Archive for Message Studies

Black History Month: Still Looking for millions to be killed?

63-0628M O.LORD.JUST.ONCE.MORE I wish I could talk to Martin Luther King. That man, being a Christian, don’t know he is leading his people right into a death trap, where there is going to be millions of them killed. See? He is wrong. 

63-0721 HE.CARES.DO.YOU.CARE_ JEFFERSONVILLE.IN V-12 N-4 SUNDAY_ « 16 † It’s inspired of the wrong thing, you see, see, they, them people. And that’s the reason I say that, not that there is any–any prophecy concerning it. I have nothing on it from the Lord. And be you sure now, if I say anything from the Lord like that, to tell you, it’s always… I’m speaking now. But when He speaks, I say “It’s not me, it’s THUS SAITH THE LORD.” And I can’t say it until He tells me. I could be altogether wrong in my thought about Martin Luther King. I don’t know, I can’t say. That’s just my opinion.

 63-0707M THE.INDICTMENT_ My, goodness! If the people ain’t got heart enough to associate with a man because of his color, they’re condemned and dead, anyhow. The nation gives them right. Don’t fight against it. Don’t. What if somebody said all the Irish or somebody, all the German, or somebody else, had to disassociate? That would never bother Christians. They would move right on. And that man’s a Christian. 

65-0815 AND.KNOWETH.IT.NOT_ JEFFERSONVILLE.IN V-2 N-10 SUNDAY_ Look at nineteen people being killed, racial. Didn’t I tell you, here not long ago, that that Martin Luther King would lead his people to a massacre? How many remembers that? [Congregation says, “Amen.”–Ed.] It isn’t them colored people; it’s them leaders stirring them up. It isn’t integration, segregations, and whatever they want to call it; it’s the devil. That’s right. Not only to the white, colored; this is all of them. It’s the devil.

  • Nathan Bryant I wonder how many have been killed due to race riots, racial animosity, etc since then? He never said it would be a million people at one time. Just because something isn’t fulfilled the way we assume it will be doesn’t mean it isn’t / won’t be fulfilled.

    Many probably thought Elijah’s prophecy of Ahab was false when dogs didn’t come lick his blood on Mt. Ramoth-Gilead, but one little armor-bearer saw the vision fulfilled when he took the king’s chariot back to wash the blood out in the pool of Samaria.

  • Trevor Emond It can also be that it wasn’t a prophecy as he told us. This was his opinion and he told us such. His point was the inspiration behind it was dangerous and that if it continued, it very well could start a bloody revolution.

    Bro Humes’ mother was very tore up about what Bro Branham had said about it. She saw him in a grocery store one time and asked him about it, and Bro Branham replied that was no different than any minister offering his opinion on it. Bro Humes told me of this himself. 

    When I came across the quote from He Cares Do You Care, I felt there was truth to that. He then goes on to relate the 19 deaths in Birmingham as part of it.

  • Trevor Emond So we find a balance is good. People shouldn’t say, “oh, guess he missed that one”, yet we understand what he was talking about.
  • Nathan Bryant It is probably impossible to tally it world-wide since then, and it wasn’t a ‘prophecy’, but I don’t think we should just throw it aside and say ‘oh well’ because it didn’t have THUS SAITH THE LORD behind it. It probably has been or is being fulfilled gradually. God has performed many things that his prophets have spoke through the ages that weren’t THUS SAITH.
  • Trevor Emond Going to bitterly disagree and stop fellowshipping with you now.
  • Nathan Bryant Fine! Be that way! I’ll just draw the circle bigger and draw you back in! 
  • Nathan Bryant Headline: “Contention between 2MM so great they were able to reach twice as many people!”

Let The Fire Fall

 ‘The Invisible Union Of The Bride Of Christ’

  “Now, before closing. One time I was up in Glacier National Park. We heard, all day long, that they had a–they had a fall, a glacier fire that was going to fall at night. So the people was busy, all day long, getting that thing ready, because they was going to pour that fire out, that night. They put a liquid fire falls, like a great glacier of water. But it’s… Looked like a rainbow, almost, when it comes out, of that fire falling out of this glacier. All around through the park, wife and I, and children, walked around through the day. We want to stay to see that fire exhibition. So it–it–it was promised us that we would see it, and we’d witness it again. They said they have it ever through the summer seasons and so forth. I said, “Well, will we be able to see it?”  
  Said, “We promised it tonight. We’re promised that.” Said, “They’re up there getting it ready now.”
  After all had been made ready for the event! That’s what’s taking place right now. All has been made ready for the event, a Church being pulled out for His Name’s sake, taking His Bride out from amongst the world, these denominations and all the world, and the filth and things of the world.  

  Everybody; the event was made ready. Everybody was standing out. They said, “Now keep watching, right up on top the mountain there.”
  That’s the way It’s always come. That’s the way It’s to come this time. That’s the way It always come. Not through a denomination! Never did God use a denomination, never!
  The reformer goes forth, he gets the Word of the Lord. And then when he dies, they build a denomination out of it. That’s what the Pentecostals and all did. When the new issues, everything, that’s just the way. That’s the way the thing come out. A new word added, then they build a church out of it, made a denomination, separated themself. It had to be that way.
  Now, you can’t beat–you can’t beat nature. Nature falls in the same routine, all the time: stalk, leaf, tassel, so forth, shuck, then the wheat.
  Now notice. All was ready. Everything had been kindled and made ready. And everybody was standing out. I had my head sticking up; my arm around my wife. We was looking. And children standing there, all of us looking up, like that. My! It was something, ’cause we was expecting it. It was promised to us.
  Amen! The Word promises This. “It shall come to pass, before the great and terrible day of the Lord shall come, behold, I will send unto you Elijah the prophet. He shall turn the hearts of the children back to the fathers.”…?… “It shall come to pass in the last days, I’ll pour out My Spirit from on High.” “The former and latter rain shall come together in the last day.” All these promises, through the Scriptures, been given. We’re looking upward. Watch at the true Bride across the nation this hour, looking up. Church, He is coming, one of these days. Just as sure as He come the first time, He is coming again. Get everything ready. Separate yourself from shuck. Lay before the Son. Keep looking up. Be under expectation.

  All at once, we heard something from the top the hill, a voice come down through the loud speaker, said, “All things are ready.”
  Then this man, standing right there by the side of me, said, “Let the fire fall.” Here it come, pouring down across that mountain, a glacier of fire and blazes a licking, a sight to behold.
  Brother, let’s get all things ready, for one of these days the Fire is going to fall. We’re going up. Now let’s get ready for the Fire-falling time.”

Fire Fall‘ (Glacier Point – Yosemite National Park)

  A precious friend of ours (Bro. Jack Duff – Pastor of ‘Spirit & Truth Tabernacle in West Palm Beach, FL) visited us recently for some special meetings. On Friday night (11/11/11) he used this quote for the basis of a sermon he titled ‘Let The Fire Fall‘.

  Yesterday, Bro. Trevor sent Bro. Jack & myself the link to a video he had found of a park ranger telling a very similar story about the ‘Fire Fall‘. The video also included the details of how the ‘Fire Fall‘ started in 1872, and why they stopped performing the event in 1968 (due to the overwhelming amount of visitors & traffic caused by the event, and because it was not a ‘natural event’).

  My first thought was, ‘It would be fun to re-create this event‘. Spiritually speaking however; you cannot try to re-kindle, or re-create the fire from another generation. We mustn’t try to make our experience match someone else’s, but our experience MUST match the Word of God.

  As nice as it would be to have a video of this event from back in the 1960’s; ‘you can’t get warm by a painted fire‘. While the historical record would be nice to have; by Itself the Letter killeth, but mixed with the Spirit It is quickened to give Life.

  The tree bark the park workers used was dead in & of itself, but when they mixed it with fire it provided life-sustaining warmth. So must we become dead to ourselves & dead to the things of the world so that the Holy Ghost & Fire can be kindled in our lives until it is no longer us, but Christ that lives in us!

For our God is a consuming Fire.”
(Hebrews 12:29)

  I also like that this was not just a monthly event (taking the communion), or an annual event (waiting for a revival), but preparations were made all day long, every single day so that the fire could fall daily!

  May we live so close that a fresh anointing of Fire can fall on us daily!

– Bro. Nathan

What Is The Holy Ghost?

  “Not from revival to revival, but from eternity to eternity you are sealed by the Holy Spirit.”

Are the Message and the Creation Museum Compatible? Pt. III (Rocks & Millions of Years)

I’m a big fan of the Answers in Genesis Creation Museum. I’m an even bigger fan of the Message of the Hour from the prophet William Branham. Many following this Message might go see the Creation Museum and wonder, “What did Bro Branham say about all this?” I’m NOT going to claim to have all the answers on this topic, but I’d like to show you my own research on where the Message would agree, and disagree.

Rocks & Millions of years (and other errata):
Q. Can rocks and fossils be millions of years old?

Now, the Creation Museum will tell you that Rocks can be, at most 6000 years old. This is because they believe that everything was created in 6 days, and it’s been around 6000 years since then. They protest millions of years or what they call the gap-age theory because in order to have fossils that old, there had to be death before the fall. I agree with them on that point. They do this to refute evolution’s claims of fossils being millions of years old. I do not believe that fossils are millions of years old.

However, Bro Branham mentions that rocks could be millions of years old:

My daughter back there, Rebekah, was saying, “Daddy, in school we proved that the… that there are millions and millions of years this world is old. Then isn’t that contradictory to the Bible?”
“No, sir,” I said. “It isn’t.”
“Well,” said, “if the–the different study of rocks and formations, and stalactites and stalagmites and so forth, prove that, dripping, of millions of years, and God said He made the heavens and earth in one twenty-four hours, doesn’t that misprove, disprove the Bible?”
I said, “No.”
If you’ll notice, God telling Moses about the Bible, He said, “In the beginning God created the heavens and earth.” Period! How long it took, that’s none of our business. Then He goes ahead and begins to bring in His time of putting seed in the earth. But, “In the beginning,” might have been hundreds of billions of trillions of years, aeons of time, but, “God created the heavens and the earth.” Period! That settles that. That’s the first step. See? He makes no mistakes

He also mentions in the sermon Questions and Answers on Genesis

Now, watch this now. Beautiful… Now, He made the sun. Then the first thing you know, a big clinker fell off of it, weighed about, just about like this earth, went “Spue…” Then this Logos here now, the Son of God, is watching it. He lets it fall for a hundred million years and He stops it. Then another one flies off, and He let’s it flew off–fall for millions of years, then He stops it. Now, we’re standing, watching it come into existence.

I’m sure by the third post in this series, many Message scholars are wondering “What about ‘other civilizations’”?

Bro Branham mentions:

I was talking to a person not long ago. He was trying to discuss with me and saying, “Aren’t you ashamed to say that God created the heavens and earth in three days–or in six days?”
I said, “That’s what the Bible said.”
Said, “Well, we’ve got evidence and can prove that the world is millions of years old.”
I said, “That didn’t have anything to do with it. In Genesis 1:1, it said, ‘In the beginning God created heavens and earth’ period. See? That’s all. Now, the world without form and void.” And I said, “I believe every seed was laying right there from some other civilization or something, and as soon as the water lifted off and the light struck it, up come the trees and everything.”

So, Bro Branham teaches us that rocks (the earth) could be millions of years old for sure. Then he mentions that there could have been “some other civilization or something”. He only mentions SEED as being there as soon as the water lifted off. Moving water away doesn’t spring up anything but plant life, not animal or human life of course. Could fossils have been from a previous civilization? Perhaps, but then we have to account for death before the fall, and I can’t make that fit. I lean more heavily on the “or something” of that quote. I do not say that it is not possible, because he mentions it, but that civilization would have died before the fall, and I can’t make that fit the rest of scripture. If it is so, I’ll go on record saying I don’t understand it. That’s ok however, I don’t have to understand everything!

In summary, based on my research to date, The message teaches no problems with rocks being millions of years old. I don’t personally feel that any fossils would be any older than 6000 years old. I believe most fossils were likely created by the flood.

These 3 points are the only main questions I’ve come across with Message Believers and the Creation Museum. Of course, the Creation Museum doesn’t have Serpent Seed right, but then I never expected them to.

Hopefully this series of posts will help you study the Creation and understand some of the theories out there, and give you insight as to what Bro Branham taught. As for the Creation Museum, I think it’s a great ministry and one on the forefront of Science confirming the Bible. Worth the trip to go see!

-Bro Trevor

Are the Message and the Creation Museum Compatible? Pt. II (Creation Time)

I’m a big fan of the Answers in Genesis Creation Museum. I’m an even bigger fan of the Message of the Hour from the prophet William Branham. Many following this Message might go see the Creation Museum and wonder, “What did Bro Branham say about all this?” I’m NOT going to claim to have all the answers on this topic, but I’d like to show you my own research on where the Message would agree, and disagree.

Q. How much time was taken to create the world?  

Answers in Genesis will tell us that every time you see the word “day” (yom or yowm) in Genesis it is speaking of a literal 24 hour day.

The link to their article above explains why, and also what they are refuting. They are refuting millions of years. I agree with this…God did not take millions of years to create the world and ALL that is in it, but neither does the Message agree with 7 literal 24 hour days.

The one flaw in the Answers in Genesis interpretation of the word “yom or yowm” is the following scripture: “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Genesis 2:17)

Now, according to Answers in Genesis, Adam and Eve should have died in that literal 24 hour day. Now, they try to explain this away by going into Hebrew grammar and such in this article

However, I believe an easier explanation of 1000 year days can be reached. Bro Branham tells us in the message:

Now, we will notice the earth, when God had it under control. Now, when God had it control… had it under His control. Then when Satan took over, by rejecting the Word of God. God one time had the earth under His control. He set it in its orbit. He put it, make it work. He done everything, had it in His control. Now we’ll compare that with after Satan took it in his control.  
Now, it took God six thousand years. It didn’t take Him that long, but He took that long. Six thousand years, because we’re taught that “one day in Heaven is a thousand years on earth,” and it was six thousand years, or six days that God built the earth. Now, it took God six thousand years to establish it, plant it with good seeds and to bring forth everything after its kind. Everything must come forth of its kind. All of His seeds were good, and so it must bring forth after its kind. God took six thousand years.

God took 6000 years. I of course, trust the Word of a vindicated prophet of God. So in the day ye eat thereof the day ye die then turns into, no man has ever lived 1000 years.

Now, in here, I believe with all my heart I–we are, or this days… If we’re not, somebody is; it’s got to be. Time has run out; we’re at the end. Every… The world… God made the world in six thousand years, and the seventh thousand He rested. He said a man will never live that time out–a–a year–or–or day–“day you eat thereof, the day you die.” Adam–or Methuselah was the oldest man that ever lived in the Bible, and he was 969 years old; and he never lived that thousand years. But the man that’s going to live through the millennium, one thousand years, to show that the–that the penalty has been paid… Man lives forever; the day is finished; the time is finished; they’re in eternity.

The millennium a type of God resting on the 7th day is going to prove that the “day ye die” curse is broken, by a man living 1000 years. To me, that just clinches the argument down. Now, Answers in Genesis would probably then side with the evolutionists and say, “well, then the plants created on day 3 really would have died before the sun was created on day 4” To me it’s so obvious, Jesus the light of the World was there.

REVELATION 22:2 – 5 2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: 4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. 5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

That tree will bare fruit every month, and there will be no sun. Who needs a burning ball of gas, when we have Christ, the very creator and sustainer?

Are the Message and the Creation Museum Compatible? Pt. I (Dinosaurs)

I’m a big fan of the Answers in Genesis Creation Museum. I’m an even bigger fan of the Message of the Hour from the prophet William Branham. Many following this Message might go see the Creation Museum and wonder, “What did Bro Branham say about all this?” I’m NOT going to claim to have all the answers on this topic, but I’d like to show you my own research on where the Message would agree, and disagree.

Q. Just when WERE they created?

Answers In Genesis makes no apology for not putting words in the Bible. If birds and fish were created on the 5th day and land animals on the 6th day, well depending on the type of dinosaur, those would be your days. No “other creation” or anything like that. The logic being, the Bible doesn’t tell us what day the robin or albatross was created on, why should it tell us when a pterodactyl was created? The Bible doesn’t specifically tell us that the Rhino was created on Day 6, why then should it list the T-rex? Why should we think differently just because they aren’t around anymore? The only reason we do, is because of our evolutionary teaching culture.

Bro Branham mentions the word Dinosaur(s) 4 times. I list them below:

Here the other day they found a–a some kind of a dinosaur tooth, up here around of… I guess you all heard about it; up here at the Niagara Falls. Said, “It weighed six pound.” I thought they was going to say it come out of a man, but I–I think they finally defined it as some kind of a prehistoric animal. Those animals probably lived one time on the earth. Where are they now?
Do you know, God Almighty could command dinosaurs to come upon this earth, in the next hour they’d be forty miles deep? You know, God could destroy this world with fleas? He could call for fleas. Where do they go when they die? What happens to the housefly? What happens to the grasshopper? Wintertime comes, and goes forty below zero; and, go out the next spring, grasshoppers all over everywhere. Where did they come from? He’s the Creator that speaks it into existence! He is God! Nature obeys His Word.

I said, “Yes, sir.” And I said, “They, course, claim that the other things, like dinosaurs and–and mammoth, and so forth, mammoths, mammoths, rather, they are distinct, and so forth.” I said, “It could have been that.”
He said, “Brother Branham, we are talking about proof of the Word. If sin is here; then, the original sin, it ought to be here also.”
And I said, “Lord Jesus, You said, ‘Take no thought what you shall say when you come before man, because it’ll be given to you in that hour.’ Lord, what shall I say?” He said, “Tell him, ‘It’s here.'” Just the same as I see the visions on the platform.
I said, “It’s here,” not knowing where.
He said, “Where?”
And before I could even think, He said, “It’s the serpent.”

God was so satisfied! “And He rested from all His works, at the seventh day,” and hallowed this seventh-day sabbath for Him.
Because, God looked it all over, after He had been six thousand years in molding it and fixing it out, making it come into existence; and put the mountains up, and make the volcanics push the mountains up, and the things that taken place in the eruptions; dried it off, and fixed it the way He had it. And it was a beautiful place.

There was nothing like it, the great paradises of God! And the great dinosaurs, and whatever more, crawling through it, and of the great animals; no harm in them. They were just as gentle as a little kitten. They had nothing at all; no–no sickness, no sorrow; not one disease germ on the earth. Oh, what a place!
The great birds swinging from tree to tree, and Adam could call them by name, and they would fly up on his shoulders and–and coo to him. And, oh, what a wonderful place God had!

In the last quote on Satan’s Eden, I think it’s easy to see that Bro Branham believed that dinosaurs were in the original creation, co-existing with Man in the Garden of Eden. If that is true, then it would also follow that dinosaurs could have been on the ark.

If we believe that many of today’s dinosaur fossils were indeed created by the flood, they had to be on the Earth just prior to the flood. If they were on the Earth just prior to the flood, they would have fallen under “And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female” (Genesis 6:19). As incredible as it may seem to some, I see no reason they wouldn’t have been on the ark.

In conclusion, what I have found, is that I don’t find a problem in the message with how the Answers In Genesis Creation Museum presents how the dinosaurs came to be, and that they were on the ark.

-Bro Trevor

Raised From The Dead

How Many Times Were The Dead Raised
In Brother Branham’s Ministry?

As odd as it might seem, I’ve seen them lay–people laying dead: Finland, three or four different places I’ve seen in my life–and God would let my spirit so leave me till it’d go out into the land, and catch that spirit, and bring it right back again to that person. It’s true. God in heaven knows it’s true.

Over the past few years I have been trying to keep track of how many times Brother Branham says on tape that people were raised from the dead in his ministry.

I’ve asked quite a few brothers who have been in The Message for many, many years how many cases they know of, and the answer has almost always been the same: “Seven times”.

In my studies I have found at least ten separate cases that he refers to on tape. There could definitely be more, and I will update that number if more solid cases are found on tape.

Some people count the sister from Kennett, Missouri he prayed for in the ambulance at his first meetings in Jonesboro, Arkansas. (It was when he was leaving the ambulance to go back inside the auditorium from praying for this woman that the little blind colored girl found him and told him if he could get her to ‘the healer’ she wouldn’t need help finding her daddy).

Her husband told Bro. Branham she was dead, but Bro. Branham says several times that he didn’t believe she was. He felt that she was only unconscious, or in a coma so I do not include that one in this list.

This lady out here from Kennett, Missouri. I know a lot of them thought she was dead; she might’ve been. The night the little blind colored girl was healed back there behind the place. You remember the…?… when I was here the last time. Now, she might’ve been dead; I don’t know. I think she was in a coma. She come on down testified, plumb to California about her healing: cancer. Maybe setting here tonight, for all I know. And so, but I don’t know whether she was dead or not; I couldn’t say.

Well now, truly, I don’t think the woman was dead.

But anyhow, in this case here, I think the woman was in a coma.

The ten I have found are listed below in the order they are probably most familiar to you:

1. The Dead Baby In Mexico
(had been dead over twelve hours)

And I’ve seen so much done, I tell you, friends, I–I just know God can do everything. I’ve seen leprosy in it’s last stage, healed. I’ve seen people that was… I’ve got doctor’s statements of people have been laying dead, examined by the doctors, dead, come back to life again, by faith, just believing it. See?
And a little mother stand over her baby, and see that baby return back to life after being–died that morning at nine o’clock and this was pretty near ten thirty that night, just recently, down in Mexico. I said, “Don’t call that; let the doctor’s sign that.” See? So when we make a statement, it has to be backed up.

And this morning when I was turning, see, and I’ve seen, many times, the Lord Jesus bring back the dead. The little baby in Mexico died at nine o’clock that morning, and this was between ten and eleven that night it come back to life. And–and that’s a bona fide testimony with doctor’s witness of it, see, that the baby died in his office at nine o’clock that morning. I think it was pneumonia. And the baby is living today, so far as I know. And that was before, oh, my, thirty, forty thousand people.

2. The Little Boy In Finland
(hit by a car, foretold by vision years before it happened)

We were thinking about whether these visions I would remember them very long. Sometime ago I had one, about four years ago to be exact, of a little boy being dead on the side of the road, struck by a car and killed. And he was to be raised from the dead. Well, I told everybody about it, prophesied throughout the United States and Canada. Thousands of Bibles had it written on their flyleaf, that this would take place.
One day while we were having campaigns in the Scandinavian country, we were coming down through Finland, from Kuopio. And there was a group of people gathered on the side of the road. They were hovered over some sort of a form. We got out to look. There it was, the little boy, everything, the scene, just the way it was shown to me.
I said to Brother Moore, “Look at your Bible and see if this isn’t the scene.”
“Yes,” he said. I knelt down and asked our Lord Jesus to confirm His Word that He’d showed me, and had told me would come to pass. The little boy was brought to life again by our Lord Jesus. He’s alive and healthy today.

3. Brother Way
(resented what Bro. Branham about him having
a complex on the tape ‘Standing In The Gap’
63-0623M & died in the meeting)

Here sits Mr. Way, an Englishman, setting here on the side, right here now, just noticed him setting here. He is come from Indiana. He is an Englishman. His wife is a–a registered nurse. Fine man! One day, I talked to him. I was preaching in the meeting, he resented what I said, in his heart, and, when he did, he dropped dead right in the audience. There he died. His wife took a hold of him and felt him; his eyes, face turned dark, his eyes… not put on, his eyes pushed out and went back into the back of his head. I said, “Stand still.” Looked down there at him, and I thought, “Oh, there lays that man, dead.”
Went down, put my hands upon him, he was just as cold as that desk is. He was gone. Mrs. Way said, “Oh, Brother Branham, he is gone! He is gone.” Screaming at the top of her voice.
I looked away. I saw the resurrection and Life. I prayed the prayer that Jesus told me to, and Brother Way raised up. Here he sits right here tonight, come up from the dead, sitting right here tonight.

About two months ago, in my church, one Sunday morning, there was something, Satan doing something to attract the attention of the people. There was an Englishman there, by the name of Way. He lives at my… You want his address, or we can have you to write. He sends tapes of the meeting from overseas. And the man resented what I said, heartily. And I looked down, I seen that horrible spirit upon him.
I had him on private interview, told him. I said, “Mr. Way, you have heart trouble.” He even resented that. I said, “Why did you come to me for, then?” So about a month after that, he went to the doctor, and the doctor said he had a very bad heart.
So he come to the meeting that morning, and something was said; real hot-headed Englishman, you know, he resented that. His wife, a wonderful Norwegian woman, a nurse, and was sitting there with him. And I said something, and he resented it right quick, you know. And when he did… He was standing to the feet, and they were singing. And when He did, his head went back, his eyes just flipped right straight back, his face turned real dark red, like that desk there. He fell dead, to the floor.
Well, now, the church went to going on, people screaming. And I said, “Sit down. You are trained better than that. You are trained better than that.”
And so his wife got down, was testing his heart. He was gone. She begin to scream. And I said, “Sister Way, just a minute, till I can get out of the pulpit here. We don’t know what the Father…”
And there I went down there, he was just stiff. His eyes, there wasn’t color on his eyes, was sticking right out like that, back. I couldn’t feel no more heart than I could feel in that. [Brother Branham taps on something hard–Ed.]
She said, “Oh!” Begin to scream, she begin…
I said, “Now we don’t know what the Heavenly Father is going to do.” And I said, “Maybe He did it for a purpose.” I said, “Brother Way was resenting.”
Said, “He whispered to me, that he was resenting what you said.”
And I said, “He oughtn’t to have done that.”
I said, “Heavenly Father, forgive Brother Way for his error, and I call for his spirit to return.”
He said, “Brother Branham,” and there he was alive again, standing among us.

4. Hattie Waldrop
(was laying dead in the prayer line from cancer of the heart)

And I–I was with a lady the other day at Phoenix, Arizona, Mrs. Hattie Waldrop at her… She had died with cancer of the heart and the liver. And he… And her doctor was there and said, “Just want to shake your hand.” And he had…
She was dead–been lay–laying dead in the prayer line, covered up. And she… That was three years ago or more; she’s just as well and normal as she can be.

Here was Mrs. Hattie Waldrop from Phoenix, Arizona, died in the prayer line. She told the intern and them, when they was bringing her through, said, “Take me through anyhow.” And when she got up there, been dead… There’s her address, name, number, everything. She’s living today: had cancer of the heart, colon, and liver. The doctor give her up, said, “There’s not a chance.” And they brought her anyhow. She died over a city block away from the place.

Now, in Phoenix, that was during the time that Mrs. Waldroff here had died in a prayer line, with cancer in her heart, and was healed. She usually comes to the meetings. She is probably here now. And then… Mrs. Hattie Waldroff. Then we find out that her doctor had the testimony of it, give the–the photographs, or not the… What you call it, x-rays? X-rays of it, where the–the woman was had the cancer. And she is living today. And that was sixteen years ago. Now I’m quite sure that mister… Yes, there is Mrs. Waldroff, right there now. That’s right. [Someone says, “That’s been seventeen years, this March.”–Ed.] That’s seventeen years, this March. There is a lady that was dead, and come to life again, with cancer in her heart. Because, it was THUS SAITH THE LORD.

5. Lij’ Perry
(hemorrhaged to death, came to life when Bro. Branham
laid his body on top of him like Elijah to the widow’s son
& Elisha to the Shunammite woman’s son – he also refers
to him as Elij’ Perry, Elijah Perry, Ralph Perry, and as
the man that worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad)

How many ever remembers when Elijah Perry was raised from the dead that morning, some of you over here? You seen it in the paper here, many times. I seen Sister Wilson and them raising their hands. I was standing there when that man died. He lives right out here now, comes to church once in a while, testifies of it.
He had been dead several hours. He died with hemorrhages of the lungs, and he was so bloody all over. And I walked away; I was just a young preacher, those days. And Sister Jackson used to be a member of the church here. And–and a Methodist preacher’s wife, I forget what that man’s name was now; Shafiner, Brother Shafiner and Sister Shafiner, they were some relation to the Wiseheart’s. And they… And she was standing there at the bedside. And I started to move away. And he was just as bloody as he could be, where he died. And his eyes was turned back, and his throat had bulged out. And they pulled a sheet over his head. And his wife was out there. They were crying, and trying to get addresses to call the loved ones.
And I started to walk away from the bed, and I felt Somebody lay Their hand on me. I thought it was Sister Shafiner. And when I turned, there was nobody around me. And then I started… It left me when I turned around.
And Brother Elij’ was laying there dead. We’d been very good buddies, fished on the river, you know how we did so much together. And he got hurt out here, a railroad, riding spider. Well, it mashed his lungs in. He was bleeding; he bled and took TB from it, and died.
I started to move away this way, and then I felt that Hand again. I turned back, It would get off of me. And before I knowed what I was doing, I was laying on top of that man, with my lips against his lips. I was as bloody as he was, laying there on that man, crying out to God. And I felt something come up around the side of my ear; it was his hand.
And you’ve heard him stand right here and testify of it. See? How he–that he come back to life. And that’s been about twenty-five years ago, or maybe thirty, living today right out here on the curve. And he come here not long ago, was testifying of it in the church.

6. Mary
(died in a meeting in Connecticut, but came
to life when Bro. Branham called her name)

We were having a meeting, and I was just getting ready to make the altar call. And I noticed a woman acted real funny, and her daughter run over there, begin to rub her face. I thought, “Well, she is subject to fainting.” And all at once, her feet went right out straight, and her hands went back like this.
Dr. Barton run over to where she was, took her pulse. She had none. He looked up at me, shook his head. Well, I tried to keep the people’s mind… They was setting out, a great crowd. Keep it off of it, like that, just going ahead, talking. And so he said, “Go get little Branham.” That was Billy. And Billy seen that dead woman. He had nothing to do with that. See? He didn’t want that. Well, just as I started to speak again… Now, Dr. Barton, as you know him, you might ask him.
Started to speak again, I said, “Now, everyone, do not be excited. Keep quiet.” Sometime when you see a demon try to come out of a person, they get so irreverent, the crowd gets tore up. That’s the wrong thing to do. “Set still. Don’t get excited. He is here.”
And while I was speaking like that, I don’t know how it ever happened, but turned over to her and called her name. “Mary, looky here.” And when she did, she come to herself, come to.

I like to brag on Jesus Christ and His power. But at this time I think we should never try to brag on Him in any way to something He–He–He didn’t do. But I have seen Jesus Christ raise up the dead, many times, infallible, doctors’ testing to prove.
For instance, in Connecticut just recently, in a meeting, setting in a large, the old… some kind of a famous auditorium, there was a Doctor Barton, a Christian doctor on the platform with me, a medical doctor. And there was a fine renown Christian woman, a lovely, wealthy woman she was. She was setting kind of to my left. And I had called the prayer line, and I noticed the woman just all at once…
When anyone, their heart stops… You can close your eyes, but when you are shocked to death, when your heart stops, really your eyeballs turn back, and the white part of your eye pushes out. And I noticed it as she sank down. And quickly they called for the medical doctor, and he run to her to take her pulse, and shook his head, put his hands upon her, his ear to her heart. And she was gone. She sank in the floor, and her daughter screaming, which interrupted the meeting. I continued on, ’cause I didn’t have no word of the Lord for the woman. And I continued on.
They said something about getting Brother Branham. And they said, “We don’t want to call him in the prayer line, ’cause he’s under discernment.” And they said, “Get little Branham,” that was Billy. And Billy, being it was a woman dead, he didn’t want to.
You know, people get suspicion of somebody being dead. That, that’s–that’s just a hull. There is nothing there. That, people think strange. That, the person isn’t there, themselves; they’ve moved on. And so he was afraid to–to go around the woman, because she was dead.
And then immediately the Holy Spirit spoke to me. I turned from the place, walked down the step, come around to where she was. And just as I started to where she was, the Holy Spirit spoke to me; and I said, “Mary!”
She said, “Yes, Brother Branham.” She was all right. And–and she had never seen us before. And it was the first in meeting.

7. Brother Earl Martin’s Baby
(the baby had stopped breathing, but Bro. Earl came
to Bro. Branham’s hotel room in Beaumont, Texas and
said if he would say the word he knew the baby would live)

There is a little minister here somewhere. I seen him here, a while ago. Martin was his name. I forget… He is one of the sponsors. Right here.
About midnight, close to it, someone woke me up in my room. A little fellow crying, a little minister, his baby had just passed away. The tears running down his face.
He’s plumb up in somewhere in… What’s the name of that town they live in? [Someone says, “Missouri.” –Ed.] Missouri. Up at where? [“Wardell, Missouri.”] Wardell, Missouri. I know the boy. I know his brother here, too. They’re friends of mine.
This brother walked in there with tears running down his cheeks, said, “Brother Branham, I just called… My wife just called me. My little baby just quit breathing.” He laid his hands upon me, said, “Brother Branham, I believe the Word of the Lord is with you.” Oh, how could God… Just like, “Even now, Lord! If You had been here, my brother would not have died.” See, he wasn’t confessing to me. He was confessing the Word of the Lord, you see, that I was preaching the Truth. He said, “I believe the Word of the Lord is with you. Just ask Him; my baby will live.” In ten minutes from then, his baby was breathing normal, is well now.

[Brother Earl Martin says, “Brother Branham, would you lay hands on me, ordain me to work as a pastor?”–Ed.] John Martin… [“Earl.”] Earl.
How many knows Earl Martin? How many believes him to be a servant of Christ? He comes to us from a… I believe the, originally, from a Pentecostal group, and now I think he pastors and does a independent work.
I’ve knowed Earl to be a real servant of Christ. I’ll never forget one act, many has been, but one act with Earl. I remember one night they called him when I was in Dallas, Texas; or I–I believe, no, it was… [A sister says, “Beaumont.”–Ed.] Beaumont, Texas, is right, sister. And they–they… His baby was laying, dying, and they thought it was already dead. It wasn’t breathing no more. And Earl made his way around to my room, as a daddy, bending shoulders, stooped down before me, as I was in bed. Rolled out; he put his arms around me and said, “Brother, I believe you are God’s prophet. I’ve always believed that. And if you’ll just say the word, though my baby is dead, yet shall it live.” And his baby come back to life, is living.

8. Lutheran Man In His Seventies Or Eighties
(died in a meeting at Shawano, Wisconsin but
came to life when Bro. Branham called his name)

One of the outstanding events of the last meeting, was happened in Shawano, Wisconsin. It was at the high school auditorium, the new high school auditorium, when we were just about ready to pray for the sick. I’d just made the altar call, and many had raised their hands to accept Christ as their personal Saviour. And then it was that I noticed something taken place, which was right out in the audience, a little piece from me. And it was a man of about seventy or seventy-five years old. He fell dead and died with a heart attack. The froth poured from his mouth, and the water broke over his clothes. And–and his wife real frantically rubbed his face.
And–and I knew that was the trick of the enemy. He does those things just to get the people upset (See?), and then when he does that, it goes to a frantic. It’s happened many times in the meeting. Just recently in New England, it happened like that again, just before that call.
And so to keep the people from being excited, I… In those kind of times you must keep your wits to see what the Holy Spirit will say. Because we’re taught in the Scriptures that all things work together for good to them that love God.
And there was many of God’s children, lovers of Him. And I kept looking at the man, and seeing he’d done got frothy in the mouth. And–and as anyone knows, when death strikes a person, usually water breaks. You see? And they–and his wife so rubbing his face, and she was just going like that. Now, to keep the people from noticing her, I said, “Your husband, would you want someone to get him a drink of water?” and get her attention.
And she said, “Brother Branham, I just leave it all up to you.” And she was a–a Lutheran by denomination.
And then I thought I’d call the prayer line, and get the people up to pray for them. But instead of doing that, the Holy Spirit begin to move out into the meeting, over the people, just to calling them. And It passed over the old fellow about twice. And then all of a sudden I said, “We’ll just pray.”
And when I started to pray, I–I heard myself praying, which said to this death, “Turn him loose.” And no more than it was said that, till the man came back to life again, and raised to his feet. And the whole city went like frantically about it, what the Lord had did.

Then at Shawano just recently in, oh, I’d say, in the last, about, four years ago, or five, I was speaking one night at the armory. And there was a great crowd of people. And a elderly man of some eighty years old, I guess, and his lovely wife, they were Lutheran by faith, go to that great famous Lutheran church there. I forget the name of it now. It’s the largest Lutheran gathering in America, at one single gathering, of church membership. And it’s a great country for the Lutheran. And while I was speaking, I noticed the fellow, head going back like that; and his hands went out, and he pitched forward, dead in the chair. And his wife begin screaming, and she screamed out, “Somebody help me! Somebody help me!”
And I looked. I said, “Just everyone keep seated, be quiet.” See? I waited for the Lord to give me a word. And–and I… Satan… I was just fixing to make the altar call, and that’s just when he wants to show hisself.
So did you ever notice when you start to make a altar call, even little babies will start screaming, and things like that? That’s Satan. You who are spiritual understand.
So the Lord gave me his name, and I called him, and he come to life just like that.

Talking to my little friend, Ernie Fandler. I guess some of you out on the hookups will remember Ernie, how he was converted, how he was led to the Lord. He doesn’t talk good English, or I’d like to have him come say a word. And he gets his we’s and W’s all mixed up. He was asking me if I remember the time at the Shawano where he lives. There was a man died right in the meeting, dropped over in his seat dead, Lutheran. And we had everybody keep quiet. Spoke the Word of the Lord over him, he come back to life. He come that other way. They had never got over that, wants us come back again.

9. Dead Baby In California
(was dead the longest of any that came back to life
in Bro. Branham’s ministry – the parents drove all
night to where Bro. Branham was having a tent
meeting in California to have him pray for the baby)

And she was standing near in California, once, where they brought in a little baby had been dead, died one morning about three or four o’clock. Parents had drove all day, and it was about three, four, five o’clock, yes, about six o’clock in the afternoon, the mother setting in the back of the car, holding this little cold form in her arms. And when they come to the place where I was at, San Bernardino, they took the little baby, brought it to where I was standing. And I said, “Oh, how long has the baby been dead?”
She said, “Since this morning, early.”
And I picked up the little cold form. It was already stiffened. And these people standing around… I held it in my arms, started praying to our precious Lord. I felt the baby was getting warm. Just kept holding it, just a few minutes, and it started kicking, crying. I handed it over to its mother.

The longest one I knowed of, was from nine o’clock one morning, till eleven that night, about. See?
No, I beg your pardon. A little baby over there, that the mother had carried it all night in her arms. It died one afternoon, she carried it all night in her arms, come to the meeting down there in California. And I was taking out that afternoon. Had died the afternoon before that, and she drove all night, got there, couldn’t get around the place. And she layed a cold little form in my arms, of a dead baby that had died the day before that. And standing, holding that little baby, and just offered prayer. His little body got warm. He turned over and looked, and I handed it back to its mother. True. That’s right.

But, now, we’re seeing strange things in this day. Now I’ve remember the last time I was here was in a tent meeting. I remember of speaking of it last night, of a little couple that brought their dead baby in. It–it’s up somewhere up here, they drove all day and night. The little mother setting, sad, holding that little baby in her arms. Now, she may be setting right here now, for all I know. And she… the little husband, couple of more couples with them, and they was… And she said… asked me if I’d come over (the man did) to the car. I took the little baby out and was just holding it; a little, dead, stiff, cold form; and I started to pray. And when I prayed, that body begin to feel like it was getting warm. So I just… I kept on praying. He started kicking and moving, going along, so I… started crying. I handed it back to the mother, she went on back home with it. So, they might not even been Christians, for all I know. See? That was wonderful.

10. Woman In Durban South Africa
(friend of Sidney Smith the Mayor of Durban)

The next morning, Mr. Sidney Smith, the mayor of–of–of Durban called me, said, “Watch the window towards the seashore from your hotel room.”
I said, “What is it?”
Said, “I will see if I can get there in time. It’s on its road.” Well, I was sitting there. I wondered, what did the mayor mean? And just that night, there’d been a woman had died over there that day, a friend of his. Prayed for her, she’d come to life. The papers given big headlines about it.

And about four hours from then, Sidney Smith, the mayor of Durban, Sidney Smith, mayor of Durban, South Africa, called me on the phone. Which, had been a woman that had died, the night before that, and been called on, to pray. And she was at the meeting, alive. And so, then, that was Sidney Smith’s relation, and he was all thrilled.

I trust that this study on The Message has been a blessing to you.

If you come across any other instances (on tape) where Brother Branham says others were raised from the dead in his ministry please e-mail the quote to so we can update our count & add the quote to this article.

God bless you,

– Brother Nathan Bryant

The Oncoming Storm

Behold, the Lord hath a mighty and strong one, which as a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, as a flood of mighty waters overflowing, shall cast down to the earth with the hand.” (ISAIAH 28:2)

Thou rulest the raging of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them.” (PSALM 89:9)

September 1926

The ‘Great Miami Hurricane’ (a category four hurricane with winds estimated over 125 mph) devastated Miami as well as causing major damage to other parts of Florida, Alabama, and the Bahamas.

Total estimated property damage caused by the ‘Great Miami Hurricane’ was the highest (by an Atlantic Hurricane) in recorded history. (With modern development and pricing experts claim it would have been almost double the amount of the total cost in property damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005). *

Total casualties from the ‘Great Miami Hurricane’ were estimated at 373.

The hurricane of 1926 also reached Lake Okeechobee (in Okeechobee, Florida) breaking a portion of the dikes, causing many casualties.

This would only be a small preview of what would happen two years later during the 1928 ‘Okeechobee Hurricane’ (also referred to as ‘The Storm of 28).

September 1928

September 10th:
The S.S. Commack sees the hurricane 900 miles East of Guadeloupe.

September 12th:

The hurricane escalates to category 3.

September 16th:
The hurricane reaches southern Florida.

Initial reports from the U.S. Weather Bureau were optimistic that the hurricane would pass the south Florida region.

By September 19th the eye of the storm had crossed Palm Beach County near West Palm Beach, and directly over Lake Okeechobee, then turned northeast crossing northern Florida, and Eastern Georgia, as well as North & South Carolina.

The ‘Okeechobee Hurricane’ was the second hurricane in recorded history to be listed as a category five hurricane in the Atlantic basin.

Total casualties from ‘The Storm Of 28’ have been estimated as high as 4,075. **

Lake Okeechobee

Covering 730 square miles Lake Okeechobee is nearly half the size of Rhode Island.

Listed as the 7th largest freshwater lake in United States, it is the second largest entirely contained within the 48 states.

The only means of flood control around Lake Okeechobee in 1928 was a six-foot mud dike.

Winds were measured on the ground at approximately 140 mph when the worst part of the storm hit the lake on September 16th, 1928. These strong winds drove water over the six-foot embankment causing flood waters to cover an area of 100 square miles, as high as 20 feet deep in some places.

Residents living in lower points along the coast of Lake Okeechobee had been warned to evacuate earlier that day, but because the hurricane did not arrive on schedule, many had returned to their homes (thinking that the hurricane had bypassed their area).
Houses were torn from their foundations and smashed into pieces.

(Image above – Lake Okeechobee as seen from the current flood-wall)

Many survivors and bodies were washed into the Everglades, and many of the bodies were never found.

Flood waters remained for several weeks, making any attempts at repairing the damages extremely difficult.

The number of bodies quickly outnumbered available burial services, so the majority were placed in mass graves.

Nearly two thirds of the casualties were migrant farm workers, making attempts to identify the deceased or missing extremely difficult.

Approximately 1,600 victims were buried in a mass grave at Port Mayaca in Martin County. In West Palm Beach, 69 white victims were placed in a mass grave in Woodlawn Cemetery and approximately 674 black victims were buried in a mass grave in the City’s pauper’s burial field at Tamarind Avenue and 25th Street. Many others were never found.” ***

The number of casualties in the Palm Beach area only climbed to twenty-six because the residents heeded the hurricane warnings.

More than 1,711 homes were destroyed in West Palm Beach alone.

Mortar from Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse was reported as being “squeezed like toothpaste” from between the bricks, causing the lighthouse swaying seventeen inches from it’s base.

(Image above – The mass burial site in West Palm Beach, FL)

Brother Branham refers to this storm several times, using it as a type of how people fail to take heed when a message is given to warn of oncoming danger.

We can clearly see the spiritual type, as so many fail to heed the warning of The Message. The Voice of the Messenger is still calling out today.

May we heed the warning as the cry goes out for ‘whosoever will’ to come out of denominational creeds and dogmas, and away from the ungodly entertainments and pleasures of the world, to be hidden safely in the Rock of Ages until the storm passes by.

(Image above – Some aftermath from ‘The Storm Of 28’)

THE ONCOMING STORM PHOENIX, AZ 60-0229 “And these prophets of the weather in Florida are pretty accurate with their prophesying. They are set for that purpose to warn the people. I was reading (I forget just now, I believe it was in the newspaper.) of a storm a few years ago, that was on its way across Florida, central Florida, and all the regions around Okeechobee was–was warned. I just left there about five weeks ago. And there was a neighbor man who kept in contact with radio all the time, because of these storms, and he was a very renowned Christian. And he heard that the great typhoon was coming that way, twisting down trees, and everyone was warned to get to safety.”

GO TELL JEFF, IN 60-0417M “Many lives has been saved because of preparation for oncoming events. Sometime ago I was told that in Florida, the news man, the weather bureau sent out a newscast that there was a great storm coming. And one man was a poultry raiser, and he went to his neighbor and told him that the storm was coming. He ignored, and said, “Nonsense.” And he just kept on. He never put up his chickens. He never went into the dugout. He never made any arrangements. And his neighbor did make the arrangements. But all of the one who did not take the warning, all of his chickens was blowed away and killed; his house was tore down, his stock was lost; he was sent to the hospital, all because he did not take heed and warning. He knowed the message was given, but he failed to take heed to the message.”

* Hurricane Katrina caused approximately 81 billion dollars of property damage in 2005, but with modern development, and today’s prices it has been estimated that ‘The Great Miami Hurricane’ of 1926 would have caused 157 billion dollars worth of property damage. (The 1928 ‘Okeechobee Hurricane’ comes in at around 37 billion dollars worth of property damage in today’s prices).

** ‘The Storm Of 28’ is currently listed as number nine on the list of deadliest Atlantic with casualties estimated as high as 4,075. (Total casualties caused by Katrina are listed as 1,836).

*** This quotation is taken from an inscription on a Florida Heritage Landmark in West Palm Beach, FL. (An image of this landmark taken in 2009 by Brother Nathan Bryant is included in this post)

– Brother Nathan Bryant

“That’s Nothing But The Truth”

On Saturday, October 10th, 1959 Brother Branham was hunting in Salem, Indiana with Brother Banks Wood, and Brother Fred Sothman when St. Mark 11:23 came on his mind, and he was wondering how that could be applied.
For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.”
Something spoke to him and said, “That’s in the atonement, for if a man or a woman is so consecrated and surrendered to God, that God just moves in and uses their voice, and it isn’t the man speaking, it’s God that’s in him speaking.”
Then, “a reel deep, sweet anointing of the Holy Spirit” said, “Say what you will, and it shall be given unto you.”
He didn’t say, ‘Pray,’ He said, ‘Say what you will.’ Just say it, and your words will materialize’”.
There were no sick people there, he was just out in the woods hunting. What should he ask for?
The Voice spoke again, “Aren’t you hunting? And you have no game?” Said, “Speak anything that you wish”.
Brother Branham spoke the exact trees, limbs, and snag that he wanted three red (fox) squirrels to come out on (all about fifty yards away from where he was because his gun was sighted in at that distance). Every time he spoke the specific location a squirrel would appear until he had shot all three and picked them up.
On Saturday, November 7th, 1959 Brother Branham was hunting in Kentucky with Brother Banks Wood, Brother Charlie Cox, and Brother Tony Zable. Something spoke to him and said, “How many squirrels do you want this morning?”
I said, “I shall get three squirrels.”
He said, “Where will they come from?”
I said, “One will come from that way, one from that way, and one back this a way.” Make it radical. God don’t care how radical that it seems. He’s God of circumstance.”
He watched for a while, and about ninety yards away a gray squirrel jumped off of a stump. He shot it, and then turned to his left and saw another gray squirrel coming around a beech tree. He shot that one, and a third one came from the same direction. He tried to shoot it three different times and missed all three shots in a row. He had only missed five shots so far that year out of a hundred and fourteen!
And just then, it come to me. “You can’t shoot that squirrel that way. He must come from that way.” God’s Word is perfect. Couldn’t shoot him from the south; he’s coming from the north. “Well, I said, “I will just turn around this way then and watch north till he comes.”
It was getting dark but something said, “Turn and go back towards the north. Your squirrel’s there.”
After while, I thought I seen a knot on the tree, way up there. So dark. I said, “Well, I will try that anyhow.” And I shot. And when I did, a squirrel run around the tree and run down. I heard it hit the ground. I thought it jumped off. Same time that happened, about twenty feet from it, one run up a white oak. And I said, “He run down one and run up the other one. Now, surely, Lord, You won’t let me miss him after I’ve already said under that anointing that this would be, and You’re confirming my ministry. This will be six times that You’ve confirmed it to me.” The number of man, six times. I said, “You won’t let me miss him.”
I looked all up and down the tree. And way up in there I thought I seen some leaves. I seen something moving in it. And I raised and shot. And the squirrel dropped to the ground, stone dead. Up the hill I went, rejoicing and happy. I went to the first tree over to my left, and there laid the squirrel. “Well,” I said, “I know I got that one, but I wasn’t sure of this one. I said, “Then, Lord, You give me one for good measure.”
I goes over to find the other squirrel; he wasn’t there. And I looked and I looked, and I searched under leaves, and raised up little pieces of chunk, and tore open an old log. And there wasn’t but one log laying within thirty yards. And I tore it all to pieces, looked under the sides, and held my hands in the leaves and felt. There was no squirrel there nowhere.
On up, there’s a big old snag on top of the hill. I went up to that little snag, and there’s a little bitty hole. And I felt in there, and I thought I felt my squirrel raising up and down. When I was… I said, “Well, I can’t get to him. So in the morning, I will bring the boys back and get it.” I got to go tell them. And I went down to Brother Charlie. Stopped the hole up, went down to Brother Charlie and them, and told them.”
They left the woods, and went back to Brother Charlie Cox’s house for supper. After the meal Brother Charlie asked Brother Tony Zable to lead in prayer before they went to bed, and Brother Tony said in his prayer, “Lord God, let it be known to us that our brother’s telling us the truth, that tomorrow he will find that squirrel in the stump.”
And I went on. Something just drove me on. And I went walking up through the woods, hunting. I kept thinking, “What if that squirrel isn’t in there.” He gave me his hunting knife so I could cut a–the hole bigger to reach in and get it.
And Something said to me, “If it isn’t there, or if it is in there, what makes a difference?”
I said, “He will… He wouldn’t believe me. He prayed and said that, “If we find the squirrel, he will know that our brother has told us the truth.”
And that great Anointing come, said, “Just say the squirrel will be up there, and you’ll get him.”
I thought, “Surely, Lord, surely. This will be seven times straight while this anointing’s on me.” I said, “Is that You?”
He said, “Say what you will!”
I said, “I shall find that squirrel.” The Anointing left me.”
God, being my solemn Judge with His Word here, and I’m a man of fifty years old, a preacher of the Gospel, standing in this pulpit, Something said, “Look under that little piece of bark.”
I said, “Lord, I wouldn’t doubt You for nothing.” I walked over and picked up the bark, and there was no squirrel there. I thought, “I was…”
But just before I did it, Something said, “What if he isn’t there?”
I said, “Oh, he will be there.” And I picked it up and there was no squirrel there. I looked down with amazement. I saw a little bitty piece of gray sticking out from under a leaf. I pulled it up, and there laid the squirrel, making it just exactly right what He had said to do.”
Brother George Wright from Depauw, Indiana (a little less than four miles from Milltown, Indiana where Brother Branham pastored the Milltown Baptist Church) made the Communion wine for the Tabernacle. Brother Roy Roberson had called Brother Branham wanting to go with him to Brother Wright’s house to pick up the Communion wine.
They arrived at Brother Wright’s house early in the morning, and as Brother Banks Wood sat down beside Brother Branham at the table Sister Hattie Wright (Mosier) was sitting nearby listening quietly.
Brother Branham told the stories of how the squirrels had been spoken into existence to her two sons, Brother Banks Wood, Brother Shelby Wright, little, crippled Sister Edith Wright, and Brother and Sister George Wright.
Sister Hattie only made about two hundred dollars a year, and she had been telling Brother Branham how she tried to pledge fifty dollars to help build the new Tabernacle, but Brother Roberson would only let her give twenty.
Brother Branham had two ten dollar bills in his pocket that Sister Meda had given him to get groceries with, and as he was reaching in his pocket to give Sister Hattie the twenty dollars back; God spoke to his heart and said, “Don’t do it.” “God knew that was down the road for her.”
As Brother Branham finished telling the story; he compared it to there being a provided sacrifice for Abraham back in the wilderness, by saying, “Jehovah is still Jehovah-Jireh”.
Sister Hattie (not realizing how important, or how immortalized her words would be, nor how many multiplied thousands of believers around the world would hear them repeated) said; “That’s nothing but the truth”.
Five simple words. Simple childlike faith, but she said the right thing. God had already confirmed Brother Branham’s new ministry (of speaking the Word into existence) seven times by animals (six squirrels, and the place he would find one he had already shot).
And that super-anointing swept over me, said, “Tell Hattie that she’s found grace in the sight of God.” Who would’ve thought…? Said, “Tell her to ask whatever she will, then you speak it by this gift into existence. Whatever she asketh, speak it into existence.”
I looked at Sister Hattie. The first time it was ever performed on a human being. I said, “Sister Hattie, ask what you will. God’s going to give it to you.’
What do you think of that? Does it get in to you? Seven times He had confirmed it by an animal. Seven is God’s complete number. Here’s the first time on a human being. And He… What did He choose? Some great aristocrat? A great noted minister? A poor little widow woman that could hardly write her name. God knows what He’s doing. Said, “Ask what you will.”
Hattie looked around, all around. And she said, “Brother Bill, my greatest desire is for the salvation of my two boys.”
What a… Why, there couldn’t have been a greater thing. She could’ve asked for ten thousand dollars; she’d have got it. What if it’d been some millionaire, would have asked for another million. God knowed what she was going to ask for.”
I said, “By the will of God, by the power of God, I give you, in the Name of Jesus Christ your desire.” And her two boys shook under the power of God, and that whole building trembled. Banks fell into his plate. Shelby grabbed… And Hattie screamed till you could hear her for two blocks. And them two boys with tears rolling down their cheeks received exactly what they asked for right then.
Oh, the first time it was ever used on a human being. “Ask what you will, and it shall be given unto you.” Her boys setting there with her this morning.”
Had Brother Branham come with the great, swelling words of a theologian; would people like Sister Hattie Wright (or you and I) have been attracted to his ministry?
I’m so thankful for a Prophet of God who yielded himself so much that God could speak through him, and bring us a Message in our own language, and in such a humble, simple way that simple people like ourselves could understand It.
… the common people heard Him gladly.” – St. Mark 12:37b
The majority of the details provided in this story, and direct quotes (marked with quotations and italic font) were taken primarily from the sermon ‘My New Ministry’ preached in Jeffersonville, IN (59-1115).
Some additional details were provided from the sermons ‘Go Tell’ (61-0417M), and ‘Look Away To Jesus’ (63-1229E) which were both preached in Jeffersonville as well.
– Brother Nathan Bryant