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The Halo

In a January 1950 meeting in the Houston Coliseum, a photograph was taken of William Branham as he stood behind the pulpit, preaching. The photograph contains a streak of light above William Branham's head, and the Branham's followers believe that the photographer captured the same "Pillar of Fire" that led the Children of Israel out of Egypt — though the photographer and those seated in the photograph did not see it themselves. According to Branham, this was the same light that the Apostle Paul witnessed in the desert, and God allowed it to be photographed as a supernatural sign to his followers.

Followers believe that this picture was authenticated by the "head" of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, sent immediately to Washington, DC for verification, and hangs still today in a place called the "Religious Hall of Art." Branham claimed that George J. Lacy, the man who examined the photograph, was called in from California specifically to examine the photograph. Though Lacy was not employed by the FBI and was local to Houston, he did sit on the board for The American Society of Questioned Document Examiners, which was engaged by the Bureau from time to time.

In his examination of the photograph, Lacy confirmed that the photograph had not been altered, but did not confirm the source of the light as being supernatural. He simply stated the fact that the light had struck the lens. Though the photograph is similar in "halo effect" when compared to other pictures taken in the Houston Coliseum, followers of Branham believe that the source of this light was a supernatural being. William Branham claimed that this photograph was the only one God allowed to develop, yet other photographs of the event were printed and published in the local newspapers.

After taking this particular picture, however, the photographer would not it until it was copyrighted with the Library of Congress. Because of this delay, an issue of Branham's magazine, The Voice of Healing, was held back until the photo was released.


Voice of Healing, December 1950

Houston Press Jan 1950

Jeffersonville Evening News, Sept 1931

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Branham's accounts of the light:

And that night when they taken the picture of It... Lot of times they said it was psychology. But the man who taken it was an Orthodox Jew, name is Ted Kipperman. Mister Ayers was a Roman Catholic. Been standing there making fun. Put a piece in the paper the day before that, just before, and said I was a hypnotizer, and made all kinds of remarks, insulting about it. He almost had a heart attack. And he try — tried to get into the Rice Hotel. And of course, they wouldn't let him in where I was at. The next morning, they flew the picture away to Washington, DC for a copyright. Before it could be released, it had to go before the FBI examinations. And when they did, they went and got the best, George J. Lacy, the best there is in the United States. He kept it for two or three days, and to see if there was any touch-up, or anything was wrong, that picture would...

When he brought it out, he said, "Well, it was perfectly right, that the Light was there that struck it," and gave a great write-up, each one that had to go with each picture like that. And there it is, visible. And they asked me if I wanted to sell it. I said, "No, sir. If Jesus Christ, the Son of God, thought enough of me to stand by my side to have His picture taken, I think enough of Him not to sell it." See? And so I said... I never... And so I turned it over to the studios, and let them do what they wished with them. And they said they'd have to get something out of it. I had them to say that they would sell it so that every poor person could — could get a hold of it if they wanted it. And I...

The first time... Mr. Lacy said it was the first time in all human history that a — a supernatural Being was ever photographed. They said it just a... that it's been said, a lot of times that those lights around the saints, and the unbelievers say that's some artist painted that picture. But said, "It surely must have been there, for that optical lens — mechanical lens of a camera won't take psychology. It was... It was there." And I'm very thankful tonight, to know that that same Pillar of Fire and — and Cloud, and whatever It is... They'll show you the picture pretty soon. And maybe, if... They may get some here for the service. And if they do, you'd be more than welcome to them. And I'm so thankful to know that I have a part, to be numbered with you people, the great Church of God that's standing today for the full Gospel, and for righteousness, and for the power of the Holy Spirit in this last days. I'm thankful for you, and thankful that God has give me the opportunity to be numbered with you, to be called your brother and sister. And it's... You and I are brother and sister.
50-0714 AT.THY.WORD

How many seen the picture? You seen the... All of you've seen the picture of It, haven't you? You mean there's people here that hasn't seen the picture of It? It's been taken and examined by a government examiner. It's at the table back there. Here, I believe it's... Here it is when It was caught in the picture. Now, that is tested by the G. Edgar Hoover outfit, of fingerprint and photography, and so forth, to be proven that it's perfect. The first time in all the world's history that a supernatural Being was ever — was ever photographed. First time in all the world's... George J. Lacy at — at the Shell Building in Houston, Texas, was the one who had to examine it for two days. If you notice, see how It's licking and blazing and burning? And they... George said, "Well, go before the world."

First, it had to be tested. It's not a trick photography or something. And we got the best that the United States has got, and he kept it two days. And his — his statement's right here. No picture can be given out until the statement goes with it. And there it is. It whirled right down before thousands of people, right over where I was, a licking, flaming fire, go, "Whew — whew." [Brother Branham illustrates the sound — Ed.] right around, like... When I was standing there testifying, I said, "I tell the truth. And if I tell the truth, God will testify of me, for I testify of Him. And if I do not tell the truth, God will not testify of me." And I said, "Through signs and wonders, He testifies." And I said, "He can testify..." And about that time, here He comes. And He testified. And there it is now. Demons has screamed it out. Unbelievers, scientists have to say it's true.

Mr. Lacy looked at that, he said, "Well, it's been said by hypocrites that those lights that were around the saints and the Saviour, was just artist's work." Said, "They were there because it can't be doubted no more. That is not psychology; a optical lens of the camera won't take psychology. No, it — it's there." Here's the paper of it. If we had time, we would write it. That's the way It comes into the meeting. That's the way It's been seen many, many times. When I was baptizing hundreds down at the Ohio River at the foot of Spring Street in Jeffersonville, where thousands were blacked on the bank... At right at two o'clock in the afternoon, I was baptizing the seventeenth person. I started to pray, and thousands standing there looking. And down from the heavens came that green, whirling down like a big star in the distance. When It got close, It was that Light, a Pillar of Fire. I think It's the same One that led the children of Israel in the days that went before Moses. And It's in the church today. It's here tonight, the same Pillar of Fire.

When He told me, He said, "As Moses was given two signs to vindicate his ministry, so will you be given two signs. And by these signs, that people will believe." And there It is. I believe It's the same Angel of the covenant. And He came down when hundreds and hundreds standing there, people fainted, and fell, and everything. The papers carried a great article, "Mystic star appears over minister at two o'clock in the afternoon while baptizing." There It was. Friends, settle yourself down. The hour has come. There's been a lot of "playing religion." There's been a lot of playing church. But the hour has come where God's calling out His people. That's right. And He's vindicating it by signs and wonders. And that's it. And here's the statement. Anyone's welcome to read it. It's here any time, and for anybody. And look at it.

Call George J. Lacy. You've heard of him. He's one of the Edgar Hoover outfits, one of the best there is in the United States. This hall then goes to the... This picture goes to the Religious Hall of Art. For the first time in all the world's history that a supernatural Being was ever photographed... I say, "Thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory through Jesus Christ."
50-0820E BELIEVE.YE.THAT.I.AM.ABLE.TO.DO.THIS

Notice. And then when the man pulled out those six pictures of the minister that was debating that the Divine healing, and I was a devil and so forth. Every one of them was solid black and blank. There's his name and address. Send to the American Photographers Association and find out. When he pulled out the one he snapped, there was the Angel of God's picture whirling around where I was at. The first time in all the world's history that a supernatural Being was ever photographed. It was rushed to Washington, DC, copyrighted, sent back and give to George J. Lacy, J. Edgar Hoover, examiner. They kept it two days at the Shell Building in Houston. And when he come over there, and they all set out there together to find out what it was all about, he said, "Whose name is Branham?" I said, "Mine, sir." He said, "Stand up." He looked, said, "Mr. Branham, you'll die like all mortals do. But as long as there's a Christian civilization, your picture will never die." He said, "Because it's the first time in all the world's history that a supernatural Being was ever photographed." He said, "The old hypocrite has always said, "They... Scientifically, you can't prove there is a God." But said, "That has to be changed now, for here's scientifically... The Angel of God was there, and the Light struck the negative." There it was. There he signed... wrote out a big document, signed his name to it. There it is right back there. You can look at it yourself. There's the Angel of the Lord.
51-0502 THE.ANGEL.OF.THE.LORD

At that same time, God came down. And when he taken my picture, all the other man's pictures was blank, every one of them. And here, when this was taken, here was the Angel of God standing there. They sent it into the laboratories in Washington, DC, and it was copyrighted, and went through the greatest tests that could be of the greatest... George J. Lacy, the greatest man on research there is in America. And he kept it for days, and brought it out. His report's on the record there. The first time in all the world's history that a supernatural Being was ever photographed, that it's there.
51-0509 TESTIMONY

And then quickly, they referred to it, and went down there, and they sent it away at eleven o'clock that night to Washington, DC, and copyrighted it. Then it was sent back to Houston. And it was given into the hands of George J. Lacy, the best examiner in the United States, ex-FBI. And he kept it, said, "Now..." a very hard-boiled. He kept it and said, "Now, wait a minute," said, "I will look it over," and so forth like that. And — and he took it into the Shell Building for examination, which was... Shell Building for examination and document. He just come from California on a half a million dollar case, and they brought him over there. He kept the picture for two days; then he sent word, said, "We'll give the reading on it, and let you know about it on two o'clock, on the following afternoon, on the third day. Big bunch of photographers, and so forth, gathered in. Many of the people around the city, like the writer for the "Colliers" and "Times," they gathered in. And when he come out, he's kind of a red-headed fellow, very hard-boiled. He walked out sarcastic; I looked at him, and looked like his face had tendered up. He said, "Whose name's Reverend Branham?" And I said, "Mine, sir." He said, "Stand up on your feet." And I stood up. He said, "Reverend Branham, one of these days, you're going to pass off of life's scenes like all mortals do." I said, "I'm aware of that, sir." He said, "But as long as there's a Christian civilization, your picture shall never die." He said, "It's the first time in all the world's history that a supernatural Being was ever photographed. But I put it through every test that can be thought, and," said, "It was a supernatural Being that's been shot." He said, "For myself, I have said and heard of your meetings, and read it in the magazines, and I heard about that Angel, and so forth. I said within myself, even to the time that I received the negative, 'It's psychology.'" He said, "But Brother Branham, the mechanical eye of that camera will not take psychology." Said, "The Light struck the negative."

He said, "My mother was a Christian. And I — I thought I was." He said, "But God have mercy on me." He said, "Come forward." And everybody started crying. He...?... said, "It was once said, Brother Branham, by the old hypocrite (he meant the unbeliever), that there's no scientific proof of the supernatural Being." Said, "Them days is passed now." He had the negative in his hand. He said, "Them days is passed." And he said, "It's scientifically proven that here's the supernatural Being." He said, "Mr. Branham, I will submit this to you." I said, "It's not mine, sir." He said, "Oh, wait a minute," said, "that negative's worth a hundred thousand dollars right the way..." I said, "If it... to me, It's worth life."

He said, "Brother Branham, do you realize what..." said, "You'll never live to see the day that the picture comes into its value, because the — the testator is always dead before the testament is seen." And he said, "It'll be in the days after you're gone." He said, "But right now, do you realize what that is?" And I said, "Sir, It belongs to the American Photographers Association." I said, "It... if Jesus Christ, my Lord, thought enough of me, to come down in a battle like I was, and have His picture taken with me, for the first time in all the world's history, I love Him too well to commercialize it." And I said, "I will have nothing to do with it."

So then they asked me if I'd draw up a plan with them. The lawyers was there, and everything. The studio had the lawyers. And I said, "I will sign no papers. But Mr. Kipperman and you, if you wish to sell it, make it enough so every person (poor people) can get it." But I said, "look, another thing I will require for the sacredness of the picture, that Mr. Lacy, that you'll sign a document, so that the critics will be shut up when they look at it." I said, "and sign a document. And I will ask you, Mr. Kipperman, and you (in the agreement), that you're privileged to sell it. I will sign no papers, but you're privileged to sell it, low priced so the people can get a hold of it, and that no picture can go without a writing signed statement from Mr. Lacy, here, who's our best in America." So I'd think it was the best in the world. And he said, "I will do that." And he wrote up a — a thing, what he'd done, and went to the auditorium, he searched to see if it was a double exposure, and there just above the head, where it was settling down, was the big Pillar of Fire a whirling around, and around, and around.

He said, "Brother Branham, in the... looking through the negative through the ultra-ray lights, and so forth, it looked like it was kind of a yellow, greenish looking fire, a milling, like this." And I said, "That's just the way It is." And people there who seen It. To my opinion, here's what I think it would be, while I read the Scriptures. First, I have the picture here; I want to show it to you. Mr. Kipperman sells them sometimes at the meeting. But when I found out that he was overcharging the people for it, I wouldn't let them sell it in the meetings. Because the picture wouldn't cost over thirty or forty cents, not over fifty at the most, and selling it for a dollar and a quarter is too much. So I... Can you see it back there?

Now, at nighttime, when you see those things going on here, it's not me that does that; here is the One that does it. How many can see how far back, let's see your hand, way back. I will have my boy to take it to the stand back there. And in here also, if you'd like to read Mr. Lacy's write up, there it is. You can have a photostatic copy... A photostatic copy's in my book there, but they won't let us (the studios), won't let me print the picture in my book. They let me have the... this, for this is copyrighted. See on the back, and on here? And you couldn't touch it (See?), because it's copyrighted, and they've got it in Washington, DC. And one of them hangs in the Religious Hall of Art, in Washington, DC, as the first photograph that was ever taken of a supernatural Being.
51-0718 THE.ANGEL.OF.THE.LORD

How many of you seen the picture of It, where they took it? Let's see your hands up like this. Where George J. Lacy, and the FBI, and all of them examined it. It's near us right here now.
51-0923 THE.PRINCIPLES.OF.DIVINE.HEALING

And Ayers said, "I don't know." Said, "It's got me beat." They went on in and started developing the pictures. Kipperman, the Jew went upstairs to go to bed. And when he did, his father lived over the studio, Ayers, was going to... The Catholic boy was going to try to develop the pictures. And when he got it, he put them all through, developed them, smoked a cigarette, pulled one of them out, it was blank. The one he was going to take of Mr. Bosworth, when he was skinning him. It was blank. The one blank, the next one blank, and all six of them was blank. Not a one of them showed. God let him know Who was Boss. Then he pulled the next one out. And to his surprise, there was the Angel of the Lord, standing in a flaming fire over where I was standing. He grabbed his heart; he looked back. He dropped the negative; he screamed for Ted. He run...?... "Look at there; it struck the lens. It's the truth, Ted." Said, "Maybe I've been wrong." There that night, even yet at eleven o'clock that negative went to Washington, DC by plane, to be copyrighted, brought back. And George J. Lacy, the best there is in United States, on research was brought from California to Houston, Texas, for to take the negative under consideration. He kept it for days. He looked through the lights; he looked at the camera. He took everything, and 'fore he could sign, because he's a FBI agent today, the best they got. 'Fore he could put his name to anything, he went down, and then at the day when it was going to call out, he said, when he come out in the room, he said...?... "Whose name is William Branham?" I said, "Mine, sir." He said, "Stand up." I stood up. A red-headed man, rather hard-boiled at first. He said, "Rev. Branham," he said, "I had a good Christian mother; I was taught to believe." He said, "But you're going to pass out of this life like all mortals." I said, "Yes, sir. I know that. But thank God, I'm ready." He said, "But, as long as there's a Christian civilization..." He said, "I've criticized your meeting. I've said myself it was psychology." But said, "Rev. Branham, the mechanical eye of that camera will not take psychology." Said, "The light struck the negative." He said, "I'm ready to sign my name to a document." Said, "It was there. And It's the only supernatural Being was ever photographed in all the world's history." People begin weeping and crying. There It is. We got permission to put It in the book back there, and there we stand today with It.
52-0713A EARLY.SPIRITUAL.EXPERIENCES

And about that time, here He come, "Whoosh," coming right down over where I was. Excited this photographer. He run forth, the one that got the glossy of the man. And he snapped the picture, snapped a picture of me standing there. I said, "God will testify. I shall say no more." I walked off the platform. So that night he went home, on the road home they discussed about it. Said, "What do you think about that?" The Catholic said to the... I mean the Jew said to the Catholic. He said, "Well, we're taught in our church, that it can be, but it would have to be a Catholic, nothing but a Catholic. See, it would have to come through the church. If there's any blessings, it comes through the church." Said, "Oh, I..." Kipperman said, "I don't know nothing about it, just to be honest with you." Ayers said, "Well, I might have criticized the man wrong." So he went on down. Kipperman said, "Well, I'm going upstairs and go to bed."

Ayers said, "I will put these in the studio, and run them through the acid, 'cause Best wants them tomorrow. I think he wants, maybe, use one in the paper, them glossies." So he put the six negatives in the acid. He was standing there smoking a cigarette, waiting for the — the developing of it, as it went into the process of acid developing. He was smoking a cigarette. After while he threw the cigarette down; he was thinking about the meeting and what taken place. So he walked in, he pulled out the six negatives. He looked at one of them, perfectly blank, second, blank, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, perfectly blank. Every one of Mr. Best was blank. And when he pulled out the one that he taken of me, there was the Angel of God, the Pillar of Fire, in the picture.

He grabbed his heart; he fell forward. He screamed for Ted. They run downstairs. That was about ten-thirty. And at eleven o'clock, it was on its road on an airplane to Washington, DC, to be copyrighted. Returned back, and when it did, it was turned over to the head, George J. Lacy, anybody knows he's head of the FBI, in fingerprint and so forth. And he happened to be in California, just down to Houston, they taken it into the Shell building under examination for two days. On the end of that time, he said, "Come forth, and stand in the room, and they would let them know what it was."

So they taken their camera; they look at the camera. They taken the negative. They put it under a violet ray, and all kinds of light. They went down to the auditorium. They examined the film in every way. So then that afternoon when everybody was gathered together there, in the little Shell building, to can find out what would take the place, or Shell Oil Company, the building there... He said, "Whose name is Rev. Branham?" Kind of a tough-looking fellow. But he had softened up a whole lot. I said, "Mine, sir." He said, "Stand up." I stood up. He said, "Mr. Branham," said, "you'll have to pass out of this life someday like all mortals." I said, "I'm aware of that, sir. But thanks be to God Who gives me the victory through Jesus Christ."

And he said, "Sir," he said, "I've heard of your meetings. And I said those things were psychology." And said, "I seen the pictures where the saints, and them lights they had around the Saviour there." He said, "My mother was a Christian woman. She taught me to be a Christian." He said, "But I always said that that...?... painting was psychology. Of course, some artist picked it up." But he said, "Rev. Branham, I believe it was the truth now." He said, "That mechanical eye of that camera won't take psychology. It was absolutely a genuine picture. The only one in the world's history today, and can be proven to be a hypocrite," he meant the unbeliever, that said, "there was no such a thing as a supernatural Being. Could not be scientifically proved," but said, "that day is passed. Here it is."

People been screaming and crying and everything. He said, "Come forward to receive the negative." Picking up the negative, he said, "Rev. Branham, it's went through everything." Said, "Absolutely, I'm willing to sign my name to any document that the Light struck the negative." And he said, "Psychology don't give light." Hallelujah. Tears rolling down my cheeks, I looked around. There it was. God had vindicated a seventh-grade education. The things that they said was fanaticism, God had vindicated Truth to the scientific world, once for all. Said, "There it is." He said, "You'll never live to see the value of this picture." Said, "You'll go before that time, no doubt." He said, "Here I submit it to you."

I said, "Sir, it's not mine." I said, "It belongs there to the American Photographer Association." Mister Kipperman come forward. Said, "I'd like to ask the document of this, with my lawyer sitting here, that you'd give me permission to sell the picture." I said... He said, and so he said, "Mr. Branham, you realize that picture is worth a hundred thousand?" I said, "Sir, listen. To all of you, once for all, if my Lord Jesus thought enough of me to come down by my side, in that hard struggle against right and wrong, and stand by my side for the first time in all the world's history to have His picture taken, standing by me; I love Him too much to commercialize it. That's right." And I said, "I will not have one thing to do with it." He said, "Well, it should be some kind of a document." I said, "Mr. Kipperman and the Douglas Studio has a right to sell it. I won't sign nothing. But if they will sell it in a price where poor people can get a hold of it..." And they promised they would do that. And it would turn loose. They had the copyright on it, and you can send and get a copy of it."

And I said, "One more thing, Mr. Lacy called my attention." He said, "One more thing ought to be said. That this picture could not be sold, unless there be a statement go out, because it was given to the picture that there shouldn't be any critics go out and say, 'Well, it's nonsense. All that's just hear talk,' or something like that. You can have a photostatic copy of it right yonder, if you wish. You can see Mr. Lacy, and find out who he is. Anybody that knows anything about photography, or fingerprints, knows who George J. Lacy is. There he is the best there is in the United States, and I think he's the best in the world. And there he is, after two days of research, and chemicals and everything else, said, "It's absolutely the picture of a supernatural Being standing there beside of you."

Then what I say? Anyone who knows the Old Testament, knows that it was a Pillar of Fire that led the children of Israel. Is that right? And all Bible readers know that that was the Angel of the Covenant. Do you believe that? Then if that was that Angel of the covenant, it was Jesus Christ. He's the same yesterday, today, forever. He's still the Lord Jesus. "I came from God, and I go to God," He said. "A little while and the world seeth Me no more, yet you'll see Me. I will be with you, even in you, to the end of the age." "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever." That's when Brother Bosworth give me the negative, or the picture of Florence Nightingale, laying yonder dying. Said, "If I only..."

How many seen that picture back there in the book? You see it in "The Voice of Healing." How I will never forget this. How wonderful when I went to pray for her. When she went in there, I looked at her, and that cold hand. How God moved down there, and a little dove flew through the bushes and sit on the window, cooed back and forth while I was praying. When I raised up, the ministers raised up and said, "Did you hear... Did you see — look at that dove?" The dove flew away when I raised up. Said, "Did you notice that dove?" I got ready to say I... The woman couldn't even move; she was laying there. And I said, "I thought you... I seen the dove," or something."
52-0725 EXPERIENCES

Friends, how many seen the picture there in the book, of that Angel of the Lord? You probably got It in your house. It was copyrighted yonder in Washington, DC, the only supernatural Being that was ever taken. I'm standing at a sacred desk here; God knows this is true. That same Angel that you see yonder, where all the whole nation blared at, where they're trying to be to get It in papers and things, but It's copyrighted, it can't be done. It'll never be till I'm dead and gone. Then It'll be brought out. But you can have It. You could buy It. But I mean It can't be released, because God wouldn't permit that. But yonder It is, by all scientific research, everywhere. The best there is in United States, there's his own name, George J. Lacy, signed to it, FBI, head of the FBI agent, on fingerprint and so forth. There it is signed by him. You couldn't get a copy of It without his signature. It's the only supernatural Being was ever scientifically proved to be real.

And there, right before thousands of people, many, many thousand, when they said, I was an impostor. I said, "I only claim to be God's servant. I am not a Divine healer." I said, "I tell the truth. An Angel of God came to me, and told me that I was to go to do this thing. If I speak the truth, then God will vindicate the Truth. But if I tell a lie, God has nothing to do with a lie. And He won't bless error. Anyone knows that." I said, "If I tell the Truth, then God will speak that I've told the truth." And about that time, here It come, whew [Brother Branham makes a whirling sound — Ed.] a Pillar of Fire, something like that, hung right down where I was. And the American Photographer Association set up their camera and shot the picture. Took it, said, "I'll see if it's psychology." And went down there and put it in the acids and tested it, and flew It to Washington, DC the same night, returned back, and it's been in their hands of the Douglas Studios in Houston, Texas, the only supernatural Being was ever photographed and proved. Now, the scientific world knows It's real. And a real borned again Christians who were in the meeting and see the work of It, know It's real. Now, what more do you need tonight, but to accept It as being real, sent from God? The Lord bless you. Okay, Billy? All right.
52-0810E JESUS CHRIST THE.SAME YESTERDAY TODAY AND FOREVER

When I was born, this Light, Angel of the Lord, which they have the picture of It, I'm sorry we don't have any, tonight. We haven't had them for some time. They're copyrighted so tight, we have to pay the same price, to get them that you would get them. Usually we just tell you where to go get them. You can ask at the desk, and they'll tell you. Where it's copyrighted yonder, the American Photographer Association has it, the FBI, the everything, all the scientist has chased it through. The very best we have, George J. Lacy... And there's his signed statement that it's the first time in all of the world's history that it could be scientifically proven that there was a supernatural Being, that same Angel of God that's right here, you see nightly, moving. There It is on pictures. Mr. Lacy said, "The mechanical eye of this camera, Rev. Branham, won't take psychology." He said, "The Light struck the lens. And it's a leaping, flaming, emerald fire, a burning." Many times It comes right into the meeting. You can see It. thousands times thousands have seen It at a time.
52-0817E DO.YOU.NOW.BELIEVE

Thirty thousand people, critics standing there, I said, "I don't claim to be a healer. You know I don't. I only speak of the truth. When I was born in a little Kentucky cabin up there, the Angel of the Lord come in the window and stood there. There was a Pillar of Fire." And I said, "God has proved that. And if I tell the truth, God will a-vindicate the truth. And if I'm a liar, God will have nothing to do with me." And about that time, she went "Whoosh," here He come. The American Photographer Association, all them there, "Look," "Life," "Times," "Collier," and all of them. The American Photographer Association shot the picture of It. Said, "I believe it's psychology. We've seen It before, but I believe..." And they took it home. And there the Light struck the lens. They took it to George J. Lacy. They put it under everything they could. And now it hangs in Washington, DC, in the hall of fame. Hallelujah. What is it? Jesus Christ with that bunch that they call holy-rollers. God bless your heart.
53-0326 ISRAEL.AND.THE.CHURCH.2

You seen the picture of It awhile ago, that Pillar of Fire. Did you ever see It? A lady here has got a book. Bring me that yellow book, will you, sister there? Wished I would've brought some of those pictures. How many ever — never did see It, let's see your hand, never even seen a picture of the Angel? Here It is. This is by the American Photographer Association, hangs in the religious hall of art in New York City, the only supernatural Being that was ever taken in all the world's history. You can see the Pillar of Fire. Here's George J. Lacy the head of the FBI. There's his signed signature that It was a supernatural Being there, when It was taken before thirty thousand people. And you see that, it said, "It looked like a yellow... [Blank.spot.on.tape — Ed.]...?... right in this here.
53-0507 EXPECTATIONS

But now, these pictures here, how many have seen this? Of course, you all have in this town. I wished I'd have brought some with me. You can have one if you write at home. I think they sell them for fifty cents. And that's testimony by the United States government, hangs in the Hall of Fame at Washington, DC, in the hall of religious art: Only supernatural Being was ever photographed. See, It's a Pillar of Fire. Ask what George J. Lacy, the head of the FBI on fingerprint said about it. There's his statement right on the back of it; you'll see it. Now, He's here. I want you to be real reverent. Now, when the patient's coming, listen closely: be in prayer. God will heal you if you'll only believe. Have faith. Okay.
53-0508 GOD.COMMISSIONING.MOSES

When he went... Mr. Kipperman come down, and when he went to take in the dark room to get the pictures out, the first one he took, Mr. Best, blank; second one, blank; third, blank; fourth, fifth, sixth, every one of them blank. Not a one of them with his poses with his finger in that saintly old man's face, Mr. Bosworth, not a one of them. And when he pulled the next one out, he had a heart attack. There was the Angel of the Lord on the picture. They called for me; and I couldn't come to him. Immediately at eleven o'clock they rushed it away to — to Washington, DC for copyright, brought it back and sent to — to over to — to California for George J. Lacy. If anybody knows anything about photography, know George J. Lacy is the head of the FBI fingerprint and so forth, best there is in the world. He had it three days in the Shell Building. On the third day he said — said he'd show it to us, and he'd give his... what he thought it was. They went to the room; they done everything. They took the camera, the negative, and everything. He put it under all kind of lights.

He come out. He's kinda red-headed fellow, very hard-boiled. He walked out. Said, "Whose name's Branham?" There was just about as many setting as there is right in this middle aisle here. I was back towards the back. I said, "Mine." Said, "Stand up." I stood up. He said, "Mr. Branham," said, "you're going to pass out of this life like all mortals." I said, "I'm aware of that, sir, but I thank God that Jesus Christ has taken my place in death." He said, "Come forward." And I walked up. He said, "Rev. Branham, I've heard of your meetings and I said it was psychology, that the people imagined they saw that Light." Said, "I've said the same things." But said, "My mother was an old Christian woman." He said, "But let me tell you, Rev. Branham, that mechanical eye of that camera will not take psychology." He said, "It's a genuine supernatural Being, and the only time in all the world's history that a picture like that was ever taken." He said, "The old hypocrite can never say no more that there's no such a thing as scientific proof of the supernatural Being, for this has been took through every test there is." And said, "I submit it to you."

And he give it to me, and I give it over to the American Photographer Association, and they fixed it so it couldn't be sold for too much. He said, "Rev. Branham, before you leave..." Everybody was crying. He said, "Before you leave, someday when you pass away from this life," he said, "that picture will be on ten cent store shelves and things." He said, "Because it's the only thing that we've ever had our hands on that we could prove that was a actual supernatural Being." Said, "Around the Saviour, the saints, they painted lights." He said, "And they'd say that was psychology, the unbeliever." But said, "I believe it was there." Said, "This is not psychology. The mechanical eye of that camera didn't take it that way and I..." He said, "For... I'd say for the sacredness of the picture, I will write you a little statement and give my statement concerning it." And I submitted it to them and here's the picture. It's a milling Fire about so big around. Now you... I want you after the service is over, come up here and look at it. I wish... I have a bunch of them. If you'll just write to my office up home, I think they give about fifty cents apiece for them. They'll send it to you with his writing on it, whatever it is.

Now, it's not nothing in them... We don't... Nothing in the picture, 'cause if Jesus Christ thought enough of me to come down and have His picture taken beside of me for the first time in all the world's history, I love Him too much to commercialize His picture. You know that. That's right. See? Now, there it is. I just borrowed this one from Mr. Shebley and them, the Reverend here and — and I give it to him the other day, and I want you to see it. Look at It, It's a milling Fire. Now, what is that? A Pillar of Fire led the children of Israel. And the same Pillar of Fire was among those people is among this people now: Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever. Is that right?
53-0509 THE.PILLAR.OF.FIRE

And how many ever heard of George J. Lacy? He's the best that there is in FBI on fingerprint and researches in California at the time, and they brought him to Houston, Texas, for a research to touch — to find that. He took the camera; he took everything. He took the film he — he took everything, went to the thea — stadium and everything to check it all over and everything. Had it three days and nights under violet ray lights and everything else, he kept it. And on the afternoon of the fourth day he called and said, "Now, I'll give the analysis of what about the picture. All of us come in. There set the newspapers and so forth. I was setting way back about half as many people was in this aisle here." He said... He come out, he's kind of a red headed fellow. He said, "Whose name is Reverend Branham?" I said, "Mine, sir." He said, "Stand up." I stood up. He said, "Reverend Branham, you're going to pass out of this life like all mortals." I said, "I know that, sir. But thanks be to God, I'm prepared for that hour." And he said, "Would you come forward?" I said, "Yes, sir." He said, "I submit this to you." He said, "Reverend Branham, I've been one of your critics." He said, "I've said that was psychology, the people saying they seen that — and that Light and that Pillar of Fire and so forth." Said, "They — they... I said it was psychology. I've heard of others taken it, and I said it was psychology." He said, "But, Reverend Branham, the mechanical eye of that camera will not take psychology." He said, "The Light struck the lens." And he said, "It's the first time in all the world's history that ever a supernatural Being was ever photographed." He said, "The old hypocrite (which he meant the unbeliever) has said there's no scientific proof that there is a s — a supernatural Being." But said, "That can't be said no more." Said, "But here's a scientific picture to prove that there is a supernatural Being." And one of them hangs in the Religious Hall of Art in Washington, DC dedicated to the place. The picture's under copyright, the studios have sold thousands of them.

He submitted the negative to me. I said, "Sir, if my Lord Jesus thought enough of me to come down and have His picture taken by the side of me for the first time it's ever taken in all the world's history, I love Him too much to commercialize His picture." See? Said, "No, sir." He said, "That's worth a hundred thousand dollars." I said... He said, "Now, you'll probably be dead and gone before this picture comes into a force." He said, "But as long as there's a Christian civilization, this will live on." So I said, "Well, sir, no matter what it would be, I don't — I don't take — commercialize nothing." See? I said, "I don't go out for people's money." That's true. God knows that, and the people of the world knows it.
53-0603 GOD.COMMISSIONING.MOSES

He never said, "A thunderhead of Fire;" He never said, "A big bank of Fire;" He said a Pillar of Fire. You know what a pillar is, of Fire. Now, Mr. George J. Lacy, here's his copy of this. You can have a photostatic copy if you wish. It's in the book here, on both of the books, a photostatic copy, only this is copyrighted. I have to get permission to get these. They're not mine, and I don't... There's not one c — penny of it commercial. No, sir, just exactly cost. So the Douglas Studios in Houston, Texas, has it. I have nothing to do with it. Mr. Lacy, here, which is the head of the FBI, the best fingerprint, and — on the — that there is in the United States, and 'course, we believe, in the world. He had it for several days. He said it looked like an amber light, through the violet rays and things that he was putting it through: a whipping, milling Fire. And you who got the picture, look at it real close, look at the blaze running around it. You see how it's flipping and burning around. Now, that is the One Who comes to this platform; not your brother, not your brother. It's Him.
53-0604 THE.ANGEL.OF.THE.LORD

It was at a meeting and a discussion down... A Baptist minister said there was no such a thing as Divine healing; the days of miracles was passed and come over to — to debate the thing and you know the story how it went. And the Angel came. I said, "I cannot be a healer, sir, no more than you can be a saviour," but I said, "God never testifies of a lie. He testifies of truth. And if I testify of truth, God will testify of me." I no more than said that, and something went "Whooo" and here He come, right coming down. And here It was right above me like this, the Angel of the Lord standing there, thirty thousand people looking at it. They shot the picture of It, and the association took the picture, they said, "It can't be psychology."

And went and looked at it. Put it in the — the acid and tested it. The man had a heart attack that tested the picture they took it to George J. Lacy, the head of the FBI. He examined it for four days and declared it to be a supernatural Being that struck the lens. See. Right at the time... Don't ever worry. If God sends you, you just go ahead. See? God will take care of all the rest of it. Isn't that wonderful? "Seek — seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. All other things will be added." Just don't have to worry. God has everything. Now, in speaking on Saint John 14, we want to look at God and see if we can see God. Now, that's been the aged-old question for years: "If I could only see God." Now, we're going to look at Him this afternoon and see Him, in about... We'll have time maybe for about three or four ways to look at God. Then see if we can see God come here right in the building. See? All right.
53-0907A LORD.SHOW.US.THE.FATHER.AND.IT.SUFFICETH.US

I was with Brother Bosworth. It was the night the Angel of the Lord's picture was taken. How many has got that picture now in your possession? Thank you. I'm sure it'll be a great blessing to you. Here sometime ago, there's a lady at the hospital at the city I live. The picture was setting on the table. The doctor had told here she couldn't get well. Now, this is her story. She said looking at... Not at her brother, but to the Angel of the Lord... Now, if you'll notice, friends, that is a — a Pillar of Fire. George J. Lacy, you read what he said. Now, that's the best that we got in the United States on — on that kind of work, on research. And when he said that day, said, "If — if the old hypocrite (he meant the unbeliever) says that there can be... never could be scientifically proved that there was a supernatural Being," but said, "he can't say that now, because here's scientific proof that there is a supernatural Being." For you hear what he said. The Light struck the lens. See? And It was there. It was... He said, "The mechanical eye of this camera won't take psychology." Said, "It's not psychology." Said, "I've said it was psychology, Mister Branham, myself," but said, "mechanical eye of this camera won't take psychology. The Light struck the lens. And the — the Being was there."

You heard what Mr. Dr. Stomewell... How many reads "The Voice of Healing," and read that article in there of Dr. Stomewell on that? He said, "Absolutely." Now, he don't know nothing about this picture yet. He was an atheist, just been converted a few weeks. But he said that, "That magnetic power of a believer in contact with God was so vital," he said, "that even he believed over the Christ, that that halo that was painted was absolutely could been seen." Because it's a power. Now, just think. He took a — a machine. You know, the human being is not made to lie. And if you're telling a lie, they can put you before a lie detector, and your nerves will react. And then they took this same thing and converted it to a way that they could tell whether it was truth or not, and put it on a person praying, and I think it taken, I forget how many thousand kilowatts to send a radio message around the world, and when this woman begin to pray at her death, there went out enough power from her till it registered over as far as the needle would go. Enough power leaving that woman, actually supernatural power that caught on this machine, some kind of a magnetic power of her prayer, that was powerful enough to send a radio message fifty-five times around the world. That's scientific.

Men working around in science has found God. That's right. He lives out there. He is in the scientific world. They just touched around on His little basic play things, that He plays with, or has out there for them. Now, they're coming up into a place, in a category, where they can find Him. Now, on this picture, Brother Bosworth brought me the picture of Florence Nightingale, and you... I'm sorry. We have no more of those books. They're out of print at the time. We wasn't financially able to... Was about ten thousand dollars, to cost about a dollar apiece to print them to put them back in print, and they won't print less than ten thousand. So we couldn't do it. But when they first went out, why then, we sold all them, and they were gone.

Then, in there he got a copyright from permitting the copyright to place this picture in there. The picture belongs to the Douglas Studios, not me. And — and then, in this picture, as I was saying a few moments ago, a woman in the hospital was looking at it, and was praying after her doctor told her she couldn't get well. She claimed that she seen that picture, that mill of Fire, come out of there and stand over where she was. I knowed one thing, I don't know what taken place there, but the next day, she was sent home well. I don't know what. I — I know that. And she was sent home well. Now, It's His Being. And if we'll read the Scripture, we find out that it was a Pillar of Fire that led the children of Israel. That same Pillar of Fire, I believe, was over Jesus Christ. And I believe that He's raised — risen from the dead, showing the same signs that He showed when He was here on earth. And it's that same Pillar of Fire that's over the Church right now, the same Angel of God, that same Presence.
53-1114 AFRICA.TRIP.REPORT

Here He come, sailing right down where I was. And this photographer run out and took a picture, when he seen me turn white in the face. And he took a picture. I said, "God has spoken." And that's all Catholic people and all setting there saw It, looked at It. And many of them begin to scream and fainting. Come right down, a Pillar of Fire, moved right down to where I was at. He shot the picture. And the man... One of the men of the studio was a Jew. His name was Ted Kipperman. The other one's name was Mr. Ayers. He's a Roman Catholic. And oh, he just wrote a awful thing in the paper about me the other day — the day before that. He said I was a hypnotizer and I don't know what all. And so on the road home that night, taken the — the negatives, going in to have them developed for Mr. Best. He said, "I might've been wrong." Said, "What do you think about that, Ted?" Ted said, "Well, I'm Jew. I don't know nothing about it."

He said, "Well," he said, "I'm Catholic," and said, "we're taught that those things can happen, but it can only happen in a Catholic church." Now, you're wrong there. See? It can happen wherever God wants it to happen, whether it's in Catholic church or — or anywhere He wants it to happen. He's God. He does the choice. He keeps the book. And so he went in, and he put the — the pictures in the dark room to go through the acids to be developed, and the next... After a bit, why, Mr. Kipperman, he said, "I'm going up and lie — lie down a little while." And so he went upstairs to lie down. And while he was up there, Mr. Ayers smoked a cigarette or two, and went in the dark room and said, "I'll see. We had to get the picture ready 'cause Mr. — Mr. Best — Dr. Best, the minister, wanted his pictures the next day so he could show it to the people," he was shaking his fist under his nose.

So then when he... The next when Mr. Ayers went in, which is an archenemy of mine and Brother Bosworth too. He didn't believe it. He wrote a piece in the paper and said I wasn't nothing but a hypnotizer. A goiter had left a woman's throat. He said, "He hypnotized that off of her throat." Oh, my. That shows mental weakness. So then when he pulled the first picture out of Mr. Best with Mr. Bosworth, it was negative. God wouldn't permit that taken against that saintly old man. He pulled out the next one: negative. He pulled out all six of them, and every one of them was blank. And when he pulled out the other one, there was the Angel of God on the picture. He had a heart attack. They sent for me at the Rice Hotel. Of course, there's two men standing at the door in big meetings where they have thousands and thousands of people. There's someone stands at the door. They wouldn't let them in. All right.

And then that night at eleven o'clock, that was sent to Washington, DC to be copyrighted. On the following day it was flown back again. And they called in George J. Lacy. He's the head of the FBI in fingerprint and documents, the best there is in the world, the best in the United States. So being American, we say he was the best in the world to us. And so he's the head of the FBI. And they brought him in, and he took it to the Shell Building under examination of ultra-ray lights and so forth, everything he tried. He went out and he measured the distance, and took the camera to see if it was a double exposure, and he — he done everything that he could do to find out. And on the... about the fourth day he said they was going to meet in the Shell Building and give the announce what it was. So that day he said, "Whose name's Branham?"

I said, "Mine." Bunch setting there, a lot of the newspapers and things wanted to see what his report was. He said, "Stand up." I stood up. He said, "You're going to pass out of this life someday like all mortals, Reverend Branham." I said, "I'm aware of that, but thank God," I said, "Jesus Christ has saved me from sin." He said, "I've been one of your critics." See? And so the man when he brought up there, he said, "Reverend Branham, it's always been said that that was psychology." Said, "I've heard of your meetings and said that it was psychology, wasn't nothing to it. It was just imagination. When that light would come in, everybody'd say, 'There it is. There it is,' and people would say, 'Well that's...' Everybody just imagined it." It was took once before by a newspaper, but it wasn't — it wasn't real. They wouldn't let it go, because it wasn't by the American Photographer Association. It wasn't a member of it, so they wouldn't pass it, but this was strictly the American Photographer Association.

And he said, "Reverend Branham, I have said it was psychology, but the mechanical eye of this camera will not take psychology." Said, "The Light struck the lens." Everybody begin crying. So they called me forward to present the picture to me, and I said, "Well, it's not mine. It belongs to them." He said, "Do you know that's worth a hundred thousand doll..." I said, "Brother, do you mean to tell me just what you got through saying? That the first time in all the world's history that a supernatural Being was ever photographed." And here's what he said. Said, "The old hypocrite..." (he meant the unbeliever)... "The old..." (unbeliever) "has always said, that there was no scientific way to prove a supernatural Being." Said, "Now, they can't say that no more. Here's absolutely, scientific proof that there is a supernatural Being." See? And scientifically proved by this mechanical camera here that took the — the light of that Angel standing there, and said, "It's absolutely is the truth."

And I said, "Well, if Jesus Christ thought enough of me to come down and have His picture taken by me for the first time in all the world, you think I'm a little enough to commercialize this picture?" And he said, "No, I wouldn't think that." I said, "I turn it over to the Douglas Studios." He said, "There ought to be some kind of an agreement." I said, "Sure. They can sell it." And I said, "They can, as long as they keep it cheap enough that poor people can get it." He said, "Someday, Reverend Branham, you may be dead and gone," but said, "it'll be sold in ten cent stores." And I — I said, "Well, for the glory of God that would be fine."

So then, tonight the picture's here. George J. Lacy is a living today. He's still in this work, and the picture lives on and if — if I would die this night, what I testified about this scientific world can't say it isn't so, because there's scientific machinery and proof that I've told the truth. And the church of millions of people that's been preached to in the past few years have seen it and watched it, and you know it yourself, that I've told the truth. And God testified that it is the truth. That's right. So the testimony is absolutely true. Now look, Christian friends. You're looking for something way out yonder to come. You're looking for something way back this a way. Don't do that. It's right here now, right here now. Just as much as you'll ever see is... Only you might see it in greater quantity, but the Holy Spirit is here now which is the Lord Jesus Christ in His resurrection.
53-1129E TESTIMONY

So then, he took — finger like this. And he got six glossies of him like that. And when they developed the pictures and pulled them out, God wouldn't permit that camera to take one of the pictures. Every one of them was negative. Then when he pulled the other one out, there was the Angel of the Lord. They sent and got George J. Lacy, which was the head of the FBI and fingerprint and so forth. Kept it several days in there and studied it. And studied everything and come back, called us in the Shell Building there and for the — that evening, said, "Whose name is Reverend Branham?" I said, "Mine." And he said, "Stand up." He said, "You'll pass away like all mortals," but said, "as long as there is a Christian civilization, your picture will never die." He said, "It's absolutely..." He said, "The old hypocrite always said that there couldn't be scientific proof of an immortal Being," but said, "they can't say it no more. Here is the... Mechanical eye of that camera won't take psychology." Said, "It's a real supernatural Being." And there It was. And there It is tonight. What is it? Not because of me, but because the truth that I was standing for was there. Now, that has been seen in the meetings all over the world.
54-0301 THE.ANGEL.OF.THE.COVENANT

George J. Lacy said, "It looked like an emerald light, a burning with flapping flames like that, as it whirled around and around like that. Looked like it was going in a circle a whirling around." Now that, It looks to be about that big and probably that thick. Practically every night when I... Frankly, right now, I can tell you now that we as — as I'm preaching today to dying men as a dying man, that I... That isn't standing five feet from where I am right now. That's right.
54-0720A THE.MANIAC.OF.GADARA

But now in here, in the book, is the write up of George J. Lacy, FBI, best of fingerprint and documents in the United States. And if he's from the United States in that, I think he's the best in the world. And he was the one who examined the picture and said, "It's the only supernatural Being that could ever be scientifically proven." The only supernatural Being that could ever scientifically be proven... All right.
54-0902 SOUTH.AFRICA.TESTIMONY

And so they took the picture in to... not knowing what this would be. They took Mr. Bosworth's picture in so they could get it to Mr. Best, the glossy. And they put it in the acid, and he set there, smoked a few cigarettes, till it went through the acid, brought the picture out, and every one of Mr. Best, with his finger under Mr. Bosworth's nose, every one of them was blank. God would not permit that man stand there and put his finger under that godly, saintly, old warrior. No, sir. And when he pulled my picture out, lo and behold, not only my picture was there, but there was the Angel of the Lord on the picture. And they called George J. Lacy. Anybody that knows enough about the FBI and fingerprint and document, knows who he is. He's the best in the world. And they called him. He took it into Houston into the Shell building, and put it under infra-ray light. He examined the camera for double exposure. He did everything that could be done for it. They took the picture many times before, but it wasn't under this... It wasn't authentic. The newspaper picture — camera took it, and we put it a picture, but it couldn't be proven just by a newspaper camera. But this was absolutely authentic.

It went to Washington, DC, was copy-righted, brought back. Mr. Lacy passed his opinion and put it on document, that it's the only supernatural Being that's ever been photographed in all the world, can be proven to be the truth. And here's what it said. Said, "The old hypocrite one said," He meant the unbeliever, "that those Lights over the saints and the... Jesus was just psychology." He said, "But Reverend Branham, that mechanical eye of the camera won't take psychology." Said, "The Light struck the lens, and there It is." What is it? The scientific world knows that I've told the truth; there It is to prove it. That's a better — that's a better vindication... And I'll say this, my Bible here, that same Light isn't hanging two foot from where I'm standing. That's exactly right. It's a... It's like a sixth sense. It's right here, right up in this direction. I am not a fanatic; I'm a Christian minister, and that's the truth.
55-0227E THE.HEALING.OF.JAIRUS.DAUGHTER

The great American Photographer Association, after many newspapers that took It, caught It in their camera. Then one night at Houston, Texas, God permitted His picture of His Son, in the same form that Saint Paul seen Him in, to be photographed. And got George J. Lacy of the FBI fingerprint and document to come from California to Houston, Texas, to put it into the Shell building, into the laboratory, and examine it under the ultra-ray lights, and everything else, for days after days. And he walked out (a firm critic of mine) and shook my hand and said, "Brother Branham, the Light struck the lens. It was there." And said, "The mechanical eye of this camera won't take psychology. The Light was there."
55-0400 BLIND.BARTIMAEUS

He was up there to take Mr. Bosworth's picture. And when Mr. Best was holding debate with him, he'd pose like this, and put his finger under Brother Bosworth's nose, and say, "Take it like this." He said, "I want them to hang up in my... I want to take that old man and skin him, and take his skin and tack it on my study door for a memorial to Divine healing." Could you imagine a brother talking about one like that? So he said... And that night when he put his finger under his nose, and he draw his fist up, and had the studio set that big camera out; se-... oh, there was several cameras there, and so, to take the picture. Well, then, you know what happened? God wasn't willing that His servant should be taken with a picture like that, and every one of them was blank. Not a one of them showed up. But the... when they pulled this other one out, there was the picture of the Angel of the Lord on it. And they sent it to George J. Lacy, FBI fingerprint and document, he kept it in the place for several days. And then, it was copyrighted in Washington, DC, as the only supernatural Being that's ever been scientifically proven. And that's right. In Washington, DC, now: copyrighted.

And then, they come and said, "We'll give the analysis of it." Mr. Lacy said, "Whose name is Reverend Branham?" I said, "Mine." He said, "Stand up." And I stood up. Kind of a red-headed fellow, kind of hard-boiled eyes; I hope he's not setting present to hear this. So he... hair hanging down in his eyes. When he seen it, first, he was very hard about it. He said, "Reverend Branham, come here." Said, "You'll die like all men do." See? I said, "I'm sure of that, but I'm prepared for it." He said, "But as long as there's a civilization, your picture will never go out of existence." He said, "That's the only time a supernatural Being was ever photographed." He said, "The Light struck the lens; it's the truth," like that. And he submitted it to me, and I give it over to the Douglas Studios in Houston, Texas. They're the ones that own it. And he said some little thing there to me, something, said, "The testament unto the testator..." something. Said, "For as long as you're living, that picture will never be in force, but afterwards," said, "wait till you're gone, it'll be on ten-cent stores, and things like that."

So what it is, is... what it is to me, if I... If this is my last night on earth, if this is my last night to be on earth, my testimony is the truth. The church knows it. Millions around the world, I've come in personal contact with just more than ten million people, and around the world. It's been seen by thousands times thousands of people, everywhere. I trust to God that It will come visible here in Macon before I leave, before the audience. And they see the works and signs of It. That's the Truth. And the scientific world can't say there's no supernatural Being anymore, 'cause it's scientifically proven, God... They're without an excuse now. So we're thankful to the Lord, tonight, to know that our great Jehovah God was with the father Abraham, and is still here tonight with His Church, moving on just the same as He was in the days gone by. To my opinion, the same Pillar of Fire that led the children of Israel, Jesus Christ, the Angel of the Covenant, the same yesterday, today, and forever: scientifically proven.
55-0608 ABRAHAM

How many of you tonight got one of the pictures, let's see your hands. It's in Washington, DC now, the picture of the Angel of the Lord. The only picture, according to George J. Lacy, the head of the FBI, fingerprint and documents, examined, Houston, Texas, sent them to Washington, DC, hangs in the Religious Hall of Art, the only scientific proof that there is today, scientifically, that there's a supernatural Being. Mr. Lacy said, "It was not psychology, the mechanic eye of the camera couldn't take psychology. We put it under ultra-ray light and everything else," and said, "the Light struck the lens." Signed his name to it; there's a writing from him himself in the back of the book.
56-0414 BLIND.BARTIMAEUS

Now, you see that Angel on the picture there? It's hanging in Washington, DC, where the FBI has examined it, as the only Supernatural Being ever proved to be taken. Just find out, George J. Lacy, the head of the FBI then, just find out his name and address and so forth. Now, that same Angel isn't five feet from where I'm standing right now. Now, it's true. Now, it's not me, it's Him. There was a Pillar of Fire, Who led the children of Israel, how many Bible students knows that? A Pillar of Fire, is that right? Who was that Pillar of Fire? Christ, the Angel of the Covenant, Which was Christ. He was with Moses in the wilderness, sure. He said, "Before Abraham was I AM." He was the I AM. Now, if He's still the same, He's still here, in the Light like the Pillar of Fire. Paul saw Him when he was on his road to Damascus, is that right? He saw Him. He said, "I come from God, I go back to God. The world won't see Me, but you'll see Me."
56-0419 EARNESTLY CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH THAT WAS ONCE DELIVERED UNTO THE SAINTS

How many ever seen the picture of it? Let's see your hands. Sure, I guess all of you have. It's here somewhere. A Pillar of Fire, the American Photographer Association took the picture of it. It's copyrighted in Washington, DC, the only supernatural being was ever scientifically photographed in all the history of the world. See at Washington if that isn't right. Examined by George J. Lacy, head of the FBI, fingerprint and document. It's true.

If I'd go home this night, the church knows I've told the truth. The scientific world knows I've told the truth, 'cause it's scientifically proved. George J. Lacy said the mechanical eye of this camera will not take psychology. The Light struck the lens.
57-0613E THIRSTING.FOR.LIFE

And now, they don't let pictures be taken while I'm under the anointing because that Angel is a Light too, and it interferes with me. They can take them any time before that; it's all right. So then... So they begin taking those pictures, and then when I went down, I said, "Now, if I have — if I have misrepresented anything." You can't prove that by the Bible, neither he's whipped in Divine healing as far as that — by the Bible. You seen he couldn't — he couldn't even answer one question. I said, "But the Angel of the Lord, that's true, and if I'm true God will speak for me." And about that time, it sound like a wind shook the building. And when it did coming down, visible, here come this Pillar of Fire moving down. And Kipperman, just by way shot the picture again, and Mr. Ayers, a Roman Catholic, had put a piece in the paper, and said, "I — I hypnotized a woman, and a goiter went off of her throat, the day before." And he had just ridiculed me. He was one with the studio. And then on the... It was a... After they took the picture, I said, "Now, God has spoke. It's time for me to leave." I said, "When He speaks the audience should keep quiet."

And on the road home that night, Mr. Kipperman said — Ayers said to Mr. Kipperman, said, "Do you think it'll show?" Said, "I doubt it." So they went in, and they put the pictures in the acid, and Mr. Kipperman went up the stairs, which lived over the studio to go to bed. And Mr. Ayers said, "We'd better run these glossies through, 'cause Best will want them tomorrow." So he set there, smoked his cigarette real nervously, and he went in to pull out of the acid, and all six pictures of Mr. Best shaking his fist under Mr. Bosworth's nose, every one of them was blank. God would not permit that man to shake his fist under the nose of that Godly saint. They was everyone blank. And when he pulled out the seventh one, there was the Angel of the Lord on the picture. He had a heart attack that night.

They sent it away; it was tested by George J. Lacy, the head of the FBI in finger printing document of one of my critics. The next day when he... About four days afterwards we went to the Shell Building where he had been brought from California to test the picture. He said, "Whose name's Mr. Branham?" I said, "Mine." Said, "Stand up." Said, "Come here." Said, "I've been your critic." Said, "I've heard people say that about that Light and so forth." "But," said, "I said it was psychology." But he reached out his hand, he said, "Mr. Branham, the mechanical eye of that camera won't take psychology." The Light struck the lens. And he said, "As far as I know, that's the first time that a supernatural Being was ever scientifically photographed in all the history of the world." He said, "Someday that'll be on ten cents stores." "But," said, "not while you're living, for the testament is not in force until the testator is dead." We know — we know that. So that's sealed the testimony, and we're grateful to that, because God is still the same; He never fails. He's still the same Jehovah God. I'm sorry to have took that much time on that little picture there, but I'll try to hurry with my text.
57-0810 JEHOVAH.JIREH

This was by the FBI, fingerprint and document; here it is, the same Pillar of Fire that led the children of Israel. It's in Washington, DC as the only supernatural Being was ever photographed. Germany, got it three times in Germany with their camera last year, coming down, giving the discernment and going back. And George J. Lacy, the head of the FBI fingerprint and document, examined this. There's his write-up on it. See? It's the... That same Angel is not two foot from where I'm standing right now. What is it? It's the Pillar of Fire that led the children of Israel.

How many knows that Jesus went to a Pillar of Fire when He left the earth? How many knows that? When He was here on earth, He said, "I come from God; I go to God." When He was... How many knows that it was Jesus, the Logos, the — the Angel of the Covenant, the Christ that led the children of Israel through the wilderness, He was the Pillar of Fire. He was the Rock. He... See? Then He went back to God. And when Paul met Him on the road to Damascus, He was still that Pillar of Fire, that even put Paul's eyes out.
57-1212 THE.DOOR.OF.THE.DOOR

And no more than I'd said that, here come that Pillar of Fire, whirling from the air, before thirty thousand people, come down like that. And the photographer that... They was supposed not to take pictures while the meeting's going on. That great big... the... a camera shot the picture, just to see if they could get it. And it has been seen in many places, but they — they wondered... a newspaper reporter got it on a picture once, but it wasn't authentic, because the newspaper reporter. And then when they shot that one, Mr. Best walked up, stuck his fist up under Mr. Bosworth's nose and said, "Take my picture like this, just before this, then take it like this." He said, "I'm going to skin that old man, and tack his hide on my study door, for a memorial to divine healing." But you know, when they went in...

I said, "Now, God has spoken. There's no need for me to speak any more." And I went out. The police helped me to the car. And when I got to the car, went up, about a hour later, they took that... And the man that take it was a critic; he had wrote in the paper the other day, said, "Mr. Branham hypnotized a goiter off of a woman's throat. I seen him rub his hands like that with hypnotism, and the goiter left." Very much of a critic, and he went home that night, and he said, "You know what? I don't know what to think." He said, "If the man was a Catholic, I'd believe it was right. But not..." Said, "All gifts go to the Catholic church." And he said, "But if he was a Catholic, I would think it was right."

Then he went on in — in the Douglas Studios; you can... right here is their address and things on the picture. When they went to develop the picture, they taken out the six glossies that they was supposed to have for Mr. Best shaking his fists under that godly, saintly, old man, and every one of them was blank. God wouldn't permit that camera to take the picture with his fist under that saintly man's nose, like that, acting like that. And when they pulled the seventh one out, there was the Angel of the Lord on the picture. Mr. Ayers keeled over in a heart attack. They sent for me. At eleven o'clock that night, it was on its road to Washington, DC. A week later after it was copyrighted, and brought back, George J. Lacy, the head of the FBI, fingerprint and document of the United States, the best there is in the world, he had it for several days in the Shell Laboratory in Houston, Texas. That day when we all went over there to receive what he would say about it, Mr. Best said, "Whose name's Branham?" I said, "Mine." Said, "Stand up." And I stood up, he said, "Come here." I walked up to him. He said, "Mr. Branham," he said, "I've been your critic too, and I've said that that was psychology those people seen." He said, "But the mechanical eye of that camera won't take psychology." Said, "The light struck the lens." And he said, "As far as I know, of all of any age," he said, "the old hypocrite," (which he meant the unbeliever), said, "there couldn't be any scientific proof that there was a supernatural Being," but said, "this picture condemns him. Here is the supernatural Being that was there." The light struck the lens, and he presented the film. There it is back there now, from the Douglas Studios with his own name signed, and it's in the book also. The only...
58-0127 JEHOVAH.JIREH

Did you ever see that picture out there of the Angel of the Lord? Oh, you have one? All right. Now, do you believe that's the same Pillar of Fire that led the children of Israel? See? It was a Pillar of Fire. And when Jesus was here on earth, He said, "I come from God, and I go back to God." And when He was here on earth, He said He was that Pillar of Fire. He said that. He said, "I AM THAT I AM. Before Moses was, I AM." He was the Pillar of Fire that was in the burning bush. He said... Now, He's here in flesh, "I've come from God (the Pillar of Fire); I go back to God, the Pillar of Fire." And when Paul met Him on the road to Damascus, He was that Pillar of Fire again. Paul fell down. Them people by him didn't see it, but it — it put his eyes out. He said, "Who are You, Lord?" that great Pillar of Fire. He said, "I am Jesus, Who you persecute." And here's His picture on paper. By the FBI fingerprint and document, it's true. George J. Lacy said, "The Light struck the lens, Mr. Branham. This mechanical eye of this camera won't take psychology." So there, it's absolutely proved by scientific that It couldn't be psychology. Shamed if I'd be here in psychology, as a minister of the Gospel. Not me, sister. I think too much of my Lord for that. I'm here to help you, to do everything I can to get your faith in Christ.
58-0302 DOOR.TO.THE.HEART

How many seen the picture of it tonight? Let's see how many has ever seen the picture? It's right here in Washington, DC. We'll get it for you tomorrow night, a Angel of the Lord. It's right here in Washington, DC. George J. Lacy, the head of the FBI and them examined it, got their signed document right here, the only supernatural being that was ever photographed in the world. That's right. It's right here. We got it. This isn't a... Now 'cause we have to get them from the American Photographer Association, the Douglas Studios out of Texas, where it was taken. They seen It in Germany a few months ago, three times: It coming, going back, the Pillar of Fire, the same One that followed the children of Israel in the days of Israel's journey. How many know it was the Pillar of Fire? How many know that was Christ? That shows you're called. That's what makes... That's good, brethren. That's right. That's certain.

When He was here on earth, He said, "I come from God. I return to God." When He come on earth, when He was with the children of Israel, He was a Pillar of Fire. He was in the burning bush. Jesus when He was on earth, He said, "I AM THAT I AM was in the bush." Is that right? He was. All right. Then He said, "I come from that; I return to that." After His death, burial, and resurrection, Paul met Him on the road down to Damascus. What was He? A Light that put Paul's eyes out, standing in His Presence. That's right. Now, here's His picture again, right here again. I keep telling... George Lacy said, "I've been your critic too, Mr. Branham." But said, "I said it was psychology." But said, "The mechanical eye of this camera won't take psychology." That's the head of the FBI in fingerprint and documents. Yes. It was absolutely there.

That same Angel is not two foot from where I'm standing now, or I'm a liar.
58-0312 JESUS CHRIST THE SAME YESTERDAY TODAY AND FOREVER

Now, if you notice, this is not just a picture that we want to just save to make money on. We buy this picture and sell it same way we get it; about three or four cents on the picture for handling is all we get. It's a copyrighted affair and is in Washington, DC, as the only supernatural Being was ever proven to be photographed. Now, the... George J. Lacy, of the FBI, fingerprint and document, examined the case. And he said to me, "Mr. Branham, I've heard of your meetings, and I've been to one or two. And I said it was psychology, that that Light wasn't there. But," he said, "Mr. Branham, that mechanical eye of the camera won't take psychology. The Light struck the lens." He signed the document and turned it over to the Douglas Studios, a member of the American Photographers Association at Houston, Texas. Now, I say this with humbleness and with reverence to Him Who is present, that is the Light that I have seen. That was the Light was over my cradle when I was born. That's the Light that's... From there has come a voice and talked to me down through my life, that's told things by the hundreds of things. And search out anyone you wish to, from Africa around the world, in my own city, doctors, attorneys, or whatever you wish, and see if ever one time it failed to be just exactly what He said it was. That's what speaks here at the platform, not your brother.
58-0508 THE.EXPECTATIONS

This picture here of the Angel of the Lord, I don't know whether you ever seen it or not, the writing that's with it from the FBI, said, "I once thought your meetings were psychology, when you talked about the Light. I wondered how this was done." Mr. George J. Lacy, said, "Mr. Branham, the mechanical eye of the camera won't take psychology. The Light struck the lens." It's at the counter back there, at the bookstand. The boys will have it after the service. We have to buy it; it's on a copyright. We have to buy our books; they're on copyright. We have nothing to sell, we... If I didn't think that would help someone, it would never be here. It's not my picture you're buying, it's His picture. Mr. Lacy said, "There was a time when they doubted those Lights, and said, 'It was a psychic thought of the artist that painted those halos and things, around our Lord, and around the apostles,' but said, 'this mechanical picture proves that it's the truth.'" That's right. He said, "The old hypocrite..." He meant the unbeliever. That's what he stated. I'm quoting his words. just as he said it. He said, "They can't do it any more." Then the scientific world knows that He still lives. The church knows He still lives, because He remains the same.
58-0510 HAVE.FAITH.IN.GOD

Here He is as millions of the church knows it. Millions of the church people knows it. Now the scientific world knows it. One hangs in Washington, DC, in the Religious Hall of Art, the only supernatural being was ever photographed in all the world. George J. Lacy of the FBI, Fingerprint and Documents, here in Houston, Texas, examined it. It's right, and put his own... You see the write up on it, on the book. That's true. Yes, sir. The only...
58-0612 WE.WOULD.SEE.JESUS

What did George J. Lacy, the head of the FBI say? He said, "Mr. Branham, the picture will never be very much while you're living, because it would make human worship. But someday this will be sold on ten cent stores, but not while you're living." See? Well, that's right; it couldn't be; the Lord won't let this be known.
58-0619E CAN.WE.SEE.JESUS

And then when this Angel came down, that photographer had that great machine set, and he shot the picture. And when He come down, people screaming, I said, "I will have to speak no more. He speaks in my place." I went out. The policeman helped me to the car. The photographers taking the pictures, and went over... One of them was a Jew; the other one was Catholic, the two photographers working for the Douglas Studios in Houston, Texas. And they're a member of the association, and they went in — they went into the studio, and they said, "We'd better get these glossies out for Mr. Best; he wants them tomorrow." The Jew, Mr. Ayers, went upstairs and laid down. And the other man went in and put the pictures in the acids, come back was smoking a cigarette, and he begin to think, he said, "You know, if that man was only Catholic, he could be true." Said, "Maybe he is." Says, "Because his parents behind him (my people before me) were Catholic, and that man could have been right. But he can't be right and be a protestant." He goes in... And the day before he'd wrote an awful article in the paper about me, and then he went in and pulled the pictures out of the acid. One, two, three, four, five, six, none of them took. God wouldn't permit a picture to be taken of him shaking his fist under that sainted old man's face. And he pulled out the seventh, and there was the Angel on the picture. He had a heart attack and fell.

Two or three days later, the negative was flown to Washington DC that night, at eleven o'clock, and brought back. And George J. Lacy, the head of the FBI on fingerprint and documents was flown there to take a test of this picture, to see if it was something had been painted on there, a double exposure, or something wrong. After three days he called us in. There was about two hundred people, writers of magazines, different papers, and he stood up, and he said, "Whose name is Branham?" I said, "Mine." Said, "Come here." He's kind of red-headed...?... hair on his face, and he said, "Stand here." Said, "Yes, sir." He said, "Mr. Branham, I've been one of your critics. I've said that that was psychology, but listen Reverend Branham, the mechanical eye of that camera won't take psychology. The Light struck the lens." He said, "You're going to... He said, "The light struck the lens." He said, "Someday, this picture will be sold on the ten cent stores (you know). But said, "Not while you're living, because God wouldn't permit that." But said, "After you're gone, the church will realize the day that they passed through." Said, "It's always been that way." He said, "Myself, I'm Catholic." He said, "But I remember the history of Joan of Arc, how that they — she saw visions, and my church burnt her to a stake as a witch. But after she was dead a long time, we found out that her — she was a saint. It was too late." He said, "It was the same thing down through the Scriptures." He said, "Someday you'll die." I said, "Praise God, I'm ready." And he said, "Forgive me for being your critic," and he handed me the negative. I said, "It's not mine. It belongs to the studio." He said, "Mr. Branham, that — that negative is worth tens of thousands of dollars." Said, "It's the only time that a supernatural Being was ever scientifically photographed." Now, I said, "I would not take it. Upon your statement, if Jesus loved me enough to come down and have His picture taken with me for the first time in all the world's history, who am I to sell His picture to make money from it?" But in the copyright so that no one can sell it, without your statement... He said, "I'll gladly write my statement." And he wrote it, signed it. The Douglas Studios taken it.
60-0210M THE.REVELATION.THAT.WAS.GIVEN.TO.ME

We got the pictures of it here. It's been took the world over in Germany, and America, and Canada, and everywhere. Scientific, it hangs in a religious hall of art up there, scientifically proved. George J. Lacy the head of the FBI for fingerprint and documents said — signed the document himself. The light struck the lens. He said, "I used to disbelieve it too, but the camera won't take psychology." It's not psychology.
60-0329 IT.IS.I.BE.NOT.AFRAID

The scientific world knows it's the truth. Mr. Lacy said... He ought to know; he's a government man, head of the FBI, the fingerprint and documents of the fingerprints and so forth. He said, "There has never been a picture before ever scientifically proven that there's a supernatural Being." Now, that's right. That's right on his document. We got it right here. One of them hangs in religious hall of Art at Washington, DC, the only supernatural being was ever photographed. Brother Arganbright was with me (Right here. How many knows Brother Arganbright? — A good honest man), standing right there (where was that, brother? In Germany?) in Lausanne when they wanted to know if the — that German camera would take it. I said, "Maybe it will."
61-0212E IT.IS.I.BE.NOT.AFRAID

They taken the picture of it. Mr. Ayers, the one that taken it was a Catholic. Seems strange, but he was working with a man, Jew, by the name of Kipperman. And when they seen, he took one over there, and put the acids in, and tested, brought out the negatives. And every one of them pictures with Mr. Best shaking his fist under that saintly old man's nose; every one of them was blank, didn't take at all. God would not permit them to be taken. But when they shot the picture, there was the Angel of the Lord standing there.

They took it before, to send it here to Washington, DC, and copyright it, brought it back, and called George J. Lacy. He's the head of the FBI on fingerprint and documents. And they took it and examined it for about five days. And we met in the Houston Shell building there. And they... And so they said, "Whose name is Branham?" And I told him, "Mine." and stood up. Said, "You are going to pass out of life like all men." I said, "I'm... I know that." But said, "As long as there's a Christian civilization, this picture will never die." He said, "It's been said by the old hypocrite," he meant the unbeliever, he said, "that a supernatural could never be scientifically proven." He said, "Mr. Branham, I said it was psychology, that you were reading people's minds." He said, "But Mr. Branham, the mechanical eye of that camera won't take psychology. The light struck the lens." That's right. And so it's been done many many times since then.
61-0312 JEHOVAH.JIREH

Have you ever seen the picture of It? The one the science has took the picture? If you haven't, Mr. Wood has it back there, I guess you do. Brother Wood, where are you at? I guess he still has the pictures. It's right there. It's a copyright. From George J. Lacy, the head of the FBI. It hangs in Religious Hall of Art, the only supernatural Being ever photographed.
62-0628 A.GREATER.THAN.SOLOMON.IS.HERE

ike when George J. Lacy examined that, I told him. I said, "It's just like an amber Light. It burns there." And they said, "Oh, it's psychology." Mr. Lacy said, "I thought it was psychology, too, but," said, "the mechanical eye of this camera won't take psychology." No. It was there. What is it? See?
63-0605 GREATER.THAN.SOLOMON.IS.HERE

And then the Lord came before thirty thousand people that night, and put it, He had His picture, the Light that gives the discernment, that showed that it was true.

And George J. Lacy, the head of the FBI, of finger print and documents took, from California, came to the Shell building in there, and examined the picture, and said, "Mr. Branham, I been your critic, and I said it was psychology, but," said, "the mechanical eye of this camera won't take psychology. The Light struck the lens." And so you have the picture now. And one of them is in Washington, DC, in the religious Hall of Art, with a note under it, "The only supernatural being was ever photographed in the history of the world." And now, then, if you're ever through there, drop in, see it.
63-0606 SHOW.US.THE.FATHER

Right down in the audience where It was, there come that Pillar of Fire down. And that big studio camera, now, snapped the picture. George J. Lacy, the head of the FBI for fingerprint and document, took it at midnight that night. When they put it, It was the only one that had a picture. And you...

How many has got it on your shelves now in your home? See? Hangs in Washington, DC, in a hall — hall of religious art, "The only supernatural Being was ever photographed in all the world's history."
64-0412 A.COURT.TRIAL

But when George J. Lacy took that picture, he said to me that day, over at — at Houston there, in the — in the building, before all that Times, Life, and Collier's, and all them there, the magazines. He said, "Mr. Branham, I'm one of your critics, too." He said, "But I want to tell you. I said it was psychology, but," said, "the mechanical eye of this camera won't take psychology." [Blank.spot.on.tape — Ed.] "... the testator is dead." See? He said, "But someday after you're gone, it'll be on ten cent stores." Said, "I'm in position to know there's never been a supernatural Being that's been scientifically proven. But," said, "This is scientifically proven. The Light struck the lens." Then, you see, the testimony that I given since a little bitty boy, that I've seen that Light before me always. And you know, you read the books and seen the documented statements. See? It's the truth. I'm not here to deceive you.
64-0418B A.PARADOX


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