Wisdom versus Faith
1-1 Thank you, Brother Neville. The Lord bless you. Good morning. Good morning, friends. Happy to be back in the house of the Lord. I was just called back there a few moments ago to pray for an old minister. And he'd just had a blackout like. Nothing find wrong with him; he's just an old saint of the Lord. On the road down here Satan tried make me sick to vomit too, and I said, "We're just going to have to pray for one another." So it was Brother Coggins; we know him very well here at the Tabernacle. He comes from up in Carolina. And he's been very, very sick, just--just stand and blackout. But don't seem to be one thing wrong with him, not physically; so it's just the devil trying to tempt him. So he's a great tempter, and he's a good one too.
You heard the story about the old sister that went to church, wouldn't say nothing bad about anybody.
"So what do you think about the devil?"
Said, "Well, he's a good adversary!" So that's what he--what he is.
1-3 We are happy this morning to be in the house of the Lord again this week, waiting for the coming of the Lord Jesus.
And now, I was going to speak on the subject, this morning, Sheltered by the Blood; and it seemed like that the Holy Spirit kinda changed my mind on that. And I have another subject of teaching, because... Then after... I said last night, "Why would He change my mind on a subject of that type, Sheltered by the Blood?" You understand where the text would be: Israel under the blood, marching to the promise. You see? And I may speak it some other time.
1-5 So I remembered in a dream that I had here not long ago, and I--in this dream I was supposed to be storing up food in the Tabernacle (See?), here in this dream. How many remembers it, a few weeks ago, having the dream? I couldn't give you the interpretation of it, and if it won't take me very long, I'll just tell you, if you'd like to hear it now.
2-1 It's seldom that I dream anything that's just got any sense to it. It's usually I go to bed late, and then wake up, and be nervous, or tired; you dream, then go to sleep, and dream, then wake up. You know how it is, a nervous person like myself. And I was out with Brother Wood and Brother Sothmann, and the Lord had just been giving people... coming up with... down... And this was at Tucson, Arizona. And the Lord just perfectly in every case, giving dreams interpretations.
2-2 Now, you see, when anyone gives--tells me about a dream, the only way I can give the interpretation, I see that dream over. And many of you here know, that some of you telling me things, that you didn't tell me all about it in the dream; but when I got it over again, I got what you didn't tell. See? And so you have to see it over again, and then He tells you. Therefore, sometimes it's cutting; sometimes it's hard, disagreeable to the person; but you must be truthful, because it's the Word of the Lord. See? 'Cause they're expecting That. And It's--It never... The Lord has been good to me to let It always be right.
2-3 And so that night I--I went to sleep, and I dreamed myself. And I thought I was... A fellow I used to box with years ago... Many of you old-timers... I was just thinking of Brother Roy Slaughter, standing up there at the door. He been with us, I guess, about one of the oldest members here in the church. Brother Slaughter, I guess, is right around one of the oldest members. And I--I just...
While I'm talking about him, there's many good points about Roy Slaughter that people don't know about. And that's right. He's my brother, and I'd rather give him a little bouquet now or a bud, than a whole wreath when he's gone. That's right. There's many fine points,
Brother Roy's been a real brother to me, him and his family, and live out there, and worked hard for that little family, and raised a fine bunch of children. I knowed all of his girls and his boys, and preached his little boy's funeral when it died.
2-6 And I remember, one time here we had a fellow working on the church. And the--and he was supposed to do it, just as a carpenter. And we didn't have much money, and he was going to put this interior in here. And somebody come along that wanted to work, and he didn't do it. And set around and claimed he worked a half hour, or something, and hurt his foot, and then he (just enough to bring suit against the church)--and sued us for ten thousand dollars. Well, we didn't have nothing. We didn't know nothing about it till they already got judgment. See? They sued the... The man, he didn't have insurance, and so, then it fell on us. We didn't have to pay.
3-1 And I never forget the night, setting right along back in there, that Roy went down in the pocket, an old (excuse me, Brother Roy)--old, ragged pocketbook, pulled out what checks he had from his slop hauling and things like that, said, "Well, Brother Bill, I'll put this on."
Little old Evelyna, his sister (She's probably setting around here somewhere now.), she said, "Brother Branham, my little old house is only worth three hundred dollars, but we'll just put that on it." See? That's genuine, real material if you talk to me. That's... In my book, that's real.
I remember then a little later from that, I'm on my first meeting out. I was in St. Louis in one of my first big meetings. And a telegram come in: "My little girl is laying at the point of death. Brother Slaughter. Come at once." I just walked over and started putting my clothes in the suitcase. That's all there was to it; I just couldn't turn him down, and here we come. I come home, walked into the room, the nurses down at the hospital, there at the Catholic hospital in New Albany, give up his little girl. And just as we walked in the room, the Lord Jesus healed her. There she was just...?... See? And like bread upon the water it'll return to you someday.
3-4 Off of my subject, but going back to the beginning. And I used to box. And there was a fellow named (here in the city, a poor fellow, drinks very bad now; one of his boys is on the police force) Smith, George Smith; they called him "Six-second" Smith. He went to training me for boxing when we had, 'fore the Golden Gloves started. We was out here at the government. And in that, why, he was the roughest person I ever seen. He'd just hit me, and I'd just go winding through the air. And I come back, and I said, "You don't have to be so rough about it." See? I said, "You just knock the breath out of me."
He said, "I tell you, Billy," said, "no matter how well-trained you are, and how much athletic experience you have, and how strong you are for your size, or anything like that," said, "a lick stops the blood when it hits like that." [Brother Branham demonstrates a punch--Ed.] And said, "You might hate me now, but when you get up there in the ring yourself," said, "you'll appreciate it." Said, "Your body builds up that to come back quick. If you get hit, then you'll just fall over; and you'll lay there and take a count. But if your body's built and can stand the licks," said, "then, when you hit it--a hard lick hits you," said, "then when you--you come back quick," said, "back to your feet again. Get knocked out of the ring, jump back in." (He'd just got through, knocked me plumb out of the ring.) So he said, "You have to just do that. You see?" And he liked to kill me. He was about thirty or forty pounds heavier than I was, and he could--he was a fighter; and I was just a student, so he was almost killing me. He said, "But you'll appreciate that when you get in the ring." I found out that was the truth.
4-2 And I've heard of sergeants in the army train them boys, and rugged. They'd hate that sergeant; but when it come to combat, they loved him, because, rugged training. That's the way I've tried to train Christians. Don't bob off your hair; don't wear makeup; don't do this; get it rugged. You'll appreciate me when I come to--to the end of the road. See? Training (see?), getting that training right. You might... Let's--let's keep right with the Word. It might be rugged, cut denominational differences to pieces, but you'll appreciate it when you come down at the end of the road. See? You stood by the Book.
4-3 So wife took a--had her arm in mine, and we walked up; and George Smith (Now, he's, I guess he's a gray-headed man; I guess he's seven, or eight, ten years older than I.), and he was back in the ring and he was battling away. And these young fellows that come up, great wide-shouldered boys, they couldn't match him at all. They'd just... He would just whip them in a minute.
And a young fellow said, "I can whip that old man; I know I can." So he, great big athletical fellow, jumped into the ring there; he didn't last a half a minute. He come back out, said, "I don't know where it comes from, but he sure is a man."
5-1 And just then, I looked at my wife in the dream, and I said, "Wife, you know, he gave me my first training." And then (You know, dreams are funny.), I come down to a big sea, and the waters was real choppy. And the boatman... (Now, Meda wasn't with me then, my wife.) And then in this, the--the boatman come over there, and he handed me a little canoe about two foot and a half, three foot long; and he said... It was real white, just plastic and white. He said, "Here's your boat."
"Oh," I said, "I couldn't cross for that--in that."
And he said, "Well," said, "that'll run fifty miles an hour up-and-down this way."
I said, "It might up and down the shore, but it won't out there." See? I said...
He said, "Well, go with them." And I looked, and here set Brother Wood and Brother Fred Sothmann, the two brethren that was with me the night I dreamed the dream. And they were setting in a green canoe with a lot of rigging in it, camping rigging, tents, and so forth. And they were setting there. He said, "Go with them."
I said, "They're not even boatmen." I said, "I know that..." I said, "I am a boatman, and I--I know about the canoe to handle it"; but I said, "they--they'll never--they couldn't make it. And I wouldn't go like that anyhow."
"Well," he said, "they love you." And said, "Why don't you go back up here and store up?"
5-5 So I went back, and the little place where we'd been out at (a little place called Klondike, about forty miles from any civilization, one little store for the ranchers and things) looked like it was at Klondike; and it turned out to be this tabernacle. And I was standing right here, and I was calling in great barrels of the prettiest food I ever seen: radishes, looked like three foot long; and turnips, and greens, and potatoes, and everything.
He said, "Store in plenty of it." See?
And I--I was standing there just storing it in, and I woke up. I couldn't understand it; I thought it was just a dream, and went on. Bothered Brother Wood and many of them, so here was the interpretation. I had to wait just like I've told you many times. Things has to happen before you can--certain things to bring it in line.
6-1 Here was the interpretation: see, they... We have been anticipating overseas. Brother Minor Arganbright, a bosom friend of mine, was going to pay my wife and I's expenses to tour Palestine. And we were going to go into Switzerland and on down into Africa and a--on a campaign in June. And my wife, and Rebekah, and them was certainly thrilled to know they'd get to go through Germany, and England, France, and Palestine. They was to wait there till I made the African campaign and pick them up on the road back. And they were all under great anticipation.
You've heard me say, "If the Lord is willing (always) if the Lord is willing, I aim to take that campaign overseas. I don't know exactly yet." So I was waiting on it.
But here's what it was: this Mr. Smith, George Smith (that was my first trainer in there and was more than a match for any of the young people that was in the land today in his fighting), was my first training in the prayer line. See? Many times I bring the people up, there's visions--wait, have this one, vision; that one, vision. It never did work just good.
6-3 Now, when--when I first started out, I never let a person--'less I found something in the line that wasn't just exactly right, and He stopped me Hisself (See?) and told me about it. I'd go ahead and pray for the people, and my, the--the results was a hundred times, 'cause we got to... I'd pray for four or five hundred in one night; this way, maybe twenty-five or thirty, maybe not that many. Maybe ten or fifteen visions and I'm--you have to pack me out nearly. Going back to that same thing again (See?), back to my first training. After all, there's nothing on the field ever stood with it or can (See?), 'cause It's the Word. It ain't some denomination; It's the Word. See?
6-4 And then... There, then you notice the next part: after that Meda went away from the dream. When I come to the sea, that was going overseas.
Now, Brother Arganbright called me the other night, all thrilled, and said, "Brother Branham, it'll be one big vacation. Brother Shakarian has had a heart attack, so the overseas meetings are canceled out." And they--the Switzerland meeting, he wanted me to go over there just for one night; and was to have that one night's meeting, and then the rest of it was all going to be vacation, just rambling around over the country, what--now, which was very nice. Brother Arganbright's, oh, just tops of a Christian, and a bosom friend to me and my family.
7-1 And--but you see, the little, white, plastic canoe, that he wanted me to go in, was the Word of God; and there's not enough preaching in it to call me across the sea. I said, "Huh-uh, not that. Just for that? Huh-uh."
He said, "Then go--like go with them, like they'd go."
I said, "They're not boatman: preachers. I am a minister. If they went, it would be vacation altogether, with their camping rigging in it." But I wouldn't do it; I turned it down. So there was the interpretation of--of the dream. See?
And then, Mr. Arganbright called me a few nights ago and told me that--that the--the... Of course we heard that the overseas meetings had been canceled on the account of Brother Shakarian. And then, there is no... There... The one in Switzerland I only had one night, and I had... Meda had to tell me first that she didn't want to go, so I called her from Florida the other night, or Georgia. And I told her; I said, "Brother Arganbright has called and said we have to leave on the twentieth of May."
She said, "That's out. That's out. (See?) The children's just taking their examination then. Can't go." See? She had to turn it down herself, 'cause she was the one included; it was her vacation. And there it was. Even dreams, everything is for a meaning. Everything's got something somewhere. So dreams have interpretations.
7-6 Now, coming back that I might say, so that you'll understand and the reason this is taped. On the road coming home... And just before I went out there... How many remembers me repeating it here, that a Voice came to me in the room one morning, after a vision, and said about--told about the serpent and it being bound, and not to fear anything? He said, "Do not fear." Said, "Haven't I proven to be with you wherever you go?" Haven't I proved to be with you on your hunting trips?" You remember when I told about what I was going to get 'fore I left and all that? Haven't I proved to be with you?" And then a real sweet Voice came, said, "The never failing Presence of Jesus Christ is with you wherever you go." And I know by that, we're moving up to something; I don't know what it is; I can't say.
8-1 Coming home the other night, or the other day, or just 'fore I come home, I was--fell into a vision; and I seen some little fellows, thin, looked like young boys or something, had on caps. And we were standing hunting. And I'd shot a mammoth, big, brown-looking bear. And then, they turned around and said to me, said, "But there's some confusion about the meeting."
And I said, "No matter what the confusion is, if I was supposed to go, wherever it was, I'll go anyhow. (See?) It doesn't matter." And the vision stopped. I don't know where that's at, but this is on tape. It's going to happen. See? Just remember; it's going to happen; it's a vision,
8-3 So now, next Sunday I'm going to be in Tennessee, the Lord willing, next Saturday night and Sunday with Brother M. E. Littlefield at, oh, that Church of God headquarters up there at Cleveland, Tennessee, Brother M. E. Littlefield, at his church (the one I dedicated for him here two or three years ago) at Cleveland, Tennessee, next Saturday night and Sunday morning. Just be Sunday morning service only on Sunday. That'll give me time, my family go up with me and we'd come back. I promised him to come up and preach again in his church. That's next Sunday.
Then the following Sunday, Brother Arganbright is going to be here with Brother Rowe, that diplomat of Washington, that's been--served under three or four presidents. They're to be here on that Sunday and with a new picture. I want everybody try to be here if possible for that time. I want to be here myself.
8-5 The following Sunday is Easter. We expect a great meeting here Easter. If the Lord willing, I want to be here Easter Sunday for... And we have sunrise service; there's usually baptism. All you that's going to be baptized in the Name of our Lord Jesus be here for Sunday. And it's been anticipated, or spoken awhile ago, being that we don't have seating room, we may take the Boys' Club (seats seven or eight hundred, just above here, right around, a new club right around the corner here), come back down here for baptismal service then, and go back up there, so everybody can have a comfortable seat for Easter morning. We're going to try to look about it this week, and find out.
9-1 Then the--the following service beginning then on... I leave here on the twenty--on the twenty-fifth or twenty-sixth of the month, and then, the seventh--sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth, and tenth I'm way back up on the--out of Van--or Victoria Island, way back among some Indians, where you have to go on a boat to get to them.
A little missionary friend of mine, brother... I was with him last fall on a hunting trip; and out of a lovely home, him and his wife. And his arms and everything is all raw, different places. Well, that's what that was; it was from fleas, bed-bugs, and things (See?) that they'd--living right out there where they just had to live in anything amongst those Indians. He'd brought some of them over to the meeting, the chief (they're all Catholic, practically all), and the Holy Spirit went down through there, and picked out that chief and all the ones with him, and healed every one of them right there in the meeting. They just simply burnt that coast up and down with their boats going out. They're commercial fishers up and down the coast. And Brother Eddie's calling, and I have a little feeling to go (See?), to go over there. And then, we leave there and have one day's travel from there and have two nights or three nights in Fort St. John. That's way up on the Alaskan Highway, and two nights there.
9-3 Then, coming home and the, I think, it's the seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth of June. Now, here's a place that you all could go to; these meetings here will be at Southern Pines. You know the brother that give such a nice writeup here not long ago. It's... By the way, he sent me some more magazines. I ought to have brought them. I'll have them here next Sunday, the Lord willing. And that's at Southern Pines, just about, oh, six or eight hours drive from here, Southern Pines, North Carolina--or is that South Carolina? North Carolina, yeah. That's right.
Then, right then we--you leave there on the tenth, and on the eleventh and twelveth with Brother Bigsby at Columbia, South Carolina.
9-5 And that's the man, the Presbyterian, that wrote the article. And to me it struck me better than anything I ever had wrote about me. He was a Presbyterian, Doctor of Divinity, and he came into Chicago and wrote the article of... I forget what it was now. It was real nice; I've got it somewhere and--in a magazine. Something about a Presbyterian meeting a Pentecost or something like that "Pentecostal Prophet to a Presbyterian something." And I'll be with him.
Then last night we called Brother Roy Borders, that's already on the west coast; and there's some of the people out there has got as many as thirty-five and forty churches to cooperate in meetings, Sedalia, California, and over at Grass City, and from there--Grass Valley, rather, and from there on into Oregon, on up into--to Washington.
10-2 And then Brother Arganbright, coming in, we're going--planning on now in the last week of July to be in Anchorage, Alaska, to organize a chapter there for the Christian Business Men, following about a six or eight day revival that I hope to have there at hard, rough Alaska. You know how it is, just prospectors and miners; and ham and eggs cost about three dollars and fifty cents for a plate. It's--it's really a rough place, but they need the Gospel.
Now, what I aim to do is these things that I'm teaching on here, storing up this food and getting it right. I want to go now. I have no definitely leading to any place, but I'm going sowing seeds (That's right) somewhere. Started...
10-4 My wife (She's here somewhere.), she got a letter from a lady over here in Illinois the other day. It just burnt into my soul of my heart. This lady said, "Sister Branham," said, "there's no doubt but what many times, when down through, since you've been married that you have to suffer a lot, Brother Branham being gone and having those children." And said, "The children, of course, cry for their father and so forth," and said, "I know what you mean, because I have a lovely husband myself." She said, "But I'll tell you my condition." She said, "I--I've had four major operations in the last four years." She said, "I take from--I run from fifteen or sixteen tranquilizers a day." And she said, "I take three different Lextron shots and so forth a week." And said, "I put a bunch of sleeping tablets, and the latest thing and to quieten the nerves and them shots, and I take as much as two double sleeping tablets at night and can't sleep," And she said, "My doctor has told me to go on to the insane institution before I cannot return; and there might be a hope that they can save my mind," And said, "And there's nothing in medical lines nowhere could touch me." And she said, "I was anticipating suicide, planning it to leave my lovely husband and my little girl." She said, "We live in Kansas. I love it, because we see the grain ripening and think of the harvest."
11-1 I think she was a Methodist. And said that where... And then, over to Methodist college in Bloomington, Illinois, they'd picked up a paper that I was to be there eleven months ago. Many of you remember the Bloomington meeting; you were there.
And she said, "My husband got me and some friends and took off," and said; "the Lord knew I couldn't stand it one more day." (She was so far gone.) And said, "I was the first person; your son, Billy Paul, give me a card. And that night when your--when your husband called the numbers, I was the first one in the line to be prayed for." And said, "As soon as I come to the platform," said, "he told me my life, and told me what I'd done, and every--what all about it, and said, 'THUS SAITH THE LORD, it's over.'" Said, "That very split minute I've never had another pain." Said, "I weighed seventy something pounds; I weigh a hundred and sixty something now." And said, "Sister Branham, when you're lonesome," said, "I know how you feel, sharing your husband with the world and things like that," but said, "just remember, a little Kansas housewife is free today, because he was willing to mind the Lord."
I showed Billy; I said, "Billy, I want you to send this over to that Methodist college."
He reached over and got a pile and said, "Read some of these."
I said, "I know, I know--I know they're wonderful, but this one's enough. This is just, set the place."
11-4 Did you hear that? "Unclean! Unclean!" The evil spirits drove him out. (See? Plumb out of his mind out into the tombs.) When Jesus came, He set the captive free; and Jesus is the Word. So take the Word, and It'll set the captive free. Here I am talking, taking up my time, taking up your time, and so much to say. Let us bow our heads.
11-5 Lord, as mortals, we know we don't have too much more time to talk. When I look out over this little hungry-hearted bunch of pilgrims, that's come from the field, from farming, some of them has come from the public works, from working; and some of them drove across the mountains, the deserts, and the fields, and swamps, and gather here, and then have to stand up; but they are pilgrims. They don't belong to this world; they're only here as testimonies, as lights that's set on a hill, that gives Light in the community where they're living. And then when they come together to be rededicated and charged with the Word, they stand, they cramp in their limbs, and the--the old and the young alike.
And they love You, Lord; that's why they're here. Anyone knows that a person wouldn't come, and drive for miles, and stand along walls, and leaning, and legs a-cramping just to be seen.
12-2 And with this bunch, Lord, we're--we're poor people. We don't come in dainty dress; we come here to worship You. One purpose in our heart, one objective, and one motive; that's You, Lord. I pray, God, that You'll richly will reward them. May there not be a one pass through these doors today but what will have Eternal Life. Then the toils of the road will seem nothing, when we get to the end of the way.
If they're sick, heal them, Lord. And now, we've just spoke of other meetings, Lord, without a definitely knowing that I'm going, if it be Your will, just scattering the seeds. They'll come up if they fall on the right ground, and I pray, Lord, that You'll direct them to that right ground.
12-4 Laying on the platform--or the pulpit I should said, here this morning is handkerchiefs, little parcels; it means that people are sick and needy. O God of heaven, Who raised up Christ from the dead, and has presented Him to us in this last day in the form of the Holy Ghost, may He, Who is omnipresent look down, omniscient--knows all things, omnipotent--all powerful, watch over these little parcels; and may they, when they touch the sick and the afflicted, may the Holy Spirit quicken that prayer to the ears of God, and may they be healed immediately.
Lord, think of that poor little woman; I just quoted her testimony: out there in Kansas today, happy, not a pain; no doctor can find anything wrong with her, no more pains, no more tranquilizers, no more sleeping pills, sleeps good and sound; everything's all right, Oh, Lord, truly when You come, everything's all right then. We thank You for that.
Now, Father, as we turn to the Word, bless Thy Word; may It not return to Thee void, but may It accomplish that which It has been purposed for and dedicated to. In Jesus' Name we ask it. Amen.
13-2 Now, can you hear all right, everybody? Back in the back, it's all right? Which is the best? If I talk like this or talk like this? Over here? This side over here's better? Is that better for you all back there? All right, I'll pull this around here just a little closer then.
Last Sundays, a week, I--I was a little late. I had a--quite a lengthy service. I don't like to be that way. And now, once in a while (it won't bother me a bit), if someone setting down, sees those standing up, would like to swap places with them a little while and rest them; it'd be a very fine Christian act. And now, now, maybe by the--by this Easter we may have another place to hold the--the--the main service.
13-4 Now, we want to turn this morning... All you soldiers get your--your Sword now, and we're going to declare war on the enemy. We used to sing a little song, you know:
The fight is on, O Christian soldier,
Face to face in stern array, (You've heard the song.)
Armors gleaming, colors streaming,
The right and wrong's engaged today! (See? That's right.)
The fight is on, but be not weary;
Be strong, and in His might hold fast;
If God be for us, His banner o'er us,
We'll sing the victor's song at last! (That's right.)
13-5 We want to turn now to--first to read the Scripture reading found in St. John 10, the first five verses:
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
But he that entereth... by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calls his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
... a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for--for they know not the voice of strangers.
14-1 Now, the subject this morning that I chosen to teach on for a little while is "Wisdom Versus Faith, Wisdom Versus Faith." Now, there's only two sources--or by two sources which we must live. Did you know that?
Now, we... I got many Scriptures written down here, and I want you to... We will probably refer to them as going along. And--and I'll try to be out as quick as possible, and won't try to... Just lay it out, so you can take it from there on, See?
But there's only two sources that we can draw our life from. And one of them is wisdom, and the other is faith. And if we think what wisdom produces and then what faith produces... But those two sources, we're going back this morning, and pick them up for the Sunday school lesson, and bring them up out of the Bible, and show what they are, and what they are going to do, and what they have done, by the help of the Lord.
14-4 Now, faith and wisdom. Now, to begin with, we'll notice that in Genesis the 1st chapter we find that--that faith was introduced, and wisdom was introduced. And today, them two sources is still introduced to the human race. We find out that God was the Author of faith, to believe--for the people to believe and to trust His Word; and Satan is the author of wisdom, trying to get the people to accept his wisdom and pull them away from the faith that's in God's Word--those two sources.
14-5 We find it so strange that Genesis, this seed chapter, starts off that way. And we see that all things that we have today originally begin in Genesis, 'cause the word "Genesis" means "the beginning." And if we see these things that we're--today the way they are, they had to have a beginning somewhere. You have to chase everything back to a beginning.
14-6 And here's a little thought for you: everything that had a beginning has an ending; but it's the things that did not have a beginning that doesn't end, the only things that's eternal. Therefore, I'd like to ask the question: How could we ever make sense out of the word of the "eternal sonship" of God? If He was a son, He had a beginning. If He was "eternal Son," how could He be a son and be eternal, for son is--is a product of something? But if He was a... He was--could not be an "eternal Son." There's no such a thing: "eternal Son" of God. 'Cause if He--if He never had a beginning, then He cannot be nothing but eternal. But if He was a son, he had a beginning; so He cannot be an "eternal Son." It was the Eternal God manifested in a Son (Uh-huh! See?)--the Eternal God, 'cause God is the only thing that's eternal.
15-1 And the only way that we can ever live is because we have Eternal Life. This body dies, all of our parts die; but the part that's eternal is God and cannot die. Now, now, the Word, the Bible, is eternal, because It is God in word form. And what was in God, in His thoughts before there was any spoken Word, it was God. You see it? It was God; therefore, being predestinated, we who are (saying, "We trusting," I'm along with you) that was predestinated was the--the things that was with God in eternity. And then, if you are a borned again child of God, you are (and got the Holy Spirit in you)--you are the manifestation of God's spoken Word, before It was a word. It has to be a thought before it can be a word. A "word" is "a spoken thought." And the thoughts was in God, and then we were in God in eternity. And we were spoken into existence by the Word. Oh, what a... By what Word? This Word, God's Word.
15-2 Now, God is the Author of faith; Satan is the author of wisdom. For God gave His first children His Word, and told them they must believe This, and put a death separation, punishment, if they failed to believe It. And Satan comes around and tries to offer to Eve wisdom: "You will be wise, knowing right from wrong like God."
Now (See?), to start with, you see right quick that wisdom comes from the devil. That's strange isn't it, but it's truth. Wisdom come from the devil; he is the author of wisdom.
Now, of course anything that the devil has is a perversion of the original. Sin is a perversional--perversion of righteousness. Adultery is a perversion of a--of a legal act. A lie is a perversion of the truth.
16-1 And so, the--the wisdom that I want you to get straightened out on 'fore we start... There is a wisdom of God. A wisdom of God is stay with His Word, but Satan in his wisdom tried to twist the Word; so that's the wisdom I'm speaking of.
There's a certain amount of faith that goes with Satan. In order to--to accept Satan you've got to believe Satan. So there is a perverted faith to a perverted thing. And anything that would try to twist the Word of God, to make It say something that It doesn't, is the wrong spirit (See?), offering wisdom against God's wisdom. So we're going to refer to it as wisdom and not Satan's faith.
Many of those people, that believe that, are sincere and believe just with all the faith that they got that they're right. See? You have to watch; the blanket stretches two ways now. But he--they are... The only way to be sure is come back to the original Word. There's where everything is based, on the Word.
16-4 Now, we find that these two factions--or sources is: one, wisdom and the other one faith. And they've versed one another since creation in the garden of Eden.
Now, there's children on both sides. Now, what is the--the wisdom we're talking about? Something that will not agree that all this Word is the Truth. It's something that will take away from the Truth, expressing itself as a higher knowledge, more wisdom. And if wisdom of that sort come from Satan, his children live by that wisdom. And if the faith of God came through God (and God is Word), God's children lives on faith. The Bible said the just live by wisdom? [Congregation answers. "No!"--Ed.] Faith! "The just shall live by faith," not what he can learn, but what he can believe. All right.
16-6 Now, now, we find out... Let's take wisdom first. Wisdom has reasoning. Faith has no reasoning, but wisdom has reasonings. Let's just start turning in the Bible, and let's turn now to Genesis, the 3rd chapter in Genesis, and just teach this. Now, what are we doing--trying to do this morning? Follow what the Lord said, "Lay up food." You're going to need it one of these days. "Lay up food." Now, Genesis 3:1. Let's read now. See how wisdom has reasonings.
And the serpent was more subtil than all the beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, has God said,... (believing, saying the Word)... Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
But... the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, Ye shall not eat of it,... (quoting the Word)... neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
Now, faith holds to that. See? Now, watch!
... the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
17-1 A reason, reasoning--"God is too good; God's too merciful; He loves you too much." You hear that same old devil today. "God's too good to do this. God won't do this. God won't punish." He'll do just exactly what His Word said He'd do. See?
"Ye shall not surely die." See? What's He trying to do? Getting her to reason with him. In a minute that you reason on God's Word, then you're losing faith. See? Don't have no yes, no's, maybe so, stay right with It. See? Eve had the right approach, but she listened to his reasoning.
17-3 There's just so many people today that has the right knowledge, that knows that this Word should be God's Word, and It is God's Word; but they stand and let some seminary student reason them out of It, away from the Holy Spirit, away from the things of God. Reasonings, we're to cast them down, Now, 4th verse. For... I'm going to tell you why Satan said, I'll read the 4th verse first, then the 5th one.
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
For God knoweth that in the days you eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good from evil.
17-4 See? He's giving her a reason. "Wouldn't you like to be equal with God?" Take... In other words, "You want to really be right with God, take my advice. Listen to me; God don't mean that. He just didn't..."
When you hear that, get away from it. That's right. That's the hiss of the serpent; it sounds reasonable, but don't reason at all; just believe it, what God said. Now:
When the... And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food,... (See what it was? His reasoning brought her to know that it was right. It was true.)... and that it was pleasant to the eye, and a tree to be desired to make one... have faith? To make one have knowledge... make one wise,... (See what it was? Satan presenting knowledge, knowledge that was contrary to the Word, one to make one wise.)... she took of the fruit..., and did eat, and gave also to her husband with her; and he did eat.
And their eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
18-2 Now, what started it? Reasoning. See? Faith has no reason; you don't reason at all; you believe. When you're prayed for and accept God's Word for healing, don't reason with your feelings. Don't reason with nothing else. There's no reasoning to it; God said so, and that settles it.
Oh, how I'd like to stop here a few minutes, and rest on that, and take a text out of it. Can't do it and preach these about forty or fifty texts I got wrote down here.
18-4 But reasoning. When the Lord gives a vision... I'll just tell you my own little infant way. The Lord gives a vision of something's going to happen. Why, I don't care what's contrary to it. And remember, everything that can be presented contrary, Satan will do it. He'll try to reason, "You can't do it."
For instance, that what I just quoted a few moments ago about going... Now, this was kind of off the beaten path, just before my mother went. And the Lord knew I wasn't going to be able to keep those appointments with those brethren, about going hunting, and gave a vision, and sent me all the way into British Columbia. And when we got there, the guide said, "I've never seen a silver-tip, and I've lived here all my life. And besides, we're going plumb up into sheep country on horses. There's no silver-tips; there's no... You ain't going to get it up there!" See, see? Trying (See?), trying to move away--reason.
Satan said to me, "There'll be... You just--you just misunderstood the vision."
"But I didn't! It's going to be THUS SAITH THE LORD!"
19-2 And when the caribou came up and we got that (which was in the vision as you all know), then he said--the guide said to me (a very fine brother--to be with him now in a few weeks--young Christian), he said, "Brother Branham, my brother had the epilepsy, and you rode up on that horse that day, and told me a certain thing to do, and my brother's epilepsy would cease." He said, "When I did exactly what the Holy Spirit told you to tell me," said, "he's never had a spell from that day." He said, "Now, here we are on top of this mountain, and for three miles right down, there's not even a bush four inches high, nothing but caribou moss, a few blueberries, and they only get two or three inches high." He said, "Caribou moss and blueberries, plumb to the timberline, and our horses are hitched in the timberline. And now, according to what you told me, before we come here, that somewhere between here and where that boy's standing with that checked shirt on, you're going to kill a nine foot silver-tip grizzly bear."
I said, "That's THUS SAITH THE LORD!"
See? What was it? Satan trying to get me to disbelieve that.
19-4 We started down the mountain; closer we got, he kept saying, "Brother Branham, we're only about a mile from it now."
I said, "Are you doubting, Bud?"
"Not at all."
We got within about a half a mile. He said, "We're only a half a mile now."
I said, "That's right."
He said, "Just think, in a half a mile..." Casting down reasoning... He said, "Look, we can see everything right before us; there's nothing out there."
But I said, "The God, Who gave me the Word, can create one there. Don't reason, just believe it! Don't pay any attention to reasons; that has nothing to do with it. Just believe what He said; that's all."
And I was standing there, looked up on the hills everywhere, just yellow caribou moss, sun going down, hills beautiful; you could see any little spot anywhere for three miles up the mountain right above me. And when I turned to look, about two miles ahead of me--or a mile and a half or two mile stood a nine foot silver-tip grizzly. How he got there, I don't know; but he was there. See? Don't reason; believe. No matter what the circumstances, don't pay no attention to circumstances, believe!
20-2 Now, if God said, "The--the day you eat thereof, that day you die."
Satan said, "Let me tell you something. (See?) Now, that--that's... Oh, yeah! We say God's true, sure; that's right. We believe that Word. Oh," Satan said, "I believe that real, sure. But listen; let me tell you; he didn't exactly mean that."
He did mean that. He meant just what He said.
Satan said, "Now, look, I tell you why he did it. He really... You see, you're--you're really not wise yet; you haven't got any wisdom. (See?) You're just like a sheep to be led. You're not your own." That's the way God wants you! "You're never--you ain't got no Ph.D. yet. You--you--you just don't have enough education. (See?) But I've got wisdom, and I'll prove it to you. Now, look, you don't know what's right and wrong. You know there is such a thing, but you don't know what it is. Let me show you how it's done." That's all he wanted to tell that woman. That's all he wanted to do. "Let me show you how it's done."
She said, "But we'll die."
He said, "Surely, God won't do that. But he knows that you'll be wise too." See? Putting his wisdom against God's Word. There's the wisdom that I'm talking about. See? Wisdom against faith--verses faith. There's the first battle, and God's Word held steady and true. When they partook of the forbidden they died, and have ever since. See? There's where... Proved right there beyond a shadow of doubt. Now, we're going to run it for a little while.
20-6 Now, I had Genesis 3:1-17, and now--or 1-7, rather, and now, now, where wisdom has reasonings. How many believes that now, say, "Amen!" [Congregation says, "Amen!"--Ed.] See?
You say now... The doctors say, "Well, I tell you..."
Now, let's take this little woman I just gave the testimony of. Doctor says nothing he can do. "You're done gone; there's no hopes for you. Go on to the insane institution; take her over there."
She said, "Before I'd go there in one of those cells, I'll kill myself."
And then what? God come on the scene. And through her--advertisement somewhere in the paper, way over in Kansas, from Bloomington, Illinois, she heard. "Faith cometh by hearing." See? Well, her husband got her together. (They was real sweethearts, loved one another.) Think. Four years and four major operations, fifteen, sixteen tranquilizers, that's enough to kill a mortal. See? And all those shots, two or three times a week with... I know one of them was Lextron, and I forget what the other one was. It was something for mental condition. She was taking these shots, and besides that, two sleeping tablets, and couldn't even sleep with that. Misery, sick all day, all night, year in and year out; nothing could be done. But faith cometh by hearing. See?
21-4 Now, when she got there, God placed her on the platform, first one. See? And in what--why what? When I walked up to her, and I said, "How do you do, sister." "How do you do." (She'd never heard nothing about this; she knowed nothing of it.) But said, "You are Mrs. So-and-so. You come from Kansas."
Now, quickly that gets her to--to thinking, "Wait a minute. I just heard him say that Christ was the same yesterday, today, and forever. And here we proved in the Bible tonight that Christ promised to appear in the last days in His church; and the things that they did down at Sodom, and so forth, as he preached on (which is my opening sermon for the... ) now, here I see it going on right here." See?
21-6 Now, yes! "Now, you have been to several doctors; you've had four operations."
"Where's he getting that information? Where's that come from? That little bald-headed man don't know that. Where's it come from?"
"And on your road over here such-and-such a thing..."
"Say. (See?) Now, that's exactly what he just got through preaching about. That's the Word."
But you know, Satan said, "You know, you accept that, your pastor..." That don't have nothing to do with it. See? Cast away reasoning. See? "But your doctor said you've got to go to the insane institution." Cast away reasoning.
"I'm waiting to see what God's going to say about it." See?
Then God... I didn't know what to say. Then the Spirit picked it up and blasted it out. She believed it. She never reasoned. "Year after year after year, nervous breakdowns, mind gone, operations and everything, all these things, why, it's unreasonable to think I could be healed here in a second." But she didn't think about reasonings; she just believed. Faith did it; she was healed that instant. If you'd like to write to her, why, Billy can give you her address. All right.
22-4 Now, now, fai--wisdom will reason. Now, but faith don't have no reasoning; it does nothing but hold to the Word. It holds a promise.
Now, let's read a little bit. Let's turn to Romans 4th chapter and read just a little (and it's--until we get pinched really for time we'll just read these Scripture), Romans the 4th chapter, 'cause I really like to read the Word. It does you good to--to read It. Romans the 4th chapter, and let's begin with the 17th verse.
22-6 Listen, Paul, writing the commentary on Abraham's life. You know, there's nothing said about Abraham running down into Gerar, and nothing in the commentary you know; it's just "Abraham believed God." Paul, that great apostle, writing a commentary on Abraham, 17th verse:
As it is written,... (I like that, Paul staying with the Word)... As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations...
"I have." Abraham was seventy-five years old, lived with his wife since she was a--both of them were young; it was his half sister. No children, he was sterile and she was barren. But God met him and said, "I have (past tense, before the foundation of the world, of course)--have made you a father of many nations." Not of many children, but many nations, just think of it.
... before him whom he believed,... (God)... even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
23-1 Don't reason at all. Listen: "calleth those things which were not as though they were"
Who against hope... (My, not even a hope! What if he would've reasoned? Not even a hope.)... Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken, So shall my seed be.
No matter what thing else is said, God said so; and that settles it. Oh, if Eve would've only stayed with that (See?), but she stopped to reason, get some wisdom. Abraham didn't want any wisdom; he just wanted the Word: "God said so and that finishes it." You know I've preached on it many time: went and bought up all the diapers, and the pins, and everything, got ready for the baby, and Sarah made the booties; and year after year passed, "Bless God, we're going to have it anyhow." That's right.
"Why, has she...?" The doctor said, "Well, she can't have it; you can't have it."
"Huh. Don't tell me; we're going to have it anyhow." That's it.
23-5 Against hope, yet believed in hope. Hopes was all gone, yet he believed in it. When hope was done dead to him, hope was dead to every scientific search, every resource of wisdom; hope was gone, but still he believed in it. What was it? Faith in it, faith in hope when hope wasn't there. Hmmm, I'd like to linger on that awhile. Faith in hope, when there wasn't no hope there. Yet he still believed in hope (See?), 'cause he said, "He told me, 'So shall thy seeds be.'"
Now, 19th verse:
And being not weak in... (wisdom? knowledge? had his degree? No, no, no!)... being not weak in faith,... (Ah, there you are!)... he considered not his own body now dead,... (Hope was gone, his body was dead. Listen next:)... when he was about a hundred years old, neither... the deadness of Sarah's womb: (Hope was dead; his body was dead; Sarah's womb was dead. What did he do? Next verse:)
He staggered not... (Oh, my.)... He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief... (wisdom);... but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; (Oh, my. What?)
And being fully persuaded that, what he has promised, he was also able to perform.
24-1 Hmmm! No matter how... There's no reasoning to it at all; it just takes the--the Word and holds on to It. Now, if this is the Word of God (you believe it?), then why doubt any word of It, any promise of It? How can you say that this is part, and this is no good, and this is that; pick out what you want? You can't do it. It's either all good, or It's none of It good. That's right! So as soon as you see that It's the Truth, take ahold of It. Don't turn It loose, no matter what circumstances, how they try to reason, "Why, you can't..." Don't, don't do that at all. Stay right with It; God promised it.
24-2 If I'm going now to take my stand for Christ, and He's give me the Holy Spirit, His Spirit bears record of His Life in me, then when I come to die, Satan tries to say, "Now, you see, you didn't belong to an organization." Stay right with the Word! "You didn't do this; you didn't do that." No matter what that... Satan's got no reasoning about it; It's God's Word. Stay with the Word. See? It casts down all reasonings. See? You don't have any reasoning, just holds on to the Word. See?
24-3 Now, faith simply trusts in His Word. See? That's what He wanted them to do. That--that... Now, you get the background now. That's exactly what God wanted the human race to do: to trust in every Word He said. And Eve trusted a whole lot of It, but one little thing. She accepted, "Well, if I'll become full of wisdom, maybe--maybe it was that way. Maybe it's supposed to be this way." See? Then right there's where she lost her hold. That's where she started sinking, right there. That's where the whole human race went right down to the grave from right there, because she doubted one word.
24-4 Some of them say, "Well, I believe this is true. I believe that's true. I believe God can save, but I don't believe He can heal. I believe the Holy Ghost, sure, fell on the day of Pentecost, but there's no place where there's anything that says the Holy Ghost fell after Pentecost."
Oh, brother, that's the way they say it. Call themselves the Churches of Christ. See. See? Having a form of godliness, but denying the Word thereof. Uh, huh! That's it. See? Must believe; don't reason; believe. Don't try to have wisdom; just believe the Word.
Wisdom tries to reason and present a better way. Now, that's exactly what Satan told Eve. "Now, you're not going to die. Surely you won't, 'cause God's a good God."
25-3 He is a good God, and the only way I can trust Him to be a good God, that He'll stay with His Word. How can you expect me to be truthful when I'm not truthful? If I tell you one thing and do something else, my word's pretty shaky. See? Only what makes Him a good God is because He spoke the Word, and we're to live by that Word. "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God, proceedeth out of the mouth of God." Then God's got to stay with that Word; that's what makes Him a good God.
25-4 Now, if He said, "Well, I'll let them get by with this. I--I'll let them do this. Well, that's all right. Oh, I--I--I'll move over here." Why, He's a wishy-washy. See? He isn't God; He's--He's just an ordinary man. See? But to be a good God, He has to stay with His Word. That puts every child... If He'll let this one commit adultery, and this other one drink a little, and--and this other one can do--lie a little, and this other one can steal a little, and this other one can do--do this, then make me just toe the line to come in? He's got one way, and all that goes in, is going in that gate. "Strait is the gate and narrow is the way. No defilement will enter therein."
25-5 Over in Revelations He said, "All without are sorcerers, whoremongers, and dogs, and so forth. Blessed are ye that doeth all His commandments, that he may have a right to the Tree of Life." That's right. There's one way, that's God. Don't reason it out no other way.
Well, the Roman church says, "We are the church. That--that Bible is not even worth the... Why--why, you couldn't..."
Bishop Sheen said, "To try to live with it was like walking through muddy waters."
25-8 See, see? How you going to do that? See? Then if he's right, then the Bible's wrong. The Bible's right; he's wrong. Now, what are you going to say? If God's Word's right, it's either Bishop Sheen or--or the Bible, not only Bishop Sheen, but Reverend So-and-so, and Dr. So-and-so, and So-and-so. I wouldn't have called the man's name, 'less he said it on the radio. So he said it out on the radio, so I guess I can call his name. Doctor So-and-so, and So-and-so said, "So-and-so and so-and-so." Now, who you going to believe, God or them?
26-1 "Well," say, "it really doesn't mean it just this way." It means it just the way that It's written, for that's the FIRST lie of the devil.
He said to Eve, "It just really doesn't mean that. Surely, God's too good to do that. You won't die."
But they did! And they will every time. Got to meet the Word.
Wisdom tries to take a--a better way: the way of modern, the way of popularity, the--an easier way; find hisself around just...
26-5 Now, you take a fellow here, maybe God go to dealing with him. Now, he thinks he has to come up, he has to make his wife come right to the line; he has to quit his card parties; he has to quit going to the dances; his wife has to let her hair grow out; she has to quit wearing makeup; he has to quit smoking, drinking; he's got to get out of that big society that he's in; got to humble himself at the altar. He's got to stand and be called a fanatic, holy-roller, Beelzebub, anything could be called. "Oh, I'll be religious, but I'll--I'll--I'll go down here and join the--this church down here; you're too narrow." There you are (See?), there's a reason, reason. Now, we're going to get to a great point in a few minutes on that. See? How are you going to know which is right and wrong then? See?
26-6 Now, tries to make the Word say something, knowledge does. Knowledge--wisdom tries to--to reason; wisdom finds a better way. There is no other way but God's way!
Wisdom tries to point out say, "Oh well, now you know, we couldn't do that in this time." We must do it anyhow! See? Tries to find a easier way. Tries to make the Bible say things that It does not say.
26-8 Now, you say, "Oh, Brother Branham, now, you're..." Wait just a moment! We'll go back to the seed again. What was it the devil tried to do with wisdom? Make God's Word say something that It didn't say. That's right. He tried to make God's Word say something that It didn't say. So that's the way it comes today.
When they try to make God's Word say something that It doesn't say, well, they say, "Well, I tell you, Brother Branham, you ain't got the right interpretation." The Bible said that--that prophecy is of no private interpretation. Why? Why ain't it of private interpretation? WHY? The Word of the Lord came to the prophets; It is interpretated by the prophet. It can't be of an interpretation private. The prophets already interpret It to you. There it is, written right there. That's the way it's supposed to be.
27-2 God's got to have some fundamental something that all people's got to be judged by. If it's by a church, which one's right (about nine hundred of them, nine hundred different organizations)? [Brother Branham coughs--Ed.] (Pardon me). Which one of them is right? How do you know you're going in? What if you're a Methodist, and the Baptists is right? What if you're a Pentecostal, the Presbyterians are right? What if you're a Catholic, and the Lutherans are right? What if you're a Lutheran, and the Catholics are right? See? There's got to be some foundation somewhere. So if the Word...
27-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. See? The Word was in God; It was God. It was His thoughts that was with Him always. There... God's thoughts is as eternal as God is. Amen! That ain't skim milk, brother. See?
Here it comes! God's thoughts was His Word. In the beginning... (That's in eternity now, when beginning first started, time)... In the beginning was the Word,... (God's thoughts)... and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. See? His thoughts is what He was. That's you too. What's your thoughts are is what you are. No matter what you try to live by something else, your thoughts is what you are. You might go along and act like a nice fellow, but in your heart you're an adulteress, and whatever it is, that's what you are--your thoughts. And God's thoughts was His Word, that was with Him and in Him, and It was God.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And that Word was made flesh. God's thoughts was expressed in a human body, made flesh and dwelled among us. There you are.
28-2 Now, if you have Eternal Life today, you are in God. By God's being in you, you are God's expressed thought. Whew! Then don't listen to any reasonings, lest your crown be taken and give to another. Don't take any reasonings at all. Just believe what God said is the Truth and stay with It.
Reasonings through wisdom tries to make the Word say something It doesn't say.
Now, you say, "Is that true, Brother Branham?"
Well, let's just go back to Genesis and find out. Let's go to Genesis the 3rd chapter of Genesis, and we're going to read the--the--the 4th verse. See if--if--if wisdom tries to make the Word say something that It isn't. The 3rd chapter of Genesis, the 4th verse:
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
See what it presents? What is it? Trying to make the Word say something that It doesn't say. See? God said, "You shall die!"
28-7 Wisdom, as Satan was presenting to her, said, "You shall not surely die!" See? It's trying to make the Word say something that It isn't so. That's what wisdom is today. Oh, brother, how we'd tarry on that. Seminaries, schools of theology, that's their very nest; that's their grass roots, is trying to make God's Word say something that It doesn't say.
I challenge anybody to show me the Apostles' Creed in the Bible. I challenge anybody to show me "communion of saints" in the Bible. Both Protestant and Catholic believe it. I challenge you to show me any of those things in the Bible.
28-9 See? It's the grass roots of wisdom trying to reason. Our warfare is not carnal, but mighty, casting away all reasons (See?), pulling down the strongholds of Satan, that great flowerly, beautiful creature. Not a slick greaser, oh, no, that's on the inside; but outwardly sin is twice as pretty.
You know sin's beautiful? How many man in here and women is past fifty years old raise up your hands. (I didn't--I oughtn't to ask the women, but I--I--we all admit the truth.) I want to ask you a question. Do you see today that women are twice as pretty, nearly, as they used to be, on the run, the average, across the world? If that's so, raise up your hand. Sure. They're twice as pretty as what they used to be. Get some old pictures.
29-1 Look at grandmother with long skirts, braid of hair hanging down her back. She wasn't so attractive to look at.
Look at the modern one today: a little skinned down dress, that every form (she can't move without sinning); walking, tipping down the street with all the makeup and cosmetics of Max Factor can put on her nearly; fixing her hair like some little girl; wearing little skirt just up about, above her knees, if she's got on any at all. But you look at her, she's pretty. Satan knows how to do it! He's the author of beauty, that type of beauty, which results in sin.
29-2 The earth itself is a womb. Where did God place His seeds? Where's seeds put? In a womb. God puts seeds... And what does man do? Like devils in a womb. He'll make a child deformed if he can; that's what devils has done on the earth--hybreeding, making creatures that's not so. I'd better leave off of that; I'll never get to the rest of this here I got wrote down. You know what I mean. That's the reason it is a deformed creation about to be cast; God's finished with it. The world's all out of order; everything's wrong. The streams are polluted; the air's polluted--filth, stink.
An old Indian not long ago said, "White man, I don't want to live any longer. I'm through with fighting." Said, "Where's my babies? Are they starved to death? Where's my wife?" Said, "Before you come here with your women, and whiskey, and sin, we lived in peace. It's our grounds; God give it to us, but you're taking it away from us. You'll pay for it some day."
29-4 Look at it today, them big pretty deserts and mountains strowed with stink, sin, whiskey bottles, beer cans! Every place is full of taverns and tommyrot. Reno, Nevada, in that great desert yonder is nothing but a prostitution. The great cities are... They... Even the air and atmosphere is contaminated. Where once the pretty mountains growed, now she's cut up with all kinds of everything else. Where the trees growed, they're cut down. Where the deserts, the waters flowed free, it's contaminated. The whole world is going to have a--a cast. The earth's going to give forth her child from the seed. Been perverted by devils, tearing it up and working it up. Sure it is. It's perverted creation. God will cast it away and start over again. That's right.
30-1 What did it come from? One person believing one little--disbelieving one little phase of God's Word. The whole earth is groaning. The Bible says that even nature itself is groaning for that day of relief, waiting for the manifestations of the sons of God. The trees are striving in vain; the flowers are trying to brighten the way for us, but they're groaning, and crying, and know there's something wrong--perverted. The womb can't bring forth that perfect, because she's perverted. The ground stinks; she's bathed with innocent blood. She's got... She's like a... (I could say something; it might be too flat.) It's--it's--it's stink; God said it stinks before Him--so filthy.
30-2 Walk into a restroom, the urinals, and just stink, contaminated. That's exactly what the world smells to--like--God, smelling to it--filth! The whole thing is filthy. God will burst her to pieces. "And I'll create a new heavens and earth," He said. Yes, sir.
What is it? Her womb hasn't brought forth a millennium. She's brought forth a perverted thing. Why? Trying to be wisdom.
Got nothing against Florida. I don't mean this for you people from Florida. But when I've crossed and went to Florida the first time and come back to the Georgia line there, I stood right there, and I said, "As a American citizen, I give my part of it back to the Seminoles where it belongs." Why, they take better care of their yards than I do my hair. Everything, feather-edged; the palm trees has got lights all over it; big swanky yachts and things, trying to bring a millennium without repentance. To me it's a bunch of nothing. A million times more, I'd rather climb in British Columbia to the top of a hill and look across the mountains that God created and man's hands never touched it. Certainly.
30-5 Go into these cities; the big homes, that--that don't attract me. I hate that kind of stuff. See? But I know that one day, one day it'll be changed; she'll cast forth her afflicted child. The earth, it'll be changed one day. Okay.
Faith believes that it is written and says, "The Word has no flaws."
Did you ever hear of ministers say, "Well, I tell you, the--the King James Version, or the--this Revised Version, or this here has... It's just a, it's just a little different. It, really, it didn't really mean that"? Have you heard that? Oh, my. The world's contaminated with it. See? But faith don't believe that. Faith believes a God that can make me, can keep that Book in a order for me to live by. If the God Who made me is going to judge me, can't keep His Book in order, then He's a very poor God. I believe every word of It's the Truth. Yes. sir!
31-3 What does this do to believe that? It gives faith a perfect resting place in It. See? You cannot disbelieve that that Word's messed with in any way. You've got to believe It just the way It is. If you try to use wisdom... They say, "Now, look here. It's not reasonable that God said it would do a thing like this." But God did do it. See? That's right.
Now, if you say, "Well now, if God did this. If He took a man's life because he wasn't a Levite and put his hand on the Ark when it was about to fall..." No matter how much He was when He took his life for it, God said just Levites alone could touch that. He took it. That's what got David stirred up, you know. See?
31-5 A Levite was... Nothing but a Levite was supposed to touch that Ark, and here the Ark was coming right back for a revival, and one outside of that tried to handle the Word. That goes to show that only the anointed of God is to touch that Word. These creeds and denominations got no business tampering with It. Just the Holy Spirit is got a right to that Word; and it's death for any other to touch It. For to disbelieve any of It or teach It, the same will be taken, his part, out of the Book of Life. See? Don't put your hands on It; stay away from It. Listen; believe just what It said. Don't take nobody else's word; take what It says. Stay right with the Word. It's death to do anything else to It.
Now, 'cause that... What does faith do? It believes It just the way It is. That's the way God has preserved It down through the age, and here It is. It's the Word of God for me, God honors that. It gives a perfect faith in Its trueness.
31-7 How could you ever marry a woman if that young girl had--had--had run out, and done everything, and lived in prostitution, and everything else; and--and yet, you went and got her in the house of prostitution; come out, and she was--she says, "Well, I'll--I'll try to be a--a better girl"? You can't have faith in that woman. See? You can't do it.
How can a woman have faith in a man that's did the same thing? You just can't build your faith there; there's nothing to build on. See? You can't do it.
32-2 How could you go out here and say, "Here's a boat; it's got a lot of holes in it; and I'll put some grass sacks in it. Perhaps maybe it'll--it'll stem the tide to cross the river in"? I wouldn't want to take a chance on it, when there's one setting here that's built right. Sure. Why would we take some manmade theology with holes all in it; it's proved that it's wrong (See?), when here's one setting here that's really the Word of God, who stemmed the tide through every hard storm and gale. She's held just as true as she could be; and it always will. All right.
"Heavens and earth will pass away," said Jesus, "but My Word shall not." Why? They're eternal; they was in the beginning. He just come here to express God's Word. He was God's expression. God was expressing Himself through His Son.
32-4 These all started in Genesis, the seed chapter, and has been ever since... Ever since been on the scene, it's been the same thing: a fight between wisdom and faith--always fight. So wisdom is of the devil and for his children.
Did you ever notice? All of you seen sheep; all of you seen goats. But, you know, the bleat of them two is so close, it takes a real shepherd to tell the difference. You put an old goat out there and let him bleat--bleat, and then you go over here and put a sheep there and let him bleat. Listen at it; they sound just alike. But a real shepherd can catch that voice.
Jesus said, "My sheep know My voice." See? They can tell whether it's a goat. Why, He's a sheep Himself. He... "My sheep know My voice; strangers they won't follow." What is His voice? Here it is, the Word. "My sheep know My voice." See? They won't let anybody say, "Well, now here, I'm talking the voice of God too. This says this there." But it's (See?) Satan. We'll get to that in just a little bit, cool that off for you.
33-1 Now, now, you see that the seed Word cannot grow in the atmosphere, then, of knowledge. Is that right? See? As soon as knowledge mixes with faith, it dies right there.
Eve come and said, "The Lord God said the day we eat thereof that day we die." Then she stopped to see what he'd say.
He said, "But listen, my dear, you lovely little thing (See?), surely, God made you for a purpose. You know, that's right. See? You're a woman; you were made for this purpose. That's what it is. You don't know it now, but you were made for this purpose. Oh, you're a lovely little thing, dear. Look at those dainty little hands. (See?) Why sure he would... Surely..."
"But He said if we--if we did, we'd die."
He said, "But, oh, do you think that a good loving father, God, would do a thing like that?" What did she do? She listened to reason took his wisdom, said, "It's a tree of delight; one can be desired of it"; and she fell for it. That's exactly. And when she did, what happened? Like it would to any woman. As soon as you fall for it, it finishes right there. That's right.
Now, you see, the seed that she was holding and would have finally become a mother... By the will of God, through a spoken word, she would have finally become a mother, but she couldn't wait, went into that.
33-7 Now (see?), then as soon as she did that, accepted wisdom with the Word... And wisdom was contrary to the Word. (If you understand, say, "Amen.") [Congregation replies, "Amen!"--Ed.] (See?) If wisdom is with the Word, and proves to be with the Word, and the Word produces Itself by the same thing, then it is the Word. But if wisdom is against the Word, and not with the Word, but trying to find something to add to It or take from It, it's of the devil. And Holy Ghost seeds of the Bible cannot grow in the atmosphere of wisdom. That kills every seminary in the country. That knocks the holes right out through them and punctures them with the... till the judgment flows in. That's right. It certainly does (See?), because the Word cannot grow with wisdom--worldly wisdom. Won't do it.
33-8 Eve was to believe the Word as It was given to her. Is that right? She wasn't to listen to anybody else say anything about It--just the way It was given to her. That's the way she was supposed to believe It. There'd never been a death, if she'd believe that. That's right. And a man or a woman that will take God's Word just the way It's given to us, hold It the way God said It; It's Life. But to mix It with some wisdom of some organization, you die right there. Just like it did in the first... That's the seed. That's the way, that's the way It acted the first time; that's the way It will act every time; It always has. God permit, we'll prove that through the Bible this morning. That's the only way that it can grow, is to separate itself from all reasonings or anything else and just believe the Word.
34-1 Eve was supposed to take It just the way God give It to us. And I've expressed and told you that I believe God has preserved and kept this Bible, and that's the way God give It to me here. Now, I don't want no other wisdom, I want just the way God said it here. Now, I hope I don't hurt you. But if the Bible said that I must repent, It means repent, not do penance, but repent!
34-2 The Bible said for me to be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ; It didn't mean something else. It didn't mean Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. It said that.
"Well," you say, "Matthew 28:19 said baptize them in the name of the Father, Son, Holy Ghost."
That's exactly what it was. Now, if that isn't right, if they haven't got the right thing, then the faith that Peter had to baptize in the Name of Jesus Christ, and all the rest of the Bible, then they had a--a false revelation that God blessed. That brings Him right back...?... He should have blessed Eve in the beginning then.
34-5 The name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, that's three titles. There's only one Name. You cannot be baptized in the name of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, until you're baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ; 'cause that is the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. And the whole Bible is wrote out like that. Every person in the Bible was ever baptized, was baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ. Nobody in the Scripture ever baptized in them titles of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. And everyone was baptized in the Name of--of the Lord Jesus Christ was baptized in the Name of Father, Son, Holy Ghost. Everyone was baptized with titles of Father, Son, Holy Ghost is baptized in no name at all! They're titles, like minister, reverend, doctor, whatevermore, father, son, and human, wife--titles.
Said, "Don't make any difference."
Then put your title on your check and not your name, and see where it goes. Say, "I sign this check: in the name of the housewife."
Well, that'd make just as much sense as it would to disbelieve God's Word when the revelation's laying right there before you. Sure would. See? Sure. All right.
35-3 It's supposed to believe It the way God said It. And It does not contradict Itself. If It does, you come show me. It don't contradict Itself, not at all. Satan might contradict It to you, but he can't to the Word; the Word won't stand that. No, sir! That's the aged old thing that's been thought of, but it's never been proven yet.
Let's follow these two sources, or what you might call atmospheres, and see what they create. Let's follow them for a few minutes.
35-5 Atmosphere. Both of these sources will create an atmosphere. I want to ask you something. Did you ever go in a church... I--I say this reverently now, and with--just to make a point. God forbid! Did you ever go in a church where the pastor is real, starchy? See? The congregation's the same way. That's right. See? What is it? It's that atmosphere that brought it.
Go into a place where the pastor says, "Now, wait a minute. There's no such a thing as that nonsense. I don't believe in such a thing as Divine healing, about the baptism of the Holy Ghost in there." You'll see every one of them, congregation... If there ain't... If there's an eagle in there somewhere, he'll get out from amongst that bunch of chickens. He sure will. That's exactly the truth. He'll leave it. He sure will. He can't stand that; he's an eagle. He's a sky-built bird, not a barnyard. Yes, sir. Now, here he is.
35-7 And now, we find out that those atmospheres... And you get in wherever the--those things... Where faith is taught in a church, you'll find a church in that atmosphere. Oh, God, let--let me get this to you so you--if you can see it. See? Go... That's the reason people come among the saints where they're praying--believers. Paul said he didn't find any in the city, only Timothy, that was like precious faith that he had, you know. The rest of them were all denominationalists. See?
36-1 But when he got into that atmosphere (See?), he'd--you'd find things going on that the atmosphere has created. You find people living by faith, when you get into a place where it says, "My, why, the Bible's true. God heals."
You walk around in that congregation, you find, "Why--why, I was dying of cancer; I was healed."
"I was once blind; I..." See?
And the strangers saying, "Whew! My! What? You mean... What was the matter with you?"
"I'll show you on my record. Come home with me; come eat dinner with me, and I'll show you something. I got a record up there. My neighbors know that I was in this condition. I was paralyzed for years; I was prayed for."
See? What is it? That--that Word in that church, that group of believers has created that atmosphere.
36-2 Now, how is the Word in Its simplicity, but yet in Its completeness, ever going to grow in a place where knowledge overshadows that, and says, "It can't be so"? See? It can't. So where knowledge is preached from a seminary, the children die. Where faith is preached from the Word, the children live. Amen! That's the difference, just Life and death. The same thing happened in the garden of Eden. That's exactly what happened to them two atmospheres there; when Eve got off the right one on the wrong one, she died. See? It'll do it every time. So they cannot stay. If your church has got that kind of an atmosphere, oh, child, if you want to live, you believe the Word.
36-3 Now, here's going to be a little stinger now, and I don't mean it in no harsh way. I just... This is teaching. You have to... When you hit these places you have to sting and burn a little. You see? Now, wait. It's just like branding a calf. I used to hate to do that--to brand a calf. Poor little fellow, we'd run out there and... I don't know whether you ever calf-roped or not and--and--and--and tie them. You hog-tie them (See?) across the... And the poor little guy, you run down there, and take this hot branding iron, and sock it on him. Oh, brother, it looked horrible! When he got up, he really had a running spell. He just run, and kick, and holler, and beller, and go on. But I tell you, they knowed from then on who he belonged to. That's right. They knowed what--what pasture he belongs on. There's no joke about it then. So let's brand. See? Let's brand. Yes, sir. When they said...
You know the... you... Many of you has read or sang the Cowboy's Meditation. You see? And the stray yearling, when you get him in on the last there, at the round-up, the stray yearling they just make soup out of him, 'cause he--no brand on him at all. So the rest of them goes on to their own pastures, but the boss of the round-up knows his cattle. So if you... Brand hurts.
37-2 Now, look! Satan could scientifically prove by his wisdom (now, I'm going to play the part of a doctor here for a few minutes), Satan could scientifically prove by his wisdom that the soil that he was going to give for the human race to grow in had vitamins. Sure did. He could scientifically prove it. They can scientifically prove anything they want to almost. See? Sure.
37-3 It had Vitamin P, "pleasure, popularity." That's in it; that's in his wisdom soil: (sure, sure!) all the worldly pleasure, all the picture shows, all the dances, all...?... "Go ahead, that's all right, it won't hurt nothing." Sure. See? Popularity. "Well, you're the biggest church there is in the city." All right.
It had Vitamin C in it, which he referred to as "common sense." Makes reason. See?
It had Vitamin R in it which meant "reasonings." Yeah, he could reason. But you see, that won't work.
It had Vitamin beau--B in it, which means "beauty." Satan is beautiful. Sin's beautiful; and as sin begins to get more and more, more beautiful it becomes. How much better house we got today than the log house? How much more prettier is it? How much prettier is our women today than they used to be? See? How much prettier is Florida than it was--now than the way God created it? See? It's got beauty. How many knows that Satan is of beauty, and he desired beauty and tried to create a beauti--more beautiful kingdom and so forth? Sure, we know that. Satan is in beauty.
38-1 Now, notice! He had Vitamin R which is "reasoning"; Vitamin B which is "beauty"; Vitamin M which is "modern"; "Aw, you want to be modern."
Just take his knowledge and find out if you don't believe that stuff. It'll grow right in you. That vitamin will come right up where you are setting. Some fellow stand up and give you some of his knowledge, "Now, look, friends. What would it be if we took this great lovely cathedral here and had a lot of screaming, and crying, and speaking in tongues, and running up-and-down the floor, frothing at the mouth like mad dogs? And--and what do you think the mayor of the city would say, deacon board, if we permitted such a stuff as that to come in here?" Oh, sure, it's modern. "You think our people would stand down there on the street with a tambourine in their hand and... What would it do if our sisters would come with big, long hair hanging down, and the rest of the women going through town, 'Looky there. Looky there, why the president of this church (ever what it is, you know)... Well, look, looky there, she look like an old model, don't she? Her spare tire is going flat on the back.'" You know, something like that.
38-3 "You want to be modern." See? That's the devil's wisdom. That's what it grows. That's the vitamin that's in the soil that comes out in the product that it produces. Go on, you modern Jezebel. All right.
Modern, like the women of today. Sure. Oh, modern! "Why, the most modern people of the town will come to the church." Sure. It's got... Why? They grow in that modern vitamin, reasoning vitamin. All right, they grow in that. See? That's what it is, reasoning. But as soon as you start growing in that, you're dead to the Word. You have to deny the Word before you can be that. See? The only way you can ever be a sinner is to deny God's Word. What is sin? Unbelief. Unbelief in what? God's Word. See? You have to deny the Word first.
38-5 Now, why, I got about ten more vitamins wrote down here, but here's one vitamin that he failed to tell them. He had Vitamin D in there. That's the biggest vitamin in there: results--death. See? It's the prettiest bunch of dressed people, most modern there is, most beautiful church, biggest organization (See?). Most modern there was, most beautiful there Was, the most reasonable things can be said: "Why wouldn't... If God made us a creature of His, why would He condemn these women from looking their best to have short hair? Why would He condemn a little makeup?"
Well, He had one in the Bible that did it; and He fed her to the dogs. So you think about that. See? That's exactly.
39-2 "Why would--why would God... Why, my, he don't expect us to live after that Bible."
He sure did; He told Eve she must live. And He told... Jesus said that man lives by the--every Word, every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Who said that? Jesus. Is that right? He said, "If any other man said anything different, let him be a liar, His Word be true. heavens and earth will pass away, but My Word shall not." There you are.
So Vitamin D lays in his formula. Modern. That's right.
39-5 Now, but the Word seed of the Bible can't grow in such ground as that. How could a person go into one of those modern churches now, the Spirit of God would come upon them, and they--they want to holler, "Glory to God! Hallelujah."; you know what? Why you'd make the preacher swallow his sermon! Why I'm telling you. I--I could just see him say, "Ahemmm!"
And all them cranes there stretch that neck around, you know, look around to see, "Well, what said that?"
And then in a few minutes the preacher would say, "Jesus Christ, the Son of God..."
"Glory to God! That's right."
39-9 "Ahemmm! Deacons..." You're--you're at the door in a few minutes; they'll throw you right out. See? The Word can't grow there, just can't do it; no, just can't do it. See? It just simply can't. See?
And then he comes spraying his poison on top of it to try to kill the germ life in you. "Now, we's... A group of people in the land today that believes that God heals. Why, of course, we know, reasonable sense shows that God gave us doctors to heal!"
Now, you ask a good, sensible doctor if he's a healer. He'll tell you, "No, sir. I can move a tooth, but I can't heal the socket it comes out of." That's right.
"I can set an arm, but I can't heal it."
Certainly right. God is a Healer. See? Now, how is something ever going to grow in such stuff as that? How can the seed Word ever grow in such as that? It just won't do. It can't grow in that kind of an atmosphere. It just certainly don't.
40-3 But faith only grows in one vitamin. It only has one vitamin. Don't have to have any mixture at all. Faith grows in one Vitamin; that's the Word! That's the only thing that faith can grow in, is the Word. And the only way that it can grow is because it believes the Word, and it has to take all the Word and believe It's Truth. And faith vitamin is spelled in a little four-letter word, L-i-f-e--Life! It has Vitamin L, faith has. Faith has Vitamin L.
40-4 Wisdom has Vitamin P, Vitamin R ("pleasure" and vitamin "reason"), vitamin... all these other vitamins; ha--fai--a--rea--a--knowledge has all that. See? Wisdom has all that, reasons them out. But faith only has one thing--Life! That's all that will stay. Thy Word is Life. Thy Word is Truth. He is the Word, the Way, the Truth, the Life. Faith only hangs right there; that's all. It won't take it,
Holy Spirit Life, Eternal Life, that's where faith grows in. Word Zoe, God's own Life. That's the only place that faith can work, is when faith hears the Word and believes that It's God's Word. Then in that Zoe it grows and produces what the Word said.
40-6 God... How did He make the world? Do you believe the world was in God's thoughts? Sure it was; had to be. "How did He make it?" He just said... "Where's He going to get the things?" How could you ever reason with God? Say, "God, where'd You get the materials to make rocks out of? Where'd You..."
"They come from gases."
"Where'd You get the gas, Lord?" See? "How did You ever make water? What is the formula?...
"Where'd you get the hydrogen and oxygen at?"
See? That's it. See? It just doesn't make sense. What did God say? It was in His thoughts. And His thoughts is His Word, before It's expressed. Then when His thoughts said, "Let there be," and there was. That's it. There's where faith lays.
41-2 By... the Hebrews 11 said, "By faith the world was created." The world was made by faith. God made the world out of things that does not appear. By faith God spoke the world into existence, because it was a, it was a premeditated word. But as soon as He said it, it become life.
Now, you can say, "I believe that, Brother Branham." In your heart you can believe it, then express it, "I believe it," and don't never change it at all. Stay right with it. Watch what will grow out of it. It will produce the Word, 'cause it's faith. See? Wisdom takes you away; faith brings you to It.
41-4 See that? That cuts out every manmade creed, cuts out every school of learning of manmade theology; it just knocks them cold. There they are, the professor, D.D., Ph.D., L.L., Q.U.D., and all these fellows has to go to school and learn psychology and all these other things. There's only one thing he leaves out. How to present himself with psychology, and what kind of clothes to wear, and how he must say, "Amen," just so, and, oh, nonsense! Let...?... be led by the Holy Spirit. Sons of God are led by the Spirit of God, not the wisdom of the seminary, but the Spirit of God leads the sons and daughters of God. Certainly it's true. Amen!
41-5 Now, lets out every creed, every school of learning, every manmade theology. No wonder they can't believe. There's nothing in there for it to grow on. See? They got Vitamin R, "reasoning," that we're supposed to cast away. Vitamin "popularity," Vitamin "pleasure"--just got to have a little fun.
"What kind of fun?"
"Oh, get out and get on a little drunk once in a while, you know, just have a little fun. It won't make any difference." You know, little things like that, it's just all that--all that vitamin. You see? And how is that kind of a vitamin ever going to grow a Word that denies that vitamin? How you going to do it? See? The Word denies that. "If you love the world or the things of the world, the love of God's not even in you," said the Bible. See? So how's the--how's God's--how's God's Word going to grow under vitamins like that?
42-1 It takes a certain vitamin in the soil to produce the grain. It's got to be in the right kind of soil. We're getting to it in just a little bit. See? Got to have the right kind of soil or it won't grow the grain. You take certain grounds; it won't grow this and will grow something else. Sandy ground and different vitamin and so forth grows certain thing. If it don't, why, it ain't got it and just won't grow it; that's all.
Now, weeds will grow pretty near anywhere, any kind of ground. Is that right? Old denominational weeds will just grow anywhere, But I'm telling you, brother, if you want to produce the fruits of Life, she has to come out of the Word. That's right, right. Sure! All right.
I hope I ain't taking you all too long this morning. See? Now, don't... See? All right.
42-4 No wonder they can't believe; they have nothing to live in. Jesus spoke of them in Matthew the 13th chapter and the 1st verse. Let's just turn over here and see how Jesus said about it, these things that we're talking of. Matthew the 13th chapter and in the 1st verse:
The same day Jesus went out of the house, and set by the sea side.
And great multitudes were gathered... unto him, so that he went into a ship, and set down; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
And he spake... unto them things in... spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow seed;
And when he sowed, some seed fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
Some fell on stony grounds, and when they had not much earth: and forth-with they spring up, because they had no depths of earth:
And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and came--and because they had no root, they withered away.
... some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them out:
... others fell in good ground, and brought forth some--brought forth fruit, some a hundredfold,... sixty, and thirtyfold.
Who has ears to hear, let him hear. (Not wisdom, ears. See? All right, hearing.)
43-1 All right. Notice, He said some went forth. When the seed went forth, preached the Word, some fell by the wayside, just like water on a duck's back--runs right off. Some fell upon rocky ground, stony. It had just a little dust that blowed up there. And it sprung up, but it didn't have no roots, no place to put its roots. (Now, I'm going to make illustrations here, and I hope I don't hurt no feelings. See?)
That was the Catholic church. They said they was built on a rock. I'll agree with them; I sure will agree with them. That's right. That's right. No earth under it at all, no earth on it to grow from. Why? They couldn't produce a, they couldn't produce a Bible vitamin, 'cause they don't even believe in It. They... Doctrine is dogmas (that's right), Roman dogma, no Word in it at all. See?
43-3 Fell upon rocks: that was a super-wisdom. Oh, brother, I'm telling you. They had it the super way. They presented it in a way of psychology, and great big buildings, and fine dressed, looked like holy gods of priests, and everything else. How many heard that testimony of that little nun that just got out? You got it here? I want that played some Wednesday night here at church, and every person here should have the testimony.
43-4 One of them followed me for a long time. How they... I went down there in Mexico myself and seen them lime pits, where them nuns' babies (when the priests would have them by... )--them babies, where they was burnt in them lime pits and things like that. That's what made communism spring up in Mexico. They broke up that tommyrot. That's what made communism spring up yonder.
Don't you never fear communism. God's using communism. I don't believe in it; it's of the devil, but God takes the devil and comes right back around like He did King Nebuchadnezzar and come over and got Israel. See? You watch and see if the Bible don't prove it. One of these days we'll go into it. God raised it right up to avenge the children of God on that old whore. That's exactly what the Bible said, and it--said they'd burn her with fire, and she'd come to the end of her doom. That's exactly what's going to happen to her too. There she is; that's the one that fell upon rocks, just so little of soil till the thing couldn't grow; it died. Then, that was super-wisdom.
44-1 Then, some fell on the Protestant's ground. But after while the great wisdom of the big denominations choked it out, choked the Spirit out. "Days of miracles is past." "Doctor So-and-so said, 'So-and-so.'" See? "No such a thing." Just perfect. Choked all--choked all the what out? Choked out the Spirit for the wisdom. See?
The Holy Spirit fell in the days of Martin Luther. The Holy Spirit fell in the days of John Wesley. The Holy Spirit fell in the days of the early Pentecostal church, but what's the denominations done? With their wisdom have choked It out. Choked out what? The Seed, What is the Seed? The Word. "It doesn't mean that; It means this there." See? They get it or not.
44-3 Many honest-hearted man of those ministers, I've met them, set down and talked to them, even on the subject of baptism and many things, I've asked anybody to come to discuss it. They said, "Brother Branham, if we'd do that, our church would put us out."
I said, "Who's more to you, the Word of God or your church?" You'll never go no farther in that dust of denomination. See? See? All right. If it denies the Word, it's wrong. See? It shows it's manmade wisdom.
44-5 Now, the Protestants got choked out. It choked the Spirit right out of them, when they began to take wisdom instead of faith in the Word--the wisdom in the organization, the organizational wisdom, instead of faith in the Word. (All that understand that say, "Amen." [Congregation replies, "Amen!"--Ed.] See?) Faith in what the--what the group of man of the Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Evangelicals, and all got together... And soon they're to form up a confederation of church, which will be the image to the beast. And he will have the same power in this nation (Revelations 13:11) that they had over there, and will cause a persecution upon the saints, just like they did at the beginning of the--the Roman church. See? That's where it's heading right up now. And that's why the Word's being sowed right now everywhere: Stay away from it! Get out of it! See?
45-1 Now, wisdom choked it out. Their own wisdom strangled the Holy Spirit away from them. Let me prove it to you in the Bible, in Revelations the 3rd chapter, where we just got through the church ages. Jesus had been strangled from His church and was on the outside, trying to knock on the door to get back in. [Brother Branham knocks on pulpit--Ed.] That's exactly what It said. "I stand at the door and knock. If any man will thirst, if he will just let Me in, I'll come." But nobody opened the door. See? They put Him out. What was it? They had...
45-2 The--the seed fell on them (see. See?), but some fell in the valley of persecution; some seed went over into the valley of persecution. Now, in the valley is where you find the water, the best soil. When you take somebody that's been beat down, till he's got all the theology beat out of him, laughed out of him, made fun of him, where he's been through the mills and ground it all out of him, till the metal is being ready to work, you'll find out there's some moisture around there. That's right,
45-3 Into the valley, that fellow's been pitched over into the valley, kicked out of his organization, he's "down in the dumps (they call it)." See? Not the "dumps," but the valley, we call it--down in the valley. You know, that's where the lily grows too (you know, that's right), in the valley. All right.
Some fell in the valley of persecution--hard trials. Some of them seeds fell in there, valley of persecution, hard trial, be called everything, like the Lily was called, Beelzebub, made fun of. But in this valley is the rivers of water.
45-5 Psalms 1 said, "Blessed is the man..." Let me just read it. Let me show what's in this valley. What Psalms... I thought I wouldn't have time, but we'll just take time (See?) to read it (See?), to have this here. We're going to read this and see what this man is down here that's--just where he's planted. If he's planted on the--upon a dusty desert rock, where there's no ground at all, or is he planted in the valley... All right.
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel... (the wisdom... Amen, amen, amen, amen!)... walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly,... standeth in the way of sinners,... sitteth in the seat with the scornful
But his delight is in the law of the LORD;... (the Word)... and in the law... (Word)... does he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree that's planted by the rivers of water,... (Rivers. What is that? The nine spiritual gifts, rivers of one water, one Spirit--one water, but coming from nine different resources. Rivers of water, see, rivers of water.)... that bringeth forth his fruit... (fruit of the Spirit)... in his season; his leaves also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does it shall prosper.
46-1 See? Some fell down in that valley there, where these rivers are and brought... And did you notice... I want to get something else. What was it done? It fell down in the river. It wasn't set out, "He shall be like a tree that's set out (transposed from this to that)?" He was planted. What? Predestinated. That thought of God before the foundation of the world placed him there. See? Not stuck out, not by chance, but was planted, predestinated! What? To the rivers of water. Oh, "his root shall not wither." Oh, Hallelujah. "Though he dies, I'll raise him up again at the last day." That's right. He's predestinated to be there, not just by chance. He was predestinated to catch that Word when It was sowed. He's... He'll be right there, and when it sticks, she's there. He's planted, not just stuck down; he's actually planted. That's right. Lot different sticking a stick in the ground and then planting something. It's different.
46-2 The seed was planted. It found its own root holes. When the water begin to come in and break forth its Life, the Spirit, It began to say (you say... ), "There are nine spiritual gifts."
It said, "Amen!"
"Jesus, same yesterday, today, and forever."
"He still heals just like He always did."
"Amen, amen, amen!" See?
He's planted by the rivers--rivers coming from every side--rivers of water. No wonder he can't wither. No wonder, he's planted. Some of them seed fell over there. He can't die, it's right in the stream of Life that keeps producing. That's right, It's drawing its Life right out of the river. Rivers--the New Testament, the Old Testament. Amen! Just being fed right on through. Oh, brother.
Are you going to love Him? Amen!
Are you going to praise Him? Amen!
Are you going to worship Him? Amen, amen, amen!
47-1 Yes, sir; yes, sir! Oh, I love that, don't you? Yes! Brings forth his--brings forth of His fruits in his season (Genesis 1:11), brings forth His fruits. What fruits? The fruits of what? His fruits. What fruits? His own fruits. What fruit is it? The Bible. See? All of it's here, the fruit: love--it's here in the Bible; joy--here in the Bible; power; Holy Ghost; all these things here; Divine healing; promises of God. That's the fruits. Here It is, and if he's planted in This, This is planted in the--the right kind of soil, in faith, what does faith do? Faith begins to grow It. Amen! Begins to moves her up. See? That's it: moves it up. Sure! He shall be like a tree that's planted by the waters, brings forth His fruit in the season.
Now, what kind of a fruit will it bring forth? John 14:11, John 14:11, He said, Jesus said, "He..." (I believe it's 14:12.) He--Jesus said, "... He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also;..." Why? The same Word's in him. He was the Word. Is that right? "And if ye abide in Me and My Word's in you, ask what ye will."
47-3 I was talking to Brother Evans back there. Not long ago he come up here (he drives so far); he lost his car. Set over there with Miller's left the key in it. Somebody come along and stole it. He had everything he had in it. He come up and he (him, and Brother Fred, and Brother Tom, some of them come up to the house)--and said... Well, he looked like a little kid had his candy taken away from him; he was just all whipped out, you know. He said, "I just don't know what I'm going to do."
I said, "Well..."
Now, what is it? Now, they're coming. What's the first thing? To the Word, ask the Father. "If ye abide in Me, and My Word in you, ask what you will." What? Stay with the Word; just stay right with the Word.
47-6 I said, "Let's pray." We got down on the floor, got started praying, and while there--we were praying, I said, "Father, I come to Thee in the Name of the Lord Jesus. Here is a brother that spends--works just a few days a week (his hands all beat up from fixing old wrecked cars and things like that) to get enough money to drive fourteen to fifteen hundred miles every Sunday to come in to the meeting. Got a bunch of children to feed. It costs him about, around fifty or seventy-five dollars a week to make that trip, just to come to church. (See? Right!) He come up here trying to hear the Word, as we are trying to endeavor to contend for It." And I said, "Now, some evil person has stole his car." What was it? I said, "Now, Lord, I pray Thee, give him back his car in the Name of Jesus Christ."
48-1 What did I do? I placed that Word, that Promise before God, sealed It with the Name of Jesus, and sent forth the Word. Right down the road It went, way out there, found the place where it started, like a hound on a rabbit's trail. See? Here He comes right down the road, howling. Got down there just about halfway to Bowling Green, Kentucky. What broke forth? The Word found him.
Just then a vision flew back; I seen a man, yellow-looking shirt on, driving, a young fellow, once been a Christian. The Word struck him, "You're doing wrong!" The Word caught him. He sent forth His Word (see, see?) and caught him. "You're going to get caught in this some day, and the law is going to get you for doing this. Turn around and take it back."
48-3 The Word got him. He had once been a Christian. I seen him bring it up here and set it on the side of the street. I said, "Now, brethren, just take right out a certain way here and you'll find your car. Wait here awhile, though, till he gets it back. Now, you had a full tank of gasoline?"
"Yes," he said.
I said, "There won't be anything bothered, but there'll be half that gasoline; because it'll take half of it to run him about halfway to Bowling Green, about 100 miles of it run out." When he found it, that's the way it was setting, right exactly it. What was it? The Word went and got him. Come back and said...
48-5 Not long after that some man bought a car from him; he slipped off and didn't pay it. See? Said, "Brother Branham, I..."
I thought, "Poor man." (Owed him $400.) I said, "I'll pray." I sent the Word. The Word went, got on his track, found him. When we went down to find the man, he was never a Christian. See? He did--he did... He laughed at... They asked him to go to church one time, he said, "Well, while the preacher's preaching I'll look for pretty blondes." So (You see?), you can't find... Yeah, that's--that's--that devil, that's... See?
49-2 So the Word couldn't hold onto him. But what did the Word do? It kept him in eye. See? Just don't... Brother Welch just kept holding on, said, "It'll be all right; it'll be all right." The Word went after him (See?), "If ye abide in Me and My Word in you, ask what ye will." See? The Word got after him. First thing you know, one of his boys was driving along down here on the road and there it was. He seen a man in the car, got his number, turn up-turned in to Brother Wood. They called to find out where it was. He was in Bowling Green,.
God in heaven knows, I never heard one word about it, knowed nothing about it.
49-4 Last Sunday (it was a week ago) afternoon, when we got through preaching here, went up there, and changed my clothes, and got ready to go to Florida for the--or down in Brother Welch's for the meeting that following night. When I got in the car, I seen that man. And I said, "Brother Welch..." (I couldn't tell him now. He's got to make the move hisself, see, just like Meda had to make her decision there. See?) I said, "We're going through Bowling Green."
He said, "That's about thirty miles out of the way."
Went on down the road; I thought, "Oh, he'll--he'll get it (See?), he'll get it. He's just got to get it."
Went on down, Sister Evans and I, and after while he said, "You know, Brother Branham," he said, "have I been so thickheaded?" Said, "You said Bowling Green awhile ago."
He said, "You know that man that got my money, run off with it?"
Said, "He's in Bowling Green, and I've been thinking about it just... I got a thing here I'm going to turn it over and find out where he's at, and I'm going to turn it..."
I said, said, "What would you do? Would you go on down there and get your money?"
Now, (See?), if I tell him then he... See? He's got something to do hisself. See? He's got something to do. I couldn't tell him. If I did, it would break the vision right there. See? So I had to let...
50-4 See? Just like... Why did Jesus stand there and say to Mary and Martha, "Take ye away the stone"? Why He was God; He could said, "Stone, be no more," and it wouldn't have been there. But she had something to do.
Why did He stand there and look upon the harvest? (You believe He was the Lord of the harvest?) He said to His disciples, "You pray the Lord of the harvest that He will send laborers into His harvest." In other words, "You ask Me to do what I'm going to do."
50-6 See? We're buddies, We're--we're... It's a church. We've got something to do ourself. You've got something to do. Here's the Gospel; I know it, but if you just set here and don't preach It, what good's It going to do? You've got something to do; you got to make an effort. You got... You say, "Well, I believe God can heal, but I just don't know." Stand up and let that Word become your word. Believe It; don't reason it; just believe It.
I said, "Well,..." (I knowed if he didn't go, he was going to lose it.) I said, "If it was me, if it was me, I'd go get my money right now." And he did. When he got the man up out of the bed, he had some money. He called over to the neighbor, and got the rest of it, and paid it off. What is it? It's the Word. See, if It can find a place, it can turn.
50-8 Now, the same thing on Divine healing. Now, what if Brother Welch had said, "Well, don't think I'll go down, just think I'll go the other way." What if that fellow said, "Well, I ain't going out there. Why, that car ain't..." See? It won't happen. But you've got to believe. You've got to believe it. And that's--then that falls into an atmosphere of faith, and it's got to produce it. It's just got to. Oh, that's...
51-1 Did you ever think about when someone was raised from the dead, what happens? Did you ever think in Finland there that time that little boy was raised from the dead? His spirit was gone from him. Now, the Word has to go out through into space yonder, and pick up that little soul, and bring it right back. See? How can It do it? It's the Word: heal the sick, raise the dead. See? How's He going to do it? It has to come by a watered Word. He'd showed the vision, and it has to happen. There laid the boy; there was everything laying there just the way He said it two years before, and there it laid. That's the reason I say about the bear coming down the hill, whatever it was. It's got to happen, it's got to be so. See?
51-2 What did it do? A word. I said, "Heavenly Father, in the homelands You said to me, about two years ago, that this little boy would raise from the dead; therefore, upon the basis of Your Word, Your promise... The first, the Word said, 'These signs shall follow them that believe.' You sent Your disciples forward, You--and told them to heal the sick, and raise the dead, and cast out devils. Then by a vision You showed me in the homeland that this little boy's--was going to return back to life again." Therefore, "Death, you can't hold him any longer. I got the Word of the Lord." Not me, I ain't the Word, He's the Word. See? If I was the Word...
51-3 There's only one Person could be the Word, that was Jesus. He was God's spoken Word by a virgin birth. I'm a perversion. See? I'm--I'm the results of a union between my father and mother. This has to die, that's me (See?); the body that has to die. It wasn't so with Jesus; He was the Word. He was born, virgin. Brother, there was no woman, man, or nothing else had nothing to do with Him. The woman was the incubator (that's right), and He nursed her breast, and so forth. That might have been true about that, but let me tell you: He was God, that's Who He was! Was no sex about it at all. He had to be free from sex to bring forth Life through that blood, as we'll get to in a few minutes.
51-4 And then, look. He was the Word, but the Word of the Lord... The prophets wasn't the Word, but the Word of Lord came to the prophets. Not... They wasn't the Word, the Word came to them. And that's the way it does us today. When the Word came for that little boy, what was it? A vision. What was for the bear? What was for these other things? All a vision. It's the Word of the Lord came to it. Then what does it do? It holds there.
Now, it's got to be spoke first. "Death, give him back! In the Name of Jesus Christ, I send forth that Word." It catches just like It caught that boy going down yonder to Bowling Green with that stolen car. Here It goes over here and catches again. What does it do? It catches that--that little spirit, brings it right back here, and presents it to the body, just as the Word said it would do. There it is. What does it? Faith, not knowledge.
52-2 You say, "Now, let's see. That air is made out of so-and-so. There's so much acids, there's so much gas, and there's so much cosmic light. I can figure that out, and maybe if I can..." Oh, you--you're--you're fooling away time. Not wisdom, faith! Not... Wisdom will tell you that can't be done. Faith proves it's done. See? That's right. Shows He's the same yesterday, today, and forever. All right. (Let's hurry now. We gotta hurry.)
52-3 Brings forth fruits of its kind, John 14 says that: "He that doeth My--he that believeth on Me, the works (the signs that I do)..."
Now, you say, "Is that the signs He does?" He went into a house where a little girl, the only daughter of a minister, was laying dead, cold, pale, laid out. She'd probably been dead a couple of hours before He got there. They had her laying on a little couch, fixing to take her and embalm her. Jesus walks right into the room where she was like that. They was lamenting and crying like that. He put them all out, said, "Get out of here; get out." Said, "Come here, Peter, James, and John; I know you believe." Said to the father, "You believe or you wouldn't have come after Me."
And the mother said, "Lord, I believe." See?
Says, "Stand here."
He looked out there and stood over the little girl. He said, "Tabitha," that is, "Maid." Hallelujah. He didn't have to pray; He was the Word. I don't have to pray, if I can see the vision, 'cause the Word's already made ready. I have to pray to get the Word, get what God says, then I can speak It after I get what He says. But He was the Word. Amen!
"Maid, I say unto thee, arise." Picked her up by the hand. That's it. See? Oh my, that's manifestation, brings forth of its kind.
Jesus said, "He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also."
53-3 So these (See?) --all these things of these denominations and things has got such things in such a conglomeration of muck and sin, just like the womb of the earth has got the creation. That's right. Oh, my.
How can it happen? How can the true Word of God grow on these bobbed-hair, short-wearing, cigarette-smoking, bowling alley-hangers, church-joiners? How can it do, when such pleasure-loving, seeking crowds as that, hang out, and love such things as that, and loving of the world, how can the love of God come in? How can the seed of God grow in such a ground as that? It'll never take root; it'll never bring any life to it. It'll lay there on them old dusty denominational rocks and rot away, but it'll never bring life. Yes, sir. Yes, sir.
Pleasure-seekers, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God--terrible, yet they're smart. They're twice as smart as the--as the other class. See? Sure. Smart, educated, wisdom-seekers just like Eve was, and they got the same dose she got, just exactly. It's the truth.
53-6 How could a lily live, a lily seed live and grow (when it thrives on waters) --grow in one of those dusty denominations? How can it do it when it thrives on water. Water is the Spirit. They have a form of godliness, but deny the power of the Spirit. See? Though the Word falls on them, It can't grow. It can't grow, just like the Word was on Eve, but It couldn't grow. Why? She accepted wisdom, Satan's wisdom.
53-7 The Word comes to them, the Word falls upon them. Sure It does. Yes, sir. Grows... It--It'll fall on them. They can hear the Word preached. Did you ever see people set in the church? They never will make a move. Preach to women about bobbed hair; year after year pass, still got bobbed hair. Talk to man about smoking, women about drinking; they drink right on just the same. Just like pouring water on a duck's back, they ain't got no place to grow. See? That old pleasure-seeking popularity, "Well, let the rest of the women do it first, then I will." I don't care what they do. It's your duty to follow the Word of God, That's right. See?
54-1 Though the Word falls on them, It can't grow. It's Satan's wisdom (See?), so it just becomes denominational dust. They can't believe in Hebrews 13:8, all puffed up with the wisdom, nothing for It to grow in. See? How can they believe Hebrews 13:8, "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever"? Couldn't do it. See? Oh, they say they believe it. Oh, you tell them that, they say, "Sure, we believe it." Then show me the fruits of it. Let me see it. Let me see it being done. Let me see the church that you're preaching to, do what they did in the first apostolic church then, that believed the Word. You twist your baptisms; you twist your evidences; you make it fit some kind of a creed, instead of taking the Word and let the Word bear Its own fruit. You make some kind of a thing you got to do to bring an evidence of It. And Satan can interpretate every evidence that you want to put forth. Sure he can; he certainly can, but he can't produce the Word. That's one thing that burns him up; he just can't do that. Yes, sir. Oh, yes!
54-2 Now, look at Cain and Abel. Both of them was sincere. Cain took, by his wisdom, after his mother church, Eve... (That was his mother. How many knows that Eve was the mother of Cain? Sure! All right.) Like his mother, he took reasoning (See?), wisdom, his own wisdom. A beautiful sacrifice, he had the flowers; he had the fruit of the field. Said, "Well, now surely..." (See?) he said, "God..." (It's just like Satan said to--to Eve, "Surely, surely.") "Surely God will receive my sacrifice. I built a lovely altar. I have it so pretty; it's so decorated." Just like this Easter will be. They'll spend millions of dollars across the nation to put Easter flowers on some altars. The altar wasn't made for flowers; it's for sacrifice. See? You just show that same old spirit of Cain (See?), same old devil from Eden. See?
54-3 Why--what happened? Cain thought, "Surely..." You know the man was sincere, 'cause it meant life or death to him. And them people, don't think they're hypocrites; they're sincere,
You say, "Then they could be sincere and be wrong?" Sure! A man can take arsenic sincerely, thinking he was taking castor oil or something, something else. See? He's sincere. That don't do it. It's Truth, not sincerity, Truth.
54-5 Them women over there in Africa sacrifice their little babies to gods, the alligators. Are you that sincere? No. How many of them... Understand the Chinese break their bones to kitchen gods. And how about the Mohammedans, and up in there, and the fire walkers that put things, oh, hooks of--flesh in their mouth, and sew their mouth up. And some of them put a stick... I got a statue up there, a little figurine, a way he sacrifices to his god to think he'd go to heaven. A priest puts a stick in his mouth, wraps it around his head with a chain comes down, puts his hands behind him, chains his feet. He can't drink, speak, eat, nor nothing else till he dies. You see any Christians making a sacrifice like that? You won't even believe the Truth, the Word. See?
55-1 Now, beauty. He said, "Surely, God will receive. Look how pretty my altar is." See, that same spirit today, of wisdom.
"Well, if we build this great denomination, surely God will receive us." He won't receive nothing but His Word. No. See?
"Well," they say, "now look, Brother Branham, if we--if we put out so many ministers each year... Our missionary program last year run to over a $100,000." That may be ever so good, brother, but you're dead until you acknowledge that Word and come to It. That's exactly.
55-4 "Why, Brother Branham, our church... What do you think you are, just a little 'peanut brain' down there?" That's true, that's exactly right. That's true. But whatever I am, let me stay with that Word; it'll grow into something someday. See? Just stay with that Word no matter what it is. We ain't got nothing but just a little tabernacle here; that's as much as we need right at this present time. It's a place to set, 'cause we're looking for Jesus to come. We don't want no great big denominations that have to spend millions every year on buildings and things like that, and people trying to preach the Word, suffering out there with nothing to eat, and things like that. What's the matter with the people any--? Ohhh, look like people could wake up.
55-5 But anybody could accept Catholicism, could be blind enough to accept anything. I tell you the truth. Anybody who'd let that go down their neck could--could... A wise man. No wonder the Bible said, "Even the kings of the earth committed fornications with her." And the wise man--knowledge. See? And they make it... Them priests, smart? Man-oh-man! You talk about educated! Boy, they have to have years after years after years after years.
56-1 They say they don't live with those nuns. Then I want to ask you something: Why don't they become sterile then? They're the bride and that--they're the--nuns is the bride and that's the bridegroom, of course. That's right. Mother Superior smothers the babies and puts them in the lime pit. You don't believe it, listen to a real one's been in there testify of it, say, "Now, come on, let the law arrest me." And said, "We'll do the same thing they did in Russia, and the same thing they done in Mexico. We'll bust that thing wide open, when it gets to the government." But how you going to do it now when we got the head of it right there in the government? See. See?
That's--that Word's got to be fulfilled. They organized an image over here to that beast that set there, and they both communed together and give power to this beast to speak. Oh, brother, that Word's going to stand right there. Not communism's going to take over, but Romanism is.
56-3 Now, looky here at this. Cain said, "Surely He will receive my sacrifice." But what kind... He said, "I made a sacrifice." But what kind of a sacrifice was it? Botany life, plants, flowers, vegetables--botany life. What? There's no suffering to it, no penalty.
People don't want to suffer. That's what's the matter today. They come--they come right now and believe this Word if they didn't have to get out of their church, if they didn't have to be laughed at, made fun of. No, they want botany life, some kind of a wisdom. "Well, this life is just as good as that." It's not! I'll show you where that comes from just in a minute, the Lord willing.
56-5 But Abel, by faith (Glory!)... Cain by wisdom said, "Surely God will accept this. Here's an altar; I got a church." (That's what a church is, an altar, place of worship. All right.) "I got an altar. I want to worship just as sincere as my brother, and I've got a beautiful something here for it. Surely God will receive it." That's the same thing the devil told his mother--same lie, wisdom.
Now, Abel... Hebrews 11 said, "By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than that of Cain. He being yet dead, yet it spake." See?
56-7 Abel, by what? Wisdom? By theology? By faith offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice. By faith in what? By faith in what? By... What if he had his faith? There was just his father, and mother, him and his half brother. How in the world could it be? Where could--where could he get it? What did he have faith in? Faith in botany? Faith in this? No, sir! He had faith in the Word, 'cause he wanted to know why he was out of that garden. "Why were we put out?"
Mother would have to say, "Because I listened to a lie of the devil, because this boy here was born in such-and-such a way. That's why God put us out."
"Well," he said, "I can't even get around the gate. There's a Cherub there with a sword guarding that Tree of Life." So by faith...
57-3 See, by wisdom, Cain offered... You know, not knowing the Word, but just thought, by wisdom, he made a nice place and made it pretty and beautiful. But Abel (no one told him now, just a boy) by faith saw that it wasn't botany life, it was a sexual affair through blood! There you are, brother. Wade over the top of that one time! By faith his children still sees it!
He never taught it with some wisdom now. It don't come by wisdom, it comes by faith. The Bible said, "Abel by faith..." What did he offer? Blood, from living life, animal life. We're animal ourself; we're warm-blooded animals. That's exactly right, higher species of the highest animal; but the soul in there, that's what's life.
57-5 Now, notice, by faith Abel saw the revelation, the vision, and brought a living, running blood; because life was in the blood. Life is in the stem of the--of the flower, and it's botany life which has no feeling. (I was in hopes that would soak in!)
Abel by faith staying with the Word, by faith, not by wisdom, by faith he seen that it was sex, blood. The blood cell comes from the male, The man has the blood cell in the sperm. The hemoglobin, is--the blood, comes through the male. And Adam knowed that it wasn't apples, and peaches, and potatoes, or whatever it was, that brought them out of the garden of Eden, that caused the sin; it was sex blood, and he offered blood back. By faith he done it, not by wisdom. How is a man through wisdom going to understand it, when the whole Bible, and the whole church of God is built upon Divine revelation by faith! "Upon this rock, I'll build My church." See?
"Aw," they say, "sure, we believe that." Then where is the Life of Christ in these forms? Where is the Life of Christ?
58-2 Second. You want to put some of these Scriptures down? See? Where is the Life? If they say, "Well, we believe; we believe; we believe."
If you do, then Jesus said, "These signs shall (not they may be, they shall) follow them that believe." Jesus said, "If a man believes on Me, the works that I do, he'll do them also. He that believeth on Me, the works that I do, shall he do also." He just won't play around, he'll do it. How can it happen? Because there's the very Life that's in Christ is in you. It won't put forth any wisdom; it won't grow in it. It's got to deny the wisdom to take the--the faith. Faith in the Word, not wisdom in the Word, faith in the Word.
58-4 Satan's got more wisdom in that Word than any--all the preachers throwed together, and priests, and everything. He's got more wisdom, but he can't have faith. Faith will make It live. Faith would make him repent, will make him get away from his organization. He's got wisdom, so he just stays with it. All right.
But Abel by faith saw it was a sex act, and be offered blood, the life of blood; and God received it.
58-6 Now, in II Timothy 2:3, it said (the--the Word comes to them now; it'll fall on bad ground though, you see), "They have a form of godliness, but deny the power thereof--power of the Spirit (II Timothy 3, if you're putting it down, all right), having a form of godliness.
The Holy Spirit signs of Eternal Life, they deny that. "People ain't to speak with tongues. No! No such a thing as Divine healing, baptism of the Holy Ghost. That stuff was for the apostles." Having a form...
Paul said, prophesying it, "In the last days, the last times, these things would take place," not in them days. "And the Spirit speaks expressly, 'In the last days, latter days, some shall depart from the faith,' " and all these things. See, there it is: having that form of godliness.
58-9 Now, how can the Holy Spirit signs of Eternal Life grow in that ecclesiastical dust, where there is no spirit of water at all? See? Can't grow in the fields of denominational fun, and wisdom, and frolic. How can signs and wonders of the Living God grow in a--a woman that hasn't the common decency to act like a lady? I want to ask you that. How can it grow in a man that'd stand in the pulpit and for a measly meal ticket, or some denominational favor, would bypass the Truth of God? How can spiritual signs follow that? Can't do it.
59-1 How can--how can it grow in a preacher that'll take his denomination down and strip them down on the bank there? And here the other night, in a certain place I just passed last night, in a certain parish and having a big shindig dance in there, carrying on. How can the fruits of the Spirit grow in such a place as that? It's on an ecclesiastical rock (that's right), and not in the valley of persecutions to be laughed at and made fun of.
59-2 The lily toils hard. You remember my sermon not long ago, a few years ago, on Mr. Lily. He toils where... Jesus said how he toiled, "And neither does he spin, and yet I say unto you that Solomon in all of his glory was not arrayed like one." How that lily draws to make itself pretty. What for? Just to be given out, to pass by [Brother Branham makes a sniffing sound--Ed.], smells the perfume. The bee flies right into his heart and takes the very honey right away from him; he just gives it freely. Toils to do it! Hallelujah. That's a real man of God: Pastor Lily, Reverend Mr. Lily (yes, sir!), that toils at the Word, lays on his face, and cries out to God, "God, I can't see where this will meet here, here." It's got to come by the Word. When you see it and God gives it to you, then go freely; not to have some big campaign, "If you guarantee me so many thousand dollars, I'll come," but freely. "If it's Timbuktu or wherever it is, God, where you want me to sow the Seed, I give It freely." Hallelujah.
59-3 Jesus said, "Solomon in all his glory is not arrayed like it." Said, "Consider the lily." Poor little fellow has to suffer like everything to get what he get, and laughed at, and made fun of; and all the big ecclesiastical kicked him out and call him all kinds of dirty names, but he stays right with that Word, toiling day and night, lays in a valley. Well, he's--he's in a place where he can draw from the rivers of water. Toiling, what for? To give it out "Freely you receive, freely give." Yes, sir. Oh, my, how can it grow in that field of dust on that ecclesiastical rock!
60-1 Cain's children were wisdom, scientific. Watch Cain's children now as he comes up; let's watch them a minute. Cain's children, what was they? Builders, inventors, great man of science. They had wisdom. See? They've--they--they even built buildings, and made iron, and tempered stuff together. They were scientists, smart, educated, and religious. But what did that crop of wisdom produce? Death to the whole race when the judgments of God fell. Is that right? What did the--what did the group do? Produced death. Though in all their wisdom and smartness, what happened? They died, every one of them perished in God's judgment. Is that true? God said so. They were smart, highly educated, polished, religious, very fine, smart, educated, depended on their wisdom--and killed the whole race of people.
60-2 The same thing they're doing right now. Their atomic bombs and things that these smart scientists and things will--will destroy the whole race. They got fallout right now that's just--you just burn your eyes out, give you cancer, everything. They turned enough of it loose in the ocean; they can't even find it no more. When it gets loose it'll destroy the whole world, they say. People will burn up in their own flesh. No wonder the Bible said, "And the fowls of the air will eat upon the captain's flesh," and so forth--rot from fallout and everything else.
They're doing it themselves, their smart wisdom. That's what caused death to come, smart, wisdom. Be simple, believe God's Word and live. Take your wisdom and die. All right. The harvest, the end time, they perish.
60-4 Well, Abel's children were humble, farmers, shepherds (pastors, you know), shepherds, farmers, humble, didn't claim to be smart, but they just stayed with the Word. What did they produce at the end time? A prophet, It did. A prophet, what for? The last time signs.
When Noah stood in that door, building on that ark, he said, It's coming a rain." He was called a fanatic, but he was a prophet. Amen! What did he do? Brought salvation to them that believed and them that wanted to escape. That's what the humble, uneducated race brought forth, that believed in faith. Others believed in knowledge, they brought forth death to the whole race. What did--what did the humble do with faith? Brought forth salvation, a prophet of the Lord, who gave them a sign that the end time was there.
You think the educated would believe it? Snarl their nose and walk away, say, "Where's the rain coming from? Scientifically prove to me where there's any water up there." That scientists, bunch of smart-alecks, trying scientific prove there's no God, try...
61-2 When that picture was taken, that took them right off their stool where they were setting. They couldn't understand; said, "There's some kind of a light that struck the lens." There's their own scientific instrument took the picture of it, a camera. Like George Lacy said, he said, "Sir," said, "this camera won't take psychology. The light struck the lens; it was there." Said, "Now, what it is, I can't tell you, but it's there." Said, "I'll write my name to it." He did, and you've got it yourself. Yes, sir. And that was with the FBI. See?
61-3 Our God in the last day is not leaving one stone unrolled but what He's showing this world can't stand. Wisdom and knowledge growing on, shooting through the air like flies, and--and jet planes, and fighting under the water, and all kinds of corruption, and living in sin, trying to build something that'll protect them. There's only one thing, the righteousness of God stands in the door of the ark.
61-4 Who is the Door? Christ said, "I am the Door to the sheepfold," as I read in my text. "My sheep will hear My voice. A stranger they'll not follow." You'll never twist one in...?... those organizations out there. He'll come out of it as sure as the world. "I'll take them from the fold, and I'll lead them. I'll go before them." Amen! "They'll know it's Me. No one can walk like Me. No one can do the things that I do," He'd say. Amen!
"Rabbi, now we know thou comest from God, 'cause no man could do these miracles that You do, except God be with him." That's right. Nicodemus' confession. That's it.
61-6 That humble little race produced a prophet, and that prophet in the last days of Abel's children produced a prophet that showed the last day signs and give the warning. It's just about the same now, I think. "He that has an ear to hear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches."
So see, the seed Word of Life can't grow in that kind of an atmosphere of wisdom. It just can't do it.
62-2 Moses and Joshua had faith in the Word. The others wanted to dance and strip the women--Korah. Why? By his Egyptian wisdom. Moses didn't want that. Look at them Korahs today, making a easy way, dancing, all night parties, women bobbed hair, short dresses, anything. "Don't make any difference, that's all right." It isn't all right! The Word says it's not right, That's right. Same thing. See?
62-3 Though every one of them was baptized--everyone, Korah and all was baptized..Shows that there's that ecclesiastical type again. You say, "Were they baptized?" I Corinthians 10:1 to 2, let's just read it. We... I know it's getting late, but dinner won't scorch. This dinner might last a little longer, if the Lord will just keep feeding us, See? I Corinthians 10, now looky here. I Corinthians 10:1 to 2, I got. (No, I got II Corinthians.) I Corinthians 10:1-2:
Moreover, brethren, I would not--I would not that you should be ignorant, how that... our--all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;
And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
62-4 Korah would... had the same baptism that the rest of them did, but what did he want to do? Let the women just dance, and they drink a little wine, and have a little time, strip them off, and have adultery, and have... You know the Bible said they did that. They took those women and stripped their clothes, and made them dance, and things like that; and Moses became angry with them. You remember the time? Why? They had Dr. Korah along, that had wisdom. He said, "I'll take you back to Egypt." And that's where they'd have went too. But, brother, Moses, when he come down, it was different! Him and Joshua stayed with that Word. God gave a promise; they stayed with it. All right.
Others wanted to dance, and strip the clothes, and from--by Korah's wisdom; they was all baptized in one.
62-6 Israel and Moab... Oh, I just, I--you--I been through that once. We won't take that, I got to hurry. All right. Israel and Moab. You know how it was there. One just as fine, one with wisdom, great big denominations, the other one a little interdenomination.
63-1 Then one day... (Where's I want to get to now before we close.) One day these two great sources--or powers met for a showdown on the Word of God. Now, we're going to come to the climax. We could go back; I could take a dozen... I could stand here for a week and never even touch the surface of it, how that I could prove that right there, what I'm talking about, but I hope you get it. See?
One day it come to a showdown, Wisdom and faith come to a showdown: Jesus and Satan met. That's right. Jesus and Satan met; these two great forces, wisdom and knowledge came to a showdown. See?
Now, both of them used the Word. Is that right? (Oh, brother, this gets good to me! Don't miss it now. Oh, I say, "God open my heart.") Both of them used the Word of God, the same Bible. But It won't work in an unconverted channel. It sure won't. Certainly won't. Both of them used the Word of God. But Satan used It from a head knowledge (See?), a head knowledge, and It didn't work.
63-4 I got a Scripture here; you mind if I read It? Let's take Hebrews the 4th chapter right quick, just a minute. I want to read this; it just looks so good to me right here. Hebrews 4, and let's get Hebrews 4 and start from 1 to 2:
Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us to enter into his rest, as of... You should seem to come short of it.
For unto us was the Gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with... (knowledge? wisdom?)... faith in them that... (faith in them that what?)... heard it,
63-5 You can have all the Word; you can know that Word from A to Z, and It will never work for you. Have you seen man take that Word and try to make It work? Say, "Brother, Glory to God..." It just won't work. You can't fool with the Word. No, no! No, no! No matter what you profess, the Word testifies of Itself. No matter what you claim, the Word gives the testimony. That's right.
Now, Satan knowed the Word; he knowed It from A to Z. Well, you know what? I imagine, if he'd have a degree, he'd have enough titles to stretch across four or five pages of paper. Doctor, Reverend, Elder, Ph., L.L., Q.D., all the alphabet, and every way. His degree would be in that Bible. He knows every word of It. Sure he does. See?
64-2 So Satan said, "Now, I know the Word." I know that he knowed the Word when he come to Eve. So he had It by head knowledge, but It wouldn't work. Jesus knowed It by faith in the revelation of God's Word in His own predestinated Life. Glory! I hope that soaks plumb to the--into your heart. Jesus knew Who He was! Satan was wondering. He knowed that He was a predestinated creature of God, that God Himself was manifested in Him. It wasn't Him doing the works, it was the Father that dwelled in Him. Amen! Let the devil fly with all of his theology.
64-3 Jesus... Satan knew it; he knew the Word. Now, he could quote that Scripture, boy, just like a walking Bible, he could just quote It like that. See? [Brother Branham repeatedly snaps his fingers--Ed.] But Jesus just stood still, for He knew where He was standing. He knowed that He was predestinated, was the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world; He knowed He was that Person. Oh, brother! "He that has an ear let him hear." He knowed that He was predestinated for that, and that's the way He knew the Word. See? And It worked. Sure! Satan knew It by wisdom; it failed. He quoted the same Word Jesus quoted, same Bible. He quoted from Psalms. "He'll give... It's written," Satan said, "He'll give his Angels charge concerning you, lest any time you dash your foot against a stone; they bear thee up."
He said, "And it's also written." See?
64-5 Satan knowed It by knowledge. Jesus knowed It by experience; He knowed It by revelation. He knowed that He was that Son of God that was to come into the world. He knowed His standing; He knowed He was born in this world for that purpose; and that's the reason the Word of God could work through Him, because He knowed what He was. Glory! (Have you caught it yet?) He knowed what He was! Satan, at the back of it, he knowed what he was; and he knowed he had no business with his wisdom on the Word, because the Word was God. You get it?
65-1 Now, if Jesus knew Who He was... He was a predestinated creature of time. You believe that? Jesus, the body, He knew that He was the predestinated Word, the Person of God that was to stand in that day to be the Sacrifice for sin. And He knew His adversary (as I preached on a couple Sundays ago), He knew His adversary, and He knew Who He was; therefore, those two great forces come together, knowledge and faith. Jesus knew Who He was. Satan knew the Bible as good as Jesus did, but It wouldn't work for Satan. See? No matter how much knowledge you have it won't work.
Now, take that back to some of these big organizations. Think of it a minute. They say, "Well, we got the Word." Let me see It work. You Catholics, you say you're the original. Let's see it. Show me your works without your--or show me your works by--or without your faith, and I'll show you mine by my faith. See? See what the Word said.
65-3 Can you plant a seed without it manifesting what it is, if it's growing? Can you plant a grain of corn without making corn if it grows? Can you plant a potato less it raise potato? Can you plant a flower without being that kind of flower? Then if you're sowed, and the seed of God in your heart, it's got to produce that. Jesus said, "He shall do My works if he believes Me." If he says he believes It, and these don't follow him, he's a liar, "He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also, even more than this, for I go to My Father." Why, it's strong, but just don't hit the skidding place and slide off over on to some rock somewhere. It'll just fall down in the valley, so that the winds can't blow it away and the fowls can't get it, it'll grow. Hide it down in your heart.
65-4 David said, "Thy Law have I hid in my heart (so no denomination can take it out, the birds can't pick it up); I got it hid here. I'm meditating in it day and night. They're written upon my bedposts and everywhere I got them. Got them bound on my fingers, they're in the...
And Jesus said, "Your name's in the palm of My hand." So how--how's it going to be forgotten? Can't be. Now, all right.
65-6 Then if Jesus defeated Satan upon the faith, knowing Who He was--He was a predestinated creature (are you ready?) what about the predestinated Bride of Jesus Christ now? Do you believe the Bride's predestinated? The predestinated Bride of Christ now, the church, the Word seed, with everything that God promised to put in the church in It right now; it's in It now. Everything's in order; the Holy Spirit's been given; the Seed's been sowed; the evening Lights has been shining; the sign of Sodom that Jesus promised is here, and Malachi 4, a predestinated church. Oh, devil...
66-1 Church of the Living God, here and on tape too, do you know where you stand? Do you know that you are called of God, that the Holy Ghost reigns in your heart, and every Word of God is real to you? Oh, brother, how's Satan going to stand against that? How's he going to stop that from growing? How's he going to keep them signs from following. Why, you could throw them in jail. They... If you could... I don't care what you do, they done tried it. They rotted in the jails; they was fed to lions; they were sawed asunder; they were burnt to pieces. You can't kill it (right!), a church that's predestinated. "Those who He foreknew (like He did Jesus), He has called; those who He called, He has justified; and those who He has justified, He has already glorified, predestinated." And now, in the last days with every seed sowed; everything in order (the world in its order, the time shaped up, the church in its order, the seed, the evening lights); the signs of--like He said, "As it was in the days of Sodom..." (an Angel of God, the Holy Spirit coming down, moving, performing the signs that He did then); Malachi 4 promised He'd send in the last days what He promised; and we see all of that right here where? Where?
Amen, amen, amen, amen, amen!
Do you love Him? Amen! (Sure!)
Right here in the last days, a predestinated church, knowing where they're standing, sowed with the Seed, the Holy Spirit in the church. Satan, be careful!
66-2 What happened? (Just a minute now.) What happened? With everything just promised to It, even the promises of Malachi 4...
What did--what did Satan do when he met Jesus? He flew into Him with all the ecclesiastical force he had, "I know the Word also," flew into Him. That denominational dust that he had, we'd throwed it right on to him, but didn't have any life. Did he ever fly off? He come off a lot quicker then he flew on, Why? He hit that hundred billion volt Wire there; he singed his feathers. He come off of Him! He come out of Him, 'cause that Wire had volt in It.
67-1 Remember, Satan had a wire too. But no matter how nice copper the wire is, if it hasn't got no life in it, it's dead; she won't act. Same wire, One's got energized from the Dynamo, and the other one has no connection at all. That's right. That's the reason it'll work in a predestinated vessel; that's the reason the Word will work, where It's connected. Connected where? With the denomination? No, sir! That's a dead socket, having a form of godliness, denying the power, but connected with the Word, Which never shall pass away and can produce the same power at every time! That's where it's at. Glory!
Do you love Him?
Will you serve Him? Amen!
Sure. Not hooked into some organization, but hooked into the--the--the Dynamo here. Brother, I'm telling you, it works there, because it's hooked up, the same Word.
67-2 Moab was hooked in too, and Israel was also. Moab had nothing but dead bunch of creeds and a false prophet. But Israel had a smitten rock, a brass serpent, a Pillar of Fire (Hallelujah.), signs of a Living God. That's exactly, It worked! Why? It was on faith (yes, sir!), not on knowledge, some man-creed, but on faith in the Word, the Word Itself. Life comes from the Word. "My Word is Life." That current comes through the Word. Satan got off of there right quick. His theological dust didn't go very good right there, Satan's wire had no current in it; it was dead creeds. It won't--it won't current... Now, see, it's the same wire: Jesus used the Father's Word, Satan used the Father's Word. Satan was Satan; Jesus was God. That's the difference. That's the true. One's a creed, and the Other one's the Word. One is True, and the other one is false. One will produce it; the other one can't produce it. Do you get it? Same kind of wires, that's exactly right, same wires: Hebrews 2, we just got--Hebrews 4:2, we just got it. See?
67-3 Like denominational--like denominations say, by wisdom (See?), denominations by wisdom says this, "The days of the current is past."
Do you love Him? Amen!
Will you serve Him? Amen!
Do you believe Him? Amen, amen, amen!
I believe Him. Yes, sir. Amen means "so be it." Lord, my prayer is this morning, take every believer in here and pull him into the Current. Oh, put Life in him. Let him buzz and shine forth the glory of God. Yes, sir. Turn on the Current.
68-2 You know what I believe? The seed's been sowed (would you believe that?) for that great church, just like the wires has been laid through the building, every socket been tested by the Word (oh, my!), every outlet tested by the Word. "Think it not strange when fiery trials comes; it's to test you." If there's a little short there, it ground, blow the whole switch. God don't want them in His church. There ain't going to be no switch blowing in this--no fuse blown in this last days. No, sir! He comes a-back and welds her in there right. Yes, sir. All right. Every light's hanging in its place. Only thing waiting, for the Master back there to turn on the switch (yes, sir!) in the Word. Sure! It could be right now, brother. If you need healing, just touch the switch. That's all you have to do. If you got a real wire, if you're grounded--if your line is grounded and connections too have been lost in Jesus, tell you what to do. Amen! That's right.
68-3 Now, the denominational wisdom says the days of miracles is past, there's no current in the wires. But faith knows better; they feel it; they see it work. They know it lights; they know what it does.
Faith is the current, the current, Spirit; and wisdom is the denominational forms. Satan tried to tempt Jesus from faith in the Father's Word. Here's what he did. He tried to show Him his great big ecclesiastical organizations of the earth, but he couldn't tempt Him. "Come over and join mine, I'll make you bishop over all of them."
"It's written," said Jesus. Yes, sir. Satan couldn't tempt Him. No, sir! He's apast that.
68-6 But Jesus was the Word. His faith in the knowledge of Hisself, that He was the Word, just like Moses... Why, Moses knew who He was. Moses knew he was God's servant, knowed he was called of God. He knowed what he was going to do. That's the reason he wasn't scared what Satan said. Satan tried to tempt him, scare him out of it, but Moses knew where he was standing. That's right.
Now, I've got to hurry. I'm skipping over page after page here.
69-2 Paul (one thing I want to get here fore closing), Paul made it clear to his part of the Bride, he will present (Paul will present part of the Bride; do you believe that?), Paul made it clear to his part of the Bride, that he will present to Jesus Christ in the last days, about wisdom or faith. Let's just read a little bit. I want you to turn to I Corinthians the 4th chapter--I Corinthians the 4th chapter. We'll just read, and we're going to close just in a--a few moments, the Lord willing. I Corinthians the 4th chapter and I want to read 18th to the 20th verse. All right, here we are:
Now, some are puffed up, as though--as though I would not come to you.
But I will come to You shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of any of them which are puffed up, but the power.
You know it take... Now, that was the Roman church begin to come right in there, begin to come. See? He know... You know, the Bible said, "They went out from us, because they wasn't of us." You see? That's right.
For the Kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.
69-3 See? Not in word: just say, "Well, I--I'm educated. Brother, I got more education than you ever have. I'm--I'm a priest. I'm..." That don't have one thing to do with it; means no more than you're a pig or anything else. See. See? Don't have nothing to do with it. See? The devil had a lot of knowledge too. See? All right. See?
For the Kingdom of God is not... word, but... power.
What will ye then? will I come unto you with a rod, or in love, or in... spirit of meekness?
69-4 Now, the 2nd chapter (I want to finish this just a minute then, before we close), the 2nd chapter (turn over the page), let's start right here at the first. Now, see what Paul, what he's telling the Bride now. He's going to present this part of the Bride to Christ, and he wants them to know... Now, remember, Paul would've had some kind of smart... He was smart, he had--but he had to forget it, he said. He had all kinds of degrees and education, but he had to forget it (now, look!) to learn Christ.
And I, brethren, when I come to you, came--come not with excellency of speech or... wisdom,... (See? I didn't come with wisdom.)... declaring unto you the testimony of God.
70-1 "Now, I'm Dr. So-and-so, and I have all... I'm... We're taught in the seminaries so-and-so." No, no! Paul said, "I didn't come to you like that, with wisdom." Now, and what--what's my text? Wisdom versus Faith. See? "I didn't come to you in wisdom," Paul said, "give you a testimony of God by wisdom, say, 'Now, look here! I tell you; we've learned in the seminary that the days of miracles is past. We learned in the seminary that these things are didn't really mean this.' " He said, "I didn't come like that, brethren." Now, what did he say?
For I am determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus... and him crucified.
And if I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much tribulation, (I was with you.)
And my speech and my preaching was not with the enticing words of man's wisdom,... (Huh? As Booth Clibborn says, "Hello, who knocked then?" I didn't come to you with some seminary wisdom.)... but in the demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
That your... (f-a-i-t-h)... faith should not stand in the wisdom of man, but in the power of God. [Brother Branham whistles--Ed.]
Amen! You believe it? "That your faith don't stand in the wisdom of some organization, but in the power of God, faith in the power of God. Your hopes are not..."
70-3 These two sources has battled since Eden: God's faith against Satan's wisdom. God has proven in all ages that it will not mix; it must be separated to grow.
Now, quickly let me run over just--just a word or two on each one, just take a few things that I got wrote here.
Esau and Jacob was a perfect type: both of them religious, both of them twins. Esau was the ecclesiastical type. He was a man that was smart. He had a... had a good moral stands and things like that, but he didn't have no use for that birthright. Jacob didn't care what he had to do, just so he got the birthright. And as long as they were together they could not produce. Is that right? One was against the other. Have you caught it? Amen! "Come out from amongst it; be ye separate saith God, and touch not their unclean things; I'll receive you." See?
Jacob had to separate himself from his denominational brother before God would ever bless him. God told Abraham the same thing. Israel and Moab. The four hundred prophets of Israel stood before Micaiah, and Micaiah separated himself from them and got the Word of the Lord and come back with It. Moses and Korah, same thing, wouldn't mix, they had to separate. Is that true?
71-2 Abraham and Lot. Lot was a religious man, type of the formal church. But as long as Lot was with Abraham, he journeyed for years with him, but He would--God would not bless him, till he fully obeyed Him and separated himself from Lot, the denominational church. Then as soon as Abraham separated himself and come out to walk alone, God said, "Now, Abraham, stand up. Look east, west, north, south," said; "it's all yours." But He didn't do it until he fully separated himself. That's exactly right.
71-3 God could not bless Seth until He separated him from Cain. He marked Cain and sent him to the land of Nod, and Cain with his smart wisdom become scientists and everything else, growed a crop of that. And Seth, under his righteousness and the love and faith in the Word of God, he growed a crop that produced a prophet that warned the last days (that's right), saved every believer; and the wisdom destroyed every one of them. They, every one died. Everyone, no matter how many degrees in psychology they had and everything else, they perished in the judgments of God.
71-4 And everything outside of the true borned again Spirit of God, that believes every Word of That and stands right on It will perish in the judgments of God. When you see these little twisters going down the street, and all this carrying on, and carrying on like that, remember, it's nothing in the world but fodder for the judgment. It'll rot; it'll--got to; it's just bound to. Women, wake up!
72-1 I got a little testimony, but I ain't got time to tell it, of a little lady here not long ago, in California, I was riding up the road, waiting to be called into the tent. Run along there a little bitty (it's--it's disgraceful) no doubt a pretty little girl, and she was going along there, twisting, this little cowboy hat on, boots and tassels hanging on, twisting up the road, every man blowing at her and waving, and all them like that. I thought, "I just ought to stop (if I wasn't a preacher... Meda was along, I would), say, "Look, sister, I want to tell you something. You may be pretty; you can prove that. See? You might be able to make cars slide, brakes, and twist around here, boys whistle like wolves and everything; but one of these days, that little body, the bugs and worms will crawl into it and eat it away. And maybe in six weeks from now it'll be that way, rotten, laying yonder in the grave, but that soul that's in you, feeding on that lust, will live in a devil's hell for e... for ages to come.
72-2 Moses and Korah; Lot, Abraham; John the Baptist and the Publicans; Jesus and the denominational churches of His day (See?)--faith, wisdom.
Well, them priests could stand up and say, "Well, we..."
He said, "Yes."
"We have this to our father. We did so-and-so."
Said, "Yes! You with your traditions made the commandments of God of non-effect, teaching for doctrine the commandments of man."
Said, "Well, who are you to teach us? What school did you come from?"
He said, "The works that I do testify of Me. If I don't do the works of the Messiah, then don't believe Me. And if I do the works of the Messiah, then you know, you believe the works, said, "they testify of Me. If I don't do the works, then don't believe it."
He had them denominationals too, back there with their wisdom. Jesus had faith. Faith in what? What He was, God's Son. See? All right.
72-5 St. Martin with the Roman church in the days of the Reformation--I mean when they--when before they went into the pagan, Rome when she begin to come the Roman church, Martin stood out there and protested that dogma of that Catholic church, done signs, and wonders, and miracles; and his churches and all of them spoke in tongues, and prophesied, and great things, and the power of God was with him. He raised the dead, and healed the sick, and everything else. And there was that Catholic church over there, protesting him like that, and trying to have him burnt, and everything else. What was it? Wisdom, faith.
Same now. Let us hear the cap of all of it. Zechariah 4:6, is where I'm going to close at right here. The Bible said, "Not by power, not by might, but by My Spirit, saith the Lord. Not by wisdom, not by knowledge, not by denominations, but with My Spirit I will what? Energize My Word."
73-2 The disciples had It sowed into them, then the Spirit come to energize the Word. See? "Not by power, not by might, not by wisdom, not by understanding, not by this, not by that, but by My Spirit I will energize My Word. By My Spirit, says the Lord." It's the water of the Word of faith that energizes the Word of God and makes It work,
73-3 Which will win? It looks like right now, of course, that wisdom is going to work; but it won't; it won't. It looks like right now that the little church that believes the full Word of God is--is certainly in the minority. But don't you worry, the Bible said, "Fear not, little flock; it's your Father's good will to give you the Kingdom." That's right. See? Don't fear, just stay in faith, stay right with the Word. Don't leave the Word, stay with the Word.
Do you love Him? Amen!
Will you serve Him? Amen!
Will you believe Him? Amen, amen, amen!
Let's sing it.
Do you love Him? Amen!
Will you serve Him? Amen!
Do you believe Him? Amen, amen, amen!
Do you love Him? Amen!
Will you serve Him? Amen!
Will you believe Him? Amen, amen, amen!
Oh, I love Him, don't you? What is it? By faith, not by wisdom, by faith are we saved. Is that right? "Not by wisdom, not by knowledge, by My Spirit, saith the Lord."
74-1 Now, let them soak down into that church, that copper wire that's the conductor. Now, aluminum wire isn't a conductor (See?); it isn't. No! A rubber hose isn't a conductor; it's an insulator. Wood is an insulator. We don't want any insulations; we got too much of it now; and it makes isolations. So we--we want--we want conductors, born again men and women who believe the Word of God.
74-2 Now, what did the Dynamo said? "Ask the Father anything in My Name, I'll do it." Now, what do you do? Plug in. Amen! Is that right? Just plug in. That's all you have to do, and the current comes flowing right down the line. What happened? The Word starts growing.
"And he shall be like a tree that's planted by the rivers of water. His leaves shall not whither; whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly is not so, the ungodly is not so." Now, it don't say the sinner now, the ungodly. See? That's the one who claims to be and is ungodly with it, You see? That's right.
Ungodly is not so; they can't stand in the judgment with the righteous. No, sir, they certainly can't. So the time is come. The Seed is sowed. Those who are predestinated--predestinated is the only way there'll...
74-5 I could take Revelations 12 right now and 13 and prove to you that just those... The Bible said that this antichrist that was coming upon the earth would deceive all, a-double-l, all that was upon the face of the earth with these denominations and creeds. He would deceive all upon the face of the earth, every one of them, except those who were predestinated before the foundation of the world. So brother, you can't do nothing about it, just holler, "Amen!" Oh, my. I love that. Yes, sir.
Do you love Him? Amen!
Will you serve Him? Amen!
Do you believe Him? Amen, amen, amen!
I want you to practice that a little bit around here, you all. I like that song, don't you? That was our Phoenix conventional song. Oh, I love it, I love it. Let's sing it again.
Do you love Him? Amen!
Will you serve Him? Amen!
Will you believe Him? Amen, amen, amen!
75-1 Well, you can just keep on going. You know? "Will you worship Him?" and all them, just keep on going over and over. My, we got it started there in Phoenix and like to tore the place to pieces. Yes, sir. Amen, amen, amen!
Are you plugged in this morning? Amen!
Turn the switch! Amen!
You got the current? Amen, amen, amen!
Now, it will grow. Amen!
Bear fruit. Amen!
You'll show it. Amen, amen, amen!
Oh, isn't that wonderful! Sorry to keep you all here all this time, but I'm just having a jubilee myself, a wonderful time. All right.
75-3 Next Sunday now, everybody that's around, now, now, I'm going up to Brother Littlefield's to spread a little Word, probably just take some of this Word here and scatter It up there amongst them Church of God, like that. And I'll probably just speak on something I did here. 'Course, you're welcome to come, but they got a little bitty church there, seats 1,500. I just dedicated it, and--about a couple years ago. It's going to be squeezed up, but I promised Brother Littlefield. He's a precious brother. And a man keeps his promise, if he can. The Lord willing, I'll go up there. There'll be church here at the tabernacle. You people come right here at the tabernacle that's around and things that can, come right ahead. And then, the following Sunday, you remember, Brother Arganbright will be here now with Brother Roll. You'll sure enjoy Brother Roll. All right. Let's turn the service now to Brother Neville and see what he's got to tell us now. The Lord bless you.