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Thirsting For Life (59-0414)



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This Message by Brother William Marrion Branham
called Thirsting For Life
was delivered on Tuesday, 14th April 1959 at the Angelus Temple in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
The tape, number 59-0414,
is 1 hour and 13 minutes, and consists of 1 cassette.

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In a few moments for prayer. Let us bow our heads. And while we
are–have our heads bowed, I want each of you to pray especially for
a–a sister that's been brought here from the hospital, near death. And
ask God to be merciful at this time. Maybe we can find favor with Him
now for her.
Lord, Thou art God. You were God before there was a world. And when
there is no world, You will still remain God. And we come to Thee to
confess all of our faults, and our sins, and our errors asking that You
forgive us, and to cleanse our heart and minds from any shadow of

And let Thy Spirit come so near at this time, that You would heal this
dear sick woman that we are praying so sincerely for. Only You alone,
Lord, can do this. And let it be so, Lord. We love You, and we
are–we… We say as the boy's father, "Help Thou our unbelief, Lord,"
that we might be strengthened in this hour for this prayer, that it
might go to Thee, in so much that it would touch the hem of Thy
garment. May, turning, You speak to her, and let her live for the
Kingdom of God's sake.
And we pray for others who are in Divine Presence, and those who are in
the Presence in radio-land. Let Thy healing Spirit be upon them. And
forgive us of our sins and all of our trespasses, and give us of Thy
Word tonight, that we might feast upon It. For we ask it in Jesus'
Name. Amen. You may be seated.

E-3 We are starting in a new week here at the Angelus Temple. And trusting that we have favor with Almighty God to continue on.
was telling me that there has been many people in the building who has
prayer cards. I–I probably some nights, didn't take them up. And there
was several of you having prayer cards, and some from other meetings
that's still carrying prayer cards from former meetings.
I thought tomorrow night, if the Lord willing, you who know is holding
prayer cards, we'll take up all the prayer cards tomorrow night in a
prayer line, starting prayer service tomorrow night for the sick. And
we appreciate if you'll tell the peoples who–who hasn't been in the
prayer line yet, and have a prayer card, that they will be here
tomorrow night for prayer service for the sick.

Usually, I don't run every night in the prayer line, because of the
discernment, like, it has such a–a–an effect upon me of weakening.
And I have several meetings. If it was just this one, it would
different. But I go from this to another, to another, and overseas,
And when I left home, I think there was around four hundred major
cities in the United States calling now for meetings, in just here in
the United States, beside practically every nation under the heaven:
Africa, India, Australia, New Zealand, Siam, the Islands, Europe, Asia,
everywhere, just calling, begging, signing petitions, and–and the
officials of the cities signing for meetings.

And my greatest ministry is overseas. But I don't want to go over there
asking the peoples to pay my way and things. I go along here, and just
as the people give to me, I save it, as much as I can, till I
accumulate enough to go over, so I can pay my own way with the American
money, to those poor people who doesn't have enough to eat. I know
missionaries tonight, that's preaching the Gospel in the jungles on two
meals a week with no shoes on their feet. Now, how could you expect me
to live in luxury and such as that going on. Why, they'll stand in the
day of judgment and condemn us for the things that we have, and yet, we
should divide.
I keep my meetings little, as you see. I don't have no broadcast, or no
television programs, and nothing big. I–I keep it small, so I can work
every penny of money I can over to the–the fields, and do all that I
can. My expenses are pretty heavy.

My… at my office there, we take in thousands of letters, and got four
phones in there going. I seen the time that as many as sixty four long
distant calls an hour, twenty four hours around. And so, you can see,
sick and afflicted calling. And that's–that's at national and
international. I just got through calling Germany, listening to Germany
this afternoon. And from different parts of the world, they call. And
my expenses runs me at home about a hundred and fifty dollars a day,
just for my offices and things at home. And then, I have about ten
different offices across the country where I have to have my mail
translated and sent back into the fields again. You see where Germany,
and Switzerland, and Finnish, and all different languages, that we have
to have somebody to translate it to send it back. So pray for me. And I
come some rough miles, and I–I'm sure I got some rough ahead of me. So
just keep praying, and looking up, believing.

Now, tomorrow night we're going to start a series of subject. I'm going
to start tomorrow night on Genesis the 12th chapter, and run Wednesday,
Thursday, and Friday on building and teaching faith, just to follow our
dear Brother duPlessis' morning service. Building faith on the life of
Abraham. And try to run three night's series of subjects on Abraham's
Tomorrow afternoon at two-thirty, I'm at the Pisgah home Church. I
believe it's on 60th street, or somewhere. I'm mistaken probably on
that. I don't know the city too well; they have to come get me. That's
tomorrow afternoon at two-thirty. Then tomorrow night back here to
begin this series of subject.

Now, tonight I thought maybe we would have a little short subject,
and–and see what the Lord would have us do. I wish you to turn
tonight, to Psalms 63, if you would like to read behind me as I read.
I think the reading of the Word is grand, because no sub–service is
complete without first reading God's Word. Now, He never promised to
bless my word, but He did promise to bless His own Word. So my word
will fail. His Word will never fail. So therefore, I think each night,
if we can read just a little verse or two out of His Word, it makes me
feel that maybe that… If the Holy Spirit doesn't get a hold of what
I'm trying to say, He's already said It anyhow in what I read. So it
would be worthwhile.

O Lord, thou art my God; early will I seek
thee: my soul thirsts for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and
thirsty land, where no water is;

To see thy power and thy glory… as I have seen thee in thy sanctuary.

Because thy loving kindness is better to me than life, my… shall praise thee.

When I first read this piece of Scripture, I begin to wonder what must
David be talking about. It kindy… That's what got me to thinking,
when the greatest thing, I believe, that anyone could have, would be
life. I cannot think of anything any greater than life. That's why we
preach and try so hard to express: you must be borned again. This life
must be changed.

I got a letter today, and perhaps the person is present, from a young
colored lady, very, seemingly by her letter, very highly educated woman
that came to the meeting. And she asked me not to express, or to say
this doctor's name, because… I understand. Certainly, it would cause
other doctors to call this fellow and criticize, and so forth.
But the young woman has been examined, and there were two great big
places in her side. And, she being a Presbyterian by faith, she just
never thought too much about Divine healing. But those two large
growths, way larger than grapefruits, had turned to be malignant. And
it was so advanced, the doctor said there was no way for an operation,
that there… it couldn't be saved. Somehow, from the X-rays, or
whatever they had done, it showed the–the advancement of the–the two
places. And it–her sides were so sore, she couldn't even stand her
clothes on them hardly.

And so, she came to the church, and she'd heard… You know, faith
cometh by hearing. And she knew she was dying. So she came to the
church, and said, "I read the Scripture." I'll try to quote it just as
close as I can. And maybe tomorrow night, if you'd think, I will bring
the letter and not read the woman's name, but show you.
And she said that she… "When I was reading the Scriptures," she said,
"O Lord, let him turn to me and–and speak to me." And said I… No
more than she had said it, I laid the Bible down and looked at her. But
then, I didn't speak. In a few moments, said, she called again, "O
Lord, let him look at me for… If You don't heal me, I must die. My
life is ended." And said that the… that I turned again and looked.
And then said that toward the end of the service, I said, "You there
with the tumor, stand up for Jesus Christ has made you well." And she
said she looked around to see if there was anyone else around her. And
said I said, "You, with a certain dress," or something like that on,"
stand up, for Jesus Christ has healed you."

And she goes to her doctor after that. Those two big places went down,
and she went to the doctor. And the doctor said, "It must have been a
perfect operation, for there was no sign of it, none whatever."
The… And there's no doubt that the woman is in the building tonight. I got the letter.
And 'course, I'm–I don't play upon things like that. I just say that
to God's glory. I don't have magazines to publish such, and so forth.
But I know one thing, the people are being healed. I've got great piles
of letters that has come in, and phone calls of people that's left this
place and this meeting, and been healed of serious diseases, that their
lives has been spared by the grace of Almighty God.

So life is a great thing. We all want to live. And when I hear David
speaking here in the Psalms, and saying, "Because Thy love kindness is
better to me than life. My lips shall praise Thee, and I long to see
Thy power like I have seen It in Thy Sanctuary. My soul thirst after
Thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is."
Now, when I begin to think that, I thought, "There must be more than
one meaning to life, because, what could be greater than life?"

Your life controls you. Your life makes you what you are. It–it
operates your–your motive. And it's–it's just you. And it's–it
controls you. If you got a good heart, good spirit, you have good life.
You have a evil heart, evil thoughts, evil life.
Like some years ago down in the South, they–they used… In the days
of slavery, they used to take the human beings and–and sell them–the
colored people as slaves. And they would go to the big plantations,
and–and they had brokers that would come by, and–and buy up these
slaves, and–and for a certain amount of money, and take them and sell
them, make profit off of them, just like they do used cars or something
Think of how evil that was, to take human life to which Christ died
for, and to sell it, make it a slave. God made man, man made slaves.

And there was a certain broker came by an old plantation that had many
slaves on it. And so, the slaves were away from home. They would…
They was stoled out of Africa and was brought over here and sold. And
they knowed they'd never go back to the homeland no more. They were
sad. They–they didn't want to work. They had no ambition. And so they
would sometimes take whips and whip those people to make them work,
just like you would a–a horse or an animal.
And this slave buyer came by and he looked over his slaves to see how
many he could buy. And he found there was one young fellow there; they
didn't have to whip him. He had his chest out, his chin up. He was
right up-and-at-it all the time.
And so, the broker said to the owner, "Say, I would like to buy that slave."
But the owner said, "He's not for sale."
"Well," said, "what makes him so much different from the rest of the
slaves?" Said, "Perhaps, maybe he's a boss, you've made him boss over
the rest of them."
And the owner said, "No, I never made him boss. He's just a slave."
"Well, said, "maybe you feed him better than you feed the rest of the slaves."
He said, "No. They all eat over there in the galley, all of them together."
Then the broker said, "What makes this young fellow so much different from the rest of them?"
And the owner said, "I wondered about that for some time." But said,
"You know, one day, I found out. Over in the homeland where they came
from, this young fellow's father is a king of the tribe. And though
he's an alien and away from home, still he knows he's a king's son, and
he conducts himself as a king's son."

And I thought, if a slave being away from home, knowing that he was a
son of a tribal king, how much more ought the children of God to
conduct themselves like sons and daughters of God while we're in this
alienated world. How we ought to embrace these promises of God. How we
ought to cherish those things and hold them dear. It doesn't become a
Christian to operate hisself around unbelief. A Christian should have
his chin up. He should be ready to believe anything that God says;
matter what it is. It'll keep the morale of the rest of them up.
It'll… We are sons and daughters of God. And we ought to conduct
ourselves like that.
Some people think that life only lays in how much money you can get
while you're here on earth. That's not life. And some of them has
'lotted it to pleasure, how much big time they can see, what's company
they–society they can join, or what lodge, or–or something they can
do. They figure that that's life. If you could join the–the Four
Hundred, or get in the book of Who's Who. So many people try to get
into that book of Who's Who.

I… My name will never be there. But I've got it on a better book, the
Book of Life in glory where God–in God's Who's Who. I was borned again
one day, then my name was put on God's Who's Who.
Now, I know that setting before us is a great dark chamber. And every
time our heart beats, we get one beat closer to that chamber. And it's
called death. And someday it'll take it's last beat, and I got to go in
there. But there's one glorious hope that I have, that this: I know Him
in the power of His resurrection, that when He calls, I'll come out
from among the dead, that great day.
I don't want to go like a coward. I want to wrap myself in the robes of
His righteousness, entering in there, knowing that I know Him as a
personal experience and been borned again of Eternal Life. If I never
have a friend on earth, I want to know Him. If I don't know His Word
too well, I want to know Him.

Some time ago, there was a–a fellow at Ft. Wayne, Indiana, said to me,
he said, "Brother Branham…" And he was behind the stage at the Ft.
Wayne Gospel Tabernacle. He said, "It's a shame, your grammar."
I said, "I know it's awful." I said, "I didn't get an education,
there's ten of us children. And dad died, and I had to take care of the
other nine."
And he said, "That's no excuse. You're a man now."
I said, "But I'm so busy praying for the sick people. I don't have the time."
He said, "The… A man that would speak to the audience as you do, and
use the grammar you do." And he said, "Last night you said on the
pulpit out there," said, "you said, 'All you people, come up here to
the pole-pit.'" He said, "Those people'll appreciate you more if you
say, 'pul-pit.'"
I said, "Brother, I don't believe that. Them people don't care whether
I say 'pul-pit' or 'pole-pit, ' so I live the life, and preach the
Gospel, and produce what God talks about in the power of His
resurrection." That's what people are looking for–honest hearted
people. Just life…

Some time ago, I was in a large city in another nation. And we'd had a
great meeting at a big ice arena. And that night when I was going into
the hotel, there was a certain lodge in America here, was having their
big convention up there at this hotel. And that afternoon, I never seen
so many drunk people in my life, hardly, at one time. And so then when
that night when I come home, there was just whiskey bottles all over
everything, and they were just having themselves what they called a big
It's too bad that America has sold out to such stuff as that. And it's the worst in the world.

Now, I've just about traveled the world over, been in many nations
several times. But the… Where I believe they need missionaries worse
than anywhere else in the world, is the U.S.A. That's exactly right. An
educated heathen is harder to deal with than one that has no education,
because he thinks he knows everything when he knows nothing. Now, I
don't mean to be rude, but I want to be honest. It's the truth.

In Puerto Rico a few days ago, we were staying at–I was–at about a
fourth class hotel, because I don't believe that a Christian should
have everything swanky. Jesus didn't even have a place to lay His head.
And yet, we have to drive Cadillacs to be spiritual. Why, there's
something wrong.
And there was an old man there that kindly hangs around with the
Christian Businessman. I don't know just what his name was. And we were
over to another great hotel. Oh, it was a mammoth and a beautiful
place. Hundreds of dollars to stay in that thing a week. And the old
fellow's about eighty years old, a retired railroader. And there was
the Puerto Rican people, normally looking people, dressed. Here come
the Americans in, half dressed, naked, half drunk, staggering. The old
man looked around at me, said, "Prices are higher over here, but life
is lower." And that's just about the answer.

It's a disgrace sometime the way that… Get into another country and
see the way these people act, that come from this country. As much as
you've had the Gospel preached to them, and then act like that, why,
you'll receive double damnation at the day of judgment. Why, it's a
I got on the elevator that night, and the whiskey bottles all on there.
And I said to the little fellow, I said, "Looks like the–the glass
company had a–sure a big day."
He said, "I never seen such in my life." Said, "I don't want to say nothing about it, 'cause you're an American."
I said, "Yes, but sometime action like that makes me ashamed of it."
So he stopped up on a certain floor and let me out. And when I got out
of the elevator and started towards my room, I heard somebody whooping
and hollering. And I looked, coming down through the room–the hall,
and here come two young women, perhaps mothers, both had wedding rings
on. They looked to be in their late twenties. And they just had on one
little underneath garment, with a bottle of whiskey in their hand. And
men so drunk trying to get out and grab these women, them pulling and

And I got back into a little place and kindly stopped for a few
minutes. It made me so ashamed. And I loo–seen them coming through
there, and they stopped right out in front of me, and one of them took
the bottle, and took a great big drink, and handed it to the other one,
pulled up that little underneath skirt, and threw her foot out,
hollered, "Whoopie, this is life."
I walked out in the middle of the floor and caught them both by their
hand. That's why I know they had wedding rings on. Perhaps a husband
home somewhere baby-setting. And it's just as bad with the men. Sin is
sin on either side. And it's all corruption. "Oh, just having a little
clean fun," they said. Clean fun, that's sin.
God will make you pay for it. God will make the nation pay for it.
It'll make the individuals pay for it. We sell people whiskey and
stuff, and cigarettes, and giving them cancer, and telling them this,
that, and the other, and then we wonder what's the matter.

And here they come, and I held their hands like that, and–and I said,
"I beg your pardon. You said, 'This is life.'" I said, "This is death.
It's only death dressed up." It's true.
And this girl looked around, said, "But we don't mean no harm."
I was trying to hold her up. I said, "Looky here. I am…"
Said, "Won't you take a drink?"
I said, "I am a preacher, a Gospel preacher." Then they started jerking
back. I said, "Kneel with me here in the floor just a minute. You'll
sober up and go home to your children." They jerked away, and down
through the hall they went falling over one another. Not fit to be in
their own home with the shades pulled down, the way they were dressed.
And then they called that "life." That's death. Certainly is.

And the world is so crowded down today, calling big times, and…
You've got so much of it out here on this West Coast, so much glamour.
And I noticed it's creeped into the churches, trying to glamour the
church. The church is not glamour, it's a place to preach
righteousness, holiness, and purity, and the sanctifying power of the
Holy Spirit in the human life. Oh, it's a disgrace. What makes a person
do that? Why? Is this…
And then if Satan can't blindfold you to do that, he'll do something
else for you. He'll let you feel that you're want to be religious. And
then he'll let you go over and shake hands with the minister somewhere,
and put your name on the book, and think that you're religious.

E-25 I said to a young girl one time, coming on the platform, I said, "Are you a Christian?"
Why, she felt stepped on. She said, "I'll give you to understand; I belong to Such-and-such a church."
I said, "That doesn't have anything to do with it, not a thing."
said… asked them one time… Brother Bosworth asked a young girl, I
heard him on the platform, said, "Are you a Christian?"
She said, "I'll give you to understand I burn a candle every night." Like that's got anything to do with it.
To be a Christian means to be Christ-like, borned of His Spirit,
cleansed by the Holy Ghost and fire, a new creature, created in
the–the likeness and the power of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus.

What makes people want to do that, is because it's their make-up; they
can't help it. God made them to thirst. He made a man… When He made
up the man, He made him to thirst. But He made him, put that thirst in
him to thirst after God. And how dare any man or woman to try to
satisfy that holy thirst in them with the things of the world. You got
no right to do it. God made you to thirst for Him. And you'll never be
satisfied until you drink from that fountain that's filled with Blood
drawn from Immanuel's veins, where sinners plunged beneath the flood,
and lose all their guilty stain. You just can't satisfy yourself.
You go out and get drunk, and you come back, and you have a headache.
The next morning you get up and you starting the next day, throw it in
again. So nervous you can't hold yourself together, smoke one cigarette
after the other, and knowing not that you're heaping coals of fire into
it. Why, every one you smoke will make you that much more nervous.

And what does a–what does that? It's the devil. God's the One can
quieten your nerves. God's the One Who can give you that satisfying
portion; that's His Spirit. The reason that you do those things, is
'cause you're substituting those things for the real thirst that God
put in you for the Holy Ghost. "Oh, come unto Me all ye that are weary
and heavy laden, I'll give you rest." He's the Fountain of Life. My
expression of Jesus Christ, He is the inexhaustible Fountain of Life
that a man may drink and be satisfied. That's what you're made like
that for. That's why you got that thirst in you.
And then, if He can't make you drink, and the doctors can scare you to
death of cancer in the throat from cigarette, then he'll let you join a
church, and just go ahead living for the world. He's still got you.
You're still not satisfied.

There cannot be a satisfaction outside of the new birth. A man was made
for that. God made you up that way. And ne–you'll never be satisfied
until you quench that thirsting with the Holy Spirit. When you take one
drink from that Fountain, you become a new creature. Old desires pass
away; all things become new to you. Then that satisfying portion of the
baby like laying on his mama's breast, it's drawing from her its life.
That's the way Jesus is. That portion is Him.
The Christian has no right to brag on what denominational church you
belong to, and try to call it satisfying. My mother was a
Certain-certain, and I–I'm that too. That doesn't have nothing to do
with it. And no one has any right to try to satisfy that holy thirst
and hunger in their soul with the things of the world. You're only
perverting the very gracious thing that God put in you. God made you to
thirst so you would thirst after Him. And you pervert that and listen
to the devil, and thirst, and try to satisfy that thirst with the
things of the world. Jesus said–or the Bible said, "If ye love the
world or the things of the world, the love of God's not even in you."

See how short we are today? See how–why people tonight can be a church
member, and stay home in the time of a revival to watch a television
program. They'll–they'll stay home to watch a carnival, or to hear a
political speech or something. It's because they are thirsting, but
they're trying to satisfy that thirst with the things of the world.
If you just open up that heart one time to God… David said in another
Psalm, he said, "As the hart thirsts after the waterbrook, so my soul
thirst after Thee, O God."

No wonder we can come to a meeting, see the manifestation of the power
of God, and then go away, and say, "Oh, well, I–there was nothing to
Mama used to tell me, "You can't get blood out of a turnip." If God's
Spirit's in you and you see God's Word fulfilled, It'll make you
rejoice. Something has to move.
When Jesus came into the city, He said, "If they hold their peace, the
rocks will immediately cry out." Something has to move when the Spirit
of God comes riding in.

David was a woodsman. He knowed what the woods was. He knowed how–how
the animals. Oh, I hear him write of the shady green pastures and the
still waters. He could appreciate it, because there he found God.
Who could look at a flower and say there's no God? Did you ever notice
how it's little seed comes up in the spring, a pretty little blossom
comes on it. And after while, frost hits it. It dies, bows it's little
head. And then, God has a funeral procession for His flowers. I don't
know whether you know that or not. But He does. The fall rains come and
cry tears down out of the sky, and it buries that little seed. The cold
winter comes in my country, and freezes that ground for s–maybe a foot
deep. That little seed freezes, the pulp runs out of the little seed,
the petal's gone, the flower's gone, the bulb's gone, the seed's gone,
the pulp's gone. But just let that sun start rising in the springtime
again. That little flower'll live again. Certainly. And if God made a
way for a flower to live again, how much more has He made a way for a
man in His own image to live again?
David studied nature, and his heart longed. And one day, so crying out
for God. He said, "As the hart panteth for the waterbrook, my soul
thirsts after Thee, O God."

I'm a hunter. And I suppose I'm talking to many of them. And anyone
knows, if you ever shoot a deer and wound him, if that deer can get to
water, you'll never catch that deer. He–he'll drink water, go up over
the hill, come back, drink water, go up over the hill. That cold water
will stop his bleeding, and you'll never catch him.
And David had been noticing in the country that he lived in, like in
Africa, they have wild dogs. And these wild dogs are something like our
wolf. And they have two blood fangs that hangs down over the sides of
their mouth. And they're very cunning in their catching of deer, just
like the devil. And usually they see the deer. And if one little deer
will wander off to himself, that's a real place to get one.

That's what I think about sometime, God's little dears sometimes wander
off from the fold. There might be some here tonight that's wandered
away from the protection of the church, and the protection of the loved
ones who'd pray for you and help you to come back to God, keep you
straight, come to the church and listen at the Gospel. There may be
some in radio-land that's wandered away.
And then, you watch these killer dogs, hounds. They start slipping up real easy, like a cat. And they go a little piece.
And there's something about it, that those deer can almost sense that
there's something wrong. They raise their little head; they get nervous.
There's not a person in my hearing tonight, there's not a backslider
but what knows, that since you left the fold of God, that you've been
nervous and upset. There's something wrong.

A many a little girl, listening in tonight, that's had a good mama, and
a daddy that's tried to teach her right. She's out in some dive
somewhere or away from God. And as she's trying to satisfy that thirst
in her heart with some of this modern teen-age rock-and-roll, which is
of the devil…
And that's for some of you preachers that lets it be preached in your
churches too. Any church that gets low enough to have to entertain
their young folks by rock-and-roll, change the sign on the front of
your door… not a house of God.
Just recently, I was in a place and… I–I was in a hotel, and
the–the YM, or YWCA was across from me. Why, I had to close the window
blinds, and pull them down to study the Gospel, for the teachers
teaching rock-and-roll, and this old boogly-woogly, or ever-what you
call this stuff. It's a shame. What does that "C" stand for? It's
supposed to stand for Christ. Trying to satisfy yourself with that kind
of a stuff when it's of the devil and will damn your soul. Certainly. A
real borned again Christian won't do them kind of things. It's true.

And so, these wolves get up close to where these sheep are. And many of
you little ladies out here tonight listen to that–what they call the
"wolf call," you know, they have a–a whistle. And you think you're
smart. Little lady, you don't realize what danger you're in. And they
get real close. And they watch the deer till they get a chance. And
that's all…
A boy that would squeal like that, and whistle, and holler at girls on
the street's, not fit for a decent girl to go with. Now, that's a great
big mouthful. But I'd rather be honest here than be condemned at the
judgment. I'm going to tell the truth. That's all I know, is to tell
the truth.

What the Church needs tonight is back to the Gospel, back to the old
fashion Gospel, back to the saving knowledge, and that thirst. If you
love God with all your heart, soul, and mind, you wouldn't be out there
in those kind of places.
So sweet to trust Him and believe Him. He's the satisfying portion. He's your Life.

And those big old wolves, or dogs, when they see the deer… Now, they
got a technique in doing it. They get just as close as they can. And
then they run, and take those fangs and throw them in the deer's neck,
right behind the burr of the ear, and then just swing their weight. And
those great big fangs, like lances, when the wolf's weight comes down,
just cuts the little fellow's throat; he makes a few jumps and he's
finished. Then that's all of it. And a few minutes, it's covered over
with dogs just tearing it to pieces, just chunk after chunk tearing it

Listen, sister and brother, I didn't meaning you young folks to hurt
your feelings when I talk about what you call your pleasures. I don't
want to hurt you, I love you. But little sis, you're a little virgin
and never been out in these parties, just let it get started one time,
and the hounds of hell will cover you over. They'll pick every moral
thing there is about you away from you. You'll be nothing but a… No
matter how much you repent, and how bad you try to get right back, that
mark will follow you to your grave. Stay away from them. Get out of it.
God's got something for you to thirst after; that's Him. He will give a
satisfaction. And those things'll be so dead, you won't even hear them.

Now sometimes, the dog misses the deer's throat. Then he's got another
place to catch the little deer, and that is in the flank. Now, the
flank is the middle or balance part of the deer. The hindquarters are
heavier than the front-quarters, and with the loin throwed in, neck and
so forth, makes him about balanced up. Then if the dog or wolf can
catch it in the flank, and starts swinging it, he'll soon throw the
deer down. And the same thing happens, it's covered over with dogs in a
few minutes, just picking it to pieces.
But when this lead dog, the one that's the leader of the pack, that
most popular rock-and-roller, or… You know what I'm talking about. If
he can only get the hold. Now, if he ever grabs… If that deer's real
smart, and know how to get out of there, she'll give a little quick
jerk to one side, and her little tender body will let that dog's mouth
pull this whole chunk of flesh out, if it's quick and can maneuver

Oh, my advice is to you, sister, brother, if he grabs you, maneuver
quick; jump towards heaven as hard as you can. Get away from it. Pull
out. Don't have nothing else to do with it. Get away from it quickly.
If you're fixing to put your first cigarette in your mouth tonight, or
take the first drink, or go to the first rock-and-roll party, or tell
tell mama the first lie, get away from it. It's the devil.

And then, when he jerks out, the blood flies. And if the little deer's
real fast on foot, which they are faster than the dog, it can run for
what life it's got until it gets away from the pack, over the hills and
jumping through the places where the dog has to travel through the
bushes, it just leaps right over the top of the bushes, running just as
hard as it can run. And then, after it's got away from the dog…
Maybe there's some listening to me tonight that's done that, just–just
got away from it. What're you going to do? What's the trouble?

E-42 You see that little deer? I've watched them a many times. They put their little head up in the air, and they're just panting. [Brother Branham imitates panting–Ed.]
They just got to find water. They just got to find it. They're
bleeding. They're dying. Every time their heart beats, the blood pushes
right out of them, that chunk's out of their side. And if they don't
find water, they'll die right away.
And you can imagine the sincerity and the honesty of that deer. He'll run to the top of the hill; he'll look, panting. [Brother Branham imitates panting–Ed.]
He'll look somewhere else, just panting as hard as he can. He's got his
nose up; he's–he's smelling for water. He's got to find water or he'll
And brother, if this Angelus Temple… If these people are here tonight
would thirst after God like that, there'd be a revival break through
here in a few minutes that would sweep the country over.

"As the hart panteth for the waterbrook, my soul thirsts after Thee, O
God." When you get to a place you got to have Him or die… You can't
go on without Him. He's your Life. You must have Him. He's… You're
just about finished, and you're looking, trying.
Jesus said, "Blessed are they that do hunger and thirst after
righteousness for they shall be filled." Filled with what? Not creeds,
not denominations, not amusements of the world, but filled with the
Holy Ghost which is our satisfying portion, that gives us that life
that satisfies.
The God of heaven's in this building tonight. The God that created the
heavens and earth is here tonight. That's what makes Him God to me. He
had the highest place in heaven and took the lowest place on earth. He
come from the highest heaven and went to the lowest hell. He become you
that you, who through His grace, might become Him, sons and daughters
of God. And He's in the building tonight. Night after night He
represents Himself.

The church has been preached to death. People come usually to the
church, they say, "Well, we'll go to…" Just go because it's a duty
sometime. Sometimes they go because there's certain minister's, great
man in the land today that can really bring out a sermon. They go to
hear that.
But what we really ought to go to church was–was to find Christ. Let's
go to church to worship till you can expel all your guilt and shame,
and throw all the world and its gloom out of your heart, and let Christ
come in, God's satisfying portion. Then you'll have Eternal Life.

E-45 His Spirit is here. His Spirit wants to move in this church. Let us bow our heads. [A Sister speaks in tongues, another Sister interprets–Ed.]
Scripture says, if one speaks with tongues, and there be an
interpreter… See? If there's no interpreter, then it's just with
nothing. But if there be an interpreter, then that's God speaking,
an–a Voice to the church. How thankful we are for the Kingdom of God.
Now, the Lord Jesus is here.
I want our sister to get ready for the organ here, for just a few
words: "There Is A Fountain Filled With Blood Drawn From Immanuel's
While she's chording it, and you in radio-land, I wish you could be
here in this Angelus Temple to feel that settling down, that awe, the
Spirit of God. Think of it out there.

Then the Bible said, "If one comes in unlearned and someone speaks with
tongues and there's no interpreter, he'll think you're barbarians or so
forth. But if one prophesies and reveals the secret of the heart, then
all of them will fall down and say, 'Truly God is with you.'"
God is in our building. God is in our midst tonight. God is in His holy
temple. He's trying to urge you to come to Him. Don't be satisfied with
being a Baptist, a Methodist, or a Pentecostal, or whatever you might
be. That–that's all right. I… Them denominations are fine. See? I
respect every one of them, every denomination. I–I send people back to
their home church. That… It's not the denomination I'm kicking
against; it's how worldly we've gotten in here. See? Come, be a
Christian, then go to any church of your choice. That's the thing. It's
be a Christian is what we're talking about. If you like the Baptist
church, go to the Baptist church. Be borned again in the Baptist
church. If you're Catholic, be borned again, and be in the Catholic
church. Presbyterian, do the same thing. But first, 'fore you go back,
get the Holy Ghost. Be borned again, and you'll be an enlightenment.
You'll help others to come. If you just believe it.

E-47 [A Sister speaks with tongues.–Ed.]
Scripture's right. That would be the Holy Spirit speaking. Just the
same as this is here. The little lady setting here wiping her face
right there; got heart trouble. Yes. You believe the Lord wants–will
heal you now, sister? setting there on the end of the row right down
here with heart trouble, you believe that God will heal you? If you can
believe it with all of your heart, God will do it for you.
The lady setting back there praying for her loved one, that's real
nervous setting right back there, you believe God would heal that loved
one? The Bible said, "If thou canst believe, all things are possible."
Do you believe it?
Complications–setting to the left of that post there… If you believe
it with all your heart, God will grant it to you. God is God. Do you
believe that?

Right down here with the glasses on, a lady setting with a trouble with
her head. You believe God will heal you, sister? All right. No, setting
right here. She's got a [–Ed.]
got on glasses, gray in the front, looking right here. You believe God
will heal you, sister? Yes, you. Just raise–raise your hand up there.
That's you. No, the lady right back there. You–you don't have it now.
It's left you. It's gone from you. Amen.
If thou canst believe. All things are possible to them that believe. Do
you believe it? The Bible said, "If you can believe." Oh, He's so real.

This minister setting right down here, wondering, he's scared about
cancer. If you'll just have faith and believe, you won't have that
cancer. If thou canst believe, that is, if you can believe it…
Setting way back here, there's another minister setting there. He's got
his wife and child. The child's got asthma; his wife's up for an
operation. That's right. That's you raising your hand, you're right.
Put your hand over on the child. The child… Mother and father, put
your hands together and on one another. O Lord God, Creator of heavens
and earth, let it be known this night that You're God. I pray that
You'll heal them. Grant it, Lord. There is Your Spirit making Itself
known to us. Grant this healing of all the people. Now, may they be
physically healed and spiritually healed in the Name of Jesus Christ.

E-50 [–Ed.] "There Is A Fountain Filled With Blood."…?…

There is a fountain filled with blood,

Drawn from Immanuel's veins,

And sinners plunged beneath the flood,

Lose all their guilty stain.

Lose all their guilty stain,

Lose all their guilty stain;

And sinners plunged beneath that flood,

Lose all…

Bow your heads now,
reverently, quietly. Think it over. Sinner friend, while you have your
head bowed, and you out in radio-land also, would you just stop and
pause a minute in this hustle and bustle of life? Do you realize that
you may not be among the living in the morning? And if you don't
possess this Eternal Life, you're lost. Jesus said, "Except a man be
borned again, he cannot even see the Kingdom of God."

Come, sinner friend out in radio-land, and receive Him just now as your
personal Saviour, won't you do it? Bow right in the room where you are,
or… Don't make any difference who's around you, don't be ashamed of
Him. He won't be ashamed of you on that day. Just kneel right down
wherever you are.
And dad, you and mother there that maybe hasn't raised your children
the way you should. Maybe that's the reason they're out in the world
tonight. Why don't you just go over where mother is now, and put your
arm around her, and say, "Dear, it's true. We been as a prodigal,
wasting our substance with riotous living. We can never s–be satisfied
like this. Let's come to Christ tonight. Do that, won't you friend, out
in radio-land?
And to you here in this visible audience, how many of you'd say,
"Brother Branham, remember me in prayer. I want to consecrate myself to
God." Raise up your hand, all over the building everywhere. My, my.

Is there a sinner or a backslider here that's–that's felt the snarl of
the wolf, the bite of his fangs, would like to come right down here and
stand here while we offer prayer? It's just seems like a little thing,
but it's a great thing. I'd like for you to come down here. I'd like
come down to shake your hand. You sinner friends, come right down here.
Let me walk down and pray with you, will you? God bless you, lady. Walk
right over here. That's good. One soul worth ten thousand worlds.

While we sing now, every sinner come.

There is a fountain…

Come on down. Come down…?… God bless you, son. God bless you, sir. That's the way.

… Immanuel's veins,

And sinners plunged…

That's right, ladies, come right on. Are you thirsting? You're trying
to find something to satisfy? That's good. Come right on down. That's

Lose all their guilty stain,

Lose all…

Come on, sinner friend, right out of the balconies. Come right down
along the sides like this. Like to shake your hand as you pass this
platform here.

Sinners plunged beneath the flood,

Lose all their guilty stain.

The dying thief rejoiced to…

Come sinner and backslider. Won't you come down now and kneel at the
altar? Come right… There… Great group of them has knelt around the
altar here since we made the call to you in radio-land: Men, women,
young and old.

… Vile as he,

Wash all my sin away.

Now, while she's chording that song again, I wonder tonight… I really
feel that there should be more than this. We're very grateful for these
sinners that's knelt here at the altar. They're tired of trying to
satisfy themselves with just a little old something another of the
world. They're sick of it. They're–they're just all washed up, as the
worldly expression, but they're just finished with it. They want
something real. They're going to receive it. The very God that knows
your heart, knows that that's true. God bless you, lady. That's right.
Come right on down there. Won't you come?
Now, there may be church members in here that belongs to some churches
here in Los Angeles, other places. You been here this week and last
week, and watched the Holy Spirit move. Now, that's the very thing
that's telling me in my heart now, that you need to come down here.
Won't you come? God bless you, lady. God bless you. That's right. Come
right on out. Move right out of the audience and come down here. How…
I'm waiting, holding off just a little while longer. Well, who would
raise up their hands, say, "Brother Branham, I know I'm wrong. Pray for
me to have courage enough to come." We don't believe in going back and
getting people now. I don't do that. If the Holy Spirit can't convince
you enough that you're wrong, and to come down here and be right…

Now, what if just now, you'd feel something moving, this Temple would
go to falling in, or an earthquake had struck this city, or a bomb had
struck somewhere, it's just turning to powder, you're going to be gone.
What would you do? Are you all ready to go? God bless you, lady. God
bless you, sir. That's right. God bless you. Yeah, whole family coming.
That's good. Come. That's right. God bless you, lady. Come right on
down now to the altar. This is the most gallant thing that you ever
done, was to come to Christ.
If you're not sure you're right with God, don't wait too long. There's
going to be a resurrection one of these days, and Jesus is coming. I…
You say, "I've heard that for a long time, Brother Branham." But this
may be the last time you ever hear it. Remember, this may be the end of
the time for you tonight. You may never have an opportunity. Before
morning, you may be pressing a dying pillow, and the veins cooling off
in your arms. Come. That's right. That's right. Come right out. That's

You say, "Brother Branham, you're scaring the people." No I'm not. I'm
telling you the truth. You've got to meet God. You're going to either
meet Him here or meet Him at the judgment in His anger. You're meeting
Him here while He's pleading to you. You meet Him then, He's your
Judge; now He's your Saviour. Won't you come while we sing one more
And you that… Of church members, we're not asking you to join the
Angelus Temple. We'd love to have you here; that's true enough. We got
wonderful church people here, and fine pastors, and–and so forth, a
nice building, and it's a just a wonderful church. We love to have you
here. But if you don't want… If you want to go back to your own
church… We don't want you to leave your church; we just want you to
come and be sure that you're right with God. See? That's–that's the
thing we're trying to do, is you to be right.

The hour is coming, and now is, that when we can't play church no more.
It's God working in the church. We must have it. If your soul is
thirsting for something, and you been trying to satisfy it on a creed,
try to satisfy it on something else, leave that tonight and come down
here, won't you? Come down now while we sing again. All right. All

In a nobler, sweeter song,

I'll sing Thy…

Won't you come out? Come right on now. I invite you. Remember, the next
time you hear my voice, may be at the judgment. Remember, I've offered
you Jesus.
If you wonder how these things are done, the interpretation of the
Spirit, how I discern spirits, come on. Come into God now. Fill your
heart with it.
How many in here–how many in here wants to make a consecration to God,
raise your hand, say, "I'd just love to come up a little closer to
God." Now, you come down. Come right down, all you that wants to
re-consecrate yourself, to feel God's Spirit in your life, more,

Maybe you're seeking the Holy Spirit. You've already come and confessed
your faith, but you want to receive the Holy Spirit, want to
re-dedicate yourself. We're wanting a revival to continue on. Come
right on down now, will you? Come right down around the front here.
That's fine. Oh, that's fine. Coming from everywhere, young and old
alike, moving right down.
Radio land. Now, you should be here to look at this. Just people coming
down every isle. Watching the sincerity, some crying… Oh, this is
what I love: to see people coming to worship my Lord, see people, men
and women who are thirsting for righteousness. "Blessed are ye, when
you do hunger and thirst for righteousness, for you shall be filled."

There is… That Fountain's filled with Blood right now. If you're not
just where you ought to be, you Pentecostal, Baptist, Presbyterian,
Methodist, whatever you are, come right now, won't you? That's right.
Come with the rest of them. You won't be by yourself. There's just
packed all up and down here now, around… The altars are full, and the
seats around is full, and they're still coming down. Just keep coming.
Keep coming right on down.
Don't let the hounds of hell sap your precious life. If you'd jerk far
enough to get away from him, he'll catch up with you again. Don't you
let him do that, them old poison things in you. Find the Water. Find
the Water, the Water of Life. Jesus is that Water of Life. Come right
on down. That's it.

Now, let all the personal workers gather right around these people.
Each one in here that's a personal worker, gather right around these
people now. We're going to have prayer. That's good. That's fine. Come
right on.
Now, my friend, I want to tell you something. You here in the visible
audience and you in radio-land. This is one of the greatest times of my
life. The rest of you may be seated for a moment, if you will.
When I was just a young preacher, there was a–a young lady asked me
if–if I would go to a dance with her. She was a–a preacher's sister.
I told her, "No."
She said, "You don't drink, you don't smoke, you don't go to dances, where do you have any pleasure?"

I was holding a tent meeting. The next night there was an altar call
about like this, people gathering around. I motioned to her. She come
up where I was. I said, "Sister, this is more pleasure to me than all
the things of the world, is to see sinners coming, kneeling, bowing,
concentrating their life unto God." Deep consecration, that's what I
like to see. Surrender your lives.
Now, each one of you here at the altar, you are… and out in
radio-land, you bow now for prayer too. There might not be a personal
worker out there in radio-land, but there's a Holy Spirit there. He's
the One to direct you.
Now, each one, pray in your own way, confess your wrong, and ask God to
be merciful to you, and He'll certainly do it. Now, with your heads
bowed, everywhere, I'm going to ask Brother Duffield to walk up here
and ask the prayer for you in radio- land, and for you here at the
altar. God bless you now. While all bow your head, and let's all pray
for these people that's at the altar. While we have our heads bowed
everywhere. Now, be ready in radio land to accept Christ while our
Brother leads us in prayer.

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