1 Thank you very much. I would like to almost express my feelings. Like Brother Palmer said, I'm a good listener. I certainly enjoyed this this morning. I wouldn't have missed this for nothing, to hear these different brothers, and the ones who are giving these testimonies.
The brother just singing has been coming to our church up there, and I have knowed his mother and sister here for, oh, many years. I've never gotten to the Tabernacle in time to hear him sing, and I was just going to suggest it. And then ... comes along, and said he was going to sing it. The brother here said he was going to sing it, too, so I said you can get yours tonight. So we'll be glad to hear that.

2 It's always such a grand privilege to be around where ... the presence of the Lord. And there being, as our brother said, that there is so much flesh in our different denominations calling us away from each other, and... But there is a body, a mystical body of Christ. That's the body that we are all coming into by one Spirit, baptized into that one body. And then we become citizens of the kingdom of heaven.

1 Corinthians 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

Ephesians 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

3 Now, I believe that we're supposed to be out of here at twelve... What? Oh, is that all the time I got, just two hours? I'm kind of disappointed. You know, it takes me a long time to tell what I was thinking. But ... and I'm thankful for an audience that bears with me. But, I was just saying that. Just a few words for the businessmen, and all that's here.
And I want to say it's been a grand time. Last evening my heart was warm, even when I got home---as they said John Wesley said about "in his bosom," to see that our God still lives. And we don't have to guess about this. He's real. It's the simplicity of just accepting what He has said, and seeing it be made a reality.
The Word is a seed. And if that seed's put in the right ground under the right temperature, it'll grow if it's germitized. And we know this Word is germitized, 'cause it's God Himself. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." It's still God. It was made flesh and dwelt among us.

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

4 We're so thankful to hear Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Greek Orthodox, all together, coming together in one great place. And I believe... Jacob dug a well, and the enemy run him away, and he called it "Malice." He dug another well, and they run him away, and he called it "Strife." He dug another well, and said, "There's room for us all." So I think that's about the way it is.
Luther dug one, and Wesley dug one. Now we got one there's room for us all. So let's just all stand, and drink from this one well. If you're riding a one hump camel, or a two hump camel or a three hump camel, you can still come and drink. That's all. We're on our journey.

Genesis 26:20 And the herdmen of Gerar did strive with Isaac's herdmen, saying, The water is ours: and he called the name of the well Esek; because they strove with him.

Genesis 26:21 And they digged another well, and strove for that also: and he called the name of it Sitnah.

Genesis 26:22 And he removed from thence, and digged another well; and for that they strove not: and he called the name of it Rehoboth; and he said, For now the LORD hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.

5 I think now after our little senses of humor, and so forth... I think it's good. Even God, Himself, has a sense of humor, you know. I think we ought to just bow our heads a moment, before approaching his Word for prayer.
Our Father, great and mighty God, who our singer has just expressed all of our feelings, how great Thou art. We approach Thee in the name of thy beloved child, the Lord Jesus, our sacrifice. And as we come from this building into thy presence by faith, we look across our sacrifice to thy throne, knowing that He has promised us if we ask anything in his name it will be granted.
We are going to attempt to read thy Word and speak on it. Now let the Holy Spirit take the Word, and plant it into the heart of each one of us. Circumcise the lips that speak, and the ears that hear. And may it fall on good ground to bring forth a hundred fold. We ask in Jesus' name. Amen.

John 14:13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

John 14:14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

6 If ... many people like to take the places in the Scripture usually where ministers read. I would like to draw your attention to the gospel of St. Mark, the 10th chapter, beginning with the 17th verse, for a reading to draw from this a context.
And when he had gone forth into the way, there came unto him running, and kneeling down to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I ... that I may have eternal life?
And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.
Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.
And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these things I have observed from my youth.
Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up thy cross, and follow me.
And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.
I would like to draw a text from this on the subject of "Investments." And I thought this might be appropriate for a few minutes speaking to businessmen of the city on investments, because that any businessman is always---if he's a good businessman---is interested in good investments. That seems to be what they love to do, is to make a good investment, sound investments, because it pays off, always.

Mark 10:17 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?

Mark 10:18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.

Mark 10:19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.

Mark 10:20 And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.

Mark 10:21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.

Mark 10:22 And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.

7 And this morning, I want to speak to you men whether, if there be some here, on the best investment that I know of. Some time ago I was asked the question by a noted minister of the Baptist church, from which I came from. He said, "Brother Branham, I hear that you're with the Full Gospel Businessmen."
I said, "Yes, sir. That's right."
He said, "What business have you got with the Full Gospel Businessmen?"
I said, "I am a businessman."
He said, "Businessman?"
I said, "Yes, sir."
Said, "What business are you in?"
I said, "Insurance."
And he said, "What?"
And I said, "Assurance."
Said, "What kind?"
I said, "Eternal life." If any of you fellows want to talk a policy over with me after the meeting, I'll be glad to meet you, and talk it over.

8 Some time ago ... a friend that I went to school with, he's an insurance agent, and he's a nice man. I got a brother that's an insurance agent, but it just happens to be that I never carried insurance. And so I ... nothing against it, but... The boy come up one time. His name was Snyder. His brother is a Baptist minister. Wilmer said to me, he said, "Billy, I'd like to talk over some insurance with you."
And I said, "Wilmer, thank you." I said, "I'll talk about anything else, but," I said, "I already have insurance."
And he said, "Oh, I'm sorry." He said, "You have what?"
I said, "I have assurance."
And he... And my wife looked at me as if I was a liar. She stopped and she looked across at me, 'cause I don't have any insurance.
And he said, "Billy, what insurance do you carry?"
I said, "I said assurance. 'Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine. Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine. I'm an heir of salvation, purchased of God, borned of his Spirit, washed in his blood.' "
He said, "That's very good, Billy. But it won't put you up here in the graveyard."
I said, "It'll take me out. I'm am not worried about getting in; I want out. So ... not bothered about getting in there; it's getting out. So that's what I want to talk about.

9 A fellow that's got money wants to put it to a good investment, of course. A man that has as much as, say, ten thousand dollars, he would like to put it to some investment. Don't keep it in your pocket, 'cause you know thieves'll steal it. And so, you don't want to do that.
So, you want ... if you're a good sound businessman, you want to put it to something that'll ... it'll draw dividends. You'll want to put it to something to usury. You know about the talents in the Bible. So you must put it to some use that'll draw dividends out of it, some good sound business.

10 And then, in doing this, you don't want to put it in something that isn't sound. No man would want to do that. A good smart businessman wouldn't think of such a thing. You men wouldn't do that, put it in something that ... one of these here "get rich overnight," and don't know where it come from. Better be careful about that. You'll lose all you got, 'cause it's a gamble. And gambling is not a good sound business. It's got a chance to it. And you don't want to take them kind of chances.
But you want to put it in something---in some good sound firm that pays great dividends; something that's stable, reliable; something that you know that has paid off, and been proven that it will pay off.
When you have something like that to make your investment, why, then you feel assured that you got something coming. You can rest assured when you put your money in that. But if the business is not too good, well, you wouldn't want to try it. Some good reliable plan, something that would pay you off well...

11 And this rich, young ruler, as we'd call it in the Bible, he passed up a great opportunity. He had the opportunity to put his richness of this world into a guaranteed plan, but failed it. He didn't do it. He was given the opportunity that he could draw interest on it, and make a great investment. But he failed to accept that opportunity---so much ... as many of us do today. And we find out that ... it's too bad, but we do it. Now, although this plan that he was offered was perfectly vindicated that it was sound...
When Jesus came to the earth, He proved that He was what He said He was: that He was God, manifested in flesh, for He brought it to a showdown, and said, "If I do not the works of my Father, then believe me not."

John 10:37 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.

1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

12 So this young man was like this great, rich Laodicean age that we live in. They seen a great opportunity to invest in something, but it's not popular. Jesus was not a popular man in his days, only amongst the poor and illiterate. The church of his day, the denomination of his day, or the sectarian religions, had nothing to do with Him.
But there must've been something about Him, that this rich young fellow seen in Jesus that he did not see in others. And he did have the common good sense to come and ask what he might do, because he had seen in Jesus that there was a quality that he didn't see in anyone else. But you see, he was very rich with the things of the world.

Matthew 19:16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?

Mark 10:17 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?

13 We have a lovely picture of this at the Laodicean age in Revelation 3, "Because you say you're rich, and have need of nothing; and yet knowest thou not that thou art wretched, poor, blind, miserable, naked, and don't know it?"
What a horrible thought that is. To think that a person could be blind, or would be on the street naked, that's a horrible thing. But the worst part of it is, is the man in that condition, and yet doesn't know it. If that person knew that he was in that condition, he would try to help himself. But being in that condition, and doesn't know he's in that condition... And you can't tell him any different. That's the picture that we see today, that...
Many of us people see God moving in this last day. We see the Holy Spirit come among us, and vindicating the very promises of the Bible that Christ said would take place. And yet, with our denominational differences, and our creed, and our social standing as that young man had, turn down the opportunity like he does ... or like he did.
They were afraid to make the investment. He would rather hold on to the things that he had---popularity, money, covetousness---instead of putting his investment, when the opportunity knocked at his door, to the kingdom of God.

Matthew 19:22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.

Mark 10:22 And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.

Revelation 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

14 I do not believe that anybody that ... who loves Christ, could sit in a meeting that takes place in a real Spirit-filled Pentecostal outpour in this day, and see the very presence of Jesus Christ strike down upon the people, and perform and do the things that He promised would be done in this day... And the only way that you can is turn away the opportunity that God give you to become part of it.
What a rashal thing this young fellow did to turn away this opportunity. And what a rashal thing the denominations are doing today. Instead of accepting, and embracing the Holy Spirit, and forgetting their differences, they separate the brotherhood, and try to draw away little groups after their own following.

15 We find out that in Revelation 3, at the Laodicean age, which we are now living in, to my interpretation of the Scripture, that when the messages come forth of the Laodicea age (as it did in each age, and each age had a messenger) that we come forth in this last day, and find out that that church was very rich. And they were so disagreeable with Him, they put Him out of the church because it's the only church age that we find, even through the...
Well, we would think the Ephesus church age, and the Sardis, and all the church ages as they were, even down into the age of Philadelphia, the Wesleyan church age, and so forth ... even into all those ages He was not put out. But in the Laodicean church age He was on the outside, but was still knocking, trying to get into his own church.

Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

16 With his divine presence, as it was when He was on earth, God was in one person.
Now God is in his church, his life divided among his people. God's living among them, trying to unite them together in a mystical body of Christ, which is called his bride. And when He's trying to do that... And He will do it, for as the prophet said... It come forth, his forerunner for his first advent, said, "God is able of these stones to rise children."
And today, when the blessings fell upon the Pentecostals years ago, and they separated themselves, seemingly not having the faith, God is able of the Methodist, and Orthodox, and so forth, of these stones to rise children unto Abraham.
And did you ever think, my brethren, did it ever come to you in the Scripture, that the very day that the sleeping virgin come to buy oil, that was the day that He come? When you see Greek Orthodox, Episcopalians, Methodists, Baptists, Presbyterians, coming in, hungering for this, "Where can we get this oil?", remember it was that hour that the bridegroom came. Let's watch our investments, where they pay off at.

Malachi 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:

Matthew 3:9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

Matthew 25:10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

Luke 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

17 Now. They put Him out of their denominations. They didn't want Him. The rich young ruler went away sad, although you notice that it says here in the scripture, "Jesus beholding him loved him." And He loved these people in these organizations. They're God's people. He loved them, and He's offered, and has offered for the last fifty years, the opportunity to make another investment in Him; not in a building of a church, but in the power and the resurrection of Christ, and receiving the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
It's not popular. Certainly not. It's never been popular. Anything that God ever done on earth never was popular, from the beginning. It's very much unpopular. It's purposed to be that way. Did not Jesus call the Pharisees the whited walls? Said, "Which of your fathers has not persecuted the prophets? You whiten their tombs now, but you was the one that put them in there."
They build it upon some great thing---the Methodist upon John Wesley, a great man; the Lutheran upon Martin Luther, and so forth. And now the Pentecostals is trying to build a tomb to something ... was fifty years ago, that brought them out of this kind of a chaos. And now they're taking it right back in again, polishing the tomb of the ones that we actually put in. That's right.

Matthew 19:22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.

Matthew 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.

Matthew 23:29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,

Matthew 23:30 And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.

Mark 10:21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.

Mark 10:22 And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.

Luke 11:47 Woe unto you! for ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and your fathers killed them.

Luke 11:48 Truly ye bear witness that ye allow the deeds of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and ye build their sepulchres.

18 Now this great assurance policy that I am asking each to invest in today, let us look back. And all things should be like any other business. Before we make our investment, we should find out about the company, or about the thing that we're trying to buy. And I think it would be good this morning, in these next few minutes, if we investigated some of the holders of this policy, to find out just what's taken place. That's the only way to do when you're going to make a business investment.
You'll usually go over, and say to your fellow man, "Have ... what about this Such-and-such-a company? What about this Such-and-such-a business?"
"Well, it did this for So-and-so. It did this for So-and-so. And it paid off at this. And this bonds, these coupons, government bank coupons ... and they paid off at twenty-five percent," and so forth.
It's good to invest it ... investigate it, and find out before you make your investment.

19 So, as not exactly an assurance salesman this morning, but I am talking for one, let's go back and investigate, and find some of its holders, some of the holders that it ... held the thing that I have been trying to tell you to hold to: that's God's Word---the Word of his promise regardless of denomination or creed. Men and women who took God at his word regardless of what anybody else thought about it, we want to find some of their holders and investigate them.

20 Let's start back with an old holder I can think of, long years ago. His name was Noah. He was a rich farmer. And we find out that while he had good possessions upon the earth, one day God spoke to him. And usually when God speaks, it's so contrary to the earthly thoughts of the thing, it's so different from the modern trend of the day, until the person that receives the policy... The other people that don't have the policy, or know nothing about it, has never talked it over, think the man's crazy by accepting it. It's always been that way.
God told Noah about ... promised, "I am going to destroy the world, and I want you to build an ark. Take the wood off your farm, and don't make shade trees anymore, but I want you to build an ark. It's for the saving of your life."
And ... Noah obedient to that. It did not cope with their modern scientific thoughts. You know, we're taught that we had a greater civilization then than we have now. Jesus said, "As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be at the coming of the son of man," a modern civilization.

Genesis 6:13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

Genesis 6:14 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.

Matthew 24:37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Luke 17:26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.

21 And we're told by Genesis that they had never had rain down from the heavens. God watered by irrigation. The world stood up straight. It did not lean back. And we had no rainfall.
And here comes a man coming forth upon a policy that he had been given of God, that judgment was coming, and the only way to escape it... ; that there was coming a phenomenon such as rain. Water was going to fall from the skies. Perhaps some of their modern scientific men could put their instruments up, and say, "We can shoot the moon by radar and there's no such a thing as water in the sky. The man is totally insane. Let him alone. He'll bring disgrace upon himself."
If that ain't a picture of the modern day believer today, that he's considered totally insane. He's emotional. He's crazy. I thank the brother at the end here for his compliment: "I was just foolish enough to believe the Word." That's all right. I want to stay foolish.
I seen a little sign one time. I'm told about a man out in California, had a big plate on the front of him here. It said, "I'm a fool for Christ." And on his back was a question mark, said, "Whose fool are you?"

Genesis 6:13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

Genesis 6:17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.

22 Noah was a fool in the eyes of the world in that day, for God's sake, and for the Word's sake. But he had a policy that was going to draw dividends, going to pay off in the saving of his life.
As I've said before, it might not cope with all the scientific movements. They might try today to say this is purely emotion. As one brother testified, I believe here, he wanted no emotion. And that's good. I think there's a lot of radical stuff goes with it that moves... I was reading the life of Martin Luther, or the history. And it said it wasn't such a phenomenon that Luther could protest the Catholic church, and get by with it. But the phenomenon was, the man could hold his head above all the fanaticism that followed his revival.
That's the same it is today. It isn't so much of a phenomenon to see people come out of organizations, and things. But a man that can stay with the Word, and hold his head above all the fanaticism that tries to follow such a move---sensations, and so forth---that base faith upon which is absolutely fleshly, as our precious brother quoted to us about the Greek. See, they go out the same thing: flesh, flesh, denomination, so forth.
But somebody can hold their head above that, and stay with "thus saith the Lord." It is true.

Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

23 We find that Noah ... that after you have received this policy that I am speaking of this morning, the assurance, the assurance of salvation, you're always tried. And there's always... The kingdom of God doesn't come by observation, and we know that you're tried. Every son that cometh to God must be child-trained.
I think that's what's the matter with a bunch of our little Elvises and Rickys today. They didn't have the right kind of child-training. Papa used to take me to the woodshed, and I got a good education---how to behave myself. He had a hickory limb with all the ten commandments on the end of it. It certainly brought discipline to me.
It's too bad we don't have fathers and mothers, more of them today, that would do the same thing, instead of hot rodding, and out all night, and their daughters twisted up in some... You know what I mean.

24 Now. But you're tried, put to the test to be proven. And Noah, after the days of his preaching when he stood in the ark of his door, and gave ... the door of his ark rather, and gave the very last call, God told him, "I am through with them. Get into the safety that's been provided."
I think that's where we stand. Get into that spot of safety zone. The traffic of sin is getting terrific, but God give us a safety zone, as I was speaking of last night---the inoculation. Stay in there. Don't go to wandering. As the brother said, you can totter out of it. Better stay put. Now don't go to wandering off on isms, and dogmas. Stay with the Word. Stay with Christ. To know Him is life. Not to know his creed, not to know his book, not to know nothing; but to know Him is life.

Genesis 7:1 And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.

25 We find that Noah... Let's give a little drama of it. It's getting late, and Noah told them, "This is your last call. I have the policy here, the assurance, that it's going to rain. I don't care what your scientific rule says, but you better come in."
They laughed at him. There was some that sat close, of course, and listened. And others didn't even come to hear him at all.
So Noah went in, and the door closed behind him. Noah did not close the door; God closed the door. And so will He do it again, when the last member of the body of Christ... It'll never make it a freak body for you or I. We better come in while there's opportunity. It won't have six fingers on one hand, won't even have two fingernails on one finger. It'll be a perfect body without blemish. When that last member's been added to that body, God will close the door between judgment and mercy ... or, mercy and judgment, should I've said. Notice.

Genesis 7:16 And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.

Ephesians 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

26 Then after the door closed, I can hear Noah say to his wife as though I could listen in (and along one of those, as the brothers talked about, that ... the grounded-wire way of speaking with tongues), hear him say now, "In the morning the clouds will rise, and it'll be raining. The thunders will roar, the lightnings will flash, and there'll come a great rain. I've done my best. But I am in now, and the door's shut. We know something supernatural happened, because we never shut that door. Somebody shut the door. It was God."

27 And you know, there were some of the borderline believers that stood close, and listened, halfway believed it; probably like the rich young ruler. But they said, "We better go up. We know he was a good old man. And if there would come such a thing, we'll be standing close, where we can get ... oh, we'll get right in. He'll open the door." But remember, Noah had no way of opening the door.
Don't you borderline with God. Don't you just be a good man or a good woman. You be filled with the Holy Ghost, baptized into the body by the Holy Ghost. Don't take no hearsay nothing about it. Stay there until you're dead, and your life is new in Christ; and your whole life is changed. Just don't take an emotion, a sensation, or some... Don't do that. Stay there until something actually happens that changes you completely.

28 Noah inside, and now these borderline believers slipped up, and said, "Maybe it might rain, as the old man said. Something happened, something phenomenal." So can the world see it today, that something's happened.
And the first morning, when Noah rose up and went up to look out the window, the sun came up just as bright as it ever did. I'd imagine Noah checked up. Said, "Wait a minute. Let's see if I was right." Went back to the Word, to his calling, to his promise. Everything was exactly in line. "Well, He just delayed it. It'll probably be tomorrow."
The next day, the sun rose. Well, the borderline believer, he become a critic too. Said. "See, there was nothing to it." He went on out.

29 But then finally, after God had give him his last trial, on the seventh day, that morning the sky was black, the thunders was roaring, the lightning a-flashing. Then, great big drops of rain began to fall, and a frantic world of people began to scream and hunt for that ark. But it was too late, like the sleeping virgin that knocked at the door. It was too late. Don't wait till that time. Come now! Notice.
And then, after all this, the rain got heavier. The streets began to fill up. The sewers filled up. The water began to rise. Some of them said, "We'll just build us a boat and float. We'll get us a poplar log."

30 That's what too many's doing today, try to float through on a poplar log. But we find out it sunk. They thought they could build a boat, and it would be all right. But their boats went down.
That's what you think today: that we can build an organization, or educate a bunch of people into it, it'll go anyhow, whether it's God-constructed or not. But the only thing that will pass the test is the God-constructed church by the Word, filled with the Holy Ghost. Got to be God-instructed, God-inspired. Man has nothing to do into it. It's God, and Him alone.

31 The waters began to come high on the ark. Mrs. Noah and probably her daughter-in-laws were wondering. Noah said, "Just hold still. God made the promise. Our assurance is absolutely assured to us." And he knowed that his construction had been according to his instruction.
And I wonder today if we would watch, and take a look around, and find out if our constructions are according to the instructions. For He said "If a man believes in me, the works that I do shall he do also." I wonder if our construction will compare with the instructions that we have been given.

John 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

32 But Noah checked. Everything, every corner was pitched in. He said, "Mother, it's got to work. God promised it this way."
"Why," she said, "I looked out, and I saw the Joneses," or so forth. "Their boat sunk right down. And ours is still sitting on the ground."
It just takes a little more persecution, a little more judgment of God, to bring it up. Finally the waters got deeper, and deeper. After awhile the whole family felt something move. She left the ground!
I just want to be in Him, one of these days. I am kind of getting tired of this old pest house. At fifty-three years old, one of these days I expect to feel something move. We want to leave.
The ark was going up. While others sank, the ark was going up. God in his Word had fulfilled his promise. Satan tried him. Satan tried to discourage him. He tried to discourage him through the people of that day, the religious of that day, through the science of that day.

33 I read in the paper, yesterday I believe it was, day before yesterday, where science has found a way that man don't have to die, have eternal life. Well, they think that's something new. We've had that for two thousand years. Think that they got something new! As David DuPlessis once said, "Russia bragged because they had a man in space. We've had one in space for two thousand years. We're so far ahead of them they don't even know where they're at." Sure. An intercessor, between us and God, with the assurance, "When I see the blood, I'll pass over you," when the judgments come.
Don't you want to be interested in such a policy? You should be, 'cause all others are going to fail. That's exactly right.
Finally, when the ark finally made its great last jerk and jump, as she left the bottom of the ground, the Word paid off, and the policy paid off in dividends. It saved him, and his household. I am so thankful for that. We could stay on that a long time, but we'll go a little further.

Exodus 12:13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.

Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

34 There was another man I'd like---a policy holder---to introduce to you this morning. No doubt but what you've heard of him. His name was Daniel. He took this life assurance policy, and he was carried away down into Babylon in his days. But Daniel, because he was a holder of the policy, he purposed in his heart not to defile his policy. He wasn't going to defile his investment.
Now I'll get to what you said. You have the policy, but don't defile it. If you've got it, quit teetering and tottering around with the world. Keep away from it.
And Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile his inheritance with the king's meats.

Daniel 1:8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.

35 Now, some of you women let your hair start growing. Some of you men, start doing something. Shame on you preachers who are ashamed to say it. God have mercy upon you. You're scared you'd be put out of your organization. How about put out of the ark? Remember, brother, it's God's Word that says that.
Don't defile your investment. If you've made the investment, then hold with it, and keep it in a safe place inside your heart, in your soul. Stay with it. Don't defile it with the things of the world.
Church, come back to God! Get away from these little old things you're running after. The Oneness kick you out, you join the Assemblies. The Assemblies kick you out, go to the Church of God. Quit defiling your inheritance. Quit defiling your investment, I should've said. Go back. Keep it clean. Work for God.

36 I might call, and let you know that Daniel, it saved his life. When they throwed him into the lion's den, the lions couldn't eat him. There was something wrong, 'cause the angel of the Lord was sent to protect him. And it saved his life. And if there's anything that's great to any mortal, it's life. What's greater than life?
Which one... Could a doctor stand here this morning, and speak of a capsule that he had invented by science to make you live a hundred years, or a thousand years, why, you'd sell everything you had to get it. Sure, you would. Life is dear. But I am trying to tell you of a policy, of an assurance, that you don't live for a hundred years, you don't live for a thousand years; you live eternally, because it's an eternal life assurance. And we want that.

Daniel 6:16 Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.

Daniel 6:22 My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.

37 The Hebrew children, they also had the same policy and the assurance. And they certainly wasn't going to bow down to anything contrary to God's Word. No matter how many things they tried to put before them ("You have to join this, or we'll throw you out."), they stayed true to the Word. They didn't bow before any idols. And when the judgment come, their life was saved because they was a holder of the policy that I'm talking about.

Daniel 3:18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.

Daniel 3:22 Therefore because the king's commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

38 Simon Peter---we might speak of him a moment, because he was mentioned this morning. And he's the one of the apostles, and the one that had the keys to the kingdom---in other words the knowledge, how to unlock the doors to the kingdom, and we spoke of that last night. The key locked the door and unlocked it, and we heard of that last night, the original foundation. There's no way to come back, only go back exactly where you started from.
The brother said this morning... Speaking of Simon Peter, and what he did, look where he started from. He started from Acts. There's where the church started from, and that's where the church has got to go back to. Go back to that same prescription, that same Word of God, and follow it through. If we've left it, then go back to it. The only way to come out right is head back, and get straightened out.

Matthew 16:19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

39 I shoot, precision shooting, and I have many trophies. And the other day, the Lord knowing my heart, knowing I needed a little rest, He let me shoot a remarkable thing. With a common model 70 Winchester .22 rifle on the range, I shot nine bullets in the same hole.
Two of the group of men standing there put the patch behind, said, "I believe you're missing the target."
What was it? I'd messed with that gun, and tinkered with it, and everything, till every little vibration had to be right. And if it misses the target, there's something wrong somewhere.
The Winchester company said, "That gun will only shoot an inch group at twenty-five yards."
And I had nine bullets in the same hole at fifty yards, no matter what they said. It had worked before; it'll work again.

40 That's what I say today. They say, "You can't have a Pentecost like they had then. People won't believe that stuff. You can't do it. We've got to have the church. We've got to have the organization. We've got to have the education injected into it," and so forth.
If it worked back there to illiterate fishermen who could take God at his word, if it hit the target then, if it healed the sick, if it raised the dead, it'll do the same thing today. If the right vibration's put on the gun, she'll zero right in. If it don't, go back and check up your gun. So go back, and pick up the subscription, and find out where we're wrong at---the only way I know to do it.
But it'll do it, 'cause it hit before. It'll hit again. If it worked for the apostles without denomination, without creed, without being Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, or whatmore... It worked for them on the Word of God. It'll work for me on the Word of God. It'll work for you by the Word of God.
But you got to find out where your loose screws is. Sometimes you got (excuse me), got plenty of them. Some of them even gets too tight. You have to loosen it up a little (right) to make the vibration. Like a musician with his guitar, training his strings, he has to know the ting of it. A Spirit-filled man could tell the ting of it, whether it's way beyond the Bible, or way behind the Bible. It has to be right in the Bible, exactly with "thus saith the Lord." Must be trained in right. Then it'll zero. Then it'll hit the spot.

41 Peter was a fisherman. He'd been shooting off the target for a long time. His father told him before he died, "Perhaps, son... I'm an old man. I look for the Messiah. We have since Eden. He won't come probably in my day, but he ... maybe yours. But don't be deceived, son. There's a lot of things comes along all the time, and says it's Messiah. But when the Messiah cometh, remember we have to stay with the Word what the Messiah will be."
Lot of them ... you know there was Jesuses raised up before Jesus Christ. There were leaders that raised up, and pulled people in the wilderness by cults and denominational bands. But it wasn't the right thing. They perished with it. Like the gainsaying of Korah, who said, "Who's holy? Moses thinks he's the only pebble on the beach. There's other holy men."
But God had his way, and God had his man, and God had his things. God's got his Word, and who's going contrary to it? Stay with it. Now. Watch.

Matthew 4:18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.

42 Said, "Simon, my son, when the Messiah cometh, Moses, by the word, said that he'd be a prophet like him."
When Andrew had been to see Jesus, he come back and tried to tell him.
I imagine Peter shook his head, said, "I'm a fisherman. I've invested in my father's nets. I'm going to catch fish. That's my occupation. And I am a Pharisee. So I'll just let it be like this. I go to church. I am as good as any other man. That's all. That's good. I belong to the church that my father belonged to. Or tradition, I'll just keep with that."
But one day, he walked in the presence of this One. And as soon as he come in his presence, He said, "Your name is Simon, and you are the son of Jonas." Not only did He know him, and who he was, but He knowed his godly old father, who had instructed him. And it was according to the word, a prophet. Peter made an investment. He dropped his nets.
He said, "Come follow me. I'll make you fishers of men."
How different from the rich young ruler who wanted to maintain his wealth. But he dropped everything he had to follow Jesus.

Deuteronomy 18:15 The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;

Deuteronomy 18:18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.

Matthew 4:19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

Matthew 4:20 And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.

John 1:42 And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.

43 It was Nathanael ... or, Philip who went and told Nathanael. Perhaps had a great olive orchard. He was out investigating it. And when Philip told him about what he had found, he was a little critical at first. But he just come to drop in on one of the meetings. And as soon as he seen Him... Being a scholar of the Scripture, knowed that what the Messiah was to be, and whether it was right to leave his church that he was on---these Orthodox people who were casting down Jesus, casting down the policy and saying it was no good, it could not be trusted.
He was a man making Himself God, He was a Beelzebub, He was a wild man, He had no background, He was illegitimately born; He didn't go to their schools, He wasn't educated in their seminaries, He was against their doctrine; He was tearing up their churches, and his doctrine was hindering the people---that's what He was claimed to do. Called Him Beelzebub, said He deceived the people by his doctrine. Now, that's what had been injected in Him.

John 1:45 Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.

John 1:46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.

44 But this godly man, Nathanael, as soon as he walked into the presence of Jesus, He said, "Behold an Israelite in whom there's no guile."
He said, "Rabbi, when did you know me?
He said, "Before Philip called you I saw you."
He made an investment. There stood his priest, and all. He wasn't ashamed. He had found something real. He had found God in action. What did he do? He said ... run and fell down at his feet, and said, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God. You are the King of Israel." He made an investment. His name's immortal.
There were those there who laughed at it. I don't know where they are today. That's up to God.

John 1:47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!

John 1:48 Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.

John 1:49 Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.

45 Let's see about a woman. There was a woman, probably a church member somewhere, and she was let run loose. She may have bobbed hair, and so forth, too. She was right in the trend of the day. But one day she come up to the well where there was a strange man sitting, a Jew, over against the little panorama with curtains behind it. And when she come up there...
And she had her way of making a living, and she probably had several pieces of the Roman denarii in her pocket then---her little sock that she was carrying it in. And she walked up there to get some water. She'd been out all night. Maybe about eleven o'clock she got up there. I don't know, but let's just say it was that way.
And when she got up there, she saw a man, an ordinary man. Not a priest, not some denominational sign on him, but just an ordinary man. And she looked at Him, and He said, "Bring me a drink."
She said, "Now, you being a Jew, you know that's not right. I'm a Samaritan.
He said, "But if you knew who you were talking to, you'd ask..." See, she didn't know by outward appearance. He was just a man, but He seemed to be very stern in what He said. "If you knew who you were talking to..." I like that, like the little woman in her persistency, the little Greek woman, that came to Jesus.
Said... He said, "Go get your husband, and come here."
It surprised her. She said, "Well, I don't have any husband." See, she lived in a denomination, let them marry and everything else, and remarry, and see... Said, "I have no husband."
Said, "You said the truth. You've had five, and you're living with one now. So he's not yours---your first one was rightly your husband. You're living like that."
She said, "Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet." What a difference from the scholarly priest that said He was Beelzebub, a fortune-teller, or a devil.
Said, "I perceive that you are a prophet. Now we know ... I've been taught (I am a Greek, or a Samaritan, rather), I've been taught that when Messiah cometh He'll do these things. This'll be his sign."
He said, "I am He that speaks to you."
Right quick she made an investment. She invested. And she run into the city and she couldn't hold it still. She had found the pearl of great price. She'd sold out everything else.
Do you know the tradition in them days? It wasn't right for a woman to go into the street---a woman of that type---and talk to the men. But stop her! Try to stop her. She'd found something. It was real.

John 4:7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.

John 4:8 (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)

John 4:9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.

John 4:10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

John 4:16 Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither.

John 4:17 The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband:

John 4:18 For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.

John 4:19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.

John 4:26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.

John 4:28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men,

46 Like Nathanael. It wasn't ethical of his church for him to follow that Galilean so-called prophet, that they'd pronounced to be a Beelzebub. It wasn't right for him to do it. It wasn't churchy. It wasn't ethical. He'd be churched for it. But stop him! He'd found something real.
This woman found something real. It wasn't right for her to scream this in the streets. She was a woman of ill fame. She was marked. But she had been forgiven. She'd found something real, and you couldn't stop her. Like putting a fire out on a windy day. She was burning---joy, and peace of forgiveness of sins. She didn't want Jacob's well anymore. She'd found a fountain bubbling up with eternal life in it. She left her bucket there, and said, "I am through with this thing. I want an investment in that." What a smart woman she was! Sure. She found something to make an investment in.

47 Let's take another character. Let's go to speak on the little Greek woman for a moment. See, she had a lot of opposition. See, the first thing, she might have been... She was a Greek; she wasn't a Jew. No doubt that people told her, said, "Now, wait a minute. Remember, your denomination ain't sponsoring that."
Didn't make any difference to her. She'd heard. She had need. And when you got need, and you hear that there's something to help you, nothing ain't going to stop you. If God's calling at your heart, you can't stop it. Nobody can. No, sir. You're going anyhow.
I can imagine all the sisters in the church said, "Well, you'll be a reproach amongst the people." That didn't stop her. She went on.
Another group met her, said, "Your husband's a businessman. He'll leave you if you go down to that bunch of ... that holy rollers." That didn't stop her. She went on anyhow. She was persistent.

48 It pays to be persistent when you know what... Anybody that can achieve anything will be persistent. Men through all ages has been persistent, if they ever amounted to anything. Washington, the father (called) of our nation, at Valley Forge he was persistent, regardless of how much the Delaware was froze. He prayed all night. He knowed he had to cross that river, and he crossed it. Regardless of what took place, he crossed it anyhow. He was persistent.

49 And after this woman got to Jesus, look there. Here's what real faith does. When you find a jewel, when you find this policy, I don't care how many people try to discourage you, whether they put you out of your church, whether they do whatever they want to, you still are persistent. You want the policy.
That's the way Jacob was. It didn't make any difference what he had to do to get that birthright, he wanted it. When we get in that condition, we get desperate. Then we're persistent. "Well, I tell you. I, ahhh ... Mama was Pentecostal. I'd pray through tonight, but I'm, oh, so tired." Hmmph. You need some of the toxin, what you need---something to make you persistent.

50 She rushed in. She fell down before Jesus, and she said, "Thou son of David..."
He was no son of David to her. She was a Greek, Gentile. He didn't pay any attention to her.
Then finally He turned to her, and He said, "I am not sent to your denomination. I am only sent to the lost sheep of Israel. That's all I'm sent to."
She said, "But, Lord..."
Now she got right. Not son of David, but Lord to her. "Lord..."
He said, "And another thing. You're nothing but a bunch of dogs, and it's not meet for me to take the children's bread and hand it to dogs."
Oh, wouldn't the Pentecostal blow up at that! "You think I'd let a Baptist tell me that, and get by with it? No, sir. Or a Oneness, or a Trinity, or a what...? No, sir." You'd've stuck your nose up in the air, and went away. But not her. She had to make an investment. She had need for an investment. Amen. No matter she...

Matthew 15:22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.

Matthew 15:24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Matthew 15:26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and cast it to dogs.

Mark 7:25 For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet:

Mark 7:27 But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it unto the dogs.

51 The real genuine faith will always admit the Word of God is true, no matter what the circumstances is. She said, "It's the truth, Lord, You wasn't sent to us. It's truth, Lord, that I'm nothing but a dog. But let me give You my side of it. I'm not looking for the blessings that they got. I'm looking for crumbs."
"Now, Lord, if You'll let me polish up and get down there, and put me deacon in the church; if You let me be state presbyter, I'll kind of consider it." You hypocrite! You don't get it. You want to come for crumbs. You want to come and...
"Lord, if You'll give it to me without speaking in tongues; or if You'll give it to me without shouting; if You'll give it to me without this other stuff, let me receive it... Just gradually pour it into me, Lord, in a nice polite way."
God don't do it according to your way; He does it according to his own way, see.

Matthew 15:27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.

Mark 7:28 And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children's crumbs.

52 Preaching some time ago, and a lady said to me ... or, not a lady. It was a Sunday school teacher in the First Baptist Church. Said, "Billy, I couldn't get into the church to hear you, but I was standing on the outside." Said, "I was enjoying what you were saying, but that woman raised up." And said, "She started crying. And down through the aisle she went running." She said, "All that noise just made chills go over my back."
I said, "You know what? If you think that's noise, you're living in the quietest world you ever lived in. You'll freeze to death, if you'd ever get to heaven. For if you go to heaven, there is screaming and shouting, and praising God, day and night; the angels around the throne, crying, 'Holy, holy, holy art Lord God Almighty.' If you're in hell, there's weeping and wailing, and gnashing of teeth. You're living in a mighty quiet place." Certainly.

Isaiah 6:3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.

Matthew 8:12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

53 Now, but the little Greek woman was persistent. She said, "Yes, Lord. I admit that what you say is the truth. And I am not looking to ... maybe to be like the rest of them, but I..."
And remember, she'd never seen a miracle. She'd never seen any of these things. But there was faith in there that believed that that was the thing she needed for her daughter. And when Jesus... The first miracle performed there, upon this Gentile woman, He said, "Great is thy faith." See, that touched Him, to see that she was dead earnest.
The trouble with we people today, we're not dead earnest about these things. We cope our words ... we're afraid to say something that's unethical. God promised to fill your mouth. Turn yourself loose to Him. "Don't take no thought what you're going to say." But we get so ethical with it. If I say something ... according to my denomination won't believe it, they'll be kicked out. Premeditated murder. Yes. There's a penalty to that, you know.

Matthew 10:19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.

Matthew 15:27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.

Matthew 15:28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

Mark 7:28 And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children's crumbs.

54 There was a man called Nicodemus. He saw something in Jesus that was right. He was an old man, a great man in his organization. You know, he wanted to make an investment 'cause he wanted eternal life. And he came to Jesus by night. Seemingly the banks had been closed. But his bank's always open, day or night---open right now. He found the bank open, and Jesus gave him the prescription. He wanted eternal life. And there he made his investment in eternal life. We find all these groups, and it's getting late. Let's wind them up.

55 We find over in Luke 24:49, that Jesus said to these people who had sacrificed everything they had, and was signing up for this policy of eternal life (Luke 24:49), He tells them that He's going to give them the dividends on it. He said, "Now, in order to draw your dividends, get all your differences away from you. Quit fussing whether you're Greek Orthodox, or whether you're Baptist, Presbyterian [as the brother said this morning], black or white, yellow, brown. Go up there in the city of Jerusalem, and wait until I send it."
And he had a hundred and twenty up there, to sign up. And they signed up, and went up there to draw their interest on their investment. All of a sudden there came a sound from heaven like a rushing mighty wind. Their interest was paid off. It always pays off.
The day of Pentecost, there was about three thousand souls who wanted to get one of the policies, and Peter told them how it was wrote out. He said, "Repent, every one of you, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins. And then God will give you the interest on it right then. You'll draw dividends." Amen.
Are you interested in a policy? Well, it's for whosoever will. That's right, whosoever will.

Luke 24:49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

Acts 1:15 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,)

Acts 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

56 A little later on there was a rich young man, by the name of Paul. And he was going around making havoc of these people, and he was on his road to Damascus. He knowed there was a God, but he thought that was a bunch of holy rollers. Why? He'd never investigated the policy holders. He'd run in, and persecuted them, made laughter at them. Many of us has done the same thing when we seen it---run in, and make fun of it, and say, "A bunch of holy rollers."
But one day on his road to Damascus he was stricken down. And he looked up, and he saw that pillar of fire that led his father, Moses, and his fathers, through the wilderness.
And He said, "Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?"
He said, "Who are you, Lord?"
He said, "I am Jesus."
He found out, and was sure, that God had been made flesh, and dwelt among us. He knowed by the Bible because he understood the Word, that that truly was the Messiah. And he'd seen the vindication of it. And as soon as he seen the vindication of it, he was ready then to cash in, and he was going to get him a policy. He went on down into Damascus, and Ananias come, and laid hands on him, and baptized him and he received the Holy Ghost. What a great thing it is! Yes.

Acts 9:17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.

Acts 9:18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.

Acts 9:35 And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord.

57 When he saw that pillar of fire, and knew it was the Lord that had been made flesh... They knowed that that truly was Messiah; because He said, "I come from God, and went to God." He came from the pillar of fire. He said, in his teaching, "Before Moses ... before Abraham was, I AM." And the I AM was the one was in the burning bush. And here He was made flesh and dwelt among us, which is correctly Messiah. And there he returned back.
And it kind of stumped Paul. And we understand that he went to another nation, and studied the thing through for three years before he come back. And he saw He was the word made flesh. When he did that he was ready, oh, to invest his whole life and everything he had---all of his popularity, all of his education.
He said, "I forgot everything I ever knowed in order to know Christ." He was ready to forsake his great teaching from Gamaliel. He was ready to cash in his organization papers. He was ready, 'cause they'd kick him out anyhow. But he had found out something. Amen.
He'd found a firm that was reliable, because that Christ had died and rose again; and here he was again in that same pillar of fire. Hallelujah! (Don't get scared. That means, "Praise our God.") He wanted to make an investment. He was a great businessman; he had good sense. So he made the investment, and he become a bond slave of love to Christ. Oh, what an investment he made! That's what we all need to make. That's exactly right.

John 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

John 16:28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.

1 Corinthians 2:2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

58 What a rashal decision (now in closing) for that young ruler. What a rashal thing he did. What an unethical thing for a businessman to do. When a man of business and had been prosperous, and was given the opportunity to receive an a-vindicated policy, a man that... He had seen in Him, hisself, the power of Almighty God working, and knowed that no man could do those things, except God was with Him. And he was given the opportunity to receive Him, and rationally he turned it down.
He'd rather have the popularity of the riches of the world. He'd rather have the glamor that he lived in. May I say this with love and reverence? That's what's the matter with our churches.

59 A Jewish rabbi... When John Rhyn was healed (you've heard the story of his healing---a beggar on the street), I was taken over to a synagogue where a rabbi come to talk to me. And he said, "Mr. Branham [John was with me]," and he said, "By what authority did you give this man his sight?"
I said, "I never gave him his sight."
He said, "Well, I've given him alms on the streets many times." He said...
I said, "He can see, yes." I said, "Jesus Christ, the Son of God, gave him his sight."
He said, "Far be it from God, having a son ... a spirit having a son." He said, "Far be it from a thing like that."
I said, "Rabbi, is it hard for you to believe the Scriptures?"
"Certainly not. I am a teacher of them."
"Do you believe the prophets?"
He said, "I do."
"In Isaiah 9:6, who was the prophet speaking of?"
He said, "Messiah."
I said, "What will Messiah ... what connection will Messiah be to God?"
He said, "Messiah will be God."
I said, "Now you're on the line."
He said, "You Gentiles can't cut God in three pieces, and give Him to us."
I said, "That's Catholic. That's not me. There's one God, in three offices: Fatherhood, Sonship, and Holy Spirit." Not three gods; that makes a heathen. And you couldn't poke that down a Jew. Me, neither.

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

60 Remember, it's the Word that makes it right. That was settled at the Nicaea council. They took the other side. The old prophets went back to their places with the truth. You'll never kill it. It's going on. That's right.
Say men scratch their heads, and wonder. Just come to God. If a man lacks wisdom, let him ask God. God reveals all things, and makes the scriptures fit together. Notice.
Now, when this rabbi, he said, "Far be it from God having a son."
And I said, "All right."
And he said, "It will be..."
I said, "Show me one place that He failed to prove ... He wasn't God."
He said, "God wouldn't be a thief."
I said, "He wasn't a thief."
He said, "He went on the Sabbath day in the cornfields, and plucked the corn."
I said, "Your own Levitical law tells you that a man can go through the fields and eat what he wants to, but he can't take any out in a sack." His own law, he knowed it; and he turned and looked at me. I said, "John can see, can't he?"
He said, "Yes." Said, "Mr. Branham, I'll admit He was a good man."
I said, "Will you, Rabbi?"
He said, "Yes, sir." He said, "More than that, I'll admit He was a prophet. And if the temple priests would've listened to Him, we'd have been better off today."
I said, "Rabbi, do you believe He was the Son of God?"
He said, "No, no, no, no."
I said, "Wait a minute. You said He was a good man, you can trust Him. If He's a prophet He won't lie. And He said He was the Son of God. Now, what about it?"
"Yes." He said, "If I preach that..." We was standing at Benton Harbor. He said, "See down there? I'd be in the street, begging my bread."
I said, "That's a Jew for you." I said, "I'd rather lay on my belly and drink branch water and eat soda crackers, and preach the truth of God, than to have my name like yours on this building in gold letters, and have fried chicken three times a day. Yes, sir! The truth!"
The tears rolled down his cheeks, said, "I'll see you later."
I said, "Let's see Him now." But he went back.
Then, when he went in the door, he turned around and looked at me, and said, "God is able of these stones to rise children to Abraham." He believed it. What? He was afraid, like this rich young ruler, to make an investment. That's right.

Deuteronomy 23:25 When thou comest into the standing corn of thy neighbour, then thou mayest pluck the ears with thine hand; but thou shalt not move a sickle unto thy neighbour's standing corn.

Matthew 3:9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

Matthew 12:1 At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat.

Mark 2:23 And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn.

Luke 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

Luke 6:1 And it came to pass on the second sabbath after the first, that he went through the corn fields; and his disciples plucked the ears of corn, and did eat, rubbing them in their hands.

James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

61 Not only rabbis, but ministers, laity, afraid to make that investment. What a rashal thing this man did, make a decision like that. The churches today, this popularity---you can't stay popular and be with Christ. If you love God, you're hated by the world. That's exactly right. Popular, yes, sir---man's praises rather than the praises of God. They need a little toxin. My!

62 But this rich young man ... now here's something for you businessmen, and I have to close. Notice now, so you'll let this sink deep in your hearts. By rejecting Jesus, it never stopped his increase of goods. He continued on. Let's follow him awhile down through the Bible. His flow of goods got greater. And because your business picks up a little bit, don't you never think that all the time that's God's blessings. The wicked prosper, you know.
This man, he got greater. And he got to a place till he was so great till all of his barns bursted, almost. He had to build new ones.
Now, he thought he had done the right thing by turning down Jesus, and not making an investment in Him. He thought he'd done the right thing, because in the worldly possessions... (I am going to say something now.) In worldly possessions he thought he had done the right thing because he had prospered. And that's what our denominations think. Because they organize themselves, and their groups become millionaires, and billionaires, they feel that they are it.

63 Didn't the Bible say, "Thou art rich and increased in goods [to this age], but don't know that you're naked, miserable, poor, wretched, blind, and don't even know it." What a miserable condition! Men and brethren, don't make an investment in something like that. It's bound to perish. Why not make an investment in something that's proved down through the Bible? And you know, with the text that I got written here, we could be here tonight, still on these texts proving through the Bible those who made that, and who turned it down.
I am showing you a real investment to make. Put your life, your time, your money, your talent, put everything you've got in Christ. God guaranteed it to us by raising Him up again. We'll rise in the last days. He promised it. What more could you look forward to? Tell me any investment you could make would pay off like that.
Tell me what you could invest in this morning, and make ten million dollars, and tomorrow be a corpse? What good would it do you? What profit a man if he gained the whole world, and lose his soul? What if you're popular, and called So-and-so; and Deacon, Presbyter, Dr., Bishop, Elder, Pope, or whatever you might be called? That's praises of men.
I'd rather be called a holy roller by the people, and be a son of God in my heart, with the new birth in the Spirit of Christ dwelling in me; and Him proving it by the vindication of his Word and making me live. "The life that I once lived I don't live no more," Paul said. Yet, he was a teacher and a scholar. But he changed his life, when he met Christ, and made his investment in Christ. He was a different man from then on.

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Revelation 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

64 Oh, increased in goods! Certainly this man did. You know what? Jesus told him, if you notice here, He said, "Go sell what you have, and give it to the poor. And come follow me. Take up your cross and follow me, and you'll have riches in heaven," see. What an investment to make! But he chose not to do it.
Now so has the Laodicean church age chose the same thing, not to do it. And remember, when he got so awful rich (as the church has today), the poor laid at his gate, and only got the crumbs that he swept off to the dogs---Lazarus, the poor in spirit.
Jesus said in Matthew 5, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." We don't want to take that place, that rutted place, that way away place of being poor in the spirit. We don't want that. We want somebody to praise us, and be big somebody.
As some brother said a while ago ... sure sealed it good, when he said, "How can you have faith, when you have respect one to another ... or desire the praises one of another?" Don't care what anybody says. You want the praises of God, the respect of God on you. He'll only respect you as you keep his Word. All right.

Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

Mark 10:21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.

65 Now. And we find out that poor man in spirit laid at his gate, and scrambled for the crumbs. Oh, maybe, if it was the Salvation Army, he'd give him a dime when he passed by, or something, to keep him from looking so bad. But I imagine he invested in his own church greatly, and his organization that kept him great big somebody.
But the payoff finally come. It finally got there. Great funeral service he had.
I imagine some old bachelor come along with a wide robe on, said, "Our precious brother now is in heaven. Oh, he did so-and-so. He is a member of our congregation. He is now in heaven. Oh, how we are grateful for our precious brother." How different it was to the Word of God.
Jesus said his payoff, he was in hell. He made the wrong investment. And in hell he looked up, and saw the poor in spirit, who had made his investment in joining in the bosom of Abraham. And then he become a beggar.
Listen. He was a professed believer. "Father Abraham, send that beggar down here." It turned back again. His investment was in the wrong thing, the possession of the world and the praise of men.
But this beggar laid there hungry, and he become in the bosom of Abraham.
"Send Lazarus. He's there where he can get a drink of water any time he wants to. He's there enjoying the blessings of God. Send him down with a few drops of water upon his fingers, that he might touch my parched lips here, because these flames are tormenting me." That's the payoff. What for? Rejecting to make the right investment.
Don't do it, men. Don't do it, businessmen. I've got more confidence in you than that. If you're a businessman, sell every pearl you got, and buy the one of great price. Make your investment in Christ, in his life in you.

Luke 16:20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,

Luke 16:21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.

Luke 16:22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;

Luke 16:24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.

66 Now we realize that everything that has a beginning has an end. And there's only one thing that never had a beginning, and that was God. And when the Bible speaks there (I don't think I'm misquoting it, before a Greek scholar, and a Greek man), the word "Zoe" means "God's own life." Then if we have eternal life, the Greek word "Zoe" means that we have part of God's own life, because we become a part of Him. We are a son and daughter of his. Then we have eternal life, and that doesn't die. You have eternal life.
There's only one form of eternal life, and that's God. God is eternal. He never did begin; He never can end. And the only way we can be eternal with Him is to come part of Him. The only way I become a Branham was because I become part of a Branham. Only way I become the human race is be one of them. And the only way that I can be a son of God is become part of God. Then I have to be born of his Spirit. Amen! That's it. Sell all your denominational creeds, and invest in eternal life.

67 Businessmen, businesswomen, you see through the Scripture, many others have been running through your mind. As you know, I have a way of knowing it, of other things. Sell all your creeds, and all your denominations, and come find life. You're invited this morning. So, come. Don't turn away like he did. He was a very foolish businessman. So don't be like him.
Be like Paul. Sell all your popularity out. He said, "I never come to you with great swelling words of my education, because if I did..." Then you'd trust in his ability, in his education. "But I come to you in the power and manifestations of the Holy Ghost, that your faith might rest in Christ."
May I repeat his words ... or not repeat it, but say it this way: I didn't come representing an organization, I didn't come as a scholar. My words are chopped up. Many of you good people who got education might not even understand, it's so chopped up. But I come to you in the power of the Spirit, in the demonstration of the Holy Ghost with God vindicating his Word, that your faith will not rest in what man does, but what God has promised. Let us bow our heads.

1 Corinthians 2:4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

1 Corinthians 2:5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

68 Solemnly, Lord, we stand on the threshold where a decision must be made, this great time of jubilee that we are celebrating, over at the Life Tabernacle, of your invitation fifty years ago to your people. And we have thoroughly been through it to the best of our ... my way of knowing it, and depending upon the God who knows the heart of man, that He will reveal it in the proper way that it's meant in; that man might see to return back, and the only way to do it is come to the truth of the Word. I pray Thee, heavenly Father, that none of us will be so foolish as to turn down an investment like that.
May we invest our time, our talent and all that we've got, to the praises of God, knowing this, that no matter if we gained the whole world, we lose our souls, what good did it do us? What good does the praise of a man do, when atomic fire is burning the earth? What good will it be today, maybe, when our tombstones will be floated up in some sands; when the howling winds ... when this world is swept into the sun yonder, throwed out of its place, like it was before the antediluvian destruction; and throwed ... instead of being thrown from the sun, throwed into the sun? No more water, but fire this time. The sands howl across the earth before the great millennium. And our tombstones come up, "Dr. So-and-so, Brother So-and-so, Bishop So-and-so." What good will that do us, when our souls are yonder somewhere in eternity?

Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Mark 8:36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

Luke 9:25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?

69 And it's got to be. The living know they have to die. And as men and women, boys and girls this morning, Lord, we all realize that we're not here to be seen or heard of men. We are here in the agony of Calvary. We are here with the Holy Spirit in our hearts weeping, as it did to our Lord over his rejection in Jerusalem. And our spirits this morning weep out for a lost world.
Give us wisdom to know how to approach them, Lord. We don't want them lost. The very Spirit within us would condemn us desiring their being lost. But may the Holy Spirit constantly cry, sweep out, until we put forth every effort with our talent, with our time, with our money, with everything that we've got, no matter how little it is, we offer it to you. Help us, Lord, to take this great message to a dying world.
I have very little, Lord, that I can offer---no ability, no personality, no nothing. But I've just got my soul, Lord, my voice. And it's all yours. And I'm sure that speaks for this whole audience. Use it, Lord. If I had money, it was yours. What time I have belongs to you; everything, my all in all. Help me, Lord, and help us all. We want to make an investment this morning in the kingdom of God.

Matthew 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

Luke 13:34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!

70 Forgive our slothfulness. How slothful we have been, to find this great treasure. And how the Holy Spirit in us should have the same interest that it did when it was in Christ, always to do the Father's will, and his bidding. And He come to save the lost. Give us the desire, Lord. May there not leave in our bosom that burning, as thy great servant, John Wesley, said. May it never leave. May it swell greater and greater, until it throws us to our knees to beg and persuade. May it throw us to our knees to go to the highways, and the byways, and in the corners, and in the businesses, and everywhere---into the churches, and wherever we can get---and introduce this eternal life to men and women today. And when it's all over, may we gather in thy home.
As we sit here this morning looking across this table, I seen Brother Holser, a godly old saint ... hear of him riding on that plow; and think of myself as a little barefooted boy with a pair of rope lines over my shoulders, behind an old plow. This great saint of yours from California was at the Azusa Street, seeing those men with their shoulders stooped from hard labor in the field. I sat at this ... at breakfast with them. I'd rather be here than be with the President, sitting in this godly bunch.

71 Our eyes, as we younger people look out and see our daddies and mothers, how they fought to win the prize and sailed through bloody seas. Help us, Lord, to take up where they're leaving off. Grant it, Lord.
And some day when life is all over, and we sit maybe no more at a breakfast like this; but we will sit at a supper that will be served in the sky some day. Then the King, in all of his glory with his great robes on, walks forward, and we reach across the table to shake each other's hands. "So glad to see you, brother." Tears of joy run down our cheeks.
But the King will say, "The battle's over. You did your very best." Then with his hands He'll wipe all tears from our eyes, and say, "Enter into the joys of the Lord, that's been prepared for you since the foundation of the world," when our names was put on the Lamb's book of life.
Lord, help us to be grateful to you. In the name of Jesus Christ, may we serve you. Amen.

Matthew 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Matthew 25:23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Matthew 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

72 While we have our heads bowed just a minute, how many this morning, in the presence of his august being, this solemn moment of the examination of the Holy Spirit in our hearts, if you have never as yet really received eternal life, let the Lord and I see your hand go up, while the rest of them keep their head bowed. Would you do it?
Raise up your hand, say... God bless you. God bless you, you, around over the building. Raise your hand, say... God bless you. God bless you. "I want eternal life." God bless you, young and old. That's right. "I want to invest all that I got. I want to invest my soul. I want to invest my time, I want to invest everything I have, to inherit eternal life. I feel Christ is calling me to do that, and I am going to make it today."
God bless you. God bless you. God bless you, yes. Silently. God bless you, my brother; bless you, my sister. That's right.
"I want to make an investment this morning, God. I am not holding my hand so that the minister can see me; I'm holding my hand so You can see me. You know my heart. I want to make it. I want to sell everything that I've got. I want to sell out to all my popularity, to all my worldly possession, of ideas of things."

73 Now I am not meaning give your property away. I am not meaning that. I'm meaning, the things that you're holding on to that's keeping you away from this investment. Businessmen, I don't mean give up your business. God put you in that; stay with it. But put your remunerations to his work in some way. "I'll make my investment, Brother Branham."
Will there be another one? There's been a dozen or more. Would there ... another one? God bless you, sir. Another one before we pray? God bless you, young lady. That's a great decision. God bless you. God bless you. God bless you, my brother, over there.
Would there be ministers here? God bless you. God bless you. That's good. "I am ready, Brother Branham. I don't care. I am going to stay with God's Word, regardless. I know it's unpopular, but I'll stay with it, so help me God. I'll make my investment this morning. I'll be God's businessman. I'll put what talent I have to his glory, and to his kingdom, and quit selling it to the riches of the world."
God bless you, my Christian brother. God bless you, my minister brother. God bless you, my minister brother. That's good. "I will do it."

74 God bless you, my minister brother. "I will do it." God bless you, my sister. God bless you, my sister. "I'll sell everything. I'll stay with the Word." God bless you. God bless you, my sister back there. God bless you, my brother. God bless you, my sister. That's the way. He sees it. God bless you, my brothers, both of you there together. God bless you over here, you out there. God bless you, my brother, you, sister. That's right. You, my brother.
Remember, while you're in prayer, you defy every law of science when you raise your hands. You say, "Brother Branham, that don't do any good." It does, if you mean it. Depends on what you mean. Jesus said, "He that heareth my words and believeth on him that sent me has everlasting life"---not make believe, but really believe it, and mean it.
Science says ... according to science, the gravitation of the earth holds your hands downward. But you've got a spirit in you that made a decision, because there was another Spirit by you, the Spirit of God, said, "Raise up your hands," and you defied the law of science, and up went your hands to your Maker. If you meant it, He put your name on that investment this morning.

John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

75 Now, heavenly Father, they are yours. They're trophies of the message, the trophies of the Word, the trophies of Jesus Christ. You said, "No man can pluck them out of my Father's hand. He gave them to Me." No man is great enough to do that. Keep them, Father. Send them forth as firebrands snatched from the fire, and make them burning lights for your kingdom. I commit them to You in Jesus Christ's name. Amen.

John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.” — 1 Corinthians 16:23