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Heavenly Father, we thank You for the privilege of allowing us to come together to gather here in this building which in itself is wonderful that we have freedom of choice at this hour. But the most majestic and thrilling of all is that Your Presence is here and we know it, and we feel It and recognize and understand It.
And we are so grateful, Lord, that You should move in our midst in such a way as to make us aware of Yourself and Your Presence by the Holy Spirit. So we’re not worthy, Lord, but we are so very, very grateful. And this is wonderful in our eyes, Lord, and we cannot thank you enough.
We appreciate it, O God, and prostrate our hearts and our minds before You this morning hoping somehow that by grace extended that we might be so considerate of You, and so aware of You, that to give you the preeminence, Lord, in all things because You’re worthy.
We ask You, Lord, and help us in Your Word this morning, which we believe You will. Bless us all together in Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.
The Lord bless you.
Now it is certainly wonderful to be here with you and I certainly have not felt the Presence of the Lord in a service like this for I don’t know maybe three years. And I think that’s a wonderful omen that God should allow us to have such precious time looking forward to more and more of His blessing.
Now, we want to go back to the Book of Ephesians… We’re going to talk about ‘enlightenment’. We preached about eight or nine sermons to this point on the Book of Ephesians 1:15-23.
(15) Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,
(16) Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
(17) That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
(18) The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that [you] may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
(19) And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
(20) Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
(21) Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
Now, I’m going to try and take It as slow as I can this morning and explain everything as I hopefully as I can. If it gets too late we’ll just close it off, but I hope not.
Now, we have finally progressed to the first phrase in verse 18, “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened.” The literal translation is: “The eyes of your heart being enlightened.”
Now, the word ‘your’, which of course is a derivative from ‘you’, belongs to the ‘you’ in verse 17.
(17) That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
Now, this is conditional. That is: “The eyes of your heart being enlightened;” is conditional as in verse 17, where It says, “God may give unto you.” Now, God may give, or God may not give the Holy Spirit.
Now, that does not mean that God will not give, or that it is contingent upon us, it isn’t that at all. It’s contingent upon the chronological order, or the time the Spirit is to be given which is just prior to the Resurrection.
So therefore, anybody praying for this Spirit of revelation not knowing the Scripture and barely in could come up with a false spirit of hell and make him an antichrist. Do you hear what I’m saying?
Brother Bosworth, as I told you in ’53 pulled my coattail on the platform, the boxing arena, the big legion arena in West Palm Beach on Clematis Street there, and he said, “Brother Vayle, I prayed for the ministry of Christ to come back to this earth. Forty years I prayed, and there It is in that man.”
Somebody else could have prayed, and I suppose somebody else did pray that that ministry would return, and when they saw Dowie, they said, “You’re Elijah.”
And Dowie own words were, I read them in ‘The Leagues of Healing’, and Dowie said, “Oh,” he said, “when I first heard those words I was angered. I was amazed. I withstood it. But after I thought it awhile, it did not seem so strange.” And produced a false Elijah.
It wasn’t that God wasn’t going to give “the Spirit of wisdom and revelation.”
Paul said, “He may do it.” That time He may not do it. He was going to do it, but didn’t know when. That’s the same thing here. “Aw,” he said, “I don’t know when that Spirit is going to come. I don’t know when the grace of God according to predestination is going to allow it. But I know that He is going to allow It sometime, and I hope It comes to you.”
Now, we could pray right today, I hope that there’s going to be a Rapture in this generation. But if this is not the generation, we can pray all we want and it’s going to bring a bunch of stupid people. I heard it already it’s take place out West.
What did they do? Sell all their things… I forget. I don’t fool with that stuff. We’ve been through it, as Brother Branham said, “The Seventh Day Adventist, (or the Millerites,) they walked up to the top of the mountain at night, with covered with snowy white garments, (and he said,) they came down with their feathers all dragging.”
You see what we’re talking about? We’re talking about something sovereign in its day. Now if this isn’t the hour I’m raising in you based upon a prophet’s message something that isn’t going to happen to you and to me, but it’s going to happen someday. Now, it wasn’t the day that’s all.
Now, let’s just take a look at some of the things that are said here based upon the fact that if any hour needed an enlightenment it is this day. “The eyes of the heart being enlightened.” We go back to Revelation 3:14.
(14) And unto the [messenger] of the church [which is] of [Laodicea] write; These things saith the Amen, [Now, He’s got to be Amen sometime, which means ‘Omega’. Thus saith the Omega] the faithful and true witness, [I never let you down during six Church Ages, I won’t let you down now,] the beginning of the creation of God;
God creating Himself in the form of human flesh starting way back there before there was any time and space when God was all alone, this plan was in His mind that He was going to do this particular things of having sons and daughters in flesh.
And He began weaving everything around as Brother Branham said, “Before God Almighty made a fish with a fin, he had water to swim in.” See?
So, “The beginning of the creation of God,” went right back to God. What there is going to be today in the Resurrection.
(15) I know thy works, that thou art neither cold or hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
(16) So because [you’re] lukewarm, neither cold or hot, [I’m going to] spue [you] out of my mouth.
(17) Because [you say, I’m] rich, and increased [in] goods, and have need of nothing; [now listen:] and knowest not that thou art wretched, [the poorest of the poor begging, indigent, sitting there puffed up with a sense of euphoria. Insane is the word. Phfft!]
What if I was here this morning crippled and racked in my body full of pain, and I said, ” I ain’t got one pain at all.”
You’d say, “Brother Vayle, you’re testifying in faith.”
I’m not testifying in faith, not this bunch. There’s no faith here at all. It’s an assumption. Say, “I’m not crippled.”
Now, old Carrie, judge Montgomery years ago when she was crippled up, leg stuck out in front of her all paralyzed and she said, “By His stripes I am healed.” [Isaiah 53:5]
And they said, “Mrs. Montgomery, what then is that?”
She said, “That’s the devil’s lie.”
One day the foot (phfft,) straightened out like that. That’s a different story. That’s not Laodicea. That’s good stuff. She was right. Now they’re “wretched, miserable, poor, naked, blind and they don’t even know it.”
Now remember, this is Omega, and at Omega time the eyes must be enlightened, so therefore at Omega time the eyes have been blinded. See?
Now, let’s look at the Scripture on it. Isaiah 44:18. We’re going to weave a tremendous amount of material in here this morning. I know I shouldn’t do it, but I’ll re-preach it next week.
(18) They have not known nor understood: for [they] hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot understand. [It tells you the condition.]
Now, that’s why it’s a subject of grace that God may give and grace this, because these people brought it on themselves. People want to blame God for everything. Let me tell you flat, you can’t blame God for anything, because the people bring it on themselves the same as God said to Adam concerning his beautiful wife, bone of his bone, flesh of his flesh.
And if God could have given a man something better than his wife He’d of done it, but there’s nothing under high heaven takes the place of a woman that’s given to a man. And God said, “Because of her, you’re going to leave father and mother, you’re going to leave me.”
He gave him warning. I bet Adam said, “Oh, no way, I can handle this situation. And something as lovely as this, and a part of me no way.” Haw, too smart for God. So Adam fell. God didn’t make him fall. Nope, just set the door open before him.
“I set before you an open door, choose which way you’re going to go. I set before you, right and wrong. I set before you, righteous, unrighteous, just at this hour I set it before you. You don’t have to see it.”
“Now, they shut their eyes that they cannot see.” It doesn’t say that they were blinded like Israel so they couldn’t see. This was a deliberate shutting of the eyes so they couldn’t see. Now that’s a different story entirely. Now, because they couldn’t see, they won’t understand.
Let’s go back to Matthew 13, (that’s the chapter of parables) 10-17.
(10) … the disciples came, and said, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
(11) He answered and said, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not…
Now, this lets them know right there, that those that are given to understand the things of God will understand the things of God. Even though they may look abstract. Even though they may sound peculiar. Even though they may be hard, they will be understood.
People around this Message today and they say, “Well, Brother Branham said, ‘as long as you just believe’, but that’s it, and I believe it.”
He said, “Believing is to understand.” So let’s quote the prophet all the way. How are you going to quote the prophet against the Word of God when he preaches the same Word of God. Hogwash.
(12) For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
I want to ask you, who’s going to inherit the earth? The Bride standing right here. Abraham couldn’t have it, he had to die. He still hasn’t got it. The Bride standing here that lives is going to walk in over the ashes of the wicked. “… them that hath shall be given.” That they can have the whole thing, the abundance. Hey, that’s good news. It’s got to be.
You know, it’s a good thing you ain’t Pentecostal’s, because some of you would be running around and swinging in the chandeliers. As Jack Bell said, “Thank God there’s no chandeliers to swing on.” We’ve got that stopped right there. Just get the… the Word is so tremendous.
(12) … hath… from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
(13) Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and [they] hearing hear not, neither do they understand.
(14) And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, [and I read it,] By hearing [you] shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing [you] shall see, and [you] shall not perceive:
(15) For this people’s heart is waxed gross, [now, It tells you why,] and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; [now notice, God didn’t close their eyes, they closed their own eyes.] lest at any time…
That’s what Brother Branham said, “Hey, don’t stay down here in the cellar. A man where there’s darkness, there’s a sun out there shining.”
He said, “I don’t believe there’s a sun out there, I don’t want to go out and find out.”
Man said to Brother Branham, “Why,” he said, “you couldn’t convince me that God heals the sick if you stood there and raised the dead.”
He said, “Certainly not, because you’re an unbeliever.”
Another man said, he said, Branham why don’t you smite me blind?”
He said, “Your father has already done that.” Father the devil.
Don’t fool with the Holy Ghost prophet. Don’t even fool with the Holy Ghost Christian. They’re bad enough, but you get tangled with a prophet.
(15) … this people’s heart is waxed gross,…
You know there’s a new saying in the world, “How gross. How gross.” That saying never came in till recently. Don’t you know every single Scripture, everything lines with Scripture, “Ricky-rat, Elvis-cat?” All the words today have an absolute meaning to them.
“How gross,” people say. “I was grossed out.” Why do people say these words? Why is there a peculiar funny understanding today? Because it’s a battle coming to pass. Both and those ordained unto reprobation and destruction, and those foreordained to the glory of Almighty God.
Now they’re gross.
(15) … ears are dull of hearing, eyes they have closed, lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
(16) But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
(17) For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which (you) see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which [you] hear, and have not heard them.
That’s for this hour. Yet many people say, “Well, there’s so much confusion. There’s so much this, there’s so much that.” The thing is, you better get your hearing tuned in, and your eyes tuned.
I’ve told you many times when I was in Canada one time of an old Pentecostal camp meeting at Selwin Lake, [Saskatchewan] and I still can’t stand the smell of water. Water whether it’s salt water, fresh water to me stinks. There’s a fishy smell to it. I don’t pretend I’m such a square shooter, I can’t stand anything fishy, but I just can’t.
Anyway, the meeting was going on and I guess there was going to be a baptism or something, and here I was smelling the water and I said, “Pew, that stinks.”
And dear old sister …?…, she said, “Smell the coreopsis. [certain garden flowers] Smell the Coreopsis. Smell the Coreopsis.”
And I said, Yes, bless God, that’s where your nose is.”
Mine was smelling stink water, hers was smelling the daisies. It’s exactly where the people’s hearing is. If they don’t want to hear, they want to hear something else, they’ll hear it. They’ll hear Brother Branham say, “Oh, that’s perfectly alright brother, have Sunday school. Oh, that’s all right, you could be right and I could be wrong.”
And the first thing the Pentecostal’s got gifts on the floor and everything else. I thank God the majority of you people here this morning never came out of Pentecost like I did. You’re lucky. And again you might not be so lucky.
Because let’s face it, if Pentecost is a shuck, where does that place you? God in heaven you ain’t even born. That’s right, if the chaff is dead, what about the stem? I’m not being critical, I’m just condemning us all, that’s all. I got to… got to see you that. No, there’s not one of us. See? That’s the condition. Truly.
Okay, let’s go to John. Now listen, we’re talking about the Scripture in prophecy and we’re reading the Alpha. And Alpha is Omega. You can’t change it. In John 9:31-41, and we look at this Scripture,
(31) (And) now we know that God heareth not sinners:…
Now don’t you ever quote that as though God said that. That’s the Pharisees said that, and the people said that. But God did not say that, though it’s in the Bible God didn’t say it. There are things that the devil said that are in the Bible, then God didn’t say it.
God does hear sinners, otherwise the prophet’s a liar, because he said, “The rain comes upon the just and the unjust.” And He anoints the hypocrites. He anoints the reprobate the same as he anoints the real one.
Only there’s anointing there, but the baptism with the Holy Ghost bypasses that reprobate. Judas raised the dead, he healed the sick, but he was merely anointed. He never got to Pentecost. Peter healed the sick and raised the dead, he got to Pentecost. God does hear sinners.
(31) … if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, he heareth [him.]
Now, we’re getting back to where John says, “That if we believe Him, He hears us.” If we understand the will and all, want to ask according to the will. That is true as you’re getting on down the line, God just absolutely does things for you as you walk in the Light.
(32) Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one [which] was born blind.
(33) If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.
(34) They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.
Now look at what they’re doing there.
(35) Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?
(36) [And] he said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?
Those other puffed up people were saying, “There ain’t no such an animal.”
“Why,” he said, “if there is such a person, I want to get to know him.”
(37) … Jesus said, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with [you].
(38) And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.
(39) And Jesus said, For judgment am I come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.
Now, what blinded them? They both saw. What blinded the one? They wouldn’t keep looking. Just back there in the days of poor old Nicodemus, he was a sweet old fellow, and he wanted to talk on Jesus’ side.
And he said, “Look, does the law condemn a man before he hears?” [John 7:51]
They said, “Shut up, you stupid jerk. Search the Scripture and see no prophet comes out of Galilee.”
Why those whited sepulchers, those idiots, if they’d have looked to the genealogy, they’d have found that Jesus came out of Bethlehem of Judea. They were supposed to find out where Jesus was born. They knew about the star that appeared. They knew about the Wise Men. They knew about Herod. But they closed their eyes.
The people know about Elijah today and they say, “Well, there’s been so many phonies.” Well, I’m going to tell you something, there’s a lot of earth ‘zapped’ food, so stop eating it. There’s a lot of beds that people die in, so don’t go to bed anymore.
There’s a lot of clothes that will hurt your skin, so go on naked. Hope the mosquitoes bite you to death. Or they do what they did in Canada they sprayed itch powder on the Doukhobor’s that went naked. They had a scratching good time. God have pity on the world and its stupidity.
Listen, this is why God is going to be able to judge the world. Man brings it on himself. It isn’t that God does it. God knows it’s going to happen. There’s a sovereign power behind it all.
(40) [Now] some of the Pharisees which [heard him speak] these words, said unto him, Are we blind also?
(41) [And] Jesus said unto them, If [you] were blind, [you] should have no sin: but now [you] say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.
Now, that’s in Laodicea, “Wretched, miserable, naked, blind.” But they said, “We’re rich, increased in goods, and don’t lack a thing.” [Revelations 3:17]
That means that every single thing that God has for the Church has been poured out upon them and they said, “We are the recipients of the end of the grace of God. Here we stand as elect membership, we’ve got it made. We’re going to the Rapture, marching to Zion.”
I’ll never forget, I was in a Pentecostal meeting, Full Gospel Business meeting up there in Chicago and I wasn’t going to… those were the days when you could buy a good meal for $1.25. We had a good friend with us and she was going to take me and my wife for the $5.50 meal and I said, “Hogwash, we can eat for $1.25 down the street.”
I said, “We’ll come back for the fire-works.” You know the rest of the beans. That was a literal expression too. When we got there the lights were turn low, and the waiters were bringing in flaming food, you know, like those crazy kind of desserts, I don’t think I’d have liked it, and they were singing, “When the saints go marching in.” You see what I’m trying to tell you? Sat there epitomized before my eyes, “We got it all, we’re marching in, hallelujah.”
And the prophet in that meeting and turning him down colder than a fritter. He said, “Because you see, your sin remaineth.” [John 9:41]
The man that says in this age, “I’m not blind. I’ve never had that problem. I saw clearly.” I knew it that man’s going to hell brother/sister, because the Bible says so. How can you go anywhere with your sin remaining?
Some people send their sins on beforehand, others let their sins catch up. See? They saw, they didn’t see, they couldn’t see. They didn’t want to see.
Over here in Romans 11: 5-11. Look:
(05) Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to election…
(06) And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise [it] is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
(07) What then? Israel [has been blinded] that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded.
(08) (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.
(09) And David [said], Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumbling block, and a recompence unto them:
(10) Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway.
(11) I say, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but through their salvation is come [to] Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.
That’s the blindness that God allowed that we might come in. But this blindness that we’re talking about is something where God set right before them the entrance to life, the entrance to death, turned it down flat. They didn’t bother to investigate.
Now, so we already stated today is Revelation 3:17-20, the church boasting, yet putting Christ outside the church, and causing Him to stand aside and not be a party amongst them. The Head-ship coming down and they denying the very Headship.
Again, It is Ephesians 4:17-20. Now this takes place after that Spirit comes into the Church setting the Church in order by gifts and ministries and bringing It up to the very Head the fullness.
(17) This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
(18) Having the understanding darkened,…
Now, that’s what It’s talking about here in Ephesians 1, and Paul explains this Spirit, setting the Church in order, right up to the very Presence where there’ll be a Rapture. Because that’s what we’re talking about. And he says, “I say therefore, because of this particular thing which God is doing in the Church by His Holy Spirit coming amongst us.”
Moving amongst the five-fold ministry in a way He’s never moved since the first age. Moving in the Bride as He’s never moved in the Bride since the first age. Bringing them to… which aware Paul prayed that they might be, but they couldn’t be till two thousand years later.
And he says, “Because you are at that place now where the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him is here, with the eyes of your heart being enlightened, (listen to me,) I testify in the Lord.” [Ephesians 1:17-18]
Do you realize what he’s talking about? See if I can find it for you.
(01) The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
(02) Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
This here is a statement concerning end-time revelation like John had it. Paul saw things that he couldn’t utter. John heard things that he couldn’t utter, adds up to the same thing.
And now he says, “I’m testifying in the Lord, that ye walk not henceforth as other Gentiles in the vanity of their mind, having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that’s in them, because of the blindness of their heart:” [Ephesians 4:]
Then you tell me anybody that doesn’t have an end-time message has the Holy Ghost, I say this morning you better assess your thoughts over again. Brother Branham preached that thought so clearly there’s only one evidence I know of, and yet there’s people right today they don’t care two cents about that one evidence.
Then get your own, but don’t blame me on Judgment Day, because I’m going to be right there, because I’ve never failed to preach this Message right. I’ll be there don’t worry.
(19) Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
What did Jack Bell say in this pulpit? “Never saw so many preachers going into business.” Money, money, money, money, money, money, binga, binga, binga, binga.
My God, we’re Roman Catholic church. Except I think, I’d sooner join the Roman Catholic church, have yourself some fun playing bingo. Might make a buck or two. You see what I’m talking about. Oh God, have pity.
(19) … work all uncleanness with greediness.
(20) But [you] have not so learned Christ;
If so you be you heard Him and been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus that same Spirit amongst us today doing the same things He did back there. Saying the same thing, bringing us on to a revelation. And people say they have the Holy Ghost and step aside from this revelation.
Come on brother/sister. Let’s have three cheers for God this morning, He’s a hundred percent with His Word. If anybody is going to glory and boast, let him boast in Jesus Christ.
Now remember, what opens one person’s eyes blinds another. The flood that saved the eight people killed all the rest. I’m going to tell you the same Holy Spirit here that’s holding back the avenging angel of death.
For remember, the devil has the power of death, holding back that One from coming down standing with the Bride now. The minute He takes His Bride up, there is nothing left by a hindering force whatsoever, for He which hindereth will hinder until He’s gone. Then when He’s gone it’s all over.
And let’s say it again, Brother Branham said, “I’d sooner have my bowels gashed open and a sulfuric acid poured in there, then to have any part of the Great Tribulation.”
Listen, I’ve had cramps and pains until I just went into orbit. You talk about sick. Several years ago down in Columbus, South Carolina, if I’d of been on the seventh floor of the motel instead of number two, I would have jumped. I’d have jumped, couldn’t stand the pain. What’s going to happen there? Men gnawing their tongues and cannot die.
Listen, blinding the eyes of one, opening the eyes of the other. As we read in John concerning the opening of the eyes of that man born blind in chapter 9 and in verse 39.
(39) And Jesus said, For judgment am I come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.
The light opens one person’s eyes, and closes the other.
All right, we know It says, “The eyes of the heart,” [Ephesians 1:18] Does not say, “eyes in your head,” but heart. However, please be advised that the eyes of the head and eyes of the heart go together. This hour does not bypass the mind.
There are those who want to bypass the mind and say, “Well, the Scripture says that this is the hour of the heart. And so therefore, we need to worry about the mind. Who needs a so-called ‘message’? Who needs a revelation?”
The Bible says you do. And It’s warning us that people will take that path, which is the charismatic, and say, “Well, you know, I’ve got a tremendous feeling here. And this looks very good to me, so I’m going to bypass the mind.”
But this is the age of the mind, the age of repentance, so therefore the eyes of the mind and the heart go together. If it doesn’t get in the mind, it won’t get in the heart. As the prophet said, “The mechanical mind must have absorbed the knowledge first, and then it comes down here into the living part of the man who becomes the living Word.”
Again we go to Matthew 13:10-17.
(10) …Why [do you speak] in parables?
(11) [And] He [told] them,… [And then He says here,]
(14) And [it’s in this people] Esaias, [is fulfilled.] By hearing [they] hear, and not understand; and seeing [they] see, and not perceive:
Now, that’s why it was said, “In the days of Jesus, done before the eyes of all people.” Simeon picked him up and said, “Mine eyes have seen Thy salvation which You have prepared before the face of all people.” [Luke 2:30] Means positively that this was done in such a manner that from this moment on there is no excuse.
Now, people say, “Well, what about Brother Branham, who killed his ministry?” Organization. Who is the people did the most harm when he gave them one million converts? The Pentecostal Assemblies of God of America. See? They did it.
(16) … blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
In other words, you see and you understand. It gets way down in there. And listen, He said, “The prophets prophesied and the people looked forward to this, (the Elect,) they missed it and you see it.” Then what a privileged people we are at this hour.
No wonder Brother Branham said, “If I would have had my choice to pick the hour in which I’d live, I’d have chosen this hour.” I can see why he said it. Lies in the Scripture. You can look right at It and miss It, unless God grants the revelation.
Over in Matthew 16:13-18, everybody saw the same thing which was Jesus and his miracle ministry.
And they said, “Who is he?”
“Why,” he said, “he’s this fellow, he’s that fellow, he’s the other fellow.”
And Jesus said, “But who do you say that I the Son of man am?”
He said, “Thou art the Christ the Son of the living God.”
He said, “Blessed art thou, for flesh and blood has not revealed, but My Father which is in heaven.”
You can look at the same thing and come away with a different opinion entirely.
(20) Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not:
(21) Woe unto [you], Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
Listen, they were just simple enough back in those days, even of their horrendous paganism and murderous ways. War like antics that if they’d have seen a miracle, they’d have said, “Hold it.” That’s just what Nebuchadnezzar did.
“Well,” he said, “You bunch of two-bit phonies, you want me to tell a dream and you pretend you’ve got everything on the ball that you claim.”
He said, “I’ll tell you how I’m going to trust the whole bunch of you rat-finks.” He said, “You tell me the dream then I’ll know that you’ve got the right interpretation.”
And they said, “Oh king, nothing like this was ever done.”
“Well,” he said, “it’s being done now.”
And when Daniel came in and told them the truth he said, “Never was a man with whom is the Spirit of the gods.”
You say, “That’s what he’s saying right here, one day if Jesus had way back they’re gone into those cities and done one miracle, it’ll have turned them upside down.”
That’s how it was when Jonah walked out of the belly of the whale, and they believed in the god of the sea, and god of the sea was a whale. And when Jonah walked out they said, “Here hey, there’s the god of the sea himself Mr. Jonah, what can we do?”
He said, “You repent. You better change your theology. I am not your theology.”
And they said, “Come again?”
“Well,” he said, “I’m here to prove that you’re all wrong.”
“Oh,” they said, “We’ll change right now.”
Why didn’t the world change today? Because they couldn’t see it. See, they couldn’t see it.
(22) But [it’s going to] be more tolerable [for them…]
(23) And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
And Brother Branham… to go down, it will go down.
(24) … it’ll be more tolerable… in the day of judgment…
Why? Because God sent Brother Branham to the West coast, and Brother Branham visiting Angel said, “You will have more success in your ministry in the West than any place else.” And this is one part of his success to pronounce judgment.
You say, “I don’t believe a man should pronounce judgment.” Are you kidding. This isn’t man, It’s God. See? Nothing to do with the individual.
Okay, and He said here:
(25) … I thank thee, O [God] Father, Lord of heaven, because [you] hid these things from the wise and prudent, [but] revealed them unto babes.
(26) Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. [That was the thing to do.]
In other words, plain, fact, flat, the Logos comes to reveal God. Unless you recognize God’s way of revelation of how God does things, you will never know the things of God and God Himself.
Okay, John 15:24, I’ve always quoted.
(24) If I had not done the works which none other man did, [did] they not sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. [Because their sin remaineth.]
But remember, they did not see because they were blinded to it, and they did not want to see. Also in John 10:37-39, “You know My sheep hear My voice.”
(37) If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.
(38) But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that [you] may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.
He said, “Look it, why don’t you stop and take a look at those works. Where do you think they come from?”
Now they could have said, “Well hallelujah, back in the days of Elijah, fire came down.”
And He would have said, “Who sent the fire? Who’s doing this?”
Why Elijah was peanuts along side of Jesus’ ministry. How many dead did Elijah raise? How many storms did he quell? How many times did he walk on the water? How many loaves and fishes did he break? How many times did he turn water into wine? How many times did he heal whole multitudes?
Elisha comes by with a greater ministry, and he gets so hot and bothered, can’t listen to the Holy Ghost and sent some she bears on little kids and tears them up because they’re brats. He wasn’t very smart. Find where Jesus made a mistake.
Cleansing of the temple was natural. To cleanse the temple was natural and to descend with the Word, the rod of God is a prophet, was a natural thing in Israel. Turned him down flat. Saw the works. Then they wouldn’t look at the works. They wouldn’t begin to consider. He said:
(37) If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.
(38) … if I do, though ye believe [me not], believe the works:…
He said, “For heaven’s sakes start somewhere”. That’s what we’re supposed to do with this ministry about William Branham. That’s somewhere!
Pope Paul …?… tells the world he’s the great restorer of the Word, I think that’s the idiots like me. Because I never talk to individuals, except I talk to those that already know something.
You go back and you talk about faith. You know that fellow had a peculiar ministry in his hand, signs in his hands. Talk about how the Pillar of Fire, that white vapor that came in the window that the mid-wife and the people saw It come in over the babe laying in his mother’s breast.
Talk about the Voice that was in the tree. Talk about the ministry, and say, “When have you ever seen a man say, ‘I challenge you bring me your worst case.’ I challenge you.” See?
Start with the works. And if they don’t believe the works, forget it. Because the whole ministry is based upon a vindicated work ministry. Don’t be afraid to tell them the sign in the hand was to mislead. If you’ve got half an ounce of brains you’ll pick that up right now. An idiot like me picked it out first time he saw it. I ain’t very smart. Okay:
(38) But if I do, though ye believe [me not], believe the works: that [you] may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.
(39) Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand,
There you are. They couldn’t cope with it. You know why? Because they didn’t want to cope with it. You don’t believe that? Fap!
John 3, here’s the One that says, “I’ll tell you how to get born again. I’m going to tell you Myself. Believe on the Name of the Only begotten Son.” In verse 8, It said, “He that believeth not on Him is not condemned.” Verse 18,
(18) … but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Then He says,
(19) … this is the condemnation,…
And here’s where every Bible student stops. Here’s where every worker stops, every single man stops. That’s why they’re born of the wrong spirit instead of the Spirit of Almighty God, because they stop right there.
There’s two kinds of rebirth:
(23) Being born again, not of the corruptible [sperma], but of [the] incorruptible [sperma] by the Word of God,…
You can be born again two ways. That’s how the Hagar church is full of people born again, they’re born of the wrong seed. But the Church of God has the right seed. In other words, the Hagar church is bastardized. See?
Ho, ho, I’m going to tell you something. I’ll tell you how far wrong the Hagar church has gone, they’re going to spawn an antichrist, and think he’s the Christ. Ho, ho brother.
Cross a woman and an ape, and the ape jumps out of her womb and climbs up a tree and she says, “Ain’t that the cutest little boy, human boy you ever saw in your life?” God have mercy. Pardon my terrible way of expressing things, but you got the point. You got the point. You wouldn’t of got it otherwise.
(18) He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son…
(19) And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
(21) But he that doeth truth cometh to the light…
Now listen, if you’re already doing truth, you’re already born again. Or you’re sure on your way somewhere, but he’s going to come to the light.
(21) … that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
In other words, Jesus Himself said, “Search the Scripture and see if I don’t line up to every single point.” [John 5:39] And the same lies today. If It’s not in the Word according to the Word, Word-oriented, throw it out, it’s a perversion. That’s what Cain did.
“Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain.” [Hebrews 11:4] Certainly Cain’s sacrifice was excellent. It was the first fruit offering, It’s in the Bible. It’s got Its place in It, it must be offered. But you got to have the blood first.
Men right today talk about being born again, and they don’t come to the Word. They talk about Jesus Christ as Savior, but they won’t come to the Word.
They talk about being in the Rapture, but they won’t come to “the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,” [Ephesians 1:17] that’s going to put him in the Rapture. Then what’s the ‘him’ they’ve got? There’ll be many false Christ’s. All right.
John 14. We’re talking about this illumination. See, you’re still following me, “The Spirit of revelation, wisdom in the knowledge of Him. The eyes of your heart being enlightened.” [Ephesians 1:17-18] We’re talking about that. We’re talking about that enlighten, that thing that’s coming about.
(10) Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
Now He tells you right there, that you know Who’s talking inside of the man by the works that’s being done. Who was talking inside of William Branham when he said, “Thus saith the Lord” and it happened?
“Aw, that could be a wrong spirit.”
Wait till we kill that later on. We won’t last that long today, don’t worry. Maybe one third done. No problem. No problem. I’ll stay and prove to you just as long as I feel led to. Oh you like it, because if you don’t like it I can always go down the street.
I’m not really trying to gig you this morning, but there’s people all over the world waiting for me. If you didn’t know, I’m telling you. I turned back tickets all around the world. So, sit here and be nice and take it in. Don’t let me waste my time, which I’m not of course. I don’t mind gigging you a bit, it’s good for you. It keeps you on your toes.
You see, I know what I’m talking about brother/sister. If I didn’t know what I was talking about this Message, I wouldn’t be here. But just as sure as I stand here and there’s a God in heaven, I know what I’m saying. And I know why I’m saying it. You see?
Tell you what you do. Next Wednesday night, it’s a fairly important message. But the Wednesday after, [refers to message Presence # 11 – July 8-81] I’m going to clear my skirts and tell you some things, why the way I am and why I teach the way I teach, and how I correct the errors. How the Lord corrects them. So you listen now.
We’re telling you the truth this morning.
(10) Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
He said, “Look at the works. You know Who’s talking inside of me.” See?
(11) Believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.
Now remember, you can say, “Well, hey Brother Vayle, let’s watch it. There’s a charismatic movement that belongs to the mule-church that will out work the horse-church. Remember, Brother Branham talked about the horse, the thorough-bred, and the mule?
The horse knows its mammy and pappy, traces his genealogy, the mule can’t trace nothing. Because just as soon as he thinks he’s got there you say, “Hey, who was your mammy and pappy?
“Well,” he said, “you’ve got me beat, I’m a cross-up.”
All right. You say, “There’s charismatic.”
I want to tell you something, before there can be false prophets, there’s got to be a real one. Before there can be a phony presentation of reality, there has to be a true presentation of reality. Before there’s anything that can be in the realm of a counterfeit, there has got to be an original or the counterfeit is the original, then it’s not a counterfeit.
Now, what we’re looking at here is the fact that Brother Branham came on the scene with ‘Thus saith the Lord’. That opened the door to anything and everything, but go back to the ‘Thus saith the Lord’. Go back to the prophet.
“Well,” you say, “now hold it, we’re comparing works with works.”
No we’re not. We’re comparing Word with Word, because it’s believe me, than believe the Word. And if you can’t believe the Word for heaven sakes, start back and look at that work again. See? Now it doesn’t say everybody, it says, “One person, He.” [John 14:12]
Now, let’s watch this: Brother Branham said, “I know better than to let the devil what’s going to happen, or he’ll be there to beat me.” And he said under the Seventh Seal, “This is one thing he cannot know, and one thing he will not know.”
Now hold it, this is one thing that he will know, but he’ll know it too late. Seven solid days Brother Branham opened those Seals by the Holy Spirit, and as he spoke it first it went on a tape recorder and let the devil raise all the power and dust that he can, You’ll never, never change those original tapes.
Go back to the original. Thus at the end-time we have something real brother/sister, praise God.
I got… say look, if I’m not part of it, I can say, “Hallelujah, somebody’s got something real.” I’m so fed-up with myself and hypocrisy and chicanery, duplicity and this thing going on in the world until there’s nobody that’s not political and stinks to high-heaven.
Let me tell you one thing, if Pete Klassen get’s here, and he will, you’ve got one guy that doesn’t believe in politics. Even worse than me. So if you’ve got any political thoughts, you might as well leave the church now while the going’s good.
And if you think there’s any strings to pull, you’ve pulled your last strings. Old Pete’s sweet and nice where I ain’t, but he’s just as tough or tougher. Good old Pete. Yeah, I know Pete.
Listen: William Branham brought forth that Word too late. Too late. Oh Mr. Frisbee can tell how that he got the cloak and he frizzled and he frazzeled with the frizzling seals, so-called, and his fumbling thunders. Too late, Frisbee.
W.B. Grant’s son can say, “Brother Branham appeared at two in the morning and said, “You’ve got the mantle.” Too late Mr. Grant. Too late, too late, too late, false counterfeit world. Thank you Jesus. Oh, glory to God, He put a seal on us brother/sister. I’m so glad I belong to Jesus.
(12) Verily, I say unto you, He [oh, I’m sorry, truly, truly, not just verily,] I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do… [that’s singular.]
Remember, this Bible is written for this hour. Don’t ever forget it. You don’t mind if I digress, I’m not going to get finished anyway. Okay?
Four things to remember:
1) Alpha is Omega. I’m going to preach on that, because you’ve never really heard me preach it here. That’ most of you. One thing, Alpha is Omega.
2) The whole Bible is for today.
3) The Name of God and the Son is the same,
4) The Bible runs in parallel.
And if you don’t understand It, you’ll get mixed up. The false vine grows right beside the true vine, and the word for the false vine, and the word for the true vine alternate, passage after passage. And if you don’t understand it… [Brother Vayle mumbles] Forget it. You heard what I said? Okay.
Paul was looking for people to be teachers at the end-time. By the grace of God they’ll be teachers in this Church. Not ordained teachers, but by the grace of God the men sitting here will know this message, and if you don’t come out and hear it, I’ll wonder why and I might be asking you.
And if you sit here looking around like a bunch of geese, don’t do it, I’ll clobber you. Because I’m determined there’s going to be somebody knows this Word of God. What little did I know? Two-bits worth, out of the hundred thousand dollars you’ll get my two-bits worth.
(12) … he [singular] that believeth on me, the works that he I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go [to] my Father.
When did He speak this? In the light of the fact I’m coming again to get you. And this belongs to the end-time. “The Lord Himself, shall descend from heaven with a Shout.” [1 Thessalonians 4:16]
Who was it that talked to Brother Branham? Listen, before it’s over, I’m going to show you two voices. Going to trace through Scripture some of the things in the tent. I won’t understand it, forget it. Who needs to understand anything?
If It’s here today and in the Bible, letter by letter, experience by experience, isn’t that the same as the fellow coming from General Motors when you want the motor torn down and say, “Hey, I can’t figure out this new fandangle gadget that does all this computerization?” And he says, “I’ll show you.”
You know something? I never learned… what’s that little phrase in grammar now? Oh shucks, I forget, poor old memory, it doesn’t matter anyway. You know the teacher didn’t teach me, I just watched her do it, and I said, “Hey, that’s how it’s done.” And I got a hundred percent from there on. Rest of the kids sat around and were confused. What’s to be confused?
Fellow comes from General Motors and he says, “See this little chip here, (phftt!) put in, good, oh works beautiful.” That’s the way the Bible is. The man comes here from General Motors and does it according to original General Motors, and Brother Branham came here and did It according to original Word of God for this hour.
What more do they want?
“Oh, he’s Oneness.”
Well, I would sooner have Brother Branham’s one God, than your sixty million that can’t function. I’d sooner have one word of his vindicated revelation than theirs that fall flat. Oh, it would have been good that day but you see God wouldn’t allow it.
When the three hundred Trinitarian’s sat there and Brother Branham said, “Come stand beside me.” (It’s all on the tape.) He said, “Lee, they had more brains than I gave them credit for. For the first man would have been carried out feet first. God would have killed him.”
You say, “God would have?”
Oh no, God wouldn’t. Of course God’s just some stupid jerk that says He will and He won’t. Follow me? You’re a little too serious.
Okay again, “The eyes of the heart…” [Ephesians 1:17]
We’re talking about this thing here where you’re not blind being led to believe something. You’re not blindly given something to say, “Hey, I-I-I…” Come on. You can see it, you know something is there, the minute that I saw Brother Branham. And I was so happy to a degree being back-slidden.
You know, there’s one thing that my hands do not like is a shovel. And you know where there are no oxen the crib is clean. There we go again. I was a tireless shovel-man. Forgive me, but I was. In fact I was ready to lie down with the oxen and let somebody else shovel. And I did. Of course I was pretty smelly with those oxen.
When I saw him, it wasn’t regret that went through my heart, he said, I knew that I had to go back preaching. I knew that had to happen someday. I wasn’t that stupid. But you see, being in a back-slidden condition and not wanting anybody near me with the gospel, just leave me alone.
Prophet stood there, in a few minutes it was all over. From that moment I never doubted. “If you listen to any man, you listen to him.” He had something nobody else had.
Three thousand people sat there, but I’m the only one living that heard him say, “Bring me twenty four of your worst cases, I guarantee healing for all, or let all go through the prayer line where sixty percent get healed.”
And the funny thing was, that night when…I don’t know how many hundred went through, look, I wouldn’t know, but they went through rapidly. There wasn’t one miss. Not did God heal twenty four, He could have healed as many as fourteen hundred, and it went right over everybody’s head, …?… How come my eyes were opened? I’m not boasting.
I’m just asking the question. How come my ears heard? How come my life was changed. What was there that wasn’t there evidently in the preacher of the church who today now call Brother Branham everything under high heaven but nice?
And him a whoremonger. Put it down. I’m mean, mean as a snake, I’ll be honest. Say I’ve got too many of those genes in me. Don’t, don’t, don’t, sell me short the flesh has a lot of the beast. Beast Vayle, almost. Just grin when you say it.
Okay, “Eyes of the heart…” Compare this with 1 Corinthians 2, now you’re not getting too much of this in the text. I don’t worry about that one little bit. You’re getting what I want you to get. We’re laying back-ground, we’re laying a lot of knowledge in here. A lot of repeat which is good for you. 1 Corinthians 2:8-9,
(08) Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. [Same thing today. They didn’t know what it was all about.]
(09) But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of [men,] the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
Their hearts were blinded back there. The understanding was virtually nil, and positively the same today, yet they knew the Scriptures. Nobody else knew the Scriptures.
And let me submit to your attention the most knowledgeable people in the Word of God today, the most knowledgeable people in the acts of God today will turn down the prophet flat.
But you let some little fellow sit back that doesn’t know too much, then he’ll say, “Did I see something? Did I hear something? What was that?” He’ll come.
There is no doubt that the word ‘heart’ has to do with the understanding. It certainly does. There is no doubt that the ‘eyes’ go with it. And unless the ‘eyes’ or the ‘mind’. For without the mind who knows what he sees? Truly the eye does not see, it is the mind that sees.
The eye merely is the camera with the optic nerve. You get a person with the optic nerve severed, the eye itself intact, I don’t believe that person sees anything. Far as I know he wouldn’t. Just sever the nerves in the eye. Take a curve scissor and run it around the eye ball.
You could anesthetize the person, wouldn’t even know it’s done, until too late he couldn’t see, the blood gushing out. Or the laser, wouldn’t even be blood. Cut it all. Could he see? No way. Leave the blood vessels intact, but not the nerve.
Can he see? No! He’s got a living eye, see? But he can’t see. Why? Because the brain has to take the picture.
So we’re talking about eyes, we’re talking about the entire function. And furthermore, without the mind who knows what he sees? Say, “What is that funny creature?” Kid goes to a zoo, “Man that’s a funny thing he’s got hind short legs and big tall front legs and he’s got a neck like a telephone pole. What in the…”
What if the white man never having seen it went to Africa, and he suddenly sees he see a whole herd galloping across the grass. Now he’s not dumb, he knows they’re animals, but he’s in for a shock. What do you think about the guy that sees a rhinoceros?
Or what do you think about the guy that sees that sees a duckbill platypus, and isn’t that something like an animal that lays eggs? I never heard such a stupid thing as turtles laying eggs, and snakes laying eggs. There’s a lot of funny things I haven’t heard of.
What I’m trying to get across is your eyes could look at it and say, “Hey, if the mind doesn’t interpret it, if there’s nothing there, what does it matter what you see.” See?
All right. Unless the eyes are enlightened, the heart of understanding goes nowhere, and the things of God and especially the end-time revelation.
In other words, it is the turning of the hearts of the children we’re into this morning. That’s what it’s all about, “The eyes of your heart being enlightened,” so you’ll come to an appreciable knowledge. And there is no appreciable knowledge unless the eyes of the heart are enlightened.
In other words, John the Baptist came on the scene, oh man you talk about a whirling-dervish. John the Baptist ate them up. They stood back and said, “Hey, this guy’s got something. Hey, this guy’s got something. This guy’s got something. He’s got to be a prophet, he’s got to be a prophet.”
And they said, “John, who are you?”
“I’m the voice of one crying in the wilderness…”
Now if he hadn’t identified himself you say, “Hey, ain’t that something? Hey, ain’t that something? Hey, ain’t that something? Hey, ain’t that something?”You want something.
So the soldiers came and they said, “John, man you’ve got us upset about this talk about the kingdom and the coming One, and we know that Scripture. We know there’s something there, what about it?”
He said, “I’ll tell you what,” he said, “don’t take from anybody.” He said, “Only what you’re supposed to take according to the law.” He said, Don’t you go into their homes and be nasty and do things.” Wrong.
You of the Publicans… (not Republicans, just as bad, these were the Democrats back there,) … they came along, the Publicans, and they said, “Hey,” he said, “what will we do?”
He said, “I’ll tell you what you do, you just stop chiseling and cheating the people.” They didn’t know what they’re looking at. They knew something was there, but they couldn’t apprehend it.
The people knew something was there when Jesus… “Who is this man?”
“Well, he could be John the Baptist. He could be Jeremiah. He could be Elijah. He could be Isaiah.” Where all they got that stuff I don’t know.
“Well,” He said, “How do you look at it? What do you see?”
“Thou art the Christ.”
So you see what we’re looking at here. This is the end-time. As John the Baptist had to explain, so Brother Branham had to explain. Now listen, God tells the thing, “I’m going to do it,” then in His Own season He does it.
And then when it’s done He explains it, so you’ll know what He’s done and why it is done, and what to do with it. That’s exactly the order, and people don’t want it. They say, “Well, if God was doing something If would know. I God was doing something I would know.”
Let me ask you a question, you know this morning anything that God’s doing? Alright fine, then what’s He doing in Africa? Blank silence. Say, “Shut up.” I don’t say that to you, I say to the whole world, “Shut up you bunch of big ignoramuses.
Stupid bunch of idiots, shut up before you betray that you’re not only stupid, you’re worse than stupid, you’re egotistical maniacs.” Tell me you know what God tells you? Then tell me.
I’ll tell you who will come closer, the devil. The devil will do a better job. Fap, on these so called Christians that pretend that they’re full of the Holy Ghost, they don’t even know the ways of God, and they don’t care to know the ways of God.
That’s what happened all through the centuries my brother, my sister, when God revealed Himself they turned It down. They never learned God’s ways. They cared nothing about God’s way. Talk about a prophet they smear… aw, don’t get me on that subject.
Every time I think about that woman back in Canada. She wiggles or something for the Holy Ghost manifestation. She shivered, she shook. Whooo, then she quoted about Hebrews where God in the last days spoke in the Son, so therefore it’s just bit here and phfft!
…?… But he said in Hebrews 12, “He speaks again.” Revelation 10, He comes on down. See? Luke 17, He reveals Himself. Matthew 24, He stands there in the Presence. [Brother Vayle whistles] Boy you talk about steamed up.
I’ll tell you… old Watt didn’t need to put a kettle on the fire to get steam, “You just come stick around me when you talk about these things.” I’ll supply enough steam, bless God, to generate electricity for almost half of the United States, and why shouldn’t I burn?
It’s “the turning of the hearts of the children back to the fathers.” [Malachi 4:6]
Now, let’s go on. (Yeah, we’ll go a little lot further.) I want to talk some more about the ‘heart’. See, give us an idea why It talks about the heart. See? Why use the expression, go back to Genesis 6.
Look at the heart naturally. What is in there? The natural thing. What’s man like?
(05) And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination [that’s the reasoning’s] of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Now, do you think that literally constituted rape and sodomy, burglary and assault, and God knows what? I don’t think so. That’s just part of it. That’s just part of it. I believe it was different from that really. See, remember our day ends with buying and selling, and marrying and given in marriage.
It doesn’t sound far out. So I don’t think we ought to make this sound too far out. It should only mean here that mans reasoning’s had left somewhere. It shouldn’t have left and now has got so thoroughly involved with itself, and it couldn’t produce, so bogged down.
There’s nothing left. He ran himself into a corner of destruction.
(06) And it repented [God] that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
(07) And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. [The word ‘beast’ means, ‘everything that’s mute’.]
In other words, God did not have a change of mind per se, but God had sorrow as a father whose children had all listened. Careless, Bible calls people careless. Just no room there.
(21) And the LORD smelled a sweet savor; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination [the reasoning’s, the purposes, what lies down inside a man] is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more everything the living, as I have done. ([hat’s by water, He’ll do it by fire.]
Now listen, wrong youth, or determination of what to do with the eye and other four senses that they have caught on to. That’s what he talking of here. Man has become entirely sensate. He’s related everything to himself until he’s become an evolutionist.
Until he’s become his own god, and thereby becoming his own folly. You can’t believe today, that we ought to have reactors. You can’t believe that we have to have those space-ships turning out electricity by atomic (what is it,) fission, fusion? God knows what and care less.
It’ll destroy us. You can’t believe and be sensible that all these things they put in our food are necessary. It’s hog-dog laziness on the part of people. They confused themselves and confuse the issue, and thereby man is destroying himself.
In other words, what I’m trying to say we have come down to the place where man has fused himself into nature. In folly he doesn’t understand nature. Nature doesn’t understand him, and he’s not going to move outside of that realm.
Now I know it’s too late to turn back, we’ll never get free enterprise again. We’re going to go red. There’s no way out. There’s no way we’ll not destroy the earth. It’s too late. There’s chemicals in there now and it’s not just Love Canal, it’s all down in Louisiana.
It’s all over the country, yet it’s sheer murder. The wild birds up in the Antarctica, and up in the North Pole they’ve got DDT in their eggs. Where did they get it?
See look, the mind, the heart, and the heart’s got to work by the mind. See? Now, not all the way, but you’ve got to understand what I’m talking about in this message this morning. Certainly we are born with certain signals and things built in. They say one is fear.
There’s a natural antipathy. Another man’s got to eat, a man’s got to drink. Who says he’s got to eat and drink a certain way? Who says he’s got to fear a certain way? Then there’s sexual desire. Who says it’s got to go a certain way? You relate even those which are built into you.
In other words, we’re talking about an entirely humanitarian concept, that’s what they got. They did not approve God as I said Sunday morning, they did not approve him. That’s what we’re looking at here. See?
Now, the Word was needed for the correct use of life and the things of life. Turned it down flat. Now I ask you a question: If that’s at the end-time, do you think we’re going to get by without a return to the Word? No way. No way. Now, I’ll prove it to you.
Noah got the Word. The rest died. Same thing is going to happen today. “As it was in the days of Noah.” [Luke 17:26]
All right, compare this with Exodus 36. You tired? That’s good, I’m not too tired. We’ll go a little while yet, then we’re going to call it a day, let you go. I preach so hard I don’t feel so hot sometimes that I simply cannot come back and preach in the afternoon. Well, I don’t like doing that, but I’m sorry. Okay.
(02) And Moses called Bezaleel, Aholiab, and every wise hearted man, [Now look, that’s nice. Everybody wasn’t just that rotten, he had the propensity, but he didn’t get that bad.] in whose heart the LORD had put wisdom, [Ah, now we’re getting why there’s something good there. God put something there.] even every one whose heart stirred him up to come unto the work to do it:
In other words, let’s face it; there is no way that a man can abide in the Word and the Word in him, and the Word manifest unless the Holy Ghost is there. No way. No sir. No, that’s why that betrays the false anointed. Betrays every single person, the Original is here.
The devil cannot duplicate It. He cannot defraud It. It’s here on the tapes and in the books. The only thing he can fool anybody is a man himself. No way can Satan get in. No way! The Bride receiving that Word which Satan cannot corrupt, there’s no way to do it.
She’s become impregnated by that Word, she will bring Him down to earth, the way Sarah impregnated by her husband and lord. Brought back Isaac which is laughter. Going to bring laughter back on earth. I’ve got a little bit of laughter, but it’s canned. It’s based upon my inordinate sense of humor which is sarcasm to the core.
But I like it. I like it. You see, there’s a great difference here. These were no different except by the intervention of God who guided them. So we look at natural man on his own. Natural man by himself.
Leviticus, now these are good for us to look into. I’m going to give you more than you need, but it’s alright, nobody is going to get hurt. I’d sooner have a lot of bread on the shelf than none or two little. Man, the worst thing in the world is look at the bread dwindling you know, and no good supply.
You get pretty shook up. You get a lot of bread thrown at you one time you don’t get shook up. Ah, you get greedy for more I hope. I hope. I could be wrong, but I hope. Heh, heh, heh. Hope springs eternal within my anxious breath.
(16) I will also do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and [you’ll] sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.
Now, we’re looking at what happened to those who do not have that which we’re talking about. They’re simply people. They’re going to go further and further and God says even to His Own people, you begin closing your eyes to what I’ve done.
You begin closing your mind and closing your heart, let me tell you this: Your heart’s going to deceive you, and I’ll tell you what you’re going to get out of it.
Now listen, do you realize I’m talking about Laodicea. You said you’re, “rich and increased in goods.” He said, “I’m telling you what you think, but I’m telling you what I think about you. You’re miserable, you’re wretched, you’re poor, you’re naked, you’re blind.” [Revelations 32:17]
And they said, “We don’t think much about what You think.”
And He said, “I don’t think anything what you think and you’re going to be destroyed for it.”
Now He said, “You people that want something, “Shut up, repent. Let me give you a new mind. Let me begin to turn your hearts back to the fathers.”
In other words brother/sister, the seed and the seed bed will be in alignment. As Brother Branham said, “You take that seed and drop it in a seed bed that’s properly fertilized, (he said,) I’ll will bring forth the life. Then the seed of Almighty God in our minds, in our hearts, full of the Holy Ghost, the divine revelation will bring forth sons unto God.”
I didn’t say it, God said it. I’ve got no problems. I just stand on what God said. See?
Deuteronomy 11. See, what happens by itself, and see what happens when God turns the heart back. Listen, “Except I send Elijah, nothing but fire, once I send the Holy Spirit.” [Malachi 4:5]
Brother Branham said, “The Elijah of this hour is the Holy Spirit Himself.” He said, “God is His Own prophet. I was one standing there.”
But you know something? You say, “Oh, wasn’t that great. Oh, wasn’t that the most wonderful thing that …?…”
Well sure, I could be that foolish too. And it’s just wonderful. I’m not saying there wasn’t. So wasn’t it wonderful that we stood there as seed bed? That’s the wonder and the glory.
It’s not that God could and would do it, but it’s what God would do to us and we are pretty kinky and pretty flakey if you want to know the truth in ourselves. We’re going to bypass that one. Yes.
(18) Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, [they wore little things with the Word written on it] that they may be as frontlets…
Little things before their eyes that bobbed up and down, That said, “Hey, you better remember the Word, remember the Word, remember the Word, remember the Word. Watch It, watch It, watch It, so you don’t go off.” In other words, the Word within the framework of the Word brings a life that’s been truly ordained of God.
Now, notice the plural there, “the mind and the hand.” Now, the heart natural, has possibilities in it. That sure does. And that possibility lies in there in that human mind as God so made us in the natural to get the Words of God there and in our hearts, and to give Them the preeminence.
And notice, It says, “In your soul.” There is therefore a connection between the mind, the heart, and the soul, and it’s the Word.
What did Brother Branham say about that down in the heart, the soul? “There’s a place in the heart where the soul is, and there’s that gene down in there and if that unites with that Word by the Holy Ghost you come forth as that thing that God ordains for the hour.”
All right, Deuteronomy 18. See, look it, we’ve been talking about the heart, how it can be messed up. But, oh how it can be un-messed, become the throne room for Jesus Christ. Become the throne of glory for Jesus Christ. Become the manger for Jesus Christ. Turned from a stable of manure into a golden …?… for the glory of God.
(20) But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.
(21) And if thou say in thine heart,…
In other words, listen, here’s a legitimate sign. And here’s this man taking you from the Word. Something stirs in the heart.
You say, “Hey, hey, hey listen, that thing’s genuine.”
Brother Branham said, “Don’t you ever dare call a gift of the devil, you could blaspheme the Holy Ghost.”
Don’t you ever dare look down and call anything of the devil, but you just stand back and say, “Where’s the Word with this?” See?
Now he said, “Stand back and say,
(21) How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken?
Now, here’s a little test:
(22) When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid…
Now here’s the test, is whether there’s a Word from the Lord. The prophet’s got to say, “Thus saith the Lord, so and so happened.” You stand back and say, “Let it happen.” Didn’t happen, forget it.
Or a prophet says a certain thing and says, “This is the truth, this is the doctrine, I want to tell you the real truth of the thing. Now let me explain it from the Word of God.”
And you say, “Hey, man that’s a genuine miracle.” Something’s wrong here.
God says, “Give him the test.”
Say, “Here Mr. Prophet, give me one ‘Thus saith the Lord’, stand up and do it now.” Can’t do it. He ain’t going to be able to do it if he’s not of God. See?
Notice, mind, heart, deceit, wrong crowds out there with the antichrist gang, see. Okay. Remember Matthew 13:10, which we read concerning this where It says, “Blessed are your eyes, you’re not going to be deceived.”
Now, let’s go to Psalms 12:2.
(02) They speak vanity every one with his neighbor: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.
Now, you notice what he’s saying right here, that you can hook the mind and the heart up into devious channels, it’ll come forth, it’ll be a mess, that’s hypocrite. The double soul-man as It says in James is, “Unstable in all his ways.”
(02) How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?
Now, you notice he says, “I’m taking counsel, it’s got even way down in my depths.” And notice how that his very life is stirred. Now, do you follow what I’m saying this morning in this message based upon previous messages, that the knowledge has an impact upon the knower?
Now, this tells you here this is just human, “How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily?” Doesn’t that happen?
Certainly you have troubles. That’s Psalms 13:2. “How long shall mine enemy be exalted?” You get somebody under pressure. What happened? You broke through a change. Now you turn this back to this hour where the knower has a part with the known and the influence of the object comes upon the knower.
Literally, it’s the Logos in reverse, and we become Him by the effect of the influence of His Word upon us, “His precious anointing,” Brother Branham said, “In His Presence ripen and bathe down.” See?
Look, I’m explaining this thing from the Word of God physically, upside down, and inside out, so you can never have one bit of trouble understanding this message, just standing firm and say, “I know I’m a believer, and I know what He’s doing with me.”
Job came to that place, he said, “It’s so tragic, I’ve been on the ash-heap, we’re an awful mess here.” He said, “I’m sick, it looks like I’m dying. My wife said, ‘Job, why don’t you just give up the ghost and forget it’. My enemies say, ‘you’ve been a rotten dirty mess’.”
And he said, “I know that’s not true, but I’m confused.” He said, “I looked behind me, You’re not there. I look in front, you’re not there. I look to the side, you’re not there. There’s darkness.”
And He said, “What are you trying to do, God? Are you trying to destroy me?”
He said, “No.”
“You’re trying to put strength in me.”
Now, there’s a man that had understanding. See? I wonder if Brother Branham liked the Book of Job? Okay, you understand how I’m talking this Message, all along while I’m talking?
(07) And thou saidst, I shall be a lady for ever: so thou didst not lay these things to thy heart…
What things? That God spoke by a prophet’s mouth, and she heard It with her ears. And she could have put him down in her heart. But she took her own off the top of the head as an interpretation and said, “Well, isn’t that wonderful, though this brother…”
I don’t like to talk about his name, I think he’s a fine brother. But he stood there in Brother Branham’s meetings when that man full of the devil fell across Brother Branham’s feet, and a voice said, “That’s the way the Bible does it, you can do it too.” He heard the wrong voice my brother, my sister, and became a Charismatic.
And when somebody said, “Well, what do you think of this baptism in Jesus’ Name?”
He sneered and said, “I don’t think nothing at all.”
He’ll pay for it.
“Oh, but he’s got a great ministry.”
I don’t care if he’s got a great ministry. See what it is? It turns the heart of the children back. There was a sign given there to get our attention. “Hey, hey, what’s going on? Look at those works, where are they coming from?”
Say, and trace them back to God and go to that Word and see Him Who stands there, and see the effects of Him, those words coming in our minds, into our hearts, we become a part of the Living Word change. Glory to God, hallelujah, someone’s going to have it if we don’t.
Get this flat brother/sister, there’s a Bride out there somewhere if we’re not Bride.
Now listen, she said, “I’m a lady.” She didn’t lay him to her heart. She didn’t remember the latter end. Listen, the Catholic church for years knows that they’re going to produce an antichrist and go down. You can’t get them to admit it today.
I can get their books and theology and prove to you if you got problems with Catholics. I’ll have a job finding it, but I’ve looked at it myself and see their quotes. Their greatest Cardinals in the ’40’s said, “Without a doubt the whore is the Catholic church.”
So now listen to her talk. “Oh my.” Let’s get the record on her. The pope took money from houses of prostitution. In fact they own them. Anyway to get money, because that’s what is going to do it at the end time.
Okay, let’s keep reading.
(08) Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, [Laodicea] I am, and none else beside me;…
In other words, we’re the big thing. Right now in Canada they tell me that if you don’t join the World Council of Churches you’ll be forbidden to worship. It’s right on the books they tell me now. And you can’t give to charity, be recognized and get government taxes and all
Good old Trudeau [prime minister] the homo and the rest of them; Catholic’s don’t care two-bits. Listen, I’m a Canadian by birth, don’t tell me what those Catholic’s don’t do. They’ll trick you so smart you won’t even know you’ve been took in.
Certainly, they had John Kennedy, everybody said, “See there, see there, see there, it doesn’t matter.”
Ha, that was a trick. They pulled that in Canada. Sure, Canada is in bad shape. Boy, thank God Pete is coming down. At least a couple of them are coming down. It’s going to be bad here too.
(10) For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, perverted; [Notice, “Thy wisdom and thy knowledge,” and that’s perversity.] and thou hast said in thine heart, [there’s] none beside me.
Are you seeing what they are saying? “We’re the church. We talk for God.” Come on, don’t tell me the Catholics don’t say that. And the Protestant’s they won’t say it, but they act it, what’s the difference?
There’s a man that runs out on his wife and he says, “Boy, did I sleep with a wonderful gal last night. Boy, did I have this dame the night before.”
And here’s another jerk that runs out on his wife, he doesn’t say a thing. Tell me the difference? None. Except one guy shoots his cotton-picking face off. See, what it leads to? Blinding and death.
(34) O generation of vipers, how can [you], being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
(35) A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. [How did the treasures get there? How did they get down there?]
Mark 7. Oh, there was a propensity brother/sister, but, “What the eye doesn’t see, the heart does not long for.” That’s Bible. That’s a quote from man, but that’s the Bible. The Bible says, “What a man sees, yet he has hope for.” [Romans 8:24] Same difference.
(06) [And] He answered, Well [did] Esaias [prophesy] of you hypocrites, [you wear a mask] as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. [Now listen:]
(07) Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
They had to throw away the commandments of God before they got their own. 18-23, same chapter.
(18) … Are ye so without understanding? Do [you] not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him;
(19) [(But] it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and into the draught, [and] purging all meats?
Now, that’s not thoughts. That’s food. Junk food or good food? But what comes in the mind does go to the heart. Food just goes back through the mouth and into the belly. Nothing to it. But what comes out of the heart. Then what are you supposed to guard?
You just don’t guard the heart. You have got to guard the mind, because it’s heart, mind and soul. You see now why we’re on the way back to reformation, restoration, and a perfection that is going to bring the dead out of the ground? We’re coming to a full consecration of body, soul and spirit, and the spirit is part of the mind.
When you talk about a full consecration and that soul is part of it, [short blank spot of tape] complete renewing, man’s getting changed right back to where he can walk in the Garden of Eden. Yes sir.
Romans 2 are all part of what I’m talking about. Don’t ever let It get away from your mind. This is all part of, “The eyes of the heart being enlightened,” [Ephesians 1:18] showing you that it is a process which is natural in the Word of God, and why our metamorphosis comes that way. Showed you last week.
(04) Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to [a change of mind?]
(05) But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;
(06) Who will render to every man according to his deeds:
Now, listen remember, the judgment starts in anti-revelation, not your deeds. If you’re anti-revelation then you’ll be judged, but if you’re one with the revelation then there is no storing up of condemnation. Read It for yourself.
That’s how we’re going to get away from it. That’s how the Bride will stand there perfect in His image. The mind and heart and mouth are one. Therefore, it is important to have the confession of the hour to know what He says, and to say It.
Now, the eyes and heart whether natural or reborn go together. We’ve been telling you that all along. There’s something that God laid down there that God can use under the right condition by Himself that’s going to do a job.
(09) Beware that there be not a thought in thy wicked heart, saying, The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand; and thine eye be evil against thy poor brother, and thou givest him nought; and he cry unto the LORD against thee, and it be sin unto thee.
What I’m telling you is this: this fellow is greedy. Why? Because he’s seeing things out there that he should get back to somebody. They’re under his hand and he sees them, and he can’t bear the thought of not seeing them as his own, so he does something wicked.
I’m trying to show you something here brother/sister, “the eyes, the mind, the heart, the soul,” that’s why you’ve got this end-time Message. That’s how you get turned around. Don’t let anybody kid you. You’re getting the truth this morning, kind of rough and tough, and that’s alright. Nobody got hurt yet.
(08) [You] shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes.
Now let me tell you the church cannot continue in the way it was going, it takes a prophet to turn them around. That’s right. The church had its short hair, and the poor women that are vessels of appeal to men, God made them that way.
Nothing against the woman, she should be feminine, but she should not parade it. But men wants her to parade it, because when they get her in a weak spot, then the know then they can have her.
I’m not against women, I feel sorry for them. Now these women that are dirty plumb skunky, I hate their guts. I’ll tell you flat, I can’t stand it. They’re just dog meat. I ain’t going to take back what I’ve said.
You don’t think God’s offended, didn’t feel one thing bad about it. Jezebel got fed to the dogs, so don’t blame me. That’s not you girls.
I’ll tell you something, you girls are getting a better spirit all the time. I’m a little tough on you, but I watch your faces as I talk to some of you, and I want to say this to your everlasting credit, the majority of you are getting a good spirit upon you that I have not seen for a long time.
May God bless you, and God give you what you’ve never had before. Yes sir. Men ought to appreciate their wives as they’ve never done it before.
All right, we look it here. We also go over to Deuteronomy 16:19.
(19) Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, [hey, the wise people can get hurt, blinded eyes,] and pervert the words of the righteous.
A good man will even change his tune for money. Why? Because he sees that there, and he thinks of the nice things that I can get myself, and the nice things that I can buy somebody, or the nice things that mind.
He looks at it, and the eyes are greedy, they’re avaricious, goes down in the heart. Goes down in the soul. And don’t tell me that seeing Him in that Word doesn’t change you.
The altogether lovely, that humble One, that left Heaven’s glory that He might take upon Himself our infirmities and all those things. Bereft He was made. Bereft of the things of glory.
And He said, “Father, I just want to get that glory back.” And God said, “Don’t worry, you’ll get it all back and more and to see a people come in.”
See, that’s what this Message is all about brother/sister. No changing it. Oh, how people don’t understand this. That’s why I said in this church, from now on we have a fund that every cent must come into, before anybody gets anything at all in the congregation where there is something needy, so they’ll worship God and not look to a man.
Listen, let me tell you I can be a preacher amongst you, and I pick up a lot of money around the country. I mean, I’m not like a lot of people do, but look, a lot of money to me is just almost anything. I have more than I need to live on.
Now, what if I come amongst you and you don’t know that someone has given me seven hundred dollars, or a thousand dollars. …?… sent me two thousand dollars from a church somewhere, you’re in trouble and I just give you money.
“Oh, Brother Vayle’s the nicest guy.” You stupid jerk. You stupid jerk. Male jerk-ess for female. What’s the matter with you?
I’m making a show with somebody else’s money in your flesh, and you think Vayle’s a nice guy, you’ve got to be sick. God did it! God did it! Some of the trouble in this church right now, I’m going to nail it down. You sit here and you think Brother Vayle shouldn’t speak up on certain things.
I’ll speak up and if you don’t like it tell me to go and I’ll be gone in five minutes and happy to go. I’ll nail her down kid, it’s you or me. Get with this Word. Bring that in here, let the church write a check. You follow me?
I read the Bible to you. “You say one word against Me, you’ve shot your wad.” Not Lee Vayle, this is the Bible. “Let not the left hand know what the right hand does.” [Matthew 6:3]
I’ve given a lot of people money on the side. My own way was approved by Brother Branham. Put it through several sources if necessary so nobody knows but only God knows. And the person says, “Hallelujah, wasn’t that nice what Jesus did.”
Now look, I know there’s sometimes you can’t help doing certain things, I recognized that, such as paying the tithe. You can’t say, “Well, I’m going to put the tithe in the preacher’s hand in this church by sending it to Timbuktu and back to Singapore and over to London and the queen will bless it, and send it to Rome and the pope will bless it, and when it gets back here to our pastor won’t it be nice.” Hogwash!
You pay your tithes right here. Sometimes you can hand it to a person. I’m talking about doing alms. I’m talking about doing nice things for people. I’m talking about doing things for people are down and out when they’d really appreciate it.
So here I could give somebody money, do I turn and say to that person, “Hey, this really isn’t mine, this is God’s, because a fellow just gave me a thousand bucks.”
Oh, sometime back I took a fellow for dinner. He said, “Aw Lee,” he said, “I don’t want you paying this.”
I said, “I’ve got eleven hundred bucks in uncashed checks in my drawer at home. If I can’t afford to feed you, who can afford to feed you?” Now don’t think I’m not going to preach for nothing, because I talk this way. You owe me wages, I’m going to get them. Put them right in the building. Sure, I can afford it, no problem.
Years ago when prices were down and food was better, I took the whole Toronto church to dinner that week. All eat for about a hundred and twenty bucks. You don’t do that anymore. Oh I’ll take you all to …?… if you want, about the same price.
Won’t be the same food. Ha! You hear what I’m trying to tell you? Your old mind begins where the eyeballs see things, and certain things …?… The mind begins… “Oh, isn’t he a wonderful guy?”
I am not a wonderful guy. Not like George Bernard Shaw, went down to see with the very famous author along side of him and Bernard Shaw when this beggar sat there, gave him a whole dollar. Man that was a fortune. That was depression days.
A dollar! A nickel was a big sum of money to give somebody. In fact the old trick was the fellow go by and slip the bottom of the tin cup. He didn’t put a thing in. The guy thinks it’s money, he says, “Thank you.” Turn [the cup] upside down, no money. And the guy commended Bernard Shaw, he said, “Just a hypocrite, …?…” He said, “I did it for me, not for him.”
I don’t say we do this as Christians, but a brother sits… I’m going to tell you something, “the eyes of the heart,” are getting something he never got before. Now, Brother Branham was nice, we wouldn’t of preached like I preach. I preach dirty mean.
I get a little condemnation, but I’m not going to let it bother me. Not let it bother me. But I will let it bother me. I’ve done worse things than this to tell you the truth in a bad manner. But that’s the way it’s going to go. That’s the way it’s got to go.
We’re going to build up a fund here. Some of you are going to have to sacrifice if that’s what it’s all about.
Merciful God, when my wife and I were going down the road years ago, thirty nine dollars a week, I paid twenty percent right off the top. Back in ’62 preached for Brother Branham for four days. Went hundreds and hundreds of miles.
My motel bill was thirty six dollars, my offerings was thirty four. How do you get back and forth? Well, my wife and I didn’t live on beautiful steaks like the rest of guys and nice motels. We would have coffee and a piece of rye toast, and lucky, we might have a piece of meat between us the odd time.
But once in a while God gave us a windfall. Now I get the whole wind. Oh, I’m not a millionaire, but look, I appreciate things.
We got to do right, I’ve given you the Scripture, I’ve shown you the truth. We are being turned back brother/sister, let us stand firm in how we turn back. Not trying to hurt any feelings, we’ll get this right here.
If I lash out at times, just don’t feel bad, put it where it belongs, because I’m lashing out according to the Word of God and what lies here and what must be remedied. And if it is not remedied you will pay. I will not pay, because I am doing right.
I don’t stand up here and say one truth and I don’t announce it and say I’m going to do, and you people know to do it because I say so, and I won’t do it.
I’ve got a brother sitting here this morning, there was a man who’s dying of Parkinson’s disease. His wife believes the Message, full of the Holy Ghost. Because he was incapacitated he sat by the TV looking at the ball game and his wife’s marriage was getting destroyed and she said to our brother, she said, “I don’t know what I can do?”
“Well,” he said, “sister show him you’re full of the Holy Ghost and be there with him.”
She said, “But I don’t want to get enamored with football and baseball like he does.”
He said, “You don’t have too. Why don’t you sit with your back to the TV and massage his feet and be comforting to him.”
And within two weeks his marriage had turned around. And then the preacher got up and… then he said, “No, no, no.” That preacher’s an idiot. (An idiot!) You tell me she can’t sit at his feet with her back to the television set and be nice to her own husband and bring him around. And the preacher jump up and down and something like that. Now, somebody’s sick. Somebody’s sick.
I’m not going to tell you to do something I’m not doing myself. Oh, I’ll tell you I’m not. I’ve been honest with you. Have I not been fair in all the times, said, “Hey, you better do better than me in this thing.” I’m not going to lie to you. And I’m not about to lie to you. Got to meet God sometime.
Okay, we’ll get out of here tomorrow morning. Oh, this is not the long-weekend. Oh my, my, I sure blew it didn’t I? Well, let’s keep reading.
(11) … if any man hate his neighbor, and lie in wait for him, and rise up against him, and smite him mortally that he die, and fleeth into one of these cities:
(12) Then the elders of his city shall send and fetch him thence, and deliver him into the hand of the avenger of blood, that he may die.
(13) Thine eye shall not pity him, thou shalt put away the guilt of innocent blood from Israel, that it may go well with thee.
Now, It tells you right here that a lot of people can look at circumstances and things and get a little bit too pitiful. That’s what people do with their kids. Then the kids cause all kinds of trouble and become rotten citizens.
“Oh, don’t correct the little boy.” You better correct him. See? The church has got a job to correct, but not over correct. The church has got to meet its obligation and do the things that are right.
Now, It says here, “That the eye enters in.” That’s the eyes in the head. And then It goes to the mind where it draws the wrong conclusion. I’m going to tell you flat, King David stood there was a priest-king to Almighty God. His one son desired his half-sister came on and he absolutely raped her and he should have died for it.
But the old king sat back and knew he should have died for Uriah’s death too. Now, how can the pot call the kettle black? So he said, “Well, it wasn’t right, but boys will be boys.” What about that girl’s spoiled life?
I said it, I don’t know who this guy Skink(?) down there, I think it may not be Skink down there in Dayton or somewhere. But it was the first time I admired an officer of the law. Two boys six and ten years of age literally took a two year old little girl, stripped her and put her in water and drowned her.
Now he said, “We’re going to find out why. We’ll not dismiss the case because they’re little kids.” He said, “It so happens that the ten year old can be a twenty year old in his thinking, a six year old can be twelve or fourteen.”
And the original thought was they take the poor little girl and have actually rape her. They didn’t, but they held her underwater and she drowned.
Then the next tragic thing is was, the little boy wanted to wade in and get her, but somebody thought the baby was dead already and they said don’t do it. They might have just saved her life. See, two wrongs don’t make a right. Just may make it worse.
But I admire the fact the man said, “Look, I don’t care if they’re six and ten, we’re going to find out why.”
Now the mind doesn’t say that. The mind says, “Aw, …?…, well they’re juveniles.” Now, thank God for that man whoever he is. I think I’ll change my place so I can vote for him and have a campaign the next time around. That’s jumping on the band-wagon. But who doesn’t?
Book of Job… [tape ends]