44. Crushed for five years. [Tax case.]
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35 But just, It's done something to me, now I--in myself. For five years now, I've wondered what was wrong. I felt in my heart like I was--I was all crushed down with something, and I--I couldn't make out what it was. During the time of this great crushing, and so forth, I just plastered around and around, across the country.
And the government had me under an investigation because when we have the meetings, somebody write a check "William Branham" and I'd just sign it and hand it back. And then we got a package of all the--all of our meetings, and when they looked through there and found out that it went in to pay the campaign. Yet, as I signed my name to it, I identified the check to myself, and they had me I owed the government three hundred thousand dollars. And it--they wouldn't let me leave, and I had to stay here, and so forth, for a great time to search through all of this. And--and I'm not, everything went... They said, "Yes, it went into the campaign, but the people made the check to you. And when you endorsed it, you identified yourself with the check, and you owe taxes on it. If you never even held it a second in your hand, it's still yours because you endorsed it."
I didn't know it. I don't know all the mechanics of this, the laws and things. I was supposed to have a stamp to stamp it, instead of sign it. When I signed it, it means it's mine. And then they cut right into the package and find there it was placed right into the fund and spent out like that. I draw a salary from my church of a hundred dollars a week. There sets a trustee, setting right there, that knows that's right. And that's all I get from that. And I--otherwise, it goes right into the campaign.
38 Now, I felt like I was crushed, for the last four or five years. Well, I'd went up into Canada, just recently, on a little trip of going hunting. And when I did, the Lord helped me up there to lead a whole tribe of Indians to the Lord Jesus. And I have to go back when the--when the--the creeks thaw up, up there, and things, to baptize the whole tribe, in the Name of the Lord Jesus; because the healing of an Indian woman dying in a heart attack, that the priest wouldn't come to, way back in the jungles where I had to ride for hours, horseback. There are those setting here now, who was present when it happened.
And now, then, coming down, I had to stop over in Colorado, to visit some of my friends there, some ministers. I'm a--I'm a guide in Colorado, and I was taking them on a hunting trip. Two or three of those men, three or four, five of them are setting right present now to know this. And it's been awful dry in Colorado this year, as it has been across the nation. And fires were very--going to be very bad, so they delayed the hunting season awhile.
But while we were up there, there come forth an issue that--that there was coming a blizzard. And it's dangerous to be in the mountains at that time, 'cause you--sometimes I've seen you couldn't even see your hand before you for hours after hours, and thirty foot of snow dumped right out in one time, just in a few hours, right on top of you, and you perish. So I told my brethren, that morning when we was leaving out, I said, "Now the blizzard..."
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47 I'd been feeling that horrible burden. "I've cried. I've prayed. I've confessed. What can I do? What is it that I done?" Like you'd done something real evil; like you'd hurt somebody, and you know you ought to make it right. What was I condemned about? I knew not. I said, "Lord, if You'll only reveal it to me, I'll make it right. But what have I done but stand and preach, and do all that I knowed to do? And I've tried to live clean, clear, and just according to Your Words. But what have I done?" And still that burden would not let up, year after year. I thought about it on the mountain that morning, and I started down.
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76 As we were in Colorado (See?), as we were up there, we went back, and it'd been rear dry. Game was scarce. Brother Wheeler, the Lord blessed him and gave him a--a fine trophy, and we was so happy about that, is the first time he's ever in the woods hunting. And the Lord blessed him. And then I had shot a big trophy that I had looked for for twenty years, been watching him, Brother Banks and I been after him for a long time. And when I did, shooting my rifle in down in the hot country, bringing it up into a cold, it swelled the stock although it was glass bedded, and it shot it several inches off. And hit the animal, standing between trees, where it oughtn't to hit him; lower than that which would've humanely killed the animal in a second. But it hit him so high, it... He jumped and like he fell like that.
And Billy was with me, and he said, "That got him." And I thought it did too; but when we went over there, it wasn't. So he said, "You hit a tree." I looked up and down, there was no mark on a tree. And then I went to searching for it. And then, there come a warning sign. There was practically a hundred men, just above us. And Brother Palmer and them is a witness of that. And Brother Evans, that's right, he was there; Brother Welch Evans and his boy Ronnie (I believe I called them awhile ago.). And great loads of men had went up above us, what they call the "cow camp" up there, where the cowboy stays and rides, keeps the cows separated. I used to stay in that camp myself and herd those cattle and keep them apart.
And then... So in there there was about a hundred men. But anyone knows in that country, when a blizzard is forecast, you'd better get away right now. That's why Brother Palmer and them left early, because they only had a three-speed transmission in their car, and they had to get out of there, 'cause weather... You're there, and you might stay for weeks. So they said, "There is a blizzard coming," the forecast, the papers, the radio. Load after load, practically everything from up around in there left out. They'd gone, right now, 'cause they knowed to get out of there.
But my brethren had two deer license, and they--they didn't want to go. So I--I said, "Well, we'll stay." But I had a meeting coming up in about six days, and I had to go back to Tucson.
So my little wife... Now, we been married twenty-two years. And twenty years on our anniversary, I'd been up there every time; just happened to hit there. So I--I got a little place I always walk out and pray, and it looked like the place where I took her.
You know, I made kind of a little thing, you know; I didn't have enough money to take the hunting trip and my honeymoon, so I--I--I kinda took my wife on a hunting trip for the honeymoon. So we was in New York, and I remember helping her up over logs and things, a-getting to a place. And I got a little place out there, I always think of her when I go there on our anniversary. October twenty-third is when season's open there, and twenty years I haven't been home, always up there.
82 So that day was our anniversary. And Brother Mann... I said, "Now, if you brethren..." I stood to the fire that morning, "Now, if..." that night, rather, "If you an want to stay now, remember, we may be in here for a month." 'Cause I've seen twenty foot of snow fall just in a little, just overnight, just... You'd go out there and you--just as dry and nice, and the next morning, snow is this deep, over--maybe over top of your tent. So then I said... And then you stay there till that melts off. So you're about fifteen to twenty miles back in the wilderness. And so then I said... And if it gets emergency, 'course they send in helicopters and get you out, but usually they just, nobody perishing, they just have to wait there.
So everybody scats just as soon as they hear that broadcast, and or forecast, rather. So we were back there, and I said, "Now, you make up your mind. If you want to stay, I'm here to hunt with you, and I'll call my wife and tell her 'Happy Anniversary!'" But I said, "Then in that, I will also... I'll... We well--we'll get some groceries, 'cause we might have to stay in here." We was out of bread then. And I don't want to see anymore flapjacks for a long time, them pancakes. So then... I'd been eating them in Canada for about twenty-one days, and I sure had a fill of them things. And so then, I wanted to get some bread.
So they just said they wanted to stay. So there wasn't nothing to do to stay. But Brother Mann and I went out, and we went down there, and I got the groceries. And I called the wife, and the phone wouldn't answer. No one answered; so I waited about a hour till we got the groceries shopped, went back, called; she didn't answer. And I had to call Sister Evans. I believe Sister Evans is here. And I told... Yeah, Brother Evans and Sister Evans is here.
So I called Sister Evans for Brother Evans and told him; she said, "I'll call Sister Branham and tell her a 'Happy Anniversary,' of course, you know. So... But she'd gone shopping to get some groceries for the children.
And then we come back; and the next morning, what was in the skies but clouds. It hadn't rained up there all fall, and it was really dry. And they had to prolong the hunting season a few days extra on account of the dryness.
Well, I said to the brethren that morning, "Now, the first drop of rain starts to fall, the first snow, the first sleet, anything, take for the camp just as hard as you can, 'cause within fifteen minutes you can't see your hand before you. See? And it'll just twist and blow, and I don't care how well you know the country, you--you're going to stay right there, and you'll perish. 'Cause sometimes you can't even breathe, the sleet blowing so, you die right there." And I said, "As soon as it starts with that sleet, you take for the camp just at hard as you can; I don't care where you are."
Well, I said, "Go up here and set in these gulches, and I'll climb way high and roll rocks over the hill and so forth, scare the deers off the top and run them down; you pick out what you want."
So I started climbing high, and about time I got up to where we call the saddle, a little place there that I always cross over to go to a place called Quaker Knob, right on the continental divide there, way high. And when I got to almost this little saddle, the clouds was getting blacker and blacker. Wasn't a car left, just us up there as far--and a cowboy on the camp. So it got--it got worse and worse, so it... In a few minutes it started to raining. Well, I took my gun and put it under my coat, keep the scope from smoking up and--and the stock getting wet; whether run into a bear or something, coming back, so I--I held my scope like that and set down under a tree a little bit. And I set there and prayed. I said, "Lord, God, You're the great Jehovah, and I love You."
How many experiences have I had. I pointed out to the brethren, Brother Palmer and them, the places where the eagle, you know,... I seen him rise up that day, you know, and how... That's the places where it all taken place in there. It's a temperamental thing to me in there. I've had so many great experiences with my Lord up in them mountains. So you just can't go there without seeing Him; He's just everywhere.
So then, as I--I set there, then the sleet started, and the wind twisting, like that. And I said, "Well, I know the way down, but I better get off of here right now."
So I said, "It--it..." Looked down, and I couldn't even see the bottoms no more, them clouds just whirling and twisting, and sleet a-blowing. And there it was, the blizzard, forecast for several days, a big blizzard coming.
Brother Tom is here. Brother Tom Simpson, coming down from Canada, heard the forecast, and he was advised not to go through that part of the country, 'cause this forecast said. "It'll be blizzard." Where are you, Brother Tom? I think that... Yeah, right here. And he... The blizzard was coming. Everybody had done set in for it.
Well, I put my gun back under my shirt, like this, my red shirt, started walking down the mountain. And as I started, got about half a mile from the saddle; and oh, my, those big drops of snow like that, and the wind twisting up on that mountain and blowing. I couldn't see the bottom no more. I could see about twenty feet in front of me, or thirty, and I knowed to come right down this little, what we call a little hogback, little ridge, and I'd come off to the creek, and then I knowed to follow the creek, and where to go to if it got real bad.
94 And so then I started down, and got about half way down there, and Something said to me, just as plain as you hear me, "Stop and go back."
Well, I thought, "What was I thinking about? Maybe it's just my mind." And I just couldn't make another step forward.
David had fixed me a sandwich that morning, and I think he tried to get even with me for fixing his daddy one, one time, of onion and honey; that's all we had. So he fixed me a baloney and, oh, I don't know what all it was, wrapped in there. And I had it in my shirt, and it done got wet through my shirt, I thought, "I'll just stop and eat this, and maybe I'll--it'll be all right then." So I pulled out the sandwich, about ten o'clock, and I started eating the sandwich. And as I eat the sandwich, I thought, "Now, I'll be all right." And I started to move on, but something said, "Go back where you come from."
"Go back through that storm, a half a mile or more back up the mountain into that dark timber where you..." Can then hardly see as far as that organ... But I'm getting to be an old man, and I been a Christian now for thirty-three years; and I know no matter what, how ridiculous it seems, mind the Lord. Do what the Lord says.
And I turned and went back to the saddle, feeling my way back, oh, sleet getting harder and harder, getting darker and darker. And I set down there, and just put my coat up like this, or my shirt over the scope again; set down. I thought, "What am I doing here? Why would I come back up here?"
99 And I just waited a few minutes. And I started to get up again, and just as plain as I've ever want to hear, a voice said, "I am the Creator of heavens and earth. I make the wind and the rain."
I took off my hat; I said, "Great Jehovah, is that You?"
He said, "I was the One Who made the winds to cease upon the sea. I was the One Who made the waves to go down. I created heavens and earth. Was not I--I not the One that told you to speak to those--for squirrels and they come into existence? I am God."
Now, when a voice speaks to you, watch the Scripture. If it's not Scriptural, you leave it alone; I don't care how plain it is; you stay away from it.
I said, "Yes, Lord."
He said, "Speak to those winds and that storm, and it'll go away." Now, this Bible lays before me, which my life is in That.
I raised up; I said, "I do not doubt Your voice, Lord." I said, "Clouds, snow, rain, sleet, I resent your coming. In the Name of Jesus Christ, go to your places. I say that the sun must come out immediately and shine for four days till our hunting trip is over and I leave with my brethren."
It was just gushing, just going "Whooosssh," like that. And it started go--going, "Whoosh"; and then went "whew, whew, whew, whew." Stopped... I stood real still. My brethren up there, wondering what was happening. And the sleet and rain stopped. There came a wind whirling down through the mountain, lifted up the clouds, and one went this way: east, north, west, and south. And within a few minutes, the sun was shining nice and warm. That's truth. God knows that's truth. I just stood there, just looking around with my hat off, looking.
"Are..." You say... I got numb all over. I thought, "The very God of creation, it's all in His hand. What's He telling me?"
And I picked up my gun, wiped off the scope, started walk back, go down the hill. And Something said to me, "Why don't you stroll with Me through this wilderness, walk with Me?"
I said, "Yes, Lord, with all my heart, would be one of the greatest things I could do was walk with You." So I put my gun over my shoulder, and I started walking down through that (never a axe laid in it, virgin timber), walking through there.
And as I did, walked along, down along these game trails, I felt like, "I believe I will go up to the place where... yesterday was our anniversary, and I will stand there just a few minutes, just as a little salute to Meda, at where there's a little bunch of quaking asp upon a little knob." And I said, "I believe I'll walk up there, just as a salute to our anniversary. Then I'll go back down on this other side in these dark timbers, and walk around, and go right over by--towards Corral Peaks, and come back down that way."
113 Just walking and rejoicing, I was saying, "Father, I know You are walking with me, and what a privilege. There's nobody greater I could be walking with; the very God." And that warm sunshine...
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123 Walking up there, I was going along... Now, this part, I hope my wife don't get this tape. See? But I'm going to tell you something. And now, I--I don't tell you... I just tell you the truth. See, and that's the only way to do it. I've often wondered why she didn't complain about me going on these trips on an anniversary. You know what I had made up in my mind? I said, "There's so many people around the house. And then I'm always, you know how I am, nervous, and everything I talk, I want to talk about is God, the Bible, or something. Maybe she just thinks it's a little rest for her. She'd get me away for a few days, go hunting." I, half thinking that, going along there.
Now, that I'm... I--I apologize to her, and I'm--I'm ask God to forgive me for such thoughts," 'cause I was going away. I thought, "Well, she thinks... Well, my goodness, she--she's a worker, you know, and--and all the time when she's out in the kitchen or somewhere out in the..."
And any of you knows her, that washing machine's going all the time. And so, I'd go out, I'd pull her... I said, "Don't be washing like that. Talk to me. (See?) I--I love you. I want you to tell me something: tell me you do too."
She said, "Well, you know I do," then right on washing just as hard as she...?...
"I don't want you to do that; I want you to come in here and set down by me."
"O Bill, I got so much work to do."
And I thought, "Well, see, go on up here, she gets time to do her work." Go along there thinking that.
Now, remember, I laid this Bible up here so you'd see that I'm before the Word.
130 As I was walking along, something happened to me. As I started, first I was thinking about when I taken her on the honeymoon up there, she was a pretty, little, black-headed, brown-eyed girl, and I was lifting her over these logs, you know, and everything, and trying to get her up there in this place where I'd kill some bear. And I wanted to show her, you know, and so where I got these bear. And she had on my cowboy boots. And that's about twenty-two years, or twenty-one years before that, twenty-two years, I believe it was, ago. We were married on 1941. And I was picking her up, you know, over these logs.
And I thought, "Now, poor little fellow, putting up with me, she's done turned gray." And I thought, "Well..." I went... [Brother Branham clears his throat--Ed.]. And I hadn't shaved for a few days, and I found out I was gray too. And I seen my beard sticking out of here, gray, and I thought, "Old boy, you just about finished now. See, you--you going to do anything, you better hurry up. You're getting old too." See?
And so, as I went along like that, something taken place. All of a sudden, in every motion, principle, I was a boy; I thought as a boy. I had my head down, and I looked up and just as plain as I ever saw her, there she stood before me with her arms out. And I stopped, rubbed my face; I looked. Said, "Meda, is that you, honey?"
I looked here; I thought, "Now, what's happened?" And I thought, "Yes, I'm walking with Him." And it changed then, I was back an old man again; and the vision was gone from front of me.
And I stopped; I took my hat off again, put it over my heart. I said, "Jesus, my heart has been so burdened for years. I don't have to tell You that I'm burdened. I've repented; I've repented; I've done everything I know. And why has it this burden don't leave me?"
And I just started walking on. And as I climbed this little knoll, just about thirty forty yards in front of me; I started up this little knoll, I begin to feel real weak. And there was a little quaking asp about ten inches through, come up and made like a "L," and then went up again. And just as I got there, I felt so weak I was staggery. So I just... I had my cap back on again. And I just laid my head up against this; fit me just right to lay my head right here against that little quaking asp, like this. It's really a poplar; it's like--looks like a birch. You see? And it's--it's a... I was laying against there. And I was just standing there with my head down, that warm sun hitting me in the back, and I think, "The very God that departed that rain and that wind..."
And I heard something going, "pat, pat, pat."
I thought, "What's that? The water's all blowed off. The sun is out. What's that splat?" I looked down; it was water from my own eyes, cutting down through the gray beard and dropping off on the dry leaves that God had dried up, laying before me. And I just stood there like this, just against the tree. And my hands--this hand down, my head laying against the tree, my hand on the rifle sling, like this, a-standing there, crying.
I said, "God, I'm not worthy to be Your servant." I said, "I--I'm sorry; I--I made a... I've made many mistakes. I didn't mean to make mistakes, Lord. You've been so good to me."
My eyes closed; and I heard something going, "stomp, stomp; stomp, stomp." I raised my eyes, and standing right in front of me come three deer. And I thought, "There's Brother Evans' one, Brother Wood's, and there's the three deer. (See?) Just what I'm looking for, and I ranged right up. I reached to get my rifle, as "I can't do that. I promised God that I wouldn't do that. (See?) I promised Him I wouldn't do it."
And something said to me, "But there it is."
And I thought, "Yeah, that's what a--a man told David, one time, 'God delivered him.' (I said...) 'into your hands.'" You know, king Saul.
And Joab told him, said, "Kill him. There he lays."
He said, "God forbid I touch His anointed."
And those deer stood there and looked at me. And I thought, "They can't get away. There's no way for them to get away. They're not thirty yards from me, and I got this rifle. Standing here, and there's three deer. Aw, I can't do it. I--I just can't do it." It was a doe and two big fawns. So I--I--I just couldn't take the rifle. I said, "I can't." I--I never moved. I just stayed there. I said, "I can't do it, 'cause I promised God I wouldn't do it. Though them brethren, they--they don't need them deer. (See?) Now, I can't do this. I just can't do it."
And that doe come, walked... Now, listen, there'd been a hundred men shooting at them up there for four or five days. Scary? The first sign of red (and I had a red shirt, red cap), the first sign, they're gone; but they were standing there, all three of them, looking right at me.
I said, "Mother, take your babies and go on out in the woods. You're in my hand. Your life is in my hands; I ain't going to hurt you. I promised God that I wouldn't." See? And she walked closer. She looked at me. All of them walked closer, till they come so close they could eat out of my hands nearly. They don't... And the wind blowing right on them. So she turned around, walked back a little piece, all three of them.
And here she come back again, walked right up to me. I never moved, just stood there. I said, "Go on out into the woods; I love it too. Live. (See?) Your life is in my hand, but I'll spare you. You couldn't get away; you know you couldn't." I can kill all three of them in--in just about one second, three seconds anyhow, just as fast as I could fire; and they couldn't get away, standing right by me. See? I said, "I spare you. Go on; live." I stood there. They went walking on, went on into the woods.
149 I wiped my face like that, and just then something happened. A voice spoke out just as clear, right out of them blue skies, not a cloud. It all been within just about--just a little bit of time. And a voice spoke out, and said, "You remembered your promise, didn't you?"
I said, "Yes, Lord."
He said, "I'll remember Mine too. I'll never leave you nor forsake you." The burden left my heart. It hasn't been there since. May it never again.
Then I come to Tucson. Strange thing, I have never had so much happening since I've come down. I--I believe it was God holding for that hour. I believe the time is now at hand where something must take place.
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114 Even to when I come out of the mountains, I stopped at filling stations, and I said, "Beautiful day," three days later. It never rained in that part of the country until the four days was over. The sun shined every day. Is that right, brethren? See? And not a cloud in the sky...
And I come out to the filling station; I said, "Sure a beautiful day."
"Yes, it is."
I said, "Been awful dry?"
Said, "It's a strange thing," this attendant said--said, "You know, they told us we was going to get a big blizzard, but all of a sudden it stopped."
I come on down, on the New Mexico line. Billy and I, my son, we went into a little place there to get some--the morning we left, and I said, "Sure a pretty day."
"Yes, it is."
I said, "Look like it's been pretty dry."
"Yes, it has been."
I said, "Are you from here?"
Said, "No, I'm from Wisconsin," or somewhere. Said, "I been out here about twenty years, so I guess you could call it home."
I said, "You're a native then, I guess." So I said, "Yes, sir," I said, "looks like it's been awful dusty."
Said, "You know, the strangest thing happened." Said, "We had a forecast that we was going to get a blizzard and a lot of snow; and it actually started and then quit."
I said, "You don't say so."
And I come home. And Brother Tom said that he was told not to go that way, a blizzard was due. And he come right through the country without even a sprinkle of rain or anything. He's still God (See?), just as much as He ever was to me.
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83 He's still God, just as much God as He ever was. But how can a man say those things unless God tells him first to say it? See, not under impression, but you know what you're saying, then do it. But wait, don't try to say, "Oh, that's the way. Many people, I think, and--and gifts of God... Wait till you know it's--you know it's God. See? Wait till the Voice comes, and you hear It, and know It, see It, then you can say, "It's THUS SAITH THE LORD." If it isn't THUS SAITH THE LORD, then it's your impression; it's what somebody else thinks. People requests people, "Say this for me. Do this for me." How can you do it, if you're honest with God, until God first tells you? How can I tell you, "Thus saith Jack Moore," and Jack Moore hasn't said nothing to me? See? It's got to come first from God, not impressed. It's got to be God, and then it'll happen, for it is then THUS SAITH THE LORD.