When the Pentecostal people went up into a Pentecost they were just men when they went up there. But all of a sudden, while they were up there, they were scared. They had the windows closed, the doors closed. They were afraid of persecution. They were good church members, up to the time. They had been baptized in water, up to the time. But they didn’t have that hidden Power. They didn’t have that certainty.
One of them said, “If Thou be…Let me put my hands in Thy side. Let me put my fingers in the prints of the nails, in Your hand.”
Another one said to the women, “Oh, it’s foolish! You didn’t see anything.”
But when they climbed the steps and went upstairs, all of a sudden there came a sound from Heaven, and the hidden Power comes down. It comes into them. Afterward, they were out in the street,…-joicing—rejoicing and praising God, preaching the Gospel, glorifying God. They had hidden Powers. They had Powers the world known nothing about.
I WONDER WHAT WOULD TAKE PLACE tonight, IF ALL THE CHURCHES in the United States would RALLY AROUND THE GIFT that God has GIVE US, that is, THE HOLY GHOST, GOD’S GIFT. What IF ALL THE CHURCHES would BREAK DOWN THEIR BARRIERS and would RALLY AROUND that GREAT GIFT of GODLY, BROTHERLY LOVE and THE BAPTISM of THE HOLY SPIRIT. It would be THE GREATEST DEFENSE this nation could have. It would be BETTER THAN ALL the scientists, and atomic bombs, and so forth that they could INVENT.
12 For THAT’S WHAT GOD WANTS US TO DO, ALL OF US in OUR DIFFERENT denominations, is to RECOGNIZE ONE ANOTHER as BROTHERS and SISTERS, RALLYING around this GREAT GIFT OF GOD, which is THE HOLY GHOST, that COMES WITH POWER and MANIFESTATION and DEMONSTRATIONS of HIS PRESENCE. Then there WOULD NOT BE ONE CRUEL WORD SPOKEN AGAINST ANY MOVE OF GOD. We’d ALL BE ONE, in ONE GREAT BIG BUNDLE of GODLY LOVE. That’s WHAT IT’S GOING TO TAKE for THE CHURCH to GO IN THE RAPTURE.
Paul said, “Though I might speak with tongues like men and angels and HAVE NOT to LOVE, IT PROFITS ME NOTHING.” I could DISCERN or have ALL THE WISDOM of THE SCRIPTURES and KNOW THEM ALL, and have faith to move mountains, I AM STILL NOTHING.
13 What A DISAPPOINTMENT it’s going TO BE at the judgment when MEN WHO’S THOUGHT that THEY WERE ALL RIGHT, because THEY HAD faith to heal the sick, THEY HAD faith to operate a gift, and HAD GREAT MEETINGS, GREAT EVANGELISTIC SERVICES, and WON SOULS. Jesus has FOREWARNED US OF THOSE THINGS: “Many will come to Me in that day and say, ‘Lord, have not I cast out devils in Your Name, and in Your Name done many mighty works.’” Then He said He would confess to them, “Depart from Me, you workers of iniquity; I never knew you.”
It takes MORE THAN THE POWER OF GIFTS. It takes MORE THAN JOINING CHURCH. It TAKES THE BIRTH of THE HOLY SPIRIT to BREAK DOWN OUR WALLS and to UNITE US TOGETHER as ONE GREAT CHRISTIAN BODY MOVING for ONE OBJECTIVE and ONE GOAL.
59-0405E – The Queen Of Sheba
Rev. William Marrion Branham