1 … as we read the Word, remembering after this service this afternoon you'll probably go back to your churches for tonight's service. I'll try to let out early so you can do so.
Listen. If I was in this city around I'd attend to these–these churches here. I really would. I'm not saying that… They never told me to say this. There's some fine men, real brothers. And then each one of you that accepted Christ, if they didn't get your name, why don't you look them up for Christian baptism, and let them lead you on to the baptism of the Holy Ghost?
3 If you don't have a church, you must be… See you'll die spiritually. You'll just dwindle away. If you don't have a church, why don't you go and talk to them? They'd be glad to help you. They're–they're–they're brothers in Christ. And they'd–they'd be glad to help you. Isn't that right, brethren? Just very happy to help you, and help you along, do anything that they can for you… Good, faithful men, someone who'll watch over your soul and care for you… Do that.
And if you accepted Christ, and they didn't get your name, just somewhere in the seat you just accepted Him, won't you go talk to them about baptism now, and the baptism of the Holy Spirit? Do that now. God bless you.
5 We want to read this afternoon out of the book of Philippians, the 2nd chapter of Philippians. And I want to begin with the 5th verse.
6 Let us bow our heads for a moment. Our Lord, we are approaching Thee now in the holy Name that's–that's got heaven's Name, and all the family in the earth is named. And He told us when here, "You ask the Father anything in My Name, I will grant it." We, just simple people, Lord, but we believe that to be the truth. We believe that what we ask, we receive, because if our–if our souls condemn us not, if we don't have any bad feelings of what we've done that's wrong, then we have this assurance that God will hear us. So we are asking for mercy this afternoon for all of us.
And then I'm asking that You will grant to this waiting audience now, the healing of every person that's in Divine Presence. May this be one of the greatest healing services that we have ever had. May there be something take place, Lord. We don't know how it would happen, or what else could be done. But we pray that the Holy Spirit will have the preeminence this afternoon to break into every heart and to every mind. As we have just read, "Let the mind that was in Christ be in you." I pray, God, that as we see that the mind is the controlling tower of the whole being, that it directs us, and let the mind that was in Christ be in us this afternoon. And He was always believing the Word. And now, may there be a great outpouring of His Presence upon us.
8 And I pray for these ministers, Lord, that's cooperated in this meeting, that each of their church will be benefited with such great spiritual and material benefits, because of their stand to try to bring to their people the–the Gospel in every true fashion that they know it's being preached in. And I pray, Father, that You'll bless them. And may the people appreciate them, knowing that–that they're doing it for their sake, and for the Gospel's sake, that… May they in return help, and put their shoulders to the wheel, to push for the cause that we're trying to bring forth on the earth: the Lord Jesus.
Now, Father, we pray that You'll take the words as we have read them. And You are Your own Interpreter, so we pray that You'll interpret it to our hearts today. And when we leave today, may we say like those coming from Emmaus, "Did not our hearts burn within us, as He talked to us along the way?"
Bless them, God, all these newborn babes that just come to You. I pray, in their tender little way, that they'll be fed with the sincere milk of the Gospel, that they'll grow into great statues of Christ, that they might be His mouthpieces and servants to serve Him in this great shadowing age that we're now living in the evening Light. Grant it, Father. We ask this in Jesus' Name. Amen. You may be seated.
11 [Tongues and interpretation go forth–Ed.] Amen, amen. I think the message would be to comfort the saints and to exalt–exhort the young converts to come closer to God and to continue in the faith. Thanks be to God.
Now, I want to take this subject for a while. We got–won't be able to speak but just a little while, because we got around five hundred prayer cards out, and they've all got to be prayed for.
So now, I'm doing this so that it might help. I'm wondering if my voice hasn't got a rebound. Can you hear me way back in the back, all right? And it just sounds to me like it's bouncing back here. And last night in making the altar call, I thought that–that's maybe a reason people couldn't understand, that–that it had a rebound.
14 Now, I want to take this subject this afternoon, "Identification."
Now, anyone that must be… We're living in a days when identification is required. You can't… Unless you're known at a bank, you can't cash your check unless you have something to identify yourself.
I know, my wife, she can't cash a check. Yet when we get our check, we put it in the bank. But she don't cash it, because she doesn't drive; she has no Social Security number, or nothing to identify herself. So therefore, it's a hard thing for her to cash a check. You've got to be a–some official identification. And I think it's just that time that we're living in.
17 If you notice, if you go to a certain denominational church, like a Methodist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, or something, you have to have something to identify yourself, if you're going to speak. You have to have a credential, or a card, or fellowship card, or something to identify yourself, as where they know where you come from, and what you're going to say at that platform. You have to be identified. And–and it's a identifying age.
Now, all that it happens in the natural is only a type that's going on in the spiritual. We also, the Christian church itself, which is of no denomination, but of a nature… It is the mystical body of Christ, and it's identified also. It bears identification. Jesus identified Himself.
And now we're going to speak this afternoon upon identifications in the Bible character. We're going to our–identify our present condition in with characters of the Bible of other ages.
20 Now, we wonder sometimes what–what we would look like if we would try to look into the mirror, and see what we look like. It reminds me of a little story I heard one time of a family that lived way back in Kentucky, where I come from, way back in the mountain country where there's…
Well, my grandmother lived to be a hundred and ten years old, and she never seen but one automobile. And to bring it from an old grade up to where I brought mine up, it taken almost eight hours to go about four miles, putting logs in the creek, and things to get it across. She never seen a–a train, or anything. Old enough, when she died years ago she remembered the assassination of President Lincoln, and lived to be a hundred and ten years old.
And I guess she never had three or four pair of shoes all of her life. And I can just see the little old tracks now, like a little coon track going up to the spring of a morning 'fore daylight, with a big old cedar bucket with hoops, brass hoops on it, to get water, come down to do her cooking. Set with her little feet out before an old fireplace, like that, big cracks, and them bleeding in there.
But when she died, she put her arms around me. I held her in my arms and cried, praying for her like this. The last words I heard her say was, "God bless your little soul now and forevermore." I was just a boy then, but she knew Christ as her Saviour. But they didn't have very much of the world's goods.
24 So out of this story comes this, that these people never could afford a looking glass. They didn't have one. And the father had just a piece of a mirror he'd tacked on the tree to shave by on the outside. They had a little boy. And he'd… This little piece of mirror, why, he'd never been able to–to get up to where it was at to see himself. So he come to visit in the city with one of his mother's sisters, who had married a man that had come to Indiana. And then, they lived out there. So they had a home. They'd all…
The old fashion home, used to be they had a full mirror on the door, sometimes, when you'd go in–in–in the bedrooms. I don't know whether any of you remember them old doors or not. It had a full length mirror, up and down the door.
26 So the little boy, he got to his auntie's house, and he was running around like any little boy would. And–and they noticed him, he–he started to–to walk up the steps. And as he did, at the head of the steps, when he was getting close to the head of the steps, he begin to see another little boy appearing. And he stopped and looked at the little boy. 'Course, it was… He waved at him, and he waved back at him, and he kept getting closer, and closer, watching the little fellow. First thing, he reached out his hand. He looked around, and his parents was watching him, 'cause he'd never seen a mirror before. He said, "Well, that's me."
27 So I just wonder today, if we couldn't look in the Bible, and say "That's me," as we wonder which one is it. Which character in the Bible would we look like? And let's just take that for a little text now and stay with it for a while. And as we look into God's Word, let's identify ourself, for He give others in there for examples of what we are. Now, remember that God takes His Spirit, or takes His men, but never His Spirit. Satan takes his man, but never his spirit. So let's see if we can identify our present state now with Bible characters. Now, they–the Bible said all those things happened back in those days for examples for us. They are our examples.
28 Our character molds us to the image of what we are, our character of life that's in us.
Now, you take a little germ of life, and when… If it's a–if it's a germ of a–of a bird, it'll produce a bird. And if a germ of a–of a wheat, it'll produce wheat. If a germ of corn, it'll produce corn. See, the life that's in it molds the character of it.
Then we find the same thing, like a life of a cancer (See?), a germ, cancer germ, it molds a cancer. It's a evil life. A life of a tumor would mold a tumor, so forth.
31 You see, we… Our characters is molded by what's on the inside of us. And our outside only expresses what's on the inside. What we are, how we walk, no matter what we say, our life speaks louder than our words does. If we might say, "I am a believer in God."
And I'd say, "Well, do you believe all the Bible?"
"Well, I don't know." Then, you see, your–your–your lips, your very–the–your life is speaking louder then than what your words would be.
If you say, "I am a Christian. I do not believe in doing… And I believe all that God said is true," then live any kind of a life after that (See?), your–your life speaks louder than what your testimony does.
34 And you know, that's one of the greatest hindrance that the Church of God has is… The bootlegger, the gambler, them people are… We–we all know which way they're headed, and they know themselves. But the fellow that professes to be a Christian, the woman that professes to be a Christian, and then lives something different, it's the greatest stumbling block that the outside world has got, that–that–that there is in the outside world anywhere. It's worse than anything the world can produce, is a person that's supposed to be a Christian, and then lives something else different from that. Lying, stealing, cheating, and doing things that he ought not to do, it's a discredit to his testimony, when you take people that do those things there. And they are–they…
Our character is molded in there by the light that is in us.
35 Now, we'd say Jesus came to save that which was lost. That's what He did. And now, there had to be something to save this lost, so it had to be a different character than that which was lost. So we find then, when God looked down upon this creation of His that He had made, upon the–His–the characters of this earth; His loving character, His Self, was molded into the Person of Jesus Christ to be the Saviour of the world. He… This was done so He could pay the penalty for death for us and redeem us. It certainly fulfilled John 3:16 (See?), that God, no other person, could do it. Jesus could've been no one else. There was no other character anywhere could've produced such a Person as Jesus Christ, but God Himself.
36 Now, there was nothing in the heaven that could've done it. You know, John looked in the–the book there, the Bible, we find that he saw there was no one upon the earth that was worthy to take the Book, the Book of Redemption. And there was nobody in heaven worthy, nobody that was beneath the earth, or nowhere, was able or worthy to take the Book, to loose the seals, or to even look on It. And he wept because in this Book was the Book of Redemption, His own name was in there, and nobody was worthy.
And then one of the elders said, "Fear not, for the Lion of the tribe of Judah has prevailed, and He's worthy."
John looked then to see a–a lion, and he saw a Lamb. And it must've been a slain Lamb. It was a bloody Lamb. He said it was full of Blood, because it was a Lamb that had been slain. And a slain Lamb is bloody, of course, and had been slain from the foundation of the world. He came and took the Book. There was nobody else could do it.
39 Because if you plant any, like a cocklebur in the ground… Any of you Arkansawyers know what a cocklebur is, and put that in the ground, you can't expect to harvest a crop of corn out of it. No, you can't. So if you took a cocklebur, and put it with a, and crossed it up with a jimson weed, you still wouldn't have nothing. See? And you see, there's no character in there but what would produce the same character, evil to evil.
So it taken something that was not evil, that could produce a Character like Jesus Christ. And it was God looking upon His creation, and His own loving Character, seeing that lost, yet in His image, made for His glory, and see that lost, His own love projected Jesus Christ. God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. That was God manifesting Himself, not some other person, but Himself in a body form to redeem what had been lost. I wonder how sad that must have been, when God looked upon the earth, and it grieved Him that He ever made man.
41 One time I–I had my little girl by the hand, and we was up at Cincinnati at the zoo. And we were going down along, watching the animals. And I heard a great noise, down below the–the–the cages where the animals such as wolves, and tigers, and so forth were. I walked down there; there was a huge, big cage, oh, as high as this ceiling, perhaps. And they'd just got an eagle, a little, oh, a few weeks before that out of a–and put him in captivity. I never felt so sorry for that poor fellow. And he would get back… He's a big bird, and here he was all caged up by some something that man had done, had trapped him into something and put him in a cage.
And that big fellow, he was bleeding over the head, his great bald eagle, that big white head. And–and his wings, all the feathers was beat off of them, like that. And the poor old fellow's laying on his back, and his eyes weary, looking around. He'd get up, walk back over to the other side of the cage, and look up towards the heavens; that's where he come from.
He's a heavenly bird. There's nothing can follow him. A hawk would disintegrate to try to follow him. Nothing can follow that eagle. And he goes so high, and his eyes is comparative with his height. He can see what he's doing when he's up there. What good does it do to get up there, if you don't know what you're doing?
So God likened His prophets to eagles, that foresees things before they happen.
45 And I noticed him bleeding. And He'd lay on his back, and look up like that. That's where he belonged, but man had caged him. I thought, "What a pitiful sight." He'd get back, and he'd fly, flop those big wings, and just butt his head against those bars, and fall back in the floor again, lay there weary and look around like them that, looking at heavens where he was free up there at one time, and now in a cage.
I stood there and cried. I wished they'd have sold me the thing. I'd have turned him loose. To see anything caged up… And if that would make a man who loves outdoors, as I love outdoors, if–if that would make a man cry to look at that, and that was a pitiful sight.
47 But, oh, let me give you a more pitiful sight. It's to see men and women, who were made in the image of God to bear His Character, yet housed into things, and housed in by the traps of the world. See a beautiful young lady coming down the street, such a real–of her–her–such a pretty woman, and her pretty hair all cut off. See her face with–with a pretty-shaped face with so much paint on it you can't tell what she looks like. Looks like she's cankered with blue under her eyes–and eyes like a lizard, or a wolf, or something like that. And to see her with clothes on that she shouldn't be even caught into the–the bedroom herself with the doors locked with them on, and out on the street displaying herself like that. And to see sons of God, which ought to recognize that to be their sister, out on the street whistling and trying to pick her up to take her out for bad purposes. That's a pitiful sight to see that Satan has caged in the human race.
There's nothing could save it, but a Character that could come over the top of all that, that that–there was nothing in it. And that had to come from that pure fountain of almighty God.
49 That pretty little lady, who could be a real, little queen to some little tired preacher, come in and take him up on her laps, and put her arms around him, and–and quieten him down. There's nothing will take that place. That's part of a man. There's no hand can touch you when you're tired and wore out, but a real kind, gentle wife who understands. Men knows that.
And to see her out like that, she's in a cage that Hollywood has put her in. And–and many times them women claim to be Christians and sing in choirs, but all caged up with a spirit that they can't see. There's no need for you to try to point it out to them. Seem like it gets just worse and worse. See? There they are a modern Jezebel walking on the streets. And she says, "I give you to understand; I belong to this. I…" See, still that–that thing she belongs to has–has cut her off from the resource of life, when she was born to be a little queen for some man.
Or some man that was born to be a son of God, and to think what has happened to them. Oh, it's a terrible thing.
51 Then, see, God came down. And the Character of God was Christ. He–He was the Reflection. He was God made visible: notice, God made visible.
In the beginning was God. He wasn't even God then. No, a God's an object of worship. Only thing He was, was the eternal, and in Him was attributes. And those attributes were thoughts. And those thoughts was expressed to words, and word was made manifest.
What is it? It's all God becoming tangible. And you are part of God. And Jesus come to redeem those that was put on the Lamb's Book of Life before the foundation of the world. It was in God's thoughts. And that's what He come to redeem. And them, as soon as it strikes to them, they see it, because the life is in there.
But if the life isn't in there, then what can they do? See? They don't see it. They'll never see it. See?
And the whole thing is, Jesus said, "At that day you'll know I'm in the Father, the Father in Me, I in you, and you in Me." The whole thing is God becoming material, like a husband and wife becoming one together: God and His church becoming one.
56 Now, it taken something to redeem this fallen woman, which was typified in Eve. When she fell, Adam was not deceived. But the woman, being deceived, was in the transgression. Adam knowed that he was doing wrong; she didn't. That's the reason…
I'm not hurting your feelings, but you know I've always stood for it; I don't agree with women ministers, because it's not supposed to be that way. See? She's the weaker vessel.
Now, we find that this woman was deceived by someone quoting her the Word, and just missed it a little bit. That's what caused all the trouble. The reason Paul said, "Let her keep silent in the church, and not permitted her to speak," and so forth. Now, notice.
58 But see, all that is, it's displaying, showing by type like the whole Bible, God coming together with a redeemed wife, a bride, that God had in His mind before the foundation of the world, that was the attributes of God being displayed. And now, to make a Character that could redeem this woman, it had to be something greater than her to redeem her. And did you ever notice… I–I… This may be…
Now, as some of my Arminian brothers are of doctrine, or that is legalists, would disagree, just let me… Just–just pardon me for a minute; I might project this.
60 If He is the Redeemer… I don't say this to hurt now, or to be different. I don't preach doctrine. But let me ask you something: if He is a Redeemer, He come… A "redeem" is to pick up that which has fallen, to redeem back to a place where it was at the beginning. So none will be picked up but them that was in His thoughts at the beginning. He come to redeem, not this cannon fodder that we see around professing to be Christians, but that He came to redeem that was in God's thinking at the beginning. This other is just something that's makes around to show the statue. See? It just… It's a–it's a garden, a flower garden. It plays its part. But the statue's what you want to see, the Statue of Christ, which was God projected to the earth in the form of a man. Amen. That's the Statue you want to see. That's the one. This other is just makeup for it. You see?
61 Now, this reflected His loving, noble Character, God reflected in a Man called Christ. He was only One that could do this. There was no other character in heaven could do it. See? It was God. He was the sinless nature. He was the Word, sinless nature of God. He was the Word expressed, which the Word was the beginning.
And if you are in the Lamb's Book of Life, you was God's expression from His thought. He seen you, and seen your desire, before there even was a atom or anything else. And you're His thought made word and expressed into what you are now. Amen. That's God in you reflecting Christ. You know what I mean?
63 Now, I–I hope that don't interfere with nothing. You see? And I wouldn't want to say nothing contrary to what you've been taught. But just so that you'd understand what I'm trying to get to here: a reflection. You've got to be identified. And if you are, and you were in God's thinking at the beginning (See?), and was His reflection here on earth, you'll bear record of the heavenly. And as He bore record of the heavenly also, and when He raised up from the grave, and was given a body, we, when we raise up, will have a body like His own glorious body.
The resurrection is sure. It's a guarantee. And we have the earnest of it now, as the Holy Spirit comes in and identifies us as God's redeemed person. Amen. When you receive the Holy Ghost you're sealed till the journey's over. That is your Token that you hold that shows that your–your fare has been paid. You are a redeemed character. Satan has no business with you, none whatever. Just pick up your Token and show him. "My healing is paid for. My trip to glory…"
66 A token is what you use to ride on a bus line or an airplane. Your ticket is your token. See?
Take your token (You're redeemed.), the blessing, the Holy Spirit, and if Satan tries to push something on you, just show this. That's your identification. Amen. You are identified in the resurrection of Christ. You're identified in His death. When you die, you're identified in His resurrection. And by that, it identifies you that you were with Him before the foundation of the world, 'cause you are redeemed; that's "brought back." "All the Father has given Me will come. And no man can come unless He, the Father has give it" (See?) in the beginning.
68 Now, notice, He was sinful–sinless to take a place of the sinful: the Antidote. He was without sin, so that He might redeem sinners. God was expressed in Him and properly identified Himself in Him. Now, notice.
You say, "Brother Branham, did you say God identified Himself?" He did.
Now, "In the beginning," said St. John 1, "was the Word, and the Word was with God." Now, a word has to be a thought before it's a word; 'cause a "word" is "a thought expressed." "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (See?)–was God. And the Word (the Word) was made flesh, and dwelt among us."
Identified, how? Now, Hebrews 4 (See?), "The Word of God is sharper, more powerful than a two-edged sword, cutting asunder (cutting both coming and going)–cut asunder, and a Discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." And when He did that, that's how the prophets was identified, because they… God would speak and tell them just what was wrong and what was going on. See? That is the identification of the Word of the hour being made manifested.
72 He was the Fullness of God's Word, for He was the Fullness of the Godhead bodily. He was God in human form. And it took God to express such a Character as this. And then that lovely Life had to be taken from Him, so that He could save these that God's foreknowledge saw in the beginning, which was His thoughts of you and me. Jesus came to do that. His perfect Life had to be sacrificed to redeem that person.
Then if they do, and you were with God in His thoughts at the beginning, how can you deny His Word being true, when you are part of His Word? Amen. Certainly. A-vindicated properly, they could be no mistake about it. He said, "It's not Me that doeth the works; it's My Father that dwelleth in Me."
73 Now, we find out that in the great turmoil of the day, the people, about understanding God, God in three persons. God, it's three attributes of God, like three offices: God above us in the Holy Spirit up there in a Pillar of Fire; God made flesh and dwelled among us, a Man that we could touch and handle; now God's in the church: God above you, God with you, God in you (See?), the same God in three different manifestations, but the same God all the time.
74 Notice, to be no mistake, His sinless nature expressed God's Word. And the only way that you'll ever be able to express God's Word, that you believe It, and watch It act behind you, you'll have to have that sinless nature that come from God. Before the foundation of the world you was recognized with Him. Before the Word can ever express itself through you, it takes a sinless nature to do that.
So much till He was the Word in full. The Word of God flowed through Him so freely, that even He could speak a word, it would create. See? That showed Who He was. Who can create but God? See? God's the only Creator there is. And He was so perfect in harmony, Him and the Word was so perfectly together, until He created. Even He had–He and the Word being one…
76 No other nature could do this. No other nature could, no character, nothing in the heavens, nothing else could do that, but Him. For He was the beginning of that character, Saviour. The Angel wasn't borned a Saviour. He was created a Being to worship God, not a Saviour. But in God was a Saviour. An ordinary man borned of an ordinary woman couldn't be a Saviour, 'cause his nature's carnal. But it taken God Himself. Amen. I–I hope you see it. Look. That was the expression to manifest such a character as that.
For others, it was a fallen character; nothing could save. Angels wasn't created for such. Man was a fallen character. Look, how could this man…
77 Look, to show it's the ones that He thought of, His thoughts is the Christian of today, the thoughts before the foundation of the world. Now, remember, man, when he was borned in sin, shaped in iniquity, comes to the world speaking lies. Is that right? There's nothing in him at all. So you see, if he was in God's thoughts when he come to the world, he's come in God's thoughts at the beginning to display His attribute. You follow me? Then Jesus came to break the clouds back so that attribute could display itself. He is God's expressed Word. Now, nothing else could be manifested. Other characters had all fallen. Then you see, what did Jesus come to bring back those characters? No. No, they were borned in sin, shaped in iniquity.
He came as a Redeemer. And to "redeem" anything, is "to bring it back (Amen.), bring it back." It was God's thoughts. You… Think, little you, little me, no one in the world could take my place. Nobody can take yours. You, being a Christian and filled with the Spirit, God, in before the foundation of the world, seen you, and knowed every feature that you got. See? And Jesus come to bring you back. That's what Jesus was here for, the Redeemer, the human body: to bring you back. That had to come to be a human as a Redeemer to display His attributes as Saviour, come to redeem you and bring you back from where you come from. You were…
79 When you receive Eternal Life, there's only one form of Eternal Life, that's the Greek word "Zoe (Is that right, brother?), Zoe," God's own Life. So you being a son, you become part of that Life. So the Life that's in you never did begin, and it never can end. Think of it. It can't end, because that anything that's eternal never began. The Life that's in you never did begin, that–that is, if you've got Eternal Life, and that's God; for you was in His thoughts on the eternal. And now it's expressed here in a human being for His glory. Jesus came to redeem that, being the Son. The fullness of God had to come and become that. The sinless character of God did that, that He might redeem these other thoughts that's to come to Him to make a wife. See what I mean? Oh, it's a glorious story. We ain't–oughtn't to get on that anyhow. Let's go on. All right.
80 Notice, created. God–God flowed through Him just like the–the wind would flow through a building, or like the water flow down a stream, even He had–Him and the Word being One. No other character could do it, for He was the only One that was born without carnal. All the rest of them was sexual desires, carnal. He was born without sex desire. He was a virgin born.
God identified Himself as we are. He took–He took His strain, what He was, His strain is God, and stretched His tent down here and become human. He made Himself a tent, a body to live in, and that body is known as Jesus. God lived in Christ. See? He become human in order to save us. And He took our–upon Him our form, that He might mold in us His Character.
And His Character was that He did everything that pleased God, and He stayed with the Word. That's what He mold us for; we stay with God's Word, find our place, and then knowed where we were at. Stay with His Word.
83 And think of it. We are invited to shape our own character to His. Now, we're going to find out what we've done. Shape our character to His own by His own Spirit… Then we, by Him, are sons of God (just what I've expressed,) by having His mind in us to shape our character to His. His mind, let the mind that was in Christ be in you. If that mind is in you, then… You see?..
He only did that which pleased God. He knowed Who He was. He came the Son of God. He knowed He was to take that place. His character had to be that way. And then, when He… Having taken His place, He knowed what the Messiah was required of. And He always sought at God to do those things, and did nothing until the Father showed Him.
84 Now, if you find your place, sister, don't let me hurt you, brother, but you'll find your place in the Word as a Christian. Not what the creed said, that's down here in this lower cannon fodder that's going to be destroyed. See? You find your place as a Christian, because your character is molded as Christ. You're Zoe, the same as He was Zoe. Then if the Bible said for a woman not to cut her hair, how can you do it? It says a man's the ruler of the house. How can you women be? What's the matter with you men as sons of God? See? See, you don't find your place. See?
Watch now. In… You're invited to come and take His character. By having His character in you, it molds you into the same mind that He was. And His mind was always to do what the Father had ordained Him to do.
He said, "Search the Scripture. They testify of Me." In other words, "If I don't do exactly what the Scripture said I'm to do, then show Me where."
86 Now, what if God stood on the platform today and said, "What's required of a Christian?" Then where would we all be. See? The character isn't expressing itself.
His mind was to stay with the Father's Word. Their–their mind was to… The same mind was in them, was to be in us. And if His mind is in us, we'll do like He did. If His character's in us, we'll be as He was. Is that right? All the prophets had that. We know… We took–think about Noah, how he did in his day, Moses, how he did in his day, Daniel in his day, the Hebrew children, and so forth.
88 The Word molds God's character to us. And anything that tried to be mixed with that character breaks the mold. You can't mix creed with Word. You can't mix the world with the Word. Jesus said you can't serve God and mammon. "Mammon" means "the world." You can't be one or the other. "If you love the world or the things of the world, the love of God's not even in you." Is that true? Then, you see, you can't mix it.
You can't mix oil and water. It just won't mix. You can churn it up and down, do anything you want to; it won't mix.
And your character will not mix with the world, if you are being molded in the form of God, by letting the mind that was in Christ be in you. That's the control tower, the direction.
91 Now, let's look into God's mirror, His Word, and identify our present character by some Bible character. And we'll close just in a few minutes now. Identify ourself. Now, this is a mirror that you want to do like that little boy did: look into. Let's look into this and see if we can see ourself reflected by some Bible character. See what they did under certain circumstances, and see what we are doing now. Now, get me real close now (See?), what your present character as a Christian is.
Now, you can judge. That won't make nobody judge you. You judge yourself. See? Nobody's judging. I'm not passing judgment. But let's just reflect–see how it reflects from some characters of the Bible, as we mention them, and see what your character is at this present time.
Now, notice. The–the–the Word creates a character. We know that. Now, we look into His mirror and identify ourself by some–some person in the Bible.
93 If you lived in the days of Noah, and was in your present character… If you understand me, say, "Amen." If you were living in the days of Noah and in your present character, what side would you been on? Be careful. See? In your present character, now think of what you are, when the groups… What group would you be identified with if your present character would've been living in the days of Noah? Would you been with the prophet and God's a-vindicated Word, standing in the minority of the little group, or with the popular opinion folks of that day? What the character…
Would you been belonging to the churches and things was making fun of that prophet up there? Would you been walking up with the group that went up and said, "Well, I ain't got nothing against that old man. He might be right." Or would you be in there pitching away with him? Now, think of your character now. What would you have done when everything was against it?
95 Remember, the world was criticizing the prophet and his message and–and everything. The world was criticized. All the churches was criticizing. All the science said, "The man's crazy," as they'd said about Jesus eating the flesh and drinking His Blood. They said, "The man's a cannibal. He's a vampire," See? So you see, where the sensible, what we call the world, sensible people, the scientists…
Did you know when you get more education and more culture, did you know that's what side it puts you on? It puts you on the devil's side. The Bible said that the children of the darkness are wiser than the ones of the Light.
Look at the sons of Cain. Every one of them become scientists, dealers in buildings, and making great progress. But the sons of Seth was all humble peasants, sheepherders. Is that right? Men renowned of old, as it was in the days of Noah, how they built, and made, and built the pyramids, and everything: scientists. Watch real close now. See? This people criticized this man's message, though he had the evidence of God with him.
98 Or what if you would've lived in the days of Elijah–Elijah, when him being the pastor at that day? And Jezebel, the… Twenty-five hundred years ago Hollywood was starting with all of her paint and fashions, had got all the daughters of Israel doing the same thing. And one old man stand up there and battered against it. And all the priests saying, "Oh, well, the old fellow, let him alone; he'll come to his end after while. There's nothing to it." And he… "Our fine king, who's dressed just like we're dressed, and got the finest clothes, and the best fed nation, and everything, what does it make any difference, whether you do this, or that, or the other? What difference does it make?" The pastors had been saying it.
But there stood one man alone with THUS SAITH THE LORD.
100 Now, in your present character, where would you been placed then? Now, look in the mirror when you go home; you'll see where you're at. See, see? What–what state would your present condition now place you at that day? Would you have went with the modern ideas, the denomination, the sign, the fellow, "Oh, well, we're all, many…" Oh, sure, they all worshipped Jehovah every new moon, and they screamed, and they drank the water from the fountain, and praised the God of heaven Who brought them up, and all like that. But they're a million miles off the line. Where would your present Christian experience place you in Elijah's time? Where would you be identified? What side would you have took then?
101 Or when Moses brought Israel, going down there as an identified prophet with the Word that God had promised Abraham, the prophet, would take place. And Moses went down and done all the signs that God told him to do (Listen close now. We're going to close in a minute.), brought them children out and got into the wilderness. The message… Like you Pentecostals left fifty years ago, from the denomination…
And they got across the–the line over there. And there raised a man up, said, "Now, wait a minute. Let's make an organization out of this," a fellow named Dathan. "Moses, you think you're the only one on the beach. You think you're the only holy man among us. We got other holy men, say something about this. We'll just make us a little group. We'll believe it this way, and we'll believe it this way, and we'll believe it this way."
102 Now, what group would your present character identify you? Would you… In the days of–of Elijah, would you have went out there, where Jezebel, say, cut her hair, and painted her face, and was a modern woman? Now, just–just think where you're identified now? You say, "I'm Pent…" I ain't saying what you are. I'm asking your character. We're going below these little things that you're looking at. We're going on the inside of you.
Did you hear that Holy Spirit last night, I screamed out there, at last? That's the reason I'm saying what I am today. See, see? Open your under–your spiritual understanding, people. It–it's later then you think. See, see? You can… It's a way that a person might think that you're right. But I thought, maybe if the Lord would let me speak this, if they'd pardon me for it–the association, that it–or–or the brethren. Which I know they do. They're right with me on it.
104 Notice. But this… If–if you can just see your own self today in the light… If your spirit that was in you lived in a character back there, now look where you are today and you'd see where you'd have been back there. Where would you have been in that time? Would you have took sides with the organization that–that Dathan wanted to organize? Or would your present character separated you from that and stayed with the Word? See? When it seemed all was against it…
Moses had been thoroughly a-vindicated that he had the message of the Lord. God had proved it in every manner. Just exactly what He said had come to pass. Told Israel plumb back in Deuteronomy, way back in there, whatever these signs would be, you must follow that, and listen to it, and hear what the Word promised, He was made manifest.
And still Dathan, a smart leader down in Egypt, rose up and said there, "You'll try to make yourself the only one that's got anything."
That wasn't Moses' thought. He was only doing what God had ordained him to do. All of them didn't have to be Moseses. The people only had to follow what he said. Everyone didn't have to create and do miracles and things. That's what's the trouble with people today.
108 A lady asked me, coming down the road the other day from up here, she said… It's Florence Shakarian, Brother Demos's sister, Sister Williams and them, setting in the car. She said, "Brother Branham, I fast, and fast, and fast, and still I can't cast out devils."
I said, "You wasn't born to do such. Your duty is fast. The Holy Spirit's working on somebody else out there for that." You don't know the place.
If we had time we'd teach those things in long meetings, how if one person's burdened like this for something over here. You don't know… You don't… It's not for you to know. It's Him doing it. You're just submissive to your call. Always line it up with the Scriptures, see if it's right or not.
111 Now, we find out both… This was Moses that he was criticized. And he was–he was criticized by this group. But God said to Moses, "Separate yourself from him, because I'm going to swallow him up in the earth," and He did. Now, see, you must know the hour that you're living. And now, judge your character with what they was.
Or in the days of Christ… I want to ask you now. When they had the finest seminaries, the finest ministers, the highest educated, the most holy rituals, and everything that we have–they ever had; and when Jesus come on the scene, He was actually a renegade to them. But you see, God identified His own character in Him by manifesting that He was God. And He said, "If you don't know Who I am, search the Scriptures."
They said, "We know Moses. We don't…"
He said, "If you'd have knowed Moses, you'd know Me. He wrote of Me."
114 Now, if you lived in that day, and was a member of some fine church of the Sanhedrin council, fine pastor, what side would you have took? What–what side would your character now place you on? Think. It's up to you. What side would your–your character now that you are, where would you identify yourself in the days of Jesus, when your pastor said, "Oh, them things are nonsense."
And yet, here come Jesus back saying, "The Scripture said I was to do this," and He did it. "The Scripture said I was to do–was born a virgin. The Scripture said I was to do this," and He did it. He said, "Search the Scripture and see where I failed."
But they said, "Pay no attention to that guy. He's out of his mind." See?
117 What the–what present character do you have, where would you be placed back there in them days when Jesus was on earth? When the big denominations and theologians was all against Him, and all the teachers and theologians of that day was against Him, all the Bible teachers against Him… Against what? Against the clear-cut Word of God for that age being made manifest, being identified, God Himself identified.
"His Name shall be called Counselor, Prince of Peace, the mighty God, the everlasting Father. A virgin shall conceive and bear this Son. The government shall be as over His shoulders. (See?) Of His Kingdom there's no end." Who is this Person? A baby God. And then God becomes a man. Could you imagine Jehovah crying like a baby? Could you imagine Jehovah born in a barn? Could you imagine Jehovah playing like a boy? Could you imagine a church that claimed to worship Him and crucify Him?
Now, what side would you be identified on, what the true-cut, clean-cut Word was saying Itself, or would you have took to your creed? Your present character, where would you be at? Now, that's right where you'd been. Whatever you are right now, that's just what you'd have been back there. That's exactly, clearly cut. Oh, my.
120 When His Messiahic sign… Now, watch. His Messiahic sign identified His Character, for it was God in a Man, the Word. See what I mean? It discerned the thoughts, and told them all these things.
[Blank.spot.on.tape–Ed.]… the Word found her in. But when the Word first flashed, she got it. She was one of those thoughts of God that was manifested. See?
122 But those who stood there in the ecclesiastical robes, with all kinds of dignity, and all kinds of perverting the Word into different things, and making It with no sincerity in it, just so they belonged to the church, they was the one that claimed to have light. And the light blackened what light they had. Like you trying to hold a flashlight in the sun, put the sun out. See?
Why won't a flashlight put the sun out? Why won't any other light? There's no light can put the sun out. Why? It's the Word of God made manifest. God said, "Let there be light." And that's God's light. It's God's Word manifested. Here He come.
No creed, denomination, no pope, priest, or whatever it is, or doctor of divinity, no organization, no nation, no nothing will ever put out the manifestated Light of God. When the Word is spoken, she comes to life and going to do that what It said It would do. No creed can stand around it. No nothing can stand around it, but Light itself, and those who'll walk in It.
That's Jesus Christ raised from the dead, here manifesting Hisself among us, and we walk in Him. There's nothing can stop it. "Heavens and earth," Jesus said, "will pass away," but It won't.
125 Notice. All the Bible teachers, and so forth, yet seeing that Word vindicated, His Messiahic sign, showing that little prostitute Who He was… Others who was–had them thoughts in God's mind, like Peter, and–and Nathanael, and all those who was in God's thinking, as soon as that light flashed they recognized it. They didn't have to pull them up to the altar, call them up, and–and beg them, and tell them you'd do something else for them if they would, and you'd give them a better living, and see if you could speak to the boss for a job, put them in a better location. They didn't care. They had to fight to hold their place. "But there's nothing going to separate us," said the Bible, "from the love of God, which is in Christ." Persecution, peril, death itself can't separate us, because we all was–always was in His thoughts. All right. On we go.
126 Would your present state identify you with the Pharisees of that day? Would your present state? Now, if you should say, "No, it wouldn't identify me with them Pharisees then." Then what about now? Hebrews 13:8 said He's the same yesterday, today, and forever. Now, in what state does your present character identify you now? "I wouldn't have nothing to do with them Pharisees. No, sir." Now, that's just a name to you. But what about the estate that you're in when you see Him today in His church just as He was then? Now, where would you be? History is repeating itself.
Pharisees of that day stood against Him because of prejudice. And that's what's the matter today. The denominational world stands against truth of the Word because it's prejudice.
128 Being interviewed by a Catholic priest not long ago, he said to me, "You're trying to teach a Bible."
I said, "That's what I believe in."
He said, "God's in His church."
I said, "God's in His Word."
He said, "That was… All them early people were Catholics." I said… "Peter, James, and John, they were all Catholic."
I said, "If they were…" And he said… I said, "You… What do you think about the church today?"
He said, "It's far better off than it was then."
I said, "Do the things you did then." See, the character shows exactly what it is.
132 Pharisees of that day for prejudice… Remember, it was prejudice. They actually seen it. Nicodemus, one of their priests, expressed it. He said, "Rabbi, we know You're a Teacher comes from God. No man could do what You do without God being with Him." See? But for prejudice, because He didn't join up with their groups…
If He'd come, say, "Now, you Pharisees are wrong. I am a–I'm a Sadducee." Or, "You Sadducees are wrong. I'm a Pharisee." Pharisees says, "See, I told you we were right." But He didn't come to any of them, but He stood between them. See?
If you would've followed Him to see His miracles then, and then if… And you say, "Oh, I'd love to see His miracles," and you followed Him to see His miracles, and then, when He come to this place that He stopped displaying His miracles like and begin to teach them… And the seventy ministers ordained by Christ, got up and walked away from Him because He said something that science couldn't go with, or the rest of the crowd couldn't go with. They couldn't understand how that Man being a man, yet make Hisself God, coming down from heaven. The Son of man ascended up to where He come from. He was God. Sure He was. They said, "Oh, we… That's too hard. We can't go that."
Where would you be identified at that time, now, with your character that's molded in you?
136 Something's molded your character. You're some kind of a character. You're going to find yourself somewhere here. What would you have done? What… In your present state now, what–where would you been at that time (See?), teachers all against Him and everything. And His miracles identified Him. And when the seventy got up, and the pastors, and the ministers, and the–got up, and said, "We can't understand that," would you have walked away like that congregation?
Or would you been like them disciples, "I don't care what they say. (See?) It's there."
Then Jesus turned and give them trial. Said, "You all want to go too?"
See, they had Him caught in a trap. "Why, this man's a vampire, said we have to eat His flesh and blood." They walked away, the congregation.
"Well," the minister says. "Well, we'll stay a little while longer, see what it's all about."
And He said, "Now, when you see the Son of man identifying Himself as God now (See?), when you see the Son of man lifting up into heaven, from where He come from…"
"Oh," they said, "this is too much for us." And off they went.
And then He turned to the disciples and said, "You want to go too?"
And Peter said, "Lord, who would we go? Where could we go? We know that You, and You alone, has the Words of Life."
143 And that's the same thing today. He, not your organization, not your group; Christ, and Him alone, has the Word of Life. Where do you identify yourself, with some false fable of something man has made up, or the achievement of God? As I spoke last Sunday on the "Countdown," what God's been able to achieve to get His church into astronaut age now? See? Or where would you… Or can you see your own identification now?
144 Notice, with the popular, loving teacher… I want to speak to you young folks just a minute. Where do you identify yourself, young lady, you at school? Oh, you can split grains; you can show all this to your science teacher here and everything. But you know what? They can't give you Life.
Life only comes by Christ. To know Him, not know His Word, not know His church, not know His this, know Him, that's the only thing can give you Life.
And now, when this come before a modern teenager, something like your modern Pentecostal boy, Elvis Presley, who sold his birthrights for fleets of Cadillacs, and a million dollars, and gold records, and so forth… That's what the world wants. They want a Pentecost can let… The–the people today–the women want a Pentecost that'll let–let them cut their hair and wear shorts, or do anything they want to, and–and just maintain their–their–their testimony, be a Pentecost. They–they want that just the same. See? "No, I wouldn't go to that bunch, no. They got… That's old fashion." See? See, they want that. It's just the nature, and some of the men that's led by the women gives it to them.
148 But God is able of these stones… Somebody's got to scatter the Light. And we've got men today who's not afraid to scatter it too. Let it be whatever it wants to.
Where are you identified? What group are you with. See? Where do you stand?
Notice. This young fellow, he identified himself with his own church. The price was too great. So if–so if you remember his last identification, where we identified this young ruler that had the opportunity to come follow Jesus, he went ahead and took his church and went on. He was a good boy. He said he kept the commandments and done all these things, and he–he was just as good as any of the rest of them. So he just take that idea. He rejected to follow Jesus. And his last identification, we find him in hell, crying for Lazarus to come bring him some water.
151 Or your identification, could you be identified with the group that Judas was in? He started to walk with Jesus. He started out all right, like the Pentecostals did years ago. But the very thing that they come out of, the organization, your mothers and fathers, this young group has turned right back and made them one just like they come out of. See? What type of a group are you with?
Now, the Bible said that the Laodicea church age… Judas, you know, carried the… He saw the possibilities of getting something great with what he had. He was identified with Jesus. So he thought with that, he carried the bag, and he could make some extra money by selling Him for thirty pieces of silver.
That's exactly what the Laodicean church age did. The Bible said so. "You're rich, and you say, 'I've increased, and I have plenty of goods, and I have need of nothing.' And you don't know that you're wretched, miserable, blind, naked, and don't know it." That's Pentecostal, the last church age, not Luther, not Wesley, but Pentecostals. That's the church age.
154 Where are you identified now? Say, "I'm Pentecostal." You see where it's identified, of putting Him on the outside. Certainly. Because they're rich, have need…
"Oh," you say, "rich?" Why, you used to stand out here and pay three dollars a week for a little old shanty on the corner. Not that I'm trying to identify that, but if it takes that to preach the full Word, take that. Certainly. Now, we pay fifty million dollars for seminaries, and groups, and great big things, and other places–putting billions and millions of dollars in great big buildings to make like and preaching Jesus is coming soon. And missionaries I know on the field with no shoes on their feet. Amen. Making up an offering for some more missionaries, then one old brother with nothing on his feet but a pair of sandals (That's all he had.), he picked them up and laid them up there for an offering for some other missionary. Oh, my. Where are you identified at?
156 Pentecostals… I won't stay too long there, but you know what I mean. Oh, my. Sold out… Sold out what? Sold out our birthrights for popularity. We wanted to be like the Methodists. You wanted to be like the Baptists and the Presbyterians. That's the kind of buildings you got. You put up a seminary in a–like a incubator, and hatch you out some preachers that'll let you do anything you want to and still call yourselves Pentecost. That's a lie. That's right. Remember, remember, that was the very thing that turned Judas to be popular amongst the rest of the ministers. He sold Him for thirty pieces of silver.
He… What made him turn? He actually doubted the claims of Christ being the Word. He could see that Man, eat with Him, fish with Him out there and everything else. And Him being the Word? He couldn't believe it. He couldn't believe He was God, but He was. Judas' character caused him to do this. Has your character done the same? Remember, Judas was very religious.
158 I went to Africa, and they said, "Why, Elvis Presley? We got his songs all over here, he sings."
Pat Boone and them, they oughtn't to be permitted to speak the name. Filth and dirt, it's hypocritical. He that names the Name of Christ, let him separate himself from sin. See, see? But there you are. See where we got to? Sin is so treacherous; it moves in so cunning; you don't know it's there till it's done got you wrapped around it. See? Then it's got you in its clutches. See what Judas' final identification was?
And my brother, because the church that you go to is bigger then the next one over on the corner, yet they're preaching the truth and you're not, you see where that gets you? That's that Judas spirit. You know his last identification was hanging on a sycamore tree.
162 Or do you find yourself identified with the real disciples of Christ (Now, we're going to close, sure enough now.), true to Him and His Word, in the face of all criticism? Can you identify yourself with Peter on the day of Pentecost?
When all of them saw, said, "Look at this bunch of crazy people. They're all drunk."
Peter stood up and said, "Ye men of Jerusalem, and you that dwell in Judaea, let this be known to you, and hearken to my words. These are not drunk as you suppose. This is just the third hour of the day. But this is that, the Scripture, that was spoke of by the prophet Joel." What was it? The Word of God was being manifested. He said, "Repent, every one of you, and be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. The promise is unto you, and to your children, and them that's afar off (How many?), even as many as the Lord our God shall call." He never called all, you know. But them that's called know what to do. All right. All right.
164 Or with Paul, or when you was with Paul, when the–the–the popular-loving Demas forsaken him for the things of the world–his helpmate? If you seen all the people laughed at Paul… Here Paul said, "Bring a coat." A man with a ministry like he had, and only had one coat.
Why, Demas thought he ought to have had a great big Bible school, and all this organized everywhere, and in some great association. Why, he could heal the sick. He was a prophet. Why, he ought to have all kinds of money, millions of it there. And here the man only had one coat.
Said, "It's getting cold down here. Tell him to bring my coat down when he comes."
And Demas, seeing this, went with the world and left his poor little brother to fight it alone. Would you dare to stand and see Jesus out there cold, to see Him needy, and you walk away from Him?
168 Remember St. Martin? Many of you brothers remember him, the writings of St. Martin. He was of Tours, France. He wasn't a Christian. His mother was a Christian. He was a cousin to–to Irenaeus. And then… This was several hundred years after the death of the apostles, when they was still trying to keep the Word together. And the Catholic church was taking it all off on dogmas, and they wouldn't stand for it.
And St. Martin, going through a gate where a cold afternoon, and there laid a poor old beggar, laying there freezing to death. Nobody would give him a coat. St. Martin took off his own coat, cut it in half, and wrapped the beggar in it, and went on. They laughed at him. "What a silly soldier that is. He's even breaking the rules of our army. He's doing all of this, a man with a half-coat wrapped around him for that bum."
That night as he lay in his bed he was awakened by a noise. And when he looked up, there stood Jesus wrapped in that piece of coat. He knowed what he done to that beggar, he done to Christ. That was his conversion.
171 Would you stand and see the Gospel suffering today, or would you go with a popular-loving crowd, like Demas did? Are you going to stand by Him, live or die, like Peter did? "I'm ready to go to prison or wherever with You." Yeah.
When the issue comes forth in the church, whether women should cut their hair, or what they should do, like it did in Corinthians, what side do you take then? What's your present state do that time? Think of it, sister. When Paul said, "I suffer not a woman to teach or usurp any authority, but be under obedience."…
They wrote and told him, and said, "Why, the church over here the Holy Ghost told us…"
He said, "What? Came the Word of God out of you, and came it to me only? And if any man thinks himself to be a prophet, let him acknowledge that what I say is the commandments of God." He said, in Galatians 1:8, "If a angel comes from heaven and says any other thing, let him be accursed."
What side would you take in that issue, if it was in your church? Huh? Find your present state now. I'm just trying to ask where you're at.
175 Oh, brother, let's hurry. Paul stooped from a great position, you remember. You say, "But brother, I–I'm a district man. I'm a–I'm a…" I don't care what you are. I'm asking you what's your present position, your present character? What–what–what's it doing for you? Where would you be identified?
Paul, remember, come down from a great education under Gamaliel. Gamaliel was his great teacher. And he was a great something, would've been a great man. But he stooped to see that the Word of God could continually grow. He gave his life.
Moses come from a throne to be a Pharaoh, to carry the Word of God through the wilderness.
Jesus come from heaven to give you Life. What crowd are you identified with? Oh, to make a way to reflect Hisself, like a flashing light, what would He do that for?
179 Now, right… Just set still just a minute longer, few minutes longer if you want to be prayed for. I know I'm holding you long. And it's right now twenty minutes till five. We'll be gone by five, the Lord willing.
What crowd would you be identified with? I want to ask you something.
Jesus come that He might turn on the Light. The flash light takes a picture (See?), that He could–you could be reflected or He could be reflected in you, when your picture's taken, it'll look like His. When people look at you, they see God's Word living again. That's what He come to bring that camera, by His sanctifying Blood to bring the Word close to you. For this cause He said, John 14:12, "The works that I do, shall you do also. And if any will follow Me, let him deny his creed, deny himself, deny the world, take up his cross and follow Me."
181 Or are you found identified in some of the Scriptures where the–in some of the Scriptures where the–them that didn't stay? Where are you identified with anyhow? The camera has already flashed. You're identified somewhere. You're setting here this afternoon, every one of us… Now listen, you're identified somewhere. The camera's already flashed. You know what you are. It's took your picture somewhere. Now, where are you standing? You're the judge.
God help us to be so identified in Him, that we'll reflect His Life in our own.
Listen. The goldsmith used to take and beat the gold. And he kept beating it, and beating it, and turn it over, beating it, till he seen his own reflection in it. Then it was pure gold. All the sludge is beat out. May the Holy Ghost today, and in this meeting, in the hours to come, may He take this Word and beat it over in our heart until all of the doubts, all the creeds, and all the things contrary to God is gone, that we can (Listen now), that we, the church, can reflect His resurrection.
183 Listen. Just a little story now, and then get your prayer cards ready.
In Carlsbad, New Mexico, many of you heard of that big cavern down there, down under the ground; you go down about a mile on a–on a thing that goes plumb all the way down a mile under the ground. It's so dark, until you put your hand like this, you couldn't see nothing. It's just so dark. And a little family went down one time, and–and the little boy was walking with the guide. And the guide went over, all at once, and just flipped the light. And the little girl begin to scream. She was scared.
That's about like the little Bride now, that has to take her stand. It looks dark. The council of churches is going to throw you into that thing, or you're going to have to take a stand and come out. You have to reflect your character. What's she going to do in that time?
What's going to happen when you can't buy nor sell, when they have a union of church? Now, you say, "When that happens…" No, no. The flash has done took your picture then. Your character has already told you. You're already in it. See? You know what the Bible said about that. They would come and say, "Yes, Lord, we're coming in now." But it's too late. The door's closed. See?
What's going to happen to the little Bride?
187 I think of it in this little story. You know, when that little girl was screaming, jumping up-and-down in hysterics, like to scared her to death when she seen what happened. In that midnight darkness she was cut off all at once. The little boy said, screamed out with all of his voice, said, "Don't fear, little sister. We got a man here who can turn on the lights."
Don't you fear, little sister. We got a Man here Who can turn on the Lights (See?), Who can make the Word of God do just what It's supposed to do. That Man is Jesus Christ. Let your character reflect with His. Let us pray.
189 Don't fear, little sister, we got a Man here Who can turn on the Light. Wherever you are, whatever you have seen your place this afternoon, I leave that with you. Your present character will make you see yourself somewhere along the line, which we could've went hours and hours on it.
What is your present character? Now, let's pray, and you pray too. Now, remember. I may never see you again. You may never see me again until we meet over there. Now, in your present state (I don't care who you are.), in your present state… I'm putting myself in there too. What does my character reflect this afternoon? Where am I identified?
190 Heavenly Father, search our hearts in this minute. It only takes a moment of time, a change. Let the mind of Christ come into us. The Bible said, "Let the mind that was in Christ be in you." That changes our character. And in this drawed-out sermon, if I should call it that this afternoon, just my humble way of showing the people what I believe that You'd have us to know… God, let the mind that was in Christ be in me. And if anywhere that I fail to punctuate Your Word with an "Amen," and then follow It out, then Lord, change me and make me over. I'm Your servant. I want to be, Lord. Help Thou me. Help everyone in here, Lord.
And now, I commit them to You. If there is those here, Lord, who was in Your thinking before the foundation of the world, surely this is awakened them up. I trust that every one of them was. And there, Father, we'll know when You come, and the great Book is opened, we'll understand then. And if there's some that has strayed away and got off the path, I pray, God, that today You'll bring them back, bring them back to that path of righteousness and Life.
We're in Your hands, Lord. Do with us as You see fit. I give this audience to You as trophies of the meeting. In Jesus Christ's Name. Amen.
192 Now, we haven't time for the altar call, but I want the altar call to be in your heart. Where are you identified in your present state?
Now, after preaching like that, I'm going to ask the Holy Spirit, if He will, to help me just a minute now, till I can get the anointing to pray for the sick. These things that I have said, let them be true, God: which they are true.
Now, if everyone will just keep your seat and be real reverent just a moment, please. So you see, in contacting, you're right on something here, and something moves, it throws you out. It's a very hard thing. It looks like, if that one woman up there at–at Sychar… It was done one time. Jesus didn't repeat it over and over.
But the American people has got to be entertained, you know, that's–that's just the nature of us. We just… We'd rather stay home and watch television, more entertainment than it is in the church. See? That's, see, that's entertainment. That's what we want. It's got into the church. God don't entertain you; He just brings you His Word. See?
He said that to that woman, and they had to believe that prostitute's word for it. But the whole city was ready. See? They were in the thoughts of God before the foundation of the world.
Now, may God repeat it again this afternoon is my humble prayer, in leaving you. May He leave this with you. Pray.
198 How many out there… I don't see a person there that I know. All that's in this crowd, and I don't… Maybe there's probably prayer cards is all over the place. But you setting out there that's sick, or got a need, or something, and you know that I know nothing about you, raise up your hand, just everywhere you are. See? It's just everywhere.
May the Lord help us now. Just… Now, don't no one move; don't, please, no one move. This is a–a great thing.
Now, there's no need of me saying, trying to explain it; there's no way of doing it. Now, the Bible said (which is the Word), that He's a High Priest that can be touched by the feeling of our infirmities. Is that right?
201 Now, sometimes faith is unknown to you. You got it and you don't know it. If you try to push yourself into something, you miss it. You go over the top of it it's so humble and simple. See? And He is a High Priest that can be touched by our infirmities. Then if you'd touched Him, He'd act like He did before. Is that right? Now, watch.
You see this woman setting right down here? I don't know the little soul; she's just setting there. But somehow she's in contact with God, 'cause in the dimension that I'm now looking in, I see the woman. And she's conscious that something's going on. She's praying for her children, who's not here. That is right. I don't know her. I've never seen the woman. But she was deeply concerned about some children.
Do you believe me to be His servant? Do you believe that–that Jesus Christ is here, the Holy Spirit, Who… You see if we can get ourselves out of the way… See, now, to heal you, I can't (See?), or to give you your desire, I can't. See, that has to come through God, 'less He'd tell me to tell you something. Now, but if He can reveal to me what's the matter with that child, or whatever it is, you–you will believe me to be His servant? You will?
204 Now, the whole audience… If you wish, the lady's setting right here, would you stand up? Now, the Bible laying here before me, I do not know the woman. I've never seen her. Now, here, come right back to Sychar.
Please, everyone be reverent. See? When you see something… See, it's a spirit; it moves, throws me off again.
Yes, the lady had three children she's praying for, and all three of them is shadowed. That is, they are not Christians; they're unsaved. That is right. One of them is a girl, and she has a sore on her leg, up high. That's right, isn't it? One, something wrong with their eyes, one of the boys. Another one's got heart trouble and is a alcoholic. That's true. Is that your desire? Is that what you want from God? Then I ask in Jesus' Name, that He gives you what your desire is for. Do we need anything else?
207 Here's a lady; just as I said that it disturbed her. She's setting right back here. She's suffering with arthritis. Her name is Mrs. Thomason, if she won't know. Yes. I am a stranger to you. I never seen you in my life, but that's who you are. Do you believe me to be His servant, lady? You believe what I've said is true, and comes from God? You're suffering with arthritis.
That's your husband, setting there by you. He's suffering too. He has something wrong in his–his veins. It's called hardening of the arteries. That's right. He has something wrong with his feet also. That is right. And then, you're trying to quit drinking. You want to do it. You're an alcoholic, but you're trying to quit drinking. You believe me to be His servant? Will you accept me as God's servant? Then I deliver you from that, in the Name of Jesus Christ. And you believe, sir, and give your heart to Christ, see the ministers about baptism, and the thing's over for you. You just believe.
209 You believe? Amen. If thou canst believe… Got something wrong with your side, haven't you, honey? If you believe with all of your heart, God will heal it.
Setting there next to you got diabetes. Do you believe that God will heal the diabetes for you and make you well?
Heart trouble, you believe God will heal the heart trouble?
Also heart trouble next, you believe God will heal the heart trouble next? That's right. You believe He'll do that? Uh-huh.
This big lady setting here… A few minutes ago, when I was preaching, come down to about identifying yourself, she looked right straight towards me. You were healed then. You had kidney trouble. If that's right, stand up on your feet. See? When you were… Wasn't there a strange feeling come to you when I said that about identifying yourself? You had a real strange feeling, looked right straight to me. That's when it took place. Go home now. You're well. Just believe God; that's all. See, the Word is made manifest.
214 Caught your breath, sir. You believe God can heal you of that heart trouble, make you well? The man with the gray hair, the nice-looking fellow setting there, you believe God will heal the heart trouble? You do? Your wife sets there now. You believe that I can tell you what's wrong with your wife, by the help of God? You believe that God can tell me what's wrong with her? It's anemia, a blood condition. That's right. You believe God will make you both well now? You do? You accept it?
Now, the lady setting next to her (See that going down there?), that lady has something wrong with her back. You believe God will heal the back trouble, lady, and make you well?
The man next to you has arthritis. You believe God will heal of your arthritis, sir? You accept it? You do? Got your hand up? All right.
217 What about the little lady setting there looking around at me, right next to you. Yes. She's praying for her mother–mother in the hospital with infection. That's right.
You put up your hand, right next to her, sister. It wasn't a mother you were praying for. This lady's praying for her mother in the hospital and… But your daddy's got cancer, and you're praying for him. That's right.
The next lady has lung trouble. You believe God will heal the lung trouble?
Now, you see, it's just got me so I'm just blinded almost (See?), about twenty or thirty people across there.
221 Huh? Where are you identified now? Are you identified by saying, "I am a believer. I believe God, or I believe that this is Him." Do you ident… Or you can be identified with that Word, and say "God promised that what Jesus did then, He do it again today? And I believe that we're living in the days of Sodom, and just before the destruction of the world. And Jesus promised that He'd manifest Himself again just like He did at Sodom, like He was doing there, like He's doing now." Do you believe it?
Then all you that have prayer cards in this one row here, this section here, stand up against the wall that way. Go right out of your place, stand up against the wall, all over this side.
Now, let those that are in this section that has prayer cards, the middle section, stand up in this aisle. Stand out this way. Don't–don't move over now. See? Stand right in the aisle. Go right… Now, wait.
I want this–this crowd over on this side to stand this a-way. Look, turn this way. I want this crowd to go around this way, go back through the aisle. Go back that way, and come around, and join yourself over here.
Now, all that's in this other section that has prayer cards, stand up in this aisle, this way. That's right. Come out here, and go back towards the back, and join in behind these.
226 Now, you're either going to see a complete flop, or you're going to see the glory of God. Now, where are you identified today, with believers? Or do you have to be entertained, or are you going to believe God? Some of them in the Bible time as even the shadow of St. Peter, a fisherman who couldn't sign his name… The shadow of that man, that showed the same sign that you seen here today, passed over the people and they were healed. How many knows that's true?
227 Now, brethren, you're not left out. While these here, like that (See?), it'll make that come. Now, you stand here… [Blank.spot.on.tape–Ed.]
If there be a pastor here that believes in praying for the sick, I don't want to leave you people think, me standing up here as an evangelist, and–and with a gift of discernment, and so forth like that, in the prophetic hour that we're living in, to make you think that your pastor just ain't… Just as much as anybody else, he's a servant of Christ with the same authority that I have, or anybody else has. Our authority is Jesus Christ. And I'm going to have them come down here and pray with me, while we're praying.
229 Now, every pastor in here that believes in Divine healing and wants to stand with us here, will you come and make–take your stand with me here, while I'm praying for the sick? Any of you pastors that wants to come, this group of pastors, sponsoring pastors, I asked them there. Said it makes no difference what the pastor is, what church he belongs to, if you're a Presbyterian, Lutheran, or a Catholic priest, come here and stand with us if you believe the message of Christ, that you believe in Divine healing. Come here and lay your hands upon… Surely you wouldn't–you wouldn't separate… As a servant of Christ, you wouldn't separate yourself from your–from the human beings, no matter whether they belong to your–your–your manse or not, or your parish. You wouldn't separate yourself from them. You'll believe.
Now, you're welcome to come here and help with me, laying hands upon these sick people that they might be healed.
230 All right. I think the lines are about ready to start. I want the ushers now to get their places so they can help with the people.
Now, so that we don't–everybody will understand, now, listen real close. Can you hear? Say "Amen." ["Amen."–Ed.] Say it again. ["Amen."] Look, I'm going to give you…
Now, I can't take each person, stand there and pray with them, and have discernment. I'd go about five or six more, and then they'd be taking me away from the building. You know that.
Jesus… A woman touched Him, and He turned around, told her what her trouble was, and all about it. And He said, "Virtue's gone out of Me," strength. One Person, and that was God manifested in flesh.
This is just a little gift (See?) to manifest Him: a promised gift for the day. Notice, friend.
235 Peter, one time, was called on the scene where there was a woman dead by the name of Dorcas. All of you remember it? Say "Amen." And he went over and knelt down and prayed. After… Listen now, you people in the prayer line. After he prayed, he went over and laid hands on Dorcas and she came to life. Is that right?
Now, brethren, I want you and this congregation to join in with me. Look here. Standing here's about five hundred people, or maybe more, standing here this afternoon to be prayed for. Now, let us pray a prayer of faith, each one of us. And then, when the people comes by–when you lay your hands upon them–lay them upon there with faith that it's going to happen. I'm going to believe. I'm–I… With all of my heart I'm going to believe.
237 Our heavenly Father, now the great march will start through here. Hundreds of people will pass through and under these ministers' hands. Let them realize, Lord, that they're just passing under the cross. They're passing under the–where the Blood was shed to make this, what we're doing, to be real. For He that hung on the cross said, "These signs shall follow them that believe: if they lay their hands on the sick they shall recover." And let the people accept it.
You promised You would save whosoever will. You can't save the world, because whosoever will won't believe You. You went into a city; many mighty works You couldn't do because of unbelief.
Neither will You be able to help one person that comes through this line, unless they're willingly, from the bottom of their heart, to identify themselves with the believers, and the Word of God, that the thing's over. May this great identification come now, that when each of these people passes under the hands of these ministers, may the Holy Spirit place into their heart that they have did the bidding of God. And may they go out of here rejoicing, healed for the Kingdom of God's sake. We obey You, Lord, in this act. In the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
240 I want someone… Roy, come here, if you will, and sing "Only Believe." I want the rest of you with your heads bowed, and everybody praying.
Now, these is mothers, fathers, and children, little sick babies, people dying with cancer. If it was you, you'd want somebody sincerely, and we want that sincerely.
Now, let's all bow our heads now. I'm going to step down here among my brethren to pray for the sick. [Blank.spot.on.tape–Ed.]… know, it's been a most wonderful time in this fellowship. And I noticed something this afternoon, and I don't know whether you did or not. Ninety percent of those people that were healed, were healed before they even got to where I was at. They were screaming, and shouting, and giving God praise, before they got there.
244 Now, we're going to pray for these handkerchiefs. Lord Jesus, we know that in the Bible they said they took from the body of St. Paul, not because he was Paul, but because that he was Your servant, Lord… He was Your ambassador. And we know that they say that sickness and diseases departed. Many people could not attend the meeting, and they sent a handkerchief to represent them. God, let the Angel of the Lord… He was the One that looked down upon the Red Sea and got it scared, and Israel went on to their promise. Grant it, Lord, that this will be the same. May these handkerchiefs laying upon the sick, heal the sick for the Kingdom of God's sake. In Jesus' Name, I ask it. Amen.
245 Now, I just want to say a word or two to you, 'cause I really appreciate you. I appreciate these fine ministers all down the line, and putting their time to help, and everything. Maybe you might've thought, brethren, that while the discernment was going on, and so forth down here, I didn't know what you were praying about. But the Lord Jesus reminded me of it. I know what…
Don't worry about your mama, she'll be all right.
And you setting there, that sinus and female trouble, I knowed it all along. You're going to be over it, don't worry. See? It was behind us, same as it was here in front. And He knows all about it. See? Now, you come through the prayer line, and the same God that would anoint me before the service, here He is doing the same (See?), just the… And He's just the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Do you believe Him? Oh, isn't He wonderful? Isn't this something?
250 See? How many knows the song "Blest Be The Tie That Binds" our hearts in Christian love? Could you give us the key on that, sister? I–I want to sing it. I don't know why. But let's just sing and stand real reverent before Him now, and sing. Sing it together now.
That's an old timer.
Don't you love that? "Till–till We Meet." All of us together, "Till We Meet Again." All of us together, now.
Let us bow our heads now in prayer. I'm going to ask the pastor here, brother, if he'll come up and… You got anything to say, brother, or whatever you want to say, or dismiss the audience. Until I see you again, God be with you. Pray for me. I love Him. Amen.