скачать в: .doc .doc для печати .pdf|
Только русский текст вместе английский и русский текст
E-1 The Lord bless you. It's certainly deemed to me a--a grand
privilege to be here this morning. That was... It's a unexpected
blessing, because I didn't think I'd have this privilege to get to
speak here, especially to just you--what we'd think, we'd call a
selected group: the ministers, and my brethren here, who are
cooperating in this meeting and making it possible. I wanted this
opportunity. This way I get a chance sometime to explain things, that
I--that I don't do at the platform, 'cause you're in a mixed audience
E-2 And I met an attorney here this morning, one of the brethren, the
Christian Business Men. And last night I was speaking on Zacchaeus once
there, you know, when he... Jesus was in the... He hardly believed (as
the little drama was) that He wasn't a prophet. But when Jesus stopped
under the tree and looked up, He called him by name, and come down. I
never did tell just what happened to Zacchaeus. You know what happened
to that fellow? He become a member of the Full Gospel Business Men's...
A charter member, that's right. Of course, Jesus wouldn't have nothing
else but a full Gospel, you know. So, Him being a businessman, that was
part of your... So you could remember that then.
And so, I was speaking the other day on--up at the last meeting--on
having a court trial, and Jesus brought, or God brought in, about His
Word for a breach of promise. Many of you has heard it. And so I was
thinking about maybe giving that Sunday afternoon, this court trial.
And then this attorney here, he might be able to correct me on some of
the--the procedure that I go about.
E-3 So... But setting here this morning, it's certainly a--a privilege.
I was looking around, different friends and a little boy here, a little
friend here, just called me over there. And he's crippled.
He said, "Brother Branham, if you'll just tell me that I can walk out
of here, that's all I want you to do." See?
And I just thought, "How--how lovely." See? But, see, these things are
a little different than what we--you think they are. See, see? Now,
that's where I think many of the brethren gets off the track. See, see?
God will let them do something with a little faith. Then they feel that
everything they bounce into they just say it, and that's all. But you
see, how can I say THUS SAITH THE LORD until He tells me first? I've
got to have it first. If He didn't, I'd say, "Thus saith William
Branham," but that wouldn't do any good. But, see, now, He's got to
tell me first.
E-4 A man drove up in a ambulance with a baby, and I was real busy. He
said, "Well, I... If you'll just tell me, come here and say my baby
will be all right, that's all I want to know."
Well that, how lovely, but how can I say that, until I know it. See? If
I... Some go... People just go on impression: "The Lord told me to do
this." Well, that's--that's yourself many times. See? You've got to
actually see it and know it. How could--could I... Brother Fox here say
something, unless (if he's honest)... He said, "Brother Branham said
so-and-so," and if I didn't say that, he--he's--he's falsely accusing
me of saying something that I didn't say. But if I really said it, then
I've got to stand behind it. So when the Lord says anything, that does
E-5 I met a little Baptist here awhile ago, let... He isn't Baptist. I
think he's a Pentecostal Baptist like me now. And he's another good old
southerner. I watched him eating this Georgia ice cream this morning
here that, the grits. And so, he--he was one of those persistent type,
you know. And he smoked cigarettes, and a very good Baptist. And he
had... So he--he had--and he had a lot of things that he was going on.
And he kept on...
Now, out here in the meeting, it's those... You--you people... The
people, they are doing that themselves. See? And it's Christ coming to
His body. See?
Now, let me get that, right now, just stop with you just a moment. See,
Christ coming to His body, that don't mean it's just me. I'm not the
body. I'm just a member of that body. See? You're part of that body
too. "By one Spirit (I Corinthians...?... 15--I Corinthians 12), by one
Spirit we are all baptized into one body." We are members of that body
every one of us, whether you are Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran, oneness,
twoness, fiveness, or whatever you got. See? By that one Spirit we're
all in one body.
E-6 If God accepts the oneness in with his peculiar idea, the Church of
God in with his peculiar idea, the Methodist in with his peculiar idea,
the Assemblies in with his peculiar idea, that's up to Him. I got nine
brothers, and every one of us different from another, but we all got
the same parents. See, we're every one Branhams. Now, my brothers, I'm
the hunter--I like to hunt and fish. The rest of them don't care for
it. They like to play golf and things like that, but not me. See,
that's my peculiarity. But yet their father's my father. See? But we
all agree when it comes to daddy, we--that's all our daddy. And that's
the way we do too.
E-7 Now, look. The church has become (See?) just growing up. Just like
I was going to speak tonight, upon the "Unveiling of the One True God."
But I think it'll take a little too long, and I notice the people,
after about nine o'clock they get restless, and I thought I'd just wait
till sometime at the tabernacle. I got something else on my mind maybe
for tonight, to bring a message of salvation. That's what we're trying,
that's our--what we're trying to do here.
Now, you minister brothers, we... This Divine healing, as old Doctor
Bosworth (He just went home to glory down here, recently.), he used to
say, "Divine healing is a bait that you put on a hook. You never show
the fish the hook. You show him the bait, and--and he gets the bait and
gets the hook." So that's the way it is when you... Divine healing just
draws the attention. See? And then salvation is what we're after. We're
after the strength of the body of Christ. You see?
And every one of your different organizations, some... I'm not too much
on the organizations, just saying, "I belong to this..."
Now, I was ordained a Baptist. And then when I heard about
Pentecostals, I thought, "My, what's this?" And I thought, "That's what
I'm going to join up with." And I come over here they're as broke up as
the Baptists is, and just all different types of things, and there's
I thought, "Well now, I'm not going to join any of them. I'm going to
stand right between them, and put my arms around all of them, and say
'We're brothers.'" And see, the system that keeps us from being that,
that's what I'm against, the system that... See? And that's the reason
that I'm with one group, and that's the Full Gospel Business Men. See?
We want to stretch our tent so far that it'll take everything, all of
them (See?), everybody. We're all brothers. See, we're every one
brothers in Christ.
Now, one of my--my great sponsors is Assemblies, and United, and the
Foursquare, and the Church of God. And all those brethren, they panned
out to be real men.
E-8 Now, what is it? Christ coming to His body. Christ is the Word. We
all know the anointing is Christ, that comes on the Word that makes the
Word live. Is that right? That is the anointing. Christ is the
anointing, the Spirit that comes upon the Word, that quickens the Word
to make it live. Now, the Word is in your heart. You believe in Divine
healing, whatevermore. See?
And Christ, the anointing, coming to His body (See the--the connection
there?), just like husband and wife become one. Now, the church has got
to get to the ministry until the church and Christ become one. He can
anoint you for every blessing that's in the Bible. All of it is yours.
Everything that's promised of this age is yours. But if we leave
anything out (See?) then... If anointing strikes that, it'll--it will
anoint it. It's just a...
E-9 Here... Like I--I use this for an illustration. There's a doctrine
called pyramid doctrine. But don't never get that in your idea, that
I--that I--I believe in pyramid doctrines. I believe in the Bible
(See?) and although I believe the pyramid part played something in it.
I believe God wrote three Bibles. He wrote one in the skies, which is
the zodiac. Anybody knows that; Job spoke of it. What? Look at the
zodiac. It starts off with the--with the virgin; it ends up with Leo
the lion. That's how He come. First was the virgin. His last--next
coming will be Leo the lion (See?) coming as the Lion of the tribe of
Judah. And all of them, the crossed fishes, and what we're in now, the
cancer age, and everything; it all speaks. But forget it. See? That
ain't your Bible.
Then the pyramids, exactly how they were drawed, the headstone was
rejected. Still, that's not your Bible. Then God wrote it on Words.
E-10 Jesus come three times. One time He come to redeem His wife. Next
time He comes to catch her away. And the next time He comes with her:
three comings. See? Everything it like: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost
(See?) all, everything's in a three. The mathematics of the Bible is
perfect. If you keep them mathematics right, you can keep your story
right. See? But if you get off the mathematics, you'll have a--in your
picture a cow picking grass in top of a tree. So it won't--it won't
look right. See? Stay in the mathematics (You see?) of the Bible, and
you place it out right.
E-11 Now, I was telling about this here young, fine looking fellow
setting here. He--he kept coming. Every time they'd put his name on for
a private interview. Well, when he would do that, then he'd wait a long
time, till finally his time come up. Here he come.
Now, in private interview it isn't like this (See?); it isn't setting
in a meeting like we do here. You wait until the Lord speaks and shows
you what to do. Well, it never... He never could... His time would run
out. Well, he wouldn't be discouraged; he just put his name down for
another one. So he finally worked down through a few hundred, till they
got to him again.
And then one day, setting at the place... He would try--he would take
all the psychological ideas that he could to lay them cigarettes down,
and he couldn't do it. But one day it come, THUS SAITH THE LORD. That
was it. That was the last of it. And so, here he sets this morning. So
we're thankful for that.
E-12 Now, let me just give a little exclamation a minute, if it's all
right to take this--this much time. I think I'm watching the clock
there. At ten o'clock we're supposed to be out, I understood. I heard
through the grapevine just a few minutes ago. And I'm just like a
freight train; I'm long-winded. And--and I remember the first time when
I started to preach. And I was a little Baptist preacher. I carried
that Bible under my arm, and I thought I was just a real preacher.
Somebody'd say, "Are you a preacher?"
I'd say, "Sure. Yes, sir, really am."
E-13 And a... reminds me when I was a boy out on the farm. My--my
father was a rider. And he'd break horses and follow the rodeo to break
the horses, and so forth. He was really a good rider. Well, I thought
being his son, surely I was a rider too. So I...
Daddy would be away out at the back of the farm with his horses, you
know, and I'd take out the old plow horse, you know, old, and
stoved-up, and stiff and tired. And we had an old water trough hewed
out of a log. How many ever seen one of that? Well, what part of
Kentucky you from anyhow? And so--and we used to go down there, and get
stung with the honey bees. You know, come to get their water and
things. So I looked to see daddy making his rounds in the corn field,
way back at the back. I'd go in and get his saddle, and a handful of
cockleburs, you know, and slip it up under the saddle, pull up the
cinch, and climb up in it. And that poor old--old horse...
My little brothers setting all around there hollered, "Ride him, Billy.
Ride him." You know. And the poor horse so tired, he couldn't even get
his feet off the ground, and so on... I thought, "Man, am I a rider."
I'd read too many western stories. That was... So I--I thought, maybe,
you know... well...
E-14 You know, I got... One day I decided that they needed me out in
the west to break their horses, you know (about eighteen years old).
They had to have me; my--my services was needed. So I slipped right out
and went out west, and I tried to buy me a pair of chaps. I was a
little bitty fellow, you know, and I thought they had pretty. It had
A-R-I-Z-O-N-A and a steer's head on it. Then I thought, "Oh, my, that's
beautiful." When I put them on I looked like one of these little game
chickens, you know, with them feathers all. I couldn't walk with the
things. So I just got me a pair of--of Levis.
And I thought, "Well, I'll ride the silver saddle. I'll go out and get
me some..." And I set out there. "And wait till they bring them bucking
horses out. There's some of them guys get throwed. I'll show them how
to ride them. My daddy is a rider." So I climbed up on the fence, and
they had--was breaking some horses. And I looked over there in the pen,
and I seen them outlaws in there that... My, that... You couldn't even
throw fodder in to them; they was so wild they wouldn't eat it.
E-15 So I thought, "Say, I don't know. That don't look like that old
plow horse I rode." I looked at him for awhile. After while, they had
one there they called the Kansas Outlaw. So they brought him out, a
great big heavy horse, about seventeen hands and it... He was really a
So they put a--had a fine man there with all of his great uniform on,
and everything, the girls all waving at him. He was quite a star. I
looked at him as he come out of his automobile. And they said, "This
man can ride this horse." So they put him in the chute, and he got up
on there, and got him saddled up, and he got set in his saddle, and
they opened the gate.
My, oh, my, about two twists and a sunfish, and he looked like he could
throw the saddle over the moon. I never seen such a... Well, the
pickups got the horse and the ambulance got the rider.
Here come the caller around, you know. He said, "I'll give any man here
five hundred dollars, that can stay on him sixty seconds." He come
right down the line. I don't know how it ever was, he picked me right
out, setting there with this--setting there by all these old
disappearing cowboys, you know. My legs wasn't bowed or nothing, and
I--I thought I was a real rider. I could set there with them. I was
fellowshipping with them, you know, with a hat setting on the back of
my head (about seventeen years old, I guess), looking around like that.
And he come said, "Are you a rider?"
And I said, "No, sir."
E-16 When I was a little Baptist preacher, I used to think God called
me to be the defender of the Word. See? He would defend the--the faith.
One day I was over in St. Louis, Missouri, and I went into a tent
meeting, and I run into a Robert Daugherty. He's a Pentecostal
preacher. I set up on the platform with him. Man, that man preached
till he'd get blue in the face, and buckle his knees together, and
catch his breath (you could hear him for two city blocks), and come
back up preaching. Then somebody'd say, "Are you a preacher?"
And I'd say, "No. sir." I get amongst the Pentecostal people; I don't
say much about being a preacher. I was with that like it was with the
horse. See? I'd just say, "No, the Lord called me to pray for His sick
children." And I...
E-17 So we are--we're happy to be here this morning in this... While
we're on the thought of riding, I love outdoors. That's where I found
God. And I used to herd quite a bit in Colorado, go up there. Then I
usually ride the roundups, and so forth. We have the--up on Troublesome
River. Now, many a time I stood there by the side of the gate, when we
was having the roundup, spring roundup, and send the cattle up. The
Hereford Association grazes the valley. Raise two ton of hay, and you
have the right on your ranch, to put a cow on the forest. And some of
them has hundreds of head, 'cause they got where they can irrigate down
there; they have that wild meadow.
And then of a... Every spring when they run them cattle up on the
forest up there, the--the ranger stands there and counts those cattle,
and watches the brands. They're each one branded. The little group that
I worked for didn't have too many, about hundred and fifty, two hundred
head, a little, a tripod brand. And Grimes, the Bar, Diamond Bar, had
about fifteen hundred head.
E-18 But there's one thing I always noticed. When standing there by,
after we got the cattle up there, and the ranger stood in the drift
fence (That's to keep the cattle from getting on private property
again.), I used to set there and put my leg around the horn of the
saddle and watch that ranger. And he'd watch them cattle coming
through, stand there. Every cow went through you had to inspect. You
notice, he didn't pay much attention to the brand that was on them. But
there's one thing he really watched; that was for the blood tag (See?),
because you can't put nothing in there on account of the breed, keeping
the--the line of breed right. See? Nothing but a genuine Hereford could
enter that park--that park, nothing but a Hereford. Had to have a blood
tag to show that it was examined. And it had the blood tag to show it
was a Hereford. I think that's the way the great roundup will be. He
won't ask us whether we were Assemblies, or whether we were Foursquare.
He's going to look for that Blood tag. No matter about our brand, He'll
watch for the blood tag. "I see the blood..."
I--I'm so glad to be associated with such people as that this morning.
The Lord bless you real richly now. I set and talk to you; my time
would get away.
E-19 I want to read a Word of the Lord, because no service is complete
without the reading of the Word. And now, let's turn over in the
Scriptures here with a--just a few thoughts I had lined out. Used to be
I could think of the things that I was going to say without even
writing a note. But since I've passed twenty-five the second time, I
can't think of it like I used to. So I have to kindly make a note,
write down my text what I'm going to say and think of it. And then I
think too, a little more... I was a kid then. I just splattered, like
shooting a shotgun. See? But now you've got to zero it.
People come to hear me because I was just a boy preacher. This is
thirty-three years behind the pulpit for me. But now, I meet great men,
like I'm setting before this morning. You've got to hit the target.
It's got to be the Word.
E-20 Remember the old Baptist preacher that ordained me. I remember my
first time up to preach. I just cried and beat on the desk, and
everything like that. And some of the elderly women come by and patted
me on the back and said, "Oh, honey," and crying, "you're going to be a
great servant to Christ."
Old Dr. Davis, setting there looking me right in the eye, I said, "How
did I do, Dr. Davis?"
Said, "The worst I ever heard in my life." He upbraided me. So he was
an attorney. So he--he said to me afterwards, "Come over to the study,
Billy," He said, "Billy, all your emotion, and all that you went
through," said, "you was just trying to act like a preacher." He said,
"I--I got the same thing when I become an attorney." He said, "I... My
first case was a divorce case." And said, "Really didn't have no
grounds at all." But said, "I said to this poor woman... I cried, and I
wrung with my eyes. And said, 'I... This poor little woman, her husband
did so-and-so, and things.'" And said, "I got the same thing I give
you, and I thought it'd be a good thing."
E-21 Said, "The first thing you know, the... So the other attorney
struck the desk and said, 'Judge, your Honor, sir, how much more of
this nonsense will your court stand?' Said, 'He hasn't said one thing
to defend the person, not one part of the law. He's just crying and
jumping up and down.'"
He said, "And you know what? That deflated me, and put me back where I
came..." Said, "Now, Billy, you was doing all the emotions, crying and
jumping up and down, but you never brought one thing of the Scripture
that really gives the basic things, boy." That's right.
E-22 Now, we're shooting a rifle. It's got to be zeroed. It's got to
hit the spot. Lord, help us now, as we read from Joshua, the 10th
chapter. And I'm going to begin at the 12th verse, and read Joshua 10
and 12, down to the 14th or 15th verse.
Then spake Joshua to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the
Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of
Israel, Sun, stand... still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley
And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had
avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book
of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hastened
not to go down about a whole day.
And there was no day like that before... or after it, that the Lord
hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the Lord fought for Israel.
E-23 Now, if you will pardon me for a minute, I want to take a text
here this morning on the subject of one word. Now, you say, "Brother
Branham, that's not--that's not too much for audience here, hundred and
fifty people or so. That's--that's not enough." Oh, yes it is.
It's--it's enough. It's the Word of God (See?) no matter it...
It--it--it's--it's not the quality; it's the quantity.
Like here, not long ago, in Louisville, Kentucky, I was thinking of a
little boy that climbed up in the attic--was searching around one day.
And he found in an old garret, in a little old trunk, he found a
postage stamp. And he thought, "You know, this might be worth
something." So he took off and found a collector. And, 'course, he had
ice cream in his mind.
He said, "What will you give me for this stamp?"
He said, "Well, I'll--I'll give you a dollar for it."
Oh, my, that was about ten cones there, you know, so he--he had thought
he had made a bargain. That man sold it a little later for five hundred
dollars. And I forget now it goes into the thousands what that stamp's
See, as far as the paper, it wasn't worth nothing. But it's what's
wrote on it what makes the difference. This is just ordinary India
paper. But it's what is on it. It's God in letter form. Yes.
E-24 Sometimes it's a... No matter how little it is... That's where we
people make our mistake. We're always wanting to do something big.
Maybe it wasn't ordained to do something big. Maybe it's the little
things that we're leaving undone is what's hurting us.
Like in Canada, I was standing there with my good friend Dr. Ern
Baxter, who used to be my platform man: very fine, eloquent man. And
when King George (who I had the privilege of praying for, you know,
when he was healed with the multiple sclerosis), when he and his wife
passed down the street that day in Vancouver, there... As they went
down the street, there she was in her beautiful blue dress, and the
king himself setting up there, trying to set straight, hurting and
sick, his ulcers bothering him. But yet, he knowed he was a king, and
so he bowed to the people.
And when he went by, Ern and I listened to it. He... Ern just turned
his head and started crying; He couldn't hold it. He said, "Brother
Branham, my king is passing by."
And I thought, "If it'll make a Canadian feel like that, what will it
do when we see our King go by." See?
E-25 They turned out all the children at church--or the schools did, to
see the king. They give them little British flags to wave. When they
returned back to the school after their regular procedure, they found
out that one little fellow didn't come back. And the teacher got
alarmed, so she went out to look for the little fellow. And it was
standing (a little girl), standing behind a post, crying her little
heart out. The teacher picked her up and said, "What's the matter,
sweetheart?" Said, "Didn't you see the king?"
She said, "Yes, I saw the king."
And said, "Did you wave your little flag?"
Said, "Yes, I waved the little flag."
Said, "What you crying about?"
She said, "You know," she said, "I'm too little." She said, "I--I saw
the king, and I waved my flag, but the king didn't see me." See? And
her little heart was broken.
That's different from our King. You can't be too little... You can't do
anything but He sees every little move that you make. He knows all
E-26 Now, my subject this morning I'm going to speak on for a few
minutes, the Lord willing, is "A Paradox." What is a paradox? According
to Webster here, it means something that's incredible but true. I think
we've witnessed that, the last few days, it's in minor stage. But a
paradox, an incredible, but yet it's true. That makes a paradox.
In Hebrews the 11th chapter and the 3rd verse, we see that the world
was made and framed together by the Word of God. A few weeks ago I was
in New York City at the Morris Auditorium. And I heard this tape of--of
Einstein talking of that galaxy, of how many... If we left here, and
went (I think) a hundred and fifty million light years, traveling at
the speed of light, take us a hundred and fifty million light years to
get over there, and then a hundred and fifty million light years to get
back. And you know how fast light travels. See? And just think, a
hundred and fifty million light years.
E-27 Well, if you'd run a row of nines around, around and around the
world, you'd never break it down in years. It's nine, nine, nine, close
together around the world, you couldn't break it down in years. For
just think; light travels what? At eight hundred--eight--a hundred and
eighty-six... a hundred and eighty-six thousand miles per second. And a
In three hundred million light years, try to figure it up. And you know
how long then, we'd been gone from the earth? Fifty years. That's
right. See, they broke in, to find out if eternity... They say that
John Glenn, the astronaut that went around, it never taken one second
off of his life, even the speed that he was traveling, about seventeen
hundred miles. See?
So then, see, we broke into eternity. We're an earthbound people that
knows just inches and so forth. When you break into that unknown,
you--you can't fathom that. Our minds are not comprehension. We--we
couldn't--we couldn't fathom what it means to get into that. But we
know that it's true.
E-28 And Einstein said, "There's only one sensible thing to say about
the world. By faith, we understand that God framed the world together."
And the world standing there in space, it had to come from somewhere.
The science says it's a piece of--of the sun. Then where did the sun
come? See, you keep breaking it down, till finally you come to a place
that you have to find out it had to have a beginning. See? God created
the heavens and the earth, we're taught in the Bible.
And how does it stand there in its space? It never moves. You
can't--you can't take an instrument... I have wore from my Finnish...
a--my meetings overseas in Switzerland, one of their best watches that
was give me while I was there. It's a really, I think in American money
it costs a hundred-fifty, two hundred dollars, maybe more. And yet that
watch will gain and lose, just in a few days.
E-29 I took it to a jeweler. He said, "Well, we have nothing that keeps
perfect." See? But the world does, perfectly, at its time. They can
tell the eclipse of the sun and moon, many, many years apart, just to
the minute. How it turns, and yet nothing holding it up.
Which is up, and which is down? We don't know. Is the North Pole up, or
the South Pole up? We're in space. That's a paradox, isn't it? It
cannot be explained. Anything that--that cannot be explained like that,
is simply a paradox. So we find out that it was a paradox for the world
to--to be in space. All right.
And time and its seasons, how does it cross its seasons just the same
time? How that summer and winter... How it leans... It's leaning
backward. If it was up straight...
E-30 Now, we proved that at one time it was up straight, 'cause God
said it was. Up in the British ice fields, they can blast five hundred
foot through that ice, and there's palms, ferns. It showed it was once
a tropic. And now (See?) it leans back, from the antediluvian
destruction, that leaned it back. And I believe the very thing that
they throwed it out of its cycle then, is ready to throw it back in its
Man destroys himself by his knowledge. See? He never... God destroys
nothing. Man... And you... We can't, no matter what we... We can
liquidate; we cannot annihilate. There's nothing, and even as far as
the closest we have to annihilation... But you can't annihilate. When
fires are burning, that's gases breaking apart. It goes right back to
its original condition again. You can't annihilate nothing.
E-31 Some people get so guilty till they want to--to take their body
and have it burned, and blow it to the seven winds of the seas. But
that doesn't make any difference. Your... It isn't annihilated; you
can't annihilate. God created it. You can't tear down. You can--you can
pervert, or carry on, or do other things, but you can't annihilate.
God's the only One Who can annihilate. He's the creator. He's the only
One that has the right to do it.
How it stands in space? So much we could say to that, it'd take hours
E-32 But we find out here that Joshua stopping the sun, now that's a
paradox. I remember the time that my old father, he had no education,
and I... He could just hardly sign his name. But he used to say to me;
he said, "You know, I never could believe that the--that the--but what
the sun turns from the world."
And I said, "Well, I don't know, dad."
And one day in high school, I know I was talking to the high school, a
teacher there of--of the Bible. And--and I asked him this question
about Joshua. He said the turning of the earth made the gravitation,
and the gravitation held the--the world up.
And I said, "Then, why, then (You teach the Bible.) did Joshua command
the--the sun to stand still?"
He said, "God winked at his ignorance (See?) and stopped the world."
I said, "You just got through telling me" Now, he didn't believe in the
miracles of God (See?) and he said... "You just got through telling me
that if the world ever stopped, it would stop its gravitation, and then
it would shoot like a comet through the air." And I said, "the Bible
said that the world stood still here for twenty four hours." See, see?
E-33 It's a paradox, but God did it anyhow. What? By a man, not a god,
not some great Angel coming down from heaven, a man with faith in the
mission that he was given, to take that land, the Word of God was
behind it. "I give you this land. And everywhere the soles of your foot
shall set upon, that I give you. It's yours." Footsteps meant
And the sun is what... The--the achievement he was trying to do (See?),
his enemy was routed. And he knew if the sun ever set, them kings would
get together, and they'd come back upon him with double forces. So the
sun was going down, and Joshua, a man commanded to do this, said, "Sun,
E-34 Whatever God did, I don't know. But the sun stood still, the moon
over Ajalon, because a man, a human being, a human being was in the
line of duty. In the line of duty he commanded the sun to stand still.
And if we're Christians we have to believe this to be the infallible
Word of God. Everywhere... He stopped the world, stopped the sun,
whatever He did, it stood still for twenty-four hours. I believe it.
Jesus said in St. Mark 11:22, "If you say to this mountain, 'Be moved,'
and don't doubt in your heart, but believe that what you said will come
to pass, you can have what you said." But that takes motive and
objective. Of course, you got to have a reason for it. You can't have
faith, unless you've got some reason.
E-35 As I tried to say last night, some people's faith is in their
textbook. Some people's faith's in something else. But depends on where
your faith is. I want to believe God's Word. What He says is true. Then
I've got to see whether it's His will or not. Then if it's His will,
I've got to check out my objective to it, and then my motive in doing
If I do it because I'd say, "Well, I'm going over the mountain here.
There's a mountain before me. There's a million people on that side
perishing. I've got a hundred million over here I'm preaching to."
Well, if I can't get over, around, or under the mountain or nothing,
and yet something in my heart keeps telling me, "Go over the mountain;
go to them; go to them," and I can't get over it, now Jesus said, "they
shall move this mountain." See? If it...
E-36 Now, the thing of it is, is first. What if I say... Now, first, I
never--I never created that in there. Something created that. It's for
a good cause. Because why would I go to one million, when a hundred
million here are perishing on this side? But it's something in my
heart, saying "Go over on that side."
Now, the first thing I have to say, "Well, if I go over there, this
side can only pay me so much a month, and over there, they..." See, my
motive's not right. My objective is not right. No.
Well, what if I say, "No, I don't care about the money. But when I get
over there, someday the--the ages to come, they'll put up a great big
monument, say 'Brother Branham, the great missionary.'" Then still my
motive's not right.
But, when I don't care if they ever knowed who went over there, He's
just in my heart. Then I'll speak to that mountain; it'll happen. See?
It's got to. But see your motive, and your objective depends on who you
are, and what business, what your--what... That's where the church
misses it so far. They get worked up in an emotion, and first thing you
know, an enthusiasm... They don't stop to check it back here again,
check there, for sure. Then it's THUS SAITH THE LORD (See?), whether
E-37 Joshua had a commission to go over and to take that land, and God
caused a great paradox. Even science can prove today the scar is still
in the sky where that absolutely happened. I heard in Chicago, not long
ago, a scientist talking, that was showing it on a little chart where
E-38 Now, we find out again, Moses was in the line of duty too. And
there was the Red Sea. Did you see that rashal article that some of
them people are trying to make now, that Moses went through a--a bunch
of reeds, a sea of reeds. Wasn't that horrible? Just trying... The
devil, inspiring those people to take away the truth of the Word. How
could the waters... And then did the reeds drown up Pharaoh then when
he come? Crazy. See?
Then we find out that Moses had a commission to bring those people out
of Egypt to that mountain. And there it was in the line of duty. And
Moses begin to cry unto God, when he saw the Pillar of Fire hanging up
here, and there come Pharaoh's chariots. And he cried, and the--the
Pillar of Fire come down and was light to them and darkness to them.
And God said, "Why are you crying to Me? I commissioned you to do it.
Speak, and go forward." Oh, my.
E-39 The trouble of it is, today the churches speak, look like they
say, "What did Moody say? What did Sankey say?" Speak, and say what God
said. Let's go forward, not look back. Go this a way.
It's hard, on these turning corners. Church don't want to believe that.
You see? They're always referring back from where their educational
standpoint. 'Course, that's a school in itself. See? They learn that
through book learning. We know that through experience of trusting God
(See?) and knowing that He does do this. It was a paradox, that God
opened up that Dead Sea, and did that great thing.
E-40 Noah, in his time... Remember, Noah preached in an
intellectual--to an intellectual world like we're list--preaching to
now, a day when they were farther advanced in science than we are now.
We could never build a pyramid. There's no way for us to do it. We
haven't got the machinery to do it with. Some of them--them... If you
was ever there, why, them--them boulders weighed tons, hundreds of
tons, way up in the air. We have no machinery to lift it up there.
Nothing at all to do it with, no power that would lift it up there.
They did it.
E-41 I remember in school, we had a debate on that. And I took the--the
side to say that they had some secret. They didn't know... And my
opponent, he took the side to say that, why, they got enough men around
it, and they made a--a level of dirt like this, and then they rolled it
I said (I worked in a section gang), I said, "Why, we can't... You take
a box car with wheels, and them greased, and put them on a railroad
track, and you can't put enough men along there to push that box car,
and it empty. That's right. You just get one layer of men, and then the
next man is--is pushing against that man. See? You couldn't move it if
you had to."
E-42 They had the secret. They knowed how to do it. They had a
greater--a greater instrument. That pyramid sets so perfectly in the
center of the earth, pointing, that there's not
a--there's--there's--there's not a shadow around it, no matter where
the sun is. It's never got a shadow around it. See? It's a--it's a
perfect thing that they did. And their instruments was far beyond what
we have now.
And Noah preached in that great intellectual age.
And Jesus said, "As it was in the days of Noah," another great
intellectual age. See?
Now, remember Noah had a message from God, it was going to rain. Well,
there had never... See, the world set up straight in them days. They
did never had rain. But Noah said, "It's going to rain." The water was
on the earth, not in the skies. They could take an instrument and prove
there was no water there. But Noah said, "It's going to happen anyhow."
See? And it rained. That was a paradox (See?), something that could not
be explained. But God shook the earth around, just in condition so it
would rain. So you see it was a paradox for Noah to do that.
E-43 Also it was a paradox when Israel stood on one side of the hill,
and Goliath on the other side of the hill. They had a great challenger
over there. He was a great scientist. He--he knew all the ins-and-outs.
And when the enemy thinks he's got you to the wall, that's when he
likes to bark the loudest.
I remember when I first started out in this ministry, our--my Pastor
Davis said to me, he said, "Billy, what in the world did you eat that
night for supper?" See? He couldn't understand it.
I got a group of ministers together with me. They said, "What's the
matter with you? You think that that..."
I said, "I don't care."
"In the day of this scientific age that we're living in, and you mean
to tell me that God..."
I said, "I don't care what you say. I... That Man, that Angel of the
Lord, has never told me anything wrong." I said, "If He sends me out
there, there'll be somebody that'll listen to it. If the Baptist church
don't want to, then here's my fellowship card." That's all. I knew God
said so, and that settled it. Right.
Said, "You can't do it."
E-44 That's that giant standing yonder saying, "If you'll come over
here, and send one of your men and fight me, then we won't have no
Oh, my. How easy. How they like to bark, when they got it like that.
Said, "You... Let one of your greatest men..." 'Course, Saul was head
and shoulders above his army. And he knowed better than to go out and
meet that fellow on his grounds.
He said, "Now, we won't kill anybody. We'll just... Let--let two of
us--one of us die, just one man die instead of the whole armies here
die." He had a--a psychological point, and you notice he said... And
Israel was scared to death. They wouldn't want to meet the challenge.
E-45 But one day a little old ruddy fellow come up, piece of sheepskin
wrapped around his shoulders, bent down, his hair in his face, come up
there to bring his brothers some raisin cakes, that the--a father sent
him up there. His name was David. Little bitty, old scrawny fellow,
standing around there...
But you know, there'd been, a few days before that, a prophet had
anointed him. They wanted to put it upon his bigger brother's head,
'cause he looked better. You know, that makes impression to the--the
people he's going to stand before; he looks like a king.
Oh, that's what the world's still got their eyes full of Hollywood.
Ought to be full of Christ. That's the reason it's so hard to get the
program over to the people, the Message. They want to be Hollywood.
Hollywood shines. Well, it's a--a shine...
E-46 Now, I live... I'm a--I'm a prospector. You know, fool's gold
shines brighter than real gold. Anything glitters... Everything
glitters is not gold. After all, gold doesn't glitter; it glows. And a
Hollywood shines with glitter, while the Gospel glows with humility.
Hollywood shines with its great fine churches, its psychological,
educated ministers, who can speak and use their nouns and pronouns, and
everything just right, while in humility the Gospel of Jesus Christ
glows to the glory of God, where they know no more about it than a
rabbit would know about snowshoes. They just--it's just as far...
(Excuse that expression. This is no place for joking.)
And I... But I... That's what I... I'll try to mean, you know. They
don't--they don't understand it. They think it's got to be all polished
up in a scholarship. And--and our Pentecostal people's getting like
that. Their ministers has got to go away, and have so many degrees of
psychology, know just how to say "Amen" just right. That's right. Oh,
it's a disgrace, friends. It's a disgrace among us.
E-47 Now, it isn't that I'm against the church; I'm against that system
that's taking godly men and doing that. We need not to shine. We'll
never get the enemy over on our ground, or, we can never go over on the
enemy's ground and try to have fine glitter, well-dressed, and clergy
collars, and everything, and our choir all robed, and everything like
them. Don't go on their ground. We can never compare with them.
Let them, if they're hungry come over to us. We're full Gospel. Amen.
Let's stay that way. The Gospel came not in Word only, but through
power and manifestation of the Word. That's what the writer said: power
and manifestation. In other words, the Word vindicated is the Gospel
(See?), Mark 16.
E-48 Notice now, we find that in the days of Noah that while he
preached, they could hardly believe such a thing as that--they--Noah
believing for such a thing. But finally the paradox came, and it
happened. It actually rained.
Then in the days of David, we find out that when Saul was up there with
all of his great army, and this little ruddy-looking fellow come up
there, and--and he come to bring some cakes to his brother from his
father. And this giant come out and made his boast one time too many.
There was a real man of God heard that boast.
And he turned around, he said, "You mean to tell me that you, the
armies of the living God, will let that uncircumcised Philistine out
there stand and tell you the days of miracles is past? (or, well, I...
That was... Same principle...) Let that uncircumcised scientist tell
you--defy the armies of the living God?" Said, "I'm ashamed of you, and
you supposed to be trained men." Said, "I'll go fight him." Oh, I
admire his courage. He knowed what he believed.
E-49 So Saul took him up there and said, "Son, now I admire your
courage. But remember, you're nothing but a youth (See?), and he is a
warrior from his youth. See? And you know nothing about a sword and
things. Now, how you going to meet that fellow, meet his challenge?"
He said, "Saul, I was herding your servant's sheep, and a bear come in
and got one of them. And he run with it. I went and took it away from
him. A lion come in and got one, and I run out after him. And I took a
slingshot and knocked him down; when he rose up I slew him." Said, "The
Lord God that give me the victory over the lion and the bear, how much
more will He give me the victory over this uncircumcised Philistine?"
E-50 You know, I think about that when I'm praying for you. See? See, a
lion called "cancer" come in and got one of his sheep. I ain't got no
medicine. I have no shots. I don't know what radium is. I don't know
nothing about theologies and these manmade things, but I know how to
send this little Slingshot. I come here after you now. I want to bring
you back. It's my Father's sheep. Sometimes I have to scold you and
fuss at you. But it's because I love you. Always, always, always bear
this in mind, that love is corrective.
If your boy's setting out here in the street, and you say, "Junior,
dear, you shouldn't set... Oh, bless your little heart, if you want..."
That's not a real mother or dad. You'll go get him and turn him over
his arm, and give him a little posterior protoplasm stimulation. It'll
fix him up just right (See?) if you bring him in.
But you ain't going to stay there, and say, "Now, Junior, dear..." when
you know the little fellow can get hurt. You love him. That's the
reason I'm fussing. It's not trying to hurt some organization. It's,
"Wake him up!" That's the truth.
E-51 So we find out that David said, Saul said, "Well, I'll tell you,
if you're going to fight him, I--I..." And he put his armor on him.
Huh. I imagine little David, probably about five foot tall, and stooped
shoulders, and this shoulder pads out about like this, and this
steel... Saul finally said, "Take the thing off of him."
Said, "I never proved this. I don't know nothing about your ethics, and
your, oh, your pulpit manners, and things you're supposed to have."
See? He found out that his ecclesiastical vest didn't fit a man of God.
So he said, "Take the thing off of him. He knows nothing about it."
Said, "Let me go with what I know is the truth, where God has blessed
me." That's right. Let me go with the Word, not with some educational
program, or something somebody's cooked up somewhere. I know God's Word
will never fail, other men's word will fail. And God's His own
Interpreter. Said, "Let's go like that. Let's believe it."
E-52 Doctor, no doubt, will give you the best examination he can, and
helps you every way he can. But that's the best he knows. We know
something different. When all hopes is gone, then He's the one that
comes to help us.
We see this then, David, not with a bow and arrow, not with a... 'Cause
you couldn't hit the giant nowhere. He just had one place across his
Just think, his--his--his big spear he had, why, would probably weigh
four hundred pounds. His fingers was fourteen inches long. And just
think of the helmet was over top of his head. And all this
breastplate... And brave David had a little bitty rock; that's all he
had. He had four more in his sling. You know what them five rocks
meant? F-a-i-t-h in J-e-s-u-s. That did it. See? He had faith (You
see?), faith, grace. He was the grace of God.
And then he went to meet the giant. He only had one place, and God
directed that rock. And when he slew that giant to show that it could
be done, then the rest of the armies grabbed their swords and away they
went. They fought them to the bottom.
E-53 Now, a few years ago they said there's no such a thing as Divine
healing. But when we stepped out to prove that there was, then the fire
caught in the Pentecostal church, and we've had a fifteen year revival.
Brother, them critics that wanted to give a thousand dollars for any
proof, they--they shut up now, 'cause it's proven. Doctor's statements,
and everything, cancer, blind, deaf, dumb, even to them that's dead's
been raised up, because you've just received faith by seeing one thing
done. God is. The whole thing's based upon that. Believe every Word
that He said. For healing... I believe in the rapture; I believe in
everything that He said is going to take place. It's called a paradox,
something that was unscientifically, but it happened anyhow. It was a
E-54 Now, my next thought was Samson with his jawbone of the mule.
Very, very strange to see this guy Samson... A lot of people try to
think that he--he was a... I seen the psychological effect, or a
picture of Samson with shoulders as big as a barn door. Well, now that
would be no--no strange thing to see that man pick up a lion and tear
him apart. But Samson was a little bitty, curly-headed shrimp (as we'd
call him), little bitty old guy, mommy's little boy, long curls hanging
down his back.
And when you see... Now remember, when the lion run out to roar upon
him, notice what happened. See? What happened? The Spirit of the Lord
came on him. That's what made the difference. That's the reason they
could bind him one time when the Spirit of the Lord didn't come to him.
His Nazarite sign wasn't there. But as long as he could feel that
Nazarite sign, let anything come what wanted to.
E-55 And that's the way it is with you Pentecostals. When you get to
that ethicals part, when you get to that spot to where you want to
listen to the creed, and so forth like that, I don't know about you
then. But if you'll just come back to this Nazarite sign, the Holy
Ghost working in you, everything's all right then. Don't be afraid of
nothing. As long as the Holy Ghost is there to identify that Word, let
them say what they want to. Yes, sir. God still performs paradox.
And we find out that Samson... Think of that. With an old brittle
jawbone of a mule, that had been laying out on that prairie there for
many years... And anyone knows you could hit it against a rock, it'd
fly to pieces. And the, "Samson, the Philistines is upon thee," and he
looked around. He had nothing in his hands. And here was a thousand
Philistines standing there.
So he just reached down and picked up this old jawbone. And you think
of those helmets, was sometimes an inch-and-a-half thick over the top
of their heads. And he took that mule's jawbone and beat down a
thousand Philistines. Hm. Them sticking up in the rocks, hiding, said,
"You want some of it? Come on down...?..."
E-56 It was a paradox. But the Spirit of the Lord was upon him. That's
what made the difference. It was a paradox to see a man with well-armed
men, trained men to fight, with long spears, and knives and so forth,
helmets and armors, and this one man standing alone out in the field
with the jawbone of a mule, and beat down a thousand of them. But it's
the truth. The Bible said it was.
A man that could take the gates of Gaza, that weighed down there
probably eight tons apiece, big brass gates... And they fenced him in
one night. Said, "We'll get him." Said, "We'll comb every hair in here
till we find him, and we'll get him." But this little shrimp come out
about midnight, and looked out there, and the gates was in his way. So
he just picked them up and put them upon his shoulders, and walked up
to the top of the hill, and set down on them. It was a paradox.
E-57 You can't fence God in. You can't tie Him in nowhere. He's God.
Sure. Great victories that he won, Samson... God used him, and made
paradox. He'll use anybody as long as you'll take His Word, if you're
ordained for the cause. If you're not, well, then just stay with the
ones... Listen to the message then.
Now, we'll hurry. I see I got about ten minutes left.
The virgin birth was a paradox [Someone speaks and says, "You've got
till 10:30."--Ed.] Ten-thirty. I'll try not to take all that. You've
been such a nice audience everywhere. And I--I--I know I'm supposed to
stand here and make a speech to these Business Men and so forth, but
I--I can't make speeches. I don't know anything about it.
E-58 Only, I remember here not long ago, Billy just before his
conversion (he was with me), he said, "Daddy..." We was in a place to
eating, and there was a song going on you know, like that. And he said,
"Ain't that a pretty song?"
And I said, "What song?"
And he said, "Daddy, you know there's only one thing about you that's
And I said, "What's that, Billy?"
He said, "The only thing you think about is Christ; that's all."
I said, "That's a compliment, son." Yes, sir. He thought he'd get next
to me (You see?), but that--that's--that did. That's what I... I--I
just know Him. That's all I want, and to know Him is Life. And to know
these other things, I don't know about it. It might--might identify me
as a smart man. And I don't want to be a smart man; I just want to know
Him. I know Him, as Paul said, in the power of His resurrection, that
when He calls I'll come out from among the dead. That's all I want Him.
I want Him... I want my name on the right place.
E-59 Now, it was a paradox when God caused a woman to conceive. It was
a paradox that how God, the Eternal that fills all time and eternity,
could come down and become one little Baby crying in a manger. That was
a paradox. It was a paradox when He died at the cross. That was a
paradox, to think that God would come human so He could die as a human,
to redeem His own creation. He had to do that. There's nobody else. If
that was anybody else besides God (See?) if that was anybody else
besides God, we're lost.
E-60 For instance, what if I had the jurisdiction over you as God had
over everything? And I'd say, "Well, I'll tell you what. Anybody looks
at that light's going to die. Like, take the tree." And the first thing
you know, this brother setting here this would look at that. I feel
sorry for him. I--I don't want him to die. So I will have Terry here
to... That wouldn't be right. No. Well now if I'd have my own son to do
it? That wouldn't be right. There's only one way I can be just, and
that's take his place. And God could not take a human's place, being
His Spirit. So God created a blood cell which was His own Son, Jesus
Christ. And God came in and lived in there, and lived, identified
Himself in Christ. That was God Emmanuel. Jesus said, "I and My Father
are One. My Father dwells in Me," (See?), God in Christ reconciling the
world. Jesus was the Body, the Tabernacle, God was the Spirit that
lived in Him.
E-61 Now, for instance, we have the Spirit by portion. He had It
without measure. He was the Fullness of the Godhead bodily--God. But we
have it by measure. Now, for instance like the little gift that we have
among us now. Now, that's like taking a spoonful of water out of the
ocean. Jesus was the whole Ocean, but this is just a spoonful. But
remember, the same chemicals that's in the whole ocean is in this
spoonful; only there's more of it out there. See? He was God. We are
not God. We are not God, but together...
E-62 If you notice, it was so beautifully illustrated, when that great
Pillar of Fire that followed the children of Israel through the
wilderness appeared to St. Paul... When It come down on the day of
Pentecost It broke up and tongues of fire set upon each of them. It was
God in this Pillar of Fire, the Logos, separating Himself among His
people, showing that Christ and the Bride (See?), God and His church
are becoming one. Why, it's just the most beautiful thing you ever
seen. Then together, brethren... Not in different organizations we'll
ever stand. I'm a Kentuckian. Together we stand, and divided we'll fall.
Why did the Indians lose this country to the white people? It's because
they wasn't--they was divided among themselves. How are we going to
lose this great race? It's because we're divided. How we going to do
it? We got to stay together. We're all believers in God. The Holy Ghost
takes us all in. It'll be a paradox if God ever gets us together. But
He will; just trust Him. The virgin birth... He knows how to send the
persecution. It'll run us together. Now, the virgin birth was...
E-63 Now, Pentecost was a paradox, how that God chose a bunch of
illiterate fishermen that didn't even know their--their abc's. There's
told that Peter couldn't even sign his own name. The Bible said that he
and John (Acts 4) was ignorant and unlearned. But yet they taken notice
that they had been with Jesus. That's the main thing.
And how God chose... Now, the--the church had trained up a bunch of men
for that, thousands of fine, intellectual priests who knowed that Word,
they said, from all the meanings of it, and everything, studied it day
and night, just had it in their heart, and failed to see it. And God
chose a bunch of men that didn't even know their--how to sign their
That was a paradox, from taking a man who was trained for the Word, and
by the Word, and take a man knowed nothing about the Word, and
confirming the Word through him. That was a paradox, certainly was.
E-64 It was a paradox, how that them people up in that upper room
there, afraid of the Jews, and had walked with Jesus, but when the Holy
Ghost came, they wasn't afraid no more. Out into the street they went,
screaming, and falling, and acting like a bunch of drunk people. That
was a paradox. The Holy Ghost came upon them, women and all. They
wasn't ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It certainly was a
The old prophet's visions was a paradox. We can't explain a vision. How
are you going to explain a vision? It's something that happens to the
person, that he foresees things for years to come. It happens exactly
on the dot. That cannot be explained. There's no scientific way of
E-65 Here some time ago in a--in a fuss with a doctor, when I was
at--at a Kiwanis meeting, he said, "Mr. Branham, I don't... I--I like
to hear you talk," he said, "but--but I tell you," said, "I--I can't
believe anything but what is scientifically proved."
I said, "You claim to be a Christian?"
He said, "Yes. Some of it's puzzling to me."
Then I said, "Then you can't be. You must believe all of it. See?"
He said, "I--I can't believe the virgin birth."
And I said, "Well, I can believe--I can believe the virgin birth better
than I can believe the natural birth." Certainly can.
E-66 How if you'd ever see the natural birth, how that sperm from male
and female, and where... Who determines what it's going to be? Here is
the sperm from the male with the--the hemoglobin, the blood in it. And
here's the woman, which is the egg, up here. Now, the first two that
meets, the germ crawls into the egg, and the rest of them die. And
there's tens of thousands times thousands of those germs.
And you say, "Well, the first in front."
No, no. They stop. And maybe it'll be a germ come up from the middle of
the germs, and the egg come from the very back end, and they'll come
across one another and meet. It's determined whether It's going to be a
boy or girl, whether it's going to be red-headed or black-headed, what
disposition it's going to be. Something unknown to science determines
If that ain't a paradox, what is? Point to point is the closest way
around, we--we understand. But not that time. God determines it. Why,
the natural birth, if we had time to break it down, even to the
chemistry of the blood and so forth, and prove that out, my, it's a
great mystery, how... We--we take it commonly.
E-67 And that's the trouble with these Pentecostals. We're taking God
too commonly. The whole thing, we just let it pass by. Don't do that.
That's not right; don't do that. Look at it and praise God for it.
Every little thing that takes place, give God praise. That's what He...
Shows you appreciate. What if somebody keeps going things for you, you
don't even thank him, or nothing. See? Then after while they get tired
of doing that. See? So now, God will too. Now, remember, He's able of
the stones to rise children to Abraham.
Now, them visions of the old prophets were certainly paradox. We cannot
explain them, they're without explaining. But every one of them
happened just according to the way that they said.
E-68 Listen, right now in our midst, Jesus Christ is here. That's a
paradox, how that He's alive after two thousand years. Who could
explain that? How that He, that Spirit unseen, can come among us, and
take an individual, and identify Himself exactly, impersonate Himself
in an individual, as you as a believer, and to a gift. That's a
paradox. Nobody can understand that.
Nobody can know how perfectly He can just say to each person what it
is, and what's this, and where's this, and what's that, and never be
mistaken. Because He's God; He can't mistake. That's a paradox.
How is it that now, as I come in last night and hearing my brother, my
field manager here, Mr. Borders, speaking (I just got the last part of
it.) about George J. Lacy taking a picture of that Angel of the Lord.
Search it. If that isn't the same Pillar of Fire that followed the
children of Israel... See, how do you know? It's got the same nature.
E-69 When Jesus was on earth He said, "I come from God, and I go to
God." And we know that He was the I AM. And the I AM was that Logos,
that Pillar of Fire. And then, when He went back to God and ascended up
on high, Saul of Tarsus was on his road down to Damascus, one day, and
that same Light fell in--before him, and blinded him. Now, look, it's
possible that one can see it, and the other one can't. Tens of
thousands have seen it. When I used to tell about it, they'd say, "Aw,
that's psychology. He just imagined that--them people just so under
But when George J. Lacy took that picture, he said to me that day over
to--at Houston, there in the--in the building before all that "Times,"
"Life," and "Collier's," and all them other magazines; he said, "Mr.
Branham, I'm one of your critics too." He said, "But I want to tell
you. I said it was psychology." But said, "The mechanical eye of this
camera won't take psychology." So... [Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.]
"... the testator's dead." See? He said, "But someday after you're gone
it'll be on ten cent stores." Said, "I'm in position to know there's
never been a supernatural Being that's been scientifically proven."
But, said, "This is scientifically proven. The Light struck the lens."
E-70 Then you see, the testimony that I've given since a little bitty
boy, that I've seen that Light before me always, and you know, you've
read the books and seen the documented statements (See?); it's the
truth. I'm not here to deceive you.
I got a wife, I got a little boy called me the other night on the
phone, crying, "Daddy, come home." How he will cry, and go on, when he
sees me leaving, because so many accidents in planes, and things like
that. My little girls, and them, why, they're daddy's girls. See?
I get paid from my church. I never took a offering in my life. I don't
ask people, and people gives me money. I put it in foreign missions.
See? Some of my trustees are setting present right now, knows that's
true. I don't spend one cent of it. I take the Gospel myself. And I get
enough built in there, I take off overseas and preach to people
that--that you--that you... You--you're sponsoring them. They don't
have one penny of money. And then when I go over there, then I go in
there and preach the Gospel over there. The way's already paid by you
Americans. You're building your home. You don't know nothing about it.
But that day you'll understand. See? It's you doing that. I get a
hundred dollars a week from my church, and that's right.
E-71 I don't have no reasons to be out here, no other way. But it--it's
something in me. I can't curse it or bless it. It's--it's--it's
pulsation; it--it drives me to it. You think it's easy, standing here
speaking against organizations? And see these brothers setting here,
brothers who stuck their neck right out to have me to come here?
Even my Christian Business Men brethren, when I had to tell Demos about
THUS SAITH THE LORD, what was going to take place in that organization,
which it did a few weeks ago by Brother Ford and them. Told them two
years ago to watch what would happen. See? You're getting it into.
You're going to make it an organization. When it does, then I'm through
with it (See?) that minute. It's been a oasis, because the people, the
ministers will come in, 'cause that's their support. See? And then I
get to bring the message, and plant the seed, everything I can.
E-72 It's not because I want to be different. If I'm that way, then I'm
a hypocrite. Then God will never work them things through a hypocrite.
God identify in a hypocrite? And far be it from God. It has to be
truth. But if we could just shake ourself a minute and realize. And
don't think it's some man; some man's got nothing to... Some... God has
to choose somebody.
Now, you historians here, did God ever use an organization? Never. Now,
I want to ask you something else. When a man raised up with a message,
and that organization organized a organization behind that message, it
died right there, and God put it on the shelf. And it never did come to
life. Now, just ask, ask yourself that question.
E-73 Now, see, now that's not talk against... Now, these Catholics...
All my people are Catholic. I'm an Irishman, and all my people are
Irish-Catholic, and they're fine people. And I'm not against the
Catholic people; it's the system. I'm not against the Methodists. I'm
not against the Pentecostals. It's that system that bars us out. "We're
that..." See, we're working for one achievement here, and we're trying
to produce God, the Bible. And they've already got their documents
drawed, their--their form of religion, what they believe, and outside
of that you can't cross it.
E-74 And you think it's a easy thing for me to stand here and say that
to brothers who love me? You think it's easy for me to bawl you sisters
out with short hair? You think it's easy for me to bawl you men out for
letting your women wear shorts and things like that, when them women
puts money in to support me, a missionary overseas? If there was no
money went in the church, I could--my children couldn't live. And
somebody who's nice to you and kind to you... You think it's an easy
thing for me to stand there, when I love people?
E-75 When I was a little boy, my father being a bootlegger, I was
hated. Anybody who'd go downtown, I'd start talking to somebody.
Nobody'd have nothing to do with me. They--they'd see somebody else
come along they could talk to, they'd walk away and leave me. And I--I
always loved people.
When I was a little boy I set in in reading my--my--my history book. I
was reading one day, and seen there where Abraham Lincoln got off of a
train down here in New Orleans. And there was auctioning off a big
colored slave, down there, and to breed him over to some bigger women
to make better slaves. And Abraham Lincoln took his hat off, and
twisted his fist (He was a Kentuckian too.), he said, "That's wrong.
And I still say it's wrong. God made men. Man made slaves. God makes us
our color, just like He does the flowers. He has a white flower, a blue
flower, a red flower. Let them alone. Don't hybreed it. Leave them
alone; let them the way they are. They're all God's flowers. It's His
bouquet. God made man, and man made slaves. We don't need to be slaves.
E-76 Like I said, this Martin Luther King's a-leading his people to
a--a crucifixion. It's communistic. Sure it is. If them people were
slaves, then I'd be down here fighting for them. That's right. But
they're not slaves. It's a argument where they go to school or not.
Won't go talking about that. I just thought I'd express it. See? All
right. Notice, it's just the devil. Certainly.
We're all human beings; we all come from God. God by one blood made all
nations. A colored man can give me a blood transfusion. His blood's
just the same as mine is. Mine, just is... I can give him one. Who am I
to argue? He's my brother.
E-77 But I don't believe in marrying and intermarrying them like that.
I don't believe in a white... What--what business would a beautiful,
young, intelligent colored girl want to marry a white man for, and have
mulatto children? What would a fine, intelligent, colored girl want to
do a thing like that for? I can't understand it.
And what would a white woman want to marry a colored man, with mulatto
children? Why don't you stay the way God made you? Be content with such
as you have. See?
E-78 Now, notice the virgin birth, and the prophets... All right.
Now, today, He's still alive. He's still here. He's proving Hisself by
His Word. This Word is God. You believe it? And then this Word is
allotted here for this day. There's got to be somebody come by, that
that Word can become quickened, and make that Word live. That's when He
was borned a virgin birth. It was unusual, out of the ordinary. These
things are out of the ordinary. And He couldn't help it, no more than
Joseph could help being who he was.
E-79 Look at those four patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph.
Abraham, calling, Isaac, election, (or vice versa) Abraham, election,
and Isaac, calling, Jo--Jacob, grace, Joseph, perfection. Nothing
against him. That's God working His way out.
Watch. Luther, Wesley, Pentecost, and the capstone, when the church and
the Word becomes the same: same thing exactly, perfectly. Everything in
the mathematics in the Bible perfectly sets it. I wished I had a month
here with you nice people. We could set down and talk that over. See,
see? We just run in and out. It looks spooky to you; you walk away and
say, "I wonder." Many of them, not you, but many of them say, "I
wonder." You see, you just have to hit the end of it and walk
away--just enough that you can see. See? And that's the way that God
calls His people. He always does it that way.
E-80 Notice, now. Now, He's still alive today, a paradox. The Pillar of
Fire identified among us scientifically, and It's still here, since
plumb back in the wilderness with Moses. He's still the I AM. Not "I
was," or "I will be," I AM: present tense scientifically, and by the...
Notice this pillar that put the eyes of Paul out (Saul), and them men
standing there didn't even see nothing about it. They didn't see It.
But It was so bright to Paul, It put his eyes out. He always was
bothered with his eyes from then on. See? He--he put it... Now, look,
that'd be in the Hebrew.
And he said, "Lord, Who are You?"
Now, would that Hebrew have called some kind of a spirit "Lord," that
staunch man who was taught under Gamaliel, renowned teacher? And he
knew that either it was Lord, It was the Lord that led His people out
of Egypt. There was that Pillar of Fire standing there, saying, "Saul,
Saul, why persecutest thou Me?"
Said, "Lord, Who are You?"
He said, "I'm Jesus."
E-81 Now, here He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. See? He
returned, and promised it to return in the last days. There He is, the
Holy Spirit (See?) returning in the last days to bring the people...
Now, look. Right at the end of the Jew and the Samaritan, this
manifestation of the Word of God, knowing the thoughts that's in the
heart, He showed that to them before they were taken away. And the veil
over their face (that I was going to preach about tonight) had--had
blinded them. They didn't see it.
Now, if He--if He done that before, on them two races of people (which
I say there's three: Ham, Shem, and Japheth), if He did that, and He
lets this church here go in on intellectual conceptions, then He did
wrong. But He's the same yesterday to Ham, Shem, Japheth, the same
yesterday, today, and forever. And He promised to do it. So He's no
respecter of persons.
E-82 And watch how Abraham come up through his signs and things, and
the last sign that he saw done by God, was God Himself. He saw Him in
lights and everything else. But God, Himself was manifested in a human
Being that eat and drink.
Some man said to me one time, (a minister, Brother Fox), he said,
"Brother Branham, do you mean to tell me you think that one that eat
was, that that man stood there eating that calf, and eating cornbread,
and the milk, do you think that that was God?"
I said, "Certainly. Abraham said it was. He was the one talked to Him.
He ought to know it. He said He was Elohim." I said, "You..." See, He
come down to make an investigation, as He is now in investigation
judgment, to see who is believers. We've been hollering so much about
it. Just investigating, see who really is believers. See? And He made
He sent the little wheat type down in there, like in the modern
messages we hear in Babylon. But watch what He done there to that
church elect. He give it a chance too. See? See what I mean? And he's
bought by the...
E-83 My God? What did He do? You know we're made out of sixteen
different elements of the earth: potash, and--and petroleum, and cosmic
light, and whatmore. He just reached over and got a handful of atoms,
and cosmic light, petroleum [Brother Branham blows--Ed.] and said,
"Step into it, Gabriel." And made one to step into Himself. That's our
And when He give His message to Abraham, He vanished and turned right
back to God again. All them atoms and things just broke up, like a fire
breaks up the acids and--and chemicals in the wood, or coal, or
whatever you're burning, turned back to the unseen. I'm so glad my
Father's like that.
See, I know after this body's become nothing but you can't see no more,
just the chemicals where it was, someday He'll call and I'll answer
Him. Yes, sir.
E-84 My wife said here not long ago... I was combing these two or three
hairs I got left. And she said, "Billy, you know what? You're getting
I said, "I haven't lost a one of them."
She said, "Pray, tell me where they're at."
I said, "All right, sweetheart, I will when you do this: tell me where
they was before I got them...?... Wherever they was before I got them,
they're there waiting for me to come to them again." Hallelujah.
That's my God. That's our God. Sure. If we're Abraham's children, we
believe it. Yes, sir. He's our God. (I got to hurry.)
E-85 The Pillar of Fire is identified scientifically, and by the
reaction, by Its character, and everything else, just the same as It
was when It was dwelling in the body of God's only begotten Son, so
does It dwell in the body of His adopted sons for the last day.
E-86 Now, I know, brethren, we've had a lot of this impersonation. But
the Bible said it would happen; you know that. As Jannes and Jambres
withstood Moses (See?), it's just got to happen. But don't let
that--don't let that blind you. When You see a bogus dollar, remember
it was made off of a real one. See? If it isn't, it's the--it's the
original. But there is original Holy Ghost, original Christ, certainly.
He is the Holy Ghost.
Notice now, and the Pillar of Fire still alive today among us, after
all these thousands of years, and still it's here. It's a paradox.
E-87 The seed in the ground is a paradox. (And I'm going to close about
twelve minutes.) The seed in the ground is a paradox. How that that
little seed will go in the ground and die, and then when that little
seed dies in the ground, then it... You might take a handful of the
dirt and take it to the laboratory and examine it, you couldn't find
that germ of life if you had to. There's nothing scientifically there,
show it's there. But just let the sun rock around in its right
position. Watch what happens. It comes from somewhere. It rises. That's
a paradox. They can't explain it. See everything in it dies but the
life, and the life is unseen. And wherever the little life is, it's
supernatural. And the natural body's completely gone. But the
supernatural still lives.
E-88 Now, if that little seed could be buried. (Now, listen to me,
friends.) That little seed could be buried in the ground. And if that
seed hasn't become germitized with the mate, I don't care how pretty
the seed is, it'll never live. See? I don't care how pretty our
churches get, how nice we try to dress, how fine and intellectual we
become, unless we become in contact with the Mate and the Mate is the
Word (See?), you can't rise. There's no way for you to do it. See?
E-89 You know, we take corn. We're living in a day of hybrid.
Everything's hybrid, till they've even hybrid the church. That's right.
They've hybrid the church from the Word to intellectual creed,
denomination. Jesus never did say, "Go make denominations." He never
did say, "Go build schools." Said, "Preach the Gospel." Demonstrate the
power of the Word of promise for the day. See? But we've hybrid it.
Now, we've got a prettier church.
You Pentecostal women--your mothers used to stand on the corner with no
stockings on, little old wore out shoes (and them tennis), beating a
tambourine. And the denominations laughed at her and made fun of her.
Dad stood there with needing a hair cut, and picking up corn on the
road somewhere to feed you kids. It's too bad you got away from it.
E-90 Now, you got a bunch of Rickys in there that wants to come like
the rest of them, like Israel did, wanted a--wanted a king of their
own. You wanted to make your own. See? And now what you got? A bunch of
educated Rickys. That's right. They got this intellectual... They want
to be like the rest of them, Dr. so-and-so, and Dr. so-and-so. See? And
where's it got you to? You're more prettier. That's right. You're
better churches. But where's that spirit was in there? Where's them
all-night prayer meetings for them sin in the city? Remember, the Holy
Spirit said in the last days, "Go seal those only who cry and sigh for
the abomination that's did in the city."
Now, I want you ministers to lay your hands upon that member of your
church, you Pentecostal ministers. And then when you find this, then
you come, and I'll apologize to you. You find that member of yours that
can't rest day and night, for crying for the abomination of sin that's
done in the city. Ninety percent of them stay home, and see "We Love
Oh, you speak with tongues, sure, jump up-and-down and shout. That's
all right. Nothing against that. Nothing against your organization,
either. But I'm trying to talk about life. Where's it at? Now, you show
me that member. Look how worldly, how indifferent.
E-91 Always the outside expresses what's on the inside. By their fruits
they're known. Where's it at? Now, I just ask--just ask you a question.
'Fore you condemn it (See?) just ask that question. Fine.
See, now, I'm not trying to hurt you. I'm trying to help you. See? I'm
trying to help you. That seed must die. When the Jew--these Greeks come
to Jesus and said, "We would see Jesus," Jesus, what did He say? The
first thing He said, "Except a corn of wheat falls into the ground,
dies, it abides alone." He showed them how to see Him: Die to yourself,
die to your ethics, your creeds, and all this. Just be born in the
Word, into Christ. That's a paradox, to see it come forth. Yes.
E-92 I remember here not long ago, I was down in a little place called
Acton, Kentucky, way back in the mountains, never been there before. A
fellow named Mr. Wood and I... He was a Jehovah Witness. And he was at
one of the meetings, and the Holy Spirit spoke. He had a boy with a
crippled leg drawed up under him like that. I was standing on the
platform just preaching, and I looked, and I said, "I see a man setting
way in the back of the building." Three times as long as this is here,
a big tent.
And I said... And we was up around, oh, it's up on the Great Lakes.
And a--and this man, I said, "He's got a boy. The man comes from
Kentucky, way down in Kentucky. He's a contractor. His name is Banks
Wood. He's got a boy that's got polio. His leg's drawed up under him."
I said, "THUS SAITH THE LORD, he's healed." So the woman stood there.
Now, there's just many people standing, right here this morning, my
people, that knows David Wood. How many knows David Wood, knows...
That's right. Right then he raised up, and his leg perfectly normal.
That settled the Jehovah Witness problem. And besides that, by them
same visions has led his whole people.
E-93 His brother come in to make fun of him and just tear him apart,
said, "What are you doing following some kind of a fanatic like that,
some of these modern day cults?" (A reader in the Jehovah Witness.)
He said, "Why, the man's out there cutting grass." And I had on a big
old straw hat and out in the field mowing. And I come in, set down. He
said, Brother Banks said, "This is my brother, Lyle."
And I said, "How do you do, Mr. Wood?"
Said, "How do you do?"
Oh, real arrogant. I set there a little bit, and the Lord gave a
vision. I said, "Mr. Wood," I said, "I suppose you don't believe this?"
He said, "I certainly don't." And he said, "There's no such a thing as
things like that." Said, "It's just a bunch of makeup that you got my
brother all mixed up in."
I said, "You know, the Bible said, 'One word against the Holy Ghost
will never be forgiven.'" I said, "What... And Jesus was doing the same
thing." See, he'd never seen it yet. See?
So he said, "I don't believe in no such."
I said, "All right. If you would believe in such, you'd go back to your
wife that you've left."
He looked around at me. He looked over... Now, he didn't know that I
was catching his thoughts.
E-94 How strange. People come around, see that on the platform, and
think that you don't know just exactly... Why, He reveals things right
around you. See? But you can't say it. Jesus knowed Judas was with Him
all the time. But just (See?) let it alone, 'cause there's a purpose of
it. See? And just...
So he set there, and he said... Looked around at Banks as if Banks told
him (That's his brother.). I said, "You've got two children, two little
blond-headed boys." He looked back to Banks. See? And I said, "What are
you thinking? That Banks told me that."
I said, "How about this? Night before last, you were running with a
woman that's got auburn hair, and you was in a room. And in this room,
there's somebody knocked on the door. And you sent her to the door
because you was afraid. It's a good thing. You got your head blowed
off. Another one of her lovers was standing there with a pistol in his
He said, "God be merciful to me."
God knows how. Now, he's a sweet, staunch Christian. His father came
the same way, his sisters, and all of them.
E-95 We were down in Kentucky, squirrel hunting between one of my
meetings. I had two weeks. Got real dry. How many ever hunted
squirrels? Oh, my brother, there's nothing like it. So give me a .22
rifle in the middle of August, and I'm at home. How the Lord speaks out
there, and know things, how you, oh, so forth.
Notice, then we... It got real dry up on the ridges where we were at,
and he said, "I know an old man that's an infidel." Said, "He's got
five hundred acres of just hills like this, and down in the--the
valleys, hollows (We call them there.), that you can walk, 'cause it's
wet." Said, "We might get to some squirrels." Said, "But he's a rough
I said, "Well, let's go down and see him."
E-96 So about a couple months before that, how we knowed the place was
there I had a meeting on the Methodist Camp Grounds at Acton, Kentucky.
And that night, while the Holy Spirit was making discernment, there was
a woman setting way back in the back of the grounds. And it called her
name and said, "You got a sister that's dying with cancer of the
stomach. She's just been to Louisville, and they opened her up. The
cancer was wrapped so around her that she--they couldn't operate. And
it's Mrs. So-and-so." She raised up and started crying.
I said, "When you left home tonight, on a marble top dresser you taken
a little handkerchief, and you put it in your purse. It's got a little
blue figure in the corner." See?
E-97 You say, "How... that sounds very..." Well, how about Jesus
telling where that fish had the coin in his mouth? How about the
prophet telling the man that the mules had returned back too? See, you
just... The devil has an impersonation, yes. But you never hear of one
of them preaching the Gospel and getting souls saved (See?), by and
things. See? You ought to know better.
So then, we find out, told her that, said, "Take that handkerchief and
lay it upon your sister. For THUS SAITH THE LORD, she'll live."
E-98 Well, I don't know whether any of you ever knowed Brother Ben (I
forget what his last name. Bryant, that's right), Ben Bryant. Oh, my,
if you did, you'll never... You'll always know him, if you ever see him
once. If he'd been here, he'd been screaming, throwing hands and feet
in the air like that, screaming. So one time... Then he went with this
woman, to put it on her handkerchief--and--and put the handkerchief
upon her up there.
And about two years later is when we went squirrel hunting, he said,
"Let's go down into that..." Yeah, I didn't know it was that same
country. It was about twenty miles from where we were. So we went down
there, and drawed way back over the hills, and down in the hollows, and
up though a broom-sage patch, and over this way, till we come to a big
old house. And there set two old men, setting under an apple tree, and
their old slouch hats pulled down. He said, "That's him, and, boy, he's
a rough one." Said, "He's a--truly an infidel."
E-99 So we stopped, and I said, "You better go talk to him then. He
know I'm a preacher, he wouldn't let us hunt at all." So he--he
said--walked up there and stopped.
He was standing there with a big chew of tobacco in his mouth, and it
running all down through his beard, standing there. So he got around,
and said, why, he said, "Hello, come in."
So he got up there, and he said--he said, "My name is Wood." He said,
"I'm Banks Wood." Said I... We been... Me and my friend's been hunting
over here," said, "for a few days up here around Acton." He said... And
said, "I--I..." or, "It's so--so dry," said, "We can't get into the
woods. The squirrels are so scarce." Said, "I know your place is
posted, but I thought maybe I'd come ask you, you'd let me hunt."
Said, "What Wood's are you?"
He said, "I'm Jim Wood's boy." That's the Jehovah reader, the Witness
reader. You see?
E-100 He said, "Old Jim Wood is one of the most honest men you ever..."
(They lived in Indiana then.) said, "most honest man that there ever
was in this country." Said, "I can certainly trust you not to kill one
of my cows or start a fire." He said, "Just help yourself." Said, "Go
ahead and hunt in it." Said, "I got five hundred acres here. Make
yourself at home."
"All right." Said, "Thank you." He said, "I guess it's all right for my
pastor to come too."
He said, "Your what?"
Said, "My pastor." (Am I taking too long? All right.) He said, "My
And he said, "Wood, you don't mean to tell me you got so lowdown till
you have to carry a preacher with you wherever you go." And he said...
I thought it was about time for me to get out then. So I got out of the
car and walked around, and said, "How do you do?"
He looked at me, and washed his tobacco around, you know, and spit down
like that. He said, "And you're a preacher, huh?"
E-101 I said... Looked, squirrel blood all over me, and whiskers (I
hadn't had a bath for two weeks, you know.), and laying in the woods
sleeping, you know. And--and so, I said, "Might not look like one," but
I said, "I--I am."
And he said, "Well," he said, "at least I can respect you looking like
a human being." He said, "You look more like a preacher than some."
So I said, "Well, thank you, sir."
He said, "I'm kindly a--against you fellows."
And I said, "I--I understood from Mr. Wood you was."
He said, "You know, I'm an infidel; I'm supposed to be."
And I said, "Yes, but I don't think that's anything to brag about, do
And he said, "Well," he said, "I--I don't know." He said, "I think you
fellows are barking up the wrong bush." (And you know what that means?
A lying dog. See? The 'coon ain't up there. See?) So he said, "I think
you are barking up the wrong bush. There's nothing up there, and you
all are just lying about it."
I said, "'Course, that's to opinion."
And he said, "Yes, I guess that's the way you think it." He said,
"Looky here, Mister." Said, "See that old chimney up there? That's
where the old house. I was borned up there. My pappy built this house
down here," he said, "about seventy-five years ago." Said, "I was
raised right here; I've walked over these hills. I've looked
everywhere, up in the skies, all around. I ain't seen no God, no
angels, or nothing else."
I said, "Well, that's to opinion."
And he said, "I never seen one here but what I thought was lying." He
said, "I don't want to hurt your feelings, mister."
I, well, am I going to go hunting, or am I going to really trim him
down? So I thought I'll just give him... Mama always said give a cow
enough rope, it'd hang itself. See? So I thought, just going answer,
"Yes, sir. That's right."
He said, "I--I met... I heard of one preacher one time, that if I ever
meet the guy, I'm going to talk to him." Said, "He might've had
And he--we talked a little while, you know, and I said, "Who was that?"
Said, "There was a fellow..." said, "what was his name? He was up here
at Acton. I believe they called him... I forget what his name was:
I looked over to Wood, and Brother Wood, said, "Huh-uh."
E-102 He said, "You know?" said, "O--o--old lady Casmo that lives up
here on top of the hill," And said, "we--we taken her to the doctor in
Louisville, and said she had cancer, and they just sewed her back up."
Said, "The doctor give them medicine to give her and keep her quiet
till she died. And she was then just about time for her to be gone."
Said, "She couldn't even raise in the bed." Said, "We had to pull the
bed sheet out from under her; she--we couldn't put her on the bed pan
(See?) right from under her." Said, "Wife and I'd go up and clean up
her bed every morning."
And said, "There was a preacher from way out yander, somewhere in
Indianer." Said, "He--he come down here, and he had a meeting up
there." And said, "That man stood there that night and told her sister
So-and-So of a handkerchief she had in her pocket." And said, "Coming
And said, "They brought a bunch of them holy-rollers over there," and
said, "I thought they had the Salvation Army up on top of the hill that
night." (That was old Ben crying out like that, you know.)
So he said a, he said, "I said, 'Well, you know, she died.' Said
'That's her family.'"
E-103 Oh, you know how it is back in the country. They just have one
another, and they love and live for one another. It's too bad we don't
do that around the big cities.
So they--they said, "We... And if was going to die..." Said, "I
thought, 'Well, that's her.' Said, 'Well, it's late; we can't get her
body out till morning.' Said, 'I'll get my wagon, and I'll go up there
and get her, and haul her out so we can take her to the--over to
Campbellsville, Kentucky, about forty miles from there, to the
undertaker.' Said the undertaker had to come to the main road, which is
about eight miles--ten miles out. Said 'He can pick her body up from
there.' Said, 'No need of goin' over there tonight; they'll just be
crying.' Said, 'We'll just wait till daylight.'"
Said, "You know, the next morning when I went up there, that woman had
cooked some fried apple pies, and her and her husband set at the table
eating them. And she was living on barley water."
I thought "Oh, oh." I said, "Oh, now--now wait a minute." I said, "You
don't believe that."
He said, "And you don't believe it?" And I said... Well you was the one
that said it.
I thought, "Old boy, you're going to preach to me now." See?
He said, "You don't believe it?"
I said, "Man, do you mean to tell me that such a thing as that could
happen in all these scientific age, where they have the best doctors?"
He said, "If you don't believe it, I'll take you up there and prove it
to you." Now, the infidel is preaching to me about God. See?
I said, "Well, you a... you mean that?"
He said, "Yes."
I said, "Well, what was it?"
He said, "I want to... If I ever meet that man, I'm going to ask him
what in the world it was that told him about that, and how he knowed
that woman would be well." See? Said, "I'm going to ask him about that."
E-104 I said, "Uh-huh." I said, "Well, that'd be a good thing." And I
said, "Say, do you mind if I have one of them apples?" And it was
laying on the ground: fall of the year, you know, it was, well, second
week in August, and the leaves was dropping off the tree. And the
apples was there, and they was nice apples. And I picked it up and
rubbed it on these old dirty pants, and went to eating it, you know
He said, "Yeah, help yourself. The yellow jackets are eating them." How
many knows what a yellow jacket is? So he said, "The yellow jackets
eating them up. You can help yourself."
So I said, "All right." So I went to eating, and I said, "Boy, it's a
He said, "Oh, yes. I planted that tree there myself fifty years ago."
"That's strange." I said, "Hey, you know we're going to have a early
fall." I said, "You looky there." I said, "Wonder why that them leaves
are dropping off that tree before we even have a cool night: August's
"Oh," he said, "the life left it."
"Oh, is that what does that?"
He said, "Yeah, they're turning yellow and dropping off."
I said, "Where'd the life go?"
He said, "It went down into the root."
I said, "Well, how... What'd it do that for?" See?
He said, "Well, it's because if it don't--if it don't go down in the
root," he said, "the winter will kill the tree. The germ of life is in
the--in the--the sap that's in the tree, and it goes down in the roots."
E-105 See what a beautiful testimony there (See?) of death, burial, and
resurrection again. See? Now, I said, "Then it... What happens then?
Does it stay down there?"
He said, "No, no."
I said, "Comes back the next spring, and brings you another bunch of
apples. And you set there and eat them."
"And then you say you never seen God."
He said, "Well, that's just nature."
I said, "Is that right?"
I said, "I want to ask you something. If it's just nature, tell me what
intelligence that warns that tree, that sap in the tree... It has no
intelligence of its own. But what intelligence runs that sap down to
the roots, say, 'Get down here and hide in the depths of the earth now,
till all the trouble's past. Then I'll bring you back up again.' (See?)
Tell me the life that was in the leaf... Just the body dies; the leaf
dropped off. The life itself went down, coming back with the new leaf.
See?" I said, "The life hid, went down in the ground."
E-106 Job, as I said last night, "Oh, hide me in the grave (See?), till
Thy wrath be past." He seen the tribulation coming, of course. See?
Notice, he said, "Hide me."
He said, "Well, that's just nature."
And I said, "Mister," I said, "if I put a bucket of water out here on
the post, and then every August that water run down to the bottom of
the post, and then in the spring of the year it'll come back up in the
He said, "Oh, oh, no. It don't have any life."
I said, "There you are. Now, you got it. See, it's life." Now, I said,
"See, that's God."
He said, "You know, I never thought of that."
I said, "Tell me what--what does that?"
He said, "I don't know. I don't know what does it."
I said, "It's nature," I said, "Well, Who controls nature? Is nature an
He said, "Well, I never had thought of it just like that."
E-107 I said, "I tell you, I'm going out here squirrel hunting, if it's
Said, "Help yourself."
"And," I said, "when I come back... When I come back... You study real
hard now, and when I come back you tell me what Intelligence that tells
that life in that tree to go down in the root, and come back next
spring, and I'll tell you what, the same thing, that told me that woman
was going to live up there that had the cancer."
Said, "Told you?"
I said, "Yes, sir."
He said, "Are you that preacher?"
I said, "Yes, sir. I'm Brother Branham."
And there under that tree that afternoon, by a simple little thing like
that, I led him to Christ, tears running down his cheeks.
A year later I went down, and I pulled my truck up in the yard. They'd
moved away. He was gone. He'd died. And when I come back the lady was
standing there to give me a bawling out for hunting on posted ground.
He'd told me to hunt any time I wanted to. She wasn't--didn't hear him
So I come up, and I said, "I--I'm sorry." I said, "I come here early
this morning, and parked the car here where you could see it."
Said, "There an Indiana license on there?"
And I said, "Yes, ma'am." I said, "Your husband..."
Said, "My husband's been dead almost a year." And she set peeling
apples on the back porch, off that same tree. And I said, "Well, he
told me before he died..."
Said, "I don't believe it."
I said, "I was setting right out there one day." And I said, "And I
come up, and I was talking to him. They said he was an infidel."
She dropped that apple and looked down at me, and said, "Are you
Said, "Yes, ma'am."
She said, "Forgive me." She said, "Forgive me." She said, "He died
shouting, both hands up in the air praising God, knowing, as that leaf
come back, he'd come back again." See, a paradox, unexplainable.
E-108 Set eating some ice cream (just in closing), set and eating some
ice cream not long ago. An old druggist told me, he said, "You know,
Brother Branham, I got... You believe in paradox?"
And I said, "Yes."
He said, "I heard your message one time on a tape, 'A Paradox.'" He
said, "Many years ago during the depression," said, "people on county,
on relief, had to come get an order," and said, "to get their
medicine." And said, "They'd have to stand in long lines." And said,
"One day a strange thing..."
He said, "I was setting back here reading a paper, and my young boy,"
he said, "he was up there." And said, "A little woman been standing in
line out there. Since she was to be mother, you know, any time, she had
to get some medicine. The doctor prescribed it. He had to get the
E-109 So said, "The (boy) or, the mother couldn't stand up no longer.
He brought her up there. Said, 'Sir, I'm going to stand in line. I got
to take my wife home.' See? Said, 'Can I take her home? The doctor said
to have this medicine this afternoon, and she can't stand any longer.'
Said, 'Can I--can I get this prescription filled? I--see, I got the
order here, I got to just get a note to say that I can do it.' And
said,'I'll bring it right back to you.'"
"And the young boy ('course, in times of depression, you know), he
said, 'I--I'm sorry.' He said, 'I--I can't do that.' Said, 'We--we got
orders not to do that.' Said, 'I can't do that.'"
And said he just happened to turn around and listen to what it was, and
looked up there. And that poor little woman, her mouth white, and
holding against the side of the wall, like that, and her husband
standing there just as nice as he could be, he said, "Wait a minute,
E-110 Said, "I went and got the prescription, filled it, brought it
back." Said, "Brother Branham, when I went to hand it out," he said, "I
looked, and I put it in the hands of the Lord Jesus." He said, "I
rubbed my eyes, and I looked again." And said, "He was the One reached
out, and got that prescription." Said, "Do you think I'm beside myself,
I said, "No, no. 'Insomuch as you have done it unto the least of these
My little ones, you have done it unto Me.'" A paradox, sure it was. It
fulfilled the Word.
E-111 There's many a big paradox we could talk about. But, dear
friends, as we close let's think of this. There's one great one coming,
the rapture. Let's all be ready for that one there. Let's condition our
souls now before God, that when that time comes that we'll go.
When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound,
And time shall be no more,
The morning breaks eternal bright and fair.
And when our chosen ones are gathered
To their home beyond the sky,
When the roll is called up yonder,
Let's all be there.
E-112 I set at the table this morning looking at you. You know, we may
never eat another breakfast together. You know that? This may be the
last time we'll ever eat breakfast together. But there's one thing
sure, by the grace of God, we're going to be at a supper together one
of these days.
I'll look across the table there and see you. And I'll say, "Remember
when we was down at Tampa?"
"That's--that's when I made my full surrender."
And my. 'Course, tears will run down our cheeks. Then the King will
come out in His beauty, wipe all tears from our eyes and say, "Don't
cry anymore, children. It's all over. Enter into the joys of the Lord
that's prepared for you since the foundation of the world." Let us bow
E-113 Heavenly Father, our time element means so much, Lord. We're just
earthbound. And just a few minutes here and there, and it just runs out
on us. And when we talk with You, we believe that we are risen with You
now, setting in heavenly places, in Christ Jesus. And You're with us
this morning. We're conscious of that. We know that You're here.
And we're speaking on the subject of paradox. That's the supernatural.
It's a paradox that You ever saved a wretch like me. How that all my
people sinners, raised in the back woods, a cocklebur, how'd You ever
make a grain of wheat out of it, Lord? Paradox.
Most of my people dying with their boots on, fighting, guns. O God, but
Your grace saved me. I'm ever grateful, God, forever grateful.
I pray for others, Lord. If I could... If they could just know this
wonderful Person, Christ. When I see them, Lord, as they set back with
an intellectual conception of it, and really don't know what the Person
Christ is. Lord, make it real to them. Help these, these fine bunch of
men, Lord, my brothers. These ministers and Business Men, who in this
great hour of darkness, they've identified themselves, Lord, their
convictions. Even sometimes against the better thinking of their
organizations, they--they want it anyhow. Bless them, Father. Bless
E-114 Now, while we have our heads bowed, I wonder this morning if
there's any here that's not sure that the little leaf, that you're
making shade for somebody else, if the life should leave it to go back
to the ground, would it rise again? Is the seed germitized with the
Mate that would make it come back again? If you're not absolutely sure
of that, friend, let us pray about it now.
You know what the Life is? It's the Holy Spirit. If you haven't
received that Holy Spirit in you, which is the Life that was in the
first Plant that raised up (See?), Christ, firstfruit of those that
slept... Now, if that Life that was in Him, that same Spirit, is not in
you, no matter how nice you try to be, you can't come forth. There's
nothing there to raise you up. You can take corn, hybreed it with
something else; it won't bear no more. It's finished.
E-115 If you just belong to church, and you're really not filled with
the Spirit of God... I know it's hard to make a stand now, 'cause they
call you everything. That don't matter. They called Him the same thing.
And all that live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. They
persecuted the prophets which was before you. They do it today. They
persecuted those who believed the prophets that was before Him. So will
they do to you.
If you're not sure of it, with your head bowed and your eyes closed,
I'm going to ask you one more thing to do. Please understand me. Bow
your heart, will you? Just bow your heart for a minute. And you'd say,
"Brother Branham (nobody looking but God and I), I--I... truly, I'm a
little in doubt whether I'd come up again. Will you remember me in
Now, we can't make no altar call. I'm wanting you just raise your hand.
Just raise your hand and say, "Remember me, Brother Branham." God bless
you, and you, and you, and you, and you, you, yes...?... Thank you.
E-116 Heavenly Father, little simple words, but yet the great Holy
Spirit is near. He even knows the secret of the heart. And they've
raised their hands that they're not sure about it. But yet,
they--they--they believe You. They--they want to. And they--they
just--they haven't got that... They just don't know how that road will
be down the limb, out of the branch into the limb, out of the limb down
into the trunk, back up again. You're the Guide, Lord.
Like on a hunting trip, if you don't call ahead and make arrangements
for the guide, you can get lost. And we're calling ahead now to the
Guide of Life Who said, "I am the Resurrection and the Life." You know
the way, Lord, and I'm writing You this little letter in the form of
prayer. And they're writing the same thing. Receive them, Lord.
E-117 They want to make reservations for the rapture, that great
paradox. They've been in the meeting this week, and they've seen Your
Presence, and they know You're here. They're not that starchy, to think
that... Men who bring messages are not Angels, they're men. And we know
that You work through men. And I pray now, that their reservations will
be made this morning.
You said, "He that will confess Me before men, him will I confess
before My Father and the holy Angels." When that day comes, then You'll
guide them over the river, out of the branch, down into the vine, into
the root of the tree, if You tarry, then bring them back up again in
that great paradox at the end of the road. They're Yours, Lord. It's
between You and them. I pray, Lord, if they've never been baptized with
Christian baptism, that they'll do that. And then they'll be filled
with the Holy Ghost, the Life that will guide them. For it's in the
Name of Jesus Christ we ask it. Amen.
E-118 Thank you for your kindness. Way overtime, and I feel that I'm
responsible. If there's any difference to be paid than what there was
for the hall this morning, I'll pay it myself. We'll will make it right.
I love Him, (Him) I love Him,
Because He first loved me;
And purchased my salvation
Notice the form of the rapture, how it will be. We meet one another
before we meet Him, 'cause He knowed that when we got there, I'd be
wondering if you were there, you wondering if I were there. But the
Bible said, "We which are alive and remain to the coming of the Lord
shall not prevent (or hinder) those which are asleep. For the trumpet
shall sound, and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are
alive and remain shall be changed in a moment, in a twinkling of an
eye, and be caught up together with them." Oh, what a worship it'll be
that time. Now, caught up together with them. Now, if we become part of
that before that time comes, catching up into the rapture...
E-119 Let's just shake hands, just for a moment. Then we'd be dismissed
officially, just in a moment. While we sing "I Love Him," let's just
shake hands with one another and say, "God bless you, brother, God
bless you, sister."
I (God bless you.) Him, (God bless you, brother. While you're
dismissing them. I--I will, you know, keep from getting caught in the
crowd. You understand. God bless you, Brother...?...)
... He first loved me;
And purchased my salvation
God bless you, brother. Now, let's just raise up our hands and close
our eyes. Now, real sweetly,
I love Him, I love Him,