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Hebrews Chapter Six And Seven
249-504 Good morning, friends, it's a privilege to be here. And--and
a... To fulfill this great introduction from our pastor would certainly
take a real life, wouldn't it? So we are giving praise to the Lord for
all of His great healing powers and His mercies that He has given to us
down through the years.
249-505 Now, I have a few announcements to make. One, we, Brother Wood
and Brother Roberson, and... We want to thank you all for praying for
us for a safe trip: had a wonderful time; just gone four and a half
days, I believe, and back again safely. The Lord did bless us.
249-506 Now, we're announcing that the--the Brother Graham Snelling,
his revival is continuing on up at the--the end of Brigham Avenue; it's
in the city here. And this coming Wednesday night... (I want to go away
tomorrow after a funeral service for one that I'll announce in a few
moments.) We'll let you know Wednesday night. We want to go in a
delegation all up to visit Brother Graham before he closes his service
up there. And we'll try to get the entire church together if we can,
and go as a delegation to meet--to be with Brother Graham in one of his
249-507 And now, this afternoon at--at the undertaker's establishment
at Charlestown is a--a Mrs. Colvin, that once come to the church here
many years ago, seventy-four years old, left this life yesterday to go
to be with the Lord Jesus. And her funeral is to be preached Monday by
Reverend Mr. McKinny; he used to--formerly the pastor of the Methodist
church at--at Port Fulton for many years, which was a personal friend
of theirs. And I'm to assist him, Monday, at I believe it's one-thirty
at the--at the chapel at Charlestown, Indiana. And all of you friends
of the Colvin family would, I know, would appreciate now just a little
courage or a little handshake. For we all know what that is, we who've
been down through those--in the valleys ourselves, and know what it
means to lose a friend. And so we... She's laying in the--in the chapel
now at Charlestown, Indiana. If you go up this afternoon, why, it would
be appreciated by the Colvin family, I'm sure. Many of their people
comes here to the Tabernacle yet. I've married, buried, baptized,
pretty near their family through. And so Mr. Grayson, that used to be
our neighbor right here is the undertaker up there.
250-508 And then, this tonight, the Lord willing, where we leave off
this morning, we'll try to pick up tonight in this great study that
we're studying in now. And then I think that was the announcements as
far as--as I--I know of. And this coming Wednesday night now, we'll
announce the night that we're going up to be with Brother Graham.
250-509 And we welcome all of the strangers in our gates. And we're
happy to have you here this morning, and pray that God will
exceedingly, abundantly, bless you today for this gathering.
250-510 Brother Cox has just told me that the public-addressing outfit
wasn't working too well at the time. It's perhaps, maybe according to
the weather, a lot of dampness in the speakers there. And they're not
too good to begin with, so that may be the cause.
250-511 As I see a sister setting here that I know, Sister Arganbright,
I would... This is not nice and--and etiquettes to ask this, but have
you heard from Brother Arganbright since he's been over. I am very
interested in hearing from him as soon as we can. He's in Switzerland
and Germany, in a meeting over there with Brother Tommy Hicks and Paul
Cain. If you ever hear, Sister Ruth, you let me know right away, just
as quick as you can.
250-512 Now, the little Tabernacle has no membership, but we have
fellowship. We have no creed but Christ, no law but love, no book but
the Bible. That's the only Book that we know of, and the only thing
that we know. As we have... As the Blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us
from all sins, we have fellowship one with the other, everybody.
250-513 I was noticing, this morning, to some of you people might have
heard the brother praying, that was a Catholic so, or, formerly a
Catholic, and we have all different types of people come here. Just had
the privilege, a few moments ago, to shake the hand of a Mennonite
brother who's setting in here. And from the Mennonites, from the
Methodists, from the Baptists, and the Catholic, or whosoever will, let
them come. And we fellowship together around the blessings of God's
Word. Setting present is Jehovah Witness and different types of the
people from different denominations.
251-514 I used to love (well, I do yet) the west. I love horses and
cattle. I was just raised on a farm, and I--I love it. And we used to
have the round up, and I'd go with them, and we had a drift fence. I
don't know whether you eastern people know what a drift fence is or
not. It's when you put the cattle into the--the forest; they have a
fence to keep them from drifting (what they call), to come back down to
the ranches. They'd eat up the grass, where they're raising the grass
for the winter feed. And then, up in the mountain, they also have drift
fences where they separate so many females and male and so forth,
called a drift fence. But the main drift fence is where the ranger
stands when the cattle are going through.
251-515 And now, I've set there a-many day in my saddle, and watched
them as the cattle would go through. There was all different kinds of
brands went in. There was some called the Diamond, and some of them
called the Bar X, and some... Ours was the Tripod, something like a boy
scout emblem. The next fellow below it, was a turkey track on the
horse. And they had all different kinds of brands to--to know their
cattle when they drove them out.
Now, the ranger wasn't so interested in what brand they had, but here's
what the ranger was interested to watch a tag in their ear. Everything
that went in there, no matter what brand it was, had to be a
thoroughbred Hereford. It could not go in there unless it was a
Hereford; had to be registered stock or it couldn't get through.
251-517 I think, on that day when the Lord comes, He's not going to pay
any attention to what brand we're wearing, but if we're all borned
again Christians. That's right. That's the stock of Christ. The Blood
test is going to prove us; we're all Christians. And if we're going to
be that way there, we might as well be that way here. Don't you think
so? That's the way, we appreciate all fellowship from all different
251-518 Now we're studying in this blessed Book of Hebrews. One brother
has enjoyed it so much till he's taken the tapes and he's making a book
of lectures on this.
Now we're going to come pretty soon to the 11th chapter. We expect to
spend the winter on that, on the 11th chapter. For each one of those
characters, we wish to go back through the Book and tie the entire
Scripture together. I was going to do it... I do in portion, on some of
this--of these former chapters, to get the whole Book tied together.
For, you see, Scripture must prove Scripture.
Therefore if there's any contradiction that anyone would think that the
Scriptures contradict each other, that's an error. There's no Scripture
contradicts a Scripture. The--the contradiction is where that maybe It
contradicts our way of looking at It, but It doesn't contradict Itself.
I've been in the ministry, going on twenty-six years now, and I have
never one time found one thing in the Bible that contradict anything
else was written in the Bible, and I--I just know it isn't there.
252-521 And today we are studying in one of the most blessed chapters
of the Hebrews, the 7th chapter. And there's anyone doesn't have a
Bible, would like to follow us in the readings, we'd be glad to bring
you a Bible if you just raise your hand. I'll have some of the
elders... Someone come here and get some... Some one are raising their
hands back there, and... Thank you, brother. And if you want a Bible,
just raise your hand and they'll bring it to you.
252-522 Now, the only way that a church can be built, the only way that
a man can have faith is not by his denomination, not by his
affiliation; but his faith rests, not upon the theology of some man's
ideas, 'cause it's more or less, altogether, man... But the only way
faith can find its solemn resting place is upon the immovable and
unchangeable Word of God. "Faith cometh by hearing, hearing the Word."
That's how it takes. And--and when faith is heard and accepted, it's
forever settled. Nothing no more can ever move it, no matter what comes
or goes. Nothing can ever change that faith. Think of that. You're
anchored, and you no more change for time and eternity. You're anchored
forever. For God by one Sacrifice has perfected forever those that are
sanctified or called.
252-523 And faith has such a great place in the Christian, the
believer's life, that it can take its stand by the side of a muddy
grave, or over a casket where a precious baby or a sweetheart has
passed from this life to the beyond, and with a stern look of the eagle
eye, can look to Him Who said, "I am the Resurrection and the Life."
And they forget the things that's in the past; they press on to the
mark of the high calling.
I'm so glad that God has provided such, and has made it a free gift to
all. That's what churches are to be. Churches doesn't mean
denominations or organizations; it means groups of people, of believers
who's gathered together under the fellowship of the Word.
253-525 And in this marvelous teaching here of Saint Paul, in the
backgrounds in the former chapters he has specifically been dealing
with the supreme Deity of the Lord Jesus and Who He was. Christ was God
made so that man could feel Him, and touch Him, and--and fellowship
with Him. Christ, the Lord Jesus was the body that God dwelt in: "God
was made flesh and dwelt among us." I Timothy 3:16, "Without
controversy great is the mystery of godliness, for God was manifested
The great Jehovah came down and was made tangible by living in the body
of His own Son, declaring and reconciling the world to Himself. God was
nothing... Christ was nothing short of God, and--and God was nothing
short of Christ. The two together made the Godhead bodily, made a
little lower than Angels so that He could suffer. Angels cannot suffer.
Jesus was the Tabernacle that God dwelt in.
The Bible said in the 7th chapter of the Acts of the Apostles, that
tabernacles and burnt... "Sacrifice and burnt-offerings Thou wouldest
not, but a body has Thou prepared Me. Howbeit the most High dwelleth
not in tabernacles made with hands, but a body has Thou prepared Me."
That in tabernacling or dwelling in a fellowship with men...
253-528 If God permits, as soon as we're through with this chapter
here, or through with this Book, we want to go back and pick up the
Book of Ruth and show in there that how God became kinfolks to us to
reconcile the lost back to Himself by fellowshipping and becoming one
of us. The Redeemer must be kinfolks. And the only way that God could
become kinfolks to us, is to become one of us. So He could not become
an Angel and be kinfolks to man.
253-529 Last evening when I was talking to the heartbroken son, my
partner, of the mother that's just passed away, said, "O Brother Bill,
I guess she's an Angel tonight."
I said, "No, Earl, she'll never be an Angel. She's a woman tonight,
just as God made her, and will always be, never Angels." God made
Angels. He never made man become Angels; He made Angels and man. So man
will never be Angels, and Angels will never be man. God made them
254-531 Now, and in Christ becoming flesh to redeem out of that great
beyond where man had fell, and that immortality by sin had come down,
God came down and taken on the form or the shape of a man, and became
kinfolks to us that He might bear our sins and our death.
254-532 And in one of the illustrations we were giving in the previous
lessons... (Just a little background so the newcomer would understand.)
God, on His road up to Calvary, as the sting of death was upon Him and
was buzzing around Him, and finally it stung Him till He died... He
died till the sun quit shining. He died until the moon and the stars
would not give their light. For had... He had to do that to anchor the
stinger of death. If He'd been an immortal Person, if He'd been in the
theophany, or been in the Spirit, death has no control of that. It had
to become flesh, that He could take the stinger of death.
But when a bee or an insect who stings, once sting deep, he'll never
sting again. He leaves his stinger in the flesh. And that's what Christ
be--or God became Christ, dwelt in flesh, that He might anchor in His
own flesh the stinger of death. And when death pulled away from Him at
the cross, it left its stinger; it could not sting a believer anymore.
It could make a humming noise; it could make a buzz and a threat, but
it cannot sting. It has no stinger.
The great Saint Paul on his death march screamed and said, "O death,
where is your sting, and, grave, where is your victory? But thanks be
to God Who's done give us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ,"
for both death and grave has lost its power.
254-535 Now... Then, last Sunday we taken, "Leaving the principles of
the doctrine of Christ," in the 6th chapter we read this, "let us go on
to perfection." And we found out that the people today in many
churches, along with the Branham Tabernacle and different ones, we lay
too much on studying about the principles of Christ: He was the Son of
Abraham; He was the Son of--of so-and-so, and on back to genealogies.
But the Bible said, "Let us lay aside those things and go on to
First you must know the doctrine, and then you must know all these
things; then let's lay them aside He said, of resurrection of the dead,
laying on of hands, baptisms, and all those dead articles of God. Yet
they--they have no Life in them... But the church today just goes to
those things, "Oh, we believe in the Deity of Christ. Yes, sure. We
believe in water baptism. Yes, sure. Laying on of hands...
Paul said, "We'll do all this if God permits. But in the face of all of
that, let's lay it aside now, and go on to perfection."
255-538 Now, the church cannot be perfected through organizations. It
gets further away from God all the time, or farther away from each
other. We draw barriers; we separate ourselves, seemingly not having
the faith. But then when we leave those principles of doctrine, if we
move on to perfection, then those little things become of not much use.
We go into a relationship, and we find out that the only way that we
can be perfected is to be in Christ. And we find out then by the
teachings of the Bible, that how we get into Christ. Not by water
baptism, not by laying on of hands, not by teaching, but by one Spirit
we are all baptized into one body and become perfected through His
suffering. Then we look different; we think different; we act
different; we live different. Not because it's a duty or we belong to
church, but because of the love that God has shed abroad in our hearts
by the Holy Ghost, that makes us fellow citizens of the Kingdom of God;
then there's no denomination or barriers in that. We're all one great
255-540 Now we're ready to enter in upon the morning lesson in a few
moments. One more thing I'd like to get to here; that is, that Paul's
speaking in the Book of the 7th--or the 6th chapter, we find out here
that we're made perfect in Christ. Then in the 13th verse of the 6th
chapter, just a little background...
For when God made promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no
greater, he sware by himself,
God swore by Himself, because He could not swear by anyone greater.
Now, we want to go back. Let's get at Galatians just a few moments.
Turn back to the Book of Galatians, and get Galatians 3:16. And we'll
read here just a moment of what He swore by.
Now to Abraham and his seed were the promise made. He saith not, And to
seeds, as of many; but as of one,... to the seed, which is Christ.
Now, if you'll notice, reading that close, now as you read...
... to Abraham and his seed... (singular)... were the promises...
(plural)... made. (Abraham and his Seed)
256-543 Now, the Seed of Abraham was One, which was Christ, in
prefigure, Isaac. But Abraham had many children. He had one before he
had Isaac, which was showing the slipping up of the unbelief of Sarah,
who wanted Hannah to bring the child, thinking that she was too old,
and God to bypass and make some other way from the way that He had
promised to do it.
But God keeps His promise. No matter how unreasonable it may seem,
God's obligated to His promise. And Sarah thought that maybe she could
have Hannah--or Hagar, rather, her maid to give birth to a baby through
Abraham, and she would take it. And that became Ishmael, which was a
thorn in the flesh from then until now: still a thorn in the flesh. For
out of there come the Arabs and they've always been that way.
Now, anytime that you disbelieve the naked Word of God and adopt some
other way, it'll be a thorn in your flesh from there on. You take just
what God said. If He said It, that's just what He means. O blessed be
His Name. Just take His Word.
No matter what tries to bypass, say, "Well, It really doesn't mean
that." It means just what It says, when God makes a promise.
256-547 Now, if we'll notice closely...
... Abraham and his seed were the promises...
One was the Seed, singular, and the other was promises. There's more
than one promise and more than one person that's included in the Seed
of Abraham. See, there's one Seed but many people of this Seed. See,
they were not just Abraham alone, or to Isaac alone, but the... It was
to all the Seed of Abraham. The promises was made to each and every
individual seed of that Seed. You get it?
Therefore, we being dead in Christ (according to the Scriptures), we
take on Abraham's Seed and are heirs according to the promise, not by
joining church, or of forming of the dead articles or--or so forth. But
by being borned of the Spirit of Christ, we are Abraham's Seed and are
joint heirs with Him in the Kingdom.
257-549 Then, we go on to read then just a little further now, God
making an oath. Now, the 17th verse of the 6th chapter...
Wherein God, willing more abundantly... God, willing more abundantly to
show unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel,
confirmed it with an oath:
Oh, let's just rest now a few minutes. God more willing, not that He
had to, but to make this a sure thing...
Now, we've already found that God became flesh, dwelt among us, how
that He manifested Hisself towards the world... When He found the woman
in adultery, He said, "I don't--I don't condemn you; go, sin no more."
When He found the sick, He acted just the way He'd have to act, for He
was God, and He--He healed the sick. He raised the dead. He forgave the
sins, no matter how they was and how many, and how backslidden; He
forgive them anyhow, if they were willing to come and ask.
257-552 Now, notice. If God acted any one time on a certain
circumstance, and if that same circumstance arise again, He's got to
act the second time like He did the first time or He's unjust. See? No
matter how bad you are in sin, how stooped you may become, He's got to
act to you like He did that fallen woman or He acted wrong then.
God's behavior is His Person, and what He is in His behavior declares
His Person. And that's the way you are: in your behavior of life tells
what you are. As we had and went through, a lesson or two ago, the
Methodist people wanted to declare, "When you shout, you got It." The
Pentecostal says, "When you spoke with tongues, you've got It." The
Shaker said, "When you shake, you got It," the Pennsylvania Shakers.
And we find out that they're all wrong. Your life declares it. Your
person declares what you are. A man is known by his works. And whatever
your life is...
You've heard the old story, "Your life speaks so loud, I can't hear
your words." So whatever you are, you are. The life that you live shows
what kind of a spirit is in you.
258-555 And then you may impersonate the wrong thing--or impersonate
the right thing, may I say. You may impersonate a Christian, but there
will by-and-by come a time when the strain will be put on, then it'll
show what you are. A chain is its strongest at its weakest link.
And when Christ the Son of God was put to the test, it showed what He
was. Sure. When you're put to the test, it'll prove what you are. Your
life always reflects what's on the inside of you. By-and-by... But be
sure your sins don't find you out. And that's what we're trying to say.
258-557 Jesus said in St. John 5: 24, "He that heareth (not he that
shaketh, he that speaketh, he that...) He that heareth My Word, and
believeth on Him that sent Me, has Eternal Life, and shall never come
to the judgment; but's passed from death unto Life."
It's your faith. And your faith, confessed by your lips, make manifest
to the people that can hear, but your life is open before all. So no
matter how much you try to act this and do this, it'll never work; it's
got to be in you. That's the real kernel of the whole story; your
personal faith in the resurrected Christ as your Saviour, that He's at
the right hand of God acting in your place this morning, as you're
acting in His place down here as a witness. A witness is to act instead
of somebody, stand for you as a witness. And as your life reflects
here, what your testimony is in Christ, it reflects there and it
reflects here, And He is up there; as what He is for you, reflects both
there and here. So you are... By your faith are you saved, and that
alone. So sensations, emotions, feelings, anything has no place at all
258-559 Now, I'm not... This... Now, don't think wrong, that I do not
believe in these emotions. Certainly. But what we're on now, trying to
drill to this people of this day, is not emotions. The Devil has took
those things and went wild with the people, letting them base their
eternal destination upon an emotion. Shouting, speaking with tongue,
going to church every Sunday, acting like a Christian, that won't have
one bearing at that day. "Except a man is borned again..." And your
life reflects what you are on the inside (See?), not your emotions.
You could have blood in your hands; you could speak with tongues; you
could heal the sick; you could move mountains with your faith, and you
are nothing yet: I Corinthians 13. See? It's got to be something's
happened by a birth which comes from God, and God brings a new birth
into you and gives you a part of Himself. Then those things are. You
are a new creation. "I give unto them Eternal..."
259-561 We went through the word "eternal." "Forever" is "a space of
time." Eternity is forever, forever, and forever, but there's only one
eternity. And we find out that you receive Eternal Life. And the word
in the Greek is "Zoe" which means "God's Life." And you receive part of
God's Life, which makes you a spiritual son of God, and you're just as
everlasting as God is everlasting. You have no end, no place to stop,
because you had no place to begin. Anything has a beginning has an end,
and that without a beginning has no end.
259-562 How we love that precious Word. How the Christian should be
established in the faith that was once delivered to the saints and not
be tossed about, place to place, and joining different churches. Any
church you want to belong to is all right as long as you're a
Christian; but first put the first thing, which is that birth that
makes you kinfolks to God as God became Kinfolks with you.
He become Kinfolks that He might raise you up. Before He could raise
you up, He has to give you Eternal Life. Then God had to become
Kinfolks to take death to raise you up. Then you have to become
kinfolks to Him in order to go in the resurrection. You see what it is?
It's just a swap. God became you, that you might become God. See? God
became a part of you (flesh), that you might, by His grace, become a
part of Him (That's all.) to have Eternal Life. Just a beautiful
picture, and, oh, we love it.
... God, willing more abundantly... (didn't have to, but He was willing
I'm so glad of that (aren't you?), that our God is willing. Look, what
if He--what if He wasn't longsuffering? What is the fruit of the
Spirit? Love, joy, faith, peace, longsuffering. That's a part of God
that's in you. And can... Forbearance, forbearing one another's
burdens, forgiving one another, as God for Christ's sake forgive you...
The Spirit of God in you makes you that way. And then when God was here
on earth and became you, became sin, that Him taking your sin, bore it
for you and paid your penalty for it... God is longsuffering,
forbearing our burdens.
260-566 And then, He's a good God. If you want to--certain things your
way, you know God's good enough to do that. He loves to--to make you
happy. He wants to... He's Love, and His great love constrains Him to
even step down sometime to let you have the things that you want.
Look at Thomas after the resurrection. Thomas wouldn't believe. Oh,
he's got many children today. But Thomas said, "No, no. I'll have to
have some evidence. I'll have to put my hands in His side and in
His--my fingers over here in His hands, before I will believe it. I--I
don't care what you say." See, he was all out of the Scripture order
right then. You're supposed to believe it. So he said, "I have to have
some sort of an evidence to prove it."
And Jesus appeared; He's good, "Come on, Thomas, if that's what you
want, well, here you are, you can have it."
That's the way we are. We say, "Lord, I got to speak with tongues. I--I
got to shout. I got..."
"Oh, go ahead, I'll let you have it." He's good.
So he stuck his hands in His side; then he said, "Oh, it's my Lord and
He said, "Now, Thomas, you believe since you've seen. But how much
greater is their reward who has no evidence and yet believes it." There
you are. That's where we must get to. "How much greater is their reward
who seen nothing but yet believe It." It's a act of faith that we
260-573 Now, I believe signs following the believers, but let's put
first things first. You can have the signs without this. Paul said you
could; he said, "I could speak with tongue like both men and Angels;
I'm nothing. I can move mountains by my faith; I'm nothing. I could
understand the Bible in such a way I could know all the mysteries of
God; I'm nothing." See, that's gifts of the Holy Spirit without the
The Holy Spirit is God, and God is Love, Joy, Peace, Long-suffering,
Gentleness, Patience. That's the Spirit of God. That's what God raises
up in the last days, through that Spirit.
... not willing... God, more willing abundantly to show unto the heirs
of the promise...
God, more willing to show the heirs... Who is the heirs? "We, being
dead in Christ take on Abraham's Seed and are heirs. Oh, does that soak
in? We are heirs of the Kingdom of God through a sworn promise. God
didn't have to swear; His Word's perfect. But He swore too, by Himself,
for there's no one greater, as we read on, just a moment; listen.
... the promise of immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an
oath:... (the immutability, the unchangeable)
261-577 God cannot change, He has to remain the same. And if God healed
one sick person, He can never change His attitude. If God forgive one
sinner, one prostitute, He can never change His attitude. The
immutability, the unchanging of God's Word... God said in one place,
"I'm the Lord Who heals all thy diseases." He has to stay with It, for
He's infinite. He knowed to the end from the beginning.
Now, I can say, "I'll do this." And the Bible said, we ought to say,
"If the Lord is willing." Because I'm a mortal; I don't know. Sometimes
I have to take my word back, but God can't take His back; He's God.
And He only requested one thing: "If thou canst believe..." Oh, my. "If
you can believe, all things are possible. If thou canst believe..."
That's all you... If you can, there's the question. But not the
question is on God's Word, because His immutability, He cannot change.
261-580 Now, listen as we read on down.
That by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to
lie,... (impossible, an impossibility and immutability is practically
the same word: can't change, can't move. It has to stay the same
forever, can't be changed: the immutability and the impossibility)
And two... by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God
"We have two things?" Yes. First, His Word said He would do it. The
second was His sworn oath on it, He'd do it.
Oh, my. What type of people should we be? Why should we be tossed about
and run about, and taking the things of the world and acting like this
1957 streamlined, model Christianity? We want to be the old fashion
type that takes God at His Word, and calls those things which were not
as though they were, "If God said so, that settles it."
262-582 Abraham, who the promise was given, to him and his Seed, he
called the things which were not as though they were. For It was God's
promise, knowing that God could not lie. He promised him that, and he
believed it. And as the years passed by, and the promise seemed to get
further away to the natural eye, it become closer to Abraham.
Instead of being weak, and say, "Well, maybe there is no such a thing
as Divine healing. Maybe I mistook. Maybe there is no such a thing.
Maybe I've been wrong in all my conceptions." Then that shows one
thing, that you haven't been borned again.
262-584 "For it's..." We got through last Sunday, just a little further
back in the chapter, "For it is impossible for a man that's once tasted
the heavenly gift and things, to fall away again to renew himself to
repentance... absolutely, totally, impossible. For he that is borned of
God, does not and cannot commit sin. For the Seed of God remains in Him
and he cannot sin." The Seed of God is the Word of God. Faith cometh by
hearing, hearing the Word. The sacrifice was made, it's all over."
Now, if you do wrong, God will make you pay for it. But if you do,
you--wrong, you don't do it willingly: 10th chapter, 47th verse, I
believe, "For if we sin willfully, after we received the knowledge of
the truth..." But after you're once borned, you have the truth, not the
knowledge of it; but you have accepted the Truth, and It's become a
reality, and you're a child of God for time and eternity. God swore
that He would do it.
Jesus said, "He that heareth My Words, and believeth on Him that sent
Me, hath Everlasting Life, and I'll raise him up in the last day; he'll
never come to the judgment; he's passed from death unto Life." Now with
a oath like that, "God willing that we should receive It..."
263-587 Now, watch what he says here, Paul speaking to the--the church.
... is it possible for God to lie, we ought to have a strong
consolation,... (Not "Well, if the Baptists don't treat me right, I'll
go to the Methodists." See?)... we should have a strong consolation,
who has fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
Now then, the reading of the last.
Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul,... (the hope, the sworn
oath of God)... we have as a anchor of the soul, both sure and
steadfast, and which entereth into that is, within the veil;
Let's speak just a moment on the veil. We didn't get it too good last
263-590 "In the veil..." The veil is the flesh. The veil is what keeps
us from seeing God face to face in this church. The veil is what keeps
us from seeing the Angels at their positions this morning, standing by
the seats. The veil is what keeps us from seeing Him. We're hid behind
the veil, and that veil is the flesh. We are sons and daughters of God;
we're in the Presence of God. "The Angels of God are encamped about
those who fear Him." We're in the Presence of God all the time: "I'll
never leave thee; neither will I ever forsake thee. I'll be with thee
always, even unto the end."
But the veil is the flesh; that's what's keeps us out of His Presence.
But through the soul, the Spirit, by our faith we know that He's
watching us. He's standing by us. He's here now.
263-591 Down at Dothan one morning, an old prophet was surrounded by an
army and the--his servant went out and said, "O father, the whole
country's surrounded by the aliens."
And Elijah raised up, and said, "Why, son, there's more with us than
there is with them."
Well, he batted his eyes and looked around; he could see nothing.
He said, "God, I would that You'd open his eyes, take away the veil."
And when the veil dropped from over his eye, around that old prophet
was chariots of fire; the mountains was on fire with Angels and
chariots. There you are.
Oh, then Gehazi could say, "I--I understand now." See, the veil
dropped. There's where the hindrance.
264-596 Here it is. Hold tight; the veil is what keeps us from living
the way we should. Veil is what keeps us from doing the things that we
really want to do. And God became veiled in flesh. And the veil was
tore in two, and God became God again. And He raised up the veil that
He hid Hisself in; that's the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, proving
to us that in this veil that we're now hid in... By faith we believe It
and accept It. And when this veil is tore in two, I'll go in His
Presence with this assurance, knowing that I know Him in the power of
His resurrection. At the coming of the Lord Jesus, this veil will be
raised up again in a perfected way, so I'll walk and talk with Him as
my Saviour and my God, when He takes the throne of David. And we'll
live forever in this veil after it's been perfected, but this veil has
sin in it. It was... No matter how... Don't never think of that
glorified body in this earth. It's got to die the same as your soul has
to die to be borned again. In the perfection...
264-597 Not eating meats, and doing this, and perfecting the body,
you'll never have it. And you've got to quit this, and do this, and do
this, and do this, that's law. That's legalist. We don't believe in the
legal forms of salvation. We believe it "by grace are we saved." And
it's not you; you have nothing to do with it; it's God's election that
does it. "No man can come to Me except My Father draws him." That's
right. And He... All Jesus come to do was to get these that the Father
foreknew and predestinated them before the foundation of the world to
become sons and daughters of God. Amen. "Not him that runneth or him
that willeth, but God that showeth mercy." It's God that does it. You
can't brag at all. There's not a thing that you did; God, by grace,
saved you, not you, yourself. If you do, you got something to brag
about. But you haven't nothing to brag. All praises goes to Him. It's
Him. Then He's give you this sure hope, swore by an oath, the
impossibility for His children to ever be lost.
264-598 Now, they get whippings for doing wrong; you reap what you sow;
you get that. Don't think now you can just go on out and sin, get by
with it. If you do and got that attitude, it shows you've never been
borned again. You get it? If you still got the desire in you to do the
wrong, then you're still wrong. See? For He has perfected forever those
that... And those beasts under the Old Testament, under legal days,
offered yearly, continually, could never take away sin. But when we put
our hands upon His head and confess our sins and are borned again of
the Spirit of God, we have no more desire of sin. Sin has passed from
you. That's for time and eternity.
265-599 You'll make mistakes; you'll fall; you'll willfully do wrong.
You'll go out sometime and do things; that don't mean that you're lost;
that means that you're going to get correction.
My little boy, lots of times... My children will do things, your does
too, that you--they know that's against your--your rules. And they know
what to expect when they do it: they're going to get a whipping for it,
sometimes a good one. But it's still your child, certainly.
It's impossible for that man to ever be gone again, that's once been
born of Eternal Life. God's not a Indian giver. "He that heareth My
Words, and believeth on Him that sent Me, has Everlasting Life and
shall never come to the judgment, but's passed from death unto Life.
And I'll raise him up at the last days." That's God's promise.
265-602 Now, if you go on and say, "Oh, well, then I can do just..." I
always do what I want to do. But if you're a Christian, you don't want
to do the thing that's wrong, 'cause the very Life in you, the very
foundation... If you want to do wrong, it shows the wrong thing's in
here. How can bitter and sweet water come from the same fountain?
So you been all mixed up on some kind of emotion or fabulous something
another, sensation, forget it. Go back to the altar and say, "God, take
my old sinful life away, and put me in such a condition till my whole
desire..." He that's borned of God does not commit sin. That's right.
He has no desire to do so.
265-604 Certainly the Devil will trap him here and there, but not
willfully. The Bible said so. See? The Devil will trap him now and
then. Sure, he will. He tried to throw a trap to our Lord Jesus. He did
to Moses and caught him. He did to Peter and caught him. He did to
many, but... Peter even denied Him, but then he went and wept bitterly;
there was something in him.
265-605 When the dove was turned out of the ark... The crow went out;
he cawed around. He was in the ark all right, but when he went out, his
nature was different. He could eat all the old dead carcasses he wanted
to and be satisfied. Why? He was a crow to begin with; he was a
scavenger; he was no good. He was a hypocrite and set on the roost with
the dove, just as big as the dove was. He could fly anywhere the dove
could fly. But he could eat good food just like the dove eat, and then
he could eat rotten food, what the dove couldn't eat. For the dove is a
different mix-up; she's a different make. She's a dove. And the dove
cannot digest rotten food, because it don't have any gall.
266-606 And a man that's borned of the Spirit of God becomes a dove of
God, his nature, his change, his makeup. Yes, sir. You put the spirit
of the--of the dove in the crow, he'd never set on a dead carcass. If
he lit down by mistake, he'd certainly get away quick; he couldn't
And a man that's borned of the Spirit of God, don't in-tolerate. He
might light in a barroom sometime, but he'll get out of there quick. A
woman might entice him, get him turned around, but he'll turn his head
again. He'll get away from there quick. Why? He's a dove. That's right.
You ain't going to fool him, because that he knows. "My sheep know My
voice, and a stranger they'll not follow." He's a dove to begin with.
That's what I'm speaking about, the actual something that anchors in
266-607 Watch close now, God swore.
Would--which hope we have as a anchor of the soul, both... steadfast,
and which entereth into--into that which is the veil;
The veil: God came down veiled in flesh to do what? To show Himself. He
had to hide because we couldn't see Him. And He hid behind the Veil.
And the Veil was Who? Jesus, "Not Me that doeth the works, My Father,"
said Jesus. "My Father dwelleth in Me. I work, and the Father worketh,
and I worketh hitherto." Here He is as the veiled One, walking in the
flesh, God Emmanuel (God with us). God was in Christ, reconciling the
world to Himself; here He is walking around.
266-609 Now, He came down and made a sanctification, or a provision, or
a propitiation, that through His death offered, paid the price of sin,
that He might come back and dwell in us. Then the faith that we have is
a--is a veiled faith or a veiled person; therefore, we don't look at
the things that we see in this veil. The veil has educations, and it
does things and speaks things. It's a scientific thing. But the Spirit
of the living God that dwells in here, calls those things which were
not as though they were, if God said so. There's your veiling. We're in
Now, someday He'll raise this veil up, not borned of a woman by the sex
desire of man and woman; but by the will of God He'll speak and she'll
come to pass. Then we'll have a body like His own glorious body. We'll
be veiled so we can talk to one another, shake one another's hands.
267-611 Now, when we go from here, there's a tabernacle, a theophany,
just a image of a man, that don't eat, don't drink, don't sleep, awake
forever. There's where we go to. But they're waiting under the altar,
crying, "Lord, how long? How long?" to come back down because they want
to shake hands with one another; they want to set down and eat and talk
to one another. They're human. Blessed be the Name of the Lord.
When God made man in His own image at the beginning, He made him thus.
He fellowshipped with one another because we know one another. We like
the things that God made us, because we were made thus. And in His
great coming, those who are ready will be thus forever, immortal we'll
stand in His likeness. Oh, blessed be that Name of Christ.
267-613 And now we have the earnest of our salvation, as we accept Him
as our personal Saviour, as our Healer. All these other remunerations
are the dividends that's paid on the insurance policy. Amen. You know
what an insurance policy is. You can draw dividends on it till the face
value comes. Certainly, you can draw dividends, and we're drawing
dividends now. Only, the thing, as soon as we draw dividends, the
remuneration's built up again.
267-614 An insurance agent, one time, said to me, "Billy, I'd like to
sell you some insurance."
I said, "I have some." My wife looked around at me.
Now, nothing against insurance. But some people are insurance poor. So
they turned around; he said...
My wife looked at me strange, "You got insurance?"
I said, "Sure." Well, she didn't know nothing about it.
He said, "Well, Billy, what kind of a insurance have you got?"
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory Divine!
An heir of salvation, purchased of God,
Borned of His Spirit, washed in His Blood.
Said, "That's very good, Billy," he said, "but it won't put you up here
in the graveyard."
I said, "But It'll take me out; that's the main thing. I'm not worried
about getting there; I'm worried about getting out."
268-622 And since I have the assurance, by the sworn God of eternity,
that He'll raise me up again in the likeness of His Son in the last
day, I'll walk boldly and have a consolation and a anchor of the soul;
that while I'm in this veil there's some unseen Something got me
anchored against the Rock of ages yonder. When the waters jump and
blast, it doesn't make any difference; if death, perils, or anything
separates us not from the love of God. My anchor holds within the veil.
Let the floods rise; let her dash. Let infidels come, the borned again
believer has an anchor. You can't see through this veil yet. But I know
my anchor holds yonder against the Rock of the ages, Who's a sworn
promise that He'll raise me up at the last day.
268-623 No wonder you can look death in the face and say, "Where is
your sting? Grave, where is your victory? But thanks be to God Who
gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
Wherein the forerunner...
Oh, my. We ain't going to get to the lesson. We had a Forerunner for us.
A Forerunner... Did you ever notice in the old western days, many
times, up and across the old trails, a forerunner, scout... When the
wagon train was perishing for water, the scout run ahead, and he seen
the tribes of Indians; he bypassed them; and he seen where there was a
fountain of water. He rushed back to tell the boss of the wagon train,
"Step up the horses; everybody take good courage, for just over the
mountain there's a big fountain of water." He's a forerunner.
268-625 And here the Forerunner... Man was once pinned down by the
Devil, under rapid fire, but Somebody took the machine gun nest. That
was Jesus. The Forerunner has gone before us, and Satan standing there
with a machine gun pinning us down: always in bondage and scared of
death. He was guarding that Fountain; sure, he was; he was given the
commission because we had sinned and been drove away from it. But the
Forerunner, Christ, come in and took the nest.
You've heard that old song, "Hold The Fort, For I Am Coming"? Hold the
fort nothing, let's take it. We don't want to hold it any longer;
Christ took the fort. Hallelujah. The door's opened. There's a Fountain
open in the house of God in the city of David for the cleanse--for
cleanliness of the unclean. Our Forerunner has done entered in for us.
269-627 The Forerunner, He tells us. There's a place just beyond,
yonder, where you'll never get old, where there'll be no wrinkles,
where you won't have to use Max Factors to make you look nice to your
husband. The Forerunner has went on. There's never a place where you
get old and weary and shaky. There's a place where you'll never get
sick, where the baby will never have a colic, where you'll never shed a
false--or a tooth to get a false one. Hallelujah. Oh, blessed be His
Name. He entered in, and immortal we'll stand in His likeness someday
yonder, the stars and the sun to outshine. Certainly, the Forerunner
has gone before us.
269-628 ... the forerunner is gone--has for us entered, even Jesus,
made a high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
This great Forerunner has gone before us, making a way. He's become
from a Spirit, the great fountains of the rainbow of God, Who had no
beginning or no end. He was forever God. This ray of light went forth;
it was a ray of love. That's the main one, red. The next color follows,
which was blue: blue, the trueness. Next, followed after that was other
colors to the seven perfect colors, which is the seven Spirits of God,
that went from that great Fountain and that great Diamond that Jesus
spoke of, that great Diamond that's chipped to reflect these colors.
God was made flesh and dwelled among us, that He might reflect His
goodness and mercy among us by gifts and signs and wonders. That whole
big rainbow had become in a theophany of--made in the image like man.
Yet He wasn't a man; He didn't have flesh yet; He was a theophany.
269-629 Moses said, "I'd like to see You." God hid him in the rock. And
when He passed by, turned His back; Moses said It looked like the back
of a man.
Then what come to pass? One day, down there when Abraham was setting in
his tent... We'll get to it tonight. When Abraham was setting in his
tent, God came up to him in a body of flesh.
"Well," you say, "Brother Branham, he was..." We'll find Him out here
meeting Abraham before that, in the order of Melchisedec: a body of
flesh, which was God. Sure, it was; He was God in flesh.
You say, "Then, Brother Branham, why would He have to come back and be
born?" He wasn't born then; He was just created, a body that He dwelt
270-634 Melchisedec was the King of Salem, which is the King of
Jerusalem, which is the King of peace; which had neither father nor a
mother, beginning of days or ending of life. Jesus had both father and
mother, and a beginning of days and ending of life. But He was made
after the order of Melchisedec which had no beginning of days nor
ending of life.
Melchisedec was God Himself. Melchisedec was Jehovah God, the same One
that met Abraham years later in front of his tent, had His back turned
to him; He said, "Why did Sarah laugh?" That's right. He was the One
Who stood there, looking over towards Sodom. Abraham recognized Him,
because inside of his veil was an anchor holding that promise, not
because he had some sensation, but God made him the promise. And when
he come into contact with that great magnet, he knew It was in that
270-636 Walked out with Abraham, out there a little piece; He told
Abraham said, "Seeing that I'll keep these things from Abraham, to see
that he's a heir of the world; I just won't do it. So, Abraham, I'll
tell you what I'm on My road to do (We'll pick it up tonight.) down
there in Sodom (and what they--all He was going to do)." And as soon as
He had blessed Abraham, He went back into space again. A Man that stood
there and had dust on His clothes, a man... And not only that, but He
eat the flesh of a calf that Abraham killed, and drinking the milk from
the cow, and eat some hoecakes (some corn bread), and had butter on it.
That's exactly right. And then turned back to a theophany again.
270-637 What was it? Why didn't He take it then? He'd never been born
like you and I; but He had to be born in--in the flesh so He could hold
that stinger. That was a created body. [Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.]... was
a body that He just pulled the calcium and potash out of the earth and
said [Brother Branham blows--Ed.] and stepped into it. That was the
same thing Melchisedec was. He stepped into Him in a body that He could
walk out before him under the veil, of a veil of His own creation: not
a veil of the creation of a woman, through the womb of a woman, through
a--a cell, never; but He created this and stepped out into it and
talked in the order of Melchisedec.
271-638 Who is this Melchisedec?
For this Melchisedec, king of Salem... (which is Jerusalem),... prince
of the most high God,... (certainly)... who met Abraham returning from
the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;
To whom also Abraham give a tenth part of all; first being by
interpretation King of righteousness,... (that great Love, that great
Spirit in the beginning)... King of righteousness,... after that...
King of Salem, which is, the King of peace;
Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither
beginning of days, or ending of life;
Who was it? He never was born; He never will die. Who is it? It was God
(Sure it was.) in the foreshadow of the Lord Jesus. Certainly was. But
He had to come through a woman in order, (you come through a woman),
and He had to come the way you come in order to bring you back to Him.
Amazing grace! how sweet the sound,
That saved a poor, blind wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now I'm found, (by His grace)
I was blind, but now I see.
271-640 I understand what He had to do. God became me, that I by grace
might become of Him. He taken my sins, that through His righteousness I
might have Eternal Life. I could not choose myself; my nature was a
sinner; I had nothing to do with it. I was born of the world, shaped in
iniquity, come to the world speaking lies, not even a chance at all,
nothing, not even a desire.
Tell a pig he's wrong eating slop, will you? See how much he'll listen
to you. Tell a crow he's wrong eating on a dead carcass and see what
he'll tell you. If he could talk, "You tend to your own business."
272-642 Oh, but the grace of God that changed this nature, and give me
the opportunity to desire, and to crave, and to thirst: "Thy love
kindness is better to me than life, O God. My heart both longs after
David said, "As a hart panteth for the water brook, so my soul thirsts
after Thee, O God."
God gave man that thirst to worship Him, to love, seek after Him. But
man perverts it by the call of the Devil, and he goes and lusts after
women, and pleasures, and things of the world, trying to satisfy that
holy creation that God's put him to love Him, he places it upon the
things of the world. But, brother, when he's once changed, and that
fountain with wiggletails in it (all kinds of--of disorders of the
cistern) has been cleansed out and sterilized, and the pure water of
God is put in there, sin can never touch it. Amen.
O how I love Him! How I adore Him!
My life, my sunshine, my all in all!
The great Creator became my Saviour,
And all God's fullness dwelleth in Him.
Down from His glory, the ever living story,
My God and Saviour came, and Jesus was His name.
Borned in a manger, to the own a stranger,
The God of sorrow, tears and agony.
O how I love Him! How I adore Him!
My breath, my sunshine, my all in all! (O God)
272-645 How could He do it? Man's tried to write it. One said,
If we with ink the ocean fill,
And every straw on earth a quill;
All the skies of parchment made,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above (How that great God of heaven became
flesh and taken my sins.)
To write the love of God above,
Would drain the ocean dry;
Or though the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.
273-646 And to make the heirs of this salvation a sure hope, He swore
by Himself that He'd raise us up in the last days, give us Eternal
Life, "And no man can pluck them from My hand." Amen.
Let's pray. Are you guilty of spurning His love? Have you shunned His
blessed Being, this great One Who made you what you are? And now here
you are this morning this far in life, and it's giving you an
opportunity. Do you want to continue to live? There's only one way to
live; that's believe on the Lord Jesus. If you from your heart believe
that He's the Son of God, and accept Him as your Saviour, and believe
that God raised Him up for your justification, if you want to accept it
on that basis, it's yours now.
273-648 Would you raise your hand? Some unpenitent soul, that would
like to... pent--repent this morning, say, "Remember me, brother,
preacher, as we go to prayer. I too have failed. I've joined church,
but I--I know I--I've never had that what you're talking about. I've
never been born of that Spirit, Brother Branham. I just--I just haven't
got It; that's all. I want you to pray for me that God will give It to
me this morning." God bless you, sir. Would there be another? Say, "God
make me what I... You want me to be. I want You to be... I want to be
as You want me to be. I've spurned Your love." God bless you, son.
273-649 Just a moment now.
If we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the sky of parchment made;
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Or could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.
Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!
How fathomless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saints and angels song.
274-650 Dear God, truly the poet that wrote those words was just like
many others of Your believers, searching, trying to find words to
express it. And it's written in the Bible, "More because the preacher
was wise, he sought out and set in order many words." Oh, how we would
love to have the tongue and the vocabulary that we could explain to the
people what it really is, but it could not be found on mortal lips. All
eternity, doubtless whether it'll ever reveal it, how that the God of
heaven ever come to the earth to save poor, lost, wretched sinners.
I pray Thee, Father, that through these few unbroken words--or broken
words this morning, as I should said, that someone has found peace, and
a satisfaction, and a strong consolation, who's fled for refuge. And
may their soul anchor to that promise which God swore to, that He'd
raise them up at the last day. Several hands went up in the building,
right here in this Tabernacle. God, give them that steadfast hope,
right now. May they anchor against the Rock of ages. No matter how bad
the sea may toss and their little barks may jump, they have an anchor:
the promise of God. There they stay, "God said It; He can't lie."
274-652 "He that heareth My Words (which I've tried to preach this
morning), and believeth on Him that sent Me (Jehovah), hath Everlasting
Life; and shall not come to the judgment, but has passed from death to
O eternal One, bless those today, and may every person in here that's
not under the Blood, their soul never been converted, may it happen
just now, Lord. You work the mystery; it's all Yours; it's committed to
You. I pray that You'll give it to them, Eternal Life. May someday,
over on the other shore, as one by one we go down through the valley,
may we meet over there where they'll never say good-bye no more.
And someday we'll come to the river at the closing of time,
When the last thoughts of sorrow has gone;
There'll be somebody waiting that'll show us the way,
Well, I won't have to cross Jordan alone.
275-654 There'll be One... somebody waiting that'll show me the way,
I won't have to cross Jordan...
All that's got that hope, raise your hand up now as you raise your head.
I won't have... (Now, just worship Him; the message is over. Aren't you
happy? God swore He wouldn't... God swore He'd meet you there.)
Jesus died all my sins to atone;
When the darkness I... (What do you say? The stinger's gone.)...
He'll be waiting for me,
I won't have to cross Jordan alone.
... times I'm forsaken, and weary and... (Just worship Him now.)
... seems that my friends have all gone; (Did you ever hit that place?)
But there's one thought that cheers me...
(What was the promise?)... my heart glad,
I won't have to cross Jordan...
Now, children of the promise, just worship Him for doing it.
I won't have to cross Jordan alone,
Jesus died all my sins to atone; (What happens now?)
When the darkness I see,
He'll be waiting for me,
I won't have to cross Jordan alone.
When I come to the river... Every one of you's coming. There's a big,
dark shadow setting there before you. It's a big door. You're going in
there one of these days, maybe before the day's over, maybe before
church closes this morning. You're going in there. Every time that
heart beats, you're one step closer.
But when the darkness I see,
He'll be waiting there, (He said He would. He swore He would.)
Then I won't have to cross Jordan alone.
276-656 O blessed Lord, our hearts are full this morning to the running
over. To think of when the pulse is ceasing, and the nurse presses the
pillow around your head, and your hands you can't move no more, your
hands is turned to ice... Your children, your mother, your loved ones
are screaming and crying. That big door swings open yonder. He'll be
David said, "If I make my bed in hell, He'll be there." I won't have to
cross it alone. When the sprays of the river begin to flash into our
face, God will take the lifeboat, guide us right across it. He promised
He would. David the prophet said, "Yea, though I walk through the
valley of the shadow of death, I'll fear no evil; Thou art with me, Thy
rod and Thy staff they comfort me."
276-659 Lord, we are so happy today that we was included the heir of
the promise. Today we have within us Eternal Life, because we love the
Lord Jesus, and have believed Him, and accepted His Word and His
teaching. And He give to us, as a seal of our faith, the Holy Spirit,
the seal of the Holy Spirit; our faith within us is anchored. And
though many times we're walking through dark shadows, many times we're
stumbling along the road, but our anchor still holds. There's something
in it, way yonder, that seems to be guiding on, saying, "Move on. We're
God, bless us. We need You. Keep us ever faithful and true until the
time You come for us, and we'll praise Thee through the ceaseless ages.
And that day when we stand on the earth... His blessed feet has never
touched the earth yet. There He stands there in the air, and the saints
and redeemed from all ages through every watch (first, second, third,
fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh) all stand there robed in His
righteousness, and we crown Him the King of king and the Lord of lords,
and sing those redemption stories, our poor hearts will quiver as we
look upon Him Who loved us and gave Himself for us. While we were
unlovable and sinners, Christ died that we might be saved. We thank
Thee for it, Father, in Christ's Name. Amen.
276-661 You love Him? Oh, how real He is. Don't you just feel like
you'd just like to just somehow put your arms around Him? Wouldn't you
just love to crawl up and touch His feet, you know?
You know, there used to be some people come to my services at Phoenix,
Arizona, say, "I'd like to talk it over with Him. I'd like to say,
'Lord, You loved me when my path got so dim.'" I'd just love to talk it
over with Him before we cross over. I--I want to see Him. I--I--I just
want to see Him. To think how I'll feel. Why, my poor heart will quiver
when I see Him standing there.
277-663 I've often wondered, "I wished I could've heard that Voice say,
'Come unto Me, all ye that labor and heavy laden, I'll give you rest.'"
I'll probably never hear that literally like He spoke it then, but I
want to hear Him say this at the last day, "It was well done, My good
and faithful servant; now enter into the joys of the Lord that's been
prepared for you." Since how long? "Since you got saved?" No, brother.
"Since the foundation of the world, when I saw you, and foreknew you,
and ordained you to Eternal Life." You were blessed then. "All that He
hath foreknew, He hath called." Is that right? "All He hath called, He
has justified. Those who He has justified, He has already glorified."
There you are. He foreknew us, called us, justified us, and we're
already glorified with Him at the end of the world, going to our
reward. Aren't you happy? Sure, it'd make you love Him, when you
couldn't help yourself, and here He come and done that for you.
277-667 "Blest Be The Tie That Binds," Sister Gertie, Our hearts in
Christian love. While we have this little fellowship of worship here
now, then we're going to pray for the sick. God bless you, you who
raised your hands to Christ this morning; find you a place to worship;
Now, let's just worship Him now, as a congregation, all of you
Methodists, Church of God, Assemblies of God, Presbyterians, Lutherans,
Catholic, all together now, let's sing now.
Blest be the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred mind
Is like to that above.
Before our Father's throne,
We pour our ardent prayer;
Our fear, our hope, our aim, are one
Our comfort and our care.
When we asunder part,
It gives us inward pain;
But we shall still be joined in... (How many Methodists, Baptists, and
And hope to meet again.
278-669 Don't that do you good? Let's turn around and shake each
other's hand now, while we are singing again.
Before... (Shake hands, somebody behind you, front of you, either
We pour our ardent prayer;
Our comforts and our care.
Now, when we asunder part, (We'll love one another.)
It gives... (Wish the service could go on? See, that's how we think.)
But we shall still be joined in heart, (in One)
And hope to meet again. (If no more here, at that great day we'll meet.)
278-670 Now, Father, receive our worship this morning. Take the Word
and plant It into the believer's heart. May they not be just tossed
about and up today and down tomorrow. But may these Words find their
resting place in every believer's heart, to know this, that God hath
sworn by an oath, and there's two immutable things of the immutability
of God, that is, that it's impossible for Him to lie; that the heirs of
this salvation might have this strong hope, steadfast and sure, a
anchor in the soul: to know this, that God has promised us by a sworn
oath. One, that He cannot lie; the other one, His sworn oath on top of
that, that He'll raise us up at the last day and give us Eternal Life.
Knowing that after we have been called, that He said that He knew us
before the foundation of the world, and predestinated us unto the
adoption of children through Jesus Christ. And He foreknew us; He
called us. And when He called us, He justified us. We cannot justify
ourself, so He justified us by the death of His own Son. Those who He
has justified, He has already glorified. The Word's already spoke, and
we're just on our road, going along, rejoicing on our way to glory.
279-671 Give people faith, and may the little habits and things that's
hanging on to the people, may they shake loose from them this morning,
with this Word of God which is a Anchor of the soul, steadfast and
sure. May they shake away from their habits, their little tempers, and
the things that been... As Paul said, in the further part of the
message in a few days, "Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin that
does easily beset us, that we might run with patience the race that's
set before us, looking to the Author and Finisher of our faith, Jesus
Christ, Who was tempted in all manner like we are, yet without
sinning." He was permitted to be tempted but He did not heed to
temptation. And we're tempted to sin, but never to heed; because the
life that is within us is the anchor of our Eternal destination, and we
hold that sacred to our heart.
279-672 Now, there's many that's sick and has afflicted with
afflictions. We're fixing to pray for them, Father. May they, as they
pass by under the Word of God today, that precious Word that's been
preached, the Bible giving witness, the Angels of God standing near,
and the great Holy Spirit (above all) is standing here to give witness
to the Word. Now, Father, as they pass under the Word of promise this
morning, may they go from here to be well; to remove their braces, to
leave the chairs and--and the cots that they'd lay on, and to just be
made well. Grant it, Lord. May they return, and at the next service
that they are permitted to come, or to their own churches, rejoicing,
showing what great things Christ has did. This we minister for Your
glory, in Jesus' Name. Amen.
279-673 I am to apologize for a promise that I made, that this morning
we'd have the 7th chapter; but I didn't get to it. And we have to allow
a little time here for a--for this a--for the prayer line.
And now, tonight, the Lord willing, we'll take the 7th chapter, and
find out Who this Melchisedec was. How many would like to know? Oh,
we're just going right down to and find out just exactly Who He is. And
the Scripture tells Who He is. See?
And Scofield said it was a priesthood. How could it be a priesthood,
without beginning or ending? You see, it wasn't a priesthood. It was a
Man, Melchisedec (a Name), a Person. Like...
Not disregarding, but Christian Science says the Holy Ghost is a
thought. And the Bible said, "He, the Holy Ghost." And He is a personal
pronoun; it's a Person, not a thought; it's a Person. Absolutely.
And Melchisedec is a Man, a Man Who had no beginning of days or ending
of years. He had neither father, or mother, or descent. And we'll find
out who He is, the Lord willing, tonight by the Word. Do you love It?
"Oh. Thy Word is a Lamp unto my path and to my feet." Oh.
280-677 Now, you say, "Brother Branham, I don't understand It all."
Neither do I.
But one time I was preaching down in Kentucky. And if there's some of
the newcomers, and Catholic, and different ones, who may not understand
how these deep rich things of the Scripture, I'd been preaching on
Divine healing. A little barefooted girl brought... She wasn't but
fifteen years old, had a little baby and it had the palsy. And I said,
"What's the matter, sister, with your baby?"
Said, "It's got the jerks." She didn't know what to say (palsy); she
didn't know what to call it. Little thing probably never had a pair of
shoes on in her life: Some man's darling, long hair hanging down. And I
said, "Do you believe?"
And those little, steel-gray eyes looked at me, she said, "Yeah, sir, I
I took the little baby. And while I was praying for it, it quit
jerking. Uh-huh, and it went out--went out.
280-683 Next day, I was squirrel hunting, over in the side of a
mountain. And I heard some man setting there talking, old saw buzzing.
And I slipped down; I'd been squirrel hunting. They was talking about
me, had--setting there a-chewing tobacco, and spitting, the leaves
a-flying like that. And they were talking about, now, about the meeting
the night before. And one of them said, "I seen that baby; I went by
there this morning. It isn't jerking yet this morning." See? Said,
"That was real." And he was spitting the...
And they had rifles leaning against the tree, so I thought I'd better
make myself known. You know, they had feuds down there too. So I walked
up; I said, "Good morning, brethren."
And that great big fellow, seemed to be speaking, he had a chew of
tobacco in his mouth like that, way out on the side like that, and big,
long neck. And he had a great big old hat on, pulled down over his
face. He looked around; he seen me; he reached up and got that hat,
jerked it off, went... [Brother Branham illustrates--Ed.] swallowed
that chewing tobacco, said, "Good morning, parson." See? Yes, sir.
Respect. And that's right. How he ever lived over it, I don't know. But
281-686 So the next night, coming back, there was a man there who
wanted to argue with me a little bit. He went to a church that didn't
believe in Divine healing. So this was a Methodist church, White Hill,
Kentucky. So he--he went to... He was standing outside. He had a
lantern in his hand, and he said, "I want to say something, preacher. I
just can't accept that, 'cause I can't see it."
I said, "You can't see it?"
He said, "No." Said, "I'm a sick man, myself," but said, "I just can't
I said, "Where do you live?"
He said, "Back over on Big Renox."
I said, "Well, now, how you going to get home?"
He said, "Well, I'm going to walk home."
I said, "Can you see your home?"
He said, "No, sir."
I said, "It's awful dark tonight; it's cloudy."
He said, "Yes."
I said, "How you going home?"
He said, "By this lantern."
I said, "The lantern doesn't show light all the way to the house." I
said, "How do you go?"
He said, "Oh, I walk by the lantern."
I said, "That's it. You've got the light of the lantern now, and every
time you step this a-way, the light will keep showing on ahead of you.
If you just keep walking, the light will keep going with you."
282-690 And you do that this morning. You want Christ the great High
Priest, the Intercessor for your sickness, or your diseases, or your
soul. You might not understand it; we don't. But we're commanded to
walk in the Light as He is in the Light. You make one step in the
Light. And when you got the Light with you, the Light will shine to the
perfect day; It'll keep the path before you.
And we'll walk up this grand, old highway,
Telling everywhere I go;
I'd rather be an old-time Christian, Lord,
Than anything I know. (Ever hear that old song?)
There's nothing like an old-time Christian,
Christian love to show;
We're walking in the grand, old highway,
And telling everywhere we go;
I'd rather be an old-time Christian, Lord,
Than anything I know. (I just love it)
282-691 All right now, we're going to pray for the sick. We're not...
We don't claim that we can heal the sick. If we did, we'd be telling
something wrong. Every sick person in here is already healed; that's
what the Scripture says, "By His stripes we were healed." Is that right?
Every sinner that's in here if there happen be one, you've been saved
since Jesus died. But don't you never die here where your opportunity
was placed before you, to go into His Presence then to try to accept
it. It's made for now. Right now you must accept it. If you go beyond
the Blood, then you're nothing but... You're already judged, because
you're judged by the way that you treated the atonement of the Lord
Jesus Christ. See? You--you judge yourself there.
282-693 "So He was wounded for our transgressions, and with His stripes
we were healed." So there's nothing I would have to heal you. There's
nothing the church would have to heal you. The only thing we can pray
for is this: that your faith will not fail, that you'll come to the
altar this morning to accept Christ as your Healer as you did for your
Saviour. And without any... God works miracles; He shows great signs.
Blind, deaf, dumb, everything are healed right here at the Tabernacle.
But whether it is or not, we accept it anyhow. Many times those things
are by visions.
283-694 How many was here about three Sundays ago, or four, when the
man come in here both blind and paralyzed, was setting in a chair with
unbalanced nerve. And before I left home, I saw him in a vision, said,
"That there'd be a man there, dark hair, turning gray. His wife's
attractive-looking woman, about sixty years old. She'll come and be
crying, and she'll ask me... And to come back and pray for her
husband." He set right there.
And I come down, and I said to some of my brethren here, "Watch this."
And when we went down to the altar, others had prayed. When I went to
pray, I walked right away and come back over here. And his wife rose up
and come just exactly the way the Lord had said it would be, people
watching, to see if it'd happen that way. It never failed. And so when
283-697 Come to find out, that a man, Dr. Ackerman, down in Birdseye,
Indiana, was the one who sent him up here, who is a Catholic, and his
boy is a priest in the monastery there at Saint Meinrad. And Dr.
Ackerman is a hunting partner of mine, and he sent the man up here. And
the Lord showed me a black-headed man that would send him, but I didn't
know who it was.
And I said, "Was that Dr. Ackerman?"
He said, "It was." See? And then the man...
I said, "It's THUS SAITH THE LORD." Walked down, I said, "Sir, stand
up." Both blind and couldn't... He... The--the balance nerve was gone;
he couldn't hold hisself up like that (See?), been that way for years,
been to Mayo's and all around. And just prayed the prayer for him, and
raised him up. There he went, walking down through...
283-701 First he said, "I can't see you." Then he screamed, "Yes, I
can." His eyes come open, and there... He had been orthodox, his wife
Some people think that "Presbyterian don't shout, and orthodox." You
ought to have heard them. Sure. They were screaming and hugging each
other. Come back and got his wheelchair, and walked on out, and down
the steps just like any other man, could see and speak and--and so
Had a letter from him, or a call, the other day. I believe Brother Cox
went to him, said, "His eyes had a burning sensation." Certainly. It's
the nerve; the optical nerves are growing and coming back to life, you
know, and taking its place. The curse was taken off.
284-704 If you let nature have it's way, if nothing hinders nature,
then it'll--it'll have full sway. If you got a band around your arm,
shutting off circulation, your hand will finally die. Now, because
naturally it'll be all right if you just let it alone. But something's
interrupted nature. Then if you can't see it, there's no way for a
doctor to catch it... Only two things he can work by: what he can see,
what he can feel. That's the only thing he can work by: what he sees
and what he feels.
If he can't see it, then it has to be spiritual. And there's only thing
can--one thing can happen; we pray; Christ moves the curse, sends away
the Devil, and that begins to get normal, well. Gets well, and that's
all there is to it. "In My Name they shall cast out devils." Is that
right? It's a promise to the church. It's a promise of power to what...
It--it's His Presence with us. Now, what makes us from being perfect
this morning, to do those things just as He did it, is because we're
still in the veil. See? But we have some feeling there that tells us,
"Oh, yes." See?
284-706 And when you accept your healing... No matter what the veil
says, it's what the Word said. See, that's it. That's it. And
the--the--the Word always is predominant over anything: God's eternal
Look at Sarah, her womb dead, ninety years old, lived with her husband
since she was about sixteen or seventeen, no children; Abraham, a
hundred, and God turned right around and give them the baby. See,
because they believed and called those things which were not as though
they were. Enter that way this morning, friends.
284-708 And tonight, we expect... If you all are visiting with us,
we're happy to have you here this morning. And God be with you. And if
you're in the city for the evening, we'd be happy to have you this
evening on the rest of this service: of Melchisedec. And then if you're
not, and you have a church of your own, you go to your own church.
That's--that's your post of duty. If you belong to a church, you go
there. This is just a little tabernacle where we gather in here and
have fellowship one with another. Now, the Lord bless you.
285-709 And I... Sister Gertie will play for us: "The Great Physician
Now Is Near." And is there any here to be prayed for? Raise your hand,
those who wants to come in the prayer line, to put your faith to
Christ. All right, if you'll line up on this side of the church if you
will. And if they'll pull the seat down just a little bit, brother, if
you will, so that we can get a little room in there, you can bring the
folks through. Come over on this side.
And we're going to pray now, while we sing. And I'm going to ask the
elders here (of any denomination or church, regardless of what it is),
if you believe in Divine healing, would you stand here with me on this
platform to pray for the sick? We'd be glad to have you. Any
denomination, or no denomination, or whatever you are, we'd be glad to
have you. Would you just come now for prayer; come up and stand with
me. Brother Neville, if you'll come with the oil now.