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It Is The Rising Of The Sun
1-1 ...?... bow our heads. Lord, as we gather here this fine Easter morning, see the little buds pressing their way out, the bees flying in and getting their portion, the birds singing like their hearts would burst with joy, because there is an Easter, we believe that You raised up Jesus from the dead many years ago today, and we celebrate this memorial day.
And let there come an Easter among us all today. May we, as His servant, understand His Word, that we were in His fellowship then, and that now that we are risen with Him and setting together in heavenly places.
Bless the service here in the tabernacle and across the lands where it goes by this telephone.
Heal all the sick and the afflicted. May it be a Easter for them also and an exodus from sickness unto strength. And those who are dead in sin and trespass, may they live today through Christ. And we'll praise Thee, for we ask it in His Name. Amen.
1-5 I certainly deem this a marvelous privilege this morning to be back here in Jeffersonville, Indiana, with this great congregation, the church packed and standing in the--round and outside and in the lots and everywhere. To you people on the phones across the nation, it's a beautiful morning here.
Five o'clock this morning, my little friend with a red breast flew up at the window and woke me up. Seemed like his little heart would burst saying, "He is risen."
I've always thought of this little bird as being a friend to me because I like him. As the legend about him says, a little brown bird saw Him suffering on the cross where sin had placed Him. Of course, the little bird had no sin; He didn't have to die for the little bird; but he flew in to the cross and tried to pull the nails out with his little beak, and he got his breast all red. And that's the way I want mine too, as this shield of trying to protect this glorious thing that He died for.
1-8 Realizing that our time is limited here, especially for those friends who are listening in by this telephone, I would like to call your attention this morning to a--a picture that some time ago was taken by the camera of a vision that I had here at the Tabernacle of leaving Indiana to Arizona, where I was to meet in the form of a pyramid, seven Angels. Not knowing what would happen, later when I got there, thinking it was the end of my life, that no one could stand the blast... (And I'm sure all of you are acquainted with the story.) And then in Sabino Canyon one morning like this, while in prayer, there had been a sword placed in my hand and said, "This is the Word and--the Sword of the Word."
Later the Angels appeared as was prophesied. And at the same time, a great cluster of--of Light left to where I was standing and moved thirty miles high in the air and around the circle, like the wings of the Angels, and drawed into the skies a shape of a pyramid in the same constellation of Angels that appeared.
2-2 Science took the picture all the way from Mexico as it moved from northern Arizona, where the Holy Spirit said I would be standing (forty miles northeast of Tucson). And it went into the air, and "Life" magazine packed the pictures: a mystic something way in the spheres where there can be no moisture, where there can be no evaporations of anything, thirty miles high and twenty-seven miles across and coming right up from where those Angels were.
Now, they asked to know (science); the--one of them at Tucson wanted to know any significance, but I didn't tell them. You all knew it told beforehand, but it wasn't for them; it was for you.
2-4 And so there He spoke to me and said, "The Seven Seals will be opened. The seven mysteries, sevenfold mystery of the Bible that's been closed up since the foundation of the world will be revealed." And we, yet a humble little group compared with all the world, we've enjoyed these blessings and hearing those mysteries: Marriage, Divorce, Serpent's Seed. All those different questions has been completely revealed to us, not by man but by God Himself, that's opened those seven mysteries of what the church was, how it was in Christ at the beginning, and how it would be revealed in the last day.
And now, as this went up... We have the picture outside on the plaque. But then... I have the picture laying present here, if you notice it as "Life" magazine had it. But I wonder if my audience visible here has ever really looked at the picture (See, see?) in the way it should be?
3-1 You remember, I was preaching when this vision came, upon the subject of the Book of the Revelations where the old judges, where we seen Jesus in Revelations 1. When we started to open the Seven Seals--or the--or the church ages, rather, just prior to the opening of the Seven Seals, Christ was standing with hair like wool, white; and I described that to you that the old English judges and judges of long ago, when they went to the bench to be sworn in, their supreme authority was given them; they wore a white wig, as it was, over their heads to show their supreme authority.
3-2 Well, if you'll turn the picture like this and look (and you can probably see it from the audience), it's Christ. See His eyes looking here just as perfect as it could be, wearing the white wig of supreme Deity and Judge of all heavens and earth? Can you see His eyes, nose, His mouth? Just turn the picture from this (the way they had it), this a-way, the way it's supposed to be. And you... Can you see it? He is supreme Judge; there's none other but Him. And that is a perfect identification again, a vindication that this Message is the truth. It is true. And making Him, not a third person, but the only Person with the white...
See, you see the dark, His face, His beard, and His eyes? And notice, He's looking; from Him comes this Light shining on the right-hand side to which He's looking to. And on the cross that's where He looked, to the right, where He pardoned the sinner. In the light of His resurrection we still go forth in His Name.
3-4 I wish, this morning, that I had just--much time to--to spend upon these phenomenas, that's beyond any shadow of doubt been proven for the past thirty years--or thirty-five years right here at this church, since down on the river when that same Light came down here in Jeffersonville in 1933 and spoke those words: "As John the Baptist was sent to forerun the first coming of Christ, your Message will forerun the second." We're at the end time. And we see it. We wonder sometimes why it hasn't spread over the earth; maybe sometime we'll have a chance to explain that, if God willing.
4-1 Now, I want you to turn in--in your Bibles, as we always believe that the Word must come first--of the reading of the Word. I always read That, because It... My words is the word of a man; it will fail, but the Word of God can never fail.
Now, we're going to--to read from the Holy Scriptures, a text. And we want you to turn first to three places in the Bible that I have chosen to read from. One of them is in Revelations the 1st chapter and the 17th and 18th verse. This is where He appeared with His hair white as wool, and His feet was like brass. And then I want you also to get in your Bibles, Romans 8:11. And I've chosen, this morning, three places to read from the Holy Scriptures for my message today, that the Lord has placed upon my heart for the resurrection. And then I want you to also, Mark 16:1 and 2, and there I will draw my--my context.
4-3 Now, in Revelation 1:18, we read these words: 17 and 18:
And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; for I am the first and the last:
I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of death and... hell.
And in Romans the 8th chapter and the 11th verse we read this:
But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
And now in Mark the 16th chapter (the chapter of the resurrection)--the 16th chapter, the 1st and 2nd verses:
And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, the mother--and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had brought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.
And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.
4-6 Now, my text this morning, I want to take for a text: "It Is The Rising Of The Sun," and for a subject I want to use the Quickening Power.
Now, you know, you perhaps have been hearing the radio and the different ministers speak, and our noble Brother Neville this morning speaking his Easter subject on the resurrection. And I thought maybe I would take it a--a little different path, not to be different, but just to add a little more, maybe in another angle. For you... The Scriptures, every angle you go with the Scriptures It always declares Jesus Christ. You cannot get away from it any way, It always declares Him.
5-2 Now, as the world today in a--a memorial service (or at least in United States and this side of the earth, this morning in the churches and throughout) is celebrating a memorial of--of the greatest triumph that man ever had.
I think as Saviour when He died, or as an infant when He was born... (He could not have been here lest being--coming into the earth.) And when He died, certainly He atoned for our sin. But yet, there's been many fine, little babies born, and there's been many men who have suffered and died for a real cause, but there never was one that could raise hisself up again until this day.
5-4 Now, that it is the greatest week in history, the greatest celebration of all times, this Easter is where He proved what He had said. Man can say things, but yet it isn't exactly can be believed upon thoroughly, until it's been proved to be the truth. And as God, Who said, "Prove all things, and hold fast to that which is good," He would not tell you to do something that He would not do Himself. So He prove Who this was that died for our sins.
And now, not only is it a memorial day of all these great Easter flowers, and Easter bonnets, and pink rabbits, and so forth, that we've got into, and holy celebrations, which is all right; but this is not the real thing in that way.
5-6 As people today are trying to say, we should wash feet once a year on--on Thursday, and on Friday we should take the communion, and all different doctrines of... They argue about whether it should be this day or that day, or whether it should be a sabbath day or the first day of the week or... All these things are just merely tradition. What good would any of it do you, whether you had Lent or not Lent, if there's no Life in you. It's only a memorial, which there's nothing against it, but they have certainly carried out their traditions but left off the main thing.
Satan doesn't care how religious you are, or how right you are in your doctrine; if you miss that Life, you're won't come up anyhow. No matter how religious, how good, how many churches you've belonged to or will belong to, it doesn't matter one thing unless you have been born again.
Therefore, if God raised up Jesus from the dead, did He raise Him up for a memorial, and is this resurrection morning only a--a one day in the year or a certain day that we celebrate this, or are we benefactors of His resurrection? What does it mean to me? What does it mean to you? Now, we believe by faith that He raised from the dead, but what has that got to do with me? That was two thousand years ago.
6-3 Now, to find this text, as I was tired, and my arm hurting me from shots that the nurse gave me for... Leave overseas now, as you know, in a few days, and I must have these shots, son and I; and with cholera, yellow fever and everything, I was pretty weary, making me sick; which Caesar requires to have these shots before you go into the other nations. And He said, "Give Caesar that which is Caesar's, but then, give God that which is God's." And as I was setting there wondering what would I speak to this waiting audience this morning (which I am very thankful for), and men and women who would lay their life on the line for what you would say, how should I do it? What should I take for a text?
6-4 And then, while I was setting there almost asleep, my door rattled out on the front side of the house. Nobody being there but myself, as far as I knew, I listened; I didn't get it just right. After while, the den room door, where I have turned into my study, it rattled; and someone kept shaking the door. And I--I went to the door and opened the door, and to my surprise a--a pretty, little, yellow-haired, blue-eyed girl stood there; looked like a little Easter flower (that's setting here looking at me now). She handed me a card, and it was the ('course, I guess when I get home there'll be Easter cards and so forth, but...) the only one, being leaving home, that I'd received. And she said, "Brother Branham, this is from daddy and me." She wanted to be sure that "me" was in it. And her arthritic father setting in a wheelchair had sent this card.
7-1 When I took it and thanked the little darling, as she turned and walked away from the door, I opened up the card; and in the form of this card I drew my text, for on the card was the St. Mark 16:1 and 2: "Sun-up--the sun was rising."
And then I thought of that and then the subject of the quickening of Jesus Christ to be raised up from the dead, I drew my subject.
7-3 Now, the sun, at this rising of the sun... Well, there was a time when the world was laying in utter darkness. It was without form and was void, and it was all covered with water, and was laying there in the dark, dismal, gloomy atmosphere. And the Spirit of God moved upon that water and said, "Let there be light."
God had a reason to do that, for down beneath that water there was seeds that He had planted, and it had to have that sunlight to make it live. And the first Light was ever given in the earth was God's spoken Word. The first Light that ever struck the earth was God's spoken Word; He said, "Let there be light." And there was light, that turned darkness into light in order to bring forth a creation of joy and life upon the earth.
7-5 Then the Spirit of God, as It moved with love and compassion at that great day, the first day of the dawn of creation upon the earth, the sun rose and swept across (its rays) and dried up the waters from the earth and made an atmosphere above; and for its first time it was to bring joy and life to the earth by a seed. That was a great hour.
But oh, it wasn't nothing, that sunrise, like the sunrise on that Easter morning. This time, with the sun leaping into the skies, it brought forth a greater sunrise then ever; because it came greater news with this sunrise, than it did with the sunrise at the beginning. This sunrise brought a news that "He is risen. He is quickened from the dead as He's promised. He's risen from the dead."
7-7 The first time the sun rose in Genesis, it was bringing a message that there will be life upon the earth: mortal life. But this time when the sun rose, there was a--a dual sunrising, another sunrising. It was a not only s-u-n rising, it was a S-o-n had risen to bring Eternal Life to all God's promised seed, that by foreknowledge He's seen laying upon the earth.
No more could the--the botany life live back there at the beginning without the s-u-n to bring it to life; no more than today, when sons of God is upon the earth, it take the S-o-n Light to bring them to Eternal Life. His chosen ones that He knew before the foundation of the world, He had chosen them in Himself before the foundation of the world. And on Easter morning then, in this dirt somewhere, laid our bodies at that time, for we are the dust of the earth; and in heaven there was a book of memory, and His attributes was in Him, knowing that because this Son of God raised, It would also raise to Life every son that was foreordained to this great time. He knew it would be, and what a more glorious sunrise that was than it was at the beginning, at time when it first dawn.
8-2 Now, on this great breaking of the Easter Seal... Now, today we have a tuberculosis Easter seal. People sends a message one to the other, and to support this great fund or drive for the doctors and medical science to work upon something to retire or to help the tuberculosis, they are seal--what we call an Easter seal, when we send message one to another...
But when we receive the message, that seal is broken, because the seal is what's got a message bound on the inside. And now, the true Easter Seal on this sunrise was broken, and the secret of Life after death was revealed. Before that time we didn't know; the world groped in darkness, groped around man's suspicion. Theories was among man's hearts, traditions, made up. Men worshipped idols; they worshipped the sun; they worshipped all kinds of gods. And all kinds of people that made claims, they all went into the grave, and they stayed in the grave. But the real Seal had been broken, and One, Who once lived as we live, died as we will die, was risen from the dead. What a morning, never one like it in all the history of the world. The secret was made known that He was both Resurrection and the Life.
8-4 Then He said when He come forth on that morning, "Because I live, you live also." Not only was He the beneficiary of the resurrection, but all those Seed that was resting in God's great providence was a benefactor of that resurrection to Life, because He said, "Because I live, ye shall live also."
That was the breaking of the Seal. Because He was brought up, so will every one that's in Christ be brought up with Him. At this glorious sunrise God had proven or vindicated His Word. All the glooms and doubts that had moved in people's minds was taken away, because here was He Who once lived, eat, drink, and fellowship with mankind that said, "I have power to lay My life down, and I have power to raise it up again." And now, not only had He made the statement, but He proved it to be the truth. Oh, what a glorious thing that is. I'm sure this morning that even we, who believe it, cannot comprehend what a great thing that was. Because He raised from the dead, we also have already raised from the dead, for we were in Him.
9-2 Notice now, as the gloom covered the earth and the seeds could not live without the s-u-n to rise; and gloom had covered the earth, and now, the S-o-n was risen and all gloom was vanished by this Light, as It spread across a--the nations to the people that "He is not here, but He has risen." What a--what a statement.
He had proved His Word; He had proved it be--to be true, for He had now conquered death, hell, and the grave, the trinity of the devil: death, hell, and the grave. For Satan is the author of death; he is the possessor of hell and also the grave. And that was the trinity of Satan, being caused by one thing, that was death--death you go with the grave and being a sinner you go to hell. All the very... One thing, the trinity of Satan, which was death that had held man in captivity all these years, but now, the true trinity of God being One, manifested in Christ, Who was Life, and had broke the Seals and conquered the enemy and rose up the one, true, and living God. "I am He that was dead, and I'm alive forevermore and have the keys of death and hell."
9-4 God in One, made man and dwelled among us, and conquered every enemy, and had proved that the trinity of Satan was conquered, and that the trinity of God was made known, 'cause only God alone had power to bring life back again. He was that Immanuel. God had been manifested in the flesh.
No wonder He could claim there, Matthew the 27th chapter, "All powers in heaven and earth is given into My hands. I send you to be My witnesses to all the world." He had conquered both death, hell, and the grave. Not only did He do that and come out triumph with all the power in heavens and the earth, all that was the Father, all that was the Holy Ghost, and all that there ever was, was in Him. "All powers in heaven and in earth is given unto Me." Everything else is powerless; He had conquered it.
10-1 Now, and then not only that, He sent word to His disciples, His believing, "Fear not, for I am He that was dead and is alive again forevermore. And I have the keys to death and hell; I've already conquered it." Don't fear anymore, for every foreordained, predestinated Seed of God shall come to Life when that Light spreads across the earth of the glorious Gospel. In every age it'll bring forth the crop that God ordains it to do. He has raised from the dead.
Oh, what a wonderful thing that is. "I am alive"--or quickened. The word means, the word "quickened," the Greek word means, that's something that's made alive after death. Like the--the seed that goes into the earth, it has to die, every bit of the seed; it has to rot, every bit of the seed; and every bit of the life that was in the seed has to come forth again.
He was quickened, not only that... "And will send the same Life that quickened Me, the power that brought Me from the grave, I will send It upon you to quicken you, that where I am there ye will be also."
10-4 In Luke 24th chapter, 49th verse, He said, "Behold I send the promise of the Father upon you; but tarry ye (or wait ye) in the city of Jerusalem, until you be endued with power from on high" to show that, not only did He draw all the benefits out of it, but He shared those benefits. He come to redeem, or to bring to Life those predestinated seed, that God seen before the foundation of the world, and put their names in the Book of Life; and here they are on the earth without a hope. He came not only to be the blessing, but to share the blessing with every predestinated seed.
Now, if the seed wasn't on the earth it could not live. It had to be on the earth and also germitized. No matter how long it's kept in darkness, it'll come forth when the S-o-n shines upon it.
11-1 Notice now, He come to share it with us. No wonder the Gospel is good news. The very word "Gospel" means "the good news." The "good news" what? If a man died for our sake, that's good news. If Christ was born, that's good news. But never a news, never was there news like this news: that He Who made the promise has confirmed the promise, that He's alive forevermore and has the keys of both death and hell in His hand. All the gloom was shook away; there was no more gloom to be seen, for the Son was up from the grave. There was no "He will come" or "He may come"; He had already come. The Gospel, good news...
11-2 Notice, the very Message of the Gospel Itself is to prove to the people that He is risen. "Go tell My disciples that I am risen from the dead, and I'll meet with them to confirm this to them." Oh God, how in this last days there shall be Light again across the earth, "And I'll prove to My disciples; go tell them that I am not dead, and I'm not a tradition, but I am a living Christ; I'll meet them. Take this Message to My disciples, that I'm risen from the dead." The Gospel, good news... You say, "Is that right?" Hebrews 13:8 said He's the same yesterday, today, and for ever.
11-3 We, as beneficiaries, are to prove His Life is in us now, the beneficiaries of this Life. The Life... There never was a life lived like it; He was the Son of God. And He died and that shut it out; but when He raised again from the dead on Easter morning, then we, as His servants, are commissioned by Him to go into all the world and to bring this good news to every person: that He is a-living. And how can we do it by word only? For it is written, "The Gospel came not by word only, but through the power and the manifestation of the Holy Spirit to prove that He is alive."
11-4 Now, if there is another gospel, as Paul spoke to one of the groups, "I am so surprised that you turned to another gospel (which there is no other but a make-believe gospel), to a denominational fiction, turning from that good news: 'And because I live, ye live also, and I live in you; and the works that I do (John 14:12), the works that I do will identify Myself in you.'" Oh, what a Message. No wonder we've had a dark world of theology. But in the evening time there shall come Light again. There will be a resurrection in the evening time. It shall be Light at the evening time.
11-5 Now, the very essence of the Message that was sent that, "He is risen from the dead," we, His beneficiaries, we, who share the resurrection with Him, draw benefits from this by proving to the world that He is alive. We cannot do it by word only; we cannot do it by some tradition of man; we only reflect exactly what we're pointing to.
I'm afraid today that too many of us are not getting people to Christ. We're getting them to a church, to a theory, but we must get them to Christ. He is the only One, and the only One that has Life. "He that has the Son, has Life." And if the life of a man that's dead be projected in you, you will live the same life he lived. If the blood of a man was a certain type, and you took the blood from one man and changed the blood of the one man into another, he'd absolutely be that typed blood. And if your spirit that's in you is reckoned dead, and you are anointed with the Life that was in Christ is upon you... Romans 8:11 says, "If the Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in you, It'll also quickens your mortal bodies," that same Life, them same powers, them same beneficiaries that He had here on earth from God. He redeemed you, a seed that was foreknown by God, whose names was put on the Lamb's Book of Life before the foundation of the world. And that Gospel Light of the resurrection, the confirmation of the Word... How did we know He was the Christ? Because He proved what He talked about. How will I know the Message of the hour? God proves what He promised and He talks about it.
12-2 That is the identification, that we are beneficiaries with Him in the resurrection. He proves what He's talked about. What He promised to do in Christ, He proved it on the resurrection. What He promised to do in the days of Moses, He proved it. What He promised in the days of Enoch, He proved it. In all the days of the apostles, He proved it. And now in this day, He proves what He said, because they are a part of that seed that was represented on the Book of Life that He came to redeem back to God again. Oh, what a Message.
12-3 A Easter morning, not only did He raise, but His beneficiaries raised with Him. He--they were in Christ at His crucifixion; they were in Him at His resurrection. We are His beneficiaries, quickened after being dead in darkness, in a darkened world of unbelief, where churches, and denominations, and so forth had drawed us out; and there's something in us calling, "Oh, we want God; we're hungering and thirsting for God." We join the Methodist, Baptist, Pentecostals, Presbyterians, and whatmore, and still there was something wrong. We just couldn't find it yet. And all of a sudden, while we was groping in darkness, the great resurrection came to us in the manifestation of the promised Word of God, like He was the manifestation of the promise Word of God. "I will not leave His soul in hell, neither will I suffer my holy One to see corruption." He manifested it, every Word of God that was promised to Him; He proved it when He raised on the Easter morning.
13-1 Now, them who were once groping in darkness and wondering around: if they should wash feet on this day, or if they should keep a certain day, or do a certain set of rules, all those things passed away. For there was a glorious resurrection that defied every manmade thing that man had ever done, every manmade reason. There had never been to that time a man that could lay his life down and pick it up again. He defied that scientific proof they had by raising again.
13-2 When they say that Jesus Christ isn't the same yesterday, today, and forever; that His power isn't the same; that His Gospel isn't the same, when the Bible says It's the same; God defied every denomination, every creed, and He moved forth in His Holy Spirit as He promised, and proved it to us that He is alive. We are the benefactors of His resurrection, quickened after being dead in the world in sin and trespasses; He has quickened us together with Him, raised with Him, now setting in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
His bring--His Spirit brings His same Life again on the earth. If the Spirit of God that raised up Christ, the body, the anointed body, if the Spirit of God anointed that body in such a way that when that Seed fell into the earth, He just wouldn't let Him rest there. No, He quickened Him and raised Him up; that same Spirit by the same works, by the same power, by the same signs, be in you, It'll also raise you up.
13-4 I'd like to read a little Scripture here for you. I'd like for you to turn to another Scripture I got wrote down here. It might help you a little. It's found in the Book of Leviticus the 23rd chapter, the 9th to the 11th verse. Listen close, in the law, Levitical law, God speaking to Moses. Listen. All these things are types now, and we'll stop here for a few moments to get into this type.
And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When you... come into the land which I give unto you,... (unto the place, the position that I have given unto you. Now, you speak to the children of Israel, that when you get to this certain place that I've promised you I'd take you, when you get there in this land... Now, speaking natural here, typing the spiritual)... and shall reap the harvest thereof,... (you have received what I told you)... thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest:
And he shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it.
14-1 If there would be any holy ritual, it should come forth on the sabbath day, which was the seventh day of the week, which is Saturday. But did you notice in this memorial, to wave it on the first day of the week. The sheaf, which was the first of your seed that you planted, when it comes up and ripens, you cut down this sheaf and take it to the priest, and let him take it and wave it before the Lord for your acception, that you are accepted. You have come with your sheaf, and he's to wave it before the Lord on, not on the sabbath, the seventh day, but on the first day, which we call Sunday, S-u-n-d-a-y. 'Course, that's a--a Roman word, which they called it the Sunday for the sun gods. But how it is changed. It's not s-u-n anymore; it's a S-o-n-d-a-y, the Sonday that that Corn of wheat, God's first One up from the dead, is to be waved over the congregation that we are His seed; and that's the first of the Seed of those that slept, waved upon the first day of the week. On Sunday, He raised up, waved good-bye, and ascended up on high in the presence of the people.
14-2 Notice, It was the first Corn of God's wheat that had been raised from the dead: God's first Corn of wheat, by God's Quickening power. God had quickened His life, raised Him up from the dead, and He was the Firstfruits of those that slept, the Firstfruit. He was that Sheaf; that's why they had to wave that sheaf, for it was the first One that come to maturity. And it was waved as a memorial of thanksgiving to God, believing that the rest of them would come. And it was a sign. And today, because He was the first Son of God to come to full maturity to be in God, He was plucked up from the earth and is waved over the people (Oh, what a glorious lesson.) by the Quickening power.
15-1 The first One... Although He had--He'd been typed in many times, as we'll see later that He was typed, but this is really the Firstfruit of them that slept. He was waved over the promised seed that had promise of Life; He was waved at the day of Pentecost, when there came a sound from heaven like a waving, mighty, rushing wind, and was waved over the people, the Pentecostal people that was up at Pentecost waiting for the blessing to come; and to be waved again, we realize, in the last day, according to Luke 17:30, in the Sonday again, in the days that the S-o-n of man will be revealed or waved again over the people.
15-2 Now, Who is this Son of man? "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us." And of all the teaching that we have and confirmation of the Word of God, by Word of God, by signs, by wonders, we see today (that in the Book of--of Luke here, that as we just quoted from the--the--Luke the 17th chapter and 30th verse, and Malachi 4, and the different Scriptures that we are acquainted with,) that that Word again is waved over the people, that the dead traditions of man is dead and the Son of God is alive again with the baptism of the Holy Spirit right among us and is giving us Life.
15-3 As Christ was the first One to raise from all the prophets and so forth (although typed in many places, He was the Firstfruits of those that slept), in the Bride coming of Christ, coming out of the church, there'll have to be a Sheaf waved again in the last days. Oh, my.
Waving of the sheaf, what was the sheaf? The first one that come to mature, the first one that proved it was a wheat that proved it was a sheaf. Hallelujah. I'm sure you see what I'm talking about. It was waved over the people, and the first time there will come forth for the Bride age, for a resurrection out of dark denominationalism, will be a Message that the full maturity of the Word has turned back again in Its full power and being waved over the people by the same signs and wonders that He did back there.
16-1 "Because I live, ye live also," speaking to His Wife. "Because I live, ye live also." What a resurrection that that was. And what a resurrection this is: to be quickened from the dead, to be made alive in Christ Jesus by God's Quickening Power.
He was waved to them; the Word, which He was, was waved back to them on the day of Pentecost, the Word made manifest. Now... And as I say, He's to be waved again in the last day.
16-3 Now, for instance, you say, "Well now, wait a minute, Brother Branham. I know a church that..." Well, I do too. See?
But now, for instance, what if--if we were going to go back to Tucson this afternoon, now, and each one of us had a--was going to go in a--a big Cadillac, brand new; and all of the seats were made out of--of doeskin (softest of the leather, soft and easy to set in); and the floorboards was plush; the steering wheel were nickel-plated and had diamond studs all over it; and the engine was mechanically tested to be exactly the right engine; and the wheels were--all had bearings and greased up; and the tires were all puncture-proof and blow-out free, that all had been tested scientifically. They had been pushed off the assembly line, both of them, and both of them filled up with gasoline. That's the running power, the gasoline, because in it is the octane. But now, when you're going to start them, although both of them look just alike, but there's one of them don't have any spark, any firing power.
"Well," you say, "the power is in the gasoline, Brother Branham." But I don't care how much power is in the gasoline, unless there's a spark there to manifest that power, less there's a power there to confirm that that's gasoline, it just might as well be water.
16-6 Until... No matter how much theologians claim, how well you got your church set, how much education you got, how much like the Bible, until that wave Sheaf, until the Holy Spirit comes upon that person to quicken that Word (The gasoline represents the Word; It's the Truth.); but without the Spirit it won't move.
We've put too much stress on the mechanics and nothing on the dynamics. It needs the dynamic power of God, the resurrection power of Jesus Christ upon the church to manifest and to bring to pass that this is gasoline. It might be in a gasoline can; it could still be water. See? But the only proof of it is put the Life on it, and it'll prove whether it's gasoline or not.
17-2 And when you try to put the Holy Spirit in a denomination, you're as much as trying... You can get a splutter; you'll ruin your engine by getting it full of carbon. But oh, I'm so glad that there is a ten thousand octane power, the Word of God and the Holy Ghost to light It up and to resurrect the power of God into a man's life, or a woman's life, or into a church, that shoved that Cadillac down the road yonder under dynamic power of the Holy Ghost, which came back and was waved over the people at the day of Pentecost, making Him the same yesterday, today, and forever.
17-3 There was the first Sheaf come up from all the prophets which was the Son of God, the King of all prophets. There has been churches, churches, brides, brides, churches, brides, brides, but there's got to come One. Hallelujah. There has to come a real Bride. There must come One that's not only got the mechanics, but the Dynamics of It, makes that church live, move in the power of His resurrection. Until we come to that place, until we find that place, what good does it do to polish the hubs? What good does it do to give her a face-lift or a simonize job, when there's no Dynamics in it? No matter how much the mechanics prove to be right, there's got to be a Dynamics to make it work. That's what He proved. Hallelujah. That's what Easter proved. He wasn't only the Word, but He was God Himself, the Dynamics in the Word, that made the body of Jesus Christ, cold, stiff, and dead in the grave, shake into Life and rise again, and roll away the stone.
17-4 "I am He that was dead," so dead till the sun said He was dead; the moon said He was dead; the stars said He was dead; all nature said He was dead. And now, the whole world has to recognize that He's alive again. He was not only the Mechanics (God's Word), He was the Dynamics to prove It.
And if He, being the Groom, the Bride has to come forth, 'cause It's part of Him. And It can only be the manifestation of the fulfilling of all of revelations and the others that spoke of the Bride. And It can only manifest... And if it does something different from the Groom, it isn't the Bride, because She's flesh of His flesh, bone of His bone, Life of His Life, power of His power. She is Him. As man and woman are one, and woman taken from his side, She has taken His Spirit (the feminish Spirit from Him), the flesh from His side, made both mechanics and Dynamics, the Wife--the Spirit of Him and the flesh of Him and put it together and made mechanics and Dynamics.
18-1 Until the church or the people... All these Easter bunnies, and ceremonies, and big churches, and finery will fail and pass away, until that church becomes both Dynamics and Mechanics, and the Spirit of God that moved Him to do the things that He did, if He hit on sixteen cylinders, so will the Bride. Amen. For He said in John 14:12, "He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also, I'll give him a charge of My Dynamics in his mechanics, that the world will not be able to withstand it, and I'll raise him up again at the last day."
That's the Easter message: the Dynamics and the mechanics together. The mechanics without the Dynamics, no good; neither is the Dynamics without the mechanics. You can scream and shout and jump up and down all you want to, and deny this Word; it won't do any good. You're just cranking around the--the pistons of--got spark there to fire, but no gasoline to fire it by. It'll only work as they come together. Amen. So one will set still and the other one'll go up; that's the only thing there is to it. Yet they both might look like, both claim to be churches, both claim to be brides, but one has mechanics and Dynamics. It brings it to pass. But what He said is the Truth.
It just won't move, no matter how good the mechanics is, until the Dynamics come. When the Dynamics come, that Fire is made to connect with that octane in the gasoline. And when that explodes it, it causes a combustion, and that combustion moves every motion, every move, for He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. That's the resurrection; that's the real power of God: mechanics with the Dynamics.
18-4 Notice. It's the Spirit that quickens; It's the--it's the spark that fires. It's not the gas that fires; it's the spark that fires the gas. See? "You can do nothing without Me, but with Me you can do all things. As (He is the Word; It's the Father living) Father sent Me, so send I you. As the Father has fired Me and pushed Me into everything, I do only that which is pleasing to God. Now, as He sent Me, so send I you with this same mechanics. And it takes the same Dynamics to operate it. And these signs shall follow them that claim to have the mechanics. The Dynamics will take its place."
19-1 Paul said, "The Gospel came to us not in word only (through gasoline only), but through spark also to make It move." There you are. It came to us in that manner.
It's the same Spirit that raised Him up that quickened the true believer to Eternal Life. Now, remember, potentially now, watch (as we are getting out of our time). Notice, the same Spirit... Now, Romans 8:1... Now, let's just read that again in Romans 8:1, and we'll see what that says. All right. And not Romans--I mean 8:11, I'm sorry: in Romans 8:11 now...
But if... (There's the problem; there's this catch.) But if the Spirit of him... (God, the Holy Spirit)... that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you,...
Now, there you are: if the Bridegroom's Spirit dwells in the Bride.
19-3 When God made His first bridegroom, He made the bridegroom first, and he was both man and woman in spirit, formed him in the dust of the earth to make him material. And notice, when He made Eve from Adam, He took not another piece of clay, He took from the same piece of clay, the same Word; for Adam was a spoken Word. See? He took from him and then taken the... He had masculine and feminish spirit, and He took the feminish spirit away from Adam and placed it in Eve, so it's still part of Adam's spirit. It's Adam's flesh. Then, it was Adam's spirit, the dynamics, that quickened the mechanics of his body. So the Bride must also be flesh of His flesh, and bone of His bone. Now, how is this mortal flesh going to become His flesh? We'll get to it in a minute. See? How is it done? How... What is this great transformation? Notice.
Now, if the Spirit of him... (God)... that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
20-1 Oh, my. The predestinated One, of course, like the seed laid upon the earth, the One that had Life in them. Many of them were dead. They were just rotten seeds; the waters and things burn them out. But you know, there was a seed laying there ready for life. God knowed it was laying there.
Now, the predestinated Ones are the first to be quickened by the Holy Spirit, for the Holy Spirit comes to claim Its Own. Now, this is deep now and be sure to catch this good.
20-3 Now, as the sun was sent across the earth, not to bring rocks (which was dirt also) to life, it was not to bring all the dirt to life, but was to bring the part of the dirt which was enclosed around a life. Not all men will receive Christ (oh, no.), but those which God foreordained Life is housed around some of the dirt of the earth. That's the one He comes to quicken. They're the Ones that...
Now, that dirt would lay there in the sun and say, "Oh, this old sun's so hot"; that rock, say, "This old sun's so hot"; but that little seed said, "That's what I'm looking for." And it began to spring forth to life. It quickened that part of the dirt, because the sun was sent, not to quicken the rock, not to quicken the dirt, but to quicken the life of the seed.
20-5 Now, the Holy Spirit comes now. Of course, It wasn't sent... Why won't all the people receive It? It wasn't sent to them.
A guy told me, "I don't believe... I don't care what you say. If you could raise up the dead, or anything, and heal the sick and prove it anyway, I still don't believe it."
I said, "Certainly not, you're unbeliever. It don't mean a thing to you; it wasn't even sent to you. It's sent to those who will believe." The Message is to the believer. To them that perish It's foolishness, but to them that are in Christ and part of that Seed, It's Life.
20-7 My crude little story about the farmer putting the egg under--the eagle egg under the hen... See? That little eagle was, absolutely, he was a--he was a odd looking little creature (when this farmer had did that thing that he did to put this eagle egg under this old hen). And she hatched out a funny looking chicken. And it was a--it was a odd little fellow. He didn't look like them; his feathers wasn't like the rest of them, and he--he just--he was an odd little guy. And all the rest of the chickens recognized him an odd fellow. And the hen went around. He didn't even like the diet she was feeding him. He just didn't like that scratching in the barnyard; he--he didn't have nothing to do with that.
So he wondered why he had to be the odd one around there anyhow. See? And he never tasted anything that... He just eat enough to keep him alive, because he didn't like the taste of it (See?), 'cause he wasn't a chicken to begin with. See?
21-2 And the--the hen would cluck and--you know, "The days of miracles is past. There is no such a thing. Join the church." It just didn't hit right with the little guy. So he followed around the hen until one day, his mammy... The old eagle knowed she had laid so many eggs, and there was one missing. She knew that that eagle was somewhere, so she starts out on the hunt for him. And she circled over the mountaintops, and down in the valleys, and over and everywhere, where he might be. By this time he--it's time for him to be born; it's time for him to be hatched out. And said, "Maybe a crow come in and picked up my egg, maybe a vulture; I don't know. Something picked up my egg, but I know that egg is in my mind. I got a son somewhere. I got to hunt him."
21-3 So does God. He's that Great Eagle. In His thoughts He knowed He'd have a church; He knowed He'd have a people. No matter what's cuddled them, no matter what they's hatched out under, He's hunting. He's hunting for His Own.
And one day, the story goes, this old eagle flew over the barnyard. She was looking everywhere, and she found him. Oh, for that resurrection to recognize that he really wasn't a chicken after all. He was an eagle. And he was always taught to look down, look for a bug or something in the barnyard. But he heard a scream that said, "Look up this way." And he looked above him, and there was a creature with fourteen feet wings, powerfuller than all the chickens there was in the barnyard, and claimed him to be her son. He said, "Mama, how can I get to you?"
Said, "Just jump, start flopping your wings, for you're an eagle." See? She knew she had a son somewhere. No matter what he had been raised up in, she's got a son somewhere.
22-2 And God knows. Hallelujah. He's got a predestinated foreordained church. He knowed He's got sons and daughters and a Bride waiting somewhere; and when the Holy Spirit begins to fly over it, that wave Sheaf, oh, my... He's the same yesterday, today, and forever, not some mythical story, but a reality.
No matter how man tried to tell him... A eagle, he didn't know what an eagle was; and yet he was an eagle. He would not understood it until he seen something that reflected him--that he reflected, rather.
And when we see not a denomination, not a Ph.D., not a LL.D., not a good neighbor, but a son of God, molded in the image of God with the dynamic power of God to answer the request of this day that He's the same yesterday, today and forever, there ain't no hen going to hold you. He hunts for his mama. He's an eagle to begin with. He recognizes, this real eagle recognizes the call of God's Word. Why? He's an eagle. A eagle to a eagle, the Word before the foundation of the Word to the Word, the Word predestinated to the Word written for the hour. You realize your position? He hunts for it.
22-5 This then, this earthly body is quickened and brought by the quickening Spirit of God to obedience to the Word of God. (Quickly.) When he wanted to know how he could get there with her... He'd been taught he couldn't do that. "You can't get no higher than you jump." See? He's a chicken. See?
But this eagle said, "That's not so."
"Well, look at the chickens."
"No matter what the chickens are; you're eagle. Just start spreading those wings and get a little exercise in them. Start moving up."
The Word to the Word... "The works that I do shall you also. He that believeth in Me, the works that I do shall he also. (See?) Because I live, he lives also. And if the Spirit that raised Him from the dead dwells in you, It quickens your mortal body." See?
23-1 What does it do? Now, listen, so that you'll know that this Easter, I want it to mean more to you than any Easter ever did. See? I want you to see it. We know what it done for Him, but I want you to see it, not will, it has done the same for you. See? What does it do? It quickens the mortal body. This mortal body that we live in, It quickens it, in other words, brings it to Life.
Now, you who once walked along with a great big cigar in your mouth, and everything, a bunch of cigarettes; and you women who once had short hair, painted, and carried on, and wore shorts, and things like that; all at once, Something screamed and you looked down here and It was the Word. See? It quickens your... You said, "No more shorts for me, no more liquor for me, no more lying, no more stealing, no more this, that..." See? The Spirit that raised Him from the dead, dwelling in you will also bring your mortal bodies (the dust of the earth) into subjection. You see? What is it? Subjection to what? Christ. Who's Christ? The Word, not the theology, but the Word.
Then, you say that these things... "Oh, I think it's all right for women to wear slacks." When the Word said, "No." See? It quickens you to that. See? You're drawed to It. See? It's you then. It becomes... You become part of the Word.
23-4 It brought your body, not... Well, you say, "Well, now, let me tell you something; my pastor..." I don't care what your pastor says; it's what the Word says. If you want to be a chicken, go on with him. But if the pastor speaks different from this Word, then he's not a feeder of the eagles (Uh-huh.); he's a feeder of the hens (See?), not of the eagles. See? Eagle eats on eagle's food. See? they're clean.
The Bible said it's wrong to do that, and the men and so forth, and what all you do that's wrong... Say, "Days of miracles is past." This Bible said He's the same yesterday, today, and forever. If they say that's a mental telepathy, and it's some kind of a mind reading, this discernment and all these visions and things is nonsense (See?), they are chickens. They don't know what eagle food is. But, brother, when you hear that scream there's something in you, you're a eagle to begin with.
23-6 Why? You are that Seed that the resurrection of the S-o-n has dawned and the wave Sheaf upon the earth to make you recognize that you are a eagle and not a denominational chicken. You see it?
Now, if the Spirit that raised Him from the dead, the Word, the Dynamic of the Word, dwells in you, It also quickens your mortal body.
Now, how are we flesh of His flesh and bone of His bone? Because (quickly) while we were yet mortal sinners (mortal, ready to die, these bodies), It quickens that body. What's quicken? Brings to Life. The Spirit that once liked to drink, run around, commit adultery, and all these... It's quickened. Why, the thing's died and you're resurrected. It quickens your mortal body.
Therefore, your body is the temple of the Dynamics. Because why? From the beginning you are part of the mechanics. Oh. There's your resurrection. There's the church in the resurrection with Him. These bodies right now are quickened. See? You've heard; you believe; it changed you from a denomination to the Word. See?
24-4 The Dynamics, if It comes upon water it'll just splutter: "Days of miracles is past, putt-putt-putt; oh, I believe Divine... pomp-pomp-pomp; but they--they don't... pomp-pomp-pomp." See? but when it hits that one thousand octane, "Whrrrr" and away she goes. You see? Now. My.
The Dynamics strike that... But if It strike a chicken, It won't do no good. But when It strikes a eagle he moves out (Amen.), the Dynamics with the mechanics. See what I mean? That is, if he is a true eagle now, he will understand.
Let me straighten a little Scripture here for you. (I think we're off the phone, but we are still here.) St. John 5:24, Jesus said, "He that heareth My Word, and believeth on him that sent me, has Everlasting Life."
24-7 Now, look. I go down the street and just take that literally and what it is, without the spiritual understanding (not making it say nothing else, but just saying what it says). See? The right word there in the Greek, in the original, it says, "He that understandeth My Word..." Now, to prove that's right, I go down here, and here's a drunk coming along this street and with some other man's wife on his arms, and cussing and taking God's Name in vain, and everything else like that. "Say, did you hear what that preacher said? Did you..."
"Yeah, I heard it." That don't mean He's got Eternal Life. See, see? "He that understandeth My Word," he that is an eagle.
"Now, Brother Branham, I want more Scripture than that."
All right. "My sheep hear My Voice. A stranger they won't follow."
25-1 As in the marriage and divorce case the other day, when the Holy Spirit had told me that, I come said it just the way He told me. Some minister lady give me a right sharp, little bawling out. She said, "I guess you take the place of God."
I said, "No, ma'am."
Said, "Well, you told them their sins forgiven." Said, "Well," said, "only God has power to say..." Another Pharisee. See? And said...?...
I said, "You see, that you might know that Jesus told Peter and the apostles, after he had the revelation of Who He was and told Him, 'Thou art Christ, the Son of God,' He said, 'Blessed art thou (See?), son of Jonas, flesh and blood never revealed this to you, but My Father which is in heaven has revealed It. Upon this Rock I'll build My church; the gates of hell can't prevail against It. And I give unto thee the keys. Whatever you bind on earth, I'll bind it in heaven; what you loose on earth...'" That's that Divine revelation of the Word made flesh. If it was flesh in that day by the Son, the Groom, it's of flesh today by the Bride.
25-3 "Whosoever sins you remit, to them they are remitted; whosoever sins you retain, to them they are retained." Now, the Catholic church picked that up and taken it to their priests, but that's carnal. Watch. It was the spiritual, revealed Word that did it. That's the reason He told them to go baptize in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. He knowed they knew Who He was.
25-4 Talking to a little preacher the other day, he said to me, said, "Now, Brother Branham, I've come out and joined--went over to a certain-certain church, a Pentecostal church where..." (The Pentecostal has now started taking the round wafer, you know. You've heard of that I guess, the kosher, the moon god, you know? And they all accepted it and taking it.) This man said the--the congregation went to him; he said, "What I bless is blest." (Now, ain't that what the priest says; he has power to turn it back to the body of Christ? See, just six of one and half a dozen of the other, just the same.) And he said, "I want to ask you something." (He was trying to dodge that issue of the baptism in Jesus' Name, because this was the man that said it was--it was the antichrist that did that.) He said, "Do you think it is all necessary that a man should be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ?"
I said, "Yes, sir."
He said, "After he's been baptized in the name of the Father, Son, Holy Ghost?"
I said, "Yes, sir. He hasn't been baptized at all. He hasn't been baptized at all, no name; that's a title." And I said, "It isn't recognized." I said, "Why did--why did Peter..."
He said, "Well, now, let me tell you something." He said, "Now, in Acts 10:49," he said, "While Peter yet spake these words the Holy Ghost fell upon them."
But I said, "He turned right around and said, 'Can a man forbid water that these should not be baptized?'"
26-1 He said, "Well, you was speaking over there awhile ago about Acts 19, where Paul passed through the upper coast of Ephesus, find them disciples." And said, "Why," said, "they wasn't baptized in the name of the Father, Son, Holy Ghost."
I said, "No, they were baptized unto repentance, not for remission of sins, unto repentance, 'cause Jesus hadn't been made known yet. The Sacrifice hadn't been killed."
He said, "Well, why did they have to be baptized over?"
I said, "The man that had the keys said this: 'For be it known unto you that there's not another Name under heaven given among man whereby ye must be saved.' Salvation alone goes in the Name of Jesus Christ. 'Whatever you do in word or deed, do it all in the Name of Jesus Christ.' There's not another name, no church, no hierarchy, no titles, or nothing else; yet He is the Rose of Sharon, Lily of the Valley, Morning Star, Alpha and Omega, beginning and the end, Jehovah-jireh, rapha, Manasseh, all these. He's all these things, but yet He--there's not no salvation in any of those titles: Jehovah, no salvation; Rose of Sharon (yet He is), no salvation; Father, Son, or Holy Ghost, no salvation; only the Name of Jesus Christ. And then the Bible says that repentance and remission of sin must be taught in His Name, beginning at Jerusalem, and to the uttermost parts of the earth."
27-1 He said, "Do you think it makes any difference?"
I said, "Sir, I want to ask you something." He, and I, and my wife were setting at the table. He just moved over to see me. I said, "We are both Arizonans; we live here. And I--and we know our council, and our ward, and all, and our mayor, governor and everything."
He said, "Yes."
I said, "Now, if I told you, brother, to go over here and sign up for our dinner in the name of the Governor of the State of Arizona, would you go sign it like that? You think they'd receive it at the desk?"
"Why," he said, "I guess not." He said, "Why did Jesus say that?"
I said, "This is it." See? Why? "If I told you to go sign for this dinner in the name of the Governor of the State of Arizona, and us being citizens of Arizona, and knowing who the Governor is, why, you'd know to sign it in the name of Sam Goddard," (See?) I said, "because he is the Governor of the state. I don't have to question you. You know who the Governor is. Now, when He said, 'Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,' He knowed how they was going to baptize. They knowed Who He was. 'My sheep hear My Voice.'" See, see?
He said, "Oh, I see."
"But now the next thing, will you believe?" See?
... He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me has Everlasting Life,...
And when this new Eternal Life dwells in you, It is the potential (when you have received this Holy Spirit now, that they did at Pentecost). They were the mechanics; now the Dynamics had to come. They had believed.
27-3 You know, our good Baptist friends tell us when we believe, we've got It. But they didn't have It, yet they'd believed. Acts 19, they'd believed, but they didn't have. "Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed?" See? They had the mechanics all right, because the apostles were--I mean Apollos was teaching to them and proving by the Bible the mechanics, that Jesus was the Christ, but they didn't have the Dynamics yet. See? That's it. All right. When... [Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.]...?...
You potentially have the Earnest, the waiting. Now, when you get the Dynamics, you have been quickened from mortal to immortality. It makes the whole body come subject to the Word. It'll make you act different, look different, live different; It'll just make you different.
28-2 Now, look. [Second side incomplete--Ed.]... been quickened. You who were once dead in sin and trespasses, and darkness has He quickened. What by? His Spirit that raised up Jesus on Easter morning from the dead. And if It dwells in your mortal bodies (Now, watch.), It also quickens, brings to Life, makes it subject to the Word. Now, how can you claim to have that Spirit and throw yourself away from the Word? You're quickened by something else. For It will quicken your mortal bodies to the Word. Sure It will. You can't run without It. You'll just sputter if you don't believe all of It. If you have part gasoline and part water, you ain't going to go nowhere. See? You've got to take it one hundred percent gasoline. If you don't, you're backfiring; you ain't got no power. See?
"But I'll... I believe this, but I don't believe that." Pump-pump-pump-pump. You ain't going nowhere. But, oh, when you take the fullness, let it light up on that. Every Word is Truth.
28-4 Then (Notice now, as we close; notice this.) notice, it's just like a little--a little seed laying in the ground. Now, potentially you are resurrected. You're resurrected when you receive the Holy Spirit in you; you're resurrected right then. Your body's potentially resurrected.
Look at a little seed plant in the ground. It has to drink from His fountain, the waters that pours down. And as it drinks, it pushes up toward Him, coming more like the likeness of the seed that went into the ground. See? The church come that way: through justification, sanctification, baptism of the Holy Ghost, now in the blossom. See? The Spirit of God come through that. And the spirit of the world has come through the antichrist the same way and now blossoming out in a great union of churches. See? The whole thing... And the individual comes that way. Everything works on the same--on same scale of God, 'cause He's the same yesterday, today, and forever.
29-1 Notice. On your way growing to the fullness of the resurrection, led by the Spirit, as the sun (s-u-n) pulls that little plant that's drinking from God's fountain, just keeps... See? It can only drink from one thing. You pour oil down on that little seed one time; kill it. That's right. You pour stagnated water, old water that ain't no good, that's contaminated; it'll stunt the growth; it won't bear fruit. Is that right? But you pour real good soft rainwater (Amen.), no manmade chemicals in it, just let it come from the heavens above, and watch that little plant. There's no water will grow that like that rainwater. You put chlorine and stuff in it like you try to dose us up with, and the first thing you know it kills the plant.
29-2 That's what's the matter today. They try to give them waters from the denominational fountain, and it stunts the growth. See? But let him have the...
... come where the dew drops of mercy are bright;
Shine all around me by day and by night,
Jesus the Light of the world.
Then you've got it then.
We'll walk in the Light, that beautiful Light,
Comes where the dew drops of mercy are bright,
Just shine all around me...
Take these manmade fountains away from me. "No other fount I know, nothing but the Blood of Jesus." That's all the fountain I want to know. Let the Word dwell in me, Lord; water It with Thy Spirit.
29-4 Notice. Now, if that Spirit that raised up Jesus from the grave dwells in you, you potentially have Life, led by the Spirit to quicken the Word to you to believe It. The little thing keeps pushing up as it grows.
Notice. At Pentecost their bodies were quickened to a new Life. Look at a bunch of little cowards.
Am I holding you too long? Look-it. I'm just warmed up,...?... feeling good. Oh, my.
30-3 Notice. They were cowards. Notice. But they had the mechanics. See? But they were all standing back in there, saying, "Oh, I'm 'fraid of them. Naw, I'm afraid to go out and make a claim, 'cause, oh, all of them great big bishops and things out there. Oh, I'm 'fraid to. Them priests and things, I'm 'fraid to make that claim, afraid I'd say I believed on Him. Oh, I just can't do that." You see?
But all of a sudden the Dynamics come. Yes. And what did It do? It not only filled their spirit inside, but It quickened their mechanics. Their bodies were quickened. They were no more cowards. They went right out in the face of the people. Yes, sir. "You men of Judaea and you that dwell in Jerusalem..." Where before the Dynamics come, they were just mechanics. See? "Ye men that dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known unto you and hearken to my words, these are not drunk as you suppose. I'm one of them. This is that. I'll show you what it is; It's the Scripture. This is that." (And I always said, "If this ain't that, let me keep this till that comes.")
"No. This is that that was spoken of by the prophet Joel, 'It'll come to pass in the last days, saith God, I'll pour out My Spirit upon all flesh.'" See, the Dynamics come into the mechanics. They wasn't afraid no more.
30-6 Some of you people that are afraid that some woman will laugh at you for having long hair, or quit wearing makeup. Some of you men that's afraid your organization will throw you out when you baptize your congregation in the Scriptural baptism, you need to close yourself in the upper room till the Dynamics come. That's right.
It changed them; It quickened them; It made them different. They were a changed people from then on. It quickened them from an old life of being a coward to a--like a--the Lion of the tribe of Judah. They absolutely faced martyrdom, nailed to crosses, crucified up-side-down, burnt, throwed in the lion's den, no more cowards, but death had no victory over them at all; the Dynamics was in the mechanics. Yes, sir. It quickened their mortal bodies.
31-1 Now, listen, here's another thing for proof. It so quickened them in such a way till you know what? They was lifted up in heavenly places, and their mortal bodies was so quickened till their language changed. It only--It quickened their language. That's what the Bible says. It's... Their mortal bodies being quickened, their language was quickened; their thoughts were quickened; their spirits were quickened; their life were quickened; they were quickened altogether. They tried to talk and couldn't talk in any more human languages. They was so quickened up in the Presence of God till they spoke in a new tongues, a heavenly language. Whew. What a Quickening Power.
31-2 If the Spirit that raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you (Oh, hallelujah.), It will quicken your mortal bodies. It'll make you do things you didn't do before. They was full of the Quickening Power then. See? Your body ain't subject to sin no more. You--your--the desires... He say, "Come on out here."
You say, "Shut your mouth."
"Oh, we got the biggest..."
"Shut your mouth." Ah, you're a eagle.
Did you ever see how independent an old eagle walks? He don't hop like a vulture (See?) to every dead and all the carrion laying on the ground. No, sir. He walks proud. "Shut your mouth."
"Oh, here's a good dinner over here."
"Not for me. My desires is changed; my appetite is different, for man shall not live on the world of carrion alone, but by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God." A genuine quickened eagle lives by that. Amen.
31-5 Oh, when He raised up Christ from the grave, dwelling in you, is quickened your mortal bodies unto His Presence. You recognize It; you are no longer a scavenger; you're a eagle. You don't want the things of the world. You're a son and daughter of God. You're feasting at a fountain that the world knows nothing about; you're drinking at--somebody knows--the world knows nothing about. You're eating hidden Manna that the world never even knowed nothing of It, for you're an eagle; you're quickened up where you can get to It. You can't get to It down here; you got to get up here. You got to be quickened, lifted up there, so It will quicken.
32-1 And what did they do? They spoke in another language. The Bible said they did. They spoke in every tongue under heaven. Could you imagine that? Them old mortal bodies that's in there say, "Well, I don't know now whether I can believe this or not." All at once, they were so quickened till the bravery of the Lion of the tribe of Judah fell into them over that waving Sheaf. Oh, that Eagle come to call Its own. And they loved not their lives unto death. Amen.
And there's going to be more who'll give their life's blood.
For this Holy Ghost Gospel and Its crimson flood.
There the Son has got to be--be revealed again in the Bride in the last days, a Quickening Power has got to come, quicken out of these dead denominations and creeds to a living Word of the living God. Ohhh, no. It quicken them to new Life. It does the same thing for us now.
32-3 Notice. Then they was so quickened in that Quickening Power, now, I... (Listen close now. I'm trying to show you.) The Quickening Power wasn't only in their soul, but It was all over them. It... Not only the Dynamics come in to quicken, but It quickened the mechanics. You see what I mean? They were so quickened till their tongues begin to speak in another language. They were so quickened by the power of the resurrection of Christ, until they laid their hands... They were so quickened with Quickening Power, till when they laid their hands upon the sick, they got well. It quicken your mortal bodies. They were healed by laying on their hands.
32-4 And the Spirit quickened their fellowship together with God, till they also were so quickened into the Presence of God, until when a person died and their soul had gone off, It called him back to life again. Amen. Glory. (Now, I'm feeling religious.)
That's right. Quickened... Not only was His resurrection for Himself, but for whosoever will--to this predestinated seed that's a-laying there quickened, quickens their mortal body. They laid hands on the sick; they recovered. They prayed, and in the Spirit they saw visions, called the dead back to life. That's right. Quickened their mortal bodies; and if It comes into you, if it be so... Now, you can say it's so, but if it be so, these signs follows them. See? And It quickens your mortal body; It'll quicken you.
Now, Notice. Quickened into the Presence of God. Why? It was the Spirit of God that raised up Jesus from the grave. And the Spirit of God... "I give unto them Eternal Life (come from the Greek word, if you look it up, Zoe), which moves It through you and then quickens their, even their mind.
33-2 Now, look. How can you say that that Spirit dwells in you though you done everything that you thought was right? Here's your evidence whether you've got It or not: if the Spirit that was in Christ is in you, It also quickens you to the Word, for He is the Word. And if it, contrary, quickens you away from the Word, then it isn't the Spirit of Christ. Don't care what you done, until that moves you in the Word... "My sheep hear My Voice and they shall live by every Word," every Word.
33-3 I was talking on that the other day. My old mother, she's gone on now, and she was a very odd woman. And she was, you know, about a half Indian, and she was odd. But in there she was a person didn't dream. But I only think she only had four or five dreams all of her life, but every time she dreamed a dream, it was true. She had a dream, it was true.
I remember one time when I first started preaching, many years ago. We was living right up here on the road, right just above here. And I was preaching right here at this church. And she dreamed a dream that I was standing here by the side of a three steps. And I was standing preaching to everybody that they must walk up these three steps before they hit the highway. And on the highway's a little pearly-liked white line run right into the--the--the doors of heaven, to the pearly gates, and that pearl had been stretched out to the top of these steps. If that ain't my Message exactly today: justification, sanctification, and baptism of the Holy Ghost.
33-5 Now, I was saying that a person has to come by these three steps to be able to walk that highway. And said that there was a lady came by. (Now, you know what kind of shoes people wore thirty-five years ago.) Well, there was a lady come by, had on a great big pair like they wear today, spike-heeled shoes. And she come by and I said, "Wait a minute, sister. You can't walk that highway with that." And I said, "You--you--you can't do that."
And she said, "Aw." She said, looked around at the rest of the women and said, "Don't believe him; he's a madman. (See?) Don't believe him. I'll show you I can be justified, sanctified, and filled with the Holy Ghost and still walk that." And she... I just let her go, couldn't do no more about it, couldn't stop her. And she jumped up on the highway, she looked back at the sisters and said, "See, I told you." She started to run up, and she... You know what the Bible said in Isaiah, 5th chapter, said they'd have outstretched necks (they have to; they're pitched over. See?), mincing as (have to, have to twist)--mincing as they go, making a tinkling with their heels (See?), the daughters of Zion in the last days.
34-2 And she started up that highway just as hard as she could run, and after while the road got narrower and narrower. She started reeling, mincing like that, and off she went. And mother said, "The horriblest screams that I ever heard in my life was that woman falling into those flames and smoke, going down, down like that." Said I turned around and said, "See?"
She just obeyed everything but one Word (See?), everything but one Word. Sure, Pentecostal women can be saved, sanctified, and filled with the Holy Ghost and then fail. Absolutely.
Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word, that can be... See, see? And she failed it. And as I said (See?), she'd have went on in all right, but (See?) she failed to listen. Telling her what was ahead. And He's wrote the Gospel by the disciples, apostles, and doctrine of the apostles and prophets, and so forth, and they won't listen.
34-5 Now, notice this Quickening Power, "Zoe," bringing the Word, the mind that was in Christ was in you then. I'm trying to show you, that you, when you raised--when God raised Jesus from the dead, He raised up you also, and also quickened to Life with Him (You are now quickened to Life.), although then you were but an attribute in His thoughts, but God had saw all in Him at the finish. See?
When God looked down upon the body... (The Spirit left Him in the Garden of Gethsemane; He had to die a man.) Remember friends, He didn't have to do that. That was God. God anointed that flesh, which was human flesh, and He didn't have... If He'd went up there as God, He'd have never died that kind of death; can't kill God. But... He didn't have to do it, but remember, He went there with you in Him. See? God had never separated the Bride from the Groom yet. So when God looked down upon the Body of Christ, He saw both male and female. It was all redeemed in that one Body. See? They are one, the same, same Word. the same Word spoke of the Groom speaks of the Bride.
35-1 Well, how can the Bride come and fail to manifest everything was promised of Him, and the Groom come, and He wouldn't be the Bride? But when He did everything, even to proving it by raising Himself up from the dead afterwards, then don't the--the Bride have to do the same thing, have to be exactly what the Word said She'd be in these last day? Don't She have to return through Malachi 4? Don't She have to be manifested like it was in the days of Sodom? Don't the world and every--have to be just exactly like it is? Isn't these things a perfect identification of the Word of God made known to us?
Well, friends, I know I'm keeping you a long time, fifteen minutes yet till dinner, but maybe I'll get through by then. But notice. Looky here. What a perfect thing it is. (I don't know when I'll see you again. See?)
35-3 Look. Notice this. But God foresaw the Bride in the Groom. Hallelujah. See? To save His Wife, like Adam, He had to go with Her. Adam knowed what he was doing. Eve didn't know what she was doing, but Adam walked out with his wife. See?
And Jesus took His Wife's place and became sin for Her. Remember, He became you; He stood your punishment that you might stand in His place. He stood in your place that you might stand in His place. What a love. What a fellowship. How can we deny it? How can we do anything but love Him, friend. I could stay on it hours, but let's move on a little farther.
35-5 Like the Pentecostal experience today and the coming of the Holy Ghost in this last days was promised, is like the abstract to a title deed. See? Now, you can get a title. Sure. See? You can get a title to a place, but that still don't say it's yours. No, sir. Somebody way back yonder could come in and put a claim on it. But when you get an abstract, that shows that everything that's ever against it is struck off plumb back from the foundation. Is that right?
And when a man has said that he believes the Word, and then when the Holy Spirit comes, It is the Abstract to the title. And that gives you permission, when you have that Abstract, that every bit of that belongs to you, and everything's on it belongs to you. Amen.
And that gives us the Abstract, when the Holy Ghost comes upon this title deed that God saw back yonder 'fore the foundation of the world, and put it--name on the Book of Life, but was born through a man and woman, and subject to sin, and guilty of sin. But when I believed on It, I received the deed. But when the Holy Ghost come, It was the Abstract that everything against me, whether my mother done it, my father done it, my grandmother done it (like the little epileptic child I prayed for a few minutes ago, that come through from the grandparent--the epilepsy fell down and--upon the child, I said), but when the Abstract has come, It struck off, omitted everything. I'm a Abstract holder then. Amen. And as sure as the Spirit that raised Christ from the dead, I have a Abstract deed that I'm part of that Body, with the Abstract of the Holy Ghost making that body of Word live out, just exactly like It did in Him as He promised in the last day: the Abstract.
36-3 All my sins are struck out. All your sins are struck out by the Blood of Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost is come as an Abstract to the title deed that God give me by grace by foreknowledge. Oh, my.
What you scared about? No wonder He said, "Fear not; I am He that was dead and alive again, and I'm alive forevermore and have the keys to death and hell. Don't worry about nothing; even death ain't going to hurt you."
36-5 Notice. Beautiful. Let's go right quick now. The Abstract title. The debt is settled; everything against it has been struck off. Ha, ha, ha. Glory. I may act silly, but I feel good. Notice. See? Oh, an Abstract deed. Do you realize what that means? You realize what that means, brother? There's nothing can take it away from you. Amen. I am a holder. Amen.
What a--what deed? I have now cashed in on my beneficiary of His death, burial, and resurrection. He become me, that I might become Him. Now, He became a sinner that I might become a son (Amen.) and hold the Abstract deed, for "these signs shall follow them that believe," (See?), the Abstract deed.
Now, quickly, before... We got about ten minutes more. Let us now notice quickly, the quickening of the Spirit. Now, I'm going to show you some signs so that you'll understand. Look.
37-2 Now, watch what this Quickening Power (was my subject, after the Son has raised up)... Look how It done on them at Pentecost, what It did to them, what that Quickening Power did to them. It quickened them.
Now, let's notice what It did on Stephen. Stephen was full of Quickening Power, wasn't that right? See? He was full of Quickening Power. It didn't make him a-scared. He said, "You stiff-neck and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Ghost; like your fathers did, so do you. Which one of the prophets that showed forth the coming of the Just One, didn't your fathers stone?" Oh, my. Done something to him, sure, he was full of Quickening Power.
And they said, "We'll get rid of that guy."
And when he died (they stoned him, and his poor little head, the stones beating against it like that), he looked up and said, "I see the heavens open." Quickening Power was working. "I see the heavens open and Jesus standing at the right hand of God." That's what Quickening Power done for Stephen.
37-5 Notice, another fellow had this Quickening Power; his name was Philip. He was so full of Quickening Power; he was having a great big meeting down at Samaria. Devils was being cast out; people was baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ. They was having a real meeting, and the Spirit spoke to him. Oh, the--the Dynamics come down and It said, "Leave this revival."
"But what will the ministers say?"
"Don't make any difference what they say." See? He was full of Quickening Power. He had the gasoline and the--the Dynamics was falling upon him. Said, "Go out into the desert." And he found a eunuch there and baptized him in the Name of Jesus Christ: one man, who took the message down to Ethiopia. That right? And he obeyed God...
In obedience to God, if you've never been baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ, do it, and watch the Quickening Power pick you up then. See?
38-2 When Stephen done this great thing--not Stephen, but Philip--done this great thing to leave that great revival and obey the commandments of God, when he fulfilled by fill--by baptizing this eunuch in obedience to God, he was so full of the Quickening Power till It caught him away.
It will quicken your mortal bodies, if this Spirit that raised up Jesus from the dead... It quickened Philip till he wasn't seen for a maybe a hundred and fifty miles over somewhere else, over in another country. It quickened his mortal body. How did he do it? He was so full of the Quickening Power.
38-4 Oh, church of the living God, we can't stand around here on little "sugar-tits" that we're nursing around here today; we've got to be full and prayed up with Quickening Power until the quickening of the Holy Ghost... We got to be caught away someday in that rapture yonder. Yes, sir. Amen. Oh, my.
Excuse that expression. I was thinking about a mother that makes those little sacks (we used to) for the baby. Some of you old mammies remember. Little old baby gets to squalling, you take some coffee grounds and some sugar, wrap it up in a sack and let him suck on it, just to pacify him. There's no strength in that; it'll kill him. See? That old caffeine in there and stuff with a little sweetener to make him swallow it down, was getting caffeine in him.
We're tired of such stuff as that. Get back. You're eagles. Back to the Word of God. Be burly; nothing can hurt your feelings. Therefore, you're free from all the scandal of men. Whatever anybody says against you, that just brings more love. Quickening Power, caught away into the heavenlies, a eagle that's done flew above the chickens, way up yonder in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
38-7 Oh, It was on Philip, that quickened him, caught him away.
Let's take another man. There was a man by the name of Enoch. Now, he had walked with every Word of God for about five hundred years. He had a testimony that "I haven't one time failed His Word." He got so full of the Quickening Power, when the Dynamics hit him, on them mechanics, he didn't even have to die; he just took up home. Just started walking. He was so... Like Philip, he got so full of Quickening Power, instead of going over to the--Gaza and going to another place, where they found him up in the upper coasts there; instead of that way, he just said, "I'm an old man anyhow; I just got so much Quickening Power, I'll just walk right out of the earth."
That's the same Quickening Power that we have right now. See? It will quicken your mortal bodies. Isn't that right? It's the Quickening Powers.
Enoch with that perfect testimony that "Everything God told me to do, I did it. Everything that I seen He said for me do, I done it," and he become so full of--of dynamics or--mechanics until when the Quickening Power struck him, the mechanics, It just lifted him right up. He walked on out of the earth into heaven.
39-3 Now, now notice. On Elijah, after he... Look, Elijah, that great prophet... Man, in his day... Excuse me. Brother, sister, in that day he had fussed at them painted-faced women, them Jezebels and Ahabs, and stood till... And nobody, it looked like, stood with him. And he rebuked, and devoured, and stood out there, and God had taken care of him and helped him in every place. You know, the old fellow got tired one day. He said, "I'm getting old, so I just can't go no further." They say he was going on, I guess, ninety years old, real old and walking around there, and he was so full of Quickening Power, you know what? He looked across Jordan. (Oh God, I can almost see the other side, can't you?) So full of the Quickening Power until he seen a chariot hooked over there, some horses of fire and chariot afire hooked to some tree over there. He just walked across the river and went home without even dying. The Quickening Power sent--caused a chariot to come down from heaven and take him up. Even picked off his coat and throwed it back for Elijah. That's right.
39-4 Now, then that fellow picked up that robe (a type of the church again. See?), picked up that robe. Now, he done twice the miracles (which is a type of Christ and the church). See? Elijah done four; he done eight. See? Now, he was--he was double the power, 'cause he asked for it. "Greater things than this that I do, shall you do." See? But he was so full of the Quickening Power and everything, till he done all these double what Elisha done, more than he did. And notice, he lived a life on up to eighty or ninety years old, and he got old and he--he died. He died and they--they took him out and buried him.
You know, well that Quickening Power didn't leave him. Many many years after that, when the flesh had all rotted off his bones, he was laying in the tomb; and they were packing a dead man one day, and they saw the enemy, and they just throwed this man in on top of Elijah's bones. There was so much Quickening Power on those bones till the man jumped up to life again.
40-2 Oh, He'll quicken your mortal bodies. Though dead and rotten in the grave, and yet, that Quickening Power rested over that dirt. Hallelujah. Um. He that raised up Christ from the dead also quicken your mortal body.
The Elijah back there--Elisha and Elijah. Remember that dead man, that prophet, full of that Quickening Power, laying in the grave and rotted away, there was so much Quickening Power, till they throwed a dead man on him; he come to life. He could still lay hands on the sick, couldn't he? Amen. There you are.
40-4 And remember, we are flesh of His flesh Jesus Christ. We are flesh of His flesh and bones of His bones. Oh, there's no way out of it; we're going to rise and that's all. Just going to rise, that's all.
Easter means more than just a tradition. It is also now, for our bodies are quickened with Him and we're setting in heavenly places. And this body may rot in the sea; it may rot in the ground; there may not be a spoonful of ashes, but she's coming forth. For the Spirit that raised up my Lord from the dead has quickened this mortal body. It's quickened your mortal bodies. And we are His beneficiaries of His resurrection, His policy of Eternal Life that I talk so much about, you know.
No wonder He said, "Fear not." He had knowed, for Paul said, "Death, where is your sting? Grave, where is your victory? I'm full of Quickening Power. Thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." Yes, sir. Quickening Power... Oh, my.
He is alive forevermore, the same yesterday, today, and for ever(Hebrews 13:8).
41-2 Notice. Messiah, the Anointed One; so is His Bride the Messiahettes (See?), the Anointed One.
Notice. Death does not stop God's Quickening Power. Death can't stop It. When you've got It, It's eternal. There ain't nothing going to stop It. You can't harness It; you can't--can't do nothing to It. If you live your life out, that still don't stop It; It's just as good as It was. See?
Notice. Moses was full of that Quickening Power. Was he? He was a prophet who the Word came to. He was part of the Word; he was the Word of that day. Is that right? And after he was dead eight hundred years, on Mount Transfiguration, there he stood with Elisha. Is that right? The Quickening Power, death don't never take It away. No, no. "I'll raise it up again." The Angels come; buried him down there in a valley. He had been rotten and gone; his bones was gone, and everything else, but the Quickening Power was still there. It quickened him and brought him up, and there he was standing there.
41-5 Notice. You say, "Is that right, Brother Branham, after eight hundred years?"
Oh, my. If you'd read in Matthew (I got a Scripture here), Matthew 27:51. You can write it, put it down. When all those back there that believed that He would come... The Bible said here, after He comes... They were sleeping in the ground; Quickening Power was upon them, and they were a part of Him (them saints). They were part of Him, because they'd believed on Him. Potentially they had that Life through the sacrifice of a sheep (a propitiation) which could never bring spirit of the sheep back upon the man. How about now with the Spirit of the man, God Himself upon him. See? How much more Quickening Power do we have? But through the propitiation for sin was offered a lamb in type. What we have is not the type; it's the antetype. What are we scared about?
41-6 And those fellows who only had a type pointing to His resurrection and went down into the grave with it... There's Job back there under his great strain. My, everything took away from him. The devil said, "Let me have him. I'll make him curse you to your face."
And then He broke loose. He said, "Don't you take his life."
And he did--he all but take his life. And his wife even turned against him, said her breath had become strange to him. In other words, she was--she'd had nothing to do with him. She didn't seem to love him any more, just pushed him away. "Job, you're miserable. Why don't you just curse God and die?"
Said, "You talk like a foolish woman." See? Oh, my. See? He held right to what he had, now, he's a prophet. He said, "I am not a sinner. I have offered the provided sacrifice." Amen. He knew where he was standing. He was on the Word. No matter what the others said, he was right there at the Word. And then that great tremendous hour, said, "You speak like a foolish woman." He said, "The Lord gave, the Lord taketh away; why, blessed be the Name of the Lord." Said, "I come in this world without anything. I come here naked; I'll go out the same way. Blessed be the Name of the Lord." Setting there, broke out in boils, his kids dead, he was poverty-stricken, and his friends all turned against him, his church members and everything else, scraping himself with a... And what a miserable wretch. None of you ever been through that yet. Still he held to that Word. He was an eagle. Oh, my, you can't keep the film over his eyes all the time. No, no.
42-3 All at once, standing on that Word, what happened? The skies peeled back, the thunders begin to roar, the lightning begin to flash, and Job looked up and saw a vision, said, "I know my Redeemer liveth, and at the last days He'll stand upon this earth. And though after the skin worms has destroyed this body (bones and all), that Quickening Power will be there. I'll see God for myself, Whom I shall see for myself. My eyes shall behold and not another." Is that right? "Though after my reins be consumed within me. Though after the skin worms that's in my body now will destroy it..."
42-4 You know, skin worms don't come to you; that worm's already in you, your own skin worms. Did you ever notice that? Put you in a coffin and put it airtight; the bugs will eat you up just the same, 'cause they're in you. You are just a bunch of bugs to begin with on the inside. "Though the skin worms, my skin worms destroys me (my flesh), yet in my flesh, I'll see God." And on that resurrection morning... Glory. Hallelujah. Matthew, this great writer (27:51), said after He was resurrected from the dead that the Old Testament saints, many of those that slept in the dust of the earth, come up out of the grave, and entered into the city and appeared to many. That Quickening Power, still on them bones of Elijah, when there was no more bones, still on Job, when there wasn't a spoonful of the dust left of his body, but the Quickening Power was still there.
If this Spirit that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He'll also quicken your mortal body.
43-2 Notice, quickly now. You say, "Oh, I wished I lived back in..." You live in a better time.
Now, if you all... I see you putting down some Scriptures. All right, put down I Thessalonians 4:16. Notice, how beautiful. See? In the--the saints, them that sleep in Christ, will God bring with Him. See? Saints in the grave, resting like Elijah was, some like Elisha was (See?), some of them'll be quickened, some will be taken, some will be in the grave--they will go in. The Trumpet of God shall sound, and the dead in Christ shall rise first, and we which alive and remaining shall be caught up together with them to meet the Lord in the air. The Quickening Power on the living, the Quickening Power on the dead.
43-4 See? That same Quickening Power of God presented in both of these prophets. Look it, their names are almost the same: Elisha, Elijah. See the Bride and the Groom? One of them is Mr. Jesus; the other one is Miss Jesus (See?), almost the same, just--just between the--the He and She. See? Elijah... And look how its represented here.
Now, Elisha was taken up in the rapture (represents the church). All right. Elijah... And Elisha rested until the resurrection. See? It's just like a bird needs two wings to balance hisself. See? The church was represented right there in those two prophets. "For we which are alive and remain to the coming of the Lord shall not hinder them which are asleep, for the trumpet of God shall sound, and both wings shall come together and we'll fly away (Hallelujah.), fly away." 'Cause what? In the living or dead that Quickening Power still lives.
Notice. Remember. Remember now, quickened to see what these things are. Watch the Quickening Power of this day. Remember, we are quickened...
44-2 Not long ago... For a help, as I--I think our Lord said and so did Paul: "What the Father showed me, I've held nothing back, I tell you." And in these last days when we see this Quickening Power upon us... He even give Quickening Power to us to see the sick healed. We have seen the Quickening Power working among us like it was then, upon them in the early days (See?), see It bring back by vision and raise the dead. See? It make the sick well.
44-3 The other day I was telling someone, little Donovan Weerts here (I guess you all know him). I was up hunting with him. Poor little fellow, he's a nice little guy, comes here to church, just a very good friend of mine, and he just said, "Didn't want to bother you." I looked at his ear, turned all inside out, and I said, "How are you, Donovan?" and just took him by the hand like that--and a cancer. And I said, "Donovan, what's the matter with your ear?"
He said, "Don't know, Brother Branham, about six, seven months it just keeps getting..."
I said, "Why didn't you say something about it?"
Said, "I--I didn't want to bother you, Brother Branham."
I said, "Do you know what it is?"
Said, "I have an idea."
I just put my hand over on him, never said a word. Two days after that there wasn't even a scar. What is it? That Quickening Power. See? It will quicken your mortal body. His ear would eat off, his brains would've been gone. See? He'd have died--but the Quickening Power. See?
44-5 And one day when I was weary myself about... I said, "If you... Boy, you'd better go ahead; you're fifty years old. You--if you going to do anything for the Lord, you'd better hurry up and do it; you're getting old." See? And there that morning the Quickening Power come. And He let me look over the curtain, and I seen all of you over there. See, see? He said, "All that you ever loved and all loved you, they're give to you." See? I seen them all over there like that. What was it? Quickening Power.
John the Revelator was filled full of Quickening Power and stood up and seen the end from the beginning. Isaiah was full of the Quickening Power and stood up and seen the millennium and all: Quickening Power. And if the Spirit that raised up Christ from the dead dwell in you, It'll quicken your mortal body--mortal body.
45-2 Remember. The Quickening Power... Look what we seen in this day. The Quickening Power has come to us to open the Seven Seals. What was that? The intelligence of a man? No, the Quickening Power of God. See? The Quickening Power of God foretold this would take place. See? But the Quickening Power of God made the world testify to It, it's the Truth. The Angel of the Lord, what I told you was around, that Pillar of Fire, Quickening Power, let the world testify that It's the Truth. And in that, they didn't know what It was, and we who just look this way... and It's our Lord up there. You see?
45-3 He is the One Who opened those Seals; He is those Seals. For the whole Word of God is Christ, and Christ is the Seals that was open. What is the opening of those Seals then? Revealing Christ. And the very seven Angels which represented the Seven churches was all completed, and we couldn't even see It. They did--they took the picture, not us. And there He is standing there, supreme Judge, showing that He is Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. What identification.
Quickening Power did that to us. Quickening Power lets us see His coming. Quickening Power snatched us from death to Life. Quickening Power gives discernment to know what's wrong with you, and what to do, what you have done, and what you ought not have done, what you should have done, and what you will be. Quickening Power. All these things.
45-5 Our Lord Jesus is so full of Quickening Power, He was all of It together. He was so full of Quickening Power, He said this: "You destroy this body and I'll raise it up in three days." Talk about confidence in Quickening Power.
"Destroy this body and I'll--this temple, and I'll bring it up in three days." Why? Why'd He say that? He knew that it was written of Him (See?), that it was written Him by the Word of God which could not fail. The Word said, "I will not suffer My Holy One to see corruption; neither will I leave His soul in hell." And He knowed that Quickening Power would raise Him up, that there wouldn't be one cell corrupt. He said, "You destroy this temple and I'll bring it back again in three days." Why? It was prophecy, the Word of God. And prophecy, if It's true Word of God, cannot fail. And the same prophecy and Word of God that said He'd raise Him up, says that we are already raised with Him. No wonder He said, "Fear not."
And it is written that the Spirit that is now--was in Him, now in us also quickens our mortal bodies. Fear not, friend, the S-o-n is up. The Son is up. No.
46-2 Now, look at transfiguration. We was every one represented there. There was the living saints that had raptured, there was Elijah standing there; and there stood Moses, the dead saints...?... Also, both of them had Quickening Power. Whether the one died and the other didn't die, they're all there.
Notice. Oh, look what we're now seeing in these last days. The same thing that He promised, John 14:12. Now, look. Certainly.
People say, "You claim to have power?"
"No, no, no. We're just like them at Mount Transfiguration." See? Certainly, we do not claim power, but we, like--like they was on the Mount Transfiguration, they wasn't saying--Moses say, "See who--see who I am," and the disciples say, "See who I am, see who I am." You know what happened? Notice. They seen Jesus glorified. That's all they wanted to see represented, Jesus glorified.
46-5 And so is it today. We don't try to be some big person. We don't care what the people say about us. Our name ain't nothing; it's His Name. Our life is nothing; it's His Life. It's His power, not our power. And there's only one thing that we love to do, is see Him glorified. And how can it be? When He's glorified in us by His resurrection that's in us. We see Him represented again as He was, today. Did you get that? See?
Our desire is not to be glorified. Our desire is not some big name. Our desire is not boost some church, or make more in the Sunday school, or try to bring in, hogtie, push in, offer picnic party, or bring stars, buttons, or something else like that. That's not our desire. Our desire is to see Him glorified. Glorify what? Not with self-pride, but in us, our lives, to prove that He is alive and living in us.
If I can get myself out of the way, so when William Branham not even thought of, and you not even thought of, till we can see Jesus glorified among us, see Him, that's our desire. That's the quick--gives us the Quickening Power. And it gives us joy to know that we are with Him, both flesh and bone of Him, being the Bride of Him, and seeing His same vindicated methods proving in us that He is now risen from the dead. See? No wonder He said, "Fear not."
47-2 For now (Notice.), we are redeemed by Him and now risen with Him. That's what Easter means to the people: risen with Him. Notice. Now, we have His Spirit in us, the Abstract deed, fully paid. No. You don't say, "Well, I hope I make it." You've already made it. Not, "I will make it"; "I've already made it." I never made it; He made it for me. See? Not me, Him.
"Well, Brother Branham, they say..."
I don't care what they say there; He made it for me. That's all I want to--I'm caring about. I just--I just want to see Him manifested. How can you do it? Call Him down? No. He's in you. See? He's in you. "Well then, Lord, if I can get myself out of the way, You can manifest... myself. How can You do it? Because You ordained it so: 'All that the Father has given Me will come'" Notice. Glory.
47-4 With all that evidence collected with us now this morning, oh, I think of that song:
On that resurrection morning,
When death's cords will be broken,
We shall rise, Hallelujah. we shall rise.
You believe that? We shall rise. In Him we become part of Him, the Easter, the revealed secret of God like it was then, of Life after death. We are now alive, who were once dead in sin and trespasses. The true Easter Seal has broke death from around me, and I'm alive. The Easter Seal at the beginning broke the seal of the Roman seal (the Easter Seal) that He was sealed up. And man when they died was gone, but He broke the seal and revealed the secret. And now, God by His Holy Spirit has broke the seal from around our lives, and Christ is revealed that He lives in us, for now we are quickened with Him. Oh, page after page...
We shall rise! Hallelujah.
We shall rise! Amen.
On that resurrection morning,
When death's... bars are broken,
We shall rise, Hallelujah! we shall rise!
Oh, aren't you glad. I'm so glad way back down yonder, in a little old coal shed one morning, the seals were broken, and I raised with Him a new creature. His Quickening Power, the Son's up.
48-2 Not long ago, I was told a little story about a--a fisherman. A fellow come out and hired an old fisherman to take him fishing out on the west coast. They went out that morning. And if any of you have fished out there for the salmon, why you know what takes place; it gets awful foggy out there. I see my little brother, Eddie Byskal down there, a missionary to the Indians out there; and we fished ourselves out on those coasts.
So this--the fisherman was kind of a greenhorn, you know. He went fishing and they drifted out. Waiting for daylight to come, you know, and they're... And they couldn't hear the foghorn no more, and this fisherman got all excited, said, "Say, we're drifting out to sea. Hey." He got all excited.
He said, "Set down, Son; set down." The old fisherman, quiet, you know. He knowed what he's talking about. Said, "Just wait until the sun comes up, then we see where we're at."
48-4 You say, "Must I be Methodist, Baptist, Pentecostal?" Just wait. The Son comes up, we'll see where we're at. He is the Word. Wait till you see the Word manifested, shining across the Seed, the wave Sheaf, we'll see where we're at.
Do you love Him? Sorry I kept you this long. How many of you is going to stay over for night then? Oh. I'll just come back again then this evening. About seven o'clock? [Brother Branham holds a conversation with someone on platform--Ed.] Did you have something for tonight?
48-6 Let us bow our heads. Is there one here, or many, who doesn't have this Quickening Power in you? The Son has shined across and you've set in this tabernacle, you've listened to tapes, and yet the Spirit has never quickened you, till you could follow the Word of God? If you women and you men could obey every Word that He's written...
Oh, that's a dangerous thing. What if you'd be a dead seed, no Life in you. But there's something in you that tells you, "I--I want to rise this morning. I want to rise from the state that I'm in. I don't want to be just a dead seed to be left to dirt, and the driftwood; I want to rise."
Will you raise your hand and say, "Pray for me, brother." God bless you. God bless you. My, look at the hands. There's no way at all for an altar call, what we call a altar call, people come up around the altar. I'm not too much on it anyhow. That was just added to the church during the days of the Methodist revival. See?
49-3 The Bible said, "As many as believe (See?), were baptized." There's a pool here full of water waiting for any candidate who's ready to die to themself.
Now, you might be buried in--many times in the Name of the Lord Jesus, but until that Seed is Life (See?), It won't quicken it. No, no. Baptism of waters is like the dew that fell from heaven. It can fall upon the seed, but there's no Life there it can't live. But if that real baptism of water is a death to yourself, and you're ready to die out to everything that you ever been taught by creeds and denominations which is contrary to the Word, and you'll walk as a son or daughter of God, and you mean it in your heart, watch what that baptism of water will do to you this morning. Repent every one of you and be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your wrongs, your sins, and you shall receive the Sheaf, the Wave-offering. You shall receive the Dynamics, the Holy Ghost, for the promise is to you and all them, to all generations, it'll be.
49-5 Father God, I have spoke at length and taken up much of the people's time, but Lord God, there's no stopping to it. It just seems you just have to quit, and walk away, and rest, and come back. We're living in a dying world amongst dying people, with a Message of Life and with a evidence of the resurrection.
Dear God, we're only going to be mortal once, and what will it be if we let this opportunity pass us? Our hearts are burning; our souls are thrilled, these who have come in. And many here are hearing this message this morning. Yes, two or three hundred lifted their hands. They want to believe, Lord. Oh, surely that seed's not dead, Lord. How could they raise their hands like that? There's something. Oh, God, it's old self, it's that wife of Job standing there saying, "Oh..." But, Lord, let that Job, that believer walk in this morning, die completely, and be buried here in this baptismal waters, the dew drops that come from heaven, the Word of God, that says It'll wash away every sin and remit it.
You're baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ, what for? The remission of your sins. Sin's remitted in the Name of Jesus Christ.
50-2 May it then, Father, may, if they're sick, may they walk out well. May, if they are crippled, may they walk out under the power of the Holy Spirit. If they've been sinners, may they walk out washed and clean. And the mechanics by going in, the Dynamics come from above, the Holy Spirit and catch them away, Lord. Quicken their mortal body; then we shall hear genuine new tongues, powers of God, love untold, dying grace and living grace, and a resurrected Christ, a Body, a Bride, representing Him on earth.
Father, they are Yours. They raised their hands; I have preached the Word. Now, Father, receive them, I pray; in Jesus Christ's Name I ask it. Amen.
50-4 You love Him? Isn't He wonderful? Are you satisfied that you are a part of that Easter resurrection, that you raised with Him? Raise your hand. You are included.
"My little--little children," as Paul would've said--not trying to impersonate him, but the love, "I love you." I storm the roads and everything else to get here, to get to speak with you. Come up out of the desert, across the snow drifts, and so forth to get here. We fly in planes; you drive across the country, so we can get together. We love one another; we are part of one another. Don't you never let Satan tell you anything else. Being a part of one another, we are a part of Him, and we're fellow-citizens of the Kingdom, enjoying these blessings together of the resurrection.
50-6 And now (See?), now you are already resurrected. When God raised Him up, He raised you; the Son is just now on you. And now you're growing into a blossom Life like He was to be resurrected completely in that last day. Your potentials you have now. Why do you know? Your soul changed, didn't it? Your body come in obedience to It, didn't it? Into obedience to what? A church? The Word, which is the Life. Then you are now resurrected from the dead.
It is Easter with Jesus and I. It's Easter with you and Jesus, and it's Easter with you, I, and Jesus. We are all--Jesus, you, and I--we're all resurrected together and we will rise at the last day even though our spirits leave our body, even though the bodies rust, may they go to dust, may they be burnt up, may they be in the bottom of the sea--the Bible said an Angel poured out his upon the sea and everything that died come up. There's nothing can hide us or separate us from that God that we love so well, that's raised us up together.
51-2 God bless you. I've kept you here a long time. If them people is still on that telephone, they sure--at fifty cents a minute, they'd really paid this morning, but I just couldn't stop at that hour; I just had to go on.
Now, the Lord willing, I'll be back tonight to talk with you again. And if I can't, and then you all know... I suppose we're not on no--or no--we're on telephone no more? Not on telephone no more.
You all know where I'm going, don't you? Africa. I've called for a long time, for years I've tried to get back. Now, a vision, the Spirit of the Lord has prepared the way. They said when those poor natives heard it, that I didn't come the last time when--there, they laid on the ground day and night and moaned and cried, saying, "Lord, what have we done?"--thousands of them. Those people don't even believe they got a soul. See? And they cried, and they moaned, and they cried, "Don't you send no word ahead. Please don't." See? If that visa would happen to go through there and get amongst of them ministers, they'd stop me right there. I have to go in as a hunter.
51-5 I'm going up to the queen that brought seventeen trainloads down and come down to the meeting. I get to go up and hunt on her territory. And I go in; my passport and everything calls for a hunter, not a religious service.
Then there's going to be one brother meet me, say, "Why don't you have a little meeting for us?" The stadiums are already rented; they don't even know it. See? Oh, glory. Pray that the will of God will not be hindered, that my soul that's cried for Africa since I've left, may I be able to return again and then bring you a message of a great meeting.
52-1 I probably won't see you no more from today until I return back. We're going in just a few days now, the 10th of May. Will you pray for me? Remember, you don't know what troubles are till you hit there: witch doctors on every side and devils; and don't think they don't know what to do. See? And you better know what you're talking about, when you stand before them. "But I know in Whom I have believed, and I'm persuaded He's able to keep that which I have committed to Him against that day."
Now, there's some handkerchiefs laying here. Dear God, as this message this morning of the resurrection and me standing here, Lord, and proving by the Word that that Quickening Power is in the believing child; therefore, upon believing in faith that that Quickening Power has changed my life, and these people believes, Lord, and It changed their lives; and we pray one for another.
I'm laying my hands upon these handkerchiefs that may God, Who quickened Jesus Christ and brought Him from the dead, and that Spirit that raised Him up from the dead, be dwelling in our bodies. The Spirit that was upon the body of Elisha that after being dead and nothing but bones, it had Quickening Power in them. The hands of the apostles had Quickening Power in them. The minds of the apostles, the sight of the apostles, the--the tongues of the believers, all had Quickening Power. Now, may that Quickening Power, as I lay this Word upon them and my hands to represent a possessor by grace of that Quickening Power, may It quicken every one of these sick bodies and they be made whole again, God. Through Jesus Christ's Name. May it not only for these handkerchiefs, but for those people out there in the audience, everyone that suffers, those little children, elderly people, whatever they are, may that Quickening Power quicken them right now in Jesus' Name. Amen.
52-4 Now, how many got Quickening Power? Now, lay your hands upon one another. If that Quickening Power's in you... Now, there's only one thing to keep It from hindering, that's your unbelief. A woman touched His garment, and was made whole; a Roman soldier spit in His face and went to hell. See? So they have--it depends on where you at. Do you believe it? Do you believe it? Now, I want you to bow your head and pray for one another. Just--just pray right out. Just say, "Lord, this person..." See? Just pray for one another.
53-1 Dear God, we do this in the Name of Jesus Christ, the only Name given among men whereby that we could be saved or healed. These people who are fellow-citizens of the Kingdom, a possessor of Quickening Power, quicken It to them, Lord, just now. And may the Spirit go from eagle to eagle, from Word to Word, till the Fullness of Jesus Christ be made manifest in each of the bodies, for physical, spiritual, or any need they have need of, as we lay our hands upon one another, in Jesus Christ's Name.