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The Harvest Time
1 Thank you, Brother Williams. Morning, friends. It's a privilege to be
here this morning. And to have an introductory like this, it still
makes me feel smaller. And I'm--was very grateful for this opportunity
to come this morning to Phoenix.
I remember when I first come to Phoenix, I was about seventeen years
old. It certainly has growed since that time. Out this morning where we
come into Phoenix, we could hardly tell when we left Tucson and got to
Phoenix. It's almost tied together; so many places has sprang up.
Places where we used to go out here and even run burros on the desert,
and now there's motels and ten-cent stores, and so forth. And 'course,
that makes me getting old.
3 And then I set down here by the side of my good brother here, Brother
Valdez, and I--I said, "Well, brother..." We was talking, and I said,
"Well, 'course I'm getting old." I said, "I realize that; my miles are
building up." I said, "Wait till you get my age," or something like
that. I was--I was surprised to know that he was about twelve years
older than me. So I... Then I felt lots better then...?... I said,
"Brother Valdez, I want you... How long you been preaching the Gospel?"
He said, "Fifty years."
Well, I was a very small child when he was preaching. So I said, "I
wish you would just take the service this morning, Brother Valdez." I
said, "I--I'm a young man," I said, "I hate to kinda set up here and
try to speak." I said, "My elders..."
And he just laughed, said, "What do you think I drove down here for?"
So--so I'm very grateful for Brother Valdez. He was telling me about
having a rest home out here. That's--that's really nice. I appreciate
that. Invited me out to come and visit with them sometime. And it's out
here by New River. I don't know whether any of you know where it's at,
or not. I'm sure, if a Valdez is behind it, it's all right.
7 So then, every time I come to a convention, I usually meet somebody
that's--that's been healed in the services or something. And when I was
standing here at the table this morning, a precious sister setting over
here, the name of Erb, she comes here from Michigan. Her son is the
announcer here on this Christian station. And she was telling me about
being in the meeting way back in Flint, Michigan. She got a prayer
card, and was trying to be prayed for, and she never did make it. And
she's very seriously ill. And right here this morning, I believe God
healed the woman, standing right here by the side of the place.
I said, "What a time now. That's been about twelve, fourteen years ago,
and now in the city called Phoenix. Phoenix is something that's
built--built up from ruins." I said, "Well, that's the same thing
happened to you this morning. God built you up, I believe, this morning
from a--a ruined health to good health."
9 I was just hearing last evening, the calls was coming, so many. I'm
your neighbor now; I live in Tucson; and the calls were so many I
couldn't get out to get them all, so I just praying for them by phone.
And they... Then they just had to leave their numbers.
And there was a lady, eighty-seven years old, an old Christian, she had
been out of her mind for a while. She was in the street, screaming, and
calling the police, that somebody had taken her baby. Eighty-seven
years old (See?), her mind had left her. And she was a dear old woman.
I never knew her in my life. And so Billy rang and said, "Go
immediately to prayer," said, "the--the lady is seriously, and they
think she's going to die." Said, "She's just... She's beyond herself."
Then I just hung up the receiver, and went into the room, and prayed.
In a few moments she was asleep. She'd woke up, normally well, eat a
full chicken supper with all the ice cream and cake, behind it. Yeah.
You see, God is sovereign. He's so real, He can... You don't have to be
there; just--just ask this.
I believe our leader here, this morning, or someone, or maybe it was
Brother Valdez in his prayer, said, "We have not because we ask not. We
ask not because we believe not."
14 I appreciate the singing of this young people here. Brother Valdez,
us old people, were remarking of the sincerity of that young man making
that testimony, that he knew Jesus.
Now, we know that we find, many times, these little quartets and
singings, I... This is another minister's word; Brother Valdez said,
"Sometime they come a dime a dozen." Because they seem like today,
it's--it's become a show in the stead of the--the sacredness and
sincerity that the Pentecostals once possessed.
And the sincerity of these boys, I--I appreciated that. The Lord bless
you boys. And I was...
17 I'm not much on television. As you know, I'm really against it. And
I'm really renting a place down in Tucson until we get our place fixed,
where we'll have our home established there, the Lord willing. And the
lady that rents the house, she's a fine Christian friend, but she had
in the house a--a--a television. Well, I've got young children, and you
know how they are, so they hurry to it. So a couple mornings ago, when
I just come in from a trip with Brother Stromei... I don't know whether
Brother Stromei's here this morning, or not; he's the president of the
chapter at Tucson. My young daughter, which is setting back over here,
called me in to watch, said, "We're going to turn the television on,
some singing quartets," or whatever it was.
Well, now, I am a very good critic, and I--I'm sorry for that, but
I--I--I can't be nothing but just what I'm made. If I do something
contrary to my own makeup, I'm a hypocrite. And I wouldn't want to be
that before you people. I--I want to be just what I am, and then you
know how we're standing. And I--I guess I criticize a little too much.
But I just had it in my heart to criticize that, because it just looked
to me like some kind of a Hollywood put on, just a lot of carrying on.
It didn't seem like the sacredness it should. And they sang those hymns
in--in rock-and-roll time, and gold slippers on. And has it come that
the Gospel has become a show? Why, I, if that's what it is, I--I don't
want nothing to do with it. I want something that's real and genuine,
and we want to keep it that way.
Now, I--I believe that transpositions these two right here, brethren,
that... You hear me better now?
21 Now, next Saturday morning, the Lord willing, I have the grand
privilege of speaking at the chapter, my first time, at Flagstaff,
Arizona. The brother here, I just forget his name, is the president. [A
brother says, "Chester Earl."--Ed.] Chester Earl, Brother Chester Earl.
Just had the opportunity to meet him this morning, when I was just
shaking hands with the fine evangelist here from India, an Indian
brother. And he said that next Saturday morning I'm to speak there.
You're all cordially invited to attend this meeting. We hope that the
Lord will bless us.
And then the following Monday night, at Tucson, is a banquet. The Lord
has give me the honor to speak to the--at the banquet down there,
twenty-first day of--of December, at Tucson. You're certainly cordially
invited to attend that banquet night.
And then as Brother Williams announced that I'm to be right here again,
for to kind of a little prelude before the convention starts.
24 And, so, am I getting some static there, Brother Williams?
There's... What say? Is that better now? That's better. Fine.
I certainly hope that many of you can find time to attend one, or every
night and day of the meeting. That--that starts on the seventeenth, at
seven, Sunday afternoon? [Someone says, "One-thirty."--Ed.] One-thirty.
One-thirty, Sunday afternoon. I want to say also, if the Lord willing,
I'll be praying for the sick in--in--in those meetings, and doing all I
can to help you.
26 And minister brothers here, this morning, of the Phoenix area. The
reason that I come here to this hall, I have... Each time when I come,
I usually make a little panoramic, and run around to the churches, each
church. Then I find it kinda hard, because some of the churches are
kinda small. And we certainly don't want to leave out any brother
because his church is small, and then it makes it hard, the people
can't get in. So if... I thought we'd just meet in one place and I'd
take care of it myself, and we'd just meet here and have the service,
just a little evangelistic service, and pray for the sick and things.
Maybe if I get over on this other, this better over here? [Someone
says, "No, that, that's the tape."--Ed.] That's the tapes. All right.
28 Maybe it would be a--a little better if I did it that way. And I
want my brethren here of the churches, the pastors here in Phoenix, to
know that that's the reason we did this, to come here to this hall, so
we could have all get together in one certain place. And now, you can't
get to all the brethren, there's so many of them. You seen what stood
this morning, and probably that's not a half of them. So you can't get
them all in a few days that we have here, before--prior the convention.
And I'm sure we're going to have a great time in the convention. You'll
hear great speakers. This Brother Cash is Cash Hamburg, Hamburg. My,
how many ever heard him? He certainly is a--a typhoon. Yeah. Excuse me,
I oughtn't to have said it that way. That's a brother, but--but, my, I
was with him one time. You know, I don't see how you ever come to hear
me, when you hear a fellow like that. He can preach and never catch his
breath. I--I don't know how he does it, I... But he certainly does get
a lot out. I went with him in my New York convention, recently, and he
wanted to take me to--to supper after the meeting. And I went into a
place, and I was about ready to get out when brother... He, he preached
all up-and-down the floor, and everywhere around, to everybody there
was in there. He's quite a--a character, in himself.
30 And I'm sure you'll enjoy brother from California too. What's his
name? I can't think of his name, the one's--one of the speakers. I--I
forget his name too. But he's a--a forceful speaker, and you will enjoy
him. There'll probably be great speakers there such as, you know,
the--the Brother Roberts and many of the great men of this day.
So I'm thankful to think about a Scripture comes on my mind here at
this time. And at one time David was looking out upon the ark of the
Lord, setting in tents. And he said... He was setting with the prophet
Nathan of that day. And so he said, "Is it right that I would dwell
here in a house, live in a house of cedar, and the ark of the covenant
of my Lord under tent?"
And the prophet said to him, "Do all that's in your heart, David,
'cause God is with you." That's all he knew to say.
But that night, the Lord met the prophet, and said, "Go, tell my
servant David, that I took him from that sheep cote, from following
those few sheep, you know, and have made him a name like the great
men," not the biggest name, not the greatest name, but numbered him
with the great men that was in the earth at that time.
And I thought, "The grace of God, to David there." And I thought, "I
could count it, myself. When I find the privilege of this day that
we're living in, the closing days of the world's history, and to be
numbered among such men as we have attend these meetings." And the Lord
bless you, real richly.
35 Now, my good friend, Brother Valdez, said, "Brother Branham, I got
to leave at--at, I believe, at a quarter to ten, or quarter after ten."
Said, "I'm going to get over on the end, so I won't disturb--disturb
you speaking." He's been in the meetings before.
I'm--I'm kinda slow, and have to think, you know, when I'm speaking.
And I write down my Scriptures here, and a note, maybe, but then I have
to go back and think what the Lord told me to say, you know, have to
wait for Him. And I'm kinda slow, so I hope I don't keep you too long
I asked Brother Williams, I said, "Brother Williams, how much time do I
have?" I said, "Now, I had a Scripture here I could speak on which
would take me just about thirty minutes, or something, and dismiss
everyone and go home." And I said, "But I'd like to have a little
lesson, if it's possible," and on what I think that would be something
for you today, something that you could take home with you to think of
And I certainly wouldn't have got up this morning at three-thirty, or
twenty minutes to four, and got ready to come up here, just to be seen.
I--I--I don't care to be seen. I--I come here and studied yesterday
upon some Scriptures I got written down, for something that I prayed
sincerely over, and thought maybe that, through that, it might help
somebody. I... We haven't got time for shows and sceneries. We--we must
get down to business. I believe that Jesus is coming pretty soon.
39 And now, they're taping this, and probably someone might get the
tape. And I'd like to make this statement, that sometimes I'm... Many
times I am really misunderstood. And many times people call me back,
say, "Brother Branham, did--was this the light you meant that in?" And
sometimes it's we say something, but you have to know to approach it by
terminology that what I meant by it.
And I say things sometime that's--that's a little contrary to maybe
someone's belief (I want you to get that clear now.), someone, what
someone believes. But I have a--a Message, I'm not--from the Lord, that
I feel that way about it. Others might feel it's from the Devil. Others
might feel it's nonsense. But to me, it's Life. And I don't mean to be
different when I say things that's different, or maybe a little hurty
or cutty to people. I don't mean it in that light. I--I, if I do, then
I'm a hypocrite. I--I say it in the light of progress to God. I say it
in the light of--of--of have people to know God better. And I say it
not because that it's something I've made up myself. It's something
that I find from God.
41 And now if I happen to speak on something in any of these
conventions, that hurts people, or... Say, "I don't believe That that
Well, I've often made this rude statement. And my wife setting there
listening to me, she knows there is not much formality about me.
I--I... Just like when you're eating chicken and you run into a bone.
Now, no good chicken lover ever throws away the chicken because he hit
a bone. He just throws away the bone, and he goes ahead eating chicken.
The same thing in eating cherry pie, if I hit a seed, I--I--I never
throw the pie away; I just throw the seed away. So...
And what I say here that might seem like, in any of my meetings, that
seems like a seed to you, well, you just lay that aside and, say--allow
that to me not knowing as much about it as you would. So then you just
go ahead and eat what you think that's right. And I'll...
43 I trust now that the Lord will bless His Word. I am a firm believer
in the Word, and the Word only. Just the Word only, and that's the
Message that the Lord has given me.
We different, one from another. I have noticed this morning, my
brethren, missionaries, evangelists, and pastors, standing here,
maybe--maybe a hundred or more of them standing here. Each one of
them's more qualified to stand here and speak, than I am. I'm sure of
that. But, see, each one of us, one can't take the other one's place.
One cannot take the other one's message. See, we have our different
45 God's sovereign. When He... Who--who could tell God how to make
things in the beginning when there's just He alone? See? And if we have
Eternal Life, there's only one form of Eternal Life, and that's God. So
if we have Eternal Life, we were with God right then, a part of God. We
were His attribute. We are now His attribute. And because "In the
beginning was the Word." And a word is a thought expressed. So we were
His thoughts, then expressed into word and become what we are. That's
the reason our names, maybe not what we have now, but our names were
put on the Lamb's Book of Life before the foundation of the world. See?
And if it wasn't there then, it'll never be there. See? And Jesus come
to redeem all those, that's whose names were on that Book. See, He
46 "The potter," as Romans 8 tells us, "who can tell the potter? Can
the clay say, 'Make me thus, thus'?" See? No. God has to display all of
His attributes. And so He has to make one vessel of dishonor, and the
other one to honor, to show that one up, of course. Now, but He's
sovereign (You see?); nobody can tell Him what to do.
And He makes us different. Even to--that we're told in the Bible, that
the stars different one from another; one star differents from another.
You know, there's a difference in heaven, in Angels, Angelic beings;
there is Angels, there is Cherubims, there is Seraphims, and
there--there difference there. And we are all different. And God has
big mountains; He has plains, prairies, grass, desert, water. See,
He's--He's different; He's a--He's a--a God of variety. And look at His
people here this morning, some of us white, some black, some brown,
some yellow, some red (See?); it's--it's His people. He's a...
He's--He's a God of variety, and so I think He has the same thing among
48 Now, let us bow our heads just a moment for prayer. And I might say
this now before we read the Word. I know that if I'm just a little
long, and you have to get up and go out, I'll understand (See?); I'll
Now, let us pray. And while we're praying, with our heads bowed towards
the dust from which God took us, is there someone here would like to be
remembered in prayer, just raise your hand. He, He knows right what's
in your heart, beneath that hand.
49 Dear heavenly Father, we are solemnly approaching Thee, with our
heads turned to the dust from where You have took us. And then in our
minds we're thinking that You told Abraham, one night, could he number
the sands that was upon the seashores? And then You told him to look
towards the stars, and could he number them? Of course, it was
impossible. And You told him that his seed would be innumerable as the
sands on the seashores and on the stars that light the heavens. Now,
our minds, our thought--our thoughts in our minds, rather, as we bow
our heads towards the sand where we come from; then our hearts look
towards heaven where we are going: from sand to stars, being Abraham's
Seed. Dead in Christ, we are Abraham's Seed, and heirs with Him
according to the promise."
And we have come here this morning to fellowship around the natural
foods of life, which we have taken, to get that out of the way. And
now, we are desirous of Thee to give us of that heavenly Manna, that
Food that would give us strength in the Life that's in us. As the blood
carries away this food now to strengthen it, to make more cells, to
build us strong for the day, may we receive of Christ, that He might
get into our spirits this morning through the Word and--and strengthen
us for the hour that we're living in. 'Cause the day is far spent and
the evening shadows are falling; the evening Light is here; and we are
soon listening for the summons to come on high, and we are wanting to
be ready at that hour. So, help us, Father.
And there's no man worthy to open the Book, or to loose the Seals
thereof; but the Lamb, that was slain from the foundation of the world,
come took the Book and loosed the Seals. O Lamb of God, come this
morning, open the Book to us, and let us look in with Thee, Lord, and
see what we must do to be prepared for this hour.
Bless every church, bless the oncoming meetings, each one of them, and
our little meeting, to join with them coming on. And when we leave here
today, may we be able to say like those who came from Emmaus, "Did not
our hearts burn within us as He spake to us by the way?" Grant it,
Father. We ask in Jesus' Name. Amen.
52 Now, to you that would like to turn, usually you like to read from
behind a minister when he's going to read, to find out just where he's
speaking from, if you have your Bibles, and will turn to Saint Matthew
the 4th chapter...
And now, I'm going to give my text just before I speak; more or less,
want to teach it like, and speak it as we go along. And this I have
titled somehow, I don't know why, I'm titling this: "The Harvest Time."
And we're going to take a Scripture reading to base this thought upon,
to draw from here the context of the text. We're going to read Saint
Matthew the 4th chapter, a portion of it. This is in the temptations of
Jesus. After He was filled with the Holy Spirit, He was led into the
Now when Jesus was led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be
tempted of the devil.
And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an
And when the tempter came to him, he said, "If thou be the Son of God,
command that these stones be made bread.
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread
alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.
And the devil taken him up into the holy city, and set him upon a
pinnacle of the temple,
And he said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for
it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in
their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dashest thy
foot against the stone.
Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shall not tempt the Lord
And again, the devil taken him unto... exceeding high mountain, and
showed him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glories of them;
And he said unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou will
fall down and worship me.
... Jesus said unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou
shall worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shall thou serve.
55 I want to back up just a little bit, to the 4th verse again.
But he answered and said unto him, It is written,
Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth
out of the mouth of God.
Now, for a subject, I would like to take that: "every Word that
proceedeth out of the mouth of God." Now, hold that in thought while we
Jesus once said in Saint John 6:48, I believe that's right, as I jotted
it down this morning, "I am the Bread of Life." This was at the feast
of the Passover, when the Jews were--were eating their kosher in
commemoration of the manna that fell in the wilderness, and--and they
were drinking from a fountain there representing the Rock that was in
the wilderness, and they were having a great time. And Jesus cried
right out in the midst; He said, "I am the Bread of Life. Your fathers
eat manna in the wilderness for the space of forty years, and they're
every one, dead. But I'm that Bread that come from God out of heaven.
If a man eat thereof, he'll not die." And for the rock, He said, "I am
that Rock that was in the wilderness. I am that Rock that your fathers
"How?" They said, "You're a man not more than fifty years old, and say
that you seen Abraham? Now, we know that thou has a devil and are mad."
And Jesus said, "Before Abraham was, I AM." See? "I AM" was the Pillar
of Fire that was in the bush that talked to Moses. And if you'd fix
that out in its nouns and pronouns, not "I was, I will be." "I AM" is
present tense all the time. Ahh...
60 We thinking of this, that Him saying, Himself now, that, "I am that
Bread of Life." Now, how could this Man be Bread of Life? That's what
we wonder. "My body is Bread," He said. And now how could this Man be
Bread? That's kind of strange, but don't be puzzled about it. People of
His time got puzzled about it. They didn't know how that this Man could
actually be Bread, Himself. Also in Saint John 1, it is given to us
this way, that, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with
God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh and dwelled
among us." So the Word became the Bread. The Word and the Bread here
would have to be the same, 'cause Jesus is the Word and He is the Bread.
Now, how could He be Bread and Word? All the... It would be puzzling to
the carnal mind. But we're hoping this morning, that there's no carnal
minds among us, that there is a spiritual mind among us, that we could
understand what the Father is trying to get to us here. Seeing these
words are puzzling, but at the same time, they are Scriptural Truth.
"Now, how could this man be Bread?" That's what they said. That's what,
I believe, Josephus, many of the historians... As I been studying it...
63 Now, I'm writing a book, my commentary on the first four chapters of
Revelations, hope to have it out pretty soon. It'll be a large book.
Then I'll have a brochure of each church age.
And I was studying church history. I... It was kind of in my mind; I
believe it was Josephus, that, or one of the early writers anyhow that
said that, "This Jesus of Nazareth, Who went about healing the sick,"
said, "His disciples dug Him up and eat His body." See, they were
taking the communion. They thought that they dug His body up and was
eating His body. Which, we do eat the communion, or take the communion
in symbol form of His body, 'cause He was the Word.
Now, see, this is puzzling. And the same time, there's Scriptures. And
Jesus said, "All Scripture must be fulfilled." See? Now, we want to
always cut our minds from anything contrary to that Scripture. Don't
never, never, any time, leave that Scripture for anything, not one Word
of It. Stay exactly with that Scripture.
66 Now, God's got to judge the people someday. And if He's going to
judge the people by a church, which church will it be? They say, "The
Catholic church." Well then, which Catholic church? See? Because they
are in difference with each other, worse than they are with us. See,
they different, one... They're the, oh, the different forms of them,
the--the Roman and the Orthodox, and the Juphanite and, oh, many
different tribes of them. And they certainly at one another's throats,
so which one of them Catholic churches? If He does it by the Protestant
church, which Protestant church? Each one differents from the other.
But He's going to judge the world, and He's got to have some standard
to judge the world by, or He'd be unjust to let us go now and--and live
this life without a standard to be judged by. Who would be right? Where
could you tell what was right? There has to be a Standard.
68 Then He said, in His Bible, that He would judge the world by Jesus
Christ. And we read here that Jesus is the Word. In Hebrews 13:8, said
He's the same yesterday, today, and forever. So therefore, He will
judge the church by their attitude towards Christ, Who is the Word.
"Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth
out of the mouth of God." Not out of the mouth of man, not out of the
seminary, not out of the--of the church, but out of the mouth of God.
Man must live by That, and That alone, not man's interpretation, but
God's Own Word!
"Well," you say, "there's a mistake here." If it is, God's responsible
for it. He brought it to me. See? This is what I must take, right here
is what He said.
Now, if this is kinda puzzling, and about a Man being Bread and being
Word, let's now go and search for this. Let's find out. 'Cause the
Scriptures are all true, and they--they cannot be ever broken. Every
Scripture will be fulfilled. No matter how strange it seems,
that--it'll always be fulfilled.
71 What if--if Brother Williams or--or some of the brethren here, our
great-great-grandfather, both could rise on the scene, this morning,
and, say, well, show them television? And maybe someone prophesied back
in that--their day, and said, "There'd be a time that you can hear a
voice around the world."
They'd say, "Well, let the poor old fellow alone, he's lost his mind."
"And there'll be a time that color will flow right through the air."
It's here right now. "And they'll turn on a little button, and around
the world you'll see people moving, and things, right on the screen."
"Well," they'd say, "the poor old fellow." See? But now we have it
right in this room this morning.
And I want to bring you conscious of that, before we approach farther,
that God is in this room. The Author of this Word is here. So it
doesn't matter how you are dressed, or what degree you live in life, or
what kind of a home you live in, or what type of car you drive, or how
much education you've got, God looks at your heart. And He looks in my
heart. And we're judged from our heart, not even our words. Our heart
judges us. "From the heart speaketh the mouth." If it isn't, it's
76 Now, in this room now is coming human beings, forms of human beings,
passing through here from all around the world; voices singing is in
this room right now. But, you see, you are only limited in your senses
to a certain percent of sight. But now, you can take the crystal, or
the tube, or whatever that's in the television, and turn it on, and
with the set that could deviate that on those ether--ether waves, and
deviate that, to condense it into a channel, and pick up those people;
someone in Australia, South Africa, or where, India, or wherever it may
be. You can stand here on a screen and see even the color of clothes
that they got, the color of the trees, and every move they make. Just
flip on the television and see if that isn't so.
77 Then, it's got to be somewhere, hid from our eyes, that same thing
is passing through here now. It passed through here when Abraham heard
God say, "Look up towards the stars." It was here when Elijah set on
Mount Carmel. It was here when Adam was here, but they just now
And so is God here and the Angels. And someday it'll be just as much
reality as television or anything else is, because the Spirit will
bring us into that immortal Life. Then we'll understand. So then, we
are speaking from His Word. Now, that, we're going to try...
79 God, God the great Creator, let's try to speak on the form of
nature, pick Him up in nature first, to bring it back to the Word. Now,
nature runs just with the Word, because God is a Creator of nature.
When you see the way nature works, the--find out that that's the way
that... That's my first Bible, was to find out how nature--found God in
nature. And wheat is nature's product, bread, make bread out of it,
which sustains the natural body. Nature holds many secrets. We...
That's my first time to find God, was watching nature. I seen there had
to be something. And now, I have no education; therefore, I speak lots
by nature. And it is... I'm not trying to support ignorance. But I'm
trying to say you don't even have to have an education to know God.
80 John the Baptist, the forerunner of Christ, when He came out of the
wilderness... We're taught that He went in the wilderness at the age of
nine, and he stayed there because his job was important. His father was
a priest. And in that certain line of priesthood, or denomination, oh,
his father said, "Now, John, you know you're to introduce the Messiah.
You know, that Brother So-and-here just makes perfectly the Messiah."
So John had to get away from that; he'd get in the wilderness to
himself, because it must be God's choosing, and not man's choosing at
all, Who would be the Messiah. So he went in there at the age of about
nine years old.
And, you notice, when he come out at the age of thirty, his sermons
wasn't as a theologian. He didn't use great swelling words, but it was
all on nature. He said to them church men of that day; he said, "You
generation of snakes." That's what he seen in the wilderness, snakes.
He hated snakes. They were poison. In their fangs they had deathly
poison, and he pronounced this upon the church of that day, "You bunch
of poisoned snakes, who's warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
Don't begin to say, 'We belong to this,' and, 'We're the--we're the
Jesenites,' or 'We're the so-and-so,' or, 'We belong to the Methodist,
Baptist, Presbyterian,' or whatever it is. Don't begin to say you have
that, 'cause I tell you, God's able of these stones to rise children to
82 And also, "The axe," that's what he used in the wilderness, "it'll
lay at the root of the tree. And every tree that don't bring forth good
fruit--fruit is hewn down and cast into the fire." See, he wouldn't cut
a tree that was bringing fruit, 'cause he lived by the fruit of the
tree. But the tree that didn't bring fruit... Oh, you could just take
all the Scripture, is so inspired, till everything in there fits around
Jesus Christ. You see, "Every tree that bringeth forth not good fruit
is hewn down and cast into the fire," and so forth. You see, he--he
used his message in the realm of nature.
83 And we want to face that now, being that we've found that He said,
"I'm the Bread. And man shall live by every Word, and I am the Word."
See? So we want to go back in nature. I notice a lot of times I have to
And nature runs on the same scale. You take the time you watch all the
birds congregate, leave and go out in the field, and go to eating.
Watch all the cattle when they're out, scattered out in the field,
eating. Drop your line in; fish will bite. But when them cattle... Them
birds huddle up in the trees, and them cattle get in the corner, you
might as well take your line up. They won't bite, because nature runs
on the same scale all the time.
85 And so does the Word of God run in continuity. God always does
everything He does on the same scale. He decided at the beginning when
man lost his fellowship with Him, He would save him by the shed blood
of an innocent one. And He's never changed His method. We've tried to
educate them into it, denominate them into it, and--and beg them into
it, beat them into it, or shout them into it. It still remains the
same; the shed Blood only is where God meets a believer.
Not, we cannot make one World Council of churches and everybody meet.
It'll never work; it never did; it never will. That's the way I'm
against that system. God's got a system. You heard it said today, "All
the churches come together; it's going to be a World Council of
Churches. And Jesus prayed for that, that we all might be one." Well,
now (You see?), that's carnal minded, without knowing the Spirit.
87 Jesus said, "That they might be one, Father, as You and I are one."
Not for some man to be over something, it never will work; one
denomination wants to take over the other, and one man over the other.
But that you might be one with God, like Christ and God was one; that's
what the prayer is. That... He was the Word, and Jesus prayed that we
might be the Word, reflecting Him. That's His prayer to be answered.
See how Satan scruples it up in the carnal mind? But that wasn't Jesus'
prayer, at all, that we might all congregate together and all have a
certain creed and so forth. Every time they do it, they go further and
further from God.
He wants us to be one with God, and God is the Word. Each individual in
his heart must be that one with God.
90 God knowing that this, all these things worked out like this... Now,
that's how we find God sometime is to look in nature. Seasons, rotating
around, proves God. That's where I first found it, how that there's a
life comes up in the spring; it lives its life, produces a seed, dies
and goes into the ground, comes back in the resurrection, just revolves
around. We could spend hours on it.
But now how different that is from like, our missionary brother here,
in India. I find many over there, and around the world, they believe in
reincarnation, that they--they--that you die here as a man and you come
back as a bird or an animal. See, that doesn't speak with nature.
Nature speaks that this same seed went in the ground, the same seed
comes up again. See? The same Jesus went down, is the same Jesus come
back. Hallelujah. And this body, when it falls into the ground, it'll
not come back a flower or something else; it'll come back a man or a
woman. We see it in nature, how it does; it has to go through the cold
winters, and rot and so forth, but the life is preserved if there's any
life in it.
93 But if there... And if that seed hasn't been germinatized, it'll
never raise again; it can't raise; there's nothing in it to raise it.
And if we just become a nominal Christian... There's two churches in
the world, church natural, church spiritual, they're all called
Christians. But the church natural cannot raise. It's doing its raising
now in the World Council--Council of churches.
But the Christian rises to meet Christ, because It's a Bride, to go to
meet Him. There's a difference in them. Nature holds these secrets to
us, and we can see them as we watch them. And we see that Christianity
speaks the truth of death, burial, and resurrection.
95 If there is then a wheat bread that we know we all live by, and we
know that there's only one way that we can ever live, is by taking dead
substance into our body. You can't live no other way.
A vegetarian met me, not long ago, he said, "Brother Branham, I had a
lot of confidence in you till I heard you say you eat bacon and eggs
for breakfast." See? And said, "How could a godly man eat a thing like
You see, I said, "Well, what's wrong with it?"
All things are unclean, but it's sanctified by the Word of God and
prayer. The Bible said, "If thou be a good minister of Jesus Christ,
thou shall remind the brother of these things. (See?) All things are
sanctified, nothing to be refused, if it be received with
thanksgiving." I Timothy:3. Now, we find that that is true. So I said,
I said, "Well, don't you have to eat something dead too?"
"Oh, no, sir."
I said, "If you live at all, you have to live by dead substance. If you
eat bread, the wheat died. If you eat greens, it died. Whatever you
did, even to milk, you drink the bacteria. You have." You can only live
by dead substance.
99 And then if something had to die so we could live physically, how
much more did something have to die so we could live eternally? Death
it takes to do it. Bread... Seeing that Jesus said, "I am the Bread,"
and there's a wheat bread, and He wasn't that kind of bread, so there
must be two kinds of lives that's sustained by bread. It would lead us
to that. There can't be... He isn't... He wasn't wheat; and He wasn't
Word; He was flesh, so there must be two kinds of life. We know that
wheat dies so we live physically, as I said. Jesus, the Word Bread,
died so we could live eternally. He was the Word Bread. Now, notice,
keep that in mind. Now, to prove Jesus' Words to be true, we see in
this--in the nature, how it goes.
Now, let's go to the Scripture, to find out again, back up into the
Scripture till we get to our main text. In the garden God gave His
first family the Word of God to live by, every Word of it. The first
family that was put up here on the earth, was given Eternal Life as
long as they stayed with God's Word. That was His plan. "I am God," He
says, "I change not." That's still His plan. It's never His plan for
creed, or organization, or manmade rules, that man shall live by, but
by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.
102 Now, to go back in Genesis, which is the beginning. "Genesis" means
"the beginning." We find that God gave His family Eternal Life as long
as they stayed in this Word and lived by this Word. But when they broke
it, just one link in the chain of promises, death struck them, which
was a promise also.
It's a chain. You're hanging over hell with it, and that's the only
thing that'll carry you through. When the believer becomes a
make-believer and lives on one word that's contrary to this Word, he
cuts his fellowship with God. One link broke... And, remember, your
faith in this Word is like a chain. A chain is its strongest at its
weakest link. That's right. It's the strongest that, 'cause that's all
it'll hold. And if there's something in the Word that's puzzling to
you, something that you have heard different, but they said, "The...
Oh, that was for the apostles, and them things was for days gone by,"
when the Scripture said Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and
forever, don't let that be a weakness. Fortify it and hold it, and wrap
your life into it, because that's the only thing that'll take you over
the flames of hell. That's right.
104 When this chain is broke with Adam and Eve, the first family...
Now, remember, they didn't break a sentence; they didn't break three
Words; one Word. Man shall hang over hell by every Word, every Word
that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. That's where man's eternal
destination is determined. Why, he'll hang by that chain, or he'll hang
by a creed; or if there's creed mixed into the chain, there's where the
weak link is, and you're gone. That's where the weak link was with Adam
and with Eve. That weak link, "surely," he said, "God..." But surely
God said it. And if God said it, God meant it. And He also keeps His
Word by saying, "The day you eat thereof, that day you die." The day
you put into you anything else besides the unadulterated Word of God,
into your soul, that's the day that you're separated from God.
Now, this is very strong, but just listen close. Now, notice. One Word,
one Word of the first of the Bible, God said that, one Word, separated
man from its eternal life chain.
That's like taking a man and your hanging by his feet and he's got his
hands in heaven, and you cut him half in two, break off a toe, whatever
you're hanging unto. You're hanging on the very bottom part, and you
break that chain anywhere, you're gone. Now, bear that in mind.
107 Remember, the Bible said, "In the mouth of three witnesses, let
every word be established." We'll get on that, in a few minutes, on the
three temptations of Jesus; the three temptations of ministers today,
where they make the fall; three temptations of the church, and where
they make their fall; three temptations of an organization, where it
makes its fall; and the three temptations in the individuals, and where
they make their fall. Now, it all runs in three's, like justification,
sanctification, baptism of the Holy Ghost; Father, Son, Holy Ghost.
Everything is perfected in three.
108 Now, notice. God, in the beginning the very first thing He give His
children to live by was His Word. Now, we find that is the truth. Then
in the middle of the Bible, we hear Jesus come and say that, "Man shall
live by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God." And then in
Revelation 22:18 Jesus Himself speaking again, said, "I testify of
these things. If any man shall add one word to This, or take one Word
of this Book out, his part will be taken from the Book of Life."
Now, see, it's not our good living; that just something goes with it.
It isn't our--our church loyalty; that goes with it. But the main thing
is, staying with that Word. Don't eat nothing else but that Word. Stay
with It. He is that Word. Now, we want to watch close now.
110 What is the difference in this bread of creation to live? Now,
wheat is the bread of life, if it's not a hybrid grain, it'll--bury it
and it'll come up again. It must be a good ripe grain. Defective grains
won't rise. We all know that. And Brother Sothmann, setting here, a
wheat raiser from Canada, knows that you don't put defective grains
into the soil to expect a crop out of it. Because the beetle or the--or
the bacteria, ever what it is in the grain eats it up, eats the life
out of it first.
Did you know that the very worms that will destroy you, that will eat
up your body, is in them right now? Job said, "Though my skin worm
destroys this body..." Put you in a coffin and seal it up air tight;
still the worms that's in you will eat you up.
You find meal and flour, and stuff, and set it up a little while, it
gets a bug in it, seal it up. What is it? That bug's in there, to begin
with. It's there to start with.
113 Now, this grain must be a good grain. It must be free from fault,
failures, and so forth, in it. It must be a thoroughbred grain. It
can't be a hybrid grain--grain, because when it comes up, you plant it
again, and your--your wheat is done, because a hybrid grain won't grow
again. It can't grow again. You take the life out of it when you
And that's what's happened to the churches. They've been hybrid to the
world, and that's the reason that each revival coming on, and you can't
have another revival behind it. Every organization that ever organized,
dies on the spot and never raises again, because it organizes the world
into its systems; therefore, it never did. There is no history ever
shows that any church that ever organized ever raised again. She died
there. Why? You hybrid it.
115 Don't put a bishop over it. Let the Holy Ghost stay over it. See?
The Holy Ghost was sent to keep the weeds and things out; not what the
bishop thinks, or the overseers, or so forth. It takes the Holy Spirit
to keep that church in its condition. He was that perfect Word as we
Adam had his choice: the Word and live, or disbelieve one Word and die.
We have the same choice, 'cause we have to be. If God put Adam on the
Word, and the Word only, then He puts us on a creed or any kind of a
creed, then God's unjust in His judgment; it isn't becoming to His
holiness nor His sovereignty. But it is becoming to His sovereignty to
see that He puts every man on the same base. And He's God and changes
not. What God does first, He forever does the same thing. He never
changes His--His program. Only thing, He magnifies it, but He never
changes it. The same thing continues on.
118 Now, Adam had a choice. And if he held to the Word, he lived. If he
didn't hold to the Word, he died. And we got the same thing. We stay
with the Word, we live. "Man shall live by every Word." But if we
don't, we die; we spiritually die. Oh, we can still make noise, sure,
kick around, and holler, and carry on, but that--that ain't--that ain't
living. That isn't living. I am a missionary. I've heard heathens kick
around and holler more than we could, and profess to know gods, and
things like that. They're not living. "They're dead while they are
living." Bible said so. Now, we find that this choice is given to us.
But Eve compromised to Satan's one word, then died. And if, the
beginning, which God in His grace and mercy could've bypassed all the
sufferings that we've done, all these deaths of little babies, and
everything, and the wars, and internals, and crucifixions, and things
that we've had; if He could've bypassed it, His sovereignty of His Word
would've permitted Him to bypass it, He would've been unjust if He
didn't bypass it then. Do you get it? He can't bypass it. He never
bypassed it for Adam to begin with. And He won't bypass it for you or I
to begin with. We must come to that thing, the Word only. "Let every
man's word be a lie and Mine be true," He said.
122 Now, we're just looking for what day we're living in, the harvest
Then God, after Adam had fell (tried by the Word, and fell), God
continued in His creation to try to find a man who would live every
Word. Now, look. He tried to find that, that is, live the Word for his
age. Now, you see, God scattered His Word out, 'cause He could...
He's--He's infinite, and He's--He's omnipresent, omniscient, therefore
He knows all things. He can't be present everywhere. By being
omniscient, knowing all things, then He can be present everywhere.
Because that's the way He predestinates us by foreknowledge, not
because He desired that this person should be saved and this one lost.
But He knew who would be lost and who would be saved. See? Therefore,
by His foreknowledge He can predestinate. And He makes everything work
to His glory. That's what His attributes are doing, displaying to His
glory. One vessel of honor and one of dishonor, but it's God that
maketh it. "Not him that willeth or him that runneth, but God that
showeth mercy." See?
125 "No man can come to Me," said Jesus, "except My Father draws him.
And all that the Father hath (past tense) given to Me, will come to
Me," to the Word. How can they come unless they were--are all--they
were foreordained to come? "As many as received Him, to them give He
the power to become sons of God." See? 'Cause their names were on the
Book; He come to redeem what was on the Book.
In Revelation, we find out, when the Seals was opened, there was a
Book. And Him that set upon the throne, God, had It in His right hand.
And there wasn't nothing, nobody in heaven, or in earth, or anywhere,
was worthy to come take the Book, or to even to look on It. John wept
with great... Because the whole Book of redemption was there.
127 It was at the meeting the other night, that little Assembly of God
brother and sister sang that song, "I wonder if John saw me when he saw
all the nations gathered. Did he see me?" Sure he did, if your name was
on that Book. And when...
John's name was on it too, and he wept because there was nobody that
could touch It. And then it--one of the elders come and said, "Weep
not, John, for the Lion of the tribe of Juda has prevailed."
And John was looking around to find a--a lion, and out from behind the
curtains come a Lamb, a Lamb that had been slain since before the
foundation of the world. Then he saw a bloody Lamb come out, and He
come and took the Book out of the right hand of Him, and called
everything what was on that Book. It's the complete Book of redemption.
And this is It. The Book of redemption, He redeemed all was in that
Book, not out of the Book.
Anything that had a beginning has an end. But if you've got Eternal
Life, you never did begin and you cannot end, because you're sons and
daughters of God, attributes of His thoughts and His Word. You have no
ending of Life, if your name is on that Book. The Lamb come to redeem
It. Not all that profess Christians, not all that try to live good and
holy; but those whose names were written on there, He redeemed that,
and that alone, whose names were on the Book.
130 Now, we find out that Satan caused Adam to fall by that one word.
And God continued on now in His creation to try to find one man who
would live by every Word. His first man failed. And this man would live
his time, his age that he lived in.
Now, see, there is different ages that God prophesied from the
beginning, which would take place all down. That's the reason He could
tell the end from the beginning, is because He knew all things. He made
all things by Jesus Christ, and for Him, and for His own pleasure.
132 Notice closely now. Don't miss this. What if Moses would've come
bringing Noah's message? It wouldn't have worked. Couldn't. No. What if
Jesus would've come bringing Moses' message? It wouldn't have worked.
What if we come, trying to bring the Methodist message, Baptist
message, or the Pentecostal message? It wouldn't work. They were fine;
prove that in a minute, by the Word. They were all right in their age.
That age is gone. We got to find out what the Scripture says for today.
This day, that's what man is to live by for his age.
135 He tried to find a man that would live the whole Word. First thing
He did, He tried Noah. Noah failed Him, got drunk; he failed.
Moses, that great mighty masterpiece of God's, He tried him and he
failed. He glorified himself, and wasn't permitted to go into the
Then come David, that He was going to reflect His--His--the great
millennium in David, and He was going to show what His King was. And
God swore by David, He'd rise up the--raise up his son to set on his
throne. And David was such a gallant man, till he was a man after God's
own heart. And David was doing good. He smote all the Philistines and
tore down their altars, and stayed with the Word. And finally, a pretty
woman upset him, and he broke the commandment, lost the Word, committed
adultery. See? A man after His own heart (See?) still David failed Him.
Moses failed Him; all the rest of them failed Him, but all their lives
was just reflections of the One that was to come.
139 In the Book of Revelations, that I'm writing, one man who is
translating or grammarizing... My grammar's so poor; I've got a--a good
scholar to grammarize it, put the right nouns and pronouns together.
Which I don't know which is the difference between a noun and a
pronoun. But--but he does, and he's putting them on... I know... The
only thing I know, God gives It to me and I just write It down. See?
And they--they have to put it so if it goes into schools and things,
they--they know what can read it more in their way of understanding.
And then the writer said to me, the--the grammar, the man that's
grammarizing it, said to me, he said, "But, Brother Branham, we find in
the Pergamos church age... That Jesus said here, 'he that overcometh, I
will give him the Morning Star.' Give him the Morning Star?" He said,
"Now, how could he get the Morning Star, when Jesus said Himself that
He is the Morning Star?"
140 See, all those seeds of Abraham are reflected by stars, and they
different one from another, and we'll different one from another. And
Jesus is that Morning Star, the brightest of all of them. But we find
Him in Revelations 1, with seven stars in His hand. He interprets that,
and said, "These seven stars are the seven angels to the seven
churches," or the seven church ages that's coming.
Then he said, "How could it be then, if they got the Morning Star?"
I said, "The stars that were in His hand were only the reflection stars
from the Morning Star (See?), for the messenger of that day had the
Word." And He is the Word; he just had the portion for that day. And
the people that's ready to come away from the world systems and world
things and walk with Him, sees the reflection of the Morning Star
through the messenger of that age. As He did through Noah, and through
Moses, and so forth, as He reflected the Old Testament.
Finally they all arrived to One. And so will it at the end of the
church ages; it'll all arrive back to Jesus, that He is the Word. We as
Christians are only reflecting Him.
143 The moon only reflects the sun in its absence. And the believer
only reflects the Son of God in the absence of the Son of God. It's the
Light of the Bible, the Scriptures, being vindicated in our lives, the
Word that makes Light in darkness. You are candles that sets upon a
hill. That ain't the sun; it's a candle. The candle just takes the
place of the sun, just shows a certain amount of light. We are God's
children; we are sons and daughters of God, only by the Spirit with
portion. He had It without a portion. We are a star that's shining, all
of us together make a Light to the world; but He's the entire Son that
reflects the Light of every star. Hallelujah. I believe Him. God help
144 Finally this perfect One arrived. Now, He arrived to be tempted in
every point just like we are. The Bible said He was. He was tempted
like Noah. He was tempted like Moses. He was tempted like all the rest
of them. If we had time to break that down and show you, but we
haven't, 'cause I don't want to take too much of your time. But to
break it down and show you, He was tempted in the same manner.
Satan never changes his tactic, neither does God: just changes ages.
But what... Satan got in back there to the first family of God on
earth. Here it is brother, sister. Don't fail to get this. How did
Satan get the first family? He couldn't break it no other way but to
get that Word broke, for they were fortified behind that Word. If he
could only get one gap...
That's how he has got every church in every age, got every believer,
just pull that gap out. "Well, I--I believe the Bible's right, but I
don't believe that." Oh, there he goes. Too bad, but there he went.
"Every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God..."
147 Now, closely confine this now. Now, He finally, this One that
would, arrived and had to be tempted just exactly like the rest of them
was tempted. Now, notice how striking Satan makes his every attack just
the same each time. Now, he tried to give Him the natural bread just
like he did Eve. "If you will eat this, take this," or something
another; he's got it.
And that's what he does to every organization; that's what he does to
every individual; he tries to give you the natural things that you can
look at, and it's--take you away. "Well, look at this great big church.
Why, they got so many millions in it. Our church is the biggest church
in the city. Well, our--we have... The mayor comes to our church." Oh,
see all that. "Our pastor has a--a degree of D.D., L.D., Ph.D. That,
well, that... Why, he's bound to be a smart man." A Catholic priest can
come around and cover him over anytime with his degrees. He's got
sixty-some-odd books he has to know as bad--as much as you know the
Bible to get his degree to be a priest, so don't try to compare
149 That's just like the world's always trying to compare. Don't
compare with things of the world. Don't compare with churches. Compare
with the Bible. That's what we're doing today. That's what's the matter
with us Pentecostal churches. That's what's the matter with our
quartets and singings, and so forth, as we have, we're trying to act
like Hollywood. Hollywood glitters; the Gospel glows. There's a lot of
difference between a glitter and a glow. See? Hollywood glitters with
clothes, and Rickies and Rickettas, and ricochets. But God humbly glows
in humility of the believer, no matter how ignorant he is. He glows in
humility, not shines in Hollywood.
150 Notice, he tried his old tactic on Jesus, same thing he did to
Moses, same thing he did to the rest of them. He tried it. He'll try it
on you to get you accept some great big something that looks shiny.
Reminds me when I used to hunt coons, raccoons. I'd get me a... Papa,
my daddy, used tobacco. I don't know whether you all ever know one of
them old tags that used to be on a twist of tobacco. I would take that
and get me a log and bore a hole in it, right around the creek where a
coon had been running. And then I'd bore a hole in there, and stick
this tobacco tag there. And then drive me some nails, angling in like
this. And the coon's always reaching for something shiny. And so when
the moon come up, and he run along there; he looked back there; he
pushed his hand in there to get it. He--he won't turn it loose.
He's like some church members. Even he knows he's caught, he won't turn
it loose. "If I do, they'll put me out of the organization." That's
just his death; that's all. All right. Notice. There he holds onto it;
he won't turn it loose.
153 Now, Satan tried his same tactic on Jesus that he tried on the rest
of them. He tried to make Him eat something besides the promised Bread
Word. 'Cause Jesus said, "It's written, 'Man shall not live by bread
alone.'" See? He tried to make Him obey him. Though it looked pretty
good, looked like He could feed Himself, and He could've done it. You
You can act any way you want to too. You can take It or leave It,
either one you want to. Now, if that coon had sense enough just to
close his hand back, he could pull it out again; but he won't do it; he
just holds himself there. And that's the way a lot of nominal
Christians does too. They don't want to hear nothing about it, don't
want to come and hear it. They want nothing about it. Go ahead and hold
onto it then (See?); you'll find out what happens.
155 Now, notice, they tried to make Him eat something besides the Bread
of Life that every man should live by. But Jesus stayed with the
Father's Word. Oh, he didn't hit Eve then; he never hit Moses; he never
hit any of the rest of them. He hit One was going to reflect every
Word. See? He... That's the reason He was the Word. But Jesus stayed
with the Word, refused his theological seminary doctrine (Yes, sir.),
his new light, his more experience. He couldn't push it on Jesus like
he pushed it off on Eve, to show her, "Oh, surely, God..."
"Oh, surely, God would be in this if we could get together and make a
whole World Council of church. Surely, God would be. He wants unity; He
wants brotherhood." With Himself, not with the world; brotherhood with
Hisself, worship to Himself. That's what He died for, that you'd
As ever, if he can't get... Now, we find out that he failed. Jesus went
right back to him with THUS SAITH THE LORD. Amen.
157 Now, when he sees that a believer... Watch the believer come in
these same categories now, each one of you. When he sees he--you're
going to stay with the Bible, "Yeah, I believe the Bible. I ain't
joining no creed and thing yonder. I'm going to stay with the Bible."
And, as ever, if he can't get you to believe to--to live the real Truth
and to believe the Word, I want you to notice what he done to Jesus the
second time, if he ain't get you. Say, "I ain't going to join no creed.
I ain't going to. I'm... I was born free; I'm going to stay with it.
I'm going to do this, that, or the other." See, join the church, and
you come join, and something another; he can't get you to do that, then
he'll do something else to you. Oh, brother, watch this.
158 If he doesn't, then he'll send you off to his own seminary to be
taught by his own theologians (See?), where Satan is the interpreter.
"Oh, the days of miracles is passed. That people down there, I got...
well, that's a bunch of heretics. They--they're not." See? He'll send
Oh, you may say, "Wait a minute, Brother Branham. Just a minute now."
Yeah, let's do wait just a minute. See? You say now, "Don't you no
longer supposed to? Aren't we supposed to?" No, sir. No, sir.
But Jesus said, "When He the Spirit of Truth is come (See?) He will
bring these things that I've taught, to your memory, the Word. And
He'll also show you things to come." There's the real Spirit-filled
Church now, stays with the Word, reflects the Word, God on earth. See?
He doesn't need any theologian, 'cause His Word is of no private
interpretation. He interprets His own Word, by vindicating It and
proving It, It's the Truth.
When the Methodist church told you you couldn't receive the Holy Ghost
like they did on the day of Pentecost, did you pay any attention to it?
Certainly not. You went right along and got the Holy Ghost anyhow. See?
162 I was discussing the--the trinity with a--a Baptist minister, the
other night, and I told him it was only terminology. And so we come to
find out, he said, another little minister there from the seminary, he
said, "Well, Mister Branham, you're trying to make people believe an
I said, "Certainly, it's the only one there is."
And he said, "Sir, where did you go to school at?"
I said, "On my knees, my brother. Not to... See, that--that's where I
got, not theology, but kneeology." I said, "That's where I found Him."
And he said, "Mister Branham, the baptism of the Holy Ghost, like they
got on the day of Pentecost, you try to say that that's today?"
I said, "The Bible said, sir, that the--that Jesus Christ is the same
yesterday, today, and forever." I said, "That was Jesus Christ that
come on the day of Pentecost." Oh, yeah, the same One. "Yet a little
while... I'll pray the Father; He'll send you another Comforter, which
is the Holy Ghost. A little while and the world won't see no more--Me
no more; yet ye shall see Me, for I will be with you, even in you, to
the consummation, end of the world."
I said, "Yeah, that's Him come on the day of Pentecost. Yes, sir. He
came, lived in them, notice, in the form of the Person of the Holy
Ghost, Jesus Christ in the Person of the Holy Ghost, as we understand
168 Now, notice, Satan didn't need his theology, theology. And this man
said to me, he said, "Mister Branham," he said, "I'll give you to
understand, I'm from a certain school, and we're trained."
I said, "I hear your program all the time." See?
He said, "We're trained there." Said, "The baptism of the Holy Ghost is
for the disciples only."
I said, "The Bible said there was a hundred and twenty in the upper
room." And I said, "Now, who's right, you or the Word?"
And I said, "And then, also, when Philip went down and preached to the
Samaritans, and he baptized them in the Name of Jesus Christ, but the
Holy Ghost hadn't come upon them yet, 'cause Peter had the keys. So he
sent up to Jerusalem and got Peter, who come down and laid hands upon
them, and the Holy Ghost came upon them. The Bible said, 'The Holy
171 I said, "Then Peter, with a vision, with the keys, went up to the
house of Cornelius, Acts 10:49... 'And while he yet spake these words,
the Holy Ghost fell upon them. For they heard them speak in tongues,
and--and--and prophesy, magnifying God. Then said Peter, can we forbid
water, that these should not be baptized, seeing that they received the
Holy Ghost like we did at the beginning? And he commanded them to be
baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ.'"
"We find, thirty years later, Paul passing through the upper coasts of
Ephesus, finds some Baptist people who was having a great revival.
Great things was going on. They shouting, praising the Lord. And Paul
visited the church where about twenty people were attending, where
Aquila and Priscilla was attending the meeting; where Apollos, a
converted lawyer, proving by the Bible that Jesus was the Christ. And
they had great joy and a great meeting. Paul passing by, he came by
after he--the Lord delivered him out of prison, for casting a spirit
out--a devil out of a fortuneteller. And then he come on up through
there in the work of the Lord, and he went to hear the meeting. And he
said, "This man's a great man, all right,' but said, 'have you received
the Holy Ghost since you believed?' He believed you received It when
you believed. But he said, 'Have you received the Holy Ghost since you
believed?' He said, 'We know not whether there be any Holy Ghost.'"
"Said, 'Then to what was you baptized?' That was the question. He said,
'We've been baptized, the same man that baptized Jesus: John. We've
been baptized to John's baptism.' See? He said, 'John only baptized
unto repentance, not for the remission of sins.' John... 'cause the
Lamb hadn't been killed yet. He said, 'John baptized unto repentance,
seeing that you should believe on Him that was to come, on Jesus
Christ. And when they heard this, they were baptized in the Name of
Jesus Christ. And Paul laid his hands upon them, and the Holy Ghost
came upon them, and they prophesied and spoke in tongues,' thirty years
174 And I said, "Besides, do you believe the Bible?"
He said, "Certainly."
I said, "Peter, on the day of Pentecost, when this was all noised
abroad, and they was all shouting and praising God, they said, 'Men and
brethren, what can we do to be saved?' Peter said, 'Repent, every one
of you, and be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission
of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, for the
promise is unto you and to your children, and to them that's far off,
even as many as the Lord our God shall call.' Heavens and earth will
pass away, but that Word will never fail."
You Pentecostals paid no attention to the Methodist, Baptist, or
Presbyterian. You knowed That was for every generation, and you pressed
into It. Certainly. Now, just don't stop pressing right there; just
keep on pressing. See?
That's where Methodists made their mistakes; they pressed into
sanctification but stopped. Lutheran pressed into justification and
stopped. See, then it organizes it, and there it dies. That's the end
of it. That's all of it.
177 Watch now as we hurry up through. "When the Spirit of Truth is
come, He will teach you all things, whatever I taught you," oh, my,
"bearing all remembrance to you, what I've said to you, bringing to
you, all remembrance. And He will show you things to come. He will
vindicate every Word, confirming the Word with signs following."
Everything that He promised, that God promised in the Bible, if you'll
turn loose from every creed and everything else, and hold onto the
Word, God is obligated to take care of His Word. And so when they did
this, the Word vindicates Itself.
He don't need somebody to say, "Well, the days of miracles is passed."
Who's that man to tell me the days of miracles is passed, when I was
once a blind man? Hallelujah. I once laid where the doctors give me
three minutes to live, and I'm a-living today. How can they tell me any
different? Once a lukewarm church member, now filled with the Holy
Ghost... God don't need any interpreter. The Spirit Itself, which is
the Word, interprets it to be the Truth. If a man will dare to stand
out and take It. He's His Own Interpreter. Try Him one time, and find
out if that isn't right. Don't pay attention to what somebody said. Do
what God said do.
"Well," you say, "I do this." Well, what about the other, every Word?
One word breaks the chain.
That's where the churches always fail, right on that chain. They
organize it and get the thing together, and make a big denomination.
These men get together, holy Father So-and-so and Doctor Bishop
So-and-so. And what's the first thing you have? There you are. You die
right there. We'll prove it by nature and by the Word, if the Lord
willing, in a few minutes. All right.
182 "Bringing to remembrance." He vindicates every Word, and we live by
It. Hallelujah. Live by It. "Man shall live by every Word," every Word
vindicated. Jesus said, "These signs shall follow them that believe.
Shall follow them that believe." Take ahold of It; God vindicates It,
that It's the Truth.
Where, the seminaries and theologians, inspired by Satan, say, "You
can't trust It. That's for the apostles. The days is passed. There's no
such thing. That was only meant for the apostles to prove the Gospel
then. We have learned people today."
They had better learning then than we got now. Tell me any church that
can come up with that--that Sanhedrin, when their
great-great-great-great-grandfathers had to be priests behind them. One
crooked word in that--in that scroll, or, why, they--they'd stone them
for it. They had to stay right exactly. But they missed seeing the real
Kernel of the Word when It come, the Life. That's why they were
condemned and called the workers of Satan.
185 See, that don't reflect the Word of God, when a seminary student
tells you, "The Holy Ghost is not for today. And these things, all that
Divine healing stuff for some other day." See, it's not a reflection
from God; it's a reflection from a--a creed. It's a reflecting from a
doctrine that's outside the Bible.
Hebrews 13:8 said He's the same yesterday, today, and forever. Saint
John 14:12, said, "He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall
He do also." Now, how you going to take that Word out of there? How you
going to add something in Its place? You break your chain of Life. Man
lives by Bread only, the Bread, eternally he lives by that Bread.
Physically, he lives by this bread. There's the two breads. The Holy
Spirit, the Holy Spirit is in you, says "amen" to every Word of God, if
that is the Holy Ghost. Now, I want to ask you something. Now, this is
a pinching part.
187 Mama used to give me castor oil when I was a kid. And I--I can't
stand the smell of the stuff yet. See? We was raised poor, and mama
boiled meat skins, or render them out. We'd get them down at the--from
an old sister named Goodman, that had a bakery down there, and she
baked hams and things, and rendered that out. We'd get meal, and take
that grease and stuff and make our cornbread. And we had poor eating;
no wonder we had malnutrition and so forth, plaguery. But mom then,
every Saturday night... We--we didn't get the right kind of food, so
she'd make us all just take a big dose of castor oil. And I--I'd just
hold my nose and scream; I said, "Mom, that makes me so sick."
She said, "If it don't make you sick, it don't do you any good." So--so
maybe that'll work this a way. Now, how...
188 I'm going to ask you something. How can a man or a woman who claims
to be filled with the Holy Spirit, which is the Word (That right?), and
how can you be the flesh of that Holy Spirit, has made you part of Him
to reflect the Gospel of your age, and deny the Word that He wrote?
I don't care how good you are. Why, I can take you to Africa, to
the--the Hottentots there, and show you a life that a Christian can't
touch. Even if they'd be caught in adultery; if one of the women,
before she's married, a young woman, she has to be tested first for her
virgincy. If she be found guilty, she has to tell what man did it, and
they're both killed together. What if that happened in the United
States? Who would bury all the corpses? See? So you--you see? But there
you are. See? And they are heathens, see the morale. See, so you can't
test it by that. Our Indian brother here can tell you now, the
Mohammedans probably live a lot better life than we ever think about.
190 But what is it? It's the Word that gives the test. Them Pharisees
was twice as humble as Jesus. He went around tearing up their churches,
and throwing them out, and beating them out, and everything like that.
And this godly old priest, you know, why, who was... If I was having a
meeting against Him this morning; I'd say, "Who come to you when you
were sick, prayed for you? That godly old priest. Who loaned papa that
money when his crops failed? That godly old priest. Who dedicated you
to God for a life of service? That godly old priest. Who was it, when
you was in jail, come and visits you? That godly old priest. And this
young renegade called Jesus, what does he do? Called your pastor a
snake. See? See, it's not by the fruits.
It's by the Word. "Man shall not live by fruit alone, but by every Word
that proceeds out of the mouth of God."
And He was that Word. They just failed to see It. That's what He was
supposed to do. They couldn't see it, because they wasn't ordained to
see it. Said, "You can't come to Me." Look at them poor Jews, their
eyes were blinded. Sure, He did it. He blinded them, Himself.
Think of how it would be to be blinded. You better be thanking God for
what sight you got on the Scripture.
195 Now, notice. Now, He, He was this Word. Now, after this, He was
tested. Jesus' testing. Now, we're going through these.
See, it doesn't reflect the Word when anybody says, "Well, that was for
another age," 'cause the Bible said He's the same yesterday, today, and
forever. How the Holy Spirit in you could say that you are a filled
with the Holy Ghost?
Now, can I hurt you a little bit? Is it all right? Raise your hands.
You won't be mad at me? If you do, you have to be.
How can you women, with bobbed hair, tell me that you're filled with
the Holy Ghost? One Word. "Oh, I spoke in tongues." That don't make any
difference. I've seen witch doctors speak in tongues, interpret, shout
in the spirit, dance in the spirit.
How can you men call yourself the head of the house, and let your wife
wear shorts and carrying on the way she is, call yourself Christians?
How can you pastors ever face God with a thing like that, without
standing up and protest it? You can't make them do it. But you get to
preaching like that, you won't belong in the seminary very long or with
a group. You'll have to get cooperation from somewhere else. We'll get
into it, just in a moment, the Lord willing. See?
201 But there you are. Don't, I don't mean to hurt you. I love you.
That's the reason. If--if you were floating down the river, and I seen
you was going to drown, I'd be a poor fellow, say, "Well, be a good
person, honey." You better warn them. That's right. Tell them.
As I said the other night, if I'm a Christian, I have to be identified
with every character of the Bible. I had to stand with Noah and preach
with him in the days and warn the people. That's right. I had to stand
on Mount Carmel alone with Elijah. I had to stand at Calvary and be
crucified to myself and my own thoughts, with Him. But then again I
raised with Him on Easter, triumphant over all things. All the carnal
of the carnality of the world, raised above it in Him.
203 Notice, it doesn't reflect the Word then, no, it doesn't vindicate
It. Now, but if you believe the Word, God will vindicate Hisself, as He
did here in Jesus.
The Word Bread always means to be fed on. "And man shall not live by
bread, like this bread alone, but by every Word." So that's the Word
Bread; keep that in mind. This is this Bread that the church through
every age has fed on, has been the hidden Manna just for the overcomer
only. Revelations said so. Now, I don't have time to break this whole
thing down, because I probably got another thirty minutes.
But, look, when the holy--when the holy manna fell from heaven, which
was a type of the Holy Ghost. You'll agree on that. God told Moses to
go out and get an omer full of it, and put it in the holiest of holies.
'Cause if they didn't put it in the holiest of holies, it become
stagnant. Is that right? The worms got into it. Now, he said, "But put
it in the holiest of holies, in this omer, that every generation coming
up after that priesthood, when a man becomes to go to be a priest, to
minister the Word, the first thing he gets to do, after he's ordained,
is go in and get a handful of that original manna and eat it.
That was to represent that Light in His hand in the new church age,
reflecting his Light, the Manna; and only the man that perfectly
overcome, the man that really sets down and throws aside everything
else besides the Word... And the Word is that Manna. Oh, my, it's
Jesus. "Man shall live by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of
God." That's the hidden Manna for the overcomer, oh, that was laid up
each--each, for each priesthood a following it.
207 The schools of theology long ago has swapped this blessed Thing for
a mess of pottage (That's exactly right. Yes, sir.) like Esau did. Now,
Esau, morally, was a better man than Jacob, but he didn't have respects
to his birthrights which was the Word. How many knows that? The
birthrights was the Word, the promise, the elder son. But he was a good
man, moral man, like, oh, like the nominal Christian today, a good man.
He didn't lie. He didn't steal. He was good to his daddy. He done all
these things. But, you see, his birthrights, he said he didn't care
about that. "What difference does that make? I'm an Israelite, anyhow.
See, I--I belong to it anyhow." But it was his birthrights that
counted. See? His natural was all right, but his spiritual was all
So is it today, the pottage, mix church and world together, some of
each one; bingo parties, dances, all kinds of carrying on in the
church; short-haired women, wearing shorts.
Well, you say, "Brother Branham, what's that little thing?"
210 That's one of the Words, for the Bible said it's wrong for a woman
to cut her hair. That's right. If she does, how's she going to get in?
See? Just ask, any preacher will tell you the Word says that. See? She
dishonors her head; she dishonors her husband. She should be divorced.
That's exactly right. "For she that will cut her hair, let her also be
shorn off, shaven." (See?), if she wants to do that. Not but just
bobbed, God don't want it that way. That's that Mister In-between.
Don't fool with it. Either cut it all off or leave it grow; that's what
God said, Any minister of the Gospel knows that's the Truth, whether
you'll say it or not. But that's the Truth. See? Well, what good, if
you're going to do all the rest of them, and leave that go?
What? There's just a little bit of the worldly style into you, trying
to act just a little bit like the other churches. That's exactly where
Israel got in trouble. That's where they die. That's where Adam got in
trouble. That's where all the rest of them got in trouble. Just one
Word, that's all it takes, just one point. Pottage, mixed with the
world, some of the world, some of Hollywood, some of the church, some
of the theologians, and what's you got?
212 Notice, if Satan fails here, then he'll try his second scheme on
you to--to disbelieve the Word, he'll--and--and go to the seminary.
He'll try the next, a scheme. Now, here's where you want to be real
careful, and just set just for another five minutes on this part, if
you will. Then he makes you a supernatural offer. I'm going to come
back to all this, just before closing. He makes... See, if he can't
tempt you away from the Word, "No, I'm going to stay with the Word,"
then he'll give you a supernatural offer.
He said, "I'll tell you what. You get up here and dive off the temple
and bring back up. See, show the people that You can do something
Boy, he got them there. Now, watch this, this is... Watch when you get
to the end, where this temptation come. Maybe He might let some of you
speak in tongues, think you got It. See? Or he might even let you
prophesy, though it not be with the Word. I've seen people stand up and
prophesy, was as contrary to the Word as the east is from the west.
See? It's the Word that you live by. Them supernatural gifts, Satan can
just hand them out by handfuls. Certainly. That don't mean one thing.
215 Didn't Jesus say, "Many will come to Me in that day, and say,
'Lord, haven't I prophesied in Your Name? In Your Name I've cast out
devils. I've done mighty works. I've been a great man in the
organization. I've done all these things, these things'"? He'll say,
"Depart from Me, you that work iniquity."
What is iniquity? It's something that you know that's right, and you
concede it and won't do it in your heart. When you know that that Bible
teaches a certain thing, and you won't do it, that's iniquity. And
David said, "If I hide iniquity in my heart, God will not even hear my
prayer." Is that Truth? Is that the Bible? Now, surely you couldn't get
angry with that. See? Jesus said that, "Many will come to Me in that
day, and say, 'I've done all these things,' and I'll say, 'Depart, you
workers of iniquity.'"
Same as did Adam. Adam said, "Lord, I did this, I did that." But one
Word (See?), one Word did it. That's all it takes, just disobey one
218 Yes, maybe prophesy contrary to the Word. But now, time he's got
this supernatural gift, he's so carried away by the noise, by the
glamor of it. "Glory to God, I pray for So-and-so, they got up and
walked away. Hallelujah, I can speak in tongues. And somebody interpret
it; it's genuine, the truth."
Paul said, "I can speak in tongue like men and Angels, and yet be
nothing. I can have faith to move mountains, and still I'm nothing." Is
But, see, he'll offer you that. Oh, Pentecostal people, I love you, or
I wouldn't be with you. There's where you failed. See? Watch the Word,
not the gift. Watch the giver, see where--see where it comes from. See?
He's all carried away; he's dancing in the Spirit, boy...
[Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.]... only thing. He's got so many people around
him, and everybody calling for him here and there, and he forgets the
Oh, you're very popular as long as you stay away from that Word. But
you get in that Word one time, watch who's going to cooperate with you
then. See? Watch what comes out then. We're going to get to this in
another stage of nature, in a moment. See, watch who--who wants you
then; nobody does. "Oh, hands off of that."
221 Like a certain association gathered together here a few weeks ago
and banded me, any minister that come to the city, full Gospel, would
have me to the city to pray for their sick, would be completely
excommunicated from the association. All right, 'cause I pray for the
sick. All right. "Don't hear it." Say... And there's the Word
That's the same thing they done with our Lord. That's the same thing
they done with every man in every age. That's what they done with
Luther, Wesley, and all. That's what they done with you in the
beginning, now you turned right back in the same wallow you come out
of. See? Notice the way, it's always been the same way. It's never
failed, Satan does the same thing.
223 Now, he is so carried away by the noise of glamor, and so forth,
till, my, he don't even pay any attention to the Word. "Oh, brother,
Brother So-and-so said so-and-so, and I got to go over here. I..." See,
he's just so carried away, he don't even notice It. Whether it's Word
or not Word, don't make any difference. "The rest of them said it was
all right, so that don't make any different." The denomination says,
"Boy, you got it; don't you let nobody tell you." You got what? See?
224 Satan ever had, even then... Watch in this one place here, he
coated the Word. Even on this supernatural that he tried to get Jesus
to do, the supernatural (See?) being having supernatural, what if Jesus
would've listened to him? See? He said, "Now, wait. You want to stay
with the Word, do you? You want to stay with the Word?" Said, "It's
written, he'd give his Angels charge concerning, lest anytime dash your
foot against a stone, they'd bear thee up." But He wasn't dashing His
foot against no stone. See? Watch. What if he would've stayed with it?
He... Did you notice, I never said he quoted the Word; he coat It,
coated It, like putting an icing on a cake, covered It over,
whitewashed It (See?); It wasn't in It's right place.
225 That's what they try to say today, trying to whitewash It, but you
can't make it run with the rest of the Scripture. It's got to be
everything, "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever." See,
no matter how much Word you try to coat, that don't make...
It's got to be quoted just the way He said It. Then, if It's quoted
right, He'll vindicate It to be so in your life. "That's how all men
know you're written epistles read of God." Written epistle is "Bible."
Is that right? An epistle is the Bible. And you're a written Bible
reflecting His Word, that perfect man again, in God.
But Jesus said, "It is written also." See?
227 But notice Eve at this same stage, carried away by her supernatural
understanding, she had a theological experience. Her education was
supreme to any theologian in the country at that time. See, she was so
carried away, she didn't know it. She knew she had something that Adam
never had. Perhaps she'd be able to rule over him right now, because
she knowed more about it, her Adam. Watch what their Adams are doing
today. She knew good from evil, fine education of the truth. That's
right. She had a fine education of the truth, that she didn't know
before, and it was God's Truth. But she was dead by breaking the Word.
See? She got her education, all right.
So does the seminary give you a theological experience, that you can
quote every character of the Old Testament or New. But be careful what
you're doing, if it don't break that Word right there, if you do. Just
say, "Well, it's for them." No, it's for you, whosoever will. See, see?
Be careful. "Oh, that was for the church long ago." He's the same
yesterday, today, and forever.
She had a fine education, but she was also dead in sin and trespasses.
229 Now, Satan's third scheme. We'll get to it quickly 'cause we don't
want to take more time than possible, maybe another fifteen, twenty
minutes, if you want to go that far. Notice his third scheme then,
his--or his third temptation. If the others had failed, this one won't.
See? He now offers you a position in the church, like he did Jesus.
"I'll give you the world. You be the king. I'll make you. They all
belong to me, so I give it to you."
Who can make a man a minister? Who can give a man a gift by laying
hands on him? "God has set in the church..." See? See how they twist
the Word. Like Eve now, with her new knowing, knowledge, she had Adam
at her sway. She could do what she wanted to (See?) as soon as she got
Adam to accept it.
And, but when he come to Jesus, He didn't accept it. He said, "Get
behind me, Satan." In other words, let me not misquote it, but just add
this to it. "It's written, every man shall live by every Word of God,
not by your proposition, 'I'll make you the general overseer, a
presbyter, or--or deacon, or I'll let you play the piano, sister.' See,
all these propositions, 'You're a very popular person, and we need your
talent in our church.'" See, come to the Word.
She could rule him or teach him, same as today's crop. That's the way
they do it today, to become a D.D., a state presbyter, overseer,
district manager, or something another like that.
233 How different from Jesus! He stayed with the Word. Now, the next
few minutes, I want to prove all these things true (See?) by both
nature and Word, bring this together. This proves He was the Word made
flesh for Bread. He was the Word made flesh. For He reflected what? The
If you're a written epistle, you reflect only the Word; not what the
seminary says, what somebody else says, what Miss Jones thinks about
It, what Doctor So-and-so think about It, but what God said about It.
"Let every man's word be a lie, and Mine be the Truth. Whosoever shall
break the least of these commandments, and teach men so... Whosoever
shall take one Word out of this Book, or add one word to It... Man
shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word proceeding out of the
mouth of God." Live eternally by that Word.
235 Just as so as you have to have dead substance there to live by, you
have to have Christ to live by here or you die. And what is Christ? "In
the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was
God. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us."
And you are the same written epistle, one for one age and one for the
other, for the Light of that hour; but they fail to see it. You reflect
Others fixed, although in one--only failed in one point; but He didn't.
And as I said, in Revelations 22:18, He said, "Whosoever shall add to
238 Now, watch real close now. Matthew 24:24 is the striking, how that
they... "Almost in this last days," Jesus said, "the very elected would
be deceived by this thing." Watch the spirits. "In the last days," now
that Scripture has to be fulfilled. Do you believe it? Now, that was,
"In the last days, the very elected, predestinated, elected to it,
would be deceived..." It's so perfectly; it's so Scriptural, and looks
so pretty and clear, that you can't see a flaw in it anyhow, only the
elected will escape it. Now, that's what Jesus said. Do you believe it?
"Would deceive the very elected if it were possible."
"Why, it's perfectly Scriptures, you can see it in the natural eye."
But, you see, that isn't it. Jesus... Them Pharisees had that Scripture
just as perfect as It could be, but by their own interpretation.
How did they know He wasn't wrong? Because God vindicated every Word
that He promised to Him in that age. That's the reason they knowed He
was the Messiah. See?
241 Now, notice, "if it was possible," in these days. Only one Word,
one Word is needed. That's all Satan had to have to Adam, just get Him
on one Word. That's all he has to have today; just get one thing turned
around. That's all, that's all he needs. Now, you know that's the
Truth. To add one, or take one, it's total failure. Every bit, "Every
Word of God..." Think now of the interpretations of the seminaries,
every one different from the other.
There has to be a Truth somewhere, and this is It: the Bible. Now,
You say, "Well, Brother Branham, they have the most beautiful worship."
Jesus said, "In vain do they worship Me, teaching for doctrine the
theology of men, not the Word," man, his own conception of the Word
245 As I have said, God don't need no interpreter. He interprets every
Word Himself. See, you don't need somebody to interpret It to you, God
interprets it to you when you're willing to accept It. See, that's the
Life, that's Life Itself.
Jesus said, "In vain they worship Me." They actually worship God. Cain
actually worshipped God in the beginning. "But in vain do they worship
Me." What's vain? "It don't do no good."
They might say, "Well, I do this. I dance in the Spirit. I--I speak in
tongues. I--I prophesy. I preach the Gospel." But fail to let your hair
grow out, fail on one thing, and see what happens, the Spirit will
leave you right there. That's what's happened to our churches; failed.
"In vain, worshipping Me. Oh, it's a beautiful worship. But in vain do
they worship Me, teaching for doctrine the commandments of man."
249 Those Pharisees were learned theologians. Don't you dare to say we
got anything today to compare with them. No, indeedy. They knowed one
word, every word, just the way it was written, but in vain they were
worshipping. Think of it, "in vain," big fine schools, and seminaries,
and teachers, and young men, and everything like that, but lost.
Same as the wilderness, He said, "They all eat manna from that
spiritual Rock in the wilderness, they all drink from that Rock, I
mean, and they all eat manna out of it." And Jesus said, "And they're
every one dead." "Death" means "eternally separated." Why? Because they
failed to believe the promise of God.
251 Oh, I hate to keep you like this, but I just have to say it. Look,
I won't take a minute on this. Every one of them people come out under
the Pillar of Fire; they come out in the wilderness, believing God,
marched on. But when they come to see the obstacle, when the--when the
ten come back and said, "We can't take the land. Oh, my, they're giants
there. They're this, that, and the other. They just... We can't do it.
But what did Caleb and Joshua? They stilled the people. They said, "We
are more than able to take it." Why? Those people were looking what
they could see (See?); they're looking at what they could see. But
Caleb and Joshua was looking at the promise of God. God said, "I have
given you that land. Go get it."
253 Now, Hebrews the 6th, if I could quote it, "For it is impossible
for them which were once enlightened, and have tasted of the Holy
Ghost, the power of the world to come, if they shall fall away again,
deny, walk away."
Like those fellows come up there and eat the grapes from over on the
other land, stood there; and when it come to following the Word on
through, they said, "We can't do it." And they died in the wilderness.
That's where we got. We tasted a good Word of God. But the full
promise, "No, no, we can't do that (See?), 'cause Doctor So-and-so or
somebody else says we can't do it. That's for the apostles. That was
another day." There you die.
See, the Scripture all ties together; every Word of It ties together.
And it cannot be given by any manmade theory, system, or anything. It's
only revealed by the Holy Ghost. Jesus said, "Father, I thank You
You've hid these things from the wise and prudent, and reveal it to
babes such as will learn."
257 Quickly now let's go to this next thought here if we can. "In vain
they worship Me." Those Pharisees, learned, oh, morally good, but
called by Jesus, "devils." Them learned theologians, Jesus said,
"You're devils, and the works of your father you'll do." Said, "You
garnish the tombs of the prophets, but your fathers back in that same
time... Them prophets come forth to tear down those religious systems."
That's what they done.
Prophets... Where does the Word come, to a theologian or a prophet? Not
to the theologians and the school. It comes to a prophet always. God
never changes His system, never. Always has, always... Not to a group;
to an individual, never to a group: individual, yes, sir, a prophet.
And they said...
Jesus said, "You garnish the tombs of the prophets, and your fathers
put them in there." And they're doing the very same thing under the
blindness of Satan's seminary. See?
260 And now, Pentecost, keep your nose out of that World Council of
churches. Now, you ministers here, you'll write into headquarters
to--to these people. Now, you won't have to write to--to the Assemblies
and many of them, 'cause they done set the thing out; they want nothing
to do with it. And you Baptist brethren too, keep your head out of
there. Don't you see that's exactly the mark of the beast coming up?
You know who's going to gulp it all up, if you know anything about the
Scripture. If the Words reflect Itself in you, stay away from that
thing. Your denomination will run into that. And you're going to have
to do it or excommunicate your denomination. You can't be a
denomination and stay there, because you've got to come in or stay out.
Then, you're no more organization, then you've showed yourself.
Exactly. God bless you, if you do it. Hard to tell how many will do it.
But some will, no doubt. Yes, sir.
262 Deceived, and Jesus called them devils. Now, but when Jesus was
standing there (What?), every temptation He rebuked it with the Word,
and stood there by the Word. God vindicated Him.
Like over, the other night, I preached on Michelangelo. How many was
ever at Forest Lawn and seen Moses' monument there, by Michelangelo?
That was a striking, when I went in there the first time and seen it.
Michelangelo almost spent his lifetime, of making. In his mind he had
what--what Moses ought to look like. And he--he wanted to get--get him
fixed before he died. And he spent years and years of carving out,
chipping off here, and breaking off here, and polishing here. Till
finally one day when he had it finished, after many years, he was
standing there with a rag in his hand, like this. He stood back and
looked at it, the vision that was in his mind, for since he was first
heard of Moses, it ought to look like that. There it was, flashed
before him. He got so inspired by his own work, he grabbed a hammer and
struck it on the leg, and hollered, "Speak, Moses!" He thought it was
Moses should speak, he was so much like the thing that was in his mind.
And that mar on the leg is still there. It's a perfect statue all but
that chip off of the leg, the right leg. Watch it in Forest Lawn, as
you go in the door, a reproduction of it. Michelangelo's Moses, his
masterpiece, that--that sealed his life...
264 God is a great Sculptor (right); He made man in His image to
reflect Him, and He is the Word. And what did He do? He tried Adam; he
failed, Moses failed, all the rest of them failed. But here's One
perfect. Hallelujah. What was it? Nothing less than God Himself in
flesh, the Word reflected; in Him dwelt the Fullness of the Godhead
bodily; not a prophet, yet He was a prophet; not a man, yet He was a
Jews, don't try to claim Him as yours. He was neither Jew nor Gentile.
He was God. See? You are what your blood is (See?) and, 'course, you're
flesh. And Mary, of course, Mary didn't have no conception with the
Holy Ghost giving her a sensation. God the Father created a germ,
or--or egg in Mary and a Blood cell in her also, and it was the Blood
266 The blood comes from the male sex. So it was no... The hemoglobin's
in the blood, has to come from the father, 'cause the baby can't even
take its mother's disease, like TB. It could inherit it from the breath
of the mother, but not inherit it, I mean, but can breathe it and--and
catch it. But she cannot take it from the mother, because he, she's
free from it; he's not his mother's blood.
Now, but Jesus was not the blood of a Jew nor a Gentile, He was a
creative Blood by Jehovah Himself. He was the Blood of God. The Bible
said we're saved by the Blood of God, not the blood of a Jew or blood
of a Gentile; it'd all be sex, but this was the Blood of God.
268 Notice now when He seen that perfect One, He struck Him and marred
Him. Isaiah said, "He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for
our iniquity." What was He? He was that perfect Word, reflected for
Bread, that every man shall live by. He was that wheat of God's Word
that could be ground and put in the four Gospels, sixty-six Books. And
man shall live by That, and That alone, and every Word of It. Amen.
That was Michelangelo's masterpiece. And when God could see Hisself
reflected in a Man, He had that perfect Man created in His Own image.
Oh, my, what a Man. He had to die for all of us. (We could stay on
that, but we won't.) He had to die for all of us. And He died, the
perfect One, that we, imperfect, could be made perfect in Him by
partaking of every Word of His Bible. Now, then He raised Him up again
for our justification, that we have a right, as a raised Jesus, that
He's here now to minister to us, every Word of God, that we should live
269 Now, quickly now, then we're closing. Now, the second Eve bride.
Now, the first bridegroom, Adam, had to be brought up through a long
string of prophets, and so forth, then come out perfect, and then had
to die in order to be Bread for the rest of them.
Now, what about Eve? She has to do the same thing. But when Jesus
come... Remember, Eve was the woman. The church always is--is a woman
represented in the Bible, 'cause she's bride. Now, watch what she did.
She tried to persuade Him to her doctrine. As long as He would preach
just what they thought, He was a great Fellow. But one day he begin to
speak, and said, "I and the Father are One."
"Oh, You make Yourself equal with God. See? Oh, my. We want nothing to
do with that fellow anymore."
274 And all these other things He had begin to say, "Except you eat the
Flesh of the Son of man." What do you think a doctor would have
thought, setting in there? What do you think any man would, just common
thinking? "You got to eat My Flesh and drink My Blood."
They said, "This man's a vampire, not a minister. Stay away from that
man; he's crazy. Stay away from him."
But it was the Truth. See, it was the Truth. "Except you eat It, you'll
perish. You'll all die, if you don't eat It."
That's the same thing today. The bread and wine is only a symbol; don't
let that natural thing get you down. You've got to eat Christ, which is
the Word that you live by, "every Word that proceedeth," the whole
Bible from Genesis to Revelations.
278 Now, the second Eve, watch her. She was created anew, like He was,
at the day of Pentecost, filled with the Spirit, and fed by the Word.
Amen. Now, I'm getting religious. I feel good. That first church, that
first Eve, which was to be Christ's Bride... How many can say "amen" to
that? [Congregation says, "Amen."--Ed.] She was to be Christ's Bride.
She was borned at Pentecost, not at Nicaea, Rome; not in London,
England; or not in the United States; not in Germany with Luther, not
in England with Wesley, not in the United States with Pentecostals, so
called. She was borned on the day of Pentecost. She was Spirit filled.
And she was Spirit filled and Word fed, "every Word that proceedeth out
of the mouth of God." Even to Judas... And, oh, they just had to take
everything, just Word by Word, a real blooming plant on God's earth,
representing Him, another Bride tree.
279 His Word of promise reflected Him in her. They had to take notice
to Peter and them. They hadn't been to a seminary, and they knowed
that. They hadn't been to any Bible school, some theological seminary.
They had no education, 'cause they couldn't even write their own name.
The Bible said they were ignorant and unlearned. But what happened?
They had to take note that they had been with Jesus, for there He was
in them, reflecting His promise. Hallelujah. Glory to God. That's what
we need in this age. His Word reflected Him in her, the church. She was
a live by every Word that proceeded out of the mouth of God.
But then, as Eve, she met her fall on the Word, at Nicaea, Rome, where
the first organization was ever organized, the universal Christian
church. Is there a Bible scholar in here? Is there a... Is there a
theologian in here that knows that's the truth? The first organization
was at Nicaea, Rome. God never did have an organization, never will
have one. That's man controlled. That's where they all...
I'm a Christian. "What church do you belong to?" There's only one. I've
been a Branham fifty-five years, and I never did join the family; I was
born one. That's how you are born in the Kingdom of God, and you're a
reflection of His Word.
282 Notice, Eve met hers. And so did the second Eve met hers at Nicaea,
Rome, gave to it a denomination, creed, accepted dogmas instead of the
Word; taken down pagan idols like Jupiter and so forth, and put up Paul
and Barnabas. And--and took down the sun god and the moon god,
Ashtoreth, the moon god, with round kosher on it, and made her being
the mother of the sun god which is Jupiter. And changed the birthday of
Jesus from April, where all nature, where He was born under the ram,
'cause He was a ram, and changed that up to the sun god's birthday in
the solar there, where it makes one day... There's just only about a
minute difference in the day when it passes on the twenty-fifth day of
December, the sun god's birthday, not the Son of God. And every one of
us play Santa Claus, and decorate trees, a heathenism, and things like
that, and then call ourselves Christians? What's the matter with the
Will there ever rise somebody among us, who can preach the Word and
tell the Truth, and God vindicate it, and prove to the people that He
is the same yesterday, today, and forever? We don't need a seminary. We
don't need a theologian. We need a prophet. That's right. God promised
284 Then Eve met her failure, so did the church; gave away to
denomination, rules of men, to be ruled by men, not controlled by the
Spirit no more. She went away from the Word and accepted dogmas. Who
can say "amen"? [Congregation says, "Amen."--Ed.] Sure. But do you know
we Protestants accept as many dogmas as they got, when we add something
to this Word or take something from It? Satan got her with his same old
technique he did Eve: compromising. That's where he got it: accept
something different from the Word, a creed or a denomination.
285 The original went on to the ground in martyrdom, the burrs of Rome
ground that wheat from Pentecost into the dust, and burned them at
stakes, and fed them to the lions. They went in like the other wheat
did (That's right.), but He begin to raise her again in the
reformation, the same one, the second time.
Like He did the Second Adam. After Adam fell, He begin to raise a
Second Adam. And the Second Adam fell, then It was taken up. The first
Adam fell in his sin and stayed there. The Second Adam fell to redeem a
man from sin, and was taken up.
Now, the first church fell at Nicaea, Rome, first, by one Word of Truth
out of the Bible, where the Roman church had added their dogmas and
creeds. There come a little priest by the name of Martin Luther, who
said, "This is not the communion; this is not the body of Christ. It's
a kosher. And men 'the just shall live by faith.'" And he threw the
thing on the floor and protested it. There comes your first star
shining after the Thyatira age. Yes, sir, justified by faith. He, the
great Sculptor, set up to make a masterpiece Bride that would reflect
288 But what did Lutherans do after the death of Luther? They met
Satan, and made a denomination out of it and died. She never done
anything else after that; she was done, just become a great mass of
people. All right.
Then God picked her up again in the days of John Wesley, with another
Truth to reflect. What did he do? He said, "Sanctification is the
second work of grace." And what did God do? He blessed it. And he
protested the Anglican church, and the Zwingli church, and all the rest
of them, and all the legalists, and all the Calvin, or the--the
Calvinists, rather, and protested it. And--and said, "The just shall
live by faith," said Luther. "And the second work of grace is
sanctification." And that's true. That's right. See?
290 Then what did he do? Same thing, after the death of Wesley, and
Asbury, and them, same thing that Luther did, organize, die. Look at it
Went there, here not long ago, to pray for a woman in a hospital, going
under an operation. I went in there. She said, "Brother Branham, I
called you. You don't know me," she said, "but would you pray for me?
I've got to have an operation in the morning."
I said, "Certainly, sister."
There was another man, a woman, and a boy, setting there, about an
eighteen-year-old boy, and they was watching me real close. And I
turned around and I said, "Would you pardon me, I'm going to..."
She said, "Pull that curtain."
I said, "Aren't you a Christian?"
She said, "We are Methodist."
I said, "That wasn't what I asked you. I asked you... If you're just
Methodist, I'll pull the curtain. If you're a Christian, you don't want
the curtain pulled." So, yeah, that's right.
There is a lot of difference in being a Methodist, or a Baptist, or
Presbyterian, and then being a Christian; not being a Campbellite, but
being a Christian. See?
295 What did she do? The same thing. Then what happened? God picked up
a little bunch down here in the south, a little colored man with a
cross-eye. And, He, what did He do? He poured out the restoration of
the gifts, and it become Pentecost. And many of you old-timers like
Brother Valdez setting back there, an aged sage, was preaching when I
was five years old. He remembers the early Pentecost. Boy, don't you
speak organization to them guys; they come out of that nasty thing. And
they had the message of God.
But what did they do? Same thing the others did: organized it. Now,
they got about thirty or forty different organizations, oneness,
twoness, three's. Till, mercy, goodness, I never heard such in my life.
What did you do? You died right on the spot. That's all the farther you
could go. Your organization wouldn't accept This. You--you picked your
man, "This man, if he don't believe with us, don't have him in there.
Our fellowship won't have it." Oh.
297 Look, hurrying, there must come a true Seed. There has just got to
be, because He's coming for the Bride without spot or wrinkle. He's
coming for it, a Word-vindicated Bride. Oh, she'll be such a little
bitty group. Jesus said, "As it was in the days of Noah (wherein eight
souls was saved, is that right?), so shall it be in the coming of the
Son of man." How many? I don't know.
But, see, the Bride's going to be made up of all down through, that's
had the Word in their age. It's not just this last group, God's going
to take the whole thing out of here. Oh, no.
It'll be--be so small, it'll be surprising. They'll come up missing;
you won't even know they're gone. What if He took five hundred in this
last day? You'd never know it. Took five hundred in a few days' time,
two or three days, there's that many people comes up missing across the
world, don't even know where they're at, never hear nothing about them.
The secret coming of the Lord Jesus, She'll be taken away.
And the rest of them go right ahead preaching, just like it was in the
days of Noah, "Glory to God, we got It (Hallelujah.)," and sealed to
their death. That's what the Bible says, and It can't fail.
301 As Noah, Moses, David, reflected the coming of this perfect
Bridegroom; so has Luther, Wesley, and Pentecost, reflected the coming
of a perfect Bride.
Notice, each time she indicated, what did she do? Each time, this
church, like Eve did, she forced her Adam to believe her new light, her
scheme, and there died with it. "We'll, well, our group will get
together (See?) oh, our new blessings of what we found, so forth."
What did this all do to Eve? (We've just got a short time now.) What
did this all do to Eve, by the first mother church, the first bride to
the first Adam? What did it do to her? Now, listen close; you're going
to disagree with This. But it produced the seed of the serpent. That's
304 Her first son was not the son of Adam. If it was, he had the
birthright. The Bible, in Jude, said that Adam--that, "Enoch was the
seventh from Adam." Is that right? And he starts out, "Adam begot his
son Seth." What about Cain, which had the birthright? He wasn't Adam's
son. Seth, and Seth begot Jared, and on down to Adam, which down to...
which was the seventh from Adam. Then if Cain was his son, there's not
one place in the Bible, even in Luke when he refers back to it again,
he never refers to Cain being the son of Adam. If he wasn't, whose son
was he? If he was the son of Adam, he was his first son, which had all
Oh, there is that church carnal (Can't you see it?) that accepted
something, was the adultery instead of the Word. Pentecostal people,
bless you. All right, what did he produce to Eve? The seed of the
serpent. What has it done in this last days, by denomination? Produced
the seed of the serpent again, rejecting the Word. What did he offer?
Fruits and things, not the Blood...?...
306 By revelation of the Word, God's Word before It was even written,
"Abel by faith offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than that of
Cain, which testified that he was righteous," the Word reflecting
Itself through him by his offering.
Oh, Cain went and got fruits of the field; he thought that Eve eat an
apple. Most the theological seminaries has changed that now to an
apricot. It was an adultery. And anybody knows that, that knows the
Bible. Sure it was.
Notice, the serpent's seed was produced by the first Eve's getting away
from the Word. The second Eve done the same thing at Nicaea, Rome. And
what has she got? A bunch of denominational children. That's right. Oh,
morally good, sure, fine. But what about it? Dead, through their creeds.
309 Same now. Cain's revelation of the Word done the same thing that
these has. What? Promised her, at the end of time, what promises this
Eve now? Listen close now, I'm closing. What promise to this Eve at the
end time? Riches, Laodicea, great name, great person, rich. "But dead,
and naked, and don't know it." That's what the church age ended in.
But she denies the Word. To make Matthew 24:24 real to her, she tries
to move in with a lot of noise, and a lot of this, and a lot of social
standings, and things like this, trying to say, "Well, we got power.
Glory to God. Hallelujah. We got power." Having a form of godliness,
but denying the power thereof, so close that it would deceive the very
elected... How can a man dance in the Spirit and speak in tongues, and
deny the Word of God being the Truth, and be the Holy Ghost? It just
can't be done.
Every Word... God says one thing, that's just exactly what He means.
Don't interpret It no other way. The Bible says that It's of no private
interpretation. Say it the way He said It.
312 Notice. A false power, that's exactly what Satan wanted to give to
Jesus, get up there and make Him show Hisself off. People do that, even
the World Council, all of them. "Who is able to make war with him," he
said, the Bible, "this image of the beast that's going to rise?" If we
had time, we'd go in (but we haven't) to it.
Notice Jesus, the second Word Adam in her days... Watch in the days of
this church now that's going to be so close. The last church age is
Laodicea. How many can say "amen" to that? [Congregation says,
"Amen."--Ed.] What does she do? How does she go, in the glorious stage?
Lukewarm, without God. And what did she do?
313 Now, Adam seen Eve willfully--or not willfully, but ignorantly
deceived, and Adam walked out with Eve so he could redeem her. Is that
right? The Bible said Adam wasn't deceived. That's the reason It
forbids women to preach the Gospel. See? Adam was not in the
transgression, yet Eve was. So that's the reason she shouldn't teach
(See?) or usurp any authority over men, or so forth. That's--that's
what the Word says.
You say, "Well, this..." I don't care what this does and that does.
It's what the Word says, brother, sister. I'm trying to get that to you
(See?); it's what the Word says. We live by the Word, not what some
evidence, or some carnal something, or some experience. That don't have
one thing to do with it. Any kind of an experience won't work, if it
denies the Word. "Many will come to Me and say, 'I've prophesied, cast
out devils. I spoke in tongues. I done all these things, preached the
Gospel, and a Doctor of Divinity.' Said, 'You worker of iniquity, I
didn't even know you.'" Knowing that the Word says That, and then
compromise because of some organization or something, some system. Oh,
my friend, let me warn you, as a dear brother that loves you. Listen
315 Now, the first Adam walked out with Eve, because she was deceived.
But there'd been somebody here in this Laodicea; she knowed different.
Yes, sir. Because she put Him out of her bed--her room, sh... He was on
the outside, knocking, trying to get back in. Yet she had got culture;
she was set high. And she was (Oh, my.), "had need of nothing," she
said, but didn't know that she was naked, miserable. That's the church
that deceives the very elected if it was possible. Notice, she had
power, false power. She took part of the Word, didn't take the rest of
316 What is the biggest lie that was ever told? It's got ninety-nine
percent Truth in it. If somebody said, "William Branham, on this
certain date, was up yonder in Houston, Texas, drunk as he could be."
That's a lie. See? "Oh," say, "no, he was in Phoenix, Arizona. He was
preaching to Christian businessmen, he preached on a certain subject;
so many people was there; they listened till about ten-thirty. And at
ten-thirty, you know what he done? Reached down and got a drink of
liquor and took it." Now, there is a lie. The rest of it was all true.
See, it has to look just exactly like the truth to be deceiving.
That's how the people does today. They have so much of the Truth, they
deceive the very elected... But, one Word, that's all it takes. And
I've proved that by the Bible.
318 Notice, He never walked out with her. She put Him out, the Word,
rejected Him. Now, this is a pitiful sight, when we get to the end.
Just like it was in Babylon, man won't stop at anything he's trying to
achieve himself. He just won't stop. Like in the days of Noah, no
matter how much Noah preached and warned, didn't do a bit of good. In
the days when Ahab, he must make his own bread to send his ownself to
hell. That's exactly. He has to make his bread so the link will break,
so it'll send his ownself to hell. Just like Ahab and Jezebel, they...
But the thing of it is, they didn't think they were sinning. They
thought they were doing right.
320 You know, Jesus said, "It'll come to pass that they'll even kill
you, thinking they're doing God a service." Wait till this new book of
mine comes out. They shot at some people the other night, for saying
that it was wrong to unite the Roman Catholic church with the
Protestant. Three shots went through a building of a friend of mine,
just barely missed them. Wait till this book gets in circulation. Don't
think they are sinning; they think they're doing the right thing. They
think they're--they're doing that for a cause for God, not knowing it.
The Jews killed Jesus, thinking they were doing the right thing,
because their church doctrine said He was wrong. Oh, said for them
He... They crucified the very Bread that they were supposed to live by.
322 Now, then, "As many as received Him to be their Life, Eternal Life,
they lived by Him, and He gave them power to become part of Him: sons
of God." Is that right?
They like the wild gourds, death in the pottage, from the school of
their theologians; they don't want Jesus, the Bread of Life. They don't
want Him. They put Him out of their church. They've got to do it. I
don't care what they do.
You say, "You think you're going to change it, Brother Branham?" No,
sir. But I'm speaking to the Elected.
They put Him out. Why? They took their pottage, mixed with the world,
some theories of something, and mixed it together, and made a
theological seminary pottage. And they refuse the prophet Elijah's meal
to cure it.
Did they do it in that day? Elijah had some meal. That meal was Christ,
the meal-offering, all ground the same. Every burr had to be the same,
to grind it. And he throwed that in there, and it cured their
sickness--or their death in the pot.
But today they got death in the pot, and they don't want Elijah's Meal,
Christ, the Bread, the Word. "No, sir. It's heresy." They won't have
It. Go ahead and eat it, and you'll die as sure as the world. There's
poison in the pot. They won't accept this Meal (No, sir.) in their
theological pots. They just won't do it. Now, they'll put you out of
it; they don't want nothing to do with Him.
328 Now, the second Eve, bread grain, was Pentecost, did as the first
Adam bread, went to death under the Roman burrs, under persecution,
martyrdom. But her sister which became a whore (Is that what the Bible
says? That's right.), what did she do? She went right on out into the
world and begot children. Who can say "amen" to that? [Congregation
says, "Amen."--Ed.] Revelations 17, "The whore and her daughters," not
men; women, churches. The denominated, what made her a whore? She
rejected the Word and took the denomination; she become a whore. What
did her children done? They were harlots, which is the same thing. Done
the same thing, rejected the Word and took to the denomination. "Her
children," daughters, churches, look at them.
330 Now, let me say this in prophecy. Will you understand? The big
family fuss is about over. They're all coming back together. Old
mother's going to take her kids back again. They're all the same
anyhow. They want to be one. It's time for the Church and God, Church
and the Word, to get one, right here, because that's what He's coming
after; not a "one" group like that. No, sir.
A grain of wheat is to be. Now, watch nature, and we're closing on this
thought. Watch nature. A man plants wheat.
They wrote a book; I guess you all have read it, probably some of you
theologians, called "The Silent God." I think you can get it maybe
in--in your books, of--of where you sell books, bookstores: "The Silent
God," Said how... A infidel said, "How could you ever expect to be a
God, that could set up there during the Dark Ages and watch little
children be put to death by fire; women, their long hair stuck down in
pitch, and burned; put an ox on one arm, and one another, and pull them
apart, because they won't kiss a crucifix; and all those things like
that"? Said, "How could a God, if there was one, set up there and watch
those little children burn?" See, that's the natural, carnal mind. See?
333 Look, do you know a wheat, when it goes into the ground, it's got
to lay there and rot? That's what that Pentecostal church had to do:
lay there, and go to the ground, and die. It had to rot, in order to
bring forth Life again. Is that right?
Now, watch, and now this is my closing thoughts. Now, to wind it all
up, let's take nature. How many of you believe that God works parallel
in nature to all things?
He... Look, He done the world. He redeems the world the same way He
redeems a man. What does a man believe? He believes, then is baptized;
then he's cleansed by the Blood, sanctification, which was Wesley's
message; then he's filled with Holy Ghost Fire, takes the world out of
him, and he's filled with the Spirit, which is the Word. Do you believe
that? Now, watch what. God's going to redeem His world the same way.
335 How many got the--the--"The Future Home Of The Bride And Groom," on
the tape? See, I brought it out in there. The Lord gave it to me. I
give it on to you as He gives it to me.
Look, the first thing, the world was condemned under Adam's fall from
the Word. The preaching of Noah brought justification, and God baptized
the earth with water; then along came the Son and dropped His Blood
upon it to sanctify it, to claim it for His own; then in the final
windup, the renovation will be fire that will burn every germ, every
thing; it'll go for thousands of miles high in the air.
And then what? "I saw a new heaven and a new earth; first heaven and
earth was passed away. And I saw the holy City, the New Jerusalem
descending from God, out of heaven, adorned as a Bride for her--adorned
as a Bride for her husband (See?) coming down upon the earth. Then God
338 Same thing with Jesus, look, when He was baptized in water, and
made His preparations, He was sanctified to begin with by the Father;
then He raised up His hands, and here come the Dove upon the Lamb. What
was God doing when He put the Dove on There? He claimed that part of
life--that--that was part of the earth, Jesus eat food like we have,
the natural bread. But now God claims it; there ain't nothing going to
hold it. Death can't hold it. Said, "Destroy this temple, I'll raise it
And when the man and woman goes into God, complete now, not under some
spell, not under some emotion, but really when the Word and him becomes
one; God has saved that person, sanctified him from the things of the
world, renovate everything of the world away from them with the Fire of
the Holy Ghost, and lives in that person, reflecting Himself, that
perfect man or woman living by the Word. See, that's the earth that's
cleansed. He'll use the earth the same way; He redeems it.
340 Now, watch, a corn of wheat falls into the ground. Now, Jesus was
that corn of wheat that fell into the ground, which after was made
perfect; It had Life in It. Moses didn't raise. Adam didn't raise. None
of the rest of them raised. But this perfect One that reflected the
Word in every way, every Word He lived by. How many can say "amen" by
that? [Congregation says, "Amen."--Ed.] Every Word He lived by. What
happened? They put him in the grave. But three days, He broke her open
and come out again. See?
Now, here comes the church again (See?), coming to that perfect One,
for the rapture again. Now, what happened after the church fell in the
ground at Nicaea, Rome, to the first organization? Can anybody say
"amen," that that's right? [Congregation says, "Amen."--Ed.] What did
she do? She come out again in a temporary resurrection; He tried
through Luther as same as He did through Noah. But what did he do? He
failed the Word; he organized. What did it do?
342 It's like a grain of wheat coming up. When the grain comes up,
what's the first thing comes up? Two little sprouts. Now, listen real
close. What comes up, natural now? We're going to follow the natural
with the spiritual, natural bread with the spiritual bread. What
happens? "How could this Man be Bread?" Watch.
When the church came up, she was one little leaf. Now, that don't look
like the grain that went in the ground at all, but it's a carrier of
the life. See? Now, what happens? Now, the man says, "Oh, I got a good
field of wheat." No you have, potentially he has. What happened? The
next come up was Zwingli, that was another move that come up after
Luther. Still that wasn't it. It's a blade. Then the stalk put forth
many blades, such as Calvin, and so forth, come up. Finally the
Anglican church raised up, all blades. See, all of them just exactly
alike, the same thing.
344 Then what happened? The wheat changes, and the corn changes, and
everything changes. What come was a tassel. You might call it tassel.
Well, when it did, look what hangs on it, little pollens. Now, that
looks just a little bit more like the original grain that went in than
the blade did. Is that right? Well, Wesley's message was closer to the
Bible than Luther's. You know that. Is that right? What is all them
little tassels now? There was the Wesleyan Methodist, the Nazarenes,
Pilgrim Holiness, United Brethren, all those under sanctification. And
what come from that then? It, finally, what did it do? Organize, died.
What come out of that was the Pentecostals. You say, "Oh, brother."
Now, reverently, and I say this with godly love. And may the great
Father Who I've just told you, in the beginning, was present here,
omnipresent... If I say this through prejudice, then He'll judge me. If
I say it through Truth, He'll bless me. He'll let you see It, if you're
ordained to Life.
347 When the first little grain of wheat comes out on the stalk of a
wheat, it's absolutely looks like the grain. Is that right? But what is
it? It isn't the grain. That's that Matthew 24:24, "so close that it
would deceive the very elected if possible." Notice, it looks just like
the grain. But you pull that off, and set down, and take a microscope
glass, and begin to pull it back. It's just the shuck on the corn, or
the shuck on the wheat. It's only did to protect it, but it looks just
exactly like the grain. Now, how many knows that to be truth, raise
your hands? Sure. But it's the shuck.
Now, Pentecostal brethren, don't get me wrong, but this is true. You
can't defy nature. And nature declares God in everything, its Creator.
349 Now, look at that shuck. It looks... What'd they do? They spoke in
tongues. They act just exactly like they did at Pentecost. But if
you'll cut that, take that little thing and pull it back, it's got many
little shucks in it. And when you pull it back, you can see way back at
the back of it; you'll have to have a good glass, look back there.
There's a little teeny bud of a grain coming on; there's the real
thing. It's a carrier. Why? It has to be there to protect that grain.
It's working in harmony, but it's to protect that grain. Now, where the
grain come from the ground, up through the Lutherans, through them
churches, through Wesley and through there, out through the tassels,
and now down into the shuck. Now, it looks just perfectly. No wonder
Jesus said it'd deceive the very elected if it was possible. Looks just
like the grain, right in the place the grain ought to be, but what
happened? It did the same thing that the others did before it:
organized. What did it become? A carrier.
350 Now, in the days that we're living, any historian here knows that
any revival only lasts about three years, and then out of that revival
comes an organization. Brother, sister, in this great fifteen-year
revival that I have lived in, been privileged to live it with you,
there hasn't been an organization come out of it. There's no more
organizations. There won't be. There's the last. Now, Pentecost had to
be there to protect this. Where would we have went with a Message like
this if there hadn't been a Pentecostal to believe it? Now, go back to
the Ohio River in 1933. See?
Excuse this, but I want you to know the Truth. And I haven't got much
time left; you know that; I'm fifty-five. But these tapes will live
when I'm gone, and you'll see whether it's right, or not, if I be a
true servant or a false prophet. I've never told you nothing yet but
what happened, so will this happen.
352 It's a carrier. It had to be. But when that wheat begins to grow,
like the church first was a carrier to Jesus, but when He begin to tell
them the Truth of God, they separated from Him. Now, what's happening?
No cooperation. Why? It has to be that way, so that the wheat itself
can lay before the sun, s-u-n, and so the spiritual wheat can lay
before the S-o-n to be turned to a golden grain of the Word (See?) made
Word, God made flesh, vindicated. The... "He that believeth on Me, the
works that I do shall He also." The church that lives by that Word,
rightly, not through organization, but in Presence of the Word, the
Son, it becomes (What?) a very same Word that went down on the day of
353 Now, doesn't Malachi 4 teach us, that before the great and terrible
day of the Lord shall come, that this will take place? How many knows
that? And He will restore the heart of the children to the fathers (Is
that right?), the faith of the original Pentecostal fathers."
"And in that day," Luke 17:20, I believe it is, Jesus said, "when the
Son of man is being revealed," not man, "The Son of man," not an
organization. "The Son of man," the Word living Itself again among the
The Word, Itself, made flesh in you, you are a reflection of this hour,
the Message, reflection of it. See? You live again, live the Life that
was in Jesus Christ. You're in the Presence of the Son. Then to the...
What happens to it? What happens to that Church? Finally, listen, that
shuck pulls away from that wheat when it begins to be manifested. What
happened? The Life that was in the shuck, went on out in the wheat. The
Life won't change. The carriers change; they denominate (See?): the
blades, the tassel, the shuck. But the wheat can't change. It's got to
be a ministry just exactly on the Word like He was on the Word, and
like the first Church was on the Word, Spirit filled, Word fed; not
denominational fed; Word fed.
357 Now, there is nature, and the Word of God. He is that Bread. "Man
shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth out of
the mouth of God."
Closing now, before prayer. Notice here, here comes the thing I want to
Now, that shuck has to pull away from that wheat; that's in God's
providence. How many says "amen"? [Congregation says, "Amen."--Ed.] The
shuck has to pull away from the wheat, 'cause it's maturing now. It's
up. Now, if that shuck wasn't there, it was a supporter, it was a
carrier of the Life, then the Life out of there went right out into the
wheat. Now, that's the reason.
Listen, friends, what day we living in? We've had a fifteen-year
revival. How many can say "amen" to that? [Congregation, "Amen."--Ed.]
What organization raised up? None. They tried to get me to make an
organization, said, "Will you make an organization, Brother Branham, on
your ministry? It'll beat..." Now, not me, I ain't talking about me.
I'm talking about the Message of the hour, of the day.
361 And they went up there in Canada and got a few latter-rain
brethren. It died right there. Remember the latter-rain, you brothers?
Where did it go to? Where did anything else go to? But what did the
organization get out of it? Millions of converts, and made slaves out
of them to their creed, become rich, and building millions and billions
of dollars in buildings and things like that, and saying "the Lord is
coming," sending preachers to seminaries and things, and educating them
on manmade theology, like Luther, Wesley, and the rest of did. It
become a shuck.
But, thank God, the grain's going on. Then if that is true by the Word,
to where we're living, that is true by nature, it's vindicated, the
corn of wheat, every way, how much longer we got? You know what? I hear
the coming of the combine, the World Council; she'll separate it. What
does she do? Shave her off of her stalk. But She's got a elevator
waiting for Her. She'll go home one of these mornings. Oh, yes. You
understand, say "amen"? [Congregation, "Amen."--Ed.]
363 I know the world don't believe that. They can't believe it.
Don't... Just feel sorry for them, 'cause, "No man can come except My
Father draws him; and all My Father has given Me will come." If his
name is on the Book of Life, he'll certainly recognize the Word. He's
got to; it's done too long. It's done vindicated so perfectly, till
it's positive the Truth.
We won't have no more organizations, but all the organizations will go
into one. What's she doing for? Going... For what do they do with the
straw? Burn it. Jesus said, "The angels will come, gather the wheat
into the garner." And what will take place? "The stalks, the stubbles,
and briers, will be burned with unquenchable fire." You see? And what
has to be done first? The angels went forth and bound the tares first.
Is that right? See, they're binding themselves together in one great
big organization, no more organizations.
365 The wheat's here. Thanks be to God, the wheat is here. Christ is
here. He proves His Word, It's the Truth. The wheat is here; it's
maturing now; it's laying in the Presence of the Son.
Not any man may touch It, it's all pulling away, "We'll have nothing to
do with It." You have to do that.
Oh, brother, get in the wheat, let your Life that's in you come out
into the wheat. Will you? Believe God. Don't... Just stay with God. Are
you sure you're going to make it? What if somebody said... I don't care.
368 Like a story I read, one time. There was a doctor; he was a fine
man, and he loved poor people. And every time the poor couldn't pay
their debts, you know what he done? He just signed it in red ink, said,
"You're forgiven." Finally, the doctor died. And when the doctor died,
his wife was arrogant. She was different, like the church today. She
went and ground them all together. She brought lawsuit, and throwed
them all in the court, "You're going to pay these bills, anyhow."
But the judge picked up some of the receipts, said, "Come here, madam."
He said, "Is this red ink your husband's signature?"
She said, "Yes, sir, it is."
Said, "There ain't a court in the land can sue them. They are free."
Let them say what they want to. He signed His Word with His own Blood.
There ain't nothing can take it away from us, brother. We are free.
Let us pray. Surely you... [A prophecy is given.
373 Now, with your heads bowed. If I understand, one raised up in the
midst of them in the days of the king, and gave a prophecy, where they
should meet the enemy and destroy them. Now, if I understand that
right, there's one place to meet your enemy, that's at the Word. That's
where he's trying to meet you. You meet him there with THUS SAITH THE
How many in here, with your heads bowed (It's so close to noon, I
haven't time for an altar call but just this.) would raise your hands,
with your heads bowed, your eyes closed, "I want to be a part of Him. I
want to join myself with Him and His Word. No matter what comes or
goes, what the world says, I want to be part of Him," raise your hand
and say, "I do"? God bless you. A hundred percent, I believe it was.
375 With our heads bowed, while we're thinking, let's quietly hum this
little song now. Everyone praying.
Blest be the tie that binds (That's the Word.)
Our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred mind
Is like to that above. ("As I and My Father are One, you are one with
When we asunder part,
It gives us inward pain;
But we shall still be joined in heart,
And hope to meet again.
Next Saturday morning at Flagstaff, Arizona, the Lord willing, I hope
to meet with you again. Do you love Him?
377 Now, I'm just going to leave it like that. See? The Bible said, "As
many as believed Him, and as many as received the Word..." See? I can't
say who is or who isn't; that's up to you. But if you're holding onto
some little creed, some of you Methodists, Baptists, or Pentecostals,
or whoever you may be, that's holding onto something contrary to that
Word, please, my dear people, turn from it today. Won't you? Turn from
it, and turn to Him. Don't let one Word ever break you from the
fellowship of Christ. May His Spirit grant this.
378 Father, God, these people has set here for a long time. It reminds
me of one time that Paul, preaching on this same line, it was the
Gospel; they set all night long and listened to him. A young man fell
from the window and was killed. Paul went and laid his body up over the
young man, and said, "Life has come back to him." Now, Father, there's
sick and afflicted here; there are those who need prayer for their
bodies. I pray, Dear God, not to wait till the meeting. They don't have
to wait for anything. The Word is always here; that's Christ. I pray
that You'll heal every one of them. Let every one of them be made
completely whole, God. Grant it. Bless them, their efforts. They
wouldn't have set here, Lord; they wouldn't have listened to This, if
they hadn't have believed It. Now, Lord, they've raised their hands,
they believe It, now may It receive into their hearts, every minister,
every one of the laity. The sinner, may he receive Christ; the
backslider come back. Grant it, Father. These blessings we ask in Jesus
Christ's Name. Amen.
I love Him, I love Him.
(He put my name in there many years ago.)... first loved me
And purchased my salvation
On Calvary's tree.
You love Him? Now, while we sing that again, just reach across the
table and shake hands with somebody, say, "Dear pilgrim, I'm glad to
set here this morning. I believe Christ. Don't you?" Something like
that, when we sing again.
I..." [Brother Branham shakes hands with others--Ed.]
... purchased my salvation
On Calvary's tree.
380 Now, from now on, are we through with the world? Are we through
with the fashions of the world? And the--all of the nonsense, and all
this here glamor, and taking the Gospel and making a commercial thing
out of it, and--and are we through with it? Don't we? Just give me
Jesus; that's all I want. "To know Him is Life, know Him." I love Him.
Don't you love Him? Oh, how we love Him.
Now, I'm going to turn the service to Brother Carl, I don't know what
else he's going to do.
God bless you. And I hope to see you again next Sunday, and if I can't
see you--or next Saturday. If I don't see you then, see you down at
Tucson. If not then, I'll see you back here the seventeenth. If not
then, I'll see you in glory. Amen.
Brother Carl now, I don't know what he wants to do right at this time,