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Making A Way
E-1 Good evening, friends. And
may the Lord richly bless you. And thank you, Brother Neville, for that
kind remark. So happy to be back at the Tabernacle tonight in the
service of our blessed Lord, and to see our friends out tonight to
worship Him with us. It certainly is a grand privilege to meet once
more this side the coming of the Lord. And after we see, hear so many
going away unexpectedly, so quickly, we just wonder time after time,
who's next. But having this blessed assurance, that if--there's nothing
can separate us from the love of God that's in Christ. There's neither
death, nor--nor nothing present, nor nothing future, or any powers that
can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus. And
knowing this, that after this earthly tabernacle be dissolved, we have
one already waiting; unfixed, unsettled, and we rest upon that blessed
hope, so glorious.
E-2 I was talking to my wife,
and Mrs. Wood, and them, just... I come back; I was saying, "Well, it's
just seems like it's just trip after trip and place after place, but
yet, they become more glorious." And I--knowing that we're coming to
the close, the--the--the nearness of the coming of the Lord, I said,
"Well," Talking to my boy coming down the road the other day, coming
from out of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, then I said, "You know, home is
a wonderful place." We were heading back home. I said, "We love this
world; this is our home." We might not think it is, but it is. We were
born for this home. This... God put us here. We had no way bringing
ourselves here; even our father and mother had no way; that had to be
in the hands of God. Many people are married, never have a child. But
God so saw that we could come to this earth. And then when we come, we
begin to grow and build into a body by atoms, and lights, and so forth,
as it begin to take on from the earth. And then after we got a certain
age, they stopped growing; we still add them to us, but they going
away. Death is set in.
E-3 And then when this earthly
tabernacle be dissolved, we have one there waiting. See? We enter into
that; we'll know one another. We can't shake hands; we have no senses
of that feeling. We can't--I couldn't shake your hand, say, "How do you
do, brother," because I--I--you wouldn't have that type of hand, but
yet we're not in a corporal body as we are now. We're in a--a celestial
body. And then when this...
And I was thinking of down in Egypt, that when Joseph left a memorial
to the children of Israel, his bones, that someday they were going out.
And as they went out, they would take his bones with them up to the
promised land. And every Hebrew that desired to be back in the
homeland... So no matter how well they was treated, yet his longing was
to be back at the homeland. And every time they passed by and saw those
bones, they knew that someday they were going back to the homeland.
E-4 While we're here waiting to
cross out of this place, we see an empty tomb over yonder in Jerusalem,
let us knowing that something happened. And then when we take on that
glorified bod--not glorified, but celestial body, and we're walking
around in the glory-lands with Christ, looking at each other, speaking
to each other, we can talk, souls under the altar crying, "How long?"
And then what will be the memorial there that we're coming back to
earth again to eat and drink and sleep? There He will be setting there
on a throne in a corporal body. Amen.
Someday we'll rise in that corporal body, and when He returns back,
these celestial bodies will take on glorification, then we'll be like
Him and we will live forever in that body. What a--what--what does
anything else matter? It's all settled, that's just--just anchor right
right there and that--this...
hopes is built on nothing less
Jesus' Blood and righteousness;
all around my soul gives way,
then all my hope and stay.
E-5 Christ was the One Who made
it possible, not my church, or not my denomination, not my friends, but
Christ; "All other grounds is sinking sand, all other ground..." No
wonder Eddie Perronett, they thought he was mad. And that day setting
in there, as a slave to the people, the Holy Spirit reached and picked
up the pen and begin to write that marvelous song. It'll be sing at the
baccalaureate service of the inauguration of the King of Kings: "All
Hail the Power of Jesus Name."
E-6 Wonderful report from up in
the north now, we had the ministerial--not the ministerial, but the
Christian Businessmen's breakfast at--up at Minneapolis. And the
biggest breakfast we ever had of businessmen; two thousand came out.
And the Lord gave us a message, and that morning in the altar call
fifty businessmen came to Christ and was borned again that morning in
the service. Oh, that just thrilled my heart, of businessmen coming in.
Marvelous services there where the Lord be praised and all glory to Him.
And now, I got a little note here, said, "When will I be in
Indianapolis?" On June the eleventh to the fifteenth will be at Cadle
Tabernacle at Indianapolis, Indiana, June the eleventh to the
fifteenth, seating eleven thousand people.
Day after tomorrow we leave for Shreveport, Louisiana, and to be there
through the weekend, at Shreveport, Louisiana. And then we leave
Shreveport and go to Houston, Texas, and will be there two days, which
will be Monday and Tuesday.
E-7 And then on the sixteenth
we begin in Old Mexico, Mexico City, Old Mexico. Mr. Arganbright just
called me, and they secured the big bull arena there, that has a
seating capacity of sixty-thousand. And there's four hundred churches
cooperating, already signed up. We're expecting a hundred thousand at
the meeting. And it's the first time this--we have something to praise
God for, the first time in the history of Mexico, that the government
has ever welcomed a Protestant in and give us a place to come, the
first time in the history of Mexico a Protestant ever been welcome.
And General...?... is a General of the Mexican Army has just been
borned again and received the Holy Ghost. And by his courtesy to the
Governor of Mexico, gives us the government rights to go in with the
militia protection. And--and we're--I've got the big bull arena; that's
the biggest thing there is in all Mexico; it seats sixty-thousand round
like this, besides the--the room where they do the fighting at, you
know, in there. And we got it for ten straight nights now without any
interruption, right straight through for ten straight nights. Be
praying for me. I just feel the--hear the sound of abundance of rain
down there. I just... The Mexican people are very simple, humble
believers, and once convinced... They're Catholic, and once convinced
that a truth is the truth, then that settles it for all.
E-8 Then I hurry right back
from Old Mexico, get back here about the thirtieth, and the first,
that's Easter morning at the Tabernacle here for sunrise service, and a
healing service to follow it, and a baptism service that night at the
Tabernacle. And you can tell your friends now, to bring in all their
sick and afflicted for the Easter service. The sunrise service early
that morning, then following that up at ten o'clock, nine-thirty,
regular Sunday school time... You all plan on it in Sunday school. And
a healing service to follow that, a--the regular healing service like
we have in the campaign...
E-9 And so, then Mexico City is
to be the first time that this new vision, that the Lord has told me,
is going to be in operation at that time. So we'll try again, the Lord
willing, right here Easter Sunday morning using these two rooms, like
right here...?... So we're expecting a great time here Easter morning,
and a proof that the Lord Jesus has risen from the dead. He's alive.
Yes, sir. And He's been alive since that first Easter, and He's here
with us even now. And I just trust that the Lord will give us a great
outpouring of His blessings for that morning.
E-10 Then we go to--from here
then, we go to Chicago for the eleventh--third to the eleventh. And we
leave on a Monday, begin there on a Tuesday. And begin through the--no,
it's third through the eighth, and then on the eleventh we begin in
Charlotte--no Colum--Columbia, North Carolina, and then to Spindale,
North Carolina, and then from there to Charlotte, South Carolina, and
then Anchorage, Alaska, from there, up into Anchorage, Alaska. Then
back, and not determined, but perhaps maybe by then, the tent will be
ready to be on the road.
E-11 Oh, I've just... You know
what I want to do? Will you pray with me for this? Look, I want to
'fore too long, the Lord willing, to put that tent right here in this
falls city and stay there for four or six weeks meeting, just stay
right here until the battle is finished. And you be praying for that
now. Now, I'd just like to stick it out here between Jeffersonville and
New Albany somewhere, and just put up about a seven or eight thousand
seating capacity in it, then we can add more as the days go by, and
just stay right here until it's settled. Amen.
And then--then I think--then on the eleventh to the fifteenth of June
at Cadle Tabernacle in Indianapolis. And then the--the seventeenth, I
believe, through the twenty-first of June, is at Minneapolis in the
football stadium out there, seating twenty-seven thousand, at the
International Convention of Christian Businessmen, speaking and having
prayer for the sick each night. And now, be praying over these, do, and
E-12 I--I just feel that we
haven't got much time now. And I'll predict it. I don't say this is the
Lord saying this now, I--I'm predicting that this year America will
receive Christ or reject Christ. See? I believe this will be the
turning point, that America will go in--we'll have a revival in this
day, or we won't have a revival. And I believe that this is the year
that America will make it's decision. And I trust that they'll make it,
and we will have a great revival that'll just sweep...
We're having much preaching and much evangelism, but we need a revival,
don't we? A real revival, that's what we need. The Lord bless you, glad
to see Brother Graham there, and--and I'm--I believe Brother Smith
setting right in front of him, Brother, from the, Smith, from the
Church of God. And--and there's several ministers in here, I'm sure.
And we welcome you all, brethren, each and every one. And the strangers
in our gates, all the laity, we just love you.
E-13 And now, with these
announcements away, and realizing that tonight communion night, for the
communion service... And pray hard for our dear Brother Neville, who's
holding the fort here at the Tabernacle, doing a great job, and for all
the saints everywhere.
Oh, what a needy time, what a needy time. I hear it from down in Africa
and such a call for Africa. And Brother Arganbright was just telling me
on the phone awhile ago, that the king of--of some of those countries
down in there (I forget just where it was.), I believe up here in
Sweden, Switzerland (I'll get it in a minute), Denmark, has wrote a
special letter to make this the season to come there, this time. In
Africa, India, many different places, where... Hawaiian Islands, got in
other day, that's about ten times straight that they've called for a
revival. Christian Businessmen wants to go out there, just fly over it,
make a--order--organize a chapter and speak for them that morning, and
then begin a revival in Hawaii.
E-14 So the whole world has
become our parish (See?), the whole world. And we are His servants, so
let us just remember, friends, that this may be the last night, this
may be the last year, or may be the last generation. See? We don't
know. But anyhow, we do know this of a fact, that the living know they
have to die. It's once appointed unto man to death, and after that the
judgment. And if there be any here tonight who isn't ready to meet that
and has not this blessed hope, may this be the night that you'll decide
for the Lord Jesus, for once for all, for eternity. Now, shall we pray.
E-15 Our heavenly Father, we
want to thank Thee from the very depths of our hearts, knowing that we
are waiting here, not flusterated at all, no matter how many atomic
bombs they make, and how many civil service people they put out to
watch the planes, the world nervous and shaky, we're resting upon this
blessed hope that we have. We're trusting in the finished work of God
at Calvary through Christ, knowing this, that after this earthly
tabernacle is no more, we got one already waiting yonder, more
glorious, far more, where there's no pain or suffering, sickness. No
old age will ever strike it, never a gray hair, never a wrinkle, but
we'll be young there forever. The blessed Bible which cannot tell
nothing but the truth, has give us this blessed assurance, and the Holy
Ghost also is a witness, bearing record of the same. Our hearts long
for that. And we know the Bible tells us so, which is the Word of God,
the Seeds to be planted upon this fertile ground to let us rest in this
E-16 God, I pray that You'll
touch every person tonight outside of Christ and bring them to this
close marvelous walk. Heal the sick setting here tonight, Lord. No
doubt in this many people there's bound to be sickness in the midst of
us. And we pray that You'll heal every one.
Now, come to the Word, Father, take the Word, which is the Lifeline,
the Grass Roots, Lord, of all civilization. We pray that the Holy
Spirit will take each Word and give it to the heart just as we have
need. May we fellowship around the Word. For we ask it in Jesus' Name.
E-17 For a little reading of the
Scriptures tonight, for just a--a little text to try to hunt a context,
and be swiftly, right to the Word so we can have the communion.
Tomorrow being Monday, I know we don't like to think of those things,
of having to go back to work, but we have to face that. And many times
you know, but after all, this is more essential than jobs and
everything else. See? For your job will play out someday, and you'll
play out with it, but if you got Eternal Life, you'll have an end; it's
eternal, lives on.
Perpetual, think of it, a perpetual life, has no end. When eons of time
is passed on by, you'll still be there. When the millions of years roll
by, we'd still be there. So just for a few days here on earth, jobs
doesn't amount to so much. Just--they help us along, buy our little
food and so forth, eat, which we have to have it.
E-18 Now, in I Corinthians the
10th chapter, beginning with the 12th verse:
Wherefore let him
that thinketh he stands take heed lest he fall.
There has no
temptation taken you but such is common to man: but God is faithful,
who is not--who willing that you--not to suffer you to be tempted above
that which you are able; but with every temptation also make a way of
escape, that we may be able to bear it.
What a beautiful verse. May the Lord add His blessings to that Word.
"Making A Way" would be what I'd like to speak on tonight. You know,
may He add His blessing to His Word, as we listen now to the Word.
E-19 It's my opinion that if the
Word, which is the grass roots, which is the thing that takes hold...
Many times in my healing services, I--I try to, even after the teachers
has already went through it all, I try to come back and--and take the
Word and lay a foundation.
A few nights ago I got a little letter of criticism, which was fine. A
man told me, said, "Brother Branham, you're just a boy yet." Said, "I
was preaching the Gospel 'fore you was born." And he said, "I..." All
of my forty-six years, but yet... He--he was a teacher of some Bible
school. And he said, "But a man that--of your kind, that teaches
people, and yet would make a remark that you made the other night."
Said, "I think it's ridiculous." Said, "You said that the devil didn't
have no power to heal." He said, "Perhaps, what if I tell you that the
devil has got power to heal?" Said, "Now, you'd ask me, if you were
standing present, why I know." Said, "I'll tell you."
E-20 Said, "In our town there's
a woman lives there which has a--a bad spirit. And she--people comes to
her for healing." Said, "She'll pull hair out of their head, and she'll
pluck blood from their veins, and wrap it up in his hair, walk down to
the river, and cast this thing over her shoulder, and not look back, if
she looks back," said, "then the disease remains with the person. But
she has to throw to the river like it's forgetfulness and walk away."
And said, "Sixty percent of the people, we've kept count, are healed."
Said, "Now, if the devil can't heal, what about that?"
E-21 So I answered him back, I
said, "My kind beloved brother, with all due regards to your years
(See?), all due regards to your years of teaching, but I'll tell you
now, that Jesus Christ said that the devil has no power to heal. And if
Jesus said it, that settles it with me. He said, 'If Satan cast out
Satan, then his kingdom's divided and it has an end.' And he cannot
cast out Satan. Then you'd ask me why was these people healed? Why,
it's not the person, the witch had nothing to do with it, no more than
I'd have to do with it, or any other man. It's the people that's
approaching, thinking that they're coming God's provided way for their
healing. It's their individual faith in God that does the healing."
See? That's the approach that they think. It isn't the witch, or no
more than it would be the man.
If--so therefore, the Gospel can only maneuver, or it can only reach
out as the Word of God is taught. And man base their hopes upon God's
Eternal Word. "Faith cometh by hearing, hearing by the Word."
E-22 Dr. Adair, here in the
city, my beloved friend, said to me one day, he said, "Billy, don't you
think if people had faith to touch the tree out there, they'd get the
I said, "How could you have faith in that? If you could have the equal
amount of faith, believing that it was God's provided way for you to
touch the tree, and it would do, then they could do it. But who's got
faith in the tree? I got faith in what God said, and I just take that."
So faith isn't built upon the shifting sands of--of emotional
conceptions. But faith is built upon the standard, God's eternal Word,
the Rock of Ages. There's where faith takes its solemn resting place
and never moves, when it's built right there.
E-23 Now, "Making A Way." I
don't believe that God ever run His office just a haphazard way. I--I
wouldn't run mine; you wouldn't run yours. Jesus didn't die at Calvary,
just to say, "Well, now maybe people'll feel sorry for Me, being that I
come--go to earth and take on the form of flesh, and they'll really get
saved. Maybe if they see how pitifully I die."
E-24 God didn't do that. Jesus
died for one purpose: and that was to save those who God foreknew would
be saved. That's right. God knew there was going to be somebody saved,
and there had to be a preparation, or a way made, for them to be saved.
If there wasn't, salvation wasn't possible. So God foreknowing that
people would be saved, knowing who they were, He had to lay a plan down.
Now, you'd say to me, "Brother Branham, then God knows exactly who will
be saved?" Correctly.
"Why does He say, He's not willing that any should perish?" He isn't.
He isn't willing that any should perish, but that all might come to
repentance. But the order to be God, He has to know who will do that,
or He wasn't God. 'Cause He is--He's omnipotent; He's omnipresent; He's
omniscient; He knows everything. He's at every place, and all powerful.
So foreknowledge looks back and says that He foresaw this, and knows
that's the reason He could tell what the end was from the beginning.
And therefore, knowing that all these marvelous days that we're living
in now, and to stand and witness and see the things that we've seen
now, God had to make a preparation for it.
E-25 The other night, was so
amazed. A little woman come up to the platform, that big three hundred
thousand dollar place there, and she had a little make-up stuff on her
face. She stood there and she started trembling. I said, "You're
Lutheran," by the Holy Spirit.
She said, "Yes sir."
And I said, "You're here to be prayed for. And the reason you're
walking the way you are, both knees have been broke." I said, "That was
caused by a car accident in a car that you were driving in four years
She said, "That's true."
I said, "Your doctor's a little short fellow, bald-headed and wears
Said, "That's right."
And I said, "He's doctoring, because that in the--the knees the bone
has become tubercular, and even the flesh is a rottening around the
She said, "That is right." And she said, "Is there a hope for me?"
I said, "That depends on your approach to the Lord Jesus." I said...
She said, "Can you help me?"
I said, "No, Ma'am. No one can help you now, but you have to help
yourself to God's provided blessings for you."
And she said, "I now believe with all my heart."
I said, "The Lord healed you, sister; it's THUS SAITH THE LORD, you're
She said, "Mr. Branham, I haven't been able to kneel," she said, "for
four years," while weeping, standing there rubbing her hands. And a
great audience of people weeping, watching her. Lutherans,
And I said, "Why don't you go down to the altar and kneel down."
She said, "Let me kneel right here, right where I'm healed."
She never moved from her steps, but she knew she was healed. Something
took place. See? She knew it; there wasn't any guessing about it.
I said, "Kneel down."
And for the first time in four years, with both knees broke and all
callused over, made over the bones together. That woman, like a young
woman, knelt on her knees with the tears streaming from her cheeks,
raised up her hands to God, why just raised right up from there just as
easy, like a little girl, and tipped off the platform. What was it? God
had to make a way for that. Now, He sent doctors, that's right. And
doctors are fine. And they done all they could do, but God had made a
way. That's it. See? After the doctor had failed in his way, God's way
is so much higher than our way. What a wonderful thing.
E-26 Now, to think tonight that
you and I... Won't--don't want to think this, but we were actually
natured after the world, say like pigs, and tonight have become saints.
Something had to be done. Now, we couldn't go into heaven as pigs; we'd
have to go into heaven as saints. So a preparation had to be made for
this. And God gave it so beautifully in the Old Testament, back in the
Book of Numbers, about the 20th chapter; and over in Exodus about
And we find out that on the day of atonement, God in the types,
foreshowing what He would do in the Antetype when He come, which was
Christ. The high priest was commanded to take two goats, little goats,
and take them in for atonement, a offering, and a bullock for his own
family. And many of you readers here and studiers of the Bible, know
just how that the atonements was.
E-27 But then, one goat... There
had to be a lot cast. And the lot fell on one goat; it died. And then
the blood of this goat was placed upon the other goat, with the hands
of the high priest, confessing the sins of the people, upon the living
goat. And then a man who was worthy, taken the living goat under his
arm and went way into the wilderness, where the goat would have to
perish and go into an isolated, out of the way place, never no more in
that state to come back into the family of his own again, but to be
isolated forever, bearing the sins of the people away.
E-28 Now, I know many scholars
perhaps, are setting here, and especially the Adventist, they--they say
that one goat was Christ and the other one was the devil. Now,
brethren, I have to different a little on that. We can't sacrifice to
the devil. Both goats represented Christ. Both of them was Christ;
Christ is, or He bled for our sins, and He bore them Hisself away.
Devil can't bear my sins; Christ is our sin-bearer. Get it straight,
then you're faith won't move. Christ is our sin-bearer, and the sins of
the world. Christ was the dying animal at the cross (Listen.), the Lamb
slain from the foundation of the world.
And only the types, we were drawing dividends, knowing that the
Antetype would come someday. Why was He slain from the foundation of
the world? 'Cause God perceived in His mind how them things would be,
and what the Church would be, and what everything would be, and He
spoke the Word. And when God speaks the Word, it's as good as done
right then. So He was slain from the foundation of the world. You see
When you get down to that now, and let your faith rest solemnly, not
upon man, not upon theologies of man, not upon church denominations, as
good they are, as good as man is, let your faith rest alone in Christ's
finished work at Calvary for both sin and salvation. You see it?
E-29 Notice, Christ came and He
was the dying Animal, for He was already in prefigure slain before the
foundation of the world. You see it? God spoke it and said it would be
so. So when God speaks, it's forever confirmed in heaven. The Word,
the... And that's where you ought to have faith. If you believe this to
be God's eternal unchangeable Word, then every precept that's been
spoken in God's Word is a Seed. And everything that God has spoke of in
the Word is already confirmed in glory. And it's been given to you to
act upon. So don't be afraid to take any phase of God's eternal blessed
Word and anchor it in your heart.
Now, it has to be in soil. Now, for instance, I took a grain of corn
and put it in blue pumice stone, or something like that, it perhaps
would not grow, because it's the wrong kind of soil. But if it goes
into good fertile blacktop soil, it'll grow as sure as it's placed in
And when the Word (Here it is now.), when the Word of God falls into a
heart full of faith, It just has to grow; It's got to take hold. That's
the reason the woman standing there with both knees, calcium over like
that from the deposits, and the breaking of the knees, where both was
mashed, and the bones rotten, with tubercular, and the--also the flesh,
she wasn't afraid to bow her knees. For what? The Word had fell in
faith, springs up. Do you get it?
E-30 God, before the foundation
of the world, said that Christ would be here, that He slayed, died the
innocent for the guilty. And when God spoke it, it was already
confirmed when God spoke it. Now, before it can be a word it has to be
a thought, for a word is a thought expressed.
And then, if the--God in His mind perceived these things, then they
were in His mind, then He spoke them, and they're as good as finished
when God speaks, 'cause He's infallible, and He can do nothing else.
Then God's attitude... If God saves sinners back there on the base of
accepting the burnt offering, the sacrifice provided, He's got to do
the same thing today, or He did wrong when He took the first man in by.
If God healed the sick back there upon the basis of the shed blood of
an animal, upon the basis of--of the atonement, He's got to do the same
today or He was wrong when He healed the first person. See, see? He
E-31 We grow; we mature; we find
better things. We talk of better things. We wear better clothes, drive
a better automobile. We're progressing. But God cannot progress in that
way, because He was perfect to begin with. And perfection cannot
progress anymore; it's already perfection. Amen.
So He don't have to say, "Well, this is a different age; we got a
better thought now." If it is, He can't be God. So if He is God, what
He spoke back there, He has to stay with it, because He was perfect
there and is perfect now. See? You see it? Then He can't progress; He
can't... Well, I mean, He can't in--better things, make this a
little--say, "This would be a little better."
You say, "What about the old lamb and this Lamb?" That was a type
waiting for--and He said it was.
E-32 He spoke of the Lamb slain
from the foundation of the world. In the beginning, "I will put enmity
against her seed and the serpents seed." And then to wait for that
fullness of time came, God gave a propitiation of sin through the shed
blood of the lamb, pointing... He gave the same thing through the moon
at night, of the--being the sun in the daytime, the moon being a shadow
of the sun, or the sun shining on the moon, making a shadow. The moon
and the sun is husband and wife. And while the sun is gone away, it
throws its light against the moon to give us a smaller light, until the
sun comes. And when the sun comes the moon fades out.
And Christ is the Son Who's gone to glory and shining on the Church
with the same kind of Light He shined when He was here. And the Church
is the Light of the world until Jesus comes and it all melts together,
like the moonlight and the sunlight becomes one light when it emerges
together. When Christ and His Church comes together at the great
millennium, they emerge into One.
E-33 And today ye are the Light
of the world. In His presence--in His absence, rather, He is giving you
the Light to shine with while He's here. All the old things, all the
things of the earth are a type of the heavenly. Even to spiders and
lizards and snakes and so forth, are only types of evil spirits
Why was a cancer called cancer? Because it has the form of a crab. And
the word "cancer" means "crab."
E-34 Now, you see all those
things which are types and shadows, so the scapegoat that was put away
into the wilderness in an isolated place, separated from his fellow
citizens, bearing the sins of the people upon his head, was a type of
Christ being separated from God and out of His Presence and bore our
sins to hell. And there, God wouldn't suffer Him... David said, "I will
not suffer My Holy One to see corruption; neither will I leave His soul
in hell," and on the third day rose again for our justification. But He
typed the goat, the scapegoat, and also the goat for the sin offering,
God making preparations and a provided way. God always makes a way of
escape, every time.
E-35 Sickness pins you into the
corner. Satan pins you down to a place after you become a Christian,
maybe you've been a gambler. You see it? The cards are on the table.
"Come on, John, we know it's in you." Satan is there to tempt you. But
God in every-- every time will make a way of escape if you'll just
Maybe you've been a drunkard, and a glass is under your nose. "Now,
come on, John." Now, if you want to heed to that voice, you'll go right
straight out to your wallow again. But God is always there. Turn your
mind towards heaven and looks towards Calvary and say, "Blessed Holy
Spirit, come to me, I'm in need." Watch what takes place. God will make
a way of escape every time. For He will, God has always did it.
E-36 And now notice, before the
destruction of the world, when men were sinful and the people were
sinful in the world, God made a way of escape for those who desired to
escape by it. God had an ark built, prepared. Noah built away on an ark
for the--preparing this ark for a preparation of a way (Listen.) from
a--for a way of escape, as the wrath and the judgment of God was piling
up in the heavens to be poured out upon a sinful nation and a sinful
people, who rejected, and stiff-necked, walked against the commandments
of God. All the time this wrath was being piled up in the heavens to be
poured out upon the people in judgment, the merciful God made a way of
escape for those who desired to walk in it--the way of escape.
E-37 Now, we've come to the
place again where the judgments are piling up. And if that day in the
antediluvian, how much more of today, when the ending of the history of
time, when the ending of history of the nations, and the--with coming
to a climax, how much more is the wrath of God upon millions of more
people, heaping together until sin has steeped in the world, until
she's a tottering like a drunk man staggering home at four...?... Done
gone beyond the moon and stars, until it's reached the--the garments of
Jehovah, of Sabaoth.
Then she's staggering under the load of her own man-made theory, of her
own self preservation, of her own theologies. They've taken the
commandments of God and making them of non-effect by teaching the
traditions of man. Loving the praises of man more than the praises of
God, our teachers have become lukewarm and placing upon joining
churches, saying, "That's all right, long as you belong to church, just
forget about it."
E-38 But, brother, God made a
way of escape, and you'll have to come to God's terms, and that's
through Christ Jesus our Lord. No other foundation is laid but that
which has already been laid. No--no one to build upon any other
foundations, like stubbles and mud, the floods will wash it away and
great will be the fall.
But Jesus said, "Upon this rock I'll build My Church; and the gates of
hell shall not prevail against it." What is it He built it upon? On the
spiritual revealed truth that He is the Son of God. "Who does man say
I, the Son of man am?"
Some say, "Elias, and some say Moses, and some say John the Baptist,
and so forth."
"But Who do you say I am?"
Without hesitation, without taking a second... Listen sinner, that's
the way you receive it. He'd been with Him, he knew what He was. And
then before he could even think a second time, the Holy Spirit got a
hold of him, and he said, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living
Said, "Thou... Blessed art thou, Somon--Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and
blood has not revealed this to you. You never learned this from
somebody's theology; never come from a seminary with it, but My Father
which is in heaven has revealed it to you. Upon this rock I will build
My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
The floods may come and the tides may go, and, oh... But he who's
safely in Christ will ride the storm of the atomic the same as Noah did
the storm of the flood, safely in the ark. Let your faith drop down
into that once, see what takes place. On God's solid rock, on the...?...
E-39 God makes a way of escape
every time. He has to make a way of escape. When the strategic time
comes, God is the God, Jehovah-jireh. "Jehovah-jireh" means "the Lord
will provide Himself a sacrifice, or the Lord will provide for Himself
a way of escape." God can provide it because He's the Creator. And God,
once for all at Calvary (Amen.), there, there when the Archangels of
heaven, when all the regions of demons trembled, when the earth took a
nervous prostration and shook the graves, and when the sun had
convulsions and hung back yonder and turned into blackness, when the
moon and stars shook out of their places... The redeemed of all ages,
and through the ages will come, will recognize that hour, when the Son
of God died there, stripped Satan of every power, even death and hell.
The grave and all fear was swallowed up there at Calvary when He paid
the supreme price. And when the Lamb died, and the sins placed upon
Him, He was a sin bearer, took them to hell where they belong, and God
raised Him up on the third day. And by believing that we're justified
by faith, on the basis of the shed Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen. God making a way of escape...
E-40 Oh, brother, as you see
the--hear the ambulance screaming. Every time you hear one, it's a
marker that you're going that way. Every time you pass a graveyard,
it's a marker you're going that way. Every time a wrinkle appears in
the face and a gray hair in the head, it's a marker you're going that
way. No wonder then Paul could say, with that real hope rooted and
grounded in him, like this...?... when he got down to the end of the
road, he said, "I fought a good fight; I finished the course; I've kept
the faith: henceforth, there's laid up for me a crown of righteousness,
the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me at that day: not only me,
but all that love His appearing."
When you're sick and tired of this whole life, and you love the
appearing of the Lord Jesus better than you love your food at the
table, or your wife, or your children, then there's a crown laid up for
you, not a crown, a gold crown they put upon your head, but a body free
from pain of... crowned in the glory of God, crowned in the immortality
of Jesus Christ. That's what's laid up for you, that the Lord, the
righteous Judge, will give you it that day. That's the day we look
forward to. God has made a way of escape for every one of us, certainly
E-41 When Daniel the prophet,
God's child was throwed into a lion's den... There was a time that
Daniel, being faithful, who raised his windows and wasn't afraid of
what the king said, and when the--prayed... Regardless of what the
proclamation was made, Daniel prayed anyhow, as he faced Jerusalem and
prayed. If man face Jerusalem and prayed, the city where the burnt
sacrifice is made... That's the reason Daniel looked that way and
prayed. For the Lord had already said, "The people be in trouble at any
time, look towards this holy place and pray, then hear--I will hear
from heaven," when Solomon dedicated the temple.
E-42 That's the reason Jonah had
the faith he did, when he had seaweeds wrapped around his neck, and
standing in vomit in the belly of the whale, way down in the deep of
the ocean on a stormy sea, he said, "They're lying vanities. But once
more will I look to Your holy temple, God."
God did something; He made a way of escape for Jonah. What He did,
nobody knows. That's God's own secret. But no matter whether it was
impossible, God can cir--can alter circumstances. He can make the
impossible become a probable, and not only probable, they could make it
a reality, when man take God at His Word and accept the provided way,
that God provided for the man.
God did something; He might have put a oxygen tent down there. I don't
know what He did in the belly of that whale, but He kept Jonah in there
for three days and nights as a type that Christ would lay without
oxygen in the belly of the earth, and on the third day He will come out
again. Was a type; He made a way of escape. He always will.
E-43 When Daniel stood there,
and the lion's come running to him, there was not a fear in that old
saint's heart. But he stood there, and God wasn't finished with him.
And just before the lions grabbed him, a Angel spread before them.
No doubt but the same burning Light that appeared to Saul of Tarsus on
the road to Damascus. A big Light shined out, and they looked, and they
didn't know what was taking place, and Saul fell from his horse, and a
voice came from the Light saying, "Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me?"
Said, "Who is it, Lord?"
He said, "I, Jesus you're persecuting."
E-44 It was the Hebrew children
that had been faithful to the promise of God, that was laying down
there in the fiery furnace, or in Babylon, rather, going to the fiery
furnace, one step between them and death. How much that may be to man
here tonight. There may be one day between you and eternal separation.
You'll make your decision now. The way's provided for you, if you'll
"One step," said Jonathan to David when they shot the--the--the bow.
"One step between me and death." One step between them and death, but
just at that crucial moment, God provided a way of escape, and He sent
into that fiery furnace the Lord Jesus Christ, and kept the fire off of
E-45 He was Enoch, who claimed
that he walked with God for five hundred years, and had a testimony he
pleased God. He had a faith that he wouldn't see death. How could God
do it? There wasn't even a jet plane in those days to get him off his
feet. But God provided a way, a translation, that took Enoch from earth
to glory without receiving death.
It was Elijah who stepped across the oce--or the Jordan river that day,
was divided from one side to the other. When Elijah was ready to go to
heaven without dying, it was God provided a way for him, not a jet
plane, but He sent a chariot of fire, trolled by horses of fire. God
provided the way in the minute, a way of escape from death.
E-46 It was Moses, I believe,
who followed the children of Israel, or who led them, following the
Light, the Pillar of Fire through the wilderness. It was Moses who
endured to the end. As Moses, a hundred and twenty years after eighty
years of service for God, who stood upon the mount and looked over into
the promised land with the tears rolling down his cheeks, of a old man
of a hundred and twenty years old. He come through the briar patches;
he'd waded the deep waters; he'd tasted the bitter cup of gall and
sorrow. He'd been with the disobedient pe--people as their pastor. He
had led them from place to place, and put up with their murmurings, and
throwed hisself in the breach and said, "God, take me before You do
It was Moses who stood there as an old man, knowing that in every way
he was a type of Christ, knowing somehow, someway, God surely would
take him, 'cause He had to bring him up again as the type of Christ. He
was born as a prophet, as Christ, not only a prophet, but leader and so
forth. He was hid away in the bulrushes and so was Christ taken into
Egypt. He was a law giver as Christ was to the Mount of Olives, laying
from Sinai. Every way he was a type of Christ.
E-47 And when he was old and
death staring him in the face, how would he ever bring forth the
resurrection? But just as the crucial moment come, God provided a way.
When the breath was leaving and gurgling in his neck, he looked, laying
by his side, and there stood the Rock. God provided a Rock; the Rock
was Christ Jesus who was in the wilderness. Moses endured to the Rock.
God give me grace to endure to the same thing. And when my last breath
is being drawed from this body, let me see the Rock standing there.
Stepped over on the Rock, and the Angels come and packed him away.
Eight hundred years later he was standing in Palestine with Elijah,
standing there talking to Jesus before the cross. God made a way of
E-48 Two of the greatest things
in the Old Testament that I can see in the prophesies, two great
factions was this: the people looked forward to a time to when the
Messiah would come. And then after the Messiah come, they looked
forward to a time that the Holy Spirit would come. Finally in due time,
all the types back there that they had through the prophets and
everything, all the types and the atonements they had, finally the
Messiah come, and it was settled because God had said so.
Then they looked forward to a time to a great glorious Church, that
would be without spot or wrinkle, that would shine in the earth as a
star. They looked for that time. How's it going to be? He'd been dead
for three days and nights; He rose again; He appeared unto the five
hundred, and He ascended into heaven. He left them on earth here alone.
How could it be this glorious Church when the Leader was gone? God
promised the Church, how could it be? The Light that would shine in His
place after Him being gone, when He said there, "A little while, and
the world sees Me no more; yet you'll see Me: for I will be with you,
even in you, to the end of the world. The things that I do shall you
also. Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel. These signs shall
follow them that believe."
E-49 How can they do it with
Christ absent from them? How can they do it, when God give them the
promise? But look, God provided a Pentecost, when the Holy Ghost in
Person came down and took over mortal man's body, after they'd been
cleaned by the atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ. And the Holy Ghost
took that person into His own control and sent him forth with signs and
wonders and miracles a following. God provided a way.
They couldn't do it in themselves; they were men like you and I. How
could they do it? They couldn't. But God provided a way of escape. When
they was... After the upper room, they thought the people would make
fun of them; they thought they'd be this, that, or the other. They had
the windows all closed and the doors locked. How could they do it? They
were cowards; they had no backbone; they had a chicken wishbone, and
not a real Holy Ghost backbone. They had the doors locked; they was
afraid; they was ashamed to walk out and face the public. How could
they do it?
E-50 But God sent a Pentecost,
the baptism of the Holy Ghost. They flung the windows and doors open,
and in the streets they went. God promised it. When God promises, God
will keep His Word. He will make a way of escape. He will never suffer
you to be tempted above anything that He won't make a way of escape for
you. He'll do it.
Here we are; we've lived through the day of a dismal day, cloudy,
rainy; the Church is halfway in and halfway out. They wonder how can
they do this, and how can they do, had no Light. But the prophet said,
"It'll be light in the evening time." How can it be? We--the Church in
this day, that glorious Church that's to be here on earth when Jesus
comes to receive a glorious Church... We're receiving the latter rain
to pour out a double portion of the Holy Ghost is coming on the earth
and is sweeping every nation, and revival fires are burning on every
hill. In China and Japan, from Korea to dark Africa, and everywhere,
the Holy Spirit is being poured out upon the people. God made a way.
E-51 How did my blind eyes be
healed? God made a way. Hallelujah. Yes, sir. He will always make a
way. And for you here, that's in the earth today, You who are waiting
for the consolation, you who are pilgrims and strangers, be like David.
David was going to the battle; he didn't go flusterated; he didn't go
with a halfway mark; he didn't go thinking, "Maybe it'll do it." But he
waited in the mulberry bush until after while it was death silent,
nothing going. After while, way back in the distance he heard the
leaves start, got louder and louder and louder. After a while a great
gusher of wind went on before him; he knowed that was God and a holy
host of Angels going before him. And he drew his sword, and took the
battle, and set the enemy to flight.
E-52 Brethren, don't jump up and
think something when you're not right to go yet...?... and see that
it's not joining a church, not shaking hands with the preacher, neither
is it being baptized in water, but it's accepting God's provided
Sacrifice, Jesus Christ, as a Person into your heart. The Holy Ghost
will move on before you like a rushing wind, moving everything that's
in the way. Amen. That's it.
Then be Christians. You who are in the way, be real God fearing men.
There's coming up a revival here pretty soon, a big tent meeting, I can
just see it. Right! What do you want to do? Conduct yourself.
E-53 Here some time ago, down in
the southland, there was people used to go by and buy slaves and so
forth. I just happened to think of this little story. As they went
by--would buy slaves, they'd notice the poor fellows had been beat;
they hated to leave their country, and they know they'd never be back,
the negro people. It was pitiful how they was treated.
One day they happened to notice one young fellow with his shoulders
throwed back; they didn't have to beat him. No sir. Some buyer come by,
said, "Let me buy that slave."
He said, "He's not for sale."
He said, "Well, what makes him so much different? Is he the boss over
the rest of them?"
"So what makes him different? Do you let him eat better?"
Said, "No, he eats with the rest of them."
Said, "What makes him so much different?"
Said, "I happened to learn that his father is a king of the tribe.
Though he's in a far land, he still throws his shoulders back; he's a
royal born man. His daddy's a king, though he's an alien, his father is
Father is rich with houses and lands;
holdeth the wealth of the world in His hands!
rubies and diamonds, and silver and gold,
coffers are full, He has riches untold.
E-54 We, the people here at this
Tabernacle have the infallible proof of the resurrected Lord Jesus,
where the revival has swept the land from a humble little place like
this, no more than the manger of Bethlehem, and probably more humbler.
But through your call has sent forth a great revival that swept tens of
thousands, yes, into the millions, into the Kingdom of God.
Do you want to be a fellow citizen with us? Are you ready tonight,
sinner, to throw down your differences, throw down your sinful life,
and straighten up your shoulders, and join this rank of army of
on-marching people, believing that the atonement of the Lord Jesus
Christ cleanses us from all sin. Shall we pray, as we bow our heads.
E-55 Our kind heavenly Father,
tonight as we wait upon Thee, expecting the great Holy Spirit of God to
move out through this audience and do the exceedingly abundantly, as
we're just now ready on the eve of taking the communion, O Father God,
we pray that You'll speak to sinners hearts tonight. Let them come,
Lord, basically, not upon emotion, not upon some sad story, but upon
truly, the unadulterated Word of God, that "God so loved the Word, He
gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not
perish, but have Eternal Life."
God, grant tonight, that the words of the Lord Jesus in Saint John
5:24, will ring in every heart: "He that heareth My Words, and
believeth on Him that sent Me, hath Everlasting Life, and shall not
come into condemnation, but's passed from death to Life." May many pass
this hour from death to Life, as we wait for the Holy Spirit. Through
Jesus Christ's Name.
E-56 And with your heads bowed,
I wonder as the sister plays, if... Every one, Christian, in prayer. Is
there a man, woman, boy, or girl, that would raise your hand to God,
not to me, and say, write this: "I raise my hand to say to You, God, I
believe that the judgments ready to strike the earth, and I am under
the condemnation of this judgment. I must be separated from God, from
the presence of the Church, from the presence of the Christian people.
I must be tormented forever in an eternal hell. But tonight I feeled
Your Spirit speaking to me, that I must be chosen of God. For Jesus
said, 'No man can come to Me, except the Father draws him.' And I feel
a peculiar drawing in my heart. And I now want to accept Christ as my
personal Saviour. And God, I raise my hand to You and say to this, 'I
now accept Your Son, Jesus Christ, Your provided sacrifice for my ill
and ill famed sins, I now raise my hands to You.'"
E-57 Will you do it, man or
woman, boy or girl in here at this moment would raise up your hands and
say, "By this, I now accept the Lord Jesus Christ as my Saviour."?
Waiting a moment for you to make your decision. Just raise your hand.
God bless you, little boy. Someone else raise your hand, say... God
bless you, my brother. All right, you're making it to God, not to me.
"As many as believe was baptized and was added to the Church, three
E-58 There is a fountain, filled
with Blood. Certainly. Will you plunge now, by faith, saying, "Lord
God, I now cut loose. Oh, I've went up to the altar many times; I've
done this, that, or I've joined the church. I've tried to escape the
wrath. But tonight I'm coming this a way: upon the basis of Jesus
Christ dying in my stead, He was the sacrificial Lamb; He was the
Scapegoat; He was all, and in Him I am complete. He bore my sins; He
took my place at Calvary; He took my place under God's wrath; He took
my place under God's punishment; He took my place in hell; and for me
to take His place in heaven, to become a son of God, I now accept that
basis right now; as a sinner I believe." [Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.]
sinners plunged beneath that flood,
all their guilty stains,
E-59 Be in prayer Church while
somebody's making their decision for the Lord, pray. Lose how much? All
their guilty stains. Jew, Gentile, bond or free, sinner or church
member, priest, doctor, lawyer, whatever you may be, lose all your
guilty stain by believing on the Lord Jesus, accepting Him as personal
Saviour. Listen at this verse as we sing quietly now:
dying thief rejoiced to see
At the end of the road, all hopes gone, and there appeared a fountain.
Are you at the end tonight of your own will?
all their guilty stains.
all their guilty stains,
E-60 Now, heavenly Father, it's
all into Your hands. An elderly man and a young boy raised their hands
that they wanted to receive You. While the fountain has been opened
through the Word, we appreciate Your fellowship, Lord, the Holy Spirit.
Maybe they're all Christians, all saved. Thou knowest their hearts,
Lord. They might have crossed over even the line between mercy and
judgment, never again desiring to raise their hand, or never again
desiring to have any feeling that You'd call them. I pray, Father, if
that be the case, be merciful.
God, I pray that You'll save this man, Lord. I pray that right now down
in his heart the joy bells of heaven is ringing. And that little boy,
the same way, knowing this that Jesus has made this statement, "He that
heareth My Words, believeth on Him that sent Me, has Everlasting Life
and shall never come into condemnation, but's passed from death to
life." That's Your Word, Father, and we believe It. Give them
everlasting joy now that they have accepted Everlasting Life. We pray
that You'll make their life full of joy, and fruitful, and happy. Grant
it, Lord. Bless others as we wait on Thee. In Jesus' Name we pray. Amen.