SC-125The Mighty Conqueror, since He rent the veil in two. Lo, behold Him in full view. The Mighty Conqueror rose up said, "I am He that was dead and is alive again; and I'm alive forevermore, and have the keys of death and hell." Hallelujah. "He that heareth My Words and believeth on Him that sent Me hath Everlasting Life. I've got the keys of the resurrection; I'll raise him up in the last day." That satisfies me. Amen. "I'm He." Amen. Oh, my.
SC-126 Moses, rejected by his own brethren; Jesus was rejected by His Own brethren. Joseph was rejected by his own brethren; see Jesus living down in there, that Spirit of God coming out to perfection. And here is where It was perfection in this Man. That's right. He was in Moses, sure He was: rejected of his brothers, and was an alien in his own country, and took a Gentile wife. Hallelujah.
Two sons again. Amen. I'll get to that right at the end of these lessons, right about Saturday or Sunday, them two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh. Two sons again, that right?
SC-128 Rejected by his brothers, like Jesus Christ was rejected of His brothers; sent the Holy Spirit, rejected of the brethren, and come over and now is getting a Gentile Bride. Giving it like Joseph; rejected by his brothers took a Gentile bride. Oh, my. Now, 2nd chapter.
SC-129 The call of Moses, the burning bush. Oh, I wish we had time to go in that. We haven't. Just a few seconds now, then we'll--then we'll try. When you get tired, raise up your hand, and I'll--I'll quit, honest I will.
SC-130 Look. Oh, brother, this is like corn-bread and beans; It sticks to your ribs. It'll hold you some way, you can go and do a good day's work for the Lord tomorrow, go out and meet the devil, say, "I know where I'm standing, not because a chill run down my back, because THUS SAITH THE LORD. Move off, Satan, I'm taking over now."
SC-131 Now, we are the sons of God. Umm. When? Now. Tomorrow night? No, right now. Now, we are the sons of God. Now, we're seated together in heavenly places. Now, is the Holy Spirit here. When? Now. Now, we have Eternal Life. "Will you get in Eternal Life when you die, Brother Branham?" I have it now. I now possess it. How? Jesus Christ said so; THUS SAITH THE LORD.
So move away, death. Move away, Satan, you have no more bonds to me.
SC-133 Old Paul. They was building a chopping block out there, said, "You know what that is, boy? Going to chop your head off."
"It is? I've fought a good fight. I've finished the course. I've kept the faith."
"Hey. What are you going to say before you die?" Death said, "Oh, you little hook-nosed Jew, I knowed you was beat with stripes, and let you down by... so forth, and they done this, that, or the other, but now I've got you." He looked. Old death said, "I will make you shiver and shake."
He said, "Death, where is your sting?"
The grave out there, and the mud (that Roman soldier throwed up some mud to pile him down in there), said, "I'll hold you."
Said, "O death, where is your sting? Grave, where is your victory? But thanks be to God."
The grave said, "I'll hold you. I'll mold you. I'll canker you. The worms will eat you up. Your bones will turn back to dust."
But Paul said, "Look at that empty tomb out yonder; I'm in Him. Hallelujah. I'll rise again on that morning and receive a crown that the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me. Not only them, but every one of them (even them in the Branham Tabernacle) that love His appearing." Amen. Sure.
The devil's nothing but a scarecrow, just scares you into something. He has no legal rights at all. He was stripped of every right, principalities. He spoiled everything when He died at Calvary. Here He is, coming down now.
SC-141 Moses had fled, was out there on the backside of the desert, herding Jethro's sheep. My, forty years he'd been out there, and he had a couple of kids. Going on right out there... And his wife, little old... She was a high-tempered little thing, and Moses had some temper too; so I imagine they had a big time out on the backs of that desert. Don't you? God knows how to tame you down. Yes.
SC-142 So one morning I see him with an old crooked stick, hobbling along, hanging on, eighty years old, and the white whiskers hanging down like this, and the hair hanging down. He looked over to one side, said, "That's a strange sight." Looked again, said, "Why don't that tree burn up?" Said, "I believe I'll just turn aside."
You know, sometime you hear a lot of noise; just turn aside, see what it is, and get saved. A lot of Fire, you know; yeah, It gets to burning, the Holy Ghost Fire gets to burning, people turn around and say, "What's the matter with that."
SC-144 Now, Moses begin to draw up, say, "Wonder why that thing don't burn up? Been burning there for a half hour, it ain't burned it yet." Walked up and said, "Well, I'll just walk up and see what it's all about."
And a Voice spoke out of there, said, "Take off your shoes; the ground where you stand is holy ground." Now, It didn't say, "Take off..." Not, Moses said, "I'll take off my hat." He said, "Shoes." So he reached down and slipped off his shoes. Said, "Who are You, Lord?"
Said, "Moses." Now, this, begin at the 3rd chapter, goes down from the 1st verse, down to about the 12th.
Said, "Moses, I've heard the groans of My people, and I remember My promise. (Oh, hallelujah.) I remember My promise with Abraham. I've heard their cries and groaning. I've come down to deliver them." (Amen. Come down to keep His Word.)
SC-147 Some of these days, the old graves yonder, tombstones setting sideways on grandma's grave, that don't make any difference. "I remember My promise; I've come down to deliver them." I don't care; let it come in a little while; it don't make any difference to me. Hallelujah. I know Who's guiding the ship. Don't you? Just set still.
"I've come down to deliver them."
"What are You going to do?"
"Moses, I'm going to send you."
"O Lord. Send me? I--I can't do it, Lord."
"Oh, yes. I've put you in this world for that purpose."
"Well, I'm eighty years old, and kind of stiff in my back, I may have arthritis. I'm a--not an eloquent man. I--I can't speak very well."
"Now, Who made the mouth of man?"
SC-148 He said, "Lord, if You'll show me Your Glory, I'll go." Amen. [Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.] (Don't get scared, that word means "so be it," See?) "Show me Your Glory and I'll go." I like to see a little of that Shekinah Glory, don't you? Yes, sir. "Show me Your Glory, Lord. Now, what, what is Your Glory, Lord?"
"Moses, what is that in your hand?"
"It's a stick, Lord, an old crooked stick."
Said, "Throw it on the ground." Throwed it on the ground, turned to a serpent. He jumped back. Said, "Pick him up in the tail." He did, it turned back a stick. Said, "Now, Moses, what's that in your..." Said, "Take your hand, put it in your bosom." He did, over his heart, pulled it out, it was white with leprosy. See, means the conscience of man, the heart of man is white with leprosy, very thoughts of his mind is leprosy, sin. He put it back in his bosom and pulled it out again. What had to be done? When it come back out, it was white, cleaned off, just like a baby's hand, like the other hand.
He seen God's Glory. What is God's Glory, then? Miracles, signs, wonders, and Divine healing. "Show me Your Glory, Lord."
SC-151 When He was ready to deliver His people, a Moses comes along, the Holy Spirit, and shows signs, wonders, and Divine healing. Amen. Right. Then he looked in his hand; he said, "My." And, watch, this was a judgment rod. That was the rod; we'll find out in tomorrow night's lesson on how that rod did wave over Egypt. That wasn't Mo... That was God's judgment rod. And the hand that holds God's judgment must be cleansed (Amen.), a cleansed hand from his leprosy. He picked it up, said, "Now, get on down in Egypt. Your brother's on the road up here, and he will be a prophet to you, and you'll be like God to him."
SC-152 Here goes Moses, come over and said, "Jethro, I got to leave you today." Grabbed up an old mule and put a halter on him, like that, set his wife on astraddle this old mule, with a young'n on each hip, and here she went. Could you imagine that? An old man, eighty years old, whiskers, long beard and long hair, a crooked stick in his hand, lead an old donkey, with a woman setting on it, with two kids, going down to take over Egypt? Could you imagine a sight like that?
"Going down to do what, Moses?" Some of them.
SC-153 "Here he goes." My, he was having a big time. "Come on, Zipporah." That's his wife, you know. Pulling the old donkey too, along. Said, "Come on, we're going down to Egypt, going down to take over." Egypt was like Russia. The biggest mechanized units, the greatest army in the world was in Egypt. They could--had the whole world whipped to the ground. And Moses was going down to take over. An old man with a stick in his hand, a wife setting on a mule with a kid on each hip (Here she was going.), they were going down to take over. Why? God had promised. Glory to God.
SC-154 That's the same way at Kadesh-barnea. God had promised them. Joshua said, "We can do it because God said so."
There they are, going down to Egypt. And now watch how neglectful a man can get. In the end God met him down here in the end, and would've slayed him, and Zipporah went and took a sharp rock and circumcised her two children with a sharp rock, and throwed the foreskin before Moses, and said, "You're a bloody husband to me," only saved Moses life. What was Moses doing? Moses got in such a hustle and bustle of the day, till he was in such a--a place to go down there, he forgot the seal of circumcision.
SC-156 And that's where we are doing today. That's where the holiness churches are failing. We've got so much time, the Lord has give us a lot of money, we're building great big churches, and big spires, and putting plush seats, and pipe organs, until we forgot the Seal of God, which is the baptism of the Holy Ghost. True. God, send us a--a Zipporah. That's right. Circumcision, every male in Egypt--of Israel, that wasn't circumcised, was cut off. And circumcision was the seal of the promise. And circumcision of the Old Testament is the baptism of the Holy Ghost of the New. And every man outside the baptism of the Holy Ghost will be cut off. There you are. God, be merciful.
SC-157 I--I--I know I'm wearing you out, but I'm just having such a time. I... Well, maybe I have to stop. All right. Just start tomorrow night at the 4th verse then, the 4th chapter.
Jehovah, in the last part of the 4th here, 3rd, makes His Name known, "I AM THE I AM."
Said, "Who am I going to say sent me?"
Said, "I AM."
Said, "The people won't believe it."
Said, "Tell them I AM sent you. I AM." Not "I was; I will be." But, "I AM," that's present tense.
SC-159 The Jews one day were standing there drinking water, and rejoicing, and talking about the manna they eat in the wilderness. And Jesus stood in the midst of the people (St. John 6) and cried and at the feast. And they said, "Why, our fathers eat manna in the wilderness."
And He said, "They're every one dead." He said, "But I am the Bread of Life that come from God out of heaven (the Tree of Life from the garden of Eden, if you wish.) I am the Bread of Life from the--from heaven. And if a man eats this Bread and drinks this Blood, drinks My Blood and eats My flesh, has Everlasting Life, and I'll raise him up at the last day."
SC-161 They said, "This Man blasphemeth. How is He going to give us His body to eat?" He said, "Well, now, we know. We believe Moses. Moses is our--is our prophet. We believe Moses. And our fathers was fed in the wilderness for forty years with manna."
He said, "I know that." He said, "I know that. But every one of them is dead." He said, "But I am the Bread of Life."
"Why, they said, "Well, you mean to tell me that..."
He was the Rock that was in the wilderness. He was the Manna that was in the wilderness. He was the Shewbread in the temple. Oh, He was the Waters in Jordan. Glory. He was the Alpha, the Omega, the Beginning and the Ending. It was He that Was, Which Is, and Shall Come. He was before there was a world; He will be when there is no world; the Root and Offspring of David, the Morning Star, the Lily of the Valley, and the Rose of Sharon (Hallelujah.), both Root and Offspring of David (Hallelujah); before David, in David, and after David. Glory.
I believe in the Deity of Jesus Christ. He was more than a Prophet. He was more than a good Man. He was God inveiled in flesh: God in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself. That's Who He was. We'll get into that in a few nights, Who He was. That's the reason you can't have faith, 'cause you don't know Who He was.
SC-164 "Why," they said, "You say that you saw Abraham, and you're not fifty years old yet." The Man wasn't but thirty. He was weary, and His services had drawed Him down. He said, "You're not a man over fifty years old, and you say you've seen Abraham who's been dead for eight or nine hundred years?"
Listen. He said, "Before Abraham was, I AM. (Hallelujah.) I am Jehovah." He's Jehovah-manasses. He's Jehovah-rapha. He's, oh, and all the redemptive Names of Jehovah was in Him, and in Him dwells the fulness of the Godhead bodily; there He is.
SC-166 "I've come down to deliver them. I'm declaring My Name. Tell them that'll be a memorial through all generations, that I AM THE I AM. Not the 'I was' or 'I will be.' I AM."
The same God was there that night is here tonight.
"Now, I'm going before you. I'm going to send My Angel, and He's going to be in a Pillar of Fire. And I'm going to send Him before you now, as a Pillar of Fire, and He will lead you." A Pillar of Fire, so big, like a pillar. "A Pillar of Fire shall go before you, to lead you. The I AM will be in that Pillar of Fire."
SC-168 Now, to the Branham Tabernacle, and to you who are associated and know these truths. Did you know that same Pillar of Fire is with us tonight? You remember having His picture taken down yonder, and how It's swept across the world now, the same Pillar of Fire that followed Moses back there in the burning bush. What is it? Any scholar here daresn't... If I have been slopping along here with these words and things, I do know where I'm standing. I got my head screwed on right, I believe, by the Holy Spirit. Let me tell you, any scholar here knows that that Angel Who followed the children of Israel through the wilderness was the Angel of the Covenant. And the Angel of the Covenant was Jesus Christ. Moses esteemed the riches of Christ greater treasures than all of Egypt. Is that right? Sure, the Angel of the Covenant. Then what is It here with us? They may say we got, lost our mind, we're this, that, or the other, a bunch of holy-rollers, or something. Maybe they might say it. But God Himself has a-vindicated Himself in the same Pillar of Fire that led the children of Israel, is leading us right on today. Hallelujah. Glory to God. The same One was with Jesus Christ back yonder when He stood and He said to them Pharisees, they was standing there, told the woman at the well where her secret sins was, and so forth. It's operating in our midst now. "He that Was, Which Is, and Will Come." Hallelujah. I'm looking for Him, are you? Glory to God. Hallelujah. All the guessing is gone. Oh, my.
SC-169 When I survey the wondrous cross where on the Prince of Glory died, all my fame I count but loss. Oh, wretched, oh, my sinner friend, how can you stand to see that great church yonder in its foreshadows, heaping up with that Pillar of Fire to lead them, and look right back here right today? How many's got the picture, let's see your hand. How many would like to have the picture, let's see your hands raise up. I'll have them tomorrow night, here to show you. All right. There it is, a-vindicated.
SC-171 Thirty thousand people, critics standing there, I said, "I don't claim to be a healer. You know I don't. I only speak of the truth. When I was born in a little Kentucky cabin up there, the Angel of the Lord come in the window and stood there. There was a Pillar of Fire." And I said, "God has proved that. And if I tell the truth, God will a-vindicate the truth. And if I'm a liar, God will have nothing to do with me." And about that time, she went "Whoosh," here He come. The American Photographer Association, all them there, "Look," "Life," "Times," "Collier," and all of them. The American Photographer Association shot the picture of It. Said, "I believe it's psychology. We've seen It before, but I believe..." And they took it home. And there the Light struck the lens. They took it to George J. Lacy. They put it under everything they could. And now it hangs in Washington, DC, in the hall of fame. Hallelujah. What is it? Jesus Christ with that bunch that they call holy-rollers. God bless your heart.
SC-172 Every famous picture that's ever painted, first had to go through the hall of critics. But when they painted the Last Supper there, it went through the hall of critics. Why, they criticized. It cost him his lifetime, but now it hangs in the hall of fame. It has to go through the hall of critics.
Brother, sister, when we started in this, what they call this Holy Ghost religion, way back yonder years ago, we had to get in little old stables, somebody's house, a little store front somewhere. And they stood on the outside, the sinners, chewed chewing gum, laughed and made fun, called us holy-rollers. And we slept in jail and everything else. That's right. They've been beat; they've been made fun of.
SC-174 A little old preacher set in my house the other day, that they turned him out of a city, and him and his wife to feed his babies... They'd sleep out in on blankets, wet blankets, and hang them up in the trees, let them dry out of a morning. And they'd go down the railroad track, picking up a grain of corn at a time. Had a little old skillet; they beat it up with a rock. And they'd live for twelve or fourteen days at a time on beat corn.
My little old manager, God bless his heart, old Brother Bosworth, laying yonder in Durban, Africa, tonight praying for me to come there, laid yonder in Texas, with his back beat into stripes when they threatened to cut his throat and everything else. When he walked with a broken wrist trying to pack his suitcase, beat for preaching the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
"Wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, and destitute, and in desert places, of whom the world is not worthy to receive."
SC-177 The big churches made fun and pointed their fingers. They said we were holy-rollers. When I built the--I laid the cornerstone there, they said they'll turn that little old thing into a garage. It's been twenty years ago, and the Holy Ghost still lives here. Hallelujah. That's right. And what they said was fanaticism and everything, kings and monarchs across the world has called. Great men has been healed, the powers of God has swept the world around, till now we stand millions strong. Hallelujah. And one of these mornings... She's went through the critics. They said it would burn out. They said to me down here, said, "Oh, Billy, you lost your mind. That's all there is to it." Even my own mother-in-law said, "Why, the boy's gone crazy." But if I am, I'm having a wonderful time.
SC-178 Let me tell you something, brother. Listen to this, and I say this with respect. Hallelujah. All hell can't stop it. It's ordained of Jesus Christ to be so, and it will be. "For upon this rock I'll build My church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." How, what is it, what kind of a church? "Flesh and blood has not revealed it to thee, Peter. But My Father which is in heaven has revealed it to you (Spiritual revelation by the Holy Ghost, of the Word of God). On this rock I'll build My church, and the gates of hell can't prevail against it." She's moving on.
SC-179 Now, brother, being she's been made fun of, and persecuted, and pushed back, and everything, one of these glorious mornings (Hallelujah.), the Great Master Who stands in glory, pointing out His servants... "Not by power, not by might, but by My Spirit, saith the Lord." Not by theology, not by grammar, not by these other things, but by simple, holy, unadulterated faith in the Son of God and what He said in His Word...
He's painting a picture. He's painting a picture. What is it? A Holy Ghost filled church that He foreordained before the beginning of the world to appear yonder in His glory. And some of these mornings He will sweep down through from the heavens (Hallelujah.), like a great magnet, and He will pick up that little church that's been persecuted, hang her yonder in the hall of fame, when She goes to the sky, shouting:
This robe of flesh I'll drop, and rise,
And seize the everlasting prize.
Shout while passing through the air,
Farewell, farewell, sweet hour of prayer.
SC-180 Heavenly Father, we thank Thee tonight. Don't know what's the matter, just couldn't get into this lesson somehow, the Holy Spirit moving, bursting out, moving over. Oh, we thank Thee, thank Thee from the depths of our heart for Your love and power. Thank You, Lord, thank You for a humble people who in this great dark age down here, in this great time of self-satisfying, oh, haughty, high-minded, and lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God, the Spirit speaks expressingly that in the latter times these things would be. II Timothy 3, in Your Word said they'd be "Heady, high-minded," know more than somebody else, "high-minded, incontinent, fierce, and despisers of those that are good, having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof; from such turn away."
SC-181 God, You spoke in that day that You'd have a little church, said, "Fear not, little flock, it's your Father's good will to give you the Kingdom."
Thank You, Lord, for ever opening my poor eyes, me, a poor blinded wretch out yonder in sin, borned in a sinful family, and reared up over a whiskey barrel. Oh, but, God, how You protected and helped, and blessed, and satisfied. How can I ever express my feelings to You, Lord. O God, just let this be just the beginning, Lord, that I can go again to the corners of the worlds everywhere, proclaiming the Message of deliverance and salvation.
SC-183 God, shake this little old church like never before. May the Holy Ghost get a hold of every person here, cause them to fast and pray, and lay on their face day and night, screaming out, Lord, until the old fashion revival breaks out here, Lord, and sweeps all out through here and sends in an old fashion time that'll bring men and women back to God. Grant it, Father, for we ask it in Jesus' Name. Amen. Amen. (Shall we stand.)
Oh, I want to see Him, look upon His face,
There to sing forever of His saving grace;
On the streets of Glory let me lift my voice;
Cares all past, home at last, ever to rejoice.
SC-184 Hallelujah. I look down along here; I remember an old man that used to set there when I'd be preaching them messages, crying, wipe the tears out of his eyes, and put his arms around me.
Some bright day I will go and see him.
I look over there and see another one who set yonder, and old Sister Webber. I remember those different ones, and Sister Snelling that used to sing in the choir, little old redheaded Brother George set back there, where they at? Hallelujah. They're carried away yonder in the bosom (Hallelujah.), sealed in the Kingdom of God. I watched them when they went. I seen little Brother George going there; he kept looking through the door and going [Brother Branham makes a panting sound--Ed.] and said, "Where is... What's going on?" (Prayed for his little nephew tonight; he was sick.) And then he would look down there, and they kept... They said, "He's watching for Brother Bill." He wasn't watching for me. First thing you know he turned his head over to the east; he said, "O Jesus, I knew You would come after me." Reached out his hands and died, went out to meet God... Hallelujah. Oh, my. Let's go home. You love Him?
SC-185 I wonder if there's a man or woman in here, say, "I'd like to know Him in the fulness of His power of His resurrection..." raise your hand. God bless you, lady. God bless you. God bless you. You wonder why I'm waiting on this altar call? I have a reason for it. All right, raise your hand. "I'd like to know Him in the power of His resurrection."
SC-186 But... how... resurrected power, brother, I don't mean something you have to dig and pull and try. I mean just throw yourself loose and God's done packed you away yonder somewhere, where it's just such a pleasure to live for Him. There's nothing in the... Why, the other things is just as dead as--as twelve o'clock. See? Nothing, no desire at all, no condemnation to them that's in Christ Jesus... My. Those old things of the world, you don't have to quit them, you don't; there ain't nothing to quit; it just quits you. You just... It's simply it's not there no more; it just goes away. Amen. How many loves the Lord, say "Amen." [Congregation says "Amen"--Ed.] Say it real loud. [Brother Branham and congregation shout, "Amen."] All right.
Take the Name of Jesus with you,
Child... (Turn around and shake hands now)... and of woe;...(Shake hands with somebody near you, say, "I'm glad to meet you here in the Tabernacle," then straighten up again.)
Take It everywhere you go,
Precious Name, O how sweet!
Hope of earth and joy of heaven;
Precious Name, O how sweet!
Hope of earth and joy of heaven.
Now, real quietly, listen.
At the Name of Jesus bowing,
Falling prostrate at His feet,
King of kings in heaven we'll crown Him,
When our journey is complete,
Precious Name (precious Name), O how sweet! (Isn't It sweet? Everything in heaven, named It, everything on earth, named It, Jesus.)... heaven;
Precious Name (precious Name), O how sweet!
Hope of earth and joy of heaven.
SC-189 Now, shall we bow our heads. The Great Teacher Who set upon the mount one day, and You said, "After this manner you shall all pray."
[Brother Branham and congregation pray, Matthew 6:9-13--Ed.]:
Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thine will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us of our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.