Questions 1 (COD Page 12)
God created man, male and female. Created man, male and female.” Now that’s, I think, the first point. Now in Genesis 2:7, it says, “He formed,” (underscored) “but first He created.” He’s got then… he’s got that underscored. “And He formed” (underscored) “man out of the dust, and breathed into his nostrils,” and so forth. Now, what is the difference, or where is the connection in the above Scriptures?
10 Now, this is… Now, if you’ve got it wrote down, Genesis 1:26 to 28, and Genesis 2:7. Now, it’s a very touchy thing, and I-I may not… I just have my own idea of it, so I’ll just give it to you the way that I feel that it is. And if you different, well, that’s just fine.
11 I want to compliment Brother Neville on the fine answers he give to those questions there. Now, they’re fine.
12 Now, in this, Genesis 1:26, God made man in His Own image. And if you’d notice, we’ll get it so you can read it, and 26… If you’d like to read along with us, we’d be glad for you-for you to do it, check me up.
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea,… over the fowls of the air,… over the cattle of the earth,… .and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
13 Now, that’s… I’ve heard that discussed many times, and around the world, discussions come up on that. Now in Genesis 2:7, watch what He did here. All right, here It is:
And… God formed man out of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
14 Now, what kind of formation… The-the questioner wants to ask: What connection does this Genesis 1:26 have with Genesis 2:7? God created two man. And which was the man, and which… What connection does that have? What… How does it connect up in the Scripture?
15 Well, now, if you’ll notice close now, in Genesis 1:26, let’s get the first part first. God said, “Let us.” Now, “let us,” us is a… “Let us make man in our own image.” Our, course, we realize He’s talking to someone, He was speaking to another being. “Let us make man in our own image after our likeness, and let them have dominion over the cattles of the field.”
16 If you notice, in creation, the first thing that was created, of course, was light. You come on down through the creation, the last thing was created was what? A man. And the woman was made after man. All right, the first… Last thing that was created, of God’s creation, is mankind.
17 But when God made His first man, if you noticed, He made him in the likeness of Himself, he was made in the image of God. And what is God? Now, if we can find out what God is, we can find what kind of a man He made.
18 Now in Saint John, the 4th chapter, and I’ll… you read this, Jesus speaking to the woman in the… if you’d like to turn to it. I… not having much time, I just didn’t write them right down, just have to take it by memory. And you look them up now, if I can find it right quick. Now let’s begin about the 4th chapter, and the 14th verse:
And whosoever drinks of this water that I shall give unto him shall never thirst;… and be wells of water springing up into everlasting life. The woman said unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I… come not hither to draw. Jesus said… Go, and call thy husband,… The woman answered…
19 I believe we have to get a little above that now, to find out, find out what-what I want you to see here. Maybe not, maybe I can find it on down here, and what I want to see. What say? 23rd and 24th verse. All right.
Ye worship… (that’s it)… Ye worship and you know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. (and that’s right, see) But the hour cometh,… But the hour cometh, and now is, that the true worshippers (Jew or Gentile) shall worship the Father in the spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
20 Now, the next verse is where I want:
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
21 Now, if God created man in His Own image and in His Own likeness, what kind of a man did He create? A spirit man. Now, if you’ll notice, after He had made all the creation, and created a spirit man, the close reading of this now (to the one that asked the question) will find this, that God give dominion of the cattle and the fishes and everything to the man. But, in His making up there, He made man in His Own image to lead the cattle, lead the beasts of the field, just like the Holy Spirit leads the believer today. See?
22 He was, in other words, Adam, the first man in the lower creations of God. The first creation was God Himself; then out of God came the Logos, which was the Son of God; then out of the Logos, which was 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.”), out of the Logos came forth the-the man.
23 Oh, I got a beautiful picture in my mind now, if you can take a little trip with me. I believe I’ve talked on it before, but to get this to the place where you’ll be sure to see it. Now, let’s take a little trip and go back for a little while. Now, don’t think about how hot it is, let’s get our minds right on what we’re going to talk about and think now.
24 Let’s go back a hundred million years before there ever was a star, moon, or anything in the world. Now, there was a time when there wasn’t nothing here, it was just all forever and Eternity. And all of ever and Eternity was God, He was there in the beginning.
25 Now, let’s go out here on the edge of this banister and look over and see these things happen.
26 Now, “No man has seen the Father at anytime.” No man can see God in the bodily form, because God is not in body form, God is a Spirit. See? All right. “No man has seen the Father, but the only begotten of the Father hath declared Him,” 1st… John, see.
27 Now, but notice now, there’s nothing, there’s just space. There’s no light, there’s no dark, there’s no nothing, it’s just seems nothing. But in there is a great supernatural Being, Jehovah God, Who covered all space of all places at all times. He was from everlasting from everlasting, He is the beginning of creation. That’s God. Can’t see nothing, can’t hear nothing, not a move of an atom in the air, not nothing, not no air, no nothing, but yet God was there. That was God. (Now let’s watch for a few minutes, and after a while… ) No man has seen That, now, That’s the Father. That’s God, the Father.
28 Now notice. Then after while I begin to see a little sacred Light begin to form, like a little halo or something, you could only see it by spiritual eyes.
29 But look now, while we’re looking, the whole church now. We’re standing on a great big banister, watching what God’s doing. And we’ll get right down to this question here and you’ll see how He brings it in.
30 Now, no one has seen God. And now, the next thing we begin to see, by eyes of supernatural looking, we see a little white Light forming out there. What is that? That was called, by Bible readers, “Logos,” or “the anointed,” or “the anointing,” or the… as I was going to say, the-the part of God begin to develop into something so human beings could have some type of an idea what It was. Was a little, low… a little Light, moving. He… That was the Word of God.
31 Now, God gave Himself birth to this Son which was before there was even an atom in the… or air to make an atom. That was… See, Jesus said, “Glorify Me, Father, with the glory that We had before the foundation of the world.” See, way back in yonder.
32 Now, in Saint John 1, He said, “In the beginning was the Word.” And the first… “And the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.” God unfolding Himself, down to a human being. Now watch how He did it.
33 Now, back there, then, when this little halo comes. Now, we can’t see nothing yet, but just by eyes of just supernatural we see a halo standing there. Now, that’s the Son of God, the Logos. Now, I can see Him playing around like a little child, before the Father’s door, with all Eternity. See? And, now, then in His imaginary makeup He begin to think of what things would be, and I can hear Him say, “Let there be light.”
34 And when He did, an atom bursted and the sun came into existence. She whirled for hundreds of millions of years, forming clinkers, and burning, and forming like it is today; still burning, still breaking atoms. If the atomic bomb would ever get let loose, the atomic chain would take… this earth would be like the sun, yonder, just bursting and blowing. If you could stand over on another continent and look off at this, it would look like another sun, where the atoms was burning this earth, if the chain would ever get let loose and it just start turning, whirling like that. Millions and millions of miles reach these big flames of billions of Fahrenheit, of-of-of heat that goes off that sun.
35 Now, watch this now. Beautiful! Now, He made the sun. And then, the first thing you know, a big clinker fell off of it, weighed about… just about like this earth, went “Spew!” 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.
36 Now, He’s got something in His mind, and what’s He doing? He’s writing His first Bible. The first Bible that man ever looked to was the stars, the zodiac. And it’s a perfect… just… It dovetailed with this Bible here. It starts off, the first of the zodiac is the virgin. Is that right? The last of the zodiac is what? Leo, the lion. That’s the first coming of Jesus, He came through a virgin; the second, He comes as the Lion of the tribe of Judah. See? Drawed it all out, the cancer age, and everything down through. Now, He put that all in the sky and placed it out. All these meteors, pieces of earth, or sun, hanging off here.
37 Now, when science goes to looking for those missiles that fall, that don’t disprove God, that just proves it to me. See, that just makes it more real. Now, now notice, all these missiles hanging out there away from that hot sun, and going out through the air, ’course, they’ve collected. And first thing you know, it began just a iceberg.
38 Now, that was this earth come into existence, just a big old piece of cinder flew off out yonder. Down beneath it now is nothing but a turning, burning volcano, completely, the eruptions come everywhere, volcanic. And science claims that-that this world, the crust on top of it, where we live, is just about like the peeling on an apple. And all the… Now, there’s twenty-five thousand miles around, it’s probably eight thousand miles (that’d be approximately eight thousand miles) thick. And just think, of in there, it’s a burning volcanic.
39 And two thirds of the earth, better than two thirds of it, is in water; and one third of it is in land, about one third. And this little, this crust that we’re living on, it’s full of dangerous explosives, gas, gasoline, oil, everything. Is that right? And the two thirds of it, better than two thirds of it, water. What is the formula of water? Two parts of hydrogen and one part of oxygen, explosives.
40 There’s enough electricity in every room to separate the heat from the cold, and it’ll make enough electricity to burst a room. You can put enough atoms in a golf ball to blow New York off the face of the earth. And then man, sitting on a pot of hell, hits hisself in the chest and defies God’s Word, and says, “There’s no such a place as hell.” (I got that down here in a little bit, and we’re going to get to that, see) You’re sitting on a big pot of it every day. And while you’re here you’re sitting right on it, and hell’s just beneath you.
41 And now, notice, but now when this was first found, when Jesus… Now watch the little halo yonder. Now I can see It move out to this earth and get over the top of it and begin to move it over here close to the sun. It’s nothing but a big ball of ice. And when it begins to get melting, then great big glaciers begin to cut through up in the northlands and come down. And when it did, it cut out Kansas and Texas and all them places there, and went on into the Gulf of Mexico. And the first thing you know, the whole thing was covered with water.
42 Then, now we get in Genesis 1, we get to the Bible now, and out of our picture at the Bible. Genesis 1, “The world was without form, and void; and water was upon the face of the deep.” Is that right? “And the Spirit of God moved upon the water.” Now, He separated the water, brought up the hills and the lands and so forth; dried it off. Vegetation and everything, He made it. And He made the moon. And set its boundaries, of the sea, so it could not pass.
43 He got all those things together, made… ?… Made all the other things, all the animal life, the birds, the bees, the monkeys, and whatever it was, put all of it here on earth. And then He asked this question now. “Let us” (Who? Father and Son) “make man in Our Own image.”
44 Now, if a man was made something like that little sacred Light yonder, or something like that, It could not be seen (which is a spiritual Being). He manifested or unfolded Himself a little more, to make a trinity of Himself by Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And here was God, unfolded Himself now, down into “let us make man,” which was His son, an offspring from Him, “man in Our Own image,” he was a supernatural being. “And let him have dominion over the cattles of the field, and so forth.”
45 Now, the man led the man… led the-the cattle and everything, just like the Holy Spirit leads a real, true believer today. The Voice of God out there… The voice of man, rather, could speak and say… call the cattle this way, call the sheep over in this pasture, call the fishes to this water. See, he had dominion, everything obeyed him.
46 Now, but then there was no man to till the soil, Genesis 2, no man to till the soil. “And then God formed man” (Genesis 2:7) “out of the dust of the earth.” Now He followed… He formed man out of the dust of the earth, and put this supernatural Spirit…
47 Now, he was laying there. I can have many pictures of it. I can see Adam standing… Let’s take this way, see him standing like a tree. God had made him. He was dead as he could be; his toes, like the roots, sticking in the ground. And God said, “Let there be,” or breathed the breath of life into him, and he jumped, came to himself. He was a… Breathed the breath of life into him, he became a living soul. Now, and he begin to move on, move on.
48 And then God taken from his side a piece of him, a rib, and made a woman. Now, where did He get the spirit, woman? See? When He… Genesis 1:26, He said, “Let us make man in our own image, after our own-own likeness, created He them (man) male and female.” He made the burly spirit for the man; He made the tender, little, delicate, feminish spirit for the woman.
49 And when you see a woman acting like a man, she’s got out of her place, you see, in the beginning. See? All right. She’s supposed… I think it’s a shame that women has lost their dainty, feminish place. It’s a disgrace. I tell you, it is. It’s… You know, I’m going to say this. Now, I’m not talking about you women here. But, course, if it hurts, it just does. But, look, let me ask you something. It used to be that women was so feminish till a man would go to talking to them and they’d blush. Huh! What is blushing, anyhow? I haven’t seen it in so long I wouldn’t even know what it was if some woman blushed. They haven’t got any of that dignity anymore, all that there fine feminish spirit. They’re just… They can… They’ll wear clothes like a man, cut their hair like a man, smoke like a man, drink like a man, cuss like a man, vote like a man, work like a man, so, become rough, burly. Oh, my! That shows where you’ve got to. That’s exactly.
50 That little lady-like, you don’t see her much more, she’s a hard person to find. Isn’t that right? Yes, that’s the truth. So a woman is not supposed to stand up and act like a man, big and burly, because she’s dainty. God made her that way. I can prove that by the Scriptures. Yes, sir. That’s right. And…
51 But, of course, we get off this question, but I don’t want to get too many off this question. But, see, there’s where He made His first man, was in His Own image.
52 And then, God, before there even was a star, knew that this world would be. And He knew that I’d be William Branham preaching the Gospel from the pulpit and you would be John Doe sitting there listening to It, before the world ever began. Hallelujah!
53 Now, that’s where people sometimes, in the-the legalists and Calvinists, get all mixed up. See? They say, “Why was some ordained to be lost?” God’s not willing that any should perish. He don’t want no one to perish, but yet, being God, He knows there’s some that won’t accept It. See? See, He’s got… He had to know the end from the beginning in order to be God. Didn’t He?
54 So He knew He was going to have some women, so He just made their spirit right there. The Bible said He did, in 1, Genesis 1:26, “He created he him, man,” in the prefigure, “male and female.” Amen. See? In a prefigure, He made the woman and the man before they was ever formed out of the dust of the earth.
55 And then God made the man, not in His Own image. This body’s not in the image of God, this body’s in the image of beasts.
56 Can I take off my coat? It’s getting hot up here. I got a torn shirt on, but you won’t notice that. Wife told me Jesse didn’t come and get the laundry, so… But, look, we’re on a subject here now that means more than a torn shirt in the pulpit. Doesn’t it? It means Eternal Life.
57 Now, notice man. God knew in the beginning that He was going to have man and women, and He knew that the Saviour would be here and He’d have to bring Jesus, and He’d be crucified. And Jesus told the disciples, when He was here on earth, that He “knew them even before the foundation of the world,” before the world ever come into existence.
58 And God said, also, or Paul speaking, in Galatians, said that “He ordained us and called us in Him before the world was ever formed.” Think of that! That God… Anybody would like to hear what the Scripture says about that, raise your hands. It goes right along with the question. Get with me in Galatians, the 1st chapter. Looky here. I don’t mean in Galatians, I mean Ephesians. Listen closely now what God said, Ephesians 1:
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Jesus Christ. Grace be unto you, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
59 Now, here it is, notice: According as he has chosen us in him before the foundation of the world,… (whew!)
60 That’s pretty good. Isn’t it? That’s not pretty good, that’s real good! Before there was a foundation of the world, God knew Orman Neville and knew that he would preach the Gospel. Isn’t that wonderful? “Has chose… ” Why, he’s a member of the Church, and God knew He was going to have that Church. And he said, Paul speaking to the church of Ephesus, said, “He has chosen us in Him.” Now, we’re all the members of the Body of Christ. Is that right? And God, before the world was ever formed, chose you and I in Him before the world was ever formed. Whew! My! Isn’t that wonderful?
61 Now, the first man, now, He made the first man in His image, and we are returning back to that image, that’s right, to our first created image.
62 When God created me, William Branham, I was before the foundation of the world, He made my being, my spirit. I wasn’t conscious of anything as far as I know of, but the… I was there. Oh, I-I don’t believe you’re getting it. But now, just a minute, Jesus told the disciples that He “knew them before the foundation of the world,” and Paul said here that “He chose us in Him before the world began.” Now, there was some part of me, Orman Neville, and the rest of you all here, that’s in Christ Jesus before the world ever began. And here’s to my analysis of that. I think that the people today that are possessed with this Spirit, or the spirit, a part of these angelic beings, spirits which rotated off of God, that never fell in the beginning and resisted the devil’s lie in Heaven.
63 And two thirds of the earth is in sin, and more than that, which two thirds of the angels was kicked out. And those demon spirits come into people and habitate their body. See what I mean? They’re demons that once… they was once existed and they come into the people and give them a nature. Jesus cast seven of them out of Mary Magdalene. Pride, boast (big people, you see), unclean, filthy, vulgarity, emulations, strife. All these things, see.
64 Them was spirits that was made up back there when God began to make man off of there in His Own image. Created those supernatural beings, those spirits.
65 And then He put man in the dust of the earth, which was the first man, Adam. And that man was made after the image, this human man here, is made after the image of an animal. These human bodies are made in the image of animals.
66 We got a hand just like a monkey, and-and got a foot like a bear. Take a little cub bear, strip him down, pull the skin off of him and put upside of a little baby girl and look at the difference. Huh! Brother, you sure have to look close. The whole diaphragm, the makeup, is almost the same, the way it’s made and the form of it, and everything just exactly. It’s in the image of animal life because he was made something on the order of an animal, because that was his duty to lead the animal.
67 And you take the Holy Spirit off of a man, he’s lower than the animal, he’s worse than the animal. That’s a hard thing to say. But you take a man that’s unregenerated in his mind, without the Holy Spirit to direct his thoughts, and-and things like that, he would throw a baby out of a mother’s arms and ravish her for beastly lust. That’s exactly.
68 And a woman that’s no good. You take an old mother hog or an old dog, we’ve give it all kinds of names for… But her morals are just her puppies, and the hog for her piggies, but an ornery no-good account woman is just as… just filth all the time. That’s right. So remember, that you’re… without Christ, your morals are… can drop down to below a dog. That’s right.
69 The dog don’t have to wear clothes to cover hisself, no other animal. It was man that fell, not the animal life. But, the animal life being under the man (the human life), was subject to it because man was his guide and his supreme leader. And every beast of the field fears a man.
70 Somebody was asking me, sometime, about hunting, “Are you afraid of it?” Why, every animal was ever created fears a man, because that’s got to be from the beginning back yonder. See? Sure is. You run and he’ll run after you, that’s right, but, a dog or anything you want to. All right.
71 But now, notice now, that man when he come down here… Now look, here… You say, “Now, what about it now, Brother Branham?”
72 Now, here you get God in just exactly, and between the oneness and trinity you’ll get the thing just exactly right now. Now look! When God dropped, unfolded Hisself, unfolded Himself down till He come down to this man. Now, man sinned not in his spirit, but in his body, lust, passion. Then when he sinned, he separated hisself from his Maker. And then God, the Logos, the very Creator of him, came down and was made in the image of man. Man was made in the image of God, and then he was made in the image of beast, and he fell. And God came down in the image of man, in the Man Christ Jesus, to suffer pain. God could not suffer pain in the Spirit. How could He suffer physical pain in the Spirit? He couldn’t do it. So God unfolded Himself and was made in the image of man, to redeem the man that was lost. See?
73 And then God suffered in the flesh. First Timothy 3:16, “Without controversy,” that’s argument, “great is the mystery of godliness. For God was manifested in the flesh, seen of angels, preached on, to the Gent-… and believed, and received up to the right hand of the Father.” Is that right? God Himself came down and lived in a human body and suffered temptation. “God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself.” See what love is? The Love of God!
74 Now, now, I think that would get that, man and woman, Now, a woman is… Let me get this in right good now, so you can see it, see. Woman is subject to her husband. And the Bible said that “A man should rule over his wife.” But how they’ve changed that! The woman rules over the man, “Now, you stay home, John! You’re not going!” And that settles it, “Yes, my dear.” See?
75 But let me tell you something, mister. You are going to have to answer for your wife, but your wife is never going to have to answer for you. You are the head of the woman, and God is the head of man. Therefore He said, “Let the man cut his hair because of Christ. And let the woman have her hair, for if she cuts her hair she dishonors her husband.” See? You see what I mean by what the Scripture says?
76 I had a hot one on that, down the other day in Shreveport. They was talking about the women, and should women wear long hair. And I said, “A woman that bobbed her hair, her husband had a right and a Bible right to divorce her.” That’s right. That’s what the Bible says. That’s exactly right. Oh, my! Holy Ghost women sitting there, just the way they been taught, that’s all. See? Just, that’s slipped loosely.
77 He said, “Now, if they would cut it, if there’s something wrong they had to cut their hair,” said, “let her take a razor and shave it all off,” and make her hair real slick, until it comes out her head. That’s right. That’s what the Scripture said. And It says, “If she cuts her hair, she dishonors her husband. And a woman that’s dishonorable has a legal right to be put away and divorced.” But, he can’t marry again, now. But he-but he can put her away in divorcement. That’s right. That’s Scripture. Oh brother, what we need is some question nights! That’s right. That’s First Corinthians, the 14th chapter, if you want to read It. All right. Now, that-that… Now, this woman…
78 God-God created man, male and female. You see what He done? He made the man. He made… Now, that’s the first question, see, “Created He them,” and so forth, Genesis 1:26. Genesis 2:7, “He formed them out of the dust of the earth and breathed into his nostrils.” What is the difference, or-or where is this connection in the above Scripture? What connection does the first man have with the second man?
79 The first man is the second man made manifest in five senses. See? Right now you can’t-you can’t touch God with your hands like that, you can’t see God with your eyes. He didn’t give it to you to do that. You’re…
80 Did you ever hear an old saint dying, when they say, “There’s mother, I haven’t seen her for years”? Did you ever hear that when people… ? See, what it is, these eyes are fading away and the supernatural eyes are setting in. See? And then sometimes if we, if God so makes, we see visions where that natural eye fades away. Right in front of us, we’re looking right straight, and there’s a vision before us showing the supernatural things of God. See what I mean?
81 So then, look, “When this earthly tabernacle here… ” Now, some of you women and man here are getting old. Look, “When this earthly… ” I think of old dad there, ninety-two years old. “When this earthly tabernacle is dissolved, there is a spiritual man, a spiritual body waiting for us which cannot perish.” I’ll see you there. I’ll walk over…
82 I can’t touch Brother Neville in-in up there, ’cause John saw them and they was souls under the altar, crying, “How long, Lord, how long?” You know why, we went through Revelation. And how that in there they desired to return and be clothed upon with mortal bodies. They were crying, “How long, Lord?”
83 Now, they knew each other, but they couldn’t talk and shake hands, or, I imagine they could talk, but they couldn’t shake hands and so forth. Here’s the image to prove it. When the witch
of Endor called up the spirit of Samuel, and Saul looked at him and he recognized him to be Samuel. And Samuel recognized Saul and said, “Why did you call me out of my rest, seeing that you’ve become the enemy of God and God’s departed from you?” Is that right? And there stood old Samuel with his prophet’s robe on, and he looked at him. He was in a suit.
84 The witch seen him and fell on the ground, said, “I see gods raising up out of the earth.” He said, “Why did you disturb me?” And he said, “Well, I want to know how the battle’s going.”
85 Said, “Tomorrow you’ll die in battle,” and his sons would, “and by this time tomorrow night you’ll be with me.” See? Now, he was conscious, and he looked just like he did when he was here on earth, to that witch that was standing, looking at him, and Saul.
86 Now, notice. Many times… How about dad or mother when they were dying and saw their loved ones standing there? They recognized them. But it’s in the supernatural body.
87 But now here’s the glorious part. On the return of Jesus at the resurrection, it won’t be that body. That body then, that supernatural being that God created in the beginning, that will
return to the earth to get another body, not born by woman, but created by God (Hallelujah!), to never get old or have a wrinkle, never have a gray hair on your head, but be perfect, forever! Hallelujah! Oh brother, that would make me shout on a hot night! That’s right! Oh, this robe of flesh I’ll drop, and rise and seize the everlasting prize! What in the world we got to worry about?
88 There’s the whole plan laying right there, how God created me in the beginning. I come down here on the earth, taken my place as a Gospel preacher, or you as a man or woman with salvation, we live the life by the grace of God. Hallelujah! And that same spirit leaves here that was back yonder in beginning. I’ll go back to the conscious of knowing I been here, (Hallelujah!) and then wait there under the altar, blessed forever, in rest. And then when returning back, I take up my body in its very peak of best, before death ever struck it.
89 Death strikes you about twenty-two or twenty-three years old, you start failing. You’re not the man you used to be and the woman you used to be, after you get about twenty-five, something set in. Wrinkles begin to come under your eyes. You can’t wash like you used to. Thirty, you can notice it a whole lot. Wait till you get up to forty-four, like me, and then you’re really noticing it. But, Oh brother! Wait till I get eighty, ninety, and on that cane, standing there. What is it? God’s just put me in the race to run. But some glorious day… That’s death setting in.
90 I was once straight-shouldered, had black hair (and a head full of it), and no wrinkles under my eyes; and look at me now, shrinking down, shoulders stooping, getting fat, and wrinkles under my eyes, bald-headed. Why, look what death’s doing to me for about in the last twenty years. Death’s doing that. Wait till I get eighty, if God lets me live, and look what I look like, standing like this on an old cane, shaking like that somewhere. But, hallelujah, some glorious day, death will take its full toll. Then when I rise in the resurrection I’ll be what I was, what God made me here on earth at my very best, in a body not made by Mrs. Branham and Mr. Branham, but created by God Himself; free from temptation, free from sin, free from anything else, never to have a sickness, heartache. Oh, my!
91 Then I’ll take hold of my little wife’s hands and walk down through the Paradise of God like that, anew. You’ll do the same thing. Not the old gray-headed woman you’re leading around tonight, calling your wife, but she’ll be just as beautiful as she was the day you married her at the altar. Hallelujah! Whew! That’s enough to make a fellow shout. Isn’t it? See?
92 All right, that’s the connection. God is determined. When God makes up His mind to do anything, it has to be. Satan spoiled this picture by a sexual desire, by the woman, to bring
forth children. He spoiled it. So go ahead and make it, that’s all right. This habitation is to pick up these, ’cause the only thing that you do in this life is pick up your form and image, what you are. If you’re red-headed now, you’ll be red-headed then. If you’re black-headed now, you’ll be black-headed then. See, what you was at your best. And if you… Satan interrupted the picture, you didn’t even get… What God intended for you to be, you’ll be. Oh, how glorious! There’s your man.
93 Now Genesis 2. Say, I got to hurry, I’ll get them. (You got something? You got? You get any? Got them to answer?) All right, Genesis 2:18-21: