20. Mormons believe in prophecy. [Vision of lion shot in half.]
PROVING HIS WORD. LOS ANGELES, CA 65-0426
35 I just had a--a little experience here about a week ago, as you all know that I--I hunt. And when I come back from my meeting, I been lion hunting. And after I moved into Arizona, it's good, I like to hunt big game, and I like to get out amongst nature and watch it.
Now, I'm not a killer. I just hunt. So I--I don't like to destroy game; I--I don't think it's right. I think it's just as much sin to kill game, when you're not using it and going to use it for a purpose, as it would be to kill anything else. I believe it's wrong. We shouldn't do that. God gave it to us for food and for purposes, and we should not destroy it. But now, what the law says you can take, all right. Just don't waste it.
And I down there, the season is out for everything else. Lions kill a lot of cattle. And I know a lot of ranchers up in the country. And every time they get a kill, why, they call me, when a lion gets amongst sheep. A certain friend of mine, the other night, lost about thirty-five hundred dollars in one night by one lion killing just lambs. He got in, and 'course, the rest of the lions are going to have to pay for his sin. And so I got the lion, and so it was a great big lion, and was nine foot long, and weighed close two-something, so it was--it was a good big lion.
And then I went from the country of Arizona, up into Utah, to hunt. And so I was told that there was people up there, that a man that I was going to hunt with, was a government trapper, "And for goodness sakes, don't mention anything about religion around him." Said, "He was really a rough fellow."
He said, "Don't say 'preacher.' If you do, you'll never get to go hunting. He wouldn't take you." Said, "I hunted with him three days, and slept with him every night, eat with him every day, and he never even said, 'Good morning. How do you do? You want something to eat? Wash the dishes.' Nothing." Said, "Now, just don't say nothing about it."
I said, "I won't say a word." So I didn't tell him I wouldn't pray, but I just kept on telling him that I... And I'd prayed.
42 So when we got up there, the--the man was a very hard character, and I didn't think he believed anything. And he'd just lost a baby a few nights before that, a stillborn baby. So we went hunting. And on the second day, the man I was hunting with had told him, said I get to hunt everywhere around the country. So when the other hunter, was with me, had left, we were way in top of peaks, where we just run a lion till we got him into the rocks, and he'd got away. And so we were setting there waiting for the dog to return. And this man said to me; he said, "The other hunter, your friend, tells me that you get to hunt everywhere. You got plenty of money?" Said, "I guess it's none of my business."
And I said, "No," I said, "isn't plenty of money." I said, "I--I'm sponsored."
And he said, "Oh, I see." He said, "Well, I guess it's none of my business again," but said, "are you with a firm that sponsors you?"
He was pulling it right out of me. I promised I wouldn't. See? So I said... Yeah. I said, "No, sir. I'm a preacher, a missionary."
He said, "A what?"
And I said, "Missionary." And he just stood and looked at me for a few minutes.
I said, "Do you have any hope for Life hereafter? What is your hope?"
He said, "I'm a Jack Mormon."
And I said, "A what?"
He said, "A Jack Mormon."
I said, "What kind's that?"
Said, "The one that swears and drinks coffee, and smokes cigarettes."
I said, "Well, an honest confession's good for the soul."
And then he said--he said, "I want to ask you something." He said, "I am told that the Mormon church is the only true church there is." He said, "Do you believe that?"
I said, "When it comes to church, I guess it's as good as any of them. I only know one Truth, and that's Jesus Christ." I said, "I know He's True."
"Well," he said, "I had a baby born the other night, stillborn." He said, "I am told that this baby, because it was stillborn, God never did breathe the breath of life into it, that I'll never see it again." He said, "What do you think about that?"
"Well," I said, "you won't as a Jack Mormon. You sure won't. That's one thing sure; you won't see it as long as you stay a Jack Mormon." And he said... Well, he had been pushing at me, so I push him back a little bit. You see? We had--had time to push back. And so he said--he said... I said, "What's the matter?"
He said, "Oh, I don't know." And he said, "Well, what do you think?"
I said, "I am acquainted with many fine..."
53 I didn't know he was a Mormon. And I was a very... I know, being it in Utah, it probably was, but I... 'cause most the people up there are Mormon, around Salt Lake City. This wasn't Salt Lake City, however. So I thought, "Well, I've had some fine Mormon friends, been in the prayer lines, fine people."
And I said, "I have met some very fine men who are--are Mormons." And he said, well, he said... I said, "I don't know their teaching on that, and I wouldn't want to say something contrary to their teaching, because that's what you are, and I respect that highly." And I said, "Well, and you believe that?"
He said, "Yes, sir, I do." But said, "I don't live to it."
I said, "Well, I believe that the Bible teaches that God knew that baby millions of years ago before the foundation of the world." I said, "God told Jeremiah, 'Before you was ever conceived in your mother's womb, before you ever was come forth from the belly, I knew you, sanctified you, and ordained you a prophet to the nations.'" I said, "That's how much He knew about it. See?"
He said, "Well," he said, "thank you."
He started walking down the hill. And then he met with this other fellow, and he said, "Why didn't you tell me that guy was a preacher?" And so we... He talked to him a little bit and begin to tell him about the meetings.
Now, Mormons believe prophecy. I don't--might not be any here, but they--but they do believe in--in prophecy. But, so, now, maybe I'm talking out of school, well I... Yeah. Yeah. But, however, they believe.
And he say, he come back to me, said, "I understand that you are a prophet."
I said, "No, sir." I said, "I... The Lord has showed me a few things to happen."
And he took off right away, said, "Let's go in." And he got in his car, and went down to the... There was a little city from where he lived. In a few moments he was missing. We was fixing the dogs to take another hunt right after lunch. And when we did, why, he took off in a car.
In a few moments, a fine-looking young man come back, about seventeen years old, a real saintly-looking Christian gentleman. He said, "This is my brother." Said, "He is not a Jack Mormon. He's a real Mormon."
I said, "How do you do, son?"
And he said, "I understand, that my brother tells me that you are a prophet."
I said, "No, sir." I said, "It isn't that I am a prophet." I said, "The Lord has showed me things to come to pass."
He said, "I have a shot in my arm right now; I'm supposed to be on the operating table." He said, "But my brother told me this. And I said, 'If that's so, I don't need the operation.'" He looked me right straight in the eye, an honest, true, sincere look, said, "You lay your hands upon me. If these things are so, I won't need the operation." He went home well.
This brother, Christian friend of mine, was hunting with me from Phoenix. He said to me, he said... Some of these boys are setting right here now. One of them I know is here present. We went home. He said, "Brother Branham, if the Lord would show you a vision and let you tell them Mormons just what's going to happen, that will do it, because they are looking for it."
So I prayed and I prayed. And on my road back home, I was coming up on the following Monday, Sunday, about ten o'clock, I was standing in the room, after church that morning, and was looking out.
And I saw flashlights flashing, or some kind of a light flashing. And I saw a lion that was in a tree, and--and it was too small for me to shoot. I didn't want it. And there was someone else shot it, and when they did, they shot it with too big a gun. It blowed the lion up. I didn't appreciate the--the--the way it was done.
68 When I got up to Phoenix, I told Brother Dawson that and Brother Mosley. I know he's here. I seen him the other day somewhere here. And he was going up with me, he and his wife. And I said, "You watch and see; that's THUS SAITH THE LORD. It's going to happen that way.
Nights we waited, four or five nights we'd hunted, or days. Seldom you ever tree a lion at night. Happened to be, coming home, they turned the dogs loose, this hunter, this Mormon boy. And the--the lion struck a trail, or the dog struck the trail of the lion, rather, and run him up in a tree. And at ten o'clock at night they come, got us out of bed. We went out there, and there was that same lion in the tree. Flashing the lights, Brother Mosley shot him with about a forty-four caliber, liked to have blowed the lion half in two. And there it was, just exactly the way it was said.
The next day, I met the chief game warden of the state, another Jack Mormon. Took those boys together, leading them back home to Christ.
I tell you; He's the same yesterday, today, and forever. God proves His Word to be so.