And David was then in a hold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem. And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate! And the three mighty men brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: nevertheless, he would not drink thereof but poured it out unto the Lord. And he said, Be it far from me, O Lord, that I should do this: is not this the blood of the men that went in jeopardy of their lives? therefore he would not drink it. These things did these three mighty men. (2 Samuel 23:14-17)
Did you know what David represented? David represented Christ. Christ was the Son of David. Those Gentile warriors, many of them, notice they come from everywhere, but they knew that that fugitive was anointed. They knew David was rejected by his own people, but they knew the anointing was on him. They could see it. So they stood right by his side, die or live. They were gallant men, no matter how much the outside world didn’t believe it.
His own people kicked him out. They didn’t want anything to do with him. Saul runs him out, the head of the denomination kicked him out, and has nothing to do with it; the council kicked him out, and he becomes a fugitive. They had to go to wherever he could.
There he was up in the mountains, but there was a little group of men, of Gentiles and so forth, made up, that they looked at that man and they knew he was coming, king.
So is it today with real gallant soldiers of faith of that Word, who knows that Word promises that Jesus Christ will return. We ain’t interested in millions of dollars of this and millions of dollars of that. I’m interested in the return of Christ Jesus.
Oh, warrior sons of God, what’s the matter with you, how do you stand today? When we see that the Bible predicts that He’s a Fugitive today, turned out of His church, turned out of the organizations (and you know it.) No need of hiding around about it, it’s the truth. The Bible said it would be that way. Come out from the marks of the beast.
Look at these men. They pulled their swords. What was it? His desire was a drink of cool water. David: what a type of today. Our David, Christ; we know He’s called a holy-roller. He’s cast off to one side, a fanatic in everything, rejected by the churches.
They’ve got their creeds and things drew up this Christmas as they did at the first one. We know that, but we know that this Word ever remains true, and it’s got to be fulfilled. And the desire of Christ is for men, warriors, to stand. Amen.
( Why Little Bethlehem
December 14, 1963 )
~ Rev. William Marrion Branham