Shall we pray:
Heavenly Father, we know the same Spirit that was here about two thousand years ago manifest in flesh was once again, that’s where God manifested Himself through human flesh again, and in human flesh we appreciate that knowing that the Scripture verifies that truth giving us substance to our stand. We therefore, thank You Lord, that our faith is not baseless and groundless and based upon anything but Your own Word Lord, and You Yourself standing behind Your Word.
We ought to be very grateful tonight and we pray we are and if we’re not grateful enough and sincere enough, we pray Lord, that You are that One who can and will do, will bring us into that state Father, because of Your Grace and Love and Mercy toward us. So help us to receive Your Word, the engrafted Word, the correcting Word, the living Word, that great Word which we have, the actual conduit of the Spirit of God Himself, it might be in our hearts and our souls, particularly to such an extent that every channel not only incoming but outgoing may show that God Himself You, Lord, Jehovah have the care of us and the control of us. So bless us tonight, Lord, to this end, Lord, we give You praise in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
You may be seated.
Now we know that every single Message we study, we studied them on the grounds of having studied many more and realize that every single Message is interconnected, interwoven and therefore, you have to look at everything Brother Branham says in the light of the complete delineation and revelation, that includes his ministry which of course, is what was our particular attention, drew our particular attention in order to get us to that particular Word.
Now last Sunday we came to where Brother Branham has introduced the restoration of the Bride Tree of Israel, the wife of Jehovah. This Restorer was God Himself manifest in human flesh, even the flesh of the only begotten Son of God. See, he talks about Jesus as being that one. But the Messiah-Deliverer was rejected by the creedal church. They could not, and consequently did not recognize Him, even though He presented a perfect manifestation whereby He surely should have been known to them. And that’s the reason for the judgment.
The Samaritan woman recognized the Scripture manifestation but she was seed, whereas the church was totally lost to the serpent seed crowd. And when the corrupt church saw the Messiah they said, “This is not the son of David that was to come; this is another seed.”
So we’re going to go back and quickly read from page 61 of about paragraph 4 to where we were on Sunday and Brother Branham says concerning what I just read to you as the preamble. The Jews couldn’t understand it; they said, “He’s a fortuneteller; He is Beelzebub.” You’ll find that in Matthew 12. Jesus said, “I forgive you, but some… but when the Holy Spirit is come and does the same thing, and you speak against that, it’ll never be forgiven you.” Now that, of course, stood through the ages we know you cannot do that, but Brother Branham was particularly referring to the end time ministry of which he was the one that God had chosen to bring that complete manifestation.
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[61-3] Now, “If I do not the works of My Father, don’t believe Me;” but that fruit Tree was bearing… fruit. Now watch. What kind of a Church did He set up? Now, you Catholics that want to say that Jesus set up a church, what kind of church did He set up? Did He ever mention a denomination, or creed? He was always against it. He called them, “whited walls! You dead man’s bones!”
[61-4] He called them everything that He could call them. And that’s right. He was against it. That was the fruit of God. Now, you can make two and 2 two, four if you want to. All right.
Now, of course, what you find many people are very aggravated at Brother Branham because he never came with his great so-called thing called love, that you just don’t rebuke anybody, you don’t tell anybody, just sweet, sweet, sweet, and you know, if something is there; they’ll be won. That’s a lot of hogwash. Jesus whipped those people out of the temple and I’m sure you know enough about… you know how the string… the cord that they bind sheaves with, it’s usually made out of a very, very brittle and very mean type of hemp and if it cuts across you it leaves little slivers in your skin, cuts.
It’s one of the worse types of cuts you can talk about, something like getting a lot of paper cuts. And you know how deadly they are. Well, Jesus just made thongs and he just wrapped it around and whipped them. And of course, when that was pulled tight, it just would, maybe take some, not just maybe, but take some skin off and… make them think for awhile. Well, you can tell how rough he was; he emptied the church.
And so what they’re doing here, Brother Branham is coming back against all this misinformation concerning him, all the lies, all the judging they have against him. Now, this of course, is going to make people even angrier still, if they ever catch on to it because they’re going to say, “No, no, no, there’s no way that Jesus really did that.” Well, he did it. He really did it and the fact of the matter is when the thief threw his teeth, he said, “If you’re the Son of God why don’t you come down and take us with you.” That’s perfectly the truth; he could have done it, as far as the ability to do.
But there again you see, most people don’t understand the ability to do is not what counts; it’s the wisdom of what you do it and the purpose contained therein looking way down that road. That’s what Brother Branham said, “Sure he said, I could take every disease off you, maybe God doesn’t want them off you.” He could have shut every mouth, but maybe God didn’t want him to. So he’s letting them know, he said, “You can put this together, you’ll come out understanding I’m vindicating myself, but it’s still the truth.”
That was the fruit of God. That Tree was the fruit of God… and what he did manifested that he was that Tree that fruit of God and part of it was very rough on those birds. He called them ‘generation of vipers’ and ‘serpent seed’. [Matthew 23:33] You’re of your father the devil.
They said, “We’re of Abraham.”
He said, “Like fun you are. You’re of your father, the devil.”
“Well, we know Moses.”
“Like fun you know Moses, you you’d Me.”
Hey, you know when a man gives testimony himself he better have something to back him up. I believe today under the microscope there should have been a greater recognition today of God manifest in human flesh than there was back there because they have much more to work with in the realm of the scientific and all these others realms, I won’t bother to name them. All right.
He defends himself against how he talked and what he did. He said,
[61-4] Jesus was against the thing, the organization, against their theories, He called them hypocrites, snakes in the grass, and said they were devils. He said, “You are of your father, the devil; and do his works… Which one of your fathers didn’t persecute the prophets I sent before Me?” See? “Then you build their tombs.” And he said, “You’re the ones that put them in there.”
All right, you might notice something here that, he said, “You are of your father, the devil and his works will do. You’ll do his works.” Then he said now, watch what he’s saying, “You’re going to do the works of your father, the devil, just like your fathers did.” And what did your fathers do? They persecuted the prophets.
So, the work of the devil is to always come against the Word Giver. He won’t come against so much the fellow that is just a seer and maybe a little bit like Samuel, in the sense, that he had visions and could see things. It might be quite a number would go along with that, in fact, many would, if not the majority. But when it comes to the Word-Prophet, and that’s a hyphenated word, capital W, capital P. The devil is going to attack him every single time, then notice what happens when it is too late; recognition comes.
Now, why is it that the devil attacked the prophets? Because Brother Branham said, “You can neither worship nor serve God outside of the prophets.” And never forget that, as you read 1 John 3: again, 4-8.
(04) Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
Well, you better know what law it is. You better be vindicated law. Anybody can make up a law if he thinks you’re a jackass enough to believe it. Sure. You can get people running in circles and cutting their stupid heads off. We’re talking of something that’s vindicated, not some little mystical thing, we’re talking about reality. See? Now,
(05) And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
(06) Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth… not… whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.
Now you know jolly well, that doesn’t have a thing to do with where he says, “If we confess our sins he’s faithful and just to forgive our sins.” He’s not talking about that at all. That has to do with your active life out here. This has your passive life.
This is where the inner man is believing, not what the outer man is manifesting. Merciful heaven, if everybody… the fact of the matter is people do manifest the inner man; their soul, a lot of trouble down there until the whole Word of God takes over and the man’s soul is in complete obedience to that Word coming forth in those human channels through his senses.
Now he said,
(06) Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: [It’s true, it’s no unbelief.] whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, [Who is in unbelief?]… whosoever…
(07) Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
(08) He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. [And] for this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might [bring to nothing] the works of the devil.
Now he tells you right here, that the Son of God was manifested in order so that the people would no longer fall into the trap of the devil which was to come against the prophets or the Word-Giver of God. See? Now there’s the whole thing that we’re standing on and of course, I’m hated for what I preach. For me to preach this and not preach Pentecostal hogwash, and Baptist doctrine and all this other crud, of looking forward and this guy’s coming and that guy’s coming and you got to have this gift and that gift. I’m hated like you can’t believe it. I can get the books; I throw them in the garbage, or bring and let you read them.
They hate me just like they hated Brother Branham because I take it Word by Word and you know that I’m not lying, you can read the same Scripture and you got a right, not go behind my back like that hypocrite did who came here, stand beside me on the platform. I challenge you tonight, the whole bunch of you, stand right here and get your Bibles and get the sermon, you show me where I’m one Word off what I’m teaching.
You take it any other way, you fall into the trap of denominational organization, and William Branham just becomes a prophet without the authority of God backing him in this hour of judgment. I challenge you to prove me wrong on those statements, they’re all on tape. Because I can take everything I tell you tonight and turn it right around and show you just where the trap is going.
He said, “You are of your father the devil and his works you will do, which of your fathers didn’t persecute the prophets.” See. He said, “You’ll do those works.” If you want to know if you’re the right seed or not, you are going to be judged by the stand you take against the Word that the living God manifested through a prophet, because he is the living Word of God manifested. Now, you show me where I’m off.
Go ahead, here’s the Bible. Here’s the stuff. You can’t do it. You know this has to do within your heart, what you believe if that seed is there or not. No matter how you act because you can have that Seed there and be a corrupt David who saw another woman he wanted and took another man’s wife and slept with her, had a baby by her. Had the man killed and he’s a man after God’s own heart.
Are you still a bunch of legalists tonight looking down your little snot noses that you are going to produce something? Go ahead and produce it: be a seven more fold child of hell than you ever were before you came out of your cruddy organizations. Can you look at what happened up there and know that that’s vindicated of a scientific picture? The man who was a scientist, authenticated, as he only scientific evidence of a supernatural being and maybe you’ll sit there and tapes go out, say, “Well, I just wonder.”
Were you head of the FBI documents and photography and that type of proof? Can you even take a decent picture? Yet you might open your mouth and caterwaul and think you got something on the ball, forget it. I’m not mad at anybody, don’t worry, I’m just studying my notes.
The book of Ephesians, in the 5th chapter, starting at verse 6.
(06) Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
It tells you why God sends His wrath; not because of what you did but because of what you believe. Hold your finger there; let’s see if Paul ever changed his tune. Romans, the 1st chapter,
(18) For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness [in them, that] hold [back] the truth in unrighteousness;
(19) Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it… to them. [The turning down of a revelation coming against a prophet.]
Oh, let’s keep reading. [Ephesians 5:]
(06) Let no man deceive you [because] with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
Not disobedient children, the children of disobedience. What was a child of disobedience? “Thou shalt not eat of that tree.” And she did. She got into a sexual relationship with the serpent. I don’t care what the world believes, what the theologians believe; who cares two bits what those jackasses believe. Your pseudo intellectuals, those serpent seed, and children of hell: what do I care about them? I don’t have a care about those birds; I’m not a part of them. Cain was a child of disobedience. It’s exactly the truth.
(07) Be… ye [not]… partakers with them.
What’s a ‘partaker with them’? They don’t believe the truth; they believe the lie. They come against the prophet. Now watch!
(08) For ye were sometimes darkness, [They were sometimes darkness.] now… [you are] light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
You were sometimes, by your manner of living even you showed that you needed something that you have… that you were entitled to that you hadn’t got, but you’re going to get. Then he says,
You were sometimes, by your manner of living even you showed that you needed something that you have… that you were entitled to that you hadn’t got, but you’re going to get. Then he says,
(09) (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
Now he says, the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth.
Now let’s flip back to the book of Galatians and see what that fruit is. [chapter 5:]
(22) …love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
(23) Meekness, temperance:…
Well, it says, every one of these is a… of the Spirit, all of those fruits ‘is in all goodness and righteousness and truth.’ In other words, it’s got to spring from the well spring which is from God in the first place. And you can’t have any unrighteousness within it and it’s got to be truth. You show me anybody but the Bride that’s going to show true love and boy, you better start working right now because you ain’t going to show me because when it comes to this, I’m as blind as a bat. I wouldn’t even bother looking at your evidence. I wouldn’t even take time to throw up on it, even be nauseated by it.
I proved every point I’ve ever preached in this pulpit from Brother Branham’s sermons. And I can tell you right now; you better watch your Scripture and compare them and see if they line up and don’t try to fool yourself with some hogwash love. I’m not against love. I’m not against gentleness, kindness… even in a lousy sinner that’s going to go to hell. To seduce souls and put… made him seven times more child of hell than they are; I’m not against it. Look under the cover. Why is he doing? What is it all about? Is it some mind over matter? Or is it because it’s the love of God shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost?
The late Dr. Norman Vincent Peale told the truth. He told the truth to this congregation and each congregation in the world. Do you need some kind of a help? Are you in a hot spot? Do you have trouble? Do you need a job? Do you need this? Do you need that? Look around and start helping somebody.
Sow some seed. Watch what comes back on you. You know why people can’t pray worth a hoop anymore? They’re not sowing any seeds. You say, “Oh God, give me, Oh God, do this, Oh God.” That’s what James said. Get up and do something. [Ephesians 5:]
(10) Proving what is [that] acceptable… what is acceptable unto the Lord.
(11) And have no fellowship [Now watch!] with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
Take your stand with the Word. That’s what Brother Branham is saying here. Why do you think he’s saying any other reason? See?
The devil’s work is to persecute and he always will persecute the children of God. Why? Because of the Word.
[61-6] Oh, brother, He didn’t pull any punches with them. That’s right. That was the fruit of God.
It was the fruit of God not to pull punches. What’s he saying then? The fruit of God doesn’t tell lies. Doesn’t stand up and say, “I guess you could be right and I could be wrong.” Brother Branham said that on the odd occasion because he wanted to duck an argument. He threw the guy a curve. The guy that took that one, he was… I don’t know. I’m going to tell you one thing; the guy took that challenge, oh you could be right in the face of Brother Branham’s vindication, Brother Branham said it, because Brother Branham could read the guy’s heart.
You better believe that he wasn’t even much of a child of the devil if he was that stupid. I think the devil like to kick him in the teeth when he got him where he’d get him. Surely the devil could not… when he seal up the sum of wisdom… surely the devil could not commend such a slouch as that. You know.
[61-6] Well, That was the fruit of God. What was it? Stay with the Word of God, [see?] make the Word of God manifest. [Now that’s that fruit tree doing that] He said, otherwise, “What did the Scriptures say I, the Messiah, would do when I came. Now, if I don’t bear that fruit of that Word, then I’m not… Messiah. But if I bear the fruit of that Word, what the Messiah was supposed to do, then I am He.
Now, of course, that’s Matthew 12, we’re talking about this end time because Brother Branham was talking about himself. Now notice. He said, “The work the Messiah was supposed to do.” Now, I want to make sure I got that right. Yeah.
[61-6] But if I bear the fruit of that Word, that the Messiah was supposed to do, then I am He.
Now, but as serpent seed they won’t know the doctrine and therefore, misapply Word and use It for their own position. Now he’s talking to people like I’m telling you here. He looked them in the eye; they knew the Scripture. There’s no doubt some of them could quote perhaps the first five books of the Bible, perhaps some could quote the Psalms; the whole book of Isaiah.
They were well learned and they were, absolutely, knowledgeable concerning the Scripture. But when the scripture became fulfilled before them which it is was supposed to be fulfilled in a man because Messiah was supposed to be man, a great leader like unto David, from the root of David, of the son of Jesse. They as serpent seed could not know the doctrine. But they had the Word and would misapply It, mis-divide It and use It for their own position.
Now just a minute, if you don’t know what I’m talking about I want you to visualize with me: I’m talking to a man, we’re riding in a car. And as I am talking in order to explain a question, he butts in and I said, “Shut-up.”
I shook him right to the core. I said, “You’re not even listening. The minute I start answering your question, another question pops in your mind. Shut-up and listen.”
Well, I was using his tactics as a bulldozer, and I would to God I never had because I said, “Look, bud, there’s one thing you know, when it comes to manifestation and vindication you ain’t a patch on me, you never had it and never will and I don’t have any anymore and if I did, I wouldn’t be one drop in the ocean alongside of Brother Branham, so forget it. And William Branham is the vindicated man, so shut-up and listen.”
If he’d of listened he’d of been alright but he listened to somebody else. And that guy wouldn’t wait until God would give him the answer.
See, I waited twenty-five years for one answer. Twenty-eight years for another answer. I’ve got the sort of patience that Brother Branham talks about, not the patience you think I ought to have. I’ve got the patience I’m supposed to have. I can wait for God to give an answer. I don’t have to run hither and thither and yon. I made one mistake many years ago; I never made that mistake again. No, I don’t believe in running ahead, by the grace of God.
[61-6] Now, Brother Branham says, [Amen!] to the truth of the Word. Now which… of you can condemn Me of sin.” He said. There you are. “Which one of your organizations [which one] does this same thing?” [Now watch the challenge.] There you are. The Messiah was supposed to do this; and Messiah is supposed to be a prophet. “Now, let’s see some of you all,” He said, “with all your ‘high-falooting’ ideas, let’s see you do it.” Now, they were silent.
Now Brother Branham is talking about the same silence of those preachers in Chicago gave him when he said, “Bring your Bible up and stand beside me.” They know there’s one God. Yeah, but they make a big mistake because God the Son is not God the Son, He’s the Son of God. That makes two of the same substance and one is the Son. Brother Branham says so; it’s right on tape. Now you’ve got two. Brother Branham said, “I’m not Oneness; I’m not Trinity. I stand in between.” So now you got God, call Him the Father now, because He’s the Father; He’s got a Son.
And God is the Holy Spirit. There aren’t three of them. But now the Oneness can’t see that, so now the Oneness say I’m preaching two gods and the Trinity they don’t know what I’m preaching. They might laugh a little bit and think, “Well, there you are, he’s settled for something in between.” I didn’t say, I settled for the prophet’s word. Isn’t it strange how Lee Vayle is the only guy that can almost… one of the few guys that can read what the prophet said? That’s strange now. I thought everybody had as much education as… more than I got. I can read. And I’m reading it. I don’t have a great deal of trouble with it.
He tells you right here, William Branham is talking about the end time restoration of which he’s a part because Elijah is the final one to restore, to bring it into completion, opening the Seven Seals thereof, revealing the Seven Thunders, bringing perfection to a Bride which is full consummation of 1 Corinthians, chapter 13, absolutely he is speaking of himself because he’s identified himself as Elijah.
Now don’t make any mistakes there, Brother Branham said he was. Up in New York, what was that November, December, 1964? You can find it; it’s right on tape. It’s right there before you. Why, just pick up your books and read it, get you a tape.
Now he says to the same thing now concerning this very period. He said, “Which of your organizations or anybody else can produce what I am producing? Even with all your doctrine, your high-falooting ideas,” he said, “Isn’t Messiah supposed to be a prophet? And isn’t Elijah supposed to come and be a prophet? What are you looking for?”
So the guy that runs the zoo orders what? A tiger. So they send him a tiger. Now do you think he’s going to say, “Well, I don’t know if that’s a tiger? I wonder if that could be a lion. Yup, yup, yup.” Oh, shut-up! Lions and tigers don’t look alike. The order was sent in; give me a tiger. The man got his tiger. The order is sent in; bring me a prophet. Well, do we get a pope? Or some high-heeled shor-haired Pentecostal floozy preacher? That Aimee [Semple McPherson] started the whole thing with? No, we got a prophet, just what the Bible… Brother Branham is saying the same.
“Then what isn’t the Messiah supposed to be a prophet. Isn’t Elijah supposed to be a prophet?” See. And God always was His own prophet, right there being the One doing it just like Jesus said, “I don’t have a word. I don’t have a thing to say or a thing to do; it’s God who says it and it’s God who does it. He simply uses me as a channel.” So Brother Branham said, “Let’s see you do it.” So they’re all very, very silent.
[61-6] What was it? [See?] He bore the fruit of God.
Now let’s look at that word ‘bear’. A woman bore a child. The tree bore a fruit. It’s the same word; the woman carried a child. The tree carried the fruit. So we’re looking at the thought here in my books get it down to carrying which means you are not initiating nor are you producing of yourself but something is there that’s not even yours. Say, just a minute, that life that’s in the tree does bear a fruit, it does bring it forth. That’s true; I’m not arguing the point. I’m just bringing you a point, thou shalt not bear the name of thy Lord God in vain’ which means to carry.
Or ‘take the Lord… the name of the Lord thy God in vain’ it’s carry and bear it with you. So we’re looking at here, He bore the fruit of God. Which is in truth what I am talking about; I don’t have the words, I don’t have the power, but notice me doing it. So I am bearing it, I am carrying it, actually the vine and the branches are carriers because without that initial life, grape life or whatever life it is, there would not be a vine, there would not be a branch; there would not be any kind of a fruit. Those things are merely symptomatic of what really lie there.
That’s why all nature, and all this is simply symptomatic. And people ought to recognize what’s symptomatic and go to the great Creator and stand there in awe in worship and wonder. It’s not difficult if we get the right inspiration.
[62-1] He bore the fruit of God. He carried it. The Holy Spirit was in Him; so He bore it, He carried God’s fruit. What was He? Now, listen close. I’ll hurry quick as I can, I won’t delay you for your Easter dinner. Look, he said, your Easter dinner should be the resurrection.
So all right. We’re to look in the right direction now to see things and see it with the eyes of the Word, to see the truth and don’t vary from it, just know we stand secure in a reality, in such a… in what could seem to be such a minor reality, all Israel, just about all Israel failed in it.
[62-2] But watch. He was God’s perfect Prophet Tree, [Well, I last minute, he called him a fruit tree, [See?] bearing the fruit of God, bearing something that wasn’t his.] So now he’s… God’s perfect Prophet Tree, very true.
As God’s perfect Prophet Tree he could take them over here to Matthew 7 which Brother Branham did time after time for us in this end time which is for the end time, “Beware of false prophets verse 50 which come to you in sheep clothing but inwardly they’re ravening wolves.”
Now these same guys can pull out an act of love that will make you look like you don’t know the first thing about having one sentiment, one ounce of appreciation, one ounce of a desire to help anybody, sympathy, compassion, or anything else; they can make you look sick. And they’ve only got one thing in mind; that’s to destroy you.
If you want to get right down to it; that’s why you got to teach your kids all about the sex act because that’s the same rotten filthy thing. What we’re talking about right here. What I’m talking about. Only one purpose in it, that’s for self-gratification, it isn’t a matter of love for the other person anything at all. Yeah, kids don’t want to learn it, nobody, they’re going to spend millions, billions more dollars and there’s going to be more and more corruption; they’re not going to cure crime any longer, because they took the pins away, they took all the underpinnings.
The Bible distinctly said, “Don’t you dare remove those old landmarks.” [Proverbs 22:28] So America ruined her landmarks; she was finished, this nation is dead; it died in 1956. It’s been dead for thirty… what… thirty-seven solid years almost thirty-eight. Two years to go we ought to have a Rapture, shouldn’t we?
You shall know them by their fruits. Now, just a cotton-picking minute, their fruits are love and beauty and rejoicing and marveling and kindness and sweetness and seduction. That can’t be that kind of fruit; can it? Must be another kind of fruit. We’re not talking about those nine fruits in the book of Galatians, so-called. Everybody talks about those fruits, oh my: meek and gentle and kind and patient, eee, eee, oh yeah, I admit it, I got no problem there.
But I’ll tell you one thing, if I was in Germany in the time of the Second World War; I would not have enjoyed Hitler’s, Ersatz Coffee. I still don’t enjoy it. Why would I settle for Ersatz meekness, Ersatz kindness, Ersatz love, Ersatz joy Ersatz goodness, huh? Something come out of a barren soul; that wants to deceive? Void of the spirit of Almighty God? Is that what I’m going to settle my destiny on?
You know them by their fruits;’ now he said, “Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Every good tree bringeth forth good fruit.” [Matthew 7: 16,17] The good tree was in the Garden of Eden; the evil tree was in the Garden of Eden. Notice, the corrupt bringeth forth evil fruit.
(18) A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, [nor]… corrupt… bring forth good fruit. [Thank God, there’s no black white bird. There’s no drunk sober man.]
(19) Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down and cast into the fire.
(20) Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them.
What’s he talking about? False prophets; men with the wrong Word; a perverted Word.
“Why,” Brother Branham said, “the old priest would show a thousand times more love than Jesus Christ and make him look like a rotten hypocrite just about. Why, that renegade Jesus, who wants to fool with him?” Ho, ho, ho. [Without the camp, buddy: without the camp. Let’s go there. I don’t care what kind of renegade he is; I think I got the same kind of a spirit.]
[62-2] But watch. He was God’s perfect Prophet Tree, the example Tree, the Bridegroom Tree. Amen! Glory! [I’m going to say something directly.] If He is the Bridegroom Tree [do you believe it?] from the garden of Eden, then the Bridegroom Tree without the Female [or the Bride Tree, Right? doesn’t] bear fruit. [Now what’s he talking about? He’s talking about the end time restoration. He’s Elijah.] So He’s got to have a Bride Tree;
Now this doesn’t mean I’m talking that William Branham is Almighty God or something; I’m just talking about the fact there’s a… he’s drawing a parallel here that you’re to watch and you know where he’s going. Because he’s got to do something about this end time ministry. He just can’t tell you these things and then walk off the platform. You say, “What does the man mean? Where’s he going?” See?
Now he’s telling you flat here and this flatness he’s talking about is setting the stage for William Branham to publicly declare and God manifest through him that God is in this man, as He’s in the prophets, that God is manifested Himself in human flesh again, positively. That the prophet’s the living Word of God manifested and he ends up by telling you, if the hand does it the body does it. In other words, it’s to be manifested as a member of the true Bride that all the rest of the Bride may come to. That’s why the ensign raised up was the prophet with the living word of the living God.
So, all right. He’s saying here now,
[62-2] Then the Bridegroom Tree without the Female or the Bride Tree doesn’t bear fruit. So He’s got to have a Bride Tree; She’s got… [Now watch!] She’s got to be borned of the same material, the same Word, made flesh from the Tree.
That’s how Adam was with Eve. You cannot change it; Adam was the type. So he’s got to have a Bride Tree, Bride Word Tree made flesh. Now didn’t he tells us that Jesus came the same way we did except he didn’t by-pass that certain form? And didn’t he come by a womb: born of Mary? So, all right.
[62-2] [I hope you get it.] [See, what I say, you got to put these sermons together, so your minds not running in fifty, hundred different directions, fifty hundred is five thousand.] The same Life in this female Tree, which is from the Bridegroom, as It is in the Bride. [See, in other words, Bride and Female have no different life.] “The works that I do shall shall you do also.” Is that right? He was the Bridegroom. Remember… [All right.]
According to Brother Branham and according to the Word of God this has to appear somewhere in the Bride according to John 14:12. And you can tell positively if it is that same Life that was two thousand years ago or not because it will have to do the very same thing. Now Brother Branham will bring out later on, I don’t think I read it already, it’s down a little further, he will tell you if these are the laws and the conditions laid down, when you see them you ought to recognize them and stop blubbering.
You know it’s very funny when a guy comes along and you and he lip at each other but he pulls the gun, the guy with the lip and no gun; he buttons it pretty quick, but not with God. It’s very strange; Brother Branham is going to talk about his Magnum; I hope we get to it. When God pulls His Magnum; the serpent seed blubber all the more. Fight all the more, fuss all the more, deny all the more, lie all the more, blaspheme all the more, and care less all the more, but wait till judgment day. That is to say the finalization of judgment, we got something to say about that tonight, too. Now, watch now.
Brother Branham says this, there’s life in the male that same life manifested has got to come through the female which is the Bride. Now make no mistake about it, it’s got to come there and when he says that, notice what happens, someone in the congregation says, “No way.” Now watch!
[62-3] You say, “That isn’t scriptural.” Oh it is! I caught that… See? [You couldn’t hide if you tried.] We’re fixing to have a healing meeting in a minute. I caught that. He was! You want proof of it? [Now watch] He said, “I am the Vine; and you are the branches: I am the Vine; and you are the branches; you bear the fruit.” See? And the male tree and female tree produces the pollen one to the other that brings the fruit. And the branch and the vine does the same thing. See? That’s exactly right.
Now he’s telling you, you’ve got to have it matched up according to that life and that fruit will be there which is that manifestation which was there two thousand years ago, but that’s when people don’t understand Matthew 4 and Matthew 12, they can’t believe it because they got their own ideas. They already say there’s no such thing as a prophet coming. “Why we don’t need any of these things anymore, we’ve already got it, hey, everybody knows about that.” That’s a lie, everybody doesn’t know about God.
You know there’s a billion Christians and a billion Muslims; so a billion against a billion makes a tie. Oh God. Do you understand the sick hour in which we live? The putrifaction of that lie within the church that calls herself the Bride of Christ. I can vomit about it. No wonder God vomits. I don’t blame Him. I’m happy He can get it out of His system; I’m stuck with it.
[62-4] So He said, Now, this first Tree was a Prophet Tree, [A Prophet Tree,] a perfect Tree; the God of the prophets. He was a major Tree; He was God’s perfect Prophet Tree. [See?] Why? He was the Word. Now, the others were minor prophets. [Moses, everybody else, William Branham, Paul, Isaiah.] The Word came to the prophets, but He was the Word, Himself, in the form of a Prophet. Amen! [Now, we’re getting somewhere!]
Now, you see what you’re looking at; the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. Now Brother Branham said, “If you make Jesus the Word, you got three gods.” So God Himself took on a human form which was, He came into at the River Jordan, that one His only begotten Son who took on the form came by the woman’s womb, without male intervention and God indwelt Him.
You know, it just gives you a little idea; God had to do that to redeem the world which He did, and Adam and Eve at that time did not have any sexual knowledge whatsoever to procreate and bring forth children. What a tremendous hour they lived in when God was everything to them! My, what a tremendous, tremendous time that was! God could manifest in their flesh. Come down, control all the animals; tree, move over here; bush, move over there. Didn’t like a certain mountain, no problem, just move it. Just tell it to move.
What do you think of the earthquakes in California? Who’s telling them to move now? Hey? Wouldn’t someone like to have that kind of power? America gave it up in 1956. Ha, ha, I was out in Kansas and Brother Branham stood there and stopped the tornado. Oh yeah, I was there. It disappeared. Others were there when he stood and turned that hurricane back that would have swept out Beaumont. Oh yeah. “I can’t believe that.”
You don’t have to believe anything. Hey, who asked you to? Well, you know it’s ordained to believe.
“Well, thank God I’m not in that ordination.”
Well, thank God I am. Hey, you know I tell you, everybody doesn’t like sauerkraut and rice and tomatoes and spareribs; I love it. One fellow called it ‘gook’. It’s okay by me; it was a good meal to me. It’s the way I’m with the gospel.
[62-5] Now, listen real close, and don’t miss this now. It was so good… I just wrote it… down here.
[63-1] Now, He was God’s Prophet Tree. Why? He preached all the perfect Word of God, for He was the Word of God made manifest. He was the perfect… Tree that preached the perfect Prophet Word that brought forth the perfect Prophet Fruit, by the perfect Word of God. [That’s a lot of almost, alliteration, but it’s very, very good.]
The fact of the matter is, what you’re looking at is what God wanted in that hour of completion to bring up everything that was not right from the past and take care of everything that would not be right from that future until the end of time blending into eternity, take care all of that, sow it up at the end and take it right down to the Holy City.
In other words, in Him lay everything that was vital to God, that God wanted brought into manifestation. And you’ll notice, even at the very end in the book of Matthew… of 1 Corinthians, speaking, where God puts everything under his feet and the kingdom is turned back to Him. You’ll see God is doing it all the way down the line. He’s got to… He did it, he did it in Luther, though Luther was not a real prophet, He did it in Wesley.
He did it in many men. He did it through the thousand years of the Catholic Church darkness; there were men in there that were men of God. You can’t deny it. St. Francis of Assisi and some of those others, I forget all their names. But there’s no doubt that there were people there that were truly men and women of God according to the Light, the Spirit; the little Light they had. See?
Remember that Tree was being eaten up. What Life was there, they utilized It.
[63-1] Oh, brother, talk about a Tree! A Tree! He was that Tree, that Life Tree, that the Angel kept Eve and Adam away from… from with guarding Cherubims, away from that Tree. Now, [listen] now the same Cherubim… [are] trying to run them into It, because there’s been made a way for them [to get back and get to the Tree of Life.] See? Now, they’re pulling back. Oh, human beings, [Oh, my, he just shakes his head. What can you do with human beings?]
So all right at the end time here we see a complete manifestation of the same ministry of what Jesus said, you’ll desire to see one of the days of the Son of man and will not see it until just prior to the taking away of God’s elect Bride in the Rapture. He said, “You’re not going to see it, but you will see it then.” And William Branham completely identifies the two. Now listen, there again the theologians say, “No, no, no.”
How do they know it’s ‘No, No, No’? Just because they read a few books, a little bit of history, they think they’re smart. Huh! They make me sick. If they put their brains in gear before they put their mouths in gear it would be all right. But let’s face it; their brains don’t have anything other than talk about what they do talk about. If they had something there, they’d manifest it and what they do have there, they have manifested.
[63-2] [Brother Branham said, Jesus] preached all the Word; He didn’t cut here or there. When Satan came to Him, that great theologian, said, “It is written!” Jesus said, “it’s also written… ” [Satan came back and said,] “… it’s [further] written.” He said, “.it’s [even further more further written again.”]
So all right, Brother Branham at the end time is telling us the parallel which we just read. “God’s perfect Prophet Tree.” God Himself manifesting, the person Himself, simply bearing which was not a part of Him but was of God. And he stood there as Brother Branham said, “I didn’t know better, I wanted to be a trapper, but it’s His Grace I am what I am.” See? He was a perfect Prophet Tree preached… and preached the perfect Prophet Word that brought forth the perfect Prophet fruit by the perfect Word of God.
See, in other words, Jesus Christ absolutely stood there and proved it through vindication, manifestation and William Branham did the same thing and the serpent seed crowd which dominates the church said, “We don’t want a thing to do with it.”
You see. Only God can correctly divide His Word, nobody else can. All right.
[63-3] Perfect Prophet Tree preaching perfect Prophet… Word, with perfect Prophet Signs, perfect Prophet results, perfect Fruit… of the Spirit. [Oh my, right in this hour, it happened.] And for a mockery [I’m… going to go through this pretty fast now,] for a mockery, they hanged Him on [He was the Word, you know] hanged Him on the Word Tree, the Word Tree, hung… on a man-made Roman tree… brother, I hope that got home! He being God’s perfect spiritual Tree, they hung Him on a man-made Roman tree. Amen!
It’s exactly true. This comes from the Fourth Church Age. I think its Thyatira [Revelation 2:18] where they had the Jezebel religion. They looked to the church for its synods, its conferences, its bishops and so on, to bring forth what was supposed to be the truth and they brought something forth to aggrandize themselves and hold the people under horrible control. So today with the Word, the whole truth of this hour, even as Jesus gave it in Luke. Now notice, the 4th chapter of Luke, he’s there in the synagogue and he’s preaching. And he read in the book of Isaiah,
(18) The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he… anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor;… sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives,… recovering of… blind,… sight to the blind, to set at liberty [those who] are brusied,
(19) [And] to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
(20) And he… sat down… having closed the book,
In other words, he perfectly divided the Word. He did not take it to Isaiah, chapter 55, I guess it is. 61, the first couple verses, in the two verse, he said,
(02) To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of [the] vengeance of our God;
He stopped before the ‘day of the vengeance’ because listen, he was supposed to do but he didn’t do it then. When’s he going to do it? He’s got to do it sometime. How’s he going to do it? Well, it says, he’s got to do it, then let him do it. How did he do it the first time? Being a prophet. What’s going to happen the second time? It’s got to be a prophet. Why? Because the prophet wrote that. Now you see why Brother Branham says here, “The perfect Prophet Tree for this hour preaching the perfect Prophet’s Word, with the perfect Prophet Sign, perfect Prophet results, perfect Fruits of the Spirit.”
In other words, this man really winds everything up and when it’s wound up it goes straight to New Jerusalem. See? They hung Him on a Roman tree. Hebrews 6: they crucified to themselves the Son of God afresh, put Him to an open shame. Now how did they hang him on a Roman tree? Revelation, chapter 13, the whore and whore church sitting upon the seven hills; you can’t buy and sell without the pope, the hierarchy and all the church together.
[63-4] He says, Same now. [Next paragraph.] They’re trying to take God’s perfect Tree, the Word, and mix It and hang It up yonder on some kind of a creed.
Ho, ho, you don’t think they’re doing that? Why this smart guy in England, that wrote a book about me. He makes fun of the fact that I take 2 Thessalonians, the 2nd chapter. He doesn’t know the first thing about twins; he doesn’t know the first thing about two hands; the left hand and right hand of God. He doesn’t know that Brother Branham said, “When one twin is there, there’s got to be another there or it’s not twins.” Oh, come on. Yeah, that’s life in a putty knife factory, isn’t it? Oh, no, it’s never that dull around here. I’m just going to tell you something;
[63-4] [Brother Branham said,] “Life and death won’t mix.” Jesus never did attend a funeral service; He’d raised the dead. Why? Death and life cannot stay together; they’re contrary one to another. He didn’t preach any funerals; He just raised them up. Amen! Yes! Why? Life and death.
He didn’t have to preach any funeral sermons; they were already preached. They needed an infusion of life. So he just preached a Resurrection message and that’s all Jesus got. And today nobody has a Resurrection message outside of this Message; that’s the truth because nobody believes in Matthew 12 and Matthew 4. They don’t believe there’s a repeat. Oh, no, we’re satisfied we got God. Yeah, don’t think I made that sarcastic enough; could someone add to it? I’d welcome it.
[63-5] They hanged Him on a tree. Now look, they hanged Him on a tree. Is that right? “Cursed is he that hangs on a tree.” Is that right? The Bible said, “Cursed is he that hangs on any man-made tree.”
And of course, that is Galatians 3 but today they crucify to themselves the Son of God, they don’t crucify Him; they haven’t got a chance.
[63-6] So if today, you’re trying to hang on some kind of a man-made tree, [That’s to hang yourself on, or grab on,] turn loose of it; and don’t let it hang you there either, because that’s a place for the dead some man-made Lutheran, Baptist, Presbyterian, Pentecostal organization [That’s right!], some man-made tree. Don’t hang there; [Now vindication proves that William Branham has the only place that we can possibly hang ourselves and be right. He said,] Don’t hang there; and don’t let it hang you there either. They’ll hang you there if they can, till all the Life’s gone out of you, till you recognize their doctrine.
Now we want to notice carefully here, every denomination, organizational seed has one premise to justify their organization and that’s to expedite the work of God, such as ‘give us the tools we’ll do the job.” “A million more in ’54.” Why if you want a bunch of dead bunch of sinners, you can get any number. All I got to do is let down the bars here and say, “Everybody come preach anything at all, we all love each other; we all believe the prophet.” Is that a fact? The devils also believe and tremble; so don’t give me that hogwash.
The church wants to expedite the salvation of souls, to expedite God’s work, to do everything they think God wants them to do, so they organize. But they have to put their organization somewhere into a quota fied form, so they begin to divide the Word and when they do they say, “We have the Light.” And they further exclude anybody who doesn’t agree with them because they don’t have the Light. And when you shut the Light off, no more can come expect in this hour; the Light shuts itself off by leaving here with the Bride.
Remember, that corny joke that says, the last guy please turn out the lights. You’re right; it’s not a corny joke anymore. And the Holy Spirit leaves taking the Bride with Him and when that Spirit’s that in our midst becomes incarnate to us; the Light goes out, out, out. And as Billy Graham said so truthfully, “They’ll still be having altar calls and saving souls… ” I don’t know if anything is happening, I doubt very much because they’re all in. They’ll hang you there to be recognized. See.
Only Paul and William Branham in two thousand years are the ones who could bring the Light and Brother Branham said, “There’s a man here that can turn on the Light.” And you better believe he was talking about William Branham through the Presence and Power of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Now he said, You’ll hang there till you recognize their doctrine. In chapter 13 you’re going to do it. That’s the Book of Revelation. Now listen, let’s understand what he said,
[63-6] They’ll hang you there if they can, till all the Life is gone out of you, till you recognize their doctrine.
And their doctrine is the trinity. Every book written against Brother Branham comes out so boldly and they are so alarmed because of their great understanding and knowledge and purity in the Word. Brother Branham didn’t believe in the Trinity. Ha, ha. Why should he? It’s not the idea of God’s a trinity; for bunch of Satan worshippers, in my books.
[64-1] But that’s where they hung this perfect Tree. God’s perfect fruit Tree hung on a man-made Roman tree… It was a curse to hang on… a man-made tree. What is it! To rid Him out of their sight, after He… bore… the fruits.
In other words, when the proof was there, the only thing now was to get rid of Him. Put Him out of your minds. Kill Him.
[64-2] After Mary Magdalene [said by history] ran before them and said, “What has He done? What evil did He do?” She stopped the procession. “What evil did He do… ?” Has He done anything but preach the Gospel to the poor? Has He done anything but heal the sick, raise the dead, and the very signs of the Living God are in Him. How could you condemn Him?”
[64-3] They slapped her in the mouth and said, “Would you listen to this ill-famed woman instead of your priest… or your bishop?” There you are. Same thing today. Yeah!
Notice, they didn’t give her any answer; they just slapped her down. When Jesus stood there; when Paul stood there; William Branham stood there; they didn’t give any answers. No, you tell me there’s any truth in those guys in spite of their love and their anxiety to serve God and bring in souls and this and that; come on tell me. Hey, you, there’s something wrong with you if you don’t know what I’m talking about tonight, honest to God, there’s something wrong with you. Far as I am concerned there is. When they are so covered by a spirit of deceit and harbor the same spirit so they’re one with it. Remember, that sermon I preached, They Know Better. [July 5, 1991 Mississauga, Ontario] You bet your sweet life they know better. Well, how can God judge? How can God judge me if I don’t know better? Those without the law are judged without the law; the Bible says so.
They slapped her mouth, “Shut-up, who are you to talk to us?” Isn’t that a great answer. Well, you know, that’s how we treat our kids; what do you expect from that bunch of hoodlums if you’re one of her kids?
[64-4] Now, when He’d done all this and proved Himself, what He was, and put it down to them and said, “If I’m not He, then who are you? [Oh, man, that’s a scorcher, right there. he said, “Hey, if I’m not who I say I am, tell me who you are?” Oh, they could prove who they were; they were a bunch of… I don’t… why should I talk about it, you know the whole story.] Jesus said, “If you can condemn Me of sin, if I’m anywhere wrong in the Word, you show Me. Now, let Me show you where you’re wrong.” See? They couldn’t show him; he could show them; they walked off.
Now here’s a good dollar bill sitting there and you come along with a bogus dollar bill and I show you that your bogus dollar bill is not a real dollar bill, so therefore, your dollar bill cannot buy anything at the market and they’ll grab you. But you can have my dollar bill and go to the market and buy. The guy Phttt! grabs his dollar bill and runs. Hey, that’s a cute illustration, isn’t it? Appeals to our little greedy hearts doesn’t it? Makes us see the light in a hurry, doesn’t it? Yeah, counterfeit money looks good; looks awful close to the real but it’s no good, it will get you put in jail. They come running, say, “Where did you get that counterfeit?” I don’t know, it’s in the till here. They’ll grill you and they’ll grill you and make you think that you actually did something, had something to do with that.
Yet you go to church, no problem. You can have a Lutheran female preacher who brings out a naked dancer and says, “This is an impressionistic. This is what the church needs.” I think the church did need it all right. That’s honest to God truth; I’m not lying. It was in all the papers. And you wonder why your kids are gone to hell and you can’t… I feel sorry for you people, you might think I don’t, but I do. I look at life and you’re my biggest concern, because it’s not going to get any better, except you walk in the light as He is in the Light and have fellowship one with another, the Blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son cleansing.
[64-5] Now, to rid Him out of their sight [they hated Him so bad, because He tore up… their organizations] to rid Him out of their sight, they buried Him and rolled a great big denominational stone over the door, so He’d be sure not to rise again.
Is this a warning that our doors are going to be closed? So this Message can’t go out? Is this is what is going to precipitate Revelation, chapter 13, that if you don’t agree to deal with the bogus dollar bills, to call righteousness sin and sin righteousness? Think about it.
[64-6] Oh, my! Think of that perfect Tree. David looked back and saw It, he said, standing by the rivers of water. “He bringeth forth His leaves in his season. And His fruits, it shall not be cast, it won’t wither. Whatsoever He doeth shall prosper.” [That’s for this hour, brother/sister.]
[64-7] He was the Son of Prosperity; Joseph was a type of Jesus. He was the Antitype of Joseph. Everywhere Joseph went he prospered. Same thing with Jesus. His Words, “My Word will prosper, and It won’t return to Me void; It will accomplish what I have purposed… for.” See? He was the Word. And the Word was sent to the earth by God, and It will accomplish exactly what God sent It for. Now, listen close now. This gets rich with the cream on top…
In other words, prosperity really means one thing; the Word has got to come to pass, the coin of the realm never fails.
[65-1] Now notice, here He comes now, and they, for [the] very works… Now notice, here He comes now, and they, for the very works of God… When He stood and asked them, He said, “If I don’t do the works that God said I should do, then I’m not He; don’t believe Me; but if I do it, then you believe the works. If you can’t believe Me, being a man, doing this, then believe the works I do. They just testify of Me. They speak louder than My voice could speak.”
Now Brother Branham is belaboring the Appearing again and proving Who came down and Who is here as the Head in Matthew 4 and Matthew 12 bringing to pass John 14:12.
Also bringing to pass Acts, chapter, Acts 13, is that verse 48? A complete picture of what took place back in the days of… 41.
(41) Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, [because] a man declares it unto you.
It says, ‘though a man declare it… ’ And that word means to ‘thoroughly explain’ and ‘absolutely prove’. They aren’t going to believe it because a man did it. Now if you’d of met God face to face in the Pillar of Fire; you know what would happen to you? You’d of died and gone straight to hell. So much for your wishful thinking that you can meet God and you can get the answers from God. Laura thought she could; she’s gone too. You think I’m mean; I am mean. You hear from God? Prove it to me. You hear a voice say, I don’t care what Brother Branham says. Claims to believe Brother Branham. Hey, that’s par for the course. If it was any different, I’d think something was wrong with us all, not just me.
We’re coming to the hour, brother/sister, back again to Ephesus; the perfect Ephesian church, because that’s what restoration is all about. And let me tell you something flat; you don’t go to the Book of First and Second Corinthians, especially 1 Corinthians to get a perfect church. They never had church order. They had wrong kinds of gifts, everything else. In the Ephesian church everything was in order and they fellowshipped with God, being sanctified by the Word of God, the Word of truth; gone to that harmonious perfection by that Bridal gown. Yeah. Remember what the prophet said, he said, “The Ephesian church was in order; spiritual heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”
Brother Branham commended Tommy Osborne and Osborne himself said, “Brother Vayle, I don’t know the first thing about gifts.” He just laughed. He said, “All I know is the Word of God works.” Brother Branham said, “Tommy Osborne was the closest of any man, by that utterance right there.” I want gifts; I like gifts, too, they’re fine. They’re not going to get me anywhere. You do what you want about it. I like what Brother Branham said, “If you don’t have the real thing; just hold it right there.” I’m not against them. I just don’t want any but the real thing.
[65-1] That’s right… the same thing would apply [And that’s what he says here. Now listen again.] notice, here He comes, with the very works of God… When He stood and asked them, He said, “If I don’t do the works that God said I should do, then I’m not He; don’t believe Me; but if I do it, then you believe the works. [They got to believe that, my God, they should believe that.] If you can’t believe Me, being a man, doing this, then believe the works I do. Because they testify there’s something got to be behind it. They speak louder than My voice could speak.”
That’s right. And the same thing would apply anytime.
Five hundred years ago; two thousand years ago; six thousand years ago; a hundred thousand years ago, or a hundred thousand years from now and it applies right today and we saw it. Well, then people say we don’t shout here and we don’t praise the Lord. Well, I guess it’s just a matter of what’s moving and where it’s moving.
[65-2] Now notice, “If I don’t do the works of My Father, then don’t believe Me… believe Me not. Then, if I do the works, believe Me.” Then what did they do? Took that precious Tree, cut It down, hanged It on a man-made tree [that’s right, cut the Life out of It and hanged It… on a man-made tree for… mockery]; then they did… then they didn’t like it. [That’s because they didn’t like it. Too many people were… Oh, yeah, I see, then] they didn’t like it. Too many people were standing there crying about it. So then they took Him off and took Him down.
[65-3] They said, “We’ll make our denomination so tight… the holy rollers will] never get back in… ”
See, now here’s your Headship back in this hour according to 1 Corinthians, Headship is here in the form of the Holy Spirit and the Word and he said…
[65-3] They said, “We’ll make our denomination so tight they’ll never get those holy rollers in there.”
In other words, this Message as I said could precipitate all us and the independent people and there’s independents who won’t listen to the anti-Christ, into their squeeze which we know has got to come upon the world. In fact, let’s face it; it’s going to take this Message to do it. I don’t know why in the world there would be a squeeze outside of this Message. What do you and I do? Nothing. Huh? Let’s face it.
All we’re really doing is eating the cake with the whipped cream and the cherry on top; that’s all. “Come and dine, the Master calleth, come and dine.” [Brother Vayle sings.] “You can have that prophetic menu anytime.” Especially if a prophet gave it, but not without the prophet. I won’t come and dine; I don’t like that prophet any time. Well, hallelujah, I’ll take your part. I’ll never lose my heart. I’m going to sit at his table, come and dine, oh yes. Why shouldn’t I? Yes, so here’s what they did.
[65-4] So they scooted Him back in a hole of Joseph of Arimathaea, that old cave, and rolled a big stone [took a sentry. [He means a centurion; a hundred men: a hundred men to roll it there.] Did you ever see see the other night in the picture the big path they rolled the stone upon? Weighs tons], rolled their big organizational stones up there, so He could not rise up. But that did not hold Him? No! “But I will restore, saith the Lord.” Let’s hit that next [text] now and drive it. “I will restore, saith the Lord, I’ll restore Him three days, [God brought that Tree up,] I’ll raise Him up and bring Him back… ”
So now Brother Branham is talking about restoration at that particular time, the restoration of Jesus Christ and we’re going to see also that same Life at the end time brought right back. And that’s what Brother Branham is dealing with; that Tree coming back because of that One who has the Life because that’s the whole secret, that Life.
[65-5] They couldn’t hide Him in that rock; they couldn’t hide Him out of their sight; they couldn’t get Him off their hands. “I will restore, saith the Lord.” And in three days He rose up, restored back.
I’m going to tell you; they can laugh all they want about William Branham, the Seven Seals and everything he said but I’m going to tell you, that never happened, ‘just because’, we never had a vindicated prophet and scientific proof, ‘just because’. Because if it’s ‘just because’ there’s nothing to religion anywhere. Why? ‘Just because.’ Do you hear what I’m saying? They couldn’t prove one thing back in Jesus’ day when He proved it; they still killed Him. America died in 1956 and took the world with her; don’t worry.
[65-6] After Easter, when He was risen; He said, “Go into all the world, I’m going with you. As the Living Father has sent Me, and He’s in Me; so I send you and will be in you. I’m with you to the end of the world. [To the end of the world? Why did He even bother saying that?] The works, the same thing that I did to prove who I was, you’ll do the same things to prove who you are.”
Come on, nine gifts of the Spirit, nine fruits; that doesn’t tell anything. He’s talking about that restored Life coming back because after the Resurrection, he said this, and he pointed all the way to the end. And we are at the end because Israel is back in the homeland. And when they get back in the homeland, blinded Israel, who was not dead it says, life. And you don’t give life to a blind man; you give sight to a blind man. Israel wasn’t dead; it was blind. So when you talk about life in that 14th chapter, or maybe it’s the 11th chapter: I haven’t got time; I’ve read them many times to you. We’re talking about Resurrection.
[65-7] I like that. These signs shall follow them that are believers;
Well, just a little minute, right there, what is an ‘are believer’? The one that believes all the Word; well, just suppose you didn’t have all the Word to believe, and just suppose all the Word that you had and though you did your best, you were wrong. “Well,” you say… “I’m a believer in the sense that I want to believe.”
Well, that’s what a guy said in the Bible, “Lord, I believe, help my unbelief.” That’s where you and I are. We’re not raw believers; we’re potential, we’re hopeful. But when he’s talking about ‘are believers’ we’re talking about that Spirit in Christ that pinned every word down. Said, “I’ll stand for that.”
[65-7] …not make-believers, but believers. See? “These things that I do, you’ll do; and I’ll vindicate that you’re a believer, [Hey, just a minute, that’s not Matthew 7 and the gifts of the Spirit no way shape and form false anointed don’t qualify here.] “These things I do, you’ll do; [Jesus makes that personal. That’s John 14:12. Sure.] I’ll vindicate that you’re a believer…
Vindicate? Vindication? That’s not a couple of gifts. Actually vindication goes way beyond gifts; vindication goes to discernment which never failed: five thousand people or five million standing there, wouldn’t make a difference, he could read every heart as God wanted every heart read. You couldn’t hide if you tried. I wish you’d know what I mean by that, you do to a degree but you can’t know what I know because you weren’t there. But I’m glad that you believe it.
[65-7] He said, I’ll vindicate that you’re a believer, just the same as the works that I have done; because the living Father lives in Me.
Come on, that’s only a prophet. He’s not talking about the Spirit of God living in somebody; he’s talking about God; God was in the prophets. Brother Branham said, “The Pillar of Fire is standing up inside of me.” Huu-oh. Oh, shock, my God, horrors, horrors. That’s not any more horrible than to be a skunk like me claiming I’m baptized with the Holy Ghost and had a part of Him from the beginning. William Branham had more right to say that than Lee Vayle and all of you people here whenever you hear my voice on a tape have a right to say. But not one of us is vindicated. Even the false anointed could do better in every single department than you and me except believe the Word of God.
[65-7] He said, “It isn’t I that do the works, it’s My Father. And it won’t be you doing the works, but it will be I in you doing those works. See? Now, you go into all the world… Otherwise you’re going to form what’s… Otherwise… Otherwise… [In other words, this sums it all up.] you are going to form what’s known to Me as Bride.” See? All right.
The Bride has always believed that Word and at the end time there’s a special when the Bride comes back to what she was in the beginning. He said,
[66-1] “I’ll go with you, and… you’ll be a part of Me; you’ll be My Bride. My Life will be in your body. Just like a husband and wife are one person, you and I are going to be One. At that day you’ll know that I’m in the Father, the Father in Me, and I in you, and you in Me. Hmm! I just love that. Satan… gets so angry at that. See? See the oneness of God? All that God was, He poured into Christ, and all that Christ was, He poured into the Church. There you are. It makes them all one.
How much time we got? We’ll stop. I’m going to go into that with you. I want to take a little time with that perhaps, I’ll try to get my notes in order so we can, you know carry on where we leave off tonight for next Sunday morning. But, anyway, I preach tough, I hang tough and if I wasn’t as tough as I am I’d be dead because I’m seventy-nine going on eighty and in spite of the aches and pains and everything else, hey, what’s that compared to the Living Word of God that we saw in this hour.
Even as Job said, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust him.” [Job 13:15] As Paul said, “Neither height, nor depth, persecution, famine, distress, peril, nakedness, life, no death, nothing will separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus which has been manifested and proven in this hour.” [Romans 8:35-39] It’s absolutely marvelous to think that we are partakers of a grace that was there all the time and we did not know it until somebody came ordained of God and God Himself set us free from our unbelief, our doubts, our errors, our lies, all of these things and put us on the path of righteousness walking in the Light with the Blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleansing us; what more could anybody want? Let’s rise and be dismissed.
Heavenly Father, again we thank You for Your kind mercy and love which had been extended to us, the time of fellowship we have Lord, in the service together where we are free to preach the Word knowing that one day as the prophet said, “These buildings will be closed.” And we’re seeing buildings closed to the truth without them being closed. People turning aside from the actual fact of the matter, the truth Lord, what this man brought us and we thank You Lord, that You’ve opened our eyes to It and though we know that… it wasn’t easy, Lord on Your part, I know It, it took Your full right arm as it were to open our eyes, to just move right down here in the grace and glory of Your own majesty and deal with us who are absolutely in darkness, concerning what real truth is.
But now Lord, we believe with the Ephesian church we are made Light and walk in that Light Father, by the grace of God, as Paul said, “If you live in the Spirit, see that you walk in it.” May our walk be one of obedience, of strictness according to the Word, whatever the Word says, to listen to and obey and bring every thought in its obedience to the Headship which is Christ the Word now manifested in this last hour and we walk with Him. Led by the still waters and the still waters bring forth that Tree of which we believe we are a part in this last hour, the fruit of Almighty God, standing here in the last day and one day Lord, stand with You all the way.
We thank You now for Your Presence and Your kindness and Your goodness tonight Lord, may the same grace and goodness take us on our homeward way, free from harm and danger and heal the sick amongst us as we pray, heavenly Father, as the prophet said, “Take this Message for your healing.” When we hear what the prophet said in these words tonight, surely O God, as our souls are healed, that our bodies also rise to the occasion, even as John said. “He wished above all else we could prosper and be in health, as our soul prospereth.” And Lord, there never was a time outside that first Age when there was such prosperity, even the first age Lord, has not seen what we see because as Brother Branham said, “The cherubim that kept them away from the Tree of Life is now crowding them to It.” Lord, we’re glad You’re that crowding us to It, I think the prophet put it beautifully and perfectly. And I like to think it that way because I believe that that is a hundred percent the truth. Crowd us, evermore, to the Tree of Life and feed us evermore, the convenient food of God. And unto Thee we give the glory and love You in the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
‘Take the Name of Jesus with you.’