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The Basics: Faith Healing

William Branham is recognized by some as one of the leaders in the Post WWII Healing Revival. To the world, he was one of hundreds of men who joined in the revival, at a time when the nations were still reeling from the War. For the first several years in his ministry, Branham traveled with other ministers who preached the sermons before his prayer for the sick started. From Ern Baxter to "Little" David Walker, the 10-year-old boy preacher, to Assemblies of God founder and nationally recognized "faith healer" Frank Francis Bosworth, men with more knowledge of scripture urged Branham not to teach, but to use his "gift" in healing the sick while they preached. Bosworth, whose teaching would heavily influence William Branham, was taught under cult leader and world-renowned faith healer, John Alexander Dowie.

Though Branham claimed to have been given the gift of healing "the very day Israel became a nation" (May 14, 1948), his healing ministry was drawing crowds throughout the southern states as early as 1945. In 1945, his meetings were advertized in a pamphlet titled, I Was Not Disobedient To The Heavenly Vision." In this pamphlet, Branham described a vision that he claimed was been given to him by God, in which he saw a large group of people in white robes which represented his followers.

In 1949 Branham updated this "commission" to include the story of an "angel visitation," which Branham would being to claim was the (new) "beginning" of his faith-healing ministry. Through the years, the description of this angel and the description of the surroundings frequently changed, from a clean-shaven man to a man with a long, black beard or a long, white beard, sometimes wearing a turban. This life-changing event happened, according to Branham, in either a cave, a cabin with a window, or some other unknown location, but all described the same underlying story: An angel in the form of a man instructing Branham to elevate the people's faith in William Branham. Branham would often quote this angel as saying, "If you can get the people to believe in you, then nothing will stand in your way, not even cancer."

Branham's campaign would issue "prayer cards" to the sick and afflicted, asking them to describe their illness and give their name and address. These cards were taken up by the ushers and would then be given to Branham for prayer, and Branham would call the numbers associated with each prayer card. As people approached the pulpit, Branham would claim God had revealed the information written on those same cards to him, a gift Branham called "discernment." Though it is not often mentioned in the churches in this movement, during the early part of his ministry Branham claimed to have experienced vibrations in his hand as a person approached the platform. These vibrations, Branham claimed, would cause the color and the temperature of his hand to change. This "gift," according to Branham's story about the angel, was a parallel to God speaking to Moses. Branham would often describe the words of the angel, "As Moses was given two signs, so are you given two signs." Because of this, pastors in the Branham movement teach that of the three signs given to Moses, only two of them were truly "signs," the other was simply another plague. (God's signs to Moses included the staff of the serpent, the leprous hand, and the turning of the water of the Red Sea into blood.)

Interestingly, many of the ministers who were involved with Branham's ministry have testified that significant problems forced them to separate. From many failed "healings" to extra-biblical or anti-biblical teaching, Branham began to distance himself from other ministers with grave error.

Branham as a teacher was outside of his calling. The fruits of his teaching ministry are not good.
- Ern Baxter

One of the reasons for my leaving him was that he was starting to say some seriously wrong things. When that, coupled with other circumstances, eventually became unbearable, I resigned.
- Ern Baxter

Sadly, Baxter himself was not aware the extent of the problems with Branham's ministry, duped like the rest of us on major issues such as the failed "Bridge prophecy." But Baxter's assessment of Branham is confirmed by Jim and Mary Watt, who also was familiar with Branham's erroneous teaching. Watt says:

I agree with the general insights expressed by Baxter in this interview. Branham had a true Gift of Healing, but was a terrible teacher. I walked out on two of his meetings while he was teaching. Gordon Lindsey prior to Baxter, tried to get Branham not to teach, but was unable to do so. I believe it was for this reason that God took him home in 1965, before he could do more harm with his teaching.
- Jim & Marie Watt

Ern Baxter's Testimony
Jim & Marie Watt's Testimony
Alfred Pohl's Testimony

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Branham's accounts of his angel and vibrations of healing:

How many's heard me explain what vibrations were...?... let's your hands. How many in here understands about how the gift come, the vibration over my hand, let's see your hand. You all see what it is...?... [The words are difficult to understand — Ed.]...?...

I said, "Now, look, there was an Angel came down into the room and told me that way back, back 'fore I was born, was foreordained to have a gift of Divine healing. And He came and told me in the room one night that God had sent the gift, and it was a gift of Divine healing for the people. And if I could get the people to believe me (believe me), and would be sincere when I prayed, that nothing would stand before the prayer."

Comes by vibrations from the hand. The very God that sent His Angel before Moses... [ — Ed.]... Angel here. That is right. [ — Ed.] I try to be sincere. Now, I want you to know this, that I may leave...?... before morning. I know not. But in the room that night when He came (to you people)... It appeared to me many times in a form of a — of a star. I've seen it many times. But when it came visible, it was a Man that would seemingly would weigh two hundred pounds. A little over two years ago now, I was sitting in the room. I was reading my little Scofield Bible, and I heard something. First, I saw a Light. And I thought it was an automobile that turned the corner. But it turned, but it got brighter. And I looked out the door and there was no automobile. Then I heard something coming like this, going... [Brother Branham knocks on the podium four times. — Ed.] walking. And I looked, and the Light got greater. And just above me hung a great Star. And the Light was kind of a, more of a green, between green and yellow, shining on the floor. And coming walking through this Light, came a Man that looked like, as I said before, would weigh two hundred pounds, a huge Man. He did not have beard over His face, like Christ's picture does. Who He is, I do not know. But He had... [ — Ed.]... shoulder. He was more of an olive complexion; He had dark eyes. He walked as close to me as the microphone is there.
Every word that I have spoke, I'll have to answer for it. But all of a sudden my hand, the one which the gift comes through, the vibrations, got real hot. And I... The little child was some eight, nine years old, maybe not that old. And I laid it upon her little thigh, and something just moved downward. And friends, God being my Judge, Who I stand before; the four inches lacking on the child's leg was perfect. She put this Bible on her head and walked up-and-down before the audience, just as perfect as anyone could walk, like that. She was healed, over a hour of prayer for her.

And I had on a watch, and I took hold of a woman there first that had a tumor, and the tumor stopped... The vibrations stopped my watch. I can't pray for people with a watch on. I can show it to you this afternoon. It'll stop it every time, vibrations over that brand new Longines watch. It'll — it'll stop; the vibration would stop it. And I showed a minister from Ukraine; he's here in the audience this afternoon somewhere. And he... It — it stopped. The vibration stopped it.

When I was praying for them, I was using my right hand. Then on the left hand showed vibrations.

Now — now, that doesn't come by vibrations. There's no vibrations on the hand. Only, she did have just a little touch of female trouble, a little bag in her stomach. She's been having stomach trouble, such as having a little...?... like gas on the stomach, and so forth like that. Is that right, lady? Now, how did I know that? [The lady answers, "Vibrations." — Ed.] That's right. See?

Satan, leave the man in the Name of Jesus Christ. [ — Ed.]...?... God bless you. You live here in Phoenix, sir. Vibrations has stopped.

I can only heal when God says heal. I can only tell you the vibrations is gone when God stops the vibrations. Now, I can't stop them. I'm no healer; He's the Healer. But when I see them stopped, they're not stopped my me; they're stopped by God.

Now, you've got somebody sending those vibrations. I want each one to see my hand. Now, just this one more time...?... See what — how white it is? How many understands, and seen the vibrations over my hand, let's see your hands? You mean that's all the people that's been in meetings? Almost a new crowd in here. It's hard to believe, isn't it? Friends, it comes by vibrations, you can see it over my hand. My hand turns real bloody red, and white pimples jump up on it according to the disease. People don't tell me what diseases they've got. That Spirit goes down and tells them what kind of a disease they got. I was examined by doctors up there last week. Each one of the doctors, they bring cases out of the hospital...

God, I pray... [ — Ed.] this brother of this lung trouble, in the Name of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. God bless you. It's nervousness... Go believe... God, I pray that You will heal this dear man, Father. I pray that You'll restore to him the sight of his eyes this day. Hear my prayer. In Jesus Christ's Name, I ask it. Amen. God bless you, my dear brother. Oh, dear Jesus, I pray that You'll bless this dear woman who comes from New Mexico, that she could be made well. Father, may she return rejoicing, excitingly good, and be well. For I rebuke this blind spirit. In the Name of Jesus Christ, leave the woman. You have a fine spirit... [ — Ed.] ...woman here...?... O God, have mercy on the man. He's going to die, Father, with this cancer. If Thou does not touch him [ — Ed.] ...done all they can do, but Thou art here, lovely Father. And that I've testify that what is true. And Your Angel said, "Not even cancer shall stand before your prayer if you get the people to believe you." And now I'm thinking Father, of that man up there at Jonesboro who was slow and infirm down there, that ex-soldier. His limbs, three times their normal size and now they'll be strong.

Comes by vibrations from the hand. The very God that sent His Angel before Moses... [ — Ed.]... Angel here. That is right. [ — Ed.] I try to be sincere. Now, I want you to know this, that I may leave...?... before morning. I know not. But in the room that night when He came (to you people)... It appeared to me many times in a form of a — of a star. I've seen it many times. But when it came visible, it was a Man that would seemingly would weigh two hundred pounds. A little over two years ago now, I was sitting in the room. I was reading my little Scofield Bible, and I heard something. First, I saw a Light. And I thought it was an automobile that turned the corner. But it turned, but it got brighter. And I looked out the door and there was no automobile. Then I heard something coming like this, going... [Brother Branham knocks on the podium four times. — Ed.] walking. And I looked, and the Light got greater. And just above me hung a great Star. And the Light was kind of a, more of a green, between green and yellow, shining on the floor. And coming walking through this Light, came a Man that looked like, as I said before, would weigh two hundred pounds, a huge Man. He did not have beard over His face, like Christ's picture does. Who He is, I do not know. But He had... [ — Ed.]... shoulder. He was more of an olive complexion; He had dark eyes. He walked as close to me as the microphone is there.

Yes, it's true friends. I couldn't speak. And He said to me... I just sit there. And He said, "Fear not. I'm sent from the Presence of God to tell you that this peculiar life of yours, peculiar birth... [ — Ed.]... a gift of Divine healing to the peoples of the world." And said, "If you'll be sincere, and will get the people to believe you, there will be no disease stand before your prayer, not even to cancer." And He said, "It'll come to pass that you'll tell the people their diseases from a vibration over your hand. Then if you will be reverent long, then you'll tell the people the sins of their life, and the things that they have done." Dear friends, with the Bible before me this afternoon, it has come to pass. I went forth. [ — Ed.]

And I put my hands upon her and the vibrations was hitting my hand from probably some kind of a bursted eardrum that had caused an infection and that little something to grow over it, little growth, 'cause it had a life somewhere. And the vibrations stopped, and I said to you as always, "Now, the child is healed."

Now, when we come to these meetings, I detect vibrations. Sometimes I can ask the vibrations, and God will honor my prayer. He will send it away. That's true. But if there's anything between you and God, and you don't make it right... If it's your faith that's weak, and you're just waiting for a slow line for that to be cast away... If your faith ain't just right, it'll return right back to you. It'll just move out to a place. For I've prayed for them. I've kept this back from you.

Her eyes, she seemed to go into a trance. I just passed her on, of course. Then I left and was gone, come back again in a few days, and her husband was at the door. And he said, "Brother Branham," he said, "something's happened to my wife. She talks like she's delirious." And I said, "What seems to be wrong?" He said, "Well, here's what it is." Said, "When she was praying... When you was praying for her, she seemed like she was in a trance until we got home. And she asked me, who was that other Man that come down there with you when you prayed for her?" And I said, "There was no other man." Said, "Oh, yes. A Man with the white robe on with dark hair." I said, "Say that again, brother." And he said it again. And I said, "That is the Angel of the Lord that appeared." See?

And when I turned towards the right, standing there stood the Angel of the Lord with His — that Man Who comes to me. Who He is?

Now, remember, you get this. When Brother Branham leaves, don't... I don't know what His Name is. He's never told me. He's a large Man. He weigh over two hundred pounds, I guess, in human weight, wears a white robe, and got dark hair. And He stands just like this. And He was standing to my right. And He said, "Can that baby live?" And I said, "I — I... Sir, I know not." He said, "You pray for it." The father brought it to me. And I laid my hands upon it like this and prayed for it. It dropped out of its father's arms, and it hit on one of those little crooked legs. And when it hit on that little leg, it just went to unwinding. First leg unwound. It made another step, and another leg unwound, the left leg. And it got into the corner, and it made its next step, and his little body unwound. It come walking back to me and put its little hands up to mine, said, "Brother Branham, I'm perfectly whole." And I said, "Well, praise the Lord."

And then this Angel walked to my right again. And He picked me up, and I set down on a little old country road. And was standing there, He said... He showed me a graveyard. He said, "Take the numbers off of it." And I did. He set me down next, and I was at a little place where there's just a little gasoline station and a store a yellow front store. And there was an old man walked out with a pair of blue corduroy overalls, or blue overalls with a yellow corduroy cap and a white mustache. He said, "He will show you the way." Then He taken me into a house this a way, turning to from the north coming south. And when I walked in there, there was a... I walked in, there was a old stove setting there, old wood burner, what they call chunk stove. I don't think you have them here in Arizona. How many knows what a chunk stove is, let...? Are you from Arkansas? That's where they have plenty of them. How many Arkansas'ers are here, let's? I thought so. See? All right.

And they had a [ — Ed.]...?... "God Bless Our Home." They taken them signs down now in the modern homes and put a pin-up girl. I'd rather have the old sign, "God bless our home." Wouldn't you? That's right. And then... I noticed in a — a big brass bed over to my left laid, it was either a girl or a boy. It had a mannish look to its face. But I thought it had long hair. Had a heart shaped lips like a woman. And its right hand was like this, and the left leg was twisted in toes, twisted sideways. And He... I thought, "Well, isn't that strange?" I thought, "Is that a man or a woman?" And I was looking. And I heard Something speak to me, and I looked standing here, and here stood this Angel. Said, "Now, you go and pray, and put your hands like this," both straight, right across the stomach of this person.

Now, shall we bow our heads now for prayer. Father, realizing that I be afraid to step into this realm now, without You would hold my hand... Now, my mind is going back to around two years ago, when in the room that night, that Angel of God came walking in there and said, "You are — been borned in this world to take a gift of Divine healing to the people. Many will not believe you; yet many will. If you'll be sincere and will get the people to believe you, not even cancer shall stand before your prayer." Angel of God, I do not see You. But I know that You are standing near. Please, Thou knowest my heart, and know how I love these people. Stand by me tonight. And may not one go through without faith. And I know that Your Words have been true. I've took You at Your Word, for You said You were sent from God. I believed You. And You've stuck by me. You have confirmed the Word with signs following. Now, again tonight, in this March the fifth, this Memorial night, may You stand now and heal every one. Grant it. May every demon be submissive to the Name of Jesus Christ. And now, Father, I step out here in this realm of Spirit faith, challenging every demon that's here in the Name of Jesus Christ.

But then He told me to take the patient's right hand in my left hand, which is near my heart. See? And I do it with all my heart. See? Now, look, and I want you to watch. Now, see my hand? Now, watch here. See it now? Now, stick your hand right back the same way that was. Looky there. See what I mean? Now, sister, that's the power of Satan. You have a female disorder, isn't it? It's almost to a cancer. I want to ask you a question. Thought I seen here... [ — Ed.]

This time when He come, He was a Man. And He... I — I was scared. He walked towards me. He said, "Do not fear; I'm sent from the Presence of God," said, "to tell you that your peculiar birth and — and peculiar life has been to indicate that you're taking a gift of Divine healings to the people of the world." Then said... And — and said, "If you'll get them to believe you, and be sincere when you pray, there'll be nothing stand before your prayers." Well, I said, "I'm uneducated, Sir." He said, "I'll be with you." And said, "That you might know, it'll come to pass that you'll take people by the right hand in your left." And said, "You'll feel the results of it" (Now, I call it vibrations.) "upon your hand. You'll become familiar with that. And you'll tell people all of their diseases, and what they've got in their body."
50-0110 MOSES

And now, there might be some strangers that has not heard as yet the operation of the Spirit of God that was delivered this ministry to me. It was given by an Angel when I was borned. It manifested Itself three years ago. It always followed me, made me know that It was near. Then It came to me, It was a man. He's been seen in the meetings many times. Big, large man, weigh about two hundred pounds, has dark hair to His shoulder. Testifying when He come, He said, "I'm sent from the Presence of God to tell you your...?... birth and life is to indicate that you're take a gift of healing to the peoples of the world." And begin to tell me different things would happen. I told Him that I was uneducated and wasn't able to go. He told me I'd be given two signs. I said, "The people will not believe me, because I'm not educated sufficient to speak to people." He said, "You'll be given two signs, as was the prophet Moses." He said, "One sign will be that you're to — you'll detect diseases through your hand. When the people contact you, well you'll be able to tell them what diseases they have through a supernatural discernment." And then said, "If you'll be sincere, then it will come to pass that you'll tell the people the secrets of their hearts, and the things that they've done in life that might've hindered their healing, and so forth."

And I said, "I'll... I — I'm... They will not believe me." He said, "I'll be with you." And I said, "I will go." And the Light begin to gather across the floor, went up... The Angel went up with the Light, formed a real sacred Light, as you see in the picture, and went away. It returns night after night, and It comes into the meetings. I do not claim... So everyone will be sure to know, I do not claim to be a Divine healer. Papers and things call It that, but that's an error. There's no man can heal, not even Jesus. Jesus didn't claim to be a Divine Healer. He said, "It's not Me that doeth the works; It's My Father that dwelleth in Me; He doeth the works." No mortal could claim Divine healing then. And then, if He could not claim Divine healing, then certainly I would not. No flesh can glory; it comes by the Spirit of God. He's the Healer.

But I — I... It does detect diseases and different things that happens, takes place in people's lives, sometime if they're... [ — Ed.]...?... why it calls out and lets them know they're sinners. If they've got secret sin in their life, unconfessed, remember, It'll call it out, and — and It'll tell you about that. And that's the reason then when people comes, sometime when they, say, come to me without the anointing, they say, "Oh, I — I — I'm a believer, Brother Branham." I take their word. But under the anointing, you — you feel clear they're down here; you've got to come up here to this level, say, if I'm illustrating. Here's the gift up here, and you come believing you're up there; that doesn't make you up there. You've got to raise your faith up to here. Then when that faith perfectly believes, the power that's a holding you has to leave.

I've never seen it fail. No matter how blind, crippled, lame, or any... Has anybody here been in my meetings before, let's see your hands, that's been in my meetings? Am I telling the truth? Does that happen? If it does, hold your hands up. Everybody that comes to platform, regardless of what's wrong with them... That's right. And their secrets are told; their — now, their... I cannot heal. But I do know whether they have enough faith to be healed or not. See? That — that's the thing of it here. But while God is moving up here, He will move down there also. See? And just remember, when He does something here...

Now, Moses could only perform these miracles, but the people had to believe him. That was the vindication that he was sent of God. You understand?

And so therefore, friends, as a — as your brother, that's all I am. But God's gift is the Spirit of God that came down in the form of an Angel. Now, He didn't have wings. He looked like a man. I heard Him when He walked [Brother Branham illustrates — Ed.], just as that, and walked on the floor. Walked right over, just as normal as any man, and talks just like any man. He comes, time after time, through the room and different places when I'm fasting and praying. Now, tomorrow night about this time, or a little before, I will probably break my fast. And now, I'm praying. And now, I have nothing... When I... If it gets away from me, I go out. I like fishing, hunting, talking, like anyone else. But when He comes, I... It's different then. And now, He's here tonight to minister to you people, and I'm only His mouthpiece. And everyone be assure of that, and worship God and give Him praise, and be humble. Now, being the first night in the service, it may be just a little bit before we can get the Presence of Him but — to come close, to go to ministering to the people.

Later on in life It kept appearing. It would show me things; I'd say just what It told me. It never has failed to come to pass yet. 1947, '46 rather, on April the se — or May the seventh in the room, an Angel of the Lord came into the room. When I seen the Man, It... When He spoke, I didn't know Him. When He... seen Him, was the first time I'd ever seen Him, human form. It appeared many times. Down on the river after my first revival, It came down in the form of a — like a star when it's in a distance, but when It comes close, It looked like a Light. And It's a... It appeared and many people fainted where it was some ten thousand people, I guess, was present to see it. And then It just... I never knowed what It meant. Later on, why, when He met me, He told me what it was to do, was to go pray for the sick people. I told Him that they would not believe me. He said, "There'll be giving you signs, like was given to the prophet Moses. As Moses was given two signs to prove to the people that he — God had sent him to deliver them," said, "so would I be deliver... given two signs. One of them would come immediately, and the other one would follow along if I'd be sincere." That, which I guess, there's many of you here tonight, know that how it come to pass. First was to discern the diseases... kind of diseases. Then I did that till it got to a perfect way where It never failed. Then It started in to telling the people the secrets of their hearts, the things that they had done in life, all the way down through life's journey; which many of you might stagger at that now, and get it wrong.

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.

All right, I — I say this by the authority of the Angel of God. It is not this sign that does it; Jesus sent this Angel and said this, told me, He said, "You were borned in this world to pray for sick people. And if you get the people to believe you and will be sincere when you pray, nothing shall stand before your prayer." That was the commission. And I said, "They won't believe me, Sir, I'm uneducated, I can't speak like other ministers and so forth." He said, "As the prophet Moses was given two signs to a vindicate his ministry..." See, Moses complained that he was slow of speech, which was true, maybe stammered. But he couldn't speak well, and God was going to heal him of it. But He said, "Who made the mouth of man?" Moses is just what God made him.

He said, "As Moses was given two signs to a vindicate his ministry, so will you be given two signs." Said, "One, you'll take a hold of their hand; you'll know, tell them what's wrong," not you speaking, but the Angel speaking through me. See? He said, "The next you'll tell them the very secrets of their hearts." And the first was... How many remembers when... I couldn't know nothing but what I just took hold of a hand. And how many's here remember that early day of the ministry? Do you remember me telling you it would come to pass what you see now? Is that right? Raise your hands if it is. That I said it will come to pass. Has it? The Bible said, "If there be one spiritual or a prophet, and what he says comes to pass, then believe him." Is that right? Well, I'm with that. "But if it doesn't come to pass, don't believe it." Those things are born; you're born to do that.

Then when I go home, Brother Baxter was with me the other day, I've got a cave way back in the hills where I go to. I showed him where I met the Angel on the path. I was going back there all torn up, and I met Him on the path. And He told me, said, "You return back to your car, for I called you to be with Ern Baxter." And I went to him, as we been together.

Now, why would it be this hand, instead of this hand? When He spoke to me, and give me two signs to do before the people, like God told Moses, He said, "You take the person by the hand, the right hand." And that goes to my heart, by the left hand. And you see there's something happens there. And now, the Bible said, "In the mouth of two or more witnesses, let every word be established." Is that right?

You know when the Angel of the Lord met me, that was the first thing He said, "Till not even cancer will stand before the prayer." Do you believe it? I want you to repeat this and watch my hand. Repeat this as I say, from your heart. Lord Jesus, now I want you to watch, see that moving on my hand? Lord Jesus, [Lady repeats after Brother Branham. — Ed.] I believe You; I accept You as my Healer; I believe that there was a supernatural Being said these things to Brother Branham. I believe His Presence is here now. I accept my healing. Now, what happened? Something changed there, didn't it? Vibrations stopped, didn't it? Your faith has made you whole, sister, your cancer is dead and gone. God bless you.

And I — I couldn't... Just stood there. He's a big Man, got dark hair to His shoulder, olive complexion, smooth face, dark eyes, has His hands folded like this, always. And He took this here and set this down before me. And one of the flowers was leaning up towards the north, laid down. And the other one started going down, going "tew, tew, tew, tew, tew." [Brother Branham illustrates — Ed.] And He said, "What was that your brother gave you?" And I said, "It was a piece of candy, Sir, or two pieces of candy." He said, "Eat them." And I picked up one piece, and I put it in my mouth; I chewed it and it taste pretty good. And when I swallowed it, this Easter flower that was laying towards the north, went "thrrr, [Brother Branham illustrates. — Ed.]" stood right up. I looked at it. And I... He said, "Eat the other one." I picked it up, and oh, my. You talk about an awful taste; I said, "Whew," I took it out of my mouth. And this other flower started going, "tut, tut, whew [Brother Branham illustrates. — Ed.]" almost to the end. He said, "Them two flowers represents them two boys." Said, "If you fail to eat this piece, this boy shall die." I put it back in my mouth, started chewing real fast, and then swallowed it. Then when I swallowed it, this one went, "Thrrr [Brother Branham illustrates. — Ed.]" stood up like that with it. And the way those boys fell, you know. One fell to the north, and one to the south. The one to the north was one was killed on the road. The one to the south was dying in the hospital; the doctors said, "He'd never come to; his brain was concussed, and there was something on his spine." Said, "He can't come." Never had washed the little boy's face. And they called and called and called all that day. And he said... This one stood up like that. And when it stood up, He looked at me, put His arms together, and I looked over and here was that Light that you see back there in the picture, going like that. And the Light settled down over the Angel; the Angel went into the Light, went out of the room. And I stood there, and I felt my hand; I bit my fingers; I was numb for a little bit. The vision left me; it wasn't a vision. I don't mean to say vision, that's... I see visions here, but that's just as real as I am, or you are. I stood and looked at Him.
51-0729E THE.SECOND.MIRACLE And then, that's what the Angel of the Lord told me when He met me there at Green's Mill. Said — I said... He said, "You're to take the — this gift to the peoples of the world; and you'll be praying for kings and great men." Look at it. I said, "Oh, I'm uneducated, Sir." He was a Man, not just a shadow. He was a Man, weighed about two hundred pounds, had dark hair to His shoulders, and had His arms folded like that. Said, "You were born for this purpose." And I said, "Sir, they wouldn't believe me; I'm uneducated." He said, "As it was with the prophet Moses, He gave him two signs to a vindicate his ministry, so will you be given two signs." And said, "One of them, you'll take hold of the person's hands, and not you speak, but I'll speak through you and tell you what's wrong with the patient. The next thing, you'll go like — like our Master did, and tell them the things that they've done in their life that's hindered and caused, like our Master did." Well, that was hard for me to stand here before my friends in Jeffersonville, and around, and make that first statement.

When You sent Your Angel down yonder at Green's Mill, and said, "Go, do this," how could I do it before a great world of atheists and unbelievers? But God provided a Lamb. God, my poor little church here, Lord, as I look at it... And I think of many thousands of miles across the seas, and frozen plains and icebergs. How I've set there many time in a lonely room, praying, think about the times that won't come by here and shake my hand... The old sawdust spread on the floor, the windows shaking when the wind blowed...

Well, one night up yonder in Green's Mill, Indiana, to a cave where I was at in a place, the Angel of the Lord appeared and said, "You're to go pray for sick people." And told me what would take place. He said, "Do not fear. I will be with you." I took off, and come through the country, and down through Jonesboro, telling what He said was and what would come to pass. And it's been that way and proved now plumb around the world.

If you'll believe now, this to be the truth, that the revelation of God and Jesus Christ is here tonight, and His Word by first by the Bible has claimed that He would heal you if you'd believe... And if I pray for you... And He specified, the Angel of the Lord, that not even cancer would stand by the prayer. These things is just a gift. You see? The main thing is to pray for the sick. That's what I was sent to pray for the sick. This is just a gift. That doesn't heal anyone.

Now, here is the man's story. He said that a Pillar of Light, about two foot long, about eight inches, or ten inches high, of a Light came down, and the Light parted from side to side, and that man described that Angel to a dot. Said, "A large Man, two hundred pounds, dark hair to His shoulder, walked down to him and laid His hand on his back." And he said, "When He laid his hand on his back, it felt like that fire had burnt plumb through his body." And he said, "Rise, and tell your friend that this is the hour of visitation, and not to condemn this man."

And here's what will take place: The Angel of the Lord which come to me and told me to return to Africa... And He set me down in Africa and showed me a greater meeting than was there at the first time. Then while I was standing there, while another Angel come down from the heavens. He looked like some sort of a red-like garment. But He was above me, and He — He turned me to the east. And I seen all the African people here. The African people are sturdy, heavy built, but these were thin-like people, looked like they had a — like a — a blanket around them, and it had been pulled up and stuffed down like this. And I couldn't recognize any. But oh, there were so many more than they was of these African people. And this Angel, above me, turned on a great big operating light, and begin to show back, like that. And just as far as I could see, was nothing but people. And it was up over hills and valleys. And they looked like Indians. And then when this Angelabove me spoke to the Angel that's always with me, at my side, the big fellow, kind of dark complected, hair down to His shoulders, folded His arms, He was standing here by my side. I heard Him tell this One standing by me, and the Voice was so strong that it broke me out of the vision, said, "There's three hundred thousand of those in that meeting." Mark that down, for it's THUS SAITH THE LORD. His Word comes to pass.

And when I started through the room, there stood a man standing there. And he had a towel, looked like, over his head like this, hanging down. He's kind of a dark complected looking fellow. Looked like his nose was kindly pushed on the end or like it kindly stumped like that. He was standing there looking right at me. I thought he'd been a patient just come in. And I said, "How do you do, sir?" And I... He was a standing right in my road, so I said, "How do you do, sir?" And he said, looked up like that and said, "Brother Branham, don't go overseas till September." Now, I said, "What..." Well, I looked, and the man was gone. Now, if that ain't just like the Macedonian call, that went over to...?... It's the same Angel of the Lord. See?

Oh, how could you doubt the resurrecting power of our Lord Jesus Christ? To do it would be sin. Someone believe; I challenge your faith, in the Name of the Lord Jesus, to believe, that the testimony that I give concerning the Angel of the Lord. That when I was a baby, He, that Pillar of Fire, hung over the crib, the very minute I was born. The first thing I can remember is a vision. Ten years ago, He stood by me as a man dressed in white, with hair down His long, white robe, and told me I was to pray for sick people, and told me that this was gift that was given for God. I — to go pray for the sick people. I ask you in the Name of the Lord Jesus to believe that and you shall be made well. Yes, sir. That's a bold challenge.

Praise the Lord. All right. Come now. You believe? Now, just a moment. There's something dark hanging at the lady, real dark, circling her. O God, be merciful. Oh, it's a cancer. All right. Do you believe God can heal you of it now? He is the Healer, isn't He? You believe it with all your heart? When the Angel of the Lord met me, He designated cancer would be healed. Come here. Almighty God, this poor woman, knowing this condition exists in her body, I now, ask Lord, that my faith join with hers. And great Angel of God, Who met me that night, and designated, and said, "Not even cancer will stand, if you'll be sincere, get the people to believe." And Father, with all my heart, I believe that You'll heal her.

And I heard something: kept going... [Brother Branham knocks twice — Ed.] And I looked, setting on a table, and there was a vase. It had two flowers in it. One of them down this way towards the south, was about halfway down. The one towards the north was hanging all the way down. And I said, "Where'd that come from?" And I looked around, and here stood by my side that great one, Angel, big man, white robe on, dark hair to his shoulders, had his arms folded, and he was looking at me. He said, "What did your brother give you?" I said, "Two pieces of candy, sir." He said, "Eat them." And I picked up a piece, put it in my mouth, and I started eating, swallowed it, taste good. And just then, this flower that was leaning towards the north, made a noise, went, "whew, whew," raised up. And I looked at it, and I thought, "What was that?" Geographically, that's just the way both boys fell: one to the south, one to the north. The one to the north is the one had been raised from the dead. He said, "Eat the other piece." I put it in my mouth, I started chewing it. Oh, it was bitter. I started take it out, and I heard something. I looked at this other flower, it was going, "Tuhh, tuhh, tuhh," going down. He said, "Eat that." I put it back in my mouth, held my breath, eat it real fast. I swallowed, and when I swallowed, the other one went "Phew, phewwt," raised up, stood right by the other one. And I said, "What meaneth this?" Said, "Go, call that mother." Hallelujah! "And say, 'THUS SAITH THE LORD,' God has heard her prayer, and the baby's going to be all right."

And at that, the Angel of the Lord taken me out then, and He taken me to a real bright stream of water. It was the most beautiful blue water; and great fish were swimming around in it. He said, "I will make you a fisher." And He said, "Now, cast your lure into the water; and when you do, pull it slow, first time; and the next time, just give it a little jerk, not too hard; and the next time, set your hook for the catch." And I started to throw my line in the water. I pulled, and everybody begin rejoicing and saying, "That's wonderful. That's wonderful." I got all excited and jerked it hard on the next one out; I pulled the fish and all out of the water. And what it was, it was a little bitty fish, and it, just about the size of the lure. And I got my line all tangled up. And I was straightening out my line, and the Man which was talking behind me, walked around in front of me, dressed in Palestinian clothes and a turban on His head. He had a white robe. He said, "Brother Branham, that's it."

I said, "I know I didn't do right," I said, "I jerked it when I oughtn't to." He said, "Don't get your line tangled up in these kind of times." And I said, "Well, I'm running it as straight as I can. I'll be very careful." He said, "Now, the first time I spoke with you, you put your hands on the people and told them what was wrong with them. And the second pull, why, when you did, you would know the secrets of your hearts. And I made you a seer before the people. But you was always trying to explain it. You oughtn't to have done that." He said, "You made a public show out of it." I said, "I'm very sorry."

Then He taken me from there, and I seen a great huge tent. I never seen such a — a tent. And it was packed and lined everywhere with people. And I walked out to the... Looked like I was standing above the people, looking down, where I'd just made an altar call; and hundreds and hundreds of people were weeping and rejoicing after they had accepted the Lord Jesus as their Saviour. And I looked, and then I heard a man get up and say, "Call the prayer line." And people begin to line up over on this side, the left from where I was looking down towards the platform, and they lined all the way up and down the street for a prayer line. I noticed to my left, which would've been to my right if I was on the platform, a little wooden building. And I seen that Light, that all — they have the picture of, you know, that's always in the meetings; I seen that Light leave me, and go to that building, and go in that building; and a Voice said to me, "I'll meet you in there; that'll be the third pull." I said, "Why?" He said, "Well, it won't be a public show like the other." And I came to. And I... Now, at the beginning of this new year, back to my tabernacle where I started from (See?), back to the beginning where I — I started... I — I am very grateful to God for these things.

Now, remember, I got to meet you all in glory someday. And as I turned my head, there He stood, standing there, that Angel, big Man, not like the Christ, He's great big fellow, dark skin, brown, dark hair to His shoulder, white robe on, arms folded like this, and He always... That's the reason I bring the people to my right, bring them to the platform; it passes Him first. So I looked standing there, and there He stood. Now, you can imagine how you felt. I couldn't hardly breathe. And I looked over again; I looked back. I started biting on my finger. I looked again; He just looked at me, He said, "What did your brother give you." And I said, "These two pieces of candy, Sir." He said, "Why don't you eat them?" Well, I broke one of them off and put it in my mouth; I started chewing, and taste pretty good. I swallowed it. When I swallowed it, the one that was laying down; the Easter flower towards the north... Now, them was geographically just the way those children fell. And the one towards the north went, "Whew [Brother Branham illustrates — Ed.]," stood up. And I thought, "Well, now that's..." I said, "What does that mean?" He never said a word. I watched those flowers again. I looked around Him; He said, "Eat the other one." Why, I put it in my mouth, and the bitterest thing I ever put in my mouth. Oh, my, such a taste. I took it out like that. And — and I watched this flower now was leaning towards the south, it was going, "Tuh, tuh, tuh [Brother Branham illustrates — Ed.]," going lower and lower, like a heartbeat, going "Tuh, tuh, tuh." He said, "Fail to eat it and the other child will die."

They called them angels, because the people and the Assyrians and so forth were dark complected, and these English had long, white, curly hair, blond-headed, Anglo-Saxons, you know, blue-eyed. And they said, "They looked like Angels," and so they called it "Angel-land."

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