Dig A Little Deeper: The Commissions
claimed to have been given several commissions throughout his life. Many times Branham describes an angel, or a "being," present during these events,
though not all of them include descriptions of a supernatural presence involved. Some of these commissions are strikingly similar to stories found in the Bible. In
the scriptural versions, however, one could argue that God and Jesus Christ were uplifted, not man.
According to Branham, these angelic visitations or commissions happened:
- Before his birth
- During his birth
- 1915 (at seven years of age)
- 1920 (at 12 years of age)
- 1923 (at 14 or 15 years of age)
- May 6, 1946
- May 7, 1946 (or on May 6, 1947)
- 1950 in Houston, TX
- 1963 in Arizona
Chronologically speaking, the earliest account of a commission by God given by William Branham is in a 1945 tract entitled "I Was Not Disobedient To The Heavenly Vision," the same title given to the sermon preached to the followers of the false prophet John Alexander Dowie in Zion, Illinois. In this tract, William Branham claimed that he received a vision by God, and this vision started his rise to fame in the Divine Healing movement.
Later in June 1947 in Vandalia, IL, William Branham held a divine healing meeting under the alias of Henry Branham. In an interview with the Associated Press, Henry [William] Branham claimed that his commission had been given to him 11 months prior (August 1946), and this is when he began his divine healing ministry. Elements of his story are similar to those given in recorded sermons between 1947 and 1965, although the dates would later change and additional details would be added. Ultimately, this version of the commission story would replace the first published in his religious tract.
In Chicago, almost seven years later, Branham claimed that this gift of divine healing and the commission to heal the sick came much later, on May 6, 1947 — less than two months prior to his Vandalia meeting. According to Branham, this date was significant, because at that time Branham believed it to be the same exact day that Israel became a nation restored to their homeland. Though Israel was actually established as a nation on May 14, 1948, Branham maintained that his ministry was tied to the Jewish nation throughout the rest of his ministry.
And a strange thing of that, that you might not know, the very day the Angel of
the Lord called me out, May the 6th, 1947, and issued the gift to pray for the sick,
was the very same day that Israel become a nation for the first time for twenty-five
hundred years. Oh, I believe there's something in it. I just can't keep from believing
that we're near the end of time. That's right.
There are many other commissions, visitations from angels, and other supernatural events described throughout Branham's ministry, but ultimately, this version of the start to his divine healing ministry would be the one referred to by his followers. According to Branham and depending upon which story was given, this angelic visitation during Israel's restoration took place in either a house with windows, a cabin with an old drum stove and wood floor, or a cave with a dirt floor.
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Branham's statements about his commissions:
I must tell you of the angel and the coming of the Gift. I shall never forget the
time, May 7, 1946...I was still working as a game warden. I had come home for lunch,
and was just going around the house taking off my gun, when a very dear friend of
mine Prod Wiseman, a brother to my piano player in the church approached me and
asked me to go to Madison with him that afternoon
Branham, testimony to Gordon Lindsay
And then she said, "Well, do you mean to tell me then... What part does that play
with God, that part there?" 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." I said, "Therefore, speaking face to
face with this supernatural Being, I believe it with all my heart. And if I can
get you to believe me with all your heart, that's what moves God, and then you're
healed. Your faith has saved you." You see what I mean? Your faith to believe has
saved you. Not what you worked up and thought in your mind, but what you really
know, the very evidence of things not seen. You see what I mean?
One of the most outstanding things that I can think of at this time, was a little
boy in a wheelchair, which I had made the statement, and it is true as I stand here...
He promised me, this Angel, if I'd be sincere and would get the people to believe,
there would be nothing stand before...
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... [Blank.spot.on.tape — 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. [Blank.spot.on.tape — Ed.]
And if I am wrong, may God have mercy upon me. I don't want to do anything wrong.
But He told me, by that Angel, that "nothing shall stand before your prayer if you'll
be sincere and get the people to believe you." And I have not yet seen one thing,
regardless of what it was, when enough time was taken with that person, and stayed
with it, but what Almighty God healed them while they were yet in front of me. You
understand, everybody? And that is the truth.
Here not long ago, I was facing a very hideous demon that was cursing me and spitting
on me, trying to, and biting at me, in a straitjacket. And when I went to meet that
demon, I knew that one thing, that first, Christ died to free that man from that
demon. That's the Word. I know the Angel of the Lord came to me that night and spoke
to me, telling me that nothing would stand before the prayer if I could get the
people to believe me, and would be sincere when I prayed. Therefore, I had a double
witness. Then I could ask him through the Name of Jesus Christ to come out of the
person. And the man was took out of his straitjacket and went home normally in his
right mind. Why? Because in the authority of the Name of Jesus Christ. Oh, my. Every
demon in hell is subject to that Name. That's right. It's the Name of all names,
Jesus. It wasn't given by human lips. The Holy Ghost, the great Gabriel it was,
came down and told Mary to call His Name Jesus.
Friends, the Angel of the Lord told me, "If you can get the people to believe you..."
Now, I tell you what you do, when you pass through this line tonight, you go out
of here just rejoicing, just as happy as you can be, telling the people that you're
healed. And go testify. The disciples were ten days and nights in Jerusalem constantly
praising God before the Holy Ghost ever fell.
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.
Here's what's happened, when the time I met Him, when He appeared as a Man, I was
setting in my study. He came... I seen the Light spread out on the floor. He came
walking to me. He looked like a Man that weighed two hundred pounds. And this Light
was just above me. And He had His arms folded. He had a look as you don't see on
the face of mortals. He looked very calm and quiet, very loving. His voice when
He spoke... I knew it was the same voice that had spoke all down through life's
journey. But I'd never seen His face. He was dark complexioned, more like the Spanish,
the Jewish people. He had His arms folded, and He looked to weigh two hundred pounds
in stature and height, had hair to His shoulders, and a smooth face. And yet, when
He walked, it seemed like that there was a power and He'd do anything. And I was
setting there. And I was so scared that I — I was biting my fingers. Just imagine,
standing face to face with something like that. I was biting my fingers, then I
went... He said, "Do not fear." When that voice spoke, I knew it was the same One.
He looked at me; His eyes looked upon me kindly. Not to look sympathizing with this
Angel, but that... Said, "Do not fear." Said, "I'm sent from the Presence of God
to tell you that you were born a peculiar birth, and your peculiar life has been
to indicate, that you're to take the gift of Divine healing to the people of the
world." I said, "Sir, I'm uneducated. I couldn't go." He said, "If you'll get them
to believe you, and if you're sincere when you pray, nothing shall stand before
your prayer, if you'll get them to believe you." And I said, "I bet they wouldn't
believe me, Sir." He said, "You'll be given two signs as the prophet Moses was given
two signs, to get the people to believe you is the really the issue." He said, "One
of them was detecting diseases just by holding the person's right hand in your left."
He said, "Then if you'll be sincere, it shall come to pass that you'll tell the
very secrets of their hearts, and the things that they are doing wrong, to build
the faith in the people to be in faith and to vindicate you that I — God will send
it to you." I said, "I — I'm uneducated, Sir. And I — I couldn't go." He said, "I'll
be with you." The Light begin to catch up; the Angel went with the Light. I started
off, healed a lot of sick. I come in one night, setting right in my little church,
and my piano player was playing... I never heard it before, a little song "Only
Believe," as I walked in my church. Something struck me. [Blank.spot.on.tape — Ed.]
My words... [Blank.spot.on.tape — Ed.] How could I, with a grammar school education...
You know when local game warden in the city working for a living, been preaching
fifteen years...?... Never even took an offering for myself in my life, never did
do anything, I didn't believe in it. But I — I worked for a living, and...?... Not
if — if I took money that had been give to me, I would still was going have to ask
God whether I could have it or not for an offering since it was took. Now, here
not long ago somebody wanted to... I had a Chevrolet truck. My phone ring; someone
wanted buy me a Cadillac car. I searched it out, come down through Arkansas, from...?...
men out there audience. Those poor people knew out there with them long cotton sacks
on their back, picking cotton, and come into the prayer line with a little...?...
maybe eat a little corn bread and...?... at supper time, me come down the road...?...
Do you understand it?...?... I didn't come for that, friends. I come to help you.
That's what I'm here for, is to help you. He told me if I get the people to believe
me. That seems strange for me to have to say this, "You believe in me?" Said, "Aren't
you supposed believe God?" You must believe that. You must believe God and believe
Christ, and believe the Holy Ghost. Then after believing all of them, God wants
you to believe me. But then there's something for you to do. Now, you can believe
a man and still the gift won't work for you. Reason today people believe in God.
It's still Jesus. Isn't that right? He said, "As you believe in God, believe also
in Me." Did He say it? "As you have belief in God, you believe in Me." That's the
only way He could help them, 'cause they believe. Now, I want you to believe me
as one of them. But I want you to believe the day is coming and will to you... And
I'll do all I can to help you.
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.
Three years ago an Angel met me in the realms that are... in the room and said,
"If you get the people to believe you and be sincere when you pray, nothing shall
stand before your prayer." Believest thou this? I believe He's here now. Believest
thou this? I believe He wants to heal right now. Believest thou this? I believe
He wants to heal these men of cancer. Believest thou this? I believe He wants to
heal that little crippled boy. Believest thou this? I believe He wants to so fill
this place with the Holy Ghost right now. Believest thou this?
Now, the night when it taken place, when He called me to this ministry, I was setting
in the room, been in prayer. My, I'd been praying all night, burdened looked like.
And I got up, walk around the room, and I'd pray again. And I was pretty successful
Baptist preacher. I had audiences, sometimes three thousand, and had revivals; thousands
were saved at that time. And I was setting there, and I seen a Light flicker in
the room. And I looked to see where It was at. I thought, "Well, here." Where I
was going to pray, and way in them hills, I knowed that nobody was coming in there
with a car. I thought, "Well, where was that." And I looked, and here It was, right
up here above me. Was that same thing that you see in the picture. It was spread
out on the floor, getting larger and larger, spreading out across the floor. Well,
I thought, "Oh, God." Just imagine now how you would feel. Now, friends, these things
are just not something that you just imagine in your mind. I speak just as direct,
and He speaks to me just as I'm talking to you now, not just imagination. See? And
I heard Something going, walking. I heard Something walking. And I looked. And when
I — I seen the feet of a Man, barefooted, coming walking in through that Light, coming
to my right. Always comes from my right. That's the reason I have the prayer line
coming this a way. It always comes to my right. And — and I looked, and I seen His
feet. And when He got to me, He was a tall man. He was heavyset, weighed about two
hundred pounds, looked like, just as natural as I'm standing here. He had His arms
folded like this. First time I'd ever seen Him in that form. He walked right up
to where I was. He looked down. He had a smooth face, dark hair. Hair was down to — around
kinda — kinda like His shoulder. He didn't have beard on His face. He had a smooth
face. And He walked, and He looked up to me with kind... He looked pathetic to look
at Him. And He looked like He was a man of... Well, I just could not picture His
characteristics of His — of His character in His face. He looked like a Man that
was sympathetic, kind-hearted. But yet He looked like a Man, if He'd speak, it would
be that way. So I looked at Him, and He looked at me. I was so scared that I — I
was biting my thumbnail till it was almost bleeding. Listen, friend. You'd be too.
Don't think you wouldn't. And I was right and...?... like that. He said, "Fear not."
I knew that was the same Voice that spoke to me all along. That was the first time
I'd ever seen It like that, but I knowed that Voice. He said, "Fear not. I am sent
from the Presence of the Almighty God to tell you that your peculiar birth and peculiar
life, been always misunderstood with men." Said, "Your peculiar life and peculiar
birth has been to indicate that you're take a gift of Divine healing to the peoples
of the world." And I said, "Sir, I am uneducated. I could not go." He said, "I'll
be with you." And I said, "Sir, I — I'm — I — I'm uneducated." I said, "I — I could
not go. The people wouldn't believe me." He said, "As the prophet Moses was given
two signs, so will you be given two signs." Said, "First will be that you'll be
able to detect diseases by your hand, taking the patient by the right hand to — in — in
your left. And if you'll be sincere when you pray, get them to believe you and be
sincere when you pray, nothing shall stand before your prayer, not even cancer."
See, He spoke cancer. That's the only disease He said. And He said, "Then if you'll
be sincere with that, it will come to pass that you will tell them the secrets of
their heart." Said, "Them will be the two signs." And He said, "I'll..." And I said,
"I will go." He said, "I will be with you." And just then, the Light begin to gather
up. And It gathered up to the Angel, and It got into the Angel. The Angel went up
into that little Light, Pillar of Fire that you seen tonight. And It went out of
the room. I didn't know what to do. The first patient come to me, and I touched
them, with a cancer, I didn't know what was the matter with them. That's... I just
let myself alone, and then begin to pray, and away went the cancer. And the woman
weighed a hundred fifty-five pounds now, in perfect health too, the one that was
twenty-one years graduate nurse with cancer just through and through her. Now, that's
the way it goes. When I seen the picture, I knew that It was the same thing that
I'd seen since a child. I knew It was the same One. Now, what I think It is... I
would not wish to take any remuneration off of it, because it's too sacred for that.
And I put up a — made them put a price, so that all poor people could get it. If
it was mine, it would do, whatever it costs to print it, that's what it would be.
But it isn't mine. It belongs to them. But dear friends, what I think it is, is
God, to the skeptic and unbeliever that wouldn't believe the signs that you believe,
he has to believe also. And God has given us signs to the world today.
I've always wanted a time when I could get away from prayer cards, not have any
prayer cards, so that the people, with one accord, would believe without anything
else. He told me that I was to... "These signs are only done to get the people to
believe." He said, "You were born in the world to take this gift of Divine healing
to the peoples of the world." [Blank.spot.on.tape — Ed.] Then He said... [Blank.spot.on.tape — Ed.]
"... People to believe." Said, "If you'll be sincere when you pray, and get the
people to believe you, nothing shall stand before the prayer, not even to cancer."
Now, that is true. I want to get to a place where there'll be no rally for prayer
cards, but where everybody with one accord will believe and be healed and walk away.
One day in a city, go in another, one day in a city, go to another; and thousands
everywhere being healed, and the glory of the Lord falling, that's what I want.
Moses, upon his signs... He went and performed them one time before Israel, and
they went a forty year journey following him. Is that right? Yes, sir. Performed
it one time... Healed his hand of leprosy, made stick — cane he had, walking stick
become a serpent, and back to a stick. They believed. And when there was a lot of
magic, impersonations done in that day... Jambres and Jannes withstood Moses. But
God seen that His power always predominated and went over it. You see? Always. They
have a lot of true and false in this day. That's true. And the false will always
want to say theirs is true. But by these signs God pronounced it so. And we don't
have to take no one's word but God's Word. His Word is infallible. The visions are
marvelous. That's the initial way.
"I have appeared to you..." I'll put it in my own words. See? And I was quoting
His words. He said, "Fear not, for I am sent from the Presence of God to tell you
that your peculiar birth and life, to indicate that you're to take a gift of Divine
healing to the peoples of the world. You be sincere when you pray, and get the people
to believe you, nothing shall stand before your prayer, not even to cancer." Now,
watch the order. God sent the gift nearly forty years, about forty years ago. It's
been in the world ever since. This pardoning. Now, the thing I was to do, was to
pray for the sick and be sincere when I prayed, and nothing would stand before the
prayer. "If you can get the people to believe you..." See the order now? See? The
thing of it is, it's... The thing is, is to get the people to believe that this
is the truth. And I said to the Angel... Now, you got that part, have you? The gift
is not to the discernment; the gift is to pray for the sick, and get them to believe
you. You get what I mean? Nothing shall stand before the prayer, not even to cancer.
That's just to pray for the sick, and tell them. Said, "Now, you're..." I'm going
to pray for you. You believe? I believe with all my heart, and lay hands over on
them, and pray for them, and ask the blessing in the Name of the Lord Jesus, pass
them on. They're supposed to go away rejoicing, believing they're going to get well.
The crippled supposed to believe they're going to walk. The blind's supposed to
believe they're going to see. Well, I said, "They will not believe me, because I'm
uneducated." He said, "As the prophet Moses was given two signs to prove that he
was sent from God, so will you be given two signs to do before the people." In other
words, to a vindicate that I've told you the truth. And He told me what they would
be. "Do these signs before the people."
It comes in the meetings, many times while we're having the meetings, just like
this right here now. And so this time, when It came, I just seen a Light shining
on the floor, and It come across the floor walking to me, a Man some two hundred
pounds, dressed in a white robe, had dark hair to His shoulder, very pleasant sort
of a Man, and I could not move; I was just shaking so. And He... I heard His voice,
oh, ever since I was a little boy, but I'd never seen nothing but a whirlwind and
different — and a — a Pillar of Fire like. And now, when He got real close to me,
the Man then when He spoke, He said, "Do not fear." I knew It was the same Man,
that same Voice that talked to me since I was a little boy. And He said, "I am sent
from the Presence of Almighty God to tell you that your peculiar birth and life
has been to indicate that you're to pray for sick people to take this to all the
world." And said, "If you'll be sincere when you pray, and will get the people to
believe you, nothing shall stand before your prayer. For this cause you was born."
Now, I can only be honest. You see? That's what I've always tried to be: honest
and — with my people, with God's people, my friends. And I — I said, "Well, Sir, I'm
born and raised in a poor family." And I said, "I'm uneducated and I — I — I couldn't
go." He said, "I'll be with you." And I said, "Oh, I'm... They wouldn't believe
me." He said, "As the prophet Moses was given two signs to a-vindicate his ministry
(He'd sent him to Israel, you know, to deliver Israel.)," said, "so would you be
given two signs." Said, "One of them will be, that you'll take people by the hand,
knowing nothing of what's wrong with them, and tell them what's wrong." Said, "Then
if you'll be — if you'll be reverent," and said, "it'll come to pass later that you'll
know the very secret of their heart." And He said, "If you would question of this..."
Now, the way that the blessing that comes through this... The Angel of the Lord,
and Whose servant I am, when I was a little boy born in that little log cabin forty-two
years ago the sixth day of April according to the Kentucky count... That's the...
They have no... There's no doctors, so they just... My... The year the old snag
blowed away upon the hill, that's the year that I was born. My brother was born
at tomato picking time, if you know when that was. Why... And so that — that was
the count, and... That's awful to say that, but it's true. And... But that's the
way it was. So I suppose I'm somewhere along there. So then at that time... To the
only way that I can justly say it, that — that God has sent some of us in the world,
some to be teachers, and some different things. Don't you believe that? And — and
some of us be musicians and different things.
And I truly, personally, as I started to say awhile ago, with my Bible over my heart,
I believe that the Angel of God... I've seen It since I was a little boy. In that
little cabin they I told me He come in, that you seen the picture that the lady
drawed last night, of a little cabin where I was born. That doesn't make me even
equal with the Church, or the people. That's right. It isn't the idea today, who's
great and who's not great. The idea of it today is to get people to believe the
And It came into the room and walked to me that time, a Man, somewhat six foot tall,
but of an olive looking complexion, dark hair to His shoulders, weighing about two
hundred pounds in human weight, and told me that I was brought to this world to
pray for sick people. If I'd get them to believe and be sincere when I prayed, that
nothing would stand before the prayer. I questioned the Man, a being poor for one
thing, and I — uneducated. And I said, "People would not believe me." I said, "I
couldn't make people believe me." And He told me I'd pray for kings and monarchs,
and so forth. I could hardly believe that. A boy with a grammar school education,
and to pray for, and for kings and monarchs, I couldn't hardly believe it. Yet I
knew that It'd never told me nothing wrong. But He was standing near. I'd heard
the voice, and seen signs. About twelve years ago, I was baptizing my first group
after my — one of my revivals at Jeffersonville, Indiana, where I lived at this time — my
home is, rather. And standing on the banks of the Ohio River where [Blank.spot.on.tape — Ed.]
had gathered out. And while I was baptizing... It was two o'clock in the evening,
on June. And the seventeenth candidate, I was baptizing in water at the Ohio River
at the foot of Spring Street. And I heard Something speak, and I felt Something
take a hold of me. And I looked up. And when I did, coming down from glory came
this whirl coming down where I was at. "Courier Journal Newspaper" packed an article
of it, said, "A mystic star appears over a local Baptist pastor while baptizing
in the river." They couldn't make out. Oh, up to probably ten thousand people saw
It as It moved down where I was at, and went back up in the skies. Come right where
I was and went back up into the sky. Well I... Many asked me what It meant. And
I said, "I do not know." But then when this came, and He told me... This time He
looked, He... It was a Man. When I told Him that I was afraid people wouldn't believe
me, He said I'd be given two signs as the prophet Moses was given, to vindicate,
or to (other words) make plain to you people, or any people, that I am telling the
truth. See? That's it. Now, man can say anything. But if God doesn't speak back
that that's true, then it isn't true. But if God testifies that it is truth, then
I would believe it. If God said so, I would believe it. Now, I want you to believe
that it's true. And He told me I would know diseases by taking a hold of a person's
hand first. If I be reverent and — and go on, it would come to pass at a certain
time that I would be able then to know the things that people done in their back
life, and — and be able to tell them what would be before them. And then while I
studied a moment, He referred to the Scriptures that I many times do, about Jesus
of Nazareth, knowing that He was misunderstood, and let me know that I would be
misunderstood. And I am misunderstood by many. But I am very thankful that many
have believed the Message. And Jesus was misunderstood.
But when the Angel of the Lord appeared to me out there on Green's Mill bank, out
there in that little cabin that night, He told me to go, and I'd be praying for
statesmen, and great men, and kings, and monarchs. It would sweep around the world,
and now, there's a revival sweeping the world, originating in Jeffersonville, Indiana.
Amen. Oh, how wonderful.
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.
And I no more than had prayed my prayer, till I seen a Light come on the floor.
I looked up, and above it was that whirl of light, still there again, whirling around.
But the first time in all my life... It spoke to me hundreds of times. But coming
walking, I heard somebody walking. I looked like that, It scared me. It would you.
And walking right to me, not a vision, just as natural as I am, come a Man about
two hundred pounds in weight. He had His arms folded. He was strong looking Man,
had a peaceful looking face, and very calm; He had dark hair to His shoulders, smooth
face. And He walked up to me and looked down kind of pathetically, said, "Do not
fear." And oh, when I heard that voice, I know it was the same One, said, "Don't
smoke or drink." I knew that voice. He said, "I am sent from the Presence of the
Almighty God to tell you, that your peculiar birth and life has been to indicate
that you're to pray for sick people, and take this to the world." Said, "If you'll
get the people to believe you and be sincere, nothing shall stand before your prayer.
And you're going into all parts of the world; and kings and rulers, and great men
will be come and be prayed for. And there'll be great things and signs, and the
great things to happen." I said, "Sir, I'm uneducated. I have a grammar school education.
And I'm with my people and we're all poor. And I can't preach. I can't make a — a..."
I said, "I would not be able. The people would not believe me. I can't govern my
words or nothing." In other words, to — if the people would believe me. He said,
"I will be with you." And I said, "But they won't believe me, Sir." He said, "As
the prophet Moses was given two signs to vindicate his — his calling, so will you
be given two signs." He said, "These visions you've seen down through your life
will be given to you. First you'll take people by the hand, and don't have nothing
to say myself," but said, "It'll tell the people what's wrong, what's the diseases
they've had. And if they won't believe this, it'll come to pass, that you'll tell
them the very thing and the secret of their heart. And by this, they will believe."
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.
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
And when the Angel of the Lord, giving me my commission, He said to me, "You was
borned into this world to take a gift of Divine healing to the peoples of the world."
And I said, "Sir, I am uneducated. And I'm brought among my people, and we're all
poor. And I — I have no education. The people would not believe me, Sir. And I could
not do that." And He said, "As the prophet, Moses, was given two signs to a vindicate
his sending of God, so will you be given two signs for this a vindication." Said,
"One of them will be, that you will take the people by the hand." And said, "In
there, just keep quiet, and it'll be told to you. You'll just say what's wrong with
Then in there, I thought, "Oh, then, maybe I have been wrong. Maybe I have been
wrong. I should've embraced it; I should've said something." But I knelt on my knees
and I said, "God, if I have been wrong, and I've turned down something that I didn't
understand, trying to listen to what preachers was telling me... Maybe, if I've
been wrong, then, Lord, I don't understand it according to the Bible. But if I've
been wrong, You forgive me." And I raised up and I was crying. I set down, looked
around. I seen a Light flash in the room, like that young fellow that flashed that
bulb. And I thought, "Somebody must be coming." And here on the floor was a big
Light, coming around. Right above it stood this halo, Pillar of Fire, moving along,
and come walking through there came an Angel of God. Not imagination, He was there.
I looked at Him, talked to Him. Walked up, with His arms folded, a big Man, very
fine looking. Looked like if... Looked like if He would have spoke, the world would've
bursted. Said, "I've been sent from the Presence of Almighty God to tell you that
you were born for this purpose to pray for sick people, to go into parts of the
world, and you'll be praying for monarchs and great men; and healings and so forth
will take place. And these things will be. And great congregations will gather,
and it'll cause a revival that's going to sweep the land." I said, "Sir, I'm uneducated.
I... They won't believe me." I said, "They won't..." He said, "As the prophet Moses
was given two signs for a vindication of his ministry, he will turn his hand to
leprosy, and then healing it, and the — and the stick to a snake, and so forth,"
He said, "so will you be given two signs. One of them, you'll put your hand on the
person. Then it'll be given... Don't think nothing of your own, it'll be given to
you. Then it'll come to pass, after so long a time, if you'll be reverent, if you'll
be reverent, then will be given to you to know the very secrets of their hearts,
and the things that's wrong with them."
About seven years ago, standing there at Green's Mill, Indiana, I was out there
troubled and bothered by visions and things, that a supernatural power speaking
out of bushes, and ministers telling me it was the devil, not to have nothing to
do with it. One night there a Light flashed across the floor, and a Man come walking
to me with His arms folded, said, "I am sent from the Presence of Almighty God to
tell you that you're to pray for sick people. All these things would happen: you'll
know the secrets of the hearts, and so forth. And if you'll get the people to believe
you and be sincere when you pray, nothing shall stand before your prayer." Believest
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
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.
"When I was born in a little cabin, according to my mother, who I believe, a Light,
a Pillar of Fire came in and stood where I was — was when I was born, about... I
was about five minutes old." I said, "All down though life, It's told me things
that would happen. I run from it and so forth, and even many of the — my minister
friends told me not to have anything to do with it. And one night He came to me
as an Angel and talked to me: told me, 'Go pray for sick people.' And these things
would take place. And He referred to it to the Scripture, that it was the Spirit
of Christ." And I said, "If I tell the truth, God will testify of the truth. And
anyone knows that God would never testify of a lie." I said, "He'll only testify
of the truth; and if I'm telling the truth God will testify of it. And if He doesn't
testify, then it isn't the truth." I said, "But I — as I..." And about that time,
here He come. Coming down over that audience of thousands of people. And the same
man, Mr. Kipperman, which had wrote the awfulest article in the paper the day before
and said I was a hypnotizer. 'Cause the goiter had left the woman's throat. Said,
'I hypnotized it off with hypnotism.' (I don't understand.) The boy was Catholic,
and he — he'd run forward, Mr. Kipperman, and when he seen that, he shot the picture,
just to see it." I said, "Now I will not have to speak; He spoke Hisself." So I
turned around and walked away.
But one night, up here in Indiana, I was praying at an old fishing camp, where I
used to go fishing. I'd go back in there many times to pray. And He had come to
me. Under this Light, stood a Man, around six foot tall, hundred and — two hundred
pounds, big arms, dark hair to His shoulders. And He was standing under that Light.
And He told me I was borned in this world, to pray for sick people. Now, that's
what He told me. And said, "And you're to go be — pray for people around the world,
for kings and monarchs and so... How could I believe that with a grammar school
education? And I said to Him, I said, "Sir, I dwell among my people which is poor,
and I'm uneducated, therefore I could not do this." He said — I said, "They wouldn't
believe me." And He said, "As the prophet Moses was given two signs, so shall it
be given to you. Of two signs of a vindication of your ministry." And — and I said,
"Me? Pray for kings?" He said that was what I was to do. All right. And so then,
He said... I asked Him and He told me what to — what it would be. How I'd say...
to pray for the people. And said for a Divine healing. And then said, "You'll know
the very secrets of their heart." And I said, "That's what I was here praying about.
They told me (my ministers and them) told me it was of the devil." And He told me
it was of God and referred to these Scriptures that I refer to, of Jesus Christ
how He'd know the thoughts of the people's — of the woman at the well and so forth.
When the Angel of the Lord... I have a lot of criticism. I — I hope you believe me
to be an honest person. I — I try to be honest. I — I try...want to be a man of honor,
and a man of honor will be truthful and honest. And I — I've tried hard to serve
the Lord. And I... when I... what I'm going to say now is just... for just a few
moments, if you want to catch it now, I want it to go in the magazines. And now
to this audience here tonight, and a — a confession. In the beginning of my ministry...
When a little baby born up in the hills of Kentucky, this light that you see on
this picture here that we have tonight; and they've been selling at the meeting,
just at... what it... We have to send, get them ourself, it's a copyright. That
same Light come in that little cabinand stood over the bed, a little corn shuck
bed, where I was born in a cabin in Kentucky, on April the sixth, 1909. And from
a little bitty — little small lad of about, I suppose, two years old, was the first
time I remember of That speaking to me. And He told me I would live near a city
called New Albany, Indiana. Well, that's where I've lived. And I was... That was
a hundred and eighty or ninety miles up in Kentucky, near Burkesville, Kentucky.
Let's go back to the beginning. I was born in eastern Kentucky, in a little log
cabin near Burkesville, Kentucky. The morning of my birth, I'm told of my parents,
that there was a Light came into the room and hung over me. My people was not a
religious people. They did not go to any church. Of course, this caused quite a
stir among them. It's followed me all the days of my life. Recently, they took a
picture of It in the scientific world as shown here. You're probably familiar with
this picture. It was proven by science that it was the only supernatural Being that
was ever scientifically photographed. To my opinion, It's the same Angel of God
that followed the children of Israel from Egypt unto Palestine. You know as a scholar
yourself, that was the Angel of the Covenant, none other than our Lord Jesus Christ.
And when here on earth, manifested in flesh, He did not claim to be a great Person.
He said, "The Son can do nothing, just as the Father shows him." He...
Her husband come, said, "Did you say you wanted to go to Vandalia?" Away they went.
And they got over there, they could... It rained us out in the tent, and they had
us in an auditorium. And I was so completely gone, till I couldn't hardly stand
up. So she said, she couldn't get a prayer card. And that's what she was relying
on, getting up in the prayer line. I said, "Well, all of you line up, and all I'm
going to do is just lay hands on you. Now, if you believe that what you seen happen,
this is the truth, just lay your... I just lay my hands on you as you pass by. And
each one of you be healed if you believe it." Now, where I base that, friend, is
on what He told me. He said, "If you'll be sincere when you pray, get the people
to believe you, nothing will stand before the prayer." See? Well now, the main thing,
I said, "Well, I can't make them believe me, 'cause I have no education, very poor
speaker, and oh my, no personality. I haven't got nothing. (See?) I'm just as blank."
So I said, "How would they... how would..." He said, "As Moses was given two signs
of a vindication, so will you be given. (See?) And by this the people will believe
But now, in — in the world of visions, this Man was not a vision. He walked up to
me. I heard His feet as He walked. He walked up and spoke to me. And I was shaking
like this, and He said, "Do not fear." And when He said that: that was the same
Voice I'd heard since I'd been a baby, the same Man. But He was a Man now. I'd seen
Him in a Cloud, in a Pillar, in a... And I'd seen Him in... I heard Him in a whirlwind
in a bush, talking to me. And — but I'd never seen Him as a Man. But here He was
as a Man. He said, "I'm sent from the Presence of Almighty God to tell you, that
your peculiar life and birth was for you're to go to the world and pray for the
sick people." said, "Your ministry will scatter all over the world and in this,
will bring a — the Gospel and the power which will bring the second coming of Christ."
When the Angel of the Lord met me out there at Green's Mill, Indiana, eight years
ago, after being since a child, following me, showing visions; when I went to Him,
He said, "If you'll be sincere, get the people to believe You, nothing shall stand
before the prayer."
And a strange thing of that, that you might not know, the very day the Angel of
the Lord called me out, May the 6th, 1947, and issued the gift to pray for the sick,
was the very same day that Israel become a nation for the first time for twenty-five
hundred years. Oh, I believe there's something in it. I just can't keep from believing
that we're near the end of time. That's right. There's the Jews awaiting the great
signpost. Everything's pointing right to them: watching the Jews, them turning in,
packing their loved ones.
54-0718A THE GREAT COMING REVIVAL AND THE OUTPOURING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The very day that Israel was declared a nation again for the first time for twenty-five
hundred years, that same night the Angel of the Lord sent me out to pray for the
sick, the very same time, May the 6th, 1946, the Lord Jesus did that.
54-0809E THE MANIFESTATION OF THY RESURRECTION TO THE PEOPLE OF THIS DAY
Now, when I met the Angel of the Lord, or when He met me, rather, we were together,
He said that I was to pray for sick people. That was my message: "Pray for the sick."
Many of you heard the story. It's written here in the book. And I said, "Well, I — I'm
an illiterate type of person, and I live with my people which is poor. And I..."
He told me about going to different parts of the world and everything, and praying
for kings and potentates and so forth. I could not understand that, with a seventh
grade education. And He said, "As — as the prophet Moses was given two signs for
a vindication, so would be given me one. I took the people by the hand and just
hold their hand, my left hand, their right, and just keep humble." And you'd notice
the reaction of it on my hand. And then It would tell the person what was wrong
with them. Many of you remember when that was just, only that was taking place.
Then He said, "If you'll be sincere and reverent," was on conditions, "that then
it would be told you, they'll tell you the very secrets of their hearts and the
thing..." That's what I was there trying to find out about. Then He referred back
to the Scriptures and told me where it was. The first time it was that way for about
four or five years. Brother Baxter and I was standing at Queen Cities and Regina,
Saskatchewan, and a lady come to the platform. I seen her coming down out of a little
red house. Couldn't get back up on account of her back. And that's when it first
started, and from then on it's went.
And the first thing I can remember in life, was seeing a vision. And It's always
been. When I become a minister, my Baptist brethren and them told me it was the
devil. And I was out, for years, fought at It, was out trying to get rid of It,
saying, "God, don't never let it happen to me again. You know I love You, Lord Jesus."
And there come Someone walking across the floor, this Light about Him. He was a
great strong Man with His arms folded, like that, come to my right hand side. He
said, "For this cause you was born in the world to pray for sick people." Uh-huh.
And said, "You'll be praying for kings, and potentates, and monarchs, all over the
world." I said, "Sir, I dwell among my people. I'm poor." I was scared to death.
And I was chewing on my fingernail. You would be too. Yes, you would. And He's come
to me hundreds of times since then. And He said, "If you'll get the people to be
sincere, and be... If you'll get the people to believe you, and be sincere when
you pray, nothing will stand before the prayer." And I said, "They won't believe
me, Sir." I said, "I'm uneducated. If You would send someone..." He said, "As the
prophet Moses was given signs to a vindicate his ministry, or his calling," said,
"so has been given to you." And said, "You know the very secrets of their heart,
and so forth." "Oh," I said, "that's what I'm here praying here, Sir." He let me
know how mistaken the ministers was, and said, "Don't you realize that that was
the same thing that our Lord Jesus did on earth?" It's the return of His Spirit.
Now, I'm going to ask you, friends, if you're critic, and don't believe, I wouldn't
stay in the meeting any longer. See? Because remember, diseases are demons, and
they go from one to another, unbelievers. See? 'Cause I've seen some horrible things
happen in the meetings. And you know what I'm talking about. See?
And I set down on this little stool. And I just sitting, oh, kind of in this position,
just like that. And, all at once, I seen a Light flicker in the room. And I thought
somebody was coming up with a flashlight. And I looked around, and I thought, "Well..."
And here It was, right out in front of me. And old wooden boards on the floor. And
there It was, right in front of me. It's a little old drum stove sitting in the
corner, the top was tore out of it. And — and right in here there was a — a Light
on the floor, and I thought, "Well, where's that? Well, that couldn't be coming..."
I looked around. And here It was above me, this very same Light, right there above
me, hanging right like that. Circling around like a fire, it's kind of a emerald
color, going, "Whoossh, whoossh, whoossh!" like that, just above It, like that.
And I looked at That. I thought, "What is That?" Now, It scared me. I heard somebody
coming, [Brother Branham imitates someone walking — Ed.] just walking, only, it was
barefooted. And I seen the foot of a Man come in. It was dark in the room, all but
right here where It was shining right down. And I seen the foot of a Man coming
in. And when He come into the room, walked on up, He was a Man about... looked to
weigh about two hundred pounds. He had His hands folded like this. Now, I had seen
It in a Whirlwind, I had heard It talk to me, and seen It in the form of a Light,
but the first time I ever seen the image of It. It walked up to me, real close.
Well, honest friends, I — I thought my heart would fail me. I... Just imagine! Put
yourself there, It'd make you feel the same way. You're maybe farther along the
road than I am, may have been a Christian longer, but It would make you feel that
way. Cause after hundreds and hundreds of times of visitations, it paralyzes me
when He comes near. It sometimes it even makes me... I almost completely pass out,
just so weak when I leave the platform many times. If I stay too long, I'll go completely
out. I've had them ride me around for hours, not even know where I was at. And I
can't explain it. Read down here in the Bible, and It'll explain It, what it is.
The Scripture says so! So I was sitting there and looking at Him. I — I kind of had
my hand up like that. He was looking right at me, just as pleasant. But He had a
real deep Voice, and He said, "Do not fear, I am sent from the Presence of Almighty
God." And when He spoke, that Voice, that was the same Voice that spoke to me when
I was two years old, all the way up. I knowed that was Him. And I thought, "Now..."
And hear it. Now listen to the conversation. I'll quote it the best that I can,
knowingly, word by word, 'cause I'd hardly remember. He... I said... Looked at Him
like that. He said, "Do not fear," just as quiet, said, "I am sent from the Presence
of Almighty God, to tell you that your peculiar birth..." As you know what my birth
was up there. That same Light hung over me when I was first born. And so He said,
"Your peculiar birth and misunderstood life has been to indicate that you're to
go to all the world and pray for the sick people." And said, "And regardless of
what they have..." And He designated. God, Who's my Judge, knows. That, He designated
"cancer." Said, "Nothing... If you get the people to believe you, and be sincere
when you pray, nothing shall stand before your prayers, not even cancer." See, "If
you get the people to believe you." And I seen He wasn't my enemy, He was my Friend.
And I didn't know whether — whether I was dying or what was happening when He was
coming up to me like that. And I said, "Well, Sir," I said, "I am..." What did I
know about healings and things like that, those gifts? I said, "Well, Sir, I am
a... I — I'm a poor man." And I said, "I'm among my people. I — I live with my people
who is poor. I'm uneducated." And I said, "And I — I — I would not be able, they'd
not — they'd not understand me." I said, "They — they wouldn't — they wouldn't hear
me." And He said, "As the prophet Moses was given two gifts, signs," rather, "to
vindicate his ministry, so will you given two — so are you given two gifts to vindicate
your ministry." He said, "One of them will be that you'll take the person that you're
praying for by the hand, with your left hand and their right," and said, "then just
stand quiet, and it'll have... there'll be a physical effect that'll happen on your
body." And said, "Then you pray. And if it leaves, the disease is gone from the
people. If it doesn't leave, just ask a blessing and walk away." "Well," I said,
"Sir, I'm afraid they won't receive me." He said, "And the next thing will be, if
they won't hear that, then they will hear this." Said, "Then it'll come to pass
that you'll know the very secret of their heart." Said, "This they will hear." "Well,"
I said, "Sir, that's why I'm here tonight. I have been told by my clergymen that
those things that's been coming to me was wrong." He said, "You were born in this
world for that purpose." (See, "gifts and calling without repentance.") He said,
"You were born in this world for that purpose." And I said, "Well, Sir," I said,
"that, my clergymen told me it, that it was the — the evil spirit." And I said, "They...
That's why I'm here praying." And here's what He quoted to me. He related to me
the coming of the Lord Jesus, in His first time. And I said...
Then, notice. On down through life, It kept appearing. One day, under the appearing
of this Light, came forth an Angel, that told me I was to pray for sick people.
I told Him I couldn't do it. That's way years ago. He told me that God had called
me to do so, and He'd be with me. I told Him I was uneducated, and I wasn't very
much of a minister; my speech is not good, and I have no personality; I have nothing
to present to the people." He said, "I'll be with you. And as I with Moses, so will
it be with you. You'll have two signs given to you to perform before the people
that they'll believe." And He said, "You'll know the very secrets of their heart."
And that's what I was questioning about. And He let me know that that was the very
same thing that Jesus of Nazareth, the resurrected Son of God, did.
It's declared all around the world. I am a poor man and without education, but when
I was born my forefathers were Catholic, come from Ireland. And when I was born,
there was Light, big Light hanging over the little crib bed I was borned in. My
father and mother mostly fainted. And all my life It has been with me. I did not
go to church until I was about twenty-three years old. He would lead me though,
and tell me things that were going to happen. And then one night while I was praying
here come this Light in, and there was a great Man walking in the Light. Dark hair
down to His shoulders, smooth face, a white robe on, His arms folded like this,
and He told me... I was scared at the time, and He said, "Do not fear." I'd heard
that voice since I was a little boy, but I had never seen it before. I'd seen it
in forms like whirlwinds when He's talking. He said, "I am sent from the Presence
of God to tell you that you're to pray for sick people. To all the world, you'll
be sent, and great miracles will take place." Said, "Get the people to believe you,
and then be sincere when you pray, and no disease can stand before a prayer." I
said, "Sir..." Now, it was not a vision. The Man was standing there just as real
as I'm standing here. I know what visions is; This was not vision. And He said...
I said, "Sir, I dwell among my people." I said, "I am uneducated. I could not go."
He said, "You'll be praying for kings and monarchs." And I have. I've prayed for
four different kings, seen great signs and wonders. And I said, "They will not believe
That's my own secret between me and God. And I — I just get... I was born to do it.
When I was a little boy, that Angel of the Lord that you see, that they got in Washington,
DC now copyrighted, that Angel stood right over the bed where I was born in a little
cabin down in the mountains of Kentucky. And now that same Angel is not five feet
from where I'm standing right now. Now, that's right. So it's just yielding yourself
to Him, and your own faith then touches and brings out whatever God wants to say.
Do you understand it? It is not me. I'm not a healer. It's God, and your individual
faith in God. Shut up in your compassion and say, "You don't believe it," and nothing
will happen. Open up your heart and say, "God, I'm ready to believe," and then,
watch what happens. See?
And notice, to you, my Jewish friends, and I have one that I just met today, sitting
here on the front seat, or, just behind Brother Kidd, Russian Jew, my heart goes
to Israel, for it isn't long now: Their day is blooming. The sun's coming up. The
old six-point Star of David hanging over Jerusalem, tonight, the oldest flag in
the world; and the first time they been a nation for twenty-five hundred years.
The fig tree is budding. Gentiles are finished. Uh-huh. Just about over. Oh, how
I would love to stay till midnight on that. The day they become a nation, the same
hour they become a nation, not knowing it, the Angel of the Lord was back there
vindicating this ministry to me, at the very same hour, not knowing it. I was at
Cairo recently, going in. Jews seek signs. They said, "If This be the Messiah, let
me see Him do the sign of His resurrection. We'll believe it." But the Holy Spirit
said, "Not now." So, I turned and went back up to Mars' Hill, then on down to the
Vatican. Oh, we're at the end.
And last week, you know what taken place in Israel, the last sign. Israel became
a nation in 1947 on the same night the Angel of the Lord visit me. When It came
at me at twelve o'clock, it was noon when they signed the — that peace pact with
the world and the League of Nations and so forth, overseas. But last week, they
got their own currency. They are... They got a regular Jewish money that they use
And I could remember when the Holy Spirit that night, when I returned back to this
same desk from the mill where I'd been praying, and told many of you people setting
here, that He had charged me by His Spirit, a commission to all the world: that
the lame would walk, and the blind would see, and that kings and monarchs would
be calling for prayer. And it would start a revival among the brethren that would
sweep around the world before the coming of the Lord. It was hard to believe that.
It was hard for me to believe it. But that's what's happened. It's just did that
thing, to today re — Holy Ghost revival fires are burning the world around. India,
Africa, Asia, all into Europe, and everywhere, Holy Ghost men, filled with the Spirit,
is burning the world up with a revival of the power of the risen Christ. Lame walk,
blind see, deaf hear, dumb speak, all kinds of marvelous miracles are taking place,
because God promised it. And God's promise is true. And when I begin to ponder over
this, I could not but ask the One Who was speaking to me. I was insufficient. And
I suppose God had to pick some little unconcerned illiterate person, because in
that, He — God takes something that's nothing, something that's been cast out...
That's what makes me love God's people so. They cast them out as holy-rollers or
illegitimate people. But that's when God's ready to pick them up then and do something
with them. And it pleases Him. That shows that He's God: takes nothing and make
something out of it, takes a sinner like me, and makes a Christian, the hand of
God. I questioned Him of the ability. And He told me that I was to pray for sick
people. And the commission was: Get the people to believe and be sincere, then nothing
would stand by the prayer. Many of you here remember that, has printed it in literature
across the world. I questioned, how could I do that when I had no education. And
He said, "There'll be two signs be given you as was given to Moses." And one of
them would be about like Moses' hand: He changed it from leprosy to healing, and...
And then the same taken place about the — putting my hand on the people. And then
how that that made itself manifest. Then He said, "You'll know the very secrets
of their heart." And I — I said, "That is why I'm here." He said... Then He explained
the Scriptures to me. And oh, from that time, the Bible become a new Word to me.
I had a different look on It, a different view of It. Something happened. Then a
little later, He said, "Then if you'll be sincere, stay humble, keep away from money
and stuff," said, "then It'll just keep blessing you, and you'll keep climbing."
I said, 'Great God of heaven, Who met me out there in the cabin, sent His Angel
to declare this, I speak for that child's life; let the child live." And the little
girl jumped up in the floor. I took her by the hand, with the doctor standing in
the next room, we walked out of the house down to the soda fountain, and had a malted
milk together. Three nights later the Kiel Auditorium that seats nineteen thousand,
was packed out. It went from there around the world.
But it's — it's a — the vindication of a commission, when He spoke to me that night
fourteen years ago, the seventh of May. He said, "You were borned to pray for sick
people," and told me to go over the world. And I said to Him, "They would not believe
me, because I am not educated, and I..." And He said, "As Moses was given two signs,
I would be given two signs." He said, "The first, the people'd put their hands on
me, and then I would be able, if I not use my own mind, just — just to tell them
what was wrong. He'd speak it." Then said, "If you'll be sincere, it'll come to
pass that you'll know the very secret of their heart."
And — and that Angel of God, at five o'clock in the morning, April 6, 1909, at five
o'clock in the morning, come right in and stood over that little bed where I was
laying. They didn't know what... My people before me were Catholic. And so there
was no Catholic churches up there, and so they taken me over to a little Baptist
church. And there I made my first visit to a church. The Baptist church is called
"Opossum Kingdom Baptist Church. Opossum Kingdom Baptist Church." There's where
I made my first visit to a church. And from — when I was just about two years old,
the first vision come, from that it's come on, and on, and on, and I'm fifty-one
years old now. So you see, it's — it's the vision. When He told me, said, "You were
born for this purpose, to pray for sick people." I said, "They won't believe me."
He said, "As Moses was given two signs, you're given two signs." He said, "One of
them, just take the people by the hand and don't use your thinking." See? Said,
"And it'll be told you what's wrong." Well, I did that. I watched how things went
for a while, watching people. And then, I told you that this other will take place.
Now, you see, it's taken place. Now, the next thing's coming in. See? Perhaps, be
all mostly overseas, 'cause I feeled it pulling overseas.
Now to see whether this Message that we got is connected with it or not. The very
hour that Israel was signed in to be a nation, it was the very same hour, very same
day, very same month, everything else: I was at Green's Mill, Indiana, when that
Angel there appeared to me and sent me out on the field with This; after He had
met me down on the river and told me what would take place, then commissioned me
eleven years later at the same hour that Israel was signed in as a nation. It's
all connected together.
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Remember up at the mill that night, when He talked to me and He said, "If you can
get the people to believe you, and then be sincere when you pray, there's nothing
will stand before your prayer." I said, "I... They won't believe me. I — I — I have
no education." He said, "As Moses was given two signs for a vindication, so are
you." Said, "First, you'll take the people's hand, then you'll know what's wrong.
After that, if you'll be sincere, it'll come to pass that you'll know very thoughts
of their heart." And He said, "They'll have to believe this." How many remembers
that prophesied when I was here the first time, or, years ago? I told you it would
come to pass.
Israel returning to their homeland, Israel... Let me just say this. Now, watch.
I guess it's off of tape. Let me say this: The very hour that Israel become a nation...
The reason I've always believed — before my class here — that there was something,
that I'd have a part before I die of getting Israel back to the Lord, because when...
The very hour, by the Pan American chart, that Israel was declared a nation for
the first time for two thousand years since they'd been scattered, not a people,
it was that very same hour, exactly to the hour, that the Angel of the Lord met
me up yonder and sent me to the — with the Gospel — the very same thing: May the 7th,
1946. Now, then another thing that gives me to know; it's restoring the hearts of
the children back to the fathers and the hearts of the fathers to the children:
the Message. Notice Malachi 4, not 3, 4.
We see Israel in her homeland. The ensign, the six-star-point Star of David, flying,
the oldest ensign in the world, the oldest flag in the world. She is a nation. She
is a government. She is her own people. She is in the league of nations. She, she
is, she is all these things. She is in the U.N. And she has got her own currency,
everything. Jesus said, "This generation shall not cease until everything be fulfilled."
And, remember, the very night that Israel was made a nation, that was the night
the Angel of the Lord appeared to me right yonder. That's right. There we all are.
Now, You promised that. You confirmed it to me by an Angel that night at Green's
Mill, standing in that cabin. Satan, you can't hold her any longer. Come out of
her, in the name of Jesus Christ. Now let the lady be the judge. It's gone. Is it
gone, lady? I've never moved my hand. Now, look. Gone. Put your other hand on it.
Not there, is it? You're healed. See what I mean? Do you believe? Now, how many
believers is here, raise up your hand?
[Speaking of Moses, comparing to himself] Said, "Throw it down. Put your hand in
your bosom, come out. Preach Divine healing to them." That's a confirmation. Sure.
"I'll give you two signs."
I said, "You must obey." I said, "That was the commission, 'If you get the people
to believe you, and then be sincere when you pray.'" I said, "Would you bow your
head?" That fellow just laughed at me.
One night, at a little camp where I was fishing, way back in the mountains, I was
laying back there. About three o'clock one morning, I seen a Light coming. I had
just been reading the Bible. I thought it was somebody coming, shining it through
a knothole, a lantern or something. It was way in the wilderness. And I thought
somebody was coming up. The Light was on the floor; It spread greater and greater.
I heard of Somebody walking. When It did, It was a Man. He was barefooted. He had
hair to His shoulders, and He had on a robe. And I like scared me to death. He said,
"Don't fear. I am sent from the Presence of the Lord God, to tell you that, your
peculiar life. Don't try to get from these things. That is your calling. And God
will be sending you to different places all over the world, to pray for the sick.
And if you'll get the people to believe and be sincere, nothing will stand before
the prayer." It scared me to death. Certainly, it did. I stood there, and — and He
kept talking. I said, "Sir, I am here because of those trances and things like that."
He said, "There will be three things happen. First, you'll know by taking your hand
to hold the people. Then it'll come to pass, after that, if you're sincere, that
you'll know the very secret in their heart." And I said, "That's what I'm here to
talk about, was I... My brethren told me that that was of the devil. I'm a Christian.
I don't want to be nothing of the devil." He said, "As it was back there, so is
it now. When they were arguing on what kind of buttons they should wear on their
coats, and things like that, and the ministers saying that Paul and them turns the
world upside down, what was it? But it was a — a evil spirit that said, 'These man
are servants of God, that turn the world upside down.' That Paul and them said.
And the evil spirit testified that they were true servants of God." He told me,
said, "Don't you remember, in the Scriptures, that's the thing our Lord did? And
that's what He promised, He said it would happen again in the last days." Thought,
"Well, what can that be?" He said, "Well, it's the Spirit of the Lord Jesus. He
is the Word. And He's promised this in the last days. Now don't be afraid."
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