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Hebrews Chapter Seven #1
287-1 ... night and to hear Joyce sing... Did you know that that's a
miracle in itself? That little girl, how can she think of all that? And
each night she has us a new one. How she can think of all that, that's
a--really a little mastermind. The Lord bless that child.
287-2 Now, tomorrow at 2:30, at the funeral home in Charlestown,
Indiana, our dear departed sister, Sister Colvin, we give her the last
respects to her at the--at the funeral home and at the grave tomorrow
afternoon: one who once lived as you are tonight and is passed beyond
the veil where you will sometime. And all who wish to attend the
service, why, is welcome to come. It'll certainly be a great help to
the Colvin family to know that the Tabernacle here, where they have all
went to church for so long and so forth, will... We'd be glad to have
you come up. And I think the--our dear Brother McKinney, the one that
preached my brother's funeral, many years ago, has the main part of the
funeral, and I've been asked to come and help him in the--in the
287-3 Now, I was just a little late tonight. I got so many irons in the
fire, I don't know which way to go. There's so many calls, and there's
wrecks and accidents, and people calling, coming to... Just left
Louisville a few moments ago to get back here quickly, and leaving
several calls that's real strenuous and must be made, I guess, yet
tonight. And now, pray for us as we go along.
287-4 And this morning I--I never did get to my--my text, to the 7th
chapter of the Book of--of--of Hebrews. And while we're turning to it
tonight, I want to make the announcement about Brother Graham
Snelling's meeting, up at the tent up here at the end of Brigham
Avenue. If the Lord willing, I want to be back Wednesday night. And
there we'll set a certain night that we're going to go up as a
delegation, this week sometime, to visit Brother Graham in the meeting.
And he's a--says having a nice crowd and--and he'll appreciate us
coming for this help. Brother Graham Snelling, any of you's attending
the meeting, or wish to, it's just at the end of Brigham Avenue up
here. Anyone can tell you where it's at, right at the end of the
playgrounds the tent's setting. He appreciates your cooperation.
Because we as a Tabernacle have pledged our cooperation with him a
hundred percent, so we're trying to help.
288-5 Now, then soon we're coming down to the place of, the Lord
willing, to the 11th chapter of Hebrews in a few nights, if God
willing, and there I think we're going to have a great time also.
And, oh, the Lord blessed us this morning in a marvelous way: how He
did pour out His Spirit upon us. And now, tonight we're expecting Him
to do it again; and then Wednesday night and on... And--and the nights
that I miss, Brother Neville will be here to pick it right up if I'm
288-7 I never know what I'm going to do; you might be here this hour
and another hour be called to California. See, you don't know just
where the Lord will send. That's the reason it's hard for me to make
itineraries and say we'll--we'll do so-and-so. I can start to do a
certain thing; the Lord send me somewhere else. See? So we don't know
just what He'll do. "But if the Lord is willing," we said. And I think
we're commissioned, or commanded that in the Bible: "If the Lord is
willing, we'll do so-and-so things." So if we don't happen to make the
appointments that we--or fulfill the appointments, we feel that maybe
the Lord wasn't willing for it to happen.
288-8 The other day we were detained, Brother Roberson, and Brother
Wood, and myself. And we wondered why. I was setting there looking at a
map, coming right down, and we drove fifty miles right straight back
north again on a road. And I've been traveling on the highway since I
was about fourteen years old. And I wonder how I ever done it. We were
standing there, all three of us (We've all traveled the highways.),
looking right at a map, keeping on "130" coming through Illinois, and
made a little slight turn, not noticing that the sun was behind us
instead of front of us; we was going north instead of south. And first
thing you know, crossed a road, I said, "This ain't the right road."
Looked down there, and come to find out, we were fifty miles out of the
way, gone right straight back...?...
Then when we come back, we were--we were talking. I said, "You know
why? We... The Lord might've bypassed us this way to keep from having a
horrible accident down here somewhere, that might've done something
otherwise. We know that all things work together for good to them that
love the Lord. That's all we have to keep on mind."
289-10 Now, tonight, we're starting now for a little teaching lesson.
And if I'm... I don't think we'll get down (maybe we will tonight)
to... This is the great chapter of teaching on tithing to the church.
And it's a great subject, which we could stay on it for weeks and
weeks, on that one thing: how Abraham paid tithes to Melchisedec and
whether it's essential.
289-11 Is this fan hurting anybody back there? Would you rather have it
off? If it's hurting anybody, blowing in their face, any of the fans,
if it is, just raise your hands. And--or just send one of the ushers,
send someone up to the brother here, he'll snap it off for you. And I
kinda keep it off of myself; I get hot and I get to sweating, then the
first thing you know, I--I'm hoarse. So it's on you, so it won't bother
me in any way. We want you to be comfortable now. We're not going to
try to take too much of your time, but just going to look straight into
the Word. And before we do it, let's speak to the Author just a moment.
289-12 Now, heavenly Father, we do not know what's in store. But only
thing that we do know, and are persuaded, that good things lay before
us. For it's written, "Eye has not seen, nor ear has heard; neither has
it entered into the hearts of men, what God has for them in store that
And we pray that You'll open the windows of heaven tonight in Your
storehouse, and give us Thy Word that will be something that's
suitable, something to increase our faith as Christians, and make us
more--more settled on the Gospel than what we were when we come in.
Grant it, Father. May the Holy Spirit take the Word of God and deliver
It to each heart as we have need. In Jesus' Name we pray, Thy beloved
289-14 Now, this morning, in leaving the last verse for the 6th
chapter, so we can go right into the 7th.
Where our--the forerunner... for us has entered, even Jesus, made a
high priest for ever, after the order of Melchisedec.
Now, we're going to read the first three verses--or the first two
verses--or the first three verses, rather, of the 7th chapter, so we
can get started right off.
For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who
met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;
To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all... (There's your
tithing.);... first being by interpretation King of righteousness,...
after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;
Without father, without mother, without descent... neither
beginning--having neither beginning of days, nor end of Life; but made
like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.
What a wonderful statement. Now, we're going to have to go back in the
Old Testament to dig these great kernels out. And, oh, how I love them.
290-17 You know, out in Arizona we used to prospect. And we'd get into
a suitable looking piece of ground, Mr. McAnally and myself, and we
would see a place where it looked like--in the little ditches where--a
little drain, what they call "washes." And I'd... He'd get me down and
make me rub the sand and [Brother Branham blows--Ed.] blow it, then rub
and [Brother Branham blows--Ed.] blow it. And I wondered why he did
that. Come to find out (You see?), when you're blowing sand, it light.
And all, even to lead is lighter than gold. Gold is heavier than lead.
So when you're blowing, all the rest of the metals and sands and dirt
will blow away, but gold will remain on the ground. Therefore, if you
got some washings from up in here, it shows there's a streak of gold
somewhere up in there, that this rain has washed these little pieces
out. So then we'd get the picks and so forth, and dig the hill up
almost, trying to find this gold, bore holes in the ground, dig them
out, set dynamite, blow it down, keep on blowing shafts, going down
till we found--to find the main vein. Now, that's what we call
290-18 And tonight we're trying to take the Word of God and use It by
the power of the Holy Spirit to blow all the indifference and doubts
away from us, all those little light fluffy things that just doesn't
have any foundation, doesn't have any weight in our life; we want to
blow it all away so we can find this glorious Vein. That Vein is Christ.
And now, may God help us as we read and study in His Word. And the last
previous three chapters almost, we've been speaking of hearing, just
now and then, Melchisedec.
291-20 Now, I think Paul gives the right interpretation.
For this Melchisedec, king of Salem,... (King of Salem, and any Bible
scholar knows that Salem was formerly... Jerusalem was formerly called
"Salem." And He was the King of Jerusalem. Watch Him.)... priest of the
most high God,... (That's an intercessor.)... who met Abraham... (I
want to get His genealogy, this great Man, so that you'll know Who He
is first, and then you--we'll go on with the story.)... returning from
the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;
To whom... Abraham gave a tenth part... first... by interpretation King
Now, watch: righteousness... Now, we have self-righteousness; we have
make-belief righteousness; we have perverted righteousness, all kinds.
But there's one real righteousness, and that righteousness comes from
God, and this Man was the King of righteousness. Who could He be?
Now, He was the King of righteousness, the King of Jerusalem, the King
of righteousness, the King of peace. Jesus was called the Prince of
peace, and a prince is the son of a king. So this Man was King of
peace, then He would have to be the Father of the Prince of peace. Get
291-22 Now, let's see, get His genealogy a little further, to see where
Without father,... (Now, Jesus had a Father. You believe that? Sure He
was.)... without mother,... (Jesus had a mother, but this Fellow had
neither father nor mother.)... without descent,... (He never had anyone
that He come off of, any descent. He always was.)... without descent,
having neither beginning of days,... (He never had any time He ever
started.)... nor the end of life;... (It could been nothing else but
God. That's all It could be.)
292-23 Now, now if you'll notice, as we read the next verse. See?
First, being by interpretation, King of righteousness... (That's not
where I want to do. The--the 3rd verse.)
... nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God;... (Now, He was
not the Son of God. For if He was the Son, He had a beginning, and this
Man had no beginning. If He was a Son, He had to have both father and
mother. And this Man had neither father nor mother, but He was made
like unto the Son of God.)... abideth a priest continually.
Now, Dr. Scofield tries to say that it was a priesthood, called the
Melchisedec priesthood. But I just want to take you on that just for a
few minutes. If it was a priesthood, then it had to have a beginning,
and it had to have an end. But This had no beginning or had any end.
And he did not say he met a priesthood; he met a Man, and called His
Name Melchisedec. He was a Person, not a denomination, not a--a--a
priesthood or fatherhood; He was absolutely a Man by the Name of
Melchisedec, Who was the King of Jerusalem. Not a priesthood, but a
King without a father, priesthoods don't have father. And this Man was
without father, without mother, without beginning of days or ending of
Now, the Son of God... Who this was, this was Jehovah. This was
Almighty God Himself. It could be no other.
292-25 Now, notice.
... He abideth for ever... (He has a testimony here that He liveth, He
never dies. He never did... He never was nothing else but alive.)... He
abideth for ever...
Now, Jesus was made liken unto Him. Now, the reason that there's a
difference between God and Jesus, Jesus had a beginning; God had no
beginning; Melchisedec had no beginning; and Jesus had a beginning. But
Jesus was made likened unto Him.
... a priest abideth forever.
292-28 Now, when Melchisedec was on earth, He was nothing in the world
but the--the Jehovah God made manifest by creation; He was here like a
theophany. Abraham met Him once in his tent. And as we said this
morning, Abraham recognized Him. And He told Abraham what He was going
to do, because He was not going to leave the heir of the world blind to
the things that He was going to do.
May I stop here for a minute to say God still has the same opinion
about His Church. You're not children of darkness; you're children of
Light. And the... We who... "Blessed are the meek, for they shall
inherit the earth." And would the God Who acted to--to Abraham who was
to inherit the earth... And He said, "I will not keep these things back
from the man that's going to inherit the earth." How much more will He
reveal His secrets to His Church that's going to inherit the earth.
293-30 Daniel said, "In that day they'd run to and fro; knowledge shall
increase." And he said, "The wise shall know their God in that day, and
shall do great exploits in that day." But the wicked will not know the
God of heaven. They know Him in a form and in a ritual like our first
lesson said, but they don't know Him by the way of perfection. And God
can only work through perfection, because He's perfect. Blessed be His
Name. It has to be a perfect channel that God works through, 'cause He
can do nothing else but work through perfection. He can't stain Himself
in any way.
293-31 And then, that's why Jesus came to take away our sins, that we
might be perfected, that God could work through His Church. There's
where the secret lays. There's where the world's blind. There's where
they want to say that you've lost your mind. There's where they want to
say, "You don't know what you're talking about." Because the things of
the Lord is foolish to the wisdom of this world. But the things of the
world is carnal to the believer. So you're a different person; you're
living in a different sphere. You're not no more of this world; you've
passed from this life into a new Life.
Therefore, God reveals, not to the world, not to the psychologist, not
to the educated ministers, but to the humble in heart. His people who
is meek, He will reveal the secrets of the great things of God to them.
You see it?
293-33 Now--now, Abraham was to inherit the world. Through the
Abraham's Seed was all nations to be blessed. So God came down and
talked to him in the form of a Man. Now, God has always been on the
earth. God has never left the earth. If He'd ever leave the earth, I
don't know what the--would become of it. But God has always been here
in some form. Oh, praise His Name.
He was with the children in the wilderness of--coming out of Egypt in
the form of a Light. He spoke to Abraham in the form of a Man. He spoke
to Moses in the form of a Man. He spoke to the Church in the form of a
Man, His Son Christ Jesus. And He's speaking through His Church today
through the anointed Church of the living God, through vessels of clay,
"Ye are the branches; I am the Vine." God's still speaking, and the
world sees Jesus as you present Him. That's how the world's... You are
written epistles read of all men. Your life tells what you are.
294-35 Now, this Abraham on his road returning back... We're going to
go back and read about Him just a few moments in the Book of Genesis.
In the 14th chapter of Genesis, I believe it is. Oh, how beautiful the
story is here.
Now, we all know of Abraham, how that God called him out of the land of
Chaldea and the city of Ur and told him to separate himself from his
God calls men or women; He calls a separation. Now, that's what's the
trouble with the churches today; they don't want to separate themselves
from the old carnal believe--unbelievers. That's why we can't go any
further. We just get in that one carnal flow, and we--we say, "Oh,
Jim's a good guy if he does drink. If he... And I go with him to the
pool room, but I don't play pool. I--I--I go with her over to the
party; they tell dirty jokes and so forth, but I don't tell any."
Come out from among them. That's right. Separate yourself. "Touch not
the unclean things, and I will receive you," saith the Lord. Be not
yoked up with unbelievers, unequally yoked together. Don't you do it.
294-38 And God called Abraham to separate himself from all of his
kindreds and to walk with Him. Brother, sometimes it means leaving a
church. It meant that to Paul; he had to leave his church; meant that
to many. Sometimes it means to leave home. Sometimes it means to leave
father, mother and forsake all. I don't mean to say it does every time,
but sometimes it does. It means that you've got to take everything
between you and God, and walk with Him alone. Oh, that blessed, sweet
communion, that fellowship that you have when you separate your
thing--selves from the things of the world and the carnal believers
who's making fun of you, and walk alone with Christ.
294-39 How many times that I've thanked God. He said, "I'll give you
fathers and mothers in this present world. I'll give you friends and
associates. And I'll never for--leave you; neither will I forsake you.
Though the whole world turns its back on you, I'll go with you e--to
the end of the way."
What a blessed privilege that man has that challenge to follow the Lord
Jesus, to separate himself from all his carnal associates to follow the
Lord. And if any person seems not to behave themself rightly and to
present themselves as Christians but love the carnal things, it's best
for you to hunt another partner right away. That's right. And if no one
will walk with you, there's One Who promised to walk with you: that's
the blessed Lord Jesus. He will walk with you.
295-41 God told Abraham to "Separate yourself." And just as human as
Abraham was, he took his daddy along; He took his brother's son along,
his nephew, all hanging on him. And God never did bless him until he
did what God told him to do.
I don't say that you're not a Christian. That... I don't unchristianize
anyone, but I'll say this: that if God told you something to do, He'll
never bless you until you do it. I'm in the pulpit tonight with one of
those things holding over me. My meetings hasn't been what they should
been for the past two years. It's because I failed the Lord. I... He
told me to go to Africa and then to India. Here it is written right
here in the back of this book right now.
And the manager called me, said, "Let them Afrikaans go, India's ready."
The Holy Spirit met me, said, "You'll go to Africa like I told you to."
And another year passed. And the managers... I forgot about It. He
said, "We're going to India; tickets is already here."
I started off, forgot it till I got to Lisbon. One night that... I
thought I was dying. The next morning I was started to go over to the
bathroom to take a bath. Oh, I was so sick, I could hardly stand up.
There that Light hanging there in the bathroom, said, "I thought I told
you to go to Africa first."
295-47 My meetings has been slowly failing since that time. Though I
went to India with nearly a half a million standing there, but that
wasn't doing what God said do. And I feel that my meetings will never
be a success until I go right straight back and make that thing right.
No matter what I do, it's Africa first, 'cause you've got to do it.
There lays God's eternal Word laying there. I knew better than that.
But I've got to go back. And I feel that this coming year is the time
I'll crawl out of the shell by the help of the Lord.
This glorious old Gospel who's been growing easy like a oak tree, but I
believe she's about ready to spread forth her branches now. I believe
It. This great Message and great thing, I believe that the Lord let us
shake the world again for the glory of God.
296-49 You've got to do what God told you to do. And Abraham went right
on, took his folks with him, He loved them, that's the human part. But
after while, by and by his father died, and he buried him. Then he had
his nephew, and then quarrels and arguments come up. And finally Lot
took his choice and went down into Sodom. And you noticed Abraham, he
didn't fuss with Lot; he said, "We are brethren; we must not argue. But
you lift up your head and you go any way you want to go. If you go
east, I'll go west. If you go north, I'll go south." That's the
Christian attitude: be willing to give the other man the best of the
deal. Always present it to him; let him take his choice.
For why? What made Abraham do it? He knew that he was promised by God
that he'd inherit the whole thing anyhow. Amen. So then a tent or a
cottage, why should we care? The whole thing belongs to us. "Blessed
are the meek for they shall inherit the earth." It all belongs to us.
God said so. So give the man the best of the choice if he wants to;
maybe that's all he'll ever get. But it all belongs to you, the heirs
of salvation by promise. It's all yours.
296-51 So Sarah, the most beautiful woman in the land, she set up there
on the hillside with her husband like she should have done. She plain,
well, might have wore plain calico dresses, ever what you want to call
it, while Mrs. Lot dressed up like a millionaire. And her husband was
the mayor of the city; he was a judge that set in the gate. She had
everything, attended all the sewing circles and card parties that there
was went on in Sodom and Gomorrah. But Sarah was more pleased to live
with her husband on meager fare and know that she was in the will of
God, than to enjoy the riches of--or the pleasure of riches for a
season. That's right. That's when God visit.
297-52 One day, you, just as sure as you take the wrong road, it's
going to catch up with you someday. You might think you'll get all
right. You might think you're getting by, but you're not. It may seem
like it's all covered over, but it isn't covered over. God knows
everything. He knows whether you really mean your confession or not. He
knows whether you really mean that you believe Him and are saved, and
accepted Him, and you are dead to the things of the world, and you're
alive in Christ. He knows that.
297-53 Now, we notice Abraham; I want you to notice this real spirit.
Oh, the whole blessed thing here is grace. I want you to read with me
now from the 14th chapter of Exodus, just a moment.
Now, the first thing taken place when they got down there, Lot got in
trouble. Why? He was out of the will of God. And if you're get in
trouble when you're in the will of God, God will help you out. But if
you're in trouble out of the will of God, there's only one thing to do:
get back in the will of God again.
297-55 Now, the kings all drew themselves together, and they figured
that the plains down there was well watered, and they'd just go down
and take this little old Sodom and Gomorrah, and take it over. And they
did. And when they went down and took it over, they took Lot with them.
I want you to notice the Spirit of Christ here in Abraham. Now notice
the 14th verse.
And when Abraham heard that his brother... (Get it?)... his brother was
taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house,
three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan.
Oh, what a blessed thought of grace. Abraham, when his brother, though
fallen from grace, though was in this backslidden condition... When he
heard that the world had caught him up, and had captured him, and took
him away to slaughter him, Abraham acted by the Spirit of Christ. He
came and armed all of his men that was born in his house, and took
after them, and pursued them all the way to Dan; and Dan is the
uttermost parts of Palestine, Dan to Beer-sheba, from one end to the
other. And it's a type of Christ when He saw that the world had
took--was fallen, that He pursued the enemy to the end to receive back
the fallen race of Adam.
298-58 I want you to notice the next verse, how sweet here the Spirit
speaks through him. All right, the 15th verse now...
And he brought back all--all the goods, and also brought again his
brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people.
When Abraham took after the enemy that had took his brother, he pursued
him all the way across the nation to Dan, and brought back everything
that he lost in the fall.
298-60 What a beautiful picture of Christ, Who heard from heaven that
we were lost and came and pursued the enemy all the way to hell, and
captured the lost souls, and brought us back, and restored us to
everything that we had before the fall, we backsliders, we that was
born to be sons of God, that's perverted into the sons of the Devil,
and made--went after the things of the world, and done wrong, and run
greedily like Lot did, selling out our birthrights, and going after the
things of the world. Christ came down. Though fallen... God knowing in
the beginning who would be saved and who would not, therefore come down
and pursued the enemy through life, through death, through paradise,
into hell. And all the way from glory to hell, and took over the--the
powers of hell, and the keys away from the Devil, and rose again, and
restored to mankind that he can be sons and daughters of God again.
See the Spirit in Abraham there, the Spirit of Christ, coming with him?
298-62 Now, I want you to notice a little further as we read.
And the king of Sodom went out to meet him after he returned from the
slaughter of this king and Chedorlaomer--Chedorlaomer, and... the
kings... were with him, in the valley of Shaveh, which is the king's
They went out. The king of Sodom was brought back; his brother was
brought back; the children was brought back; and here went out the
kings to meet him, and also... Here's where I want to get to the
message now; watch here.
And--and Melchizedek, king of Salem... (King of Jerusalem, King of
peace)... brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the
most high God.
And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abraham of the most high God,
possessor of heavens and earth:
Melchisedec, the King of Salem, also represented Himself among the
other kings. And notice, the battle was over. The Spirit of God in
Abraham of Christ, that had brought back his fallen brother, and
restored him back to his rightful condition, to all that he'd lost; he
had brought it back. And when he did, He brought out bread and wine,
the communion. Can't you see Who that Melchisedec was? It was God
brought out the communion after the battle.
299-65 Now, let's turn again, to Matthew 26:26, right quick, and see
what Jesus said here about that. In the Book of Matthew, the 26th
chapter and also the 26th verse, we want to read just a little bit
here. All right, Matthew 26:26...
Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Golgotha--Golgotha...
or Gethsemane,... (I mean)... and said unto his disciples, Set ye here,
while I go yonder to pray. (I believe I've got the wrong Scripture.)
Matthew the 20--26th verse of the 26th chapter... If somebody has it,
read it for me, if you--if you can find it. Just a minute. This is a
beautiful type here, and I don't want you to miss it. Here we are.
That's got it, sister.
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it,... (What was
it? The battle was over.)... brake it, and gave it to His disciples,
and said, Take, and eat; this is my body.
299-67 See that Melchisedec? Hundreds of years before, when He met
Abraham after the battle was over, He gave bread and wine. And here
Jesus gives the disciples, after His hard battle was over, He gave them
bread and wine. Watch. Watch the future coming.
And he took the cup, and--and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying,
Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is
shed for sins... and remission of sins.
But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of the fruit of the
vine, until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father's
299-68 We are in the battle now. We're after our fallen brother, that
God, before the foundation of the world, saw and predestinated unto
Eternal Life. And the things of the world's got him caught up in a
whirlwind. He's out into societies and classes, him and his wife,
walking up and down the streets, smoking and drinking and carousing,
trying to find peace. And the Spirit of Christ in us, as it would be in
Abraham, we're gone after him. With all the armors of God, the Angels
of God encamped about, we're gone to bring back our fallen brother.
300-69 And when the battle is finally ended, we will meet Melchisedec
again (Bless God), Who blessed Abraham there, and gave him the
blessing, and give him bread and wine, the communion. And when the
battle's over, we'll meet Him. We who are the heirs of the promise of
Abraham, joint heirs with Christ in the Kingdom, shall meet Him at the
end of the road and take bread and wine again when the battle's over.
Who is this Melchisedec? The One that had no father, had no mother, had
no beginning of days or the ending of life, He'll be there to give the
communion again. You get it?
300-71 When we pull up... On the certain nights when we come together
and take communion from the hands of the ministers, representing that
we believe in the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus,
that that veil, His body that He was inveiled in, God... We take it as
a representative we're dead to the things of the world, and been borned
anew of the Spirit. And we walk with the body of Christ, all the
When the great battle is finished, and we come up again with Christ,
we'll take the communion with Him in the Kingdom of God anew, and eat
the flesh, and drink the blood of the grape again in the Kingdom of
God. Oh, there's Melchisedec. That's Who He was.
300-73 Now, let's read just a little further about Him here, and the
And Melchisedec king of Salem brought forth bread and wine:... (You get
it?)... and he was the priest of the most high God.
And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abraham of the most high God,
possessor of heavens and earth:
And he blessed him,... And he blessed... And blessed be the most high
God, which has delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him a
tenth of all. (He paid tithes to Melchisedec. Abraham give Him a tenth
of the spoil.)
301-74 Now, I want you to notice here as Paul goes on, giving a
background for the coming lesson now.
And the king of Sodom said unto Abraham, Give me the persons, and take
thou the goods to thyself... (Now, the king of Sodom said, "Now, you
just give me back my subjects, and you take the goods to yourself.")
And Abraham said to the king of Sodom, I have lifted up my hand unto
the LORD, the most high God,... (Elohim, the Possessor of heavens and
earth there)... the most high God, the possessor of heavens and earth,
That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatch,... (He didn't
have a great campaign to take up money; he only wanted his fallen
brother.)... and that I will not take any thing... of thine, lest thou
shall say, I have made Abraham rich:
Save only that which the young men have eaten, and the portion of the
men which went with me,...
301-75 Now, I want you to notice. Abraham said, "I'll not take from a
thread to a shoelatch." He didn't fight the war to make a lot of money.
And real true battles are not made with selfish motives. Wars are not
fought for money. Wars are fought for--for motives, for principles. Men
fight war for principles. And when Abraham went out to get Lot, he
didn't go out because he knowed he could whip the kings and take all
their possession; he went out for the principle of saving his brother.
And any minister that's sent out under the inspiration of the King of
heaven, will not go for money; neither will he go to make big churches;
neither will he go to inspire denominations. He'll only go for one
principle, and that is, to bring back his fallen brother. Whether he
gets a dime in the offering or whether he doesn't, it won't make a bit
of difference to him.
As I say, "Real wars are fought and waged for principles and not for
money." And men and women who join church and come into church to be
popular, because the Joneses belong there, or they change their church
from a little church to a big church, you're doing it for a selfish
motive and the right principle's not behind it. You should be willing
to stand at the battle front.
302-78 In this Tabernacle here, when things go wrong and you men and
you women will run and go over somewhere else, or lay out till the
little fuss or the stew is over, there's something wrong with your
experience. That's right.
We have a custom here. We have a--we have a order here; this church is
based upon the principles of the Bible. If there's somebody in here not
doing right, and you think they're not, you go to him and talk to him.
If you can't reconcile him, then take some brother with you, one or two
more. If he won't be reconciled then, then tell it to the church; and
the church will dismiss him, have no more fellowship with him. And
Jesus said, "Whatever you loose on earth, I'll loose in heaven."
That's the reason you have so much troubles, because you don't follow
the Bible principles. If somebody in the church is causing a
disturbance, or something going wrong, it's not your duty to go talk
about that man or that woman. It's your duty to go to that man or woman
and tell him his error. And if he won't hear you, take some other one
with you. If he won't hear that, then the church looses him. Jesus
said, "What you loose on earth, I'll loose in heaven. What you bind on
earth, I'll bind in heaven." That's the power of the church.
302-81 Here not long ago, a good, preacher friend of mine, he had a
boy. And that boy had been going to church, his own church. He got to a
place where he started running around with a little old girl who smoked
and drank and carried on. Preacher said, "Of course, that's his
business." A very bosom friend of mine, and a nice boy... But he got
all infatuated with the--some young woman. And she'd been married, had
some children; her husband was living. He was afraid they was going to
have--that boy would marry her. So the brother was all tore up, and he
said to me, "Brother Branham, I want you to go to this certain-certain
boy of mine; I want you to talk to him."
302-82 I said, "Brother,..." I almost called his name. "You have a
better way; don't send me. If the boy's not living up, and the church
has saw him doing wrong, then it's the thing for the church to do this
business. That's left with the church, and the church goes over and
So he took a brother, and went over and told him. And he got back at
the brother, let him know that he was attending to his own business,
for him to do the same. He took another brother, two more (two
deacons), went over and told the boy. He wouldn't listen to it. They
told it to the church. And he never come for several nights to be
reconciled to the church after his sin was told before the church, then
the church loosed him.
And about a month from then he was stricken down with pneumonia, and
the doctor said, "There's not a chance in the world for him to live."
Then he crawled back. God knows how to do it.
We try to do it in ourselves, "Oh, you ought to kick so-and-so out of
church. You ought to do this, that, or the other." Have you done your
part as a church towards it? There you are. That's the way to make them
crawl back: turn them over to the Devil one time.
303-86 What'd Paul say about this man down there was living with his
stepmother? They couldn't get him reconciled, said, "Turn him over to
the Devil." Watch what happens then in the next letter Paul wrote; this
man had got straightened out. Sure, God has a way of doing these
things, if we'll just follow His rules.
If something goes wrong in the church, if it's amongst the
congregation, each one of you brothers that's on the deacon board...
One of you deacons don't behave, the other deacons come and have a
meeting, try to reconcile the brother; tell him what he's doing, or one
of you members, whatever you are. Then it's to be brought before him.
If he won't do it, then come tell the pastor. Then he's loosed from the
church, and then let him be as a heathen and a Publican. Then watch the
Lord go to work on him (See?); that's when he comes back to himself;
that's when he goes to crawling in. But we try and do it ourself, you
know, try to do the--everything the way we should do it. Now, we never
make a success.
303-88 Now, this Melchisedec, the King of Salem, Prince of the--Priest
of the Most High, met Abraham and blessed him. And gave Him his
tithings, Abraham did. And He was the King of Salem. And He brought out
bread and wine, the communion, and gave it to Abraham after the battle
(after the men had been won over).
304-89 Now, "All wars," as I say, "are fought for principles." Now, if
you have a little war in church, it must be the right principle. You
must be fighting for the right thing. And each member of the church is
supposed to do that. Now, this teaching is for the church. That's what
we're here for; that's what I'm standing here for; that's what God's
Word's for, is for the church.
Don't never let nothing hinder this church; if it does, you're guilty
each one of you. And you in your different churches, if something's
going wrong in your church, you're guilty, because you're the overseer
of that church. It ain't up to the pastor; it ain't up to the deacon
board; it's up to you, you individual, to go to that brother and see if
you can have him reconciled. If not, then take two or three with you,
then come back. If he won't hear that, tell it to the church. Then he's
dismissed from the Kingdom of God. God said, "If you dismiss him there,
I'll dismiss him here; if you've went through this order." Then He'll
turn the Devil loose to him for the construction--destruction of his
flesh. And then he'll come back. That's right. That's the way to make
him come back. If he's a child of God, he will come back. If he isn't,
why--why, he'll go on, and then the Devil will send him on to his
304-91 Now, the motives of it... If you just get it in for somebody,
then that's different. But if the man is guilty... And Lot had went
down and had backslid, though he was a Hebrew. He'd went down and was
backslid. He was in grace, but he had fallen from it. And when he went
out... And Lot--Lot was saved. Don't never think that Lot wasn't saved;
he was. Because all the time when he was in the wrong place, the Bible
said that the sins of Sodom vexed his righteous soul daily. Now, his
flesh was doing one thing. And what was his end? He brought more
disgrace; his wife turned to a pillar of salt; he had children by his
daughters. So you can see what a disgrace it brought, because he had
fallen from grace and never restored himself back again. And God had to
take him out of the earth.
But still he was a fallen brother, and Abraham done all that he could
do to bring him back again. And the Spirit was in Abraham, is the
Spirit of Christ that's in the church today. No matter what the
brother's done, you'll do all you can to bring him back into the
fellowship of Christ again. No matter what he's done, you'll try hard.
305-93 Now, we want to notice here now again, as we go on with this
lesson of this Melchisedec, this great Priest of Salem, and the
Possessor of heavens and earth. Now, being first...
Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither
beginning of days, nor ending of life; but was made like unto the Son
of God; abideth a priest continually.
Now, watch. He wasn't the Son of God; He was the God of the Son. He
wasn't the Son of God (Melchisedec wasn't), but He was the Father of
the Son of God.
305-94 Now, this body that He had, He'd created; it had not been
brought through a woman. So with that created body, He could not...
Somebody... He'd made Hisself to reveal Himself. No man can see God at
any time; God is a spirit. Mortal eyes doesn't see those things, 'less
it's in a form like the Pillar of Fire, or whatever it was, or in the
form of some being that they seen by vision. But the... God has to
reveal Himself through some way. And God revealed Himself to Abraham in
the form of a Man. He revealed Himself to Moses in a form of a Man. He
revealed Himself to the children of Israel in a form of a Pillar of
Fire. He revealed Himself unto John the Baptist in the form of a dove.
You see, He revealed Himself in those forms. When He was revealing
Himself in the form of a man as the King of Salem, of Jerusalem, not of
the earthly Jerusalem, but the heavenly Jerusalem... He revealed
Himself in that form; He was made like unto the Son of God.
305-95 Now, the Son of God had to come through a woman to be created
here by the--the womb of a woman, because through that same thing come
And He could not come through creation like God did at the beginning.
When God made man at the beginning, woman had nothing to do with it.
God just said, "Let there be," and a man came from the dust; He called
him without any woman to have anything to do with it.
But the woman that then was in the man... And God took the woman out of
Adam's side. Is that right? And then woman went and brought man through
sex. So the only way that God could do... He couldn't come in that
theophany. He couldn't come as Melchisedec. He had to come as a man,
and He had to come through the woman, "Thy Seed shall bruise the
serpent's head, and his head will bruise your heel." Get it? God had to
come through a woman; and He did when He dwelt in His body of His Son
Christ Jesus. God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself. And
He offered His Own Blood as a sacrifice, and gave His life, that
through the channel of death, He might save you unto Eternal Life.
306-98 So God came then, and He was made like unto the Son of God. See,
He was a Man made like the Son of God. Now, He couldn't be the Son of
God, because this Man is eternal.
The Son of God had a beginning; He had an end. He had a--a time of his
birth; He had a time of His death. He had both beginning and end. He
had both father and mother.
This man had neither father nor mother, beginning or end of time. But
He was made... This Man Melchisedec was made like the Son of God.
306-101 Now, the Son of God, when He was come in the world, in a form
of a woman--or through a woman in man's form, and was killed, raised up
again on the third day, rose for our justification, now He abides
forever. And as long as that body abides, we abide too. And because He
raised up from the dirt, we'll be raised up in His likeness. There's
the Gospel story. Blessed be the Name of the Lord. Not Angels, not
supernatural beings, not a bunch of feathers to flock around, but men
and women (Amen.) stand in His likeness. Yes, sir.
306-102 As I've often told this, I say it again here at this time; it
seems suitable. I was combing, about this five or six hairs that I have
left, and my wife said, "Billy, you're getting baldheaded."
I said, "But I haven't lost one of them."
She said, "Where are they at?"
I said, "Tell me where they was before I got them; I'll tell you where
they are waiting for me." That's right.
I used to be as--a fighter, pugilist. I was strong and big. And I felt
if you'd set this church on my back, I'd walk down the street with it.
I'll tell you, when I get up of a morning now, I realize there's
forty-something years has passed. See, I'm not what I used to be; I'm
failing every day. As I look at my hands and think, "Looky here, well,
I'm getting a old man." I look at my shoulders. I see I've gained a lot
of weight; I used to wear a twenty-eight on a belt; I wear a thirty
now. See, I'm getting old, fat, dwindling away.
307-107 What is it? I eat the same thing I used to eat; I live cleaner
and better than I used to live, the same thing. But God has appointed a
time for me, and I must receive it. But the blessed thought is that at
that day He'll raise me up again. And everything that I was when I was
twenty-five years old, I'll be again forever. Amen. There you are. What
does old age bother me? I'll beat the Devil out of that for years and
years, knowing this, that I believe Him. This little span's just a
little short thing anyhow. If we only stayed three score and ten,
seventy years old, our promised time, what--what's that but misery and
sorrow. What is it? Would you swap this pesthouse for that glorious
307-108 Why, blessed be the Name of the Lord. Something on the inside
of me met that Melchisedec one day, and He spoke peace to me and He
give me Eternal Life. And this life means nothing but a tabernacle to
preach the Gospel through. I say this with all sincerity, with these
two Bibles laying open before me: if my God was through with me
preaching the Gospel, and I could do no more for Him, my children was
old enough to take care of themselves, and He wants to take me right
now, "Amen." That settles it. Yes, sir.
307-109 What difference does it make if I'm eighty or if I'm twenty?
I'm only here for one thing: to serve the Lord. That's all. If I can
still preach the Gospel like I do now when I'm eighty, what difference
does it make whether I'm forty or eighty? There's a many man eighty
years old tonight. And there's a lot of children will die, when an
eighty-year old man will outlive a-many one of them. What difference
does it make? It's your motives, your principles, and we're here to
serve the Lord Jesus (That's all.) knowing this, that this life is a
vapor that a man speaks about, that once was, and then is not. But if
we have Eternal Life, God's promised He'll raise us up again. And we'll
take the communion with Him when the days are over, and when He say,
"Enter into the joys of the Lord that's been prepared for you since the
foundation of the world."
307-111 Then what difference does it make here, whether we have
anything or whether we don't? Whether we're young or whether we're old,
what difference does it make? The main thing, are you ready to meet
Him? Do you love Him? Can you serve Him? Have you sold out to the
things of the world? Have you met Melchisedec since the battle was over?
Bless God. About twenty-one years old I was, and one day I had a battle
with this, that, and the other; I couldn't make out whether I wanted to
be a fighter, or whether I wanted to be a trapper, or a hunter, what I
wanted to be. But I met Melchisedec, and He give me communion, and
since then it was settled forever. Hallelujah. I've went on His side.
I've been rejoicing on the road. And when it comes to the end of the
road, and death stares me in the face, the way I feel now, I'll never
dread it. I want to know--walk into the face of it, knowing this, that
I know Him Who's made the promise (That's right.), that I know Him in
the power of His resurrection. When He calls from among the dead, I'll
come out from among them (That's right.), knowing Him in the power of
His resurrection. What difference does it make whether I'm old or
whether I'm young? whether I'm little or whether I'm big? whether I'm
full or whether I'm hungry? whether I got a place to lay down or
whether I haven't?
"The birds has the nests, and the fox have dens, but the Son of man has
not a place to lay His head," but He was the King of glory.
308-114 We're kings and priests tonight. What difference does it make
whether we have or whether we haven't? As long as we got God, we're
more than conquerors. We are more than conquerors. We set in the
Presence of God in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, taking spiritual
communion from the hand of Him that testified, "I was He that was dead,
and alive again, and I'm alive forevermore." Setting together in
heavenly places in Christ Jesus, O blessed be His holy Name. What
difference does it make?
A tent or a cottage why should I care?
They're building a palace for me over there;
Of rubies and diamonds, and silver and gold,
His coffers are full, He has riches untold.
308-115 I met Him one day when I come from the battle. I laid my
trophies down. I ain't fought a battle since then. He fights them for
me. I just rest upon His promise, knowing this, that I know Him in the
power of His resurrection. That's all that matters. What else does
What can we do? "Why taking thought can add one cubit to your statue?
What do you care whether your hair's curly or whether you got any or
not? What difference does it make? If you're old, if you're gray, if
you're stoop-shouldered, if you're not, what difference does it make?
Amen. This is just for a spell, a little space, but that's forever and
forever. And as aeons of time roll on, and the ages roll on, you'll
never change, and you're... through His ceaseless eternal ages. What
difference does it make?
I'm so glad I met Him. I'm so glad He give me communion one day, that
same Melchisedec that met Abraham coming from the slaughter of the
kings. Certainly. The God of heaven, the Elohim, the Great I AM, not
the I was, the I AM (present tense). "And He blessed him."
309-118 Listen here just a little further, so we can get the lesson a
little closer together. Now, the 4th verse...
Now consider how great this man was,... (I just think that too.)...
consider how great this man was,...
He's beyond the Son of God. The Son of God had father and mother; He
didn't. The Son of God had a beginning of time and an ending of time;
He didn't. Who was that? That was the Father of the Son. That's Who it
... consider how great this man was, unto... even the patriarch Abraham
gave a tenth of all the spoils.
Now, listen closely.
And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of
the priesthood, have... commandment to take tithings of the people
according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they came out
of the loins of Abraham:
309-120 Now, watch this if you want to see something.
But he whose descent is not continued for... from them receiveth tithes
of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promise.
Abraham had the promise, and this Man blessed Abraham who had the
promise. Who was this? The sons of Levi paid tithes to their brethren,
or their brethren paid tithes to them. They had a commandment of the
Lord to take a tenth of what their brothers made, for their living,
because they were the priesthood. Now, that lets out the Melchisedec
priesthood, as you talk about, right there. That's right. But this
Man... Even the one who had the promise, the greatest man on earth,
Abraham, met this Man and paid tithes to Him; He had to be greater.
And without any contradiction the less is blessed of the better.
(Certainly. Watch Who He is.)
And here men that die receive tithes;... (That's the priesthood of the
order of priests and preachers and so forth, men that receive tithe,
die. See?)... but here he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that
What would a man take tithings for, if he had any... If he never was
borned, and never will die, and was from beginning to end, and--and
never had no father or mother or descent, and owned the whole heavens
and earth and all in it, why would He take tithe? Why would he ask
Abraham to pay tithes? You see what a strict thing it is to pay tithe?
Tithing's right. Every Christian's duty bound to pay tithe. That's
right. Never has been changed.
And as I may so say, Levi also, who received tithe, payed tithes in
Now, oh, here's something.
For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.
What? Levi... Abraham was Levi's great-great-grandpa. And the Bible
said here, that Levi paid tithes when he was in the loins of Abraham.
Four generations before he ever come to earth, he was paying tithes to
Melchisedec. And blessed be the Name of the Lord.
Then you that can't believe in predestination before ordination, and
here four generations before Levi would ever come out of the loins of
Abraham, was paying tithes to Melchisedec. Wish we had time to run this
through the Scripture.
311-128 If you'd take it over to like in Jeremiah 1:4, God said, "I
knew you before you was even formed in your mother's womb. And I
sanctified you and ordained you a prophet to the nations." Then what
can you say that you did? What can I say that I did? It's God that
showeth mercy. God knew us before the foundation of the world.
He's not willing that any should perish. Certainly not. But if He's
God, He knowed who would be saved and who wouldn't be saved, or He
didn't know anything. If He didn't know... If He didn't know who'd make
the rapture before the world was ever formed, then He's not God. If
He's infinite, He'd... He knowed every flea, every fly, every louse,
every chigger that would ever be on the earth before the earth was ever
formed. That's right. He knew all things. Before the foundation of the
world, He knew us. The Bible said that He knew us and predestinated us.
311-130 Let's settle this just once. Let's go back to Ephesians the 1st
chapter, the 5th chap--the 1st chapter of Ephesians, just a moment. I
want to read here just a minute, so that you can really understand that
it's not just what--something that I'm trying to tell you; it's
something God's trying to tell you. See? Now, listen to this real
close, 1st chapter of Ephesians.
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God,... (The same man
that's wrote the Hebrew letter is writing this letter.)... to the
saints... (This is not to the unbelievers, but to the saints, the
sancti--sainted ones.)... which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in
Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed
us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places...
According as he... (Now, listen close now, the 4th verse.)... According
as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world... (Who
is the "us" there? The Church.)... He chose us in him... (Christ)...
before the foundation of the earth, that we should be holy and without
blame before him in love:
Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ
to himself, according to His own good pleasure of his will,
312-131 Who did it? God did it. God knowed from the beginning who would
be saved and who wouldn't be saved. Certainly, He was not willing for
any to perish. But He didn't send Jesus here just to see if
you'd--you'd act like, "Well, poor Jesus, I feel sorry for Him; maybe
I'd better get saved and prove it." No, sir.
God knowed in the beginning who would and who would not. So therefore,
He knew that some would; so He sent Jesus to make a propitiation for
those that He foreknew. For those who He foreknew, He has called; and
those who He has called, He has justified; and those who He has
justified, He hath (past tense) glorified. There you are.
312-133 So it's not you that keeps yourself; it's the grace of God that
keeps you. You didn't save yourself, or nothing you've done to deserve
being saved; it's God's grace that saved you. God's grace called you.
God's foreknowledge knew you. He knew that you'd be in this church this
night before the foundation of the world was ever laid. He's infinite.
If He isn't, He isn't God. If He did know all things, He was God. If He
didn't know all things, He wasn't God. If He's Almighty God, He can do
all things; if He cannot do all things, He's not Almighty God. There
312-134 So how can you say it's something you could do? It's nothing
you can do. It's God's love and grace to you, that you're even here.
Nothing you could do, God called you by His grace; you listened, heard,
"Well," you say, "Brother Branham, that makes it awful loose."
Certainly, it does. You're free. "Well, that fellow can do anything he
wants to." Absolutely. I always do what I want to do, but if you're a
Christian, you don't want to do wrong.
312-136 There's a little old girl setting back there tonight, my wife;
I love her with all that's in me. And if I knowed that I could run
around with another woman and get by with it, and go tell her, and say,
"Meda, I did wrong," you think I'd do it? If I love her right, I won't
do it. That's right.
Now, what if I'd say, "Oh, I can't do it, 'cause I tell you why. She'd
divorce me, and I got... Oh, I'm a preacher. See what that'd do? That'd
take me out of the pulpit, if she'd divorce me; a divorced man. Oh, I
got three children; I couldn't think of that. But, boy, I..." Well, if
that's the way it is, you're still legal. It's not legal basis that I
married her upon. It's not legal basis that makes me live true to her.
It's because I love her. I don't have to do anything. I do it willfully
because it's a love affair. And if you love your wife, you'll do the
313-138 And if you love your wife like that with phileo love, what
ought you to do to Christ with agapao love, which is a million times
stronger. If you really love God... If I knowed tonight I could go out
and get on a drunk, if I knowed tonight I could run around and be
immoral, if I knowed tonight... If that was even in my heart to do so,
and I went and done it (knowing He'd forgive me), I wouldn't do it. I
think too much of Him. I love Him. Sure. Certainly.
313-139 That's the reason I wouldn't sell my experience to any
denomination (No, sir.), no Assemblies of God, no Church of God, no
Pilgrim Holiness, Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Catholic. I
wouldn't take anything that could be offered for this experience,
because it never come by man; it come by God. No, sir. I wouldn't sell
my birthrights for any Elvis Presley's rock-and-roll, or for his fleet
of Catholics--or his--or Cadillacs, or his million dollars, and so
forth, he gets each month. No, sir. I love Him. And if I... Long as I
love Him like that, I'll stay true to Him. And if God's called me and
elected me, He's placed something in me; and I love Him.
313-140 I remember Mr. Isler. You all know him, most all of you. He's
come out here, state senator of Indiana, come here play his guitar.
When my baby'd died, and my wife had died, and all of them laying up
here on the graveyard, and I was going up the road with my hands behind
me, crying, he jumped out of his little old truck, and come put his arm
around me, said, "Billy, I want to ask you a question." Said, "I've
heard you preach till you'd almost fall in the pulpit, heard you on the
street corners and everything, crying out for Christ." Said, "Now, He
took your daddy; He took your brother, snatched them both, and they
died in your arms; there they died. And your wife died holding your
hands. And your baby died, and you calling on Him to help you. And He
turned His back on you. What do you think about Him."
I said, "I love Him with all that's within me. If He sends me to hell,
I'll still love Him."
314-142 He's just. I don't say that, twenty-six years has proved it.
That's right. If you love Him, not a duty, that "I can't do this and I
can't do that." You love Him too much to do it, because He has chosen
you. You never chose Him; He chose you.
You said, "I sought the Lord and sought the Lord." No man seeks God.
It's God seeking man. You might be seeking a favor of Him, but God has
to change your nature before you can even seek after Him, because
you're a sinner, you're a pig. That's right.
314-144 And some of you people going to church and just living by your
membership, go out here and do everything of the world, and then still
go back and say, "Yeah, I belong to the church." Well, that's a long
ways from belonging to God. Certainly. I don't... But, you see, people
doing that, you can tell. Oh, they're good church members. That's true,
you can still be a church member and do those things, but you can't be
a Christian and do them.
As I've said, this morning, "The old crow, if there ever was a
hypocrite, it's the crow." That's right. Him and the dove set on the
same ark, set on the same roost. And the old crow was satisfied when he
was turned loose, and got out of that church, that he could go out
there and set on one old dead carcass and "caw, caw" and eat off of
this one, eat off the horse, and eat off the cow, and whatever it was;
he was satisfied. But when Noah turned the dove loose, she could find
no rest for the soles of her feet. She had just as much right to set on
a dead animal as the crow did, but it was two different natures. One of
them was... She was a dove to begin with. He was a crow to begin with.
314-146 But, if you notice, the old crow can set over here on a dead
carcass and eat half the day. The dove will set in a wheat field and
eat half the day. And the crow can fly right out there and eat dove
food, as much as he wants to. He could eat just as much wheat as the
crow can--as the dove can. But he... The crow, can eat the dove food,
but the dove can't eat crow food. That's right.
So an old hypocrite can come to church and rejoice and shout and praise
the Lord, and go on like that, and go right back out and enjoy the
things of the world. But a borned again Christian cannot do it, because
the love of God constrains him to such a place He can't do it.
So if you're just a Christian by joining the church, and quitting doing
this and that, and the same desire is in you, you need another dip.
That's exactly right.
315-149 And you women who can dress with them little old shorts, and
run out here on the street, and then call yourself a believer. You're a
believer, but you're a poor example of one, maybe. If you really had
Christ in your heart, you wouldn't have to think about such things as
that. I don't care what the rest of the women does, and the rest of the
girls do, you'd be different; because you love Christ too much.
I talked to a woman the other day in a house, and she throwed her hands
up like this, said, "Reverend Branham, I'm almost naked here in my
house; I'm walking around."
I thought, "Shame on you." In your own house, I don't care where you
are. That's right. Dress and act like a woman, like a lady ought to.
Shame on you. But you keep... And the Bible said, "If you love those
things, the things of the world, the love of Christ is not even in
you." And if you love the Lord just with all your heart, with all your
soul, with all your mind, you'll keep them little old dirty, nasty
things off of you. That's right.
315-152 And you deacon, and you others here, that run out on the street
here, and gawking your neck and looking at every one of them women,
shame on you, and calling yourself sons of God. I know that's
scorching, but you'd--rather be scorched than then burnt forever there.
So if--if you do those things... Now, you can't help it if a woman
walks down the street, half dressed. You, if you're looking, you're
bound to see her, but you can turn your head. The Bible said,
"Whosoever looketh upon a woman to lust after her, hath committed
adultery with her already in your heart."
315-153 Let me tell you something, sister dear. You're going to answer.
I don't care; you might be as pure as a lily. You may never actually
committed a sin of that type, immoral sin, in your life. But if you
dress like that, you're going to answer at the judgment for committing
adultery with every man that looked at you. That's what the Bible says.
And walk down the street, who's guilty? The man? No, sir. You are. You
presented yourself that way.
The woman's got a great place; it's a sacred, nice, wonderful place.
But she must keep herself that way to hold her office as she should as
a mother, as a woman, and of womanhood. When the womanhood's broke, the
backbone of any nation's broke. And that's the reason today, our nation
is ruined is because of the immorals of our women. That's exactly
right. Sure. It's the rottenness among us, what's breaking it.
316-155 What you need is to meet this Melchisedec one time (Amen.) and
let Him--let Him bless you and give you the wine and the bread, Eternal
Life. Then you'll see things different. Then you'll... It'll be
different. You won't want the boys to be making a--the coyote whistle
at you, the wolf whistle, or whatever you want to call it; certainly
not. You'll be different.
And you mean to tell me that you dress like that, and get out there for
any other purpose? You say, "Why, it's cooler." You're story-telling.
It is not cooler. Science proves that it's not cooler. It's a... It's
the lust that's come upon you, sister. You don't realize it. I'm not
trying to hurt you, but I'm trying to warn you. A many a moral woman,
just as clean as she can be, a nice little lady, walk out with them
things on the street, unconscious of knowing what she's doing, because
some backslidden preacher's afraid your husband won't pay his tithes in
the church anymore. If he'd ever met Melchisedec, he wouldn't think
those things; he'd preach the Gospel. If it'd scorch the hide off their
back, he'd preach It anyhow. That's exactly right.
316-157 You do it, and you do it because that a spirit of lust that's
up... And you men that'll let your wives do those kind of things, I've
got little hopes of you as a man. And that's right. That's right. Now,
there's no compliments on that, because--or no apology, because that's
true. Any man that'll let his wife get out on the street and act like
that, brother, you ought to be wearing her clothes. That's right.
You... Why. My.
316-158 I won't say my wife won't do it, but I have to be changed and
perverted to what I am now if I ever live with her while she's doing
it. And that's exactly right. My girls, they may do it when they get to
be women; I don't say they won't. I don't know. That's up to the mercy
of God. I hope they don't. If they do, they'll walk over the prayers of
a righteous father. They'll walk over the life of somebody who tried to
live right if they ever do it. That's right. Well, I want to live
right, teach right, be right, and instruct them right. If they do that,
they'll beat their way to hell over the top of my preaching, and over
the top of my Christ, and over the top of my warnings (That's right.)
if they ever do it. Certainly, that's right.
317-159 Shame on you. If you ever meet Christ face to face, and He
blesses you, and puts that kiss of approval on your heart, all devils
in hell will never make you put them on again. That's right. You've
changed from death unto Life, and your affections are set on things
above and not on the things of the earth. Amen. I'd better leave that
subject; it's ticklish. All right, but it's the truth.
317-160 All right, as we go on now just a little further, then we're
... verily they that are of the sons of Levi,... receive tithe of the
office of the priesthood, and have a commandment to take tithe of the
people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they
came out of the loins of Abraham:
But he whose descent is not counted from them that received tithes of
Abraham, and blessed of him that had the promise.
And without all contradictions the less is blessed of the better.
And here man that die receive tithes; but here he receiveth them, of
whom it is witnessed that he liveth.
And I... And as I may... say, Levi also,... received tithe--received
tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.
For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.
317-161 Your--your attitude towards Christ will make a great impression
on what your children will be. Your life that you live before your
family will make an impression on what your children will be. 'Cause
the Bible said that He'd visit the iniquity of the parents upon the
children to the third and fourth generation.
Now, just a few moments before closing.
And therefore if perfection... (There's your perfection again.)... were
by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the
law,) what further need that there come another priest should rise
after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of
318-163 The law, the legalist (See?), "Aw, you have to do this. If you
don't do this, you're not a Christian. And if you don't keep the
sabbath. If you don't... If you eat meat. If you do these things," all
these legal ideas. "You've got to go to church. If you don't, you pay a
penalty for it. You have to do a novena." That stuff is nonsense.
You're saved by the grace of God, by the foreknowledge of God, by His
predestination. God called Abraham by predestination, by foreknowledge.
He called... He hated Esau and loved Jacob before either one was born.
That's right. It's--it's God's foreknowledge that knows these things.
318-164 You say then, "What's the use of preaching the Gospel?"
Now, I'll say to you this: Paul answered that, or Jesus did, rather.
Here's Jesus; He said, "The Kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that
went to this--a--a pond or a lake and throwed in the net. He pulled in.
Out of there he had turtles; he had terrapins; he had serpents; he had
lizards; he had frogs; he had spiders; he had scavengers; he had--he
had fish." Now, the man's just seining.
That's like the Gospel. Here it is now. I'm preaching the Gospel. I
just throw the net out. I pull it; I say, "All that will, whosoever,
let him come." Here come some up at the altar; they all hang around the
altar; they pray; they cry. I don't know one from the other; it's not
my business; I wasn't sent to judge.
But there's some in there that's frogs. There's some that's lizards.
There's some that's snakes. It's some's that's turtles. And there's
some that's fish. It's not my business to judge. I say, "Father, here's
what I pulled out."
318-169 But the frog was a frog to begin with. The spider... The old
spider will set there and look around a little while; and wall them big
eyes, look around and say, "You know what? I just about got as much of
this as I can stand," plop, plop, plop, plop, out they go.
Old lady serpent will raise her head up and say, "Well, you know what?
If they're going to preach like that, against wearing shorts and
things, that takes me, so I'll get away from that bunch of
holy-rollers. That's all it must be." You was a snake to start with.
That's exactly right. Yeah.
And here sets old Mr. Toad Frog, with that great big cigar in his
mouth, like a dehorned Texas steer, will stand there and look around,
say, "Well, it never did condemn me to smoke. [Brother Branham
illustrates--Ed.] I'll just get out of this thing, right now." Well,
you old frog, you was that to begin with. That's exactly right. That's
Your nature proves what you are. Your life shows, reflects what you
are. And in the beginning... It's not hard for me to see that; it's not
hard for you to see it.
319-173 If I went out to Roy Slaughter's (a farmer setting here), and I
saw the pigs out on a manure pile, eating manure, I wouldn't think
nothing bad about that; he's a pig. But if I saw a lamb up on that
manure pile, I'd wonder (uh-huh). See? Don't worry, you won't see him
there; he just couldn't stand it. That's right.
And a man that's borned of the Spirit of God hates the things of the
world. That's right. "For if you love the world or the things of the
world, the love of God's not even in you."
319-175 If I run around with women every day, and come in and tell my
wife I loved her, she'd know I was a liar. My actions would speak
louder than my words, certainly. I'd prove to her I didn't love her,
because I wasn't true to her.
If she told me she loved me, and every time I'd be gone, she'd take off
with somebody else, it would prove that she didn't love me. That's
right. Her actions prove it. I don't care how much she'd try to tell
me, "Bill, I love you, and there's no one else in the world but you,"
I'd know she was a liar.
319-177 And when you try to say, "Lord, I love You," and doing the
things of the world, God knows you're a liar to begin with. So why...
What's the use to accept an old half-way experience, and something
another like that, when the great skies of heaven are full of the real
thing? Why do you want to be a miserable, professed, half way,
half-baked, so-called Christian, when you can be a real borned again
child of God with the joybells of heaven ringing in your heart,
rejoicing, and praising God, and living a life of victory through Jesus
Christ. Not trying to do it yourself, because you'll fail to begin
with. But take Him at His Word, and rest upon what He said was the
truth, and believe Him, and love Him, and He'll make everything work
right in right for you. That's it. That's the idea.
320-179 The Lord bless you. Don't want to scold you, but, brother, it's
best to get a little scolding. You're my young'ns. You see? And any
papa that loves his kids, will certainly correct them, or he's not the
right kind of a papa. Is that right? That's right. And this papa only
has one rule, and that's the rule of the home. And God only has one
rule, and that's His Word.
If we believe His Word, then we'll live by His Word. It's our duty, if
we've ever met God... Not because you say, "Well, I go to church, and
I've got to do this." You're miserable. Don't do that. Why do you want
to be a miserable, decrepit, ungodly crow for, when you could be a
dove? Certainly. You just have to have your nature changed. And you
change your nature, become a son and daughter of God; be at peace with
320-181 "Jesus... Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the
people with His Own Blood, suffered without the gates," Hebrews 13:12
and 13. Romans 5:1, "Therefore being justified by faith (not by shaking
hands, not by water baptism, not by laying on of hands, not with
shouting, not with speaking in tongues, not with any sensation), but
being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus
Christ." We've passed from death unto Life and become new creatures,
because we have believed on the only begotten Son of God and accepted
Him as our personal Saviour. And His Blood acts tonight as a
propitiation for our sin, to stand in our place.
320-182 In the Old Testament there's only one place to have fellowship;
that's under the blood. Every believer had to come under the blood.
When the red heifer was killed, she was made for a sin-offering. She
must be red. And 19th chapter of Exodus, if any of you'd like to read
it. And she must be taken, hoof, all, burnt together. And then that was
made a water of separation. It was set without the gates. It had to be
handled with clean hands. The blood of this heifer went before--to the
congregation, and stroked seven times up over the door. And now, every
defiled person, walking up, must first recognize and see that blood,
and realize that there's only fellowship beneath that blood. That's the
only place the worshipper could actually worship officially, was under
321-183 Then the first thing he had to do, before he could come under
the blood, there had to be this water of separation sprinkled upon him,
and the uncleansed was made clean.
And they took the water of separation and sprinkled it upon the
wayfaring man, and separated him from his sins. And then he walked
under these seven stripes of blood and had fellowship with the rest of
the believers in the Presence of God.
There's only one way to do it. Not shaking hands, not joining church,
not by baptisms, not by emotions, but walk up to the waters of
separation, lay your hands by faith upon the head of Jesus, and say
"I'm a sinner, and You died in my place. And something in me tells me
that You'll forgive me of my sins, and I accept You as my personal
Saviour now." Walk beneath the Blood yonder, and have fellowship with
the children of God. That's it. Eat the bread, and drink the wine,
and--and have the fellowship with the church.
321-186 Oh, isn't He wonderful? Isn't He good? Now, this may seem
strange to you, friend. But what--what do I stand here and say these
things for? Would I say them to try to make myself different from
somebody else? If I do, then I need to repent. I'm saying it because
God said it, because it's God's Word.
And listen. There's coming a time, and now is, that when people are
going from the east to the west trying to find the Word of God, and
can't find It.
When you go into a meeting, the first thing you do, you go in there and
have a bunch of tongues and interpretations, and somebody raise up and
keep quoting the Scripture; and that's carnal. Absolutely. God said for
us not to use vain repetitions, what about Him? If He's wrote it once,
you believe It. He don't have to say it again. Tongues and
interpretations is right; but it's to be a direct message to the church
or to somebody, not just carnal and things like that. And then you get
ahead in all these other things.
321-188 Here the other day, two men walked into a... And a man and a
wife, and another man and a wife, just young married, walked into a
place to go to Africa as missionaries. Somebody stood up and give a
prophecy, and gave tongues and interpretations that they had each
other's wife, that it should not be that way; they married the wrong
person. And those two people separated and remarried over again. One
man took the other one's wife, and the other one (in a leading
Pentecostal denomination), and went to Africa as missionaries.
Brother, when you take your oath, you're duty bound to that oath till
death sets you free. That's exactly right. Certainly, when you take
your oath, it's binding.
322-190 All those nonsense... And it's got to a place till when you go
to the churches, it's either so cold and formal and dry till the
spiritual thermometer will go fifty below zero. The people set just
like a wart on a pickle, just as sour and indifferent and puckered up.
And if you hear somebody way back there in the corner, might grunt out
a little "amen" once in a while (like it hurts them); all of them will
stretch their neck like geese to look around and see what took place.
You know that's the truth. I'm not saying that for a joke. This is no
place to joke; that's the truth. Right. I'm saying it because it's the
322-191 And the other side, you get a bunch of nonsense of a bunch of
fleshly emotions carrying on, and the true Word of God finally has got
to a place to where you can seldom hear It: the old middle-of-the-road,
the Gospel, the Light to my path (Hallelujah), the Blood of the Lamb,
the love of God that separates us from the things of the world...
322-192 "Have you spoke in tongues, brother? You haven't got It. Did
you shout when the cold feeling went up your back? Did you see balls of
fire?" Oh, nonsense. No such a thing.
Have you believed on the Lord Jesus Christ and accepted Him as your
personal Saviour, and the Spirit of God bears record with your spirit
that you're sons and daughters of God, and your life bears fruit of
love, joy, peace, long-suffering, goodness, meekness, gentleness? Then
you're a Christian. If it doesn't, I don't care what you do. Paul said,
"I could give my body to be burned as a sacrifice. I knowed all the
mysteries of God. I can move mountains with my faith. I can speak in
tongues like men and Angels. I'm nothing." How about that? I
Corinthians 13, find out if that's right or not.
322-194 Now, find out if--if Corinthians... II Corinthians 13, I
believe it is. Or no... Either I or II Corinthians. I Corinthians
there, I Corinthians 13, is right, "Though I speak with tongues of men
and Angels, both the kind that can be interpreted and that cannot be
interpreted, I am nothing." So what's the use of fooling with it then?
"Though I understand all the mysteries of God." Why do you go to
seminaries and try to learn so much about? You better get right with
God first. Certainly.
"Though I... 'Oh, blessed hallelujah.'" You got so you can't even have
a congregation unless you have a healing campaign or some kind of
miracles going on, a weak and adulterous generation seeketh after such.
What do you want with that?
Paul said he could do all kind of things, even move mountains, and
still he's nothing. Where there's tongues, it shall cease. Where
there's knowledge, it shall vanish. Where there's prophecies, it shall
fail. But when that which is Perfect is come, it shall endure forever;
and love is perfection. "God so loved the world that He gave His only
begotten Son, that (whosoever shivers, whosoever shakes, whosoever
speaks, whoso...) whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but
have Eternal Life." Believe that, children.
323-198 They try to make it so complicated, these things and them
things, when it boils right down to one thing: your personal faith in
God. That's it. That tells it. "For by faith, not by feeling, by faith,
not by emotion, by faith, not by sensation, but by faith are you saved,
and that by..." Because you sought the Lord, because you was a good
person? Because God by grace foreknew you and ordained you to Eternal
Jesus said, "No man can come to Me except My Father draws him. And all
that comes to Me, I'll give him Eternal Life. No man can pluck them
from My hand; they're Mine. They're forever saved; I got them. No man
can pluck them out of My Father's hand, and He's the One that give them
to Me. They're love gifts of Mine."
"And all He foreknew, He called (He don't call anybody 'less He
foreknew him.); all He called, He justified; all He justified, He
glorified. So you see, we just at perfect rest.
323-201 Now, I know there's a lot of legalists here, ninety-nine
percent of you. But, look, if you'll just take this and realize that
I'm not trying to say to you something that...
You say, "Well, Brother Branham, I've always thought I had to do this
and had to do that." There's such a--such a difference in it, brother,
in what you have to do and what you want to do. You are saved, not
because you had one thing to do with it; you're saved because that God
saved you before the foundation of the world.
324-203 Listen. Listen here. The Bible said in the Revelation... I'm
going to take you from at first to the last now. The Bible said in
Revelation that when the beast came, he deceived all upon the earth.
The beast did. "He deceived all upon the earth, whose names were not
written in the Lamb's Book of Life (since the revival began; does that
sound right? Well, since the--the preacher preached that mighty sermon;
since that man was healed) since the foundation of the world."
Where was Jesus slain at? At Calvary? No, sir. Jesus was slain before
the foundation of the world. "Behold the Lamb of God that was slain
before the foundation of the world." God in the beginning when He saw
the sin, He saw what was happen, He spoke the Word and Jesus was slain
before the foundation of the world. And every person was saved, was
saved (according to the Bible) when the Lamb was slain in the mind of
God before the foundation of the world; you were included in salvation
then. So what are you going to do about it?
324-205 It's God. Blessed be the Name of the Lord. "It's God that
worketh; not him that willeth or him that runneth, but God showeth
mercy." If Jesus was slain before the foundation of the world, it taken
four thousand years before it actually happened. But when God spoke it
back here, every Word of God is steadfast. It's immutable; It's
impartable; It cannot fail. And when God slayed the Son before the
foundation of the world, He was just as much slain then as He was at
Calvary. It's a finished product when God says so.
And remember, when the Lamb was slain, your salvation was included in
the Sacrifice, because the Bible said that your name was written on the
Lamb's Book of Life before the foundation of the world. What about
that? Then what are we going to do? It's God that showeth mercy. It's
God that called you. It's God that chose you in Christ before the
foundation of the world. Jesus said, "You never--you never chose Me; I
chose you. And I knew you before the foundation of the world." There
So, see, that takes the scare out of you. "Oh, I wonder; if I could
keep holding on, I'll make it. Bless God, if I'll just keep holding
on..." It's not whether I hold on or not; it's whether He held on or
not. It's what--what He done. Not what I done; it's what He did. Is it
under the redemption law? This is a little thing I want to say before
325-207 What if an old mare gave birth to a little mule, and that
little mule had both ears broke down, he was cross-eyed, and
knock-kneed, bowlegged, his tail stuck right straight up in the air?
What a horrible looking animal. Why, anybody... If that little mule
could think, say, "Now, wait a minute. When they come out from the
house this morning, I'm telling you, I'll sure get knocked in the head,
because they'd never feed me; look what a horrible looking thing I am.
I haven't even got a chance."
Well, that's right; you haven't got a chance. "Well, I was borned in
this world, but looky here what a horrible looking thing I am. So
I--I--I--I'll never have a chance. I won't make it. I can't make it."
325-209 But what if his mammy is really instructed in the law? She'd
say, "Son, that's right. You're all out of shape, and you're not even
fit to eat the food off the earth. That's right. You're not fit. But,
son, somehow another, you're my first. And, you know, you're borned
under a birthright; and the priest will never see you, but for your
name there's got to be a innocent lamb without a blemish has got to die
in your place so you can live."
Well, that little mule could just kick up his heels and have a big
time. Doesn't make any difference what he is, because he'll never be
seen by the judge, the priest. It's the lamb that the priest looks at,
not the mule, the lamb.
325-211 And it's Christ that God looks at, not you. It's Christ. So if
there's no fault in Him, how can there be fault? How can He find fault
when you're dead and your life is hid in Christ through God, sealed by
the Holy Ghost? "They that are born of God does not commit sin, for he
cannot sin." How can he sin when a perfect Sacrifice is laying in his
place? God never looks at me; He looks at Christ; because we're in
Now, if I love Christ, I'll live with Him. He'd never brought me in
'less He knowed. If God saved me today, knowing He was going to lose me
six weeks from today, He's defeating His own purpose. Right. He don't
even know the future then, if He saved me knowing... What's He want to
save me for, knowing He's going to lose me? God doesn't do things and
then take it back and too weak to keep His promise. When He saved you,
it's for time and eternity.
326-213 Now, you can be worked up and say, "Oh, yes, bless God.
Hallelujah. I spoke in tongues. I shouted. I got it. Hallelujah." That
don't mean you got it. But, brother, when something come down here, and
you anchor with Christ, then the fruits of the Spirit follow you. And
we bear record, our spirit with His Spirit, that we're sons and
daughters of God. Please have that, friends.
326-214 I keep you here all night, talking about that. I love it. I
love you. I come back to this little Tabernacle time after time, if God
shall spare my life. I want to see you rooted and grounded in that holy
faith. I don't want to see you tossed about by every little wind of
doctrine come by, and shake, and carry on, and have a little blood in
their hands, or a little frost on their face, or something another, and
seeing some kind of--of--of lights before them, and some kinda of--of
selfish thing, as the Bible said, "Puffed up in his heart and seen
nothing." And that's right. I want you to be solid on the Word. If it's
THUS SAITH THE LORD, stay with It, live with It. That's the Urim
Thummim of this day, and God wants you to live by That. If it's not in
the Word, then forget about it and live for God, live for Christ.
326-215 And if your heart begins to stray around, you know there's
something that's happened; go back to the altar and say, "Christ, renew
my--the joy of my salvation. Give unto me that love that I once had;
it's leaking out, Lord. There's something I've done; make me holy
again." Stand, "O Lord, nothing I could do; I can't quit this and quit
that. I'm looking to You to take it out of me, Lord, and I love You."
And walk away from that altar a new person in Christ Jesus. Then you
won't have to depend on your church, depend on your priest, depend on
your pastor. You're depending on the shed Blood of the Lord Jesus, "By
grace are you saved." Let us pray.
326-217 Lord, such strong teachings, it's time this little church could
take meat and no more the milk of the Word. We been too much in the
milk now, giving the baby his bottle. But we've got to have strong
meats, for the day is getting close. Great perilous times are at hand,
and more trouble laying in the road. And we know that there'll never be
better times. We know that we're at the end; times will continue to get
worse and worse until Jesus comes, according to the Scriptures.
We cannot promise them nothing in this life. But in the life to come,
we can promise them Eternal Life through Thy Word, if they'll believe
on the Son of God and accept Him as their Propitiation, as the One Who
stood in their place, as the One Who took their sins. Grant it now.
May unbelievers become believers. May church professors here tonight,
who's professed religion and just living in the church, may they
receive an experience with God, that such love comes into their heart,
that they weep for their sins, die out to themselves, and are borned
anew by the Holy Spirit, and being meek and kind, and loving, and full
of joy and blessings, living such a life, till they're so salty that
they make the people that's around them, thirst to be like them. Grant
it, Lord, for we ask it in His Name.
327-220 And with our heads bowed, I wonder tonight, if there would be
one here say, "Brother Branham, if I was weighed in the balance of God
at that time, I would never, never, never be able to meet that
qualification you're speaking of tonight. I want you to remember me in
prayer, that I will change my ways, and God will come in and take this
nonsense out of me and make me a real Christian." Would you raise your
hand for prayer, as--if you would? God bless you. God bless you. God
bless you in the back. God bless you. God bless you, sir. God bless
you, big brother. God bless you, sister.
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of host,
Heaven and earth are full of Thee,
Heaven and earth are praising Thee,
O Lord Most High. Holy,...
327-221 As you're thinking now, praying, as you feel convinced that
you've been wrong, and you want to be right, would you just raise your
hand, saying, "God, make me what I ought to be." God bless you, little
lady. "God, make me what I ought to be." God bless you, brother,
sister, you, you, you, over here. Day is dying. I know it's hard,
friends, but it's better to know truth now. Now, quietly pray.
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God... (He's holy alone.)
... full of Thee,
Heaven and earth are praising Thee,
O Lord Most High.
328-223 Heavenly Father, as the sun sets in the evening, the robins
gather in the trees with their loved ones. The birds all go to their
nests. The doves fly up on the wires, high, so the snakes won't bother
them through the night; they set there and coo to each other till they
go to sleep. The sun finally sets.
Someday we're coming down to that hour; the sunset's going to happen. I
don't know when, Lord. But there's people here tonight who's convinced
that they've been wrong, and they want to come to that place, like
Lincoln come to it as he was dying, said, "Turn my face towards the
setting sun." And he started, "Our Father, Who art in heaven,..."
As Moody of old said, "Is this death? This is my coronation day."
328-226 O eternal One, receive them just now. By faith, as they set
there in their seats, You knocked at their heart at the seat; that's
their altar. This is the time for You to receive them just now. You
said, "He that cometh to Me, I will in no wise cast out."
And someday when sun is setting, wife or husband is standing by the
bed, the doctor's walked away... O holy, holy, that beautiful, sweet
hush, just before the sun sets. When we could raise up and say,
Sunset and Evening Star,
And one clear call for me;
And may there be no moaning at the bar
When I put out to sea.
328-228 O God, grant it to them this hour, while they wait, waiting for
the blessing of God to come upon them. Take all of the temper, all of
the world away from them, and create in them a new heart. You said,
"I'll take the old heart away, and put in a heart of flesh. And I'll
put My Spirit in that heart, and they shall walk in My statutes and
keep My commandments," because it's an ordinance of love and not of
duty. It's of love, and love constrains us to do it. It's a duty of
love to constrain us. It's our duty to follow love. And I pray, God,
that You'll give it to every heart that raised their hand tonight.
And those who did not raise their hand, may they now by grace raise
their hands to accept You, and to be filled with Your Spirit in this
meek, sweet, quiet, humble way, be full of grace, go out of here as a
changed person. How the birds will sing different, and how everybody
will be different, after this hour, O Lord Most High.
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of earth,
Heaven and earth are full of Thee,
Heaven and earth are praising Thee,
O Lord Most High.
329-230 You now with your heads bowed, you who raised your hands to be
remembered in prayer, do you feel like that God has spoke to you in
such a way now, not by emotion, but just something way down in you? You
feel like that God has give you Eternal Life? You feel like you're
going out of the church tonight as a different person? Would you raise
your hands back tonight? God bless you, son. God bless you, brother.
God bless you, sister. God bless you. That's right. "I'll go from this
church tonight a new person, newborn babes in the Kingdom of God."
329-231 What happened? I know it's a order of coming to the altar;
that's a Methodist altar--a Methodist order, I mean. It was established
in the Methodist church in the days of John Wesley. It never was in the
Bible days; "As many as believed was added to the church." You can
believe wherever you are, out in the field, out on a street, anywhere.
Anywhere, it doesn't make any difference, just so as you accept Christ
as your personal Saviour. It's an act of the Holy Ghost that comes into
your heart. When you believe Him, accept Him, you've passed from death
unto Life, and you become new creatures in Christ Jesus.
Pass me not, O gentle Saviour, (Now, stand to your feet.)
... my humble cry;
While on others Thou are calling,
Do not pass me...
329-232 Now, I want the young man and the lady, which I perceive to be
his wife, that raised up your hand, I want you to raise your hand again
back there, son, with the red coat on, and the lady, that they accepted
Christ as their personal Saviour. The young man setting there in a
wheelchair accepted Christ as his Saviour, felt that God had saved him.
And others back in there that raised your hands, raise them again so
the people can look around, have fellowship with you.
Shake their hand, somebody around, standing near them, say, "God bless
you. Welcome into the Kingdom of God, my brother, my sister."
Fellowship, that's what we want. God bless... Shake hands with this
young man here in the chair. The Lord be with him. That's right. We
welcome you into the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.
330-234 If you have never been baptized as yet, and would desire to be
baptized, make your way up and tell the pastor about it. The pool here
has even got water in it tonight, if you want to be baptized.
Everything's ready. (Did you have a baptism anyhow? What's that?) But
the pool is ready, if anybody'd want to be baptized. The Bible 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 your children, them that's
far off, as many as the Lord our God shall call."
330-235 Do you love Him? Raise your hands. Oh, isn't He wonderful? How
you enjoy this Book of Hebrews? You love it? Oh, wonderful. Now, it's
correction. Oh, it's stern and it's straight. But we love that; that's
the way we want to have it, wouldn't have it no other way.
Now, do you believe Paul's got an authority to preach it like that?
Paul said, "If an Angel come and preached any other gospel, let him be
accursed." Is that right? So we love Him with all of our heart.
330-237 Now, I'm going to ask the pastor to come here just a moment,
our most precious brother, Brother Neville, and he'll have a word to
tell you. And now, if the Lord willing, we'll see you Wednesday night,
and make arrangements about going to Brother Graham Snelling's for a
congregational night. And then for the preaching here to continue on
with the 7th and 8th chapter this coming Wednesday night. Brother