The capstone [ 1962 1965 ] 1962 22. Ministry hones for Headstone, rapture

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13. Oil in Kentucky. [Motive and objective must be right.]

58 Someone come not long ago, a group of men, some of them listening in tonight, and told me, said... I kept telling them, "Go to Kentucky; oil's down there." I knew it was; I seen it in a vision.

Well, Brother Demas and them didn't go for a long time. After while, finally, they said (after Texas had moved in)--and they said, "Now, we're going down."

I said, "You ought to have went a long time ago." But they didn't do it.

Demas said, "I made a great mistake in that, by not doing that, Brother Branham."

I said, "If you'd have went down there, you'd have had it all."

Well, they wouldn't listen to it. Then the first... Then 'fore we left that night (the--the place where we were having lunch) the Holy Spirit showed me a great crack in the earth, and in that was full of oil, and these overflows in Kentucky was just little beds of oil that they were pumping from, but this one come from the main stream. And I said, "Brother Demas, it's there."

So they went to searching for it. Said, "Go down and tell us where the--where the oil well is."

I said, "Oh, no. No, no."

See, we don't use the gift of God for commercial. No, no. He could tell me where it was at, but I don't have any need of it. I wouldn't even have faith enough to ask Him. See? If I had a need of it, I believe if I'd ask Him, He'd tell me. But first (You see?), your motives and objectives has to be right. You have to have reasons for this. God don't give you those things just because you ask. And you cannot ask in faith unless there's a real objective to that, to be in the will of God. See? If you want to be well, what do you want to be well for? See? If you want to be healed, what's the reason you want to be healed? What are you telling God? What do you want to do with you life when you get healed? See? There's got to be... You've got to have a motive and objective, and they have to be right according to the will of God. And then's when the faith is revealed to you, and God by His sovereign grace places that faith in there, then it's over. See? Now. See?

Now, to make that Word true, when the brethren got down there, they got... One fellow went over and bought a bunch of stuff, and sold leases, and cheated the other one this way. I said, "You see, it won't work." Now, just to make the prophecy sure, within a hundred yards of where these men were digging their well, some man struck the big gusher. And it's there, eleven hundred barrels of oil in a half a day, or something or other like that: still putting it out, right in that main stream. But just to make the prophecy, the Word that had been said that it was there, it was there. The rest of them nearly's all dried up, everywhere through Kentucky. Little ponds, they pump them a little while, and they go. It's only the overflow from this. See?

68 But because of the selfishness got among it, the objectives was wrong, signing up a bunch of stuff "it would be this way," when they promised they would do it for the Kingdom of God, but looked like it's for themselves. See?

And it won't work; no selfish thing will work. Your motives and objectives has to be exactly, perfectly right, then you have faith there. "If our hearts condemn us not, then we have confidence." See, see? We've got to have confidence. "I want this to the honor and glory of God."

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