A Greater Than Solomon Is Here (61-0515)
Thank you very much Brother. Is a really nice to be back here in the
pulpit tonight in the service of the Lord. A special greetings to my
brethren up here in the–in the–behind me in the pulpit. And I'm so
happy to be here. I wonder where is my friend, Chris Berg? I can't
place him or see him. Where's he at? Oh, there you are, Chris. Keep off
of my grizzly bear. Oh, what a great time Chris and I had the last time
up here. I've been looking every night for him.
And I made a mistake. I believe I said I was out and eat dinner with
the Bentrude family out here, and I find out it isn't Bentrude. I think
it was Bentrude's daughter married someone else. I forget… Neistead.
Well, Brother and Sister Neistead, if I–you're here, I'm sorry, but I
think you were the Bentrude to begin with. I think that's right. I'm
not sure, but I think that's right. So I was halfway right. But,
anyhow, I said they was killing me with kindness. And that's just about
the way it went. So we are very grateful.
And I understood today through the brother from Dawson Creek (I call
him Brother Eddie) that my old friend–our old friend Brother Durney is
still living, and that… I believe another missionary from up there
brought me word that Della was healed when she put that handkerchief on
her breast with the tumor. I'm so happy for that. And I hear that Mr.
Durney being sick… And I want to visit him as soon as I get to Dawson
Creek, and go talk to him about salvation and–of the Lord; because he
promised me when I left that he would–he would pray, and would ask God
to help him.
A very fine old man, that's just lived his life in the bushes and never
taken the second thought of God, I guess; but now, maybe, while he's on
his bed I can really talk to him now. So, sometimes God has to lay us
on our back to make us look up, you know. That's… He has a way of
But he wrote me a letter about his daughter, and told me about her, and
said she was the only daughter he had that didn't smoke and things, and
he was so glad for her. And then another brother missionary from up
there come and told me about the wonderful thing that the Lord Jesus
had did for them. And I–I'm trusting that God will continue to be with
Now, this little get together and time of fellowship… I didn't know
there was this many preachers in the country. Honest, I didn't know
that. That's fine. Well, I'm glad to see you got good spiritual leaders
here, and they'll teach you the way of the Lord. And I am here to–just
in answer to prayer, and to running over the ground that they have
laid. If there's any credit to be given, give it to the men who came in
here and established the work. And they prayed and have believed that
God would do these things in the last days, and has taught you that
they would happen, and here they are happening now right before our
Now, we want you to remember that prayer is the most mighty force that
there is in the world–is prayer. Prayer even changes the mind of God.
How many know that? That's right. God told a prophet one day, "Go up
and tell a king, Hezekiah," said, "go tell him to set his house in
order, 'cause he's going to die." And then when prophet Isaiah (could
you just imagine the embarrassment of that prophet?) when he went up
along the side, and the poor people outside the gates, "Oh, great
prophet, what is the word of the Lord for our noble king?"
"THUS SAITH THE LORD, he's going to die."
The stood the soldiers at the gate, "Oh, great prophet, what is the word of the Lord from our king?
"THUS SAITH THE LORD, he's going to die."
Hezekiah asked his condition: "Going to die, you're not coming off of this bed."
And he knowed that was the Word of the Lord, so he turned his face to
the wall and wept bitterly. Said, "Lord, I beseech Thee to consider me.
I've walked before You with a perfect heart. (That's a great
testimony.) I've walked before You with a perfect heart." He wanted
fifteen more years of life.
Now, looks like that if God wanted to grant it to him… He was the
greatest man in the–in the kingdom, look like He would just have said,
"All right, Hezekiah, I–Hezekiah I'm going to let you live for fifteen
more years." But you see, God has a system, the way to do things.
Instead of that, God went down into the little brush arbor out into the
bush somewhere where Isaiah the prophet was, and said, "Go back and
tell him that I heard him. I'm going to grant it to him." Now, see,
prayer changed things. See, prayer changed things.
Well, the embarrassment that prophet coming back, "Why are you returning, prophet of the Lord?"
"THUS SAITH THE LORD, he's going to live."
The soldiers, "What about it?"
"THUS SAITH THE LORD, he's going to live." See, what did it? From just
from death unto life, prayer changed it, changed the situation from
death to life. It'll do the same thing for you. It'll do the same thing
for me. It's our attitude towards God.
And now remember, that if you've asked anything and do not believe in
your heart that–that it's going to happen, it won't happen, no matter
how many times you ask. But when you do believe, there's nothing to
keep it from happening. It's–it's got to take place. It just has to.
I'm fifty-two years old and I've been in the ministry for… this is
about thirty-one years. And I have knowed of these visions happening
ever since I was yet no more than two years old when the first vision
come. I believe that gifts and callings are without repentance. I
believe they are–they are gifts that are give to us by God's own mind.
Now, there's nine spiritual gifts that goes in every local body. We
believe that: I Corinthians 12. But there is five gifts that's ordained
of God for the church, the body gifts. What is the first? Apostles, and
that is not… Really, in our day it's a missionary, because apostle
and a missionary is the very same word. A "missionary" means "one
sent." "Apostle" means "one sent." Apostles, prophets, teachers,
pastors, evangelists (See?), five gifts. Now, a man cannot be an
apostle because he wants to be. God sets those in the church. And he
cannot be a prophet because he wants to be.
Now, there's gifts of prophecy in the church, but there's a lot of
difference between gifts of prophecy and a prophet. See? A gift of
prophecy has to stand before three judges and be judged before it could
even be give to the church, whether it's right. It could be on this
woman tonight, and never come again the rest of her life. Might be on
this woman the next night, and that man the next night. See, it's–it's
local gifts in the body. But prophecy is an office: a prophet that's
from birth (See?), comes from birth.
Jeremiah was a prophet, God said, "Before you was even formed in you
mother's wombs, I knowed you, and sanctified you, and ordained you a
prophet to the nations." John the Baptist, seven hundred and twelve
years before he was born, Isaiah saw him: "The voice of one crying in
the wilderness," prophet of the Lord. Jesus Christ was the Son of God
from the garden of Eden, the woman's Seed that was to bruise the
As old Congressman Upshaw said, "You can't be nothing that you hain't."
A congressman of the United States, run for president. He knowed
better, but he just–he just used my language, my way of expressing it.
But that is true. You can just be… And that's what's the matter with
us today, friends. All the whole world seems to be that way. If we
would just be what God makes us to be, that–then
you're–you're–you're… The trumpet will not give an uncertain sound
then. It'll give a certain sound, and all the world will know it (You
see?) when it's sounded right.
And so, a minister cannot be a minister because his papa and mother
wants him to be a minister. He has to be called of God to be a
minister. There would've been nothing do my heart any better than to
know that my son Billy Paul would've been a minister. But to send him
to school and make a minister out of him, I'd rather he'd be a spittoon
cleaner than to have been that, something that he's not. See? Excuse
that rude expression. I shouldn't have said that. See? Doesn't sound
nice here, but you know what I mean. I'd rather he would've been
But God has used Billy. He's been a right hand man to me, my son.
Because when we first started giving prayer cards out, we come to find
that… Had one man in there, first was a minister. We had an awful
time about prayer cards. The first, we would send them to every…
where we was going to have a meeting. All the sponsoring pastors would
get a hundred cards for their congregation. The first pastor got his
group in. That about settled it. The rest didn't get there.
So then we started, said, "Well, we'll go down the first day we come
and give out all the prayer cards." And now, that's not for little
church meetings; that's for the big auditoriums. And so, well, the
first day we'd have to give out couple, three hundred prayer cards. It
didn't do anybody any good to come in late, 'cause they sure didn't get
in the prayer line, 'cause we couldn't take it all up. Four, five, or
six a night just done all we could do. See? And, then, the next we had,
we had a minister to give out the prayer cards. Well, come to find out
when he'd run into the city… And his own organization, he had to show
a little favor to them or they'd excommunicate him, so, or cause hard
And then I put just an ordinary man in, and found him trying to sell
prayer cards. Guarantee… A man said, "If you'll guarantee my wife
will be in the front row, I'll give you five hundred dollars." And
somebody overheard it, and got it in–in before it happened. So then
that stopped that. And then I taken my brother. I knowed he wouldn't
sell a prayer card.
And that's what the world will be looking for, you know, something like
that. But anyone that knows the meetings, money has been the last thing
in our meetings. I've tried to hold a good clean name. I never took an
offering in my life. I've been preaching thirty-one years. Never took
an offering in my life, and never asked for one, never intend to.
That's not… We don't come for money. We come to see what good we can
do, try to pitch in with these brothers here to help pull the load
along. That's what it's for.
These gifts could–could make me a multimillionaire in a few day's
time. You know what it is. Yeah, I guess you read in the paper where
that multimillionaire in California sent me one million five hundred
thousand in one offering. The FBI agents brought it to… "Well," I
said, "I'll even refuse to look at it." See? I said, "I don't take
money." I couldn't have no money, such things as that. Oh, mercy. Me? I
ain't got… I haven't got the mental powers to take care of that much
money. So then, what if it would? I'd have to worry with it. See? Let
them worry with it. If I need it, the Lord will say, "Give him so
much," You see? So then, that's all right…?…
I don't–I was talking to Oral Roberts, the great gallant soul, Brother
Roberts. That man has to have around ten thousand dollars a day. Whew!
Well, God knowed what He was doing when He didn't put that
responsibility on me. I sure couldn't do that. Ten thousand dollars a
day, that'd run me wild to have to get ten thousand a day. And the
other… Well, now, what if I had to have ten thousand a day, and the
Lord called me to come up here to Grande Prairie, what would I do about
it? See? I–I don't have any radio programs, don't have nothing to
sell, and I don't have to have ten cents a day. See?
Only thing I have to do is just keep myself free from all things, so I
can go wherever He tells me. If it's down to a… I held a revival of
two nights in a place that held thirty people. I know it was miserable.
It was about ten below zero, and just stand out there freezing, with
little sick babies and things. But the Lord told me to go, so I–I just
went. And then if He wants me to go to Africa to preach to a hundred
thousand, two-hundred thousand, He puts on somebody's heart to send me
a check to go over, so I just go on over. So, see, My Father owns all
of it, and I don't have to worry about it. Just… I like to be like
that, where I can just go wherever He tells me to go. See?
My, Chris, we couldn't go bear hunting if I had to have ten thousand
dollars every day. I–I just couldn't do it. But I'm glad just to be
free, so I can come to my brethren, the little brother has got a little
bitty church, or wherever the Lord leads, just go where He leads.
That's the way I like to be: free (See?), nothing to bind me or hold
me, and ready to go anywhere, anytime, whatever He says do. And I've
found it a great life, very fine.
And I have can say this sincerely from this pulpit (which may be the
last message I ever bring to the human race). See? I'm fifty-two the
other day, and I have never in my life ever sincerely asked God for
anything, but what He gave it to me, or told me why He couldn't do it.
Now, that's right. Many times I've asked for things, He's refused me,
but He'd tell me why. And it's always His way is best. And I find out
if He'd have give it to me, I–it would've ruined me. You see? So I
just go along, say, "Lord, whatever You want me to have, here I am."
And so He always takes care of me.
But watch in the meetings, whenever you hear… When the discernment is
on, He's telling you; you're doing that yourself. You don't know it,
but it's your own spirit, like the woman touching His garment. But when
He speaks back, that's what you're pulling, yourself, from God. See,
God wasn't using his gift. All of us know that God was in Christ
reconciling the world to Himself. Now, we know that Christ Jesus, the
Fulness of the Godhead bodily dwells in Him. But to us, we have the
Spirit by measure, given to each one to profit withal.
Now, but say, for instance, if I went out here to the ocean and took a
spoonful of water out of the ocean, you'd never miss it. See? But I
could take that spoonful of water to the laboratory, and it's got the
same chemicals in it that the entire ocean's got. It's just not as much
of it. Well, then, when we think of the Spirit of Christ that we have
in us (See?), it's just a spoonful to what was in Him. See? He had all
of it in Him. All that God was, He poured into Christ; all that Christ
was, He poured into the Church.
How many pentecostals is here? Let's see your hands, Pentecostal
people. All right. Do you know what God did on the day of Pentecost?
The Bible said they were gathered and praying in the upper room, and
suddenly there came a sound from heaven as a rushing mighty wind, and
it filled all the house where they were setting. And there appeared
unto them cloven tongues like fire, and It set upon each of them, and
they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and begin to speak with other
tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Now, we know that God was that Pillar of Fire that led the children of
Israel through the wilderness. What was God doing then? He was
separating… Them tongues of fire was the separating, that big Pillar
of Fire, and dividing Himself among His people.
Then, brethren, what ought we could do? Brother, my, together we'll
stand; divided we'll fall. So what the great… If the great church of
God, if the devil can get into them and make them say, "I'm this, and
you, because you belong to this we just can't associate together," he
won't have to shoot a shot. We're fighting one another (See?), but when
that wall is broke down, and we are not divided, all one brethren are
we (See?), all one Spirit in Christ, God dividing Himself among us
together, that together we might be the great ransomed Church of the
living God. Then you're going to see something happen then.
Now, noticing, when He speaks to you, if He speaks back "It's THUS
SAITH THE LORD, certain-certain things will happen." Now, you put that
down. You might not be able to see a–a scratch difference right then.
Maybe some time that you will not see it. God makes a promise, but He
keeps His promise. Yeah, I like to refer to this. Did you know that
some people just think that, because it doesn't happen instantly,
that's that–that's all, that God didn't hear you? That's a mistake. If
you believe it, it happened. But if you didn't believe it, why, it
don't make any difference, it wouldn't happen anyhow. But if you
believe it, it's a finished product right then, when you–when you
Now, there's so many things I could refer to. One time there was a
couple of little women. I like to refer to that, because it always
stuck with me. It was on the platform. There was a little lady came up
on the platform, and a little housewife, little mother. And the Holy
Spirit said to her, "You are so-and-so, you–you're a certain-certain
"And you suffer with a stomach trouble which is… You was at a doctor a few days ago, and he told you you had a gastric ulcer."
"Yes, that is so."
"Your husband works at a certain-certain…"
"Yes, that is so," all this.
E-17 Then she started off, and then the Spirit spoke "THUS SAITH THE LORD, you're healed."
Oh, my, that has to happen. That just has to happen.
Then she went home, and she said "Well, I'm healed. Husband, before I
get there, I want you to buy me a hamburger." It like to killed her.
Couple days later she was still… She'd get so sick when she eat.
And her husband finally said, "You're bringing a reproach upon the cause." Said, "You shouldn't testify that."
Two weeks passed. She was still trying to eat. Just as sick as when
she'd take it… Her husband went to the doctor, told him. Said, "It'll
Said… But she said, "Look. That man did not know me, and if a Spirit
was standing there, or with him, that could tell him who I was and what
my trouble was, I believe it was the Spirit of God." And she said,
"Live or die, he spoke 'THUS SAITH THE LORD.'" Said, "I believe it.
That's right. I believe it."
Couple mornings after that, which had been somewhat four weeks after
she'd been prayed for… See, that didn't mean she wasn't healed. She
was healed right then. Abraham was given a promise that he'd receive a
son, and twenty-five years later before he got it, but he was strong in
faith, giving praise to God. That's what real Pentecostals ought to be,
So one morning, she said… Well, I–I was then about three hundred
miles away from the place, in another revival meeting, and she come to
the place to testify. She said her husband went to work that morning.
She said, "Oh, my stomach was burning." And she said, "After while, I
was washing my dishes, and I was weeping." She said, just thinking, "O
God, how great You are. How great! You make the sun to shine. You–you
do all these great things." And said, "How great Thou art, O God," like
that, just praising His Name.
As she stood there said a real funny feeling went over her. And said
she thought, "Wonder what that was?" Now, you don't have to feel
nothing. Jesus never did say, "Did you feel it?" He said, "Did you
believe it?" See? You believe it.
But then she felt something go over her. She said, "Well, I don't know
what that was." Said, "Strange feeling. I feel so good." She just went
ahead. Said, "Maybe I was just praising the Lord; it's the Holy Spirit
blessed me." She went on washing dishes.
She got real hungry. So (I guess all mamas are like this), the kiddies
had left some oats in the plate. So she got real hungry. And that was
the thing that would just burn her up, was oats. So she just taken a
spoonful or two of oats and ate. So after she'd swallowed them, she
thought. "Well, it can't burn no worse." But in a few moments, it
wasn't burning. So she got her a couple more spoonfuls: didn't bother
her. Then she got her a piece of toast; that didn't bother her. So she
just went and fried her two eggs, and got her some toast, and a cup of
coffee, and had a gastronomical jubilee. So she just–she just set down
and eat a good breakfast. She waited about an hour and a half, two
hours. She just felt fine, getting hungry again.
So she felt so good, she run down to the neighbor. And her neighbor had
been farther down the prayer line (the night before) and had been a
great big growth on her neck. And the same thing happened. Told her all
about it, said, "THUS SAITH THE LORD, that growth shall disappear." And
so she wanted to run to her neighbor, a few doors down the street what
happened. And said when she got there she thought they was having a
funeral service or something, all the screaming and going on, she ever
heard. She jerked open the door, and here was the woman, standing with
a sheet in her hand, and she said, "What's the matter, dear?"
She said, "You know what? I got up late this morning," and she said, "I
can't find that thing anywhere. It's left my throat. I shook every
sheet and everything; I can't find it nowhere." See? And here they both
was, giving testimony.
What was it? When God had pronounced it… That Angel had passed
through the neighborhood confirming the Word that He'd spoke in the
Name of the Lord. See? "Though it tarries, yet will it speak." Is that
right, brethren? It must speak. So always keep that in mind.
Oh, you're so nice I can't even hardly get a text. I got something on
my mind I want to say. I'll just… You'll bear with me just a few
minutes extra, won't you? So we hope to get into the prayer line after
So when we went to Africa just recently… To show you… Now, I do
thank God for schools, for churches, and for all that He has done. I'm
so grateful to God. But yet, did you know that wasn't the commission?
The general commission was, "Go into all the world and preach the
Gospel to every creature." Now, in order to preach the Gospel, the
Gospel came not in word only, but through the power and the
manifestations of the Holy Ghost. Now, if you follow it on down, I'm
quoting Mark 16: "These signs shall follow them that believe." Just
teaching the Word will not do that. It must be the Holy Spirit
manifesting the Word. See? But what did we do? We went along, and made
schools, and organizations, and churches, and–and hospitals, which is
very nice. We cannot say one thing against them. But that wasn't the
Now, when I went to Africa I remember it… Now, my Baptist brethren
here, please don't… I'm–I love you. You're my brother. See? But I
was a Missionary Baptist minister for years, and when I'd tell them
about these things, it scared me to death. They said it was of the
devil, and, oh, I didn't want nothing to do with the devil, 'cause I
loved the Lord Jesus. And never knew nothing about it till He appeared
to me and told me what it was.
Now, when I come back and told Dr. Davis, general overseer… And I
said, "Dr. Davis, I met that One Who talks to me, and it was a Man. And
He told me these things. He told me I was to preach all around the
world, and these things would take place."
And he said, "With a seventh grade education, I suppose, Billy, you're going to preach to kings and mon…"
I said, "That's what He said, brother.
He said, "Billy, what did you eat that night for supper?"
I said, "Well, then, Dr. Davis, if that's it, I just might as well give
you my fellowship card right now," I said, "because to me it was God. I
don't know what it was to you. See?" And of course you've heard it in
the "Voice of Healing"; he's preaching Divine healing himself now.
So however, when the Angel said that… And now, when I went in to
Africa, and found… In Africa, what did I find? I'm not degrading
nothing. I'm very thankful for everything that the Lord has did. All of
you remember that: everything the Lord has done, I'm thankful. But I'm
trying to say we're living in another day, above that now. See?
We're–we're getting up to where God wants to do greater things than
what He has done. He wants to bless His Church.
He wants us to come together, and not argue about, "I'm the Assemblies
of God," or "I'm the Church of God." What difference does it make?
We're Christ's. That's it. See? We are Christ's. Not… We mustn't
think that. And one of us riding one-hump camels, two-hump camels, and
three-hump camels. What difference does it make? Jacob dug one well,
and the Philistines run him away from it, and he called it "Malice." He
dug another well, and the Philistines run him away from it, and he
called it "Strife." And He dug another well. So he said, "There's room
for us all." So I think that's the way it is. Those on all different
kinds of camels, we can ride right on up and get a drink. There's room
at the fountain for all of us…?…
So when I got there, I thought I would find, maybe, the missionaries,
David Livingstons on every corner. But what did I find but… My,
missionaries was different than what I thought it was. They had the
compound out there, where the colored man that could not keep tribal
paint on anymore…
They could come here and teach us morals, them people could in Africa.
Sure, they could. For instance, in one tribe there in the Basothu, if
the… There's Shangai, Basothu, Xhosa, or, my, so many different
tribes. But if a young lady (They never know how old they are), but if
a young lady is not… some man has taken her… They have polygamy.
But if some man hasn't taken her for a wife at a certain size, she has
to take her tribal paint off and leave the–the tribe, because there's
If she is… before she is married, or taken for wife, she's examined
for her virgincy. If she be found guilty, she has to tell the man
that's done it. They're both killed together. Be a lot of deaths around
the United States anyhow, if they'd search them out like that. But
there's no night life among them. No, sir. They're clean, moral, as
they can be.
And, then, they came in by the tens of thousands to the meeting when we
gathered at Durban. And I was… Billy was with me. I said, "Son, go
down and give out some prayer cards this afternoon.
And then when he come back in a few moments (he and the mayor of the
city, Sidney Smith), they didn't… He didn't have pockets in his coat.
He said, "Give out prayer cards? You go down there and try it once." He
said, "You can't do that, daddy."
So I said, "Well, okay."
So, Mr. Smith, Sidney Smith, the mayor of Durban, he taken me out.
Said, "Brother Branham, of all the history of Africa, there's nothing
like this ever been seen." And he said, "That Durban race track is so
full of people, till they're all the way across the track on the other
side. Thousands times thousands, over a hundred thousand, just laying
there. They're coming from strange… from all parts of the country,
and they brought their loved ones, for weeks at a time. Bring them
through the jungles, to where they had to… The lion would get after
them; they'd have to shinny them up the tree. (Excuse that expression.
That's… I–I–I know you all have better English than I do–we do
down there.) And so, a…
I got a little Georgian over here. I want him to talk for you one of
these nights. You talk about having the gift of interpretation.
He–you'll–you Yankees up here will really have to have it to hear
when these Georgia people talk. They come up to a filling station,
asked for a motel, and they wanted to know if they… They said he
wanted some old tires, So… Georgia. So, however…
And we went out, started out to this great place where we were going.
And as we got out there… Going out, we seen these natives in the city
(blanket natives, now), and they had a little tag around their neck.
And I said to Sidney Smith, I said, "Mayor, what is those tags?"
He said, "Oh, they are Christians."
I said, "Well, what are they packing an idol for?"
He said, "Ask them." He said, "That man," said "he's a Shangai. I can
speak his language. Drive up, call him anything you want to." So I…
We drove up beside of him, and I called him Thomas, because I thought
that'd be a good name for him, supposed to be a Christian, packing an
And I said, "Thomas."
"Are you a Christian?"
"Yes, yes, yes," he's a Christian.
I said, "What are you packing the idol for?"
Oh, his father packed it. See? That was a good reason. One day the lion
got after his father, so he–he set the little idol down, and–and
built a fire, and said a prayer the witch doctor told him. The Lion
runaway. So it was god.
"Oh," I said, "I'm a yahkta." "Yahkta" means "hunter."
"Leo–le-ah–leo. leo" means "lion." "Leo, yahkta," I said, "the fire
scared the lion away, not the witch doctor's prayer."
"Oh, well, if Amoya, ('Amoya' means 'the wind,' unseen force like God,
that you don't see, you know, like the Holy Spirit), if he fails, this
one wouldn't." So he just packed it for safety first. That's the
strength of Christianity.
Sidney Smith said, "See?" Said, "You see why it's hard to get in here as a missionary?"
I said, "Yes, sir." We went on to the meeting.
So that afternoon, way across the track… I had taken… I had to have
fifteen different interpreters. See? You'd speak one word, then… Say,
"Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to the earth to save sinners."
Well, I'd go get a drink of water, and set down, talk to somebody, time
it come through all them interpreters. You have to write down what you
said to know where to come back. So I'd give them a simple little
message of the Bible, what Jesus was.
And I said, "Each of you missionaries go get three people out of some
tribes out there and bring them up." There was about ten thousand
Mohammedans there too, which were Indians. And now, not out American
Indians, but the Indian from India. So I said… They're very, very
I seen one missionary there said, "Oh, Brother Branham, I've been here
twenty years. I've got one precious jewel." See, the–the–the
Mohammedans came from the old race of the Medes o Persians, and they do
not change or alter their laws, you know.
So once a Mohammedan, brother, you don't change them. See? So as it
went on… So then they called the… I said, "Get three out of each
one of the tribes and bring them." So they got down there, and finally
brought them around. And the first one on the platform happened to be a
Mohammedan woman with a red dot between her eyes. And she was a
And I said, "Do you understand English?"
She said, "Yes, sir."
And I said, "Well, are you a Mohammedan?"
She said, "I am." (I think you pronounce that, "You're a Mohammedan.") But it said, "I am."
And I said, "Then why did you come to me as a Christian? Why didn't you not go to your priest?"
She said, "I believe that you can help me."
"Oh," I said, "as a Mohammedan, you should not believe that. You should
believe–believe that if Mohammedan is… If the prophet Mohammed is
God's servant…" They believe in God. See? They're–they're children
of Abraham, but not of the promise. We understand that. See? So
they–they ring that big bong of a morning and say, "There's one true
and living God, and Mohammed is his prophet."
We say, "There's one true and living God, and Jesus is His Son. See?"
Now, that's the difference. And the Mohammedans say far be it from God
having a Son, the Spirit having a Son. And so they…
I said, "Well, why didn't you go to your priest?"
She said, "I believe you could help me."
"Well," I said, "Did you ever read the New Testament?"
She said, "I have."
"Have you considered Christianity?"
She said, "I have considered it."
I said, "Why did you choose Mohammedan?"
She said, "Well, because that I think that… The Mohammedan religion
made no promises; but the Bible of Christianity made promises, through
Jesus the Prophet, that His disciples would do the same thing He did."
And said, "Mohammed made no such promise. Therefore… they both
promised life after death, and I've seen not one of the prophet Jesus,
His disciples, doing what He did. Therefore I am a Mohammedan." That's
a very good sensible answer. See?
And I said, "Well, Jesus gives a lot of joy."
She said, "Now, Mohammed can produce just as much psychology as
Christian religion can. Just as much emotion; they can shout just as
loud they can scream just as loud; they can go through just as much as
we do." See? That's right. So if you don't know what you're talking
about, you better stay away from them. See? Just leave it alone.
"Well," I said, "then you've read the New Testament. Jesus, as you
called Him, the prophet; I call Him the Son of God…" I said, "Truly
He was a prophet. The Old Testament characters are to believe on their
prophets, and He was the King Prophet, the God Prophet. And they were
looking for Him. That's just what I brought in my message."
She said, "Correctly, sir. Therefore I asked to be the one to come up."
I said, "How many of you Mohammedans out there know this woman?" Many
of them. I said, "Now, if Jesus, the Son of God, has anointed me with
His Spirit, and I can tell you then, just like He would if He was
standing here…" I said, "For healing you, He's already done it. All
the attributes of His salvation that He purchased for us at Calvary is
already over. The only thing He could do would be prove that He was
Messiah. That's right. Promised His disciples to do the same."
Said, "I understand."
And the Holy Spirit came. I told her who she was by the Holy Spirit. I
said, "Now, your husband is a short heavy-set man wearing a mustache.
He was at a doctor the other day with you. And he give you a female
examination. He told you you had a cyst on the ovary. That's the
truth." I said, "What about it now?"
She said, "I accept Jesus Christ as my Saviour." That afternoon nearly
ten thousand Mohammedans did the same thing. See, see, see? Not
theology, but to see the power of God. See, friends…
The next come was a white Afrikaans woman. Told her that she had a lump
in her breast, but to prepare for death. I'd seen her funeral service.
They'd taken her from the ground dead. That same night a woman had been
dead about four hours, a friend to the mayor, was raised back to life
again, a young woman, dying… See, if I could heal, I'd have healed
her. I said, "I can only say what I see."
The next was a little cross-eyed boy come in the line, little Zulu. Any
of you brothers missionaries? The Zulu. You know what the Zulus are?
Great big heavy set, they average about three hundred pounds. They
throw…?… to guard you know; the little Shangai has to maneuver his.
The big Zulu… Then they had eaten this diet, you know, that blood and
ever what, they jell it together. And his little eyes was as crossed as
they could be. And in Africa, they…
You sisters like lilies? Oh, I think they're beautiful. They have some
of them sixteen inches across, great big calla lilies up on the
platform, some yellow… And just wild in the jungle.
So then, when this little boy come up on the platform, I said, "Now, anyone can see that his eyes are crossed."
Was–was you in Africa at that time, Brother? Was you there? No, India.
Oh, yeah. Well, now, maybe I'll get a chance to speak of India. Was you
there when I was in India? Not there. That's where I had my greatest
gathering, at Bombay: Five hundred thousand at one time. So then,
there's where I seen the… Well, I can't go into that, but there was
a… He's done so much; I tell you, it's wonderful.
And then, this little boy standing there, and I said, "Anyone that's
close enough, can see the child is cross-eyed." I said, "I could not
straighten his eyes." I said, "I have nothing to straighten his eyes
with." But I said, "Maybe the Holy Spirit might be to reveal to me
something that caused it, and then maybe it would cause the little lad
to–to have faith to believe in Christ." And I said to him, "Look at
And the interpreter (Zulu, the interpreter) said, "Look at me." And the little fellow looked up.
I said, "He was born that way." I said, "Now, his mother and father are
thin people, strange for Zulus." I said, "But he come out of a
Christian home, because in their little hut there's a picture of Christ
on the right hand side of the wall as you go in." And about a hundred
yards back, the father and mother raised up their hand, saying that was
right. When I looked back at the child, his eyes were as straight as
mine. I said, "'Course anyone sees something's happened; his eyes,
already straight. Pass on by, son." And they passed him by.
And just then I heard a fuss. How many ever knowed Brother Bosworth?
Old Brother Bosworth used to be one of my… F. F. Bosworth. He was
standing there, and I heard him carrying on something over there, some
kind of a fuss. And it was a British doctor, and he was going on. He
said, "I want to talk to him." Brother Bosworth said, "You can't do
that now, sir." said, "You'd just cause a riot." You had to space them
off. They was having tribal wars, too, you know. And so, said. "You
cannot do that now." Said, "When our brother is under that anointing he
prays for the sick." He said, "Just believe."
Said, "I want to speak to him."
I turned around. I said, "What's the matter, doctor?"
He said, "How did you know I was a doctor?"
I said, "Well, what do you want?"
He said, "I want to ask you, Mr. Branham, what did you do to that boy?"
I said, "Nothing."
He said, "I put him on the platform."
"Well," I said, "that's very nice."
He said, "His eyes is straight now. Here he stands." He had his hand on
his head. Said. "I put him on the platform there; his eyes was crossed.
I've got my hands on him here, and his eyes is straight." Said, "Now,
Mr. Branham, I can understand your telepathy; that's speaking to the
people, and telling them about their desires, and what they've done,"
but said, "I want to ask you something. Did you hypnotize that child?"
I said, "Did the medics of the British Medical Association give you
license to practice medicine, and know no more about hypnotism than
that? If hypnotism will straighten a child's eyes, don't you think you
doctors should start practicing hypnotism–hypnotil?"
He said, "Mr. Branham, I want you to know that I've been raised to believe in God."
I said, "That's very fine, doctor." And then some more come up. I said, "Just a minute. Let him alone."
And he said, "Well," said, "I know that God is in that lily. It
couldn't grow… It's got life that we cannot find. We cannot find the
germ of life. We know that God is in the lily or it could not live."
But said, "Tell me, is that God that you're speaking of so tangible
that He could take that baby's crossed eyes and make them come
straight? And you ten feet away from him."
"Well," I said, "Doctor, is his eyes straight?"
Said, "Yes, sir."
"Well," I said, "Did I touch him?"
"No, sir." He said, "Then that makes God somewhere between here and there, doesn't it?"
I said, "Just everywhere." And so then somebody started to pull him away.
He said, "Just a moment." There was a big web mike, 'cause they had,
oh, maybe five hundred yards, still people, you know, out like that,
the big mike. He walked up to that mike. He said, "Then I accept Jesus
Christ as my Saviour."
I want to tell you something. When I was leaving Durban about two weeks
after that, there was about twenty, thirty thousand people there,
waving good-bye and everything, you know. "Come back, come back." It
made the head… two and three pages of paper every day in the
meetings, what our Lord did. And there, in that, you what he did? He
run out on the ramp, jumped over some of the guards, and run out there
and throwed his arms around me, like that, and hugged me, and started
speaking in tongues. And he said, "Brother Branham, I'm a Christian.
I'm returning into the fields to be a missionary, that British doctor.
And that finished that day. The next was a boy that was so deformed…
(Excuse me, my sisters, if I make the wrong mistake… make a mistake,
rather, saying something that I should not say.) But they don't–do not
wear clothes. You see? They're just as naked as they come into the
earth. And when the boy come up on the platform, young fellow, he
walked on his hands, like this. And he was all bent over, and such a
horrible condition, and they had a chain around his neck.
And I said, "Look at that poor mortal. If anyone could help that boy
and would not do it, why, he would be a hypocrite." I said, "If I had
anything at all I could heal the poor fellow with, I'd certainly do it.
But I cannot do it. You know that." But I said, "Maybe the Holy Spirit
could reveal to me something that might cause him to have faith that
God would heal him." And so I turned to look, and now, I–when I was
looking at him, the vision… I can't explain that. You can't explain
God. There's no need of trying. If you did, it would (pardon me) it
would not be by faith anymore.
So the boy was there. He looked to be, oh, I'd judge him to be
somewhere in his twenties–twenty-two, twenty-five, somewhere like
that. And I said, "Now, I've got his attention." And now, remember, he
was walking on his feet, the back parts sticking way up like this, and
swayed in the back like a horse–you know, swayback horses, and walking
on his hands, like that. And he was thinking I wanted him to–to do a
tribal dance. The–the people that leaves the tribes, they come in, and
they clown for the tourists by doing tribal dances. He was going "Uh,
ba, ba, ba, ba."
And I said, "If I can just get his attention a moment, catch his
spirit." And he said… I said, "Oh, what he's thinking of now, he's
really not thinking of himself." I said, "This boy became that way when
he was just a child." And just then his father and mother raised up,
way down here. That was true. See? I said, "He's also from a Christian,
a professed Christian home." That was right.
I said, "But what he's thinking of is his brother." Now, I said, "his
brother was either riding on a yellow goat or a yellow dog, and he fell
and has hurt his leg. He's walked on two sticks now for the past three
or four years." But I… And as I looked back I seen his brother going,
running, leaping, like that; I said… Watched it, and I said. "But,
THUS SAITH THE LORD, his brother is healed." And went ahead, like this.
And way down, oh, almost two city blocks, I heard a great scream. And
they had about, I guess, three hundred soldiers, militia, you know, to
kind of keep order. And here is brother come with these sticks over his
head, jumping just as hard as he could.
Well, it taken about twenty minutes to get them quietened again (You
see?), to get them quietened. I looked back again to him, and I said,
"Now, I–I cannot do nothing but pray for the boy." And I seen like a
blue shadow above him, and I looked, and in the vision here he stood,
up on his feet. Oh, brother…?… All the devils out of hell couldn't
stop it then.
If He would tell me that–that George Washington was going to rise from
the presidential graveyard, I'd invite the world to come watch it done.
That's right. He's… I've seen thousands times thousands of visions,
and I'll take anybody to record: never one of them failed. It can't
fail; it's God. How can God fail?
So I knowed the boy was going to be healed, and I thought, "Here's my
chance, right now." I said, "How many here will receive Christ as their
Saviour if this boy will be made well?" Just as far as I could see,
those black hands: Shangai, Basothu, everywhere, like that, Indians,
everywhere. And I said, "Stand up on your feet, son. Jesus Christ makes
you well." Of course the interpreter told him that, but the boy wasn't
even mentally right. So he just kept going "Uh, ba, ba, bla, bla," and
trying to do a dance. He thought we was bringing him up there to clown,
you see, to dance. So I walked over and took a hold of the chain that
they had on him, where they'd led him. I said, "Stand up on your feet,
Jesus Christ makes you well." And the boy stood up.
And when he did, the tears dropped off on his black belly. He stood
there, and looked around like that, for the first time in his life.
That crowd just went into a frantic. There he was. Not only was he
healed, straightened up, but in his right mind. See?
I said, "How many of you will receive Jesus Christ now as personal
Saviour, One Who loves you?" And I said, "Stand to your feet." Thirty
thousand blanket natives stood at one time.
You Canadians know Ern Baxter, don't you? Brother Ern Baxter? He was
setting right there at the platform. And Brother Baxter said, "Brother
Branham, I believe they meant a physical healing."
I said, "Let me run it through the…"
And old Brother Bosworth just weeping. He said, "Brother Branham," he said, "the Holy Spirit's just taking my life from me."
And I said, "I did not mean physical healing. I meant to receive Christ
as Saviour. You that's packing idols, if you understand, break your
idols on the ground." And like a dust storm, where them idols broke.
Thirty thousand raw blanket natives come to Christ in one altar call.
Just think. That's… let's see thirty, ten, twenty, thirty… Well,
that would be about ten times the size of Pentecost. That's right.
About ten times the size of Pentecost.
And the next morning the mayor called me, over to my hotel room. He
said, "Brother Branham, go to your window, the side that faces the lake
Brother Bosworth had been there. Said, "Brother Branham, I estimate…"
And I said, "Now, you that wants to be prayed for, just believe the
Christ that I'm talking about." And I offered one congregational
prayer. Now, there'd only been about three people on the platform.
Offered one congregational prayer, and there was a estimated of
twenty-five thousand outstanding miracles took place at once. See?
They're not indocumated: "We are–we are Methodist. We ar Baptist. We
are Presbyterian. We are Oneness, Twoness, Threeness," And oh, you
know, all–all that stuff. They know nothing about it. They're just
looking for a God that had something that could answer back. See?
Then, you know what? I went to the window, and coming down that
street… If I shall live to be a hundred and could be in my mind, I
shall never forget that. There come seven big British vans (I don't
know what, you know what they are or not, about as long as from here
back to that wall.) loaded full of crutches, boards, wheelchairs,
instruments, that they had been packed out of the jungles for hundreds
of miles, and weeks coming, like that. There they was in them, the
seven van loads, piled up to the top. And behind that come Zulus,
Basothus, Shangai, Xhosas, and all those, behind it, that was in
those–that things the day before, coming down the street, singing in
their own native tongue, "Only believe, all things are possible." Oh,
what a hour!
You Canadian women don't do this, but I'm going to say this for what is
in America. The American women get so every year they take off a few
more clothes. Just to get down to… The first short dresses, now to
little bitty things that looks like men's clothes, and things to wear.
It's a disgrace. It's a shame. It's a… It's–it's… A woman said to
me, she said, "Brother Branham, I don't wear shorts." She said, "I wear
I said, "That's worse. The Bible said its an abomination for a woman to
put on a garment that pertains to a man." That's right. And I said,
"You should never do that."
Said, "Well, they don't… When you go to the store you can't buy nothing else than them sexy-like clothes."
I said, "Someday you'll answer at the judgment bar for committing
adultery. You might be as pure as a lily to your husband. You might be
as pure as a lily to your boyfriend. But the Bible said, Jesus said,
"Whosoever looketh upon a woman to lust after her hath committed
adultery with her in his heart." And I said, "If you put yourself out
there and dress like that, and the sinner looks at you and lusts after
you, who's guilty, you or the sinner? And he's going to answer for
that, and who did he commit the adultery with? You. Who's guilty? You,
for presenting yourself like that." And I said, "You'll be guilty of
committing adultery when that sinner has to answer for committing
"Whosoever looketh upon a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her." Who's guilty? You. That's right.
This lady said, wrote me a letter, she said, "Mr. Branham, they don't
make clothes like you're talking about. This is the only kind…"
I said, "But they still have goods, and they sell sewing machines; so there's no excuse about it. See? That's right.
Listen. I want to say this. Just remember this, if they ever start
wearing shorts in Canada and things. You see? If they ever do, you just
remember this. There was blanket native women, young and old, not
knowing which is right and left hand, standing there, nothing but a
clout of beads on. Just as naked as naked over their body, as they
could be, not knowing they were naked. But the very minute that they
accepted Jesus Christ as personal Saviour, they folded their arms to
walk out from the presence of men.
Then tell me why, that if these people who call themselves Pentecostal,
or Christians, or Methodist, or Baptist. how is it each year you claim
to have the same Christ, and the same Holy Spirit, and trying to expose
yourself more every year? Why would that Holy Spirit make a woman cover
herself up to get out of the presence of men, and when you see them the
next day they've got some kind of clothes on? Why would it make some
put on clothes, and others take them off? God doesn't work like that.
There's something wrong somewhere, brethren. Oh, my. Let's get away
from our social ideas and get back to the Gospel. Amen. Back to the
truth, back to the Word. No wonder we can't have a church. How could
God ever build a church upon a foundation like that? Let's go back to
the truth, brother, sister.
I'm so sorry. I ought to call the prayer line right now. But let's
talk. Are you in a hurry? Let's bow our heads just a moment. Forgive
me, you folks, for taking that much time. I just get… I told you I
come up here to rest. I'm kind of nervous, and I come up to rest, and
I… Excuse me.
Most holy God, right into Thy holy Presence and before the throne of
mercy we come presenting ourselves now. We are a unworthy people, Lord.
Thou art God, full of mercy, full of goodness. Be Thou near us to
forgive us. When my heart thinks of Africa, of India, O God, how it
bleeds. How could I spend tens of thousands of dollars for foolishness,
and poor little kiddies laying there dying, with swelled up bellies,
with nothing to eat. O God, help us to understand. How could we ride
around in a fleet of Cadillacs, new ones every year, and all these
things, and our brothers over yonder are preaching the Gospel with no
shoes on? They'll stand in the day of judgment thus. What can we do? Us
here arguing whether we should go to this church or that one. O
America, America, how oft would He have hovered you?
Thank You, Father, for the true Spirit of God, for this time of
fellowship around the testimonies, and with the brethren, and this
grand little place called Grande Prairie. How we thank You for these
fine Scandinavian, German, Indians, and so forth, that's separated
themselves from the things of the world, and has consecrated their
lives to Thee to be Thy loving children; not caring what the world
shall say, but believing that You're the Christ, the Son of God, trying
to live examples before the people that all men might see Christ in
them. We thank You for it Father, as we open the Word. No man can open
it, Lord. Only any man that's physical enough to pull back the pages
could do that, but we read in the Bible that there was One setting upon
life to our hungry hearts. We thirst for Thee, O God. As the heart
panteth for the water brook, our soul thirsts after Thee, O God. Tear
us down, our selfishness. Take the–the world out of us, Lord, and make
us sweet, humble, meek, God-fearing Christians. Our spirit's all broke
up. So it is written, "He that goeth forth sowing in tears, will
doubtless return again, rejoicing, bringing with him precious sheaves."
That's our desire, Lord.
Bless Grande Prairie, Lord. Bless its ministers, bless its people. God,
I pray that You'll make them Angels of mercy, Angels of light. Grant
it, Lord, for we're living in the closing scenes now. Soon You shall
come and we'll see Him. All troubles will be over then. Until then,
Father, keep us anointed with Thy love and Thy Spirit, giving us the
bread of Life that we might serve others. It's this purpose we ask in
our hearts, in Jesus' Name. Amen.
Over in the book of Saint Matthew's Gospel, the 12th chapter and the
42nd verse, just for a little context. I'm ashamed to keep you here
this long, but I–I know I only got one more night. And I–I just–just
wished we had a long time. I've never gotten to preach to you yet. I–I
usually just get on a little testimonies, because, then I don't get off
on… Preaching, you're anointed this way; discernment is this way.
See? And you shake yourself, one from the other. So just to talk to you
a little while, I want to read a little portion of Scriptures here
because my words will fail. God's words will not fail.
the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came
from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and,
behold, a greater than Solomon is here.
I'd like to use that for a context: "A Greater Than Solomon is Here."
If you, when you go home you might read the the previous chapter and
Jesus had been rebuking these Pharisees of His days, because they had
failed to recognize He was their Messiah. They had been satisfied. And
the people of that day, it was a whole lot like today, that the people
were looking to the church for salvation. Now, I make this statement:
If you are a Catholic and you're looking to the church for salvation,
you're lost. If you are a Baptist and you're looking to the church for
salvation, you are lost. If you are a Pentecostal and you're looking to
the church for salvation, you are lost. But if you are Catholic,
Pentecostal, or Baptist, or whatever you may be, and you're looking to
Jesus Christ for salvation, you're saved. For by faith are we saved.
Now, today the people has got it to a place till they are looking to
the church for salvation. The church doesn't bring salvation. Salvation
is of Christ. See? The church doesn't have salvation; Christ has
salvation. Now, I would like to say this: that they look to the church
for salvation, and what did they get? Creeds, and organizations,
and–and so forth, and that's the same thing today. So they were
satisfied to believe that that was God's perfect will, for them to
have… and those creeds and so forth, and to do those things.
So now, we find out that during that time Jesus came on, a perfect
answer to their prophesy that He was to come. Now, all of us will admit
that Jesus did not come contrary to the Scriptures. He come exactly
with the Scriptures, but contrary to the way that the priests had told
the people that He would come. Now, the prophets had talked about…
For instance, Isaiah said, "All the mountains skip like little rams,
and the leaves clap their hands; and the high places is made low, and
the low places made high," at the coming of John the Baptist.
Why, I expect the people thought that God would just open up the
corridors, and send down the golden stairs, and a great mighty prophet,
dressed in the priest's clothes, would walk down and say, "I am the
voice of the one crying in the wilderness. I have just come from the
corridors of heaven to greet Caiaphas here, and a great job he has
done," and to the different priests, and what job they had did. That's
the way they was expecting it. But what did it happen? An old
fuzzy-faced-looking woodsman come out of the wilderness with not a…
He went in the wilderness at the age of nine: Zachariah's son, born a
odd birth. Come out of the wilderness, standing on there rebuking those
priests, and saying, "You generation of snakes in the grass, who warned
you to flee from the wrath that's to come?" Whew. What a different man.
What was he? Standing in mud up to his ankles. Dressed in fine clothes?
A piece of sheepskin wrapped around him, with a camel-skin belt on.
But, oh, my, how he shook the regions. He had the Gospel. It was
And they said, this is a wild man, drowning people with water. Yeah, he's a–he's… My, what a guy that is."
Then when Jesus came–a black name behind him as an illegitimate child,
being born out of the holy wedlock, an outcast, and so forth… And
here He comes forth, discerning the hearts of the people, and telling
them their thoughts, and perceiving their thoughts, and doing exactly
what God said He would do and the prophets said He would do. Then they
said, "This man is a devil."
See, they said… They had to answer to their congregation. They were
standing there. They… It was beyond a doubt that He was doing it, so
they had to make something another. So they just said… Instead of
studying it out in the Scriptures that… Jesus said to study the
Scriptures. "Search the Scriptures. They are they which testify of Me,"
He said. Instead of doing that, they answered to their congregation,
"He is Beelzebub, the chief of the devils."
Now, anyone knows that a fortuneteller is a devil. That's all. It's a
devil spirit. But see they were calling the Spirit of God a devil
spirit. And that's the reason Jesus told them that was blasphemy of the
Holy Ghost and could never be forgiven. See?
Now, and so He'd done these signs, and they was… He was rebuking
them, because they had not believed it. They–they wanted to…
They–they could not believe. And yet the Jews were commanded to seek
for that kind of a sign.
Now, don't the Bible say the Jews seek signs, the Greeks wisdom? Paul
said, "And we preach Christ crucified." See? The Jews would seek signs,
because they were commanded to do so. That's the reason they were doing
it, so they would not miss their Messiah (See?), because He was to be a
Sign to the church, to the people. And He had done exactly what He was
supposed to do, and yet they did not believe Him, because of their
tradition. So Jesus was rebuking them for their unbelief. They
should've believed it, but they did not.
And we find out that in all generations, everywhere, in all
generations, where God appears, supernatural signs come. There never
has been a revival… Take Luther, Wesley, whoever it might be. Divine
healing and great signs and wonders accompanied every revival, for God
is supernatural, and where the supernatural is, supernatural will be
done. And the reason it's supernatural, because supernatural spirit
gets a hold of the people and performs supernatural things. See? God is
a Creator, and if He is in our heart, why, the Spirit will always say
"Amen" to His Word.
Now, in the Old Testament they had–they had two ways of knowing
whether a man was right. First they had a law. There's the ten
commandments. But if a prophet prophesied and then… a dreamer dreamed
a dream, they had another way of finding out. No matter how good it
sound (See?), they had a way of supernatural. God always a vindicated
Himself. Don't forget this. See? God a vindicates Himself by
supernatural, all ages.
Then here come a man that was a prophet, and he'd prophesy, and it
sounded just so real with his theology. It sounds so real that it was
perfect. But you see, in this day they'd been four hundred years
without a prophet. So they said… They got a bunch of man-made
theology. I don't say this to disregard: but, brethren, that's what we
got into again (See?), just man-made conception of what church ought to
be, what Christ ought to be. Not to be different now, if I said that
just to be different, then God have mercy on my soul. I ought to be
down here at the altar. But I've got to tell the truth. See?
Now, now, watch. And the ministering brethren know this, that if a
prophet prophesied, or a dreamer dreamed a dream, no matter how good it
sounds, they taken him first to the (what's called) Urim Thummim. Now,
that was a breastplate that Aaron wore–twelve stones of the twelve
tribes, that hung on a post in the building. They taken this prophesier
or this dreamer down there. And he prophesied or–or told his dream
before the Urim Thummim. And if the supernatural lights begin to
flash–God, moving against this twelve stones, made a conglomeration of
lights like a rainbow–that was God saying,"It's true." But if it did
not do it, then they did not believe it. No matter how well it sound,
it was wrong.
Now, when that priesthood was done away with, the Aaronic priesthood,
then that Urim Thummim was taken away. But in this priesthood, the
Melchisedec priesthood, we also have a Urim Thummim. No matter how well
a minister can tell you that the days of miracles is past, that there
is no such a thing as speaking in tongues in this day, there is no such
a thing as the baptism of the Holy Ghost, that won't flash on God's
Urim Thummim. And the Urim Thummim of this day is the Bible.
If the Bible says it's so, how can you say it was just for the
apostles? Peter said on the day of Pentecost, "Repent, every one of
you, be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your
sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost; for the promise
is unto you, and to your children, and to them that's far off, even as
many as the Lord our God shall call." I can clearly show you where God
gave the Church power to heal the sick. Now, somebody show me where He
said, "Now, I'll take it back." Show me that, where it's at. It isn't
Is the power's in the church, but the church has forgot it. They don't
practice it. They don't put it into practice. So you see, it's become
again a theology, a man-made theology. And when it does, it doesn't
compare with God's Bible. God's Bible still remains the same: "Jesus
Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever. The works that I do
shall you also. Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the
world." See? Oh, it's… "He that believeth on Me, though he were dead
yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth on Me shall never
die. Believeth thou this?" He said.
Martha said, "Yea, Lord I believe that You're the Son of God that would come into the world."
Said, "Where have you buried him?…?…
Something had to happen when real faith is brought up with the Word of
God. Therefore, brethren, the Word of God is right every time. But
those priests had wound It around and made traditions. "We are
Pharisees. We wash the pots this way."
We're Sadducees. We wash them this way." Oh, my. What is it? Taking one
from… It's like today: "I'm a Methodist this week, a Baptist this
week." You know what? It's just like taking one–a corpse from one
morgue to another. That's just exactly about the truth. If you're
joining churches, why don't you forget about it and get your name
written in the Lamb's Book of Life in heaven? There's where it'll never
be changed. That's right, written by the Name and the Blood of Jesus
Christ in heaven. There you won't have to change it from church to
church. Your name…
There's only one Church, one Christian church, and there's only one way
into it, not handshaking, not sprinkling, not some form of baptism of
water; but by one Spirit we are all baptized into one body, and become
members of the body of Christ.
E-59 Now, but you see they've took the traditions and made the commandments of God of none effect.
Jesus was trying to tell them, "I've come just exactly the way the prophet said I would come, and you would believe it not."
just a word behind here–they said, "We would seek a sign from thee. We
would seek a sign." Oh, every, every generation God has had gifts in
Now, we notice (before we get to our text) He referred back to Jonah.
And a lot of people has always thought of Jonah as being a man that
missed the will of God. I didn't believe that any man walking in the
will of God can miss the will of God. I don't believe that any man
walking in the Spirit can miss the will of God. He might think he did,
but God makes it all work together right. He brings everything out
Some of you ministers have thought, "Oh, my, why did I come to this
place? What happened over here? Why did I leave this? But I felt led to
do it." I talked to a little minister today, brother that's here on the
platform, leaving a church and going to the Indians, where he just has
to go here and there, wherever he can. Leaving a fine church. Said he
felt led to do it.
I said, "Son, stay with your leading. Now, it didn't matter if you have
to lay on your stomach and drink branch water and eat soda crackers,
and you had to swap chicken three times a day, stay in the will of
God." That's right. No matter what the price is, stay with it. God
called it. Now, we find that that be true. Now, notice another thing.
Then we find that he referred to Jonah. He said, "As it was in the days
of Jonah… A evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign.
There'll be one given them. As it was in the days of Jonas…" Now,
Jonah, we know, we think, that God sent him over to Nineveh, but he got
on the road and went to Tarshish. We think the prophet backslid. He
I was reading something on him here not long ago. And it sounded very
good to me, and here's the way it went. Jonah got on the boat, and he
went down… And people thought that he was out of the will of God, but
he was in the will of God. We know a storm came up, and they tied his
hands behind him, and his feet, and throwed him out into the water. And
God had a big whale to come up, or a big fish, and swallow him.
And anyone knows that when a fish eats, it usually goes down into the
water and then rests its swimmers, its floats, swimmers, on the bottom
of the water. Feed your little goldfish and watch what happens. It gets
its little belly full, he will go right down, and put his little
swimmers against the bottom, and–and rest awhile. See? He's got his
tummy full, so he–he just goes down to rest. Well, when this whale got
his tummy full of preacher, he–he goes right down and to the bottom to
And I always felt sorry for Jonah. You know, Jonah… If there's
anybody that's got a reason to talk about symptoms… So many of us
say, "Well, I was prayed for, but I'm still sick." What has that got to
do with it? You were asked to believe, not to feel, but believe. And
you say, "Well, I was prayed for, I had a bad hand two nights ago, no
difference. I guess I missed it." Well, you missed it at the beginning.
See? If you'd have believed it at the beginning, you'd have never paid
any attention to that. See?
Talk about symptoms, Jonah had symptoms. Looky here: Now, he was down
in the belly of the whale, hands tied behind him, feet tied behind him,
in a stormy sea, probably forty fathoms deep in the sea, in the belly
of the whale, the vomit of the whale around him. He looked this way, it
was whale's belly; that way was whale's belly; everywhere he looked was
whale's belly. There's nobody here that bad off tonight, I'm sure. Oh,
whale's belly everywhere he looked.
But you know what he said? He refused to see it. He said, "They are
lying vanities; but once more will I look to Your holy temple, Lord."
Jonah knew that when that temple was dedicated, that Solomon prayed,
and said, "God, if Thy people be in trouble anywhere and will look to
this holy temple and pray, then hear from heaven." And Jonah had
confidence that that man had faith in God, and God heared Solomon's
prayer. And God kept that man alive three days and nights in the belly
of that whale, and delivered him over to the right place. Whether He
put a oxygen tank in there, I don't know what He done, but He kept him
And if Jonah, under those circumstances, in that condition, could look
to a temple that was made by man and prayed over by a man, how much
more ought we tonight, under these conditions, look away from a temple,
but to the throne where God sits there, and Jesus on His right hand
with His own Bloody garments making intercession for our profession,
setting as High Priest upon a throne. Symptoms doesn't mean anything to
us then. Good said so and that's all.
Jesus is setting there tonight to make your confession right before
God. He's a High Priest to make intercessions upon our confession.
You've got to believe it and confess it, that it's so, and then Jesus
can go to work on it for you.
Oh, yes. God kept him alive three days and nights. And we find him
then. And we was told that all the Ninevites had turned away from God
and went to worshipping animals, which is a heathen trait, and they
was… Most all around Nineveh, it was on the seashore, so the
occupation was fishing. And the god of the sea was the whale. He was
the largest specie in the–in the ocean, and that was the god of the
One day about forenoon, when they were all out there fishing, the
thousands of them fishing, all at once up came the big whale god. Run
up to the shore and licked his tongue out, and the prophet walked right
out of his mouth. Sure, they repented. Certainly. The god of the sea
delivered the prophet right up. God knows how to do things. So He had
to put him in the whale's belly, don't you see?
So Jonah didn't misbehave God. He didn't miss… He–he minded God. God
did that to show that He was God. Let him walk out of a whale's mouth
right out on the shore, and that was the god delivering the prophet.
Sure they would hear him. I can see him–see him going through the
street, and that bald-head shining, saying "Repent, or in forty days
this city will be destroyed" Why, they put sackcloth on their animals.
They repented. Yes, sir.
Oh, Jesus referred back, and said, "An evil and a…" I'm going…
listen to this. Said, "An evil and an adulternous generation seeks
after signs." Seeks after signs: everybody's got to have a sign. This
one's got…" A evil and an adulterous generation…" I'll tell you one
thing; if you'll listen close, you'll find out he was talking about
this generation: A wicked, evil and an adulternous… like Sodom.
I was in Los Angeles a few weeks ago in a great revival there fore the
Assemblies of God, on the Municipal Auditorium in Long Beach, picked up
a paper, and homosexual has increased forty percent, men with the
natural use of life perverted. Look, nations are crumbling. Sin has
took over. What do they do to the…? What have they done all along to
the Church of God? Laughed at them, and called them holy-rollers, and
Pentecostal fanatics. They've got it coming to them. The nations has
got it coming.
All these nations has to give way, for there's coming a Kingdom.
Hallelujah. (Going to call me a holy-roller, anyhow, so you might as
well get used to it right now.) Yes, I believe in it. There's coming a
Kingdom and a King. Oh, my.
We notice Jesus said, "A wicked and an adulternous generation will seek
after signs, and they'll get it." They'll get the sign, that wicked and
adulterous generation. "For as Jonah was in the belly of the whale
three days and nights, so must the Son of man be…"
What kind of a sign would this wicked, adulternous generation get? The
sign of the resurrection. Amen. That's what we find now. Christ alive
among us, the sign of the resurrection. Amen. The Christ of Galilee
doing the same things, the same works with His people, living amongst
the mortals, performing the signs of a living God among them. That
wicked and adulterous generation we're living in, has got the sign of
Jonas, the resurrection, the resurrection power that can lift the
sinner from the life of sin, to take sinful women, unbelieving,
ungodly, demon-possessed; make believers out of them. Take men as low
and stooped in morals; make gentlemen out of them. As it was in that
day, a wicked and adulternous generation would receive a sign, and it
would be the sign of the resurrection.
Remember in the last night's message, or yesterday afternoon, that we
are living in the last days, in the sign of Abraham's seed getting the
same last sign. I ask any man or woman to tell me one sign promised in
the Bible outside of this last sign. Show what it was, how Abraham…
Brought through justification, Luther's age; sanctification, Wesley's
age; Holy Spirit, Pentecostal age, confirming, placing the gifts in His
church; and then appeared with His back turned, and discern the
thoughts that Sarah in the back and behind him like that. And the next
thing was a fire to the unbelievers, and the transfiguration of
Abraham's body and them to receive the promised son.
Search the Scriptures and show me. We're at the end-time, church. We're
at the end of the road. Scoffers, ungodly (excuse me, I–I'm not
wanting to yell at you) but scoffers, end time signs that we're living
in now, perverted hearts, perverted minds, contrary to God: "Heady,
high minded, lovers of pleasure than lovers of God. Truce-breakers,
false accusers, incontinent, and despisers of those that are good." You
say that's communists. That's confessed Christians. The Bible said, the
very next verse, "Having a form of godliness but denying the power of
God, from such turn away." That's Scriptural. He brought them into that
Then the next, we find out, He referred then to Solomon's time. Every
generation God has had gifts, down through the ages. Now, notice in the
days of Solomon. All you Bible readers know that was the golden age to
Israel. God sent them a gift. They believed it. The days of Solomon
there was no war. They was all afraid, because the people were with one
heart, one accord. God gave Solomon a gift of discernment, and it was
so powerful, till every person in Israel, all of them, believed it.
They built the temple. There was no wars, and the nations sent them in
gifts and things. I'll say this: because they believed and their
popularity was strung all over the world, and the mightiest nation
there was in the world.
I'll say tonight that Canada, U.S., our hopes is not built on somewhere
we could go into a bomb shelter to hide from the atomic bombs. How
could you ever dig out of reach of it? Why, the ones that we know about
will blast a hole in the earth a hundred and fifty feet deep for a
hundred miles square. That's the ones we know about. What about the
ones we don't know about? Why, if you dig five thousand feet you'd…
Well, of course, you'd be into lava. But if you went fifteen hundred
feet, why, the concussion of that would break every bone in your body.
There's no way to dig around it. The hour has come.
But we do have a bomb shelter. It's not made out of steel; it's made
out of feathers: "Under His wings we will abide." When the bombs falls,
we'll be in glory. But you notice this hour has arrived to us.
Now, what if all the… Canada, all of the United States, all of us
here together, would believe on the gift that God has given us, the
Holy Ghost? Why, you wouldn't have to worry about Russia. Why, the
nations would fear us. God would put a fear upon them. He did it when
he went into Palestine. Remember what Rahab the harlot told the spies?
"Fear… we have no life left in us, because we heard what God did for
you." God can do the same thing, but what are we trying to do? Make our
own achievement. Why not take God's way of doing it?
What would happen in Canada tonight if every man and woman that
professed to be Christians would come together and pray and accept the
baptism of the Holy Spirit? The nations would be so scared of Canada.
Only a little bitty handful of people here, and the great big dominion
as you are; but you'd–you'd have the nations on their knees.
Certainly, you would. Because we just don't accept it, that's all. In
the days of Solomon they all accepted.
E-72 Could you imagine everybody coming through Palestine saying, "Oh, have you ever attended church yet?"
"Oh, well, of course, I worship another."
"No matter what you worship,"
"Oh, I've heard of your…"
over. Come over and see the great gift that God's give us. Oh, we've
got a… Our God's a living God. Our God give us a great gift. Why,
it's upon one of our brothers. We made him king. And you should come
see this gift. Oh, it's perfect. It's a discernment. And people come
through and see it. Why…"
Them days they didn't have television, thank the Lord. And so… Or
things like we have today. And the only way they know is bring in news
from lip to ear, and through the caravans as they pass the country. And
everywhere people coming through in the commerce and trade, and so
forth, they'd go away saying, "You should go up in Israel. Oh, you
should see what their God has did. He's put His Spirit upon a man, and
that man has wisdom, discernment. It's so powerful that nothing can
stand before him." What a great thing that was. Oh, the people would
wonder. All nations feared. They sent thousands of sheep and oxen,
everything, to make peace with them. "We don't want them people angry
with us, because you know it's written it's better that a millstone
hanged at your neck, you know, and drown in the…"
So finally the word got way down into Sheba. That's across the Sahara
desert, down in the south. "The queen of the south," Jesus referred to
it. And then He said that when this little queen… Everybody coming
through, and passed through, these great caravans of camels and things,
they'd all say, "Well, how are things going up in this nation?"
Everybody, "Well, fair."
"But you ought to go to Israel. Oh, it's the most magnificent thing you
ever seen. Their God has put His Spirit upon one of the brothers, and
them people are in one accord (My, there you are.) Every Israelite
believes in him." Oh, if we'd just get ourself in one accord, put our
hearts… Not because we're Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, but put
our hearts upon the gift, the Holy Spirit. One accord–Methodists
believe it; Baptists believe it; Pentecostals believe it; Presbyterians
believe it; Catholics believe in it. Oh, my, wouldn't it be a… Oh,
that'd be in the millennium.
Sure, one accord. "Everybody believes it. You should just see them. Oh,
my, how that their God pours out His wisdom upon that man. You never
seen anything like it. There's nothing can stand before him. And he's
just a man, but it's God's Spirit upon him."
Well, how does faith come? By hearing. The little queen would say, "Is that right?" Yes, faith…
Then the next caravan come through. "Wait a minute. Have you been to Israel?"
"Oh, it's certainly true. You never seen such in your life. I stood in
the meeting there one day, and I seen that man discern the people
till… it just had to be something supernatural."
"Blessed are they that do hunger and thirst for righteousness." See?
See, faith cometh by hearing, hearing the Word of God. Now, she begin
to thirst to go see for herself.
Now, remember, she had a lot to confront. First thing, she was a pagan.
Now, she'd have to go down to her church and get permission to leave.
Let's take… let's go with her a while, what do you say?
She goes down. She says, "Holy reverend father, I've heard that there's
a great supernatural power up in Israel. They're having a revival. And
they tell me that their God has put His Spirit upon a man, and he does
works that a man cannot do. It has to be their God doing it."
I can hear him say, "Humph, huh-uh," the bishop, you know. "My
daughter, do you realize that your grandmother belonged to this church?
Your great-grandmother belonged to this church; her great-grandmother
belonged to this church. You are a member here. And you're a dignified
person. You are a queen. Don't you never associate yourself with that
bunch of holy-rollers (you know, 'people,' that, excuse me, that
'bunch') up there because they're just a little…"
"Oh, but, sir, they tell me that they–he–the Spirit of their God is
upon a man (See?), and that they are– and they–he does works like God
does, like their God."
"Well, listen, my dear queen. I'm your father bishop, and if there was
such a thing as that, it would happen in our congregation."
You know them spirits don't die. They just keep living on. See? "It
would happen with us if there was such a thing, but being it's not our
denomination, why, of course, there's nothing to it. It's just emotion.
It's probably telepathy. Oh, we have heard of such things as that, but
it's rumors. Don't pay any attention to it."
That didn't satisfy her. She said, "But, sir, look, they tell me that it is a living God."
"Dear, look at the–look at the gods that we have here."
"Yes, that's right. All the books and gods, but I never seen nothing
move in them. Grandma didn't see nothing move in them, and her grandma
didn't see nothing move in them. They're nothing but a bunch of words.
They're nothing but a bunch of idols. But they tell me that is a living
God, Who lives in human beings. (Amen.) I want to see something real.
(Bless her little heart.) I want to see something that's got some life
to it, not a dead idol, not a dead formal theology."
"I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heavens and earth; I
believe in the Holy Roman Catholic church…" And say that's the
Apostle's Creed? Show me what the Apostle's Creed like in the Bible.
Not a word of it in the Bible. That's right. It's man-made theory.
There's no… I don't mean to be mean now; I–I just want to tell you
what's truth. But before you can make a board stick, you have to drive
it in, and clinch the nail, and we got to clinch this. See? Whoever
heard of such a thing as Apostle's Creed…?… No, it's nonsense. All
those creeds, they don't get you nowhere. You've said it for years, and
you're still wandering about in sin and groping in darkness, having a
form of godliness. And when the Holy Spirit performs something, you
call it a devil. You're sealing yourself away from God all the
time…?… Listen, brother and sister, don't you be like that. Wake
up. We're at the end-time.
"Oh," said, "Now, dear, if there was any miracles to be done, our–our
church would have it here." That didn't satisfy her. "Now, remember,
you are a queen. You belong to the Rebecca's (or some other society.
You are a member of the Kiwanis, or… ) You cannot associate yourself
with such low trash as–as that bunch up there. You see?
You have that throwed in your face. A member of what? I'd rather be a
member of the body of my God and to have all your societies throwed
into a trash can. Right. Stand for Christ. "On Christ, the solid rock,
I stand. All other ground is sinking sand." Anything contrary to that
Word, let it… "Let every man's word be a lie," said God, "and Mine be
the truth." That's right. Sure. Let every man's word be a lie.
Well, her little heart was still hungering. You know, if you're
hungering, God will make a way for you. Some of them say, "Don't go
over to that. That's Pentecostal." What difference does it make? God
speaks to your heart, go anyhow. No one has to ask the bishop whether
you can go or not. God's speaking to you. Who's going to judge, the
bishop or God. See?
Now, the first thing, you know, she said, "Well, I'll go anyhow."
"Well, we'll take your name off the book."
"Well, just take it off. That's right. I'm–I'm going. I'm going,
'cause something inside of me hungers. (Oh, when the deep calleth to
the deep, the noise of Thy waterspouts… ) I'm going anyhow."
"Well, will you bring disgrace upon your mother's religion?"
"Mother's or not mother's, there's something in my heart telling me to
go find out for myself. I'm not going to stand out here and criticize
it with you. I'm going to find out for myself. (God bless her little
heart. That's the way.) I'm going to buy every Hebrew scroll of every
prophet that ever spoke. I'm going see what their God was like. And if
their God is real and put Himself–what He was to those prophets–upon
that man, I'll say, 'He's God.'" Amen. That's the way to do it. Search
the Scriptures, see if they're right or not. Amen. (I'm not amening
myself, but "amen" means "so be it.") I–I believe it with all my
Here, now, she had a lot to confront. I can see her get her little
camels together, and her bunch of little maids together, her bunch of
eunuchs. And now she said, "You know what? I'm going up there, and I'm
going to find out. And if it's true, I'm going to support it." So she
loaded her camels with gold, and frankincense, and silver, rich stuff.
Now, she said, "If I get up there, and if it's so I'm going to support
it. If it isn't so, I can bring my money back." That would be a good
thing for Pentecostal people to learn: supporting programs on
tele–on–on these here radio that'd stand around, laugh, and you a
holy-roller afterwards. That's right. Support your pastor; support your
church; support the cause that stands for the right things. That's
She said, "If it's not right, I'll bring my money back. If it is right,
I owe something to it." That's the way we should feel. If this be God,
not only our money–our money's little–but be owing our hearts, our
time, our talents; and everything that we have, we owe it to God. If
it's right, let's go into it with everything we got. If it isn't right,
go find what is right, then get into it.
Jesus said, "If I cast out devils, you can do it a better way, come do
it. You can do it better, then come do it a better way, He said. "But
if I cast out devils by the finger of God, know the Kingdom of God's
come nigh unto you." See? "Now," He said, "if you've got a better way
than the Scriptures say, let's see you produce it." That's right.
I said that a big college the other night, when the dean and all them
was sitting there. He didn't know, now, like… That man, sitting there
thinking that, didn't know that I was catching it right on the
platform. Sure. He set back there saying, "Oh, he sure has got…
certainly is a psychologist. He certainly is."
I said, "Then if I am a psychologist, dean, I ask you to come here to
the platform and carry this service on. I have no Ph.D. and know
nothing about psychology. If you got a better way of doing it, then
come here." Dean of the school… I said, "There's a doctor of
psychology. Come up here and perform it, Come on. You're doctors of
psychology. But if you can't do it, then keep still about it. Right.
That's right. If you can't do it, can't produce it, shut up. Let God
alone." Right. Oh, it was a mighty quiet bunch.
So we find the little queen, she got everything ready to go. And she
loaded up her camels. Now, remember, she had a lot to confront.
Remember, in them days the sons of Ishmael was in the desert, and they
were robbers. Oh, what an easy prey for that bunch of fleet riders, to
ride right in on that bunch of little guards and chop them down in a
minute, and that few little women there, and cut them to pieces, and…
crossing that Sahara desert. And then what would they do? Take all that
wealth to themselves.
But, you know, if you're thirsting for God, if you're hungering,
there's no fear in your faith. You know, when you're hungering for God,
there isn't ten million devils can keep you away from Him. You believe
God; there isn't a devil can hold you…?… any more…?… You don't
think about the circumstances. You got one objective: that's go to God,
regardless of who says anything about it. Oh, it could've been easy for
them; but, you see, if you are hungering and thirsting, you shall be
filled, God will see that you get there. She never thought nothing
How long the journey was? Measure how far it is from Palestine, where
the temple was built, all the way down to where the queen's palace was
in Sheba, across the Sahara desert. And she didn't go across there in a
air-conditioned Cadillac. She went across on a camel. It takes ninety
days, three months, on the back of a camel. Some people won't come
across the street to hear it. Automobiles, and airplanes, and
everything, no wonder Jesus said, "She will rise in the day of judgment
and condemn this generation. She came from the utmost parts of the
world to hear the wisdom of Solomon, but a greater than Solomon is
here." He said. Certainly. And a greater than Solomon is here tonight:
the Holy Spirit, the very God of Solomon. A greater than Solomon is
What did she do? After crossing the desert… She began to travel of a
night, because of that direct rays of that sun will beat the hide right
off of you. And here she come through… those camels, riding on there,
reading those scrolls, what Jehovah was. Amen. On her way the devil
said, "You better go back."
"I'm determined to find it." Oh, brother, blessed are they…" Here he
come. "Now, we see that Jehovah does this; He appeared in the prophets.
He did this; this is His way. The prophet foretold things. Here's a man
with that same Spirit of discernment. And if that works, I'll find out.
I'll go see, and I'll see if it's right." Finally she arrived at the
Now, she was different from the women of 1961 (See?), that version of
them. They come in, set down a few minutes, "If he says one thing
contrary to our priest, we'll stomp out." That shows you was raised
poorly. That's right. That's right. Shows what kind of home you came
out of. See? No, she come to stay till she was satisfied whether it was
right or wrong. She'd search it with the Scriptures and try it out and
see if it was right. She come to stay till she was convinced over and
She put up her little tent, and unpacked the camels, and scooted her
money back under the other places, and set the guards around. And the
next morning I can imagine her fixing her hair all up, you know, and
getting her–her hands clean, and her face, and putting on her best
garments, and she goes over to the church. She sets down. And all
the–the bands, the trumpets sounded, and the music played, just before
the church started. And after while, out come Pastor Solomon. Walked
out to the pulpit, begin to speak.
And when the first person come up, she said, "Now, I'll see. I know
just exactly what Jehovah is, their God. I'm going to see if He works
like that. He knows the thoughts of the heart. He knows the secrets of
the mind. So we'll see. I know that man's a man. I see him standing
there. He's got clothes on; he's just a man, like any other man. So
I'll just see if that is God in that man." So the first thing, a person
come across the platform to Pastor Solomon, and he told them the
secrets made known. Then her little heart begin to jump.
Next thing, the next day, more was said. The next day, more was said.
Day after day, and finally her prayer card was called, and so (Maybe
not like that. Anyhow, you know… ) But she got into the prayer line.
She said, "Now, I'll see what he says when he gets to me." So after
while she walks up on the platform to where he was. "How do you do?"
And the Bible said that there was no question in her heart but what was
made known to Solomon. Amen. Brother, it worked on her then.
What did she do? She turned to the congregation. "I am the queen of the
South. I've heard about this great gift that your God's give to this
man. And I know he's just a man. I shook his hand; I looked at him.
He's a man. But there's a Spirit on him, for he didn't know me; but God
has revealed to him what's in my heart." She said, "His God can be my
God. The things that I heard about Him is wonderful. They were all
true, and more than I heard." 'Cause why? It worked on her. See? It was
her own experience. More than this. It's greater than I heard about."
And she said, "Even blessed is the men that's with him all the time to
see this thing working. Blessed are the men." She'd never worship no
other god but that God. Why? She was hungering and thirsting. Her heart
had been satisfied.
Jesus said, "She'll stand in the day of judgment and condemn this
generation of Jews and Gentiles, for she came from the utmost parts of
the world to hear the wisdom of solomon, and behold, a greater than
Solomon is here." Oh, we've had about twenty-five hundred of teaching
and experience since then, and a greater than Solomon is here: the Holy
Spirit, Jesus Christ in Spirit form, living in His Church, and bringing
to pass the same thing that He did when He was here on earth, showing
His resurrection to the adulternous generation.
What was the matter with her? Why did she say it? Listen, friends, in
closing, this way–she had seen something real. And any honest hearted
person that's mentally balanced, and honest and sincere, wants to see
something real. That's what the world's looking for today. It's not a
bunch of theology, not of some man that can… Jesus never did say,
"Well, if I do not the teaching of My Father…" He said, "If I do not
the works of My Father, then don't believe Me. But if I do the works of
My Father, then believe the works. If you can't believe Me as a man,
believe the works that I do of My Father." See?
She seen something real. She seen something; not a bunch of creeds
wrote out, but she seen something real. That's what people wants to see
today, honest-hearted: something that's real.
In closing, I say this. Everybody knows that… I don't say I'm a
hunter. I just like to hunt. My mother's mother came from the Cherokee
reservation. My conversion, since I… The first money I ever earned
was twenty-five cents. I bought a steel trap, started trapping. I've
been in business ever since. So I–I just love to get alone in the
woods. I see God in the woods. Go up into the mountains, climb up on
top of the mountain and watch the sunrise, and stand there and scream
Here some time ago, over in Colorado (I'm a guide in Colorado), worked
on a ranch there. One day the rancher and I had went elk hunting. We'd
done got all the dudes in and out, so we–we went elk hunting. We went
away on back where the tenderfoots (as you call them, cheechakers)
couldn't go. So we went way up high. And he went over in another range.
I wouldn't see him for about a week. I tied up my saddle horse. Had
been kind of… That day had been a dry season. The elk hadn't been run
down yet. And I'd went way up high to the timberline. It'll come a
rain, and it'll freeze, and then come a snow, and then it'll come a
rain, and then the sun will shine. You know how it is in the fall of
I was walking along through there, my eyes closed, saying, "Glory to
God. You're so great, Father. Oh, You're so great. Way up here alone,
where there's no gasoline or cigarettes. O God, no wonder You can live
up here." I was just going along praising God. First thing you know
there come a little storm across the mountains. And I'd got in behind a
tree. There was a blow down there. It was almost at timberline. You I
got down below, got down behind this tree, and sat down there a little
bit, and the storms blowed real hard. I had my head down like this,
saying, "God, You are wonderful. You're the God of the mountain; You're
the God of the valley. You're God when we're poor; You're God when
we're rich. You're God when we're sick; You're God when we're happy.
You're God when I'm hunting; You're God when I'm crying. You're God in
God." And I was there…
After while the storm let up. I looked around, and I thought, "Well,
praise the Lord. storm's over. I guess I'll go hunting for my elk now."
I started to move out. And all at once I looked across toward the west,
towards Canada, this way. The big sun had come across into this
province here, and was peeking its great eye through the crevices in
the rock. I looked over there. I thought, "Oh, yes, Jehovah," I looked
back over here, and there was a rainbow, 'cause the evergreens had
froze over, you know; and the sun was shining against them caused a
rainbow to form across the–the–the valley. And I thought, "There He
is. He's up here. He's to look upon as Jasper and Sardine stones,
Revelations 1, Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, He that was,
which is, and shall come, the Root and Offspring of David, the Morning
Star, the Lily of the valley." Oh, my, there He was, in the rainbow. I
thought, "O God, how great Thou art." I thought, "Oh, how wonderful."
And about that time, I heard an old elk bugle. Chris, you know what I
mean. Heard that, "Whee-who," like that, and I thought, "Oh, my. He got
lost in the storm. He was bugling for the rest of them." I thought,
"There it is: the deep, the wild, calling." An old gray wolf got to
howling on the hills, his mate–mate answering down at the bottom.
Then, brother, I tell you, the real part came out of me. I stood there
and cried like a baby. I said, "O God, how wonderful. There You are in
the rainbow. There You are in the call of the elk. There You are in the
call of the wolf. You're God everywhere. Oh, how wonderful." I said,
"Praise be to God."
And around and around and around the tree I went, shouting the top of
my voice. Might as well tell you the truth. Hollered, "Glory to God.
Hallelujah." I didn't care. Anybody shouts to let anybody else hear him
shout, they're a hypocrite. Wasn't nobody in forty miles of me. I was
just jumping up-and-down, running around the tree, hollering,
"Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, praise God." I could see God
everywhere. He was real. My, I run around and around… If somebody
come in the woods, they'd have thought somebody was out of the insane
institution up there. I was going around. I didn't care. I was having a
good time, blowing off some of the steam. I was having a wonderful
time. "Hallelujah, hallelujah."
And I'd stopped and I said, "O God, why should I ever go down out of
this mountains. My, let me live and die up here, bury me up here. Take
me home. I'll set my gun here; let my son Joseph find it someday. Let
him hunt with it, Lord, but take me up now. Let me go." Oh, just having
a wonderful time. I had always thought that sometime I'd might come up
missing in the woods. Let–let me go, Lord. Walk out. Take me like
Elijah did. Send the horses along." I was… Oh, I was having such a
wonderful time there.
All at once I stopped, and when I did, a little old… I don't know
whether you got them here or not. Yes, Chris, I believe you trap them,
them little old pine squirrels. Oh, he's a blue coat policemen of the
woods, noisiest thing you ever heard in your life, and not big enough
to do anything. Jumped upon on a stump and said, "Chatter, chatter,
chatter. Chatter chatter, chatter. Chatter, chatter, chatter."
I said, "Now, wait a minute, little fellow." I said, "What you so
excited about? You didn't like that? Now, watch this." And around and
around the tree I went again. I said, "How did you like that?" See? I
said, "You like that?" I said, "You know what I'm doing? I'm
worshipping our Creator. You ought to do the same thing. Don't fuss at
me." And I–I went ahead, I said, "Oh, if you only knew Him the way I
know Him. He's the one that gives you pine cones. See? Shame on you.
Don't bother me when I'm worshipping. Get out." And around and around
the tree I went again.
About that time I noticed the little fellow wasn't noticing me. His
little eyes bugged out on his cheek. He had it cocked down in the bush,
like that. I thought, "What's the matter?" Directly a great big eagle
had been forced down in the storm came up. I thought, "Oh, that's what
he's all excited about, that eagle." The wind had blowed him under
there. And I thought, "Well, now, God, why would You break me up from
running around and around this tree here. I believe God makes
everything happen right. I said, "Why would You break me from running
around and around this tree here to let me see that little old pine
squirrel with that eagle? What about the eagle? Old vulture," I said.
"What's he setting there anyhow?"
And I looked at him. I thought, "Well, God, could You be in that
eagle?" I looked at him, and I thought, "Yes. You are, because he's not
scared." That's one thing; he wasn't afraid. I said to him… And God
don't want a coward. If you're ashamed to testify, don't go to the
altar. You're ashamed to say, "By His stripes I'm healed." You're
ashamed to say, "Yes, I received the Holy Ghost. Hallelujah." God wants
to put a backbone, not a wishbone, in you, wants to make you somebody,
give you a testimony.
As Buddy Robinson said, "Give me a testimony like a saw log. Put plenty
of knowledge in the gable end of my soul; let me fight the devil as
long as I got a tooth, then gum him till I die." That was his
testimony, old Uncle Buddy, you know. And so he meant that too. So
then, eighty-five years old, run sixty thousand miles a year in a
little Chevrolet car, still preaching the Gospel. He wrote a book, sold
a million copies. Didn't know the difference between a noun and a
pronoun. Said, "I didn't know. I just wrote the thing…?…" But he
was a great man of God.
Now, notice this eagle. I thought, "Why are you not scared? You know
what? I could take my rifle and shoot you." 'Course he knowed I admired
him too much to do that. He looked at me, and I thought, "Well, he's
not scared of me, 'cause he knowed…" I watched him. He kept feeling
them wings, you know, see if them feathers wasn't running…?… I
thought, "Sure, that's the reason he's not afraid. He's got a God-given
gift: wings. He's got confidence in that God-given gift. He knowed he
could be in that timber before I could get my hand on that gun. He had
If an eagle can have confidence in his wings as a God-given gift, how
much more ought we to have confidence in a God given gift of the Holy
Spirit, could carry us today. Watched his feathers as he moved. I
thought. "Brother, I am… I–I love you too much to shoot you. See?" I
After while I noticed he wasn't bothered about me. He was watching that
little old pine squirrel going, "Chatter, chatter, chatter, chatter,
chatter, chatter." He had enough of it after while. He just made one
big bounce, maybe flopped his wings about twice, and went plumb beyond
that timber. And when he did, that's when I seen what God was doing.
That big fellow never flopped anymore. He just knowed how to set his
wings, and every time the wind would come in, he'd ride up on it. After
a while he kept going up, up, up (not moving a feather), up, up, up,
till he become just a little spot.
There I was, standing there with my hands up to heaven, saying, "Oh,
glory to God. That's it. It's not flop, flop, I'm a Pentecostal today.
Flop, flop, I'm a Baptist tomorrow. Flop, flop, I'll go to Oral
Roberts' meeting. Flop, flop, I'll go to Brother Branham's meeting.
Flop, flop, I'll go to Tommy Hicks." No, it's knowing how to set your
wings, your wings of faith in the power of God. Every time the glory
waves come in, ride up on it. He left that little old earth-bound
chipmunk setting there, saying, "Chatter, chatter, chatter: days of
miracles is past; no such thing as Divine healing; no such thing as the
Holy Ghost." He got tired of listening at it, so he just set his wings
and moved away. Oh, my, just set your… That's it, friends, just set
your wings in faith.
In the north woods I used to hunt with a boy, about half Indian. His
name is Burt Caul. He was one of the finest hunters I ever hunt with.
You never had to worry about Burt. Anywhere in the woods, you didn't
have to worry about him. He'd come in. Let him alone.
And we used to love to hunt together. But he was the meanest man I ever
seen. He had eyes like a lizard. And he used to laugh at me being a
preacher. And he was a fine fellow, but he just–he's just had… He
was just mean. And he used to love to shoot fawns just to make me feel
Now, remember, it's all right to shoot a fawn. That's all right, but
not just to be mean, just to shoot it, and let it lay there, and laugh
about it. That's wrong. That's murder.
And so he used to say, "Aw, preacher, you're like the rest of them:
chicken-hearted. You'd be a good hunter if it wasn't you was so
I said, "Burt."
He said, "Oh, I thought you was a hunter."
I said, "I am a hunter, but not a killer. See? There's a lot of difference in that word."
He said, "Aw, get next to yourself, Billy. Get next to yourself. Now, you wouldn't shoot a fawn?"
I said, "I've shot a many fawn." I said, "God… Abraham killed a calf
and fed it to God, and He eat it. That's right. So there's no harm
killing a fawn if the law says you can have it, its all right, but
don't do it just to be mean, just to show-off. So he did that just to
So one day I was up there, and he said, "Well, Billy, you're a little
late coming up this time." And he had a little whistle he'd made, and
he took that little whistle, and he'd blow it, and it sounded like a
little baby fawn (that's a little baby deer) calling for its mammy.
And I thought, "Burt, you wouldn't do that."
He said, "Aw, go on, Billy."
So we always took a thermos jug full of hot chocolate, 'cause it warms
you up, if you happen to get turned around or something. (I'm sorry to
be late, but I'll close right now.) Said, "I'm…" Said, "I'm…" We
started out, and those while tail deer, oh, my, you talk about Hundini
a being an escape artist; he was an amateur. You ought to see them
after they're shot at once. Oh, they can get away like… You just see
where they were. And so, then, they–they were so fast. And they'd
been… Hunting season had been in two weeks. and, why, we walked all
morning, didn't even see a track. Along about noontime we usually set
down, eat our lunch.
So it was about noon. We come into a little clearing, about three or
four times the size of this church here, like that. And so Burt set
down. And we hadn't seen a track or nothing. And we'd usually separate
along about noon, and he goes one way and I go another, and get back in
some time that night to our spike camp, where our horses and things
So then when Burt sat down, he went to reaching back like this in his
bosom. I thought he was going to get his–his–his thermos, you know,
to get his chocolate. So when he started to pull something out, and it
was that little whistle. And I said, "Burt, you wouldn't blow that."
He said. "Aw, preacher, get next to yourself," looked up to me with
them lizard eyes, you know. He took this little whistle, and he blowed
it. It sounded like a little fawn crying.
Well, to my surprise, right across that place a big mother doe (that's
the mother deer) stood up. She was hid (You see?) under the brush. She
stood up. That's–that's irregular. Not… In this country it might not
be, but that country it is. Very irregular for a doe to raise up, or
any deer, that time of day, about eleven o'clock.
She raised up. She looked around. What was the matter? She was a
mother, a baby was in trouble. She looked around. I can just see those
great big ears and them brown eyes looking around.
And old Burt looked up to me with them lizard eyes. I said, "Burt, you
wouldn't do that." So he blowed it again, and the mother deer walked
right out of the brush into the open. Now, she wasn't putting nothing
on. She was a mother. That was something born in her, a mother. Her
baby was in trouble. She was looking for it. She looked around, walked
out in the opening. I seen him… We never carry shells in the chamber,
when we're hunting together like that. So he had a .30-06. He pulled it
back, real easy and throwed that shell up there, hundred and eighty
grain mushroom. And he was a dead shot. My. See him raise up like this
and lay that cross hair across that loyal heart of that mother.
I thought, "Oh, my. How can you do it, Burt? How can you do it? How can
you be so cruel? In a moment that poor deer, that loyal heart in that
mother, she won't have any heart. You'll blow it plumb through her.
See? How can you do it? And her looking for her baby, you deceiving her
She walked out. And when the bolt went down on the model '70 when it
went down like that, the deer spooked, looked around and she saw the
hunter. Would she jump? No, sir. She knowed she was facing death, but
her baby was in trouble. She kept moving on, slowly, looking for that
baby, them big ears up, looking, that nose up. She seen the hunter, and
she knowed it was death just in a moment, but that didn't make any
difference to her. Her baby was in trouble. She wasn't putting on
nothing, like a lot of church members do. There was something real. She
was born a mother. She looked around.
I said, "I can't look at it." I turned my back. I thought, "O God,
don't let him do it. Don't let him do it, Lord. There's deers in this
woods. Don't let him kill that poor precious mother. Don't let him do
that. She's got a fawn somewhere or she wouldn't be acting like that.
She thinks it's lost; it's crying for her. Don't let him do it, Lord."
I waited a minute, just listening any time to hear that gun go off. And
I knowed if it went off, she'd sure be a dead deer. And she wasn't
standing thirty yards from him, right in the clearing.
I just kept waiting, but the gun never went off. I waited, waited, the
gun still didn't go off. I thought, "What's the matter?" And I turned
around. Them steel nerves in that half Indian, he was going like this,
shaking like that; and he turned around, and tears running down his
cheeks. He throwed the rifle on the ground. He grabbed me around the
legs, standing on that snow drift. He said… [Blank.spot.on.tape–Ed.]
With your eyes closed, praying, how many in here would like to be the
type of Christian that that deer was a mother? Would like to have the
love of Christ so in your heart, that you could display Christ? Not
something put-on, but a real–a birth that makes you a Christian, like
a birth made that deer a mother. If you'd like to have that kind of an
experience, will you raise up your hand? God bless you. God bless you,
Our heavenly Father, this simple little story, and yet people know that
they need You, Lord. They need to be a Christian. They want to be. We
all want to have something real that we can say to the world that Thou
art Christ, the Son of God. Grant it, Lord, tonight. May that
experience come to every one of us. In this little building of maybe a
hundred and fifty people, more than half of them raised up their hands
that they wanted that kind of an experience. Lord, it shows that they
lack that kind of an experience. May Christ tonight in His loyal
holiness show this audience that He loves them, and can give them that
experience of being a real born Christian, not nothing put-on, but a
real experience. Grant it, Father. Through the Name of Jesus, the Son
of God, I ask it.
While we have our heads continually bowed, Is there someone here
tonight, or how many, rather, that would like to accept Jesus as your
Saviour, and say, "Brother Branham, like the queen of the south, I–I
want–I–I want Christ. Like the mother deer, I–I want to be a real
Christian. I've never become a Christian. I've never had–never taken
Him as my Saviour. But tonight I want to do it." Would you just stand
up to your feet a minute, say, "I want to be remembered in prayer."
Jesus said, "He that will confess Me before men, him will I confess before My Father and the holy Angels."
Would you just stand at this time, say, "I've never stood for Him
before."? God bless you. God bless you. That's good. Stand, some of you
now. God bless you. Someone else? Just stand to your feet. God bless
Leave a Comment