Jesus Christ The Same Yesterday, And Today, And Forever

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When he raised up, Philip said, "Come, see Who we have found." Not, "How you getting along? How is the chickens progressing, and the eggs are all right? And how's the milk cows?" No, no. How's the olive orchard. No, straight. That's the trouble today. We got too much nonsense mixed in Christianity. Straight to the point... "Come see Who we have found, Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of Joseph." That's the way to take the message.

SC-55 Now, let's just drama for a little bit for the children. I can imagine Nathanael, a scholar of the Scripture, you know, stood up, said, "Now, Philip, you and I have studied the Scriptures for years, since we were boys out of school. And you must have went off on a deep end somewhere (as we'd say it today). What do you mean, a scholar as you are in the Scriptures? And--and you'd say, 'We've found Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of Joseph, being a Messiah?' Why, it's impossible. Nothing good could come out of there."

Now, He... I think he give him a very good answer. He didn't say, "Stay home and criticize." He said, "Come, see for yourself. See? Come find out for yourself. Come and see."

SC-56 I can imagine them going along the road the next day. Why, I can hear Nathanael say--or Philip say to Nathanael, "You know what? Do you remember that old ignorant fisherman..."

Now, you remember, Peter, the bishop, the hierarchy of the first church, didn't have enough education to sign his own name. The Bible said he was both ignorant and unlearned. But it pleased God by his faith to recognize Who He was. See? He even give him the keys to the Kingdom, without enough education to sign his name.

I can hear him say, "Do you remember that old fisherman that you bought that fish from that time?"

"Oh, yes. They--they call him Simon. Yes, I remember. I knowed his daddy, Jonas. Sure. He used to be an old Pharisee up there, deacon in the church, you know, and so forth."


"You remember, you bought them fish, and he couldn't sign that receipt."


"He came up before this fellow, Jesus, the young Prophet of Galilee. And He told him what his name was, and told him who his father was. You remember how... Why, it wouldn't surprise me if He don't tell me who--tell you who you are when you get there."

"Oh, if I can see that."

"Now, we know that we both studied the Scripture. We're in agreement that Moses... We have to take his word, because he was God's great signpost, and he said when Messiah would come He would be a prophet. Now, we've just got to remember He's a prophet."

And he said, "Oh, yes. Sure, Messiah's a prophet."

"Well, how did that man know who Simon was, or who his father was? His father's been dead for years."

Now, he said, "Well, I'll just go see."

SC-57 And when he walked up in... Well, maybe Jesus had a prayer line coming, or maybe walked up and set down in the audience, or whatever it was. I...

After while, Jesus turned, and looked at him, and said, "Behold an Israelite in whom there is no guile."

Now, you say, "Well, 'course, the way he was dressed..."

No, no. The Egyptians, all of them wore beards, and so forth. "A Israelite in whom there is no guile." He didn't call him an Egyptian. He said, "An Israelite in whom there is no guile." He could been a murderer, cut-throat, anything. You see? But he said, "There's a Israelite in whom there is no guile." That just deflated him.

He said, "Rabbi (which means 'teacher'), when did You ever know me? I've never seen You before."

He said, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the tree, I saw you." That was it. That was Jesus yesterday, amongst the Jews. Said, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the tree, I saw you."

Listen. Maybe the bishop was standing there for all I know, but quick... That didn't make any difference to Nathanael. He ran up, and fell down by Him, and said, "Rabbi, Thou art the Son of God. Thou art the King of Israel." Amen.

SC-58 Now, was that Jesus yesterday? That's how He's making Himself known to the Jews?

Now, there were those great, high, scholarly men standing around there, with big turbans on, turned around collars, you know, and so forth. They said... Well, they had to give an answer to their congregation; there it was done. So they said, "This man is Beelzebub." That's a devil, fortuneteller. See?

And He said... doing that through Beelzebub, a devil... And Jesus said, "I forgive you for that. But someday the Holy Spirit's going to come to do the same thing. And to speak one word against It will never be forgiven." That's right.

SC-59 Now, there is three [] races of people. You might not want to believe it, but there is. If we believe the Bible, they all sprang from Ham, Shem, and Japheth, Noah's children. Now, watch.

When Peter had the keys to the Kingdom, he let... He preached at Pentecost, the Jews, they received the Holy Ghost, and what was there. And Philip went down to preach to the Samaritans, only they hadn't received the Holy Ghost yet. And Peter came down and laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost. And then, at the house of Cornelius (the Gentiles), Peter went up there, and was sent by a vision up there. And while he yet spake, the Holy Ghost fell on them. And then all the races had it (See?), the three races. That was Jews, Gentile, and Samaritan.

SC-60 Now, the Gentile, we Anglo-Saxon, we wasn't looking for no Messiah. We were worshipping idols, a club on our back, and heathens. But in our people... But Messiah only comes and makes Himself known to those who are looking for Messiah. He never pushes His way on anybody. You must want Him. And so He said... He came... (Now, we'll take it a little later, 'cause we don't want our time to get away. We got just a few minutes left.)

Notice. When He came, He made Hisself known to the Jews by being a Messiah, by showing that He was the prophet that Moses rose up, or that Moses spoke of, rather, that He was the Messiah, because He did the sign of the Messiah. And they knew that was Messiah. He perceived their thoughts. That's the Word, sharper than a two-edged sword, a discerner of the thoughts of the heart. Is that right? And He was the Word, and here He is, discerning their thoughts.

SC-61 Then one day He was going down to Jericho. That's right straight down from Jerusalem. Instead of going there, He had need go by Samaria. Watch. The Samaritans was looking for a Messiah too. So He came to a city called Sychar, and He sent the disciples away to buy food. And while they were gone, a little woman came out there, probably a pretty little woman. Maybe the child was turned on the street by parents, and let her go any way, and about like today.

They talk about juvenile delinquency. It's parent delinquency. It's exactly what it is. Maybe that child had the same thing, her mother let her do anything. She turned out to be a woman of ill-fame, and she couldn't come out...

SC-62 Now, I've been in the orients, and preached in there to the... well, the biggest audience I ever had was five hundred thousand. That was at Bombay, there (See?), and--and there... And I--I--I know their customs. Now, the immoral and moral can't associate together. So the virgin... Well, they could none of them come out there while the virgins was there, so she had to come out later. About eleven o'clock she came out, and maybe she had her hair all done up on top of her head, and--and she was... Maybe been out all night too, you know... And she came out to get a bucket of water.

And their buckets are pots. They got handles on them. And they can set a... They look like to me they hold about three to five gallon. They can set one of those pots on top of their head, and put one on each hip, and walk and talk to one another just like ladies can, and never spill a drop of water. I don't know how they do it, just go along, talking and laughing, them little bitty old girls about that high, just packing their--about fifteen gallon of water, going on.

And so they--they have a windle there, and they take these hooks and put it right around these handles, let the... Like a pitcher, we'd call it. Let it down into the well and get the water, and then windle it back up with the windle.

SC-63 Then, this woman come out to let her--her bucket down to get the water. And when she did, she heard a man setting over kind of a panoramic like this. It's a well, still there. And said, "Woman, bring Me a drink."

And she looked. And there was a segregation in the land between the Jews and Gen--or the Jews and Samaritans. So they said... This woman said, "Sir, it's not customary for you, being a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan woman, of such a thing."

SC-64 Now, He just looked like an ordinary Jew. He was dressed like an ordinary man. I don't believe you have to dress funny and be different to be a Christian. I don't believe you have to act funny. I believe you just--just be a person. Just be a Christian (that's all), and nothing peculiar. It's just something inside of you has took place, you see: happiness, joy, and peace, and satisfaction, and long-suffering, gentleness, peace. People can talk about you, it don't bother you a bit. See, you... That's fruits of the Spirit.

SC-65 So then this man was setting over there, a little robe on, just like the rest of them had and dressing just like the ordinary man, but... He was about thirty years old, but He must've looked a little older. You know, in Saint John 6, they said, "You mean to tell me that you saw Abraham, and you're not over fifty years old?" See, they judged Him about fifty. His work might've done that.

And He said, "Before Abraham was, I AM." So that cut the feathers down again, you know. But there He looked about maybe fifty years old, setting reared back there, and said...

"Why," she said, "it's not customary for you Jews to ask we Samaritans such things. We have no dealings with one another."

He said, "But if you knew Who you were talking to, you'd ask Me for a drink."

SC-66 And you know, then they got the dis--got the mix-up there, you know, about where she worshipped. Now, watch this woman. She said, "Sir," she said, "our father Jacob..." Now, see, that was the Jewish father too. "Our father Jacob dug this well. He and his cattle drank from it." And he gave it to Joseph actually, what he did. But said, "This is a... Our fathers drank from this well. And You say You got water that's better than this?" and so forth. Then after while...

SC-67 What is He trying to do? He is contacting her spirit, because what is the Word of God? A Discerner (Let's say it.), Discerner of the thoughts of the mind. See? What is He doing? He's talking to her, contacting her spirit, and He found her trouble. How many knows what it was? Sure, we all do. He said, "Go, get your husband and come here."

She said, "I don't have any husband."

He said, "You have said well, for you've had five husbands. And the one you're living with now is not your husband. You said well."

SC-68 Watch that woman. Watch these Pharisees, and trained up-and-ups. See? They said, "This man's Beelzebub. He's a devil." Look when that light flashed across that little predestinated seed there. When it struck that real seed of God that was before the foundation of the world, probably, name was put on the Lamb's Book of Life. When it struck that, quickly she recognized it. In her condition, she recognized it. Brother, I say that woman knowed more about God right then than half the people in the United States. Right. Yes, she recognized. Why? She was ordained before the foundation of the world. See? When that light struck it...

SC-69 Them Pharisees, they were educated, and had a lot of theology and stuff. But they didn't know the Word, and saying... She said, "Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet." Whew. What a difference between that, and that high priest and all of them, you know. "I perceive that You are a prophet. We know, we Samaritans, we know when Messiah cometh, that'll be His sign." Oh, my. The Jew, now the Samaritans. "We know when the Messiah cometh He will tell us these things."

He said, "I'm He that speaks with you." That was Jesus yesterday. See what He was? Not His different dress, not His different look, not His different nothing. He was what was inside of Him manifesting Him. Hallelujah. I started to say, "Excuse me, but I couldn't say that. I'd be sacrilegious. I--I may act a little crazy, but I feel good this way. So just let me alone, you know. I feel better this way.

SC-70 Notice. When he said... "You must be a prophet." She knew they hadn't had a prophet for hundreds of years. Said, "You must be a prophet. We know when the Messiah cometh, we're taught that. We know it by the Scripture, that when Messiah cometh He will tell us these things. That'll be the things He will do."

Jesus said, "I'm He that speaks with you."

And from that she left the water pot and run into the city. Listen at her message now. Now, remember in the east, it's practically the same way. They won't listen to a woman of ill-fame. But the man on the street... But you couldn't stop her. She'd done found something. She run into a city. They had to listen to her, like a house on fire. They had to give heed to her. She run in the city and said, "Come, see a Man that's told me the things I've done. Isn't this the very Messiah?" And the Bible says that the men of the city believed on Him, because of the testimony of the woman.

SC-71 That was Jesus yesterday. Is that right? He's the same today. (Have we got time for one more statement, just... And then I--I'll start the prayer line, just one thing now.) Now, remember, the way He vindicates Hisself at the close of each age, He has to do it each time. Now, that was the closing of the Jewish age--the literal seed of Abraham, we know, which was from Isaac. But now, there's a royal seed came through Christ. That's the church. Do you believe that? All of us believe that. Now, watch. That's the way He showed Hisself when He closed off on the Jews and Samaritans, in that age.

SC-72 Notice. Now, Jesus said in Saint Luke that, "As it was in the days of Lot, so shall it be in the coming of the Son of man." As it was... Now, watch His prophecy.

Now, let's see. Let's see what kind of a day Lot had. Now, there was your unbeliever, Sodomites, lukewarm, denominational Christians, Lot; and Abraham, the elected church, called out. He wasn't in Sodom. They were out of Sodom. They wasn't in Sodom to begin with. So they were having things a little rough, but they--they were still out of Sodom. That's one good thing.

SC-73 So Abraham was setting in the door of his tent, one hot morning, maybe about eleven o'clock. And three Men came walking up, dust on Their clothes, just men came walking up. Abraham looked. You know, there's something about it. You can, you... I don't know. He--he knowed there was something strange about them Fellows. And he ran out and said, "My Lord, come by. Let me fetch a little water, and wash Your feet, and--and give You a morsel of bread. And then You can go on Your way."

And he ran in and told Sarah to get some bread ready. And he went out and got a little fat calf, and dressed it, and brought it out, and fed Them.

Did you notice? Two of those men, they were actually... What it was, was Almighty God. That's right. Now, the Bible here... Abraham called Him in Genesis 18 here, 16, 17, 18, called Him, "Elohim." That's the same Name that God appeared in in Genesis 1: All-sufficient One (See?), Elohim, Elohim, in flesh. See?

SC-74 Someone said to me not long ago, a minister brother, he said, "You don't believe that was God?"

I said, "Sure, I do. Abraham said it was, and I believe the Bible."

He said, "Now, how could God be in that place, eating that... and eating meat and stuff like that?"

I said, "You just forget Who He is. Now, He wanted to investigate Sodom, so He--He just..."

The human body is made out of about sixteen different elements, you know. That's... I think it's of potash, and petroleum, and cosmic light and so forth. He just grabbed a handful of it, and "Whew", stepped into it, and blowed another handful for Gabriel, and One for the other One, come on down. That's all. I'm glad I know Him like that. Don't you? Yes, sir. He can make anything to serve His purpose. So He stepped down (That's right), stepped out of it.

SC-75 I'm so glad that someday there might not even be... I got about two or three hairs left, and I was combing them here not long ago. And wife said to me, she said, "Billy, you're getting completely baldheaded."

I said, "But I haven't lost a one of them, honey."

She said, "Pray, tell me where they're at."

I said, "All right, sweetheart. Tell me where they was before I got them. Ever where they was then, they're waiting for me to come to them."

He said, "Not even one hair of your head..." Right. That's our God. No matter, I've turned back to cosmic light, and whatever I may be, He will speak and I'll come forth on that day because I believe Him. Amen. That's right. Resurrection... Raise me up in the last day, He said He'd lose nothing; "I'll raise it up again in the last day." Sure.

SC-76 There He was. That's our God we're believing on. That's the God that I'm talking about. And here He was setting here. And notice, Sodomites, churchites, and the elected church. Watch. Two of them, a modern Billy Graham, and so forth, goes down into Sodom, and begins to preach the Gospel: no miracle, but just smiting blind. And preaching the Word makes the unbeliever blind. So he went down and preached the Gospel to call that lukewarm church out (See?), because destruction was coming. Fire, that's what's coming next is fire. But one Angel stayed back with Abraham. Did you ever notice?

SC-77 Let's go down through the age since then. Tell me whenever you ever seen a man go out into Babylon... Now, Abraham received that sign, and look at them Angels that went down there. And today the messenger to the lukewarm church, the denominational church, is spelled not A-b-e-r-h-a-m, but G-r-a-h-a-m. We've had Sankey, Finney, Knox, Calvin, so forth, but never anything ending with a h-a-m to that church. See?

SC-78 Now, there's a Angel stayed back to show His identification, which was God Himself in human flesh, showed His identification here. He said, "Abra-ham (Now, just a few days before that he was Abram.)," and said, "where is thy wife, S-a-r-a-h?" Which, just a day or two before that, she was S-a-r-a-i. "Where is thy wife, Sarah?"

And now, the Angel said, "She's..." Or Abraham said, "She's in the tent behind You." Now, women acted a little different then than they do now. See? So they--she was in the tent behind Him.

So He said, "I'm going to visit you according to the time of life." Now, look, "I," that personal pronoun again. You see, see who it was. He'd made the promise, "I'm going to visit you according to the time of life, and you're going to have this child of promise," and so forth. And Sarah, inside the tent, laughed up her sleeve. She said...

SC-79 Now, she was old, well-stricken as... You're my... You listen to your doctor; I'm your brother. It's... Family relationship had probably been fifteen, twenty years. See? Said, "Me, an old woman, have--have pleasure with my lord, and him old too?" And she laughed to herself.

And the--the Man setting there with His back turned to the tent said, "Why did Sarah laugh?" in the tent. What about that? See, Jesus said as it was in the days of Sodom, so shall it be in the coming of the Son of man, that God would manifest Himself in flesh, human flesh again. See, God above us (the Pillar of Fire), God with us (Jesus Christ, the Son of God), now God in us, the Holy Ghost in the last days in human flesh.

Abraham come through the days seeing signs and wonders of God, but never did he... Just as he saw that sign, immediately after that the fire fell and burned up Sodom. The last sign that Abraham seen of God before the fire fell, the last sign that Israel rejected was the same sign.

SC-80 Now, the Gentile church has come to their time. Now, we're looking for a Messiah. And if that's the way He acted before that, in that day, He has to act the same today. If He lets us go in without it, then He isn't the same. And then He doesn't act the same, and He's a respect of persons. See what I mean? He's got to do the same thing again. So that makes Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever.

SC-81 Civilization has traveled with the sun. We all know that. Oldest civilization is China and constantly... And as civilization comes, sin heaps up, keeps heaping. And now it's hit the west coast. There's a sound barrier, or an iron curtain separating the east and west. There's no more people out there in the ocean. You go plumb on over till you get to east again. And sin has constantly came.

When the Indian lived here, he had no sin. He had a little tribal wars. But when the white man had come, he brought whiskey, women, murder, and everything else. And sin has constantly heaped up. And as sin heaps up... The Bible said when the enemy comes in like a flood, God would raise up a standard against it. The Word of God would raise up a standard. The Word would be more manifested, more manifested.

The Holy Ghost struck first on the west coast, some cross-eyed colored man, down here in California. Holy Ghost struck on California with speaking in tongues. Then came Divine healing campaign, and here we are at the end time. Hallelujah. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever... You believe it? Let us bow our heads just a moment.

SC-82 Heavenly Father, we are grateful to know that we are living in this last day, just before the coming of that just One, that wonderful, glorious, loving Son of Yours, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, Who we love. And we know the Bible speaks of an appearing before the coming, and there's a great difference in the word "appearing," and then "coming."

Now, Father, we realize that the church has come through the stage of justification, come through the stage of sanctification, come through the stage of receiving the Holy Spirit. Now, the stones are being honed down for the fitting of the ministry of Jesus Christ, to blend right in to take the church. We thank Thee for this, Father.

So glad that You--we can put trust in You. What Your Word says is true. It can never fail because You are the Word. And You said, "Heavens and earth will pass away, but My Word shall never fail." I pray, Father, tonight, the opening of this revival. I've been lengthy speaking, nice group of people to talk to.

Now, God, we're looking for a revival. We're looking for just these little, short, few, nights we got here, for You to send the fire off the altar. These people, Father, great many of them are believers, received the Holy Spirit. Surely the Holy Spirit would know the Word. And I pray, heavenly Father, that You'll confirm it again tonight. Let it be known that Thou art God and the time is drawing nigh. For we ask it in Jesus' Name. Amen.

SC-83 God bless you. I want to have your undivided attention for about ten minutes. We have plenty of time now. We got four nights to pray for the sick. We'll get them all prayed for. I believe that Billy said he gave out prayer cards... Was it... Was it A's? He gave out a hundred prayer cards: A's. We'll pray for every one of them. But now, we can't bring them all up here at one time, and we haven't got time to bring them all tonight. You may have to wait awhile for your turn to be called, but...

What if you had to go to Mayo Brothers and wait to see what was wrong with you? You might wait three or four months 'fore you got an appointment. Then when you go in, you'd stay in there for a week or two, and they'd search you through. And if they find it, they tell you, and then you're just where you started, only you know what's wrong with you. See?

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