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1 Lord, I believe; Lord, I believe,
All things are possible; Lord, I believe.
Let us remain standing just a moment and bow our heads. Lord Jesus, we
are trying in our humble way to express to You by singing this, that we
believe. And we pray, Lord, that now, that You will continue breaking
the Bread of Life to us, giving to us that which we have need of out of
Thy Word. For we ask it in Jesus' Name. Amen. May be seated.
3 I'm quite sure, if we should--if I'd say the all-sufficient word now
of "amen," that the august blessings of God would still rest upon this
I set this morning and listened close to the service, and enjoyed the
testimonies, the different ways each one has of expressing themselves.
And to hear the newcomers, the Baptist brother here that come to
apologize for thinking that a little wrong. So I--I certainly
appreciate the humil--somebody that can be human enough, or--or
gentleman enough too, if he thinks he's made a mistake. He didn't
exactly apologize to me; it wasn't me he was apologizing to; it was
God. So I--I appreciate that. See? God bless our brother and his
My, that Baptist, you know, I used to belong to the Baptist church
myself. I was a member of the Missionary Baptist church. When I come
among the people, I know how you feel. I felt the same way, just full
of something that I--I didn't know.
6 I remember my first experience of seeing a Pentecostal; it was in
Dowagiac, Michigan. I beg your pardon; I'd been at Dowagiac on a
fishing trip, and was coming down from Dowagiac to down into Indiana.
And so I seen the names of "Jesus" all over the cars and things, and I
listened to their services that day. And the next day they asked me to
come to the platform to say a few words, and I did. And I... They asked
me what church I belonged to, and I told them I was a Baptist.
And that night they had an old colored man was going to preach, and he
must've been in his late eighties, and he come out to the platform. The
old fellow, they almost had to lead him out. He was, one of those long
ministerial coats on, and a velvet collar, and just a little rim of
white fur hair around the side. And I thought, "All these men here and
theologians, great men, how they'd let this service be given to a
fellow like that? Well, the old man should be in a chair somewhere,
8 They'd been preaching that day about what Jesus had did here on
earth. And, but he came take--took his text, I believe it was from
Job:7 20, I wouldn't be sure that's the Scripture. However, this is the
quotation, or some part of it, "Where were you when I laid the
foundations of the world, when the morning stars sang together, and the
sons of God shouted for joy?" And he spoke on what went on in heaven,
while they had been speaking on what went on in earth.
And somewhere, at about five minutes after he was speaking, he, the
Spirit of the Lord hit him, and he jumped way up in the floor and
clicked his heels together. And my, there was so much room, there was
almost half on this platform; and he went walking off, said, "You just
haven't got enough room up here for me to preach."
Well, I was about twenty years old then. I thought, "If--if that'll do
that for that old man, what would it do for me?" So see?
11 Behalf of keeping everything just as orderly for our new brothers,
that we certainly welcome them into our fellowship. I see, I believe
they had made mention of a priest setting here; I think; 'course, being
Irish, my people are Catholic. And so there was a couple more Baptist
and different ones. You might've been a little confused awhile ago. I
noticed none of the brethren spoke about it, but I thought I would try
to straighten out. When Brother Shakarian... After the fine speaker
here was got so filled with joy of knowing the coming of the Lord so
close at hand, he--he spoke in an unknown tongue to us. And we have
interpreters that gives the interpretation. Which Scripture says, "If
there be no interpreter, then let them hold their peace." But if--if
they speak in tongues and then interpret it, it becomes prophecy. So
the little confusion of--of two of them at one time. Now, that wasn't a
bit confusing (See?), because one of them was giving the
interpretation; the other one was prophesying. See? So that's...
12 I thought I would let our brethren understand, if they did not
understand, because one of them was correctly giving... Did you notice
the time limits of each one? And the other one was just so filled
himself, that the Spirit of God was prophesying through one;
interpreting, the other was giving the interpretation. So that it might
be clear, that you... We're not... Sometimes, to the natural mind...
Just like our precious brother that give the apology this morning. It
is a bit confusing to the person who doesn't understand. But to those
who are in, that's veterans of the battle that we're in, why, we
understand that what these things are. So I just thought I'd say
something about it, if it was all right.
13 Now, I--I know this is no place to say this. But being that
everybody's been telling little things, I... You know, that fellow
said, the old colored man said, "You don't have enough room for me to
preach." You ain't got enough time for me to preach: rather long-winded.
A man said one day, said, "A minister came up; he'd been a pastor at
the church for twenty years. And he always preached just exactly thirty
minutes each Sunday morning at his church." And he said, "This Sunday
morning, he preached three hours."
And so the deacon board called him in, and said, "Pastor, we really
appreciate you." Said, "We always know that--that you stand for the
Bible and Its rights." And said then, "And you always correct us so we
can be feel pure and clean before God. And we really appreciate you,
and we believe you're God's servant. And we certainly did appreciate
that message this morning." But said, "There's just one thing that we
want to ask you about." Said, "We timed you, as a deacon board." Said,
"Every Sunday morning you're just exactly thirty minutes, and today you
were three hours." Said, "Now, remember, we appreciate every bit of it.
It was all right." Making the old fellow feel good, you know.
16 He said, "Well, brethren, I'll tell you what it is." Said, "Every
morning when I go to... I'm called to the pulpit," said, "I put one of
those little Life Savers in my mouth," he said, "and I just suck on
it." And said, "When the Life Saver's done," said, "it takes just
thirty minutes," and said, "then I quit preaching." He said, "You know,
this morning, I thought I was a little overtime. I spit it out; I had a
button in my mouth."
I ain't going to put anything in, so--so we hope I don't get some
buttons in our pockets. But we are... I hope that didn't sound
sacrilegious here. But I just... You know, even God has a sense of
humor, you know.
So we are very thankful to be here and have this time of fellowship,
and--and with this grand privilege to break the Bread of Life once
again in my own simple little way. I know, as theologians, as that man
spoke here last night from England; my, hate to get up behind a person
like that with my seventh-grade education. But I hope that God will
interpret to you the meaning in my heart. See? If my words are not
right, my intentions, I--I trust, are.
19 Now, let us read in the Scripture. Many of you like to follow. And
I'm going to read this morning, for just a few moments from the Book of
Jeremiah the prophet, the 2nd chapter, and I am going to begin now with
the 1st verse.
Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Go and cry in the
ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; I remember thee, the
kindness of thy youth, and the love of thine espoused, when thou
wentest after me in the wilderness, and in the land that was not sown.
Israel was holiness unto the LORD, and the firstfruit of his increase:
all that devour him shall... and offend; evil shall come upon them,
saith the LORD.
Hear ye the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob, and all the families of
the house of Israel:
Thus saith the LORD, What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that
they have gone far from me, and walked after vanity, and are become
Neither said they, Where is the LORD that brought us up out of the land
of Egypt, and led us through the wilderness, through the land of desert
and of pits, through the land of drought, and of the shadows of death,
through the land that no man passed through, and... no man dwelleth?
And I brought you into a plentiful country to eat the fruit thereof and
the goodness thereof; but when you entered, ye defiled my land, and
made my heritage an abomination.
And the priests said not, Where is the LORD? And the hand of the law
knew me not: and the pastors also transgressed against me, and the
prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit.
Therefore I will... plead with you, saith the LORD, and with your
children's children will I plead.
For... over this land of Chittim, and see; and in the Kedar, and
consider diligently that, and see if there be such a thing.
Has a nation changed their gods, which are... no gods? but my people
have changed their glory for that which does not profit.
Be astonished, O you heavens, at this, and be horrible afraid,... very
desolate, saith the LORD.
For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the
fountain of living waters, and have hewed them out cisterns, broken
cisterns, that can hold no water.
20 May the Lord add His blessings to the reading of His Words. And I
would like to--to take a text of that as, "Broken Cisterns."
We had been reading this Scripture this morning; which, all Scripture's
given by inspiration. And we come to the house of the Lord for
correction and for understanding. And sometimes that we see the... any
little thing in the way.
Like this military man awhile ago was speaking to us and saying that
some certain things, that perhaps maybe in some other country has a
certain missile, or--or something on that idea, and we've got to find
something to counteract that in--in a military strategy.
Well, the same thing goes into a church to a parish where a man is
preaching, or if he's an evangelist in the field. When he sees
uprisings, and something that's just starting, going, its infancy or
whatever it is; it's that man, if he is a servant of God, to block that
thing so far from the people's minds that they'll keep away from it.
And we don't want that to happen, for us to get into places like that.
24 Now, during the time of Jeremiah here, his prophecy, it had been
about sixty years since the death of--of Isaiah--Isaiah. And they'd
been about sixty years without a major prophet. There was Habakkuk and
some of the small minor prophets, but Isaiah was the last major
prophet. And the people had--had, during this time had had no one to
call them out, they had drifted (Yet, they were God's people.), had
drifted into this state now that--that we find them in, as Jeremiah
came to prophesy to them. And Jeremiah also was... He prophesied before
the exile, and also he went into exile with them.
And then, of course, Daniel come on after Jeremiah. And Daniel said
that he had understandings by the Scripture of the seventy years that
they was to be there.
'Course, there was another prophet among them, that wanted to make this
yoke, as he put it upon his neck, that it would be a small thing, that,
"Within two years, well, God was going to bring them all back," but
Jeremiah knowed different from that. And we know what happened to the
prophet who prophesied wrongly; he died that same year. So God wouldn't
let him stand.
27 And now, we also notice the conditions of the people in that day.
Now, I do not wish you to misunderstand me; I--I'm not aiming in what I
aim to say here, some Scriptures and little notes.
Used to be I didn't have to--to write my Scriptures and things down.
But after I passed twenty-five the second time, well, I--I don't
remember like I used to, so I write down a Scripture and kind of know
from that where I'm going. And then so much time praying for the sick,
and so forth, and out and gone, I don't have time to really study like
I should do.
29 Now, but this great prophet of this day was Jeremiah, and he was
something on a order of Amos and many of the other prophets that rose
up. He was stirred when he seen the conditions of the nation. Now,
there were places...
Some time when you're speaking about a nation, it might think that it's
reflecting to a--a certain group. It--it's not that. It's the overall
picture of the nation. And we find today, a--a very comparative
condition today as it was in the days of Jeremiah, that the nation
itself altogether has gone into, more or less, idolatry; kind of a, I'd
say, got away from God. And by doing that, it's been the weakness of
the pulpit. Because if the pulpit would've stayed straight, and with
the Word of God, God would be in every church like He is moving among
us here. But they have led away from that. And that's the thing that
I--I want to talk about this morning. And now, we find that that's
absolutely true in every age.
31 I believe it was Amos, as I referred to him awhile ago, that he said
he was not a prophet, neither the son of a prophet. But said, that when
the lion roars, who can but fear?
And if anyone ever heard a real lion roar in the wilderness, these you
hear in the cages around here are just meowing. But when one roars in
the wilderness, everything takes heed. I've laid in the jungle to hunt
them. And he's the king of the beasts, and, when that lion roars, even
the beetles stop hollering; everything does. The--the--the jackals and
the--and the hyenas a screaming, and the other animals, the squawking
of the baboons and the monkeys, the beetles, you can hardly hear
yourself think; but in the distance let a lion roar, and every beetle
will stop hollering. See, everything's afraid of him. Yet, there's many
things can kill him, but he's recognized as the king amongst the beasts.
He said, "When the lion roars, who can but fear?" He said, "Then God
has spoken, who can but prophesy?"
And that's, I think, the condition meets that challenge again today.
God has spoken. See? And we see the handwriting on the wall, so it's
very easy to prophesy and see that we're at the end time.
35 And we're seeing God, from every section of denominations, all the
way from Catholicism, through all the Protestant churches, Buddhas and
whatmore, from India, and whatevermore. He's calling His people
together, assembling them together. And I'm--I'm very happy for that to
see this day coming. Now, we... It's--it's a great day, one of the
That if I had to, if I would--would've knowed before there was a world,
when we were souls a part of God, that we are, for we were with Him
before the foundations of the world. Because there's only one form of
Eternal Life, and that's God. And we're a part of Him. We was not so
much that we would know and--and could think, and had a being; but we
were in His thoughts of what we were, before the foundation of the
world. Because we are a part of Him, like my son is part of me, and I
am part of my father, and so forth. We are sons and daughters of God,
by His foreknowledge.
And back there, if I could've known as I know now, and could looked
over the whole span of time, and He'd have said to me, "What time do
you want to live?" I'd said this time right now, just the eve of
the--the ending up of world history, and the oncoming of the Kingdom of
God to be established in the earth. I think it's the most glorious time
of all ages is right now. A...
38 We find out here that Israel is accused by the prophet, when God had
ordained him and sent him out. They were accused of two major sins. And
we want to talk on those two things that they had done. And from that,
we want to prosper by it. Now, they had turned from God, the Fountain
of living water, and had hewed themselves out cisterns. They had turned
from the thing that God had given them, and had hewed themselves
something that they had did themselves. And these cisterns, you notice,
he had--they had broken and they were leaking.
39 Now, a broken cistern cannot hold water. It'll leak out. I was
raised on a farm, and I know what an old cistern is, and the difficult
we have with it.
And this leaking cistern is a--a very fine picture, I think, of this
day, that when our--everything that we have tried to do, to get men
together, get people together, get churches together, it has become
always in the realm of intellectual tryings. We have tried to make all
the Methodists become Baptists, and vice versa, and the different
denominations. And that was not God's program to begin with.
41 God only has one meeting place. He said over there in the Book of
Exodus, that, "I have chosen the place to put My Name, and that's the
only place that I'll meet people." And He had chose a place to put His
Name. And where He put His Name, that's where He met Israel. He's got a
place that He meets His church today, and He chose that Name, and that
Name is Jesus Christ. And there's where He meets the true believer,
when he's in Jesus Christ. That's where God chose to put His Name.
You say, "God's Name?"
He said, "I came in My Father's Name." So that's where God put His Name
was in Christ. And in Christ is where we can all meet under the shed
Blood, and there have real, true fellowship.
43 God made His program at the beginning in the garden of Eden, where
the place He would meet man, and that wasn't upon intellectual
understandings; if it had, Eve was exactly in line with His program.
But we know that her accepting Satan's intellectual conception,
"Surely, God will not," but God said He would... And so then He chose
the place of redemption, and it was by Blood, and not by intellectual
So we're only beating the air, but it's just human nature that--that
people will try to--to do that. If we had time, we could break it down
in many pieces, but I don't want that button. So we'll just try to make
it as simple as possible, "Leaking cisterns." And we find that
it's--it's absolutely happened again; it's a very picture of our age
that we're living in, of all of our trying.
And no disregards to every effort that any servant of God, that even
names the Name of Jesus Christ. He ought to be honored for just even
naming His Name in reverence and respect. And the great evangelistical
systems that's crossed the earth, and so forth, in these last days, I
think, still we'll never be able to get people in one heart until we
get them underneath the Blood of Jesus Christ. That--that's the only
place that we'll ever be safely.
46 Someone called me not long ago, from up in the east, and said,
"Brother Branham, I hear you've moved out to--to Arizona, and you
formed a--a place there where that there's safety." And as you know how
the Message come, and the Lord told me what would happen in Alaska, and
how down through California it would be, and it's just been that way.
They said, "Now, if that's shaking, and everything, where is the safety
I said, "There is one safety zone that I know of. That's in Christ. For
those that are in Christ, will..." It's the only one I know.
48 Now, Jeremiah was called also, "the weeping prophet." And because I
believe, that made this prophet weep--weep, rather, was because him
being a prophet (and the Word of the Lord comes to such) and seeing the
people walk after their traditions, and thought they were all right,
and no way at all to turn them.
For they was going straight to exile, because we know you reap what you
sow, regardless of who you are, what you are. And we as a nation have
reaped--or sowed, rather, and we've got to reap. I'm speaking tomorrow,
the Lord willing, at afternoon, on "Birth Pains"; and I--and I touch
that in there, that we cannot get by with nothing. We've got to reap
what we sow.
And if God would let us get by with our perversion of Christianity
today, and perverting in the people into these things that's so-called
Christianity, as Brother Moore once said, "He'd be morally obligated to
raise up Sodom and Gomorrah and apologize for burning them up." That's
right, because God's still just. And where unjustice has got;
it's--it's becoming to His holiness and His Word that He makes people
reap for what they sow, and we'll have to do that.
51 Now, notice they had left Him, the Fountain of living waters, and
had hewed themselves cisterns.
Now, there may be somebody here who wouldn't understand what a cistern
is. A cistern is a manmade tank that tries to take the place of a well.
It's something that somebody dug. And how many knows what a cistern is?
Fine. All right, a lot of country people here this morning. So that
they... I remember the old cistern at the place, how it looked, and I
was always afraid to drink from the thing. It was a--a manmade tank.
And it never can be relied on. You cannot rely on a cistern.
53 Now, anything that man does is usually not very good. But just like
the--the Lord set time into--into--into its cycle, and the earth
turning; every year, every time it crosses, every day, every hour, and
the sun setting, and it never fails. But the very best watches we can
get, will fail many minutes in a month's time, no doubt. But, you see,
everything God does is perfect, and what man does is imperfect. So why
accept what man does, when you can have perfect?
54 I've always said that about us Pentecostal people. See, we know, and
we're not--we're not out of the order of course, of God, we don't
believe; but we also know that among us we have people who try to
impersonate the other fellow. That's just human. They'll try to do
that. They did it in the Bible: one, "I'm of Paul," and "I'm of Silas,"
and so forth. But they--they tried to impersonate what someone else did
or is doing.
But why would you accept a false impersonation, when the skies are full
of the genuine thing. When the promise is unto you and to your
children, why would we accept something that was different? Why would
we take up a creed or a dogma, when the Bible is the unadulterated Word
of God? Why would we try to add to or take from, when the Lord Jesus
said in Revelations 22:18, "Whosoever shall take one Word out of It, or
add one word to It, his part will be taken from the Book of Life"?
56 When God first set the human race in--on earth, He told them they
live by His Word. Now, the Word of God is like a chain, you're passing
across hell with It; and its chain is only its best at its weakest
link, and God wants us to keep every Word of It. Now, that was the
first of the Bible; just to break one Word, plunged the human race into
a darkness of death.
Jesus came in the middle of the Bible, and He said that, "Man shall not
live by bread alone, but by every Word." Not just part of the Words, or
ninety-nine out of a hundred; but every Word, just like Eve and Adam
And in the last of the Bible, Revelations 22:18, He said that,
"Whosoever shall take a Word out of This, or add one Word to It..." So
why do we need to inject in Here somebody's ideas of things, when this
is God's own Idea about it? We want to take what He said. And it's also
written, "Let every man's word be a lie, and Mine be the Truth."
60 That's what was the matter with this prophet. In the days of
Jeremiah, he was a prophet, he had the Word of the Lord. And this
fellow was trying to inject something to It.
Now it cannot be relied upon. And I'm likening these tanks now to these
systems that we have tried to take, and to take the place of the
original Word of God.
For nothing can take Its place. It is God. "In the beginning was the
Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was
made flesh and dwelt among us." And Hebrews 13:8 said He's the same
yesterday, today, and forever. How can we rub away from That? It's got
to be the Truth. He remains the same. He is the same in every principle.
That's the reason you enjoy It, you Baptists and Methodists, and
Catholic and Presbyterians, and so forth, enjoy that Presence.
Somewhere in you, you've accepted God. Maybe sometime in an
intellectual way, maybe you have felt the power of God, and you are a
servant of God; but when you can really come into God, and recognize
your place in Him as a son or a daughter of God, that's what brings
that great thrill to you, that God intended you to have.
63 Now, we notice in Saint Mark the 16th chapter, Jesus did not say,
"Go ye into all the world, and--and--and teach." He said, "Go preach
the Gospel." 'Preach the Gospel' is demonstrating the power of the Holy
Spirit. "Go ye into all the world, and demonstrate the power of the
Talking to a brother, one of the sponsor's on the--my meeting in India,
in Bombay there, down into South Africa and different places, where the
missionaries had taught it as a word or as an intellectual conception.
But one day in the meeting, when the Holy Spirit came down Hisself and
saved thirty thousand blanket natives at one altar call, and right on
the same ground where they were standing. Women standing there, who had
been as naked as they almost were when they come into the world, and
the very minute that they raised their hands to receive Christ...
And the Holy Spirit fell upon the place and healed twenty-five thousand
people at one time, off of wheelchairs, cots and stretchers. The mayor
of the city had me, next day, look at these van loads going down the
66 Them women standing there naked, not knowing they were naked, but as
soon as the Holy Spirit struck them, they folded their arms to walk
away from the presence of their men.
And I'm wondering that how that we in America call ourself a Christian
nation, and in the Presence of God; and each year we, our women, take
off more. And you ought to be putting on more. And more of Christ you
put on, the more conscious you'll be of your own conditions. Sometime I
see the way people act on the street, I wonder if it's just exactly
mentally right. Seems like that they don't realize that when they do
that, what they are doing; they're making themselves a bait for the
devil, and to send souls to hell. That's right. But the world is in a
corruption like it was in the days of Jeremiah.
68 Now, back to the cistern. Now, this cistern cannot be relied upon
because it cannot fill itself. And it has to depend upon the local
rains to fill it, the local rains or the local revivals to have a
little revival here and a little revival over there, or so forth to get
it filled up. So it cannot be relied on. It can't fill itself. It's
insufficiency to itself. It cannot do it. And it's got to depend on the
rains to fill it.
Then let's notice where it--it gets its rain, where it gets its water,
the cistern. It comes off the top of the barn, sheds, where all the
dirt that the dust blows up there, it washes right into the rain, and
right down into the cistern, a manmade tank. It becomes almost like a
cesspool. And it washes off the top of the barn where all the animals,
of the smell in the barnyards, and so forth, and settle down. And the
air blows in the--the dust and stuff on the barn, then the local rain
comes along and washes the rain, right off.
And then the water is carried by a manmade trough through a manmade
spout to a manmade tank. And then when it gets there, it's filthy, so
filthy that you have to put a strainer rag on it, or you couldn't drink
it. Now, see, it's washing from the roof by a manmade trough, manmade
spout, into a manmade tank. And then it with a manmade strainer over
the top of it to see that some of the bugs and things is kept back.
71 Now, now, we notice, in these few days after the water sets there in
this manmade denominate, or tank. Excuse me. Excuse me. All right.
After it's--after it's been washed off of all kinds of theologies and
things washed into it; now we come to find out, when it sets there a
few days, it becomes stagnant.
And anyone knows in the history of the church, when God sends something
forth, a message, and it becomes fresh from God. Then after the--the
life of that founder, or whatever it might be; you call him reformer,
or whatever you want to say about it. After his death, then they get a
system worked up and they make an organization. And as soon as they
make an organization out of that, it dies right there. It never rises
again. It's did it through every time, back, plumb on back.
73 In giving the regards to this Catholic priest setting here; when God
organized the church--or, not organized it, God never did organize a
church. He's not in that kind of a business. He's in birth, not
organizations, so when God started the church off at the day of
Pentecost. And then finally down at Nicaea, Rome, they organized it,
and there's where it lost its power.
Then we come on down to the Lutheran reformation, and it was a great
thing. The Word of God was given, "Just shall live by faith." And when
they did, instead of picking up, all together, all of them together and
marching on, they made a Lutheran church, separating themselves from
this group, and then it died.
75 Then God raised up John Wesley with sanctification, the message of
the second work of grace, and it was a wonderful thing. But after
Wesley and Asbury, they organized it; it died.
Then up come the Pentecostals with the restoration of the gifts. They
were doing fine; what happened? Organized it, and it died. Just exact.
Now, in the midst of all this, God's still calling a remnant out of
every one of those generations. He's certainly. And it's our time of
coming out, of gathering together. And that's what I think the Full
Gospel Business Men has played a great part in breaking down these
walls, and saying that, "There's no difference in us. Let us come
together and worship God under one principle, not under an
organization." If it was an organization, I'd get off this platform
right now. I have nothing to do with it.
78 What it is, it's got to be a fellowship, and not a fellowship of
some creed. But a fellowship in Christ by the power of--of His
resurrection, that's the thing that brings Life. It brings birth.
And before birth can come, we realize there has to be death before
birth. And a birth is a mess; I don't care what kind of a birth it is.
If it's in a pig pen, or--or wherever it is, it's a mess. And so is the
new birth, it makes you do things that ordinarily you wouldn't think
you would do. But when you're ready to die to yourself, then you're
borned again, a new creature in Christ Jesus, then things open up and
life becomes a new sight to you, because you've accepted the Person of
Jesus Christ, and not some theory or some creed.
Or even to the written Word, It's got to be quickened by the Holy
Spirit. No matter how much theology you've got, it's laying there dead.
I could have a handful of wheat; until it gets into the process to
where it can be quickened, the wheat will never live. And you can have
a doctor's degree, Ph., LL., whatever you wish to; but until the Holy
Spirit comes upon that and quickens it to you, as a personal experience
with God, then the wheat does no good. Your learning is in vain.
81 As this Englishman said the other night here, I was so astonished at
that. All the learning he had, as Paul, he had to forget all he knowed
in order to find Christ, do things that he thought he wouldn't do.
But that's the way God does; He humiliates us in our educational
system. Not as I'm trying to support ignorance, but I'm trying to tell
you the difference. Education can never bring Life. It takes the Spirit
of God to bring Life, and that Life must not come out of just a
intellectual revival. It's got to come out of the Bible, Word revival,
and that Word is the same yesterday, today, and forever. And when It
falls today, and quickens, you get the same results you did in Acts 2.
Exactly. It always has, and it always will be, because it's the Spirit
of God that conditions the atmosphere.
83 It takes atmosphere to do things. That's the reason you men are
always taught, "Bring your children here." Well, certainly that's
right. I was glad to see my daughter Rebekah come in and set down just
a few minutes ago. Some of you seen me wink at a woman; it was my
daughter; so she come in and set down. I want her to receive the
baptism of the Spirit, and that's why she is here in the meeting.
That's what the purpose of it. It takes atmosphere.
As old Doctor Bosworth used to say, "You can take a hen egg and put it
under a pup, it'll hatch a chicken." Why? Because it's an egg and got
the right atmosphere.
I don't care if you're a Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian; in the right
atmosphere it'll hatch out a new-born child of God. Atmosphere, that
does it, no matter what denominational tag you have.
86 I used to herd cattle. I noticed the ranger when we'd take them up
into the forest, out of the--out of the feeding lands down at the
ranches, and put them on the forest. He would stand there and watch as
they went through the gate at the drift fence. He never paid so much
attention to brands, because there was all kinds of brands went through
there. But there's one thing he did notice, the blood tag. It had to be
a thoroughbred Hereford or it could not go on that forest, because it's
the Hereford Association that grazes that forest. It must have a blood
tag to keep the breeding right.
And I think that that's the way it'll be at the day of the judgment.
He's not going to ask me if I was Methodist, Baptist, Pentecostal, or
Presbyterian, but He's going to look for the Blood tag. "When I see the
Blood, I'll pass over you." That's the thing.
88 So we find that these cisterns, after they set around awhile, they'd
be--they become stagnant and they are no good. And it becomes then,
also becomes the home of frogs, and lizards, and snakes, and bugs, and
germs, and whatmore, because it's a stagnated condition that's pushed
into it. Could you imagine, washing off of a barn roof, or off of a
house close to the barn, or anywhere the dirt would be, what kind of a
bugs and germs, and everything that washes into this cistern?
89 Now, it's a perfect example of any kind of a manmade system. He's a
failure to begin with. That's the reason he needs a Saviour. He could
not save himself; he cannot do nothing for it. He's lost to begin with.
He's borned in the world sinful; he comes to the world speaking lies.
He's a liar to start with, so how in the world can he do anything for
How can a holy man... There's no holy man. There's no holy church. It's
a Holy Ghost, not a holy church, a holy people; it's a Holy Ghost among
a people; that's what it is to me. Not a holy mountain where Peter and
them stood; the mountain wasn't holy. But it's the holy God on the
mountain that made it holy. It's not a holy person; it's the Holy Ghost
used in that person, what makes it holy, not the person, but the Person
of the Holy Ghost. It isn't the man; because he's just a man, born in
sin, shaped in iniquity, come to the world speaking lies.
91 Any manmade system will keep him right in that; he'll blind the
thing from the intellectual, the intellectual eyes, that they think, "I
belong to church; my name is on the book. I have did this. My father
was this and so forth." That sounds all right; which it is, nothing to
say against it. But still, friend, Jesus said, "Except a man be born
again, he cannot even see." "See" there doesn't mean that he sees with
his eyes, but, "understand the Kingdom of heaven." Until you're born
How would this Baptist evangelist, how would that man who stood there
and criticized and made fun of It? See, there's nothing in him that
could even receive It; but God had to do it. See? God gave him the Holy
Spirit. He manifested that this was not hypocrisy; this is the Word. He
only hears it from a school idea, and they try to take all the--the
blessings of God and place it on a day gone by.
93 A--a young Baptist preacher, here not long ago, setting present
right here this morning; and he came to me, and he said, "Brother
Branham, there's one thing that you are doing that's wrong."
I said, "Help me."
And he said, "You are... I think you're sincere and a good person,
I said, "Thank you, sir."
He said, "But there's one thing you're doing wrong."
I said, "I hope the Lord just finds one thing wrong."
And he said, "Well, there's... This is what you're doing that's wrong."
Said, "You're trying to introduce to the world an apostolic ministry";
and said, "the apostolic ministry ceased with the apostles."
I said, "As a Baptist to a Baptist, I'd like to ask you a question."
I said, "Do you believe the Word of God's inspired, every bit of it?"
He said, "Why, certainly."
I said, "Then, He said, 'Don't add one word or take one for." I said
then, "I'll show you where the apostolic blessing come on the people by
a promise of God, now you show me the promise of God and when it went
off the people. See, if you can't produce that in the Word, then--then
forget about it" See? I said, "because It's still going on."
99 He never said nothing for a few minutes. And so I said, "Well, then,
brother, I'd like to ask you this. Peter introduced the apostolic
message on the day of Pentecost. And we all know that's true, for he
had the keys to the Kingdom, that Jesus had given to him. And now watch
what he said. He said, 'Repent, every one of you, and be baptized in
the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall
receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to
your children, and to them that's far off, even as many as the Lord our
God shall call.' Then if there's a place where He took it out, then
what happened to Peter's words on the day of Pentecost?" See? No, it's
Dear dying Lamb, Thy precious Blood
Shall never lose its power,
Till all the ransomed Church of God
Be saved, to sin no more.
Then in a nobler, sweeter song,
I'll sing Thy power to save,
When this poor lisping, stammering tongue
Lies silent in the grave.
God help me to believe that and hold to it, and all of us, and stand by
it, because it is the Gospel truth. Yes, sir.
101 A wise man should never look at these things and know that they
won't work. They never have worked. An organized religion and an
organized experience will never work in the Presence of God. It's got
to come unadulterated from God. It has never been used by God, no time
in the past that God ever used such a system. Now, you, oh, you get
members and things like that. But I mean the genuine seed of God, the
blessing like fell on the day of Pentecost, it never comes by
organization; it comes by a birth, being born again.
102 We're invited to take Israel for--for an example, which they have
been. Notice, they had forsaken Him, their provided fountain, and had
hewed themselves out cisterns. Could you imagine a--a--a--a thing, when
a man is at a artesian well, drinking, and then wants to make him a
cistern (See?) to drink out of it? Now, that's what the prophet said;
that's what the Word of God said. That's what God said to the prophet.
"You have forsaken Me and--and have left Me, the Fountain of living
waters, and have hewed yourself out cisterns, which are broken, and
they're leaking out."
103 See something... They wanted something they could control, or to
show what they had done. That's the--that's the folly of organized
religion. It's always trying... They've got to have something in it
themself. They got to have all these systems, and societies, and
things, "And I belong to this now." Instead of just being humble
children of God, they want something that they could show themselves.
Instead of letting God do it His way, they wanted to do it their way.
And that's the way the systems has got the church today. Not... Each
system, one wants it this way; one wants it that way. If you're a
Methodist, you must be it this way, a Baptist, this way. A
Presbyterian, Catholic, whatevermore, they got their systems. Nothing
against that, but that ain't what I'm talking about.
Man wants his way of doing it, and God has got His way of doing it. And
He said, "You are holding to your way, a broken cistern, and won't
accept My way, the way of Life."
And that's the same thing as it is today. It just hasn't varied a bit.
Think how foolish of a man leaving an artesian well of pure clean water
bubbling up, and then he want to go to a broken cistern that he made
himself, and dig him out a cistern, with that trash that's up on top of
the barn washing into it, then drink from that. There certainly is
something mentally wrong with that person.
106 And when a man will cling to a--an ecclesiastical conception of the
Scripture, instead of accepting the Holy Ghost which vindicates the
Scripture and makes It real to you, there's something spiritual wrong
with that person. That's exactly right. Sure, the Holy Ghost... Each
one has an interpretation of the Bible, what you think is right. God
don't need your help. God don't need your interpretation.
God's His own Interpreter. God does the interpretation the way He--the
way He says He would do it. The Lord said in the beginning, "let there
be light," and there was light. That don't need any interpretation.
That's what God did. He said, "A virgin shall conceive"; she did. That
don't need any interpretation. He said He would pour out His Spirit
upon all flesh; He did. It doesn't need any interpretation. God
interprets His own Word by vindicating It, and manifesting It, and
108 That's how a prophet was proven to be of God. He said, "If there be
one among you, who's spiritual or a prophet, I the Lord will make
Myself known unto him in visions, speak to him through dreams. And what
he says comes to pass, then fear him; but if it doesn't, don't do it."
That's the same thing when God speaks His Word, and the man says, "The
Word is This," and it happens that way, then it's God doing it.
But if he says, "It's this way, and the days are gone," why it takes
all the... He reaches for a hungry bread, in his hand to children, and
take it away from them, and them starving. Why would you want to drink
out of a cistern when this artesian well was there?
What is a Fountain of Life now? What is the Fountain of Life, fountain
of living Waters? An artesian well we would liken It to.
112 Now, I want you to notice the difference between a cistern and a
fountain of living water; artesian well, and an old broken cistern out
there full of bugs, lizards, frogs, germs, whatmore. See?
And here's an artesian well. Now, watch this. It's self-supporting. You
don't have to get any big systems and bring a lot of money into it. You
don't have to join a lot of members. It supports its members, of the
Spirit of Life in them, functioning.
Notice the water that comes from it: fresh, pure and clean. Not a
cistern, something stagnated that's been indocumated by forty, fifty
different minds, saying, "This is right, and that's right, and this
conception," and vote and call on, and as they do, and then make a
denomination out of it. It's pure and clean, unadulterated Word of God,
coming from the hand of God. It's a real artesian well.
Notice, the secret of its power is within itself. Man cannot find it.
Some kind of a pressure beneath it, that's a-making it push up.
116 I remember when I, used to, was the state game warden of Indiana. I
used to go by in Harrison County, a certain well, a spring. It was
always bubbling up. And just, oh, it looked like it was the most
happiest thing. Whether the snow was on the ground, ice, was froze, how
cold it was, it still bubbled; where the old manmade ponds and tanks,
with frogs and everything, was out there froze over, solid.
And that goes to show that any denomination, through a little lack of
Spirit or a little change of atmosphere, will freeze over. But God's
artesian well is that He's the same yesterday, today, and forever. It
keeps all the things bubbled out of it and shoved out of it. And
there's none in there to begin with. The minute it gets into it, it'll
push it out of the way.
118 That thing was bubbling up like that, and I said, set down there
one day; I thought, "I believe I'll talk to that spring, just for a
moment." I took off my hat, and I said, "What are you so happy about?
What are you bubbling so about? Maybe it's because the deers drink from
you once in a while."
If he could've spoke, he'd said, "No."
I said, "Maybe it's because that I drink from you."
"No, that isn't it."
I said, "Well, what's making you so pure, so clean? So what--what is it
bubbling that makes you bubble, full of joy all the time, and nothing
can freeze you over? You're spurting up in the air, and there's
nothing; clean water."
If it could've spoke to me, you know what that well would've said? He'd
have said, "Brother Branham, it--it isn't me a bubbling. It's something
behind me, bubbling me." And that's the way it is. That's a poor word,
but you know what I mean.
121 And that's the way it is with a born again experience. You cannot
contain it. It's a--a well of water within you, bubbling up into
Everlasting Life. See, there's something about it, that you have
nothing to do with. The manmade tanks may freeze, and them begging for
revival and everything; but a man that's under that Fountain, living in
that Fountain, it's day and night. No, you don't have to wait on local
rains and local revivals. You are full of It. "I'll give unto him a
fountain of Life, in him, bubbling up." There's something in It that's
fresh every day, pure and clean. It's the unadulterated Word of God in
your heart and mouth, vindicating Itself, speaking for Itself. I don't
care whether it's raining, whether it's snowing, what kind of weather
it is, you're still happy because the Holy Spirit is in there bubbling
up. It's a hidden power. Notice. Oh, its secret's within it.
122 It gives of itself, freely, to whomsoever will drink and use of its
substance. Now, you don't pick out, say, "Well now, I just have to go
to the Methodist church because I'm a Methodist, for a revival. I'll
have to go over here, but if--I have to go a Pentecostal because I'm a
Pentecostal revivalist." I'm telling you, when you got that well of
Water springing up, that Fountain, when you're drinking by there,
there's no difference, you give to anything that comes by. You're
willing to give a hope of Life to a Catholic, to a Protestant, to a
Jew, to a atheist, or whatever it is. You're really, really got
Something in you that's doing it.
123 You notice another thing about it, you don't have to pump it. You
don't have to pull it, and pump it up. I've seen so much of that till
it makes me sick: pumping up something, playing a bunch of music, and
jumping up-and-down, or--or a great bunch of literature out in the
town, and great big signs, "The man of the hour."
There's only one Man of the hour, and that's Jesus Christ, Who's the
same yesterday, today, and forever. There's only one Messenger from
God, and that's the--that's Jesus Christ. Yes, sir.
You don't have to pump this up, or pull it down. Or, not, you don't
have to join it. You just take it, freely. Amen. "I am the Fountain of
living Water; you left Me to go and make yourself some tanks." Now, you
don't have to pulp it--pump it, pull it, and join it, dig it, nothing
else. You just have to take of it freely.
126 You don't need any manmade theology for a strainer rag, either, to
tell you what go through it, what it does not. Some manmade theology of
some educational system, self-righteous religion in your--in
their--this, or some cistern of religious system, you don't need it. It
don't have to be there. You put a rag on that, it'd throw it plumb up
in the air. It don't have nothing to do with it. It's self-supporting.
It's the power of God springing up into Life. Why would a man leave a
thing like that to join into a system, is more than what I could say.
It don't need any strainer rags. It don't need it. It does not need to
be--does not need to depend on local rains for its filling. It's full
all the time. Amen.
127 A man, I hear them say, "I'm just down in the dumps today." Oh, my.
Oh, I'm glad to be living in the Presence of God, whether things are
going right or not right. He's my Life. Amen. He's all our Life. He's
the Life, the abundant Life. Yes, sir. His... And look what it does for
us. Its power and purity is within itself. It needs no priming from the
cistern or any other system.
Somebody say, "Well, what's your fellowship card? Let's see if you're a
good Baptist. I'll see if you got a card. Or--or, a good Pentecostal,
if you're a Oneness, Twoness, Threeness, or--or whatevermore." See? It
doesn't need any priming. It's always a going. Yeah.
You know, I used to have this old cistern; I had to pour water down
there and prime and prime and prime, with this old sucker pump to get
it out of there; you know, pour some more water in it, and just poured
a bunch of bugs and things in to pump out bugs and things. That's just
about the way some of these systematic revivals is.
But, thank God, "There is a Fountain filled with Blood, where sinners
plunge beneath the flood." You don't make church members; you make
Christians out of them when they come to that Fount.
Why would you leave the Fountain of living waters to drink at such a
cesspool as that?
133 No pumping up; Its power is within itself. It needs no priming
(Yes, sir.) for itself, its own life is in itself. That's the way the
seed of God is in a man's heart. The Life of God is within the
individual, not in the church, in you; it's in you, you're the one that
has the germ of Life in you.
Just one taste of it is convincing to all kinds of clergymen. Ask the
Catholic priest; ask the Baptist, whatever it is. Just one taste of
this great fresh artesian water, I'm telling you, it's convincing that
it's the Truth. Your hungry soul, anyhow, it's convincing to the
thirster anyhow. Now, if you're not thirsting... This little Baptist,
he wasn't thirsting to begin with; but when he got thirsty, the water
tasted awful good. That's right, but you've got to thirst, "the blessed
thirst," as Jesus called that. "Blessed are you when you do hunger and
thirst after righteousness, for you shall be filled." And Jesus said
that, friend. Yes, sir. It's a blessed Fountain to the thirsty.
135 Why should any want to swap it for a swamp? How would you like to
swap an artesian well for a swamp water, full of bugs and
contaminations of all kinds of manmade theories, which God said that,
"Adding one to His Word, or taking one of His Words away, his part
would be taken off of the Book of Life"?
And when God promised that He'd vindicate this Word in every
generation, "For the promise is unto you and your children, and them
that's far off, as many as the Lord our God shall call," why would you
pump on some systematic pump that's been contaminated for years from
some old manna? Maybe the manna was all right, nothing against it, in
the days of Martin Luther, in the days of this and the days of that,
and the other reformers, nothing about it; but that's manna that fell a
long time ago.
If we notice in the Bible, that they had to pick it up every day. They
had to get new. After it got a little old, it rotted. It cannot rot
without breaking down. It has to have bacteria in it, or something
to--to make it rot. We know that's so.
And so is the systems. After it lays there from one great revival to
another one, and it gets contaminated and gets full of bugs, and like a
cistern full of wiggletails, as we used to call it, little old bugs
that wiggled in there.
139 And that's what's the matter with so many people's experience
today. They're--they're just full of wiggletails, wiggling from one to
one, and one to the other, telling tales that ain't got no truth in it
at all. That's right, wiggling out of one into another. "I was a
Methodist; I joined the Baptist. I was a Catholic; I went to be this. I
went to be that." It's just wiggletails. Oh, forget the whole thing and
come to the Fountain (Amen.), the artesian Well, the ever-living
Presence of Christ. I believe Him to be the inexhaustible Fountain of
Life. More you get from Him, the fresher it gets, and the colder it
gets, and the better it gets, and the sweeter it tastes. I've been
serving Him now for thirty-three years, and each day grows still
sweeter than it was the day before. I never been... He said you would
never thirst if we drink in this Water. Notice how great it is. Oh.
Israel did as many do today, they left the fountain of living waters to
go dig themselves cisterns.
142 Now, speaking of grace just for a moment, what the grace of God. We
got laws and by-laws, "And if you don't measure up to this standard...
I got a religious measuring stick; if you don't measure just up to
that, you've got to, well, you can't come in," and so forth. But God
saves us by grace, not by a measuring stick. See? But God, speaking of
grace now, just how this happened to take place, drinking from Him.
From this measuring stick...
Murmur, murmuring Israel. Watch, He said, "And I will visit you again."
Notice in the Scripture. Notice, He's going to try them to visit them
again. Murmuring Israel at the Red Sea was invited to follow Him
through the stagnated Egyptian's water to be a free people. They was
invited to come over to be a free people, with Him. Come out through
the dead sea, the dead sea--the Red Sea, rather, come out through that
to go into a wilderness to bring a separation between them and the
impersonators trying to impersonate it without circumcision.
144 Oh, that's what caused the trouble. Every one of them perished
right in the wil--or right--right in the sea, Pharaoh and his army.
They seen human beings walking by supernatural power, so they come back
around and tried to impersonate that without being in...
[Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.]... sea. And when they did, they perished.
It's carnal comparison.
A man that tries to do that, try to impersonate something, then he is
making a carnal comparison of a real Christian.
146 My Indian brother there knows that. Come up around Bombay and
you'll see the people there, the Hindus and so forth, laying on spikes
and upon--walking on glass and--and walking in fire to show what they
can do, and things like. That's carnal impersonations of some man back
in the jungle there, is doing that to his sacrifice for his god.
We find that amongst all religious life, carnal impersonations,
somebody trying to be like the other. There's only one Example you're
to be like, that's like Jesus Christ, Who was the Word. And then when
the Word of God comes to you, it'll be the same way.
148 But God led them right on to the promised land anyhow. They found
also every tank... When they started through the wilderness in their
journey now, after they had separated, they found out that every tank
was dry to them.
And you'll find the same thing, brother, when you start this journey to
the promised land. You'll find doors closed. Like that little preacher
said, an Anglican, or whatever he was, and the first thing you know,
his church turned him out. See? Just as long as he had so many receive
the Holy Ghost, that was the end of it.
150 And we--and Israel found the same thing, as examples, in their
journey to the promised land. The tanks were all dry. Yeah, their
journey in obedience to His promised Word, their journey, and the tanks
they found dry. Now, they found the tank--tanks could not be depended
on for the journey.
And if you're going to journey in obedience to the Word of God, and try
to join this and join that, you're going to find out there ain't a tank
in the world that will support it, not at all. You are an individual.
God leads you just the way He wants to lead you. Then we have found the
same thing today, and all tanks are dried up.
152 But the promise, are always true to God Who will keep His promise
to His people. He promised to supply all they had need of, so He did
that. In the midst of the empty, dry tanks (Just think of it.), and
complaining Israel in the desert in their journey, He called His
servant-leader, the prophet Moses out to one side, and opened up a
fountain of living water by a smitten Rock, so His believing children
would not perish.
In this day, that speaks of grace to me. We are undeserving. The way
that we've done, the way that we've lived, we're undeserving. But God
in this day, like right here this morning, look to Methodist, Baptist,
Presbyterian, Catholic, and all, He has opened up a Fountain. Hebrews
13 proves this, that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. So
it--it makes true John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that He gave
His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not
perish, but have Everlasting Life."
And it was lifted up for a compound reason, because the people were
murmuring and sinning, and they were snake-bitten and they were dying;
and for the forgiveness of their sins, and the healing of their
And that's the same Fountain that's open to us today, for our salvation
and for our healing, physical healing. "For He's the same yesterday,
today, and forever."
157 And when the Rock that was smitten by the promised Word of God had
commanded, it was giving forth gushers of pure clean water; not--not
stagnated, not contaminated, but God's own Presence. Was pure water,
and it saved all that drank. Now, we know that that's true, because we
read it in the Old Testament, as a type.
Now, you did not have to pull it, pump it, join it, go into the
seminary to learn how to use it. They'll tell you how to use it there
(See?), "Oh, well, you, if you have received the Holy Spirit, we
believe that, but so you--you do it this way."
But, you see, there's no control of it. You don't use the Holy Spirit;
the Holy Spirit uses you. See, see? You're not the--you're not to use
the Holy Spirit; the Holy Spirit got you. A gift is not something you
take like a knife, and sharpen a pencil with it. It's yielding yourself
to God and getting yourself out of the way so the Holy Spirit can use
160 Notice, they never had to pump it or pull it, or they never had to
ask, "Now, how do we use this water?" Because they knowed how to use
it. They were thirsty. They knowed what to do with it.
And so is a man or woman, what, regardless of what creed or
denomination he belongs to. If he's thirsting for God, he don't have to
run back to the seminary, like this Anglican brother did, or British
brother, last night, had to go back and consult how to the Anglican
church, how he must use this great gift he's got, speaking in tongues,
and how he must do this. They'd kick him out to begin with. See? He was
thirsty, so God just filled him. That's all there is to it. It's
thirsting, and then He just fill.
You don't have to have any control, somebody tell you what to do with
it. God leads each individual in the--the way He wants you to do. You
are a--an individual yourself. You are a part of God. Nobody can take
your place. And there's no way to have to go to somebody, and say,
"Now, I'll have to do this with it," or "I have to do that with it."
No, sir. God uses it the way that--that He wants to. When you're
thirsty, you know enough to drink. And if you're thirsting this
morning, drink from it; that's all you have to do.
163 God had provided a way for their thirst, the thirsty children to
partake freely of Himself. And God's provided a way for every man and
woman this morning, who's hungering and thirsts. Perhaps there's people
setting here, have never been saved. There's people setting here who's
on the verge of being saved.
There's people here, setting here as church members; you want to do
right, but you're drinking from a tank. They'll never tell you these
The only thing to come, is take the promise of God and come to that
Fountain, then He'll quench the thirst. "He that drinks from this
Fountain shall never thirst again."
166 Notice now, how--how He liberated His--His ones who received this
water by grace, and not by a system or a cistern of education. He
vindicates His Word is a Life-giving Resource. How many in here knows
that you received Life when you taken that Word and His water, just you
know that you received Life?
Let's take, well, for instance, just another example, or two, and then
I'm going to close just in a moment. I ain't got--I must have that
button somewhere. But notice. I just keep talking, but I don't mean to
do it. Look, let's take for an example, just a couple people.
168 Let's take the woman at Jacob's cistern, a dug well. There she was
setting there. That's all the woman knowed, was this cistern where she
come to get water. And over against the well she found, in the little
panoramic there, a Man setting there, a Jew. And she was a Samaritan;
it's a city of Sychar. And we find out that this Man, this Jew, spoke
an unusual Word to this woman, said, "Bring Me a drink."
She said, "Now, we have segregation. It's not--not right for you to ask
me a question like that; You being a Jew, and me a Samaritan."
He said, "But if you knew Who you were talking to, you'd ask Me for a
drink, and I'd give you waters that you don't have to come to this
cistern to drink it; be a well of water bubbling up in you." Notice,
when she found that this proved to be the Truth.
171 Now, first, any man could've said that. But she said, "You say
worship in Jerusalem, and we worship in this mountain."
He said, "Salvation is of the Jew. We know what we believe." But said,
"Let Me tell you one thing," in words like this, "neither in this
mountain, or at Jerusalem. The time's coming when man shall worship God
in Spirit and in Truth, for the Father seeketh such." He said, "Go get
your husband and come here." Watch, here it proved it. Here show what
fountain she was at. Said, "Go get your husband and come here."
She said, "I don't have any husband."
He said, "You've said the truth." See, it looked like it was a plain
contradiction to what He'd asked her, and said, "Go get your husband."
Said, "I have no husband."
Said, "You've said the truth." Said, "Because you've had five, and the
one you're living with now is not yours."
175 Watch that woman, how different from the priests of that day. The
priests of that day seen that same thing happen, and said, "That's a
devil, a telepathy, or--or a Beelzebub." See, they failed to see the
Word promising that.
But that little woman was better versed in the Scripture than any of
the priests. She said, "Sir, I perceive that You're a prophet. We
haven't had one for four hundred years, since in Malachi." But said,
"We have looked for one, and we know there's one coming, the Messiah.
And when He comes, this will be what He'll do."
Jesus said, "I'm He." Amen.
Did you notice, she left her bucket at Jacob's cistern, run down into
the city, full of an artesian well. She'd seen it perfectly vindicated,
and He was that Fountain in her Life. Let me introduce it to you. She
left that. When He was proved to be the Word of Life, she left it; and
had discovered that the same Rock that was smitten in the wilderness,
was proven to be present then.
178 Let me say: that same God that was in the days gone by, that we
speak so much of, He's present here now; not by some theological
understanding, but by a personal knowledge of His vindication that He'd
pour out in this last days the Holy Spirit upon His church. He is not
an "I was." He is still the "I AM," present tense, always.
Then the cistern lost its taste. And so does every man who ever falls
into the power of God by the baptism of the Holy Ghost, the
denominational systems lose their taste. You don't want no more of that
stagnated frogs, and lizards, and bugs, and so forth. You're drinking
from a Fountain that's fresh and pure: the Word of God, fresh every
hour in your soul. The same as now, when the Word has been proven to be
the Truth, taste and see if it's not right.
Though the cistern had served its well--served its time well; but (You
see?), the Fountain of Life was there, not Jacob's well no more, for
spiritual drinking. What they thought, if they drank from that well,
why, it would be all right; but now the Fountain of Life Itself was
181 Now we don't need systems and organizations that we have. We're at
the end time. And God promised in this end time the things that He
would do. And we see it fulfilled to the Word. We hear the man of
military might stand up, and shivering, and saying, they, "Something's
fixing to happen." We feel the Holy Spirit warning us that something's
fixing to happen. We see everything set in order. Then leave that
system and come to the Fountain. Yes, sir.
Served its purpose, but now she was face to face with the Fountain
183 In John 7:37-38, Jesus said in the last days of the feast of the
tabernacle (What did He say?), "If any man thirst, let him come to Me
and drink." Right in a bunch of theologians. "If any man thirst, let
him come to Me, and drink. For the Scriptures has said, out of His
innermost being shall flow rivers of living Waters."
There's the living Fountain. That's the Fountain that the people has
forsaken today. For the creed, they have forsaken the Fountain of
living Water. Let me introduce you to Him. He, to me... And I'm closing.
He, to me, is that Fountain that saved Hagar's life, and the child,
when they were dying in the wilderness.
I believe He is that Rock; in Isaiah 32, He's that Rock in a weary
land. He's the shelter in the time of storm.
Zechariah 13, He is the Fountain that's open in the House of David, for
sin. I believe Him to be that. Don't you?
In Psalms 36:9, He is David's fountain of Life. He is the still Waters
of David, and the green pastures. He is the Water by the brook-side,
189 In Genesis 17, He's Abraham's nursing breast, El Shaddai that when
his life was gone from him, still he... God said.
"A man of a hundred years old, how will this thing be? I'm old; my wife
is old, how can these things be?"
He said, "I am El Shaddai." Now, "El" is "the," and--and "Shad" is--is
"breast," and "Shaddai" is plural, which means "I am the breasted God."
Like a baby that's fretting, and it's sick, and its strength is gone
from it, lean upon the mother's bosom and nurse its strength back.
Sure. Not only... When it's nursing, it isn't fretting no more. At the
mother's breast, it's satisfied while it is getting its strength.
And any man that will take God's promise in his heart, that, "The
promise is unto you, and your children, them that's far off, as many as
the Lord our God shall call," and lay right against that and nurse your
strength back... Fretting child, believe it. It's for the believers.
194 To the believer poet, I can think of many songs that the poets
found us. There was one of them said one time, He...
There is a Fountain filled with Blood,
Drawn from Immanuel's veins,
When sinners plunged beneath the flood,
Lose all their guilty stain.
That dying thief rejoiced to see
That Fountain in his day;
There may I, though vile as he,
Wash all my sins away.
And ever since by faith I saw that stream
Thy flowing wounds supply,
Redeeming love has been my theme,
And shall be till I die.
195 To me, He's the Waters of the Word of Separation, that separates
you from everything that's contrary to His Word. That's the Fountain I
believe Him to be. Yes, sir. That... It's the Waters that separated me
from manmade cisterns to the Fountain of living Water. Oh, friend, I--I
can just... You can just go on and on, with the things that--that He is
to us. He's Alpha, Omega. He's the Begin; He's the End. He's He that
was, which is, and shall come. He's the Root and Offspring of David.
He's the Morning Star. He's my All in all.
196 And, brother, sister, if you haven't had a--a... Just been drinking
from this little manmade tank, all your life, why not this morning
forsake that tank and come to this Fountain?
Let us bow our heads just a moment. With your heads bowed... [A sister
begins singing in another tongue. Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.]... to my
opinion, the altar call. How many now?
I--I was all nervous. I--I was keeping you too long, made me chop my
message to pieces. But I believe the Holy Spirit wants you to get what
I mean. [Blank.spot.on.tape?--Ed.] as He... See? Look, there's nothing
more important in this day than getting right with God (See?); our
dinners, whatever it is, whatever. The Lord is here. Now, I've only
heard that about once in my life, since this time.
Now, how... All of you here, not "how many." All of you here that wants
to drink from That, just stand up just a minute, just for prayer. God
bless you. [Brother Branham pauses--Ed.] The Lord bless you.
200 Now, how many in here, that--that's standing present now, would
say, by uplifted hand like this, "God, move on me; just fill me, let me
drink from this Fountain. And I haven't done just what's right, but
I--I want You to forgive me for it. I want You to wash away my sins.
And let--let--let me from this day, just..." Just look. My...?...
There is a Fountain filled with Blood,
Drawn from Immanuel's veins,
And sinners plunged beneath the flood,
Lose all their guilty stains.
Lose all their guilty stains,
Lose all their guilty stains;
And sinners plunged beneath the flood,
Lose all their guilty stains.
Now, that you that's a Christian believer, you've accepted Christ as
your personal Saviour, but you have not as yet... Now, if you haven't,
that's the Fountain. The only One I know about is that Fountain from
Emmanuel's veins. Now, and if many of you here...
202 It's just like I was speaking the other night about this little
eagle walking in the barnyard with the chickens. And he never knowed
nothing else but the chickens, but he knowed there was something about
him was different from the chickens. And then his mother come hunting
him, and she screamed from above. It was a eagle's call. See? He had to
be an eagle to begin with, or he'd have never recognized that call.
There has to be something there, germitized, or it can never produce
Life. And if the Seed, the Word of God, is in you, the Holy Spirit's
here now to germitize that and bring It to a reality to you.
204 How many in here has not received the baptism of the Holy Ghost,
would you raise up your hands? All around, everywhere, just real
honest, if you haven't received the Holy Ghost, and you'd like to,
raise up your hand. Wherever you are, just keep your hand up, just a
Now, I want, you standing around and looking at them, I want somebody
to lay your hands over on them.
I believe right now the Holy Spirit will fill every one of you who
wants It. Now, don't think about the food out there in the cafeteria.
Let's think about this Food here. This is the One. This is Life. See,
this is Life.
Now, turn right around, each one of you, and lay hands on each other.
"And they laid their hands upon them." Now, I want you to pray for that
person you've got your hand...
Now, don't think about going out. Don't think about nothing else. Just
think, right now, the Holy Spirit's here to fill each individual. Open
up your heart, dump all the cistern water out, and say, "O Fountain of
Life, come into me. Fill me, O Lord God, with Thy goodness and mercy."
209 Lord Jesus, that inexhaustible Fountain, I pray, God, that You will
fill each one of them. May the Holy Ghost fall here. I pray, God, that
we'd forget all about anything else; that the Holy Spirit fall into the
midst of us just now, and will give to us that Waters of Life freely
from everywhere. Grant it, O God. While the--the continuity of prayer
and song, blending together, Lord, knowing that's Your Presence, Your
Divine Presence, we want to come to the Fountain. We want the real,
genuine baptism with the Holy Ghost. Lord, these people are praying for
It. I pray that this right moment now, that they will be filled with
this goodness of God. Grant it, O God. Hear the prayer of Your
children. May You come upon their being; may the power of God, and the
Holy Ghost sweep over them. Grant it, God.
O how we thank You for the refreshening, for the Presence of the mighty
God of heaven, standing in our midst. Right at this noon hour, Lord,
feed us. Lord, we want food from Your table. Feed us, Lord, just now.
Feed us with the Holy Spirit in our lives; our hungry parching souls
are thirsty. As You said in the interpretation of the song, "It would
pour forth water upon parched ground." Let it happen, Lord. Let Thy
Words be made manifested in the hearts of Thy children: "Waters upon
dry, parched ground." Eternal God, hear the prayer of Your servants,
and give unto us that blessing. Amen.
211 Oh, how I love Je...,
Just keep praising Him now. Find out, the Holy Spirit's here. If you
don't receive It, it's your fault.
... How I love Jesus,
("Lovest thou Me more than these?")... love Jesus,
Because He first loved me.
Oh, how I love Je..., (Praise be to God.)
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if He would come just this moment?)
Oh, how I love Jesus,
Because He first loved me.
I'll never forsake Him,
I'll never forsake Him,
I'll never forsake Him,
Because He first loved me.
Wonderful, wonderful, Jesus is to me,
The Counselor, Prince of Peace, Mighty God is He;
Oh, saving me, keeping me from all sin and shame,
Wonderful is my Redeemer, praise His...
Let's sing it to Him now.
O, wonderful, wonderful, Jesus is to me,
Counselor, the Prince of Peace, Mighty God is He;
Oh, saving me, keeping me from all sin and shame,
Wonderful is my Redeemer, praise His Name!
213 All that feel that, say "Amen." [Congregation says, "Amen."--Ed.]
Oh, hallelujah. I see some people coming through now with the Holy
I once was lost, now I'm found, free from condemnation,
Jesus gives liberty and a full salvation;
Saving me, keeping me from all sin and shame,
Wonderful is my Redeemer, praise...
Let's raise up our hands now and really praise.
Oh, wonderful, wonderful, Jesus is to me,
A Counselor, the Prince of Peace, the Mighty God is He;
O saving me, keeping me from all sin and shame,
Wonderful is my Redeemer, praise His Name,
Do you love Him? Oh, wonderful. Praise... That Fountain filled with
Blood, where sinners lose all fear of man, all condemnation, just free
in him. Hallelujah. Oh, my, that's really wonderful.
Now, while we sing that again, let's let all the Methodist, Baptist,
Catholic, Presbyterian, what is, while we sing this, "Wonderful, Jesus
is to me," let's just turn around and shake hands with each other, just
have a good old mix-up. You know, I, that's what I like. Come on, let's
sing it now as we do it.
Oh, wonderful, wonderful, Jesus is to me,
216 [Brother Demos Shakarian speaks to Brother Branham about President
Johnson having a heart attack--Ed.]
Wonderful, Jesus is, (That's right.)
Oh, Counselor, Prince of Peace,
[Brother Shakarian again speaks to Brother Branham." Brother Earl
Prickett leads the congregation in singing, "Wonderful."
Blank.spot.on.tape. Congregation sings "There's A River Of Life."
218 The Bible said, "Pray for those that are in authority."
Our heavenly Father, we are standing in a desperate need for the leader
of our nation, our President. He may never know this, Lord, but You
know it. I pray for Brother Johnson, as he professes to be a believer
in You. And, Father, a heart attack, we understand, has struck him. I
pray, God, spare his life. We're in a--a national crisis right now
anyhow. And let Thy Spirit come upon him, Lord. And right now, in the
hospital or wherever he may be, let Your Spirit come down to that
Walter Reed Hospital and touch his body, sparing his life. Lord, the
man's under pressure, more pressure than what we understand. So we
pray, God, as believers and as a part of this nation, we pray for our
leader, that You will grant him an extension of life in this great
hour, in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.