Family Altar Day 73
 And Jesus saith unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered.  But after that I am risen, I will go before you into Galilee.  But Peter said unto him, Although all shall be offended, yet will not I.  And Jesus saith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice.  But he spake the more vehemently, If I should die with thee, I will not deny thee in any wise. Likewise also said they all. (Mark 14:27-31)
599 You’ll make mistakes. You’ll fall. You’ll wilfully do wrong. You’ll go out sometime and do things. That don’t mean that you’re lost. That means that you’re going to get correction.
600 My little boy, lots of times, my children, will do things. Your does, too. That you…They know that’s against your—your rules. And they know what to expect when they do it. They’re going to get a whipping for it, sometimes a good one. But it’s still your child. Certainly.
601 It’s impossible for that man to ever be gone again, that’s once been born of Eternal Life. God is not an Indian giver. “He that heareth My Words, and believeth on Him that sent Me, has everlasting Life; and shall never come to the Judgment, but is passed from death unto Life. I’ll raise him up at the last days.” That’s God’s promise.
602 Now if you go on, say, “Oh, well, then I can do just…” I always do what I want to do. But if you’re a Christian, you don’t want to do the thing that’s wrong, ’cause the very Life in you, the very foundation. If you want to do wrong, it shows the wrong thing is in here. “How can bitter and sweet water come from the same fountain?”
603 So you been all mixed up on some kind of emotion, or fabulous something-another sensation: Forget it! Go back to the altar and say, “God, take my old sinful life away, and put me in such a condition that my whole desire…”
“He that’s born of God does not commit sin.” That’s right. He has no desire to do so.
604 Certainly, the devil will trap him here and there, but not wilfully. The Bible said so. The devil will trap him, now and then. Sure, he will. He tried to throw a traps for our Lord Jesus. He did to Moses, and caught him. He did to Peter, and caught him. He did to many, but…Peter even denied Him, but then he went and wept bitterly. There was Something in him.
57-0915M - Hebrews, Chapter Six #3
Rev. William Marrion Branham
 And immediately, while he yet spake, cometh Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.  And he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; take him, and lead him away safely.  And as soon as he was come, he goeth straightway to him, and saith, Master, master; and kissed him. (Mark 14:43-45)
69 The devil is religious as he can be, smart, scholarly, polished, but yet know no more about God than a rabbit would know about snowshoes. And here he comes up, walks up like that and falls down and worships Jesus, this maniac did. Well, you say, “Would that be the devil?” Why, Judas even come and kissed Him and betrayed Him by a kiss.
Religious spirits, certainly they are. Someone said, “Well…” This fellow goes ahead to write and said, “Why, religious spirits,” said, “don’t get around them Pentecostal people.” Said, “If you do, that spirit will get on you.” And said, “It’s of the devil.” Don’t get on…That’s right.
70 Listen. He said, “The Bible said,” said, “there was…Believe not every spirit, but try them see if they’re of—of God.” That’s exactly what the Bible did. And Jesus said, “These signs shall follow them that believe.” See if that’s right or not, try it by the Spirit. Sure.
And the religious spirit all down through every age has always been a denier. The devils spirit that’s religious has denied the real genuine Spirit. And every time God’s Spirit comes, signs and wonders follows the Spirit.
Look in the days back there when Cain worshipped. He had a form of godliness. He built an altar; he built a church; he built everything just as religious as Ad…Abel was. But look, here’s a little something…I’m way off my subject; I don’t aim to keep it anyhow.
71 So look, in the days of Cain and Abel, notice, Cain was just as religious as Abel was. And notice, when he worshipped, he built his altars; he made it pretty just like a fine big church. He—he wasn’t an unbeliever; he bowed down and worshipped. And God absolutely refused him.
If God’s just and only requires faith in Him, if God only requires faith, only requires sacrifice, only requires membership of the church, God would be unjust to condemn that boy. For he absolutely was a believer in God. He confessed the same publicly, he was a believer in God.
He built a church to the Lord, an altar; he brought his fruits in and made it beautiful, and made a sacrifice and done obligations, and worshipped the Lord. Brother, that’s a pretty good church member today. Is that right? And God refused him.
72 But look, coming here, at Abel, not with working. Wrapped a little vine around this old sheep’s neck, and here he come pulling him up there, throwed him upon the altar and begin to beat his throat, and killed him. Why? Abel had a revelation. We’re letting that soak just a minute.
It was a revelation that Abel had that made him just. He had a revelation of the requirement of Almighty God, and he brought a lamb. And that’s the only way that you’ll ever be able to see Divine healing, the baptism of the Holy Ghost, it’ll be by revelation.
54-0720A - The Maniac Of Gadara
Rev. William Marrion Branham
 And God spake all these words, saying,  I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.  Thou shalt have no other gods before me.  Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;  And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.  Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.  Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.  Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:  But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:  For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.  Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.  Thou shalt not kill.  Thou shalt not commit adultery.  Thou shalt not steal.  Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.  Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's. (Exodus 20:1-17)
27 ... I went in, my brother said to me, said, “If you’ll go get the sugar, I’ll get the cracker.”
I said, “All right.”
Mother and Dad was hoeing in the garden. And I went in and got a big handful, enough for both of us. I was walking out with that; you can’t even look straight when you’re telling a lie, you know. So I walking along like that, down along the garden, only way I had to get out. And dad turned around, said, “Where you going, William?”
I said, “Sir?”
He said, “Where you going?”
I said, “I’m—I’m going down at the barn.”
And he said, “What you got in your hand?”
And I thought, “Oh, oh.” I changed; I said, “Which hand?” You know.
“Come here.” Oh, my. I didn’t want no more sugar for a long time. Sure tasted good, though. I’m talking about the sugar, yet. Well, when my father gave us a whipping, he had a—a razor strap made out of a piece of belt leather. Oh, my. I’d…
And he had up over the door, the Golden Rule, and it had all Ten Commandments on it. It was out of hickory. A limb about that long, you know, with them ten branches out on it. We got our education out in the woodshed, just running around Dad as hard as we could go like that.
Listen, if we had some more dads like that we’d be better off. Amen. That’s right, instead of appeasing your child and giving him fifty cents to go to the picture show on Sunday afternoon. That’s right.
51-0722A - Life Story
Rev. William Marrion Branham
 And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.  And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?  And some of them that stood by, when they heard it, said, Behold, he calleth Elias.  And one ran and filled a spunge full of vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink, saying, Let alone; let us see whether Elias will come to take him down.  And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.  And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.  And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God. (Mark 15:33-39)
24…Even Pontius Pilate said, “I find no fault in Him.” No one could find it.
Judas Iscariot said, “I’ve betrayed innocent Blood.”
That pagan wife back there of Pilate, had a dream and sent the—the boy down from the palace. I can see Pilate standing there just ready to pronounce judgment upon Jesus. I hear a horse come running, galloping up there. A boy jumps off and runs up, falls down by the side of the—his master; raised up and give him a piece of paper. He looks at it. I can see his face turn white, knees go to flopping together. Let’s look over his shoulder and see what it says.
25 It coming from a heathen now. Said, “Have nothing to do with this just Man. For I’ve suffered many things today in a dream because of Him.”I tell you. Every enemy had to testify of Him. The moon, stars shut off their glory to that day. That was the Son of God. The Roman centurion said, “Truly, that was the Son of God.”
And he said, “I’ve betrayed innocent Blood.” Hallelujah. Yes, sir. He’s God’s provided way tonight.
Here’s…Every man or woman that’s ever had any—done anything for God, has been men and women who’s believed that, held onto it, and kept it. It’s thrilled the hearts of poets through the ages.
When I think of Eddie Perronet back there, what do you think of Christ, Eddie Perronet, when he wrote the—the great song of:
All hail the power of Jesus’ Name!
Let angels prostrate fall;
Bring forth the royal diadem,
And crown Him Lord of all.
26 And I think of Hopkins, after being persecuted and everything, the way he did. He said.
When I survey the wondrous cross
Whereon the Prince of glory died,
I count all my pain to be but loss…
53-0613 - God's Provided Way
Rev. William Marrion Branham
 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.  And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;  They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. (Mark 16:15-18)
41 It reminds me of a lady in Chicago. Her boy went away to a seminary, to learn to be a minister, some Bible school and seminary. And while he was away, the old mother took real seriously sick. And so they sent word for the boy to ‘stand by,’ his mother with such a high fever, she had pneumonia, and said that (she) it—it might be an emergency call. So the boy packed his clothes and got ready. Finally, the next day, he never heard no word through the night, and the next day, said, “All is well.”
42 So about a year later, he returned from the school in the East, some great school of teaching. And he came home and he greeted his precious mother, and he said, after talking a while, said, “Mother, I never did get the chance to ask you what happened.” Said, “One night they told me to ‘stand by’, and the next morning, said you were ‘well.’” Said, “What drug did the—the doctor use?”
Said, “Honey, the doctor didn’t use nothing.”
He said, “Well, how did you do it?”
43 Said, “You know where that little mission is down here on…almost to the loop, there at the square?”
44 Said, “There was a lady. They was having a prayer meeting down there, one night, in this little mission, that poor little humble bunch of people, and,” said, “one of them was inspired to come up here and see me. And two women came, and they asked me if they could bring their pastor up and—and pray for me, and anoint me with oil, and—and,” said, “and lay their hands upon me, that I’d be well.” And said, “You know, I told them ‘sure.’ And they brought the pastor up, and he laid his hands upon me, and prayed.” And said, “Honey, he read it right out of the Bible, Mark the 16th chapter, said, ‘These signs will follow them that believe.’” And said, “You know what? The next morning, the doctor was so puzzled, he didn’t know what to do. There was no fever in me.”
45 “Oh,” he said, “mother, you didn’t associate with that group, did you?” Said, “See,” he said, “we in the school, we learned that Mark 16, from the 9th verse on, is not inspired.”
She said, “Glory to God!”
46 “Why,” he said, “mother, you’re beginning to act like those people.”
47 She said, “I was just thinking something.” Said, “I’ve been reading the Bible, all the way through, and other promises in other places, too, similar to that.” And said, “I was just thinking, if God could heal me with the uninspired, what would He do with that really is inspired?” That’s right.
48 To me, it’s all inspired. God, give me faith to believe it and confirm it!
64-0621 - The Trial
Rev. William Marrion Branham
 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.  Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.  Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. (Isaiah 55:1-3)
38 But when you go to this cheap entertainment, you must remember that you’ve got to take lots of money. A young fellow who takes his girl friend to these parties and these dances, and so forth, is going to pay great lot of his week’s earnings. And the old people who try to find pleasure in going to the beer parlors, to drink away their sorrows of the week, they’re going to have to pay great money. And what do they get from it? They don’t get nothing but heartache.
39 And remember, you got to settle up with God someday for it. “And the wages of sin is death.” You don’t make nothing here on earth, by it. It’s a false mirage. Drinking will only add sorrow. Sin will only add death upon death. Your final check will be separation from God, Eternally, into the Lake of Fire. And you cannot gain anything, but lose.
40 Then God comes and asks the question, “Why do you spend your money for those things that satisfies not? Why do you do it?”
41 What makes man want to do it? They spend all that they’ve got, all that they can earn, to buy drinking, to clothe some woman that they run with, or some kind of a worldly, lustful pleasures.
42 But we are told in the Bible, and are bid to come to God, “And to buy Eternal joy and Eternal Life, without money or without price.”
43 Those things cannot satisfy, and the end of them is Eternal death. And it cost you all the money that you can muster together, to be the—the big shot or the entertainer, or the fun boy, or whatever you might be, or the popular girl, or whatever it is. It cost all you can get together, to do that. Dress in the very highest of dressings, and—and do the things that the world does, only to reap a check of Eternal damnation.
44 God said, then, “Why?” What are we going to do at the Day of Judgment, when we are asked, why did we do that? What’s going to be our answer? What’s going to be the answer to modern America, who says that they are a Christian nation? And there’s more money spent for whiskey, in a year’s time, than there is for food. “Why spend your money for those kind of things?” Yet, the government would send you to penitentiary, for five dollars worth of taxes that you had sent maybe to some institution that wasn’t correctly set in order to receive taxes, to send some missionary overseas. We’re going to be asked some day, “Why did you do it?”
46 God said, “Come, buy Eternal Life, without money, without price.” Life, to live forever, and we turn our backs on It and laugh in His face. What are we going to do on that Day? What’s going to be…?
59-0802 - Without Money Or Without Price
Rev. William Marrion Branham
 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,  To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.  And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.  And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.  And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.  And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. (Luke 1:26-31)
If you want Angels to appear to you, keep your mind on God and off the things of the world. Go about your business; go to your church; go to your washing of dishes; wherever you are, keep your mind on Him all day and all night long. Then God will do something. You’re drawing close to Him; you’ve got the world shut out; just you and He are together.
25 This appearing of the Angel frightened the little virgin. She had been taught that the days of miracles was past. But she had seen something happen. The Angel told her, said, “Hail, Mary.” “Hail” means “to stop.” And He had a message for her. When an Angel comes, He’s got a message for you. And the Holy Spirit, God’s Angel is here tonight with a message for every believer. Just keep Him on your mind. Keep thinking about Him, how lovely He is, how sweet He is, of His promises. If you’re sick, get this on your mind, “He was wounded for my transgressions; He was bruised for my iniquity: the chastisement of my peace was upon Him; and with His stripes I was healed.” Keep your mind centered like that; something will happen to you. All of a sudden there’ll be a—something draw nigh to you, an anointing will come on you and out of that chair you’ll go. “Draw nigh unto the Lord, and He will draw nigh unto you.”
26 And she looked at this great Angel, and His Name is Gabriel. Now, there is Angels of the Lord, many of them, and they come to the earth and bring messages. But Gabriel, when He comes, there’s something major going to happen. He was the One Who announced the first coming of Christ; He will be the One that’ll announce the second coming of Christ.
And He told Mary, “Thou has found favor with God.” What a message to bring to her. “Thou has found favor with God.” And while she was thinking on that Scripture, then that was the Scripture that was confirmed to her.
Now, if you’re sick, think on that Scripture. If you’re lost, think on that Scripture. If you want the Holy Spirit, think on that Scripture, and the Holy Spirit will confirm it to you.
59-1126 - Jehovah Of Miracles
Rev. William Marrion Branham
 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,  Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering.  And this is the offering which ye shall take of them; gold, and silver, and brass,  And blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats' hair,  And rams' skins dyed red, and badgers' skins, and shittim wood,  Oil for the light, spices for anointing oil, and for sweet incense,  Onyx stones, and stones to be set in the ephod, and in the breastplate.  And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.  According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it. (Exodus 25:1-9)
259 Don’t watch all these gimmick workers. But remember, they’re only speaking, a bogus dollar only speaks that there’s a real one somewhere. When you see this organization stuff growing and prospering, as it said “craft would prosper in his hand,” just remember, there’s a little Church of God somewhere, really is Holy Ghost filled, genuine, that’s moving up the ladder. Don’t look at the big organization.
260 What greater church is spoke of in the Bible than the Ephesian church age? And when Paul passed through the upper coasts of Ephesus, and comes to this church, there was twelve men in it. That’s right. And they all was good people, shouted and have a great time, but had not received the Holy Ghost yet. Paul said, “You haven’t received the Holy Ghost since you believed?”
They said, “Why, we didn’t know there was a Holy Ghost.”
261 He said, “Then how was you baptized?” If it didn’t make a difference, what did he say to that church there?
262 They said, “We’ve already been baptized by one of the greatest man that ever stood on the earth, John the Baptist, who baptized our Lord. Ain’t that baptizing good enough?”
263 He said, “No, sir. You’ve got to be baptized over, ’cause the Kingdom is sealed to anything else.” And when they heard this…Said, “John only baptized unto repentance, not for remission of sins, saying that you should believe on Him to come, that is, on Jesus.” And when they heard this, they were rebaptized in the Name of Jesus Christ. That’s right. Exactly. They followed the Scripture.
264 You know, in the dedication this morning, Moses followed the pattern that he saw in Heaven, and pitched a tent to represent it. When Solomon built the temple, he (what did he do?) followed the pattern that Moses, by the tent, keeping the Scripture in line.
265 And when God come to His Temple for the last days, this Temple, the Holy Ghost, “a body hast Thou prepared Me,” the Holy Ghost fell on the Day of Pentecost, the message was, “Repent, every one of you, and be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you and to your children, and to them that’s far off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” If you want to call your minister a doctor, Doctor Simon Peter wrote a prescription, an Eternal prescription. That’s what cures the sick.
62-1111E - Why I'm Against Organized Religion
Rev. William Marrion Branham
 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.  And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. (Luke 2:7-8)
So, just, Christmas is here to stay. Yeah.
4 And it isn’t the birthday of our Lord, the time He was born. Now, if you’ll get on your…on the globe, and look, Judaea is just about as far under the equator as this is above it. So we find out, in Judaea, in them mountains up there, that there is snow. My! It’s more snow than there is here. So the shepherds could not be at…on the mountain at that time, herding their sheep.
5 And another thing, He, it’d be contrary to all nature. See? Lambs and so forth are spring born, not this time of year. Lambs are not born now. The—the ewes don’t lamb now. And He was the Lamb of God, you see. So there, He was born along in, they claim, along in April sometime, middle of April, something like that.
6 But, this being the 25th of December, why, making it the birthday. This is the sun-god’s birthday. See? The Roman Baalim, the sun-god. See? And the sun is just exactly halfway around now. And from the 20th unto the 25th was when the Roman circus was, in celebration of the sun-god’s birthday. And so they said, “Well, now, to please the both Christian and pagan, we’ll make, instead of sun-god, the Son of God and the sun-god, together. So we’ll put it all together and make it the same birthday, and make it on the 25th.” So it seemed to please the pagan and the nominal church then, in the first church of Rome. Was just…It was just all right with them, so they didn’t care. So they made it both sun-god and Son-of-God’s birthday.
7 Now, the longest day in the year is along about the 21st or 22nd, the longest night, I mean, in the year, is along about the 21st or 22nd, when, in the solar system, the sun is just bouncing over, coming back. Now they’ll start getting just a few seconds or minutes longer. And then sometime up in June or July, we have the longest day in the year.
So, but, Christmas is here to stay, so we—we can’t help it.
8 Tubeless tires are here to stay. I hate them, but they’re—they’re here to stay. Uh-huh. That’s right.
9 Undressed women, they’re here to stay. Shorts, they’re going to stay. That’s all. They’re going to get shorter all the time, so ain’t nothing I can do about it.
I just say it’s wrong. Stay with It, and that’s right.
10 Sin, it’s here to stay. It’s here to stay. We’re going to have it, on and on. So, just, it’s here to stay until Jesus comes. And all these things are here to stay. Now, I do not believe…
11 Let me make this clear. I do not believe that Jesus would care what day you worshipped His birthday on, if it’s the 25th, 26th, or whether it’s April, May, June, July, or whenever it might be, just so you worship, you worship Him on any day.
61-1224 - Sirs, We Would See Jesus
Rev. William Marrion Branham