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The True Easter Seal
1 Early sunrise service, where Brother Neville spoke to us a very
outstanding message on--on the Easter service.
And now, I know it's terrible to have to be standing, our--our seating
capacity here is very small. And they just asked me if they could open
up the back here and put the people in the baptistery. I said, "That's
a good place for them." That was a very good place for them. They... So
they're going to pull the curtains in a few minutes and have... I think
they're just going to stand around the rim. I don't know whether they
are or not; I see it's full of water; so they'll pretty near have to
stand on a board. But I see they're getting some of it ready now, so
they'll probably open it up in a few minutes.
3 Now, Easter is a great day for all of us; we just like Easter so
well. And now we're going to try not to keep you too long, 'cause under
But I'd just like to make an announcement or two, and that is that
our--our services begin next Sunday now, to you out-of-town people.
They begin at Bloomington, Illinois, at the--the Methodist College
grounds there. And they'll go through, Sunday through Sunday. And then
there'll be a--a ministerial breakfast. And then I'm to speak to the
student body of the--at the college, one morning, and there's to be a
breakfast there, I understand.
5 And then the following week, after... That's the twenty-third through
the--the last Sunday. Or what is that? [Brother Neville says, "There's
a slip on it right over there, brother--Ed.] Oh, yes. Well, it's
already give out then; they know about it. ["I announced it."] Yes,
sir, that's fine, good. Chicago, now there's been a--so I understand
from last night, they can't get the Lane Tech Auditorium, so it'll be
an auditorium just about ten minutes drive from the Lane Tech. There'll
be another auditorium, as I understand. 'Course they'll probably have
some signs there pointing you on to the--where the meeting will be.
Then we go up, British Columbia. And then it--on July the first through
the fourth in Miami, Florida.
7 So then it's wondering about a big tent meeting; that--if that comes,
I want to really be there to--all of you that can, in Washington, D.C.,
at the capital for a--a meeting. Be my first tent meeting, you know,
where the Lord promised me He'd meet me in that little place in the
meeting. And that they're planning on that now; they called us and told
us, the businessmen there, that they would either get the Convention
Hall, where we did speak, or put up a big tent. And as soon as he said,
"big tent," something kinda registered, maybe that's where the meeting
place will be, at the capitol house. So that's very, very fine. So
we'll see about it, and then let you know a little later as the Holy
Spirit leads that way.
8 Now, I believe they have some little babies here, that come from out
of town that they wanted dedicated to the Lord. Now, this... Many
people sprinkle them, and so forth. And that's perfectly all right. I
have nothing against that. However, sprinkling is not Scriptural to
baby or adult. See? Sprinkling is just a--a--a ecclesiastical form that
has been adopted first by the Catholic church, and then handed down
through Protestantism. But there's no Scripture for no sprinkling of
adult or baby.
And being that we like to stay right with the Scripture, just as close
as we can, in the Bible they brought little children to our Lord, and
He lifted them, picked them up in His arms, and blessed them, and said,
"Suffer little children to come to Me." Now, that's what we are trying
to do: follow the commandments of the Lord in that way. And we bring
the elders of the Church, and we stand around and dedicate the children
to the Lord.
If our pianist will play our song, "Bring them in," all right and those
mothers that's got the little ones, will come, stand forward, Brother
Neville and some of the elders will stand with me here, if they will;
and we'll dedicate these children unto the Lord.
Bring them in, bring them in,
Bring them in from the fields of sin;
Bring them in, bring them in,
Bring the little ones to Jesus.
9 Now, this is just a form, of mothers dedicating their little ones to
the Lord. And this Easter morning, what a wonderful time for a baptism
or a dedication, this early season and the resurrection time. Let's
sing it again while the rest start.
Bring them in, bring them in,
Bring them in from the fields of sin;
Bring them in, bring them in,
Bring the little ones to Jesus.
10 Now, friends, I know them's, each one, is the prettiest baby in the
world. I know that. I know better than to say anything else about that.
That's right. And that's the way you should feel.
They're little treasures that God has given you the responsibility of
raising. And I've always said and made this kind of a saying to
mothers. We know, written of four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and
John. But there's a fifth Gospel, unwritten; that's mother. She gets
them before Matthew-Mark-Luke-and-John's teaching gets them. So the
responsibilities is placed upon you mothers and you fathers to raise
these children to the--for the Kingdom of God. And I'm sure that's your
12 We lift them to God in prayer and dedicate your babies to Christ.
The elders and I will come forward to... You just give us the name. And
now I know my wife is kind of jealous of me in this job, cause...
Lisa Ann Mitchell. Oh, oh. Lisa Ann Mitchell, a treasure for anyone's
arms. Let us bow our heads.
Heavenly Father, as Your servants, we lift this little Lisa Ann
Mitchell to Thee, in the Name of the Lord Jesus. We dedicate her and
claim her life for the Kingdom of God. May she live and grow and be a
wonderful person to the Kingdom of God. We do this for the--because
we're commissioned of our Lord. In the Name of Jesus Christ we pray,
Amen. (God bless you.)
15 H. A., E. J. Junior. E. J. Junior, while he's taking a nap. So let
us bow our heads.
Our heavenly Father, we lift to You this little fellow; pray that if
Jesus tarries, You'll make a great servant of God out of him. The
mother gives him to You. And--and we present him, in the Name of the
Lord Jesus, that You'll bless him and the home that he comes from. May
he be raised to the glory of God, as we dedicate him to Jesus Christ.
God bless you, preacher, and your...?... I'm kind of careful of that
job, 'cause I'm always afraid I'll hurt the little fellows.
18 Now, let me get... Look just like this is a little fellow. The name?
Deborah Myers. Little Deborah Myers, she's bright-eyed this morning.
Let us bow our heads.
Heavenly Father, we bring to You little Deborah Myers; we pray Your
blessings upon the child as we dedicate her to the Lord, as the father
and mother now presents her, and in commemoration of our Lord Jesus Who
blessed the little ones and said, "Suffer them to come unto Me." We
give to You little Deborah for a life of service, in the Name of Jesus
20 Now, which one of these other little fellows? All right, sir. Now,
this young fellow: Sarah Ruth, little Sarah Ruth Wheeler.
Our heavenly Father, we bring to You this darling baby that's been
given into our hands for dedication. And we stand with bowed heads and
hearts to thank You for her, and pray that You'll bless her life to a
life of Your service. We give her to You in the Name of Jesus Christ.
God bless you. It's all over now. She looked back, as if, to me, to
say, "Anything else?" All right.
23 There's a sweet little girl. Now, what's your name? Mica Ungren.
What a sweet little thing this is. How do you do? She's all-sufficient,
want to know what's going on up here. Let us bow our heads.
Our heavenly Father, we give You this lovely little child on this
Easter morning, bringing the little ones to You. We dedicate her to the
Lord Jesus for a life of service. Grant, Lord, that she'll live long
unto the coming of the Lord, if it be possible. And make her a service
to You, as we dedicate her to her--her to You, in the Name of Jesus
25 What's his name? Oh, Melynda, little Melynda Ungren. They--they want
to see you out this way, Melynda. You're--you're pretty. My. Let us bow
Father God, we give to You this little lady, in the Name of the Lord
Jesus. We dedicate her to You, her life, for a life of service for You,
Lord, praying that You'll spare her and make her one of Your handsmaids
to serve You and to do that which she has been born to do. We give her
to You in dedication, in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
27 All these pretty little girls... Let's see now... This, oh, here,
this is the one. How do you do? How are you this morning? What's her
name now? Jane... Jamie Lynn Daulton.
Our heavenly Father, we bring to You this sweet little girl, and we
pray that You'll bless her. And we ask, Lord, that You'll bless the
homes of these children. May they be raised up in the admonition of God
to a life of service for You. We give to You this little darling, as we
dedicate her to God, in the Name of Jesus Christ the Son of God. Amen.
(Your little baby is...?...)
29 How do you do? Well, now, you can almost hold me, can't you? My, my.
What's her name? Teresa Cabert. Look out here, Teresa. Ain't she a
pretty little thing? All these are such pretty little babies.
Our heavenly Father, we give to You this darling little girl, that her
loved one has presented to us. As we hold the child to You, we give her
for a life of service to God. We dedicate her to God's service, in the
Name of Jesus Christ the Son of God. Amen.
31 God bless you, sister, and bless your little one while we pray.
Little blue eyes; and then brown ones. What's her name? Cynthia, little
Cynthia. Look out here, Cynthia. Them pretty little eyes.
Our heavenly Father, we give to You this little girl this morning. Let
her live long, and let her be Your handsmaid. The loved one places it
into my arms for dedication; I bring it before the elders, and place it
before God, and dedicate her to God's service, in the Name of Jesus
Christ, the Son of God. Amen.
33 Now, this is kind of a small one too. Now, Meda, you ought to be up
here to hold this one. I'm always afraid I'll break it. James, James
Bliss. He's a mighty wise-looking little fellow, isn't he? That's it.
Our heavenly Father, we give to You little James. May he be like the
one his name comes, the James in the Bible, no doubt, who showed wisdom
in the counsel of the Lord's service. I pray that You'll bless him, and
for a life of service to You. Bless the home that he comes from, and
may he be raised in the admonition of God; as we dedicate him to God's
service, in the Name of Jesus Christ, God's Son. Amen.
35 What's this little girl's name? Come up here, honey. Huh? Tammy
Brown. Let... Oh, little Tammy Brown. Her mother and father was
baptized this morning. Another pretty little girl. Let's bow our heads.
Father, we bring to You this little child. I'd imagine it was something
like this when the mothers brought them to You, when You were in Your
earthly journey. We dedicate her to You, Lord. As I understand, her
father and mother was baptized this morning here in that precious Name
of the Lord Jesus. Then her home will be right. I pray that You'll
bless her and give her a life of service, as we dedicate her to God for
His service, in the Name of Jesus Christ, His Son. Amen.
37 Thank you. Oh, wait, I'm sorry; I didn't see this. How do you do?
Well, what a fine man. Can I help...?... you? Fine. What's his name?
Danny Johnson, Danny William Johnson. Oh, my, he even looks like a
preacher, doesn't he?
Heavenly Father, we bring to You this little boy. Maybe he's too young
to know what this is about, but there's a God in heaven Who looks down
and knows this thing. We give him to You, Lord, as the mother placed
him in our arms. By faith we come in the Name of Jesus Christ, and
claim him as a trophy to the grace of God, and dedicate him to God, in
the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen. (Bless you, dear.)
39 Did we get, no... Now, what a pretty little girl coming here. That's
the prettiest little dress that you have on, and little hat. Atler?
Adler, Ellene Gail Adler, what a beautiful little girl.
Our heavenly Father, I hold to You this treasure of the home, a little
girl that come into the world. And the loved one brings her forward to
be dedicated for service to You, knowing that this evil day that we're
living. We claim the child's life as a trophy for God. And we dedicate
her to the service of God, in the Name of Jesus Christ, God's Son.
Amen. (Bless you, honey)
41 Here's a little preacher boy, couple of them. Are they twins? Five
and Eight. What's this one's name? Johnny, from Richmond, from
Richmond, Virginia. I thought I remembered your face. We had a
interview together when the Lord was present. I remember you; I knowed
your face, and I couldn't make out who you was. All right. Well, we
know he'll come in the right home. His name is John, Johnny.
Our heavenly Father, we bring to You this little boy, Johnny. And we
lay our hands upon him, because that is the way You did it. You laid
Your hands upon them. And we bless him and claim his life as a trophy
of God's grace, and dedicate him to God's service, in the Name of Jesus
Christ, God's Son. Amen. (Bless you, little boy.)
43 Lewis, this is Lewis.
Heavenly Father, we bring to You this little boy, Lewis. And the father
brings him forward for dedication to the service in the house of God.
As we think of days gone by, when Hannah went down into the temple was
praying, and God give her a baby. And she brought the baby back and
give him to God. That's what these people do today: bring their little
ones in, their little treasures, dedicate them. And--and the--the
prophet taken them, Father, and raised the little fellow, and he became
Now, we dedicate little Lewis this morning to the service of Almighty
God, in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen. (Bless you, son.)
Sure good to see you down here from Richmond, Virginia, this morning.
God bless you.
47 Now, let's see, that it? All right. Oh, it's those little fellows...
You don't know, I--we might've dedicated a many little missionary this
morning and a preacher; we don't know. That all lays in the hands of
I want to announce that the services tonight here at the Tabernacle;
there will be a communion service. And if you've never attended one of
our communion services, we also observe feet-washing.
49 Now, there is some handkerchiefs laying here for me to pray over.
One belongs to Brother Grimsley, our brother here at the church. I
don't know whose these are. We send these out, hundreds and hundreds of
them, across the world. And now, we'll... I want to pray for them after
I start in praying for the sick.
I want to speak first, just for a while, on the little continuation of
Easter message. And now, before we approach God's Word, let's approach
Him by prayer.
51 Our heavenly Father, we are grateful in our hearts this morning for
this glorious morning. And above all that, we are grateful for this
what it represents, the resurrection and sealed proof of our religion,
when Jesus Christ rose from the dead, some two thousand years ago, and
presented Hisself back to His church, alive forevermore. After two
thousand years, we are so happy to be still enjoying that fellowship
with the disciples of a resurrected Christ.
We pray, Lord, that His Presence will be so felt in this building this
morning, until every person here that's not saved will accept Him as
their Saviour. And those who have not been filled with His Spirit, may
this be the day when the Holy Spirit will do the finished work upon
them. We ask that He in His great Atonement that healed the sick, may
He come so close to the people, that faith will be prominent, Lord, and
dominating over unbelief, that'll cause the sick and the afflicted to
go away from here healed and well.
52 We would ask, Lord, that You'd bless the one now that's undertaking
to explain Thy Word of the resurrection.
God, bless all the ministers everywhere, Your children, Your servants
throughout the land, throughout the world.
And come, Lord Jesus, quickly, because we see clouds floating in the
air, Lord, and we know that there is a great thing moving up. Gird up
Your people. Oh, may they take the sword of the truth, buckle on the
armor, pull down the helmet, shod themselves with the Gospel, and,
above all things, take that shield of faith and move forward. Grant it,
Lord, for war clouds are hanging low. Bless us today now, for we know
that soon, as far as we know, we will see Jesus soon. And we pray that
we'll be ready to go when that hour comes. May we prepare our hearts,
and finish that, settle it once for all, in the morning service today.
In Jesus Christ's Name, speak to us through Thy Word. Thy Word is
55 Now, to you that would like to read with me in the Scriptures, turn
to Luke the 24th chapter. I want to read quite a lengthy portion of It
here, the Lord willing, to get a background to what I want to base a
few minute's talk on. And now, if you want to, if it's hot, I guess, or
whatever, you just make yourself as comfortable as you can, and I'll be
just as quick as possible.
56 And we want to say this, that we certainly appreciate your loyalty
to come. And when it goes... People tries to say that the Gospel has
lost its attraction, and when people come from across the nation to
stand in a place where their limbs are hurting for a service of the
Lord, it still shows that God's got people, and there's still a longing
in their heart to see God. Yet, the Gospel in its simplicity, just as
simple as the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is, yet it's the greatest
power that's ever struck the earth, is the Gospel of Christ. And the
Gospel is not in Word only, but through power and demonstrations of the
Holy Spirit. May He grant these things to us as we read now from the
36th verse of the 24th chapter of St. Luke.
And as they... spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and
said unto them, Peace be unto you.
But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed that they had seen
And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise
in your hearts?
Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see;
for a spirit has not flesh and bone, as ye see me have.
And when they had... spoken, He showed them his hands and his feet.
And while they yet believed not for joy... they believed not for joy,
and were wondering, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat?
And they gave Him a piece of... boiled fish, and... a honeycomb.
And he took it, and did eat it before them.
And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you,
while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were
written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms,
And he opened their understanding, that they might understand the
Then said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to
suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
And that repentance and remission of sin should be preached in his name
among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of
And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in
the city of Jerusalem, until you be... till you be endued with power
from on high.
And he led them out as far as... Bethany, and he lifted up his hands,
and blessed them.
And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was departed from them,
and carried up into heaven.
And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy:
And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.
57 Now, if I should call it for a text, I'd like to take this, "The
True Easter Seal."
How I come to think of such a thing, was about a week ago I was on my
road down into Georgetown, a little city below New Albany here. And
there was boys standing on the street, taking up offerings for Easter
seals. And I begin to think about Easter seal. And I thought, "What is
an Easter seal? Surely, it means more than what these boys are taking
up offerings for, a Easter seal." And I thought, "What do they do with
such seals, and with the contribution that's taken from them--or for
them?" They are placed, of course, these seals, upon letters and
things. And it's a freewill offering for them, and it goes to put
people in the hospital that's got tuberculosis, and so forth, and to
put them in the hospital at a place of rest, until they are finished.
And I thought, "Surely Easter has something more than that, a seal of
Easter. It would mean something more than placing a person in a
hospital to keep him comfortable." Which, that is very fine; I have
nothing against that. That, God bless them; that's a wonderful thing.
But still, seems like it should go just a little further than that,
being that Easter meant so much to the Christian church and to our
Christian heritage, the seal of the resurrection. And how could a
little postage stamp like, take its place? It could not.
So I begin to think on that, "What was the Easter Seal?" And that's how
I drew this idea of speaking this morning on Easter Seal.
60 Now, Easter has, and seals, and so forth, is all through the Bible.
We find them, they're as old as the Bible is; all the way back into the
garden of Eden we find it. And then we find that anything that we find
anywhere in the Bible, goes back to Genesis. It all started in Genesis.
And then I was thinking that, what I had in my mind as Easter Seal,
then I wondered why that it was so rejected, and how that people would
refuse it. Why was it so condemned? And I was thinking then that it's
not always condemned, and all people doesn't condemn it.
But God has so made a way, that man is placed into a position to where
he's forced to make a decision. Man cannot live on earth without making
a decision. God forces the issue to him. He must make some decision.
And there's a time when you have to make a decision of schooling, you
have to make a decision of who you'll marry. And you have to make
decisions of different things.
63 But in the Garden of Eden where they had only two boys, the decision
was forced upon man to make a decision. And I think it's done to show
his true color, what he is, to show what he is inside of him. Now, we
find that the time came, between Cain and Abel that the decision had to
be forced, because that the time of worship had come, and each boy had
provided a way to make a worship to God.
And if you'll notice, between right and wrong there's just one little
breath of difference. And the wrong in the last days has been
prophesied that it would be so close to the right, that it would
deceive the very elected if it was possible, between right and wrong.
65 Now, in the boys, as they came to their altars, and made worship...
Now, I was thinking then of how many altars this morning in churches
that beautiful flowers is set upon the altars. And that's all right. I
have nothing against that. But that seems to be just about the end of
the worship, is to put some flowers on the altar, or--or a pretty
church, or fine decorations, or something, and that seems to end it.
And it was somewhat that way with Cain, because he brought in the
fruits of the field and made his service to God; and it was rejected,
because he did not come the right and precise way that God had ordained
him to come. But he had made his offering, and done everything
religiously just as his brother, but he was rejected. And because he
was rejected on the spiritual side, then it caused a jealousy to rise
in him, because he was greedy.
67 That's in man; he can't help being what he is, because he's borned
in that condition. Man is represented in heaven as a sinner, by a
sinner. I was speaking on that sometime ago, and someone said, "Then
that's not just. If I am to be represented by one man's disobedience,
then I don't have a chance."
I said, "That's true, because you are borned a sinner, but you are
represented. You are condemned to condemnation by representation."
Well, then, that looks very cruel. But turn it on the other side, then
we are--we are ordained to Eternal Life by representation. Where one
represented us to death, Another represented us unto Eternal Life; so
it puts us back again before the--the throne again. Every human being
comes right back to the same place to make our choice.
70 But that greed that's always been, right and wrong, wrong trying to
overthrow the right: it started in Eden, and it has come down through
the ages. It's come down till it's entered into national affairs. It's
come down into church affairs. It's come down into home life: greed,
trying to rule or ruin, trying to overpower, push out. And we see the
thing working everywhere, and it always has, the same thing trying to
overrule or overrun.
71 Down through the Old Testament, God, in the days of the prophets,
back... I got several of them written down here, that I will not have
time to get to. But God in the days of the old prophets, in the midst
of everything, like He did in the garden of Eden, when the true Voice
of God and the true worship of God was condemned, and sent out and
killed, in the garden of Eden, and the Voice of God hushed by the greed
and jealousy, it's been that way in the church ever since, trying to
hush the true Voice of God.
72 But if you notice, as soon as the voice of Abel was silent in death,
God raised up Seth to take his place. Which was nothing but a
pre-Easter, a pre-resurrection, or a replacement until resurrection
came. That went for a while; down through the Old Testament we find it
going. The prophets, God kept His Voice alive with the prophets. They
spoke the Word of God, and they stoned them. And as soon as they would
stone one and put him away, God would raise up another one. And they'd
stone that one and put away, God would raise up another one. He's
always kept His witness alive. Down through the ages He's kept His
Voice alive before the people, all the way from Eden.
73 And now, we find out, as soon as Cain realized that he had did what
he did, well, he went out from the Presence of God, and was sealed away
from God by a mark was placed upon him. He went out, the Bible said,
from the garden of Eden, from the gates of the garden, east of Eden. He
went out sealed, marked, went out from the Presence of God.
What a thing, what a tremendous thing, that Cain, because of jealousy,
and because of not willing to be reconciled to God by the same
appropriated way that his brother came... God said to Cain, "If you'll
worship like Abel, you'll do well."
But Cain as much as said, "Here's what I've put together. This is what
I've got; here's what I give. You take this or leave it, either one You
want to do; just suit Yourself."
Now, that's kind of the attitude of people all the time in church life,
in other life. It--they say, "I go to church. I--I--I help the church;
I--I do this. If God can't accept that, that's the best I can do." See?
But still it isn't that that God requires. God doesn't require that.
77 God requires a--a provided way. He has provided a way, and He
requires you to accept what He has provided. See? He doesn't need our
assistance in telling Him what to do and how to do it. He has made the
way for us to do, and the things that we should do, and how we should
do them, and He doesn't need our ideas in it at all. We are not to come
that way. But we find that men are prone to do that, all down through
But God kept His Voice alive with His prophets, and so forth, down
through the age as He's come.
78 And we find it today... And we find it in politics. I've got some
things set down here about polities, that how that we would find even
in this day that where we are, that people has sold their birthrights
for politics. And if none of you has ever got the tape that I spoke on
in up at Middletown, Ohio, Sunday, a week ago, on Jezebel and Ahab, I
wish you would listen to it sometime. And how that the nation, because
of greed, and a few extra dollars, and a--a more popular idea amongst
the people, they have absolutely sold out Christ just as much as Judas
did two thousand years ago for thirty pieces of silver. Oh, it's a
tremendous thing to think that the condition that exists amongst this
nation and these peoples today... To think that many years ago, they
would have never done a thing like that. But today they're so greedy,
trying to get more money, trying to get easier times. Now, that is,
'course the unchristian.
79 The Christian doesn't ask for easy things. We are not... There's so
much promises today made amongst Christian people; so many ministers
promise the people a false thing, "If you'll just come to Christ, all
your troubles is settled." I tell you; when you come to Christ they
then begin. That's when you put on a uniform, and take a gun, and enter
the battlefield. This Christian road is not a flower bed of ease. It is
a battle from the very hour you start until you're spirit's set free by
death. You are not at no picnic. You're on a battlegrounds. And so we
are promised things.
80 And I become sometimes... I hate to say this, but I mean it from my
heart, that I become perplexed when I hear so much super-duper faith,
super-duper religion. And everything today has become a--a super-duper
something. It--it's the super-duper man. And the television has opened
the way through spacemans, and so forth, and a bunch of nonsense,
super-duper. Oh. And they bring out even into Divine healing today;
super-duper healings. Now, God doesn't have no such things as that.
They bring people, many times, to the platform, and gifted men, no
doubt, but with a misunderstanding of the Gospel, put oil upon them,
and pray, and stand there, and shake them until something happens; they
get healed. And maybe that person living in sin, and they go back out
and find it comes right back on them again. Maybe they was under an
excitement at that time. Which the faith of God that they accumulated
did heal them. But when they get off amongst unbelievers, it comes back
again, it will do that again.
81 What we need today is Divine healing, is clean-cut decisions for
Christ. That's right.
I was reading a letter just recently that was sent me from the Lutheran
Association in Germany, where a--a brother had been staying and having
a healing service in Germany, with the sponsorship of the Lutheran
church, and Pentecostals, and so forth. And this copy of this letter
was wrote: "And he said, 'You preach that Divine healing. And all they
have to do is you lay your hands on them, and they feel something and
get healed.' He said, 'I certainly different with you.' He said, 'Then
what about little Deborah Stadsklev when she died up there? A perfect,
healthy child one day, and the next few hours she was laying dead. And
you all went up there, and you prayed, and you shook her, and you
anointed her, and everything, for healing, and there was no life. The
baby laid there.' Said, 'Then they telegrammed Brother Branham, and he
never said a thing until he got a good clean-cut decision from God, and
then come in the Name of the Lord Jesus to say the--the Word.'"
83 Now, that's what we need: get a clean-cut decision from God. That's
why we've got to come. That's why we baptize in the Name of Jesus
Christ; it's a clean-cut decision from the Word of God. That's the
reason we stay with the things we do, because they are God's orders and
God's Gospel. And we've got to stay with It just the way Its wrote.
Whether agreed, whether you're hated, whether no matter what takes
place, that doesn't have one thing to do with it. God wants clean-cut
decisions. And how can you do it when you know you're wrong to begin
with? You cannot have a clean-cut decision from God. How can you come
and ask for Divine healing when you know that your heart's not right
with God to serve Him? See, you want to go back out and do the things
that's in the world. You'll never get healed like that. See? You must
come clean before God and dedicate your life and heart to God, and then
God will heal. And it's lasting then, 'cause your faith has been
84 Now, it's in... We find that greed though, in church, and in
politics, and in national affairs. One nation... Look down here in
Africa now what's going on. Look, because of greed, look what's
happened down there now in Africa; not only there, but all over the
world everywhere, because man wants to be somebody. They--this is all
they have, is right here on earth, or, they live that way.
If this was all I had, I'd be a miserable person. I'm looking for a
City whose Builder and Maker is God. There's where we lay our treasures
up, for that purpose.
86 The sons of Cain, or rather sons of Satan... They are sons of Satan
because Cain was the son of Satan. And so therefore, the sons of Cain
today... And you say, "Are you sure of that, Brother Branham?" Yes, I
am. I'm positive of that. Well, listen.
Jesus, when He was here on earth, He promptly told them religious
leaders that, "Ye are of your father the Devil." And yet they were
pious, and they were religious, and they were scholars, and they had
great buildings, and they had great churches, and they had great
scholarships, and priesthood, and orders, and so forth, but they failed
to recognize Who Christ was. They failed to catch their day.
88 And as they did then, so do they do now, just exactly the same. They
fail to realize the day that we're living, and the things that God is
doing. Now, we see therefore, would put... If those religious leaders...
Now, here it is. If those religious leaders in that day were called
sons of the Devil, we know then that the Devil in the beginning was the
one who inspired Cain to persecute his brother and to kill him. That's
the same thing taken place by them same leaders that persecuted Jesus
Christ and killed Him. They were forced to a decision just the same as
they were forced back there in the garden of Eden. They were forced to
make a decision. "Well, what about This?" The sons of Cain, the sons of
90 You say, "Does that go to nations?"
When Satan took Jesus up to the top of the mountain for temptation, he
showed Him all the kingdoms of the world. Now, that was all that was
and all that would be, all the kingdoms of all the world. And he said,
"These are mine, and I do with them whatever I want to. I can make them
fight; I can make them do this or any." And he claimed the kingdoms of
the world, so then we can see how greed and selfishness comes into
politics. See? We can see then where it is in the church and in the
church leaders, where greed and selfishness comes into the church.
91 Now, watch that same old greed that started in the garden of Eden,
that put a bad seal on one and the right Seal on the other, come right
down into the times of our Lord Jesus. When He was here on earth, He
was given a trial by what was called justice, a courts of justice. What
an unjust mockery that was. There wasn't one thing that they could find
against Him. That was the political side. They couldn't find nothing
against Him. Even so much as Pilate, himself, said, "I find no fault in
92 And then comes the church. They're forced now to make a decision.
After the political world had set Him free, to cooperate with that same
spirit that was in the church, that was in politics; to show that if
Satan lost his battle here, he still had something in reserve, he could
fall right back to the church. And they crucified Him, because they
were forced to make a decision. And they said, "Give us Barabbas
instead of Jesus." See how they did it?
93 It's right before our eyes today, the same thing, and has been and
always will be: forced to make a decision.
Now, when they forced the decision, Pilate knew in his heart that when
he released them to--released Jesus to the church, that he knew the
church was one delivered Him to be crucified; and if he loosed Him back
to the church, the church would crucify Him. So Pilate isn't excused.
He got water and tried to wash the Blood of Christ off his hands, but
he cannot do it.
95 Ever since that time, up here in Sweden, or Switzerland, rather,
where Pilate met his end years later, lost his mind, went insane,
plunged himself to death in a hole of water... There's a legend that
says at three o'clock in the afternoon, that blue water comes up from
the bottom of that pool. People gather there from all over the world to
watch it. At three o'clock, that blue, indigo-looking water comes up
from the bottom of somewhere, and shakes on top of the water and goes
back down to show that no water can wash the Blood of Jesus Christ off
of any man's hands. He's guilty.
And every man that Christ has ever placed on your hands, there's
nothing that can wash it off of there. There's only one thing to do, is
accept It, believe It.
97 Sons of Satan, sons of Cain, persecute the sons of God, put them to
death. That's what they did to Abel. That's what they did to Jesus.
That's what they done to the prophets. That's what's in them to do
again, and they will do it as soon as the road is made open for them to
Remember, we have kind of meddled around and fooled around, and got
people off of the track of the Gospel and of history, of what is to
take place. And here we are faced with it again, right here in our
nation, and there's nothing we can do about it. But you say then,
"Brother Branham, what's your reason of speaking against it?" No more
than I could stop sin; I can put my voice against it. And that's
exactly what I'm doing now against sin, and against the wrong thing. We
have done wrong, and we're going to reap what we've sowed, exactly.
99 Since Middletown, they had a--a hearing, brought a priest, a Baptist
preacher, and a Presbyterian preacher together, consult about this
school funds. And the priest agreed that the Protestants paid taxes the
same as the--the Catholic, and--and that the funds should be given to
both sides, and said, "What we ought to do is make one school, a
Catholic school." Oh, sure, get those children when they're little. Oh,
oh, what a thing.
100 And how has people set there, and brought this thing in just
because of politics. How, I don't understand it. But here we are, right
here on this Easter morning. And the very thing, the very reason we've
come to this country, become Americans, was for freedom of religion
against that Jezebel system, and we turn right back around and elect it
on the platform up there in the White House, the very thing that we've
come here to be freed from. Oh, it's a--it's a tremendous condition
that we're living in now, you know that: the church spiritual, because
it sold out.
101 They put Him to death, killed Him just like they did faithful Abel.
Why did Abel kill--was killed? Because in his heart he had the
revelation of God's acceptance of what it took to redeem man from sin.
That's the very reason they put Jesus to death, because in Him was the
revelation of what it taken for God to cure sin. That's the very reason
today that they're against the real Church of the living God, because
It preaches the cure for sin, the things that makes people live
different, act different.
102 And when you bring it right down into the--the church that we're
living in today, into our Pentecostal groups, they have went right
straight back, and doing the same thing that they were freed from
doing. Goes to show there's something wrong somewhere. A sin cure. It's
come in very easy; it slipped in like just, well, just like under
disguisement of true Pentecostal religion. But if it doesn't produce
that kind of an article, if it doesn't produce that kind of goods,
there's something wrong with it somewhere.
How can a pumpkin produce watermelons? It can't do it. How can a
grapevine produce peaches? It doesn't do it. If it's producing peaches,
there's peach tree life in a grapevine.
And that's what we know today. If the church, no matter how much it
professes to be the church of the living God, if it isn't producing God
by old-time salvation, bringing the people back to a--a real salvation
of God (and it shows among them God lives among them), then it's the
wrong thing, it's--it's not--it's not producing the Life that Christ
said it would.
105 Christ died at Calvary. How that He went up to that cross... I was
reading a little book here not long ago, that on to some kind of a--a
research, and in this research I found something most startling. I set
down, and I laid the book down, and raised up my hands and praised God,
got up and walked around a little bit, and set down and read it again.
I thought, "Oh, is that so, that on this same hill where Jesus was
crucified, Adam died and was buried on the same hill that Jesus died
on, and was buried on the same hill where Adam died; he died on
Golgotha, and was buried on Golgotha?" And I thought, "What
appropriate, whether it was right or wrong."
106 Let's say it was right. Then the first Adam died and was buried,
and there yet in the dust, because he represented the world and the
people to sin. But the Second Adam, being the God of heaven, when He
died on Golgotha, there wasn't enough earth to hold Him there, He rose
on the third day and is alive forever-more. But the sin problem was
settled. God settled the sin problem there at Calvary; that's where the
debt was paid. When this Adam, Second Adam died, He paid the debt of
sin for the human race.
And the world put Him in a tomb, and sealed Him up in that tomb.
108 And they would do the same today. They are trying to do the same
today. I don't want you to miss this. The world is trying (and will get
worse all the time) to seal Christ back in the tomb again. They're
trying to make Him a historical God, One that walked in days, and give
power to disciples to heal the sick, and to cast out devils.
But what did they do? As soon as they thought they had got rid of Him,
just like Cain did when he thought he got rid of Abel, they sealed Him
in a tomb, and put Him in there.
110 And today they're trying to keep Christ in a tomb. But, oh, what an
Easter morning done. An Easter morning ruined all of their theology.
And when a Easter morning came for a people, a Church here, nineteen
hundred years later, and it ruined their theology. He's not dead; He's
alive forevermore. They cannot keep Him in no tomb. You can put Him in
a Methodist tomb, or a Baptist tomb, or a Presbyterian tomb, or
whatever you to. But He--He raised out of that tomb and is alive today.
I had a Baptist tomb, and you might've had a Methodist tomb, but one
day Jesus rose from there, from a historical God to a living, present
God, alive forevermore.
111 Something taken place on that Easter morning. It was a Seal, a
satisfied Seal. When they took Him and put Him in the tomb, and put a
Roman seal up on top of it... But when that hour arose, when that hour
come. He stayed there for a while; it's true. He stayed there for those
three days and nights. But on that set time which the Scripture said
(Hallelujah.), on the time when He said, "Destroy this body, and on the
third day I'll rise it up," Then there's nothing can stop that
Scripture; It's got to come to pass. And that seal was broken, and He
rose up, the same Jesus, alive again forevermore.
112 And for some nineteen hundred years, or maybe I'll say fourteen or
fifteen hundred years, the churches has had Him sealed away. But He
said, "It shall come to pass in the last days, saith God..." There's
nothing going to stop it. It'll... "There will be Light in the evening
time. The works that I do, shall you also. It shall be Light in the
evening time." I don't care how many seals you try to put over it, God
will break every seal. He broke the seal of the tomb. He broke the seal
of hell. He broke the seal of death. He broke the seal of the grave,
and arose forevermore, triumph over the grave, death, hell, tombs, and
every manmade thing there was to show that He was God and cannot be
sealed away from the people anymore. God, forevermore... Nothing can
hold Him; the grave couldn't be dug deep enough; hell couldn't be hot
enough. Oh, nothing could hold Him. He broke every seal with that great
Christmas Seal, or, not Christmas Seal, but Easter Seal that He was
sealed with. And He said, "The same Seal that I wear, you shall wear
also, for the... And this Seal that I wear, it shall do the same things
when you're sealed. For he that believeth in Me, the works that I do
shall he do also; even greater than this shall he do, for I go unto the
How you going to keep it down? What are you going to... What can people
do about it? You might... You are forced to a decision, to make your
decision what to do about it. That's exactly right.
114 Now, we find that He, no seal could hold Him, He come forth. God
broke the seal, the seal of the tomb, broke the seal of death, broke
the seal of hell, broke the seal of the grave, and came forth triumph.
What did it? That great Seal that was on the inside of Him. They could
destroy the body, but they could never destroy that Seal.
[Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.]... Destroyed one prophet, there raised up
another. They kept destroying. But God give them something then that
they cannot destroy, It's the supernatural Spirit; It's the Holy Ghost
Itself, and It's infallible and It's imperishable. It cannot be
destroyed. It'll live on and on and on. And because He lives, we live
with Him, because we're sealed into the Body of your Lord Jesus Christ.
No way, no way to ever be destroyed, cannot perish, but has Eternal
Life. Amen. God's great ripping of them seals...
115 He also broke another seal I want to speak of here found over in
Exodus. But I won't have time to get to the Scriptures, but He... Found
it over in Exodus... When man had sinned and separated himself from the
Presence of God, and he came to worship God, there was a veil that hung
between the holy and the holiest of holies. Inside the holiest of
holies was the Shekinah Glory. They were not permitted to go in there.
They were not permitted even a look of it. And a man going in there,
had to be anointed once a year, dressed right, blood on him, blood in
his hand, blood in a charger, to sprinkle the mercy seat. The Shekinah
Glory was so great until he lost his rod in there one year, come out
without (find; leave) bringing his rod. And when he went back, the
thing had already come to life, and was budded, and blossoms was all
over it, because it was laying in the Presence of the Shekinah Glory.
But there was a veil that hung between There, because there was sin
upon the people.
116 But, oh, brother, when it was sprinkled that day with the Blood of
Jesus Christ, a Spirit of God rent the seal from the top to the bottom,
and brought man back. Not only kept him away from the Presence of God,
but He brought him back into the Shekinah Glory, into the Presence of
God; that he--his is dead life.
Jesus said, "If they did this in a green Tree, what will they do in a
dry?" And if they did that to Him, being the green Tree with Life, what
will it be to the old dead formal tree that has no Life (See?), now
when the wrath of God is poured out? How can an old dead formal tree
stand it, when the green Tree, it even perished the green Tree, and
sent It to hell? The wrath of God poured out for disobedience of sin,
sent the green Tree to hell, what will it do in a dry tree when it
strikes it? "If the righteous will be scarcely saved, where will the
sinner and ungodly appear?" That person that rejects the Way, that
person that knows better, that person that's been revealed to him, and
he still refuses to walk in God's Way, what will happen to that person?
What's it going to be?
Yes, He broke the seal that kept us from the Shekinah Glory, because
sin was finished.
119 Now. And now, the seal is a sign of a finished work. And we know
that a seal, like you're going to seal a box car, well, they put all
the work in it, and store everything up, and then it's sealed till its
destination. Any seal is a finished work. When you write a document,
then it's sealed at the end. Never sealed until it's finished.
Now, the blood of goats and heifers, and so forth, would not take away
sin. But when this was finished at Calvary, it took away sin.
121 Now, watch. At the garden of Eden to keep people from getting back
to that Tree, God set an Angel there as a seal, with a sword turning
all ways to guard that Tree. And when he made his worship, and he came
down... Now remember, Who was at that Tree? Who was that Tree? It was
The tree of death was your mother; she brought you here in natural
life. Christ is the birth through spiritual Life. All that live by the
woman, die; all that's borned of the Man, lives. All that comes by the
woman is natural; all comes from the Man is spiritual, not the man
here, the Man Christ Jesus.
123 And watch the Tree, guarded; it could not get back, because there's
no offering appropriated to take sin away. So therefore, when they come
to worship, the Shekinah Glory was behind the veil, sealed off from
them. It was sealed off from them from the garden of Eden.
But when the day of Pentecost came, brother, when Jesus died there at
Calvary and finished the work, He didn't seal man out; He sealed man
inside with Himself. And now we're sealed up and shut up in the
Presence of the Shekinah Glory. Not only are we sealed in, but we're
sealed in eternally. Amen. Oh, I love that: sealed inside now. That's
the real Easter Seal, "For by one Spirit we are all sealed into one
You say, "Is the Holy Ghost a Seal?"
Ephesians 4:30 said, "Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God whereby you're
sealed until the day of your redemption." That's the genuine, true
Easter Seal. Shows that sin has been paid for, for you, and God has
accepted you, and you're sealed into Christ by the Holy Ghost. Sin is
finished. The Eternal Seal has been finished.
126 Now, we are resurrected today. Why can we have such a time over the
things of God? Because we're resurrected. "Those who He foreknew, He
called; those who He called, He justified; those who He justified, He
has glorified." Then we are now resurrected. We are resurrected from
the inside out, not from the outside in. Oh, do you notice, not sealed
out this way, but sealed in. Oh, my, if the church could just see it.
See, we're not sealed out; we're sealed in. Them days, when sin
was--was abomination before God, and there was no appropriation to take
it away, we were sealed away from it. Now, when that ripped in two, and
that seal was broke by a sin-offering being made from us, now we're
baptized inside and sealed inside. We are resurrected. We are now
resurrected, already resurrected. How do you know? The Bible said so.
Amen. We are now resurrected. We are now raised with Him in spiritual
resurrection. What does the word "quickened" mean? "Quickened" means
"resurrection." That's right. We're already resurrected right now,
setting together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, enjoying the
Easter Seal. Amen. That's God's true Easter Seal. How are we? By one
Spirit baptized into the Body, and sealed eternally. We are now raised
spiritually. What did we raise from? From a life of sin; we were once
sinners and loved the things of the world.
127 Now, there's many people say that they have been raised, but their
life proves different. Your life proves what you are. "By their fruits
you shall know them," Jesus said. That's the reason we never could go
upon making a man speak in tongues and say he's got the Holy Ghost. We
don't believe that. There's no Scripture for that. No, sir. Men speak
with tongues and go on out and live like the world. And women speak in
tongues and bob off their hair, wear makeup. Huh. You couldn't say that
was the Holy Ghost. Surely not, certainly not, certainly not. A man
smoke cigars, and go out here and live with the next man's wife, run
around, carry on, say that's the Holy Ghost? No, no, "By their fruits
you shall know them. A corrupt tree cannot bring forth good fruits,
neither does a good tree bring forth corrupt fruits."
128 We are sealed by the Holy Ghost, God's true Easter Seal. We are
sealed into the Body of Christ, eternally sealed, not a seal for a
space of time, but for eternity. And now that person that's received
that, is raised from the dead, from a life of sin. What is it? His
Spirit has been raised; his--his ambitions are raised; his life has
been raised; he is a new creature. And he comes together with fellow
citizens, like we are this morning to pray for one another, and to help
one another, to encourage one another, and to set and gather in
heavenly places in Christ Jesus, sealed by the Holy Ghost. "For ye are
dead, and your life is hid in Christ through God, sealed by the Holy
Ghost," Scripture said. That's the Scripture. Now, you see we're sealed
by the Easter Seal, the Easter Seal of resurrection, which confirmed
that His life and what He had said was true.
Now, we find out it's a complete work; it's a finished product. God's
resurrection is a finished product. The Holy Ghost is God's Seal of a
129 Now, we come to Christ. First thing we do, we get justified by
believing on Him. When we do that, then we realize that we've done
wrong; we ask God to sanctify us; that's cleanse us from our life of
sin: Martin Luther's justification, his message. Then come Wesley with
sanctification. And then when it's all complete, and His church is
completed, what's the next thing? A finished work. A finished work is
the Seal, that the church has been completed.
130 Like in the pyramid. Notice on a dollar bill. I've referred to
this. I don't know whether I ever did here at the Tabernacle or not.
You notice on a dollar bill, it's called "the great seal." Now, how
could you say that the United States could recognize that over in Egypt
they have the great seal, and here's the seal of the United States on
the other side: a eagle? Why would they be forced to make that a great
seal, the great seal? Because, if you notice, right behind, up above
the pyramid there's a little block, and that little block is the
headstone, and that headstone was never put on the pyramid. It's an
open top, if you've ever been there. By the grace of God, I have. So
there's no--there's no top on the pyramid. What is it? Enoch built it
before the flood. It was a--a memorial; that's the reason it never
destroyed during the time of the flood. There's nothing destroyed it,
because it is a memorial.
131 Now, if you notice, way down at the bottom it's wide; then it
shapes up a little more in the minority, and then a little more, and
then it goes to the headstone. That's the Lutheran age, justification
in the church; sanctification; then the baptism of the Holy Ghost. But
as it shapes towards the top, it continues from Lutheran age, to Wesley
age, into Pentecostal age. But after it leaves the Pentecostal age, it
still shapes up until it has to get to such a place till all those
stones are so honed till a razor blade...
132 They weigh tons and tons up there. How they ever got them up,
that's still a mystery to man. But they take this razor blade, and can
run along, and it's so honed out so perfect until you can't even put a
razor blade where mortar should be. That's how perfect the stones are
put together. And now when this headstone, which the stones dovetail in
like this, kind of set in, in a way of angles so that the headstone
will come in a point, and set right down into it... It won't need any
mortar; it'll set perfect.
Now, that's what God is doing to His Church. He's honing off the
people, and making it in such a perfect way, that when the Headstone,
Christ, comes, it fits the building together, and then a resurrection
of the whole thing, the church is gone up. The Headstone...
134 Now, we are sitting together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
Now, we realize that Jesus, the body of Jesus, was caught up from the
resurrection. Now, we know that the Bible speaks of three heavens. We
know it first heaven, second heaven, and third heaven; I believe it was
Paul that was caught away into the third heaven and seen things that
wasn't expedient for him to speak of them. Now, the first heaven is
called, in the Scripture, like the clouds; in other words, down below,
here on the earthly seal. Now, when that atmosphere from up in above
the clouds becomes down into the church, that's a heavenly place. Then
the second heavens is considered the solar system. And the third
heavens goes beyond that.
135 Now, we just happen to think, just watch this a minute. Now,
Einstein proved by scientific, that if two objects was coming to each
other, like two cars coming down across the road, and if were coming
fast enough (now they'd really have to be going fast, like a billion
miles per second) but they could pass right through one another and
never disturb a thing. The speed would do it. Pass them right through
one another without disturbing anything.
136 Now, now, if you'll notice... I was standing here not long ago at
Mount Palomar, California, and I was noticing there that telescope that
can see a hundred and twenty million years of light space. Now think, a
hundred and twenty million years of light space, how many miles that
would be to be broke down. See?
But yet heaven is so many billions and billions and billions of--of
light years beyond that, till it's not even thought of. How would we
get there? It's the travel; it'll be with like the mind; it's so fast.
It'll be faster... If you could think of heaven, that's how quick you'd
be there. Jesus, after He was resurrected, came right through the
walls, right through the doors, and stood, and eat boiled fish and
honeycomb. Hallelujah. Speed. No sooner than life has gone out of this
body we're in the Presence of God yonder. We only know as feet and
inches, and yards and miles, and so forth; we're in this earthbound
system. But when we leave here, brother, oh, my, what a time.
138 Speaking the other night on the--Abraham and his Seed after him,
how that God showed through Abraham, how He justified Abraham, the 12th
chapter of Genesis. And on the--this on down, 16th chapter, how He
confirmed the covenant through sanctification. On the 17th chapter, let
him nurse from His breast, draw in the Holy Spirit. And then He
confirmed, or placed him (like you've heard me preach the sermon of
"Hear Ye Him"), took Abraham out and changed his name from Abram to
Abraham, give him part of His Name, Elohim, h-a-m. Then we find out,
that after that, He appeared to Abraham.
139 Now, to his Seed, watch how He's done the Seed the same way. The
Seed of Abraham come through justification, sanctification, baptism of
the Holy Ghost; manifestation of His Name, revealing of Who He is (that
revelation of Who? Jesus Christ), baptism in His Name, and so forth
like that, that revelation, dividing His Name with His church, called
them out. Then what did He do? In that same church that He called His
Name, Jesus' Name, what did He do? He appeared in the same form that He
did to Abraham, being able to discern spirits behind Him. Did He?
Appeared in that same Name, in that same thing, in the same form. We're
just at the end of the road.
140 Now notice what taken place. When He did that, that was the last
sign that He give the church before the change come to the church, to
Abraham and Sarah. Now, when the Angel told the mystery, the woman (the
Church, which represented), she could hardly believe it, she just
laughed within herself. See, she was a hundred years old; it failed to
be with her and Abraham as husband and wife. You understand what I
mean, family relationships, probably twenty years before... Why, they
was dead in that manner. Sarah... Abraham as good as dead, Sarah's womb
as good as dead, but what happened? What taken place? She said, "How
could I, being as old as I am, and my lord, we haven't... ceased that
way... We been that--ceased from that way for many, many years. It's
impossible for him. It's impossible for me. How can I do it?" And she
laughed in herself.
And the Angel said, "Why did she laugh? Why did she think within her
heart? Why did she say this?" Now watch, that was the last sign before
something happened to Sarah and Abraham.
142 Now, I preached here one time, and told you that God turned them
back to a young man and woman. To prove it, she went down; they took a
little trip and went down to--to Gerar, and Abimelech, that Philistine
king, fell in love with Sarah and wanted to marry her. And, of course,
she was a young woman again, beautiful. And notice, He had to do
something; He had to change her. He didn't just put her back to a young
man and woman, him and her; He didn't do that; because if they would,
the same thing would existed. See, they'd come... 'Cause he married her
when she was about sixteen, and he was just a young man, and they lived
all their life with no children. If He just set them back, well, they'd
just done the same thing again. But He had to do something different;
He had to change them so that they could have this promised son, the
promised son they was going to receive. But He had to change their
whole system, and turn them back young and change them to receive the
143 The same thing He's going to do next, after that... And remember,
after that sign was manifested fully to Abraham and his group, then the
next thing come was that change. See? Now, we done seen everything
through justification, sanctification, baptism of the Holy Ghost,
placing of the son, and the signs and wonders of Him, being in His
Presence to discern the thoughts of the heart, and so forth, as He
said, "As it was in the days of Sodom, so shall it be in the coming of
the Son of man." We see that taking place right now. What was the next
thing? The change of the body. Now, show that this--we are looking for
an expected Son. Glory. Is that right? We cannot meet Him in these
bodies. If we are changed back to young men and women, still we can't
meet Him, because we have to meet Him in the air. There has to be
something done besides change us back to young men and women; we've got
to be changed and caught up in the air to meet Him. And the next thing
coming is the rapture of the church, and the change of the body of the
sleeping saints to meet the Lord Jesus in the air.
144 Oh, the memorial of Easter, those that are sealed away by the Holy
Spirit? Now, at Eden gate, man was sealed away from God, at Pentecost
he was eternally sealed into God. He goes in or out no more; he's there
for good. Look. One Spirit, "We're baptized into one body by the Holy
Ghost." Is that right? Then we are sealed until how long? To the day of
your redemption. He no more goes out for the things of the world. "For
ye are dead, and your life is hid in God through Christ, sealed in by
the Holy Ghost." Oh, what a beautiful Scripture: sealed into Christ by
the Holy Ghost.
145 Then when Jesus raised from the dead man was again forced to make
their decision, "Did He rise or did not He raise?" And what did they
do? They did the same thing they did at that mock trial, politics and
church together; for the political and the religious got together the
same as they did then.
Just the same as they're going to do in the future, and doing it right
now, politics and religion! Ahab was a pretty good guy, but Jezebel, he
was married to her. I don't say that President Kennedy isn't a good
man, but he's married to that Jezebel system. It wasn't Ahab that did
it; it was Jezebel behind the throne, that controlled it. It's that
Jezebel system that's going to do the damage here. He has to do, 'cause
he's married to her. He has to receive it; he has to do it; he's
married to her. Oh, my. Peoples, can't you see what the Scripture's
doing? Can't you see where we're standing here in the last days?
147 Now, notice man after the resurrection. You see that mock trial,
turned it over to the church, knowing what the church would do. And
what did it happen when these soldiers was scared and run away? The
church hired these soldiers, and was given money to go say that His
disciples came by night and took Him away.
Then I want to ask you. If the disciples came by night and took Him
away, why didn't they take the robe that was on Him? If they were
thieves and stealing, why didn't they take the robe too? But the linen
was laying right there, with the napkin over His face, the linen laying
where it was over His body. He just moved right through it all, and
went up to the resurrection. Not a thing was disturbed; just the way He
was laid, He was laying the same way, but He had went out from the
149 See, but a mock trial again, a--a--a false accusation... Because
why? They were forced; they were forced to make a decision. Man had to
make a decision. The Church had to say, "He's raised from the dead,"
or, "He has not raised from the dead." Amen.
Oh, let's get our hearing on now, put your spiritual hearing aid in.
Notice, it's come to that same thing. Men are trying to follow, like
our meetings, and saying... I've heard even churches, the Church of
Christ, so-called, said, "I'll give a thousand dollars for any man that
can show one evidence of a resurrect--or a person that's been healed."
I took doctors to them, and they wouldn't even believe it. Why? They're
forced to make a decision. They have sealed themselves outside with
Cain, with the religious cults. The true little Church of God's in the
minority would always moved that way, but she'll... How did She suffer
that fifteen hundred years of dark ages?
151 They say, "The Roman church..." Sure, the Roman church was first
the Pentecostal church, the Catholic church was. It begin at Pentecost,
but then it wanted to organize.
And if this Pentecostal church would stand for another two thousand
years, they'd be worse than the Catholic is now. They're getting so far
away from everything. I was questioned the other day, "Are you going to
preach if you come to this place on women wearing makeup, they
shouldn't wear shorts, shouldn't wear these things?"
I said, "Don't ask me then. No, sir. Don't ask me to come."
"Are you going to preach it?" They even said, "What business is that of
I said, "It's the Lord's business, and I'm about His business." That's
exactly right. Exactly. So I said just...
"What do you do that for? Ain't there other things today?"
I said, "Yeah, but let them do that, and then we'll talk on other
things. You see? See? See, let--let--let's get the foundation laid."
156 That's what's the matter. You're trying to jump up on top of the
ladder, when you ought to be on the bottom yet. See? Get started down
here; clean up and get started right, and then we could build upon
that. Otherwise, you cannot build, because any foundation that's not
built upon the principles of Christ will fall. And the Bible, It said,
"It's an abomination for a woman to wear a garment pertains to a man."
It hasn't changed one bit, since God hasn't changed. He's eternal, and
His thoughts yesterday is the same as they are today, and will be
forever. His Spirit is the same yesterday, today, and forever. His
works is the same yesterday, today, and forever. His redemption is the
same yesterday, today, and forever. And He is the same yesterday,
today, and forever. There's no way of getting around it. Now, the proof
of the pudding is the eating thereof. We know that. Is it right? God
said it was.
157 Man was forced to make a decision. What was they forced first in
the days of Christ? What was they forced to do? They were forced,
first, to accept Him. He showed them His sign, His Seal; He was the
Messiah. How did He show it? By just exactly what the Bible said He
would do. He was a Prophet, and He discerned the thoughts in their
mind. And they said, "He's a devil, Beelzebub." They were forced to
make a decision. They could not hold it any longer.
And neither can the Pentecostal church, or the Baptist, or
Presbyterians. The Holy Ghost has... Christ has arisen, and He's in the
church. And they say, "This man baptizes in the Name of Jesus. He
believes you don't have to speak with tongues for the Holy Ghost, and
things like that, that that's not the initial evidence. He believes in
women, our women all wearing their hair like that. I think it has
nothing to do with it." Then why is God vindicating that this is the
truth? Find out where it's at.
159 They refused His Messiahship when He showed them He was the
Messiah. They were forced to say something.
And so are they today, turning it down, and won't sponsor it, and
washing their hands from it. The decision is forced upon them. There's
no middle road. We're at the end time. Man's forced to receive it or
reject it. You've got to accept it or turn it away. It's forced upon
America. It's forced on the Branham Tabernacle. It's forced on the
Pentecostals, on the Methodists. It's forced everywhere. You have to
take it or leave it. God has confirmed His Word, showing His signs,
backing His ministry, showing exactly what He is, by proving that He's
God. Jesus said, "If I do not the works of My Father, then don't
believe Me." That's right. "But if I do the works of the Father, then
you believe the works." There you are. See, they can't,
they--they--they can't find nothing in That, because That's true. Then
why don't they receive it? It's because of denomination. They can't
receive it, so they're forced now to make a showdown.
161 And in Ohio just a few days ago, the same churches that sponsored
me a year ago; because I attacked it, and showed that it was wrong,
there wasn't one of them, but one church, Brother Sullivan, would
cooperate. I said, "I still had the same hand; I still have the same
feet; I still have the same message; I'm still Brother Branham. What's
the matter with me?" It's not me. The Holy Spirit still speaks; the
Holy Spirit still does the same works; He still shows it. But you're
forced. That's right. They're forced. And the great Holy Spirit falling
right in their midst, and speaking the Words, and saying the things
that He said then. Then still they...
162 Look here in California the other day. I think I can find it here;
here it is. I was at Clifton's Cafeteria, the breakfast. And there a
Baptist brother... After I got through just tearing the churches to
pieces, telling them how they were doing evil, and the things they were
doing, rejecting God. This Baptist brother come up here to put his arms
around me to pray. And when he did, he started speaking like in
tongues. When he... Now, he's a Baptist, knowed nothing about it. When
he got through, he said...
And a woman standing back there from Louisiana, a Frenchman, said,
"That wasn't an unknown tongue; that was French." And here sat another
woman from Switzerland, Lausanne, which speaks French (I've been
there.), she said that she interpreted it right. Here come a young man
walking down through there (I never seen him; nobody had ever seen
him.); he was the French interpreter for the U.N., said, "Exactly, it's
164 And this man says, and you know, this man; I'll call his name just
in a minute. His name was Henry. I'll get his last name just in a
moment; I think it's wrote on here. I don't know. It's in the Business
Men's Voice, if it isn't. But he... Oh, yes, "By Danny Henry." Now,
that is... I can't think of that movie star. [Someone says, "Marilyn
Monroe?"--Ed.] No, it isn't Marilyn. Meda... Jane Russell, Jane
Russell's cousin. And he came up and put his arms around me to comment
me, and here's the words he said. He said, "That sermon could be put
into the Book of Revelations." Said, "It's right." He said, "I want to
pray for you, Brother Branham." He throwed his arms around me, begin to
speaking in French, and didn't know nothing about it.
165 And here was the interpretation, he's got it wrote down as the
document come in form, and so forth. It said, "I, Victor D-e-D-o-w-x,"
French name, "am a Frenchman," and so-forth, "and was there when--when
Danny (what-you-call-it)--Danny Henry, gave this in message over
Brother Branham, on February the eleventh, 1961." He lives at "809
North King's Road, Los Angeles 64." Listen at the-listen at the reading.
Because thou has chosen the narrow path... (Now, see, I get that all
right. There's part of it I don't.) Because thou has chosen the narrow
path, the harder way; thou has walked of thy own choosing.
166 I can get that all right. See? See, you choose it yourself. Moses
made his own choice; he didn't have to do it. Neither did I have to
take this path. I could have big buildings out yonder like some of
them's got. I could be all across on television. But who would sponsor
me on--on tearing the very foundation? But one thing, I don't have to
bow down to nobody's feet but the Lord Jesus Christ. That's right. Yes.
I preach what the Bible says. I don't have to compromise with their
organizations, 'cause I don't belong to them. I made the choice. Just
like He said up there, "As I was with Moses, so will I be with you."
And He give Moses two signs of confirmation to prove. And Moses made
his own choice. See, Moses made his own choice. So that's easy to
understand that (See?), "Thou has chose a..."
Because thou has chosen the narrow path, the harder way, thou has
walked of your own choosing.
167 Now, here, now this man, now watch how it's wrote, you can see it's
wrote in--in foreign words.
Thou has picked the correct and precise decision and it is My way.
(Bless God. "It's My way," He said.)
Because of this momentous decision, a huge portion of heaven waits
thee. (He had never heard about the vision, you see, that just... You
remember the vision.)... huge portion of heaven waits thee. What a
glorious decision thou has made. (See?)
This in itself... (Now, here's... From here on, I don't understand.)
This in itself is that... (big parentheses around it)... which will
give and make come to pass their tremendous victory in the Love Divine.
I don't know what that means, "this will make come to pass." Perhaps in
the little tent one of these days, setting back yonder He'll make it
170 Why? Not because we had to do it, not because that--that
it--it--it's just a easy way... You can be popular; you'd have
everybody patting you on the back, money flowing in from everywhere for
a radio or televisions, and so forth. They said they would take it and
televise it. I don't believe in taking God's things and putting them
out on such vulgarity stuff of the world. I don't believe in all this
whooping up and making something that isn't. I believe in just letting
it alone, way God... He's God, let Him do with it what He wants to.
We're servants, just serve the Lord, just do as God said.
171 Man, in the midst of all of it though, is forced to make a
decision. They were forced to make a decision when Christ was here on
earth, because He proved to them He was the Messiah. Is that right? And
they were forced, and what did they call Him? Beelzebub, a
fortuneteller. Then His--by His sign, Seal, at Easter, God proved it,
that He raised Him up from the dead. After all these other things, He
raised Him from the dead.
Now, the church that claims to have the Holy Ghost, God's proof of it,
that you've passed from death unto Life, because the old things has
passed away, and things have become new to you. That's God's proof of
the resurrection. You're not like you used to be; you're changed. Where
you used to doubt God's Word; every Word God's Word speaks, you say,
"Amen." See, there's something happened to you. That's just the first
form of the resurrection, the Spirit on the inside.
173 Now, Pentecost... After Pentecost, when these people received the
Holy Ghost, man was forced again to make a decision, "Is that of God or
isn't it of God?" And what did they say? "They are heretics. That's
crazy. They're in delusion." Even Agrippa told Paul, "You're mad."
"Mad" means "crazy."
And what did Paul say? "In the way that's called heresy, that's the way
I worship God." He had the Easter Seal. He had been there when
something happened. I'm glad to join hands with him this morning in
heart, and say, "Paul..." Why? We'd have to preach the same Word. Paul
commanded them to be baptized over in Jesus' Name, after they'd been
baptized other words. He said, "If an angel from heaven said anything
else, let him be accursed." He preached Divine Healing. He preached the
power of the resurrection. He preached Jesus Christ, the same
yesterday, today, and forever. Visions, and powers, and manifestations
of the Spirit followed him.
175 You'll have to have the same Message, the same thing, not a
theology, not some church doings, but the power of God, Pentecost, and
the same Seal. The Seal of the Holy Ghost, God's true Easter Seal is a
man's credentials. Right. It's your birthrights. It's a credential that
you have passed from death unto Life, and God is working through you
the same way He did the Lord Jesus, because it's your credential.
"These signs shall follow them that believe. Go ye into all the world,"
after Easter, after the Pentecost, after the Seal of Easter was given,
of the resurrection. What was it? The Life that was in Christ that was
raised up, has come and quickened His Church, and lives in the Church
to do the same signs.
176 I hope it don't go over your head. I hope I'm not keeping you so
long that you--you won't--won't get the joy of what I mean. See? I know
it's hard, you people standing. Please, just--just a few minutes; try
if you can. See, I want you to get this point, friend. I want you to
see what's in my heart, what's been here thirty-one years, since I laid
that little cornerstone yonder on the corner. See, there's the truth;
I've tried to stand for it. There's been all kinds of things went out
from it; that's true; but it's always been that way.
177 I was reading it on Martin Luther, said, "It was a hard thing to
believe that he could protest the Catholic church and get by with it.
That was a great thing. But the greatest thing, that how he could hold
his head level above an the fanaticism that followed his revival, that
could stay true in the Bible." Say what God says and say nothing else;
just stay right with it; walk in the straight, precise decision of God.
Instead... If God decides it to be this way, let's stay right with it.
That's His decision. Amen. Yes, sir. Yes, sir.
178 The--the Seal of Pentecost is the believer's credentials that he's
passed from death unto Life, because he has received the Pentecostal
blessing, God's Easter Seal to His Son. He sealed His first Son with
the Holy Ghost. Is that right? True. And He sealed all of His other
sons with the Holy Ghost.
179 Now, we find out here that in sealing this now at this time, as the
end time is drawing near... There's a place here I ought to hit, about
the sons--Cain's sons out there now, have been forced to a place that
they've got to make a decision. See, it's hard for them to do, because,
if they do, they have to give up their denominational rights. See? So
did the Pharisees. You know, the Pharisees made a decision on Jesus,
when He proved He was the Messiah. And when the Holy Ghost has proved
this way that's called heresy, has proved that it is the Holy Ghost,
man's got to make a decision. They can't stand still.
180 Here the other night I was out, praying for a sick lady out in the
hospital. And when I went down, I heard somebody holler, "Billy." And I
looked around. It was one of our brethren here; he comes here, Roy
Slaughter. He was standing down the hall from me a little ways, and he
said, "My brother's wife is sick. Will you go in and pray for her,
And I said, "Sure."
Went in there. And there was another aged lady, about sixty years old,
laying there, looked like her son setting aside. After I talked to them
a little while, I said, "Can we... We're going to have a word of
She said, "Pull that curtain."
And I said, "All right." I said, "Are you a believer?"
She said, "I'm a Methodist."
I said, "That's not what I asked you." I said, "Are you a believer?"
She said, "I'm a Methodist. We're Methodists. Just pull that curtain."
I didn't do it. I prayed, anyhow, and prayed for her, so I prayed God
will save her. But that's it (See?), you're not a Christian; you're a
Methodist. See? You're--you're not a believer; you're a Methodist. Your
own testimony tells it. Mercy, goodness, how far can you fall from the
Believers, "And these signs shall follow them that believe."
185 Are you a Christian? "I'm a Methodist." That shows you're not a
Are you a Christian? "I'm a Church of Christ." That shows you're not a
You're a Christian because you're a believer. And if you are a
believer, Jesus said in Mark, 16th chapter, "These signs shall follow
them that receive the Easter Seal, to the end of the world." That's
right; you are a believer.
187 And the people are forced; they're forced now. The thing's
operating, and they're forced to either receive it or condemn it. And
what are they doing? Condemning it.
But he couldn't do it back there at the age of Pentecost, because
Pentecost is going right back and organize, coming, organizing
themselves into the same thing that they just pulled out of. Pentecost
come out. Pentecost is not an organization; Pentecost is an experience
that comes to a believer. But they made an organization out of it, and
has done the same thing that they fought so hard to get out of.
189 The same thing the nation and politics did, come over here from
freedom of religion, from the old prostitute Catholic doctrine, and
come right back, and by blindness of politics, elected one of their key
men, a millionaire, made a millionaire by whiskey and raff, and stuff
of the world, how he become a millionaire, and put him on the White
House throne, with the system of Catholicism behind it. Which he ain't
been in there six months yet, and proving that it's right...
190 And the Pentecostal church come out of the organization, and called
them cold and formal; and their women, the way they did; and the man,
the way they did. And Pentecost organized, and took the spirit, and
went right back into it. Why? So that the real Church of God could be
showed in Her power and in Her might. You're forced to believe it.
You're forced to accept it or deny it. Glory to God. It's before you,
and you can't deny it. You've got to say yes or no. There's no way of
getting out of it. Yes, sir.
Yes, they're forced. There's no middle ground. The whole world has to
receive it or deny it. And that's the way it stands today.
191 Now, we find out that after Easter, Jesus, in Mark 16 told them,
"Go in all the world and preach the Gospel; these signs would follow."
And man... God then forced the issue to those people. They had to see
them people had something. And that lasted for three hundred and six
years after the death of Christ. Then what come into the church? They
were catholics (It's exactly right.) Pentecostal catholic. The word
"catholic" means "universal." The whole church is universal. And they
Then what'd they do? They went to getting in the businessman,
converting the others, bringing them in. And they had the big society
And first thing, you know, in the Bible, we found out in our teaching
when we taught the church ages, that Jesus told him before it happened,
about two hundred years, that there'd be a doctrine, or first it would
be a deeds of the Nicolaitanes, and then finally become a doctrine. And
when it did that, He said, "I hate it." And what did the Pentecostal
do? The Pentecostal up-and-ups, starchy class, organized and made the
Catholic church, the first mother organization.
The little minority was forced off to one side. And it's been that way
ever since. They come down fifteen hundred years, and that little
minority survived it. Amen.
195 Somebody said the other day; he said, "Think of the Catholic
church, how many great battles she's survived." Great battles? Sure,
with--with the law on her side, with the nation on her side, with
politics on her side. Think about that little Pentecostal that had
nothing but the Holy Ghost, but she survived it. And right here this
morning is a living evidence that she still lives, and she'll forever
live: not the organization; the Pentecostal believers, the real ones.
Now, after the Easter, this was done, forced to make a decision. Men
must make a decision; they must make it now. (I'm passing a lot of
these comments.) There's no middles of ground.
198 And Satan's sons will be sealed in this last days. There's a time
now, that the Bible spoke of, that all that did not have the Seal of
God took the mark of the beast. And we know that the mark of the beast
is disbelief. The first time... "Where'd you say the mark of the beast
begin?" In the garden of Eden. Mark of the beast and the Seal of God
was performed in the garden of Eden. Exactly. It's performed through
Easter, for the death of Abel brought forth Seth. That's right.
Notice. Cain was the son of Satan. He was the son of the beast which
beguiled Eve. You can call it whatever you want to. He was the son of
Satan. And what did he do? God put a mark on him and sent him out from
the Presence of God. Is that right? And he got him a wife, not out of
the heritage of God, but got him a wife from the land of Nod, another
200 And what did the organization do? It left the true Pentecostal
belief when it organized and got a wife out of the organization. That's
exactly right. Now, what's he done? Look how--look how the Pentecostal
wife's begin to do, and what she's saying and what she's doing; look at
her action. And standing right back around, and trying to cut down now,
the very Thing that she stood for at first, she's trying to cut it
down, smother it out, 'cause it's against her creeds. Like it was
there. But she's forced again to make a decision. She's got to make it.
She's got to make it.
God, help me and my brethren who will stand with me. Help the... God,
help us to stand there gallantly. No matter if it's martyr's blood,
stand there. "I must fight, if I must reign; increase my courage, Lord."
202 When I see His Holy Spirit moving amongst the people and doing the
same things, I know He's that same resurrected Jesus Christ. Amen. That
settles it, as far as I'm concerned. See? Amen. Over in Romans 4:25,
being talking of Abraham. "He was delivered for our offenses, and was
raised again for our justification."
Ephesians 4:30, the Holy Ghost is God's Easter Seal that seals us for
eternity (Amen.), seals us for eternity: God's Holy Spirit. Oh,
are--are you glad? Are you glad for Easter? Are you glad for this
experience? Sealed, shut in with God in a secret place, shut in with
God by His Divine grace, sealed till the day of our redemption. That's
the real, true Easter Seal.
What time have we got? Noon, five minutes till twelve. Are you
believing? [Congregation says, "Amen"--Ed.] All of you believe? Let's
just bow our heads a moment.
205 Our heavenly Father, no matter what I would say, and yet man should
believe this Word because it is written here. I pray that men
everywhere will receive You now as their Easter Seal, the Firstfruits
of the resurrection, knowing that they passed from death unto Life;
where death once trod, now Life takes its place. I pray that You'll
show to this congregation this morning, that You're still Jesus, that
You still are the One Who does the miracles and performs the thing. And
knowing, and I just said, as it was confirmed to father Abraham, that
that Angel stood with His back to the audience--or to Sarah, and told
what she was saying and thinking... O God, we've seen it time after
time. We've seen the confirmation, the placing of the Son, the giving
of the Name. We've seen all these things take place, Lord, and we know
we're at the end time. This is an Easter. Many are standing, legs are
And now, Father, all I could say would not mean one thing after You
have spoken, unless it's in according with what You speak. And if I
have spoke Your Word, then, Father, I believe that You are God that
will confirm that Word. I pray that You'll grant it. Let Thy Spirit,
Lord, come into the midst of the people, and make this confirmed to the
207 As we have our heads bowed, everywhere, there perhaps is sickness
in here; there's no doubt at all in here but what there's sickness in
amongst the people. I want to know how many in here that's out-of-town,
that's sick, raise your hand: out-of-town. Well, they're just
All right, you may raise your head. I'm going to ask that so you can
see. All that's out-of-town, that I don't know, that's out-of-town and
I don't know you, raise your hand, say, "I'm sick." Raise your hands
everywhere now, so I can just get a general idea.
209 If He don't keep this, there's no resurrection. If He does keep it,
it's assurance of the resurrection. It shows that the Easter Seal, that
He is not dead, but He's a-living. Then to condemn that, would be
blasphemy against the Holy Ghost, and it's unforgivable. Now, if the
Holy Spirit will come into this meeting...
I was--thought maybe we'd just raise the people up, but we can't have a
prayer line. Look here, just jammed in here, the little kiddies all
over the altars and everywhere. We can't have a prayer line.
But, look, I want to ask you something. Is He just at one place, or is
He omnipresent? He's everywhere. Now, how could I know you, that you
that raised your hands that I do not know you, and you're strangers
here? I don't want any of the Tabernacle people; I'll see you later.
See? But just the people, so that you'll see it's out-of-town people
that I don't know. Let the Holy Spirit speak whether it's right or not.
Let Him do the talking, then my words will be one thing; and if it's
God's Word, God will keep that Word.
212 Now remember, Pentecostal, the real true believers of God, has
always been in the minority. And they're a bunch that's laughed at and
made fun of, and people are not willing to take that way. And may the
I want to ask you people something. Now, see, is God a living God? Is
He present? Then if He is, I want to ask you something. Now, after I've
spoken, how many in here that's--believes that that's the truth?
[Congregation says, "Amen"--Ed.] Is there any in here would like to
say, "I am not a Christian, Brother Branham. I would like to be. Pray
for me." I can't call no altar up here, because I--I can't. Just raise
up your hand, say, "Pray for me." Is there any in the building? God
bless you, you, you, you. That's fine. All right. God bless you,
around, everywhere. All right, good. All right.
214 Now, you have a right, after a message like this, you have a right
to call my hand, and say, "Brother Branham, you've preached to us
something, that in these last days you said'the last sign was when He
performed, showed that He was God."
And I heard a Jewish preacher the other day, had just been... I was...
By my message on the--on the red heifer offering, the man come and
received Christ, come out from a church, had been raised through a line
of rabbis for years and years and years, for--for four or five hundred
years, way back, all rabbis. And the man heard my message, slipped into
a meeting and heard that "red heifer," and was converted by it to
Christianity. And stood in a church the other day, and say, "Anybody
that wouldn't believe that there was three Gods instead of One..." He
had been believing in one God till that time. He backslid, instead of
doing anything else. He...
216 God, speak. Now, I raised my hand; I don't know them, don't know
them. Now, if He's still God, won't He do the same thing? The woman
that touched His garment...
Some of you women, or some of you there that had raised your hand, a
woman somewhere, I believe... Where? The little lady on the end, would
you raise your hand? All right. You, all right, I'm a stranger to you?
I don't know you? All right.
You just see if He's still the High Priest that can be touched by the
feeling of your infirmity. I never seen you in my life. You're a
stranger to me. I know nothing about you. God does know you. And if He
can reveal to me by His Holy Spirit, the resurrected Christ Who come
here, and give me a temporarily resurrection by my spirit, that my
spirit goes away now and His Spirit comes in, then to let you know
whether He's alive or not. Now, I don't know you. That's me, me and my
spirit; we don't know you. But He knows you. But He wants to borrow my
body to prove that He's the resurrected Christ. I'm so happy to loan it
to Him, give it to Him, anything He can get out of it.
219 If God will tell me what you're here for, will you believe me? You
will. You have varicose veins. If that's right, raise up your hand. You
got more than that: got a hernia. That's right. You're not from this
town. You're from Lima, Ohio. Your name is Mrs. Stoddard. That's right.
Your husband's setting behind you. That's right. You believe God can
tell me what's his trouble? He's got trouble with His back; he's
suffering with his back. If that's right, raise up your hand, sir. Do
220 Somebody else down here raised up their hands, down along through
here. Here, that lady there. All right. I don't know you. That's your
husband setting next to you there. The thing you're wanting is the
baptism of the Holy Ghost. If that's right, raise up your hand. That's
right. All right, believe on the Lord; just don't doubt at all.
Seen somebody coming from a distance, but I couldn't tell just where it
was at. Yeah, it's the man setting right here; I see him now. He's a
stranger to me also. You got gall bladder trouble, sinus trouble.
You're not from here. You're from Georgia, a place called like
Hubbermill, Georgia. All right, believe now, and go back home and be
222 You believe with all your heart? There's one setting right back
here behind; that Light's standing over the person. They're praying for
a loved one who's got cancer, not saved. Believe; have faith, and don't
[Brother Branham pauses--Ed.] I'm just watching. See... [Brother
Branham pauses] Uh-huh. Here it is over here. The lady that's got her
head down, praying. She got trouble with her feet and her knees. I
don't know you, do I? We're strangers, raise up your hand. You go back
to... Your home's in New Hampshire; that's where you come from.
Believe, and the Lord will make you well.
224 A lady setting back there with the little girl, praying for her,
with kidney trouble, setting right back there. She's from Georgia also.
Mrs. Cason, if you believe with all your heart? You accept it? All
right, then go home, be made well. I don't know the woman, never seen
her in my life. If we're strangers to one another, wave your hand,
lady. That's right.
Here's another setting right back here, a man. He's from Georgia too.
Don't know him, never seen him. But I seen him come up from that peach
country. Right. He's got a liver trouble (That's right.) and arthritis.
He's setting right on the back seat. You believe with all your heart,
sir? All right, go back and be healed.
There's someone setting next to you, a lady, way back in the very back
row. No, it's not for her. She's praying for her son. That's right. You
believe that God can tell me what's the matter with your son, lady? I'm
a stranger to you, but God knows you. Ulcers, and a mental trouble, and
he's not here; Dayton, Ohio. If that's right, raise up your hand. Now,
227 Do you know He lives? Is He the same Jesus yesterday, today, and
forever? There's at least eight or ten people I never seen in my life.
And is it true? Now, may the God of heaven, Who's present, heal and
make well these. Well, it comes from the anointing of the Holy Spirit,
not me. May the God that can discern the thoughts of the mind, and
prove Himself to be Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and
forever, let Him come forward and heal the sick. He's God forevermore.
Do you believe that? Now, how many wants to believe Him right now, and
accept Him as Saviour, and Healer, and as a Baptizer, and a coming
King? In the Name of Jesus. Oh, hallelujah. What? The Easter Seal, the
infallible Easter Seal.
228 What's the next thing? The transformation of this body to meet the
Son that's coming. We'll be changed in a moment, in a twinkle of an
eye. Have all your paper seals you want to; but the real Seal of Easter
is the Holy Ghost in the human heart. Do you accept it? Do you believe
in His resurrection? Do you believe He's alive forevermore? You believe
that He's here? Do you now accept Him as your Saviour, as your Healer,
as your God, as your coming King? Believe with all your heart.
229 As these handkerchiefs, praying over them, God, in the Name of
Jesus Christ. A lot of people anoint them. I believe they took from the
body of Paul handkerchiefs and aprons, and they were healed. You
Now, how many more is in here, sick? Now, the Tabernacle people, and
around this community here, that's around here, now you raise your
hands, from around here. Now, do you believe that He's here? Do you
believe the Holy Spirit's here? Now, wait, why do we wait for anything
else? He's here, so let's act upon it! Charlie, what do you think?
Amen. Hallelujah. Oh, it's got to happen.
231 I cannot heal anyone. I cannot do it. There's nothing in me to heal
with. But if you'll accept this Spirit that's on me now, there couldn't
be enough devils in hell make you doubt it anymore, and you've got to
be healed. I'm not the Healer; He's the Healer. I can't see visions;
He's the One Who speaks. It's just my body He's using.
Now, that same God said, "These signs shall follow them that believe."
How many believers is here? Are you sure you're a believer? Well, He
said, "These signs shall follow them that believe. If they lay hands on
the sick, they shall recover." Is that right? Now, put your hands on
one another, and let me pray for every one of you. O God. Oh, brother,
something's got to take place. Something's just got to happen.
233 O great Easter Seal, You're not the lily in the pot, but the Lily
in the Valley. You Who stoke--spoke through that boy the other day, You
have come forth by Your Word. You made manifest that You're Truth. You
are Truth, Lord. You are the Resurrection. You said, "I am the
Resurrection and the Life. He that believeth in Me, though he were
dead, yet shall he live. Whosoever liveth and believeth in Me, shall
never die. I am the Resurrection and Life."
[Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.] It'll not be spoken, then you'll wonder. But
while you can hear, obey.
O God, Who created the heavens and earth, these people are praying for
one another. When You rose on Easter morning, You proved that You was
Messiah. You proved that You was Messiah, before You rose. You proved
that You was, by the sign of the Messiah, the Seal of God that was in
You. You were Sealed away with God to do nothing but what He said. You
had said, "I do always that which pleases the Father." That's keep His
Word. For to please God, we must believe His Word and keep His Word.
And then, Father, so is it today, that every son or--of God, every
daughter of God, in order to please God, must keep God's Word. And,
God, we're keeping Your Word now by laying hands on one another. And
I'm praying for this audience.
236 After we have heard the Word preached, and seen the strangers raise
their hands, see the great Holy Spirit go out there and tell them the
very thoughts from their heart, and who they are, where they come from,
what's happening, and all about, how could people doubt anymore? God,
that's a great reward for these who's stood this morning around this
great church walls here, and their limbs aching, and little mothers
with their babies, and dads, and aged, and all, waiting, watching,
watching to see one sign of the living God... Then see Him move in on
the scene, and prove that He's Jehovah, that He's Jesus, the
resurrected One, "I'm alive forevermore, and have the keys of death and
hell," because He broke the seal off of it. He broke the seal of death.
He broke the seal of the tomb. He broke the seal of hell. He broke the
seal of the grave. And He opened the seal to the Tree of Life, and
baptized us by His Holy Spirit into that Tree of Life, and made us sons
and daughters of God, and commissioned us to lay hands on one another,
"And these signs shall follow them that believe; if they lay hands on
the sick, they shall recover." Father, God, it has to be.
238 I pronounce by the power of the Gospel, by the God of heaven Who
ordained me and sent me to preach the Gospel, by the God Who wrote the
Word, by the Angel Who's present to confirm the Word, I say this
because of the faith that I have in the people, that the Devil will
have to leave every sick person in here, every afflicted person, and
the power of God shall raise them up to good health and strength again,
as a memorial of this Easter service. Come out, Satan. You are
defeated. Jesus conquered you nineteen hundred years ago, and you are
defeated. Come out of the people, in the Name of Jesus Christ.