1 Let us bow our heads now. Our heavenly Father, we thank Thee this morning for Thy goodness and mercy, for giving us the privilege of assembling here together again, a day this side of the great eternity to worship the lovely One, the Lord Jesus Christ. We thank You because that He come to the earth to--to redeem us from a--a life of sin and to give us this great heritage that we have through His righteousness. And as we, this morning, are here as His ambassadors to--to break this Bread of Life to this waiting congregation, may the Holy Spirit inspire every word and place it into the hearts of the people just as we have need. We ask this in Jesus' Name. Amen. (Be seated.)
2 Certainly deem this a great privilege again this morning to be standing here with you. Sorry that we don't have no more room than what we do to take care of the people; our tabernacle isn't quite large enough. And we are very grateful to be here through this holidays from--from down at our home in--at Tucson. And the weather was kinda rough, but we was happy to be here and to have the meeting.
Now, I want to announce that tonight there will be a healing service tonight or prayer for the sick. And I--I told Billy just now... He said, "Well, what will you do?"
I said, "Well, maybe you'd better give out some cards tonight about 6:30, so that the people won't... And see, it's so jammed in here, we can know just how to bring them one by one so you can be called by the number of your card, and so there won't be any congestion. We can just call them one by one and let them go through the line as we pray for them.
4 So you... If you're sick or have loved ones that are sick and want to bring them in, come about 6:30, something like that, 7:00 o'clock, and get a prayer card; He'll be at the door however he gives them out--as you come in.
And then, this will probably be about the last time I get to be back for some time, 'cause I got a very heavy schedule now. I'm down, still in the United States until this spring late. So we--we'll maybe get back again a little later on this summer. If the Lord willing, I'd like to, if we get the--the place over here if it's air-conditioned... I was going to ask Billy; I would like to speak on those Seven Trumpets, have a meeting here for the Seven Trumpets if the--if the Lord willing. For that's the--the Seven Church Ages, and Seven Seals, and now the Seven Trumpets. And could get some time like in June where peoples has their vacation, give them time so they could--they'd get in.
6 And I'm glad to see Brother Shepherd here this morning, I--from the hospital. I was out to see him the other day. And Sister Shepherd, I didn't get call you yesterday. That dream that you sent me was very, very fine. You seen, as it was, Christ in a--on a--in a--in the skies upon this white horse, but yet being bound. You see? But yet, before it faded away, all your family got to see it. That--the dream interpretation is that your family has seen His move of this last day before it passed away whatever... 'Cause it--it was a very spiritual, and a very good blessing to you--you family. That family come up out of some great tribulation to come to where they are today.
7 And now, we have something a little on the sad side this morning. Since I met here, one of our precious friends and--and comers to this tabernacle, the Coats family, which we all love them. They come down from the east and--or from Chicago around. And Sister Billy Habib, and--and there's Sister Armstrong and all the girls. They--I think they were formerly Nazarene and has come to the Lord, and they're very precious friends of ours. And Brother and Sister Coats, their father and mother, was on the road home the other day from over in the west, and someone slid on the road and--and killed Sister Coats instantly. And--and while they called me over in--in Tucson, and I heard about it, I was setting right there then with a box of candy that she had just made for me setting on the--on the table. And you know how that made me feel. But I--I think that--thank the Lord this morning she didn't have to suffer. She was getting aged, and she didn't have to suffer. And she went home to be with God.
8 I was just thinking and talking to her two girls just now, in the room in there. Brother Coats is here this morning; he got some broken ribs. And I called him in the hospital and where he was hospitalized over in Missouri, and his ribs broke and things, but he certainly had a real courage, a real Christian, knowing that his little queen is not dead; she's alive forevermore with Christ. See? And there'll be a uniting time.
Job said one time, "Oh, that Thou would hide me in the grave and keep me in the secret place until Thy wrath be passed."
10 Did you ever notice God in nature does the same thing? Like the sap that's in the trees up here, holding on the leaves, and 'fore wintertime comes, the wrath that's poured out upon the earth... See, at one time the earth didn't have winter. And in the millennium there'll never be any more winters. You see? So it's the wrath upon the earth. Then when that happened... See, before the wrath comes, God in His mercy sends that sap right down into the--underneath the ground into the roots of that tree and keeps it there until the wrath of the winter be passed, then raises it back up again in the springtime. "Oh, that Thou would hide me in the grave and keep me in the secret place until Thy wrath be passed." That's what He's done for our sister; that's what He does for all Christians.
11 Brother Coats, God bless you. I'm so happy to know that--that the Seal of God holds in a hour of trouble. I know what he going through with, 'cause I went through with something similar years ago. But I'm... One by one we have to cross over this great river, and I--and it'll be my time one of these days and your time one of these days. But as David said, "I'll fear no evil, for Thou art with me. Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me."
Now, in commemoration of Sister Coats, our precious sister who's gone on to God, I... As a little commemoration to her this morning, I want the congregation to stand just for a moment. Let us bow our heads and think of one who once a few days ago walked in--in this tabernacle, in and out among us, shook our hand, a lovely Christian, is now in that place that the Lord let me see not long ago, a young woman again waiting for her oncoming family.
13 Our heavenly Father, we thank Thee for the memories of Sister Coats. What a precious, dear sister. And now, time comes that when we live out our span in life that's been 'lotted to us; we must cross the river. We thank Thee because that she didn't not have to suffer. There must not been anything against her here that she had to suffer for; she just went straight into the arms of God just in a moment.
Her husband, her children are here this morning, Lord, right back to their post of duty. How we thank Thee for that gallant faith, the faith of our fathers living still, instead of dungeon, flame, and sword. We thank Thee for all these things.
Rest her precious soul, Lord. She was our sister. Grief, tear drops fall in our heart for her absence, but joy springs up from the tear drops and let us know with assurance of Thy Word that she lives on in an immortal life that can never die. And there'll never be an accident where she's at now, only waiting for those who come afterwards to join with her.
Bless Brother Coats and bless them girls in her family, Lord, and those loved ones, and all who love her. And someday, Father, we trust to meet her up there in that great beyond where there's no sickness, sorrow, or death. Until that time, keep us all healthy and well, serving You and looking forward for that day. In Jesus Christ's Name we ask it. Amen.
May the great Holy Spirit that deals with us here at the Tabernacle in revealing His Word, may He rest her gallant soul in peace till we meet her.
18 Now, it is warm in here this morning, because it's a bodies, you know, so much being--the heat of the human body.
Now, we would like to make announcement now. Sometimes our services here, being long of a--of a morning, the reason it is, it's really not right to hold a service that long, because--hour, an hour and a half, sometimes two hours. But what I'm doing, I'm taping back here. See? And this tape goes all over the world. And that's what I--we gather in so long of a morning, is--is because that I come here to make these tapes. That's to... Now, they're... See, you can see in the room there the--the tapes that's being--being made. Now... And they go out everywhere across the world.
20 Now, soon, the Lord willing, this coming, just as soon as I leave here... I'll be leaving, the Lord willing, tomorrow morning sometime back to Arizona, because I've got a meeting coming up. And then it's just all the way across the south. And you southern people from down in Georgia, and Mississippi, and Texas, and Alabama, we're coming right down in there, all the way into Florida right away.
I'm going from here to Phoenix, then to California, and right back to Dallas, and--and perhaps drop down into San Antonio, I think it is, and back over into Alabama, and Florida, and through there. So we'll be seeing you people down in there, the Lord willing, right away.
22 And then, you keep praying for us, and we'll let you know when... If we--the Lord puts upon our heart now to hold a--a few days here this coming summer.
I had a group of meetings scheduled... And many of you in New York know when the vision come that said that those meetings in the Scandinavian country... You remember them scheduled in there? And then, while I was in New York the vision came that every one of those meetings would cancel for some reason. And I remember I told some of you here when we was in New York. That's just exactly what happened, 'cause they all wanted the same day and couldn't get that building. So then, that might leave a little spot there in June; it might be the will of the Lord, I was thinking, maybe, to come back for those Trumpets right here before it's too late. See? So we know that everything works just right. So that was on my heart, so it might be what He wants us to do.
24 Now, I see you're changing seats with each other and--and out in the halls and so forth. We wish we just had place to set down. And now, when we have those Trumpets, that's--we want to get the high school gymnasium; I think it seats fifty-five hundred; and then we'd have a chance to--everybody to have a seat and set down and listen quietly while we're--while we're preaching, or... The--the Trumpets, they're very, very fine. I... In looking at it the other day...
See, on the Sixth Seal, all Seven Trumpets sound right there on that Sixth Seal (See?), just before the Seventh Seal opens the coming of Christ.
26 And tonight I have a very important message that I want to speak just before the--the--the healing service. And if you're here and are going to stay over, why, we'll try, if it'd possible to start just a little bit early, 'cause there'll be a prayer line. I won't preach too long, but there's something that I wanted to say to the church for some time and kinda post you on the--the--the--the--how things are running at this time and just where we're standing, and--the best of my knowledge through the Scripture.
Now, I want you to turn this morning with me, if you want to mark down or keep record of where we are reading from, the Book of Isaiah, and I wish to read from Isaiah, the 42nd chapter of Isaiah.
28 We're very happy this morning also to have Brother Dauch setting with us here. While you're turning... You know, they thought he wasn't going to live here in Shreveport the other day, and he's certainly got faith. Yes, sir. He climbs right out of it; the Lord blesses him. I don't... See, Brother Dauch's ninety-one years old and had a complete heart failure and heart attack on top of it. And the very doctor that said that he didn't see there's any way for him to live, Brother Dauch is living, and the doctor's dead. See, just... See? Brother Dauch sets here.
And then a--a man ninety-one years old with heart failure and heart attack... And there when I was going up there, I saw him come walking down a street; I saw him in the church. And I went and told him under a oxygen tent, "In the Name of the Lord, I'll shake your hand in the... I'll see you in the church again and shake your hand on the street." The very next service, here he was setting right back here in the church. And I went over to Louisville (where we eat at the Blue Boar over there) to eat, and just as I got out my car, started up the street, here come Brother Dauch walking down the street. There it was just perfectly. And how the Lord has blessed him.
30 Now, we're going to talk on healing tonight and things. They got some real outstanding things to tell you for tonight.
But now, so that I can get the tapes now, and they can get ready to turn them on. I want to start reading from Isaiah the 42nd chapter and the 1st to the 7th verse, and Matthew the 4th chapter, beginning, I believe, 15 and the 16th verse.
Now, in--in the 42nd chapter of--of Isaiah we're going to read.
Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, or lift up, or cause his voice to be heard in the street.
A bruised reed shall he not break, and a smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.
He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he has have set judgment in the earth: and the islands shall wait for his laws.
Thus saith... the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and the spirit to them that walk therein:
I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and I will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;
To open the blinded eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that set in darkness out of the prison house.
33 Now, in the Matthew's Gospel the 4th chapter I wish to read the fulfillment of that prophecy given by Isaiah. In the 4th chapter of Matthew I--I will begin to read. If possible let's begin at the 12th verse instead of the 15th.
Now, when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee;
... leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim:
That it might be fulfilled which is spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying,
Behold--the land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentile;
The people... set in darkness saw great light; and to them that set in the regions of the shadows of death light is sprung up.
And from that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, to Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
May the Lord add His blessings to the reading of His Word.
34 And now, a odd little text that... I heard someone speaking said this, but I want to take this for a text: "There Is a Man Here That Can Turn On the Light."
And now, we're going to speak on the subject of light. This follows the three subjects that we've just been speaking on, one of them at Tucson, or at Phoenix, on why Jesus came by the way of Bethlehem. That... He must be, because He is Bethlehem. Bethlehem, B-e-t-h is "house"; e-l, "God"; e-h-a-m is "bread, bread: House of God's Bread." And each Christian that's born in Christ is born in Bethlehem, God's house of bread.
36 And then in there I--typing of David which was a fugitive at the time of his excommunicating from his people, he was turned out, and Bethlehem was besieged, and the Philistines was garrisoned around Bethlehem. And David, a fugitive, a type of the church today of Christ... See, Christ is a fugitive to His own church today. They have... A fugitive is something that's refused. And David had been refused, yet he was anointed to be king, but--the prophet had anointed him.
And during this time, being a--a fugitive from his people, he had picked up many gallant Gentiles. One of them killed eight hundred men one day with a spear--or sword. And another one jumped into a pit and killed a lion on a snowy day. And--and they was gathering lentil (which is beans or peas or something) and--and the--all of them run away, and he stood and killed men till his arm got tired. They also killed those giant brothers of Goliath. Gallant men, holding to David, because they knowed he was coming in power. They knowed no matter what anyone said, God had the anointing on David, and they knowed it. They were Gentiles. No matter how much they turned him out, they yet knowed that he was coming to power. And one day there...
38 What a type it is today of--of Christ, a Fugitive? You say, "Christ a Fugitive?" According to the Bible that we--God has gallantly taken us through those Seven church ages--this Laodicean church, Christ was a Fugitive outside of His church, rejected, trying to get back in again. See? He's a Fugitive to His own church. And the reason He is a Fugitive, is because He is the Word, and they won't let the Word in; they've accepted creeds instead.
And we find out then, that in this great struggle those gallant men around--around David, Gentile...
40 If you notice how Bethlehem was formed? Don't want to get on that subject. But how Bethlehem... Actually, Rahab the harlot, her son was the one who founded Bethlehem. It was a wheat center, and a lot of fine water there. And he founded the little city. And it was the smallest of all the cities, 'cause the prophet said, "Out... Bethlehem of Judaea, aren't thou the least amongst all the princes of the cities of Jerusalem--or of Judaea, but out of thee shall come the Governor that'll rule My people." Out of the little one.
David, when he was selected up there, the great fine brothers, when the prophet Samuel went up to anoint, all of them was standing there, great gallant men, looked like would be--look--fine looking kings, but the very rejected one was the one, David, that had the oil poured out upon him. The rejected city was the one that Christ... It's the rejected that Christ picks up (See?), the ones that's rejected.
42 Then we find after he come Obed, and after he come Boaz, and there come another Gentile in, which she come in by Ruth. And out of there come Jessie; and out of Jessie come David. And a little hillside stable out there brought forth the King of kings, Jesus Christ, the Son of David, his spiritual Son.
Now, then he was... David himself being born in the city, He had to come to this little spot. And it was called "Bethlehem" which means "the--the house of God's Bread." And He is the House of God's Bread.
And David, laying there on the hill that day, and he looked down and seen the Philistines garrisoned around like that, must've got hot and thirsty. He said, "Oh, if I could just have a drink from that well once more." Why, the least of his thoughts was a command to his--them who loved him.
45 So is it today, the least of Jesus' thoughts--or how about His Word--should be a command to we Gentiles who love Him. For we know He's coming into power no matter how much He's rejected. Heavens and earth will pass away, but this will still reign just the same when all heavens and earth is gone. And we know He's coming into power, 'cause nothing will keep it from happening. This is Christ, the revelation of Him, and this is going to happen just the way the Word says it is, 'cause He is the Word. And the least of His commands are... No matter how little it is... If it's to be rebaptized or whatever it is, we'll do it anyhow. It's His command.
46 And the least of David's thought was a command to those Gentiles, for they--a type of the Gentile church today, gallant men. See? Those men who stood by David were Gentiles, but gallant men. They were fearless. They didn't know what fear was.
One man took a sword and killed eight hundred men, them all around him. What a man that was. One of the them, a... One of the men... There was an Egyptian warrior run up with a long spear; he only had a stick in his hand. He took the stick and knocked the spear out of his hand, took the spear and killed him himself. See?
One of those giants had fourteen inch fingers like that. Now, fourteen inches... Your finger is just as long as your hand closed. Open that up; that would be a twenty-eight inch hand. And with a spear... And he jumped right in there and killed him. See? Why? He was a gallant man, a Gentile looking upon a anointed one that he knowed was coming into the power.
49 Did you notice, them being so gallant to David, when David finally come in power, he made them ruler over cities. Didn't Jesus promise the same thing? The same thing, make them ruler.
Then in there, when David's desire was to have a fresh drink... He probably had some old, warm stagnated water up there he was drinking. But he happened to think of that fresh water down there at Bethlehem, "the house of God's bread." And he said, "If I only had a drink from that well..." And those men pulled their sword and fought fifteen miles of Philistines, not because he asked them to, but because they knowed he wanted it. And they cut them Philistines an the way to the well. While two of them fought, the other one got a--his bucket of water and fought their way back, all the way back, and handed it to David. Talk about gallant...
David, that godly man, said, "God forbid that I would drink it from these friends that put their life in jeopardy." And he made a drink offering, poured it out upon the ground to the Lord: "Give it to the Lord. He's the One worthy of that, not me." They put...
It's a very type of Christ Himself with His own Eternal Life within Him, but smitten Rock, poured His Life upon the ground as a sin offering for us that this Word could live.
53 Oh, Gentiles, as I have said, who'll pull that sword with me? He wants a fresh drink this morning, not this old stagnated church creeds and things we're fooling around with; He wants genuine faith in His Word who'll believe every Word of It. Let's go to the well and bring back a drink, a refreshment, a worship that's built upon, not creeds and denomination, but a genuine Spirit worship with Christ among us living His Life the way He wants to among us. That's--that's not with creeds and different things; let's just--just have Him that way.
54 Now, the next was how God dealt with the people through a dream in the days of--of Joseph. Did you notice, a dream is secondarily; it's a secondarily way of God working. Some people can have dreams, don't mean nothing. You can eat too much and have nightmares. And dream is secondarily way. See? Well, why would God protect His own Son through a secondarily way? He appeared to Joseph. The welfare of His own Child He sent in a secondarily way. Did you ever think of it? 'Cause there was no prophet in the land. He had to work through dreams. And it wasn't a dream that had to be interpreted. The Angel of the Lord said, "Joseph, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost."
55 It was a unusual thing for that to happen. Joseph being a just man... He--He was unusual; God is unusual. And the unusual's hard to understand. That's why it's hard to understand Truth today; it's so unusual. A woman to have a baby without knowing a man, that was very unusual. But if you're honest and sincere, God can appear to you yet in a dream. It goes to show that anything that you have, whether it's your mind, whether you can whistle, sing, testify, or whatever you can do, if in your whole being is committed to God, God can use it if you'll just let Him do it.
56 Then the following night up here Brother Neville preached on the subject of escaping, how the--the man escapes. And I thought it was kinda remarkable, and this morning the Holy Spirit seems to have me to deal upon the subject of the Light, the very next. Go right on in the beginning how Christ's Life started at the manger. We're walking right back through it again in our text. And he didn't know it; I didn't know it; and here it is right at the same thing. See? Right on, the next thing is where He enters His ministry. And tonight we got something that'll blend right with that, to go right on tonight, the Lord willing.
57 Now, great Light, the Gentiles who set in the regions of the shadows of death, great Light sprang up among them. And Zabulon, the Nephthalim in the--by the way of Galilee of the Gentiles, great Light--they saw a great Light.
Now, light, the first time light, we find it in the Bible, is found in Genesis 1:3. It was God's spoken word made the light. God said, "Let there be light," (Genesis 1:3), and there was light.
Now, remember, then light comes by the spoken Word of God. And light is the vindication, or the subject that He has spoke is light. When the light flies, shows that... God said, "Let there be light." There was no light, and He said, "Let there be light." and there was light. That's a proof; the light is a vindication of His spoken Word: same thing today, a vindication of His spoken Word.
60 Now, when you see His Word being vindicated, or other words, made known, proved, that is a--the Light of His spoken Word. And without light nothing can live, without light. There is no life upon the earth today that--but what has to come by the--the light of the sun, in--in botany life and so forth. And there's no Eternal Life outside of the Son of God. See? He is the Light.
Now, we find out, I believe, as we study now... And this light... The earth was without form.
Now, some people argue today in their schools and so forth about the world being so many million years old, and try to condemn the Bible, and say It's wrong; they just don't never read the Bible; that's all. Because the Bible don't tell us how old the world is; the Bible said, "In the beginning God created heavens and earth (period!)." When, how, that's--we don't know it. Now, that's the first, and that's a "period"; that's the end of that sentence.
63 "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." It might've been a hundred million or billion, or whatever it was. And how He done it, that's up to Him to know (See?) not to me. But the world was... The earth was without form and void, and water was upon the--the earth; and God said--moved upon the water and said, "Let there be light."
Now, I believe that the sun and so forth was already in existence. I believe the moon, as it goes on, Genesis 3, to explain it... But I believe what was here... That the world, we was going to use it; and therefore... And it moved in; there was fog and mist all over the earth, making it dark. And God said, "Let there be light," and the darkness faded away, and there was a cloudless sky.
65 And I believe that's God's way of doing things; He... In the Bible the next verse says--the 4th verse says, "And He separated the light from the darkness; and the light He called day, and the darkness He called night." And God's Word always separates light from darkness. See? It's the Word that does the separating (See?), light from darkness.
God ever does the same thing. When He gets ready to use anything, like He got ready to use this old star or whatever it was, this world, He had to separate the light from the darkness. When He gets ready to--to use a--a group of people, He has to separate the light from the darkness. When He gets ready to use an individual, He separates the light from the darkness. See?
Light comes by God, and the... Remember, the light come by His spoken Word. The Word of God said, "Let there be light," when there was no light. And He sent the light to separate the darkness from the light.
This word of command cleared the sky so the sun could shine in. And His Word today is what clears back all of the atmospheres of unbelief.
69 I was talking... I had--I had, I think, eleven interviews just 'fore I got to the pulpit this morning in there. So bad...
The other day a little friend of mine, Jim Pool, his little boy, they had thought he had a heart attack, rushed him to the hospital. It was an asthmatic condition that throwed the little fellow... He couldn't... His little heart jumping, and breathing, and--and he's screaming and couldn't get his breath, and little fellow looked like he was dying. When he got him here... And I was fixing to go to the hospital; they brought him here. And took hold of his little hand, I said, "What's done it, measles has struck the kid. And the measles, the fever has struck the little fellow. You watch him; in a couple days I want to see him again. He'll be full of measles." And here he is full of measles. You see. See?
71 Now, what... God separates darkness from light--or light from darkness, and He separates death from Life; and He does it by His Word. His Word is what always brings this forth.
Now, light was... Now, the seed was already upon the earth. I believe God had planted the seed, and just as long as the sun could get to that seed, it begin to grow. And that's the reason it only taken days to bring forth these things, because the seed was already in the earth. All it needed was light.
And that's the way God has today. His Seed is already here, His Word. The only thing It needs is Light on It; and He is that Light, for He is the Word. The Word and the Light is the same thing. The Life in there is the Light of the Word (See?) is the Life. The germ of life lays within the grain, and the grain is--the life is what breaks forth and brings forth the life out of the grain. That's the way that Christ in the Word makes the Word do what It's supposed to do. Just like the life in the grain of wheat or whatever it is; it makes the wheat do what it's supposed to do, because it is the life that's in it.
74 All life... So life is only by the Word of God made manifest. Life comes only by the Word of God made manifest. As long as it is just in the Book like this, it still can be questioned; but when it's made manifest, then you see the product of what It spoke of being manifested; then that is Light on the--on the Word. See? That's what brings... The Word said so, and then when it comes to pass, that is Life in Light, Light bringing Life.
Light brings life. Plant the wheat out here, it'll... You put it in a basement, cover it all over, and it'll--it'll never bring forth anything, because it can't; there's no light there. But as soon as light strikes it, then it'll bring forth life if it's a germitized seed. That's the same thing it is in the Word. See, the Word is God, and when the life strikes It, it brings It--Light strikes It, it brings the Word to life again. Every age has always been that.
76 Oh, how we appreciate these great things, how that the Word being vindicated is the Light of the spoken Word. See? God said, "Let there be light." Now, what if He just said it, and no light come? Then we don't know whether it's true or not. We don't know whether He's all right; we don't know whether He's God or not, because He just said, "Let there be," and there wasn't. See? So then when God speaks and we see it is, then that's the Light that shines forth, the Truth of the Word. See? There is Light and Life.
All natural life comes by His spoken Word, and the sun is His spoken Word. He said He created a great light in the heavens for the day and a lesser light for the night. See? And all natural life has to come by God's spoken Word. A flower cannot grow without the light of God's spoken Word shine upon it, for the sun is--the s-u-n--is the spoken Word of God when He said, "Let there be light." See? It's God's spoken life, and no matter how much people try to--to say this, that, or the other, it still remains the same: you have to have that sun. So life, natural, can only come by the spoken Word of God.
78 And spiritual Life, Eternal Life, can only come by God's spoken Word of Life. Life was the S-o-n this time. In Him is Light, and in Him is no darkness; and He is God's spoken Light (Is that right?), God's spoken Word; for In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And It's forever God. See? And it takes the Light of God to strike the Word to make It live. Here's what He spoke, now let the Light shine (Amen.); let the Light shine. And the Light will bring every Word to Its right position in its season. Amen.
No. You see, when it comes time, sometimes that little grain lays in the earth dormant all through the--the winter, like seed of winter wheat, sowed in the ground. But when that sun gets just right, oh, it's got to live. See? And it can't live without the sun. And God's made promises for every age and every day, and when the Light gets right and shines upon that, it'll produce just exactly what the Word said; because He is the Light and the Life.
80 God's Word comes only by the Bible. God's Bible is the--the printed form of the Son of God, because the Bible said that it is the revelation of Jesus Christ. It's God revealing Himself through Christ, and Christ is the Word. And it takes the Light of God to shine upon that Word to vindicate It, to prove that God still speaks Life--Eternal Life, He speaks... The natural light brings the life. Life only comes by the Light, the Word made manifest--or made flesh... When all the promises become--in the Bible--become manifest is when Jesus Christ, the Word, was made flesh among us. God always works through men. Man is God's subjects.
Now, if it gets a little warm in here for you, you can pull the windows down or whatever you wish to, cut the furnace down, maybe the--the janitor would cut the furnace down a little. I see many are warm, and it's warm standing here too. So--so remember that... I'm glad it's warm instead of cold, 'cause I--I like warm, I... Warm always bring light--life. Takes fire...
82 Notice. Now, made flesh... When the Word becomes flesh, It becomes manifested. Like take the Word and put It in the right position, the right kind of ground, It'll bring forth. The--the seed will bring forth its kind. And the Word brought into the right kind of a heart, it'll manifest Itself. It'll bring forth the light. It'll break forth upon it. All right.
Nothing natural--nothing natural or spiritual can live without God's Light. Life can only come then by Light. Nothing natural or nothing spiritual can live without God's Light. Think of that. All right. But when He sends us the Light (See?) and does all these things, and then we reject it... Now, that's the pitiful part is when Light is rejected when it's sent to us.
84 Now, could you imagine some man today saying, "I just refuse to say there's such a thing as a sun. I don't believe there is a sun." And he runs down into the basement, and--and shuts all the doors, and sets back in the darkness, and said, "There is no such a thing as sun; there is no such a thing as light." You'd know right away there was something mentally wrong with that person. See? There's something wrong when he runs back into a dark basement and refuses to accept the benefit of God-given light. There's something wrong with him. He don't want its warm rays. He doesn't want its health-giving substance. He doesn't want its light to walk in; He'd rather set in darkness. It shows mentally something wrong, natural, with the man.
85 And I say this with all love and respect: so is there something spiritually wrong with a man that'll run back into his denominations of creed and refuse to see Bible Light when it's shining right before him. There's something wrong with him. He goes back into his creeds and forms and shuts the door, and says, "There is no such a thing as that. The days of miracles is past. There's no such a thing as Divine healing. There's none of these things. That was for an apostle." The man is spiritually crazy. See? There's something wrong with him. He--he--he pulled down the curtains and--and rejected the Holy Spirit that can come upon him. If He can... "If ye abide in Me and My Word's in you, then (the Light shining upon this Word) ask what you will." See, see?
86 There's something wrong that he would reject the God-given sources that God has give to us to live by: His Word. "The just shall live by faith. And man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word, not part of the Word, every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God." And when a man would just refuse that, there's something wrong with that person, something wrong with his experience that he claims to love God and then refuses God. There's something gone wrong with the person. We know that without a shadow of doubt. He rejects it, runs into that place, and says, "Now, I just--I don't want to know nothing about it; don't tell me nothing about these things. I--I don't believe nothing about it. You... Don't matter what you say..."
87 A fellow said not long ago (I was telling you about) he said, "I don't care if you'd bring fifty cancers and bring fifty doctors to testify of them, I don't believe. I don't care if you'd raise up the dead right before me; I wouldn't believe it." See, there's something wrong with that person. See? There--there--there's... And yet the man was a minister (See, see?), supposed to be a minister. But just because that organization doesn't believe in--in the powers of God, don't believe that the Word meant just what It said, the man runs into this basement, old musty, dirty, filthy basement of a organization and refuses the warmth and Life-giving rays of the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, which is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Then there's something wrong with that person. See? He would rather live in that must, darkness, and so forth, than to live in the Light of the God and of the Bible that said that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. "The works that I do shall you do also; even greater than this shall you do, for I go to My Father." There's something wrong with that person. Without a question at all, there's something wrong.
88 And to you men that's listening to this across the world, wherever you may be, there's something wrong with your experience when you say that you love God and refuse His Word. There's something... You refuse the very... No wonder the things can't--the church is in its condition and things cannot be done as God promised, is because you won't even receive the Word or walk in the Light. The Bible said, "Let us walk in the Light as He is in the Light, then the Blood of Jesus Christ God's Son cleanses us from all sin." Sin is unbelief.
Then if we are walking in the God-given Light of the hour, then God takes that Word that's given for the hour and vindicates It just like He did in Genesis 1:3. He said, "Let there be light," and light come forth. His Word went forth, and light followed it and it cleared away the mist. And the darkness went to one corner, and the light shined on the other side.
That's the way God does today. He sends His Word for this hour, and the Holy Spirit comes and makes that Word live. And the darkness goes onto their creeds and denominations, but Light shines; because it's the Word of God being vindicated that His Word is true. Now, there's nothing fictitious about that, that's just exactly Scriptural. All right.
91 Now, we find that the--the wise men, the wise men of old followed the God-given substance; they followed the Word of God to the Light, because it was the Word that brought Life.
Now, you say, "How did they follow?" Well, they were kinda magis; we understand. And then we find out that Balaam the prophet (back in Numbers 24:17), Balaam was kinda of a magi himself. He was a prophet, truly; and he prophesied here and said a star would rise out of Jacob. And when these wise men saw that the Word of God said a star would rise out of Jacob, they followed that little God-given token to the source of eternal Light. So will wise men today who is not blinded by creeds, will follow the God-given spoken Word till they see the fullness of the power of God blooming forth in this hour. See? They--they see it, and they know that's it's here in the Scripture. God promised it for this day.
93 No matter how many observatories, how many other things told the wise men, "Why, you are out of your mind."... Two years they was in travel. They passed by many nations, and they said, "Where you going?"
"Oh, we have seen His star in the east and we come to worship Him." And when they lined up in Jerusalem, the denominational headquarters, they didn't have the answer. They went up and down the streets crying, "Where is He born King of the Jews?" They knowed nothing about it. So they called on the Word to find out. They had followed, knowed that star was leading them to the eternal Light. "Guide us to Thy perfect Light." And the Word is what guides you to the Light, and the Light's what makes the Word vindicated. Amen.
95 Notice, they were wise men, and wise men today, not wise... The wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. All your scientists, and you people who are depending on some great scholarship or something another telling you how to split a atom, it can't give you Life. There's nothing can give you Life but the spoken Word of God. It's the only way that Life can come is through His spoken Word.
That's all right to know how to split a atom; I wished they'd never found it out. But if they... They have to do it, because this world is hanging today... It had to happen to burst these big holes in the earth to let that lava come forth and rejuvenate this world again to make a new earth, where righteous will walk out upon the dust of the wicked, where sin will be forgotten. Everything has a way of renewing itself. And man who was given to live on this earth, by his own wisdom, taking the tree of knowledge instead of the Tree of Life, he'll destroy the earth that God give him to live on. But those who are still on the Tree of Life shall come to a new heavens and a new earth where there is no sickness or death. Light, Light, Lord, send us Light.
97 It was the Angels of God that showed light upon the hill to guide the shepherds to the eternal Light. See, it only comes by Light. Life can only come by Light. The shepherds wanting to know... You know, when a king is born, they have singing, great carrying on when the king is born. Now, He was so secretly born and borned in a stable, in a--a manger where the cattle and horses was eating, but yet He was a King. And the--the Angels came down and sang the hymns to the shepherds in the light. The Angels themselves were lights that showed with the Word of God. They had the Word of God and told them, "Today in the city of David, over there in Bethlehem is born Christ the Saviour." The Angels had the Word, and the Word came by Light to guide. And they followed the Word of the Angels to the eternal Light. They found the Baby there wrapped in swaddling's cloth as they had said. For you see, Life only comes by Light.
98 Notice, He was the Word made Light, or became Light. The Word... In that generation He was the Word Light of that generation, because the prophets of old had spoke of Him, and here He come and vindicated He was the Light of God's spoken Word. See? All the prophets had--had said had been fulfilled in Him. See? The prophets back here with the Word, like God was at the beginning when He said, "Let there be light," and light came... Now, the prophet said, "A virgin shall conceive, bring forth a Son. They shall call His Name Immanuel, for It'll be God with us." Now, they had spoke it; the Word had went out, but He was the Light. What was He? The fulfillment...?... He was the fulfillment of that Word. He was the manifestation of that Word.
So is it today. God's Word had been fulfilled at the hour; that's the Light. It's God manifesting Himself. He was the Light of the world.
100 And when the prophets inspired by the Holy Spirit said, "Unto us a Child is born; unto us a--a Son is given--or a Child is given; and His Name shall be called Counselor, Prince of Peace, Mighty God, Everlasting Father," there it was. What was He? The Light that fulfilled that Word (Amen.), the Light that fulfilled that Word.
In Matthew--in St. Matthew the 28th chapter we find, and when Jesus raised from the dead, He also was the Light of the spoken Word of David which said, "I'll not leave His soul in hell; neither will I suffer My Holy One to see corruption." Death was in darkness, but He broke open the seals of death, and walked into it, and come back out again. He was the Light, the vindicated Word that the dead can live after they are dead. He was.
102 On the day of Pentecost that was the Light that showed when the Holy Ghost had come. Isaiah said in the 28th chapter of Isaiah, Isaiah said that with--"precept must be upon precept; line must be upon line, here a little and there a little; hold fast to that what's good; for with stammering lips and with other tongues will I speak to this people; and this is the rest--this is the Sabbath that I'll give to you." In all this they would not hear, walked away and wagged their head. And when on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Ghost fell upon those people, and they acted like drunk men and women, staggering under the impact of the Holy Spirit, and the--walked away and wagged their heads, and said, "This people's drunk, full of new wine," and so forth. It absolutely was the Light, the Word that had been prophesied made manifest.
103 So is it in every age. The Word made manifest, come to light is the Light of that age, there--the Word made manifest just like it was in Genesis 1 when God said, "Let there be light," and there was light, when God said there will be a Son, and there was a Son.
When God said in Joel 2:28, "It shall come to pass in the last days I'll pour out My Spirit upon all flesh. Your sons and daughters shall prophesy. Upon my handsmaids and maidservant will I pour out of My Spirit. Your young men shall see visions; your old man shall see dreams." And all these things that He promised, when It, the Holy Ghost fell, was the Light upon that Word. When the Word was made manifest, then It become Light. He is the Light. He's the Light that we should follow. He is the only Light. The Angels found light and followed it to Him.
105 Now, in all ages God has set forth so much of His Word for each age. God always sends somebody that that Word can get into and show the Light of It. That... In every age it does the same thing, always does that.
He was the fulfillment, as I said, of all of the Divine, holy powers of the prophets. They were minor gods. When the Word of the Lord came to a man, Jesus said Himself that he was a god. You know that. He said, "If your law said, and your fathers back there, called them who the Word of God came to--called them gods, how can you condemn Me say--when I said I'm the Son of that God?" See? When the very God Himself Who spoke the Word through the prophets, He was the manifestation of that spoken Word. And if the prophet was called a god because he was the manifestation of another prophet's Word, how could you condemn Him when He was the same thing? He was the Son of God. As He shall be called the Son of God.
He was the long promised Messiah that the world had waited on He was the Messiah's promise made manifest.
108 Look at Him when He stood there. He said, "If I do not the works of My Father, then condemn Me. (See?) But if you can't believe Me, believe the works that I do. They testify Who I am. They tell you Who I am." You see that blind, darkened hour that they live in, they couldn't see it. They just couldn't understand, how could He be that. "How can he be any son of God when he's born right down here in Bethlehem?" If they only knowed, the Word said He would come that way.
"Why, his father Joseph is a carpenter. His mother, why, it's actually believed amongst our brethren that he was born illegitimately." See? But yet the Word of God said that.
He said, "Search the Scriptures, for in Them you think you have Eternal Life, and They are the very Ones that testify Who I am. They are the Ones that testify of Me," this Holy Scriptures. Then what was He? God's Light. No wonder He said, "I am the Light of the world."
Not only did He say, "I am the Light," but He said, "Ye are the Light." If His Word is in you bearing record of Itself, then you are Light of the world.
111 Notice, we find out, Light of each age made manifest just the same. Then I want to ask the question as--'fore our time gets away. Why, why then were they--did they turn it down? How could they do it when the--their very Bible that they was reading was being made manifest before them. Now, study real hard now.
Now, remember, I'm talking to many people at this time (You see?), not just four or five hundred here. But I'm--I'm talking to many thousands.
Stop just a minute. Stop your tape recorder and ask the question: Why would religious men, good men... Why would Joseph question? See? Why would... Because he never searched the Scripture. Why did the priests question? One reason they didn't; they knew it. Nicodemus well expressed it; he said, "Rabbi, we know you're a teacher from God. No man could do what you do except God be with him. We're aware of that." But what was it? Their traditions kept them from doing it.
114 Then why were they--did they reject the Messiah? Is... Why did they reject that Light? Here's the Word that they knowed was coming to pass, but when the Word was made manifest to show that the Word of God had been fulfilled... Compare that with today. See? When there, written in the Word that would take place... Then why did those men reject it, teachers? Because they were living in a glare of another light. That's it. They was living in a glare. That's the thing they're doing today. They're living... The reason they turn it down is because they're living in a glare of another light. See? Now, they was living in the glare of what Moses said; they claimed. They was living in the glare of what another age had passed by. And that's the very reason today that this Message that Jesus Christ still is the same is turned down, because the people are living in glares of other ages. The same reason, they turn it down.
115 Now, we notice. And Webster says that a "glare" is "kind of a false light." A "glare" is "a false light," same thing that glares. Like--like a mirage on the road, you go down the road, many of you driving cars, and look down ahead of you when you see that sun on the ground, it reflects a light, and like a mirage, look like there's water all over the road. But when you get there, there's nothing there. It's only a false mirage, the glare of a true light. That's what the devil's doing today is showing people a mirage, a Council of churches, a group of denominations which will turn out to be false. Because it's because there's a real Light shining. That real Light wasn't shining a mirage couldn't be there. A real Light shines. In that they're living in a glare of another age, another thing, for it's hit and passed on.
116 Now, a glare, this mirage is false. It's a glare of the sun. And that's the way, they did the same thing. A false glare of the true Light...
Now, it proved to be that He was the true Light. He was the Light. Why did they know that He was the Light? How could you know He was the Light? Because the Word that was promised was made manifest through Him, so He was the Light of that spoken Word. Amen. Oh, that would almost make me a Pentecostal Baptist shout.
Notice, think about a glare (See?), living in a glare. But when the true Word is living, that's the Light, what God said. Now, what if God said in the beginning, "Let there be light," well, and there was something else appeared (See?), just a mirage. See? It wouldn't have been the--what God said. No, it wouldn't have been. What if God Let there be light," and more fog came? See? It wouldn't have been light. But the reason light come, it was His Word manifested. And today when God has said such things will take place at this time and you see it doing, what is it? It's the Light on God's Word. It's Word being made Light, manifest Itself.
119 Now, they said, "Who do you say we are?" "Why," he said... "You try to... We know that you're crazy. Why, you're a Samaritan; you haven't got your right mind. Well, you try to... Who can tell... We know you was born in sin. We don't know where you come from. We have no record of your identification in our groups. Why, you're crazy. You got a devil." See? Said, "Why, you're out of your mind." But He was actually the genuine true Light of God shining, and the glare had put their eyes out.
"We have Moses as our guide."
He said, "If you would've believed Moses, you'd have knowed Me." And if you'd believe Jesus and the Bible, you'd know this hour that you're living in.
They say, "Well, we're Christians; we..." If you were, you would know the acts of Christ for this day. See, see? You'd know it.
Jesus said, "All those prophets spoke of Me. And if you believe those prophets, why, you'd know Me. My works identify, because what they said I'd do, I do it. Who can condemn Me now of unbelief?" And still they didn't see it. Why? Their eyes were put out with a glare (See?), the glare of something else that they had taken what the true spoken Word was...
123 Now, think of it. Think of it. They claimed that they believe that Word. But their traditions had turned their faces from the true Word to a glare; therefore, they couldn't see the real thing. So is it today. So has it been in every age. See, the--the true Word shines, but they have been so traditionalized that they can't see that Word. They're looking at a glare, and they're blind. A glare will blind you. There's a arc off of it; it'll blind you, and it'll... When the...
Jesus said, "You are blind leading the blind." They should've been able to see it, to see Who He was, but they didn't because they was living in that glare.
125 Now, a glare, as I said, is a false light, a mirage, a false conception of the true Light: false conception. It's something that--that's supposed to look like it, but it isn't that.
Now, the only way they could tell the difference, because the very things that Jesus did proved Who He was, that He was the Light. They thought they was in the light. But now, if you'd just stop a minute and consider, who is in the Light then?
Now, today, if such a rashal mistake was made by the churchmen of that day, such a rashal thing was did, brethren, don't you think that it's time that we stopped and considered what is Light? Let us not make such a rashal mistake. But you're doing it. You've already done it (See?) and knew it not. Same as it was then.
128 Now, stop just a minute and find out what the Word says for today. If they'd have stopped and thought, "Here He is fulfilling to the letter exactly what the Word said He would do,"... And He challenged them as I'm challenging you. I'm challenging you to look in the Word; search the Scriptures; see if this isn't the hour, "Search the Scriptures; for in Them you think you have Eternal Life; and They are They that testify of Me." They are They that testify of this work today. The works itself testifies, that it's being done. And the Scripture says it'll be done, so it's the Light of the hour. God's Word said so.
129 Your traditions and things is exactly what the Bible said, like those who wagged their heads and walked away. All the tables become full of vomit the Bible said. And that's the way they... They wouldn't believe it; they wagged their heads. And gentlemen, do you realize, and brethren, do you realize this, that when you are rejecting the very thing that God's vindicating before you, that you're doing the same thing they did, going back to your traditional vomit?
"As a dog goes to its vomit..." If it made him sick the first time, it'll make him sick the second time. If the Catholic church being a organized and made the first organization brought sickness to the church, so will Lutheran, Methodist, and all the rest of them, Baptist, Presbyterian, and Pentecostals. A dog goes back to its vomit and a sow goes back to her wallow. See? We're getting to that in a few minutes, the Lord willing.
131 Glare, walking in a glare (See?), a mirage, a false conception of true Light. He proved that He was the Light, because He being in the--way in the minority (oh, my.), millions against Him. There was not one sixth of the people, one ninetieth of the people on the earth ever knowed He was here. Not I guess, one--one hundredth of the Jews, or hardly one fiftieth of them or fortieth of them, I'll say--maybe less than that--of His own country ever knowed He was there. And them that did know He was there, considered Him a false something, because the denomination told them that's what He was. See? But yet He was the true Light that had been spoke since Genesis in the beginning, and asked them to search the Scriptures and find out if He wasn't living just in that time, if He--the works that He did didn't fulfill exactly what was promised of that time. Amen.
Oh, what a serious thing it is, brother. We're living in a tremendous time. He proved to be the right.
133 He was the very Light that they claimed they were worshipping. They claimed to be worshipping that Light. And so is it today. They claim they're worshipping that. Pentecostals claim it. They claim they are, and so blind they can't see it. Why? They organized and put a glare in their face. See? A tradition is what some people set together and said, "We'll go and make this, and this, and this, and that. Now, we're going to come to why that has to happen, the Lord willing.
134 Notice, His works was the living Word Itself. What He did was the living Word Itself, showing He was that Light that had been promised since the beginning of the world. He was that Light. His Light on the promised Word of the age made It live to exactly what the promise said It would do, but they had it so turned around until they couldn't see it. See? But He was the Light of that age.
He was the Light that they claimed to be worshipping. They thought that they were worshipping the very God of creation. They was living and worshipping a glare, and Jesus said, "You worship Me in vain, teaching for doctrine the traditions of men and not the Word." He is the Word, and He was the Word made manifest. They ought to have knowed it. I hope that can break through everywhere it's heard (See?), that it is the Word made manifest.
136 "Oh," say, "oh, we have the Word." Why, the Word, everybody can pack a Bible that wants to, but when the Word is vindicated, made manifest...
Why, say, "Well we believe." Yes, sir. They believed all the Word, well, so does Satan. Those Pharisees, who could condemn them not believing? But they didn't believe the Word for the hour. They were worshipping in a glare of something else. That's the same thing they're doing today. You're keeping up Luther's traditions or--or Wesley's traditions, and the rest of them, the Pentecostal tradition, but what of the hour? The Pharisees was keeping up their traditions, but behind their traditions was the true Word of God coming to shine forth. And when It did, It blinded their eyes. They couldn't see it, because they was watching something else. So is it today. May God let that soak in, till it really hits home to the people that should believe it. It's later than you think.
138 My son Billy Paul, he talks in his sleep, but he doesn't have dreams very often. He had one the other night that shook him up. Said he'd dreamed he was at a church, and--and they... I hadn't come in yet. Said when I come in, fire was flying out of the eyes. And I said, "The time is here; it's over." And everybody begin screaming, "I can't, my children." And me...
My wife said, "I can't get Sarah to ask the blessing at the table," and so forth. And I said...
He said, "I've got to go get Loyce and--and the baby."
I said, "Loyce can't come now. The baby's too young to know. Billy the hour is here; we must go." I said, "It's midnight now, before daylight Jesus will be here. If it isn't then I'm a false witness of Christ."
And somebody spoke up and said, "No man knows the minute or hour."
"I never said minute or hour; I said sometime between now and daylight." I said, "Let's--let's go, Billy. And I said something... I said, "But we're at the time; let's go." And we got in the car and started. And we started up the mountain. And when we did, it was--looked like the light was coming, and the skies were dark upon the earth. He said I pulled off the side of the road, held my hands over like this, fire still flying from my eyes. And he said I said, "Lord, I have did this at Your command. I have did this just because that You told me to do it this a-way. I have did these things according to what You've told me." And I motioned to a big granite mountain, and a--a Light without hands cut a stone out of the mountain weighing hundreds of tons and here it come. I said, "Turn your heads; don't look. It'll be--all be over just in a few minutes." Said, "Then a great holy hush come everywhere as this Stone come towards the place."
142 It may be later than we think. There... See, that's exactly Scriptural (You see?), the Stone without hands cut out of the mountain. And so one of these days it's going to be that way when you're going to scream for something. I said to him, "You've already had that time. God has constantly warned you time after time." Yeah, I said, "Even if it's my own kid or whoever it is, the hour is here. I can only say what He's told me to say, and it'll be here, and it was." And--and then all of a sudden here He come a Stone cut out of the mountain without hands. Daniel saw that, you know, back many years ago. And Billy knowed nothing about that, but it was a--it was a dream sent to him from the Lord.
Now, see, they claim to be worshipping that very God that they were making fun of. And the same thing has reversed again today by the same reason, living in a glare instead of the Light. Great Lights has a shine. All right.
144 Look what darkness we're in today. Look what's going on today. Look at murder, rape, strife. Why, it's come to pass... I believe it was Billy Graham said in his last meeting, "In ten years from now every citizen of California will have to pack a gun to protect themself. You can't put enough law enforcement." The people's just gone insane. Shooting, and murder, and rapes, everything (See?), it's just gone wild (See?) upon the streets. See, it's a--it's a day we're living in, a Sodomite day. See? But there is a Light shining if they'd only look, if they'd only see--look into the Word and see what's supposed to be in this hour, they would know what's trying to be done.
Now, they claim they're worshipping that Light. So did they claim they was worshipping that Light. But they were worshipping It in a glare of another light instead of the real. See? He was the Light.
146 Creeds and traditions and their blinded condition had turned them from the true Light of the promised Word. The Word that God had vindicated by Jesus the Light of the world came and made that Word live right exactly through His time, exactly to the days. He'll be cut off in the midst of the seventy weeks (That's right.), which is the three and a half years of His prophecy. The Messiah would come, the prince, and would prophesy. And three and a half days of this, then He'd be cut off from the living and make a atonement. And that's exactly. He preached three and a half years, and...
And the very Psalm that David said, "My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken Me (the 22nd Psalm)? All My bones, they stare at Me. They wag their heads; they pass by Me." Eight hundred and fifty years beforehand when David sung that song in the Spirit, and it was considered prophecy, and given... They was singing them songs in the temple when the same Sacrifice was hanging on the cross with His hands a-pierced, "And they pierced My hands and My feet." See? See there? Why? They were living in a glare; they didn't see the Light.
148 Could you imagine a sensible person doing that? No more than I can imagine a sensible person running down in the basement and getting in must and pulling his doors together and say, "I refuse to see there's light." It's insanity. And his spiritual slipped somewhere, when a man sees that the Bible has promised this and see it living right out before him and made manifest, and then continually stay in those creeds and things out there that reject it. It's a spiritual delinquency. It's exactly right.
Here he was now. He was--He was the Light of the world, and the world knew... He came to His own; His own knew Him not. He came into the world; the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. See? But as many as did know Him, to them He gave power to become sons of God, to them that believed on Him.
150 Remember, we cannot live by yesterday's light. Yesterday's light is gone. It isn't no more. It--the... Yesterday's light is only a memory. Yesterday's sunlight is only a memory, or it's history. We cannot live in yesterday's light. No more... And the same... Though it's the same sun, the same sun, but each day it brings forth it's strength a little stronger to ripen the grain for the harvest. See?
The sun comes today, gets a little stronger. Each day now it'll get a little stronger, a little stronger until finally the wheat that's laying there, it'll--it'll go taking life. After while the--the life will come up. Then a little stronger, little stronger. March, April, May, June, July, she's in the harvest then. You see? The same sun shining today in--in January--or December, that's up there bathing that snow and melting it down on that grain, bringing it water, it's the same sun, but that wheat could not live in that same sunlight in June. See? It can't do it. See, the sun comes a little stronger each day. And the grain should be a little more matured to receive the sunlight.
That's what's the matter today. The grain that was sowed in the early fathers back there in--in Luther and Wesley and them, it dwarfed; it can't take the sun. The sun killed it. It refused to grow. See? It cut it--it took itself from the stalk light and come over here and made itself a own little things, become a husk then, no life in it. The grain should be maturing and getting stronger as the sun becomes stronger each day.
153 Now, let's watch a minute. We'll watch the church ages. There's seven church ages. In those church ages, each one, watch how He spoke to them what would do, how the grain would mature and come down to this last hour here, this last hour that we're living in. So the churches must do the same thing (See?) the churches.
Now, look, Luther sowed a grain, and Luther was a grain. And he sowed it. All right. So was Wesley, and also so was Pentecostal. So was the Baptist, the Nazarene. But, you see now, Luther would not go back and live in the light of the first denomination, Catholic. No, sir. He was another light. That was God ripening something.
Now, a little minority come out of that--that Lutheran revival. Then come along the Wesley revival. And then in that, why, they couldn't go back and do the Lutherans. See? And then along come the Pentecostals, and then the Pentecostals organized and done the same thing, taken the husk. Notice, but the grain goes right on.
156 Now, we're in another age. Why won't they receive it? Why won't they see that the grain is matured? Here's the promised Word for this day. Why don't they see it? Because they're living in Lutheran glare, Wesleyan glare, Baptist glare, Pentecostal glare. They're living in the glare of another light. That's the reason they can't receive the Light of the total Word being a-vindicated as God promised of them seven seals, where the whole mystery was revealed, would come back and tell why these mysteries was done like that... And yet when that comes in, they walk farther away from it than ever. They're without excuse.
God has done it through Spirit, through revelations. He--He's proved it perfectly by scientific and everything else that it's the Truth--that it's the Truth. And still they want to live in a Pentecostal glare: "I am the Assemblies"; "I am the oneness"; "I'm the Church of God"; "I am this." See? Living in a glare of a age forty, fifty years ago. Living in a Lutheran glare, living in a Wesley, a Baptist, a Presbyterian, or some Nazarene glare of another church age that went on and organized and done the same thing, and refused and reject the Light when It's actually shining... And you're living in a mirage.
158 I only say that reverently (See?), but you're--not to hurt you, but to wake you up. You're living in a mirage where Jesus said, "Why, you're blind and you're leading the blind." And they...?... He tried to tell them and then just said, "Let them alone. If the blind leads the blind, they'll all fall in the ditch." That's the hour I've come to. If they're going to stagger, I can't help it. I've done all I can do. I've done exactly. I've done this at Your command, Lord. You're a witness. Since 1933 down on the river when that Light there you see shined down, It's been right here in the tabernacle and witnessed to you all these years. And everything It's said's come to pass. And continually they go on. Let the blind lead the blind. I'll just wait for that hour. He'll arrive one of these days.
159 Notice, living in a glare of Luther, living in a glare of Wesley, living in them glares back there, that's the reason they can't see true Light. If they would stop for a few minutes and just pick up the Bible and read It, they would see that the--this is Light promised for the hour.
Now, we're going to take some of these things in a minute. He promised according to Malachi 4 these things would happen. He promised all through the Scriptures they would happen. See?
Notice Israel also, our type, in the journey (Look.), eating manna which was their light-life, that give them strength, life. Is that right? Israel could not eat manna that was yesterday had fallen. It was contaminated; it was rotten. It was no good for them; they'd die over it. The manna that kept them alive yesterday would kill them today. The Bible said it got germs in it, contaminated. And the manna... They had to get new manna every day. Amen. And what is it? The people that live on manna of Luther, Wesley, and them back in there, you're eating contaminated stuff that's killing you spiritually. See? It's killing you dead in your traditions.
162 Yesterday's, Luther's manna would not work for Methodists. Methodist manna would not work for Pentecost. Pentecostal manna will not work for today. See what I mean? Every day it come day by day, fresh, and so has it to the church ages. Luther's manna was the message of justification. Wesley's message was the manifestation of sanctification; Pentecostal was the restoration of the gifts. But this is introducing the Headstone, the last day, the Bride Tree. It's contrary to all of it. And yet It's the same Light for the matured, like the same sun shine today will be ripening the grain for the harvest in July. See what I mean? But the Light today won't do any good back there in July. It's stronger; the wheat's more advanced. It's ready to take it. Amen. Certainly it is. It couldn't take it now. It can then. The season wasn't right then; it is now.
You can't go against God's nature. He's got a law. And to contrary that law kills your plant. You've got to go according to God's spoken laws, and His Laws is His Word. Any law is a word spoken. And a word is a thought manifested. See?
Now, we--we know that; that's true. A vision is what? The Word of God, or something foretold or forecast of an event. And a vision that the prophets had, and Jesus had, Paul had, and all of them that tell of this day was a forecast of what would happen. And here we see the forecast being made manifest, and the people don't even recognize it. See what I mean?
165 Now, yesterday's manna... Look here. Did you ever notice, the sun, s-u-n, has traveled east to the west as it's went each time. Did you notice that? And notice, the church ages did the same thing. What... The sun, s-o--s-u-n started in the east. And civilization has traveled with the sun, God's spoken light for them to live in. They've come on, followed the sun, see where it was going.
Life itself when you were born is like the sun. You go right on to the setting of the sun, from your birth to the setting of the sun.
Man has traveled westward always. The oldest civilization we have is China in the eastern countries, Jerusalem... And notice, she keeps traveling westward as it goes. And as it goes on and on to the west, so has the church age traveled the same way by the S-o-n of God.
168 Look. Paul... The early church started in the east; it went from there, jumped across the--the--the--the sea over into Germany. And it's made three pulls. Looky. From Asia down in--in Palestine it jumped across the ocean to Germany. That was Luther. And it jumped from Luther across the English Channel over into England by Wesley. And from Wesley she's jumped to the west coast to the United States. And this, if you go any further, it's coming back east again. This is the evening time.
Look how the church ages has fall... Luther... Paul first back in the early age, then come down the line to Irenaeus and so forth, on down into France. From there over into Germany, over into England, constantly going west. And now we can't go no farther. This is the last age. And what does the Bible say about this last age? See, and geographically, cronologied, and almost any way you want to take it, Scripturally first. Scripture of course first, evidence, historically, any way you want to take it, we're at the end, the last church age.
170 And watch, as it went forward, it grew stronger and stronger. And so has the real little minority of the church growed from justification, sanctification, baptism of the Holy Ghost, and now to the coming Capstone, shaping itself up. No more organizations after this. There won't be no more. See? Can't be. See, we're on the west.
Just to show you, through all types and everything else... And look at those three jumps, three pulls. We'll get into that tonight (See, see?), how we're at the end time. It's just...
The s-u-n has traveled like S-o-n: S-o-n like s-u-n. The church has come the same thing from the seven church ages and so forth. Civilization's moved right on to the west, and the church has moved right on to the west. And now, if we go any further than what we are now, we come back east again. You leave the west coast you go right back into China, Japan, right back in again. Seven thousand miles across you go right back to the east again. So east and west has met. That's all of it. We're at the end. There's nothing left.
173 And the same thing has happened today, that happened back there. The same thing has met at the west that was met at the east: the people living in a glare of another light that was absolutely trying to show forth the Light was to come and reject It, because they got the glare instead of the Light. Oh. "And there was great Light in the land of the Gentiles... Zebulun, Nephthalim of--and Galilee, land of the Gentiles."
This is the seventh church age. Remember, and each time that that sun begin to shine in the east is the same sun that shines in the west. And the same Spirit that's been all down through the ages like that is the same sun today, only what is it? Just like ripening in the seasons. The--the sun that's now will be the same sun that ripens the grain this fall, this autumn. See? But what is it? It's this sun plus what it will be. And today in this last age is what they were plus this. And yet they want to live back there as a dwarf, go down into a musty old--old denominational basement and creed and pull their blinds down and say, "I just refuse to see it; it's all nonsense." And when the very Bible that they claim to believe is being identified by the same Holy Spirit, bringing Light in the last days.
175 Did you notice... And watch real close there in Malachi how he 'lotted that, "The faith of the father's to the children and the children to the fathers"? See, the same Spirit where It raised back yonder, where It raises here again, the same thing... See, just vice versa exactly, setting right back again. 'Cause why? East and west has met. See, just exactly right under our face, and yet they don't see it. Why? No wonder Jesus said, "Just let them alone then; they're blind lead the blind, they'll all fall in the ditch."
The light of other ages only reflected this Light. See? The sun today only reflects--is the reflection of the sun that will be this July or August if God--for the harvest. And the sun of Luther, Martin Luther, and Wesley, and Sankey, Finney, Knox, Calvin, Moody, all them others, them great men back in there that had those light; and John Smith of the Baptist church, and Alexander Campbell of the Campbellite church or the so-called Disciples of Christ, Christian church, and whatevermore names they got for them; all them men back there in their ages was only reflecting what it will be here at the end.
177 And then here the children, immediately after them founders, what do they do? They didn't stay on the stalk. They pulled away from it and made themself a little husk thing out here which you get away from the real source of life you have no life. You take a husk off the thing and plant it out here in the ground, it'll lay there and rot. And so will you, trying to eat rotten manna from back in them days. The harvest is ripe. Jesus has a table spread where the saints of God are fed on the ripened food of the day, by the Gospel Light that a-vindicates it...?... that He's here today. The saints eat the bread.
Just think. The old husk of yesterday (See?), don't plant it back there; it's rotten. It cannot--it cannot stay with it. No, sir. It will not do no good; it won't grow. It's off of the life. And the Word is the Life. That's right. The husk drops off; the little old beard falls away, things like that; it just denominates itself and drops off. It refuses to go on with the Life. But the Light vindicates it. Oh, my. Yes, sir. Yesterday's... Oh, my.
179 How we ought to see that, see that the rotten things of yesterday, don't eat them today. See? It's got worms in it. You know these little wiggletails that I call them? I don't know; I don't know much about germ life, but I know we always called them wiggletails. It gets in anything when it gets a little rotten. See? I don't want it then. If you're satisfied with it, go ahead. But not me.
But remember... You say, "Then why was it good yesterday?" If you only knew that the very little hull that was on the wheat at the beginning, if it's abides in the grain, it makes the grain further. That's the very thing that makes the wheat flower is what was yesterday. But if it separates itself from the grain and don't mature, then it goes away. See? But if it goes through the process of life giving process, as it dies out, it just blends into something else and makes the grain. If it isn't, where does it come from? Amen. Get it?
181 Like the Queen of England once, she went to a great paper company. And she said she would like to see through the paper mill. So they showed her the paper mills (many years ago before they went to making it in pulp and stuff, so they--making papers out of it), so they... After while she come into a room that was nothing but a big old pile of dirty rags, and she said, "Where did this come from? What's this?" "Oh," she said...
The--the--the president of the plant said, "This is--is what will make the paper out of, these dirty rags."
She said, "That, make paper?"
"Yes." So she couldn't hardly believe it. So after she was gone, the man took the same dirty pile of rags, and run them through a certain process, and brought them out with clean, pure paper, you know, had been--went through a process and made real, and put her profile in it, and sent it to her reflecting herself in this what she called dirty rags.
183 Now, that's what it is, the dead things of yesterday, the message of Luther, the message of Wesley, the message of Pentecost, if it can only go through the process of God's Holy Spirit and the Word of a-vindication, it'll bring forth the reflection of the Jesus Christ the King. Amen. But if you leave it lay, it's dirty rags. See? It's got to be molded into something else.
Luther has got to be molded into Wesley, and Wesley's got to be molded into Pentecost, and Pentecost has got to be molded into Christ. It goes through a process. So has the Gospel gone through a process. It's processing. Luther's age of justification, we believe that. Wesley's of sanctification, we believe that. The Pentecostal's with the restoration of the gifts of the Holy Ghost, we believe that. Certainly, but mold it all together, what do you come out with? Jesus (That's right.) the same yesterday, today, and forever. You come out with Jesus.
185 When a man in a foundry is making a bell, he's got a certain tone he has to put in it. When he's setting his mold and pouring his iron, he puts in so much brass, so much steel, so much copper. Why? He knows just exactly how much to put in the--to make--give it the right tone. And that's what Jesus has done by His Bride. He had to put so much Luther, so much Methodist, and so much Presbyterian, so much Pentecost in it, but what does He come out with? His own reflection. Why is it? Just like the pyramid message. You see, it's heaping right up till it's coming to the minority for the Headstone. The ministry of Jesus Christ on earth has to be the same as the ministry He had, or He can't come to it. It's like the head to the feet. The head--feet's not the head, but the head packs the feet, or makes the feet, tells it where to go. You get it? Beautifully, it's the Light of the hour.
Wesley was a great Light, like He said to John the Baptist. He was a great Light for his hour, sure he was.
187 No. Yes, sir. The clean rags--or the dirty rags of yesterday, if you remain that way, it's got to--it'll just become dirty rags all the time. It served it's purpose as clothing, but now it's become paper. Justification served its time in justification under Luther, then it had to become sanctification through Wesley. And sanctification served its time till it come the baptism of the Holy Ghost. And the baptism of the Holy Ghost has served its time until the Holy Spirit (which there's only one God) blends into the church, or the church into Christ, that makes Jesus Christ reflected on the earth. It's what He promised here in the Bible. Might not believe it. I can't make you do that. I'm only responsible for the Word. See? That's right.
188 So you see it? Do you see that? If you do, it'll be like the--the man one time went to--to--went over to Wales during the time of the Welch revival. A bunch of men went from the United States. So they goes down, and they said they wanted to find out what building they was holding this Welch revival in. Many of you remember the Welch revival, great revival broke out amongst the--the Welch people in Wales. So these men, these great big ministers and so forth went from the United States, they--doctors of divinity. They wanted to go over and see what great thing they'd done, you know. So they was walking down on the street and they said--met a little old policeman standing on the corner whirl his club around, you know, and whistling a--a hymn, like that; they said, "Oh, he's just whistling a hymn. We might go up, see him, see what he's going to do--ask him a question." So they went up to him and said, "Sir, where is the Welch revival at?"
He tipped off his hat; he said, "Sirs, the Welch revival's held in here," in his heart. Oh, that's it; he was the Welch revival. Oh, God, if we can only--only understand that we are the reflection of Jesus Christ, His Word made manifest. You are the reflection of His Word. See?
"Where is the Welch revival held? What building is it in?"
He said, "Sir, it's in my heart." He was the Welch revival. That's right.
And today the church ought to be Jesus Christ in action upon the earth. "Because I live, you live also; and My life will be in you. The works that I do, you'll do also." See? The church has got to get to that place to... And He promised it would do it and it will. It's got to come that way. So you see, that's what takes place. We--we got to be that way.
191 He's the Light. So was Noah the Light in his day. He was the Light. Noah was that Light. He was the Light to what? To make God's Word. "I will destroy man upon the earth that I've created. Build an ark, and all desires to come into it will be saved."
Noah walked out there and said, "There's one way, and that's a ark."
They said, "The old, crazy fanatic..." He was the Word made manifest. Noah was the Light of the hour: sure was. In his day, his age he sprung forth the Light.
Moses was the Light of his hour. "I'll surely visit you," God said to Abraham. "I'll come down, and I'll take out of the people with a strong hand; and I'll show My power in Egypt." And when Moses up there met that burning bush up there and found out the I AM was in that bush, Moses went down there, and he was the Light. Amen. No wonder he could take some dust, and blow it up, and say, "Let there come fleas upon the earth." He had the Word of God. What happened? The dust begin to blow, and fleas begin to come into existence. Hallelujah. Why? He was a manifestation of the Light of God's Word, "I'll plague Egypt." He was a prophet. What he said come to pass. He was a Light of that day. He was God's Light.
194 Pharaoh might've had everything he wanted to have, and the rest of them, all the priest had what they wanted, but Moses was the Light. Why? He was showing forth God's Word manifested. God promised, "I'll bring them out under a strong hand, and I'll get Myself glory." That's what He was doing. That's the reason Moses proved that he could create, not because he wanted to create, because God told him to...?... Go to the congregation, say "Tomorrow... The Lord God has just spoke to me. 'Take a hand full of dust and throw it up in a sky like this and call for it. There's none here, but It'll be there.'" Amen. Oh, I hope you're not asleep. Oh, manifestation...
He said, "I'm sent. God did say to our fathers surely He'd visit us down here and take us out. I've come to prove you the hour is at hand. Get rid of what you've got. Let's go."
Some of them said, "Well, I believe..." Dathan said, I don't think there's any hurry. We shouldn't be all excited about this, and looked like it failed four or five times." But just the same, it moved on.
They thought... They come out and said, "We stone this Moses and get him away from us; we don't want him in our--our group here." But Moses just moved right on anyhow, because he was the Light. He was the Light of the hour. What he had, what was it? God manifesting His promised Word through Moses, and Moses was the Light.
199 Elijah was the Light. "Go out there and set on that hill; I've commanded the ravens to feed you." Amen.
Yes, sir. He come back down with, "THUS SAITH THE LORD, not even dew will fall from heaven till I call for it." Amen. "Sun might shine, you might call for all the clouds and do anything you want to, but not even dew will come till I call for it." What was he? The Light. Hallelujah. He was Light, the Light; he was the Word of God made manifest.
They thought he was crazy setting up there. He had porters feeding him, and them starving to death. They wanted to live in traditions, go ahead. Not Moses--or not Elijah, he was living right in the Light. Setting up there by the brook Cherith and just having a good time, and had meals and somebody to take care of him and everything. They thought he was crazy, but he was the--he was the Light.
201 They say, "Hey, what become of that old holy-roller we had around here? You know what, somebody was hunting the other day, and said they seen him setting up there by the--way up on top that mountain there. I bet that old fellow's about dried up by this time." Oh, no. He was the Light. He was the Light. He was the Light of God of his day.
John, when he came to the earth and went out in the wilderness to get his education from God, not the seminary, he had to introduce the Messiah... So when he come forth Jesus said he was a bright and shining Light. Hallelujah. Why? He was the Word manifested. Isaiah said so. That's it. That's right. He'd send forth a voice in the wilderness crying, saying, "Prepare the way for the Lord, and make straight His gate--make straight the way." He cry, one... Voice of one crying in the wilderness, here he come forth. What was he? Voice of one crying in the wilderness. What was he? Manifestation of the Word, Light. Same God that spoke in Genesis that spoke this, and here come the life. As He said, "Let there be light for the sun, the sun come in existence, so He said there'd be a voice of one crying in the wilderness. Here he come forth. He was the Light of the hour.
203 He also said in the last days (Amen.), the Light of the hour, crying in the wilderness of Babylon, "Come out of her My people, that you be not partakers of her sins. Touch not her unclean thing; get away from it. Flee from the wrath that is to come."
John said the same thing: "The axe is laid to the root of the tree." Didn't have an education, didn't talk like even a preacher. He talked about serpents, and sticks, and trees, and axes, and things, what he was used to in the wilderness. He wasn't raised up in some of this great, big, fine stuff they have today, like they had in that day. He come out with his own language. He didn't stand and say, "A-a-men," and make all these fancy bows. He come right out--out of the wilderness raw and rough, said, "Don't you begin to think that, 'I belong to this, and I belong to that.' God's able of these stones to rise children to Abraham."
205 Don't you think because you're Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian that you have any hold on God. God's able to take bootleggers or harlots out of the street and make saints out of them. Somebody's going to hear it, and somebody's going to believe it.
He said also, "The axe is laid to the root of the tree, and every tree that don't believe is hewed down and cast into the fire." So that was his message. He was the Light of the day.
Jesus said, "He was a bright and shining Light, and you for a little while desired to walk into it."
And what did John say, the prophet? "He's standing among you right now. I'm not worthy to loose His shoes. And as soon as He comes on the scene, I'm going off." Oh, my. For He was the Light. There's no two or three lights, no four or five different organizations; there was one Light. There's not Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran, Presbyterian. Christ is the Light, and the Light...?... And the Word manifested is the Light of the hour. "Let there be light, and there was light." Yes, sir. Let there be light, and there is light.
209 He spoke there would be Light in this day, and there is Light. He's coming. I believe it.
Look at the promises of this age. Oh, my. Every Light that's ever shined... These church ages we see how they... It--it's been some pitiful sights to see rejecting... Revelations 3--I have got wrote down here Revelations 3, and I know what--what I was referring to then.
Look to the promise of this hour, what we're living in, a rejected Light. What did they? They rejected it back there. Why? They was living in a glare. What are they doing today? Same thing. "Well, are--are you a Christian?"
"I'm a Lutheran."
"I'm a Baptist."
"I'm Presbyterian." That don't mean one thing to God. Just might say you was a hog, pig, or anything else you want to call yourself. See? That--that's about how much it means. Not--no--no disregards to you, but if you're taking it to the fundamental part, that's right. I ask the question: A Christian? That's Christ in you. And if Christ is in you, then the Word is in you. And then if the Word is in you, when the Light's shining, how you going to walk out of it? See, see? That's the question. That's what's in--in now.
213 The Light, the evening Light's a-shining; the Bride Tree is blooming. Oh, you remember, they pruned that old Tree. And what the cankerworm left, the palmerworm eat; and what the palmerworm left, the caterpillar eaten. What the Methodist left, the Baptist eaten; and what the Baptist left, the Pentecostal eaten. He said this Tree (as Joel there) was cut all down to a stump, but he wanted to know if it would live again. Oh, yeah. He reserved it. He reserved that Tree (Yes, sir.), for it was His Bride. And He said, "I will restore, saith the Lord." What is it? "I'll bring it forth, all that the Lutheran eaten, the Wesley eaten, and all them. And I will restore it, 'cause it's all still in the root of the Tree." See? It's laying yonder in the ground, just like the sap that went down, as I said about the sister, it's laying there. And the trumpet of God shall sound someday and them elected Lutheran, Methodists, Baptists, that had nothing to do with any organization...
214 Luther never organized nothing. Moody never organized nothing. It was that group of Ricky's after him is what done the organization took the husk. John Smith organized nothing. None of the rest of them organized. It was the Light of the hour. Luther, Wesley, or none of the rest of them, it was that group afterwards come by that made the organization.
The Holy Ghost never organized nothing in Pentecost. Pentecost is an experience, not a denomination. It never organized nothing. Oh, no. But the men who claimed to be Pentecost organized it. That's the husk yonder dying. Instead of pressing it into the paper to make the full image of Jesus Christ come forth, no, they pulled themselves out. So they're nothing to do into it. Just let them alone.
216 But we find out this Light, this Tree... Christ rejected again by the church... Why? For the same cause they did at first, the old false glares of lights of other day. And He's the same yesterday, today, and forever; Hebrews 13:8 says He is. He's the same today as He was then, because He does the same thing that He did. The same Word that Christ...
Listen, I want to ask--just take you now, and let this be personal. I don't know; I'm going to decide whether to turn that off now or not (See?) for that tape. I'll just let it stay there.
I want to ask you something. Watch this. See? He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Watch, His works that He did manifest itself. Now, listen close. When He stood there in John 14:12, He said, "The works that I do, shall you do also. Greater than this shall you do, for I go unto My Father." Now, He said it. Heavens and earth will pass away, but that Word will never fail. Now, if we're at the last end of the age, where is them greater works going to come? See, see? We're here. We haven't got...
219 Listen, if the Roman calendar is right... We got--we got thirty-six years left. Every two thousand years the world meets her end. First two thousand years destroyed by water; second two thousand years Christ come. This is 1964 coming up: thirty-six years. Now, the Egyptian astronomy calendar says we're seventeen years out; it's seventeen years advanced from that. That would leave nineteen years left, Jesus said the work will be cut short for the elected sake or there'd be no flesh saved. Where are we at? "The works that I do shall you also." Same kind, but greater shall you do.
220 Now, watch. Listen close. Get on your... I pray that God will open your heart and your mind, understanding, so that you'll understand without saying it's too much here. Notice. He said one day... Let's see some of the great work He done. Let's just stop for just a couple of things. Let's think. One time He said, "You feed them something to eat."
They said, "We have none."
Said, "What have you got? Bring Me what you've got."
And they said, "We have five barley loaves and two fishes."
He said, "Bring them to Me." And He took the original five barley loaves and begin to break the loaves. And from the original He made bread that fed five thousand. Is that right? Then He said, "Have you got a fish? Hand Me the fish." It was a fish to begin with, and He took off that fish another fish, and another fish, and fed five thousand. Is that right? But in the last day He had nothing; He just spoke and said, "Say it'll be there," and it was there without anything in it. He never had a squirrel; there was none there. He just said, "Let there be," and there was. Oh, His Word's infallible. It has be fulfilled.
I could tell you things that would shake you. See? It's there when He says it's there. Let Him say it. See? Just exactly. See?
223 See, the east--the west here has come back and met the east. It was Moses even picked up sand and said, "Let there be fleas," and so forth like that upon the earth. But in this last day He doesn't take anything (See?), just the Word. "Let it be, and it is." What's said, that's the way it'll be. I want to testify of some of those things tonight (See, see?) of what's happened that you can see He's still God. His Words cannot... "These works that I do, shall you also, and greater than this shall you do. I took a fish to make a fish. You don't even have to have a fish." He's still God. It's still the same Son, the same Son of God that took a fish off of a fish. It's the same Son of God today. "These works that I do shall you also; even greater than this will you do." It'll be magnified. "Greater than this shall you do." And people refuse to see it. Greater works...
224 A false light has... You know, I was just thinking of something. I was referring a lot about England, but I was thinking about a false light. Here not long ago, you all remember that greatest robbery that--that England ever had. That was done by... It was a seven million dollar holdup. I don't think there's ever been anything in the world to compare with it: a great hold up, recently of seven million dollars. Even Scotland Yard can't get it figured out. You know how they done it? By a false light. They put the light on the railroad track, caution, on down till it come to a red light and stopped them, and there the robbery taken place, just at the right place. A false light gave the greatest robbery that the nations has ever knowed. It robbed the nations of the greatest holdup, greatest robbery; it was done by a false light.
225 And the greatest robbery the Church of God has ever had is a false light, a glare of denomination. It's robbed them from the power of the Holy Ghost. It's took from the church the very lifeline. It's robbed them of the Word, when they accepted a creed instead of the Word. It's robbed... Oh, they claim to have the Word. The Word lives Itself out for the age; It makes Itself known. They claim they had the Word too back there in the days of Jesus, but It said they saw a great Light, and they rejected It. They saw It, but rejected It.
Oh, false light... Yes, it's cost the church the greatest robbery it ever had. Cold denominational creeds, brother, won't ripen a vindicated Word, no, a grain. The Bible said... Jesus said the Word of God is a--a Seed that a sower sows. See? And cold creeds won't ripen that Word. No, no. Cold blizzardy days won't ripen the wheat. No, indeed. It takes the warmth of the sunlight, because it was God's spoken Word to do such a thing with. And it'll take the Word spoken of God today to show the saints of God that Jesus Christ lives just the same as He was yesterday He is today. Creeds and denominations will never do it. They're cold and indifference, and the grain will rot right in the ground. It can't come forth under that.
227 That's the reason the I--today we have what we do. Like our precious brother Billy Graham the great revivalist. I think God is using the man. But look what he does, goes out there amongst them Baptists and Presbyterian. What does he do? Get a bunch of church joiners.
You see where the Southern Baptists is crowing down there because they had the most denominations--their denomination growed more than any other Protestants. The Catholics took them all nearly last year. You see it in the papers? They sure did. Don't worry; it's going to take them all, 'cause it takes Baptists, and all, right together. And they're all the one, and don't know it. The Council of--Council of churches puts them all just the same thing. Denominations put... Why? Why will you want to stay over here--over here? As long as you're rejecting this, what difference does it make? Aren't you using the same denominational tags just the same as you are at one place, one the beast and the other one the mark, so there you are. So just doesn't make any difference.
229 It's where he's been. He's stomped his seal of approval, and there you take it. And there she all led right straight to the White House, and to Washington D.C. and--and the Council of churches, and there you go. The clergymen taken them right on back, exactly what the Bible said they'd do. My, wished that clock would--didn't go so fast.
Now, just think now where we're at. Look at the promises for the day--rejected again. How the churches has done in this last day, the denominations.
Glare, living in the false glare is the reason that it won't ripe. That's the reason that this Word--you don't see the miracles.
232 A priest interviewed me not long ago, and he said, "Mr. Branham," he said, "how'd you baptize the--a certain girl?" that come out of this church, and, backslid, and married a Catholic boy, and went into the Catholic church. And he was going to take her into the church.
I said, "I baptized her in Christian baptism.
He said, "The bishop wants to know."
I said, "All right, there it is."
Said, "Do you swear to this?"
I said, "I don't swear at all." And he said... I said, "If you can't take my word for it, well, that's all right." I said, "If I don't swear... The Bible said, 'Don't swear by heavens; It's God's throne; earth is His footstool. Let your yes be yes and no, no.'" I said, "You have to take my word for it."
Said, "I... Well, you--you said Christian baptism, what do you mean by it, by immersing?"
I said, "That's the only way Christian baptism's performed." I said, "I baptized her in the Ohio river, took her under water in the Name of Jesus Christ and brought her up. I baptized her in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, which is the only Christian baptism there is."
Said, "Yes, sir." He put it down like that, and he said, "Strange," said, "you know, the Catholic church used to baptize that way."
I said, "When?"
And he said--went ahead, and the discussion went on for a while, and he said, "Well, we are the original Catholic."
236 Knowing there laid right there the--the books, you know, and the history on it, I said, "That's true." But I said, "Why don't you do it today?"
He said, "We have power to remit sins." Said, "Jesus... Didn't He tell His disciples, whosoever sins you remitted, to them they're remitted, and whosoever sins you retain, to them they're retained?"
I said, "Yes, sir. He did."
He said, "Then don't--then don't that give the church the authority? Peter was the head of the church."
I said, "If the church will remit sins the way Peter did it." I said, "Now, when they ask, 'What must we do to be saved?' he said, 'Repent every one of you and be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins.'" I said, "You do that, and I'll go with you."
"Oh," he said, "you're trying to plead a Bible."
I said, "That's the Word."
He said, "God's in His church."
I said, "God's in His Word. Every other man's word's a lie; His is the Truth." See?
238 So there's no way you can get (See?) but that. There they go right on in darkness, and the Protestants by the thousands falling into it. Here they are right down to adopting their creeds and things, going right on with... And the Word's coming right out proving it, Jesus Christ manifesting Himself same yesterday, today, and forever, and in that creed glare they move right on out into darkness, just like they did in Noah's time. Just like they did in all times, they do it again today, right out in darkness. Why? They reject the Light, because the creed has blinded them.
Oh, what a darkened hour that we are in now. Yeah, they reject Christ's true eternal Light, and that's what does it.
240 Cold denominations can never bring Life to the Word of God, because it brings life to the denomination. We've got more professed Christians right now... Looky here, if the Christian, I ask this priest this: "If the... I'll go with you that the Catholic church was at the beginning at Pentecost, not a Nicaea, Rome." The church never did begin at Nicaea, Rome; it begin at Pentecost. See? At Jerusalem is where the church begin. But I said, "Here, I'll admit that these people..."
241 Them slaves and things that got the Holy Ghost, and their masters seen their powers and things, what they were doing, raising the dead, speaking in tongues, casting out devils, foretelling things... And prophets among them, and so forth come out with sheepskins around them, eating herbs, come to that Nicene Council and so forth, how great men... And there they come out of there, and come up there to that Nicene Council standing for that Word. But that bloody fifteen days they accepted Father, Son, and Holy Ghost as a creed instead of the Bible doctrine in the Name of Jesus Christ. Through that come all the Protestant churches, borned right into it, the same thing. All these other things, the false conception of the Holy Ghost. They took--take the communion drink the wine, and that is the holy eucharist which means the Holy Ghost. The priest gives it to you.
242 Now, the Bible don't read, "When the day of Pentecost had fully come, here come a priest up the road, collar turned around, said, 'Lick out your tongue and take the holy eucharist.'" No. It didn't say, "All you people run up here and give me the right-hand of fellowship. You Baptists, Methodists, and Baptist, I'll put your name... Bring a letter from somewhere."
He said they were all in one place in one accord, and suddenly there came a sound from heaven like a rushing, mighty wind; it filled all the room where they were setting. They were all filled with Holy Ghost and begin to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance in there. Out into the street they went, staggering like drunk men, Mary and all the rest of them, under the impact of the Holy Ghost. When the people said, laughed at them and said, "These men are full of new wine," what was they? Blinded by a creed.
244 That little two by four preacher that stood up there, named Peter, he said, "You men of Judaea and you that dwell--you men of Jerusalem and dwell in Judaea, let this be known to you and hearken to my words. These are not drunk, but let me tell you what the Scripture said it'll be. This is the Light. This is the Word being manifested." Amen. Same thing happens today, and they do like they did then, walked away and shake their heads. Said, "Let them alone, blind leads the blind, they all fall in the ditch."
245 Oh, it takes Christ's Eternal Life to bring the Word of Life to--to vindication, made flesh. Oh, my goodness.
Takes the Word of--takes the Holy Ghost to operate the Word of God. When Jesus said, "Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature..." Now look, Mark 16, His last commission "all the world--all the world..." It never has got there yet. See? "... all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth (in all the world) and is baptized shall be saved; he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe. (They'll shake hands with the... No. They'll be good church members? No.) In My Name they shall cast out devils. They shall speak with new tongues. They shall take up serpents, or drink deadly things, it won't harm them. If they lay their hands on the sick, they shall recover." Oh, my.
How far? Every creature. How much? All the world till He comes again. These signs shall... "He that believeth on Me, the works that I do, shall he do also. Even greater then this will he do, for I go to My Father." Oh, how we can walk away from that is more than I can say.
248 We are in more darkness now than they were. Now, I've just got a couple more verses here then I want to get to the end as quick as possible. We're in more darkness than they was. I know I wear you out here for about an hour and a half, but see, this tape's going on in there. See, see?
They're in more darkness than we are. I made the statement that... Why? The churches in this glare is so deceiving, it looks like it's the truth. Now, didn't Jesus say, Matthew 24... See? Matthew 24, Jesus said that in the last days the two spirits would be so close till it would deceive the very elected if it was possible. There would be an elected group come out to make the church in the last days. And these organizations which--what they call their truth would be so close like the real thing, that it would deceive the very elected, even Pentecostals.
250 Now, you know, you ain't going to take a Pentecost and deceive him with some Methodist or Baptist doctrine. You're ain't going to tell him that. He knows better. You ain't going to deceive some Baptist with a Lutheran doctrine either. See? And neither are you going to receive the Message--deceive Message now in this Word by some Pentecostal doctrine of false Father, Son, Holy Ghost, and all this stuff like that and back there and them creeds that they have in that organization setup. No, indeedy. You'll never deceive them, because the elected won't be deceived. No.
What is it? What is it? Deceiving. These glares, what are they doing? They're leading the church to the council slaughter by their glare. That will be the final slaughter when her and Rome connects together. When they form that image of the beast, that's the final slaughter. And these glares that you got now, look what it's doing: leading the people. It's a goat.
252 A goat always leads the sheep to the slaughter. You've seen that in the slaughter pens. That goat will run right up there and lead the sheep, then he'll jump out and let the sheep go on in. See? That's what he does. He always does. It was the goats that led Jesus, the Lamb, to the slaughter, the Roman goats. That's right. It's the--it's the denominational goats today that's leading the innocent sheep to the slaughter. Put theirself--their names on them books yonder and they're finished. That is the mark of the beast. In the Name of the Lord I speak. I held that for a long time; that's true. That's exactly. What is the beast? What is the beast? It's the Roman hierarchy, the first organization. What is the mark of it? The same thing. Exactly. The same thing exactly that that was. The slaughter... To the glare...
But in the face of the present darkness we still have seen the Light of God shine through. How thankful we are for that.
Listen close. We have seen the Light, His Word that He promised for this day proven and vindicated it's the Truth, the Light of the hour. Oh, my. I'm so glad. There's nothing wrong. There's...
255 Here not long ago a minister was saying that he was down in Florida, and he had him a--a car (I believe it was a Chevrolet), and the thing went out on him. He couldn't get it fixed. And he went into the garage; the little old mechanic was going under it, and over it, and pecking around; he couldn't get it fixed. And he--he'd try this, and it wouldn't work. And he'd try something else; it wouldn't work. He put on a generator, put on this, and put in plugs, put in points; he couldn't make the thing work. He just couldn't make it work. Finally a nice dressed man stepped up; he said, "May I give you some advice?"
The little mechanic had sense enough to say, "Yes, sir." He said, "You take this, and times this and this," and he said, "put that together once and try it." And he took this times that and put it together, and there she went.
The little mechanic turned around and said, "Say, who are you?" He was the engineer, General Motors chief engineer. He made the thing. He was the one designed it.
258 And today when we're talking about Methodists, Baptists, and Presbyterian, the Chief Mechanic's here, the Designer of His Word, the Man Who created the heavens and earth and designed the Church. Does He know more about what it takes for the rapture or does the Methodist or Baptist church know more about what it takes? He's the Designer; He knows what it takes. He's well dressed in the power and resurrection. Hallelujah. He's walking among us today in the power of His resurrection. He knows what it takes to put a church and set it order. He designed it and put the parts together here in the Bible. Amen. Just let the current flow through it, now watch it operate. Let faith in His promised Word of today flow through, you'll see how it operates. Why? He designed the thing. He designed His church by the Word. That's what He put together, not by Methodist, or Baptist, or Presbyterian, or Pentecostal organization, but by His Word. "Man shall live not by bread alone but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God." Yes, sir. Get out of them glares.
259 In the midst of darkness, this dark time that we're living in now... I've just got about five minutes more left. In the midst of darkness who's going to bring the little Bride out. Who knows about it? The Chief Designer. Oh, yeah. From all this confusion of glare... Here the Methodists are glaring one way, the Baptists another, and the Presbyterian another, and the Pentecostals another, all these glares around... They run, put their name over here in this glare. Yeah, come to find out something there, and come over here, and something there, come over here...
Like I said to that priest, "If you all are the original church and you went after the doctrine of these men set together at Nicaea, why is it you haven't got the power that they had back there in the beginning then? Why don't you do the things that they did, which Jesus said..."
Said, "Oh we're more people now; we--we live in a different age."
I said, "But the Word doesn't change. He said, 'These signs shall follow them to all the ages. Heavens and earth will pass away, but My Word shall never." That's it.
He said, "You're talking about a Bible."
I said, "Yes, the Word which is Christ." That's right. And so there you are. See?
263 And in this glare, the Methodists showing theirs, the Baptist showing theirs, the Presbyterian theirs, each one growing bigger and bigger all the time; the poor little Bride, where's She at? She went over here at the Pentecostal oneness awhile, and She put Her name on there, and She'd say, "Well, come to find out look what they do." They come over here, and, "You got to belong to us. If you don't belong to our church, you're not even in the Bride. You're not even nothing." Go over here at the Assemblies, and look what they got. There you are again. Go down to the Baptists, look what they got. Look at the...
What's going to happen to the poor little thing? See? But She's coming forth; don't you worry. She's going to be there.
265 A fellow was saying here about a couple years ago; he was down in New Mexico. I held a meeting there close to Carlsbad Caverns. You've hear of them down there, the great... And they took a man, and his wife, and a bunch of children, went on this elevator and went all the way down to the very bottom of the pit. And when they got down there, they turned all the lights off. And when they turned all the lights off, it was midnight dark. (I had them to do that over here in these gardens here at--and at one time at the--over in Colorado there, wife and I, back there, was in there. And they turned them lights on--my, you put your hand like this, you couldn't see nothing.) And there was a little girl standing there, and she begin screaming, "Oh..." screaming. She was--she was scared to death it was so dark. The poor little thing was grabbing everywhere and trying to scream and holler for her papa, mama everywhere. She just couldn't stand it; it was so dark. She never seen such darkness.
266 And that's about the way it is now. That's right. It's so dark you don't know where to go. You go to the Methodist, go to the Baptist, go to the Presbyterian, it's all the same thing. See? Eating that old dead, rotten manna, the wiggletails in it (See?), same thing, some creed, "Come in and join this, and...?... that." Old creed and everything, you don't see Christ in it. Oh, you see self-righteous people and things. Many are fine people in there now, in them denominations. I'm saying the system, not the people in there. But you see, that's what they're eating on. Tell them about it. Here's fresh Food.
267 And this little girl standing there, she's screaming to the top of her voice, about to go into hysterics, about like the little Bride is. But you know what, her little brother cried out, said, "Little sister, don't fear ('cause he's standing right by the engineer)." Said, "There's a man here who can turn on the lights." Don't fear, little Sister, there's a Man here Who can turn on the Light. He can make this Word live. We don't know how He's coming; we don't how--when He's coming; I don't know nothing about that, but He's here. And He can turn on the Lights. How we going to get out of it? I don't know, but He's here, and He's the One that can turn on the Lights. Yes, sir. He is the One; He is the Light. He just makes Hisself known; that's how He turns on the Light. Exactly right. It takes Christ to flash away on His Lights, and then all the darkness scatters. He separates; He's pulling His little Bride out: "I'll take a people out of the Gentiles for My Namesake that'll have My Name." What is His Name? All right. Not Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Lutheran--Jesus Christ. That's right.
268 He is the Light, the Truth, the Light. And there's no darkness in Him. And He scatters the darkness when He comes in, because He is the Word. The Word is the Light. That's right. Because He spoke and said, "Let there be light," that was the Word that become light. When He speaks this, it's the Light of that age each time. Now, He's here in--in, not in a glare, but (People are living in glare.), but He is the a-vindicated Word. He is absolutely the--the Light in the time of darkness. Yes, sir. All these false glares and things will fade away. Yes, sir. He is here. Don't fear. Turn on the Lights, His promised Word, It lives; It makes... "He that believeth in Me, the works that I do... he do also." Then it is the Word. "As the Father sent Me, so send I you." The Father that sent Him, come in Him. The Jesus that sends you, comes in you. And the works that He did then, He does the same thing, because why? The Word is made flesh in human flesh, manifesting Itself as a Light of the day. There we are. There it is. It's just as--showing the way to Life and the Light.
269 Wise men who are not blinded by creeds and denomination will walk in that Light. Oh, my. There is a Man here that can turn on the Lights all right. What does He do? By vindicating His Word for this day. Jesus the Son of God, Who promised the Word for this day, is right here with us. Don't get scared; don't pay any attention to what they're doing. If you do, you'll walk in darkness. Be wise. "They that be wise," Daniel said, "in these last days will do exploits for their God." See, see? They'll walk in the Light as He's in the Light.
Don't worry; it may be dark, look like they're going to force us every one... All these... You see proclamation going out, all these little churches and things are--got to come in now. You got to come in, or they're going to close you up. They're going to make it.
Now, we want to hit that real hard tonight, when I get to this time. See?
272 Now, this--we're going to close up. You have to be one of them or not. You're--you're either into that or you can't do nothing, can't even buy or sell. That's right. You're daresn't to pray for the sick. If you're caught ministering to any sick or any person with any spiritual thing in there, you're subject to a federal law to be executed. That's exactly right. You know that. That's right; it's in their papers. Yes, sir. So you cannot do it. You have to belong to the cult. Brother, let me tell you something; you better get Christ here in your heart right now, 'cause there is a time coming where you're really going to need it. You're not then. Remember, when that seal's put on, she's there for good. So don't you do it; don't you believe that stuff. You get right into Christ right now, the Word.
Yes, sir. Vindicates the Word and shows that It is the Light of the hour. That's how we know He is the Light, because He is the Light manifesting Itself in flesh. How do we know? He was God's Word made flesh. See? God's Word was showing Itself vindicating Hisself.
274 When the Messiah cometh, what He'll do. The woman said at the well, "When the Messiah cometh He'll do these things. You must be the Prophet, which is the Word, foretelling us these things."
He said, "I am He." See? That was enough. The Light shined on the promised Word. There's the Light.
Right into the city she went, said, "Come see a Man Who told me the things I've done. Isn't this the very Messiah?" That was it. See? No matter what the others said, she knew that was the Messiah.
Remember, in every age in time of darkness God has always had His Word to divide the Light from the dark. He had it in the days of Luther when the Catholic church had everything. He sent Luther as a shining Light. And Luther divided truth from darkness. And when the Lutherans got twisted up, He made a John Wesley. And he divided Light from darkness. And in the days of Pentecost when the Wesleyan got all--and the Methodist got all gummed up, and the Baptists, and Presbyterian, He sent the Pentecostal message to separate Light from darkness. The Pentecost went right back out into the darkness again like that in their organization, took their creeds and things. Now, the hour has come for this Word to be vindicated. He sends the Light, the Word made manifest, like He did in the beginning, sends the Word, and it proves Itself. There is Light. And He always separates. The same is now as eternal Light in the beginning.
278 Looking, children... As I say, I'm five minutes past time now, but let me say this one thing. There is a Man present; don't get scared no matter what they say. I've seen it come to the spot to where I didn't know where to move next. But He's always present. The never failing Presence, He's always there. He can turn on the Light. Yes, sir. He's just waiting, see what you're going to do. He can flip the switch any time He wants to. Yes, sir.
There's a Man here that can turn on the Lights. Those who set in the regions of the shadow of death, some of them under cancer, some of them under the death of denomination, some of them under creed's death, some of them under traditional death, and all them kinds of death, and they have seen a great Light. The Man that flashed the Lights then is the same One Who said in the beginning, "Let there be light." That same God yesterday, today, and forever, He's present today right here now. Don't get scared; He can turn on the Light. When the persecution comes, don't get scared; there's a Light said He'd catch His people away. She'll not go through the tribulation. She'll never do it; He said She wouldn't. She'll be caught away. "How they going to do it, Brother Branham, looks awful dark?" No matter how dark it gets, if you can't see your hand before you, just remember, there's a Man here that can turn on the Light, can rapture that church.
280 You say, "Well, I'm right..." Yeah, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego was right up to the fiery furnace, but there's a Man there Who could turn on the air. Yes, sir. That rushing, mighty wind that come down on the day of Pentecost, He turned it on again and fanned all the breeze away from them, all the fire. There was a Man there; He's called the Fourth Man. There's One here today; He's the only One. Hallelujah. He's got the light switch in His hand.
Those who set in the regions of the shadow of the death, great Light sprung up. Don't reject It; receive It in the Name of the Lord, while we bow our heads just a moment.
We'll walk in the Light!
Come where the dew drops of mercy are bright.
Shine all around us by day and by night,
Jesus, the Light of the world.
We'll walk in the Light!
It's such a beautiful Light!
It comes where the dew drops of mercy are bright.
Shine all around us by day and by night,
Jesus, the Light of the world.
Come, ye saints of Light, proclaim
Jesus the Light of the world.
Then the bell of heaven will ring;
Jesus the Light (What is it? The vindicated Word is Jesus today; He is the Word.)
We'll walk in the Light!
It's such a beautiful Light!
It comes where the dew drops of mercy are bright.
Oh, shine all around us by day and by night,
Jesus, the Light of the world.
282 With your heads bowed I wonder how many here would like to walk in this Light under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, the vindicated Word of today (See?), the Word that God promised today see It manifested? Wasn't that what He was in the beginning? He was the Word. The Son was born; He was the Word; He was the Messiah; He was the vindicated Word. So then the Word... God spoke the--the end from the beginning.
Now, there's a Word for this day, and He's here vindicating that Word in the midst of confusion, darkness, and glares. It looks a whole lot like it, but it isn't it; it don't prove to be it. The critic...
284 Jesus said, "If I cast out devils by the finger of God, who do you cast them out by?" They didn't cast them out. See? But no, if I cast out a devil by the finger of God, then the Kingdom of God has come nigh you." See? Oh, let's think of it as we raise our hands slowly now and think real quiet.
We'll walk in this Light!
This is such a beautiful Light!
And it comes where the dew drops of mercy are bright. (Make your confession; believe God now.)
Shine all around us by day and by night,
Jesus, the Light of the world.
We'll walk in this Light!
It's such a beautiful Light!
It comes where the dew drops of mercy are bright.
Shine all around us by day and by night,
Jesus, the Light of the world.
285 While they continue playing, I want to ask... Every age has been the same. In the days of Noah those who rejected the Light, what did they do? Walked out into God's judgment. What happened to Pharaoh in the days of the Light of the burning bush that was in Moses? Walked into the sea of death. What happened to Dathan who started and then rejected the Light? Walked into the crack of the earth that swallowed him up. What happened in all ages to those who failed to walk in the Light, the Light of the day? It's Jesus all the time. It was Jesus in the days of them men. It's Jesus today, for He is the Word, and the Word makes the Light. It's the Light of the day. Think of it now real quietly while we're--with sincerity ask, "Are you walking in the Light?" While we hum it through again... [Brother Branham begins humming--Ed.]
Comes where the dew drop of mercy are bright.
Shine all around us by day and by night,
Oh, Jesus, the Light of the world.
286 Let's stand up now to our feet. I pray the heavenly Father to let this message soak deep into the hearts of the people who are present and those who'll hear it by tape. And may the Light come forth upon the Word, the Seed, and bring forth every predestinated seed that's been planted out here in these different glares and organizations. May they see like Nicodemus, even if they have to come by night. Come to the Light. Grant it, Father.
May there come forth this great issue of this Rock that's cut out of the mountain without hands. It'll crush these Gentile kingdoms to the ground, all these kingdoms, spiritual kingdoms and natural kingdoms, and the Rock will cover the whole earth; it'll be a purified affair. Those who that Rock crush will be ground into powder; those who fall upon that Rock shall have a solid foundation.
288 O Christ, let me as Your servant die off on this Rock, this Rock of Thy Word. Lord God, let me stand as David and them warriors of old who stood for David. Let me stand for this Word today while I see It's rejected by the denominations. It's laying up here in a little retreat somewhere. O God, I--grant that we'll have strength and courage and the Holy Spirit to stand, for the hours are getting darker and darker. But let us always remember that You're present to turn on the Light at any hour that You wish to. You can turn the Light, Father.
So we pray, as You said, "Ye are the Light of the world." Grant, Lord, that our Lights, who are of Your servant, will shine so bright to the others, that they'll see the Light of the Gospel as we live it, Lord, day by day, reflecting to them the Life of Jesus Christ as He was on earth, full of humility and sweetness, yet with the Word being lived right through Him. Grant it, Lord, for we're looking to You, the great One with the switch in the hand. You hold the world in Your hand; You hold all things in Your hand, and uphold the world by Your Word. O Father, let us receive the Word, will You please, Lord. Let that be the testimony, the desire of every heart in here.
And, Father, as we sing these hymns... As David sung the hymns, they become prophecy. They were prophecy, and You recognized them prophecy. As we sing it, Lord, let it be in our hearts too as we sing "We'll Walk in this Light." Let it be, Lord. This is a beautiful Light; It's the Word; it's Christ living among us, not what He was, what He is. And we know what He was only reflected what He is. And we pray, Father, that the people will understand and walk in this beautiful Light. We ask in Jesus' Name.
291 And while we remain standing just a moment, I want us to all sing. Now, in here there's Presbyterian, Methodist, Catholic; this is a mixed up audience when it comes to denominational.
Now, remember, let it be known that I'm speaking nothing against the people in these glares, but I've proved it to the Bible they are glares. If it wasn't, Christ would be doing like He promised to do with them. See? But they refuse that. See? And when you get there, what do you find? A join the church, recite a creed. And what does it come out. Come to the end of the road, you find out it was a false mirage. Christ is the Word; He is the Light. Live now while you can live.
294 You live for something. What are you living for? So you can die. Every one of you, what are you working for? To eat. What are you eating for? To live. What are you living for? To die. So why not live to live. Why not live to live. Then the only way you can live is accept the Word, "'Cause man cannot live by bread alone (what we make out here with the sweat of our brow), but by every Word that comes from the mouth of God." Now, the Word of the mouth of God is being vindicated right here before us by the Holy Spirit. Live by It, won't you?
295 Now, I want while we sing this again, let's just each one just stand in our place, reach over and take ahold of somebody's hands and say, "Brother, let's walk in this Light," while we sing "Walk in the Light," will you? Pray for each other as you put your hands together while we sing it together, with closing our eyes as far as possible.
We'll walk in the Light!
Such a beautiful Light!
It comes where the dew drops of mercy are bright.
Shine all around us by day and by night, (Who is it?)
Jesus, the Light of the world.
Now, let's raise our hands.
We'll walk in the Light!
It's a beautiful Light!
Come where the dew drops of mercy are bright.
Shine all around us by day and by night,
Oh, Jesus, the Light of the world.
Come, all ye saints of Light, proclaim (What is it?)
Jesus the Light of the world.
Then the bells of heaven will ring,
Oh, Jesus, the Light of the world.
Oh, let's sing it out now.
We'll walk in the Light!
It's a beautiful Light!
Comes where the dew drops of mercy are bright.
Shine all around us by day and by night,
Jesus, the Light of the world.
296 With our heads bowed now, remember, when Israel was in their journey eating new manna every day, they walked in the Light of a Pillar of Fire. That Pillar of Fire was Jesus Christ. The Bible says It was. And today He is with us. We have It; we know He's with us, the same Pillar of Fire, doing the same things that He did when He was here on earth to fulfill His Word.
As we go from here, let's remember, keep that song in our hearts as we go to our homes, as the wheels hum a song. Before you eat your dinner, bow your head and thank God for sending forth light to bring food upon the earth for your physical body. Then thank God for sending spiritual Light, His Word, that He might give Food for the soul, "For man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God."
Keep singing this hymn to yourselves in your home, among your people, and meet us back here about 6:30 tonight for the prayer cards and so forth. We'll see you then. Until then, bow your heads. I'm going to ask Brother Neville if he'll walk up here now, the pastor, and dismiss us in a word of prayer.