|Sermons The Absolute / 62-1230M / Branham Tabernacle in Jeffersonville, Indiana, U.S || 2 hours and 22 minutes
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1-1 So happy to be here this morning and to hear this exhortation, just as coming to the--the platform. Sorry to be late, but the sick in the back out there, and cars, ambulance like, and--and I had to catch those that couldn't get in (You see?), before I could get in.
1-2 Now, I wonder if the sister that's got the--the little fellow, if she can't come back this afternoon. I want to preach this evening also, if the Lord willing. If she can't come back for the dedication then (while I've been standing so long this time), well, tell her to--she can bring the baby on now. But if she can come back the--this--tonight, it'll be a little better for us. But let... Whatever she can do; whatever it means. Why, if she can't come back, we'll bring the little fellow now for the dedication. And now, all these... While I'm speaking, if she wants to come now and--this would be the time...
1-3 Now, tonight there is a very special; I--I want to speak on the subject tonight, a prophetic message of "Sir, Is This the Time?" So if the Lord willing, I want to speak on that subject tonight: "Is This the Time, Sir?" or "Sir, Is This the Time?" rather. And then, I want to take this opportunity in the presence of the church, which... There's been many things happened in the last few days that points up to a great something that I do not understand. But we are--we're always... God's ways are past finding out by man, so we just have to walk by faith. If anyone could explain God, then it would no more be necessary to have faith, because you--you know then. But we just walk by faith.
And this morning I thought I would try to just have a regular evangelistic service, because... Kind of changed my thought after I got down here and seen so many standing and been waiting so long. And then, tonight, maybe be less here, and then I can go ahead with this, what I want to say.
1-5 One thing I'd like to announce, while many of them are together--many of you together; it's something that I've... I'll refrain from announcing for the last couple weeks; that is, your prayers has been answered concerning the tax case that I had with the government. It's settled. And so we are... It's--it's all over now. As many of you understand, what they had against me was those checks that had been made out for the campaign. And yet, they tried to say they were mine out there, and wanted to charge me three-hundred and fifty something thousand dollars for being my personal property. And it wasn't; it was the campaign's. And the church knows about that; all of you know about it.
2-1 And finally, they've come to the place that... I'll just give you a little outline of what happened. They been almost three to five years about--nearly five years, I guess, in the case; and back and forth, and character, and everything. But I'm so grateful that they couldn't find anything against me, so they couldn't indict me for it. So they wasn't nothing to be indicted, only they said, just my--my ignorance myself, I guess. But not knowing much about law, they'd bring me the checks; and I'd sign them--put my name on them, place them in the campaign. But then, as long as I put my name on them, they were mine. You see? No matter... Said, "That's very nice for you to..." like that, "but they were yours, and then you give them to the church. But as soon as you put your name on it, it was yours; no matter what they was designated for, they were wrote to you." So, and if they'd been put on... Somebody had put across there "personal gift," it would've been all right; but they just wrote William Branham (See?); and when I put my name on it, it--that done it; it was all of it. So they was... And then finally with prayer...
2-2 And then not long ago, you know, they... I had the vision that a great, dark, smoky, sooty, scaly--like an alligator--man come moving towards me with iron fingers. I had one little knife, like that, and he had on him United States Government. And I couldn't help nothing; I was helpless; and then the Lord came on the scene, and it was conquered. And you remember me telling you that long ago.
And they offered a compromise the other day. And my attorney, Mr. Orbison in New Albany, and, Ice and Miller in Indianapolis, on the tax case called me and told me, "Come down." And I went down, Brother Roberson, and I, and my wife, and the trustees of the church here, and all of us; we went down, and they told us that they were--the government was willing to compromise.
3-1 And I said, "I, if I owe anybody anything, I'll pay them. But I--I do my best." But I said, "I don't owe that." And so I said, "I--I... it's... Honestly, God knows. And why don't they indict me then if I'm guilty?" I said, "They've had five years to try to do it, but they couldn't find nothing to do it with." So I said, "No, I--I just won't pay it until it's proved that I owe it."
And then, the attorney took me in, and talked to me, and said, "Now, we can try the case. Government will try it." And said, "When they do, the only thing they can find against you was that you..."
3-3 What I--what... The way I done it; I didn't just... I don't know nothing about keeping books, so I just had to do it the way I thought was honest. And it was--it was never banked in my name; it was always banked in the name of the church--campaign, and so forth. See? So it wasn't nothing that I could do about it.
And I... He said, "Well, they are willing to compromise for fifteen thousand dollars, with ten thousand dollars penalty"; and the attorney's fees was fifteen thousand. That made me forty thousand. And so then, they want five more, I think it is now. So I went... I said, "Where in the world would I ever get forty thousand dollars?" And I said, "You know my bank account here; it says about a hundred dollars, and maybe less." I said, "Where would I get forty something thousand dollars?" And I said, "I have nothing for collateral; I just haven't got it. That's all."
3-5 And he said, "Mr. Branham," he said, "here's what it is: If we try the case," he said, "there's no doubt but what we can beat the case." He said, "But here's by... the... We can beat it, because here's what I'll do. They're going to claim all that's yours, because you signed your name to it. And they're going to claim it's yours, though it was banked in the name of the campaign--church--Branham Campaign, and then a church..."
And not one time could they find one cent that I ever spent on myself. That's the truth; God knows. There's men setting right here now, been right with me all along. There wasn't one cent that I ever spent for myself. It was all for the Kingdom of God, everywhere, every check, everything else.
4-1 But see that? But that don't matter. It was... I... It was supposed to be mine first and then the church's--the campaign's. And they have a way of doing it, you know, all kind of escapes they can make. So then I said, "Well, I'm--I just won't do it."
And he said, "Well, if we beat the case that way, because I'll--I'll declare them personal gifts. See? I'll declare it, by the government, personal gifts." And said, "Then when I do that, all over ten thousand dollars will be inheritance; and then you'll be right back in it again; and they'll hold you another five years checking all them."
4-3 See, when you write a check, it goes through the clearing house; they photostat, copy of that check. 'Course I had all the checks too, that'd went through.
So they said, "That's where they get you right back again." And he said, "Another thing, Mr. Branham, if you ever are called in to the government like that, under an investigation, no matter what you ever do, in the eyes of the public you're a crook." See? But that's all.
4-5 Look at this little Baptist minister down here in Mississippi. That little fellow... A woman said that he come in and insulted her. And that man brought evidence from across the country and everywhere. He wasn't even around the city for days before the day, or day after, insomuch that the judge wanted to turn back and have him to sue the woman for scandal. He said, "Let her go."
And when that was put on a monitor test across the country, you know what happened? Seventy-five per cent of the American people said, "Where there is smoke, there's fire." And that poor little fellow, just as innocent as I'd be, or anybody else, will labor under that the rest of his days, when he had nothing at all to do with it.
4-7 I felt very bad for a while, to think that I put my life to the Kingdom of God to try to make peop--people pay your taxes, and do things, and do what's right, and make crooks become right men; and have to be put up like I was a crook myself.
I thought, "What in the world have I did?" And then it came to me, and I looked in the Bible. Every man in the Bible, no exceptions, that ever had a spiritual office; if Satan couldn't get them on morals or something, the government caught them. Go right back to anywhere you want to, all the way down... Moses, Daniel, Hebrew children, John the Baptist, Jesus Christ died by the government, capital punishment, Paul, Peter, James the Great, James the Less. Every one of them died under the government, because it is... Every government is the sait--seat of Satan. Jesus said so; the Bible says it. See?
5-1 Every government is controlled by the devil. There's coming a government who will be controlled by Christ; but that's in the millennium. But this--these governments now, no matter how well we think they are, yet the back of them they're--they're dominated by Satan. "These kingdoms," he said, "are mine; I do with them whatever I wish to. I'll give them to You, if You'll worship me."
Jesus said, "Get thee hence, Satan. Thou shalt worship the Lord, and Him only shalt thou serve."
5-3 And then I got discouraged (My wife's listening to me.); I went home and I said, "No, sir. I... If I owed it, I'd pay it. I do not owe it, and I'm just not going to pay it. That's all." I said, "How can I pay it anyhow?"
So I went home and I said, "Meda, wash the kid's face, get their clothes ready; I'm leaving." I said, "They won't even... Everything, it's just upside-down." I said, "What have I done? Tell me." And I said, "Yet, me forty thousand dollars? Whew. You don't realize what that means to me." And she come in as a nice little wife would, I said, "I'm leaving."
She said, "You think that would do any good? Prayed over it yet?"
5-5 I thought, "Well, maybe I better pray again." I goes back in, and seemed like He said to me a Scripture. Always we want to watch the Scripture, what God did about it. You see?
And one day it was asked to Him, you know, trying to--trying to accuse Him to the government; they said, "Is it right for us free Jews to give tribute or taxes to Caesar?"
He said, "You got a penny?" Said, "Whose inscription's on it?"
Said, "Then you give Caesar's the things that's Caesar's, and to God's the things that's God's."
6-1 And I thought of that; I've turned over in the Bible and read it. I thought, "Truly, Lord, that's right. But this don't belong to Caesar; this was Yours; it--it wasn't Caesar's. If it'd been mine, and I'd been--had to pay more taxes or something, well that'd been different. That... It belonged to Caesar, but this--this is Yours. (See?) And it--it didn't belong to Caesar in the first place."
You know, He's always got the answer in the Word. I just read a little farther, and He said, "Say, Simon, haven't--haven't you got a fishhook in your pocket?" See? "You always carry a little fishhook and a string. And I just made a deposit this morning in a fish bank down there at the--at the river, you know." Said, "He... I made a deposit. And the banker will certainly give up what he's got. Just go down there and throw the hook in the river; and when you get up to the bank, open his mouth (You see?), and he'll--he'll give out the coin. Let's not offend them. Don't bring offense to them. (See?) Go pay it, Simon; that'll be for Me and you."
I thought, "True, God, You've got fish banks and everything else across the country. I don't know how it'd be done."
6-4 But we went down; I got the brothers right here in the church, that's stood on my note. And I put a note in, and got the forty thousand dollars, and paid it off. I went home. I wanted to know the way I wrote that check if they'd ever come back on me again. I said, "This is to say that I'm free from all taxes." Whoever endorse that one, they sure going to be in a mess after that.
I kept calling back the bank to see if they'd do it, and finally Bob told me; he said, "Billy they did it."
And I went in and put my arm around the wife; I said, "Honey, I'm free."
What a feeling to be free. And so I can pay it back now, they made it real easy on me. I can pay it back at four thousand dollars a year. Now, I--I can't loaf anymore, folks; I got to get out and go to work. So I--I got... It take me ten years to pay it back and if--if the--Jesus doesn't come. And when that--when He does, all the debts are settled then anyhow. You see? And so then a... So I hope that you all, I... Your prayers... And tonight, I'll continue on with something just a little to that. But your prayers is what helped me. Thank you so much. God bless you. No matter where we ever at, I'll never forget that.
7-1 Tonight, if the Lord willing, I wish to state some of the facts that I know. And be sure to come. Now remember, "Sirs, What Time Is It?"
Now, we're going to... I believe they got a full schedule for the rest of the--this week. And Monday night is the--services today, and tonight, and Monday. Monday night is the watch service. And--and then, that gives you Tuesday, New Year's day, if you're out of town, can go back home. And we'll have some fine ministers here now for that meeting... we... A great group of fine speakers. And everybody will be speaking at intervals down on till midnight; and sometimes they take Communion, if it's in line. I don't know whether they are this time or not. Right as... Where they're whooping and hollering, and shooting, and drinking, and going on, we take the Communion (Amen.), start the New Year's right with a Communion.
7-3 Now, you're all invited. And I hope that you... God of the heavens will give you an opportunity to stay over if you can.
Now, before we approach the Word, I want to say this too, that I certainly thank this church, its members, for this fine suit of clothes that you bought me. Thank you very much. That's so much to me: all your cards and things through the--the--the Christmas seasons, and gifts that you sent to the family; and oh, I... They were innumerable to me, and little spots that cannot touch the spot in my heart. Nothing could do it like that, to know that it come from you.
And so, some of them sent me some of their Christmas gifts in money, and some of them sent... Such as, one brother sent me a pocketbook and a--that he'd had made with my name on it; and a little pin that you look through, and it's got the Lord's Prayer in it; and oh, things like that. It just... We just treasure. Wife and I, and the children want to tell you thanks so much.
It's so little, but I'll say this; this is the greatest word I think that anyone could say: "God bless you." There's nothing could be any greater.
7-6 Now, and to these brethren here at the church who bought me that rifle; I--I wore my suit, but I--I couldn't bring the rifle to church. But it was... They really would have something against me then, wouldn't they? So I--I--I certainly thank you, my brethren. And I was going to read their names on a little... But one of the brethren was up yesterday; said, "Oh, don't... don't--don't thank me, Brother Branham; it would just take all the joy out of it." See?
So I thought, "Maybe the rest of them might think the same thing." But I got your name; they typed it out. I'll always remember it, and the Lord bless you greatly.
And you know what I relax at, and just go in that den room, and set there, and live all over. When I get so wound up I can't go no farther, then think about some hunting trip I took somewhere, or somewhere went fishing. I appreciate that. God bless you.
8-3 Now, can we bow our heads just a moment as we approach the Word... I'm sure there's requests in here this morning too numerable to numerate just now, so I wonder, while we have our heads bowed, your special request, if you'd just keep it on your heart, and just raise up your hands, and say, "God, you know what I'm thinking of now."
8-4 Lord Jesus, You see every hand; and You know what's behind that. Down beneath that hand lays a request. And we are coming now, reverently up to the throne of the living God, that great white pearl that stretches across the space of time, where Jehovah God sets in there, and the Blood of Christ laying upon the altar. And we speak across that Blood by Him that said, "Ask the Father anything in My Name; it'll be granted." Won't You hear, God, this morning and answer their requests? I lay my prayer with theirs today that You'll grant it.
Here are handkerchiefs laying here, Lord, that sick and afflicted... And we're taught in the Bible that they took from St. Paul handkerchiefs and aprons; and they were placed upon the sick, and unclean spirits went out of them, and diseases departed. And Father, as we have known for a long time, and we surely know, that we're not St. Paul; but after all, we feel that it wasn't St. Paul; it was the Christ that was in him. And You are the same yesterday, today, and forever according to the Scriptures.
8-6 Now, these people, Lord, believe that if we ask God, and take these handkerchiefs, and lay them upon their sick, that they shall recover. I pray that it'll be so, Lord. When these handkerchiefs are placed upon the sick... As it is said, one time Israel was starting in the line of duty, going to the promised land, and the Red Sea cut them off right in the path of duty; but God looked down through that Pillar of Fire with angry eyes; and that sea got scared, and it rolled back its waves--its waters; and Israel went through on dry land to the promised land.
Now, Lord, today look through the Blood of Jesus. And You see this act of faith that we're performing here this morning; and may Satan get scared and move away. And may each one of these pilgrims that's present, and each one that these handkerchiefs will lay upon, may they--the road be opened up and sickness moved away; and may they journey on towards the promised land, being led by the Holy Spirit--the Pillar of Fire. Grant it, Lord.
Now, bless the services, the words, the context, the reading; and may the Holy Spirit take the Word this morning and sweetly divide It to each one of us, Lord, as we're growing close to some great, tremendous something, that we know not what. Our hearts are moved strangely, Lord, and we pray now as we reverently approach Thee and Thy Word that You'll interpret to us the meaning thereof. For we ask it in Jesus' Name. Amen.
9-3 Now, tonight, don't forget the--the "Time, What Time Is It?" And now, this morning I wish to turn you to (that have your Bibles or mark it, if you care to) in the Scriptures, where we want to speak from for a few moments, found in the Book of Acts. We might read two or three places: Acts 26:15 first, Acts the 25th chapter and the 15th verse, to begin. Then we want to read Acts 23:11; and you might add with this if you wish to, I probably won't have time to read it, Philippians 1:20. It's all about the same course, the same words.
9-5 Now, in the Book of Acts 26:15, we--reads like this:
And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I'm Jesus whom thou persecutest.
Arise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;
Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, whom now I send thee,
To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
Whereupon, O Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision:
But shewed first unto them at Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coast of Judaea, and them... then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.
In Acts 23 and the 11th verse again:
And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of a good cheer, Paul: for thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.
May God add His holy blessings to the reading of this most gracious, Holy Word that we have before us.
10-2 Now, I was hearing a man speak--or taught not long ago, and he used the word "absolute." And I thought, "That's a very fine word; I hear it used so many times: Absolutely." That's...
I looked up in the dictionary--Webster's. According to Webster's, it's "perfect in itself; unlimited in its power; primarily, an ultimate." And an ultimate is the "amen"; that's all. A "absolute," it is--it's "the unlimited in power," the word "absolute." It's--it's perfect in itself. That's all of it; that settles it. And I thought, "That's a glorious thing; that's a wonderful word."
And now, a "word" is "a thought expressed." First, it must be a thought, and then it becomes a word; because you do not speak your words without thought.
10-5 When we speak in tongues, we have no thought; it's God taking the thoughts; it's God's thought using our lips. We don't think or know what you're saying when you're speaking in tongues, if it's inspired speaking. When you interpret, you do not know what you're saying; you just say it; that's all. See? That's God. And prophesying, you're not using your own thoughts; it's God, 'cause you say things that you ordinarily wouldn't think about saying. See?
11-1 But the word "absolute" is an ultimate; and therefore, I think that everybody should have an ultimate. And every great achievement that's ever been achieved, there has been an absolute behind it. No matter what it was, it's had an absolute behind it. And every person in order to achieve something has to first have the absolute. And that's the final wind back through this, that, back through the other, till you come to that absolute, or the "amen," or the ultimate of what you're... You got something you have to tie to, in other words. It's the final tying post to every achievement. It's somewhere; it might wind through many different things till it gets to that tie post; but there is the "amen" to all of it. There must be such a thing. You cannot go on through life without having one.
11-2 You... When you got married, there had to wind back through your mind something, till you hit that tie post. And it should have been love for your wife or your husband. Well, maybe she isn't as pretty as John's wife; or she, well... She's not the--this, that, but there's something about her that you--it strikes you. You--you--you say, "She might not be as pretty as the other," or, "he might not be as handsome as the other"; but there has to be a absolute there that that person's different. And there's where you hold on to. And if that isn't there, you better not get married: that tie post, that absolute.
11-3 We can think of many who had absolutes in the Bible. Oh, how we could take down through the stream of that Bible, and just be here two weeks from now, and never even touch the surface, if we'd think of the absolutes in the Bible. For instance, let me just call one or two, just brief them.
Look at Job. Now, he had an absolute. Everything went wrong for that man--a just man. Now, we would be daresn't to say that he wasn't just, because God said he was. There was no one on earth like Job. He was perfect in the sight of God; and he knew it, because he had an ultimate; he had an absolute.
12-1 When everything seemed to be contrary, sickness broke out, his friends might've said, "Now, there you are, Job, that proves that you are sinning; you're wrong." And then, the bishops come down. They called them Job's comforters. And instead of comforting him, they seen nothing but sin in his life; because God had dealt with him the way He had.
And his children was killed; his--his property was burned; his--his... Everything went wrong. And even his own life in jeopardy, setting on a ash heap, broke out from the crown of his head to the soles of his feet with boils. And even his lovely, sweet companion, the mother of those children, said, "You should curse God and die the death." But in the face of all that Job had an absolute.
12-3 Oh, in time of sickness if we could only tie ourself to that absolute. Job knowed that he had done Jehovah's bidding, and he had faith in what he'd done, because Jehovah required it. If we can just do that... Jehovah required a burnt offering for his sin. And Job, not only for himself, but for his children, had made a burnt offering, and that's all God required.
Oh, you might say, "I wish that's all He required today."
It's less than that: just faith in His Word. And you--if you make His Word your Absolute, you can... Any Divine promise in the Bible, you can tie your soul to it. No matter how much the waves whip you around, you're still tied: your Absolute.
12-6 And he held on to It. And when his comforters said, "You've sinned," he knowed he had not. He was just, because he'd done Jehovah's bidding. And when he's... every... The man come in and said, "Your children's dead"; another one come in and said, "Your camels are all burned up, and there come fire down from heaven."
Look what an argument his discomforters had, "You see? The fire came from heaven. Now, Job, that proves..."
"It proves nothing."
"Now, He wouldn't have struck your children, Job; you're a just man."
But Job said, "I know that I've done what's right." He still held on; he had something that he could drive down. That's it. He had accepted it; he'd had done exactly what God told him to do; and he was absolutely sure. All right.
13-1 Then when he come to the spot when that absolute held, then finally he begin to feel the string tighten up that'd been running loose, bouncing around. But it begin to tighten up, and the Spirit come on him; and he stood up, being a prophet, and he said, "I know my Redeemer liveth." Amen. See? He'd tightened up to his absolute; he'd come in contact. He'd knowed that he'd done what was right, and someday he had to pull to It. "I know my Redeemer liveth, and at the last days He stands upon this earth. Though after the skin worms destroys this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God." He knew then; then his absolute anchored.
13-2 Abraham, an absolute, coming down from Babylon, from the tower and the--out into the Shinar, and out in there where he was sojourning with his father, and perhaps was a farmer. But one day, way back in the jungles somewhere maybe picking berries, or--or going to kill a beast for his meat, and somewhere back in there, God spoke to him when he was seventy-five years old.
And he was--he and his wife, Sarah, her being sixty-five was childish--childless. They didn't have any children. Then God told him, "You're going to have a child by Sarah. But in order to do this, you've got to separate yourself."
13-4 God's promises are always on condition. You must absolutely... No matter how fundamental you are with the promise, it's under conditions always. How we could stop here and wave through that Scripture back and forth for hours (See?), that the condition is what means something. You can be just as fundamental as you want to, but it's under conditions by the promise, predestination, and so forth.
13-5 Notice. Now Abraham, he believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness. Now, what a horrible thing it would be to meet a civilized world, a man seventy-five years old with a woman sixty-five, and had lived together since they were young couples, 'cause she was his half sister. And now, going to have a baby by her. But he had an Absolute. There was nothing going to move him.
And when the first month, it didn't happen, his Absolute held, because he knowed he had talked to God. The second month, second year, ten year; and at twenty-five years later, when he was a hundred and Sarah was ninety, his Absolute still held.
14-1 And the Bible said, when his obituary was written, he said, "Abraham staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strong, giving praise to God." Why? Did you ever think why? He was absolute, positive, and the only thing he had to do was separate himself from his people. And God never did bless him until he did it. He took his daddy; the daddy died. He took Lot; and when... After Lot separated from Abraham, then God come to him, said, "Now, walk through the land." Obedience, promise under conditions, always goes with God and His Word.
14-2 Now, look at... Let's take Moses. Moses, the--the runaway servant-prophet that God had raised him up and educated him in Pharaoh's palace, and--and Moses went out with his theological training and was... The first man, he slew. Then the first little defect come along, then Moses was scared to death. Why? He had no absolute; he only had his--his mother's testimony of his birth.
He was a strange child; he had his mother's word about it. He had the scrolls that God had (perhaps in paper somewhere they had written, packed along with them), that God was going to visit His children. He knowed that that was the time, like we do now. We know something's fixing to happen.
14-4 Now, Moses knowed that was the time, and he knowed that he was chosen for it; but he didn't have an absolute. See? And one day on the back side of the desert, when he'd lost the vision, God appeared to him in a burning bush and said, "Moses, I have seen the afflictions of My people; I've heard their groans and crying of those taskmasters punishing them; and I have remembered My promise. I've come down to deliver them; now, go down to Egypt." Oh, my.
Said... Moses complaining, said, "I don't speak very well; my--my deliverance is not very well; they won't believe me."
He said, "What's in your hand?"
He said, "A stick."
He said, "Throw it down." It turned to a serpent. Said, "Pick it up by the tail." It turned back again to a stick. He was giving him the assurance, a vindication. When God gives an absolute, He gives a vindication to that absolute always.
14-7 Then Moses, when he was down there, and he threw down his stick before the magicians and Pharaoh, and the magicians come and threw down their stick too, Moses never run and said, "Oh well, I was wrong, I... Was just a cheap magician trick and maybe I was wrong." But he knowed; he was positive that he met God; and he stood still. Let's say he'd done exactly what God told him to do; so had Job done exactly what God told him to do; Moses had followed His commandments. Then stand still and watch the glory of God.
Moses was tied to his absolute, his commission, and he stood still. And when he did, his serpent swallowed up the rest of the serpents. See? He was tied to that absolute. God said, "When you deliver them children, you'll worship Me again on this mountain."
15-2 And how the enemy in every way that he can will try to get you away from that absolute. Right as they started out of Egypt, they got cornered right in the neck of the--of the Red Sea: mountains on either side. Come up through a valley and there's the Red Sea. No way to escape over the hills, no way to escape this way, and Pharaoh's army coming this way. What a place to stand. See how the devil gets you in a place where you don't know what to do? But remember, if you're tied to that absolute, that's got it. Moses knowed that God promised him that "You'll worship on this mountain when you bring them out. And I'll come down by your hand to deliver them and place them over in that other land." He stayed right with it. And God sent a east wind and blowed out the waters out of the bottom of the sea, and they walked across on dry land: an absolute.
15-3 How we could go through the Scriptures: Daniel, his absolute; Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, their absolute; David, his absolute. All absolute...
Paul had one too, the one we are reading about. He had a Christ-centered call, and that was his absolute. That's the reason he wasn't afraid of what Agrippa would say. Standing there... And Agrippa was a Jew, as we know. And so when--when he's standing before these kings and things, God had already told him he'd stand there. So he had an absolute. So he told exactly the heavenly vision. He said, "I'm not a--I wasn't dishonorable to it. I was--did not misjudge it; I didn't misbehave myself." But he held to, and was not disobedient; he carried it out to the minute, for it was an absolute. And any Christ-centered life, that's your absolute.
16-1 Now, since meeting Him face to face on the road to Damascus, that was--meant so much to Paul. Now remember, he was a scholar beforehand; he was a mighty man in the Scriptures, but he didn't have any tie post but the Sanhedrin that would back him up, and a--and a diploma from a great teacher. He was a great man in his field, but he was waving. Only thing he had, his absolute would only be as strong as his organization was; that's all the stronger it could be. And he was working faithful to that, and was taking Christians, and binding them, and making havoc of them, and even stoned Stephen.
16-2 I think later in his life, the reason he went to Jerusalem, when the prophet told him, "Don't go up there, Paul, for chains and prison waits for you."...
And Paul said, "I know it; but I'm not only going to Jerusalem as a witness, but I'm going there; I'm ready to die for Jesus Christ," for he knew what he had done, and his ambition was to seal his testimony with his own blood, die a martyr, because he killed one of God's martyrs.
And now, he was on his road down to Damascus with all of his education: set under that great teacher, Gamaliel, and how that he had been taught in all the Jewish religion. And yet with all that, he was flimsy, and he--he did not have the ability to do certain things. And all of a sudden, there was a Light and a roar maybe in a thunder, and he was smitten and fell to the ground. And he--when he looked up, there was a Light shining that blinded his eyes. And what a strange thing that was.
16-5 No one else saw the Light, just Saul. It was so promised--so real to him, until It blinded his eyes; he couldn't see, totally blind with that Pillar of Fire blaze him right in the face. And he heard a Voice saying, "Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me?"
He said, "Lord, Who are You?"
He said, "I'm Jesus; and it's hard for you to kick against these pricks. Rise now, and go into Damascus; and there one will be sent to you."
Then when he raised up from there... And there was one, a prophet, down in the city who saw in a vision, while he was praying, and he came. Ananias came and come in to Saul, laid his hands upon him, and he was healed by Divine healing. He rose then, was baptized, washing away his sins, calling upon the Name of the Lord; and then he had a absolute. He was never the same after that. He went straight from church to church, from place to place, trying to build up that which he had tried to tear down.
17-1 How the nation... How the Christian world this morning needs that type of absolute. Those who treat creeds and traditions has tried to--with doctrine of men to disqualify God's Word to being the same yesterday, today, and forever. They need an absolute, an experience of meeting on a Damascus road, the living God Who can heal the sick, and raise the dead, and cast out devils: a genuine absolute.
Paul knew that something happened; there was no one could take it away from him. Nothing else mattered; he was tied, and that was it. No matter what come, he knowed he was tied. Christ-centered life... Oh, the life that he had lived was a different life.
17-3 Now remember, he'd been a religious man. And to some of you peoples this morning... And I know you realize that this tape is being made, will play in every nation under the heavens, about, around the world. And some of you peoples who's here, present; and some of you out where the tapes will be played in the other nations by an interpreter giving it to the tribes of Africa, back in the Hottentots, and--and in--all around; and to you religious leaders who just got an education of the Bible, you've got it from a historical standpoint and may be able to explain all these things; but if you haven't got an absolute, haven't got an experience, and if that experience that--that you claim you have makes you deny that every word of this isn't just as true to the church today as it ever was, and you are trusting upon your Bachelor of Art degree, or whatever you might have; if you're trusting upon the thoughts of your organization that would say, "The days of miracles is past; and we have no Divine healing; and the baptism of the Holy Spirit like they received on the day of Pentecost is not for the people today"; if that's all you've got, my precious brother, sister, you need a Damascus road experience.
You need to meet this living God where you--not only just a mythical thought in your mind, not some shiver, or some kind of a sensation, but a taught and experience of a real genuine...
17-4 The same Jesus that walked in Galilee is a-living today, and alive forevermore; and He's the same yesterday, today, and forever, an absolute, that you don't have to take what anyone said, you know for yourself, not some sensation.
And if the sensation that you've had--and if somebody... It might've been a real Bible sensation. And somebody tried to explain it away from you, saying those things were in some other day, be careful. It is true. Be careful. But there is a way to know. Test it with the Word; That's the Blueprint.
If the house goes up contrary to the blueprint, the contractor will tear it down and rebuild it. But it's got to go to the blueprint.
18-3 No matter what your experience is then; if something in you tells you that that Bible isn't true, that power of God, apostles, prophets, and teachers, and pastors, and the gifts of the Spirit just isn't the same as It was when It flowed through them apostles at Pentecost, there's something wrong with your absolute; it has to tie to a denominational creed, instead to God's Bible, when He said, "Both heavens and earth will pass away, but My Word shall never fail."
Watch what your absolute is. You might be absolutely sure that you're in good fellowship with the pastor; and might be absolutely sure that you're in fellowship with the district presbyter; you might be absolutely sure that you're in fellowship with the bishop, or some other great man in your church; but if you're not--your absolute isn't Jesus Christ... "For upon this rock I'll put My absolute, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it," spiritual revelation of Who He is and knowing. All right.
18-5 Oh, now, when you become like Paul, have the same absolute that he had... A Christ-centered life is a different life than what you once had; and it might be a very religious life that you live.
Oh, I've heard people say, "Now, they're very religious." That don't have one thing to do with it. I've just seen many religions, very devout, many times more sincere than the Christian people of today profess.
18-7 When a mother can take her little fat, black baby about that long, and throw it into the mouth of a crocodile for the love of her god, I wonder how sincere Christianity is. When a man can afflict himself in such a way, would put in a thousand hooks through his flesh, like that, hanging with balls of water, holding him down like this, and walk through a streak of fire, from here to the end of that tabernacle, back and forth, and it white hot, fanned like that, for the sacrifice of his god, an idol there with ruby eyes in it and so forth, I wonder where Christianity is. Uh-huh. Uh-huh. So don't think sincerity; sincerity is not it. Sincerity's all right if it's placed on the right thing.
19-1 Like a doctor giving medicine, he might give you arsenic, sincerely; and he might give you sulfuric acid, sincerely; you might have your prescription filled wrong, and you might take it in sincerity, but that don't save your life. See? No, sir. You've got to know what you're doing. And anything contrary to God's Word, I don't care what it is, and how long it's been in existence, it's still wrong.
19-2 Peter give them an eternal prescription on the day of Pentecost. He said, "Repent every one of you, and be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost; for this prescription is to you, and to your children, and to them that's far off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call." That's right. It's an eternal prescription.
Now, some quack druggist could get ahold of that and kill you. See? Certainly. You know, there's so much poison in a prescription to poison the germ; and the--the doctor knows just how much can--your body can stand. If he over-poisoned, it would kill you. And if you haven't got enough of it, then what would it do? Would do you no good to take the medicine. He knows what your body can stand.
Now, and that's the way these prescription of God is. No matter how much somebody else says it must be done this way or that way, don't you believe it. When you follow the Word exactly to the letter, that's it. That's right. Hold on to It.
19-5 Now, we've got the--those who say you must be sprinkled. They got those say you must use the titles of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; there's no such things in the Bible, no such place anybody was ever baptized in the Bible any other way besides the Name of Jesus Christ. That's a dogma that was added in the Roman Catholic Church and has carried down through traditions. We'll hit that tonight.
20-1 But notice, then amidst of all that, the prescription remains. That's why we got so many sick children, because they're not listening to what the Doctor said. The absolute--when you've tied to That, that's it; That's God's Word; It cannot fail. Christ-centered life, very religious, but it wasn't Christ-centered; so many of us have that today.
And when you get this Christ-centered life, it makes you do things you ordinarily wouldn't do. It makes you act different than ordinarily you would act. I don't mean act silly; I mean act in the Spirit, something that's real, something that's genuine. And when you see somebody acting silly, you know they're only putting on something. They're only trying to impersonate where that genuine thing is.
When you see a bogus dollar, remember there's a good dollar it was made off of. See? When you see a bogus, it's absolutely a off-shadow of something that's real; it's something that--that is genuine it's copied off of.
20-4 Notice, it makes you do things ordinarily you wouldn't do. Oh, it--it is something... You are certain, you are very certain of it when you get this absolute; you're positive of it. You don't take what--somebody else's experience. That's the reason Christianity has become like little kids in the Bible or--and not (Excuse me.)--little kids in school. They try to copy one off the other; and if that guy's wrong, the whole thing's wrong. See? You got the whole bunch of them wrong. Oh, my, don't copy; meet Him yourself.
20-5 A good friend of mine, standing back here, is an old--is a son of a buddy of mine, a lifelong friend, little Jim Poole. Well, his daddy and I were--growed up together in school. And, oh, what a fine fellow. Little Jim and I pray constantly that big Jim will become a Christian, a real believer. And little Jim and I were talking yesterday about where we found God in the woods and seen Him in nature. There's where you find Him, because He's a Creator, and He's in His creation.
And I remember, Jim and I used to go--go--want to go hunting. And when night come, well, we used to go down, take our bicycles, and ride right down this street here (scared to death to pass the graveyard after it got dark), and go down, and get us an ice cream cone.
21-1 And Jim liked to shoot pool. Now, we was just boys, ten, twelve, fourteen years old. And then, Jim liked to set around and read storybooks of hunting and trapping. And I would set around and daydream (See?) about... And now, some of the boys can see me. And I'd see a little bitty shack somewhere, and I used to say, "Boy, that would be a good shack to have in the mountains." And I always dreamed that someday I'd have me a shack in the mountains, a big bunch of hounds, and--and some guns. I always thought, "If I could own a .30-30 some of my time..." Thought, "How in the world would I ever own a little .30-30 rifle?" And the other day, standing, looking on my wall, and seeing there some of the best rifles that can be gotten, I thought, "Amazing Grace." I thought, "I'll train myself to shoot and shoot good. And then, maybe sometime to get--take a trip into the mountains, some good hunter will take me along just to be kind of a ('cause he'd want to protect his life maybe from a charging bear; he wasn't too sure, some rich man)--would take me along, just to go along with him, kind of a bodyguard. Maybe someday I'd get to hunt in Africa as a bodyguard. If I could just train. That's the only thing I can do is train to be a good, steady shot. "Oh," and I thought, "God, think of it, You let me hunt over the world. What a wonderful thing."
And Jim used to set and read the book.
I said, "Jim..."
He said, "I--I--I like to read about it."
I said, "Jim, that's what somebody else done; I want to do it myself; I want the experience." When I come to Christ, I couldn't take somebody else's experience; I wanted it myself.
21-2 I remember when I read Zane Gray's "Lone Star Ranger." I tore up two or three brooms for mama, riding around the house a-galloping, when I was on this hobbyhorse broom. I--I read that story of--of the lone star ranger, and how he brought the justice to the Big Bend.
Then I read Edgar Rice Burroughs' fiction story of "Tarzan and the Apes." Mother had an old fur rug, a sealskin rug or something that Mrs. Wathen had give her from the fire. And it laid on her room. And I--I--I took that rug out... Mama done knowed the wind didn't blow it out. And I took it out, and cut it up, and made me a Tarzan suit; and set up in the tree. I--I lived half my time in a tree out in this Tarzan suit, because I had seen what he done; I wanted to do it too.
But one day, by the grace of God, I got ahold of the real Book, the Bible. My song and story has been: "To be like Jesus; on earth I long to be like Him." I don't want to be a bishop, or a--or some great fellow in the church, some pope, or some priest, I want to be like Jesus.
22-2 An absolute, it makes you different. There's something about it to read His Word and... Something in your heart you long to be like Him. You're certain... It's like...
The absolute to the Christ... The absolute to the Christian is like the--it's--it's like the anchor in the ship. Yes, you--you got to have a absolute. And if Christ is your Absolute, it's like the anchor that when you... The sea is very rough, and the ship is about ready to sink, and you--only one hope you have is cast anchor. And then, if the ship is tossing (See?) if... The anchor will hold the ship. You know, we got a song (I forget the author's name now, but...) "My Anchor Holds."
22-4 Like the little boy, we've many times thought, flying the kite. You couldn't see nothing, but he had the string. And a man passed by and said, "What are you doing, Sonny?"
He said, "I'm flying my kite."
He said, "What you got in your hand?"
He said, "The string."
Said, "Where's the kite?" Said, "I don't see it. Well, how do you know you're flying a kite?"
He said, "I can feel it; it's a-tugging." See? At the end of that string there was an absolute. To his little way, that kite was his absolute, so he could say he was flying a kite; though he couldn't see it, but he had ahold something that had ahold of it. That's the way a man, when he's borned again of the Holy Spirit, he's got ahold of Something that's got an anchor out yonder; and the storms doesn't shake him. He knows he's all right; he's anchored. All right.
22-6 Now, if we are in our little bark, floating across life's solemn main... As the great poet said that:
Life is not an empty dream!
And the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.
Life is real! And life is earnest!
And its grave is not its goal;
"For dust thou art, to dust returnest,"
Was not spoken of the soul.
Oh, I think that's so pretty. Now, Longfellow wrote that "Psalm Of Life." See?
While sailing over life's solemn main,
For forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
In seeing, shall take heart again. (See?)
23-2 Now, we're embarked, sailing life's solemn main; and Christ, to the ship upon the storms of time... When the storms get heavy and they're pitching about, I'm glad I got a Anchor that holds within the veil yonder, somewhere; even death itself cannot pluck you away from it. You are tied to your Absolute. Christ is our Anchor. What is He? He is the Word.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us...
23-4 Then when we know that our actions is exactly with the Word, we know our teaching is perfect with the Word, adding nothing or taking nothing, just the Word; and we see the same results that others who anchored to the same Word living up in our life, then your anchor holds. The Life of Christ being reproduced in almost an incarnate way through you as it was in Christ, because it was God in Christ reconciling the world to Himself. And you see God in yourself holding that same keel on the Word, just exactly the way Jesus did, and you see His Life...
"The works that I do shall you do also. He that believeth... (Not him that maketh believe, he that thinks he believes, but he that believeth) He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he also." Why? He's anchored to the same Rock. What was the Rock? The Word, always. You're anchored there.
23-6 It's your North Star when you're lost at sea. You know, we got a lot of stars, but there's only one true star, and it don't move; that's the North Star, 'cause it sets in the center of the earth. No matter whether you're on the backside, upside, or wherever you're at, that North Star is just the same. It's your North Star.
Now, you see, there's a lot of stars that shift from place to place. But if you're in a--on the sea, why, any seaman knows; or any hunter that roams the woods, knows that your North Star is your--is your place; that's all. Then it's like your--your--your compass. Your compass won't point to Mars, or Jupiter, or somewhere; it'll point to the North Star. Why? That's your absolute.
24-2 Oh, my. Notice, your absolute. Oh, I'm going to say something; I just feel it coming on. Notice. I feel very religious at this time, because this is the assurance. Notice. Your compass can only point to the North Star. That's the only place it can point. If it's a true compass it'll strike the North Star every time. Is that right? Then if you have the Holy Spirit, It can only point to the Word. It'll never point to a denomination; It'll never point to a creed; It'll never point away somewhere; It'll point straight to the Word. I feel like shouting.
Notice, it's--it's something inside of man, pulsating. When you see your Star standing out yonder, Jesus Christ, the Word, and you see the Spirit that's in you won't let It move right or left, that's the only One that can... He come to take the things of God and to show them and manifest them.
And Jesus said, "He'll do just exactly the things that I say. He'll reveal to you things that is to come--show you ahead of time, before it gets here." See? "He'll take the things that are Mine and will show them to you. And then He'll show you things that is to come." John 15.
24-5 We see that He shows the things; and He takes the things that are God's and will show them to you; and He will reveal to you the things that Jesus said. In other words, He'll make plain the thing. (Place that way over in the corner tonight, 'cause that's what we're going to use in a little while.) Making sure, making that positive (See?) then you know if you--your North Star, which is the Word to any Christian... Anything contrary to the Word...
Look. Let me tell you something. Listen to this closely. This is the complete Divine revelation of God, His will, and the coming of Christ; and everything lays right in this Book completed. And if anything draws you off of That, throw that compass away, 'cause it's only a creed; it's only an organi--it's only a paper that you're packing in your pocket, got hanging in your room, framed; it's a creed. Then find the Compass that sets you to the Word. Amen.
25-1 You notice, when this experience hit Paul, he went down in Egypt and Arabia somewhere and studied three years. Glory. Whew. He had to be positive. And when he seen... When the Holy Spirit directed him Word by Word, he could write that Book of Hebrews and show those Jews. Certainly. Why? He was centered; that Compass of the Holy Spirit put him right on the North Star.
Now, if you got something pulling you off of It, you better leave it alone. That's right. It'll point to His Word and only to His Word, because the Holy Spirit came to manifest or vindicate God's promise. There's no creed will do that; no organization will do it; no powers or nothing can do it, only the Holy Spirit by the Word; and He is the Germ.
25-3 Now, you take a grain of wheat, a pretty grain of wheat, but it can no--do nothing; it's dead until the germ comes into it, then it produces many grains of wheat. And Christ is that Life, that Absolute. If the wheat doesn't have that absolute in it, it'll never rise. If that wheat don't have that absolute, may be ever so pretty on the outside, but it cannot live, because there's nothing in it to live by. But when it gets that absolute, it can look in the face of all critics and say, "I'll rise again." Why? Because it's got the absolute; It's in it; it's got to rise again.
25-4 And when it... "If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, then ask what ye will." That's that absolute. But if you got creeds and everything else tied up into it... You can't mix oil and water. You can just take and break it any way you want to; it'll never mix, because it's two different chemicals. And you can't make creed and the Bible, contrary to the Bible, mix. You can't make denomination and free-born religion--or free-born salvation mix together, 'cause as sure, God only deals... I'm going to say it anyhow.
God never breaks His program. He cannot break, because He's infinite. And I realize, you know, I--I--it goes before lots of people. See? But God cannot break His program. He cannot do something one day, and change it over and do something, and say He's wrong that day.
26-1 God doesn't deal with groups of men; God deals with an individual, because man has different ideas; he's built up different in nature. And God has to take that man, and mess him around, and pull him around out of his own self, till He gets him in His nature; and then God deals with that person.
Look all down through the ages, Noah, and Moses, the prophets, never two of them at the same time: one, constantly all the way down through the ages. Therefore, if you say, "In the multitude of counsel there's safety." Look at.
26-3 As I preached here not long ago at the tabernacle, there was Ahab and there was Jehoshaphat. And they were going up to Ramoth-Gilead to push back... Fundamentally they were right; the land did belong to them. And the--the enemy, the Syrians up there was filling their children's belly with the wheat that the Israelites should be: God-given property. So fundamentally it seemed good. "Go with me, and go up there, and we'll push them off the land." Well, that sound awful good; fundamentally it was right, but it's conditions.
Jehoshaphat, being a good man, said, "But shouldn't we consult the Lord?"
Of course, Ahab, that backslider, said, "Well, sure," borderline believer, you know. Said, "Oh certainly, I should've thought of that. I've got four hundred Hebrew prophets--four hundred of them I feed, take care of them. They're the best there is in the country. We'll bring them up."
And all of them together with one accord said, "Go on up; the Lord is with you." Fundamentally they were right, but they hadn't caught that absolute.
Then when he said, "Isn't there one more?"
Said, "Yes, there's another one, but I hate him." He said, "He's always telling evil about me (See?), always saying..."
26-7 How could he prophesy good, when the whole Word... Elijah, who had been before him, said to Ahab, "The dogs will lick your blood." Now, how could that a-vindicated prophet say anything that wasn't the will of God? And how that the dogs would eat Jezebel, and the dung would be upon the fields, so they could not say, "Here lays Jezebel." With a curse like that on a man, how could anybody else bless?
That's the way it is today. How can a man bless these things that's taking people further from God all the time? There's only one thing to do. If you have to stand by yourself, curse the thing in the Name of the Lord and stay with it, when you're absolute...
And you say, "Well, Brother Branham, you make people hate you."
God will love me. That's my absolute. Can't rest on an arm of flesh; you got to rest on the Word, what God said do.
27-4 How did Micaiah know he was right? He waited; he had a vision. They had a vision too, but the vision didn't compare with the Word. And today the same thing... Micaiah compared his vision with the Word, and then he seen he and the Word was together. Today if your vision's contrary to the Word, leave it alone, 'cause it's a wrong absolute. Micaiah's absolute was exactly with the Word, so he could stand and say, "He..." what he said, and--and believe it. When they smacked him in the mouth and said, "Which way did the Spirit of God go?" he said, "You'll find out when you set in the inner chamber." Right.
He said, "When I return in peace... You put this man in inner prison, and when I return in peace," said Ahab, "I'll deal with this fellow."
"Oh now, Micaiah, what about it? Your head will be chopped off when he comes back."
27-6 Micaiah stood there just as stern as Stephen did (Amen.), just as willing as my Lord walked to the cross; just as easy as Daniel went into the lions' den; or Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego went to the furnace. Absolutely. He stood there and said, "If you return at all..." Why? He was absolute. "If you return at all, God never spoke to me. Chop my head off then."
He had an absolute. He knowed that his Compass, that had guided him to this vision, was exactly with the North Star. Yes, sir. His anchor held. Yes, the Word and It only...
If your absolute... If you have an absolute in your life...
28-1 There was a time when, you know, etiquettes had an absolute. I can't think of that woman's name, but the whole nation trusted in what that woman said. (I forget her name. I was writing a note here; I couldn't think of that woman's name--who--what it was.) But here a few years ago they had to be... This woman, what she said... If she said use the knife in the left hand, that was--that was it; that was the absolute. She was the--the answer to all of it. And if you put the fork in the left hand, then you were absolutely wrong. What was her name? [Congregation answers, "Emily Post"--Ed.] Oh, that's it, sure. Yeah, that's who.
Now, you were--you were absolute--and she was--she was etiquette's absolute. It must be that way. Like, oh, many things we find like that. But we find out now it's gone. Eat the way you want to. Yes, sir. All right. But that was etiquette's absolute. You had to do it that way.
28-3 There was a time when Adolf Hitler was Germany's absolute. Whatever he said... When he said, "Jump," they jumped; when he said, "Kill," they kill. Millions of Jews, he dodded his head. You see what happened to that kind of an absolute? It looked like power, but it was contrary to the Word.
"How do you know it was contrary to the Word?"
God said when Balaam tried to look down upon Israel to curse it, he said, "I see him as a unicorn. How righteous are thy tents. Whoever curses you will be cursed; whoever blesses you will be blessed."
Look like Hitler could have saw that. Look like them German Christians could have saw that. See? That absolute... Absolutely contrary to that Word... You know, as it's been said, "Man... God made man, but man made slaves"--one trying to rule over the other one. We got one Ruler, that's God.
But Hitler was Germany's absolute. Look at it today. Now, see what happened? It was a wrong absolute. Why? It was contrary to the Word. And now, you see where it all went to? Disgrace.
28-8 And if your absolute is in some organization, or some sensation, or something else besides the Person of Jesus Christ, you'll come to the same portion of shame, only worse. See? If your absolute is not Christ, that's the only Center-post of the human life; and Christ is the Word, not your church, your word--the Word. See? "Upon this absolute I'll build My Church," upon Christ, the Word.
29-1 There was a time when Mussolini was the absolute of Rome. I don't know, I might've read an article, or it could've been that I read it in a book, or somebody told me; but when someone was being interviewed by Mussolini he was--he was--wanted to bring Rome into athlete--athletics. And there's a big statue used to stand there of him about athletics. That's all right. Greece had that idea many years ago. Rome's always tried to have it. Athletes is all right, but--but--athletics, but--but remember, that won't take the place of Christ. No matter how strong you are, that has nothing to do with it. He's the all power.
29-2 And you see what he tried to build Rome upon? And he tried to build Rome upon the thing of an absolute; that he was that absolute. And they said that one day that his--his cab--his driver was one minute early, and he shot him. Said, "I didn't say be here at one minute before nine; I said be here by nine." Plowy, and shot him. See? "I don't want you here one minute before; I want you here at nine." See? Look what an absolute he tried to make hisself. But you see what happened?
29-3 You remember, many of you here, the old-timers, Roy Slaughter maybe, and farther back than that remembers down yonder when I told you about prophecy? One day down there at the Odd Fellow's building, before we ever come to here, I said, "Mussolini will come to a shameful end." I said, "His first invasion, he will go to Ethiopia; and Ethiopia will fall at his step, but he'll come to his end, and nobody will help him; and disgrace will he be buried." There he is.
I said, "There's three isms has rose up: Nazism, fascism, and communism." I said, "Them isms will revolve and come around into one; it'll he communism. Watch. Communism will burn Rome." See? You watch it. Uh-huh. It's a tool in God's hands. They think they're against God; they're working right into it all the time, don't know it. He's just using them as a puppet, some tool in His hand like He did Nebuchadnezzar and many of the others.
29-5 Now notice. See? Now, there was a time when Pharaoh was a absolute of Egypt, but look where it's at now. See? It all fail. Oh, it's a wrong kind, so they always fail. They're a manmade absolute. You can't take a manmade absolute, I don't care if it's a--a president, if it's a dictator, if it's a king, if it's a church, if it's a organization, if it's a creed, any of those things are going to perish, just like all the absolutes of that kind through the ages.
We can look back... Look back. Look at men who trusted the emperors; look at men who trusted the dictators; look at men who built their hopes upon them kind of absolutes; and look where they are today.
30-2 Now, let's turn ourselves around and look at the men who put their hopes upon the Bible, upon God's Word and held It for an Absolute; look where they are now.
Paul gives you a little brief of them in Hebrews the 11th chapter: what they did, how they subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, and so forth; and they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, of who the world's not worthy of, waiting in glory for that grand resurrection. See? All right. For they... Some of them didn't--didn't obtain to these miracles, and they give their bodies anyhow, looking forward to that resurrection. To finish out their lives, they didn't care for it; they wanted to go on and sacrifice themselves so they could obtain that resurrection; and that's what they did.
30-4 Now, absolutes... We're talking... absolute... You know, our Supreme Court is an absolute. It's a absolute; it's the--it's the final end of all arguments in this nation. That's right. Their decision is an absolute in our Supreme Court. That's right. Oh, I know sometimes we don't like it, but it's--it's an absolute anyhow. Yes, sir. What if we didn't have that, then what? But that's an absolute. Certainly is. Why? That's--our nation is tied to that.
When that Supreme Court finally makes their final decision |