|Israel And The Church
“At The Red Sea” – (Part 1)
JEFFERSONVILLE.IN THURSDAY 53-0326
SC-1 Here at this meeting, we're opening the Bible now to the 1st chapter of Exodus, to begin tonight in a study. It's a lengthy, very lengthy study, and we're trying to compile it into just a--a few nights. Reason I'm doing this, that I believe the revival will go on through Easter, and maybe on. We never want to start too much of when you're just feeling your way. I'm a great believer in that.
SC-2 Just to why I'm here in this revival, I--I don't know. I... It's all a mystery to me. When the manager called me this afternoon about the meetings over at Macon, Nashville, and through there, and we've canceled everything out, some of them at auditoriums we been trying to get for the past three or four, five years, seating up to, many, twenty thousand people. And the--we left the last meeting (pardon me) at Meridian, had forty-five hundred inside, and we don't know what was on the outside, standing in the rain and storms and things, we... standing out there. And when we left Tallahassee, it was the same way, we couldn't even get a place to put the people. And the Holy Spirit said, "Stop. Go home now. Wait, I'm fixing to send you overseas." Well, here I am.
SC-3 I just canceled out seven meetings. Just got through canceling seven meetings, and one of them here in Indiana, Connersville. And one of them in--up in Alberta, Canada, in a big arena there, seats twenty-five thousand people, that we been trying to get that arena for some time. And just when we got it, and everything just ready to start a nationwide canvas there where we expect maybe thirty, forty thousand people, the Holy Spirit said, "Stop," and then send me here at the Tabernacle like tonight. See? You have to do what He tells you to do.
You say, "Would you leave groups of people like that to come to a--a little bitty Tabernacle?" Well, now, wait a minute. We're serving God. See?
SC-5 Philip left a big revival, when he had all Samaria on the move, and went out in the desert, Gaza, and stood there to find one man, and never did return back to the revival. Is that right? Up to the desert Gaza, found one man, the Ethiopian. He was converted. And then he turned from there, he never did go back to Samaria again where he had the--the great revival.
SC-6 Now, we are indeed thankful for the leadings of the Holy Spirit. We must go as we are led to go. And I feel very definitely led to--to come here in this meeting to do this. Am I just a little...
Oh, excuse me, brother. Here's a couple more too, Brother Fleeman, if you will. Maybe take them, somebody who doesn't have a Bible... The Old Testament, we're studying in the Old Testament, specifically tonight, 'cause we are taking the pattern. Raise up your hands, you who would want one, so they could bring it to you. Bring your Bibles, your pencils and paper, and everything, and so you can take down the text.
SC-8 Last evening we stayed a little late, last night. I'm going to try my best to redeem that tonight, if possible. I just love the Word so well, till when I get into It, I just get lost. I think we went from Genesis over into Revelations last night, all the way through. I just forget about all time and everything else.
This is the first time I've had one of these meetings for seven years, this next week. I closed the revival at the Tabernacle. How many remembers what my farewell sermon was? Who Is This Uncircumcised Philistine Trying To Defy The Armies Of The Living God? That was my farewell sermon at the Tabernacle seven years ago, last, this coming week. All right, my little girl there was two weeks old. I promised God if He would let me stay until she was born, then I'd go. And then I've traveled ever since, night or two here and there. So the Lord has blessed us in great ways. Somewhere around a half a million souls has been converted right in our--our meeting. Just think of that, in seven years. It goes to show. Thirty thousand, in one day. You know, that's marvelous. Every time I think of it, swims my head. Today getting letters from down in Africa, that said, "The whole southern Africa is stirred again, ready," just wanting to know the date when we will return. Oh, my.
SC-10 And then the Lord gave the vision, and said, "In India, that three hundred thousand people attend one meeting." You write that down, see if that's right or not.
Now, so much on that, that goes on the healing, about healing. I'm trying to relax my mind from that now, just to teach the Word. Now, I'm a poor hand at it, but I--I love to tell what I know about It.
SC-12 And now, Sunday we're going to have, Sunday morning, questions, any question on the Scripture that you want my opinion of. And so we'll try to bring it through the Bible the best we can Sunday morning. You bring it before Sunday morning, up as far as Saturday night, any question on the Scripture, anything that confuses your mind. And it'll be questions Sunday morning. You like that? Now, you got something, you just say, "I can't understand how these things could be." Well, bring it and let's see if we can go together. Maybe all of us together can get it. I'll do my very best to line it up in the Scripture, 'cause I believe that it must be Scriptural or it isn't legal.
SC-13 Now, last night we picked up the first beginning of the church, God promising who? Abraham, which is the father of us all. For it was Abraham, the promise was made; and only Abraham was the promise made to him and his Seed. Is that right? "Abraham, and to his Seed." And his Seed was not all of his children, but "In Isaac was his Seed called." Is that right? And here is the results of Abraham's Seed: Jesus Christ is Abraham's Seed, and we, being dead in Christ, take on Abraham's Seed and are heirs according to the promise. Amen. God be blessed.
SC-14 We here who are getting along past, when a man, woman passes twenty-five years old, you might as well face it (See?), your youthful days are finished. And to think, that glorious promise, as we're facing the setting of the sun. What is it? Is life finished? Oh, no. Life just hasn't begun yet. Oh, we're just going. I just wish that there was some way we could settle down, till time didn't mean nothing, and just stay in like that and get those things out of the Scriptures before the people. They are there, friends. I can prove it by God's Bible, and the help of the Holy Spirit, that every one of you that's in Christ, born again, that one of these days those gray hairs will change, and the wrinkles will run from your face. You'll go back to a young man or woman again and live forever with Christ Jesus. I can show you where God proved it in the Bible, showed the shadows and the marks of it, and promised it, and swore by it, that He'd do it. How marvelous.
Will I love my wife then? Sure, more than I do now, even. I don't know how it could be, but I will. Will she be mine? Sure, be my companion. She'll... Be no children or nothing, but the children that we have here on earth will be there with us if they're born again. That's right. Won't that be marvelous?
SC-15 I used to think... Mom used to tell me (Excuse me, Mom, that was before you knew better too.) that we'd have wings and fly around up there, you know. Why, I like to eat, drink, shake hands with people, fellowship. I thought, "Oh, my, that'll be finished then." Oh, no. I found out God never did make me an Angel. He made me a man, and I'll always be a man and never be an Angel. That's an error. God's got Angels, sure; He made Angels. And He made Cherubims with wings, and He made Angels without wings.
SC-16 When I used to hear these old songs, when I was a sinner and go in them places, about "brown-eyed angel awaits me;" I thought, "Oh, my, an angel..." And I found out that's a lie of the devil. Never was such a thing. See?
We are absolutely men and women. And we'll return back to this earth men and women. That's right. That's God's teaching. When you see those things, it makes you appreciate Jesus Christ.
SC-18 Now, what we're trying to do tonight is throw a shadow of what the Old Testament was to the New Testament. "And all the old things," the Scripture says, "was a type or a shadow of the things that is to come." Now, beautiful lesson tonight, Exodus... We left the children of Israel last night.
Israel was called what before he had his name Israel? Who in the class can answer? Who was Israel before he give--was given that spiritual name? Now, somebody 'sides a preacher. I seen a preacher raise his hand up. All right, somebody besides one of you preachers... [Someone says, "Jacob"--Ed.] Jacob, that's right. And what--what caused him to receive this spiritual name? Somebody said something. [A brother says, "Prevailed with the Angel."] Prevailed with the Angel, and wrestled with Him, and said, "I'll not let you go until you bless me."
Hey, you want a spiritual name tonight? Just get a hold of the Holy Spirit and say, "Lord, I'm not going to leave this Tabernacle till You bless me." Things will look different when you leave. You be just as determined as Jacob was. You'll get a blessing.
SC-21 And, watch, He touched his thigh, and Jacob walked different. Amen. I hope that goes way down home. When you wrestle with God, you'll walk different after that. Watch. A strong... On the other side of the brook, the little river, he was a strong, great man, backslidden though, away from God, running from his brother, running from God; but stout and sturdy. And on the other side of the brook, a limping prince... "Thou art a prince before God, for you have power with God as a prince." A limping prince, and he limped all of his life. How God does things. Isn't He marvelous?
SC-22 Now, the patriarchs, we left last night, in Genesis, where that the last of the four that God gave His promise, was Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph. God's... What was it? In Abraham we found, last night, to the Christian church today, election, election; and in Isaac, justification; and in Jacob, grace.
You'd have to believe in grace if you read Jacob's life. You'd have to see it was election and calling, 'cause, oh, the things that fellow did. But yet, God had blessed him. God had told him what was going to happen, so He called him. But you notice after he wrestled with this Angel, things begin to look different. Then when he got before Pharaoh, he said, "My pilgrimage has been so-many years." God had let him know that he was only a pilgrim. Now, and in Joseph, perfection.
SC-24 Notice, three stages: justification by faith, sanctification through the Blood; baptism of the Holy Spirit; then perfection, glorified. The Bible said, "Those who He justified," this is to the spiritual mind, "He also glorified." Is that right? "He who He justified." Then if He justified us now, we're already glorified, in His state. Not He--He will; He hath glorified. Say, that's deep, isn't it? But that's what the Scripture says.
SC-25 God told Abraham, "I have blessed you, and I've made you a father." Not "I will." "I have. I have made you. And you'll come to Me in an old age. You're going to be saved. I've already done it. I've already said so. You haven't got nothing to do with it. It's unconditional." God determined to have His church. So every time He made a covenant with man, man breaks his covenant; and he does yet today. Man will always break his covenant with God, but God can't break His covenant with man. So "I will."
SC-26 You notice back there when He told Adam in the beginning, He said, "Now, don't do this, and you can do this, and don't do that." Adam turned right around and broke it. But then God seen that he was lost. He said, "I will put enmity. I will put enmity between thy seed and the serpent's seed. And He will bruise the head, and--or He will bruise his--his head will bruise your Heel."
SC-27 Now, "I will," when God says He will do anything, you can look for it to be done. When man says he will do anything, I don't know about that. But God told Abraham, "I will save you, and your seed after you." Not only Abraham, but all of Abraham's seed, Unconditional. Say, if you'll excuse me, I believe I could shout a little. Look. Oh, you just don't realize, people, what it means. Maybe some of you has never thought deep enough to get into it.
SC-28 God has already glorified His church. Those who He justified, He also glorified in the church, in Christ. If you're justified in Christ, you're glorified in Christ already, as far as God is concerned.
Jesus said, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect." How could you ever be perfect? But in the sight of Christ tonight, every born-again Christian is perfect. I'm just as perfect in God as Christ was. You are too--every other believer. For it's not my holiness, it's His holiness. God can't accept mine; I have none. But I come in Christ, by faith. And by Christ I'm in Him, and perfect in the sight of God.
SC-30 Look. "By one Spirit we're all baptized into one Body, and become members of this Body." In Romans 8:1, "There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus, that walk not after the flesh, but the Spirit." And a man that's in Christ Jesus walks after spiritual things. To the world, its carnal mind; it's foolishness. But to them that believe, it's Everlasting Life. Amen. There you are. Oh, how marvelous. Then what can harm you? You're in Christ. And just as sure as God raised Jesus from the dead, we'll come in Christ. Amen. Yes, we've got to; God's done promised it. For just as sure as that Body goes up, I'm in that Body. I have to go with It.
SC-31 Now, say, "You believe in eternal security then, Brother Branham?" In one way I do. I believe that the church is eternally secure: the church is. God's already said it would appear before Him without spot or wrinkle; the church will. Now, the next thing, if you're in the church, then you are secured if you're in the church.
SC-32 "He that comes to Me, I will in no wise cast out." Is that right? And listen, here's the Man's Word about it, Jesus Christ, St. John 5:24, "He (whosoever), He that heareth My Words, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath (present tense) Everlasting Life (That's not just from one meeting to another.)--Everlasting Life, and shall not come into judgment (or condemnation, never be cast away), but hath (past tense) passed from death unto Life." St. John 5:24, Jesus said so. "I am the Bread of Life that come from God out of heaven. Your fathers eat manna in the wilderness and are dead, but he that eats My flesh and drinks My Blood hath Everlasting Life, and I'll raise him up at the last days." That's what He said.
SC-33 Now, there's many that pretend to be in there. There's many that's warring themselves, and trying to live right, and trying to press in; I don't know about that. But if they are in there, it's just as easy to live a Christian life as it is to live any life, 'cause you're in Christ, and nothing else but just so full of the Holy Spirit leads you, and guides you and directs you. And, why, sure you'll make mistakes and fall, but you can't stay down, because no more than you could make a--a stalk of corn a--a sycamore tree... You can't do it. Jesus said, "By their fruits you shall know them." You have Everlasting Life.
SC-34 One of the greatest curses on the church today is fear. Everybody's scared to death; it's "What's going to happen, who, what?"
Why, Jesus said, "Even when the fearful sights come, lift up your head and rejoice, for great... Your redemption's drawing nigh when these things happen."
SC-36 Now, how He took the church through that journey, how back there, even in Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, and all them, look at the mistakes they had, but God was with them: a shadow. Look at Abraham for a minute.
I--I--I know I got a lot of Arminian listeners tonight, but I--I want--I want to clear this up, to you.
God told Abraham, by election and by grace, that, "I am going to bring you to Me in an old age." In other words, "I'm going to save you. I'm going to take you through. You're going to live a long life. You're going to have a child. Not... Being childless, Sarah... you go... And you're going to have a child. And in that child I am going to save the world." Now, before Abraham done one thing to merit it, but He just simply... God called him. That was all.
SC-39 He was just a Chaldean down there in the city of Ur, come down in the valleys of Shinar from the tower of Babel from idol-worship. I think his daddy was an idol worshipper. And I think Laban, after he got down there, proved it, he had them idols. Where could he have got them, if he didn't come out of the tower of Babel? And out of Ham's people come Nimrod. Nimrod set up the tower of Babel, which was idol worship, the first idol worship on the earth.
SC-40 Now, and watch that Babel tower come right on down, Babel, and right on down through there and end up over here in Revelations, a Christian religious idolatry, pretending to be Christianity. Oh, John seen her in Revelations 17, admired her, how she set, looked like, and wore the Name of Jesus and everything else, and yet persecuted and martyred the saints of the living God. The Angel said, "Come here, and I'll show you who she is." Said, "She's a great church that sets over many, on seven hills, and rules over the earth, and so forth, how she drank the blood of the martyrs of Christ." Oh, mercy.
SC-41 People, we're living in the end time. How many of you people has heard years ago down here when they was going to have me arrested down here for preaching on that mark of the beast? When I said that Mussolini, when he first come in power twenty-some-odd years ago, I said, "If Mussolini ever goes towards Ethiopia, mark this down, there'll never be peace till Jesus Christ comes." And I said, "There'll be three great isms, Communism, Fascism, and Nazism." And I said, "They'll wind up in one ism, and that one ism will dominate the world and will burn the Vatican City." You remember me saying that years and years and years ago. And just exactly that way.
I said, "Just before that time comes, that automobiles..." Which was built that old straight back, twenty years ago or twenty-five years ago. You can remember twenty years anyhow. I said, "They'll look like an egg. They'll be shaped. That's a vision. Be something on the shape of something like that." And that's the way they'll be just before the rapture.
SC-43 But God's just now loosening up the church everywhere, getting in order now so He can get into the rapture, got to give it rapturing faith before it can go in the rapture.
The people are in the spirit of the last days, just like they was in the days of Noah, eating, drinking, marrying, giving in marriage, unconcerned, don't care, walk around, and anything else. And these American people is the worst on the face of the earth: heady, high-minded, incontinent, fierce, and despisers, a know-it-all. If there's any place in the world... With, my Bible over my heart, and God knowing that I--looking down on me and know I may have to stand before Him before morning... If I had to say so, the place needs missionaries worse than any place in the world is the U.S.A., the United States of America. The greatest bunch of heathens that I know of anywhere is in America. "Heathen" means "unbeliever."
SC-45 Oh, they believe theology. They're so calloused and drug back till you can't speak to them in no way. I can take a man out there, never heard of God, worshipping an idol, and do more with him in five minutes than you can do with a fellow that professes to be a Christian, an old mossback something that's hung along and had a lot of this embalming fluid, and jerked into his veins. Puts me in the mind of one of them old cold morgues down here somewhere, like an undertaker establishment. That's right. Settle down down there, go in, put... I go in them old, big old churches, and it puts me in the mind of a--a morgue; the spiritual thermometer go a hundred below zero. You have to wade yourself in almost. I'm not saying it for a joke, but it's the truth. Some of them know no more about God, stand up there and say, "Well now, I'll tell you; oh, I believe it's all..." My, goodness. Why, you deceiver of man. You stay out of the Kingdom of God and teach others to stay out.
They put some fluid in, like taking a dead man to a morgue. They--they take all of his blood out and put something in there to be sure that he's dead. Well, that's about the way they do: take what little religion the people's got, or what little faith they got, and inject some old, and--and theology into them, and kills them worse, and keeps them dead. That's all. That's right. Terrible. My. And then they say, "Oh..."
SC-46 I said to a woman, "Are you a Christian?"
She said, "I'll give you to understand; I'm an American."
I said, "That's not what I asked you."
Another one come up to the platform. Said--Brother Bosworth said, "Are you a Christian, lady?"
She said, "Why, the very... Well," she said, "I'll give you to understand; I burn a candle every night." Oh, my. Burn a candle every night, makes you a Christian? You could burn a whole world full; it'd never help you. Until the burning fire of the Holy Ghost has cleansed your soul from sin, you're still a sinner. It's in the heart.
"Well, I live in America." Well, that don't make any difference. That don't make you anything. God don't respect me because I'm an American. He doesn't respect a German because he's a German, or a--or a Poland because he's from Poland. He doesn't respect a African because he's from Africa. God's not interested in Africa, neither is He interested in Germany, or neither is He interested in the United States. God's interested in one Kingdom, and that's the Kingdom of God, and men from all nations come into It. And they're borned into It through the Seed of Abraham, which was Jesus Christ, and are heirs according to the promise.
SC-49 Every nation under the heaven is dominated by Satan. The Bible said so. Boy, that put a choking thing, didn't it? Satan took Jesus Christ up and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world. Is that right? And he said, "They're mine and I'll do with them what I wish to. And I'll give them to You if You'll fall down and worship me."
Jesus said, "Get thee hence, Satan." See? Jesus knew He was going to fall heir to them kingdoms.
SC-51 Now, over in Revelations when the ending up of the world, the Bible said, "Rejoice, ye heavens, and all ye holy prophets, for the kingdoms of this world has become the kingdoms of our Lord and His Christ, and He will rule and reign forever."
Daniel saw Him as a Rock hewed out of the mountain, rolled in and strike the image in the feet, and break it to pieces, and the Kingdom of God grew. When Christ takes over in the millennium, there'll be no sickness, no sorrow. Every, all the arms will--will be beat into plowshares, and will study war no more. That's all. It'll all be over when Jesus comes. Until then, as long as Satan's dominating the nations, then there'll be wars and rumors of wars until Jesus comes. Amen.
SC-53 God, help us. As I look at you and realize tonight, standing here teaching out of the Word of God, that you're eternity bound people... Every man and woman, boy and girl in here is going to stand in the Presence of Christ someday. I'll have to answer for what I said before you as His servant. And why would I shun to tell you the truth of God? God has so honored the Word that I have preached, till He swept it around the world, and honored It in the kings' palaces and everywhere, and not one time has He said anything but what it was just exactly the way He said it. Then surely He wouldn't let me tell something that was wrong. And I'm saying tonight my Christian friend, no matter what church you belong to, wherever you are, if you're not into the Kingdom of God by the baptism of the Holy Spirit bringing you into the Body of Christ, you press in now, for you don't know what hour He's coming.