SC-54Israel down there now in Egypt, type of the church being called out, Exodus the 1st chapter... Israel located in Egypt, after Joseph. Now, it gives me just exactly about around thirty minutes. I'll try to compile as much of it as I possibly can.
Now, they were located in Egypt because of the drought, Isaac going down and taking the patriarchs. And there they lived in Goshen. But Joseph, when He died (a beautiful illustration), he made mention of the departing of the children of Israel, and made mention concerning his bones. Listen. If you'll excuse me, I'd like to drop...
SC-55 You know, if you read the Word right like this here, it's all right, but you sure miss the meanings of It. The Word is written between the lines. Jesus said, "I've hid It from the eyes of the wise and prudent and revealed It to babes such as will learn." These theological seminaries are just like them priests was back there, and the high priest, and all of them that read the Word but failed to see Jesus being the Christ. See what I mean?
SC-56 Now, look at those patriarchs. Why did old Jacob, when he died down there in--in Egypt, he said, "Don't you bury me here"? And he made Joseph put his hand upon that crippled thigh and swear by God that he would not bury his bones in there. Did you know that? Said, "Take me back to my homelands and bury me."
SC-57 Look at Job back there setting, broke out full of boils, and he cursed the day he was born. The oldest book in the Bible is Job; it was written before Genesis. Watch him standing there, combing his--with a crock, setting out in the back on an ash heap. I preached on that here one time for about three months straight. Some people give me, write in, tell me, said, "Brother Bill, when you ever going to get Job off the ash heap?" And I--I... About him setting there... That great time of decision, something had to be done, that zero hour. But you know what happened when we got him off the ash heap, something happened.
SC-58 That's the way we try to do these revivals. We get the attention of the people pointed to Christ, then hold these places till you can get a place you drive it in. That's the thing. That's Holy Spirit getting ready. Feel the Spirit moving amongst the people, and you know when the kill's ready.
SC-59 Notice, there's Job setting there, distressed. His wife even turned against him, walked over, and said, "Job, why don't you curse God and die?"
He said, "Thou speakest like a foolish woman." He said, "The Lord gave, the Lord taken away, blessed be the Name of the Lord."
Here come the church members down and set with their backs to him for seven days; what a consolation. Said, "Job, you're a secret sinner. You been sinning." Job knowed he hadn't sinned. Showed what they knowed about it.
SC-62 So in the distress, a righteous man, God dealing with a saint, He sent a man by the name of Elihu. And Elihu didn't accuse him; only of accusing God. But Elihu told him, said, "Now, Job, you've watched all these things." He said, "Now, there's coming a Just One Who's going to stand in the breach between a sinful man and a holy God. And then will that man that they'll go to the grave to mourn for, and you perceive it not, then will he rise."
Then when Job heard that, he stood on his feet. My, the lightnings flashed, the thunders roared. What was it? The prophet got back into the channel of God again. My, his eyes come open. He said, "I know my Redeemer liveth."
Look, four thousand years before He come on the earth, "I know my Redeemer liveth (continuation), liveth. And at the last days (the last two thousand years), He will stand upon the earth. Though the skin worms destroys this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another." There you are. When he got ready to die, said, "Bury me right over here in Palestine."
SC-64 Along came Abraham with a promise. Sarah died. He buried her right near Job, bought a parcel of ground and buried her. When Abraham died, he slept by Sarah.
Abraham begot Isaac. Isaac died; he slept with Abraham.
Isaac begot Jacob. Jacob died way down in Egypt; he said, "Don't bury me down here. Swear that you won't bury me here. Take my bones and bury them up there with my father." Why, why? That's not written, brother, it's in between the lines.
Joseph, when he died, said, "Now, you put my bones here in a casket, but don't you bury me here. Don't you bury me down here. You take me up there and bury me, up in the promised land. Bury me up there." Why? Said, "God's going to visit you someday. I'm leaving my bones here to represent something."
SC-67 Just as Joseph left his bones, so did Jesus leave an open tomb. Every old Hebrew, beat across the back, weary and worn, stagger by there, and all those Egyptians look over and see that little old casket... I was supposed to have looked at it here not long ago, a little old lead coffin, beat out thing. That's where his bones was supposed to have laid. They have it in a museum there, and I looked at it; he said, "That's where Joseph's bones laid when Moses picked them up and took them with him." And every Hebrew looking in there, would say, "Someday it's going to be changed down here. We're going out." The prophet that had the beautiful coat, the one that represented Christ in every way, as we had last night's lesson. He said... Because he's banked on what God told Abraham. There you are.
SC-68 I'm still banking the same thing tonight: what God told Abraham, "I'll save you and your Seed." I believe it.
"Someday you're going out of here," and they believed it. And one day old Joseph's bones...
Moses started out, the Holy Spirit spoke to him, said, "You're forgetting something, Moses. Go down and get the--the bones of Joseph." Moses wrapped them up, and here he come, the Pillar of Fire leading him on to the promised land, and buried them by the side of Isaac and Jacob. Why? They knowed there was coming the firstfruits of them that slept. They knowed there was coming a resurrection one of them days. They knowed that Just One, that Job said, "I know my Redeemer liveth, and at the last day He stand upon the earth." And they knowed that Job had an idea where He was going to stand, so he said, "Bury me here." They wanted to be with Joseph, or with Job, and they buried right around there in Palestine, because that was the promised land. And they knowed the resurrection wasn't going to be in Egypt; it wasn't going to be in Europe; it wasn't going to be somewhere else. It was going to be in Palestine, so they buried them there.
SC-72 Along came Jesus, they--the promised One. They done to Him what they said they would, and, oh, they killed Him. He died. His soul descended into hell, preached to the souls that are in prison, taken the keys of death and hell away from the devil, returned back on Easter morning. And as He come through paradise, He knocked at the door. Hallelujah. I can hear Him say, "Children."
Abraham say, "Who is That?"
"I'm your Seed, the Seed of Abraham."
Daniel said, "Who is That?"
"I'm the Stone that was cut out of the mountain."
There they are, the Old Testament saints laying there, waiting to be clothed upon in paradise. He opened up the door. Abraham said, "Are we going out?"
"It's almost daylight on earth. Let's get ready to go."
Abraham said, "Can we make a little whistle stop? I'd like to look the city over."
"Well, yes, I'm going to visit with My disciples for forty days." And on Easter morning He arose.
And Matthew 27 says that many of the bodies of the saints that slept in the dust of the earth, rose, and came out of the city, and appeared to many of them in the city.
I can see Sarah and Abraham coming down the street, saying, "Oh, honey, look there. They've changed these things a little bit. Look around here how this looks."
Somebody said, "Who is that couple there? It seems like they're strangers."
They say, "We're recognized." [Brother Branham snaps his finger--Ed.] Vanished out of their sight, like He went through the wall, you know, and they didn't even know or see Him come in. Went out. They had glorified bodies, and they appeared back on earth (Hallelujah.) for a firstfruits of the proof of God's power and the resurrection. There they was. Robbed and stripped principalities, and took death and hell, smothered it up, and rose up on Easter morning, and entered into the Kingdom with Him.
No wonder they said, "Bury me in Palestine." They knowed the resurrection was going to be in Palestine.
SC-81 Therefore today, brother, you can have whatever you want to, all the old cold formal religion you want to, but bury me in Christ, for those that are in Christ will God bring with Him in the resurrection. Say whatever you want to, and call it fanaticism and whatever you want to do, but just let me stay in Him, for those that are in Him is coming out of the grave on the resurrection, for God shall bring them up. He promised to do it. Amen.
SC-82 What difference does it make if you're getting old? Well, glory to God. What does that have anything to do with it: closer home. Amen. Oh, glory. Going to call me holy-roller anyhow; you might as well get started. All right. How wonderful. That's enough to make a holy-roller out of you. Why, how can I keep from being happy and know that's the truth? Why, sure I'm happy. And everybody that's got that hope is bubbling up.
SC-83 I used to go to an old spring where I used to drink at. Junior, I used to go down there. I thought, when I was patrolling I'd go to this old spring. I said it was the happiest thing down there, below Milltown. I used to look at it, and I thought, "Well, well, what makes you so happy?" It--it just bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble all the time: best water I ever drank. I thought, "Well, what makes you so happy, because stock drinks from you?"
"No, Brother Bill, that ain't what it is."
"Well, what makes you bubbling all the time? Because that--that somebody comes down here, gets water at?"
"No, that ain't it."
"Well, maybe you just bubble because I drink at it."
I say, "Well, what you bubbling about?"
If he could talk, he'd say, "Brother Bill, it isn't me a-bubbling; It's something behind me pushing me, bubbling up."
SC-86 And when the Holy Spirit comes into a human being, there's something, gushers, fountains of water that's bubbling up into Everlasting Life. How can you... Jesus told the woman at the well, "He that drinks this Water will have Everlasting Life. It'll be in him, fountains of Water, bubbling up into Everlasting Life," Hallelujah. (Let's go back to Exodus.)
Oh, my, think of it, Everlasting Life, after ten thousand million years has past, when these old seas, which over two thirds of this water of--of the earth is covered in water, a-sweeping through them great dashers out there, when they'd roll two or three times big as this tabernacle, burst into ships, falling one side, the other; some of these days, brother, they'll... Sin's heaped so high on the earth until they'll weep themselves in the deserts. When there's no more sea, no more moons, no more stars (Hallelujah.), I'll be living on. And every other born again men and women will be living in His majestic Presence yonder, made conformed in the image of His only begotten Son. By His grace are we saved.
No wonder the poet said that, "The love of God, how rich, how pure, how fathomless and strong! It shall forevermore endure, the saints and Angels song." How could we keep still? My.
"Is it proof, Brother Branham?" Yeah.
SC-89 Now, Isaac, Jacob, and now Joseph. And Joseph died, what a perfect example that was, his bones left there for a memorial.
SC-90 Here not long ago... I don't think Billy's in back there; I don't say this to him when he's around. We put a flower on his mother's grave, decoration morning. He was crying, standing there. And I said, "Billy, don't cry. Just shut your eyes; look across the sea yonder." I said, "Mother's laying there, and little sister's laying with her; but they're not there. There's an empty tomb across the sea yonder." Hallelujah.
SC-91 That's where I look, just like the Hebrews looked, "Someday we're going out." And someday we're going out. I never hear that "ashes to ashes, or dust to dust, and earth to earth," but what I think, "Someday..."
SC-92 The other day when I was preaching a funeral of an ex-sheriff here of the city. The boy just come to Christ a few hours before dying. I seen his old gray-headed daddy reach over the casket, with trembling lips, and the tears rolling down, kiss that boy good-bye, and almost fell into the casket. I heard that; I turned back. And he dropped the flowers. Turned back, and I said, "Ashes to ashes, and dust to dust, and earth to earth." I thought, "Some glorious day..."
Some golden day break Jesus will come!
That's right. All right.
SC-93 When we going to get to the lesson? Way down in Egypt times had passed. (Pray for me.) And there, then, there finally rose up a Pharaoh who didn't know Joseph. Four hundred years God promised they'd be there, and they were four hundred and twenty years when they went out.
SC-94 Now, 1st chapter, from the 1st unto the 5th chapter--5th verse, is Israel in Egypt.
And from the 7th verse on over to the 22nd verse deals with their bondage. Many of you has read it many, many times.
I'm going to come to a short point now, just got a--a little bit of time. Then we start in the 2nd chapter, the preparation of deliverance, the birth of Moses. The people begin to get ready. Taskmasters beating, children slain... The hour of the cogs of God's prophetic wheels had ground up to the time.
SC-97 Listen, I want you to get this: I believe they've ground up to it again. I believe we're here. That's the reason I think things are going the way they are now. The old prophetic clock's ticked right up to nearly the zero hour. Preached on that sometime ago, and a German artist painted it; I've got it hanging in my house: a man in prayer, the Bible open, a little grease candle burning, and the clock five minutes till twelve, on an oil painting. Preparation, getting ready, God getting ready to do something. Now, watch.
SC-98 When He got ready to do something, He gave a peculiar birth down in Egypt, to a little old boy, no more than any other boy. It was just a man of the tribe of Levi went took him a wife, was Levi, and they had a little baby. And they was killing all the little boy babies, but when this baby was born there was something strange about the baby; something happened: Predestination, foreordination. Moses didn't have nothing to do with that. But he was Moses, so they didn't fear the king's commandments. They put him in a little ark, and he was raised right up under Pharaoh's doorstep (Was that right?) to become even his son. All right, now.
SC-99 Moses, from the 11th verse on down to the 25th verse is Moses identifying himself to the children of Israel. Many knows how it taken place there. He identified himself. And then when he did, he thought the brethren would understand that he was the man that was sent to--to bring them out from under the bondage, but they failed to understand. Is that right?
And, oh, people, how a beautiful type that is of today. The very Thing that's come to deliver the people, they are afraid of It. They're afraid of the Deliverer.
SC-101 Listen, when they built the temple of Solomon, they, the... Any of you masons here now could get this pretty good. They brought the cedars down from Lebanon; they floated them in as far as Joppa, and hauled them by ox cart, and so forth, you know. Then they cut out all their stones all around the world. But when they come together, they were such perfect masonry, and in forty years in the building of the temple, there wasn't a buzz of a saw or a sound of a hammer. Every stone went, one was cut this a-way, one was cut that way, one was cut back this a-way, but every one of them went together. They started laying the thing, putting the building up, getting along fine. And they found a funny looking stone. They didn't want that thing, said, "That don't belong here." And they kicked it out, throwed it over in the weed pile. And come to find out, they built on and on and on, and, come to find out, the very stone they had rejected was the chief cornerstone. Jesus said so.
SC-102 And today, the Methodists, the Baptists, the Lutheran, the Pentecostals, everywhere around, if you don't watch out, friends; the real Cornerstone, you're rejecting It, and the Cornerstone in the building of this spiritual house is the Holy Spirit. You're afraid of It. You're afraid of fanaticism. I know we got a lot of old scarecrows and mockery. Why, if there wasn't that, there wouldn't be a real One. But there's a genuine article of the Holy Spirit in the baptism. That's true. All right. And now they've rejected It, say, "Oh, we can't do that. Oh, well, we can't have That, Brother Branham."
SC-103 I set there the other day, where a dean of a great college was setting in my house, and from Billy Graham's institution, Doctor Sanden, a bunch of them setting there. And they said, "Brother Branham, we'll tell you what's the matter." Said, "That's enough to convert the world." Said, "I tell you what's the matter," said, "you got too many Pentecostals and holy-rollers in your meeting. That's what the complaint is."
I said, "Will you sponsor it?"
"Well, of course, we'd have..."
"Yeah, I thought so. No, you wouldn't. Certainly, you wouldn't." That's exactly.
SC-105 Them big churches can go ahead and have their theology, and their crow about this and crow about that, and stand off and look with their D.D.'s behind them, and things like that, and some of them know no more about God than a rabbit would know about putting on snowshoes. That's right. Oh, oh, certainly they know all the Greek words, and they know the--their education. God isn't known by theology or education. God's knowed by faith. Knowledge takes a man away from God; faith brings him to God. That's what separated him from God in the garden of Eden. He went to the tree of knowledge.
SC-106 And the very baptism of the Holy Spirit that's brought Life to the people, the reason the Pentecostals and the holy-rollers, as you call them, receive me on the subject of Divine healing...
Oh, sure, kings and potentates, they hear about it; they say "come over here," the Lord, being merciful, heals them that's like that. That's true.
But all the rest of it, when you talk about Eternal Life, they belong to the Anglican church; they belong to this, that, the other; they belong to church. That don't have nothing to do with it. You belonging to church don't mean that [Brother Branham snaps his finger--Ed.] with God. Unless you're born again...
There's only one church, and that's them that are born into the Body of Jesus Christ, by the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Hallelujah. Let me tell you, my brother, there's only one way to get into Christ. That's not by shaking hands, neither by water baptism, by sprinkling, by stop eating meat, by keeping sabbath days, by quit smoking, chewing, drinking, swearing, all these things, that's not the way into Christ.
SC-110 Smoking cigarettes, drinking whiskey, running around with the other--with women, unlawfully, and all these things that you do, that's not sin. There's nothing... That's not sin. Cussing, swearing, drinking, that's not sin; that's the attributes of sin. You're a sinner, what makes you do it; but that isn't sin; that's the attributes of it.
Just like now, this is going to hurt you. But I'm responsible with God's Word, willing to discuss It, any time. Here's where you Pentecostal people has made your mistake, many of you setting here, of teaching the initial evidence of the Holy Ghost, speaking in tongues being the Holy Ghost. Why, speaking in tongues is all right, but that is an attribute. That isn't the Holy Ghost; that's what the Holy Ghost does.
The Holy Ghost is the love of God. I can prove it by the Bible. "Though I speak with tongue of men and Angels, and have not love, it profit me nothing."
If you want a apple tree, and just got an apple, you're a long ways from getting a tree. See, it's an attribute.
SC-114 Sin, the reason you curse, smoke, drink, get angry and fly off of the handle, and things like that, is because you are a sinner. That's not sin; it's because you're a sinner. Jesus said, the Scripture says this, "He that believeth not is condemned already." If you believe, you don't do those things, because the Life of Christ is in you. And if you do do them, it's because that you are a sinner and you're not a believer. Though you profess to be, yet you're not. The tree's knowed by its fruit. Now, that... Let that soak just a minute while I read. That's right. That's what Jesus said, "The tree's knowed by the fruit it bears. A corrupt tree does not bring forth good fruit." All right.
SC-115 Way down, here they come, time of deliverance. Moses was born, raised up by Pharaoh's doorstep, come out, hoped the children would realize that he was the guy to do it. But did they do it? No, sir. They said, "Who made you a ruler over us? Will you slay us as you did the Egyptian?" And Moses fled. All right. Moses, rejected of his brethren.
SC-116 Beginning at the 21st verse of the 2nd chapter, we're going to stop just in a minute on this. I'm just trying to give you a background. We just got a few minutes left, maybe we have to finish up tomorrow night. Notice, he was rejected of his brethren, and he went out into the land of Midian and married a Gentile woman.
A perfect type of Christ, was Moses. Is that right? All those patriarchs were Jesus Christ living pre-lifes. Moses born under persecution, just as they was killing all the babies in the time of Moses. Jesus, when He came, they was killing all the babies to get Him. Is that right? The devil trying to catch Moses, the devil trying to catch Jesus... He was trying.
SC-118 I can see Jesus when He went up, down there, knocked on the door down there in hell that morning. Hallelujah. (I don't know. It just ain't in me to teach, I guess, tonight.) When I can see Jesus when He died at Calvary, ascended, went down there, and seen all those people back in there, weeping and wailing, and carrying on, said, "You ought to have listened to the prophets." He preached to the souls that were in prison. "You had Enoch; you had the prophets; you had the laws; why didn't you listen to it?" They didn't. Close went the door.
Went down to hell, knocked at the door. Satan said, "Who's there?"
He said, "Come, open the door." Oh, my. I'm just giving drama, of course.
Walked up to the door, and pulled open the door, and said, "Who are you?"
Why, He said, "I'm Jesus Christ."
"Oh, so you finally got here, did you? Huh. I been after you for a long time, Boy."
"I know you have."
"Now, look. I thought I had you when I killed Abel. I thought I had you when I killed Moses. I thought I had you when I done all these things. When I got John the Baptist, I thought I had you sure. But now I got you; you're here in my possession."
I can hear Jesus Christ say, "I am the virgin born Son of God. I came from the ivory palaces of My Father, and I came to the earth. And on the earth is bathed this morning with My Blood that I gave and paid the price of death, sin, and hell. Give Me those keys." Hallelujah. "I'm taking over from here on. You've kept the people in bondage; you've kept them in fear and everything else; but I'll take over from this on." Hallelujah. Took them off and hung them on His Own side, pushed him back in hell, and walked away. Amen. Amen.