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Why Cry? Speak!
1-1 Lord bless you...?... Let's just remain standing a moment as we bow our heads. Is there a special request? If you would, let it be known as you lift your hands to God and say by that, "Lord, You know my need."
1-2 Heavenly Father, we are indeed a privileged people this morning to be assembled in the house of God, when we know that there's so many that would want to be in the house of God this morning and is in hospitals and on beds of sickness, and Thou has given us this privilege to be out here today. And we never come, Lord, to be seen of each other, though we love our fellowship one with another; but we could do that at our homes; but we have come here to fellowship with He Who has brought us together as beloved children and brethren.
We thank Thee now. And the only way that we know to correctly fellowship with Thee is around Thy Word; Thy Word is the Truth. We gather here for spiritual strength; we need it, Lord. We must have strength to endure the crosses that we bear. And we pray that You'll send the great Holy Spirit today, and will strengthen us all. Grant the requests of Your people as they have assembled and raised their hands to You that they have need of such things. Answer each one, Lord.
1-4 We thank Thee for sparing the life of our Sister Ungren last night in the accident on the road up here. Thou was gracious to them, Lord, and we thank Thee for that.
And now, we pray, heavenly Father, that You will continue to be with us, and help us as we journey on, each and every one of us. Give us Thy undergirding power and the--the faith of knowing that Thy never-failing Presence will be with us. That hour when we cannot help ourself, we know the Angels of God are encamped about those who fear Him, and they'll bear us up lest anytime we dash our foot against a stone. We pray now that You'll give us of Thy blessings for the Word, and speak through us and in us, in Jesus Christ's Name. Amen.
2-1 I am grateful that the sunshine of the outside, the solar sun, is shining. It was very bad this morning, and I think in this country especially, we have so much gloomy, weary weather; and to see the sun shining, coming out, it's very good.
The little family reunion today, I meet my brothers up at my sister's house and some of our relation around the city and round about... The big bunch of the Branhams, if they'd all come together from Kentucky and here, I guess we'd have to rent the city; there's so many of them. But just a little homecoming... We used to all meet at mama's house and she was the old tie-post that held us together, kinda. But God taken the tie-post to heaven, and I hope that we'll all meet there someday.
2-3 And now I spoke the other day; I said, "You know I believe that I will--will cut my Sunday messages down to about twenty minutes and--and thirty, and then pray for the sick." And I thought of that this morning, and I thought last night when Sister Downing called me and said that--called Billy and said that she and Sister Ungren on the road up had slid across the road and had a wreck. And while Billy was still at the window, along... I don't know what time it was, maybe this morning sometime; I'd been asleep for quite a little bit. I looked down at Brother Wood's; the lights was out. And I just knelt to pray, and when I did something just said to me, "It's all right." So then I told Billy, "Tell her everything, I thought, would be all right."
I'm so glad to see them in this morning, setting in the house of the Lord back here after on the road... A people that love you that much to come for hundreds of miles to hear the Gospel, then I thought, a twenty minutes message and as slow as I am, they would be no good. So I thought I would just... that long...
So then here Brother Ungren, her son, this morning was singing, "How Great Thou Art." He has--He means more to him this morning than it did yesterday afternoon, because the great God of heaven spared his precious, darling mother and sister.
2-6 Now, today we are expecting a great time in the Lord, and I had two or three different texts here that I was looking at, and did--I couldn't figure just which one I would talk on this morning. One of them was cast your cares on Him, for He cares for you. Now, if He cares, why not you? So then, another one... Billy Paul, or not Billy Paul, my other son, Joseph, brought me this text a long time ago. He was setting in the room one day, and he said, looking up toward the picture (Billy--or Joseph is very fond of boats like little boys: boats and horses, you know.), and he said to me, "Daddy, has Jesus got a boat?"
And I said, "I don't know."
So then after he got up and went out, I happened to think, "Has He got a boat?" and I took a text from that, and just marked it down here on my book: Has Jesus Got a Boat?
3-1 I happened to think when He was here on earth He had to borrow a womb to be borned in, a grave to be buried in, a boat to preach from, but He's the Pilot of the old ship of Zion...?... But in those texts that I was thinking, think maybe I could get them later, before we leave to go back...
You know, I like to speak from the Tabernacle here, because it's our own church. We feel at liberty to say whatever the Holy Spirit says. At other places, even though the men wants to make you welcome, you feel kind of a little cramped because that--that you're in somebody else's church, and you want to be a gentleman enough to respect their--their thoughts and their doctrine.
3-3 Had a wonderful time this week down at Brother Burcham's place there. I went into the factory where they made the cheese. (I see he, and his wife, and son, and them are present this morning.) And always thought that a cheese factory would be something like other places I've been in, oh, kind of sloppy and dirty. My, I can say one thing, you can sure rest assured that place is not dirty. That was the cleanest place I ever went into, especially in a factory. And I didn't realize; I thought, oh, maybe they make a hundred pound of cheese a day, and they make six tons each day, and three of the factories going. I thought, "Oh, my, who eats all those cheese." But the Lord has blessed this man. I've had the privilege of being in his home, a very lovely home, a fine consecrated wife. And there's no reason why they shouldn't live for Christ each day as they're doing. Met his son, and they're very fine children. We're so grateful for this fellowship that we have one with another.
Found out their former pastor was a man that I know: Brother Gurley, a very fine man of the United Pentecostal faith that I met years ago, Jonesboro, Arkansas. And I didn't know that they were--that was his pastor, though.
4-2 Now, remember the services this evening, and then the Lord willing, next Sunday again we hope to speak. And then I think the following Sunday then I have to go to Chicago; then I'll be gone for a while. I have to take the family back home back--or back to Arizona so that they--the children can enroll in school again, and then we quit pestering the pastor, taking his services up. So we are very grateful to Brother Neville for his hospitality. You know, of him inviting me, and he's so... I like Brother--a man like that where there's no guile; there's no selfishness; it's just genuine Christianity. I like that.
4-3 Now, we're going to read some of the Scripture and then pass the comments, and I don't know just what time that we'll get out on these long messages, but I think... I was talking the other day about speaking so long, and someone said, "Well now, if you--if you just spoke a few minutes, and you speak kind of in mysteries anyhow," said, "we'd--we'd never be able to understand it." Said, "Just keep on talking, and after while it comes out." He said... So maybe the Lord wants us to do it that way.
4-4 Let's just bow again. Lord, Thy Word lays open on the pulpit, and realizing that someday It'll be closed for Its last time, then the Word will be flesh. And then we are--we're grateful for this time this morning. And open to us by Thy Holy Spirit, the contents of this Word that we shall read. May the Holy Spirit teach us today the things that we ought to know, and may we then in return listen closely to every word, weigh it deeply, and then may those who are listening by the way of tape, may they listen close, and may we be able to catch what the Holy Spirit's trying to reveal to us; for we realize if You should anoint us, then the anointing is not in vain; it's for a purpose--that it might work to the good to the Lord. And may our hearts and understanding be open, Lord.
May we have freedom to speak, and freedom to hear, and access to faith to believe what we have heard as it comes from God's Word, that it might count up to us Eternal Life in the great day that is to come. Bless us today; condemn us when we're wrong. Let us know the faults that we have, and bless us in the way that is right, that we might know which way to go and how to act in this present world, that we might bring honor in our living here to Jesus Christ, Who died to give us Life in the great hereafter. We ask this in Jesus' Name. Amen.
5-2 Now, I want to read just out of two places out of the Scriptures this morning, and one of them is just found over in the Book of Exodus; frankly, both of them are out of the Book of Exodus: one, the 13th chapter and 21st and 22nd verse, and the next one is the 14th chapter, the 10th, 11th, and 12th verses. Now, I'll read from Exodus 13:21.
And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night... a Pillar of Fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:
He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the Pillar of Fire by night, from before the people.
Now, in Exodus 14 and the 10th verse,
And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD.
And then said... Moses, Because there... (Beg your pardon)... And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt?
Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness.
I'm going to read a couple more verses.
And Moses said unto the people, Fear... not... (Now, listen close here.)... Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew... you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.
The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.
... the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak to the children of Israel, that they go forward:
But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.
And I, behold, I will harden the heart of the Egyptians, that they shall follow them: and I will get me honor upon Pharaoh, and upon all of his host, and upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.
And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten me honour upon Pharaoh, and upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.
And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the Pillar of the cloud went... before their face, and stood behind them:
And it became between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel;... it was a cloud of darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one come not near the other all the night.
And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.
And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on the right hand, and on the left.
And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them in the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.
And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the LORD looked down unto the host of the Egyptians through the Pillar of Fire and... the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians,
And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the LORD fights for them and against the Egyptians.
7-1 The Word of the Lord is so great, so good, there's just no way to stop reading It. It just becomes Life as we read It. I think in this text this morning, though it's being taped, I want to say this in beginning: It finds... I find myself... And the reason that I... Yesterday while in study--and I come upon this subject, and then I thought, "I'm just going, if the Lord willing, to speak upon that because it drives me down." And I hope it drives us all down that we might see, and cause us to look up, and to study a little bit in comparing the day that was then the--and to the day that is now.
7-2 I want to take three words for a text, and that is: "Why Cry? Speak!" God said to Moses here in the 15th verse, "Why criest thou unto Me? Speak to the people that they go forward." And, "Why Cry? Speak!"
Now, we've got quite a subject, and I'll try to hurry through as quick as possible as the Holy Spirit leads. And I want to think of the--of this text of Moses crying out to God in the time of trouble, and God rebuking Moses back, right when trouble was in--in session. And it's just nature, seeming like for a person to cry out, and then what a rebuke it is for God to turn around and rebuke him for saying it--for crying out to Him. It looks like it's a very hard thing.
7-4 Many times when we look at the Scriptures in our own way of looking, it seems very hard, but if we It study a little while, we find out that the all-wise God knows just what He's doing. And He knows how to do these things and how to deal with men. He knows what's in man. He--He knows him. We don't. We only know from the intellectual side. He knows what's really in the man.
Moses was born in this world as a gifted boy; He was born to be a prophet, a deliverer. He was born with the equipment born in him, as every man that comes into the world is born with this equipment.
As I firmly believe in the--in the foreknowledge of God, the predestination, not that God is willing that any would perish, but all might come to repentance; but being God, He had to know, and does know the end from the beginning. See? If He doesn't, then He isn't infinite; and if He is not infinite, He isn't God. So He wasn't willing, certainly, that any should perish, but He--He, knowing who would perish and who would not perish...
8-1 That's the reason, the very purpose that Jesus came to the earth was to save those that God through His foreknowledge seen that wanted to be saved, because the whole world was condemned. And I don't see how we could teach it any other way than the foreknowledge of God. And the Bible plainly says that He knows the end from the beginning and could tell it. Therefore, when a person tries to be something that they are not, they're only making it an impersonation; and sooner or later it'll find you out. Your sins finds you out. You cannot cover them. There's only one covering for sin; that's the Blood of Jesus Christ, and it cannot be applied unless God has called you from the foundation of the world.
That's what that Blood was shed for--not to be tramped upon, and made fun of, and--and jobbed at, and--and evilly spoke of, and--and so forth; it was for a direct purpose (That's right.), not to be played with, not to be impersonated by saying that the sins are covered when they're not, and no man can have his sins covered 'less his name was put on the Lamb's Book of Life before the foundation of the world. Jesus said Himself, "No man can come to Me except My Father draws him, and all that the Father hath (past tense) given Me will come to Me." That's right. So you can't make the words lie. They are there for Truth and for a correction.
8-3 And Moses was born with a gift of faith: great faith Moses had. We see it after while coming out in him. And he was born in a great family, as we know how that his father and his mother and come from a family of Levi, which the story here previously to this in the Book of--of Exodus, so beautifully gives the life of this great character. And he was one of the greatest characters of the Bible, for he was strictly a type of the Lord Jesus.
He was borned in a very odd birth like the Lord Jesus; he was born in a time of persecution like the Lord Jesus; he was born to be a deliverer like the Lord Jesus; he was hid of his parents away from the enemy like the Lord Jesus; and he come to his time of service like the Lord Jesus. He was a leader like the Lord Jesus; he was a prophet like the Lord Jesus; and he was a law-giver like the Lord Jesus.
And we find out that he died on the rock, and he must've rose again, and everything, because eight hundred years later he was standing on Mount Transfiguration, talking to the Lord Jesus. See? Angels packed him away. No one knows where he's buried; even the devil didn't know that. Frankly, I don't believe he ever was buried. I--I believe that the God packed him away in--and he died on the Rock that he'd followed all the days of his life. And he was a perfect type of Christ. He was a king over the people; he was a law-giver; he was a--he was a--a sustainer to the people; he was everything in--in type that Christ was.
9-3 Now, then, see that he was born with this great gift and quality within him. Then it only taken something to flash across that to bring that thing to Life. See, the seed of God is actually placed in us from the foundation of the world. And when that Light first strikes that seed, it brings it to Life, but the Light first has to come upon the seed.
Like the--I've taught many times of the little woman at the well, her in that condition. Though she be an ill-famed person, though her--her life was degraded, and she was in that condition, because that traditions had never touched her. But though when that Light first struck her, quickly she recognized It, 'cause there was something there to respond to It.
When the deep calls to the deep, there must be a deep somewhere to respond to that call.
And Moses here was born this prophet, but he was raised in an intellectual school in Pharaoh's palace. The Pharaoh Seti, that he was raised up under, was a man that still had honor and believed Joseph being the prophet of the Lord. But there come Rameses after Seti, and Rameses did not care about Joseph. And so therefore, there's when the trouble started, now when there raised up a Pharaoh who did not know Joseph.
But these great qualities, let's speak of them just a little while and before we get to the main part of the text. I have an odd way of setting a text and then building to it, and the Lord help us this morning as we build to it.
10-2 Moses, being born with this great gift of faith, then he was anointed and commissioned at the burning bush to deliver God's people. Now, see what great qualities this man had. He was born for a certain thing. God had a purpose in it. God's got a purpose of you being here. See? If you can only be--get to that place, how much trouble you save God and yourself too.
Moses borned and then he was... Afterwards he was brought to the--the place where he was anointed. And notice the seed laying there with the intellectual conception, with all the faith that he was born to deliver this people, and yet it never come to Life until that Light from the burning bush flashed across it, until he seen, not something he read about, but something he'd seen with his eyes, something that spoke to him, and he spoke back to It. Oh, how that did bring things to Life.
10-4 I think any man with a--or woman, boy or girl... And I think in the intellectual conception of what they think the Word is and so forth, never can have a full foundation stand until they have met that Light that brings that Word to a reality.
I think no church in its practice, no matter how intellectual and fundamental it might be, that church cannot thrive until the supernatural is made known among that people, and they see it, something that they can talk to that'll talk back to them that a-vindicates this written Word.
Now, remember, when Moses met this burning bush that Word was a-vindicated exactly. It was the Word. Moses didn't have to worry, "What's this voice all about? What is this Being here?" Because God had already wrote on the Scripture in Genesis that, "Your people will sojourn in this strange land, but they'll be brought back after four hundred years--will come back into this country again, for the iniquity of the--the Amorites is not yet fulfilled."
10-7 Now, hundreds and hundreds of years before God had said that Israel would sojourn and be mistreated in a strange country and would stay there four hundred years, but God, with a mighty hand, would bring them out. So you see with this burning bush, Moses knowed this intellectually, and the seed that was born in him was laying in his heart. And he tried through his intellectual experience with the Word to try to--to--to bring them out, to deliver them, because he knowed he was born for that purpose. He knowed that the time the Scriptures all said that they'd already been there four hundred years...
Just as we know now, as a man asked me a few moments ago about the coming and the rapture. We know we've lived the time out. The time of the rapture is at hand. And we're looking for a rapturing faith that can pull the churches together and give it some supernatural strength that can change these bodies that we live in. We see a God that can raise the dead off the floor, or out in the yard, and bring him back to life again, and present him before us. When we see a God who can take a cancer that's eat a man to a shadow, and raise him up to a strong healthy man, that ought to give rapturing faith to the people. That when that Light flashes from the sky, and the trumpet sounds, the Body of Christ will be quickly gathered together, and changed in a moment, and taken into the heavens.
Yes, there's got to be something like that happen, and our schools of theology can never produce that, yet they intellectually are all right; but you've got to meet that Light. You've got to find that something.
11-3 And here Moses basing his great call upon the Word (and it was great), until one day he met this Light, and the very Word Itself spoke back to him. Then he got his anointing. That anointed what he had in him, that on the inside, the intellects that believed it, the faith that was based upon his belief in God that separated him from his mother. And now, when he strikes in the presence of this Light, It anointed that that he believed. See?
What an anointing, and he was commissioned. Now, we know intellectually he'd heard his mother. He knew what was going to take place, and he knew he was living in that day. But here he found out that he was a failure, so he might've--his--his faith might've dropped back a little bit. But then when he comes to the bush, God said, "I have heard the cries of My people, and I remember My promise to their fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and I have come down." 'I,' there the--the personal pronoun, "I have come down to deliver them."
12-1 And now, and may I just add this if it... God forgive me if it sounds sacrilegious: "I do not work upon the earth only through man. I--I am the Vine; ye are the branches, and I only declare Myself when I can find a man, and I've chose you, and I'm sending you down to take them out." See? Now, notice, "I'll be with your mouth and I... You take this rod."
And Moses said, "Can I see an evidence that You'll send me and You've anointed me and You're going to do these things?"
Said, "What you got in your hand?"
He said, "A stick."
Said, "Throw it down." It turned to a serpent; he fled.
He said, "Take it up." It turned back to a stick. Said, "Put your hands in your bosom," took it out, and it was leprosy; put it back, and it was healed. Said he saw the glory of God.
12-3 There was no more question to Moses. Did you ever notice, he never run to the wilderness again? He knew he was anointed. He knew where all these things that had been in his heart, these great fine qualities; and he--they were anointed. Now, he--he's ready. He's ready to go; so down towards Egypt he goes. God had said, "I'll be with you," so that--that settles it. If "I'll be with you," that's all Moses had to know for this great call in his heart. And now, God said, "I'll be with you."
Now, God also had vindicated his--Moses' claim. Moses claimed, "I met the Lord." And He said, "Tell you I AM sent me." See?
Now, they said, "Here's a man, another Jew, probably some of these fanatics that's been coming along all the time with all kind of scheme to take us out of bondage." And you know how people are when they're slaves or in bondage for something, there's always some kind of a gimmick coming around, you know, to do it. So Moses... God promised Moses, "I'll be with you; I'll be in you. My Words will be your word. You speak My Words, and just say what I say."
13-1 And now, when Moses went down and give them this call and stood before Pharaoh and told him the Lord God of the Hebrews said, "Bring the children out."... And he wouldn't let them go. So he performed a sign before the elders and before Pharaoh. And the signs that God did...
He said, "Now, tomorrow about this time the sun will go down. It'll be darkness all over Egypt." And it come to pass just exactly. And then he said, "There--there's coming flies upon the--upon the land," and he stretched forth his rod and called for flies, and flies come. And he prophesied, and everything that he prophesied happened just exactly the way. It was God. See?
13-3 God had called him from his birth, put qualities in him of great faith, and then come down with His Presence and anointed that great something in him, and sent him down with His Word; and he was properly a-vindicated of his claims. No matter how many quacks had raised up, how many these other things had happened; God was speaking at... Moses was identified. Moses... What Moses said, God honored. I want you to never to forget that Word. What Moses said, God honored, because God's Word was in Moses. "I'll be with your mouth. It'll speak the right things."
Now, what God says--what God says, He speaks it through Moses, and it confirmed and a-vindicated his claim.
13-4 Also, he was told by his mother of his mysterious birth, and how that the time of hand come close to the hour that there was to be a deliverance. Amram and--and Jochebed, the son and daughter of Levi, begin to pray to God to send a deliverer. And it take... When you see the time of the promise drawing nigh, it sets people to praying and to hungering. And no doubt that--that Jochebed had told him many times (his mother--she was his tutor also as we know the story)--and had told him how that she'd prayed. "And, Moses, when you were born, son, you were a proper child. You were different. There was something taken place at your birth."
"I gave a drama on it for the children not long ago and said while Amram was in the room praying, he saw an Angel pull his sword and point it towards the north and said, 'You'll have a child, and he'll take the children north to the promised land.'" Giving a drama for the little fellows so they'd understand it... That their intellect hasn't come up to the place that you adults, and can grasp the thing as the Holy Spirit reveals it to you.
14-1 Now, though his mother told him these things and he knowed this, yet he needed another touch. The--the teaching was fine, but he needed a personal contact.
That's what the world needs today. That's what the church needs today. That's what everyone needs, as sons and daughters of God. In order to be that, you need a personal contact (See?), something. No matter... You know the Word's true; you know It's right. But then when It contacts, and then you see the thing done, then you know you're on the right road. See? And watch, it'll always be Scriptural. It'll stand right with the Scripture 'cause this did.
Amram's prayer was just exactly with the Scripture. Their prayers is with the promised Word. God promised at that time to do it. They prayed for it, and here was a proper child born. And they...
14-4 Watch. Oh, how I love this. See? In the hour that Pharaoh was putting to death all the children (See?), putting them to the--to the sword--the "guardenian sword"; they--they--they stabbed these little children to death, fed them to the crocodiles, the little bodies, until the crocodiles were perhaps fat upon the bodies of Hebrew children.
But the Bible said that the parents did not fear Pharaoh's command to kill the children. They didn't--they wasn't a-scared because they seen something in this baby to begin with. They saw it, that this was a answer of prayer.
And now Moses had all this as a background, so Moses knew he was sent for the very purpose to deliver the children of Israel. See, all the background just heaps up. When you get anything and can bring the Bible saying, "This is going to happen," and here it happens, "This is going to be at that time"; here it happens. "This is going to be at a certain time," there it happens, then it all accumulates together and draws a picture for us.
15-1 Oh, how this Tabernacle this morning, how we people of this hour, Brother Neville, as we see the gray striking our hair and our shoulders stooping, when we see the world weaving and rocking as it is, and how we can look around and see the promise is drawing nigh. It's--it--it... I think many times if someone could just bounce into it at once and wouldn't understand it--or would understand it, rather, come into it at once, it would almost send you to eternity, just with a--such a rapturing thing and never knowed it. Just, oh, break through the things that we've seen, and know, and understand, and all bounce in at one time. The man or the woman, boy or girl will just probably lift up their hands and say, "Let's go, Lord Jesus." You see? Oh, how the hour is so close.
15-2 Moses knowing that he was born for that purpose, and looked out of the windows and watched them Hebrews as they toiled, looked back here in the Scripture, and it said, "And they shall sojourn four hundred years (See?), but I will bring them out with a mighty hand." Then when he comes back after a commission, anointed, knowed that he was born, and his faith, look--by faith he saw those people and knowed they were the children of God 'cause the world--the Word said so. They wasn't of the world, wasn't like the rest of them. They were different. And they were cranks and fanatics to the--the high glamour of Egypt, and he was to be the son of Pharaoh, taking the kingdom over and next, but he...
15-3 There was something down in him, a real faith that looked not at those things--the glamour that he was to inherit. He looked at the promise of God, and he knowed that the time was drawing nigh. And what that man must've thought of... I want to talk it over with him someday when I meet him on the other side.
You say, "That's crazy, brother..."
No, it isn't. I'm going to meet him by the grace of God. Yes, sir. I'll talk to him someday, Moses himself. And how I would like to ask him just how when he seen his preparation, how the flusteration the devil saying, "Aw, the people ain't going to believe you. Aw, the--there's nothing to that," but when that seed come to life up there, something struck him, and he knew there was something going to take place. He knew--looked at his clock and seen what time it was. And he knew. And how he must've thought as he watched.
16-1 Now, when he got all this together, all this great thing that he seen: the Scripture time, the prayer of his mother and his father, and he was born a peculiar birth, an odd child... And all along there'd been something way down in him, and now he slips off and tries to think he'd take his military training from his school and deliver the children, and that failed. Then he goes up into the wilderness and marries a lovely Ethiopian girl, and they had a little boy named Gershom.
One day while tending the flock, all at once he seen a burn--bush up on top of the mountain, burning. And he went up there and not an intellectual, not an imagination, not a delusion, a optical illusion; but in him there was the God of Abraham in a Light, a Pillar of Fire back in a bush, that fire, like waves going out, but it didn't bother the bush. And the voice of the Scripture, the voice of God spoke through there and said, "I have chosen you. You are the man. I raised you up for this purpose. I'm proving to you here by signs; you're going down to deliver the children because that My Word's got to be fulfilled."
Oh, His Word of this day's got to be fulfilled. We're living in the hour. No matter what anyone else says, the Word has to be fulfilled. Heavens and earth will pass away but not His Word.
16-4 Now, when Moses got all this together and seen by every direction, it anointed his faith. Amen. Oh, my, what a thought. This, itself, seen in the Scripture pointing right straight to what it was, and the speaking of God, and the evidence of it there, it anointed what faith he had in him to go to work. What ought it to do to us.
We need a repentance. We need a revival. I'm saying myself. I need a shaking. I need something. I said I was speaking to myself this morning, or about myself. I--I--I need a wakening up. And when I think of that great evidence, everything's so perfectly laid out there. And it anointed the faith of Moses, and my, he seen there was nothing.
16-6 Here he run from Egypt with actually he could've start a mutiny or--or something, and he could've--could've rose up and started a revolutionary in Egypt and could've took an army and fought, but you see--and had many thousands on his side. But instead of that he was a-scared to even do that with armies on his side. But now here he comes back forty years later, eighty years old with only a stick in his hand. Why? What was burning down in his heart had become a reality. He was anointed then, and he knowed he had THUS SAITH THE LORD. There was nothing going to stop him now. He needed no army; God was with him; that's all he needed: God with him.
Oh, when you know God has sent you to do a certain something, and you see it moving up there, there--there just isn't nothing can take its place. That's all.
17-2 I remember times when the Lord has told me about certain things was going to happen, and then I move up and see it laying right there, oh, what a feeling. The situation's already under control. That's all. See? Because God said so.
I remember... Many of you remember about the little boy being raised up in Finland, and then--from the dead, been killed by an automobile. And I stood there on the side of the road and started to walk away from that child, and turned, and looked back, and something put its hand on my shoulder, and I thought it was Brother Moore; and nobody was around me.
And I looked back, and then I looked up the mountain, I saw... I said, "Well, I've seen that hill somewhere, but we didn't come up this way. We come another way. Where is that hill?" And I looked and seen that car down there wrecked, seen that little boy there with his--laying there with the crock like haircut (as we call it here); the eyes turned back like brother Way's was the other day when he fell; and the little foot run through the sock where his little limbs was broke; and blood out of his eyes, and nose, and ears; and seen his little short trousers and tied up by buttons as--here along the side of his little waist, and his little stockings up, like long stockings like we wore many years ago. And I looked around, and there it was exactly, exactly the way the Holy Spirit had told me two years before, when all of you wrote it in your Bibles across the nation that it would happen.
17-5 Oh there... Then the situation is in hand. No matter how dead he is, no matter what anybody else says; it's all over. He's got to come back.
I said, "If this child doesn't raise up from this dead, then I'm a false prophet; I'm a misrepresentation of God; for in the homeland two years ago He told me this would happen." And there these ministers and all; it's wrote on the flyleaf of our Bible, and here it is exactly. Read it off the flyleaf how it would be in a country lapping rocks, and so forth, be killed on--be on the right hand side of the road. I said, "There it is; nothing can stop it." The situation's already under control.
The faith that was within my heart was anointed. Oh, if I could only explain that, the faith that God--I had in God that told me, and had never failed, told me, "The situation is under control now. Here's exactly what I showed you two years ago, and here it is laying just exactly in order. The only thing you have to do is speak the Word." And the little boy rose up from the dead. See?
18-3 I was thinking and looking back here. Brother Fred Sothmann's setting there, Brother Banks Wood, and them... The other day up on the Alaskan Highway, how I stood here at the church and told you all of an animal that looked like deer horns forty-two inches and a silver tip grizzly bear. I'd never been there before and how that the--that I was going to get this, and how it would be, and how many would be with me, and how they'd be dressed. You know it, everyone of you, weeks and weeks before it happened.
And there, when I moved in there, not knowing it, there laid that animal. And I went and--and he... It was impossibility, if a hunter would know or be listening to this tape, how you can't walk up in the face of an animal; it'd jump up and run. But he didn't.
18-5 And there he hangs in my den room. There hangs the silver tip just exactly the way, and a--and a rule laying there, a tape measure to show his exact... And a horn will at least shrink two inches or more when it's green on the animal and when it dries, but this never shrank. It's still exactly on the nose forty-two inches. See? There lays the silver tip; it's seven foot long just exactly and everything exactly the way it was, laying there now.
But when this man said to me, "Now, look Brother Branham, we got this animal that you talked about, but you told me you'd get a silver tip grizzly before you got to the bottom of the hill, back over to where them boys are, that with the green shirt." I said, "It's THUS SAITH THE LORD. God said so."
"But Brother Branham," He said, "I can see all over everything here for miles; there's nothing. Where's he coming from?"
I said, "That's not for me to question. God said so, and He's Jehovah-Jireh. He can bring a bear there. He could put one there." And He did, and there he is.
19-4 It's a situation under control. And when Moses saw that he was raised up for this purpose and that he had met face to face this great God Who had made the call, and had anointed him, and identified him, and said, "This is your call, Moses. I'm sending you. And I'm going to show you My glory, and here I am in the bush, burning. Go down there; I'll be with you." He didn't even need a stick. He had the Word, the vindicated Word. There he went.
It anointed the faith that was in him. And it anoints us when we see that we're living in the last days, to find out that all these signs that we see being taken place that's spoke of in the Scripture would take place in the last days: all the way from heaven to the political powers, and the nature of the people, and the demoralization of the world and among the women, and how they would do in the last days, and how the men would do, and how the churches would do, how the nations would do, and how God would do. And we see it all laying right here on us.
Oh, it anoints our faith. It moves us out in the great cycles. See? It--it--it separates us from other things of the world. See? No matter how little we are, how much a minority we are, how much we're laughed at, made fun of, it don't make a bit of difference. That's all. We see it. There's something within us. We were predestinated to see this hour; there's nothing going to stop us from seeing it. Amen. Sure, God has spoke it. It's--it's already happened. We see it. Oh, how we thank God for this. Oh. Then it brings out your faith when we see these things happening here.
20-1 Now, here again we read that Moses esteemed the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt. Now, he esteemed the--the reproach of Christ. Now, remember: the reproach of Christ. See?
There's a reproach in serving Christ. If you're very popular with the world, then you cannot serve--you're not serving Christ. No. You cannot, because (See?), there's a reproach that goes with It. The world always has reproached.
Way back there thousands of years ago, there was a reproach that went with it. And Moses, to--be Pharaoh (he was the next coming Pharaoh, Pharaoh's son), and he was coming the next Pharaoh with favor amongst the people, and yet he regarded... ("Esteem" means "to--to regard.") He regarded the reproach of Christ greater things than all that Egypt could afford to give him. Egypt was in his hand. But yet he knew to take the way of Christ was a reproach, but he was so happy to know that there was something within him that made him regard this approach of Christ--reproach of Christ, rather, greater than all the glamour that he--he inherited. He had an inheritance inside of him that was far greater than what the outside inheritance had given him.
20-4 Oh, if we could be like that today and let the Holy Spirit anoint that that we have within us, that faith, to a godly life, consecrated to Christ.
Now, with such faith as this that he had, he noticed and he regarded that reproach a honor.
Today somebody say, "Hey, are you one of those people? Those ah...?"
You're just a little ashamed of it. But he regarded it a greater treasure than all the world, because that there was something in him that he could speak out and say, "Yes, I--I regard this. This is highly honored. I'm glad to be one of them." See? "I'm glad to number myself as a Hebrew and not an Egyptian."
20-6 The Christians today should say the same thing: "I'm glad to regard myself a Christian, to abstain from the things of the world and the order of the world" not just as a church member, but as a born again Christian who lives according to the Scripture. Though I be called even by the members of the church a fanatic, yet I esteem that a greater, greater thing than what if I was the most popular person in the city or in the nation. I'd rather be that than President of the United States or the king over the earth. (You see?) I--I esteem that so highly, because God in His mercy before the foundation of the world saw me and--and placed a little seed in there that my faith would fly above these things of the world, and now He's called me, and I--I regard my place, as Paul said he regarded his office with highness. Oh, that God had called him from being a great teacher like Gamaliel, but Paul had been called to be a sacrifice for Christ. See?
21-1 Now, the same thing. Notice, with such faith he never relied on his sight, what he could see. Now, he seen nothing out there but a bunch of mud-handling people, slaves, in prison, being killed everyday, beat with whips, made fun of. Their religious beliefs was fanatic. And there was a Pharaoh setting on the throne that didn't know or regard anything about their religion. He knowed nothing about it; he was a heathen, and so he just...
What a picture of today. And there it is, a different religion and how that if--if this Moses, yet in the very seat with the President or the--or the great man Pharaoh, to take his place at his death, and he was an old man. And yet Moses thought that that call... He looked out there. And the same window that Pharaoh looked out of, 'cause he was in his home... And Pharaoh looked out and seen those people that were lifting up their hands, and they'd take a whip and beat them to death because they were praying. They'd run a sword through them because they even failed to disobey at anytime and making them work till their little old bodies would fall out and give them half enough to eat. Well, there wasn't nothing but a bunch of fanatics, not hardly human; and yet Moses, that faith in him looked upon them, and he said, "They're God's blessed people." Amen. I like that.
21-3 With such faith... His eyes didn't fall on the glamour of Egypt; it fell on the promise of God. His eagle eye of faith seen beyond the glamour of Egypt. He... Remember he's becoming an eagle now; he's a prophet, and his eagle eye raises above those things. Oh, how I like that. Oh, my.
How ought today... Today Christians rely on their senses of what they can see or what they can understand, instead of their faith, to rely on what you see with your eye and the glamour. Like you women, I'm always call to you about you must let your hair grow out; you mustn't wear makeup; you must act like ladies and Christians. You look out upon the street and see the women today dressed immorally. Well, you think, "Well, the--she belongs to the church; why can't I do that?" See? "And she cuts her hair; why--why can't I do that? Well, she seems to be just as sweet and as much intellectual, and a personality that I haven't even got. Well, why can't I do that? I ought to do it." When you do that, you paralyze your faith. See? You don't give your faith a chance to grow. Start on that.
22-2 As I said... someone said, "Brother Branham, the country--the people regard you as a prophet. You oughtn't not to be bawling women out like that and men out for these things. You--you ought to be teaching them how to--to prophesy and receive gifts."
I said, "How can I teach them algebra, when they don't even know their abc's?" See? Now, just start from that. Clean yourself up, so that when you walk out on the street you look like a Christian anyhow. See? And then go to acting like one. See? And you can't do it within yourself. It's got to have Christ come within you. And if that seed's laying in there, and that Light hits it, it's going to come to Life. If it doesn't come to Life, there's nothing there to come to Life, because it sure proved it on others. See? It comes to Life immediately as soon as the Light hits it.
22-4 That's a rebuke to women, I know, that's listening in to this tape or will listen in to it. It's a rebuke to you, sister. It should be. It should be, because it shows... I don't care what you've done. You might've been religious all your life. You might've lived in the church. Your father may be a minister, or your husband might be a minister; but as long as you disobey the--the Word of God, it shows there's no Light there. When you see the thing brought out and the Life of the Holy Spirit, watch It when it strikes others. See what they do. If It brings it on them... no wonder...
Why would a... What a rebuke to those Pharisees that called Jesus, when He could perceive their thoughts, he called Him Beelzebub, and that little prostitute said, "Why, this Fellow is the Messiah. The Scriptures says He'll do this." See? That predestinated seed was laying there, and when the Light struck it, it come to Life. See?
You can't keep it down, you can't hide Life. You can take a... Pour concrete upon a bunch of grass and kill it in the wintertime. The next spring where is your most grass at? Right around the edge of the concrete, 'cause that germitized seed under that stone, when the sun begins to shine, you can't hold it. It'll wiggle its way around through there and come right out at the edge of that and stick its head up to the glory of God. See, you can't hide life.
23-2 When sun strikes botany life, it's got to live. And when the Holy Spirit strikes the Scriptural Life that's in a man, it brings forth its fruit right there. So regardless of how true and honest you are, how you say you're not speaking... Saying they were... These women wearing these--these bad clothes and things out there, just a common striptease for the street, though you don't believe you are, you can't make you believe. You can prove that your innocent of an adultery, but in the Book of God you're committing adultery. Jesus said, "Whosoever looketh upon a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her in his heart already. And you presented yourself in that manner. See? You can't see it unless that Life is laying there.
You look at somebody else, you look and say, "Well, I know Sister Jones--Brother Jones is a--he's a minister, his wife does this and does that." I don't care what that does; this is the Word.
Jesus said, "Let every man's word be a lie, and Mine be true." It's the Bible, and when that Light really strikes it, it's got to come to Life. It just has to come to Life.
23-5 Now, Moses' great eye, his eagle eye looked beyond the glamour of Egypt. The real Christian believer today, no matter what the church says, what anybody else says, when that Light strikes it, they see the very vindication of God, that Pillar of Fire hanging there, and the signs and wonders that promised, the Scripture being laid in it, it comes to Life. No matter how little it is and how many in the minority; God's group has always been the minority. See?
"Fear not little, little flock, it's your Father's good will to give you the Kingdom." See? They catch it. God is obligated to send them in from every denomination, every order, everywhere, to see it, if they are ordained to Life.
24-2 Look at old Simeon, ordained to Life. When the Messiah come in the temple in the form of a Baby in His mother's arms, Simeon, back in a room somewhere reading, the Holy Spirit raised him up, for he was waiting. That Life was in him. He said, "I'll not die until I see the Lord's Christ." And there was the Lord's Christ in the temple. The Holy Spirit led him from his duty out, and walked down through there, and picked that baby up, and said, "Let the... Let Thy servant depart in peace, for my eyes see Thy salvation."
There was an old blind woman in the corner by the name of Anna who served the Lord day and night. She also was predicting and saying, "The Messiah is coming. I can see Him coming." Yet she was blind, and that same time when He was there, that little Life that was in her that was predicted it would be there; it would be there; it would be there. Then that same Life, the Light, came in the building in the form of a Baby as an illegitimate child, wrapped in His swaddling clothes, coming up through the building; and the Holy Spirit struck that old blind woman, and she come by the Spirit, led to the people, and stood over this Baby, and blessed the mother and blessed the Baby, and told what would be the future for it. See? Ordained to Life. See? Look at them. There wasn't a dozen of them.
There was only eight souls saved in the day of Noah. Hardly very many, but all that was ordained to Life come in at that time. See how the Holy Spirit works in each age, drawing the people?
24-5 Now, we find out that Moses' faith led him to watch what would be, not what was. Look at tomorrow, instead of today. Look at the promise instead of the glamour. Look at the people instead of the organization. See? God did that.
Lot could see the glamour of prosperity down in Egypt--or down in Sodom. Lot could see the possibilities of a--of a--of a lot of--of money. Lot could see the possibilities of when he looked over to Sodom and he could maybe become... Being that he was a Hebrew, he might become a great man there because he was a great intellectual figure and the nephew of Abraham. So he chose to go towards Sodom.
Lot's intellects led him to see the glamour of--of prosperity. Lot's intellects led him to see the blessings of glamour. But his faith was so paralyzed by it, he didn't see the fire that was going to destroy that sort of a life. And that's the way people are today. They see the possibilities of belonging to a great organization. They see the possibilities of having social standing with the people of the city, but they don't see the possible... They don't see their faith is paralyzed.
25-2 Let me repeat that so it won't be misunderstood. Women today, they, as I say, they want to--they want to act like the movie stars. The men today want to act like the television comedians. The preachers today seem to want to make their churches like some modernistic lodge of some sort: membership and so forth. They see the possibilities of maybe becoming a bishop, or a general overseer, or something like that if they go along with the church, forsaking the Scriptures when it's laying right before them with thoroughly vindicated by the power of God and by the Living Word of God, living in the people. Yet they don't want it. They say, "We don't want to get mixed up with something like that." It would take their fellowship card. It would take their denominational order. Yet honest men like Lot, setting down in Sodom, knowing that that's wrong... See? See, what do they do when they do that? They paralyze the little faith that they did have. It can't work.
25-3 Now, Moses give away to that, and he set his faith paralyzed the world. Either your faith will paralyze glamour, or either the glamour will paralyze your faith. Now, you have to take one or the other. And you see the Bible don't change; God don't change. He's the unchangeable God.
And now we find today that people of this day (See?), they look to the big things, the big organizations. "I belong to the So--and--so," See? And they go down there and look; there's no difference from the street people. There's no other things... They have a little intellectual something he want... When you talk about Divine healing, the Pillar of Fire, the Light of God; they say, "That's mental."
25-5 A man picked up that picture of The Angel of The Lord the other day, a Baptist minister, and laughed at it. See? That's--that's blasphemy. See? There's no forgiveness for that.
That's what Jesus said. It's blasphemy when you see it doing the very works that Christ did, and He said when they seen that works in Christ. He was the Sacrifice, and they called Him Beelzebub, a devil, for--'cause he was doing it. And now they say... He said, "I forgive you for that, but when the Holy Ghost comes to do the same thing, you speak a word against It, it'll never be forgiven you in this world or the world to come." See?
Just one word's all you have to say against It. See? And then... Because if that Life... If you've been ordained to Eternal Life, then that Life would burst forth when you seen It. You'd recognize, just like the little woman at the well and the different ones; but if it's not there, it can't come to Life, for there's nothing there to come to Life with. As my old mother used to say, "You can't get blood from a turnip," because there's no blood in it. Now, that's the same thing, and it paralyzes what little faith you have got.
26-3 Lot could see the glamour, but he didn't have enough faith to see the fire that would destroy such glamour. I wonder if we have today? I wonder if us--the women that wants to be popular, that wants to act like the--the rest of the women in the church, if they see that they want to act like the rest, they--they can see the possibilities of being a prettier woman by being painted; they can see a prettier woman by having a younger appearance by cutting their hair, and--and acting like some of the others of the movie stars, but I wonder if that hasn't paralyzed their faith to know that the Bible says that a woman does that is a unhonorable woman. And a woman that puts on a garment pertains to a man is an abomination before God: slacks and so forth and shorts that they're wearing. It just becomes so callused till it becomes a regular routine of the people doing it. I wonder if they don't paralyze the very little faith that you had even to go to church. You see? That's the thing it does.
26-4 Lot did that and it paralyzed him and it paralyzed his people down there. They couldn't see it, but Abraham with an a-vindicated faith (his uncle), he looked not upon the glamour, he wanted nothing to do with it, though he had to live hard and live to himself and Sarah: lived out in the wilderness where it was hard goings on the barren ground, but they seen not the glamour or the possibilities of becoming popular. Sarah, the most beautiful woman in the land, Bible said so. She's fair, the fairest of all the women. And now she even stayed and obeyed her husband to even she called him her lord, who the Bible refers to plumb over in the New Testament said, "Whose daughter you are as long as you obey the faith." See? Called her husband her lord...
And the Angel of the Lord visited their temple or their little tent out there and told them; they didn't even have a house to live in, living out in the barren lands, and there you are. You see the day patterned back again just exactly like it was then.
27-2 Now, Moses with his great faith again could say "No" to the present things of the present world and make a righteous choice. He chose to suffer the afflictions with the people of God. He chose to go with it. Why? His faith. He saw the promise; he saw the end time; he saw over in tomorrow, and he let his faith loose. And he didn't pay no attention to what his eyes saw in the possibilities here that he was the Pharaoh and was going to be the Pharaoh, he looked plumb over in tomorrow.
Oh, if people could only do that. Didn't see the present world. If you look at the present world, you make a choice with it. Hide your eyes from that and look at the promise of God, way over in tomorrow. By his faith he could choose. He did choose to be called the son of Abraham and refused to be called the son of Pharaoh. How could he, when all the whole kingdom... Egypt had the world whipped. He was king of the world, and was a young man of forty years old here ready to take the throne, but he never looked at his inter...
27-4 Look at the women would've laid around him day by day, harems of them. Look at the glamour, set and drink wine and watch the striptease before him as they danced and fanned him with the--and the women from all over the world, and the jewels and treasures and his army out there. The only thing he had to do is set and eat his fine food and say, "Send an--send army garrison number so-and-so down to so-and-so; take that nation. I believe I just want it." That's all he had to do: set there, and them fan him, and hold his mouth open, let the--the lovely, beautiful stripteases of that day pour wine into his mouth, feed him his food with their arms around him, all the prettiest women in the world.
All the glamour that there was, was laying right there by him, but what did he do? He looked away from that. He knowed fire was ready for that. He knowed death laid in that line. See? He knowed that it was, and he looked over to a bunch of despised and rejected people, and by faith he chose to suffer the reproach of Christ and called himself, "I'm a son of Abraham; I'm no son of this Pharaoh. Though you make me a bishop, or a deacon, or an archbishop, or a pope, I'm no son of this thing. I'm a son of Abraham, and separate myself from the things of the world." Amen, amen, and amen.
28-2 By faith, did that. He took the glamour away. He took the possibilities of being the next bishop; he took the--the possibilities of being the next archbishop, or the next general overseer at the next election or whatever it was; he took that away. He refused to look at it.
Now, "If I become the bishop, I'll walk in. The people will say, 'Holy father' or 'Doctor So-and-so' or--or--or--or 'Elder So-and--so.' How they'll... All the ministers at the gathering, they'll pat me on the back and say, 'Say, boy, that guy's got something. I'm telling you.' Oh! 'Sh-sh-sh, keep still; here comes the bishop.' See? What he says, that's law. See? 'Here comes the So--and-so.'"
People will fly over the world to be the--see the pope, and kiss the foot and the rings and so forth. How... What a possibility to the Catholic, what a possibility to the Protestant to be bishop or general overseer or something, some great man in an organization.
Looking... Oh, but you see the eye of faith looks over the top of that. And you see the end of it down there where God says the whole thing will be destroyed. Faith, that eagle eye lifts you up above that and you see tomorrow, not today, and choose to be called a son of Abraham.
28-5 Pharaoh, with no faith seen God's children as fanatics. No faith, he made them slaves because he wasn't scared what he said. He wasn't afraid of God. He thought he was God. He thought his--his gods that he served, that he was a bishop, he was the head general overseer; his god is the one that did it; nothing to this thing here. So he made them slaves. He laughed at them, made fun of them just as the people did today, the same thing exactly.
Moses' faith seen them in the promised land, a blessed people. It might be a hard fight to get them to the promise, but Moses chose to go with them. (How I could lay on that, but my time's getting away. See?)
29-2 Notice, it might be a hard thing to turn those people around. You have to go live with them. You have to be one of them, and they're already so intellectual that you can't move them. See? But there's got to be something happen out there. There's got to be the supernatural demonstrated before them. It's going to be a hard thing. The organizations will turn you down, and all these things will happen. It's--it's terrible what you have to do, but yet, make your choice. "I'm one of them." Yeah, his faith did that. His faith sparked. Yes, sir. He saw it.
It was a hard thing to get them to that promise, but he took his choice to go with them anyhow. Regardless of what they did to him, and what they turned him down, he went anyhow, and was going out with them. I hope you're reading. All right.
Go with them anyhow. May... Be one of them (That's right.), because it's your duty. Might be a hard fight and lot to go through, but go anyhow. But his faith led him to take the choice of the Word and not the glamour. He took the Word. That's what Moses' faith did.
29-5 When faith looks on God's worst... Remember, here was the glamour now, the world, oh, the highest, king of the world. And where was God's promised? In the mud hole, a mud daubers, but when faith, when faith looks at God's worst, it esteems it greater and more valuable than the best the world can show (Yes, sir.), when faith looks at it, when faith can see it.
When faith in the Word can see the Word made manifest, it's more than all the glamour and archbishopry and everything else you can speak of. Faith does it. See? You can see the worst, the despised, the rejected, the whatever it might be; let it be at its worst, and yet faith will esteem that a million miles higher than the best the world can produce. Amen.
30-1 That's the way we sing that song, "I'll take the way with the Lord's despised few..." See? Oh, my. For, you see, faith sees what God wants done.
Oh I hope this goes in. Faith doesn't look at the present time. Faith doesn't see this here. Faith looks to see what God wants, and works accordingly. That's what faith does. It sees what God wants, and what God wants done, and faith operates through that.
Faith is a long range vision. It don't lower its sights. It holds to the target. Amen. Any good shooter knows that (See?), that it's long range; it's a--it's a telescope; it's a binocular that you don't look around here; you don't use binoculars to look to see what time it is. See? You don't use that, but you use binoculars to look away off, and faith does that. Faith picks up God's Binoculars, both of them, both sides, the New and Old Testament and sees every promise that He made, and faith sees it out yonder. And faith chooses that, regardless of what the present tense says here.
He looks at the end. He don't drop his sights down to look this way; he looks out yonder. He keeps the crosshair dead center on the Word. That's what faith does. That's the faith that's in a man that does those things.
30-5 Now, watch. What Pharaoh called--called... What Pharaoh called great, God called abomination. Pharaoh could said, "Look, Moses, here... Why, you're next Pharaoh; I hand this scepter to you when I leave here. I hand this scepter; it's yours." See? Now, this is great. "You're going to be a great man, Moses. You're going to be the bishop. You're going to be this, that, or other. Don't leave us. You stay here." But you see, he called that great, and God said it was an abomination.
Now, you women think a minute, so you men. What the world calls great, God calls filth. Don't the Bible say it's an abomination for a woman to wear a garment that pertains to a man? And you think you're smart in doing it. See? You're just displaying female flesh for the devil; that's all. So don't do it.
And you men who live after the things of the world and huddle and cuddle after this, and you men with not enough audacity about you to make your wives and things quit doing that: Shame on you. Call yourself sons of God, looks like Sodomites to me. See? Not to hurt your feelings, but to tell you the truth. Love is corrective. It always is.
A mother won't take care of her child, or correct it, and spank it, and make it mind, is not much of a mother for it. That's right.
31-2 Now, watch what takes place now. Moses saw this by his vision and Pharaoh said that, "This is great."
God said, "It's an abomination." So God... Moses chose what God said.
Now, notice, faith sees what God wants you to see. See? Faith sees what God sees, and reasoning and senses see what the world wants you to see. Notice, reasoning. "Why, it's only human sense; it's only--only reason it's this. This is... Well, ain't this just as good." See? That's just exactly when you use those senses which is contrary to the Word (See?), then that's what the world wants you to see. But faith don't look at that; faith looks what God said. See, see? You don't... You cast down reasons. Reasons... Reasoning sense sees what the world wants you to see: big denominations.
"Well, are you a Christian?"
"Oh, I'm--I'm Presbyterian, Methodist, Lutheran, Pentecostal, whatmore. I'm this, that, or the other. See, that's--that's senses. "I belong to the First church," (See?) "Oh, I'm Catholic." "I'm--I'm this, that." See? You say that.
31-5 Now, that--that's senses. You like to say it because it's a denomination, something big. "Well, we--we got more members nearly than any church in the world." See? "We..." But there's only one real church, and you don't join it; you're born in it. See? And if you're born in it, the living God works Himself through you, and make Himself known. See? That's where God dwells: in His church.
God goes to church everyday: just lives in church; He lives in you. You're His church. You are His church. You're the tabernacle that God dwells in. You are the church of the living God yourself. And if the living God lives in His living being, then your action is of God. If it isn't, then God isn't in there. He wouldn't make you act like that when He says in the Word here, His blueprint, "Don't do it," and you go do it. See, that's wrong. When you deny it, that shows the Life isn't even in you. See? That's right.
32-1 Faith led Moses to the path of obedience. Notice, Moses make... There's young Pharaoh; there is young Moses: both of them with the opportunity.
Moses seen the reproach of the people and counted it greater treasures than all Egypt had, and he led... By faith he followed what his faith said in the Word and it led him to the path of obedience and finally to glory, immortal, never to die in the presence of God.
Sight and senses led--and glamour led Pharaoh to his death and the destruction of Egypt, his nation, and it's never come back since.
There you are. Look at this, you die. Look at that, you live. Now, make your choice.
32-4 That's the same thing God put before Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. See? By faith you must make your choice. Now, notice, sight led Pharaoh to his death, and to destruction of his city. Moses, with his faith, never did fear Pharaoh. See? He didn't care what Pharaoh said. He cared not about Pharaoh no more than his mother and his daddy cared about the threat. When Moses was confirmed to him that he was that person that was to deliver the Egypt--to lead Israel out of Egypt, he never cared what Pharaoh said. He wasn't scared of him. Amen, amen, amen. You see what I mean?
There's no fear in faith. Faith knows about it. Faith as I've always said, has got great big muscles and hairs on the chest. Faith said, "Shut up." And everybody shuts up. That's all. "I know where I'm at."
Rest of them say, "Well, maybe he does." See? But you've got to stand up and show your muscles. That's all; faith does it.
32-6 Notice, Moses never feared Pharaoh after God a-vindicated his call. When... Moses believed he was called for that, but when God told him up there, "It's so," and come down and showed before Pharaoh and all the rest of them that he was sent to do it, Moses never was scared of Pharaoh.
Notice, Pharaoh used his wisdom on Moses though. Watch. He said, "I'll tell you what; I'll make an agreement with you (after the plagues done eat him up)," he said, "I'll make an agreement with you. You just go for a little worship for three days. Just go so far, and don't go no farther." But you know that was Pharaoh's senses told him that. See? "You just go so far and don't go no farther."
Haven't we got that kind today? "If you'll just join church, that's all right."
But, you know the faith that Moses had didn't believe in a so-far religion.
33-3 He said, "We're all going. We're going all the way. That's right. We're going to the promised land. We just don't go out here and make a denomination and stop; we go on through." Amen. "I'm going on to the promised land. God promised us."
How many Pharaohs have we got today standing in the pulpit, heads of organizations? "Now, if you just do this and do that, that's all... Well, see, just so far."
But Moses said, "Oh, no. No, no, no, no." See?
Pharaoh said, "Well, why not--if you're going to have that kind of religion, I'll tell you what you do. Just you and the elders go worship. See? Just you and the elders go worship, 'cause you all can have that kind of religion, but don't get it among the people."
You know what Moses said? "There won't even be a hoof left behind. We're going all the way. We're all going. I'm not going 'less they go; and as long as I'm here, I'm on your hands. Amen. I'm not going unless they can go too. That's all."
33-7 Oh, what a gallant servant. Amen, "I want to take them with me. Just because I've got it, and I set down and say, 'Well, now, this is all right.' No, sir; we want the people too. Every one of us is going." Amen. He said, "The land... Don't even leave every sheep or anything behind. There's not going to be a hoof left back. We're all going to the promised land (Amen.) every one of us. Whether you're a housewife, or whether you're a little maid, or whether you're an old woman, or a young man, or an old man, or whatever you are; we're going anyhow. There isn't going to be one of us left. Amen. Every one of us is going. And we ain't going to stop at nothing else." That's right.
My, them religions is really in a debate there, wasn't it? Oh, my. No, Moses did not believe in this here just so far religion. No, he didn't believe in that. Yes, sir. Oh, my.
We could stay all day on that but I got to get to my text after while and start preaching.
34-2 Notice, notice this. How beautiful. Oh, I love this. You know, finally Pharaoh said, "Get out." God just plagued him with the voice of Moses. And he struck everything. He done everything there was to be done. He stopped the... He put the sun down in the middle of the day; He done everything else. He--he blackened the days; he brought frogs, fleas, lice, everything else; fire, smoke and death to his families and everything else. He done everything till finally Pharaoh had to say, "Get out. Take all you got and go." Oh, my. Praise be to God.
I'm so glad that a man can so completely serve God till he--the devil don't know what to do with him. Just obey God so completely till the devil said, "Oh, my. Get away. I--I don't want to hear it no more." That's right. You can do it--so completely.
34-4 See now, if--if God wouldn't have backed up Moses, then he'd become a laughingstock; but God was right there confirming. Everything he said come to pass.
And Pharaoh had to hold his positions 'cause he was a bishop you know, so he--he had to stay there. He couldn't...?... He couldn't say "No," because it was already happening. See? He couldn't--he couldn't deny it 'cause it was already happening. So finally he said, "Oh, just get out; I don't want to hear you no more. Get out of here; take all you got and go." Oh, my.
Now, we find Moses, here, after God had done so much for him and had showed him so many signs and wonders...
Now, for the next fifteen minutes let's lay this down here. Watch real close.
34-6 Moses come to this spot where he... God had said, "I'm with you. Your words is My Word. I proved it to you, Moses. You are the one called flies in the land. It was out of season. And you said, 'Let there come flies,' and there come flies." That's creation. Who can bring darkness over the earth but God? "You said, 'Let there be darkness,' and there was darkness. You said, 'Let there be frogs,' and the frogs even got in Pharaoh's house, in the beds, and when they piled them up, in--in great heaps..." Creator... "And I have spoke through you, Moses, and made My Word create through your lips. I'll made you actually a god before Pharaoh." Yes, sir. "I've done all this." And here they come to a place, a little trial come up, and Moses begin to cry, "What shall I do?"
35-1 I want you to notice. This is a great lesson here now. I love this. See? See, Moses, if we read here right, that when the children begin to get scared, they seen Pharaoh coming after them in the line of duty...
God had performed everything perfectly; now He started them on their journey. He got the church together. They'd been called out; they come from every denomination; they all got together. Moses had went back there and said, "Lord, what must I do?"
He'd say, "Well, go do this." All right, go ahead. "Now, Moses, you know I've called you to do this."
"All right, you go speak this; it'll be." Here come the flies. "Speak for this." Here it come. "Do this." Here it come. Everything was THUS SAITH THE LORD, THUS SAITH THE LORD, THUS SAITH THE LORD.
35-4 Now, he gets into a trouble, and God said, "Now, I've got them started on the journey; they're all done called out. The church is together, so I've got them on their journey. Now, Moses, take them on over. I told you. See, I'm going and set down and rest awhile."
Moses said, "Oh, Lord, look coming here. Here comes Pharaoh. The people are all... What must I do? What must I do?" See there, isn't that just human being. Yes, sir. Begin to cry, "What must I do?"
Here we see Moses expressingly fully human nature--always wants God to get behind you and push you into something. Now, that's us today. You want God after we seen all we seen, yet you want God to push you to do something. See? Moses had just laxed around, said, "God, I'm going to ask You, and see what You say."
"Yeah, yeah," you say, "Well, all right. I'll say it too." See?
But here God had ordained him for the job, proved that He was with him; and here he is the circumstance comes up, and then he begins to cry, "What can I do? Lord, what can I do?"
36-2 Now, remember, he'd already prophesied here, for he said, "These Egyptians that you see today, you'll see no more," and then immediately begin to cry out, "God, what can we do?" See, after he'd done done a pretty good job in prophesying there. See, he had done told them what would happen. If the Word of God was in him, It was in him. And when he was telling that, it actually come to pass; what he said was already going to come to pass, and here he was crying out, "What am I going to do?"
Oh, if that isn't human beings. If that isn't me... If that isn't me... See? He'd already proved, "What you say will happen. I'm with you. And here a circumstance rose in a moment. "What must I do? What must I do, Lord? Hey, Lord, where are You at? Hey, do You hear me? What must I do?" And He'd already ordained him, and a-vindicated him, and proved and worked everything through him, and here, "God..." Oh, my, fully express it.
36-4 Man wants to rest and let God do the pushing. And yet he knew that God had anointed him for this job, to do this, and God had clearly a-vindicated his claims. It was time for the people to be delivered. God through his miracles and wonders had drawed them all together in one group (You follow me?), drawed them all together in one group, vindicated his claims. Scripture said so. Here was a sign; here was the evidence. Here everything that he said... Then he come among them as a prophet. Well, whatever he said, God honored it, even to create and bring up flies and put things in existence. And everything that He'd promised him, here He done it. But he wanted to wait on THUS SAITH THE LORD. See?
He should've known that the very vindication of his call was THUS SAITH THE LORD. His job that he was ordained to was THUS SAITH THE LORD. Can you get it? Why did he wait on THUS SAITH THE LORD?
36-6 He wanted, "Lord, what can I do? Here I've brought these children out here this far. Here's the circumstance: Pharaoh's coming; they're all going to die. What must I do? What must I do?"
He had already predicted what they was going to do. He'd already told just exactly what to do. He predicted the end of the very nation he was brought up in. I hope you understand. See? Moses had already said, "You'll not see them anymore. God's going to destroy them. They made fun of you long enough. God will destroy them." He'd already predicted what would happen to them, then, "Lord, what must I do?" See the human nature there? See? "What must I do? I'm going to wait for THUS SAITH THE LORD." Yes, sir. "I'll see what the Lord says, and then I'll do it." Remember, there was a Pharaoh had raised up that didn't know Joseph, you know, in that time, right at that time. See, see? And Moses stood right up and predicted the end of the nation. And here he was right to the place where it was to be happening, and then he cries out, "What must I do, Lord? What must I do?" See?
37-2 Isn't that human beings? Isn't that just human nature? "What shall I do?" He was--already prophesied. God had honored everything he said, and he was called for the job, so why did he have to say, "What must I do?" There was a need; it was just up to him to speak for it. God wanted Moses to put that gift of faith that He had given him to work. God had vindicated it. It was the Truth, and God wanted Moses--wanted the people to see that He was with Moses. And he, back there he waited, say "Now, Lord, I'm just a baby. Let You tell me now. Yeah, I'll go do this. I got THUS SAITH THE LORD."
"Brother, is that THUS SAITH THE LORD?"
"Yes, yes, Brother Moses, that's THUS SAITH THE LORD."
"Yeah, okay. We got it now, THUS SAITH THE LORD," and it happened, never failed one time, never did fail.
And here it is under circumstances, comes up again. Now, He's got them on the journey. The church is already called out. Got them on the journey, and they're moving up. And Moses started crying out, "Lord, is it THUS SAITH THE LORD? What must I do?"
37-4 All right, God wanted Moses to have faith that He'd put in that gift that He'd clearly a-vindicated. God had clearly proved to Moses and the people that it was Him by the Word and by the things that was said come to pass. It was clearly identified. There was no need of him worrying anymore about it. See? There was no more of him to think anything about it 'cause it was already cleared up. He'd already done these things. He'd already proved by flies and fleas that he spoke things into creation, that the Word of God was in him. So here he is going to ask now what to do when the circumstances lays right before him. See? Oh, my.
I hope this goes way down to us, and we can see where we're at. See? Don't it make you feel about that big? Thinking about Moses, telling his faults, and look at ours.
38-2 Here he was standing there. See? Knowed that the Scriptures said that that was the hour and day for that to happen, and knowed that God had met him in a Pillar of Fire. And it went right down before the people and performed these miracles, and everything he said, it come to pass, even to bring things into creation, doing the things that only God could do, showing that his voice was God's voice. And here was the circumstances with that people that he was raising up, bringing on to the promised land, and then was standing crying, "What must I do?"
That's a human being just wanting to... As Brother Roy Slaughter (I believe he's setting outside the door there.) told me one time about somebody doing something to me, and I said, "Well, I did this and now that..."
And he said, "Brother Branham, let them lean on your shoulder today, and tomorrow you pack them."
And that's just the way human beings is. Lean on your shoulder today, and tomorrow you pack them. That's what Moses was doing. God had to pack him along after He'd ordained him and proved it to do it. And the people ought to have said, "Moses, say the Word. I seen you do it there. God honored you there. And you're the same one today." Amen. See? "Do it." Amen. He ought to have knowed it, but he didn't. All right.
38-5 Just as it was then, so is it now. We find out that... So he said... God must've just got enough of it. God must've got fed up on it. He said, "What are you crying to Me about? Haven't I already proved My identification? Haven't I told you that I sent you for the job? Didn't I tell you to go do this? Didn't I promise that I'd do this, that I'd be with your mouth, and I'd speak through you, and I'd do this, and you'd show signs and wonders; didn't I promise to do it? Have not I did just exactly and destroyed every enemy from around you? And here you are standing out here now at the Red Sea right in the line of duty, what I told you to do and then still hollering and crying to Me. Don't you believe Me? Can't you see that I sent you to do this?"
39-1 Oh, if that isn't human being, my. So He just must've got pretty well fed up on it. And He said, "You know you have need of it. You know if you're going to take these children over there to the promised land... That's exactly. You're penned up here in a corner. There ain't nothing else you can do. So there's a need. What are you crying to Me about? (Amen.) What you looking at Me for? What you calling on Me about? Haven't I proven it to the people? Haven't I proven it to you? Haven't I called it? Isn't it Scriptural? Didn't I promise to take this people to that land? Didn't I call you and tell you I would do it? Didn't I call and say I sent you to do it, and it wasn't you, it was Me? And I go down, and I'd be with your lips. Whatever you said, I'd vindicate it and prove it. Haven't I done it? Then when any little thing comes up, why do you act like a baby? You ought to be a man. Speak to the people. (Amen.) Then move forward." Amen. There you are. "Don't cry, speak!" Amen.
Oh, I like that. "What are you crying to Me about? Just speak to the people and go forward to your objective." Whatever it is, if it's sickness, or whatever, whether it's to raise the dead or whatever it is, speak. I proved it. Speak to the people."
39-3 What a lesson. What a lesson. Oh, my. At this stage of the journey where we're standing, look where we're at now (Yes, sir.), at the third pull. Notice, we're right here at the door of the coming of the Lord.
He was anointed for the job and still waiting for THUS SAITH THE LORD. God must've just got enough of it. He said, "Don't cry anymore; speak. I sent you."
Oh, God. What this church ought to be this morning. God's perfect a-vindication with the Pillar of Fire and the signs and the wonders, everything just like it was in the days of Sodom. He said it would return back. Here's the world in its condition; there's the nation in its condition. There's the women in the condition. There's the men in the condition. There's the church in the condition, There's everything. The elements, the signs, flying saucers and everything in the skies and all kind of mysterious things, and the sea a-roaring, tidal waves, man's heart failing, fear, perplexed