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1 In Mark the 16th chapter, beginning with the 9th verse, I wish to
read. Such a glorious text, it's about the resurrection.
Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared
first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.
And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and
And they, when they... heard that he was alive, and had seen... been
seen of her, believed not.
After that he appeared in other form unto two of them, as they walked,
and went unto the country.
And they went and told it to the residue: neither believed they them.
After he appeared unto the eleven as they set at meat, and upbraided
them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed
not them which had seen him after he was risen.
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel
to every creature.
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth
not shall be damned.
And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they
cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it
shall not hurt them; they shall lay their hands on the sick, and they
So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into
heaven, and set on the right hand of God.
And they went forth,... preaching every where, the Lord working with
them,... confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
2 Let us pray. Lord Jesus, we say now, as we approach the Father's
throne. And in Your Name, we believe this to be Your Word. We believe
this to be the last Words that come from Your lips before You ascended
up. And we ask that You will bless them to our hearts this afternoon,
for the sake of those that are sick. We thank You for calling a great
number to Your throne last night, and we seen those great lines of
those people, men, women, fathers, children, mothers, coming down the
row and moving into that prayer room. We thank You for that, Father.
And now we pray that You'll give to them the riches of Your Kingdom.
May there be faith among us this afternoon to make the Word of God to
be a reality to us. And You're the only One Who can do this, Father, so
we ask it in Jesus Christ's Name. Amen. (May be seated.)
3 Now, my text this afternoon, I want to take it, as sounds a little
strange. And I want to take it because of yesterday at the breakfast I
met one of the finest type of man, and he's setting behind me now, an
attorney. And we were talking about the trial, and it more or less was
a mock trial, or something, that was given our Lord. And I--I certainly
believe that that man would be a better man to stand here and typify it
with the courts of the land, because I spoke of him since I met him,
and he... They tell me he's a wonderful attorney, so I know that he
would give Him a fair trial. And being that Jesus never got the right
kind of a trial... And He is the Word. We all agree upon that. He is
the Word. So I have read His Word, and we're going to put the Word on
trial this afternoon.
4 The Word is on trial. The case is, the Word of God's promises versus
the world. And the cause for the indictment is a breach of promise. And
the... I think the prosecuting attorney always represents the state. I
think that's right. And the... Satan is the prosecuting attorney; he
represents the world in this trial. And the Defendant is God. And the
defense Witness is the Holy Ghost. So I want to make the church, the
congregation, both jury and judge. And let's hear the trial now, as we
raise the curtains on the scene and see where we're setting.
Now, don't forget now, that the--the--what we're seeing here is the
cause for this trial is the Word of God versus the world. The cause for
the indictment is a breach of promise; that is, that the world claims
that God made a promise that's not true. That's a breach of promise;
"He don't keep His promise." And the prosecuting attorney in this case
is Satan, that represents the world. And the Defendant is God Himself.
And the defense Witness is the Holy Ghost.
6 And now we call the court to order. And now the prosecuting attorney
is going to call his first witness to the stand and swear him in. And
now, he has three witnesses this afternoon I want to use--he wants to
use, rather, in this trial. And these witnesses are Mr. Unbeliever, the
next is Mr. Skeptic, and the next one will be called will be Mr.
Impatient. Now, these are the witnesses against the case, that, "God
doesn't keep His Word. His Word isn't true."
7 And we can see, before we start the trial, that--that so many of the
world tries to say that God's Word is not true. For instance, this I
just read. I was reading the footnotes on Scofield. And I was thinking
of a story that was told me one time. I think--don't think I have ever
quoted it, especially in this meeting. But that a--a woman one time had
a fine young boy; he wanted to be a minister. So she was kind of a poor
sort of a woman, and she wanted her boy to get all the good schooling
and training he could (which any mother would want her boy, if he was
called to such as that), would be the very best training that could be
gotten, why, she wanted him to have it. So she sent him away to the
very best religious seminary that she knowed where to send him.
8 Well, he'd been there about a year, and one day his mother took
violent sick; she was real bad off. And--and they kept calling and
sending telegrams (She was living by herself.), that--that he might
have to be called home because she took a real serious cold, and it run
into double pneumonia, and had congestion in--of the lungs, and she
looked for to die. Her heart was showing up too bad. So the faithful
physician was doing all that he knowed how to do to save the woman's
life, and she constantly got worse. So the--the physician sent a
telegram to the young fellow, and said, "Stand by at once. Get your
airplane reservations, where you may have to come to your mother at any
time, because she looks like she's pretty close to the point of death."
And then the boy, all upset, got his clothes ready and was fixing to
catch a plane. And--and a telegram come straight back from his mother,
"Don't come, son. I got all right."
9 So then about a year later, or six months later, I believe it was,
that he returned to his home. And after greeting his mother, and they
was having fellowship together, he said, "Mother, there's one question
that still lingers in my mind." Said, "When you were so sick," and
said, "you never did write and tell me the details. You just said you
got well, and you never did tell me the details of how this come about."
She said, "Son, you know down the street here, right where that old
grocery store used to stay on a certain place?"
There's a bunch of people down there that worships in that little
"Yes," said, "I remember them; they are the Pentecostals."
Said, "Yes, that's right."
12 Said , "When I was at my very worse," said, "there was a fine lady
come up here to me. And she said, 'Sister, we were down there in prayer
meeting, and we understood that you were very sick, and you had a boy
away in--in the seminary school, and to be a minister. And while we
were praying, the Lord revealed to us that we should come pray for
you.' And said, 'Well,'" she said, "'that--that'll be fine.' Said, 'Do
you mind if our pastor comes and prays?' Said, 'Why, certainly not,
lady. I'll be glad,' said. So they brought the... The doctor said that
we would be fine. So the--the pastor come up, and he read this
Scripture here in Mark 16th chapter. and he said, 'This is what the
Bible said.'" So he laid his hands upon the woman and prayed, went out.
And said, she "got well," she said.
"Oh, he said, "Mother..."
She said, "Isn't that wonderful, son? Think of that."
15 "Oh," he said, "Mother, of course that had nothing to do with your
getting well." Says, "Perhaps some of the medicine that the physician
had give you before, it just didn't take effect at time."
And said, "Oh," She said, "no, son. The physician had quit giving me
medicine two days, said there was nothing he could do. He just put me
under oxygen and said there was nothing he could do. And I was
constantly getting worse."
"Oh," he said, "Mother, it--it wasn't that." Said, "You see, those are
illiterate people." Said, "They really don't understand. They just read
the Bible." And said, "You see?"
She said, "Well, aren't we supposed to believe the Bible, son?"
"Oh, sure." Said, "Mother, we're supposed to believe It, but," said,
"you know, in the school," said, "we learned that where he read there
from Mark 16, from the 9th verse on, it's not even inspired."
"Well," she said, "Glory to God!"
He said, "Mother, you're acting like them people." And said, "Why, the
She said, "Well, honey, I was just thinking."
Said, "What you thinking?"
Said, "If God could heal me with that part of the Word that's not
inspired, what would He do with that really is inspired?" So
that--that... So we believe It is inspired.
19 So, now this, we're going to let the prosecutor call his witnesses,
the first one to the stand, to witness against.
I just said that a few minutes ago, because I was just reading, when I
was reading this text, Mr. Scofield says that some of the manuscripts
don't pack that. That's probably where that story come from. But it is
So Mr. Unbelief comes to the stand, and takes his stand now to testify
against the Word of God, to witness against It. And now when he... He
is to be the first witness to stand by.
Now, we find out that after he's sworn in, now his complaint is this,
that "the Word of God's promises are not altogether true."
Now, all these witnesses that the prosecutor's bringing up, claims to
be believers. They all claim to be believers, or, they give the
evidence of this, "We would've never attended such meetings if we
wasn't believers." So they--they say that they are believers.
23 And the complaint that Mr. Unbeliever gives against the Word of God,
he claims that Mark 16 isn't true; it just can't be true." For he said
that he had been sick for some time, and he's giving his testimony now
that he was sick for some time, and he went to a so-called Holy Ghost
meeting where people were laying hands upon the sick, and they claimed
that they were being healed. So he went into this prayer line, and when
he did... He had been very sick for some time, and he was prayed for by
this Holy Ghost (so-called Holy Ghost) bunch of people that were
shouting, and making noises, and claiming that they were healed. And
Mr. Unbeliever walked through this line, had hands laid upon him, and
that was over two months ago, and there hasn't been one sign of
recovery. So he says that the Word of God, that part, is not true.
24 Now, so the prosecutor takes down his first witness; he brings up
his next witness to the stand. And the next witness comes up is Mr.
Skeptic. He's sworn in; he takes the stand. Now, he claims that he is a
believer, and he heard in the city that they had a church where they
had a faithful pastor, so-called godly man, so the congregation said.
And this man believed the Scripture, so he said. And he prayed for the
sick and anointed them with oil. And he read the chapter of this in the
Bible, in James the 5th chapter, the 14th verse, "Any among you sick?
Let them call for the elders of the church and let them anoint them in
oil, pray over them; the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and God
shall raise them up." So he said that he goes in, being a sick man,
been turned down of ever being able to get over this undulant fever
that he had. And the doctor said that he could not get over it; there's
no way for him to. So he taken God at His Word, and he found this
so-called godly pastor, that all the congregation had all kinds of
testimonies that they had been healed, and so forth. And this godly
pastor prayed over him, anointing him with oil, according to the Word
of God. He did not doubt the man's sincerity; he did not doubt the
sincerity of the congregation; but the pastor carried out the order
just as the Bible says, anointed him and prayed for him. And that was
better than six months ago, and he hasn't showed one sign of recovery.
So he gives that testimony. Now, the second witness steps down.
25 The prosecutor then brings up his next witness, which is Mr.
Impatient. He brings up and he's sworn in to give testimony against the
Word of God, not being true. This man comes forth and he claims that he
is a believer, and he was reading one day in Mark the 16th chapter, or
the 11th chapter of Mark, rather, and beginning with the 22nd verse,
where Jesus Himself... He claims that he had a red letter Bible and the
red letters was the exact Words that Jesus said Himself. And that in
this red letter Bible, in Mark the 11th chapter, where Jesus was
speaking, He made this quotation, Have faith in God. For verily,
verily, I say unto you, if you say unto this mountain "Be ye cast into
the sea," and don't doubt, but believe that what you have said shall
come to pass, you can have what you've said." And he had been a
cripple, he says here, for--for many years, since he was a boy. He'd
been lame in his feet. He had to walk with crutches. So he accepted
that as being the infallible Word of God, and he said within his heart,
as he claims, to testify now, he said, "I will walk," and accepted the
Word of Jesus Christ, he said that he would walk because Jesus said so.
"If you'll say to this mountain 'Be moved,' and when you stan--when you
pray believe that you receive what you asked for and you shall have
it." And he asked for it, prayed for it, said he would have it, and
that's five years ago. And he's still lame in his feet; he hasn't
gotten any better.
26 Now, the prosecutor comes forth after his witnesses has given three
different quotations of the Scripture (which is a, in the Jewish
courts, is a witness), gives three witnesses of Scripture that was
wrote in God's Bible, supposingly that Jesus Christ said It, which is
the Son of God, God made flesh, dwelling in a Man, infallibility. And
the prosecutor comes forth now to nail down the case to you people.
Now, you remember, you are the jury and you are the judge.
27 So the prosecutor wants you to know now, as he nails down the case
again, these people claim that they are believers just as the rest of
them claim. So he claims also... The prosecutor wants you to know that
God is not justified in putting such rashal promises in His Word, when
He does not back it up, for He is giving this to His believing children
to claim. And by them claiming it, they are brought to shame and are
disgraced by claiming the Words which are not true. The prosecutor now,
"For He has failed to make the promises of these three witnesses, which
is being carried out exactly according to the Word of God." And he
wants, the prosecutor wants you to know that God has failed in all
three cases to make any manifestation of keeping His Word (He's nailing
it down for you.), and to these claimed believers."
28 Then again, the prosecutor wants to turn--call your attention to
something else. "He, that is, God, promised that all things were
possible to them that believed. He promised that." The prosecutor wants
you to know that. "And these so-called believers has tried to keep this
Word, and He failed to keep it, therefore He's sued for breach of
Yet again, the prosecutor wants to call your attention to another Word
of God. "He claims to be alive after his death. Jesus claims to be
alive after his death. And the prosecutor wants you to know that he has
seen no Man with nail prints in His hands, and scars all--all over His
body from the lashes, and prints of the spikes in His feet. Neither has
he "seen any crown of thorns upon any Man's head. And yet He claims to
be alive after His death. Also He claims that in Hebrews 13:8, that He
lives. And it is not so. He claims also in the chapter of Luke, the
17th chapter and the 30th verse, that in these days that we live in
now, that He would reveal Himself: as He was then, so would He be. He
claims also (the prosecutor now, giving you the nailed down case) that
in Revelations 10, that the seventh angel, when he begins to sound
(that's the--the angel to the Laodicea church, that's supposed to call
the church back to the faith of the fathers), that when this angel
sounds, that--that all the mysteries of God should be revealed in that
day. He also claims, that in Malachi 4, that the holy prophets
prophesied that there would be a prophet rise in that day to make these
claims true. And there's none of it so. He also claims that heavens and
earth will fail, but His Word shall never pass away."
30 Now, the prosecutor's got a case here. He's nailing it right down.
Now, he gives it over to you audience, to you who are both judge and
jury. Now, we've heard his side; we've heard the witnesses. We hear
what they say about it. We hear what the prosecutor pours in the Word
and nails it down from both sides, All the promises that God made, and
there isn't any of it that he can see that's the Truth. So he's trying
to get an indictment against God, and against Him making such rashal
promises, because "the promises that God has made is absolutely rashal.
The promises that He made for this day is absolutely rashal. And He
doesn't keep Them." Now, we've heard his side, so now let us call the
prosecutor's witnesses to step down, and the prosecutor.
31 And now we will call the defense Witness to the Defendant. And the
defense Witness now is the Holy Spirit, now He comes and takes the
stand for the Defendant. Now, the first thing He wants to call to the
attention of this court (Hallelujah.), that the prosecutor is
misinterpreting the Word to the people, just like he did to Eve at the
beginning. You remember, he was her interpreter. God told what they
should do, and there'd never be death, sorrow, or nothing, and he come
around and misinterpreted the Word. Therefore, when man got from behind
the Word of God, what does it make then? He is not defended by God.
But, you see, Satan was the interpreter of the Word to Eve. She
wouldn't listen to her husband and to God, but she took the
prosecutor's interpretation of the Word. And he has no right to give an
interpretation, and neither does any man have a right. God's His own
Interpreter. He doesn't need us; He keeps His Word, we believe.
Now, He wants to call your attention to that, that the same interpreter
to the first Words of God that was spoke, is the prosecutor who's
trying to--to bring indictment before this court this afternoon, of the
same one, and he's misinterpreted the Word. That's the first thing the
defense Witness wants to say. Now, He wanted to bring this to your
attention, that he was Eve's interpreter and he misinterpreted the Word.
32 First place, He wants to give you this idea, that the promise is
only to believers; not make-believers, skeptics, or unbelievers. It's
only for those that believe. Now, He wants this court... The defense
Witness (the Holy Spirit) wants this court to realize that these
promises are only for believers.
Then the cross question, he said, "These are believers."
And now the defense Witness Himself should know whether they are
believers or not, because He is the One that quickens the promise. Now,
how you going to get apast that? Got a right hot trial going on. How
you going to get apast that? The Holy Spirit should know, for He is the
Life that's in the Word. He's the One that quickens the Word, just like
your spirit quickens your body. And the body is quickened by the
spirit; without the spirit, the body is of no effect; the body's dead.
And the Word is dead without the Spirit. It takes the Spirit to bring
forth the Word, to make It live. And He is the Quickener of that Word,
and He is the defense Witness of the Defendant. Amen. How you going to
get apast that? I want this court to understand that very well, that He
is the Quickener; He should know. He quickens the Word.
34 Again, He wants to call the attention of this court to the Word of
promise that's in question. He never set any certain time for them to
recover. He said, "The prayer of faith shall save the sick, and God
shall raise them up." He didn't say right then. "They shall lay hands
on the sick, and they shall recover." He never said a day, month, year.
He just said, "They shall." The defense Witness wants you to know that,
that He didn't say there'd be a miracle performed. He just said, "They
shall recover." Interpret the Word right. "They shall recover." He
never set any certain time. And, that is, if they are believers. If
they are believers, it shall recover. "They'll lay hands on the sick,
and they shall recover," whether it's now, a week, month, year, ten
years, twenty years, fifty years. "They will recover," He said so. That
is, if they can hold onto their believing. Now, that's the defense
Another thing, the defense Witness wants to call to this courts
attention this afternoon that, also, the Word is a Seed, and the Seed
has to fall in fertile soil in order to quicken It. The Seed will not
grow on a rock. The Seed has to have fertility. And the Word has to
fall in faith, which is the fertility that brings the Word to pass.
36 Now, the defense Witness at this time we could call... Lots more,
things could be said, but we don't want to keep you too long, got a big
prayer line. I want you, court, to listen.
The defense Witness now will call His witness. See, the defense Witness
has a right to call a witness, because the prosecutor turn, called a
witness. Now, the defense Witness is going to call a witness. And the
defense Witness wish to present to this court this afternoon, the
prophet Noah. "Come forward, Noah, and take the stand. Now, I
understand that you have a testimony concerning a Word of God that was
given to you."
The witness today wants to say to this court, that he was just an
ordinary man and he believed God. And he lived in a scientific age
where they believed that the days of miracles never was. There'd never
been rain upon the earth, but one day he met God. And God told him to
prepare an ark for the saving of the people, and all would come in this
ark would be saved. And the witness wants to say that he solemnly, with
all his heart, believed it. And he went to preaching it. And he went,
not only preached it, but to make his--his works testify of his faith,
he started building the ark.
39 And the witness wants to point a finger to Mr. Unbeliever, and to
Mr. Skeptic, and Mr. Impatient. "They haunted me day and night. 'When
is that rain going to fall? Ah, you said that a year ago, and there's
no rain up there. We have went to the scientists and they proved
there's no rain up there.' And they claimed that I was crazy. And they
scoffed at me and told me that I was altogether foolish and simple to
believe such a rashal promise as that against scientific research." But
he said, "I worked on on the program, because I held steady because I
knowed It was God's Word and It can't fail. I built the ark."
"And after the ark was completed, then the scoffers run around and
around the ark daily, as I stood in the door preaching to them. And
they still said, 'Now, that's been a hundred and twenty years ago; now
where's your rain? So, you see, your labor's all in vain,' they said.
'Our scientists are right, and there is no such a thing. And you're
altogether a simple old man for believing in such a rashal promise as
41 "And then the day come when I started to walk out one morning, out
of my ark. And, all of a sudden, without a hand on it, the door closed
right in my face, and I was sealed on the inside. 'Now, what's
happened?' Then I climbed the ladders that I had built, and got up in
the top, and pulled back the window. And I could hear them on the
outside; Mr. Unbeliever setting over there, Mr. Skeptic, and Mr.
Impatient; saying, 'Now, what's happened? He trapped his own-self.' And
I thought surely the rain would fall then. And the day that I went in
was the 27th--or the 17th day of May. The door shut in my face. I
called my people together and said, 'Get ready, the rain will be
falling in the next few minutes.' And all day long Mr. Unbeliever, and
Mr. Skeptic, and Mr. Impatient walked around and around my ark,
criticizing me, saying all kinds of evil about me. But I told my
congregation, 'Be quiet. God made the promise.'"
"The second day, the sun come up, bright; no rain, no thunder, and no
lightning. The third day, the same, the fourth, fifth, sixth. But on
the morning of the 24th day of May (one hundred and twenty years
later), there come a gusher coming down from heaven. And all the
anointed by Mr. Skeptic, Unbeliever, and Mr. Patient perished on the
43 Defense Witness said, "Step down, Noah. I want to call another
witness. Come up, Mr. Abraham, I want you to give testimony."
Mr. Abraham comes up and said, "I was working on my farm just outside
of Ur, the land of the Chaldean. And I had married my half sister, her
name was Sarai and my name was Abram. And I met God, and God told me
that I was going to have a baby by Sarah. And Sarah, at this time, was
sixty-five years old, and I was seventy-five years old. And God told me
that I would have a baby through Sarah, and through that child the
whole world would be blessed, and I would be the father of nations.
Quickly I returned, for this joy that was in my heart. I'd always loved
children, and thought I never would have any. But when God said I was
going to have it, I believed Him. I went to a doctor to make the
arrangements. He run me out of the office, Mr. Unbeliever was setting
there. And I went out into the street, and the authorities wanted to
arrest me up for a mental case. And then as the years went by, Mr.
Impatient tormented me day and night."
45 "The first month, I said to my wife, Sarah. (See, she was way past
menopause, it ceased to be with her as it is with women.) And I said to
Sarah, 'Honey, we got all the little booties and all the bird-eye, and
the--the--the pins? We all ready, are we?'
'Yeah, all ready.'
'It's going to happen now, you watch.'
And at the end of the twenty-eight days, I said, 'How do you feel,
'There's no difference, Abraham.'"
Well, he said, "I said, 'Bless God, Sarah, don't you doubt it. God said
so, we're going to have it anyhow.' This went on through the years."
"And after year after year of passing, Mr. Skeptic, Mr. Unbeliever, all
of them made fun of me. But in twenty-five years later, the baby was
born when I was a hundred years old. God didn't tell me I'd have the
baby the next day. He said I would have it. And I don't care how long
it took; God promised it. I waited twenty-five years. They thought I
was going to get so old I'd--I'd die, but I said, 'I can't die; the
promise is to me. God said so.'"
47 "And how Mr. Scoffer, Mr. Unbeliever, Mr. Skeptic, Mr. Impatient,
constantly come by, had men anointed, said, 'Abraham, how many children
now, father of nations, do you have?' But I held steady, because I
never staggered at the Word of God by unbelief. I knowed God was able
to keep every Word He promised. I didn't consider my own body, even
dead, and the deadness of Sarah's womb. But I believed in God. They
said, 'Well, I thought you said twenty-five years ago you was going to
have the baby?' 'I did say it twenty-five years ago.' But Mr. Impatient
there, said, "Well, twenty-five years has lapsed. Look at you now, the
whiskers way down to your knees almost. Look, you're an old man.' I let
him know that God didn't tell me when I was going to have this baby. He
said, 'You'll have it by Sarah,' and that settled it. I held steady.
Now, the Word never said when; It said it would."
48 Let's call another witness right quick; we ain't got much time. We
can call hundreds of them. Let's call another witness yet, Moses, have
him to testify.
"Why," he said, "I was trained in all the wisdom of the Egyptians. I
was a professor to who wouldn't have it. But one day on the backside of
the desert, after I was eighty years old, I met God. And He was in the
form of a--of a sign, and He was a burning fire back in a bush. And
He--He told me that He had heard the groans of His people and He
remembered His promise to deliver them. And He said, 'I'm sending you.'
And I said, 'Who am I? I can't speak well. I--I--I'm not--I'm not
a--I'm not a theologian. I--I can't go.'
He said, 'You'll be given two signs. One of them will be in your hand,
the other one be by a stick. And if they won't hear the voices of this
sign, then pour some water upon the ground; it'll turn to blood, then
that finishes it.'"
50 "When I took my sign that God give me and went down before Pharaoh,
Pastor Pharaoh, he tried to make my gift look kind of shady. He said,
'Most any cheap fortuneteller or Egyptian can do that. Most any cheap
magic man can turn these tricks.' And he got out two fellows by the
name of Jambres and Jannes, and actually they impersonated everything
that I done. But that didn't stop me, because the Voice that sent me
was a Scriptural Voice, and I stayed with it. It was the Word of God."
"It was a Scriptural sign and a Scriptural Voice, 'For I remember My
promise, and the time is at hand.' They hadn't had no prophets in
Israel for hundreds of years, four hundred and forty years, they'd had
no prophets in Israel. But He said, 'I'm sending you to be one.'" And
went. "And He told me that, for a sign, I'd come back and bring the
children to this mountain. It took a long time, but I did. I stayed
right true to the Word. And when Jambres and those carnal impersonators
that tried to mock it, yet I knowed no matter how much mock they could
Do you know that's to repeat again in the last days? Jesus said so. The
Bible said, "As Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so will these men
in the last days," impersonators trying to act like, copy after.
But he said, "I stood still because I knowed the Voice was a Scriptural
Voice." Yet there was two of them and only one of him. But he went down
and did what he... And he... It proved out to be true; he come right
back to the mountain where God told him.
54 "Step down, Moses. Let's call another witness right quick. Joshua."
Joshua said, "When we was nearing the land, we come up to
Kadesh-barnea. And Moses, the servant of God, went and took all of
the--one out of every tribe, one out of every denomination, and he
said, 'Let's go over and spy out the land.' And we went over; two of us
brought back the evidence that the land was good." They had the
evidence of it. Them were real Pentecostals. "So they come back with
the evidence that the land was good. But when it come to taking the
full land, they said, 'We can't do it. We can't do it. We're not able.'
And the people was all tore up, didn't know what to do, which
organization to go to. And I stilled them, said, 'Remember, it's a
promise of God. God said, "I have given you this land." And what God
promises, He'll do.' I got the people quiet. The next day, you say,
'Are we going to leave?' The next day, 'We going to leave?' It was
forty years later, but we took the land."
56 "One more witness, right quick, may I call Isaiah to the stand.
"Isaiah, would you testify for the defense Witness and against the
defense--or for the defendants--Defendant?"
"I will. I was a prophet. I was a vindicated prophet. What I said, it
wasn't... I... Now, I didn't know what I was saying, but God made what
I said come to pass. Everybody begin to believe it, all the church;
they begin to believe it. And one day a strange thing happened. The
Lord God said to me, 'Israel's seeking signs, so I want them to do
that, but I'm going to give them a super Sign. And that's going to be
for a super age, when they have supermarkets and super jets and super,
everything super. I'm going to give them a super Sign, a virgin shall
conceive.' And me being a vindicated prophet, every little virgin got
her booties ready, and everything else, she was going to have the baby,
yes, sir, she was the one Jehovah called. All kinds of things went on.
Yes, sir. 'Well, now, we're expecting her, my daughter, to conceive.'
This one thought this one; every girl was looking for it. Years passed.
Some of them scratched their head, said, 'That old false prophet.' But
it was eight hundred years later. He didn't say when she would
conceive; He said she would conceive. Eight hundred years later a
58 Now, for the last witness, if you'll pardon me, can I be the last
witness? That ain't back in the Bible; that's now. Let me be the next
witness, just for a few minutes 'fore we start the prayer line. And
listen closely. I'd like to give a testimony for Him. I'd like to be
called to the stand and raise my hand to tell the Truth, nothing but
I'd like to say, "How did I ever become a Christian?" My father and
mother, grandfather, grandmother, on both sides, was all sinners. My
nature was a cocklebur, and am I going to be a grain of wheat? But one
morning in a little log cabin down in Kentucky, so said my mother and
the midwife, on April the 6th, five o'clock in the morning, 1909, when
the Lord God brought me into the earth, there was a Light standing at
the little window. And when they opened the window back, mother laying
on a little shuck bed, to find out what kind of baby she had, a Light
come whirling in. And the people of the mountains didn't know what to
think about It. I was too little to know this.
60 And as a child, about eight years old, seven or eight years old, I
was packing water to a moonshine still that my father owned. And while
one warm September afternoon, setting down, crying, going fishing out
to the pond with the boys, and they... Couldn't go on account of I had
to pack this water. I heard like a whirlwind in the tree, about halfway
up. Still, everywhere else, September in Indiana, everything's real
still, dying, quiet. And this whirlwind in a bush, there come a Voice
out of there, and said, "Never smoke, drink, defile your body (That's
run with women.), anything like that, for there's a work for you to do
when you get older." And my mother called the doctor; she thought I was
A week after that, I seen the Municipal Bridge in a trance (as I called
it), seen the Municipal Bridge cross the Ohio River and seen sixteen
men lose their life on it. Twenty-two years from that day, the
Municipal Bridge crosses the same place, and sixteen men lost their
life in it.
62 At Green's Mill one night, not knowing what this all was about...
Later I become a minister to serve the Lord. At Green's Mill one
night... My pastors had just told me... I'd tell them about going,
having a--being able to see things, and they told me it was the Devil.
And me being a Christian, I didn't want nothing to do with the Devil,
not at all. So I went up there and said, "Lord, I can't let--go through
life like this." And I set up there at a little place way back at a
fishing camp, praying. And one night there, as Lord had spoke to me,
and at a tree, like He did to Moses. Then here on this Green's Mill,
there come a Man in and told me that, not to try to ask to get rid of
this, but it was a gift sent from God, that was to be taken to the
peoples of the world, and to let me know by the Scriptures that all
these things that had been promised according to the Bible must be
fulfilled, that the time was at hand.
And I went back and told my pastor. I went down and told him, and he
said, "Billy, what have you eat? Did you have a dream? Was that a
nightmare?" But, to me it was Malachi 4. He said, "How you going to do
it?" It was Luke 17:30. It was also Revelations 10. It was also all
these Scriptures that's been promised for the last days. I didn't see
it done right then. People wondered, "When's this going to happen?" But
I just held on.
64 One day at the river, I was baptizing five hundred people at the
river, when all of a sudden this same Light that come in when I was a
little boy... And I'd told the people I'd been seeing It. They said I
was dreaming and it was some kind of a mental conception that I had.
But before better than five thousand people, at two o'clock in the
afternoon in 1933, out of the skies come this Cloud coming down,
speaking these Words, "As John the Baptist was commissioned to forerun
the first coming of Christ, your ministry will forerun the second
coming of Christ," where thousands times thousands of people heard it,
and newspapers give witness of it.
I want to say, and I want to call this to the attention of that blind
prosecutor that's looking around for some man to have thorn prints and
nails, and everything like that. It doesn't say that. It doesn't give
such a promise.
66 We read here in Luke the 17th chapter and the 30th verse, Jesus
speaking, "As it was in the days of Sodom, so shall it be when the Son
of man will be revealed," when He's being revealed. I want to draw your
attention to this just for a few minutes, if you'll bear with me just a
few minutes longer now. Be real reverent for just a few minutes.
Notice, Jesus packed three Names: Son of man, Son of David, Son of God.
He had three Names. All the same Person, but with three Names. Just
like Father, Son, Holy Ghost, all the same God, three attributes.
Just like me. My wife calls me husband. My children has nothing to do
with me by the name of husband; I am their daddy. My little grandson
setting over there, has nothing to do with me in the name of daddy,
nothing in the name of husband; he is my grandchild. And it's all the
69 And we notice when Jesus come and tried to reveal Himself as Son of
man (Don't miss this.), when He revealed Himself and called Himself,
constantly, "the Son of man," Israel was blinded. They knowed nothing
about what Son of man meant. But they said, "Son of David," when Blind
Bartimaeus run out and recognized Him. David meant "King." Remember,
Son of man, Son of David, Son of God (which was Lord). This Jew got
what he asked for 'cause he approached him in the Name of the Son of
David, the king; He wasn't Saviour, but He was King.
But when the Greek woman, the Syrophenician approached Him in the Name
of Son of David, He never even as much as raised His head. She had no
claims on Him in the Name of Son of David. He wasn't Son of David to
that Syrophenician woman. But when she said, "Lord," then He turned
around. He was the Lord. See? Lord, he was Lord, no son of David to her.
71 Now, why wasn't He recognized as Son of man? The Son of man was the
spiritual revelation, a prophet. "Son of man" means "prophet."
Now, if you'll turn over in your Bibles to Ezekiel the 2nd chapter and
the 1st verse, you'll find out that Ezekiel was the prophet, the Word
of God for that day. And Jehovah Himself called him the son of man.
Jehovah called him a man, the son of man, the same as Jesus revealed
Himself as Son of man. What was it? The promised Word of that hour
being made manifest: same God, God of Ezekiel's time, God of Jesus'
time, Son of man. He was not at that time...
He was the Son of man because He had come to reveal Himself to Israel
as a Prophet, and they rejected it. And that was the prophecy that they
should receive Him in, in the Name of the Son of man, a Prophet,
because it was according to the Word. Deuteronomy 18:15, "The Lord your
God shall raise up a Prophet likened unto me." And when He come, He
identified Himself in His ministry as a man, not a Son of God, Son of
man. God is a Spirit. And He revealed Hisself as Son of man, what He
claimed to be. And they was blinded and couldn't see it.
74 But now, unto the Gentiles He reveals Hisself, and now the Son of
God which is the Holy Ghost. Now, Jesus said, "As it was in the days of
Sodom..." I want this blind prosecutor to see this. He's a blind
interpreter of the Word always. He takes his organizational ideas of
It, and knows no more about It than nothing. He does it to deceive,
because he is a deceiver at the beginning.
Jesus said, "As it was in the days of Sodom, when the Son of man is
being revealed..." In the days of Sodom was the Son--that was God
revealed in human flesh, which was one time called Melchisedec, the
Father. Melchisedec at that time had no father, no mother, no beginning
of days, or no ending of life; ever Who He was, He remains the same.
Jesus had father and mother, but this Man had neither father nor
mother. And He appeared to Abraham in the form of a Son of man, Elohim,
Jehovah. The church now has served the term through the church age in
the baptism of the Holy Ghost. But Jesus said here, to make Malachi 4
and the rest of these Scriptures real to you (See?) that in the last
days, just before the coming, the world setting will be like the Sodom,
and the Son of man will reveal Hisself as the Son of man like He did in
the days of Sodom.
Blind prosecutor, can't you see that? His Words are true: not nail
scars and prints and thorns. It's the Son of God impersonated in His
Church, as Son of man. It has to fulfill Malachi 4 and the rest of the
Scriptures. I call to the court's attention; look at that real good,
"Son of man."
78 Like God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost; it's the same
God, three different attributes of the same God. Now, this is Son of
David... Son of man revealed then as a Prophet. Son of David, the King.
And now the Son of God to the church age, as, God isn't man, God is a
Spirit, and the Spirit Son is the Holy Ghost, which is revealing the
church age, but promised here in the last days that the Son of man
would be revealed
Blind prosecutor, do you get that? I want you to know, blind
prosecutor, we see it, we believe it, these Words fulfilled before us,
and we know that they are the Truth.
80 To the Jews He was the Son of David. To the Greeks He was Lord, to
us He's Lord, to the Gentiles. And now, in the last days He would
return back again as Son of man, because Malachi promised us that there
would be a prophet rise up in the last days that would return the
hearts of the people back to (away from them organizations)--back to
the original Word, the faith of the fathers, the original Pentecost.
And when He did it, St. John 14:12, the works that He did would be done
also. Revelations 10 promised the whole mystery. How you going to
reveal the mysteries? See what Luther left off, see what Wesley left
off, see what Pentecost left off, and then reveal the secret of the
heart to make it the same God through every age, which is nothing but
God's Word being made manifest back to the Son of man again. We don't
look for nail scars; we look for the Word made manifest.
Notice, God promised these things now, and He does it just as he said.
I could say more, but we'll leave the subject; it's getting late.
81 Mr. Prosecutor, I want you to know that I could call thousands of
witnesses here this afternoon. I want you to know that the things that
He said that He did; we are witnesses that He keeps His Word. There is
a genuine Holy Ghost meeting. There is a genuine power of God. And
there is a genuine promise that they shall recover, when they lay hands
on the sick. I want you to know that. I what you to know He said, "As
it was in the days of Sodom, so shall it be in the coming of the Son of
82 I am a stranger, and I'm only bearing record of what the Bible says
to be Truth. If you notice, the Angel of the Lord that come in the form
of a Man, had His back turned to the tent, and He told Abraham what
Sarah was thinking. Jesus said it would repeat. Now, if I have told the
Truth, let God confirm that to be the Truth. Let Him reveal it. Then
it's no secret; we know then. The... I'll leave this court this
afternoon with this verdict to make in your own mind. Let the God that
made the promise, not back in them days; they were vindicated. Let the
God that made the promise vindicate it today, say the same. Some of you
think in your heart, pray to God for your sickness or your affliction,
and see if God will reveal the secret of the heart. I challenge you to
do it from one side to the other. Now, would I dare to do a thing like
that if I wasn't standing exactly on what the Scripture says? I want
this court to see that He's the same yesterday, today, and forever,
that He keeps His promise. And He promised that Jesus Christ would be
revealed in the last days as the Son of man.
83 A man setting here is suffering with hemorrhoids. I never seen you
in my life. If that's right, raise up your hand. You believe me to give
witness of the Word of God? That's your wife setting next to you. She's
suffering also: cyst on her head. That's right, raise up your hand. You
believe God can tell me who you are? If He's still the Word, the Word
knows the secret of the heart. You are Mr. and Mrs. Hunt. If that's
right raise up your hand. Why don't you believe it?
Here, here sits a man setting right here, his head down, crying,
praying for himself and also for his wife. She isn't here. She's not
with you this afternoon. She's suffering. You believe God could tell me
what her trouble is, and her not here? You believe it? You do? I'm a
stranger to you. Is that right? Your wife has a female trouble. If
that's right raise up your hand, high, so we can see it. And your name
is Mr. Smith. Do you believe that God will make her well? If that's
right, wave your hand up and down like this. I challenge you to
believe, to believe that Jesus Christ is revealed in the form of Son of
man in human flesh, and be as the...?... of God expressed in...?...
85 Here's a woman setting here looking at me; she suffers with high
blood pressure. You believe that God could tell me who you are? They
call you Daisy. If you... Is that right? Raise up your hand. Believe
now with all your heart; Jesus Christ will make you--give you your
desire. You see, He's the same yesterday, today, and forever. Do you
Here's a man setting right back here looking at me; he's got a burden
on his heart. It's for his son; son has diabetes. You believe? That was
your wife that started weeping right next to you there; she's got a
burden on her heart. That's for her sister. Her sister has heart
trouble, complications. You're Mr. and Mrs. Sickles. If that right,
wave your hand up and down like this. If I'm a total stranger to you,
stand up on your feet. Stand up, if I'm a stranger to you and don't
What is it? The fulfilling of the Word of God in the last days.
Prosecutor, I want you to know that the Word of God is true. God told
me that thirty-three years ago. I've waited all this time, but it's
fulfilled right here this afternoon. God keeps His Word. He's the same
yesterday, today, and forever. God bless you; go and get your desire
88 Your mind is the jury. The jury has to make up its mind. And the way
you act from now on will pronounce or show to the people what your
verdict is. Is He guilty or is He not guilty? Do you believe that He's
not guilty, that He does keep His Word? It's us that has the... We're
listening to old man Impatient, Mr. Unbeliever, and Mr. Skeptic. But
now you believe that God keeps His Word? Your mind is the jury. And the
way you act from hereafter will prove to the people what your verdict
is. You see that? Let us bow our heads then.
I've told you the honest truth. If we had time to stay here, there
ain't a Scripture in the Bible but what'll testify to the same thing. I
been honest. You know, sometimes, to be honest it's not a easy path.
But as long as God stands there. It wasn't easy for Luther, Wesley, or
none of the rest. It isn't easy for you or anybody else that takes a
stand. But this afternoon you've got to make your stand. He never
said... He said, "They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall
recover." If you believe it, then I don't care if it happens right
here, if it happens next week, it happens twenty years from today; if
you absolutely believe it, it's got to happen. I...
90 There's a doctor setting present now, as I understand. I want to
thank him. I was at a patient, to see his patient, awhile ago, early
this morning in a hospital, who's bound to die, so they think. She's so
eaten with cancer. And this little woman said to me, said, "My surgeon
has been attending your meeting, and he agrees with you. And not only
that, but, Brother Branham, I want you to know he's standing with you
in prayer for me." If I needed any medical attention, I'd want him to
give it to me, a man that can trust God like that. Yes. They're in all
walks of life, in all professions.
Let's remember, the verdict is yours now.
91 Lord Jesus, I've just tried to explain the Word. You've testified
that It's the Truth. Your witnesses, we could've called hundreds, and
yet we haven't the time. Here also lays handkerchiefs, laying here,
that's going to the sick and the afflicted, right here where the Holy
Spirit gives witness that Jesus is still alive. We know Him by His
Life, the Life that He lived, the things that He did. And we pray, God,
now as laying hands upon these handkerchiefs, that whosoever they
touch, may they be healed. I offer my prayer, with faith, along with
this other bunch of believers, for these who are not able to be here.
May they enjoy the greatness of God. They may be sick and can't come.
Some poor old father setting back there in a room, pecking on a little
white cane this afternoon, waiting for this handkerchief to return.
That baby laying there in the hospital, burning up with a fever, and
someone waiting to bring it the handkerchief... Let the power of
Almighty God go with them, anoint them with the same anointing that's
been upon the meeting this afternoon. And may they recover, Lord. We
offer this prayer in their behalf, because they wasn't present. But
You're omnipresent. May You be there to confirm Your Word, through
Jesus Christ's Name.
92 Now, let the Holy Spirit truly, not emotion, not some kind of just a
halfway hope, but a genuine verdict may be passed for this, what I call
this afternoon, "the court." May each one of them give testimony the
same, as they take their prayer card and hold in their hands, as they
cross the platform. May, when they have being ministered to according
to the 16th chapter of St. Mark, "They shall lay their hands upon the
sick and they shall recover." As Your elected servants stands here and
we lay our hands upon them, Lord, may it settle it forever. May they go
out of here just as happy and forget about they ever had any troubles,
because they're sure like Abraham was, that God is able to perform the
promises that He made. We ask in Jesus' Name. Amen.
I love Him, I love Him
Because He first loved me
And purchased my salvation
On Calvary's tree.
93 How many's got your verdict? Raise your hand, "I've got my verdict."
All right, court, you will be ministered to according to God's holy
Word, "These signs shall follow them that believe." I'm not going to
leave you setting here, thinking that just because this gift, that that
makes anybody any more than anybody else. You've got godly pastors
here. They're here, we're going to ask them to stand with me on the
platform. They'll lay their hands on the same as I do. They had us to
come here, and they're here as your--as witnesses of God. They're
bearing witnesses to the truth. Now, can't say, "Brother Branham laid
hands," 'cause my hands is no more than theirs or anybody else's. It's
your faith, your verdict that you pass on the Word of God. God keeps.
And if God can keep that part of the Word and prove it to you, then
you're already healed, because by His stripes you were healed.
94 Now, I want all that's in this section over here, that's got prayer
cards, stand up on that side around the wall. Now, all that's in this
section here, that has prayer cards, stand up in the middle of the
aisles and face back that way. And all that's in this section here,
that has prayer cards... Now, on this--this section here, now turn back
the other way now, go back this a-way. Turn the other way, 'cause I
want a straight line. All that's in this section, come out this way,
face back that way. And all that's in this section up here, that's got
prayer cards, come out this way and face back that way, and the prayer
line will be running. All that's in the balcony with prayer cards,
wants to be prayed for, come right down and fall right in behind this
next section as they come. While they're coming, I'll...
95 [Brother Branham speaks with the ministers on the platform--Ed.] You
want me to call other ministers? Is it all right to give witness? All,
is it all right with you all? What's your verdict at the trial? All
The pastors wants to know, wants to fellowship with other ministers.
They want any minister in here that believes in God, and believes that
laying hands on the sick, if their verdict this afternoon, that it's
the Truth, they invite you as their colleagues to come here and stand
on the platform with us while we pray. All pastors that's filled with
God's Spirit, and your verdict now is that you believe that He is the
same yesterday, today, and forever, you believe that Mark 16 is the
Truth, these pastors here wants to invite you up here now as their
colleagues to the Gospel. Come up here and stand on the platform with
us as we form these prayer lines and pray. Right here, bring them up
this a-way. All pastors in the building, no matter what denomination...
They just told me to ask you. Come on up here if you wish to come at
this time, and form this prayer line to be prayed, pray for the sick,
to lay hands on the sick.
97 How many in here that isn't--is well, now and you don't have to be
prayed for, but you are believers? Raise up your hand. Will you promise
me also that your prayers will be going up with we pastors while we're
praying for these people? What if that was your mother standing over
there? What if that was your wife? What if that was your brother or
sister? Remember, it's somebody's mother; it's somebody's brother; it's
somebody's sister; it's some mother's boy or girl; it's somebody's. And
we will do to others as we'd have others do to us. Now, I want you,
everyone to be reverent and in prayer.
And while they have got their lines formed about now, to where they can
come through, I want the ministers now to come here and form a double
line right around the side of the platform here, right up and down this
way, form a double line so that the people passing by... I'll set this
microphone back. Mr. Borders will be standing here leading in song.
That's right: double line up and down this a-way, so the people...
99 Now, to each one of you that's standing in line, to make it double
sure to Satan, the prosecutor, that your decision is made up. The very
fact that you believe that Mark 16 is God's Word, and It's the Truth,
and you're coming through this line to have hands laid upon you, and
from this night on your action is going to prove what your verdict was.
Raise up your hand, and say, "I promise God that." All that's in there
at the line.
100 Now, let us pray. Our heavenly Father, the--this people, this
afternoon has give answer like a court. I feel, Lord, You've had a--a
real trial. Pilate didn't give You the right kind; he got false
witnesses. But You overruled the false witness. The--the defense
Witness, the Holy Spirit come to confirm the Word before the people.
You've had a fair trial. And the people has made up their mind; they
passed their verdict today, and they're coming through to prove to the
world that they believe Your Word is so. Its been misinterpreted, some
of them saying, "Let me see you do this, let me see you do that." It
ain't according to the Word. The Word said, "They shall recover." And
we've brought witnesses to the platform to prove that that's what You
said. You do things your Own way.
Now, I pray, Father, that You'll grant these blessings this afternoon
to the people. As Your servant, and with all Your other servants,
hundreds of them here, we offer our prayer for these people. Anoint
these fine pastors, Lord. The skeptic ever comes by, or unbeliever, or
Mr. Impatient, or any of those critics, scoffers that's been through
every age, if they come by these people, may this court this afternoon
ring out against it, their testimony. That no matter as it was in the
days in Noah, as it was in the days of Sodom both end destruction. How
they scoffed and made fun. But it didn't make any different; the
believers held right with the Word. And we're ready to hold to the Word
this afternoon, Father. I join myself with Your other pastors here to
lay hands upon these people; may the power of Almighty God, which we
know is present now vindicating the Word, make each one of them well,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
102 Brother Roy, if you'll come to the platform... Every head bowed
now, everybody praying and singing. If you don't pray, sing "Only
Believe." As you pass through, just when you pass through just... No
matter what you say or do, that's up to you. If you want to shout,
shout. And if you want to walk off... No matter what it is, just
believe God, walk off and say, "It's settled in my heart." Just like if
you went to the pool and be baptized, that settles it, if you believe
it. You'll a Christian as long as you believe. Is that right? And
you'll be healed as long as you believe. Let's all pray now. All right,
Brother...?... [Brother Branham prays for the sick.
... only believe."
Till we meet! till we meet!
Till we meet at Jesus' feet;
Till we meet! till we meet!
God be with you till we meet again!
103 I minister the Word of God to you. In the Name of Jesus Christ, may
every one of you receive what you've asked for. "If you say to this
mountain, 'Be moved,' and don't doubt in your heart, but believe that
what you've said will come to pass, you can have what you have said."
When you pray, believe that you receive what you asked for, and it
shall be given unto you. I minister in the Name of Jesus Christ. I
believe that our verdict has been made up and been passed, and our
actions prove now that we believe, and we know He heals. If I never see
you again this side the river, I'll meet you on the other side. Then
the great Holy Spirit Who's been our Guest this week here with us and
ministered to us, He'll witness to you then that I've told you the
Truth. Until that time:
Till we meet! till we meet!
God be with you till we meet again!
Let's bow our heads now. Real quietly, sweetly, [Brother Branham begins
humming "Till We Meet"--Ed.] May, in that day we stand before You and
in Thy Presence, may we be present with You for receiving...?... till
we meet. God bless you, brethren. I appreciate you.