|59-1217||What Was The Holy Ghost Given For?
|2 hr 4 min
I see Brother Neville believes in laying on of hands. I see I got a
couple of questions. Now, I'll get these tomorrow night, 'cause I don't
have time to look through them tonight for you, perhaps on last night's
message. Now, if anyone has a question on any of the messages, just lay
them up one night, and I can pick them up the next night.
Now, tomorrow night I would like to find, or have, rather, some
ministers if possible; if not, some good, solid men or women that we
could call on in the time of need, that in the event… Tomorrow night
we start after the message to laying on hands and–for the Holy Spirit.
And then, they'll be a… You have your privilege of staying right here
if you wish to all through the holidays if it takes that long to die.
And then–then, if not, if you desire to go to your own home, why, we
would be glad if you get in a place where you… Just don't know where
to go… We want to get some ministers, their numbers if they're
visitors, their numbers where they're staying, that where we could get
ahold of them right away, and get one in one home, one in another, and
one in another, that they could give you instructions, you who are
going to seek for this great blessing that we're talking about, the
baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Last night we were speaking what It was, "What Was the Holy Spirit?"
And we found It to be just about everything that God promised to us. In
It we found just what God's church would need. We found It to be a
Seal, a Comforter, the Rest, and the Joy, and the Peace, and the
Resurrection. And all that God promised to His church lays within the
And now, tonight we want to preach on, or talk on, teach on… I have
about three or four sheets of texts here, or Scriptures, on It. And
which last night I left my Cruden's "Concordance" laying here, and I
didn't get it. And I just had to go through the best I could today with
Now, and tomorrow–tonight we're teaching on, What was the purpose of
God sending the Holy Spirit? What's It for? If It's such a great thing,
then why did God send It? Then tomorrow night we want to talk on, Is It
for You; and How Do You Get It; and How Do You Know When You've Got It?
And then, after we get through that with the Scriptures, explain it by
the Scriptures, using the Scriptures for all things, then those who are
seeking the Holy Spirit will come forward then. And then, I hope the
revival's on from then on, to move on then with the Holy Spirit.
Now, being that tomorrow night many might stay quite awhile at the
rooms and in the church, I feel that if we could get as many ministers
and those people who are experienced in leading people to receive the
Holy Spirit (to encourage them, to go into the home with a–a woman and
her husband, or–or with someone that's seeking the Holy Spirit),
that's well instructed on what to do, if you would just give your phone
number or address to the pastor tonight or tomorrow night. Just give it
to Brother Neville, then that'd save us gathering in for a meeting.
Just give your phone number where we could reach you. And then say,
"I'll be available, and if we–you want to place me into a home…" If
it's a–a woman alone, then we could send a woman (See?) to this woman.
And then, if it's in a home where there's a man, his wife, why, we
could send a minister. And we'd be glad to have you to cooperate,
because I know you're every one interested in this, this most
essential. And remember, "He that saves a soul from his error, has
covered a multitude of sin." See? And the Bride of Christ is hungering
and thirsting. She's in travail to give birth to the children of God.
And now, tonight before we read the Scriptures, let us bow our heads
just a moment for prayer. And just before we pray, you with your heads
bowed, would you have a request, just raise your hands and say, "God, I
solemnly raise my hands; I have need. And I pray that You'll help me,
oh, Lord." God bless each of you. He sees your hands. The Angels have
taken your request down.
And heavenly Father, we now come approaching Thee again in prayer.
Which no doubt that prayer has already been made among the children of
God tonight in this little place, and that songs have been sung, and we
have lifted hearts in joyful rejoicings at the praises of God.
David said he would come into the congregation of the saints and make
his requests known. And tonight, there has been many hands. Perhaps,
maybe, I would say, eighty percent of those that are setting in this
building tonight raised their hands for requests. Shows, Lord, that we
just can't go without You. We've got to have You day by day. You are
our Life, our Joy, our Health, our sustaining Strength, our Stay, our
Buckler, our Shield from the enemy. And we just could not fight this
battle of life without You. It would be totally impossible for us to do
it, and we have to totally rely upon You. For we know that we're
walking through a dark and dismal land. On every side the enemy has
beset us, on giving traps and snares. Our paths, Lord, are set full of
snares of the enemy to upset us.
And we too know at the end of the road we got that long, shadowy valley
called death to walk through. O Lord, who would hold our hands then? We
want to know You now, Lord. We want to know that You've got our hands
and we got Your hand, that we can have that anchored assurance that
when we come to that last great moment of our life, that–enter into
that door called death, that we can say with the saint of old, "I know
Him in the power of His resurrection, and I know that when He calls,
I'll come out from among the dead."
Now, Father God, we would pray that You'll bless our requests and our
gathering. Bless Thy words; and if I should say anything that would be
contrary to Your Word or Your will, Thou still has the power to close
the mouth as You did in the den of lions when Daniel was present. And
we pray, Lord, that You would open ears and hearts tonight, that–and
create in them a hunger and thirst. May they be so thirsty that they
cannot sleep or rest nowhere until the Comforter has come.
We believe that we are living in the last days, in the shadow of His
coming. And that's what these messages are directed to, Lord. It's for
the people to take heed, take warning. And may tonight we just pull off
the shell right now, lay it over on the side of the bench, say, "Lord
God, I am a receptacle to You. Let Your Spirit surge through me, mold
me and make me after Thy will. I'll yield my heart, my strength, my all
to Thy cause."
Hear us, Lord. We're not here to be seen on this rainy night. We are
not here just for no place else to go. We are here for one solemn,
sacred, holy purpose in our hearts; that is to draw nigh unto You,
knowing that You've promised if we would draw nigh unto You, You'd draw
nigh unto us. And that's why we are here. He that comes in hungry will
not go out hungry. "Blessed are they that do hunger and thirst for
righteousness," said Jesus, "for they shall be filled." And if we ask
for bread, we will not receive a stone; we have that assurance. And if
we ask for fish, we will not receive a serpent; but God our Father will
feed us with the Manna of heaven, His Word and His Spirit that bear
record of Him. Answer our prayers, Lord, and our requests, as we
further wait on Thee. In Jesus Christ's Name we pray. Amen.
Now, you that's keeping these Scriptures down, if you would turn with
me to St. John again, the 14th chapter, we want to begin at the 14th
chapter of St. John. And let's start about the 14th verse, St. John
14:14, and just read a portion of this Scripture.
Now, in this you will find much of the context that I want to speak on
tonight. And remember, you that have the "red letter" Bibles, it's in
red, this is. It's the words that Jesus Himself spoke of. So therefore,
we can rest assure that it will be just as He has said: heavens and
earth will pass away, but His Word shall never fail. Now, we shall read
from the 14th verse of the 14th chapter.
you that would be reading from a Greek Bible would see it in here…
Not… "See" there means "to understand." "For the world understandeth
Him not." That is so true. Let me read it again now.)
world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him:
but ye know him… (Who? The Comforter.);… for he dwelleth with you,… (Now, present tense.)… he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. (What is it? The same Comforter.)
There's going to be the center of my thought, but we're going to read a little farther. Let me read that also now, again.
he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my
Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
"Kosmos," "the world order." If you got a margin reading there, you'll
notice… Mine's a "g." And it says over here, "Kosmos or world
system." That's churches and so forth. See? "How is it that You'll
manifest Yourself to us and not to them? How can You do it?")
whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things,
and bring all these things… (That's His Word.)… to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. (What purpose did God send the Holy Spirit then? May He add His blessings to His Word.)
Jesus said that, "At that day you'll know that I am in the Father, and
the Father is in Me, and you're–I'm in you, and you're in Me."
Now, if we were going to say this… Now, remember, this is going to be
on tape. A Christian businessman out of Louisville called me awhile
ago, and he said, "It's a shame, Billy, that these messages like you
said last night, doesn't get to forty thousand here instead of a
hundred and fifty, or two hundred, three hundred people at your little
I said, "Sir, in six months from now, if Jesus tarries, the whole world
around will hear this." See? Them tapes go all over the world (See?),
all around. And therefore, we are teaching here now just what we
believe to be truth and what we have found out that God has confirmed
it to us to be truth.
Now, the purpose… What was–what was God's purpose in sending the
Holy Spirit? (Now, mark that down, John 14, beginning at the 14th verse
and reading through the chapter for the basis.) God's purpose we find
here in sending the Holy Spirit, was one purpose: that God Himself
might dwell in His church and continue His plans through the church,
that God was in Christ continuing His plans through Christ, out of
Christ into the church, continuing His work through the church.
Now, we know what the Holy Spirit is. We found out last night that It's
God. Now, when we think of God the Father (as Jesus spoke of here), His
Father, God the Son as Jesus, God the Holy Spirit, as what we call It
today, now, that does not mean that there is three individual, distinct
gods. It means that there is one God in three offices. May we say it
like this: All that God was, He poured into Christ, because He emptied
Himself and poured it into Christ. And Christ was the Fullness of the
Godhead bodily. All that Jehovah was, He poured into Christ. And all
that Christ was, He poured into the church, not into one individual,
but into the entire Body. There where we come together in unity, we
have power. All that God was, was in Christ, and all that Christ was,
is in you. "For God was made flesh and dwelled among us." (I Timothy
3:16 if you're putting it down.) "Without controversy, great is the
mystery of godliness, for God was manifested in the flesh." We handled
Him: God, Jehovah, made flesh and walked on the earth, and we saw Him
with our eyes.
21 You know, in the same chapter of John 14 Philip said, "Lord, show us the Father and it will satisfy us."
said, "I've been so long with you, Philip, and you don't know Me. When
you have seen Me, you have seen the Father. And why sayest thou unto
Me, 'Show us the Father'?" God was made flesh.
Now, here it is. The Father was God over you. We're saying… We've
been since Adam, God the Father was over Moses and the children of
Israel in a Pillar of Fire, then God with us in Christ, walked with us,
talked with us, eat with us, slept with us. God over us, God with us,
and now, it's God in us. All God was, come into Christ; all Christ was,
come into the church. What is it? God working in you. Anywhere in the
world, if He'd want to call on you, you're right there: working in you
to do His good will. How we ought to thank God for that. God the Holy
Spirit is sent for the purpose of God living in His church, moving
through each age, working out His Divine will.
When men makes fun of you, they're not making fun of you; they're
making fun of Him that sent you. So Jesus said, "Blessed are ye when
men shall say all manner of evil against you, falsely, for My Name
sake. Blessed are you." And again, "All that live godly in Christ Jesus
shall suffer persecution." For when God made Hisself known in Christ,
they hated Him. Who hated Him worse? The church. The church hated Him
worse. They hated Him worse than the–the drunkard. They hated Him
worse than all the other people. It was the church that hated Him. So
therefore, when you see Kosmos, the world order… "The world knowed
Him not" means the "church (so-called) knew Him not." "He came to His
own and His own received Him not. But as many as did receive Him, to
them gave He the power to become sons of God, to them that believed on
His Name." Oh, how we should love Him and worship Him. The purpose of
God, wanting to become in fellowship… Like…
'Fore we leave that text, let's use this. In the days of Ruth, in the
law of redemption when Naomi had left the country because of trial,
hard times, she went into the Moabite land, which were just lukewarm,
nominal Christians, because the Moabites come from the daughter of Lot.
And they were so-called believers and mixed up. And then, her husband
died and her two sons died. And on the road home Naomi–Ruth and Naomi
on their road home, her–one of her daughter-in-laws, Orpah, she said
that she would return back to her country, to her gods, and to her
church, and to her people. And Naomi tried to get Ruth to go back, but
she said, "Your people are my people; your God is my God. Where you
die, there I'll die; where you're buried, there I'll be buried. And
I'll not turn back."
That's when a person's caught a vision. Don't make any difference what
her people said. "You're going over there and become a holy-roller or
something." That didn't make any difference to Ruth. There was a
purpose of God to be fulfilled.
And just as sure as you're hungering tonight for the Holy Spirit, it's
something in you pulling you, that a purpose of God in your life has
got to be fulfilled just like it was with Ruth.
The story's so beautiful; I just can't leave it for a moment. You know,
the law of redemption, that when Boaz… You know the story of how Ruth
gleaned in the field and found favor with Boaz. And before he could
marry her, he had to redeem all that Naomi had lost. And the only one
that could redeem Naomi's fallen estate, in the law of redemption, was
a near kinsman; had to be kinfolks before he could redeem. And that was
her closest kinfolks. And he had to make a public ensign outside of the
gate, or a public confession that he had redeemed all that Naomi had
lost. And Boaz did it by kicking off his shoe before the elders and
said, "If there's anybody here that's got anything that belongs to
Naomi, I this day have redeemed it."
And that's the way God did: followed His own laws. God cannot
follow–give you one law to follow and Him follow another. He follows
His own laws. Then God, in order to redeem the lost church, the lost
world, the lost creation… God, Who is infinite in Spirit, to redeem
the lost human race, God Himself become kinfolks, a Man, a Son that He
created in the womb of Mary. And then He made an ensign or a testimony.
Outside the gates of Jerusalem He was lifted up between the heavens and
earth, and died, and redeemed everything. And in bleeding He sanctified
a church that He Himself might live in, and fellowship, and commune
with, that lost spot of fellowship from the garden of Eden where God
came down every evening, church time. Did you notice, God came down in
the cool of the day, the setting of the sun. There's something about
when it starts to get night, people think of church and of
God–Christians. You see the sun setting; you realize that your sun is
And in the cool of the evening He'd come down and commune with them.
And there He lost that fellowship, because sin would not let Him do it.
And then He was made flesh and dwelt among us in order that He could
come back again to man, and live in man, and restore man to a state of
communion with Him again, and give him back his God given right. That's
what He did.
That's the purpose of the Holy Ghost: It's the Father again, God the
Father dwelling in you, working out His plans to finish His plan of
redemption, working through you, making you a co-worker with Him,
giving you a place, giving you a part for your fallen lost brother and
sister, giving you His Spirit and His love to go hunt the lost as He
did in the garden of Eden. "Adam, Adam, where art thou?" That's what
the Holy Spirit does to a man or a woman. When It strikes into their
heart and takes Its abode, there's a thirst and a hungering for lost
souls. That's what's the matter with the meetings today; there's not
enough Spirit touch in it to go for the souls of the lost and the
dying. It's more to make a name, or a church, or a building, or a
denomination, instead of a soul winning program. How pitiful. We could
stay on it much.
God poured Himself into Christ. Correct. Christ poured Himself into the
church; therefore… Now, watch. "At that day you will know that I am
in the Father, and you are in Me, and I am in you." At that day you'll
know it, for it's–the whole thing is one plan of redemption coming
down, that God coming back to live in, and dwell with, and commune to
His people as He did at the beginning. Now, then as soon as He gets His
church in speaking conditions, gets His church to a place that He can
flow Himself through, and love, and persuade, and fellowship, then
there'll come a Eden. He'll take His church back to where it–it left
Him at back to an Eden again, there where it fell. It… Now, that's
where it made its first start of fall; there's where it'll be taken
right back with every clean slate of redemption, bringing them straight
back to that place again.
The church has been in the world for some time. And the church, really,
after the reformation of 1500 years of dark ages… Luther was the
first reformer to come forth after the round of the apostles. And then,
when Luther come forth, God tipped up a little bit of the Spirit and
poured It out upon the church in justification. And then in the days of
Wesley He poured out a little more of Hisself into sanctification. And
as the age has growed on to the end time, God has been filling His
church. Just look around and find out if that's truth or not.
Look at the Lutheran age, you who read history. Look at their revival
and what they did. Look how much greater the Wesley revival was, how
much more power they had, but in the minority. Watch in the days of
Pentecost, what a revival they had then, what a great wide sweeping
"Our Sunday Visitor," the Catholic paper, give confession that the
Pentecostals produced 1,500,000 conversions in one year, outdone all
the rest the churches together. The Catholic only changed–claimed a
million. In their own "Sunday Visitor," the paper called the "Sunday
Visitor" gave statement that the Pentecostals outrun them. And
remember, Pentecostal conversions is Holy Ghost filled conversions. In
the minority to start with, on the side of the alley out there with an
old guitar… And women couldn't even afford a pair of stockings.
Laying out on the railroad tracks, and picking up corn and mashing it,
and making bread for their children. But what's it come to? The most
powerful standing church in the world today, not in the eyes of the
world, but in the eyes of God, because He proves it by what He's doing
for them; He's pouring Hisself into them, pouring It in.
Notice now what taken place. God pouring Himself into them… Now, the
church has got to a place, from Luther, Wesley… And the revival's on
with the Pentecost. And now into this age that we're coming now by the
same Holy Spirit, just more of It… Now, when them Lutherans back
there got saved, they got a portion of the Holy Spirit. When the
Methodists got sanctified, that was a work of the Holy Spirit. See? It
was a part of the Holy Spirit. "They without us are not made perfect,"
says the Scriptures. See?
Now, God… As the Light has begin to shine in the last days, He's
expecting us, a great thing from us, because where there's much given,
there's much required. So He's going to require much more of us than He
did of the Lutherans or the Methodists, because we walk in a greater
Light, with a greater power, with a greater–a greater witness than
they had. Now, we have a greater witness of the resurrection. We have
things more firmer, more sure than they had.
38 But it's just like I said to a Lutheran college not long ago. They said, "What have we got?"
said, "A man planted a field of corn. The first little blades come up;
he said, 'Thank the Lord for a–a crop of corn.' Potentially he had it,
but he only had it in the early form. By and by it became a stalk, and
a tassel come out on it which was Methodists."
If you'll watch nature, you'll see God working. There's a secret lies
there that even goes with my ministry. See? That–watching nature, see
how it does, what age and what time; you see where you're living. Watch
Now, then the Methodists, they were tassels. They looked back to the
Lutherans, said, "We got sanctification; you haven't got nothing in
it." By and by, from that pollen, from the Methodist come forth a
grain–a ear of corn; that was Pentecost. There you are: justification,
one stage of it; sanctification, another stage of it; the Holy Spirit,
another stage of it. Pentecost–Luther, Wesley, Pentecost.
Now, what does Pentecost… I liken it, because in Pentecost it brought
back, not a green leaf, not a tassel… But the corn cannot say to the
tassel, "I don't have no use of you." Or the tassel can't say to
the–the leaf, "I have no use of you," because the same life that was
in the leaf made the tassel. The same life was in the tassel made the
ear. And it was a Lutheran church that made the Wesley church. It was
the Wesley church that made Pentecost. But Pentecost, what is it? It's
a restoration of the same kind of a grain that went into the ground at
the beginning, bringing back all the fullness of the power of Pentecost
by the baptism of the Holy Ghost (See?) in the last days. Oh, it's a
great thing to look–to believe and to look at.
Now, in this age that we're now living, this age, it's beyond
Pentecost. Pentecost has settled itself into organizations and started
faking whole lot about organizations. "We are this, and we are that."
That's just nature; you just can't help it. It's nature; they'll do
that. It's the plan for them to do that. But the church has moved on.
It's gone into greater, more powerful… It's the restoration of gifts.
And many Pentecostal people does not believe in Divine healing,
ministry of Angels, and powers of God. Many Pentecostals calls these
visions that I see, the devil. Many organizations won't even have
nothing to do with it in Pentecost. See, we've moved beyond that. Just
as Methodists called Pentecostal crazy for speaking in tongues, just as
Lutheran called Methodists crazy for shouting… See? But it's all a
coming forth of the Holy Spirit till the great church is being filled
up and chugged full (Hallelujah.) of the great powers of Almighty God,
until It's got to a place until the very works that Jesus done has
manifest itself right in the church now. We're close, friends.
Let me stop here just for a minute to get what God put the Holy Ghost
in the church for, give you another type so that you'll know. Back in
the Old Testament when a–a child… A man made hisself a home; he got
his bride; that's the first thing. Then he become a great man, like an
organization. That was good. The next thing happened, there come a
birth into that home. That's when the Holy Spirit (See?)–another
spirit came in, which was a son. That son, he was not in full charge,
neither was he a heir until he got a certain age; and he had to be
proved first. Yes. And then, they had the law of adoption. (To you
ministers, the placing of a son is what I'm speaking of now. See?) Then
when he come to a place to where he was adopted…
Jesus gave a beautiful illustration of it on Mount Transfiguration. As
I have said, God will never go outside of His laws to do anything. If
you've got an artesian well on this hill, blowing water all over the
air, and on this other hill over here, you've got a crop burning up,
you can stand on this hill and holler, "Oh, water, run over here and
fill my crop. Oh, water, get to my crop." It'll never do it. But if
you'll work according to the laws of gravitation, you can water that
If you've got a sick man laying here, or a sinner laying here, or a man
that wants to be right (can't give up drinking, can't give up smoking,
can't give up lust and things); if you'll just work according to the
laws of God, let the Holy Spirit come in there, then he's no more his
own. He–he will stop that thing, because the Holy Spirit takes him
over. But you've got to work according to the laws of God, the rules of
Now, in the Old Testament when this baby was born, they watched it to
see how it was behaved, behavior. Then the father, being a great
businessman by this time, maybe in his forties or fifties, he didn't
have time to teach this baby hisself, so he got… In them days they
didn't have public schools as they have now, so they got what they call
a tutor or a raiser: schoolteacher. And this schoolteacher was the best
he could find, so that he'd be truthful and tell the father the truth
And then, when this boy got to a certain age (say he was matured), if
that boy was just a renegade, no good, didn't care for the father's
business, all he thought about was flirting and running with the
womens, or–or drinking, or gambling, or horse racing, that boy would
always be a son, but he was never placed in position to have heir to
all his father had. But if he was a good boy, and he was about the
father's business, and he proved to be the right child, then they had a
ceremony. They took the boy out into the street and put a white robe on
him. And they set him up on a scaffold so all the city could see. They
made a feast and a jubilee. And the father then had the ceremony of
adoption. He adopted his own son into his own business, and then the
son was coequal with his father. In other words, if it'd been today,
the son's name on the check was just as good as the daddy's.
Now, watch what God did. When His Son was born, He let Him go for
thirty years, testing Him, trying Him, then He give Him three years of
hard trial. And then at the end of the hard trial when He seen that His
Son was about the Father's business (Mount Transfiguration, Book of
Luke), He took Peter, James, and John (three witnesses) and went up on
top of the mountain; and there God performed the laws of adoption.
He… They looked up, and they seen Jesus, and His clothes shined as
white as the lightning. And as a cloud overshadowed Him, and a Voice
come out of the cloud and said, "This is My beloved Son, hear ye Him.
I'll set down now and have no more to say. What He says is Law and
Now, the church has come through those schools. She married back yonder
a long time ago and become a denomination, an organization. But you
notice, the birth produced something else. And now, it's got to a place
to where the Pentecostal church with the new birth has been tested and
tried. And now, it's coming to a place… God doesn't deal with the
church as just an organization. He doesn't deal with the church as a–a
group of people. He deals with the church as an individuals, each
individual in the church. And now it's got to a time… And it's no
secret; we all see it. When a man proves, and God loves him, He takes
him out somewhere to himself. There in the front of Angels He does
something for him. He lifts him up there in the Presence of God, and
gifts him, and fills him, and sets him out. That's the age that we're
Same Holy Spirit that saved the Lutherans, that sanctified the
Methodists, that baptized the Pentecostals, is now setting in order the
coming of the Lord Jesus. When it'll be so powerful, that Body will
come into this group of church that'll draw the rest of them from the
grave. There'll be a resurrection. That's what the Holy Ghost is for.
What is the Holy Ghost? Without us they cannot be made perfect. They
lived in one day under that; we live in another day. "When the enemy
comes in like a flood, I'll–the Spirit of God will raise a standard
against it." See?
We're in a day now… Back there, they wasn't half as smart as today.
They couldn't make an atomic bomb or an automobile. They didn't have
science and things as we have now, but–and things of mysterious
things. To try to say man blowed together by some dust and so forth,
and take some analysis, and try to prove it to make infidels out of
people… But now, when we need it, the Spirit of God raises a
standard. What is it? He's pouring in His Spirit. Then those who are
resting out yonder in the grave, or under the altar of God as the
Scripture says, are crying, "How long, Lord? How long? How much
longer?" God's waiting on me and you. The church is waiting on me and
you: adoption time, when God can pour into us His Fullness, His power,
His Resurrection, that when the church and Christ become so close
together till Christ becomes visible among us, and raises the dead, and
we go into the rapture.
Now, we're going to say–show after while that just those who are
filled with the Holy Ghost goes in that rapture, "For the rest of the
dead live not for the space of a thousand years." That's right. Just
Holy Spirit filled people was all that went in the rapture.
Now, God gave the Holy Spirit. I got another Scripture here in John
14:12. That's a very familiar Scripture with all the people here at the
tabernacle. "Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on
Me…" Now, don't let that word "believeth" kinda set you back. In a
nominal church, say, "Yes, I believe. Sure, I believe Jesus Christ is
the Son of God." The devil believes the same thing. That's exactly. The
Bible said he does. But the Scripture says in John that no man can call
Jesus the Christ, only by the Holy Ghost. You've actually, by the
Scripture… (Let me stop here just a minute 'fore I finish reading.)
You are not converted until you've received the Holy Ghost. That's
right. You are believing unto… The Holy Spirit has spoke to you, and
you've publicly confessed Him. The devil has the same thing. "I believe
Him to be the Son of God." So does the devil. But you're walking on
towards Him. When Peter had been called and justified by believing on
the Lord Jesus Christ… And in John 17:17, Jesus sanctified them
through the Word, for the Word was the Truth, and He was the Word. I
John says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelled among
He was the Word, so He sanctified them. He said, "Father (speaking to
the Spirit in Him), I sanctify them through the Word." Himself,
a-laying His hands upon them. "Thy Word is the Truth." Just merely
spoke Him into existence in the womb of a woman. Oh, totally impossible
for Him to be any other way than this Word of God to make Him manifest.
"I sanctify them."
He gave them power against unclean spirits. They went out. He put their
names in the Lamb's Book of Life. And He sent them out (Matthew 10) and
gave them power over unclean spirits, cast out evil spirits, and do
works, and so forth. And they come back rejoicing, said, "Even the
devils is subject to us."
He said, "Don't rejoice because the devils is subject unto you, but
rejoice because your name's in the Book." And Judas was with them. See
how close he can come, right on up through justification, move right on
into sanctification, but where did he show his light? Where did he show
hisself? Before Pentecost he showed his colors.
Watch, that spirit will be just as pious and just as sanctimonious as
it can be, until it comes to the Holy Ghost, and they'll cut it off
right there; that's that spirit, can't you see it moving up, the
antichrist? And Jesus said they'd be so close together in the last days
it would deceive the very Elected if possible. But remember, it's just
the elected that will see it. God calls by election. He'll… Aren't
you happy that you're one of them? Aren't you people here tonight,
knowing that something in your heart tugging, "I want that Holy Spirit.
I want you, Lord, in my heart"? That's because God put your name on the
Lamb's Book of Life before the foundation of the world. He said that.
"No man can come to Me," said Jesus, "except My Father has drawed him
first. And all that comes to Me, I'll give them Eternal Life." What is
Eternal Life? The Holy Spirit, Eternal Life. Take that word and run it
in the Greek, and it said "Zoe"; Zoe is the Holy Spirit. "All that the
Father's given Me will come to Me. And all that comes to Me, I'll give
him the Holy Ghost, and I'll raise him up at the last day. I will do
it," He said. Not no "if" and "ands" about it, "I will." All that
comes… And I'll give Eternal Life. He will have to raise, 'cause he's
got Eternal Life. He has to come. Can't die no more than God can die…
Oh, my dear friends from around this country and in this little city,
if I could only with my human voice place into your heart the
importance of receiving the baptism of the Holy Ghost, it would be the
most wonderful revelation that you ever had in your life to see what…
you must do it.
Let me make that clear about you're not converted. Peter had been
saved; he believed on the Lord, followed Him. Jesus told him who he
was, had him to follow Him. He gave him power against unclean spirits
and sanctified him. But after all of that… And become the chief
spokesman of the group, as the Catholics would want to call it, the
bishop of the church, or the pope, or whatever it was, the head man of
the church. Yet Jesus said the night of His betrayal, "Lovest thou Me,
And he said, "Lord, You know I love You."
He said, "Feed My sheep." He said that three times.
And Peter said, "You know I love You," said, "I'll go with You to
the–the end, and I'll go with You to the death," and so forth.
He said, "Before the cock has crowed three times, you'll–before the
cock crows, you'll have denied Me three times." He said, "But, Peter,
I've prayed for you." Listen. That's not all of it. "I have prayed for
you, and after you are converted, then strengthen your brethren." After
you are converted… He had shouted; he had probably danced in the
Spirit; he–he had done all kinds of things, but he hadn't received the
Holy Ghost yet. "After you are converted, then strengthen your
brethren." That's true. Carry out His plan.
Now, let me finish reading John 14:12. Now, in the 14th chapter and
12th verse Jesus said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that
believeth (and you cannot believe…)–believeth on Me…" You can
believe unto Him. How many understands that, say, "Amen." [Congregation says, "Amen."–Ed.]
You remember in Acts 19 (I hate to stop this here, but I just have to
say it as it comes to me.), in Acts the 19th chapter when this Baptist
preacher, which was a–a lawyer and was converted… And he was
preaching and getting people saved, and they had great joy, just
rejoicing and shouting, having a meeting (Acts 18). Aquila and
Priscilla… (We referred to it last evening.) And they had went to see
him. And they knowed he was a great man, and he was a student. And he
was proving by the Bible that Jesus was the Son of God, only knowing
the baptism of John; he didn't know the baptism of the Holy Ghost yet.
So he said… Aquila and Priscilla, that husband and wife, little tent
makers (which Paul was a tent maker too), and they'd received the Holy
Ghost under Paul's teaching; they said, "We've got a little brother
that's coming up here. Let him talk to us a little bit about it."
And when Paul came up and heard him preach, knowed he was a great man,
he said, "Have you received the Holy Ghost since you have believed?"
They said, "We know not there–whether there be any Holy Ghost."
He said, "Then to what (or the real Greek word there is to how) was you baptized?"
They said, "We have been baptized already by John the Baptist."
Now, watch what Paul said. Paul said that "John verily baptized unto
repentance, not for remission of sins, but unto repentance," Saying…
That's what you believe when you accept Christ as your personal
Saviour, you're believing unto the baptism of the Holy Ghost. That is
not the baptism of the Holy Ghost, my dear Baptist brethren. It is
A brother said to me the other day, he said, "Brother Branham…" (or
some time ago, months ago)–he said, "Brother Branham, Abraham believed
God and it was imputed unto him for righteousness."
I said, "Truly."
Said, "What more can a man do than believe?"
I said, "That's all a man can do. That's all he can do today is believe
God. But God gave him a seal of circumcision (that we went through last
night) as a sign that He had accepted his faith in Him." And today,
until God… You believe unto Him when you accept Him as your personal
Saviour. But when God gives you the Seal of the Holy Ghost, He's sealed
you to your eternal destination. Now, you Baptists take that, and I'll
go with you on eternal security. Yes, sir. Because, "Grieve not the
Holy Spirit of God, whereby you are sealed until the day of your
redemption." You are not sealed by believing unto, but sealed by the
Holy Ghost. Ephesians 4:30: "Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby
you're sealed until the day of your redemption." That seals you, when
you've found favor with God, and He seals you by the Holy Spirit.
That's so, for the Bible said: "No man can call Jesus the Christ, only
by the Holy Ghost."
You say, "I believe it because the pastor said so." He's right, but
that doesn't count for you. "I believe it because the Word says so."
That's right, but that isn't for you; that doesn't count you. The only
way that you can say that Jesus is the Christ, is when the Holy Ghost
comes into you, and bears record, and witnesses Itself out; He is the
Son of God. That's the only way you know the resurrection, is when the
Holy Ghost bears record. "When He the Holy Ghost is come, He will
testify of Me, show you things to come, bring these things that I've
said to your memories." You'll never find it in the school. See? He
will bring these things to your memories.
65 Now, we want to read just a little further in this Scripture now: St. John 14:12.
He went to the Father, the Holy Spirit would come. Is that right?
Another Scripture said, "If I go not away, the Comforter will not come;
but if I go away, I'll come again and be with you, even in you." See?
It's God with you: over you first, with you in Christ, in you in the
Holy Ghost: God in you.
Now, "The works that I do shall you do also," not another work, but God
wants to bring the Holy Ghost in you to continue the same work that He
was doing in Christ. The work wasn't so needy in the days of Luther;
that was God's church. It wasn't but a little bit more needier in the
days of Wesley, because the world, the Bible said, would get weaker,
and wiser, and more wicked all the time. We're… The world's getting
more wicked all… We know that. Why, men do things today that–a
hundred years ago you wouldn't have thought there'd been a human being
that cruel. "More wicked all the time, and the wicked shall do wickeder
all the time," said the Scripture, "more and more."
So the Holy Spirit has been moving. There was just a little breath of
It with Luther, a little blow of It with Wesley, and a deeper blow of
It with the–Pentecost. Now, the Breath and the Spirit has become the
same. She's uniting together, bringing forth that same powerful blow of
the Holy Ghost like He did back there, is manifesting the same works
that He did back there, is being manifested right today, the same thing.
Watch what Jesus said: "Verily, verily I say unto you, the Son can do
nothing except He sees the Father doing it first. What the Father does,
He shows the Son. The Father dwelleth in Me; He doeth the works." See?
Now, notice, Here's another thing I'd like to say right here. "As–"
Jesus said, "as the Father has sent Me… As (Now, watch.)–as the
Father has sent Me, so send I you." As the Father… How did the Father
send Him? The Father that sent Him come down from heaven and dwelt in
Him. He went forth; He said, "I always do that which pleases My
Father." See? He went about doing the things that the Father was
showing Him to do. "I do nothing except My Father shows Me first." The
God that sent Him, was on the inside of Him. "And as the Father sent Me
(the same way the Father sent Me), so I send you." What is it? God in
you. Carrying on what? The same works, the same… Jesus said, "He that
believeth (He that has Me on the inside of him, the Holy Spirit)–he
that believeth (that's already witnessed My resurrection), and know
that I'm in him… He that's in Me; if ye abide in Me, My words abide
71 Now, you say, "I abide in Jesus, but I sure don't believe in Divine healing." That shows He's not there.
believe in Jesus; don't believe no Holy Ghost in this day, not like
they had It back there." That shows He isn't there. The Holy Spirit
will bear record of every word It spoke. He's not a liar. He's not
afraid of nobody or no organization. He don't have to take down for
nobody. He speaks, and then He stays with it. If the high, and
polluted, and educated, or as we'd call it, plutocrats, if they don't
want to receive It, God's able of these stones to rise children to
Abraham. He'll take gangsters, and bootleggers, and everything else,
and rise it up. God can do it, and He is doing it. God's able of these
stones to rise children to Abraham. Somebody's going to do it, 'cause
"If ye abide in Me and My Word's in you, ask what you will," because
you're asking His Word, and His Word is Life. Speak it; if God said it
and you're sure He said it, the Holy Ghost bears record that Word's
right, then there you are, brother. Speak it. There it is. "Say to this
mountain, 'Be moved.' Don't doubt in your heart, but believe that what
you said's going to come to pass." It's not you that speaketh, but the
Father that dwelleth in you, He doeth the talking. It's not you talking
to that mountain; it's the Father that's in you speaking to that
mountain; it has to move. "All heavens and earth will pass away," He
said, "but My Spirit shall not–or My Word shall not pass away."
Certainly, It cannot pass away. "Father…"
Now. "The works that I do…" God is in His church to continue His
works. That's why He sent the Holy Ghost. Now, He knowed that. He–He
knowed it wouldn't be–it couldn't be done that way, so was it by
otherwise… So He had to send… The Father sent the Son, put all
that's in the Son in you. And the same works that He did, the same very
works now that Jesus did, you'll do also, the church. Wouldn't you like
to do the works of God? Jesus said, "If you want to do the works of
God, believe on Me." How you believe on Him? You can't do it till you
got the Holy Ghost, 'cause no man can say He is the Son of God. You're
saying what somebody else said,
"The Bible said that He's the Son of God; I believe the Bible." All
right. "The Bible says He's the Son of God; I believe the Bible. The
pastor says He's the Son of God; I believe the pastor. Mama says He's
the Son of God; I believe Mama. My friend says He's the Son of God; I
believe my friend." But the only way that I can say He's the Son of
God, is when the Holy Ghost comes in and bears record of Itself. Then I
know He's the Son of God.
No man can call Jesus "Christ," only by the Holy Ghost. There. No man
speaking by the Spirit of God called Jesus accursed or say He was
something that day and something else today. That's makes Him weak and
faultry. No, sir. He's the same yesterday, today, and forever. Any true
spirit will bear record of that. All right.
78 Now, He said, "These works that I do shall you also (John 14:12.)" Now, the same works…
Oh, they say, "The church does a greater work today." In what manner?
He said, "The works that I do."
They say, "Well, we got missionaries all over the world; that's a greater work."
But He said, "The works that I do." Now, do them; do them first, then talk about missionaries.
Speaking here some time ago about a Mohammedan, he said, "Mohammed is
dead; that's right. He's in the grave, but someday he'll rise." He
said, "If he rises from the grave, the whole world will know it in
twenty-four hours." He said, "You people say Jesus has been raised two
thousand years, and not one-third of the people know it yet." That's
because that you spoke from an intellectual view of it. You spoke from
a standpoint of school or education. If this whole, great church of
God, counting Catholic, Protestant, altogether, had received the Holy
Ghost, this world would be laying solid in Christianity. There wouldn't
be such a thing as Communism. There wouldn't be such a thing as strife,
or enmity, or meanness, or hatred. Jesus would be setting on His
throne. We'd be walking through the Paradises of God with Eternal Life,
living forever, already resurrected in a new body, walking around,
never to be old, never to be gray, never to be sick, never to be
hungry, walking in the joys of the Lord, talking with the animals,
and… Oh, what a day.
But we've done everything else besides what He… He said, "Go ye into
all the world and preach the Gospel." What does the Gospel? Not Word
only, but through power and demonstrations of the Holy Ghost. Making
the Word of God manifest is the Gospel. You can't do it.
Now, Jesus knowed that, that He had to live in His church; therefore,
He knowed we'd have intellectual schools. And you'll never get this in
an intellectual school. They'll be against it, because all they know is
some smart man's learning, some creed or denomination they want to–to
live by. So they'll–they'll set you up in that and make you a member
of that body, and, brother, quote some things to you out of a creed
that would seem like it was just perfect. "The great holy church, the
mother, it stood a many a–it stood a many a pound." So has the devil.
He's been kicked out of everywhere there is nearly, and he's still
going on just the same. Yes, sir. Oh, they'll try to quote these…
So Jesus knowed that there'd be a great intellectual move just like
there was in His days, intellec–washing of pots and pans, and wearing
of clothes, and turned-around collars, and everything as they did, all
these different things that they would do. He knowed they'd do that. So
He said, "Now, just wait a minute. I'm going to not leave you
comfortless; I'm coming again to be with you. Therefore," He said, "the
works that I do, you'll do also."
The purpose of sending the Holy Ghost was for God to continue through a
bunch of people, to continually manifest God to the world (That's
exactly.), not by a creed, not by a denomination, but by the power of
His resurrection, by making His Word real, by taking His promise and
standing on the side of the minority and believing God; and watch the
black skies move back and the power of God move in and take over. Amen.
That's what He wants. That's what the Holy Ghost was sent for. That's
what purpose He sent It for. We know what It is now. And that's why He
Therefore, no other blood would sanctify people. I couldn't sanctify
you, and you couldn't sanctify me, 'cause we're both born after sex.
But Jesus was born without sex. That's right. So His Blood was a
Sanctifier. And God came down, made a body, lived in it, shed that
Blood for the sanctifying of this, which absolutely expelled the guilt
of sin and shame. Then through faith, believing in that, God comes
right down into that human body by the sanctifying of that Blood, puts
him Abraham's seed by faith to believe that that Blood would come, that
pure Blood that would be a miracle like His Blood.
Walked over there after he was as good as dead, believed God for
twenty-five years, him seventy-five years old, and believed till he was
a hundred. And Sarah, sixty-five, and believed till she was ninety…
And he was one as good as a dead… And God said, "So the people won't
be sure to miss it, take him up here on the hill and offer him up for a
He said to the servants, "You stand here with the mule and wait. The
son and I will go yonder and worship, and the son and I shall return."
Oh, how is he going to do it? Abraham said, "I received him as one from
the dead, and I know that He that give him to me as one from the dead,
is able to rise him up from the dead if I only keep His Word. Keep… I
keep His Word; He's able to raise him up from the dead," perfectly
speaking of Christ.
There He is. And through that Blood cell come forth the Holy Ghost,
that had Itself bound up in a body called Jesus. That Blood sanctified
a way, by faith, to call the redeemed or the elected of God. And when
you've accepted, then the Holy Spirit has taken all the meanness out of
you, He moves right in, God Hisself, to work His will.
Down here, where that mean boss is crabby, and this other old So-and-so
over here is doing so-and-so, and this old guy talking about–against
it. A man filled with the Holy Ghost will stand right in the face of
And they took heed. They was ignorant and unlearned, but they took heed
they'd been with Jesus. That's what the Holy Ghost come for.
A little old fisherman couldn't sign his name. But he stood there and
said, "Who shall we believe, man or God? (Amen.) Let it be known to
you, we'll still preach in Jesus' Name." Ah, what boldness.
He knowed he–"He had a home over yonder." [Brother Branham sings–Ed.]
That's right. He was a pilgrim and a stranger here; he was seeking a
City to come. What did that hypocrite priest mean to him? He was under
the domination of the God of heaven that raised up His Son, Christ
Jesus, and filled him with the Spirit of the God that made the heavens
and earth. There you are. He wasn't scared of him. No, sir.
Death, why, when they took little old Stephen out there and said, "Take
it back!" he said, "You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in the heart and
ears, you always resist the Holy Ghost. Like your fathers did, so do
They said, "We'll beat you to death."
He said, "You couldn't do that if you…"
"We'll show you whether we'll do it or not." And they grabbed big rocks and begin to pound him in the head.
He looked up, and said, "I see the heavens open. I see the ladder
coming down. I see Jesus standing at the right hand of His Majesty."
And the Bible didn't say he died; he fell asleep. Oh, my. I can just
see an Angel come down, pick him up, and rock him like a baby, a
mother, till he went to sleep. Oh, my. Sure, that's the purpose of the
Holy Ghost. And that's what God sent the Holy Ghost for.
The Holy Ghost come to give you power. I got some more Scriptures here
just a minute. The Holy Ghost come to give you power (I–I ain't… You
can find this. I'm just too much of away tonight), give you power,
power in prayer.
You take a person that's lived a good life, but they're always
defeated, "Oh, I tell you…" A good person… "Oh, sure I love the
Lord, Brother Branham." Always defeated; they never get a prayer
answered. You fill that little woman with the Holy Ghost one time.
Watch what takes place. When she goes before God, she's not defeated.
She comes boldly to the throne of God, believing. She has a right,
because she's a daughter of God by a birth. Take that little man, so
cowardly, the boss kick him all over the place. Say, "Wait a minute
here now." Something changed. See? He's got the Holy Ghost. He gives
you power; your life is full of power.
He gives you power in speech. Why, my, those people that was afraid
standing out there… Peter, James, John, Luke, and all the rest of
them, they'd done got in the upper room and said, "Oh, we can't stay no
more. Them… Looky there. There's Dr. So-and-so-and-so out there.
There's Rabbi So-and-so-and-so. You know, he had four degrees of
college. How we ever stand against him?"
Peter said, "Oh, I remember selling that man fish one day. He–he
spoke, and I didn't even know what he was talking about. Oh, I could
never stand against him. But what did–what can we do, brethren?"
He said, "Wait."
"But we've done been here four days."
"Just keep on waiting."
"Well, did He say it would be on the fifth day?"
"He never said how long? He said, 'Until…'"
So they just kept waiting, "How long?"
"Eight days passed."
"Nine days passed."
And finally when the day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all in
one place in one accord. God had been above them in a fiery cloud. God
had walked with them on earth. Now, something else is going to take
place. Something's fixing to happen. They were all in one place in one
accord. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as a rushing mighty
wind, and it filled all the room where they were setting. Cloven
tongues set upon them. What is cloven? "Parted," like stammering. Did
you ever hear anybody stammer? They go, "Ah-ah-ah [Brother Branham imitates someone stammering–Ed.]."
See? They can't say nothing, "Cloven, parted," like a cloven hoof.
Means something that's "split, parted." They wasn't talking; they
wasn't jabbering; they wasn't doing nothing but just making a noise.
Cloven tongues set upon them as if it was fire. Oh, they couldn't hold
themselves. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost. Whew.
Then what happened? Out into the streets they went. "Where is that
Rabbi Jones? Where is that fellow at? Where is that intellectual giant?
God was over us with Moses in the burning bush. He fed us with manna on
high. He walked with us for three years–or three years and six months
here on earth. But now He's in me. It's not me that speaketh; it's Him.
I know Who He is; I know who I am. I ain't no more, and He is. Bring
him up here."
"Ye men of Israel and you that dwell in Judaea, let this be known unto
you–known unto you, and hearken unto my voice. All of you preachers
and rabbis…" Whew. My, power of speech. Oh. "These are not drunk
(taking up for that little minority, hundred and twenty against ten
thousand or more)–these are not drunk as you suppose, seeing it's the
third hour of the day. (I'm a Full Gospel preacher.) But this is that
that was spoke of by the prophet Joel: 'It shall come to pass in the
last days, saith God, I'll pour out My Spirit (Whew.) upon all flesh.
And your…' (You see Mary out there dancing in the spirit, speaking in
tongues and carrying on?) 'Upon all flesh, upon My handsmaids will I
pour out My Spirit. I'll show signs in the heavens above and in the
earth below, Pillars of Fire and vapors of smoke.'" God was in His
people then. See? Amen.
99 "Well now, what degree did you have?" What–where–what school did you come from?"
don't make any difference right now." Oh, he begin to pouring in the
Scripture. "David foresaw Him, 'The Lord always before me… Will not
be moved. Moreover my heart rejoiced because–and my tongue was made
glad. He'll not leave My soul in hell, neither will He suffer His holy
One to see corruption.' Let me freely speak to you. The patriarch
David, he's both dead and buried, and his sepulcher is with us this
day. But by a prophet, he foresaw the coming of the Just One. And let
it be known unto you, that God has made this same Jesus, Who you
crucified by wicked hands, both Lord and Christ." Amen.
"Men and brethren, what can we do to be saved?"
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. For the promise is unto you, and to your children,
and to them that's far off, even as many as the Lord our God will ever
As long as God's got a people, God's got a church, God's got the Holy
Ghost marching with It. That's what God gave the Holy Ghost for.
Intellectuals will rise, always have. But God's got a minority
somewhere. God's got a little church that'll move right on with the
baptism of the Holy Ghost to claim in the Light. And they'll be the
ones that through their testimony, will judge the world. Don't the
Bible say, Jesus said, "Blessed are the pure in heart, they shall see
God," and the other one say that the just–the saints shall judge the
earth? Sure, your testimony today will bring judgment against this
city. Our testimony of the baptism of the Holy Ghost, and the power of
God, a holy life, will bring judgment against this city. When this…
Them that are first will be last; them that are last will be first. I
won't know nothing about Sankey, Moody in their resurrection. They'll
not know nothing about me in this one, but I'll stand in this one to
give testimony. So will you. And through that, by the scattering of
your light, and the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and by the lives that
you live, and the things that God has done to prove that He's moving
here; and with their intellectuals, walked away from it, they'll be
judged by the saints. They're already judged; they've already passed
103 Oh, my. I was talking on power of prayer, power of speech, power for a holy life. Amen. That's what the Holy Ghost is to do.
of you people walking along, saying, "Well, I just can't quit drinking.
I just can't quit this." The Holy Ghost comes to live in you to make
all these "can'ts" get away from you (That's right.): make women stop
cutting their hair, make them quit wearing shorts and slacks (no
excuses), make them quit tattling. Oh, yes. That's what It's for, to
make you a holy life. It'll follow the instructions of the Bible every
Woman say, "It's just too hot. I just have to wear these. Gives me a
headache if I let my hair grow." But there's no excuses with the Holy
Ghost. It's there to make it so. It'll follow the Word just exactly.
That's what the Holy Ghost is to do. It's to make you man turn your
head from them half naked women and quit lusting after them. Yeah,
church members… That's what It's to do.
It's to quit making you smoke, and drink, and be–want to be a big
shot. It'll take that out of you. It'll humble you when you do that.
That's what the Holy Ghost is for. It's for a holy life (That's
right.): make you quit gossiping; make you quit playing cards, shooting
craps, and all these other things that you do around the corner. It'll
make you quit your carrying on the way you're doing, living untrue to
your wife. That's what It'll do. That's right. It'll quit making you
want to marry somebody else's wife. That's exactly right. That's what
It is. It's to make you live a holy life. That's what the Holy Ghost is
power for, to set your affections on things above where God stands at
the…?… The mind of Christ in you. You can't help from seeing those
things. When you look at them, you turn your head. That's right. It's
to make you…
You say, "I can't do it. Oh, I just can't do it." Sure, you can't. But
the Holy Spirit come for that purpose. That's what It did. It come to
take it out of you, all of them old habits and things that you're
doing. That old back biting, separating yourself, saying, "Bless God,
I'm a Methodist. I won't have nothing to do with them old
holy-rollers." The Holy Ghost come to take that out of you.
"I'm a Baptist." "I'm Presbyterian; I wouldn't go to that little old
holy-roller bunch." The Holy Ghost come to take all that starch out of
you. That's what It is. It washes you in the Blood, irons you out.
That's what It come to do. It come to straighten you up. He said, "Make
the crooked places straight." That's what It come to do, straighten it
up, make the high places low, make all the mountains look like they're
all dancing like little rams, and all the leaves are clapping [Brother Branham claps his hands–Ed.]
their hands to you. The birds sing different. Joybells a-ringing.
There's no excuses. That's what It come to do. That's the purpose of
God send the Holy Ghost, so you would do these things. That you would
work–walk after Him.
Now, I don't want to hurt you, but I've told you I'm here with the
deepest of sincerity. To keep from pinching you, once in a while I jump
off on a line somewhere (and just stay with the Truth.), but staying
there and make it in such a way it won't pinch you too hard.
But I want to tell you something. If the Bible says that it's wrong for
a woman to cut her hair, and you say you've got the Holy Ghost and then
cut your hair, I wonder if you have. Don't get mad. If it does, that
still shows there's another mark against you.
If the Bible says it's wrong for a woman to put on a garment that
pertain to a man, and you wear these little old overalls and slacks out
here on the road… You grown women… I guess a little baby would be
all–think if they're play with little boys and things. But look, when
you–when you grown women fifteen, sixteen, eighteen years old, and up
to grandma, out here on the road… And the Bible says it's an
abomination in the sight of God for a woman to wear those things, and
you wear them anyhow, and say you got the Holy Ghost? I wonder
sometimes. The Holy Ghost will follow God's Word to the letter. And a
preacher behind the pulpit that ain't got grace enough to preach it, I
doubt he's got It. Well, that's what the Holy Ghost is for.
It's to give unction to the preacher. It's to give holiness to the
group. It's to set the church in order. It's to bring a unity of
spirit. It's to unite us together with power. It's to unite us together
with love, brotherly love. I don't care if you're Methodist, Baptist,
Presbyterian, Lutheran, whatever you are, if we've all been by one Holy
Spirit baptized into one Body and become members of the Body of Jesus
Christ and not… There's nothing present, nothing future, hunger,
starvation; nothing can separate us from the love of God, the love of
Christ–love of God that's in Christ, because we are borned of His
Spirit, washed in His Blood. We are a new creature. That's what God
came to do. That's what the Holy Spirit's for. Yes, sir. That's what…
Now, people. Look at me in the face. A lot of hands went up you had the
Holy Ghost. See? Sure, there was. Oh. Now, I'm–I'm just going to
bounce just a little bit here. This is taped. But we're going to get
more to it tomorrow night. If you say you've got It and are guilty of
these, I wonder what's a-leading you. God will never lead you off the
Word. He'll keep you with the Word, 'cause that's God's own laws of His
church for His people, for women, and for men.
Well, you say, "It don't harm me to do this or that." It doesn't? The
Word says it does. And if the Holy Spirit is in you, It'll lead you
right to the Word. There'll be no excuses. God don't make alterations
or excuses. He makes the mark and you toe it. That's all. That's what
it is with everyone. You come the same way.
Peter said, "Repent every one of you, be baptized every one of you in
the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins, then you shall
receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." See? That's it. We've got to hit
Now, I don't mean to hurt you. I love you too much. But, brother,
sister, do you realize what–that I know that I've got to stand in the
last days at that resurrection with this generation of people and give
an account for this Word? And the Holy Spirit showing this and me
preaching out yonder, where you going to stand? How you going to get by
with it? You can't do it, friend. Don't… Now, stop that. Whatever
you're doing that's wrong, stop it. You say, "I can't." Then you
haven't got the "Can'ter" in you yet. When the Holy Spirit comes, He
gives you power over the world. And if you… Listen what He said: "If
you love the world or the things of the world, it's because the love of
God isn't in you." Now, there's no excuses. He makes it plain, and we
got to come up to that mark.
I know you think I'm awful. But I'm just awful full right now. See? Listen. That is true.
Now, come up to it, brother, sister. Don't let some of these
intellectual colleges around here tell you, "Oh, that's old-fogy
stuff." If it's old-fogy stuff, then God's old-fogy. And if God's
old-fogy, then I am too. Amen. I want to be like Him. Why? His Spirit
is in me that hungers and thirst, calling everything contrary to the
If the people say, "It's all right for–oh, if a man plays a little
cards for fun and just gambles a nickel or two, it's all right." God
says it's not.
"Oh, if you just take a good sociable drink, just get on a little drunk once in a while…" But God said, "Woe unto him."
Oh, you say, "It's all right, Brother Branham. I–I–I cut my hair
because of a real thing; a woman, you know–the rest of the women are
doing it." I don't care what the rest of the women doing. They're not
your example, or they're not your boss. If you've got the Holy Ghost in
you, you'll follow His instructions regardless of what people say about
"Well, Brother Branham, it's just so hot, and I just have to put these
little so-and-so clothes on." Hell's hotter than that, sister dear. Let
me tell you that. And–and don't… You remember that.
And the Holy Spirit will always lead you to Truth, and His Truth is the
Word. "My Word is the Truth. Let every man's word be a lie, but let
Mine be true."
And just think, an abomination. Could you think? This is an awful word
for a minister to say, but I've went into restrooms in places where it
would just… You'd have to walk back out nearly. It was just so… And
dirty things on the wall. I thought, "How in the world can people be so
lowdown?" And stink… When I walk into those places, I've often
thought, "What a stink." I–I'd have to hold my nose like this to wash
my hands. I'd be afraid that when I took ahold of the doorknob again,
there'd be germs from venereal and things.
And I thought, "Oh…" One day standing at a airport, one of them
places I walked in–or was a railroad place. I walked into that, and I
thought, "Oh, mercy…"
And Something said to me, "That's the way the world smells to God." It's an abomination.
And I thought when I see a woman walk down the street with herself all
carried out like that and man's clothes on, that's what it looks like
to God; it's an abomination, something that's filthy and stinking
before God. Yet, she'll go to church on Sunday and decorate up.
There'll go a man down there, and drink, and cheat, and love money, and
cheat his neighbor, and everything else to get a little extra money,
and do these things, and gamble, and smoke, and drink, and lie, and
then goes to church and testify: abomination, filthiness. That's the
Say, "Well, I belong to the church." Yes. And have to let the church
out fifteen minutes so all the deacons and all of them can smoke, and
the pastor too, 'fore you can go back to have church. Tell me…
Separate yourself from every unclean thing. "Defile a body, I'll
destroy it." God said He'd do it.
And today over–cancer is causing… Ninety something per cent of the
deaths of throat and lung cancer is caused by smoking cigarettes.
"Defile the body, I'll destroy it." But they're so hell bound, rolling
on like that, they don't know. And some preacher standing in the pulpit
with four degrees out of college, smoking hisself. Let me tell you
something, brother. The Holy Ghost was sent to call men and women out
of that thing. Separate yourself. The word "church" means to be
"separated." "Come out from among them," said the Bible. "Touch not
their unclean, and I'll receive you; and you be sons and daughters to
Me, and I'll be God to you." Oh, my. I don't mean to be mean, but I
mean to be honest and to be truthful. Yes, sir. Oh, what a horrible
130 Men and women, where do we stand today? Where we at? Let's stop.
other night, across a little old seat there in the room (Now, I must
close.), a little old Duofold seat, after praying for three or four
days, so I got in such a place, going around and thinking, "Oh, God…"
And I got in such a place till I didn't know what to do. I said, "God,
we're at the end of the road. And I realize that I've neglected. I've
had calls to go on, and be tired, and wouldn't do it." I thought then,
"I could see my Lord staggering through the dark yonder when He was so
tired He could hardly raise one foot after the other one, but He wasn't
too–stopped for the woman that I–than for the boy brought out there
that was dead, till He could go over and touch the bier, and use what
little strength was in Him to raise that boy. Well, how do I get tired?
What's the matter with me, Lord?" Here I think, "Well, I'm getting old.
I–I can't do it."
There was Moses (the same God that I serve), stood yonder at a hundred
and twenty years old. There was Caleb, stood at the age of ninety with
a sword in his hand and said, "Joshua, put this sword in my hand forty
years ago." He was eighty then. Said, "I'm just as good a man today as
I was then." Amen.
I said, "God, be merciful to me." I said, "Oh, looky here. I'm
always…" And I took my wife (back there) by the hand, across this
Bible and her little Bible, and I said, "Honey, I've been too negative.
The Holy Spirit condemns me within me." I said, "I think of them
squirrels out yonder. I think of Hattie Wright back there and the
little boys. I think of what God did, showing that He was God that
could create." Hallelujah. I thought, "He's told me that years ago,
'I'll not leave you; I'll never forsake you. No man will stand before
you all the days of your life. I'll be with you. And from this hand of
discernment, it'll come till you'll know the secret of the heart. After
that, it'll raise higher and higher.'" A year after that proved perfect
the world around. Here comes this–this other great ministry far beyond
it. I said, "Honey, I take your hand. By God's help and God's grace,
never let me be negative again. Let me walk forth to this revival here
to preach like never before. Let me go here to first sanctify myself
and make a way for the people, that my own sins, my own neglecting be
under the Blood, my own shortcomings be under the Blood, that I might
walk out and say, 'Follow me, people.'" That's right. I hate to see a
guy say, "You go do it." I like to see somebody that'll lead the way to
do it. Yes, sir.
Here sometime ago, we had a fire down in the city here, Pfau Oil
Company caught on fire. They had the Jeffersonville Fire Department
down there. And a friend of mine (good man), never used to big fires
like that, he was walking up, saying, "Spurt a little water over here,
boys. Spurt a little water over here."
Here come the little Clarksville up there, "Ding, ding, ding, ding."
Run up there, and he said–the fire chief jumped off, said, "Spurt a
little water down here. Knock this window here. Spurt a little water
But across the river come trained firemen from Louisville. That big
hook and ladder no more than stopped till the chief was at the end of
the ladder. When the ladder went up, he was at the head. Throwed his
axe before he got there, and knocked the window out, said, "Come on,
boys." That's it. The fire went out in a few minutes.
Not, "Spurt a little water here; spurt a little water there." Puts in mind some of these intellectual preachers.
Come on, let's go. I know It's the Truth. I've tasted and seen!…?…
The Holy Ghost is right. God is good. Don't try here, try there. Let's
walk into Him. And He's here. It's for you. God gave His power to His
church. Not spurt out this here and spurt out; you'll never get nothing
done. Lead on. Amen. Whew. Can't even see through them no more. Amen.
What are we going to do?
Each person setting here's filled with something. (Then I'm going to
close. I may have to after that.) You're filled with something. You
can't set there without being full of something. You've got a life in
you. That life governs you, and that life is governed by a spirit. Now,
you might be full of the world, loving the world or the things of the
world. God be merciful to you. You might be full of creeds from some
church, some little prayers that you say, you think that it's going
to–or pray to some dead person, or–or make some kind of a sign across
you. God be merciful to you.
And you may be full of religion; and that's worse yet. That's right.
That's right. The Bible said in the last days they'd be very religious,
having a form of godliness–having a form of godliness, but denying the
power thereof; from such turn away. If you're full of religion, you're
miserable: just religion, that's all. If you're full of creeds, you
don't know what you're talking about. If you're full of the world,
And then again, you may be full of the Holy Ghost. Amen. I hope you
are. And if you're not, I hope you get full. And if you're full of the
Holy Ghost, what you got? You've got power; you got love; you got
peace. "My peace I'll give unto you, not as the world giveth I you."
You got peace; you're sealed. You got a sign. Amen. You got rest. You
got joy unspeakable and full of glory. You're anchored. Oh, my. That's
what you are with the Holy Ghost. You have… If you got full of the
Holy Ghost, you have passed from death unto Life, waiting for the
general resurrection in the last day.
In the world to come through our Lord Jesus Christ and Who said He was
coming in glory and majesty… The sea will give up its dead. The
corruptible bodies of those that sleep in Him shall… Sleep in Him…
How do you get in Him? By one Spirit we're all baptized into one Body.
The corruptible bodies of those that sleep in Him shall be changed and
made like unto His own glorious body, whereby He's able to subdue all
things unto Himself. "I heard a voice from heaven," said John. "Said
unto me, 'Write: Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord…?… that
die in the Lord from henceforth, for they rest from their labors, and
their works do follow them.'" That's what He sent the Holy Ghost for.
Oh, blessed assurance, Jesus is mine. "I am in Him, and He is in me;
the Father in Him, and He in the Father; and the Father in me, and I in
Amen. I wouldn't trade it. Oh, my.
Amen and amen. I wouldn't swap it. I wouldn't swap it; I've got two or
three more Scri… Then here's another Scripture. When–when you are
filled with the Holy Ghost (That's the things that you have.), then
what are you to the world? An alien. (I know it's late, but it's never
too late for this.) An alien. Oh,
I can hear the water splash yonder on the Ohio River. When I was a
little old boy preacher about twenty-two years old, singing that there,
and I heard… Looked up above me and heard a Voice, said, "Look up."
Here comes that big Light hanging right yonder, come moving down over
me and said, "As John the Baptist was sent to forerun the first coming
of Christ, you'll have a Message that'll forerun the second coming of
Christ." Oh, how could I believe it? But it happened just the same. And
tonight revival fires are burning around and around the world. The
great ransomed Church of God lifted Herself out of that place. And
great campaigns of healing, and signs, and wonders, and miracles,
showing forth the coming.
You're an alien, and you're a stranger. You do strange things,
different from what you used to do. You don't act like you used to. The
people… The Holy Ghost, when It comes upon you, and you become filled
with the Holy Ghost, you ignore the things of the world. You ignore the
things that would beset you; you ignore it. Then you become a–a odd
acting creature, the ugly duckling to them, the little eagle that was
hatched under the hen's nest, that I preached: "And When the Eagle
Stirs Its Nest." You're a funny looking creature to them. But, oh, my,
walking up the King's highway. Amen. Oh, it's a highway to heaven. I'm
walking up the King's highway. Say, "Look at that holy-roller, that
ugly duckling. That's that holy-roller preacher."
A famous Methodist preacher said to a man today in Louisville, said,
"I'd like to help Brother Billy, but you know what it'd do, I'd have to
stick my neck out." You don't have to stick your neck out for me; He
stuck His Life out for me. Amen. Just walking up the King's highway,
that's all. Oh, my. Filled with His Spirit, borned of His Spirit,
washed in His Blood, hallelujah happy…
And then another thing. Why? What makes you do that? You're still a
human. But what makes you do it? Is because that you come, you, your
spirit, come from above. It's God in you.
When I went over to Rome, I noticed that they, everyone had a Roman
spirit. When I went to Greece, they all had a Grecian spirit. When I
went to England, they all had a English spirit. When you go places, you
find… And you find the American spirit; it's horrible.
When I went into the San Angelo's catacombs at Rome, they had a sign up
there: "Please, American Women, Put On Clothes To Honor The Dead."
Watch them get off the airplane, them little clothes on and everybody
go to looking at them. And here comes Miss America. That's American
spirit. You can tell where she's from: Dressed up, boy, hauling a
little old snotty-nosed poodle dog behind her. That's right. Oh, yes.
She's a–she's a–she's America, Miss America. Walk down, you know,
strutting like that. Why? She's got a American spirit. But Jesus
said… He testified against it that day. He said, "You are from this
earth below; I'm from above." And if you've got the Spirit of Christ in
you, you are from above. Then you're a stranger here. But you got the
nature of the place you're from; that's what I'm trying to say.
A Roman comes over here and he scratches his head; and a German comes
over here; a American goes there. Why? You got the spirits of them
countries you come from. That's what makes us so much different to the
world. You're from above. You're born; you're–you're a citizen of
another Kingdom. You believe it? That's what the Holy Ghost is, is to
make you a citizen of the Kingdom of God.
Then if you are a citizen of the Kingdom of God, how does It make you
act? Like God does in His Kingdom. Now, what does God do in His
Kingdom? It's holiness, righteousness, purity of thought, purity of
mind, power, and love, going to the lost, healing the sick, performing
miracles, doing great things. Then to the world you look crazy; they
say, "Them guys are off at their head." See? But you are a citizen of
One more Scripture, if you want to write it down: John 12:24. Let me
quote it to you right quick. Jesus said, "If a corn of wheat falls into
the ground, except it die, it cannot bring forth another life." Now,
look. One closing remark now. And remember then, it is absolutely, now,
to you people–It's absolutely essential, and necessary, and
compelling, and compulsory that you receive the Holy Ghost now, for if
you don't, you can't come in the resurrection.
Now, watch. God cannot break His laws; we know that. He follows His
laws. Now, a–a grain of wheat, or corn, we'll take, like Jesus said
there. 'Course a–a corn in the Bible (I was just reading it today.)
refers to flax, or any kind of a seed, but… Wheat, barley, maize, or
anything, it's a corn. But when a corn of wheat falls into the
ground… Now, there's… All of us here has seen–know this happens. A
corn of wheat, or a grain of corn can look as perfect as it can be. And
you put it in the ground, and if that corn… It has perpetual life;
it'll go down today, reproduce itself in a stalk, and come back down,
and go up again, and come back down. It's perpetual life. If that corn
hasn't got the germ of life in it, no matter how beautiful it looks,
it'll never raise. It'll go to the ground and rot, and that's it. Part
of it (the materials) can be used for fertilize and things in the
ground. But as far as it ever living again, it'll never live unless
it's got perpetual life in it. Anyone knows that. You just can't.
There can be two men, one of them just exactly–both of them just
alike. One of them can be a good man; he could do good works; he could
do so forth; but except that man has Eternal Life in him, he'll never
rise in the resurrection. He can't do it; there's nothing there to
raise. There's nothing to bring him up; there's no life. So you see, my
dear brother, my dear sister, except a man be borned again, he can in
no wise come back into this Kingdom. He can't. "Except this Corn of
wheat falls into the ground and dies…" He's talking of Himself. But
He had, not perpetual life; He had Eternal Life. And the Life He gave
to you, that you might have the same kind of Life…
Now, if you've just got human life, enough to move you around, lust…
"She that liveth in pleasure is dead while she is alive." You can't
rise. You might be the most popular girl in school. You might be the
most popular girl at the card game of your society. You might be the
best dressed woman in the country. You might be the prettiest. You
might be the best built. You might be a idol to your husband. You might
be all these things, which that's wonderful. But, sister, unless you
have the Holy Ghost in you, which is Eternal Life, at the end of this
road you are finished. And I don't care what you look like, or how
these things are, or how unpopular, or popular you are, how pretty, or
how ugly; if you've got Eternal Life, there–you'll live forever and
When the moon and stars is gone, and the earth has weeped itself into
the–the mountains, and the deserts and everything has–has–it's no
more, and the world's a-toddling like a drunk man coming home at night,
and the stars refuse to shine and fall from the heavens, and the moon
turns into blood, and the–the sun blushes and hides its face, when
they see the Son of man coming, you'll shine in the righteousness of
Jesus Christ to come forth from the grave as a young, beautiful woman
to take your mate and live forever and forever and forever; and all
eternal ages you'll still be living. That's what the Holy Ghost is for.
If you feel the least tug, don't turn It away. What is the Holy Ghost?
God in you. What's It for? To continue His work among His people; to
bring His church together; to bring a church to a place in this day,
far beyond the Lutheran, Methodist, and Pentecostal, into a place to a
adoption and a rapturing grace, that when this part of the church, when
the Spirit moves into this church here, it'll just raise. And it'll
bring forth, bring forth all of the redeemed that's touched that
Spirit. Those Lutherans who stood there with all the light they had in
Justification; those Methodists that fell on the floor, and they
throwed water in their face from the Spirit striking them through
sanctification; those Pentecostals, that they walked up and down the
streets and they called them "tongues demong," and "Jabberers," and
"goose language," and all of that; they'll stand in the righteousness
in the sight of God at that day just as certain as this Bible stands
here. If you believe me to be a servant (You call me His prophet; I
don't call myself that, but you listen.), I'm telling you in the Name
of the Lord: Those that are in Christ will God bring with Him at His
coming, at the resurrection, and only those that are in Christ.
How do we get in Christ, folks? By one creed we are all joined in? No.
By one handshake we are all pulled in? No. By one water we are all
baptized in? No. Or by one denomination we are all denominated in? No.
"But by (I Corinthians 12:13)–by one Spirit (Holy Spirit, God's
Spirit) we are all (Methodists, Baptists, Lutheran, Presbyterian…
'Walk in the Light, as He is in the Light, we have fellowship one with
another, and the Blood of Jesus Christ, God's son, cleanses us from all
unrighteousness.')–by one Spirit we are all baptized into one Body and
been made partakers of His grace."
You cannot go to judgment. "He that heareth My words and believeth (No
man can believe until he's got the Holy Ghost.)–and believeth on Him
that sent Me (when the Holy Ghost has testified of His resurrection)
hath Eternal Life, and shall never come into judgment, but has passed
from death unto Life." What? You'll never catch the judgment. You'll
never stand at the white throne for judgment; you meet your judgment
right here. You've passed your judgment when you've passed and say,
"I'm no good, and my learning is no good. Lord, come into me, and take
me, and lead me, Lord. I don't care what this crazy world says. Lead
me, Lord, by Your Spirit." You've judged then. Judge yourself as a fool
for Christ. And in His righteousness that day we'll stand immortal in
Only one way, how? "By one Spirit we are all baptized into one Body."
And when you're in that Body, judgment has already judged that Body;
and you've accepted Him as the propitiation of your sins. You say,
"I've done that, Brother Branham." Then if the Holy Ghost has come back
and give you a seal as a sign, that Spirit brings you into the Body of
Christ. You turn back the other way, and you're a new creature in
Christ Jesus. You've passed from death unto Life. Old things have gone,
and you are new in Christ. Amen.
Oh. Please let me persuade you, my Christian brother or sister, don't
let this revival pass you. You must receive the Holy Ghost. What is It?
The Spirit of God. What was It for? To lead you, guide you, fill you,
sanctify you, call you out into the church. What is a church? What does
the word "church" mean? "Called out, separated (oh, how I could take a
sermon from that right now.), called out, separated," aliens, away from
the world, pilgrim and stranger, professing that we have here no
earthly city that we desire to live in. Oh, my.
As Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob sojourn, dwelling in tents in the
land, they professing they were pilgrims and strangers, the seed of the
heir, the heir back there; the father, the heir. We are their seed. And
they was looking for a city whose Builder and Maker was God. Amen. They
were searching. And today their seed is still looking for a city that
I don't want to get adjusted to this world. I don't want nothing to do
with this world. I want–I'm looking for a city that's built
foursquare. I'm looking for a city that's got Eternal Life, where the
sun will never go down, where there'll never be old age, where there'll
never be a crepe on a doorknob or a grave on the hillside. I'm looking
for that city whose Builder and Maker are God.
There's only one way to find it. There was a Stone cut out of the
mountain without hands that rolled into the world and smashed it out,
and it become like wheat–or chaff on the threshing floors. Let that
Stone, the Christ Jesus, that Stumbling Stone to the world, a Stone of
an offense, a laughing Stone, a Stumbling Block to the church; but a
precious and a Lodestone to the believer, a Stone of assurance, a Stone
of rest (Oh, my.), resting… I know that I've passed from death unto
Life. My soul is at rest. Oh, "Come unto Me all ye that labor and heavy
laden, and I'll give you rest to your soul." "A–a Sign that's to be
evil spoken of," said the–the prophet to Mary. It'll be a Sign. Sure
it will. But It'll be an assurance; It'll be a love. It'll be a
satisfaction. It'll be something that you know you've passed from death
My brother, my sister, as your brother, as your servant in Christ, let
me persuade you with all my heart, don't you let this go over your
head, or go by you, or under you. Receive It into your heart, and
you'll be a happy person on earth. I'm not promising you you'll get a
million dollars. No, sir. Brother Leo, I think there's been too much of
that promised now, millions of dollars and things that… Different
ones said, "If you'd be a Christian, you'd get a million dollars, and
you'll be a rich man." I'm not promising you nothing. I'm promising you
this. The only thing I can promise you is salvation. His grace is
sufficient for every trial.
The people at Pentecost, they didn't even want what they did have. Now,
talk about millionaires. They didn't want what they had, Sister Angie.
I'd like to hear you and Gertie sing one of these days (Where is she
at?), "Homecoming Week," one of these days. Many of them has done
passed across the border since then. Oh, my. They didn't ask for great
things. They didn't ask for money. Why, Peter said, "Silver and gold
have I none, but such as I have, I'll give it to you." And I say that
tonight, friends. The joy, the love, the assurance, that I have of
Christ and His resurrection: such as I have, I offer to you. I offer to
you as God's children. And you come and stay at the cross if God calls
you, and don't you get up.
When you come tomorrow night, you come either to go in here and stay
till it's over, or come up, and we're going to pray and lay hands on
you. Though… That's the order of the Bible: lay hands on them for the
Holy Ghost. And then we're going–you go to your home. If you stay
right there, if you stay all night, stay the next day, stay the next
day, stay through the holidays, stay till the first of the year and
stay on; stay until.
That–whatever we instruct about tomorrow night, showing you the Bible
what has to come, will come. And when It comes, then there isn't enough
devils in torment… You know you've passed from death unto Life.
You're a new creature in Christ Jesus. The joybells of heaven will
Brother Othal, I'm telling you, it just sets you afire. Here's an old
boy setting here, an old brother of mine, that was a gangster walking
with guns on his side, looking for a man around the corner, somebody to
blow their brains out. And what happened? One day he looked and
believed unto Life. And he walked on. He followed my meetings. And the
poor guy, with not enough to eat, and laid, and slept in bushes by the
side of the tent, hungering and thirsting. One day the Holy Spirit
come. Oh, my brother, it changed you, didn't it? It brought Life and
took death away. Hatred left and love come in. Oh, my. Enmity and
strife all fell away; new Life come in. Look here at others times
others, others times others, and out through there. Oh, the joybells of
heaven ringing. Friends, there's no way for me to express it.
Listen, that I might leave this. If you have believed my testimony as a
servant of Christ and have tried to show you out of God's Bible it's
right, and if my words seem like they might be just a little strange
about this, look at that picture in the scientific world. Watch the
fruit that this Pillar of Fire that led the Children of Israel, watch
the fruit It bears. See what It does, what It tells. It's not Me that
speaketh; it's Him that Speaketh through you. You see? It's not me that
sees the vision, it's Him that speaks through you. It's not me that
heals the sick; it's Him that's in you heals the sick. It's not me that
preaches; I'm a backward coward that'd run from the very thought; but
it's Him that speaks through. I don't know the Word; but He knows It.
That's it. That's it. That's what it is, and there He is. And that same
Angel of God is right here in this building tonight. Oh, how I love
Now, how many wants to receive the Holy Ghost? Take examination of our
lives. How many hasn't received It and wants to, raise up your hands;
say, "Brother Branham, the depths of my heart, I want to receive the
Holy Ghost." God bless you everywhere.
How many of you that has received It and would like to go like they did
at Acts 4 and say, "Oh, Lord, oh, Lord, stretch forth Thy hand to heal,
and showing signs and wonders in the Name of Thy holy Child, Jesus; and
give me all boldness and love to speak, and a new filling." Yes, here's
mine too. God give It to me. And let us bow our heads in the deepest of
sincerity, each person holding your desire in your heart.
Lord Jesus, we close this little gathering tonight after the fellowship
around the Word and the Holy Ghost. How He has blessed us and poured
out into our hearts the oil of His Word. There are ministers; there are
men here that were–all walks of life that's tasted and seen the Lord
is good. We know what the Holy Spirit is now: a Promise of God. It is
Eternal Life to as many as believe.
And we know that the Holy Spirit was the Spirit of Jesus Christ sent
back. And He's in us today as God was above us in that Pillar of Fire.
Then He walked with us in the–a body that was called Emmanuel, "God
with us." And now, He is in us by the Holy Spirit: God in us. Oh, Jesus
said, "At that day you'll know that I am in the Father, and you are in
Me, and I am in you. You'll understand it that day, because you're in a
world of darkness, as to say now. But at that day you'll understand."
Father, it could not be made plain and perfect, because then we'd have
nothing to have faith for. But all works of God is governed by faith.
And by faith in Your Word in the evidence of the Holy Spirit, that we
know is now, I ask that every hungry soul in here will be filled with
the Holy Ghost. Those who do not have It and are hungering for It, just
remember, we'd say to them, Lord, like this that You said, "Blessed are
you when you do hunger and thirst; you shall be filled." That's a
promise. And it's even blessed to be hungering. You're blessed even to
know that God has spoke to you. For It said, "No man can come to Me
except My Father draws him first."
And Lord, those who are old veterans here, they put up their hands. I
had up mine. Oh, Lord, give us strength. Give us power to stretch forth
the hand of Thy–the holy Child Jesus, that signs and wonders might be
done, that it might be a deeper ministry, a greater thing than has ever
happened yet. Give us boldness and love to speak to the people. Grant
it, Lord. Be with us in all things; we ask in Jesus' Name.
And tomorrow night, Lord, may there come such a rushing mighty wind
fall into this building, that it'll be just like another day of
Pentecost. The foundation's been laid. Everything is ready. The ox are
killed. The fatlings are killed. The rams are killed. The table is set.
The guests are invited. O Lord, send a jubilee of Pentecost tomorrow
night into this building and fill every soul with the baptism of the
Holy Ghost. Grant it, Father. We ask it in Jesus' Name. Amen.