his heart stopped, and down he went, and there he was lying there, perfectly gone. That's about six or eight times that I've seen the Lord Jesus bring back the dead.
45-1 I've seen Him do it, and He can do it tonight. Now, I take every spirit in here under my control, for the glory of God, in the Name of Jesus Christ. Be reverent; watch. I want to talk to you, lady. I've been preaching. You see? Just to catch your spirit, that's exactly what I'm doing. See?
There's something in you, a life, or you wouldn't be standing there. You'd be just a form lying dead, and you'd have no life in you. But beings that there is a life in that flesh, it controls you. See? And now, even your thoughts and what you think, the words you say and everything is what you live by. See? That's what you are, is your words, your thoughts and whatever you are.
45-3 Now, we are--we are here believing. Now, the Holy Spirit, like Jesus told the woman, "Bring Me a drink." And when she brought... She said, "Why, You--You shouldn't ask me that. I'm a--I'm a Samaritan. You're--You are a Jew. We don't have no customs with each other; no--no way--words with each other." Now, but 'course, we are both Gentile. And we're standing just believing on God. Now, if His Spirit comes by me for a gift, and can tell you what--that you know whether it's right or not, 'cause you've lived that part of the life, then--then you have a gift to believe it. And if you will believe it, and He will tell you about it, then it's all over, and it'll work on every one here.
45-4 Now, everybody real reverent. And the lady suffers with something wrong in her throat, a throat condition. If that's right, raise up your hand. Now, I've never seen her in my life. That's right. That's what she's here for, for me to pray for her throat. Now, right then, as soon as I said that (or just before), she was--she knew that there was something near. Something come near right then. You could see the emotion upon her, a real sweet feeling like...?...
That Light that you seen in that picture... Where are you at, George? That light that was in the picture is hanging right over the woman, right now. See? It's another dimension. She is a believer, not a make-believer; she's a believer. Now, being that you are a believer, you believe me to be His servant and prophet? Have to be to know that. You believe He could tell you other things that's on your heart? All right. Here's something that's on your heart, is somebody you're praying for: child. You believe He can tell me what's wrong with it?
45-6 It's got a virus. Is that right? You believe God can tell me who you are? You're Mrs. Walker. You're not from here; you're from the south: Georgia. You're going home well. Jesus Christ has healed you...?... Just not worry; it's over. God bless you, sister...?...
How you doing? Now, here's another woman. I don't know her, never seen her. She's just a woman standing there. Now, look, I been preaching altogether since about eight o'clock, and it's ten now. That's two hours that I been here. That one discernment weakened me more than two hours preaching. See, that's... See?.. You say, "You mean to say that..." Oh, yes. That woman that touched the hem of His garment, He said, "I perceive that virtue has gone out of Me": strength. Is that right? That's what it does.
46-2 Now, here's a woman that I have never seen. Billy went over there (if you noticed something) and picked up that boy that we have here with us, George. He's a Baptist boy. I want him to see that what we're talking about is God. His father, family, is nice people. They're in Mexico: missionary, fine man. And his father's sick too. I'm just waiting for him to come. Now, just watch close George. Now, this lady, I--I don't know her. I--I never seen her. I suppose we're strangers to one another. We don't know each other. But now, the Holy Spirit, the sweetness of Jesus, being present; we're all witnessing that.
Now, if the Lord Jesus will reveal to me something about you... Now, if I could heal you, I'd do it; but I can't do what He's already done. The only thing, if He was standing here tonight with this suit on that He gave me, well now, He--He couldn't heal you because He's already done it. By His stripes we were healed. But the only thing He would--to declare Himself by the Word that He promised and make you see that He's the same yesterday, today, and forever... And He promised to do it.
46-4 Now, if He will use me to tell you what you're here for, will you use the faith that you have in Him to believe that you receive what you have--are here for? With all your heart. All right. May the Lord grant it. I see the lady has something wrong. An examination showed it is a ruptured stomach. That's right. It's true; yes, sir, a ruptured stomach.
Do you believe that God can heal that rupture? You... All you... God bless you. Now, you're not from here--been quite a sacrifice to get here. It was. You're from Tennessee. That's right. Mrs. Harnes, return back; don't doubt. You'll be healed, if thou canst believe.
46-5 How do you do, lady? We are strangers to one another. I've never seen you in my life, as I would know of. I might've some-where in a meeting--you might've seen me, but I don't know you. God knows you. You believe in me to be His servant, and the Word that I have preached is the truth? Well, being that I am strange to you, and the word that I have preached, you have believed on, the only thing that... Some of them give you a card, either one of the ushers, or my son, or somebody gave you a card. Your number was called and here you are. That's all I know.
But you're here suffering from a nervous condition. It bothers you bad. You have someone with you. You have someone you're praying for, it's a--it's your husband. And he has a spiritual problem that he just can't get over the...?... And you have a child that's sick too. You're not from here, but you come from the north; you're from Canada, from Alberta. That is right. You believe me as being God's prophet, and believe that what I tell you is the truth, go home and you'll receive what you've gotten...?... Believe, God bless you, lady.
46-6 I am a stranger to you. You're a stranger to me, I don't know you, but God does know you. You believe me to me His servant? With all your heart? I don't know you, nothing of you. If I could heal you, I'd do so, but I--I can't. I--I'm not a healer. I am just a man, but He's God. Just a bit confused because there's an older woman standing between me and you. It's somebody you're praying for. Yes, it's your mother, and she suffers with a--a high blood pressure. And you have a--a kidney infection. That is right. You believe that? Your mother isn't here, but when you go to her, take that scarf that's around your neck, and put it on your mother, and don't doubt, and the high blood pressure will leave her, and your infection will be gone. Go, believe now...?... You believe now, with all your heart?
Now, you see. I look out across the audience and just looks like it's just--it's just beginning to get kindly misty like out there. "These things that I do shall you do also." He's done more right here tonight than He--of that type, than He did in the entire journey on life. That's right.
46-7 Now, this one lady here. Young woman... I don't know her. She's a stranger to me, but do you believe me to be His servant?
Now just a moment. A man come before me. Now, somebody in the audience. Now, just a moment. Somebody in the audience that left here just then, that Light left here, and there was a man standing by It. It's somewhere in the audience. Just don't weary; just be of a good courage. Let's go back again and see, to the woman. Now, if the Lord God... This is six or seven or something or other that's passed through the line under discernment. And if the Lord Jesus will reveal to me to this woman whatever is wrong with her, would it make the rest of you believe with all your heart? Could you accept Christ upon them basis? See? One time ought to prove it. Three times is a confirmation, and this is tens of thousands of times without one time being wrong.
You're not here for yourself. You're here for a man. And I see him setting with his head down. He's smoking a cigarette, and you're praying that the cigarettes will leave him. That's the... May the Lord God give you your request, sister. Go, believing with all your heart, and may that devil habit leave your husband, in the Name of the Lord Jesus.
46-8 Your trouble's in your back. Do you believe God will make it well? You do? All right, go, say, "Thank you, Lord."
I know this woman. I believe it's Miss Neese's daughter; isn't that right? I thought it was. God bless you. Your back trouble will leave you now and you can go and be well.
Do you believe God can heal that arthritis and make you well? Go, tell Him you believe Him; just believe with all your heart.
How do you do, sir. Do you believe God can heal that stomach trouble and make you well? All right, then go say, "Thank the Lord, I'm--I'm going to be well. And--and you'll--you'll be well.
Another arthritis case and the age too. You believe that God will make you well if I lay hands upon you? ["He has many times when you...?... lay on, my brother."--Ed.] Do you hear that? The Lord bless my sister and give her deliverance again tonight. Amen. Now, just believe.
Heart trouble, stomach trouble, you believe God can heal it? All right. Go in the Name of the Lord Jesus. May He make you well.
46-9 How do you do, young fellow. Asthmatic conditions, you believe that God can heal asthma? Go, believe it; He'll do it. All right.
Diabetic condition. You believe that God can heal your blood and make you well? Go believe Him and He'll do it. You believe it with all your heart?
What if I didn't say nothing to you, just laid my hands on you, do you believe the Holy Ghost is here to make you well? That's the way to do it, come here. In the Name of Jesus Christ may he go and be healed. Amen.
Come, lady. If I didn't say nothing to you, do you believe God would heal you of that female trou... Oh, excuse me, He already said it; go ahead. God bless you. Go--go believing and be made well.
You believe, sir, with all your heart? God heals heart trouble, doesn't He, makes men well? I'm sure He does, He--He's God. Do you believe that? You believe with all your heart? Have faith in God.
46-10 Some man out here did something just a few minutes ago. I want to find that. It's blood... Somebody like an accident or something that happened, it was bleeding. It was somewhere. The man was standing here. I just prayed. Yes, it is. It's a man set... Why, it's J. T. Parnell. I know the boy. You're bleeding inside, J. T. You believe God will make you well? All right, it'll stop then, J. T. Believe with all your heart.
The little lady setting right here looking right across, setting there by Brother Grimsley. There's a Light for her. You, little white collar... Mary, I don't know you, but that's your name. You're bothered with a spiritual trouble. And also you're real nervous. Forget it; it's all going to be all right. Believe with all your heart. Have faith in God. If thou can only believe...
Little lady, setting right back up there in the back row, over on the side over there, she's from Michigan, suffering with a female trouble. You believe God will make you well? You can have what you ask for then. You believe it? Amen. Raise up your hand and say, "I accept it." All right, you can go home and get well. I don't know the lady, but God does know her.
46-10 What about you here on this cot? You're the only crippled man or man on a cot. I'm a stranger to you. I don't know you. God knows you, but I say now, you're shadowed to death. You have cancer. You've come from a long ways. You come from Cincinnati, here. Your name is Mr. Hawk. Believe with all your heart; if you set there, you die. Accept Jesus Christ and be healed. You believe Him? Then stand up onto your feet out of that stretcher, and accept Jesus Christ. How many in here believes Him at this minute? You believe with all your heart? Then let's everyone of you stand up, right now. Stand up.
Now, in your own way, the way you pray, you lay your hand on somebody next to you.
46-11 Where is Sister Brown? She's been setting here suffering with that... The other day she called me on the phone, and she couldn't raise her hands up. I seen it was something wrong in her blood. When I met her the other day, she's got diabetes. Where is she? She's here with Mrs. Dauch awhile ago.
All right, Sister Brown, tonight I want you to believe with all your heart. I know you know what's wrong with you, but I want you to believe. You come out of the hospital and come here (See?), to be prayed for. I'm praying for you now. Believe; you're going to be well.
Margie, have faith in God. It's going to quit right now; it's going to end. He can heal diabetes, He can heal you of that sickness in your stomach.
46-12a All right. Each one lay your hands on one another and just hold your hands there, just for a minute. Just lay your hands on one another. Hold. See, it's going on eleven o'clock; many of these people's got to drive to Tennessee and different places. Surely the Lord God has proved. What did you see tonight? Did you see a man or did you see Jesus? Jesus confirming His Word.
These handkerchiefs laying here, while this anointing is upon me, I have my hands laid upon these handkerchiefs, praying that God Almighty... They said they took from the body of Paul, handkerchiefs or aprons. Here's those who were dead and has been raised up. There's those here who were in accidents, smashed up, are healed. There's... I see Miss Wilson standing here that not long ago she was hemorrhaging to death with TB years ago. Here she is tonight. The doctors didn't give here but just hours to live. Here she stands tonight.
All around through here: lame, blind, crippled, in wheelchairs and everything, they're stand tonight as living trophies. Why is it? Jesus Christ lives, He's the same yesterday, today, and forever.
46-12b That man that just testified awhile ago, of him down there, that had epilepsy, that'd had it all them years and everything... And his one time in the meeting, and that's been around, almost twenty years ago. He's never had a seizure since. That's one of the ten thousands. He's a Healer. Amen. He heals.
Now, don't be excited. Just with childlike faith, look away to Calvary. Close your eyes and forget you're in this Tabernacle. Close your eyes and forget there's anybody around you, and look to Jesus and see.
Look to Jesus now and live.
It's recorded in the Word, Hallelujah,
It's only that we look and live.
Oh, look and live, my brother live.
Look to Jesus now and live.
It's recorded in the Word, Hallelujah.
It's only that you look and live.
Close your eyes to man. Close your eyes to the things around you, and look through your faith to Jesus Christ and know that He was wounded for your transgressions; by His stripes you were healed.
46-12c Lord Jesus, as these people are praying, and they have their hands upon each other, and we are--realize that we're standing in the Presence of the living, resurrected Jesus Christ in the form of the Holy Spirit, revealing to us the secrets of our hearts, making known to us our desires, and promising us that He would give us our desires if we would only believe.
Men and women have their hands on one another. They are praying because we are fellow citizens of the Kingdom of God. We are fellow brethren and sisters of Jesus Christ.
And, Satan, we come to you in the challenge of the Name of the Lord Jesus. He is the Sword; He is the One Who cuts away the sickness. He is the One Who cuts away the doubt. He is the Conqueror. Now, we challenge you in the Name of Jesus Christ, that you come out of this people, Satan. The Word of God is made manifest. It circumcises, takes away doubt, takes away sickness, and brings perfect deliverance.
We pray that the Holy Ghost will fall upon this people and give to them the power of faith to believe that the Presence of the omnipotent Christ is here now. Grant it, Lord.
I condemn every sickness. I condemn all diseases. I condemn all unbelief, in the Name of Jesus Christ. May the Holy Ghost honor what I've said and sweep through this building and deliver every person in Divine Presence.
Raise up your hands now and praise Him. I pronounce you well and healed, in the Name of Jesus.